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Laural D'Agnillo (right), one of the many Townsfolk hosts, assists St. Augustine visitors with information.
Not the score, we learned that on Sunday night. Rather, we await the results of our exposure on the world stage through the pictures, words and sound bites of over 3,000 members of the media, 400 of which are international journalists, who were here to cover what’s become the world’s most publicized annual event.
Financial support from the St. Johns County Tourism Development Council (TDC) allowed us to expand our heritage tourism experience for this event in ways that could be good on a regular basis. These include additional concerts in the Plaza, a changing of the guard at Government House on weekends, additional interpretive staff at our restored Colonial Spanish Quarter, and the Townsfolk program, which put experienced heritage interpreters on our historic streets to provide information to visitors.
If the worldwide publicity has an impact, we can anticipate even greater visitation in future years. Fortunately we are on a course to handle it. Our traffic management plan will provide additional parking and an organized sense of arrival for visitors; a shuttle system will spread visitors about; vehicle and pedestrian signage and brochures will ease gridlock and confusion; and streetscape improvements will encourage pedestrians to visit our numerous historic business districts and points of interest in addition to pedestrian St. George Street.
None of this can happen overnight. But much of the important groundwork will begin this year, on restoration of our landmark Bridge of Lions, construction of our Visitor Center (VIC) multimodal parking and orientation facility, and development of our Sebastian Inland Harbor.
Also, the Casa del Hidalgo - the Spanish gentleman’s home of the 16th century purchased by our city last year - will open with both a flavor of our Spanish heritage and information about our heritage tourism experience. Located in the core of our historic district at Hypolita and St. George Streets, it will be an interior guidepost to the great variety of tourism opportunities our Nation’s Oldest City offers.
I remember a conversation more than ten years ago with a resident who felt there was enough parking for the one and a half million estimated visitors at that time. "What happens when we have four million?" I asked. "Never happen!" he replied.
It is the realization that the current estimated three to six million visitors to our area could become six to eight million that is spurring us to plan, and expand, our visitor experience and the economic opportunities this will bring.