St. Augustine Beach hears Slavin park proposal

A frequent speaker at city and county government meetings, Edward A. Slavin, Jr., will appear before the St. Augustine Beach City Commission at their regular business meeting tonight and try, again, to persuade a local government body to move forward in support of his proposed “St. Augustine National Historical Park, Seashore and Coastal Parkway”.

On November 1, Slavin made a fifteen-minute presentation to the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and the Board heard three-minute public comments. The process consumed the first 1 hour and 43 minutes of the meeting.

Although they asked no questions of the presenter, the Board voted unanimously to reject the proposal that would turn over management of public lands in our area to the federal control of the Department of Interior, National Parks Service.

This weekend, Slavin told Historic City News editor, Michael Gold, “we’ll be back” — indicating that just because the five-member county commission rejected his proposal doesn’t mean it isn’t what the people want. Slavin carried a sign in the Occupy St. Augustine march Saturday in the plaza that read, “For the People”. Slavin says he has hopes that his measure will be put to a public referendum; and, be allowed to appear on the ballot in November 2012.

If you are planning to attend — the regular St. Augustine Beach City Commission meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. Monday and will be held in the Commission meeting room on the south side of city hall, located at 2200 A1A South in St. Augustine Beach. It will be broadcast live on Comcast Channel 2 and is streamed live over the Internet.

The city commission has adopted the following procedure: persons wishing to speak about topics that are on the agenda must fill out a speaker card in advance and give it to the recording secretary. The cards are available at the back of the meeting room. This procedure does not apply to persons who want to speak to the commission tinder “public comments”

Photo credits: © 2011 Historic City News archive photograph

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