Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry is thanking everyone who worked long hours as Hurricane Dorian approached the area, saying emergency response teams will continue working around the clock to assess damage.
He says everyone should be grateful the storm didn’t pack more of a punch in Jacksonville as he’s standing by the choices he made leading up to the storm.
“It was unpredictable, and we had to make some very tough decisions, decisions with the best available information,” Curry says. “I stand by those decisions.”
One of the decisions made by the city was to cancel school in Duval County through tomorrow. Curry says staff will be cleaning up the campuses, and students will be back in class on Friday.
He says JTA operations will resume scheduled operations tomorrow, and city government offices will reopen in the morning as well.
“We understand that schools are closed as we clear them out from evacuees,” Curry says. “If employees have children and cannot find alternative child care, we will count this as an excused absence.”
The evacuations that were in place were lifted at 7 p.m. Curry says there shouldn’t be any problems getting back home to the beaches because the bridges are all open.
“To the people of Jacksonville, I want to thank you,” Curry says. “We are a people that are resilient, charitable and caring and I’m grateful we got through a storm.”
Duval Schools Superintendent Diana Greene says Friday will be school as normal, but football games won’t be played. Football schedules will be revised to reflect the missed games.
She says any open houses that were scheduled for this week will be made up. You can check your child’s school’s website for information on making those up.