News Briefs for the Week of Dec. 14-20, 2023


Teens invited to learn about college life

The link in Nocatee will host representatives from six Florida colleges for an informative panel for high school students considering higher education. Hear first-hand about college life and learn about all aspects of the student experience from students who have been there themselves. College Student Talks will be held 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 16, at the link, 425 Town Plaza Ave., Ponte Vedra. It is open to members and nonmembers and is free to attend. Register at

Beach toll attendants sought

St. Johns County Beach Services will begin accepting beach toll attendant job applications between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Jan. 9, 11 and 12.

Pay for attendants starts at $12 hourly but goes as high as $14 based on experience and the level of responsibility an attendant is willing to take on. Shifts will be around five hours long depending on the weather.

The season will begin mid-February and end the last weekend in September. Toll attendants will be responsible for selling vehicle beach access passes and providing customer service for St. Johns County beach visitors.

In 2023, Beach Services’ nine booths have sold more than 74,000 daily and annual beach passes, with proceeds going toward funding for local law enforcement, marine rescue and maintenance of beach parks and beach access points. Some attendants will work from newly constructed booths during the 2024 beach season.

Those interested in this seasonal position are encouraged to visit the St. Johns County Beach Services Office at 901 Pope Road to obtain and complete a job application. For more information, contact Dean Walker, beach toll supervisor, at or 904-209-0383.

Palm Valley Market every Tuesday

The Palm Valley Market is held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday inside the Palm Valley Community Center, 148 Canal Road. The market offers fresh produce, baked goods, local honey, tea, seasonal treats, soap, jewelry, plants and more.

Explore the beach at GTM Research Reserve

Join volunteers at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM) for a beach exploration 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16. Collect seashells, search for shark teeth and learn about coastal wildlife. Meet at GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach.

Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are recommended. The event is free but online registration is required. To register, go to

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan