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Gulfport Community Update

October 10 – 16, 2021

2021 Hurricane Guides are available at Gulfport City Hall, Library & 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.

Free Smoke detectors are available for elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. Call 893-1059 for more information.

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.

COVID-19 testing is available through Community Health Centers of Pinellas and the Florida Department of Health. Visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/ information. Vaccinations are available through the Florida Department of Health. Call 844-770-8548 or visit  https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/login/SelfRegister to register.

To find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you, visit www.vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233. DeliveRxd Pharmacy is offering in-home vaccinations in Pinellas & Hillsborough for those who can’t or prefer to not leave home. Call 813-932-6266 for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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 5 – 9 p.m.

In partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the City of Gulfport, the Gulfport Grassroots will coordinate the 2021 International Coastal Cleanup Clam Bayou Cleanup 9 a.m. – noon Saturday, October 16. Join us at Osgood Point near the Coast Guard Station at the end of Miriam Street for a rewarding day of community improvement, engagement and beautification.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront District is a weekly year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of foods; hand-made art & crafts; bath, body & wellness products and more. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors participate every Tuesday. 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.

Join us 6 – 11 p.m. Saturday, October 23 for the Annual Gecko Ball, Gulfport’s party of the year at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard! In addition to the live auction of artists’ geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, Gecko Queen coronation, live music, dancing & more. For more information, visit http://geckofest.com/.

Come see all your favorite vendors from Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market at Fourth Saturday Fresh Market! Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Out-Boo your neighbors and enter the City of Gulfport Recreation Division’s Annual Halloween Decorations Contest. There are two theme categories: General for single homes only and Commercial for single business or professional locations, including home occupations. Pick up your application at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard, or Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd Street. Entry deadline is noon, Monday, October 25. Drive-by judging will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the 25th. Winners will be awarded a plaque at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 2. Call 893-1068 for more information.

Sign your child up now thru October 25 to paint a Halloween-themed window at participating storefronts in Gulfport 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, October 30. Three age categories: 5 and under, 6-11 and 12-18. Winners will receive cash prizes in addition to free breakfast at Stella’s for all registered children, and coffee for parents. Winners will be announced in the November 4 issue of the Gabber. For more information visit https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-S9MozqmX2lWXuvfGEbJlYCs8JsnVshviOWJpM1uK-uX8Aw/viewform.

Everyone is invited to the Trick or Treat Trail & Costume Contest on the walking trail behind the Gulfport Recreation Center 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30. Masks are encouraged, and please practice social distancing. Call 893-1068 for more information.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Operations Division

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 108
Self-initiated calls for service: 378
Incident/offense reports: 36
Arrests made: 3
Traffic/vessel stops: 73
Ordinance violations: 42
Residences checks 28

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

A resident in the 6100 block of Kipps Colony Drive reported on October 7 that she received a bill from a debt collector regarding unpaid utilities in Louisiana, for a place she has never lived.

Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of 49th Street on October 8 after a driver attempted to turn north onto 49th Street, and was struck by a southbound car. The south bound lanes of 49th Street were closed for approximately one hour.

Officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of 59th Street on October 9 following a dispute between two residents at an assisted living facility. One patient alleged the other struck him on the face, but was unable to provide much detail or a consistent statement on what happened.

A resident in the 5400 block of 20th Avenue reported she thought she saw someone in her backyard. Officers checked the area but nobody was found.

Joshua Taylor was arrested for an active burglary warrant issued by Sarasota County, and for driving an unregistered vehicle, no driver license and drug charges on October 10 after Sergeant Vandenberg stopped the car Taylor was driving in the 2400 block of 56th Street because a piece of foam had been placed over the license plate area. A bag of methamphetamine was found in his pocket during a search.

Officer Myers stopped a driver in the 5700 block of Gulfport Boulevard for a seatbelt violation, and tag attached not assigned. While impounding the car a loaded firearm, and a black bag containing 7.6 grams of cocaine and 1.2 grams of methamphetamine that belonged to driver Johnathan Brandy were discovered. Passenger Diane Dutro also had methamphetamine in her purse. Both were convicted felons and were arrested.

A resident in the 3100 block of 56th Street discovered her boyfriend deceased on the floor. It appears he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

A resident in the 5000 block of 23rd Avenue reported on October 11 that the contents of her wallet was stolen the previous afternoon, and she believes a group of juveniles that were hanging out in the alley entered her home while she was walking her dog.

A Parks Department employee discovered someone spray painted graffiti on the concession stand at the baseball field that sometime over the weekend.

The Water Department notified police on October 12 that a water meter for a residence in the 5300 block of 12th Avenue was tampered with after being shut off for nonpayment, resulting in minor flooding in the backyard.

A resident in the 5300 block of 8th Avenue reported on October 13 that someone broke a window, entered their home, stole two firearms and ransacked the home while he was away for approximately two hours.

A firearm was reported stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 5200 block of 13th Avenue.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             8

Cases currently assigned:      55

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for an auto theft case, a burglary, a fraud, a death investigation, and an exploitation of the elderly.

Detective Crowson conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for three fraud cases, three auto thefts, a vehicle burglary, and a harassment.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano compiled and distributed open case lists; performed an analysis of recent burglaries; reviewed cases with active Gulfport warrants, looking for new information on wanted subjects’ locations, and; reviewed  property reported stolen with a known serial number to ensure proper entry into FCIC, and pawn checks on cases with a known serial number, a named suspect or searchable property description.

Records Section

Reports reviewed: 6
Supplements reviewed: 62
Reports disseminated: 32
Background checks: 3
Bike registrations: 0
Fingerprints: 2
Subpoenas processed: 4
Citizens assisted: 35

Training

One member attended online use of force training this week.

Officer Janovich attended the remaining 42 hours of an 80-hour canine team training instructor training course.

Officer Myers attended a 16-hour breath test certification course this week.

Records Technician Shirley Dibucci attended the Florida Records Management Association conference in Orlando this week.

Community Resources Division

The following written directive policies are currently in the review process: 103 – Facility Security; 106 – Juvenile Procedures; 405 – Missing Person Investigations; 409 – Traffic Stop Procedures; 414 – Traffic Direction and Control, and; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI & Parking Citations.

Recruiting and Screening

Twenty-one police officer applications are being processed. Detective Priest gave a presentation at St. Petersburg College Southeastern Public Safety Institute this week to recruit classes 222 and 223.

Crime Prevention

Officer Mills has been temporarily assigned to the evening shift.

Commander Stone and Mr. Jim Wright are contacting our law enforcement and community partners to confirm their attendance at the Gulfport Night Out event scheduled for November 3.

School Resource Officers

Officer Motte escorted three students off campus after they were suspended; performed a Baker Act assessment on a student having suicidal ideations, resulting in the student being transported to PEMHS; performed a threat assessment on a student making threatening comments about a staff member; mentored two students; met with the parents of two students; provided a classroom presentation on school safety, how to report a crime and securing personal belongings, and; taught the Monday night police explorer meeting the topic of use of force.

Officer Embry assisted Officer Motte escorting three juveniles off campus after they were suspended; met with a parent concerned their daughter was hanging out with a student who the parent feels is a bad influence; mentored a student, and; provided security for a football game.

Officer Sigsbee continued to assist with behavioral calls while the school is without a behavioral specialist; took part in took part in a threat assessment in which a student threatened to harm another student in anger, determining the threat was not credible; met with kindergarten students to make them comfortable around him, and; assisted with installing a new donated washing machine in the Plant Operators area.

 

MARINA

Assisted with six dockside pump outs, evacuating one hundred seventy-five gallons of waste, and five pump out boat services, evacuating two hundred gallons of waste.

Pumped five thousand one hundred eighty gallons of gas, and one thousand four hundred fifty four gallons of diesel fuel, fueling one hundred thirty-two vessels.

 

LIBRARY

Visit https://www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL/ 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.

Last Week’s events

Monday, October 4, 4 p.m. – Science in the Garden.

Tuesday, October 5, 7 p.m. – Trivia Night.

Thursday, October 7, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime.

Upcoming programs

Tuesday, October 19, 11 a.m. – Get Growing: Join City horticulturist Toffer Ross for information about native gardening in Florida during our monthly program. Learn how to shrink your lawn and create a biodiverse habitat for pollinators while adding natural Florida beauty to your yard!

Wednesday, October 20, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare 101: A specially trained volunteer provides unbiased information and answers Medicare enrollment questions. SHINE is a free program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs that empowers elders to make informed decisions about their health care coverage. SHINE counselors will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans on an individual basis. Call the Reference Desk at 893-1073 to leave your contact information, and a SHINE counselor will call to schedule an appointment at the Library.

Wednesday, October 20, 7 p.m. – Wednesday Writing Workshop on Zoom with RJ Samuel: For more information or to register visit https://readoutfestival.wixsite.com/home/workshops.

Wednesday, October 21 – Follow the Leader Painted Gecko: We are painting one-of-a-kind geckos! Participants will use acrylic paint to decorate a wood cutout of Gulfport’s favorite reptile for this month’s adult craft! Supplies are limited; email library.programs@mygulfport.us or call call 893-1074 or to register

Thursday, October 21, 2 p.m. – Coffee Talk Book Club discussion of The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner.

Monday, October 25, 5 p.m. – Open Mic: Bring your talents to share with a congenial group! Call 893-1073 or see Alex Hooks at the Reference Desk for more information.

Every Monday, 4 p.m. – Science in the Garden: Join us in the Reading Garden for our weekly Science Club for Grades K-5.

Every Thursday, 10:15 a.m. & 11 a.m. – Storytime: Join us in the meeting room for stories, rhymes, music, and a take home craft. In order to maintain social distancing, each session will be limited to 12 children and their caregivers. If the 10:15 session is full you will be invited to the 11 a.m. session. We hope to accommodate our littlest library patrons while maintaining safe practices, and appreciate your patience while navigating this new terrain.

Staff Activities

David Mather attended Library, Information Technology, and City department meetings monitor and assist various departments with IT-related issues, 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; attended meetings with LGBTQ Resource Center, and; reviewed Library Assistant I applications and interviewed applicants.

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 Performed professional online training modules; cataloged new acquisitions; provided staffing at Reference desk; cataloged new acquisitions reviewed Library Assistant I applications and interviewed applicants; posted October Librarian schedule, and; reviewed and submitted passport applications to U.S. State Department.

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; planned and implemented programs adapted for offsite use such as Virtual Craft & Science Club programs, and; scheduled appointments for 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 October 3 – 9, 2021:       

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation: 2068 1042
Sun. 10/3 Library closed
Mon. 10/4 489 239
Tue. 10/5 282 176
Wed. 10/6 322 159
Thu. 10/7 367 181
Fri. 10/8 363 159
Sat. 10/9 245 128

Staff processed 10 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.

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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’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.

Upcoming programs and events

Monday, October 18

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

Noon – Mahjong (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (Room 102)

1 p.m. – Chair Yoga (Scout Hall)

1 p.m. – Dominoes (Theater lobby)

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

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

   
Tuesday, October 19

8:30 a.m. – Seated Tai Chi (Theater lobby)

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Quilting (Room 106)

10 a.m. – Drive Thru Food Pantry (North parking lot)

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 p.m. – Wii Bowling (Room 107)

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

1:30 p.m. – Happy Birthday to You (Dining Hall)

4:30 p.m. – New Horizon (Chase Park)

   
Wednesday, October 20

9 a.m. – Wellness Wednesday Monthly Wellness Checks (Theater lobby)

9:30 – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Scout Hall)

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

10:30 a.m. – Stretch and Strength (Casino)

1 p.m. – Watercolor Painting (Room 106)

1:30 – Bingo (Dining Hall)

4 p.m. – In the Kitchen with Chef Jack: Italian Wedding Soup (Dining Hall)

6 p.m. – Bunco (Room 107)

   
Thursday, October 21

8:30 – Seated Tai Chi (Theater lobby)

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

10 a.m. – Tai Chi/Qi Gong (Casino)

10 a.m. – Sound Meditation (Scout Hall)

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. – iPhone/iPad Instruction (Room 107)

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)

6 & 7 p.m. – IASOSP Italian Language Classes (Various Rooms)

6 p.m. – IASOSP Dance Group (Theater Lobby)

   
Friday, October 22

9:30 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Scout Hall)

10 a.m. – Gulfport Writers Workshop (virtual)

11 a.m. – Restorative Yoga (Gulfport Casino Facebook/YouTube)

12:30 p.m. – Bridge 101 Instruction (Room 107)

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

In an effort to bring awareness and attention to the impact of social isolation on the senior community, the Gulfport Senior Center will connect with other senior centers and individuals across the country in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for most viewers of a bingo livestream at 1 p.m. Friday, October 22. Join us to break a world record, fight social isolation, have fun, win prizes, and change the narrative on aging all at ONCE! To join us from home, register at https://live.televeda.com/signup?ref=R1VMRlBPUlQyMQ.

 Service Stats:

  • Virtual program attendance: 27
  • In person class attendance: 682
  • Reassurance calls: 102
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 640
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 7
  • Wellness checks/home visits: 2
  • GEMS trips: 144
  • In-person dining: 171
  • Fitness Center attendance: 165

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER & SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Tuesday, October 5

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 27)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 32)

Wednesday, October 7 7 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 140)
Thursday, October 8 6 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera (Turnout 10)

 Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

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

   
Every Fourth Sunday 3:30 p.m. – Contra Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance  Admission $10
   
Every Tuesday

Noon – 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 lessons with Carol Rivera

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $10

Every First Friday 7 p.m. –  Pop-up Dance Party Admission $10
Every third Friday 7 p.m. – Sock Hop with The Impacs. Advance tickets $15; 2 for $25, or $20 each day of the show.

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Friday – Sunday, October 22 – 24, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 23, 3 p.m. & Sunday, October 24, 1 p.m. –  The Amazing Acro-Cats: tickets $35-$45 at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5233235

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, October 3

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

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

 
Tuesday, October 5 5:30 p.m. – 12-Step meeting  (Turnout 10)
Friday, October 8 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting  

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 is closed for repair until further notice.

 

RECREATION CENTER

Put on your best costume and bring the kids to the Halloween Trick-or-Treat Trail & Costume Contest behind the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard 4 – 7 p.m. Saturday, October 30. Children will trick-or-treat along the walking path from tent to tent to receive candy while listening to Halloween music at a safe and social distance. The Costume Contest begins at 6 p.m. with five categories: ages 0-3, 4-7, 8-12, 13-17 & Family theme. Three awards will be presented for each category.

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.

The volleyball courts are reserved 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday, October 23.

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.

Forty-one children are registered for the 2021/22 School Year Child Care Program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Transportation is provided from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Montessori and Douglas Jamerson Elementary schools.  Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an additional fee. Hours of registration are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ten teens are registered for the 2021/22 Teen Night Program, a great hangout for teens in grades 6-12, providing recreation and social activities, and offering monthly field trips, cooking projects, guest speakers & service projects for teens in middle school through age 17. The teens utilize the gymnasium, game room and outdoor area. Program hours are 6 – 9 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Three children have been registered for the 2021/22 Tot Time Program. 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.

Alton Hooker worked the room rental on Saturday.

Jami Rowell attended the Gulfport Teen Council meeting on Tuesday.

Three Gulfport Teen Councilmembers attended the monthly meeting at the Recreation Center on Tuesday. Jami Rowell facilitated. Topics discussed; Advisor report, approval of the September meeting minutes, Upcoming events, Old business and New business.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 80 Emergency medical calls
  • 1 Fire alarm
  • 5 Vehicle crashes
  • 1 Service call
  • 2 Gas odor reports
  • 1 Gas leak

Life safety:

  • 20 Fire inspections
  • 2 Re-inspections
  • 1 Fire final,
  • 1 C.O.

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.

E17 & R17 crews participated in marine water training on October 12.

Pumper 17 returned from REV and put back into service on October 13.

Stetson Law College staff CPR renewal is taking place through October.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance

  • Repaired air hockey table and crack at Recreation Center entrance.
  • Repaired AC at Neighborhood Center.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance

  • Cleaned all City playgrounds, and repaired/maintained equipment.
  • Cleaned and sanitized Parks vehicles.
  • Installed water fountain at beach restrooms.
  • Installed wheels on 90 at Recreation Center.
  • Removed art fence section at Library for in preparation repairs.
  • Pruned trees at beach, Tomlinson Park, and along Chase block.
  • Mowed City complex, Clymer & Veterans Parks, Library, Neighborhood Center, Senior Center, beach, Lions Club and Recreation Center green spaces, 28th Street sign area, Tangerine greenway, trail spur, and 49th & York Street termini.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched 49th Streetscapes and Recreation Center green spaces.
  • Repaired irrigation at Trolley Market Square and 28th Avenue sign area.
  • Greased mowers and sharpened blades.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned and maintained all city restrooms daily.
  • Mowed, raked, lined and dragged all ball fields daily.
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas.
Streets & Sanitation
  • Performed 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.
  • Performed 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 23, 24, 25, 26, and 27 of the monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 15 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 16 non pay rechecks to confirm water services are still off.
  • Performed 142 miscellaneous customer service department generated service orders.
  • Performed 14 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 9 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Commenced semiannual flushing of water system.
  • Replaced water service and water meter at 6220 10th
  • Replaced water service at 5044 10th

Sanitary Sewer

  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to lift stations #1 and #2 including (Saturday & Sunday)
  • Daily rain fall 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)

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 16 storm water inlets.
  • Cleaned storm drains along Shore Boulevard from DuPont Street to Beach Boulevard.

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Performed preventive maintenance and various small repairs on City vehicles, as needed.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

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. Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes was amended to preclude staff initiating code enforcement proceedings by way of anonymous complaints effective July 1, 2021. Any person who reports a potential violation of a code or an ordinance must provide their name and address to the respective local government. Any personal information provided in any manner becomes part of the public record, which anyone has the right to review. 

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

October 13, 2021 Board of Adjustment meeting results:

V21-30: 2635 48th Street South; Variances requested to:

  1. recognize the existing encroachment of the house into the side yard setback by 0.7 feet, from 6 feet to 5.3 feet,  and;
  2. reduce the required side yard setback by 0.7 feet, from 6 feet to 5.3 feet to allow the proposed construction of a new addition onto the rear of an existing single-family house to match the existing side of the house. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

V21-31: 2002/2004 54th Street South; Variance request 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 installation of a 6-foot-tall fence. APPROVED