TRACKING IRMA: Closures, cancellations for St. Johns County, surrounding areas (Updating)

County schools closed Friday, Monday


All schools in the St. Johns County School District will be closed Friday and Monday due to Hurricane Irma. Additional information can be found at

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 will be 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.

Spanish Wine Festival cancelled

Organizers of the Spanish Wine Festival, scheduled for Sept. 8-10, announced Wednesday that the event has been cancelled. From an announcement on the festival’s website: “Due to the impending effects of Hurricane Irma, and upon the advice of the City of St. Augustine, this weekend’s events have been cancelled. After the storm has passed, every effort will be made to re-schedule each of the St. Augustine Spanish Wine Festival events.” For details, visit

FOY to close, Founders Day event cancelled

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

7th Judicial Circuit courthouses to close Friday through Tuesday

Chief Judge Raul A. Zambrano has ordered the closure of all courthouses in the 7th Judicial Circuit, effective 5 p.m. on Thursday until 8 a.m. Wednesday. This closure includes Friday, Monday and Tuesday. Courthouses will reopen Wednesday, 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 Friday and Saturday mornings, Sept. 8 and 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.

Water Management District closes public lands

The St. Johns River Water Management District is closing 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

Ponte Vedra Auto Show rescheduled for Sept. 24

The Ponte Vedra Auto Show has been rescheduled for Sept. 24. Originally planned for Sunday, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce has announced that because of the possibility of adverse weather conditions it is in all parties’ best interest to reschedule the annual event. The auto show will take place at the Nocatee Town Center starting at 9 a.m. and ending after the awards ceremony concludes at 3 p.m. For more details, visit