The debris from Hurricane Matthew continues to linger, particularly, it seems in St Johns County. Below is a notice just sent out by the Ponte Vedra Beach MSD regarding beach debris cleanup and removal, as well as information regarding approval for vegetation at the base of dunes to promote restoration.
It remains unclear what will happen in St Johns County regarding rebuilding of dunes long term, particularly in southern St Johns County which was hit the hardest and was already dealing with erosion issues. However, the conversations are definitely in the works. The St Augustine Record has a detailed article about possible fixes including dredging and extending sea walls.
And what about that yard debris that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere?
FEMA pick up crews have been at work picking up yard debris according to the St Johns County website, and recently temporary debris sites have been set up throughout the county, with one apparently near TPC.
According to Solid Waste Management, the piles of debris are so large that even an extra large truck (semi sized) is sometimes only able to hold two yards worth of debris. Trucks were then having to drive to the Nine Mile Landfill off of International Golf Parkway, which was making the process slow.
Bagged Yard Debris Pick-up Resumed October 17
The temporary debris sites should help speed up the process. Regular yard trash pick routes should be in effect for your typical bagged yard debris. If you haven’t seen your regular yard trash pick up, call St Johns County at 904-827-6980, and they can help.
The Ponte Vedra MSD Notice: