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    • Gulfport Happenings! Gulfport, FL

      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, is located in the heart of downtown Gulfport. 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.

      Hi Larry

       

      Upcoming Events in Gulfport

      For the month of…

      JULY

       

      Monthly Referral & Networking Event

      Join us for our Monthly Networking Event at a new time and location. Have a drink and a snack and mingle with other local business owners. Bring your business cards! This month we will be meeting at the newly renovated Peninsula Bed & Cocktails. Be sure to get a photo in the Speakeasy Elevator!

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      New Business Grand Opening

      Please join us in welcoming Country Coastal Creations to our Gulfport small business family. Stop by on Thursday, July 11th to mix and mingle with your favorite local artists, musicians and local restaurants at this brand new shop!

       

      First Friday Art Walk & 3rd Saturday IndieFaire

      Combined Event

      Discover the magic of Gulfport’s Art Walk & IndieFaire in one event. This July, The Gulfport Merchants Chamber is proud to once again host our extend day Quarterly Themed Art Walk. This month’s theme is Body Beautiful: Sculpting Self-Love. Immerse yourself in a world of art, jewelry, plants, crafts, and unique locally crafted treasures.

      Date: Saturday, July 20th
      Time: 2:00 PM – 9:00

      Location: Beach Blvd, Downtown Gulfport

      What to Expect:
      Artistic Finds: Explore an eclectic mix of art, jewelry, plants, crafts, and more, all created by talented local artisans.

      Community Vibes: Feel the vibrant, diverse energy of Gulfport’s creative community as you browse through the market stalls.

      Live Entertainment: Enjoy the rhythm of live music and be captivated by performers, adding an extra layer of excitement to your IndieFaire experience. text to your email.

      If you are interested in being a Vendor at this event, visit www.visitgulfportflorida.com

      Click Here For Body Beautiful
       

      FINAL CALL FOR GECKO QUEEN SUBMISSIONS

      Are You Gulfport’s Next Gecko Queen?

      Do you exemplify all things Gulfport? We are looking for applicants who represent the spirit of Gulfport: Positivity, Charisma, High Energy, Kindness and Compassion. Applicants must be available to attend major Gulfport events throughout the year. 

      Interested Gulfport residents 21 years and older, of any gender, who enjoy the spotlight and have a positive message to share with the community are encouraged to submit a letter highlighting their desire to be Gecko Queen and their love for Gulfport.

      Please send your submissions to Events@visitgulfportflorida.com. The Deadline is July 15th. 

      Public voting will begin on July 22nd. 

      The winner will be announced and crowned at the Gecko Ball! 

      Click Here for Gecko Queen Info
       

      SAVE THE DATE!

      Be sure to save the date for the First Friday Art Walk on August 2nd as we kick off the month-long celebration of all things Gecko! Join us at the Catherine Hickman Theatre at 6pm for a sneak peek of these one-of-a-kind auction items that will be available for purchase during the live auction at the Gecko Ball on August 24th. Meet the artists, mingle with your friends and neighbors and get into the Gecko spirit!

       

      GECKO POKER CRAWL TICKETS NOW ON SALE

      Tickets for the Annual Gecko Poker Crawl are now on sale at The Gulfport Beach Bazaar and The Gulfport Corner Store. Tickets are $25 and include one drink at each of the 6 bar crawl locations. Poker Only tickets are available for $10. Tickets are also available online and can be picked up the day of the Crawl.

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      GECKO BALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!

      Get your Gecko Ball tickets at The Beach Bazaar or The Gulfport Corner Store! Don’t miss your chance to attend the most cherished event in Gulfport. This year’s theme is “Live From Gulfport, It’s Gecko Night”! Dress as your favorite Saturday Night Live skit or just wear your finest Gulfport Glam. Don’t miss the Event of the Year! Individual tickets are $30. Reserved tables are $400 (seats 10) and are only available at the Beach Bazaar. Individual tickets are also available online. Click below.

      Click Here for Gecko Ball Info
       

      Get Ready For GeckoFest!

      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber is thrilled to announce the 24th Annual Gecko Fest, set to take place on Saturday, August 31, 2024, from 10 AM to 10 PM along Gulfport’s scenic waterfront on Beach Blvd. This year’s theme, “Live From Gulfport, It’s Gecko Night!” promises a vibrant, fun-filled event featuring a costume parade, live music, street performers, and a variety of food and craft vendors. Gecko Fest is held in collaboration with SIK Promotions and the City of Gulfport. Admission and parking are free.

      First held in 2001, Gecko Fest began as an end-of-summer celebration and has since grown into one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated annual events. Known for its lively mix of artistic energy and community spirit, the festival features a costume contest and parade, wandering street performers, and two stages with live music. The event has been proudly organized by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber since 2004.

      Gecko Fest is preceded each year by the Gecko Art Show, Gecko Crawl, and Gecko Ball. All events are hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Chamber, with a portion of proceeds from the Gecko World events donated back to the community. This year’s recipients include the REACH! Food Program for Kids, Selah Freedom, and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.

       
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      RISE & SHINE Artist Grant

       If you are an artist on the rise,

      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber would like to help you shine !

      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber’s “Rise and Shine” Artist Grants were developed to support the creative community within Gulfport and the surrounding area and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. The grants include funding, marketing, mentoring , advertising support, and exhibition space.

      The purpose of the Gulfport Merchants Chamber’s “Rise and Shine” Artist Grants is to support the creative community within Gulfport and the surrounding area and to promote Gulfport as an art destination. The grants include funding, marketing and advertising support, and exhibition space. To be eligible to apply for one of the two grants offered: 

      The applicant must be 18 years of age or older. 

      Be a current resident of Pinellas County  

      Preference will be given to current residents of the City of Gulfport.

      Deadline to Apply: A complete application must be received by August 10th, 2024.

      Click Here for Rise & Shine Info
       

      The GMC needs YOU!

      The Gulfport Merchants Chamber is in need of Volunteers! We believe in the power of collective action, and we’re reaching out to you because we need dedicated volunteers like you to help us make a difference.

      Volunteers are the backbone of our organization, and their contributions are invaluable. Whether you have a few hours to spare each week or want to get involved in a specific project, your time and skills can have a meaningful impact.

      Here’s how you can get involved:

      Our new Welcome Center located at 5317 Gulfport Blvd. S. serves as the first point of contact for visitors, newcomers, and those seeking information about our organization. Volunteers like you play a crucial role in creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere, making our guests feel comfortable, and providing them with the information they need.

      Event Ambassadors play a vital role in creating a positive and memorable experience for attendees, guests and participants. You will get to be a part of some of our amazing events in Gulfport!

      Use the link below to sign up for different volunteer opportunities!

      Sign Up Here
       

      Gulfport’s Tuesday Market

      Every Tuesday, 9am-2pm

      Dive into freshness at Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market! Every Tuesday, enjoy open-air shopping for fruits, veggies, local art, and more. Skip crowded supermarkets and support local vendors. After shopping, grab a meal from our restaurants and savor it in our scenic parks or by the beach. #GulfportFreshMarket #ShopLocal #SociallyDistancedShopping#FreshAndLocal #GulfportLife

      Want to showcase your goods? Become a vendor! Apply here: https://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market #VendorOpportunity #JoinUs

       

      Members Only: Free Small Business Consultation with The Small Business Development Center

      Every Third Thursday, 9am-2pm By Appointment

      The Florida SBDC at PCED has partnered with the local community to make confidential consulting available wherever you may be. Debra Schweikowsky, our professionally certified business consultant, specializes in finance and capital access and helps local business owners with growth strategies to realize their goals.

      To get started, contact Debra directly to schedule a confidential appointment at 727.453.7108, or email dschweikowsky@pinellas.gov.

       

      Aimee Kosta
      Executive Director
      info@visitgulfportflorida.com

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