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Cold weather shelters opening tonight

Posted: 2:39 PM, Jan 18, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-18 19:55:02Z

As temperatures drop into the 30's tonight, some will be scrambling to find a warm place to get some rest.

With that in mind, local officials in Sarasota and Hillsborough counties are opening cold weather shelters this evening.

Sarasota County Emergency Management and The Salvation Army are opening cold weather shelters tonight. The American Red Cross will hand out blankets.

Below are participating locations and times for Sarasota County:

Sarasota

Salvation Army - Center of Hope, 1400 Tenth Street, Sarasota, will open at 6 p.m.

Venice

Grace United Methodist Church, 400 East Field Ave., Venice, will open at 6 p.m.

North Port

New Hope Community Church 5600 S Biscayne Dr., North Port, will open at 7 p.m.

For more information, call 941-861-5000 or go to the county's website at www.scgov.net.

Meanwhile, in Hillsborough County, anyone who needs transportation to a cold weather shelter should call 813-272-7272 between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to arrange a ride.

Below are participating locations and times for Hillsborough County:

Wimauma    

Bethune Recreation Center, 5809 Edina St. in Wimauma
        This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults.
        Phone: (813) 672-7881

Town N'Country

Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road in Town ‘N Country
        This shelter opens at 6 p.m. and is for adults.
        Phone: (813) 554-5004

Tampa

Metropolitan Ministries, 2106 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
        This location is where families go for motel vouchers beginning at 5 p.m.  
        After hours phone: (813) 209-1077

Tampa

 Salvation Army, 1514 N. Florida Ave. in Tampa
        This shelter opens at 4 p.m. and is for adults only.
        After hours phone: (813) 221-4440