Our friend and neighbor Bill Kolar passed away Nov. 17

William A. Kolar, 71, passed away at Community Hospice of NE Fla. in Jacksonville, Fla. on November 17, 2015. Bill lived and loved deeply and was cherished by his family in Baltimore, Maryland and also by his St. Augustine and Jacksonville extended family members and dear friends.

He enjoyed a lifetime career as a stonemason and created magnificent water and landscape features. His passions included art, design, music and especially his beloved home and surroundings, and the people and beauty of Valencia Street and St. Augustine.

He was preceded in death by his father Thomas A. Kolar and mother Mary P. Brazis, and nephew Jared Neville. Bill is survived by his loving and devoted life companion Bonnie Hayflick; his sisters Carol, Betsy and Marianne, along with many nieces and nephews, and their children. He will miss his lifelong best friends Joe and Christine DiPaulo of Houston, Tx. and St. Augustine, Fla. Craig Funeral Home, Crematory, and Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.

Donations in Bill’s honor can be made to St. Augustine Humane Society, http://www.staugustinehumanesociety.org.

22nd annual Nights of Lights begins tomorrow night 

Entertainment starts at 4:00pm; Light-Up ceremony at 6:30pm
     Tomorrow night, November 21, St. Augustine’s annual holiday celebration, Nights of Lights, begins with a lighting ceremony at 6:30pm in the Plaza de la Constitucion. It’s the 22nd year for the 10-week long event that sees the city transformed into a city of light.

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Oct. 27 2015 PZB Meeting – critical for Flagler Model Land Co.

The Planning and Zoning Board plans to address definitions in the Code relative to dormitories, colleges and dwellings  and to discuss the Neighborhood Planning Workbook.

Flagler Model Land Company Neighborhood is the most directly impacted by these potential changes to our zoning code.

October 27th meeting at the Alcazar Room, City Hall,

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Wanna Talk Trash?

Please plan on attending our fall meeting this Tuesday evening, October 13th at 6:30 p.m. Beginning this season, we will be holding our meetings at the “new” Floridian restaurant @72 Spanish Street.

We have several speakers who will talk trash with us:

Ms. Olivia Smith, Recycling Coordinator for the City of St. Augustine, will talk about the City’s new trash and recycling efforts.
Tom Day will deliver a brief & hilarious history of St. Augustine’s collection of “night soil”,

Craig Barzso will update us on a local organization – SALSA – who are interested in a number of conservation issues in the city.

And we’ll also hear from Kathy Tucker and Michelle Moore from our very own Ketterlinus Elementary School about their volunteer program and how our neighborhood can help the kids with their technology fundraising project.

We’re also considering having a float in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade next year… what do you think?

See you there!
The Floridian Restaurant, 72 Spanish Street
Tues, October 13
6:30 pm – social
7:00 pm – meeting
$2 donation requested for Floridian tiny eats

Proposed changes in solid waste collection topic of open houses

The City of St. Augustine will be holding a series of open houses to share information and receive community feedback on a proposal to change household solid waste pickup to once a week. Residents currently receive two household solid waste pick-ups each week along with additional service for yard trash and recyclables, which are currently once a week.
     The schedule for the open houses are:
Sunday, August 23, 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Willie Galimore Center, 999 Riberia St.
Wednesday, August 26, 6:00pm-7:00pm in The Alcazar Room, St. Augustine City Hall, 75 King St. Thursday, August 27, 7:15pm-8:15pm at the St. Augustine Boys and Girls Club, 555 West King St.
Sunday, August 30, 3:00pm-4:00pm at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd.
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00pm-7:00pm at The River House, 179 Marine St.
     Before making the proposal for the entire service area, the city conducted a pilot program of a once-a-week pickups in two areas for limited periods over the last year, one in the Nelmar Terrace area and the other in portions of south Davis Shores. Based on the positive feedback from residents, the city is now taking the question to the entire community.
     Currently, households receive solid waste pick up service twice a week using city-provided 65-gallon, brown trash carts. Under the new proposal, the city will provide an additional cart, green in color and the same 65-gallon capacity, for all recyclables.
     Reducing the number of pick-ups will help keep current rates sustainable by reducing costs of operating equipment and personnel, and increasing the collection of recyclables will reduce the cost of disposing of material at a landfill. Every pound of material that is recycled is one pound less of material going to a landfill. The goal is to collect more recyclable materials and the new green carts should make it easier than ever before for residents to put the material curbside.
     Click here for a flyer with all the open house dates and a comprehensive list of what may be recycled. For more information about the series, call the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040