May 4, 2020
St. Johns County Property Appraiser Lobby Reopening
The St. Johns County Property Appraiser's Office will reopen their lobby to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 11. Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and many services can be completed electronically at www.sjcpa.us. Following social distancing guidelines is encouraged while visiting the Property Appraiser's Office. For more information, please call 904.827.5500 or email email@example.com.
May 1, 2020
St. Johns County Tax Collector Main Office Reopening
The St. Johns County Tax Collector's Main Office, 4030 Lewis Speedway, will reopen for standard business hours on Monday, May 4. At this time, services are reserved for St. Johns County residents only, with the exception of commercial driver's license issuance. Patrons are asked to use the South entrance as the North entrance will be locked. Social distancing guidelines are also encouraged while visiting the Tax Collector's Office. For more information, please call 904.209.2250.
St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office Open for Limited Public Access
The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office remains open with limited public access through Friday, May 22. Residents and candidates wishing to conduct business in person should call 904.823.2238 to schedule an appointment. The use of www.votesjc.com to complete tasks, such as registering to vote, confirming or updating registration status, requesting a vote by mail ballot, or updating a signature is encouraged. Staff will be available by phone during regular business hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please call 904.823.2238.
April 27, 2020
Council on Aging Extends Program Closures through May 31, 2020
Due to the COVID-19 health emergency, the St. Johns County Council on Aging has extended all program and facility closures through May 31, 2020. Meals on Wheels will continue to operate during this time, and Council on Aging caseworkers and staff will be available by phone or email. Seniors and caregivers in need of assistance are encouraged to call 904.209.3700 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit www.coasjc.org.
April 17, 2020
St. Johns County Beaches Partial Reopening
St. Johns County beaches are now open from 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon seven days a week for uses that include physical activity and motion. Activities now permitted on St. Johns County Beaches include walking, running, exercise, surfing, biking, fishing, swimming, surfing, and other uses that require physical activity. As lifeguards may not be on duty, all swimming is at done at your own risk.
"Walk to exercise not to socialize." said Dawn C. Allicock, M.D., MPH, Director and Health Officer of Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County. "As long as individuals adhere to the CDC guidelines of social distancing, getting exercise and fresh air can be beneficial for our citizens' physical and mental health."
The grouping of persons, commercial activities, group sports, and activities that do not require motion, such as sunbathing, and sitting, or those otherwise not allowed by local, state, or federal law are not permitted. In addition, items not allowed on the beach include blankets, chairs, coolers, umbrellas, tents, and any item that promotes a stationary presence. Beach visitors must continue to adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines, including limiting gatherings to no more than ten persons and distancing themselves from other parties by a minimum of six feet. All public parking lots are now open; however on-beach driving remains prohibited.
"From day one, every decision we have made has been methodical and deliberate without knee jerk actions or reactions, and this decision is no different. Our residents have shown extreme grace, measure, and personal responsibility throughout this pandemic, and our trend is beginning to flat line and has been doing so for nearly two weeks." said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We also know this not over and we are urging all who use the beach to follow the restrictions in place. Our hope is that this becomes a great mental health release for so many and becomes the first step of many in the coming weeks and months in our return to normal life."
St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine Beach, the City of St. Augustine, and local enforcement agencies request that all beach visitors comply with CDC guidelines. St. Johns County continues to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19, and as such, the status of permitted beach activities will also be assessed and adjusted based on public compliance. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.
April 13, 2020
Health and Human Services Advisory Council April Meeting Cancelled
Due to COVID-19, the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Advisory Council Meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 16 is cancelled. The next HHSAC meeting is currently scheduled for Thursday, May 21. Please call 904.209.6147 for more information on the HHSAC, or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus for St. Johns County COVID-19 updates.
April 9, 2020
St. Johns Golf Club COVID-19 Operation Changes and Easter Hours
Due to the effects of COVID-19, the St. Johns Golf Club is implementing the following changes to operations for the duration of the health emergency:
- Golf Club hours of operation will be modified due to staffing. Last cart rental will be at 5 p.m., seven days a week. Players wishing to play 18 holes must arrive by 4 p.m. or by 5 p.m. to play 9 holes. Players who wish to walk the course or wish to utilize the driving range may do so by 6 p.m. All rounds of play must be concluded and all golfers and carts must be off the course no later than 8:30 p.m.
- In accordance with Governor DeSantis' Safer at Home order and to follow social distancing guidelines, all carts will be single player use, regardless of player's relationship to each other. Players that have the ability to walk the course are encouraged to do so as to make carts available for those of limited mobility. A push cart may be requested to use or players can carry two bags on a cart, to aid those who are walking. Players must have a valid driver's license to operate a cart.
In observance of the Easter holiday, the Pro Shop will close at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 12. All rounds of play must be concluded and all golfers and carts must be off the course no later than 6:30 p.m. For more information regarding these operational changes, please call 904.209.0350.
April 3, 2020
St. Johns Golf Club COVID-19 Guidelines
St. Johns Golf Club will remain open until further notice in order to provide residents and guests an outlet for their recreational needs. The following changes to standard operations have been implemented to further support CDC guidelines regarding social distancing:
- All carts will be single player use.
- Golf carts washed and sanitized after each round.
- Players are encouraged to walk the course, if able to do so.
- Pins are encouraged to remain in the hole when putting to avoid touching.
- Rakes will be removed from bunkers. Players are asked to smooth bunkers with their foot.
- Sand buckets and scoops will be removed from par three tee-tops.
- Sand shakers will be removed from the golf carts.
- Water coolers will be removed from the course.
- Golf ball washers will be taken out of service.
- No signatures are required for credit card transactions. Players are encouraged to pay by credit card and may pay in advance over the phone.
- All shotgun starts have been cancelled.
- The pro-shop door to the breezeway and all interior doors will be propped open. The front door and back restaurant door will remain closed.
- Shoe blower and scrapers have been removed.
- Saturday Clinics have been postponed through April.
Thank you for your support and understanding as we adjust to these standards. For more information, please call 904.209.0350.
Sunshine Bus Suspends Normal Services – Offers Trips for Essential Destinations
Due to recent Executive Orders issued by Governor Ron DeSantis mandating that senior citizens and all individuals must remain inside their homes except for essential activities, the Sunshine Bus Company is suspending their normal services effective immediately through April 30th.
For those Sunshine Bus riders who require transportation in order to obtain or provide essential services or to conduct essential activities including transportation to essential work, medical appointments, pharmacies and grocery stores, we will continue to provide trips to essential destinations through our door-to-door Paratransit services. Note: Only trips deemed essential will be permissible at this time.
To register and arrange for transportation services, please:
- Call either 904-209-3716 or 904-209-3710 to reach Customer Service. We will continue normal Sunshine Bus service hours, Monday – Friday from 8:30 am – 5pm, and Saturday from 6:00am to 8:00pm.
- Inform us that you would like to register for essential services because you are unable to use the Sunshine Bus.
- If you are not already registered in our system, you will be required to provide the following information:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth (DOB)
- Home address
- Contact number
- Mobility aids
- If you have purchased a Pass from the Sunshine Bus already, please inform us so we can waive the on-board fare. Note: the driver will utilize the same process to verify passes as they do for normal Sunshine Bus rides.
- We will inform you about the available drop-off and pick-up times for your zip code, and confirm the trip(s) with you.
The health and safety of our riders and staff are extremely important to us. We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please call us at 904.209.3716, or email us at email@example.com.
April 2, 2020
St. Johns County COVID-19 Update and Closure Extension
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our community. The following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect through Friday, May 1, 2020:
Safer at Home Executive Order 20-91
Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order on April 1, 2020, to support the President's direction for the country to take 30 days to slow the spread of COVID-19. Effective through April 30, 2020, Florida Executive Order 20-91 states:
A. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
B. In concert with the efforts of President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force to fight COVID-19, and based on guidance provided by Florida Surgeon General and State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Rivkees, all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.
St. Johns County will work in collaboration with the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and our local law enforcement officials in the coming weeks to educate and inform our community on the Governor's Safer at Home order. For more information regarding the Governor's Safer at Home order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550. Essential Critical Infrastructure (pdf) & Essential Activities (pdf)
COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions
In response to the Governor's Safer at Home order, St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach have all extended facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 through Friday, May 1, 2020. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, recreational programming, recreational facilities, and the beaches. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/coronavirus.
Vacation Rentals State of Florida Executive Order 20-87 and County Emergency Order
In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-87, St. Johns County has issued an Emergency Order suspending the rental of vacation rental properties and rental operations. Such parties are also prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in through May 1. The prohibition includes the rental of any house, condominium, cooperative, or dwelling unit which is rented for periods of less than 30 days or one calendar month. The directive does not include hotels, motels, inns, resorts, time share projects, or long-term rentals. For additional information regarding this Emergency Order, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center hotline at 904.824.5550. Vacation Rentals Emergency Order (pdf)
St. Johns County Tax Collector Offices Closed Until Further Notice
In compliance with Governor DeSantis's Executive Order 20-91, all St. Johns County Tax Collector offices will be closed to the public until further notice, effective 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 2. The Tax Collector encourages residents to complete eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us. Most tax payments, registration renewals, and driver license renewals and replacements can be processed online or by mail. The Tax Collector also offers a drop box at each location and will be available by phone at 904.209.2250 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please visit the Tax Collector's website at www.sjctax.us.
April 1, 2020
St. Johns County Tax Collector Operations Update
To minimize exposure to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the Governor has recommended limited face-to-face transactions. Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, we ask that if you are experiencing any fever, flu-like symptoms, have a cough, shortness of breath or traveled outside the United States within the last 14 days, please complete your driver license, motor vehicle, or tax transaction online. www.sjctax.us
Beginning Monday, March 23rd, all branch office locations of the St. Johns County Tax Collector's Office will be closed. The Main Office, located at 4030 Lewis Speedway, will remain operational for St. Johns County Residents Only. Concealed weapon applications and renewals have been suspended through April 19th. All road tests will be suspended starting March 30th. Office hours will be Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will not be open the last Saturday of the month. What to ask yourself before visiting the Tax Collector Office
March 30, 2020
EOC Cancellations and Closures List (pdf)
March 29, 2020
EOC Cancellations and Closures List (pdf)
March 28, 2020
St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Public Access
In order to protect public health, safety, and welfare and maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beaches in St. Johns County are closed to public access under the local state of emergency, effective 6:00 a.m. on Sunday, March 29, and will remain closed until further notice.
"We have taken as many measures as possible up to this point to preserve our residents' ability to access their beach. Unfortunately, those visiting the beach continue to ignore CDC guidelines regarding crowd size and personal distancing. In order to maintain public safety and respect the State of Florida's Executive Order, we had no choice but to close the coastline to public access today," said Hunter S. Conrad, St. Johns County Administrator. "We will continue to be methodical in our approach to closings related to COVID-19, and like every decision we have made to this point, we will open the beaches at the appropriate time when it is safe to do so."
The determination to close all public beaches is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, the City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials. All boat ramps, parks, green spaces, and trails remain open for the public to safely enjoy. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.
March 27, 2020
EOC Cancellations and Closures List (pdf)
St. Johns County Constitutional Offices and Courthouse Closures in Response to COVID-19
In response to COVID-19, St. Johns County's constitutional offices and courthouses have adjusted hours and enacted closures:
Property Appraiser – The Property Appraiser's Office lobby will be closed to the public through Friday, April 10. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours and are available to assist by telephone, email, or web services. For more information, please visit www.sjcpa.us.
Supervisor of Elections – The Supervisor of Elections Office will be closed to the public through Friday, April 3. Office staff remain operational during standard business hours, and most Supervisor of Elections services are available at www.votesjc.com.
Tax Collector – All St. Johns County Tax Collector branch office locations are closed. The main office remains operational for County residents only; however, the office will not be open on Saturday, March 28. All road tests are suspended. Residents are encouraged to process any eligible transactions online at www.sjctax.us.
Clerk of Courts – The Clerk of Courts suspended all public services until Monday, April 6, not including services deemed to be "mission critical." A list of mission critical services is available at www.stjohnsclerk.com. Filings, recordings, and marriage services are also suspended until April 6, and all non-mission critical court proceedings have been cancelled and will be rescheduled.
Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida – All normal court operations have been suspended until further notice, except for those proceedings deemed "mission critical."
For more information regarding St. Johns County's response to COVID-19, please visit www.sjcfl.us or call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904.824.5550.
March 25, 2020
Recreation Advisory Board Meeting Cancelled
The St. Johns County Recreation Advisory Board meeting scheduled for April 9 has been cancelled. The Board is scheduled to meet on the second Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in the St. Johns Conference Room, located in the County Administration Building, 500 San Sebastian View. With the exception of this meeting, all other meetings previously noticed will take place at the time and date advertised unless otherwise posted. For more information, please call 904.209.0333.
St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby closed, additional services available
The St. Johns County Utility Customer Service/Billing lobby is closed to walk-in customers until further notice. Their on-site drive through, drop box locations, and pay-by-phone options will remain open to accept payments and provide services. Online bill payment and other utility services are also available at www.sjcfl.us/utilities. The Utility Department standard operating business hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For additional information, please call Utility Customer Service at 904.209.2700.
March 24, 2020
EOC Community Cancellations and Closures List (pdf)
March 23, 2020
EOC Community Cancellations and Closures List (pdf)
Additional St. Johns County COVID-19 Response Measures
In response to the impacts of COVID-19 in our community, St. Johns County is taking additional measures to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of our residents, visitors, and workforce. Effective Monday, March 23, the following policies, procedures, and actions will remain in effect until further notice:
- Public Meeting Procedures – In accordance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-69, local government and public meetings do not require a quorum to be present in person or meet in a specific public place. In addition, communications media technology, such as telephonic and video conferencing, may be utilized to conduct public meetings. The order does not suspend any other requirement under the Florida Constitution or "Florida's Government in the Sunshine Laws".
- Limited Public Building Access – All St. Johns County facilities are operating under limited public access restrictions. In an effort to reduce the size of public gatherings and maintain the CDC recommended minimum distance of six feet between parties, each facility will implement individual guidelines relative to their specific building clientele and services. Measures could include the closure of public lobbies, the encouragement of online business practices, and the reduction of building occupancy.
- COVID-19 Closure and Cancellation Extensions – All current St. Johns County facility closures and program cancellations associated with COVID-19 are extended through April 17. The closure extension applies to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, all St. Johns County public libraries, and recreational programming and facilities.
St. Johns County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices in order to appropriately respond to COVID-19. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center COVID-19 Hotline at 904.824.5550.
March 22, 2020
St. Johns County Public Beach Parking Lots Closed
In order to maximize compliance with State of Florida Executive Order 20-68, all public beach parking lots in St Johns County are closed under the local state of emergency, effective 6 a.m. on Monday, March 23 and will remain closed until further notice.
"After evaluating near record beach attendance over the weekend and consulting with local law enforcement officials, it is clear that the county needs to take additional steps to further reduce the size of the crowds on our beaches," said Hunter S. Conrad. "Our goal is to allow the beaches to remain as accessible as possible to our residents, while still observing CDC guidelines and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our community."
The determination to close all public beach parking lots is based upon a recommendation to reduce health risks associated with COVID-19 and beach overcrowding by the St Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St Augustine Beach Police Department, St Johns County Emergency Management, and local health officials.
While pedestrian access to St Johns County beaches remains accessible, please limit gatherings to no more than 10 persons and maintain a minimum distance of six feet between other parties in compliance with CDC guidelines. Vehicular access to all St Johns County beaches remains prohibited until further notice. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.
March 20, 2020
St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Vehicular Access
In an effort to maximize observance of the State of Florida's executive order regarding gatherings on beaches, vehicular access to all St. Johns County beaches will be prohibited beginning Saturday, March 21.
"We are taking a methodical and deliberate approach to protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our residents while also working to respect their personal rights in this environment of rapidly changing information," said Hunter Conrad, St. Johns County Administration. "The measures we've taken today may not be what's best for tomorrow and we remain flexible in our strategy without a current one size fits all approach."
The vehicular access restriction, a recommendation of the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the St. Augustine Beach Police Department, St. Johns County Emergency Management, and St. Johns County Administration, will be reevaluated throughout the weekend and adjusted as necessary based on available information, beach capacity, crowd size, and voluntary compliance.
Executive Order 20-68 states that individuals accessing public beaches are to follow CDC guidance by limiting gatherings to no more than 10 persons and distance themselves from other parties by six feet. For more information, please call 904.824.5550.
St Johns Golf Club Sunday Junior Clinics Postponed
In response to recent state guidelines on COVID-19, the St Johns Golf Club is postponing all Sunday Junior Golf Clinics until further notice. For more information on the clinics, please call 904.209.0350.
St. Johns County COVID-19 Closures
In the interest of public safety and in an effort to minimize the impact of COVID-19 within our community, the following St. Johns County facilities and programs are closed to the public, or have been cancelled, from March 16 through March 29, 2020:
- All St. Johns County libraries and the library bookmobile.
- All recreational facilities, recreational programming, recreational events, and all permitted events, including organized youth and adult sports, on St. Johns County property.
- The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Gift Shop and all permitted events on associated County property, including the parking lot, volleyball courts, and the pier pavilion.
- All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Fairgrounds.
- All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns County Agriculture Center.
- All events scheduled to occur at the St. Johns Golf Club.
- The St. Johns County Pet Center.
- All St. Johns County recycling and community collection events.
- All St. Johns County Fire Rescue community programming.
The St. Johns Golf Club, St. Johns County's beaches, parks, open green spaces, and trails remain open. In addition, Veterans Services, the Permit Center, Health and Human Services, Utilities Services, and all other County business services remain open to the public and operational. State-wide elections are also currently planned to proceed on Tuesday as scheduled.
"We are at a crucial point of time in the development of COVID-19 within St. Johns County, and have the ability to minimize its progress by limiting large gatherings," said Hunter S. Conrad, County Administrator. "As health, safety, and welfare are our highest priorities, it is critical that we work together with the community to encourage social distancing and the practice of basic infection prevention measures."
The County is implementing elevated cleaning services. In addition, employee work and travel policies are being implemented to safeguard a healthy workplace. St. Johns County is closely monitoring the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation and remains in communication with local healthcare providers and public safety partner agencies. The County will continue to evaluate and adapt all policies and practices as necessary and appropriate.