Closed Today Gone To Beach,’ is my sick humor,” said Tangelo’s Grille co-owner Mike Brennan Wednesday, August 31, as Tropical Depression 9 – upgraded to Tropical Storm Hermine later that day – caused gentle rain to fall at mid-day onto Beach Blvd. S. in Gulfport right in front of his restaurant. “We’re closed all day today and Thursday when it will be worse but we’ll be open on Friday for Gecko Fest,” he said standing in front of his main entry door, which is secured with four sandbags in case of street flooding from Boca Ciega Bay only a half a block west.
Other Gulfport stores were also closed Wednesday in anticipation of the storm, as well as the Gulfport Recreation Center and the Casino, as heavy rainfall flooded some Gulfport roads, including Shore Boulevard. Pinellas County announced Wednesday that schools would be closed Thursday September 1, and were still monitoring the situation for Friday at press time.
Sandbags were available at Gulfport City Hall through Wednesday, and the city made its main phone line (727-893-1000) into a Citizen’s Call Center for information about the storm.
More information at mygulfport.us.