- Click Here To Learn More About St. Johns County's 200th Anniversary Celebration
- St. Johns County is launching a new emergency notification system to provide residents with critical information during emergency situations. The new Alert St. Johns system will enable residents to get critical information in a variety of situations including severe weather, unexpected road closures, water advisories, missing persons, evacuations of buildings or neighborhoods, and incidents that may threaten public safety. To receive alerts, sign up at https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736725582#/login.
- The Fire Watch Program and App. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately twenty veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. To respond to this national epidemic, St. Johns County has joined surrounding communities and local organizations in Fire Watch, a program that provides a support system for veterans in crisis. The Fire Watch launched a mobile app that enables veterans and volunteers to foster positive relationships and ensure veterans get the help they need. Available on both the Apple App Store and Android Google Play, the app will allow veterans in crisis to quickly receive emergency assistance and connect them with a variety of local resources and allies that will help them build relations and provide one-on-one counseling and support. www.thefirewatch.org.Â
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For COVID-19 Information: Please visit our COVID-19 Information page.
County Commissioner Invitations – The County Commissioners receive invitations to attend various events and, on occasion, more than one Commissioner may attend and participate. For notices and more information, visit the BOCC’s Invitations webpage
Current Board / Committee Vacancies – Volunteer Opportunities
Public Notice of Negotiations Meetings – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN, PURSUANT to Section 286.011, Florida Statutes, representatives of the Collective Bargaining Team of St. Johns County and representatives of the International Association of Firefighters Local #3865 will meet in public session for the purpose of collective bargaining contract negotiations. The following meetings have been scheduled in the BCC Training and Education Center:
- Tuesday, July 27, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Monday, August 9, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 10, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
The BCC Training and Education Center is located on the first floor of the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida.
New 5th Cent Bed Tax to Generate Additional Funding for St. Johns County Beaches and Recreation – On Tuesday (07/20/2021), the St. Johns County Board of County
Commissioners allocated 40% of the additional one cent Bed Tax toward the improvement, maintenance, and renourishment of publicly-owned beaches as well as an additional
40% of the one cent of Bed Tax for leisure and recreation. The additional one cent of Bed Tax, officially known as the Tourist Development Tax, is levied on short-term overnight
stays at hotels, bed and breakfasts, and other overnight accommodations. The County will begin collecting the additional one cent in October. The levy of the additional one cent
increases the county’s Bed Tax from 4 cents to 5 cents and is estimated to generate an additional $3 million in revenue annually. The funding allocated for leisure and recreation
can be used for tourist-oriented projects, including but not limited to boat ramps and sports complexes.
St. Johns County currently has beach and dune restoration projects underway, or planned. The new funding generated by the Tourist Development Tax may be used for future beach renourishment projects.
During Tuesday’s commission meeting, the Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to remove the northernmost three-miles of Ponte Vedra Beach, starting at the St. Johns/Duval County line to Seawalk Drive, from an Army Corps of Engineers feasibility study as well as a one-time beach restoration project. This area’s erosion has not been as critical as the rest of the project areas, as sand migrates south from the neighboring Duval County Army Corps of Engineer’s project. This three-mile portion could be addressed in the future if conditions change. The exclusion will not affect the already approved FEMA Dune Enhancement Project which will bring additional sand to the entirety of Ponte Vedra Beach later this year. The County is currently assessing the extent of renourishment needed for the section of Ponte Vedra Beach, generally located between Sawgrass and the northern boundary of Serenata Beach Club that includes Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Park.
The additional funding from the one cent bed tax increase will also allow for an investment of approximately $300,000 annually in arts, culture and heritage resources and approximately $300,000 annually in marketing and promotion.
Portion of Vilano Landing Parking Lot Temporarily Closed – The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, is closed due to a dredging project in the Vilano basin and is anticipated to reopen in winter 2021. The dredging will remove an estimated 5,700 cubic yards of material from the basin and will improve boaters’ ingress and egress to the Intracoastal Waterway. The boat ramp will remain open to the public for the duration of the project, and ramp users are encouraged to exercise caution when using the facility. For more information, please call 904.209.0341.
St. Johns County Marks 200 Years of Excellence with Time Capsule Ceremony
Time Capsule to be Unsealed in 2071 – St. Johns County, Florida, was founded on July 21, 1821. To mark the County’s 200th anniversary , the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, community leaders, and partner agencies celebrated on July 21, 2021, with a birthday present fitting for the occasion – a historical time capsule. Local artist Isaac Outley, owner of The Driftwood Company, created a beautiful, one-of-a-kind time capsule, donated in part by Flagler Health +, for this special milestone. It will now decorate the halls of the County Administration building for the next 50 years.
United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America and County Staff – Contract Negotiations Scheduled for August 12
The Collective Bargaining Team of St. Johns County and International Association of Firefighters Local #3865 – Contract Negotiations Scheduled for July 22
St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance – The St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides aid to residents who are financially impacted by COVID-19 and at risk of housing instability. The program is federally funded and is designed to assist low-to-moderate-income households with rent-related expenses and utilities for up to twelve months or a maximum of $5,000. Eligible households must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be a low-to-moderate income St. Johns County residential renter at or below 80% of area median income.
- Be eligible for unemployment benefits or have experienced financial hardship directly or indirectly due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Can demonstrate a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
Please visit https://stjohns-crr.unqork.io to apply for the St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance program. For additional information, please call 904.344.3188 or 800.557.7441, or read the SJC Emergency Rental Assistance Program Policies, Procedures, and Guidelines.
St. Johns County Utility Water Conservation Request – Summer temperatures and weather patterns are here and water demands have increased. St. Johns County Utility encourages customers to reduce water usage whenever possible and observe the following mandatory irrigation schedules for St. Johns County properties:
- Homes with odd-numbered or no addresses irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
- Homes with even-numbered addresses irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays.
- Nonresidential properties irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays.
For optimal water conservation please refrain from irrigating between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information on water conservation or irrigation regulations, please visit www.sjcfl.us/utilities or call 904.209.2700.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season – The beaches of St. Johns County are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Residents and visitors have a special opportunity and responsibility to protect these magnificent creatures and their vulnerable nesting sites as they return each season to nest. Nesting season began May 1, and County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations. All beachfront properties are required to reduce their impact by eliminating interior and exterior lights which may disrupt nesting sea turtles. Volleyball court lights at St. Johns County Pier Park will turn on at sunset and turn off at 9 p.m. Learn Turtle Season rules and ways you can have a positive impact: 2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season
Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps & Information – Flood Zone Viewer | NFIP Rating Insurance Discounts for Some SJC Property Owners
Projects, Advisories, Status Updates
For right of way projects, advisories, and status updates as well as permitting activity, please visit the St. Johns County Neighborhood Bill of Rights Application
Public Records Requests
Government records may be seen and copied from a records custodian at the County Administration building, via specific County Departments responsible for their own records, from records custodians at Elected Officials Offices and at other levels of government such as state agencies, local, county and state authorities. Public records requests to the County may be made by completing the Public Records Request Form or by contacting the County’s Public Records Custodian at:
Office of the County Attorney, Attn: Public Records Custodian
500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida 32084-8686
E: firstname.lastname@example.org | P: (904) 209-0805 | F: (904) 209-0806
Special Districts Information can be found at www.sjcfl.us/SpecialDistricts