Attention lizard lovers, organizers of Gulfport’s Gecko Ball – traditionally (well, up until 2019) in late August – postponed the costume party until October 23. The culprit? Rising COVID-19 numbers and its Delta variant in Florida
The City of Gulfport announced the wavering date on Monday, August 9 via the city’s weekly newsletter just weeks before the original date of August 28.
However, the Gulfport’s Merchants Chamber made the decision to change the timeline of the indoor costume party celebration in the Gulfport Casino Ballroom.
“When we decided to go forward with the Gecko Ball this year we were confident in where COVID-19 was,” said Merchants Chamber President Baraba Banno. “But with where the numbers are now, we want to do what’s best for the health of the community.”
Aside from the date, the biggest change is the reduction in tickets available – decreasing the already-reduced 400 tickets to 300 tickets for the evening.
“The city was a little faster to announce this than we would have liked,” Banno said. “We don’t know everything yet, but it should be more or less the same.”
Tickets already purchased are still valid, Banno confirmed. It’s unclear if or what other Gecko World festivities will be affected.