Environment

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

Florida Residents Encouraged To Include Pets In Family Disaster Plans

As a part of Florida Hurricane Preparedness Week, state emergency management officials are encouraging every pet owner in Florida to include their animals in their family disaster preparedness plan before the start of the 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season. By planning for the needs of your pets, it will greatly increase the chances of their survival during disasters.

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Hatchling Sea Turtles Take Enlightened Path to Survive

Some of the most routine habits we engage in on a daily basis can occasionally have some serious, unintended consequences for wildlife, and that is especially so for imperiled species. Beachcombers out for a relaxing walk with the family dog may not recognize the signs that their presence has become a threat to nesting shorebirds and that they should detour around the area.  Homeowners who leave a dirty barbecue grill in the backyard overnight, or unsecured trash or foodstuffs where wildlife can access it, can inadvertently create the catalyst for nuisance wildlife behaviors – with solutions that are palatable to no one. 

Community Collection Day at TPC Parking Lot

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, May 21st, from 8:00 am until noon at The Players Championship parking lot, located at A1A and County Road 210 in Ponte Vedra. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

St. Johns Lifeguards Warn of Dangerous Surf This Weekend

St. Johns Lifeguards Warn of Dangerous Surf This Weekend

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Marine Rescue personnel have a busy weekend ahead of them, anticipating big crowds at the St. Johns County beaches over Easter weekend.

According to Jeremy Robshaw, spokesman for the county Fire and Rescue Department, there will also be dangerous surf conditions offshore.

Because of the anticipated increase in both visitors and rip currents, Robshaw warns that anyone headed to the beach should take extra precautions.

Lifeguards will not be at full staff until Memorial Day weekend, so fewer people will be patrolling the beach, instead of being stationed at lifeguard stands. 

"Mingled with that we do have a little bit of a swell right now, so there is more surf than normal. Due to that, we're encouraging people to use some caution," said Robshaw.

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

Warm Weather Means Active Alligators and Crocodiles

The onset of warm weather in the spring is when Florida's alligators and crocodiles start getting active, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds Floridians and visitors to be cautious when having fun in and around water.

Great Cloth Diaper Change Event, April 23

Great Cloth Diaper Change Event, April 23

Cloth diapers have come a long way in the past ten years. An event, called the Great Cloth Diaper Change 2011, already creating a buzz not only in North America, but all over the world, will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2011 in locations all around the globe. The Great Cloth Diaper Change (http://www.greatclothdiaperchange.com) will set a world record for the most cloth diapers ever changed simultaneously.

Brush Fire 90 Percent Contained in St. Johns County

Brush Fire 90 Percent Contained in St. Johns County

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Fire Department says a brush fire that burned near Greenbriar Road is now 90 percent contained.

Jeremy Robshaw with the fire department says firefighters received the call about a 30 foot by 30 foot fire around 5 p.m. Sunday.

He says between 20 and 25 acres have burned.

Robshaw told First Coast News Monday morning that many of the fire crews went home late Sunday, although a few remained overnight.

Robshaw says the area is heavily populated and 10 homes were evacuated Sunday as a precaution. All those evacuations were lifted by Monday morning.

He says there has been no property damage and no injuries.

Crews from the Division of Forestry are also monitoring the fire.