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Care About The Shoreline? Speak Up Ponte Vedra!

Below is an email from the organization Save Ponte Vedra. This grassroots organization has been working for over a year to gain funding to address beach erosion in Ponte Vedra Beach — a problem that impacts all of 32082 and 32081. Use your voice and support these hard-working volunteers by calling and emailing our county commissioners before the upcoming March 19 meeting.

Please call and/or email the Commissioners ASAP so that we can potentially secure a long term funding source for our beach.  There are only 4 days left before the Commissioners vote on March 19th! Their contact information is below. Again, our hotels and rentals bring in over $3 million per year of bed tax revenues (per the Tourist Development Council) and very very little of it comes back here.  That should serve as the ongoing local funding source for our beach!

See below for the proposed new TDT (Tourist Development Tax or bed tax) Revenue Distribution that would add an estimated $2.3 million to Tourism Asset Improvement and Management Projects per year beginning in 2020 – including Beach Renourishment (see Exhibit 1 below).


We urge everyone to attend the meeting and speak if you’d like during public comment.  We must fill the room!  We’ve all been waiting for this and here it is.

Location:  SJC Auditorium, 500 San Sebastian View, St Augustine

Date and Time: 1pm on Tuesday, March 19th


James K. Johns: Commissioner, District 1
Cell phone:  (904) 615-7437
Email address:
Jeb Smith: Vice-Chair, Commissioner, District 2
Cell phone:   (904) 325-4182
Email address:
Paul M. Waldron: Chair, Commissioner, District 3
Cell phone:   (904) 436-3973
Email address:
Jeremiah Ray Blocker: Commissioner, District 4
Cell phone:   (904) 679-2620
Email address:
Henry Dean: Commissioner, District 5
Cell phone:   (904) 325-3924
Email address:
Exhibit 1: Proposed New Bed Tax Revenue Distribution
– Adding Potentially $2.3 million to Tourism Asset Improvement and Management Projects per year beginning in 2020, including Beach Renourishment.  See Red Highlighted Below.

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