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    • [EXPIRED] Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, May 13, 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 May 13, 2019
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
      Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea
      Monday, May 13th
      3 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      St. Anthony’s Memory Disorder Clinic
      Monday, May 13th
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Must call 727-893-5657 to schedule your appointment
      Seated Tai Chi
      Tuesday, May 14th at 8 a.m.
      Thursday, May 16th at 8 a.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Tai Chi Attire:
      Wear comfortable clothing, & flat soled shoes. Bring water, if you like.
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, May 14th
      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, May 14th
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
      Texas Hold’em
      Tuesday, May 14th at Noon
      Friday, May 17th at Noon
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, May 14th
      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, May 14th
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
      $8.00 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
      St. Pete Care at Home
      Informative Social
      Wednesday, May 15th
      Laughing Yoga
      Wednesday, May 15th
      with Certified Laugh-a Yoga Leader, Cathleen Howard
      3:30 p.m.
      Scout Hall
      Gulfport Toastmasters
      Wednesday, May 15th
      Gulfport Public Library
      Social: 6:00 to 6:15pm
      Meeting: 6:15 to 7:30pm
      Wednesday, May 15th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCharleston Lessons  Lesson 6 – 7 p.m.,Swing-Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., and Dancing 8 – 11 p.m. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6admission, and birthday people get free admission.
      Charleston is a vital extension of both East-Coast Swing and Lindy Hop, so everything you learn in these Charleston classes can be added onto either dance, extending your repertoire. The first three weeks of Charleston lessons will be low impact, meaning couch potatoes, old folks, and geeky young folks alike, can do the moves and learn the essential Charleston, with very little athletic ability required. Here’s the schedule — Week 1: Triple-Time Charleston, Week 2: Touch Charleston + 20’s-Style, Week 3: Rock-Step Charleston, Week 4: Charleston with a Kick, Week 5: Tandem Charleston! 
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, May 15, 2019
      Gulfport Recreation Center
      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
      Sound Meditation
      Thursday, May 16th
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, May 16th
      1:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Chair Volleyball
      Thursday, May 16th
      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino
      Thursday, May 16th
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      $8 admission
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      Sock Hop with the Impacs
      Friday, May 17th
      7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      Step back in time as you dance to the sounds of the 50s and 60s with the legendary Impacs. The Impacs will host their next performance of the 2019 season at the Historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom on Friday, May 17, 2019. Tickets, in advance, are two for $25, or $15 each and available at the Gulfport Casino Box office, 5500 Shore Blvd S. or the Downtown Beach Bazaar at 3115 Beach Blvd. S.
      Originating in the 1960s, the Impacs are celebrating their 57th anniversary by taking you back to the days of Sock Hops, Star Spectaculars, and American Bandstands. The fun begins the night of the show with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. and live music starting at 7 p.m. Admission at the door, the night of the show, is $20 per person. Tickets are on sale now at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom box office or Gulfport Beach Bazaar. For more information, please call the Gulfport Casino Ballroom at (727) 893-1070.
      Blues Birthday Bash Honoring Sterling ‘Mr. Satan’ Magee
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 9 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Carroway + Rose and The Enroy Foundation Inc. are proud to present a special screening of the new documentary film “Satan & Adam,” celebrating the life and music of Gulfport local blues legend Sterling Magee, aka “Mr. Satan” and his blues partner Adam Gussow.
      Watch the trailer and learn more about this unlikely duo’s miraculous story at
      Event is open to public with suggested donation $20 (or whatever you can truly afford) going to the Enroy Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 committed to the visual and performing arts in the Tampa Bay area, with an emphasis on collaborative, educational, and environmental projects. The foundation will award the funds gathered from the event to the family of Mr. Magee.
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
      Visit Gulfport Florida on Saturday, May 18, for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps 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.
      Art Opening and fundraiser
      Saturday, May 18th
      6 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Art Center
      2726 54th St. S.
      Abstract Art for Autism and other Special Abilities by Studio Duvoe, Inc.
      Come help us celebrate the creative genius of these awesome special abilities young people & adults. When a student sells a painting they receive ½ of the funds with the other half funding future art workshops and openings. All artwork is nicely framed and reasonably priced ($10 – $50).
      Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Contact Caroline Duvoe
      (727-271-5016) or Dan Mlotkowski (727-331-3819) for questions or details.
      Live music by Kari Kane and Those Lovebirds (Marty Fouts & Bonnie
      Drop by for a wonderful evening of live music and art in support of a wonderful organization. 
      Upcoming Events
      Presentation: Headaches Decoded
      Monday, May 20th
      10:30 a.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Seasoned Sowers Garden Club
      Tuesday, May 21st
      9 a.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Popcorn and a Movie
      Tuesday, May 21st
      1 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, May 21st
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Hurricane Preparedness Presentation – Lessons Learned
      Wednesday, May 22nd
      2 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, May 22, 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
      Book Club
      Friday, May 24th
      9:30 a.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Memorial Day
      Monday, May 27th
      All City Facilities Closed
      The Sanitation schedule will not be affected
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, May 28th
      1 – 5 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      City of Gulfport Hurricane Preparedness Seminar
      Thursday, May 30th
      • Doors open at 6 p.m. for Hurricane related vendor information
      • Seminar featuring Chief Meteorologist Bobby Deskins and Emergency Management Director Cathie Perkins begins at 7 p.m.
      If you would like to become a vendor, please contact 727-893-1118 or
      Catherine Hickman Theater
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      The LGBTQ Resource Center Presents Pride Month 2019
      May 30th – June 27th
      The purpose of the Resource Center is to not only provide a welcoming communal space to the large LGBTQ population of Gulfport and Pinellas County, it also establishes a sense of awareness and advocacy for a segment of the Gulfport community that is ingrained in the very fabric of the community; it’s history, unique sensibility, and accepting creative spirit.
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
      All programs take place at the Gulfport Public Library: 5501 28th Ave. S. unless otherwise noted. For more information about Pride Month programs or the Resource Center, email or contact the Library at (727) 893-1074 or visit
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, June 4th
      7 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Trolley Market District Neighborhood Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, June 5, 2019
      Gulfport Neighborhood Center
      1617 49th 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
      1st Friday Flea Market
      Friday, June 7th
      9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      Monthly Beach Cleanup
      Saturday, June 8th
      9 – 11 a.m.
      Gulfport Beach, Shelter #4
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, June 12, 2019
      Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr.
      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
      City of Gulfport Flag Day
      Friday, June 14th
      10 a.m.
      Veteran’s Park
      5130 31st Ave. S.
      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.
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, June 14th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino, happening the second Friday of every month! Dance to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, with an exciting mix of retro and modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Stepping, Cha Cha, Rumba, Shag, Fusion, etc), plus group, line, and freestyle dancing too! Music & Dancing happens 8 pm-midnight, preceded by a Dance Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7:00 pm and take the lesson.
      MUSIC & DANCING 8PM-12
      All Ages~No Partners Needed~Doors Open 6:45 pm~Door Prizes~Cash Bar
      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.
      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
      Florida Department of Health is Providing FREE Hepatitis A Vaccines in Pinellas County
      On November 28, 2018, the Florida Department of Health issued a health advisory to inform the public of an increase in hepatitis A cases in Florida and outbreaks reported across the country. The advisory reemphasized the importance of the hepatitis A vaccination.
      Since January 2018, 385 cases of hepatitis A virus infection have been reported in Florida. This is more than three times the previous five-year average of 126 cases. Florida’s cases are beginning to mirror national trends as local and state health departments across the country have worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to similar outbreaks since March 2017.
      Based on recent cases throughout the region, Department of Health – Pinellas is providing the hepatitis A vaccine at no charge at its five clinic locations; no appointment necessary.
      These centers are providing the vaccine:
      • St. Petersburg: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.
      • Pinellas Park: 6350 76th Ave. N.
      • Mid-County (Largo): 8751 Ulmerton Rd.
      • Clearwater: 310 N. Myrtle Ave.
      • Tarpon Springs: 301 S. Disston Ave.
      DOH-Pinellas’ Epi staff is available 24 hours a day for information about hepatitis A. For more information, call (727) 824-6932 or visit
      Gulfport’s Safety Around Water
      The YMCA of Greater St. PetersburgCity of Gulfport FloridaStetson University College of LawJuvenile Welfare Board of Pinellas Countyand 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
      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,
      City of Gulfport’s
      FREE VPK Program
      Enrollment begins May 1st
      Classes start September 3rd
      Questions, please contact
      Register for VPK voucher
      New Scholarship for LGBTQ Gulfport Student 
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to announce it is offering a $1000 scholarship for the continuing education of an LGBTQ student from Gulfport. The Resource Center’s inaugural LGBTQ Scholar Award is intended to help students continue their post-graduate education, whether in college or trade school.
      Applicants must be at least 16 years of age and have completed high school by June 2019. They must have a home address within the last two years in Gulfport and be currently accepted to or already attending an accredited post-secondary institution. Finally, applicants must be registered for full-time attendance in the fall of 2019 in an undergraduate, graduate or trade school program.
      Application packets may be picked up at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S.) or accessed online at
      Completed applications must be received by June 3, 2019. Reference letters are due no later than June 10. Please direct questions to Susan Gore, c/o LGBTQ Resource Center, Gulfport Library or at
      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 and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email to
      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 3370


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