St. Johns County

School buses
J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press

Students will be dismissed 50 minutes earlier on Wednesdays beginning October 14 in the St. Johns County School District.

This photo was posted on the Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment's Facebook page Sunday, showing flooding at the monument's Downtown St. Augustine parking lot.
Castillo de San Marcos National Mounment / Via Facebook

With flooding in St. Augustine due to rain, high tides and Hurricane Teddy in the Atlantic Ocean, the city is offering residents free parking at the multi-level Historic Downtown Park Facility Monday, Sept. 21, and Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Jacksonville Daily Record

The St. Johns River Water Management District is reviewing a permit application for an last-mile distribution facility in St. Johns County.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre

St. Augustine’s annual Sing Out Loud Festival is adjusting to the realities of the pandemic with what’s being called Sing Out Loud Festival Virtual Sessions.

St. Augustine Distillery

Imagine being able to pull up a website or get on the phone and order your favorite craft bourbon or other spirit and have it delivered to your door.

Health Care Projects Advancing in Duval, St. Johns Counties

Jul 31, 2020
Artist's rendering of Flagler Health+ Village
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

Two medical projects are moving forward in northern St. Johns County and southern Duval County. 

A woman drops off her St. Johns County absentee ballot.
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections

The St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce will once again host its “Politics in St. Johns” event this year, but due to crowd restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held online instead of in-person.

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

The city of St. Augustine announced Tuesday that effective Thursday, July 16, its City Hall will be closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

A woman wearing a protective mask watches television in her home.
Alvaro Barrientos / Associated Press

A St. Johns County Commissioner proposed a mandatory mask mandate during Tuesday’s special emergency meeting, but the motion failed as none of the other commissioners were willing to second the proposal, even as one of their colleagues is in “critical” condition due to complications from COVID-19.

St. Johns County School Board Asks District To Push Back School Start Date 2 Weeks

Jul 14, 2020
St. Johns County School District Superintendent Tim Forson talks about coronavirus plans during a school board meeting.

WJCT News partner News4Jax reports that St. Johns County School Board members on Tuesday asked the school district to explore pushing back the school start date to give the district more time to implement COVID-19 safety plans and allow parents to make decisions.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in solving the homicides of two men found dead in a burning SUV in 2016.

Meeting in the county commission room, four of the five county commissioners, with the American flag and Florida flag behind them
Via St. Johns County Government website

After hearing hours of public comment from St. Johns County residents, the County Commission decided against discussing a potential county-wide mask mandate Tuesday afternoon.

The Sunshine Bus Company

The Sunshine Bus Company in St. Johns County is being cautious as it enters the second phase of its reopening plan.

The Bogey Grille
The Bogey Grille / Via Facebook

Bogey Grille, which has been a fixture in Ponte Vedra Beach for more than 16 years, will be going out of business later this week.


Getting more people to wear face masks when they’re out in public is gathering momentum in St. Johns County.

City of St. Augustuine

Leaders of the country's oldest city have decided to move a Confederate memorial that has been a fixture in its central plaza for 140 years.

The Confederate War Memorial in the Plaza de la Constitucion.
Ebyabe / Wikimedia Commons

The fate of the Confederate monument in Downtown St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitucion will likely be decided at this Monday’s city commission meeting.

A view Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County's campus.
Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County

Some 59,000 pounds of non-perishable goods are going to local food pantries after two weekend food-drives this month in St. Johns County.

 St. Johns County Pier in St. Augustine Beach.
Michael Rivera / Wikimedia Commons

The St. Johns County fishing pier in St. Augustine Beach reopens to the public Friday morning.

Chris O'Meara / Associated Press

The city of St. Augustine has set up a web form where local business owners can order face masks for their employees.

Photo of people driving on a St. Johns County beach.

For people who have been wondering when they would be able to drive on St. Johns County beaches again, the answer is very soon.

St. Johns Cultural Council / Via Facebook

It didn’t take long after the first safer-at-home order was issued in March for arts and cultural groups to embrace the internet as a live performance venue.

Rezoning Approved For Potential Hospital, Retail And Housing Development Near CR 210 And I-95

May 6, 2020
Via Jacksonville Daily Record

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners approved a request  to rezone 34.12 acres northeast of Interstate 95 and County Road 210 for Fountains North, a mixed-use development where a hospital plans to build.

An aerial view of the First Baptist Church of Jacksonville's Downtown campus.
Jacksonville Daily Record

As local governments throughout Florida move forward with land use and development decisions via virtual meetings amid the coronavirus pandemic, some residents and advocacy organizations worried about public engagement are calling for a temporary pause to proceedings.

SWAT was called in to assist St. Johns County Sheriff's Office deputies Tuesday afternoon in Ponte Vedra Beach at Sawgrass.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said a man who shot at deputies after they found him Wednesday  behind the wheel of a stolen vehicle in front of the Publix in Ponte Vedra Beach has been apprehended.


The North Florida Transportation Planning Organization is conducting a survey to find out where new sidewalks are needed in St. Johns County.


A Jacksonville factory managing director and his wife helped spread the message about the importance of social distancing in St. Augustine, while also helping the area’s first responders.

Ponte Vedra Beach on March 19, 2020.
Heather Schatz / WJCT News

St. Johns County has extended its local state of emergency by seven days to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

A sign reading "My Teacher Misses Me" outside of an Atlantic Beach home.
David Luckin / WJCT News

St. Johns County’s leading medical expert says the nation was unprepared for coronavirus and that leaders and residents aren’t doing enough to stop its spread.


The fight over sand, sea and sun continues around the First Coast – but for now – beaches in Duval and St. Johns counties will remained closed for the foreseeable future.