The upcoming holiday weekend is one of the busiest times on St. Johns County Beaches. This Fourth of July Weekend (Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7), St. Johns County staff is taking extra precautions to educate the public regarding safe beach driving rules and regulations, temporary closures to vehicle access, free shuttle services to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier, and the closure of Porpoise Point to vehicle access during the fireworks display.
Multiple departments are working together to ensure a safe Fourth of July Weekend including St. Augustine Beach Police Department, St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office,St. Johns County Beach Services, St. Johns County Marine Rescue, and St. Johns County Environmental Division.
Please help maintain safety on SJC beaches by complying with the following rules:
- Vehicle traffic must remain in the designated driving lanes as identified by cones. Beach Services staff will evaluate daily driving conditions and make necessary adjustments as well as grade ramps and relocate driving lanes accordingly.
- On the South Beaches, parking is allowed on the west side of the driving lane between the cones and the conservation zone.
- Vehicles are allowed to drive 10 mph on the beach.
- Traffic is southbound only between A Street Ramp and Crescent Beach Ramp. Vehicles can travel two-way from Crescent Beach for approximately 3.5 miles south before turning around again to exit at Crescent Ramp.
- All vehicles are required to stop at all beach ramps and yield to all pedestrians.
- Soft sand conditions may exist. Read all signs as they are updated with changing conditions.
- Fireworks are not permitted on St. Johns County beaches.
- Alcohol is not permitted on St. Johns County beaches.
Beach passes are required for vehicle access. Passes can be purchased at any of the beach access ramps and the Pier Gift Shop (350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine). For the most up-to-date information on beach access and driving conditions, download the Reach the Beach Mobile App (http://m.appbuild.io/stjohnsc6) and follow them on Facebook and Twitter (@SJCBeaches).
SOUTH BEACHES DRIVING UPDATES
Soft sand conditions are likely this holiday weekend from the recent lack of rain and significant ocean flooding events. Abundant sunshine and temperatures in the high 80’s and low 90’s is forecasted. The conditions are resulting in rutting in some areas such as A-Street to Ocean Trace Road and this section of beach will be 4×4 only. Please abide by posted signage and information given by toll staff at all locations. Additional updates will be made daily during Fourth of July Weekend, from Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7.
VILANO BEACH/PORPOISE POINT BEACH DRIVING UPDATES
Vilano Beach remains temporarily closed to vehicles due to sand conditions. Parking in the Vilano area is anticipated to be at capacity by 10 a.m.Please find alternative ways to access the beach including walking, biking, carpooling, or visiting one of the other beachfront parks St. Johns County has to offer. Most importantly, Porpoise Point will be closed to vehicles starting at 7:30pm on Thursday, July 4 and will not be accessible by vehicle for the fireworks display.
Due to expected tidal flooding, Porpoise Point will experience delayed openings from Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7t. The following are estimated times only. Please note that these times can change based on public safety. During closures, all vehicles will be asked to vacate the beach by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
- Thursday, July 4t– delayed opening due to 10:04am high tide; expected to open at 12:30pm – 7:30pm
- Friday, July 5– delayed opening due to 10:57am high tide; expected to open 1:30pm – 7:30pm
- Saturday, July 6– delayed opening due to 11:50am high tide; expected to open 2:30pm – 7:30pm
- Sunday, July 7– delayed opening due to mid-day high tide; expected to open 3:30pm – 7:30pm
FOURTH OF JULY SHUTTLE SERVICE
St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Mickler’s Beachfront Park and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10am to 4pm for Fourth of July Weekend from Thursday, July 4 through Sunday, July 7. The Mickler’s Beachfront Park shuttle will transport beach visitors between Cornerstone Park, 1046 A1A North, and Mickler’s Beachfront Park, which provides direct access to the beach. The Pier shuttle will transport beach visitors between St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, and the Pier parking lot, which provides direct access to Pier amenities and the beach. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes with the final shuttles departing at 4pm.
Service updates will be provided via the St. Johns County Beaches mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices), Twitter feed, and Facebook page. St. Johns County and the Tourist Development Council provide the Reach the Beach shuttles to give St. Johns County residents and visitors a safer and more convenient beach experience.
For additional information, please visit www.sjcfl.us/Beaches or call 904-209-0331.