2019 News and Announcements

St. Augustine Industrial Park Sees Growing Interest for Warehouses

St. Augustine Record, February 2, 2019. Tenants say the St. Augustine Industrial Park's location at the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 207 is ideal for its easy access to most shipping routes in the southeast, yet many locals probably don't realize the park even exists. Growing Interest for Warehouses

As Commercial Development Booms in St. Johns County, Balance in Offerings Becomes Important

St. Augustine Record, February 1, 2019. For those who follow business news, it's well known that some of this country's venerable retail outlets are fighting for life — like Sears — while others have already slipped away — Toys “R” Us, for instance. Commercial Development Booms

How Economically Competitive is St. Johns County?

St. Augustine Record, January 29, 2019. When compared with other so-called "second-tier" metro areas like Nashville and Charlotte, the Jacksonville region — which, in part, includes St. Johns County — comes in ahead in some areas of economic competitiveness and behind in others, according to a recent report published by the Tampa Bay Partnership. Economically Competitive

What Do Florida's ‘A’ School Districts Have in Common? Data Tells the Story

St. Augustine Record, January 27, 2019. What does it take to make an ‘A’ school district in Florida? Experts agree that it's hard to answer that question with certainty, but a recent analysis of Florida Department of Education data compiled by The Daytona Beach News-Journal helps bring an added understanding as to what goes into making the top grade in the St. Johns County School District as well as other large school districts in the state. ‘A’ School District

Road Map to the Future: From Autonomous Cars to Parking Space Finders, Technology Will Improve Traffic in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, January 23, 2019. You can hear the passion in his voice when North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield talks about futuristic transportation concepts such as self-driving cars or technology that would direct a driver to an open parking spot. Technology Will Improve Traffic

PGA Tour Approved for Ponte Vedra Beach Headquarters

Financial News & Daily Record, January 22, 2019. The PGA Tour can build its estimated $75 million global home now that St. Johns County approved a building permit Thursday for construction of the 187,000-square-foot headquarters. PGA Tour Approved

‘Pitch Factory’ Gives St. Johns Entrepreneurs the Tools Needed to Scale Business

St. Augustine Record, January 22, 2019. The first cohort of an entrepreneurial workshop offered by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce went so well last fall, that the chamber has partnered with Jax Bridges for a second installment beginning in February. Pitch Factory Workshop

Youth Athletic Facilities in Demand in Growing Northern St. Johns

St. Augustine Record, January 20, 2019. When WGV Gymnastics opens its doors this summer in a new, expanded space, it will be the third time the business has had to upsize in seven years. Youth Athletic Facilities in Demand

County Sees Potential for Sports Tourism Growth

St. Augustine Record, January 20, 2019. When it comes to sports tourism in St. Johns County, leaders here think there are opportunities to grab some “low-hanging fruit,” but it's unlikely this is going to be a major sports hub in the near future. Sports Tourism Growth

County’s Unemployment Hot Streak Holds in 2018

St. Augustine Record, January 18, 2019. St. Johns County ended 2018 with the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state as the jobless rate in Florida remained lower than the national average. County unemployment numbers were released Friday in a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Unemployment Hot Streak

Barrera Outlines School Board Goals, Initiatives

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 17, 2019. College and career readiness, flexible learning, student leadership opportunities and growth management are currently among the primary, strategic goals for the St. Johns County School Board, according to Board Chair and District 4 Member Kelly Barrera. School Board Goals

Travel Center Approved for SR 207

St. Augustine Record, January 16, 2019. One of the state's most popular truck stop/travel centers is adding a new store in St. Johns County. Busy Bee, which has 18 locations in Florida and Georgia, received approval Tuesday by the County Commission to open a store off State Road 207, just west of Interstate 95. Travel Center Approved

2018 Was Solid, Not Wild Year in Northeast Florida Real Estate

St. Augustine Record, January 15, 2019. The 2018 local real estate market was one of increased sales and higher prices again, but the uptick wasn't particularly drastic, according to the annual report from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. 2018 Solid Year

Vertical Construction of PGA Tour Global Home to Begin by the Players Championship

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 10, 2019. When the golfing world descends upon Ponte Vedra Beach for THE PLAYERS Championship this year, visitors and TV viewers will have a chance to see more than just the greatest field in golf. According to officials at the PGA TOUR, they will also get a first glimpse of vertical construction of the company's new global home. PGA Tour Vertical Construction

Adult Communities Rise in Popularity in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, January 5, 2019. An older generation's preference for freedom from the rambunctiousness of children and a county's effort of not being drowned by a flood of new students are leading to a growing trend of new adult-only communities here. Adult Communities

Recent Flagler Grads Have Found Followings After Opening Unique Concept Businesses on Anastasia Boulevard

St. Augustine Record, January 1, 2019. Former New Yorker Ryan Kunsch first discovered St. Augustine when he came to attend Flagler College. After graduating with a fine arts degree in 2013, he didn't want to leave. Unique Concept Businesses