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St. Augustine man awarded city's highest honor

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Updated: 4/22/2013 11:43 pm

ST AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine city commissioners bestowed what the city considers its highest honor to a man who spent decades in public service to our region. Herbie Wiles was given the Order of La Florida on Monday night.

The honor was created as a way for the commission to recognize those who have "contributed extraordinary services to our community."

Wiles, a St. Augustine native, served a dozen years on the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners beginning in 1966. In 1977, Wiles became the first chairman of the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council.

Wiles' wife of 61 years, Annette, stood by his side when city commissioners presented the award.

Wiles is only the 19th person to revive this prestigious award since its creation in 1975.

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