St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department Celebrates $1.4M Investment in Playground Upgrades

The St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Department in Florida has completed playground upgrades worth over $1.4 million in 2023. The improvements include new play areas, refurbishments, and shade coverings across various parks. A notable addition is the Field of Dreams Playground at Aberdeen Park, the department’s first all-inclusive play area with ADA-accessible structures. The upgrades were funded by the Board of County Commissioners, with allocations for various projects ranging from $410,065 to $5,000. The Parks and Recreation Department plans to continue enhancing the county’s recreational spaces in 2024. More… Read Full story: Action News Jax

Sarah Arnold elected as Chair and Roy Alaimo as Vice Chair for the St. Johns County Board

At the recent November 21 Special Reorganizational Meeting of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), notable changes in leadership roles took place. District 2 Commissioner Sarah Arnold was unanimously elected as the new chair, while District 3 Commissioner Roy Alaimo was unanimously elected as vice chair. Both will serve one-year terms in their respective roles. Chair Arnold, who previously held the position of Vice Chair, expressed gratitude for the opportunity and voiced her dedication to guiding St. Johns County’s progress. Arnold says she is deeply invested in the community. She’s involved in various local organizations, including serving…

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St. Johns County Commission axes potential changes to tree ordinance

Efforts to enhance tree protection during construction in St. Johns County hit a roadblock on Tuesday. The county commission was considering updates to the tree ordinance, aiming to provide more safeguards for trees during the development of neighborhoods and shopping centers. During a lengthy session, dozens of residents, builders, and environmentalists voiced support for measures such as higher fees for tree removal, stricter penalties for tree removal, and mandates for tree buffers around new developments. Public comments on this topic lasted over 2 hours, with the overall discussion taking more than 2.5 hours. However, in the end, county commissioners voted…

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