GCS COVID-19 Updates & News

Green Cove Springs Cancels City Events Through 2020


October 12, 2020 – Out of commitment to put the community’s health and safety first, City of Green Cove Springs has cancelled all upcoming City-organized and City-sponsored events through the end of 2020.

Affected events include Green Cove Springs Trunk or Treat, Christmas on Walnut Street, and the annual Green Cove Springs Christmas Parade. All three events encourage crowded gatherings of large groups of people, which the Center for Disease Control identified as a factor in increasing the spread of COVID-19.

While these annual events are cancelled, the City of Green Cove Springs still has plans for the fall and holiday season this year.

In lieu of an in-person Veterans Recognition Ceremony in November, the City is currently working on a Virtual Veterans Day video. The video features local veterans sharing the time they served in the US military, and will be played on the City website and social media pages on Veterans Day, November 11, 2020. Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds is interviewing local veterans for the video through Thursday, Oct. 22. Local veterans interested in participating can contact Executive Assistant Kimberly Thomas to schedule an interview time at 904-297-7054 or kthomas@greencovesprings.com.  

The City’s annual Parade of Trees will be on display in Spring Park from December 5 to December 31, 2020. Every evening the City’s display of 130 decorated Christmas trees will be lit until 10 p.m. for the public to walk through Spring Park at their own pace.

New in Spring Park this year is Letters to Santa. Keep an eye out for a red mailbox in the pool pavilion, as that’s where families can drop off their letters to Santa from December 1 to December 15. Families also have the option to mail the letter to City Hall. Make sure to leave a return address so Santa can write back. More information will be posted on the City website and social media in November.

More details for all of these events will be posted on the City website and social media pages. Contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or


City Hall Finance Customer Service and Development Services Temporarily Closed Until Further Notice


August 17, 2020 –

UPDATE 12:40 - Only Customer Service will be opening at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Development Services remains closed to walk-in traffic until further notice.

UPDATE: Drive Thru is now staffed and open to the public, and both Customer Service and Development Services will be open to walk-in traffic at 1 pm. on Monday, Aug. 17.  

Due to the City’s concerns over the health and safety of customers and employees, finance customer service and development services are temporarily closed to walk-in traffic.

Customers can still make payments via online at www.greencovesprings.com/payment-options or utilize the Drive Thru window payment box to drop off payments.

For additional customer questions call Customer Service at 904-297-7500, ext. 3300. For questions pertaining to Development Services call 904-297-7500, ext. 3315.

City will notify the public on any changes as soon as possible.


City Administration Mandates Face Masks in City Buildings


Tuesday, July 14, 2020 – Effective immediately, face masks will be mandatory when entering any Green Cove Springs City buildings. This includes City Hall, Public Works Administrative Building, and Green Cove Springs Police Department.

            This policy change applies to anyone entering a City building to conduct business with City staff, or anyone attending a meeting at City Hall, Public Works, or the Police Department.

“We enacted this City Policy change in light of the increasing numbers of new COVID-19 cases in Florida, as well as a concern for the health of staff, the public, and their loved ones,” said City Manager Steve Kennedy.

            Hand sanitizer and disposable face masks will be available in every lobby area for those that do not have a face mask when entering a City building. Mandatory mask notices and availability of masks and hand sanitizer will be placed at all entrances and doors to lobby areas in City buildings. 

            This policy change also applies to City Staff. Staff are required to wear a face mask once entering a City building, while walking to and from staff common areas and offices, and while assisting the public inside a City building.

            Contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds for any questions concerning this policy change at treynolds@greencovesprings.com.


Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym Open to the Public Starting Friday, June 19


City of Green Cove Springs will reopen Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym to the public on Friday, June 19, 2020.

Following Florida Phase 2 Reopening standards, the gym will be open under the modified hours of 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. seven days a week. A maximum of 30 people will be allowed in the gym at one time. City Staff will be present in the gym to count and monitor the number of people using the gym during operating hours.

City also encourages the public to use the gym for physical activities only, such as basketball or pickleball, in order to be courteous of others waiting to use the gym. CDC Health Guidelines for COVID-19 will also be enforced, including social distancing and proper sanitation.

With these measures in place, the City is confident that the public can safely and responsibly use Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym. Gym hours, capacity, and rules will change as Florida continues the phased reopening process.

For any questions contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or treynolds@greencovesprings.com.


Green Cove Springs City Council Resumes In-Person Meetings Beginning June 16


Thursday, June 11, 2020 – Green Cove Springs City Council will be returning to the Council Chambers in City Hall for its regular council meeting starting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16.

The Council Chambers will be open at 50% capacity for public meetings. City staff has arranged the chambers for the Council and City Administration to adhere to social distancing. Audience seating will also be marked to encourage social distancing and maintain 50% capacity.

Temperature checks will be taken at the entrance to the City Council Chambers, and hand sanitizer and face coverings will be available for the public to use during public meetings.

Anyone unable to attend the meeting in-person but who has a public comment can either register telephonically at 904-297-7047 or email their comment to City Clerk Erin West at ewest@greencovesprings.com. Members of the public have until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, to register or submit their comments.

For any questions contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or by email at treynolds@greencovesprings.com.


City of Green Cove Springs Government Buildings Open to the Public Starting Monday, June 15


Thursday, June 11, 2020 – The lobby of Green Cove Springs City Hall, Public Works Administration Building, and Police Department Building will be open to the public beginning Monday, June 15, 2020.

            Anyone entering the lobby of these buildings are asked to adhere to CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 of social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged. Customer Service areas of City Hall and Public Works Administration Building will have floor markers to encourage social distancing for Green Cove Springs residents and the public.

All City departments are still available by phone and email, and the Finance Customer Service drive-thru remains open for customers who prefer to not conduct business with the City in person.

For any questions please contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or treynolds@greencovesprings.com.


Green Cove Springs Now Accepting New Reservations for Park Pavilions


June 9, 2020 – City of Green Cove Springs accepts new applications for park facility reservations as of Tuesday, June 9, 2020.

This is the first time that new reservations are accepted since the City closed reservations on March 23, 2020.

As per Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Phase 2 Reopening guidelines, reservations will only be accepted for groups of 50 people and less. Park pavilions are still available on a first come, first serve basis. However, reservations at any pavilion will take precedence.  

For any questions please contact Executive Assistant Kimberly Thomas at 904-297-7054 or kthomas@greencovesprings.com  


City Distributes Face Masks and Goldshield 75 Disinfectant to Businesses Starting June 1


May 28, 2020 -  City of Green Cove Springs has partnered with Clay County Development Authority, Clay Chamber, Clay County Economic Development Corporation, City of Keystone Heights, Town of Penney Farms and Town of Orange Park to provide Goldshield 75 and face masks to local businesses across Clay County.

Goldshield 75 is a long-lasting antimicrobial disinfectant that can be applied to both surfaces and textiles and last on those surfaces for as long as three months and up to two years.

This disinfectant will help businesses keep all areas of their business clean, and mean less of a chance to spread COVID-19.

Businesses within Green Cove Springs City Limits can pick up their supply of Goldshield 75 and face masks at the Public Works Admin Building, 900 Gum Street, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Letters are also going out to individual Green Cove Springs businesses notifying them of face masks and Goldshield 75 available for their business.


City Park Multipurpose Fields reopen to the Public


Tuesday, May 26, 2020 -  Effective Tuesday, May 26, all multipurpose fields in Green Cove Springs parks are open to the public. This includes the baseball field, multipurpose field, and basketball court in Vera Francis Hall Park, the soccer field and baseball field by Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym, the basketball court in Augusta Savage Friendship Park, and the beach volleyball court in Spring Park. Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym remains closed to the public.

Organized athletic associations must submit a safety plan for approval and an updated active insurance policy to City Manager Steve Kennedy. Documents can be emailed to Executive Assistant Kimberly Thomas at kthomas@greencovesprings.com.


City Playgrounds and Spring Park Splash Pad Reopens May 22, Outdoor Sports Fields Reopens July 1


May 20, 2020 – Following Clay County Parks and Recreation’s plan to reopen parks, playgrounds, and park facilities, City of Green Cove Springs will reopen all City playgrounds and Spring Park splash pad on Friday, May 22.

All City playgrounds will be open dawn to dusk seven days a week, and the Spring Park splash pad will resume its normal operating hours of 11 a.m .- 8 p.m. daily.

City will also reopen all outdoor sports fields for organized play beginning July 1.

For more information contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at 904-297-7046 or treynolds@greencovesprings.com.


Planet Swim Updates City Pool Public Swim Guidelines and Hours


May 8, 2020 –  City of Green Cove Springs has hired Planet Swim, LLC, to manage the City Pool for the 2020 Summer Season. As the pool manager, Planet Swim oversees staffing, daily entry rates and pool passes, and any organized activities in the pool.

Planet Swim, LLC, has updated public swim guidelines and pool hours to better protect pool patrons and staff before the City Pool opens for public swim on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Planet Swim will now require pool patrons to reserve their swim time in advance of arriving at the City Pool. Patrons can reserve one two-hour time slot per day and cannot reserve more than one time slot on the same day. Each two-hour time slot will allow for a maximum of ten people to swim, and time slots will be closed for reservations once the ten-person capacity is reached.

Patrons can call the City Pool office at 904-297-7070 during pool operating hours or email Planet Swim at greencove@planetswim.org to reserve their time slot.

            New operating hours for the City Pool are 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

            Patrons can reserve the following two-hour time blocks for swim time:

            9:00 - 11:00 a.m. (Tuesday - Friday)

11:00 - 1:00 p.m.

1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Daily pool entry fees remain the same and Planet Swim staff will properly sanitize the pool area and enforce social distancing guidelines at all times.

These updated guidelines will remain in effect until lager social gatherings are deemed safe by either the state or CDC. Check the City of Green Cove Springs website and City’s Facebook and Twitter pages for any further updates from Planet Swim, LLC.


Green Cove Springs City Pool Opens May 12 Under Management of Planet Swim, LLC


April 30, 2020 – City of Green Cove Springs announces that the City Pool will be open for the 2020 season on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

The 2020 season also marks the beginning of Planet Swim, LLC, managing the City Pool under a Professional Services Agreement passed by the City Council on February 18, 2020. Planet Swim, who was previously contracted by the City to run summer swim lessons at the City Pool, will now manage activities, staff, and entry fees to the City Pool. The City will continue to be responsible for any repairs and weekly maintenance of the pool.

The City Pool will be open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday from Tuesday, May 5, to Sunday, September 27, 2020. Planet Swim staff will be available at the City Pool office from May 5 to May 10 to answer questions and inform the public on hours, prices, and passes. City Pool will be open for public swim starting Tuesday, May 12.  In accordance with state executive orders and CDC Guidelines, Planet Swim will keep use of the pool to 10 people or fewer per hour and expand public use as larger groups are allowed to congregate in public spaces.

Pool passes for the 2020 season are $100 for individuals, $75 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and active military, $75 for children (ages 2-17), and $225 for a family (groups of 5). Pool passes are a one-time fee that grants unlimited access to the City Pool for the season. Daily entry rates will be $5 for adults, $3 for seniors (ages 65 and older) and active military, and $3 for children (ages 2-17).

Prices for pool passes and daily entry fees have increased because daily pool hours have increased, resulting in the City Pool open and fully staffed 50 days longer than it has been in the past.

There will be more specific information in future social media postings and press releases regarding swim lessons and other pool activities organized by Planet Swim.

Public can reach Planet Swim with any questions or concerns at greencove@planetswim.org or by phone after Tuesday, May 5, at 904-297-7070.


City Adds Electric Utility Bill Relief Options for Customers During COVID-19 Pandemic


April 13, 2020 – Along with suspending utility disconnections until April 30, 2020, City of Green Cove Springs recently added two new measures to support its utility customers impacted by COVID-19.

The first measure is removing the Bulk Power Cost Adjustment (BPCA) amounts from the electric utility portion of each customer’s consumption for March. This will be reflected in April’s utility bill.

Bulk Power Cost Adjustment makes up between 12 and 18 percent of the monthly utility bill and fluctuates monthly based on the actual cost to generate the power that the City buys. The City uses the BPCA Stabilization Fund to level out these monthly cost adjustments. Money is taken out of this fund if the amount billed to customers is less than the cost to generate our power to make up the difference, and money is placed in the fund if the amount billed to customers is more than the cost to generate our power for that month.

As of Mach 31, 2020, there is enough excess money in the fund to cover the Bulk Power Cost Adjustment for March. The City will use this excess to pay for the percentage of Power Cost Adjustment in March and remove that cost in customers’ bills that will be received in April.

The second measure is implementing a short-term bill assistance program using money in the City’s Electric Conservation Fund. Florida Municipal Power Association (FMPA) adds money to this fund monthly and the City uses these funds as reimbursement whenever it reimburses a utility customer for making energy conservation purchases for their home.

City of Green Cove Springs currently has about $37,000 in this fund, and has been authorized by FMPA to use $35,000 of the Electric Conservation Fund to assist utility customers experiencing difficulty paying their electric utility bills due to circumstances directly related to COVID-19. Customers who qualify for electric bill assistance include those that have a history of paying their bills on time, have not been delinquent in paying their bill for more than one month, and have not received any bill subsidy in the last 12 months. This bill assistance only applies to the electric portion of a customer’s utility bill, and assistance will be available until funds drawn down from the Electric Conservation Fund have been depleted.

City of Green Cove Springs is working in solidarity with other Florida municipalities to assist its utility customers during this COVID-19 Pandemic. Customers can reach out to City Customer Service with any questions or concerns at 904-297-7500, ext. 3300 or customerservice@greencovesprings.com.


City Playgrounds and Sports Fields Closed as of Sundown Monday, March 30, 2020


March 30, 2020 – In an abundance of caution to protect the public and to encourage physical distancing, City of Green Cove Springs will be closing City park playgrounds and sports fields to the public as of sundown Monday, March 30, 2020. This is in line with Clay County and City of Keystone Heights parks, which will also close its playgrounds and sports fields to the public sundown Monday, March 30, 2020.

This includes Spring Park splash pad, playground, and beach volleyball court; Vera Francis Hall Park playground, basketball court, and softball field; Augusta Savage Friendship Park playground and basketball field; Thomas Hogans Memorial Gym; and Augusta Savage Arts and Community Center playground, soccer field, and softball field.   

City will place fencing and signage around these areas to discourage the use of City playgrounds and sports fields.

City still encourages passive use of City parks (including walking and jogging trials and park benches), canoe and kayak launches, boat launches, and fishing piers for individual use. Individuals who use the park are strongly encouraged to follow guidelines issued by the CDC to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus:

  • Sanitize any high-touch surfaces before use
  • Gatherings should be limited to 10 people or less
  • Practice physical distancing and maintain a physical distance of 6 feet away from others
  • Wash hands frequently and avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow and throw tissue away after use
  • Stay home if you are sick

For any questions related to COVID-19 please contact the Clay County Emergency Management Hotline at 877-252-9362.


Green Cove Springs City Hall, Police Department Lobby and Public Works Lobby Closes to the Public Starting Monday, March 30


March 26, 2020 – Out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and safety of staff, residents, and the public, Green Cove Springs City Hall, police department lobby, and public works lobby will be closed to the public indefinitely starting Monday, March 30.

All City departments, public works, police department, and customer service can still be reached by phone or email. The Customer Service drive through is still open to take utility bill and permit payments in person. Residents can also use the City’s online services for utility payments. Contact City Customer Service Department for any questions or concerns about utility billing by phone at 904-297-7500, ext. 3300 or by email at customerservice@greencovesprings.com.

City of Green Cove Springs will continue to inform the public of any updates through the City website www.greencovesprings.com, City’s Facebook (Green Cove Springs City Government), and Twitter (@gcsTODAY). Please contact the Clay County Emergency Management Hotline for questions related to COVID-19 at 877-252-9362.


City of Green Cove Springs Suspends Utility Disconnections in response to COVID-19


March 26, 2020 - City of Green Cove Springs administration is working to address increasing concerns and mitigate the impact of the coronavirus on our utility customers. Starting Thursday, March 26, 2020, the City will be suspending utility disconnections on past-due accounts until April 30, 2020.

The City encourages customers to continue paying toward their bill if they are able to do so. Current amounts due and future charges will still be owed.

Any customers with any questions or concerns about their bill can call the City’s Customer Service Department at 904-297-7500, ext. 3300 or email at customerservice@greencovesprings.com. Customer Service Department is only available by phone or email 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

We want customers to know we take the coronavirus disease pandemic seriously. We are actively monitoring the coronavirus updates from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and actively working with Clay County Emergency Management. The City will continue to respond based on the best advice of public health authorities and medical professionals.


City Council Votes to Cancel Memorial Day RiverFest and Move Vet Recognition Ceremony to November Amid COVID-19 Concerns


March 25, 2020 – At the request of City Staff, Green Cove Springs City Council voted in an emergency motion on Tuesday, March 24, to cancel Memorial Day RiverFest 2020 and move the Veterans Recognition Ceremony to November.

Executive Assistant and Event Coordinator Kimberly Thomas requested direction from City Council amid City Staff’s growing concerns about the COVID-19 virus in relation to large gatherings. Thomas has also received concerns from participating entertainers, vendors, and officials about the health and safety of attendees and invited veterans.

“The City of Green Cove Springs and its employees take great pride in hosting the Annual Memorial Day Festival, and it was with heavy hearts that the City Council moved to cancel this event. However, the health and safety of our citizens, partners and employees are of the upmost importance.” says Executive Assistant to the City Manager, Kimberly Thomas. “We hope that all will understand our decision and make plans to return for next year’s Memorial Day Festival on May 31, 2021!”

For vendor refunds contact Executive Assistant Kimberly Thomas at kthomas@greencovesprings.com or 904-297-7500 ext. 3320. For questions contact Communications Coordinator Tiffanie Reynolds at treynolds@greencovesprings.com or 904-297-7500 ext. 3329.


Updates on Green Cove Springs Memorial Day RiverFest 2020


March 19, 2020 – The City of Green Cove Springs is using an abundance of caution with consideration of COVID-19 in its planned events for Spring and Summer, including Memorial Day RiverFest scheduled for Monday, May 25, 2020.

As of now City administration plans to continue Memorial Day RiverFest as scheduled. With information surrounding COVID-19 changing hourly, the City will not make a final decision to cancel this event until early May.

Memorial Day RiverFest is one of the City’s most anticipated events of the year for both residents and City staff involved with and working the event. The City doesn’t take any decisions about Memorial Day RiverFest lightly, and will keep vendors, planned entertainment, and the public informed of any change of plans as soon as possible.

For now, keep your calendars marked for Memorial Day RiverFest 10 a.m. – 9.p.m on Monday, May 25, in Spring Park. City invites all veterans to join in the Opening Ceremonies and Veterans Recognition Ceremony at 10 a.m., followed by a day filled with vendors, family-friendly activities, and a fireworks show at 8:45 p.m.


City of Green Cove Springs Declares Local State of Emergency for COVID-19


March 17, 2020 – Green Cove Springs City Council declared Local State of Emergency for COVID-19 as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

With this declaration the City aligns itself with Clay County in mitigating costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the latest on measures the City is taking for the health safety of its residents and staff, go to greencovesprings.com, “City of Green Cove Springs Government” on Facebook, @gscTODAY on Twitter, and City of Green Cove Springs on Nextdoor.