Once Deane Beman made the decision to locate the PGA TOUR Hall of Fame at the Saint Johns project, the specific details of the project components needed to be formalized. The original PGA TOUR Hall of Fame project concept was relatively small in terms of required development acreage with only one 18-hole golf course, a 350 resort room hotel and the 28,000 sq.ft. PGA TOUR Hall of Fame. The permitted Hall of Fame development area in the Saint Johns project was 82.0 acres, substantially more acreage than was required for the PGA Hall of Fame and a 350 room resort hotel. In addition, while the project concept had been decided upon, the source and amount of funding required for initial construction and future operations had not been identified.
Get ready to tee up and fill up with us at this year’s Golf & Wine Fest beginning this Friday, May 17 with featured events through Sunday, May 19. Whether you’re a golfer, wine enthusiast, or just enjoy the beauty of magnificent golf views, the 2013 World Golf Village Golf & Wine Fest will be a great chance to unwind and enjoy time with friends.
Not only will guests enjoy wine, golf, and plenty of fun, a portion of all proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society through its Annual Relay for Life event (World Golf Village Chapter).
Davidson Realty launched their non-profit foundation, Davidson Cares, in November of 2013 to offer support for local schools in the World Golf Village area, including Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. Davidson Cares has given a total of $11,300 to the four schools mentioned above in less than six months!
Calling all our female World Golf Village neighbors and friends! Get ready for Davidson Realty’s Third Annual Women’s Mixer on Thursday, April 25th at 7 pm. This awesome girl’s night out will take place at Mile Marker Brewing located at 3420 Agricultural Center Drive near the outlet malls on SR 16. There’s a lot to look forward to – more vendors than ever before, lots of delicious treats, and Mile Marker beer and wine! Everyone is invited to attend this free event and a gold buyer will be on site so you can cash in your unwanted gold for cash on-the-spot!
This year there are over 20 vendors offering a variety of products for sale. You won’t want to miss the chance to browse, shop and get expert advice from this all-women group of vendors:
As previously discussed, “St. Johns Harbour” was permitted in 1986 with no specific development concept in mind other than lots of development rights on lots of acres. From 1986 until 1991, the project evolved into a resort oriented community anchored by the proposed PGA TOUR Hall of Fame. The PGA TOUR Hall of Fame was conceived by the then Commissioner of the PGA TOUR – Mr. Deane Beman. In 1990, Deane decided it was time for the TOUR to have its own Hall of Fame. The PGA of America had its Hall of Fame in Pinehurst, NC. With the TOUR’s headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL., Deane decided the TOUR’s Hall of Fame facility needed to be located somewhere in the First Coast area (preferably south of Jacksonville, FL). The reasoning was quite simple: 1) The proximity to PGA TOUR headquarters would facilitate project management. 2) Being south of Jacksonville on I-95 would capture all of the I-95/I-10/I-295 tourist traffic destined for South Florida. 3) Locating in the city of Jacksonville would provide an opportunity to solicit governmental financial support due to the project’s anticipated impact on local tourism.
An article in the March 6th edition of The St. Augustine Record, “Property values rising in St. Johns County” by Peter Guinta, reported a 1.2 percent increase in property values over the last year – the first increase in the past five years. The article also notes an increase in building permits – a trend that started in 2012 and has continued into 2013. There were 187 single-family home permits issued in January 2013 and 194 in February putting St. Johns County in the top five counties in the state for single-family home permits.
Despite taking over two (2) years to complete and costing $3.5 million, the Modification of Development Approvals and Environmental Permitting process experience was not that bad. Involved in the process were St. Johns County (SJC), Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council (NEFRPC) and the State of Florida – Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The DCA also coordinates with other state agencies such as the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
Davidson Cares, the corporate giving program of Davidson Realty and the Davidson Companies, focuses on supporting local St. Johns County public schools in and around the World Golf Village area. Last week, Davidson Cares board members and team visited Mill Creek Elementary, Wards Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School to award each winning video from their grant program $1,000 and all other video submissions received $100 towards their needs. Congratulations to all the winners!
Summer vacation is just around the corner, but planning can be difficult. Where to go, how to get there and of course, the cost! Luckily, Davidson Cares has just launched its new Travel Raffle where you can win $2,500 towards the trip of your dreams. Thinking about taking a trip to Disney or even to visit family? By entering the Davidson Cares Travel Raffle, you have the chance to win airfare, accommodations, and even entertainment for your next family vacation.
Davidson Cares was created to support our local schools including Wards Creek Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, Palencia Elementary and Pacetti Bay Middle School. The Travel Raffle is a way for everyone to come together and do just that! Tickets are $20 per ticket or 3 for $50 and can be purchased at the Davidson Realty office in the World Golf Village (100 East Town Place 32092).
Attention World Golf Village neighbors and friends! Davidson Realty, Inc. is holding a free self-defense seminar that you won’t want to miss! Andrew Wooten, International Self Protection Training Expert and President of S.A.F.E. (Safety Awareness Firearms Education) will be presenting a hands-on training at the Davidson Building on January 31st at 7 pm. This presentation is for men and woman alike, so mark your calendars!
Andrew’s step-by-step, hands-on training gives you the techniques you need to protect yourself in a variety of situations. He will give great safety tips, so you feel more in control and are aware of your surroundings at all times. He also has great advice on identity theft and securing your home.
Andrew is the Safety Advisor of the National Association of REALTORS and an expert in the fields of safety and security (as well as crime and loss prevention). He’s also an accredited multi-blackbelt in Judo, Jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo and Aikido. He is an internationally known author, trainer and speaker who has completed more than 6,000 trainings worldwide.