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St. Augustine Celebrates 450

When put his quill & ink to parchment some 450 years ago, chronicling the voyage to la Florida of one , he could have never imagined the thousands of people who will gather this Labor Day weekend in celebration. The has been years planning this anniversary celebration for its 450th anniversary on Sept. 8, 2015, and there have been other anniversary events to commemorate the multiple influences St. Augustine has had on the nation. These include the 200th anniversary of the Spanish Constitution in 2012, the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida by in 2013, and the 50th anniversary …

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Home Sweet Ortega

Ortega: Historic & Beautiful    Once an island, now a spit of a peninsula protruding into the ’s western waters and threading into the Ortega and s, there is a neighborhood called . Its eastern part is known as and western as , split in the middle by Roosevelt Boulevard, or US17. Verona Boulevard splits Old Ortega, the eastern part known as the by the . Wealthy, as well as historic, the neighborhood was part of a . In 1763, Spain ceded Florida to England. Soon, the Jones Plantation was made residence for cattle by owner and Scotsman (also known …

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What’s Brewing at One Spark

“April showers bring …”   Nope. That’s not what I think of when I think of this month. April is a celebratory month – especially for those of us who love to live – and explore – in Florida. In 1513, landed near what is now St. Augustine and gave the name to his newly discovered landmass “La Florida”. A little over 250 years later, completed his journey into Florida in 1766 and it was his diary-cum-travel journal which motivated merchants “across the pond” to purchase tracts of land along the eastern coast of Florida in the late 1700s. Two centuries …

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