NEWS IN BRIEF FOR ST. JOHNS COUNTY, ST. AUGUSTINE & SURROUNDING AREAS

Bridge of Lions 5K necessitates brief traffic interruptions

 

The Bridge of Lions 5K Run, set for today starting at 7:30 a.m., will necessitate brief traffic interruptions along Avenida Menendez, the Bridge of Lions, and on streets throughout Davis Shores on the north side of Anastasia Boulevard.

Traffic along Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions should return to normal by 8 a.m. and the entire race concluded by 9 a.m. To avoid delays, the city says the public may wish to use alternate routes during the race.

For more information, including a map and video of the race course, go to www.bridgeoflions5k.com.

United Way announces emergency food, shelter funds

United Way of St. Johns County announced that $17,365 in federal funds has been awarded to St. Johns County through the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

A local board made up of county, city, human services agencies and the United Way of St. Johns County will determine how funds are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs in the local service area. The board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive funds in this cycle and, as well as, funds awarded in future cycles.

Under the terms of the grant, local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply. To receive funds, the organization must conduct an annual audit, practice non-discrimination, and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs.

Qualifying programs are urged to apply or gather additional information by contacting Jenny Harvey at jenny.harvey@unitedway-sjc.org or 829-9721.

Local reappointed to state board

Kay Tasso has been reappointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Board of Physical Therapy Practice. Tasso, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is a physical therapist at Coastal Therapy.

ACCORD announces summer tours

The ACCORD Civil Rights Museum, located in the Rudcarlie Building, 79 Bridge St., will be open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. starting July 17 through Aug. 10 for guided tours of the museum. Admission is free but donations are accepted.

Butler Boat Ramp closed for improvement project

Butler Boat Ramp is closed through July 30 due to a dredging project that will improve navigability to the ramp for public use. For more information, call 209-0193.

FDOT sets open house regarding San Marco resurfacing

The Florida Department of Transportation will hold a public information meeting regarding the State Road A1A resurfacing project on July 25 starting at 4:30 p.m. at Flagler College Student Center’s Virginia Room, 40-50 Sevilla St.

The two-hour open-house format meeting will introduce the project’s scope, schedule, and funding with FDOT staff available to answer questions and receive written comments. The meeting will not include a formal presentation, but display boards will be available at the meeting and at http://nflroads.com/SR5A following the meeting.

The project includes portions of State Road A1A from the Bridge of Lions north to State Road 16, including Avenida Menendez, South Castillo Drive, and San Marco Avenue. Set to begin during summer 2018, the estimated $2.7-million project will include milling and resurfacing the existing roadway.

For more information, contact Renee Brinkley at 1-800-749-2967, ext. 7392, or renee.brinkley@dot.state.fl.us.

Solomon Calhoun pool swim hours limited on Saturday

The Solomon Calhoun Pool’s lap and family swim hours will be limited to noon to 5 p.m. today due to a youth swim meet. The pool will resume regularly scheduled swim hours on Sunday. For information, call 209-0377.

Chlorine, ammonia levels to be tweaked

For a period of 60 days (from July 3), the city of St. Augustine will adjust the chlorine and ammonia levels in its water. Periodic adjustments are necessary for pipeline maintenance and are a standard operating practice. During this adjustment period, city utility customers might notice a slight change in the taste of their water, but the quality of the water will not be affected.

For information, call 825-1044.

Crescent Beach Bridge repairs underway

The Crescent Beach Bridge over the Matanzas River on State Road 206 is undergoing repairs and rehabilitation, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.

According to a FDOT release, the $606,000 project is scheduled to be complete in spring 2018, weather or unforeseen circumstances permitting. KVK Contracting Inc. is the contractor.

The project includes spot painting the drawbridge’s structural steel and bearings and miscellaneous steel repairs.

Construction will occur seven days a week with southbound and northbound lane closures scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Flaggers will be in place to direct traffic around the closures. No lane closures are allowed on the two-way bridge during peak traffic hours or during holidays or special events.

For information, go to nflroads.com or call 831-FDOT.

 

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