After a month break, Gulfport Council tackled marina development, the ongoing noise ordinance debate, water rates, fireworks and how to spend $5 million at the July 20 meeting.
Gulfport City Council
Gulfport Council continues their discussion on $5 million in COVID relief funds; a new noise ordinance goes for a test drive and the LGBTQ Resource Center gets a check.
Funding for Gulfport’s Linear Breakwater Park project, in the works for five years, was vetoed by Governor Ron DeSantis on Wednesday, June 2.
The Gulfport Marina will get solar panels, the city will join a class-action lawsuit against major drugstores for their role in the opioid crisis and there’s a new face on the Planning and Zoning Board.
Gulfport Kiwanis to stage the city’s first-ever Juneteenth Celebration, the Gulfport Arts Center and Creative Pinellas will bring SPACEcraft to Clymer Park, and city manager Jim O’Reilly’s trying to get the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration back on track.
Each councilmember has different ideas, and one councilmember wants residents to come to a public meeting to have input into the process.
Gulfport Ward Three Councilmember Paul Ray cast the deciding no vote to increase the decibel level in Gulfport’s noise ordinance. Vice Mayor April Thanos and Ward Two Councilmember Christine Brown also voted against the ordinance change.
Here’s what happened at the June 1 Gulfport City Council meeting. Read the story for links to more in-depth articles about the decisions council made.
On May 18, council saw a return to pre-COVID days as the majority of attendees went without masks for the first time since in-person meetings resumed.
For the last year and a half, Gulfport resident Margarete Tober has been fighting to change one sentence of a city council meeting’s official minutes.
Plus, council talks alternative transportation in Gulfport, police chief announces a mental health initiative and Councilmember Thanos asks city to consider debt collection.
On April 20, Gulfport residents petitioned council to hold more open, public discussion on marina redevelopment plans, complained about noise, and council considered an HRO board.