St. Lucie and Okeechobee closings and announcements
Hurricane season 2008
Closings and other announcements due to Tropical Storm Fay:
Political signs: Due to the projected path of Tropical Storm Fay, all candidates running for office in St. Lucie County are required to remove their political signs effective immediately.
Law enforcement and code enforcement officers will begin taking down all political signs that are not removed from the roadways this evening. Additionally, all residents are encouraged to check their yards for any loose debris and signs that might become projectiles.
There are no plans to open shelters in St. Lucie County.
Government offices: A decision on whether St. Lucie County government offices will be open on Tuesday will be made Monday.
Early voting: St. Lucie County Supervisor of Elections Gertrude Walker said early voting polling locations in St. Lucie County are expected to be open Tuesday.
“It’s going to be wet, but for right now it’s a West Coast storm,” Walker said.
John Carroll closing: Due to Tropical Storm Fay’s possible threat to our area, John Carroll High School will be closed Tuesday.
Any after-school activities for Monday and Tuesday are canceled. This includes all sporting events, practices, meetings, etc.
Throughout the duration of this storm and any others during this hurricane season, employees and parents will be notified of school closings via radio, television, and our website, http://www.JohnCarrollHigh.com.
Students will follow a regular school schedule when school resumes. Orientation for 11th and 12th graders has been canceled.
John Carroll High School does follow the same school cancellation schedule as St. Lucie County Public Schools.
School closings: The St. Lucie County School District has decided to close schools Tuesday, according to Tom Christopher, St. Lucie County emergency operations manager.
“The school district has canceled all activities tonight (Monday) and is closing schools Aug. 19,” Christopher said.
Christopher said the county will not open emergency shelters.
Officials from the county, Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie were meeting Monday afternoon to decide if public buildings will be closed Tuesday.
“We want that to be a coordinated effort,” Christopher said about 12:45 p.m. Monday. “We should have an announcement about that within the next couple of hours.”
Tolls: In order to facilitate evacuation and allow tollbooth personnel to prepare for and seek shelter from approaching Tropical Storm Fay, effective at 11 a.m. Monday, tolls are suspended until further notice at the following locations:
Florida’s Turnpike, northbound and southbound, from its southernmost point at the South Dixie Highway/US 1 (Exit 1) in Miami-Dade County to the Boynton Beach Boulevard interchange (Exit 86) in Palm Beach County.
All toll roads operated by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, including S.R. 836, S.R. 874, S.R. 112, S.R. 924 (Gratigny Parkway) and S.R. 878 (Snapper Creek Expressway).
Interstate 75 (Alligator Alley), eastbound and westbound.
The Rickenbacker and Venetian causeways in Miami-Dade County (effective at 10 a.m. Monday).
Tolls were lifted at 1 p.m. Sunday, northbound, on the Homestead Extension of Florida’s Turnpike from Exit 1 to the Miramar Toll Plaza.
FAU: Due to the continued possibility of inclement weather as a result of Tropical Storm Fay, Florida Atlantic University will close its normal business operations on all of its campuses beginning at noon on Monday and through Tuesday. All business operations at FAU are expected to resume on Wednesday.
All programs and offices at the A.D. Henderson University School, FAU High School and the Karen Slattery Child Development Center will be closed on Tuesday and are expected to resume on Wednesday.
For continual updates on FAU’s status, visit http://www.fau.edu or call the FAU hotline at (561) 297-2020, (561) 799-8020, (954) 236-1800 or (772) 873-3330.
Dialysis patients: Fresenius Medical Care clinics in South Florida are running extra shifts Monday for patients on dialysis. Clinics extending hours Monday include those in: Palm Beach, Okeechobee, Martin, Indian River, St. Lucie and Broward counties. Call Fresenius’ Patient Disaster Hotline to find out where to receive dialysis, 1-800-626-1297.
District courthouses: The United States District Courthouses in Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe counties will be closed Monday due to hazardous weather conditions associated with Tropical Storm Fay. The U.S. District courthouses in West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce will remain open. Closures also will be posted on the court’s website at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov.
Price Gouging Hotline: The Attorney General’s Price Gouging Hotline has been activated at (866) 9-NO-SCAM or (866) 966-7226. Florida law prohibits extreme increases in the price of food, water, hotels, ice, gasoline, lumber and equipment needed as a direct result of an officially declared emergency.