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Gulfport Community Update

June 16 – 22, 2024

In Collaboration with the Woodson African American Museum of Florida, attendees enjoyed fun and fellowship during the City of Gulfport & Kiwanis Club of Gulfport Fourth Annual Juneteenth Celebration at the Gulfport Casino on June 15 (photos below).

Children from the Gulfport Recreation Center Summer Program enjoyed a memorable fish-a-thon, casting their lines, reeling in their catches, and experiencing the thrill of fishing together. It was a day of bonding, learning, and creating lasting memories for everyone involved in this exciting summer event at Gulfport Recreation Center (photos below).

Gulfport City Hall and facilities will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day. Thursday’s sanitation routes will be collected on Wednesday and there will be no weekly yard waste or recycling pickup.

Pinellas County’s rainy season fertilizer restrictions are in effect through September 30; the sale or use of fertilizers containing nitrogen and/or phosphorus is prohibited. Phosphorus cannot be used at any time of year unless a soil test confirms it’s needed. Help protect our waterways. Learn more at https://pinellas.gov/fertilizer-landscape-information/.

A temporary Florida Sales Tax Exemption for the purchase of impact-resistant doors, garage doors and windows for both commercial or noncommercial use ends June 30. For information, visit https://floridarevenue.com/HomeHardening/Pages/default.aspx.

The Atlantic Basin Hurricane season ends November 30. For up-to-date information visit the City of Gulfport Hurricane Center at https://mygulfport.us/hurricane-center/. The 2024 Florida Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday period is Saturday, August 24 – Friday, September 6. Visit https://floridarevenue.com/disasterprep/ for information.

City of Gulfport residents are limited to once a week lawn watering. For more information visit https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/business/epermitting/district-water-restrictions.

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

Register your email address at https://mygulfport.us/enews/ to receive official announcements by email. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/mygulfport.

Alert Pinellas Emergency and Community Notification Service enables the City to provide residents with critical information quickly in a variety of delivery methods. For information or to sign up for this FREE service visit www.mygulfport.us/alertpinellas.

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

The City of Gulfport Trolley will participate in this year’s St. Pete Pride Parade at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 22. For information visit https://www.stpetepride.org/events/2024-pride-parade-festival. For transportation options to and from the event, visit https://www.psta.net/how-to-ride/pride/.

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

Celebrate Independence Day early at the family friendly Stars & Stripes Celebration Picnic at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard at 5 p.m. Monday, July 1. For tickets and information, visit https://mytbtickets.com/events/2024-stars-stripes-celebration-7-1-2024.

Everyone is invited to the Fusion 49th Street meeting at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street at 6 p.m. Monday, July 1. For information call Nancy Dunham at 710-6676.

Shop original artwork, choose your favorite cuisine and enjoy live music during First Friday Art Walk & Third Saturday Indie Faire on Beach Boulevard. Visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com for more information. Hours of operation are 5 – 9 p.m.

Enjoy an amazing lineup of fun, exciting activities during the City of Gulfport Independence Day Celebration in the downtown waterfront district on Thursday, July 4. For information or to register for the parade visit https://mygulfport.us/july_4th_celebration/.

Head to the 49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20 for a Free Community Tree Giveaway. Planting trees not only contribute to the beauty of your property, it also plays a role in overall environmental sustainability and community wellbeing in. Proof of residency required. Call 893-1092 for information.

The annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in Gecko Season in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at various locations, a poker run, and festive after party. The Crawl will take place 4 – 9 p.m. Saturday, August 17, with an after-party beginning at 9 p.m. For information visit https://visitgulfportflorida.com/gecko-crawl.

The annual Gecko Ball is Gulfport’s party of the year, featuring live & silent auctions, costume contests, coronation of the Gecko Queen, live music, dancing and more. Dress up as your favorite Saturday Night Live character or in your best Gulfport Glam and come dance the night away to the Bus Stop Band with your friends and neighbors. The ball will take place at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard, 6 – 10:30 p.m. Saturday, August 24. Online ticket sales begin July 4. For information, visit https://visitgulfportflorida.com/gecko-ball.

Celebrate the end of summer during the 2024 Gulfport Gecko Fest 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Saturday, August 31. Our largest festival of the year honors our unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko! This year’s theme is Live from Gulfport, It’s Gecko Night! Festivalgoers are always encouraged to wear a costume. Parking & admission are free for this pet & family-friendly event. Visit https://visitgulfportflorida.com/geckofest or call 274-1746 for information.

Get updates on activity in your area and learn about recent incidents related to residential and car burglaries, BOLO’s, stolen cars, frauds, scams & more during the City of Gulfport Neighborhood Watch meetings at Scout Hall, 5315 28th Avenue at 6 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month. For information email jwright@mygulfport.us or call 893-1022.

 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Building Division

Questions should be directed to staff at 893-1024. Please leave a detailed message and someone will return calls within 2-3 business days.

Questions should be directed to staff at 893-1024. Please leave a detailed message and someone will return calls within 2-3 business days.

ALL INSPECTIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED ON THE INSPECTION LINE; 893-1057. Cutoff for inspections is 3 p.m. on the business day before the desired inspection day. Inspection by affidavit or private provider must be prearranged with the building official, and must comply with Florida Building Code (FBC) – Building, Section 107.6 and Florida Statute 553.791.

On anything other than small and simple do it yourself (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.

Questions may be directed to staff at 893-1024 or via e-mail. Please leave a detailed message and someone will return calls as soon as possible, usually within 2 – 3  business days.

Business Tax Receipts

A business license, or tax receipt is good from October 1 of the current year through September 30 of the following year. If the license is not renewed by October 1, a 10 percent penalty will be applied for the month of October, and 5 percent for each month thereafter until it is paid. If you have paid your fee but continue to get a request for payment, let us know so we can correct your account. For questions regarding business tax receipts, call Lisa Giddens at 893-1063.

If you’re thinking about starting a new business, check out the Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development. Visit www.pced.org/entrepreneurs, or call 464-7332. They also offer personalized business consulting to help you succeed.

Code Enforcement

Twenty Knock-and-Talks were provided by Code Enforcement in May as a courtesy to bring, or as an attempt to bring compliance of a code violation. Complaints can be reported to 893-1106. We will inspect as soon as possible to verify violations. If the inspector is unavailable, leave as detailed a message as possible to help us find the violation.

Chapter 162 of the Florida Statutes was amended to preclude staff from initiating code enforcement proceedings by way of anonymous complaints. A person who reports a potential violation of a code or an ordinance must provide, at a minimum, their name and address to the respective local government. Any personal information provided in any manner becomes part of the public record, which anyone has the right to review. 

Planning & Development

Questions may be directed to staff via telephone or e-mail. Inquires can be directed to 893-1087 or to permits@mygulfport.us. Conferences should be scheduled so we can make sure that adequate space is available to accommodate the size of the group.

The zoning map and the Comprehensive plan, which include the Future Land Use map, can be found on the City website at https://mygulfport.us/community-development/.

Visit https://library.municode.com/fl/gulfport/codes/code_of_ordinances for Chapter 22 of the Gulfport Code of Ordinances (Zoning Code).

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 128
Self-initiated calls for service: 229
Incident/offense reports: 25
Arrests made: 2
Traffic/vessel stops: 46
Parking violations: 23
Ordinance violations: 23
Residence checks: 49

Examples of arrests or significant incidents and calls this week:

Officers were dispatched to the 4900 block of Gulfport Boulevard on June 13 after a caller reported he saw a man enter an unlocked car parked at a business. The owner, who also left the windows open, thought his wallet was stolen but it was found inside the car. He did not wish to prosecute.

A man was transported to a hospital on June 14 after he overdosed outside of a business in the 5100 block of Gulfport Boulevard. Officers found drug paraphernalia near the man.

Investigations are underway after employees at a business in the 1700 block of 49th Street reported a woman took several items and left the store, activating the anti-theft alarm, and nearly striking an employee with her car while fleeing. Employees at the business reported on June 15 that a woman stole a bag of items and fled in a late model gray Chevrolet Malibu.

A man was trespassed from a property in the 5700 block of 18th Avenue at the owner’s request on June 16 after friends of the owner found him sleeping near the garage. The man had been hired to do some handyman work around the home, and returned to the property to sleep after missing his bus.

A handgun was reported stolen from truck a parked in the 4900 block of Tangerine Avenue. The owner advised the truck was locked, and there were no indications the truck was entered.

Officers were dispatched to the 4900 block of Gulfport Boulevard on June 18 after a caller reported a man inside a bar threatened to shoot a customer after the two argued. Officers found the man alleged to be armed with a handgun and he consented to a search but no weapons were found. Security staff advised officers the man had been kicked out of the bar for harassing a woman.

Taylor Costilow was arrested for grand theft on June 19 after he stole an e-bike from outside a business in the 5100 block of Gulfport Boulevard. Officers found Costilow at a nearby auto parts store, and the e-bike was returned to the owner.

Nicholas Luepkes was arrested for burglary after a caller reported he saw Luepkes with a screwdriver in the fenced in back patio area a business in the 2800 block of Beach Boulevard. Officers found him attempting to enter a storage shed and took him into custody.

A car was stolen from a residence in the 5100 block of 17th Avenue sometime overnight.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             5

Cases currently assigned:      41

Detective Pham performed follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a fraud case, a death investigation, a lewd & lascivious battery, and a grand theft.

Detective Crowson performed follow up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for three fraud cases. She also investigated seven National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) CyberTips regarding child sexual abuse material and sex trafficking.

Analyst Palmisano performed pawn checks on cases with named suspect, known serial number or searchable property description, and worked on the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

Recruiting and Screening

Recruits Yancey & Czajak continued police academy training this week. Both are assigned to recruit class #233.

Officer Simpkins continued phase 3 of the 14-week field training program this week.

Crime Prevention

Mr. Wright continued assisting with the FEMA G-317 CERT class; oversaw the monthly CERT meeting; instructed a CPR class, and continued preparations for an upcoming presentation at the Gulfport Senior Center.

Marine Unit

The vessel was on the water for 6.5 hours this week. Three at-risk vessel inquiries were started by Officer Chastain. Sergeant Burkhart contacted a boat owner whose vessel broke anchor and washed up on private property; the owner said he would have the boat removed, and Sergeant Burkhart will follow-up with both the property owner and boat owner to ensure it is removed.

Records Section

Reports reviewed: 7
Supplements reviewed: 31
Reports disseminated: 13
Background checks: 1
Bike registrations: 0
Fingerprints: 0
Subpoenas processed: 0
Citizens assisted: 24

School resource officers are assigned to patrol shifts while schools are closed for summer.

Professional Standards

Commander Farrand is attending the Florida Police Accreditation Coalition training conference in Osceola County this week.

The Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation voted unanimously this week to approve the Gulfport Police Department for our fourth consecutive Excelsior Accreditation certificate. This represents 25 years of continuous compliance, without conditions, with the most up-to-date industry standards. City council members Christin Brown & Ian O’Hara attended the ceremony.

 

MARINA

Assisted with sixteen dockside pump-outs and five pump out boat services, evacuating two hundred twenty-five gallons of waste.

Pumped five thousand eight hundred twenty-four gallons of gas, and twenty thousand two hundred eighty-four gallons of diesel fuel, fueling one hundred fifty-one vessels.

Staff activities:

Replaced 30 AMP outlets on transient dock and on pier 4, slip 20.

 

LIBRARY

The Gulfport Pubic Library is open 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Friday, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday. Visit https://www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL/ for resources, information and programs. You may be prompted by Facebook to login or create an account for some content. An account is not required to watch videos or view photos, but other content may be limited. Previously recorded programs will remain available for 2 weeks. Click on events for upcoming program information.

Last week’s events:

Monday, June 10, 10:15 a.m. – Keep Calm & Carry Yarn.

Tuesday, June 11, 10:15 a.m. – Baby Time.

Tuesday, June 11, 1 p.m. – SPC Resources Outreach,

Tuesday, June 11, 2 p.m. – Teen Space.

Wednesday, June 12, 1 p.m. – Get Growing.

Wednesday, June 12, 3 p.m. – Storytellers Ross & Wanda.

Thursday, June 13, 10:15 & 11 a.m. – Storytime.

Friday, June 14, 3 p.m. – Kids Read Aloud Book Club.

Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m. – Lego Club.

Upcoming programs

Wednesday, June 26, 1 p.m. – SHINE Medicare Basics presentation: Learn about Medicare Parts A, B, C & D and what they mean to you. Visit www.floridashine.org for information; call 893-1073 and leave contact information for an individual appointment.

Wednesday, June 26, 3 p.m. – Mad Science: Up, Up & Away: This Summer Reading program event is all about science with a visit from our friends at Mad Science. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. For more information call 893-1074.

Thursday, June 27, 7 p.m. – SpeakOUT Intersections of LGBTQ Identity & Art: Are there unique experiences, challenges and/or advantages encountered by LGBTQ+ artists? How does LGBTQ+ identity intersect with other identities an artist brings to her/his/their work? Speakers John Gascot, Tyler Gillespie & Terry Marks will address these and other questions. Sponsored by OUT Arts & Culture.

Through Saturday, June 29 – ArtOUT 2024 Art & Soul exhibit featuring the works of LGBTQ+ artists & allies.

Wednesday, July 3, 3 p.m. – K-5 Summer Reading Program: Join us when we host our friend Shana Banana with her show Banadventure! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. For more information call 893-1074.

Saturday, July 6, 10 a.m. – Come & Go Craft: Drop in for creative, self-directed crafting. For all ages, but some pieces might be small. First come, first served. Supplies will be located on the tables in the children’s area.

Saturday, July 6, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series: Jah Mon! This month it’s a biopic about the life and music of famed reggae singer Bob Marley. Stars Kingsley Ben-Adir, Lashana Lynch, Ben Norton. Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for movie title.

Wednesday, July 10, 1 p.m. – Get Growing: City horticulturist Toffer Ross answers all your questions about gardening, trees and landscaping in Florida.

Wednesday, July 10, 3 p.m. – K-5 Summer Reading Program: This week our friends from the Great Explorations Children’s Museum will help us get loud in the library! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. For information call 893-1074.

Wednesday, July 17, 3 p.m. – K-5 Summer Reading Program: This week we’re Wild about Painting! Join us for a follow the leader adventure using acrylic paints to create a beautiful sunset with a majestic elephant. Ages 5 & up. Registration begins Wednesday, July 10. Limit two participants per household. Funded by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. Call 893-1074 for information.

Thursday, July 18, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club.

Saturday, July 20, 2 p.m. – Lego Club: It’s time to build! Join us for some Lego creativity and see what construction challenges we have for you this week. Recommended for Grades K-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, July 24, 3 p.m. – K-5 Summer Reading Program: This week we’ll host local author Ana Siqueria for a book reading and discussion. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information call 893-1074. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Thursday, July 25, 6 p.m. – Trivia Night: It’s time to play and compete by answering a prepared list of questions. If enough players attend, team play is also an option.

Wednesday, July 31, 7 p.m. – K-5 Summer Reading Program: Join us for our grand finale when we welcome Suncoast Magic! Stay for refreshments and prizes for our summer reading challenge completers! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Funded by the Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library. For information call 893-1074.

Every Monday, 10:15 – Keep Calm & Carry Yarn: Join us for a weekly knitting and crochet group! Bring your current project, start something new, learn a new skill, and meet other crafters! Don’t know how to knit or crochet? That’s ok; we can help you get started. Call 893-1074 for information.

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

Every Tuesday, 4 p.m. – Teen Space: Spend time with friends and meet new ones. Play games, work on art projects, watch movies, or just hang out. Activities vary each week, and what we do is up to you! Ages 12 – 18 only.

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

Staff Activities

David Mather attended Library, Information Technology and other City meetings to monitor and assist various departments with IT-related issues; contacted/followed up with various vendors to resolve issues and to initiate and implement new services, and with purchases and billing; ongoing planning and procedures under the direction of City Council and City Manager. and; attended LGBTQ Resource Center Committee & Circle of Friends programs & meetings.

Carol Parker submitted invoices for payment to Accounts Payable; placed and received orders for new books & DVDs; inventoried and ordered supplies; cataloged new acquisitions; provided staffing at Reference & Circulation Desks; reviewed and submitted passport applications to State Department; booked reservations for Friends Room, and; Continued researching potential replacement for calendar management system currently being used and contacted vendors.

Library Staff responded to phone and email inquiries from the public and resolved various issues; composed and submitted reports; submitted bills for payment by Finance; scheduled appointments for individuals to submit passport applications for new applicants only. Staff who are certified as Passport Acceptance Agents reviewed applications and supporting documents to be mailed to the U.S. Dept. of State passport agency for processing. For information visit https://mygulfport.us/gpl/passports/.

Library Services/Statistics June 9 – 15, 2024:          

                    Items circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation: 2,176 1,225
Sun. 6/9 Library closed
Mon. 6/10 380 236
Tue.6/11 406 198
Wed. 6/12 316 174
Thu. 6/13 379 281
Fri, 6/14 421 206
Sat. 6/15 274 134

Staff processed 26 Library card registrations this week.

 

PARKS & RECREATION

Event Marketing Specialist

  • Updated and emailed weekly Constant Contact newsletter to email distribution list
  • Posted City of Gulfport updates to social media sites
  • Worked on City’s website design and updates
  • Used Adobe InDesign to create images
  • Assisted with email responses for Cultural Facilities Department
  • Updated Trumba Calendar

 

MULTIPURPOSE SENIOR CENTER

As the Gulfport Senior Center continues to grow, we are committed to being a prominent community focal point, providing necessary services and activities for older adults. The Gulfport Senior Center invites everyone over 50 years of age to become a part of this great program. Annual registration fee for nonresidents is $50 per year; FREE for Gulfport residents.

The Senior Center Fitness Center is open 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Friday.

The City of Gulfport Telephone Reassurance program is much more than a morning wake-up call. This free service offers Gulfport residents 50 years or older and their families comfort, security and peace of mind. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members. If the member cannot be reached, the volunteer follows specific procedures to confirm there are no major concerns. Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could use this service, call 893-2237 or stop by the Gulfport Senior Center at 5501 27th Avenue.

Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) has resumed limited, essential transportation services offering reliable, affordable and convenient on-time transportation to supermarkets, medical appointments, etc. for Gulfport residents 55 & older and residents with a disability. This door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to Gulfport residents since 1975. The yearly membership is $70 plus $2 per ride. For information, call 893-2242.

The Gulfport Senior Center Pantry provides supplemental food assistance to qualifying Gulfport Seniors in need. Hours of operation are 1 – 3 p.m. every Monday & Thursday. Gulfport residents 50 years old and older must provide a photo I.D., proof of residency and income to qualify. The Food Pantry also collects donations of nonperishable food items such as cereal, canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, soup, canned vegetables/fruit, rice, canned/dry milk, pasta, personal toiletries, & pet food. Donations are accepted 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday – Friday. Call 893-5657 for information.

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

Frustrated trying to navigate the insurance world? Make an appointment for Medicare & Health Insurance Assistance.

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

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

Gulfcoast Legal Assistance offers Lifetime Planning, Medicaid & Medicare, Social Security, food stamp, family law, consumer/debt collection, and housing & contract matter assistance by appointment.

Upcoming programs and events

Monday, June 24

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

9 a.m. – Jays Pencil Drawing (Room 106)

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

noon – Mahjong (Theater lobby)

12:30 p.m. – Expressive Writing & Impromptu Speaking (Room 107)

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (Room 102)

1 p.m. – Dominoes (Theater lobby)

1 p.m. – Color mixing (Room 106)

2:30 p.m. – A Matter of Balance

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

   
Tuesday, June 25

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

9 a.m. – Harmonica Club (Room 107)

10 a.m. – Tai Chi (Casino)

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

10 a.m. – Bunco (Theater lobby)

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

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

1 p.m. – Watercolor Open Workshop (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Gulfcoast Legal (by appointment)

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

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

5 p.m. – New Horizon Band Green/Beginners (Room 107)

6 p.m. – New Horizon Band concert (Dining hall)

   
Wednesday, June 26

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

11 a.m. – Dr. Hiltz: Improving balance & Fall prevention (Theater lobby)

11:30 a.m. – Wellness Movement (Scout Hall)

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

1 p.m. – Canasta (Theater lobby)

1:30 p.m. – Bingo (Dining hall)

2 p.m. – 3D Collage building (Room 107)

3 p.m. – Happy Birthday to YOU!

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

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

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

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

   
Thursday, June 27

9:30 a.m. – Advanced Senior Artist Workshop (Room 106)

10 a.m. – Guided Meditation (Scout Hall)

10 a.m. -Tai Chi (Casino)

11 a.m. – Dealers Choice Poker (Theater lobby)

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

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

1:30 p.m. – Strength training & aerobics (Dining hall)

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

3:30 p.m. – Armchair Adventures: Australia (Dining Hall) (Dining hall)

6 p.m. – Summer Italian Study Group (Dining hall)

   
Friday, June 28

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

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

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

10 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Scout Hall)

10 a.m. – Epic Generations (Room 106)

11 a.m. – Rummikube (Theater lobby)

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

12:30 p.m. – Intermediate Bridge (Theater lobby)

1 p.m. – Matinee Movie (Theater)

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

Upcoming Programs & Events

Join the GEMS Getaway gang on Friday, June 28 when we visit Penny Lane Beatles Museum followed by lunch at Sea Sea Riders. GEMS members $15/nonmembers $20. Join us on Friday, July 19 for the FloridaRAMA Art Experience, followed by lunch at 3 Daughters Brewery. GEMS members $27/nonmembers $29. On Thursday the 25th we’ll enjoy brunch at Chill Restaurant & Bar, then visit DMG Art Gallery. GEMS members $10/nonmembers $12. Bring a $10 cash donation for art gallery entrance. On Tuesday the 30th, we’re off to the Florida Aquarium. GEMS members $50/nonmembers $55. Be sure to bring your lunch money for our Getaways!

Join us at 2 p.m. every Monday for Collage Building 3D. Add ribbon, sequins or clips to create a masterpiece! Registration required; bring your own supplies.

Bring your instrument and join others for a casual jamming group during the Rhythm & Groove Jam Session at 3 p.m. every second & fourth Thursday of the month. All levels & instruments welcome!

Learn different forms of flow art to create your own masterpiece Flow Art Therapy with Flowers at 2 p.m. every Wednesday. Registration required; bring your own supplies.

Join us at 2:30 p.m. every Monday through July 8 for A Matter of Balance. This program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. Presented by the Area Agency on Aging. Registration required

Watercolor or acrylic painters, learn to mix pigments to avoid “muddy” colors during our Color Mixing Workshop at 1 p.m. Monday, June 24. Registration required; bring your own supplies.

Join us at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 for Let’s Dig In: Improving Balance when Dr. Hiltz discusses ways to improve stability & coordination throughout your body. Registration required.

Happy Birthday to YOU! Celebrate this month’s birthdays with fun games. activities & cake at 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 26 whether it’s your birthday or not! Sponsored by Encompass Health.

G’day Mate! Join us at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 for Armchair Adventures: Australia as Lisa Moore takes you through the Australian Outback.

EPIC Generations invites LGBTQ+ adults for coffee, friendship, & support during EPIC Generations Coffee Club at 10 a.m. Friday, June 28.

Bring the grandkids for this month’s Matinee Movie Madness at 1 p.m. Friday, June 28 for space travel, good vs evil, and the answer to the ultimate question; who is Luke’s father? Call for movie title. Sponsored by Simply Healthcare

Service Stats February May June 10 – 14:

  • Virtual program attendance: 23
  • In-person class attendance: 1,359
  • Reassurance calls: 90
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 13
  • GEMS trips: 239
  • Neighborly Care Network Meals Delivered: 520
  • In person dining: 465
  • Fitness Center attendance:192
  • Sunshine cards: 5
  • Medical equipment lending program: 8

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER and SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):     

Sunday, June 9 10:30 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service (Turnout 40)
   
Tuesday, June 11

noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 17)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 45)

   
Wednesday, June 12 7 p.m. –  Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 164)
   
Thursday, June 13 7 p.m. – Latin Night with Royan Phillip (Turnout 35)
   
Friday, June 14 7 p.m. – Disco Party with Swing Time (Turnout 157)
Saturday, June 15 10 a.m. – Juneteenth Celebration (Turnout 26)

Casino (upcoming events):

Select Sundays

10:30 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service

4 p.m. – Ballroom dance lesson & dance  Admission $15/$25 per couple

   
Fourth Sundays 3:30 p.m. – Contra dance lesson and dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance  Admission $10
   
Fourth Mondays 7 p.m.  – Ballroom Dance with USA Dance; Members $7/nonmembers $10
   
Every Tuesday

12 p.m. – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker

2:30 p.m. – Ballroom dancing   Admission $15  ($25 per couple)

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

8 p.m. – Milonga dance    Admission $10

   
Every Wednesday

7 p.m. – Beginner Swing lesson with Swingtime

8 p.m. – Swing dance    Admission $10

   
Every Thursday

7 p.m. – Latin Night lesson with Royan Phillip

8 p.m. – Latin dance  Admission $10

   
Second Fridays

7 p.m. – Dance Lesson with Swing Time

8 p.m. – Disco Party with Swing Time   Admission $10

   
Third Fridays 7 p.m. – Sock Hop with The Impacs; Advance tickets $15 each/2 for $25, available at the Casino & Beach Bazaar.
   

Fourth Fridays

 

7 p.m. – Country dance lessons with Carol Baker and Danielle Blouin

8 p.m. – Country Dance  Admission $15/$25 per couple

Catherine Hickman Theater (last week’s events):           

Sunday, June 9 2 p.m. – Gulfport Community Players (GCP) present And Baby Makes Seven by Paula Voge (Turnout 37)
   
Thursday, June 13 8 p.m. – 8 p.m. – GCP presents And Baby Makes Seven (Turnout 29)
   
Friday, June 14 8 p.m. – GCP presents And Baby Makes Seven (Turnout 13)
   
Saturday, June 15

2 p.m. – GCP presents And Baby Makes Seven (Turnout 47)

8 p.m. – GCP presents And Baby Makes Seven (Turnout 14)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Friday, June 21, 7 p.m. – Drag In Love with Unity: an energetic evening of musical entertainment.  Tickets $25 at www.firstunity.org.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, June 2 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting
   
Friday, June 7 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every Sunday 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting
   
Every third Thursday 11 a.m. – Juvenile Welfare Board meeting
   
Every Friday 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting
   
Select Saturdays 10 a.m. – GMC Marching Band practice 

Scout Hall (upcoming events):

Every Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – AA meeting
   
Every Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – 12-Step Recovery Dharma meeting

 

RECREATION CENTER

Pavilion #6 is reserved 4 – 11 p.m. Saturday, June 22 for a birthday party.

Pavilion #3 is reserved 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, June 30 for a birthday party.

Stetson College of Law has reserved Hoyt softball field every Wednesday evening, and two volleyball courts every Thursday evening.

Hoyt Softball Field is reserved every Sunday by Tampa Bay Club Sports Kickball League.

The volleyball courts are reserved by Tampa Bay Club Sports for league play every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening.

 Programs/Events

Contractual classes and activities currently offered: Ballet, Basketball, Hatha Yoga, Hip Hop, Pickleball, Danskinetics, Fundamentals of Jiu-Jitsu, Table Tennis, Tap and Zumba.

Eighty-one children are registered for the 2024 Summer Program for children who have completed Kindergarten thru age 14. Forty are nonresidents. The 10-week program ends Friday, August 9. Program hours are 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. with extended time available until 6 p.m. for an additional fee.

Seven children have been registered for the 2024/25 Tot Time program for toilet trained children 3 – 5 years old, and six for the Voluntary Prekindergarten program (VPK). VPK is free for Florida resident children who turn 4 years old by September 1. Hours are 8:45 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Space is limited. Parents must apply at https://elcpinellas.org/for-families/voluntary-pre-kindergarten/ to receive a Certificate of Eligibility voucher which needs to be turned in at registration. The program begins Tuesday, September 3.

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

Staff Activities

Recreation Center staff continue to clean, sanitize & disinfect the facility throughout the day.

Jessica McKinney and Summer Staff Renee Gray took the older children from the Summer Program to Veteran’s Memorial Park for Flag Day.

Marivel Gutierrez attended an Early Learning of Pinellas County, Inc. School Readiness Contract Review Session in Countryside on Tuesday.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 60 Emergency medical calls
  • 1 Vehicle crash
  • 1 Fire alarm

Life Safety:

  • 3 Inspections
  • 1 1 Site plans review
  • 2 C.O.s

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

Weekly EMS training covered the topic of adult and pediatric trauma scoring (trauma alerts), including proper treatment and hospital destinations for appropriate trauma care.

Weekly Fire training covered area familiarization and Rapid Intervention Bag operations, including “down firefighter” rescue packaging techniques and alternative lifesaving breathing operations.

 

PUBLIC WORKS

Building Maintenance
  • Delivered lighting to Police Department, continued assembling and installing cabinets and furniture, and unpacked partitions.
  • Inspected tree lights and receptacles on Beach Boulevard.
  • Repaired A/C units at Casino & Theater.
  • Installed outlets & lighting in Art building closet.
  • Repaired gate at Neighborhood Center.
  • Repaired toilets in beach restrooms, and at Casino & Senior Center.
  • Set up Council Chambers for meetings.
  • Delivered mail to main Post Office for Finance Department.
  • Delivered paper products to City buildings and public restrooms.
Parks
  • Mowed beach, Clam Bayou & Recreation Center green spaces, 55th Street medians, Tomlinson Park, Tangerine Greenway, trail spur, and 55th Street drainage area.
  • Replaced infield sod at Lum Little Field.
  • Inspected irrigation, repaired fence, and installed oak tree and bubbler at Dog Park.
  • Sharpened blades and performed preventive maintenance on mowers and equipment.
  • Cleaned up around bus stops at Casino and along 49th Street.
  • Inspected playgrounds.
  • All city park trash and cigarette waste containers were emptied.
  • Cleaned and maintained all city restrooms daily.
  • Mowed, raked, lined and dragged all ballfields daily.
  • Watered and fertilized all non-irrigated trees and plants.
Streets and Sanitation
  • Installed 5’ x 275’ of sidewalk on Miriam Street.
  • Commenced Zone 1 Sidewalk and ADA Ramp Construction Project.
  • Repaired utilities at 13th Avenue & York Street.
  • Attended Illicit Discharge inspection & Non-Emergency Spill Response Training.
  • Removed 15 cubic yards of seaweed from beach.
  • Hauled crushed asphalt and concrete to recycling center.
  • Striped double yellow center line on 52nd Street between 22nd & 27th
Water
  • Daily Chloramines sampling at points of connection to water distribution system.
  • Daily inspection and read of Wholesale meters.
  • Daily inspection and recording of rainfall.
  • Daily check of ground water levels.
  • Read routes #31, 32, 33 & 34 of the monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Performed 12 non-pay recheck to confirm water services are still off.
  • Performed 85 miscellaneous customer service department generated service orders.
  • Performed 8 Sunshine One-Call, call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 23 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
  • Repaired water leak at 5310 Jersey Avenue.
Sanitary Sewer
  • Daily preventive maintenance and service to lift stations #1 and #2.
  • Daily rain falls check and documentation.
  • Daily ground water elevation recording.
  • Weekly generator exercise and preventive maintenance check on Lift Stations 1 & 2, Fire Department & Garage, Police Station, City Hall, and at Senior Center.
  • Collected bay water samples at Marina, Clam Bayou & Gulfport Beach for quality testing.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 19 storm water inlets.
  • Cleaned storm main at 50th Street, between 27th & 28th Avenues.

Vehicle Maintenance

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