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Preparedness tips, info for St. Johns County residents

An online version of the St. Johns County Hurricane Preparedness Guide, as well as a number of links with other helpful information, can be found at

County activates Emergency Operations Center hotline

In response to Hurricane Irma, the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline — 904-824-5550 — for residents to call regarding county services, storm response, events and non-emergency storm-related information. The hotline will be available from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 911. For additional Hurricane Irma-related information, visit

Governor orders state offices, schools closed on Monday

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the closure of state offices, public schools and state colleges and universities on Monday because of Hurricane Irma.

County suspends household waste, recycling, yard debris collections

Republic Services and Advanced Disposal have suspended all household waste and recycling collection services in St. Johns County for Monday and Tuesday. In addition, yard debris collection services will be suspended Sept. 11-15.

Rescheduling of future solid waste collections will be released as that information becomes available. For more information, visit or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904-824-5550.

City cancels solid waste services through Tuesday

City of St. Augustine Solid Waste residential and commercial services will be canceled on Monday and Tuesday. Further cancellation of services will be announced once damages and impacts of the hurricane can be determined. For more information, call 904-825-1040.

County issues mandatory evacuation, opens emergency shelters

Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County issued a mandatory evacuation order for 6 a.m. on Saturday for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the Town of Hastings, and those living on waterfront property within the evacuation zones.

Residents living in boats, RVs, and mobile homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation scheduled for 6 a.m. on Saturday in order to avoid traffic congestion.

St. Johns County will also open five shelters at 6 a.m. Saturday. The county is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public: Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane (special needs); Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane (pet-friendly); Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West (general population); Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (general population); and South Woods Elementary School, 4750 State Road 206 (pet-friendly).

While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies in order to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets and blankets. A three-day supply of water, nonperishable food, medication, diapers and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions.

• Three-day supply of medications, insulin and cooler if you are diabetic

• Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies

• Extra clothing, eyeglasses

• Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.

• Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge

• Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener

• Personal identification/important papers

For evacuation information, including route maps and evacuations zones, please visit the St. Johns County Emergency Management website at and for more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit

Finding updates

In addition to media outlets, St. Johns County residents looking for storm-related updates and weather advisories should keep an eye on the following sites:

• St. Johns County Emergency Management: Also:,

National Hurricane Center: Also:,

National Weather Service, Jacksonville: Also:,

St. Johns County Fire Rescue:,

St. Johns County Sheriff: Also:,

County, cities announce Monday closures

All administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Monday. Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.

Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit for more information.

City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday canceled

All administrative offices for the City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County and St. Augustine Beach are closed Monday due to the anticipated impacts Hurricane Irma could have on our community.

In addition, the city’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance for 9/11 and the regular St. Augustine City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday have been canceled. The regular meeting of the Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board scheduled for Tuesday has also been canceled.

Meeting of the City Commission related to the 2017-2018 budget, scheduled for Sept. 7 (and Sept. 21) will be rescheduled as soon as possible and in compliance with state law.

Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.

Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma should call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit for more information.

Florida Attorney General activates Price Gouging Hotline

As Hurricane Irma’s projected track and growing strength spurred runs on water and long gas lines around St. Johns County and other parts of Florida this week, the Florida Attorney General’s office activated the Price Gouging Hotline to make sure businesses aren’t taking advantage of customers.

Consumers who see massive price hikes in food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment for hurricane preparation compared to last week can call 1-866-9-NO-SCAM (1-866-966-7226) to report the business.

County schools closed Monday

All schools in the St. Johns County School District will be closed Monday due to Hurricane Irma. District administration is working with the County’s Emergency Operations Center and will provide additional updates as necessary at

County Building Services Hotline activated

St. Johns County has activated a hotline for residents and business owners with concerns regarding property and structural damage due to Hurricane Irma. If you have storm-related structural damage or permitting questions, call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904-827-6836.

Beach will block beach access points

St. Augustine Beach will block A Street and Ocean Trace Road beach access points with sand in preparation for Hurricane Irma, City Manager Max Royle said.

Beaches closed to vehicles; caution urged

All St. Johns County beaches are closed to vehicular traffic and will remain closed throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma. Coastal flooding could warrant multiple day closures of certain beach access ramps. Beach Services will inspect the beach during and after the event to reinstate vehicular access as soon as conditions allow. Residents are encouraged to avoid the beach and ocean swimming until conditions improve.

In addition, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier closed Friday and will remain closed throughout the duration of the storm. Pier staff will continue to monitor wind and weather conditions and will reopen the pier when safe and appropriate.

7th Judicial Circuit courthouses to close through Tuesday

Chief Judge Raul A. Zambrano has ordered the closure of all courthouses in the 7th Judicial Circuit until 8 a.m. Wednesday. Courthouses will reopen, weather and facility conditions permitting.

The 7th Circuit includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties. This order affects the Kim C. Hammond Justice Center in Bunnell, the Putnam County Courthouse in Palatka, the Richard O. Watson Judicial Center in St. Augustine, the Volusia County Courthouse in DeLand, the S. James Foxman Justice Center in Daytona Beach and the two Volusia County Courthouse Annexes in Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

During this emergency, all court deadlines will be extended and all scheduled court hearings will be rescheduled when court resumes.

First Appearance hearings, including juvenile detention and shelter hearings, will be conducted Saturday morning, Sept. 9, at 8:30 a.m. in all four counties. There will be no First Appearances or related proceedings on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday (Sept. 10-12).

Updates will also be posted at and via Twitter, @7thCircuitFL.

SAB cancels Monday Commission meeting

Monday’s scheduled St. Augustine Beach City Commission meeting and budget hearing at St. Augustine Beach City Hall have been canceled because of Hurricane Irma, according to the city’s website. The meetings will be rescheduled.

SJR State cancels classes

All St. Johns River State College campuses closed Friday and will remain closed until further notice. School officials will continue to monitor developments relating to Irma; updates will be relayed via the college website, email, text alerts and Facebook as these resources remain accessible.

Zoning and Adjustment Board meeting canceled

The Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board meeting scheduled for Monday has been canceled. Notice will be given when a rescheduled date is determined.

Water Management District closes public lands

The St. Johns River Water Management District closed all its public lands districtwide at 5 p.m. Thursday in advance of Hurricane Irma. The closure includes the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive. Properties will remain closed for the public’s safety until further notice to allow district staff the opportunity to assess and clean up damage on properties. Groups with camping reservations will be notified by email.

For updates on district operations, visit

YMCA closes area branches

The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will close all branches all day from Saturday to Monday, with plans to open branches at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, depending on the impact of Irma.

FSDB classes not in session

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will not hold classes Monday.

SA Historical Society to close, cancels event

The St. Augustine Historical Society has closed the research library, administrative offices and Oldest House Museum Complex until Sept. 13. The “Illegally Yours” photo at the Castillo de San Marcos scheduled for Saturday canceled.

Flagler College cancels events

Flagler College has canceled the following events and tours until the college re-opens on Sept. 13, unless otherwise notified.

• Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Exhibition: Gamaliel Rodriguez.

• Historic Tours of Flagler College

Flagler College announced its closure due to Hurricane Irma on Sept. 6. For more information or updates on news and events, visit

Catholic schools, parishes to close

Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine will close all diocesan offices and Catholic schools on Monday.

Catholic Schools for all 17 counties of the diocese, including St. Johns County, will be closed on Monday, as well. Check the diocesan website at for the operation status of each school. The diocese owns and operates 36 schools including early learning centers, preschools, elementary and high schools and a special education school.

Parishes are continuing their preparations to minimize the impact of the storm to our facilities.

Pastors at each parish will determine if they are celebrating Mass on Saturday and Sunday. Parishioners can contact their parish office for further updates regarding Mass schedules.

Cathedral Basilica announces schedule

All parish activities after Friday are canceled at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine. All Masses, liturgies and confessions will be canceled until further notice. (This includes all Masses for Saturday and Sunday.) The Rectory Office will remain closed through at least Monday.

Sing Out Loud canceled, concert postponed

Organizers of the Sing Out Loud Festival have canceled this weekend’s concerts because of Irma. For information on the Sing Out Loud Festival, go to Also, Friday’s Blackberry Smoke concert has been postponed. For information, go to

Walking tour postponed

The walking tour of Jewish St. Augustine scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday has been postponed. The tour, sponsored by the St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society, will be rescheduled and announced at an early date.

Spanish Wine Festival canceled

Organizers of the Spanish Wine Festival, scheduled for Sept. 8-10, announced Wednesday that the event has been canceled. For details, visit

FOY to close, Founders Day event canceled

The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park closed at noon Thursday until further notice. The park’s Founders Day event, slated for Saturday, is canceled.

Ponte Vedra Auto Show rescheduled for Sept. 24

The Ponte Vedra Auto Show has been rescheduled for Sept. 24. For more details, visit