During the 2014 May-June-July City Council meetings, I brought up for discussion the need to address parking in downtown Gulfport (this was an issue often brought to my attention during my campaign earlier that year). With the assistance of Dave Mathers, Gulfport Library, we created a survey to collect comments and information about downtown parking (we reviewed survey results at the May 20, 2014 City Council meeting) . Back then, as is still today, Beach Blvd and Shore Blvd parking can be challenging during peak season and major events . Our goal has been to direct drivers to parking areas available outside these two roads: Gulfport Libary, Senior Center, Wood Ibis Park, Gulfport Beach, Recreation Center, and 26th Ave South. Back in 2014, we started using small red "Event Parking" lawn signs to help direct parking to these locations.
Earlier this year, we approved the commissioning of new permanent parking signs to direct drivers to available parking areas. City Manager Jim O'Reilly reached out to Gulfport artist Tom Pitzen, who created six beautiful, colorful and whimsical parking signs, each keeping with the look of the "Welcome to Gulfport" sign at Clymer Park. Not only are they functional, they are great art pieces. Please see below and enjoy!