2019 News and Announcements

Governor Speeds up Bridge Construction Plan

St. Augustine Record, November 7, 2019. The Florida Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it will begin construction in fiscal year 2022 on a new bridge over the St. Johns River as part of the First Coast Expressway project. That's a year earlier than previously scheduled. Governor Speeds up Bridge Construction

Whitney Laboratory Closing in on Capital Campaign for Expansion

St. Augustine Record, November 6, 2019. The University of Florida Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience sees more than 1,000 patients at its Sea Turtle Hospital each year. Whitney Lab Expansion

St. Augustine Fish Camp Coming in January

Financial News & Daily Record, November 5, 2019. Southern Table Hospitality, owners of North Beach, Palm Valley and Julington Creek Fish Camps, will add a fourth location in downtown St. Augustine by mid-January. St. Augustine Fish Camp

St. Johns County Notes: First Watch, Wendy's, Peterbrooke and AutoZone Adding Stores

Financial News & Daily Record, November 4, 2019. JEA issued a service availability letter for First Watch, A Daytime Café, to open in at Nocatee Town Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. It is expected to open in the summer. SJC Adding Stores

The Pavilion at Durbin Park Adding Retailers

Financial News & Daily Record, October 31, 2019. The Pavilion at Durbin Park is filling up as retailers continue signing leases to take space in the northern St. Johns County retail center. The Pavilion at Durbin Park Adding Retailers

Durbin Creek Crossing in Review for St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, October 30, 2019. Southeast Investments Inc., led by executives of The Ferber Co., filed plans this week for a 70.6-acre St. Johns County development, updating what it submitted a year ago. Durbin Creek Crossing

Helow Properties Preparing St. Johns Property for up to 3,500 Residential Units

Financial News & Daily Record, October 24, 2019. Helow Properties Ltd. is preparing land it owns in Northwest St. Johns County for entitlements up to 3,500 residential units and 2.5 million square feet of nonresidential uses. It calls the property Villages at Town Center. Villages at Town Center

St. Augustine Fish Camp Aims to Bring the Restaurant's Established Brand to the Ancient City

St. Augustine Record, October 24, 2019. The company that modernized the concept of the southern fish camp with a chain of locations across Northeast Florida is bringing its successful brand to St. Augustine. St. Augustine Fish Camp

St. Johns County Unemployment Rate at 2.4%, Below State Rate of 3.2%

St. Augustine Record, October 18, 2019. The St. Johns County unemployment rate was about as low as it's been in the last two decades in September at 2.4%. SJC Unemployment Rate at 2.4%

National Developer to Bring Medical Office Building to Beachwalk in St. Johns County

Jacksonville Business Journal, October 18, 2019. Rendina Healthcare Real Estate and Twin Creeks Development Associates are partnering to develop a 60,000-square-foot medical office in Beachwalk, the 1,200-acre master-planned community in St. Johns County. Medical Office Building to Beachwalk

The Back 40 Urban Café Adding Third St. Johns Location

Financial News & Daily Record, October 17, 2019. The Back 40 Urban Café, a St. Augustine Tex-Mex, vegetarian and Caribbean restaurant will open its third location, Back 40 Urban Fresh, at 105 Nature Walk Parkway along County Road 210 in St. Johns County. Back 40 Urban Café Adding 3rd Location

As Earth Fare Opens First St. Johns County Store, Here Are Their Plans for Future Expansions

Jacksonville Business Journal, October 16, 2019. Just as Earth Fare opens its first store in St. Johns County — marking the third store to be opened on the First Coast — the company has already set its sights on more locations throughout Florida, including St. Augustine. Earth Fare Opens First SJC Store

Earth Fare Opens in the Shoppes at St. Johns Parkway

Financial News & Daily Record, October 16, 2019. Earth Fare opened its third grocery store in Northeast Florida Wednesday morning in St. Johns County. The 24,000-square-foot store at 120 Shops Blvd. in the Shoppes at St. Johns Parkway center off County Road 210 West is the 15th Earth Fare in Florida and the 55th in the chain. Earth Fare Opens

Jacksonville Eateries Target Local Growing Population to Launch Franchises in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, October 11, 2019. The company that modernized the concept of the southern fish camp with a chain of locations across Northeast Florida is bringing its successful brand to St. Augustine. Jacksonville Eateries Target SJC

Construction to Start in First Quarter for Greenwise Market

Financial News & Daily Record, October 11, 2019. Jacksonville-based Cantrell & Morgan and South Florida-based Stiles said this week they will start construction in the first quarter on Parkway Shoppes at World Commerce Center, which will be anchored by GreenWise Market. GreenWise Market 1Q Construction

Mega-Kennel Planned for St. Johns County as K-9s for Warriors Expands Across Country

Jacksonville Business Journal, October 9, 2019. When Rory Diamond joined K9s for Warriors in 2015, the nonprofit had just moved to its new location on K-9 Road. He was only the 13th employee, and their budget was only $600,000. Now, K9s for Warriors now has 111 employees across five states and will raise about $15 million in 2019. Mega-Kennel Planned for SJC

Success of Embassy Suites Shows Pent-Up Demand for High-End Hotels in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, October 6, 2019. Just months after opening in December 2018, the Embassy Suites by Hilton in St. Augustine Beach was operating regularly at 90% occupancy or higher. Embassy Suites Success

BJ’s Considering Location in St. Johns County

Jacksonville Business Journal, October 4, 2019. The Massachusetts-based wholesaler BJ's Wholesale Club is inquiring about 58.3 acres of vacant commercial real estate in St. Johns County, although the company couldn't confirm whether they were interested in opening a new location in the area. BJ's Considering SJC

Ben & Jerry’s Coming to Nocatee Town Center

Financial News & Daily Record, October 4, 2019. Skinner Bros. Realty, along with The PARC Group, announced Friday that Ben & Jerry's ice cream will open in the expansion of Nocatee Town Center. Robert and Nicole Nettles will own and operate the store. They own two Ben & Jerry's locations in St. Augustine and Daytona Beach. Ben & Jerry's Coming to Nocatee

New City Gate Spirits Distillery Adds to Taste of St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, October 2, 2019. One of the things that sets St. Augustine apart from other Florida beach towns is its increasingly sophisticated and diverse culinary scene, which, of course, includes cocktails. City Gate Spirits Distillery

GreenWise Plans 2021 Store Opening in World Commerce Center

Financial News & Daily Record, October 1, 2019. GreenWise Market announced Tuesday it will open in 2021 in World Commerce Center in St. Augustine. It will be its second store in St. Johns County. GreenWise will open next year in Nocatee. GreenWise Market Second Store

Vested Metals: A Bright and Shiny Business Success Story

St. Augustine Record, September 28, 2019. So how is it that someone ends up in such a specific niche field like metal fabrication and then grows that company to dizzying heights within five years of launching? Vested Metals

Fountains at St. Johns Will Mix Medical, Retail

Financial News & Daily Record, September 26, 2019. Cross Regions Real Estate's Fountains at St. Johns, a mixed-use medical and retail development, will be “the first of its kind” in the area, said Cross Regions CEO David Ergisi. Fountains at St. Johns

Hotels Head Toward Completion Across St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, September 25, 2019. There are about a half dozen hotel construction projects in various stages of progress across St. Augustine, and it looks like at least two properties could be open as soon as summer 2020. Hotels Head Toward Completion

St. Johns County Developer to Make Regional Medical Draw

Jacksonville Business Journal, September 25, 2019. On 56 acres sprawling across St. Johns County near I-95 and County Road 210, David Ergisi is working to create a medical hub and destination-retail campus. Regional Medical Draw

St. Johns County Sees Business Growth

St. Augustine Record, September 22, 2019. When talking about growth, the St. Johns County's population and housing market usually get much of the attention. But business investment has been growing, too. SJC Sees Business Growth

It’s Been Another Strong Summer Building Season in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, September 22, 2019. Although the activity hasn't quite matched last summer's ultra-busy building season, new home permitting is catching up to last year's torrid pace. In a report released Monday by the St. Johns County Building Services department, the number of permits for single-family homes in August was 404. Strong Summer Building Season

Growing Gastronomical Landscape of St. Augustine Attracts Top Chefs, Food Concepts

St. Augustine Record, September 14, 2019. There was a time when St. Augustine was known more for southern comfort food than white-tablecloth dining — not particularly cosmopolitan or trendy and certainly not topping any “best of” lists. Top Chefs, Food Concepts

Flagler College Ranked Fourth Best Regional College in the South

St. Augustine Record, September 9, 2019. Flagler College came in as No. 4 in the South on the Best Regional Colleges list for 2020. Under that same category, it also ranked No. 4 in Best Undergraduate Teaching and No. 7 in Best Value Schools by U.S. News and World Report. Flagler College Ranked No. 4

Multi-Tenant Retail Project Planned for Site of Former Local Hero’s Bar

St. Augustine Record, August 28, 2019. Local business owner William Smith is betting on the past success of similar projects in his plans to bring another multi-tenant shopping mall to the St. George Street area. Multi-Tenant Retail Project

Rulon International Completes Plant Expansion

St. Augustine Record, August 22, 2019. Rulon International, an industry leader in the manufacturing of suspended wood ceiling and acoustical wall systems, marked another milestone Wednesday in the company's nearly four-decade history. Rulon International Expands

Visit Florida: St. Johns County Ahead in the Tourism Game

St. Augustine Record, August 22, 2019. The Fountain of Youth was a stopover on Visit Florida's schedule of community tourism meetings the organization regularly holds across the state. Visit Florida Stopover

Three St. Johns County Companies Recognized as Part of 2019 Inc. 5000: The Most Successful Companies in America

Economic Development Press Release. Inc. magazine recently recognized the top 5,000 fastest-growing companies in the United States, and three St. Johns County companies made the list - Vested Metals International, Design Extensions and NTE Energy. Three SJC Companies Recognized

NTE Energy Named to Inc. 5,000

St. Augustine Record, August 17, 2019. NTE Energy has been named to Inc. magazine's 5,000 list of fastest-growing private companies in America for the sixth time. The St. Augustine-based company's rating was was based on the company's revenue growth over the past three years. According to Inc., just 3% of companies have made the 5,000 list six times. NTE Energy Named to Inc. 5,000

Centerline Named a ‘Florida Company to Watch’

St. Augustine Record, August 17, 2019. Centerline Brackets, a division of Centerline Steel, has been named among 2019 Florida Companies to Watch by GrowFL. This awards program honors select companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and broadening new industries. Centerline a Company to Watch

St. Johns County Adds More Than 2,000 Jobs in 12 Months

St. Augustine Record, August 16, 2019. St. Johns County has continued to add jobs and maintain one of the state's lowest unemployment rates, according to data released Friday. The July report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity showed that St. Johns County had an unemployment rate of 2.9% in July, which was the same rate as last month and the same as July 2018. SJC Adds 2000+ Jobs

Estimate: Florida Growing to 22 Million Residents by 2022

St. Augustine Record, July 27, 2019. State demographers estimate Florida's population will surpass 22 million residents as soon as 2022. Forecasts released earlier this month by the Demographic Estimating Conference estimate that Florida will grow an average of 330,000 people a year over the next five years. Florida Growing

Plans for 2nd Phase of Durbin Park Include Hotels, Offices, Health Center and More Retail

St. Augustine Record, July 22, 2019. Eight months after Walmart was the first business to open in the Durbin Park shopping center, developers behind the project have submitted to St. Johns County officials a proposal for the next stage of the large-scale, mixed-use plan in the northern part of the county. Durbin Park Phase II

Baptist’s Nocatee Center Opening in 2020

St. Augustine Record, July 16, 2019. Summer opening projected for primary care, multiple specialties facility. An August groundbreaking is scheduled for Baptist Health’s planned health and wellness center at Nocatee, which is to open in summer 2020 with primary care and multiple specialties under one roof. Baptist’s Nocatee Center Opening in 2020

Durbin Park's Second Phase Proposes an Urban Village Concept

Financial News & Daily Record, July 15, 2019. Project would include thousands of multifamily homes, a hospital, hotel commercial, office and retail space. The owners of Durbin Park plan a second phase to create a center of activity for jobs, shopping, entertainment and housing in northern St. Johns County, as well as a site for Flagler Health+. Durbin Park's Second Phase

Baptist Healthplace at Nocatee Plans to Open by Summer 2020

Financial News & Daily Record, July 15, 2019. The facility will offer primary and specialty health care, a YMCA, a Healthy Living Center and a cafe. Baptist HealthPlace announced Thursday it will open a health and wellness center at Nocatee in St. Johns County by summer 2020. Baptist Healthplace at Nocatee

More Development Proposed for S.R. A1A in Ponte Vedra Beach

St. Augustine Record, July 14, 2019. Continuing its push into St. Johns County, Sleiman Enterprises has submitted an application with the county's planning and building department to develop a 51,600 square-foot parcel for office, commercial and hotel space called the Villages of Ponte Vedra. More Development Proposed for S.R. A1A

PGA Tour Building Earns Silver Shovel Award

St. Augustine Record, July 13, 2019. The expansion of the PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach has been recognized by Area Development Site and Facility Planning magazine as Florida's top investment and job creation project, being awarded a 2019 Silver Shovel award. PGA Earns Silver Shovel Award

School District Earns A Rating

St. Augustine Record, July 12, 2019. In biggest improvement, Osceola Elementary jumped from a D to an A rating. Osceola Elementary School principal Tina Waldrop was confident during a February interview with The Record that her school's D grade for the 2017-18 school year would be higher when the new grades were released during the summer. School District Earns A Rating

Thousands of Homes Proposed for Southern St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, July 11, 2019. Master-planned Parrish Farms would be on both sides of Interstate 95 south of Florida 207. Southern St. Johns County is the next development frontier and an area company proposes to pioneer it with Parrish Farms. Thousands of Homes Proposed

Sleiman Enterprises Eyes New Front Door to St. Johns County

Jacksonville Business Journal, July 10, 2019. Sleiman Enterprises is eyeing a 4.3-acre site on the Duval-St. Johns county line for development of the Villages of Ponte Vedra, 51,600 square feet of commercial and office space and a120-room hotel, according to plans filed with St. Johns County. New Front Door to SJC

Major Development Proposed in St. Johns County near SR 207, I-95

St. Augustine Record, July 9, 2019. Parrish Farms would include 3,700 homes; calls for new I-95 interchange south of St. Augustine. What events have shown, and what Chris Shee believes will continue, is the continued residential growth of St. Johns County is inevitable. Major Development Proposed

St. Augustine Concert Venue The Amp Ranked 3rd in the World

St. Augustine Record, July 8, 2019. The Amp — St. Augustine's open-air concert venue — continues to rack up accolades. Now, it can add two more to that list. The amphitheater was ranked second in the U.S. among other top outdoor venues, and third in the world, according to Pollstar Magazine. The Amp Ranked 3rd in World

Sleiman Plans Villages of Ponte Vedra

Financial News & Daily Record, July 8, 2019. The project would include commercial, hotel and office space. Jacksonville-based Sleiman Enterprises proposes a retail, office and hotel development called the Villages of Ponte Vedra south of the Duval County line. Villages of Ponte Vedra

St. Johns County School District Once Again Tops State in Many FSA Scores

St. Augustine Record, July 4, 2019. Following the release of the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA) scores last week, the St. Johns County School District finds itself in a familiar position: on top. FSA Scores On Top

Commercial Development Grows in Scope and Scale in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, July 6, 2019. Commercial market valuation has nearly doubled year-over-year in St. Johns County, largely due to pent-up demand for retail space as well as the increased scale of commercial projects. Commercial Development Grows

PGA TOUR Expansion Project in St. Johns County Recognized as Part of Florida’s 2019 Silver Shovel Award

St. Johns County Press Release, July 2019. The Area Development magazine award acknowledges Florida for attracting large job creation and high-value investment projects and cited PGA TOUR as the state’s top project. PGA Tour Expansion Project.

New State Law Prioritizes Technical Training for Skilled Trades, Creating Pipeline of Talent

St. Augustine Record, June 30, 2019. These days, young people are "tracked" as early as middle school to get them primed for careers they're interested in pursuing in the working world. Prioritizing Technical Training

Why an Investment Firm Chose Ponte Vedra over Atlanta

Jacksonville Business Journal, June 25, 2019. Daniel Wildermuth, CEO and chief investment officer at Wildermuth Advisory, was ready for a change. With his nest empty and his business growing, Wildermuth wanted to relocate his business from Atlanta suburb, Alpharetta. Investment Firm Chose Ponte Vedra

Flagler Health+ Announces Plans for Durbin Park

Flagler Health+ Press Release, June 24, 2019. Flagler Health+ announced today that it has entered into an agreement with GATE Lands, the real estate subsidiary of GATE Petroleum Company, to purchase 40 acres within the company's Durbin Park development. Flagler Health+ Durbin Park

Job Growth Keeps St. Johns County's Unemployment Rate Low in May

St. Augustine Record, June 21, 2019. Job growth in the area has kept unemployment low in St. Johns County and the entire region, according to statistics released Friday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Job Growth Keeps SJC Unemployment Low

Georgia-Based Investment Advisor Moves HQ to Ponte Vedra

Jacksonville Business Journal, June 21, 2019. Wildermuth Advisory LLC, an Alpharetta, GA-based investment advisor, announced Thursday that it has moved its company headquarters from to Ponte Vedra Beach. Moves HQ to Ponte Vedra

Flagler Health+ Ribbon Cutting for New Primary Care and Pediatrics Location in Palencia

Ponte Vedra Recorder, June 20, 2019. Flagler Health+ announced the opening of its new primary care and pediatrics office in Palencia. A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place Monday, June 10, outside the new offices. Flagler Health+ Ribbon Cutting

Analysis: St. Johns County Has Fastest Growing Local Economy in Florida

Florida Business Daily, June 15, 2019. St. Johns County was ranked the top-performing local economy in Florida in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of counties' gross domestic product growth from 2012 to 2015. Fastest Growing Local Economy in FL

St. Augustine Racks up Another Accolade

St. Augustine Record, June 15, 2019. Adding to its many other distinctions, St. Augustine has been ranked No. 2 of the Top 10 Historic Downtowns That Will Take You Back In Time by the AARP Travel Center powered by Expedia. Another Accolade for St. Augustine

Culver’s Sets Opening Date for Middleburg Restaurant, Selects Sites for Two More Locations

Financial News & Daily Record, June 11, 2019. Wisconsin-based chain coming to Collins Town Center, The Fountains at St. Johns. Wisconsin-based Culver's will open its first area restaurant July 15 in Middleburg in Clay County, has a second in review in Collins Town Center in Duval and a third submitted for St. Johns. Culver's Sets Opening Date

By the Numbers: St. Johns Ranks the Richest of Florida Counties

The Center Square – Florida, June 10, 2019. St. Johns was ranked the richest county in Florida in a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the most affluent regions in all 50 states. St. Johns recorded a median household income of $73,640 annually, based on 2017 U.S. Census Bureau data. That compares to a statewide median household income of $50,883 per year, according to the analysis. Richest of Florida Counties

Plans for Warehouse Expansion Move Forward

St. Augustine Record, June 7, 2019. More details are being released about plans for an expansion at the First Coast Distribution Center. The original developer who owns 35 more acres within the industrial park has filed a permit to build a new warehouse space at the site, which is located at the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 207. Plans for Warehouse Expansion

Spec Offices to Be Built in Northern St. Johns County Will Fill Growing Need

St. Augustine Record, June 4, 2019. It's been more than three years since a speculative office building went up in St. Johns County. Tuesday, the St. Johns County Commission approved an incentive package that would allow for the construction of two new spec office complexes in the northwest sector of the county. Spec Offices to Be Built

Graham & Co. Designing 500,000-Square-Foot Warehouse in St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, June 4, 2019. St. Johns County could soon be in line for a large industrial building, a common sight in Duval County to its north. Graham & Co. LLC applied to the St. Johns River Water Management District for a permit to develop a 500,864-square-foot distribution center and stormwater management system. Graham & Co. Designing Warehouse

St. Augustine Lauded as No. 1 Foodie Town by Southern Living

St. Augustine Record, May 28, 2019. There's nothing old about the Ancient City's innovative approach to culinary preparation. For the first time, St. Augustine has climbed the ranks to the No. 1 spot as the best "foodie" town south of the Mason-Dixon line, according to Southern Living magazine. SA #1 Foodie Town

County Recognized by Travel Sites Ahead of Holiday Weekend

St. Augustine Record, May 24, 2019. On what is expected to be a busy Memorial Day Weekend, St. Johns County is likely to be a popular destination, in part because of appearances in various media reports. SJC Recognized by Travel Sites

Earth Fare Announces St. Johns County Store

Financial News & Daily Record, May 23, 2019. The specialty grocer will open in the Shoppes of St. Johns Parkway. Earth Fare announced Thursday that it will open a third store in Northeast Florida in the fall. Earth Fare Announced

St. Johns County Unemployment Rate Sinks to 2.4 Percent

St. Augustine Record, May 17, 2019. The unemployment rate in St. Johns County continues to stay low even as the workforce fails to expand. For St. Johns County, the 2.4-percent rate is near a record low and was a reduction of 0.4 of a percentage point from last month and from the rate in April 2018. Unemployment Rate Sinks to 2.4%

Home Building at Solid Pace in County

St. Augustine Record, May 15, 2019. In what has been the most productive market in Northeast Florida for home building, St. Johns County was a little off when it comes to new home permits last month. That's no sign the market is suddenly falling, though. Home Building Solid Pace

GreenWise Near World Golf Village Taking Steps

Financial News & Daily Record, May 15, 2019. The owners of the property planned for a shopping center, grocery are seeking PUD changes. Work continues toward development of a GreenWise Market natural foods grocer at World Commerce Center in St. Johns County. GreenWise Near World Golf Village

Solar Stik Announces Opening of New Research & Development Facility

EIN Presswire, May 3, 2019. Solar Stik®, Inc. will open its state-of-the-art Research & Development facility on May 24, 2019, adding substantial presence to Solar Stik's campus in the West King Street district of St. Augustine, Florida. Solar Stik Opening New Facility

Small Business Week: Manufacturers, Craftsmen are Part of County’s Economic Engine

St. Augustine Record, May 6, 2019. Ascending the stairs to Moonshine Wood & Steel's workshop on Riberia Street, you smell the sawdust before you can even see it. Small Business Week

Northrop Grumman Awarded $3.2 Billion Multi-Year Contract for 24 E-2D Aircraft

St. Augustine Record, May 2, 2019. A new contract with the Navy means guaranteed work for the Northrop Grumman facility here in St. Augustine. Grumman Awarded Navy Contract

4 SJC High Schools Show up in Florida’s Top 100, with PVHS Ranked Highest

St. Augustine Record, May 1, 2019. St. Johns County has four of the 100 best public high schools in Florida, according to U.S. News & World Report's 2019 Best High Schools rankings released Tuesday. PVHS Ranked Highest

Bozard Fuels up Plans for Auto-Themed Restaurant Within Dealership

St. Augustine Record, April 29, 2019. As part of a larger expansion project, Bozard Ford Lincoln is developing an automotive-themed bar and restaurant at the site of the former Gander Mountain property near the St. Augustine Outlets. Auto-Themed Restaurant

Workstarter Program Gives Recent Grads the Chance to Try out Careers

St. Augustine Record, April 26, 2019. A pilot program that places recent high school graduates in entry-level positions at St. Johns County nonprofits is expanding after a successful first year. Workstarter Program

Worth the Drive: Some of St. Johns County's Hidden Gems Are a Bit off the Beaten Path

St. Augustine Record, April 19, 2019. If you blink, you could miss it. But at the corner of County Road 13 and State Route 16A is a small red barbecue stand with several picnic tables alongside it. Inside, the smell of smoked meats and down-home sides hits the senses right away. Worth the Drive

St. Johns County Was Eighth-Fastest Growing County in US Last Year

St. Augustine Record, April 19, 2019. In a state with communities slurping up new residents by the tens of thousands, St. Johns County was among the fastest-growing counties in the country from mid-2017 to mid-2018 but just third in Florida. Eighth Fastest Growing County

First Watch, Clean Juice to Open in Nocatee Town Center

Financial News & Daily Record, April 17, 2019. Skinner Bros. Realty, in partnership with The PARC Group, announced Wednesday that First Watch, Clean Juice and Sherwin-Williams will open in the Nocatee Town Center in summer 2020. First Watch and Clean Juice to Open in Noctaee

Device Designed by University of St. Augustine Professors Helps Amputees Learn to Run Outside

St. Augustine Record, April 17, 2019. After losing his right leg following a boating accident in 2003, Bobby Baker didn't run outside for 16 years. Although he had a prosthetic leg, Baker said he never felt confident enough on the leg to attempt running on pavement. The risk of falling and potential injury kept him away. Device Designed by USA Professors Helps Amputees

Second Publix GreenWise Confirmed for St. Johns County

Financial News & Daily Record, April 5, 2019. Publix Super Markets Inc. intends to open a second GreenWise natural foods market in St. Johns County. Second Publix GreenWise Confirmed

Panera Bread to Open in Nocatee

Financial News & Daily Record, March 29, 2019. PARC Group and Regency Centers announce the cafe will open in late 2019. The PARC Group and Regency Centers announced Panera Bread will open late this year in Nocatee Town Center. Panera Bread to Open in Nocatee

No. 1 Again: St. Johns County Tops Florida County Health Rankings

St. Augustine Record, March 19, 2019. For the eighth year in a row, St. Johns County has been named the healthiest county in Florida County Health Rankings, released today by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. SJC Tops Florida County Health Rankings

St. Johns Healthiest County in Florida for Eighth Straight Year

Jacksonville.com, March 19, 2019. St. Johns County is the healthiest county in Florida for the eighth straight year, according to an annual study that ranks all 67 of the state's counties. Duval County comes in at 44th healthiest, down two slots from the previous year. Clay was 16th, Nassau 36th, and Baker was 50th. SJC Healthiest County

Two More Franchise Hotels on Tap for U.S. 1 in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Record, March 12, 2019. Construction for a Marriott Spring Hill Suites and a Hilton Garden Inn will begin in the third quarter of the year on a busy commercial stretch of North Ponce de Leon Boulevard. Two More Franchise Hotels

36 Hours in St. Augustine

The New York Times, March 7, 2019. If you think the Sunshine State is all about theme parks and frying on the beaches, you probably haven't been to St. Augustine. 36 Hours in St. Augustine

More Seats, New Beer and 'Amp'-ed up Identity for St. Augustine Venue

Jacksonville Business Journal, March 7, 2019. File this under "well, they call it that anyway" ... The St. Augustine Ampitheatre will now officially be known as "The Amp" the colloquial name for the theatre. New Ampitheatre Identity

Record Editorial: One More 'Best,' This Time for the County

St. Augustine Record, March 6, 2019. If we were to spitball the dominant concern of St. Johns County, growth would lead the way. And those following in order would somehow be tied to the first — clogged roads, parking woes, sky-high real estate prices — you name it. One More 'Best'

The Hyppo CEO Talks Landmark Deal with Publix, Brand Expansion

Financial News & Daily Record, March 5, 2019. The chance to stock on Publix shelves is a chance most independent retailers would jump at. When the email came in October, Hyppo CEO Stephen DiMare said that he was shocked. Hyppo / Publix Deal

This Florida Beach is Again Named Best Beach in America by TripAdvisor

St. Augustine Record, February 26, 2019. Florida beaches are some of the best and most appreciated in the country, according to TripAdvisor. With no two sunrises or sunsets being alike, locals know the value and beauty of their Florida beaches. And now the rest of the world does too, thanks to TripAdvisor and its annual list of the country's 25 best beaches. Best Beach in America

Publix to Open First Northeast Florida GreenWise Market in Nocatee

Financial News & Daily Record, February 21, 2019. The specialty organic grocery store will operate in Nocatee Town Center. Northeast Florida's competition among natural foods grocers will heat up next year as Publix Super Markets Inc. opens its first Northeast Florida GreenWise Market in Nocatee. GreenWise Market in Nocatee

Coming Down the Pike: S.R. 207 Catching up with SR 16 in Commercial Development

St. Augustine Record, February 20, 2019. State Road 16 and State Road 207 are two of the main arteries, or so-called "gateways," that lead to downtown St. Augustine. Parcel by parcel, over the last couple of decades the S.R. 16 corridor has been filled in with development, including two outlet malls, numerous hotels, restaurants and other retail. Coming Down the Pike

Reshaping S.R. 207

St. Augustine Record, February 20, 2019. Density of commercial development catching up with S.R. 16. State Road 16 and State Road 207 are two of the main arteries, or so-called "gateways," that lead to downtown St. Augustine. Reshaping S.R. 207

Hot Spot for Shipping

St. Augustine Record, February 3, 2019. Tenants say the St. Augustine Industrial Park's location at the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 207 is ideal for its easy access to most shipping routes in the southeast, yet many locals probably don't realize the park even exists. Hot Spot for Shipping

St. Augustine Industrial Park Sees Growing Interest for Warehouses

St. Augustine Record, February 2, 2019. Tenants say the St. Augustine Industrial Park's location at the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Road 207 is ideal for its easy access to most shipping routes in the southeast, yet many locals probably don't realize the park even exists. Growing Interest for Warehouses

As Commercial Development Booms in St. Johns County, Balance in Offerings Becomes Important

St. Augustine Record, February 1, 2019. For those who follow business news, it's well known that some of this country's venerable retail outlets are fighting for life — like Sears — while others have already slipped away — Toys “R” Us, for instance. Commercial Development Booms

How Economically Competitive is St. Johns County?

St. Augustine Record, January 29, 2019. When compared with other so-called "second-tier" metro areas like Nashville and Charlotte, the Jacksonville region — which, in part, includes St. Johns County — comes in ahead in some areas of economic competitiveness and behind in others, according to a recent report published by the Tampa Bay Partnership. Economically Competitive

What Do Florida's ‘A’ School Districts Have in Common? Data Tells the Story

St. Augustine Record, January 27, 2019. What does it take to make an ‘A’ school district in Florida? Experts agree that it's hard to answer that question with certainty, but a recent analysis of Florida Department of Education data compiled by The Daytona Beach News-Journal helps bring an added understanding as to what goes into making the top grade in the St. Johns County School District as well as other large school districts in the state. ‘A’ School District

Road Map to the Future: From Autonomous Cars to Parking Space Finders, Technology Will Improve Traffic in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, January 23, 2019. You can hear the passion in his voice when North Florida Transportation Planning Organization Executive Director Jeff Sheffield talks about futuristic transportation concepts such as self-driving cars or technology that would direct a driver to an open parking spot. Technology Will Improve Traffic

PGA Tour Approved for Ponte Vedra Beach Headquarters

Financial News & Daily Record, January 22, 2019. The PGA Tour can build its estimated $75 million global home now that St. Johns County approved a building permit Thursday for construction of the 187,000-square-foot headquarters. PGA Tour Approved

‘Pitch Factory’ Gives St. Johns Entrepreneurs the Tools Needed to Scale Business

St. Augustine Record, January 22, 2019. The first cohort of an entrepreneurial workshop offered by the St. Johns Chamber of Commerce went so well last fall, that the chamber has partnered with Jax Bridges for a second installment beginning in February. Pitch Factory Workshop

Youth Athletic Facilities in Demand in Growing Northern St. Johns

St. Augustine Record, January 20, 2019. When WGV Gymnastics opens its doors this summer in a new, expanded space, it will be the third time the business has had to upsize in seven years. Youth Athletic Facilities in Demand

County Sees Potential for Sports Tourism Growth

St. Augustine Record, January 20, 2019. When it comes to sports tourism in St. Johns County, leaders here think there are opportunities to grab some “low-hanging fruit,” but it's unlikely this is going to be a major sports hub in the near future. Sports Tourism Growth

County’s Unemployment Hot Streak Holds in 2018

St. Augustine Record, January 18, 2019. St. Johns County ended 2018 with the second-lowest unemployment rate in the state as the jobless rate in Florida remained lower than the national average. County unemployment numbers were released Friday in a report from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Unemployment Hot Streak

Barrera Outlines School Board Goals, Initiatives

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 17, 2019. College and career readiness, flexible learning, student leadership opportunities and growth management are currently among the primary, strategic goals for the St. Johns County School Board, according to Board Chair and District 4 Member Kelly Barrera. School Board Goals

Travel Center Approved for SR 207

St. Augustine Record, January 16, 2019. One of the state's most popular truck stop/travel centers is adding a new store in St. Johns County. Busy Bee, which has 18 locations in Florida and Georgia, received approval Tuesday by the County Commission to open a store off State Road 207, just west of Interstate 95. Travel Center Approved

2018 Was Solid, Not Wild Year in Northeast Florida Real Estate

St. Augustine Record, January 15, 2019. The 2018 local real estate market was one of increased sales and higher prices again, but the uptick wasn't particularly drastic, according to the annual report from the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors. 2018 Solid Year

Vertical Construction of PGA Tour Global Home to Begin by the Players Championship

Ponte Vedra Recorder, January 10, 2019. When the golfing world descends upon Ponte Vedra Beach for THE PLAYERS Championship this year, visitors and TV viewers will have a chance to see more than just the greatest field in golf. According to officials at the PGA TOUR, they will also get a first glimpse of vertical construction of the company's new global home. PGA Tour Vertical Construction

Adult Communities Rise in Popularity in St. Johns County

St. Augustine Record, January 5, 2019. An older generation's preference for freedom from the rambunctiousness of children and a county's effort of not being drowned by a flood of new students are leading to a growing trend of new adult-only communities here. Adult Communities

Recent Flagler Grads Have Found Followings After Opening Unique Concept Businesses on Anastasia Boulevard

St. Augustine Record, January 1, 2019. Former New Yorker Ryan Kunsch first discovered St. Augustine when he came to attend Flagler College. After graduating with a fine arts degree in 2013, he didn't want to leave. Unique Concept Businesses