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Museums in Florida reopen after Hurricane Ian –

Last week, Ian made landfall in southwest Florida as a Category 4 hurricane. Officials are still assessing the damage: hundreds of thousands without electricity. The flood waters are still so high that some citizens go on kayaks, while others await search and rescue missions. As the government works to restore critical infrastructure, technical institutions across the state are returning to operating fairly normally.

The Tampa Museum of Art, located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, survived any serious damage to its building during a landfall or subsequent flooding.

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“Our thoughts are with some of the individuals and communities affected by the storm,” the museum said in a statement Friday. It resumed normal business hours Friday and called on anyone who lost power in Tampa Bay “to find some peace in our galleries and use the free Wi-Fi or recharge cell phones at the museum’s Vinik Family Education Center.”

After a brief closure, Perez, the Orlando Museum of Art, and the Norton Museum of Art have all reopened their doors as well, with minimal damage to any property. The Bass Museum of Art, a non-profit organization located in Miami Beach, is also operating as usual.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, located in Sarasota, has suffered “some damage” according to a museum spokesperson, but “structures and collections are safe.” Museum programs and events have been canceled, and the campus remains closed for “assessment and survey.” On Monday, the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office warned residents of a possible breach of the Hidden River Dam that could flood nearly 70 homes.

As of Monday, at least 88 people have died in Florida due to Hurricane Ian, which was one of the most powerful hurricanes ever recorded in the state.

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