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Posted on: January 23, 2024

City honors Dr. Otis Mason, recipient of 2001 de Aviles Award

Dr. Otis Mason

Flag at City Hall will be flown in honor of Dr. Mason on Saturday, January 27

On Saturday, January 27, the City of St. Augustine will fly the American flag in honor of 2001 de Aviles Award recipient Dr. Otis Mason, who passed away on January 9, 2024. This is part of the City’s protocol to honor deceased former city commissioners and other notable figures, including recipients of the de Aviles Award. The de Aviles Award recognizes those identified in public service or those who are well-known and respected by the citizenry who have dedicated and honorable service to the community of St. Augustine and St. Johns County.

In 2001, Dr. Mason was presented with the de Aviles Award in recognition of his dedication to the City of St. Augustine.

Dr. Mason is well-known for his time in the school district working as a teacher, coach, principal, and St. Johns County School District Supervisor of Elementary Schools. In addition, he was instrumental in the implementation of full integration of St. Johns County Schools. He also served on the boards of Dr. Martin L. King Celebration Committee, the Fort Mose Historical Society, and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Historic St. Augustine, among other local organizations.

Questions and media inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.825.1053 or via email at

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