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When the city holds the dedication ceremony for the Avenida Menendez Seawall Project on February 7 it will mark the completion of a multifaceted and multimillion dollar project that is both critical infrastructure and historic preservation.
Prior to the ceremony, starting at 3:00pm, a procession lead by 1740 Honor Guard and city, state and federal officials will assemble at the southern end of the seawall, at the corner of Avenida Menendez and St. Francis St., and proceed to “walk the wall” to the ceremony site at the St. Augustine Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The public is invited to participate in the procession, or gather at the marina for the ceremony itself. Please note that parking on the east side of Avenida Menendez adjacent to the seawall will be restricted that day.
The ceremony will include remarks from a representative of the Florida Division of Emergency Management in recognition of that agency’s assistance in the project. Also, Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw, Jr., The Adjutant General of Florida, will offer remarks in recognition of the Army and Florida National Guard’s long association with the seawall starting with its construction supervised by four West Point graduate officers between 1833 and 1844.
Additionally, because of his constant vigilance on the federal level to facilitate funding for the project U.S. Congressman John Mica has been invited to offer remarks. Mica, whose district included St. Augustine until reapportionment two years ago, was one of the projects most vocal advocates. St. Augustine’s current Congressional Representative, Ron DeSantis, is unable to attend the ceremony
Maj. Gen. Emmett R. Titshaw and Congressman Mica also spoke at the groundbreaking for the project.
The two year long project stretching south of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina to St. Francis Street included the construction of a new barrier twelve feet into the bay from the current seawall that encapsulated the historic structure, protecting it, but leaving it partially exposed so it becomes a significant part of the new waterfront promenade.
The $6.325 million project was funded on a 75%-25% grant with the city providing the smaller amount. The larger portion came from a Florida Division of Emergency Management grant funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Flood Mitigation Assistance Program and awarded by Congressional Appropriation in fiscal year 2010.
The seawall, blocks of coquina capped by slabs of granite, separates Avenida Menendez and Matanzas Bay and has protected the downtown from flooding for 170 years. The portion of the original seawall north of the Bridge of Lions was lost to the widening of state Highway A1A in the 1950s, but the section south of the municipal marina remains intact. Its preservation and rehabilitation will ensure its historical significance is preserved.
Nearly 15 years ago, city officials first sought funds to repair the seawall following damage resulting from Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Funding from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) provided conceptual designs in 2002 followed by reviews from a number of state and local preservation monitoring boards.
It was another storm, Tropical Storm Faye in 2008, whose additional damage opened the door for qualification for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant program a process that allowed the agency to award a grant for the project to the Florida Department of Emergency Management (FDEM) who in turn made the funding available to the city in 2011.
For more information about the ceremony, contact the Department of Public Affairs at 904.825.1004. For more information about the seawall project, contact the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.