Lion statues to be unveiled at Davis Park as 450th tribute

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From The BLVD (Anastasia Island businesses)

The largest single, private donation to the city of St. Augustine in celebration of it’s 450th Anniversary will be unveiled during a celebration filled with ceremony and special events from 4 to 8p.m. Thursday, July 2 along Anastasia Boulevard.

Wolfgang and Miki Schau personally commissioned the new lions and have been working with a local team since April of 2014.

“With the Lions, we want to express our love to the city of St. Augustine as we express our love to each other. More details about this love story may be disclosed during the unveiling,” Wolfgang said.

The new pair is from the same family of Medici lions found at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy as the Bridge’s existing lions.  The new lions are made out of granite to ensure durability and will be installed next week on the east side of the Bridge in Davis Park.  The unveiling will be presented to the city and its residents.

Hesitant to name themselves as the donors, Schau served as a member of Visioning 2014 & Beyond, the city of St. Augustine’s visioning initiative steering committee, and he and his wife are active residents in their neighborhood when not traveling the world.

Businesses along Anastasia Boulevard will be participating in the celebration by remaining open from 4 to 8 p.m.and contributing to the festive environment. View the map here:

Black Fly has a “Lion Fish” special, Puddy Mud is offering paint your own pottery for kids, and Candle Light South is having a beer tasting.  Business owners and residents are excited and supportive of the new additions and view the installation as an opportunity to spotlight the initiative to improve Anastasia Boulevard and develop the area’s unique identity.

Parking is available at Blue Water Jewelers and transportation to the ceremony site will be provided from that parking lot and other place on the boulevard by Old Town Trolley Tours at no charge.

Pre-ceremony festivities will begin Blue Water Jewelers with a special Open House from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and starting at 2 p.m. at Puddy Mud.

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