Gulfport Community Update

April 11 – 17, 2021

The City of Gulfport hosted a Memorial Dedication at Veterans Park to honor late Gulfport resident Steven Jay Robin who, along with his crewmates serving aboard the U.S. Navy Intelligence vessel USS Pueblo, were captured by North Korean Forces in January 1968 and held as prisoners of war for eleven months (photos below).

Memorial Dedication at Veterans Park

In an effort to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, all public water fountains in the City of Gulfport have been turned off. For more information, call 893-1000.

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.

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. Safety protocols are in place to keep vendors and shoppers safe. For more information, visit www.gulfporttuesdayfreshmarket.com.

Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meetings are broadcast “live on Facebook” at 7 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. 

Eat all you can a the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast 8 – 11 a.m. Saturday, May 1. The Lions Club is located at 4630 Tifton Drive. Members and volunteers will serve pancakes, scrambled eggs, link sausage, coffee, tea and orange juice for $8 while following CDC guidelines. Children under 12 eat for half price. Seating will be limited to 50% capacity. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/505960920572180.  

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 and foreclosure Assistance, Pinellas CARES financial assistance, food pantry distribution sites, pet care assistance and more for those negatively affected by COVID-19. Visit https://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. The application and guidelines are available at www.mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program. Restrictions apply. Call 893-1016 for more information.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol

Dispatch calls for service

162

Self-initiated calls for service

326

Incident/offense reports          

31

Arrests 

4

Traffic citations

55

Ordinance violations

41

Residence checks

16

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

An unlocked bicycle was reported stolen from the carport of a residence in the 5300 block of 12th Avenue on April 8.

A resident in the 1400 block of 52nd Street reported that her bicycle was stolen from her carport one week prior, and she thought she saw someone riding it near her residence earlier in the day. No suspects were located.

A license plate was reported stolen from a motorcycle parked in the 2600 block of 45th Street on April 9. It  was later recovered in Clearwater.

Bryan Brown was arrested on a warrant for driving on a suspended license following a traffic stop in the 3000 block of Beach Boulevard on April 10.

Officers initiated a risk protection order after a 911 caller reported an acquaintance threw bananas at her and threatened to shoot her. Officers made contact with the pair in the 5000 block of 20th Avenue and observed evidence that a battery had occurred. The victim did not wish to press charges. The suspect made several comments about killing himself and shooting other people. The risk protection order, if approved would prohibit the man possessing firearms.

A wallet containing $80 was reported stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 5100 block of 9th Avenue on April 11.

A resident in the 2500 block of Beach Boulevard reported that he loaned his car to a friend who was supposed to return it hours earlier. Officers checked the suspect’s residence but the car was not there. The victim contacted the suspect and advised the police were looking for the car. The suspect left it in a Publix parking lot, and the victim did not want to prosecute.

Gulfport Senior Center staff reported on April 12 that a window on a bus parked in the parking lot was shattered sometime in the last week, possibly by a BB.

Leanna Wharry was arrested for DUI and hit & run after she struck a car, street sign, tree and her carport’s support beam. Wharry was still sitting in the car when officers arrived to her location in the 3000 block of 49th Street. She performed poorly on field sobriety tasks, and her breath alcohol content was .295/.300, more than three times the legal limit.

Preston Parrish was arrested for resisting an officer without violence and violation of probation on April 14 after he went to his ex-girlfriend’s residence at 4:45 in the morning, and attempted to open the door. Parrish was intoxicated, and left the area when the woman said she was calling police. When officers made contact with him he initially refused to identify himself.

Julian Hall was arrested for trespass after warning after an employee at a business in the 5100 block of Gulfport Boulevard reported that he was causing a disturbance and opening bags of chips. Officers made contact with Hall and discovered he had been issued a trespass warning for the business.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             5                                                                     

Cases currently assigned:      48

Detective Pham followed up on investigations and completed supplemental reports for a sexual battery case, a fraud, a burglary, an uttering worthless checks and an arson/death investigation.

Detective Crowson followed up on investigations and completed supplemental reports for a fraud case, a harassment, and a burglary.

Crime Analyist Margret Palmisano compiled the monthly PCSO call out report; compiled and distributed monthly open case lists; performed a review of traffic crashes on 26th Avenue for a 5-year period, and; started a traffic analysis for Officer Myers.

The  Marine Unit was on the water for 9.5 hours this week, conducting 11 voter contacts and 3 vessel stops, and issuing three citations.

There are currently 37 vessels inside Gulfport City limits, including 8 in the mooring field, and an additional 3 outside City limits. Five vessels have been declared derelict; 3 by FCW, 2 by GPD. 

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

10

Supplements reviewed:

41

Reports disseminated:

23

Background checks:           

6

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints

2

Subpoenas processed:

7

Citizens assisted:

35

Community Resources Division

The following written directive policies are currently in the review process: 103 – Facility Security; 104 – Police  Vehicle Equipment, Use, Inspections and Operations; 106 – Juvenile Procedures; 109 – Extra & Off-Duty Employment; 131 – Interview Rooms; 144 – Ride Along Program; 206 – Grievances; 305 – Public Information Release Procedures; 312 – Fiscal Activities; 314 – Line & Staff Inspections; 315 – Promotions; 350 –  Explorer Post Procedures; 405 – Missing Person Investigations; 409 – Traffic Stop Procedures; 410 – Motorist Assistance; 414 – Traffic Direction and Control; 422 – Field Interviews; 425  – Bicycle Patrol; 426 – Problem Oriented Policing; 508 – Criminal Intelligence; 517 –  Search Warrants; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI & Parking Citations; 709 – Access to & Use of Secure Databases, and; 804 – Juvenile Records.

Training

Detective Priest attended 32 hours of a 40-hour police applicant background investigations training course.

Recruiting and Screening

Recruit Iman Redzepi began employment on April 13, and is assisting Commander Stone with accreditation related duties prior to beginning field training.

Twenty-one police officer applications are being processed; one applicant is in final processing.

Crime Prevention

Officer Mills is assigned to the evening shift until further notice.

Volunteer Coordinator Jim Wright posted weekly activity information on the neighborhood watch Facebook page, and hosted a Facebook live weekly neighborhood watch meeting.

School Resource officer activity

Officer Motte assisted school staff breaking up an altercation between students, and with a dispute between the guardians of a child; located a truant; escorted a suspended student off campus; mentored three students; met with the parent of one student; gave a presentation to Mr. Paige’s class regarding law enforcement and the educational requirements to become a police officer, and answered questions regarding relevant current events, and; taught the Monday night police explorers the topic of use of force. 

Officer Embry intervened in a mental health crisis which resulted in a student being taken into protective custody and referred for psychiatric evaluation; mentored a student; spoke with several classrooms about negative connotations regarding law enforcement officers; intervened and separated two students, preventing a fight, and; escorted a student off campus after they were instructed to leave the premises.

Officer Sigsbee assisted the behavior specialists and Head Plant Operator with separating two students engaged in an altercation; assisted students with math; increased one on one meetings with students, and as check in/check out rewards for good behavior and/or time spent away from class to regroup and get ready to go back and learn; increased the number of lunch bunch meetings during the week an attempt to connect with students who are struggling with behavior issues; took part in the site safety meeting during which drills were scheduled, and continued working with school staff to become familiarized with the new camera systems installed by Pinellas County Schools. 

 

MARINA

Assisted with ten dockside pump outs, evacuating three hundred fifty gallons of waste, and two pump out boat services, evacuating forty gallons of waste.

Pumped five thousand eight hundred fifty-one gallons of gas, two thousand seven hundred-six gallons of diesel fuel, fueling one hundred seventy-five vessels.

 

LIBRARY

In an effort to protect customers, staff and event/instructional facilitators, all onsite events are cancelled until further notice. Visit www.mygulfport.us/gpl for resources, information & virtual/online programs. You may be prompted by Facebook to login or create an account for some content. You do not need an account to watch videos or view photos, but your view of 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.

Last week’s programs & events:

Thursday, April 8, 10:15 a.m. – Virtual Storytime.

 Upcoming programs:

Check for virtual/online programs, resources, and information on our Facebook page. You do not have to setup a Facebook account, but your view of the content may be limited. Visit www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL/ and click on videos to see any of our previously recorded programs and upcoming events. Programs will remain available for up to 2 weeks.

Monday, April 19, 10 a.m. – Grab N Go Craft Kit: Stop by the library and pick up a children’s craft kit! For more information, call 893-1134. Supplies are limited! Project details will be posted at http://mygulfport.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

Monday, April 19, 4 p.m. – Virtual Science Club: Join us online biweekly for a fun DIY experiment from the comfort of your own kitchen using common household items. Activities for grades K-5.

Thursday, April 22, 10:15 a.m. – Virtual Storytime: Join us on the library’s Facebook page! Be sure to follow @GulfportLibraryFL for books, rhymes, felts and more! Storytime videos are posted biweekly on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2 p.m. – Embroidered Flower Craft: For this month’s adult craft we will make a beautiful embroidered flower on a piece of wood. There will be limited kits available starting Tuesday, April 20th. The program will be presented on Zoom and available on Facebook.

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m. – Book Donation Drive By: Running out of space on your book shelves? Mark your calendar now for the next Circle of Friends Book Donation Drive By. Limit 2 boxes accepted per vehicle (no encyclopedias or textbooks). The event will be held in the Library parking lot. Call 893-1074 for more information.

Thursday, April 29, 2 p.m. – Book Club Live discussion of We the Animals by Justin Torres. The book will be available in print at the Library, downloadable audiobook from Hoopla, and eBook or downloadable audiobook from Overdrive/Libby.

Friday, April 30, 10 a.m. – Babytime Online: If you have little ones under 2 years old, join us at    www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL/ as we sing songs, read books, enjoy lap bounce rhymes and learn baby signs.

Staff Activities

David Mather attended Library, Information Technology, and City department meetings to update procedures and to distribute information as directed by the City Manager regarding the City’s response to the COVID-19 virus, contacted/followed up with various vendors to resolve issues and to initiate and implement new services, and; followed up on issues with purchases and billing, and; attended meetings with LGBTQ Resource Center.

Carol Parker submitted invoices for payment to Accounts Payable; placed and received orders for new books and DVDs; inventoried and ordered supplies; staffed Reference Desk; compiled and submitted press releases to Technical Events Specialist for City-sponsored ad; logged into and completed professional online training modules, and; provided staffing at Reference Desk. 

Library Staff responded to phone and email inquiries and resolved various issues; contacted vendors to update their status and to request/follow-up with quotes for new services; composed and submitted reports; and submitted bills for payment by Finance, and; planned and implemented programs adapted for offsite use such as Virtual Craft & Science Club programs. Staff began scheduling appointments for individuals to submit new passport applications. Staff 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 April 4 – 10, 2021:          

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,169

1,018

Sun. 4/4

Library closed

Mon. 4/4

477

190

Tue. 4/6

331

148

Wed. 4/7

323

159

Thu. 4/8

357

158

Fri. 4/9

382

216

Sat. 4/10

299

147

Staff processed 9 Library card registrations.

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Technical Events

  • Updated and emailed weekly Constant Contact newsletter to email distribution list.
  • Posted COVID-19 updates to social media sites.
  • Created press releases for City activities affected by COVID-19.
  • Used Adobe InDesign to create images.
  • Assisted with email responses for Cultural Facilities Department.
  • Updated Trumba Calendar.
  • Assisted Senior Center with recording of virtual classes.
  • Provided sound and photography support for Veterans Park Memorial dedication.

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. Hourly capacity is limited to provide physical distancing, and advance reservation is required; call 893-5657 to schedule.  

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’s 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.

April is Volunteer Appreciation month. This month we are sending out inspirational volunteer quotes twice weekly, and will host the Nacho Average Volunteer Fiesta Friday April 30.

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.

All classes and events are virtual unless noted. Next week’s GTV class and event schedule:

Monday, April 19

9 a.m. – Monday Mile Club with Walter (in person)

11 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Chair Exercise

Noon – Shine: Medicare Part D Drug plans

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (in person)

 

   

Tuesday, April 20

10 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Yoga

10:30 a.m. – Spanish for Beginners

10:30 a.m. – Strength & Stretch (in person at Tokin Park)

1 p.m. – In the Kitchen with Chef Jack: Broccoli Cheddar

   

Wednesday, April 21

9:30 a.m. – Gentle Mindful Yoga 

10 a.m. – Shine: Medicare Part D Drug Plan

10:30 a.m. – Drive-thru Food Pantry (in parking lot)

11:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Wellness Movement Exercise

Noon. – Shine: Medicare Basics

1:30 p.m. –  Shine: Medicare Financial Assistance

2 p.m. – 60’s, 70”s and 80’s TV Triviamania

Thursday, April 22

10 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Wisdom Healing Qigong

10:30 a.m. – Spanish

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (in person)

Friday, April 23

10 a.m. – Writers Workshop

10:30 a.m. – Strength & Stretch (in person)  

10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. – Chair Yoga

 Service Stats:

  • Virtual program attendance: 47
  • Walking club: 28
  • Reassurance calls: 111
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 930
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 6
  • Wellness checks/home visits: 1
  • GEMS trips: 98
  • Fitness Center attendance: 167

 

Recreation Center

Eleven Gulfport resident children have been registered for the 2021 Summer Program for children who will complete Kindergarten thru age 14. Nonresident registration begins May 1. The program begins June 14 and ends July 30. 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. The $495 residential fee/$619 and nonresident fee does not include field trips. Twenty-five spots will be available at a discount rate for Gulfport residents in need of assistance.

Upcoming Programs/Events

Tampa Bay Club Sports Kickball League has reserved Hoyt Field.

Sand Life Volleyball & Tampa Bay Club Sports reserve the volleyball courts for volleyball clinics, and by private individuals on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.

Hoyt Softball Field has been rented by Stetson College of Law on Wednesday evenings for Softball Intramurals.

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

Twenty-five children are registered for the 2020/21 School Year Child Care Program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Bus transportation is available from Bear Creek & Douglas Jamerson Elementary, Pasadena Fundamental & Gulfport Montessori schools. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra fee. Hours of registration are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Six children are registered for the 2020/21 VPK Program. Registration is underway for the 2021/22 VPK Program. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Parents must apply with the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. and receive a Certificate of Eligibility to attend the program.

Nineteen teens are registered for the Teen Night Program, 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.  

Staff Activities

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

Marivel Gutierrez facilitated the Teen Council meeting on Tuesday, and attended the Senior Staff meeting on Wednesday.

Seven Gulfport Teen Councilmembers attended the monthly meeting at the Recreation Center on Tuesday. Advisor Marivel Gutierrez facilitated. Topics discussed; Approval of March minutes, Largo Youth Leadership Council Summit, Florida League of Cities Youth Council Virtual Program, Old business & new Business.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 49 Emergency medical calls
  • 3 Fire alarms
  • 2 structure fires
  • 4 Vehicle crashes      
  • 1 Wire down

Life safety:

  • 11 Fire inspections
  • 2 C.O.s
  • 1 Fire final

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 Gulfport Fire Department continued their April online CME this week. The topics for review; Toxic Syndromes, Overdose and Electrolyte imbalances.

GFS attended auto extrication training at LKQ using the new Holmatro V-Struts for stabilization of vehicles in a crash.

Captain James Lundh attended a Pinellas County Fire Marshal’s Zoom meeting on April 15.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance

  • Removed light poles from dock in preparation for repair.
  • Set up and removed chairs for Memorial event at Veterans Park.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

 

Parks Maintenance  

  • Set up chairs and trash/recycle bins in preparation for memorial service in Veterans Park.
  • Sanitized open public facilities hourly.
  • Pressure washed and painted various areas of PD Sally port.
  • Continued pressure washing sidewalks at Clymer Park.
  • Continued Fire station bunk room separation and storage room project.
  • Trimmed oak trees at Caldwell Park and palm trees at City complex.
  • Continued art building demo.
  • Continued to disinfecting playgrounds and public restrooms regularly.
  • Repaired irrigation at Veterans Park, Hoyt Field & Neighborhood Center.
  • Cleared leaves and debris from fountain screens at Wood Ibis Park.
  • Mowed City complex, Senior Center, Recreation Center, Library, Marina & Lionos Club green spaces, Chase block, Clam Bayou Wood Ibis & Tomlinson Parks, Tangerine Greenway & Trolley Market, and 49th & York Street termini.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched City complex & Caldwell Park, and raked beach and around benches & pavilions.
  • Cleaned & sanitized event trashcans.
  • Greased mowers and sharpened blades, repaired line trimmer and cleaned and serviced small equipment.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned all City playgrounds.
  • Cleaned restrooms at Little League, beach and outside Casino.
Streets & Sanitation
  • 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.
  • Assembled & delivered new automated trash containers and replaced broken containers as requested.
Water      
  • Daily chloramines sampling at points of connection to water distribution system, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters.
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall.
  • Daily check of ground water levels.
  • Read routes 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 of monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 14 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Performed 3 non pay rechecks to confirm water services are still off
  • Performed 71 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig utility locates.
  • Performed 117 miscellaneous service orders.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • R Replaced 22 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meter.
  • Repaired water break at 1411 49th
  • Installed new water service at 2608 53rd Street, and at 5610 14th

Sewer

  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to Lift Stations #1 and #2.
  • Daily rainfall checks and documentation, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily ground water elevation recording (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance check on Lift Stations #1 & 2, Fire Department/Garage, Police Station/City Hall, and Senior Center.
  • Collected bay water samples at Gulfport Beach, Clam Bayou & Marina for quality testing.
  • Cleaned and televised sewer lateral at 5825 26th Avenue.
  • Painted bollards around generator pad at 1617 49th Street.

Storm Water

  • Cleaned and inspected 4 storm water inlets throughout City.

 Vehicle Maintenance

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

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

The office is now open to the public with restrictions. Face masks must be worn, and no more than 2 customers are allowed in the counter area at one time. Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail. Conferences must be scheduled to ensure adequate space is available to practice safe social distancing practices. Inquires can be directed to 893-1024 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

TEMPORARY INSPECTION PROCEDURES DURING COVID 19: IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INSPECTION RECORDS ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE 893-1057 AS USUAL. THE CUT-OFF FOR INSPECTIONS REMAINS THE SAME.

The Building Division is still operating; however, the permit counter is closed to the public.

All over the counter permitting is conducted via e-mail at permits@mygulfport.us. Questions about submitting applications may be emailed to permits@mygulfport.us or by phone at 893-1024. All payments must be made by credit cards over the phone.

Outside inspections will continue and should be phoned into the inspection line at 893-1057.  Please call 893-1024 for information regarding interior inspections.

Mechanical equal change outs, water heater replacements and roof over inspections for occupied buildings are on hold until further notice, permits that expire due to this restriction will be extended without fees.

Door and window replacements (size for size, no structural), provided photo of location w/permit placard in photo, photos of shim and fastener installation and window manufacture stickers in place on windows, photos of interior and exterior calking and sealing. Provide a notarized letter of compliance (complies with manufactures approved installation specifications and Florida Building Code, Sixth Edition (2017)

Re-roof, provide photo of location w/permit placard in photo, photos of in-progress installation (underlayment, drip edge and flashing, ridge or box vent openings, roofing material identification and shingle or roof covering fasteners, etc.), photos of completed roof. Provide a notarized nailing affidavit and a notarized letter of compliance (manufactures approved installation specs and FBC, Sixth Ed. (2017)

Other inspections that may be done by providing photos and compliance letters include: drywall/tile backer, minor electric/plumbing/mechanical, non-structural framing, etc. These inspections must be pre-arranged with the inspector or building official.

All photos must be clear and legible and contain enough detail to show compliance for the inspection to be passed, they must be emailed to inspections@mygulfport.us on the day of the scheduled inspection, the subject line shall include the location address, permit number and type of inspection requested.

Inspection by affidavit or private provider must be pre-arranged with the building official and must comply with FBC-Building, Sixth Edition (2017) Section 107.6 and Florida Statute 553.791.

Property owners should be made aware of temporary inspection procedures and if on-site inspections are preferred by contractors or property owners for any of the above inspections, accurate contact information must be provided for advanced notice, the inspection will be at the inspector’s discretion and every attempt must be made by inspector, contractor and property owner to maintain 6 (six) foot social distancing.

Building Division

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 by the board or the state of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and be registered with the board. 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.

During the Covid-19 outbreak, Code Enforcement will focus primarily on life/safety issues. 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. Call 893-1061 if you see violations. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation. Complaints can be anonymous, but if you want a follow-up you will have to leave contact information which means the complaint is no longer anonymous. Any personal information you provide becomes part of the public record, which any other citizen has the right to review. E-mail correspondence is considered a public record. If you wish to make a complaint, e-mail communications are not anonymous.

Planning & Zoning

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

April 14, 2021 Board of Adjustment meeting results:

V21-08: 5421 Essex Avenue South; Variance request to reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 5.83 feet, from 25 feet to 19.17 feet to allow for the proposed construction of a 5.83’ x 28’ new rear porch on the ground floor, a 5.83’ x 28’ open sided deck/balcony on the second floor, and a 5.83’ x 15.5’ open-sided decks/balcony on the third floor of a new house. APPROVED

V21-09: 5149 Preston Avenue South; Variance request to:

  1. reduce the side yard setback requirement by 2.15 feet, from 6 feet to 3.85 feet to allow the lot line adjustment in separating Lot 56 from the subject Lot 55; and
  2. recognize the encroachment of the existing principal structure into the front yard by reducing the front yard setback by 13.09 feet, from 25 feet to 11.91 feet for the existing 1925 single family house. DENIED

V21-10: 6319 8th Avenue South; Variance request to reduce the rear yard setback requirement for an existing detached garage by 3 feet, from 15 feet to 12 feet to recognize the existing encroachment of the detached garage and to allow a proposed 2 feet – 8 inch extension onto the rear of the garage. APPROVED

V21-11: 5101 14th Avenue South; The following variances requested result from partial construction of a non-permitted front deck and steps which encroach into the front yard and secondary street side yard to:

  1. reduce the front yard setback requirement by 5 feet, from 25 feet to 20 feet; and
  2. reduce the secondary street side yard setback requirement by 6 feet, from 12 feet to 6 feet to allow the building permit application and construction of a 5’ x 14’ open wooden deck and steps. APPROVED