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2021 has been a busy year as more businesses have started to reopen and events have taken place again after a difficult year of restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here’s a look at some of the notable news from the past 12 months:

JANUARY

  • Robert A. Hardwick was officially sworn in as the new St. Johns County Sheriff.
  • Johns County has received its second COVID-19 vaccine allocation.
  • The Ponte Vedra Beach Cultural Center has opened its new facility in Jacksonville Beach.
  • Ponte Vedra High School has appointed Steve Price as their new football coach.

FEBRUARY

  • K9s For Warriors founder Shari Duval has passed away. She is remembered for helping hundreds of veterans and rescuing over 1,000 dogs.
  • Marina Mitchell, a student at Ponte Vedra High School, became the first woman in St. Johns County to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.
  • Great tennis player Tony Trabert has passed away. He was a 10-time major champion and inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1970.
  • Ponte Vedra High School boys’ basketball team won the district championship.
  • The world headquarters of the PGA Tour has opened in Ponte Vedra.

MARCH

  • Justin Thomas won the PLAYERS Championship.
  • The Ponte Vedra girls’ soccer team won the state championship.

APRIL

  • A proposed parking change on Ponte Vedra Boulevard has moved forward.
  • Vicar’s Landing has started construction on a new facility.
  • A new management company has taken over the Hilton Garden Inn in Sawgrass Village.
  • The sheriff’s office recognized two local heroes who saved a boy from drowning.

CAN

  • The Ponte Vedra High School baseball team advanced to the regional final.
  • The Ponte Vedra High School boys’ tennis team qualified for the state championship.
  • The beaches, a celebration of the arts greeted artists and supporters.
  • The Ponte Vedra High School women’s lacrosse team won the regional title.

JUNE

  • Nease NJROTC was named the second most notable unit in the country.
  • Flagler Health + has innovated on its Durbin Park campus.
  • American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier Group has moved its headquarters to Ponte Vedra.
  • The emergency berm restoration project has been approved for local beaches.

JULY

  • Plans for a new YMCA branch in Durbin Park have been announced.
  • The PLAYERS community center for the elderly in Ponte Vedra has reopened after being closed during the pandemic.
  • The link to downtown Nocatee has officially opened.
  • Cyclist Greg Taylor returned to Jacksonville after his 11,500-mile cross-country race to raise money for Chemo Noir.
  • Johns County has set up a time capsule in commemoration of its 200th anniversary.
  • The cultural center of Ponte Vedra beach has become the cultural center of the first coast.

AUGUST

  • The Ponte Vedra Raiders flag football team have won the Under Armor Under the Lights National Flag Football Championship.
  • K9s For Warriors broke new ground for a mega kennel.
  • Dozens of people gathered in Vilano Beach for the Florida Skimboarding Pro / Am.

SEPTEMBER

  • The Nease High School football team beat rival Ponte Vedra, breaking an 11-year losing streak.
  • Starling resident Jerry Norton has published a book showcasing his art. He is known to have painted a portrait of every American president.
  • Ron DeSantis visited American Legion Post 233 to thank first responders and the military on the eve of September 11.
  • Augustine marks the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Winn-Dixie has added a taproom and upgrades to their Ponte Vedra store.
  • Hugo’s Interiors celebrated its centenary.

OCTOBER

  • Students at Ocean Palms Elementary School raised $ 100,000 for the school during their Otter Race.
  • K9s For Warriors received a Back the Blue Award from State Attorney General Ashley Moody.
  • The Nease High School boys’ swim team won the district title.
  • The inaugural Furyk & Friends event was a success.

NOVEMBER

  • The Never Quit Run final took place at Jacksonville Beach.
  • The first PAM Jam at Ponte Vedra Beach took place at the library.
  • The Ponte Vedra secondary school women’s volleyball team won the regional title.
  • Sam Joiner and his 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190SL were the big winners at the 2021 Ponte Vedra Auto Show.
  • Elite Airways has started commercial flights from the Northeast Florida Regional Airport in St. Augustine.
  • The Ponte Vedra High School swim team won their first state title in the school’s history.
  • The Ponte Vedra high school women’s cross-country team won their first state title.
  • Jessica Porvasnik won the inaugural PXG Women’s Championship in match play.

DECEMBER

  • Sterling Joyce, the “unofficial mayor of Jacksonville Beach,” has passed away. The community celebrated his life and his legacy in a special ceremony.
  • The council of the municipal service district of Ponte Vedra has approved studies on traffic calming and sidewalks.
  • Johns County and the St. Johns County School District have approved new districts.
  • Coastal Wine Market & Tasting Room launched its Stone to Crystal cabernet sauvignon.
  • Nease High School basketball player Sydney Gomes has passed 2,000 points.

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