Ceremony set for Friday, September 21 at 9:00am
Anyone who has ever wanted to walk along St. Augustine’s bayfront from the Bridge of Lions to the new seawall south of the Municipal Marina knows that you can’t. One has to follow the sidewalk around the perimeter of Gibbs Park, then along Avenida Menendez until reaching the new seawall near the entrance to the former Santa Maria Restaurant building.
That lack of connectivity is about to change with the completion of the city’s Bayfront Connectivity Project and a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Friday, September 21 at 9:00am.
The project was originally an idea of City Commissioner Roxanne Horvath as a way to make more of the city’s bayfront reachable and pedestrian friendly. The city’s General Services Department, which oversaw the project, was able to secure supportive funding from the Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) and the St. Augustine Port, Waterway and Beach District (SAPWBD). In addition to the $250,000 from the city, FIND and SAPWBD each provided grants of $200,000.
With next month’s expected completion of the reconstruction of the Municipal Marina’s docks which were damaged in last year’s Hurricane Irma, the connectivity project will greatly enhance the entire area. Often the site for events associated with the city’s waterfront, the area between the carpet golf facility and the seawall is likely to become even more popular.
The public is invited to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and then join city commissioners and representatives of FIND and SAPWB to be among the first to enjoy the uninterrupted stroll along the bayfront. Note that parking along Cathedral Pl. and King St. is complimentary until 10:00am.
For more information, contact the city’s General Services Department at 904.825.1010.