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Gulfport Community Update

January 22 – 28, 2023

City Councilmember Paul Ray, the Gulfport Parks Department and children from the School Year Program planted a Magnolia grandiflora tree at Trolley Market Square during the City of Gulfport Arbor Day Celebration on January 20 (photos below). The City has been a member of the Tree City USA National Arbor Day Foundation for 24 years.

Sanitary Sewer System Priority 2 repairs continued this week in the Municipal Marina area. The project is expected to be finished in March. For more information, call 893-1085.  

City of Gulfport staff continued a sidewalk assessment and inspection this week to assist the City in making decisions regarding areas of highest priority for pedestrian infrastructure. The assessment is expected to be finished by mid-March. Call 893-1083 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. Restrictions apply. Application & guidelines available at https://mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program/. For information call 893-1016.

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

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.

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Take a musical journey featuring the greatest hits of the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin & Sammy Davis, Jr. with The Rat Pack Together Again at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 29. For information and tickets visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tony-sands-rat-pack-together-again-tickets-382146720127.

Join your neighbors at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. Monday, January 30 for important, interactive Community Conversations exploring new realities and creating a shared vision for Gulfport. Take your seat at the table and let your voice be heard. For more information or to reserve your seat, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gulfport-on-the-edge-trends-forces-impacting-our-town-tickets-473526820467.   

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 https://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/.  

Check out cars from the past during the Fourteenth Annual 49th Street Business Association So Classic Car Show at Trolley Market Square 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, February 4. Free admission.

Meet local & nationally known artists and celebrate art near & far at the Eighth Annual Gulfport Fine Arts Festival in Veterans Park 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, February 11 & 12. Free parking & admission. Visit https://visitgulfportflorida.com/fine-arts-festival for information.

Gulfport City Hall & facilities will be closed on Monday, February 20 in observance of Presidents’ Day. The Sanitation schedule will not be affected.

Animal lovers, get ready for the Nineteenth Annual Gulfport Get Rescued event on Beach Boulevard in the Waterfront District 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, February 25. This free admission event has evolved from a handful of animal rescue groups into a popular, festive event representing rescue groups from throughout the region, and is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Getrescued for more information.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN INSPECTION RECORDS ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE 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 prearranged 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 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.

Business Tax Receipts

Questions may be directed to staff by 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.

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 correct your account. For questions regarding business tax receipts, call 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 offer personalized business consulting to help you succeed.

Code Enforcement

Questions may be directed to staff at 893-1061 or permits@mygulfport.us. Conferences must be scheduled to ensure adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.

Complaints can be reported to 893-1061 or to permits@mygulfport.us. We will inspect as soon as possible to verify 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 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 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.

January 18 City Council/CRA meeting:

C22-04: 1844 54th Street South; Application to allow Mixed-Use per Section 22-04.03-05 of the Zoning Code, Mixing a Church and Academy. APPROVED

C22-03: 2825 54th Street South; Site Plan application to create a conditional use, mixed-use development by one large singular structure that will add 5 new artist studios. APPROVED

February 1 Planning & Zoning Board and February 21 City Council/CRA meeting:

SA-23-01: 3019 Beach Boulevard South; Site Plan Amendment application to create a conditional use, mixed-use development by constructing a two-story structure for retail sales on the ground floor and residential use on the second floor.

C23-01: 5802 28th Avenue South; Site Plan application to create a conditional use, to add outdoor seating within the patio area directly in front of the restaurant.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 

118

Self-initiated calls for service:

239

Incident/offense reports:

32

Arrests made:

3

Traffic/vessel stops:

44

Ordinance violations: 

1

Residence checks:

7

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

A resident in the 6300 block of 9th Avenue reported on January 19 that her 14-year-old son, who is on probation, left home without permission. She advised he may have a firearm, and left with a friend who was driving. He was arrested later in the week, but did not have a firearm in his possession.

David Knoll was arrested for disorderly conduct on January 20 after staff at a business in the 5200 block of Gulfport Boulevard reported he was shouting racial slurs and cursing in front of the business.

A car reported stolen in St. Petersburg was recovered in the 1300 block 59th Street after Stetson College security reported it was illegally parked.

A resident in the 2600 block of 49th Street reported that her daughter’s ex-boyfriend admitted via text message that he stole several items from her shed in October 2022.

Eleanor Crawford was arrested for violation of an injunction on January 22 after her father reported she was on pounding on the front door of his home, despite having been advised numerous times that she is not allowed within 500 feet of the residence.  

A resident in the 2400 block of York Street reported on January 23 that he believed he won a large sum of money from Publishers Clearing House and obtained a $500 gift card at the request of the representative. He realized he had been scammed prior to sending an additional $2,000 they requested.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a burglary in-progress at a home in the 5400 block of Essex Avenue that was being tented. Upon arrival, they observed lights on the second floor turning on and off, but determined they were external motion lights. The homeowner viewed camera footage from inside the residence and reported that nobody had entered. Someone did go through the trash and piled several items near the alley, presumably to collect them later.

Officer Dillard observed a car in the alleyway in the 6300 block of 9th Avenue on January 24. The car was parked against a fence, preventing him seeing the tag. A records check revealed it had been reported stolen in Hillsborough County. The car was recovered during the arrest of a juvenile reported as a runaway on January 19.

A driver reported she was traveling on 49th Street when she struck a car that turned in front of her from 21st Avenue, resulting in minor damage to her bumper. The other driver left the scene, but she was able to get the tag number and GPD is following up. 

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:              19                                                                                                       

Cases currently assigned:      39

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a theft, an elderly exploitation, a death investigation, a fraud and an auto theft.

Detective Crowson conducted follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a manslaughter case.

Analyst Palmisano created and distributed an officer safety bulletin for a runaway juvenile case; compiled and distributed open and unapproved case lists; created and presented the monthly Crime Analysis briefing at the staff meeting, and; compiled the Jeanne Clery stats for Stetson University College of Law.

The Marine Unit was on the water for 1 hour this week. Detective Priest assisted with a water rescue.

 

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

4

Supplements reviewed:

41

Reports disseminated:

20

Background checks:

5

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints:

1

Subpoenas processed:

1

Citizens assisted:

33

Community Resource Division

The following Written Directives are currently in the review process: 103 – Facility Security; 341 – Report Writing; 349 – Civilian Volunteer Program; 429 – COV, Enforcement and Inspections; 520 – Raids; 610 – Property and Evidence Procedures, and; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI and Parking Citations.

Training

All sworn members are assigned online eyewitness identification and use of photo arrays training. Two members completed the training this week. 

Recruiting and Screening

Officer Mincin is in phase two of the field training program. Four applicants have been given conditional offerd of employment, and Detective Priest is working on background investigations.

Crime Prevention

Auto thefts nearly doubled between 2021 & 2022, most involving Kia and Hyundai models. Mr. Wright is securing club anti-theft devices for Gulfport Hyundai and Kia owners. To date, seventeen devices have been distributed at no cost to owners. An informational letter is being distributed citywide, and left on vehicles that may be vulnerable to theft, instructing residents to contact Mr. Wright obtain one of the devices at no cost.

Commander Stone, Detective Priest and Mr. Wright traveled to various locations throughout the City for the countywide Point in Time survey. The event is focused on making contact with homeless individuals so a count can be taken to assist with local funding for resources, such as shelters and food banks. Participation in the survey is voluntary on the part of the homeless. Six people found in Gulfport volunteered to participate in the survey.    

School Resource Officers

Police reports:                         1

Arrests:                                   0

Referrals to SAO                  1                                            

Student counseling:             14

Parent Conferences:           2         

Classroom instruction:        9         

Truants:                                   4         

 

MARINA

Assisted with six dockside pump-outs, evacuating two hundred gallons of waste.

Pumped two thousand-sixteen gallons of gas, and one thousand one hundred ninety-eight gallons of diesel fuel, fueling sixty-eight vessels.

Staff activities

  • Replaced pump-out hose on fuel dock, and recycled existing hoses.
  • Sprayed fire ant hills around pier 6, gate G.
  • Rebuilt ball valve for fuel dock pump-out hose head.
  • Replaced GFCI outlet and cover on pier 6, slip 20.
  • Reset UPS for security cameras.
  • Repaired dock box hinges on pier 3, slip 35.

 

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.

Last week’s events:

Tuesday, January 17, 4 p.m. – Teen Space.

Wednesday, January 18, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare 101 presentation.

Thursday, January 19, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime.

Thursday, January 19, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club.

Friday, January 20, 10:15 a.m. – Babytime.

Saturday, January 21, 2 p.m. – Lego Club.

Upcoming programs

Tuesday, January 31, 4 p.m. – Teen Space: 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! Age 12-18 only.

Wednesday, February 1, 4 p.m. – Garden Grampa for Grades K-5: Mr. Albert shares his gardening knowledge through storytelling and hands-on fun! 

Every Monday & Friday beginning February 3, 10 a.m. – AARP Tax Aide: Free individualized tax preparation for low-to moderate-income taxpayers. Call 1-888-687-2277 to request an appointment and a volunteer will call to schedule a time. No walk-in tax preparation. You will need to bring your important documents to the site. For everyone’s safety masks are required. Visit www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ for information.

Saturday, February 4, 10 a.m. – Come & Go Craft: Express yourself with creative, self-directed crafting. For all ages, but some pieces might be small. Supplies are limited, first come/first served. Crafting will take place on the tables in the children’s area.

Saturday, February 4, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series: George Clooney & Julia Roberts are long-divorced parents who try to prevent their daughter from marrying a man she met while on vacation in Bali. Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for title.

Thursday, February 9, 2 p.m. – Adult Heart Paintings Craft: Use acrylic paint and stencils to make mini heart paintings. Call 893-1074 or email library.programs@mygulfport.us beginning February 2 to register.

Wednesday, February 15, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare Basics presentation: Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C, & D and what they mean for you. SHINE counselors will be available to answer questions and provide guidance on Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans. Call the Reference Desk at 893-1073 to leave contact information. A SHINE counselor will return calls and schedule appointments to meet at the Library. Visit www.floridashine.org for information.

Thursday, February 16. 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club discussion of Nemesis by Philip Roth. Available in print and audio.

Thursday, February 16, 7 p.m. – Craig Pittman; The State You’re In: The Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library welcomes the award-winning writer to speak at our annual meeting. This native Floridian zeros in on the uniqueness of our state with humor but also a discerning eye on environmental solutions. Join us for refreshments at 6:30 p.m.

Friday – Sunday, February 17 – 19 – ReadOut;: A Festival of LGBTQ Literature: The theme for this 3-day festival this year is Literary Queeries – valuing the literature one presentation at a time! Celebrate published and emerging authors with panels, individual readings and workshops. Visit https://readout.lgbtqgulfport.org/ for information & detailed schedule of events

Every Thursday, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime: Join us for stories, rhymes and music! If the 10:15 a.m. session is full, stay for the 11 a.m. session. For information call 893-1074.

Every Friday, 10:15 a.m. – Baby Time: This program is intended for children two and under and their caregivers. We will sing songs, read books, enjoy lap bounce rhymes, and meet other caregivers with infants and young toddlers. Older siblings welcome. Call 893-1074 for information.

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; performed 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. Visit https://mygulfport.us/gpl/passports/ for information.

Library Services/Statistics January 15 – 21, 2023:   

                    Items circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,272

1,400

Sun. 1/15

Library closed

Mon. 1/16

Holiday – Library closed

Tue. 1/17

406

337

Wed. 1/18

409

250

Thu. 1/19

394

225

Fri. 1/20

347

179

Sat. 1/21

306

165

       

Staff processed 24 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.

 

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.

Frustrated trying to navigate the insurance world? We have you covered! Make your appointment for Medicare & Health Insurance Assistance.

Worried about your memory? St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic offers free, confidential Memory Screenings by appointment.

Feeding Tampa Bay offers one on one SNAP Benefit Assistance by appointment.

Gulfcoast Legal Assistance offers assistance by appointment with Lifetime Planning, Medicaid & Medicare, Social Security, Food Stamp, Family Law, Consumer/Debt Collection, and Housing/Contract matters.

Have you been missing a sense of purpose? Want to give back and make a difference? Seniors in Service can show you how you can change lives, including your own with Volunteer Rush at 2 p.m. every Wednesday in February. The 4-week series offers information about local nonprofits in need of your help, skills and expertise. Registration closes Thursday, February 2.

Upcoming programs and events

Monday, January 30

8 a.m. – Walking Club (Various Locations)

8:30 a.m. – Spanish Conversation (Room 107)

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

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

10 a.m. – Advance Pencil Drawing (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 p.m. – Memory Screenings (by appointment)

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

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

5:30 p.m. – Ballroom Dance class (Dining hall)

 

 

Tuesday, January 31

8 a.m. – Free Onsite Document Shredding (South parking lot)

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Tai Chi (Casino)

10 a.m. – Quilting (Room 106)

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

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

1 p.m. – AARP Driving Course (Room 107)

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

1:30 p.m. – Fifth Annual Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament

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

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, February 1

8:30 a.m. – Senior Moments Communication Workshop (Room 107)

9:30 a.m. – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Neighborhood Center)

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

10:30 a.m. – Bunco (Room 106)

12:30 p.m. – Widowing Tribe (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Intermediate Watercolor and Sketch (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Canasta (Theater lobby)

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

1:30 p.m. – Bingo (Dining hall)

4:30 p.m. – Cardio Drumming (Dining hall)

5:30 p.m. – Cardio Drumming (Dining hall)

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

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

 

 

Thursday, February 2

9:30 a.m. – Senior Artist 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. – 1 p.m. – AARP Driving Course (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Multi Media Workshop with Mini Lessons (Room 106)

1:30 p.m. – Strength Training and Aerobics (Dining hall)

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

2 p.m. – Volunteer Rush (Dining Hall)

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

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

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

 

 

Friday, February 3

9 a.m. – Beginner Yoga (Casino)

9 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Room 106)

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

10 a.m. – Veterans Coffee Connections (Room 106)

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

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

1 p.m. – Dominoes  (Theater Lobby)

1:30 p.m. – Gulfport Rocks (Room 106)

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

Join The Girls’ Club, a social group of senior single lesbians who just wanna have fun! Meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 7 for a of coffee & chat and to plan monthly social events together.

Join us at noon on Thursday, February 9 for Health Talk with Labrador Primary: The Key to Health; Prevention & Early Detection of disease. Dr. McCoy will offer valuable information and useful tips on the importance of early detection.

Let’s make music together. Bring your instrument and join others for a casual Rhythm & Groove Jam Session a 3 p.m. Thursday, February 9. Open to everyone, all instruments and levels of experience, and to listeners.

Dance the night away at the Annual Senior Prom at the Gulfport Casino at 7 p.m. Monday, February 13. Advance tickets $20 at the Senior Center & Casino, or $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit The Gulfport Senior Center Building Campaign Fund.

Join us at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday February 14 for Valentine Cookie decorating and crafts during Valentine Fun!. Registration required. Supplies provided by sponsor, The Princess Martha.

Take the mystery & fear out of death and dying during Death Talks: Meet the Death Doula end-of-life discussions at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 14.

Make your health a priority and track your progress with Wellness Wednesday: Monthly Wellness Checks free wellness screenings 9 a.m. – noon Wednesday, February 15.

Bring your tote bags and help yourself to some fresh fruits and vegetables during Farmer’s Market in the north parking lot beginning 11:30 am – 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 15.

Improve your culinary skills with step-by-step instruction during In the Kitchen with Chef Jack: Thai Chicken and Vegetables at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 16. Registration required.

Join us at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 17 for Clubhouse Chatter, an open discussion about the MLB season and your hometown Ray’s.

Explore the ancient art of Batik during Art Adventures: Ancient Art of Batik at 1 p.m. Friday, February 17 when we’ll decorate eggs using the original method. Bring your curiosity and love of adventure, and creativity will just happen! Registration required.

 Service Stats January 16 – 20

  • Virtual program attendance: 36
  • In-person class attendance: 1,138
  • Reassurance calls: 84
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 9
  • Wellness checks/home Visits: 1
  • GEMS trips: 154
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 432
  • In -person dining: 276
  • Fitness Center attendance: 205

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER and SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Sunday, January 15

10 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service  (Turnout 100)

4 p.m. – Ballroom Dance with Carol Baker  (Turnout 22)

 

 

Tuesday, January 16

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker  (Turnout 33)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen and Steve Prucher (Turnout 73)

 

 

Wednesday,  January 18

7 p.m. –  Swing Dance with Swingtime  (Turnout 239)

 

 

Thursday, January 19

7 p.m. – Latin Night with Royan Phillip (Turnout 41)

 

 

Friday, January 20

7 p.m. – Impacs Sock Hop (Turnout 230)

 

 

Saturday, January 21

5 p.m. – Wedding reception (Turnout 200)

Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays                              

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

7 p.m. – Band and Ballroom dance  Admission $15/$25 per couple  

 

 

Fourth Sundays

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

 

 

Fourth Mondays

7 p.m.  – Ballroom Dance with USA Dance  Members $7/nonmembers $10

Every Tuesday

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker

2 p.m. – Ballroom dancing   Admission $15/$25 per couple

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango lessons with Kathleen and 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

 

 

Third Fridays

7 p.m. – Impacs Sock Hop  Advance tickets $15 each/2 for $25, or $20 each day of the show.

 

 

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, January 15

2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players (GCP) Present Exit Laughing (Turnout 125)

 

 

Thursday, January 19

8 p.m. – GCP Presents Exit Laughing  Exit Laughing (Turnout 92)

 

 

Friday, January 20

8 p.m. – GCP Presents Exit Laughing  (Turnout 67)

 

 

Saturday, January 21

2 p.m. – GCP Presents Exit Laughing  (Turnout 115)

8 p.m. – GCP Presents Exit Laughing  (Turnout 118)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events):

Friday, January 27, 7 p.m. – Dixon’s Violin: A Live One-Man Symphony. Tickets $25 at the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation Office or Eventbrite.

Sunday, January 29, 2 p.m. – The Rat Pack; Together Again. Experience Frank, Dean and Sammy performing a mix of song, comedy, sketches and brilliant musical arrangements. Tickets $30 at Casino, Beach Bazaar, Brownpapertickets.com, or at the door.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, January 15

1 p.m. – Birthday party (Turnout 82)

 

 

Monday, January 16

6:30 p.m. – Candidates forum  (Turnout 56)

 

 

Tuesday, January 10

5:30 p.m. – Recovery Dharma meeting 

 

 

Friday, January 13

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting 

 

 

Saturday, January 14

6:30 p.m. – GMC Marching Band practice  (Turnout 50)

2 p.m. – Rosebud family dinner (Turnout 50)

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

The multi-purpose room was reserved Tuesday, January 17 and 24 for a private event.

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 and Thursday evening.

Programs/Events

Contractual classes and activities currently offered: Ballet/Tap, Basketball, Danskinetics, Essentrics, Hatha Yoga, Hip Hop, Hula Hoop Fitness, Nia, Pickleball, Tai Chi Gung and Zumba.

Fifty-three children are registered for the 2022-2023 School Year Child Care Program. Thirty-three 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. Children from the School Year Child Care Program participated in the City’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration on Friday. They read informational excerpts for the seedlings offered to guests and the tree planted by the Parks Department.

Nine children are registered for the Tot Time Program and five 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 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. VPK is FREE Florida residents 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 prior to registering for the program.

Forty-five 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 and 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 and Friday. Twelve are non-residents.

Teen Councilmembers Jack Helms, Cadence Rowell, Ethan Van Slyke & Haley Wyble served cookies & punch and offered seedlings to guests at the City’s Annual Arbor Day celebration on Friday.

Staff Activities

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

Marivel Gutierrez attended the Senior Staff meeting on Wednesday.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 51 Emergency medical calls
  • 2 Structure fires
  • 3 Fire alarms
  • 2 Vehicle crashes
  • 1 Water rescue
  • 2 Gas leaks

Life Safety:

  • 6 Fire inspections
  • 2 Plans reviews
  • 3 C.O.s

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

GFD staff continued their January online medical training this week. The topic is applied concepts for respiratory and cardiac patients.

GFD staff participated in water rescue and wall breaching training this week.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance
  • Replaced gate latches at Tomlinson Playground.
  • Repaired wash tub drains at Senior Center.
  • Repaired restroom doors at Senior Center & Theater.
  • Replaced faucet at Casino.
  • Replaced car charger on Shore Boulevard.
  • Repaired door and lights at Art building.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance

  • Filled washouts around Skate Park.
  • Installed benches along Recreation Center playing field walkway.
  • Replaced rail fencing in parking lot area at tennis courts.
  • Repaired electrical wires for Tomlinson Park water fountain.
  • Installed shades at Tomlinson Park.
  • Pressured washed benches at Fire Department and along Clymer Greenway.
  • Sprayed mildew off the Historical Museum building.
  • Landscaped beds at Clymer Park.
  • Continued tennis and pickleball court construction.
  • All city park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned and maintained all city restrooms daily, as needed.
  • Continued baseline cleanup at all baseball fields.
  • Repaired irrigation at Senior Center, Library and along 49th Streetscapes
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned and mulched 49th
Streets and Sanitation
  • Continued sidewalk and ADA ramp assessment.
  • Finished annual milling resurfacing and paving project.
Water
  • Daily Chloramines sampling at points of connection to water distribution system.
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters (include Saturday and Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall (include Saturday and Sunday).
  • Daily check of ground water levels (includes Saturday and Sunday).
  • Read routes 45, 46, 47 & 48 of monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 22 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Performed 155 miscellaneous customer service department generated service orders.
  • Performed 20 Sunshine One-Call, call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 7 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Repaired water break at 1038 55th Avenue, and water service in Tomlinson Park.
  • Installed 300’ of 2” water line along Jersey Avenue between 54th & 55th
  • Replaced broken valve on reclaimed water line at Trolley Market Square.
  • Replaced sod in Town Shores following water line replacement.

Sanitary Sewer

  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to Lift Stations #1 and 2.
  • Daily rainfall check and documentation.
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance check on lift stations 1 & 2, Fire Department, Garage, Police Department/City Hall, and at Senior Center.
  • Daily ground water elevation recording.
  • Collected bay water samples at Gulfport Beach, Marina & Clam Bayou for quality testing.
  • Marked sewer laterals at 2513 Beach Boulevard, 2403 York Street, and at 5700 11th
  • Responded to report of illicit discharge at 3119 Shore Boulevard, notified customer to make immediate repairs; customer’s plumber advised City that repair is underway.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 19 storm water inlets.

 Vehicle Maintenance

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