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

St. Johns County Deputy Urges Awareness of ‘Move Over Law’ Following Bus Collision

St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputy, Joey Romer, was hit by a minibus during a traffic stop, resulting in a broken hand and injured shoulder. Romer, a veteran officer with 40 years of service, was enforcing a traffic stop for reckless driving when the incident occurred. He emphasizes the importance of Florida’s Move Over Law, which requires drivers to change lanes or slow down when approaching stopped emergency or service vehicles. The driver of the minibus, who held a commercial driver’s license, was ticketed for violating this law. Since 2015, there have been 1,700 crashes, over 100 serious injuries, and at…

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98-year-old St. Johns County man puts 4,000 miles on his ‘trike’ riding in his neighborhood

98-year-old Edmund Barron, a resident of St. Johns County, Florida, is known for socializing with his neighbors while riding his electric trike. Barron and his wife, Florence, moved to the area in August 2020 and are the oldest couple in their community. The couple, who have been married for 69 years, have five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Barron, a World War II navy veteran, has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis but remains active, recently clocking 4,000 miles on his trike. Despite some health issues for both, the couple enjoys watching home movies and cherishes their long, happy marriage.…

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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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