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

Veterans Day parade to impact traffic

 

The Veterans Day parade scheduled for Saturday at 10:45 a.m. will necessitate rerouting of traffic and restrictions on parking in areas of downtown. The parade is expected to conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Starting on Orange Street, the parade will continue east, south on S. Castillo Drive/Avenida Menendez, west on Cathedral Place, north on Cordova Street, then returning to Francis Field.

Parking along the parade route will be restricted until the conclusion of the parade.

FDEP announces local office hours

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will hold offices hours in St. Johns County to meet with residents and businesses to answer questions, navigate permitting processes and provide other information regarding storm recovery efforts for the beach and dune system and upland development within the coastal construction control line. Staff will be in the St. Johns County Complex, Aviles Conference Room, located at 500 San Sebastian View, Room 005, St. Augustine.

Scheduled office hours include: Tuesday, Nov. 14, 1-5 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 15, 8 a.m. to noon; and 1 - 5 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m. to noon.

For more information, contact the Coastal Construction Control Line program at 850-245-7534 or CCCL@dep.state.fl.us.

Nights of Lights begins Nov. 18

Light-Up! Night kicks off the Nights of Lights on Saturday, Nov. 18. Festivities begin at 4 p.m. with entertainment by Showtime USA from the park in front of City Hall (Lightner Museum) and then continues from the Gazebo in the Plaza de la Constitucion with the All Star Orchestra starting at 5:30 p.m. The lighting ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. from the Gazebo.

To learn more, visit www.CityStAug.com.

Motorists urged to exercise caution near pedestrian lane

Those who drive along South Street are urged to exercise caution as the community becomes familiar with a new pedestrian lane. The lane runs along the north side of the street the full length from Riberia Street to Maria Sanchez Lake.

Pedestrian lanes, although new to St. Augustine, are common in other cities as a temporary accommodation for areas where a sidewalk may not be possible and yet pedestrian use is high.

Learn what’s next for Vilano Beach

Vilano Beach Main Street will host an Economic Summit Meeting on Nov. 15 in the Hampton Inn’s Marlin Room, 95 Vilano Road, from 8-10 a.m. to showcase plans for the town’s future with talks from developers, property owners, business owners and county planners. Cost to attend is $35; tickets are available at www.vilanobeachfl.com, or contact Sallie O’Hara at sallie_ohara@vilanobeachfl.com or 904-540-0402.

Parking enforcement extended to Sundays

The city of St. Augustine has extended its parking enforcement to Sunday mornings for illegally parked vehicles. Parking remains free, but vehicles parked illegally will be ticketed. This includes vehicles parked on yellow curbs, parked in spaces reserved for commercial vehicles, taxis or sightseeing vehicles, vehicles parked facing the wrong direction or on sidewalks and any other vehicles parked illegally.

Previously, illegally parked vehicles had not been ticketed until Sunday afternoon, but the change was needed to ensure access by businesses that depend on reserved spaces to operate or to receive deliveries.

For information, call 904-825-1030.

 

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