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Gulfport Community Update

June 19 – 25, 2022

Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Monday’s Sanitation routes will be collected on Tuesday, July 5, Tuesday’s routes will be collected on Wednesday, July 6, and there will be no weekly yard waste pickup.

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. The Atlantic basin Hurricane season ends November 30. Get informed to be prepared, and remember to run from water, hide from wind. Basic Hurricane kit supplies to keep on hand this season:

  • A minimum of one week’s supply of bottled water for each family member, including pets
  • Medications
  • Canned goods (and manual opener), shelf-stable milk & nonperishable foods
  • Flashlights and extra bulbs
  • Battery-operated radio
  • Fully charged battery-operated lanterns (no candles or kerosene)
  • Batteries and chargers for all devices
  • Working fire extinguishers
  • Cash (power outages can impact access to bank & ATM funds for up to two weeks)
  • Clock (wind-up or battery-operated)
  • Plastic garbage bags, and large zipper storage bags to protect food items, clean clothing, towels and bedding in the event of flooding or unsanitary conditions
  • Scissors
  • Clean change of clothes, rain gear, sturdy swamp boots, bleach tablets
  • An evacuation plan for your family & pets

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 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 vehicles. 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.

The Gulfport Police Department will host a free Fraud Prevention Forum featuring speakers from the U. S. Attorney’s Office, F.B.I. & Pinellas County Consumer Protection at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 22. The topics will include common types of frauds and scams occurring in our area, and nationwide trends. Limited seating; visit https://www.gulfportpolice.com/fraud-prevention-forum.html to register.

Enjoy an amazing lineup of fun, exciting activities during the City of Gulfport Independence Day Celebration in the downtown waterfront district on Monday, July 4. For more information or to register for the parade visit https://mygulfport.us/july_4th_celebration/.

 

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 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

Questions may be directed to staff via telephone or e-mail. Inquires can be directed to 892-1087 or to permits@mygulfport.us. Conferences must be scheduled so we can ensure adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.   

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.

 

July 7, 2022 City Council/CRA Meeting:

C22-02; 5405 Shore Boulevard South – Conditional Use request with a site plan for outdoor seating on a proposed second story addition to an existing restaurant.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Operations Division

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 

137

Self-initiated calls for service:

286

Incident/offense reports:

45

Arrests made:

6

Traffic/vessel stops:

31

Ordinance violations: 

29

Residences checks:

34

Report audits:

4

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

A resident in the 5100 block of 11th Avenue reported on June 16 that his wife struck him with a car while he was riding his bicycle several days earlier. He was unable to provide the date of the alleged incident.

Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of Shore Boulevard on June 17 after a caller reported that a male subject exposed himself to her while she was on the pier. The man denied the allegations, and there were no witnesses.

A resident in the 5700 block of 27th Avenue reported that he met a woman in St. Petersburg and brought her back to his home where they ingested drugs. The man passed out, and when he awoke he was advised that his car was involved in a crash in St. Petersburg.

An unlocked car parked in the 5400 block of 15th Avenue was burglarized on June 18. The owner provided video footage of a white male subject wearing a hoodie attempting to start the car and rummaging through the trunk, and attempting to enter a locked car.

A bank card and a small amount of cash were reported stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 1100 block of Freemont Street. While investigating, Officer Dillard discovered two other vehicles on the same block that had been burglarized.

A Seaside Villas resident reported that someone hacked into her Walmart account, resulting in a pending transaction for $232.19. The victim was able to stop the transaction and cancel her credit card before the sale was finalized.

Jeffrey Vincent was arrested on June 19 for resisting arrest, and felony warrants out of Sarasota for dealing in stolen property, and false verification of ownership to a pawn shop after Officer Redzepi made contact with him regarding several recent thefts. Vincent  repeatedly gave a false name before fleeing on foot into the neighborhood north of Gulfport Beach. Officers set a perimeter around the neighborhood and a St. Petersburg Police Department K9 team found him hiding in a backyard. Charges will be forwarded to the state attorney’s office for the Gulfport thefts.

Two bicycles were reported stolen from the fenced backyard of a residence in the 1900 block of 53rd Street. The owner was unable to provide serial numbers for the bikes.

A wallet was reported stolen from an unlocked car parked in the 700 block of 58th Street. The suspects attempted to use a debit card from the wallet at Snacks and Dollar General. Surveillance video showed the suspects driving a white Mercedes C300.

A resident in the 6200 block of 8th Avenue reported that someone stole his electric bicycle. The suspect used the owner’s phone, so he was able to obtain the identity of the suspect who is still being sought.

A bag containing credit cards was reported stolen from the center console of a car parked in the 5500 block of Shore Boulevard. The owner was unaware of the theft until began receiving bank alerts that someone was attempting to use the cards.

Officers were dispatched to the 5800 block of 30th Avenue after a caller reported suspicious juveniles around a car in Town Shores who were suspected of stealing bicycles. Officer Smith found several teens with bicycles behind the Recreation Center, but they denied taking them. The following day one of the victims positively identified 2 of the bicycles, and Officer Smith returned them to her. She did not wish to prosecute.

A car was reported stolen from the 5700 block of 18th Avenue in the early morning hours of June 21. The owner stated that she has the only key, and there were no signs of forced entry.

Eleanor Crawford was arrested following a report of a person exposing herself in the 6100 block of 10th Avenue. A records check revealed an active injunction for protection, stipulating she is not permitted to be within 500 feet of a residence less than a block away.  

Max Renier was arrested on June 22 after he refused to leave a business in the 3100 block of Beach Boulevard from which he had been previously trespassed.

Lisa Garcia was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation following an argument during which a plastic bottle was allegedly thrown. An independent witness stated that nobody threw anything at anyone.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             10                                                                                           

Cases currently assigned:      51

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a fraud case, a burglary, a theft, an auto theft, and an elderly exploitation. He also participated in an detail with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages & Tobacco to evaluate businesses to determine compliance as a result of a complaint that a business was selling alcohol to minors. One of the six stores visited was not in compliance and the clerk was issued a notice to appear.

Detective Crowson conducted follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for two fraud cases and an auto theft, and assisted with the alcohol sales to minors operation.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano created and distributed a bulletin for a contractor fraud case, and a bulletin in an attempt to identify a retail theft suspect; compiled and distributed open case lists, and data for a fraud prevention event, and worked on the National Incident-Based Reporting System.

The Marine Unit was on the water for 2 hours this week.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

15

Supplements reviewed:

42

Reports disseminated:

23

Background checks:

7

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints:

1

Subpoenas processed:

2

Citizens assisted:

37

 

MARINA

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

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

Marina maintenance activities:

  • Replaced “Marina Parking Only” signs in east parking lot.
  • Repaired/replaced dock rub rail fenders on Casino dock.
  • Replaced GFI outlet and fuse for 30amp circuit on pier 6, slip 14.
  • Adjusted boat lift guide poles for pier 7, slip 12.

 

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

Tuesday, June 14, 3 p.m. – Sea Creature Keychains for Grades K-5.

Wednesday, June 15, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare 101.

Thursday, June 16, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime.

Thursday, June 16, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Library Book Club discussion of A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende.

Thursday, June 16, 4 p.m. – Mini Pallet Coasters & Frappes for grades 6 – 12.

Friday, June 17, 1 p.m. – Sew Easy Bookmarks.

Upcoming programs

Tuesday, June 28, 3 p.m. – Bats of the World for Grades K-5: Francine Prager of Tampa Bay Bats will discuss all types and what they contribute, and introduce some of her live guest bats!  

Thursday, June 30, 10:30 a.m. – Silly Sam’s Instrument Explosion: Join us for a special Storytime guest! We’ll sing, dance & laugh while we learn & explore a variety of instruments with Silly Sam the Music Man. Recommended for ages 2 – 5. Program capacity is limited; admittance will be on a first come basis.

Thursday, June 30, 4 p.m. – Movie & Ice Cream for ages 13 – 17: Enjoy a frosty treat and watch while Peter Parker’s secret identity is revealed to the entire world. Desperate for help, Peter turns to Doctor Strange to make the world forget that he’s Spider-Man. The spell goes horribly wrong and shatters the multiverse, bringing in monstrous villains that could destroy the world. Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for movie title. 

The Fifth Annual ArtOut Exhibit featuring works created by LGBTQ+ artists & allies, and inspired by life during the COVID-19 pandemic is on display through the month of June. The primary goal of the exhibit is to lift up LGBTQ+ experiences & responses to COVID-19; resilience, creativity, suffering, persistence and more. Visit www.artout.lgbtqgulfport.org for information.

Saturday, July 9, 1 p.m. – Grown-up Movie Series: Ready to experience extreme teenage turmoil? This teen turns into a giant red panda when her mother, and life harass her in this Pixar animated film. Rated PG. Call 893-1074 for movie title.

Wednesday, July 20, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare 101: Specially trained volunteers will provide free, unbiased information and counseling, answer questions and provide guidance on Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Call the Reference desk 893-1073 to leave contact information, and a SHINE counselor will call schedule an appointment.

Thursday, July 14, 7 p.m. – LGBTQ Film Series: Our monthly program resumes! Call 893-1074 for film title.

Thursday, July 21, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Library Book Club discussion of The Source of Self Regard by Toni Morrison. Available in print and audio.

Friday, July 15, 10:15 a.m. – Babytime for little ones under 2 years old and their caregivers: We sing, read, enjoy lap bounce rhymes, and learn baby signs. Older siblings are also welcome.

Every Wednesday, noon – Murder in the Afternoon Mystery Series: Do you love a whodunit? We’ll screen two episodes of various mini-series for your enjoyment! Check our Events calendar for details.

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 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 & billing, continued reviewing Library I applications and interviewing candidates, and; attended meetings with LGBTQ Resource Center and the Circle of Friends.

Carol Parker submitted invoices for payment; 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; performed professional online training modules; cataloged new acquisitions; provided staffing at Reference desk; updated and posted January staff schedule; responded to inquiries about book availability and reservations; booked Friends Room reservations, and; reviewed and submitted passport applications to U.S. State Department.  

Library Staff responded to phone and email inquiries from the public and resolved various issues; composed and submitted reports; submitted bills to Finance for payment; presented in-person programs for children and adults incorporating safe practices, and; scheduled new passport application appointments. 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 more information, visit https://mygulfport.us/gpl/passports.

Library Services/Statistics March June 12 – 18, 2022:    

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,102

1,086

Sun. 6/12

Library closed

Mon. 6/13

407

210

Tue. 6/14

353

188

Wed. 6/15

363

127

Thu. 6/16

372

232

Fri. 6/17

332

154

Sat. 6/18

275

175

Staff processed 21 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

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, June 27

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

10 a.m. – Pencil Drawing Level 1 (Room 106)

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

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, June 28

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

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

10 a.m. – Quilting (Room 106)

10 a.m. – Tai Chi (Casino)

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

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

1 p.m. – Gulfcoast Legal Assistance (by appointment)

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

4:30 p.m. – New Horizon Jazz Band (South parking lot)

5 p.m. – New Horizon Band Beginner (South parking lot)

6 p.m. – New Horizon Band Concert (South parking lot)

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

   

Wednesday, June 29

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. – Bingo (Dining hall)

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

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

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

   

Thursday, June 30

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. – Acrylic Painting Room 106)

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

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

Friday, July 1

9 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Theater lobby)

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)

noon – Gulfport Rocks (Room 106)

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

1 p.m. – Dominoes  (Theater Lobby)

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

5 p.m. – Stars & Stripes BBQ Celebration

Join The Girls’ Club social group of senior single lesbians who just wanna have fun for coffee, chat and to plan monthly social events to do together at 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 5.  

Join Jay Lynch at 10 a.m. Monday, July 11 – 25 for Pencil Drawing. Please bring a 11×14” drawing pad, pencils & sharpener. Space is limited preregistration required.

Worried about your memory? St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic will offer free, confidential memory screenings by appointment on Monday, July 11. Call 893-5657 to schedule.

Is the Boomer generation’s $10 trillion in housing equity the answer to retirement financial anxiety? Join us at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 12 for Reverse Mortgage as we review reverse mortgage facts and fallacies, including a discussion of the pros and cons of the FHA HECM versus the newer non-FHA reverse mortgage options.

Bring your tote bags and help yourself to some healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables during Fresh Market at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 13.

Enjoy authentic Mexican cuisine where friends and family celebrate fresh cooking from scratch when the Out to Lunch Bunch visits Grand Hacienda on Thursday, July 14, and do some shopping at Tyrone Square Mall while you’re there. GEMS members $4/nonmembers $8.

Our bodies need different foods and nutrients to function optimally as we age. Join Dr. Graham for Health Talk with Labrador Primary: How Nutrition Changes as You Age at noon on Thursday, July 14 and  learn tips for adapting your diet as your metabolism, taste buds and digestion change.

Let’s make music together at our monthly Rhythm & Groove Jam Session at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14. Bring your instrument & join others for a casual jamming group. Open to anyone & everyone, all instruments, all levels of experience, & listeners.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 15 for Clubhouse Chatter, an open discussion about the MLB season & your hometown Rays.

Make your health a priority & track your progress with Wellness Wednesday: Monthly Wellness Checks 9 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, July 20. monthly wellness screenings.

Amp up your fun with an exciting array of slot machines, table games featuring blackjack, baccarat and more, and live action poker on Thursday, July 21 with a trip to Seminole Hard Rock Casino. GEMS members $15/nonmembers $20.

Feeding Tampa Bay will offer SNAP Benefit Assistance by appointment at the Senior Center on Thursday, July 21.

Learn the basic functions of your Apple iPhone or iPad during our monthly iPhone/iPad Instruction Class at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Registration required. Presented by the Gulfport Library.

Improve your culinary skills with step-by-step instruction during In the Kitchen with Chef Jack: Nashville Roasted Chicken Salad at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Space is limited; registration required.

Take a break & enjoy a Matinee Movie with friends at 1 p.m. Friday, July 22. Call for movie title. Sponsored by Freedom Square of Seminole.

Enjoy culture, geography, and history as Mary Stenov shares artifacts and stories from the years she lived in Arabia during Armchair Adventures: Women of Arabia at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 26.

Take a guided tour of paintings, sculptures, jewelry, & artifacts of the American West when we visit the James Museum, followed by lunch at Hawkers Asian Street Food.. Next, eat lunch where the food mesmerizes all five senses. Roundtrip transportation, admission, & parking: GEMS members $21/nonmembers $27. Meals paid for separately

Happy Birthday to YOU! Celebrate July birthdays with friends, food & fun at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 28, whether it’s your birthday or not.

See Tampa Bay beaches from an entirely new perspective and go Parasailing with the new GEMS Adventure Club on Wednesday, July 13. GEMS members $85/nonmembers $89. We’ll also take a Helicopter ride over Tampa Bay on Tuesday, September 6, circling the St. Petersburg Pier, beautiful downtown and Tropicana Dome. GEMS members $54/nonmembers $58. The fun continues on Thursday, November 17 with a visit to iFLY Tampa for indoor skydiving, with two flights and a digital image & video of the experience to share with friends and family. GEMS members $94/nonmembers $99.

Service Stats:

  • Virtual program attendance: 28            
  • In person class attendance: 931
  • Reassurance calls: 133
  • Food pantry bags disbursed: 7
  • Wellness checks/home visits: 1
  • GEMS trips: 158
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 464
  • In-person dining: 189
  • Fitness Center attendance: 165

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER & SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Sunday, June 12

10 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service (Turnout 125)

Tuesday, June 14

noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker  (Turnout 25)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 58)

Wednesday, June 15

7 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 149)

Thursday, June 16

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

Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays        

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

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

 

   

 

Every fourth Sunday

3:30 p.m. – Contra lesson & Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance  Admission $10

 

   

 

Every fourth Monday

7 p.m.  – Ballroom Dance with USA Dance Members $7/nonmembers $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 second Friday

7 p.m. – Dance Lesson with Swing Time

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

 

Every fourth Friday

6 p.m. – Dance Lesson with Carol Baker

7 p.m. – Singles Dance   Admission $10

 

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):           

 

Sunday, June 12

2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players (GCP) present Torch Song (Turnout 106)

Thursday, June 16

8 p.m. – GCP presents Torch Song (Turnout 87)

Friday, June 18

8 p.m. – GCP presents Torch Song (Turnout 99)

Saturday, June 19

2 p.m. – GCP presents Torch Song (Turnout 57)

8 p.m. – GCP presents Torch Song (Turnout 115)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Friday, July 1, 6 p.m. – Opening Art Reception & Exhibit featuring the works of Dianna Hargitai and Cheri LaBelle and additional artists.  Exhibit will remain on display through July.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, June 12

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church service (Turnout 15)

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting 

Tuesday, June 14

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

Friday, June 17

6 p.m. – Birthday party (Turnout 30)

Saturday, June 18

2 p.m. – Baby shower   (Turnout 50)

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

Every Saturday

10 a.m. – GMC Marching Band practice 

 

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 on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday evenings.

The game room is reserved 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, June 25 for a birthday party.

Pavilion #1 is reserved a.10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, June 25 for a Volleyball Social.

Pavilion #6 is reserved 6 – 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29 for a Toastmasters event.

Programs/Events

Contractual classes & activities currently offered: Ballet/Tap Combo, Basketball, Essential Oils, Essentrics Toning, Essentrics Aging Backwards, Holistic Health, Hip Hop, Hula Hoop Fitness, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Watercolor and Yoga.

Seventy-eight children are registered for the 2022 Gulfport Summer Program. Twenty-one are non-residents, seven are registered under for the free/reduced lunch discount.

Three children are registered for the 2022/23 Tot Time program, and six for the VPK Program for children who live in Florida and will be 4 years old by September 1. Parents must apply with the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. at www.elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk/ to receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Certificate must be turned in at registration time. Space is limited. Program hours are 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Twenty-one teens are registered for the 2021/22 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.

Staff Activities

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

Alton Hooker opened the Recreation Center for Juneteenth events on Saturday.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 72 Emergency medical calls
  • 4 Fire alarms
  • 4 Vehicle crash
  • 1 Gas leak
  • 1 Structure fire
  • 1 Electrical hazard
  • 1 Landing zone coverage
  • 1 Service call

Life Safety:

  • 12 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.

Firefighters continued hands-on training with Marine 17 this week, and studying for September’s Emergency Pediatric Care renewal.

GFD personnel continued annual physicals this week.

E17 & R17 participated in a show and tell for the Gulfport Recreation Summer program this week.

Captain Fernandez and Lt. Fuchs attended a Gulf Beaches Training Group meeting this week.. All crews will participate in a Big Fire/Big Water training exercise at the SPC Drill Grounds the week of June 28.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance

  • Installed A/C unit at Neighborhood Center.
  • Built sound barrier around pumps at Lift Station #1.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance  

  • Set up trash & recycling bins in preparation for Juneteenth events at Recreation Center, and cleaned up during and after events.
  • Continued construction of new tennis & pickle ball courts.
  • Installed dog water fountain in southeast corner of Wood Ibis Park.
  • Mowed City complex, Wood Ibis & Tomlinson Parks, trail spur and Tangerine Greenway.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched City complex & Recreation Center green spaces.
  • 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

  • Removed fallen tree at 5105 12th
  • Delivered/replaced residential recycling bins with information sheets.
  • Assembled & delivered compost bins and new automated trash containers, and replaced broken containers as requested.

Water      

  • Daily Chloramines sampling at the points of connection to water distribution system.
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters.
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Read routes 31, 32, 33 & 34 of the monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 16 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 9 non pay rechecks to confirm water services were still off.
  • Completed 122 miscellaneous customer service department generated service orders.
  • Completed 19 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Replaced 1 water meter with Pro-Coder R900i meter.
  • Continued biannual system flushing and hydrant inspection.
  • Repaired water break at 5741 Tangerine Avenue.
  • Repaired fence at 3055 50th Street following area construction.

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, Fire department, Garage, Police Department/City Hall, and at Senior Center.
  • Collected bay water samples at Gulfport Beach, Marina & Clam Bayou for quality testing.
  • Televised sewer lateral at 5831 9th Avenue for rebate program.
  • Cleaned sewer lateral at 5500 Shore Boulevard.
  • Continued Lift Station #2 Force Main Installation & Improvement project.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 25 storm water inlets.
  • Cleaned storm water line and inlets along Newton Avenue.

Vehicle Maintenance

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