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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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.…

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A day camp aims to get girls interested in firefighting. | St. Augustine Fire Department.
April 11, 2024

Girls can be firefighters too; new day camps show the way

Registration will be Saturday for two one-day camps in St. Augustine, designed for middle school girls.…

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The new logos for two new St. Johns County Schools. Lakeside Academy and Trout Creek Academy will open for the 2024-25 school year. | St. Johns County Schools.
April 4, 2024

Live in St. Johns? Your kids may be Terrapins or Sasquatches

Two new K-8 academies are opening in St. Johns County next school year, and the schools finally have mascots.…

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A 3,300-square-foot home on Anastatia Island is part of HGTV's Dream Home contest. | St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board.
April 3, 2024

HGTV ‘Dream Home’ finally gets OK in Anastasia Island

After months of back and forth with the builder, the St. Augustine Planning and Zoning Board approved the HGTV ‘Dream…

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Alpine Groves Park in St Johns | Steven Browning
April 2, 2024

St. Johns County spends big on parks

One of Florida’s fastest growing counties is making a big investment in new parks and trails.…

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St. Augustine, including the iconic St. Augustine Lighthouse, as seen from the air. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
April 1, 2024

Tell St. Johns County what’s on your mind

St. Johns County and the St. Augustine Police Department want residents to share their opinions this month in two online…

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Roger Handberg, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, discusses the work of the Intercept Task Force during a news conference last week. He is joined by Northeast Florida sheriffs, nonprofit partners and Florida Rep. Sam Garrison. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today.
April 1, 2024

Sheriffs tout arrests by sex trafficking task force

A multicounty sex crimes task force has made 31 arrests and investigated hundreds of tips since it was created a…

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An illustration shows what the park now known as Weeden Park will look like once construction is finished. | City of St. Augustine
March 25, 2024

St. Augustine seeks a name for new park

Work is continuing to create a park on an empty city lot at Weeden and DeHaven streets. The question now…

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Bulldozers build up part of Vilano Beach during a renourishment project in 2021. | News4Jax
March 21, 2024

St. Johns County beach renourishment delayed

Closures will start soon at Mickler’s Landing as part of St. Johns County’s $40 million beach renourishment project.…

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Exterior – The Anastasia Mosquito Control District’s Vector Education Center and Science Museum officially opens to the public March 26. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today.
March 20, 2024

Now you can take the kids to the mosquito museum in St. Augustine

The Anastasia Mosquito Control District is ready to welcome families to the Vector Disease Education Center in St. Augustine.…

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St. Johns Fire Rescue Chief Sean McGee | St. Johns County
March 19, 2024

Sean McGee is St. Johns County’s new fire chief

The County Council appointed McGee on Tuesday to replace Scott Bullard, who left the job last year.…

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March 18, 2024

Two new schools get names in St. Johns County

The new schools are Trout Creek Academy and Lakeside Academy. Seven more schools are planned in the next five years.…

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A crowd packs the Players Championship on Friday, March 15, 2024. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
March 15, 2024

Tips for getting to the Players Championship this weekend

Parking is sold out for Friday and Saturday, but passes could still be available on the Players’ resale site. Or…

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The World Golf Hall of Fame and IMAX theater sit near St. Augustine. | Dan Scanlan, Jacksonville Today
March 13, 2024

World Golf Village IMAX to remain open

Despite concerns that it would close, St. Johns County confirmed the IMAX theater at World Golf Village will remain open…

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One of St. Augustine’s busiest intersections, the modified traffic circle at San Marco Avenue and May Street is going to get spruced up with an art installation. | Noah Hertz, Jacksonville Today
March 11, 2024

Artwork coming to busy St. Augustine traffic circle

The city is on the hunt for an artist or a team of artists to create an outdoor installation at…

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Smoke rising near Ancient City Wood Recycling is visible near Palencia. | News4Jax
March 8, 2024

St. Johns County shuts down wood recycler over smoke

Residents near Ancient City Wood Recycling have complained about plumes of smoke rising from the business.…