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Gulf District Schools to close Tuesday and Wednesday for Hurricane Idalia

Gulf District Schools announced that their local campuses would be closing in the coming days in anticipation of expected inclement weather associated with Hurricane Idalia.

The schools will all be closed on Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 in order to prevent students from traveling to school in potentially dangerous situations.

“Coastal Gulf County could begin experiencing tropical storm force winds as soon as tomorrow early in the evening with severe squalls passing through our county during what would be prior to dismissal tomorrow,” wrote superintendent Jim Norton in a press release.

“Needless to say, we are to expect periodic inclement weather tomorrow through Wednesday.  At this time, Idalia remains east of us, but any shift west would place us more in harm’s way.  Already, this system is projected to be at least a Category 3 storm with possible strengthening before landfall, likely in the Florida Big Bend area.  With this information and other uncertainties for tracking at this time, we have decided to err on the side of caution and close all Gulf District Schools for tomorrow (Tuesday, August 29th) and Wednesday (August 30th).  A determination for Thursday will be made later, as we better assess how Idalia impacts our area.  Safety is our number one priority.  Please utilize this time to make any necessary preparations to protect your family and home.”

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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