St. Johns County
POST-HURRICANE IRMA RECOVERY | CLOSURES & CANCELLATIONS


Closures, Cancellations & Scheduling Updates

Roscoe Boulevard Bridge Closure due to Hurricane Irma
Due to significant erosion caused by Hurricane Irma, the Roscoe Boulevard bridge north of Landrum Lane will be closed for repairs beginning Thursday September 21. Roscoe Boulevard will be closed to thru traffic from Landrum Lane to Canal Boulevard, and will remain closed until the full damage assessment and necessary repairs have been completed.

During the closure, residents living between Canal Boulevard and the bridge can access their homes from North Roscoe, and residents living between Landrum Lane and the bridge can access their homes from South Roscoe. All southbound traffic on Roscoe Boulevard will be detoured at Canal Boulevard to Palm Valley Road, and all northbound traffic will be detoured to Landrum Lane to Palm Valley Road. Detour routes will also be posted. For more information, please call 904.209.0110.

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities Closures Due to Hurricane Irma
The following St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities are closed pending inspections due to Hurricane Irma. Within parks that are open, there may be areas that are closed due to safety concerns:

  • Alpine Groves Park
  • Bird Island Park
  • Canopy Park
  • Ketterlinus Gym
  • Nease Beachfront Park
  • Palmo Dock
  • Riverdale Picnic Area
  • Shands Pier
  • Solomon Calhoun Center
  • St. John's County Ocean and Fishing Pier
  • Vaill Park

September 14

Vilano Boat Ramp Closed
The Vilano Boat Ramp is closed to residents and visitors due to significant damage to the floating docks and walkways. It will remain closed until further notice. All other St. Johns County boat ramps are open. All visitors to the boat ramps should use caution due to floating debris from Hurricane Irma. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Libraries Open after Hurricane Irma
All St. Johns County library branches are open and available for residents and visitors to enjoy air conditioning, outlets to charge phones and devices, and other media services. The library also offers business services, faxing, and copying for residents and businesses filing recovery paperwork. The Anastasia Island Branch and the Southeast Branch will both close at 6 p.m. tonight, and will resume standard business hours on Friday, September 15. All other branches resumed standard business hours on Thursday, September 14. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Solomon Calhoun Community Center and Pool Closed due to Hurricane Irma
The Solomon Calhoun Community Center and pool will remain closed through Wednesday, September 20 as it remains a post-impact shelter for residents affected by Hurricane Irma. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County After-school Programming to Resume Monday, September 18 to Coincide with Schools Re-opening
All St. Johns County after-school programs held at the Ketterlinus Gym and the W. E. Harris Community Center will resume on Monday, September 18 to coincide with schools re-opening. For more information on Hurricane Irma recovery and response, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Providing Free Tarps for Residents Affected by Hurricane Irma
St. Johns County is offering a limited number of free tarps for residents with homes affected by Hurricane Irma. Tarp sizes include 20’ x 30’ or 30’ x 40’ and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services Building, 200 San Sebastian View. Please call 904.209.1250 in advance to request a tarp that can be picked up at the Health and Human Services Building during standard business hours.

Sing Out Loud Festival Updates for September 15-17, 2017
The Sing Out Loud festival scheduled for September 15 through 17 will continue as planned this weekend with minimal stage relocations or show cancellations. Please see the updated schedule below for concert venue details. For more information regarding the Sing Out Loud festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.

September 13

St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency September 14, 2017 Meeting Cancelled
Due to the ongoing Hurricane Irma response and recovery effort, the St. Johns County Planning and Zoning Agency meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 14, has been cancelled. All items scheduled for the September 14 meeting will be heard at the next meeting scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 21. 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.

St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners September 19, 2017 Meeting Cancelled
Due to the ongoing Hurricane Irma response and recovery effort, the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting scheduled for Tuesday, September 19 has been cancelled. All items scheduled for the September 19 meeting will be heard at the next regularly scheduled County Commission meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 3. In addition, the budget hearing previously scheduled for September 19 has also been cancelled, and the state has waived all budgetary timelines. The budget hearing is anticipated to be held at 5:01 p.m. on October 3.

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.

St. Johns County Council on Aging will Resume Normal Paratransit Service
St Johns County Council on Aging (COA) will resume normal paratransit tomorrow 9/14/17; along with continuing to support Hurricane Irma transportation generated by the Emergency Operations Center.

COA clients can book their trips using the normal call-in procedure at 904-209-3710.

For more information regarding the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Athletic Fields Closed and Caution Urged at Parks
Due to damage sustained from Hurricane Irma, all St. Johns County athletic fields are closed until debris can be cleared and necessary repairs completed. In addition, residents and visitors are encouraged to exercise extreme caution if visiting St. Johns County parks due to fallen trees, damaged equipment, and standing water. For updates on recovery efforts in St. Johns County, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

September 12

St. Johns County Administration Offices to Open Thursday, September 14
St Johns County will resume standard operations on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours. Administration offices for the City of St. Augustine will open based upon the restoration of electrical services. 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.

St. Johns County Bridges Now Open
St. Johns County opened all bridges at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 12. During re-entry, everyone is asked to be cautious of standing water hazards and debris obstructions. Re-entry tags are no longer required. Water and sewer services may not be immediately available and power may not be restored in many areas. For updates on the official reentry process, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Household Garbage, Recycling, and Yard Debris Collection Schedules for September 13 through 15
For customers of St. Johns County solid waste services, the County has established temporary household garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules in response to Hurricane Irma. All yard debris collections are cancelled through Friday, September 15. Please see below for the updated schedules:

Wednesday, September 13: Residents who typically have household waste collection services on Monday, September 11 and Tuesday September 12 will have their garbage collected on Wednesday, September 13. Recycling collection has been suspended.

Thursday, September 14: Residents who typically have garbage collection services on Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 14 will have their garbage collected on Thursday, September 14. Recycling collection services have been suspended.

Friday, September 15: Standard household waste and recycling collection schedules resume.

Standard yard debris collection schedules will resume Monday, September 18. There will be no make-up days for recycling collection. For more information, please visit www.recyclestjohns.com or call 904.827.6980.

Utility Payment System Outages
Due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County bill payment systems may not be operational. There will be no late fees or disruptions of service for non-payment during this time. We currently expect normal County operations to be in place again Thursday, September 14. St. Johns County Utility Department thanks you for your patience.

September 11

St. Johns County Bridges to Open No Sooner than 12 p.m. Tuesday
Due to ongoing damage and safety assessments, all St. Johns County bridges will remain closed through at least 12 p.m. on Tuesday, September 12. The barrier islands sustained extensive damage and substantial high water and flooding, downed power lines, and blocked roadways remain a concern. St. Johns County officials, first responders, water and electrical service providers will continue to conduct damage and safety assessments on the barrier islands and make repairs throughout the night and morning to ensure all communities are deemed safe for re-entry. In addition, Roscoe Boulevard remains closed due to safety concerns.

For more information regarding bridge openings and the impacts of Hurricane Irma, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County and City of St. Augustine Closed Tuesday and Wednesday in Response to Hurricane Irma
In response to Hurricane Irma, all administrative offices in St. Johns County and the City of St. Augustine, as well as all schools, will be closed Wednesday, September 13. Residents with questions regarding the impact of 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.

County Parks and Recreation Facilities, Beaches and Pier Remain Closed
St. Johns County Parks and Recreation facilities will remain closed through Friday, September 15, to allow staff time to assess damage and clear any hazards. Similarly, all St. Johns County Beaches are closed to recreational activities until further notice, and all public beach walkovers and the St. Johns County Pier will remain closed until staff can assess their structural stability.Officials are also urging residents to avoid boat ramps and other waterway access points until they have been deemed safe. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Barrier Island Bridges Remain Closed, May Not Reopen Until Tuesday
St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center is fielding numerous inquiries asking when it will be safe for residents to return to their homes on the barrier islands and other evacuation zones.

  • Bridges to the barrier islands remain closed due to sustained Tropical Storm force winds (with higher gusts) along the Atlantic coast.
  • Bridges will not reopen until wind speeds drop to a level at which passenger vehicles can safely pass, and the bridges and approaches are inspected and cleared by Florida Department of Transportation engineers. It is reasonable to assume that bridges may remain closed until sometime Tuesday.
  • In addition, first responders are discovering numerous hazards as they conduct initial damage assessments in the evacuation zones. They are finding many downed trees, power lines and roads covered in water and debris. St. Johns County firefighters and Sheriff’s Office deputies are coordinating with county Road and Bridge and  electric companies to clear these hazards, but it will take time.
  • The public and local media will be notified as soon as the bridges are reopened for travel. Announcements will first be posted to all county web sites and social media pages.

We appreciate everyone’s patience as we wait for storm winds to subside and road hazards cleared. Residents are urged to remain indoors and off the roads while public safety agencies continue their response to Hurricane Irma.

September 10

Select St. Johns County Bridges Closed due to Hurricane Irma
The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with St. Johns County Emergency Management, has ordered the closing of select County bridges crossing major waterways, including the Usina (Vilano) Bridge, Bridge of Lions, O’Connell (312) Bridge, SR 206 Bridge, Shands Bridge, and Palm Valley Bridge. They will remain closed for an extended period of time until the barrier islands have been assessed, and the Florida Department of Transportation inspects the approaches and bridges and deems them safe for vehicular traffic.

For the most up-to-date Hurricane Irma information, including bridge closures, shelters and supplies, and storm updates, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.555.

St. Johns County Bridges Subject to Closure due to Tropical Force Winds
As the impacts of Hurricane Irma continue to impact St. Johns County, all bridges are subject to closure should sustained tropical force winds arrive in our area. Now is the time to consider sheltering in place and avoiding all travel. If law enforcement personnel determine bridges to be unsafe for vehicular access, they will be closed for a period of time to protect public health, safety, and welfare.

If the bridges are closed due to high winds and adverse conditions, including storm surge or erosion, they will reopen after the Florida Department of Transportation conducts inspections, which may take a prolonged period of time. For more information on bridge closures, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

Bridge of Lions Reopens To Vehicular Traffic
The Bridge of Lions in downtown St. Augustine has reopened to vehicular traffic. Due to localized flooding, residents are encouraged to avoid the downtown area and to not drive through flooded streets. All bridges in St. Johns County will remain open until officials determine they are unsafe due to sustained Tropical Storm Force winds. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

Bridge of Lions Closed Due to Flooding
Due to flooding on the east side of the bridge, The Bridge of Lions is currently closed. This closure is not due to wind speed and does not affect the other bridges in our county.

St. Johns County, City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach Closed Tuesday in Response to Hurricane Irma
Due to the anticipated impacts of Hurricane Irma, all administrative offices in St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Tuesday, September 12. Operational decisions beyond Tuesday will be determined based on post-storm conditions. The St. Johns County School District previously announced that all county schools will also be closed on Tuesday, September 12. 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.

St. Johns County Schools Closed Monday and Tuesday
All St. Johns County School District schools and district offices will be closed Monday, September 11 and Tuesday, September 12. 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.

September 9

All St. Johns County Sandbag Filling Locations Closed
St. Johns County Department of Public Works has announced that all sandbag filling locations in the county are closed and will not reopen. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed
St. County Beaches are closed to recreational activities due to high surf and rip currents.  As a result, St. Johns County Pier Park remains closed. Residents are discouraged from visiting the beaches until conditions improve.  Prior to opening the beaches, St. Johns County Beach Services and Public Safety will need to evaluate the coastline for any post storm damages.

Bridge of Lions and SR 206 Drawbridges Will Not Open for Marine Traffic After 4 p.m.
The Florida Department of Transportation has announced that the Bridge of Lions in St. Augustine and the SR 206 Bridge in Crescent Beach will cease drawbridge operations beginning at 4 p.m. today (Saturday). After 4 p.m., the drawbridges will no longer open for marine vessels that are too tall to pass beneath the spans. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550 or visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane.

St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier Closed
The St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier and all related facilities, including the parking lot, are closed in anticipation of Hurricane Irma. The Pier and its facilities will reopen when deemed safe and appropriate. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, including beach and facility closures, please visit www.sjcfl.us/hurricane or call the St. Johns County Emergency Management hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns Golf Club Closed
The St. Johns Golf Club is closed due to Hurricane Irma, and will reopen when weather conditions warrant. Patrons with reservations will be contacted directly. For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Hotline at 904.824.5550.

St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority Meeting Cancelled
The St. Johns County Industrial Development Authority Meeting scheduled for Monday, September 11 has been cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The next IDA meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 9.

September 8

St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Field and Recreational Program Closings
Due to Hurricane Irma, all St. Johns County Parks and Recreation athletic fields will close starting Saturday, September 9. All field lights will be off and trash receptacles removed from the premises. Fields will reopen once the storm has passed and they have been evaluated by County staff.

Additionally, all St. Johns County Parks and Recreation programming will be suspended beginning Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 11. Nature programing will remain canceled until all park facilities have been evaluated by County staff.

St. Johns County, City of St. Augustine, City of St. Augustine Beach Closed Monday, September 11, in Response to Hurricane Irma
Due to the anticipated impacts Hurricane Irma could have on our community, all administrative offices for St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Monday, September 11. 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.

Sing Out Loud Festival Events Scheduled for September 8-10 Cancelled
Due to Hurricane Irma, the Sing Out Loud Festival events scheduled for Friday, September 8 through Sunday, September 10 have been cancelled. The remainder of the Sing Out Loud events (September 15 through 17 and September 22 through 24) are currently scheduled to take place. For updates regarding the Sing Out Loud Festival, please visit singoutloudfestival.com.

Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Sale Canceled
The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Sale scheduled for Tuesday, September 12, through Saturday, September 16, has been canceled due to Hurricane Irma. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.

Solomon Calhoun Pool Closes Friday
The Solomon Calhoun Pool in St. Augustine will close on Friday, Sept. 8, and remain closed until further notice.

St. Johns County Beaches Closed to Vehicles in preparation for Hurricane Irma
All St. Johns County beaches are closed to vehicular traffic will remain closed throughout the duration of Hurricane Irma. All trash receptacles, portalets, cones, and other beach infrastructure will be removed. 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.

As Hurricane Irma approaches the coast, surf conditions are expected to increase significantly as well as dangerous rip current activity. 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, September 8 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. For more information on Hurricane Irma-related updates, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Management Citizen Information Line at 904.824.5550.


For Preparedness Information, Shelters, Evacuation Zones, Routes and much more, please visit: www.sjcemergencymanagement.org

St. Johns County Citizen Information Hotline 904.824.5550