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Businesses boom during Mumford and Sons concert

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Updated: 9/18/2013 2:57 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Fudge Buckets and Sandcastle Cafe has only been open a week. Some call the Mumford and Sons concert lucky timing. The owners call it divine appointment.

"We were in the middle of it all. When it let out, a trickle started and it became a tidal wave of people," Gary Easton said.

More than 30,000 people packed Francis Field. It's an undertaking that's been months in the making and for businesses like Sandcastle, a huge boost.

"A lot of burgers, dogs and pulled pork. Over 500 pounds," Michelle Easton said.

On the other hand, some businesses didn't prosper this weekend. Those located out of the concert radius barely saw any extra customers. That's something the city would like to change going forward.

"What we need to do is, we have to spend some time working on how to bring everybody along," City Manager John Regan said.

As St. Augustine prepares for the rest of its 450th Commemoration events, Easton says it will take them awhile to recover from the recent one. In a good way.

"There will be no one who forgets the 13th and 14th of September."
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hatetherev - 9/17/2013 8:54 AM
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oh... Billy Bob Hill... it was a Concert not Family fun day at the park (was not meant for kids, and any good parent shoudl know that... I dont show up for my kids flag football game and complain that there is no alcohol or loud music.. everything is not meant for everyone). Are you sure you dont live in St Nickolas (met park reference, becuase that is where this concert should have been).

Billy Bob Hill - 9/16/2013 8:37 PM
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This concert did nothing but keep everybody out and I know the band sucked a big turd ! They look like they where up drinking an hung over . This hurt most of the Business all around St.Aug It was not family fun ! Lots of cussing and trash all over !

thetruth - 9/16/2013 8:13 PM
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Actually, I heard that a LOT of people stayed away from SA for the weekend because they did NOT want to put up with the road closures, thee lack of parking, and the congestion. Also, many businesses bought extra food but did NOT have a busy weekend. Finally who the hell holds an outdoor concert in a self-identified "field", and then bans blankets & lawn chairs!?
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