Top 5 stories last week


The top story viewed at staugustine.com during the past week was the sale of Ocean Grove RV Resort to the owners of Embassy Suites for $15.1 million. The property includes 18 acres.

Other top stories included an airplane crash landed into the marsh near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, Beth Sweeny fills vacancy on St. Augustine Beach Commission, a look into marijuana businesses in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Commission OKs long-range plan for mobility. 

In case you missed it, here’s a quick summary of the complete Top 5 stories of the past week throughout St. Johns County and viewed at staugustine.com.

Longtime St. Augustine Ocean Grove RV Resort sold to hotel investors Key International

Citing a growing market demand for camping accommodations, Key International — the  development parent company of Embassy Suites — has purchased the Ocean Grove RV Resort just south of the hotel in St. Augustine Beach.

According to a news release issued Feb. 22, Key International finalized the deal with the former owners of the park for a sale price of $15.1 million, in cooperation with partners Wexford Real Estate Investors.

The 18-acre property encompasses 208 RV spots and the Ebb Tide restaurant and pool — which is open to resort guests as well as the general public — and is located at 4225 A1A S.

Longtime St. Augustine Ocean Grove RV Resort sold to hotel investors Key International, Feb. 28, Colleen Michele Jones

Pilot in critical condition after plane crashes into marsh near Northeast Florida Regional Airport

An airplane crashed into the marsh area near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport just before 5 p.m. on Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The pilot, a 49-year-old woman from Oregon, is in critical condition, according to a release from FHP. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation and no further details, including the type of plane and whether there were any passengers, were released.

Pilot in critical condition after plane crashes into marsh near Northeast Florida Regional Airport, March 02, Ashley Varese

More: Failed takeoff attempt lands plane in marsh at St. Augustine airport

Sweeny tapped to fill seat on St. Augustine Beach Commission

The St. Augustine Beach City Commission has appointed Beth Sweeny to fill the vacancy created by former commissioner Ernesto Torres’ resignation.

Torres stepped down from the post Jan. 31 amid allegations of unethical behavior in the Jan. 22 DUI arrest of his wife Nicole.

The commission voted 3-1 at a special meeting Monday to select Sweeny for the interim seat on the five-member board. She was chosen from a field of seven candidates who were interviewed by commissioners and residents attending the meeting.

Sweeny tapped to fill seat of disgraced St. Augustine Beach politician Ernesto Torres, March 1, Colleen Michele Jones

More: St. Augustine Beach commissioner Ernesto Torres resigns after dustup with PD on wife’s DUI charge

Take a look inside a medical marijuana dispensary taking root in St. Augustine

People who enter the Cannabist medical marijuana dispensary in St. Augustine are welcomed by a sign that reads: “A Higher Experience.” 

The shop is at the corner of U.S. 1 and King Street, one of the city’s busiest intersections. It’s one of several medical marijuana dispensaries now operating years after local governments in St. Johns County made different decisions on how to handle the industry.

Early discussions about zoning for marijuana businesses in St. Augustine surfaced concerns about criminal activity. 

Take a look inside a medical marijuana dispensary taking root in St. Augustine, Feb. 27, Sheldon Gardner

More: St. Augustine gateway at a crossroads

More: St. Johns County Schools must allow medical marijuana on campus, state mandates

St. Augustine OKs long-range plan for improving traffic, other issues

In 2040, the city of St. Augustine could be much easier to navigate with the help of new parking garages, shuttles, redesigned streets and multi-use paths. 

The City Commission unanimously adopted a mobility plan this week along with a series of mobility fees, which will take effect May 17, that will help fund mobility projects such as trails, parking garages, redesigned streets and more. 

Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline said at this week’s meeting that years ago, when the city created its historic preservation districts, city officials decided not to require minimum parking for businesses. 

St. Augustine approves long-range plan for improving traffic, other mobility issues, March 2, Sheldon Gardner

More: Traffic agreement for 3,500-unit Greenbriar Helow goes to Commission Tuesday

More: At $55 million, sheriff’s office facility on list of St. Johns County sales tax projects

Support local journalism. Subscribe today.



Source link Weed Feed

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*