Answers sought in O'Connell death investigation

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Family and friends remembered Michelle O'Connell Monday.

It would've been her 29th birthday, so they gathered at the San Lorenzo Cemetery in St. Augustine where she's buried.

Man in bubble rescued in Atlantic Ocean

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A man in a hydro pod bubble was rescued 70 miles east of St. Augustine Saturday morning. A Coast Guard crew rescued the man.

The Coast Guard received a report about Reza Baluchi, a U.S. citizen was floating in an inflatable bubble and was "reportedly disoriented and asking for directions to Bermuda Wednesday."

The Coast Guard Cutter Webber arrived on scene and requested Baluchi terminate his trip because of the lack of supplies on board to sustain him. The Coast Guard said Baluchi had protein bars, bottled water, a GPS, and a satellite phone.

According to Baluchi's website, he is a marathon runner and was aiming to travel through the Bermuda Triangle in the bubble in order to raise money for charity.

Construction work not permitted before building collapse

ID=16608637ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The 200-year-old building still sits in a pile of rubble in downtown St. Augustine. Questions have started to sprout up about the permitting process for this project and about the owner.

Len Weeks owns the historic building at 62-A Spanish Street that partially collapsed Thursday and then had to be demolished.

Historic St. Augustine building demolished after partially collapsing

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The historic Fornells building in downtown St. Augustine was demolished Thursday night, hours after the two-story building partially collapsed.


As crews tore down the more than 200-year-old structure on 62 Hypolita Street, some of the spectators felt their memories get crushed.

"It's really awful," said Diana Hamann who lived in the home in the 1960s. "It's very sad and my brother and I are very broken up about it because for us it's very personal, this is our childhood home."

Woman seeks help for overgrown cemetery

ID=16188519ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Just off of State Road 207 in Hastings there is a small cemetery.

Cheryl Tate's father is buried there in the Hastings Masonic Cemetery.

She came to visit his grave site on his birthday Friday, but she had to trudge through weeds to get to it.

Tate said it's often overgrown. Sometimes she cannot take her small children there because it is so full of weeds, some of which are taller than she is.

"It's heartbreaking to come out here and see it the way it is. It's not right," Tate said.

King of Spain expected to visit St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine will celebrate its 450th birthday next year, and a big name guest has essentially submitted his RSVP for the party.


That guest is the King of Spain.

City leaders wanted the King of Spain to visit St. Augustine in 2015. After all, Spain founded St. Augustine in 1565.

A city leader told First Coast News, there's a 95 percent chance that King Felipe VI is coming.

Vistas of St. Augustine from the holiday light man

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- It's only September, but holiday lights are starting to go up in St. Augustine in preparation for the Nights of Lights.


This year, Chris Fitts, the man in charge of putting up the lights is doing something different. He's taking pictures of the city while he works, and the views are incredible.

Fitts has access to some highly secured areas, such as the twin towers at Flagler College.

He has to have that kind of access in order to put up more than two million lights for the Nights of Lights.