Hurricane Ian has strengthened as it moves just south of Cuba.

Pinellas County Sheriff Restricting Access To Barrier Islands In Preparation For Hurricane Ian

Pinellas deputies will be restricting access to the Pinellas County barrier islands starting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. – Pinellas deputies will be restricting access to the Pinellas County barrier islands starting at 7:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, in preparation for Hurricane Ian.

Only residents or citizens with legitimate businesses will be allowed access.

The restricted access will continue until the storm passes the Pinellas County area.

Cities/Communities where access is restricted to barrier islands:

  • Belleair Beach
  • Belleair Shore
  • Clearwater
  • Dunedin Causeway/ Honeymoon Island
  • Indian Rocks Beach
  • Indian Shores
  • Madeira Beach
  • North Redington Beach
  • Redington Beach
  • Redington Shores
  • St. Pete Beach
  • Tierra Verde
  • Treasure Island
  • The following citizens will have access to barrier islands:
  • Residents
  • Property Owners
  • Business Owners
  • Business Employees
  • Contractors

In order to gain access to the barrier islands, citizens must provide their Barrier Island Re-Entry Permit or photo ID and reasonable proof that they reside or have legitimate business on the barrier islands. Examples of this include:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Property tax or utility bill
  • Proof of employment (pay stub, work ID, uniform) Work orders

Additional law enforcement resources will be patrolling all of the mandatory evacuation areas to ensure public safety and protect property during this event. This includes the Pinellas County barrier island communities.

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