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HURRICANE IAN: Closures, openings, adjustments, delays

CVS Minute Clinics

Following Hurricane Ian, CVS Pharmacy locations in Southwest Florida have reopened their MinuteClinic medical clinics, which provide a variety of services for community members in need. MinuteClinic locations are fully stocked with tetanus vaccinations, which are recommended by Florida Health for anyone exposed to floodwaters or involved with hurricane debris cleanup.

Tetanus shot boosters should be updated every 10 years according to the CDC or after five years in the case of a deep wound.

MinuteClinic providers are also available to diagnose, treat and write prescriptions for common illnesses; treat wounds, abrasions, sprains and skin conditions; and provide chronic disease monitoring services and prescription refills; especially for patients unable to see their primary care provider due to the storm.

MinuteClinic is open seven days a week including weekday evening hours. Patients can walk in or make an appointment at MinuteClinic.com for the following locations:

  • Cape Coral, 737 Cape Coral Pkwy. E
  • Estero, 11241 Miromar Square Blvd.
  • Lehigh Acres, 1350 Lee Blvd.
  • Naples, 2375 Vanderbilt Beach Road
  • Naples, 8831 Immokalee R
  • Punta Gorda, 2400 Tamiami Trail

MinuteClinic Virtual Visits are also available for Florida patients at MinuteClinic.com.

FGCU

All classes — including those online — canceled, as well as non-essential campus activities through Sunday, Oct. 9. The university is tentatively planning to return to normal operations Monday, Oct. 10.

The administration stresses that it is vital to hear from ALL students, faculty and staff so we can assess needs.

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Students, staff and faculty should call (239) 310-5398 as soon as possible.

FGCU is open only to activated essential personnel. Residential students will receive communications from Housing shortly about the timeline to move back into on-campus residence halls.

HODGES UNIVERSITY

Hodges University will reopen on Monday, Oct. 10 for all regularly scheduled classes and activities. Students: please reach out to your professors with any questions about your classes.

KORESHAN STATE PARK

Koreshan State Park us canceling its Fire Fest scheduled for Oct. 15.

NAPLES/GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE

Gulfshore Playhouse announces the cancellation of 26 Miles by Quiara Alegría Hudes, due to city-wide damages and the uncertain opening of the Norris Center performance space. Slated to begin performances on October 13, the production ceased rehearsals on Tuesday, September 27 in advance of the storm. All cast and creative team members are safe and returning to their homes across the country. The 2022-2023 season will now open with Robert Harling’s "Steel Magnolias" on November 12, under the direction of CEO & Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury.

Currently under construction, The Baker Theatre and Education Center received some damage in Hurricane Ian, with part of one wall collapsing. The construction site and support structures sustained some flooding and much of the dirt was washed away in the storm surge.

“While it’s always sad to cancel a production, the safety of our staff and patrons is always at the heart of our decisions,” said COO & Managing Director Joel Markus. “Rest assured, we’ll be hard at work in the coming weeks to launch 'Steel Magnolias' and look forward to welcoming all of our patrons in person once again.”

For patrons with existing tickets to "26 Miles," staff from Gulfshore Playhouse will be in contact to determine how patrons would like to proceed - either by donating tickets or exchanging them for another production. For additional questions, email info@gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261-PLAY.

Gulfshore Playhouse had planned to partner with organizations across the region for ¡Arte Viva!, a celebration of Hispanic Arts and Culture on Florida's Paradise Coast and "26 Miles" was part of the celebration. Future plans to participate will be announced at a later date.

AUDUBON ASSEMBLY CANCELED

The Audubon Assembly in Fort Myers is being canceled this year due to the effects of Hurricane Ian.

Organizers say:

If you paid a registration fee, you will be refunded in full. Your refund confirmation will arrive via email from Eventbrite. If you had a room reserved with the Assembly block at the Luminary Hotel, your registration will automatically be canceled. If you booked a room at a different hotel, please follow up with them directly. We still want to virtually flock together this fall, so we have pivoted some of our Assembly events to an online platform. This content will be free for everyone, even if you did not register for the in-person Assembly.

COLLIER COUNTY

Collier County parks and child care open; other programs canceled

Collier County Parks & Recreation Division re-opened parks and childcare services on Tuesday, October 4. All other recreation programs have been canceled until further notice. Officials are still conducting hurricane damage assessments and light outages throughout the park system. All parks and community centers will close at 7 p.m. until further notice.

Open Childcare Sites:  7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

  • Adaptive Inclusive Recreation (AIR), 3300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, Naples
  • Big Corkscrew Regional Island Regional Park, 810 39th Avenue N. E., Naples
  • Golden Gate Community Center, 4710 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples (Playground Closed)
  • Immokalee Community Park, 321 N. 1st Street, Immokalee
  • Immokalee South Park, 418 School Drive, Immokalee
  • Max Hasse Community Park, 3390 Golden Gate Boulevard W., Naples
  • Vineyards Community Park, 6231 Arbor Boulevard W., Naples

Open Park Sites:

  • Big Corkscrew Regional Island Regional Park: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Golden Gate Community Center: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Immokalee Community Park: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Immokalee South Park: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • East Naples Community Park: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.

Closed Park Sites:

  • All Beaches
  • All Collier County Public School Fields
  • All Conservation Preserves
  • Caxambas Park
  • Cocohatchee River Park
  • North Collier Regional Park (Sun-N-Fun Lagoon, Exhibit Hall, Rec-Plex)
  • Pelican Bay Community Park
  • Serenity Walk Park
  • Sugden Regional Park
  • Tony Rosbough Park
  • Veterans Community Park

Quite a few park sites are only partially open.For more information, visit www.collierparks.com.

IMAG

The IMAG History and Science Center will be closed until 10 a.m. Friday, October 7. The opening of Tutankhamun: Return of the King exhibition is expected to open soon thereafter.

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