2009 An Exciting Year for City of St. Augustine

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Every year there are changes throughout St. Augustine and this past year is no different.

In early 2009 the Lighthouse Park was renovated to provide boaters with a new and safer way to dock their boats and dingys. To see the story, click here.

Work on Maria Sanchez Lake continued and the work received national recognition with an article published in the American Public Works Association.

With St. Augustine’s 450th Birthday Commemoration looming, the United State Senate passed the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission. For the official news release from the U. S. Senate, click here.

St. Augustine’s latest public park, Hamilton Upchurch Neighborhood Park, officially opened in April, providing activities for children and adults. To read about the dedication ceremony, click here.

Soon after the opening of the Hamilton Upchurch Park, Nelmar Terrace Neighborhood opened a pocket park which began with the funds provided to the Nelmar Terrace Neighborhood Association by the City of St. Augustine. Click here to read the story.

Gazebo at End of Walkway to San Sebastian Creek Kayak Launch

Continuing improvements to public spaces, the city added a walkway to the adjoining creek and a kayak launch to Joe Pomar Park. To read the story and see arterials of the park, click here.

Partly in preparation of the 450th birthday, benefactors of the city began the restoration of Flagler era public fountains beginning with the fountain located in the west plaza area of the Government House. Others to follow were the St. Augustine Fire Department fountain and the fountain behind the Alcazar Hotel, home of the Lightner Museum and City Hall. To read the story, click here.

Some improvements are not quite so visible as the city drilled three new wells for continued production of safe, clean and great tasting water for generations to come. To see the story, click here.

Both residents and visitors alike can now enjoy the new but old historic pews from Mount Moriah Baptist Church located in Hastings. To read the story about the church, pews and the Visitors Information Center, click here.

The historic public market in the Plaza de la Constitucion has been centuries old site for commerce and with new ordinances, the activity there now allows strictly for commerce once again. And along with that, the market was showcased by opening the area for more public use. To read the story, click here.

The year has been one of many past years where the City of St. Augustine is making St. Augustine a more livable and hospitable city for its residents and visitors alike. And after almost 450 years, St. Augustine’s future is brighter than ever.

Jerry Houman
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