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On Monday, August 10, in a 3-2 decision, the City Commission voted to relocate the Confederate memorial, which is currently located in the Plaza de la Constitución, to Trout Creek Fish Camp, located at 6550 SR-13, St. Augustine, Florida.
Today, August 14, 2020, the City’s contractor, New York-based Progressive Construction of Long Island, Inc. (Progressive Construction), will begin the careful process of preparing the memorial for relocation, in two pieces. Once the area is staged and set with equipment, the following will occur:
Progressive Construction is a four-generation, family owned and operated company that specializes in moving and relocating buildings while maintaining the structural integrity and preserving the historic significance of those buildings.
“We are proud to help the City of St. Augustine in relocating this historic memorial so that it will be protected and preserved for another 200 years to come,” commented Jeremy Patterson, Progressive Construction Vice President. “In the case of this memorial, the City is taking great care to ensure that it is not simply dismantled and destroyed, but carefully removed so as to preserve it and ensure that it remains for generations to come.”
City Manager John Regan, P.E., echoed Mr. Patterson’s comments, “We want this to be an open and transparent operation with Progressive Construction. They recently have moved some of the most significant structures in our American history, from Greenville, SC, to Stamford, CT,… we could not be more pleased to be working the best in the business, knowing they will handle our memorial with the respect and care that it deserves.”
The project could take several weeks to complete, but there is no rush to get it finished. Patterson has made it clear that, “it will take as long it takes to relocate the memorial” without damage or incident.