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    • LNM: AICW Buoy 10A Relocated, Bogue Sound, NC Statute Mile 211


      This AICW buoy is on the north shoulder of a narrow channel through the wide expanse of Bogue Sound.

       


      1. THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RELOCATED.

      A. BOGUE SOUND BUOY 10A (LLNR 38877) TO APPROX POSIT 34-43-24.754N 076-49-44.732W (34°43.4126N / 076°49.7455W, 34.723543 / -76.829092) .

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, June 24, 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 24, 2019
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Kids Yoga
      Monday, June 24th
       
      3 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      727-893-1134
       
      Join us for stretching and posing that is OUT OF THIS WORLD!
       
      For more information, please visitwww.mygulfport.us/gpl or www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL
       
       
      Healthy Cooking Class
      Monday, June 24th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      3 p.m.
       
       
       
      TEDTalks
      Monday, June 24th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5:30 p.m.
       
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, June 25th
       
      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 25th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 pm – 3 pm
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      Gulfcoast Legal Services
      Tuesday, June 25th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      1 – 5 p.m.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, June 25th
       
      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 tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, June 25th
       
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 pm – 11 pm
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
       
       
       
      Seminar – Protecting your Financial Investment
      Wednesday, June 26th
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      2 p.m.
       
      Wednesday, June 26th
      is the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, withCollegiate Shag Lesson 6-7 pmSwing-Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm with special guest DJ Paul Mallett. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
       
      Collegiate Shag is the 6-7 pm lesson topic this Wednesday, June 26th, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night, featuring special guest instructors, Forrest Outman and Andrea Kugelman. What’s Collegiate Shag? — The most popular dance of the swing era. If you like East-Coast Swing, you’ll love Collegiate Shag, because it starts with similar 6-count footwork, and adds extra fun & energy to the dance!
       
       
      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
       
       
       
      Senior Center registration required, however, there is no need to be a GEMS member to enjoy these exciting Gulfport getaways.
       
      Call 727-893-2242 for more information and to reserve your seat. Trips are non-refundable and subject to change without notice.
       
      Chihuly Collection Museum
      Thursday, June 27th
       
      Art and architecture working together to create an experience unlike any other exhibition. The Collection is marked at the entrance by an iconic 20-foot glass sculpture created especially for the site.
       
      $20 GEMS Members
      $24 for Non-GEMS Members
       
      Prices includes: Round-trip transportation, admission and parking.
       
       
       
      Teen Yoga
      Thursday, June 27th
       
      4 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
      727-893-1074
       
      Well limber up to find space in our joints, leave room to breath and find space in our heads.
       
      For more information, please visitwww.mygulfport.us/gpl or www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, June 27th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
       
      Thursday, June 27th at 7 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater
       
      Join members of the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Gulfport Public Library on Thursday, June 27 at 7:00 p.m. for BranchOut!, a night of music and fun as we celebrate the recent establishment of the Resource Center as an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We will also happily recognize our great volunteers, as well as the wonderful support of the Gulfport Library staff and the Circle of Friends of the Library, and the recent accomplishments of the Library and Resource Center. Enjoy complimentary wine, soft beverages and appetizers, as well as live music by powerhouse vocalist/singer/songwriter/guitarist and Resource Center Board Member Brittany Baldwin. This event is free and open to the public at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. South.
       
      For more information, visit the Library’s website: www.mygulfport.us/gpl
      LQBTQ Resource Center website: www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources oremail: LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com
      Vertical Oyster Garden Creation
      Saturday, June 29th
       
      Tampa Bay Watch is recruiting volunteers to help build vertical oyster gardens on Saturday, June 29 from 9 am – 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 Gulfport Recreation Bus will be transporting any interested residents wanting to volunteer. The bus will be at City Hall at 8 a.m.
       
      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.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      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.
       
       
       
      Annual Stars & Stripes BBQ
      Wednesday, July 3rd
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
      2 p.m.
       
      Wednesday July 3rd 
      is Swing Time’s Pre-Independence-Day Celebration featuring the Betty Fox Band, live at the Gulfport Casino!
       
      Dress up in red, white, and blue  and get ready to dance! The evening kicks off with two dance lessons, Triple-Time Swing 6-7 pm and Single-Time Swing 7-8 pm. Dance 8-11 pm — Swing, Blues, and more — to live music by blues phenomenon, Betty Fox, and her amazing band.  (For anyone not familiar with the band, they’re an absolute dancer favorite. Just check out any video or song on their website…we dare you!)
       
      Doors Open 5:45 pm
      Triple-Time Swing Dance Lesson 6-7 pm
      Single-Time Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm
      Live Music & Dancing 8-11 pm
       
      All Ages   No Partners Needed   Full Cash Bar   Free Parking   Door Prizes
      Tickets are $12 (cash only). Purchase tickets at the door the night of event.
       
      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.
       
      For more information, please visit
      First Friday Art Walk
      Friday, July 5th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
       
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at VisitGulfportFlorida.com 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 www.facebook.com/GulfportArtGalleryWalk,www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
      FRANKIE & FRIENDS………….GREASERS UNITE!
       
      A Variety Show Like None Other, to Benefit the Angels
      of Project Free
       
      Friday, July 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
       
      More than 30 years ago, Gulfport resident Frankie Ingo said Angels helped him win a large audition to appear in the original cast of the long running theatrical play Grease. Many years later he said Angels again helped him meet his lovely life partner professional dancer, choreographer and Gulfport resident Evelyn Tosi who appeared in the movie Grease 2 with Michelle Pfeiffer, the movie Chorus Line and danced in the videos of Freddie Mercury of the rock group Queen. They of course met on the dance floor.
       
      “Evelyn and I have been blessed to see and perform in shows all over the USA and internationally as well but no show was better than the one I first saw put on by the Angels of Project Free of Gulfport Fl at the Hickman Theater, said Ingo”.
       
      MyProjectFree.org is a Gulfport, Fl. based charity that empowers disabled children and adults of of all ages through the magic of theater and music. They even have a school of rock type band that really rocks.
       
      On Friday July 5, 2019 Frankie Ingo and some of his most talented friends are inviting you the public for an evening full of song dancing, laughter, music hugs and smiles. Doors open at 7 pm at the Gulfport Casino and the show starts at 7:30. The suggested donation is only $10 but no one will be turned away. Tickets are available at the Gulfport Casino and at the Info Center on main street and online at MyProjectFree.org.
       
      Also be sure to reserve early for MyProjectFree.org annual musical at the Hickman Theater Aug 9, 10, 11. Volunteers are always needed to help during production.
       
      So come join Frankie & Friends, you’ll be glad you did!
      Friday, July 5th
      8 – 9:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Sure, everyone’s heard of the ghost at the Peninsula, but what about other hauntings in Gulfport? Join one of our spirits as they lead you on a ghostly tour through Gulfport’s history. This tour was created by Deborah Frethem, who wrote the book “literally” on haunted Gulfport. Your ticket price benefits the Gulfport Historical Society, the nonprofit that runs the Gulfport History Museum, offers porch parties and can help research your home’s history.
       
      We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour. Thanks for supporting local history and preservation efforts!
       
      This tour is free for Gulfport Historical Society members and $10 for everyone else. Members MUST register for the tour, and please make sure you have your photo ID and membership card on hand the night of the tour. Tickets can be purchased atwww.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
       
       
      Summer Auction
      Saturday, July 6th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      For more information, please visit
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, July 10, 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
       
      “QUEERCORE” NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, July 11 with the documentary, QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLTUTION. The Film Series is a free gathering to watch a film in the company of friends and neighbors on the second Thursday of each month. 
       
      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.
       
      About QUEERCORE: HOW TO PUNK A REVOLUTION (2018): Started in the 1980s as a fabricated movement intended to punk the punk scene, Queercore quickly became a real-life cultural community of LGBTQ music and movie-making revolutionaries. From the start of the pseudo-movement to the widespread rise of pop artists who used queer identity to push back against gay assimilation and homophobic punk culture, ‘Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution’ is just that: a how-to-do-it guide for the next generation of queer radicals. ”An important document capturing the influence of queercore, an underground movement that enjoys life on the fringes, where identifying as an anti-establishment ‘arty weirdo’ is just as important as sexuality.” Los Angeles Times (Not Rated)
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center of the Gulfport Public Library is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Resource Center provides collections, services and events throughout the year to the local LGBTQ community, its friends and family. Find out more about the Resource Center and the Library on the web at www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
       
       
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 26th Ave and Beach Blvd. Gulfport
       
      Thursday-Friday-Saturday @ 8 PM
      Saturday & Sunday @ 2 PM
       
      ​Tickets $18 online at,www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org
      Tickets $20 lobby,
      (Cash only, one hour before showtime)
       
      Gulfport Community Players – Summer One Acts
      Thursday, July 11th at 8 p.m.
       
      July 11 – 21
       
      Ten original short plays by Florida playwrights. All ten plays presented in the same evening. Comedies and light drama. 
      Soul Night w/ Swing Time
      Friday, July 12th
      is Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to the best in Funk, Soul, Disco, Motown, Rhythm & Blues, featuring an exciting mix of retro & modern dance music, great for a variety of partner dances (Hustle, Swing, West-Coast, Blues, Fusion, etc) plus group, line, and freestyle dancing! Arrive early for a Swing Lesson 7-8 pm. Just $10 includes the dance AND the lesson. Students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. Soul Night happens at the Gulfport Casino the 2nd Friday of every month. 
       
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
       
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-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.
       
       
      Monthly Beach Clean up
      Saturday, July 13th
       
      9 – 11 a.m.
       
      Gulfport Beach, Shelter #4
      2nd Saturday of every month
       
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, July 16th
       
      7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
       
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, July 17, 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, July 18th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
      Thursday, July 18th
      7 – 9 p.m.
       
      Gulfport History Museum, 5301 28th Ave. 
       
      Join the Gulfport Historical Society as they take a stroll through history in Gulfport. The tour examines the creation of this small seaside hamlet; the tour guides, all Gulfport locals with a penchant for history and storytelling, share the town’s history and stories with the group. The tour starts at the Gulfport History Museum where you can take a peek at some of their historic photos.
       
      Please note that this event is on our “summer schedule”, from May through September, we’ll be offering walking tours every third Thursday at 7 pm.
       
      Tour free for Gulfport Historical Society members. All others pay $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased at www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org. We have a water cooler at the museum; please bring your refillable bottle to fill up before the tour.
       
      These tours sell out, so advance ticket purchase is highly suggested. Members should pre-register to ensure they have a spot. We don’t love turning people away, but when the group gets too large it’s hard for everyone to hear our tour guides.
       
      For more information, please visit: www.gulfporthistoricalsociety.org or call 727-201-8687.
       
       
      Contra Dance with Tampa Friends of Old Time Dance
       
      Sunday, July 28th
       
      3:30 – 7 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      5500 Shore Blvd. S.
       
      $8 admission
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      The Gulfport History Museum has a New Number!
       
      727-201-8687 
       
      Operating hours: Tuesday & Friday 10 AM to 2 PM
       
       
      Free lunches will be made available all Summer at the Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Ave. S.) to children 18 years old and younger from Monday – Friday from 12 pm-1 pm. No library card required.
       
      The Summer BreakSpot provides free meals to kids under 18 all summer long. Find a location near you by visiting SummerBreakSpot.org. New sites are added daily so be sure to check back regularly.
       
       
      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.
       
      Call for more information, 727-893-2242
       
      August Mentor Workshops
       
      Just thirty (30) minutes a week, can make a difference in a child’s life!
       
      Listen, encourage, be a friend to a child at a school closest to where you live or work.
      We’ve made it easy for you!
       
       
      • Attend a 90 minute mentor workshop
      • Register to volunteer and obtain a free level 1 background screening
      • Be matched with a student
      • Get all the resources to help develop a fun and meaningful relationship
      Mentoring
       
      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!
       
       
       
      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 www.stpeteymca.org/watersafety
      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
      727-893-1068
       
       
      Register for VPK voucher atwww.elcpinellas.net/register-for-vpk
      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 VisitGulfportFlorida.com and click on “Artist Grant” at the bottom of the home page. For questions, send email toquestionsartistgrant@visitgulfportflorida.com.
       
       
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection Schedule
       
      All events are on Saturdays
      9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
       
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, visitwww.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste or
      call 727-464-7500.
       
      For more information, please visit www.mygulfport.us/lateralrebate
       
       
       
       
       
       
      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 info@mygulfport.us 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: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
      City of Gulfport Florida | 2401 53rd Street SouthGulfport, FL 33707

       

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    • Good Fourth of July Advice from BoatUS

      A number of waterfront communities offer fireworks displays over the 4th of July holiday and weekend, graciously permitting spectator boats to anchor nearby – always a great vantage point for viewing.  However, please remember  that the time immediately following the displays, is a very dangerous scenario when party boats are weighing anchor and departing. Your night vision is usually disrupted by the bright lights and alcohol is often involved. The situation requires slow speed and sharp lookout. Please get back to your homeport alive!

       

      7 Ways to Survive Fourth of July on the Water

      Recreational boating’s busiest time of the year requires extra precautions

      ANNAPOLIS, Md., June 24, 2019 – Each year about three out of four recreational boat owners say they plan to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday aboard the family boat. With nearly 12 million registered vessels in the U.S., that could spell mayhem at launch ramps, marinas and popular anchorages, requiring extra skill, patience and courtesy. The nation’s advocate for recreational boaters, Boat Owners Association of The United States, (BoatUS) says the congestion and nighttime operation requires vigilance. Here are seven safety tips to help boaters survive peak traffic days.

      1. Boaters will host thousands of guests aboard their vessels this holiday period – many with no boating experience. Before you head out, give a short orientation to guests, not only about essential items, such as how to move about a moving vessel (with one hand always connected to the boat) or how use the head, but also show them how easy it is to use the VHF radio and safety gear, especially life jackets.

      2. For that unexpected young guest without a life jacket, the non-profit BoatUS Foundation’s free Kids Life Jacket Loaner program gives boaters a chance to borrow child-size life jackets for the day, afternoon, or weekend. Nearly 600 locations across the U.S. ensure that there’s a location near you.

      3. Don’t overload the boat. Be careful about adding extra passengers, coolers and gear, especially with small vessels that are more prone to swamping. It’s also important to keep everyone in the boat and avoid allowing passengers to ride or sit anywhere other than designated places while underway. Riding with legs over the side or on gunnels and seat backs is considered unsafe operation.

      4. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in fatal boating accidentsWait to celebrate with alcohol until after you’ve safely returned to homeport for the night. Added to the effects of sun, wind and waves, alcohol lowers situational awareness and slows reaction times.

      5. After viewing fireworks from the water and pulling up anchor, you may have the urge to rush home. Don’t. Slow down. Opt out of taking that tricky, shallow shortcut home. Be cautious and patient – especially at the launch ramp – and the odds for a safe return home increase.

      6. Avoid the two biggest mistakes. The TowBoatUS on-water towing fleet reports that battery jumps, as a result of running music or other accessories all day, and anchor-line entanglements that occur at crowded fireworks show anchorages, are common requests for on-water assistance over the holiday. Monitor your battery drain, go slow while hauling anchor line, and be super vigilant so you don’t run over someone else’s anchor line after the fireworks show ends. As a backstop, boaters can prepare for the holiday period by downloading the free BoatUS App to summon on-water assistance. Purchasing a BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership before the holiday begins could save you from a hefty towing bill.

      7. The more lookouts you have aboard at night, the better. However, after dark, white lights in the cockpit or on deck can interfere with your crew’s night vision and their ability to see boating traffic or hazards. Turn off or dim the lighting, especially if using a cell phone, or consider using only red helm or accessory lights on the boat. Portable LED headlamps with red lenses can help your crew get around the boat and preserve their sigh

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    • LNM: Continuing Live-Fire Drills, New River, off NC AICW Statute Mile 247


      Live-fire exercises have going on for some weeks now. Let these Local Notices serve as reminders to avoid these waters northwest of the Waterway. There are no ICW closures indicated at this time.

       

      010401Z JUL 19
      SEC NC BNM 232-19

      NORTH CAROLINA – NEW RIVER – FIRING EXERCISES FROM 24 JUN TO 30 JUN
      2019

      1. THE RESTRICTED AREAS IN THE NEW RIVER, AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL
      OCEAN SERVICE CHART 11542, THAT WILL BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE
      OF STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING
      PERIODS:
      STONE CREEK SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      STONE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      WEST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
      THE RESTRICTED AREAS THAT MAY BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE OF
      FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS:
      TRAPS BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      COURTHOUSE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      STONE BAY SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      EAST OF THE 77 (DEG) 26 (MIN) LONGITUDE LINE.
      GREY POINT SECTOR 12:01 A.M. TO MIDNIGHT – DAILY
      FARNELL BAY SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY
      MORGANS BAY SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY
      JACKSONVILLE SECTOR SUNRISE TO SUNSET – DAILY

      2. THE TARGET BOMBING AREA N1/BT-3 IMPACT AREA IN THE ATLANTIC
      OCEAN EAST OF THE NEW RIVER INLET AS SHOWN ON NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE
      CHART 11543, MAY BE CLOSED TO NAVIGATION BECAUSE OF FIRING EXERCISES
      DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS: N/A

      3. ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY, INLAND WATERS IN THE BROWNS
      ISLAND INLET AREA BETWEEN BEAR CREEK AND ONSLOW BEACH, MAY BE CLOSED
      FOR FIRING EXERCISES DURING THE FOLLOWING PERIODS: N/A

      4. SHIP OPERATIONS CONSISTING OF LANDING CRAFT, AMPHIBIOUS
      VEHICLES, AND HELICOPTERS MAY BE CONDUCTED IN THE ONSLOW BEACH
      OPERATING AREA AND ALL SECTORS OF NEW RIVER TO INCLUDE DIVE
      OPERATIONS.

      5. DUE TO UNEXPLODED ORDNANCE ON BROWNS ISLAND AND IN THE ADJACENT
      WATERWAYS AND MARSH AREAS, BROWNS ISLAND IS OFF LIMITS TO ALL
      UNAUTHORIZED PERSONNEL. VESSELS MAY TRANSIT THE SURROUNDING WATERS,
      HOWEVER NO VESSEL SHALL BOTTOM FISH OR ANCHOR.

      6. MARINERS TRAVELING ON THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE NEW RIVER BETWEEN
      STONE BAY AND FARNELL BAY SHOULD BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE NUMEROUS
      SIGN POLES WITHOUT WORKING LIGHTS AND ARE LEANING OR SUBMERGED AS A
      RESULT OF HURRICANE FLORENCE AND PRESENT HAZARDS TO NAVIGATION.
      THESE POLES ONCE HAD SIGNS DENOTING AREAS OF CAUTION AROUND THE
      STONE BAY RIFLE RANGE AND VERONA LOOP FIRING RANGES.

      7. SIGNS ARE LOCATED ALONG THE STONE BAY, GREY POINT AND FARNELL
      BAY SECTORS OF THE NEW RIVER. MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE IS
      WORKING TO REPLACE THESE SIGNS.

      8. RANGE CONTROL BOATS, MCIE-MCB CAMLEJ NORTH CAROLINA MONITOR
      CHANNEL 16 VHF-FM (156.8 MHZ) AND THE WORKING CHANNEL 82 VHF-FM
      (161.725 MHZ). RANGE CONTROL CAN BE REACHED BY PHONE AT
      910-451-3064 OR 4449.//

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    • 2019 Letter #2 from the Bahamas by Greg and Barbara Allard

      Our sincerest thanks to Greg and Barbara Allard for sharing their thoughts and beautiful photography from their Bahamas cruises. These photos and descriptions will have you aching to follow in the Allard’s wake! For more this excellent photography, type Allard in our Homepage search window for letters from previous cruises.

      “People who live on continents get into the habit of regarding the ocean as journey’s end, the full stop at the end of the trek. For people who live on islands, the sea is always the beginning. It’s the ferry to the mainland, the escape route from the boredom and narrowness of home.”

      ― Jonathan RabanCoasting: A Private Voyage

      We have been traveling with our friends Jim and Ellen.  Jim has been playing with a new drone and has taken some excellent pictures, including this one of our boat Meander (lower boat, dark hull) in the mooring field at Warderick Wells. Their boat, Latitude, is just above ours.   We’ll show a couple more of Jim’s drone photos later.
       
      The water looks just like what’s shown in the photo; under the boats it is about 12’ deep.  The lightest colored water is just inches deep.

      A rock cairn, a decorative pile of rocks which has been used for centuries.  Former boy and girl scouts will remember this is a way to mark a trail. It has also been used to delineate property lines   This one was erected on the beach by visitors.

      A sisal tree in bloom.  These trees were brought to the Bahamas in the eighteenth century, as an excellent source of strong natural fibers which were used to make ropes for ships.  That industry was long ago abandoned, but there are a few scattered trees which remind us of those times.

      The Bahamas are primarily made of limestone, and only a few of the islands have enough soil to grow some vegetables and fruit.  The rest of the vegetation has to find a nook or cranny to set down roots in the rock or sand, sometimes not successfully.  This was once a bush along the beach, but it seems to have taken a new life as a model for “The Creature from the Deep”.

      The end of the school day at Black Point, a time loved by children everywhere.  All Bahamian school children wear uniforms.  
       
      Black Point is an island community, one of our favorites.  The island has a population of around 400, many of whom work on neighboring islands and commute there by boat. 

      This young man was enjoying his ice slush.  He’s thinking: “Don’t even try to take this from me.”   Love the hair.

      Peermon Rolle runs a bakery out of her home.  She makes some of the best Bahamian bread, especially her coconut bread.  We can’t go to Black Point without buying several loaves.
       

      Peermon’s granddaughter, and great granddaughter.  

      On the quiet main street of the Black Point settlement, you’ll find any number of residents sitting in their front yards “plaiting” – that is, weaving thin strands of palm into long strips of material usually between two and four inches wide.  Those strips are then sold, by the roll, to straw makers in Nassau, who use the strips to make bags, hats or baskets.  Most of the straw weavers engaged in this cottage industry are women, but this man named Boise was busy at work; his fingers were impossibly fast.  We bought three rolls of plait from Boise and his wife Corrine, also a weaver.

      The next day, Peermon showed Barbara and Ellen how to use the strips of plait, and the techniques for fastening them together.

      Is this a boat-goat, or a goat-boat?  As billy-goats go, this one was friendly, taking some shelter from the sun under this Bahamian competitive sailing vessel.

      In the last Letter, we showed you a photo of a spotted eagle ray.  This is a different photo of the ray, more clearly showing a remora fish under the ray’s left wing. In this case, the remora is not attached to the wing and is just swimming freely under the ray, but usually the remora attach themselves to rays, sharks and other fish, and go along for the ride.

      This photo is of a large free swimming remora (also called a suckerfish), which swam under the dock at Black Point. They are regularly 8-15 inches long, and usually not more than 31”. This remora is a large one, almost three feet.  Note the strange flat disc on his head which is what he uses to clamp onto the host fish.  The vanes of the disc act like suction cups.  It is said that the remora serves to clean the undersides of their host fish from parasites and growth.  We’ve never experienced it, but we have heard that sometimes they approach divers or small boats, and attempt to attach to them; they are easily removed if pushed forward.
       

      This seagull was lucky.  It’s likely he lost his leg to a shark.

      A green sea turtle, in one of the creeks at Shroud Cay.

      Diving Thunderball at Staniel Cay.  This rock island, with an underwater cave, is named after the James Bond Thunderball movie, where a few of the scenes were filmed.  The best snorkeling is not in the cave, but outside, on the east, north and south sides, where there are some excellent coral formations with a good variety of fish, and fewer divers.
       

      A blue Tang.

      In a prior letter we showed you a hand-carved fish head from Spanish Wells. We found this driftwood board, with its fish created by nature, on a beach in the Exumas.

      Barbara navigates our dinghy through the shallows.

      We mentioned earlier that our friend Jim was experimenting with a new drone, and he took these next two pictures.  I’m including them here, because they offer a different perspective on the beauty of the Bahamas.
       
      This is a view of Shroud Cay with its serpentine creek which cuts right through the island, running from the Exuma Banks to the Exuma Sound. At high tide we took a dinghy through it; someone compared it to an African Queen experience.

      Just south of Warderick Wells.  There are no other words needed for this photo.

      This derelict boat washed up on the beach in front of David Copperfield’s house on Musha Cay.  Usually boats like this are difficult to get rid of, but we suspect that David will make it disappear.

      A simple but engaging painting by a local Bahamian artist.

      The end of the day, with the sun melting into the ocean.

      _______________________________________________________________________________

      This will be our last Letter from the Bahamas.  Later this week, weather permitting, we will cross the Florida Straits (the Gulf Stream) back to the U.S.  It has been another excellent cruise through this beautiful sea-based country, with its stunning vistas and warm, friendly people.

      We are happy you could come along with us.

      A journey is a person in itself; no two are alike. And all plans, safeguards, policing, and coercion are fruitless. We find that after years of struggle that we do not take a trip, a trip takes us.  John Steinbeck

      Goodbye for now and warmest regards.  

      Greg and Barbara

      Copyright Greg Allard, 2019

       

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    • Engine Service, Propeller Repair, AwlGrip…all day! Bennett Brothers Yachts and Cape Fear Marina, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River


      Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers Yachts

      Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront.

      Click here for Engine Service, Propeller Repair, AwlGrip…all day!

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruiser’ Net’s Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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    • LNM: Lighted Inlet Buoy 13 Relocated, Bogue Inlet, NC near AICW Statute Mile 227


      Lighted buoy 13 is on the west shoulder of the channel connecting Bogue Inlet with the Waterway.

      1. THE FOLLOWING AID TO NAVIGATION HAS BEEN RELOCATED.

      A. BOGUE INLET LIGHTED BUOY 13 (LLNR 29557) HAS BEEN RELOCATED TO APPROX POSIT 34-39-24.715N 077-05-51.380W (34°39.4119N / 077°5.8564W, 34.656865 / -77.097606) ..

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    • Complimentary Week of Dockage Extended! Bennett Brothers Yachts and Cape Fear Marina, Wilmington, NC, Cape Fear River


      Bennett Brothers, Luxury Yachts for Sale by Bennett Brothers Yachts

      Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, is located on the eastern banks of the northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the Isabel Holmes – Highway 133 bascule bridge, and only a few steps from the downtown Wilmington waterfront. Bennett Brothers has graciously extended their complimentary week of dockage through July 31.

      BENNETT BROTHERS YACHTS is offering a complimentary week of dockage at the Cape Fear Marina in Wilmington, NC.  Located on the Northeast Cape Fear River just steps from historic Wilmington, it is a great stop for those traveling north this spring.  BENNETT BROTHERS YACHTS is a full service repair facility located at the Cape Fear Marina with full departments in all aspects of yacht repair and restoration.  Please call BENNETT BROTHERS YACHTS for details – 910-772-9277.  We hope to see you around the docks!

      COMPLIMENTARY WEEK OF DOCKAGE IN MAY

      Call for Details!

      910-772-9277

      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruiser’ Net’s Marina Directory Listing For Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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