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Gulfport Community Update

January 9 – 15, 2022

Gulfport City Hall will be closed on Monday, January 17 in observance of MLK, Jr. Day. The sanitation schedule will not be affected.

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

City of Gulfport residential water customers are eligible for a rebate of up to $100 after the purchase and installation of a high efficiency water-saving toilet. Application and guidelines available at https://mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program/. Restrictions apply. Call 893-1016 for more information.

COVID-19 testing is available through Community Health Centers of Pinellas and the Florida Department of Health. Visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/ information. Vaccinations are available through the Florida Department of Health. Call 844-770-8548 or visit  https://www.patientportalfl.com/s/login/SelfRegister to register. To find a COVID-19 vaccine location near you, visit www.vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233. DeliveRxd Pharmacy is offering in-home vaccinations in Pinellas & Hillsborough for those who can’t or prefer to not leave home. Call 813-932-6266 for more information.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront District is a weekly year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables and a wide variety of foods; hand-made art & crafts; bath, body & wellness products and more. More than 50 vendors and exhibitors participate every Tuesday. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.gulfporttuesdayfreshmarket.com.

Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meetings are broadcast “on Facebook” at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday. Check updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to burglaries, BOLOs and stolen vehicles. Call 893-1022 or email jwright@mygulfport.us for more information. 

Join the City of Gulfport at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard at 3:45 p.m. Friday, January 21 as we celebrate trees and their importance to the environment during the Annual Arbor Day Celebration. Children from the School Year Child Care Program will read excerpts and the Gulfport Teen Council will serve refreshments. Free Live Oak and Crape Myrtle seedlings will be offered to guests. Call 893-1118 for more information.

Treat yourself to an all-star lineup of psychics and mediums, and the latest alternative health modalities during the Mind, Body, Spirit Expo at the Gulfport Casino 5500 Shore Boulevard 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, January 22. Free admission. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/919951575286681.

Boogie the night away at the Gulfport Lions Club Foundation Rock the 70’s Dance Party at the Gulfport Casino 7 – 11 p.m. Saturday, January 29. Proceeds benefit the Boca Ciega High School Scholarship Fund. For information and tickets visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gulfport-lions-club-foundation-rock-the-70s-dance-party-tickets-225926421007.  

Take a musical journey featuring the greatest hits of the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. with The Rat Pack Together Again at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 30. Visit https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5232773 for information and tickets.

Check out cars from the past during the Thirteenth Annual 49th Street Business Association So Classic Car Show at Trolley Market Square, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, February 5. FREE admission. Visit www.so49.org/so-classic-car-show for information.

Meet local & nationally known artists and celebrate art near and far at the Annual Gulfport Fine Arts Festival in Veterans Park, 5350 31st Avenue, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, February 12 & 13. Free parking and admission. Visit https://visitgulfportflorida.com/fine-arts-festival for information.

Animal lovers, get ready for the Seventeenth Annual Gulfport Get Rescued event on Beach Boulevard in the Waterfront District 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, February 26. 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 information.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Operations Division

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 

118

Self-initiated calls for service:

291

Incident/offense reports:

34

Arrests made:

5

Traffic/vessel stops:

43

Ordinance violations: 

49

Residences checks

14

Report audits:

4

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

Mohana Rashid was arrested January 6 for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of firearms by a convicted felon, and an active warrant for failing to appear on a traffic charge after Officer Dillard stopped a car with a shattered windshield in the 2200 block of 49th Street. Marijuana, scales, plastic baggies, a large amount of cash, and two loaded firearms were found in the car during a search.

A resident in the 5300 block of 7th Avenue reported that someone in a car fired multiple shots into the air as they drove past her home. The incident appears to be related to a social media dispute between the resident and another female.

James Caldwell was arrested for felony retail theft, and issued a trespass warning after he was caught attempting to steal deodorant from the Save A Lot store.

A resident in the: 5300 block of 6th Place reported that a bullet struck the roof of their mobile home on New Year’s Eve and landed on the kitchen table. The damage has been repaired.

A resident in the 1700 block of York Street reported that someone accessed her cryptocurrency account and stole $21,000.

Officers were dispatched to the 1100 block of 54th Street on January 9 after neighbor witnessed a woman on a bicycle taking a package left near a mailbox. The neighbor chased the suspect and retrieved the package, and the victim did not wish to prosecute.

Robert Brown was arrested for burglary after a resident in the 2400 block of York Street reported he broke a window and attempted to enter the home, from which he had been trespassed approximately one year ago. Brown then found an unlocked door and let himself inside, where he remained until police arrived.

Frederick Walton was arrested for trespass after warning on January 10 following a report that he entered a business in the 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard, from which he was trespassed in 2021.

Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of 57th Street on January 11 after a caller reported that his security camera showed several juveniles near his car in his driveway, and one pulled on the door handle before running away. Officer Janovich and K9 Cezar tracked and found 5 suspects matching the description provided. Two ran when officers arrived, and the other three were detained. After reviewing the video the suspect was identified and arrested for attempted burglary, and he admitted that he attempted to enter the car.

A resident at a care facility in the 1400 block of 59th Street reported on January 12 that his wallet containing $150 was missing.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             17                                                                                           

Cases currently assigned:      53

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for a  fraudulent use of a credit card, a death investigation, an exploitation of an elderly, a runaway, and a theft.

Detective Crowson is on vacation this week.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano submitted quarterly seat belt and texting citation data to DHSMV; compiled the December PCSO call out report; started compiling data for the 2021 annual report, and; performed a burglary analysis.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

12

Supplements reviewed:

41

Reports disseminated:

11

Background checks:

2

Bike registrations:

2

Fingerprints:

0

Subpoenas processed:

0

Citizens assisted:

42

Community Resources Division

The following written directive policies are in the review process: 103 – Facility; 104A – Vehicle 200 – Standards of Conduct and Discipline; 311 – Emergency Management/Unusual Occurrences; 401 – Response to an Active Shooter; 405 – Missing Person Investigations; 409 – Traffic Stop Procedures; 414 – Traffic Direction and Control; 420 – Responding to Threats of Violence/Risk Protection Orders, and; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI & Parking Citations.

Recruiting and Screening

Twenty-two Police Officer applications are being processed.

Crime Prevention

Officer Mills has been temporarily assigned to the evening shift.

Volunteer Coordinator Jim Wright hosted an in-person weekly neighborhood watch meeting, at the Gulfport Library on January 12, the first since the beginning of the COVID pandemic.   

School Resource Officers

Officer Motte investigated a report of a student allegedly in possession of a firearm on campus, but no firearm was found; mentored four students; met with the parents of three students;  provided one classroom lesson on school safety and securing personal property, and; provided security for two basketball games.  

Officer Embry escorted several students to the office for school consequences after he caught them skipping class and hiding in stairwells; provided three classroom lessons on school safety and securing personal property, and; helped resolve a conflict between students following a neighborhood incident, making appropriate referrals to school administration and reaching out to the students’ parents.

Officer Sigsbee assisted with minor behavioral issues, and in classrooms and the clinic due to staff absences. He also took part in the monthly site safety meeting; assisted with the Step Up to Kindergarten and& Meet the Teacher events on Tuesday evening; worked with staff to refresh Active Threat Drill options and scenarios; spoke with four parents regarding students being disruptive in class.

 

MARINA

Assisted with twelve dockside pump-outs and three pump-out boat services, evacuating four hundred five gallons of waste.

Pumped three thousand fourteen gallons of gas, and one thousand six hundred ninety-seven gallons of diesel fuel, fueling ninety-four vessels.

Staff activities

  • Removed and stored Christmas lights.
  • Installed key lock box for Gulfport Fire Department to access Marina pump out boat.
  • Tightened guide poles for boat lift on pier 7, slip 37.
  • Repaired pump-out vacuum leak on pier 4, slip 7.

 

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

Thursday, January 6, 2 p.m. – Macramé Wall Hanging.

Upcoming programs

Tuesday, January 18, 11 a.m. – Get Growing: Join City horticulturist Toffer Ross for native gardening tips and information during our monthly program. Learn how to shrink your lawn and create a biodiverse habitat for pollinators while adding natural Florida beauty to your yard! 

Wednesday, January 19, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare 101: Specially trained volunteers 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, January 20, 2 p.m. – Library Book Club discussion of Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

Friday, January 21, 10 a.m. – Babytime: If you have little ones under 2 years old, join us as we will sing songs, read books, enjoy lap bounce rhymes, and learn baby signs.

Friday, January 21, 1 p.m. – Sew Easy Reusable Coffee Cozy. Use assorted fabric, thread, and stitches! Registration begins January 14, and supplies are limited. Call 893-1074 or email library.programs@mygulfport.us to sign up.

Monday, January 24, 4 p.m. – Science in the Garden: Join us in the Reading Garden for our weekly Science Club for Grades K-5.

Monday, January 31, Grab & Go Bird Craft for Grades K-5: Kits include everything you need to make your own feathered friend. Limit 2 kits per household.

Tuesday, February 8, 7 p.m. – Trivia Night: Grab some friends, make a team and join a competitive after-hours program! Light refreshments; prizes for the winning team.

Staff Activities

David Mather attended Library, Information Technology, and City department meetings monitor and assist various departments with IT-related issues, contacted/followed up with various vendors to resolve issues and to initiate and implement new services, and; followed up on issues with purchases and billing; attended meetings with LGBTQ Resource Center and 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; 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 further information, visit https://mygulfport.us/gpl/passports.

Library Services/Statistics January 2 – 8, 2022:       

                  Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,578

1,325

Sun. 1/2

Library closed

Mon. 1/3

752

398

Tue. 1/4

413

191

Wed. 1/ 5

338

155

Thu. 1/6

439

188

Fri. 1/7

346

223

Sat. 1/8

290

170

Staff processed 17 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 more than 50 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

The GEMS Getaway Gang is going to lunch! Join us when we visit Po’ Folks on Thursday, January 20. GEMS members $4/nonmenbers $8.

Tuesday, January 18

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

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

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

10 a.m. – Tai Chi/Qi Gong (Veterans Park)

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

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

1 p.m. – Wii Bowling (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Beginners’ Drawing Class

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

1:30 p.m. – Foundation Ambassador kickoff meeting (Dining Hall)

3:30 p.m. – Computer Smart Phone Assistance (Front lobby)

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

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

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

6 p.m. – Intermediate Spanish Study Group

   

Wednesday, January 19

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

9:30 – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Scout Hall)

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

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

1 p.m. – Watercolor and Drawing (Room 106) 

1 p.m.- Canasta (Theater lobby)

1:30 – Bingo (Dining Hall)

2 p.m. – Beginner Spanish (Room 107)

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

6 p.m. – Bunco (Room 107)

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

   

Thursday, January 20

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

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

10 a.m. – Tai Chi/Qi Gong (Veterans Park)

10:30 a.m. – Intermediate Spanish Study Group (Room 107)

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

1 p.m. – Acrylic Painting (Room 106)

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

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

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

3:30 p.m. – Computer/ Smart Phone Assistance (Front Lobby)

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

6 p.m. – IASOSP Italian Class (Classrooms Vary)

7 p.m. – IASOSP Italian Class (Classrooms Vary)

Friday, January 21

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

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

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

11 a.m. – Restorative Yoga (Gulfport Casino)

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

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

Service Stats:

  • Virtual program attendance: 23
  • In person class attendance: 413
  • Reassurance calls: 118
  • Birthday calls: 586
  • Food pantry bags disbursed: 6
  • Wellness checks/home visits: 2
  • GEMS trips: 132
  • Neighborly Care Network meals delivered: 342
  • In-person dining: 167
  • Fitness Center attendance: 207

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER & SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):                            

Tuesday, January 4

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker  (Turnout 25)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 16)

Wednesday, January 5

7 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 117)

Thursday, January 6

7 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera  (Turnout 14)

Casino (upcoming events):

Sunday, January 16  

6 p.m. – Foxtrot lesson with Carol Baker

7 p.m. – Ballroom dance with Daniel Fugazzotto   Admission $10  

 

 

Select Sundays         

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

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

 

 

Every fourth Sunday

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

 

 

Every Tuesday

Noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker

2 p.m. – Ballroom dancing   Admission $10

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango lessons with Kathleen & Steve Prucher

8 p.m. – Milonga dance   Admission $10

Every Wednesday

7 p.m. – Beginner Swing lesson with Swingtime

8 p.m. – Swing dance   Admission $10

Every Thursday

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

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $10

Every third Friday

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

 Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):

Friday, January 7, 6 p.m. – Art Reception  (Turnout 40)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Thursday – Saturday, January 13 – 15 & 20 – 22, 8 p.m., and Saturday, & Sunday, January 15 & 16, and 22 & 23, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players present Gilligan’s Island: The Musical. Tickets $22 online at www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org.  

 Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, January 2

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting 

Tuesday, January 4

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

Friday, January 7

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Saturday, January 8

12 p.m. – Life celebration  (Turnout 25)

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every first – third Sunday

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church services

Every Sunday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Every Tuesday

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

Every first Thursday

2:30 p.m. – Juvenile Welfare Board meeting 

Every Friday

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Scout Hall is closed for repair until further notice.

 

RECREATION CENTER

The volleyball courts have been reserved on Fridays by SSOVA for training, and by Tampa Bay Beach Bums for Volleyball Fun Fridays. They’re also reserved by private individuals on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.

The game room is reserved 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. every Sunday for Unity of Gulfport Church services.

Pavilion #5 reserved for 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, January 15.

The multipurpose room is reserved noon – 4 p.m. Saturday, February 19 for a baby shower.

Programs/Events

The following Contractual classes & activities have resumed; Ballet/Tap Combo, Basketball, Essential Oils, Hip Hop, Hula Hoop Fitness, Pickleball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Watercolor & Yoga.

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

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

Five children have been registered for the 2021/22 Tot Time Program, a pre-school, hands-on program for children ages 3-5 that aims to make learning fun for children and helps prepare them for Kindergarten.

Staff Activities

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

Alton Hooker worked the Church rental on Sunday morning.

Marivel Gutierrez facilitated the Teen Council meeting on Tuesday.

Five Teen Councilmembers attended the monthly meeting on Tuesday. Marivel Gutierrez facilitated. Topics discussed: Advisor report; Approval of the November minutes, Upcoming events, Old business and New business.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 48 Emergency medical calls
  • 2 Fire alarms
  • 2 Structure fires
  • 1 Vehicle crash
  • 1 Elevator rescue

Life safety:

  • 12 Fire inspections
  • 2 C.O.s
  • 1 Final plans

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.

GFD staff commenced their online Target Solutions January CME training. This months topic is Geriatric Patients; Illness, Abuse and Neglect. They also attended 3 hours of online HAZ-MAT training with Target Solutions.

All GFD staff attended a mandatory meeting for all personnel on January 11. Topics of discussion: SDP’s, Training schedules and outlook of the department for the New Year.

The Gulfport Fire Department & Rescue 17 will participate in the MLK Parade in St. Petersburg on January 17.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance

  • Repaired faucet at Recreation
  • Removed wasp nest at Library.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance  

  • Continued planting, mulching & sodding around Public Services building.
  • Repaired fencing at Clam Bayou and continued invasive tree removal.
  • Leveled patio and reset pavers at Trolley Market Square.
  • Mowed City Complex, Senior Center, Library, & Trolley Market Square green spaces, Chase block, Caldwell Park, 14th Avenue median, and Pasadena entrance area.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched City complex and Clam Bayou Park.
  • Repaired irrigation at City complex, Library, Senior Center, Veterans Park, and along Chase block.
  • Greased mowers and sharpened blades.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned and maintained all city restrooms daily.
  • Mowed, raked, lined and dragged all ball fields daily.
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas.
Streets & Sanitation
  • Performed billable work orders for pick-up of brush, electronics & appliances, trash & furniture, and items requested for pick-up by Code Enforcement.
  • Picked up residential bagged leaves, as requested.
  • Delivered/replaced residential recycling bins with information sheets.
  • Performed automated curbside street sweeping throughout the City.
  • Assembled & delivered new automated trash containers and replaced broken containers as requested.
Water      
  • Daily Chloramines sampling at the points of connection to water distribution system.
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters.
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall.
  • Daily check of ground water levels.
  • Read routes 23, 24, 25, 36 & 27 of monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 17 locations for nonpayment of service.
  • Performed 16 non pay rechecks to confirm water services are still off.
  • Performed 142 miscellaneous customer service department service generated orders.
  • Completed 19 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.
  • Completed semiannual flushing of water system.
  • Continued mainline water valve locating.
  • Repaired water breaks at 5932 Seabird Drive, and at 3014 58th

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 laterals for rebait at 2504 58th Street, 2602 Beach Boulevard, and at 925 Freemont Street.
  • Replaced sewer lateral at 3048 52nd Street
  • Cleaned and televised sewer lateral at 5210 9th Avenue.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 18 storm water inlets.
  • Formed and poured concrete lids for storm drain structure on 11th

 Vehicle Maintenance

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

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

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

Most permitting may be conducted via e-mail at permits@mygulfport.us. Application submission questions may be emailed to permits@mygulfport.us. or call 893-1024. All payments must be made by credit or debit cards.

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

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

Don’t take chances with unlicensed contractors

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

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

The function of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board is to regulate construction and home improvement contractor 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 either via the 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.

January 12, 2022 Board of Adjustment meeting results:

V22-01: 3038 Beach Boulevard South; Variance requested to reduce the number of required off-street parking spaces by 13 spaces from 13 spaces to zero off-street parking spaces for the proposed 50 additional outdoor seating associated with an existing restaurant. APPROVED

January 18, 2022 CRA meeting:

SA22-01: 3038 Beach Boulevard South: Site plan amendment application for a special use permit for amending the existing permitted outdoor seating site plan to allow for an additional 50 proposed outdoor seats for an existing restaurant.

February 9, 2022 Board of Adjustment meeting:

V21 – 35 (Continued from December 8, 2021): 5939 Bayview Circle South; Variance requested to reduce the right-hand one-third setback requirement by 7.7 feet, from 45.2 feet to 37.5 feet to allow for a proposed new 50.5-foot dock to be installed along the seawall.  

V22 – 02: 5702 Tangerine Avenue South; Variance requested to reduce the required rear yard setback requirement by 12 feet, from 15 feet to 3 feet for the installation of a 12’ x 35’ accessory structure (carport).

V22 – 03: 1922 58th Street South; Variance requested to reduce the required rear yard setback requirement by 10.5 feet, from 15 feet to 4.5 feet for the installation of an 8’ x 16’ accessory structure (shed).

V22 – 04: 2720 Beach Boulevard South; Variances requested to:

  1. recognize the encroachment of existing house into the front yard setback requirement of 2.6 feet, from 25 feet to 22.4 feet, and;
  2. reduce the front yard setback requirement by 10.6 feet, from 25 feet to 14.4 feet for the construction of a proposed 8 feet deep open sided front porch with recessed steps on the front of an existing 1935 house.