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Duval Schools will reopen Monday. Life returns to normal as cleanup continues.

Ian left docks damaged in Amelia Island.
Sonja Vass
Ian left docks damaged in Amelia Island.

Ian's path: After passing Northeast Florida, Ian turned north toward South Carolina, where it made landfall at 2:05 p.m. Friday near Georgetown. Maximum sustained winds were 85 mph, making Ian a Category 1 hurricane. Swells generated by Ian and a nearby frontal system were still affecting the east coast of Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas and the northwestern Bahamas.

Duval schools: Duval County Public Schools remained closed Friday. All schools and activities will return to normal Monday.

Evacuation orders: Nassau and St. Johns counties lifted their evacuation orders Friday morning, allowing people to return home. Officials in both counties were working to assess damages.

Garbage and recycling: Waste Management has suspended collections in Northeast Florida and Camden County, Georgia, this week. That includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties.
Go to to see when service will resume. The city of Jacksonville said collections also are suspended Friday and will not be made up. St. Johns County, on the other hand, will conduct a make-up collection on Saturday for residents originally scheduled for Thursday or Friday. No recycling, yard waste or storm debris will be collected. Normal collection schedules will resume Monday.

Beaches: Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry announced Friday that beaches would reopen. But he warned people to stay out of the water because of rip currents and high surf. Curry said the Jacksonville Beach Pier would reopen to the public at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Groceries: Publix will reopen all Northeast Florida stores today if weather permits. You can check the Publix map for your store. The list of Winn-Dixie closures is here and Harveys here.

Blood donations: OneBlood is urging blood donors in areas not affected by Hurricane Ian to donate as soon as possible. All blood types are needed, and there is an increased need for O Negative and O Positive donors, as well as platelet donors. “The need for blood does not stop for a hurricane. We are depending on donors in the areas where we are open to please help with blood collections during this challenging time,” said Susan Forbes senior vice president of corporate communications and public relations for OneBlood. To find a donor center or Big Red Bus blood drive near you, go to

Sunshine Bus: The St. Johns County Council on Aging announced that normal Sunshine Bus service and schedules would resume Saturday.

Jacksonville Transportation Authority: JTA resumed regular bus service Friday. The St. Johns River ferry was expected to start running again Saturday, but river conditions were too rough. The ferry will remain closed Sunday and resume normal service Monday.

Jacksonville International Airport: Seven of the airport’s 10 carriers were to resume operations Friday after the airport shut down Thursday. Of the other three, Delta and United plan to get back on schedule Saturday and Allegiant on Sunday.

HCA Florida: HCA Florida Memorial Hospital, HCA Florida Orange Park Hospital and free-standing emergency rooms remained open during the storm, but several non-ER locations will be closed for the rest of the week. This includes 18 physician and specialty offices, three imaging centers, CareNow Urgent Care- Town Center and the outpatient Wound Care Center at HCA Florida Memorial Hospital.

UF Health: All outpatient clinics and urgent care clinics will be closed Thursday.

Nemours Children's Health: All Jacksonville locations will be closed Friday. The decision of whether to open Monday will be announced as soon as possible. This includes Nemours Children’s Health, Nocatee in St. Johns County and Nemours Children’s Health, Fleming Island in Clay County.

MOCA: MOCA Jacksonville closed beginning Wednesday. Reopening will depend on damage from the storm. MOCA says it will evaluate conditions with the intention of reopening to the public on Sunday,

Home + Patio Show: The Fall Jacksonville Home + Patio Show scheduled for this weekend has been canceled. Ticket purchasers can use their tickets for any 2023 show, donate the ticket purchase to Habitat for Humanity or receive a refund. Go here to donate to Habitat or get a refund.

Cummer Museum: The museum is closed. Reopening depends on damage from the storm. Updates will be posted on the museum's website.

Jerry Seinfeld: The Jerry Seinfeld show scheduled for Saturday night at the Moran Theatre in Jacksonville has been rescheduled for April 20. All tickets will be honored for the new date. Refunds are available at point of purchase and may be requested up to 30 days from rescheduled announcement.  

Lung Force Run/Walk: The American Lung Association’s Lung Force Run/Walk in Jacksonville, scheduled for Saturday, has been rescheduled to 9 a.m. Nov. 13 at Haskell in Riverside.

Soul food and music: The Soul Food and Music Fest has been rescheduled for noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 at Vera Francis Hall Park in Green Cove Springs.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.