ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The nation's oldest city caught the eye of a successful entrepreneur, Pat Croce, the moment he stepped foot in it. St. Augustine has now become his second home after investing millions into one of the area's newest attractions.
"Here is this gem on the east coast of the United States and I don't think everyone knows yet. I'm from Philadelphia but when I discovered it I brought everyone down," said Pat Croce, Founder of the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum.
Croce invested $5 million to build the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum and just recently he invested another $3 million into the city's new Colonial Quarter attraction.
With his help, the attraction is also growing. Crews are now building of a 55 foot ,15th century style, ship.
"The response has been fabulous because people come here for a history lesson but we want to make it an entertaining history lesson," said Croce.
With summer vacation season in full swing, it's poised to attract families eager to learn about St. Augustine's rich history. It's the reason Croce said he believes in the project.