Mayor declares state of emergency, city opens emergency shelters

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Wednesday that he has signed a declaration of a state of emergency in Duval County effective midnight.

He said “we don’t expect any evacuations,” but the city is still providing shelter. Curry said two shelters will open at 8 a.m. Thursday:

  • The Legends Center at 5130 Sooutel Drive (Open to the General Population, Special Needs and Pet Friendly)

  • Landmark Middle School at 101 Kernan Blvd. (Open to the general population and pet friendly)

The mayor also announced the suspension of all garbage, recycling, bulk pickup, and yard debris collections for Thursday. He said Friday will be picked up as scheduled and a make up day for Thursday will be this Saturday. So if your pickup day for one of these services is Thursday, it will now be on Saturday.

He said the city’s Department of Public Works activated its inclement weather plan on Tuesday and that crews were out on Wednesday to make additional preparations for the storm.

The mayor reiterated that Duval County public schools will be closed Thursday. Additionally, according to the school district, all athletic activities, extracurricular activities, and extracurricular activities will be canceled and rescheduled for Thursday. Sporting events and activities planned for Friday and Saturday are not affected, the district said. Nothing changes on Wednesday. All school operations, extracurricular activities and extracurricular activities will take place as usual on Wednesday.

City offices will be closed on Thursday. They should already be closed on Friday for Veterans Day.

The Duval County courthouse will close Thursday over Nicole’s approach. As previously planned, the courthouse will be closed on Friday for Veterans Day. As a result, the Duval County Clerk of Courts announces that all of its offices will remain closed beginning Thursday through close of business Friday. This includes both the Duval County Courthouse and Clerk’s Beach Division at 1543 Atlantic Blvd.

UNCUT: Watch Mayor Lenny Curry’s entire press conference on Nicole

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry held a news conference Wednesday afternoon on the city’s preparations for Tropical Storm Nicole.

Ahead of the mayor’s press conference, the Greater Jacksonville Agricultural Fair announced it will now be closed Wednesday because of Nicole. Earlier on Tuesday, it was announced that the fair would be closed on Thursday due to the Florida storm. The fair still plans to reopen on Friday at 3 p.m. and anticipates a regular schedule on Saturday.

Curry also reminded people to stay away from the ocean because of the dangers of swimming in extremely rough waters. There are currently dangerous red flag conditions on the beaches.

As for transportation, the St. Johns River Ferry is closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Jacksonville Transportation Authority bus routes operate on a Saturday schedule on Thursday.

Anyone with non-emergency questions can call 630-CITY (2489). Curry said lines will be open 24/7 from midnight and additional operators will be on hand to handle any volume of calls.

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