Historic City News was informed that the Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway have elected their 2017-19 Board of Directors and officers overseeing the 72-mile national scenic byway through St Johns and Flagler counties.
Bill McClure, a graduate of the St Johns County Civilian Law Enforcement Academy, was elected as the Alumni Association's president. "While in office, I promoted Public Safety, Schools, and Public Infrastructure as my highest priorities, and I will continue to contribute, even after my term has ended." said McClure
Bill McClure, candidate for the Florida 4th Congressional District and a sitting St. Johns County Commissioner, announced his opposition to the proposed sales tax increase, scheduled for referendum on August 30th.
In 2015, the St Johns County Commissioners voted 3-2 against a 1-cent sales tax increase in which McClure was the deciding vote to stop the board from increasing the tax. McClure is the first and only congressional candidate to announce his opposition to the proposed tax increase and bailout. He also opposes the Duval County Pension bailout.
Bill McClure placed 2nd in the latest straw poll, showing that his grassroots campaign is strengthening!
St Johns County District 3 Commissioner, Bill McClure, was installed Friday, March 4th, to the Florida Association of Counties Trust during the quarterly meeting of the Board of Trustees.
“Since being elected in 2012, Commissioner McClure has passionately served his constituents at home, as well as Florida’s counties through his participation on various FAC committees,” said R. Scott Shalley, Executive Director of the Association.
St. Johns County to revisit impact fees; administrators prepare timeline for discussion, action
St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure says he’s frustrated with delays in revisiting impact fees he claims could be years behind the true cost of development — and collected inefficiently.
The Florida Association of Counties (FAC) recently presented St. Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure with the Presidential Advocacy Award during the FAC Annual Conference and Exposition in St. Johns County.
McClure served as a vice chair of the Federal Policy Committee, helping to shape the organization’s policy platform on federal issues facing Florida’s counties.
The Presidential Advocacy Award is given annually to those county commissioners who have “shown exceptional leadership in partnering with FAC to advance the counties’ legislative agenda.”
St. Johns County commissioners turn down King's Grant rezoning
St. Johns County Commissioners turned down the rezoning application for the King’s Grant development after several hours and extensive public comment on Tuesday.
“It’s not the right time in District 3,” said Commissioner Bill McClure, who made the motion against the rezoning. McClure represents District 3, which covers southern parts of the county as well as the intersection where the development was proposed.
McClure and Commissioners Jeb Smith and Jay Morris voted to deny the rezoning that would allow 999 residential units, 130,000 square feet of commercial retail and service space, a hospital and other features on more than 770 acres off State Road 206 near Interstate 95.
Bill McClure is the only member of the Board of County Commissioners who has kids enrolled in the public school system, and, as such, knows the value of keeping St Johns County School ranking at #1 in the State of Florida!
In my opinion, the goal of the County Commissioners should be to set yearly goals and policies for the Administrator. The Administrator should carry out those goals. He has done everything asked of him by the commission.
Since 2012 election, we have been involved in setting financial goals for FY 2014 and 2015, now is time to set courageous fiscal policy for 2016.
FROM OUR FY 2013 ANNUAL REPORT
• Total assets and deferred outflows of resources exceeded total liabilities (reported as net position) by $1,443,598,601 as of September 30, 2013.
• Total net position of the County increased by $13,572,975.
• Unrestricted net position of $141,958,667 represent the amount that may be used to meet the County’s ongoing obligations to citizens and creditors.
St Johns County needs a sports facility that can be utilized by all taxpayers 90% of the time, but must be built so tournaments (soccer, baseball, lacrosse, etc.) can promote economic development, tourism, sense of community. Studies have shown that 1 or 2 tournaments can pay for annual maintenance of fields. Build the Villages Park with the shift in TDC funds to pay beach renourishment and TDC 5th. 98% of tourist visit the beach. This creates 3.1 million in cash flow to build park.
• Explore the possibility to sell the 9 holes currently abandoned at the county golf course to a developer for high end single family homes (Estimated income to county $1,000,000 plus ongoing property taxes.) This comes at a time when the commission just voted to pay off the 1.2 million dollar debt obligation, and the $540,000 loan from the general fund. Now is the time to explore these options prior to any more operating income from the general fund. Use funds to build Villages Athletic Park.
The Florida Association of Counties announced to local Historic City News reporters, that St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure, (R) District 3, was recently presented with the Certified County Commissioner designation.
Commissioner McClure received the designation, developed by the statewide Association, along with 41 other county commissioners during an awards ceremony held at the FAC Annual Conference in the Orlando area.
“This certification allows our citizen electorate to become experts in county government improving their communities,” said FAC Executive Director Chris Holley. “The 380 graduates of this program is a testament to the importance of this curriculum to Florida’s public servants and our counties.”
Historic City News reporters are disappointed to report that when St Johns County Commissioner Bill McClure pled his case for at least two other commissioners to join him in giving direction to the county administrator, Michael Wanchick, to better provide for transportation roadway maintenance and repaving; his concerns fell on deaf ears.
Despite politically motivated claims by County Commission Chairman Jay Morris, designed to send the false message that “all is well” to those undecided voters he desperately needs to get himself re-elected August 26th, the truth is that the core services of government have been supplanted by shiny toys and grandiose pet construction projects — unnecessary by many residents standards.
“We are creating a looming infrastructure crisis by refusing to properly replenish the Transportation Trust Fund,” McClure told Historic City News. “Deferred maintenance of our roads creates safety hazards and diminishes the quality of life for all St Johns County residents and visitors. If we don’t provide for that funding now, don’t expect the money to magically materialize after the elections.”
St Johns Commissioner Bill McClure addressed the members of the St Johns County School Board and fellow county commissioners with a plan to ensure that school funding is a top priority during a joint special meeting on Wednesday, April 24.
Historic City News has observed that one of the largest challenges locally for our school district, is one over which commissioners and board members have little control — continued population growth in St Johns County.
School Board member Patrick Canan remarked to the panel, “This discussion is fine, but can we do something actionable?”
That is when Vice Chairman McClure presented an overlay of the county zoning with the capacity schools identified, and asked for the following:
• Creation of a “commercial enterprise zone” in areas where schools are at, or above, capacity.
• Coordination and inclusion of the school board on all PUD projects.
• A shift in school impact fees at the issuance of the building permit.
• Some contribution to the schools for each PUD approved prior to November 2008.
“All of these are actionable items which will help out schools, without raising taxes or impact fees,” McClure told Historic City News local reporters. “I made a promise during my campaign to ensure schools, safety, and infrastructure, were items of top priority for funding.”
What the county attorney, legal staff, and three prior county commissioners, representing District 3, had been unable to negotiate after 38 property owners sued St Johns County on August 26, 2005; newly elected County Commission Vice-Chairman Bill McClure accomplished in two days — saving the county millions in litigation fees.
Facing a pre-trial hearing already set for January 10 before Circuit Court Judge Patti A Christensen, the homeowners in the case of Robert and Linnie Jordan, et al. vs. St. Johns County et al., Case No. CA05-0694, reached an accord before the drama of a three to four-week trial ran up an estimated $2.5 million in legal expenses for each side.
“I live at Crescent Beach and have been visiting since 1974, so I am well aware of the conflict with families who own property along SR-A1A in St Johns County, north of Marineland,” McClure told Historic City News this morning. “When the former commission enacted a moratorium that precluded any construction on their oceanfront land and the county refused to continue repairs to the sixteen-foot wide roadway to their property, they felt that they had no option but to sue.”
Having been abandoned for the last 13 years, the old Cafe Erotica, is an eyesore, a blight, and a hazard to the citizens of St Johns County. He was the only one to prioritize, and finish the demolishment of the building that stood along I-95.
At an election event sponsored by Florida Senator John Thrasher last night, Commissioner-elect Bill McClure told Historic City News editor Michael Gold that he has been “eager to get to work” since being declared the winner of ex-commissioner Mark Miner’s seat on the St Johns County Commission for District 3.
McClure replaces half of a pair of increasingly unpopular county commissioners that many in political circles dubbed “the odd couple”. Rachael Bennett, another political first-timer, gave Ken Bryan the boot in the Primary Election; and has gone on to win again in the General Election.
Many of you who read this may not know the details of my campaign, but I think it is important to relay them to you.
1.) I support LOCAL BUSINESSES! My campaign expenditures was spent on items ONLY from LOCAL businesses. My signs may have not been the prettiest, but they were built by people who live, work, and play here. I am for Economic Development, but one of the best ways to help grow jobs, is to promote OUR businesses before sending money elsewhere. This is no different than the outsourcing of jobs at the national level.
2.) I support a transparent government. I will fight hard to have night meetings, and maybe even have meetings in your area! (Ponte Vedra, Julington Creek/Fruit Cove/Switzerland, Lincolnville, Crescent Beach, Nocatee/Palencia, Hastings, and more!) More importantly, your voice will be heard. It is your right.
3.) I support a government that lives within its means. We have the #1 school system, and it attracts families wanting to live here every day. Our Tourism is up and people love Saint Augustine and the beaches, and some purchase second homes and condos here. This means we are blessed."
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.Dec 13, 2012
Advanced Disposal Services, Inc., an integrated environmental services company, announced today the official selection of Northeast Florida for its corporate headquarters after an extensive search in Atlanta, Charlotte, Milwaukee and Northeast Florida. The new corporate headquarters will be located at 90 Fort Wade Rd., Ponte Vedra, Fla. 32081 in St. Johns County. The headquarters move is expected to bring with it 85 new jobs and a capital investment of approximately $4 million.