Politics

Vacancies for St. Johns County Advisory Boards and Committees

St. Johns County is currently accepting applications for the following Board and Committee vacancies. Contact Melissa Lundquist at (904) 209-0563 or mlundquist@sjcfl.us for more information or to obtain an application.

Kirk Wendland Selected to Join Florida Chamber Foundation’s Six Pillars Caucus System

The Florida Chamber Foundation announced that Kirk Wendland has been selected to serve on their Six Pillars Caucus System. Wendland will join other leaders from across the state on the Innovation & Economic Development Caucus to help craft the first-ever, state-wide strategic plan.

Districts May Need Fed Funding in Busy Fire Season

Districts May Need Fed Funding in Busy Fire Season

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- This wildfire season could prove costly for the state's Division of Forestry (TOW). 

So far this spring has been very active, according to Senior Forester Greg Dunn. "Half-acre, acre fires - those are normal, but for it to... go to 20 to 1,100 acres in a day, those are abnormal for this time of year."

The Bunnell District of the DOF, which includes St. Johns, Flagler and Volusia counties, spent $2.3 million during fiscal year 2009-2010.  During that time, it dealt with 162 fires according to an email from District Manager Mike Kuypers.

This year's budget (2010-2011) is $2.2 million. As of Feb. 28, the district has spent $1.5 million of that money and fought 216 fires.

The Keller fire burned 1,134 acres in early March near Interstate 95 and U.S. 1 in St. Johns County. DOF crews are still monitoring it after "re-burn" was reported this week. 

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Sued for Unpaid Services

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Congresswoman Corrine Brown raised more than $1 million for her 2010 re-election campaign but one agency says she short-changed them.

"Corinne Brown and her campaign committees owe our clients, who raised over half a million dollars for her, approximately $44 thousand," said Martin Lobel, the attorney representing Berger Hirschberg Strategies, a major Democratic fundraising firm.

Both parties agree, the fundraising firm began working for Brown when she was thinking of running for Senate in 2009.

They entered into a contract in July 2009.

Corrine Brown, her Chief of Staff, and Friends of Corrine Brown are now being told to pay up for underpaid and unpaid fees to the tune of $44,495.

"Congresswoman Brown is not obligated to the defendants as they claim," said Brown's attorney, Frederick Cooke, Jr.

Palencia to Get Fire Station

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners voted today to accept a federal SAFER grant, which provides funding for 12 new firefighter positions for the next two years. The grant allows the County to open Fire Station 15 on Pine Island Road with an advanced life support engine, without incurring the costs of the 12 new positions required to staff the station until the third year. Without acceptance of the SAFER grant, Fire Station 15 would have had to remain closed until another revenue source could be identified.

St. Johns County Rally to Support our Schools

St. Johns County Rally to Support our Schools

50th No More, the first grassroots group founded by parents to support public education in Florida is organizing a Rally in St. Augustine to support schools and protest recently proposed cuts to education.  The community is invited to attend.

Final Public Workshop - Windswept Motel Signage

The Scenic & Historic A1A Corridor Management Council and the St. Johns County Growth Management Department will hold a final public workshop on Monday, March 14th at 2 pm at the Southeast Branch Library located at 6670 US 1 South in St. Augustine. The workshop will discuss the design of the historic Windswept Motel sign and the location of three National Scenic Byway educational interpretative signs, all of which are being funded through a National Scenic Byway grant. This is the last of the two public meetings to discuss signs before they are constructed on site. The first meeting was held on February 23rd.