Polk To Close Nature Preserves, Parks On Monday As Ian Approaches; WMDs Have Not Announced Closures

Polk County officials announced Saturday that county-maintained nature preserves such as Circle B Bar Reserve will be closed Monday and will remain closed until further notice in preparation for the landfall of Ian.

Ian is a tropical storm, but is predicted to become a hurricane by the time it comes ashore somewhere in Florida by Wednesday.

Also affected are all county campgrounds, which will close at noon on Monday, Bone Valley ATV Park and all youth and adult league activities. No other park closures were announced Saturday.

Southwest Florida Water Management District officials on Monday announced closures of its recreational sites at noon on Sept. 27.

The South Florida Water Management District has announced the closure of all navigation locks at the end of operating hours on Monday. Those include locks on Lake Kissimmee and along the Kissimmee River.

The district on Monday announced closures of recreational areas, effective Tuesday.

Posted in Group Conservation Issues.