St. Johns County to Open Evacuation Shelters and Issue Mandatory Evacuation for Zones A and B
St. Johns County, Fl – Due to intensified conditions of Hurricane Dorian, St. Johns County has issued mandatory evacuation orders effective for 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2 for Evacuation Zones A and B, which includes the entire City of St. Augustine, the City of St. Augustine Beach, and those living on waterfront property or in flood-prone areas.
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is located in Zone A. The nonprofit Museum will be closed Monday-Thursday, September 2-5. Reopening date and time will be announced once Hurricane Dorian has passed.
In addition, the County has ordered evacuations for Hastings and Flagler Estates. For evacuation information, including route maps and evacuation zones, please visit www.sjcemergencymanagement.org/evacinfo.html
Residents living aboard boats, and those living in RVs, mobile homes, and manufactured homes throughout St. Johns County are also included in the evacuation order. Residents who are able to evacuate and are not utilizing a St. Johns County shelter should begin evacuating as soon as possible prior to the evacuation order scheduled for Monday, September 2 in order to minimize traffic congestion.
St. Johns County will also open six shelters at 8 a.m. on Monday, September 2. The County is prepared to open additional shelters as needed. The following shelters will be open to the public:
• Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln. (Special needs) • Timberlin Creek Elementary School, 555 Pine Tree Ln. (Pet-friendly) • Southwoods Elementary, 4750 State Road 206. (Pet-friendly) • Pedro Menendez High School, 600 State Road 206 West. (General population) • Bartram Trail High School, 7399 Longleaf Pine Pkwy. (General population) • Osceola Elementary, 1605 Osceola Elementary Rd. (General population) While shelters provide safety throughout the storm, residents must bring supplies in order to maintain personal comfort and sustenance. St. Johns County recommends that all evacuees bring their own bedding, including sleeping bags or air mattresses, pillows, sheets, and blankets. A five-day supply of water, non-perishable food, medication, diapers, and other personal items are also suggested. Please refer to the list below for additional supply suggestions:
• At least five-day supply of medications, insulin and cooler if you are diabetic. • Personal grooming and hygiene items, feminine supplies. • Extra clothing, eyeglasses. • Books, magazines, cards, games, etc. • Pillows, blankets, sheets, lawn chair/chaise lounge. • Flashlight and extra batteries, manual can opener. • Personal identification/important papers.
For more information, please call the St. Johns County Emergency Operations Center Hotline at 904.824.5550.
AUGUSTINE, Fla. – They’re back! Attention Ghost
Hunter fans: Third time’s a charm! The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime
Museum will be featured at 9 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 on A&E in a new
episode of Ghost Hunters called “Return to St. Augustine.” Prior to 2019, the original
Ghost Hunters (TAPS, The Atlantic Paranormal Society), filmed at the
St. Augustine Lighthouse in 2006 and 2008.
From the A&E website: “Grant (Wilson) returns to the St. Augustine Lighthouse, site of some of the most compelling paranormal evidence ever captured in Ghost Hunters history when the team is summoned to investigate a reported increase in paranormal activity, both in and around the undeniably haunted landmark. …”
The film production company (Pilgrim
Media Group) reached out to lighthouse staff in March, asking if Ghost Hunters
could return to the Museum.
“I’m working on the new season of Ghost Hunters and we want
to have our team revisit a handful of the BEST locations from the show’s first
11 seasons. Obviously, St. Augustine is one of the best episodes we’ve ever
done, so naturally we’d love to come back if you’ll have us… We’d like to have
our team spend 2-3 nights investigating, after hours,” said John Fitzpatrick, Segment Producer with Pilgrim Media Group,
a Lionsgate Company.
Filming took place in May of this year, organized by Kelcie Lloyd, Special Programs Manager for the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum. Lloyd is a guide and manages the staff for Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours. She also will be featured on the episode.
been here for a number other filming including the WWE, some smaller companies,
and many YouTube videos. I’m behind the scenes in most of the videos, as I have
a preference to not be on film, but that wasn’t the case for Ghost Hunters,”
“The Ghost Hunters and the crew are some of the nicest
people I’ve met. Some nights they filmed until the wee hours of the morning and
were still polite and thankful that we (staff) were there. They were very
respectful of the fact we were a historical site and an active attraction,”
Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours feature ghost stories that include history about the first lighthouse, called the Spanish Watchtower, and the current St. Augustine Lighthouse. The most popular story includes the two Pittee sisters and their playmate who drowned in 1873 during construction of the current tower. Another popular story includes lighthouse keeper Joseph Andreu, who fell to his death white-washing the Spanish Watchtower, and his wife, Maria, who became the first female lighthouse keeper in Florida.
“Our Dark of the Moon Ghost Tours help to support our
Lighthouse Archaeology Maritime Program at the nonprofit St. Augustine
Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, explained Executive Director Kathy Fleming.
“Everything we do at the Museum saves our maritime past.”
September 4, the episode featuring the St. Augustine Lighthouse from 2006 will
be shown at 4 p.m. on A&E, followed by the Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouse at
5 p.m., and the Pensacola Lighthouse at 6 p.m.
From the A&E
website: “Fifteen years after introducing the world to the field of authentic
paranormal investigation, ‘Ghost Hunters’ returns to television. The series
that terrified and captivated fans for 11 seasons will follow one of the
original team leaders, Grant Wilson, and his handpicked group of professional
ghost hunters as they use their decades of field experience to investigate
hauntings across the country. Engaging forensic experts, historical records and
the most innovative technology available, the new squad will help everyday
people who are struggling with unexplained supernatural phenomena. The team is
committed to discovering the truth to give relief to those plagued by
paranormal activity and will follow the evidence they uncover wherever it may
“It’s going to be
exciting to see what kind of things the Ghost Hunters find. It might make
working nights a little more unsettling,” said Megan Cejmer,
Specialty Program Assistant Manager and Dark of the Moon Ghost Tour guide at
the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
For more details about the St. Augustine
Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, visit staugustinelighthouse.org or call
904-829-0745. Stay updated on social media at
facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse, Instagram.com/stauglighthouse and
THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE & MARITIME MUSEUM:
pivotal navigation tool and unique landmark of St. Augustine for over 140
years, the St. Augustine Light Station is host to centuries of history in the
Nation’s Oldest Port®. Through interactive exhibits, guided tours
and maritime research, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse &
Maritime Museum is on a mission to discover, preserve, present and keep alive
the stories of the Nation’s Oldest Port® as symbolized by our
working lighthouse. We are the parent organization to the Lighthouse
Archaeological Maritime Program (LAMP) and an affiliate of the Smithsonian
About the American Alliance of Museums:
The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has achieved accreditation by the
American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition afforded
the nation’s museums.The American Alliance of Museums
has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and
best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on
issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000
individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate
partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of
the museum community. (www.aam-us.org)
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The nonprofit St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum is offering a handcrafted wooden kayak to the community through a silent auction. Created by volunteers in Heritage Boatworks, the kayak is made from strips of red cedar, mahogany and cypress coated with fiberglass.
unique design features the St. Augustine Lighthouse spelled out in in Morse
code which runs along one side, made from mahogany and cypress. The kayak is on
view in the Visitors Center area of the St. Augustine Lighthouse Gift Shop.
is auctioning this incredible wooden watercraft, along with two handmade and
decorated paddles. Minimum bid starts at $2,000.00 through a sealed bid silent
auction, available at http://www.staugustinelighthouse.org/visit/ and click on the link in the
Heritage Boatworks section.
All sealed bids must be received by designated museum staff by 3 p.m. October 15, 2019.
boatbuilders work in the Museum Heritage Boatworks area from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tuesday through Thursday. Guests can watch them create wooden craft following
boatbuilding traditions practiced in St. Augustine for more than 400 years.
Boatbuilders work with Museum researchers to ensure authentic builds of
historic, wooden, small craft.
“This boat is a beautifully crafted wooden strip kayak that shows the dedication and skill of our volunteer boat builders,” said Brenda Swann, Interpretative Division Director at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
all our volunteers, they help make the Museum a great asset to the community
and a fun, educational place to visit. The proceeds from the auction will help
support our educational programs such as Heritage Boatworks, and preserve the
rich maritime history of the northeast Florida region for future generations.”
For more details about the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum, visit staugustinelighthouse.org or call 904-829-0745. Stay updated on social media at facebook.com/staugustinelighthouse, Instagram.com/stauglighthouse and twitter.com/firstlighthouse