St. Augustine news highlights
Certainly an unwanted result of summer rains are mosquitos, so the team at the Anastasia Mosquito Control District of St. Johns County is urging residents to take a moment to reacquaint themselves with preventive and protective measures.
One simple way to start is to acquaint yourself with the Five D’s of Prevention.
Then take a look at the two very helpful flyers available that are perfect for community, church or clubhouse bulletin boards or just to remind those in your own household of the simple steps anyone can take that will help protect everyone. One flyer announced National Mosquito Control Awareness Week and has simple peventive reminders is available here, and the other, from the Florida Department of Health, outlines simple preventive and protective steps, is available here.
The Anastasia Mosquito Control District’s web site has a wealth of information about ways to control mosquito breeding areas, notices of aerial spraying and fogging conducted by the district, and reports on the work of the district.
St. Johns County residents with mosquito problems or issues can make a service request by visiting the district’s website at www.amcdsjc.org or by calling 904.471.3107.
Archaeology exhibit now open at The VIC
A new exhibit at The VIC offers a look into the extraordinary life of 18th century St. Augustine through ordinary items uncovered by the city’s archaeologist and volunteers. Organized into displays focusing on various aspects of colonial daily life, the exhibit offers items commonly associated with home life, the routines of a military lifestyle, and even those depicting entertainment including games and tavern items. The free exhibit, recently featured in a St. Augustine Record article, 450 Years of unbroken history, is open 8:30am-5:30pm in The VIC. For a map, click here.
The Ancient City Slickers bring big fun music to Concerts in the Plaza
What do you get when you combine banjos, kazoos, tuba, maracas, washtub bass, guitar, and washboard? None other than the very popular Ancient City Slickers and their original blend musical entertainment that can only be described as big fun music. The Ancienct City Slickers return to the Plaza de la Constitucion’s Gazebo on Thursday, July 19 to mark the half way point in this summer’s Concerts in the Plaza starting at 7:00pm.
The two-hour concerts are free and attendees should bring lounge chairs for seating. Picnic dinners are popular, but alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Plaza. For a schedule and helpful map-links visit www.plazaconcerts.com.
HARB ‘s July meeting rescheduled
Because of members’ scheduling conflicts, the July meeting of the Historic Architectural Review Board was rescheduled from its usual third Thursday until a week later. The meeting originally set for Thursday, July 19 will now be held on Thursday, July 26 at 2:00pm. The meeting will be broadcast on GTV on Monday, July 30 at 9:00am.
Bridge of Lions 5K necessitates traffic re-routing
The Bridge of Lions 5K Run (see story below), set for Saturday, July 21 at 7:30am, will necessitate brief traffic re-routing along St. Augustine’s Bayfront, the Bridge of Lions and on streets throughout Davis Shores on the north side of Anastasia Blvd.
Scheduled to start at the north end of Avenida Menendez near the Castillo de San Marcos, the participants will run south on Avenida Menendez using the northbound lane and cross the Bridge of Lions during which the bridge will be closed to all vehicular and boat traffic.
The race then continues north on Gerado St., west on Arpeika Ave., north on St. Augustine Blvd, east/south on Inlet Drive, west on Arpieka Ave., south on Zorayda Ave., east on Oglethorpe Blvd., south on Comares Ave., west on Flagler Blvd., north on Alcazar to the finish line at Oglethorpe Park.
Traffic along Avenida Menendez and the Bridge of Lions should return to normal by 8:00am and the entire race concluded by 9:00am. To avoid delays, the public is advised to avoid these areas during the race.
For a brochure regarding the event, click here.
Are you ready to vote?
In early July the St. Johns County Supervisor of Elections Office will mail new voter information cards to all registered voters, but in order to receive the new card, a voter’s address must be current with the Elections Office.
Voter cards are especially important this year as they contain all of the new districts, precincts and polling locations following the redistricting process and precinct changes. With the August 14 Primary Election quickly approaching, it is vital that voters receive their new cards to know their district, precinct number and polling place and to ensure the receipt of sample ballots that will be mailed prior to each election.
Voters are encouraged to visit the Elections Office website and use the voter lookup feature to check their status and verify their address. The last date to register to vote or make party changes for the August 14 Primary Election is July 16. Address updates should include voter’s name, address, date of birth, and new address and can be made by calling the Elections office at 904.823.2238 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senator Bill Nelson’s staff to meet with constituents
Staff representatives of US Senator Bill Nelson’s office will hold office hours for St. Johns County area residents on Monday, July 30, 2012, from 3:00pm to 4:00pm at the City of St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South. The availability is open to anyone – including those who need help with a federal issue. Those unable to attend may contact Senator Nelson by mail at 1301 Riverplace Blvd., Suite #2010, Jacksonville, FL 32207; or through his website available here. For more details, call Senator Nelson’s office at 904.346.4500.
The Parking and Traffic Committee will meet on Thursday, July 26 at 8:30am. When available, the agenda will be here.
The Historic Architectural Review Board‘s July meeting was rescheduled from Thursday, July 19 until Thursday, July 26 at 2:00pm. The agenda is available here. The meeting will be broadcast on GTV on Monday, July 30 at 9:00am.
The City Commission‘s next regular meeting will be on Monday, July 23. When availble the agenda will be posted here.
Agendas and minutes for all city meetings can be found at www.staugustinegovernment.com with a schedule of upcoming meetings listed under City Calendar. City Commission meetings are broadcast live via GTV (Comcast Channel 3 in St. Augustine) each second and fourth Monday at 5:00pm. Commission meetings are also recorded and rebroadcast as are Planning and Zoning Board and Historic Architectural Review Board meetings. For a current schedule of all programming on GTV, click here.
Source: City of St. Augustine