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    • [EXPIRED] Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, June 10, 2019, 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 June 10, 2019
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
      St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic
      Monday, June 10th
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your appointment
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, June 11th
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 2 pm
      Gulfport Fresh Market on Beach Blvd. S.
      The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market, located along Beach Blvd. in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront Arts District, is open year-round, from 9 am – 2 pm.
      With a roster of over 70 vendors, you will find a wide variety of products, including but not limited to, ready-to-eat and take-home foods, fresh produce, plants, herbs, jewelry, teas, art, clothing and live music.
      Ballroom Dance
      Tuesday, June 11th
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, June 11th
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, June 11th
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
      Pulse Orlando Nightclub Vigil
      at the Gulfport Public Library
      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      6:30 p.m.
      A Pulse Orlando Nightclub Vigil organized by City Councilmember Paul Ray will take place outside the Gulfport Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 12.
      We will never forget June 12, 2016 when the Pulse tragedy deeply impacted our LGBTQ+ Community. The City of Orlando and Orange County Government, in collaboration with Pulse formally dedicated June 12 to the memory and honor of the 49 innocent lives taken at Pulse. Orlando United Day – A Day of Love and Kindness reaffirms the community’s commitment to survivors and loved ones, and recognizes the global compassion and love displayed in the wake of the tragedy. Gulfport City Council and representatives from the Gulfport Public Library LGBTQ Resource Center will join the public in honoring those who lost their lives. Call City Councilmember Ray at 826-7209 for more information.
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      Lions Club
      7:00 p.m.
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, June 13th
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      $8 admission
      Thursday, June 13, 2019
      7 p.m.
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, June 13 with STONEWALL UPRISING, a compelling documentary revealing the series of events leading up to and including the historic Stonewall Riots in 1969. 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. 
      Popcorn, candy, bottled water and soda are available. Donations will be accepted to benefit the LGBTQ Resource Center. Feel free to bring your own “brown bag” supper and beverages. Each film begins at 7pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
      Next Fall by Geoffrey Nauffts
      June 6 – 16, 2019
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
      Thursday – Saturday at 8 PM & Saturday – Sunday at 2 PM
      Next Fall takes a witty and provocative look at faith, commitment, and unconditional love. While the play’s central story focuses on the five-year relationship between Adam and Luke, NEXT FALL goes beyond a typical love story.
      NEXT FALL, directed by multi-award winning director, Patrick Brafford, stars Daniel Harris as Adam, Taylor X. Taylor as Luke, Philip Belcastro as Brandon, Sara Sabourin as Holly, Dan Franke as Butch, and Elizabeth Bell as Arlene.
      Tickets $18 (cash only) at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar
      Tickets $20 (cash only) in the lobby, one hour before showtime
      City of Gulfport Flag Day
      Friday, June 14th
      Veteran’s Park
      10 a.m.
      FREE and open to the public
      Special guest vocalist’s and former New York City Opera Singers Catherine & Ralph Bassett.
      The New Horizons Band of Gulfport pre-opening musical performance begins at 9:30 a.m.
      For more information, call Technical Events Specialist Kristin Ossola at 893-1118.
      Gulfport Historical Society
      Volunteer Training Day
      Friday, June 14th
      Gulfport History Museum
      10 a.m.-12 p.m.
      There are multiple opportunities to get involved in the exciting future of the museum. Stop by and meet our Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa and Operations Manager, Jon.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, June 14th
      is a special Disco Edition of Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino! Dance 8 pm-midnight to the grooves and beats of the 1970’s. Arrive early for a Hustle Lesson 7-8 pm. Get ready to dance the Soul Train! Just $10 includes everything; students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. 
      Soul Night happens the second Friday of every month.
      Disco Costume Contest at 10 pm — Prizes for the funkiest fashions!
      June 14th’s lesson is Hustle
      Special Guest Instructor Luigi Ritarossi
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
      Lesson Info — Swing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Luigi Ritarossi, who’ll teach the 7pm Hustle lesson.  Luigi is a world-class dance performer, with 40 years of professional experience that has taken him from coast to coast, from NYC to L.A. & Las Vegas, internationally as a dance performer for multiple cruise lines, and on and off Broadway as a performer and actor. He’s known for his high energy performances in a variety of dance styles. His extensive training and knowledge of the body gives his lessons depth and style. The Hustle is one of his all-time favorite dances to dance and teach!
      The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is one of the world’s top dance destinations, offering social dance excitement in a picturesque beachfront setting. It features a rich history, a grand dance floor, a full bar, a smoke-free atmosphere, and free parking. The Gulfport Casino Ballroom is located in the St. Petersburg, Florida area at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, June 15th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at and chart your course to our beachfront town!
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
      For general event information, visit, or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at, under the vendor info tab.
      VolleyInvasion II
      Gulfport Beach
      Saturday, June 15th
      Sunday, June 16th
      The Tampa Bay Beach Bums
      (727) 287-2867 (BUMS)
      The Tampa Bay Beach Bums are hosting a welcoming and inclusive beach volleyball tournament on Gulfport Beach this weekend. The vision is to create a community with open doors for beach volleyball players of ALL levels. They want to bring together GREAT people, to enjoy a GREAT sport, at a GREAT location, and give back to GREAT local causes! 
      Wannago and the Tampa Bay Beach Bums have teamed up and are inside the Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Gulfport Beach for a full weekend of local activities and adventures.
      Upcoming Events
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, June 18th
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Public Works In-Service Training Day
      The Public Works Department will hold an in-service training day on Wednesday, June 19th.
      The following services will not be available on Wednesday, June 19th:
      • Brush pile pickup
      • Special pick-ups of bulk items and large debris piles
      Please call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089 for more information and/or questions.
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, June 19, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      7:00 p.m.
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, June 20th
      1:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Gulfport Trolley in the St. Pete Pride Parade
      Saturday, June 22
      The St. Pete Pride Parade starts at 7:15 p.m. The Gulfport Trolley will depart from Gulfport City Hall at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. Trolley seating is limited. Please contact 727-893-1118 for available seating reservation.
      The 17th annual St. Pete Pride Parade promises to continue to show the state all the beautiful colors of our diverse community! The parade crawls along the waterfront of St. Pete, with 5,000 people swishing and sauntering along Downtown St Pete’s Bayshore Dr in a dazzling array of sequins, beads, leathers and feathers, with more than 200,000 people cheering them on. 
      Florida's Largest Pride - St. Pete Pride
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, June 25th
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      1 – 5 p.m.
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, June 26, 2019
      Stetson School of Law, Eleazer Hearing Room, 1401 61st St. S.
      7:00 p.m.
      All meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and ANYONE CAN ATTEND!
      Contact Jim Wright, Volunteer   
      Coordinator at: 727-893-1022
      Vertical Oyster Garden Creation
      Saturday, June 29
      Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to help build vertical oyster gardens on Saturday, June 29 from 9am – noon at the Marine Center, 3000 Pinellas Bayway South in Tierra Verde. All ages are welcome. The project involves stringing drilled oyster shells onto a rope to create the vertical oyster garden (VOG). 
      VOGs are suspended from docks to create a hard substrate where juvenile oysters can attach and develop. Oysters are a food source for birds and fish. Many small fish, crabs, shrimp and other critters live among oysters providing food for large fish and wildlife. Additionally, oyster habitats are a great place to catch fish. Oysters are natural filters, cleaning up to ten gallons of water per hour. More oysters mean a cleaner bay! Click here to read more about VOGs
      The VOGs created on June 29 will be installed at the Gulfport Marina. This project is funded through a grant from Tampa Bay Estuary Program. Click here to read an article on the project from The Gulfport Gabber.
      FREE Ride on the Gulfport
      Rays Trolley!
      Monday, July 1st
      TB Rays vs. Baltimore Orioles
      Monday, July 1st • 7:10 p.m. 
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      Departure Loops Start:
      5 p.m. at the Gulfport Casino to First Pitch & 7th Inning Stretch to 10 p.m.
      For more information and to register for the parade, please visit
      Community Outreach
      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 large dog park at Chase Park is closed due to routine maintenance and scheduled to reopen on Friday, June 14.
      Gulfport’s Safety Around Water
      The YMCA of Greater St. PetersburgCity of Gulfport FloridaStetson University College of LawJuvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas County and Florida Blue have teamed up to provide FREE swim lessons to Gulfport youth ages 3 to 12.
      Each session spans five consecutive Saturdays (excluding July 6) and will be held at the Stetson University College of Law pool. Classes are 45 minutes long and begin at 10:00 AM and 11:00 AM.
      For more information & to register, visit
      Safety Around Water Partnership with Florida Blue- YMCA of the Suncoast
      City of Gulfport’s
      FREE VPK Program
      Enrollment begins May 1st
      Classes start September 3rd
      Questions, please contact
      Register for VPK voucher
      Florida Department of Health is Providing FREE Hepatitis A Vaccines in Pinellas County
      Based on recent cases throughout the region, DOH-Pinellas is providing the hepatitis A vaccine at no charge at its five clinic locations; no appointment necessary.
      DOH-Pinellas’ Epi staff is available 24 hours a day for information about hepatitis A. Call (727) 824-6932.
      These centers are providing the vaccine:
      1. St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
      2. Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N.
      3. Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd.
      4. Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave.
      5. Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.
      PSTA Youth Summer Go Card
      Haul Pass
      Only $35, valid May 15 – August 31, 2019
      It’s a great, safe and economical way for kids to get around during summer!
      For more information or to purchase,
      Call for Applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2019/2020 “Rise and Shine” Grants for eligible artists currently residing in Pinellas County. The purpose of the grants is to support Gulfport’s and Pinellas County’s creative community and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. Preference will given to artists residing in Gulfport. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Two grants, including funding, marketing/advertising support, and exhibition space will be offered with a total value of $1000 each. Deadline to apply is July 31.
      Each grant includes $500 up front to be used exclusively for displays, materials and supplies related to the artist’s aspirations; $300 in 10 paid booth reservations at the twice monthly Gulfport Art and Gallery Walks within a one-year period, with direct professional social media and marketing support; quarterly mentorship with a professional artist board member and one-on-one consultations with the art committee throughout the year; and $200 after completing 10 events and a post grant report. All grant monies are expected to go directly into the artist creating work and creating a professional display that can be used for future festivals and shows.
      Applicants must furnish proof of residency, a resume, artist statement, digital images of previous work and online links. For complete details, go to and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, or
      call 727-464-7500.
      For more information, please visit
      Latest water quality information:
      For more information, please visit 
      Smoke Alarms Save Lives
      Free smoke alarms are available to elderly and low income households within Gulfport City limits. 
      Call Fire Chief James Marenkovic at 893-1062 for more information.
      Gulfport on the Go!
      Get the City App
      City of Gulfport is proud to announce the launch of the new City of Gulfport app for iOS and Android mobile devices, the newest way to connect with its citizens.
      The Official City of Gulfport app offers citizens a simple way to submit requests-like reporting potholes, signs, trash or debris, code violations, and inquiring about an event venue. Users can include an address and description, GPS-specific location, as well as a photo of the issue. Once a request is submitted, you can keep track of pending and completed requests within the “My Requests” section. In addition, the City app has direct links to the online utility bill payment system, the City calendar, frequently asked questions, the city employee directory, the sanitation department, and the electronic newsletter signup.
      The City App allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. Offering more ways for citizens to connect with the City, please email or call 727-893-1118 with questions or technical issues about the smart phone app.
      Reassurance Telephone Program
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Let the friendly Volunteers of the Gulfport Senior Center chat with you on a daily basis. Sign up for the Gulfport Reassurance Program and choose between two call times: early-morning or mid-morning. This service is designed to help you feel secure and connected.
      For more information, call the Gulfport Senior Center at (727) 893-2237
      Get a FREE Amplified Phone
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      3rd Tuesday of every month
      9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
      You MUST call 727-399-9983 to qualify.
      Comfort Reading From the Circle Bookshop
      Gulfport Public Library
      5501 28th Ave. S.
      Curl up with a good book from the Circle of Friends Bookshop at the Gulfport Library. Popular novels, edgy science fiction, juicy mysteries and sentimental romances are all available for purchase at very attractive prices.  
      Prefer cooking or crafting, then check out the many recipe books and craft books. A new selection of quilting books will fly off the shelves so come in soon and come in often as we restock the shelves every day. 
      The Gulfport Library is located at 5501 28th Avenue N,. Please call Marilyn Field at 727-321-4035 if you have any bookshop questions.
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: 
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707


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