Gulfport Community Update

July 18 – 24, 2021

2021 Hurricane Guides are available at Gulfport City Hall, Library and Fire Station. Visit https://mygulfport.us/hurricane-center/ for planning tips, evacuation zone information, a list of recommended supplies and other useful hurricane-related information. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane season ends November 30. Be prepared to stay safe.

COVID-19 testing is available through Community Health Centers of Pinellas and the Florida Department of Health. Visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/ for testing sites, hours of operation and information.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available through the Florida Department of Health. Register at https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/login/SelfRegister or by phone at 844-770-8548.

Pinellas County provides assistance information on eviction & foreclosure assistance, financial assistance, food pantry distribution sites, pet care assistance and more for those negatively affected by COVID-19. Visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/ for more information. Text your zip code to 211 Tampa Bay Cares at 898211 or dial 211, 24 hours a day.

City of Gulfport residential water customers are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 after the purchase and installation of a high efficiency water-saving toilet. Application and guidelines available at https://mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program/. Restrictions apply. Call 893-1016 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SPACEcraft returns to Clymer Park from 6 – 8 p.m., Friday, July 23 and Saturday, July 24. Explore “make & play” creative activities led by local artists, musicians, crafters and educators No sign-up required for this free, all-ages outdoor experience. Visit https://www.explorespacecraft.com/ for more information.

As part of a nationwide observance, Gulfport Municipal Marina (4630 29th Ave. S.) is celebrating National Marina Day, on Saturday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Information booths and a whole line-up of events are scheduled, along with a BBQ cookout sponsored by O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille. For more information, please visit https://mygulfport.us/marina/ or call 727-893-1071.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is a weekly year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of foods; hand-made art and crafts; bath, body and wellness products and more. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors participate each Tuesday on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront District. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.gulfporttuesdayfreshmarket.com.

Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meetings are broadcast “on Facebook” at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Check updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to burglaries, BOLOs and stolen vehicles. Call 893-1022 or email jwright@mygulfport.us for more information. 

The Annual Art Gecko Show will feature selections from participating artists’ regular body of work along with this year theme, American Bandstand. The event takes place at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Avenue 5 – 7 p.m. Friday, August 6, and is free and open to the public. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar will be available. For more information, visit www.geckofest.com.

Shop original artwork, choose your favorite cuisine and enjoy live music during First Friday Art Walk & Third Saturday Indie Faire on Beach Boulevard. Visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com for more information. Hours of operation are 6 – 10 p.m.

Head to the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom for live music 7 – 10 p.m. every First Friday for a Pop-Up Dance Party. Visit https://www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org/ for more information.

If you’ve lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, please join the City of Gulfport at the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom for a Celebration of Life, on Sunday, August 8th at 2 p.m. Help us tell their stories and fill out the form at https://mygulfport.us/celebration-of-life/, to participate and share with the community.

The Annual Gecko Crawl will usher in Gecko Season in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at various locations, a poker run, and a festive after-party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. The Crawl will take place 4 – 9 p.m., Saturday, August 14. Tickets are $25, day of event and advance tickets are $20, available at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S. or http://geckofest.com/.

Join the Gulfport Historical Society at the Gulfport History Museum 5301 28th Avenue at 8 p.m. Friday, August 20, for the Florida Summer Cinema Series. For more information about this month’s film and upcoming events, visit https://www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org/

The Annual Gecko Ball is Gulfport’s party of the year! In addition to the live auction of the artist’s geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, coronation of the Gecko Queen, live music, dancing and more. The ball will take place at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard, 6 – 11 p.m. Saturday, August 28. Tickets available at Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Blvd. S., and online at http://geckofest.com/.

Gulfport invites you to the 20th Annual Gecko Fest, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko! This year’s theme is “American Band Stand”! The theme offers inspiration for a wide array of costumes from the 50′ through the 80’s, as well as music, dancing, food and drink. Festivalgoers are always encouraged to arrive in costume. Parking and admission to Gecko Fest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly. For general information, please visit http://geckofest.com/ or call 727-322-5217.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol

Dispatch calls for service

153

Self-initiated calls for service

307

Incident/offense reports           

31

Arrests 

8

Traffic citations

61

Ordinance violations

47

Residence checks

16

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

Friday, 07/16/2021

Arrest on warrant: 5700 block of 15th Avenue South.

A bondsman from Web’s Bail bonds contacted Gulfport Police in order to have a client arrested for an outstanding warrant. The bonding agent already had the suspect in custody. Jah’nicia Banks was taken into custody by the Gulfport Police Department for two outstanding warrants for failure to appear on traffic related charges. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail (GP21-13085).

Saturday, 07/17/2021

Burglary – vehicle: 1800 block of 49th Street South.

When a customer returned to pick up his repaired vehicle, he realized that someone stole a pair of Gucci shoes worth over $1,000.00 (GP21-13129).

Burglary – residence: 5300 block of 11th Avenue South.

A resident reported seeing 3 people climb through the bedroom window at his neighbor’s house. He knew that his neighbor was not home at the time so he called the police. He told officers that the suspects had just left in a Red Prius. The vehicle was located and stopped. It was later discovered that there were several items missing from the residence. The victim wanted to prosecute and Justin Dixon, Meghan Font, and Michael Siniscalchi, were arrested for burglary. Several items were recovered and returned to the victim (GP21-13158).

Sunday, 07/18/2021

Burglary – vehicle: 5000 block of Jersey Avenue South.

A resident reported that sometime overnight; someone entered his truck and stole his wallet which contained $600 cash and his credit cards (GP21-13189).

Criminal mischief: 5400 block of Shore Boulevard South.

A woman reported that the passenger side of her car was keyed while it was parked near the restaurant where she and other family members were eating. The victim believes it was her niece that did it after they had an argument at the restaurant and she left before any other family members did (GP21-13205).

Monday, 07/19/2021

Traffic arrest: 5100 block of 17th Avenue South.

Officer McIntyre noticed a male in the parking lot of Family Dollar who had his trunk open and appeared to be trying to keep officers from seeing his tag. Once he eventually left the parking lot, it was discovered the tag was not assigned to the vehicle. The driver, Seth Chin, also had a suspended license and multiple failures to appear on criminal charges. He was arrested for driving on a suspended license and driving an unregistered motor vehicle. The vehicle was impounded and Chin was transported to the Pinellas County Jail (GP21-13240).

Criminal mischief: 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard South.

The owner of the building at this location reported that sometime over the weekend someone spray painted graffiti on the sides of the building (GP21-13246).

Arrest on warrant: 2600 block of Upton Street South.

Officers received a tip that Kyle Henson was at this location and had a felony warrant out of Indiana for child support. He was located at his residence and arrested. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail (GP21-13249).

Battery – domestic related: 5300 block of Newton Avenue South.

A resident reported that her husband struck her in the head during an argument. This caused a small laceration. The husband was arrested for battery – domestic related. He was transported to the Pinellas County Jail (GP21-13274).

Burglary – vehicle: 4900 block of Gulfport Boulevard South.

A man reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet which contained cash and a credit card. The card was used at a business to make $2000 in purchases (GP21-13281).

Tuesday, 07/20/2021

Missing adult: 2401 53rd Street South.

A relative came to the police department to report that their brother missing. The brother had not been seen since the day before and was making suicidal statements at that time. The man was entered and missing endangered and was located later that evening in Clearwater. He was transported to an area hospital (GP21-13304).

Wednesday, 07/21/2021

Battery – domestic related: 800 block of 58th Street South.

A resident reported that his girlfriend, who he lives with, threw potted plants at him and struck him. The evidence at the scene supported his story so his girlfriend was arrested. She was transported to the Pinellas County Jail (GP21-13413).

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             12                                                                   

Cases currently assigned:      47

Detective Pham Conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports on the following cases: A death investigation, a theft, a fraud, and a burglary. 

Detective Crowson Conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports on the following cases: three auto thefts and four frauds.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano created and distributed a bulletin in an attempt to locate a suspect wanted for burglary/battery. Compiled and distributed the open case lists. Completed a review of property reported stolen with a known serial number to ensure proper entry into FCIC and documentation. Completed pawn checks on cases with a known serial number, a named suspect or a searchable property description.

The Marine Unit was on the water for 30 hours this week, making 19 boater contacts and 8 vessel stops. There are currently 36 vessels inside Gulfport City limits, including 8 in the mooring field, and an additional 2 outside City limits. Five vessels have been declared derelict; 2 by GPD, and 3 by FWC.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

10

Supplements reviewed:

39

Reports disseminated:

26

Background checks:           

3

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints:

0

Subpoenas processed:

8

Citizens assisted:

31

Community Resources Division

The following written directive policies are currently in the review process: 103 – Facility Security; 106 – Juvenile Procedures; 131 – Interview Rooms; 144 – Ride Along Program; 326 – Use of the internet and Social Media; 405 – Missing Person Investigations; 409 – Traffic Stop Procedures; 414 – Traffic Direction and Control; 422 – Field Interviews; 425  – Bicycle Patrol; 450 – Special Operations; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI & Parking Citations.

Crime Prevention

Officer Mills has been temporarily assigned to the evening shift until further notice. 

Volunteer Coordinator Jim Wright posted information on our neighborhood watch Facebook page regarding an update on incidents of note for the week.  Mr. Wright also hosted a Facebook live broadcast for the weekly neighborhood watch meeting.

Training

Officer Priest and Officer Dillard completed the final 8 hours of a 40-hour training program for school resource officer training.  (16 hours total).

Officer Ramos has completed 32 hours of a 40-hour training program concerning Evaluating Victim Statements (32 hours total) 

Officer McCalister, Officer Ross, Detective Pham, Officer Nieves, Officer McIntyre, Sgt. Wiltse and Officer Dillard have all completed a 1-hour online training program concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders and Law Enforcement Interviews (7 hours total)

Recruiting and Screening

 Officer Wells has completed FTO training and has been released from the training program as a patrol officer.  Officer Redzepi is currently training in phase three of the field training program.

There are currently eighteen applicants in the applicant pool who are being processed.   

School Resource Officers

Officer Embry (BCHS) had to escorted two students off campus during summer school who were not supposed to be on campus.  Officer Embry also spoke to a parent who alleged her son was missing this past weekend and requested that Officer Embry check to see if he attended summer school this week.  Officer Embry discovered the student hasn’t attended summer school in over a week.  Officer Embry directed the parent to file a missing person/runaway juvenile report.

Officer Sigsbee (GPE) concluded his duties regarding the summer bridge program at the elementary school last Thursday.  Officer Sigsbee is currently working a patrol assignment until the start of the upcoming school year.

Officer Motte is assigned to a patrol squad until the start of the upcoming school year.

 

MARINA

Assisted with four dockside pump outs, evacuating one hundred sixty gallons of waste.

Pumped five thousand eight hundred sixty thirteen gallons of gas, and one thousand four hundred sixty-three gallons of diesel fuel, fueling one hundred twenty-five vessels.

 

LIBRARY

Visit www.mygulfport.us/gpl for resources, information and programs. You may be prompted by Facebook to login or create an account for some content. An account is not required to watch videos or view photos, but other content may be limited. Previously recorded programs will remain available for 2 weeks. Click on events to see what’s coming up.

Curbside/Parking Lot pick up service is available for borrowing library materials and picking up requested printouts (reemployment forms, IRS tax forms, etc.). Call 893-1074 for more information.

Upcoming programs

 Check for virtual/online programs, resources, and information on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. A Facebook account is not required, but content may be limited. Click on videos to see any of our previously recorded programs and upcoming events. 

Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Summer Storytime & Take Home Craft: Join us for stories, rhymes, music, and a take home craft in the meeting room.

Friday, July 23, 10 a.m. – Babytime Online for little ones under 2 years old. Join us for singing, reading, lap bounce rhymes and baby signing.

Friday, July 23, 4 p.m. – Virtual Book Club for Grades 4-8: Join us on Zoom! Details & title selection coming soon.

Staff Activities

David Mather attended Library, Information Technology, and other City Dept. meetings to monitor and assist various departments with IT-related issues. He also contacted/followed up with various vendors to resolve issues and to initiate and implement new services. Followed up on issues with purchases and billing. Ongoing planning and procedures under the direction of City Council and the City Manager during transition for restoring/modifying services. Attended meetings with the LGBTQ Resource Center.

Carol Parker submitted invoices for payment to Accounts Payable. Placed and received orders for new books and DVDs. Inventoried supplies and placed orders. Compiled and submitted press releases to Technical Events Specialist for City-sponsored ad. Logged into and completed professional online training modules. Cataloged new acquisitions. Provided staffing at Reference Desk. Reviewed and submitted passport applications to the U.S. Dept. of State. Responded to inquiries for using Friends Room.

Library Staff continued to work the regular schedule of hours open to the public. They responded to phone and email inquiries from the public and resolved various issues. They composed and submitted reports; and submitted bills for payment by Finance. They assembled and distributed kits for programs adapted for offsite use such as Grab N Go Craft Kits; Virtual Storytimes and using Facebook Live and Zoom to present. Staff made appointments here for individuals to submit passport applications for new applicants only. Staff who are certified as Passport Acceptance Agents reviewed applications and supporting documents to be mailed to the U.S. Dept. of State passport agency for processing. For further information, visit https://mygulfport.us/gpl/passports/ .

 Library Services/Statistics July 11 – 17, 2021:         

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2289

974

Sun. 7/11

Library closed

Mon. 7/12

382

183

Tue. 7/13

436

155

Wed. 7/14

344

116

Thu. 7/15

415

243

Fri. 7/16

308

119

Sat. 7/17

360

154

Staff processed 19 Library card registrations.

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Technical Events

  • Updated and emailed weekly Constant Contact newsletter to email distribution list.
  • Posted City of Gulfport updates to social media sites.
  • Worked on City’s website design and updates.
  • Used Adobe InDesign to create images.
  • Assisted with email responses for Cultural Facilities Department.
  • Updated Trumba Calendar.

Register your email address at www.mygulfport.us to receive City of Gulfport weekly newsletter and emergency announcements electronically.

Visit www.mygulfport.us or www.youtube.com/user/cityofgulfport to watch videos of recent City events, or access live & web stream rebroadcasts at www.mygulfport.us/gtv640. Spread the word!

Alert Pinellas Emergency and Community Notification Service for Pinellas County enables the City to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of delivery methods. Visit www.mygulfport.us/alertpinellas for more information and to sign up for this FREE service.

 

CITY OF GULFPORT MULTIPURPOSE SENIOR CENTER

The Senior Center Fitness Center is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.  

The City of Gulfport Telephone Reassurance program is much more than a morning wake-up call. This free service offers Gulfport residents 50 years or older – and their families comfort, security, and peace of mind. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members. If the member cannot be reached, the volunteer follows specific procedures to confirm there are no major concerns. Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could use this service, call 893-2237 or stop by the Gulfport Senior Center at 5501 27th Avenue. 

Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) has resumed limited, essential transportation services offering reliable, affordable and convenient on-time transportation to supermarkets, medical appointments, etc. for Gulfport residents 55 & older and residents with a disability. This door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to Gulfport residents since 1975. The yearly membership is $70 plus $2 per ride. For more information, call 893-2242.

The Gulfport Senior Center Pantry provides supplemental food assistance to qualifying Gulfport Seniors in need. Hours of operation are 1 – 3 p.m. every Monday & Thursday. Gulfport residents 50 years old and older must provide a photo I.D., proof of residency and income to qualify. The Food Pantry also collects donations of nonperishable food items such as cereal, canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned vegetables/fruit, rice, canned/dry milk, pasta, personal toiletries, & pet food. Donations are accepted 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 893-5657 for more information.

The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center has many volunteer opportunities available. If you want to make a difference and help your community, join the volunteer program at the Senior Center. It is a great way to meet new friends and to get acquainted with more than 50 programs, classes and workshops. Volunteers assist as Lobby Receptionist, Fitness Center Attendants, Reassurance Callers, Class/Activity Instructors, Special Events, Food Pantry, Clerical Support, Flea Market, Promotions, Bingo, Card/Magazine organizing, etc. Call Rachel at 893-1231 for more information.

Pre-recorded classes are available on GTV 640, and for streaming on ZOOM, Facebook and YouTube. Call 893-5657 or visit www.facebook.com/GulfportSeniorCenter for more information. Next week’s GTV class and event schedule:

Monday, July 26

11 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Wisdom Healing Qigong/Sound Healing Yoga (virtual)

Noon – Mahjong (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Dominoes (Theater lobby)

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (Room 102)

1 p.m. – Chair Yoga (Scout Hall)

3 p.m. – Chair Volleyball (Dining Hall)

6 p.m. – Mindfully Move and Laugh (Room 107)

   

Tuesday, July 27

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Tai Chi/Qi Gong (Casino)

10 a.m. – Line Dancing for Beginners (Scout Hall)

10:30 a.m. – Continuing Level 1 Spanish (Virtual)

11 a.m. – Texas Hold ‘Em (Theater lobby)

1:30 p.m. – Contract Bridge (Theater lobby)

1:30 p.m. – Gulfportcoast Legal – (Must call for apt.) (Room 105)

4:30 p.m. – New Horizons Jazz Band (Dining Hall)

   

Wednesday, July 28

8:30 a.m. – Epic Coffee Club (Room 107)

9:30 – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Scout Hall)

10 a.m. – Investment Discussion Group (Room 107)

11:30 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Scout Hall)

Noon – Drop-In Art Studio (Room 106)

1:30 – Bingo (Dining Hall)

6 p.m. – Bunco (Room 107)

   

Thursday, July 29

8 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Chair Exercise with Pat (GTV 640/Facebook/YouTube)

9:30 a.m. – Art Summer Open Workshop (Room 106) 

10 a.m. – Tai Chi/Qi Gong (Casino)

10:30 a.m. – Intermediate Spanish Study Group (Room 107)

11 a.m. – Texas Hold ‘Em (Theater lobby)

1 p.m. – Acrylic Painting (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Food Pantry: prequalification required (Room 102)

1:30 p.m. – Strength Training & Aerobics (Dining Hall)

1:30 p.m. – Contract Bridge (Theater lobby)

3 p.m. – Movie & Munchies (Room 107)

Friday, July 30

9:30 a.m. – Hatha Style Yoga (Scout Hall)

10 a.m. – Writers Workshop (virtual)

11 a.m. – Yoga with Barbara Newborn (Gulfport Casino)

12:30 p.m. – Bridge Instruction (Room 107)

1:30 p.m. – Chair Volleyball (Dining Hall)

Service Stats:

  • Virtual program attendance: 51            
  • In Person Class Attendance: 393
  • Reassurance calls: 101
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 576
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 6
  • Wellness checks/home visits: 1
  • GEMS trips: 147
  • In-person dining: 149
  • Fitness Center attendance: 146

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER & SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Tuesday, July 13

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker   (Turnout 26)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 52)

Wednesday  July 14

7 p.m. –  Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 242)

Thursday, July  15

6 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera   (Turnout 17)

 Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays            

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

7 p.m. – Band & Ballroom dance  Admission $10  

Every Tuesday

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker

2 p.m. – Ballroom dancing   Admission $10

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango lessons with Kathleen & Steve Prucher

8 p.m. – Milonga dance    Admission $10

Every Wednesday

7 p.m. – Beginner Swing lesson with Swingtime

8 p.m. – Swing dance    Admission $10

Every Thursday

6:30 p.m. – Latin Night lesson with Carol Rivera

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $10

Every first Friday

7 p.m. –  First Friday Pop-up Dance Party  

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Friday & Saturday,            July 30 & 31

8 p.m. – Tron Montgomery’s comedy “Hooked On A Bad Spirit”  Tickets $20 by phone.  Call 754-367-1492.

 

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, July 11

 

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church services  (Turnout 10)

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting  (Turnout 15)

Tuesday, July 13

5:30 p.m. – Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting  (Turnout 5)

Friday, July 16

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting   (Turnout 8)

Saturday, July 17

2:30 p.m. – Life Celebration  (Turnout 77)

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every first – third Sunday

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church services

Every Sunday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Every Tuesday

5:30 p.m. – Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting

Every first Thursday

2:30 p.m. – Juvenile Welfare Board meeting 

Every Friday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Scout Hall (last week’s events):

Monday, July  12

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting held outside

Tuesday, July  13

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting held outside

5:30 p.m. – 12-Step meeting   (Turnout 10)

Wednesday  July  14

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting held outside

6:30 p.m. – Gecko Marching Band practice  (Turnout 21)

Thursday, July  15

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting held outside

Friday, July  16

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting held outside

Scout Hall (upcoming events):

Every Monday – Friday

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

Every Tuesday

5:30 p.m. – 12-Step meeting 

Select Wednesdays and Saturdays

6:30 p.m. – Gecko Marching Band practice

 

RECREATION CENTER

The multipurpose room was reserved 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, July 17 for a baby shower. There were approximately forty (40) people in attendance.

Pavilion #6 is reserved 4 – 10 p.m., Saturday, July 31.

Tampa Bay Club Sports Kickball League has reserved Hoyt Field.

Tampa Bay Club Sports reserve the volleyball courts on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday, and private individuals reserve on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.

Programs/Events

 The following Contractual classes and activities have resumed; Ballet/Tap Combo, Essential Oils, Hip Hop, Hula Hoop Fitness, Pickleball, Basketball, Table Tennis, Tennis and Zumba.

The Teen Night Program is a great hang out for teens in grades 6-12, providing recreation and social activities and offering monthly field trips, cooking projects, guest speakers & service projects. The teens utilize the gymnasium, game room and outdoor area. The 2020-2021 Teen Night Program ended with a total of twenty-four (24) teens registered. Out of those registered, six (6) were non-residents. Registrations for the 2021-2022 Teen Night Program begins August 2nd.

Seventy-two (72) children are registered for the 2021 Summer Program for children who will complete Kindergarten thru age 14. Sixteen are nonresidents. Hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with structured time from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an additional fee.

Three children have been registered for the 2021/22 Tot Time Program, and one for VPK. Tot Time is a pre-school, hands-on program for children ages 3-5 that aims to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. The Tot Time & VPK Program is a pre-school, hands-on program for children ages 3-5. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. Class begins Tuesday, September 7.

Staff Activities

Recreation Center staff continue to clean, sanitize and disinfect the facility multiple times throughout the day.

Michael Williams worked the room rental on Saturday afternoon.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 56 Emergency medical calls
  • 3 Fire alarms
  • 2 Structure fires
  • 1 Vehicle crashes
  • 1 Outside Fire
  • 1 Down wire

Life safety:

  • 18 Fire inspections
  • 2 C.O.’s
  • 1 Plans Review

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday of the month. Call James Wright at 893-1022 for more information.

The Chief Marenkovic attended the Pinellas County Fire Chief’s meeting in Largo at SPC in person on July 22, 2021.

The City Manager and the Fire Chief met with the Local IAFF 4966 for a negotiation meeting on July 14, 2021. The next meeting will be July 28. We are close to signing a new contract.

The Gulfport Fire Department is hosting a Paramedic Student from St. Petersburg College Field Internship Program. Firefighter/Paramedic Barber on the “C”- shift is her preceptor.

Firefighter/Paramedic Sampson is completing his Pump Operators course.

Firefighter/Paramedic Tricarico has completed all of his Training to be a Driver/Operator for the Gulfport Fire Department. Congratulations John!

The Gulfport Fire Department began their online CME for May 2021. The Topics for review were ACLS Pretest to renew their Certifications by August.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Building Maintenance

  • Repaired “Little Library” by the Casino.
  • Checked and cleaned cameras at the Casino and Recreation center.
  • Repaired toilet at the Senior Center.
  • Replaced office lights with LED lights at the Senior Center.
  • Replaced door latch at the Historical Museum.
  • Restocked supplies for Janitorial Company.
  • Replaced smoke detectors in Scout Hall.
  • Repaired door lock in gymnasium of Recreation Center.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance  

  • Cleaned all City playgrounds.
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas.
  • Mowed Veterans Park, City Hall, Senior Center, Library and Clymer Park.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched/shelled City Hall, Neighborhood Center and Veterans Park.
  • Repaired irrigation at Veterans Park, Caldwell Park and Hoyt Field.
  • Repaired equipment to the line trimmer and the backpack blower.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned and maintained all city restrooms daily.
  • Cleaned up red tide fish at all waterways daily.
  • Tilled and graded all clay areas at all ballfields.
Streets & Sanitation
  • Assisted in collection, removal, and cleanup of red tide fish.
  • Completed billable work orders for pick-up of brush, electronics & appliances, trash & furniture, and items requested for pick-up by Code Enforcement.
  • Picked up residential bagged leaves, as requested.
  • Delivered/replaced residential recycling bins with information sheets.
  • Completed automated curbside street sweeping throughout the City.
  • Assembled & delivered new automated trash containers, and replaced broken containers, as requested.
Water      
  • Daily Chloramines sampling at the points of connection to water distribution system, (Includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily check of ground water levels (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Read routes #31, 32, 33, and 34 of the monthly meter-reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 14 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 4 non-pay rechecks to confirm water services were still off.
  • Completed 131 miscellaneous service orders generated by customer service department.
  • Completed 6 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 10 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Repaired water breaks at the following locations:
  • Tangerine Avenue & 51st Street South
  • 1301 60th Street South
  • 1415 49th Street South
  • 5303 15th Avenue South
  • Continued City wide flushing of water system, and inspection of fire hydrants for bi-annual maintenance.

Sewer

  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to lift stations #1 and #2 including (Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily rainfall check and documentation (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily ground water elevation recording (including Saturday & Sunday).
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance check on Lift Stations # 1, # 2.
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance at Fire department / Garage.
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance at Police / City Hall.
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance at Senior Center.
  • Collected bay water sample at Gulfport Beach, (Twice a week).
  • Collected bay water sample at Marina, (Twice a week).
  • Collected bay water sample at (Clam Bayou), (Twice a week).
  • Mobilized vacuum trailer to 3209 58th St S to clean up sanitary sewer overflow and remained on site until line stoppage was removed.

Storm Water

  • Cleaned and inspected 15 storm inlets throughout the city.
  • Constructed storm water curb inlet structure at 9th Avenue & 59th Street South.
  • Removed debris from Suntree box on 29th Avenue South.
  • Started replacement of 15” storm water line on 9th Avenue South, from 59th Street to Gray Street South.

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Performed preventive maintenance and various minor repairs on City vehicles.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

Two hundred twenty-one permits were issued in June, and 483 inspections were performed.

IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INSPECTION RECORDS ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE 893-1057. CUTOFF FOR INSPECTIONS IS 3 P.M ON THE BUSINESS DAY BEFORE THE DESIRED INSPECTION DAY.

Most permitting may be conducted via e-mail at permits@mygulfport.us. Application submission questions may be emailed to permits@mygulfport.us, or call 893-1024. All payments must be made by credit or debit cards.

Before embarking on home improvement projects give us a call at 893-1024 to discuss your plans and see what permits and inspections may be necessary, and code requirements to help you through the process. Whether it’s deferred maintenance or new improvements, many elect to do these projects themselves. Building Division staff tries to take extra time to work with homeowners embarking on these do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.

On anything other than small and simple DIY projects we recommend homeowners consider using a licensed contractor. Unless you are very handy and have the necessary skills to take on more complex construction projects, larger jobs can quickly overwhelm those less skilled in construction practices and management. 

Don’t take chances with unlicensed contractors

 Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board helps guide homeowners in hiring a licensed contractor for home improvements.

Hiring an unlicensed contractor can put residents’ homes in jeopardy, produce safety hazards and cost extra money to homeowners when work is not done correctly. 

The function of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is to regulate construction and home improvement contractors practicing in all Pinellas jurisdictions.

The licensing board can tell you if a contractor has a license. They must be licensed and registered by the board or the state of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Licensed contractors have passed a competency exam and perform electrical, plumbing or structural work in compliance with the building codes.

The state requires licensed contractors to have workers’ compensation and liability insurance and the board monitors their insurance coverage. Without these, if a worker gets injured on the job or damages property, the homeowner is liable. Many insurance policies will not pay claims if an unlicensed contractor was doing the work.

When selecting a contractor, remember:

  • Talk to friends and neighbors for recommendations.
  • Home improvement contractors of various skills must be licensed with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. The license number must be displayed on advertising as well as on contracts. You can verify a contractor’s license number and check any complaints by contacting the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board at 582-3100.
  • Check with the Department of Justice and Consumer Services at 464-6200 to determine the number of complaints against a business.
  • Ask the contractor for references and follow through with verifying them.
  • Ask the contractor for proof of insurance.
  • Never deal with anyone who solicits or appears at your home unannounced.
  • Obtain a minimum of two bids for the work to be done.

When signing a contract, make sure: 

  • All work should be specifically stated in the contract.
  • An approximate starting and completion date should be included.
  • All warranties including labor and materials should be addressed.
  • A payment schedule should be contained in the contract.
  • Do not give a large deposit before the beginning of work and do not pay the balance until completion.
  • A three-day right to cancel rarely applies to home improvement contracts.
  • Do not sign a blank contract or one containing blank spaces.
  • Watch for non-refundable deposits and non-escrow accounts. In new home construction, part of the purchase price must be escrowed (this can be waived).

For more information call the board at 582-3100 or visit www.pcclb.com.      

Business Tax Receipts

 A Business License is good from October of the current year through September 30 of the following year. For questions regarding business tax receipts, call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063.

Thinking of starting a new business? Checkout out the City’s website for the City of Gulfport New Business Checklist at www.mygulfport.us under the Community Development Building Department tab in the Information & Regulations section. Call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063 for more information.

Call the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development at 464-7332 or visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs for information, including a number of workshops on starting a new business. They also offer personalized business consulting to help you become successful with your startup business.

Code Enforcement

 Because the City has one inspector who focuses on one section at a time, we depend on residents to call in violations when they see them. We will inspect within one working day of a complaint to verify violations. Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail. Call 893-1061 or email permits@mygulfport.us if you see violations. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation. One hundred fifty-four open cases were reviewed in June.

Planning & Zoning

 View the zoning map on the City website at www.mygulfport.us/community-development/. Visit www.library.municode.com/fl/gulfport/codes/code_of_ordinances to view Zoning Code, Chapter 22 of the Code of Ordinances

The July 7, 2021 Planning & Zoning meeting was cancelled due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Elsa. The review and recommendation of a draft ordinance establishing stand-alone ground level parking lots as permitted uses in the Mixed Use (MU) zoning area will be heard at the August 4 Planning & Zoning Board meeting and October 5 City Council meeting.

July 14, 2021 Board of Adjustment meeting: Actions

Review and recommendation of draft ordinance establishing stand-alone ground level parking lots as permitted uses in the Mixed Use (MU) zoning area.

 V21-18: 5405 Shore Boulevard South; Variance request to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces by 16 spaces, from 16 to zero off-street parking spaces for restaurant seating associated with a proposed second floor addition of an existing restaurant. APPROVED.

V21-21: 1219 Freemont Street South; Variances requested to

  1. reduce the required front yard setback by 6.97 feet, from 25 feet to 18.03 feet
  2. reduce the (south side) required side yard setback by 0.19 feet, from 6 feet to 5.81 feet;
  3. reduce the required front yard setback by 8.97 feet, from 25 feet to 16.03 feet; and
  4. reduce the (south side) required side yard setback by 0.19 feet, from 6 feet to 5.81 feet for the proposed demolition of the existing front porch and steps and the construction of a new open front porch and steps of an existing single family house. 

ALL REQUESTS APPROVED.

V21-22: 5708 Gulfport Boulevard; Variance requested to reduce the required separation distance between the principal structure and accessory structure by 10 feet, from 12 feet to 2 feet to allow for the proposed installation of a 10’ x 20’ accessory structure (shed). APPROVED.

V21-23: 2816 Skimmer Point Drive South; Variance request to reduce the left-hand one-third setback requirement by 2.4 feet from 26.4 feet to 24 feet to allow for the construction of a 3-foot wide catwalk to service an existing boat lift. APPROVED.

August 4, 2021 Planning & Zoning Board and October 5, 2021 City Council/CRA meeting:

Review and recommendation of draft ordinance establishing stand-alone ground level parking lots as permitted uses in the Mixed Use (MU) zoning area.

August 11, 2021 Board of Adjustment Meeting:

Review and recommendation of draft ordinance providing for setback encroachments for open front porches.

V21-24: 1620 52nd Street South; to increase the maximum fence height in zoning front yard of the principal structure located on a corner lot by 2 feet from 4 feet to 6 feet to allow for the continuation of an existing non-permitted 6-foot tall fence.

V21-25: 6110 Kipp’s Colony Drive West;

  1. Reduce the right-hand one-third setback requirement by 2 inches, from 30 feet 2 inches to 30 feet, for the proposed construction of a portion of a new dock; and  
  2. 2. Reduce the left-hand one-third setback requirement by 12 feet, from 30 feet 2 inches to 18 feet 2 inches to allow for the proposed construction of a new dock and lower landing and installation of a new boatlift to be located on the located on the left-hand side of the proposed new dock.

V21-26: 3026 57th Street South; to reduce the front yard setback requirement by 8 feet, from 25 feet to 17 feet to allow for the proposed construction of a new front porch and step.

V21-27: 5948 Seabird Drive South; To reduce the right-hand one-third setback requirement by 2 feet 2 inches, from 26 feet 8 inches to 24 feet 6 inches to allow for the construction of a proposed 3-foot wide catwalk to service a new boatlift.

V21-28: 5109 Tangerine Avenue South; The following variances requested are to allow a proposed lot line adjustment to separate Lot 7 and Lot 12 to re-establish the lots of record:

  1. To reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 8.7 feet, from 25 feet to 16.3 feet; and
  2. To recognize the encroachment of the existing principal structure into the required side yard setback by 0.1 feet, from 6 feet to 5.9 feet for the existing 1980 single family house.