COVID-19

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Pinellas County Emergency Operations Center Executive Orders

 

COVID-19 Email Communications from the City of Gulfport, Florida.
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

Food Pantry and Prepared Meal Locations – No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. The following map has a listing of the food pantry and prepared meals distribution locations in Pinellas County. Click here for more information. http://pinellas-egis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=649153407ed44e7dbd49f1131611f69f

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Pinellas County Human Services – This network has over 105 partner agencies and manages 190 plus contracts and grants. Human Services helps Pinellas County residents obtain access to medical care, emergency financial assistance, helps connect residents to county judicial resources, optimizes benefits for Veterans and Dependents, investigates consumer complaints, and helps those who are experiencing homelessness. For more information, please visit, http://www.pinellascounty.org/humanservices/.

 

Pinellas CARES Overview

Pinellas County received $170 million in federal CARES funding to address the community’s most pressing needs related to COVID-19. The Pinellas County Commission approved the Pinellas CARES programs to support individuals, families and critical nonprofit services, and to bolster the local COVID-19 public health response. For more Pinellas CARES information click here: LEARN MORE

For Individuals, Families, and Workforce

Workers who lost their jobs or incomes due to COVID-19 can apply for up to $5,000 per household to pay for overdue rent, mortgage, and utility payments since March 1, 2020. The application process has been simplified to make it easier to get assistance. For full program details click here: LEARN MORE

Qualifications and Process

  • EMAIL PROOF of U.S. and Pinellas County residency, along with overdue bills.
  • SIGN A FORM attesting to lost job or income due to COVID-19 and that you have less than $10,000 in the bank.
  • START THE PROCESS by texting the word COVIDCARES to 898211
  • GET IN-PERSON ASSISTANCE by visiting a nearby Neighborhood Family Center; click here for NFC Locations and Schedule

NOTE: Due to the widespread impact of the pandemic, this program is experiencing a high volume of requests. Payment will take several weeks to arrive from the time applicants submit all documents.

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For The Community

Support for nonprofits and child care providers that provide critical services, and investments in countywide COVID-19 response. Nonprofits that have seen a rise in demand for services and programs due to COVID-19 can apply for assistance through the Pinellas Community Foundation, while licensed child care providers can receive a one-time grant up to $10,000 through the Early Learning Coalition. For full program details click here: LEARN MORE

 

For Businesses

Emergency grants for Pinellas-based businesses most affected by the pandemic – those required to shut down or whose customers were required to shut down or stop doing business. Attached are two news releases (in English and Spanish). For full program details click here: LEARN MORE

 

Local Business Grant Program

  • Sliding Scale Grants: $2,500 to $10,000 grants for businesses making between $17,000 and $3 million in gross annual revenue.
  • Health and Safety Matching Grants: up to $10,000 to assist Target Industry businesses in implementing COVID-19-related upgrades and safety precautions.
  • Business Diversity and Arts Micro-Grants: business owners with barriers to participation in other grant programs may be eligible for direct financial assistance and professional services, including business planning and document prep for grant applications.

NOTE: Larger businesses and nonprofit organizations are not eligible for Pinellas CARES Local Business Grants. CARES Funds can only be used to reimburse losses caused by COVID-19 that are not paid by insurance or by another federal grant or program. These costs may include employee wages, vendors, rent or other business expenses. Businesses that have already applied for or received funding from local city grant programs are still eligible for this program, and businesses that apply for this program may also apply for current or future local city grants.

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(GEMS) PROGRAM – The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service has resumed transportation services for members at the City of Gulfport Senior Center. Providing transportation to grocery stores, medical appointments, and other essential trips, the GEMS service provides reliable, affordable, flexible, and convenient on-time service to the elderly and disabled residents of Gulfport. This door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to Gulfport residents for over 40 years (since September 1975) and is available for residents 55 years of age and over or residents with a disability. The GEMS door to door service cost $70 annually and $2 per ride. Book your ride today or to be a GEMS member, please call (727) 893-2242.

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Telephone Reassurance Program: The City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program is a free service for Gulfport Residents 50 years of age or older. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members and provide comfort, security, and peace of mind to members and families. As of Thursday, August 13, 2020, five months into the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program has called 1,760 members, with the support of 39 volunteers, providing the opportunity for daily interaction, comforting conversation, and verification of the senior’s well-being. Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service during this difficult time, please call (727) 893-2237 and register today.

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Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund – A unique partnership has been launched to help the critical organizations that provide assistance to the most vulnerable of our local residents being affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund is a new strategic collaboration of the Pinellas Community Foundation, Allegany Franciscan Ministries, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg and United Way Suncoast with nearly $1 million of funding assistance available to nonprofit 501(c) organizations and governmental agencies. Visit, https://pinellascf.org/news/tampa-bay-resiliency-fund/ for more information.
 
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CARES Act – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act – Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the 2020 coronavirus pandemic.  Visit https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/3548/text.
 
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Pinellas Opportunity Council -To help alleviate conditions of poverty, revitalize local communities and promote self-sufficiency by mobilizing resources to develop and implement programs that deliver and array of services to address various individual, family and community needs. Visit https://poc-inc.org
 
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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 is monitoring the coronavirus. To follow what they are doing to protect you, please visit https://psta.net/riding-psta/psta-coronavirus-response/
 
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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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Free Meals for Kids & Teens: Your children can receive nutritious lunchtime meals, delivered to your home, if they attend school from home through virtual or online learning. Visit https://networktoendhunger.org/mow4kids/ for more information.
 
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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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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: 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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Little Free Pantries in the City of Gulfport.

  • Gulfport Public Library
    • 5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • SW Corner of Beach Blvd. & 27th Avenue South
    • Open: 24/7
    • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving canned food, pop tops are preferred.
  • Gulfport Fire Department
    • 5314 23rd Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • 23rd Avenue between 53rd & 54th Street
    • Open: 24/7
    • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving cannedfoods, pop tops are preferred.
  • Gulfport Presbyterian Church
    • 5313 27th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • NE corner of 53rd Street & 27th Avenue South
    • Open: 24/7
    • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving canned foods, pop tops are preferred.
  • Jax In & Out Café
    • 4928 Gulfport Boulevard South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • Open:10am – 2pm, Mon. – Sat.
    • Offering: Fresh produce and non-perishable food. If leaving canned foods, pop tops are preferred.
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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 Sam Henderson’s Public Service Announcements

City of Gulfport Press Releases

For Immediate Release, 9/4/2020

CITY HALL UTILITY CUSTOMER SERVICE DEPARTMENT TO RE-OPEN

The re-opening of City Hall for utility customers is set to begin on Tuesday, September 8.

The City of Gulfport is tentatively re-opening City Hall and working diligently to reopen city facilities in a way that is responsible and safe for everyone. Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the City Hall Utilities Customer Service department will tentatively re-open for walk-up in-person services.

Several protocols will be required at City Hall, including physical distancing, face coverings and sanitization measures. With safe practices in place, the City will continue to provide the highest level of customer service to City Residents.

  • City of Gulfport Utility Customers credit card payments can be made online at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/gulfportfl. City Residents with Utility, Water, and Sewer billing questions can call (727) 893-1016 or email utilitiesinfo@mygulfport.us.
  • Customers who would like to pay their bill over the phone via credit card can call (727) 893-1016.
    • The Online Utility Payment Convenience Fee of $3.25 for credit card payments will resume with the reopening of City Hall on Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
  • City of Gulfport Utility Customer Service representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you have a water emergency after normal operating hours, please call the non-emergency police number at (727) 582-6177.

The City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. Residents are urged to continue using remote services, if necessary.  Should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.

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For Immediate Release, 9/4/2020

 

THE CITY OF GULFPORT TO CLOSE THE COVID-19 UTILITY ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS

As of September 30, 2020 the City of Gulfport will bring to a close the City’s COVID-19 utility assistance programs. In implementing the two City Council sponsored programs, the City has successfully provided 127 Residential Utility Grants totaling $36,381 and 44 Small Business Utility Grants totaling $33,000.

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For Immediate Release, 8/13/2020

 

CITY OF GULFPORT SENIOR CENTER TELEPHONE REASSURANCE PROGRAM: KEEPING YOU SAFE AND CONNECTED

The City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program is a free service for Gulfport Residents 50 years of age or older. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members and provide comfort, security, and peace of mind to members and families.

As of Thursday, August 13, 2020, five months into the coronavirus pandemic, the City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program has called 1,760 members, with the support of 39 volunteers, providing the opportunity for daily interaction, comforting conversation, and verification of the senior’s well-being.

Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service during this difficult time, please call (727) 893-2237 and register today.

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For Immediate Release, 8/12/2020

PINELLAS COUNTY GOVERNMENT EXTENDS LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY THRU AUGUST 21

Rolling 7-day average for COVID-19 positive test results drops to 4.9 percent in Pinellas

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday extended its State of Local Emergency declaration for COVID-19 through August 21 after receiving another encouraging update on the virus trending data in Pinellas County.

Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, reported that the 7-day rolling average positive COVID-19 tests has dropped to 4.9 percent and hospitalizations have stabilized, which he credited in part to having two Super Skilled Nursing Facilities to house COVID-19 patients from long term care facilities.

Dr. Angus Jameson, medical director for Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services, urged residents to continue their mask wearing and social distancing. “Now is not the time to take our foot off the gas,” he said. “We are still significantly higher than we would like to be, and we need to take this opportunity to really drive the disease down as much as we can, particularly as we look forward to other events in the community, such as having schools coming back together.”

The extension of the declaration keeps in force a countywide ordinance requiring face coverings and social distancing practiced in indoor public places. Since the ordinance went into effect, there have been steady declines in the rolling 7-day averages for case counts and positive tests. Information about COVID-19 testing (including a new site at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater), the Pinellas CARES programs and CDC guidance, as well as a Data Dashboard and links to state and county orders, can be found at covid19.pinellas.org.

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For Immediate Release, 7/15/2020

 

CITY OF GULFPORT PUBLICLY ACCESSIBLE WATER FOUNTAINS SHUT OFF

All publicly accessible water fountains in the City of Gulfport have been shut off today, Wednesday, July 15th, to help reduce the risk for COVID-19 spread.
If you have any questions or for more information, please call 727-893-1000.
 
 
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CITY OF GULFPORT RECEIVES 6,000 ADDITIONAL MASKS

In conjunction with the Board of County Commissioners, the City of Gulfport has received an additional 6,000 face masks through the efforts of Pinellas County Commissioner, Ken Welch. Residents who are in need of a FREE face mask are advised to go to the 49th Street Neighborhood Center and/or the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. Both facilities are walk-up sites. Cloth face masks will be available on a first come, first served basis.

49th Street Neighborhood Center
1617 49th St. S., Gulfport
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(727) 893-1000

Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport
Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
(727) 893-1000

It is in part of the efforts to slow a recent, rapid spike in COVID-19 cases in the community. These Community Leaders remind us it’s important we continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep members of our communities healthy and safe. Wearing a cloth face covering, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands are good practices that will continue to protect us and our neighbors. Pictured here are the City of Gulfport Vice Mayor, Michael Fridovich, City of Gulfport Councilmember, Paul Ray, Pinellas County Commissioner, Kenneth Welch, City of Gulfport Councilmember, April Thanos, Pinellas County Commissioner, Charlie Justice, and City of Gulfport Councilmember, Christine Brown. Thank you for wearing a mask.

For more information about when and how to properly wear a mask, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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For Immediate Release, 6/24/2020

FREE FACE MASKS AT THE GULFPORT CASINO BALLROOM & 49TH STREET NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER

The City of Gulfport hopes you’re staying safe and taking care of yourself and your families. Due to a spike in the number of positive COVID-19 cases, protecting yourself and the others around you by wearing a face mask is highly important. Starting Thursday, June 25, the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) and the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) will be the main hubs for residents who are in need of a FREE face mask. Both facilities will be walk-up sites with the Gulfport Casino Ballroom open Monday through Friday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. and the 49th Street Neighborhood Center open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, please visit the City of Gulfport COVID-19 webpage at www.mygulfport.us/covid-19 or call 727-893-1000.

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PINELLAS: COMMISSION PASSES EMERGENCY ORDINANCE REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS, OTHER COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES

  • Citizens must wear face coverings in most indoor places, with exceptions
  • Emergency ordinance covers entire county and takes effect Wednesday, June 24, at 5 p.m.
  • Restaurants, bars must spread out patrons, prevent congregating and only serve seated patrons
Faced with an alarming surge in COVID-19 cases, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday passed an emergency ordinance requiring that citizens wear face coverings in most indoor public places, and restaurants and bars to implement new safety and anti-crowding measures. The ordinance passed 6-1, with Commissioner Kathleen Peters dissenting.
The countywide ordinance takes effect Wednesday, June 24, at 5 p.m., and will remain in effect through the duration of Pinellas County’s State of Local Emergency. The Board extended that declaration through July 3 and can continue to renew it on a weekly basis.
The ordinance defines a face covering as a material that covers the nose and mouth and remains affixed or a face shield. A cloth face covering, or mask, may be factory-made or sewn by hand and can be improvised from clothing or other household fabric items.
Requirements:
  • Citizens must wear a face covering while in most indoor public places within Pinellas County, although the Board provided several exceptions. Among them:
  • The mandate cannot conflict with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • It does not apply if a person is strictly adhering to social distancing and there are 10 or fewer people in the location who are also maintaining social distancing.
  • It does not apply to governmental entities such as schools, courthouses or city halls, although those entities are encouraged to develop procedures to protect employees and the public.
  • The City of Gulfport is requiring face coverings in all City of Gulfport Public Facilities with the exclusion of the Gulfport Recreation Center.
  • If a person is under age 18, that person’s use of a face covering is left to the discretion of that person’s parent, guardian or an accompanying adult.
  • Religious rituals such as various forms of singing are permitted provided that social distancing is strictly maintained.
  • Exercising while social distancing, such as in a gym, is permitted without a face covering.
  • Restaurant and bar staff must wear a face covering while on duty and while directly or indirectly preparing food or beverage, or serving food or beverage, or having customer contact, regardless of where the food or beverage is being prepared or whether the customers are inside or outside. Customers can remove their face coverings while dining or consuming a beverage when seated and social distancing.
  • Restaurants and bars must position chairs and tables so that parties of one or more are separated by six feet and patrons are not standing at the bar or congregating in any area.
  • Retail employees must wear face coverings unless working in an area of the business that is not open to the customers and has social distancing measures in place.
Carefully weighed decision
 
The Board made its decision based on COVID-19 trending data, the advice of the County’s leading public health officials, and CDC guidance. Through the Zoom virtual meeting platform, the Board also took several hours of public comment.
 
Dr. Ulyee Choe, director of the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, pointed out that the county’s rolling 7-day average of new COVID-19 cases is up to 219 per day, with a positive test rate of about 12 percent, whereas the positivity rate was only 1 to 2 percent five weeks ago. Dr. Angus Jameson, medical director for Pinellas County Emergency Medical Services, noted that COVID-19 cases in the greater Tampa Bay area have increased from about 125 per day three weeks ago to about 1,000 cases a day, raising concerns that COVID-19 will continue to spread exponentially and overwhelm the healthcare system.
Enforcement
The Board elected to adopt the emergency order by ordinance to allow it to be enforced as a non-criminal local ordinance violation, in addition to other enforcement remedies.
Remedies include:
  • A warning.
  • A non-criminal ordinance violation citation that levies a fine.
  • Injunctive relief through a complaint filed in Circuit Court.
  • Misdemeanor arrest or a Notice to Appear for Repeat Violations.

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CITY OF GULFPORT COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES: FACE COVERINGS IN CITY FACILITIES

In addition to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners emergency ordinance requiring that citizens wear face coverings in most indoor public places, the City of Gulfport is requiring face coverings in all City of Gulfport public facilities with the exclusion of the Gulfport Recreation Center.

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For Immediate Release, 6/12/2020

CITY OF GULFPORT COVID-19 UPDATE: OPERATIONS

The City of Gulfport is working diligently to reopen city facilities in a way that is responsible and safe for everyone. Based upon the reported increase in COVID-19 activity this past Thursday, with Pinellas County experiencing a very high single-day number of coronavirus cases, the City of Gulfport has determined that it is in the best interests of the residents and staff to continue the limited operational model as they pertain to City Hall, City Facilities and City Departments.

The City Manager is focused on restoring and reintroducing City services that are most important to serve our community by following the guidance released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), the Governor’s Executive Orders, OSHA Workplace Standards, and Pinellas County Government.

Below is important contact information to remain in contact with the City of Gulfport staff.

Please continue to check in with the City’s COVID-19 webpage for updates, mygulfport.us/covid-19, and you may call us (727) 893-1000 with any questions or concerns you may have. We look forward to getting everyone back here as soon as possible.

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For Immediate Release, 6/5/2020 – 7AM

CITY OF GULFPORT MOVES TO PHASE 2 REOPENING

On June 3, 2020, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-139, to go into effect Friday, June 5, 2020 for all counties in the State of Florida outside of Miami Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.

According to this Executive Order, the entities and businesses allowed to operate during Phase 2 and the guidelines for each are outlined below:

  • Bars and pubs may operate at 50 percent of their indoor capacity, excluding employees, and full capacity outdoors (this does not apply to nightclubs).
  • Restaurants may allow bar-top seating.
  • Retail establishments may operate at full capacity.
  • Gyms and fitness centers may operate at full capacity.
  • Entertainment businesses, including but not limited to, movie theatres, concert halls, auditoriums, bowling alleys, arcades, playhouses and casinos may operate at 50 percent capacity.
  • Pari-mutuel facilities may seek approval to operate with written request from the County Administrator to the Secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
  • Personal services, including but not limited to, tattooing, body piercing, acupuncture, tanning and massage may operate with appropriate safety guidelines as outlined by the Department of Health.

All businesses must adhere to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for social distancing and sanitization.

The City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19. The health and safety of our residents is our top priority. Should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.

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For Immediate Release on 6/4/2020 – 4PM

CITY OF GULFPORT COMPLETES $500.00 INDEPENDENTLY OPERATED SMALL BUSINESS GRANT PROGRAM FOR BUSINESSES WITH 1-2 EMPLOYEES

On May 5, 2020, Gulfport City Council established the Gulfport Gateway Grant Program for eligible small businesses negatively impacted by COVID‐19. City Council authorized 40, one-time, $1,000 grants and 20, $500 grants to eligible applicants from the City of Gulfport’s unrestricted General Fund Balance.

As of today, June 4, 2020, the City of Gulfport has successfully completed the small business Gateway Grant program for businesses that employ between 1-2 full-time equivalent employees. 22, $500 grants for City of Gulfport independently operated small businesses are successfully processed. The $500 program has reached capacity and therefore we are no longer accepting applications.

18, $1,000 grants remain available for eligible small businesses that employ between 3-50 full-time equivalent employees. Businesses eligible for these type grants, must be physically located within the municipal boundaries of the City of Gulfport, independently operated, a brick and mortar location that has suffered a loss of revenue due to COVID-19, have a current City of Gulfport business tax license, and in operation during February 2020 with employees for whom it paid salaries and payroll taxes.

There are limited remaining funds that will be continued to be distributed on a first come first serve basis. For more information, please access the application at https://mygulfport.us/gatewaygrant/ or contact Carol Parker at (727) 893-1076, email CParker@mygulfport.us.

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For Immediate Release, 5/28/2020 – 4:30PM

PLAYGROUNDS ARE NOW OPEN

As of today (May 28), City pavilions and playgrounds including fitness areas are now open.

The City of Gulfport is committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens we serve and staying physically active is one of the best ways to keep your mind and body healthy. We encourage residents and visitors using our recreation amenities to follow the recommended actions in helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Stay at least six feet from others at all times. This might make some open areas, trails, and paths better to use. Do not go into a crowded area.
  • Avoid gathering with others outside of your household.
  • Wash 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.
  • Bring hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol to use if soap and water are not available.
Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, the basketball court and volleyball courts will open for pickup and league play only. In addition, all City cosponsored special events remain suspended until further notice.
People can visit parks, trails, and open spaces as a way to relieve stress, get some fresh air and vitamin D, stay active, and safely connect with others. Should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
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GULFPORT LIBRARY TO REOPEN WITH NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS JUNE 1

The Gulfport Public Library is committed to the health and well-being of the citizens we serve. Effective Monday, June 1, 2020, the Gulfport Library will reopen with limited services to the public, observing best practices for the safety of both citizens and staff. If you have questions please contact library staff at (727) 893-1073 or (727) 893-1074 during normal business hours, Monday – Friday 10:00AM – 7:00PM and Saturday 10:00AM – 4:00PM.
 
Available Services beginning June 1:
  • We will continue parking lot pickup for those who do not wish to enter the building
  • You may come in the building, browse the stacks, and take out books
  • Computer use will be available on a limited bases. Patrons will have a one hour time limit daily; your time is non-renewable
  • Starting June 8th the Library will be a designated Summer Break Spot for grab and go food service for children ages 18 and under. The Summer Break Spot is presented by the Department of Agriculture program brought to you by the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness in partnership with the Gulfport Public Library
  • Reference services will be available
  • Faxing will be available
We are taking several precautionary steps to ensure the safety of the public and staff:
  • Staff will wear masks and gloves when coming to your car for parking lot pickup
  • Limited computer access will be available to maintain social distancing
  • The building will only be at 25% capacity
  • Plexi has been installed as a safety barrier for both patrons and staff
  • We have designated waiting areas that are 6 feet apart
  • Meeting and Study rooms will be closed
  • Programs will continue virtually; via ZOOM and Facebook Live. Some programs will offer supplies or kits available to be picked up at the library during regular business hours
  • We will not be accepting donations
  • The meeting room will continue to be closed to community groups
  • Additional cleaning procedures, including a daily disinfecting will take place. Between every parking lot pickup, staff will continue to change gloves, and the computer areas will be cleaned off after every patron.
If you continue to self-isolate and require library services:
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 /. Programs will continue to be held virtually.
 
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CITY OF GULFPORT SUMMER RECREATION PROGRAM

The Gulfport Recreation Summer Program will run June 1 through July 31, from 7:30am-5:00pm (No extended care available)
 
The City of Gulfport Recreation Division has been working very hard to update our Summer Program policies and procedures to adhere to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines. All Summer Program registrations will be limited to Gulfport residents and City Employees. Registrations will be accepted Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm. Health checks will be required for entry to the facility and registration paperwork needs to be fully completed with all lines filled out correctly. Proof of residency is required at the time of registration.
 
Campers are required to be registered for the entire 9-week summer program. Group sizes are 9 children to 1 coach. The cost for the 9-week program is $495 with 50% due at registration and the remaining balance due by June 26 . At this time, we will not be accepting weekly registrations.
 
The City of Gulfport Recreation will continue to observe CDC guidelines and make any adjustments as necessary. Staff will clean, sanitize and disinfect the facility multiple times throughout the summer camp day. Children will remain in the same group with the same coach each day. The center will also remain closed to the public during Summer Program operating hours. City Staff will be conducting curbside drop-off health checks (which includes a non-contact temperature check and symptom screening) from 7:30-8:30am as well as curbside pick-up for parents from 4:00-5:00pm.
 
The Gulfport Summer Rec. program will not be offering field trips, swim lessons, guest speakers, karate or hip hop dance classes. We will also not be participating in the Summer Food Program, so children will be required to bring a healthy morning snack, lunch and afternoon snack.
 
Please do not hesitate to call the Recreation Center at 727-893-1068 for questions or more information.
 
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CITY OF GULFPORT 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION CANCELLATION

In an abundance of caution, the City of Gulfport has cancelled the annual 4th of July Celebration and respective event activities including the fireworks program, community parade, kids fishing derby, and sand sculpture contest. The 4th of July fireworks program is re-scheduled to Saturday, September 5, 2020 (Labor Day Weekend).
 
“It’s one thing if policy decisions were being driven by economics to reopen; we understand that and support our businesses,” Gulfport Mayor Samuel Henderson said. “But as a city inviting people to gather in close quarters where it’s going to be very difficult to maintain social distancing, we were very uncomfortable inviting people to congregate that way.”
 
All Special Events including the Tuesday Fresh Market and the monthly first Friday and third Saturday Artwalks are cancelled until further notice. The Gulfport Casino’s public events remain closed.
 
The City of Gulfport will continue to closely monitor COVID-19 and an ongoing evaluation will take place on the events closure. For more information, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
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For Immediate Release, May 15, 2020 – 1 PM

GULFPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY PARKING LOT PICK-UP SERVICES

Pick-Up available beginning Monday, May 18, weekdays only, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

The Gulfport Public Library is committed to the health and wellbeing of the citizens we serve. We are working to restore library service to our customers in a gradual and safe manner. Beginning Monday, May 18, the Gulfport Public Library will offer parking lot pick-up services for books, dvds, and other items. To place your order, call (727) 893- 1074 or email libraryinfo@mygulfport.us. Please provide your library card number, name, and title and format (DVD, book, large print, etc.) of the item when you make your request. You will be notified via a phone call or email when your items are ready for pick-up. Visit mygulfport.us/covid-19 for more details or click here.

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THE TAMPA BAY NETWORK TO END HUNGER EXPANDS PROGRAMMING TO SERVE THE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES IN THE GULFPORT COMMUNITY

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and the City of Gulfport, Florida partner to expand programming.

The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger (TBNEH), a tri-county leader in hunger relief, research and program development, is proud to announce the City of Gulfport as a new partner with weekly meal packing events at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater of Gulfport.

“We are grateful MOW4Kids is serving our community, especially with summer approaching, this ensures our children have the same access to good and healthy food as we enter what may be a long and uncertain summer,” said Samuel Henderson, Mayor of City of Gulfport. “We are happy to support the Network’s mission to help children and families in Gulfport. This program also gives our employees the opportunity to give back by helping our community.”

Volunteers will assemble shelf stable foods and produce at the Catherine A. Hickman Theater on Saturdays for delivery on Mondays.

The Network’s MOW4Kids program launched this past March, in partnership with Share Our Strength’s No Kids Hungry, Pinellas County Schools Food and Nutrition and Transportation Departments, Daystar Life Center, St. Petersburg Free Clinic and Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County. MOW4Kids, the first program of its kind, was developed in response to COVID-19 school closures, to serve children, 18 years or younger, with meals delivered to their home by volunteers.

Interested in volunteering? Please visit www.networktoendhunger.org/volunteer to complete a volunteer application. If you or anyone you know could benefit from this program, please call Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger at (813) 344-5837 or submit an application

at www.NetworktoEndHunger.org/MOW4Kids. If eligible, meal delivery service can begin the following week, while school is closed.

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CITY OF GULFPORT PUBLIC WORKS SEWER SYSTEM SMOKE TESTING

In an effort to improve the sanitary sewer system and the related environment, the City of Gulfport Public Works Department announces that sewer system smoke testing will be conducted on Monday, May 18, 2020 for approximately two weeks. The purpose of this cost effective maintenance program is to find cracks, breaks, and other issues with sewer lines in the City’s system that need to be repaired and improved. The smoke testing is part of our continuing effort to provide a safe, economical, efficient and environmentally sound sewer system. The smoke used for this test is manufactured for this purpose and leaves no residuals or stains and has no effect on plants and animals. Door hangers will be placed on every home and business prior to any work being conducted. For more information, please contact the City of Gulfport Customer Service Utilities Department at (727) 893-1016.

Smoke Testing FAQ’s

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CITY OF GULFPORT CASINO DOCK TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR CONSTRUCTION

City of Gulfport, Florida Marina Director, Denis Frain has announced the Gulfport Casino Dock in Boca Ceiga Bay will be temporarily closed for scheduled construction beginning Thursday, May 14 at 9 a.m. The closure is necessary while repairs of support pilings are completed. The Casino dock is anticipated to reopen Friday, May 15. During the Casino dock closures, boaters are invited to consider using the Gulfport Municipal Marina at 4630 29th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33711. For more information, please contact City of Gulfport Marina Director, Denis Frain at (727) 893-1071 or visit the Gulfport Marina on the Official City of Gulfport, Florida’s website at mygulfport.us/marina.

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For Immediate Release, 4/9/2020

STATE OF FLORIDA OPENS BARBERSHOPS AND COSMETOLOGY SALONS

Governor DeSantis’ Resolution 20-120 allows barbershops, cosmetology salons, and specialty cosmetology salons to reopen today (May 11), with the following restrictions and recommendations to maintain public safety:

REQUIRED:

  • Scheduling by appointment only
  • No group appointments
  • Allowing 15 minutes between customers to allow for proper disinfecting practices
  • All employees wear masks while providing personal services

RECOMMENDED:

  • Thoroughly clean and disinfect prior to reopening. Make sure to disinfect all surfaces, tools and linens, even if they were cleaned before you originally closed. This type of cleaning should continue between each day of operation.
  • Consider providing unworn masks to clients for use during their appointment.
  • Remove all unnecessary, frequently touched items like magazines, newspapers, service menus and any other unnecessary paper products and décor from customer service areas.

FAQs can be found here: https://bit.ly/Salons-FAQs

Executive Order Number 20-120

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Post Date – May 5, 2020

CITY OF GULFPORT COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GATEWAY GRANT PROGRAM

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, Gulfport City Council approved the City of Gulfport COVID-19 Small Business Gateway Grant Program for eligible small businesses. This is an emergency grant program for the City of Gulfport’s negatively impacted independently operated small businesses. The program guidelines and application are located on the City’s website at https://mygulfport.us/gatewaygrant/.

CITY OF GULFPORT COVID-19 SMALL BUSINESS GATEWAY GRANT WEB PAGE

City Council Discussion on the Gulfport Gateway Grant Program 

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For Immediate Release, 5/1/2020
 

STATE OF FLORIDA & PINELLAS COUNTY – ORDERS & GUIDANCE FOR PHASE 1 REOPENING

On April 29, 2020, the Governor issued Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery. The plan allows for the phased opening of non-essential services and activities, and requires all individuals to continue following CDC safety and social distancing guidelines.
 
1. Under the Governor’s Executive Order 20-111, the State Safer at Home Order is extended through 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 4, 2020.
 
2. The Governor’s Executive Order 20-112, Phase 1: Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step Plan for Florida’s Recovery, is effective May 4, 2020 with no set expiration date, and the following apply:
 
– Senior citizens and individuals with underlying serious medical conditions are strongly encouraged to stay home and limit exposure to reduce COVID-19 risks.
 
– All essential services and activities previously allowed under the State’s Safer at Home Order may continue in the same manner in which they have been operating, including adherence to the safety guidelines issued by the CDC and OSHA.
 
– Consistent with the Governor’s prior orders, Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs remain closed.
 
– Vacation rentals also remain prohibited.
 
3. Restaurants and Food Establishments may reopen dining areas with a maximum occupancy of 25% of the stated building capacity. Bar counters where alcohol is served must remain closed. Outdoor seating is permitted under the Governor’s order without building capacity limitations, as long as appropriate CDC social distancing guidelines are followed. Please note that local ordinances may limit outside seating. Additional guidance for restaurants and food establishments is enclosed in the last page of this document.
 
4. Beginning on May 4, 2020, unless specifically prohibited and set forth below, non-essential services and activities may operate using social distancing guidelines. All non-essential services and activities may engage in unlimited curbside delivery and pickup. All permissible in-store activities must adhere to a maximum of 25% of the stated building occupancy. Employees, staff and/or independent contractors working at the establishment do not count toward the 25% building occupancy. Patrons will still be required to follow the appropriate CDC social distancing (no groups larger than 10 and maintain 6 feet between groups). The 25% maximum occupancy limit does not apply to essential services or activities, such as grocery stores, medical offices and home improvement stores, etc.
 
5. The following non-essential services and activity types must remain CLOSED per the Governor:
  • Arcade and video/game rooms
  • Day/Beauty spa services
  • Hair salon services (including braiding, hair cutting and styling)
  • Nail salon services
  • Barber shop services
  • Fitness, dance, Pilates, and yoga studios and gyms
  • Massage (unless directed by a medical provider)
  • Painting, craft, or art studios
  • Tattoo and piercing services
  • Bowling
  • Zoos
  • Pool halls
  • Concert and music halls
  • Locations with amusement rides and/or water parks
  • Movie and other theaters (including adult entertainment theaters)
Any other non-essential service and activity not specifically listed above is allowed to operate, subject to the 25% maximum occupancy and social distancing requirements.
 
6. Museums and Libraries – Maximum patron occupancy at 25% of stated building capacity. Interactive functions/exhibits and child play areas must remain closed. Local governments may decide to keep museums and libraries closed.
 
7. The Governor’s executive order directs everyone not to congregate in groups of more than 10 people and that people not of the same group remain 6 feet apart. This must be adhered to in a practical way while using common sense. To clarify, the directives do not prohibit 10 people from being in one building or place. More than 10 people are allowed in grocery stores, churches, parks, etc.; however, they must be 6 feet apart from those not in the same group. If you arrive together, you are allowed to stay together. Large gatherings for sporting, leisure or similar activities at venues, arenas and stadiums are prohibited.
COUNTY ORDERS AND GUIDANCE
8. Under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-33 effective April 30, 2020 all pools may reopen and are limited to 50% of that pool’s posted capacity and everyone is directed not to congregate in groups of more than ten people and that people not of the same group must remain six feet apart. Owners and operators must follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of facilities.
 
9. Under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-35 effective April 30, 2020 playgrounds and play equipment located at private child care facilities may reopen while following the Governor’s Executive Order of no more than nine children and one caregiver per classroom, provided that all equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children. Owners and operators must follow the CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection of facilities. Public playgrounds remain closed.
 
10. Under the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners’ Resolution #20-34 effective May 4, 2020 all Pinellas County public beaches and public beach parking facilities may reopen on May 4 and everyone is directed not to congregate in groups of more than ten people and that people not of the same group must remain six feet apart. Public beach restrooms may be open with enhanced cleaning and sanitation that meet CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection.
 
11. All residents are strongly encouraged to wear face masks per CDC guidance when in places of high foot traffic such as grocery and retail stores.
CITY OF GULFPORT GUIDANCE
  • The City of Gulfport Municipal Beach and parking lot will open Monday, May 4 at 7am.
  • The Beach and Casino public restrooms will also open Monday, May 4 at 7am.
  • The Pavilions remain closed.
  • All playgrounds on City property are closed, City Parks are open.
  • The Casino boat dock, in orchestration with the opening of the beach parking lot, will open Monday, May 4 at 7am.
  • Per City Ordinance 2015-08, boaters are advised that no vessel shall be moored to the
  • Public casino boat dock for more than four (4) hours in any day.
  • The tennis courts and skate park remain open.
Should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
Examples for Restaurants and Food Establishments based on State Order
 
1. Maximum 25% of Stated Building Occupancy
 
If your establishment’s stated maximum building occupancy is 180, the State Order allows for a maximum of 45 patrons at the same time indoors. The percentage measurement is not based on the number of tables you once had in your establishment; it is based upon the authorized building occupancy on your business license. Employees, staff and/or independent contractors working at the establishment do not count toward the 25% maximum occupancy.
 
2. No bar seating is allowed, but bar areas that have tabletops may be open.
 
3. Outdoor seating
Outdoor seating is permitted with appropriate CDC social distancing. Outdoor seating does not count toward the 25% maximum building occupancy.
 
 
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For Immediate Release, 4/28/2020 – 9:00 p.m.

Beaches to reopen Monday, pools this Thursday, with restrictions

The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners issued modified orders on Tuesday allowing for the conditional reopening of public beaches, public beach parking areas, and common area swimming pools. The pools and childcare facility playgrounds may reopen Thursday at 6 a.m., and the beaches will open Monday, May 4, at 7 a.m.

  • Pools at condominiums, hotels, homeowner associations, apartment complexes and long-term care facilities are limited to 50 percent of the stated pool maximum bathing load. Owners and operators must adhere to CDC social distancing and sanitation guidelines.
  • Childcare facility playgrounds may reopen with CDC social distancing and sanitation requirements. However, facilities must continue to comply with the state order that requires social distancing and no groups larger than 10. Play equipment used by one group of children must be cleaned and sanitized before use by another group of children.
  • Public beach visitors must adhere to CDC social distancing guidelines. Groups of more than 10 are prohibited, and people not from the same family must stay at least 6 feet apart.
  • Public beach restrooms must meet CDC guidelines for cleaning and disinfection.  Kayak rentals will remain closed pending new direction from the state regarding nonessential businesses.
  • The Casino Boat dock will reopen with the municipal beach.

Please call (727) 893-1000 for more information.

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Post Date; April 22, 2020

EARTH DAY

Today is Earth Day – Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, today is the holiday’s 50th anniversary. In honor of Earth Day, the City of Gulfport is flying the BLUE Earth Flag at the Gulfport Public Library. Earth Day founder and pioneer JohnMcConnell, an early leader in the international peace movement, designed the BLUE Earth Flag in 1970.
 
Be mindful of water consumption while we are spending more time at home. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later. Utility Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to answer resident’s questions about their water service. City Residents with Utility, Water, and Sewer billing questions are advised to call (727) 893-1016 or email utilitiesinfo@mygulfport.us. 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. Credit card/electronic payment processing fees have been temporarily waived to promote remote payment. Customers who would like to pay their bill over the phone via credit card are advised to call Utilities Customer and speak to a live agent or access the online utility bill payment website at https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/gulfportfl.
 
Have an extra 10 minutes? Take this time to fill out the 2020Census online. Census data help determine emergency response needs in our community as well as the allocation of millions of federal dollars for health care, education, and much more each year. Help us make the Census count on the local level! Learn more at pinellascensus.org
 
Be aware of identity thieves & scammers trying to defraud you of stimulus money. The Internal Revenue Service will not contact you to request bank information or personal information. Don’t get scammed! It may sound legitimate, but don’t fall for it. Scammers are calling people and claiming they are from the IRS. DO NOT GIVE THEM YOUR BANK INFORMATION! For more information, visit www.pinellascounty.org/consumer.
 
The Building and Community Development department is conducting permitting through electronic means of communication. If you have questions in regards to permitting, please call (727) 893-1024 or email permits@mygulfport.us. All payments will be collected via credit card over the phone.
  • Outside inspections will continue by calling the inspection line at (727) 893-1057.
  • If you need to request an interior inspection, please call (727) 893-1024.
The donation site at the Rec. Center remains open for collecting and distribution with the Support of the Juvenile Welfare Board South Community Council and the MYFoundation.
 
Items being collected are as follows:
  • Grocery Gift cards
  • Cleaning and household items
  • Uber and Lyft Gift cards
  • Diapers and Formula
  • Children’s Clothes
  • Bread, peanut butter, pasta, spaghetti sauce, pop tarts, canned veggies, fun snacks for kids, fruit cups, mac and cheese.
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and feminine products.
Distribution started this week to help the children and families in need at Gulfport Elementary School. Thank you to all the community partners with your generous donations. Your support is appreciated. In addition, the City of Gulfport has four Little Free Pantry locations to help families in need. Most are open on nights and weekends, no questions asked. Take What You Need, Give What You Can.
 
The Little Free Pantry Locations in the City are as follows:
  • Gulfport Public Library
    • 5501 28th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • SW Corner of Beach Blvd. & 27th Avenue South
    • Open: 24/7
      • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving canned food, pop tops are preferred.
  • Gulfport Fire Department
    • 5314 23rd Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • 23rd Avenue between 53rd & 54th Street
    • Open: 24/7
      • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving canned foods, pop tops are preferred.
  • Gulfport Presbyterian Church
    • 5313 27th Avenue South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • NE corner of 54th Street & 27th Avenue South
    • Open: 24/7
      • Offering: Non-perishable foods and toiletries. If leaving canned foods, pop tops are preferred.
  • Jax In & Out Café
    • 4928 Gulfport Boulevard South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
    • Open:10am – 2pm, Mon. – Sat.
      • Offering: Fresh produce and non-perishable food. If leaving canned foods, pop tops are preferred.
No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
The Public Works Sanitation and Recycling pick-up schedules remain unchanged. To speak to a Public Works Customer Service Representative, please contact (727) 893-1089.
 
Marina Operations: We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation in our effort to provide our services. The boat ramp, fueling docks, Williams Pier, and ship store remain open with safe social distancing measures in place. The Casino and transient docks remain closed. Please call (727) 893-1071 for more information.
 
In an effort to improve our communications and ensure the delivery of reliable services to our residents, 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.
 
Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, during these difficult times, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
We will get through this together.
 
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For Immediate Release, 4/13/2020 – 1:30 PM

 Meal Distribution Location at Gulfport Elementary Update

The PCS Food and Nutrition Team will be distributing free meals at our schools for Pinellas County Schools students ages 18 and younger. Gulfport Elementary located at 2014 52nd St. S. will distribute on Monday and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Monday, April 13 – Wednesday, April 29.

The upcoming weeks food will be distributed as follows:

  • Monday, April 13 – 2 days-worth of meals
  • Wednesday, April 15 – 4 days-worth of meals
  • Monday, April 20 – 2 days-worth of meals
  • Wednesday, April 22 – 6 days-worth of meals
  • Wednesday, April 29 – 6 days-worth of meals

If needed, a full week’s-worth of meals will be distributed each Wednesday throughout the closure. The district will continue to evaluate school distribution locations, as well as community distribution locations, to ensure our families have access to the meals they need while they and our staff members reduce the risk of exposure to the greatest extent possible. For more information, please visit www.pcsb.org/foodlocations.

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For Immediate Release, 4/11/2020 – 12:00 PM

EXTENSION OF VACATION RENTALS EXECUTIVE ORDER

Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-103, which extends Executive Order 20-87, related to vacation rentals, until April 30, 2020. The extension provides 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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“SAFER AT HOME” MOST UP-TO-DATE GUIDANCE  

To help local businesses comply with public safety rules under the statewide and county “Safer at Home” orders, Pinellas County has issued expanded guidance on which services are considered essential during the COVID-19 pandemic. The most up-to-date guidance on definitions of essential versus non-essential businesses and other aspects of the “Safer at Home” orders can be found here: http://pinellascounty.org/…/covi…/FAQ-Stay-at-Home-Order.pdf

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For Immediate Release, 4/8/2020 – 8:00 PM

LOCAL DONATION SITE AT THE MICHAEL J. YAKES RECREATION COMPLEX

The City of Gulfport and the Juvenile Welfare Board with the support of the MYFoundation and the Juvenile Welfare Board South County Community Council has coordinated a donation drop-off location at the Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex, 5730 Shore Blvd. S., starting Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 9AM. The donation site will be open Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM, until further notice. Donations will be aimed at the recovery of children and support families in need of aid and relief.
 
The Juvenile Welfare Board South County Community Council/MyFoundation is seeking items such as:
  • Grocery Gift cards
  • Cleaning and household items
  • Uber and Lyft Gift cards
  • Diapers and Formula
  • Children’s Clothes
  • Bread, peanut butter, pasta, spaghetti sauce, pop tarts, canned veggies, fun snacks for kids, fruit cups, mac and cheese.
  • Toiletries such as shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, and feminine products.
Thank you very much for your consideration and help supporting our community during the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, please call Maddy Guenther at the MYFoundation at (727) 656-2701, the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County Community Planner Millicent Battle at (727) 453-5660, or should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.
 
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For Immediate Release, 4/6/2020 – 12:30 PM

Meal Distribution Location at Gulfport Elementary

Pinellas County Schools has established stations for distributing two free meals a day to anyone in the county under the age of eighteen. Gulfport Elementary located at 2014 52nd St. S. will distribute on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Monday, April 13 – Friday, May 1. The breakfast will include cereal or a breakfast bar, juice and milk. The lunch will provide a sandwich, fruit cup, juice and milk. For more information, please visit https://www.pcsb.org/FoodLocations.

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For Immediate Release, 4/3/2020 – 5:00 PM

CITY OPERATIONS: COVID-19

  • City leaders are working closely with our federal, state, county, and local partners including DOH-Pinellas, law enforcement, fire/EMS, and schools during this COVID-19 pandemic.
  • City staff is supporting the coordination, planning, resources application, and responses with our community and government partners.
  • The City Call Center has expanded its question criteria to better assist our residents. Should you need to speak to a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.
    • The City Communications team continues to share messaging with residents and community groups via the city website, email newsletter, the television station, and across social media.
  • The City’s Sanitation and Public Works Departments have enhanced our facility sanitation protocols to protect our employees and residents.
  • The Building and Community Development department has closed access to the office and permitting counter. Permitting will be conducted via email at permits@mygulfport.us. If you have questions in regards to permitting, please call (727) 893-1024 or email permits@mygulfport.us.  All payments will be collected via credit card over the phone.
    • Outside inspections will continue by calling the inspection line at (727) 893-1057.
    • If you need to request an interior inspection, please call (727) 893-1024.
  • The Municipal Marina’s ship store and boat ramp is open, according to the CDC social distancing guidelines. The Marina’s fuel dock is open; boats need to remain 50 feet apart per FWC. Reservations for the mooring field and transient docks are temporarily closed. The pump out vessel is operating on normal scheduled hours. The Marina’s day room is closed. The Marina’s bathrooms and laundry rooms are open. Call (727) 893-1071 to reach Marina Staff.
  • The Gulfport Police services building remains closed to the Public. If you have a police emergency, please dial 911. The non-emergency police phone number is (727) 582-6177.
    • If you absolutely need to come to the police station, there is a telephone outside the front door that will automatically connect you to the dispatch center so that an officer can respond if necessary.
    • The following police services remain suspended:
      • Fingerprinting
      • Bicycle registration
      • Prescription drug drop-off
      • Parking permits (enforcement of resident parking restrictions will also be suspended)
      • Police officers are being instructed to respond to calls via telephone whenever possible. They will respond to major crimes, crimes in progress, or if there is evidence that needs to be observed or collected. Other calls will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
      • We will continue to patrol and enforce criminal and traffic laws, although officers are being advised to maintain safe distances and to not have personal contact (i.e. handshaking) with people unless absolutely necessary.
  • The Utility Department has suspended all customer walk-in service activities until further notice. City Residents with Utility, Water, and Sewer billing questions are advised to call (727) 893-1016 or email utilitiesinfo@mygulfport.us. Customers who would like to pay their bill over the phone via credit card are advised to call (727) 893-1017. 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
    • All disconnections to utility accounts due to non-payment are suspended. Customers should pay what they can to avoid building up a large balance that will be harder to pay off later.
    • Customer service representatives are available Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. If you have a water emergency after normal operating hours, please call the non-emergency police number at (727) 582-6177.
  • Gulfport Fire and EMS are responding in capable full status, no decompensation and degradation in service as of today. Emergency first responders have expanded their personal protective gear and sanitation protocols. You may see our first responders waring additional equipment such as masks and gloves – no reason to worry as this is a precautionary step to stay as safe as possible.
  • The Gulfport Public Library remains closed to the Public and no fines will be incurred during this time. The Library will also distribute the latest at https://www.facebook.com/GulfportLibrary. If you have any questions, please leave a message at (727) 893-1074, a member of staff will return your call.
    • 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/.
  • The Public Works Department is working the regular sanitation and recycling pickup schedules. At this time there is no change to the sanitation and Wednesday brush pickup service. Call (727) 893-1089 to speak to a Public Works Customer Service Representative if you have any questions or concerns.
    1. City of Gulfport parks, including dog parks and the tennis courts, are open.
    2. All fitness areas, playgrounds, beach pavilions, Casino boat dock, volleyball courts, and the municipal beach, including public beach parking, are closed.
    3. The County is requiring that community pools remain closed.
  • The Gulfport Recreation Center’s programs and classes are closed including Teen Night, After School, Tot-time and VPK. All rentals of pavilions and recreational areas are suspended until further notice. The lobby area at the Recreation Center is closed. The skate park and field remains open; the basketball courts are closed.
  • The Multipurpose Senior Center remains closed:
    • 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 Gulfport Casino Cultural and Community Special Events remain suspended until further notice. All Cultural Facilities are closed to the public until further notice.  Please call (727) 893-1070 for more information.

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For Immediate Release, 4/3/2020 – 9:00 AM

Pinellas County extends local state of emergency, expands on local orders 

Due to COVID-19, County will require non-essential businesses to close through April 30

Pinellas County Government has advised under the state’s new order, senior citizens and people with significant underlying health conditions must stay home and take all measures to limit their risk of exposure of COVID-19. All others can leave home only to obtain essential services or perform essential activities. Pinellas County Government also decided that the best way to implement these requirements and keep the public safe is to require the temporary closure of non-essential businesses and require social distancing compliance by businesses considered essential under the state order. To accomplish that, the County issued an executive order mandating:

  1. Retail businesses, operations or organizations not included in the category of essential services or activities listed in the governor’s order must close.
  2. All business, operations and organizations continuing to operate pursuant to the governor’s order must comply with CDC guidelines for social distancing and hazard mitigation.
  3. The County Administrator is empowered to issue orders to close businesses that are not in compliance.

Citizens who do not fall into the high-risk category may still get exercise outdoors, including walking, biking, fishing and swimming, provided they adhere to social distancing guidelines. City of Gulfport parks, including dog parks and the tennis courts, will remain open. All fitness areas, playgrounds, beach pavilions, Casino boat dock, volleyball courts, and the municipal beach, including public beach parking, remain closed. The Municipal Marina’s boat ramp and William’s Pier will also remain open. The County is requiring that community pools remain closed.

For more information, click the following link, https://www.flgov.com/2020-executive-orders/. Monitor trusted sources of information such as the Florida Department of Health at www.floridahealth.gov and the CDC at www.cdc.gov to learn the facts and to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of disease. Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.

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Post Date, 04/02/2020 – 4:00 PM

20-91 Essential Services and Activities Executive Order 

On Wednesday, April 1, Governor DeSantis issued Executive Order 20-91 to provide guidance to all those present in the State of Florida to limit movement and activities to only those deemed essential. This order takes effect on Friday, April 3, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The order will expire on April 30, 2020.

DIRECTIVES IN THIS EXECUTIVE ORDER

Section 1:  Stay At Home

    1. Senior citizens and individuals with a significant underlying medical condition (such as chronic lung disease, moderate-to-severe asthma, serious heart conditions, immunocompromised status, cancer, diabetes, severe obesity, renal failure and liver disease) shall stay at home and take all measures to limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.
    2. All persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS

Remember, we can all help to prevent the spread of disease by:

    • Staying home when you are sick.
    • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Washing 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.

A NOTE FOR OUR RESIDENTS

Movement in support of essential activities is still permissible. For example: 

    • Travel to and from work for employees deemed to be essential or providing an essential service.
    • Travel to the grocery store or pharmacy to purchase food, medications, or essential items.
    • Travel to medical appointments (check with your doctor ahead of your visit).
    • Travel to a restaurant to pick up carry-out orders.
    • Travel to care for a family member or loved one.

Monitor trusted sources of information such as the Florida Department of Health at www.floridahealth.gov and the CDC at www.cdc.gov to learn the facts and to follow recommendations to prevent the spread of disease. Should you need to speak with a City Staff member, please call (727) 893-1000.

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For Immediate Release, 3/30/2020 – 12:00 PM

FLORIDA FISH AND WILDLIFE CONSERVATION COMMISSION

Executive Order 20-09

In an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission issued an executive order requiring recreational vessel occupancy be limited to no more than 10 people per vessel and maintain a minimum distance of 50 feet between vessels.

The FWC distance provision does not apply to permitted mooring fields, public or private marinas or any other permanently installed wet slips. It remains in effect until the governor’s executive order 20-52 expires or until further notice.

Click here for the FWC Executive Order 

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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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Post Date, 3/24/2020 – 3:30PM
 

CORONAVIRUS DETECTED IN PINELLAS COUNTY

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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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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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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 Post Date, 3/20/2020 – 8:30 PM

Governor Ron Desantis Executive Order 20-71

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.

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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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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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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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Post Date, 3/17/2020 – 5:00 PM

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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Post Date, 3/17/2020 – 5:00 PM

Governor DeSantis Issues Executive Order 20-68

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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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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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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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 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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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

City of Gulfport is closely monitoring the coronavirus, COVID-19

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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