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Julie Bentley
REALTOR®, GRI, U.S. Military on the Move® Certified Military Specialist, Senior Real Estate Specialist®, LeadingRE Marketing Specialist, LeadingRE Relocation Specialist, LeadingRE Sales Specialist, LeadingRE Service Expert, e-PRO®, C2EX
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June
30

Hurricane season begins on June 1st and goes all the way through November. If you're new to Florida, that thought can be unsettling. My advice? Prepare, don't panic. Here's a checklist to help you. And don't make the same mistake I did after moving here and experiencing my first hurricane season: I let mysefl get some serious 'storm fatigue.' Once a hurricane is spotted, no matter how far away, it becomes big news and you'll hear or read about the approaching storm for a couple of weeks before it is even near northeast FL. Don't let the hysteria worry you, but don't be complacent either. Be prepared. 

One more pro trip: if you decide to leave the area before the storm hits and will be traveling with pets, identify pet-friendly hotels (or friends!) in advance and make reservations. Also be sure to have a copy of your pet's vaccination records with you.

Prepare, don't panic. You'll have plenty of time.

hurricane preparation checklist

August
4

Updated Nov. 2021

No matter what sport your children enjoy there is likely a youth sports league in Saint Johns, FL for them. Local leagues have teams and clubs for a variety of sports at all levels of play. Since St. Johns is a large county I have listed the leagues by the main geographical area they cover. Also listed are leagues that serve areas county-wide, as well as leagues and programs for children whose physical or mental challenges may make it difficult to play in a traditional program

baseball, bats and base

Leagues in Northwest Saint Johns County:

  • Creeks Athletic League caaleague.org– Baseball , Softball, Football, Cheer, Wrestling, Conditioning Camps, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field  
  • Florida Elite Soccer https://www.floridaelitesa.com/
    • Creeks Football League https://cfloutlaws.com/                

Leagues in Northeast Saint Johns County:

Leagues in Central Saint Johns County:

Leagues in Southern Saint Johns County:

Saint Johns County Sports for Children with Physical or Mental Challenges:

  • Field of Dreams Baseball fodbaseball.com
  • Jewish Community Alliance http://www.jcajax.org– Swim Lessons
  • A terrific resource for finding sports and other camps for children and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorders is The HEAL Foundation healautismnow.org.  In addition to the programs and services it offers on its own, The HEAL Foundation can connect families with sports programs, camps and activities including golf, surfing, drama, and social events.
  • Horse Sense & Sensitivity horsesensejax.org

 County-Wide Leagues, Clubs and Associations:

  soccer ball on artificial turfNational Sports Organizations with Local Programs:

  • I9 Sports at Creekside HS and Nocatee i9sports.com – Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer,T-ball, Baseball, Softball 
  • Upward  Sports http://www.upward.org  - Basketball, Cheer, Flag Football, Soccer
  • Amateur Athletic Association http://aausports.org – Basketball, Diving, Volleyball, Baseball, Wrestling
  • United States Tennis Association http://www.usta.com 

In addition there are schools, facilities, clubs, houses of worship, YMCAs and neighborhood recreation programs with offerings for children interested in the above sports as well as dance, gymnastics, martial arts, horseback riding and swimming.  Chances are if your child wants to learn or participate in a sport you will be able to find a place for them to do it in St. Johns, FL. 

When Julie Bentley and her family moved to St. Johns, FL in 2010 she exhaustively researched sports club/league opportunities for her elementary-age children. As a Realtor who helps many families moving to the area, she is often asked about youth activities so stays apprised of the offerings. If there is an organization or league that you would like to see included in this list, please email or text Julie at jbentley@watsonrealtycorp.com or 904-576-0706.

July
8

There are so many reasons that people choose to live in St. Johns, FL that listing them all would be nearly impossible. Here are ten of the most common.

LocationLocation, Location  St. Johns is within easy commuting distance of both downtown Jacksonville to the north and historic St. Augustine to the south. By automobile you can travel less than 2 hours to Amelia Island, Savannah, Hilton Head, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and the University of Florida. Destinations like Atlanta, Charleston, Miami and Florida's gulf coast are also within a half day's drive.

family at the beachBeaches and River St. Johns boasts 40+ miles of beautiful beaches which provide opportunities for surfing, fishing, swimming, wildlife-viewing, paddle boarding, picnicking, shell and shark tooth collecting and relaxing. Many beaches have picnic areas and rest room facilities and you can even drive your car on some of them. The St. Johns River also passes through St. Johns County on its journey north and is widely used for boating, tubing, kayaking and fishing.

Award Winning Public Schools The St. Johns County School District is the highest rated school system in the state of Florida based upon student achievement. Among other distinctions, SJCSD also ranked first overall out of the 67 FL school districts on FCAT (state assesments) for several consecutive years and is the only district in Florida that has remained "A" rated from 2010 through the present (2021). 

Homes for All Budgets and Tastes No matter what your dream home looks like it can likely be found in St. Johns County. From apartments, townhomes and condos to waterfront estate homes and everything in between, St Johns, FL has a wide variety of housing options. Horse property? Yes. A family home in a planned community with resort-style amenities? Sure thing. A home on the golf course? Yup. A home in a small community with no HOA fees? You bet. Active Adult Communities? Mmm Hmm. Ocean or riverfront property? We have that too. The possibilities are endless and I invite you to begin your search here.

Access To Top-Notch Medical Facilities In addition to St. Johns' own award winning Flagler Hospital, there are 17 hospitals and medical centers in the greater Jacksonville area covering a wide array of medical specialties. Each of these hospitals is an easy commute from St. Johns County and 5 of the 17  are nationally ranked: Mayo Clinic, surgeon and teamBaptist Medical Center, Shands Jacksonville, Wolfson Children's Hospital, Memorial Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center.

Weather The climate in Saint Johns, FL offers the best of both worlds: mostly warm weather but with just enough temperature and humidity fluctuations that you can actually experience changes of seasons. January is the coldest month with an average low temp. of 47° F and average high of 64° F; July is the hottest month with an average low of 75° F and average high of 90° F. Yes, it is hot and humid in the summer, but the weather during the rest of the year makes up for it and outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round.

Outdoor Activities Water sports are abundant in St. Johns but there are plenty of things to do on land as well. Without ever leaving St. Johns County you can golf, go horseback riding, run and ride bicycles, hike on trails and through parks and participate in recreational adult sports leagues. Got kids? There are also manfarmers market produce stallyouth sports leagues in St. Johns County catering to kids of all ages and abilities.

Festivals, Fairs, Markets and Concerts On most weekends throughout the year you can find a fair, festival, farmer's market or concert in St. Johns. Art walks, food festivals, craft fairs, pirate gatherings, charity runs and boat parades are just some of the fun weekend events scattered throughout the county. If you enjoy music you will also want to check out the Music By The Sea Concert Series, St. Augustine Ampitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.

Attractions Historic St. Augustine is the cultural center of St. Johns County and hosts museums, historic sites, galleries, restaurants, shopping, a winery and a variety of tours . Other St. Johns County attractions include the World Golf Hall of Fame, Marineland, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, Adventure Landing, and outlet malls.

Taxes There is no state income tax in Florida and many people relocating to St. Johns from other areas of the country are pleased to find that property taxes are considerably lower here. This last reason isn't a 'fun' one but the savings you may realize on taxes can sure help you have fun doing other things!

Are you ready to begin living the St. Johns, FL lifestyle? Call me at 904-576-0706 and let's get started by familiarizing you with the area and helping you find a great place to call home. 



Julie Bentley relocated to St. Johns, Florida in 2010 and joined Watson Realty Corp a year later. She and her family quickly grew to love all that Northeast Florida has to offer and she enjoys sharing those things with people not familair with the area. 

June
21

Jacksonville, FL is home to a number of professional sports teams. While you've probably heard of the Jacksonville Jaguars did you know there is also a women's tackle football team? A rugby team? An ice hockey team?

Here are the professional teams that call Jacksonville, FL home and a link to their websites. Check out their schedules, head downtown and cheer the home team on!

football stadium

Football

Baseball

Basketball

 soccer ball in grassSoccer



 

Hockey

Rugby

Golf

I would be remiss if I didn't point out that the PGA Tour's National Headquarters is in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and THE PLAYERS Championship is held nearby every spring. 

Julie Bentley is a licensed Realtor in the metro Jacksonville, FL area who can sometimes be spotted enthusiastically cheering on the sports teams in her adopted state.

February
25

People move to northeastern Florida for many reasons with job opportunities, great schools and the pleasant climate being among the most common. As you begin your search for a home here are a few things you may want to know about the area.

Do you have any other questions about St. Johns or Jacksonville, FL? I've probably answered them before! Send me a message, call or text me.





Julie Bentley has been answering questions and selling homes in St. Johns, FL since 2012. Ask her anything - if she doesn't know the answer yet she will soon! 

December
2

There are many options for outdoor fun in St. Johns County, FL for people but what's a dog to do? The lucky dogs living in or visiting this area have options too!

Dogs are welcome at all of the St. Johns County beaches as long as they are on a leash and under their owner's control at all time.  Not feeling the beach? As you stroll through the streets of St. Augustine you'll see that dafmany shopkeepers have fresh water at their door for thirsty pets and some keep treats for them as well.  Also, most restaurants with outdoor seating will allow well-behaved dogs to rest peacefully under the table while their person enjoys a meal or refreshing beverages.

What about the more spirited dogs who need room to roam, socialize and run off-leash? Fortunately for them there are several dog parks in the county.  Amenities at some of the parks include shade, separate areas for small and large dogs, fresh water, a dog wash station and an agility course. Learn about the parks at the links below then grab your leash and your favorite canine and see them for yourself. Your dog will thank you!

Paws Dog Park at Davis Park, 210 Davis Park Rd, Ponte Vedra FL 32082  http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/Recreation/Parks/DavisDogPark.aspx

Paws Dog Park at Treaty Park, 1595 Wildwood Drive, St Augustine, FL 32086 http://www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/Parks/TreatyDogPark.aspx

Paws Park at Veteran's Park, 1332 Veterans Pkwy, St Johns, FL 32259  http://www.sjcfl.us/Recreation/Parks/Veterans.aspx

Trails for Tails in Nocatee Community Park, 707 Nocatee Center Pkwy, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081 https://www.nocatee.com/lifestyle/dog-parks/

Central Bark in Twenty Mile Post, Nocatee 32081 https://www.nocatee.com/lifestyle/twenty-mile-post/

Paws Park at Joe Pomar Park, 1600 Masters Drive, St Augustine, FL 32084 http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/recreation/Parks/index.aspx

Ron Parker Park, 607 Old Beach Rd, St Augustine, FL 32080  http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/recreation/Parks/index.aspx

Deleon Shores Park, 9 E Dolphin Blvd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082  http://www.co.st-johns.fl.us/recreation/Parks/index.aspx

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