Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Palm Valley Likes It as It Is, Bubba

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Palm Valley Likes It as It Is, Bubba

Article excerpt

They might be neighbors, but Ponte Vedra Beach and Palm Valley

are unique entities in the northeastern corner of St. Johns

County.

Residents of the two areas tend to look at things from

different perspectives. This week, one Palm Valley resident

decided to send a series of questions to Shorelines on the issue

of incorporation for the area.

Deborah Andrews, whose letter said she lives on Roscoe

Boulevard "darn close to downtown Palm Valley," owns a renovated

home built in the mid-1960s. A lawyer who moved to the area a

year ago from a suburb of Washington, D.C., Andrews selected the

waterside home in Palm Valley because of the natural beauty and

more-rural atmosphere that defines the area.

Her inquiries reflect the complexion of Palm Valley succinctly.

If incorporation is approved, will the Palm Valley folks still

be allowed to park recreational vehicles, boats and old pick-up

trucks in their yards -- even if they don't run so well? Will

peacocks, horses and chickens still be free to roam the home

front? And if the answer to those questions is yes, will there

be a limit on the amount of trucks, chickens, etc.?

And, will residents still be able to call their youngsters

Bubba?

When asked any of the scenarios described her home, Andrews

laughingly admitted that there was a boat and a truck in her

yard at that moment.

For a long time that's the way things were in Palm Valley and

it wasn't a problem. The concern Andrews shares with other

neighbors is wanting to retain the specific flavor of the area,

which is as different as night from day when compared to the

image of Ponte Vedra Beach.

The decision Tuesday by the county legislative delegation to

allow residents of Palm Valley to decide whether to opt out of

the incorporated town might ease some of the tension building

over the issue. …

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