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Posted on: November 7, 2022

City of St. Augustine prepares for Tropical Storm Nicole

Tropical Storm Nicole

UPDATE: November 17, 2022 at 4:00pm

Starting Friday, November 18, the City’s Solid Waste Division will be utilizing a contractor to collect primarily vegetative debris. 

“We understand the need to remove debris as quickly as possible and solid waste crews are working diligently to accomplish this task,” said Todd Grant, Utilities Director. “Staff and the contractor had just completed debris removal from Hurricane Ian, so we thank you for your patience during this time.”

As a reminder: Residents are urged to place yard debris curbside. Debris should be placed no more than 10 feet away from the curb, so that it can be reached by pickup crews and claw trucks.  Do not place debris under low hanging limbs, guide wires, and electrical and communication lines, or in the street where it can obstruct vehicular traffic, fire hydrants, mailboxes, and utility boxes. To expedite the recovery process, it is imperative to keep the roadway and access to the debris piles clear. If possible, avoid parking on the street, so debris removal trucks will have direct access.  For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904.315.8499. #CityStAug


UPDATE: November 11, 2022 at 9:30am

Residential Solid Waste Services Suspended Friday, November 11 - Staff performing neighborhood post storm assessments

Solid Waste Residential solid waste services will be suspended on Friday, November 11. 

A limited number of City staff will be performing community post storm assessments to determine the potential volume of yard and residential debris.

For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904.315.8499.


UPDATE: November 10, 2022 at 5:30pm

City parking garage returns to fee parking at noon on Friday - Visitor Information Center to open at 1:00pm

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility will resume regular operations and collect fees for parking on Friday, November 11th starting at 12:00pm.  Residents who parked their personal vehicles there should plan to retrieve them as soon as possible following Friday morning’s high tide. There is no charge upon exiting the garage when your vehicle is being retrieved.

The Visitor Information Center will reopen for normal operations at 1:00pm on Friday, November 11.


UPDATE: November 9, 2022 at 11:00am

Solid Waste Collections suspended Thursday, November 10 - Residents urged to secure debris and bins; prepare for storm conditions, flooding, high winds

Due to deteriorating weather conditions, solid waste yard debris collections will be suspended tomorrow, Thursday, November 10. Residents are urged to secure debris and bins to the best of their ability as Tropical Storm Nicole approaches, and to be prepared for storm conditions.

“We understand these delays are not ideal and are an inconvenience for our customers, and for that I apologize,” said Todd Grant, Utilities Director. “In the interest of the safety of our staff and the public, this decision was necessary. It is not safe for our heavy equipment to be on the roads during flooding and high winds.”

As a reminder, residential recycling will not be collected this week, but will resume on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18.

For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904.315.8499.


City cancels ribbon-cutting ceremony for Project S.W.I.N.G. - Uncertainty of aftermath of Tropical Storm Nicole, public safety takes priority

The City of St. Augustine has cancelled the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Project S.W.I.N.G. on Friday, November 11 due to the forecasted impacts of Tropical Storm Nicole.  Currently, an alternative date has not been scheduled.

Inquiries may be directed to Melissa Wissel, Communications Director, at 904.293.3307.


Be a good neighbor and don't create a wake!

Do not drive through standing water. The movement from your vehicle will cause a wake, which pushes water further into your neighbor's homes and local businesses, and damages their property.


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UPDATE: November 8, 2022 at 5:30pm


City offices will close at noon Wednesday and Thursday

Starting on Wednesday, November 9 at 12:00pm and on Thursday, November 10, the City of St. Augustine government offices will be closed.  They will remain closed on Friday, November 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

Localized Flooding

In anticipation for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, the City of St. Augustine is urging residents to prepare for flooding similar to that experienced during Hurricane Ian, beginning as early as Wednesday evening.

Storm surge, flooding, gale-force winds, and potentially hurricane-force wind gusts are expected to last through Thursday night.

Sandbag Operations

Returning on Wednesday, November 9 at 8:00am, the City of St. Augustine again will provide free sandbags until 12:00pm or until the supply is depleted at Francis Field, located at 25 West Castillo Drive.

The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person.  Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags.

Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions.  The service will continue until the supply is depleted or the weather deteriorates until it is unsafe to do so.




ORIGINAL POST: November 7, 2022 at 5:00pm

Sandbag operations, free parking at garage, yard debris pickup schedule


In preparation for the impact of Tropical Storm Nicole, the City of St. Augustine is urging residents to prepare for flooding that is expected to exceed between three to five feet above street level in low-lying areas as early as Wednesday, November 9.

With strong sustained winds and gale-force gusts predicted, residents can also expect power outages, tree damages, and structure damage with rain and winds lasting through Thursday night and into Friday morning.

Sandbag Operations

Starting Tuesday, November 8, at 10:00am, the City of St. Augustine will provide free sandbags until 5:00pm or until the supply is depleted at Francis Field, located at 25 West Castillo Drive.

The sand and the bags are free of charge and there is a limit of 20 bags per person.  Members of the public must provide their own transportation and shovels and are responsible for filling their own bags.

Vehicles should enter Francis Field from the west off Riberia St. and follow directions.  The service will continue until the supply is depleted or the weather deteriorates until it is unsafe to do so.

For additional information, please call the General Services Department at 904.825.1010.

Free Parking

The Historic Downtown Parking Facility will be free on Tuesday, November 8, starting at 5:00pm for residents living in low-lying, flood-prone areas who are seeking higher ground for their vehicles.  Residents should plan to retrieve their vehicles once the storm passes, and it is safe to return home.

For additional information, please call the Historic Downtown Parking Facility, at 904.484.5160.

Yard Debris and Residential Recycling Pickup

Residential yard debris pickup will remain on its normal schedule this week on Wednesday, November 9 and operate additionally on Thursday, November 10.  

Residential recycling will not be collected this week, but will resume on Thursday, November 17 and Friday, November 18.

For additional information, please call Todd Grant, Utilities Director, at 904.315.8499. 

Localized Flooding Reminder

Residents are advised to not drive through standing water.  In cases where driving through standing water is unavoidable, drivers are reminded to drive slowly with caution and not to create a wake.  This can subsequently and inadvertently cause water to breach into homes and businesses causing additional or increased water damage.


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