Burn ban in effect through May 16
The St. Johns County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution enacting a burn ban within St. Johns County through May 16, at which time county officials will evaluate the weather and fire conditions and determine to extend or lift the ban on outdoor burning. The ban restricts all residential outdoor burning of leaves and yard debris, fireworks of any kind, campfires, flares, and other outdoor burning devices. Cooking fires within a barbeque or hibachi grill, or other similar devices specifically intended for cooking, are permitted.
While no major wildfires are occurring within the county, officials encourage all residents to prepare a home safety plan for all members of their household, including two evacuation routes, a ready supply of food, water and medical needs, and transportation. Residents should also create a defensible space surrounding their homes free of debris, and clean gutters and roofs of leaves or branches that could easily ignite during a fire.
For more information on how to protect your home from a wildfire, visit the Florida Forest Service website at www.freshfromflorida.com. For more information on St. Johns County’s burn ban, call 209-1750.
WMD issues water shortage warning
The St. Johns River Water Management District issued a water shortage warning order on May 9 that includes all areas within St. Johns County as well as most all other areas of the district. The order seeks voluntary water reduction by all users and adherence to the irrigation rules already in place which restricts watering by day and prohibits watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Residences with odd numbered addresses may water on Wednesday and Saturday, and those with even numbered addresses on Thursday and Sunday. Non-residential properties may water on Tuesday and Friday. These restrictions apply to private wells and pumps, ground or surface water and water from public and private utilities.
For additional information, visit www.sjrwmd.com.
County announces budget hearings
In conjunction with the annual budget process, members of the public are invited to attend the St. Johns County Fiscal Year 2018 administrator’s budget hearings scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 17 and May 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon May 19, at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View.
The hearings will provide a departmental line item review of the proposed fiscal year 2018 St. Johns County budget in its formative stage prior to its presentation to the board of county commissioners. If the hearings proceed faster than anticipated, the scheduled times may be adjusted accordingly. For information, call the Office of Management and Budget at 209-0570.
TODAY: ‘Stamp Out’ hunger, stock local food banks
The National Association of Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive returns for its 25th year on Saturday. Each year on the second Saturday in May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from customers. Donations collected in St. Augustine and St. Johns County go directly to local food pantries. Those who wish to participate can leave a non-perishable food item in a bag by your mailbox on Saturday for a letter carrier to collect.
All county libraries to close for training
All St. Johns County Library branches and bookmobiles will be closed May 17 for annual staff training.
All books and materials due May 17 will be due on May 18. Book drops will remain open at all locations and all online services, databases, and e-resources will be available during the closure.
All branches will reopen during regular business hours on May 18. For information, call a local library branch or go to sjcpls.org.