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St. Augustine commissioners pass LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance

8:46 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine City Commission vote unanimously on Monday to pass an ordinance protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation when it comes to renting or buying a home.

The city already has a law protecting against discrimination based on age, gender, race, and national origin. The proposal would add sexual orientation to the protected classes.

Jacksonville considered a similar ordinance this summer, but it failed.

The city attorney said there have been no reports of specific incidents in the past.

Also on the agenda was the topic of clearer water due to a plan for new pipes.

It'll cost money to replace the rusty pipes that create the reddish water throughout the city. The city plans to refinance the Series 2003 Water and Sewer revenue bonds and borrow $4 million more to do it.

It appears to be good timing. The city is getting more than $1.6 million more than it expected because it's extending the term by two years on top of very low interest rates.

St. Augustine digs history - literally. It's one of the few cities in the nation with a law on the books about archaeology, and the city is celebrating the law's 26th birthday this week.

Before you put a shovel three inches into the ground to build something, the city archaeologist has to check the area for any historic artifacts.

Some neat discoveries have been made in the last quarter century: a bell possibly for a school house from early 1800's, native American pottery vessels from the 1500's, and lead shipping seals for cargo ... indicting global trading in the 1700's.

Cities across the nation have used St. Augustine's law as a guide for creating their own.

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