What’s long, winds through most of Florida, and is the namesake for the State of Florida’s top School District? It’s the St. Johns River! As one of the state’s most prominent land features, it’s hard to miss. Residents and guests alike are compelled to it, and enjoy everything from chartered fishing trips to kayaking and nature tours on its waters. While its natural beauty is unrivaled, this river has depths beyond how deep it is. Check out these little known facts!
It’s a big part of Florida’s history
The river’s size and strength has brought some of history’s biggest players to its shores. In 1791, famous writer William Bartram published Travels, the book where we get much of our understanding of early Florida, when he was ordered by King George III to explore the area with his father, John Bartram. The Seminole established one of their largest trading spots at what’s now known as Palatka, due to its easy access and volume of travelers. In honor and recognition of its role in history and society, President Clinton named the St. Johns River an American Heritage River in 1998. This makes it one of only fourteen rivers to receive this nomination.
…Almost incomprehensibly so! It runs through twelve counties and is 310 miles long, which makes it the longest river in Florida. At its widest point, it’s three miles! At its deepest point, it’s 40 feet. In the past, shipyard workers have dredged parts of the river to ensure safe passage for bigger and more technologically advanced ships. Today, people recognize their ecological mark on the river, and work hard to not change it from its current state.
It’s ecologically diverse!
The St. Johns River’s size and type of water are some of the factors that affect the river’s wide range of plant and animal species. If you need proof, just dip a seining net into the river and pull it out. You’ll dredge up flounder, eels, sea robin, and catfish – and that’s just the beginning! The river starts from marshes and underground springs, which makes it mostly freshwater. The key word here is ‘mostly’, because when it hits Jacksonville area, it starts to get brackish. This ensures that a mix of freshwater animals that can tolerate salt water and salt-water animals that can tolerate fresh water. That’s why people sometimes see animals like dolphins in the river near Jacksonville!
With the way that the river affected history, economy, and social relationships, it’s understandable as to why early people were drawn to it. Even today, people want to visit its banks and play in its waters. Some work to live alongside it. While that can be difficult, there’s one neighborhood in St. Johns County that got closer than ever. In fact, they’re right on the river’s shores.
RiverTown, located along the banks of the St. Johns River is home to 10 distinct neighborhoods spanning across 5,000+ acres. The community is centrally located with close proximity to Jacksonville and the historic city of St. Augustine on Florida’s First Coast. St. Johns County boasts the top-rated schools in the State of Florida, incredibly beautiful beaches and great shopping, dining and entertainment. World Golf Village is just minutes away, and a variety of professional sports are a part of the Jacksonville social scene. There are always great concerts, festivals and events on the calendar, and a wide array of cultural venues to experience the history and arts of this dynamic region. The area is also well known for its wealth of top-notch Medical facilities.
RiverTown offers a wide variety with new home designs by Mattamy Homes, including 50 unique floorplans, priced from the low $200s. RiverTown is also home to Riverside, an exclusive neighborhood of custom estate homes located with private docks on the St. Johns River. There are 87 homes to be built within this picturesque waterfront gated neighborhood, with your choice of three accomplished home builders, Andy Reynolds Homes, Tidewater Homes, and Riverside Homes, or the option to select your own preferred builder.
Residents at RiverTown enjoy an impressive array of resort-style amenities. The spectacular RiverClub is located directly on the St. Johns River. An infinity edge pool overlooking the river and a poolside café, family game room, fire pit gathering areas, a pirate themed playground, Amphitheater, and waterfront boardwalk with kayak launch are all included in the expansive campus. Two additional pools (one with a corkscrew slide), tennis, basketball, soccer and a tot lot are located at the RiverHouse amenity center, which is also home to the community clubhouse, activities director and fitness center.
The Welcome Center is open daily at 90 Lanier Street, St. Johns. There are 11 model homes to tour, including the 5 new
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