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St. Augustine to consider alcohol on carriage rides

6:30 AM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The St. Augustine City Commission is expected to consider a few issues Monday night that would impact the historic business district.

The St. Augustine Record reports that City Manager John Regan plans on proposing $2.7 million in downtown improvements.

The improvements would be isolated to Spanish, Treasury, Orange and Hypolita Streets.

Regan told the newspaper the plan is being driven by support from the St. Augustine business community.

He said the intent is to create a network of reborn, attractive commercial businesses near the downtown parking garage.

Some proposed changes would include storm water drainage, new sidewalks, new street lights and turning Spanish St. into a one-way northbound.

According to the Record, the city would use a $753,000 federal grant and pay $750,000.

Affected property owners would cover the rest of the cost over the next 15 years. They'd see a monthly tax increase of $1.17 per foot.

The Record reports that would equal an extra $117 per month for someone who owned 100 feet of store frontage in the project area.

The owner of Tasting Tours petitioned the city for a change, which the city commissioners are also expected to consider Monday. The petition includes a plan to allow alcohol on horse-drawn carriage rides.

The business had been allowing wine on its carriage tours for three years before learning it was technically illegal, but rarely enforced.

Under the proposal, all horse drawn carriages would need a commercial driver's license with passenger endorsement. It would essentially make the carriage like a limousine.

Alcohol would only be allowed to be consumed by passengers in the back of the carriage.

The commission meeting is at 5 p.m. at St. Augustine City Hall.

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