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Masters Drive and Evergreen Avenue Intersection Closed October 7

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  Due to Urgent Sewer Pipe Repairs St. Johns County, FL. – The St. Augustine Utility Department will be performing emergency service to repair the sewer pipe in the intersection of Masters Drive and Evergreen Avenue between 7 a.m.–6 p.m. on Monday, October 7. The intersection will be closed during this time. South-bound traffic on Masters Street […]

St. Johns County Airport Rescue Drill on June 12

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St. Johns County Fire Rescue will join the St. Augustine Airport, The St. Johns County Airport Authority, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and Northrop Grumman in a joint Airport Rescue Drill scheduled for the Morning of Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 10:00 am at the St. Augustine Airport. Responders will be faced with an […]

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Request for Switzerland Property Withdrawn and Associated Lawsuit Dismissed

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The applicant requesting a Comprehensive Plan amendment for a residential development in a portion of St. Johns County know as Switzerland, Fla., withdrew the application and, jointly with St. Johns County, filed a notice of voluntary dismissal for the associated lawsuit on June 5. County officials are very pleased and appreciative that the application has […]

St. Johns County Provides Sandbags to Residents to Prevent Potential Flooding from Tropical Storm Andrea

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St. Johns County Road and Bridge Department is setting up sandbag locations for the public at four locations listed below in preparation for tropical storm Andrea. Residents must provide their own transportation and can obtain sandbags until 5:30 p.m. today. There is a maximum allocation of 50-bags per person. ·   Palm Valley—under the Palm Valley bridge […]

Nature Detective Workshops for Children Offered at All St. Johns County Branch Libraries this Summer

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Children ages 6 – 12 can become Nature Detectives and learn how lizards help gardeners because they are pollinators during several hands-on workshops offered this summer by the St. Johns County Public Library System branches. Every child attending will receive free gardening goodies, including Nature Detective notebooks, and have fun learning all about fantastic Florida […]

St. Johns County Neighborhood Stabilization Program Provides Affordable Housing for Residents while Revitalizing Neighborhoods

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Aiming to stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods by placing vacant, bank-owned properties on the tax rolls, putting construction tradesmen back to work, and providing residential housing options, the St. Johns County Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) is part of the County’s overall housing strategy and community-development effort. “St. Johns County is pleased to participate in a program […]

Board of County Commissioners Meeting Action Item Report, June 04, 2013

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  Highlighted Action Items from the June 4, 2013 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting:   Proclamations The Board proclaimed June 3 – 7, 2013, as Code Enforcement Week Regular Agenda Item One – Land Development Code Amendments for Articles II – IX Lindsay Haga, St. Johns County Development Review Director, presented a draft ordinance proposing modifications to eight articles of the land development code. The draft implements recent comprehensive plan amendments regarding drive-in facilities and historic preservation incentives within the Vilano Beach Town Center. In addition, the changes address exemptions, exceptions, and permit consistency. The changes also incorporate modern standards for marine turtle lighting choices and clarify the Planning and Zoning Agency (PZA) terms. The Board approved the next public hearing to occur at the PZA meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on July 18 and the final public hearing to occur at the County Commission meeting at 5:01 p.m. on August 20. Regular Agenda Item One A – Contract Between St. Johns County and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid This item was previously consent agenda item four. Patrick McCormack, St. Johns County Attorney, presented the Board with a resolution that would renew the contract between the County and Jacksonville Area Legal Aid to provide legal services to indigent persons residing within St. Johns County. The Board adopted the resolution. Regular Agenda Item Two – Petition to Vacate a Portion of the McLaughlin Addition Plat Kathy Nielson, St. Johns County Application Review Manager, Development Services Division, presented a request to eliminate 21 nonconforming lots and a section of substandard unopened right-of-way for a total area of 1.4 acres. Known as a partial plat vacation of the McLaughlin Addition, the property is located south of W. King St. and east of Duval St. in St. Augustine. The partial plat vacation will provide one contiguous parcel for the Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church, which otherwise would be restricted by additional setback requirements from the unopened road. The PZA recommended unanimous approval to the Board at their April 4 meeting. The Board approved a motion to vacate a portion of the McLaughlin Addition plat. Regular Agenda Item Three – Pope Road Parking Improvement Project Michael Wanchick, St. Johns County Administrator, discussed the Beach Services proposal to install a designed parking lot at Pope Road beach access. The City of St. Augustine Beach has agreed to enter into a 50% partnership with the County to fund this project. The Board approved a motion to assist in funding the project. Regular Agenda Item Four – St. Johns County Firefighter Auxiliary Program Carl Shank, St. Johns County Fire Rescue Chief, announced that St. Johns County Fire Rescue recently introduced an Auxiliary Firefighter Program within the department and

St. Johns County Accepting Applications for Board and Committee Vacancies

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St. Johns County is currently accepting applications for the following volunteer Board and Committee vacancies. Please contact Melissa Lundquist at 904.209.0300 or mlundquist@sjcfl.us for more information or to obtain an application. Ponte Vedra Zoning & Adjustment Board Vacancies: One Purpose of Board: Regulate and restrict the height and size of buildings, intensity of land use, […]

St. Johns County Library’s Seeking Resident Input on Future Service Planning and Programming

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Residents interested in providing input on the County library system’s long range planning, including desirable future services and programs, are encouraged to complete a brief survey available through September 30 at www.sjcpls.org or in person at any library branch or bookmobile location. Participant feedback on such topics as facilities, outreach, technology, and service will help […]

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

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