Storms delay seawall construction

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- As hurricane season nears, the seawall in St. Augustine south of the Bridge of Lions is still under construction.

The grounds at the Bayfront Marina House Bed and Breakfast across from the bay are beautiful, but guests and staff have been living with a view of the seawall construction for over a year now. 

Owner Mike Wieber said, "We're a little frustrated, but the city's been cooperative in working with us."

He mentioned that weddings take place on-site.

"On those days, they're nice enough to move things for us or not run the machinery during the ceremony," Wieber said. 

St. Augustine Beach man lives in hurricane proof home

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. -- Hurricane season starts June 1 and if this year's season is anything like the National Weather Service is predicting, it's going to be busy.

One man in St. Augustine Beach has gone above and beyond making sure his house is ready for whatever comes his way.

Jeff Taylor started building his house about a year ago. When he was doing research he found a contractor, David Moffitt. Now the house is just about complete.

He says he wanted to build a cylindrical shape house for many reasons.

"To get excited about something. To kind of make it like a vacation home of some sort. The panoramic views outside," Taylor said.

It's also energy efficient. The walls of the house are made of concrete reinforced with rebar and styrofoam, which allows the house to hold its temperature.

St. Johns, Flagler under Red Flag Fire Warning

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Forest Service has issued a Red Flag Fire Warning from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 due to high winds, low humidity, and an elevated drought index.

Residents are advised to extinguish cigarettes in ashtrays, avoid burning trash in yards and refrain from lighting outdoor fires.

The Red Flag Alert applies to Flagler, St. Johns, and Volusia counties.

St. Johns County offers sand bags to residents in preparation for Isaac

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Road and Bridge Department is to providing sand bags to County residents due to heavy rains associated with Tropical Storm Isaac.

Sand and bags are being provided to St. Johns County residents at no cost, although residents are asked to supply their own shovels.

Sand and bags will be provided from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday at three locations throughout the county including:

  • 536 South Holmes Blvd., St. Augustine 
  • Mills Field at 1805 Race Track Road, St. Johns County 
  • The Palm Valley Bridge on CR 210

    For information, call Michael Ryan at (904) 814-2301.

"Know Your Zone" during hurricane season

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. - Do you "Know Your Zone?"

Officials with St. Johns County Emergency Management want every resident to know in which hurricane or tropical storm evacuation zone they live.

"It's important for them to understand if they're in an evacuation zone A, B, C, D or E and when we call for that evacuation, that they're ready to move," explained Linda Stoughton, Deputy Director. 

RELATED: First Coast News' E-Hurricane Guide

Are You Ready for Hurricane Season?

The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance needs.  Homeowners should meet with their insurance agent to review and adjust their polices as appropriate for adequate coverage. Families should keep in mind the 3 Ps during hurricane season:  plan, prepare and protect. 

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June 12, 2012 – The beginning of hurricane season is a good time for homeowners to review their insurance policies for adequate coverage for their home and property.  Homeowners are encouraged to consult with their agent and develop a complete understanding of the insurance coverage they have purchased.  In addition to reviewing insurance policies, there are three things families should keep in mind during hurricane season - plan, prepare and protect:


Storm system brings potential for dangerous weather to Florida over the Holiday weekend


FLORIDA -- The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) reminds Florida’s residents and visitors to remain aware of current weather situations this holiday weekend, as a storm system may bring heavy rainfall across much of the Sunshine State. Potential flooding conditions will affect Southeast Florida through this evening. This threat could shift northward to portions of the Northern Peninsula later this weekend as the system nears this area of the state. This same system could bring strong onshore winds, which may lead to rough surf, large breaking waves and a high risk of rip currents along the Atlantic Coast through next week.