Q: How does one get a hurricane re-entry permit so they can get back to the home or business after a hurricane?
A: To expedite returning to your home after an evacuation, head to either the St. Pete Beach Fire Department administration building (7301 Gulf Boulevard; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday) or the Building Department (155 Corey Avenue; 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) with your driver’s license or other identification to pick up a hurricane re-entry permit.
These hang tags will allow St. Pete Beach residents, caregivers for St. Pete Beach residents, and businesses re-entry to St. Pete Beach after an evacuation. Residents with the re-entry hang tag pass will get priority access to their area of the city after emergency crews have searched the area and made it as safe as possible.
“Residents are encouraged to acquire their tag before a threat is immediate,” the city’s website explains. For more information on preparing for hurricane season, visit StPeteBeach.org and click on “City Departments,” then select “Fire Department” from the drop-down menu. From there, look for the “Hurricane Awareness” link.