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St. Augustine fireworks: Parking and departing
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- If you are planning to take in the fireworks in St. Augustine tonight, police and city officials are asking you bring your patience with you.

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Thousands of people crowd downtown St. Augustine and Vilano Beach for the annual display, but planners expect to see even more this year because Jacksonville Beach is not hosting fireworks this year.

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According to the city, "Fireworks Over the Mantanzas" brings more people to St. Augustine each year than any other event.  They suggest people park in the Visitor's Center parking garage, which is $10.00 per day.

After the fireworks, police will be in place to help guide visitors back out of the city.  

"At the end of the fireworks display is going to be our main thing," explained Mark Samson, Public Information Officer for the St. Augustine Police Department.  "We're focused on getting people out of the garage.  At the same time, we're asking for patience from people.  We'll get you out as quick as we can.  We know most folks have to be back to work the next day like we do."

Police will reroute all traffic on King Street to go west toward U.S. 1.  From there, officers will direct all traffic south.

If you need to go north on your way home, Samson suggested you take San Marco toward U.S. 1.  

"Please try to go by 16 and take an alternative route," said Samson.  "Maybe [take] Lewis Speedway or International Golf Parkway.  16 will be packed as it is every year and it may save you 10 or 15 minutes by going a little further north and cutting up that quick."

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