Ward I Representative – April Thanos
Thank you to the citizens of Gulfport for trusting me to represent Ward 1 in our city council. I intend to work with my fellow council members, city staff, and all Gulfportians to make Gulfport an even better place to live, work and play.
When I retired eight years ago I was seeking a warm, walkable, beachy, welcoming and inclusive community and I found it here! I love my home on Wood Ibis Park and have come to love all the wildlife – the birds, alligator and geckos – and our amazing residents and visitors.
I ask you to help us on council make the right decisions to keep Gulfport, Gulfport. Some of the things we need to do are:
- Ensure responsible growth through balancing business needs with maintaining our small-town character;
- Maintain our precious environment by planting trees, keeping our water clean, investing in renewable energy (like the solar panels on my roof);
- Improve sustainability in the face of climate change by working with other cities/counties/states to find the best solutions possible.
These goals are only possible with your input. I invite you to attend city council meetings, come to town hall meetings, participate in the “Ask a Councilor” Event on the third Tuesdays of the month at the Tuesday Fresh Market, call me anytime at (727) 826-7138, or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. I want to know what you think and what other issues are important to you.
- Suncoast League of Cities
- The Suncoast League of Cities consists of 27 member municipalities in 3 counties spanning from St. Leo in the North to Gulfport in the South. We work closely with and are supported by the Florida League of Cities (FLC) in representing member interests to the Florida Legislature, Governor’s office and state agencies. We also provide a foundation for developing and assisting the FLC on urban policy and administration issues on a statewide basis.
- Florida League of Cities – Utilities, Natural Resources, Public Works
- This committee addresses policies specific to municipal concerns with coastal management, energy, environmental and wetlands permitting, hazardous and toxic wastes, recycling, solid waste collection and disposal, stormwater, wastewater treatment and reuse, water management, water quality and quantity.
- Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council – Resiliency Committee
- Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Resilience Coalition collaboration will strengthen our region’s ability to plan for the changing climate, reduce impacts and secure increased levels of federal funding to support resilient infrastructure improvements, adaptation and mitigation programs, which protect our communities, property and economies. Participating in the Resilience Coalition will enhance counties, cities and stakeholder organizations’ understanding of changing risks and best practices and policies for increasing resiliency.