ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FLORIDA BULLISH ON BUSINESS ST. JOHNS COUNTY, FLORIDA T T aking its name from the St. Johns River that flows along its western border, St. Johns County was established in 1821-one of the two original coun- ties of Florida, created after the area was ceded to the United States from Spain. Its main city, St.Augustine, is the oldest permanent European settlement in the country. For most of its history, St. Johns County was essentially rural; its primary economic drivers being agriculture, tourism, and retail,with only a handful of major employers outside of the education,medical, and governmental sectors. In recent years, its quality of life and a superior public school dis- trict began to lure families to the county. St. Johns County has been ranked Florida’s Healthiest County for the 6th straight year based on access to recre-