St. Johns County

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.

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

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.
HEATHER SCHATZ / WJCT NEWS

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.

NORTH FLORIDA TPO

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

BILL BORTZFIELD / WJCT NEWS

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.

HEATHER SCHATZ/WJCT NEWS

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.

Mickler's Beach in Ponte Vedra Beach remained busy, despite COVID-19, until it was shutdown.
HEATHER SCHATZ/WJCT NEWS

More than 10,000 surfers and supporters are asking St. Johns County officials to reopen public beaches on a limited basis, while another petition is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to declare surfing an “essential activity" statewide. 

DC via AP

While the list of closures and social restrictions grows in hopes of slowing the spread of coronavirus, high school seniors in Clay County have fingers crossed that they’ll get to walk with their classmates this May.

Jon Gambrell / Associated Press

If you’re in St. Augustine, you may have the choice to have your temperature monitored as part of a pilot project to detect the presence of COVID-19.

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Heather Schatz / WJCT News

Monday was the first day of online learning in St. Johns County, but things didn't go entirely to plan.

Mickler's Beach
Heather Schatz/WJCT News

Saturday afternoon St. Johns County announced that all public beaches in the county would be closed to the public starting at 6:00 a.m. Sunday, and remain closed until further notice.

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

At the time of this story's publication, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Florida had risen to 1,412, with St. Johns County seeing its first confirmed death attributed to the virus.

St. Augustine old town
Iagology / Flickr

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ordered Tuesday that all bars and nightclubs close for the next 30 days to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The city of St. Augustine is taking that a step further by banning alcohol sales at restaurants.

St. Johns Sheriff's Office logo and lights
St. Johns Sheriff's Office

The man killed in a shootout with St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies Wednesday has been identified as 38-year-old Joshua Noles of Volusia County.

Gloved hand holding a small test tube.
Martin Meissner / Associated Press

A 63-year old man has tested positive for coronavirus in St. Johns County.

The man is a New York resident who traveled to Florida to attend Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach. His marks the first positive case in the county, where he was isolated before attending Bike Week and remains isolated today, according to health officials.

Gillian Flaccus / Associated Press

A new high school will soon be built in St. Johns County, which in turn is going to impact the attendance zones of the county’s existing high schools.

cover of the voters' guide
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections via Facebook

While schools and government offices in St. Johns County will be closed Monday for Presidents Day, it will be business as usual for folks who work in that county’s elections office. 

Elections Supervisor Vicky Oakes said she chose to stay open on the federal holiday to accommodate voters.

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