MyGulfport.us The Official Website of the City of Gulfport

Ward IV Representative – Vice Mayor, Ian O’Hara – Report

Ian O'Hara

Ian O'Hara

Ward IV
iohara@mygulfport.us
(727) 826-7355

Hello Neighbors
Gulfport Ward 4, May 2024 Report.

It’s been a privilege serving as vice mayor and an honor helping bolster the ongoing cultural affairs of Gulfport, through ongoing endeavors, both at a local city and county level.

I…

• Received 238 emails. I replied to 234.
• Received 62 phone calls, I replied to all of them.
• Received 81 web inquiries. I responded to all.
• Had 3 office hours.
• Met with the city manager 4 times.
• Met with 28 constituents, 2 within office hours, the rest out of office.
• I attended the Tampa Bay regional planning committee summit in Clearwater. Also, in attendance at this event was councilmember Thanos, we split up attending different breakout sessions (see summit review).
• Met with council member Muhammed twice.
• Had our monthly Fusion 49th St District meeting. Always held on the 1st Monday of every month, at the 49th St neighborhood center.
• Met with the Gulfport Heritage and Art Museum, we had our last board meeting. The Annual membership meeting will be Friday June 21st at 6:00 PM
• Attended 1st Friday Art Walk, Catherine Hickman, DVR and Brenda McMahon Gallery Exhibits.
• Attended the public hearing meeting for St. Petersburg about Fusion 49th St.
• Introduced the participants at the flag raising event for the LGBTQA+ community.

There will be a Flag day presentation at the Veterans Memorial Park June 14th at 10:00 AM

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00: www.mygulfport.us This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall. If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,
Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.” -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors
Gulfport Ward 4, April 2024 Report.

I received 157 emails, I responded to 97.
I received 123 phone calls. I received 78 voicemails and responded to 8.
I had 4 office hours. I attended 2 city council meetings.
I met with the city manager 5 times.
I met with 9 constituents.
I attended 1 ribbon cutting.
I attended the Tampa Bay regional planning committee meeting. I met with congresswoman Anna Polina Luna’s local office.
I met with council member Muhammed.
As director of the poet laureate program for the city if Gulfport, we elected our new poet laureate of Gulfport, Christa Fairbrother, at the Gulfport public library, in conjunction with friends of the Gulfport public library and the Inktank.
I attended 1st Friday Art Walk, 2 new gallery openings on Gulfport Blvd, Catherine Hickman, DVR and Brenda McMahon.

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact: (727)-893-1059

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00: www.mygulfport.us This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall. If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,
Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.” -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors,
Gulfport Ward 4, February 2024 Report.

I received 205 emails, I replied to 175.
I received 108 phone calls.
I received 36 voicemails, all returned.
I had 1 Office hour.
I attended 2 city council meetings.
I met with the city manager 5 times.
I met with 30 constituents.
I met with council member Muhammed in preparation for Fusion 49th District.
I attended 2 ribbon cuttings, I attended Gulfport’s Get Rescued, I attended the 1st Friday Gallery Walk.
I attended the Tampa Bay regional Planning Council, I met my Liaison.
I went to two lions club breakfasts.

I attended my first Gulfport Arts and Heritage executive meeting and was elected President, of said organization, for a 1 year term.

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact: (727)-893-1059

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00: www.mygulfport.us This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall. If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,

Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.”    -Victor Hugo.

 

 

 

 

Hello Neighbors,
Gulfport Ward 4, November/December 2023 Report.

November:
I received 99 emails in November, 28 from one individual (month of December only 1 from the same individual).
I received 38 phone calls, replied to all.
I received 27 voicemails.
I met with 3 constituents during office hours.
I had only 2 office hours in November
I attended 4 meetings with the city manager.
I attended 2 council meetings in November.
I attended the 49th St visioning meeting with council member John Muhammad.
I attended the art opening at DRV Fine Gallery, I attended the Catherine Hickman for Carol Lore’s art exhibit and the
Brenda McMahn gallery exhibit, I attended the opening of Artists of Elements.
I also attended the Art Jones studio tour.
I attended the Veterans day parade.
I participated in Denise’s last Art in the Yard with thanks to eagle Finnegan, Noreen Smith and Cheryl Schwartz.
I attended the lions club pancake breakfast.

December:
I received 70 emails.
64 phone calls, I responded to all.
I received 47 voicemails.
I had 2 office hours in December.
I attended 4 meetings with the city manager.
I attended 2 council meetings in December.
I attended the Tampa Bay regional planning council, final meeting of 2023.
The paving of the roads in Gulfport has begun in December.
The city has also fixed several alley ways.
I attended the first annual arbor day Mayor Sam Henderson tree give away.
I attended the art opening at DRV Fine Gallery, I attended the Catherine Hickman first Friday art exhibit and the
Brenda McMahn gallery exhibit, I also attended Artists of Elements.
I lead the 38th annual Boca Ciega Lighted Yaght Club Holiday Boat Parade with Srgt. Rob Burkhart at the helm.
I attended the city of Gulfport holiday tree lighting.
I attended the city of Gulfport Police Department holiday safety parade.
I attended the Lions Club pancake breakfast.

Congratulations to Tom Nicholls on Gulfportian of the Year!
He is City Public Works director, he has been involved in every major improvement in Gulfport since his start.

Wishing everyone a happy New Year!

Don’t forget about Gulfport’s weekly Tuesday morning markets, 1st Friday ArtWalks and 3rd Saturday Indie Fairs!

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact:
(727)-893-1059

Please keep your homes, automobiles and bikes locked.

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00:
www.mygulfport.us
-This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall.

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:
Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,
Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.” -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors,
Gulfport Ward 4, October report:

We will begin to pave 12 street segments:
Tangerine Ave from 55thto 57th
28th Ave S from 45th to 28th
51st way S
50th St S
Quincy St S
54th St S from 19th Ave S to Gulfport Blvd
19th Ave S from 52nd to 58th
46th St S from 27th Ave to 29th Ave
45th St from 27th Ave to 9th Ave
23rd Ave S from 56th to 57th
57th St S from Gulfport Blvd to 26th Ave

Be mindful that these projects will be happening. All of this should be done by Thanksgiving weekend.

Don’t forget about Gulfport’s weekly Tuesday morning markets, 1st Friday ArtWalks and 3rd Saturday Indie Fairs!

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact:
(727)-893-1059

Please keep your homes, automobiles and bikes locked.

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00:
www.mygulfport.us
-This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:
Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,
Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.” -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors,
Gulfport Ward 4, September report:

I attended 2 council meetings,
4 office hours,
I received 333 emails, 38 from one individual, I responded to 300.
I received 62 phone calls, 3 voicemails.
I met with 3 constituents, met with the city manager 4 times, met with the chief of police Robert Vincent, met with Justin Shea, met with Rachel Cataldo and I met with Tom Nichols, and I met with Dave Mathers.
We voted on the finalization of the Gulfport Budget for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.
I voted on the decrease of Gulfport’s Mileage rate.
I attended the South 49th Street Business and Neighborhood District meeting.
I attended the Gecko Fest and was the Grand Marshall of the parade.
I attended 3 local ribbon cuttings.
I attended Julie Armstrong’s first Friday gala at the Catherine Hickman.

I’d like to thank the city of Gulfport, Police and Fire, Sanitation and Parks department, Public Works and the Trolley Looper for their hard work. I’d like to thank the Gulfport Merchant Chamber and S.I.K. Promotions for their organizational prowess. I’d like to thank Topher Ross and the Gulfport amalgamated Gecko Marching Band and the former Gulfport Gecko Queens for their music and amusement. Finally, I’d like to thank the current Gecko Queen, Bob Daunch.

I’d like to thank the city and its residents for their preparedness for Hurricane Idalia and I’d like to thank the city and its residents for post storm cleanup.

I want to thank Regina Buscemi for the 9/11 remembrance Moment of Silence at Veterans Park- which I was unable to attend.

How do yard sales work for the City of Gulfport?
You have three free permitted yard sales a year per address.
We have 2 city wide yard sales coming up- which are free.
If you would like to be registered and put on a map, registration has started September 18th and will continue through the month of October.
The first city wide yard sale is November 18th 2023.
The Spring city wide yard sale is March 9th 2024.
Art in the Yard November 4th.

First Friday Gala event featuring the 57th Art Street Studio will be Friday, October 6th.
Also, keep an eye out for the Gecko Queens Cash Mob events.

Don’t forget about Gulfport’s weekly Tuesday morning markets, 1st Friday ArtWalks and 3rd Saturday Indie Fairs!

Also, join us for:
A Gulfport Welcome! at Scout Hall Friday October 13th at 6:30,
A great Lions Club Party on October 21st 6:00- Gulfport Gets Lei’d Island Party,
Gulfport Witch Walk and Dance Saturday October 28th 6:00, walk begins at the Drunken Taco.

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact:
(727)-893-1059

Please keep your homes, automobiles and bikes locked.

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00:
www.mygulfport.us
-This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00PM-4:00 PM at City Hall.
If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:
Cell: 727 851 8310
Office: 727 866 7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,
Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.” -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors,

Gulfport Ward 4, August Report:

  • I attended two (2) City Council Meetings and four (4) meetings with the City Manager.
  • I put in four (4) office hours.
  • I received 119 emails total, 61 from one individual.
  • I responded to 27 emails.
  • I received nine (9) phone calls via the city voicemail and 138 via my designated city phone.
  • I attended one (1) Tiger Bay meeting.
  • I met with six (6) constituents during office hours.
  • I met with eight (8) constituents out of office hours.
  • I voted on the first reading of the budget and voted on the first reading of Millage rate decrease.
  • I attended Julie Armstrong’s opening at the Catherine Hickman Theatre, an amazing art exhibit!
  • I attended the Gecko Ball.

We had to cancel our South 49th Street Business and Neighborhood District meeting due to Hurricane Idalia.  Next meeting will be Monday, October 2nd at the 49th St Neighborhood Center.

I would like to thank all the City Employees for working so diligently on the preparation for the storm as well as the post storm cleanup. I also want to thank our constituents for taking the storm seriously and being mindful of the effects of Hurricane Idalia.

I would like to thank all the candidates for Gecko Queen. I would like to congratulate our new gecko Queen, Robert “Bob” Daunch. I would like to thank the Gulfport Merchant Chamber and the Gala leaders, Amiee Kosta, Jennifer Gallo-Lee, Mellissa Helmbold, Heather DiFisio, Nancy Early, Erin East, John Haugan- amazingly wonderful Ball and great theme!

I would also like to thank the former Gecko Queens & I would like to thank Justin Shea and Kristen Ossola for their hard work.

Free smoke detectors are available for elderly and low-income households, contact:  (727)-893-1059

Take a look at Gulfport Community Update weekly, Fridays after 4:00: www.mygulfport.us.

-This is where you can find out all the information about what is going on in each city department. For example: police encounters and community events.

City-wide yard sale registration starts September 18th.

 

I have office hours every Friday from 2:00 PM-4:00 PM at City Hall.

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can also reach me at:

Cell: (727)-631-7522

Office: (727)-866-7355

Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely you neighbor and councilman,

Ian O’Hara

 

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.”    -Victor Hugo.

Hello Neighbors,

Gulfport Ward IV July report:

  • I have attended one (1) City Council Meeting, four (4) office hours, and four (4) meetings with the City Manager.
  • I had eight (8) meetings with constituents in office, and three (3) out of office.
  • I attended the meeting to establish organizing the South 49th Business and Neighborhood District with my St. Petersburg Colleague, St. Petersburg Councilman John Muhammad.
  • I attended three (3) ribbon cuttings for new businesses.

These items have been completed:

  • A new fishing table with a visor at the pier, a new sidewalk at Clymer Park and a pothole list.
  • I received 133 emails, 54 from one (1) individual, responded to 87.
  • I received 28 phone calls and responded to all.
  • I pushed for the 49th Street Beautification and Traffic Calming Program-Safe Streets Initiative, I pushed for the South 49th Street Business and Neighborhoods District and I pushed for sight plans for our Public Safety and Emergency Operation Center.

I’d like to thank Councilman Brother John Muhammad, all the business owners that attended the past meetings. I’d like to thank the Merchant Chamber for a great job on Beach Blvd. I also want to thank our City Administration for attending said meetings as well as St. Petersburg’s City Administrators.

Don’t forget- Saturday, August 26th Gecko Ball at the Casino- Get your tickets!

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 631 7522

Office: 727 866 7355

Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely Your Neighbor and Councilman,

Ian O’Hara

“Evil communications corrupt good manners.”  -unknown

Hello Neighbors,

Gulfport Ward IV June report:

  • I marched in the St. Pete Pride Parade,
  • Four (4) meetings with the City Manager,
  • Two (2) meetings with Tom Nichols,
  • Two (2) City Council Meetings,
  • Five (5) office hours.
  • Stop sign on Tangerine Avenue has been implemented.
  • Storm drain debris list has been implemented.
  • I have received 128 emails, 35 from one (1) individual, 10 from another, seven (7) from the third.
  • I responded to 87 emails.
  • I met with 17 constituents, three (3) during office hours, 14 out of office hours.
  • I spoke with 42 constituents via telephone.
  • I am currently happy with the direction our City budget is going.

 

I want to thank all the Gulfport residents who have attended the past council meetings. They have been well attended meetings.

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 851 8310

Office: 727 826 7355

Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

 

Sincerely your Neighbor and Councilman,

Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.”   -Victor Hugo.

 

Hello Neighbors,

Gulfport Ward IV May Report:

  • I have attended six (6) City Council meetings, five (5) office hours, and five (5) meetings with the City Manager.
  • I have had four (4) constituents meet with me during office hours.
  • I attended the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, the last/final Lions Club breakfast of the season, and a fantastic hurricane seminar.
  • I attended two (2) Tiger Bay meetings.
  • I met with 16 constituents in person.
  • Finalized the traffic study report on Tangerine with the conclusion that there will be a four-way stop at 52nd and Tangerine (north side).
  • I was unable to attend the Pride flag rising on June 1st but was there in spirit.
  • I put in place a 15-minute parking sign on Beach Blvd.
  • I received 183 emails, 97 of which come from one (1) individual.
  • I have responded to 87 emails.
  • I have forwarded 34 emails from my private account to my city account.
  • I pushed for the adoption of the paving list.
  • I am working on a pothole list and storm drain debris list.
  • I read through the regional resiliency action plan put out by Tampa Bay regional planning council, I found some of the pieces in it very relevant to the city.
  • I also read through the 2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report of the City of Gulfport, I think everyone should look at it.

 

I would like to correct the dais about this incident at the volunteer luncheon. It has been brought to my attention through a video sent to me that a constituent was not belligerent or aggressive, just persistent.

I want to thank all the Gulfport residents who have attended the past council meetings. They have been well-attended meetings. I would also like to apologize for not attending the fire ops 101 but I do plan on doing it next year.

I have called eight (8) of the nine (9) applicants for the alternate position on the Planning and Zoning Board, spoke to seven (7) and asked them three (3) questions:

  1. Why?
  2. As an alternate, would you attend all meetings even if you’re not needed?
  3. Was this decision to apply by your own volition?

I did support Thomas “Tommy” Bixler. I pushed for pay and benefit increases for Police and Fire. I pushed for the authorization of the City Manager to purchase City owned cell phones for City Councilmembers if they chose to opt in.

I know this is not City business, but I would like to thank all of the residents of the City of Gulfport for attending Rachel McQuillan cancer benefit at O’Maddy’s and Michael Richardson’s Brain Cancer Bash at Tiki’s on the Shore.

If you have any questions or quandaries, you can reach me at:

Cell: 727 851 8310

Office: 727 826 7355

Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

 

Sincerely your Neighbor and Councilman,

Ian O’Hara

“Becoming fearless isn’t the point, that’s impossible! It’s learning how to control your fear and how to be free from it.”   -Victor Hugo.

Hello, Neighbors…

I want to thank everyone who voted in this past election; I want to thank the 1,293 people who voted for me, as well as the 1,049 who did not.

I have now attended 3 council meetings, 1 Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Meeting, I have met twice with the city attorney, I have met multiple times with Lesley and Theresa, I have met just one time with Justin Shea & I have had 7 meetings with Jim O’Reilly, our city manager. I have attended the Police Employee Appreciation Day, the Volunteer Appreciation Day, 2 ribbon cuttings, 1 Lions Club Breakfast, 1 office hour (which is Fridays 2-4) & met with 23 constituents in person. I have put in place a no-parking sign and implemented a traffic study going on Tangerine. I attended a meet and greet for the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council in Clearwater.

I have responded to 34 personal emails (which will be soon forwarded to my city email account), I have responded to 223 emails (69 of which are from one individual).

So, I know this is not city business, but I would like to thank all of the city officials and all of our neighbors for being so wonderfully, kind to my wife and I during this trying time.

If you have any questions or quandaries, or just want to have a conversation, you can reach me at:

Cell: (727) 851-8310
City: (727) 826-7355
Email: iohara@mygulfport.us

Sincerely your neighbor and councilman,

Ian O’Hara