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Carmelo’s to open restaurant

By Emily Hoover |

The most convenient store in downtown St. Augustine just got a little more convenient.

Carmelo’s owner Joe Tringali has owned the corner Shell for 20 years. He is adding Carmelo’s Pizzeria to the bistro and gas station, ideally on March 21.

SIFE hits home with new project

By Matthew Boyle and Caroline Young |
Graphic illustration by Katie Davis
Video by Shannon Rose Greene

Flagler College’s Students In Free Enterprise team will be hosting Cardboard Campout on the West Lawn on Friday, April 2 to raise awareness and money for its newest project, “Containers for a Cause.”

With “Containers for a Cause,” SIFE plans to build homeless transitional housing facilities from about 15 to 20 old railroad shipping containers. SIFE has already received one 40-foot shipping container, a donation from former St. Augustine mayor George Gardner.

St. Augustine local shuns technology

By Cal Colgan |
Photo by Cal Colgan

St. Augustine local Sumner Gray would rather live in a makeshift shelter in the mountains than have the latest technological gizmo.

Last November, I interviewed Gray at his West Augustine home. Sitting out by his patio in front of a burned-out fire pit, Gray, 34, said he is interested in getting to the root of social problems, and he is not new to grassroots politics. He is the co-founder of People United to Stop Homelessness and a former co-owner of Loose Screws, the now-defunct independent music and bookstore that also served as an activist meeting center.

Panama Hattie’s cleans up act

By Erica Andrew |
Photo by Erica Andrew

As I stood outside Panama Hattie’s, I was approached by an older gentleman who asked me if I knew how long this restaurant had been there. I replied that I had no idea, but I regularly attended their “Sink or Swim” on Thursday nights. The man went on to explain to me that when he was my age (he looked as if he was in his late 50s early 60s) he used to come to this bar for a beer back in the ’70s.