Photo Credit: Beautiful artistic photography, by Gulfport artist Eagle Finegan, showcasing reflections from Boca Ciega Bay, Williams Pier and nature onto a glass window from inside Neptune's.
Recycling Plastic Grocery Bags: Dog Waste Bags
The call below was recently made to Gulfport friends and neighbors. Please consider replenishing bags and sharing with others.
"In Gulfport, there are "plastic bag boxes" on some of the garbage cans on Beach Blvd, Shore Blvd, Veterans Park, Clymer Park, Tomlinson , etc. These were placed by the City of Gulfport so that the public could recycle plastic grocery bags for dog owners to clean up after their pets. Our Buckingham building maintenance man, saves the bags for my spouse, Dawn Fisher. That works great in the winter because Dawn is here to take them around but in the summer months with some of the population gone including Dawn, the plastic bag boxes are empty. If you are reading this and you have extra grocery bags, would you please take them to a plastic bag box near you, or drop off at the Gulfport City Hall -- 2401 53rd St S. We are not dog owners ourselves but it's a great second use for the plastic grocery bags. Thanks for your help!" -- Cathy Kaiser
Feeding Wildlife on City Owned Properties -- DON'T DO IT
On June 20, 2017, the Gulfport City Council voted in favor of Ordinance No. 2017-05, which amends Section 17-28 by adding language to prohibit the feeding of any wildlife on all City properties. Gulfport Police Department will now have the ability to issue citations to individuals attempting to feed wildlife on city properties. Signage is posted alerting individuals to the new ordinance. Please feel free to report any concerns you see or have directly to the Gulfport Police Department (Communications Center, Non-Emergency, 727-582-6177). Many thanks to the Gulfport resident that brought this issues before the City Council, asking that feedings be prohibited,
Here'a a link to a very informative review on why artificially feeding waterfowl is actually harmful to them: http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7001.html. The webpage illustrates various diseases, pollution, unnatural behaviors and many more negative consequences when feeding bread to waterfowl.
This question is often asked, or not known/understood by beach visitors. Please feel free to report any concerns you see or have directly to the Gulfport Police Department (Communications Center, Non-Emergency, 727-582-6177).
Sec. 5-28. - Dogs on pier, beach or within public buildings prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, or has care, custody or control of, any dog, to allow said dog on the municipal pier, on the municipal beach, or within any public building, within the city, at any time. This section shall not apply to the use or training of a guide dog or service dog to assist a person that is physically disabled. -- https://library.municode.com/fl/gulfport/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CHCOORGUFL
Keeping Our Dogs Safe (Humans Too)
At all times in the City of Gulfport, all dogs out in public must be kept safe by being leashed.
Sec. 5-30. - Dogs running at large prohibited.
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns, or has care, custody or control of, any dog, to allow said dog on any public street, alley, sidewalk, right-of-way, easement, park or other public property, including any city-owned lands adjacent to Boca Ciega Bay, or on any private property without consent of the owner or lessee of said property, unless said dog is at all times restrained and controlled by a leash of not more than twenty (20) feet in length, attached thereto and in the possession of the person having custody or care of said dog.
Gulfport Police Department: Always Ready to Help Pups Get Home Again
Below is an amazing collage of photos of lost dogs taken to the Gulfport Police Department during the period of January 1, 2017 through mid-August 2017 (photos are from GPD's Facebook page). First and foremost, a big shout-out and big THANK YOU for GPD's work to help get these pups back home again. The dogs were either picked up or brought to Police headquarters as lost dogs, wandering throughout Gulfport. Police Chief Vincent estimates that“in the last twelve months, Officers responded to 456 incidents labeled 'animal call'…majority of these are about stray dogs on the loose.”
Chief Vincent informs me that the majority of lost dogs in Gulfport are not micro-chipped. The other issue is that many dogs with chips have outdated registration information, making finding the current owner difficult. These dogs are often handed over to Pinellas County Animal Services. At last year's Gulfport Get-Rescued, GPD's Officer Mills and Gulfport Neighbors scanned dogs for chips, helping identify the company associated with the chip. Owners can then contact the company and update owner information. GPD has a scanner at the police station.
As a reminder, please call the Gulfport Police Department when you see an issue that may be in violation of a city animal ordinances. Calling in reports are important and will help GPD effectively address these situations.
Gulfport Police Department, 2401 53rd Street South, Gulfport, Florida 33707
Lastly, in case you are not aware, the Gulfport Fire Department keeps in its safety vehicles oxygen masks specifically designed and for use with dogs during emergencies. We appreciate their commitment to helping our pets when they are in need of assistance.