News Briefs for the Week of May 9-15, 2024


Change in polling places announced

The St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections has officially published the updated polling place list for the 2024 Primary and General Elections. Two precincts have been updated since the March 19 Presidential Preference Primary Election – Precincts 213 and 501.

Precinct 501 — The old location was The Clubhouse at Beacon Lake. The new location is Creekside Christian Student Center, 92 Lifespring Way, St. Johns.

Precinct 213 — The old location was Hastings Branch Library. The new location is W.E. Harris Community Center, 400 E. Harris St., Hastings. The precinct was moved due to construction and the upcoming closure of the Hastings Branch Library.

Family seining event set for May 11

GTM Research Reserve will offer a program on family seining from 9 to 11 a.m. May 11 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. Register online at

Woman’s Club to meet

The Ponte Vedra Woman’s Club will meet at 6 p.m. May 15 at the Marsh Landing Country Club, 25655 Marsh Landing Pkwy., Ponte Vedra Beach. Topics include charity and scholarship check presentations and yearend activities. Register at

Deadline June 30 for nonprofit grant

The Ponte Vedra Women’s Civic Alliance (PVWCA) is accepting applications through June 30 for their $10,000 grant. 

The grant will be awarded to a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization located in St. Johns County or to an organization that serves the Beaches area, including Ponte Vedra Beach, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach and Atlantic Beach.

Access the PVWCA website at to request an application and to review the grant guidelines.

The Ponte Vedra Women’s Civic Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 2011 to foster friendship by working together for the good of the community; the PVWCA awards grants yearly.

St. Augustine Beach renourishment delayed

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced an immediate halt to its beach renourishment activities in the Anastasia State Park. The contractor began work on March 8 but could not complete the park portion before significant shorebird nesting activity occurred in this area.

A least tern colony was established and, in order to avoid potential negative impacts to nesting shorebirds, their nests and their chicks, the decision was made to cease operations.

USACE Jacksonville is working with its contractor to re-set a project timeline for completing the 100% federally funded flood control and coastal emergencies beach renourishment.

For updates, go to

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.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan