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Flagler buying railway buildings

Major purchase likely means increase in college tuition

By Richard Harris
Photo by Glenn Judah

PHOTO CAPTION: Flagler College recently acquired the FECI buildings at One Malaga St. The buildings will most likely become classrooms to take the strain off Kenan Hall.

Flagler College has reached a deal to purchase Florida East Coast Industries’ (FECI) 64,000-square-foot headquarters at the corner of King and Malaga Streets.

The final price tag — 60 percent of the cost of the three four-story buildings — is not being disclosed, said Flagler President William T. Abare, Jr., who added FECI was donating the other 40 percent of the cost.

With a closing date of Nov. 1, the college has already made a substantial deposit of $1.7 million. However, the remaining difference could mean debt for the college.


Tropical Storm Warning includes St. Augustine



Wednesday, Aug. 30, 10:30 a.m.

Tropical Storm Ernesto continues to move north through Florida at about 8 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 40 mph and the National Weather Service in Jacksonville expects the storm to move through the region by Thursday bringing heavy thunderstorms.

Sustained winds of 35 to 45 mph are forecast to spread northward along the immediate coast of northeast Florida Wednesday afternoon through early Thursday morning.


Latest projection places tropical storm off the coast later this week


From Staff

With 40 mph winds, Tropical Storm Ernesto was moving toward the northwest at 10 mph over Cuba at 2 p.m. on Monday, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The center expects the storm to continue moving in that direction for the next 24 hours, a track that could bring it along the eastern coast of Florida later this week.


Hurricane Update: What to expect this season

By Bill Weedmark

The National Hurricane Center recently lowered its forecast on the number of hurricanes expected to develop this season, but federal forecasters still warn that this season has a 75 percent chance of above-average hurricane activity. What does this all mean for Flagler?

So far there have only been four tropical storms and no hurricanes this season – the most recent, Tropical Storm Debby is brewing in the Atlantic – but forecasters are warning people in coastal areas, such as St. Augustine, to be prepared.


Flagler professor on her way back to U.S.


By Glenn Judah

Bariaa Shatila, Flagler College Math, Science, and Technology Department chair, is finally headed back to the United States with her family after being held up by bombings in Lebanon.

Her husband, Imad Shatila, has been patiently waiting for a phone call from her signifying her safe arrival back into America.


Flagler College purchasing FEC headquarters

From Staff
Photo by Glenn Judah

Flagler College announced Monday it has agreed to purchase the Florida East Coast Industries (FECI) headquarters buildings in downtown St. Augustine when the company vacates them later this year.

College President William T. Abare, Jr. says Flagler has no definite plans for the use of the facility yet, but it is expected the buildings could serve as dorms, or even classrooms and offices. The buildings are actually three connected towers that have become a landmark on the corner of King and Malaga streets on the western entrance of St. Augustine.


Flagler professor safe, waiting to be evacuated


By Glenn Judah

Bariaa Shatila, Flagler College Math, Science, and Technology Department chair, is back in her home in Beirut, Lebanon, after evacuating to an U.S. Embassy when Israel bombed the Rafic Hariri airport in Beirut.

According to her husband, Imad Shatila, she and her two sons are safe.


Flagler professor stranded in Lebanon


By Glenn Judah

Bariaa Shatila, Flagler College Math, Science, and Technology Department chair, was stranded in Beirut, Lebanon with her two sons visiting family when Israel fired missiles last Wednesday on the country’s only airport.


Flagler introduces new parking policy

From Staff
Graphic by Carina Hayes

In an effort to alleviate some of the parking issues on and around campus, Flagler College will institute a new parking policy beginning with the fall 2006 semester which will include an option for students to purchase a decal for the new city parking garage on Castillo Drive.


No more waiting for refunds

By Glenn Judah

Starting Fall semester 2006, students will no longer have to wait in line at the Business Office to pick-up their financial aid refund checks.