Melinda Rakoncay attends the St Augustine Business Coalition’s Candidate Event
On Thursday, June 9, the St. Augustine Business Coalition’s Leadership Group, hosted “Get to Know You” City Commission candidate event at the Renaissance Hotel on Castillo Drive from 5 - 7 pm.
It was a nice way to meet the other candidates running for City Commission, but more importantly I enjoyed getting questions from the business community and hearing some of their concerns. The vagrancy problem was a top issue, along with belief that many business owners do not feel their concerns are heard.
But I see their concerns as important, because St. Augustine as like a 3 legged stool, in which the needs of the local businesses, resident, and visitor must all considered equally if we are going to have a balanced approach to solving our problems.
The St Augustine Business Coalition (SABC) was specifically formed to advocate for the downtown and Entry Corridor business community’s interests. They meet monthly and plan to host another City Commission candidate event open to their entire database of about 450 business people after the primaries. I look forward to meeting with them again.