- 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
- Pledge St. Johns County. Take the Pledge & View Businesses that have taken the pledge.
COVID-19: For information regarding St. Johns County's response to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), including closures, cancellations, reopenings, access to facilities, and assistance hotlines, please visit our St. Johns County Corona Virus (COVID-19) Response site.
Meetings & Workshops
Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting – The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the County Auditorium at the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine. The purpose of the special meeting is to hold a public hearing to consider and adopt the final millage rates and budget for Fiscal Year 2021. 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 Meeting Notice
Board of County Commissioners Special Meeting – The Board of County Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020, beginning at 5:45 p.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 Meeting Notice
Upcoming Board & Committee Meetings
- Tourism Development Council Meeting: Scheduled for September 21
- Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board Meeting: October 5 Cancelled
- Meeting Notices / Event / Advisory Calendars
St. Johns County Extends SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program Deadline – St. Johns County has extended the SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program deadline to September 25, 2020, to allow eligible nonprofit agencies additional time to apply for COVID-19 assistance. St. Johns County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000, and funds may be used for expenses related to mortgage or rent, utilities, payroll, PPE equipment, facility hardening, sanitizing/cleaning supplies, and other COVID-19-related costs. For eligibility information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email email@example.com.
St. Johns County Featured in Business View Magazine – St. Johns County was featured in the August 2020 edition of Business View Magazine, which highlights the County's ability to balance sustainable economic development and a high quality of life even amidst the current health emergency. With assistance from Joy Andrews, St. Johns County Deputy Administrator, the article details recent County economic development successes including the Durbin Park and Twin Creeks developments, Northrop Grumman's Aircraft Integration Center of Excellence, and the PGA Tour corporate headquarters expansion. Business View Magazine also emphasizes the various economic recovery efforts that St. Johns County has implemented in response to COVID-19. To read the article, please visit https://businessviewmagazine.com/st-johns-county-fl-balancing-sustainable-development-quality-life.
St. Johns County Launches SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program – St. Johns County launched the SJC CARES Nonprofit Grant Recovery Program on September 3, 2020, to help eligible nonprofit agencies respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. St. Johns County 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations may be eligible for a grant of up to $20,000, and funds may be used for expenses related to mortgage or rent, utilities, payroll, PPE equipment, facility hardening, sanitizing/cleaning supplies, and other COVID-19-related costs. For eligibility information or to apply, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Johns County CARES Program Launches August 20 – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners is launching St. Johns County CARES, a program to help local businesses, residents, and nonprofit organizations respond to and recover from the economic impact of COVID-19. Applications for small businesses and residents will be available at 10 a.m. on Thursday, August 20. Applications for nonprofit organizations will be available in the coming weeks. A financial assistance program utilizing more than $18 million in federal CARES Act funding, St. Johns County CARES provides grants to eligible applicants who suffered loss of revenue or income, or incurred unexpected expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Small businesses may qualify for up to $20,000 in grant funding and residential households may qualify for up to $5,000 in grant funding. Qualification criteria and level of assistance to nonprofit organizations are still under development and will be available by the end of August. For more information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/sjccares, call 904.209.6050, or email email@example.com.
St. Johns County Extends Building and Permit Fee Reductions for Local Businesses and Residents – In order to provide relief for local businesses and residents who are recovering from the impact of COVID-19, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners extended a 30 percent reduction in all general building permit fees. Specific reduced fees include those related to development review, fire safety inspections, residential and commercial demolition, swimming pool fees, as well as electrical, gas, plumbing, mechanical, and irrigation permit fees. The fee reductions are in effect through November 3, 2020. For more information, please call St. Johns County Building Services at 904.827.6800, or view the updated fee schedule at www.sjcfl.us/media/FeeSchedule.pdf.
Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing at Flagler Hospital – St. Johns County and Flagler Health+ are offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday at Flagler Hospital, 400 Health Park Blvd. The testing site is located in Parking Lot B and will remain open from 7 to 11 a.m. 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. More information regarding Free Drive-thru COVID-19 Testing at Flagler Hospital
St. Johns County Mandates the Use of Face Coverings in all County Facilities – In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, a face covering mandate for all St. Johns County-owned facilitiesis in effect. All employees and any person working, doing business, or visiting a County facility are required to wear a face covering when social distancing of six feet or more cannot be maintained. For a full list of exemptions and enforcement policies, please visit www.sjcfl.us. This Emergency Order will remain in effect through the duration of the St. Johns County Emergency Proclamation 2020-1, unless otherwise rescinded by the County Administrator or his designee. For more information, please contact 904.824.5550. Use of Face Masks in All County Facilities Fact Sheet
St. Johns County CARES Act Funding Program for Residents, Businesses, and Nonprofits – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved Phase I of a $46 million CARES Act funding program in response to COVID-19. The program focuses on assistance for small businesses, residents, nonprofit organizations, and other COVID-19 response-related projects. Grant criteria for each category are currently under development and will be posted on www.sjcfl.us with applications in the coming weeks. For more information related to the CARES Act and funding programs, please call 904.209.6050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Pledge St. Johns County" Program Encourages Business Commitment to CDC Health Guidelines – The "Pledge St. Johns County" program offers businesses the opportunity to commit to CDC guidelines and ensure St. Johns County residents, visitors, and employees are safe and comfortable in their establishments. Created in partnership with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, and the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & the Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau, "Pledge St. Johns County" features a pledge in which businesses vow to adhere to guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. In addition, they pledge to encourage the use of face coverings by staff and customers. Organizations that take the Pledge will receive a toolkit of printable display materials to let employees and customers know they are a "Pledge St. Johns County" business. Pledged businesses will also be recognized on the "Pledge St. Johns County" website directory. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com.
St. Johns County Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collection Delays – Due to an increased demand for solid waste collection services, St. Johns County's garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules may be delayed in some neighborhoods. Residents are asked to please continue following regular schedules on standard collection days. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road solid waste scale houses are open during standard business hours. For more information, please call 904.827.6980 or email email@example.com.
Florida Power & Light Financial Assistance – Having trouble paying your FPL bill because of COVID-19? You may qualify for local, state and/or federal financial assistance, which has increased significantly due to the pandemic. And, we're here to help. All it takes is a phone call. We will continue working closely with you to do everything we can to avoid turning lights off for nonpayment, which is and has always been a last resort. Call us directly at 800.226.3545.
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners Encourages Businesses to Require Masks – The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners strongly encourages local businesses to mandate that employees and customers wear masks while inside their establishments in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19. The recommendation is made in conjunction with Pledge St. Johns County, a program that offers businesses the opportunity to pledge to adhere to CDC guidelines regarding cleaning and disinfecting protocols, group size limitations, social distancing recommendations, and enhanced employee protocols and training. Businesses that take the Pledge are eligible to receive a limited mask allotment for distribution to their customers and employees. Business owners or managers who would like to take the Pledge, or patrons who would like to support "Pledge St. Johns County" businesses, may do so by visiting www.pledgesjc.com. For additional information regarding mask allotments for businesses that take the Pledge, please call 904.824.5550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Johns County Approves CARES Act Funding Program – The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners approved Phase I of a $46 million CARES Act funding program on July 14, 2020 that focuses on small business recovery, resident assistance, and non-profit organizations. County staff contacted community stakeholders to conduct a needs assessment and gather feedback to fund programs essential to recovery efforts. With $10 million allocated to an expanded Back to Business Grant Program, the funding reinforces St. Johns County's commitment to ensuring small businesses remain at the forefront of the economic recovery effort. More Information regarding St. Johns County Approves CARES Act Funding Program
State of Florida Restricts On-Premises Alcohol Consumption Effective June 26, 2020 – Per the State of Florida's Emergency Order 2020-09, issued on Friday, June 26, all vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, and who derive more than 50 percent of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages, shall suspend the sale of all alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, effective immediately. Vendors may continue to sell alcoholic beverages in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. Vendors who are also licensed as public food service establishments or restaurants may continue to operate for on-premises consumption of food and beverages at tables, provided these vendors derive 50 percent or less of gross revenue from the sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center at 904.824.5550.
St. Johns County Recommends All Residents and Businesses Adhere to Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Health Advisory – The Florida Department of Health issued a Public Health Advisory on June 20 in response to COVID-19, providing recommendations to protect Floridians and visitors from this virus. The advisory recommends wearing masks in public, encourages elderly and vulnerable populations to limit interactions outside of the home, and urges all individuals to refrain from participating in gatherings of more than 50 people. All persons who work in long-term care facilities should be tested for COVID-19 on a routine basis. In addition, Governor DeSantis also directed the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation to increase inspections to ensure that businesses are adhering to applicable Phase 1 and Phase 2 guidance.
The Public Health Advisory provides the following recommendations:
1. All individuals in Florida should wear masks in any setting where social distancing is not possible, unless certain conditions apply.
2. All individuals over the age of 65 and all individuals of any age with high-risk health conditions should limit personal interactions outside of the home.
3. All individuals should refrain from participation in social or recreational gatherings of more than 50 people. For all gatherings of fewer than 50 people, individuals should practice social distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from each other and wearing a face covering.
St. Johns County is currently in Phase 2, which dictates:
- Restaurants, bars, and other vendors licensed to sell alcoholic beverages, excluding nightclubs, may operate at fifty percent of the establishment's indoor capacity and at full capacity outside with appropriate social distancing. Bar areas may operate with seated service.
- Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys and arcades may operate at fifty percent of the establishment's capacity with appropriate social distancing between groups and proper sanitization protocols.
- In-store retail businesses, gyms, and fitness centers may operate at full capacity with appropriate social distancing measures and proper sanitization protocols.
- Personal services including but not limited to barber shops, hair salons, nail salons, tattooing, body piercing, tanning, and massage may operate while adhering to appropriate safety guidelines outlined by the Florida Department of Health.
For more information or a complete review of the State of Florida's recent Public Health Advisory, please visit www.FloridaHealth.gov.
Updated St. Johns County Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan – The amended plan became effective June 10, 2020 and addresses factors including time between rentals, cleaning and sanitization requirements, and visitors from states listed in the Governor's Executive orders. Please review the updated St. Johns County Short-Term Vacation Rental Reopening Plan or call 904.824.5550 for additional information.
Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County – Local State of Emergency in St. Johns County Details
Late Risers Bar and Grille Clubhouse Restaurant Opens at St. Johns Golf Club – The St. Johns Golf Club is now home to Late Risers Bar & Grille, a chef-owned restaurant with a scratch-prepared menu featuring hot, cold, and grab-and-go items. Now open in the St. Johns Golf Club Clubhouse, 4900 Cypress Links Blvd., Late Risers offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner options including French toast bites, fresh local seafood, and a variety of salads and sandwiches. In addition, the restaurant offers a full bar that includes beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Late Risers is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Closing times will be flexible based upon the volume of business. In addition, beverage cart service will be available on the course from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The cart will offer assorted canned beers, seltzers, and spirits, as well as sodas, Gatorade, bottled water, and light refreshments. For more information, please visit the Late Risers website at www.laterisersfoodtruck.com, find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/laterisersbarandgrille, or call 904.209.0360.
St. Johns County Cautions Beachgoers of Forecasted Weekend Nor'easter St. Johns – County beaches are forecasted to experience unusually high surf and tides, dangerous currents, and strong winds along the coastline beginning Saturday, September 19, through early next week as a result of a nor'easter. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to exercise extreme caution and avoid ocean swimming during this time. Some pedestrian access points may be affected, and on-beach driving may be restricted at access ramps due to tidal flooding. In addition, coastal flooding and erosion may occur throughout the duration of this inclement weather event. Please download the Reach the Beach mobile app for daily beach access updates, or follow St. Johns County Beaches on Facebook or Twitter (@SJCBeaches). For more information, please call 904.209.0331.
St. Johns County Public Libraries Introducing Evening Hours Beginning September 15 – The St. Johns County Public Library System is introducing evening hours at all facilities to accommodate the needs of working families and students beginning Tuesday, September 15. The Main Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and the Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, and Hastings Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All other library hours will remain the same, and libraries will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. To further assist patrons, the library's online reference service, Ask a Librarian, is also extending service hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library.
Sign Up for Alert St. Johns Emergency Notification System to Receive Updates during Hurricane Season – With June marking the beginning of the 2020 hurricane season, St. Johns County is encouraging all residents to sign up for Alert St. Johns, a new emergency notification system that provides critical information during emergency situations. Residents can sign up at www.sjcemergencymanagement.com.
The Fire Watch Program and Mobile 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 mobile app 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 local resources and allies that will help them build relations and provide one-on-one counseling and support. For more information on the Fire Watch program, please visit www.thefirewatch.org.
Sea Turtle Nesting Season – SJC beaches are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Sea turtle nesting season. St. Johns County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations. 2020 Sea Turtle Season
Boards and Committees Volunteer Opportunities – Current Board / Committee Vacancies
Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps – Flood Zone Viewer
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
Old Dixie Highway Sidewalk Installation Begins September 14 – St. Johns County will begin installing a new sidewalk on Old Dixie Highway between Walden Chase Lane and Nease High School on Monday, September 14. The 900-foot sidewalk project is scheduled to be finished in November, and will provide pedestrian access to Nease High School when complete. No traffic closures are anticipated for the duration of this project. For more information, please call 904.209.0266 or visit www.sjcfl.us.
Vilano Beach Driving Access and Surfside Park Parking Lot Closed Beginning September 8 – Due to a beach renourishment project that will restore critically-eroded shoreline and dunes, vehicular access to Vilano Beach will be restricted beginning September 8. In addition, the Surfside Park parking lot and pedestrian beach access point will be closed, and on-beach driving, horseback riding, and commercial fishing will be restricted from Vilano Beach to Serenata Ocean Villas. The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2021. To follow the progress of this beach renourishment project, please visit www.saj.usace.army.mil/Missions/Civil-Works/Shore-Protection/St-Johns. For more information, please call 904.209.0260.
Temporary Lane Closures on Race Track Road – JEA is installing electric transmission poles and power lines along Race Track Road. Temporary lane closures will be required on portions of the eastbound lane during the the project, which is scheduled to be complete in December. Pole installation sites and lane closures will move each day. For more information regarding this project, please visit www.jea.com/us1.
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: email@example.com | P: (904) 209-0805 | F: (904) 209-0806
Special Districts Information can be found at www.sjcfl.us/SpecialDistricts