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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: email@example.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing clean and safe drinking water. For the previous year's sampling results please click here. To notify the city regarding water treatment concerns contact: Patrick Timoney, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Phn: 904.825.1044, Fax: 904.823-2280, Email: email@example.com; or firstname.lastname@example.org, or write the City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.
Super Bowl XXXIX, scheduled for February 6 in Jacksonville, is expected to draw thousands of first time visitors and hundreds of members of the international media. This unique opportunity, to give first timers a good first impression and showcase our community to millions through the media, has been embraced by the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB) in a big way.
Members of the tourism industry, economic development leaders and government representatives have been meeting for nearly three years to build a reception program that will both distinguish St. Johns County from the surrounding area and ensure that those visiting during this big event will want to return again and again.
Under the banner of Touch Down in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and the Beaches, the VCB has successfully created a roster of events and guest services that will be sure to enhance the stay of visitors as well as serve up to the media colorful and interesting story ideas.
One of the earliest goals of the VCB was to establish a series of events that spotlight the character and flavor of St. Johns County. As a participant, the City of St. Augustine is staging three activities that reinforce the city’s charm and historical character: The Colonial Town, Changing of the Guard, and Concerts in the Plaza. And, they’re all free.
The Colonial Town
Without a doubt, the centerpiece of the city’s colonial displays is the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum where reenactors demonstrate period skills and crafts and interact with visitors by answering questions in the setting of restored colonial village. In the evening an authentic tavern, the Taberna del Gallo, comes alive with characters from the city’s past.
To encourage visitors to step back in time and into the museum, admission will be free from January 28 through February 6. The museum will be open from 10:00am until 9:00pm.
Members of the San Agustin Garrison march into place in front of Government House during for the Changing of the Guard reenactment.
Changing of the Guard
Another part of the colonial experience is the Changing of the Guard, a reenactment of a daily routine from the city’s colonial days. The reenactment depicts Spanish soldiers securing the city for the night in the year 1740 and includes a military drill in Spanish, a musket firing and then afterwards, reenactors will remain to answer questions.
Changing of the Guard will be staged nightly at 6:00pm from February 1 through February 5.
Concerts in the Plaza
Concerts in the Plaza, a summer tradition, brings free entertainment every Thursday all summer long to the Plaza de la Constitucion. Visitors and residents alike gather under the canopy of ancient live oaks in a setting not unlike old fashioned band concerts in the park. An abbreviated season of Concerts in the Plaza is being staged on Super Bowl weekend with two of the series' most popular bands.
On Friday, February 4, The Driftwoods will serve up classic and contemporary bluegrass, both original numbers and long time favorites. On Saturday night, February 5, Mid-Life Crisis will blend the best of rock & roll, rhythm & blues, jazz, pop, and country into great entertainment. The 90-minute concerts will begin at 6:30pm and those attending are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
For complete visitor information call 800.OLD.CITY or visit www.visitoldcity.com.
For general information about any of these events, call the City of St. Augustine Department of Public Affairs at 904.825.1004.
The Driftwoods perform from the Plaza de la Constitucion’s Gazebo during the 2004 season of Concerts in the Plaza.