ADA Compliance
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing accessibility to all and provides for handicapped accessible parking in the city. For a map of accessible parking locations, Click Here To notify the city regarding accessibility concerns contact: Will Franke, Building Official, Phn: 904.825.1065, Fax: 904.209.4335, Email: wfranke@citystaug.com; or Todd Grant, Public Works Deputy Director, Phn: 904.825.1040, Fax: 904.209.4286, Email: tgrant@citystaug.com. You may also write either of these contacts at City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

Consumer Confidence Report
The City of St. Augustine remains committed to providing clean and safe drinking water. For the previous year's sampling results please click here. To notify the city regarding water treatment concerns contact: Patrick Timoney, Water Treatment Plant Supervisor, Phn: 904.825.1044, Fax: 904.823-2280, Email: ptimoney@citystaug.com; or woperators@citystaug.com, or write the City of St. Augustine, P.O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085-0210.

 

St. Augustine, as the nation’s oldest city, is a community of great heritage. With emphasis on tourism as its main economic driving force, the city enjoys a superior residential quality of life enhanced by a unique architectural history and an ambiance which is preserved to attract the arts, culture and a flourishing downtown business sector, St. Augustine is surrounded by thriving modern communities which recognize the importance of the historic downtown to overall economic vitality.

This is the vision statement resulting from the city’s 1995 community-wide St. Augustine Vision Planning Project, an effort involving over 200 members of the community, meeting in 10 topic driven committees over months to develop a blueprint for what they defined as a vision for St. Augustine’s future.

In the fall of 2013, the city commission launched a new visioning initiative called Visioning 2014 & Beyond. To learn more about the project, follow the links below.

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Committee activity update

Visioning steering committee and City Commission

ready for joint meeting on February 2

Listen to Visioning 2014 & Beyond Steering Committee Chair, Vice Mayor Roxanne Horvath, discuss the importance of the city's visioning initiative for the city's future as a guest on The Break Room by clicking here.

On Monday, February 2, the City Commission will sit down with the 15-member visioning steering committee it appointed for a status report on what's been done thus far on the city's ambitious visioning initiative, Visioning 2014 & Beyond. It is an opportunity for the committee to report back to the commission, and for the commission to offer feedback to the committee.

The meeting* will be held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. starting at 3:30pm. The meeting is open to the public, and will be available for live and on-demand viewing at www.CoSATV.com.

The “workbook” for the meeting is the Vision Plan document prepared by Herb Marlowe, the steering committee’s facilitator who has worked with the group since its formation early last year. While Marlowe may have pulled it all together, the 35-page Vision Plan is truly the work of the committee as it has refined the data gathered from three town hall meetings, a community-wide survey with nearly 500 respondents, over 20 hours of workshops all open to the public and streamed live and on-demand online, and countless hours of conversations with residents and business owners throughout the city.

But before the committee continues towards its May deadline to complete the project, it will first meet with the commission. The meeting’s agenda and draft Vision Plan are available for download by clicking here.

Four Strategic Themes

During its work, the committee has identified four overarching or strategic themes which capture the needs, aspirations and values of the community for St. Augustine today and tomorrow.  These four strategic themes are:

  • Livability: a community in which one can live, work and play;

  • Authenticity: a community which connects its past, present and future as a real place;

  • Character: a distinctive place in terms of its natural environment, built environment and culture; and

  • Vitality: a community of diversity, economic vitality, protector of a rich eco-system.

Proposed Vision Statements

The meeting will also include a review of several drafts of proposed vision statements including these three:

  • St. Augustine will be a livable, authentic, bay front city that builds upon its rich history and environment to create a distinctive community character founded on a healthy and vibrant economy, a diverse mix of people and experiences, and a valuing of its natural assets.

  • St. Augustine: The City that successfully balances its vision of livability, authenticity, character and sustainability/vitality.

  • St. Augustine is a small livable city; it protects its rich history and character, it protects the environment,  and it balances the needs of its residents, businesses and institutions while it maintains opportunities for persons of all ages and means.

The First Five Goals

A key part of the meeting will include individual presentations by committee members on what the committee has defined as the First Five Goals. These are the items the committee believes need to be the initial focus of the vision plan:

  • Create a set of governing principles, practices and processes that balances the interests of residents, businesses and visitors while contributing to the vision of a livable, authentic, character based and vital community.

  • Create a comprehensive and integrated parking and mobility strategy.

  • Develop measureable sustainability policies and practices encompassing the synergies of economic vitality, human/historic diversity and environmental assets.

  • Collaborate with the Tourist Development Council and Visitors and Convention Bureau in promoting/marketing St. Augustine as an authentic, historic, livable community by participating not just in advertising, but also in event and program planning to ensure such is consistent with the vision of the City.

  • Commit to a greater and sustained emphasis on developing collaborative relationships between City government, small businesses and major public and private institutions inside and outside of the City.

 

Coming up next

Steering Committee meeting*

Monday, March 2, 3:30pm

The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St.

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*Note that one or more members of the St. Augustine City Commission or its appointed boards or committees may attend these meetings and participate, however they may not engage in discussion or debate amongst themselves on any issue that will likely come before their respective elected or appointed body.

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The Leadership

Roster of the Visioning 2014 & Beyond Steering Committee.

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1995 St. Augustine Vision Planning Project

The original 1995 St. Augustine Vision Planning Project report and the subsequent progress updates from 1996 and 1998.

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Visioning Resources

A collection of over 20 vision and strategic plans, most focused on St. Augustine, dating back over 50 year as well as agenda and minutes from the current visioning initiative.

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Update Archive

Visioning 2014 & Beyond activity updates, like the one at the top of this page, are archived for reference and information.

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Staying in the loop

To receive regular updates on the visioning initiative, please send an email to vision@citystaug.com requesting to be placed on the update roster.

The St. Augustine Record, in addition to offering regular coverage of the activities of Visioning 2014 & Beyond, has now gone the extra step by creating a page on its web side dedicated to the city's visioning initiative. The page is at www.StAugustine.com/Visioning.

 

 

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