Restoration Unit Adopts
budget, Buys Property
;i .By Tom King quisition of two mo
/ (Record Staff) building sites.
Budget requests totaling $995,- The operating budge
I' 000 in operating funds for the $497,000 for fiscal 19
next biennium and $1 million in $498,000 for 1968 69
Supplemental capital outlay propriation for the cur
funds have been approved by nium was $300,000.
the St. Augustine. Historical The $1 million beinl
SRestoration and Preservation ed for a supplement;
Commission for submission to outlay budget would b
the State Budget Commission. acquire historic sites
The action was taken yester- struct buildings on a
; day afternoon at a meeting of basis, Chairman H.
Sthe restoration commission explained. He said thE
A which also saw action -on ac- sion had been encour
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e future urged by Sen. Verle A. Pope,'
who will be president of the.
asks for Florida Senate during the next
7-68 and legislative session, to request
The ap- the supplemental funds for capi- .
ent bien- tal outlay.
The work of the agency in res-
request- touring colonial St. Augustine is
1 capital detailed in a lengthy explana-
Sused to tion of the budget requests pre-
and con- pared by Earle Newton, execu-'
contract tive director of the commission.
3. Wolfe It points out that the 'seed mon-
commis- ey' supplied by the state approp-
iged and rations largely for operating
expenses has been the catalyst
for donations for capital pro-
j- ects to St. Augustine Restora-
1 tion, Inc., totaling $604,000. They
I have become permanent assets
of the state program.
In addition to the more than
half a million dollars which has
reached the program through'
this source, several million dol-
'. lars has been spent in private
4, ,- The new properties which
Shave been acquired by the com-
mission are the Cerveau house
at 26 Cuna St. and the Bitto prop-
erty, which housed the Musical
Museum, on St. George St.
S The commission approved the
purchase of the Cerveau prop-
S erty for $19,000 at the meeting
yesterday and announced that it
had exercised the option, pre-
viously approved, to buy the Bit-
to property for $40,000.
Commission member Lawr-
Sence Lewis Jr., was recorded as
Snot voting on the motion to pur-
Chase the Cerveau property,:
S stating that he was not ac-
quainted with the property.,
Newton said the house was an
early Anerican structure that
Could be restored and used for
S rental property for the present,
Adding that its real value at the
'present is that it will afford ac-
Scess to the property which the
'commission owns at the rear of
the Spanish Inn.
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