St. Johns County


A petition drive is underway in an attempt to get the St. Johns County school board to require everyone to wear face masks in school buildings for the fall semester.

St. Augustine's City Hall is pictured during Nights of Lights.

Beginning in October, St. Johns County will add an additional 1-cent tax to overnight stays in hotels, bringing the so-called “bed tax” there from 4- to 5-cents. 

The southwestern portion of the parking lot at Vilano Landing, 101 Vilano Causeway, has been closed due to a dredging project.
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If you’re heading to Vilano Beach, here’s a parking note to be aware of:

Sleiman Enterprises

The original Outback Crab Shack opened in 1984 and was popular with locals and tourists until it was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew and forced to close in 2016. Now it’s making a comeback as a new restaurant is built at the site.

Mary Altaffer / Associated Press file photo

Face masks will be optional for the fall semester in the St. Johns County School District.

Columbia Restaurant / Via Facebook

Florida’s governor continues to prohibit local governments from enforcing mask mandates  — but at least one area business is voluntarily requiring its own staff to return to wearing face masks at work.

Safari Ltd.

The Jacksonville-based toy company Safari Ltd. is planning to open its first retail store, called Toytopia, at the Nocatee Town Center in St. Johns County. 


A National Transportation Safety Board investigator is expected to arrive at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine Wednesday to investigate a deadly plane crash.

A rendering of San Marco Heights.
St. Johns County

A groundbreaking was held Monday for an affordable housing complex west of State Road 207 in St. Johns County.

Republic Services

A staff shortage is being blamed for delays in yard waste pickups in St. Johns County.


A $34 million program aimed at strengthening the coastline dunes in Ponte Vedra Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach and the southern portion of Crescent Beach will be getting underway this summer.

St. Augustine Outlets Mall Owner Wants To Close, Redevelop It

Jun 10, 2021
St. Augustine Outlets
Jacksonville Daily Record

The owner of the St. Augustine Outlets at northeast Interstate 95 and Florida 16 wants to redevelop the 31-acre property into a mixed-use development.

Former St. Johns County Dog Track Slated For $250M Redevelopment

Jun 7, 2021
Grand Cypress is planned to include a grocery anchor, stores, outparcels and two multifamily properties.
Jacksonville Daily Record

Gatlin Development Co. Inc. plans a $250 million mixed-use development called Grand Cypress at the former greyhound racetrack and poker room site in St. Johns County after buying the nearly 100-acre property last week for $16.5 million.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office / Via News4Jax

The public defender representing 14-year-old Aiden Fucci entered a written not guilty plea on his behalf Thursday in the murder of 13-year-old Tristyn Bailey.

A view of Downtown St. Augustine as seen from the western base of the Bridge of Lions.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

The city of St. Augustine is following in Jacksonville's footsteps by offering homeowners a free tree, with planting included.

This image shows how a photo was altered in the Bartram Trail High School yearbook. The student's face has been blurred to protect the student's privacy.

The St. Johns County School District is forming a committee to consider dress code changes after Bartram Trail High School edited the photos of 80 female students to cover more of their bodies. 

The St. Augustine Amphitheatre

Two free concerts will be held at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre (The Amp) on Saturday, June 19, to celebrate Juneteenth as part of the St. Augustine Music Festival’s 15th anniversary celebration.

Area kayaking locations are among the activities promoted on
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce / Via

A new tourism website touting outdoor adventures in St. Johns County has launched.

St. Johns County Approves $16.7M PGA Tour Incentives Deal

May 19, 2021
The new PGA Tour Global Home along Palm Valley Road in Ponte Vedra.
Clark Construction

The St. Johns Board of County Commissioners approved an economic development incentive agreement 4-1 with the PGA Tour on May 18 with an estimated value of $16,778,760.

Hundreds of local businesses will be looking for employees with an online “job fair” on Thursday, May 20, hosted by the Career Source Northeast Florida and the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce.

A syringe is filled with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine.
Mary Altaffer / Associated Press

The state of Florida will be hosting COVID-19 vaccination pop-up sites in St. Johns County through the end of the month.

Family Of Slain Tristyn Bailey Receives Outpouring Of Community Support

May 11, 2021

In a large showing of support for the family of Tristyn Bailey, members of the community gathered in St. Johns County for a vigil Monday night to remember the 13-year-old.

Teenage Boy, 14, Accused Of Killing Tristyn Bailey, 13

May 10, 2021
St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick announced Monday morning that the body found in the woods near Durbin Crossing just after 6 p.m. Sunday is that of Tristyn Bailey, and a fellow student at her school has been arrested and charged with her murder.


It’s that time of a year again as several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles begin nesting on St. Johns County beaches.

A view of the Vilano Beach pier.
Bill Bortzfield / WJCT News

Driving on the sand at Vilano Beach will be prohibited, and swimming will be limited this weekend due to the Pro Watercross National Tour.

COVID-19 vaccine being administered.
Ted S. Warren / Associated Press

Wednesday, April 28, is the last day St. Johns County will offer first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center on Duval Street.

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers with the Indigo Girls perform during the Live From the Drive-In concert series at the Ameris Bank Amphitheatre on Friday, October 23, 2020, in Atlanta.
Robb Cohen / Invision/AP

The iconic folk duo Indigo Girls play the St. Augustine Amphitheatre next month.

Eight days of sailing and social events begin in a week as part of St. Augustine Race Week. 


The intersection of County Road 220 West and State Road 21 in Clay County will reopen in its new configuration on Friday, April 9.


Starting on Thursday, April 8 and continuing only on weekdays between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., through Friday, April 23, the city of St. Augustine’s contractor, Preferred Materials, will resurfacing asphalt roadways in various locations to repair numerous utility cuts and damage caused to the roadways over time.