Gulfport said goodbye to Backfin Blue Café this July, after 25 years of crab, seafood, and even better memories. The Gabber looks back at how the restaurant came to be, the man who built it, and what Gulfport loved about Backfin Blue Café.
Barbara Banno in Gulfport Florida
On July 11, Ray Domingo secured the last of needed funds for his future Gulfport gecko statue. The 14-foot statue will watch over people from the west side of the Gulfport Casino Ballroom. The City granted Domingo $16,000 this May, and Domingo raised the rest in less than three months.
The Gulfport Merchants Chamber is growing post-COVID, and board members are seeking a full-time operations manager to help the organization keep up.
This week, readers sound off on Get Rescued, Tangerine Plaza, the Pink Flamingo Home Tour, and accessory dwelling units in Gulfport.
Our faves? The #10 Can Nachos and Bang Bang Shrimp. Oh, and the sense of community not found often enough in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg.
Swinger’s, the Central Avenue bar with hanging swings, will soon become the Salty Nun. Barbara Banno, who owns Stella’s in Gulfport, and J.P. Brewer, former Salty’s and Salty’s Sandwich Bar owner, created and co-own the new restaurant.
Here’s some of what you missed at the Nov. 16 Gulfport City Council meeting.
A year after the Gabber returned to print in the midst of the pandemic, owners Barry Loper and Cathy Salustri Loper hosted a grand re-opening party for the community.
The Gulfport Merchants Chamber is ready to unveil the event’s metamorphosis into the Third Saturday IndieFaire, on Saturday, October 17.
Despite my non-plan plan, I find myself learning that of the unexpected, good things arise.