On a recent trip to St Augustine, I walked up to St George Street to see what I could see of the new Colonial Quarter.
This is pretty much what I could see clearly.
But I also saw sunshine, trucks, vans, extension cords everywhere, materials waiting to be used, workers everywhere. I saw the skeleton of the planned 17th century watchtower.
I heard the buzzing of power tools, snippets of conversation, questions and answers called out, and laughter. I remember the laughter and the sunshine most of all.
Seeing the Taberna and the Museum Store closed and empty made me sad. But as much as I didn’t want the Spanish Quarter to close, it may have outlived its usefulness in that incarnation. If the city of St Augustine no longer had any interest in returning it to the active attraction it once was, then it was right for someone with new vision to take a shot at it. God bless Pat Croce.
Read more about it here: St. Augustine history museum gets major makeover Pat Croce’s enthusiasm and excitement for the project bubbles throughout this First Coast News piece by Jessica Clark. Made me happy.
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