St. Johns County Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker speaks at Ponte Vedra (FL) Beaches Coalition Meeting

Recently sworn-in St. Johns County District 4 Commissioner Jeremiah Blocker addressed the Ponte Vedra Beaches Coalition at its December meeting on Monday, Dec. 3, discussing a few of the key issues he plans on targeting while serving in office. This includes his support of a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) to support beach renourishment, and allocating tourism money back into Ponte Vedra.

Specifically, Blocker said he would like to focus on only allowing development that is positive for the county and solving the infrastructure issues that he believes will benefit the community in both the present and future.

This includes his support of a Municipal Service Taxing Unit (MSTU) to support beach renourishment, and allocating tourism money back into Ponte Vedra.

“We are one of the few counties, one of two counties in the state, that does not have an active beach renourishment program,” he said at the meeting held at the Palm Valley Community Center. “That puts the entire county in danger and it affects all of us. I want my kids — that’s why I’m doing this — I want my kids to have a beach they’re going to enjoy and experience.”

The MSTU is a special taxing unit for addressing funding issues such as beach erosion along the county’s northern coast. Blocker said he wants the MSTU to help in providing a coastal engineer as part of a beach management staff.

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