Community

 

Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc. emerged out of original visioning and planning by North Shores Community Improvement Association back in the late 90s.

The Vilano Beach and North Beaches communities are located from Porpoise Point at the St. Augustine Inlet to Ponte Vedra on the North.  It includes the area included by the South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, and adopts Camachee Island and the Vilano Boat Ramp on the West side of the Vilano Bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway for purposes of community reporting.  A majority of residences in the area are now in Planned Unit Developments under individual neighborhood associations.   The historic city of St. Augustine is 2 miles away.

There are 7 oceanfront parks, many other public beach access points and a public fishing pier.  Hundreds of sea turtle nests are laid each year under the supervision of three turtle patrols (Vilano Beach, South Ponte Vedra Beach and GTM Research Reserve) from May to October.  Endangered least terns and Wilson’s plovers nest on Porpoise Point beaches.  A national estuarine research reserve and $5 million environmental education facility are located beginning 6 miles north of the Vilano Bridge with 11,000 acres of preservation land and wildlife habitat.   Driving is allowed on the beach from the Vilano Beach on-ramp at the East end of the Town Center.  We have 6 stops on the A1A Scenic Byway Travel Story's Audio Tour App. Additionally, The Town Center has a downloadable APP with DISTRX containing 4 audio walking tours of historic interest. The byway is one of 183 National Scenic Byways in the nation and extends  72 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach along the Atlantic A1A Highway. The A1A corridor has recently been designated as an "ALL AMERICAN ROAD."

North Shores Improvement Association (NSIA) was one of an initial 15 homeowners associations in the County which founded the St. Johns County Civic Association Roundtable, a government watchdog organization. Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc. continues that tradition.

NSIA has two community facilities one block from the ocean on land donated by 3 families in the late 1940s – a community center and a volunteer fire house.  Both were constructed by local residents.  The fire house is now used as a Sheriff’s stop station, a place to keep law enforcement beach vehicles and for smaller meetings.  The community center is used for larger gatherings, classes, and events.  The surrounding 4 acres is used as a park, playground, athletic field, tennis court, and dog park, on land owned by NSIA but operated by St. Johns County. Vilano BEach Main Street collaborate on community events held in this location.

The Vilano Beach community has been responsible for maintaining and increasing the quality of life of its residents since it began in 1939.  In 1997 community leaders began a formal Vision for the future, which has resulted in award winning planning and implementation of a sustainable Vilano Beach Town Center through its Vilano Beach Waterfronts Main Street Revitalization Initiative Group, a citizen/government partnership, as well as procuring grants for public improvements and Industrial Development Agency funds backing totaling $25 million.

From its origins, Vilano Beach Main Street, Inc. has progressively grown to improve the Vilano Town Center with new businesses, hotels, and restaurants for the benefit of the community. Soon there will be additional residences along Vilano Road with the planned construction of 49 town homes.

INVITATION TO EXPLORE

NORTH SHORES NEWS www.staugustine.com/northshoresnews 
a record of our people, our culture and redevelopment (archived issues)

GUANA TOLAMATO MATANZAS NATIONAL EXTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE (GTM NERR)
www.dep.state.fl.us/coastal/sites/gtm/

EASTMAN ENVIRONMENTAL
www.eastmanenvironmental.org

VILANO SEA TURTLE PATROL
904-501-9267
[email protected]

ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACH ACCESSES
www.sjcfl.us/BCC/Land_Management/GIS/MapMart/index.aspx#anchBeachAccessAll

ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACHES Beach Habitat Plan
www.sjcfl.us/HCP/Habitat_Conservation.aspx

ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACHES
Beach Rules & Regs and Tolls for vehicles
www.sjcfl.us/BCC/Parks_1_Recreation/Beaches/Access.aspx

SOUTH PONTE VEDRA / VILANO BEACH RESTORATION ASSOCIATION
www.spv-vilano.com/