- St. Johns County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Updates and Assistance
- New Emergency Notification System for St. Johns County Residents 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 St. Johns County, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach to quickly provide residents with 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 these time sensitive alerts, residents can 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
- Hastings Story Map - St. Johns County recognizes the Town of Hastings' rich history and tradition and continues to partner with the community to preserve that unique heritage and culture after the transition. As part of that process, County staff has created the Hastings Story Map. The story map exemplifies the history of the town and how St. Johns County is working to preserve and revitalize the area. View the Hastings Story Map.
- Home damaged by Hurricane Michael? Assistance is available through Restore St. Johns, St. Johns County Hurricane Housing Recovery Program. Register at www.sjcfl.us/restore. Official seal of St. Johns County, Florida, and an icon of a house.
COVID-19 UPDATES, INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE HOTLINES: For Information regarding St. Johns County's response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closures, cancellations, access to facilities, and assistance hotlines, please visit our St. Johns County Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response site.
Meetings & Workshops
Special Meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commisioners – The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the San Sebastian Conference Room located in the County Administration Building for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners Full Meeting Notice
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
- Industrial Development Authority Meeting: Scheduled for June 8
- North Coastal Design Review Board Meeting: Scheduled for June 10
- Mid-Anastasia Design Review Board: Scheduled for June 11
- Recreation Advisory Board Meeting: Scheduled for June 11
- Insurance Committee Meeting: Scheduled for June 18
- Meeting Notices / Event / Advisory Calendars
St. Johns County Reopening Strategy – Phase One – In consideration of Governor DeSantis' Executive Order 20-112 outlining Florida's plan for recovery, St. Johns County is launching a phased reopening approach in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and local health care and law enforcement agencies.
"When this pandemic began, no one knew how our community would be impacted. We understood the importance of being measured in every decision we made, ranging from closures to opening strategies. As a coastal community, the status of our beaches has been a significant topic of discussion, and just like the approach Governor DeSantis outlined yesterday, we want to be measured in our phasing," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "Our community has done a phenomenal job in voluntary compliance of the Governor's Orders, and as a result, this allows us to lift additional restrictions on the beach. We want to encourage residents to enjoy their beaches and continue using that same personal responsibility that has allowed us to flatten the curve locally."
The health, safety, and welfare of St. Johns County residents remain the top priorities in the development and implementation of the reopening strategy. Phase One of St. Johns County's reopening includes:
- Beaches – May 4, all restrictions previously in place on St. Johns County beaches were rescinded. CDC guidelines and social distancing restrictions remain in place.
- Recreational Facilities – All recreational facilities, including recreation centers, pools, pavilions, etc., remain closed and unavailable for reservations or rentals.
- Recreational Programing – All recreational programing, including open play, camps, and league activities, remain suspended.
- Pet Center – While St. Johns County Animal Control Services continues to remain active and is responding to calls from the community, the St. Johns County Pet Center remains closed to the public.
- St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall – All activities and events at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, including farmers markets, remain suspended.
- Distancing and Industry Guidelines – It is recommended that the public continue to adhere to the CDC social distancing guidelines of limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintaining a minimum distance of six feet between parties. Guidelines regarding restaurant, retail, and other business operations can be found at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
- The St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) – The EOC remains open at a Level Two partial activation. Beginning Monday, May 4, the EOC Hotline will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Local State of Emergency remains in effect.
For more information regarding Phase One of the reopening procedures, call the EOC Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
St. Johns County Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals Approved – SJC Plan for Opening Short-Term Vacation Rentals Approved Details
Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County – Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County Details
St. Johns County Public Libraries Begin Phased Reopening for Essential Services – Details of St. Johns County Public Libraries Phased Reopening
St. Johns County 2020 Summer Camp Program Cancelled – Summer Camp Program Cancellation Details
County Boards and Committees Volunteer Opportunities – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners provides residents who have an interest in serving their community and participating in local government with a variety of board and committee opportunities. Please visit www.sjcfl.us/Boards to view current vacancies, requirements and duties of each board and committee, download an application, or contact the Board of County Commissioners office at 904.209.0300 or email@example.com for more information. Current Volunteer Boards and Committees Opportunities
Fire Rescue Station 19 Opens in Northwest St. Johns County – St. Johns County Fire Rescue officially opened Fire Station 19 on May 13. The station serves northwest St. Johns County and fills a response gap in service to the areas near Racetrack Road and Veterans Parkway. The opening of Station 19 represents the cooperation and planning between the Board of County Commissioners, County Administration, Fire Rescue Administration, and community partners supporting the mission of public safety in St. Johns County. A formal grand opening and community celebration will be held in the future.
The Fire Watch Program and Mobile App – According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, approximately twenty veterans commit suicide each day in the United States. In an effort 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. For more information on the Fire Watch program, please visit www.thefirewatch.org.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season – SJC beaches are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1, and St. Johns County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations. 2020 Sea Turtle Season
New Emergency Notification System for St. Johns County Residents – St. Johns County launched a new emergency notification system to provide residents with critical information during emergency situations. The Alert St. Johns system replaces the Code Red notification system, so it is imperative that residents sign up for these critical notifications. Sign up at Alert St. Johns. Learn more @ SJC Emergency Management
Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps – Flood Zone Viewer
Events & Activities
St. Johns County Public Library Online 2020 Summer Reading Program – The program will be hosted online June 1 through August 1, challenging St. Johns County residents of all ages to log one million reading minutes. The library's new READsquared website and free app will allow readers to log minutes, play games, participate in online library challenges, collect virtual prizes, and earn tickets for in-library gift bundle raffles. More information about the 2020 Summer Reading Program and Virtual Programming.
Hastings Branch Library Hosts CareerSource Northeast Florida – CareerSource Northeast Florida will be available to assist job seekers with career and employment-related services including help with applying for Reemployment Assistance benefits, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Hastings Branch Library. Assistance is available by appointment only and temperature checks and face coverings are required. For more information or to make an appointment, please visit www.careersourcenefl.com or call 904.356.5627.
County Commissioner Invitations – From time to time the County Commissioners receive invitations to attend various events. On occasion, more than one County Commissioner may attend and participate at the event. For more information regarding the Notices for the events, visit the Board of County Commissioner’s Invitations webpage
Projects, Advisories, Status Updates
Palm Valley East and Moultrie Bluff Boat Ramp Temporary Closures – The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office dive team is conducting an evaluation on the condition of the Palm Valley East and Moultrie Bluff boat ramps on Tuesday, June 9, weather permitting. For the safety of the divers, the Palm Valley East Boat Ramp will be closed from 9 to 10 a.m. and the Moultrie Bluff Boat Ramp will be closed from 12 to 1 p.m. while the ramps are assessed. For a comprehensive list of SJC boat ramps, visit Recreation/BoatRamps. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.
Alternate CR 210 Temporary Closure – Alternate 210 will be closed to all traffic from the CR 210 to Twin Creeks Dr for utility and drainage improvements through July. The CR 210 and Alternate CR 210 intersection will only be open for east-west travel. Detour routes will be posted and motorists are advised to monitor project message boards for updates. For more information, please call 904.209.0684.
Ponte Vedra Boulevard Pavement Management Project – Ponte Vedra Boulevard will be milled and resurfaced from Corona Rd S to SR A1A on May 11. Completion is expected within 30 days, weather permitting. For additional information, please call 904.669.4485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Ponte Vedra Blvd Project Map
Race Track Road at Veterans Parkway Turn Lane Construction – Construction is anticipated to be complete in July. Periodic lane closures are anticipated. For more information, please call 904.209.0122.
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: email@example.com | P: (904) 209-0805 | F: (904) 209-0806
Special Districts Information can be found at www.sjcfl.us/SpecialDistricts