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Posted on: August 16, 2019

RESCHEDULED: Public Meeting: Downtown Quality of Nightlife

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Community stakeholders encouraged to attend, participate in discussion

The public meeting originally scheduled for Wednesday, August 28 that was cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian has been rescheduled for Wednesday, September 25, from 3 to 5 pm, in The Alcazar Room of City Hall, located at 75 King Street.

At the August 12, 2019, meeting of the St. Augustine City Commission, City Manager John Regan presented a five-point plan that when implemented will address some concerns raised by the changing character of the city’s downtown night environment.

Billed as a Quality of Nightlife Strategic Plan, the program will address concerns driven by the growing nighttime business model in the downtown that tends to cater mostly to patrons of bars and mostly in the last hours of service from midnight to 2 am.

Regan’s proposal has five primary elements, including increased police presence in the downtown at night, increased attention to cleanliness in heavily traveled pedestrian areas, improvements in urban design such as street lighting and sidewalks, organized pick-up of areas for ride-share providers, and an update to the city’s alcohol ordinance.

A critical component of any process to implement change such as this is gathering public input.  The “town hall” format of this meeting is designed to offer a question and answer session and is intended to draw feedback from the public, and especially stakeholders on the various elements of the plan.  In addition, St. Augustine Police Chief Barry Fox and St. Augustine City Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline will be participating in the discussion.

The meeting will be streamed live and be available for on-demand viewing the day after the meeting.

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