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The latest on hurricane preparations: Pinellas County

Do you live in Pinellas County? Here’s what you need to know about Hurricane Dorian.
Preparations are underway in Pinellas County for Hurricane Dorian.
Preparations are underway in Pinellas County for Hurricane Dorian.
Published Aug. 29, 2019
Updated Aug. 29, 2019

Sandbags, unincorporated Pinellas County

The county advised people to check first with the cities where they live.

Otherwise, the county sites below are open 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, and and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday while supplies last.

John Chesnut Sr. Park: 2200 East Lake Road in Palm Harbor

Walsingham Park: 12615 102nd Ave North in Largo

Lealman Exchange: 5175 45th St. N in St. Petersburg

Limit 20 per person. Materials will be supplied and shovels are available. Staff can help those who need it.

The Citizen Information Center is (727) 464-4333.

Register for emergency alerts at

Sandbags and more in St. Pete Beach

Sandbags are available for pick up from the Public Works Building, at 7581 Boca Ciega Drive. Limit 10 bags, shovels available.

Pump trucks are on standby to assist if needed.

If there is a need for distribution of re-entry tags, they can be picked up from City Hall or the fire station during normal business hours.

If necessary, alerts will come via Facebook and the SPB app.

Sandbags and more in Pinellas Park

The city has opened self-service sandbag sites for residents only.

Pinellas Park residents can get up to 10 sandbags each by showing a water bill and/or valid driver’s license. Pickup location and times:

Helen Howarth Park, 6401 94th Ave N. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

Pinebrook Park, 7202 118th Ave N. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Broderick Park, 6101 66th Ave N. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday.

Weekend pickup times are to be determined.

For more information about sandbags, contact the Public Works Department at (727)369-5617.

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