Merry Fishmas!

By Capt. Adam Morley On a chilly morning, as winter’s embrace touched the Matanzas River with a festive crispness, my friends Mike, also known as the St. Augustine Sandman, and Jake joined me aboard the skiff, eager to unwrap the secrets hidden beneath the cool, clear waters. The flats, like a snowy canvas, seemed to be holding their breath, creating an illusion of stillness in the holiday air. As I guided the skiff through the shallows, the riverbed revealed its own kind of holiday magic. Initially appearing devoid of life, it was a quiet prelude to the enchanting spectacle awaiting…

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New St. Johns County Program Aims to Protect Seniors, Recover Lost Funds

A new program called Seniors vs. Crime has been launched in St. Johns County, Florida, to protect senior citizens from scams and frauds. The initiative, announced by Attorney General Ashley Moody and St. Johns County Sheriff Rob Hardwick, will operate from the St. Johns County Sheriff’s South Regional Operations Center. The program will be staffed by volunteers, known as Senior Sleuths, who will educate seniors about scams and help those who have been scammed. The program has already secured an estimated $2.4 million in financial relief for seniors statewide last year, and $7.9 million since 2019. The program also provided…

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7,400 Essential Workers in St. Johns County Struggle to Afford Homes

Over 7,400 workers in education, healthcare, and law enforcement in St. Johns County, Florida, cannot afford to buy a home in the county, according to a study presented to the county’s Board of Commissioners. The county, which has the least affordable housing in the area, has a median home price of $510,000 and a median rent for a three-bedroom home of $2,290. The St. Johns County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) has recommended focusing on five key priorities to address the issue, including flexible densities, modification of impact fees, public land inventory, impact fee credit transfers, and accessory residential dwelling…

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St. Johns County switches trash service providers after two decades

St. Johns County, Florida, has awarded a $28.2 million contract to FCC Environmental Services for trash pickup, replacing the two companies that have provided the service for the past 20 years. The change, which was approved by a 4-1 vote, will result in a $170 increase in costs to residents over the next five years. The current contracts with Republic Services and Waste Management, which serve the northern and southern parts of the county respectively, will expire in July 2024. FCC’s bid was significantly lower than those from Meridian Waste, Waste Pro, and Waste Management. FCC will begin its seven-year…

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