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lta-UMle Staff Wrulr
.ST. AUGUSTINE, Nov. 11-
C(Sy commissioners' dreams of
acquiring the old post office
balding here for use as a city
h$D apparently dimmed following
a. meeting with the chairman
of the. National Quadricentennial
C ni n today.
jChalrnt H. E. Wolfe refused
tirendorse the City Commission's
pA to btain the building for
nVnicipal purposes as was out-
Hand at the commission meeting
Monday night.
Wolfe told commissioners he
iap't ready to accept the Nation-
al' Park Advisqry Board's deci-
sten that the buildis has no na-
tiial. historical significance. He
said that he had not "sen the
full report of the board but said
that he wasn't willing to take any
oe person's view on history.
Earle Newton, executive diree-
tor of the St. Augustine Resto-
ration Comiusalon, also indicated
tht I& m is Interested In
obtaining the bntg for me as
a possible exhibition building and
headquarters. Wolfe is also chair-
man of the restoration commis-
Wolfe told the board that he
could take no final stand on
the disposition of the building un-
til be had investigated all the
historical facts.
City Commissioner Harry Out-
torman, who first suggested the
idea when he learned that the
building was in the hands of the
General Service Administration,
asked Wolfe If it would be pos-
sible for a portion of the build-
int to be used by the restora-
tion commlsita and the rest for
the city.
Wotfe told Gutterman that he
fel the federal government would
plce the city in a different cate-
gory since it is the oldest city
in the nation and provide funds
for the building. "I ay that the
city is entitled to seelal consid-
e*ation," he added.
S. C. Roberts. superintendent
of the National Park Service
here, defended the historical sur-
vey made by the National Park
ste vice. He said that two surveys
hi d bhen conducted and the re-
&:I- .c-re sent to the advisory
b Ard i or a dc'-lon.
Wolie explained that he wanted
to do what was beet for the city.
Gutternan asked that if the city
acquired the property would it
betv tu-, best interest of the
Wolfe replied, "At the present
t6e I would say I don't know,
bit t I had to vote I would say
ai I would prefer ast to get in-
VOlved in a crusade."


MIAMI, Nov. 11 ;,-Two
pets, a bird and a dog. routed
a pair of young gunmen to-
day after they bound and
robbed Mrs. Gene Solomon in
her luxurious home.
The bird, a talking mynah.
piped up, "Hello." from
another room.
"Who's that?" one of the'
startled bandits asked..
"What's that?" croaked 'he
bird. Outside in the yard ne
dog set up a furious harkt.:g.
The robbers fled with r: gs
Mrs. Solomon valued at $5 4),
leaving other valuables Ie-
hind. She freed herself.

4 Killed in Crash

Of Private Plant

ATLANTA, Ga., Nov. ,.,
pour persons were killed ',filgh
when a single-engine p'.val-
plans erased on a dairy farm
while atdftting .8 visarA a#
prosch to the Atlanta Mal1tps
The Federal Aviation Asene
amid a 500-foot cloud covet Amia
ed when the plane dioapewwn:.
from the airport's radar a 7:Va
in. ST.
The pilot of the craft w&e -de.
tiled as C. W. Summerllr B'
ford, Ga. The plane wa. re.
Istered in the name tl,
C.W.W. Construction Co. ,* B5
FAA information dire' -a, W
Bruce CbOmbers Mid ns- e .
three Dp nengers ktUllee the
crash e-e not h ow lea: -4.

"Wftt'e tol comnrrifoners that
f rattler ip hbeif ouate too
Pa' aW Wtere we a# aged
to barry since there was no
chaafe that the building would
be demolished.
Wolfe indicated that he would
try to get the federal govern.
meant interested in the building
again for the national commis-
siod. However, under the con.
gressional act which established
the commission, the group would
have no authority to own the
Property or lease it.
Wolfe said his next step if the
federal government would not
help would be to contact the
Legislature with hopes of getting
state money for the project. If
that failed then the St. Augus-
tine Restoration Commission and
the city would be In line for
the building.
The meeting was called today
to discuss mutual interests in
the building which olce served
as a governor's mansion in tie
1700s and 1800s. Mayor John
Bailey said that the meeting was
to see if two different groups
were vying for the building for
perhaps the same use. He sug.
gested a cooperative move to
acquire the building.

Ita. v-unty and city officials statue and Rep. F. Charles
th tired in an historical Usina. The marker was erected
...kt inveillng ceremony at m r eSt
S' augusttne Amphitheatre at the amphitheatre by the St.
*er Pictured above from Johns County Historicl Com-
a county commissioner mission as part of its program
M-Kler and St. Augustine in marking historical spots
-I ohn Bailey unveiling throughout the county.

Wolfe said that in his opinion
the finest thing that could bappe
to the building would be for it to
be taken over by the National
park Service or some agency
capable of restoring it as a Sp-
tsh governor's manion and used
as an exhibition center.
Only a small portion of the
building is a part of the original
mansion. Sine that time ersi
alterattos have been made.
Newton sad that the "evolution-
ary process" added hislttr eM
phrsis to the building.
Tbs city is interested In acquir-
Ing the building because of its
location in the heart of the Cty.
Gutterman said that the city prob-
ably would be forced o -Move
from its rented location and
would have to buy property for
city hall later on and the tax
payers would probably bt forced
to pay the costs.

City Commissioner vs.

Restoration Program

We can. understand Commissioner Har-
ry Gutterman's zeal in attempting to in-
sure that the present Post Office building
is maintained as an active structure in
the heart of our city.
However, it is difficult to understand
his recent attacks on the restoration pro-
gram. It is apparent that Commissioner
Gutterman and Restoration Director Earle
Newton have a definite gap in under-
standing and something approaching a
private feud is going on.
We concur with the idea to keep the
Post Office building an active part of our
community rather than a museum. How-
ever, two plans have been formulated In
the minds of both the Restoration Com-
mission and the City Commission. One
would see the building in the hands of a
federal agency such as the National
Park Service the other would convert
the structure for use as city hall.
Both sides have much merit and would
be a credit to the city. There is little need
for either plans to be shelved until the
Restoration Commission has been granted
adequate time to determine whether or
not a federal agency might be interested
in restoring the building to use as a Gov-
ernor's palace.
If the Restoration Commission ii nr t
successful in attempts to interest either
a federal or state agency in the program.,
then there is nothing in the way of the
city's idea to use the building as city hall.
Time is the only thing that the Resto-
ration Commission has asked the City
Commission to grant it seems only
fair that they should be allowed this latl-
Thp e. "n nmmission has firmly
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revenue from property held by the com-
mission to the city in lieu of taxes. They
have also pledged cooperation in estab-
lishing as much private ownership of re-
stored properties as possible. In fact Res-
toration Chairman H. E. Wolfe has been
publicly quoted as saying he would like to
see more than 90 per cent of the restora-
tion program in the hands of private own-
If the pledges of revenue in lieu of tax-
es, and private ownership in the program
were not a matter of public record ... we
would have been one of the first to join
Commissioner Gutterman in his private
The leadership of the Restoration Com-
mission must grow tired of becoming In-
volved in squabbles stemming from per-
sonal feuds with Director Earle Newton.
The goals and future growth of the res-
toration program are too important to
the entire community and state to allow
private feuds to interfere.
Moderate well taken argument Is good
for all government and public commis-
sions . however, the seeds of doubt
over the advisability and necessity of con-
tinued restoration and preservation of the
Nation's Oldest City must never become
involved over matters of personal likes or
The City Commission was correct in
assuming that a vote of confidence should
be expressed for the work being done by
the St. Augustine Restoration and Pres-
ervation Commission. Also Restoration
Director Earle Newton should be aware
that citizens are keenly interested in the
progroeA of the program and anxious to
see more private nwr-rkkr% *a's rwr -^

Officials Confused

By County Position

On The Post Office

A letter received by the County Commission from
the General Services Administration pointed out that a
resolution sent to the agency had been misunderstood.
The commission had sent a resolution to Florida congress-
men and the GSA endorsing a program to turn the present
Post Office building over to the City of St. Augustine,
the Restoration Commission or some other appronriate-
city or county agency. *
Joining the General Service
Administration in confusion over
the county resolution was Rep-
resentative D. R. "Billy" Mat-
thews. Matthews informed the
county that he had written GSA
asking that the building be giv-
en to the City of St. Augustine
when it was declared surplus.
A letter on the building was
received from Senator Spessard
Holland's office which informed
the county that he was "keenly
disappointed that efforts so far
had not been successful in inter-
esting the federal government
in retaining the building."
The letter from GSA Region-
al Administrator Richard W. This w
Austin stated that his office had highlighted
received notice that the Nation- i
al Park Service and the Depart- I ion, Schoo
ment of Interior were not inter- Service ca
ested in maintaining title to the
building as an historical stru- Prnt by th
The county decided to write obtaining o
all parties concerned with the! use as a ci
disposal of the present Post Of- The inte
fice building and clarify their our State R
position. The commission was title to the
referring to an apparent inter- stcomplished
est in seeing that the building stood on the
go to either the city or the res- te buidingef
toration commission. tha buildin Gover
r'nstable Districts the building
18.000 square
where they
presently tai
historical sig
thing with tt
One thin
building are
building will
the structure
the Departr
with title to I
forence .
properly In t
mission and
0 -t'bated ci
i, -*fice 1


eek was loaded with meetings and conversation that
the news. The County Commission, City Commis-
I Board, Beach Commission, Restoration and Park
)tured headlines.
bly the leading story of the week was the announce-
e City Commission that they were most interested in
ur present post office (Old Governor's Mansion) for
ty hall or library.
>rest of the city creates somewhat of a problem since
restoration Commission is also desirous of obtaining
structure. A meeting between the two Thursday ae-
little more than to clarify exactly where each group
matter and what plans they had for the building.
it comes out of the wash like this: The city wants
and has no objection to the east wing being restored
nor's Mansion. The Restoration Commission wants
but isn't quite sure what they will do with the over
e feet, nor do they have a definite commitment
might obtain operational funds. The Park Service
kes the position that the site of the building has
Inificance, but they are not interested in doing any-
e existing building.
g is certain adequate leadership and mutual
g of various problems concerning acquisition of the
now working toward the same goal. The post office
not lack local interest in seeing a suitable use for
when it has finally been declared "surplus" by
ent of the Interior. Which, agency finally ends up
the structure really doesn't make a particle of dif-
as long as an active, live building is maintained
he heart of our city. Members of the City Com-
Restoration Chatm8 i H.I E. Wolf are to be con-
taking tI { i.f s .-. t :' -< !* .-.- *y

Post Office Could Be Both City

Hall-Governor's Mansion!

The City Commission- is in the process
of determining the possibility of obtain-
ing from the General Services Adminis-
tration title to the present Post Office-
Governor's Mansion.
The idea of using the beautiful struc-
ture for city hall is a good one. The com-
'mission should be encouraged in this en-
However, St. Augustine is probably one
;of the few cities in the United States that
7has a Federal Commission. We have a
"resident and business leader wso is chair.
:mnan of the St. Augustine 400th Annivers-
:ary Commission, Herbert E. Wolfe.
Wolfe heads the St. Augustine Restora-
tion and Preservation Commission and is
:also seeking title to the Post Office Build-
:ing, with plans to restore the old Gov-
-ernor's Mansion.
The only foreseeable problem exists in
.the attempts of two local organizations
'to gain title to one building.
We have generally noted that when a
particular federal agency seeks to declare
surplus a commodity or property, then
other federal agencies are given first re-
fusal. It is apparent that it is not a diffi-
cult procedure for one federal agency to
gain title to land owned by another.
It is also apparent that the present Post
Office Building has more than enough
room for both the restoration of the old
Governor's Mansion and the facilities of
our city government. The Post Office has

(L, Ne M 19ic

Letters Mailed To Federal Officials _--

Seeking Post Office Building For City
Six letters seeking assistance points out that the city has
from federal officials for getting maintained the park and garden
the present Post Office for St. on the post office sate.
Augu m a u r The building is desired for a
Augustine's municipal use were '"city hall, municipal auditorium,
mailed yesterday, after Mayor 1 or other municipal use," the let-
John Bailey signed them. ter says.
The letters went to Sen. Sprs-
sard L. Holland, Sen. George A.
Smathers, Congressman D. R
(Billy) Matthews, Lawson B.
Knott Jr., administrator of the
General Services Administration
in Washington, D. C., M. W.
Sanders, regional GSA director,
Atlanta, and Joe Kelley, GSA
manager in Jacksonville.
The federal General Services
Administration has control of
the building.
The letter notes that the Post
Office will be disposed of
through the GSA's surplus prop-
erty procedure once a new cost
office building now under con-
struction, is completed. It also

18,744 square feet of space that is cen-
trally heated and air-conditioned. One
room having over 3,500 square feet has
extremely high ceilings and is constructed
with the capacity of adding an additional
floor with the same 3,500 square feet.
Only the east wing of the present Post
Office Building was used as a Governor's
Mansion. If the entire wing was used for
this purpose, sought by the Restoration
Commission, there would still be more
than ample room for a city hall.
It would he a great accomplishment if
the City Commission would seek the help
of the Restoration Commission in obtain-
ing the building for use as a City Hall
and restored Governor's Mansion.
Acquiring the building would not cost
the Restoration Commission any money,
and the city could carry the responsibility
for the maintenance and upkeep of the
The best feature would be the tre-
mendous savings to the taxpayer and the
continued functional use of one of St.
Augustine's finest structures.
The details of working out a suitable
solution to this challenging task is in the
hands of the City Commission and Res.
oration Chairman H. E. Wolfe. With a
spirit of cooperation we have confidence
that these community leaders will insure
that the old Post Office Building is used
in a suitable manner for the betterment
of our community.-aht.

Dear Mr. Tebault
Here is a "golden opportun-
ity" for the City of St. Augustine
to show to the people who come
here from all over the world, the
colorful of our Ancient
Cityn- o dutiful Historical
Museum and Library.
The former post office will
once more become the colorful
"palace," like a "shining jewel"
in the midst of our restored
"city of history and pagent."
Underneath the sparkllag chan-
deliers could be portrayed the
history of our Ancient City,
starting as a garden paradise of
tropical vegetation and flowers
and primitive Indians, to Me-
nendes' landing with bis follow-
ers to found St. Augustine. The
colorful costumes of the various
peoples who settled here and
the uniforms of the soldiers and
sailors, pirates, etc. The models
of homes and furnishings and
transportation of the different
historical periods, the colorful
flags and banners. and dress of

the ancient Spanish, French,
English, American peoples aOd
Indians as well as pirates, who
graced our narrow streets in
olden times, draped on manne-
quins throughout the "palace."
In the center of the beautiful
"panorama" would stand, under
colorful spotlights, a replica of
Pedro Menendez' gallant little
sailing ship with banners wav-
ing, sailing to the New World.
What a glorious opportunity is
in our midst. We must not let it
slip away. It will be our "shin-
ing star," the talk of the
In addition an "Historical Li-
brary" and "Public Library"
for the benefit of our students
and people, not only from here,
but throughout American and
the World. One entrance for the
Historical Museum with a small
fee of twenty-five cents to cover
maintenance, and a separate
entrance to the Historical and
Public Library, with no charge
for admittance, except the usual
fee for cards. People will say
"What a beautiful Museum
and St. Augustine and its peo-
ple will be proud to show it to
the world while the ghosts of
our ancestors smile down from
Thank you sir.
John 0. Sullivan
46 Marine St.

Friday Afternoon, November 12. 1965,

Further Study Set Into Possibility

Of Restoring Post Office Building

City Commissioners and rep-
resentatives of t he Restoration
Commission attempted Thurs-
lay afternoon to determine a
course of action in procuring
the present post office building.
Mayor John Bailey announced
that it was the city's position
that the group should try to ar-
rive at a conclusion that would
complement efforts to obtain the
property rather "than have two
groups 'vying for' the same
piece of property."
Herbert E. Wolfe, chairman
Sof the Restoration Commission,
told city fathers that it was his
opinion that, "the finest thing
that could happen to the post
office building (Old Governor's
Mansion) was for the structure
,to be taken over by the Na-
tional Park Service and res-
tored as a Spanish Governor's
National Park Service repre-
sentative Bert Roberts informed
the City Commission that an ex-
tensive Park Service study into
the historical value of the build-
ing had determined "the build-
ing had no significance as a na-
tional historical building."
Restoration Chairman Wolfe
stated that when it came to his-
tory that "I don't accept any
one person's views." He said,
"When It comes to the histori-
cal significance of this building,
I go on the theory that it does
have significance, and I am not
willing to lay down and play
dead just because the federal
folks say to. I would be less
than loyal to my obligations to
'the commission and the people
I of St. Augustine If I did not in-
sist that we determine the full
historic value of this spot."
Wolfe pointed out that the
Restoration Commission was
studying several possible uses
' for the building since it has
been declared as "surplus" by
th- Denart-Trn1 ,f fni rT.r O e

plan mentioned would be re-
questing the U.S, Congress to
appropriate enough money to
restore and maintain the build-
ing. A second was seeking sup-
port from the Florida Legisla-
ture. A third use considered has
been initiated by the City Com-
mission in a joint venture that
would allow the city to have
title and also restore a portion
of the large building as the Gov-
ernor's Mansion.
Chairman Wolfe emphasised
that he was not in a position to
declare support for any parti-
cular plan. He said, "however,
I would say that we would not
consider shutting ay doors for
the best use of the building."
Commissioners Harry Gutter-
man and James Lindsley in-
formed Wolfe that the city was
most interested in having the
building for use as a city hall,
or possibly a library. Gutter-
man stated that it. was his in-
tention to seek public support
for city ownership and he re-
quested Chairman Wolfe's back-
ing. Wolfe suggested that the
best action the city could take
would be to pass a similar re-
solution as the one adopted by
the County Commission endors-
ing the grant of the building to
"the City o f St. Augustine, the
Restoration Commission or any
other state or local agency."
It was apparent that the Res-
toration Commission had al-
ready taken steps to insure that
the building would remain in-
tact and would be eventually
turned over to a state or local

History Of Building
The present post office build-
ing was constructed by the U.S.
Government and was dedicated
February 22, 1937. The site,.
however, was that of the resi-
idence of the Spanish governors
of Florida since approximately
During the destruction of the
city by the English in 1702 the
building was destroyed. Studies
indicate that another structure
occupied the site by 1713. By
1759, the house had "again been
rebuilt of stone, and stone cov-
ered by boards."
The governors of British Flor-Z
Ida (1763-84) also lived in the
house on the post office site.
During the second Spanish
period (1784-1821) a government
house on the site seems to have
been occupied only until 1795 by
the first two governors of the.
period. The other governors ev-
idently chose other residences.
Repairs were made annually
from 1784 to 1792. Toward the
close of this period it was pro-
jected to use part of the build--
ing as a hospital.
In the 1830's the building on
the site was extensively re-
modeled, increasing the size
considerably, for use as a U.S.
courthouse until 1869.
The use of the building as"
"Government House" began in
1872. In 1880 the north side of
the lot was bounded by an old
coquina wall.
The present building was de-
signed in the 1930's based on a
drawing of 17M4, but on a larger

Two Boards in St. Augustine

View UsingBuilding Together

Members of the City Commis- TaUs-va tm star wtaer
slon and Earle Newton, director discussed several times late
of the St. Augustine Restoration since City Commissioner Har
Commission, discussed the possi- Gutterman suggested the city ti
ble combined use of the old post to acquire the building, whit
office building here at an infor- will be vacated in the near f
mal meeting today. ture, for a city hall.
The post office, a former Span- The restoration commission al
Ish governor's mansion, has been has shown an interest in tt

A ancient City Honors

Victim of Viet Nam

By LEON SHIM3R the restoration project is the best
Times-Use. staff Writer thing that could happen to the
ST. AUGUSTINE, Nov. 2 city.
City commissioners paid tribute Bailey and the three other com.
tonight to a 23-year-old St. Augus.- missioners adopted a motion glv.
tine soldier who was killed in Ing a vote of confidence to Resto.
Viet Nam Nov. 15. ration Commission members for
The commissioners adopted a the work they are doing.
resolutnnmio ming tO West Au- The controversial amendment
resolution naming lbs West Au- to the garbage and trash ordi-
gustine recreation field "Leo C. to the garbage and trh ordi-
Chase Jr. Field" in honor of the nance was passed. The new ordi-
nance sets garbage collection
soldier.dication ceremony has rates for business at 50 cents for
been planned for a plaque at the the first 50 cubic yards, 25 centa
been planned for a plaue at for each additional 50 cubic yards
Chase was the first St. Johns and 20 cents for all collection
County resident killed in the war. over 100 cubic yards. Barrier es-
He served as president of the Umtnted the increase in revenue
Florida Hi-Y and Tri-HI-Y while at between $7,500 and $10,000 a
In high school here. year.
A 1 a o tonight, Commissioner
Harry Gutterman continued his r' ,
crusade against the St. Augutie Aid to Education
Restoration Commission. Gutter.
man requested that the Dommis- Ield Not ControP
stoners instruct the tax assessor Hl Not Conrol
to bill all buildings In the restora-
tion area for taxes. If the owners ATLANTA. Nov. 22 (M -
objected, Gutterman said, they eral aid to education will nr
could present their reasons to the tach strings of governmer
City Commission. Gutterman's trol to local schools, Hen
motion died for lack of a second, mis, deputy U.S. commiF
He also requested that all funds education, declared to'
presently budgeted to the restora- Loomis told a meet
tlon commission be suspended. At cators from Souther'
the present time the city contrib- the issue of feders'
utes $25,000 to the restoration myth.
program. Gutterman contends it More than 800
is not fair to the taxpayers to ered from OG
shoulder the burden when the Florids, Mii
Restoration Commissm econtrib- lina and Tear
utes nothing to the city. al officials
Mayor John Baley supported cation act.
the reatoratiln program and ex- The lay
plained to Gutterman that the terfermn'
Restoration Commission Is ex- structir
empt from taxes by state law. nel, o
Bailey also said that he thought said
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building as a headquarte sits
and a possible exhibition center.
1 At the meeting today. Mayor
r John Bailey instructed City Atty.
ry Robert Andren to meet with Frank
ch Upchurch Sr., attorney for the
u. restoration commlsslon, to come
up with a suitable lease arrange-
o meant.
City Manager Charles Barrier
told commission members today
that the city would need 10,350
feet of floor space in the building
!for a city hall. The restoration
commission indicated it desired
the east portion of the building
which was originally the gover-
nor's mansion during the late
It was pointed out that the
downstairs portion of the btild-
tag could be Med b5r th it
clerk and tax e0ofaw 40d nm
auditorium could be eonwructsd
in the present meesUg ream of
the build for a scmmtmion
meeting room. Other city offices
could be located upstairs.
The restoration commlsiou in-
dicated it would like to construct
showcases around the Interior
where post office boes are now
located. Newton saM the show-
cases could house documents
dealing with local and state his.
The restoration commisalom.
which is a state organisation, will
have the first chance at the build-
ing if the federal government pro.
ceeds with its plans of disposing
of the building.
The building was turned over to
the General Service Adminis-
tration after the National Park
Advisory Board determined that
: the building had no national his-
torical significance.
Barrier said the restoration
commission could probably obtain
the building cheaper than the
city if the building was deter.
mined to have historic value.

ity Commissioners Give Vote Ut

confidencee To Restoration Agency

followingg Attack By Gutterman

By DAVE WOOLVERTON ly called for a ,.te of confidence is demanding such high rents
Two attempts to thwart the for the restoranion commis.,io:, I and percentages for rent that Ahe
St. Augustine Historiea! Restora- Commis.ioner 1Ie; Meade rmov-ed buildings will never be rented,
tion and Preservation Commission !that the commission endorse the Gutterman said.
made by City Commissioner Har- work of the commission, and The $25,000 Nbdgeted for the
ry Gutterman last night died on C.(mmissioner .Tames Lind'lo'y restoration commission 'v- the
the commission table. All other seconded the motion. "with a city should he withb- J, (w'ter-
city commissioners gave the conm- small reservation,." Four commis- man said. Again r one would
mission a vote of confidence, in signers voted in favor, with a second the suggeLion.
opposition to Guttcrman's harsh I"definite yes" f-om Bailey and The restoration has been worth
words against the restoration "definite no" from Gutterman. the amount taken from the tax
commission's two top men. Gutterman had asked the City rolls and the ii: 'tr ent comes
Gutterman, who has been Commission to tax restoration hack "t;nofo!d" 'ey said,.
struggling to get the present building, and let the restoration Asphalt Rio .ecepted
Post Office for a city hail over group appeal to ti.e city if it P'rchase of asphalt for
attempts of the restoratii n con.-. wants tax exemption, This died facing streetPs was aut'
mission to get the building for'after \,aynr Bailey said the res-- The Lii of Hcidailie
its own use, rundemned the res- toratin has taken only $5,000 !Jacksonville to pro,
toration commission's executive of property tax from the rolls and philt for $11.70 p.
director Earle W. Newton and that rte restorationn commission cented. The tot,'
his assistant BI uce Green. has .,d it, would pay an amour t.he asphalt ao
I "I have come to the .,orclusi in ';t-i of taxes I LN betweer
that these two imen are no, in- (,utterman,ed that 'he City Mar
terested in the city of St. Au- restoration commission sadi it said.
gustine.'" Gutternian said. "They would pay in lieu of taxes '(,ce St. Ii
are interested in their own self- its property is occupied. No ord'- x"
ish greed." Inary citi7 gets -jrh a 1re
Mayor John Bailey ime 'A rt-rn,'r sai. Th.i T : *
NTr A. H Tehult: O
I hope that I am on'r one of F or
many to crrratulate you on
your well expressed editorial of By lEON Sit
this date. The uIggesticn f ,r ST. AUGUSTIN
future use of the present rost mirssioners received
Office as a C;ty i-f:: ir the rna:nr le terms from the Ger
part and f,.r the ,ast ,t nK as a Spessard Holland a:
comerorAt;e to tie sr,-,ent -'to
of Go, ernor' MansRen in both ated support of th
Spanish and Rritich days is office building here
worth a lot ,f diisrusion Chairman Earl Byrd ,
A diPie.nt search 1l no donht apparently the men ha(
bring fo:th cr -:rs, ard these will derstood the resolution
advance plausible i-asons both was passed at the last
historical and political aRainst sion meeting. At that I
the iea. But ,!, hen tie' smoke of commission went on re
difrc -in g opirn.ons, clear, it may supporting the acquisitlo
be fnIrl ''ca ,h h a~ic plan building hy several
e fak-. s t 'e for thean groups, Including the ci
in'ak. o a lit f ite e- for thi named in the resolution
St. Augustine Restoratli
panic Ilar .uIld'in- ml.lon and any county
If ~'i asire f i per, arded of aaency. Byrd instructed I
the noris c f viy,N? s.;u:pcstin I tv clerk to write to MI
hcpe v.' w 'l fir.i ,.; -aitel or Holland and the GSA
portunities and s:Trcesp in zot- jp the misunderstanding
ting n .a n?, ns n f:..n b':h \x Matthews. in his let:e
perts an,' the p,b;ic. rard, said that he ine
Sicer'rly. better use for the huild

Fr''lr:k l'( note

a city hall.
In orher action. the b

s to Clarify

over City Bid

'ostal Building
IMER. Times-Union Staff Writer
E, Nov. 23-St.Johns County comn.
an unexpected surprise today when
neral Services Administration, Sen.
nd U.S. Rep: D. R. Matthews indi-
e city's acquisition of the old post
for municipal purposes.
aid that i
d mlsun-
commis Bonds Sold
time the
cord as
n of the Of
different For ran
ity. Also
were the R a t
on Com- Road P
or local
the coun'
atthews. ORLANDO. N
to clear The Orlando-C
pressway At
mirnllUon wor
r to the :hF heellr
w of no Pirst Be
ing than The
i 4 (Mi4
oard ac ,..

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