Proposed changes in solid waste collection topic of open houses

The City of St. Augustine will be holding a series of open houses to share information and receive community feedback on a proposal to change household solid waste pickup to once a week. Residents currently receive two household solid waste pick-ups each week along with additional service for yard trash and recyclables, which are currently once a week.
     The schedule for the open houses are:
Sunday, August 23, 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Willie Galimore Center, 999 Riberia St.
Wednesday, August 26, 6:00pm-7:00pm in The Alcazar Room, St. Augustine City Hall, 75 King St. Thursday, August 27, 7:15pm-8:15pm at the St. Augustine Boys and Girls Club, 555 West King St.
Sunday, August 30, 3:00pm-4:00pm at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park, 999 Anastasia Blvd.
Wednesday, September 9, 6:00pm-7:00pm at The River House, 179 Marine St.
     Before making the proposal for the entire service area, the city conducted a pilot program of a once-a-week pickups in two areas for limited periods over the last year, one in the Nelmar Terrace area and the other in portions of south Davis Shores. Based on the positive feedback from residents, the city is now taking the question to the entire community.
     Currently, households receive solid waste pick up service twice a week using city-provided 65-gallon, brown trash carts. Under the new proposal, the city will provide an additional cart, green in color and the same 65-gallon capacity, for all recyclables.
     Reducing the number of pick-ups will help keep current rates sustainable by reducing costs of operating equipment and personnel, and increasing the collection of recyclables will reduce the cost of disposing of material at a landfill. Every pound of material that is recycled is one pound less of material going to a landfill. The goal is to collect more recyclable materials and the new green carts should make it easier than ever before for residents to put the material curbside.
     Click here for a flyer with all the open house dates and a comprehensive list of what may be recycled. For more information about the series, call the Public Works Department at 904.825.1040

Summer Fun!

The Neighborhood Association is hosting a BLOCK PARTY! Saturday, June 13th at 6 pm on St. Andrews Court. Bring a chair, something to drink, and a dish to share. Music by Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizard!IMG_1643

Walking with Mayor Shaver

On April 8th Mayor Nancy Shaver joined neighbors for a walk around the neighborhood.

We started at the Methodist Church at Riberia and King and  were joined by folks as we made our way down each street.  Mayor Shaver was able to chat with neighbors and issues and items of interest were pointed out on all of our streets.  She was able to get a very personal perspective of our neighborhood.  We were blessed with great weather so it was wonderful to be out and about.