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Clearwater COVID-19 Update: Closures & City Facility Changes

Post Date:03/18/2020 3:15 PM

Clearwater, FLA. - As we all try to go through this uncertain time, the city of Clearwater knows you have concerns about how we will continue to provide necessary city services to you. The city of Clearwater would like to provide you with the following updates concerning the operation of various city facilities. The city will continue to provide updates as the situation changes.

  • Libraries
    • All Clearwater library branches are closed to the public until further notes. Libraries will continue to offer some services, including phone and online reference and support while closed to the public.
    • Even though the Clearwater Main Library is closed, residents who wish to attend the Emergency City Council Meeting at 5 p.m. March 18 will be allowed in the Main Library at 4 p.m. (Residents are encouraged to watch the meeting on CVIEW TV, streaming video, on the city's Facebook feed, or on the city's YouTube channel. C-VIEW TV is available on Spectrum (channel 638), Wow! (channel 15), and Frontier (channel 30).
  • Recreation Centers
    • All Clearwater recreation centers, pools, the Aging Well Center, the McMullen Tennis Complex, and all programs targeted toward the senior population (Silver Sneakers and Enhance Fitness®) are closed until further notice. 
  • Engineering, Planning and Development Departments
    • The Engineering Department office at the city's Municipal Services Building, 100 S. Myrtle Ave., will close to the public at 2:30 p.m., March 18.
    • The  Planning and Development Department is now closed to the public. The department is still available by phone to assist all building, zoning and code compliance customers. 
    • The department is in the process of updating its website with directions to allow for email submittal of right-of-way permits.
    • Customers can continue to submit online permit applications and paper permits (such as building, sign and fire), which may be dropped off in the lobby of the Municipal Services Building, 100 S. Myrtle Ave., during business hours.
    • Business Tax Receipt applications may also be dropped off in the lobby.
    • Paper applications with a job value less than $1 million should be dropped off in a box in the downstairs lobby. For projects with a value of more than $1 million, customers should make an appointment to arrange dropoff of plans due to the size.
    • Staff will email permits and business tax receipts to customers if they can fit in an 11x17. For larger plans, the department will make an appointment with the applicant and meet them downstairs in Utility Customer Service, on the first floor of 100 S. Myrtle Ave., and give them the permit. 
    • The department will provide all exterior inspections. Internal building inspections will be handled in a variety of ways. Certain inspections can be deferred for 30 days. If they can’t, the department will determine if an inspection can be done through an alternative method (Facetime, video or photographs). If an inspector can make a decision based on these methods (i.e. can see what they need to see), the department will go forward. Otherwise, the department will go to the property. In the event someone is quarantined or sick and our inspector is not comfortable, the department may defer the inspection. 
    • The city's Code Compliance team will continue inspections.
    • Land resource arborists will continue to review, inspect and issue tree permits and perform land, clearing and grubbing inspections.
    • Attendance at neighborhood meetings are suspended at this time.
    • Placemaking initiatives are suspended at this time.

This is an evolving situation, and updates will be made as they become available. For more information about the city's COVID-19 response, visit Clearwater's COVID-19 information page on myclearwater.com. Thank you for your understanding as the city of Clearwater continues to do what is in the community’s best interest during this difficult time.

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