With Labor Day behind us, we say “goodbye to summer” and will remember those hot, hot days that kept us near the air conditioners. It also means that SASIA is back to work.
The past couple of months have been a
bit slow, but some of us have never stopped.
We have a number of projects on the table we
are working on. The largest one is the entrance
sign at Gate 2. It has been looked at for many
years, but due to the cost, it has been set aside.
Some of our members have shown an interest
in taking another look at what could be done. At our September meeting, pictures and cost will be presented to the members. No vote will be taken so all members will have time to review the plans and decide what they want. A vote on the project will be held at the October 15 meeting. I urge everyone to join us to help decide on something that affects the entire community.
Our schools are up and running, and this year brings an additional 1,168 students to St. Johns County. There was a lot of last-minute growth and an influx of students in late summer said Superintendent Joe Joyner, but we were ready. (You bring them and we will build another school!)
We welcome a new member to our Association Board, Mr. Casey Duggan. Casey has been with us for a few months and has been active in many of our activities. He will bring to us experience and help us continue the work we have started.
It was interesting to learn that UF Shimberg Center has declared St. Johns County the wealthiest in the state with the median income around $63,000! But the study also shows that more than 3,000 families are paying over 50% of their income on rent. This opens the door for St. Johns Housing Partnership to purchase apartments for rent-subsidized housing, which seems to be needed.
As the City of St. Augustine attempts to revisit their budget, the plan on the table is to raise the parking ticket fees for both meter fines and illegal parting to $10. It is believed that most of the revenue collected will be paid by the visitors. It seems to be getting too expensive for us to go to the city to shop or take our out-of-town visitors. But then we just live here.
A big heads up for Frontier Airlines as they add new flights to their schedule. Soon there will be no reason we must go to Jacksonville to catch a flight.