News Briefs for April 8-14, 2021


Planning for City’s annual Independence Day celebration resumes

At the March St. Augustine City Commission meeting, City Manager John Regan recommended the city proceed with plans for the return of Fireworks Over the Matanzas, the city’s annual Independence Day celebration, in 2021, with some modifications to services being offered and particular attention to CDC guidelines. “We want to move ahead with planning this year’s event for the 4th of July celebration,” Regan said, “based on the position we took with outdoor gatherings and following the CDC guidelines. This means being completely agile if we need to cancel it, but if we don’t plan and produce it, then we have no option.” Entertainment will be provided by The All-Star Orchestra in The Plaza de la Constitución from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. over Matanzas Bay.  Satellite parking and shuttle service will not be provided this year. Additional details will be provided as they become available at

St. Johns County now vaccinating Florida residents 16 years of age and older

St. Johns County is now accepting COVID-19 vaccination appointment preregistrations for persons who are 16 years of age and older to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Qualifying individuals who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine may preregister for an appointment by going to Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The appointment preregistration system is only for individuals who are receiving their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Call (904) 295-3711 for additional information.

Upcoming SJC School Board meeting

There will be a School Board meeting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the auditorium of the SJCSD Administrative Building at 40 Orange St. in St. Augustine and via Webex Instructions to access this virtual meeting will be posted on the St. Johns County School District website at


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