SAINT AUGUSTINE – After 27 years as St. Augustine’s city archaeologist, recently retired Carl Halbirt will return to St. Augustine’s City Hall to become the latest recipient of the Order of La Florida during a presentation by the city commission on Monday Feb. 12. The ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. and be held in The Alcazar Room, 75 King St. The public is invited to attend.
Halbirt served as the city’s archaeologist from 1990 to 2017 after having worked in various locations in the American Southwest for 16 years. During his time with the city, Halbirt conducted more than 800 archaeological projects as part of the city’s Archaeological Preservation Ordinance. A sought after speaker and prolific writer, Halbirt has published papers in professional journals and presented his research and findings at conferences nearly one hundred times in his more than four decades as an archaeologist.
The Order of La Florida was created by the city commission in 1975 to recognize a person “who over a long period of time has unselfishly devoted his or her time and talent to the welfare and betterment of St. Augustine’s citizens and heritage, who has exemplified the finest qualities of citizenship, and has contributed extraordinary services to the community.” Recipients must be 55 years of age and there may not be more than nine living recipients at any one time. A nomination originates with a member of the city commission and is presented to the city manager who then puts it before the entire commission for confirmation. Halbirt was nominated by Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline.
For more information and to see a list of all the recipients of the Order of La Florida, see the story at www.CityStAug.com.