Governor Appoints County Commissioner to State Committee; Cyndi Stevenson Will Work to Streamline Government Services

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Byline: DREW DIXON

With the Nocatee development and other explosive growth in northern St. Johns County, and the interaction of government forces that usually accompanies it, a local leader has been appointed to a state post that could help bring order to the situation.

County Commissioner Cyndi Stevenson was appointed this month by Gov. Charlie Crist to serve on a state legislative committee designed to streamline multiple governmental services to growing areas of Florida.

Stevenson, whose district includes all of the northwest down to International Golf Parkway, Nocatee and other parts of the Palm Valley area, will serve on the Florida Legislative Committee on Intergovernmental Relations for two years along with other gubernatorial appointees and Florida senators and state representatives.

The committee's function is to streamline interaction between federal, state and local agencies when those governments are involved in joint projects such as transportation or taxing issues. Many of the construction and transportation projects surrounding Nocatee involve oversight from multiple governmental entities.

With the explosive growth in the northern St. Johns County area, most notably in the Nocatee area where a rerouted County Road 210 was recently opened, Stevenson said her service on the Intergovernmental Relations Committee can only help.

"One thing you like to see is that you do not duplicate services," Stevenson said Friday. "Nocatee will be like a city. It will be like its own municipality, So for us to be able to coordinate effectively with them is important as with the other communities in north St. Johns County and throughout the county."

Stevenson's time on the commission for the past three years has placed her at the most complicated growth area of a county that's among the fastest growing in Florida. She has remained one of the most upbeat commissioners and has tried to greet the growth with optimism mixed with regulatory control.

Nocatee is a vast network of construction planned for 15,000 acres. Multiple government agencies will continue to be involved in major transportation projects for the development, Stevenson said.

Race Track Road eventually will hook up to Florida 9A, which would provide a main outlet for most of the Nocatee residents who would commute to Jacksonville. …