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FEMA Beach Sand Berm Public Workshop: June 14 @ 4pm.
The Ponte Vedra Beach Municipal Service District (MSD) will be hosting a Public Workshop on Monday June 14 at 4pm to discuss the proposed FEMA sand berm recovery project along Ponte Vedra Beach. The meeting will take place at Our Lady of Star of the Sea Catholic Church at 545 A1A North in the Cultural Center room. You are invited to attend and participate.
This Public Workshop is a follow up, at the request of Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker, to the presentation by County Emergency Management staff at the June 1 Board of County Commissioners meeting (link below). We are providing this public forum to inform MSD residents of the project’s preliminary schedule, maintenance of traffic for hauling on the beach, and provide details of the berm design. Attendees will be able to ask questions and discuss all options directly with County staff and managers administering the project.
Proposed New Public Beach Access & Parking Options
St. Johns County will be hosting a public meeting soon to discuss potential community-wide changes required to qualify for partial beach renourishment funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A preliminary study has identified the following items as potential changes within the Ponte Vedra Beach MSD to meet the Corp of Engineers’ criteria for potential Federal funding:
- Public Shuttle/Bus Service to Existing and New Beach Access Points
- Acquisition of Private Property for New Public Parking and Beach Access Points
- Identification of Public Rights-of-Way for Designated Public Parking Spaces
The MSD Trustees discussed the preliminary study at the May 10th public meeting and passed a resolution in opposition of the community changes without broad community involvement. The MSD supports beach renourishment and beach access but cannot support permanent changes of this scale without the awareness and support of residents related to the costs and benefits to the community. St. Johns County and the MSD will provide public notice for the time and location for the upcoming public meeting.
The above referenced study documents and the MSD letter can be found in the link below. Inquires for additional information can me made with Damon Douglas, Coastal Manager with St. Johns County (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Road Closure Notices and Detour Plans
2021 Sea Turtle Nesting Season Begins in May
St. Johns County, Fl – The beaches of St. Johns County are home to several species of endangered or threatened sea turtles. Residents and visitors have a special opportunity and responsibility to protect these magnificent creatures and their vulnerable nesting sites as they return each season to nest along the beaches. Sea turtle nesting season begins May 1, and St. Johns County officials are asking residents, visitors, and businesses to help protect natural habitat by observing all nesting season laws and regulations. All beachfront properties are required to reduce their impact by eliminating interior and exterior lights which may disrupt nesting sea turtles. Volleyball court lights at St. Johns County Pier Park will turn on at sunset and turn off at 9 p.m. during this time. Beach visitors can also have a positive impact on nesting sea turtles by taking the following actions while enjoying the beach: