Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: Plaza Public Market
Title: Proposal Made for Leasing, Activating Old City Market
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Title: Proposal Made for Leasing, Activating Old City Market
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: Plaza Public Market
Physical Description: Clipping/photocopy
Language: English
Publication Date: 1980
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Box: 8
Divider: Plaza - Public Market
Folder: Plaza Public Market
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
Plaza de la Constitucion (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Public Market (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine
Coordinates: 29.892549 x -81.311594
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Bibliographic ID: UF00095511
Volume ID: VID00008
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
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Proposal Made For Leasir,

Activating Old City Market

St. Augustine's old public market
would come alive again as a market
place and perk up activities in the
center of town under a proposal which
St. Augustine city commissioners will
have before them when they meet
Monday night, according to two men
who want to lease it and revive it as an
active market place.
Beeson and Daniel Tate are asking
the city to lease the market to them on
a one-year-lease with option to renew.
"We propose to rent space, on a
day-to-day basis," says their pro-
posal, "to companies, civic clubs,
charitable organizations and in-
dividuals who have merchandise to
sell which is in keeping with the image
St. Augustine wants to project." They

visualize as tenants "vendors of
fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, the
work of local artists and craftsmen,
quality leather goods, attractive
mementos of the area, baked goods."
They say there are any number of
possibilities to provide for the sale of
quality products sold in an at-
mosphere which would help lend even
more believability to the premise that
St. Augustine is a unique and charm-
ing city with a charisma all its own.
BENEFITS THEY see from the
lease would be to create a new area of
interest for the tourist, provide living
history for tourists and residents,
recapture the activity the plaza used
to enjoy and give visitors something
to do by staying open at nights,
enhance the general community


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restoration effort and give the city an
added attraction in the center of the
And, says Beeson, a downtown mer-
chant himself, he believes the market
idea would revive what he says is a
less than strong economy in the
downtown area.
THE TWO SAY THEY intend, if the
commission goes along with the idea,
to recreate an atmosphere at the
market as close to that of the market
100 to 150 years ago as is possible. To
that end, they say in their proposal,
they would insist that all people in-
volved in sales at the market would be
attired in period costume.
They say they would strive to revite
old customs, such as the bell in t&
cupola which used to announce the
opening and closing of thi market,
plus other events. And, they say, they
would look to the preservation board
and Historical Society and the oip
mission for guidance,
Beeson and Tate point to sever~
references they have found relative t
the city having leased the market J6
individuals in the city's lemg pest *
and to repairs and rebuilding of the
market which is situated in the east
end of the dontotown plaza.
"The precedent is present, the
Market has been used as a rantr
place for many years, and as recently
as 1976 during the Bicentennial
Celebration," they said.

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