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8an .%gustin mports-xports, inc.
46 St. cgeorge Street
St. %ugusti,, FL 32084
.el 904-829-0082 Fax 904-797-0288
William R. Adams
Historic Preservation/Heritage Tourism
City of St. Augustine
P.O. Box 210
St. Augustine, FL 32085
May 22, 2000
MAY 2 3 2000
CITY OF ST. AUGUSTINE
This is a follow up to our memo of May 7, 2000, and our phone conversation today.
Regarding the planned construction in the Arivas House, we are becoming concerned because
we hear rumors from Preservation employees and from employees of the contractor who will do
the work that the construction will take from 10 to 15 days or more. Then we refer to your letter
of March 31, 2000, in which you state construction will affect our business for a period of two
days, minimum, to five days maximum. After receiving your letter of March 31, we called your
office and Jackie called back to confirm that store closure would only be Wednesday, May 31
and Thursday, June 1. Please clarify this situation as soon as possible. Closing for two or three
days is a hardship but is possible. Closing for more than three days is an unreasonable hardship /
In addition to the proposed interruption of our business uring cons re ae
also rumors that all merchandise will have to be removed. Removed to where? We have no L aSG
storage. When? What security arrangements are being made to protect the property in the store? t
Please clarify this.
Business interruption is a serious matter. Steps should be taken to minimize the impact of
construction on business. It is unheard of to do such disruptive construction during our short busy
season. This type of construction should occur only when absolutely necessary and then only
during the slow months of September or October. We feel business interruption at this busy time
of year is not reasonable. We also have responsibility to our full time and part time employees
plus there is the matter of lost revenue during the time the store is closed. Our current hours are
10 am to 9 pm daily.
We regret the problems we might be causing because we have always tried to cooperate
with Historic Preservation and previously the Preservation Board on these matters. But we are
becoming very concerned and we hope that in all fairness nothing be done until the pending
situation is clarified to the satisfaction of all concerned.
XSangustin Im Expo jn
Consue o Lippi' Chuck Lippi
CC: Bill Harriss fax 825-1096