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Gulfport Community Update

April 7 – 13, 2019

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 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 mygulfport.us/lateralrebate for more information.

Upcoming Events:

Meet your neighbors and help your community at the same time. The next Gulfport Neighbors Beach Cleanup is Saturday, April 13, 9 – 11 a.m. Meet at Beach Pavilion #4. A limited number of pickers are available; if you have one please bring it. Water will be provided. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/gulfportneighbors

BCYC’s Funday is 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, April 13. This annual open house offers an opportunity for the public to learn more about Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s activities. Visit www.sailbcyc.org 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.      

Celebrate the official dedication of Gulfport Trolley Market Square as an historic site at Porch Party: Gulfport Trolley 7 – 10 p.m.  Friday, April 19. The Gulfport Historical Society will offer kid’s activities and live music from the Urban Gypsies, and unveil the new historic marker and brand-new walking tour. For more information, call Cathy Salustri at 656-5420.

The City of Gulfport/Stetson College of Law Public Service Fellows 14th Annual Fun in the Sun Day at the Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Boulevard is Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – noon. FREE festivities will include an egg hunt for children ages 8 & under, basket raffle, entertainment, food and fun! Children will also have the opportunity to climb into the driver’s seat of their favorite vehicle: police car, police boat, fire truck, ambulance, garbage truck and many more. Bring a basket for the egg hunt and a camera for a photo with Peter Cottontail! For more information, call 893-1068.  

Gulfport’s 7.5 acre Clymer Park will transform into an enchanted village inhabited by Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers in costume, and featuring a wide variety of family friendly activities during the annual Gulfport Springfest Garden Art & Faerie Festival 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, April 27 & 28. There is no admission for this pet and family-friendly event, and complimentary parking is available with trolley rides to and from off-site parking areas. Visit www.sikpromotions.com/events-calendar/view/1292 for more information.

May the Groove be with you during the Goodwill Hippie Dash 5k & 8k at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 4. The race begins in front of the Gulfport Casino. Can’t make it on race day? Choose the VIRTUAL option when registering at www.runsignup.com/Race/FL/Gulfport/HippieDash to receive your official bling and T-shirt! All proceeds benefit Goodwill’s programs for adults with disabilities, and people with other barriers to self-sufficiency.

It’s almost that time again! Bring your Gulfport I.D. and your junk to the Gulfport Neighbors Junk in the Trunk at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street on Saturday, May 11, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Drop junk that works at the free trade table. Free bike registration, have coffee with a cop and get gardening tips from the community garden team. Pinellas County HAZ-TO-GO will also be there collecting electronics and chemicals FREE of charge. For more information on what you can bring, visit www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/haz-to-go.htm.  

Get informed to be prepared during the City of Gulfport’s Hurricane Seminar at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Avenue at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30. This informative seminar is open to the public and will feature WTSP Channel 10 News Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins. Free admission. Attendees can enjoy a slice of pizza and soft drink for $3 beginning at 6 p.m. For more information or to become a hurricane related vendor, call 893-1118 or email  

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        

138

Self-initiated calls for service

414

Incident/offense reports         

54

Arrests 

11

Traffic citations

134

Ordinance violations

25

Residence checks

50

 

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

A resident in the 2500 block of 51st Street reported on April 4 that she received an email stating her Apple account had been used to create a fraudulent Netflix account. She called a number on the email and the suspect convinced her to purchase almost $10,000 in Google Play cards in order to restore her account. The victim provided the card numbers and the suspect quickly drained the funds from the accounts.Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

A group of Boca Ciega High School students ran from Officer Marshall and attempted to hide in the neighborhood while skipping school. Two were found hiding in a fenced backyard in the 6100 block of 9th Avenue, and charges were forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office for trespassing.

Jeremiah Robinson was arrested on two outstanding violation of probation warrants for obtaining property in return for worthless checks after Officer Clague stopped him in the 1200 block of 53rd Street for riding a bicycle without proper lighting after dark.

Nathan Basista was arrested on two outstanding warrants issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for failure to appear on a narcotics charge on the evening of April 5 after Officer Janovich made contact with him in the 1100 block of Freemont.

Adonis Hancock was arrested for felony possession of THC concentrate following a traffic stop in the 900 block of 49th Street for an inoperable tag light. A strong odor of marijuana was coming from the vehicle and a search revealed approximately 13 grams of marijuana and 9 THC infused edibles.

Samuel Barber was arrested on several outstanding warrants for failure to appear on charges related to possession of cocaine, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting an officer without violence. He was taken into custody in the 5600 block of 28th Avenue on April 6.

A bicycle was reported stolen from outside a business in the 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard on April 7. The owner had a lock, but did not lock the bicycle before entering the business.

A 15-year-old girl alone at a residence in the 4500 block of 27th Avenue heard a knock at the door, and saw a man known to her and her grandmother. She called her grandmother who told her to tell him to go away. As the girl walked toward the front door, a wrench came through the glass. She screamed and the man ran away. Officers arrived but did not find the man in the area. While investigating, Ryan Franz called police and advised he had committed a crime and wanted to turn himself in. He was charged with attempted burglary of an occupied dwelling, throwing a deadly missile, and criminal mischief.

The manager of a bank in the 2000 block of 49th Street reported on April 8 that an employee had been stealing from two customers’ accounts over the past two months. The employee was terminated and officers are investigating.

Sergeant Vandenberg witnessed a vehicle crash at the entrance to Pasadena Yacht and Country Club on April 9. The driver of the car that caused the crash fled the scene and refused to stop when Sgt. Vandenberg activated the lights and siren. The car was eventually stopped in the 6600 block of Gulfport Boulevard and driver Braulio Tovar Pineda was arrested for leaving the scene of a crash and fleeing and eluding.

Steven Bracewell was arrested for possession of Methamphetamine on April 10 after an officer arrested him for attempting to steal items from a clothing donation bin in the 2200 block of 49th Street. Bracewell consented to a search, and the officer found a small bag of the drug. Mail and credit cards belonging to various individuals were also found, and an investigation is ongoing in an attempt to determine if the items are stolen.

The Marine Unit was on the water for approximately 2 hours this week. Officers assisted with a water rescue and a vessel adrift.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:                       17
Cases Currently Assigned:               41

Investigator highlights:

School Resource Officers Mills, Embry & Sigsbee wrote 3 police reports; counseled 14 students; met with the parents of 4 students; provided instruction for one classroom, and; escorted 10 truants to the office.

At the request of the parents, officers investigated and wrote a report regarding a fight between two girls at BCHS. The altercation appears to have been mutual, so no charges are being filed. Officer Embry (BCHS) assisted child protection investigators on two separate occasions, interviewing students regarding concerns in other jurisdictions. He also assisted a Pinellas County School employee who lost his phone on campus.

Officer Sigsbee assisted with the Police Explorers’ semi-annual performance evaluations. A self-evaluation was included. Additionally, Officer Sigsbee wrote an information report regarding an event between two students at the elementary school, and met with a parent regarding a student striking and kicking at school staff.   

Records Section

Reports reviewed: 14
Supplements reviewed: 78
Public record requests: 63
Background checks: 4
Bike registrations: 1
Fingerprints 0
Subpoenas processed: 2
Citizens assisted: 46

Marina

Assisted with twenty-seven pump outs, evacuating four hundred ten gallons of waste.

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

Two of three vessels in Clam Bayou have been removed. The owner of the trawler is attempting removal. Additionally, the County processing documents for removal of two of four vessels that Gulfport PD reported to the County Water and Navigation under derelict status.

Transient vessels:
Staff welcomed five vessels this week.

Library

Public Programs/Meetings/Events:

Monday, April 1, 9:30 a.m. – AARP Income Tax Assistance.
Monday, April 1, 3 p.m. – Science Club for grades K – 5.
Monday, April 1, 6 p.m. – LGBTQ Book Club discussion of Her Body and Other Parties, by Carmen Maria Machado.
Tuesday, April 2, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga.
Tuesday, April 2, 2 p.m. – Ukulele Group.
Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 p.m. – French Conversation Club.
Tuesday, April 2, 5:45 p.m. – Free Thinkers Open Twelve Step meeting.
Wednesday, April 3, 10 a.m. – Gulfport Writers meeting.
Wednesday, April 3, 4 p.m. – Preschool Storytime.
Wednesday, April 3, 6 p.m. – Gulfport Toastmasters.
Thursday, April 4, 10:15 a.m. – Toddler Storytime.
Thursday, April 4, 5 p.m. – Movie & Pizza for Grades 6-12.
Friday, April 5, 10 a.m. – AARP Income Tax Assistance.
Friday, April 5, 4 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players Auditions for Children.
Friday, April 5, 6:45 p.m. – Women’s AA Club.
Saturday, April 6, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series.

Upcoming Events:

Monday, April 15 9:30 a.m. – AARP Income Tax Assistance: Taxpayers MUST bring social security cards for all persons listed on their tax returns, a picture ID and all pertinent records such as W2s, 1099s, other income & credits and a copy of last year’s return if available. Free electronic filing is available. Call 893-1073 for more information.

Saturday, April 13, 1 p.m. – Raven’s Guild for ages 12 – 18: Gather fans of anime, manga, gaming! We’ll also have snacks and screen a movie. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Call 893-1074 for movie title.

Thursday, April 18, noon – Coffee/Talk Book Club discussion of East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Call 893-1073 for more information.

Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. – The Gulfport Chamber Players Concert: From Classical to Romantic; Chamber Music for Diverse Instruments. Live performance by six local musicians. Enjoy a delightful, informal concert of music for flute, violins, violas and cello with commentary. Music selections include Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Kuhlau & Foote.

Saturday, April 20, 1:30 p.m. – Free Family Movie Series: Watch an animated superhero movie for all ages! Miles Morales is a New York teen struggling with school, friends and, on top of that, being the new Spider-Man. When he comes across Peter Parker, the erstwhile savior of New York, in the multiverse, Miles must train to become the new protector of his city. Stars the voice talents of Shameik Moor (The Get Down), Jake Johnson (The New Girl), Hailee Steinfeld (Ender’s Game), Mahershala Ali (Green Book), Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Brian Tyree Henry (If Beale Street Could Talk), and Luna Lauren Velez (How to Get Away with Murder). Rated PG. Call 893-1074 for title.

Tuesday, April 25, 10:15 a.m. – Gentle Yoga for Adults: Nourish your body and spirit with mindful movement, breath work, and meditation. This slow-paced class welcomes all levels, and each month will feature a different set of postures. Bring props if you want them. The class is taught by Certified Yoga for Arthritis Instructor Christa Fairbrother, RYT. For more information or to sign up, call 893-1074.

Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. – Trivia Night: Are you a trivia buff? Do you love watching Jeopardy? Want to show off your esoteric knowledge? Grab some friends, make a team, and come to our after-hours event. We’ll have light refreshments; prizes (including bragging rights) for the winning team! Call 893-1074 or email cklasson@mygulfport.us for more information. 

Thursday, April 25, 11:30 a.m. – Community Playdate: Relax and unwind with your little ones and other caregivers after Storytime.

Saturday, April 27, 1 p.m.- Spring Crafts for Grades K-5: join us for an afternoon of colorful crafts to celebrate SPRING! We will make watercolor paintings, yarn butterflies, and bubble wands! Call 727-893-1134 for additional information.

Monday, April 29, 5 p.m. – Open Mic: Everyone is invited to share their performing talents, musical or otherwise. Call 893-1073 for more information.

Thursday, May 2, 7 p.m. – Living Mirror Playback Theater: Performances usually last about 90 minutes. The cast contains four actors, a musician, and a conductor – someone trained to work with the teller for the essence and central meaning of the story. After a few minutes of listening and helping to distill the story, the troupe enacts what the teller has offered in one of about 20 playback forms. The arc of the performance is to wisely warm up the audience with experiences related to the theme, and invite a few stories to be enacted, concluding with a theatrical summary of the event.  

Saturday, May 4, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series: Based on the novel by James Baldwin, a touching love story about a young pregnant woman fighting for justice when the father of her child is jailed for a crime he did not commit. It stars Kiki Layne (Captive State), Stephan James (Shots Fired), Regina King (The Strain), Teyonah Parris (Empire), and Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead). It was directed by Barry Jenkins, and is rated R. Call 727-893-1074 for title.

Monday, May 6, 6 p.m. – LGBTQ Book Club.

Tuesday, May 7, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga: Taught by registered yoga teacher Ms. Christa! Intended for parents and babies ages 6 weeks to 18 months. Meet other new parents and babies in the community, stretch, laugh, get some strength back and rejuvenate! Call 893-1074 to reserve your spot or email cklasson@mygulfport.us.

Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. – LGBTQ Film Series. Call 893-1074 for title.

Tuesday, May 14, 10:30 a.m. & Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m. – Welcome to Gulfport! Workshops: Cohosted by Gulfport Neighbors and the Library. Learn about the services available through the City and Library. Find out how you can participate in our award-winning Gulfport Neighbors organization.

Tuesday, May 14, 3 p.m. – Lego Club: Build with Legos, wooden blocks and more! Open to children ages 4-10 with a caregiver.

Through May 31 – Cora Marshall Clan and Kin Art Exhibit: An exploration of family ancestry and memories. View her paintings on display in our Friends Room. For more information about her fascinating creative work, join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23 for her Artist’s Talk. Call 893-1074 for more information.

Every Monday, 3 p.m. – Science Club for grades K – 5.

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, 4 p.m. – Preschool Storytime: Join us for an afternoon story, songs, movement and crafts! Everyone welcome but geared for 2-5 year-olds. 

Every Wednesday, 4:30 p.m. – Bees Learning Mobile reading intervention program for grades K-5: Classes held in RV parked in front of Library. Registration required. For more information email leahveal@beeslearning.org, or call 404-308-0295.

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. Cailey 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 March 31 – April 6, 2019:

                        Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation: 1,589 1,458
Sun. 3/31 Library closed
Mon. 4/1 267 339
Tues. 4/2 300 236
Wed. 4/3 266 242
Thu. 4/4 247 222
Fri. 4/5 241 217
Sat. 4/6 168 202

Parks and Recreation

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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 Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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.

Need a ride in Gulfport? Call the Multipurpose Senior Center Foundation GetGO free ride service at 542-7757. The non-profit program transports residents to destinations within City limits free of charge.

Are you eating well & staying active but notice the scale keeps creeping up? Join Wendy at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15 for Health Talks with Humana and learn the five pitfalls that may be causing you to gain weight.

Gulfport CERT will offer Sky Warn Training at 6 p.m. Monday, April 15.

Get your groove on at this year’s Spring Fling at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Dust off your bell bottoms; it’s gonna be psychedelic! Snacks, drinks, dancing, & games! Tickets $2. Participants MUST have ticket to enter – no tickets will be sold at door.

Join us on Thursday, April 18 for our GEMS Getaway to the Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival where one thousand tons of Clearwater sand will be brought to life and enjoy intricate sand-sculpted art crafted by 14 world-class sculptors using Clearwater’s internationally-famous sugar sand.

The Community Law Program provides free legal assistance at the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. the third Friday of every month. The next meeting is April 19. Call 582-7480 to schedule.

Join us at 3 p.m. Monday, April 22 for our monthly Healthy Cooking Class and learn to make a delicious & healthy meal. This month’s menu: Lime Crema Fish Tacos. Space is limited; call 893-5657 to preregister.

TED Talks are thought provoking “ideas worth sharing.” Join us at 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 22 for this month’s talk: How to Live Passionately-No Matter Your Age by Isabel Allende.

Spark your creative side with Devoted Health Plans Monthly Arts & Crafts Workshop at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. This month’s make & take craft: Journal Designing. Space is limited; call 893-5657 to preregister.

Learn tips on how to master good health and be Unstoppable at Any Age at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 when Dr. Damon Stafford presents the 5 pillars of health which help one experience optimal health, and go beyond eating right and exercise.

Learn the basic functions of your Apple iPhone or iPad during our iPhone/iPad Instruction Class at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Space is limited; call 893-5657 to preregister. Facilitated by the Gulfport Library.

Technology is constantly changing making it hard to keep up with the latest trends. Learn about your smartphone during Tech Tips with Stetson: Smartphones at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 26. Space is limited; call 893-5657 to preregister.

Happy Birthday to You! We’re ready to party! Whether you are celebrating your birthday this month or not, this party is for you. Come to the Gulfport Senior Center, at 3 p.m. Friday, April 26 for birthday cake, games, and fun for everyone. Sponsored by Simply Healthcare.

Discover a great selection of jewelry, home décor, cook books, collectibles and many other goodies during our next First Friday Flea Market at 9 a.m. Friday, May 3.

It’s important to Know Your Numbers. Have your blood sugar and blood pressure checked at the Senior Center at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 9. See front desk volunteer for details.

Worried about your memory? St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic offers free, confidential Memory Screenings between 9 a.m. & noon on the second Monday of each month. The next screening is May 13. Call 893-5657 to schedule an appointment.

Have you always wanted to learn to play Bridge but thinks 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.

The Gulfport Senior Citizens Harmonica Club meets every Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. at All levels of experience are welcome; come learn if you are a beginner, come share your expertise and knowledge if you are 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 there as our group expands. Great people, lively conversation, and fun music for all to enjoy.

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.

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 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!

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, March 31

6 p.m. –  Gulfport Grand Prix Awards (Turnout 50)

 

 

Monday, April 1

9 a.m. – Ikebana flower arranging workshop (Turnout 21)

 

 

Tuesday, April 2

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 47)

Noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 19)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 84)

 

 

Wednesday, April 3

6 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 253)

 

 

Thursday, April 4

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 45)

6 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera & Band (Turnout 25)

 

 

Friday, April 5

11 a.m. – Chair yoga with Joyce Bloom (Turnout 47)

 

Casino (upcoming events):

Friday, April 19

7 p.m. – Sock Hop with the Impacs: Advance tickets $15, $20 at the door.

 

 

Every first & third Sunday                                         

6 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson

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

 

 

Every second Sunday

6 p.m. – Soul Night with Swingtime   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

10 a.m. – Yoga with Barbara Newborn

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 first & third Thursday

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

 

 

Every Friday

11 a.m. – Chair yoga with Joyce Bloom

 

 

Every second Friday

7 p.m. – Soul Night with Swingtime  Admission $8 

 

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):

Thursday, April 4

6 p.m. –  Art Reception (Turnout 50)

 

 

Saturday, April 6

2:30 p.m. – St. Pete Music Acting & Dance presents Matilda the Musical (Turnout 173)

6 p.m. – St. Pete Music Acting & Dance presents Matilda the Musical (Turnout 173)

 

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events):

Thursday – Saturday, April 18 – 20 and 25 – 27, 8 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, April 20 & 21 and 27 & 28, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players Present The Octette Bridge Club: A sentimental comedy about eight matronly Irish Catholic sisters. Set in the 1930’s, it’s a charming play about American life in a bygone era. Advance tickets $18, available at Beach Bazaar or online at  http://www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org/, or $20 at the door one hour before show time, cash only.

 

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, March 31

1 p.m. – Pamela Hobbs book signing (Turnout 55)

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

 

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 first Wednesday

7 p.m. – Crime Watch meeting

 

Scout Hall (last week’s events):

Monday – Friday

7 a.m. – Alcoholics Anonymous meeting

 

 

Monday, April 1

11 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Turnout 46)

 

 

Tuesday, April 2

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing  (Turnout 23)

 

 

Thursday, April 4

11:30 a.m. – Meditation class (Turnout 9)

6 p.m. – Free Thinkers AA group meeting 

 

 

Friday, April 5

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing  (Turnout 8)

 

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 game room was reserved 1 – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 6 for a Birthday Party with 65 in attendance.

The game room is reserved 2 – 6 p.m. Saturday, April 13 for a Baby Shower.

Registration is underway for the 2019 Summer Program for Gulfport resident children who will complete Kindergarten thru age 14. Weekly registration and non-resident registration begins May 1. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (structured hours, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra fee. Twenty-five spots are available for a discounted rate for Gulfport residents in need of assistance. The Gulfport Recreation Center also participates in the Summer BreakSpot Program which provides free breakfast and lunch to children who may not otherwise have access to healthy food when school is out. Hours of registration are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sixty-five children are registered 2018/19 School Year Child Care program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an extra charge. Monthly fees are $150 for residents and $188 for non-residents. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Gulfport Elementary, Bear Creek Elementary and Douglas Jamerson Elementary.

Eight children are registered for the 2018/19 Tot Time program, and nine for VPK. Tot Time is a hands-on preschool program for children ages 3-5 that aims to make learning fun for children, and helps prepare them for Kindergarten. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1. Parents must apply with Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. and receive a Certificate of Eligibility to attend the program. 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.

Seventy-five 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, Table Tennis, Tennis, Walking Club, Watercolor, Women’s Support Group, Yoga for Balance, and Zumba.

Staff Activities

Alton Hooker worked the room rental on Saturday.

Marivel Gutierrez and John Lapham interviewed a Summer Recreation Leader applicant by phone on Tuesday.

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

Five Gulfport Teen Councilmembers attended the monthly meeting on Tuesday. Advisor Marivel Gutierrez facilitated. Topics discussed: Advisor report; approval of February minutes; Election appointments; Skate Park dedication, Events, Old business & New business.

Fire Department

Calls for Service:

  • 51 Emergency Medical Calls
  • 1 Trauma alert
  • 3 Structure Fires
  • 1 Fire Alarm
  • 5 Vehicle Crashes
  • 1 Gas Leak
  • 1 Odor/Smoke Invest
  • 1 Water Rescue

 Life Safety:

  • 4 Fire Inspections
  • 1 Electrical Permit
  • 3 Plans Review
  • 1 Smoke Detector

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) meets at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month. The next meeting is May 20. Pinellas County Emergency Management needs volunteers to test the capabilities of the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during the Statewide Hurricane Exercise from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. Thursday, May 9.

Two St. Petersburg College students, one paramedic and one EMT continue to ride with Gulfport Fire utilizing Gulfport paramedics as preceptors/mentors.

Chief Marenkovic and the Finance Director have submitted the FY 2019/20 ALS First Responder Budget. The auditor is also reviewing the FY 17-18 budget.

GFD personnel continued with their April online Continuing Medical Education (CME). This month’s topic: Pediatric Patients traumatic injuries.

Public Works

Building Maintenance

  • Repaired Volleyball court damage, and replaced screen surrounding courts.
  • Assisted Recreation Center with transporting snacks.
  • Cleaned Senior Center and Recreation Center.
  • Repaired faucet at Recreation Center.
  • Repaired 30A plug at Fire Department.
  • Assisted door lock repair at Historical Museum.
  • Assisted Duke Energy at City Hall.
  • Repaired SOA outlet behind Recreation Center.
  • Removed algae from sidewalk around Dog Park building.
  • Removed trash from Library & Senior Center.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance

  • Installed shade sails at beach playground.
  • Hung fence screen on volleyball court.
  • Replaced bike rack at Essex Avenue & Beach Boulevard.
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas, palms at beach and new trees at Tomlinson & pocket park.
  • Mowed City complex, Chase block, Senior Center, Library & Recreation Center green spaces, Clymer & Caldwell Parks, and 28th Avenue sign area.
  • Cleaned & sanitized event trashcans.
  • Repaired irrigation at Trolley Market Square, Library & Recreation Center.
  • Cleaned restrooms at Little League, beach and outside Casino.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched Library, Recreation Center & Building Department green spaces & Trolley Market Square, and hand raked around benches & beach pavilions.
  • Cleaned screens on lake fountains at Wood Ibis Park.
  • Greased mowers and sharpened/replaced blades, and cleaned and stocked port-a-lets at Casino.
  • All City park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Watered all non-irrigated areas.
  • 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.
  • Graded alleyways at 2802 Dupont Street, 2919 49th Street, and at 5006 8th

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 19 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 6 non pay rechecks to confirm water service still off.
  • Completed 87 miscellaneous service orders generated by customer service department.
  • Completed 16 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 3 old water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Replaced water service at 5302 11th
  • Installed water service and concrete pad for water fountain at 3115 Beach Boulevard.
  • Repaired water break in easement south of 11th Avenue & 53rd

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 sewer main lines at 3120 Beach Boulevard.

Stormwater

  • Repaired storm line at 2501 59th
  • Cleaned street and storm drain inlet at 3120 Beach Boulevard.
  • Inspected storm drain inlet at NE corner of 26th Avenue & 59th

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Replaced brakes, tires and PM Service on vehicle #2031.
  • Replaced fuel filters on vehicle #2050.
  • Replaced hydraulic hose on vehicle #2431.
  • Repaired tire on vehicle #2379.
  • Replaced slack adjuster on vehicle #1675.
  • Replaced battery on vehicle #0979.
  • Replaced batteries and starter on vehicle #0605.
  • Replaced parking brake switch on vehicle #1650.
  • Replaced tire on City trolley.
  • Replaced windshield on vehicle #1856.
  • Performed or various repairs and duties as needed.

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 5 of the City, also referred to as the also referred to as the Marina District which comprises the southeast portion of the City and generally extends south from 26th Avenue to the water and east from 49th Street to City boundaries.

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.        

April 3, 2019 Planning and Zoning Board and April 16, 2019 City Council/CRA meeting(s):

C19-01; 5004 Tangerine Avenue South; Conditional use application with a site plan for a proposed day care center.  P&Z RECOMMENDED APPROVAL

April 10, 2019 Board of Adjustment Meeting results:

V19-05; Diplomat House, 5980 Shore Boulevard South; Variances requested: 

  1. To reduce the number of off-street parking spaces by one space by one space, from 152 to 151 for the installation of a 16’ x 17’ accessory structure; and
  2. To reduce the required separation distance between accessory structures (adjacent carport) by 5 feet, from 6 feet to 1 foot. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

V19-06; 5501 13th Avenue South; Variances requested:

  1. To recognize the encroachment of the existing house on the secondary street side yard by 0.4 feet from 12 feet to 11.6 feet; and
  2. To reduce the secondary street yard setback requirement by 10 feet, from 12 feet to 2 feet to allow for the proposed construction of a covered, open sided porch and steps on the secondary street side of the subject lot. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

V19-07; 3108 Dupont Street South; The following variance requests result from the proposed construction of an aluminum carport to be attached to the house and existing detached garage:

  1. To reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 19.96 feet from 25 feet to 5.04 feet and side yard setback requirement by 1.6 feet from 6 feet to 4.4 feet for the existing garage; and
  2. To reduce the side yard setback requirement by 3 feet from 6 feet to 3 feet for the proposed construction of an aluminum carport. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

V19-08; 703 61st Street South; The following variance request is a result from the erection of a 6-foot tall vinyl fence in front of the main structure without a building permit application to increase the maximum fence height in front of the main structure by 2 feet from 4 feet to 6 feet. APPROVED

V19-09; 5907 Bayview Circle South; The following setback variances are requested due to the proposed razing of the existing dock and construction of a new dock, lower landing, and boatlift:

  1. To reduce the left-hand one-third setback requirement by 7 feet 2 inches, from 26 feet 8 inches to 19 feet 6 inches to accommodate the proposed installation of a new boat lift and 3-foot wide catwalk to service the boat lift;
  2. To reduce the right-hand one-third setback requirement by 19 feet 8 inches, from 26 feet 8 inches to 7 feet to allow for the proposed construction of a dock and walkout to the dock and installation of a boat lift; and
  3. To increase the length of the proposed dock and catwalk extending into Boca Ciega Bay by 10 feet, from 40 feet to 50 feet. ALL REQUESTS APPROVED