Environment

Watering Restrictions Change with Daylight Savings Time

Watering Restrictions Change with Daylight Savings Time

St. Johns County landscape irrigation rules will change on Sunday, March 13th when residents set their clocks forward with the daylight savings time change. Starting Sunday, residents living in odd number homes, or homes without an address, will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. Even number homes will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Thursday’s and Sunday’s. Non-residential property will be allowed to use water for landscape irrigation on Tuesday’s and Friday’s.   

N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1.  This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

Spotted seatrout harvest is prohibited in February in Atlantic Ocean waters north of the Flagler-Volusia county line to the Florida-Georgia border and in Gulf of Mexico waters north of a line running due west from the westernmost point of Fred Howard Park Causeway, which is about 1.17 miles south of the Pinellas/Pasco county line, to the Florida-Alabama border.  This one-month closure helps maintain spotted seatrout abundance.

FWC Proposes Catch-and-Release Only for Bonefish

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) proposed draft rules on Wednesday that would allow only catch-and-release fishing for bonefish, a premier saltwater game fish in Florida.  The proposed rules would also establish new provisions regarding the possession of bonefish by anglers and the possession and transport of bonefish during bonefish fishing tournaments.

Community Collection Day at Pedro Menendez High School

St. Johns County Solid Waste Management will host a Community Collection Day on Saturday, February 26th, from 8:00 am until noon at Pedro Menendez High School, located at 600 State Road 206 West in St. Augustine. The event is limited to St. Johns County residents only.

FWC Proposes Increase to Red Drum Bag Limit in Northern Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) on Wednesday proposed a draft rule that would raise the recreational daily red drum bag limit from one fish to two per person in northern Florida.  In addition, the FWC is proposing to create three regional management areas for red drum and establish a statewide eight-fish red drum daily vessel limit.  The Commission also intends to develop ways to modify the red drum off-the-water possession limit.

Current Brush Fire Situation in SJC

St. Johns County Fire Rescue (SJCFR) along with St. Johns County Administration continues to daily monitor weather conditions and reports for our area as it relates to brush fire activity.  Although St. Johns County does not have a burn ban in effect, SJCFR strongly discourages residents from participation in outdoor burning activities.  Recent rainfalls have decreased the drought level throughout St. Johns County, but numerous freeze’s and falling relative humidity’s each afternoon have kept fire conditions very unstable for our area.

St. Augustine Humane Society Offers Special Discount for Spaying and Neutering Cats for Spay Day

In honor of Spay Day, the St. Augustine Humane Society is offering a special discount on spaying and neutering cats. The promotion is held in conjunction with the annual campaign of The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International to inspire people to save animal lives by spaying or neutering pets and feral cats.