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Here’s what’s open and what’s not this Veteran’s Day

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Veteran’s Day is Wednesday, which obviously means we should all thank a vet. But it also means a bunch of stuff is closed in observation of our nation’s heroes. So, to make it a little easier, here’s a run-down of what is and isn’t closed in St. Pete.

City Hall and other government facilities including the Municipal Services Center will be closed. So, if you need to pay a water bill or parking ticket in person, do it Monday or Tuesday.

Community libraries will also close their doors in honor of veterans as well as the Greenhouse, Enoch Davis Center, Sunshine Center, Dwight H. Jones neighborhood Center, Jamestown Apartments and Townhomes Office, the Coliseum and Sunken Garden’ business offices.

Sunken Gardens will remain open for visitors, however, and any U.S. military veterans or active military members with valid ID can get in for free.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve will also remain open as well as the city’s three municipal golf courses including the just remodeled Twin Brooks course on 22 Avenue South.

North Shore Aquatic Complex, the Mahaffey Theater Box Office, the Municipal Marina Ship’s Store, rec centers, brush sites and the city’s beach concession stand on Treasure Island will all also remain office.

And the best news of all for veterans and civilians alike: there will be no changes to trash or recycling pickup schedules. Emergency services for water or sewage problems will also be available by calling the city’s Water Resources Department at 727-893-7261.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email

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