City manager to offer recommendation on Civil War memorial's future

Regan will suggest memorial remain in place, but with context


ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – On Monday, St. Augustine City Manager John Regan is expected to offer a staff recommendation to the City Commission regarding a Confederate memorial that sits at the Plaza de la Constitución.

Regan will suggest that the memorial remain in place, but with added information, for context, that will be guided by a Commission-appointed advisory committee, according to a statement issued Tuesday from the city of St. Augustine.

The memorial in question honors local soldiers who served and died in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.

During an Aug. 28 meeting, the St. Augustine City Commission heard more than four hours of public comment regarding the memorial’s future. At the conclusion of the meeting, and after discussion among themselves, commissioners asked Regan to conduct research into the topic and then return with options and a recommendation of what to do, specifically.

Now, a comprehensive presentation and recommendation from Regan is part of the agenda for next Monday’s meeting.

“The presentation will offer background on the memorial’s history, its context with other Civil War related recognitions in Florida and nationwide, and recounts the city’s ongoing effort to tell its whole history,” the city said.

Two options are not being recommended by the staff: The first would be to do nothing. The other would be to relocate the memorial, which raises a number of challenges, including how to move it without physically destroying it, the cost and who would pay, and identifying a place for relocation, the city said.
The agenda for Monday’s meeting and more information can be found here.
The event is set for 5 p.m. in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St., and will be carried live on GTV (Comcast Channel 3) as well as online, where it is also available on-demand the day following the meeting.

The presentation will be near the end of the meeting. Overflow seating will be available after 7 p.m.

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