Garth Brooks in Orlando

The Garth Brooks concert originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday has been rescheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday at Amway Arena in Orlando. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the show starts at 3 p.m. The show at 7 p.m. Saturday remains scheduled. The show scheduled for Thursday will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday. Another show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

State offices

  • Gov. Rick Scott directed state offices to be closed on Thursday and Friday in the following counties: Baker, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Citrus, Clay, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Glades, Hendry, Highlands, Indian River, Lake, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, Putnam, Seminole, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Sumter and Volusia.
  • City of Auburndale Board of County Commissioners offices will close at 2 p.m. Thursday and remain closed for Friday.
  • All Board of County Commissioners’ offices will close at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016) and will remain closed on Friday, October 7

Health departments

Department of Health offices in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties will be closed Friday.

City of Winter Haven

All nonemergency offices will be close at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and remain closed on Friday. Garbage collection scheduled for Friday has been changed to Saturday.


The Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department announced it will be closing Pine Island Park at noon Thursday. All parks will be closed Friday with the exception of the ungated Rogers Park, Bayport Park, Jenkins Creek and the Hernando Beach boat rmap. All parks are expected to reopen Saturday.

Polk County Parks and Recreation has suspended all camping in the Polk County campgrounds due to Hurricane Matthew. These include Saddle Creek, Lake Rosalie, Lake Arbuckle, Port Hatchineha and Coleman Landing. The parks remain open at this time but the campers have left and the county is not accepting any new campers at this time.

Lowry Park Zoo

Lowry Park Zoo will delay opening Friday until 11:00 a.m. The zoo plans to remain open Friday until 10 p.m. for the opening night of its all-new Halloween event, Creatures of the Night. The zoo will have staff onsite Friday morning focused on safety concerns, removal of debris on the property and ensuring animal safety.

The Florida Environmental Education Center, or Zoo School, which provides daycare, and preschool, follows the Hillsborough County Public School (HCPS) calendar – and will be closed Friday.

Lightning game canceled

The Tampa Bay Lightning's preseason game Thursday against the Florida Panthers in South Florida has been canceled due to Hurricane Matthew, both teams announced.

UCF game postponed

Hurricane Matthew has forced the University of Central Florida to postpone its Friday night football game against Tulane. UCF and Tulane share an open date on Nov. 5, which is now the scheduled make-up date.


Hernando County Transit announces that it will be suspending TheBus services on Friday, October 7, 2016. Services will resume Monday, October 10, 2016.


The Lakeland Community Based Outpatient Clinic will be closed Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8, due to Hurricane Matthew. Patients with appointments for Friday or Saturday will be contacted to reschedule those appointments. The James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa and all other outlying clinics and facilities are operating on a normal schedule.

The Suncoast District of the U. S. Postal Service (USPS) has announced suspension of delivery and retail operations in some ZIP Code areas due to the approach of Hurricane Matthew. Post Offices (PO) with ZIP Codes beginning with the first three digits 329 have the following changes:

The Cocoa Beach PO; 500 N. Brevard Avenue Cocoa Beach, FL 32931; and Patrick Air Force Base PO, 424 Falcon Avenue Patrick AFB, FL 32925 are closed today.

Post Offices along the Barrier Islands, listed below, will close at Noon and mail delivery will stop at Noon today.

  • Melbourne Beach PO, 504 Ocean Avenue, Melbourne Beach, FL 32951
  • Indialantic PO, 200 N. Palm Avenue, Indialantic, FL 32903
  • Satellite Beach PO, 1071 S. Patrick Drive Ste 101, Satellite Beach, FL 32937
  • Merritt Island PO, 333 Crockett Blvd., Merritt Island, FL 32953
  • Cape Canaveral PO, 8700 Astronaut Blvd., Cape Canaveral, FL 32920