Market Proposal Taken Under
Advisement By City Commission
BY ROSEMARY HEFFERNAN
A proposal to lease the old city
market in the downtown plaza to two
local businessmen who want to revive
the structure as an active city market
where vegetables, flowers and the like
are sold was taken under advisement
by the St. Augustine City Commission
at Monday night's meeting.
Kenneth Beeson and Daniel Tate
presented a written proposal asking
the city to lease the old market to
them for a period of one year. Beeson
said he and Tate are interested in ren-
ting space on a day-to-day basis to
companies, civic clubs and organiza-
tions and individuals who have mer-
chandise to sell.
AMONG THE ITEMS Beeson said
he envisioned could be sold in the
market place and be appropriate to
the city's image could be fruits,
vegetables, cut flowers, works of local
artists and craftsmen, quality leather
goods, mementoes of the area and
baked goods. Vendors would wear
The businessmen said they want to
recreate an atmosphere at the old
market as close to those days 100 to
150 years ago when the structure was
operated as a city market.
."WE ENVISIONED, IT as a
Th&211 tw y
seasonal thing," Beeson told commis-
sioners. "It wouldn't be a 365-day
Benefits to the city he mentioned in-
cluded the creation of a new area of
interest for tourists, providing living
history for tourists and residents,
reviving activity in the Plaza, and of-
fering evening activity in the
City commissioners indicated in-
terest in Beeson's and Tate's pro-
posal, but had several questions about
regulating the project.
City Manager P.E. Kinsey com-
mented, "If this is not absolutely
rigidly controlled, it will be a farce."
COMMISSIONERS AGREED to
continue to study the proposal and
directed City Attorney Geoffrey Dob-
son to draft some proposed regula-
tions regarding costumes, the type of
merchandise to be sold, type of con-
tainers merchandise would be sold in,
types of display and signs.
Beeson said he would ask the
assistance of the Historic St.
Augustine Preservation Board, St.
Augustine Historical Society and
Historic Architectural Review Board
in working up details for the project.
One busiaesn addressed the
commission opposing the project.
FRED HARRIS, OWNER of Tepee
Town on Castillo Drive, said such a
venture is "absolutely ridiculous." :
Harris commented he thought it urn
fair to local merchants to allow "out
siders" to come in, sell "junk," and
take away business from merchants
who maintain shops and pay taxes.
Harris also said he operated a flea
market several summers ago Bti~U
his shop, and commented on tki .
ficulty he had in controlling the operaZ
tion and vendors who rented spac. *