SASIA is a group of resident volunteers with a goal of preserving the natural beauty of St. Augustine South and building strong community partnerships with county government and local businesses. It is not a homeowners’ association, SASIA doesn’t set or enforce rules and regulations, but works to share information about issues and events important to the community. Everyone who resides in St. Augustine South is welcome, and those living nearby are always welcome at our social events.
The pavilion is property of Parks & Recreation and is not available to reserve. It is available on a first-come first-served basis. Both the pavilion and Tot Lot Park are open to the public. Any specific questions can be directed to Parks & Recreation: (904) 209-0333, 2175 Mizell Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080.
Question - The status and schedule for the installation of Shore Drive Park Trail. That is one of the best things to happen to the area and will give pedestrians, people with dogs and kids and casual adults on bikes a better place to ride than the streets.
Response - Staff is awaiting permit notification from ACOE of a Nationwide Permit-14. Once all permits are received we are able to move forward with normal procurement/bid process for this project. Additionally, staff is preparing submittals for the Recreation Trail Program grant that was received for this project to make certain the project stays in compliance with the grant requirements.
Question - The presence of abandoned and derelict boats in the waterways around St. Augustine South. They are a really bad eyesore. And please do not give the same response that I have received from FWC numerous times: “The legal system is really slow”. What action will you take to remove these derelicts? See photos below [photos were attached in an email].
Response - Although the same response is not desired it stands true. The FWC and SJSO work on derelict boats and they must go through the proper legal system steps in order to be removed. They are private property and thus the government is unable able to remove them without the process coming to fruition. To staff’s knowledge, neither of the vessels below have met those guidelines to be eligible for removal.
Question - Update on the Shore Drive pathway, start and finish dates.
Response - Staff is awaiting permit notification from Army Core Of Engineers of a Nationwide Permit-14. Once all permits are received we are able to move forward with normal procurement/bid process for this project.
Question - Update on the Tennis, Basketball and Pickleball court repairs. Repairs to the drainage behind the clubhouse, tot lot and baseball field.
Response - Facilities Maintenance is working to secure a contractor to complete the demolition to the tennis and basketball courts in addition to repair the drainage. Once the drainage project is complete, Parks and Recreation will then come in and address adding new amenities to this site.
Question - The possibility of putting a dog park at the old fire station location on St Augustine South Drive.
Response - Parks and Recreation is currently completing all active projects before adding additional ones on our team. Additionally, we are in the process of hiring a Project Manager that will be able to assist with smaller projects such as the old fire station parcel. A dog park could very well be discussed, there were concerns brought up previously about how a dog park could impact the neighbors that live along the property line. These are all conversations that can be had once funding is allocated to the parcel to develop it.
Question - The presence of abandoned and derelict boats in the waterways around St. Augustine South. They are a really bad eyesore. And please do not give the same response that I have received from FWC numerous times: “The legal system is really slow”. What action will you take to remove these derelicts?
Response - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) and St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office (SJCSO) work on derelict boats. Both divisions must go through the proper legal system process in order to remove derelict vessels. The boats are private property and thus the government is unable able to remove them without the process coming to fruition. To staff’s knowledge, neither of the vessels below have met those guidelines to be eligible for removal at this time.
Question - As you know the erosion of the River Bank has become almost to a critical point with trees falling in the river and (trees that were on solid ground when I moved her in 09 and are now anchored in the marsh. My area here is really bad. The county has an obligation to stabilized the bank before we have no more park (they refurbished others park banks) and it takes shore drive with it. Anyone on the board has that subject on the agenda? I have lots of photos that i can send you to get the commissioner attention. I’m sure you realize, a critical happening in our community, and county really need to address this situation. Pictures below. Lack of stabilization I’m afraid ,at the rates it’s going, will before we know it, result in another Vilano Beach beach street taken over.
Response - The County currently has a steering committee conducting a county wide vulnerability assessment. Parks and Recreation will work with the resiliency division of Growth Management that is overseeing the steering committee to add Shore Drive as a vulnerability.
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