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Next step to select advisory committee

During its August 28 meeting, the St. Augustine City Commission heard more than four hours of public comment regarding the future of the city’s memorial to local soldiers who served and died in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. The memorial is located in the Plaza de la Constitución. At the conclusion of that meeting, and after discussion among themselves, Commissioners asked City Manager John Regan to conduct research into the topic and then return with options and a recommendation of specific action.

At the Commission’s meeting on Monday, October 23, the City Manager reported back to the Commission and after offering a comprehensive presentation on the memorial’s history, its context with other Civil War related recognitions in Florida and nationwide the city manager recommended that the memorial to remain in place and that contextualization, guided by a Commission-appointed advisory committee, will be added.

Following the City Manager’s presentation, input from the public and the Commissioners’ discussion, the Commission unanimously agreed to accept the city manager’s recommendation.

Two options were not being recommended by staff. First would be to do nothing, and miss an opportunity to tell the city’s complete history. The other would be to relocate it which raises a number of challenges including how to move it without physically destroying it, the cost and who would pay, and identifying a place for relocation.

The city manager’s presentation, public input and the Commission’s discussion portion of the meeting may be viewed on-demand here or at www.CityStAugTV.com and clicking on Agenda Item 13D.