Deputies investigating possible grenade at Don Cesar Hotel

An inert training grenade was found outside the Don Cesar Hotel in St. Pete Beach Friday morning. The Tampa Bay Bomb Team responded and says there is no threat to the public.

ST. PETE BEACH — Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Don Cesar Hotel, 3400 Gulf Boulevard in St. Pete Beach, about 11:36 a.m. June 14 for a report of what appears to be a grenade found in the bushes on the east side of the hotel property.

About 1:25 p.m., deputies announced that the Tampa Bomb Team had determined it was an inert training grenade.

Deputies had requested that citizens to avoid the area. They are now saying that there is no threat to the public.

Casablanca Avenue was closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic from the Pinellas Bayway to West Maritana Drive. The roadway is now open.