St. Augustine offers free parking

The St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center (VIC) and the Historic Downtown Parking Facility will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. And while the parking garage fee remains at $15 per vehicle per entry, the city is suspending parking enforcement at all city-metered areas, including on-street spaces and parking lots until Monday.

The fee suspension applies only to areas where vehicles may park legally and does not include loading and delivery zones, yellow curbs, taxicab stands, residential parking or privately managed lots.

The city hopes this suspension of parking fees will encourage support for the many downtown businesses that suffered losses over the Labor Day Weekend because of Hurricane Dorian.

 

Beach driving restored for the county

Beach driving has been restored on all St. Johns County beaches where previously allowed. Beach ramps may be closed periodically based on tide or sand conditions, and two-wheel drive access may not be available at all ramps.

 

State of Emergency extended in county

The St. Johns County Commission voted Thursday to extend the Local State of Emergency related to Hurricane Dorian. As damage assessments and recovery efforts remain underway, this action allows St. Johns County to continue accessing and using state and federal funding assistance.

 

COA, Sunshine Bus services available today

All Council on Aging offices including Sunshine Bus, Paratransit, IMEP, Sunshine Center, Coastal Home Care and all five senior centers will be reopen today.

For information on Sunshine Bus service, go to sunshinebus.net or call 209-3716.

 

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier remains closed

The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier remains closed to the public pending a structural assessment for potential damage caused by Hurricane Dorian. Once the Pier has been deemed safe, it will reopen and the public will be notified at sjcfl.us.

 

Dorian property damage hotline established

The county has activated a hotline for residents and business owners with concerns regarding property and structural damage due to Hurricane Dorian. Those with storm-related structural damage or permitting questions can call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 827-6836.

 

Normal collection services resume

Today, St. Johns County residents will receive their regularly scheduled household garbage, recycling and yard debris collection services.

The city of St. Augustine resumed its regular solid waste collections Thursday and will also provide an additional collection of yard debris on Saturday and on Sunday if necessary. For information, call the Solid Waste Division at 825-1049.

In the city of St. Augustine Beach, Thursday residential waste pick-up will be done Friday. Normal pick-up schedule will resume next week.

Normal city operations will resume on Friday.

 

St. Johns County libraries open today

All St. Johns County libraries will open for standard business hours today. Bookmobile schedules will also resume. During the closure, no fines were incurred; however, anyone with questions regarding due dates or fines can contact their local library.

 

City of St. Augustine budget meetings rescheduled

Meetings for the budgets of the Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) and the City of St. Augustine have been rescheduled to 6 p.m. Sept. 12. The CRA budget will be considered first, and then the city’s budget.

Both meetings will be in The Alcazar Room of City Hall at 75 King St.

 

College to resume operations Monday

St. Johns River State College will resume regular operations on Monday with all scheduled classes and activities. This includes all campus locations (Orange Park, Palatka and St. Augustine). The campus libraries will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

 

FPL restores power to all customers impacted by hurricane

Florida Power & Light Company announced Thursday that is had restored service to all customers impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

The company restored more than 160,000 customers, some more than once using smart grid technology. Most outages were caused primarily by downed trees, vegetation and debris blowing into power lines. FPL is now working with other utilities to the north to help reallocate resources to help respond to Dorian as it impacts Georgia, the Carolinas and Virginia.

 

Courts reopen today

Courts throughout the 7th Judicial Circuit will reopen today. The 7th Circuit includes Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

 

Industrial Development Authority meeting canceled

The St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority meeting scheduled for Monday has been canceled. The next meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 14 at the County Administration Building.