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'Ding' Darling closing Wednesday to prepare for Hurricane Irma

September 5, 2017
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

Due to preparations for Hurricane Irma, the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island will be closing early on Wednesday, Sept. 6 and will remain closed until further notice. The Visitor & Education Center will close at noon, and the Wildlife Drive and Tarpon Bay Recreation Area will both close at 4 p.m. All of our visitors and partners are urged to also take appropriate precautions for Hurricane Irma.

A safety assessment will be conducted post-storm. The refuge will reopen as soon as it is practically possible. Further announcements will be made at that time. To confirm refuge hours please call 239/ 472-1100 or check the refuge's official Facebook page for the most current information: www.facebook.com/dingdarlingrefuge

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