St. Augustine


St. Augustine activists stand with Standing Rock

By Gabrielle Garay | gargoyle@flagler.edu As a new day begins, the sun illuminates North Dakota and the reservation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the sixth largest Native American reservation site in the United States. While the sun rises, so do…


Protests – and praise – over Donald Trump’s election

By Courtney Knudson gargoyle@flagler.edu ST. AUGUSTINE – Cities across America have seen a backlash since Donald Trump won the presidency. On Monday, leaders of demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, were arrested after the protest turned violent. In St. Augustine, residents held a peaceful protest…


Even now, despair after the storm

By Lindsay Tahan gargoyle@flagler.edu ST. AUGUSTINE – Hurricane Matthew not only destroyed homes and businesses, but the aftermath of this hurricane left families including their children feeling hopeless and scared about their future livelihoods. Even after weeks since the hurricane…


Hurricane Matthew: Bakery takes a hard shot

By Brianna Kurzynowski gargoyle@flagler.edu When Hurricane Matthew hit the city of St. Augustine, it not only destroyed homes it also hit businesses hard. Sherry Stoppelbein, owner of Hot Shot Bakery and Cafe, was one of the downtown merchants who lost…



In Matthew’s wake, residents struggle to move on

By Ariel Thomas gargoyle@flagler.edu Driving through Davis Shores neighborhood post-Hurricane Matthew is jarring. Though the roadways are clear, many homes have piles of destroyed items strewn on the edge of their lawns, waiting to be picked up. These piles include…


A ray of sunshine on wheels

By Jamie Coulson and Jeff Batt | gargoyle@flagler.edu Pass by a Sunshine Bus Co. stop in St. Johns County and chances are you’ll see someone waiting for a ride. And it’s no wonder. Ridership is on pace to set an…


Sea level rise: A looming threat

By Ariel Thomas | gargoyle@flagler.edu Most of downtown St. Augustine and much of the nearby coastline will likely be underwater by the year 2050, according to a three-year study of the Matanzas River basin. “It’s not a question of whether…


Education students weigh whether state tenure laws will force them out of state

The fear of losing a job over performance wasn’t as big a concern for Florida’s teachers in the past. But when the state eliminated tenure for public school teachers in 2011, it left many entering the field of education questioning whether they had a future teaching in Florida. Tenure is a position given to teachers that guarantees the safety of their job until they decide to leave or retire. In 2011, Florida decided to do away with tenure in favor of a system that rewards teachers for student performance on tests.