News Briefs for the Week of March 14-20, 2024


Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Parking to be temporarily closed

St. Johns County will temporarily close public access to Mickler’s Landing Beachfront Parking and beach access in the area as it begins the $38.6 million Ponte Vedra Beach Restoration Project with the mobilization of large contractor equipment and dredging supplies.

For the safety of the public, the initial closing of the parking lot and beach access will be from Monday, March 18, to Thursday, March 28, and again from Monday, April 1, to Friday, April 5.

As the project progresses to the estimated completion date of August, the parking lot may be closed again intermittently for restoration-related activities.

The public can stay updated on the project and beach parking closures at and by using the county’s mobile app SJC Connect, available at

The parking lot and beach access in the area will be open to the public during spring break in St. Johns County, which is Monday, March 11, to Sunday, March 17, and on Easter weekend of Friday, March 29, to Sunday, March 31.


Explore the beach at GTM Research Reserve

A beach exploration will be offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Meet at the GTM Research Reserve Visitor Center, 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach. To register, go to

The event is free but parking is $3 per vehicle. Wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes. Hat, insect repellent, water and sunscreen are also recommended.

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.

Cabana Beach Club memberships reopen

Memberships at Sawgrass Marriott’s Cabana Beach Club in Ponte Vedra Beach have reopened.

Exclusive membership perks include access to all Cabana Beach Club facilities and amenities, including 26 miles of private beach access, beachfront pool, fire pits and exclusive restaurants.

To express interest in becoming a new member or to schedule a tour, go to

Grief program offered

Community Hospice & Palliative Care will offer a program on grief from 11 a.m. to noon March 20 at Stephen R. Chapman Family Community Campus, 1355 U.S. 1 South, St. Augustine.

“Understanding Grief: A Program for The Newly Bereaved” is designed to help people learn that healing is possible after the death of a loved one and there are effective ways to cope with grief and loss.

The one-hour presentation will help attendees:

  • Identify normal responses to loss.
  • Identify coping skills that may be helpful.
  • Understand the importance of self-care in the grieving process.

Understanding Grief is designed to be most helpful for those who have experienced a loss within the last 90 days and are at least 18 years old. All Community Hospice & Palliative Care bereavement services are free of charge to hospice families for up to 13 months after a loved one’s death. Select services are also offered to the community free of charge.

Register by calling 904-407-7001 or go to for more information.

Garden Center Day is March 21

Ribault Garden Club has announced that Garden Center Day will be 10 a.m. to noon March 21 and it will be open to the public. Admission is free. The club is located at 705 Second Ave. North, Jacksonville Beach. The topic will be Grace Garden at BEAM. Speaker is Mary Ellen Waugh, manager. There will be refreshments, door prizes and a raffle. For further information, call 901-634-5028.

‘Essential Tremor and Social Stigma’ is meeting topic

The Essential Tremor Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. April 2, at Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee, 400 Colonnade Drive, Ponte Vedra. The topic is “Essential Tremor and Social Stigma: How to Best Deal With It.” ET support group leader Jan Kary and Linda DuBois will roleplay social situations difficult for people with ET and, with audience input, decide on best responses. Text or call with RSVP: Jan Kary at 202-438-6750.

— Compiled by Shaun Ryan