Greetings from St. Augustine. There are just a few days left until our 2nd International Conference on the 1715 Fleet begins here in oldest city in the U.S.,St. Augustine. If you have not signed up yet there is still time. Please note that there will be a welcoming reception in the Virginia Room located at the Ringhaver Student Center (Building 18) on the campus of Flagler College from 500pm to 800pm, Wednesday March 15. Also, we have previously emailed to all those in attendance a parking pass for the new parking facility built by Flagler College which is located near Malaga Street. Note that this parking pass is NOT for city lots. It is ONLY good at the Flagler College parking facility on Malaga Street.
All of our speakers have confirmed that they will be there as scheduled.
Also, I am pleased to announce that Cuban archaeologists Manuel Almeida and his with Teresa were granted visas to attend our Conference. We are looking forward to their presentation on the Ines de Soto. Also, Cuban numismatist Sergio Gonzalez will speak to our members Saturday at the membership meeting at the St. Augustine Art Association.
Additionally, Fleet Society member Rick Beleson has a special presentation which he has prepared that will be of great interest to the membership. Joining us will be artists Warren Clark and Don Maitz who will be showcasing some of their artwork which has a special relationship to the 1715 Fleet.
All in all, we believe that this upcoming Conference and associated events will equal, if not surpass, the 1st International Conference which took place two years ago in Vero Beach during the 300th Anniversary Commemoration. Looking forward to seeing you there.
Ben Costello, Director