2020 News and Announcements

Nocatee named "Best Place to Live in Florida" by Newsweek Magazine

Nocatee, a master-planned community located in northeast St. Johns County, was recently named the "Best Place to Live in Florida" by Newsweek Magazine. Utilizing multiple factors such as cost of living, educational attainment, housing, and public schools, Newsweek highlighted Nocatee and its close proximity to beaches, airports, shopping, and recreational outlets. Nocatee named "Best Place to Live in Florida" by Newsweek Magazine

St. Johns County Featured in Business View Magazine

St. Johns County was featured in the August 2020 edition of Business View Magazine, which highlights the County's ability to balance sustainable economic development and a high quality of life even amidst the current health emergency.  With assistance from Joy Andrews, St. Johns County Deputy Administrator, the article details recent County economic development successes including the Durbin Park and Twin Creeks developments, Northrop Grumman's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, and the PGA Tour corporate headquarters expansion. Business View Magazine also emphasizes the various economic recovery efforts that St. Johns County has implemented in response to COVID-19. St. Johns County Featured in Business View Magazine

Encompass Health Expanding to St. Johns County with New Rehabilitation Hospital

St. Johns County Administration and the St. Johns County Economic Development Office have worked with Encompass Health to expand its network of state-of-the-art rehabilitation hospitals and bring high-quality, inpatient services to St. Johns County. Encompass Health recently announced the purchase of land at the northwest corner of Silver Lane and State Road 207 for the future development of a 40-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital. Encompass Health Expanding to St. Johns County

Work on PGA Tour Global Home Continues

Jacksonville.com, March 26, 2020. There are no golf balls in the air for the PGA Tour for the time being, but there's plenty of dust and noise in the air along County Road 210 as the construction of the Tour's 187,000-square foot "Global Home" continues on schedule. Work on PGA Tour Global Home Continues

Baptist Health Pays $5.65 Million for Land in St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, March 25, 2020. Baptist Health is taking more interest in St. Johns County, purchasing land in the SilverLeaf development. Baptist paid $5.65 million on March 23 for the land. Baptist Health Pays $5.65 Million for Land

Ascension to Build a Hospital in St. Johns County

Jacksonville Business Journal, March 25, 2020. Ascension is continuing a spate of investment into Northeast Florida with the construction of a hospital in northern St. Johns County. "We can confirm that we are planning to build a new hospital in north St. Johns County along I-95," spokesperson Kyle Sieg said. "The area and type of facility were selected based on community need." Ascension to Build Hospital

Ascension St. Vincent’s Plans to Build Hospital in Northern St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, March 24, 2020. It operates a Health Center off County Road 210, which includes primary and urgent care services. Ascension St. Vincent's is planning to build a hospital in northern St. Johns County along Interstate 95, spokesman Kyle Sieg said March 24. Ascension St. Vincent's Plans Hospital

Officials Seek West Augustine Medical Facility

St. Augustine Record, March 23, 2020. County approves land transfer to help with project. Plans to build a medical facility in West Augustine recently received support from the St. Johns County Commission. Commissioners unanimously approved donating land for the project. West Augustine Medical Facility

Three St. Johns County Businesses Recognized as Top 250 Fastest-growing Companies in Florida by Inc.

Economic Development Press Release, 2020. Three companies in St. Johns County—Vested Metals, ADVOS Legal and Design Extensions—were recently recognized in Inc.'s list of top 250 most-successful businesses in Florida. Companies in the list were ranked based on percentage revenue growth from 2016 to 2018. Vested Metals was listed as No. 58 with a growth rate of 226%. ADVOS Legal was listed as No. 105 with a growth rate of 119%. Design Extensions was listed as No. 153 with a growth rate of 89%. Top 250 Fastest-growing Companies in Florida

Education Notebook: First Coast Technical College Creates Employment Pipeline to Northrop

St. Augustine Record, March 10, 2020. For more than two decades, First Coast Technical College has provided a steady stream of trained employees for Northrop Grumman, one of St. Johns County's major employers. Now a recently finalized partnership with Goodwill Industries of North Florida is bringing in even more prospective employees. Education Notebook: First Coast Technical College

Commissioner Jay Monahan Says New PGA Tour Ponte Vedra HQ Will Be Ready in January

Financial News & Daily Record, March 10, 2020. When then-Commissioner Deane Beman moved the PGA Tour headquarters to Ponte Vedra Beach in 1979, it didn't have a big need for office space. PGA Tour HQ Ready in January

St. Johns County Students Most Likely to Succeed in Florida, Study Says

St. Augustine Record, March 10, 2020. St. Johns County students are more likely to succeed than any other school district in Florida, according to a new study. 24/7 Wall Street, a financial news organization, created an index that analyzes different factors that influence student success. SJC Students Most Likely to Succeed

Flagler Hospital One of Top 100 Hospitals in the Nation

St. Augustine Record, March 5, 2020. Flagler Hospital earned designation as one of the nation's top 100 hospitals by Healthgrades. For the third year in a row, Flagler Hospital has been named one of America's 100 Best Hospitals by Healthgrades. Flager Hospital in Top 100

Investment Group Picks up Another Parcel in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, March 2, 2020. Several large parcels of timberland in southwestern St. Johns County have been acquired over the last several years by an investment group in New York, but it is not clear yet for what purpose. Investment Group Picks up Another Parcel

The Sailer Report: New York Group Buys More Than 31,000 Acres of Land in St. Johns

Financial News & Daily Record, March 2, 2020. A New York real estate investment group has quietly purchased more than 31,000 acres of timberland in St. Johns County, one of the fastest-growing counties in the country according to the latest population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. NY Group Buys 31,000+ Acres of Land

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

St. Augustine’s Obvious Opportunity

Anna Aero Dailies, February 4-6, 2020. "We have the best incentive program in the US," says Edward R. Wuellner, Executive Director, St. Augustine Airport Authority. Unlike most airports, where the time limit for incentives is two years, it’s never-ending at St. Augustine. St. Augustine’s Obvious Opportunity

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