St. Johns County Civic Roundtable

2-18-21


St. Johns County Civic Roundtable

Becky Yanni

Council on Aging


Next Roundtable Speaker

Monday, March 8th

Noon, Via Zoom

St. Johns County Commission Meeting Summary


2/16/2021



Short-term Rentals


After a very long meeting, Commissioner Dean urged the Commission to act on new ordinances for short-term rentals before the state legislature enacts a new law. Commissioners Whitehurst and Smith voiced their concern that passing new county regulations may be too confusing for residents before the state passes their law which will preempt local governments restrictions. The observation was made that in checking with our local legislative delegation, they thought short-term rental legislation will pass this session. By a 3-2 vote, short-term rental ordinances will be on the agenda at the next meeting in March.


Vaccines


The County is administering vaccinations six days a week at a rate of about 1600 a day. They estimate that 27,000 county residents have received at least one dose. On Friday, 2/19/21, the county is launching a new appointment site to replace the current Eventbrite site.


North Ponte Vedra Coastal Feasibility Study


The Commission gave the green light to enter into an agreement with the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a shoreline storm risk feasibility study for north of Serenata Beach to the county line. This is a $3,000,000 and 3-year study with a 50/50 match with the federal government. The County cost of $1,500,000 is also eligible for a state match. The Army Corps could start the study as early as mid-April.


St. Johns County Golf Course


The course is long overdue for improvements and repairs and last year it generated over $88,000 in revenue. Although the County had voted in 2019 to seek proposals to make renovations to the course in exchange for selling the excess 9-hole course (80 acres), the Commission yesterday opposed by a 3/2 vote to move forward with the sales agreement. Staff is directed to come up with other options and costs to clean up the course which can be reviewed in April or May.


Other Business


Commissioners adopted staff recommendations to help mitigate drainage and flooding issues on S. Collins Avenue. This issue will be reviewed by the Board on a quarterly basis.


A request to add 71 acres of rural land to the residential TrailMark development was approved.


OMB Director Jesse Dunn reviewed the start of preparations for the FY 2022 budget. He indicated that property values are continuing to increase in the county and sales tax revenue are strong, only gas taxes have declined slightly.


Erick Saks and Andrew Evener were appointed to fill two vacancies on the Housing Finance Authority.


Short Term Vacation Rentals Scheduled for March 2


The proposed ordinance is currently scheduled for final reading before the Board of County Commissioners on March 2, 2021.

A copy of the staff report and proposed ordinance are typically available one week before the scheduled public hearing at https://stjohnsclerk.com/records/board-records/agendas/. Once posted, please click on the March 2, 2021, date and select the “Short Term Vacation Rentals” item to view the staff report.

Those who would like to submit public comment by telephone during the March 2, 2021, meeting may do so by calling 904.209.1265. The public may attend meetings in person.

If there are any questions regarding this item, please contact Joseph Cearley, Special Projects Manager.

Email: jcearley@sjcfl.us

Phone: (904) 209-0590


St. Johns County Utility Department Reinstating Late Fees and Disconnections


The St. Johns County Utility Department will begin reinstating disconnection of service and assessing late fees for accounts with past due balances on or after April 1, 2021. To review your current account status or to make a payment, you may call Customer Service at 904-209-2700, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the 24/7 automated phone system at 844.752.8845, or by visiting www.sjcfl.us/Utilities.


Vacancies on Planning and Zoning Agency

Looking for a few good Citizens!


Want to make a difference in the future of our County? There are several vacancies on the Planning and Zoning Agency and several more vacancies will occur in June. If you are interested, or know someone who would be a good candidate for the PZA, please click here for the application.



Portion of North Beach Parking Lot Closed on 2/18


A portion of the North Beach Park parking lot will be closed on Thursday, February 18, for the staging of a pedestrian bridge that will be constructed over A1A Coastal Highway. The highway will be intermittently closed during the evening of Thursday, February 18, for installation of the bridge, and beach visitors are encouraged to exercise caution when visiting the park. The entire parking lot is expected to reopen on Friday, February 19. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.


Neighborhood Bill of Rights Tracker


The County has instituted a tracking system for Neighborhood Bill of Rights Notices. It can be accessed here: https://webapp.sjcfl.us/webnews/NBRscreend.aspx



Florida Friendly Landscaping


9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. February 25th


A 3-hour virtual program will be offered on Thursday, February 25th from 9am to noon that will feature Florida friendly landscaping and how to fund and implement in your community. This program is part of the GTM Research Reserve's yearly "State of the Reserve" program being offered February 22-26 -- all virtual.


Learn about low impact design, green infrastructure, Florida-Friendly Landscaping, and how to fund and implement them in your community (CEUs pending)

Claire Lewis, University of Florida, Eban Bean, Ph.D., University of Florida, and Emily Brown, Florida Department of Environmental Protection


Click here for more information and Click here to register.


You may want to send this information to your ARB Committee and or Landscaping Committee.



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.

For additional information, please contact info@sjcroundtable.org


www.sjcroundtable.org


Officers:

Jim McLane, Chairman

Lisa McGlynn, Vice-Chairman/Treasurer

Maureen Long, Secretary

Robert Olson, Member At Large








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 www.floridahealthcovid19.gov, or email covid-19@floridahealth.gov. St. Johns County residents may also visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus 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 www.coasjc.org.

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.

For additional information, please contact info@sjcroundtable.org


www.sjcroundtable.org






SHORT TERM VACATION RENTALS

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.


www.sjcroundtable.org