- St. Johns County Cares - Helping Local Businesses, Residents, and Nonprofits recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19.
- St. Johns County Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response Updates and Assistance
- 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 residents to get 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 alerts, 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
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COVID-19: For information regarding St. Johns County's response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) including access to facilities and assistance hotlines, please visit our Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response site.
St. Johns County Thanksgiving Holiday Hours
All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and administrative offices, the Supervisor of Elections' office, the Property Appraiser's office, the Clerk of Courts' office, and the Tax Collector's office will be closed Thursday, November 26, and Friday, November 27, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Library branches will resume standard business hours on Saturday, November 28, and all other offices will resume standard business hours on Monday, November 30.
Garbage, recycling, and yard debris will not be collected on Thursday, November 26, and the Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road solid waste scale houses will be closed. Beginning November 27, collections will be delayed one day with all routes being completed by Saturday, November 28. Scale houses will resume standard business hours on Friday, November 27.
Meetings & Workshops
- Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing regarding Short Term Vacation Rentals: Scheduled for December 1
- Tourist Development Council Meeting: Scheduled for December 7
- Health & Human Services Advisory Council: December 12 Meeting is Cancelled
- Housing Finance Authority Meeting: Scheduled for December 17
- Board of County Commission Regular Meetings: Held monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. in the County Auditorium. Agendas | Minutes | Calendar
- Meeting Notices / Event / Advisory Calendars
St. Johns County CARES Amends Nonprofit Assistance Program to Include Veteran and Military 501(c)19 and 501(c)23 Organizations – As serving our veteran and military communities is one of St. Johns County's highest priorities, the St. Johns County CARES Nonprofit Assistance Program now includes assistance opportunities for eligible 501(c)19 and 501(c)23 nonprofit organizations. The program amendment applies to all such organizations that applied during Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Nonprofit Assistance Program. Eligible 501(c)19 and 501(c)23 organizations that have not applied to receive a St. Johns County CARES grant are encouraged to so by the November 20, 2020, deadline. For more information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Johns County CARES Nonprofit Grant Program Phase II – St. Johns County will launch phase II of the St. Johns County CARES Nonprofit Grant Program on October 19, 2020, to help eligible nonprofit agencies respond to the community impact of COVID-19. St. Johns County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations may be eligible for grant funds to use for COVID-related services provided to the community and expenses related to providing those services. For eligibility information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email email@example.com.
St. Johns County CARES Small Business Recovery Program Phase II – St. Johns County is launching phase II of the St. Johns County CARES Small Business Recovery program at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 19. The St. Johns County CARES Small Business Recovery Program helps local businesses respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. To be eligible, a business must not have received a cumulative total of COVID-19 financial assistance from St. Johns County in 2020 that exceeds $5,000 for business with 0 to 9 employees, $10,000 for businesses with 10 to 30 employees, $15,000 for businesses with 31 to 50 employees or $20,000 for businesses with 51 to 100 employees. To apply for the grant or receive additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Johns County CARES Residents Assistance Program Deadline – The deadline to submit an application for the St. Johns County CARES Individual Resident Assistance Program was Saturday, October 31, 2020. Applications are no longer being accepted. The program provides up to $5,000 in funding per household to assist residents who are recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19 with mortgage or rent, utilities, cellphone bills, and internet bills. For more information related to the St. Johns County CARES Residents Assistance Program, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email email@example.com.
State Executive Order Removes Most COVID-19 Occupancy Restrictions on Businesses and Restaurants – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-244 on Friday, September 25, 2020, and transitioned the State to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening process. Effective upon issuance, the new Executive Order:
- Removes state-level restrictions on businesses, such as restaurants.
- Provides that no COVID-19 emergency ordinance may prevent an individual from working or operating a business.
- Provides that restaurants may not be limited by a COVID-19 emergency order by any local government to less than 50% of their indoor capacity.
- States that, if a restaurant is limited to less than 100% of its indoor capacity, such COVID-19 emergency order must satisfy the following:
- Quantify the economic impact of each limitation or requirements on those restaurants
• Explain why each limitation or requirement is necessary for public health.
• Suspends all outstanding fines and penalties, and the collection of such moving forward, applied against individuals related to COVID-19.
Executive Order 20-244 supersedes and eliminates all restrictions of Executive Orders 20-112, 20-123 and 20-139, 20-192, 20-214, and 20-223, except as modified per the State. Visit www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders to review Executive Order 20-244. For additional information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 904.824.5550.
Flagler Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site Closed November 27 –Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Flagler Hospital COVID-19 testing site will be closed on Friday, November 27. The site will re-open for free COVID-19 testing on Monday, November 30. Testing is available from 7 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor's note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not necessary, a photo ID is required. The testing site is being funded through the CARES Act. Patients are encouraged to pre-register on the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app and can then virtually "get in line" for the drive-thru test. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.
Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing Site at Flagler Hospital – The COVID-19 testing site at Flagler Hospital is located in Parking Lot B at 400 Health Park Blvd., from 7 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays or until the maximum number of daily tests are collected. Testing is available for all ages, and patients do not need to exhibit symptoms, possess a doctor's note, or make an appointment. A parent or guardian must be present for children under 18 to be tested. While insurance cards are not needed, a photo ID is required. The testing site is being funded through the CARES Act. Patients are encouraged to pre-register on the Flagler Health+ Anywhere app and can then virtually "get in line" for the drive-thru test. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.
Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County – Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County Details
St. Johns County Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park Public Survey – St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, in partnership with Flagler College, is encouraging residents and visitors to participate in a survey regarding Vilano Beach Oceanfront Park. Available through December 2, the survey will be used to determine key site improvements for the park by asking how it is currently utilized and what residents and visitors would like to see in the future. For more information, please contact 904.209.0335. Participate in theV ilano Beach Oceanfront Park Public survey.
Public Library Hosts St. Johns CARES, Inc. Giving Trees – The St. Johns County Public Library is hosting St. Johns CARES, Inc. Giving Trees at four branch library locations through December 9. Each Giving Tree contains wish ornaments submitted by local nonprofit organizations serving veterans, senior citizens, children, the homeless, and animals. Collection boxes and Giving Trees are located at the Anastasia Island, Bartram Trail, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Southeast Branch libraries. Donations will be collected, sorted, and boxed by St. Johns CARES, Inc. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to purchase unfulfilled wishes and needs. To learn more or to make a monetary donation, please visit www.stjohnscares.org. St. Johns County Public Library Hosts St. Johns CARES, Inc. Giving Trees Details
"Food for Fines" Program to Benefit Food Pantry – The St. Johns County Public Library System is excited to announce that it will once again offer patrons a way to lower or eliminate library fines, while providing much needed assistance to the Health and Human Services Food Pantry through the "Food for Fines" program. From November 16 to December 21 donate one non-perishable, unexpired food or pet supply item and remove $1 of fines from a patron's library record. Visit the St. Johns County Public Library's site for Food for Fines Program Details
JTA Provides St. Johns Express Select Route from St. Augustine to Jacksonville – The route begins at the St. Johns County Government Center and makes a stop at the Pavilion at Durbin Park before arriving in Downtown Jacksonville. Service is 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, including bus stop addresses and pass fees, please visit St. Johns Express Select Route from St. Augustine to Jacksonville.
Boards and Committees Volunteer Opportunities – Current Board / Committee Vacancies
Sign Up for Alert St. Johns Emergency Notification System – St. Johns County is encouraging all residents to sign up to receive critical information during emergency situations. Residents can sign up at www.sjcemergencymanagement.com.
Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps & Information – Flood Zone Viewer | NFIP Rating Insurance Discounts for Some SJC Property Owners
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 notices for the events, visit the Board of County Commissioner’s Invitations webpage
Projects, Advisories, Status Updates
Vilano Beach Driving Access and Surfside Park Parking Lot Closed – Vehicular access will be restricted through early 2021 due to a beach renourishment project. Tthe Surfside Park parking lot and pedestrian beach access point are also closed, and on-beach driving, horseback riding, and commercial fishing are restricted from Vilano Beach to Serenata Ocean Villas. Visitors are encouraged to exercise caution in the area. When crossing the pipe, please use sand ramps to access the ocean and avoid construction equipment and heavy machinery. Signage will be present where the pipe is submerged during high tides. For more information, please call 904.209.0260. Vilano Beach renourishment project.
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