County closes 3 Pinellas beach parks due to safety concerns

2:56 PM, Jun 26, 2012   |    comments
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Pinellas County, Florida -- The Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department has temporarily closed portions of Fort De Soto, Fred Howard and Sand Key parks due to unsafe surf conditions and tidal flooding.

The county says surf conditions at Fort De Soto Park led to the closure of the beaches and the Gulf pier. Staff will be focusing on clean-up activities while the park is closed to the public.

Wind and surf conditions at Sand Key Park also present a safety concern and the park is closed at this time.

The causeway and beaches at Fred Howard Park are currently closed due to tidal flooding and unsafe surf conditions. The upland portion of Fred Howard Park will remain open at this time.

Citizens are encouraged to postpone visits to parks until the effects of Tropical Storm Debby pass and conditions return to normal.

Park staff are monitoring the situation and plan to open the parks tomorrow, June 27 as normal, weather and conditions permit.

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