Waterfront Redevelopment District
About Waterfront Redevelopment District (WRD)
The purpose of the Waterfront Redevelopment District (WRD) is to establish development standards which will enhance redevelopment opportunities within the district and implement the City of Gulfport’s adopted community redevelopment plan. The WRD zoning district is designed to be consistent with the community redevelopment district (CRD) land use category of the Gulfport Comprehensive Plan. The district is intended to encourage and promote the revitalization of the waterfront area and to maintain the unique characteristics of the area. This is to be achieved by allowing a wide variety of mixed uses, preserving existing residential neighborhoods and establishing development regulations which will promote reinvestment in the district. Please see the WRD plan for boundaries, service area, a map and services provided.
Public Facilities Reports
The Gulfport Casino and Ballroom is a public facility located within the WRD. The Casino was officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 2014. For a weekly reporting of events and facility use, please see the City Manager Report. Information about the Casino budget, including; expenses, revenues, and fees may also be found in the City of Gulfport Annual Budget
The Michael J. Yakes Recreation Complex & Gulfport Recreation Center located at 5730 Shore Blvd. S. Gulfport, FL 33707 is another public facility located within the WRD. It offers quality activities, classes, and programs for all ages.
Williams Pier is located at the intersection of 54th Street South and Shore Boulevard in Gulfport. The first in a series of piers was built in 1907. The latest pier was recently renovated, and a dedication to Bert and Walter Williams was held in June 2001. Bert and Walter Williams, a father and son, were instrumental in the development of Gulfport, serving as city officials for a combined tenure of over twenty-seven years.
Features of the pier:
– 521-foot extension into Boca Ciega Bay providing access to fishing in deeper waters
– Free admission
– Exterior lighting
– Fish cleaning table
The registered agent on file with the Special District Accountability Program:
Mr. James E. O’Reilly
2401 53rd Street South
Gulfport, Fl 33707
General Financial Information
Financial information concerning the WRD, including the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the annual adopted budget may be found at the City of Gulfport’s Finance Department.
Originating and Governing Documents
The Gulfport Waterfront Redevelopment District was created on August 18, 1992, pursuant to the Community Redevelopment Act (Chapter 163, Part Ill, Florida Statutes & Chapter 189, Florida Statutes-Uniform Special District Accountability Act). The Waterfront Area Redevelopment Plan was originally created by City of Gulfport Resolutions 92-25, 92-55, and Ordinance 1993-02. Sec. 22-5.08 of the City of Gulfport Code of Ordinances governs the WRD. The 57.9-acre district extends along Beach Blvd. South from 21st Ave. South to the shoreline (area map can be viewed here). In 1992, the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners approved the findings of necessity establishing that the District met the slum and blighting conditions outlined in the Florida Statutes (BOCC Resolution 92-148). Subsequently, The City of Gulfport adopted the Waterfront Redevelopment Plan (Ordinance 1993-02) on March 18, 1993 (Amended October 17, 2000 Ordinance 2000-23 & August 4, 2009 Ordinance 2009-07). The Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners approved the Waterfront Redevelopment Plan in April 1993. Pinellas County Resolution 92-148, amended here.