Grants available for projects in four categories
The City of St. Augustine’s Neighborhood Grant program has awarded funds for a wide variety of projects in recent years, including historical markers, a walking tour brochure describing the history of homes in a specific neighborhood, pet waste stations, web sites and small landscaping projects.
Applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Neighborhood Grant Program which offers modest grants that can yield big returns for a neighborhood. In addition to filling a neighborhood’s need, the projects often bring neighbors together to work on a common goal.
There are three categories for eligible projects:
— Improvements: being a tangible physical asset, either new or existing, located on public space;
— Communication: such as print material, e-newsletter, web design/maintenance to benefit the neighborhood;
— Education: such as workshops, classes, speakers for the benefit of the neighborhood.
Each grant recipient is limited to one grant per funding cycle not to exceed $2,500. Total funds available for the Fiscal Year 2018 grant cycle is $15,000.
For more details and to download the application information, see the home page story at www.CityStAug.com.
13,000+ passengers used free service
The free park and ride shuttle, which ran during the peak visitation days during the first six weeks of Nights of Lights, concluded last Saturday and is being considered a grand success.
Operating on Light-Up! Night, November 18, Friday and Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend and then every Saturday in December, the shuttle transported 13,256 passengers and prevented nearly 4,500 vehicles from entering and seeking parking in the downtown area.
Excluding the service from Anastasia Island, which only operated on Light-Up! Night, the shuttle saw an increase of 64% in ridership over its inaugural year in 2016.
The shuttle was supported by the City of St. Augustine and the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council.
Events set for Saturday, Jan. 13 and Monday, Jan. 15
Two events scheduled for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend will likely affect traffic for brief periods.
Right to Life March, Saturday, Jan, 13, 11:20am
The walking procession begins at 11:20am from the Mission Nombre de Dios on San Marco Ave. then continues south to S. Castillo Dr., then along St. George St., to the Plaza de la Constitucion for an event lasting until 2:00pm. During the procession, which lasts less than 30 minutes, vehicular traffic along San Marco Ave. south of Mission Ave. will be interrupted.
To avoid delays during the event motorists may wish to use Ponce de Leon Blvd (U.S. 1) rather than San Marco Ave., and are urged to use caution in the vicinity of the Plaza from noon until approximately 2:00pm because of the increased number of pedestrians in the area.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Remembrance, Monday, Jan. 15, 11:45am
The procession will depart St. Paul’s AME Church, 85 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave.at 11:45am. and walk along M. L. King, Jr. Ave., then King St. to the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitución for an event lasting until 2:00pm.
The procession will necessitate brief interruption of vehicular traffic along M. L. King, Jr. Ave. and King St. during the procession lasting for approximately 15 minutes. Motorists may wish to use alternative routes to avoid delays.
City offices closed, no change in solid waste schedule
Offices for the City of St. Augustine will be closed on Monday, January 15 in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday, but solid waste collections will remain on their regular schedule.
Ceremony set for 11am, Friday, Jan. 19 at Upchurch Park
The City of St. Augustine will commemorate its 35th annual Arbor Day on Friday, Jan. 19 at Hamilton Upchurch Park at the intersection of Anastasia Blvd. and Red Cox Rd. The brief ceremony starts at 11:00am and the public is invited to attend.
The ceremony will include the planting of trees by city officials, presentations by the Street Tree Advisory Committee (STAC), and will conclude with Smokey Bear leading the distribution of free saplings to the public including Live Oak, Red Cedar, Loblolly Bay, East Palatka Holly and Red Maple.
Each year the SATC selects a location for the ceremony and the type of trees to be planted for Arbor Day. This year, three sable palms will be added to Upchurch Park. marking the 100th tree planted as part of observance of Arbor Day by the city. Since the first ceremony in 1984, trees have been planted in 23 locations throughout the city.