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William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway Wins Several Awards

The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway has been recognized recently with several awards for its Master Plan and website www.BartramScenicHighway.com. The William Bartram Scenic and Historic Highway was recognized for “Outstanding Master Plan” from the First Coast Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter. Additionally, the Highway’s website received Honorable Mention from the same group, as well as the “Public Education Award” from the First Coast Chapter of the Florida Planning and Zoning Association.

St. Johns County Thanksgiving Schedule

The Thanksgiving schedule for various St. Johns County facilities is listed below:

Temporary Road Closure – SR-16 Near Francis Road

State Road 16, west of Francis Road, will be closed to traffic overnight on Wednesday, November 18th and Thursday, November 19th from 10:00 pm to 6:00 am. The reason for the road closure is to allow a contractor to install reclaimed water lines.

Sea Turtle Nesting Season has Ended

St. Johns County officials have announced that sea turtle nesting season has officially ended. Although October 31st marked the traditional end of the season, St. Johns County extended the season until the last four turtle nests hatched, in compliance with the County’s Habitat Conservation Plan.

The 2010 season was record-breaking for St. Johns County, with a total of 902 turtle nests on the 41 miles of beaches. This is the most since the County began keeping records in 1988. By comparison, last year the total was 270 nests, and the average prior to this year was 255. Beaches throughout Florida saw an increase in turtle nests, but officials are unsure what caused the increase. Data from more than one year will be needed to make any conclusions.

St. Johns Weekly Traffic Advisory Through Nov. 12th

The following is a list of roadwork underway by FDOT that may impact traffic in Putnam and St. Johns counties through Nov. 12. 

Great Florida Beach Walk Set For Saturday, Nov. 6th

Beach lovers and volunteer organizations along Florida's Historic Coast are invited to join the Great Florida Beach Walk to show the world that the Sunshine State's beaches are as wonderful as ever!  Organized by VISIT FLORIDA, the state's official tourism marketing organization, the goal of the walk is to have volunteers walk all 825 of Florida's sandy beaches and upload a photo of each mile - all between sunrise and 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 6.  The resulting photos will provide an impressive and indisputable online record of the state's beautiful, oil-free beaches.

3rd Annual "Food for Fines" at the St. Johns County Public Library

The St. Johns County Public Library System will kick off its 3rd Annual “Food for Fines” program next week. Food for Fines permits patrons to bring one sealed, non-expired, non-perishable food item to the library in exchange for each $1 in overdue fines. The program will run November 8 – December 22, 2010. Last year, more than 10,000 food items were collected, surpassing the 8,000 items collected in 2008.