- St. Johns County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response
- New Emergency Notification System for St. Johns County Residents 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 St. Johns County, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach to quickly provide residents with 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 these time sensitive alerts, residents can 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
- Hastings Story Map - St. Johns County recognizes the Town of Hastings' rich history and tradition and continues to partner with the community to preserve that unique heritage and culture after the transition. As part of that process, County staff has created the Hastings Story Map. The story map exemplifies the history of the town and how St. Johns County is working to preserve and revitalize the area. View the Hastings Story Map.
- Home damaged by Hurricane Michael? Assistance is available through Restore St. Johns, St. Johns County Hurricane Housing Recovery Program. Register at www.sjcfl.us/restore. Official seal of St. Johns County, Florida, and an icon of a house.
- Reach the Beach Mobile App â€“ Spend more time on the beach with quick access to beach driving conditions, access and facility locations, and lifeguard information. Download the free app in the App Store or Google Play. For more information, call 904.209.0331
- Come meet the Pets of the Week at the SJC Pet Center!
COVID-19 UPDATES: For Information regarding St. Johns County's response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closures, cancellations, and access to facilities, please visit our St. Johns County Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response site.
St. Johns County COVID-19 Update and Closure Extension
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community. The following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect through Friday, May 1, 2020:
Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2020, to support the President's direction for the country to take 30 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective through April 30, 2020, Florida Executive Order 20-91 states:
A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
St. Johns County will work in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and our local law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to educate and inform our community on the Governor's Safer at Home order. A list of essential services, as defined by the Governor, is available at www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus. For more information regarding the Governor's Safer at Home order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550.
COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions
In response to the Governor's Safer at Home order, St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach have all extended facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 through Friday, May 1, 2020. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, recreational programming, recreational facilities, and the beaches. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices, in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and all law enforcement agencies, in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
St. Johns County Constitutional Offices and Courthouse Closures in Response to COVID-19 – In response to COVID-19, St. Johns County's constitutional offices and courthouses have adjusted hours and enacted closures:
Property Appraiser – The Property Appraiser's Office lobby will be closed to the public through Friday, April 10. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours and are available to assist by telephone, email, or web services. For more information, please visit www.sjcpa.us.
Supervisor of Elections – The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed to the public through Friday, April 3. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours, and most Supervisor of Elections services are available at www.votesjc.com.
Clerk of Courts – The Clerk of Courts suspended all public services until Monday, April 6, not including services deemed to be "mission critical." A list of mission critical services is available at www.stjohnsclerk.com. Filings, recordings, and marriage services are also suspended until April 6, and all non-mission critical court proceedings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida – All normal court operations have been suspended until further notice, except for those proceedings deemed "mission critical."
St. Johns County Tax Collector Offices Closed Until Further Notice – In compliance with Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-91, all St. Johns County Tax Collector offices will be closed to the public until further notice, effective 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The Tax Collector encourages residents to complete eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us. Most tax payments, registration renewals, and driver license renewals and replacements can be processed online or by mail. The Tax Collector also offers a drop box at each location and will be available by phone at 904.209.2250 or email at email@example.com. For more information, please visit the Tax Collector's website at www.sjctax.us.
For more information regarding St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus or call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
Meetings & Workshops
St. Johns County Boards and Committees Public Comment Call-in Participation – In accordance with Executive Order 20-69 and St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-03, St. Johns County Boards and Committees that meet during the COVID-19 health emergency may do so remotely under communication media technology and without a physical quorum of the members present. Members of the community who would like to participate in public comment during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The meetings can be viewed on GTV, Comcast cable channel 3, or online at www.sjcfl.us/GTV. While all meetings remain open to the public to attend in person, St. Johns County facilities are under limited public access restrictions. Written or physical documentation for a meeting may be submitted to the Board of County Commissioners at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, FL 32084, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please call 904.209.0300.
St. Johns County Telephonic Public Meeting Information – In response to the current COVID-19 health emergency and in accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person, are not required to meet in a specific public place, and may use telephonic and video conferencing. In response, all St. Johns County board and committee meetings may utilize telephone or video conferencing through April 17. Those who would like to submit public comment by telephone during these meetings may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The public may attend meetings in person, however, it is recommended you maintain the CDC social distancing guideline of six feet or more. If you have any questions regarding the submission of public comment by telephone, please call 904.824.5550.
Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting Tuesday, April 7 – The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, beginning at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium located in the County Administration Building at 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, for the purpose of receiving an Emergency Management update and considering whether to extend the local state of emergency. The Board may also consider and take action on any other business that may lawfully come before it during the special meeting. Board of County Commissioners of Special Meeting Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Cultural Resources Review Board Meeting scheduled for April 6 at 1:30. CRRB Meeting
Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board Meeting scheduled for April 6 has been cancelled.
North Coastal Design Review Board Meeting scheduled for April 8 has been cancelled. Next meeting May 13.
Mid-Anastasia Design Review Board Meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled. Next meeting May 14.
Recreation Advisory Board Meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled.
Industrial Development Authority Meeting scheduled for April 13 has been cancelled. Next meeting May 11. IDA Meeting Notice
WSOS St. Johns County Today Radio Show COVID-19 Updates – St. Johns County has partnered with WSOS 103.9 FM/1170 AM to host St. Johns County Today COVID-19 Updates at 8:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Co-hosted by Michael Ryan, St. Johns County Director of Communications, and WSOS's Kevin Geddings, the show covers a variety of topics related to the COVID-19 health emergency in St. Johns County. The radio show will also feature representatives from partner agencies directly involved with the COVID-19 response, including public safety, fire rescue, and emergency management. The public may submit questions in advance or during the show by visiting the WSOS Facebook page or by emailing them directly to email@example.com.
New Emergency Notification System for St. Johns County Residents – St. Johns County launched a new emergency notification system to provide residents with critical information during emergency situations. The Alert St. Johns system replaces the Code Red notification system, so it is imperative that residents sign up for these critical notifications. Sign up at Alert St. Johns. Learn more @ SJC Emergency Management
Site Clearing Debris Burns, Prescribed Burns, and Residential Burns in St. Johns County – St. Johns County Administration and the Board of County Commissioners are aware of concerns and questions within the community regarding site clearing debris burns on large development sites. The County does not have legal ability or regulatory authority to manage or control burnings related to residential development, large land clearing, agriculture, or silviculture. State of Florida statute authorizes the Florida Forest Service to regulate these types of site clearing debris burns. In addition, St. Johns County does not have the ability to regulate prescribed burns in forested areas or on public lands that are conducted by state or federal agencies. For additional information regarding state-regulated site clearing debris burns or prescribed burns, please visit www.sjcfl.us/FirePrevention/OpenBurning.aspx or www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Florida-Forest-Service/Wildland-Fire/Burn-Authorizations, or call the Florida Forest Service at 386.585.6150. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection regulates air quality and can also be reached at 904.256.1553. St. Johns County does have the legal authority to regulate residential burning, including permitting bonfires, prohibiting fires on beaches or open burning of certain materials, and allowing campfires and small-scale yard trash or household paper product burning. For more information on local residential burning, please visit www.sjcfl.us/FirePrevention/OpenBurning.aspx, or call 904.209.0624.
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. In an effort 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. For more information, please visit www.thefirewatch.org.
Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps – Flood Zone Viewer
Boards and Committees Volunteer Opportunities – Volunteers consider and make recommendations on a variety of topics including planning and zoning, development, libraries, parks and recreation, arts, culture, and tourism. Boards and Committees
Events & Activities
County Commissioner Invitations – From time to time the County Commissioners receive invitations to attend various events. On occasion, more than one County Commissioner may attend and participate at the event. For more information regarding the Notices for the events, visit the Board of County Commissioner’s Invitations webpage
Projects, Advisories, Status Updates
Race Track Road at Veterans Parkway Turn Lane Construction – Construction is anticipated to be complete in July. Periodic lane closures are anticipated. For more information, please call 904.209.0122.
Fort Matanzas Beach Ramp Reconstruction – Reconstruction of the ramp is scheduled to be complete in May. The parking lot and pedestrian access to the beach will be restricted for the duration of the construction project. For more information, call 904.209.0341.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org | P: (904) 209-0805 | F: (904) 209-0806
Special Districts Information can be found at www.sjcfl.us/SpecialDistricts