Top 5 stories from the past week

The top story viewed on in the past week was the sale of Ocean Grove RV Resort to owners of Embassy Suites for $15.1 million. The property comprises 18 acres.

Other headline stories include a plane crash that landed in the swamp near the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, Beth Sweeny fills a vacancy at the St. Augustine Beach Commission, company insight of marijuana in St. Augustine and St. Augustine Commission OKs long-term plan for mobility.

In case you missed it, here’s a quick recap of the top 5 full stories from last week across St. Johns County and viewed on

Longtime St. Augustine Ocean Grove RV Resort sold to hotel investors Key International

Citing growing market demand for camping accommodations, Key International – the parent development company of Embassy Suites – purchased the Ocean Grove RV Resort just south of the hotel in St. Augustine Beach.

According to a press release issued on February 22, Key International has finalized the agreement with the former owners of the park for a sale price of $15.1 million, in cooperation with partners Wexford Real Estate Investors.

The 18-acre property includes 208 RV sites and the Ebb Tide Restaurant and Pool — which is open to resort guests as well as the general public — and is located at 4225 A1A S.

Longtime St. Augustine Ocean Grove RV Resort sold to hotel investors Key InternationalFebruary 28, Colleen Michele Jones

Pilot in critical condition after plane crashed in swamp near Northeast Florida Regional Airport

A plane crashed in the swamp area near Northeast Florida Regional Airport just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, the Florida Highway Patrol reported.

The pilot, a 49-year-old woman from Oregon, is in critical condition, according to an FHP statement.

The cause of the crash is under investigation and no further details, including the type of plane and whether there were passengers, have been released.

Pilot in critical condition after plane crashed in swamp near Northeast Florida Regional AirportMarch 02, Ashley Varese

Continued:Failed takeoff attempt lands plane in swamp at St. Augustine airport

Beth Sweeney

Sweeny tipped for a seat on the St. Augustine Beach Commission

The City of St. Augustine Beach Commission has appointed Beth Sweeny to fill the position left vacant by the resignation of former commissioner Ernesto Torres.

Torres resigned from his post on January 31 amid allegations of unethical behavior during the January 22 drunken arrest of his wife Nicole.

The commission voted 3-1 at a special meeting Monday to select Sweeny for the interim seat on the five-member board. She was chosen from a group of seven candidates who were interviewed by the commissioners and residents present at the meeting.

Sweeny tapped to take the seat of disgraced St. Augustine Beach politician Ernesto TorresMarch 1, Colleen Michele Jones

Continued:St. Augustine Beach Commissioner Ernesto Torres resigns after discussion with PD over wife’s DUI charge

Take a Peek Inside a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Taking Root in St. Augustine

People entering the Cannabist medical marijuana dispensary in St. Augustine are greeted by a sign that reads, “A Superior Experience.”

The store is on the corner of US 1 and King Street, one of the busiest intersections in town. It’s one of many medical marijuana dispensaries now operating years after local governments in St. Johns County made various decisions about how to run the industry.

Early discussions about zoning marijuana businesses in St. Augustine raised concerns about criminal activity.

Take a Peek Inside a Medical Marijuana Dispensary Taking Root in St. AugustineFebruary 27, Sheldon Gardner

Continued:Porte Saint-Augustin at the crossroads

Continued:St. Johns County schools must allow medical marijuana on campus, state mandates

Artist illustrations on the right show ideas for making San Marco Avenue, above, and Magnolia Avenue, below, in St. Augustine safer for cyclists, walkers, people on scooters and to accommodate things like self-driving transit shuttles in some areas.

St. Augustine OK’s long-range plan to improve traffic, other issues

In 2040, the city of St. Augustine could be much easier to navigate thanks to new parking lots, shuttles, redesigned streets and multi-use paths.

The city commission unanimously adopted a mobility plan this week as well as a series of mobility fees, which will come into effect on May 17, which will help finance mobility projects such as paths, parking lots, redesigned streets and more.

Vice Mayor Nancy Sikes-Kline told the meeting this week that years ago, when the city established its historic preservation districts, city officials decided not to require a minimum of parking for businesses.

St. Augustine approves long-term plan to improve traffic and other mobility issuesMarch 2, Sheldon Gardner

Continued:Traffic agreement for 3,500 Greenbriar Helow units goes to Commission on Tuesday

Continued:At $55 million, the sheriff’s office is on St. Johns County’s list of sales tax projects

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