The community under the umbrella of the North Shores Improvement Association is 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 6 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 Storys Audio Tour App. The byway is one of 150 National Scenic Byways in the nation and extends 72 miles from Ponte Vedra Beach to Flagler Beach along the Atlantic A1A Highway.
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.
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.
The NSIA 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.
INVITATION TO EXPLORE
NORTH SHORES NEWS www.staugustine.com/northshoresnews
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GUANA TOLAMATO MATANZAS NATIONAL EXTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE (GTM NERR)
VILANO SEA TURTLE PATROL
ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACH ACCESSES
ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACHES Beach Habitat Plan
ST. JOHNS COUNTY BEACHES
Beach Rules & Regs and Tolls for vehicles
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