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Children's Museum could come to Lincolnville

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Updated: 9/10/2013 8:55 pm
ST AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- Big plans are in store for a 10-acre, marshy area in St. Augustine.

It used to be a landfill, but soon it will turn into a learning hub.

"Had this idea for hands-on, interactive, educational facility that will serve children and families zero to 12," Susan Connor said.

Six years ago, Connor teamed up with other parents in the area. Their goal is to bring a children's museum, aquarium and possible amphitheater to Riberia Pointe.

Nestled next to the historic neighborhood of Lincolnville, it's a win-win for everyone.

"I think it's a good idea. I have nieces and nephews that play in the area," Cecilio Sanchez said.

The proposed project does not come cheap. The children's museum alone will cost $5 million. The good news is $1.5 million has already been raised, and city commissioners seem to be in support of the idea.

"This is a museum not for us and our kids, but really for the whole community," Connor continued.

At the center, students will learn the ins and outs of marine science and marshlands, and get the chance to be hands on.

The aquarium will be built along the Intercoastal, just under the County Road 312 bridge.

The plans are a first for this area.

"Thumbs up all the way around," Sanchez said with a smile.

For more information on the museum, click here.
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