News Briefs for the week of June 30-July 6, 2022


Clerk of Courts warns against latest jury duty scam

The St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller’s Office is warning residents about fraudulent phone calls from scammers claiming to be representatives of the clerk’s office or law enforcement.

The clerk’s office has received calls from concerned residents who say a scammer claims that the individual has missed jury duty and must make immediate payment to avoid arrest. The scammer indicates a warrant has been issued for the resident’s arrest and demands payment for failure to appear for jury duty.

“Clerk staff will never phone a resident to request payment for failure to appear,” St. Johns County Clerk Brandon J. Patty said. “If you receive one of these calls, please provide no information to the caller, end the call immediately and report the incident to the Florida Office of the Attorney General.”

When residents don't respond to a summons for jury duty, they are contacted by an official letter from the St. Johns County Clerk of the Circuit Court sent through the U.S. Postal Service.

The Florida Office of the Attorney General’s number is 866-966-7226. 

For questions regarding jury duty in St. Johns County, call 904-819-3629.

Democratic Club to meet

The Ponte Vedra Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 19, at Christ Episcopal Church, 400 San Juan Drive.
Chat and chew is at 6 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. The featured speaker will be St. John’s County Supervisor of Elections Vicky Oakes.

Line dancing class offered

There will be a line dancing class from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays beginning July 13 at COA’s THE PLAYERS Community Senior Center in Ponte Vedra Beach. The classes will be led by instructor Will Oglesby, an experienced line dance leader.

The cost for the three-week session (July 13, 20 and 27) is $26.25. Registration is required, and space is limited. (Going forward, the price per month will be adjusted according to the number of weeks offered each month.)

To register and for more information, contact COA’s Amanda Jones at 904-280-3233 or via email at

The center is located at 175 Landrum Lane.

[For a report on the region's unemployment, click the link: Unemployment]

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan