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ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Jeremy Anderson delivers building materials to homes under construction.

He works out of his company's Jacksonville office, but he's been going to St. Johns County a lot lately.

"I've noticed something was going on. I just didn't know what," Anderson admitted.

What's going on is St. Johns County continues to see an increase in the number of building permit applications for residential areas.

In 2012, according to the Northeast Florida Builder's Association, St. Johns County issued 2,054 building permits. That's nearly half of permits in the four-county area which includes Clay, Duval and Nassau counties.

Building permits for single family homes continued to climb in early 2013 in St. Johns County.

According to numbers from the St. Johns County Building Services Department, 194 permits for single-family homes were issued in February compared to 125 from February of 2012.

Why is St. Johns County seeing the increase?

Michael Ryan, the Communications Manager for St. Johns County, answered that question with, "The quality of life, the scenic amenities that St. Johns County has to offer, and the school district. You can't knock that. You can't ignore that."

Nevertheless, the number of building permits issued in St. Johns County now is half of what it was in 2005 at the height of the building boom there.

Anderson remembers when the boom turned into a slump just a few years ago.

He said, "All of a sudden it just stopped one day. My hours got cut in almost half."

But with permits picking up, he and his crew are busy. Monday morning, they had delivered supplies to four construction sites by late morning.

"Everything's great now. I'm getting a lot of overtime and staying busy. It's helping me pay my bills," Anderson noted.

He just hopes the economy and construction business keeps rolling along.

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