Reminiscing about Project Alaska Turf

Reminiscing about Project Alaska Turf

On June 25, former St. Johns County resident Cathy Parker hosted a walk down memory lane as she celebrated the publication of her book, “Northern Lights,” with a book signing at Bono’s in Fruit Cove. More »

Native Sons and Daughters provides opportunity for quality time

Native Sons and Daughters provides opportunity for quality time

One of the best ways to spend quality time with your son or daughter, away from the competitiveness of team sports, is by joining or forming a Native Sons or Native Daughters tribe. More »

BEAM celebrates back to school

BEAM celebrates back to school

BEAM (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) is currently gearing up for two major annual events that will be taking place in August.  More »

Back in Time with Brett: The Brown Residence

Back in Time with Brett: The Brown Residence

This house was constructed in 1880 on the site of his family’s former home which his father, John P. Brown, had built when he was just 16 years old. More »

 

4-H Club enrollment kick off open house 

By Geralyn Sachs
mail@floridanewsline.com 

The St. Johns County 4-H Youth Development Program is starting off a new 4-H year by inviting youth and their parents to the 4-H Club Enrollment Kick Off Open House on Thursday, Aug. 22, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the St. Johns County Extension Office, located at 3125 Agricultural Center Drive. Families will have the opportunity to learn more about 4-H and all it has to offer.

Q&A with St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes

Q: What is keeping your office busy at this time?
A: We are in the process of finalizing the polling places for the 2020 elections. March 2020, the time of the Presidential Preference Election, will be here before you know it. 

Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jimmy Johns (District 1)

Q: Can you give us any information about the proposed development at the corner of Race Track Road and St. Johns Parkway?
A: This proposed development, which is slated to include retail, townhomes and apartments, has already come before the Board of County Commissioners due to the rezoning request. We approved the PUD and transmitted it to the state of Florida for their review. The proposed development is in compliance with what would be along a major arterial roadway, which Race Track Road is now. 

Q&A with St. Johns County Property Appraiser Eddie Creamer

Q: What is coming up on the calendar of the Property Appraiser’s Office?
A: It is almost time for TRIM (Truth in Millage Notices) to be sent out to property owners. It’s important to keep in mind that over the past two years, property values in St. Johns County have increased approximately 20 percent, which translates to higher taxes even without a tax increase.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 1, Beverly Slough

Q: Can you give us any construction updates for NW St. Johns County schools?
A: The Mill Creek Academy expansion is nearing completion and we are looking forward to opening as a K-7 school this August. 

In the fall, we will begin construction on a new 20 classroom building on the campus of Liberty Pines Academy. This will increase the school’s capacity to 1,544. The construction costs will be funded by our half-cent sales tax, and we are grateful to voters for approving this back in 2015. We expect the building to open to students in fall 2020 and it will reduce the overcrowding at this school. The school board decided to expand the school since there is really nowhere logically to move students at this time.