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WHAT'S OPEN? Here's what's reopening in the Tampa Bay area after Ian impact

Businesses and airports are turning on the "open" sign as Hurricane Ian leaves the state of Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. — Hurricane Ian, which was a Category 4 hurricane when it hit near the Tampa Bay area on Wednesday, shut down multiple businesses and airports in the area this week. 

Officials and businesses have started announcing when they will reopen. Here is a list of places that have announced when they will reopen. 


Tampa International Airport 

Tampa International Airport (TPA) announced on Thursday that it would reopen on Friday at 10 a.m. Travelers are asked to arrive at the airport at least two hours before their flight departs. Travelers should also monitor their airlines for any updates. 

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport

St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport (PIE) will reopen on Friday morning. PIE said it had no significant damage to the airport terminal and its parking lot. Travelers should monitor their airline's direct email and text communications for updated flight information.  

Sarasota Bradenton International Airport

The Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) said it will open to the public Friday. The airport urges people to check directly with their airline regarding flight information.

Grocery stores 


Some Publix stores in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Lake, Hernando, Manatee and Osceola counties have reopened. You can check the hours of the store near you on the Publix website. As of 11 a.m. 496 Publix locations in Florida were operating on modified hours. 


According to the store's website, multiple locations in certain Tampa Bay area cities are closed both Thursday and Friday. They will reopen on Saturday.

Find information on a specific store near you by clicking here.


All local locations of the wholesale club are closed until 10 a.m. Friday when they plan to reopen after severe weather.

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According to Google, Walmart locations around the Tampa Bay area are set to open their doors at 6 a.m. Friday. Currently, the company's website is recording 264 stores and clubs (including Sam's Club) closed as of Thursday night.

Click here to see if your closest store is closed as well.

Trader Joe's

This popular grocery store is set to open by 8 a.m. Friday for people to get their specialty items. 

Sprouts Farmers Market

The supermarket chain was closed all Thursday following Hurricane Ian blowing through Florida. According to the store's website, the doors will open on Friday, Sept. 20 during normal business hours.

Search for your local store here.


After being closed Thursday, locations around the Tampa Bay area are set to open Friday morning for shoppers. Click here to search specific times for your local location.

Gasoline & Fuel

Many gas stations in the Tampa area are without fuel and/or power. To find out which stations are have fuel, use the GasBuddy app, which allows users to view gas, diesel and power availability. 

READ MORE: Gas near you: GasBuddy app identifies fuel availability amid Hurricane Ian



Several Walgreens locations in Tampa are closed until further notice. To find out which locations are open, click here


Several Tampa-area CVS locations are temporarily closed due to the effects of Hurricane Ian, according to the company's website. To see which locations are closed, click here. Be sure to select "store details," which will display the status of a location. The store locator webpage lists normal business hours and does not account for Hurricane Ian closures. 


Clearwater Marine Aquarium 

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium will reopen at 10 a.m. this Friday. Guests who head to CMA this weekend will receive a $5 off ticket price as Floridians recover from the stress brought on by Ian. Guests can purchase tickets on the CMA website

Disney World

Walt Disney World said Thursday afternoon that its teams will reopen the parks and Disney Springs “in a phased approach” starting Friday. 

Universal Studios

Conditions permitting, Universal Orlando’s site says it anticipates reopening its parks – including Halloween Horror Nights – starting Friday. The site also stated the park expects to reopen of portions of the park for "hotel guests only" beginning Friday, Sept. 30.  

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

The Tampa-based amusement park is remaining closed through Friday, Sept. 30. Plans are set to reopen Saturday, Oct. 1.

The Florida Aquarium

The aquarium is set to reopen at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1. Animals and the facility are safe following Ian blowing through.

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

 According their website, ZooTampa is set to resume normal business hours on Friday. Their hours are 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Piertober Fest

The Oktoberfest-style festivities are postponed. No new date has been selected yet. 

Tampa Museum of Art

The art museum is slated to reopen Friday at 10 a.m. with regular business hours. A statement from the museum's website says they invite anyone who lost power in Tampa Bay to visit the museum to use free Wi-Fi or recharge cell phones. 

Tampa Bay History Center

The museum will reopen on Friday at 10 a.m. with free admission, according to their website. 

Fort De Soto Park 

Fort De Soto park in Pinellas County is scheduled to reopen at 7 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2., the county announced in a news release.

The campground, Gulf Pier concession and restroom building at the park will reportedly remain closed until power is restored to the area. The Gulf Pier itself will still be open, the county said.  


University of Tampa

According to the university's website, UT will resume full operations and classes on Monday, Oct. 3. Meanwhile, residential students may return to residence halls beginning Friday at 10 a.m. Services including dining, campus safety and more will be available this weekend with limited hours. 

University of Southern Florida

USF classes and normal operations will resume Monday, Oct. 3. All residence halls are open on the Tampa campus. Students at the St. Petersburg campus may return to their residence halls beginning Friday at noon. The university is working to restore select business operations, including dining and recreational facilities beginning Friday. 

Florida College

Classes will resume on Monday, Oct. 3. Students who evacuated campus must return no earlier than Saturday at 6 a.m. and no later than Sunday at 11 p.m. The college said they would produce a new update on conditions sometime on Friday. Click here to read more. 

Sarasota County Schools

In a press release from the district, Sarasota County Schools announced they would be closed until further notice. Damage from Hurricane Ian included downed powerlines, flooding, power outages and more. 

Everglades University

All campuses are closed on Friday, Sept. 30, except for Boca Raton campus, which is open Friday. 


Skyway Bridge

The Sunshine Skyway Bridge has reopened to traffic in both directions as wind speeds have dropped to 30 miles per hour. Drivers are still asked to use caution due to debris on the highway shoulders.  

Ringling Causeway and Siesta Bridges

Both the Ringling Causeway and Siesta Key bridges are now open to all traffic. Water and sewer services have also been restored to the barrier islands.

The Courtney Campbell Causeway, Cortez Bridge, Gandy Bridge and Howard Frankland Bridge have all reopened, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Sanibel Causeway in Lee County was damaged during Hurricane Ian and is currently impassible. Officials said a portion of the bridge will need to be rebuilt.

Credit: NOAA

This list will be updated as more places announce reopening dates. 

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