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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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  • Police in Indiana charged a 24-year-old woman with reckless homicide after a crash at a school bus stop in Rochester left three children dead and one severely injured in October 2018. >> Read more trending news Update 9:04 p.m. EDT Oct. 18: Alyssa Shepherd was found guilty Friday of felony reckless homicide in the Oct. 30, 2018 car accident that left Alivia Stahl, 9, and her twin 6-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier dead and Maverik Lowe severely injured, WNDU reported.  Original report: The children were crossing the street to get to their Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation bus around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday when they were struck by a 2017 Toyota Tacoma driven by Alyssa Shepherd, according to Indiana State Police. Police said that at the time of the crash, the school bus was stopped in front of a mobile home park with its stop arm down and lights flashing. Three Mentone Elementary School students, identified as 6-year-old twins Xzavier Ingle and Mason Ingle and their sister Alivia Stahl, 9, died at the scene. A fourth child, identified as 11-year-old Tippecanoe Valley Middle School student Maverik Lowe, was airlifted to a hospital with multiple broken bones and internal injuries, police said. He was last listed in serious condition. >> 3 children killed, 1 injured while boarding school bus in Indiana “It’s everybody’s responsibility to make sure our children get to and from school safely, and when it doesn’t happen, which it did not in this case, it’s heartbreaking,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Tony Slocum told WSBT. “I haven’t seen troopers cry in a long time, but I saw that today.” Xzavier, Mason and Alivia’s uncle, Elgin Ingle, told WNDU that his family is grappling with the magnitude of their loss. “(My brother) didn’t lose one kid. He lost all of his kids,” Ingle said. “What do you tell your little brother? How do you tell your little brother it's going to get better? You can't.' He described his nephews to WRTV as 'shy at first' but, 'Once you got past the shyness, the two boys were a life spark. They were nonstop, happy, go-fast, jumpy boys.' He said Alivia was a go-getter and 'the kindest child you'll ever meet.' 'My two nephews and my niece were taken from me because somebody didn't pay attention,' Ingle told WRTV. 'How could you look away from the road? Everybody knows buses stop at this time of day.'  Authorities charged Shepherd with three counts of reckless homicide and one count of passing a school bus with the stop arm extended, causing injury. She was booked into Fulton County Jail Tuesday. Police continue to investigate.
  • A Kansas City man has been arrested in the killing Monday of a transgender woman, the second to die in the city so far this year and at least the 20th across the nation, authorities said. The Associated Press reported that Brianna “BB” Hill, 30, also of Kansas City, was shot around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Hill, who went by Breonna Be’Be Hill on Facebook, was dead when officers arrived at the scene. >> Read more trending news Kansas City police Capt. Tim Hernandez told the AP that the alleged shooter, whose name has not been released, remained at the scene and was taken into custody. As of Wednesday, no charges had been filed, the news service said. Hernandez said he could not discuss the motive for the shooting but said it was not related to Hill’s status as a transgender woman, the AP reported. Hill is the second transgender woman killed so far this year in Kansas City, records show. According to the Human Rights Campaign, she is the 21st transgender woman or gender nonconforming person to die by violence across the country in 2019. The Advocate puts the nationwide number of slain transgender women at 20, however, noting some confusion about the gender identity of one victim, Jamagio Jamar Berryman. “Transgender Americans are facing an epidemic of violence,” the Advocate reported, citing 24 known killings of transgender Americans in 2018. The magazine said the number could be higher “as, undoubtedly, some victims were misgendered by police or media, or their deaths not reported at all.” “The majority of victims in any year tracked by The Advocate have been women of color,” the magazine stated. Click here to see a report by the Advocate on all the transgender people killed so far in 2019. Hill, who was black, was killed the day before jury selection was set to begin in Dallas for Edward Dominic Thomas, 29, who is accused of beating another black, transgender woman, Muhlaysia Booker, in April following a fender bender outside an apartment complex in the Oak Cliff section of the city. Booker, whose beating was caught on video, spoke publicly at a rally the week after the assault to call for justice in her case, the AP reported. The 23-year-old was found shot to death May 18 on a Dallas street. Kendrell Lavar Lyles, 33, is charged with murder in the killing and is a suspect in the homicides of two additional women. >> Related story: Suspect arrested in death of transgender Dallas woman and 2 others, police say The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday that Thomas’ defense is arguing that Booker, who his attorneys call by her birth name and describe with male pronouns, brought the fight upon herself. Transgender actress and activist Laverne Cox spoke to Buzzfeed earlier this year about the rash of violence against the transgender community. “Your attraction to me as a trans woman is not a reason to kill me,” Cox said in an interview on BuzzFeed News’ Twitter morning show, “AM to DM.” “There’s this whole sort of myth that trans women are out there tricking people, that they deserve to be murdered, and that’s not the case.” Berryman, who also went by Ja’leyah-Jamar Berryman, was killed last month just across the Missouri state line in Kansas City, Kansas. Though area activists initially identified Berryman as a transgender woman, Berryman’s family released a video on social media clarifying that he identified as a gender nonconforming man. Berryman was found shot in the street around 2:30 p.m. Sept. 13 near 60th Street and Leavenworth Road, according to the Kansas City (Kansas) Police Department. Berryman died a short time later at an area hospital. Two days later, investigators released images of a person of interest and a white 2006 Pontiac G6 connected to the case. KMBC reported that the car was found abandoned in Kansas City, Missouri, three days after Berryman was slain. The person of interest, believed to be an ex-boyfriend of Berryman’s, has not been identified by police, the Advocate said. No arrests have been reported in Berryman’s death. Berryman’s cousin posted about his death on Facebook. “Ja’leyah-Jamar didn’t ask for this life,” Adriana Sanders wrote, according to the magazine. “No one can control who they love. God made us to live and love and to grow. It’s not our fault as a transgender woman or a homosexual man to want to live a normal life, wanting to be in love have a family, build your own legacy. “Because a man could not accept who he was as himself and individual, he felt the need to take my cousin’s life.” Berryman’s obituary said he “loved the artistry of designing hair, playing his game, playing with his nieces and nephews, nagging his siblings and spending quality time with his daughter, Ja’mya (Berryman).” Ja’mya was 5 years old when she lost her parent, KSHB in Kansas City reported. “She keeps, like (saying), ‘I want my daddy, where my daddy at?’ And it’s just, like, how do you answer that question to a 5-year-old?' Ronnie Gates, a friend and former longtime boyfriend of Berryman’s, told the news station. Berryman’s mother, along with other family members and friends, mourned Berryman by releasing red and black balloons in his honor three days after his killing. They gathered at the intersection where he was found. His young daughter was pictured sitting quietly on the sidewalk, wearing a backpack and gazing at the balloons near the curb. “That’s Jamar’s baby. She is now without a father,” a family member captioned the photo. “I’ll never be the same,” Berryman’s mother, Jennifer Gibson, told KSHB. “I’ll never be the same.” The Human Rights Campaign, which touts itself as the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, issued a statement following Berryman’s slaying. “This epidemic of violence that disproportionately targets trans people of color -- particularly black trans women -- must cease,” read a post on the organization’s Twitter feed. Likewise, HRC officials spoke out this week about Hill’s killing. “Hill, like all of us, had hopes, dreams, aspirations and plans for the future,” HRC spokesperson Elliott Kozuch told Newsweek. “She had family and friends who are mourning this senseless loss, a loss that is part of a larger epidemic of violence against the transgender community in this country, spurred by a toxic mix of transphobia, racism, misogyny and unchecked gun violence.” Kozuch said while the transgender community has protections in employment, housing and public accommodations in Kansas City, there are no state nondiscrimination protections for the marginalized community. Transgender people are also not among the groups covered by Missouri’s hate crimes legislation. According to HRC data, all but five states across the country have laws addressing hate crimes, but the laws vary greatly in who they protect. Fifteen states do not address sexual orientation or gender identity in their hate crime laws, the HRC shows. See the Human Rights Campaign's map of hate crime laws in the U.S. below. Members of the LGBTQ community mourned Hill’s death on social media. “Rest in power, beloved,” one woman wrote on Facebook, adding a broken heart emoji. “Brianna Hill. #SayHerName.” Transgender actress, singer, teacher and activist Alexandra Billings also spoke out about Hill and every other transgender woman who has been killed or faces violence for who they are. “My sisters, I see you,” Billings wrote on Facebook. “I am with you because I am one of you, and we will survive this. Our government will not continue to ignore us, and our allies will speak up. We will revolt and we will rise. We are made of sturdy stuff. We have lived through the centuries and it will take more than a few violent men to eradicate us from the human experience. “We are part of this world and we deserve to be here. We will not let this stand.” Besides the death of Berryman, Hill’s slaying in Kansas City also comes on the heels of the June 25 killing of Brooklyn Lindsey, 32, who was found dead on the porch of an abandoned home on Spruce Avenue, court records show. She died of multiple gunshot wounds. Neighbors, who didn’t identify themselves out of fear of retaliation, told KCTV Lindsey had been badly beaten before they heard the gunshots that killed her. According to court records, investigators recovered five shell casings from around Lindsey’s body and tested the casings for DNA evidence. A profile was obtained and entered into CODIS, the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System, which matched the genetic material to Marcus S. Lewis. Investigators learned that Lewis was in a relationship with the owner of a black Chevy Impala. The car was spotted by license plate readers driving in the area of the shooting around the time that the Kansas City Police Department received a report of shots fired about four blocks from where Lindsey’s body was found. Read the probable cause statement in the Brooklyn Lindsey slaying below. Charging Document in Brooklyn Lindsey Homicide by National Content Desk on Scribd Lewis, 41, was arrested in July and indicted last month on charges of second-degree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm, court records show. Court records, which identify Lindsey as male and by her given name instead of her chosen one, show that Lewis told detectives he shot Lindsey after she propositioned him, “attempting to solicit a date,” and would not leave him alone after he declined her advances. He said he sold the gun, which he had bought earlier in the day, to an unknown person after the homicide. “l believe that Marcus Lewis poses a danger to the community or to any other persons because he is a habitual unregistered sex offender,” Detective Ryan Taylor wrote in a probable cause statement. “He is under investigation for aggravated domestic violence involving a firearm and an armed business robbery involving a firearm.” Court records indicate Lewis has also been indicted in that case. He remained in the Jackson County Jail Friday, awaiting trial. The unlawful firearm possession charge stems from Lewis’ April 1998 conviction of first-degree statutory rape, a felony in Missouri. As a convicted felon, he is not permitted to have a firearm. Lindsey was described by friends as an activist who worked with organizations like the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project. The organization spoke out last month after Berryman’s death. “As we hold space to remember and uplift Ja’Leyah, we must also recognize the factors at play that contribute to the dramatically increased risk of violence that trans women of color, especially black trans women, face every day,” a post on the group’s Facebook page read. “Restrictions on basic needs and services like housing, employment, safe streets, healthcare and protection under the law are just some barriers that put our sisters in harm’s way daily. “The discriminatory and violent systems that perpetuate violence against transgender women of color are a direct result of bias from within and outside our own communities. Ja’leyah’s light shone to a select few, but we will let her light shine on all of us today.” Kris Wade, with the Justice Project Kansas City, told CNN she knew Lindsey well and had helped her for more than a decade. She described Lindsey as a “sweetheart,” and an intelligent woman who did not come from the streets, but sometimes ended up there. “She felt that she had not lost her humanity out there,” Wade told CNN. Wade said Lindsey, who had been brutally beaten and hospitalized just weeks before her death, needed to get off the street, but Justice Project was unable to find her a bed. “We didn’t have any money to put her up,” Wade said. Lindsey died at the same intersection where a Hispanic transgender woman, Tamara Dominguez, 36, was run over and killed Aug. 15, 2015. The driver of the truck, Luis Sanchez, ran over Dominguez repeatedly, according to witnesses. Members of the LGBTQ community condemned the “atrocious” act in the days after Dominguez’s death. “There’s this horrible dark underbelly of hatred that goes on and on and on and on and it must stop,” Caroline Gibbs, director of the Transgender Institute of Kansas City, told KCTV at the time. Dominguez’s brother, Alberto Dominguez, spoke to the news station through a friend, Juan Rendon, who translated his Spanish to English. “He just want to say to the person that did that to her, that he (Alberto) would forgive them for what he did to her,” Rendon translated as Dominguez started to cry, the news station reported. “We are not here to judge nobody, and he (Alberto) hopes that person really feels bad for what he did.” Sanchez, who was initially charged with murder, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in December 2018 and sentenced to 18 years in prison. Now 31, he is serving his sentence at the Jefferson City Correctional Center, according to the Missouri Department of Corrections. Tamara Dominguez was loved, her brother told KCTV. “He doesn’t know she has family. She had her mom. She had her nephews, brothers and sisters. That person didn’t think about what he did,” Rendon translated.

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