Wednesday, May 22, 2013
What do you think about adding a hotel at the Gulfport Marina?
Gulfport City Council Member Christine Brown came prepared at Tuesday night's workshop. Brown not only suggested "big ideas" like adding a hotel and lighthouse restaurant at the Gulfport Marina, she brought props to help everyone visualize the plans. “I don’t want to change the character of our city, but we need this if we’re going to enhance the marina,” Brown said as she placed empty boxes in order. Brown placed small boxes that represented the marina, BCYC, Gulfport Yacht Club and Coast Guard Building and then added a much larger box right in between the BCYC and Gulfport Yacht Club. That box represented a hotel. "These people don’t have to move for us to fit a hotel there, it’s a boutique hotel," she said. Brown envisions a two-story…
Meet one of the newest real estate businesses in downtown Gulfport.
Gulfport native Maddy Guenther is well known for her namesake, O'Maddy's Bar & Grille. The businesswoman bought and named the restaurant 24 years ago. Since then, her husband, Joe, has taken over the popular beachfront bar and grille, and she opened Bo-Tiki on Beach Boulevard. Now, she's going back to her roots as a realtor with her newest business, Maddy G Realty. "I love real estate," Guenther said. In addition to mother, wife and business owner, she carries the title of real estate broker as well. Guenther was in real estate for 15 years, even owning her own company, Gateway to the Gulf Realty. She sold that business and joined Weichert Realtors, a national company a few years back. Then, she took a break. "Now is the time," Guenther …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Everyone is encouraged to attend the annual City of Gulfport Hurricane Seminar.
Come out on Thursday, May 23 to learn everything you need to know about hurricane preparedness. Hurricane related vendors will be set up at 6 p.m. with the seminar starting at 7 p.m. at Catherine Hickman Theater. Tom Iovino, Public Information Specialist Pinellas County Communications, will present "Does it take a Category 5?" and will focus on hurricane intensity and why that shouldn't be the only factor you use when deciding to prepare for a storm. Sandy was a Category 1, Ike a 2 and Katrina a 3 when they made landfall, and they are likely the three most destructive storms in American history. During the event, the Senior Center Foundation Snack Bar will be open from 5 - 7 p.m. You can buy 2 slices of pizza and a drink for $3. Admission …
The playground at Caldwell Park has seen better days. Stop by and you'll see why city officials believe it's time for an improvement.
For nearly 20 years the slides, swings and tunnels have been a place for children to play, laugh and create memories. Now, city officials say the playground at Caldwell Park needs a makeover. Gulfport City Manager Jim O'Reilly has included a new playground in the five-year-capitol improvement plan. A new playground is estimated to cost about $107,500 taken mostly from the Penny for Pinellas fund for Gulfport. It is estimated that the city will receive $1,000,000 from Penny for Pinellas monies next fiscal year. Council has until September to approve the operating budget for next fiscal year, which includes the five-year-capitol improvement plan. Just last fall, the city celebrated the completion of the $120,000 beach playground. …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Who got five stars? Who got only one? Check out these Gulfport business ratings and reviews by local shoppers.
Sunday, May 19, 2013
We want to see your photos! We know we live in paradise and part of that is enjoying a beautiful sunset everyday. We want you to send in your sunset photos from around the area and every Sunday, we'll share it on Gulfport Patch.
Welcome to your Sunday Sunset, a weekly photo feature that reminds us to take a moment and appreciate what it means to live in Gulfport. Patch reader and photographer Hiromichi Shimoyama shared several new photos in our "Pics & Clips" gallery! Check out this photo of an egret "rejoicing" as Hiromichi puts it. Thanks again for sharing! If you would like to submit a photo for our next "Sunday Sunset", email it to the editor email@example.com. ________________________________________________________________ Sign up for the Gulfport Patch email newsletter to stay connected to your community.
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Friday, May 17, 2013
Florida Lottery officials say that residents have been requesting this game for years. Here are some Gulfport retailers selling the tickets.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
David Cretella was arrested and charged with arson in October last year. While awaiting trial, Cretellas was recently arrested on drug charges.
The owner of Gulfport Hardware, David Cretella, already awaiting trial for a felony arson charge following the burning of his shop in October 2012, has been arrested again, this time on drug charges, according to police. Cretella, 64, of Seminole, had already posted $10,000 bail for arson in the second degree following the fire at his shop, at 5006 Gulfport Blvd. S. Cretella entered a "not guilty" plea and waived his right to a speedy trial, according to Gulfport Police. He has a pre-trial hearing set on June 11 at 8:30 a.m. But in an unrelated incident, Cretella was arrested by Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies Friday, May 10, and charged with possession of methadone, possession of a controlled substance, possession of diazepam and …
Monday, May 13, 2013
City staff are looking into how much it would cost to sell small City of Gulfport flags for residents. Would you buy one?