Sarah S. Arnold, District 2, Chair
Commissioner Sarah S. Arnold
Term Expires: 2026
November 21, 2023 - St. Johns County Presents Certificate of Recognition to Westminster St. Augustine – At the November 21, 2023, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Sarah Arnold, Chair, presented a certificate of recognition to Debbie Pattinson and Lynn Smith of Westminster St. Augustine. This certificate recognized them for attaining the prestigious Gold Seal Award from the Governor's panel in the State of Florida, acknowledging their commitment to Excellence in Long-Term Care. Westminster St. Augustine Recognition
November 7, 2023 - St. Johns County Recognizes 10 Years of West Augustine’s Participation in Keep Calm and Walk for Cancer – At the November 7, 2023, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Commissioner Sarah Arnold presented a Certificate of Recognition to members of the West Augustine Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Steering Committee in recognition of 10 Years of West Augustine’s Participation in Keep Calm and Walk for Cancer. SJC Recognizes Keep Calm and Walk for Cancer
October 18, 2023 - Commissioner Sarah Arnold Meets With West Augustine CRA Leadership – In October, Commissioner Arnold met with leaders to seek ways to improve various aspects of the West Augustine area. The leadership includes the West Augustine Community Redevelopment District, community organizers, the Florida Memorial University Foundation, and others. The focus of their discussions was affordable housing, employment opportunities, transportation, access to healthcare, and a variety of other quality-of-life programs. West Augustine Community Redevelopment District
October 17, 2023 - St. Johns County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association Recognizes Vice Chair Sarah Arnold – On October 17, 2023, at the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, the St. Johns County Professional Firefighters and Paramedics Association honored Vice Chair Sarah Arnold, presenting her with a symbolic fire axe. Symbolic Fire Axe Presentation
October 3, 2023 - St. Johns County Recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month – At the October 3, 2023 St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Vice-Chair Sarah Arnold presented a proclamation to representatives from Betty Griffin Center recognizing October 2023 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month Press Release and Photo
August 4, 2023 – St. Johns County Seeks Community Input on World Golf Village – I am pleased to share that the public has an exciting opportunity to provide their input on the properties being vacated by the World Golf Foundation (WGF), which include the World Golf Hall of Fame, IMAX Theater, PGA Tour Productions facility, as well as various parking lots and other property amenities. The public can visit www.sjcfl.us/wgv to learn more and to provide input on potential future uses of the properties. There will also be community engagement meetings in the fall.
- World Golf Village Town Hall No. 1
When: Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: St. Johns County Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
- World Golf Village Town Hall No. 2
When: Thursday, Sept. 28, 9-11 a.m.
Where: St. Johns County Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine
August 2, 2023 – Grand Oaks Community Meeting – On Aug. 2, I was pleased to help host a community engagement meeting with the residents of the Grand Oaks area. It was a great opportunity to listen and learn more about their issues. I want to thank Sheriff Robert Hardwick and the County staff from our Attorney’s Office and Growth Management who joined me to answer questions and address their concerns. If you have a neighborhood meeting, please feel free to reach out to me with an invite by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling me at 904-209-0302. Grand Oaks Community Meeting Photo
July 22, 2023 – Hastings Community Focus Event – I was thrilled to see hundreds of residents join us at the Hastings Community Focus event on July 22. We had dozens of informational tables on services and programs, gave out free school backpacks, and set up a variety of engaging games and touch-a-truck displays with vehicles and equipment. A tremendous thank you to all the non-profit organizations, County staff, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, and many others who collaborated on this outstanding community event. This event, the efforts to build a new library, the launch of enhanced WiFi connectivity by Comcast, and the celebration of the wastewater treatment plant improvements by our Public Works staff are all signs that we are committed to the Hastings community. I am grateful for all the efforts being dedicated to this important part of St. Johns County. Hastings Community Focus Event Photo
July 1, 2023 – St. Johns County Launches Summer Camp Program for West Augustine Children – I am ecstatic to share that St Johns County Parks and Recreation and the West Augustine Steering Committee worked together this summer to offer a pilot summer camp program for 100 children from the West Augustine CRA District. I am grateful the Board of County Commissioners unanimously supported my proposal to offer a discounted rate of $50 per camper to participate in a seven-week summer camp program held at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center. The West Augustine CRA worked diligently to assist in contacting and assisting area residents in registering for the program; they also worked with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Police Athletic League to secure transportation for the participating youth. Local residents and businesses donated to the CRA to assist with registration fees and to sponsor snacks for the participants. Thank you so much to everyone who helped this program come together! Summer Camp Photo
June 16, 2023 – Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Community Service – I am always excited to see my friends at Zeta Phi Beta, who tirelessly pour their hearts and souls into serving our community. They stopped by the office this summer to discuss community involvement opportunities and it was great to grab this photo with them after our meeting. Learn more about the history of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority | Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Photo
June 8, 2023 – Betty Griffin Center's "Fashion for Action" – It was a privilege to attend the 3rd Annual Betty Griffin Center "Fashion for Action" fundraising event on June 8 with my daughter! All proceeds benefitted the Betty Griffin Center and its shelter and services for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse in St. Johns County. The noble mission of the Betty Griffin Center is to offer protection and quality services for the victims of domestic violence and their minor children as well as victims of sexual assault and their families in St. Johns County, Florida, through the operation of a shelter, offering assistance, counseling, providing transitional support, and advocating for survivors. Betty Griffin Center's "Fashion for Action" | Fashion for Action Photo
June 7, 2023 – St. Johns County Reaffirms Commitment to Hastings, Hosts Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Wastewater Treatment Plant After $6.76 Million Upgrades – I was happy to see St. Johns County hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly upgraded Hastings Wastewater Treatment Plant on June 7, as it's in District 2 and will be a great asset to our community. The facility recently received $6.76 million in improvements funded by Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funds allocated to St. Johns County by the State of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity as a result of damages from Hurricane Matthew. The improvements replaced and upgraded assets at the plant to provide additional capacity to handle peak flows due to storm events, raised critical equipment above the flood elevation, and improved reliability and redundancy for maintenance and emergency response activities. Treatment Plant Ribbon Cutting Press Release | Ribbon Cutting Video | Photo
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About Commissioner Arnold
Arnold was appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2021 to serve on the BOCC. She is invested in the St. Johns County community, its schools, its development, and its future.
A 2019 St. Augustine Record “40 Under 40” honoree, she serves on the board of the Tristyn Bailey Foundation (Inaugural Board). She is also a member of the Rotary Club of St. Johns and volunteers with United Way of St. Johns County, Habitat for Humanity, and the Dream Big! Foundation. She previously served as the director of resource development for the United Way of St. Johns County.
A lifelong Floridian, Arnold and her husband, Casey, raise their four children in District 2.