The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour will be on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, starting at 1 p.m. each day and lasting until 11 p.m.
If you reside in one of the three neighborhoods with restricted access (Uptown, Abbott Tract, Flagler Model Land) you will be provided with a pass to display from your rearview mirror. Residences in each of the three neighborhoods will receive two passes, identified by a separate color for each neighborhood. The passes will be delivered to each resident’s door approximately one week prior to the event.
To request additional passes, contact Elizabeth Glasgow at 904.209.3750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To obtain additional passes, resident must provide proof of residence in the specific neighborhood. Additional passes must be picked up at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Tuesday, September 10 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
It is advisable that your guests arrive before noon, the time street closures go into effect. Guests also will be required to have a neighborhood pass to gain entry to a specific neighborhood.
Streets bordering Francis Field will remain closed to all traffic during the event:
- All of W. Castillo Dr.
- Orange St. from Riberia St. to S. Castillo Dr.
- Riberia St. from Orange St. to W. Castillo Dr.
- Cordova St. from Orange St. to W. Castillo Dr.
W. Castillo Dr. will be restricted to shuttle busses that will enter from U.S. 1, drop passengers at the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, and then return to U.S. 1. Orange St. and Riberia St. will be restricted to use by public safety and event-related vehicles.
Access to the Historic Downtown Parking Facility on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, will be restricted to those who have pre-purchased parking. For more information on purchasing parking in the facility, check out the transit page.
Information regarding the event shuttle, and how to purchase required wristbands, can be found at on the Transit page. Shuttle wristbands are available to residents and business operators as well for their own personal use or use by employees.
The shuttle will provide transportation for two groups of concert goers: those who drive in for the day and park at the St. Augustine Airport; and those who are staying at area hotels in St. Augustine Beach, the World Golf Village and Vilano Beach who want to leave their car and ride to and from the event.
The shuttle will run continuous loops on Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, and will continue the following morning to serve those expected to remain downtown following the event.
The city will maintain parking enforcement Friday and Saturday, September 13 and 14, but by restricting access to adjoining neighborhoods and prohibiting parking in certain areas, every effort is being made to prevent parking violations before they happen.
If a vehicle is parked illegally on the public right-of-way, especially if it causes a hindrance to public safety (i.e. blocking a street), notify the St. Augustine Police Department by calling the non-emergency number 904.825.1074. Enforcement of authorized parking on private property and in private parking lots is the responsibility of the property owner who may call a tow service to have the vehicle removed.
Even though the city’s law enforcement officers will be very busy with the event, these additional duties do not affect the regular patrols that occur every day in every part of the city. Certainly with the restricted access for the adjourning neighborhoods, presence in those area will be greater than normal.
The event’s transportation plan includes elements to support bicycle use, including a park-n-bike location and a bike valet service at the event. For more information, visit the Transit page. The bicycle element of the transportation plan is managed by Velo Fest. For more information, visit www.velofest.org.
The event has not initiated any changes in the City of St. Augustine ordinances, including those governing alcohol sales or consumption, sales, or solicitations or signage. As permitted by city ordinances, the City Manager has extended the rules governing noise from 10 p.m. until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14.
It depends on the zoning classification, but generally in single family residential zoning districts described in Chapter 28 of the City Code, commercial parking lots are not allowed.
While the site’s fencing will be temporarily replaced with a more secure system, the fencing that is there will be returned following the event. Some small oak trees along the oversized vehicle parking area on the west side of Francis Field were relocated, and following the event the area may be re-evaluated to provide more appropriate landscaping.
The event’s promoters are covering the costs of the event, except for the shuttle system. That cost is being borne by the city with the help of a grant from the St. Johns County Tourism Development Council. The current best estimates are that the city’s costs, not covered by various fees and donations, will come to approximately $55,000.
First, hosting a major event over a weekend that is one of the slowest of the year offers local businesses, including retail outlets, food and beverage providers and the lodging industry an additional boost in sales.
Additionally, systems being developed to support an event of this size and complexity, such as restricted access to residential areas and transportation systems with satellite parking, will serve the city for other events in the future.
The nature of those who attend this particular event, will introduce the city to many who have never visited before and are likely then to visit again. The event offers the city the opportunity to make new friends by introducing new visitors to our special brand of hospitality.