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Gulfport Community Update

September 18 – 24, 2022

City of Gulfport staff is monitoring a tropical disturbance as it moves through the Caribbean Sea this weekend. Current forecasts show the storm becoming a Hurricane before entering the southeastern Gulf of Mexico early Monday, September 26. Residents are advised to check local weather updates and begin planning.

Pinellas County 2022 All Hazards Preparedness guides are available at all City of Gulfport facilities. Pinellas County evacuation zones have been updated for the 2022 hurricane season; check your zone and evacuation level at www.storm.pinellascounty.org, or call 464-3800. Sign up at www.pinellascounty.org/alertpinellas to receive emergency alerts via text message on your cell phone. 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 information.

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

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 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 cars. Call 893-1022 or email jwright@mygulfport.us for information.

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. 

Bring your Gulfport I.D. and your junk to the City of Gulfport Junk Drop at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, October 8. The City will dispose of junk at no charge. No firearms, drugs, needles, tires, explosives, liquor or plants. Proof of Gulfport residency required. Call 893-1089 for more information.

Join City Councilmember Michael Fridovich and Dr. Otto Federico von Feigenblatt at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Boulevard, 1 – 6 p.m. Saturday, October 8 for the Interuniversity Lecture Series International Conference on Education, Culture and the Arts for Peace, Development, and Education to promote knowledge about the connection between peace, development and education. For information, visit https://japss.org/gulfport-conference-2022.  

Celebrate the Gulfport Merchants Chamber of Commerce First Annual Oktoberfest Saturday, October 22. Experience a unique curated German-themed market in Veterans Park, 5350 31st Avenue. Enjoy live music inside participating businesses, including O’Maddy’s, Caddy’s and Hurricane Eddie’s. Shore Boulevard will be closed between 54th Avenue & Beach Boulevard. For information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/451757720252517.  

Showcase your original art during the City of Gulfport Art in the Yard Sale Saturday, November 5. In the event of rain the sale will take place on Sunday the 6th. Register your Gulfport address at https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-art-in-the-yard no later than 3 p.m. Friday, October 3 to be included on Google maps and the brochure. The brochure will be available at the above link, and addresses will be listed in the November 3 edition of The Gabber.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INSPECTION RECORDS ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE (727) 893-1057. CUT-OFF FOR INSPECTIONS IS 3 P.M ON THE BUSINESS DAY BEFORE THE DESIRED INSPECTION DAY.

Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail.  Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.  Inquires can be directed to 893-1024 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

Most permitting may be 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 inspections must be phoned into the inspection line at 893-1057. 

Inspection by affidavit or private provider must be pre-arranged with the building official and must comply with applicable edition of the FBC-Building, Section 107.6 and Florida Statute 553.791.

Before embarking on your home improvement project give us a call at 893-1024 to discuss your plans and see what permits and inspections may be necessary, to explain code requirements and to help you through the process. Whether it’s deferred maintenance or new improvements, many elect to do these projects themselves. Community Development Department 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 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

Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail.  Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.  Inquires can be directed to 892-1024 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

A business license, or tax receipt is good from October 1 of the current year through September 30 of the following year. If the license is not renewed by October 1 a 10 percent penalty will be applied for the month of October and 5 percent for each month thereafter until it is paid.  If you have paid your fee, but continue to get a request for payment, let us know so we can make sure your account is corrected.  If you have any questions regarding business tax receipts, please contact Lisa Giddens at 893-1063.

If you’re thinking about starting a new business, check out the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development. Visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs, or call 464-7332. They also do personalized business consulting to help you become successful with your startup business.

Code Enforcement

Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail. Conferences must be scheduled to ensure adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.  Inquires can be directed to 893-1061 or to permits@mygulfport.us.

If you have a complaint, you may report it to 893-1061 or to permits@mygulfport.us. We will inspect as soon as possible to verify any violation. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation. Please see the State of Florida statutory regulations below regarding anonymous complaints. 

Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes was amended to preclude staff from initiating code enforcement proceedings by way of anonymous complaints. A person who reports a potential violation of a code or an ordinance must provide, at a minimum, 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 & Development Division

Questions may be directed to staff either via the telephone or e-mail. Inquires can be directed to (727) 893-1087 or to permits@mygulfport.us. Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.   

The zoning map and the Comprehensive plan, which include the Future Land Use Map, can be found on the City website at https://mygulfport.us/community-development/.

The Zoning Code (Chapter 22 of the Gulfport Code of Ordinances) can be found at https://library.municode.com/fl/gulfport/codes/code_of_ordinances.

October 5, 2022 Planning & Zoning Board And November 1 Council/CRA Meeting:

VR22-01: Application for Vacation of Public Right-Of-Way, City Ordinance to vacate Beach Drive from 44th Street South eastward to the north-south alley between 44th Street South and Quincy Street South.

VR22-02: Application for Vacation of Public Right-Of-Way, City Ordinance to vacate Beach Drive from 44th Street South eastward to the north-south alley between 44th Street South and Quincy Street South.

VR22-03: Application for Vacation of Public Right-Of-Way, City Ordinance to vacate Beach Drive from Quincy Street South eastward to the east City of Gulfport boundary line.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Administration

We have merged several operational functions and placed them under a new section to be called special operations. This section will be supervised by Sergeant Robert Burkhart, and it will include oversight of marine patrol, K9, special events, and off-duty details.

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 

147

Self-initiated calls for service:

226

Incident/offense reports:

38

Arrests made:

1

Traffic/vessel stops:

31

Ordinance violations: 

20

Residence checks:

34

Report audits:

4

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

Officers were dispatched to the 5700 block of Shore Boulevard on September 15 after a City employee using a leaf blower on the sidewalk was accosted by a who threw water on him, and drove away. The suspect is possibly a local transient who has been living out of the car in the beach area.

Officers responded to an ongoing dispute between neighbors in the 1000 block of 58th Street after one party accused the other of cutting the cord on their drill. No charges were filed.

A resident in the 2600 block of Quincy Street reported on September 16 that someone entered their fenced property and dumped brush in their yard.

Officers were dispatched to a vacant residence in the 4900 block of 10th Avenue on September 17 after a realtor discovered that someone cut a screen on back window and entered the house.

An officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department found a car with the steering column broken on September 18, and asked GPD to contact the registered owner who discovered it had been stolen sometime overnight from their residence in the 4900 block of 10th Avenue.

A Hyundai was reported stolen from a residence in the 5100 block of 24th Avenue. The owner was unsure if the vehicle was locked, but they still have all the keys.

Officers were dispatched to the 5000 block of Jersey Avenue on September 19 after a caller reported that someone went to a residence to collect tools they left behind. A verbal altercation ensued, and one of the residents reported being shoved. Another resident sprayed the visitor in the face with mace. None of the parties involved wished to press charges.

A resident in the 5800 block of 21st Avenue reported on September 20 that sometime overnight someone entered their unlocked vehicle and went through the glove compartment and center console. Nothing appears to have been taken.

Lawrence Hartwell was arrested on several warrants issued by Volusia & Pinellas Counties. He was taken into custody in the 5000 block of 10th Avenue.

A resident in the 1500 block of 62nd Street reported on September 21 that sometime in the previous three days someone entered her vehicle and damaged the steering column in an effort to steal the car.

A customer reported that he dropped a pouch containing his identification and credit cards at a business in the 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard, and the cashier gave it to another customer who left the store. The victim followed the customer to her home and asked her to return the items but she refused. Detective Pham made contact with the suspect and convinced her to return the stolen items to the victim.

Officer Smith made contact with a juvenile subject walking in the 5700 block of Shore Boulevard overnight, and a records check revealed the teen was reported missing from a group home in Kenneth City. The teen complained of a health issue and was transported to a hospital.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed: 13                                                                                            

Cases currently assigned: 46

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for a theft, a fraud, a death investigation, and a burglary case. 

Detective Crowson is on vacation this week.

Crime Analyst, Margaret Palmisano reviewed property reported stolen with a known serial number to ensure proper entry into FCIC; searched pawn records for property reported stolen with a known serial number, known suspect or searchable property description, and; performed an analysis of recent burglaries.

The Marine Unit was not on the water this week.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

14

Supplements reviewed:

64

Reports disseminated:

26

Background checks:

3

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints:

1

Subpoenas processed:

1

Citizens assisted:

31

 

MARINA

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

Pumped two thousand six hundred sixty-three gallons of gas and six hundred twenty-two gallons of diesel fuel, fueling eighty-seven vessels.

Marina maintenance activities:

  • Replaced piling caps on pier 4, slip 25.
  • Replaced service breaker on pier 7, slip 5 and 6 boat lifts.
  • Secured loose deck screws on pier 6, gate 6.
  • Replaced gaskets on underground storage tank fuel gauges.
  • Blocked off pier 1 west gate in preparation for valve replacement.
  • Replace wood and reinstalled lift controls on pier 6, slip 3.
  • Destroyed wasp nest in pedestal on pier 5, slip 4.
  • Replaced back-check valve on pier 2 pump out hose.

 

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 information.

Last week’s programs

Monday, September 12 – Teen Space.

Wednesday, September 14, 2 p.m. – Steam Club.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club.

Friday, September 16, 10:15 a.m. – Babytime.

Saturday, September 17, 2 p.m. – Lego Club.

Upcoming programs

Monday September 26, 4 p.m. – Teen Space for ages 12-18: Spend time with friends and meet new ones. Play games, work on art projects, watch movies or just hang out. Activities vary each week, and what we do is up to you!

Thursday, September 29, 1 p.m. – COF Presents the Supreme Court & the Constitution: Louis J. Virelli, Stetson Law School Professor, author and legal scholar, discusses issues centering on our nation’s highest court. He is the author of Disqualifying the High Court: Supreme Court Recusal and the Constitution. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library.

Friday, September 30, 1 p.m. – Sew Easy: Zipper Bag: This month we will use scraps to make adorable zipper pouches! Store your cash, cell phone, or other necessities in this keychain style pouch. Supplies are limited, so registration is required. You may sign-up starting Sept. 23rd  by calling 727-893-1074 or emailing library.programs@mygulfport.us.

Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. – Come & Go Craft: Drop in for creative, self-directed crafting. For all ages, but some pieces might be small. Supplies are limited and available on a first come basis. Crafting tables will be located in the children’s area.

Saturday, October 1, 1 p.m. – Grown-up Movie Series After a stranger tries to attack her family, an eerie echo of her grandmother’s murder decades before, a woman who lives on the edge of a bog begins to believe that a supernatural force is seeking to harm her. In Dutch and English, with English subtitles. Call 893-1074 for title.

Wednesday, October 5, 4 p.m. – Garden Grampa for Grades K-5. Mr. Albert will share his knowledge of all things gardening and sustainability through storytelling and hands-on fun. This month we’ll discuss fall gardening.

Wednesday, October 12, 4 p.m. – STEAM Club: STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Join us as we explore these concepts through stories and hands-on activities. Recommended for Grades K-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information call 893-1074.

Wednesday, October 19, 1 p.m. – SHINE Presentation – Medicare Basics: Open enrollment is October 15 – December 17. Learn what Medicare Parts A, B, C & D mean to you. Visit www.floridashine.org for more information. SHINE counselors will answer questions and provide guidance on Medicare & Medicare Advantage plans. Call 893-1073 to leave contact information, and a SHINE counselor call to schedule an appointment

Every Thursday, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime: Join us for stories, rhymes, and music! If the 10:15 am session is full, stay for the 11 a.m. session. We hope to accommodate all our littlest library patrons while maintaining safe practices, and appreciate your patience and understanding. For information call 893-1074.

Staff Activities

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

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; completed professional online training modules; cataloged new acquisitions; provided staffing at Reference & Circulation Desks; reviewed and submitted passport applications to the U.S. Dept. of State, and; responded to inquiries for using Friends Room and booked reservations.

Library Staff responded to phone and email inquiries from the public and resolved various issues; composed and submitted reports; submitted bills to Finance Department for payment; scheduled passport application appointments for new applicants. 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 September 11 – 17, 2022:      

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,332

1,178

Sun. 9/11

Library closed

Mon. 9/12

405

237

Tue. 9/13

403

175

Wed. 9/14

395

232

Thu. 9/15

368

207

Fri. 9/16

380

180

Sat. 9/17

381

147

Staff processed 25 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

Text MYGULFPORT to 22828 on your mobile device to sign up for the City’s electronic email newsletter. Register your email address at https://mygulfport.us/enews/ to receive official announcements by email. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygulfport.

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

As the Gulfport Senior Center continues to grow, we are committed to being a prominent community focal point, providing necessary services and activities for older adults. The Gulfport Senior Center invites everyone over 50 years of age to become a part of this great program. Annual registration fee for non-residents is $50 per year; FREE for Gulfport residents.

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 numerous programs, classes and workshops. Volunteers serve 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, September 26

9:30 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Theater lobby)

10 a.m. – Spanish for Beginners (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Beginner Sketch Class (Room 106)

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

11 a.m. – Wisdom Healing Qigong (Theater Lobby)

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, September 27

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Line Dancing for Beginners (Neighborhood Center)

10 a.m. – Tai Chi (Casino)

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

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

1:30 a.m. – Studio Watercolor Workshop (Room 106)

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

2 p.m. – Armchair Adventures: PERU

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

5 p.m. – New Horizon Green Band (Room 107)

6 p.m. – New Horizon Concert Band (Dining Hall)

 

 

Wednesday, September 28

9:30 – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Scout Hall)

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

10:30 a.m. – Bunco (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Beginner Acrylic Painting (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Canasta (Theater lobby)

1:30 p.m. – My Story My Voice Memoir Writing Workshop (Room 107)

1:30 p.m. – Bingo (Dining hall)

1:30 p.m. – SHINE Insurance Counseling (by appointment(

3 p.m. – Happy Birthday to YOU!

4 p.m. – Cardio Drumming (Dining hall)

5 p.m. – Cardio Drumming (Dining hall)

6 p.m. – Intermediate Spanish (Room 106)

6 p.m. – Gulfport Toastmaster (Room 107)

 

 

Thursday, September 29

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

10 a.m. – Guided Meditation (Room 107)

10 a.m. -Tai Chi (Casino)

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

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

1 p.m. – Acrylic Painting Room 106)

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

1:30 p.m. – Feeding Tampa Bay SNAP (by appointment)

2 p.m. – Senior Resource Fall Fest & EXPO

5:30 p.m. – IASOSP Dance Group (Theater Lobby)

6 p.m. – IASOSP Italian Classes (Dining Hall, 106 & 107)

7 p.m. – IASOSP Italian Classes (Dining Hall, 106 & 107)

 

 

Friday, September 30

9 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Room 106)

9:30 a.m. – Gulfport Writers Virtual Workshop

10 a.m. – Knitting and Crochet (Dining Hall)

11 a.m. – Healing Yoga Therapy (The Gulfport Casino)

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

1 p.m. – Dominoes  (Theater Lobby)

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

Join the GEMS Getaway gang on Thursday, September 29 when we visit the Riverview Flea Market. Do some fun shopping at this small indoor flea market offering everything from antiques to apparel, plus a BBQ joint. GEMS members $20/nonmembers $25.

The honor of your presence has is requested at this year’s Senior Prom at the Historic Gulfport Casino, 7 – 10 p.m. Monday, October 3. Enjoy an evening of dancing, music, light refreshments, & cash bar. Prom attire suggested. Advance tickets $20/$25 at the door.

Have fun, test your knowledge, & win PRIZES during Trivia Fun at 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 4.

Join The Girls’ Club, asocial group of senior single lesbians who just wanna have fun! Meet for coffee & chat, and plan monthly social events to do together.

Do you sometimes get the advantage over your chess opponent, but it takes a long time to actually checkmate? By the end of this three- week Chess: Checkmate Like a Pro class, you will know several basic ways to checkmate more like a pro. Join us at 9 a.m. every Tuesday & Thursday, October 4 – 20. Registration required.

Release your stress during the Laughing Again Workshop at 1 p.m. Thursday, October 6. No jokes or comedy, just contagious laughter to retrain the brain to think positive.

In recognition of Active Aging Week, join your friends at Chase Park at 10 a.m. Friday, October 7 for Game Day, a fun-filled day packed with outdoor games, friendly competition & lunch.

Veterans of all service eras are invited to Veterans Coffee Connection at 10 a.m. Friday, October 7 for coffee, support, friendship & to learn about available community resources.

Gulfport ROCKS! Join the party and create some fun rock art at 2 p.m. Friday, October 7. All supplies provided. Registration required. Sponsored by Moore Medicare Options.

Join the GEMS Adventure Club for a visit to iFLY Tampa for indoor skydiving on Thursday, November 17 with, with two flights, a digital image and video of the experience to share with friends and family. GEMS members $94/nonmembers $99.

For more information on our virtual event calendar, call the Event Line at 893-5657 or find us at facebook.com/GulfportSeniorCenter.

Service Stats September 12 – 16

  • Virtual Program Attendance: 20
  • In Person Class Attendance: 928
  • Reassurance Calls: 98
  • Food Pantry Bags Disbursed: 8
  • Wellness Checks / Home Visits: 1
  • GEMS Trips: 216
  • Neighborly Care Network Meals Delivered: 486
  • In Person Dining: 246
  • Fitness Center Attendance: 150

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER & SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Sunday, September 11

10 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service  (Turnout 60)

 

 

Tuesday, September 13

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker  (Turnout 18)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher  (Turnout 65)

 

 

Wednesday  September 14

7 p.m. –  Swing Dance with Swingtime  (Turnout 123)

 

 

Thursday, September 15

7 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera  (Turnout 20)

Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays            

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

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

 

 

Fourth Sundays

3:30 p.m. – Contra Dance lesson with TFOOTD

4 p.m. – Contra Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance

Admission $10  

 

 

Fourth Mondays

7 p.m.  – Ballroom Dance with USA Dance  Members admission $7, Non-members 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

7 p.m. – Latin Night lesson with Carol Rivera

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $10

 

 

Second Fridays

7 p.m. – Dance Lesson with Swing Time

8 p.m. – Disco Party with Swing Time   Admission $10

 

 

Fourth Fridays

7 p.m. – Dance Lesson with Carol Baker and Danielle Blouin

8 p.m. – Country Dance Party   Admission $10

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):

Sunday, September 11

8 p.m. – Ghostlight Young Company’s presents Urinetown the Musical (Turnout 26)

 

 

Friday, September 16

8 p.m. – Ghostlight Young Company’s presents Urinetown the Musical (Turnout 32)

 

 

 

Saturday, September 17

2 p.m. – Ghostlight Young Company presents Urinetown the Musical (Turnout 26)

8 p.m. – Ghostlight Young Company presents Urinetown the Musical (Turnout 47)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m. – Unity of Gulfport presents Elvis in Gulfport Showcase with Fred Wolfe & Jay Maih. Visit www.UnityofGulfport.org for tickets and information.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, September 11

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting   (Turnout 9)

 

 

Tuesday, September 13

5:30 p.m. – Recovery Dharma meeting   (Turnout 6)

 

 

Saturday, September 17

11:30 a.m. – Life celebration  (Turnout 32)

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every Sunday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

 

 

Every Tuesday

5:30 p.m. – 12-Step meeting – Recovery Dharma 

 

 

Every first Thursday

3:30 p.m. – Juvenile Welfare Board meeting

 

 

Every Friday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

 

 

Select Saturdays

10 a.m. – GMC Marching Band practice 

Scout Hall is closed for structural repair until further notice.

 

RECREATION CENTER

Hoyt Softball Field is reserved every Sunday by Tampa Bay Club Sports Kickball League.

The volleyball courts are reserved by Tampa Bay Club Sports for league play every Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evening.

Hoyt Field is reserved by Stetson College of Law for Intramural Softball 5 – 10 p.m. every  Wednesday, the beach volleyball courts are reserved 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. every Sunday for Intramural Volleyball.

The Game room was reserved 2 – 8 p.m. Saturday, September 17 for a Birthday party with approximately seventy in attendance.

Programs/Events

Contractual classes & activities currently offered: Ballet, Basketball, Hip Hop, Hula Hoop Fitness, Pickleball, Tennis and Yoga and Zumba.

Thirty-seven children registered for the 2022-2023 School Year Child Care Program. Twenty-nine are non-residents. The program is licensed by the Pinellas County License Board and the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc.  Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra fee.

Five children are registered for the Tot Time Program and seven for VPK. Tot Time aims to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. 2-Day spots are available. Program hours are 8:45a.m. – 12:30 p.m. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Parents must apply at https://elcpinellas.org/for-families/voluntary-pre-kindergarten/ to receive a Certificate of Eligibility Voucher which needs to be turned in during registration.

Thirty-four teens are currently registered for the 2022/2023 Teen Night Program, a great hangout for 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. Twelve are non-residents.

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 afternoon.

Marivel Gutierrez attended a Recreation Center weekly update meeting with the City Manager on Monday, and a Pinellas Director’s Café by Zoom on Tuesday.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 57 Emergency medical calls
  • 2 Fire alarms
  • 3 Car crashes
  • 4 Structure fires
  • 1 Electrical hazard

Life Safety:

  • 128 Fire inspections
  • 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.

Gulfport Fire Department commenced their Face-to-Face September CME Classroom training for Critical Pediatric Patients. The 16-hour course includes a written test and practical exam to maintain Paramedic Certification, and is approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Chief Marenkovic attended a Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association meeting this week. The Fire Chiefs are reviewing new protocols for Basic Life Support Ambulance transport by Sunstar EMS.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance
  • Continued to work with structural engineer on Scout Hall repairs.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.
Parks Maintenance
  • 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.
Streets and Sanitation
  • Performed monthly automated curbside street sweeping throughout City.
  • Filled and graded alleyway at 5313 27th
Water
  • Daily Chloramines sampling at the points of connection to water distribution system, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters, (include Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall, (include Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily check of ground water levels, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Read routes #31, 32, 33 & 34 of the monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 12 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 10 non-pay rechecks to confirm water services were still off.
  • Completed 136 miscellaneous service orders generated by customer service department.
  • Completed 13 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 31 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Installed new water service at 5816 Skimmer Point Boulevard .
  • Repaired water break at 2624 Quincy Street.
  • Repaired Caldwell water fountain at Williams Pier.

 Sanitary 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 and #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).
  • Televised sewer main at 2614 53rd
  • Cleaned and televised sewer lateral at 2407 Beach Boulevard.
  • Performed biannual cleaning of City sewer mains.
  • Continued Lift Station #2 Force Main installation and improvement project.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 54 storm water inlets.
  • Repaired broken storm lid at 1611 58th

 Vehicle Maintenance

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