The spirit of St. Augustine weathered Hurricane Matthew like a champ – many structures however, weren’t so strong. As the residents and businesses who were affected by the storm are in full-time recovery mode we’ll be compiling here any news, announcements and resources from local organizations and businesses to keep everyone else in the loop about whose open and aid in making the recovery efforts easily accessible in one, convenient place. If you would like to add information to this post, please email updates directly to [email protected]
Suggestion: Join the St. Augustine Hurricane Recovery Facebook group for minute-by-minute updates and volunteer requests.
Tune into local radio stations WSOS 103.9 and Beach 105.5 for local updates on cleanup and announcements from city/county government.
St. Johns County Building Services Hotline – St. Johns County has activated a hotline for residents and business owners with concerns regarding property and structural damage due to Hurricane Matthew. If you are concerned that your home or business has sustained structural damage due to Hurricane Matthew, or if you have storm-related permitting questions, please call the St. Johns County Building Services Structural Hotline at 904.827.6800.
Curbside Collection of Storm Debris – Private contractors will begin collecting storm-related debris (branches, limbs, brush, leaves, and routine yard waste) throughout St. Johns County on Monday, October 10. During this emergency collection period, storm debris must be piled at the curb. Please do not place debris in garbage bags or barrels, or mix household garbage or construction materials with storm debris. Household trash, and bagged debris of any kind, will not be picked up with storm debris. Contractors will make multiple passes through neighborhoods, so residents can continue moving storm debris curbside until cleanup is complete.
Post-Hurricane Trash and Recycling Collection Schedule – Garbage collection resumes Monday, October 10, and will follow a special post-hurricane schedule:
- Monday, October 10 – Residents who did not receive garbage collection services on Thursday, October 6 and Friday, October 7 will have their garbage collected on Monday, October 10.
- Tuesday, October 11 – Standard garbage pick-up schedule resumes. Residents who would have had their garbage collected on Monday, October 10 and Tuesday, October 11 will have their garbage collected on Tuesday, October 11.
- Wednesday, October 12 -Recycling collection resumes and will follow the standard schedule. There are no make-up days for missed recycling collection.
Salvation Army – For those directly affected and displaced the Salvation Army has two mobile food trucks traveling the county to provide food call 904- 824-6880 to find out their locations each day. St.Johns County is providing water at Nease and Pedro Menendez High Schools. and two shelters are open: South Wood Elementary School (pet friendly) and Pacetti Bay Middle School for special needs.
Cleanup and Renovation Services
Action Cleaning Services and Restore 24 – (904)444-5649
Offering flood storm clean up assistance.
The Lovely Loo – (904)315-7027
If people are without water or septic, The Lovely Loo can provide anything from Porta potty’s to air-conditioned restroom trailers and even heated shower units.
St. Augustine ServePro – (904) 829-0669
Corner Construction – (904) 347-6166
It is important for the residents of our community to get a estimate done by a licensed contractor prior to agreeing on a payout from a flood insurance adjuster. This helps prevent underfunding on claims. Corner Construction will be conducting estimates for anyone in our area that had damage from hurricane Matthew. If a homeowner has flood damage but does not have flood insurance, we can still service those clients.
NOW HIRING: Corner Construction looking to hire qualified drywall finishers and also looking for general construction labor help.
John Nock Construction – (904) 824-7777
Offering estimates and home renovation services.
Now Hiring: Applications for laborers are being taken at the main library parking lot on the corner of San Carlos and US 1. The staffing company handling the applications are onsite today until 5PM. There is no background requirements at all. You will be working for the staffing agency for the company, Servepro. The pay is $12 per hour, and there could be 4-5 weeks of work. Work week isMonday – Sunday and you will be paid on the following Friday.
Flagler Hospital is fully functional with adequate resources and staffing. To assist in our transition back to normal operations, the hospital will remain on lockdown with all entrances closed except the emergency department until Wednesday, October 12th. Visitors are limited to immediate family members only. Please do not attempt to visit the hospital for non-emergencies. The hospital is currently working to restore information systems at the outpatient laboratory on 312.
Limelight Theatre phones are down. All shows are cancelled until Tuesday, 10/11/16
St. Augustine Historical Society (including Library and Oldest House) is closed pending electrical inspection of their buildings.
The St Johns County Chamber of Commerce is encouraging all business owners to complete the Business Damage Assessment Survey which will be used to determine the needs and level of assistance for impacted businesses, including activation of the Emergency Bridge Loan Program and federal assistance.
The regular City of St. Augustine City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, October 10 has been cancelled. The next commission meeting will be on Monday, October 24 at 5:00pm.
No Music for Minis class on Monday 10/10/16.
The City of St. Augustine’s sewer system continues to recover from the impact of Hurricane Matthew and residents are asked for their patience and assistance. During this recovery period, residents can assist the city’s efforts by using and discharging as little water as possible to reduce the amount of wastewater entering the system from all sources including showers, toilets, washing machines and kitchen sinks by limiting the length of showers; delaying laundry use or only wash essential items; not running water while brushing teeth, shaving or rinsing dishes; and minimizing the number of toilet flushes.
Remember, having water service does not mean sewer service is functioning normally. Toilets may flush sluggishly or there may be no visible signs at all until there is a backup. Until power is restored to all pump stations, wastewater will not be pumped causing the collection system to fill beyond capacity and wastewater may back up into your building.
City crews continue to work round the clock with bypass pumps and generators to restore all pump stations to full service, and crews and equipment have arrived from other municipalities to assist. Orange County alone has provided a crew of a dozen people with as many trucks, three tanker trucks and half a dozen bypass trucks. For questions or additional information, contact city’s Public Works Department at 904.825.1040.
Smoothie King (14 locations in Northeast FL) will be offering all Hurricane Matthew first responders free smoothies onWednesday, October 12th, as a way of showing appreciation for all they have done/are doing for the community.
Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon is open for business as usual. Please pardon our dust but we will get through it. We will have no phones but we can check messages from a cell so if you leave a message we will get back to you asap.
Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry will be holding a one week toy/food drive at the studio. All toys should be in new or like-new (absolutely clean with all pieces) condition. If the item is not new, please package it in a zipper bag so that pieces are not lost. We will be collecting non-perishable food items as well. You can drop these at the front desk. This is a great opportunity to teach our children philanthropy while restoring some normalcy to children’s lives within our community.
Orthopaedic Associates of St. Augustine will be open on Tuesday. Patients should check voice message and emails for rescheduled appointments. We anticipate a large volume of phone calls Tuesday. Please be patient; our staff will respond to you ASAP. Requests for appointments are available via our website at here.
Limelight Theatre is holding a COMMUNITY BENEFIT CONCERT at 8 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Oct. 12) at Limelight Theatre. The concert version of Oklahoma! will be performed by the cast and musicians. Admission for entry includes food donations for St. Francis House, pet food for S.A.F.E. or monetary donations to either organization.
Businesses Closed for Storm Damage Renovations
The following businesses suffered damage due to Hurricane Matthew and will remain closed during renovations. We will post their reopening information soon.
- Blackfly Restaurant
- The Handcrafted Life
- Ayla’s Acres
- Tripp Harrison Gallery
- The Tasting Room
- Whetstone Chocolate – King Street Store and Factory Tours
- Butterfield Art Gallery
- Edgewater Inn
- Caps on the Water
- Tre Sebastian
- Balefire Brasserie
- Gas Full Service Restaurant
- The Bistro at Culinary Outfitters
Here is an active list of businesses that are back open after the storm. This will be updated regularly. To add your business email [email protected]
Downtown / Uptown
- Artsy Abode
- Preserved Restaurant
- Collage Restaurant
- Barnacle Bills
- St. George Inn
- Maple Street Biscuit Company
- The Floridian
- Florida Cracker Cafe
- Oak & Adze
- Pizza Time
- Spanish Baker reopens Thursday 10/13/16
- Whetstone Chocolate – St. George Street
- Drake’s Deli
- Raintree Restaurant opens Sunday 10/9/16 at 5pm
- Luli’s Cupcakes reopens Monday 10/10/16
- Declaration and Co reopens Wednesday 10/12/16
- Dos Coffee
- Thrive Chiropractic
- Philosophie Salon reopens Tuesday 10/11/16
- Ben & Jerry’s to reopen Wednesday 10/12/10
- Spanish Dutch Convoy (San Marco Store) to reopen Tuesday, 10/11/16
- Spanish Dutch Convoy (St. George Street store) to reopen Friday, 10/14/16
- Dhd Home
- Magnolia Supply
- West to East reopens Friday 10/14/16
- Creme de la Cocoa
- The Spot Cafe
- Village Inn (offering free ice as well)
- T. Gregory Imports
- Cantina Louie
- Black Molly
- The Hyppo Cafe
- Cheezees Grill
- Hyundai and VW of St. augustine will reopen on Monday at 9am.
- Old City Subs
- Ned’s Southside Kitchen will reopen Monday 10/10/16
- The Back 40 Urban Cafe will reopen Monday 10/10/16
- Smiles by Glenos
- The Bar Method
- Peace Love Home (offering discounts on instock furniture)
- W. H. O’Connell CPA
- Mowrey, Shoemaker, Beardsley
- Hasty’s Carpet and Flooring
- St. Augustine Outlets
Anastasia Island (as of 10/8/16 the island is only open to residents)
- Debbie’s Day Spa and Salon
- Nalu’s Tropical Takeout
- Wildflower Cafe will reopen on Tuesday at 7:30am
- The Beachcomber Restaurant
- Ginn & Patrou reopens Monday 10/10/16 at noon
- Anastasia Fitness
- Spoiled Beauties Salon
- Bluewater Jewelers will reopen Wednesday 10/12/16
- Birchall & Co. Real Estate (Offices closed, working remotely)
- Deprey Chiropractic
- Mellow Mushroom
- Panache – An Aveda Salon, Spa, Store
- Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry
- Amistad will reopen on Thursday 10/13/16
If you would like to contribute financially to area organizations, below are the current needs and direct links to donate.
The entire 1st floor of Flagler’s Ponce de Leon Hall has flooded. To donate to Flagler College, please click here (do not donate via GoFundMe)
Many of our homeless shelters and transitional housing are located in downtown and suffered severe flooding and damage. St Johns County Homeless Coalition was housing 18 families with children that need to be relocated.
- Donate to St. Francis House, click here.
- Donate to St. Johns County Homeless Coalition, click here
- Donate to Home Again St. John, click here
If you would like to add your business or organization to this post, email [email protected]