Public meeting on the Quality of Nightlife Strategic Plan set for August 28
At last Monday’s 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 2:00am.
Regan’s proposal has five primary elements, or planks:
- Increased police presence in the downtown at night,
- Increase late night trash collection and additional pressure washing of heavily traveled pedestrian areas,
- Improvements in urban design, such as correcting insufficient street lighting,
- Organized pick-up areas for ride-share providers, and
- Update the city’s alcohol ordinance.
The commission’s response was positive and so staff will now begin working on the details for implementation.
An important part of the process now is to gather public input. To that end, the city will host a public meeting on Wednesday, August 28 from 3:00pm until 5:00pm specifically to hear from the public, and especially stakeholders, on the various elements of the plan. The meeting will be in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. and will be streamed live and be available for on-demand viewing the day after the meeting at www.CityStAugTV.com.