Environment

St. Johns County Commission Extends Burn Ban

After consideration of current fire conditions, both across the state and locally, County Commissioners have adopted a resolution which authorizes the county administrator to extend a burn ban for St. Johns County effective (1/12/2011).  Significant rainfall is not expected in our area for at least another 7 days, meaning drought conditions will not improve, and conditions will remain unfavorable for most types of outdoor burning. The burn ban will remain active for a seven (7) day period (1/18/2011).  At the conclusion of the seven days, county officials will evaluate the weather and fire conditions in St. Johns County and decide whether or not to extend or lift the ban on outdoor burning.

Bird Disease Detected in State

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is currently monitoring a Virulent Exotic Newcastle Disease diagnosis which occurred in Cormorants in Pinellas County last week.  Exotic Newcastle Disease is an extremely contagious and fatal foreign avian disease that affects most bird species but is not life threatening to humans.  Human contact with Exotic Newcastle Disease may cause minor irritations such as pink eye or skin irritations.

Prescribed fires planned for Guana River Wildlife Management

Wildlife biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in St. Johns County plan to burn more than 1,500 acres in Guana River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) during the upcoming 2011 prescribed fire season.

Residents Can Safely Dispose of Hazardous Waste, Electronics and Tires

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, January 22nd, from 8:00 am until noon at North Beach Park, located at A1A and 24th Street in Vilano Beach. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

Public Workshop Draft Noise Ordinance

The public is invited to attend a workshop on  the topic of a proposed St. Johns County noise ordinance on Wednesday, January 19th at 9:00 am in the St. Johns County Auditorium, located at 500 San Sebastian View in St. Augustine. The public workshop will be presented by the County Attorney’s Office.

Burn Ban Extended in St. Johns County

After consideration of current fire conditions, both across the state and locally, County Commissioners have adopted a resolution which authorizes the county administrator to extend a burn ban for St. Johns County effective (1/5/2011).  Significant rainfall is not expected in our area for at least another 7 days, meaning drought conditions will not improve, and conditions will remain unfavorable for most types of outdoor burning. The burn ban will remain active for a seven (7) day period (1/11/2011).  At the conclusion of the seven days, county officials will evaluate the weather and fire conditions in St. Johns County and decide whether or not to extend or lift the ban on outdoor burning.

High School Students: Time to Enter Manatee Art Contest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites high school art students across the state to participate in a contest to create a piece of manatee artwork that will be used on the 2011-2012 manatee decal.

Students in grades 9-12 in Florida should coordinate with their school’s art teacher to submit the artwork, because each school may submit no more than five entries. Home-schooled students also are eligible to enter the contest. Contest details and forms are available online at MyFWC.com/Manatee.