News Briefs for June 6-12, 2024


Registration open for DONNA 5K at TPC Sawgrass

The DONNA Foundation has announced the opening of registration for its annual DONNA 5K at TPC Sawgrass. Celebrating its 17th running, The DONNA 5K at TPC Sawgrass serves as the final race in the DONNA 2024 Fearless Series and will take place on the “back nine” of THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass on Oct. 12.

The family-friendly event serves as the highlight of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and celebrates survivorship while raising funds to finish breast cancer.

For more information and to register, go to

Open house event set for Saturday

A community open house of homes for sale in the 55+ Cascades at World Golf Village will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8. Follow the signs to the open homes in the neighborhood.

The community is described as having great amenities and being convenient to highways, shopping, health care facilities and historic St. Augustine.

HOA dues cover the amenities, electronic gate and lawn maintenance. The event will be hosted by the various real estate listing agents with homes for sale in the community.

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.

Public may offer feedback on budget sessions

St. Johns County invites the public to offer feedback on the Fiscal Year 2025 budget workshop sessions recently hosted by County Administrator Joy Andrews. The public can email their questions to, and the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) will respond.

The county held the sessions May 10-24. They were broadcast live on the county’s website through its Office of Public Affairs and GovTV operations. They were also recorded and are available at in the Archived Videos section in the Other Videos Archive listing.

OMB has details about the Fiscal Year 2025 budget on its webpage at It includes the workshop workbook, which offers budget summaries, the budget by fund accounting, department presentations and other details. The web page also allows the public to customize their budget book by selecting various choices to produce a personalized PDF to download to their computer and print.

The county administration will provide budget recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners in July; at this time, the board will set the tentative millage rates (property tax). In September, the board will host two public hearings to adopt the budget. The new budget year begins Oct. 1.

Tillman Ridge Transfer Station temporarily closed

The Tillman Ridge Transfer Station, 3005 Allen Nease Road, Elkton, has been closed for repairs. Normal operations there are expected to resume July 1. Only residential household hazardous waste will be accepted from residents during the temporary closure, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

The Stratton Road Transfer Station, 250 N. Stratton Road, St. Augustine, will remain open to serve all residential and commercial customers. Delays may be experienced during peak hours. The Stratton Road Transfer Station is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, go to or call 904-827-6980.

As a reminder, by downloading the Recycle Coach app or using the website widget, residents can obtain their curbside collection schedule, sign up for alerts and quickly learn how to properly dispose of different waste materials. Learn more at

Job fair set for June 12

Job News USA will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at The DoubleTree Riverfront Hotel, 1201 Riverplace Blvd., Jacksonville.

More than 25 companies will be looking to fill more than 1,000 jobs  in a variety of industries including entry level and professional opportunities, blue- and white-collar positions, full- and part-time opportunities, multiple shifts, seasonal work as well as various leadership positions.

Many companies will conduct on-the-spot interviews and make immediate job offers.

To learn more about this event, apply to jobs now and pre-register to attend, go to

Future job fairs will be held July 31, Aug. 29, Oct. 24 and Dec. 12.

Grief support group to meet

A grief support group meets on the third Wednesday of every month at St. Paul's Catholic Church in Room 107 of the Family Life Center, 578 First Avenue N., Jacksonville Beach. The group is for men and women grieving the death of a family member or friend. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. June 19. For information, call Kathy at 904-553-8933.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan