Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones Proud of Service on St. Augustine Commission; He Leaves His Post on Dec. 3 with Plenty More to Do

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jones Proud of Service on St. Augustine Commission; He Leaves His Post on Dec. 3 with Plenty More to Do

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Byline: Peter Guinta

St. Augustine City Commissioner Errol Jones leaves office Dec. 3 after 10 years of service, but don't expect him to spend a lot of time napping on the couch or playing poker with the boys.

He's not riding off into the sunset. He has too much to do.

"I really enjoyed my time on the board," Jones said. "But I'd be lying if I said I didn't regret not following through on some projects. I love this little city."

He still speaks excitedly about initiatives he supported and pressed the commission to consider.

Though he was only one vote of five, some major efforts Jones took a special interest in include the Riberia Street repaving project, replacement of underground infrastructure, rebirth of the Galimore Center, creation of utilities in West Augustine, the Galveston project and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights struggle in 2014, among many others.

"I'll still work on 2014 from the private side," he said. "Some city officials are not enthusiastic about that."

Jones is proud of his leadership and advocacy of the Plaza de la Constitucion's Andrew Young and Foot Soldiers memorials, of his serving on the Fort Mose board of directors and establishing connections with the Haitian community to raise funds for a monument to Haitian hero Gen. Georges Biassou, who served the Spanish crown in St. Augustine and who died here in 1801 and was buried in Tolomato Cemetery.

"That was an important part of our history that most of us know little or nothing about," Jones said. "I'll continue to work with [the Haitian community] and help it any way I can."

Jones worked for government most of his life, earning his master's degree in social work from New York's Adelphi University. He left the city in 1977 and worked as a consultant with a specialty in economic development and community revitalization. …

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