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St. Johns County approves grant for Mumford and Sons concert

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Updated: 8/06/2013 11:15 pm

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Johns County Commissioners voted to approve a nearly $130,000 grant to help St. Augustine put on the Mumford and Sons concert.

According to County Commissioner, Cyndi Stevenson, that amount is coming from the county's bed-tax funds.

The city of St. Augustine thinks it will spend about $417,000 for the shuttling system for the concert. With the approval of the grant, from the county's Tourism and Development Council, it'll bring the deficit down to about $56,000.

City leaders hope to offset that loss with the sale of shuttle passes and reimbursements from the concert promoters.

"The city has taken on this very big commitment to bring a lot of people to a very specific location," said Cyndi Stevenson, commissioner for District 1. "We are hoping this improves both visitor experience and not just for ticket holders but other people who might be in the community."

During Tuesday's meeting St. Augustine's city manager also asked the county for help with "advisory services". The city agreed to pay the county $50,000 for those services.

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