Temporary Closure of Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Parking March 18-28 and April 1-5

St. Johns County will temporarily close public access to Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Parking and beach access in the area as it begins the $38.6 million Ponte Vedra Beach Restoration Project with the mobilization of large contractor equipment and dredging supplies. For the safety of the public, the initial closing of the parking lot and beach access will be from Monday, March 18 to Thursday, March 28, and again from Monday, April 1 to Friday, April 5. As the project progresses to the estimated completion date of August, the parking lot may be closed again intermittently for restoration-related activities.  The public can stay updated on the project and beach parking closures at www.sjcfl.us/PVB and by using the County’s mobile app SJC Connect, available at www.sjcfl.us/SJC-ConnectThe County released a video explaining the project.

The parking lot and beach access in the area will be open to the public during spring break in St. Johns County, which is Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 17, and on Easter Weekend of Friday, March 29 to Sunday, March 31.

“Public safety is our top priority during this project,” said St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Joe Giammanco. “However, we understand the importance of beach access during spring break and the Easter Weekend holidays and so our teams are being very practical and prudent with this project. St. Johns County is known for its beautiful beaches and we want to ensure we provide as much access as possible during this project.” Giammanco shared that the County is working on a public event for Friday, April 12, to officially celebrate the start of the project. More details will be announced soon.

The County announced on February 21 that it will restore storm-damaged dunes and berms to provide storm protection to upland infrastructure with more than two million cubic yards of sand dredged in from the ocean. The project will create additional environmental habitat for wildlife and enhance the recreational value of the beach. The project will stretch from the St. Johns-Duval County line to the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve – about nine miles of coastline.