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    • Dare County has played key roles in NC history, tourism by Eric Medlin

      In Coastal Review’s continuing series on coastal county history, the county named for the first English child born in the New World still draws people from around the world.

      The current Washington Baum Bridge was completed in 1994. Photo: Roger Mulligan/Creative Commons

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    • NOAA Navigation Services Newsletter – July 2022

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      Quarterly Newsletter

      July 2022

      Creating customized nautical charts using the latest data

      An image showing the output of the NOAA Custom Chart application with a chart covering the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.

      An image showing the output of the NOAA Custom Chart application with a chart covering the western side of the Chesapeake Bay.

      Nautical charts have always contained a great amount of information – even more so with electronic navigational charts. This information is constantly being updated, necessitating the need to keep your nautical chart suite as current as possible. NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey’s online NOAA Custom Chart application enables users to create nautical charts directly from the latest official NOAA electronic navigational chart (NOAA ENC®) data. Users now have the ability to create their own nautical charts using individually set parameters, and then save this custom nautical chart as a file that can be viewed or printed.

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      NOAA Partners with U.S. Navy to Establish A New PORTS® in Washington

      Aerial view of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility.

      Aerial view of Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. (Credit: U.S. Navy/Naval Base Kitsap)

      On June 13, NOAA announced a new partnership with the U.S. Navy to establish a new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS®) at Naval Base Kitsap, the Nation’s third-largest Navy installation and home of the largest fuel depot in the Continental U.S. NOAA has now established 37 PORTS® across the Nation through advanced technology and strong regional partnerships. PORTS sensor data is an invaluable decision support tool for the maritime community, and is used daily by professional and recreational mariners to safely navigate constantly changing weather and water conditions. The system near Naval Base Kitsap, Kitsap PORTS, consists of two current meters and one new water level and meteorological monitoring station. Its integrated sensors provide critical real-time information on oceanographic and meteorological conditions to improve navigation safety of vessels entering and exiting Puget Sound, Hood Canal, and Rich Passage. View the real-time data for the Kitsap PORTS here.

      Web-Based Tools Make Submitting Data to NGS Easier

      Last summer, NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey introduced new web-based tools for submitting geodetic survey data through its Online Positioning User Service (OPUS) Projects 4.0, allowing users nationwide to increase the number and volume of submitted survey data. Web-based tools offer an easy, intuitive way to manage and process geodetic survey projects involving multiple sites and multiple occupations. A quote in a recent California Department of Transportation newsletter called the tool “a great way to process, manage and share high-quality geodetic control with the geospatial community. It can reduce time spent researching by having data in a nationally maintained, recognized, and accessible online location.” The National Geodetic Survey relies on federal, state, and local partners to supply geodetic-quality data to maintain the National Spatial Reference System.

      NOAA focuses on the Great Lakes for the 2022 field season

      An image of NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson shown from the bridge wing of a passing ship outside of Montreal, Quebec.

      NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson shown from the bridge wing of a passing ship outside of Montreal, Quebec. (Credit: St. Lawrence Seaway Pilots)

      In 2022, NOAA and NOAA contractors will survey U.S. coastal waters and beyond, including multiple missions in the Great Lakes. As the volume, value and size of marine vessels in U.S. waters continues to grow, it is essential that NOAA increase the accuracy and frequency of surveys. A great amount of data on nautical charts of the Great Lakes is more than 50 years old, and only about 5 to 15 percent of the Great Lakes are mapped to modern standards using remote sensing methods such as light detection and ranging and sound navigation and ranging.

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      New Meteorological Station On Narragansett Bay Enhances Local Maritime Safety

      An image showing Narragansett Bay and the several PORTS locations existing within the bay.

      Narragansett Bay PORTS is made up of several types of sensors including water level and meteorological stations, and a current meter.

      The NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services worked with the Rhode Island Department of Emergency Management, one of NOAA’s local partners for the Narragansett Bay PORTS®, to install a new meteorological station at the Davisville Terminal. Located within the Quonset Business Park in the Port of Davisville, Rhode Island’s only public port, the new meteorological station delivers wind, air temperature, relative humidity and air pressure data to the community. Access to site-specific wind data at this location will enhance the safety and efficiency of navigation for Narragansett Bay PORTS®. Davisville is one of the top ten auto importers in North America. In the near future, there will be  growing utilization of this facility for wind turbine equipment, due to its proximity to several offshore wind farms.

      Ocean and coastal mapping matching fund opportunity

      An graphic showing Rear Admiral Richard Brennan over a background of bathymetryNOAA’s Office of Coast Survey invites non-federal entities to partner with NOAA National Ocean Service’s ocean and coastal mapping programs on jointly funded projects of mutual interest using NOAA’s geospatial contracting vehicles. Known as the Brennan Matching Fund, the opportunity relies on NOAA’s mapping, charting, and geodesy expertise, appropriated funds, and its authority to receive and expend matching funds contributed by partners to conduct surveying and mapping activities. Partners benefit from this opportunity by leveraging NOAA’s contracting expertise, including its pool of pre-qualified technical experts in surveying and mapping as well as data management to ensure that the mapping data are fit for purpose and are usable for a broad set of purposes, including, for example, safe navigation, integrated ocean and coastal mapping, coastal zone management, renewable energy development, coastal and ocean science, climate preparedness, infrastructure investments, and other activities.

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      Great Lakes Stations Now Available in Coastal Inundation Dashboard

      An image showing Narragansett Bay and the several PORTS locations existing within the bay.

      The Coastal Inundation Dashboard is a decision support tool that helps communities anticipate and monitor what sea levels will do along the coast in the short-term and plan for the impacts of a high water event.

      In the wake of record or near-record Great Lakes water levels in 2019 and 2020, NOAA’s Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services has added 50 Great Lakes water level stations to the Coastal Inundation Dashboard. Real-time and historical water levels are available through the web-mapping application, overlaid upon National Weather Service flood impact thresholds (where available). In addition, users now have the ability to view up to 20 water level stations on a single page via the Multi-Station View feature, allowing them to easily monitor water levels across an entire lake or region. Planned improvements over the next several months to this feature include adding historical station top-ten water level data, the integration of National Ocean Service Operational Forecast System model guidance and display of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 6-month lake-wide water level forecast information.

      Emergency Response Imagery Updated for 2022

      NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey released this year’s emergency response pre-event imagery. Coverage includes the East and Gulf coasts, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Images for the West Coast have also been collected and should be available in the next two months. These image releases support emergency response efforts and allow for quick comparisons as responders analyze the areas hardest hit by events such as hurricanes, tornados, and floods. This imagery is also available on the NOAA Open Data dissemination site.

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    • Bradenton on the Manatee River, FL

      Officially “The Friendly City,” Bradenton is a vibrant city located along the Gulf Coast in Manatee County in the US State of Florida.


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      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For Twin Dolphin Marina

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    • Pine Island, FL north of Okeechobee Waterway

      Cruisers Net lists only one marina, Four Winds Marina, suitable for drafts less then 3.5ft, at the northern tip of Pine Island. However, there are several good depth anchorages at the southern tip of the island just north of the Caloosahatchee River and the Okeechobee Waterway.

      Pine Island, Florida

      Pine Island is the biggest island in the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida Peninsula, just outside Fort Myers. In this small and idyllic oceanfront community, visitors will be welcomed with tropical plants, beaches, marine preserves, and greens expanses filled with palm trees. With a favorable climate that feels what many would describe as paradise, one can fall in love with the vintage and rural Florida atmosphere. Pine Island is home to several outdoor recreational activities and is filled with aquatic wildlife. It has grown to notoriety for its abundance of tropical fruit such as mangoes and lychees, which visitors flock to the island for.

      Geography Of Pine Island

      Welcome sign at Pine Island, Florida
      Welcome sign at Pine Island, Florida. Editorial credit: SR Productions /

      Of the entire US, Pine Island is the 118th largest island and resides in Florida’s Lee County, which is west of Cape Coral. Pine Island is a part of a chain of islands that constitute the Matlacha Pass and separates it from the Florida Mainland. On the west side of Pine Island reside the Intracoastal Waterway, a waterway that runs from Massachusetts to Texas, passing around the Florida Peninsula. Of the nearby islands, Sanibel Island lies to the south, North Captiva Island to the west, and Captiva Island to the southwest.

      Geology Of Pine Island

      Similar to nearby Fort Myers, Pine Island is made up of deposits of coral rock. This variation of limestone encrusted with fossilized shells, animals, and even pine trees found in the northern tip from the excavation is common throughout southern Florida. Following millions of years of North America settling into place from the continental drift, that state’s land mass was twice as large. This saw extensive forests, dunes, and tributaries with the coast of the Gulf of Mexico starting another 100 miles west of Pine Island. Thus, came the ice age, which brought forth flooding as the glacier defrosted. Around 4500 BC, the shape of Florida formed into something similar to today. The former ice age also increased water levels and created the long and narrow islands seen off the gulf coast, including Pine Island. With churning ocean water, channels, shoals, and the unnamed sand beaches that are a familiar attraction of Pine Island formed. However, the mingling of freshwater and saltwater from the tributaries’ output created sedimentation. The fallen trees from the shore, among shells, animals, and other items fossilized in this sedimentation, created the limestone, better known as coral rock. 

      Brief History Of Pine Island 

      Long before the town of Pine Island existed, the Calusa Indians were the first known inhabitants of this island, around 800 AD. The first contact with outsiders did not occur until the mid-16th century when Spanish conquistadors landed. By the 19th century, there were no further documented occurrences of the Calusa Indians, and it is believed the tribe could have died off or dissolved into other tribes. Ongoing research is being conducted on Pine Island to further understand the Calusa Indians, with artifacts being unearthed as of today.

      Ecology Of Pine Island

      Pelican and fishermen on Bokeelia Pier in Pine Island, Florida
      Pelican and fishermen on Bokeelia Pier in Pine Island, Florida. Editorial credit: SR Productions /

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      Click Here To View the West Florida Cruisers Net Anchorage Directory Listing For the York Island Anchorage

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      Click Here To View the Eastern Florida Cruisers Net Anchorage Directory Listing For Picnic Island Anchorage

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      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net West Florida Anchorage Directory Listing For Givney Key Island Anchorage

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter, City of Gulfport, July 25, 2022, Boca Ciega Bay, 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, and the City of Gulfport always have a full calendar of events for all ages. Located in the heart of downtown, 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.

      Weekly news & updates
      July 25, 2022 | City of Gulfport, FL – Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
      Upcoming Events

      See what’s happening this month.

      Gulfport Community Update

      Read the current community news.

      Senior Center E-news

      Click here to see what’s happening next.

      Library Calendar of Events

      Upcoming activities at the Gulfport Library.

      Michael J. Yakes Recreation Center

      Click here to see all classes and activities.

      Historic Casino Weekly Dance Events

      Click here to see the Casino’s weekly dance schedule.

      Saturday, August 27th, 6 – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      Tickets and info
      This Weeks Events & Meetings
      More info
      USA Ballroom Dance at Historic Casino

      Monday, July 25th | 7 – 10 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      Gulfport, Florida 33707

      Admission: $7 Members, $10 Non-members

      Lesson: 7:15 – 7:45 Gina Santamaria

      Show: 8:30 Gina & Aladdin

      Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market

      Tuesday, July 26th | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

      Downtown Waterfront District, Beach Blvd. S.

      Join us weekly at our open-air fresh market for the region’s freshest produce, arts & crafts from local creators and a fresh array of locally sourced botanicals along the shops and restaurants of scenic Beach Boulevard. 

      More info
      Carol Baker and Paul dancing
      Weekly dance info
      Ballroom Dance Lessons w/ Carol Baker

      Tuesday, July 26th

      Noon – 1 p.m. Beginner Tango

      1 – 2 p.m. Intermediate Tango

      2 – 3 p.m. Ballroom Dancing

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      $10 admission

      Call 727-798-3660

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      Argentine Tango Dance & Lesson

      w/ Kathleen & Steve Prucher

      Tuesday, July 26th | 6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      $10 admission

      Call 727-742-3368

      Weekly dance info
      City of Gulfport Police patch. Picture of a sun with a gateway.
      Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting

      Every Wednesday | 1:30 p.m.

      Broadcasting “on Facebook” Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Check on updates for your area and learn about recent incidents related to vehicle, residential burglaries, BOLO’s and stolen vehicles. For more information, please contact Mr. Jim Wright Volunteer Coordinator at 727-893-1022 or



      Swing Dance & Lesson w/ Swing Time

      Wednesday, July 27th

      Lesson 7 – 8 p.m. | Dancing 8 – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      $10 admission

      Weekly dance info
      Tickets and info
      A Night of Motown with Jay Miah

      Thursday, July 28th | 7 p.m.

      Catherine Hickman Theater

      5501 27th Ave. S.

      Enjoy the Fun and Emotion in the Rhythm of the Music with Jay Miah, Jennifer Real, Iman, April Skye and Johathan Issac in a LIVE Performance!

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      Latin Night at the Gulfport Casino

      Thursday, July 28th | 7 – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      $10 admission

      Call 727-254-6563

      Weekly dance info
      New Horizons Jazz Band Concert

      Sunday, July 31st | 5 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      The New Horizons Jazz Band of Gulfport would like to invite everyone to a FREE concert!

      Upcoming Events & Meetings
      City Council Meeting (In-Person & Zoom)

      Tuesday, August 2nd | 6 p.m.

      City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. | 727-893-1012

      First Friday Art Walk flyer. Picture of art.
      More info
      First Friday Art Walk

      Friday, August 5th | 5 – 9 p.m.

      Downtown Waterfront District

      Beach Blvd. S.

      Come join us with free live music up and down the street. Follow the flags for artist clusters, displaying paintings, jewelry, glass, mixed media sculpture and more. First Friday Art Walk is a juried event that welcomes emerging and professional artists in all media to engage in our arts loving community.

      2022 Art Gecko Show

      Friday, August 5th | 6 – 8 p.m.

      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.

      This year’s show will feature selections from the participating artists’ regular body of work in a variety of media. Gecko’s are encouraged though! After the reception their chosen live auction pieces will be moved out of the theater and on display throughout the city. The reception is free and open to the public and will include a cash bar.

      Board of Adjustment Meeting

      Wednesday, August 10th | 6 p.m.

      City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. | 727-893-1012


      Gulfport Casino Ballroom

      5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      $10 admission


      Disco Party w/ Swing Time

      Friday, August 12th

      Lesson 7 – 8 p.m. | Dancing 8 – midnight

      The Disco Party returns to the Gulfport Casino! Dance 8 p.m. – midnight to those funky disco grooves and beats. Arrive early for a Dance Lesson 7 – 8 p.m., where you can learn the Hustle and other Disco-era dances. Get ready for the Soul Train! Just $10 includes everything. The Disco Party happens the second Friday of every month. 

      Tickets and info
      2022 Gecko Crawl

      Saturday, August 13th | 4 – 9 p.m.

      The annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at various locations, a poker run, and a festive after party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District at The Tiki Bar & Grill at 9 p.m.

      Gecko Crawl participating locations are – Caddy’s, Gulfport Brewery, Neptune Grill,  The North End Taphouse, O’Maddy’s, and The Tiki Bar & Grill will be this year’s host of the after-party and there will be live music. Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at participating locations, all are located within walking distance.

      More info
      Ask a City Councilor at the Third Tuesday Fresh Market

      Tuesday, August 16th | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

      Gulfport Merchant Chamber of Commerce Welcome Center,

      3101 Beach Boulevard South

      Gulfport City Council will be hosting an opportunity, every third Tuesday of the month, for residents to get to know their Councilmember, ask questions, and provide comment.

      For more information, please call City of Gulfport Councilmember, Ward 1 Representative, April Thanos at (727) 826-7138.

      City Council Meeting (In-Person & Zoom)

      Tuesday, August 16th | 6 p.m.

      City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. | 727-893-1012

      More info
      Third Saturday Indie Faire

      Saturday, August 20th | 5 – 9 p.m.

      Downtown Waterfront District

      Beach Blvd. S.

      Welcome to Third Saturday Indie Faire! The Indie Faire features high quality local art and contemporary crafts from across a wide range of mediums, as well as jewelry and locally sourced botanicals in an outdoor and socially distanced manner along scenic Beach Boulevard in downtown Gulfport.

      Carol Baker and Paul dancing
      Weekly dance info
      Ballroom Dance Night at the Casino Ballroom

      Sunday, August 21st | 6 – 9:30 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      Teacher: Carol Baker | 727-798-3660

      $10 admission

      Lesson: 6 – 7 pm: Carol Baker

      Dancing 7 – 9:30 pm, to the fabulous music of Daniel Fugazzotto

      Bring a friend, they will have a ball!

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      Weekly dance info
      Fourth Friday Singles Dance w/ Carol Baker

      Friday, August 26th | 6 – 10 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      Teacher: Carol Baker | 727-798-3660

      $10 admission

      Lesson: 6:15 – 6:45 pm: Carol Baker

      Dancing 7 – 10 pm

      Tickets and info
      2022 Gecko Ball

      Saturday, August 27th | 6 – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.

      The Gecko Ball is one of Gulfport’s most popular events, featuring music, dancing, a costume contest, silent and live auctions, the Gecko Queen coronation, and a cash bar.

      Guests are highly encouraged to dress in Game Night or Gecko themed costumes, or a combination of both! For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page: Contact Brittney Summer for details by email to

      Downtown Waterfront District

      Beach Blvd. S.

      22nd Annual Gecko Fest

      Saturday, September 3rd | 6 – 11 p.m.

      Gulfport invites you to the 22nd Annual Geckofest, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko!

      This year’s theme, chosen by public voting on the Gecko Ball Facebook page, is “Game Night”! The theme offers inspiration for a wide array of costumes, as well as music, dancing, food and drink. Festival-goers are always encouraged to arrive in costume.

      Parking and admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly. For general information, please visit or call 727-322-5217.

      Community Outreach
      Latest Beach Water Quality Sampling Data

      See the latest report here.

      Public Cameras

      Check out our live streaming cameras here, to see what you are missing.

      Gulfport Charter & Code of Ordinances

      Online access is provided at the following link.

      Utility & Marina Bill Payment

      View and pay Utility & Marina Billing accounts online here.

      Know Your Zone

      Pinellas County 2022 hurricane evacuation zones can be found here.

      All Hazards Preparedness Guide

      Read the Pinellas County All Hazards Preparedness Guide here. Located at all City Facilities.

      Alert Pinellas

      Sign-up and receive emergency alerts via text message on your cell phone.


      Hurricane Season is upon us.

      The Atlantic Basin Hurricane season ends November 30.

      Get informed and be prepared!

      Gulfport Hurricane Center
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      FSI Connect

      Real-Time Help for Families is a Call or Click Away

      727-888-HELP (727-888-4357)

      FSI is a prevention initiative focusing on providing families the right service, at the right time. The initiative provides support and wrap-around services to meet the family’s basic needs and helps to empower and educate them to become self-sufficient, and anchored within our community.

      Learn more

      Veterans Park, 5350 31st Ave S.

      More info

      Veterans Park Memorial Ribbon Campaign

      The Gulfport Senior Center Foundation will be installing a memorial ribbon in the Gulfport Veterans Park as a fundraiser to support programs and services of the Senior Center.

      The meandering ribbon of engraved bricks will connect the sidewalk to the flagpole base at the beautiful waterfront park. The public is invited to purchase a brick to honor or memorialize a friend or family member, veteran or non-veteran. Engraved bricks will be a permanent part of the Gulfport Veterans Memorial Park.


      Lift Station No.2 Installation and Improvements 


      The City of Gulfport continues to invest in new infrastructure to move wastewater more efficiently through the system, minimize the potential for wet weather overflows and protect the environment. The Lift Station No.2 Force Main Installation and Improvement Project involves designing, permitting and updating the lift station in the Municipal Marina area. It also includes a new underground pipeline to connect both City of Gulfport lift stations to the City of St. Petersburg system for treatment and disposal. Beginning Monday, February 28, 2022, construction will occur at Lift Station No.2 site and along the pipeline route. There will be temporary construction impacts, including:


      • Temporary street closure at 29th Ave. S. and Miriam St. S.
      • Motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists should use caution when traveling near construction and follow all detour and lane closure signs.

      For more information, please contact the City of Gulfport Public Works Department at (727) 893-1085. 

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      Duke Energy is working hard in our community to improve reliability, reduce outages, strengthen the power grid against severe weather and prepare our system to serve our growing area by upgrading electrical infrastructure in Gulfport.

      As part of this commitment, they are conducting a major grid improvement project in the City of Gulfport and surrounding areas.

      Learn more

      Duke Energy Crews are performing tree trimming in the City of Gulfport as part of their vegetation management program. Trees and vegetation are part of Florida’s natural landscape and also one of the leading causes of power outages. Trees that are close to power lines must be trimmed or cut down by qualified crews to ensure reliable electric service.

      Customers who have questions or concerns about right-of-way or vegetation maintenance can contact a Duke Energy Progress customer service representative by calling 800-452-2777. 

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      The City of Gulfport Private Waterline and Sewer Lateral Replacement Assistance Program offers financial reimbursement after the replacement of a deteriorated residential waterline or sewer lateral. City Utilities residential water or sewer customers are eligible for a rebate of 50% up to $3,500.00 after the purchase, installation, and inspection of failing waterlines or sewer lateral between the home connection and the city connection.

      Reassurance Telephone Program flyer. Picture of person on phone.

      The City of Gulfport Senior Center’s Telephone Reassurance Program is a free service for Gulfport Residents 50 years of age or older. Volunteers provide daily phone calls to registered members and provide comfort, security, and peace of mind to members and families.


      Registration is simple and free. If you or someone you know could benefit from this service during this difficult time, please call (727) 893-2237 and register today.

      Catch a ride with GEMS. Picture of van.

      GEMS door-to-door transportation has provided independence & freedom to elderly and disabled residents of Gulfport for over 40 years.


      Any Gulfport residents 55 & older or residents with a disability can take advantage of GEMS door to door service for a yearly membership of $70 plus $2 per ride. For more information, call 893-2242.

      Call 2 recycle. Leading the charge in recycling.

      The Gulfport Public Works Department located at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) is an official collection site for rechargeable batteries!

      For more information, please call 727-893-1089 or visit

      Gulfport Library Open to the Public. Regular hours with limited service. Hands with books.

      If you have questions, please contact library staff at (727) 893-1073 or (727) 893-1074. Hours are, Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

      Gulfport Public Library is open with normal business hours. We are committed to the health and well-being of the citizens we serve. The Gulfport Library is open with limited services to the public, observing best practices for the safety of both citizens and staff.

      If you continue to self-isolate and require library services: The Gulfport Public Library has a number of free services patrons can utilize to checkout eBooks, audiobooks, magazines,  or learn a learn a language.

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      The City App for iOS and Android mobile devices, allows residents to connect more conveniently with City government to report issues and request non-emergency services. For more information, please email or call 727-893-1118. 

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      Gulfport Municipal Marina

      The City of Gulfport Mooring Field is the ideal destination for the traveling sailor. With options to stay for a day, week, or month, we’re conveniently located in the heart of downtown. Our engineered moorings offer a variety of amenities for transient boaters wishing to anchor out in the bay.

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    • Shark Week is Here! Cause a Sea Change and Help Save Sharks – NOAA

      Sharks are in the news more than ever.



      Save SharksNew Educational Video From Ocean Today

      Sharks are in the news more than ever. And understandably, some communities are concerned. Learn how shark encounters stack up to other dangers like vending machines! And there are many species of sharks that don’t make it into Hollywood films. In fact, sharks come in all shapes and sizes and help keep ocean ecosystems in balance. We need sharks!

      But in some parts of the world, many shark species are in decline. By contrast, many shark species in U.S. waters are doing well thanks to the efforts of NOAA and fishermen. Learn about the conservation success in the U.S. and why sharks are in trouble elsewhere—and how you can help #SaveSharks

      Bookmark this video and the Endangered Ocean collection and help your students and community better understand and respect sharks. 


      July 22, 2022

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      1. friz -  July 27, 2022 - 8:04 am

        "national security issue"- what a pant load. Climate has been changing since it existed. This is a red herring pushed by the socialist left and China. China is the "national security issue". Pay attention.

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