Jacksonville : Mayor Alvin Brown signs declaration of emergency
Post ID: 34824 | POSTED ON: May 27, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, FL— Mayor Alvin Brown signed a declaration of emergency this morning and made several updates regarding the city’s preparations for Subtropical Storm Beryl. City Council was convened at 10 a.m. and was informed of the proclamation of emergency under Chapter 674 and adopted a resolution of support for the mayor’s action.
Due to concerns for public safety, the City of Jacksonville will cancel its Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Wall scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM on Monday, May 28. The city’s Military Affairs, Veteran and Disabled Services Department will coordinate with the families of the Fallen to schedule another observance.
Entry to Hanna and Huguenot parks will be closed at noon, and visitors will be cleared from the parks.
The Jacksonville International Airport is currently operating as normal; however, travelers are encouraged to contact their individual airlines for updates to their travel plans.
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port will restrict commercial vessel activity at noon.
Weather conditions could also impact the potential for bridge closures. Residents can monitor JaxReady.org for updates.
Garbage, yard waste and recycling collection has been cancelled for Monday.
As a reminder, festivities for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival today have been cancelled. Crews will be working throughout the day to break down tents, stages and other temporary festival structures to reduce the risk of hazards to the public.
Severe storm activity is expected later this afternoon. This storm has the ability to produce localized flooding, downed trees and downed power lines that can pose a threat to public safety.
“I am encouraging all area residents to stay indoors and off the streets as the storm hits,” said Mayor Brown. “Our top concern is the safety of our residents. We urge everyone to halt recreational water activity and strongly encourage business owners to close early today to allow their employees to prepare for the storm and get home safely,” said Mayor Brown.
At noon, the city will open a special needs shelter at Legends Center on Soutel and Moncrief in Northwest Jacksonville for residents that are electrical dependent and those that feel it is necessary to seek shelter.
No mandatory evacuations are scheduled at this time; however, residents living in low-lying areas and on boats are encouraged to seek shelter.
For more information, residents can call 630-CITY or visit our Emergency Preparedness website at www.JaxReady.org.
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