Hurricane Matthew

The Flagler Beach Pier
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Flagler County has announced it’s partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a beach renourishment project in Flagler Beach.

Davide Tanasi taking 3D digital images at Tolomato Cemetery in St. Augustine.
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In coastal cities like St. Augustine, historic sites are facing modern threats - climate change and sea level rise. Now historians and preservationists are turning to technologies like 3D imaging as they look to protect those cultural resources for future generations.

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St. Johns County and the city of Jacksonville are getting reimbursed for debris removal following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.

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St. Augustine will be getting nearly $7 million in federal funds to help fix the city’s waste-water collection system that was damaged by Hurricane Matthew nearly a year-and-a-half ago.

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St. Johns County coffers will get a much-needed $10 million boost from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency is awarding Florida nearly $3 million to reimburse Jacksonville for costs associated with Hurricane Matthew.

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Many areas along the First Coast are still underwater after Hurricane Irma and residents who live in places where flooding has receded are just starting to get an idea of what they’ve lost.

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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry spent some of Friday morning going door to door at an Arlington mobile home community. His message to residents: Get out of town or go to a shelter.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry celebrated the end of a multi-million dollar project to rebuild area beaches after last fall’s Hurricane Matthew.


Today on “First Coast Connect,” we spoke with Florida Times-Union Tallahassee Bureau Chief Tia Mitchell (01:15) regarding her recent column regarding a rift between the Florida Democratic chairman and African-American officials and if the party takes them for granted. Local attorney David Ward and director of World Relief-Jacksonville Jose Vega (23:02) discussed the refugee crisis and the Supreme Court’s decision to lift the hold on President Trump’s travel ban. Servpro chief operations manager Chandler St. Peter (44:31) told us about environmentally friendly ways to prepare for hurricane season. 


       

WJCT News Team Wins 2 National PRNDI Awards

Jun 27, 2017
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The WJCT News team is celebrating two national awards from Public Radio News Directors, Inc.

PRNDI award entries are judged by public media news professionals, who evaluate peers’ work with a well-trained ear.

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Repairs to the Jacksonville Beach Pier, which was heavily damaged by Hurricane Mathew in October, is expected to take at least two years to complete, but city officials said Wednesday they hope part of the landmark will reopen this fall.

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The annual Florida legislative session begins next week. Among the bills lawmakers will consider is one giving property tax breaks to people who suffered damage as a result of hurricanes last year.

The measure would reimburse certain First Coast homeowners for property taxes paid on houses destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.


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Debris from fallen trees and washed-up trash from the river still litter the ground months after the Category 3 storm brushed the First Coast. Broken boards from the dock are scattered like leaves. A gate blocks off the dock and bears a large warning sign: “Keep off dock under repair,” in big red letters.

The remaining few yards behind the fence are dangerous and cannot be used.

Walter Jones Historical Park in Mandarin was home to the County Dock, but sustained extensive damage from the hurricane last October.

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A Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster recovery center opened Monday on Jacksonville’s Westside and will close Tuesday at 6 p.m. The temporary center is located at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex and Legends Center at 5054 Soutel Drive.

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Free legal assistance is available to eligible low-income survivors affected by hurricanes Hermine and Matthew, provided by the Florida Bar and FEMA.

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The federal government wants Jacksonville residents to know they might qualify for a loan to cover Hurricane Matthew damage. Homeowners, renters and business owners are eligible.


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry toured the Spring Park neighborhood Thursday morning to check on progress the city has made removing debris left by Hurricane Matthew.

Jacksonville’s first phase of cleanup is scheduled to be finished by Nov. 11.


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St. Johns County has launched a website where residents can find out when their neighborhood is scheduled for debris removal after Hurricane Matthew. 

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Florida and Georgia residents in certain counties who lost jobs as a result of Hurricane Matthew may be entitled to federal Disaster Unemployment Assistance.

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Residents of four Northeast Florida counties are now eligible for assistance from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler and Volusia County homeowners and renters who lost property in Hurricane Matthew can apply for grants to replace it.

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ANASTASIA ISLAND — Residents in recovery mode after Hurricane Matthew are coming together to help each other.

trees down in Jacksonville during Hurricane Matthew
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Many Northeast Florida residents are making calls to their insurance companies after Hurricane Matthew. WJCT Business Analyst John Burr spoke to one local agent about how big storms affect the industry. He tells News Director Jessica Palombo about it in this week’s Business Brief.


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After recent damage from Hurricane Matthew, a St. Augustine artist is using her talent to help with relief efforts.

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Lyndy Durrence  hasn’t had electricity since Hurricane Matthew Friday.

“My laundry's full now,” she said. “My dishwashers full now and I’ve been washing things in bleach.”

 


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Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced the creation of a First Coast relief fund Monday. This fund will aid those impacted by Hurricane Matthew and any other future natural disasters to affect Northeast Florida.

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Northeast Florida residents are getting help cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew from federal relief workers, national guardsmen, local police and city officials.

Help is also coming from national charities like America’s Disaster Relief.


University of South Florida political science professor Susan MacManus joined host Melissa Ross Tuesday to talk about the latest Sunshine State Survey asking Floridians what their greatest concerns as the presidential election looms. With the cleanup from Hurricane Matthew continuing on the First Coast, we spoke with Vicky Zelen, president of Zelen Risk Solutions insurance agency, about what you need to do to make a flood insurance claim.

First Coast Connect Book Club blogger Stacey Goldring spoke about some Halloween themed favorites, and we spoke with David Williams from the Mike Williams Foundation, Dr. Ismael Maomou from Guinea, Dr. Abba Hydara from Gambia and Bill Sorenson from the Rotary Club of Jacksonville about the annual Mike Williams Visionary Scholars program. 


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Several Northeast Florida businesses and nonprofits remain closed because of Hurricane Matthew. One nonprofit, Catty Shack Ranch, a big-cat sanctuary, had its welcome tent destroyed by the hurricane. 


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OneBlood is urgently seeking donations after Hurricane Matthew caused several sites across Florida to temporarily shut down.


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