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    • LNM: Caution to be Used in Reliance upon Aids to Naigation

      The USCG’s annual reminder that ATONS are not carved in stone.

      CAUTION TO BE USED IN RELIANCE UPON AIDS TO NAVIGATION
      The aids to navigation depicted on charts comprise a system of fixed and floating aids with varying degrees of reliability. Therefore, prudent mariners will not rely solely on any single aid to navigation, particularly a floating aid. With respect to buoys, the buoy symbol is used to indicate the approximate position of the buoy body and the sinker, which secures the buoy to the seabed. The approximate position is used because of practical limitations in positioning and maintaining buoys and their sinkers in precise geographical locations. These limitations include, but are not limited to, inherent imprecision’s in position fixing methods, prevailing atmospheric and sea conditions, the slope of and the material making up the seabed, the fact that buoys are moored to sinkers by varying lengths of chain, and the fact that buoy body and/or sinker positions are not under continuous surveillance but are normally checked only during periodic maintenance visits which often occur more than a year apart. The position of the buoy body can be expected to shift inside and outside the charting symbol due to the forces of nature. The mariner is also cautioned that buoys are liable to be carried away, shifted, capsized, sunk, etc. Lighted buoys may be extinguished or sound signals may not function as the result of ice, running ice or other natural causes, collisions, or other accidents. For the foregoing reasons, a prudent mariner must not rely completely upon the position or operation of floating aids to navigation, but will also utilize bearings from fixed objects and aids to navigation on shore. Further, a vessel attempting to pass close aboard always risks collision with a yawing buoy or with the obstruction the buoy
      marks. LNM 1/20

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    • Golden Ray Propeller to Become Part of Georgia Artificial Reef

      Recreational anglers and SCUBA divers now have a new opportunity for saltwater fishing and diving off Georgia’s coast. See Capsized Vessel.

       

      Golden Ray propeller, pieces become part of artificial reef

      BRUNSWICK, Ga. (Jan. 7, 2020) — Recreational anglers and SCUBA divers now have a new opportunity for saltwater fishing and diving off Georgia’s coast.

      Crews on Monday placed a 150-ton section of the capsized vessel M/V Golden Ray inside Reef SFC approximately 20 miles east-southeast of St. Simons Island. The ship’s rudder, stern tube section and propeller were placed in about 50 feet of water to provide essential habitat for fish and other marine life.

      “With the addition of pieces of the Golden Ray to Reef SFC, anglers will have a better chance to target off-shore fish, and divers will have a chance to see a part of history,” said Paul Medders, unit leader for the Artificial Reefs, Habitat Restoration and Public Access section of the Coastal Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. “It’s exciting to see part of the Golden Ray become an artificial reef off our coast.”

      The 100-ton bronze propeller and 50-ton rudder and stern tube were donated to the state by Glovis, an ocean carrier service that owns the Golden Ray. All material was inspected for cleanliness before being placed on the water bottom. The rudder was placed flat on its side and the propeller was deployed upright resting on its drive shaft at a maximum height of 30 feet above the seafloor. These pieces of the Golden Ray join M-60 battle tanks, rubble, reef balls and military landing crafts at Reef SFC.

      Outside the barrier islands of coastal Georgia, the continental shelf slopes gradually eastward for over 80 miles before reaching the Gulf Stream and the continental slope. This broad, shallow shelf consists largely of dynamic sand-shell expanses that do not provide the firm foundation needed for the development of reef fish communities, which include popular gamefish such as groupers, snappers, sea bass and amberjack. Offshore substrate largely consists of fine sand and silt, where only about 5 percent of the adjacent shelf features natural reefs or “live bottoms,” most of which occur more than 40 miles offshore.

      Most of these reefs are located six to 23 nautical miles offshore in 30 to 75 foot water depths, but two experimental “deepwater” artificial reefs have also been initiated in 120 to 170 foot water depths 50 to 70 nautical miles offshore, and three “beach” artificial reefs have been established in 15 to 30 feet water depths two to four nautical miles offshore. Georgia’s natural reefs are based on rock outcroppings, not coral, and the biological community that establishes itself on manmade reef materials is very natural.

      Georgia’s offshore reefs provide habitat for recreationally, commercially and ecologically important finfish and other animals. These reefs enhance and support local and regional fisheries management efforts, increasing the accessibility of great locations to catch fish and SCUBA dive.

      Georgia’s offshore artificial reef program covers 111 square miles and consists of 20 offshore reefs, eight decommissioned U.S. Department of Defense tactical air crew training system towers and three beach reefs.

      The Golden Ray capsized Sept. 8, 2019, in the St. Simons Sound and crews are in the process of removing the vessel. All crewmembers were successfully rescued from the ship following the capsizing. The reef placement was handled by Don Jon Smit, a salvage company that has conducted work on the Golden Ray.

      Crews removed the rudder, stern tube and propeller Dec. 20, 2019, to help reduce weight-related stress on the Golden Ray’s hull, which is laying on its port side approximately 1,000 feet south of the St. Simons Pier.

      The exact location of the Golden Ray propeller, stern tube and rudder in Reef SFC is 30°59.920’N / 81°3.017’W.

      Learn more about Georgia’s artificial reefs by visiting www.CoastalGaDNR.org/HERU. Anyone with questions may contact CRD’s communications specialist, Tyler Jones, at tyler.jones@dnr.ga.gov or 912-262-3140.

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    • LNM: AICW Buoy 82 Missing, Shallotte Inlet Problem Stretch, NC Statute Mile 333


      This missing ICW buoy is immediately west of Problem Stretch Shallotte Inlet.


      SEC NC BNM 012-20

      NORTH CAROLINA-ICW-MYRTLE GROVE SOUND TO LITTLE RIVER (CHART 11534)

      CAPE FEAR RIVER LITTLE RIVER BUOY 82 (LLNR 40345) REPORTED MISSING.

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net AICW Problem Stretch Listing For the AICW/Shallotte Inlet Intersection

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To This AICW Problem Stretch

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    • River District Connections Calendar January 2020, Caloosahatchee River/Okeechobee Waterway Statute Mile 135


      239 461-0775 Legacy Harbour Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 on the Caloosahatchee River. The Marina is situated two blocks from historic downtown Fort Myers and three blocks from the historic Edison-Ford Winter Estates. The Marina's 131-Slips range in size from 40 feet to 80 feet and can accommodate Transient Boats of 100 feet plus. The large Fairways make our slips easily accessible. Our slips are surrounded by one of the largest 'floating breakwaters' on the Gulf of Mexico. The floating docks are state-of-the-art. Legacy Harbour Marina is a full-featured facility with all the modern conveniences of home including pump-out station, heated pool, fitness center, full electric metered at the slip, cable TV, laundry, air-conditioned showers and wireless Internet connections available. The Boaters' Lounge is available for relaxing after a cruise or for private parties. The view from the lounge is spectacular! Our grounds are beautifully manicured and provide great strolling along the river with benches, Chickee Hut, and excellent access to all of historic Fort Myers. Please take a few moments to browse our website and see for yourself what our beautiful boating facility can offer you the next time you are cruising in Southwest Florida.
      Gulf Harbour Marina ICW Marker 73, 4.5 miles from Gulf of Mexico 14490 Vista River Dr., Fort Myers, FL 33908 239-437-0881 gulfharbourmarina@comcast.net

      The river is Caloosahatchee and the CRUISERS NET SPONSORS are Legacy Harbour Marina and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club. Legacy Harbor Marina entrance is located on the Okeechobee Waterway East of Marker #49 and Gulf Harbour Yacht and Country Club is on the south side of the Caloosahatchee River opposite Cape Coral.

       
      Click here for January 2020 River District Calendar

      Melissa Moore
      Web/Graphics Technician
      1631 Hendry Street
      Fort Myers, Florida 33901
      T: 239.337.1071 – F: 239-337.1076
      mmoore@cella.ccwww.cella.cc 

      Click Here To View the Cruisers Net’s Western Florida Marina Directory Listing For Legacy Harbour Marina

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Legacy Harbour Marina

      Click Here To View the Western Florida Cruisers Net’s Marina Directory Listing For Gulf Harbour

      Click Here To Open A Chart View Window, Zoomed To the Location of Gulf Harbour Yacht Club

       

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    • Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter from the City of Gulfport, Fl, January 6, 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 6, 2020
      CORRECTION: THE NEXT GULFPORT ART & GALLERY WALK WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020
       
      Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
       
       
      Highlighted Events/Classes this Week
       
       
      Fresh Market
      Tuesday, January 7th
       
      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 7th
       
      with Carol Baker
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
      12 p.m. – 3 p.m.
       
      $8 admission
      Call 727-798-3660  
       
       
      French Club 
      Tuesday, January 7th
       
      12:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Public Library
       
      Come practice speaking French in a relaxed atmosphere with others who are actively learning the language.
       
       
      City Council Meeting
      Tuesday, January 7th
       
      6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
      New Horizons Band of Gulfport
      Winter Session Orientation Meeting
      Tuesday, January 7th
       
      6:00 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      The New Horizons Band provides musical education, training and performance opportunities in a concert/jazz band format for adults of any age and at any stage of musical experience and competence. The New Horizons Band of Gulfport is the Community Band of Gulfport!
       
      The New Horizons Concert Band and the recently organized Jazz Band rehearse at the Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S. on Tuesday evenings. The winter session will begin on Tuesday, January 7, 2020, with an orientation meeting at 6 p.m. for returning members and persons interested in learning more about the New Horizon Bands. The meeting will be followed by a concert band rehearsal from 6-8 p.m. The jazz band rehearsal time will be 4:30-5:45 p.m. and the beginning band will be from 5-5:45 p.m.
       
      The Winter Session is 14 weeks long and there is a membership fee for the session. Membership in both the concert/beginning band and the jazz band is $60. Membership in the jazz band only is $30. More information can be found at NewHorizonsBandGulfport.org or contact Cathy at 618-719-1287 or JoVan at 727-345-0285.
       
       
      Argentine Tango Dance
      Tuesday, January 7th
       
      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 8th
       
      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 8th
       
      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 8th
      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!
       
      Tai Chi Beginner Class for Health and Well-Being
      Wednesday, January 8th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
       
      You will be introduced to a Qi gung exercise and the 8 Brocades. In addition, you will be introduced to the Yang Family Form. By daily practice of these foundation movements you will gain Balance and Relaxation while enjoying a peaceful and relaxed gathering learning the ancient art and discipline of Tai Chi. 
       
      Tai Chi is an excellent exercise method for people of all ages. Studies have shown that Tai Chi will improve your health and well-being, work on reducing knee and back pains, help improve circulation and internal organ functions, increase flexibility and range of motion, build muscle and strength for better balance and posture and help relax the body and quiet the mind. 
       
      Call the Gulfport Senior Center at 727-893-5657 to register for this 12 week class.
       
       
       
      Board of Adjustment Meeting
      Wednesday, January 8th
       
      6:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport City Hall
       
       
       
      Marina District Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, January 8, 2019
      Lions Club
      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
       
       
      Latin Night w/ Carol Rivera
      Thursday, January 9th
       
      6:30 – 11 p.m.
      Doors Open at 6 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Casino Ballroom
       
      $8 admission
       
      NEW SCHEDULE:
      • 6:30 – 7:30 pm: Advanced Workshop
      • 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Beginner Workshop
      • 8:30 – 11:00 pm: General Latin Dancing
      THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR (2019) NEXT IN LGBTQ FILM SERIES
      Thursday, January 9th at 7 p.m.
       
      The LGBTQ Resource Center at Gulfport Public Library is proud to continue its monthly LGBTQ Film Series on Thursday, January 9 with THE MOST DANGEROUS YEAR. 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 7 pm in the Friends Room at Gulfport Public Library (5501 28th Avenue South). Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
       
      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 mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. Or contact the LGBTQ Resource Center by email to LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
      Gulfport Community Players Present “Orange Belt Railroad”
      January 9-19
       
      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.
      Soul Night Disco Party w/ Swing Time
      Friday, January 10th
      is a special Disco Party edition of Soul Night at the Gulfport Casino. Dance 8 pm-midnight to those funky disco grooves and beats. Arrive early for a Hustle Lesson 7-8 pm. Get ready for the Soul Train! Just $10 includes everything; students get $6 admission if they show up by 7 pm and take the lesson. Soul Night happens the second Friday of every month.
      DANCE LESSON 7-8 PM
      January 10th’s lesson is Hustle
      Special Guest Instructor Joséh Marion
      MUSIC & DANCING 8 PM-12
       
      All Ages ~ No Partners Needed ~ Doors Open ~ 6:45 pm ~ Door Prizes ~ Cash Bar
       
      Lesson Info — Swing Time welcomes special guest instructor, Joséh Marion, who’ll teach the 7pm Hustle lesson.  Joséh is an award-winning dance instructor whose dance career has taken him to over 40 countries. He’s a veteran of New York City’s Hustle scene, where everyone dances Hustle 5-6 times a week! Joséh has danced and trained with many of the world’s top Hustle dancers/instructors.
       
      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.
       
      Upcoming Events
       
       
      Ballroom Dance Lessons
      Monday, January 13th
       
      2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
      Second & fourth Mondays
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
      Class space is limited. Sessions run for 3-month period. Please call 727-893-5657 to pre-register.
       
       
       
      Gulfport Lions Club Monthly Meeting
      Tuesday, January 14th
       
      6 p.m. Social / 6:30 p.m. Dinner
      Gulfport Lions Club
      4630 Tifton Dr. S.
       
      Second & fourth Tuesday’s every month
      For more information, contact Rob Vincent by email at tbirdrob@yahoo.com
       
       
      The Strand Area Neighborhood
      Watch Meeting
       
      Wednesday, January 15, 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
      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 www.mygulfport.us/lgbtq-resources or www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL. or email LGBTQGulfport@gmail.com.
       
       
      Introduction to iPad & iPhone
      Thursday, January 16th
       
      1:30 p.m.
       
      Gulfport Senior Center
      5501 27th Ave. S.
       
       
       
      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.
      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 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/GulfportArtGalleryWalkwww.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217. Interested artisans and craftsmen can view the guidelines at www.SIKpromotions.com, under the vendor info tab.
       
       
      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  https://youtu.be/mQmp9P7NuwU.
       
      To purchase tickets, please visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4335052
      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.
       
       
       
      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.
       
      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!
       
      Community Outreach
       
       
      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 www.pinellascounty.org/solidwaste/hec3 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, GeckoWorldGrant@GulfportMA.com.
      WOW is currently installing a fiber cable network inside the City of Gulfport, Florida. During this time, residents may expect construction in the public right of ways. The majority of the cable infrastructure is aerial, however, there are areas in the City, approximately 1.5 miles, where the fiber cabling runs underground. Wow will properly notice city residents with door hangers and is expected to be completed by the end of the 2019 calendar year.
       
      For more information, please contact the City of Gulfport Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089. 
       
       
      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 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.
       
       
       
       
       
      Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida – Code of Ordinances
       
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