Santa Maria updates could take 3 years

Image of the Santa Maria from floridamemory.com

Image of the Santa Maria from floridamemory.com

From The St. Augustine Report
By former St. Augustine mayor George Gardner
Croce meeting
Carter, Taylor and Thomas present plans on Tuesday, June 24
Spokespersons for Pirate Museum Owner Pat Croce told residents filling the Alcazar Room at City Hall on Tuesday, June 24 that three years of permit approvals and renovations lay ahead if Croce proceeds with plans to convert the Santa Maria Restaurant in Matanzas Bay into a Half Shell Raw Bar.
   The preliminary name comes from Croce’s eatery in Key West. Croce was represented at the session by Environmental Planner Ryan Carter, Landscape Architect Karen Taylor and Architect Les Thomas, who are working through city and public vetting before Croce would actually close on the property.
   Envisioned is a 155-seat restaurant with waterside outside seating, a 21-boat dock, and possibly raising the facility 1½ feet to a federally acceptable 10-foot flood elevation.
   One assurance: no amplified or exterior music, written into the Planned Unit Development document, Taylor said.
    Pat Croce & Company owns the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum and Colonial Quarter, both in downtown St. Augustine. His company also owns seven restaurants (including the Half Shell) in the Florida Keys. He is the former president of the Philadelphia 76ers.
    The Santa Maria Restaurant, 135 Avenida Menendez, opened in 1949 as The Old Spanish Landing.
— Totally St. Augustine contributed to this story

 

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