Monday, April 22, 2013
While the week is expected to have a wet start, forecasters say a dry stretch is on the way.
Rain and thunderstorms are in the forecast for the kickoff of the workweek, but forecasters say Gulfport area residents shouldn’t expect that to last long. Monday’s rains are expected to give way to a week of rising temperatures and dry conditions. “The rest of the week stays dry until next Sunday (when there’s) a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon,” said Richard Rude, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office. Highs throughout the week are expected to climb to into the mid- to upper-80s range. Lows will only fall to the lower 60s at the lowest. While a nice week is on the horizon, residents should prepare for some potentially hazardous conditions on Monday, April 22. Rude said Monday would deliver …
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Beginning April 15, any two people over the age of 18 will be able to register as domestic partners in Pinellas County, subject to certain limitations.
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The new academic year begins Aug. 19 for Gulfport students.
Parents from Gulfport hoping to get a jump on planning activities around next year's Pinellas County school calendar are in luck. The school district has released its list of important dates for the 2013-14 school year. This school year (2012-13) ends Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Students only have two more days off before the year ends. The first one is Monday, April 29, which is a teacher professional development day. That means kids get to stay home, but teachers have to hit the books. The last holiday off of the school year is Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day, according to the district’s calendar. Here’s a look at the 2013-14 school schedule: Source: Pinellas County Schools
Friday, March 1, 2013
Officials say cold shelters will open at various locations around the county around 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. Guests will be accepted throughout the night.
Anticipated cold temperatures and high wind gusts over the weekend are prompting Pinellas County officials to open cold night shelters on Sunday, March 3. Temperatures are expected to drop to 48, and wind gusts may reach up to 20 mph. Officials say cold shelters will open at various locations around the county around 6 p.m. Guests will be accepted throughout the night. The shelters will close Monday morning at approximately 6 a.m. Shelter guests are provided a hot evening meal, a warm safe place to spend the night and breakfast the following morning, county officials say. Families with children are placed in motels. To make arrangements for a family, call Sarah Snyder with the Homeless Leadership Board at 727-424-1355. Nearby locations …
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
The National Weather Service is asking residents to be mindful of conditions as they go about their day, Feb. 26.
A tornado watch is in effect for Gulfport and Pinellas County through 3 p.m. today, Feb. 26. According to the National Weather Service’s Ruskin office, that means conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes. Meteorologist Rick Davis says the threat of severe weather is possible later this morning and into this afternoon as “kind of a squall line will move through the area. The potential is there for isolated tornadoes and damaging wind gusts.” Thunderstorms are also possible. Davis urges residents to keep an eye on the weather as they go through their day. If a tornado warning is issued for the area it means a tornado has been spotted and residents should “seek safety until the warning passes.” While today’s weather is less …
Monday, February 18, 2013
Here is a look at some of the holiday closings in Gulfport and around Pinellas County for Presidents Day.
Pinellas County government offices will be closed on Monday, Feb. 18 for in-house training. The Tax Collector and Supervisor of Elections offices will be closed, as will the Pinellas County Courthouse, the offices of the Property Appraiser and Clerk of the Circuit Court. The offices and adoption center at Pinellas County Animal Services will be closed. The Solid Waste Administration Building facility will be closed. The Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve, the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve and Heritage Village will be closed. Pinellas County Schools are closed. There will be no U.S. Postal Service delivery. The HEC3 and scalehouse/landfill will be open regular hours Monday from 6 a.m. …
At its Feb. 26 meeting, Pinellas County Commissioners will vote on whether or not to place a sales tax for transit improvement on the November 2014 ballot.
Pinellas County Commissioners took the next step Tuesday to ensure there is a public vote on a sales tax increase in November 2014 that would go toward Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority improvements. By voting 6-1 Tuesday, commissioners cleared the way to decide at their Feb. 26 meeting whether or not to place the proposed sales tax increase on the 2014 ballot. The vote, however, is a mere placeholder until an ordinance is drafted for the PSTA sales tax referendum. "For more than 30 years, we having been talking about transit," said commissioner Janet Long. "We have never gotten as far as we are right now. I my mind, it’s time to move forward. Our citizens deserve better and our kids deserve better." The tax can be up to one percent, …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Pinellas County cold night shelters for the homeless will be open on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17.
Temperatures are expected to dip into the 40's overnight this weekend in Gulfport. Winds may gust up to 23 mph Saturday evening and up to 22 Sunday night. For a complete look at the forecast in Gulfport check out the National Weather Service online. Gulfport no longer has a cold shelter, according to Pinellas County Officials. The Trinity Church of the Nazarene served as the only shelter in Gulfport and first opened in December 2010. Pinellas County Officials are telling guests to visit the nearest shelters in St. Petersburg. There are three shelters in St. Pete that will open at 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday nights. They will accept guests throughout the evening, and close the following morning at approximately 6 a.m. Shelter guests are …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Pinellas County Commissioners added a discussion about gun background checks to their legislative agenda.
Pinellas County Commissioners have added a discussion of gun background checks to their legislative agenda. Commissioner Janet Long said as elected officials, it is their responsibility to look at gun violence and gun policies in the interest of public safety. She said there are many holes in the existing background check system, including lags in time between when a person is officially listed as a felon and not. “Are you comfortable knowing the background check is not really a background check in terms of identifying people who are potential problems?” Long asked the commission Tuesday. “Are you aware that this is a real glitch in our state law and are your comfortable with it?” She said a person can be arrested for a violent crime on …
Monday, February 11, 2013
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, the Pinellas County Commission will vote on its 2013 legislative priorities.
Beach renourishment, juvenile justice, synthetic drugs and fertilizer laws are just a few of the items Pinellas County Commissioners are asking their lobbyists to focus on in Tallahassee in 2013. The commissioners will vote on their 2013 legislative priorities for the state legislature at the Feb. 12 commission meeting. Other legislative focuses include: For a full list of legislative items the county supports and opposes, click here. Sign up for the free Gulfport Patch email newsletter for more local headlines and updates about your community.