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Vilano Beach Grocery Store - Update

Vilano Beach Grocery Store - Update

Vilano Beach Town CenterOn June 16, 2010, the revised grocery store plan for the Vilano Beach Town Center was presented to the Vilano Beach Main Street Group at the Vilano Beach Hampton Inn. As Vice-chair of the North Shores Improvement Association, the board that oversees Vilano Beach Main Street, I had received an earlier copy, but did want to hear the presentation.

Many members of the local community and the local Vilano Beach businesses were there including:

Earl & Remy Jensen - owners of OceanView Lodge (the former Ocean Blue II) and Magic Beach (aka Vilano Beach Motel),

Vernon REM LLC - owners of the Ocean Blue I and the parcels (145 & 155 Vilano Road) that contain where the trailers used to be, Newt's and the old Post Office and well as the vacant lot on the southwest corner of Loja & Vilano Road,

Owners of Sam's-the new breakfast and lunch place at the old Pawnee's, also the former Since 1946 restaurant, and before that for decades it was Barrancotto's.

One of the out parcels (the Penland parcel) on the previous plan for the Vilano Beach grocery store has since been put under contract which dictated a new design. Land Design South worked with the grocer reviewing 20 plans. The links below show the site plan and architectural plan approved by the grocer. This is great news for our community and brings us one step closer to making a grocery store a reality here in Vilano Beach.

The new plans will be presented to the North Coastal Corridor Design Review Board on Friday, June 18th and again at their July meeting as there will not be a quorum, so a vote cannot be done. The plans will probably have to go back in front of the St. Johns County Commission as well.

Site Plan
Architectural Plan

More details can be found on my website under Vilano Beach Info.

Come let your input be heard by attending the meeting on Friday, June 18th at 3 p.m. at 2724 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 2 commentsBarbara Jenness • June 17 2010 02:08PM


I hope this happens, that is the one thing Vilano Beach needs. What a great place to live.

Posted by Beth Ruggeri (Watson Realty) almost 9 years ago

Beth, I am confident it will happen. Biggest comment of the day was "grocer approved plans".  

Posted by Barbara Jenness, St. Augustine FL Real Estate (Barbara B. Jenness, P.A. - St. Augustine, FL) almost 9 years ago