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Letter to Mayor O’Brien: Hammock Park -Beach Blvd Development

Dear Mayor O’Brien,
Sorry I am so late writing this email to you regarding the above property. I understand there is going to be another meeting November 7th. I thought it was over with the 4 to 1 vote in favor of keeping this green space.
In my opinion being from a preservationist family since the 1800’s you have to keep this world a better place than when you found it. This six acres is the only green space on Beach Blvd, the last Sand Dune on Beach Blvd, plus Live Oak Trees and many other type of trees.
One day my energy level was great never knowing where I would end. As I crossed the street to the beautiful walk way to the beach I was thinking what a peaceful walk to the beach, the City did a great job. As I got to the end I turned left and walked on the white sand, looking at the young and old, of course I always say, good morning with a smile. Then taking a deep breadth of fresh air and thanking our Lord for all my blessing, I said to myself as I saw the Pier in the distance, I am going to walk to the Pier in honor of my ancestors, in memory of my parents and especially to my son, Jim for what he stood for and ended here in St. Augustine, I am blessed this I know.
I made it to the Pier as I walked up the stairs,crossed the street to F/A Cafe as I was red faced, hot and needed water. I left there and took pictures to my left then to my right, I ended my walk at Publix Shopping Center then on to A 1 A Street, and back to my home. I made a CD of my journey, as I looked at the pictures I thought you have a jewel here. I hope one day soon you will do the same walk, with your heart open, think, once this Sand Dune, Live Oak Trees, and many other plants are gone they are gone forever and replaced with concrete and more shops.
This also concerns me because of the mom and pop shops, restaurants and small business that have been on Beach Blvd for many years will close because of too many stores carrying the same items, yes I know competition is good, save that for the Mainland. I hope this Island will not look like Daytona Beach but I can see it changing, very sad to see.
I hope when you go inside your heart you will think about the future generations You cannot buy Sand Dunes and Live Oak Trees that have been here for many years also you will never be able to feel the peace in your heart and mind going to any shopping center but it is up to you to do the right thing for future generations.
I sent Vice Mayor Samuels two CD and I know she would be happy to share one with you.
Respectfully,
Josephine Curtis
Whispering Oaks Subdivision

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