The 4th annual 49th Street Mayors’ Cleanup on Saturday, October 7 was held in and near the Tangerine Greenway park in Gulfport. The festivities included the 3rd annual police Chiefs’ Chat Community Forum.
Gulfport Mayor Sam Henderson, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Gulfport Police Chief Robert Vincent and St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Luke Williams all participated in the cleanup effort and spoke to a crowd of about 60 people.
Gulfport Councilmember Yolanda Roman attended the opening ceremonies and participated in one of four teams of litter picking volunteers while Gulfport Councilmember Christine Brown worked in the cleanup segment along with attending the presentations by the mayors and police chiefs.
The official boundary line between the two municipalities is 49th Street South but the purpose of the event is “One Street, Two Cities, One Goal – Collaboration,” according to a press release. “The cleanup is about more than picking up litter. It is a celebration about community and the collaboration of neighborhoods along 49th Street South.”
The four teams cleaned the street and its adjacent alleys from the Pinellas Trail south to Gulfport Boulevard South.
The event is organized by the cities of Gulfport and St. Petersburg along with the Gulfport Neighbors non-profit group.