- We want to hear your feedback! You still have time to fill out the community feedback survey for Phase II of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. Your responses will help county leaders determine the best possible plan for these federal dollars. Visit www.sjcfl.us/SJCARPA to take the survey now and share the link with your neighbors.
- St. Johns County to open free COVID-19 Testing Site in partnership with Nomi Health. In partnership with Nomi Health, St. Johns County is offering COVID-19 testing between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week, beginning Monday, August 16, at the Wind Mitigation Building located at 3111 Agricultural Center Dr. The site will provide PCR and rapid (antigen) COVID-19 tests for those 12 months and older, but recipients may only choose one. Rapid test results will be available the same day and PCR test results are typically available between 24 and 48 hours. Results will be delivered to recipients via text or email. There is no appointment necessary to receive a COVID-19 test, and insurance is not required. Additionally, you do not have to be symptomatic to get tested. If you need to get tested prior to Monday, please visit http://stjohns.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/covid-19-response/testing/index.html to find a location near you.
- 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
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
St. Johns County COVID-19 Testing Site Closed Sundays – The St. Johns County COVID-19 testing site located at the Wind Mitigation Building is now closed on Sundays. The testing site remains open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call 904.824.5550 or visit our COVID-19 Information page.
St. Johns County Commissioners Take Steps to Address Nor’easter Damage – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is taking steps to address the damage caused by the recent nor’easter. During the November 16, 2021 regular meeting, the board of county commissioners unanimously voted to approve $120,000 to repair the South Ponte Vedra Beach Park dune walkover and pavilion. “The nor’easter made the walkover and the pavilion in South Ponte Vedra Beach unusable for public access,” said Ryan Kane, Director of St. Johns County Parks & Recreation. “The funding approved today will help us restore this public amenity for all to enjoy.”
Additionally, county commissioners voted to authorize the Emergency Temporary Coastal Armoring Property Owner Permit Application Package under Florida statute. Following a coastal storm event, authorizing this statute allows eligible property owners to apply for temporary emergency structure permits. Applications need to be submitted within 30 days from the initial coastal event. Properties built after March 17, 1985, are not eligible. Complete List of Eligibility Requirements
Fort Matanzas Beach Access Ramp and Parking Lot Reopen – The FEMA dune enhancement project adjacent to the Fort Matanzas beach access ramp is complete. The Fort Matanzas beach access ramp and parking lot have reopened for public use. Beach driving conditions remain tide-dependent, and visitors are encouraged to check the Reach the Beach mobile app or follow @SJCBeaches on Facebook or Twitter for daily driving updates.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee Meetings – The St. Johns County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee will hold two public hearings to adopt recommendations regarding local housing incentive strategies. The public meetings are scheduled for November 17 and Tuesday, December 21, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., County Administration Building Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084.
Phase II Community Feedback Survey – We want to hear your feedback! You still have time to fill out the community feedback survey for Phase II of the American Rescue Plan Act funding. Your responses will help county leaders determine the best possible plan for these federal dollars. Visit www.sjcfl.us/SJCARPA to take the survey now and share the link with your neighbors.
Cypress Road / St. Augustine Boulevard Drainage Improvements – On November 15, crews will begin work on road and drainage improvements for Cypress Road and St. Augustine Boulevard. In addition to these two streets, residents can also expect to see construction on or near: Richie Drive, San Juan Drive, Hilltop Road, and Sawmill Landing Drive. During the project, temporary lane and roadway closures may occur in the affected area. As with all transportation and drainage infrastructure improvement projects, St. Johns County makes every effort not to impact traffic. The project has an estimated completion date of May 2022, weather permitting. Cypress Road / St. Augustine Blvd Drainage Improvements Project
Florida Farm Bureau Elects St. Johns County Commissioner As Its New President – Commissioner Jeb S. Smith formally announced his resignation as District 2 commissioner at the November 2, 2021, regular meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners. His resignation comes shortly after being elected as the President of the Florida Farm Bureau. Commissioner Smith was first elected to the Board of County Commissioners in 2014 and subsequently re-elected in 2018. His district contains a large portion of rural St. Johns County and includes Hastings, Elkton, West Augustine, Flagler Estates, and Rivertown. The District 2 seat will now be filled by a Governor Ron DeSantis appointee for the remainder of Commissioner Smith’s term. Commissioner Smith Resignation Press Release
Short-term Vacation Rental Complaints – If you have a complaint regarding short-term vacation rental properties, please call Code Enforcement at (904) 209-0734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check back here for updates regarding registration for short-term vacation rental properties. Short-Term Vacation Rental Ordinance
Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance – The Short Term Vacation Rental Ordinance is established to provide for registration, basic health, safety, parking and solid waste requirements to help mitigate the effects of short term vacation rentals in an attempt to make them safer, more compatible with existing neighborhood regulations and provide accountability for their proper operation. The County desires to encourage short term vacation rentals that are safe, fit in with the character of the neighborhood, provide positive impacts for tourism, increase property values and achieve a greater neighborhood compatibility while balancing respect for private property rights and incompatibility concerns between investors/short term vacation rentals and families/single family residences in established residential neighborhoods through the use of reasonable development standards. For registration or more information please review the Code Enforcement Program webpage.
Application Deadline for Emergency Rental Assistance Program is November 30 – St. Johns County is urging all eligible residents to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program no later than November 30, 2021, which will ensure all County funds are sent to recipients by the federally mandated deadline of December 31, 2021. The St. Johns County Emergency Rental Assistance Program is a public relief program providing rental and utility assistance to County residents at risk of eviction because of COVID-19. Households in St. Johns County that have individuals qualified for unemployment benefits, incurred significant costs, or experienced other financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are highly encouraged to apply. For more information or to apply for this program, please visit https://stjohns-crr.unqork.io or call 904-344-3188.
Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board Meeting scheduled for December 6, 2021 has been cancelled. The proposed Ponte Vedra Zoning District Regulation Amendments have been retracted by the applicant and are no longer scheduled for public hearings.
Mid-Anastasia Design Review Board Meeting scheduled for December 9, 2021 has been cancelled.
Volunteer Opportunities with St. Johns County Boards and Committees – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners provides residents who are interested in serving their community and participating in local government with a variety of board and committee opportunities. The volunteer positions consider and make recommendations regarding various topics, including planning and zoning issues, development projects, libraries, parks and recreation facilities and programs, and arts, culture, and tourism matters. The following boards and committees are currently accepting applications:
- Fire Code Board of Appeals (application deadline until filled)
- Mid – Anastasia Design Review Board (application deadline until filled)
- South Anastasia Design Review Board (application deadline until filled)
Please visit the Boards and Committees Webpage at www.sjcfl.us/Boards to view the requirements and duties of each board and committee, download an application, or contact the Board of County Commissioners office at 904.209.0300 for more information.
St. Johns County Launches Exterior Improvement Grant Program – Eligible small businesses and nonprofits in St. Johns County can now apply for funding assistance through the Exterior Improvement Grant Program. On September 7, 2021, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners appropriated $500,000 to this program aimed at helping small businesses and nonprofits enhance outdoor spaces for COVID-19 mitigation. This funding is part of Phase I of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) signed into law by President Biden earlier this year. Exterior Improvement Grant Application
Board of County Commissioners and the St. Johns County School Board Joint Meeting – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of County Commissioners and the St. Johns County School Board, will hold a joint meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021 beginning at 9:00 a.m. The Board of County Commissioners will meet in the Auditorium located in the Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida. The School Board will attend and participate in the meeting electronically.The purpose of these meetings will be to discuss redistricting and take possible action on similar interests and issues that affect both boards. The Board of County Commissioners may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the joint meeting. If a person decides to appeal any decision made with respect to any matter considered at the hearing, such person will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purposes he/she may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. NOTICE TO PERSONS NEEDING SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS AND TO ALL HEARING IMPAIRED PERSONS: In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in the proceedings should contact the ADA Coordinator, at (904) 209-0650 at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For hearing impaired individuals: Florida Relay Service: 1-800-955-8770.
St. Johns County Now Offering Assistance with Past Due Energy Bills for Low-Income Seniors – The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) that was previously administered by the Council on Aging will now be offered by St. Johns County. This ongoing assistance for heating/cooling (Electric) bill assistance to an elder who is in immediate danger of losing home energy. Payment is made to the energy vendor or landlord (if utilities are included with the rent) on behalf of the eligible household that meets income and residency criteria.
Benefit payment amounts are determined based on a documented home energy crisis and eligibility guidelines:
- Elder (60+) must be experiencing a verifiable home energy crisis.
- Household income must be below 150% of the federal poverty level.
- Utility bill must be past due for assistance with this program.
- Applicant is a St. Johns County resident.
- Cannot be a resident of a group living facility or a home where cost of residency is subsidized through a program administered by the state.
- Cannot be a student living in a dormitory.
- Complete the entire EHEAP Application and provide all required documentation (list found at www.sjcfl.us/SocialServices/index.aspx).
All applicant/household EHEAP benefit(s) must be combined. Each applicant/household is allowed up to $5,000 each until instructed otherwise. Allowable categories for financial assistance include past-due utility payments for heating/cooling, deposits to restore energy, and late, disconnect, or reconnect fees. Categories not eligible for financial assistance include water, sewer, and garbage charges, meter tampering charges, or return check charges. The application can be found online by visiting www.sjcfl.us/SocialServices/index.aspx. Completed applications can be mailed to 200 San Sebastian View, Suite 2300, St. Augustine, FL 32084. For more information or assistance with the application process, please call 904-209-6140.
St. Johns County Offers Free Disposal of Yard Waste at Tillman Ridge Transfer Station – Residents in the southern portion of St. Johns County may be experiencing a delay in yard waste collection. Due to the national workforce shortage, Advanced Disposal has encountered difficulties completing yard waste routes on scheduled service days. In an effort to provide additional options to the community, residents may bring yard waste to the following location free of charge: Tillman Ridge Transfer Station - 3005 Allen Nease Rd, Elkton, FL 32033, drop off hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. Please note that drop off service is for St. Johns County residential customers only. No commercial trucks or vehicles will be allowed. In addition, all garbage and recycling routes will remain on schedule. St. Johns County Solid Waste Division is working with Advanced Disposal to ensure yard debris collections are being conducted as quickly as possible. We thank you for your patience as we work diligently to restore the expected level of service to your area. For more information, please call the Solid Waste Division at 904.827.6980.
St. Johns County opens free COVID-19 Testing Site in partnership with Nomi Health – In partnership with Nomi Health, St. Johns County is offering COVID-19 testing between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., six days a week, Monday - Saturday, at the Wind Mitigation Building located at 3111 Agricultural Center Dr. The site will provide PCR and rapid (antigen) COVID-19 tests for those 12 months and older, but recipients may only choose one. Rapid test results will be available the same day and PCR test results are typically available between 24 and 48 hours. Results will be delivered to recipients via text or email. There is no appointment necessary to receive a COVID-19 test, and insurance is not required. Additionally, you do not have to be symptomatic to get tested. Find a Testing Site Near You
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: email@example.com | P: (904) 209-0805 | F: (904) 209-0806
Special Districts Information can be found at www.sjcfl.us/SpecialDistricts