Monument Movement Fight

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Updated: 1/09 11:43 pm
The city of St. Augustine is preparing to discuss what to do with the veteran monument located at the Plaza de la Constitucion.

"It will be a disgrace if we don't do something about it," said Ron Berben.

Berben is a veteran of the U.S. Marines. He described the green electric boxes sitting in front of the historic veterans monument.

"It just does a disservice to them. It's unsightly," Berben said.

The monument was built in 1946 to honor veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
The city said the boxes are on their property but were placed there as a part of the Bridge of Lions Rehabilitation project in 2005.
Action News called around, and found out Florida Power and Light Company put them there.

"We have a bunch of junky-looking boxes," said Nancy Sikes-Kline.

Sikes-Kline, vice mayor of St.Augustine, believes the boxes are there for lighting.

"What I've been told by engineers is it's not feasible to move the boxes so what we could do is screen them, make them blend a little better," said Sikes-Kline.

She told Action News the boxes would be very expensive to remove, but it would be less expensive to move or fix up the monument.

Veterans Action News spoke with said they have different opinions on what to do with it.

"Get it moved, get it to a place of honor and get it spruced up," Berben said.

U.S Marine Corp veteran Joseph Williams said, "Sure don't move it, it's been there all that time."

With ideas soon to be on the table with what to do with the monument, Veterans told Action News they hope the monument gets the respect it deserves.

Sikes-Kline said options for the veteran monument will be discussed during a commission meeting on Monday.
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RiverRat - 1/10/2014 10:48 AM
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Regardless of the monument this equipment is right in front of the historic plaza downtown. It is ugly and should be obscured from view. I am a native of St. Augustine.

imtellin - 1/10/2014 7:58 AM
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now you know why they call them JARHEADS !!!erben hasn't got anything better to worry about ??? must be a newbee & wantin to make his presence known to all,,, regardless of the cost... for 9 years now, those boxes have been there & along comes mr. make some noise & suddenly, its an issue !!! please,, send them back where they came from !!!
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