The Voice of the Gem City

January 30, 2019

Fish Island in St. Augustine may not end up as another housing development. St. Augustine City Manager John Regan says the property owner is negotiating with the North Florida Land Trust to buy the property off State Road 312 east of the Matanzas River. A home builder was expected to get the property but delays apparently helped solidify efforts preserve the propery. Fish Island was owned by orange grower and early settler Jesse Fish in the 1700s.

Palm Coast City Council says $21 million in repairs and improvements must be done on the public works facility off U.S. 1 in Flagler County. How to pay for it was the topic of a workshop Tuesday. A tax on electric use had been talked about but council members backed away from that source saying they would look at existing funding resources and other means to borrow some of the money.

Rotary Club of Palatka’s annual Health Fair is this Saturday at St. Johns River State College gym. Health professionals will be on hand to give a variety of tests and hand out information. One of the best bargains – a blood test. It costs $35 but is worth several hundred. Sign up ahead of time and you can have it done Saturday or you can choose another day. Dr. Iftikah Ahmad suggested the fair years ago and Rotary stepped up.

Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine got a night time visitor Tuesday when a pickup truck crashed into the fence of the Catholic cemetery built in the 1600s. Damage is being assessed today. A portion of Cordova Street was closed last night. Condition of the driver has not been released.

If you noticed K9s on the Putnam County Courthouse lawn Tuesday it was part of a training session. Sheriff’s Office had the dogs working the lawn and courthouse area on St. Johns Avenue.

A 12-year-old student on a bicycle south of Buddy Taylor Middle School was struck and injured by a vehicle at the Belle Terre Parkway-Pritchard Drive intersection in Palm Coast Tuesday afternoon. The boy was taken to AdventHealth Palm Coast with non-life threatening injuries. The driver was cited for the accident. The boy was not wearing a helmet, according to reports.

Cold weather has homeless shelters open in the three-county area. The Sheltering Tree at Bunnell’s First United Methodist Church is open every night the temperature is below 40 degrees. Also open Palatka Christian Service Center at 2800 Peters Street in Palatka and St. Francis House in St. Augustine. All three can used donations, volunteers and contributions.

A 23-year-old Jacksonville woman has been arrested for arranging the armed robbery of a pizza delivery driver in St. Augustine. Two masked 15-year-olds accosted the woman driver as she tried to make a delivery to a house on Santorini Court on Jan. 9. One held a gun to her head, demanding her keys and money. The two threw away the keys and took her cell phone and the $20 she had. They sped off in a car reportedly driven by Theresa Roberts. The 15-year-olds were arrested. Roberts was tracked down and is charged with felony first degree robbery with a $50,000 bond.

Putnam County Chamber of Commerce holds its annual Celebration & Oyster Roast Feb. 2 at the Putnam County Fairgrounds & Expo Center in East Palatka. Tickets can be purchased through the chamber.

This is Marcia Lane, your Roving Reporter.

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