St. Johns County beaches expect a slowdown after Labor Day.

Summer 2022 days may shrink, but here in St. Johns County, beach season continues year-round. Beachgoers, however, can expect some slowdown as the changes go into effect after Labor Day:

  • The Labor Day holiday traditionally marks the end of the summer beach season and will end the seasonal rescue tower staffing provided by St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
  • Although the lifeguard towers are no longer staffed, mobile truck patrols supplemented by career firefighter rescue personnel will continue in the various beach areas through September.
  • Tolls — $10 for St. Johns County residents as well as non-residents — will be collected through September 30.
  • Beach gates will be closed from 7:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily until October 31 or until the last turtle nest hatches, whichever comes last.
  • With two months left in sea turtle nesting season, St. Johns County Beach Services and Habitat Conservation staff will continue to monitor turtle nests and hatchlings daily. marines. With a record number of nests on county beaches this year, tracking the more than 50,000 hatchlings that have already set sail and more to come has become time-consuming for staff. Bathers are urged to level sandcastles and fill in gaps to keep the beach safe for newborns – as well as humans. Beachfront residents are asked to keep the lights facing the beach off to ensure safe passage for newborn babies to the ocean, as the lights can disorient them.
  • Beach patrons are reminded to use the 911 system year-round for any emergency occurring at the beaches. These emergencies will continue to be the subject of a fire rescue response. For current beach conditions and updates, call the information line at 904-209-0333 or visit the mobile website for daily updates.
  • The St. Johns County and Tourism Development Board will provide free shuttle service on Labor Day weekend to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. John’s County Ocean and Fishing Pier. Johns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from September 3 to September 5. The Mickler Shuttle will transport beach visitors between Cornerstone Park, 1046 A1A N., and Mickler’s Beachfront Park to the beach. The Pier Shuttle will transport beach visitors between St. Augustine Beach Town Hall, 2200 SR A1A S., and the Pier Lot, which provides direct access to Pier amenities and the beach . Shuttles will run every 20 minutes, with the last shuttle leaving each location at 4 p.m. Both shuttle service routes will be subject to inclement weather. Service updates will be available through the St. Johns County Reach the Beach mobile website, Twitter feed and Facebook page or call 904-209-0344.

Turtle Tracks:12,080 sea turtle hatchlings added to St. Johns County beaches last week

Music by the sea, part 2:The concert series kicks off in St. Augustine Beach, bringing the second half of the season to the dock

Music and Art by the Sea, Part II

Wednesday night music concerts and art exhibits by the sea at St. Augustine Beach Pier and Park Pavilion, 350 Beach Blvd. continue until September 21.

Free programs are sponsored by the St. Augustine Beach Civic Association.

The art studio at the same location opens at 3 p.m. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket to sit on.

Parking at Pier Park will be limited. Visitors are urged to find alternative parking along Beach Boulevard or carpool, walk, bike, etc. when possible. Goers should not plan to park at nearby restaurants as their free parking is only good during dinner.

You can bring your own food and drinks. Local food trucks will also be available. The Civic Association has formed a partnership with the Village Garden Food Truck Park. One of their many mobile restaurants will be on site at each concert starting at 4 p.m. with dinners and soft drinks. Dinners will be priced at $10 or less with at least two menu options.

Concert dates and performers include:

  • August 31: Amy Alysia and Soul Operation rhythm and blues dance. Food by Kusina Colorado.
  • September 7: Ramona the Riot with jazz, blues and dance music. Food by Little Sombrero.
  • September 14: These Guys with classic and southern rock. Food by Big Island Bowls.
  • September 21: Music by the Sea All Star Jam with an eclectic mix. Food by African Love Kitchen.

For updates, including concert updates, weather and other related cancellations, visit

Lecture Series

The University of Florida’s Whitney Lab for Marine Bioscience Evenings, Whitney Public Lecture Series resumes at 7 p.m. Thursday, September 8. The first lecture in the fall series, “The Evolution of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” will be led by Michael Lauzardo, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Deputy Director of the Emerging Pathogens Institute at the University of Florida , and Cindy Prins, Ph.D., clinical associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Florida. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic has required both targeted and nuanced approaches to prevent the spread of the virus in colleges and universities. Learn about the University of Florida’s response to COVID-19, including how the response has evolved with the pandemic and lessons learned for future public health emergencies.

Lorraine Thompson

Whitney Laboratory is located at 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, on the border of Flagler and St. Johns counties. For more information, visit or call 904-461-4000. This free lecture will be presented live at the Lohman Auditorium at UF Whitney Laboratory, 9505 Ocean Shore Blvd., St. Augustine, and also through Zoom. To watch via Zoom, go to:

NEWS ? If it takes place on Anastasia Island, the South Beaches or adjacent areas, you can send your people and event information to [email protected] or call 904-471-4851.

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