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St. Augustine leaders plan to use taxpayer money for Mumford and Sons parking plan

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Updated: 7/29/2013 8:05 pm
ST. AUGUSTINE Fla. -- The Mumford and Sons concert is expected to bring in serious cash for St. Augustine but first city leaders need to make sure they tackle their biggest hurdle, parking.

The plan is to encourage concert goers to keep their cars out of downtown. The city is expecting 25,000 people to pack Francis Field over a two day period and to get them there, St. Augustine leaders have come up with a parking plan that includes shuttle services.

"We're anticipating up to 3,000 cars at the St. Augustine airport and those will be shuttled in," said Mark Litzinger, St. Augustine Comptroller. "The remainder of the shuttling system will basically go after what's considered hotel corridors." said Litzinger.

Shuttles will go as far away as the World Golf Village as well as pick up passengers at hotels in St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach.

It's going take roughly $417,000 of taxpayer money to pull the plan off. Litzinger says the goal is to break even in the end.

"We're conservatively estimating $150,000 for shuttling revenue itself, we have a $129,000 TDC grant waiting for final board of county commissioner approval," said Litzinger.

According to Litzinger, they're still working on final details of the plan before it goes up for approval. For the city of St. Augustine, the parking plan is just another tool to pump more money into the city.

"We're also using it as an economic development to get people from downtown who might be staying here, to the beaches, to the outlets," said Litzinger.

City leaders will open up bidding for shuttle service companies on August 8th. In the next few weeks they'll be working on emailing ticket holders to inform them about the parking plans.

Shuttle wristbands are expected to go on sale for around $15.
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