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St. Augustine Mayor calls for audit of 450th contracts


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The mayor of St. Augustine is asking for something that the rest of the city commission is not so sure about: an audit.

Newly elected Mayor Nancy Shaver is calling for all city contracts dealing with the 450th celebration be audited.

Shaver raised the issue at the tail end of the last city commission meeting and the other four commissioners did not support it. Some were concerned about how much time and money it would cost.

Shaver placed the issue on Monday's city commission agenda.

She said she wanted to ask the city manager about "how to proceed" and about "options" in order to review the 450th contracts.

Shoring up the St. Augustine seawall


ID=25222431ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine wants to strengthen a weak link in its seawall.

A portion of the seawall in downtown St. Augustine is lower than the rest.

It's the area between the Bridge of Lions and the Santa Maria Restaurant.

City officials say it's anywhere from 1.5 to 2 feet lower than the elevated and newly reconstructed seawall further that runs from the Santa Maria Restaurant south to the Florida National Guard Headquarters.

Sam Adukiewicz is the harbormaster at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina on the bayfront. The marina sits right in the middle of the area of the seawall that is lower than the newly reconstructed seawall.

Police nab purse snatching suspects in St. Augusstine


ST. AUGUSTINE- St. Augustine Police say they caught two purse snatching suspects just minutes after the crime took place.

Police were called to the intersection of Riberia Street and Carrera Street just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night. Police say that's where the victim, 25, was knocked over by two men on bicycles and her purse stolen.

While an officer was relaying suspect description information, another officer spotted the suspects crossing U.S. 1. Officers gave chase and were able to track down the two suspects, one of whom had the victim's purse.

Police have arrested Marlon Jermaine Lewis, 19, of St. Augustine and a 15-year-old male. Lewis is charged with robbery, battery, trespassing ,and resisting officers. The juvenile faces three counts.


Deputies: Small arsenal stolen from St. Johns Co. home


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Deputies in St. Johns County are trying to find out who broke into a couple's home Monday and stole a small arsenal.

Seven guns 10,000 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition were reported stolen after someone ransacked a home in the 1900 block of County Road 13A in unincorporated St. Johns County, according to an incident report.

The weapons along with two TVs, an iPad and a drill are valued at about $4,400.

According to the report, one of victims arrived home from work Monday evening and opened the garage door only to be greeted by her dog. That's when she noticed the interior door was open and called 911, the victim told investigators.

A man drowns after being pulled from the ocean


ST. AUGUSTINE — A man visiting the First Coast with his family drowned at St. Augustine beach this afternoon, St. Augustine police said.

The 32-year-old Sean Beaudet of Maine was at the beach with family in friends. Police said his family lost sight of him and then found him face down in the water at the end of F Street near 3:45 p.m.

The family pulled him from the water and performed CPR until the rescue unit arrived, police said.

Beaudet was taken to Flagler Hospital in critical condition but passed away at the hospital. Police said Beaudet had been staying in the area since February and that he was a good swimmer, but that the surf was really heavy that day.


Power outage results in sewer spill in St. Augustine


ST. AUGUSTINE — A raccoon caused a power outage at a sewer station Friday night, releasing over 60,000 gallons of sewage into the San Sebastian River, authorities confirmed.

When St. Augustine city crews arrived Saturday morning, they identified a manhole at the end of Florida Avenue that was overflowing into the San Sebastian River.

Water sampling and testing is underway.

The power outage occurred at approximately 10 p.m., and crews responded around 8 a.m. off Masters Drive at the eastern end of Helen Street, the report said. Power was restored not long after.

More information will be posted with this story as it becomes available.


Digging Into History: A boarding house's history unearthed


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- There are archaeological digs going on in St. Augustine throughout the year. Thousands of artifacts come out of the dirt… but each one of those artifacts has a story.

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First Coast News is celebrating St. Augustine's 450th birthday by taking an artifact and tracing its background in order to share a portion of the city's history.

We're calling it Digging Into History.

At the Ximenez-Fatio House Museum in St. Augustine, tidbits of history emerge from the dirt.

City archaeologist Carl Halbirt is leading the archaeological dig taking place on the front lawn.