Posted: July 2, 2017 at 4:44 am

Larizza to lead FPAA

State Attorney R.J. Larizza was elected by Floridas other state attorneys to serve as the president of the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, according to a press release. The FPAA is a nonprofit corporation whose members are the states 20 elected state attorneys and more than 2,000 assistant state attorneys. Larizzas two-year term begins July 1.

County announces Independence Day hours

All departments of the St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners, St. Johns County Administrative offices, library branches, and the Pet Center will be closed Tuesday in observance of Independence Day. All offices and branches will resume standard business hours on Wednesday.

Garbage, recycling, and yard debris collection schedules will not be delayed. The Tillman Ridge and Stratton Road solid waste scale houses will remain open on the holiday during standard business hours.

Holiday hours for City of St. Augustine

During the first weekend in July, the City of St. Augustine City Hall/Lightner Museum, 75 King St., will undergo termite treatment requiring the entire structure to be tented and necessitating the closure of certain streets in the vicinity.

City offices, the Lightner Museum, the Lightner caf and retail shops in the building will be closed through Monday. City offices will remain closed on Tuesday in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Some of the buildings other tenants may reopen on July 4.

Streets in the vicinity of the building affected by the project (from June 29 through July 3 at 6 p.m.) include:

Granada Street: closed between King Street and DeSoto Place.

Cordova Street: reduced to one lane allowing northbound traffic only.

Cedar Street: temporarily allow two way traffic between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Granada Street with access allowed only from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the General Services Department at 825-1010.

Get ready for Fireworks Over The Matanzas

Fireworks Over The Matanzas returns to the downtown area on Tuesday. First, theres music starting at 6 p.m. with The All Star Orchestra, performing from the Plaza de la Constitucins Gazebo. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. The 20-minute display high over Matanzas Bay is tightly choreographed to a stirring soundtrack of patriotic music delivered over an extensive sound system. Visit for complete information.

July 4th shuttle planned for Anastasia Boulevard parking lots

A free Park & Ride Shuttle will be available on July 4 from 6 p.m. until midnight from parking locations along Anastasia Boulevard.

The shuttle will run from four parking locations to the park at the east side of the Bridge of Lions.

Passengers can park for free at Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South), St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South), R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.) and St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park (999 Anastasia Blvd.). Following the fireworks, the shuttle will pick-up passengers at the drop-off location at the east end of the Bridge of Lions. Old Town Trolley Tours and Ripleys Red Train Tours are providing a dozen buses for the free shuttle service.

For more information, call 825-4279 or email

County offers free Reach the Beach shuttles

St. Johns County is offering a free shuttle service to Micklers Beachfront Park and the St. Johns County Ocean and Fishing Pier from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following weekends this summer:

Independence Day: July 1-4

Labor Day: September 2-4

The Micklers Beachfront Park shuttle will transport beach visitors between Cornerstone Park, 1046 A1A North, and Micklers Beachfront Park, which provides direct access to the beach. The pier shuttle will transport beach visitors between St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 2200 A1A South, and the pier parking lot, which provides direct access to pier amenities and the beach. The shuttles will run every 20 minutes with the final shuttles departing at 4 p.m.

Service updates will be provided via the St. Johns County Beaches mobile app (available for Apple and Android devices), Twitter feed, and Facebook page. For additional information, visit or call 209-0331.

Limited access to Butler Boat Ramp

Butler Boat Ramp will offer limited access through Oct. 8 due to a dredging project that will improve navigability to the ramp for public use. Heavy equipment and construction crews will be on site, partially blocking access to a portion of the parking lot throughout the duration of the project. Patrons of Butler Boat Ramp are urged to exercise caution in the parking lot, on the boat ramp, and in the water near the ramp. For information, call 209-0193.

City to tweak waters chlorine, ammonia levels starting July 3

For a period of 60 days beginning on July 3, the city of St. Augustine will be adjusting the chlorine and ammonia levels in its water. Chlorine and ammonia are used in the water treatment process to maintain disinfection. Periodic adjustments are necessary for pipeline maintenance and are a standard operating practice recommended by the American Water Works Association. During this adjustment period city utility customers might notice a slight change in the taste of their water, but the quality of the water will not be affected.

Those with questions or concerns may contact the citys water treatment plant at 825-1044.

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