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Jeb S. Smith 

District 2 

Board of County Commissioners

P: 904.209.0302

C: 904.325.4182

bcc2jsmith@sjcfl.us

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Upcoming
Meetings 
JULY

7/6 - Planning and Zoning Agency

7/10 - Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board

7/17 - Tourist Development Council

7/18 - Board of County Commissioners

7/20 - Planning and Zoning Agency

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AUGUST

8/1 - Board of County Commissioners

8/3 - Planning and Zoning Agency

8/7 - Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board

8/15 - Board of County Commissioners

8/17 - Planning and Zoning Agency

8/21 - Tourist Development Council

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SEPTEMBER

9/5 - Board of County Commissioners

9/7 - Planning and Zoning Agency

9/11 - Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board

9/18 - Tourist Development Council

9/19 - Board of County Commissioners

9/21 - Planning and Zoning Agency
  
All meeting dates are subject to change. Please visit www.sjcfl.us for current meeting information. 
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Thank you for registering for the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners District 2 newsletter. Inside you will find an update regarding projects and events in District 2 and timely information about St. Johns County programs, services, and initiatives.

St. Johns County District 2 Update 
Summer is here. Cicadas serenade the astute ear in the hot, humid evening. The blessing of cool afternoon showers has dissipated the ominous threat of wildfire. Mowers hum over yards, roadsides, and pastures, releasing an unforgettable fragrance. Grills will heat up. Sunburns will be common. Visitors will come and go. Some of you will leave and return from trips beyond our borders. So it is in St. Johns County. Home.

I love this place. It is a blessing to live here and reside among good people. It is an honor to serve you and your neighbors in your County government.

Summer also welcomes the introduction and discussion of the upcoming fiscal year's budget. As a conservative legislator, I believe in keeping taxes low and limiting the scope of government. It is my conviction, intent, and position to adhere to these fundamental precepts while appropriating your tax dollars.

I pray that you and your family will enjoy a safe and blessed summer! If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.  

Respectfully,

Jeb S. Smith
District 2
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners 
Fiscal Year 2018 Recommended Budget Presentation
In conjunction with the annual budget process, the Administrator's Budget Hearings were held in May. The hearings provided a departmental line item review of the proposed FY 2018 budget in its formative stage prior to its presentation to the Board of County Commissioners. Presentation of the FY 2018 Recommended County Budget to the Board is scheduled for July 18, 2017 as part of the regular agenda. For additional information, please view the FY 2018 Budget Calendar or call the St. Johns County Office of Management and Budget at 904.209.0572.
St. Johns County 4-H Events and Updates
St. Johns County 4-H is a joint effort of St. Johns County, the University of Florida, and the United States Department of Agriculture. A community of young people learning leadership, citizenship, and life skills, 4-H is one of the nation's oldest organizations focused on positive youth development opportunities. For more information on St. Johns County 4-H, please visit http://stjohns.ifas.ufl.edu/4-H.shtml.

Senior Scholarship Recipients
The St. Johns County 4-H held its Annual Awards Banquet June 16. 4-H youth wererecognized for their project accomplishments from the past year. Major 4-H benefactors were also recognized and $2,600 were given out in college scholarships to the following graduating seniors:
  • Jeremy Smith - $500 Friends of Nettie Ruth Brown Scholarship, $750 Darlene and John Morton Scholarship
  • A.J. Kulpa - $500 4-H Centennial Scholorship, $750 Darlene and John Morton Scholarship
  • Emmalani Peterson - $100 Marine Ecoloby Scholarship sponsored by Janet Koehler
 
State Forestry Competition
St. Johns County 4-H participant Harrison Keating competed with the Marion County 4-H Forest Ecology Team at the Florida State Forestry Contest in April where the team placed first. Theteam will move on to compete at the National 4-H Forestry Invitational in West Virginia at the end of July. Congratulations to Marion County 4-H and Harrison Keating for their accomplishment.
 
Working Together: St. Johns County and UF/IFAS Extension
The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners and the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension work in a cooperative effort to provide relevant programming to citizens throughout the County. UF/IFAS is a federal-state-county partnership dedicated to developing knowledge in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences, and enhancing and sustaining the quality of human life by making that information accessible. During the first quarter of 2017, Extension Agents and staff recorded 10,339 contacts with clientele that included emails, phone calls, office visits, and field calls. Agents conducted 65 on-site visits (Agriculture, Horticulture, Schools, Livestock, and Forages) to assist residents one-on-one in St. Johns County. To find out more information the St. Johns County UF/IFAS Extension and how it supports the local agricultural community, please click here.
St. Johns County Horse Council
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The St. Johns County Horse Council is a local nonprofit that strives to promote, defend, and propagate equestrian interests in St. Johns County. Since being established in 1999, the Council has become involved in promoting all types of equine activities and raising awareness regarding the economic impact the equestrian community has in St. Johns County. In addition to quarterly public meetings, the Council hosts numerous events at the St. Johns County Equestrian Center for handlers of all ages and experience levels. For more information on the St. Johns County Horse Council, events, and how to become a member, please visit their website.
St. Johns County Prepares for 2017 Hurricane Season 
To prepare for the 2017 Hurricane Season, St. Johns County recently hosted an annual hurricane exercise at the Emergency Operations Center. County staff and partner agencies participated in an immersive hurricane simulation to better prepare for actual emergencies within our area. Special thanks to the City of St. Augustine, the Town of Hastings, St. Johns County Fire Rescue, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Health, and all other participating agencies for their help in making this event a success.

Residents are encouraged to visit www.sjcemergencymanagement.org to find more information on hurricane and disaster preparedness, including evacuation zones, shelters, and signing up for Code Red. For additional information, please call St. Johns County Emergency Management at 904.824.5550.
St. Johns County Discontinues Re-entry Tag Program 
To expedite residential and business re-entry in the event of an emergency, St. Johns County has discontinued the Re-entry Tag Program. Evacuated residents and business owners east of the Intracoastal Waterway now only need to provide proof of address with a driver license, state-issued identification card, or another form of identification such as a utility bill or lease agreement. Re-entry tags are no longer issued, nor will they be required for re-entry into impacted neighborhoods. For more information, please call St. Johns County Emergency Management at 904.824.5550.
St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Receives Governor's Award
St. Johns County Emergency Management Director Linda Stoughton received the "Governor's Award" at the Florida Governor's Hurricane Conference on May 18, 2017 in Palm Beach. Ms. Stoughton was recognized for her dedicated service to Emergency Management and capable response prior to, during, and after Hurricane Matthew. She was also named "2017 Emergency Manager of the Year" by the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association in February. The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners would like to congratulate Ms. Stoughton for her achievements, and thank her and the Emergency Management Division for their hard work and dedication to the residents of St. Johns County.
Volunteer Opportunities with St. Johns County Boards and Committees 
The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners provides residents who have an interest in participating in their local government with a variety of board and commission opportunities. Depending on the board or commission, the volunteer positions consider and make recommendations regarding a myriad of topics including planning and zoning issues, development projects, the library, parks and recreation facilities and programs, and arts, culture, and tourism matters. Please visit the Boards and Commission Webpage to view an updated list of board and commission vacancies and download an application, or contact the Board of County Commissioners office at 904.209.0300 or mlundquist@sjcfl.us for more information.
St. Johns County Main Library and St. Augustine Amphitheatre Recognized at Florida Library Association Award Ceremony
The St. Johns County Main Library and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre recently received awards at the Florida Library Association Annual Conference, an event that recognizes contributions to libraries, library service, and the quality of life of Florida residents. The St. Johns County Main Library received the "Libraries Mean Business" Award for services and support to citizens and businesses impacted by Hurricane Matthew, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre received the FLA Media/Business Partner Award for their continued support and partnership with the Library System. For more information on St. Johns County's libraries and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, please visit www.sjcfl.us. 
St. Johns County Offers Free Shuttle Service during Independence Day and Labor Day Holiday Weekends
St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Mickler's Beachfront Park and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following weekends this summer:
 
Independence Day: July 1 - 4
Labor Day: September 2 - 4
 
The Mickler's Beachfront Park shuttle will transport beach visitors between Cornerstone Park, 1046 A1A North, and Mickler's Beachfront Park, which provides direct access to the beach. The Pier shuttle will transport beach visitors between St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, and the Pier parking lot, which provides direct access to Pier amenities and the beach. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes with the final shuttles departing at 4 p.m.
 
Service updates will be provided via the St. Johns County Beaches mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices), Twitter feed, and Facebook page. St. Johns County and the Tourist Development Council provide the Reach the Beach shuttles to give St. Johns County residents and visitors a more safe and convenient beach experience. For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/Beaches or call 904.209.0331. 
St. Johns County Launches "Reach the Beach" Mobile App 
St. Johns County recently launched a "Reach the Beach" mobile app, which provides convenient information to help residents and visitors spend less time in the car and more time on the beach. The app provides quick access to current beach driving conditions, beach access locations, available amenities and facilities, lifeguard information, and emergency contacts. Apple and Android users can download the app for free by searching "St. Johns County Beaches" in the App Store or Google Play. For more information on the "Reach the Beach" mobile app, please visit www.sjcfl.us/Beaches or call 904.209.0331. 
Sunshine Bus Company Expands Service in Hastings  
To better serve residents in Hastings and Flagler Estates, the Sunshine Bus Company has added the Hastings Circulator route. This will expand service throughout the area and make a connection with Putnam Transit at Eastgate Square Plaza on US 17. The Hastings Circulator will run from 4:40 a.m. to 7:25 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For schedules and route maps, please visit the Hastings Library, 6195 South Main Street, or www.sunshinebus.net
St. Johns County Hosts Summer Fish Camp 
fishing-pole-handles.jpg St. Johns County is partnering with the Florida Wildlife Commission to host a freshwater fish camp for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 24 through 28 at Trout Creek Park, 6795 Collier Road. Campers will learn safe boat-handling skills, types of freshwater fish and their habitats, the proper tackle to use in freshwater, and how to safely clean fish. The program is limited to 20 campers and registration is first-come, first-serve. Registration is $170 and includes a rod and reel, tackle box, and tackle. For more information, please call 904.209.0348 or email ahalusky@sjcfl.us
St. Johns County Public Libraries Host Tenth Annual Nature Detective Bee Workshops
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St. Johns County Public Libraries are hosting free, interactive, and science-based Nature Detective workshops for children ages 6 through 12 throughout the summer. This year, participants will have the opportunity to learn about bees through hands-on activities, take-home materials, and books that can be checked out from the libraries. The St. Johns County Beekeepers Association will also bring a contained live hive of bees to every workshop to help study these important pollinators. The workshops will be held at the following locations:
 
* Bartram Trail Branch, 904.827.6960 - June 14 / 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
* Hastings Branch, 904.827.6970 - June 24 / 11 a.m., 12 p.m.
* Ponte Vedra Branch, 904.827.6950 - July 8 / 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
* Southeast Branch, 904.827.6900 - July 15 / 11 a.m.
* Anastasia Island Branch, 904.209.3730 - July 19 / 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
* Main Library, 904.827.6940 - July 22 / 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
 
To register your child for a workshop, please call or visit any participating branch library. Nature Detective workshops are sponsored and supported by the Garden Club of St. Augustine and the Friends of the Library organizations of each branch library. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org.
St. Johns County Bookmobile Adds New Summer Stops
The St. Johns County Bookmobile is making additional stops this summer to provide adults and youth more opportunities to get a library card and check out books, movies, audiobooks, and other media. The bookmobile will make scheduled stops at the following locations:
 
Publix at Nocatee Town Center, 120 Marketside Ave, Ponte Vedra
Tuesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. / Thursdays from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
 
Publix at 210 West, 2845 CR210 W, St. Johns
Thursdays from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
 
Publix at Pacetti Road, 84 Tuscan Way, St. Augustine
Fridays from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
 
To find out more about the St. Johns County Bookmobile or to obtain a full schedule of bookmobile stops throughout the County, please visit www.sjcpls.org/bookmobile or call 904.827.6944.
St. Johns County Holiday Hours
Independence Day
All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, library branches, and the Pet Center will be closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. All offices and branches will resume standard business hours on Wednesday, July 5.
 
Garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules will not be delayed. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road solid waste scale houses will remain open on the holiday during standard business hours.
 
Labor Day
All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, library branches, and the Pet Center will be closed Monday, September 4 in observance of Labor Day. All offices and branches will resume standard business hours on Tuesday, September 5.
 
Garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules will not be delayed. The Stratton Road and Tillman Ridge solid waste scale houses will remain open on the holiday during standard business hours.
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