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Sheriff Gualtieri: Pass-a-Grille beach shut down to nonresidents for the day due to full capacity

Posted at 3:06 PM, May 04, 2020

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. -- As Monday marked the first day of Pinellas County beaches reopening, it didn't take long for some of the beaches to reach full capacity.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said Monday afternoon that Pass-a-Grille beach was one of the beaches that maxed out on the number of beachgoers. He said deputies shut down Pass-a-Grill beach to nonresidents earlier in the day.

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He added the parking spots at Pass-a-Grille is limited to residents with parking permits.

Sheriff Gualtieri said it was important for deputies to keep their eyes on the beaches that had reached full capacity or close to reaching it. But so far, he is pleased with the way beachgoers have complied.

"As long as we're managing it and we're controlling the environment, this is going to be successful," he said. "So far, so good."

Sheriff Gualtieri said the Dunedin Causeway was about 80 percent capacity. Honeymoon Island is at 50 percent, Archibald Beach Park and Madeira Beach reached full capacity, he added.

Over on the other side of the Howard Frankland bridge, Hillsborough and Pasco counties have not yet reopened their beaches.