Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Cordova (County bldg.) Block 36, Lot 1
Title: County Votes To Buy Cordova Hotel
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Title: County Votes To Buy Cordova Hotel
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Cordova (County bldg.) Block 36, Lot 1
Physical Description: Clipping/photocopy
Language: English
Publication Date: 1962
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Box: 7
Divider: Block 36
Folder: Cordova (County bldg.) B36-L1
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
95 Cordova Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Cordova Building (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Casa Monica Hotel (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 95 Cordova Street
Coordinates: 29.891854 x -81.313454
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Volume ID: VID00003
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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So say the owners of outboard
motors, autos, furniture, ranges,
washers, etc. listed today on our
classified page. Read them for
bargains, us'e them to sell for


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tonight in 50's, high tomorrow
near 80.
(For 24 hours ending 9:00 a.m.)
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VOL. LXI, No. 140

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Stately Cordova Building To Become County Courthouse

lace Shot Given

ly 50-50 Chance

PE CANAVERAL (UPI)-A space official said
that U. S. chances of launching astronaut John H.
Jr., into orbit Wednesday have been cut to 50-50
marginal" weather in a sea recovery area.
e National Aeronautics and Space Administration
d "marginal conditions, fresh winds and moderately
as" likely in the Atlantic where Gleen would land
flight were limited to one orbital trip around the

Col. John A. Powers, a NASA spokesman, said this
the chances for a launch Wednesday were roughly

tlas rocket which will
nn and his Friendship-7
ft into orbit was reported
o go. The complex cap-
s said to be in top work-
as Glenn, Powers said, but
were indications he was no
pleased than anybody else
many delays. Powers said
the Mercury astronauts are
actively impatient."
vers said at a mid-morning
conference that Glenn will
a hand camera with him
space. If he has time, on
of his myriad other duties,
vill snap pictures of the
ule interior, of himself, and
whateverr is observable from
craft's "picture window."
t the same time that rough
as in the Atlantic were jeop-
rdizing Wednesday's flight, a
forecast t of fog or clouds at the
'ape launch site imperiled hopes
f hurling Glenn into three com-
lete orbital circuits:
The forecast indicated the fog
night persist to mid-morning, at
which time it would be too late
o plan more than two circuits of
he earth.
But Powers said there was a
0-50 chance that the weather
would be favorable in all critical
reas, and technicians therefore
,ent ahead with the pre launch
ieckout of rocket, spacecraft,
d ground equipment,

Weathermen were finding it
hard to make forecasts for more
than a few hours ahead because
of unsettled conditions in the sea
where Glenn would land if his
flight were limited by time to one
The decision Mercury bosses
have to make is whether to
"shoot" for a hole" in the weath-
er during the five hour launch-
ing period, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
EST, or to order the eighth post-
ponement in two months.

Jobs For Tampans
TAMPA (UPI) Gov. Farris
Bryant proposed today the state
and federal governments join in
a search for new industry to re-
place jobs lost by Tampa area
cigar workers.
Bryant told a State Fair Gov-
ernor's Day luncheon he had
written Secretary of Labor Ar-
thur Goldberg suggesting the
federal government take a hand
in the effort.

Huge Sum Asked
Defense Department asked Con-
gress today to authorize $1,590,-
883,000 in military construction
projects, an increase of $766 mil-
lion over the similar request last

The county commissioners are ty courthouse. Shown, left to Byrd, Parrish, Parks and Mick-
shown as they took action this right, are Earl Byrd, Lewis Par- ler voted to purchase the proper-
Sty. Chairman Lovett, who opposed
morning to purchase the Cordova rish, Chairman Bob Lovett, Rich- the purchase, abstained from vot-
Hotel property for use as a coun- ard Parks and Dan Mickler. ing.

City Moves To Meet Water Crisis

'If we had already undertaken now was having trouble supply-
this project it would be too late!" ing sufficient water to a new
This statement by Commission- motel addition on Ponce de Leon
er Merrill Gilmer pretty well Blvd. because of an inadequate
sums up the urgency of action distribution pipe in the area.
taken last night by the City Corn- The city's engineers submitted
mission to head off what they a suggested construction pro-
feel might be a serious water gram in 1960, and last year is-
shortage in the community this sued a supplemental suggested
summer. program calling for the expendi-
City Manager William Lawson ture of $345,000 in construction
was instructed to arrange a meet- projects for the raw water sup-
ing with Black Crow and Eids- ply, treatment plant, pumping
ness, the consulting engineers for station, and distribution system,
the city's water system "as soon including a survey to determine
as possible." what is happening to approxi-
The meeting is expected to be mately 25 per cent of the water
held this week and will probably being pumped from the treatment
include a tour of. the municipal plant which cannot be accounted
well field and treatment plant, for.
City Manager Lawson stressed Engineering, legal and fiscal
the urgency of the water situa-. costs would increase the cost to
tion at the outset of the meeting, $400,000 and boost to more than
stating that improvements to he a million dollars the amount in-
water supply and distribution vested in water system expansion
system were especially needed, and improvements over the last
He said there had been times dur- decade.
ing the past two summers when Lawson said the treatment
there had not been enough water plant superintendent and public
to supply the needs of the corn- works director also had some
munity. He said the city right recommendations not included in

the engineering report. The com-
missioners plan to review all of
the recommended work and fi-
nancial requirements in order to
adopt an immediate program.
In the meantime, the commis-
sioners acted to head off any
further water shortages which
might result from having to shut
down the principal 16-inch line
across the San Sebastian River
on King Street, site of several
breakdowns in the past which
have left most of the community
with only a trickle of water while
repairs were made. They author-
ized construction of a 10-inch by-
pass line across the bridge at an
estimated cost of $3.500.
Lawson stressed that the by-
pass Would be useful only in the
event of a break on the 16-inch
main crossing for a distance of
about 500 feet, but the commis-
sioners felt the by-pass line
would be good insurance in the
event that this apparently vul-
nerable line should break in the
future. It is the principal source
of water supply for most of the

Thousands Homeless

In Western States

By United Press International
Floods left thousands homeless in six Western states
today and arctic cold maintained its hold on the Northeast.
The record-setting heat wave went into its third day in the
southern plains.
Fog cut visibility to as little as 200 feet in the upper
Midwest, halting air travel in part of Iowa and Montana.
Sub-freezing temperatures nipped parts of North Car-
olina, Virginia and Maryland had up to 2 inches of new
snow. *

Snow and freezing drizzle
glazed highways in North Da-
The number of homeless in
flood-stricken California, Idaho,
Nevada, Colorado, Utah and Wy-
oming approached 5,000. There
were 3,600 homeless in Idaho
The sun came out in the Los
Angeles area Monday for the
first time since Feb. 7. However,
another half inch of rain fell,
bringing the six-day total at Los
Angeles, to 7.95 inches. Some
parts of California had more
than 12 inches of rain during the
California counted 15 weather
deaths. The latest were three
teen-age boys killed Monday
when their cave collapsed at
Ocean Beach.
The latest California rain sent
streams of mud 3 feet deep ooz-
ing down hillsides. Nearly 100
cars floated down Los Angeles
Beachwood Drive and crashed
into parked autos. At least 40
roads were closed in the Los An-
geles area and the Malibu Can-
yon tunnel, was threatened.
Gov. Robert E. Smylie declared
seven Idaho counties disaster
areas. Civil defense officials con-
sidered asking that California's
Los Angeles County b.e declared
a disaster area.
The Reese River sent 2 feet of
water surging through streets of
Battle Mountain, Nev. Indian

Village, east of Battle Mountain,
was evacuated. National' Guards-
men were mobilized to attempt to
plug a break in the Reese River
National Guardsmen used ba-
zookas to blast an ice jam on the
White River which sent flood
waters 18 inches deep through
Rangely, Colo., and forced 160
persons to flee homes.

Hit By Mass

Worker Strike

PARIS, (UPI) Masses of
French workers took a half-day
off today and an estimated 100,-
000 Parisians turned out to march
in an elaborate funeral proces-
sion for eight persons killed in
street riots last Thursday. Police
,did not interfere.
The strike, led by the Commu-
nist-run General Labor Federa-
tion, brought long distance trains
all over France to a four-hour
halt and cut transportation and
utility service here.
Residents of downtown Paris-I
the "city of light"-found them-
selves lighting candles because of
a shutdown in electricity. Gar-
bage went uncollected, many of-
fices and factories did not open
until noon and mail service was
spotty. Flight at the two Paris
airports were cut sharply.



By 4ToO

The St. Johns County Com-
mission voted today to pur-
chase the Cordova Hotel
property, located in down-
town St. Augustine, from
the Florida East Coast Hotel
Company to be used for
courthouse purposes.
The purchase price is
The momentous step was
taken by a 4 to 0 vote of the
county commission. Abstain-
ing was Chairman Bob Lov-
ett, who opposed the pur-
Voting for the, purchase
were Commissioners D an
Mickler, Earl Byrd, Richard
L. Parks Jr. and Lewis Par-
The motion, made by Commis-
sioner Mickler and seconded by
Commissioner "Byrd, was that
"the county purchase the Cor-
dova Building to be used for
courthouse purposes, on the terms
outlined by the Florida East
Coast Hotel Company, provided
title and other restrictions meet
with the approval of the attor-
ney for the hoard in accordance
with the understanding previous-
ly furnished the board."
After the purchase is consum-
mated, the next step will be for
the county commission to retain
the services of an architect to
draw definite plans for the re-
modeling of the interior of the
four-story structure which faces
both King Street and Cordova
Street in the historic downtown
Under the purchase terms of-
fered by Wm. R. Kenan Jr., pres-
ident of the hotel company, as
outlined in a letter to the board,
there is a 15-year restriction that
the property can be used only for
county purposes, which elimi-
nates the city from having rental
space in the building for this
period of time.
At first the hotel company had
placed an unlimited restriction
on this point, but in further ne-
gotiations the restriction was re-
duced to 15 years. The terms also
state that the leases of the ten-
ants occupying the ground floor
be protected. These leases have
approximately three years to run.
The commission has stressed
that it is the intention not to
disturb the King Street stores in
the remodeling plans. 'The stores
bring in approximately $25,000
It was brought out during the
discussion that a local bill was
passed by the last legislature
granting the county board the
authority to rent stores in the
building when it becomes county
Chairman Lovett said he was
opposed to the purchase of the
Cordova Hotel property because
of the restriction clause and be-
cause the board has no definite
plans formulated.
Harold Wayne and Max Baer,
addressing the board from the
floor, felt that more time and
consideration should be given the
matter and that the board should
not enter into the purchase with
restrictions on the property.
But Commissioner Byrd stress-
ed that the board has given
lengthy and careful consideration
to all angles of the project and
had spent around $3,500 in sur-
veys and gathering information.
He and the other commissioners
favoring the purchase said it was
not essential that the city occu-
pied space in the building and
that the 15-year restriction was
not vital because the only pur-
pose for purchasing the property
would be to use it for county
purposes. (Cont. on'Page 2).

China Says U. S.
Aid Peace Threat
TOKYO, (UPI) Communist
China denounced today stepped-
up American military aid to
South Viet Nam and called it "a
grave threat to peace in Indo-
china and Asia."
But U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen.
Alan D. Shapley, who just re-
turned to Tokyo from South, Viet
Nam, said it was his personal
opinion that it would be virtually
impossible for Red China to in-
tervene as it did in Korea.



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