Northside apartment complex enforces temporary curfew after Irma

Neighbors at Washington Heights Apartments angry over temporary curfew

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Several neighbors at the Washington Heights Apartments on the Northside are angry over a temporary curfew.

In a letter from property management, people are being told they need to be inside their apartments from 8 p.m. until 8 a.m. until Tuesday. Visitors are not allowed during that time.

Millennia Housing Management is enforcing the curfew after Irma, using a third-party security company, saying it's to keep people safe.

Washington Heights is a Housing and Urban Development neighborhood, and people say the curfew isn't supported in the HUD handbook.

One resident said she had to miss work because her mom couldn't get to her apartment to babysit her children.

Days after Hurricane Irma, residents said they tried to come home late and were greeted at the gate by security.

"My daughter called me to come and babysit her children, and when I came, there were so many officers," Stephanie Johnson said. "I think there were like six cars and they had a guy standing up there with a gun. It was an assault rifle."

The new curfew is being enforced by Millenia Housing Management. In the letter, management cited personal property and personal safety as the reasons for the 8 p.m. curfew.

The letter also said people are subject to ID checks and body searches while on property.

Johnson had to miss babysitting her grandkids this week because she isn't a resident here. She said her daughter missed work because of it.

"She had to go to work that night, and she couldn't go to work," Johnson said. "I don't think it's a good thing because supposedly I need a caregiver to come out here, like my ID says I have one address. These people need to get to their patients and they're turning them around."

News4Jax made a call to Millennia Housing and is told it would issue a response at a later time.

Also Saturday night, state Sen. Audrey Gibson reached out to News4Jax's Kent Justice, saying she has been in contact with federal Sen. Bill Nelson about the issue. She said Nelson called the property management and is waiting to hear back.