Correction, 7/30/20: This article appeared in print with the wrong byline. Gulfport Councilmember April Thanos, who is quoted in the article, was credited in the byline. The article was written by Gabber News and Politics reporter Laura Mulrooney. We regret the error and apologize for any confusion. The web version has also been updated to make clear that the committee is not affiliated with the City of Gulfport.
Gulfport’s Sustainability Committee – a resident-run organization – is looking to help businesses and residents who have questions, concerns or ideas about the betterment of Gulfport. The idea is for member resident to look into improvements and suggestions for the city and bring them to council.
“We work on anything and everything to make Gulfport an even better place to live while supporting our residents and businesses,” said committee founder and Gulfport Councilmember April Thanos. Though Thanos is a city official, the committee is not a city organization.
“The Gulfport Sustainability Committee was created to promote Gulfport’s sustainability and resiliency and engage as many people as possible in the process – all viewpoints and ideas are welcomed,” continued Thanos. “Ideas contributed so far include stormwater run-off, recycling, biking and lots more.”
During comments at the July 21 regular council meeting, Thanos reported that the committee now has 45 residents and the group is holding meetings.
Currently, the group has four subcommittees to address areas for improvement:
- Accessibility/Recreation – sidewalks, streets, parking, biking, ADA, public toilets and outdoor movies
- Managing Waste – trash, recycling, composting
- Natural Resources – sea-level rise, stormwater runoff, trees, landscaping, water quality
- Planning – planning, zoning, affordable housing, short-term rentals
“The mission of the Gulfport Sustainability Committee,” said Thanos, “is to engage the people of Gulfport and the Gulfport City Council in an effort to maintain or improve the city’s quality of life through fact-based, well-researched, transparent, solutions that support cherished community values.”
Check out the group’s Facebook page – Gulfport Sustainability Committee, or call Kathy Aumiller, 941-504-6347, for more.