Manatee County announces government update, urges caution in days following Hurricane Irma 

  • Sep 11, 2017

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Sept. 11, 2017) – Manatee Sheriff Rick Wells lifted the countywide curfew at 8:30 a.m. this morning as county staff and officials from across the community staffed the Emergency Operations Center, offering several updates on the latest in Hurricane Irma news. 

Bridges to Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key opened at noon today. The following local offices and agencies are closed Monday, Sept. 11 but plan to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 12. 

"Roads around the county remain dangerous as traffic lights are out, and downed power lines and trees may be blocking some areas," said Emergency Management Chief Sherilyn Burris. "We urge you to use caution if you are on the roads."

The Citizens Information Center line, (941) 749-3547, will remain open for Irma inquiries today until 7 p.m. It will operate tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and then close. 

Manatee Schools, County Government and City of Bradenton offices, the Clerk of Circuit Courts office and the Department of Health are all closed today and tomorrow, Sept. 12. 


Manatee County Area Transit buses resume normal routes tomorrow. Para-transit will only deliver dialysis patients on Tuesday. They will reassess Wednesday.

Port Manatee is closed today but will reopen tomorrow, Sept. 12. 

Residents in unincorporated areas without power are asked to limit water use as you may cause sewage back up. 


Manatee County Utilities has issued a Precautionary Boil Water notice for our customers on the island. All water used for drinking or cooking should be boiled as a precaution. A notice will be issued once the water has been shown to be safe, likely within the next 24-48 hours.

Utilities also announced there will be no recycling this week. Trash will be collected on a modified schedule this week as long as your road is passable by the garbage trucks. Residents with Tuesday/Friday collection will have their trash collected on their normal days. Residents with Monday/Thursday collection will have their garbage collected on Wednesday and Thursday this week. 

Garbage collectors will only collect trash that fits inside your garbage can. Large items, debris, and yard waste will not be collected this week. Utilities officials said residents can expect an update later this week on yard waste and debris pickup. 

Visit for more information. If you have any questions, call (941) 792-8811. 

With many local businesses still closed from the storm, Department of Health in Manatee Director Dr. Jennifer Bencie said people can find information on available pharmacies around down by visiting 

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