Closing: Parks, Beaches, and Offices

The Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas National Monuments will be CLOSED starting Wednesday in anticipation of severe weather and potential impacts from Hurricane Ian. park websites at and

As of Tuesday morning, no state parks in our local counties are closing because of Hurricane Ian, but many are closing across the state. For the full list, click here.

The St. Johns River Water Management District will close all District-managed navigational locks, campgrounds and properties, to include trails and day use areas, throughout its 18-county region Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in anticipation of impacts from Hurricane Ian until further notice.

District’s website for the latest on land re-openings at

Government offices

In anticipation of Hurricane Ian, Chief Judge Mahon has closed the courthouses in the Fourth Judicial Circuit as follows:

  • Duval and Nassau Counties: Starting at 12 p.m. on Wednesday through Friday
  • Clay County: Wednesday through Friday

The Duval County Clerk of Courts offices will be closed from 12 p.m. on Wednesday through the close of business on Friday. This includes both the Duval County Courthouse and the Clerk’s beaches branch at 1543 Atlantic Blvd.

All Jacksonville city offices (except Senior Centers) will close to the public and non-essential personnel at noon Wednesday. Senior Centers will remain open until 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Clay County government offices will close at noon on Wednesday and will remain closed Thursday and Friday, pending storm impacts. Closures will include the County Administration Building and Public Works Offices, public libraries, Clay County Animal Services, the Property Appraiser, Tax Collector, Supervisor of Elections, and Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Administration Offices. The Clerk of Court and Comptroller’s Office, Clay County Courthouse all branches will be closed all day Wednesday through Friday.

Flagler County is closing all government offices including the Flagler County Public Library and Parks and Recreational facilities starting Wednesday and will reopen on Monday due to the anticipated arrival of Hurricane Ian and the response required by county staff. City offices schedule is as follows:

  • Flagler Beach will close to the public on Wednesday September 28 at 2 p.m. and reopen on Monday, October 3.
  • Bunnell will close on Wednesday, September 28 at 4 p.m. and reopen on Monday, October 3, 2022.
  • Palm Coast closed municipal offices as of noon today, Tuesday, September 27 and will reopen on Monday, October 3.

Courthouse operations with the 7th Judicial Circuit, Supervisor of Elections, and Property Appraiser are closed starting Wednesday and will reopen, weather and circumstances permitting, on Monday. All Tax Collector offices close Tuesday as of 5 p.m. and will reopen Monday at 8:30 a.m.

The Florida Department of Health-Flagler offices will be closed as of Wednesday through Friday.

Alachua County offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday. The agencies below are also closed Wednesday through Friday. We expect more closure announcements soon.

  • The Alachua County Tax Collector
  • The Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
  • The City of Gainesville
  • The Alachua County Library District
  • The Alachua County Property Appraisers
  • Alachua County Sheriff’s non-essential employees
  • Eighth Circuit Court (see details below)

Due to the expected effects of Hurricane Ian, all Eighth Circuit Court events in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, and Union Counties are canceled beginning Wednesday at noon and continuing through Friday. Court events in Levy County are canceled beginning Wednesday at 8 a.m. and continuing through Friday.

Gainesville city offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday. Gainesville Regional Utilities’ lobby and drive-thru also will be closed Wednesday through Friday, and GRU has suspended customer disconnections for nonpayment through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Columbia County Board of County Commission offices and staff will transition to emergency activation roles Wednesday. Normal business operations will resume Monday. Please contact the CIC at 386-719-7530 with any questions.

Garbage/recycling collection

Jacksonville garbage and recycling will operate on a normal schedule Wednesday. Garbage and recycling collections will be suspended Thursday and Friday. The city will announce makeup days as the situation develops.

Columbia County waste pickup service will run normal operations until noon Wednesday and will resume normal operating hours when storm conditions have ceased.

Gainesville residential trash collection has been suspended only on Thursday. Neighbors are asked not to set containers or items curbside that day.

Other closures

The Jacksonville Transportation Authority will halt operation of the St. Johns River Ferry following Tuesday’s last trip (approximately 9 p.m.) The Ferry will be relocated to a secure location starting a 7 a.m. Wednesday. JTA anticipates service restarting by Saturday, pending the outcome of the storm. All other JTA services are operating as normal.

The First Coast YMCA will be closing normal operations at all of its locations beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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