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Focus on recovery is priority

Mayor Nancy ShaverSt. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shaver announced late this morning that effective immediately she is stepping down from her office in order to concentrate on her recovery from a stroke she experienced on Monday.

“Serving each and every one of you as Mayor of this magic city has been an amazing gift. I have been overwhelmed by your support and caring this week and throughout my years as Mayor. It appears my health will not allow me to continue to serve the city and people I love. I will be taking time to recover my health and wish the city leaders well as they do their very best for our city. Sometime soon I hope to see you along the waterfront or playing the washboard at Mi Casa Café.”

Shaver was elected Mayor of St. Augustine in 2014 and reelected in 2016 and 2018. She experienced the stroke before she departed city hall shortly after a meeting of the St. Augustine City Commission on Monday, February 25. City staff reacted quickly calling 911 and caring for her needs. She was transported to Flagler Hospital and then to Baptist Medical Center where she is currently recovering, according to a family spokesperson.

“Nancy has been a friend of St. Augustine since before she chose to run for office and offer her time in service to the people of St. Augustine,” said City Manager John Regan. “Her passion, vision and complete dedication to her elected position will be missed, and we all wish her a fast recovery to complete health.”

The City of St. Augustine’s charter specifies that the remaining members of the Commission have 10 days to fill the mayor’s seat. If not accomplished in that time frame, the Governor has the authority to make the appointment. The Commission’s next regular meeting is on March 11; however, the City Manager has called a special meeting to address the vacancy for Monday, March 4 at 9:00am. The meeting will be in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. and is open to the public.

Cards or sentiments of support should be sent to the city in care of the City Manager’s Office at 75 King St., St. Augustine, FL 32084 or emailed to cosa@CityStAug.com.

For more information, contact the City Manager’s Office at 904.825.1006.