THANK YOU volunteers, city staff, businesses, Duke Energy and support teams, Pinellas County Sheriff Department, Madeira Beach Fire Department, and our great community as a whole for coming together during this time.
POST IRMA - LETTER FROM MAYOR M. BLACK
Residents and Community Members of Madeira Beach,
First, I would also like to thank Madeira Beach’s Acting City Manager, Derryl O’Neal and all of the City staff, fire department, and volunteers who have done an outstanding job of keeping our City on an even keel before, during, and after Hurricane Irma. I would also like to send a huge thank you to the deputies who secured our evacuation route and allowed for re-entry.
Also, a big thank you to the residents and businesses of Madeira Beach who followed the evacuation orders to stay safe. We appreciate your patience during the re-entry period. I know everyone was anxious to return. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Offices control the time in which return is possible to Madeira Beach. In this case they had to delay re-entry until streets were cleared and it was safe to return.
We are so grateful that at the last minute Irma shifted eastward and we avoided a hurricane that could have caused major devastated our City. Madeira Beach was extremely fortunate that we weren’t hit as hard as expected and the storm surge remained minimal. However, my heart goes out for those of you who had damage.
But one thing is clear… Madeira Beach is strong! When people are in are need, we come together and unite as a team. Speaking of helping people, Save On Seafood (next to the Marina on 150th Ave. just before the bridge) are nice enough to be giving away ice…donations only…just bring a cooler.
Mayor Maggi Black
- FEMA – FEMA supports citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all hazards. Apply for assistance on FEMA.org.
- Rebuilding from Irma – Standard fees are being waived for permits relating to damages that occurred during Hurrican Irma. The building department is now accepting applications for emergency building permits and electrical permits. All emergency permits will be a priority.
- Trash Service – Please place all brush and tree debris on the curb as you would normal trash. Please be sure to keep this away from storm drains. Large debris will be moved first for safety. Our public works department is doing their best, please be patient. Support to our local trucks will be in full force beginning Monday.
- Emergency Access Permits – Please note emergency access passes do not expire, please save for the future.
- Sandbags – Please save your sandbags through the end of hurricane season.
- Power – We are still experiencing outages in the city. While Duke Energy missed the original deadline of power on by midnight Friday they are working diligently on all of the remaining outages. Many of these are extreme cases that take specialty crews. The remaining outages have suffered heavy damage and currently are not safe to receive power. View your neighborhood here.
- Cooling Stations – Still out of power? Find the nearest place to cool off here.
More Helpful Links;
- Pinellas County Emergency Information and Evacuation Zones
- Pinellas County Emergency Orders
- Pinellas County Recovery Operations
- Additional questions / concerns – Pinellas County Citizen Information Center (727) 464-4333
Follow our local weather;
Madeira Beach is located on a barrier Island from the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Boca Ciega Bay Intercostal to the east. Hurricane, tropical storms and other threatening weather can present flood hazards to residents due to high tides, storm surges caused by winds, and heavy rainfall. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.
Tropical storms and hurricanes hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings. Good preparation is essential.
Emergency Access Permits
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and the barrier islands have joined forces to provide free Emergency Access Permits to all businesses and residents of the barrier islands. Once a mandatory evacuation order has been lifted, Emergency Access Permits will be required to re-enter the evacuated area. There are nine entry points to the barrier islands. Access will be limited based on the closest entry point to your residence. More information on this program can be found at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office website at www.pscoweb.com/emergency-access-permit.
Emergency Access Permits can be obtained at Madeira Beach City Hall located at 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL 33708.
Tropical storms or hurricanes can threaten your safety. Good preparation is essential. The How to Prepare for a Hurricane Guide will help you.
Helpful Links for Disaster Preparedness & Storm
First Call Alerts for Pinellas County Residents
Pinellas County’s FirstCall service is free to county residents and gives emergency managers multiple ways to get the word out whenever an emergency situation arises. Residents simply register their contact information with FirstCall, and an automated message will be sent to alert subscribers of potentially hazardous situations.
Residents can sign up for the service by visiting this site or calling (866) 484-3264.
For more information about how to prepare yourself and your family for hurricanes, visit Pinellas County Emergency site to find your evacuation level, learn about storm dangers and discover how to create your own disaster plan.