Power still out? Where to charge devices for free in Tampa Bay
Charging stations have been set up around Tampa Bay for residents to charge their phones and other devices during widespread power outages caused by Hurricane Irma.
The city has set up four charging stations for residents to charge their phones and other devices. The charging stations will be open until 6 p.m. Wednesday. They will open again on Thursday, though the city said it was still working out those hours. Look for updates on the City of St. Petersburg's Facebook page.
Mayor Rick Kriseman said the city is partnering with AT&T among others on the stations at Carter G. Woodson Museum at 2240 9th Ave. S., Shore Acres Recreation Center at 4230 Shore Acres Blvd and NE and Child’s Park Recreation Center at 4301 13th Ave. S.
A Cricket spokeswoman later said there would be a fourth charging station at North Shore Aquatic Complex, 901 North Shore Dr. NE. The city also reminded residents they can charge devices at the city's main library at 3745 9th Ave. N. Kriseman said the city is trying to alleviate the hurricane’s frustrating impact on daily life.
“We’re doing everything we can in this difficult time to make sure your life is just a little easier,” the mayor said.
Cricket Wireless said it would have a charging station open in Tampa on Wednesday from 3 to 6 p.m. That station is at New Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 2511 E Columbus Drive.
The Hillsborough County Public Library system has limited services right now and hasn't re-opened all of its branches yet, but they released a list of open locations on Wednesday where you can charge devices and use the internet from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. this week. They include John F. Germany Public Library, North Tampa Branch Library, Jimmie B Keel Regional Library, Maureen B. Gauzza Public Library, 78th Street Community Library, Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library and New Tampa Regional Library.
Brandon Regional Library, 619 Vonderburg Drive, Brandon, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week.
Austin Davis Public Library, 17808 Wayne Road, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week.
The City of Pinellas Park said Pinellas Park City Hall and Park Station at 5851 Park Blvd. has outlets available so that you can bring your phone charger and plug in. Those outlets are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday. The Barbara S. Ponce Public Library announced that it has plenty of outlets for charging in its meeting room at 7770 52nd St. N and is open until 8:30 p.m. daily.