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St. Augustine gets hefty Mumford & Sons concert price tag

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 7/23/2013 9:25 am
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.-- The cost of St. Augustine's Mumford and Sons concert isn't music to the ears of city commissioners.

They learned Monday night it will cost the city $417,000 to cover things like security, transportation, and logistics to host more than 25,000 concertgoers.

Commissioners approved the expenditure by a 3-to-1 vote.
Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline was the one nay vote. She told Action News, "I want to be very careful with how we spend the money. I want to be very careful and prudent with that."

City leaders expect to make the money back by various means, including transportation and parking.

The 2-day concert is set for Sept. 13th and 14th at Francis Field.
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calmdown - 7/26/2013 6:38 AM
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The tickets are $109 a piece, not $25. Plus 10,000 people camping at $40 for each person. Plus the money that the total 25,000 people will be spending at you local shops. The other towns that had stopovers last year reported that the concert goers left the town in fine shape. As for the sod, they put down a permiable flooring on the grass so that it does not get destroyed. As for standing on lawns, you cant even get on to the camp grounds without a pass. In Troy, no tax payers money is going to the concert. Calm down. Everything will be fine. They're not going to destroy your town.

imtellin - 7/23/2013 8:06 AM
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as usual, the geniuses at city hall have left out many of the associated costs.. replacing the sod on francis field will top that list, yet they conveiniently forgot to add that to the price !!! port a potties,,, trash collection will have severe overtime costs.. and the best one yet,, they expect to cram 25,000 people into this small area... glad i won't be there as law enforcement will be overwhelmed in the event of an emergency !!! and then there is the liability insurance costs that they have left out.. a venue of this magnitude suggests a rider on the cities existing policy , but at what premium.. because as anyone who has ever attended a venue of this nature, the crowds will easily exceed 25,000... not everyone will purchase a ticket, when they can stand on lawns & streets & listen for free... and these are predominately the trouble makers !!! the city has it's ash in the proverbial sling,, & the math doesn't add up !!! there's a reason they had woodstock out in the country... nothing to destroy !!! except farmland !!! note to city taxpayers,, your taxes will be going up from this,, no doubt about it !!! $40.00 to have your car locked up in the city garage for 4 days ??? $15.00 bus passes ?? they are dreamers... sounds like a great time to leave st. john's county,, for a vacation...

Realchange - 7/23/2013 1:31 AM
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Either it's solvent, or don't host it. Concert is great thing, but it should pay for itself. Not at the tax payers expense. There needs to be disclosure form on concerts. 25,000 tickets at say 25 bucks a piece roughly averages to 625,000. If it costs the city 400,000 to put the show on then that should come out the ticket costs. IF the music group has set fee then that should be disclosed as well. See if there is enough up front to pay for it if not cancel the show.
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