2018 News and Announcements

Elite Airways Airlines Announces Service at Northeast Florida Regional Airport

Northeast Florida Regional Airport Press Release, May 31, 2018. Elite Airways announced today the launch of air service at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport. Beginning July 20, 2018, Elite Airways will operate flights between Rochester, Minnesota (RST) and St. Augustine, Florida (UST). Elite Airways Announces Service

Census: St. Johns County Is Nation's 14th Fastest-Growing County

St. Augustine Record, May 24, 2018. St. Johns County's estimated population growth rate of 28 percent since 2010 ranked it as the 14th fastest-growing county in America, according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. Nation's 14th Fastest-Growing County

Progress Slowly Taking Hold Along West King Street

St. Augustine Record, May 18, 2018. Some on West King Street view U.S. 1 like a gulf that disconnects the area from the heart of St. Augustine and its regular crush of tourism. "We call U.S. 1 the Grand Canyon," said Cindy Kern, owner of Custom Marine Canvas on West King Street. Progress Along West King St

Commission OKs $129k Incentives Request for Business Expansion

St. Augustine Record, May 17, 2018. St. Johns County commissioners on Tuesday approved a request for economic incentives worth about $129,000 for a company that already moved here from Georgia in 2006 but is looking to expand and add jobs. $129k Incentives Request

Completed Bike Trail to Palatka Could Lead to Rewards from Agritourism

St. Augustine Record, May 15, 2018. With one key section of an area bike trail nearing completion, Herb Hiller can imagine days where hundreds of cyclists pedal through the county, stopping for meals and maybe light shopping at small restaurants or food trucks or even roadside produce stands. Bike Trail to Palatka

Golf, a Vital Industry in St. Johns County, Sees Solid Economic Growth at National Level

St. Augustine Record, May 1, 2018. One of the county's most important industries, golf, has seen its economic impact continue to grow both here and nationally, according to a recent report from a golf advocacy group. Golf in SJC

New Stores Arrive in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, April 29, 2018. Several national chains have recently opened new stores in the St. Augustine area or are about to open. Among those that have opened: Batteries Plus Bulbs on U.S. 1 South in front of the Ponce de Leon Mall. New Stores Arrive

After Receiving Incentives, Manufacturer Plans to Expand First Coast Presence, Add Jobs

Jacksonville Business Journal, April 26, 2018. The St. Augustine-based wall and ceiling system manufacturer Rulon International, is planning on expanding its headquarters and adding new jobs. Rulon International Expansion

Construction of New PGA Tour Headquarters to Commence Summer 2018

Ponte Vedra Recorder, April 19, 2018. Construction on the new global home of the PGA Tour is scheduled to begin this summer, according to officials in the company. PGA Tour HQ Construction

School District Continues Ambitious PreK Expansion

St. Augustine Record, April 16, 2018. Building upon the success it's had in expanding PreK programs, the St. Johns County School District is gearing up to add even more offerings for this summer and next school year. PreK Expansion

Sales, Price Growth for NE Florida Homes Remain Steady

St. Augustine Record, April 14, 2018. Home sales in Northeast Florida perked up in March after a slow start to the year while prices also increased, according to the latest report from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. NE FL Home Sales

High-End Winn-Dixie Store Reopens in St. Johns County

Jacksonville Business Journal, April 11, 2018. The St. Johns Winn-Dixie off of CR 210 has a new look. The store at 2220 County Road 210 W., hosted a grand re-opening ceremony on April 12 at 7:45 a.m. High-End Winn-Dixie

Residents Tell Shores Villa Plaza Owners They Want Trader Joe's

St. Augustine Record, April 7, 2018. The owner of the Shores Villa Plaza on U.S. 1 South is going right to the people in the area to find out what they want in the mostly vacant shopping center. Residents Want Trader Joe's

Funding Secured for FC Expressway's Final Phase

St. Augustine Record, April 7, 2018. The long-planned replacement for the Shands Bridge between St. Johns and Clay counties now has the funding needed for it to become a reality.
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Census Estimates Show County Growth Continues

St. Augustine Record, April 5, 2018. The latest population estimates are in from the U.S. Census Bureau and to probably no one's surprise St. Johns County continues to grow, and grow fast. County Growth Continues

County Commission Oks New Impact Fees with Nod to Commercial Development

St. Augustine Record, April 4, 2018. St. Johns County commissioners voted 4-1 on Tuesday to adopt a new impact fee schedule reflecting their oft-repeated commitment to attracting and bolstering commercial development — by including a substantial subsidy for all non-residential building categories. New Impact Fees

New Neighborhoods Slated for Development near SR 207, I-95 Interchange

St. Augustine Record, April 3, 2018. As development rages throughout the northern and central parts of St. Johns County, the same thing is about to take hold in the southern region but on a smaller scale. New Neighborhoods Near 207

More Than $80 Million Going into First Phase of Durbin Park Project

St. Augustine Record, March 31, 2018. In another sign of the growing interest and viability of commercial development in St. Johns County, a real estate investment and banking firm announced a major investment in the first phase of the Durbin Park development in the northern part of the county. Durbin Park Project

County Tops in State on New U.S. News & World Report Health Rating

St. Augustine Record, March 29, 2018. St. Johns County has been selected as the state's healthiest county by the second research panel this year. County Tops State

Flying Biscuit Seeks Northeast Florida Locations

Financial News & Daily Record, March 26, 2018. A Flying Biscuit Café franchisee seeks second-generation restaurant sites of about 3,000 square feet in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. A drive-thru is a plus. Flying Biscuit

The Spot Cafe Owner to Open New Restaurant in Hastings

St. Augustine Record, March 24, 2018. Without many home cooking options available in Hastings — other than actually cooking in your own home — local restaurateur David Pelletier is about to serve a need in the community. The Spot Cafe in Hastings

St. Johns County Posts Lowest Unemployment in State

Jacksonville Business Journal, March 23, 2018. Florida's unemployment rate continues to hold at 3.9 percent, according to numbers posted Friday by the state Department of Economic Opportunity. Lowest Unemployment

Tourism Numbers Hit New High in 2017

St. Augustine Record, March 21, 2018. Rising tourism numbers throughout the state provided a boost to St. Johns County last year despite the effects of a hurricane for the second straight year. Tourism Hit New High

Bartram Market to Bring Grocer, Shops to St. Johns, Duval Counties

Financial News & Daily Record, March 16, 2018. Bartram Market, a 38-acre grocery-anchored shopping center in northern St. Johns and southern Duval counties, could start construction this summer. Bartram Market

Renaissance Marriott Coming to St. Augustine

Financial News & Daily Record, March 16, 2018. An 89-room hotel is coming to the San Marco area of downtown St. Augustine. Hotel operator Kanti Patel plans to open the Renaissance Marriott Hotel at 28 San Marco Ave. between West Castillo Drive and Grove Avenue in fall 2019. Renaissance Marriot Coming

County Leads State in Annual Health Rankings

St. Augustine Record, March 14, 2018. The continued influx of new residents to St. Johns County has done nothing to dent its mark as one of the healthiest places to live in the country. County Leads State in Health

Hastings Residents Hope Change Leads to More Business Investment

St. Augustine Record, March 13, 2018. While the act of dissolution isn't expected to solve every issue facing the Hastings area, residents are hopeful that it can be the impetus for quality-of-life improvements in the commercial sector. Hastings Residents

Rise in Mortgage Rates Hasn't Slowed Real Estate Activity in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, March 11, 2018. The St. Johns County housing market has survived a couple of natural disasters in the last 18 months, rebounding swiftly after a couple of hurricanes. Rise in Mortgage Rates

Bojangles' Franchisee Announces Plans for First Restaurant in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, February 25, 2018. The first Bojangles' restaurant in St. Augustine is currently under construction at State Road 16 at the corner of Old Town Parkway. Bojangles' franchisee Bo Scallions LLC. is bringing the store here. It is expected to be open as early as June. First Bojangles'

Increase in County's Non-Residential Impact Fees Unlikely

St. Augustine Record, February 25, 2018. Listen to any of the five St. Johns County commissioners for any length of time, and you'll probably hear him say how he's business-friendly or for commercial growth in the county. Non-Residential Impact Fees

JaxUSA Partnership Starts Process on New Strategy for Economic Development

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 23, 2018. The last time Northeast Florida's economic development organization came up with an regional economic development strategy, Jacksonville's unemployment rate had climbed past 9 percent. JaxUSA Partnership

Beachwalk Taking Shape as Lagoon Fills

Financial News & Daily Record, February 16, 2018. Second Crystal Lagoon completed in the U.S. is the centerpiece of neighborhood striving for a unique experience. Beachwalk Taking Shape

Commercial Activity Accelerating in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, February 15, 2018. Although the activity at the sprawling Durbin Park has taken the lion's share of attention, there are a host of commercial projects in St. Johns County of all scales. Commercial Activity Accelerating in SJC

More Accolades for Oldest City

St. Augustine Record, February 13, 2018. St. Augustine is used to finding itself on “best of” tourism and lifestyle lists in recent years, and now it's found new admirers among the national media. The Oldest City was selected by Architectural Digest as one of “The 25 Best Small Towns in America.” More Accolades

‘This Is Another City’ Durbin Park Development Projected to Reshape County's Commercial Landscape

St. Augustine Record, February 10, 2018. When the first wall goes up at the new Walmart at Durbin Park this week — as is currently scheduled — it's going to mark a turning point in the growth of this county as a place that's more than a secondary market for Jacksonville retailers. Reshape County's Commercial Landscape

Education Notebook: School District Gets High Marks from National Publication

St. Augustine Record, February 6, 2018. Business Insider magazine has issued its annual list of the "Best School Districts in every U.S. State." St. Johns County School District was named the best in Florida. The ranking includes key factors such as the strength of academics, health and safety, diversity and the quality of teachers. St. Johns received an A in academics, a B in health and safety, a B in diversity and a B in teachers.

Walmart, Home Depot Will Anchor First Phase of Durbin Park

St. Augustine Record, February 6, 2018. St. Johns County's biggest new commercial development project has several major retail outlets signed as anchor tenants. Gatlin Development Company announced on its website last week that Walmart and Home Depot will join several other businesses at Durbin Park off of Race Track Road in northern St. Johns County. Walmart, Home Depot at Durbin Park

Stores, Restaurants Lined up for Durbin Park in St. Johns

Financial News & Daily Record, February 1, 2018. The first stores should be open by the end of the year at The Pavilion at Durbin Park shopping center. Almost 20 retailers and restaurants, including Walmart and The Home Depot, are signed for The Pavilion at Durbin Park in northern St. Johns County. The Pavilion at Durbin Park

Money Names St. Augustine Best Place to Live in Florida; Ponte Vedra Named to Top 20 by Coastal Living

St. Augustine Record, January 30, 2018. Reflecting the area's 30-year surge in population growth, two St. Johns County communities were recently selected as being among the best places to call home. Both St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach were featured in recent media lists of the best places to live. Best Place to Live in Florida

St. Johns County Real Estate Market Saw Few Lulls in 2017

St. Augustine Record, January 27, 2018. Single-family resales were up by 9.6 percent in dollar volume to $1,750,751,500 last year. New home sales increased by 18 percent to $1,226,716,664. That simply shows the continued rise of strength in the new home market as many new and recently opened communities are making their products available. Real Estate Market Saw Few Lulls in 2017

PGA TOUR Unveils Plans for New Headquarters with Gov. Scott, Commissioner Monahan

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 25, 2018. The PGA TOUR unveiled plans for its new 187,000 square-foot global headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach on Jan. 19 at a special presentation attended by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry, PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan, PGA TOUR Senior Vice President of Communications Laura Neal, St. Johns County Director of Economic Development Melissa Glasgow and others. PGA TOUR Unveils Plans

Land Cleared near Flea Market on SR 207 to Make Room for Possible Hotels, Restaurants

St. Augustine Record, January 23, 2018. A busy area in southern St. Johns County is seeing more construction activity now to prepare for future commercial development. The St. Johns Market Place, better known as the county flea market, on State Road 207 is clearing land near Interstate 95 as part of its growth plan. St. Johns Market Place

PGA TOUR Unveils Plans for Its New Headquarters

Financial News & Daily Record, January 22, 2018. Facility will consolidate golf tour's 800 employees inside one building. PGA Tour Unveils Plans

St. Johns County Ended 2017 with Lowest Unemployment in Florida

St. Augustine Record, January 21, 2018. St. Johns County ended 2017 with the lowest unemployment rate in the state. According to information released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, St. Johns County had an unemployment rate of 2.8 percent in December. Lowest Unemployment in Florida

PGA TOUR Shows off Plans for New Headquarters Building as Gov. Scott Visits

St. Augustine Record, January 20, 2018. The PGA Tour allowed the first public peeks at renderings of its new headquarters, but the big focus Friday was on the economic picture. PGA TOUR Shows off Plans

Gov. Scott: PGA TOUR to Create 300 Jobs at New Global Headquarters in St. Johns County

Governor Rick Scott's Press Office, January 19, 2018. Today, Governor Rick Scott announced that the PGA TOUR has selected Ponte Vedra Beach as the location for its new global headquarters, which will create 300 new jobs for families in St. Johns County. PGA TOUR to Create 300 Jobs

PGA TOUR Reveals Plans for New First Coast Headquarters

Jacksonville Business Journal, January 19, 2018. The PGA Tour unveiled plans for its expansive new global home, which will consolidate area staff under one roof in Ponte Vedra Beach. PGA TOUR Reveals Plans

The PGA TOUR’s New Headquarters Look Amazing

Golfweek, January 19, 2018. The PGA Tour will have a new headquarters starting in 2020, and we're guessing many employees can't wait for the move. Per Architectural Digest, the Tour will be moving into a brand new headquarters designed by Foster + Partners starting in 2020. And yeah, the upcoming HQ looks pretty cool. PGA TOUR's New HQ

Check out the New (187,000 Square Foot!) PGA TOUR Headquarters

Golf, January 19, 2018. PGA Tour HQ isn't moving far from its current location — but it's getting a major upgrade. New PGA TOUR HQ

Foster + Partners Unveils Its Stunning Design of the New PGA Tour Headquarters

Architectural Digest, January 19, 2018. It was announced today that the PGA Tour will be moving into a brand new headquarters designed by Foster + Partners, among the most recognizable firms in the world. Foster + Partners Design New PGA Tour Headquarters

PGA TOUR Announces Details of New Global Home with Florida Governor Rick Scott

PGA TOUR Press Release, January 19, 2018. During a special presentation today at TPC Sawgrass, the PGA TOUR unveiled plans for its expansive new global home, which will consolidate area employees under one roof in Ponte Vedra Beach. PGA TOUR Global Home

Beachwalk: St. Johns County’s Newest Upscale Neighborhood

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 11, 2018. A new upscale community is coming to St. Johns County. Beachwalk will feature luxury homes, commercial retail and a 14-acre Crystal Lagoon located at the heart of the neighborhood. Beachwalk Upscale Neighborhood

Sustainable, Smart Development Characterizes St. Johns County's Growth

Florida Trend, December 28, 2017. St. Johns County is one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S., and its economy has had no problem accommodating the rapid growth. Sustainable, Smart Development

 

 

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