Permits required for Pinellas County beach communities to return after evacuation

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. - In an effort to prevent looting and burglary after a large-scale mandatory evacuation, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents.

Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter an evacuated area. You will be asked to hang the permit from your vehicle’s rearview mirror for re-entry into the area after the evacuation.

Law enforcement posted at city entrances will scan the barcode on your permit to verify your residence. This process is aimed to keep trespassers from easily accessing your property after evacuating for Hurricane Irma.

Emergency Access Permits are mandatory for Pinellas County Beach communities. City officials are now registering and distributing the permits.

These are the cities that are requiring Emergency Access Permits:

  • Belleair Beach — Contact City Manager Nancy Gonzalez to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-595-4646 or ngonzalez@cityofbelleairbeach.com
  • Belleair Shore — Contact your local government to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-593-9296 or belleairshore@yahoo.com
  • Clearwater — Contact your local government to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-562-4141 or reentryhangtag@myclearwater.com
  • Indian Rocks Beach — Contact Indian Rocks Beach Officials to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-595-2517 or dtaylor@irbcity.com
  • Indian Shores — Contact Fran Meegan to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-595-5414 or fmeegan@myindianshores.com
  • Madeira Beach — Contact Fire Chief Derryl O’Neal to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-391-3400 or reentrytags@madeirabeachfl.gov
  • North Redington Beach — Contact Town Hall to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-391-4848 or townclerk@townofnrb.com
  • Redington Beach — Contact Town Clerk Missy Clarke to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-391-3875 or townclerk@townofredingtonbeach.com
  • Redington Shores — Contact Town Clerk Mary Palmer to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-397-5538
  • St. Pete Beach — Contact your local government to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-363-9206 or reentrytag@stpetebeach.org
  • Tierra Verde — Contact your local government to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727- 582-6636 or tvhurricanereentry@pcsonet.com
  • Treasure Island — Contact your local government to learn more about receiving your free permit: 727-547-4575 Ext. 0 or info@mytreasureisland.org.

For all other questions related to the Emergency Access Permits, contact Lt. Nick Lazaris at nlazaris@pcso.net or 727-582-6255. 

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