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Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma

Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma
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Resources, closures, and important information connected to Hurricane Irma

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

POST-STORM RESOURCES

In Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties, if your home has suffered damage, you can apply for individual assistance. To register online, go to www.disasterassistance.gov. To register by phone, 1-800-621-3362 (FEMA)

Several resource and recovery centers are opening across the First Coast if you need help registering with FEMA. Locations can be found here.

The U.S. Small Business Administration has added more counties to the disaster declaration in Florida affected by Hurricane Irma that began on Sept. 4, 2017. Eligible for both Physical and Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Duval, Clay, and St. Johns. Eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans: Baker and Nassau counties.

St. Johns County has opened four water distribution points: SJC Parks and Recreation Administration Office at 2175 Mizell Road (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED), the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street, Flagler Estates Road and Water Office at 9850 Light Avenue, and Al Wilke Park at 6150 South Main Street (THIS ONE IS NOW CLOSED). They will be open daily 8am-7pm through Friday. Limit one case of water per car.

The City of Jacksonville is distributing water from 10AM to 5PM while supplies last at Hobby Lobby, 14286 Beach Blvd; McDonalds, 5751 Beach Blvd; Edwaters College, 1853 Kings Road; and the Supervisor of Elections Office, 1 Imeson Park Blvd.

The Prime Osborne Convention Center, 1000 Water Street, is opening its doors to help people seeking to cool off with some air conditioning and access to electricity and internet. You need to bring your own equipment. The Center will be open 3PM to 9PM Wednesday and 9AM to 9PM Thursday, September 14 through Sunday, September 17.

St. Johns County has opened a post-impact shelter at the Solomon Calhoun Community Center at 1300 Duval Street (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). This is for anyone who can’t return to his or her home. All other shelters are now closed.

THESE SHELTERS ARE NOW CLOSED---In Nassau County, there is a shelter at The Journey Church at 95707 Amelia Concourse, Fernandina Beach. The facility has special needs capabilities and is pet friendly. A second shelter has also opened at the First Baptist Church in Hilliard.

In Duval County, The Legends Center, 5054 Soutel Drive, remains open as a general population shelter, but is now closed as a special needs shelter (THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED). Southside Baptist Church, 1936 Hendricks Avenue, is open as a general population shelter.

THIS SHELTER IS NOW CLOSED---The Baker County Family Service Center by Keller Intermediate School, 420 8th Street in Macclenny, remains open as a general population shelter.

Clay County has opened a post-storm shelter at First Baptist Church Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd.

FEMA has issued an Individual Assistance Declaration for St. Johns County in response to damage incurred due to Hurricane Irma. To apply for individual assistance, please visit www.disasterassistance.gov or call 800.621.3362.

The Nassau County Emergency Operations Center is providing free water for residents to pick up at the Callahan Fairgrounds.

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

At Governor Scott’s direction, the Florida Highway Patrol continues to escort fuel resupply trucks so fuel is quickly delivered to communities across Florida.

In an effort to best support the communities it serves, Sam’s Club has reopened all club locations in Florida and is temporarily waiving its membership requirements for the communities affected by Hurricane Irma at select club locations. In Jacksonville, that includes 300 Busch Drive, 10690 Beach Blvd, and 6373 Youngerman Circle.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam issued an emergency order to waive the fees to replace Florida concealed weapon licenses and security guard licenses that were lost or destroyed during the hurricane.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture accepted a request to allow all students in 48 counties subject to a FEMA Major Disaster Declaration access to free school meals through the National School Lunch Program. These changes, in effect Sept. 18 – Oct. 20, will potentially impact over 3,000 schools and 2.5 million children. Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns counties are all covered.

A Mobile Disaster Recovery Center is opening Sunday at 1:30PM, at the Clay County Fairgrounds, building 3- 2497 State Road 16, Green Cove Springs. This center is open from 8AM to 8PM every day beginning Monday, September 25th, offering you in person support and assistance for both individuals and businesses. That includes helping you register for federal disaster assistance, applying for Small Business Administration loans, giving you updates on your specific case, processing appeals, and connecting you with state program information.

HOTLINES

Individuals needing assistance with clean-up on their private property are encouraged to contact Crisis Cleanup at 1-800-451-1954. As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors cut fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need.

Attorney General Pam Bondi has opened up a Price Gouging Hotline: (866) 9-NO-SCAM.

Florida Emergency Information Hotline for all state residents: 1-800-342-3557.

The Department of Financial Services (DFS) has launched a Hurricane Irma insurance information hotline: 1-877-MY-FL-CFO.

St. Johns County Emergency Management has opened a hotline for residents to call about county services, storm response, and events: (904) 824-5550.

St. Johns County has also launched a Building Services Structural Hotline at (904) 827-6836.

Clay County Call Center 904-284-7703

JTA Customer Service 5:30AM through 8:30PM 904.630.3100 or TTY 904.630.3191.

Hotline for storm-related questions and problems in Jacksonville is 904-630-CITY

In Nassau County, iIf you have any questions or concerns not addressed, please contact our Citizens Information Center at 1-904-548-0900.

JEA Customer Care Consultants: 904.655.6000 or 800.683.5542- Consultants are able to give customers an idea of when a crew will be assigned to their area or circuit, according to JEA’s CEO, but it doesn’t guarantee when it will happen or when power will be restored. Consultants are also able to answer questions about why their power outage map shows you have power when you do not.  

JEA and United Way- All counties: 2.1.1 or 904.632.0600- Customers without power are able to call this line seeking assistance, and JEA says they will work to try and transfer those to an agency that might be able to provide essential needs.

Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, is offering emotional support to individuals and loved ones affected by Hurricane Irma. The companies are providing community access to specially trained behavioral health counselors via a 24-hour, toll-free help line: 800-843-6514.

K-12 SCHOOLS

Duval County Schools:

Duval County Public Schools will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Friday, September 15. School offices, after-school activities, and extended day care will also be closed those days. They aim to reopen on Monday.

High School football games that had to be rescheduled because of Irma will now take place at the following days and times: Paxon v Yulee, 9/18 at 6PM at Paxon; Fletcher v Atlantic Coast, 9/18 at 6PM at Fletcher; Wolfson v Fernandina, 9/18 at 7PM at Wolfson; Westside v Ponte Vedra, 9/18 at 6PM at Westside; Lee v Columbia, 9/19 at 6PM at Lee; Mandarin v Deland, 9/19 at 6PM at Mandarin; Sandalwood v Spruce Creek, 9/19 at 6PM at Sandalwood; Terry Parker v Bishop Kenny, 9/22 at 7PM at Bishop Kenny; Ed White v Nease, 10/6 at 7PM at Ed White; Ribault v Suwanee, 10/10 at 7PM at Suwanee; Eglewood v Middleburg, 10/17 at 7PM at Endlewood; Baldwin v Stanton, 10/30 at 6PM at Baldwin.

The Catholic Diocese of St. Augustine has announced all Diocesan schools will be closed Friday 9/8 through Wednesday 9/13. The only schools that will not open Sept. 14 are Blessed Trinity, Cathedral Parish School and Early Learning Center, Christ the King, Morning Star and Morning Star High School, San Jose and San Juan del Rio.

The Salvation Army of Northeast Florida's Child Development Center at 318 N. Ocean St. will be closed on Friday, September 8, and Monday, September 11, and Tuesday, September 12. The center will remain closed for all dates that Duval County schools are closed.

The Jericho School for Children with Autism will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. School resumes Thursday, September 14.

Beaches Episcopal School cancels all after school activities Thursday. School will be closed Friday, September 8 through Wednesday, September 13. Classes will resume Thursday.  The first hurricane make-up day will be Thursday, November 9th, which was initially a Teacher Planning Day. 

Jacksonville Country Day School will be closed on Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13.  Extended Care and all after school activities, including Sharks basketball games, are also canceled on those days. They are reopening Thursday, September 14th.

The Bolles School is closed through Wednesday. It will reopen Thursday.

Bishop Kenny High School resumes classes Thursday.

Arlington Community Academy Elementary is closed through Wednesday, September 13th. They are opening Thursday.

Clay County Schools:

All Clay schools will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15th. School administrators are asked to report to their schools to assess damage on Thursday, September 14th. Transportation mechanics will report to the Middleburg compound on Thursday. Maintenance Staff will report to Operations on Thursday. Cafeteria Managers will report to their schools on Friday, September 15th.

School board meeting on September 7 was canceled. The board plans to hold two meetings to make up for the cancellation, one on the 18th and one on the 26th.

High School football makeup games: Clay High v Orange Park High, Oct 6th at 7PM at Orange Park High; Fleming Island High v Bucholz High, Sept 18th at 7PM at Fleming Island High; Middleburg High v Englewood High, Oct 17 at 7PM at Englewood High; Oakleaf High v Bartram Trail High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Bartram Trail High School; Orange Park High v Clay High, Oct 6 at 7PM at Orange Park High; Ridgeview High v Palatka High, Sept 18 at 7PM at Palatka High. Keystone Heights High v Umatilla High has been canceled.

Nassau County Schools:

All public schools and district offices in the district will be closed Friday, September 8 through Thursday, September, 14th. 12-month employees should report to work Thursday, September 14th, if possible. Classes will resume Friday.

St. Johns County Schools:

All schools will be closed Friday, Stepember 8, through Friday, September,15th. Schools will reopen Monday.

All extracurricular and interscholastic activities have been canceled starting Friday, September 8th.  All St. Johns County after-school programs held at the Ketterlinus Gym and the W. E. Harris Community Center will resume on Monday, September 18 to coincide with schools reopening

Baker County Schools:

Baker County Public Schools are closed Friday, September 8, through Monday, September 18. Classes will resume Tuesday.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Jacksonville University will be closed Friday, September 8, through Friday, September 15. Normal activities resume Monday, September 18th.

FSCJ will be closed from Friday, September 8, and remain closed through Sunday the 17th. Classes are set to resume Monday, September, 18, at regularly scheduled times.

The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind has canceled classes Thursday September 7 through the weekend. Classes will resume on Monday, September 18th. 

Florida Coastal School of Law will resume classes Monday, Septemeber 18. 

University of North Florida classes, including online classes, have been canceled from Friday, September 8, through Wednesday, September 13th. Class at the University of North Florida will resume on Thursday, Sept. 14. Offices will reopen , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 

Edward Waters College will close Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13. Any classes, activities, or events that are scheduled to be held on campus between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12 have been cancelled. 

The Edward Waters College Football Game Saturday, September 16th has been moved to University Christian School at 5520 University Blvd. It will take place at 4:30PM agaisnt Cumberland.

St. Johns River State College campuses will be closed Friday, September 8. The College and classes will resume Monday, September 18.

Flagler College closed Friday, September 8. Residence halls was opening Sunday, September 16th, and classes are resuming Monday, September 18th.

TRANSPORTATION

The County Road 218 Bridge east of Blanding in Clay County is closed for emergency repairs.

The Roscoe Boulevard Bridge in St. Johns County is closed for emergency repairs.

The Heckscher Drive Bridge at Browns Creek has reopened following emergency repairs.

All of Duval County’s major bridges are now open, including Jacksonville’s Intracoastal bridges- Wonderwood, Beach, Atlantic, and JTB- the Acosta, Main Street, Dames Point, Hart, Mathews, and the Buckman Bridge have reopened, but you still need to drive with caution.

The Black Creek Bridge on 218 in Clay County is back open.

All St. Johns County bridges have reopened as of 11 am, Tuesday, September 12. Everyone is asked to be cautious of standing water hazards and debris obstructions.

The Jacksonville International Airport ended operations Saturday 9/9 at 7pm. The airport reopened Tuesday. Flight ops are expected to gradually ramp up, and you should contact your airline for the most up-to-date flight information

The Skyway will close at 9 p.m. on Friday, September 8 and reopen Wednesday, September 13th.

The St. Johns River Ferry is scheduled to close after normal service on Thursday, September 7th, to relocate the boat inland. Service is resuming Thursday, September 14th.

All JTA Bus Routes are back in service as of Wednesday, September 13. There may still be some detours.

St. Johns County Council on Aging (COA) will resume normal paratransit tomorrow, September 14th.

COA Sunshine Bus Service will resume today, Wednesday, September 13th beginning with the regularly scheduled afternoon runs on the following lines: Red, Blue, Purple, Orange, Green, Teal and Connector. Full hours of service on the above listed lines will resume Thursday, September 14th. The Hastings Circular will not run until the roads are deemed safe for travel.

All construction work by the Florida Department of Transportation has been suspended temporarily because of the storm.

Northeast Florida Regional Airport closed at 6PM Saturday. The airport opened to fixed wing aircraft Tuesday, September 12th. It’s also open and operational for helicopter traffic.

Cargo operations at JAXPORT owned terminals ended at 11:59PM Friday. The Port of Jacksonville in its entirety- including private terminals- closed Saturday at 8PM. JAXPORT terminals and gates are now open, and the Coast Guard has cleared the entire Port of Jacksonville.

GOVERNMENT

All State of Florida offices will be closed on Friday, September 8.

FDLE offices in Nassau and St. Johns are closed Wednesday, September 13. The Nassau County office remains closed Thursday, September 14th.

All City of Jacksonville offices will be closed Friday, Monday, and Tuesday. Non-essential city services are also called off for those days.City services resume as normal Wednesday.

All Jacksonville Public Library branches resume operations on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Overdue fines will be waived for items due when the library is closed.

All St. Johns County library branches are open and available for residents and visitors to enjoy air conditioning, outlets to charge phones and devices, and other media services.

The Clay County Animal Shelter evacuated because of Black Creek flooding. It will remain closed until further notice. If you need Animal Control assistance, call 904-269-6342 or email animalcontrol@claycountygov.com.

The Florida Department of Corrections is canceling weekend visitation at all institutions for Saturday, September 9, and Sunday, September 10.

All Duval County Tax Collector branch locations will close at noon on Thursday, September 7th. They reopened with limited staffing Wednesday, September 13th.

All administrative offices in St. Johns County, the City of St. Augustine, and the City of St. Augustine Beach will be closed Tuesday, September 12. St. Johns County Administration Offices resume standard operations Thursday. The City of St. Augustine will open as power is restored. All administration offices, libraries, pet center, and recreational facilities will be open for standard business hours.

The Duval County Clerk of Courts closed on Friday, September 8. The Chief Judge has ordered the Courthouse remain closed the rest of the week, as well as the Clerk’s Office. Regular hours should resume Monday, September 18th.

The Fourth Circuit State Attorney’s Office is reopening Thursday, September 14th.

Nassau County courts are closed through Thursday, September 14th. All perspective jurors who received summons to report to the Robert M. Foster Justice Center on Friday September 15, 2017 are excused and should not report. The summons will not be reissued. 

Baker County courts closed through Tuesday, September 13th, and reopened Wednesday, September 13th.

St. Johns County Courts closed Friday September 8th, and reopen Thursday, September 14th.

The Clay County Courthouse and all Clerk of the Circuit Court branch offices in Clay County closed on Friday, September 8th. Court dates and services originally scheduled for these dates are impacted and have been rescheduled. Courts plan to reopen Thursday, September 14th.

The United States Bankruptcy Court Jacksonville Division will be closed on Friday, September 8 and Monday, September 11, 2017.

Naval Station Mayport is open to unrestricted traffic as of noon Wednesday, through the main gate. The Emergency Assistance Center is open at the base Fleet and Family Support Center (Bldg 1). You can also contact the Fleet and Family Support Center at 270-6600. The off base commissary and Navy Exchange are open at their normal hours.

NAS Jax is opening for normal working hours Wednesday, September 13th.

Members of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast Regional Call Center (RCC) are headed to Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola Sept. 8, to relocate operations before Hurricane Irma reaches the Jacksonville, Florida area. NAS Jacksonville is telling personnel to shelter in place from 7PM Sunday through noon Monday.

PARKS AND BEACHES

Clay County is closing all boat ramps until Monday, September 18.

The Jacksonville Zoo will open Thursday, September 14th.

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm is opening Thursday, September 14th.

The Castillo de San Marcos in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice.

Fort Matanzas in St. Augustine is closed from Thursday, September 7, until further notice.

The Jacksonville Beach Golf Course will reopen Thursday, September 14th. The driving range remains closed.

The large dog park at Paws Dog Park in Jax Beach has reopened. The small dog park previously reopened.

Due to significant damage, erosion, and debris, as a result of Hurricane Irma, St. Johns County is urging all residents and visitors to avoid the beach, beach access points, and walkovers until further notice. Swimming in the ocean is also discouraged due to high surf, rip currents, and debris

The following St. Johns County Parks and Recreation Facilities are closed pending inspections due to Hurricane Irma: Alpine Groves Park, Shands Pier, Riverdale Picnic Area, Bird Island Park, Canopy Park, Vail Park, Palmo Dock, Collier-Blocker-Puryear Park, Solomon Calhoun Center, Ketterlinus Gym, St. John's County Ocean and Fishing Pier, Nease Beachfront Park

Jacksonville’s beaches are open, but you’re urged to use extreme caution and not go in the water at this time because of rough conditions and debris.

The St. Johns Golf Club will reopen Friday, September 15th.

The Slammer & Squire at World Golf Village is closed until further notice.

The Solomon Calhoun Community Center and pool will remain closed through Wednesday, September 20 as it remains a post-impact shelter for residents affected by Hurricane Irma.

The main parking garage in St. Augustine open Thursday, September 14th. $12/day fees will apply.

All Florida Park Service state parks have reopened

EVENTS

The Ponte Vedra Auto Show has been rescheduled for Sunday, September 24 and will take place at the Nocatee Town Center. It was originally planned for September 10.

The Riverside Arts Market on September 9th has been canceled. The market is anticipated to return to normal operations on September 16. 

The Bryan Adams show at Daily's Place on Saturday, Sept. 9 has been postponed.

Sing Out Loud Festival dates have been canceled on September 8th, September 9th, and September 10th. The Sing Out Loud festival scheduled for September 15 through 17 will continue as planned this weekend with minimal stage relocations or show cancellations. Please see the updated schedule below for concert venue details. For more information regarding the Sing Out Loud festival, please visit www.singoutloudfestival.com.

The Adam Ant: Anthems Tour at the Florida Theatre on Sunday, September 10 has been postponed. Florida Theatre shows scheduled for Saturday September 23rd and beyond will continue as planned.

Events scheduled in Jacksonville Beach this weekend of 9/9 have been canceled, including BRUVAL, Chemo Noir 1K Run, and the Travis Manion 9/11 Heroes Run.

The Jax Armada is canceling the match on Saturday, September 9th. It's being rescheduled for September 27.

St.Augustine Amphitheatre is canceling the Modest Mouse concert set for Thursday, September 7. The Blackberry Smoke concert on Friday, September 8, has been postponed. This Friday-Sunday,  9/15-17, Widespread Panic concerts at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will proceed as originally scheduled.

The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp will not host any playoff games. Playoff tickets already purchased can be refunded.

The FSCJ Artist Series kickoff event for Wednesday, September 13, has been canceled.

Thursday September 7 night concerts at The Landing has been postponed.

The Jacksonville Humane Society’s Toast to the Animals has been canceled.

The International Coastal Cleanup scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16, is cancelled.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office Zone 4 (Middleburg/Clay Hill) SheriffsNET Meeting for 9/14 has been canceled.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and to help affected Creators, One Spark and Bold Events are postponing the One Spark 2017 Innovation Festival until the spring of 2018. This year’s event has been rescheduled to take place on Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, at EverBank Field, with a kickoff concert to be hosted by Bold Events at the new Daily’s Place amphitheater on Thursday, April 5.

The St. Augustine Amphitheater has canceled the September 8 Blackberry Smoke and Chris Robinson Brotherhood concert event. Refunds will be granted at point of purchase.

BUSINESSES

All First Coast YMCA’s are now open, YMCA Afterschool prorams will resume when schools reopen, but some locations are offering camp: Duval County 9/14-15, duPont YMCA Youth Development Campus; in Clay County 9/13-15, Barco-Newton Family YMCA and Dye Clay Family YMCA; in Nassau County 9/14, Callahan Center and Yulee Kids Campus; in St. Johns County 9/14-15, Ponte Vedra YMCA.

All SMG Jacksonville Box Offices & Administrative Offices are closed. They will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, September 13.

All Florida Blue Centers in Jacksonville- Town Center, River City Marketplace, and Winston YMCA will be closed on Saturday, September 9.

MOCA Jacksonville and NOLA MOCA will close at 9pm Thursday, September 7 and will remain closed until further notice.

Jacksonville Symphony administrative and ticket office in the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts closed 2pm today, Thursday, Sept. 7th. The office opened Wednesday, September 13. 

All VyStar Credit Union branch locations, call center, and operations will be closed Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday.

The Jacksonville Humane Society is closing 1PM Saturday through Monday. They are reopening Thursday, September 14.

JIA USO closed 11:00 AM Thursday, September 7.  NAS USO close at 5:00 PM Thursday, September 7, and Mayport USO closed at 9:00 PM Thursday, September 7. They opened Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13.

SAPA Extrusions is closing their plant in St. Augustine Friday at 3pm.

Jax Federal Credit Union branches will be closed Saturday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 12.

All Clay Electric district offices will be closed to the public Monday, Sept. 11 and Tuesday, Sept. 12 so personnel can focus on restoration efforts after Hurricane Irma.

Northrop Grumman employees impacted by Hurricane Irma who need assistance or information can call 1-800-995-4318, or continue to visit www.northropgrumman.com/emergency for updates. The Northrop Grumman site in St. Augustine is closed on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. 

HOSPITALS AND MEDICAL OFFICES

Both Baptist Beaches and Nassau Medical Center ERs and hospitals have reopened after they were evacuated because of the storm. Both will resume full operations by Wednesday, September 13th, at 8AM.

St. Vincent's Riverside facility transferred their most clinically appropriate patients to St. Vincent's Southside and St. Vincent's Clay County on September 11, due to flooding in the area.

Alignment Healthcare at 3520 St. Johns Bluff, which serves Florida Blue Preferred HMO Medicare members, will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 14. The location at 5500 Blanding Road will be closed the remainder of this week due to flooding and anticipates reopening next week. All patient appointments are being rescheduled or relocated to the St. Johns Bluff location.

UF Health Jacksonville remains open. They have sent medical staff to shelters to help as needed.

PRE-STORM EVACUATIONS

ALL CURFEWS IN NORTHEAST FLORIDA HAVE NOW BEEN LIFTED

Jacksonville’s Mayor has issued a mandatory evacuation for anyone living in Zone A or Zone B evacuate. The mandatory evacuation has also been extended for people living in mobile homes, or in low-lying areas.

Nassau County has issued mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A,C, or F, with the order going into effect Friday, September 8, at 6 PM.

St. Johns County has mandatory evacuations for anyone in Zones A and B, which includes St. Augustine and Hastings.

Clay County has a mandatory evacuation for Zones A, B, and C as well as low lying, modular, or vulnerable homes for Saturday at 6AM.

Baker County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all residents of Steel Bridge Road- east of the collection site, all residents of Webb Haven Road, Persimmon and Ash Road in the Turkey Creek II neighborhood, Myrtle, Camphor, Chestnut, and Gum Roads, all residents on the west side of Aspen Road, all residents on Lil Dixie Trail, all residents on River Oak Circle, all residents on River Oak Drive, all residents on Confederate Drive East, all residents of Cedar Creek Farms Road. You’re also encourages to seek shelter if you’re in a mobile home or compromised shelter.

The Florida Department of Corrections has evacuated Bridges of Jacksonville.

Tolls have been lifted across the state to aid in evacuations.

PRE-STORM RESOURCES

The City of Jacksonville has opened 12 shelters. Find locations HERE.

Baker County opened two shelters, one for the general population and one for special needs. More details HERE.

Clay County has announced the opening of four shelters. Find locations HERE.

St. Johns County is opening five shelters on Saturday morning at 6 AM. Info posted HERE.

Nassau County is open five shelters, starting 6 PM Friday. More info HERE.

City Rescue Mission currently provides shelter for 250 people. They are providing accommodations for 100 additional people at City Rescue Mission's New Life Inn, 234 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, Friday at noon.

The Salvation Army’s Towers Center of Hope at 900 W. Adams Street in downtown Jacksonville will open its shelter to the homeless. The shelter will open as weather dictates and will remain open as long as needed.

JTA has three designated locations for anyone evacuating from the beaches who doesn’t have transportation: Fletcher High School, Mayport Middle School, and Jacksonville Beach Elementary School. 

Florida Governor Rick Scott has ordered all K-12 public schools, state colleges, state universities, and state offices to be closed Friday through Monday so the facilities can be used for sheltering and emergency management operations.

Nassau County Emergency Management says the Town of Callahan is out of fuel and all gas station will be closed until Tuesday.

Airbnb activated its Disaster Response Program to aid Floridians forced to evacuate from their homes in connection to Hurricane Irma as well as relief workers arriving to provide assistance.  

Beginning at 12:01 a.m. Eastern on September 9 and running through midnight on September 11, Verizon is giving postpaid customers talk, text and data relief while prepaid customers receive an extra 3 GB for talk, text and data.

Through the storm period for our area, St. Vincent's HealthCare is offering FREE 24-hour non-emergency virtual care via video chat through our new service called St. Vincent's On Demand.  Because of how the St. Vincent's On Demand system is set up, patients will need to pay the $49.99 fee up front, but their credit cards will be refunded 2 - 3 days after the visit if it's within the storm period.

As Hurricane Irma continues to make its way north we’re automatically issuing credits and waiving additional fees to give unlimited data, talk and texts to AT&T wireless customers and unlimited talk and texts to AT&T PREPAID customers across all of Florida, through at least Sept. 17.

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  • Duval County voters have re-elected Lenny Curry as Jacksonville Mayor and Mike Williams as Jacksonville Sheriff.  Vote-by-mail numbers remain only partially reported, but with both early voting and Election Day voting numbers fully reported, Lenny Curry had 57.65% of the vote. His next closest competition, Anna Lopez Brosche snagged 24.14%  of the vote. Jimmy Hill got 7.53%, while Omega Allen picked up 10.50%.  During his victory speech, Curry addressed his accomplishments as mayor.  'Four years ago, I promised you I would focus on public safety, the pension crisis, educational opportunities for young people, invest in your neighborhoods, and create jobs. And over the last four years, I've honored those promises, and I believe that's why you've re-elected me, because I had a record to run on,' said Curry.  Looking to the future, Curry says the focus will remain on public safety, with continued investment in after-school programs and summer jobs for young people. Curry also said he will keep a focus on the health of the St. Johns River and job creation.  Curry also addressed the future of downtown Jacksonville, saying you can't be a suburb of nowhere.  'We're gonna make downtown a destination. Residential, retail, sports, art, and entertainment. You will not recognize downtown in four years,' said Curry.  While he promised big changes for downtown, he vowed it would not come at the expense of other neighborhoods. Lopez Brosche released a statement following her defeat, congratulating Curry on his win. In that statement, she says she is understandably disappointed, but has absolutely no regrets about running for mayor. FULL STATEMENT FROM LOPEZ BROSCHE POSTED BELOW: STORY: FULL DUVAL COUNTY ELECTIONS RESULTS In the race for Sheriff, Mike Williams defeated Tony Cummings, 61.60% to 38.40%, based on the fully reported early voting and Election Day voting numbers (vote-by-mail remains only partially reported). During his victory speech, Williams thanked the people of Jacksonville for their vote as he said Tuesday's elections begins the next chapter of work that needs to be done.  'Today JSO is ready to handle any challenge-- to work with our community, to protect Jacksonville. This community's strong support of JSO continues to astound me and I am forever grateful for that,' said Williams.  Williams says JSO will continue to work with the community to combat violence and gangs, as he says families in every neighborhood deserve to feel safe.  'Our core strategy going forward is a simple one. We know what works, we will do more of that. We will do it faster, and we will do it better,' said Williams.  Williams says JSO's methods will only get better, thanks to the new tools and technology, the professionals of JSO, and the community. Cummings released a statement Tuesday evening, thanking his supporters. “I thank you for believing in our vision for securing the city and bringing crime under control. We did not get the results we were looking for, but our vision, I’m sure, did not go unnoticed by the establishment,” said Cummings.
  • Some new faces are joining the Jacksonville City Council, but five races will remain undecided until May. In order to win outright tonight, a candidate had to secure 50% + 1 of the votes. If that did not happen, the top two vote-getters in the race will face off on May 14th. That will happen in five races, including two that feature incumbents.  FULL RESULTS: Jacksonville’s City Council races In District 8, Democrat Ju’Coby Pittman and Democrat Tameka Gaines Holly are the top two contenders. Pittman was appointed to the seat when the Governor suspended the prior City Councilwoman. That prior Councilwoman, Katrina Brown, did run in the race, but she did not land in the top two to make it to the runoff. In At-Large Group 3, incumbent Democrat Tommy Hazouri and Republican Greg Rachal will face off in May.  In District 10, the top two vote-getters are Democrat Brenda A. Priestly Jackson and Democrat Celestine Mills, but nobody secured the majority needed to win outright. District 14 was another open seat, and Republican Randy DeFoor and Democrat Sunny Gettinger will be on the ballot in May in that race. City Council At-Large 1 was open, and Democrat Lisa King will face Republican Terrance Freeman. Freeman is a sitting Councilman in District 10, but is running for election to At-Large 1, instead of re-election to the seat he holds, which he was appointed to by the Governor when the prior Councilman, Reggie Brown, was suspended. The remaining 14 races have been decided. Four of those seats had victors before the night even started- Republican LeAnna Cumber in District 4, Republican Rory Diamond in District 13, incumbent Republican District 3 Councilman Aaron Bowman, and incumbent Republican District 11 Councilman Danny Becton were all elected without opposition. Among the other races, in the open District 6 contest, Republican Michael Boylan secured the win. Open At-Large Group 2 saw Republican Ron Salem victorious. At-Large Group 4 was another open seat, although the person filling it is a familiar name to the Council- former Councilman Republican Matt Carlucci defeated two challengers to win the race. Aside from the two incumbents in runoffs for their seats, the others secured re-election. Democrat Joyce Morgan was re-elected in District 1, Republican Al Ferraro was re-elected to District 2, Republican Scott Wilson was re-elected to District 4, Democrat Reggie Gaffney was re-elected to District 7, Democrat Garrett Dennis was re-elected to District 9, Republican Randy White was re-elected to District 12, and Republican Samuel Newby was re-elected to At-Large Group 5.
  • The Department of Defense has compiled a list of military construction projects that could be eliminated, reduced, or otherwise altered in order to fund the border wall, under President Trump’s National Emergency declaration. The list includes two projects at Naval Station Mayport. WOKV has previously reported on a more than $82.3 million budget for a Littoral Combat Ship Support Facility that could be at risk. Naval Facility Engineering Command Southeast says this project consists of a larger administrative building and parking garage to support LCS operations on the base. Mayport is a hub for one of the LCS designs, with 16 of the ships expected to call Mayport home by 2023. The DOD list, which was released by Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) also identifies a nearly $75 million Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant on the base as something that could be affected by the need to find funding for the National Emergency declaration. NAVFAC Southeast tells WOKV this project would upgrade the existing sewage treatment plant, to treat wastewater on the base. It would “modernize and improve” the base’s ability to treat wastewater, according to NAVFAC Southeast. The project is not currently under contract, but solicitation is ongoing. There is no timeline set for possible groundbreaking or completion, because NAVFAC Southeast says that is generally determined after the contract is awarded. We asked what the impact would be if the project was eliminated, and NAVFAC Southeast said only that they continue to solicit the project. The DOD list identifies all military construction projects that could be affected, which are projects that have not yet been awarded and are not slated to be awarded before September 2019. Eligible projects also must not impact housing, barracks, and dorms. The DOD further says the list represents more funding than they expect to need as part of the $3.6 billion National Emergency declaration, so while they have highlighted all possible projects, it does not mean that all of these projects will be affected. It is not yet clear when there will be a final determination on this.
  • Newly uncovered court documents show that Joseph James DeAngelo Jr., the man accused of the notorious Golden State Killer serial murders and rapes in the 1970s and 1980s, was arrested on an unrelated charge in 1996, but was let go. DeAngelo, a U.S. Navy veteran and former police officer, faces 13 murder charges and 13 counts of kidnapping related to some of more than 50 sexual assaults the Golden State Killer, also known as the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker, is believed to have committed over a span stretching from 1975 to 1986. Following his arrest outside his Citrus Heights, California, home last April, authorities said the only prior arrest they knew of was a 1979 shoplifting incident that led to DeAngelo losing his job with the Auburn Police Department.  He stole a hammer and a can of dog repellent in the incident, according to reports.  The Sacramento Bee, which requested a bevy of court records following DeAngelo’s high-profile arrest last year, reported Friday that the records the newspaper received included documents from a lawsuit DeAngelo filed following a 1996 arrest in which he was accused of stealing from a gas station by leaving without paying for some gas.  >> Read more trending news DeAngelo, then 50, was arrested in an April 16, 1996, sting operation in which law enforcement officials in Placer County targeted people with outstanding warrants by notifying them that they had won free Super Bowl tickets, the Bee reported. The targets were told they could pick up the tickets at a Sacramento office.  DeAngelo was one of the people who responded to the ruse, the Bee said. He was jailed and released, and the charge against him was later dismissed, the court records showed.  Related story: Alabama man charged in 1999 double murder of teen girls Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office officials said there was no way to know in 1996 that DeAngelo was the murder suspect they and several other law enforcement agencies had sought for so long. “We had no way of knowing at the time who we actually had in our jail, because the evidence wasn’t there, the technology wasn’t there,” Sgt. Shaun Hampton told the newspaper Friday. “I don’t think there’s any way we could have known. There was no way for us to identify this person by him simply being in our jail for a few hours.” DeAngelo later sued the gas station manager for false arrest, claiming the gas pump had malfunctioned before he finished pumping the gas for which he’d already paid. The attendant, who the records alleged did not speak English well, reported him as an attempted robber after he demanded cash back for the gas it failed to pump.  “Eventually, the case was dismissed and the court entered an order finding plaintiff factually innocent and sealed the record,” the lawsuit said, according to the Bee.  The $1 million suit was eventually settled out of court, the Bee said. William Wright, who sued on DeAngelo’s behalf, told the newspaper he could not remember details of the settlement.  Wright expressed shock upon learning Friday that his client in 1996 was the Golden State Killer suspect. He said he remembered “Joe” as a nice guy who was “very upset about this gas station business.” “I’d seen the guy on TV, but I never made the connection,” Wright told the Bee. “He was very pleasant when he was talking to me.” Related story: Genealogy, DNA solve case of newborn left to freeze to death in ditch 38 years ago The newspaper reported that Sacramento County officials did not begin collecting DNA samples from suspects arrested for felonies until a few years after DeAngelo’s 1996 arrest. The process became routine statewide after the 2004 passage of Proposition 69, a law pushed by Bruce Harrington.  Harrington’s brother and sister-in-law, Keith and Patrice Harrington, were two of DeAngelo’s alleged victims in 1986, 10 years before his arrest in the gas station incident. The couple were found slain by Bruce and Keith Harrington’s father when he arrived at their home for dinner.  DeAngelo became a suspect in the Golden State Killer case after cold case investigators tried a novel approach to solving the crime -- taking DNA evidence left behind by the killer and comparing it to DNA profiles shared to public commercial databases by people hoping to find relatives they were not aware of.  Detectives were able to narrow down the DNA profiles they found on GEDmatch to close relatives of potential suspects, including DeAngelo. They confirmed they were on the right track after DNA taken from the handle of a driver’s side door on DeAngelo’s vehicle matched the evidence left at multiple Golden State Killer crime scenes.  They verified the match with a direct sample from DeAngelo following his arrest.  Since DeAngelo’s arrest, law enforcement agencies across the country have started using the same “genetic genealogy” technique to solve cold cases they have been working for decades. Buzzfeed News reported last month that Parabon Nanolabs Inc., a company that in the weeks after DeAngelo’s arrest established a commercial forensic genealogy service, has helped police identify suspects in three dozen cases since last May. Bode Technology, the largest forensic DNA testing company in the U.S., is launching its own rival service.  Alabama authorities on Monday announced that they had solved the 1999 double homicide of two 17-year-old girls who were found shot to death in a car trunk after getting lost on their way to a party for one of the girls’ birthday. Parabon Nanolabs provided the DNA analysis that led to a suspect.  Coley Lewis McCraney, of Dothan, is charged with five counts of capital murder and one count of first-degree rape in the July 31, 1999, deaths of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett, who were each shot once in the head. McCraney, who was 25 when he allegedly raped Beasley and killed her and her friend, faces the death penalty in the slayings.  South Dakota investigators earlier this month announced the arrest of a Florida woman accused of leaving her newborn son to freeze to death in a ditch in Sioux Falls 38 years ago. Theresa Josten Bentaas, now 57, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of the infant, who the community named Andrew John Doe and buried in a local cemetery after his family could not be located.  Parabon Nanolabs provided the DNA analysis in that case, as well.  DeAngelo is awaiting trial in the Sacramento County Jail, the same facility he was booked into in 1996. 
  • A 64-year-old Tennessee man, who was also accused of posing as a psychiatrist in Ponte Vedra, Florida, has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison following a fraud scheme that cheated investors out of $3 million. According to the US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, George David George pleaded guilty Tuesday to seven counts of wire fraud, one count of mail fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering. As part of his sentence, George will also be required to pay more than $2.8 million in restitution. The US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says the charges stemmed from a business that George founded, called WellCity, Inc. George was accused of soliciting millions of dollars from investors, by misrepresenting the company's revenues, assets, and more.  The US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says George also spent some time on the run, which included living under fake aliases in multiple states, including Texas, Alabama, and Florida. While in Alabama, investigators say he leased a $70,000 Mercedes using a stolen identity.  During his time in Florida, George is accused of representing himself as a Harvard-educated psychiatrist named Stephen Olivier. While posing as Dr. Olivier, he 'treated' patients in Ponte Vedra. The US Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee says George ultimately gave one of his patients, a 16-year-old, Clonazepam after getting the medication from a woman he met on Match.com. The teen's mother testified that after her son took the medication, he became suicidal and needed to be hospitalized.  George was ultimately apprehended and arrested by US Marshals while in Florida. 

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