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Board of County Commissioners Meeting Action Item Report, May 21 2013

Highlighted Action Items from the May 21, 2013 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting:

ProclamationsSt_Johns_County

The Board proclaimed May 18-24, 2013 as National Safe Boating Week
The Board proclaimed May 19-25, 2013 as National Public Works Week
The Board proclaimed May 21, 2013 as James G. Sisco Day
The Board proclaimed May, 2013 as Civility Month

Regular Agenda Item One – Transportation Improvement Program Fiscal Years 2013/14 – 2017/18

Wanda Forrest, Transportation Planning Manager for the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization
(TPO), presented a briefing on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Year 2013/14 through
2017/18. The TIP describes the publicly funded highway, transit, and aviation projects planned and programmed
for the North Florida TPO region which includes Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns County.

Regular Agenda Item Two – PUD 2012-04, Wildwood Drive

The Board was presented with a request to rezone 15.52 acres from open rural to planned unit development for
the construction of up to 37 single family homes. The property is located on the east side of Wildwood Drive,
across from Treaty Park. The Planning and Zoning Agency unanimously issued a recommendation of approval to
the Board at the February 7, 2013 meeting. The Board enacted an ordinance approving the rezoning request.

Regular Agenda Item Three A – Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy Funding Agency Program

The Board was presented an informational briefing on the Florida Property Assessed Clean Energy Funding
Agency Program.

Regular Agenda Item Three  U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Critical Habitat Designation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) requests comments on their proposal to designate habitat located in
certain coastal counties as critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
The USFWS is proposing to exclude from the critical habitat designation the beaches in St. Johns counties that
are covered under habitat conservation plans (HCP), because the HCPs incorporate measures that provide a
benefit for the conservation of the loggerhead sea turtle. The Board authorized the County Administrator to
send a letter to the USFWS requesting the exemption of St. Johns County beaches from the designation as
critical habitat for the loggerhead sea turtle due to the County’s existing HCP.

Regular Agenda Item Four – Appointments to the Arts/Culture/Heritage Funding Panel

The Board reappointed Eric Doten and Trudy Wild to the Arts/Culture/Heritage Funding Panel.

Regular Agenda Item Five – Appointments to the Culture Resource Review Board

The Board reappointed Gerald Eubanks and Nancy Sikes-Kline to the Culture Resource Review Board.

Entertainment

Blake Lively Shines as Surfer Stranded in Shark-Infested Waters

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Books

Keep Walking in Prayer… Until You Can\’t Come Back

  Keep Walking in Prayer... Until You Can't Come Back by Reverend Dorothy Scott Boulware Xulon Press Paperback, $10.99 104 pages ISBN: 978-1-4984-7454-2 Book Review by Kam Williams “By way of introduction, I'm a Baptist Methodist Pentecostal Evangelical non-denominational retired pastor, retired newspaper editor, former minister of music, former fingerprint technician, wife of 47 years, mother of four, grandmother of five, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

More Than a Score

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Jahking and I!

  Jahking Guillory The “Kicks” Interview with Kam Williams Jahking and I! An undeniable young talent on the rise, actor and rapper Jahking Guillory is already a veteran in the entertainment business at the age of 14. Born and raised in Long Beach California, ‘King’ started pursuing his dream at 9 years-old, landing jobs in national commercials, music videos and national print campaigns. Graduating to larger roles in film and TV, 'King … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package

  230 LXF from Tidewater Packs A Punch in a Small Package By Ted Lund Are you looking for a family-friendly center console that’s got the luxury of a larger boat in a smaller package? Then look no further than the 230 LXF from Tidewater. The 23-foot, center console has the same features as the rest its large LXF brothers, including comfortable full upholstery, stainless steel cup holders. And a newly-designed console with glove box and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Season Begins

  The Season Begins by Amy Lignor   Yes, it’s finally time to get down to some real business when it comes to the world of sports. (No offense to Serena at the U.S. Open, but her constant winning is not exactly new.) All this rain across the country has assured that lawns will be overgrown come Monday morning, unless citizens decide to use Saturday to mow. Why is that? Because football is back and Sundays are no longer “nothing to … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  Scholastic Announces Sales of More Than 3.3 Million Copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two New York, NY (August 10, 2016) — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts One and Two script book, the eighth Harry Potter story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, published in the U.S. and Canada by Scholastic has sold more than 3.3 million copies in North America to date.Scholastic announced a first printing … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky”

  Vacation Time Has Turned “Spooky” by Amy Lignor   Myths and legends, both spooky and surreal, are becoming the subject of many books and newspaper articles lately. And the location of many, oddly enough, happen to be in the Southwest. It used to be that a nice white sandy beach was the one place we yearned to go on vacation to get away from it all. Now, however, people are searching for places to travel where legends still exist, and … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Doing Our Part

  Doing Our Part by Amy Lignor   There are books being published as of late – wonderful books telling the stories of amazing wildlife rescues, as well as neighborhoods and communities across the U.S. that have taken on projects to save the wildlife in their own surrounding areas.   We always talk about these “success stories,” yet never actually give information on exactly how these “problems” turned into “victories.” … [Read More its Good for You...]