Monthly Archives: August 2017

Survey: What do we preserve in Gulfport?

Recently, several residents approached us and asked us if we could help with historic preservation. The short answer is “Of course!” but the longer answer is that preservation matters, and it matters to us that we do it right.

We are in discussion with the city as to the best way to do the following:

  1. Revive the Gulfport Historical Register for properties
  2. Help property owners apply for historic designation with the city
  3. Help property owners apply for designation with the National Register

Please note, the Gulfport Historical Society does not intend historical designation to change city codes. Participation in getting your property declared historic with the city will not mean the city can tell you what color to paint your home.

Before we can start any preservation efforts, however, we would like to hear from you. While the National Register has certain guidelines as to what can get designated, the Gulfport Register will not — but we’d like to know what’s important to you as a Gulfportian that we preserve. To that end, please complete the following 10-question survey (it’s anonymous) so we can tailor our efforts.

Thanks so much,

Cathy Salustri, president, Gulfport Historical Society

Save the date for Founder’s Day: A Celebration of Gulfport

Introducing the first annual… 

Gulfport Founder’s Day:

A Celebration of Gulfport 

October 14

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

followed by 

Gulfport Under the Stars

Cocktails, hors d’oeuvres & dancing on the lawn

7:30 p.m.

Watch this space for more information!

Want to get involved? Want your organization involved?

Please call Karean Dorn at 727-744-1900

A porch party with Bill Belleville

Please join us for our August porch party: Getting to Know Florida’s Engaging “Water World” — from the Inside Out with author, documentarian and environmentalist Bill Belleville.

Bill’s written several books: River of Lakes, Salvaging the Real Florida and, most recently, The Peace of Blue. He’s an engaging writer who brings Florida’s watery world to life with his vivid descriptions and elegant prose.

Come hear Bill speak about Florida’s water on Friday, August 18, 2017 at 7 p.m.  We’ll have his books available and he’ll gladly sign them. He’ll speak for a while, taking questions throughout his talk.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; please bring a dish to share — or don’t. We’re cool like that. Members drink free, but anyone can BYOB or buy  soda, coffee or tea. Free water, community & fun. Dogs, well-behaved kids and bearded dragons welcome because, hey, this is Gulfport.

Find us on Facebook or show up in real life.

Special thanks to the Seabreeze for sponsoring a portion of the porch party. Please patronize our local businesses so our town stays as unique as our history.

Want to sponsor a future porch party? Costs of sponsorship range from $50-$500, so we have sponsorships for every budget. Please get in touch here.