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Dorian: Cancellations, closures, resources 
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Dorian: Cancellations, closures, resources 

Dorian: Cancellations, closures, resources 

Dorian: Cancellations, closures, resources 

WOKV will continue updating this list of cancellations, closures/openings, and resources for you in connection to Dorian as new information comes in. This list represents Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties.

Find the following information on this page by clicking on the appropriate links:






SCHOOL CLOSURES:

Duval: 

---Duval County Public Schools will remain closed through Thursday, September 5th, due to the impact of the hurricane and because many schools are now serving as shelters.  Additionally, all athletic and after school activities are canceled through Thursday.

---Edward Waters College says they will remain closed through Wednesday September 4th. Campus dining hours will operate according to regular weekend hours Monday and Tuesday. 

---Saint Leo University-Jacksonville now has canceled classes through Thursday, September 5. The Jacksonville Education Center is closed and classes canceled tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday. In addition, Saint Leo’s Mayport Education Center remains closed and classes are canceled. 

---The University of North Florida is canceling all classes, student activities, and offices through Thursday. UNF will be closing all residential housing and the Osprey Cafe at Noon on Tuesday, September 3rd.  Students who remain on campus will be required to move to the Osprey Fountains for safe shelter.  All other buildings on campus will remain on lockdown, as they are not designated as hurricane shelters. 

---Jacksonville University is canceling classes beginning at 2 p.m., Friday, August 30. The university will remain closed through Thursday, September 5th. JU hopes to reopen the campus on Friday for returning students, faculty and staff, classes will be cancelled that day. 

---Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ) says all campuses, centers, and faculty and administrative offices will be closed beginning, Saturday, August 31, through Thursday, September 5th. FSCJ will reopen on Friday, September 6.

St. Johns:

---All St. Johns County Public schools and district offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd, Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 5th. 

---Flagler College has cancelled classes for September 2-4, 2019. 

---Florida School for the Deaf and Blind has cancelled classes and sent students home. The campus remains open for 11 and 12 month employees.

---St. Johns River State College has closed all campuses September 3rd-8th. 

Clay:

---Clay County Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd, Wednesday, September 4th and Thursday, September 4th.  

Nassau:

---Nassau County Public Schools will be closed through Thursday, September 5th. Classes will resume Friday.

Baker: 

---The Baker County School District says all Baker County schools will be closed Tuesday, September 3rd, and Wednesday, September 4th.

Putnam:

---The Putnam County School District says all schools will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

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EVACUATIONS:

Duval County: 

---Sulzbacher’s Downtown campus will be evacuated Tuesday. The center says all services are canceled until the evacuation order is lifted for Zone B. Those seeking emergency services and shelter are being accommodated at the City Rescue Mission which is not under an evacuation order as of Monday morning. 

---Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the mandatory evacuations for Zones A and B will expire Wednesday night at 7pm. For more information about shelter locations you can call 630-CITY or visit JaxReady.com. The following shelters will be active according to JaxReady.com: 

  • Abess Park Elementary ,12731 Abess Blvd Jacksonville, FL, 32225. General population.
  • Andrew Robinson, 101 W. 12th Street Jacksonville, FL 32206. General population. 
  • Arlington Middle School, 8141 Lone Star Rd. Jacksonville, FL, 32211. General population. 
  • Atlantic Coast High School 9735 R.G. Skinner Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32211. Special needs, pet friendly.
  • Chimney Lakes Elementary School, 9353 Staples Mill Drive, Jacksonville FL 32244. General population, pet friendly.
  • Landmark Middle School, 101 Kernan Blvd. North, Jacksonville FL 32225. General population, pet friendly.
  • Mandarin Middle School, 5100 Hood Rd. Jacksonville FL, 32257. General population, pet friendly.
  • Oceanway Middle School, 143 Oceanway Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32218. Special needs. 
  • Oceanway Elementary 1255 Gillespie Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32218. General population.  
  • Twin Lakes Elementary School 8000 Point Meadows Dr. Jacksonville, FL 32256. General population.
  • Enterprise Elementary 8085 Old Middleburg Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32222. Special needs.
  • Legends Center 5130 Soutel Drive Jacksonville, FL 32208. General population, special needs. 

---Naval Station Mayport’s Commanding Officer says they will start evacuating beginning at 8AM Monday morning. Mayport says they are not evacuating the entire base, but PPV residents who wish to to evacuate can do so and will be reimbursed.   

St. Johns County: 

St. Johns County has issued mandatory evacuation orders effective for 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas. In addition, the County has ordered evacuations for Hastings and Flagler Estates.  Residents living aboard boats, and those living in RVs, mobile homes, and manufactured 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 order scheduled for Monday, September 2 in order to minimize traffic congestion. 

St. Johns County will also open six shelters at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2: 

• Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs) 
• Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly)
• Southwoods Elementary, 4750 State Road 206. (Pet-friendly) 
• Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West. (General population) 
• Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population) 
• Osceola Elementary, 1605 Osceola Elementary Rd. (General population) 

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 five-day supply of water, nonperishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. 

Nassau: 

---Nassau County has issued mandatory evacuations for Zones A, C, F starting Monday at 8AM. 

Two shelters are opening in the county:

  • Hilliard Middle/Senior High School, 1 Flashes Ave, Hilliard, FL 32046. This shelter is a special needs shelter.
  • Callahan Middle School, 450121 Old Dixie Hwy, Callahan, FL 32011. This shelter will be pet friendly.

Clay County:

---Clay County has issued mandatory evacuations for Zones A, B, low-lying areas and vulnerable homes, starting Tuesday at 3 PM.

Four general population shelters will be opening at Tuesday at 3 PM:

  • Clay High School, 2025 FL-16, Green Cove Springs
  • Orange Park High School, 2300 Kingsley Ave, Orange Park (pet friendly)
  • Wilkinson Elementary School, 4965 Co Rd 218, Middleburg
  • Keystone Heights Junior/Senior High, 900 Orchid Ave, Keystone Heights (pet friendly)

One special needs shelter will also be opening on Tuesday at 12 PM:

  • Lake Asbury Junior High School, 2851 Sandridge Rd, Green Cove Springs

Putnam:

---Putnam County has issued a mandatory evacuation for Zone A, persons in low lying areas living on boats, recreational vehicles ans mobile homes.  Six shelters will be open beginning at 2pm Monday:  Interlachen Elementary School, Ochwilla Elementary School, Q.I. Roberts Middle School, Browning Pearce Elementary School, Middleton-Burney Elementary School, Kelley Smith Elementary School. 
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CURFEWS:

Duval:

---Curfews will be in place from 10PM until 6 AM IN Atlantic Beach, Neptune Beach, and Jacksonville Beach beginning Monday night. The curfew will remain in place until further notice. In addition, Alcohol sales will be suspended at the beaches in Duval County beginning at 10AM Monday until further notice.

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CANCELLATIONS:

Duval County:

---Peter Frampton’s farewell tour appearance scheduled for Wednesday has been canceled.  Refunds are available at the point of purchase.  

---The First Wednesday Art Walk scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 4th  has been canceled.  Art Walk will not be rescheduled in September and will return to Downtown Jacksonville on October 2nd.

---The Florida State - Boise State football game scheduled for Saturday night at TIAA Bank Field is going to be played in Tallahassee, according to Governor Ron DeSantis.  Mayor Lenny Curry says anyone holding tickets to the game are eligible to receive a refund.  

---The Bold City Beer and Music Festival that was scheduled to happen this Sunday, September 1st, in Riverside under the Fuller Warren Bridge is being rescheduled. Organizers are aiming to hold in on Sunday, September 22, instead, pending approval.

---Duval County Public Schools says all scheduled events on campuses for Saturday (Aug. 31), Sunday (Sept. 1) and Monday (Sept. 2) are canceled. This includes events and activities hosted by other groups, including church services that normally occur on Duval public school campuses.  At this time, there are no school closures in Duval County Public Schools.  Schools which serve as shelters are now being prepped for this purpose. You may see window shuttering and other work in progress. 

---The Raines High School football game, which was scheduled for Friday Aug. 30 in South Florida, has been canceled. 

St. Johns County:

---Nocatee says it has canceled its Labor Day Weekend event, which was supposed to feature entertainment and food trucks this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

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CLOSURES:

Local Bridges:

---The Shave Bridge in Amelia Island has been closed by authorities (11:45 am) due to sustained winds in excess of 40 mph. ***RE-OPENED***

---The Nassau Sound Bridge has been closed due to high winds. The Nassau County Emergency Management team says the bridge will reopen once sustained wind speeds fall below 40 mph.***RE-OPENED***

---The Bridge of Lions(**RE-OPENED**), and the Vilano Bridge has been closed by authorities due to flooding.

Statewide: 

---Wells Fargo says branches in Duval, Clay, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties will be closed Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th.

---The First Coast YMCA is closing the following branches beginning Monday. They say they will reopen as soon as possible. 

  • Ponte Vedra YMCA
  • Winston Family YMCA
  • St. Augustine YMCA
  • McArthur YMCA

---VyStar says all branches, offices and call centers in the following counties: Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Clay, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia, are closed until Thursday, September 5th.

---Wells Fargo branches in Jacksonville, Clay, and St. Johns counties will close this Tuesday and Wednesday. 

---The Florida Department of Agriculture says they are closing the following Florida State Forest Campgrounds at 1PM Friday and will be closed through Thursday September 5th.

Cary State Forest, Nassau County: Cary State Forest Campground, Cary Youth Group Camp

Charles H. Bronson State Forest, Seminole/Orange County: Charles H. Bronson Primitive Campsite

Etoniah Creek State Forest, Putnam County: Green Camp, Iron Bridge Camp Shelter

Goethe State Forest, Levy County: Tidewater Campground

Indian Lake State Forest, Marion County: Indian Lake Campground

Ross Prairie State Forest, Marion County: Ross Prairie Primitive Campsite

Jennings State Forest, Clay County: Bootleggers Campground, Hammock Campground, Dunns Creek Camp Zone, North Fork Black Creek Camp Zone

John M. Bethea State Forest, Baker County: Maple Set Campground

Lake George State Forest, Volusia County: River Road Campground

Lake Wales Ridge State Forest, Polk County: Arbuckle Primitive Campsites, Reedy Creek Campground I, Reedy Creek II Hunt Camp, Walk in the Water Campground, Walk in the Water Primitive Campsites

Little Big Econ State Forest, Seminole County: East Camp Zone, West Camp Zone

Matanzas State Forest, St. Johns County: Cedar Creek Campground, Matanzas State Forest Group Camp

Myakka State Forest, Sarasota County: Flying A Campground, Primitive Campsites

Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, Hendry/Collier County: Panther Pond Primitive Campground, Wildcow Primitive Group Camp

Picayune Strand State Forest, Collier County: Horseshoe Equestrian Group Camp, Horseshoe Primitive Campground, Kirkland Hammock Primitive Campsite

Ralph E. Simmons State Forest, Nassau County: Group Camp 1, Group Camp 2

Seminole State Forest, Lake County: Primitive Campsites, Primitive Group Campsites

Tiger Bay State Forest, Volusia County: Bennett Field Campground, Bennett Field Group Camp, Tram Road Equestrian Campground

Twin Rivers State Forest, Suwannee County: Primitive Campsites

Welaka State Forest, Putnam County: Dorms, Equestrian Campground, Primitive Campsites

Withlacoochee State Forest, Citrus/Sumter/Hernando County: Annutteliga Hammock Unit Primitive Camp Zone, Buttgenbach Campground at Croom Motorcycle Area, Citrus Tract Primitive Camp Zone Loops B, C, and D, Crooked River Campground, Crooked River Group Camp, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone East, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In, Croom Tract Primitive Camp Zone West, Cypress Glen Campground, Hog Island Campground, Hog Island Youth Group, Camp Holder Mine Campground, Jumper Creek Primitive Camp Zone, Mutual Mine Campground, Mutual Mine Youth Group Camp, Richloam Tract Primitive Camp Zones North, East, and South, River Junction Campground, Silver Lake Campground, Tillis Hill Campground, Two Mile Prairie Tract Bearhead Hammock Primitive Campsites, Two Mile Prairie Tract Oxbow Primitive Camp Zone Paddle In.

---Due to Hurricane Dorian’s impact on Florida, some Walmart and Sam’s Club facilities will close or adjust hours of operation starting Monday. Get updates about each individual story, by clicking HERE.

Clay County:  

---The Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs and all Clay County Clerk’s Offices will remain closed at least through Wednesday, September 4th.  Any court dates or hearings scheduled to occur on Tuesday or Wednesday of this week will be rescheduled and involved parties will be notified by official mail.  The closure also applies to all Clerk’s Office branch locations, Teen Court and Archives. 

Duval County:

---The St. Johns Town Center has announced they will keep their stores shuttered for Wednesday (9/04) as Dorian passes by our shores. Officials with the Town Center say they are monitoring the storm and will continue to evaluate their actions based on conditions. 

---Naval Air Station Jacksonville has ordered the closure for non-essential personnel beginning at 4pm on Monday, September 2nd. However, several facilities will remain open until Tuesday, September 3rd at 3pm which include: Navy Exchange Gas Station, Navy Exchange Main Store and Home Store , NAS Jax Commissary, Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, All NAS Jax gates and the Visitor Control Center. 

---The Museum of Science and History will be closed beginning Monday, September 2nd until further notice.  

---The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens says they will be closed Monday through Wednesday for guests, educational programs and events. The Zoo will reopen Thursday pending any damage from Dorian. The animals will be kept in or near their night houses and large animals will be secured in their indoor quarters. 

---Atlantic Beach is closing off the waters to the Atlantic because of dangerous conditions.

---JAXPORT terminals are closed to incoming vessels and the port’s administrative offices and facilities will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday.  Carnival Cruise Line is still evaluating plans for the Carnival Ecstasy sailing scheduled for Thursday, September 5, 2019. Passengers on that cruise can sign up for text alerts by texting CCL12 to CRUISE (278473).

---The Duval County Courthouse will remain closed through Wednesday September 4th. As a result, the Duval County Clerk of Court will also be closed Tuesday September 3rd and Wednesday September 4th.

---The City of Jacksonville Beach is closing down water activity in the Atlantic starting Monday September 2nd. because of the dangerous conditions at the beach. Water activities will be shut down until conditions are deemed safe. Lifeguards say if you see anyone in the ocean or trying to go into the ocean call 911.   

---Due to life-threatening surf and dangerous rip currents, Neptune Beach Mayor Elaine Brown is issuing an  Emergency Declaration ordering that the beaches of Neptune Beach be closed Monday, September 2nd  and continuing until the dangerous conditions subside. 

---JTA will suspend all transit services on Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 1 p.m. in advance of potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. This includes all fixed-routes, First Coast Flyer BRT lines and the Skyway. Starting on Tuesday, JTA’s paratransit service Connexion will only perform life-sustaining and evacuation trips, weather permitting. JTA anticipates resuming normal operation on Thursday morning.

---The Duval County Courthouse will be closed on Tuesday, September 3, due to the approach of Hurricane Dorian. As a result, both offices of the Duval County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Tuesday as well.

---The Jacksonville Humane Society will be closed on Wednesday, September 4. As of right now, JHS is planning to reopen on Thursday, September 5.

---Baptist Medical Center Beaches is closed and has been evacuated for the approaching storm.

---The Duval County Health Department is closed through Thursday and will reopen on Friday.

---Ascension St. Vincent's main hospitals on 8th street (UF Health Jacksonville downtown) and on the north campus (UF Health North) are open and running for Tuesday, September 3rd, as are clinics on both of those campuses and oncology clinics throughout the region (other than those in evacuation zones, which includes the Fernandina Beach location). All other off-site clinics are closed Tuesday. On Wednesday, September 4, all clinics, including those on the downtown (8th street) and UF North campuses will be closed. However, both hospitals remain open and running normal operations. 

---No waste will be collected on Wednesday, September 4th. Secure your carts and cans during the storm. Collection schedules will shift by one day, so Wednesday schedule will be collected Thursday.

 St. Johns County:

---With the exception of emergency service employees responding to Hurricane Dorian, all offices and departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, the Supervisor of Elections Office, the Property Appraiser’s Office, the Clerk of Courts Office, the Tax Collector’s Office, and the County Courthouse will be closed through Thursday, September 5. Additionally, the government offices of the City of St. Augustine and City of St. Augustine Beach will also be closed.

---All St. Johns County Parks and Recreation programs are cancelled, and all parks and facilities are closed until further notice due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. Parks and facilities will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow

---Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments will be closed starting Friday, August 30, in anticipation of potential impacts from Hurricane Dorian.

---St. Johns County Emergency Management says the St. Augustine Amphitheater Box Office and Farmers Market will be closed Saturday August 31st. 

---Anastasia State Park Campground is being evacuated Friday and will be closed until Wednesday September 4th.

---The St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office and the Farmers Market will be closed on Saturday, August 31.

--- All Council on Aging offices, including Sunshine Bus, Paratransit, IMEP, Sunshine Center, Coastal Home Care and all five senior centers will be closed through Thursday, September 5, 2019. Depending on conditions after the storm, they may reopen on Friday, September 6.

---All St. Johns County libraries, bookmobiles, and book drops are closed Tuesday, September 3 and Wednesday, September 4. Operational decisions beyond Wednesday will be determined based on weather conditions. Due dates will be extended and fines will not be incurred during the closure.

---Driving on all St. Johns County beaches will be restricted beginning Sunday, September 1st, until conditions improve. The county says the beaches are experiencing extreme high tides.

---The St. Augustine Alligator Farm will be closed Monday and Tuesday.

---St. Johns County garbage, yard debris, and recycling collections are cancelled on Wednesday, September 4. Information regarding collection schedules for the remainder of the week will be released when available.

---The St. Johns Golf Club is closed until further notice due to the potential impacts of Hurricane Dorian. The course will reopen when safety inspections have been completed and weather conditions allow.

---The St. Augustine Municipal Marina has been closed. Suspended operations include all fueling, pump out, tender service and dockage. The marina will remain closed until it is safe for marina personnel to return.

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STORM RESOURCES:

Statewide:

---Governor DeSantis has directed the suspension of tolls on Florida’s Turnpike Mainline as well as select toll roads around the state. The toll suspension includes the follow:

-First Coast Expressway and I-295 Express Lanes
-Alligator Alley
-The Turnkpike Mainline including the Homestead Extension
-Sawgrass Expressway
-Beachline Expressway
---The Florida National Guard has more than 4,400 Soldiers and Airmen activated for Hurricane Dorian response operations. The activation includes high-wheeled vehicles, helicopters, boats and generators, and are staging for possible missions to include  humanitarian assistance, security operations, search and rescue, aviation and more.  Current missions include staffing and supporting the State Logistics Readiness Center (SLRC) in Orlando, and providing Liaison Officers (LNOs) to 17 counties. A Helicopter Search and Rescue Team (HSART) is also currently on standby with eight different airframes, which will provide search and rescue capabilities in support of State Search and Rescue if needed: 

- Two UH-60 Blackhawks 

- Two CH-47 Chinooks 

- Two HH-60 Blackhawks 

- Two LUH-72 Lakotas

---Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has activated the state’s Price Gouging Hotline for all 67 counties. You can report potential price gouging by calling (866) 9NO-SCAM or downloading the new reporting app—”NO SCAM.”

---Florida Governor Ron DeSantis says the state has activated 2,500 members of the Florida National Guard ahead of the storm, with an additional 1,500 on standby.

---Florida Department of Agriculture says their Division of Animal Industry has suspended intrastate movement requirements for transporting pets and livestock from areas in the path of Dorian. In addition, Alabama, Georgia, & Mississippi have waved their intrastate import requirements for Florida pets and livestock.

Jacksonville: 

---As of 11am Wednesday, the City of Jacksonville has activated the Emergency Operations Center and it will be staffed full time by Thursday morning, Mayor Lenny Curry says.  The mayor says as of Wednesday morning it’s still too early to make any decisions about evacuations and officials are a day or two away from making those possible decisions. Wednesday, Public Works will be going around to flood prone areas in the City to clear debris from drainage areas as a precaution.

---630-CITY will be open over Labor Day weekend to assist citizens with storm-related issues or questions. The center will be available Saturday, Aug. 31, and Sunday, Sept. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Citizens are encouraged to call 630-CITY (2489) or go online to MyJax.CustHelp.com to report issues or request information.

---Wicked Barley Brewing is offering free filtered water on Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. on a first-come, first-serve basis. You are asked to bring your own water container.

Clay County:

---The Rosemary Hill Solid Waste Management facility will be open Monday and Tuesday from 7:30AM to 5:30PM if you want to get ride of debris around your home.

--- The following sand bag locations have been established for Clay County and will be open Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, 2019. 

• Omega Park, 4317 CR 218, Middleburg (8am – 8pm) 

• Eagle Harbor Soccer Complex, 4387 Lake Shore Dr., Fleming Island (8am – 8pm) 

• Old Green Cove Fire Station #1, 21 Roderigo Ave., Green Cove Spring (8am- 5pm) 

• Orange Park Athletic Association, 1086 Fromhart St., Orange Park (8am- 5pm) 

• Keystone Heights Cemetery, 7304 SR 100, Keystone Heights (8am- 5pm) 

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office will have supervised inmates at all five sand bag locations from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to fill sand bags for residents. Sandbags are free, but there is a limit of 25 bags per family, until they are gone. Sand bags will be self-serve at the Middleburg and Fleming Island Locations after 5 p.m.

Nassau County:

---Nassau County Emergency Management says sandbag sites are now closed. They say they distributed 1,550 tons of sand ahead of Dorian.

---Two shelters will be opening in Hilliard on Saturday night. Hilliard Elementary will serve as a general population shelter. Hilliard Middle-Senior High will serve as a shelter for those with special medical needs and with pets. Transportation will be provided. A time has not yet been announced, but those details are expected at some time Saturday night.

---Nassau County Emergency Management says residents can pick up sand bags beginning at 7 am Thursday morning. Residents will be required to fill bags themselves, but the county will provide both the sand and bags at the following locations: 

-97177 Pogey Place, Fernandina Beach (North End Boat Ramp) 

-86142 Goodbread Rd., Yule (Yule Sports Complex) 

-45401 Mickler Street, Callahan (Walter Boatright County Building) 

-37356 Pea Farm Rd., Hilliard (Hilliard Road & Bridge Yard)

St. Johns County: 

---The City of St. Augustine says they will stop charging for parking at the city’s downtown parking facility on West Castillo Dr. at 9PM Sunday. The city says if you leave your vehicle in the parking garage during storm condition from Dorian you do so at your own risk.

---St. Johns County says the county fairgrounds will be available for RV and boat storage as well as overnight stays during Dorian.

---St. Johns County will have sand bags available at multiple locations from 8am until 5pm.  The Emergency Operations Center has opened a hotline for residents to call regarding County services, storm response and events at (904) 824-5550. 

Baker County:

---The Baker County Sheriff’s Office says sand bags will be made available from 8AM to 5PM Friday through Sunday at the City Yard location in Macclenny at 764 Hartline Dr. There is a limit of 10 bags per household for Baker County residents only. The Sheriff’s Office says be prepared to show proof of residence when asked.

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Iran’s health ministry confirmed 10 new cases of the virus – bringing the country’s total to 28 – and a fifth fatality. The ripple effect among travelers, however, is sounding alarm bells among infectious disease experts. According to the New York Times, cases confirmed in both Canada and Lebanon have been traced to travel to and from Iran. “The cases that we see in the rest of the world, although the numbers are small, but not linked to Wuhan or China, it’s very worrisome,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Friday at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “These dots are actually very concerning.” Kianoush Jahanpour, Iran’s health ministry spokesman, said that of the 10 latest reported cases, two were diagnosed in Tehran and eight are in Qom. According to The Associated Press, two elderly patients died in Qom Wednesday and the two Tehran patients either visited or had links to Qom. Novel coronavirus cases diagnosed outside mainland China surpass 1,500  Update 3:24 a.m. EST Feb 22: With health officials monitoring the novel coronavirus’ spread beyond its epicenter in Wuhan, China, the number of confirmed cases diagnosed outside mainland China hit a new milestone early Saturday morning. The latest figures indicate more than 1,500 cases and 15 deaths attributed to the virus have been recorded in more than 30 countries and territories outside mainland China since December, CNN reported. The geographic breakdown of confirmed cases and deaths is as follows: • Australia: at least 21 cases • Belgium: at least 1 case • Cambodia: at least 1 case • Canada: at least 9 cases • Egypt: at least 1 case • Finland: at least 1 case • France: at least 12 cases, 1 death • Germany: at least 16 cases • Hong Kong: at least 68 cases, 2 deaths • India: at least 3 cases • Iran: at least 18 cases, 4 deaths • Israel: at least 1 case • Italy: at least 17 cases, 1 death • Japan: at least 738 cases, including 639 linked to the Diamond Princess cruise ship; 3 deaths • Lebanon: at least 1 case • Macao: at least 10 cases • Malaysia: at least 22 cases • Nepal: at least 1 case • Philippines: at least 3 cases, 1 death • Russia: at least 2 cases • Singapore: at least 86 cases • South Korea: at least 347 cases, 1 death • Spain: at least 2 cases • Sri Lanka: at least 1 case • Sweden: at least 1 case • Taiwan: at least 26 cases, 1 death • Thailand: at least 35 cases • United Arab Emirates: at least 9 cases • United Kingdom: at least 9 cases • United States: at least 35 cases • Vietnam: at least 16 cases Mainland China death toll reaches 2,345  Update 3:22 a.m. EST Feb 22: China’s National Health Commission confirmed early Saturday the death toll from the novel coronavirus has increased by another 109 fatalities to 2,345. According to CNN, all but three of the latest mainland deaths occurred in the outbreak’s Hubei province epicenter. The latest figures bring the global death toll to 2,360. Meanwhile, confirmed cases in increased by 397 on Friday, bringing mainland China’s total number of recorded cases to 76,288. Health authorities contend a total of 20,659 patients have recovered from the virus and been discharged from medical facilities. Australia confirms 6 new cases  Update 3:20 a.m. EST Feb 22: Six people repatriated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, boosting Australia’s total infection count to 21. According to the Australian government’s Department of Health, 10 patients have recovered from the illness. Diamond Princess cruise ship awaits scrub down  Update 3:18 a.m. EST Feb 22: The Diamond Princess cruise ship will soon undergo a thorough deep cleaning to prepare the vessel to resume sailing on April 29. Negin Kamali, Princess Cruises’ public relations director, told CNN Travel the company is working in tandem with the Japanese health ministry to hammer out sanitation specifics for the 116,000-ton ship. The vessel will be “fully sanitized by a cleaning company with an expertise in this area following guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization,” Kamali told CNN. Only 31 passengers remained onboard the ship Saturday morning after 253 who tested negative for the novel coronavirus were allowed to disembark on Friday. The ship’s 924-member crew also remains aboard. The ship has been moored in Yokohama Bay off the coast of Japan since early February. To date, the virus-stricken ship, which housed 3,600 crew and passengers upon arrival, is linked to at least 639 coronavirus infections, CNN reported. Japan reports 12 new cases  Update 3:16 a.m. EST Feb 22: Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed early Saturday the diagnoses of 12 new novel coronavirus cases, including three teenagers. The latest report brings Japan’s total number of infections to 738, including 99 on land and 639 from the Diamond Princess cruise ship.  Italy confirms first novel coronavirus death Update 3:14 a.m. EST Feb 22: Italian officials confirmed Saturday their first citizen has succumbed to the novel coronavirus. The 78-year-old man died in a Padua hospital in northern Italy. To date, the country has recorded a total of 17 infections. Taiwan confirms 2 new cases Update 3:12 a.m. EST Feb 22: Taiwan’s novel coronavirus infection count now stands at 26 after two additional cases were confirmed on the island Saturday. The most recent patients are the daughter and granddaughter of a previously diagnosed patient, and neither had traveled recently. 142 new cases of the virus reported in South Korea  Update 9 p.m. EST Feb 21: South Korea reported a six-fold jump in viral infections in four days to 346, most of them linked to a church and a hospital in and around the fourth-largest city where schools were closed and worshipers and others told to avoid mass gatherings.  Of the 142 new cases in South Korea, 131 are from Daegu and nearby regions, which have emerged as the latest front in the widening global fight against COVID-19.  China the daily count of new virus cases there fell significantly to 397, with another 109 people dying of the disease, most in the epicenter of Hubei province.  The new figures bring the total number of cases in mainland China to 76,288 with 2,345 deaths, as strict quarantine measures and travel bans continue to contain the disease that emerged in China in December and has since spread world-wide. The daily figure is down from 889. WHO’s latest situation report The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization says that coronavirus has been found in 30 countries around the world. Read the latest situation report from the WHO below. Italy’s virus cases quadruples Update 1:20 p.m. EST Feb 21: Officials in Italy are reporting that the number of people infected by coronavirus has quadrupled. As of Friday, the country has seen 17 cases, with 14 of them new. They are being considered secondary contagion cases and are clustered in small towns around Lodi, in the Lombardy region, The Associated Press reported. It was previously reported that a 38-year-old man, who is in critical condition due to coronavirus, passed the illness to his wife and a close friend after he picked it up from a person who had been in China, but not showing any symptoms. The person who was in China is in isolation and may have antibodies to battle the illness. Three patients at the hospital where the patient who is in critical condition visited when he was being treated for flu-like symptoms have tested positive. As do five nurses and doctors at the same facility. Three people who went to the same cafe as the 38-year-old man who is sick also have tested positive. Because of the cluster, the mayor of Codogno has closed schools, public buildings,s restaurants and coffee shops. And has ordered the 14-day quarantine of anyone who came in contact with the man and the two people first diagnosed, the AP reported. 1 new coronavirus case confirmed in Singapore Update 11 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Officials with Singapore’s Ministry of Health have verified another case of coronavirus in the country, bringing the total number of people infected in Singapore to 86. Authorities said the newest case involves a 24-year-old Singaporean man who was under isolation Friday at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. His illness was linked to one reported earlier this week involving a 57-year-old woman who had no history of recent travel to China. Officials said 47 people who have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Singapore have since recovered and been released from hospitals. Lebanon, Israel confirm 1st coronavirus cases Update 10 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Health officials in Lebanon and Israel announced Friday the first confirmed coronavirus cases in the countries. Lebanon’s health minister, Hamad Hassan, said Friday that a 45-year-old woman tested positive for coronavirus after entering the country from Iran, Reuters reported. She was being quarantined Friday at a hospital in Beirut, according to Reuters. The Jerusalem Post reported an Israeli who returned to the country Thursday after being evacuated from the Diamond Princess cruise ship has tested positive for the virus. The coronavirus case marked the first in Israel, though health officials noted the passenger had contracted virus while in Japan. Earlier this month, thousands of people were quarantined on the Diamond Princess, docked off the coast of Japan, due to coronavirus fears. Hundreds of people on the ship ended up testing positive for the viral infection. South Korea reports 2nd coronavirus death  Update 9 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Officials in South Korea reported the country’s second death due to coronavirus Friday, The Washington Post reported. Citing the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Post reported a woman in her 50s died after testing positive for the virus Friday at Daenam Hospital. She was transferred to a bigger hospital in Busan, where she died around 6 p.m., according to the newspaper. The death marked the second related to COVID-19 in South Korea. On Wednesday, a 63-year-old patient died after suffering symptoms of pneumonia in what was suspected to be the country’s first coronavirus death, according to The New York Times. Iran confirms 18 cases, 4 deaths Update 7:50 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Iranian officials confirmed on Friday that 13 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been diagnosed and two additional patients have died. Friday’s figures bring Iran’s total number of infections to 18 and the death toll from the virus to four, CNN reported. “According to the latest laboratory reports 13 more contractions of coronavirus have been confirmed, including 7 in Qom, 4 in Tehran, and two in Gilan. Unfortunately, out of these cases two have lost their lives,' health ministry spokesman Kianoosh Jahanpour tweeted Friday. 3 novel coronavirus cases confirmed in Italy Update 7:32 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Italy confirmed its first novel coronavirus cases Friday, noting three people in a city near Milan have tested positive for the illness. According to The Washington Post, the first patient to contract the virus was a 38-year-old man in the northern region of Lombardy, who fell ill after dining with a friend who had recently returned from China. The man then passed the illness on to his wife and a close friend. All three patients have been hospitalized, the Post reported. Confirmed novel coronavirus cases, fatalities continue to increase globally Update 6:46 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Globally, more than 76,900 novel coronavirus cases have been reported, according to the latest figures released Friday morning by health officials in China. Although the majority of cases – around 75,600 – remain clustered in mainland China, more than 1,300 cases have been confirmed in 29 countries, CNN reported. Meanwhile, 118 additional deaths were confirmed in mainland China Friday, with the global death toll reaching 2,247, the network reported. Vaccine nearing clinical trials in China Update 6:44 a.m. EST Feb. 21: Xu Nanping, China’s vice minister of Science and Technology, told reporters Friday that Chinese researchers expect to submit the first COVID-19 vaccine for clinical trials around late April. The status update comes roughly one month after Chinese officials established a coronavirus scientific research group, consisting of 14 experts led by renowned pulmonologist Zhong Nanshan, The Washington Post reported. “One month is a very short time for scientific research, but a very long time for patients struggling with the disease. The scientific and technological community nationwide will put the safety of people’s lives and health first and spare no effort to continue to produce tangible and effective scientific research results,” Xu told reporters during the briefing. Protesters attack Wuhan evacuee bus in Ukraine; 9 police officers, 1 civilian injured Update 6:42 a.m. EST Feb. 21: The Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs said nine police officers and one civilian were injured Thursday when protesters attacked a bus carrying evacuees from Wuhan, China. According to CNN, protesters had blocked roads in Noviy Sanzhari, the town where the evacuees are to be monitored for two weeks at a medical facility belonging to the Ukrainian National Guard. “Those people who today threw stones at the evacuees of Ukrainians and law enforcement officers ... We will make a decision on their punishment,” said Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, confirming one officer was seriously injured in the incident instigated by “aggressive citizens,” the network reported. South Korean coronavirus infections continue to increase Update 3:46 a.m. EST Feb. 21: The number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections in South Korea increased to 204 on Friday, nearly doubling in 24 hours and almost quadrupling in three days, the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed in a statement issued early Friday. Health officials believe the majority of the new cases are connected to a church in Daegu, a city of about two and half million people in the southeastern region of the country. Specifically, 42 of the newest cases reported Friday have been traced to the church called Shincheonji. The country also reported on Thursday what officials believe could be South Korea’s first fatality from the virus. The 63-year-old woman exhibiting symptoms of pneumonia died Wednesday at the Daenam Hospital in Cheongdo, The New York Times reported. Prison outbreaks boost novel coronavirus cases in mainland China Update 3:43 a.m. EST Feb. 21: More than 500 novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed in prisons across China, including 271 cases – 51 of which had been counted in previous tallies – in Hubei province, CNN reported. Meanwhile, officials announced in a joint news conference on Friday that of the 2,077 prisoners and staff at Rencheng prison in China’s eastern Shandong province tested for the virus, 200 prisoners and seven staff members tested positive. Zhejiang province announced 34 prison cases on Friday, bringing the correctional total to 512, CNN reported. Canada records its 9th confirmed novel coronavirus case, 6th in British Columbia Update 3:41 a.m. EST Feb. 21: British Columbia’s Ministry of Health confirmed Friday a woman in her 30s has become the province’s sixth diagnosed case of novel coronavirus and the ninth for Canada. According to the statement, the woman had recently returned from Iran and is being isolated at home while public health officials identify and contact those people with whom she had contact upon returning Meanwhile, 47 of the 256 Canadian passengers aboard the beleaguered Diamond Princess cruise ship – moored off the coast of Japan – have tested positive for the virus. All 256 will be subject to a 14-day quarantine in Ontario once their evacuations are complete, CNN reported. 11 of 13 people evacuated to Omaha test positive for COVID-19  Update 11 p.m. EST Feb. 20: Federal experts confirmed that 11 of 13 people evacuated to an Omaha hospital from a cruise ship in Japan have tested positive for COVID-19, Nebraska officials announced Thursday night. The University of Nebraska Medical Center said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had verified test results completed Monday by the Nebraska Public Health Lab. Ten of those people are being cared for at the National Quarantine Unit while three are in the nearby Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. The medical center said only a few of the patients were showing symptoms of the disease. All 13 people were passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship who were evacuated to the U.S. on Feb. 17. China reports fall in new virus cases, 118 deaths  Update 10 p.m. EST Feb. 20: China reported a further fall in new virus cases to 889 as health officials expressed optimism over containment of the outbreak that has caused more than 2,200 deaths and is spreading elsewhere.  New infections in China have been falling for days, although changes in how it counts cases have caused doubts about the true trajectory of the epidemic.  China’s figures for the previous 24 hours brought the total number of cases to 75,465. The 118 newly reported deaths raised the total to 2,236. More than 1,000 cases and 11 deaths have been confirmed outside the mainland. 4 Americans who tested positive for COVID-19 sent to hospital in Spokane, Washington  Update 7:30 p.m. EST Feb. 20: Four Americans who tested positive for the new virus that caused an outbreak China are being sent to a hospital in Spokane, Washington, for treatment, officials said Thursday.  The four were passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship and were flown back to the U.S. over the weekend, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services. They were being transferred from Travis Air Force Base in California, hospital officials said.  Two patients arrived at the hospital Thursday in satisfactory condition with two more expected soon, said Christa Arguinchona, who manages a special isolation unit at Sacred Heart Medical Center. The hospital is one of 10 in the nation funded by Congress to treat new or highly infectious diseases.  “The risk to the community from this particular process is zero,” said Bob Lutz of the Spokane Regional Health District at a briefing Thursday at the hospital. WHO: ‘This is no time for complacency’ Update 2:25 p.m. EST Feb. 20: World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Thursday that recent declines in the number of new coronavirus cases being reported in China were encouraging, but he warned, “this is no time for complacency.” As pf 6 a.m. Geneva time Thursday, 74,675 people in China and 1,076 people in order parts of the world had been sickened by coronavirus, according to WHO. Officials said 2,121 people in China and seven people outside of the country have died thus far of the viral infection. 'This is the time to attack the virus while it is manageable,” Tedros said, according to The Washington Post. “You will get sick of me saying that the window of opportunity remains open for us to contain this COVID-19 outbreak.” CDC warns travels to take precautions for travel to Japan, Hong Kong Update 12:20 p.m. EST Feb. 20: The Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new coronavirus-related travel advisories Thursday for Americans visiting Japan or Hong Kong. The advisories warned travelers to avoid contact with sick people, avoid touching their eyes, noses or mouths with their unwashed hands and recommended using soap and water often to wash hands for at least 20 seconds. Officials said Thursday that it remained unnecessary to postpone or cancel trips to Japan or Hong Kong due to the virus. However, the CDC advisories noted “multiple instances of community spread' in both locales, meaning people “have been infected with the virus, but how or where they became infected is not known.” Officials with the CDC previously issued an advisory warning travelers to avoid non-essential travel to China. According to Japanese health officials, authorities have seen 73 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the country. One person in Japan has died of the viral infection. Health official in Hong Kong have confirmed 65 cases of coronavirus. Japan reports 12 new coronavirus cases, Singapore confirms 1 more  Update 11 a.m. EST Feb. 20: Officials in Japan have reported a dozen new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, CNN reported, citing the Japanese health ministry. The new cases include two government officials who worked on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to CNN. Thousands of people were quarantined on the ship for two weeks as it was docked off the coast of Japan due to coronavirus fears. Hundreds of people on the ship ended up testing positive for the viral infection.  Officials with the Singapore Ministry of Health said Thursday that a new case of coronavirus had been confirmed in the country. The case, involving a 36-year-old Chinese national who was in Singapore on a work pass, is the 85th reported in Singapore.  Global death toll hits 2,126  Update 7:40 a.m. EST Feb. 20: More than 2,120 people have died globally and thousands of others have fallen ill due to the 2019 novel coronavirus, according to multiple reports.  At least 2,126 people globally have died from coronavirus, CNN reported Thursday. A majority of the deaths have been reported in China, where health officials announced 114 more deaths and 394 more confirmed cases of the illness. Overall, 75,730 coronavirus cases have been reported worldwide, including 74,576 in China, according to CNN.
  • There’s a new initiative to make hotels in Jacksonville safer. City Councilman Danny Becton has been instrumental in getting the ball rolling, and he says the Tourism Industry and Public Safety Alliance is the result of more than a year’s worth of work. “TIPSA will operate as an exclusive network that will work on the basis of if you see something say something,” Becton says. The alliance will have three components. Organizers plan to implement basic standard across all hotels. They’ll improve communication and access to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Lastly, participating hotels will join a WhatsApp thread to communication between each other and police. So far 30 hotels around Jacksonville have signed up with the number continuing to climb, and Becton says they’re also keeping an eye on the hotels that aren’t involved yet. “We’re going to put pressure on them right now to participate and not be part of the problem,” Becton says. Some of the changes are as simple as checking guest IDs and standardizing payment procedures for everyone involved.
  • On Friday, Jacksonville’s Downtown Investment Authority gave the green light to develop the land where the old courthouse and annex used to stand. Right now, two lots on prime riverfront property are empty. One lot sits behind the Hyatt. The other lot is right on the water next to the Berkman Plaza.  The DIA signed off on the Spandrel Group’s $136 million vision called the Ford on Bay.  There would be restaurants, lofts, retail space and a lot of pedestrian space built in two phases. The first phase would happen on the property right on the water. The second phase involves the lot next door, but there’s a catch – the Hyatt has the right of first refusal to buy the land. If it doesn’t, Spandrel can get the land and start phase two.  Action News Jax’s Paige Kelton drove by the lots today and found signs that development could soon be in the works.  Fences were up around the property Friday.  Spandrel wants the city to give it the property to develop. That aspect is still being worked out.  The Jacksonville City Council must still sign off on the referendum approved by the DIA.
  • A new push is underway in St. Augustine to honor and recognize African American soldiers who fought in the Civil War. A group is spearheading a new project to put the memorial next to a Confederate statue.  Many neighbors support the idea, but not the placement.  The memorial would be in the park on the westside of the Governor’s House Cultural Center and Museum.  St. Augustine’s Historic Architectural review board is asking a University of Florida board to get input from neighbors and relatives of black soldiers.  “To me it’s like a slap in the face with that,” said business owner Nyk Smith.  Smith works at her family corner store in historic Lincolnville.  “The placement of that new statue that they’re talking about, yea sure, that’s great down there but definitely not next to the confederate monument,” said Smith.  St. Augustine’s Historic Review Board said the memorial to honor black troops who fought in the civil war will stand next to the monument of Confederate General William Loring and his ashes.  The board said the memorial will be about 8 feet tall with three granite panels.  It will list names of local men who served in what was then called the colored troops.  “They need to remove the monument and put it in the cemetery where it belongs,” said Smith.  “Hopefully something like this with them hearing what black people are thinking and feeling they would be moved to do some action,” Mclain said.  The board will now wait until April 16 to decide whether or not to move forward with the new memorial.
  • After the discovery of human remains this week at a construction site near I-295 and North Main Street as well as on a private property off of Eastport Road where soil was being transferred from, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has released a major update. According to JSO, excavation crews uncovered a marked headstone late Thursday. Police say the headstone was found to have a name and a military rank inscribed on it. After this find, JSO says the excavation operations were stopped to ensure that the remains were handled in a sensitive and appropriate manner. That includes working to track down any living family members.  JSO says the site has been confirmed as a documented cemetery according to the Work Progress Administration Veteran's Grave Registration for 1940-1941 in Duval County.  Additionally, police say there was other evidence found at the site that is consistent with grave burials, including nails, wood, metal, and handles. Police say the rest of the remains will now be handled by state officials and affiliated experts.

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