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Gulfport Community Update

November 10 – 16, 2019

Heroes Weekend brought plenty of action to Gulfport on November 9 & 10 with the Annual Veteran’s Day Parade & Eighth Annual VetSports Volleyball Tournament (photos below).

Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed Thursday & Friday, November 28 & 29 in observance of Thanksgiving. Thursday’s Sanitation routes will be collected on Wednesday the 27th, Friday’s routes will remain on schedule, and there will be on yard waste collection.

The cupboards are bare and your help is needed more than ever. Donations are being accepted for the City of Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center’s Fill the Shelves Food Drive. Nonperishable food items will be accepted 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. weekdays through November 29. Together we can make a difference. Suggested Items: applesauce; canned beans; canned chicken, meats, tuna & salmon; canned soups, chili & stews; canned fruits & vegetables (no green beans or corn please); crackers; cereal; granola bars; dried fruit; nuts; pasta & sauce; cooking oils; instant mashed potatoes; rice; peanut butter & jelly, and; powdered milk.

Hurricane planning guides are available at Gulfport City Hall, Library & Fire Station 17. 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; five-day supply of canned goods and non-perishable foods for each family member and pet; five-day water supply for each family member (1 gallon per day per person); wind-up or battery-operated clock; plastic garbage bags; working fire extinguishers; scissors; clean change of clothes; rain gear; sturdy swamp boots; bleach tablets. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane season ends November 30.

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 Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is a weekly year-round open-air market featuring fruits, vegetables, a wide variety of foods, handmade 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 City of Gulfport permit-free Citywide Yard Sale is dawn to dusk Saturday, November 23. In the event of rain, the sale will take place on Sunday the 24th. Brochures with participating addresses will be available at all City facilities, on the City website and the Gabber classified section on Thursday, November 21, and at the Gulfport Casino outdoor brochure display and Library the day of the event. Call 893-1118 for more information.

Join us for song and good cheer during the City of Gulfport Holiday Tree Lighting in Clymer Park at 7 p.m. Monday, December 2. Enjoy an evening of light refreshments and festive music presented by the Gulfport Recreation division; meet the Mayor & City Council. Santa will visit and listen to little ones’ holiday wishes. For more information, call 893-1118.

View the works of 20 artists in 19 Gulfport studios during the Art Jones Studio Tour on Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8. The tour will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. on Sunday, and includes the works of painters, photographers, ceramicists, fiber artists, sculptors, fashion designers and more. There’s something for every taste and budget. And it’s free! For more information, visit www.artjonesstudiotour.com/index.php.  

The Boca Ciega Yacht Clubs 34th Annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade is Saturday, December 14 at 6 p.m. Visit www.sailbcyc.org/ChristmasBoatParade for more information or to register for the parade.

The Gulfport Merchants Chamber presents the inaugural Holiday Marketplace in conjunction with the third Saturday Art Walk in the Waterfront District 2 – 10 p.m. Saturday, December 21. Holiday Marketplace will celebrate the arts, crafts and holiday excitement. For more information, visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com.   

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

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol

Dispatch calls for service        

112

Self-initiated calls for service

494

Incident/offense reports         

49

Arrests 

7

Traffic citations

132

Ordinance violations

36

Residence checks

43

Examples of arrests or significant incidents or calls this week:

An employee at a business in the 4900 block of 17th Avenue reported on November 7 that a male subject took several lighters and earbuds from the store without paying for them.

Two gas cans were reported stolen from the back of a trailer parked in the 6200 block of 8th Avenue.

Officers were dispatched to the 5400 block of Shore Boulevard after a caller witness reported a woman threw her boyfriends’ phone across the street, and he shoved her several times. The woman did not wish to cooperate with the investigation, and the man was arrested for domestic violence based on the witness statement.

Douglas Engle was arrested for failure to appear on a criminal traffic charge. He was taken into custody in the 5700 block of 18th Avenue.

A car was reported stolen from a residence in the 2700 block of Tifton Street in the early morning hours of November 8. It was recovered a short time later after being involved in a r hit and run crash in St. Petersburg. The key fob had been left inside the car before the theft.

Yolanda Allen was arrested on an outstanding warrant for obtaining property with a worthless check following a traffic stop in the area of Gulfport Boulevard & 15th Avenue for an inoperable tail light/brake light.

Ralph Cleveland was arrested on an outstanding warrant on November 9. Officer Dillard found a bag containing methamphetamine in Cleveland’s cigarette pack during a pre-arrest search.

The Walgreens manager reported that three women placed various items into a purse and shopping cart, and exited the store without paying.

Charlie Gibbs was arrested on November 10 for felony fleeing and eluding after Officer Clague, acting undercover, contacted him to arrange to buy narcotics. Gibbs fled when he saw that Officer Clague was a police officer, running into a business in the 1500 block of 49th Street where he was apprehended. He was also charged with resisting an officer with violence.

A resident in the 2500 block of 57th Street reported on November 11 that sometime overnight someone stole his car from his driveway. Later in the day the victim was advised by his bank that several charges were made with his credit cards at Tyrone Mall. The manager of Champs Sports advised that 4 or 5 black males in their late teens had made several purchases using the cards. SPPD was requested to attempt to locate the vehicle. 

A resident in the 5200 block of 8th Avenue reported that two bicycles were stolen from his garage sometime within the previous two weeks.

A juvenile subject with a pickup order for battery was taken into custody in the area of Beach & Gulfport Boulevards after he was observed riding a bicycle without lights after dark.

Michael Engle was arrested on an outstanding warrant for driving without a license after he was observed riding a bicycle without lights after dark in the 5100 block of 11th Avenue.

Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the area of 5300 block of 18th Avenue on November 12. As they were circulating the area they heard five more gunshots in the area of Newton Avenue & 51st Street, but were unable to locate the source.

Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle in the 5100 block of Tangerine Avenue on November 13. When they approached, the driver fled the area at a high rate of speed, and was last seen traveling eastbound on 15th Avenue.

The marine unit was on the water for approximately 6 hours this week. Officers made 2 vessel stops.

 

Criminal Investigative Section (CIS)

New Cases Reviewed:                       0

Cases Currently Assigned:                 38

Detective Pham conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for a theft and multiple fraud cases.

Detective Crowson conducted follow up investigations and completed supplemental reports for two burglary cases, a fraud, and an auto theft.

School Resource Officers Mott, Embry & Sigsbee wrote 3 police reports; counseled 13 students; met with the parents of 5 students, attended 1 safety meeting; initiated 1 Baker Act, and; escorted 8 truant students to the office.

Officer Motte met with Mr. Vigue to discuss safety concerns involving a gate which is be replaced with an emergency breaker bar gate for ease of access in the event of an emergency at the school. 

Officer Embry facilitated the Gulfport Police Explorer Post meeting. The topic was domestic violence investigations.

Officer Sigsbee assisted with the Great American Teach-In.

Crime Analyst Margaret Palmisano compiled the monthly CIS report and monthly PCSO call out report, and; performed an analysis of burglary to vehicles and auto thefts, and a review of property reported stolen with a known serial number to ensure proper entry into FCIC.

Records Section

Reports reviewed:

33

Supplements reviewed:

73

Public record requests:

10

Reports disseminated:

21

Background checks:           

1

Bike registrations:

1

Fingerprints

2

Subpoenas processed:

4

Citizens assisted:

48

 

MARINA

Assisted with seventeen pump outs, evacuating four hundred forty-five gallons of waste.

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

Transient vessels:

Staff welcomed eight vessels this week.

Staff activities:

Investigated security camera failure on pier 5 gate. Camera is scheduled to be replaced under warranty by SecureTeam.

Moved boat on pier 4 slip 38 from lift and suspended lift beam to dismount pulley assembly, cleaned bolt grease fitting and reassembled pulley assembly with new locking nut.

Inspected and greased lower pulley assembly for all boatlifts on pier 4.

Scheduled vendor repair of security gate between administrative buildings.

 

LIBRARY

Public Programs/Meetings/Events:

Monday, November 4, 10:15 a.m. – Preschool Storytime.

Monday, November 4, 3 p.m. – Science Club for Grades K-5.

Tuesday, November 5, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga.

Tuesday, November 5, 12:30 p.m. – French Conversation Club.

Tuesday, November 5, 5:45 p.m. – Free Thinkers Open Twelve Step meeting.

Wednesday, November 6, 10 a.m. – Gulfport Writers meeting.

Wednesday, November 6, 1 p.m. – Follow the Leader Painting for Adults,

Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m. – Gulfport Toastmasters.

Thursday, November 7, 10:15 a.m. – Toddler Storytime.

Thursday, November 7, 5 p.m. – Mini Embroidery for Teens.

Friday, November 8, 17 a.m. – Babytime.

Friday, November 8, 6:45 p.m. – Women’s AA Club.

Saturday, November 9, 2 p.m. – Fall Crafts for Grades K-5.

 Upcoming Events:

Saturday, November 16, 1:30 p.m. – Free Family Movie Series. Watch an animated film about the continuing adventures of Max and the other pets when their owners go to work for the day. This sequel stars the voice talents of Patton Oswalt (The Secret Life of Pets), Kevin Hart (Central Intelligence), Harrison Ford (Star Wars), Eric Stonestreet (Modern Family), Jenny Slate (Zootopia), Tiffany Haddish (The Kitchen), and Dana Carvey (Saturday Night Live). Rated PG. Call for title.

Monday, November 18, noon – Sew Easy Pumpkin Pin Cushion: Use sewing machines, colorful fabric, and thread to make adorable cinnamon scented pin cushions. No experience necessary. Registration is required; email library.programs@mygulfport.us or call 893-1074 to sign up. 

Thursday, November 21, noon – Coffee/Talk Book Club discussion of Bel Canto by Ann Parchett. Copies available at the Circulation Desk. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of Gulfport Library. Call 893-1073 for more information.

Thursday, November 21, 4 p.m. – Lego Maniacs for Grades K-5: It’s a brick party! Lego blocks provided to all Master Builders. DUPLO blocks for the younger crowd. Build something from scratch or use instructions we provide.

Thursday, November 21, 6 p.m. – Welcome to Gulfport! Workshops: Cohosted by Gulfport Neighbors and the Library. Learn about the services available through the City and the Library. Find out how you can participate in our award-winning Gulfport Neighbors organization.

Friday, November 22, 3 p.m. – Color Me Happy: Join us in our meeting room for a calming coloring experience for adults. Use markers, colored pencils & crayons to decorate beautiful pages.

Saturday, November 23, 10 a.m. – Let’s Talk About Trees: Learn about the value and importance of trees, forming a Grand Tree registry and successful city tree programs throughout the region. Everyone is invited. Visit www.artfulearthscapes.com for more information.  

Monday, November 25, 5 p.m. – Open Mic: Bring your talents to share with a congenial group! All are welcome to perform or just sit back and enjoy the show. See Alex Hooks at the Reference Desk or call 893-1073 for more information.

Tuesday, December 3, 10:15 a.m. – Mommy & Me Yoga: Join Christa from Bee Content Yoga! The monthly class features yoga postures, breath work & stress reduction for adult caregivers and age appropriate play for babies not walking yet. Get some exercise and stress relief in a supportive environment. Call 893-1074 or email cklasson@mygulfport.us for more information.

Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Circle of Friends Book Sale: HUGE inventory of books, as well as audio and video items. Don’t miss out on some great bargains for yourself and for holiday gift-giving.

Tuesday, December 10, 7 p.m. – Bay Voices Holiday Concert: Returning for a fifth year, Bay Voices was formed in 2007 after several members of the former Tampa Bay Gay Men’s Chorus got together and realized how much they had missed singing together. Since that time the group has grown in popularity and renown, and has performed concerts at venues including the Salvador Dali Museum, University of Tampa, International Plaza, and local churches. They will perform Christmas & Chanukah favorites to ring in the season. Event sponsored by the LGBTQ Resource Center. Join us for this fabulous holiday event and refreshments.

Thursday, December 12, 10:30 a.m. – Sunflower School Presentation: Children from Sunflower School will showcase their joy of literacy for parents and the community with songs and stories about why they enjoy reading. Sponsored by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library.

Thursday, December 12, 7 p.m. – LGBTQ Film Series.

Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m. – Winter Crafts for Grades K-5: We’ll make a felt penguin, melted snowman magnet, and beautiful snowflakes.

Friday, December 20, 7 p.m. – Blanket Fort Night & Family Holiday Movie: Bring the kids and some old sheets for our 6th annual event. We’ll build awesome blanket forts and watch a family holiday movie. Feel free to wear your best holiday pajamas! Popcorn and drinks provided! Call Cailey at 893-1074 or cklasson@mygulfport.us for more information.

Saturday, December 28, 1 p.m. – Grown-up Movie Series: An immigrant Pakistani family sacrifices to make a living in England in the late 1980’s. They confront racism from some of their neighbors amid family strife. Based on real events. Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for title. Note: date changed to the fourth Saturday for December screening only.

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 Monday, 4 p.m. – Science Club for Grades K-5: Do you love exploring the world around you through hands on activities? We try a fun new hands-on activity and meet other young scientists and engineers in the community! Parents get to join in on the fun too. Call Ashley at 893-1074 for more information.

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 November 3 – 9, 2019:     

                        Items Circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation:

2,061

1,425

Sun. 11/3

Library closed

Mon. 11/4

456

212

Tues. 11/5

390

271

Wed. 11/6

274

285

Thu. 11/7

352

228

Fri. 11/8

294

223

Sat. 11/9

295

206

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Technical Events

Visit www.mygulfport.us or www.youtube.com/user/cityofgulfport to watch videos of recent City events, or access live & web stream rebroadcasts at www.mygulfport.us/gtv640. Spread the word!

  • Distributed press releases to Gabber, and weekly Constant Contact newsletter to email distribution list.
  • Assisted with daily updates and enhancements to City website.
  • Posted upcoming events to social media sites.
  • Created designs for e-newsletter.
  • Made preparations for upcoming events.
  • Provided sound & photographic coverage, and managed Veterans Parade for Hero’s Weekend event.

 

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.

Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc. will visit the Senior Center at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, November 18 to offer free easy-to-use cordless amplified telephones with caller identification to residents with hearing loss. There’s also a cell phone option! For more information, call 399-9983.

Join Dedicated Senior Medical Center & Wellcare for a matinee movie & popcorn in the Catherine Hickman Theater at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 19. The Lion King will take you on a journey to the African savanna where a future king is born. Rated PG

Happy Birthday to YOU! Whether it’s your birthday or not we’ll have a good time celebrating this month’s birthdays. Join us at 3 p.m. Friday, November 22 for cake! Sponsored by CarePlus

Join GEMS Getaway to Sanding Ovations, Treasure Island’s Master Cup Sand Sculpting Competition and Music Fest on Friday, November 22. Tons of sand is molded into forms, then sculpted. Ten sand sculpting masters from around the world create astonishing works of art of their own imagination. Afterward we’ll stop for lunch at Sea Dog Brewing, Co. Round trip transportation: GEMS members $5/nonmembers $9. Meal paid for separately

Peruse an ever-changing selection of home décor, jewelry, oddities, one-of-a-kinds, antiques, & collectibles during our First Friday Flea Market 9 a.m. – noon on December 6. You never know what treasure you might find!

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

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 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.

Join us for an evening of games, food, prizes, & fun with Game Night at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. Bring your favorite game and some friends, or show up, learn to play a new game & make new friends! Sponsored by UHC

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!  

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.

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, November 3

6 p.m. – Ballroom Dance (Turnout 20)

   

Monday, November 4

10 a.m. – Yoga (Turnout 20)

Tuesday, November 5

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 33)

Noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 24)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 60)

   

Wednesday, November 6

6 p.m. – Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 204)

   

Thursday, November 7

10 a.m. – Tai Chi with Richard Barracato (Turnout 31)

6 p.m. – Latin Night with Carol Rivera (Turnout 18)

   

Friday, November 8

10:30 a.m. – Chair yoga (Turnout 38)

77 p.m. – Soul Night with Swing Time (Turnout 179)

   

Saturday, November 9

5 p.m. – Wedding reception (Turnout 180)

 Casino (upcoming events):

Friday, November 15

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

   

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 Friday

11 a.m. – Chair yoga

   

Every Third Friday

7 p.m. – Soul Night with Swing Time

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):           

Thursday, November 7

8 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players (GCP) present Take the Couch (Turnout 75)

   

Friday, November 8

8 p.m. – GCP presents Take the Couch (Turnout 51)

   

Saturday, November 9

2 p.m. – GCP presents Take the Couch (Turnout 30)

8 p.m. – GCP presents Take the Couch (Turnout 57)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Thursday – Saturday, November 14 – 16, 8 p.m., and Saturday & Sunday, November 16 & 17, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players present Take the Couch: A comedy by Connie Schindewolf. Advance tickets $18 available at Beach Bazaar & www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org, or $20 at the door (cash only) one hour before show time.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, November 3

9 a.m. – Faith Cathedral International Church services (Turnout 12)

6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

   

Tuesday, November 5

5:30 p.m. – Adult Children of Alcoholics 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 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, November 4

11 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Turnout 27)

   

Tuesday, November 5

10:30 a.m. – Line dancing (Turnout 15)

   

Wednesday, November 6

9:30 a.m. – Yoga (Turnout 11)

   

Thursday, November 7

11:30 a.m. – Meditation class (Turnout 10)

6 p.m. – Free Thinkers AA group meeting 

   

Friday, November 8

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

Forty-two children are registered for the 2019/20 School Year Child Care Program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Bus transportation is available from Pasadena Fundamental, Bear Creek, Gulfport Montessori & Douglas Jamerson Elementary schools. Program hours are until 5:30 p.m. with extended hours available until 6 p.m. for an additional fee.  

Seven children are registered for the 2019/20 Tot Time Program, and nine 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.  

Fifty-one teens are registered for the 2019/20 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: Bootcamp, Essential Oils, Karate, Pickleball, Table Tennis, and Tennis.

Staff Activities

Jami Rowell assisted the Gulfport Teen Council during the Veteran’s Day Parade on Sunday.

John Lapham used the school bus to transport 34 Gulfport Elementary students and four adults to St. Petersburg College on Tuesday.

Marivel Gutierrez attended the Senior Staff meeting on Wednesday.

Teen Council members Cameron Althaus, Katelyn Latragna, Connor Rowell and Robert Wolf participated in the Veteran’s Day Parade on Sunday morning.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for Service:

  • 47 Emergency Medical Calls
  • 2 Structure Fires
  • 3 Fire Alarms
  • 2 Vehicle Crashes
  • 1 Water Rescue

 Life Safety:

  • 11 Fire Inspections
  • 6 C.O.’s
  • 3 Site Plan Reviews

 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 November 18.  

Gulfport Fire Department participated in the Great American Teach-in at Gulfport Montessori on November 13. Thirty students came out to see the Fire Apparatus and to learn about Fire Safety and smoke detectors.

James Wright and the CERT team attended the volunteer luncheon on November 13.

Two Firefighter/Paramedic applicants chosen to fill vacant positions with the Gulfport Fire Department continued undergoing pre-employment screening this week.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance

  • Disassembled Halloween Haunted house and placed into storage.
  • Delivered mail to main post office for Finance Department.

Parks Maintenance  

  • Regraded volleyball courts, and replaced windscreen.
  • Cleaned brick pads on Beach Boulevard.
  • Replace benches at Trolley Market Square.
  • Mowed Marina, Recreation Center & beach green spaces, Tangerine Greenway/Trolley Market Square, skate park, Chase block/dog parks, trail spur, baseball fields, 14th Avenue median, and; Clam Bayou, Caldwell, Veterans, Wood Ibis & Tomlinson Parks.
  • Cleaned & sanitized event trashcans.
  • Repaired irrigation at Clymer Park & baseball fields.
  • Cleaned restrooms at Little League, beach and outside Casino.
  • Trimmed, weeded, cleaned & mulched/shelled Veterans Park, Casino green spaces & Beach streetscapes, and hand raked around benches & beach pavilions.
  • Cleared leaves and debris from screens on lake fountains at Wood Ibis Park.
  • Greased mowers, sharpened/replaced blades and serviced Toro mower.
  • 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.

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 22, 23, 24, 26 & 27 of monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 28 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Completed 21 non pay rechecks to confirm water services are still off.
  • Completed 102 miscellaneous service orders.
  • Completed 65 Sunshine One-Call, Call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 9 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Repaired water breaks at 5950 Pelican Bay Plaza.
  • Inspected, cleaned and painted 25 backflow devices.

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 1202 53rd Street, 2601 52nd Way, and at 5029 9th
  • Televised sewer lateral at 5317 Newton Street for lateral rebate.
  • Inspected sewer manholes at 2 locations.

Stormwater

  • Cleared debris from10 stormwater structures.
  • Televised storm line at 1826 Gray Street.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

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 2 of the City, also referred to as the Northeast Area which generally extends north to 7th Avenue, south to Gulfport Boulevard, west to 58th Street and east to 49th Street.

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 communications are not anonymous.

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

November 13, 2019 Board of Adjustment Meeting results:

V19-30; 5701 Tangerine Avenue South; The requested variances result from the proposed construction of a detached accessory structure (open sided pole barn) to:

  1. Reduce the required separation distance between the proposed accessory structure and primary structure by 10’- 6”, from 12 feet to 1’- 6”;
  2. Reduce the required rear yard setback requirement by 13’- 5”, from 15 feet to 1’- 7”; and
  3. Reduce the required secondary street side yard setback by 12 feet from 12 feet to zero feet. ALL REQUESTS DENIED

V19-31; 2715 54th Street South; Variances requested to:

  1. 1. Reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 15.26 feet, from 25 feet to 9.74 feet to allow the construction of a replacement stairway to an upstairs dwelling unit on the   southwest corner of the principal structure; and
  2. Reduce the side yard setback requirement by 0.33 feet, from 6 feet to 5.67 feet, and to reduce the rear yard setback requirement by 20.65 feet, from 25 feet to 4.35 for the replacement of the existing deck and stairway to an upstairs dwelling unit on the northwest corner of the principal structure.  ALL REQUESTS APPROVED

November 19, 2019 CRA meeting:

OE19-01; 2902 Beach Boulevard South; application for outdoor entertainment in a 4’ x 6’ area of an existing business.

C19-02; 3007 Beach Boulevard South; Conditional site plan application to allow for 40 proposed outdoor seats for a new restaurant.

C19-03; 5519 Shore Boulevard South; Conditional site plan application to allow for an additional 48 proposed outdoor seats for an existing restaurant.

December 11, 2019 Board of Adjustment Meeting:

V19-32; 5215 25th Avenue South; Variance request to reduce the required separation distance between a principal structure and a detached accessory structure by 11.02 feet, from 12 feet to 0.98 feet to allow for the proposed construction of a new 8’ x 10’ shed.