Storm recovery for Treasure Island

MAIN NUMBER & HELP DESK 727-547-4575
If your property has sustained damage or flooding due to Tropical Storm Eta, the City of Treasure Island can help with your recovery. Here's how to sort out what you need to do, and how the City of Treasure Island can assist.

First, know that the Treasure Island Community Development Department is waiving permit fees for storm and flood related damage repair work due to Tropical Storm Eta now through January 31, 2021.

Next, take these steps:

INSURANCE
  • Take as many photos of the damage and property as possible.
  • Create an inventory of your personal property, including a description, cost and purchase date/age for each item.
  • Call your flood insurance agent for more information on coverage and claims.
  • File your flood insurance claim as soon as possible.
  • Do not sign an Assignment of Benefits (AOB) contract as a condition of having your home repaired.
  • Treasure Island is encouraging all residents to document any property damage using the Online Damage Assessment Tool: https://arcg.is/1T4i9j
CLEAN-UP
  • Remove wet contents immediately to prevent mold. Wet carpeting, furniture, bedding and other similar items holding moisture can develop mold within 24-48 hours.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left behind from floodwater can contain sewage and chemicals.
  • Remove drywall up to approximately 2 feet above the ground. If you are unable to do this, there are many companies that offer this service.
  • If your Treasure Island business has sustained damages due to Tropical Storm Eta, please complete the Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/businessdamageassessments. This information helps to assess the damage and begin the recovery process.

BUILDING PERMITS
HIRING A CONTRACTOR
  • Only hire licensed and insured contractors. Verify that a license is current and active by calling the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board at (727) 582-3100.
  • For tips for post-storm insurance claims and contractors for Treasure Island residents, please visit https://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/tips-for-post-storm-insurance-claims--contractors/.
  • Avoid the following: Failure to use a licensed contractor puts applicants at risk of not receiving full reimbursement for eligible disaster costs.
    • “Fly-by-night” contractors who take deposits and do not do any work.
    • Contractors soliciting work at your house.
    • Contractors who ask you, the homeowner, to obtain the building permit.
BEACH EROSION FROM TROPICAL STORM ETA

Treasure Island was scheduled to receive its next sand nourishment for Sunset and Sunshine Beach in 2023. Due to the severe erosion caused by TS Eta, this project may be moved up to earlier in 2022, with support from the County and the Army Corps. The City anticipates having more information on the renourishment timeline by March 2021. More information this project is available here: https://www.pinellascounty.org/environment/coastalMngmt/nourishment.htm

REPLACING SAND, VEGETATION, DUNE WALKOVERS AND OTHER RECOVERY ACTIVITIES
Traditionally, all activities performed seaward of the Coastal Construction Control Line (known as the CCCL) must be permitted by the State. A map of the CCCL is available here by clicking on the “Map Direct” link: https://floridadep.gov/rcp/coastal-construction-control-line/content/locate-coastal-construction-control-line-cccl.
Pinellas County is currently under an Emergency Final Order due to TS Eta and residents are exempt from requiring State permits for certain activities. However, local permits or authorization is required in all cases. Common activities seaward of the CCCL include construction or repair of stairs or dune walkovers, adding sand lost to erosion, and the planting of native vegetation such as sea oats or sea grapes to help retain the sand. If you are interested in any activity west of the CCCL, please contact the Public Works Department for more information at 727-547-4575 ext. 251.

AND NOW, LINKS TO ALL KINDS OF THINGS
A Severe Weather Toolkit https://www.ready.gov/severe-weather-toolkit
An All-Hazard Guide http://pinellascounty.org/emergency/PDF/All_Hazard_Guide.pdf