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Gulfport Community Update

February 18 – 24, 2024

Mayor Henderson hosted Cub Scout Pack #305 on a tour of the City Complex, including the Gulfport Police and Fire Departments on February 21, where they interacted with City Staff and learned about the roles and responsibilities of local government in serving the Community (photo below).

People sitting in chairs

 

Gulfport Teen Council’s Keep Gulfport Warm Community Service Project is accepting new coats, blankets, hand/foot warmers, hats, socks, gloves, etc. Donations can be dropped off at the Gulfport Recreation Center, City Hall and Fire Station. Items will be distributed 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 27 at Gulfport Beach pavilion #5.

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 and to sign up for this FREE service visit www.mygulfport.us/alertpinellas.

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. Restrictions apply. Application & guidelines available at https://mygulfport.us/toilet-rebate-program/. For information call 893-1016.

UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS

Animal lovers, get ready for the Twentieth Annual Gulfport Get Rescued event on Beach Boulevard in the Waterfront District 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, February 24. This free admission event has evolved from a handful of animal rescue groups into a popular, festive event representing rescue groups from throughout the region, and is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state. Visit https://www.facebook.com/Getrescued for more information.

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/.

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.

Fusion 49th District in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful, the City of Gulfport and the City of St. Petersburg will host a 49th Street Corridor Cleanup at Trolley Market Square, 4900 Tangerine Avenue 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2. Residents and business owners are encouraged to to attend and meet core members of the Fusion 49th District and surrounding community. For information, call Fusion 49th District member Nancy Dunham at 710-6676 or email Our49thsts@gmail.com.

The City of Gulfport Permit-free Citywide Yard Sale is Saturday, March 9. In the event of rain, the sale will take place on Sunday, the 10th  Gulfport residents who wish to be included on the brochure and Google maps can fill out a form at City Hall, 2401 53rd Street; Gulfport Public Library, 5501 27th Avenue; or online at https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-city-wide-yard-sale no later than 3 p.m. Friday, March 1 (no exceptions due to set up and printing time). Brochures will be available Thursday, March 7 at the Library; on the outdoor brochure display at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard; Gulfport Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Avenue, and online. Call 893-1118 for information.

Interested in nautical equipment or finding cool fishing gear? Look no further than the Nautical Flea Market at the Gulfport Marina, 4630 29th Avenue 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9. Call Harbormaster Denis Frain at 893-1071 for more information.

Celebrate diversity during the Gulfport Peace, Love & Pride Festival at the Gulfport Casino, 5500 Shore Boulevard at noon on Sunday, March 10. Visit www.gulfportpride.com for more information.

Gulfport Grassroots, in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful and the City of Gulfport will host the 2024 Great American Cleanup at Clam Bayou Nature Park 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, March 16. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection and weather appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies will be provided.

Dress in your best green for the 2024 O’Maddy’s St. Patrick’s Day Waterfront Street Party on Shore Boulevard 10 a.m. – midnight Sunday, March 17.

Shop original artworks during the City of Gulfport Art in the Yard Community Art Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, March 23. In the event of rain the sale will take place on Sunday the 24th. Visit https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-art-in-the-yard/ for a map of participating addresses.

Join the City of Gulfport Saturday, March 30 for Fun in the Sun Day at the Gulfport Recreation Center. The day’s festivities begin at 10 a.m. with an egg hunt for children 8 & under, followed by basket raffles, children’s activities, music, food & fun! Call 893-1068 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

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

Complaints can be reported to 893-1061 or permits@mygulfport.us. 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/.

The Zoning Code (Chapter 22 of the Gulfport Code of Ordinances) can be found at https://library.municode.com/fl/gulfport/codes/code_of_ordinances.

 

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Patrol Section

Dispatched calls for service: 140
Self-initiated calls for service: 196
Incident/offense reports: 33
Arrests made: 5
Traffic/vessel stops: 33
Parking violations: 41
Ordinance violations: 17
Residence checks: 28

Examples of arrests or significant incidents and calls this week:

Charles Manning was charged with violating an injunction on February 15 after his spouse reported she received mail from him. Manning is currently in jail for a previous charge of violating theorder.

Three people were caught on security video cutting the lock on a storage unit in the 4900 block of Tangerine Avenue in the early morning hours of February 16. It is unknown what was stolen.

A resident in the 2800 block of Miriam Street reported that her Apple credit card was used to make unauthorized transactions, resulting in at least $1,500 in charges.

Tyree Hunter was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation. He was taken into custody in the 5000 block of Gulfport Boulevard.

Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 5800 block of 13th Avenue with a history of drug related calls on February 17 following a report of a man found unresponsive on the floor. The man overdosed on what was believed to be fentanyl, and officers attempted to revive him with Narcan. Paramedics were able to get a pulse on the way to the hospital, but the man had no brain activity and died a few days later.

Officers responded to a break-in at the home of a deceased man in the 600 block of 54th Way after a caller reported a woman broke a window on the home. She was gone when officers arrived, and they later learned she was the man’s next of kin and was attempting to get keys for the home.

Manatee County Sheriff’s office asked Gulfport Police to make contact with a resident who called them to file a kidnapping report regarding her daughter. An officer spoke with the woman reporting the incident, and determined that her daughter was last seen in Pinellas Park where she lives. Pinellas Park police took over the investigation.

Officers were dispatched to the 2800 block of Beach Boulevard on February 19 after a caller reported the driver of a black car crashed into the back of his tow truck, and drove away. The man attempted to follow the car, but lost sight of it near the beach.

A woman was arrested for domestic battery after her neighbor in the 2500 block of 57th Street reported an altercation at the woman’s home, during which she strangled her boyfriend, leaving red marks around his neck.

Two people reported on February 20 that the motors were stolen from their dinghies while they were tied up in the 5500 block of Shore Boulevard sometime within the previous few days. One of the motors had an Air Tag attached, which tracked to Brooksville. Hernando County Sheriff’s Office checked the last known GPS location of the tag but were unable to find the motor.

Elizabeth McHale was arrested on a Pinellas County felony warrant for failure to appear. She was taken into custody in the 1900 block of 56th Street.

Claire Wojciechowski was arrested on a Pinellas County warrant on February 21 for failure to appear. She was taken into custody following a traffic stop in the 2900 block of Beach Boulevard.

Timothy Lesley was issued a diversion program date in lieu of arrest after a driver shouted at him because he found the stickers on Lesley’s pickup truck offensive. Lesley followed the driver into a parking lot where he smashed the back window out of the his car with a baton.

A resident in the 900 block of Hull Street reported that he believes his estranged wife, who has a key to the home stole his prescription narcotics. While Officer Mincin was investigating, a woman at the home reported that she believed a former tenant stole her prescription narcotics.

Criminal Investigative Section

New cases reviewed:             5

Cases currently assigned:      55

Detective Pham performed follow-up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a fraud case, a grand theft, a death investigation/overdose, and a contractor fraud case.

Detective Crowson performed follow-up investigations and wrote supplemental reports for a sexual battery case and an overdose.

Analyst Palmisano created and distributed an Attempt to ID bulletin; compiled and distributed open case and reports not approved lists; presented a crime analysis briefing at the staff meeting, and; worked on the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS).

Crime Prevention

Mr. Wright taught a CPR class for administrators at Stetson University; attended a school security zoom meeting presented by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (C.I.S.A.); assisted with a Cub Scout tour of the police and fire departments; attended an FBI zoom meeting, and; continued preparing for the Get Rescued event.

The Marine Unit was on the water for 2.5 hours this week; Sgt. Burkhart checked on a vessel whose owner called to advise the boat had broken anchor, drifted and was taking on water. The boat was tied to the Gulfport Casino docks by fellow boaters, and the owner arrived with tools and a bilge pump and prevented the boat sinking.

Records Section

Reports reviewed: 18
Supplements reviewed: 79
Reports disseminated: 18
Background checks: 0
Bike registrations: 4
Fingerprints: 0
Subpoenas processed: 3
Citizens assisted: 27

School Resource Officers

Police reports:                         1

Student counseling:                3

Parent Conferences:               2

Safety meetings:                     3

Classroom instruction:            4

Policy review and development

The following written directives are currently in the review process: 103 – Facility Security; 104 – Police Vehicle Equipment, Use, Inspections, and Operation; 104A – Vehicle Pursuits; 108 – Training; 119 – Forced Entries; 303 – Complaints and Corrective Actions; 341 – Report Writing; 445 – Surveillance and Monitoring Equipment; 448 – Police Service Dog Unit Procedures, and; 645 – Traffic, Boating, DUI and Parking Citations.

Training

Eight members attended Taser 7 transition training this week.

Two members attended a class for Advanced Counseling and Interviewing Techniques for the Law Enforcement Mental Health Certificate program.

 Audits

An FCIC/NCIC audit of accounts was performed; expiration dates have been provided to members who requested them. This training is an annual requirement. An audit was also performed for Flock accounts. Five members have never logged into the system, and Commander Farrand is helping them set up and log in.

Accreditation

GPD’s next onsite assessment will take place April 15-18. Assessors from three accredited law enforcement agencies will review personnel, facilities and records to ensure compliance with applicable accreditation standards. This occurs once every three years, and will be our ninth consecutive assessment.

 

MARINA

Assisted with fifteen dockside pump-outs and two pump-out boat services, evacuating one hundred eighty gallons of waste.

Pumped one thousand eight hundred thirteen gallons of gas, and one thousand three hundred thirty-six gallons of diesel fuel, fueling fifty-nine vessels.

Staff activities:

  • Repaired pier 1 gate, water valve on pier 7, slip 33, and water leak on pier 4, slip 1
  • Cleaned sump and checked fuel level on diesel fill, and painted fuel fill lids
  • Replaced breaker on pump-out boat, and installed flush-master
  • Installed 30 amp plug on pier 5, slip 7, and dock boxes on pier 7, slip 11 & pier 5, slip 21
  • Mounted NO WAKE sign onto board
  • Attached numbers to mooring balls

 

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, February 12, 10 a.m. – AARP Tax prep assistance.

Monday, February 12, 10:15 a.m. – Keep Calm & Carry Yarn.

Tuesday, February 13, 10:15 a.m. – BabyTime.

Tuesday, February 13, 4 p.m. – Teen Space.

Wednesday, February 14, 1 p.m. – Get Growing.

Wednesday, February 14, 4 p.m. – STEAM Club.

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

Thursday, February 15, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club discussion of Dark Places by Gillian Flynn..

Thursday, February 15, 7 p.m. – COF Annual Meeting featuring Lane DeGregory.

Friday, February 16, 10 a.m. – AARP Tax prep assistance.

Saturday, February 17, 2 p.m. – Lego Club.

Upcoming programs

Every Monday & Friday through April 15 – AARP Tax Assistance: Free individualized federal tax preparation for low to moderate-income taxpayers. Call 755-3112 to request an appointment and a volunteer will call to schedule a time. Bring your important documents to the site. No walk-in tax preparation. Call 1-888-227-7669 or visit https://www.aarp.org/money/taxes/aarp_taxaide/ for information.

Wednesday, February 28, 4 p.m. – STEAM Club: Keep Pinellas Beautiful: STEAM is short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math. Join us as we explore these concepts through stories and hands-on activities. This month we’ll host our friends from Keep Pinellas Beautiful! Recommended for Grades K-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For information call 893-1074.

Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m. – Come & Go Craft: Express yourself! This month features a Dr. Seuss theme to celebrate his birthday! For all ages, but some pieces might be small. Supplies are limited; first come/first served. Crafting will be located on the tables in the children’s area.

Saturday, March 2, 1 p.m. – Grownup Movie Series: When Captain Marvel investigates a wormhole, her powers become entangled with those of Kamala Khan (aka Ms. Marvel) and Monica Rambeau (aka Photon). Rated PG-13. Call 893-1074 for movie title.

Wednesday, March 6, 2 p.m. – St. Patrick’s Day Gnomes: This month, we’ll use paint and wood to make adorable St. Patrick’s Day-inspired gnomes. Registration begins Wednesday, February 28. Call 893-1074 or email library.programs@mygulfport.us.

Wednesday, March 6, 4:30 p.m. – Garden Grampa for Grades K-5: Mr. Albert will share his knowledge of all things gardening and sustainability through storytelling and hands on fun. This month’s theme is yoga of nature so bring a yoga mat if you have one!

Wednesday, March 13, 1 p.m. – Get Growing: City horticulturist Toffer Ross answers your questions about gardening, trees and landscaping in Florida.

Thursday, March 23, 2 p.m. – Gulfport Book Club discussion of Road Dogs by Elmore Leonard. Available in print and audio from the Circulation Desk. Mar. 21, 2:00 pm.

Every Monday, 10:15 – Keep Calm & Carry Yarn: Join us in our Reading Garden 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.  Continued accepting applications for Museum Assistant I, and interviewed applicants.

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 February 11 – 17, 2024:         

                    Items circulated   Patrons

Weekly Circulation: 2,274 1,291
Sun. 2/11 Library closed
Mon. 2/12 412 236
Tue. 2/13 439 189
Wed. 2/14 292 161
Thu. 2/15 379 240
Fri, 2/16 451 333
Sat. 2/17 301 142

Staff processed 36 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 more information, call 893-2242.

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

The Gulfport Multipurpose Senior Center has many volunteer opportunities available. If you want to make a difference and help your community, join the volunteer program at the Senior Center. It’s a great way to meet new friends and to get acquainted with 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 more 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.

Join us at 1 p.m. Friday, February 23 for Movie Matinee Madness and see the ‘beef’ and corporate greed involving one of the leading fast food chains in the U.S.

Upcoming programs and events

Monday, February  26

8 a.m. – Walking Club

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

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

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

10 a.m. – Wisdom Healing Qigong (Theater lobby)

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

10 a.m. – My Verse My Voice Poetry (Theater lobby)

noon – Mahjong (Theater lobby)

noon – Acrylics for beginners (Room 106)

1 p.m. – Food Pantry (Room 102)

1 p.m. – Dominoes (Theater lobby)

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

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

5:30 p.m. – Game Night (Dining hall)

   
Tuesday, February 27

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)

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

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

1 p.m. – Gulfcoast Legal (Room 105)

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

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

2 p.m. – Cultivation event (Dining hall)

3 p.m. – Death Talks (Room 107)

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, February 28

8 a.m. – Walking Club

9:30 a.m. – Gentle Mindful Yoga (Neighborhood Center)

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

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

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

noon – Expressive Writing & Impromptu Speaking

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

1 p.m. – Canasta (Theater lobby)

1:30 p.m. – Bingo (Dining hall)

1:30 p.m. – Eat Smart Live Strong (Room 107)

2 p.m. – Flow Art Therapy with Flowers (Room 106)

3 p.m. – Happy Birthday to You! (Dining hall)

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, February 29

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)

noon – Cultivation event (Various locations)

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 p.m. – Rhythm & Groove Jam Session (Room 107)

6 p.m. – IASOSP Class

7 p.m. – IASOSP Class

   
Friday, March 1

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

9 a.m. – Beginner Yoga (Casino)

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

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

10 a.m. – Chair Yoga (Scout Hall)

11 a.m. – Rummikube (Theater lobby)

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

1 p.m. – Dominoes (Theater lobby)

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

Join the GEMS Getaway gang for lunch at lunch at Wicked Cantina on Thursday, February 28. GEMS members $6/nonmembers $8. Don’t forget to bring lunch money for our Getaways!

Grab your sketch pad, pencils & sharpener and start drawing during Jay’s Advance Pencil Drawing every Monday at 10 a.m. Registration required.

Have you wanted to write poetry but not sure where to start? Pack a pen & journal and join Sara Ries Dziekonski with Keep St. Pete LIT at 10 a.m. every Monday for MY Verse! MY Voice! to unleash your creative juices. Registration required.

Spark creativity through collage, found words & storytelling during Spontaneous Expressive Writing at 1 p.m. every Monday. Registration required.

Learn Latin dance, Swing, Fox Trot & more with Ballroom Dance Instruction at 5:30 p.m. every Monday. No partner required. Leather-soled shoes strongly recommended. Registration required.

Tell your story by practicing your communication skills, listening skills and speaking on your feet with impromptu table topic discussions and peer evaluation during Expressive Writing & Impromptu Speaking every Wednesday at noon.

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

Add elements to our collage such as ribbon, sequins, clips or even cat cans to create a masterpiece during Collage Building 3D at 2 p.m. every Wednesday! Registration required; bring your own supplies.

Join Feeding Tampa Bay at 2 p.m. every Wednesday for Eat Smart/Live Strong for activities promoting enjoyable social & interactive learning to encourage behavior change.

Everyone is invited to Game Night at 5:30 p.m. Monday, February 26. Join your friends for  food, fun, board & card games. Sponsored by American Care. Registration required

Happy Birthday to You! Celebrate this month’s birthdays at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 29, whether it’s your birthday or not!

Service Stats February 12 – 16

  • Virtual program attendance: 13
  • In-person class attendance: 1,664
  • Reassurance calls: 95
  • Food Pantry bags disbursed: 9
  • Wellness checks/home Visits: 0
  • GEMS trips: 208
  • Neighborly Care Net7838
  • Fitness Center attendance: 300
  • Sunshine cards: 4

 

CASINO, CATHERINE HICKMAN THEATER, NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER and SCOUT HALL

Casino (last week’s events):     

Sunday, February 11 10:30 a.m. – Unity of Gulfport Church Service (Turnout 60)
   
Monday, February 12 6 p.m. – Line Dancing with Carol Baker & Aleta Bernstein (Turnout 36)
   
Tuesday, February 13

noon – Ballroom lessons with Carol Baker (Turnout 20)

6:30 p.m. – Argentine Tango with Kathleen & Steve Prucher (Turnout 49)

   
Wednesday, February 14 7 p.m. –  Swing Dance with Swingtime (Turnout 371)
   
Thursday, February 15 7 p.m. – Latin Night with Royan Phillip  (Turnout 66)
   
Friday, February 16 7 p.m. – Sock Hop with The Impacs (Turnout 195)
   
Saturday, February 17 7 p.m. – Wedding reception (Turnout 170)

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 with TFOOTD

4 p.m. – Contra Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance Admission $10

   
Fourth Mondays

7 p.m.  – Ballroom Dance with USA Dance

Members admission $7, Non-members admission $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, February 16 2 p.m. – Duos of the 70s (Turnout 70)
   
Saturday, February 17 7:30 p.m. – Tret Fure Concert (Turnout 146)

Catherine Hickman Theater (upcoming events): 

Friday, March 1, 6 p.m. – Art Reception featuring the works of Francine Michel: free admission, cash bar.

Sunday, March 3, 4 p.m. – Nan Colton as Mary Cassatt: Doors open at 3:15. Tickets $20 at Senior Center Foundation office, Beach Bazaar or at www.mytbtickets.com.

Gulfport Neighborhood Center (last week’s events):     

Sunday, February 11 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting
   
Tuesday, February 13 5:30 p.m. – Recovery Dharma meeting
   
Friday, February 16 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting

Neighborhood Center (upcoming events):

Every Sunday 6 p.m. – Overeaters Anonymous meeting
   
Every Tuesday 5:30 p.m. – 12-Step meeting – Recovery Dharma
   
Select Wednesdays 6 p.m. – GMC Marching Band practice 
   
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 (Last week’s events):

Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – AA meeting

Scout Hall (upcoming events):

Every Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – AA meeting

 

RECREATION CENTER

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.

Pavilion #6 is reserved 4 – 8 p.m. Thursday, February 29 for a birthday party.

Programs/Events

The Gulfport Recreation Center will offer full day activities for children in Kindergarten thru age 14 during Spring Break, March 11 – 15 from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., with extended hours until 6 p.m. for an additional fee. Daily resident fee $12/nonresident $15. Nonresident annual registration is $20.

Registration for the 2024 Summer Program for children who complete Kindergarten thru age 14 begins Monday, March 4 for Gulfport residents. Nonresident registration begins Monday, April 1. The 10-week program begin Monday, June 3, and 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 extra fee.

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

Forty-one children are registered for the 2023/24 School Year Child Care Program for children in Kindergarten thru age 14. Twenty-two are nonresidents. 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 extra fee. Hours of registration are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.

Thirteen children are registered for the 2023/24 Tot Time program for toilet trained children 3 – 5 years old. Program hours are 8:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Space is limited. Parents must apply at http://elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk to receive a Certificate of Eligibility. Certificate must be turned in at registration time. Tot Time performed songs at the City’s Holiday Tree Lighting on Monday. Tot Time participants celebrated Valentines Day on Wednesday.

Forty-two teens are registered for the 2023/2024 Teen Night Program. Fifteen 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.

Alton Hooker worked the room rental on Saturday.

Marivel Gutierrez attended the Senior Staff meeting on Wednesday.

 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

Calls for service:

  • 66 Emergency medical calls
  • 6 Vehicle crashes
  • 1 Structure fire
  • 1 Gas leak
  • 2 Water rescues

Life Safety:

  • 4 Violations
  • 3 Plans review
  • 2 C.O.s
  • 1 Code enforcement; fire

 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 topics of trauma care and the hospital destination policy.

Weekly fire training covered the topics of use & maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment

The Gulfport Fire Department is a designated collection site for the Keep Gulfport Warm project facilitated by City of Gulfport Teen Council.

 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Building Maintenance
  • Removed unused power pole and greased swings on beach playground.
  • Repair light on City gas pumps.
  • Installed aluminum guard for chair racks at Neighborhood Center.
  • Repaired fence at Recreation Center.
  • Lowered flags to half-staff in observance of Presidents’ Day.
  • Disposed of three TVs for Museum.
  • Inspected Senior Center for gas leak, and relocated furniture in preparation for floor waxing.
  • Removed graffiti on park bench.
  • Installed Pet Rescue event banners.
  • Repaired women’s restroom door at Casino.
  • Assembled and installed two swings at Williams Pier and beach.
  • Set up Council Chambers for meetings.
  • Delivered mail to main Post Office for Finance Department.
Parks
  • Mowed City complex, Clymer & Caldwell Parks, Chase block, & dog parks, York & 49th Street termini, and Senior Center, Library, Lions Club & Marina green spaces.
  • Cleaned and mulched planter beds at Veterans Park & Trolley Market Square.
  • Replaced GFCI outlets on Beach Boulevard, and cleaned curbs & pads.
  • Continued sod and clay work at Hoyt Field.
  • Cleaned up around bus stops at Casino, and along 49th Streetscapes.
  • 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
  • Filled and graded alleyway behind 5217 16th Avenue.
  • Trimmed trees in front of Caldwell Park.
  • Repaired 8 potholes throughout City.
  • Cleared leaves & debris on Beach Boulevard between 28th Avenue & Shore Boulevard.
  • Replaced STOP sign at intersection of 54th Street & Tangerine Avenue.
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 monthly meter reading schedule.
  • Disconnected water service at 15 locations for non-payment of service.
  • Performed 7 non-pay recheck to confirm water services were still off.
  • Performed 98 miscellaneous customer service department generated service orders.
  • Performed 6 Sunshine One-Call, call before You Dig Utility Locates.
  • Reviewed permit applications for fences, driveways and irrigation.
  • Replaced 39 water meters with Pro-Coder R900i meters.
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.
  • Cleaned sewer main at 51st Street & 14th
  • Repaired force main break at Miriam Street & 27th Avenue.

Storm Water

  • Inspected and cleaned 16 storm water inlets.

Vehicle Maintenance

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