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Public Works Department

Director: Tom Nicholls
Hours: Monday – Friday,  7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Phone: (727) 893-1089
For after-hours water or sewer emergency, please call: (727) 582-6177

About Public Works

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The Public Works Director manages and supervises the City’s Public Works solid waste and utility operations. This program is also responsible for managing city streets and drainage system for compliance with the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements, the maintenance of city buildings, vehicle maintenance, and the parks division.

The Public Works Department consists of 37 full-time employees providing essential services to city residents.

Zone 1 Sidewalk Improvement Project

The City of Gulfport Public Works is beginning the Zone 1 Sidewalk and ADA ramp improvement project. The project area encompasses 28th Ave South to Shore Blvd and 54th Street South to 58th Street South. The scope of work will include the replacement of damaged existing sidewalks, installation of sidewalk/ramps crossing alleyways, and the upgrade or replacement of sidewalk ramps to comply with ADA standards. The project will commence in mid-June and continue through July. Crews will ensure proper signage and crossing are available as work is being performed.

For any questions, please contact Public Works Superintendent Kendrix Anderson at 727-893-1083.

Sanitary Sewer System Repairs

On Monday, February 5, 2024, the City of Gulfport began Sanitary Sewer System Repairs in the area bordered between Shore Blvd. S. and 27th Ave. S. and 58th St. S. to 52nd St. S. The project involves rehabilitating approximately 24,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer lines using trenchless repair methods like cured-in-place pipe lining.

During construction, Atlantic Pipe Services will notify all affected City of Gulfport residents and business owners with a door hanger on their property. If necessary, signage and traffic control devices will also be installed to help with rerouting and traffic flow. The project is expected to take several months to complete.

For additional information, please contact the Public Works Utilities Department at (727) 893-1085.

Water Shortage – SWFWMD

The City of Gulfport will be limited to once-per-week lawn watering effective December 1, 2023, as mandated by the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Modified Phase I Water Shortage Order #2023-041. Please view the District Water Restrictions at Southwest Florida Water Management District’s website.

Duke Energy

Duke Energy is working hard in our community to improve reliability, reduce outages, strengthen the power grid against severe weather and prepare our system to serve our growing area. As part of this commitment, they are conducting major grid improvement projects in the City of Gulfport and surrounding areas. Please visit Duke Energy for details on upgrading our electric infrastructure.

Streets

The Street Division provides regular right-of-way maintenance of roadways, curbs, valley gutters, medians, alleys, sidewalks, and parkway areas. Services in this program include repairing potholes, roadway repairs due to underground utility failures, repair, replacement or relocation of sidewalks, and repair of brick roadways. This program also maintains and replaces street signs, regulatory and informational signs and controls contractual services for traffic signals and street lights. The Streets Division is responsible for maintaining approximately 68 miles of paved and 32 miles of unpaved streets.

Building & Vehicle Maintenance

Building Maintenance

The Public Works Department Building Maintenance Division staff focuses on improvements, preventative maintenance operations and coordinates the ongoing maintenance and construction activities associated with routine facility maintenance. This program oversees the design and construction of renovations, building equipment replacement and ensures all city facilities are properly maintained. Personnel provides a variety of services such as carpentry, masonry, electrical work, painting, air conditioning repair, janitorial, maintenance and moving furniture.

Vehicle Maintenance

This Public Works Vehicle Maintenance Division provides maintenance services and repairs for all city equipment including light and heavy vehicles, and construction equipment. Vehicle Maintenance also includes preventative and corrective maintenance. The staff recommends the replacement of existing vehicles, and reviews additional vehicle requests by departments and divisions to ensure their suitability to the type of work being performed. The Vehicle Maintenance Division will continue to evaluate city-wide vehicle efficiency to aid in reducing the fleet vehicle maintenance, operating and energy related costs.

Sanitation

The Sanitation Department provides collection and disposal services that meet or exceed state standards and are responsible for the health and sanitary needs of our community. The department accomplishes this mission while maintaining a competitive cost of service for our customers and the community as a whole.

This department is an enterprise fund funded by user fees from the residents and businesses receiving solid waste services.

City Garbage collection is provided twice a week, either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday, based on your residential address.

To view our sanitation/recycling pick-up information, times, and days, view the Residential Sanitation Service website or call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089

Recycling

Provides once-a-week collection of household recyclables. Curbside service is provided to all single-family and duplex homes, apartment/condo complexes, mobile home parks and smaller businesses. Items collected are plastic containers and jugs, steel cans, aluminum cans, mixed paper, cardboard and newspaper.

A drop-off center is located at the Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th Street South, for glass containers (all colors), mixed paper, and cardboard. It is open 24 hours / 7 days a week.

Guidelines

  1. Separate your curbside recycling into two groups.
    1. Plastic, steel, and aluminum.
      1. Plastic bottles and/or containers
      2. Steel (tin) food cans, such as soup or vegetable cans
      3. Aluminum cans
      4. No lids, aerosol, or paint cans. Everything must be empty and rinsed.
    2. Mixed paper
      1. Mixed paper (junk mail, office paper, magazines, etc.)
      2. Cardboard (must fit inside bin)
      3. Newspaper and phone books
      4. NO string, twine, plastic bags, paper towels, tissues, paper plates/cups or shredded paper.
    3. The City provides drop-off dumpsters at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center at 1617 49th St. S. for Glass (green, brown, and clear), cardboard, and mixed paper. Open 24 hours / 7 days a week.
  2. Free Recycling Containers. Call Public Works to request a set of curbside recycling bins. (Gulfport Residents Only)
  3. Free Mulch. Located at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S. Open 24 hours / 7 days a week.
  4. Plastic Bag Drop Off. Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S, or deposited in the collection buckets throughout the City parks.
  5. Special Pick-Up. Call for more information or to schedule a special pick-up.
  6. Yard waste is picked up on Wednesdays. No cans. Small tree or shrubbery clippings loosely piled no larger than 4 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 3.5 feet high. Items cannot exceed 4 inches in diameter. Excessive accumulation of trash, debris, and/or brush will be picked up by the city, with or without notification by the owner or resident. An additional fee shall be charged according to the type of item, or size of the load, which shall be billed as an additional charge on the utility bill. No trash shall be allowed to accumulate for a period of longer than 72 hours. Mower clippings and leaves must be bagged. You must call Public Works to schedule a free pick up of these bags.

Sewer

The Sewer Division responsibilities include the operation, maintenance and repair of the City owned sanitary sewer collection system. The wastewater collection system consists of 37 miles of gravity sanitary sewer lines, 694 manholes, 2 miles of force main, 2 lift stations and 68 miles of service laterals and averages 7.45 million gallons per week. Wastewater treatment is provided by the City of St. Petersburg’s Southwest Water Treatment Plant.

Water

The Water Department responsibilities include the operation, maintenance and repair of the City owned potable water distribution system.

The water distribution system consists of 38.5 miles of 1½-inch to 4-inch pipes, 27.3 miles of 6-inch to 12-inch pipes, 5,723 water meters, 467 backflow preventers and 386 fire hydrants. Consumption averages 6.7 million gallons per week. The water is provided by the City of St Petersburg.

Storm Water

This program comprises the construction, cleaning, maintenance and restoration of the City’s stormwater drainage system. Facilities include stormwater inlets, catch basins, culverts and transmission lines, retention/detention ponds and outfalls. This includes 120,000 feet of drain lines, 211 stormwater inlets, catch basins, culverts and transmission lines, retention/detention ponds and 7 outfalls. The City’s stormwater system is governed by a federal program called the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES). This program is funded by a monthly stormwater fee, as well as grants from the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD).

What is Stormwater?

Rechargeable Battery Collection

The Gulfport Public Works Department located at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) is an official collection site for rechargeable batteries!
Only batteries weighing 11 lbs. or less, and cellphones (with or without their batteries) are accepted. The Call2Recycle program does not accept wet cell batteries.

Rechargeable Batteries Accepted:

  • Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
  • Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
  • Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
  • Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
  • Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)

Batteries NOT Accepted:

  • Single-use (Alkaline, Lithium etc.)
  • non-rechargeable batteries
  • Wet cell Ni-Cd
  • Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries

For questions, please call the Public Works Department or visit Call2Recycle’s website.