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St. Johns County



St. Johns County is home to more than 190,000 people that are served by three municipalities and the County Government.

The County is 608 square miles and is surrounded with beaches, riverfront, and dozens of historical landmarks, which makes it ideally positioned to attract visitors and industry.

St. Johns County has 3 incorporated cities St. Augustine, St. Augustine Beach, and Hastings. Unincorporated communities include Ponte Vedra, Switzerland, Crescent Beach, Tocoi, Bakersville, Picolatta, Orangedale, Fruit Cove, Summer Haven and Vilano Beach. St. Augustine, the county seat, was incorporated under Florida law on December 2, 1924. It has a city manager and an elected commissioners form of government. Hastings, the potato capital of Florida, was incorporated in 1931 and has a mayor and an elected council type of government. St. Augustine Beach was incorporated on January 1, 1960 and also has the mayor/council form of government.

Between 1990 and 2000 the County's population grew 47 percent, nearly double the growth rate for the rest of the State. A recent study places St. Johns County as one of the fastest growing in the State through the year 2010, including job growth and income growth. The County ranks 23rd in the nation in population growth from 1970 to 1990.

The county was created in 1821 when General Andrew Jackson, Governor of the Territory of Florida, divided the State in two Counties. The East was designated St. Johns County and the West was named Escambia County. St. Johns County has since diminished in size to approximately 608 square miles, but remains one of the foremost counties in Florida and, indeed, the Nation. 


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Veterans Council of St. John's County The Veterans Council of St. Johns County, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit Florida Corporation. Our formation date was July 4, 2001 in a proclamation issued by the St. Johns County Commissioners. It is composed of representatives of the various veterans' organizations within St. Johns County. The Veteran's Council will work with city and county governments and other local organizations to achieve the mutual goal to provide a central agency to assist in the coordination and presentation of matters concerning veterans and veterans activities in St. Johns County. The Veteran's Council will endeavor to precipitate, stimulate and assist various organizations as they perform patriotic events. One of the major purposes as is the promotion and education of national patriotic matters. Link to Website 
St. Johns County Veteran Services The Veterans Services Office assists veterans and their dependents in applying for benefits to which they are entitled under Federal or State Law or Regulations by reason of Active Military Service in the Armed Forces of the United States. This includes, but is not limited to, preparation of formal claims and appeals relating to Compensation, Education, Loan Guaranty for Homes, Special Adapted Housing, Pension, Medical Care, Insurance, Burial Benefits and related matters. Link to Website 
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