Updated 30 November 2010
The Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront concepts are now available on the project Web site along with the survey to give participants immediate feedback on questions, comments and concerns. The concepts can be found by clicking here. Please note, the survey questions are at the bottom of the page.
Updated 11 October 2010
At the October 11 City Commission meeting, the data collection and framework plans will be presented to the City Commission. The presentation completed the required data collection phase of the project and introduced the next phase of development of alternative concerts.
The project Web site can be found by clicking here and will be updated throughout the project.
For more information, the contact is Jeremy Marquis at Halback Design Group, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous story posted August 2010 follows:
St. Augustine thrives on its historic features and yet the most important historic feature in the city is separated from the city itself by a four lane state highway. But efforts are under way to remedy that situation.
Three quarters of a million people visit the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument each year, making it by far the most visited historic site, museum or attraction in the city. And yet, to get to the “fort” one has to cross the four lanes of traffic on South Castillo Drive (Highway A1A).
Making the approaches to this national monument easier, safer and simply more pedestrian-friendly is the goal of a study recently launched by the City of St. Augustine with funding through the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks, a grant program established by Congress to enhance the protection of national parks and federal lands, and thus increase and enhance the enjoyment of those visiting those sites.
The first step to re-developing the overall access to the Castillo is to collect input from the public, both the visitors who may be in St. Augustine for the first time, others who visit often, and residents who are in and through the downtown area every day. That input is being collected through a brief and easy to complete survey offered at the Visitors Information Center and here on-line.
Whether a frequent or occasional visitor to St. Augustine’s downtown, your input is valuable. The survey will take just a few minutes, but the result from this project will last for generations to come.
The first of four public meetings was held Thursday, September 16 in the Alcazar Room at City Hall. The survey closed Tuesday, September 14.
For more information contact Jeremy Marquis, Halback Design Group, at 827.6747.