Christian Whitehurst, District 1
Commissioner Christian Whitehurst
Term Expires: 2024
November 21, 2023 - St. Johns County Recognizes November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month – At the November 21, 2023, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Commissioner Christian Whitehurst presented a proclamation to Marisa Lamberto of Haven Hospice, recognizing November as National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.
November 7, 2023 - St. Johns County Honors Veterans, Recognizes Saturday, November 11 as Veterans Day – At the November 7, 2023, St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Regular Meeting, Chairman Christian Whitehurst presented a proclamation to Bill Dudley, Chairman of the Veterans Council of St. Johns County, and Joseph “Mac” McDermott, Director of the Veterans Service Office, recognizing Saturday, November 11 as Veterans Day. SJC Honors Veterans and Veterans Day
October 30, 2023 – St. Johns County Leadership Meets With State Legislative Delegation – On Oct. 17 and 18, representatives of St. Johns County’s leadership visited with the St. Johns County Legislative Delegation, which includes Sen. Travis Hutson, Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, Speaker Paul Renner, and Rep. Bobby Payne, to advocate for the County’s 2024 Legislative Action Plan. SJC Meets with State Legislative Delegation Press Release
September 27, 2023 - St. Johns County Hosts Rep. Tom Leek to Discuss Legislative Priorities – Today, St. Johns County hosted Rep. Tom Leek, District 28, at the St. Johns County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. Rep. Leek serves as Chair of the House Appropriations Committee and Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission in the Florida House of Representatives. He visited St. Johns County to learn more about the County’s 2024 legislative priorities and how these priorities will benefit the region and state. SJC Hosts Rep. Tom Leek to Discuss Legislative Priorities | Photo
September 5, 2023 - St. Johns County Recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month – Chairman Christian Whitehurst presented the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce with a proclamation recognizing Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month at the September 5, 2023, Board of County Commissioners regular meeting. Hispanic Heritage Month Press Release | Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3
August 17, 2023 - St. Johns County Initiates Accessibility Movement to Create an Inclusive Destination – I was honored to be asked to speak at the event hosted by the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce announcing that the Chamber of Commerce and its Ponte Vedra Visitors Information Center, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors & Convention Bureau (VCB), in collaboration with Old Town Trolley Tours® & Attractions of St. Augustine, achieved the distinction of Certified Autism Centers™ (CAC). These certifications, granted by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES), reflect the commitment of these organizations to welcome and support autistic and sensory-sensitive visitors. The certification program is funded with a matching grant from the St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. This is an exciting moment for our community and I am proud of our partners for diligently working to promote inclusivity. You can read the full press release from the Chamber of Commerce below. Chamber of Commerce Press Release | Video | Photo
August 4, 2023 - Get to Know Your Parks – St. Johns County is home to dozens of beautiful parks and hundreds of miles of scenic trails and waterways. I am proud of our gorgeous natural resources and our continual efforts to improve them. Get out there and explore! Learn more about our parks.
Our Parks and Recreation Department is currently developing a master plan for multiple future County parks as an operation of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan, which evaluated the needs and priorities of the County, last updated in 2019. St. Johns County is collaborating with sports architecture and planning firm OSPORTS, along with its partners Catalyst Design Group, CHW Professional Consultants, and Perez Planning + Design, to help make this a reality. With about $70 million in funds available, Parks and Recreation is planning on three major regional park projects in the next five years, with the first phase being in Nocatee.
July 20, 2023 - St. Johns County Hosts Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class – I was proud to join Interim County Administrator Joy Andrews in welcoming the SJC Chamber of Commerce leadership class and offer insights into County services and projects. The leadership class consisted of business professionals from various industries and companies that make up the economy of St. Johns County. The Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership St. Johns (LSJ) program strives to connect and develop community leaders to help drive the success of our local economy as St. Johns County confronts the opportunities and challenges of today and tomorrow. The LSJ program provides a way to recognize talented individuals within your organization who might benefit from the Leadership St. Johns experience and who can utilize this opportunity to advance your organization’s goals. The strong personal and professional connections that class members make during the program year are invaluable. For more information regarding Leadership St. Johns, please contact Bob Porter, Vice President of Public Policy and LSJ Program Director, at (904) 687-2049 or email email@example.com. Leadership Class Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3
July 6, 2023 - St. Johns Board of County Commission Chairman Christian Whitehurst was the guest on the monthly St. Johns County Today radio show hosted by WSOS 103.9 FM. Chairman Whitehurst discussed growth management issues, budgeting and capital improvement projects with show host Kevin Geddings. The program also featured Chairman Whitehurst updating the community on the County’s efforts on workforce housing and chatting with Beth Tate, the Chair of the Public Policy Committee for the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce. Chairman Whitehurst - SJC Today on July 6, 2023 - Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3
June 24, 2023 - Memorial Dedication to Bert Watson – I was honored to attend the memorial for Bert Watson on June 24. Mr. Watson served our community as an advocate for youth through his leadership in creating Creek's Athletic Association, along with 12 years of service as a Recreation Advisory Board and Northwest Tower Committee Advisory Board member. Bert Watson Memorial Dedication Photo
May 2, 2023 - St. Johns County Urges Developer to Complete County Road 210 Widening Project to Avoid Lawsuit – At the May 2 Board of County Commissioners meeting, St. Johns County Commissioners voted to give County Attorney David Migut permission to sue Beachwalk developer John Kinsey for not completing the County Road 210 Widening Project as directed. “At this time, they just haven’t fulfilled that commitment,” Commissioner Christian Whitehurst said. Watch Commissioner Whitehurst's interview with Action News Jax and read the story.
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About Commissioner Whitehurst
A life-long Floridian, Christian Whitehurst has been a part of the Northwest St. Johns County community for over twenty years.
As a job creator and business owner, he appreciates the importance of strong leadership and understands the value of serving the community. He has worked with the United Way of St. Johns County, Daniel Kids, March of Dimes, and the Special Olympics of Florida and will continue to serve with the same conviction while on the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners.
With a fiscally conservative approach, Commissioner Whitehurst is focusing on economic development, infrastructure, and core services while also supporting our youth, veterans, law enforcement, and other first responders. He believes communication is the key to the County Commission serving the community at the highest level possible, and always remains available to discuss how we can continue to make St. Johns County an amazing place to call home.
Christian and his wife Courtney are now raising their two daughters, Olivia and Hannah, in Julington Creek and are active members of Christ’s Church.
- Florida Association of Counties Institute for County Government Certified County Commissioner
- United Way of St. Johns County Campaign Cabinet
- Daniel Kids Volunteer
- March of Dimes Volunteer
- Special Olympics of Florida Volunteer
- Board member of the early learning coalition
- Chair of the Transportation Disadvantaged Local Coordinating Board
- Board member on the NE FL TPO
- Board member of the NE FL Regional Council