TARPON SPRINGS — With the National Weather Service expecting temperatures to dip into the 30s the next three nights, cold-weather shelters throughout Pinellas County will open their doors to help protect the homeless from the harsh conditions. The county had initially planned to open the facilities for Wednesday night only, but a press release sent at 2:43 p.m. this afternoon expanded their days of operation to also include Thursday and Friday nights. The seven shelters will all open at 6 p.m. and accept guests all night long before closing each morning at 6 a.m. Tarpon Springs' shelter is St. Timothy's Lutheran Church at 812 E. Tarpon Ave. The church's capacity is 25 guests.
Three other shelters are located in North Pinellas, with two in Clearwater and one in Pinellas Park. The Clearwater facilities are Peace Memorial Presbyterian Church at 110 S. Fort Harrison Ave. and St. Cecelia Catholic Church at 820 Jasmine Way. The Pinellas Park shelter is at the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast in Pinellas Park at 7790 61st St. N. Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm, safe place to spend the night, and breakfast in the morning.