SAINT AUGUSTINE – A protest against the May St. barricades begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 7. Participants are invited to meet on May Street at North Magnolia at 3 p.m.
Previous events have raised awareness of the injustice of the City’s decision to close off three streets, N. Magnolia, Douglas And E. San Carlos, which has sharply increased congestion – and danger – on May St.
Sunday., Nelmar Terrace will be having a “Neighborhood Walk” with Reuben Franklin, the new City Mobility Manager, beginning at Nelmar Terrace Park at 4 p.m, and “Ending at Robert (Aultman) and Manny’s Terrace at 31 Nelmar Ave. for a meeting and social hour at 5 p.m..” (per Nelmar flyer.) Nelmar Terrace, successfully, had the City close off their (public) streets, and, simultaneously, had (newly privatized) N. Magnolia repaved. And, now, invite their neighborhood to, “let the City know your list of “quick mobility fixes needed”, smoothing out their sidewalks, replacing street signs, fill potholes… and “longer range objectives in the strategic plan.”
This is relevant to Vilano: we on the barrier island have had our mobility severely curtailed, with the closure of those three streets. The barricades have dramatically increasing congestion, making May St. more dysfunctional and dangerous while exempting Nelmar from the repercussions of the City’s mobility problems. Nelmar continues to benefit from the City’s ‘mobility’ efforts, at the expense of those who MUST use May St for access/egress to our homes. Vilano continues to be refused input into the City decisions re: May St., that affect us directly, with the erection of the barricades coming just before City elections – and right on the heels of Hurricane Matthew.
Please come stand with us on Sun., and send a message to the City’s Mobility Program Manager that City decisions have DECREASED mobility, especially for those who live on the barrier island. That Public Streets are Not Private Streets. That the barricades help a vocal handful of people at the expense of everyone who travels May St. That we pay taxes, own businesses, support St. Augustine. That if the City cares about “mobility” they need to stop playing favorites. That we need to be able to get to our doctors, our businesses, our children. Please join us in standing up for our community!
Participants are invited to meet on May Street at North Magnolia at 3 p.m.