Mayor's Message

Mayor Patrick C. Soranno

Dear Residents,

Registration for COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone 65 years and older in Pinellas County re-opens at 10 a.m., Saturday, January 23, following a new shipment of 8,000 doses from the State of Florida. Appointments start early next week and are expected to fill quickly. More information can be found on the Pinellas County website:


In alignment with the State of Florida, patients will now be asked to show proof of Florida residency to receive a vaccine. Examples include: a valid Florida Drivers License, state issued ID, deed, or utility bill with the patient's name and address. Part-time residents will be asked to provide part-time rental agreement. 

We understand demand is still very high with a limited supply. Below is a checklist of what information is needed and the steps to take to create an account and sign up for an appointment. View or download the list by clicking checklist.

NOTE: If you have already created a pre-registration account, all you have to do is log in tomorrow around 10:00 a.m. and attempt to sign up for an appointment.

Pre-Registration Check List 

To Create your account at you will need the following information:

  1. Enter your full name, date of birth, phone number, email, home address (only persons with a Florida address will be vaccinated), gender, race, and ethnicity. You will also need to be ready to provide some information about your medical history when booking the appointment.
  2. For the insurance related fields, you may submit it or click “Decline to Answer”. Insurance is not required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and you will not be billed for this service. 
  3. A notepad or somewhere you can write your username and password to use later. 

 To schedule your appointment when slots become available: 

  1. Create or access your account at, or sign in using your username and password if you already have an account.
  2. Complete the COVID-19 Vaccine Liability Release Waiver.
  3. Complete the Past Medical History, Family Medical History, and Relevant Medical History questionnaires.
  4. Enter your Zip Code and/or Desired Appointment Date.
  5. Select the site closest to you.
  6. Select your desired Appointment Date/Time slot for your First Vaccination.
  7. Select your desired Appointment Date/Time slot for your Required 2nd Booster Vaccination. 
  8. Once you have selected your appointments you will receive a confirmation screen. Please print, or screen shot, the QR code for your first vaccination appointment and present the QR code at check-in during your appointment. 

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A reminder that the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market will take place this Sunday, January 24, in the Town Hall parking lot from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The Library will be having their monthly book sale. Come shop, eat and read (weather pending of course).

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Please continue to be diligent about wearing masks and social distancing per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines

Stay safe everyone.

                                                                            Mayor Patrick C. Soranno

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Employee SpotlightEmployee Spotlight
Lori Kaess, Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police 

I was born and raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. I have 2 children, Jessica and Cody. Jessica graduated last year with a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Temple University. Cody works in the trades as an electrician.  

Lori Kaess PictureThe furthest I have been from home is China and Japan. I was lucky enough to be part of a marching band that went there in 1988. We were the first and only foreign musical group to ever perform on Tiananmen Square. I continue to love travel and plan on picking it up again as soon as life returns to normal after Covid.  

I have worked as an assistant in law enforcement since 2011. I moved to Florida in 2019 after realizing I’m pretty much done with the cold and snow. I love that I work and live where people come for vacation. I’m also glad that I can continue my career with a great group of people in such a beautiful town.  

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Indian Shores LibraryAlice Lawrence, Library President
Alice Lawrence, President

While the on-site library continues to be closed, Indian Shores still offers some literary connections for those who love to read. Coming up this weekend, we will have a book sale as part of the Sunday Morning Market.

Since the library was closed, we have received many donations as people had more time to read and then more books to share. Drop by from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday and see what treasures you can find. Also, this Sunday only, we will have a “Bag of Books” sale. For just $5, fill a bag with enough books, games and DVDs to tide you over to the next sale. 

Other sources of reading materials are the Town’s three Little Free Libraries, which were installed as an Eagle Scout project supervised by Vice Mayor Schear’s grandson, Logan Beatty. You can find them behind the Municipal Center and at the 196th and 199th Avenue beach accesses. From German tour books to soap opera magazines, the turnover is constant and sometimes fascinating (I discovered Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan—great!).

Please visit, contribute, and enjoy until the “big” library is open again.

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COVID-19 Information

To find Pinellas County COVID testing sites and more information can be found on the Pinellas County Covid 19 testing webpage.

Residents and visitors with questions about Pinellas County’s emergency face covering ordinance can call the County Information Center (CIC) at (727) 464-4333, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

Staff are available to answer questions about the new ordinance and other COVID-19-related issues. Those with a hearing impairment can chat online.

More Informational links below:

Pinellas Emergency Ordinance 20-14 (PDF)
Pinellas County’s COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
Pinellas COVID-19 Data Dashboard

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