Environment

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

Live Alligator to be Presented at Liberty Pines Academy

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park congratulates Ms. Kylie Rodgers from Liberty Pines Academy for her outstanding entry into the 3rd Annual Edu-Gator Contest! The prize, a young American Alligator, will be awarded to Kylie’s classroom on Wednesday, January 26th at 11:30 a.m. Katie Girvin, Curator of Education at the Alligator Farm, will make the presentation.

Kylie won the alligator for her classroom in an county-wide contest in which each fourth grade student was asked to submit an individual project answering the question “Why are American Alligators important?”  Kylie created a short film and submitted it to the contest, where it was named first-place winner. Kylie and the rest of Ms. Southworth’s fourth grade class at Liberty Pines Academy will enjoy the American alligator, an unusual class pet, for the remainder of the school year. 

St. Johns County Joint Workshop on Impact Fees

The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners and the St. Johns County School Board will hold on joint workshop on Tuesday, January 25, 2011, at 9:00 am to consider a recent report on impact fees. The workshop, which will be broadcast on the County Government TV Channel, will be in the St. Johns County Auditorium, located at 500 San Sebastian View in St. Augustine. 

St. Johns County Burn Ban Extended for 90 Days

St. Johns County Burn Ban Extended for 90 Days

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- After extending the county-wide burn ban every seven days for weeks, but with no long-term relief in sight, today the county commission passed an emergency ordinance extending the ban further.

Because of extreme fire danger due to lack of moisture in the air and on the ground, the commission put a burn ban in place in December, with the usual seven-day term.

In session today as the ban was set to expire, the commission extended the ban for 90 days and added steeper penalties for violations, including a fine of $500 and imprisonment for up to 60 days.

The fire chief, pressing for the action, said recent rains have done little to alleviate the fire danger.

The ban covers all outdoor burning except cooking (grills and hibachis) and campfires that are within a metal ring and within an approved camping area.

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.

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.