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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 13, 2020, 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 January 13, 2020
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, January 13th
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, January 14th
      Every Tuesday
      9 am – 3 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 – 3 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, January 14th
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
      French Club 
      Tuesday, January 14th
      12:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, January 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, January 14th
      with Kathleen & Steve Prucher
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.
      $8 admission
      Call 727-742-3368  
      Body Movement & Being
      Wednesday, January 15th
      11:30 a.m.
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
      How is this class unique? It reminds one of yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais and maybe other practices and yet it is not. It does not focus on repetition of a set of exercises. The classes are built on a flow of movement with a main theme that develops and finds connections in the body that make sense for more efficient movement. Words do not do it justice; it has to be experienced within the body. Is it easy? Not really. Is it too hard? Absolutely not. 
      This class will focus on attention as we work, coupled with body awareness, allows us to find pathways for movement that re-balance our system. It is a study about our own patterns of movement which we can change to make more sense to the system. 
      Classes are slower than most classes, which allows us time to find the connection, pay attention and concentrate on the center and the core of the body. No mindless repetition, but a strong mind-body connection. 
      We allow movement to flow, progressing in a circular motion so as to follow the shape of the joints, utilizing breath, imagery and intention while we work. All that puts us on the plan toward attaining new levels of wellness.
      Wisdom Healing Qigong 
      Wednesday, January 15th
      1:30 p.m.
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th Ave. S.
      Join me in the search for wisdom, fulfillment and inner joy. We will make this happen through sound healing, gentle-meditative movements and inner smiles. 
      This class will be most warm and loving to ourselves and others. So please join me for a magical hour of happinessl Barbara Newborn 
      Swing Night w/ Swing Time
      Wednesday, January 15th
      is the next Gulfport Casino Swing Night, with Advancing-Your-Swing Lesson 6-7 pm, Swing-Dance Lesson 7-8 pm, and Dancing 8-11 pm. Just $8 includes both lessons and the dance, students get $6 admission, and birthday people get free admission.
      Intermediate Swing in January — Advancing Your Swing is a group of four intermediate-level swing lessons, happening 6-7 pm Wednesdays, January 8th through 29th, at the Gulfport Casino Swing Night. Learn Cool Moves, Footwork Variations, Multiple Turns, Spins, Dips, Leans, and more. Add style to your swing dancing. Become a better leader or follower, and get asked to dance more often. Advancing Your Swing is taught by Sam, and for dancers who’ve taken this series before, we have some fun new material in store!
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, January 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
      Lunch & Learn: presented by
      Author Ellen M. Levy
      Thursday, January 16th
      Noon – 1 p.m.
      Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
      The event is free and open to the public. Attendance by adults only is suggested. Attendees are invited to bring their own “brown bag” lunch and beverages.
      Novel “Romance at Stonegate”: Think about the challenges you faced when coming out and then imagine what it might have been like in Post-Victorian America. Deborah and Miriam are two young girls who fall in love in 1910 who deal with religious oppression and isolation. They must hide their relationship from their friends and families while dealing with the intense pull of young love.
      Ellen Levy, appearing in period costume, will draw you into their 1910 world. She promises a rich discussion of the challenges of being a lesbian in an era that is not ready for them. You will fall in love with these courageous young women. Copies of her book will be available for purchase.
      For more information about the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Library visit or or email
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, January 16th
      1:30 p.m.
      Gulfport Senior Center
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, January 16th
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      $8 admission
      • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Advanced Workshop
      • 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Beginner Workshop
      • 8:30 – 11:00 pm: General Latin Dancing
      Gulfport Community Players Present “Orange Belt Railroad”
      January 16-19
      Thursday – Saturday 8 p.m.
      Saturday – Sunday 2 p.m.
      Peter Demens, a Russian immigrant and small town businessman, takes a dilapidated railroad in payment for a debt and, sets out to build a railroad stretching across Florida. Like a cat with nine lives, each time the railroad’s end is near, Demens strikes a new deal to keep things going.
      • Tickets $18 online + $1.50 fee(credit card)
      • Tickets $18 at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar – cash only/no credit cards.
      • $20 lobby (cash only) – 1 hour before show time
      • General admission, no assigned seating.
      • Arrive at the theater 30 minutes before show time for choice of seats.
      • We do not accept telephone reservations.
      City of Gulfport’s Arbor Day
      Friday, January 17th
      3:45 p.m.
      Tomlinson Park, 19th Ave. S. & 54th St. S.
      We invite everyone to attend Arbor Day to share their commitment to environmental stewardship for a special tree planting.
      For more information, please call 727-893-1118. All are welcome!
      3rd Friday Sock Hop w/ the Legendary IMPACS
      Friday, January 17th
      7 – 10 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      Come join us for a 50’s and 60’s Sock Hop at The Gulfport Casino (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets are $15 each or two for $25, Tables of 10 are $120. Tickets at the door are $20. Buy advance tickets at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. S.) or the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3115 Beach Blvd. S.). For more information, please contact 727-893-1070.
      Gulfport Lions Club Shrimp Boil
      Saturday, January 18th
      4 – 7 p.m.
      Gulfport Lions Club, 4630 Tifton Drive S.
      The Gulfport Lions invite the public to join us for dinner on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay on Saturday, January 18th from 4-7 pm. We will be serving ½ pound of boiled shrimp, coleslaw, hush puppies, dirty rice, and baked beans for $14. A children’s menu is also available.
      We will be serving coffee and tea that’s included in the dinner price along with available soft drinks and bottled water for $1. You are welcome to bring your own adult beverages.
      When you come and support this fund raising activity, you are doing much to help the Lions help those who are in need. Gulfport Lions is a service organization, meeting the many needs of those less fortunate. Organizations that are supported are the Gulfport Police Christmas Program, Senior Center Food Pantry, youth sports, Conklin Center for the Blind, SE Guide Dogs, Lions Eye and Tissue Bank, and the local chapter sight foundation. Additionally the Lions support eye and glaucoma exams and treatments for qualified Gulfport residents.
      We look forward to seeing you and thank you for your generous support!
      Third Saturday Art Walk
      Saturday, January 18th
      6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
      Visit Gulfport Florida for the Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk. Find your shopping and dining maps at and chart your course to our beachfront town!
      Shop for local art along Beach Blvd, visit a gallery, catch a live local band and dine at one of the locally owned restaurants along Beach & Shore Blvd’s.
      The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, produced by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
      There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. 
      For general event information, visit or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at, under the vendor info tab.
      Upcoming Events
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, January 21st
      6 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Stetson Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, January 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
      Comedy Show
      Saturday, January 25th
      7 – 9:30 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
      One Night Only! Donnie Stopa, and his hilarious comic-friends are bringing you an unforgettable night of clean comedy, music, and fun!
      Rat Pack Together Again
      Sunday, January 26th
      1 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
      A Toast to the Rat Pack takes you on a musical journey featuring the greatest hits from the legendary Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr. After watching these performers, you will leave the show feeling as though The Rat Pack is still going strong after all these years. link to the show
      To purchase tickets, please visit
      or at the Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      So Classic Car Show
      Saturday, February 1st
      9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
      Trolley Market Square, Tangerine Ave. S. & 49th St. S.
      This year we will hand out over 90 Trophy awards. Judging will be done in 10 year increments starting with the oldest registered car. All makes and models are allowed to register. This is a charity event with some of the proceeds to go to VETSports. Founded in 2012 by three combat Veterans, VETSports aims to set the standard for how to improve Veteran’s physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement. VETSports provides thousands of Veterans with continuous opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community service, events, and partnership. 
      9th Annual PAVA 2Cool Art Show
      Saturday, Feb. 1st at 10 a.m.
      Sunday, Feb. 2nd at 10 a.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      Hosted by the Professional Association of Visual Artists, the City of Gulfport and the Gulfport Downtown Merchant Association, and held in an historic building that has been referred to as the “heart and hub” of Gulfport, the 2Cool Art Show is now in it’s ninth year.
      This juried fine art and fine craft show, PAVA’s second premier exhibition, is held in February each year at the Gulfport Casino. Located on the waterfront at 5500 Shore Blvd., it gives winter visitors a sampling of the high caliber work for which the summer Cool Art Show is so well known.
      Thirty five juried artists show and sell a variety of hand crafted visual and functional works in paint, wood, ceramics, photography, metal, glass, mixed media and jewelry. Admission and parking are always free.
      NIA AND NESS A Dancer Poet duo
      Saturday, February 1st
      8 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
      From Brooklyn, New York, Nia and Ness will perform their evening-length piece Home. Nia and Ness suggest that you, “Be a fly on the wall and listen to our very intimate and deep conversations, which have to do with our being an out, black lesbian couple. All the things that we experience, the good the bad and everything in between.” Audiences have described them as fascinating, lovable and talented and have thrilled to their poetry and dance.
      Nia and Ness are part of a full weekend of events. Check out Gulfport ReadOut 2020 at
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, February 4th
      6 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
      Wednesday, February 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
      Fraud Prevention Forum
      Wednesday, February 5th
      2 – 4:30 p.m.
      Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.
      Featuring the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gulfport Police Department, IRS Criminal Investigation and FBI.
      Fine Arts Festival
      Sat. Feb 8 – Sun. Feb 9
      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Veterans Park
      5350 31st Ave. S
      Complimentary admission and parking conveniently located within walking distance. Courtesy transportation is also available from remote parking locations throughout the City.
      The juried art show will feature fine works of art from across the region, including but not limited to; 2D, 3D, Ceramic, Glass, Metal, Mixed Media, Wood, Acrylic, Collage, Oil, Pastel, Ink, Fine Photography, Watercolor, and Fine Jewelry.
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, February 12th
      6:30 p.m.
      Gulfport City Hall
      2401 53rd St. S.
      Soul Night Valentines Ball w/ Swing Time
      Friday, February 14th
      at the Gulfport Casino featuring Sugar & Spice Revue!
      Soul, Funk, Blues, R&B and Rock’n’Roll
      Winners, International Blues Challenge, 2017
      Valentine’s Decor, Prizes, Candy & Chocolates! Everyone’s encouraged to wear something that’s red, white, or pink.
      Doors Open 6:45 pm
      Swing Dance Lesson 7-8 pm
      Live Music & Dancing 8-11 pm
      All Ages ~ No Partners Needed ~ Cash Bar ~ Free Parking
      Want Seating? We highly recommend you purchase advance tickets.
      Tickets are $15, available online (via credit card) or at the Gulfport Casino (cash only) during business hours and dances. Buy tickets in advance to reserve seats. Or get general admission tickets (dancing room only) at the door.
      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 at 5500 Shore Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
      16th Annual Gulfport
      Get Rescued
      Saturday, Feb. 22nd
      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Gulfport Waterfront District Beach Blvd. S.
      Gulfport’s Get Rescued annual event is one of the largest animal rescue events in the state! All profits to benefit participating non-profit rescue groups.
      In addition to the animal rescue organizations there will be animal-related vendors, artists and crafters, an adoptable pet parade, pet care education, pet services, a pet food & supplies drive, free samples, training demos, a Bark-B-Que, food, DJ music & more. Admission and parking are free!
      Gulfport’s 15th Annual Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
      Saturday, March 7th
      11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
      Scout Hall, 5315 28th St. S.
      The tour features homes in the neighborhoods between Beach Blvd. and 49th Street S, south of Gulfport Blvd.
      For more information, contact Caron Schwartz, 303-641-5489 msschwartz4 at
      City of Gulfport Nautical Flea Market
      Saturday, March 14th
      7 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Municipal Marina, 4630 29th Ave. S.
      Limited spaces available. Cost is $10 for a 10’x10′ space. Please bring your own table and chairs.
      For more information, please contact the Marina office at 727-893-1071.
      2020 Great American Clean Up – Clam Bayou Clean Up
      Saturday, March 14th
      9 a.m. – noon
      Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
      Please join us as we partner up for a rewarding day of community improvement, engagement and beautification.
      Gulfport Health & Wellness Expo
      Saturday, March 14th
      10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom, 5500 Shore Blvd. S.
      Great things happened at the Gulfport Health & Wellness EXPO last year, but this year promises to be bigger and better!
      Last year, we had over 500 participants enjoy health screenings, demonstrations, and healthy food choices. They received a wealth of information concerning their health, recreational activities, and ways to increase self-confidence. Be part of this exclusive event designed to assist you in promoting your company’s services and providing you with an opportunity to share important information to an enthusiastic and receptive audience.
      Exhibit booths begin at only $150 and include your company name listed in multiple printed publications, as well as emailed publications to over 2500 individuals and local businesses.
      If you have any questions, please contact Jerryanne Hindman at 727-893-1244 or
      City of Gulfport Junk Drop
      Saturday, March 21st
      8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
      49th Street Neighborhood Center, 1617 49th St. S.
      Got Junk? Do your part and help clean up the earth by throwing away your junk for FREE at the City of Gulfport Junk Drop!
      For questions or more information, please contact 727-893-1089.
      Grand Prix of Gulfport Boat Show & Race
      Friday, March 27th – Noon – 6 p.m.
      Saturday, March 28th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      Sunday, March 29th – 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
      Grand Prix of Gulfport, LLC is producing the fourth annual Grand Prix of Gulfport featuring F150, SST45, Jersey Speed Skiffs and a Boat Show. In cooperation with the City of Gulfport, the downtown area is transformed into mecca of activity along Shore Boulevard between 58th Street South and 54th Street South. The Race Boats, with their pit area open to the public makes the Gulfport Recreation Center home for the weekend, along with the Pleasure Boat Display and Vendor Booths lining Shore Blvd.. Beach Blvd., South will serve as the main entrance and a parking shuttle drop off area for the free to the public event.
      Proceeds to benefit the Michael J. Yakes Foundation ( a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help underprivileged children and seniors in the Gulfport, Florida area.
      Community Outreach
      Ramping Up Hiring Efforts for 2020 Census
      The U.S. Census Bureau is ramping up its national recruiting efforts to hire up to 500,000 temporary, part-time census takers for the 2020 Census in communities across the country to reach its goal of more than 2 million applicants.
      The positions offer competitive pay, flexible hours, paid training, and weekly paychecks. To determine the pay rate in a specific area, learn more about these positions, or apply for one of the temporary jobs, visit
      “Whether you’re looking to earn some extra cash, pay down your student debt, or offset holiday season spending, our part-time positions are a great way to do that,” said Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham. “What better way to earn some extra money and help shape the future of your community for the next 10 years than with the 2020 Census?”
      Who Should Apply?
      Anyone age 18 and older, such as recent high school graduates, college students, veterans, retirees, military spouses, seasonal workers and people who are bilingual are highly encouraged to apply. People who already have jobs and want to earn extra income evenings and weekends are also encouraged to apply. The selection process begins this month, with paid training occurring in March and April. After paid training, most positions work between May and early July.
      The Census Bureau released a new interactive map to help partners and job seekers identify areas where hiring is taking place. The Census Bureau needs more applicants in all 50 states, especially in Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. The Census Bureau makes every effort to hire locally so census takers are familiar with the neighborhoods they are assigned to work.
      Help us spread the word. Connect with us!
      About the 2020 Census
      The U.S. Constitution mandates that a census of the population be conducted every 10 years. Census statistics are used to determine the number of seats each state holds in the U.S. House of Representatives and inform how state, local and federal lawmakers will allocate billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities every year for the next 10 years.
      For media inquiries or interviews: If you have a question, give us a call at 301-763-3030 or contact the Public Information Office at
      Household Electronics & Chemical Collection
      All events are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
      For more information about household electronics & chemical collection, including quantity limits, visit or call 727-464-7500.
      The Gulfport Merchant’s Chamber (GMC) has announced a call for applicants for its 2020/2021 community support grant program. Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply. Applicants must be certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, or schools and colleges at any level.
      For more details and to apply, see the application available at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.comClick on “Community Grant” at the bottom of the home page. Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMC reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient. Applications must be received in writing and must be emailed, postmarked or delivered no later than March 31, 2020. Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered. Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be announced by the end of April 2020. 
      Special consideration will be given to organizations that are able to help promote and provide volunteers for the GMC events that raise the funds making these grants possible. “Gecko World” events with funds earmarked each year for community giving include “Gecko Crawl,” “Gecko Ball” and the GeckoFest street festival. The events grow in size and popularity every year and each requires a large promotional effort and a large number of volunteers. Events occur in late summer. Grant amounts will be determined and funds distributed to grantees after these GMC events have concluded for 2020.
      Since sponsoring the community grants, the GMC has provided many thousands of dollars in funding to a large and growing roster of worthy non-profit organizations. The GMC also gives back to the community in other ways during the year, including sponsoring “Gulfport’s Get Rescued” each February, benefitting animal rescue groups. And a monthly Clothing Swap benefitting CASA is held during the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. Public art installations have also been commissioned and installed with GMC funding.
      For more information, contact GMC Board Member Brittney Sherley,
      Calling ALL Teens!!!
      Looking for something to do in the evenings? Come to Teen Night at the Gulfport Recreation Center!
      Gulfport Recreation Center, 5730 Shore Blvd. S.
      For questions or more information, please call John at 727-893-1079.
      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
      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!
      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.
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
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    • Bahamas Chatter: Spanish Wells

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      Spanish Wells

      Posted: 11 Jan 2020 01:34 PM PST

      Planning departure for Spanish Wells very soon. Want comments re fuel/diesel availability now and the Devil’s Backbone guides.

      Wondering how hard it is to get a guide to leave out via the North route? Are they easily available or do you have to wait for days??? Thanks Rus

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    • The Mullet Wrapper • January News from the Gulfport Historical Society, Gulfport, FL

      Gulfport Marina includes dry boat storage, ship store, bathroom, public boat ramp, parking, fueling stations, lighted range markers and guest docking facility.

      The Gulfport Historical Society continues its educational activities for the City of Gulfport, which always has a full calendar of events for all ages and is home to Gulfport Municipal Marina, A CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, located on the northern shores of Boca Ciega Bay, easily accessible from the Western Florida ICW, just north of Tampa Bay.

      The Mullet Wrapper
      Volume I, 2020
      Gulfport to elect first canine mayor in Florida!

      The race is on and the competition is heating up. Through Feb. 15, Gulfport residents and enthusiasts will go to the polls to elect Florida’s first honorary mayoral mascot.

      The campaign is serving as a fundraiser for the Gulfport Historical Society and Rescue Pink. Proceeds will be evenly split between the two organizations. Rescue Pink is a nonprofit organization that provides spay, neutering and preventative vet care services, and assists with re-homing pets. For more information, please visit Rescue Pink:
      Voting will take place at GulfPerk (3107 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport), the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S., Gulfport), and online at Human companions may also accept donations for participating pets.We will have a “petting in” ceremony for Gulfport’s newest mayor on Saturday, Feb. 22, during the city’s annual Get Rescued celebration.

      While we’re fairly certain this will be Florida’s first pet mayor,, locales in Alaska, California, Kentucky, Illinois, and Minnesota, among others, have elected their own ceremonial mayors.

      There are 12 entrants in the running for Gulfport’s honorary title, including a few “dark horses” that are cats.

      Porch party with Gulfport’s first female mayor!

      There are few people who can trace their ancestry back to a pivotal point in history: 1066 AD, when the Norman conquest of Britain changed the world forever. But Gulfport’s first female mayor, Yvonne Johnson, can.

      Mayor Johnson will regale the public with tales of her life, Gulfport, and her experiences in this city referred to as the “Gateway to the Gulf” on Friday, Jan. 17 at the Gulfport History Museum. The museum is located at 5301 28th Ave. S.  Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

      Keeping the conversation moving will be Art Levy, author of Made in Florida and associate editor of Florida Trend, who will interview the mayor.

      This event sponsored by the Gulfport Historical Society. For further information and to register to attend, visit Donations will be accepted. Dogs and well-behaved children are welcome. Attendees may also bring snacks to share. Members drink free; nonmembers are welcome to BYOB. 

      Seaside History Tours

         “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – L.P. Hartley

      Take a stroll through history at one of Florida’s most scenic seaside hamlets, courtesy of the Gulfport Historical Society. The next guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. Tours start at the Gulfport History Museum (5301 28th Ave. S.)
      While small, the city of Gulfport is rich in history, complete with colorful characters and tales of mysterious smugglers. This tour lasts roughly two hours and costs $10 per person, although GHS members can take this tour for free. Register for the tour — or become a member so you can take the tour for free — at Please note: Although members go free, we ask that members pre-register for the tours so we can plan accordingly. 

      Copyright © 2020 Gulfport Historical Society, All rights reserved.

      Our mailing address is:

      Gulfport Historical Society

      5301 28th Avenue South

      Gulfport, FL 33707

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    • Bahamas Chatter: “Update on Ocean Reef, Grand Bahama” plus 2 more

      Explorer Charts - the best charts for the Bahamas and Exumas

      Bahamas Chatter is produced by Explorer Chartbooks, A CRUISERS NET PARTNER, which has long been the standard navigational supplement for enjoyable, informative, and safe cruising through the beautiful Bahamian waters and island visits.

      Bahamas Chatter: “Update on Ocean Reef, Grand Bahama” plus 2 more

      Update on Ocean Reef, Grand Bahama

      Posted: 10 Jan 2020 06:02 AM PST

      Ocean Reef and Yacht Club, Freeport, Grand Bahama
      We here in Ocean Reef we were spared from big damage and flooding so we are in normal operation and open for regular business.
      Kind regards
      Kor Dormans

      Update from Orchid Bay, Abacos

      Posted: 10 Jan 2020 05:59 AM PST

      Orchid Bay, Guana Cay, Abacos

      At present, we have no docks and are currently serving gas and diesel from our roadside pump seven days a week. There are plans to rebuild at least one dock soon. Sunsetter Restaurant was badly damaged but we have it up and running from Thursday through Sunday for dinner only and with a limited menu. It is very casual and open air with no walls but at least it gives people somewhere to go and have a meal and a glass of wine.

      Those are all the updates we have at the moment. Hope this helps.

      Kind regards.

      Lisa Roberts

      UPDATE: Harbour View Marina, Marsh Harbour

      Posted: 10 Jan 2020 05:57 AM PST

      As for Harbour View Marina & Blue Wave Boat Rentals…we are working hard to have boat rentals available to rent this March. Out of our fleet of 20 boats, 19 are salvageable and in varying stages of repair work. The plan for Harbour View Marina is to rebuild the docks as soon as possible and we will have a temporary office building in place while we are getting the construction portion of the office buildings completed. Our hope is to have a fully operational marina and a temporary fuel dock for this upcoming late spring/early summer season. Wally’s restaurant is in full recovery mode and we are working towards an opening in early spring. We are looking forward to a better, stronger Marsh Harbour and doing all we can to make that happen.
      Thank you for reaching out and I look forward to updating you with progress along the way.

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    • 2020 Light List is Now Available on Navigation Center Website

      Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public.


      2020 Light Lists are available on the USCG Navigation Center’s website at:


      Coast Guard Light Lists are a means for communicating aids to navigation information to the maritime public. The last government printed Light Lists were the 2014 editions.

      While the Light Lists will no longer be available in government printed form, commercial reproductions may be available for purchase from maritime service providers.

      Local Notice to Mariners will continue to advise Light List corrections and NAVCEN will continue to publish a compilation of corrections.

      Complete versions of the 2020 Light Lists are updated weekly on the NAVCEN website and mariners should download applicable copies and updates as needed at:

      A summary of 2020 Light List corrections are available at:

      Guidance for use of electronic navigation publications onboard U.S. vessels can be found at:

      If the links above do not work, you should either copy and paste the links into your web browser or follow the LNM links from the Navigation Center LNM page.

      The Local Notice to Mariners, Light List, and Summary of Corrections are in Portable Document Format (PDF) and viewing them requires a PDF reader.  PDF readers are readily available on the internet, generally free of charge.

      To download the latest information:

      • Place your mouse over the “PDF” symbol next to the corresponding week.
      • Right click for PC / Control click for Mac.
      • Choose “Save Target As”.
      • Save the PDF to your computer and open using your PDF reader.

      If you have questions regarding this message, please contact the Navigation Center (use “LNMs, Charts, Chart Corrections, or Light Lists” as the subject from the pull down menu).


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    • Betrayal of the Public Trust by Jack White

      Our thanks to Kim Russo and Jack White for their efforts to protect the rights of boaters in Georgia. See Georgia Anchoring Regs.

      Thanks for your patience, everyone, as we continue to gather information about the new rules on anchoring in Georgia.

      Below is an op-ed written by one of our coalition partners, Jack White. Jack is a former Georgia state legislator and I think his explanation/summation of what has happened is spot on. Following Jack’s op-ed is a bit more of my take on the topic.


      Betrayal of the public trust

      Remember when you were in school and a few kids did something wrong and the whole class got punished? If so, then welcome to legislation—Georgia style! Georgia is now home to the most restrictive boater legislation in the nation. This past week the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posted the announcement of the implementation of HB201 on their website. You may recall this is the bill I warned Liberty and Bryan County residents about last summer. A hodgepodge of disjointed topics, the bill included anchoring permits, logs of pump-outs, fees and the establishment of anchorage areas. Did you catch that folks? Not just authorization to tell you where you CAN’T anchor but where you CAN anchor. The announcement this week (via Administrative Order from DNR Commissioner Mark Williams) graciously informs the public that “The Commissioner hereby ORDERS that anchorage areas for the purpose of overnight anchoring are established throughout all the estuarine areas the state…”. In other words, a right we have enjoyed for centuries in waters most boaters and boating organizations believe to be federally controlled (see the commerce clause of the US Constitution) has been granted to us by the DNR. This should be challenged in a court of law.

      If you go onto the DNR website they will tell you “HB201 is a new law that mainly affects waste discharge from vessels with marine sanitation devices (MSDs) and overnight anchoring in coastal waters”. Folks, this is disingenuous at best. HB201 was NEVER about a concern over the cleanliness of Georgia’s waters. It was about getting rid of a couple of nuisance boats in the coastal Georgia area to make a couple of powerful people happy. It was their scenery that was getting polluted—not the water. To fix their problem, Representative Don Hogan (Brunswick, Ga) with the help of others crafted HB201 at the urging of DNR. Why? Because DNR needed a way to make these 2 complaints go away and establishing setbacks under the guise of clean water was deemed the answer. The hen has now come to roost in the form of this new DNR Administrative Order which outlines the following:

      ONE. It restricts overnight anchoring within 1,000 feet (that’s over 3 football fields) of any structure, such as public and private docks, wharfs, bridges, piers and pilings, except in areas near marinas. This 1,000’ offset needlessly eliminates anchorages all over the state. It will affect numerous boaters many of which transit Georgia waters as part of the annual migration along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) that brings in millions of dollars to Georgia businesses. Additionally, an unintended consequence of this ill-conceived legislation is that it gives private landowners jurisdiction over public waters free of charge with no need for a bottom lease from the state. Essentially waterfront owners now control thousands of acres of public water at no cost. I seriously question the legality of this action and challenge any attorney reading this to take action.

      TWO. Commissioner Mark Williams and the DNR have created an animal known as Marina Zones, which wasn’t even in HB201. These will allow boaters to anchor as close as 300 feet to marinas or facilities that provide fuel, dinghy access, provisions, vessel maintenance or other services, regardless of whether other structures exist nearby. This of course begs the question, if we can anchor 300’ from a marina, where there are numerous comings and goings, why are we prohibited from anchoring 300’ from any other structure where there may be no or very limited activity? It makes zero sense but then it doesn’t have to as long as it makes the two waterfront owners happy. It would seem the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

      Many boating groups to include the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Boat US, Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA), Marine Trawler Owners Association (MTOA), American Great Loopers Cruising Association (AGLCA), and the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA) were never consulted before the legislation was passed. Most importantly, the general boating public was unaware of the bill until it had already passed. A public hearing occurred on June 17 in Brunswick where we voiced our concerns and were assured no rules would be implemented until they were vetted with the boating public. Afterwards, at a July 31st Stakeholders’ Meeting, which I and several boating representatives attended, we collectively recommended 150’ setbacks from marinas and private structures. Personnel at DNR were informed that a 1,000’ setback was far too large yet that has now been implemented.  So much for transparency and open dialogue with the public.

      The General Assembly didn’t just take away the freedoms of Georgians, they also took away the freedoms of every American transiting our waters from other states. DNR never had any intention of engaging any of the end users–Georgia boaters and visiting boaters to the coastline of Georgia. Actions speak much louder than words.

      So, what can we do? I invite the citizens of coastal Georgia to join me in writing and calling both the Governor’s office as well as the Commissioner of DNR.

      Governor Brian Kemp
      206 Washington Street
      Suite 203, State Capitol
      Atlanta, GA 30334
      Phone Number: 404-656-2846
      Toll Free: 1-800-436-7442
      Contact via web form:

      Commissioner Mark Williams
      2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, SE
      Suite 1252 – East Tower
      Atlanta, GA 30334
      Phone number: 404-656-3505
      Contact via web form:

      Maps of restricted anchorage areas by county can be found here:

      Jack White
      Boater, Liberty County resident & former Ga State Representative, House District 3

      As Jack eloquently shared, stakeholders (including AGLCA) were invited by DNR to a meeting because they said they wanted our feedback as they crafted the implementation rules associated with HB201.  It was my understanding leaving that meeting, and from subsequent phone contact, that we’d be kept informed of progress and given the chance to preview the new rules before implementation to provide comment.  We were blindsided by the order two days before it took effect.  

      Our coalition has been making calls and gathering information, and has not found a group that suggested 1,000-feet as a setback.  There seems to be no explanation as to how that distance was selected.  It appears that even marinas, who some think have the most to gain when boats cannot anchor overnight, appear to have suggested a setback far less than 1,000-feet.  And even Florida, where there are constant challenges to the right to anchor, has setbacks of only 150-feet.

      There is some good news.  First, the wheels are in motion for a potential legislative change that we hope will undo the problems inherent in HB201.  We will provide more details on this as soon as we are able.  Second, groups much bigger than ours, with a lot more clout, are just as outraged as we are.  We hope to make more details about their efforts available soon as well.  

      In the meantime, Jack’s suggestion of letter-writing to Commission Williams and Governor Kemp (see address information above) is our next course of action.  Please take the time to write.  Remember to be respectful, specific, and concise about how this administrative order will affect you.  For your convenience, the order is available here.  

      Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


      Kim Russo
      America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association

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      1. James H. Newsome -  January 10, 2020 - 7:35 am

        Tune in Friday January 10, 2020 at 10:00AM for “Great Loop Radio: Georgia Anchoring Setbacks” with Kim Russo and Jack While as they discuss the implications of GA’s HB201 Anchoring law and the Administrative Order issued by Commissioner Mark Williams which established 1000′ setbacks for anchoring in Georgia coastal waters.
        Kim is the Executive Director of America’s Great Loop Cruisers Association and also represents a coalition of boating groups including Seven Seas Cruising Association, Marine Trawlers Owners Association and DeFever Cruisers.
        Jack is a Georgia coastal resident and avid boater and cruiser. He is a retired Air Force fighter pilot and instructor at the Air Force Academy, former Georgia legislator, and currently a flight instructor at Gulf Stream in Savannah. Jack is also a co-founder of Save Georgia’s Anchorages.

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    • Feature Article on Washington, NC, Pamlico River

      Whether you want to revisit the past or satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks - Washington, North Carolina. 800 546 0

      Whether you want to revisit the past, satisfy your curiosities, discover the arts or explore your true nature, you can do it from the heart of the Inner Banks – Washington, North Carolina. Washington City Docks, A CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, has proven to be well worth the journey up the beautiful Pamlico River! See January 2020 in Washington.

      The 6 most Instagrammable spots around Washington, NC


      Click Here To View the North Carolina Cruisers Net Marina Directory Listing For the Washington City Docks

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    • Present and Future Environmental Concerns for Southeast Coastal Waters as of 1/9/2020

      Future environmental concerns, such as coral collapse, lionfish, blue and green algae blooms, the impact of dredging, water levels in Lake Okeechobee and rising sea levels in general, all remain for our coastal waters after this past year of ecological and economic disasters of red tide and sargassum blooms in Florida.

      1/9/20 Some Hopeful News About Florida’s Environment for A Change

      1/7/20 BTT committed to conservation and restoration of the Florida Keys marine environment
      Florida Keys Weekly

      1/7/20 ‘Fix the water, protect the habitat and pass on a pristine Florida Keys to future generations’ 
      Florida Keys Weekly

      1/3/20 Ocean Acidification Threatens the US Economy
      Scientific American

      1/3/20 Five environmental fights to watch in 2020
      The Hill

      1/3/20 How Will Climate Change Impact the Gulf Stream?
      State of the Planet (press release) (blog)

      1/2/20 Federation, Partners Focus on Water Quality
      Coastal Review Online

      1/1/20 Beach Advisories Issued for St. Simons Island & Jekyll Island Beaches
      Coastal Review Online

      1/1/20 Beach Advisories Issued on Tybee Island
      Coastal Review Online

      12/28/19 ‘Protecting Paradise’ features champions of the environment in the Keys
      Miami Herald

      12/26/19 Keys awash in water-related news during year

      12/21/19 How Microbes Reflect the Health of Coral Reefs
      Marine Technology News

      12/18/19 A federal plan to save coral reefs

      12/7/19 “There’s poison in our water.”
      Florida Keys Weekly

      12/6/19 Conservation groups locked in legal fight over seismic surveys off Atlantic coast

      12/6/19 Disease wastes South Florida’s corals, despite end of bleaching
      Valliant News

      12/4/19 Toxic Algae Bloom Closes 25 Beaches On Mississippi‘s Coast
      Stock Daily Dish

      11/22/19 Deadly coral disease has spread throughout Florida’s reefs
      Florida Phoenix

      11/19/2019 Submerged Vegetation Mirrors Coast’s Health
      Coastal Review Online

      11/1/19 FIU talk explains why sonar and seismic testing harm marine mammals
      Florida Keys Weekly

      10/31/19 While red tide persists in Collier, Sarasota-Manatee levels normal
      Sarasota Herald-Tribune

      10/30/19 Beach Advisory Issued for North Beach on Jekyll Island
      GADNR/Coastal Resources Division

      10/23/19 Dead Fish, Toxic Scent on Florida’s SW Beaches Could be Red Tide from Nestor
      NBC 6 South Florida

      10/23/19 Beach Advisory Issued for Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island
      GADNR/Coastal Resources


      10/15/19 King tides: South Florida’s had 4 straight days of record high tides
      Palm Beach Post

      10/14/19 New Study Shows Higher Levels of PFAS
      Coastal Review Online

      10/7/19 I am docked Norfolk at the Waterside Marina downtown. The high tide comes within a couple inches of flooding their inner docks. Over in Portsmouth it already does crest the public facedocks there.
      Geoff Gardner

      10/6/19 UN Climate Change Report Projects Bleak Future For Ocean Health


      10/6/19 Red tide counts growing along Southwest Florida coast, fish kills reported in Collier
      The News-Press

      10/6/19 Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs report red tide; will it return to Florida east coast?

      10/6/19 Red Tide is back in southwest Florida
      Tampa Bay Times

      10/6/19 Red tide returns: Harmful algae appears again in parts of Florida

      10/6/19 Beachgoers in some counties — among them Broward — are likely being exposed to harmful bacteria

      10/2/19 NOAA Awards $10.2 Million for Harmful Algal Bloom Research
      SRQ Magazine

      10/2/19 FSU Researchers: Multifactor models reveal worse picture of climate change impact on marine life

      Florida State News

      10/2/19 Florida is in for more dead corals, sea rise and floods, says new UN climate report

      10/2/19 In Florida, Flushing the Toilet Is Threatened by Rising Sea Levels for Tens of Thousands of …
      The Weather Channel

      10/1/19 Look for ‘Climate Change’ to Be Referenced in Florida’s Blue-Green Algae Report
      News Talk Florida

      9/28/19 Gulf Stream slowing down; that could mean rising seas, hotter Florida
      Walton Sun


      9/27/19 Coral Reefs

       Threatened by Mysterious Disease Compared to Ebola

      9/26/19 Fort Myers Beach new mini reefs to keep marine life healthy, fight red tide
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      9/25/19 Seaweed is gobbling up Mexican beaches


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      1. Patti Holma -  January 11, 2019 - 10:36 am

        Any info on the east coast?

        • Cruisers' Net -  January 14, 2019 - 12:55 pm

          Patti – I think this report addresses thru title only, so E. Coast not as sever as Gulf. In fact we see very little on that side except around St Lucie area “maybe”

    • LNM: CPOA Live-Fire Drills Continue, Jan 13-17, Neuse River near AICW Statute Mile 185

      The Cherry Point Operating Area (CPOA) occupies a wide area around Hancock Creek and Cherry Point on the south side of the Neuse River west of the Waterway’s intersection with Adams Creek at Mile 185. Cruisers traveling upstream to New Bern should favor the north shore and expect to encounter some military traffic and possible delays. These on-going exercises were begun in mid-May.


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      13-17 JAN 0001-2359 W-122(17) 34-04N1 077-07W1
      33-33N2 076-55W3
      33-49N9 076-30W6
      34-17N5 076-45W2
      34-04N1 077-07W1

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