Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront
Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Grant

Previous Documents

These documents are from early commission meetings, concepts, and public meetings.

Commission Workshop
"Discussion of Alternates 12A and Potential Project Phasing"
March 14, 2011

Commission Workshop
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

5th Commission Meeting
"Discussion of Alternates

February 14, 2011

Alternate 11, 12 and 12A
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Development of
Alternative Designs
Executive Summary

Comparison Chart

Alternate Designs Website

4th Commission Meeting
"Four Alternates for Discussion"
January 24, 2011

4 Alternates
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Traffic Analysis
(Review Draft)

Alternate Designs Website

Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB)
"Four Alternates"
January 20, 2011

HARB: 4 Alternates
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Anastasia Boulevard Business Owners
"Four Alternates & Access to/from Anastasia Island"
January 13, 2011

Anastasia Blvd. Business Owners PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Parking & Traffic Committee Meeting
"Four Alternates"
January 13, 2011

Parking & Traffic Committee PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting
"Four Alternates - Consistency with Comprehensive Plan"
January 4, 2011

Planning & Zoning Board (PZB) PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

2nd & 3rd Public Meetings
"Design Issues & Preliminary Concepts"
November 18 and 19, 2010

Design Issues & Preliminary Concepts - Public Meetings PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Concepts Website (previous designs)

2nd & 3rd Commission Meeting
"Research Findings &
Alternative Design Intro"

October 11, 2010

Data Collection, Research, Assessment & Framework for Planning & Design Phase
Executive Summary
October 4, 2010

Research Findings & Alternative Design Intro
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

2nd Commission Meeting
"Research Findings &
Alternative Design Intro"

October 11, 2010

Data Collection, Research, Assessment & Framework for Planning & Design Phase
Executive Summary
October 4, 2010

Research Findings & Alternative Design Intro
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

Newsletter Number 1

1st Public Meeting
"Data Collection Open House"
September 16, 2010

Board 1: Identity Plan

Board 2: Alternative Mobility

Board 3: Vehicular Mobility

Board 4: Lane Width

Board 5: Utilities Plan

Board 6: NPS Master Plan "C"

Board 7: Waterfront Case Studies

Board 8: Urban Park Case Studies

Board 9: Historical Images

Board 10: Survey Results

Board 11: Visual Assessment A

Board 12: Visual Assessment B

1st Public Meeting / Open House
General PowerPoint presentation
(downloadable as PDF)

1st Commission Meeting
"Planning Kickoff &
Project Update"

August 23, 2010

Planning Kickoff & Project Update
PowerPoint presentation (downloadable as PDF)

SketchUp Fly-Thru
Existing Conditions


Previous Project Update:
Preferred Alternate Selected - Alternate '12A'

At the February 14, 2011 Commission meeting, the St. Augustine City Commission voted 4-1 to select alternate 12A as the preferred alternate to advance into the final master plan phase. Alternate 12A is a mixture of two alternates:

  • From West Castillo Drive to the NPS parking lot: Alternate 8
    Alternate 8 was given an "Opinion of Appropriateness" at the January 20 HARB meeting. This orientation minimizes additional encroachment on the historic earthworks surrounding the Castillo de San Marcos while expanding sidewalks, adding bike lanes, and moving the same amount of vehicular traffic as the existing roadway.
  • From the NPS parking lot to the Bridge of Lions: Alternate 12
    Alternate 12 was developed following feedback provided by the commission at the January 24 meeting. Note that alternate 12 has many of the same elements in alternate 8, only with two north-bound lanes.

Alternate 12A provides the following concensus items identified at the January 24 commission meeting:

  • Wider sidewalks, especially along South Castillo Drive.
  • Bike lanes in both directions from West Castillo Drive to the Bridge of Lions.
  • The potential for a designated horse carriage pathway for a south-bound route, thereby minimizing impacts to vehicular travel.
  • Greater capacity for south-bound queuing for the Bridge of Lions.

The HDG Team is now working on the final master plan and the Phase 1 grant application for the Commission's consideration at the March 28 and April 11 commission meetings.

More information on Alt. 12A provided here.

Two New Alternates Developed:
6 Alternates Available for Review

A variety of public meetings were held throughout January 2011 to review the alternate designs for the "Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront" project. Stakeholder groups and City boards / committees were consulted. City meetings leading up to the commission meeting included:

  • Planning & Zoning Board, City of St. Augustine - Jan. 4: In a 6-0 vote, the PZB members approved alternates 7, 8, 9 and 10 as being in compliance with the City's comprehensive plan.

  • Parking & Traffic Committee, City of St. Augustine - Jan. 13: The committee reviewed the progress on the project, and the members noted that the City's adopted traffic and parking plan should continue to be implemented.

  • Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), City of St. Augustine - Jan. 20: In a 4-0 vote, HARB gave the project an opinion of appropriateness for all four alternates. HARB recommended alternate 8.

At the January 24 City Commission meeting, alternates 7, 8, 9 and 10 were presented and reviewed by the commission. Using the feedback from this productive meeting, the HDG team has developed two additional alternates (#11 and #12) for the public to review and provide comment.

The HDG Team invites participants and stakeholders to review the alternate designs and to submit your feedback by survey, email, phone, or at the public meetings.

All six alternates (#7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12) are now posted online.

These will be discussed again at the February 14 City Commission meeting.

Click here to review the alternate designs.


Previous Project Update:
Narrowing Down the Options:
4 Alternates Available for Review

Public participation and feedback continues to be a critical component to the "Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront" project. To date, the Halback Design Group Team has received valuable feedback from hundreds of participants.

Based on the feedback from residents, visitors, business owners, stakeholders, the National Park Service, City staff, and other associated public agencies on the design issues (click on link for previous work) and alternates 1-6 (click on link for previous alternates), four alternates have been developed.

These four alternates (#7, 8, 9, and 10) are now posted online.

There are a series of stakeholder meetings and public presentations scheduled during January for discussion of these four alternatives. The full schedule is provided to the right. These will be presented to the City Commission at the January 24 Commission Meeting.

Click here to review the alternate designs.


Previous Project Update:
Revised Schedule of Public Meetings for 2011

On behalf of the entire "Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront" team and Halback Design Group, we would thank you for all of the great feedback we have received so far. HDG is continuing to accept questions, comments and concerns by email (, phone (904-825-6747), and the surveys embedded in the Concept web pages.

Below is the list of public meetings in 2011. We hope you all will be able to attend.

Planning & Zoning Board - Monday, January 4, 2011 @ 2pm
Parking & Traffic Committee - Thursday, January 13, 2011 @ 9am
Historic Area Chamber of Commerce - Friday, January 14, 2011 @ 8:30am, Prosperity Bank Community room, off of US-1
Historic Architectural Review Board - Thursday, January 20, 2011 @ 2pm
City Commission Presentation - Monday, January 24, 2011 @ 5pm (meeting starts at 5pm; presentation will be available on agenda Friday, January 21)

Unless noted otherwise, all meetings are held in the Alcazar Conference Room (City Commission chambers) at City Hall, 75 King Street. All final notices will be made through the City's website (

Previous Project Update:
Alternative / Conceptual Designs now available online!

On November 18 and 19, approximately 50 residents and stakeholders gathered to review the first round of conceptual designs for the "Reconnecting the Castillo & the Bayfront." Thanks to all who participated.

Initial design issues and alternative designs were presented, all of which are now available online through this project website. Each design issues and alternate has a survey portion that enables participants to give feedback directly to the design team.

It is important to note that there are no final designs, and the Halback Design Group team and the City of St. Augustine are looking for questions, comments, and/or concerns. These six alternatives will be further developed based on feedback from the community, the City of St. Augustine, the National Park Service, FDOT, and other important stakeholders.

Feedback will be open for a period of 2-3 weeks and will close in early to mid December 2010.

Click here to review the concepts.

Previous Project Update:
Continual Opportunities for Feedback

The City of St. Augustine and the Halback Design Group team would like to highlight that continual opportunities for public feedback are available:

Jeremy Marquis, LEED AP, Project Manager, Halback Design Group, Inc.
Phone: 904.825.6747; Email:

Public Meetings
October 11 - City Commission
November 18 / 19 - Second & Third Public Meetings
January 10 - City Commission
February 24 - Fourth Public Meeting
March 28 - City Commission

Previous Project Update:
A Unique "Transit in Parks" Project

Introduction to Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks Grant

In late 2008, the City of St. Augustine learned of the Paul S. Sarbanes Transit in Parks grant program, a federal transportation planning grant which is focused on better integrating national parks and surrounding communities with alternative modes of transportation.

The goals of the grant include reducing traffic and congestion, reducing pollution, improving visitor mobility, enhancing visitor experience, and making a positive impact on environmental and cultural treasures.

Many of these goals correlated well with previous efforts by the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and the City of St. Augustine to address Avenida Menedez and South Castillo Drive. This four lane roadway acts as a barrier between downtown and the bayfront, and this project seeks to reconnect the Castillo with the City she was built to protect.

Uniqueness of the project

This project is truly unique and is unlike any previous Transit in Parks applicant. Given the historic nature of the fort and the urban context of its surrounding, St. Augustine and the Castillo stand apart from the bus purchasing project of Yellowstone, the horse carriage route of Grand Teton National Park, and the ferry planning project for Fort Pickens and the Gulf Island National Seashore.

Impact on the 450th Commemoration

With the 450th Commemoration approaching in 2013-2015, this grant funding has the potential to provide capital funding for improvements to the bayfront and A1A, leaving improved connections between downtown and the Castillo / bayfront for the community’s benefit long after the celebration.

Previous Project Update:
Resident & Visitor Survey Results

During August and September 2010, for a period of one month stretching the summer and fall, both residents and visitors were surveyed regarding their habits in visiting the Castillo de San Marcos and downtown. Over 400 surveys were returned. Results were made available on Board 10: Survey Results at the first public meeting on September 16 and on pages 22 and 23 in the Data Collection executive summary dated October 4.

Thank you to all residents and visitors who participated in the survey



Project Schedule
(Note New Dates)

Data Collection, Research, Assessment, Framework
July 26 – September 17
• Kickoff Meeting
• City Commission Meeting – August 23 - “Planning Kickoff & Project Update”
• Full Data Collection through Framework Plan
• First Public Meeting – Thursday. September 16 (evening)

Alternative Design Options
September 20 – January 24

• City Commission Meeting – October 11 - “Research Findings & Alternative Design Intro”
• Conceptual Designs
• Preferred Plans
• Second Public Meeting – Thursday, November 18 (evening)
• Third Public Meeting – Friday, November 19 (afternoon)
• PZB (January 4, 2011 @ 2pm)
• Parking & Traffic (January 13, 2011 @ 9am)
• Anastasia Boulevard business owners (January 13 @ 6:30pm, Alligator Farm education center)
• Historic Area Chamber of Commerce (January 14 @ 8:30am, Prosperity Bank community room)
• HARB (January 20, 2011 @ 2pm)
• City Commission Meeting - January 24, 2011 @ 5pm - "Four Alternative Plans & Kickoff of Final Master Plan"
• City Commission Meeting - February 14, 2011 @ 5pm - "Six Alternative Plans & Kickoff of Final Master Plan"

Final Master Plan, Preliminary Design & Engineering
January 24 – March 11

• Final Master Plan (based on preferred alternate), Modeling, Permit Requirements, etc.
• Meetings as needed.

Grant Application & Wrap Up Meetings
March 11 – March 28

• Meetings as needed.
• Commission Workshop - March 14 - Alternate 12A
• City Commission Meeting – April 11 - “Final Master Plan and Next Steps”

Note: This schedule is subject to change and is provided for informational purposes only.



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