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Pinellas to open cold-weather shelters Saturday

Pinellas County will open its cold shelters for the homeless on tonight as a cold snap is expected to lead to near-freezing temperatures.

The county is not under a freeze warning, but temperatures are expected to dip into the 30s in some parts, according to weather officials.

"That northeast corner that touched Pasco County could reach near freezing," said Anthony Reynes, a forecaster for the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

Areas south of Clearwater should be in the lower 40s overnight Saturday, Reynes said.

The county typically opens shelters when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. The shelters accept adult men and women starting at 6 p.m. and close the following morning at 6 a.m.

For more information, visit

Adult shelters

Clearwater: Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church, 110 S Fort Harrison Ave.; St. Cecelia Catholic Church, 820 Jasmine Way.

Gulfport: Trinity Church of the Nazarene, 1000 55th St. S.

Pinellas Park: Boys & Girls Club of the Suncoast, 7790 61st St. N.

St. Petersburg: Salvation Army, 1400 Fourth St. S; Turning Point, 1801 Fifth Ave. N; Northwest Presbyterian Church, 6330 54th Ave. N.

Tarpon Springs: St. Timothy's Lutheran Church, 812 E Tarpon Ave.

Families with children

Call to make arrangements for a family, who are placed in motels.

Clearwater: Lewis Hill, (727)644-4795.

St. Petersburg/Pinellas Park: Jim Leiby, (727) 433-2115.

Tarpon Springs: Mary Dekasin, (727)479-2914.

Salvation Army Clearwater: Kip Corriveau, (727)446-6507.

Pinellas to open cold-weather shelters Saturday 01/21/11 [Last modified: Friday, January 21, 2011 11:40pm]
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