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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, July 19, 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.

       
      City of Gulfport, Florida
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Week of July 19, 2021
       
       
       
      This Weeks Events/Meetings
      Gulfport Fresh Market
      Tuesday, July 20th
      9 a.m. – 2 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.
       
      For more information or to register to become a vendor, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/
       
       
      Ask a City Councilor Event
      Third Tuesday Fresh Market
      Tuesday, July 20th, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      Gulfport Welcome Center
       
      Gulfport City Council will be hosting an opportunity, every third Tuesday of the month, for residents to get to know their Councilmember, ask questions, and provide comment from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Gulfport Merchant Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Center, 3101 Beach Boulevard South.
       
      For more information, please visit https://mygulfport.us/city-council/ward-1/ or call City of Gulfport Vice Mayor, Ward 1 Representative, April Thanos at (727) 826-7138.
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Tuesday, July 20th
      12 pm – 3 pm
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $10.00 admission
       
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
      For additional information on the Gulfport Casino Ballroom weekly dances, please visit https://mygulfport.us/recreation/casino/weekly-dances/
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, July 20th at 6 p.m.
       
      City Hall
      Contact: 727-893-1012
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance & Lesson
      Tuesday, July 20th
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $10.00 admission
       
      Call 727-742-3368
       
      For additional information on the Gulfport Casino Ballroom weekly dances, please visit https://mygulfport.us/recreation/casino/weekly-dances/
       
       
      Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
      Wednesday’s at 1:30 p.m.
       
      Broadcasting “on Facebook” Wednesdays at 1:30 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.
       
       
       
      Swing Dance & Lesson
      Wednesday, July 21st
       
      w/ Swing Time
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      Lesson 7 – 8 p.m. | Dancing 8 – 11 p.m.
      $10.00 admission
       
       
      For additional information on the Gulfport Casino Ballroom weekly dances, please visit https://mygulfport.us/recreation/casino/weekly-dances/
       
       
      Fourth Thursday Mobile Food Program
      Thursday, July 22nd, 4:30 – 6 p.m.
      Gulfport Lions Club
       
      For more information on Feeding Tampa Bay
      and how you can help, please visit https://www.feedingtampabay.org/
       
      For up-to-date information about the Gulfport, Florida Lions Club, visit their Facebook page at, https://www.facebook.com/Gulfport-Lions-CLub-217119635155854/
       
       
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, July 22nd
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
       
      w/ Carol Rivera
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $10.00 admission
       
      Call 727-254-6563
       
       
      For additional information on the Gulfport Casino Ballroom weekly dances, please visit https://mygulfport.us/recreation/casino/weekly-dances/
      Visit SPACEcraft at Clymer Park!
      July 22 – 24, 6 – 8 p.m.
      Clymer Park
      Gulfport Blvd. S. & Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Explore FREE all-ages creative activities on the themes of Make and Play, led by local artists, musicians, crafters, and educators.
       
      No sign-up required. Come as you are for this fun, outdoor experience, presented in partnership with the Gulfport Arts Center and the City of Gulfport.
       
      Twice each week, the Make/Play SPACE presents participant-driven programs such as art workshops and crafting, musical performance and drum circles, educational toys and games, pop-up art exhibitions, an interactive chalkboard mural, and more.
       
      Programs are offered June 26 – Aug. 7 during these days/times:
      • Thursdays 6pm – 8pm
      • Saturdays 6pm – 8pm
       
      PLUS pop-up Teen Nights from 6pm – 8pm on these dates:
      • Friday, July 23
      • Friday, Aug. 6
       
      Available outside the SPACEs during all daylight hours you’ll find interactive activities to explore, such as colorful magnetic shapes and a giant, playable Lego block wall!
       
      Repurposing locally sourced shipping containers in an open-air environment, SPACEcraft lands in different Pinellas host communities to share creative programs that encourage people to interact and create together. Visit for hands-on, self-guided fun!
       
      SPACEcraft is produced with the support of Creative Pinellas and is funded by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. This public art project is an original work conceived and produced by artists Carrie Boucher, Bridget Elmer, and Mitzi Gordon.
       
      National Marina Day
      Saturday, July 24th, 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S.
       
      As part of a nationwide observance, Gulfport Municipal Marina is celebrating National Marina Day, Summer of Giving!!!
       
      “National Marina Days: Summer of Giving is a celebration of boating, community, and giving back,” said “Denis Frain, Marina Director. “As families search for fun outdoor activities that everyone can enjoy we want to encourage them to give boating a try while also helping a good cause. Existing boaters are always ready to celebrate with a day on the water, but on this day, we ask them to bring a non-boater out to share the experience.
       
      We hope you will visit Gulfport Municipal Marina, learn about your boating, and enjoy the events we have planned.”
       
      Upcoming Events/Meetings
      HOOKED ON A BAD SPIRIT
      Friday, July 30th, at 8 p.m.
      Doors open at 7 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      The Jaw-Dropping Stage Play that’s going to have you on the Edge of Your Seats. Locked up for over a decade…”Hook” is a free man and more sneakier than ever. On A mission that only a Bad Spirit can carry, he has to battle those that’s most closest to him to succeed…..FAMILY! And when Family is involved all hell is bound to break loose. Deep Secrets, Lust, Greed and laughs galore is waiting as “Hooked on a Bad Spirit”, the new Stage play is brought to YOU! Buckle your seatbelt cause this is a ride you don’t wanna miss!
       
      The Saturday Show has already sold out. So a FRIDAY “OPENING NIGHT” Show has been added!!!
       
      Tickets are $20, please call Tron Montgomery @ (754)367-1492
      Cash App and Zelle are accepted
      Cash App name: $ThatGotdamnTron
       
      Tickets can be delivered personally or picked up at will-call the night of the show. PLEASE BRING YOUR ID
      Art Gecko Show
      Friday, August 6th, 5 – 7 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
       
      Larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of the show. The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept. The show will also feature selections from the participating artists’ regular body of work in a variety of media. The reception is free and open to the public and will also include complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. The selection of artists’ other work will continue to be displayed through the month of August, but following the reception, the geckos themselves will be moved to preview locations in venues throughout Gulfport’s Waterfront village.
       
      The geckos will then go up for auction at the Annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 24th at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. 
       
      (Pictured: A gecko created by artist Hugo Porcaro for the 2014 GeckoBall. Photo by Cathy Salustri)
      First Friday Artwalk
      Friday, August 6th from 5 – 9 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
      Gulfport’s First Friday Art Walk occurs each month from 5pm – 9pm. The downtown area comes to life with artists, musicians and art appreciators. The Gulfport First Friday Art Walk is free to attend with free parking. Hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber, all safety protocols are met and exceeded to ensure a safe and entertaining night 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. 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. Come join us each First Friday of the month and get inspired! For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/first-friday-art-walk/
      First Friday Pop-up Dance Party
      Friday, August 6th from 7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Head to the historic Gulfport Casino on the waterfront for live music and cold drinks. Every First Friday, $10 gets you into the First Friday Pop-Up Dance Party. Local musicians will get you moving, and the bar will open. After you’re done soaking in the art in downtown Gulfport, head to the Casino to soak in some live music. Dance the night away… at least, until 10 p.m.
       
      For more information, please visit https://www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org/
      City of Gulfport’s Celebration of Life
      Sunday, August 8th at 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      Thousands of Floridians infected with the coronavirus have past away. A lot of people missed out on the opportunity to go to weddings, funerals, and birthday parties during the coronavirus pandemic. Restrictions from the pandemic made gatherings nearly impossible, and what’s worse, we could not gather and hug and remember and comfort each other. We need your help to tell their stories.
       
      If you’ve lost a loved one or friend to COVID-19, please join us in honoring their legacy at the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Sunday, August 8th at 2 p.m. Fill out the form at https://mygulfport.us/celebration-of-life/, to share with the community.
      16th Annual Gecko Crawl
      Saturday, August 14th, 4 – 9 p.m.
      Downtown Waterfront District
       
       
      The 16th annual Gecko Crawl will help again usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at various locations, a poker run, and a festive after party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District at Salty’s Gulfport at 9 p.m.
       
      Advance tickets will go on sale July 4th for $20.00 at Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.) or online at http://visitgulfportflorida.com/purchase-tickets/. Tickets are limited to 250 participants and advanced purchase is encouraged, as this event does sell out. Follow Gecko Crawl on Facebook: Gecko Crawl 2021
      Gulfport Historical Society 
      Florida Summer Cinema Series
      Friday, August 20th at 8 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Historical Museum
      5301 28th Ave. S.
       
      Join Gulfport Historical Society for the August edition of our Florida Summer Cinema Series!
       
      This month’s movie tells the story of Jack Chester, a stressed-out air traffic controller who goes on vacation with his family. Things don’t exactly go as planned, and a final showdown between Jack and the owner of his dubious rental property takes place, of course, as a boat race! Much of the film was shot in St. Pete and several local landmarks make an appearance, including the old St. Petersburg Pier and the old Sunshine Skyway. This film is rated PG. 
       
      Pack a picnic, bring chairs, and join us for the screening on the back lawn of the Gulfport History Museum. Doors open at 7:30, film begins at sunset. This event is free and open to the public.
       
      We offer a huge thanks to Ken Simmons, a wonderful supporter of Gulfport Historical Society, who is sponsoring our August film. 
       
      For more information, please visit https://www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org/
       
      Third Saturday IndieFaire
      Saturday, August 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.
       
      For more information, visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/
      Gecko Ball
      Saturday, August 28th, 6 – 11 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      The Gecko Ball is one of Gulfport’s most popular events, featuring music, dancing, a costume contest, silent and live auctions, the Gecko Queen coronation, and a cash bar.
       
      Guests are highly encouraged to dress in American Bandstand or Gecko themed costumes, or a combination of both!
       
      Gecko Ball tickets will be available starting July 4th. Tickets are $25 each and may be purchased in person at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.) or online at http://visitgulfportflorida.com/purchase-tickets/. Tickets for guaranteed seats at tables of 10 are available for $30 per seat, and must be purchased in one transaction at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar.
       
      For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/geckoball/.
      20th Annual GeckoFest
      Saturday, September 4th, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
      Downtown Gulfport Waterfront District
      Beach Blvd. S.
       
      Gulfport invites you to the 20th Annual GeckoFest, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko!
       
      This year’s theme is “American Band Stand”! The theme offers inspiration for a wide array of costumes from the 50′ through the 80’s, as well as music, dancing, food and drink. Festival-goers are always encouraged to arrive in costume.
       
      Parking and admission to GeckoFest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly. For general information, please visit http://geckofest.com/ or call 727-322-5217.
       
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      The Atlantic basin hurricane season begins June 1. Getting prepared for any type of disaster is a simple matter and it starts with knowing what you will need to do. It’s the first step to keeping yourself and your family safe.
       
      If a disaster were to hit today, would you be ready? Could you, your family, and property survive? Are you prepared? What would you do? Where would you go? These are the basic questions everyone is faced with when a flood, hurricane, or any other disaster heads our way.
       
      Pinellas County Emergency Community Notification Service ALERT Pinellas
       
       
      Receive alerts about emergencies and other important community news by signing up for Alert Pinellas.
      Making sure you and your loved ones will survive the storm is a year-round task that requires attention to your personal business, your family members, your home and your vehicles. It is not a task that can be done in just 24 hours, so start your planning now!
      No-cost Physicals & Screenings to get Students Ready for the School Year
       
      It’s not too early to get a jump on helping your kids prepare for the next school year, especially if you can avoid the cost of required school or sports physicals with some early planning.
       
      The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) is again offering its annual Back to School Clinics from June 28 to August 10 at four of its clinics in area high schools. Students in grades kindergarten to 12 can get physicals, basic dental services, vision/hearing screenings and any needed immunizations including COVID-19 shots during the same visit. Services are not provided to students entering pre-kindergarten.
       
      Basic dental services such as sealants, fluoride and assessments will be offered only during July 19 – August 10. As part of the vision screenings, students who qualify can receive exams and glasses courtesy of Preserve Vision Florida.
       
      Screenings are provided by appointment only and the student must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please bring immunization and health records so that staff can update them.
       
      To make an appointment, call 727-249-7591. The forms for services can be pre-filled and are found at the DOH-Pinellas website here:
       
      These are the Back to School Clinics offering services this summer:
       
      • Boca Ciega High School, 924 58th Ave. S., Gulfport
      • Gibbs High School, 850 34th St. S., St. Petersburg
      • Largo High School, 410 Missouri Ave., Largo
      • Pinellas Park High School, 6305 118th Ave. N., Largo
       
      The DOH-Pinellas school-based clinics are funded by the Juvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas.
       
      For information about DOH-Pinellas, go to www.PinellasHealth.com or follow us on Twitter @HealthyPinellas.
      Help Stop the Spread of COVID-19. Via Pinellas County
       
      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.
       
       
      Pinellas County Mobile Collection Events &
      Haz-to-Go Truck
       
      Mobile Collection Events and the Haz-to-Go Truck are convenient ways to safely dispose and recycle chemicals and electronics, such as old computers, TVs, paint, fluorescent bulbs, and fertilizer. These events and collection sites are FREE to Pinellas County residents.
       
      Call 464-7500 or Email waste@pinellascounty.org
       
      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 at 727-893-1089.
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Wood Ibis Park Bird Guide Web page at, https://mygulfport.us/wood-ibis-park-bird-guide/
       
       
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      VPK Program
       
      Pre-registrations are currently being accepted for the 2021-2022 VPK Program. VPK is FREE for children who live in Florida and who turn 4 years of age by September 1st. Parents must apply with the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. and receive a Certificate of Eligibility to attend the program.
       
      For more information, please call 893-1068.
      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
       
      GEMS door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to elderly and disabled residents of Gulfport for over 40 years.
       
      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.
       
       
      Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.
       
      Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service
       
      5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
       
       
      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.
       
       
       
       
       
       
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data:
       
       
      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
       
      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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