Health department issues swim advisory for Vilano Beach
The Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County has issued a swim advisory for Vilano Beach based on the criteria for fecal indicator bacteria, according to a press release issued Friday.
The DOH-St. Johns County Health Department has been conducting saltwater beach water quality monitoring for six beaches on a seasonal bi-weekly basis from March through October as part of the Healthy Beaches Monitoring Program. The beach water samples are analyzed for enteric bacteria (enterococci) that normally inhabit the intestinal tract of humans and animals and which may indicate increased risk of human disease, infections, or rashes. The presence of enteric bacteria is an indication of fecal pollution which may come from storm-water runoff, pets and wildlife, and human sewage.
This should be considered a potential health risk; public bathing and swimming is not recommended, according to the release.
Those with questions should contact the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County at 209-3250 or visit the Department of Health’s Internet Beach Water Quality website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/index.html.
TODAY: DeSantis to host town hall
Rep. Ron DeSantis will host a “Discussion with DeSantis” today from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Pedro Menendez High School in St. Augustine. According to a press release, the event is an open forum, and no tickets or reservations are required.
County to host ‘Super Community Collection Day’
St. Johns County is hosting a “Super Community Collection Day” from 8 a.m. to noon today at North Beach Park, A1A and 24th Street, for residents to safely dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, and tires free of charge. Items such as paint, motor oil, gasoline, fluorescent bulbs, wax, car and appliance batteries, pesticides, obsolete electronics such as monitors, modems, desk phones, and stereos, and automobile and light truck tires will be accepted. Microwave ovens, large appliances, yard debris, household garbage, construction debris, and commercial materials will not be accepted. For more information, call St. Johns County Solid Waste at 827-6980.
Waterway debris to be removed from river
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has started removing debris related to Hurricane Matthew from the St. Johns River. Contractors began along the Julington Creek shoreline and will continue working south to remove and dispose of vegetative and structural debris in the waterway. The contractor will only remove debris in the river, and it must be related to Hurricane Matthew. Debris located on or attached to private property will not be removed. To report waterway debris or for more information, email email@example.com.
Armstrong Park trailhead to be dedicated
St. Johns County is partnering with the Spuds, Elkton and Armstrong Community Help Resource Center Inc. and the Florida Department of Transportation to host a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Armstrong Park trailhead at 7:45 a.m. on March 19 at Armstrong Park, 4950 Harvey Ave. The ceremony is open to the public. The trailhead will extend the Rails to Trails multi-use recreational route and provide restrooms and parking for visitors. For information, call 806-3939.
Park and ride returns for spring weekends
The city of St. Augustine will again offer free transit service during what are expected to be the heaviest days for downtown traffic in March and April.
The service will be offered on Saturdays that coincide with large events at Francis Field and some of the traditional Easter-related events.
Shuttles will operate from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. today, and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. April 1, April 8 and April 15.
Satellite parking will be available at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building at 200 San Sebastian Way and at the San Marco Lot at 301 San Marco Ave.
The shuttles will operate approximately every 20 minutes from the two parking lots to the St. Augustine and St. Johns County Visitor Information Center, 10 S. Castillo Drive, adjacent to Francis Field.
For information, email mobility@CityStAug.com, call 209-4211 or go to CityStAugMobility.com.
Republican Club to meet Monday
Republican Club of Greater St. Augustine will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. at the Shrine Club, 250 Brainard Drive, St. Augustine. Local radio host Ed Dean will be the guest. For more, visit www.RepublicanClubGSA.com.
St. Johns County lane closures
Information provided by the Florida Department of Transportation (through March 18):
A1A – Downtown St. Augustine: Daytime road closures Saturday from 10-11 a.m. on Orange Street, Castillo Drive, Cathedral Place and Cordova Road for the St. Augustine St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Follow detour.
A1A at Euclid Avenue: Daytime lane closures with flaggers Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. for turn lane installation. Bicycle lanes are closed until the end of March due to construction barrier walls installed on both sides of the road at the intersection.
A1A – Ponte Vedra: Daytime southbound lane closures weekdays through March 31 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. from Marsh Landing Parkway to Sawgrass Village Drive for ditch cleaning.
St. Johns Parkway/County Road 2209: Lanes are reduced to one way in each direction from Russell Sampson Road to Arabella Way for State Road 9B construction. Lane reductions are in place for the duration of the project (summer 2018).
State Road 13 – Roberts Road to Race Track Road: Daytime lane closures Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for road striping.
State Road 13 – Hillcrest Avenue to Remington Forest Drive: Daytime southbound lane closures Sunday through Friday from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for electric pole installation.
State Road 13 – Remington Creek Bridge: Daytime shoulder closures Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the bridge for routine bridge maintenance.
State Road 207 – East of Cracker Branch Bridge: Daytime westbound lane closures Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for construction of the bike/walking path trailhead.
U.S. 1 at State Road 206: Lanes have been reduced to one lane in each direction at the intersection until mid-April for realignment of existing off-set turn lanes.
U.S. 1 – Hilden Road to Gun Club Road: Daytime lane closures weekdays through March 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for median and shoulder maintenance.
U.S. 1 – Vaill Point Road to Watson Road: Daytime lane closures Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for road striping.
U.S. 1 – One mile north of International Golf Parkway: Daytime northbound, outside lane closures Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. for removal of old turn lane.