**JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY DAY ON OCTOBER 21, 2017 AT 10AM-2PM**
Treasure Island Police Department is located at 180 108th Ave, Treasure Island, 33706 FL. The Chief of Police of the department is Timothy J Casey. The Treasure Island Police Department phone number is 727-547-4595.
**JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL PUBLIC SAFETY DAY ON OCTOBER 21, 2017 AT 10AM-2PM**
We are so proud of Treasure Island Police Officer Myrand and Treasure Island Fire and Rescue Lieutenant Logsdon for their participation in the Guardian Ad Litem Superhero 5K race this past Saturday! Great Job!
**PRESS RELEASE- NARCOTICS ARREST** Case: Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute Location: Gulf Boulevard and 116th Avenue, Treasure Island Date and Time: Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:40 a.m. Report Number: TI17-16387 On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 1:40 am, Treasure Island Police stopped a 2016 Toyota Scion for a traffic violation at Gulf Boulevard and 116th Avenue. During their interaction with the driver, Cynthia Tavera-Boggio, officers smelled marijuana emanating from the vehicle. Further investigation revealed 37 grams of marijuana located in the glove compartment of the vehicle. The marijuana was packaged in nine separate baggies with the cartoon characters, “Mutant Teenage Ninja Turtles” stamped on them. A small scale was located with the marijuana making it apparent that Tavera-Boggio was distributing the pre-adolescent packaged narcotics. Tavera-Boggio was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
Update from Duke Energy at 1:30 am last night: 96% of customers have had power restored. Treasure Island is one of several harder hit areas that still have some power outages. The new estimated time for power restoration is by end of day today, Saturday, September 16th. Treasure Bay is open today from 8 am to 5 pm as a cooling and recharging station for residence. It has AC and TV. Duke Energy is asking for assistance in helping their crews to restore power. If you do not have power, they are asking if you could report such on-line at news.duke-energy.com/Irma or by texting OUT to 57801.
Treasure Island Community Center will open today (Thurs 9/14/17) as a Cooling Station offering bottled water, an air conditioned place to get out of the heat for those still without power, and an electronic device charging station. The Community Center's Cooling Station will remain open until 7:00 PM tonight. We also anticipate opening it again tomorrow (Fri 9/15/17) from 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM. Feel free to bring in a lawn/camping chair if you would like. Pets in crates/cages or on leashes are welcome. There is no cooking facility available, no smoking, and no alcohol allowed in the Community Center. Visit this website for other cooling locations: http://ow.ly/CbIl30f8Knr
Pinellas County News Release: Pinellas: Avoid the heat during power outages County partners to prevent heat-related illness among elderly residents, volunteer facilities sought for AC availability With power outages continuing to affect residents across our community, Pinellas County is working with fire departments and other partners to prevent heat-related illnesses, particularly among the elderly. The county is working with fire departments to assess healthcare facilities and finalize sheltering opportunities for these residents until power is restored. At the same time, the county is asking community recreational centers, churches and libraries to open their facilities as cooling stations during the power outage. Community organizations that are willing to provide air-conditioned/cooling stations during the heat of the day are asked to call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333. The county continues to monitor 911 calls for heat-related emergencies and provide additional assistance as necessary. Older adults do not adjust as well as young people to sudden changes in temperature. They are also more likely to have a chronic medical condition that changes normal body responses to heat or may take medications that affect the body’s ability to control temperature. It’s important to remember to stay out of the sun and seek shade. Citizens can also apply ice packs or use wet, cool compresses to lower body temperature. Tips to avoid heat illness from the Centers for Disease Control: •If a friend or neighbor has power, ask to stay in their air-conditioned home as much as possible, especially in the heat of the day. •Do not rely on a fan as your main cooling source when it’s really hot outside. •Drink more water than usual and don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink; if your doctor limits the amount of fluids you drink or has you on water pills, ask them how much you should drink during hot weather. •Don’t use the stove or oven to cook; it will make your house hotter. •Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing. •Take cool showers or baths to cool down. •Limit physical activity or exposure to the outdoors, and get plenty of rest. •Check on a friend or neighbor and have someone do the same for you. All Pinellas County citizens are urged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by checking local media outlets and the county website (www.pinellascounty.org) and county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.
Pinellas: Residents, businesses can apply for federal assistance for Irma damage. Loans offer federal aid for loss and damage related to disasters • President Trump signed federal disaster declaration Sunday • Federal assistance available through FEMA for individuals and families • Low-interest disaster loans through U.S. Small Business Administration Pinellas County businesses, nonprofit organizations and individuals who suffered damages as a result of Hurricane Irma can now apply for federal assistance. Pinellas is one of numerous counties eligible for federal funds following the issuance of a major disaster declaration Sunday by President Donald Trump. Both individuals and business owners should document any storm-related damage as they return to their homes and businesses, including photos, to include in their applications for assistance. FEMA assistance for individuals: Individuals can register online for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or through the FEMA App. Applicants will need the following to apply: * Social Security Number; * Daytime telephone number; * Current mailing address and address and zip code of the damaged property; and * Private insurance information, if available. FEMA urges those interested to apply as soon as possible, as applications may trigger additional grant assistance. Another option for individuals, including those who use 711 relay or VRS, is to call 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) while those who use TTY can call 1-800-462-7585. The toll-free telephone numbers will operate from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. EDT seven days a week until further notice. Please note: FEMA encourages applicants to use the website first to apply as significant call volume may cause long wait times on the phone. SBA loans for businesses: Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and non-profit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance. Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Businesses that suffered physical damage and need cash flow assistance while waiting for SBA assistance can also contact Pinellas County Economic Development about applying for Florida’s emergency bridge loan program. Beginning Wednesday, Sept. 13, businesses can contact the Pinellas County Small Business Development Center for information about bridge loans at: (727) 453-7200. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. A Disaster Recovery Center location will be set up in Pinellas County for applicants who need in-person assistance with either FEMA or SBA programs. More information will be announced. Pinellas County citizens are encouraged to get updates on Irma recovery efforts by visiting www.pinellascounty.org and following county social media accounts; search hashtag #PinellasIrma.
115th Avenue on Isle of Palms is now open.
***FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS*** POST HURRICANE IRMA • Is the Island open? Yes, entry to Treasure Island is open to the public and a barrier island re-entry hangtag is not required for access. • Are the city streets accessible? Yes, the streets are accessible, however, when issues are reported the Police Department and Fire Department will respond and assess. If a closure is required we will send updates. Currently there are low hanging lines that have been reported, however, those streets have been blocked. • Is power restored to Treasure Island? In some areas but not all. Intermittent areas of Central, Sunset Beach, and Paradise Island have power but most of Isle of Palms and Isle of Capri have not had power restored. • When will power be restored? Unknown, however City staff is working with our Duke Energy partners to prioritize our outage. Duke Energy offers a power outage map online for updates: https://outagemap.duke-energy.com/fl/m.html Most of Paradise and Sunset areas appear to have power, with the central City being spotty. The Capri, Palms and Sunshine areas largely do not have power due to a feeder issue, therefore, it may be several days or even a week until power is restored to these areas. • What is the update with the City sewer system? While we have increased power throughout the island compared to yesterday, however, please continue to conserve water. Examples how to limit water usage: turn off irrigation systems, limit laundry and washing, showers, and flushing. We are asking for your cooperation until electric power is fully restored throughout the island and we can resume normal operations. • What is the damage report for Treasure Island? Staff’s initial assessment is that we fared pretty well with no significant damage or storm surge. Many trees and fences are down, as well as a lot of debris; however, very little structural damage has been reported. • When will City Hall reopen? Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at 8:00am, but we are here today (Tuesday, 9/12/17) to answer calls if you have questions or concerns. City Hall’s phone number is (727) 547-4575. • When will city services resume? Residential garbage services will resume Thursday, 9/14/17. Yard waste can be set out and city staff will begin to pick it up today. If you have construction debris, pile it separately in a location that can be accessed by a claw truck (e.g. not near overhead wires, poles, mailboxes, or vehicles). • How can I help? If you would like to volunteer to assist fellow neighbors, contact Diane at (727) 547-4590. • Is there a location where I can charge my mobile phone battery? Yes, even though City Hall is closed today, we have opened our lobby and set up a charging station that is accessible to the public. We can accommodate a handful of people at a time. • How can I get more information or updates? The city will send urgent notifications through our Code Red alert service, as well as update our website and social media sites with updates as they occur. If you have not signed up to receive Code Red notifications, please be sure to do so by going to this website: https://public.coderedweb.com/cne/en-US/0F12C0DFC22E
ALERT: The 450 block of 115th Avenue is closed due to down power line. It will be closed until further notice.
Treasure Island is opening to residents & business owners. There is limited power throughout the City, therefore, the City sewer system is being partially operated by generators. We do not have a timeframe for when power will be restored, which will enable our system back to return to full capacity. In the meantime, PLEASE, use water sparingly to mitigate sewage overflow. We are asking all residents and business owners to use water sparingly. Examples: turn off irrigation systems, limited laundry and washing, showers, and flushing. We are asking for your cooperation while our sewer systems are being powered in part by generators. We will send further notices as information becomes available.
Due to simultaneous power failures at the majority of our sewer lift stations, the City is unable to resume re-entry to Treasure Island. City staff is working diligently with our Duke Energy partner to prioritize Treasure Island’s sewer system needs to facilitate a prompt return of residents and business owners. We will send another notification through this system, City website, and our social media outlets as soon as the power and sewer system are back online. We thank you for your patience. Our usual communication tools are compromised, however we will try our best to get updates to you as soon as possible. For those who remained on the island, please reduce all water usage as a preventative measure for sewage backup; this includes flushing, washing, showering, and laundry. City Hall will be closed tomorrow, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, but we will strive to provide updates as information is made available.
****HURRICANE IRMA INFORMATION**** In response to Hurricane Irma, starting tomorrow at 6:00am, a mandatory evacuation of Level A areas; which includes Treasure Island and all barrier islands, will commence. In addition tomorrow at 10:00am, access to all barrier islands, including Treasure Island, will be restricted to only residents, property owners, business owners, business employees, and contractors performing work. To gain access you must provide your barrier re-entry permit or current drivers license, vehicle registration, property tax bill, utility bill, proof of employment, or work orders. By Sunday at 8:00am, no one will be permitted to access any of the barrier islands. For more information, including shelter locations, please visit: http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin.htm
Please take a few minutes this week to review your family's emergency plan. Visit https://www.ready.gov/ for more information.
We want to send out a friendly reminder to our friends and supporters. Please join us tomorrow evening, August 25, 2017, at the Treasure Island Community Center from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm as we honor and say thank you to Officer Kathi Lovelace on the occasion of her retirement. Kathi will retire from the Treasure Island Police Department on August 31, 2017 after 31 years of dedicated service to our agency and the community. We hope to see you all there!
Today, the United States will be treated to a total eclipse of the sun. Even though our area is not in the path of totality, please visit the NASA website for safety information. Enjoy! https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov
Members of the Treasure Island Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the members of the Kissimmee Police Department, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and Pennsylvania State Police and their families. These heroes represent the best of this great country. We stand with them during this difficult time.
++++++++++++UPDATE+++++++++++++ To accommodate all of our partners and event participants, the date for our Public Safety Day has been changed to October 21, 2017. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ We are pleased to announce our second annual Public Safety Day. The event will now be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the parking lot of the Public Safety Complex. This community event will include a Bike Rodeo for children ages 5-11, live entertainment, prizes and giveaways which include ten new bicycles, free food, a Seadoo water rescue demonstration, two vehicle extrication demonstrations, antique fire truck display, Sunstar Ambulance as well as tours of the police and fire stations. This year, we are also pleased to have Amos the Wonder Horse, McGruff the Crime Dog, a police K-9 demonstration, our new Police patrol vessel and our new Police and Fire UTV. We hope to see you there!
Happy National City Hall Selfie Day from the City of Treasure Island Staff!
The Treasure Island Police Department has partnered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to recognize August as Child Safety Awareness Month and is reminding motorists to focus on child safety on Florida roads. As children travel to and from school, motorists must ensure they arrive safely by obeying school zone speed limits, remaining attentive around child pedestrians and bicyclists, and properly stopping for school buses. DHSMV offers additional safety tips and downloaded resources for parents and children to keep kids safe in and around vehicles. Visit the DHSMV’s website ww.flhsmv.gov/ChildSafety for more information and use the hashtag #ChildSafetyFL throughout the month to see and share important child safety information.
Yesterday evening, members of the Treasure Island Police Department took part in National Night Out in Pinellas Park! This event was hosted by the Pinellas Park Police Department. Thank you to all who came out to see us! We had a great time!