Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
Tuesday Fresh Market
Tuesday, October 27th
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Join us weekly at our open-air fresh market for the region’s freshest produce, arts & crafts from local creators and a fresh array of locally sourced botanicals along the shops and restaurants of scenic Beach Boulevard. With social distancing and safety protocols in place to keep vendors and shoppers safe, the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offers people an outdoor venue where they can safely shop.
Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday’s at 7 p.m.
Broadcasting “live on Facebook”
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Check on updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to vehicle, residential burglaries, BOLO’s and stolen vehicles.
For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Wright Volunteer Coordinator at 727-893-1022 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Trick or Treat Candy Chute Trail
Saturday, October 31st
4 – 7 p.m.
Gulfport Recreation Center
(walking trail behind building)
For more information, please contact 727-893-1068. Masks are required and please practice social distancing.
Upcoming Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
First Friday Artwalk
Friday, November 6th from 5 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Waterfront District
First Friday Art Walk is a juried event that welcomes emerging and professional artists in all media to engage our arts loving community in a safe, creative and socially distanced manner. Hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber, all safety protocols are met and exceeded to ensure a safe and entertaining night out for the entire family. Come join us with free live music up and down the street. Follow the flags for artist clusters, displaying paintings, jewelry, glass, mixed media sculpture and more.
Beyond the Beach City Wide Clean-up
Saturday, November 14th
9 a.m. – noon
Gulfport GrassRoots, in conjunction with Keep Pinellas Beautiful and SO49-49th Street South Business Assoc. , is pleased to announce a Gulfport City Wide Clean-up Event.
Meeting areas are at Shelter #4 on the Gulfport Beach and at the Tangerine Greenway Trolley. Pickers, gloves, and bags will be available for all volunteers. Light snacks are being provided at both check in locations. Volunteers are asked to wear masks at the check-in sites.
Third Saturday IndieFaire
Saturday, November 21st from 5 – 9 p.m.
Downtown Waterfront District
Welcome to Third Saturday IndieFaire! IndieFaire features high quality local art and contemporary crafts from across a wide range of mediums, as well as jewelry and locally sourced botanicals in an outdoor and socially distanced manner along scenic Beach Boulevard in downtown Gulfport.
35th Annual Lighted Holiday Boat Parade
Saturday, December 12th at 7 p.m.
Each year, BCYC members and members of the general public come together to spread holiday joy by decking the hulls and heading out on Boca Ciega Bay to parade the BCYC way!
Entry Fee: Two (or more) new unwrapped children’s presents OR a check made out to “Operation Santa”,
the City of Gulfport’s annual toy drive.
To become a 2020 parade sponsor, contact the Christmas Boat Parade Chair, Jenn Buckley, 813-323-5852, or email at email@example.com
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
For further information please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 893-1012 or 893-1013.
Gulfport Senior Center Begins Reopening November 2nd
These past few months have been challenging for us all, and we hope that you are safe and healthy amid the COVID-19 pandemic. I feel extremely fortunate and very excited to inform you that the Gulfport Senior Center will begin its reopening stages on NOVEMBER 2nd.
On NOVEMBER 2nd, the Fitness Center will open and be available to pre-registered guests Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am to 7:00 pm and on Fridays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.
To provide physical distancing, the hourly capacity is limited and pre-registration is required. You must call (727) 893-5657 to pre-register for your preferred time.
All other in-person classes and activities will remain suspended until further notice.
Your safety and the safety of our staff continues to remain our priority. The Gulfport Senior Center has taken many measures to safeguard your health. To better protect and serve you, please understand, some changes that have gone into effect.
- When you arrive at the center, please wear your mask, maintain physical distancing, and be prepared to answer screening questions prior to entry.
- Checking in at the MySeniorCenter screen will be required. You must sanitize your hands before and after using the check in system.
- In addition to our regularly scheduled cleaning, staff and volunteers will be disinfecting all high touch surfaces in-between guests and throughout the day.
- Hand sanitizing stations have been installed in convenient locations throughout the center. Please use these and wash your hands with soap and water often.
- If you have a fever, are not feeling well or have been around someone who is sick, do not come to the center. You will not be allowed to enter the facility.
- And finally, stay positive, have fun, and be patient with all of us. These rules and regulations are new to everyone, including the Senior Center staff. This is a forever changing environment and we are doing our best to make the correct decisions to keep everyone safe and healthy.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are excited to see you all. Until then, take care and have a great day.
A Little Help from Santa!
I am sure some of our Gulfport kids could use a little cheer! It’s that time again for Santa to check his list and check it twice for “Operation Santa”. If you are a Gulfport resident and could use a little help, the Gulfport Police Department is now accepting applications for Christmas assistance through December 18, 2020 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 2401 53rd Street S. Gulfport
at the Records Department. Each family’s head of household must bring photo identification, proof of Gulfport residence as well as the name(s) and age(s) of child(ren) living in the home. Operation Santa will collect Christmas gifts for children ages 0 to 10 years of age. There will be no home deliveries and you must pick up your gifts at the Police Department from December 20-21, 2020 by appointment only, so it’s important that you contact us right away. For more information on Operation Santa, please call at 893-1097 and leave a message.
To assist Operation Santa 2020 (or…Little Helpers for Santa)
For 29 years, Gulfport Police Department employees have sponsored a program called “Operation Santa” in which toys are donated to needy children that live in the City of Gulfport. Operation Santa has always been very successful in part due to the contributions we receive, we would again like to ask you for your help in the form of donations, i.e. monetary, new unwrapped toys, and gift cards. It’s been a particularly challenging year for some families and your thoughtfulness will make their holiday! Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. If you have any question call 893-1097 and leave a message and someone will return your call.
Early Voting in Person
Early voting in Florida opens as early as October 19. Dates and availability may vary by location. Find a location to vote early or vote at a polling place on Nov 3.
The Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger is working through an increase in distribution needs with more families accessing food and resources. Volunteers currently are needed to help pack meals on Tuesdays and Saturdays and for deliveries on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Food Pantry and Prepared Meal Locations
No one should go hungry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please click the link below for a listing of food pantries and prepared meals distribution locations in Pinellas County.
COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
Where to Get Help
Contact 211 Tampa Bay Cares
by texting your zip code to 898211 or dialing 211 (available 24 hours a day).
Pinellas County has also established a dedicated COVID-19 webpage
where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.
Household Electronics & Chemical
The Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) has reopened. For the safety of our customers and staff, the handling of items has changed. Staff and customers shall practice social distancing of 6 feet. Customers are required to unload items from their vehicles. Staff will advise customers to place items on a cart or on the ground (for larger items, like TVs).
Duke Energy realizes the financial impact of the pandemic is far from over. Credit & debit card fees and walk-in payment fees will be waived through the end of October. Customers still facing financial challenges can request an extended payment arrangement quickly and easily
Residential customers with more complex issues should call 800-700-8744 Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; business customers should call 877-372-8477.
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.
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.
Catch A Ride With GEMS
The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) run thru the Senior Center has resumed limited, essential transportation services to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc.
Any Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $70 plus $2 per ride.
For more information, call 893-2242.
Gulfport Flood and Hurricane Information
If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Visit www.mygulfport.us/hurricane-center/
for planning tips, evacuation zone information, a list of recommended supplies, and other useful hurricane-related information. Be prepared to stay safe. The Atlantic Basin Hurricane Season ends November 30.
Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service
5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
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City of Gulfport Williams Pier Projected Re-opening
In June, the City of Gulfport Williams Pier was temporarily closed for scheduled construction. The projected re-opening date is set for Friday, November 20th.
If you have any questions, please contact the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
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