News Briefs for the Week of Feb. 8-14, 2024


Work to close Masters Drive

St. Johns County will close Masters Drive from Feb. 18 to March 31 to replace an existing box culvert. Construction will require a complete closure at the location of the affected culvert, about 300 feet south of the State Road 16 and Masters Drive Intersection. Detours will be established with necessary signage to provide advanced warning and directions for roadway users.

This culvert crossing is part of the $3.8 million Santa Rosa drainage improvement project that is being funded by a community development block grant. The drainage improvements will reduce flooding caused by stormwater and high tides within the Santa Rosa subdivision.

The culvert replacement will provide an outfall for the drainage along the west side of Masters Drive and the north side of SR 16. The replacement is necessary due to the age and condition of the existing culvert. The project will also increase the size of the culvert, which will reduce the duration of storm impacts.

The project is expected to be complete in the spring.

GOP committee to meet

The SJC Republican Executive Committee District 4 will meet at 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, at the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach. The committee meets on the third Thursday of each month.

Palm Valley Market every Tuesday

The Palm Valley Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday inside the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Road. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, tea, seasonal treats, soap, jewelry, plants and more.

Family seining event set for Feb. 10

GTM Research Reserve will offer a program on family seining from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 10 at GTM Research Reserve Guana Dam, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. Learn about the animals and their roles in Guana Lake by pulling a seine net and collecting species of fish, crabs and other marine life.

The event is free. but parking is $3 per vehicle. All necessary gear (waders and boots) will be provided. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are recommended.

Register online at

Workshop topic: Preparing for an interview

The Savvy Job Hunters Ministry of Christ Episcopal Church will host a free virtual workshop, “Putting Your Professional Package Together and Preparing for the Interview,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon Feb. 23. The workshop will be presented by Dr. Priscilla Berry, owner and president of Berry and Associates. Email to register. All are welcome to attend.

Beach cleanup on Valentine’s Day

There will be a Valentine’s Day beach cleanup, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 14 at the GTM Research Reserve. Meet at the Exxon beach parking lot between 10 and 11 a.m. Wear gloves. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are recommended. Trash bags will be provided.

Learn more about events at the reserve at

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan