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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville's Mayor Alvin Brown has declared a state of emergency for the city, as the strong tropical storm Beryl moves in.

Mayor Brown met with Jacksonville emergency leaders and updated the city's plan. After the meeting, the Mayor signed a declaration requesting federal funds in case of any damage.

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The Mayor once again urged residents to stay home and avoid venturing out into the beaches, he also made a special request to business owners to "close early and allow employees time to prepare for the storm."

No bridge or airport closings are planned, but Mayor Brown says if winds reach 40mph bridges will shut down.JTA will remain working.

A special needs shelter will open Sunday at noon at the Legends Center on Soutel and Moncrief, that's in northwest Jacksonville. Call (904) 630-CITY (2489) or visit jaxready.org for more information.

Other Closings & Cancellations:

--All outdoor Jacksonville Jazz Festival activities remain canceled.

--Mayor Alvin Brown announced all Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled for Monday are canceled. No information available yet on whether they will be rescheduled to another date.

--Memorial Day ceremonies in St. Augustine at the veterans cemetery there are canceled, as well as the event at VFW Post 23911 according to Glen Tilley of the VFW.

--The Memorial Day remembrance at the Jacksonville Veterans Cemetery on Lannie Road set for 2pm was also canceled said organizer Joe Covella.

--Garbage,yard waste and recycling collection for Monday has been canceled in Duval county.

--Cumberland Island National Seashore will close to visitation on Sunday, at 4:45 PM in preparation for the storm.

--Entry to Hanna and Huguenot parks will be closed at noon, and visitors will be cleared from the parks.

--All Jax Parks and pools are closed.

--The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port will restrict commercial vessel activity at noon.

--The Jacksonville International Airport is currently operating as normal; however, travelers are encouraged to contact their individual airlines for updates to their travel plans.