Public Opinion Survey

Inserted in June Utility Bills

Because your opinion is valuable, watch for an important survey included in the June utility bills sent from the City of St. Augustine.

The survey seeks public input on the future of the Eddie Vickers Recreational Facility, including the Galimore Community Center, the Galimore Pool and the Malcolm Jones Field, located at 33 Riberia St. in the Lincolnville neighborhood.  The survery created by Dr. Casey Welch, a sociology professor at Flagler College for three years, and his class of seven Flagler College students as their semester project.

The survey is the brainchild of Dr. Welch who was looking to assist his students to identify a student project for his summer class in Sociological Research Methods which teaches and applies empirical research methods. They needed a project that would focus on research and would contribute to the entire community.

After considering a project which included local businesses, the professor and students heard about the Galimore pool closure and discussions between the city and the county regarding whether to refurbish the pool and Galimore Community Center and who was going to underwrite the cost. This discussion led to the student's decision to research the public’s attitudes toward the center and the pool.

After numerous meetings with community leaders and focus groups, Dr. Welch met with City Manager John Regan who eagerly encouraged the idea deciding the results could possibility be used for future planning purposes. Dr. Welch made a formal presentation to the city commission at its May 23 meeting, and the commission supported the idea. With that direct support, Dr. Welch and the students have moved forward in an effort to get the highest number of survey submittals possible.

The initial survey was distributed at the Lincolnville Street Festival held in May. Also, the survey was made available at the St. Johns Farmer’s Market held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and a rummage sale at the First United Methodist Church in Lincolnville. And lastly, the survey will be made available to all St. Augustine businesses and residents who receive a water bill from the City of St. Augustine in the month of June.

Dr. Welch stated that “the survey takes less than five minutes to complete but will inform the city on ways to revitalize the Community Center and pool.”

If you have questions regarding the survey contact Dr. Welch at welchsociology@yahoo.com or call 826.8544.

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