St. Johns County beaches turn to social media

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- St. Johns County is seeing an uptick in people visiting its beaches.

So the county is turning to social media to inform people about beach conditions.

St. Johns County leaders have created the Reach the Beach program.

There's a mobile website ( with an icon for iPhone users.

There is also a twitter account (@SJCBeaches) and a Facebook page (St. Johns County Beach Services) for St. Johns County Beaches.

The platforms tell which beaches are drive-able each day, so beachgoers don't have to drive from one beach access to another.

Billy Zeits with the St. Johns County Government said, "What we want to do is let them know that if they're going to use on-beach parking, maybe A Street is better than Vilano for 4 wheel drive or something like that. There will be daily updates."

It is information the county already collected, but is now offering it to the public in easy to access ways.

The sites will also inform people about beach shuttles on busy holiday weekends.


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