The City of St. Pete Beach has created COVID-19 pandemic task force (Fire Chief Jim Kilpatrick, Fire Chief/EMS Coordinator Adam Porirrer, City Manager Alex Rey, Public Information Officer Sarah Laracuente).  

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March 26th, 2020-COVID-19 Update

Pinellas County Safer at Home Order - 03-26-2020

 

Transportation and Parking Service Changes & Pinellas: Commission issues "Safer at Home" Order

The City of St. Pete Beach Transportation and Parking services procedures have adapted to the following processes-

To pay a parking ticket:
Please pay online at https://www.parkingticketpayment.com/stpetebeach/

To contest a parking ticket:
Please submit a letter to:
City of St. Pete Beach Processing Center
P.O. Box 2075
Tarrytown, NY 10591-9075

As of today, March 25th, 2020, the Call Center is temporarily down. All parking ticket inquiries or questions should be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Today the Pinellas County Commission voted to place a “Safer at Home” resolution. While many of the items listed in the resolution are enforcing the best practices that the CDC has in place now, there will be additional policies for Pinellas County in place by 12:00pm tomorrow.

During the 3/25/2020 County Commission Meeting

*PCC extends local state of emergency and issues "Safer at Home" order.
*Residents are ordered to follow CDC guidelines, stay home as much as possible save for essential needs.
*Non-essential businesses are ordered to close storefront operations and customer foot traffic unless they are able to comply with CDC guidelines.
*Places of public assembly are ordered to close, including: movie theaters, museums, pool halls, bowling alleys, country clubs and others
*County public parks will stay open; however, playgrounds and basketball courts within the parks will be closed.

The spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to pose a significant health risk to our community. As a result, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday extended its local state of emergency declaration another week and adopted a "Safer At Home" Order for individuals, business owners, and any place of public assembly to slow the spread of the virus. The Order is effective starting Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 12 p.m. and will continue so long as there is a declared local state of emergency in Pinellas.

"It's important for us to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections in Pinellas County while balancing the needs of our community and we are exercising every reasonable power to slow the spread," said Commission Chair Pat Gerard. "These actions, with the cooperation of our Pinellas residents and businesses, will help us prevent worse scenarios in the future."


What the order means:

RESIDENTS

Pinellas residents are ordered to comply with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines of social distancing (6 feet of separation from others and no group gatherings of more than 10), stay home as much as possible and limit non-essential activity. Residents can still leave their homes to meet essential needs such as food, healthcare, laundry and outdoor recreation. Essential activities include:
a.Direct care or support of family members
b.Healthcare and medical services
c.Pharmacies, health care supply stores, and health care facilities
d.Groceries
e.Meal take-outs from local food establishments (including food banks)
f.Essential work duties that cannot be performed from home
g.Primary or emergency care or direct care support for a family member or relative
h.Banks and related financial institutions
i.Laundry services, laundromats
j.Essential home repairs and maintenance (lawn care, plumbing, roofing, etc.)
k.Outdoor activity while following CDC guidelines (examples include: walking pet, hiking, biking).
l.Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities
m.Gas stations, auto-supply and auto-repair facilities


PLACES OF ASSEMBLY

Places that facilitate public assembly, whether indoors or outdoors are ordered to close to the public. This includes, places like public play grounds, publicly accessible children's play centers, bowling alleys, movies and other theaters, country clubs, social clubs and fraternal organizations. Any gatherings involving groups of 10 or more will be told to disperse.
County public parks will stay open, however all playgrounds within the park will be closed. For more information about parks visit http://www.pinellascounty.org/park/default.htm.


BUSINESSES

Non-essential businesses are ordered to close storefront operations and customer foot traffic if they can't meet CDC guidelines. However, businesses may continue internal and minimum basic operations required to maintain the businesses. Businesses are still required to enforce the CDC social distancing guidelines.
Essential businesses may continue operations following the appropriate guidelines to the maximum extent possible. Essential businesses include the following:
-First Responders, Police and Fire, Jails and Prisons
-Hospitals, clinics and other healthcare operations
-Community based organizations providing meals and social services
-Human Service operations
-Garbage and Sanitation workers
-Transportation: including airports and public transportation such as PSTA
-Utilities, Public Works and essential infrastructure
-Critical trades: (Plumbers, Electricians, Exterminators, Security personnel, etc.)
-Government essential service workers
-Gas Stations
-Food: (grocery stores, food banks, restaurants: delivery, take-out or curbside delivery)
-Banks and financial institutions
-Laundromats
-Funeral Services
-Hotel and lodging
-Hardware and supply stores
-Post offices and shipping services

Businesses that do not comply with the order will be subject to the appropriate enforcement action up to and including orders to close and criminal charges.

Additional information about the Stay at Home order will be posted regularly on Pinellas County's COVID-19 resource page: www.pinellascounty.org/covid19.

 

March 21th, 2020-COVID-19 Update

 

 

FREEBEE SUSPENDING SERVICE
In an effort to continue to focus on public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of St. Pete Beach is suspending the Freebee service effective March 22nd, 2020. This suspension of service will be in place until further notice.

PUBLIC BEACH CLOSURE
Citing public health and safety concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Pinellas County Commission on Thursday unanimously extended its state of local emergency another 7 days, and approved a resolution closing Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas effective 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, until April 6, 2020.

The City of St. Pete Beach Parks Division team began posting the necessary signage at 5:00am today. All of the “Beach Closed” signs were up by 7:30am.

 

March 20th, 2020-COVID-19 Update

PUBLIC BEACH CLOSURE
Citing public health and safety concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus), the Pinellas County Commission on Thursday unanimously extended its state of local emergency another 7 days, and approved a resolution closing Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking areas effective 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020, until April 6, 2020.

PRIVATE BEACH PROPERTY
Under the resolution, private owners along the beach are also asked to conform to the CDC guidelines of social distancing by maintaining 6 ft. of separation from others and limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people.

The Board also approved a resolution asking the State of Florida to temporarily close Honeymoon Island State Park including Caladesi Island, in the interest of protecting public health and safety.

Commissioners also urged residents to implement voluntary shelter in place practices.

PUBLIC PARKING WILL BE BLOCKED

The public parking located along the public beaches will not be open for individuals to park.  There will be parking on the westside of Gulf Blvd in Pass-a-Grille will be open for individuals that need to park to pick up food from the restaurants offering curbside pick up.

RESTAURANTS 

Announced today at 2:12pm, Governor DeSantis placed a new executive order to “suspend on-premises food consumption for customers.”  The order was put in place immediately and it is not known as to when this will expire.  Restaurants will need to offer delivery or curbside pick up options to their customers. The City of St. Pete Beach is working with the restaurants to make sure we can help block parking spaces as needed to help them serve their customers.  

We have made several changes internally and externally to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please  click here for methods to help prevent spreading the virus.

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March 16th, 2020-COVID-19 Update


City Staff Staggering Shifts, Working Remotely

In an effort to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the City of St. Pete Beach is creating a program for necessary staff to stagger their shifts and work remotely.

All of the directors, clerk’s department, I.T., and city management are working together to create a process that will ultimately result in working remotely and minimizing human contact by Wednesday, March 18th, 2020. This method will remain in place until further notice.

“Much of what work needs to be done can be done from home”, Alex Rey, City Manager stated.
The goal is to lessen person to person contact during the COVID-19 pandemic, in turn, hopefully slowing down the epidemic.

“We will be processing parking permits and building permits through our website by end of day today.”, Director of Community Development Wesley Wright reported.

Any hourly staff will not be penalized for not working on premise during this time. Knowing the goal is to minimize human contact, the city has closed the Community Center, Library, and public parks. If an employee’s job cannot be done virtually, they will continue to receive their pay.

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COVID 19- UPDATE- March 15, 2020

CLOSURE OF COMMUNITY CENTER AND LIBRARY 

The St. Pete Beach Community Center is taking a number of precautions to protect our patrons, volunteers and employees. 

At this time all programs, fitness classes, childcare activities and events located at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, Aquatic Center & Public Library have been suspended until further notice. 

Exemptions are being made for scheduled private parties under 250 guest such as weddings, graduations & other events hosted at the community center.

Please note primary elections will still take place at the St. Pete Beach Community Center on Tuesday March 17.

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In light of recent news about the appearance of COVID-19 in Florida, please make note of the following:

  • Pinellas County is participating in local coordinating meetings with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas, which is the local lead agency on COVID-19 (part of the coronavirus family), to make sure we have the latest information.
  • For any questions about COVID-19 (coronavirus) and safety tips, visit the DOH website or call the local health department at 727-824-6900.

For those that are in need of fact sheets and resources, please see the CDC resource page here

In accordance with the State of Emergency in Pinellas County, the City of St. Pete Beach has cancelled the following community events:

  • St. Patrick’s Day Block Party- Corey Avenue- March 15th
  • Corey Avenue Sunday Market- March 22nd-March 29th
  • Music in the Afternoon - March 29th
  • PAG Church Event - March 29th
  • Underwater Egg Hunt and Chalk It Up - April 11th
  • Sunrise Service - April 12thBeach Goes Pop - April 17th and 18th

As this situation is very fluid, we are canceling all events scheduled from today through April 18th, 2020. Additional events are subject to cancellation or rescheduling.

In addition, we are making changes to the programs at the Community Center in an effort to provide a safer environment. The Senior Class limit will decrease from 60 to 40 people, allowing there to be more space between participants. The Bridge Club has been cancelled from today through the middle of April. The Lunch and Learns and Senior Excursions have been cancelled until further notice.

At this time, Spring Camp for the children at the Rec Center will still be held from March 16ththrough March 20th, 2020. The Spring Camp field trips have been cancelled, and we’ve added on-site activities to provide entertainment for the children.

For the most current information on COVID-19, please visit www.floridahealth.gov