St. Johns County Civic Roundtable

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

December 29, 2020

St. Johns County COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

St. Johns County, Fl – St. Johns County is working in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County to assist with the first phase of public COVID-19 vaccination operations. As the lead agency for vaccination distribution, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County has received a limited initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccines. Per State of Florida Executive Order 20-315, the first phase of COVID-19 vaccines is designated for the following populations:

• Healthcare personnel with direct patient contact

• Long-term care facility residents and staff

• Persons 65 years of age and older

If you are 65 years and older, St. Johns County Health Department will take your name and phone number and call you in the near future to arrange an appointment for the vaccination. They are vaccinating health care workers and essential personnel this week, and they will start making appointments for the "65plus" next week. Call: 904-506-6081; Listen to the menu - tap option 8 and then option 1.

In addition, St. Johns County Fire Rescue is actively vaccinating frontline personnel including emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and firefighters. The Federal Government and State Government are also directly administering vaccine distribution to long-term care facility residents and staff through local private healthcare providers and pharmacies. As information regarding COVID-19 vaccine distribution in St. Johns County is continually evolving, please call the State of Florida 24/7 COVID-19 call center at 866.779.6121, visit, or email St. Johns County residents may also visit for local COVID-19 updates.

St. Johns County Christmas Holiday Office Hours

All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, St. Johns County libraries, the Property Appraiser’s office, the Tax Collector’s office, the Clerk of Courts’ office, and the Supervisor of Elections’ office will be closed Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday.

All library branches will resume standard business hours on Saturday, December 26. All other offices will resume standard business hours on Monday, December 28.

Garbage, recycling, and yard debris will not be collected on Friday, December 25, with all routes being delayed one day and completed by Saturday, December 26. Both the Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road solid waste scale houses will be closed on Friday, December 25, and resume standard business hours on Saturday, December 26.

Sunshine Bus Company Offers Free Rides to Patrons with St. Johns County Library Card

The St. Johns County Public Library is partnering with the St. Johns County Council on Aging to offer library patrons a way to travel around town easier. Beginning in January 2021, Sunshine Bus riders may present their St. Johns County Public Library card to the bus driver to receive a free ride on the first Wednesday of each month. Up to three children, ages 12 and under, may also ride with a qualifying adult at no cost. To sign up for or renew a library card, please visit any branch library. For more information about the St. Johns County Council on Aging, including information about the Sunshine Bus and schedules, please visit

St. Johns County Christmas “Tree-cycling” Program

St. Johns County is hosting its Annual Christmas “Tree-cycling” Program from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, December 28, through Monday, January 4, for those who wish to recycle Christmas trees after the holiday. Residents are encouraged to bring Christmas trees to any of the following locations:

Ron Parker Park – 607 Old Beach Road

Cornerstone Park – 1046 A1A North

Davis Park – 210 Davis Park Road

Mills Field – 1805 Racetrack Road

First Tee – 4401 Cypress Links Blvd.

Artificial trees will not be accepted as only natural trees can be recycled, and trees should be free of decorations and debris. Designated areas and signage will direct participants where to drop off their trees. For more information, please call 904.209.0335.

The purpose of the St. Johns County Civic Roundtable is to preserve and improve the quality of life in St. Johns County

The St. Johns County Civic Roundtable is a network of committed citizens, civic, neighborhood, community and homeowners' associations who come together for the good of our County. We meet monthly to hear and discuss issues with local officials and community leaders. We are a non-partisan organization whose members have a wide range of expertise and interests. Our Committees stay abreast of issues and make recommendations to our elected leaders on issues of importance to our County and State.

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The County Commission's first agenda item on Tuesday, December 1 during its regular meeting will be on the proposed short term vacation rental proposed ordinance. The presentation by staff will be on the ordinance as drafted along guidelines approved in October. If approved, by the Board, the ordinance will move forward to public hearings with the first hearing scheduled in front of the PZA on January 21st and followed by a final Commission Board hearing in late February.

Here is the link to the agenda item and material - LINK HERE

This is a brief summary:

1.Annual registration – including certificate of registration and annual inspection.

2. Exemptions – All properties west of the Intercoastal waterway; owner occupied units; duplexes with at least one unit occupied by the owner; and multifamily with Homeowners Association.

3. Occupancy limitations – two (2) persons per bedroom plus two (2) persons per common room, maximum of sixteen (16) persons

4. Parking – minimum of one onsite parking space per three (3) transient occupants.

5. Solid Waste – Garbage cans may be out only on day of pickup; minimum of 1 garbage can per four (4) persons.

6. Noise – Compliance with Noise Ordinance must be disclosed.

7. Violations – Warning for first violation; citations and increased fines for repeat violations.

8. Contract Vesting – Existing rental agreements that do not meet some or all of these provisions may be honored.

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