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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, February 22, 2021, Boca Ciega Bay


      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. The marina and harbor, found on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, are easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

       
       
       
      Week of February 22, 2021
      Honoring Black History Month with participation in the Pan African Flag Raising
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
       
      Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
       
      Gulfport Merchant's Chamber Tuesday Fresh Market Logo
       
      Gulfport Fresh Market
      Tuesday, February 23rd
      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.
       
      For more information or to register to become a vendor, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/
      Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Library
      Annual Meeting
      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 7 p.m.
       
      Reminder – The Circle of Friends Annual Meeting and Membership Update will be held on Tuesday, February 23rd at 7 P.M. This will be a virtual event via Zoom and instructions for participation are listed below. Please join us as we will hold a vote on our members, and provide an update of our activities over the past year. We will also provide time for any questions that participants may have and end our meeting with poems written by our Poet Laureate, Peter Hargitai.
       
      We hope that you will log in or call in to participate in our annual meeting.
       
      Log in instructions:
       
      Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
       
      Please click this URL to join. 
      Passcode: 620838
       
      Or join by phone:
      Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
      US: +1 929 205 6099 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or 888 475 4499 (Toll Free) or 877 853 5257 (Toll Free)
      Webinar ID: 950 5308 1705
      Passcode: 620838
      International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adUlso8QSb
      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 jwright@mygulfport.us.
       
      ReadOut 2021
      Fri., February 26 – Sun., February 28, 5 p.m.
       
      Be a part of the LGBTQ Resource Center’s ReadOut 2021, a ZOOM event you can join from anywhere.
       
      This free festival will feature leading lesbian authors and is open to an international audience. For more information, please visit https://mygulfport.us/readout/ or to register for this free event, visit https://readout2021.eventbrite.com.
       
      For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/Getrescued or https://getrescuedinc.org/
       
       
      In Person & Virtual City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, March 2nd at 6 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
       
       
      Planning and Zoning Board Meeting
      Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
      First Friday Artwalk
      Friday, March 5th 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.
       
      For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/first-friday-art-walk/
      16th Annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Gardens
      Saturday, March 6th, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
       
      In a twist on the annual home tour, this year we are throwing a Covid-ready, all-outdoor event. Tickets are $10 in advance at Gulfport Beach Bazaar or pinkflamingohometour.com, $15 at the door. Registration will take place at the Gulfport Rec Center, 5730 Shore Blvd., where you will receive a map and wristband. To assure social distancing, ticket sales will be limited, and sorry, no pets allowed.
       
      To learn more about this year’s tour see pinkflamingohometour.com and facebook.com/events/2721732918080387 or email gulfportpinkflamingo2021@gmail.com.
       
       
      Nautical Flea Market
      Saturday, March 13th, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S.
       
      Interested in nautical equipment or finding cool fishing gear? Look no further than the Gulfport Marina’s Nautical Flea Market, 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, March 13.
       
      For more information, contact the Marina office at 893-1071 for more information.
      City of Gulfport Permit FREE City Wide Yard Sale
      Saturday, March 13th
      Dawn – Dusk
       
      Gulfport residents, dust off your unused stuff and clear out the clutter and sign up for the permit free City of Gulfport City-Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, March 13 (rain date, Sunday, March 14). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free.
       
      The City of Gulfport is now kindly accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure. Deadline to sign up is March 5 by 3 p.m. in order to make print deadline.
       
      “How do I register?”
       
      • The easiest way is to go to https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-city-wide-yard-sale and fill out the web form and hit submit.
       
      • For those who do not have internet, you can also fill out a form at Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. or the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
       
      So get ready and get your address on the City Wide Yard Sale brochure today! For more information, please call Kristin Ossola at 727-893-1118.
      Great American Cleanup Logo
       
      2021 Great American Cleanup – Clam Bayou Cleanup
      Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
      Saturday, March 20th, 9 a.m. – noon
       
      Gulfport Grassroots in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful will be hosting in the City of Gulfport’s 2021 Great American Cleanup – Clam Bayou Cleanup.
       
      This is a perfect opportunity to volunteer your groups, family members, neighbors or just come on down solo to meet everyone and enjoy a beautiful morning at Clam Bayou. Directions to Clam Bayou are 49th Street S. to 29th Ave S. east to Miriam St. Volunteers should wear face masks, closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and weather appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies and drinks will be provided. For more information, please contact the Gulfport Grassroots at 732-310-4932.
       
       
      There’s a Bounty on the Trash!
       
      Boca Ciega Yacht Club is upping the ante. Bring back the most trash and win a prize!
       
      For more clean-up information, www.facebook.com/GulfportGrassRoots
       
      For BCYC contest info,
      Best Seat in the House
      A Chair-ity Auction with a View
      Saturday, March 20th
      Tiki Bar & Grill, 5519 Shore Blvd. S.
      5 – 7 p.m.
       
      Benefiting the Gulfport Senior Center Foundation, 16 local artists have adorned 10 chairs & 6 windows to to be auctioned off! Don’t miss this fun event! For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/3670728146385933.
      Third Saturday IndieFaire
      Saturday, March 20th 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.
       
      For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/
      Art in the Yard
      Saturday, March 27th
      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      It’s time to showcase original art created by you in Gulfport’s Art in the Yard Sale, Saturday, March 27 (rain date, Sunday, March 28). You can have your art sale at your Gulfport residence. Do not miss this tremendous opportunity to have your Gulfport address listed on Google Maps for added visibility. For your Gulfport address to be added you can fill out the online form at https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-art-in-the-yard.
       
      The Gulfport Art in the Yard map is available online at https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-art-in-the-yard and the addresses will be listed in the Gabber on Thursday, March 25. Deadline to submit is Friday, March 19, 2021 at 3:00 p.m.
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      Celebrate Black History Month by reading books that celebrate black historical figures, culture, literature, and music selected by staff at the Gulfport Public Library.
      COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
      Where to Get Help
       
      For information on eviction and foreclosure Assistance, Pinellas CARES financial assistance, food pantry distribution sites, pet care assistance and more , please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/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.
       
      COVID-19 testing is available from Community Health Centers of Pinellas and Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Find testing sites near you at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/.
       
      For a COVID-19 Vaccine, please register with the Florida Dept. of Health with the CDR Maguire Patient Portal, PatientPortalFL.com, or by phone at (844) 770-8548 and you will be contacted to schedule your appointment as appointments become available.
       
       
      Protect Yourself, Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine Scams
       
      If you believe you have been the victim of COVID-19 fraud, immediately report it to:
       
      • HHS-OIG Hotline: 1-800-HHS-TIPS I tips.hhs.gov
      • FBI Hotline: 1-800-CALL-FBI I ic3.gov
      • CMS/Medicare Hotline: 1-800-MEDICARE
       
      For accurate, up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit:
       
       
       
      Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP)
       
      The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly Program (EHEAP) assists low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. The Program allows for the payment to utility companies, the purchase of blankets, portable heaters and fans. 
       
       
       
      ALERTPinellas
       
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for the community’s emergency notification service. – Alert Pinellas.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical
      Collection Center (HEC3)
       
      Pinellas County Solid Waste operates the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) as a disposal location for certain household waste. Pinellas County residents are invited to bring their unwanted electronics and chemicals to the center (at no charge). Businesses, visit here for information.
       
      Monday – Saturday 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and 
       2855 109th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
       
      The Gulfport Public Works Department located at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) is now 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 at 727-893-1089.
      Gulfport Senior Center Reassurance Telephone Program
      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.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center Catch a Ride with GEMS.
       
      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 Library is Open with Limited Service
       
      Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
       
      5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
       
       
      Do you love Gulfport and wish you could be here all the time? Check out our live streaming cameras to see what you are missing. From beaches and volleyball to dining and special events; Gulfport has it all! After all we are one of the most fun and exciting cities on the Gulf coast!
       
       
       
      The City of Gulfport is Proud To Be A
      Tree City USA Community
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data:
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport
      High Efficiency Toilet Rebate Program
       
       
      For more information, please visit 
      or contact 727-893-1016.
       
       
       
      City of Gulfport Private Sewer Lateral Replacement Rebate Program
       
       
      For more information, please visit 
      or contact 727-893-1085.
       
       
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
       
      The City App for iOS and Android mobile devices, allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services.
       
      For more information, please email info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707
       
       

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