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Gulfport Community Update

August 11 – 17, 2019

Hurricane planning guides are available at Gulfport City Hall, Library & Fire Station 17. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane season ends November 30. Basic supplies to keep on hand this season: flashlights and extra bulbs; battery-operated radio; fully charged battery-operated lanterns (no candles or kerosene lanterns); extra batteries; battery charger; cash; medications; canned goods; clock (wind-up or battery-operated); plastic garbage bags; working fire extinguishers; scissors; clean change of clothes; rain gear; sturdy swamp boots; bleach tablets.

Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at 893-1062 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. The application and guidelines are available at www.mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program. Restrictions apply. Call 893-1016 for more information.

City Utilities residential sewer customers are eligible for a 50% rebate following replacement and inspection of a failing sewer lateral between a home and the City connection. Maximum rebate is $3,500. Restrictions apply. Visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate for more information.

Upcoming Events:

The Tampa Bay Beach Bums Lucky Luau 4 Tournament on Gulfport Beach is Saturday & Sunday, August 17 & 18. Visit www.tampabaybeachbums.com for more information.

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is a weekly year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables, a wide variety of foods, hand-made arts & crafts, bath, body & wellness products, live music and more. Over 50 vendors and exhibitors participate each Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visit www.gulfportma.com, call Susan Blankenship at 453-9093 or Marsha Warner at 483-8237, or email FreshMarket@GulfportMA.com for more information.

The Eleventh Annual Gecko Ball is Gulfport’s party of the year! In addition to the live auction of the artist’s geckos, the event includes dozens of silent auction items, costume contests, coronation of the Gecko Queen, catered tapas, cash bar, live music, dancing and more. The ball will take place at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard, 6 – 11 p.m. Saturday, August 24. Tickets available at Gulfport Beach Bazaar, and online at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com.

The 19th Annual GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, August 31. Events are hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Chamber. Free parking and admission. Pet and family friendly. For more information, visit www.Facebook.com/GeckoFest.  

Everyone is invited to a free Opening Art Reception & Exhibit featuring the works of Caci Garau and Pequeeta Renfroe in the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Avenue at 6 p.m. Friday, September 6. The exhibit will remain on display through September 30.

Hop on the Gulfport Rays Trolley for the Monday, September 23, Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red Sox game. Tickets available online at www.mlb.com/rays/tickets/single-game-tickets. Rays ticketholders are invited to take a complimentary ride to the game. Departure from the Gulfport Casino begins at 5 p.m. Return trips begin at the 7th inning stretch and continue for approximately one hour after the game ends. Call Kristin Ossola at 893-1118 for more information.

Shop original art work, choose your favorite cuisine and enjoy live music during Art & Gallery Walk on Beach Boulevard in the Waterfront district 6 – 10 p.m. every first Friday & third Saturday of the month. For more information, call 322-5217.

The Citywide Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street. The Marina District Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Gulfport Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Drive. The Strand Area Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard. The Stetson Area Neighborhood Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month in the Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st Street.

Police Department

Patrol

Dispatch calls for service        

115

Self-initiated calls for service

348

Incident/offense reports         

33

Arrests 

11

Traffic citations

80

Ordinance violations

52

Residence checks

25

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

The owner of a vacant property in the 5100 block of 12th Avenue reported on August 8 that someone dug up and stole several plants from the front flower bed.

DaMarion Hunt was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay child support on August 9 following a traffic stop in the 1700 block of 49th Street for a brake light violation.

A bag of tools was reported stolen from a truck parked in the 2600 block of 44th Street. The owner reported that his roommate borrowed the truck, and left the windows open overnight.

Officers are looking for two people who damaged several washing machines and stole clothing from a laundromat in the 1600 block of 58th Street. The suspects have been identified.

A juvenile subject was arrested for failure to appear for driving without a license. She was taken into custody in the 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard on August 10.

A resident in the 1600 block of 60th Street reported on August 13 that his wallet went missing 6 months ago, and since then $30,000 has been taken from his bank account in small increments. 

Ian Tracy was arrested for possession of narcotics and paraphernalia on August 14 after the owner of a business in the 1600 block of 58th Street reported a man who appeared to be intoxicated was possibly smoking marijuana in front of his business. Officers made contact with Tracy and a records check revealed that he was wanted by the Clearwater Police Department for possession of methamphetamine. A small amount of narcotics was found on a spoon in his possession.

The marine unit was on the water approximately 6 hours this week. Officers were sent an email with photographs of numerous dinghies with various violations moored at the Casino dock, and were directed to start enforcing ordinance and vessel violations immediately. Chief Vincent and Sergeant Woodman met with boaters on Thursday in an effort to motivate compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.

Criminal Investigative Section (CIS)

New Cases Reviewed: 10
Cases Currently Assigned: 53

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for a fraud, a death investigation, a stolen vehicle, and a possession of child pornography.

Detective Crowson conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for three frauds and two thefts. She also attended a State Attorney’s non arrest invest in an adult vs juvenile sexual battery case in which the suspect is currently in jail in another county for a similar offense.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano performed an analysis for Officer Ross for a Problem Oriented Patrol he is working; created and distributed a bulletin for Officer Embry in an attempt to identify a fraud suspect, and; compiled and distributed open case lists and the monthly PCSO call out report.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

16

Supplements reviewed:

109

Public record requests:

50

Reports disseminated:

68

Background checks:           

2

Bike registrations:

0

Fingerprints:

5

Subpoenas processed:

6

Citizens assisted:

59

MARINA

Assisted with twenty-one pump outs, evacuating two hundred eighty gallons of waste.

Pumped three thousand nine hundred-three gallons of gas and eight hundred eighteen gallons of diesel fuel, fueling one hundred nine vessels.

Staff activities:

  • Replaced leaking water valves on pier 6, slips 19, 29 & 31.
  • Painted secure bolts and caution lettering for new marina pirate statue.
  • Flushed out and pressure cleaned shrimp tank pump filter and tank intake/outflow pipes.
  • Inspected pump out systems and topped off oil for pump out motor reservoirs.
  • Replaced GFI outlet covers on pier 3, slips 17 & 22.

Transient vessels:

Staff welcomed seven vessels this week.

LIBRARY

Public Programs/Meetings/Events:

Monday, August 5, 10:15 a.m. – Preschool Storytime.
Tuesday, August 6, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga
Tuesday, August 6, 12:30 p.m. – French Conversation Club.
Tuesday, August 6, 5:45 p.m. – Free Thinkers Open Twelve Step meeting.
Wednesday, August 7, 10 a.m. – Gulfport Writers meeting.
Wednesday, August 7, 6 p.m. – Gulfport Toastmasters.
Thursday, August 8, 10:15 a.m. – Toddler Storytime.
Thursday, August 8, 7 p.m. – LGBTQ Film Series.
Friday, August 9, 6:45 p.m. – Women’s AA Club.
Saturday, August 10, 10:15 p.m. – Family Garden Yoga.
Saturday, August 10, 1:30 p.m. – Raven’s Guild.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, August 17, 1:30 p.m. – Free Family Movie Series: Brace yourself for a riotous rollercoaster ride of a journey! Hugh Jackman is Sir Lionel Frost, a brave and dashing adventurer who considers himself to be the world’s foremost investigator of myths and monsters. The trouble is, no one else seems to agree. He sees a chance to prove himself by traveling to America’s Pacific Northwest to discover the world’s most legendary creature and a living remnant of Man’s primitive ancestry. Rated PG. Call 893-1074 for title.

Saturday, August 24, 2 p.m. – Back to School Crafts for Grades K-5: Join us for this fun “class!” We’ll make bookmarks, apple magnets and pencil toppers!

Tuesday, August 27, 10 a.m. – Lighthouse of Pinellas Outreach for Visually Impaired: Staff will have a table set up in the lobby to provide information and assist anyone who wants to use their services.

Wednesday, August 28, 1 p.m. – Spa Day Crafts: Join us for a relaxing day of spa inspired crafts! Make soap, lip balm, and body scrub. Supplies are limited; call 893-1074 to sign up, or email library.programs@mygulfport.us.

Thursday, August 29, 11:30 a.m. – Community Playdate: Stick around after storytime for our monthly gathering for babies and toddlers! We’ll enjoy some fun sensory play with new sights, sounds, toys and of course new friends! Call 893-1074 for more information.

Tuesday, September 3, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga: Led by Christa from Bee Content Yoga! The class features yoga postures, breath work & stress reduction for adult caregivers and age-appropriate play for babies under 18 months. Get some exercise and stress relief in a supportive environment. Call 893-1074 for more information. Thanks to the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library for providing this FREE public service.

Thursday, September 5, 5 p.m. – Alcohol Ink Coasters for Teens: Learn a fun decorating technique using alcohol ink and simple tools found around your home. We will be experimenting on coasters, but this technique may be used on various materials. 

Saturday, September 7, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series. Brace yourself for a spectacular adventure from the 1990s, tracing the path of Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) as she becomes one of the most powerful heroes in the universe. When a galactic war reaches Earth, she meets young agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) at the center of a maelstrom, leading to her ultimate destiny as an Avenger! Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for title.

Thursday, September 12, 1 p.m. – Embroidery Thread Branches: Create beautiful designs by wrapping embroidery thread on branches, these colorful sticks make a creative centerpiece. Registration required, please call 727-893-1074 or email library.programs@mygulfport.us to sign up.

Thursday, September 12, 7 p.m. – LGBTQ Film Series: Oscar is a penniless vagabond, shunned by his old acquaintances, but still revered by a strange group of outlaws to whom he tells the old stories – his incomparable talent still sharp. Starring Rupert Everett and Colin Firth. (Rated R) Call 893-1074 for title.

Saturday, September 14, 1:30 p.m. – Raven’s Guild: Like anime? Love reading manga? Gaming? Meeting others with similar interests? Enjoy a forum with like-minded people ages 12 – 18! Whether you’re an interested beginner or a master of the genre, all are welcome! 

Thursday, September 19, noon – Coffee/Talk Book Club. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Call 893-1073 for more information.

Every Monday, 10:15 a.m. – Preschool Storytime: Join us in the Youth Services area for stories, movement, crafts & activities selected for toddlers & preschoolers. Cailey leads the group in singing songs, playing instruments & networking with other caregivers in our community.

Every Tuesday, 1:30 p.m. – German Conversation Club: Enjoy conversing in a relaxed atmosphere with others. All levels are welcome; this is not a class, simply an opportunity to engage with others interested in improving fluency.

Every Tuesday, 5:45 p.m. – Free Thinkers Open Twelve Step meeting. For more information, call 360-9069.

Every first & third Tuesday, 2 p.m. – Ukulele Group: Everyone is invited to join Allen Goldenson for some strummin’ fun!

Every Wednesday, 10 a.m. – Gulfport Writers meeting.

Every Wednesday, 6 p.m. – Gulfport Toastmasters: call 537-9098 for more information.            

Every Thursday, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime: Join us for stories & activities selected for toddlers & preschoolers in the Youth Services area. Ashley leads the group in singing songs, playing instruments & networking with other caregivers in our community.

Every Friday, 6:45 p.m. – Women’s AA Club: For more information, call 893-1073.

Library Services/Statistic August 4 – 10, 2019:        

                        Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,257

1,364

Sun. 8/4

Library closed

Mon. 8/5

444

248

Tues. 8/6

410

213

Wed. 8/7

381

201

Thu. 8/8

312

291

Fri. 8/9

336

217

Sat. 8/10

328

171

Parks and Recreation

Technical Events

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Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center

The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center invites everyone 50+ to sign up for free. The Center is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday. Stop by the Senior Center for this month’s calendar or download a copy at www.mygulfport.us. Find us on Facebook at www.FB.com/GulfportSeniorCenter. Help our page grow and get valuable daily information!                                     

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) offers transportation to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc. Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $65 plus $2 per ride. GEMS also offers transportation to Bay Pines VA Hospital & Medical Center, Northside Hospital and the St. Pete Beach Family Aquatic Center. For more information call 893-2242 between 8 a.m. & 1 p.m.

The Senior Center participates in the Neighborly Dining & Meals on Wheels program, offering lunches for seniors 60 and older. Call Joe at 344-2111 to inquire about the program or to lend a hand as a volunteer driver.

The Gulfport Senior Center Pantry is in need of peanut butter, tuna, dry cereal, pasta sauce, soups & canned meats. The pantry is open 1 – 3 p.m. every Monday & Thursday for qualified Gulfport residents 50 & older. Applicants should bring a photo I.D., a utility bill or bank statement and proof of income (SSI). For more information, please see Rachel or call 893-1231.

The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center has many volunteer opportunities available. If you want to make a difference and help your community, join the volunteer program at the Senior Center. It’s a great way to meet new friends and to get acquainted with more than 50 programs, classes and workshops. Volunteers assist as Lobby Receptionist, Fitness Center Attendants, Reassurance Callers, Class/Activity Instructors, Special Events, Food Pantry, Clerical Support, Flea Market, Promotions, Bingo, Card/Magazine organizing, etc. Call Rachel at 893-1231 or stop by the Center for more information.

You & your doctor are a team. Work closely with him or her, ask questions, listen closely, follow his or her advice …. IT’S GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH! Find out how to work with your doctor to meet your needs and stay healthy during Health Talks with Humana: Partner you’re your Doctor at 10:30 a.m. Monday, August 19. Presented by Wendy, Humana.

You’re invited to our monthly Healthy Cooking Class. Learn how to make a delicious & healthy meal during our monthly Healthy Cooking Class at 3 p.m. Monday, August 19. This month’s recipe: Low Carb Zucchini Noodles. Space is limited: call 893-5657 to preregister. Sponsored by BrightStar Care.

Having a problem hearing on the phone? Florida residents with a hearing loss qualify for a FREE amplified home phone. Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. Family Center on Deafness issues equipment at the Gulfport Senior Center at 10 a.m. every third Tuesday of the month. This program is paid for by a surcharge on all Florida households with home phone lines and all business lines, and has been available since 1991. Call 399-9983 for more information. The next program is 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 20.

Join Dedicated Senior Medical Center & Wellcare for Popcorn & Movie in the Catherine Hickman Theater at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 20. Broke, alone and facing foreclosure, 90-year-old horticulturist Earl Stone takes a job as drug courier. Rated R

John Herrick spent 2 weeks exploring Casablanca, Fez, the Alps of Morocco & the Sahara Desert, and shopped in Marrakesh. John will share with you his experiences, stories, & pictures of this country where donkeys & ponies pull carts, craftsmen make many of the household items in use, and where the Muslim religion is very much a part of everyday life during Let’s Go to Morocco at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 21.

Join the Out-to-Lunch Bunch for a visit to Café de Paris Bakery on Thursday, August 22. This Parisian-style café and bakery is family owned and operated since 2003. All items are made fresh daily in-house using no preservatives! Round trip transportation: GEMS members $6/nonmembers $10. Meal paid for separately.

Happy Birthday to You! We’re ready to party! Whether you’re celebrating your birthday this month or not, this party is for you. Join us at 3 p.m. Friday, August 23 for birthday cake, games, and fun for everyone. Sponsored by Simply Healthcare.

Join us for our Tuesday, August 27 GEMS Getaway to Hermitage Luxury Apartment Homes. The Morean Arts Center and Hermitage Apartment Homes are partnering to bring recognition to local artists. This Opportunity Pop-Up is titled Cats Vs Dogs. Lunch at The Hangar Restaurant & Flight Lounge will follow. Round trip transportation: GEMS members $4/nonmembers $6. Meal paid for separately.

Gulfcoast Legal Assistance will answer questions regarding lifetime planning documents, Medicaid/Medicare, Social Security, food stamp, family law, consumer/debt collection and housing/contract issues 1 – 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 27. Call 893-5657 to schedule an appointment.

Spark your creative side with Devoted Health Plans’ monthly Arts & Crafts Workshop at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 27 to make & take your own craft.

What are stem cells, what do they do, is the process safe, and how can this help me? Dr. Damon Stafford, DC of Professional Health Care of Pinellas, Inc. will discuss the Science Behind Stem Cells and where the research is taking us at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 4.

Have you ever wanted to speak Italian? The Italian-American Society will offer free beginning, intermediate, & advanced Italian language classes at 6 & 7 p.m. every Thursday beginning September 5.

Join the Out-to-Lunch Bunch for our Thursday, September 5 trip to Red Mesa Cantina, specializing in bold fresh flavors blending Latin & Caribbean traditions, but never forgetting the Mexican flare. Indoor & outdoor seating with an elaborate fountain courtyard. Taste the fabulous ceviche, tacos and more. Round trip transportation GEMS members $4/nonmembers $8. Meal paid for separately.

You never know what treasure you might find during our First Friday Flea Market 9 a.m. – noon Friday, September 6. Our monthly event offers a great selection of home décor, jewelry, oddities, one-of-a-kinds, antiques, & collectibles.

It’s important to Know Your Numbers. Have your blood sugar and blood pressure checked at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. Thursday, September 12. See front desk volunteer for details.

Worried about your memory? St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic offers FREE & CONFIDENTIAL memory screenings 9 a.m. – noon on the second Monday of each month. The next screening is September 9. Space is limited; call 893-5657 to schedule.

According to Harvey Lindstrom, “You don’t stop dancing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop dancing!” Harvey, a dance instructor for 26 years now offers us his talent and experience with Ballroom Dance Lessons at 2:30 p.m. every second and fourth Monday of the month. Dance partner not required. Call 893-5657 to preregister.

Have you always wanted to learn to play Bridge but think it’s too difficult? Join the Bridge 101 class every Monday at 9 a.m. This class is for those who know nothing or almost nothing about Bridge. Learn to bid and all the tricks to playing.

Guided Healing Meditation promotes holistic wellness through a very simple yet powerful guided meditation that can advance personal growth, improve relationships, cleanse and strengthen chakras, and expand one’s awareness of their presence in daily life. The group meets at 9:30 a.m. every Monday. 

The English as a Second Language class meets at 6:30 p.m. every Monday. Students will learn basic English and grammar to be able to converse at a beginning level.

Bring your game face for a friendly game of Texas Hold’em every Tuesday & Friday at high noon. No stakes; chips only.

The Seasoned Sowers Garden Club meets on the first & third Tuesday of every month at 9:30 a.m. Get down & dirty with one of America’s favorite hobbies. No experience needed! Natural-born green thumbs & first-time gardeners welcome.

Join us for Clubhouse Chatter 10 a.m. – noon on the second Tuesday of each month. Open discussion about the MLB season and your hometown Ray’s. The good, the bad and the ugly and what the season could have been. Topics include but not limited to: Player personnel, draft picks, farm system (minor leagues), coaching staff, spring season, ticket pricing, and the future of Tropicana Field. The discussion will be moderated by John Dallam.

The Gulfport Senior Citizens Harmonica Club meets every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. All levels of experience are welcome: come learn if you’re a beginner, or share your expertise and knowledge if you’re experienced. Over the last year this well-known musical group has performed at many venues, entertaining a variety of people throughout the county. We hope to see you as our group expands. Great people, lively conversation and fun music for all to enjoy.

Everyone is welcome to join the Wednesday Walkers at 9 a.m. on the second & fourth Wednesday of the month. Locations will vary. Towels and pedometers will be provided! Call the Gulfport Senior Center Event Line at 893-5657 for more information!

The Investment Discussion group meets at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Discussions are peer-led, and all levels of experience in making the best investment choices are welcome.

Join in the Wii Bowling fun every Wednesday at 1 p.m. as we compete against each other and against rival senior center teams. No Bowling shoes required!  

It’s Bingo with a twist! Join us for Musical Bingo at 3 p.m. every Friday.

Join other book lovers for our new, no-pressure Book Club at 9:30 a.m. every second & fourth Friday. Chat about what you’ve been reading and hear recommendations from other readers.

Recycle your old cell phone, General Mills Box tops, Campbell’s labels, can tabs & eye glasses at the Senior Center. Staff forwards the items to the proper organizations for reuse, recycle or education.

Gulfport Casino, Catherine Hickman Theater, Neighborhood Center & Scout Hall Casino (last week’s events):

Sunday, August 4

6 p.m. – Ballroom Dance (Turnout 18)

   

Monday, August 5

10 a.m. – Yoga (Turnout 9)

   

Tuesday, August 6

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 32)

Noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 21)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 64)

   

Wednesday, August 7

6 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 221)

   

Thursday, August 8

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 28)

6 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera (Turnout 22)

   

Friday, August 9

7 p.m. – Soul Night with Swing Time (Turnout 163)

 Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays        

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

7 p.m. – Band & Ballroom dance  Admission $8  

   

Every Monday

10 a.m. – Yoga

   

Every fourth Monday

7 p.m. – U.S.A. Dance ballroom dance: members $5/non-members $8

   

Every Tuesday

 

10:30 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker

2 p.m. – Ballroom dancing   Admission $8

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango lessons  

8 p.m. – Milonga dance    Admission $8

   

Every Wednesday

6 p.m. – Bonus dance lesson with Swingtime

7 p.m. – Beginner Swing lesson with Swingtime

8 p.m. – Swing dance    Admission $8

   

Every Thursday

10:30 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato

6:30 p.m. – Latin Night lesson with Carol Rivera

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $8

   

Every Thursday

7 p.m. – Salsa Dance/Lesson   Admission $8

   

Every Friday

11 a.m. – Chair yoga

   

Every Third Friday

7 p.m. – Soul Night with Swing Time

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):           

Friday, August 9

7 p.m. – ProjectFree RisingStarz present Love the Hard Way: The Rise of Halcyon (Turnout 50)

   

Saturday, August 10

7 p.m. – ProjectFree RisingStarz present Love the Hard Way: The Rise of Halcyon (Turnout 60)

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, August 4

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

   

Tuesday, August 6

5:30 p.m. – Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting

   

Saturday, August 10

11 a.m. – Parks repass (Turnout 35)

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every Sunday        

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

   

Every first – third Sunday

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church services

   

Every Tuesday

5:30 p.m. – Adult Children of Alcoholics meeting

   

Every first Wednesday

7 p.m. – Crime Watch meeting

Scout Hall (last week’s events):

Monday – Friday

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

   

Monday, August 5

11 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Turnout 21)

   

Tuesday, August 6

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing  (Turnout 22)

   

Thursday, August 8

11:30 a.m. – Meditation class (Turnout 7)

6 p.m. – Free Thinkers AA group meeting 

   

Friday, August 9

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing  (Turnout 10)

Scout Hall (upcoming events):

Every Monday – Friday

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

   

Every Monday

11 a.m. – Chair Yoga

   

Every Tuesday

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing

   

Every Thursday

11 a.m. – Meditation class

   

Every Friday

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing

Recreation Center

The 2019 Summer Program ended on August 9 with one hundred twenty-three children registered.

The multipurpose room is reserved 2 – 6 p.m. Saturday, August 17, and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, August 24 for baby showers.

Thirty-two children have been registered for the 2019-2020 School Year Child Care Program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Eight are nonresidents. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Montessori and Douglas Jamerson Elementary schools.  Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Hours of registration are Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Six children have been registered for the 2019/20 Tot Time Program, and five for VPK. Tot Time is a preschool, hands-on program for children ages 3 – 5. VPK is free for Florida resident children who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Parents must apply for VPK at the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. to receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Both programs aim to make learning fun for children and help prepare them for Kindergarten, and are limited to 10 children each. Program hours are 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Hours for registration are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 893-1068 for more information. Class begins Tuesday, September 4.

Eighty teens are registered for the 2018/19 Teen Night Program, a great hangout for teens entering middle school through age 17. Teen Night provides recreation and social activities, and offers monthly field trips, cooking projects, guest speakers and service projects.

Contractual classes: Adult Dance, Ballet/Tap Combo, Bootcamp, Essential Oils, Hip Hop, Karate, Pickleball and Tennis.

Four Gulfport Teen Councilmembers attended the monthly meeting at the Recreation Center on Tuesday. Advisor Marivel Gutierrez facilitated. Topics discussed: Advisor Report; approval of the May minutes; New terms for FY19/20; Florida League of Cities conference update; Old business, and; New business.

Staff Activities

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

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for Service:

  • 38 Emergency Medical Calls
  • 3 Structure Fires
  • 1 Structural Collapse
  • 2 Fire Alarms
  • 1 Haz-Mat Call
  • 1 Vehicle Crash
  • 2 Fire Outside Structure

Life Safety:

  • 12 Fire Inspections
  • 1 C/O

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meets at 7 p.m. every third Monday of the month. The next meeting will take place at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center on August 19.

Gulfport Paramedics continued their Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) renewal course this week. ACLS refers to a set of clinical interventions for the urgent treatment of cardiac arrest, stroke and other life threatening medical emergencies, and the knowledge and skills to deploy those interventions. A score of 84% or higher is required to pass. Final testing is in November. ACLS is renewed every two years.

Lieutenant Rene Fernandez taught Heartsaver with AED/CPR Training to 21 BCYC Sea Scouts. All scouts passed the course.

E-One 2012 Engine 17 underwent annual pump testing at Ten-8 in Bradenton on August 12, as required for ISO Pump Recertification. Pumper 17 was tested on August 8, and both passed.

A Firefighter Pension Plan meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4. Lt. Rene Fernandez and Firefighter/EMT Brian Campbell will attend.

Public Works

Building Maintenance

  • Repaired rodent damage and set traps and baits at Little League.
  • Repaired cabinets & tetherball game, and painted restrooms at Recreation Center.
  • Delivered shell to Hoyt Field.
  • Inspected Senior Center roof for leak, and replaced broken electrical outlets.
  • Power washed sidewalks at Dog Park.
  • Replaced missing electrical outlets and covers along Beach Boulevard in WRD.
  • Repaired kitchen cabinet at Fire Department.
  • Picked up Stihl repair parts at Royal Edger.
  • Assisted All Florida Fire with inspection of fire extinguishers in City facilities & vehicles.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance

  • Shelled PD compound and Wood Ibis trail.
  • Trimmed back pepper tree overgrowth along trail spur.
  • Mowed City complex, Recreation Center, Senior Center, Neighborhood Center, beach, Marina, Lions Club & Library green spaces, Clam Bayou, Veterans, Wood Ibis & Caldwell Parks, trail spur, and York & 49th Street termini.
  • Cleaned & sanitized event trashcans.
  • Repaired irrigation at City complex.
  • Cleaned restrooms at Little League, beach and outside Casino.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched/shelled City complex, Neighborhood Center, Tomlinson, Clymer & Wood Ibis Parks, Shore Boulevard planters, and Library & Senior Center green spaces, and hand raked around benches & beach pavilions.
  • Cleared leaves and debris from screens on lake fountains at Wood Ibis Park.
  • Greased mowers and sharpened/replaced blades.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned all City playgrounds.

Streets & Sanitation

  • Completed billable work orders for pick-up of brush, electronics & appliances, trash & furniture, and items requested for pick-up by Code Enforcement.
  • Picked up residential bagged leaves as requested.
  • Delivered/replaced residential recycling bins with information sheets.
  • Assembled & delivered new automated trash containers, and replaced broken containers as requested.
  • Removed and disposed of illegal dumping and curbside yard waste throughout the City.
  • Patched asphalt throughout City as needed.
  • Replaced sidewalks at various locations throughout City.
  • Performed alley maintenance at various locations throughout City.
  • Assisted Smith Fence with fence replacement at Neighborhood Center.
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Water

  • Daily Chloramines sampling at the points of connection to water distribution system, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily check of ground water levels, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Completed routes 23, 24, 25, 26 & 27 of monthly meter reading schedule
  • Disconnected water service at 18 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Performed 11 non-pay rechecks to confirm water services still off.
  • Completed 119 miscellaneous service orders.
  • Completed 16 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Continued annual water system flushing.
  • Located water main valves in distribution system and cleaned valve boxes.
  • Replaced 3 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Continued annual water system flushing on northeast side of City.
  • Repaired water breaks at 6000 Gulfport Boulevard, 5217 13th Avenue, and at 6338 9th

Sewer

  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to Lift Stations #1 and #2.
  • Daily rainfall checks and documentation, (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Daily ground water elevation recording (includes Saturday & Sunday).
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance check on Lift Stations #1 & 2, Fire Department/Garage, Police Station/City Hall, and Senior Center.
  • Collected bay water samples at Gulfport Beach, Clam Bayou & Marina for quality testing.
  • Cleaned and televised sewer laterals at 4900 27th Avenue, 5826 18th Avenue, and at 5609 21st

Stormwater

  • Cleared debris and inspected storm inlets in 56 locations.
  • Repaired storm drain line at 11th Avenue & 55th
  • Cleaned drainage area on 26th

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Performed diagnostic on vehicle #0292, and added fuel treatment.
  • Performed oil change and fuel system diesel exhaust regen on vehicle #1513.
  • Replaced battery on vehicle #2070.
  • Changed oil & filter on vehicle #2181.           
  • Replaced tires on vehicle #2441.
  • Installed strobe light and bracket & mirror on Streets Department tractor.
  • Replaced brakes & hydraulic hose on vehicle #1675.
  • Installed mirror on vehicle #2476, and delivered to Rush Truck for diagnosis of Check Engine light.
  • Vehicle #1483 out of service for diagnosis of Check Engine light.
  • Replaced battery on vehicle #1031.
  • Investigated evaporator leak and Check Engine light on vehicle #2196.
  • Removed bucket assembly, pivot bracket & pins on vehicle #2162.
  • Vehicle #2431 delivered to Kenworth for diagnosis of Check Engine light.
  • Replaced batteries & wiper blades on vehicle #1135.
  • Replaced wiper blades & gas cap on vehicle #2139.
  • Pumped water from Annular fuel sump
  • Cleaned shop and tools/machines.
  • Attended department meeting.

Community Development

Building Division

Longer daylight hours mean more time for those home improvement projects you’ve been putting off.  Before embarking on home improvement projects give us a call at 893-1024 to discuss your plans and see what permits and inspections may be necessary, and code requirements to help you through the process. Whether it’s deferred maintenance or new improvements, many elect to do these projects themselves. Building Division staff tries to take extra time to work with homeowners embarking on these do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.

On anything other than small and simple DIY projects we recommend homeowners consider using a licensed contractor. Unless you are very handy and have the necessary skills to take on more complex construction projects, larger jobs can quickly overwhelm those less skilled in construction practices and management. 

Don’t take chances with unlicensed contractors

Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board helps guide homeowners in hiring a licensed contractor for home improvements

Hiring an unlicensed contractor can put residents’ homes in jeopardy, produce safety hazards and cost extra money to homeowners when work is not done correctly. 

The function of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is to regulate construction and home improvement contractors practicing in all Pinellas jurisdictions.

The licensing board can tell you if a contractor has a license. They must be licensed by the board or the state of Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation and be registered with the board. Licensed contractors have passed a competency exam and perform electrical, plumbing or structural work in compliance with the building codes.

The state requires licensed contractors to have workers’ compensation and liability insurance and the board monitors their insurance coverage. Without these, if a worker gets injured on the job or damages property, the homeowner is liable. Many insurance policies will not pay claims if an unlicensed contractor was doing the work.

When selecting a contractor, remember:

  • Talk to friends and neighbors for recommendations.
  • Home improvement contractors of various skills must be licensed with the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board. The license number must be displayed on advertising as well as on contracts. You can verify a contractor’s license number and check any complaints by contacting the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board at 582-3100.
  • Check with the Department of Justice and Consumer Services at 464-6200 to determine the number of complaints against a business.
  • Ask the contractor for references and follow through with verifying them.
  • Ask the contractor for proof of insurance.
  • Never deal with anyone who solicits or appears at your home unannounced.
  • Obtain a minimum of two bids for the work to be done.

When signing a contract, make sure: 

  • All work should be specifically stated in the contract.
  • An approximate starting and completion date should be included.
  • All warranties including labor and materials should be addressed.
  • A payment schedule should be contained in the contract.
  • Do not give a large deposit before the beginning of work and do not pay the balance until completion.
  • A three-day right to cancel rarely applies to home improvement contracts.
  • Do not sign a blank contract or one containing blank spaces.
  • Watch for non-refundable deposits and non-escrow accounts. In new home construction, part of the purchase price must be escrowed (this can be waived).

For more information call the board at 582-3100 or visit www.pcclb.com.       

Business Tax Receipts

A Business License is good from October of the current year through September 30 of the following year. For questions regarding business tax receipts, call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063.

Thinking of starting a new business? Checkout out the City’s website for the “City of Gulfport New Business Checklist at www.mygulfport.us under the Community Development Building Department tab in the Information & Regulations section. Call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063 for more information.

Call the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development at 464-7332 or visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs for information, including a number of workshops on starting a new business. They also offer personalized business consulting to help you become successful with your startup business.

Code Enforcement activities have moved to Section 3 of the City, also referred to as the Southwest Neighborhood area which generally extends south from Gulfport Boulevard to the water and west from 58th Street & 59th Streets to the City limits.

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 any violation. Please call 893-1061 if you see violations. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation. Complaints can be anonymous, but if you want a follow-up you will have to leave contact information which means the complaint is no longer anonymous. Any personal information you provide becomes part of the public record, which any other citizen has the right to review. E-mail correspondence is considered a public record. If you wish to make a complaint using e-mail such communications are not anonymous.

To review Code Enforcement activities documents for more detailed information and a map of Code Enforcement areas visit the Special Documents section at www.mygulfport.us.         

August 7, 2019 Planning & Zoning Board and August 20 City Council/CRA meeting(s) results:

Discussion of variance appeal procedures. 4-1 RECOMMENDATION TO APPROVE ORDINANCE 2019-14.

August 14, 2019 Board of Adjustment Meeting results:

V19-20; 5519 Shore Boulevard South; Variance request to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces by 8 spaces, from 8 to 0 off-street parking spaces for additional outdoor seating for an existing restaurant. POSPONED UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING

V19-23; 3019 Beach Boulevard South; Variance request to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces by 8 spaces, from 8 to 0 off-street parking spaces for a proposed new retail sales commercial structure. APPROVED

V19-24; 5701 Tangerine Avenue South; Requested variances result from the proposed construction of an open sided carport to be attached to the existing principal structure (house):

  1. To reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 20.78 feet, from 25 feet to 4.22 feet; and
  2. Reduce the required separation distance between the proposed carport and proposed shed by 4 feet from 12 feet to 8 feet. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

V19-25; 6131 9th Avenue South; Variance request to reduce the front yard setback requirement by 6 feet, from 25 feet to 19 feet to allow the construction of an addition to the front of the existing principal structure (single family house). APPROVED