‘It was just devastating’: St. Johns County homeowners say entertainment center vandalized

ST. JONES COUNTY, Florida — A cleanup is underway in the St. Johns County area after homeowners said several people vandalized their area.

This happened in the entertainment center of the Grand Lakes area, which is located near Pacetti Road.

“It was just devastating and it really pisses you off,” said Paul Proyos, president of the Homeowners Association.

Paul Proyos’ disappointment is shared by many neighbors in the Gran Lake community.


“There were three or four people who were hoping the fence was over there and went swimming at night,” Proyos said. “They swam for about 5 or 10 minutes and then tried several doors and unfortunately found one that was unlocked.”

Paul said they also went into the men’s room, smashed three of the four toilets, tried to rip them off the wall and smashed the mirror.

“They came in, grabbed a fire extinguisher, shot it all over the club building from the ceiling all over the furniture and we had to shut it down,” Proyos said..

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Photos posted on social media from security cameras around the building show people who were in the building that night.

Paul said the community notified the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

“There are good people in this community, we are vigilant, we are not going to miss the point, we are going to hold people accountable, we are going to hold them accountable,” Proyos said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office said no arrests had been made and the investigation was still active.

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