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    Most institutions closed after attack plan to open today

    By Times staff

    © St. Petersburg Times,
    published September 12, 2001

    Several businesses and government offices closed Tuesday, responding to security concerns and also to the need to show respect to the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attack.

    Many planned to reopen today, but some had not made a decision by late Tuesday. Here is a look at some of the institutions that closed in response to the tragedy, and which ones plan to reopen today.

    Closings today

    Classes are canceled at the Stetson University College of Law, but will resume Thursday.

    Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce evening events, including a reception scheduled for tonight and an award ceremony scheduled for Thursday night, will be postponed until further notice.

    The Gulf Beaches of Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce mixer scheduled for tonight at the Hilton hotel in North Redington Beach has been canceled.

    The American Jewish Congress Southeast Region canceled a dinner scheduled for tonight in Miami that was to honor former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, now a Democratic candidate for governor.

    A look at what happened Tuesday

    AIRPORTS: Closed nationwide.

    ENTERTAINMENT: The Janet Jackson concert originally scheduled for Tuesday at the Ice Palace in Tampa was rescheduled for tonight. The Cowboy Junkies concert at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg was postponed. More information is on Page 2B in today's paper.

    Busch Gardens in Tampa, Weeki Wachee Springs in Hernando County and Disney World closed in the afternoon. Busch Gardens and Disney World plan to reopen today.

    Tickets will not go on sale as scheduled Saturday for an Oct. 28 Britney Spears concert at the Ice Palace. The concert date is not expected to change, and promoters will announce when tickets are to go on sale.

    BUSINESS: Several malls in the Tampa Bay area closed at mid afternoon and plan to reopen for normal business hours today. These include: Brandon TownCenter in Brandon, Citrus Park Town Center in Hillsborough County, Countryside Mall in Clearwater, ParkSide Mall in Pinellas Park, University Mall in Tampa, Gulf View Square Mall in Pasco Country and Crystal River Mall in Citrus County.

    At International Plaza, the new mall in Tampa that plans a grand opening Friday, some pre-opening events were canceled or scaled back.

    Among banks, First Union and Wachovia, which it recently purchased, shut down for the day, citing concerns about business and customer safety. The bank said it expects offices to reopen today for normal hours.

    Bank of America set a $5,000 limit on cash withdrawals and evacuated some offices in high-rise buildings, including three in Tampa. Most banks were open Tuesday but reported business was slow.

    The Builders Association of Greater Tampa canceled a Tuesday trade show and will reschedule it later.

    The Florida Bankers Association annual convention scheduled for this week in Naples has been canceled.

    GOVERNMENT/POLITICS: The Redington Shores Town Council, Indian Rocks Beach City Council and Largo City Commission work session meetings were canceled.

    The Hernando County Commission ended its meeting after scheduled public hearings but before completing its agenda. The items that did not come up for discussion as scheduled will be dealt with Sept. 18.

    The U.S. District Courthouse in Tampa closed at noon and so did several state court buildings, but they were expected to reopen during normal business hours today.

    All federal buildings and monuments were closed and are scheduled to reopen today.

    COLLEGES/UNIVERSITIES: Classes were canceled at several colleges and universities, including St. Petersburg College, the University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, Pasco-Hernando Community College, University of South Florida, University of Florida and Florida State University. Most intended to resume classes today.

    SCHOOLS: Most public schools throughout the Tampa Bay bay area remained open and planned to open as usual today. However, athletic events were canceled Tuesday in most area counties other than Pinellas.

    Back-to-school nights were canceled at Boca Ciega, Largo, Seminole and Tarpon Springs high schools in Pinellas County. They will be rescheduled later.

    SPORTS: Tuesday's Tampa Bay Devil Rays game against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field was postponed, as were all other scheduled major league baseball games. Several other sporting events were canceled and are being rescheduled. See the Sports section in today's paper for more information.

    OTHER: Aeromed, the helicopter that transports trauma victims to Tampa General Hospital, was grounded for about an hour but was operating again with restrictions by shortly after noon.

    CLOSINGS ELSEWHERE: NASA's Spaceport at Cape Canaveral (on its highest state of emergency readiness ever), the Latin Grammys in Los Angeles, the state Capitol in Tallahassee and many others.

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