ADA Compliance
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: wfranke@citystaug.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: tgrant@citystaug.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

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Honorary Vice Consul in St. Augustine almost like a little embassy

While most people think of the Nation’s Capital as being the location of offices of foreign diplomats for that is where one will find embassies, many nation’s have something akin to branch offices scattered throughout the country. These “branch offices” are known as consulates and Spain has nine located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, New York, San Juan and Houston. For Spanish citizens visiting the United States, a consulate is their first stop for services they may need while traveling away from home.

To provide even greater convenience of service to their citizens, Spain’s consulates in the United States also have honorary vice-consulates, something of a branch office of the branch office. The Spanish Consulate in Miami has four Honorary Vice Consulates in Florida located in Tampa, Orlando, Pensacola and St. Augustine.

Ms. Maria del Carmen Gutiérrez holds the title of Honorary Vice Consul for Spain in Northeast Florida. Maricarmen, as she is known, was originally appointed to her position by the Consulate General for Spain in Miami, Javier Vallaure. When Mr. Vallure was reassigned, the new Consulate General, Mr. Santiago Cabanas, reappointed Maricarmen to the position.

From her St. Augustine office in the historic La Casa del Hidalgo at the corner of Hypolita and St. George Streets, Maricarmen reaches out with services for many Spanish citizens who visit St. Augustine each year. Many of the questions Maricarmen handles are related to travel information, but she has also assisted those interested in opening a business in St. Augustine.

Because of St. Augustine’s Spanish heritage, having a local representative of the Spanish Government has proven helpful for many organizations. Certainly two organizations which have benefited many times by Maricarmen’s assistance are the City of St. Augustine and the St. Augustine Sister City Association which has two sister city relationships with Spanish communities, the Island of Menorca and the City of Avilés.

The Honorary Vice Consulate in St. Augustine may be reached by mail at 35 Hypolita St., Suite 103, St. Augustine, FL 32084 or by telephone at 904.827.1177.

The Consulate General of Spain in Miami is located at 2655 Le Jeune Rd., Suite 203, Coral Gables, FL 33134 and may be reached by phone at 305.446.5511 and by fax at 305.446.0585.

 

 

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