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Public schools, UF, and local government offices will all reopen tomorrow

Staff report

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – Storm conditions have improved locally, and multiple organizations have made announcements about reopening.

Alachua County, UF, public schools, local government offices

Alachua County offices will be open on their regular schedules tomorrow, Thursday, August 31, 2023. In addition to Alachua County, the following entities will also resume regular schedules tomorrow:

  • Alachua County Supervisor of Elections
  • Alachua County Tax Collector
  • Alachua County Property Appraiser
  • Alachua County Clerk of the Court and the courts
  • All County municipalities
  • The University of Florida
  • PK Yonge – Developmental Research School
  • Santa Fe College: The Academy for Science and Technology will open, provided the Alachua County School District is open. 
  • Alachua County Public Schools

Fortunately, during the storm, there have been immediate responses to downed powerlines and trees. The Alachua County Public Works Department has removed 70 trees from roadways.

Curbside waste collection services will resume on Thursday, August 31. Garbage and recycling will be collected with a one-day delay for the remainder of the week. With the additional yard waste debris that has resulted from Hurricane Idalia, the waste collector may require additional time to complete the yard waste collection. Please prepare any yard waste so that no single container or item weighs more than 40 lbs., is 5 ft. in length, or has a diameter greater than 8 in. Any items that exceed those specifications will not be collected. Please do not place yard waste in the roadway.

The Leveda Brown Environmental Park and Transfer Station will resume regular operations on Thursday, August 31. The facility will be open to the public beginning at 7 a.m.

The County’s five Rural Collection Centers will resume regular operations beginning Friday, September 1. The facilities will be open to the public beginning at 7:30 a.m.

The Mandatory Evacuation Order for those living in mobile and manufactured homes, substandard housing, and areas prone to flooding is rescinded.

All general population shelters and the special needs shelter are closed.

Report damages due to Hurricane Idalia in Alachua County. Do not put yourself in danger to get a photo.

Find your provider to report power outages and view outage maps online.

The 311 Critical Information Line is deactivated.

City of Gainesville

Refuse Collection: Trash and recycling pickup resumes tomorrow. Thursday service is expected to occur on Friday.

Regional Transit System (RTS): Regular bus service resumes tomorrow.

RTS schedules and additional information are available on the RTS website at www.go-rts.com.

Parks: All city parks reopen tomorrow. All city recreational facilities also will be open for regular hours tomorrow, with the exception of Ironwood Golf Course and H. Spurgeon Cherry Pool at Albert “Ray” Massey Park, which will open on a delay.

Ironwood Golf Course reopens tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Cherry Pool reopens tomorrow at 1 p.m. 


Stay away from power lines. 

  • Watch out for fallen power lines that may be hanging overhead. 
  • Stay clear of fallen power lines. Call the electric company to report them. 

Learn more about staying safe after the storm.

If you feel you have a life-threatening or dangerous situation, call 911. For non-emergencies, call 352-955-1818. 

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