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SANDBAGS: Where to get sandbags around Tampa Bay in preparation for Elsa

The Bay area is under a tropical storm warning as Elsa heads toward Florida.

TAMPA, Fla. — As Hurricane Elsa moves through the Caribbean, Tampa Bay remains in the storm's "cone of uncertainty" and could see impacts Tuesday and Wednesday.

In preparation for Elsa, several counties in the Tampa Bay area are opening sandbag sites for individuals to protect their homes and businesses. 

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This list will be updated as more Tampa Bay counties release information.

Hernando County

Hernando County leaders say a limited supply of sand and sandbags will be available July 3 - 5 to prepare for the potential impacts of Hurricane Elsa. 

The self-serve site will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during those days at Linda Pedersen Park located at 6300 Shoal Line Boulevard in Spring Hill. 

If you're getting sand at that site, you'll need to bring your own shovel.

"This self-serve site will remain open until weather conditions begin to deteriorate," the county said in a release. 

The city of Brooksville also opened up a self-serve sandbag site in anticipation of impacts from the storm. 

The Department of Public Works announced it will be opening a self-service sandbag site beginning July 2 at 600 South Brooksville Avenue.

The site will be open 24-hours a day and provide bags, sand and shovels to those who looking to stock up ahead of the storm.

You will be required to fill and transport your own sandbags.

Hillsborough County

Sandbags will be available from the following sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. starting Monday morning:

  • Edward Medard Conservation Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Road, Plant City
  • E.G. Simmons Conservation Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW, Ruskin
  • Ed Radice Park, 14720 Ed Radice Drive, Tampa
  • City of Temple Terrace Sports Complex, 10369 US Highway 301

A maximum of 10 sandbags will be available per family. People are asked to bring an ID to verify they live in the county. 

Tampa also will be distributing sandbags at the following locations from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Tuesday: 

  • Al Barnes Park South, 2902 N. 32nd St.
  • Himes Avenue Complex, 4501 S. Himes Ave.
  • MacFarlane Park, 1700 North MacDill Ave.

Pasco County

In preparation for the storm, the county has opened four self-serve sandbag sites. They will be open 24 hours a day. You will need to bring your own shovel. 

Pinellas County

People in unincorporated Pinellas County who are "vulnerable to flooding from rainfall" can get sandbags Tuesday at two separate sites.

The following locations are open from  7 a.m. to noon Tuesday, or until supplies last: 

  • John Chesnut Sr. Park, 2200 East Lake Road.
  • Walsingham Park, 2615 102nd Ave.

The City of St. Petersburg will also distribute sandbags at the following locations at 9 a.m. Tuesday:

  • Northeast Park, 875 62nd Avenue Northeast.
  • James "JC" Turner Fields, 643 22nd Avenue South.
  • Northwest Pool, 2331 60th Street North.

Manatee County

On Tuesday morning the Manatee County Public Works Department will begin providing sandbags to those in need. Three locations will be open from 8 a.m. and stay open for as long as the weather allows. 

Households will be limited to 10 sandbags. Those stopping at any of the three sites should be prepared to show identification or a utility bill to prove they are a resident of the county. 

  • Self-Serve Distribution Site: Public Works Department Stormwater Facility, 5511 39th Street East, Bradenton
  • Full-Service Distribution Site: GT Bray (parking lot), 5502 33rd Avenue Drive West, Bradenton
  • Pre-Made Sandbag Distribution Site: Manatee Beach Parking Lot, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach

An additional site for the city of Bradenton will be held at 1411 9th Street West.

Beach towns

The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce released information on several beach cities providing sandbags in preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Elsa. 

City of St. Pete Beach

Sandbags are available in the parking lot between Public Works and Horan Park (7581 Boca Ciega Dr). 

If anyone needs additional bags or assistance, the staff at the St Pete Beach Community Center and Pool are available the following times: 

Friday: until 8 pm
Saturday: 9-3 pm
Sunday: 12-3 pm (pool)
Monday: 12-3 pm (pool)
Tuesday: 7am-8pm 

City of Maderia Beach:

Sandbags will be self-service throughout the Holiday weekend (4th of July). Bags will be available at the Fire Station (300 Municipal Dr, Madeira Beach, FL 33708). Sand is self-service from the East side of John’s Pass Park.

Town of Redington Beach: 

Sandbags will be available for RESIDENTS ONLY at the Town Hall (105 164th Avenue Redington Beach, FL 33708) 

Town of Redington Shores:

Sandbags will be available on the back porch of the Town Hall (17425 Gulf Blvd., Redington Shores, FL 33708)

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