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City Commissioners Vote to Ask for Delay on King Street Construction
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- City commissioners have passed a resolution that will ask the Florida Department of Transportation to delay construction on King Street in downtown St. Augustine.

The project will work on drainage issues along King Street. Construction is scheduled to start next week, shutting down the road to one lane.

Merchants and residents said they were given less than a month's notice.

Business owners banded together approached the city, asking commissioners to take delay the project. However, the decision to delay is up the the DOT.

Commissioners Monday night voted to recommend the DOT delay the project until after 2015, after the expected high tourism traffic from the state's 500th and the city's 450th celebrations.

Masci General Contractors, Inc. out of Port Orange, Florida is the group slated to handle the $1.56 million project for the state Department of Transportation.  The contractor has prepared and hired the staff for the drainage work on a 0.2 mile stretch from Malaga Street to Markland Place.

Leo Masci with Masci General Contractors said if the project is delayed, he will have to fire 12 people and will lose $600,000 on materials. Some of the materials are custom made for this project on King Street.

It will now be up to the DOT to determine if it will follow the city commissioners' recommendation.

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