Public invited to Bartram planning meeting


St. Johns County Principal Planner Vickie Renna is inviting Historic City News readers to a public meeting with the Corridor Management Council to participate in the finalization of the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Master Plan.

The Council, St. Johns County staff and consultant Glatting Jackson will host a public participation meeting on Thursday, November 12, beginning at 6:30 pm at the St. Johns County Northwest Annex, located at 725 Flora Branch Boulevard in St. Johns. The public is invited to share their ideas with the design team, who is nearing completion of the Master Plan.

The William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway Master Plan addresses the final design of many new facilities and improvements along the Scenic Highway, including park improvements at the Shands Pier, Alpine Groves Park, the Bartram Trail Branch Library, Trout Creek Park and Beluthahatchee Park. The Master Plan also addresses way-finding signage, including gateway features, directional and interpretive signs and the corridor logo design.

Another Master Plan component is the finalization of the transportation improvements, such as traffic calming measures and pedestrian and bicycling improvements. All of these improvements will help communicate the Highway’s grand story and will inform citizens and visually connect the resources along the corridor. The public workshop is an ideal time to discuss any outstanding ideas about each of these components with the design team.

The William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highways is a State Scenic Highway, as designated by the Florida Department of Transportation. It includes a 17-mile section of State Road 13 from the St. Johns / Duval County line south to the intersection of State Roads 13 and 16.

For more information about the William Bartram Scenic & Historic Highway, the development of the Master Plan or the Public Design Workshop, visit or call (904) 209-0615.