Florida Average Gas Price Up 16 Cents

As unrest in the Mideast and Libya continued to escalate last week, so did the price of crude oil. For the first time since September of 2008, the price of oil closed above $100 a barrel.

Protests in Libya continue to cause concern the unrest will spread to larger oil producing countries and disrupt oil supply. In addition, reports showing the U.S. unemployment rate fell to 8.9 percent, the lowest level since 2009, also drove up the price of oil.

St. Johns Weekly Traffic Advisory, March 4th

The following is a list of roadwork underway by FDOT that may impact traffic in Putnam and St. Johns counties March 5 through March 11. 

St. Augustine Crash Ties Up Traffic

St. Augustine Crash Ties Up Traffic

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The Florida Highway Patrol is at the scene of a crash that's causing traffic tie-ups.

According to the FHP Website, the crash, which happened just after 7 p.m. Thursday, involved a semi and another vehicle.

St. Johns County Fire and Rescue transported one patient with critical injuries to Shands Jacksonville.

Gas Price Jump Affects County Cars Too

Gas Price Jump Affects County Cars Too

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Gas prices are tanking almost everyone's budgets this month, but St. Johns County officials said Thursday they are right on track.

The county's budget office planned to spend $1.6 million on fuel in 2011. It budgeted $1.4 million in 2010. 

The county buys gas wholesale and its fleet cars fill up at one of multiple county-run pumps in the area.

Fleet manager Mike Grace said it takes about two weeks for big jumps in gas prices to impact the county's rate.

However, they buy in bulk and do not have to pay many of the taxes regular consumers have to shell out extra money for at the gas station.

Grace said in recent years the county reduced the amount of driving employees do and has implemented a system of creating its own biodiesel to save money.

 "I think it's a matter of sometimes thinking outside of the box," Grace explained.

So Where are They? Bridge of Lions Missing Something

So Where are They? Bridge of Lions Missing Something

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- St. Augustine's famous Bridge of Lions has been without its namesakes for almost six years, but according to city officals that will change "soon."

"We want to get them back as soon as we can so the whole city can enjoy them," said Tim Fleming, St. Augustine director of general services.

The two marble lion sculptures were removed when the city began renovating the bridge in 2005. Two local artists restored the lions, removing almost a hundred years of dirt, dust and damage.

The bridge reopened in March 2010, but the lions still have not been returned to the mouth of the structure.

Fleming said the city has been waiting for more of the landscaping work to be completed before a rigging crew can put the massive sculptures back into their original location.

"It's a balancing act," Fleming explained.

Crash Closed I-95 South in St. Johns County

Crash Closed I-95 South in St. Johns County

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A crash on Interstate 95 between County Road 204 and State Road 206 has closed the entire southbound side of the road.
According to St. Johns County Fire and Rescue, the crash, a semi versus a car, injured multiple patients.

At least two people were trapped and had to be cut from their vehicles before they could be taken to Shands Jacksonville to be treated for life-threatening injuries.

The crash happened just after 9:30 Thursday night, and it's not known when the roadway will reopen.

Car Crashes Into St. Augustine Home

Car Crashes Into St. Augustine Home

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Three people were able to escape injury after a car crashed into their home Wednesday night.

At about 7:45 p.m., 48-year-old William Atkins drove his car into the front of the home in the 200 block of Arrowhead Road, according to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office.

Officers said Atkins ran a stop sign at Osage Street and Arrowhead Road prior to hitting the house, and he was cited for careless driving.

No one was hurt.