Scenic and Historic A1A extends approximately 52 miles through St. Johns County, from Marineland to Ponte Vedra Beach. A1A abounds with white sandy beaches, recreational opportunities and history dating back before the birth of this country. The Scenic Highway emphasizes the natural beauty of the route, the unique characteristics of its surrounding communities, and the rich historic and archaeological resources located along the National Scenic Byway.
Barbara Jenness is President of Friends of A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway and Chair of the Scenic & Historic A1A Corridor Management Council whose mission is to protect, promote, and enhance the outstanding scenic, historic, natural, recreational and cultural resources of the A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway in a manner that provides a unique experience for visitors, and maintains for the communities along the byway an unhurried lifestyle and ambiance of “Old Florida.”
Bernie Gay, Volunteer Coordinator for the Friends of A1A Scenic & Historic Coastal Byway said, “It is an initial goal of the Friends of A1A to implement a group of volunteers who will continually observe conditions in the respective areas with which they are most familiar.” Gay suggests that may be in your immediate neighborhood, nearby your workplace, or an area which you frequent for recreation such as a park, or for intellectual and historic immersion such as a museum.
The Friends of A1A maintain office locations in St. Johns County at 2175 Mizell Road and the Nease Beachfront Coastal Office at 3171 Coastal Highway. For information about volunteer opportunities, or to find out more about contributing to Friends of A1A, you can call 904-425-8055 or 904-209-0333.
The Scenic & Historic A1A Master Plan is a St. Johns County special project that will be implemented as funds become available. More information is available on the county’s website.