2020 News and Announcements

Then and Now: San Marco Hotel Will Pay Tribute to Historic Predecessor

St. Augustine Record, February 18, 2020. Before Henry Flagler built his famous Ponce de Leon Hotel, the place to stay in St. Augustine was the Hotel San Marco. Towering five stories high on 25 acres, the San Marco sat west of the fort and offered amazing views of the Ancient City and Matanzas Bay. San Marco Hotel

Plans Advance for Durbin Park Hospital in Northern St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, February 18, 2020. Plans for a hospital and medical village in Durbin Park, a major development area in northwest St. Johns County, are moving ahead but still need final approval. Durbin Park Hospital

ALDI to Anchor Durbin Creek Crossing

St. Augustine Record, February 7, 2020. The Ferber Company, a development and investment company in Ponte Vedra Beach, announced this week that it is developing a 70-acre mixed-use project. The development, which is called Durbin Creek Crossing, will be anchored by the county’s second ALDI supermarket, according to a release by Ferber. ALDI to Anchor Durbin Creek Crossing

Aldi, ABC Among First Tenants to Open at Durbin Creek Crossing Next Year

Financial News & Daily Record, February 7, 2020. The Ferber Company Inc. announced Feb. 6 it will develop the 70-acre Durbin Creek Crossing in St. Johns County to include the county’s second Aldi grocery store. In addition to the 19,000-square-foot Aldi, tenants include ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, First Florida Credit Union and Tire Kingdom. Aldi, ABC Among First Tenants

Cinemark Durbin Park to Open as Second Multiplex in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, February 5, 2020. When Cinemark Durbin Park opens its doors next week, it will give St. Johns County residents a second option for a multi-screen theater. The other, Epic Theatres, was opened in St. Augustine in 2009. Cinemark Durbin Park

Two First Coast Restaurants Among the Nation’s Most Romantic, According to OpenTable

Jacksonville Business Journal, February 5, 2020. OpenTable released its rankings of the most romantic restaurants in time for Valentine's Day — and two First Coast restaurants made the cut. Collage Restaurant in Saint Augustine and Salt at The Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island both made the online reservation platform's 2020 rankings of the nation's most romantic restaurants. Most Romantic Restaurants

TDC Report: Visitors Spending More Time, Money in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, February 2, 2020. It wasn;t so long ago that St. Augustine was seen as a kind of side trip, an extra day or two added onto a visit to Orlando, Tampa or some other part of Florida. But that has changed over the last decade, and even more so in the past few years. Visitors Spending More in St. Augustine

Nocatee Developer: More Residential, Commercial Growth to Come

St. Augustine Record, January 31, 2020. Nocatee, the largest master-planned community in Ponte Vedra Beach, sells close to 900 new homes a year, and that pace shows no signs of slowing. That was the message delivered by Maurice “Mo” Rudolph, community development director for the PARC Group, creator of Nocatee. More Nocatee Growth to Come

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Florida Hits Record Unemployment Rate; St. Johns County at 2.2%

St. Augustine Record, January 24, 2020. This is the first time the state recorded the unemployment rate of 3% since the series began in 1976, according to the DEO report. There were 311,000 jobless Floridians out of a labor force of 10,511,000. The U.S. unemployment rate was 3.5 percent in December. SJC Unemployment at 2.2%

Tech Entrepreneur Plans Nocatee Incubator

Financial News & Daily Record, January 20, 2020. In an effort to cut down on his commutes, Wired2Perform CEO and founder Raghu Misra wants to relocate his business to the Nocatee Town Center. In addition to the trips he takes to Jacksonville for work, Misra said his child's extracurricular activities are there as well. Nocatee Incubator

Next Frontier in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, January 13, 2020. With St. Johns County one of the fastest growing communities nationwide, it's not surprising the county continues to be the epicenter of commercial growth in Northeast Florida. Next Frontier in St. Johns County

St. Johns County Graduation Rates Jump a Percentage Point

St. Augustine Record, January 9, 2020. Graduation rates in St. Johns County increased one percentage point from 2017-18 to 2018-19, according to Florida Department of Education data released Thursday. St. Johns County ranks second in the state behind the 98.8% graduation rate of the Lafayette County School District, which saw 78 students graduate out of a cohort of 79 students. Graduation Rates Jump

Supermarket Notes: Aldi to Durbin Creek Crossing, Publix moves in RiverTown, Riverside

Financial News & Daily Record, January 6, 2020. St. Johns County is reviewing an application for construction of an Aldi supermarket in Durbin Creek Crossing at southwest Race Track Road and St. Johns Parkway. Publix Super Markets Inc. paid $3.4 million for property in the Shoppes at Rivertown, buying the land from Helow Properties Ltd. Supermarket Notes: Aldi, Publix

Study Says St. Johns County Is Richest in the State

St. Augustine Record, January 6, 2020. St. Johns County is Florida's richest county, according to 24/7 Wall St. The business, which runs a financial news and opinion company, reviewed U.S. Census Bureau data to find the richest county in each state based on median household income, according to a news release. SJC Richest in State