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Community building

  • Prepared detailed monthly reports of ongoing work in the Gulfport weekly news eblast
  • Sponsored and supported three Gulfport on the Edge Town Halls encouraging grassroots input for future directions for Gulfport
  • Organized and moderated downtown Parking Town Hall and Tree Town Hall meetings
  • Proposed $30,000 to improve City website in 2024 budget
  • Advocated action on workforce housing, including ADUs (accessory dwelling units, i.e., mother-in-law units)
  • Collaborating with Most Holy Name Catholic Church for their affordable senior housing project
  • Spearheaded Council presentations on:

    • Climate change
    • Workforce housing by Forward Pinellas (County planning agency)
    • FreeBee EV transportation (to provide free and convenient transportation for Gulfportians to/from Gulfport locations and Pasadena/SunRunner)
    • Electric vehicles by Dory Larsen, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
    • Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Resiliency Plan
    • Increasing our Tree Canopy
    • Hurricane Ian effects

Collaboration

  • Initiated the ongoing Gulfport Blvd Beautification Project in collaboration with the Gulfport Merchant Chamber and Pinellas County
  • Advocated for City staff to attend educational seminars with staff from other cities
  • Ensured the City renewed the Boca Ciega Yacht Club lease on city property

Fiscal Responsibility

  • Encouraged use of an agency to collect long overdue utility and marina bills to keep our taxes low and increase revenue
  • Proposed acquisition of short-term rental identification software to assist the code enforcement officers in responding to complaints
  • Urged the City to take advantage of numerous grants including:
    • NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) grant for sewers
    • Installation of solar panels on the library
    • Acquiring more trees
    • FreeBee transportation in Gulfport
    • Electric vehicles and charging stations
  • Worked toward improved trash collection including:
    • Tiered rates (different size bins for different rates to save expense for low-volume refuse)
    • Limiting truck access to fragile alleys to reduce alley maintenance

Looking Forward

  • Requested $30,000 toward tree planting projects in 2024 budget
  • Recommended the City’s successful grant application for Vulnerability Study
  • Spearheaded installing solar panels on Marina building to save money and the environment
  • Worked with Duke Energy to get two electric vehicle charging stations for the City
  • Strongly encouraged a new code requiring 20% of residential lots to be water permeable and elimination of cement driveways in favor of more permeable pavers
  • Inspired the city to sell inexpensive compost bins
  • Initiated consideration of EV/Hybrid when purchasing city vehicles
  • Budgeted solar for the library with federal ARPA (American Rescue Plan Act) funds to save money and the environment (coming in 2024)

Protecting Gulfport's Character

  • Urged City Council to update City Strategic Long-Range Plan
  • Called for improvement of Wood Ibis Park including installation of a dog fountain and removal of derelict cyclone fence
  • Endorsed and supported Art in the Yard
  • Saved shed with Keith Stillwagon mural painting on it, now in Chase Park
  • Led successful proposal for the improvement of our tree ordinance
  • Responded to Pasadena Yacht and Country Club residents' concern over removal of 35 trees and will actively monitor tree replacement there
  • Encouraged the City to use the accumulated $20,000 tree fund in 2020 to plant trees throughout the city

Hard-working, Diligent

  • Attended statewide meetings in Tallahassee to lobby for the City and shared reports on legislative issues
  • Completed Citizens Police Academy and Fire Department first aid program
  • Served on regional and state committees:
    • ○Suncoast League of Cities, which lobbies for and supports cities in our Tampa Bay region in Tallahassee
    • ○Tampa Bay Regional Planning Resiliency Committee, which promotes cooperation between all the Tampa Bay counties and cities regarding environmental issues such as sustainability and resilience
    • ○Florida League of Cities Utilities, Natural Resources, and Public Works, which lobbies for cities in Florida. This committee suggests which legislation within its purview the League should promote or try to improve.


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