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Emergency cold weather shelter to open this weekend in Fort Pierce

NewsEmergency cold weather shelter to open this weekend in Fort Pierce

FORT PIERCE – An emergency cold weather shelter will open Friday as temperatures are expected to drop across the Treasure Coast this weekend, a release states.

In the Image of Christ, a faith-based, non-profit organization, will operate the shelter at Percy Peek Gym, 2902 Avenue D in Fort Pierce, in partnership with St. Lucie County and the City of Fort Pierce.

The shelter opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday and closes at 10 a.m. Sunday.

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Temperatures are expected to dip to the mid-40s this weekend with wind gusts reaching 30 mph.

Kathy Copeland, Indian River County spokesperson, said Thursday afternoon a decision has not yet been made whether a shelter will open there. A Martin County spokesperson could not immediately be reached.

In the Vero Beach area, Copeland said a religious charity called The Source at 1015 Commerce Avenue plans to make its 36-bed “Dignity Bus” available beginning at 9 p.m nightly during the bout of cold weather.

She said additional resources for Indian River County would likely be announced after her staff contacts additional nonprofits in the area.

For more information about the shelter in Fort Pierce, contact Pastor Hazel Hoylman at 772-359-9653.

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