Noah Hertz
Noah Hertz is a Jacksonville Today reporter focusing on St. Johns County. From Central Florida, Noah got his start as an intern at WFSU, Tallahassee’s public radio station, and as a reporter at The Wakulla News. He went on to work for three years as a general assignment reporter and editor for The West Volusia Beacon in his hometown, DeLand. Noah won an award for his breaking news coverage at The Wakulla News and he went on to help The Beacon take home awards from the Florida Press Association. A Florida State University graduate, Noah is happy to be back up in North Florida. When he isn't writing, Noah likes reading, baking and playing video games.
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This is the 3,300-square-foot "Dream Home" given away as part of an HGTV contest. | HGTV
2 days ago

HGTV’s ‘Dream Home’ sweepstakes has a winner

Maria Fratta, a schoolteacher in New York, won a new home in Anastasia Island, a Mercedes Benz and $100,000.…

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This aerial view shows the World Golf Hall of Fame at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. | Visit St. Augustine
May 16, 2024

Thousands offer ideas for World Golf Village

A public survey found that the IMAX Theater, dining and green space are the most popular uses of the property.…

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This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home in northwest St. Johns County's Shearwater community is up for grabs for $625,000. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today.
May 15, 2024

$400k a ‘low budget’ in Northeast Florida housing hot spots

Families are getting priced out of high demand and higher-priced real estate hot spots in Duval County and St. Johns…

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This concept image shows what Davenport Park,near San Carlos and San Marco avenues could look like once the new carousel is installed. | St. Augustine.
May 13, 2024

St. Augustine OKs Davenport Park carousel

St. Augustine’s “Carousel Park” has been without a carousel since 2019, but that’s about to change thanks to a local’s…

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An illustration shows Cathedral Place as it may look if a luxury hotel is approved at the property. | City of St. Augustine.
May 10, 2024

Hotelier has big plans for St. Augustine high-rise

Jalaram Hotels of St. Augustine wants to turn the historic Cathedral Place into a luxury hotel with a parking garage.…

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St. Johns County is selling off surplus property. | Frederick Warren, Unsplash.
May 9, 2024

St. Johns County to sell off surplus property this weekend

Items for sale include a number of pickup trucks and other vehicles as well as office equipment.…

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An affordable housing complex was proposed on this land near County Road 16 and Silverleaf Parkway in St. Johns County. | Google
May 7, 2024

Affordable housing plan denied near World Golf Village

Citing traffic concerns, the St. Johns County Commission voted against a 288-unit affordable housing proposal called The Preserve at Ward’s…

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Sailboats are moored on the Amelia River in Fernandina Beach's historic waterfront district. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
May 6, 2024

Amelia recognized as ‘best island’ in US 

Amelia Island was selected in a survey by Global Traveler Magazine. It topped destinations like Maui and Hilton Head.…

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Davenport Park sits near San Carlos and San Marco avenues in St. Augustine. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
May 2, 2024

Carousel might soon return in St. Augustine

One man’s journey to restore a carousel to “Carousel Park” got a step closer to reality Thursday.…

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May 2, 2024

St. Johns County to host public budget workshops

The county aims to make its budget-setting process more transparent this year by making public workshops more accessible.…

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These are some of the custom birdhouses up for grabs as part of Pie in the Sky's For the Birds fundraiser. Proceeds will help fund the group's efforts to deliver healthy food to seniors.
May 1, 2024

St. Johns charity raises money to buy healthy food for seniors

Pie in the Sky is auctioning off artistic birdhouses in its annual For the Birds fundraiser.…

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The St. Augustine Beach Hotel was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement. | St. Johns Cultural Council
April 30, 2024

St. Augustine civil rights landmark wins $750,000 grant

Wade-ins at the St. Augustine Beach Hotel contributed to the passage of the national Civil Rights Act.…

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A leatherback turtle leaves Crescent Beach in St. Johns County. | St. Johns County.
April 29, 2024

Sea turtle nesting season begins this week

Local governments and environmental agencies are asking people to take precautions so nesting turtles aren’t deterred.…

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The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, pictured this year. When it reopens next year, it will look different on the outside and will accommodate more people. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
April 26, 2024

Ponte Vedra Concert Hall to close one year for renovations

Work will begin soon on $11 million worth of renovations that will enlarge the stage and seating.…

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St. Augustine, including the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse, as seen from the air. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
April 25, 2024

St. Johns invites residents to learn about local government

The county is starting SJC 101, a citizen’s academy to educate people about how their government works.…

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Roger and Sarah Bansemer of St. Augustine work on a shot for their public television program "Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer." They are near the Portland Light historic lighthouse in Maine. | Roger Bansemer
April 24, 2024

Roger Bansemer and Lynyrd Skynyrd join Florida Artists Hall of Fame

Bansemer is renowned for his public television series “Painting and Travel with Roger and Sarah Bansemer.” Skynyrd is known as…

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West King Street is one of West City's main thoroughfares. New businesses have cropped up along the road in recent years, like Buena Onda Cafe, pictured here, filling in once-vacant spots. | Noah hertz, Jacksonville Today.
April 23, 2024

St. Augustine breathes life into neglected West City

The City of St. Augustine agreed April 22 to give some TLC to West City, a part of town that…

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Traffic on St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
April 21, 2024

One benefit of ‘attainable housing’ in St. Johns? Less traffic

High home prices are forcing St. Johns County workers to live further from where they work. That inflates traffic, experts…

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Passengers flee a bus that caught fire Friday, April 19, 2024, as St. Johns County residents traveled to Tallahassee. | Photo provided to News4Jax.
April 19, 2024

Black history museum backers escape bus fire on I-10

No one was seriously hurt as the group headed to Tallahassee to lobby for a Florida Museum of Black History…

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This illustration shows St. Johns County Fire Station 23 planned for construction near Nocatee by 2028. | St. Johns County
April 16, 2024

St. Johns County needs four new fire stations

County commissioners approved plans Tuesday to build four new fire stations and other public safety buildings.…

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The World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX theater sit near St. Augustine. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
April 16, 2024

St. Johns County to buy World Golf Village property

The St. Johns County Commmission voted to buy a chunk of World Golf Village for $5.5 million, but plans for…

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This aerial view shows the World Golf Hall of Fame at World Golf Village in St. Augustine. | Visit St. Augustine
April 15, 2024

St. Johns County considers buying World Golf Village

The County Commission on Tuesday will discuss a $5.5 million plan to buy the majority of the property.…

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Martin Newman, a resident of the TrailMark neighborhood in St. Johns County, cleans up his lawn Friday, April 12, 2024, after a tornado touched down not far from his home. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today.
April 12, 2024

St. Johns County residents pick up pieces after tornado

A 100-mph tornado blew through two neighborhoods Thursday, damaging roofs, window and trees.…

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Flanked by law enforcement officers and legislators at the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, Gov. Ron DeSantis shows bills he signed Friday, April 12, 2024. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today.
April 12, 2024

DeSantis in St. Augustine to sign law enforcement bills

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed laws that govern police review boards and prevent people from harassing police officers.…