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 Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: You may also write City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Consumer Confidence Report
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:; or, or write the City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Great Floridians 2000

Pedro Menendez de Aviles

(1519 - 1574)

Pedro Menendez de Aviles, a Spanish Naval Officer and founder of St. Augustine, was a member of a noble but somewhat impoverished Asturian family. At an early age he sought his fortune at sea. In 1549, at age thirty, he distinguished himself fighting pirates off the French coast. At thirty-five he was appointed by Charles V captain-general of the Indies fleet and in June 1565, he sailed with his fleet from Cadiz to Florida.

From his landfall near Cape Canaveral, he sailed north to Jean Ribaut’s French fleet at Fort Caroline. It was during this voyage up the Florida coast looking for Ribaut, probably on September 4, 1565, when he located "good harbor, with a good beach," which he gave the name St. Augustine. Further north, near the mouth of the St. Johns River, he scattered Ribaut’s forces and took his fleet back to the harbor of St. Augustine, where on the morning of September 8th he came ashore and founded the City. Using St. Augustine as his base, he marched overland to Fort Caroline and on September 20th captured the fort. He returned to St. Augustine and from there proceeded to explore the Florida peninsula and to establish Spanish posts on both coasts of Florida, at Port Royal and in Chesapeake Bay.

Menendez was a man of honor and of strong religious feeling, an expert seaman and a bold leader. He succeeded in establishing Spanish power in Florida which lasted from 1565 until 1763. The City of St. Augustine he founded continues to survive to this day.

Marker location
Pedro Menendez de Aviles statue in front of the St. Augustine City Hall, 75 King Street



< Return to Great Floridians


< Return Home