St. Johns County Government (2022)

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Board of County Commissioners Regular Meetings are held monthly on the first and third Tuesdays at 9 a.m. in the County Auditorium. Agendas | Minutes | Calendar

County Commissioner Invitations – The County Commissioners receive invitations to attend various events and, on occasion, more than one Commissioner may attend and participate. For notices and more information, visit the BOCC’s Invitations webpage.

Boards and Committees Volunteer Opportunities – Residents interested in serving their community and participating in local government may apply for a variety of board and committee opportunities. Current Board Vacancies

(Video) St. Johns County commissioners hold workshop addressing growth

Meeting Notices

FY 2023 Tentative Millage Rates & Budget – The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners will consider the Fiscal Year 2023 Tentative Millage Rates and Budget during a public hearing at 5:01 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2022 in the Administration Building County Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View. FY 2023 Tentative Millage Rates and Budget

St. Johns County to host Non-Profit Program Public Workshop – St. Johns County along with United Way of St. Johns County and the American Rescue Plan Act Steering Committee will hold a workshop on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in the County Auditorium. The County Auditorium is located in the St. Johns County Administration Building: 500 San Sebastian View, St. Augustine, Florida 32084. It is anticipated that one or more St. Johns County Commissioners may attend and participate in this meeting. This meeting will be live streamed. Non-Profit Program Public Workshop

Projects & Road Closures

Netflix Production to cause Temporary Road Closures in Vilano Beach – Starting on Tuesday, Aug. 30 through Wednesday, Aug. 31, a Netflix production crew will film at the Magic Beach Motel for a new series.Residents and visitors can expect activity beginning Monday, Aug. 29 through Thursday, Sept. 1. The filming will occur during the evening and overnight hours. For the duration of the filming, traffic patterns will be affected. Vilano Beach Road Closures

St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District To Contribute $1.5 Million Toward Genovar Property Purchase – In a unanimous vote by the St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District, during its Aug. 9, 2022 meeting, $1.5 million will now go toward funding the purchase of the Genovar property. The contribution by the St. Augustine Port, Waterway, and Beach District demonstrates the widespread support behind St. Johns County’s decision to acquire approximately 31 acres on the San Sebastian River, known as the Genovar property, for the future development of a public boat ramp and related uses. During the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Aug. 2, 2022, commissioners voted to purchase the property for $17.5 million. Genovar Property Purchase Press Release

(Video) St. Johns County commission approves 2,300-acre SilverLeaf expansion despite opposition

Preliminary Surveying Underway for the Shore Drive Trail Project – The Shore Drive Trail Project is a county initiative to improve the existing trail and provide residents with a 3.25-mile multi-use paved trail along Shore Drive Waterfront Park. As part of the pre-planning, a team of consultants, county staff, and engineers are conducting a preliminary survey for the trail. Survey crews will be onsite evaluating the area and the underground infrastructure; markers will be placed throughout Shore Drive as reference points for an upcoming project design. As a reminder, please leave the markers in place while in the area. Shore Drive Trail Project

Racy Point Bridge to Temporarily Close for Repairs – St. Johns County Public Works will close Racy Point Bridge, located 3.7 miles south of County Road 214, to complete repairs. The closure will occur from August 3 through October 14, 2022, weather permitting. This project is intended to stabilize traffic-bearing concrete slabs approaching the bridge, replace and reset the bridge guardrail, and resurface additional pavement approaching the bridge. Detour signage will be posted during construction.

Hurricane Season

Hurricane Evacuation Zone Changes – St. Johns County’s hurricane evacuation zones have been updated as a result of data improvements by the National Hurricane Center. The new zones are effective immediately. Those living in coastal, waterfront, and low-lying areas will see the most significant changes. Residents and business owners are encouraged to review the updated map to determine changes to their evacuation zones by visiting the County’s “My Evacuation Zone website”which provides evacuation zone information for St. Johns County addresses.

Residents should take this opportunity to also familiarize themselves with appropriate evacuation routes. Please note, there’s a difference between evacuation zones and evacuation routes, and the new zone changes do not affect your evacuation route. Additionally, your evacuation zone does not impact FEMA Flood Zones or FEMA Flood Insurance rates. St. Johns County also encourages residents and business owners to prepare for hurricane season by visiting Florida’s “Get a Plan” website and making a hurricane supply kit. More information is available at the St. Johns County Emergency Management website.

(Video) St. Johns County Hurricane Sandbag Program

Surtax Ordinance

County Commissioners Vote to Place Proposed Sales Tax on November Ballot – During the March 15 commission meeting, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted 4 to 1 to send to referendum a proposed one-penny sales tax ordinance for voter approval on November 8, 2022. Before election day, an independent certified public accountant will conduct an audit to examine several key factors. Those factors include the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of the program and how the program will accomplish goals and objectives. The audit report will be available to the public 60 days before election day.

“We have a problem, and we cannot raise impact fees any more than where they already are due to statutory limitations. This left us with only three options: raise the millage rate on our homes, propose the public votes yes or no on a one-cent sales tax increase, or do nothing and kick the can down the road for several more years,” said Board Chairman, Commissioner Henry Dean. “I think it’s important to let the voters decide.”

Should more than 50% of voters approve the proposed ordinance, the sales tax increase will begin for ten years on January 1, 2023. The proposed increase would take St. Johns County’s sales tax from 6.5% to 7.5% of the sale of goods and services. For taxable personal property, the additional one-penny sales tax would only be collected on the first $5,000. The additional sales tax would not apply to certain groceries, prescription drugs, medical products and supplies, or other goods and services exempt from taxation. St. Johns County has developed a Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the proposed surtax increase.

Assistance

St. Johns County Now Offering Assistance with Past Due Energy Bills for Low-Income Seniors – The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) provides heating/cooling (Electric) bill assistance to an elder who is in immediate danger of losing home energy. For eligibility guidelines and application, visit the Social Services page or call 904-209-6140.

(Video) Federal government giving St. Johns County millions to make beaches wider and sandier

Notices

Current FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps & InformationFlood Zone Viewer | NFIP Rating Insurance Discounts for Some SJC Property Owners

Projects, Advisories, Status Updates – For right of way projects, advisories, and status updates as well as permitting activity, please visit the St. Johns County Neighborhood Bill of Rights Application

Government records may be seen and copied from a records custodian at the County Administration building, via specific County Departments responsible for their own records, from records custodians at Elected Officials Offices and at other levels of government such as state agencies, local, county and state authorities. Public records requests to the County may be made by completing the Public Records Request Form or by contacting the County’s Public Records Custodian at:

FAQs

What form of government does St Johns County have? ›

It has a city manager and an elected commissioners form of government. St. Augustine Beach was incorporated on January 1, 1960 and has a mayor and elected council form of government.

Is St Johns County the fastest growing County in Florida? ›

St. Johns County is one of the fastest-growing counties in Florida and the United States.
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Growth.
198051,303
2019264,672
2020273,425
2021292,466
2027 (estimate)336,109
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Who is the chair of the St Johns County Commission? ›

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners could consider a referendum for a sales tax increase from 6.5 cents to 7.5 cents, commission Chair Henry Dean said Tuesday.

Who is Jeremiah blocker? ›

Jeremiah Blocker has the experience we need to succeed!

Jeremiah has received many awards for his service including a Bronze Star Medal and continues to serve in the Florida National Guard as a JAG officer with the rank of Major.

What is St Johns County Florida known for? ›

Johns County home, you live in a peaceful, safe area full of grade-A schools, top hospitals, premier shopping, restaurants, and more than 110,000 acres of parks and beautiful beaches, including Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, St. Augustine, and more!

Is St Johns County Florida a good place to live? ›

Johns County is located in Florida with a population of 255,410. St. Johns County is one of the best places to live in Florida.

Videos

1. St. Johns County commission chair considering referendum for sales tax increase
(News4JAX)
2. Made in St. Johns County
(St. Johns County Government Connection)
3. St. Johns County Hurricanes and Storm Debris
(St. Johns County Government Connection)
4. St. Johns County Tillman Virtual Tour
(St. Johns County Government Connection)
5. St. Johns County commissioners vote to put 1-cent sales tax hike on November ballot
(News4JAX)
6. St. Johns County Waste and Recycling Workers Week
(St. Johns County Government Connection)

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