NOTE TO READERS: New announcements will be posted at the top of this thread; scroll down for older announcements, and check back often for updates.
Pedro Menendez High School at capacity
The Pedro Menendez High School shelter is at capacity. Evacuees without special needs or pets are encouraged to seek shelter at the remaining general population shelters:
• Mill Creek Elementary School, 3750 International Golf Parkway
• Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway
For more information on St. Johns County shelters, including special needs and pet-friendly shelters, visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904-824-5550.
St. Johns County is under a hurricane warning.
Curfew instituted for cities, barrier islands
St. Johns County law enforcement agencies announced a curfew that will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly beginning Sunday for the City of St. Augustine Beach, the City of St. Augustine, and portions of St. Johns County lying east of the Intracoastal Waterway on the barrier islands. The curfew will remain in effect nightly until further notice.
A curfew order mandates that anyone on the street may be required to produce identification to law enforcement officers to verify their address and purpose for being in the area in an effort to reduce incidents of potential looting and to protect those in areas which may not yet be deemed safe. Law enforcement agencies worked in conjunction to develop an executive order signed by St. Johns County Administrator Michael Wanchick. For more information, call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.
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How to share news tips, media
Readers can share tips and media with Record reporters before, during and after a storm by calling 904-819-3504. Send photos to email@example.com, or tag on social media with #staugustinerecord. Direct messages can also be sent through The Record’s Facebook page.
Preparedness tips, info for SJC residents
An online version of the St. Johns County Hurricane Preparedness Guide as well as a number of links with other helpful information can be found at www.SJCemergencymanagement.org.
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. For additional Hurricane Irma-related information, visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.
Governor orders state offices, schools closed on Monday
Gov. Rick Scott has ordered the closure of state offices, public schools and state colleges and universities on Monday because of Hurricane Irma.
County suspends household waste, recycling, yard debris collections
Republic Services and Advanced Disposal have suspended all household waste and recycling collection services in St. Johns County for Monday and Tuesday. In addition, yard debris collection services will be suspended Sept. 11-15.
Rescheduling of future solid waste collections will be released as that information becomes available. For more information, visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904-824-5550.
City cancels solid waste services through Tuesday
City of St. Augustine Solid Waste residential and commercial services will be cancelled on Monday and Tuesday. Further cancellation of services will be announced once damages and impacts of the hurricane can be determined. For more information, call 904-825-1040.
County issues mandatory evacuation, opens emergency shelters
Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County issued a mandatory evacuation order for 6 a.m. on Saturday for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the Town of Hastings, and those living on waterfront property within the evacuation zones.
Residents living in boats, RVs, and mobile homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation scheduled for 6 a.m. on Saturday in order to avoid traffic congestion.
St. Johns County will also open five shelters at 6 a.m. Saturday. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public: Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Lane (special needs); Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Lane (pet-friendly); Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West (general population); Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Parkway (general population); and South Woods Elementary School, 4750 State Road 206 (pet-friendly).
While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies in order to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A three-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions.
• Three-day supply of medications, insulin and cooler if you are diabetic
• Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies
• Extra clothing, eyeglasses
• Books, magazines, cards, games, etc.
• Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge
• Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener
• Personal identification/important papers
For evacuation information, including route maps and evacuations zones, please visit the St. Johns County Emergency Management website at www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/evacinfo.html and for more information, please call the St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/shetpub.html.
County, cities announce Monday closures
All administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Monday. Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.
Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma are encouraged to call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.
In addition to media outlets, St. Johns County residents looking for storm-related updates and weather advisories should keep an eye on the following sites:
Florida Power & Light Company doesn’t plan to shut off power
A statement from Florida Power & Light Company on Friday, sent by a public relations firm, said the company’s goal is to keep power on through Hurricane Irma: “To be clear, FPL has no plans to shut down power to its customers. In fact, we have adequate power to continue serving all customers. After the storm hits, our crews will begin working to restore power as soon as conditions are safe. Once restoration begins in earnest, our goal is to get as many customers up and running as soon as possible, and we will not stop until all power is restored.”
City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday cancelled
All administrative offices for the City of St. Augustine, St. Johns County and St. Augustine Beach are closed Friday and Monday due to the anticipated impacts Hurricane Irma could have on our community.
In addition, the city’s annual Ceremony of Remembrance for 9/11 and the regular St. Augustine City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday have been cancelled. The regular meeting of the Code Enforcement, Adjustments and Appeals Board scheduled for Tuesday has also been cancelled.
Meeting of the City Commission related to the 2017-2018 budget, scheduled for Sept. 7 (and Sept. 21) will be rescheduled as soon as possible and in compliance with state law.
Operational decisions beyond Monday will be determined based on weather conditions.
Residents with questions regarding Hurricane Irma should call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations hotline at 904-824-5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane for more information.
Florida Attorney General activates Price Gouging Hotline
As Hurricane Irma’s projected track and growing strength spurred runs on water and long gas lines around St. Johns County and other parts of Florida this week, 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 Friday, Monday
All schools in the St. Johns County School District will be closed Friday and Monday 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.
Structural damage concerns? 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.
Beaches closed to vehicles; caution urged
All St. Johns County beaches are closed to vehicular traffic and will remain closed throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma. Coastal flooding could warrant multiple day closures of certain beach access ramps. Beach Services will inspect the beach during and after the event to reinstate vehicular access as soon as conditions allow. Residents are encouraged to avoid the beach and ocean swimming until conditions improve.
In addition, the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier will close Friday and will remain closed throughout the duration of the storm. Pier staff will continue to monitor wind and weather conditions and will reopen the Pier when safe and appropriate.
SAB cancels Monday Commission meeting
Monday’s scheduled St. Augustine Beach City Commission meeting and budget hearing at St. Augustine Beach City Hall have been canceled because of Hurricane Irma, according to the city’s website. The meetings will be rescheduled.
SJR State cancels classes
All St. Johns River State College campuses will remain closed until further notice. Updates will be relayed via the college website, email, text alerts and Facebook as these resources remain accessible.
Zoning and Adjustment Board meeting cancelled
The Ponte Vedra Zoning and Adjustment Board meeting scheduled for Monday has been cancelled. Notice will be given when a rescheduled date is determined.
YMCA closes area branches
The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast will close all branches all day from Saturday to Monday, with plans to open branches at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, depending on the impact of Irma.
FSDB classes not in session
The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind will not hold classes Monday.
Flagler College cancels events
Flagler College is closed until Sept. 13, unless otherwise notified. For more information or updates on news and events, visit www.flagler.edu.
Catholic schools, parishes to close
Bishop Felipe Estévez of the Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine will close all diocesan offices and Catholic schools on Monday.
Catholic Schools for all 17 counties of the diocese, including St. Johns County, will be closed on Monday, as well. Check the diocesan website at www.dosafl.com for the operation status of each school. The diocese owns and operates 36 schools including early learning centers, preschools, elementary and high schools and a special education school.
Parishes are continuing their preparations to minimize the impact of the storm to our facilities.
Pastors at each parish will determine if they are celebrating Mass on Saturday and Sunday. Parishioners can contact their parish office for further updates regarding Mass schedules.
Cathedral Basilica announces schedule
All parish activities are cancelled at Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine. All Masses, liturgies and confessions will be canceled until further notice. (This includes all Masses for Saturday and Sunday.) The Rectory Office will remain closed through at least Monday.
Sing Out Loud canceled
Organizers of the Sing Out Loud Festival have canceled this weekend’s concerts because of Irma. For information on the Sing Out Loud Festival, go to singoutloudfestival.com. For information, go to staugamphitheatre.com.