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Mandatory evacuation expanded for visitors in coastal Gulf County

Gulf County has issued a mandatory evacuation of all non-residents located in the Indian Pass, Cape San Blas and Simmons Bayou areas due to anticipated impacts from Hurricane Idalia.

A voluntary evacuation order has been issued for residents and property owners in these areas.

All Gulf County beaches are closed at this time.

The evacuation order will last until it is rescinded by the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners or after seven days, whichever comes first.

At an emergency meeting held shortly before 5:30 p.m. on Monday, the county commissioners declared a local state of emergency due to the storm, which is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane just east of the forgotten coast on Wednesday morning.

At that meeting, a mandatory evacuation order was issued for all visitors located north of the Stump Hole on Cape San Blas as well as all recreational vehicles located in coastal Gulf County.

This report will be updated as information becomes available.

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.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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