Sunday, February 16, 2014

Free trolley proposed for St. Augustine Beach "A comment from St. Augustine Beach Mayor Andrea Samuels, who suggested creating a free or low-cost shuttle from St. Augustine Beach to St. Augustine and back, seemed to be generally agreed upon as a good idea.

“We want people to leave their cars at their hotels,” Samuels said. “We need public transport. I think (the city and beach) can work as a team to drive the economy.”

St. Johns County Commission Vice Chair Rachael Bennett said there are visitor destinations all over the county.

“Up until now, we’ve all planned automobiles. I think we’re starting to enter a new paradigm about how we get around. The county is building bridges with the cities. We’re all working for the same goal,” she said.

However, she added, the county’s been listing its infrastructure needs for the next 10 years.

“We’ve had to close our beaches because they were full (of cars),” she said. “People are parking in neighborhoods.”"

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