32 Grenada Street
33 San Marco Avenue
At their August 18, 2016 meeting, St. Augustine Historic Architecture Review Board rejected four controversial demolitions.
Among them were:
o a retroactive demolition permit sought for 125 Washington Street (Russell & Anita Thomas, builder John Valdes);
o a demolition permit sought for two buildings at 33 San Marco Avenue, first built in 1865, contributing structures to the Abbott Tract National Register of Historic Places District (GPD, LLC, sought by architect Jerry Dixon); and
o a demolition permit for 32 Granada Street, built in 1880 (John Arbizzani, speaking for himself, with lawyer Sidney Franklyn Ansbacher and experts who never spoke).
The first three were denied outright. John Arbizzani's 32 Granada Street was set for a hearing on September 15th, subject to consideration of designating the Victorian home a local landmark.
I spoke in opposition to each of these demolition permits, and was delighted with the thought and effort by the Board and staff. Neighborhoods are being heard and heeded.
Arbizzani refused to sit down while public comment speakers spoke, standing in his portliness just behind us. I objected to this intimidation tactic.
Decisions are being made based on data, not political influence. Thank you, Mayor Nancy Shavr.
Influential good-ole-boys are no longer getting demolition permits at the drop of a hat.
Buying historic properties
Demolitions by neglect have fallen into disrepute.
A spirit is haunting our Nation's Oldest City -- a spirit of resolving problems amicably, while standing up to noxious nostrums emitted by history-destroying, wetland-killing, clear-cutting "developers" and their stable of whores and "testaliars" (as Professor Alan Dershowitz calls hired-gun expert witnesses).
UPDATE: From George Gardner's St. Augustine Report: