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Suncastle Properties and our friends at Beaches Energy Services wants to help you save money, while saving the environment. So here are some tips from Beaches Energy Services about switching to light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs will give your home better light for less money.
Why make the switch to LED?

1) Longer lasting – LED bulbs can have a life of 25,000 hours or more, making them 3-25 times longer lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs.

2) Reduces electricity consumption – LED bulbs use at least 75% less energy than incandescent. They reduce the amount of trapped light, by emitting in a specific direction. Switching to LED bulbs will reduce your carbon footprint by 500 lbs. and save you up to $75 per year.

3) Safer – Unlike other light bulbs, LED bulbs contain no mercury and avoid carbon emissions.
Light Bulb Comparison
  LED CFL's Incandescent
Average Bulb Lifespan (hours)  25,000   8,000  1,200
Energy used as heat 10% 80%   90%
Energy Cost (Annually, for 4-hours/day at 11.5 cents per kilowatt hour) $2.00 $2.34 $10.00


Now that hurricane Irma has passed the team here at Suncastle Properties was able to return to the island Tuesday and begin inspecting all the properties for storm damage. We are happy to report that none of our properties sustained any major damage. We are focused on repairing the relatively minor damages a few homes experienced to ensure they are available for rental in the next few days. Suncastle Properties has 1-2-3 bedroom condos as well as large family homes available to provide temporary housing for families who's homes have been damaged by Hurricane Irma. If you or someone you know needs assistance, please contact us at 904.285.5585.

9.11.2017 – 2:30pm - HURRICANE IRMA - UPDATE

St. Johns County has experienced significant impacts from Hurricane Irma throughout St. Johns County. Although the storm is moving from the area quickly, residents who evacuated the area are urged to wait before returning. There are numerous trees and powerlines down and flooding throughout the County causing hazardous conditions. Officials are assessing the damage and crews are removing debris as quickly as possible, however this process will take some time. Residents are urged to remain indoors and those who evacuated to wait before returning to their homes. For more information, please visit

As of now the bridges to the barrier islands are still closed and will remain closed until authorities have performed a clear assessment and it has been deemed safe to return. To our owners, once we are able to return to the area (hopefully Tuesday afternoon) we will begin a full assessment of each home for any damages that may have occurred. We will update you as the week progresses.


St. Johns County has issued a Mandatory Evacuation of all persons living in Evacuation Zones A and Zone B including the City of St. Augustine and the Town of Hastings. Included within Zones A and B is all of Ponte Vedra Beach and Sawgrass.

This mandatory Evacuation Order becomes effective at 6:00 AM on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The Hurricane Irma Evacuation Map is attached and available online at

Suncastle Properties is completing storm preparations by noon today and will be closing our offices so our team members and their families can prepare for Irma's arrival.  We will continue to update you as we have more information.  Once the storm passes and it is safe to return, our property managers and maintenance personnel will be out inspecting all properties to determine if any damaged occurred. We will be contacting owners directly if any damages occurred to their properties.

Please stay safe and we will provide further updates as they become available. 

Suncastle Properties is monitoring the storm track of Hurricane Irma and have begun taking action in advance of the storm. Today Thursday September 7th, our property managers and maintenance personnel are out securing items in service courts and moving outdoor furniture at unoccupied properties to eliminate projectiles that could become airborne resulting in broken windows or other damage to property or causing injury to persons.

We ask for the assistance of our neighbors and guests to place all outdoor furniture inside the home and to check their service courts and yards removing items that could become airborne potentially causing damage to property or injury to persons.

To our guests and elderly neighbors, please let us know if you need our assistance and we will gladly send someone over.

Please take time to review the evacuation routes that pertain to your community at the following link:

Reminder: Evacuation Re-Entry will require proof of residency. Proof of residency can be a driver’s license, utility bill or lease agreement.

We hope that everyone stays safe and that Irma will turn east and stay out to sea!