Happy New Year
Week of January 4, 2021
Gateway to the Gulf Newsletter
Per the executive order issued by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County will begin distributing COVID-19 vaccines to those 65 years or older starting Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021.

Due to the limited supply of vaccines arriving in county and the need to distribute these to those 65 years or older in an orderly fashion, registration will be required for those wishing to receive a vaccination. No vaccines will be administered without a registration. The registration process will begin at noon on Monday, Jan 4.
To register, residents should:

  • Click the "Register Here" link below to complete an online registration
  • For those without internet access, call (727) 824-6900, option 4 for assistance. Please be advised there may be an extended wait time.
  • Residents are encouraged to print and complete the consent form from the website in order to receive the vaccine. Paperwork will be available upon registration.
  • Vaccines will be administered at the Health Department offices. Those receiving vaccines will be asked to wait for 15 minutes after the shot to monitor for potential adverse effects.
  • Information about how to receive the second dose of the vaccine will be issued at the time of the vaccine.

Those registering to receive a vaccine must bring a form of identification with their birth date indicating that they are age 65 or older and agree to be in Pinellas County to receive their second dose of the vaccine in 21 days. Those who are unable may be excluded from receiving the vaccine.

The Department has identified the following locations where vaccines will be

  • Clearwater Health Center, 310 N. Myrtle Avenue in Clearwater
  • Mid-County Health Center, 8175 Ulmerton Road in Largo
  • St. Petersburg Health Center, 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N. in St. Petersburg
You must fill out this screening and consent form before being vaccinated, bring a photo ID and your registration confirmation to your appointment.
Floridians are encouraged to opt-in to receive updates about the COVID-19 vaccine via text. Floridians can receive these text updates by texting FLCOVID19 to 888777. For more information on COVID-19 and the Florida Vaccine Distribution Plan, please visit http://pinellas.floridahealth.gov/. COVID-19 Call Center available 24/7 | +1 (866) 779-6121.
Virtual/Regular Events & Meetings
Tuesday Fresh Market
Tuesday, January 5th
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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. With social distancing and safety protocols in place to keep vendors and shoppers safe, the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market offers people an outdoor venue where they can safely shop.

For more information or to register to become a vendor, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/gulfport-tuesday-market/
Virtual Neighborhood Watch Meeting
Wednesday's at 7 p.m.

Broadcasting “live on Facebook” Wednesdays at 7:00 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 jwright@mygulfport.us.

In Person & Virtual City Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 5th at 6 p.m.

Catherine Hickman Theater
5501 27th Ave. S.
Contact: 727-893-1012
City of Gulfport Arbor Day Celebration
Friday, January 15th at 3:45 p.m.
City Facility, 4526 29th Ave. S.

We invite everyone to attend Arbor Day to share their commitment to environmental stewardship with a special tree planting.

Join the City of Gulfport, as we celebrate the life of trees and their importance to the environment. For more information, please call 727-893-1118. All are welcome. Face coverings are required and please practice social distancing.
Permit FREE - City of Gulfport
City-Wide Yard Sale
Saturday, January 16th
Dawn - Dusk

Gulfport residents, dust off your unused stuff and clear out the clutter and sign up for the permit free City of Gulfport City-Wide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, January 16 (rain date, Sunday, January 17). Do not miss this incredible opportunity to have your Gulfport address on the brochure for added visibility for free.

The City of Gulfport is now kindly accepting addresses to be added to this year’s City Wide Yard Sale brochure. Deadline to sign up is January 8th by 3 p.m. in order to make print deadline.
“How do I register?”
• The easiest way is to go to https://mygulfport.us/gulfport-city-wide-yard-sale and fill out the web form and hit submit.

• For those who do not have internet, you can also fill out a form at Gulfport City Hall, 2401 53rd St. S. or the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.

So get ready and get your address on the City Wide Yard Sale brochure today! For more information, please call Kristin Ossola at 727-893-1118.
Third Saturday IndieFaire
Saturday, January 16th from 5 - 9 p.m.
Downtown Waterfront District

Welcome to Third Saturday IndieFaire! IndieFaire 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.

For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/indiefaire/
First Friday Artwalk
Friday, February 5th from 5 - 9 p.m.
Downtown Waterfront District

First Friday Art Walk is a juried event that welcomes emerging and professional artists in all media to engage our arts loving community in a safe, creative and socially distanced manner. Hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber, all safety protocols are met and exceeded to ensure a safe and entertaining night out for the entire family. 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.

For more information, please visit http://visitgulfportflorida.com/first-friday-art-walk/
2021 12th Annual
So Classic Car Show
Saturday, February 6th, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

49th Street South Business Association is working on a FUN project for everyone. After months of practicing the safe distancing at home, it is time to get out and re-emerge into the community our projected car show date is February 6th 2021. Our goal will be to provide; FREE Admission to Bounce Houses for the kids, Music throughout the day, A Car Show for all ages, Hot Dogs $2.00, Hamburgers $3.00, chips and Sodas $1.00. 

This will be a free and open event to the whole community. For more information, please visit https://so49.org/so-classic-car-show

Car Entry: Early Registration: $15 | At the gate: $20
Gulfport In Person/Zoom Candidate's Debate
Thursday, February 11th, 6 - 8 p.m.
Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S.

The Gabber Newspaper and the Gulfport Merchants Chamber of Commerce will co-host the Gulfport Candidate's Debate on Thursday, February 11th at the Catherine Hickman Theater of Gulfport. Social distancing and mask protocols will be enforced.

For more information, please visit www.eventbrite.com/e/gulfport-debates-tickets-131452817917.
Gulfport Fine Arts Festival
February 13 - 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Veterans Park, 5350 31st Ave. S

Celebrate art, near and far, at the Gulfport Fine Arts Festival, set against the idyllic backdrop of Boca Ciega Bay in Gulfport Florida. Meet local and nationally known artists and add to your collection.

2021 Great American Cleanup - Clam Bayou Cleanup
Clam Bayou Nature Park, Miriam St. S.
Saturday, March 20th, 9 a.m. - noon

Gulfport Grassroots in partnership with Keep Pinellas Beautiful will be hosting in the City of Gulfport's 2021 Great American Cleanup - Clam Bayou Cleanup.

This is a perfect opportunity to volunteer your groups, family members, neighbors or just come on down solo to meet everyone and enjoy a beautiful morning at Clam Bayou. Directions to Clam Bayou are 49th Street S. to 29th Ave S. east to Miriam St. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes, sun protection, and weather appropriate clothing. Cleanup supplies and drinks will be provided.

For more information, please contact 732-310-4932.
Community Outreach
Please recycle your Christmas tree. Trees will be chopped and processed into mulch then made available to residents at the Neighborhood Center located at 1617 49th St. S. For more information, call (727) 893-1089.

To prepare your tree for recycling:

  • Remove all decorations, including hooks, garland, tinsel and lights.
  • Place tree at curb or alley for regular Wednesday yard waste pickup.
  • Do NOT bag or place tree in can.
  • For multiple-dwelling units, place your tree near the dumpster without blocking access to it.
The Gulfport Public Works Department located at the 49th Street Neighborhood Center (1617 49th St. S.) is now an official collection site for rechargeable batteries!

Only batteries weighing 11 lbs. or less, and cellphones (with or without their batteries) are accepted. The Call2Recycle program does not accept wet cell batteries.
Rechargeable Batteries Accepted:
• Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
• Nickel Cadmium (Ni-Cd)
• Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
• Nickel Zinc (Ni-Zn)
• Small Sealed Lead Acid (SSLA/Pb)

Batteries NOT Accepted:
• Single-use (Alkaline, Lithium etc.)
• non-rechargeable batteries
• Wet cell Ni-Cd
• Wet cell lead acid vehicle batteries

For questions, please call the Public Works Department at 727-893-1089.
City of Gulfport Annual Paving of Roadways

On Monday, December 14, the City of Gulfport initiated its annual paving of roadways. Asphalt Paving Systems Inc. was the awarded contractor who will be milling and repaving the streets. The milling operation consists of removing approximately 1½ to 2 inches of old pavement and replacing it with new asphalt. This paving program prioritizes streets to be resurfaced based upon the condition of the asphalt. It is anticipated that there will be some interruptions to the regular flow of traffic where these paving projects will take place. Those interruptions will be appropriately marked with signs to alert motorists, and residents in these areas impacted will receive adequate notice prior to the project commencing. Motorists are asked to use caution as they travel through these construction zones. Residents with questions on the City wide paving program can call the Public Works Department at (727) 893-1089 or visit https://mygulfport.us/public-works-department.

The following roadways are scheduled in this year’s paving program:

Milling and resurfacing:
  • 52nd Street South from Gulfport Blvd to 27th Avenue South
  • 54th Street South from Gulfport Blvd to 27th Avenue South
  • 53rd Street South from 11th Avenue South to 15th Avenue South
  • 20th Avenue South from 55th Street South to 57th Street South
  • 25th Avenue South from 58th Street South to 56th Street South
  • 18th Avenue South from 54th Street South to 52nd Street South
  • 63rd Street South from 8th Avenue South to 11th Avenue South

  • Dupont Street South from 29th Avenue South to 28th Avenue South
  • York Street South from 11th Avenue South to 15th Avenue South
  • 55th Street South from 15th Avenue South to 18th Avenue South
  • 63rd Street South from 11th Avenue South to 13th Avenue South 

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COVID-19 Response & Recommendations
Where to Get Help

For information on eviction and foreclosure Assistance, Pinellas CARES financial assistance, food pantry distribution sites, pet care assistance and more , please visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/where-to-get-help/.

Contact 211 Tampa Bay Cares by texting your zip code to 898211 or dialing 211 (available 24 hours a day).
Pinellas County has also established a dedicated COVID-19 webpage where citizens can find in-depth information on the virus, links to resources and regular updates.

COVID-19 testing is available from Community Health Centers of Pinellas and Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. Find testing sites near you at https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/testing/
Household Electronics & Chemical
Collection Center (HEC3)

Pinellas County Solid Waste operates the Household Electronics and Chemical Collection Center (HEC3) as a disposal location for certain household waste. Pinellas County residents are invited to bring their unwanted electronics and chemicals to the center (at no charge). Businesses, visit here for information.

Monday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. Closed Sundays and 
 2855 109th Ave. N., St. Petersburg
City of Gulfport Senior Center Telephone Reassurance Program:
Keeping you Safe and Connected
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

The Gulfport Extended Mobility Service (GEMS) run thru the Senior Center has resumed limited, essential transportation services to grocery stores, medical appointments, etc.

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.
Gulfport Library is Open with Limited Service

Check out all the Virtual Events the Gulfport Public Library has to offer on their Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/GulfportLibraryFL.

5501 28th Ave. S. | 727-893-1074
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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 info@mygulfport.us or call 727-893-1118.
Online access to the City of Gulfport Municipal Code is provided at the following link: Gulfport, Florida - Code of Ordinances