Tropical Storm Ian: Schools back open Friday, see full Palm Beach County open, close list

Though Hurricane Ian has been downgraded to a tropical storm and passed through the state, its effects will still be felt in our area with strong south winds.

Most of Palm Beach County should be back to normal on Friday. Here's what's open and closed from Jupiter to Boca Raton on Thursday.

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Hurricane Ian: What Palm Beach County residents need to know Wednesday

Palm Beach County Schools

As gusty winds from Tropical Storm Ian continue to impact Palm Beach County, county schools and district offices are closed Thursday. Additionally, all after-school activities, including sports, school meetings, and leases are also canceled for Thursday.

After evaluating the condition of their school sites, ancillary buildings, and roadways, officials reported that there was no major damage and Superintendent Mike Burke made the decision to reopen schools and District offices on Friday.

District student aftercare programs will also resume normal operations, as will after-school extracurricular activities, including athletic practices, but NOT athletic competitions.

Schools reopening: Palm Beach County schools to reopen on Friday

Florida Atlantic University

All campuses will suspend operations and all classes, including online classes, are canceled for Thursday. All campuses will return to normal operations and all classes, including online classes, will resume as scheduled Friday.

Palm Beach State College

All in-person and online classes at all five campuses (Lake Worth, Boca Raton, Palm Beach Gardens, Belle Glade and Loxahatchee Groves) are canceled for Thursday. All campuses will reopen on Friday and both in-person and online classes will resume as scheduled.

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU)

In-person classes scheduled for Thursday were canceled due to Hurricane Ian, but that fully online classes would be held as scheduled. The university said that all classes would resume on Friday.

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Keiser University

The school will close both of its West Palm Beach campuses on Thursday. They will resume normal operations at both West Palm Beach campuses on Friday.

Nova Southeastern University

The school's Palm Beach County campus will remained closed on Thursday. Normal class schedules and building operations are expected to resume on Friday.

Everglades University

The school announced that its Boca Raton campus would be closed Thursday. The Boca Raton Campus will reopen Friday.

Lynn University

With all watches and warnings discontinued, the school will reopen and resume norman operations on Friday.

AMC West Palm Beach 12

The AMC Theatre at The Square reopened on Thursday.

Town of Palm Beach Municipal Beach

Though it took a little longer than usual because they had to put up some of the signs they'd taken down as Hurricane Ian approached, the town reopened the beach Thursday morning. For full story, click here.

Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation

All county-operated parks, beaches and recreational facilities are being prepared to reopen Friday. While there was no significant damage from Hurricane Ian to the parks and facilities, officials said there is a lot of debris to clean up.


The grocery chain currently has no store closures in Palm Beach County as shown on their interactive map. To view map, click here.

Norton Museum of Art

The museum is closed Thursday and is planning to reopen Friday. Information:

Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

The animal rescue organization will remain closed through Thursday because of Hurricane Ian. 3200 N. Military Trail, West Palm Beach. Information:

Mounts Botanical Garden

The garden will be closed on Thursday and will reopen at noon on Friday. Information:

Downtown West Palm Beach Trolley Service

The Downtown Development Authority said all trolley service throughout downtown West Palm Beach will resume at noon on Thursday.

Palm Beach International Airport

Travelers are advised to stay in touch with their airlines for flight status before traveling to the airport. Specific airline information can be found at

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Clematis by Night

The popular Thursday night event along the West Palm Beach Waterfront has been canceled for this week. Information:

SunPass Customer Service and Walk-In Center

The Boca Raton location at 7941 Glades Road is closed Thursday.


A northbound train arrives at the Brightline station in downtown West Palm Beach as the passenger  service resumed between Miami and West Palm Beach Monday, November 8, 2021 after it was suspended in March 2020 because of the pandemic.
A northbound train arrives at the Brightline station in downtown West Palm Beach as the passenger service resumed between Miami and West Palm Beach Monday, November 8, 2021 after it was suspended in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

Brightline has made modifications to its morning schedule on Thursday to allow for inspection and removal of any debris from overnight winds. The first southbound departure from West Palm Beach was at 8:08 a.m. and the first northbound departure from Miami was at 9:48 a.m.. Regularly scheduled service will continue for the remainder of the day. Guests are encouraged to monitor Brightline on Twitter as well as for real-time schedule and service updates.

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Tri-Rail currently has not canceled any transportation services. Tri-Rail spokesperson Victor Garcia said that the company would start making plans to shut down the railroad when winds are forecasted to go above 35 mph.

Palm Tran

There will be no service on Thursday due to Tropical Storm Ian. Palm Tran is resuming normal service Friday for Fixed-Route, Connection and Go Glades service.

Port of Palm Beach

Port Condition Zulu is in effect and the port is shut down and will remain closed until further notice. It will reopen as soon as it is safe to do so. Port Condition Zulu means sustained gale force winds are expected to arrive within twelve hours.


Palm Beach County Drawbridges

The Florida Department of Transportation is locking down drawbridges in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie counties for the duration of Hurricane Ian. Bridges will remain open to car traffic. Mariners should check the Coast Guard notice to mariners for updates and more information here.

Government offices

Jupiter: Town Hall, the Community Center, Jupiter Community Park, Cinquez Park and Abacoa Community Park will be closed and non-essential services suspended on Thursday. Additionally, all athletic fields and facilities located within Town of Jupiter parks will also be closed. The Town expects to resume normal operations on Friday.

Palm Beach Gardens: City offices will be open on Thursday.

Lake Park: All town offices inlucding Town Hall, the library, the Lake Park Harbor Marina and the public works department are closed Thursday.

Wellington: Village offices are open Thursday. Parks and recreation fields will remain closed Thursday due to existing conditions.

Royal Palm Beach: Village offices are open Thursday.

Greenacres: City Hall is open Thursday.

Lake Worth Beach: William Lockhart Pier, City Library, Golf Course, City Hall, City Hall Annex, 1900 2nd Ave Offices, Leisure Services Office, Parking Division Office and PBSO District 14 Headquarters are closed Thursday.

Lantana: All town offices, parks and facilities will be closed Thursday.

Belle Glade: City Hall will be closed Thursday.

Pahokee: City Hall will be closed Thursday.

Palm Beach County offices All county offices, including courthouses and health clinics, will be closed on Thursday. First-appearance hearings will take place at the Palm Beach County Jail.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector: The Constitutional Tax Collector’s office will be closed Thursday. Offices will reopen once it is determined that all locations are safe and that travel is safe for employees and the public.

Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller offices: Will be closed on Thursday due to Hurricane Ian. Anyone needing to pay a traffic ticket, file court documents, purchase certified copies of court or official records or make child support or alimony payments in Palm Beach County should use the Clerk’s online services. Their offices will be open for normal operations on Friday.

The Health Care District of Palm Beach County: All C. L. Brumback Primary Care Clinics and pharmacies will be closed Thursday. The district’s Belle Glade hospital, Lakeside Medical Center and skilled nursing facility, the Edward J. Healey Rehabilitation Center, as well as ground ambulance and Trauma Hawk aeromedical programs remain operational as per their procedures. The district will resume normal operations on Friday at their primary care clinics, pharmacies and offices.

Federal courts: Will be back open in South Florida on Friday

Trash pickup in Palm Beach County

Waste Management of Palm Beach will resume collection service on Thursday in Palm Beach County. Please check post-storm for resumption of service details.

All Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County will resume garbage collection in unincorporated Palm Beach County on Thursday.

Lion Country Safari

The popular animal park reopened on Thursday, but for drive-through only. Both the park's drive-through and walk-through sections will be fully open on Friday. Information:

Palm Beach Zoo

The zoo is closed Thursday, but will reopen Friday. Information:

Cox Science Center

The center is open for normal operation on Thursday. Information:

iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre

Due to Hurricane Ian, the Luke Bryan concert slated for Friday has been rescheduled for Nov. 4. 601-7 Sansburys Way, West Palm Beach. Information:

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse & Museum

The lighthouse is closed Thursday. 500 Captain Armour's Way, Jupiter. Information:

Palm Beach Skate Zone

The ice skating center is open Thursday. 8125 Lake Worth Road, Lake Worth Beach. Information:

Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County

All clubs will be closed Thursday. After closely monitoring Hurricane Ian and careful inspections, all club locations will reopen on Friday. Media advisories and updates will be sent out via

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens

Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach is open Thursday. 4000 Morikami Park Road, Delray Beach. Information:

Downtown West Palm Beach Fit Body Boot Camp

The gym is open Thursday. 112 N. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach. Information:

Major closing outside Palm Beach County:

Busch Gardens

The Tampa-area attraction will remained closed through Friday and reopen Saturday. The safari-inspired park houses a wide array of animals, including penguins, lions and giraffes. In an email to annual pass holders, Busch Gardens said all tickets for canceled dates would be automatically extended through the end of the year. And annual pass member guest tickets expiring Sept. 30 will be extended through Oct. 16. Guests with ticket questions can email BGA.

Walt Disney World Resort

Disney World has rarely closed for severe weather in its five decades of operation, but all four of its main theme parks will remain closed Thursday. Disney Springs will likely remain closed Thursday.

Universal Orlando

Universal Studios Florida, Universal's Islands of Adventure, Universal's Volcano Bay water park and CityWalk will be closed Thursday. Halloween Horror Nights are canceled Wednesday and Thursday nights. Universal Orlando plans to reopen Friday "as conditions permit."

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando and Discovery Cove will be closed through Friday and plans to open Saturday. All tickets for Wednesday and Thursday have been extended through the end of the year. Annual pass member guest tickets expiring Sept. 30 through Oct. 2 have been extended through Oct. 16.


LEGOLAND Florida, LEGOLAND Water Park and Peppa Pig Theme Park will be closed Thursday and Friday. Hotel guests with existing reservations will be allowed to stay, according to the resort's website. The resort told USA TODAY any park tickets dated for Wednesday through Sunday will automatically be extended through the end of the year, and vacation stays for canceled dates may be rebooked without penalty. Details on the resort's hurricane policy can be found at

Eddie Ritz is a journalist at The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Florida Network. You can reach him at Help support our journalism. Subscribe today.

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