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FEMA Individual Assistance Declaration issued for SJC

FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma. To apply for individual assistance, visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 1-800-621-3362.

County administration offices to open Thursday

St. Johns County will resume standard operations on Thursday. All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours. Administration offices for the City of St. Augustine will open based upon the restoration of electrical services.

Post-impact shelter now open

In response to impacts from Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County has opened the Solomon Calhoun Community Center, 1300 Duval Street, as a post-impact shelter for those who are unable to return to their homes. All other shelters are now closed.

All discouraged from visiting county beaches

Due to significant damage, erosion, debris, flooding, and dune reduction as a result of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents and visitors to avoid the beach, beach access points, and walkovers until further notice. Swimming in the ocean is also discouraged due to high surf, strong rip currents, and debris. In addition, the St. Johns County Pier, Pier Park, and other beachfront parks sustained damage and will remain closed.

SAB to be open Wednesday

The City of St. Augustine Beach will be open for business on Wednesday. The normal trash collection schedule will resume Thursday.

Debris collection started

St. Johns County initialized the Hurricane Irma debris collection program Tuesday and will begin collecting storm-related debris (branches, limbs, brush, leaves, and routine yard waste) throughout the county in the coming days. Damage assessment is underway, debris collection sites have been identified, and collection resources have been secured. Residents can move storm debris curbside until cleanup is complete as contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods. For more information regarding the Hurricane Irma debris collection program, please call 904-824-5550.

Water distribution point opened on Mizell Road

St. Johns County opened a water point of distribution at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 2175 Mizell Road, on Tuesday. The POD will be open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. for the duration of the recovery. Water distribution is limited to one case of water per car.

City Commission reschedules special budget meetings

The St. Augustine City Commission has rescheduled the two days of meetings relating to the 2017-2018 budget that were cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The meeting dates are Sept. 20 and Sept. 27. Both meetings will start at 5:05 p.m. and be held in The Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St. They are open to the public and will be available for live and on-demand viewing at www.CityStAugTV.com.

Flagler College to reopen residence halls Sept. 16, resume classes Sept. 18

Flagler College classes will resume Monday, Sept. 18, at normally scheduled times. Residence halls are expected to be ready for student arrivals on Saturday.

FSDB to reopen Sept. 18

Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will reopen for classes on Monday, Sept. 18.

Amphitheatre not damaged, concert will go on

The Friday, Saturday and Sunday Widespread Panic concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will proceed as originally scheduled. While Hurricane Irma greatly affected areas of Florida, the Amphitheatre did not sustain damage. Concert goers who wish to assist in relief efforts are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the events for donation to Feeding Northeast Florida.

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.

Florida Attorney General activates Price Gouging Hotline

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 Wednesday

All schools in the St. Johns County School District will be closed Wednesday due to Hurricane Irma. District administration is working with the County’s Emergency Operations Center and will provide additional updates as necessary at www.stjohns.k12.fl.us.

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.

SJRSC closed until Thursday

All St. Johns River State College campuses will reopen and classes will resume on Thursday in order to accommodate students and employees returning to the area. College officials will continue to monitor conditions and will provide updates when necessary.

Catholic schools, parishes to close

Catholic Schools for all 17 counties of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine, including St. Johns County, will be closed Tuesday. Check the diocesan website at www.dosafl.com for the operation status of each school.

 

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