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Colonial Quarter sees boost in tourism

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Updated: 5/24/2013 12:00 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A fresh look, and a new name are working wonders for an old museum. The museum is quickly becoming one of St. Augustine's busiest tourist spots.

What was old is new again, and colonial quarter is kicking off Memorial Day weekend in St. Augustine with a bang. It was once the Spanish Quarter museum, but was lacking foot traffic.

Action News has learned a more than $700,000 loss resulted in a change in partnership. Owner, Pat Croce came in, and millions of dollars later, it was revamped, rebuilt and ready for reopening this spring.

"It requires investment in both time and money to be able to have a business thrive, survive, and grow. So I think we have all the elements necessary to make that happen here at the colonial quarter," said John Stavely, Director of Historic Programming.

They tell me it came just in time, to coincide with another major attraction: El Galeon. It's just a stone's throw away and already bringing in more business. Visitors tell Action News it's the perfect combination for a historical experience.

"They've done a great job with all the authenticity of everything and I'm sure the school children are enjoying it. They have lots of groups today and tomorrow," said Susan Krnoul, visiting the area for the weekend.

"People can go and learn the maritime history on an actual ship that would have sailed in the day, and then you come here and learn all the history of the townspeople and how this town was supported by those ships," said Stavely.

The Colonial Quarter is sponsoring the Galeon. It's also offering discounted admission to those who see both attractions, and indulge in their on-site dining. You can get $1 off admission, and 10 percent off your check at one of their restaurants.
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