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

FDOT to host San Marco Ave./May St. open house

 

The Florida Department of Transportation will host a construction open house regarding the San Marco Avenue/May Street/W. San Carlos Avenue intersection improvement project and the May Street drainage project on Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the Alcazar Room, City Hall, 75 King St.

The public is invited to attend the open house anytime during the two hours to learn more about the projects including time frame, construction activities, traffic impacts and other details. FDOT project staff will be available to answer questions. This is an informal open house and no presentation is scheduled.

Construction of the new intersection configuration is set to begin in mid-September and is scheduled to be open for operation in summer 2018.

For more information, contact Debbie Delgado at 831-3368, or by email at debbie.delgado@dot.state.fl.us.

Roads to close for railroad crossing maintenance

The Florida East Coast Railway is closing the following roads during the month of August at the railroad crossings for maintenance: Lewis Speedway (Aug. 13-15) and Madeore Street (Aug. 15-17). Both roads will be closed to through traffic for the duration of each maintenance project. Detour routes will be posted.

For more information, call or email the Florida East Coast Railway at 443-0083 or t.frank@xorail.com.

Volunteers needed for sea turtle, beach steward program

Once sea turtles hatch from their nests, they swim in search of a large mass of seaweed in the ocean. Storms and high tides often push the seaweed back onto the beach creating a wrack line and stranding the turtles. St. Johns County is seeking volunteers to survey the wrack lines to recover stranded washback sea turtles and conduct beach cleanups from August through November.

Volunteers will be scheduled for bi-weekly beach cleanups, and will remain on call to survey the wrack lines when needed. All volunteers assisting the program must complete a county volunteer application, pass a background check, possess a valid Florida driver license, complete the online orientation session, and attend one mandatory survey training that is conducted on the beach. Trainings are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

• Aug. 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: Surfside Beachfront Park, 3070 Coastal Highway.

• Aug. 19, 9 to 10 a.m.: Butler Beachfront Park, 5860 A1A South.

• Aug. 21, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.: South Ponte Vedra Recreation Area, 2993 S. Ponte Vedra Blvd.

Children under the age of 18 are welcome to volunteer, but they must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. For more information, visit the St. Johns County Sea Turtle and Beach Steward Volunteers webpage at www.co.st-johns.fl.us/HCP/Volunteer.aspx, or call 209-3740. All trainings are subject to cancellation due to weather events. Check the webpage for cancellation updates.

 

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