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New facility is topic of Applied Coral Technologies open house

Open house set for 5:00pm, Wednesday, January 9

at the Galimore Center

Applied Coral Technologies (ACT) will share information with the community regarding plans for a new facility during an open house scheduled for the Willie Galimore Center on Wednesday, January 9. The information meeting, which is open to the public, will run from 5:00pm until 7:00pm. The Galimore Center is located at 399 Riberia Street.

ACT is an aquaculture facility specializing in the sustainable propagation of a large number of species of coral and other marine invertebrate. The company is a pioneer in the commercialization of growing corals, utilizing a patented process, as stock for the home and commercial aquarium trade, medical research and ocean reef restoration, all the while reducing the damage caused by the over harvesting of corals from natural reef systems.

The company’s plans, the focus of the open house, are to locate its new headquarters facility at the southern terminus of Riberia Street. The facility is an Economic Development Initiative in cooperation with the City of St Augustine to add to the tax rolls and create needed jobs for the community. Locating the facility in that area, identified as Pougeard’s Pointe on nearly century old maps of the city, will necessitate the relocation of city owned horse stables that are currently in an adjoining area. That too will be discussed at the open house.

In addition to its aquaculture work, ACT offers educational opportunities via a full water immersion Helmet Dive called "The Coral Experience,” educational out-reach programs, and aiding universities with an alternate supply of coral that does not deplete natural reefs.

The open house will allow members of the community to meet representatives of ACT and ask questions about the operation and the planned facility. Members of the design team from Marquis Halback, Inc. and city staff familiar with the project will also be available to discuss the proposed project. One or more members of the St. Augustine City Commission may be in attendance.

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