Golf courses in Florida have closed due to Tropical Storm Irma, the state’s governor said Friday.
Rick Scott said in a statement that his office has directed the Florida Game and Fish Department to begin the process of closing golf courses across the state, citing the need to reduce the number of golf courses in the state.
“We know that the majority of our golf courses will be impacted, and we know that many are already closed due the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma,” Scott said.
Florida’s golf courses, many of which are in areas devastated by Hurricane Irma, were already closed for the holidays.”
We will have more information as it becomes available.”
Florida’s golf courses, many of which are in areas devastated by Hurricane Irma, were already closed for the holidays.
Scott, a Republican, said in the statement that the state was working to restore and repair the golf courses as quickly as possible.
The golf course closure is expected to last until Tuesday.
The storm also caused flooding, damage to structures and knocked out power in parts of the Sunshine State.
Rick Perry declared a state of emergency in the Orlando area Friday morning.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has warned that golf courses may be closed for at least another week or more as it tries to determine the damage from Hurricane Irma.
The agency is offering assistance to affected golfers.
Scott has ordered the closure of about 1,600 golf courses and three state parks as well as a beach at the state park in Naples, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The governor also ordered the Florida National Guard to begin evacuating hundreds of thousands of people in the storm-ravaged state, including in Fort Myers, Fla., and Jacksonville, Fla.