Field of Dreams celebrates 10th anniversary

Field of Dreams celebrates 10th anniversary

A gloomy day on Saturday, Feb. 1 couldn’t put a damper on the excitement of Field of Dreams’ opening day. More »

Ana’s Angels a true labor of love for animals

Ana’s Angels a true labor of love for animals

Ana’s Angels started up in 1999 and was incorporated as a 501 c 3 non-profit in 2003. More »

BairFind Club helps find missing children

BairFind Club helps find missing children

Ponte Vedra High School junior Corey Udell met two families with missing children in 2017 during a charity event and found that no words of comfort seemed adequate. More »

 

St. Johns County Utility customer service lobby closed; late fees suspended

The St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. The onsite drive through, drop box locations, and pay-by-phone options will remain open to accept payments and provide services. Online bill payment and other utility services are also available at www.sjcfl.us/utilities. The Utility Department standard operating business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

New laptop distribution plan for Duval students

To speed up the distribution of laptops to students who need them, the Duval County Public School District has expanded times and the distribution locations. Laptops can now be checked out at 10 school locations starting Wednesday, March 25.

Additional St. Johns County COVID-19 response measures — March 23

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:

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

Q: What is the most important thing you want to tell readers about the upcoming Presidential Preference Primary?
A: This year there is a big change for St. Johns County voters due to a law change in 2019: for those who Vote By Mail, the only choices to return a ballot are to mail the ballot back or drop it off at an Early Voting site. The Vote by Mail drop boxes will only be available inside Early Voting locations from March 7 – March 14, while the locations are open for early voting. There is also a 24-hour drop box in front of the Elections Office for voters’ convenience. The big change is that drop boxes will no longer be available at all public libraries, Tax Collectors Office in Julington Creek and Ponte Vedra or St. Augustine Beach City Hall. Remember that in order to be counted, Vote By Mail ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by Election Day at 7 p.m., so if you are mailing the ballots back, be sure to mail them several days in advance of Election Day.

Q&A with State Attorney, 7th Judicial Circuit, R.J. Larizza

Q: What can you tell us about animal cruelty laws in the State of Florida?
A: The state’s animal cruelty law most recently changed as a result of a case out of the 7th Judicial Circuit. Named for an animal victim, a dog named Ponce, the law is called “Ponce’s Law” and it went into effect on Oct. 1, 2019. Ponce’s Law makes the classification of aggravated animal abuse a higher level felony, which makes those convicted eligible for a state prison sentence. When Ponce was killed, allegedly by his owner, there was no prison time involved and that was the impetus for this law. Additionally, at a judge’s discretion, under Ponce’s Law the judge can impose the condition of a lifetime ban on pet ownership to the convicted felon.