COVID-19

City Services and Important Contact Information

Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable City Services. Below is important contact information to remain in contact with the City of Gulfport staff.

In addition, the following are CITY OBJECTIVES and PRIORITIES:

  • Protect the safety of all City of Gulfport citizens and employees.
  • Utilize high quality practices to support mitigation and response activities.
  • Ensure that essential city services remain intact and highly functional.
  • Coordinate with partners on situational awareness and planning measures
  • Continue unified messaging to include prevention efforts and social distancing

SITUATIONAL AWARENESS

  • Practice social distancing whenever possible when dealing with the public or in any group setting.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene and handwashing practices.
  • Utilize virtual meeting practices whenever possible.

 

Alert Pinellas – Emergency and Community Notification Service for Pinellas County and the City of Gulfport, Florida. This system enables the City to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of delivery methods. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service. Visit mygulfport.us/alertpinellas for more information. 

Email News Signup   Receive all City of Gulfport official COVID-19 announcements electronically in your email inbox. Visit, mygulfport.us or click here (email news signup green button) and follow the prompts to register your email address with the City. 

City of Gulfport, Florida Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mygulfport. Announcements and information are disseminated on social media so followers receive timely information, guidance, and resources necessary on COVID-19

 

 

Other Helpful COVID-19 Resources
Small Business Loans: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Visit https://floridadisasterloan.org/.
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Re-Employment Assistance: Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. If you need assistance, contact the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. Visit http://www.floridajobs.org/
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Reporting Losses: Business can report economic losses related to COVID-19 online at www.pced.org/damage. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin. For more information and COVID-19 helpful links, please visit www.pced.org/disaster. Florida businesses can also visit http://floridadisaster.biz for more information.
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Crisis Hotline: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine has prepared an in-depth guide with tips and resources for people who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, and other hardships due to the spread of COVID-19. Please review it and share with friends that may be experiencing these symptoms. FIND HELP IN A CRISIS and text “NAMI” TO 741741.
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Tampa Bay Cares: In Pinellas County, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares provides immediate, round-the-clock information for those needing assistance. Learn more at http://www.211tampabay.org. Those in need of food or other social support services can call 2-1-1 for the latest information on resources and help in the local community.
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Public Transportation Service: PSTA has already suspended certain transit services due to cancellations. Starting Monday March 30th, 2020 until further notice, PSTA is allowing bus drivers to limit the number of riders on their bus to no more than 10 people at any given time, require patrons to use the rear door of the buses, and is planning to scale back overall service levels by approximately 40%.
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Tax Assistance: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
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School Closures Update: Pinellas County Schools are temporarily closed, but learning continues! Governor DeSantis and the Department of Education extended a directive requiring all school districts in the State of Florida to close for students until April 15. Prepare now for online learning at www.pcsb.org.
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Free Meals for Kids & Teens: The Pinellas County School Food & Nutrition team is distributing free meals from March 23-March 27 for Pinellas County School students 18 years of age and younger at various locations. If you are not able to go to one of the school sites listed here, www.pcsb.org/coronavirus, other local food providers throughout the county are offering free, nutritious meals. A complete list of sites throughout our community can be found at www.211tampabay.org/home/food-and-meals.
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Please contact one of the three non-profit organizations below directly to donate pantry items or to volunteer:
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Food Stamps: Food Assistance is available through the Florida Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS). The ACCESS Florida system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7, through the online application at www.myflorida.com/accessflorida.
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Communications: Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband at any service level up to 100 Mbps and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. A free self-installation kit will be provided to new student households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Get Access to FREE Spectrum WiFi Hotspots at www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots. In addition, Charter Communications has temporarily opened its live stream free to the public. Citizens can go to www.baynews9.com on their laptop or desktop computers and click “Watch Live” in the top right corner.
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Check on your vulnerable neighbors: While taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Help those that are self-isolating at home by bringing them groceries and other supplies.
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Senior shopping hours: Many large grocery stores have set aside specific days or hours exclusively for seniors to shop in order to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus. Call your local grocer or check online for more details.
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Rumors: Distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Always go to trusted sources of information such as:
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Prevention: There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
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Protection Measures:  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
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What to do if you are sick? Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
 
Stay home, except to get medical care:
  • Avoid public areas
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Limit contact with others, especially shared surfaces
  • Wear a facemask, if available
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
 
For more detailed information on what to do if you get sick, follow the CDC’s recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html. The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 by calling 1(866)779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@FLHEATH.GOV.
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Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
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Self-Check Tool: The CDC has developed a COVID19 Self-Checker. The online guide helps individuals make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID19. To use the Self-Checker visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html.
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Travelers returning from an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice) should stay at home or otherwise self-isolate in one location for 14 days from the time you left. The latest travel health notices are available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
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What should I do if I experience price gouging? Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline. If you experience price gouging or scams related to masks or cleaning products, call 1-(866)-9NO-SCAM, or 1-866-966-7226 to file a report.
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Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
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Official Actions: H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act, this bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201
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Governor’s Executive Orders: All Executive Orders issued by the Governor related to COVID-19 are found at www.flgov.com/covid-19.
 
 
 
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Pinellas County Government Executive Orders: All Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center Executive Orders are located at https://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/declarations.htm
 
 
Lastly, while taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Advise what communication tools/resources are available and help those that are in need while self-isolating at home. Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000. We will get through this together!
 
 
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City of Gulfport Official COVID-19 Announcements

For Immediate Release, 3/28/2020 – 12:00 PM

 

Executive Order 20-87 from Governor Desantis

Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from out-of-state locations where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented and/or community spread exists. In accordance with Executive Order 20-87, the Governor has ordered, effective March 27, 2020, that all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order.

View Executive Order 20-87 here 

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Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 4:00PM

Post Date, 3/25/2020 – 4:00 PM

Pinellas County Enacts Safer At Home Resolution

Pinellas County Government on Wednesday, March 25 enacted a directive to all residents to stay at home except for essential activity such as trips to grocery stores, medical appointments, and jobs deemed essential. The executive order will take effect at noon on Thursday, March 26. The directive allows non-essential businesses to remain open as long as they follow the Center for Disease Control’s social distancing guidance.

Below please find the resolutions adopted by Pinellas County’s Board of County Commissioners regarding the countywide Safer at Home Order:

Below is the Pinellas County news release about the order:
https://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/pinellas-commission-issues-safer-at-home-order-to-curb-spread-of-covid-19/

Click here for Pinellas County’s “COVID-19 Safer At Home” Order FAQ webpage

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Other Helpful COVID-19 Resources

Gulfport Florida City Seal

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. The following resources are guidance measures and communication tools for our community.

Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable City Services. As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, the City of Gulfport has suspended customer walk-in service activities in municipal buildings, please follow the website for the most up to date information at www.mygulfport.us/covid-19. Below is important contact information to remain in contact with the City of Gulfport staff.

General City of Gulfport Information | info@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1000
City Clerk/Records Custodian | ldemuth@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1012
City Manager | CityManager@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1009
Human Resources | sfarrell@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1021
Utility, Water, and Sewer billing questions | utilitiesinfo@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1016
Sanitation and Recycling | publicworksinfo@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1090
Parks Department | tconner@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1092
Municipal Marina | dfrain@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1071
Building Department and Community Development | permits@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1024
Gulfport Public Library | libraryinfo@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1074
Gulfport Recreation Center | mgutierrez@mygulfport.us or (727)893-1068
Cultural Facilities and Events | casinoinfo@mygulfport.us or (727) 893-1070
Gulfport Senior Center | GPSeniorCenter@mygulfport.us or (727) 893-5657
GEMS Transportation Service | (727)893-2242

Alert Pinellas – Emergency and Community Notification Service for Pinellas County and the City of Gulfport, Florida. This system enables the City to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of delivery methods. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service. Visit mygulfport.us/alertpinellas for more information.

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Email News Signup   Receive all City of Gulfport official COVID-19 announcements electronically in your email inbox. Visit, mygulfport.us or click here (email news signup green button) and follow the prompts to register your email address with the City.

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City of Gulfport, Florida Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mygulfport. Announcements and information are disseminated on social media so followers receive timely information, guidance, and resources necessary on COVID-19

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Small Business Loans: The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is currently available to small business owners located in all Florida counties statewide that experienced economic damage as a result of COVID-19. Visit https://floridadisasterloan.org/.
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Re-Employment Assistance: Reemployment Assistance (also called reemployment assistance insurance) provides temporary wage replacement benefits to qualified individuals who are out of work through no fault of their own. If you need assistance, contact the Reemployment Assistance Contact Center at 1-800-204-2418 during the hours of 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST, Monday through Friday. Visit http://www.floridajobs.org/
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Reporting Losses: Business can report economic losses related to COVID-19 online at www.pced.org/damage. The survey, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), will evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy so actions to implement economic relief programs for businesses can begin. For more information and COVID-19 helpful links, please visit www.pced.org/disaster. Florida businesses can also visit http://floridadisaster.biz for more information.
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Crisis Hotline: The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine has prepared an in-depth guide with tips and resources for people who are experiencing anxiety, loneliness, and other hardships due to the spread of COVID-19. Please review it and share with friends that may be experiencing these symptoms. FIND HELP IN A CRISIS and text “NAMI” TO 741741.
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Tampa Bay Cares: In Pinellas County, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares provides immediate, round-the-clock information for those needing assistance. Learn more at http://www.211tampabay.org. Those in need of food or other social support services can call 2-1-1 for the latest information on resources and help in the local community.
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Public Transportation Service: PSTA has already suspended certain transit services due to cancellations. Starting Monday March 30th, 2020 until further notice, PSTA is allowing bus drivers to limit the number of riders on their bus to no more than 10 people at any given time, require patrons to use the rear door of the buses, and is planning to scale back overall service levels by approximately 40%.
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Tax Assistance: The IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. Visit www.irs.gov/coronavirus.
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School Closures Update: Pinellas County Schools are temporarily closed, but learning continues! Governor DeSantis and the Department of Education extended a directive requiring all school districts in the State of Florida to close for students until April 15. Prepare now for online learning at www.pcsb.org.
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Free Meals for Kids & Teens: The Pinellas County School Food & Nutrition team is distributing free meals from March 23-March 27 for Pinellas County School students 18 years of age and younger at various locations. If you are not able to go to one of the school sites listed here, www.pcsb.org/coronavirus, other local food providers throughout the county are offering free, nutritious meals. A complete list of sites throughout our community can be found at www.211tampabay.org/home/food-and-meals.
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Please contact one of the three non-profit organizations below directly to donate pantry items or to volunteer:
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Food Stamps: Food Assistance is available through the Florida Department of Children and Families Automated Community Connection to Economic Self Sufficiency (ACCESS). The ACCESS Florida system allows customers to connect with their public assistance information 24/7, through the online application at www.myflorida.com/accessflorida.
 
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Communications: Charter Communications will offer free Spectrum broadband at any service level up to 100 Mbps and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription. A free self-installation kit will be provided to new student households. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395. Get Access to FREE Spectrum WiFi Hotspots at www.spectrum.com/wifi-hotspots. In addition, Charter Communications has temporarily opened its live stream free to the public. Citizens can go to www.baynews9.com on their laptop or desktop computers and click “Watch Live” in the top right corner.
 
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Check on your vulnerable neighbors: While taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Help those that are self-isolating at home by bringing them groceries and other supplies.
 
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Senior shopping hours: Many large grocery stores have set aside specific days or hours exclusively for seniors to shop in order to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus. Call your local grocer or check online for more details.
 
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Rumors: Distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Always go to trusted sources of information such as:
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Prevention: There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person. Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet). Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
 
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Protection Measures:  Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Avoid close contact with people who are sick, and stay home when you are sick.
 
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What to do if you are sick? Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately. Steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick:
 
Stay home, except to get medical care:
  • Avoid public areas
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Limit contact with others, especially shared surfaces
  • Wear a facemask, if available
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
 
For more detailed information on what to do if you get sick, follow the CDC’s recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html. The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 by calling 1(866)779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@FLHEATH.GOV.
 
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Call your doctor:  If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.
 
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Self-Check Tool: The CDC has developed a COVID19 Self-Checker. The online guide helps individuals make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID19. To use the Self-Checker visit, https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/testing.html.
 
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Travelers returning from an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice) should stay at home or otherwise self-isolate in one location for 14 days from the time you left. The latest travel health notices are available at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/map-and-travel-notices.html
 
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What should I do if I experience price gouging? Attorney General Ashley Moody’s Office has activated Florida’s Price Gouging Hotline. If you experience price gouging or scams related to masks or cleaning products, call 1-(866)-9NO-SCAM, or 1-866-966-7226 to file a report.
 
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Bartender Emergency Assistance Program: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap
 
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Official Actions: H.R.6201 – Families First Coronavirus Response Act, this bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers. www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/6201
 
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Governor’s Executive Orders: All Executive Orders issued by the Governor related to COVID-19 are found at www.flgov.com/covid-19.
 
  • Executive Order 20-87 from Governor Desantis – Florida is experiencing an increase in individuals fleeing to Florida from out-of-state locations where “shelter-in-place” orders are being implemented and/or community spread exists. In accordance with Executive Order 20-87, the Governor has ordered, effective March 27, 2020, that all parties engaged in rental of vacation rental properties, as defined in section 509.242(1)(c), Florida Statutes, to suspend vacation rental operations. Vacation rentals are prohibited from making new reservations or bookings and shall not accept new guests for check-in for the duration of this order. 
 
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Pinellas County Government Executive Orders: All Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center Executive Orders are located at https://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/declarations.htm
 
Lastly, while taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Advise what communication tools/resources are available and help those that are in need while self-isolating at home. Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000. We will get through this together!
 
 

Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 3:30PM

Post Date, 3/24/2020 – 3:30PM
 
Cases of coronavirus have been detected in Florida including Pinellas County. We as a whole, with our Federal, State, and local Government agencies are taking prompt action to decrease the spread of the virus, and we need ALL residents to help. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, practice safe social distancing of six feet or more, and stay home if you are sick.
 
What should you do if you get sick?
 
Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. Calling is better than showing up in person because it reduces the risk of infecting other patients and medical staff.
 
If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 and notify the dispatcher that you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before interacting with medical personnel.
 
Prevent the spread of COVID-19 if you are sick.
Stay home, except to get medical care:
  • Avoid public areas
  • Avoid public transportation
  • Limit contact with others, especially shared surfaces
  • Wear a facemask, if available
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Clean your hands often
 
For more detailed information on what to do if you get sick, follow the CDC’s recommendations at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html. You can also call the Florida Department of Health’s COVID-19 Call Center (open 24/7) at 1-866-779-6121 or email COVID-19@FLhealth.gov.
 
Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
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Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 5:30 PM

Post Date, 3/23/2020 –5:30 PM

CITY OF GULFPORT PUBLIC MEETING CANCELATIONS

The City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 and is taking all the precautionary actions as recommended by the Florida Department of Health (DOH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of our residents and staff, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, the following public meetings schedule for the month of April are cancelled.

  • Planning and Zoning Board on April 1, 2020
  • Regular City Council Meeting on April 7, 2020
  • Board of Adjustment on April 8, 2020
  • Senior Citizens Advisory Committee on April 14, 2020

Should you require any additional information, please call the City Clerk’s office at (727) 893-1012. 

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Post Date, 3/23/2020 –5:30 PM

CITY OF GULFPORT COMMUNICATION RESOURCES

In an effort to improve our communications and ensure the delivery of reliable services to our residents, the following services are available from the home page of the City’s website at mygulfport.us. 

  • Alert Pinellas – Emergency and Community Notification Service for Pinellas County and the City of Gulfport, Florida. This system enables the City to provide you with critical information quickly in a variety of delivery methods. It’s easy to sign up for this FREE service. Visit mygulfport.us/alertpinellas for more information. 
  • Email News Signup   Receive all City of Gulfport official COVID-19 announcements electronically in your email inbox. Visit, mygulfport.us and click on the email news signup green button and follow the prompts to register your email address with the City. 
  • All City of Gulfport official announcements are posted on the City of Gulfport COVID-19 webpage at mygulfport.us/covid-19 including links to official sources such as the CDC, Florida Department of Health, and Pinellas County Government.  

Follow the City on social media and like the City of Gulfport, Florida Facebook page at www.facebook.com/mygulfport. Announcements and information are disseminated on social media so followers receive timely information, guidance, and resources necessary on COVID-19.  

Lastly, while taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be vulnerable to the virus. Social distancing is imperative in preventing the spread of COVID19. YOU may be considered low risk, but it is important to remember other people around you may be at high risk. 

We are working closely with our Federal, State, and County partners to receive accurate and timely information, guidance, and resources necessary for the City’s COVID-19 preparedness and response initiatives. The Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center is available 24/7 by calling 1(866)779-6121 or emailing COVID-19@flhealth.gov. Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.

We will get through this together. 

Mayor Sam Henderson

City of Gulfport 

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Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Friday, March 20 at 8:30 PM

 

Post Date, 3/20/2020 – 8:30 PM

In accordance with Executive Order 20-71 issued by Governor Ron Desantis, the following is effective immediately:

  1. Restaurants must suspend on-premises food consumption by customers. Such establishments may operate their kitchens for the purpose of providing delivery or take-out services. Employees, janitorial personnel, contractors and delivery personnel shall be allowed access to such establishments for the purposes of delivery or take-out services. 
  2. Restaurants licensed to sell alcoholic beverages limited to on-site consumption are temporarily permitted to sell packaged beverages, subject to the following conditions:
    1. The beverage must be in a sealed container.
    2. The sale of any beverage must be accompanied by the sale of food in the same order.
    3. Any deliveries of beverages must comply with Florida Statute 561.57.

We will educate and seek voluntary compliance, but enforcement is allowed under 252.50 Florida Statutes, which makes it a misdemeanor to violate any provision of an emergency order. Alternatively, we can make referrals to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for enforcement on licensees.

We are all in this together. Thank you for your understanding.

Robert Vincent

Chief of Police

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LATEST STATE UPDATES 

  • Florida Executive Order 20-71: By order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, Florida restaurants are required to close expect to provide takeout and delivery service.
  • Florida Executive Order 20-72: By order of Gov. Ron DeSantis, elective medical procedures and non-emergency dental care must be postponed.

 

 Pinellas: How to be a good neighbor during COVID-19 virus

Following health guidelines like social distancing and thorough handwashing are the most important things everyone can do to curb the spread of COVID-19, but there are other ways to help the local community during this difficult time.

Those in need of food or other social support services can call 2-1-1 for the latest information on resources and help in the local community.

It’s also easy to be a good neighbor, whether donating to a food bank or checking in on an elderly person down the street. 

“It’s important for us to be good neighbors not only to those next door, but to all of those in our community who are impacted by COVID-19,” said Cathie Perkins, Director of Pinellas County Emergency Management. 

“Your donations and your time will make a significant difference to our children, seniors and community members who may not have a meal readily available.

Donate or volunteer  

Many of our residents are experiencing economic hardship from the spread of COVID-19. This means more people are seeking assistance from food banks located in Pinellas County. At the same time, food banks across our community are seeing reductions in food donations of 50 to 70 percent compared to last month. 

The non-profits below are among those in need of pantry food items. Residents may contact them to donate items or for volunteer opportunities:   

Check on your vulnerable neighbors  

While taking care to maintain proper social distancing of six feet, check in with neighbors, especially the elderly who may be especially vulnerable to the virus. Help those that are self-isolating at home by bringing them groceries and other supplies.  

Senior shopping hours  

Many large grocery stores have set aside specific days or hours exclusively for seniors to shop in order to minimize their risk of exposure to the virus. Call your local grocer or check online for more details.  

County works to meet medical supply needs 

Pinellas County Emergency Management and other partners are working with hospitals and other health professionals to ensure local healthcare facilities have adequate supplies to meet an anticipated demand due to new COVID-19 cases. County staff have hosted webinars with long-term care facilities to guide them through the process of requesting critical resources in the coming weeks.  

For more information

  • Pinellas County has a dedicated COVID 19 webpage with in-depth information, links to resources and archived news releases
  • The Citizens Information Center will be open from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday,, Citizens with questions or concerns can call the Citizen Information Center at (727) 464-4333 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Friday. Those with hearing impairment can online chat at www.bit.ly/PinellasChat.

Post Date, 3/20/2020 – 5:00 PM

OPERATIONS: CITY CLERK, CITY MANAGER, AND HUMAN RESOURCES 

Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable services to the residents. As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, the City of Gulfport City Clerk, City Manager, and Human Resources Departments will suspend all customer walk-in service activities, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. City Staff will continue to report to work while providing services via the phone, email, and online. City Residents with questions are advised to call (727) 893-1000. Customer service representatives will continue to be available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-  4:30 p.m. 

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Post Date, 3/20/2020 – 5:00 PM

OPERATIONS: MUNICIPAL MARINA

Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable services to the residents. As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, the City of Gulfport Municipal Marina will be curtailing public access to Marina facilities.  Marina Staff will be practicing responsible social distancing by limiting access to the ship store, day room, and laundry room. The Marina’s boat ramp, fueling station, and sundry supplies all remain operational with precautionary measures in place. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in our effort to provide our services. Please call (727) 893-1071 for more information. 

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Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Friday, March 20, 2020 at 12:00 PM

Post Date, 3/20/2020 – 12:00 PM

CITY OF GULFPORT MUNICIPAL BEACH AND CASINO DOCK CLOSURE

On March 19, 2020, at 4:25 p.m., Pinellas County Government passed Resolution 20-17, that effective March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., and extending through April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m., all public beaches and public beach parking located within Pinellas County are closed.

To further enhance social distancing measures and discourage excessive gatherings within the public beaches and beach parking areas within the county, as provided by the Pinellas County order, the City Manager orders the following:

  • A closure of the Municipal Beach and Casino docks effective March 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and extending through April 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community.

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OPERATIONS: CITY HALL UTILITIES AND CUSTOMER SERVICE

As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, the City of Gulfport Utility Department will suspend all customer walk-in service activities, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. City Staff will continue to report to work while providing services via the phone, email, and online. City Residents with Utility, Water, and Sewer billing questions are advised to call (727) 893-1016 or email utilitiesinfo@mygulfport.us. Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Since many utility customers may be facing unusual financial hardships as a result of COVID-19, the City of Gulfport is suspending disconnections to utility accounts due to non-payment. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. Credit card/electronic payment processing fees have been temporarily waived to promote remote payment. Utility credit card payments can be made online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/gulfportfl or by telephone at (727) 893-1016. In addition, utility bill payments can be made via Cash, check or money order in a secure drop box located outside of City Hall and payments will continue to be processed daily.

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City of Gulfport Police Department
QUALITY • COMMUNITY • PROFESSIONALISM

To Businesses in the City of Gulfport:

Governor’s Executive Order—Effective 3/17/2020 @ 5:00 PM

  • Establishments licensed as bars are prohibited from selling alcohol for 30 days.
  • Restaurants must reduce occupancy load by 50% of maximum capacity.
  • Restaurants must establish procedures to accommodate social distancing and limit party size to 10 people.

Pinellas County will be issuing an order on 3/18/2020 which will prohibit the sale of alcohol for consumption on premises after 10 PM.

We will educate and seek voluntary compliance, but enforcement is allowed under F.S.S. 252.50, which makes it a misdemeanor to violate any provision of an emergency order. Alternatively, we can make referrals to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation for enforcement on licensees.

Robert Vincent, M.A.
Chief of Police
Gulfport Police Department

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OPERATIONS:  PUBLIC WORKS 
SANITATION AND RECYCLING PICK-UP SCHEDULES UNCHANGED

Our highest responsibility to you is the delivery of reliable sanitation and recycling services. As a precautionary measure and in the best interest of our customers and staff, the City of Gulfport Public Works Department will suspend all customer walk-in service activities, effective Monday, March 23, 2020, until further notice. Public Works Staff will continue to report to work while providing services via the phone, email, and online. City Residents with questions are advised to call (727) 893-1089. Public Works customer service representatives will continue to be available Monday through Friday 7 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

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OPERATIONS: BUILDING DEPARTMENT AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Due to the current covid-19 outbreak the community development department will be practicing responsible social distancing by limiting access to the permit counter and face-to-face meetings. We encourage customers to phone in or use e-mail to correspond. Payments will be accepted by credit card only and can be phoned in. Inspections will be done normally with scheduling taking place through the inspection phone line at 727-893-1057. This will begin on Monday, March 23rd.

We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in our effort to provide our services and avoid even  more restrictive measures during this time, and will resume our normal routine as soon as it is safe to do so.

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Post Date, 3/18/2020 – 12:00 PM

OPERATIONS: GULFPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY CLOSING

The Gulfport Public Library is committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens we serve. Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Gulfport Library will be closed to the public in accordance with the American Library Association (ALA) guidelines recommending all public libraries close in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Furthermore, the other libraries in the Pinellas County Library Cooperative are closing for the safety of the public. Employees will still be on hand staffing phones to answer reference questions (727) 893-1073, and resolve any circulation issues (727) 893-1074. If you have any questions, please call Monday-Friday from 10 AM to 5 PM. 

The Gulfport Public Library has a number of free services patrons can utilize to checkout eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, or learn a language. Simply go to the https://mygulfport.us/gpl/. A number of vendors are also extending free services to the public through public libraries. As these become available we will keep the public informed through our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL/. We will also distribute the latest news concerning the library from that page. 

We ask that you check the City of Gulfport website and the library Facebook page for the latest information concerning citywide news as it pertains to the virus. 

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CULTURAL FACILITIES AND EVENTS 

Cancelled Until Further Notice

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community. 

Based upon the guidance from the Federal Coronavirus Task Force and Governor DeSantis’ Executive Order, the City of Gulfport has advised all event organizers to implement recommended actions, particularly in ways that protect persons at increased risk of severe illness. 

To continue to enhance social distancing measures and prevent excessive gatherings, all Cultural Facilities and City Sponsored Special Events are cancelled until a re-evaluation can take place on or about April 15, 2020. 

Public Health is everyone’s responsibility. Event gatherings offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission. Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within 6 feet). 

The City of Gulfport reiterates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that all visitors and individuals gathering in public practice their social responsibility by:

  • Limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people; and, 
  • By keeping a distance of at least six feet from other parties.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 at www.floridahealth.gov. Any impacts to our City will be shared on our website and through our social media channels.

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City of Gulfport “Fun in the Sun” Event cancellation 

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our community, the City of Gulfport Recreation Center has cancelled their annual “Fun in the Sun” Day Event on Saturday, April 11, 2020. 

Public Health is everyone’s responsibility. Event gatherings offer more opportunities for person-to-person contact and therefore pose greater risk of COVID-19 transmission. Based on what is currently known about the virus, spread from person-to-person happens most frequently among close contacts (within 6 feet). 

The City of Gulfport reiterates the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance that all visitors and individuals gathering in public practice their social responsibility by:

  • Limiting group gatherings to no more than 10 people; and,
  • By keeping a distance of at least six feet from other parties.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 at www.floridahealth.gov. Any impacts to our City will be shared on our website and through our social media channels.

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Post Date, 3/17/2020 – 6:00 PM

Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a severe acute respiratory illness that can spread among humans through respiratory transmission and presents with symptoms similar to those of influenza. There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. 

On March 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-51, declaring that appropriate measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Florida are necessary, and therefore directed that a Public Health Emergency be declared in the State of Florida. 

On March 1, 2020, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-51, declaring that appropriate measures to control the spread of COVID-19 in the State of Florida are necessary, and therefore directed that a Public Health Emergency be declared in the State of Florida

On March 13, 2020, in conjunction with the activities of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as pursuant the emergency declarations issued by the Governor and the Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners declared a state of local emergency (LSE) by Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Resolution 20-16 (Board Resolution 20-16).

The LSE was intended to enable the County to effectively respond to the ongoing and evolving public health threat posed by COVID-19, including by taking measures to mitigate and slow the spread of the virus. 

On March 16, 2020, President Donald J. Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) issued the 15 Days to Slow the Spread guidance advising individuals to adopt far-reaching social distancing measures, such as working from home and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people. 

As of March 17, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-68 placing limitations on bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19. The City of Gulfport will be implementing the Executive Order immediately.  

To further enhance social distancing measures and discourage excessive gatherings within restaurants and any other establishment that serves alcohol for on-site consumption covered by the Governor’s order, the City Manager orders the following:

  1. Bars must close today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for 30 days.
  1. Restaurants must immediately reduce/limit their occupancy to 50% of current building occupancy.
  1. Restaurants must limit parties to 10 individuals with a six (6) foot separation between any groups of patrons.
  1. Effective, March 18, 2020, in Pinellas County, all restaurants must discontinue the sale of alcohol at 10:00 p.m.
  1. Restaurants must implement the screening of all restaurant employees.

* Determination of Restaurant or Bar is determined by the type of State of Florida Department of Business Professional Regulations issued License held.  

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community. 

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Mayor Henderson's COVID-19 Public Address Announcement on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:00 PM

Post Date, 3/17/2020 – 5:00 PM

For Immediate Release

As of March 17, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-68 placing limitations on bars, pubs, nightclubs and restaurants for the entire State of Florida as a result of COVID-19. The City of Gulfport will be implementing the Executive Order immediately.  

To further enhance social distancing measures and discourage excessive gatherings within restaurants and any other establishment that serves alcohol for on-site consumption covered by the Governor’s order, the City Manager orders the following:

  1. Bars must close today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for 30 days.
  1. Restaurants must immediately reduce/limit their occupancy to 50% of current building occupancy.
  1. Restaurants must limit parties to 10 individuals with a six (6) foot separation between any group of patrons.
  1. Effective, March 18, 2020, in Pinellas County, all restaurants must discontinue the sale of alcohol at 10:00 p.m.
  1. Restaurants must implement the screening of all restaurant employees.

* Determination of Restaurant or Bar is determined by the type of State of Florida   Department of Business Professional Regulations issued license held.  

The City of Gulfport continues to closely monitor the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community. 

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 1:00 PM

City of Gulfport PUBLIC LIBRARY CANCELLATIONS

The Gulfport Public Library is committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens we serve. To that end, we have cancelled all library sponsored events.  Community partners, and most community groups have also cancelled use of the meeting room, including; AARP Tax Help. The Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library have suspended the acceptance of donated materials until further notice.

The Gulfport Public Library will remain open for the time being. Since the situation is fluid, we ask that you check the City of Gulfport website and the library Facebook page for the latest information on closures and cancellations Citywide. You may also call the library at 727-893-1074 if you have more specific questions.

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 1:00 PM

City of Gulfport POLLING LOCATIONS UNCHANGED

The safety of our voters and poll workers is a priority. The Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections has taken actions to enhance sanitation protocols and protect residents of Assisted Living Facilities, voters and election workers in response to COVID-19. 

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
POLLING PLACES – 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PCT.# POLLING PLACE ADDRESS

  • 203 Bethel Metropolitan Baptist Church, 3455 26th Ave. S.
  • 206 & 207 Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S.
  • 208 Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
  • 209 & 210 Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S.
  • 218 Lions Club of Gulfport, 4630 Tifton Dr. S.

Each early voting location and election day polling place will have hand sanitizer; sanitizing wipes for hands; and sanitizing wipes counter tops, pens and other surfaces. However, because resources are limited, we have encouraged voters and poll workers to bring their own sanitizing materials and take additional precautions they feel necessary to protect themselves from germs. 

For more information, please contact the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections at (727) 464-VOTE (8683)

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 12:00 PM

City of Gulfport UTILITY CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE 

Since many utility customers may be facing unusual financial hardships as a result of COVID-19, the City of Gulfport is suspending disconnections to utility accounts due to non-payment effective immediately. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. Credit card/electronic payment processing fees have been waived to promote remote payment and reduce City Hall traffic. Customer service representatives can assist with nearly all utility related functions via telephone Monday through Friday 8am – 4:30pm by calling (727) 893-1016. 

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 12:00 PM

City of Gulfport SENIOR CENTER CLOSING

After careful consideration of issues related to the COVID-19 and the social atmosphere among the susceptible elderly population within the Gulfport Senior Center, the City of Gulfport has determined that in the interest of public health and safety, the Gulfport Senior Center will be closed effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All Senior Center activities, classes, and groups are cancelled until further notice. 

This closure includes the GEMS Transportation Service. Staff will be available to provide alternate transportation and / or delivery options to medical appointments by calling (727) 893-2242.

Reassurance calls will continue as normal. Senior Center Staff will facilitate the food pantry to serve residents in need. Additionally, the City of Gulfport is working closely with Neighborly Care Network (NCN) to ensure delivery of their services will continue. Please contact NCN at (727) 344-2111 for more information. 

The City of Gulfport will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and an ongoing evaluation will take place on the Gulfport Senior Center’s closure. 

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 12:00 PM

City of Gulfport RECREATION CENTER CLOSING

Keeping our children, community, and employees safe is our top priority. In an effort to keep the community healthy and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the City of Gulfport Recreation Center will be suspending all programs including the children’s spring break program effective Tuesday, March 17, 2020. All programs, fitness classes, and events located at the Gulfport Recreation Center have been suspended through March 29, 2020. For more information, please contact the Gulfport Recreation Center at (727) 893-1068. 

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Post Date, 3/16/2020 – 12:00 PM

City of Gulfport HISTORIC CASINO CLOSING

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our community, the Historic Gulfport Casino’s weekly dance programs are suspended until further notice. 

The City of Gulfport will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and an ongoing evaluation will take place on the Gulfport Historic Casino’s public event closure. For more information, please call the Casino Ballroom at (727) 893-1070. 

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City of Gulfport JUNK DROP EVENT POSTPONED

In an abundance of caution and in the best interest of our community, the City of Gulfport Junk Drop at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center on Saturday, March 21, 2020 is postponed until further notice. 

The City of Gulfport will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and an ongoing evaluation will take place on the event closure. For more information, please call the City of Gulfport Public Works Department at (727) 893-1090. 

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Post Date: 3/13/2020 – 7:00PM

PINELLAS COUNTY DECLARES LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners held an emergency meeting at 3 p.m. today and voted to declare a Local State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

In part, this declaration will allow for increased procedures for screening, reduced visitation at long-term care facilities (such as assisted living facilities and nursing homes), where currently some 13,500 Pinellas citizens reside, as well as cancellation of special events where large crowds would gather to protect the public.

Health concerns or questions should continue to go to the Florida Department of Health of Pinellas County 24-hour COVID-19 Hotline at (866) 779-6121.

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. If you have, or are being evaluated for COVID-19, notify the dispatcher.

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Post Date: 03/12/2020 – 8:00PM

The City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. City Officials are working in cooperation with our Federal, State, County, and local partners in preventing the potential spread of the coronavirus within our community at special events.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus.

At this time the canceling and rescheduling of events with larger than normal attendance projections is in the best interest of our City. We value the health and well-being of our neighbors, friends, and visitors to the City of Gulfport.

The respective individual event promoters and organizations will be making the appropriate announcements for their individual events.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 at www.floridahealth.gov. Any impacts to our City will be shared on our website and through our social media channels.

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Post Date:03/12/2020 – 3:00 PM

Clam Bayou Cleanup and Nautical Flea Market Cancelled

The City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. The Great American Cleanup at the Clam Bayou Nature Park and the Nautical Flea Market at the Municipal Marina scheduled for this Saturday, March 14, 2020 are cancelled. Participation in the City Wide Yard Sale is up to the discretion of the individual home owners.  The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Public health is everyone’s responsibility. You can find the latest information on COVID-19 at www.floridahealth.gov.  Any impacts to our City will be shared on our website and through our social media channels.

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Post Date:03/12/2020 11:50 AM

COVID-19

There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, CDC always recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
    • CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to  others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility).
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
    • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

Please make sure to visit FloridaHealth.gov/COVID19 for up to date information and tips to stay healthy. For emergency and community notifications please sign up at Alert Pinellas.  Also frequently visit the CDC website for updates and information. 

Stay Alert, Stay Healthy!

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Post Date:03/12/2020 – 9:30 AM

HEALTH AND WELLNESS EXPO INSIDE CASINO POSTPONED

Thursday, March 12, 2020 – In cooperation with the Senior Center Foundation, this Saturday’s March 14th Health and Wellness Expo inside the Historic Gulfport Casino is postponed until Saturday, June 6, 2020.
Public health is everyone’s responsibility. The Department of Health recommends everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of respiratory diseases, including:

• Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
• Staying home when you are sick and avoiding contact with persons in poor health;
• Avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
• Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then disposing of the tissue;
• Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
• If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty; and
• Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

You can find the latest information on COVID-19 at www.floridahealth.gov. Any impacts to our City will be shared on our website and through our social media channels.

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