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

Q: The holiday season is upon us, which unfortunately often means that scammers are out in full force. Do you have any tips to avoid being taken advantage of?
A: The irony of the season is that among the goodwill, gifts, and parties, there is an opportunity for scammers to take advantage of the generosity of the community. I have a few things to look out for.

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

Q: St. Johns County continues to grow. Does the school district have plans for additional schools beyond the recently announced new High School HHH and K-8 School MM?
A: At our meeting in November, the school board approved our latest five year plan for facilities. In addition to High School HHH and K-8 School MM, we are planning for another K-8 and another high school, in addition to two school expansions, one of which will be to Liberty Pines Academy.

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

Q: Can you give some background on the recent closure of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot?
A: First of all, the contractor working on the current beachfront restoration project is working for the private party homeowners. Initially, the Board of County Commissioners listened to the request from the homeowners’ contractor about using 25 percent of the Micker’s parking lot for staging equipment. Somehow, through some miscommunication, things got changed and the entire lot was blocked, negatively impacting the well being of the community. 

Q&A with St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker (District 4)

Q: Can you give some background on the recent closure of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot?

A: We had a number of homeowners come to us with a request to allow them to use county property, Mickler’s parking lot — only a portion of it and only for a limited period of time. (The homeowners have approval from the State of Florida to do their renourishment project and they are spending their own money on it.) This is a routine request that we receive regularly from private citizens. On Oct. 1, the Board of County Commissioners gave permission to use a portion of the Mickler’s Beach parking lot. At some point, our staff changed the agreement with the homeowners and the entire parking lot ended up being shut down. This signed contract was not the one the commissioners approved; we were very clear that we would only approve the contract if it didn’t impact residents and was for a limited period of time. We are looking into how this happened. We, the commissioners, are accountable to the voters and the staff is accountable to us.

Q & A with St. Johns County School Board Member, District 4, Kelly Barrera

Q: St. Johns County continues to grow. Does the school district have plans for additional schools beyond the recently announced new High School HHH and K-8 School MM?
A: At our meeting in November, the school board approved our latest five year plan for facilities. In addition to High School HHH and K-8 School MM, we are planning for another K-8 and another high school, in addition to two school expansions, one at Liberty Pines Academy and one at South Woods. The locations of these new schools hasn’t been determined yet.