Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

What's in a Name? Neighbors Disagree on Palm Valley Signs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

What's in a Name? Neighbors Disagree on Palm Valley Signs

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Byline: Drew Dixon, Shorelines staff writer

Angered by an ongoing dispute over posting signs marking the Palm Valley area, St. Johns County commissioners cleared the way to post more markers and bring an end to the flap.

The commission voted 4-1 March 23 to let the Palm Valley Community Association post three new signs that state, "Welcome to Historic Palm Valley, est. 1908" on the county's rights of way. But the vote came after an hour of debate that capped nearly three years of disputes between neighbors. Some people don't want the signs because they want to be identified as living in Ponte Vedra Beach, not Palm Valley, and they say any more signs could negatively affect property values.

"This has gotten way beyond the scope of where it should be," said Commissioner Marc Jacalone. "It should not be before us, it's something that could have been handled among the community. . . . I want us to dispose of it."

One sign was already posted on Roscoe Boulevard last year, but Palm Valley Community Association members want to highlight the history of the area with more signs. The three new signs will be posted near Canal Road on Palm Valley Road, at Mickler Road near Florida A1A and on County Road 210 just west of the Intracoastal Waterway. The signs are already made and are expected to be posted soon.

John Bottaro, vice president of the Odom's Mill Homeowners Association off County Road 210, said residents of that area remain opposed to more than two signs marking Palm Valley.

"We oppose any other signs that will delineate a boundary," Bottaro said. "We believe it's the intent of these signs to create boundaries. That is something we do not support."

Representatives from several other homeowner associations in the area expressed similar concerns.

But Garry Phillips, vice president of the Palm Valley Community Association, said the signs are just markers of what his membership considers a historic area. …

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