2019 News and Announcements

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