St. Augustine Historic District Strategic Plan Steering Committee meeting report
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Creation Date: May 20, 2008
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Meeting Report: May 20, 2008

St. Augustine Historic District Strategic Plan Steering Committee
10:00 AM 12:00 PM
The St. Augustine Record, The Center Conference Room
One News Place, St. Augustine, FL 32086


Members present:

Members absent:

Others present:

Glen Hastings
Michael Gannon
Chris Silver

Tracy Upchurch

Carol Walker
Helena Sala
Dwight Hines
Alphons Vijgen
Peter Ellis
Leslee Keys

John Regan
Roy Graham

Gordan Wilson

Linda Dixon
Peter Rumpel
Dan Sullivan
Martin Gold
Nancy Sikes-Kline
Bill Adams

Kathy Deagan
Ed Poppell

Roy Hunt

Dean Oliver Quigley
B. J. Kalaidi
Tony Lippi
Claude Armstrong
Margo Pope
Joseph Boles

1. Welcome and Introductions- Vice President Poppell welcomed attendees and provided
background information about the strategic plan initiative and the University's role. All
attendees introduced themselves and stated their interest or involvement in the

II. Steering Committee Membership and Responsibilities Vice President Poppell
discussed the make-up of the Steering Committee membership. Linda Dixon noted that
all Steering Committee meetings and communications are subject to the Government In
The Sunshine and Public Records laws. She distributed guidance material on these laws
from the University's General Counsel's Office.

III. Strategic Plan Work Program Draft Linda Dixon presented a draft Strategic Plan Work
Program for review and comment. Copies of the draft were distributed to the attendees
along with a timeline graphic and area map. Ms. Dixon noted that Dr. Michael Gannon

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had been added to the Steering Committee since the first draft was distributed via email
and website.

Members agreed on the project title, process outline, and schedule.
John Regan noted that the City has visitor data obtained at the new parking garage.
Glen Hastings noted that the Tourist Development Council and National Park Service
also have visitor survey data. Some of this information is available online.
Several attendees noted other studies and reports that should be included in the
Literature Review. These will be provided to Linda Dixon if available.
Glen Hastings noted that the Tourist Development Council has funded a countywide
Destination Master Plan study in the amount of $300,000-$400,000. St. Johns
County will be the contracting agent. The study is anticipated to begin in about 30
days and last for approximately 9 months. The study will make recommendations
for spending tourist advertising funds. It is anticipated to include some aspects of
heritage tourism, but will not develop branding strategies. There will be a webpage
for the Destination Master Plan that can be linked to the University's strategic plan
webpage. There was much discussion among the members about how that
Destination Master Plan should dovetail with the Historic District Strategic Plan. Ed
Poppell stated that there should be one clear message and no duplication of effort.
Mayor Boles suggested that the Destination Master Plan may need to "unplug" the
historic evaluation element that will be accomplished in the Historic District
Strategic Plan.
Mayor Boles cautioned that the strategic plan process should be clear to citizens
that this study will not lead to changes in the City's comprehensive plan or zoning.
The strategic plan will not address the historic preservation overlay districts or
otherwise affect personal property. Chris Silver noted that by calling the study a
"strategic plan" rather than a "master plan" this misconception may be minimized.
A request was made to include performance indicators and data collection necessary
to track implementation of a strategic plan.
Members discussed the draft map of the study area. Some suggestions were made
to increase the area depicted on the map, but to focus the study on the historic core
surrounding the State-owned buildings. Ed Poppell cautioned that the strategic plan
should be about the bigger picture, not only the State-owned buildings. Roy Graham
noted that the role of Flagler College is important. Members also noted that the
maps should highlight features such as railroads, waterways, gateways and linkages.

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Future meeting dates were discussed for the Steering Committee, Consultant
Selection Committee and public forums.
An audience member suggested that meeting notices should be clear that they are
open to the public. Ed Poppell made note of the comment and said that all
university meetings are public.

IV. Draft Consultant Project Fact Sheet and Advertisement Linda Dixon presented draft
consultant advertisement materials. Members discussed and accepted these drafts with
minor adjustments. Identification of performance indicators will be added to the
description of consultant responsibilities. Additional members of the Consultant
Selection and Certification Committee were identified as John Regan, Glen Hastings, Roy
Graham and Roy Hunt. July 3rd and 15th were removed as a possible dates for
consultant selection meetings due to schedule conflicts.

V. Discuss Public Participation Process and First Public Workshop Linda Dixon described
the anticipated process to involve the public in meetings over the next couple of months
until the consultants are hired. Once the consultant team is hired, they will continue
with a public participation process. Representatives of the City and Flagler College
offered their facilities for public meetings. Members noted dates when there are likely
to be conflicts with conferences and other special events. A number of interest groups
were identified that should be part of the public involvement process. A member of the
audience noted that a group has formed to plan for the 450th Anniversary, so this effort
should focus on planning for the area not the celebration.

VI. Next Steps Linda Dixon summarized the process steps that will occur over the next
few weeks.

VII. Other Business-There was no other business to discuss.

VIII. Closing Comments and Adjourn Vice President Poppell closed the meeting by
thanking the participants.

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