CLEARWATER BEACH, Fla (WFLA) – Clearwater leaders are preparing for a busy holiday weekend and expect the beach to reach capacity.
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is launching their beach capacity dashboard starting today at 1 p.m. The dashboard will be live through Memorial Day weekend.
The Beach Capacity Dashboard will let you know which beaches, bridges, and parking lots are open in Pinellas County.
Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter tells 8 On Your Side they expect large crowds, many expected to come from the hotels along the beach.
“These last two weekends as we first opened we had minimal hotel occupancy. That is continuing to grow and into Memorial Day weekend that will be a big factor. We will expect a lot of the patrons at the hotels who will want to come to the beaches,” said Chief Dan Slaughter.
During a press conference Friday afternoon, Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said the public should not be in groups of more than 10 while on the beach throughout the weekend.
If the area they are wishing to enter is closed, Gualtieri said deputies are able “to redirect them. We want to help them, we want them to enjoy the beaches. We want them to come and have a good time… so we are able to redirect them to open sand.”
To access the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Beach Capacity Dashboard, click here.
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