The City of St. Augustine is
Ms. Maria Andreu was a Minorcan and the first female lighthouse keeper in St. Augustine following the tragic death of her husband, Joseph Andreu, who was the keeper from 1854-1859, when he fell to his death while whitewashing the tower of the lighthouse. At the time of her husband’s death, Maria was left with six children and no means of support. The community petitioned for her to become the keeper, earning $400 annually. As the lighthouse keeper, she was responsible for keeping the light on for mariners in distress. She was the keeper from 1859 until 1862 when the light was darkened during the Civil War.
“I commend the Lighthouse Park residents for continuing their work together as neighbors, to come together in suggesting this name,” commented Vice Mayor Leanna Freeman. “I’m happy to sponsor this naming, and believe Ms. Andreu is a very appropriate historic figure who contributed a great public service to the community.” In accordance with Resolution 2016-15 which outlines the process for the official naming of public parks and city facilities, Freeman is sponsoring the request to name the public space.
The city will accept public input and suggestions for two weeks, beginning tomorrow, Friday, October 2 and concluding on Friday, October 20. A committee composed of one representative each from the Planning and Building, Public Works, and Communications Departments, will review the public input, summarize the suggestions, and make a recommendation to the City Manager. The City Manager will offer the recommended name to the City Commission for consideration and adoption during the currently scheduled City Commission meeting on November 9.
According to the resolution, suggestions should consider neighborhood or geographical identification, natural or geological features, a place or event of historical or cultural significance, the articulated preference of residents of the neighborhood surrounding the space, or a deceased person or persons who has made significant and outstanding contributions of public service to the community.
Suggestions will be gathered through an online survey, which will include providing a brief supportive statement as to why the name is suggested. The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.
Submissions also may be mailed to: Communications Department, City of St. Augustine, P. O. Box 210, St. Augustine, FL 32085; faxed to 904.825-1096; or emailed to [email protected].