Thursday, August 06, 2015

$150,000 for 7 Acres and Lighthouse? St. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE STIFFING OPEN RECORDS REQUESTS, CHARGING LIGHTHOUSE EMPLOYEES FOR ICE WATER



St. Johns County sold the St. Augustine Lighthouse our public parkland in a no-bid $150,000 deal that was orchestrated and begun during his last days the late corporate lawyer GEORGE MORRIS McCLURE. County Resolution 2014-61, signed on March 4, 2014, approved a February 7, 2014 sale document. No bids were sought, there was no notice to the neighborhood, and neighbors were surprised and disappointed.

$150,000 for nearly seven (7) acres?

That's 50 cents per square foot, without any formal real estate appraisal reflecting sales of comparable properties, and without any negotiations reflected in county records.

There is a letter from an appraiser that does not consider any sales of comparable properties.

How louche.

That sale of our former county parkland was after a $1/year lease to the Junior Service League, commencing in 1982, and the county paying $3500/year insurance and paying for all maintenance over $1000.

Now there are unfriendly signs on the former public parkland, telling neighbors to stay way, despite January 23, 2014 written promises by the Lighthouse Board Chair and Executive Director that the land will "remain accessible to the public."

Now there are secretive plans to tear down trees and build buildings in the peaceful, lovely grounds of our former public park.

Neighbors are watching the Lighthouse like the bald eagles who often fly overhead -- some may chain themselves to trees and get arrested before seeing the Lighthouse ruin their neighborhood with a maritime museum building that should be built somewhere else -- like at Marineland, in conjunction with the University of Georgia.

Now there is a porcine corporate lawyer, UPCHURCH, BAILEY & UPCHURCH partner SIDNEY FRANKLYN ANSBACHER (LL.M., UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS, AGRICULTURAL LAW), staring down his distended nostrils the neighbors and obstructing Open Records requests, including requests about the Lighthouse's compliance with OSHA standards, charging employees for ice water, and plans to seek state grants for a 2420 foot building.

It's more privatization.

It's our parkland, sold for a mere $150,000 by the unjust stewards of the St. Johns County Commission at the behest of the late corrupt corporate lawyer GEORGE MORRIS McCLURE (fired from Rogers Towers for corruption, and working undercover for FBI in setting up former County Commission Chairman Thomas G. Manuel.

It's our money.

We have a Right to Know.


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: kfleming ; sfansbacher
Sent: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 3:49 pm
Subject: M[y] Public Records Requests 2015-257, 2015-258, 2015-259, and 2015-260 Require Responses From Lighthouse; F.S. 119.0701

Dear Kathy and Sid:
1 The Lighthouse is a present and prospective State of Florida government contractor, correct, requesting and receiving millions of dollars?
2. The Lighthouse purchased our county property under questionable circumstances, privatizing it with unfriendly signs.
3. It's our money.
4. It's our town.
5. Please respond to my requests. Now.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998

119.0701  Contracts; public records.—
(1)  For purposes of this section, the term:
(a)  “Contractor” means an individual, partnership, corporation, or business entity that enters into a contract for services with a public agency and is acting on behalf of the public agency as provided under s. 119.011(2).
(b)  “Public agency” means a state, county, district, authority, or municipal officer, or department, division, board, bureau, commission, or other separate unit of government created or established by law.
(2)  In addition to other contract requirements provided by law, each public agency contract for services must include a provision that requires the contractor to comply with public records laws, specifically to:
(a)  Keep and maintain public records that ordinarily and necessarily would be required by the public agency in order to perform the service.
(b)  Provide the public with access to public records on the same terms and conditions that the public agency would provide the records and at a cost that does not exceed the cost provided in this chapter or as otherwise provided by law.
(c)  Ensure that public records that are exempt or confidential and exempt from public records disclosure requirements are not disclosed except as authorized by law.
(d)  Meet all requirements for retaining public records and transfer, at no cost, to the public agency all public records in possession of the contractor upon termination of the contract and destroy any duplicate public records that are exempt or confidential and exempt from public records disclosure requirements. All records stored electronically must be provided to the public agency in a format that is compatible with the information technology systems of the public agency.
(3)  If a contractor does not comply with a public records request, the public agency shall enforce the contract provisions in accordance with the contract.
History. — s. 1, ch. 2013-154.


-----Original Message-----
From: Cindy Strickland < cindy@ubulaw.com>
To: Ed Slavin ( easlavin@aol.com) < easlavin@aol.com>
Cc: Kathy Fleming < kfleming@staugustinelighthouse.org>; Pat Gleason Esq. ( pat.gleason@myfloridalegal.com) < pat.gleason@myfloridalegal.com>; Sid Ansbacher < sfansbacher@ubulaw.com>
Sent: Tue, Aug 4, 2015 4:38 pm
Subject: Public Records Requests

Dear Mr. Slavin:

Please see the attached correspondence from Sid Ansbacher regarding the above-referenced matter.

Thank you,

Cindy Strickland
Assistant to Frank D. Upchurch III
& Sidney F. Ansbacher
Upchurch, Bailey and Upchurch, P.A.
Post Office Drawer 3007
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3007
Telephone: (904) 829-9066
Facsimile: (904) 825-4862
Email: cindy@ubulaw.com


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
Sent: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 4:56 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-260: St. Augustine Lighthouse: Legal Opinions and PR Advice on Lighthouse Charging Employees for Ice Water in Hot Weather

Dear Kathy and Sid:
1. Your lack of substantive response is pregnant with the admission that the Lighthouse DOES charge employees for ice water and that it NEVER obtained a legal opinion.
2. I suggest you kindly review your employee benefit package (if any) and include ice water among your employee benefits, from this day forward
3. Any employees ever charged for ice water should be provided with a full refund, with interest.
4. Please preserve all pertinent records pending any OSHA investigation.
5. Failing that, I would fully expect union organizers would view your lack of kindness and generosity in deciding when to pass out union cards.
6. How many American employers would be so cruel as to charge employees for ice water?
7. I do not recall ever reading that even Pharaoh charged Moses and the Chosen People for water -- Sid, have you found any precedents?
8. I am sure that the State of Florida will consider your treatment of employees in evaluating any grant proposals and scoring points.
9. Does the Lighthouse offer sensitivity training for managers? Please provide copies.
Thank you.
Cordially,
Ed Slavin
904-377-4998

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
Sent: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:45 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-260: St. Augustine Lighthouse: Legal Opinions and PR Advice on Lighthouse Charging Employees for Ice Water in Hot Weather
Please send. Thank you.


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: kfleming ; rcain ; lcapitano ; madams
Sent: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 4:42 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-259: St. Augustine Lighthouse: OSHA complaints

Please respond promptly. Shall I call OSHA about my concerns? Please call to discuss. Today. Thank you.


-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: kfleming ; rcain ; lcapitano ; madams
Sent: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:43 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-259: St. Augustine Lighthouse: OSHA complaints

Please send. Thank you.

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-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: kfleming ; rcain ; lcapitano ; madams ; sfansbacher
Sent: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 4:39 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-258: St. Augustine Lighthouse Safety Manual


Please respond. Is there an OSH Act Section 11c poster? Where is it posted. If you do not have a safety manual and an OSHA poster, please tell me, and I will advise OSHA so that they may come inspect and interview employees. Thank you.

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: kfleming ; rcain ; lcapitano ; madams
Sent: Wed, Jul 29, 2015 9:41 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-258: St. Augustine Lighthouse Safety Manual

Please send. Thank you.

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-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: sfansbacher ; kfleming
Sent: Thu, Aug 6, 2015 4:11 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-257: St. Augustine Lighthouse Proposed 2420 Square Foot LAMP and classroom building documents, including SHPO Records and proposed tree-killing


Dear Sid and Kathy:
1. So I take it the answer is, "YES."  
2. We have a Right to Know.
3. Lighthouse bought county property at a very low cost.  
4. Lighthouse seeks and receives state funds. 
5. Please respond pursuant to F.S. 119.0701.  Now.
6. Please call to discuss.
Thank you.
Cordially,
Ed
904-377-4998
-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin <easlavin@aol.com>
To: dbirchim <dbirchim@citystaug.com>;
Sent: Thu, Jul 30, 2015 1:36 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-257: St. Augustine Lighthouse Proposed 2420 Square Foot LAMP and classroom building documents, including SHPO Records and proposed tree-killing


So is the Lighthouse asking for grants without local government permits, with the City Commission and staff being kept in the dark?


http://apply.florida-arts.org/view/exampleApplication/?id=4142 



2015-2016 Cultural Facilities, New Construction Application 

16.9.300.590
The Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum

County: St. Johns 
URL:  www.staugustinelighthouse.org
FEID:59-3471303  

A. Application Details

Proposal Information

ProgramCultural Facilities
Proposal TypeNew Construction
Project TitleMaritime Heritage Park Phase 1 Archaeological Center
Project SynopsisWe will build an Archaeological Research & Education Center and includes site preparation, preparing the foundation; and completeing the exterior walls and facades. 
Project Location81 Lighthouse Avenue
St. Augustine, 32080
St. Johns county 
Project DistrictsFL House District #: 17
FL Senate District #: 6 
Multiphase?Yes 
Phase #1 out of 3 planned 
Total Support and Revenue$2,287,368 
Status of Project Documents
  • Preliminary design and development documents are Complete
  • Construction documents are Not Complete
  • Construction permits are Neither in hand nor applied for
Leasing?No 
Land OwnerThe St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc. 
Building OwnerSt. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc. 
Building Age0 years 

B. Scope of Work (up to 15 points)

Project Description

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Inc. plans to create, through a three phase project, a maritime heritage park to include an archaeological conservation and education center (phase 1), a public education center (phase 2) and preserve and rehabilitate the two World War II Period structures back to their original use for historical interpretation of the light station's role during this period (phase 3). The planning of this project has been on-going,methodical and well funded to date. Feasibility studies prove the desire and interest in our community to have these resources. Funding from this grant will pay for the building of our maritime archaeological resource center. 
The center will include wet and dry artifact conservation space that will include a viewing window (fashioned after the Smithsonian viewing model) for the public to see conservation of centuries-old artifacts-some that have not seen the light of day for over 200 years. It will also include an educational space, offices for archaeologists and an x-ray room for finding what lies beneath years of concretions. Within this grant period, we plan on securing any further necessary permits, clearing ground, preparing the site( including adhering to any drainage issues), within the first 6 months of the grant period. We then plan on breaking ground, pouring the slab, and building the structure for the remainder of the grant period. Grant funds will be used for ground preparation, pouring the slab, building the structure including electrical, plumbing and drainage systems. 
Matching funds will be used for permitting, interior builds, acquisition of necessary laboratory equipment, furnishings, landscaping and the creation of improved trafficking- including ADA accessibility, public and artifact safety. 

Current Phases or Activity

Work with our architect, Keneth Smith and discussion of drainage and leed building opportunities are underway and will continue. Discussion with city staff about permitting needs will also be conducted. Permits for the project, where applicable, prior to the grant period, will be obtained. Discussions with potential contractors will commence prior to July 1, 2015 as well. 

Prior Phases or Activity

Two feasibility studies have been conducted to establish the support of the community for expanding our capabilities to conserve and share our maritime past. Strategic budgeting meetings in relation to the upcoming fiscal year of 2015-2016 included the decision to reserve $300,000 for the project. 
We have discussed our plans with the State Historic Preservation Office for initial approval, and have received it. Architectural renderings have been completed as well as a tree survey of the area. Plans for guest trafficking and site plans to better the visitor experience are complete. Artifact conservation needs, including the specifics of safety regarding lead lining for an x-ray room, have also been conducted. (This included reaching out to State of Florida conservators responsible for building similar facilities.) 
Cost estimates and building material options for construction, taking into account wind and other environmental hazards, have been heavily researched, reviewed and decided upon. The use of green building and artifact conservation techniques-using collected rain water for example-have been discussed with the architect in order to lower environmental impact and heighten the use of natural resources wherever possible. 

C. Need for Project and Operating Forecast (up to 30 points)

Need for Project

The St. Augustine Lighthouse Maritime Heritage and Education Center (MARE) is a culmination of 15 years of underwater maritime research by the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program, (LAMP), the research arm of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. This work began in 1999 under permit from the State of Florida, and in partnership with the Bureau of Archeological Resources. Today, after years of research and reports, after hundreds of dives with university students and thousands of behind the scenes tours, we are ready to construct a state of the art facility to save our State's early maritime history, which is so important to our development and growth. Education and conservation are at the core of our mission. We teach school students marine sciences, math and technology, preparing them for successful careers. We encourage critical thinking and build self-esteem through programs that include field work, lab work and research. 
At present our research labs and conservation spaces are in a tiny World War II era structure, and a temporary storage shed that has been outfitted with a sink, conservation space and temperature and humidity control. We are working on a shipwreck that wrecked on the St. Augustine bar on December 31, 1782 during the evacuation of Charleston, SC by the British. The victorious Americans had entered Charleston, but St. Augustine remained a loyal colony of the Crown. From here the last British officer would close out Great Britain's interests in the Americas from New York south to Florida. Spain was coming in to take over the colony. This wreck tells the real story of the American Revolution in Florida in a way never before told. And the artifacts from the wreck site, a carronade, a button from Frasier's Highlanders, household goods and loaded Brown Bess muzzleloader weapons, tells the story of a time when refugees flooded into Florida fearful for their lives, bringing with them all their worldly possessions. This and other wreck sites of international significance lay in the waters of the oldest continually occupied port city in our Nation. They deserve lab and educational space that is state of the art and that can help us use these important objects to tell the story of Florida's place in Maritime World history. 
The State of Florida has already funded the research through numerous survey and research grants for LAMP. After launching a successful capital campaign for the new building, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is poised to build upon receipt of this State funding, thereby ensuring the future discovery, preservation, and interpretation of our State's internationally significant submerged cultural resources. 

Operating Forecast Detail

The Maritime Center will house research work conducted since 1999, when the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program was incorporated by the Lighthouse as its research arm. The Executive Committee of the museum serves as the Board of Trustees of LAMP.
A capital campaign is presently more than 50% of its $3 million goal. The campaign will do three things: create a research center, expand programs and preserve structures. Operation costs will add $42,170 to our $3 million budget. This includes utilities, one new janitorial staff member and maintenance costs. Costs will be covered by expanded public archaeological programs and by our ability to raise admissions pricing with the addition of more to do on site. The museum is already creating new interactive exhibitions about archaeology and history. We diversify our revenue streams through a host of packages, grants, contracts and tours; as well as a growing annual fund and over 800 member households. 
The 2,420 sq. ft. center will provide wet and dry lab spaces for conserving artifacts, an x-ray room for examining concretions (equipment donated by local veterinarian's office), four modest offices and our first official classroom. Two handicap-accessible public restrooms, a storage area for education and dive locker are also included. 
The museum employs five staff archaeologists: The LAMP Director, Chuck Meide, sets vision for the program; Director of Archaeology, Dr. Sam Turner is an historian and boat builder; Brendan Burke, coordinates field work; and Starr Cox is our conservation expert. In addition, Brenda Swann, another classically trained archaeologist and Deputy Director of Collections & Interpretations brings programs to the public. In 2014 via State FY 2015-2016 DHR grants, we will create three new interpretive and conservation internships. These jobs provide real life work experience, tying public archaeology to the sustainability of research sciences via heritage tourism. A new maintenance position may also be created. The museum has a staff of 48 to 38 people seasonally. About 30 are full time. We also utilize 250 volunteers including trained docents. 
The structure has been bid and estimated at approximately $500K. The exterior and trafficking plan including ADA compliance and drainage systems that have been designed by Kenneth Smith Architects of Jacksonville, FL in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office to be of a scale and using materials consistent with the 1876 historic light station and extant 1940's-era US Coast Guard buildings around it. The structure is to be of metal construction to reduce costs and the threat of subterranean termites, with exterior-hardy board siding and trim. It is designed and styled after a much larger historic boat house ca 1876 that once graced the property. It is a one story structure with a drop loading gate, a crane for heavy lifting and an X-Ray room. An outside conservation fence of high white pickets surrounds the southern side of the structure offering space for electrolytic conversion, removing salts from sea-soaked objects. Green building techniques include gathering rain water for use in conservation. A viewing window offers a space for student groups to gather, see what is going on, and interact with archaeologists. 
Costs to build the structure including all landscaping, ADA accessibility and updated guest trafficking is approximately $500,000.00 

Fiscal Stability

Despite the recent challenges of depleting Federal, State and private funding, our institution has, through prudent budgeting principles and business planning, grown in service and revenue. Our passion for our work, our willingness to be entrepreneurial and our ability to partner with others to serve the real needs for our community make us a strong, sustainable organization even in challenging economic times. It is our intention and mission to expand programs now when the need for them is strongest and it is this passion that has made our programs the success that they are and will continue to be. 
With an operating budget of nearly $3 million annually and a strong history of grant success and administration, we are confident that we can easily meet the match necessary for this grant. SAL&M is strong in its plans and abilities to sustain and grow its programs and services to the public and underserved in the community. Yearly strategic budgeting, a strong history of healthy fiscal growth, strategies to enhance the visitor experience through programs and exhibits that will lengthen the stay of the visitor increasing visitor spending and repeat visitation are established. Funding strategies to support our plans are also in place through earned income, grant writing, donor appeals and the cultivation of community partnerships. 

Changes in Operation

Changes in Operating Expenses

Provide a summary of how your operating expenses will change after the project is completed.  
#DescriptionFYE 2015FYE 2016 (Project Completed)FYE 2017FYE 2018
1Utilities$6,400$8,000$9,600$9,600
2Janitorial staff$0$30,000$30,000$30,000
3Maintenance$0$2,574$2,574$2,574

Changes in Operating Income

Provide a summary of how your operating income will change after the project is completed.  
#DescriptionFYE 2015FYE 2016 (Project Completed)FYE 2017FYE 2018
1Grants and funding requests$0$10,000$10,000$10,000
2Earned income- increase in admissions numbers and cost$25,000$50,000$50,000$50,000

D. Project Impact (up to 30 points)

Community Impact of Project

The St. Augustine Lighthouse first appears in the State archives via the raid of Sir Francis Drake. Jean Baptista Boazio published a map of Drake's raid in 1589 which records a Spanish watchtower on Anastasia Island. The American territorial government converted a sister of this tower to Florida's 1st lighthouse in May, 1824, but by the 1870's erosion threatened and the US Congress appropriated $100K for a new tower. The current 165ft tower with a first-order Fresnel lens was finished in October, 1874; a keepers' house in 1876. The light was kept by keepers until 1955. It was saved from bulldozers, restored and opened as a museum by the Junior Service League from 1980 to 1994. The USCG transferred the tower and lens to the museum in 2002. The site is on the National Register and holds St. Augustine's oldest brick buildings. The museum is leading a Nation's Oldest Port National Heritage Area effort which will designate the national and international significance of the community's maritime port and her guiding light. 
Over 43,000 children visit the museum annually. Some come with families; others attend field schools with our archaeological team. To date we have put 371 students in the water with archaeologists, served the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind and provided Braille lesson plans and foreign language tours in Spanish, French and German. Our Discovery Summer Camp for at-risk students in association with the Homeless Coalition, Betty Grifith House (Battered Women's Shelter) Publix Supermarkets Charities, St. Augustine Sertoma Club and St. Johns County Educational Association feeds and educates students each summer as parents work or look for employment. 
The St. Augustine Lighthouse has provided $36 million of direct economic impact via Heritage tourism since 1994, an amount 72x greater than the State's initial investment. Over 204,000 annual visitors enjoy our programs. For every 85 visitors to Florida one job is created. Historic preservation contractors mean local jobs inside Florida's communities. The museum staff serves on the Florida Association of Museum's Board, the St Johns County Visitor & Conventions Bureau, the Florida Lighthouse Association, the Florida Attractions Association Board, and that of the St. Augustine Attractions Association. The Director sits on the Florida Historical Commission and the State of Florida Library & Archives Board. 
Finally, maritime archaeology reveals new evidence not available to historians. Exploring a maritime shipwreck is like reading a book with pages that are being destroyed as you read it. Only careful and exacting scientific methods can save the information before it is lost forever. We work under permit from the State of Florida and our discoveries belong to Florida's people. Today we are investigating Florida's role in the American Revolution. Next year we are focusing on the wrecks of French leader Jean Ribault who founded Fort Caroline in 1582. This project has generated interest from the National Seashore at Cape Canaveral as well as NOAA. Only with an adequate conservation and educational facility can we best continue to share science, humanities and Florida's stories with future generations. Please help us continue our mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive the stories of the Nation's Oldest Port.
• organizations and local artists that will use the facility
• educational or research opportunities
• access for underserved groups
• economic, historical, environmental or architectural significance 

Financial Impact of Project

The Maritime Center will house research work conducted since 1999, when the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program was incorporated by the Lighthouse as its research arm. The Executive Committee of the museum serves as the Board of Trustees of LAMP. 
A capital campaign is presently more than 50% of its $3 million goal. The campaign will do three things: create a research center, expand programs and preserve structures. Operation costs will add $150K to our $3 million budget. Costs will be covered by expanded public archaeological programs and by our ability to raise admissions pricing with the addition of more to do on site. The museum is already creating new interactive exhibitions about archaeology and history. We diversify our revenue streams through a host of packages, grants, contracts and tours; as well as a growing annual fund and over 800 member households. 
The 2,420 sq. ft. center will provide wet and dry lab spaces for conserving artifacts, an x-ray room for examining concretions (equipment donated by local veterinarian's office), four modest offices and our first official classroom. Two handicap-accessible public restrooms, a storage area for education and dive locker are also included. 
The museum employs five staff archaeologists: The LAMP Director, Chuck Meide, sets vision for the program; Director of Archaeology, Dr. Sam Turner is an historian and boat builder; Brendan Burke, coordinates field work; and Starr Cox is our conservation expert. In addition, Brenda Swann, another classically trained archaeologist and Deputy Director of Collections & Interpretations brings programs to the public. In 2014 via State FY 2015-2016 DHR grants, we will create three new interpretive and conservation internships. These jobs provide real life work experience, tying public archaeology to the sustainability of research sciences via heritage tourism. A new maintenance position may also be created. The museum has a staff of 48 to 38 people seasonally. About 30 are full time. We also utilize 250 volunteers including trained docents. 
The structure has been bid and estimated at $500K. The exterior and trafficking plan including ADA compliance and drainage systems that have been designed by Kenneth Smith Architects of Jacksonville, FL in consultation with the State Historic Preservation Office to be of a scale and using materials consistent with the 1876 historic light station and extant 1940's-era US Coast Guard buildings around it. The structure is to be of metal construction to reduce costs and the threat of subterranean termites, with exterior-hardy board siding and trim. It is designed and styled after a much larger historic boat house ca 1876 that once graced the property. It is a one story structure with a drop loading gate, a crane for heavy lifting and an X-Ray room. An outside conservation fence of high white pickets surrounds the southern side of the structure offering space for electrolytic conversion, removing salts from sea-soaked objects. Green building techniques include gathering rain water for use in conservation. A viewing window offers a space for student groups to gather, see what is going on, and interact with archaeologists. Costs are as follows:
Exterior:
Interior:
Permitting and Grading:
Landscaping and ADA: 

Environmental Impact of Project

A tree survey has been conducted by Geomatics Corporation. By county law, for each cedar tree removed, three must be planted. For each oak, two must be planted. So, we will when necessary, add more trees to our existing site. Of note, we have at our disposal, a local arborist who has, for years, cared for the abundant live oaks, cedars and indigenous trees that grace the 6.5 acres of our historic maritime hammock. In 2000, during the construction of our Visitors Center, he worked closely with our architect and contractors to insure that as many trees would be saved as possible. As a result, many trees were conserved and our trust in his desire to maintain the health and natural beauty of our site was again confirmed. 
As our local and respected Lorax, we will turn to him once again to speak for our trees and guide us as we plan for construction. He will skillfully examinethe trees that surrounded the area for disease and those that may no longer be living in order to give insight into how to best save those that are healthy. He will also be able to establish the best location for the planting of new trees when necessary. With his availability for consultation during the building process, we can plan wisely for the conservation of and best practices for the care for one of our most vital natural resources. Also of note, maintaining optimal tree coverage will reduce energy consumption in relation to the amount of power used to cool the building during hot Florida days. 
The use of green building and artifact conservation techniques are of high importance to us. We have discussed with our architect the desire to use collected rain water for wet conservation projects. As part of his plans, collection systems will be put into place and we will be able to lower our water consumption and recycle this resource wherever and whenever possible. 

E. Project Team

Organization Staff

(*) Kathy A. Fleming, Executive Director: Project and fund oversight.
(*) Martin Corlieto, Senior Director of Business Services: RFP creation and contract negotiation.
(*) Lee Capitano, Deputy Director of Finance and Sales: Project oversight as it relates to expense management, visitor experience and sales.
(*) Brenda Swann, Deputy Director of Interpretation and Programs: Classroom, interior exhibition, interpretative elements and interactive components design.
(*) Chuck Meide, Director of LAMP: Building elements in relation to archaeological program, field school, research and conservation needs.
(*) Starr Cox, LAMP Conservator: Interior and exterior design and oversight of wet and dry artifact conservation needs.
(*) Mollie Malloy, Senior Director of Museum Services: Grant and funding oversight and administration. 

Project Team

(*) Kenneth Smith Architects, Inc.
8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Suite 203
Jacksonville, FL 32256 
(*) As the building is a prefabricated metal structure, we do not have a general contractor to date. However, if necessary, we will be using either John Valdes Contractors, of whom we have worked in the past, or go to bid if necessary. Of note, we have worked with Kenneth Smith Architects, Inc. to insure that the exterior of the structure and materials used for the fa├žade are in line with our surrounding historic WWII structures. This is evident by the renderings attached. 

Project Architect/Engineer

Mr. Kenneth Smith
8301 Cypress Plaza Drive, Suite 203
Jacksonville, Florida 32256 

Project Contractor

Mr. John Valdes
1395 US 1 South, Suite A
St. Augustine, Florida 32084 

Property Owner Authorized Official

Ms. Kathy A. Fleming
Executive Director
904-829-0745 

Applicant Authorized Official

Ms. Kathy A. Fleming
Executive Director
904-829-0745 

Applicant Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Kathy A. Fleming
Executive Director
904-829-0745 

Grant Contact

Kathy A. Fleming
Executive Director 

F. Proposal Budget & Matching Funds (Up to 25 points)

Matching Funds Statement

We purchased the 6.5 acres of land, of which the light station stands, for $154,320.00 from St. Johns County in 2014 in order to build the Archaeological Conservation and Research Center (phase 1) enhance visitor trafficking, and ADA accessibility to the proposed program site. A tree survey was conducted by Geomatics Corp. in the amount of $2,050.00. Architectural fees to date equal $17,000.00. This equals a total of 173,370.00 in expenditures for the project to date. 
An active capital campaign has generated $127,563.49.00 in liquid assets from over 100 donors. This is denoted in our bank statement. $92,586.00 in liquid funds is allocated for the building project. $74,000 in irrevocable pledges exist for the project as well. In order to be conservative, and in knowing that in some cases, pledges may not be rectified in a timely manner, we have reported $34,050.00 in the irrevocable pledge line item. 

Match Summary

Match TypeAmount% of confirmed match ($300,000)
Cash on Hand$92,58030.9% 
Expenditures$173,37057.8%
Irrevocable Pledges$34,05011.4%
Documented In-Kind$00.0%
Total$300,000100.0%

Donor Profile

How many donors are supporting the project?119
What is the smallest contribution received for the project?$25
What is the largest contribution received for the project?$150,000
What is the population size of the community?1095502

Description of Donors

Years of scholarly research and dedication to discover, preserve, present and keep alive our diverse maritime history and traditions have laid the groundwork for public trust and considerable private, corporate and government support. Years of ethical, sound archaeological and educational efforts, along with our desire to expand our reach and abilities to build on our work, have allowed us to gain friends and supporters of our mission. Two separate feasibility studies proved that our community and those within other surrounding counties believe in and share our passion to save, teach and be stewards of our diverse maritime cultures. Building on this trust, pledges and donations for our current project are many and include support from the PGA Tour, family foundations, volunteers, business owners, our trustees and employees. 
Our donors are local members of our community; the coastal regions of Northeast Florida; private foundations and public service not-for profits. Many are members of families that have ties to the traditions of boat building, fishing and shrimping the waters of Florida's historic coast. Others are lovers of lighthouse history, Victorian architecture and coastal lifestyles. A number of our supporters believe strongly, as we do, in creating opportunities for underserved children to connect to a broader understanding of their personal relationship to their community and a shared history never told to them before. They support our programs and desire to grow so that we can show children, many who live a mere 3 miles away, the ocean for the first time. 

Percentage of Community Support

Individual: 42%
Non Profit Organizations: 42%
Private Corporations: 16% 

Proposal Budget Overview

Request Amount$150,000 
Confirmed Match$300,000 
Project Cost$450,000 
Contingency$0 
REDI match reduction?No 
Requested or received funding from the Division of Historical Resources?No 

Other State Dollars

[None provided] 

Proposal Budget Summary

RequestMatchTotal
Proposal Expenses
1.Land Acquisition$0$154,320$154,320
2.Building Acquisition
3.Architectural Services$0$36,000$36,000
4.General Requirements$0$20,000$20,000
5.Site Construction$80,000$20,680$100,680
6.Concrete
7.Masonry$12,000$0$12,000
8.Metals
9.Wood and Plastic$0$15,000$15,000
10.Thermal and Moisture Protection
11.Doors and Windows$20,000$0$20,000
12.Finishes
13.Specialties$13,000$0$13,000
14.Equipment$0$10,000$10,000
15.Furnishings$0$8,000$8,000
16.Special Construction
17.Conveying Systems
18.Mechanical$17,000$0$17,000
19.Electrical$8,000$36,000$44,000
Total Proposal Expenses150,000300,000$450,000
Proposal Income
1.Private Support$126,630$126,630
2.Corporate Support
3.Local Government Support
4.Federal Government
5.Applicant Cash$173,370$173,370
Total Proposal Income150,000300,000$450,000

Proposal Budget Detail

Proposal Budget Expense Detail

RequestCash MatchIn-Kind MatchTotal
1.Land Acquisition
1.Purchase of land from St. Johns County0154,3200154,320
Land Acquisition Subtotal$0$154,320$0$154,320
2.Building Acquisition
Building Acquisition Subtotal
3.Architectural Services
1.Kenneth Smith Architects036,000036,000
Architectural Services Subtotal$0$36,000$0$36,000
4.General Requirements
1.Permitting, waste removal020,000020,000
General Requirements Subtotal$0$20,000$0$20,000
5.Site Construction
1.Preparing foundation and construction of frame and walls, landscaping80,00020,6800100,680
Site Construction Subtotal$80,000$20,680$0$100,680
6.Concrete
Concrete Subtotal
7.Masonry
1.EAFS to match surrounding historical structures12,0000012,000
Masonry Subtotal$12,000$0$0$12,000
8.Metals
Metals Subtotal
9.Wood and Plastic
1.Framing of conservation areas and safety fencing015,000015,000
Wood and Plastic Subtotal$0$15,000$0$15,000
10.Thermal and Moisture Protection
Thermal and Moisture Protection Subtotal
11.Doors and Windows
1.Lab access, doors and windows20,0000020,000
Doors and Windows Subtotal$20,000$0$0$20,000
12.Finishes
Finishes Subtotal
13.Specialties
1.X-ray protection for 12X12 room13,0000013,000
Specialties Subtotal$13,000$0$0$13,000
14.Equipment
1.conservation lab elements010,000010,000
Equipment Subtotal$0$10,000$0$10,000
15.Furnishings
1.Interior classroom and office furniture and window treatments08,00008,000
Furnishings Subtotal$0$8,000$0$8,000
16.Special Construction
Special Construction Subtotal
17.Conveying Systems
Conveying Systems Subtotal
18.Mechanical
1.HVAC and plumbing17,0000017,000
Mechanical Subtotal$17,000$0$0$17,000
19.Electrical
1.Electrical wiring, IT wiring, phone systems, alarm systems, interior and exterior lighting8,00036,000044,000
Electrical Subtotal$8,000$36,000$0$44,000
Total Proposal Expenses150,000300,0000$450,000

Proposal Budget Income Detail

RequestCash MatchIn-Kind MatchTotal
1.Private Support
1.Total received donations to the project to date92,580092,580
2.Total irrevocable pledged donations to the project34,050034,050
Private Support Subtotal$126,630$0$126,630
2.Corporate Support
Corporate Support Subtotal
3.Local Government Support
Local Government Support Subtotal
4.Federal Government
Federal Government Subtotal
5.Applicant Cash
1.Total amount budgeted for project173,3700173,370
Applicant Cash Subtotal$173,370$0$173,370
Total Proposal Income150,000300,0000$450,000

G. Attachments and Support Materials


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Subject: Request No. 2015-257: St. Augustine Lighthouse Proposed 2420 Square Foot LAMP and classroom building documents, including SHPO Records and proposed tree-killing


Request No. 2015-257:  St. Augustine Lighthouse Proposed 2000 Square Foot LAMP and classroom building documents, including SHPO Records and proposed tree-killing 

Please send.  Thank you.  This request is being sent to the City, SHPO and the Lighthouse (which is a state government contractor covered by the 2013 Amendments to F.S. 119).


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