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Shop by the Bay...

A colorful collection of small, independent shops, boutiques and galleries in our walkable village, offering the kind of friendly service and unique items you won’t find in chains and malls.

Dine by the Bay...

Dine by the Bay...

Amazing choices from over a dozen restaurants within a few walkable village blocks. Choices in all price-ranges and a wide variety of cuisines, from Chicago hot dogs to fine French dining.

Play by the Bay...

Play by the Bay...

Events galore!: live music venues, weekly Fresh Markets, twice-monthly Art Walks, annual street festivals. There’s always something going on in Gulfport!

Stay by the Bay...

Stay by the Bay...

Our accommodations are charming, quaint and individualized to your needs. No chains, just gracious hospitality from your small-town hosts.

GMA Events

Tuesday Fresh Market
April 29, 2014 (9:00 am)
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First Friday Art Walk
May 02, 2014 (6:00 pm)
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Tuesday Fresh Market
May 06, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Clothing Swap
May 13, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
May 13, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Third Saturday Art Walk
May 17, 2014 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
May 20, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
May 27, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 03, 2014 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

First Friday Art Walk
June 06, 2014 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

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Gulfport Merchants Association
Gulfport Merchants Association Announces 2014/2015 Board and Officers

April 8, 2014
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Board of the non-profit 501c6 Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced the composition of its Board of Directors for the 2014/2015 term. 

Lori Rosso will serve as President of the Board, following several years of leadership by the previous Board President Mike McCue, Manager of Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

Ms. Rosso also previously served for several years as President of the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce and remains on the Board of the Chamber as its Vice President.  

She is the owner and innkeeper of Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn and is active in a number of local and national tourism organizations.

Mr. McCue will stay on as a member of the GMA Board. 

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Sculpture Selected for Prominent Gulfport Public Art Location

April 1, 2014: For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge; 727-366-4086; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


public art graphic 2014

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Artist Stephen Oliver has been selected as the winner of the Gulfport Merchants Association’s competition for a work of public art adjacent to the Gulfport Casino.

Oliver’s sculpture proposal, titled “Best Kept Secret,” reflects on Gulfport’s history and the spirits of diversity and creativity that characterize the City today.  According to Oliver, “it also celebrates the openness of a once-segregated community that continues to grow to accept everyone.”  The sculpture will be sited adjacent to the Gulfport Casino, an Art Deco styled public hall that is a Gulfport icon and has served as a community gathering place since the turn of the century.  The Casino was recently approved for addition to the list of National Historic Landmarks.

Oliver’s sculpture will consist of a metal boat situated in a raised position at eye level so that visitors can read the poetry cut into its port and starboard sides:

"To cross the gulf be our port of call
leaving a wake of peace and love for all"

"All hands together joined to row
make rainbows of gauntlet as they go"

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New Co-Managers Selected for Gulfport Market

April 6, 2014: For Immediate Release
Contact: Daniel Hodge; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The Board of the Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has selected Susan Blankenship and Chris Spencer as Co-Managers of the Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market. 

The Market, sponsored by GMA, is in its eighth year.  The appointment of the new Co-Managers follows the resignation of the previous Manager, Laura Garrison.

Susan is experienced in events management in Gulfport. 

She has been a member of the SIK Promotions team for over a year and has worked on other Gulfport events, including Art Walk, Gecko Fest, Spring Fest, Get Rescued as well as other large events elsewhere in the Tampa Bay area. 

Chris has most recently been a volunteer at SIK Promotions, and has gained volunteer experience in Gulfport events for the last few months. 

He has extensive prior experience in event organizing and management where he previously lived in South Haven, Michigan.  Both Susan and Chris are Gulfport locals.

The new Co-Managers will assume their leadership roles in the coming week. 

For further information, they can be reached at the new email address for the Fresh Market: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
GULFPORT WELCOMES YOU!

SHOP, DINE, STAY & PLAY BY THE BAY… 

We’ve been called funky, eclectic, artsy, charming, progressive, welcoming, warm, and yes, even weird.

We’ve been called funky, eclectic, artsy, charming, progressive, welcoming, warm, and yes, even weird. 

We are a small town, but we have a big heart.  It’s easy to make yourself at home here.  Visit us and we think you’ll agree.

All of the businesses in our waterfront village are independently owned and operated.

All of the businesses in our waterfront village are independently owned and operated. 

No chain stores here. No parking meters.  Just small-town warmth and people as friendly and welcoming as they come.  Our village offers the best of “Old Florida” charm.  Picture old oaks draped in Spanish moss, brick-paved streets, small colorful cottages, and light shimmering on the Bay.

Picture old oaks draped in Spanish moss, brick-paved streets, small colorful cottages, and light shimmering on the Bay.

Beach and Shore Boulevards are at the heart of our historic downtown area, situated on scenic Boca Ciega Bay.

Unique, independent shops and boutiques offer the work of local artists as well as apparel, books, gifts, home décor, antiques, bath, body and wellness products and much more.  Many choices are available to pamper yourself while you visit: spas, salons, skin care, massage therapy and more are available. 

Isabelle's at the Peninsula Inn

A concentration of more than a dozen restaurants in the village has made Gulfport a premier dining destination. 

A wide variety of foods in all price ranges is represented within just a few blocks, from sandwiches and burgers to fine dining.  Live entertainment is featured in several locations throughout the week.

Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast

Overnight accommodations in the village are also of the unique variety, offered by two independent venues with great attention to Gulfport-style hospitality. 

Individually furnished rooms and suites are offered with their own identity, such as the Marrakech or Serengeti at the Peninsula Inn, and the Jamaica or Aruba at the Sea Breeze Manor.  Some locals also offer cottages or guest apartments for rent on an independent basis.

There’s always something going on here.

There’s always something going on here. 

Visit a selection of artists and crafters, from breathtaking to funky, on the first Friday and third Saturday of each month for our popular Art Walk. Beach Boulevard’s trees are lit up, shops and restaurants are open late, visitors and locals mingle on the street, and that “only-in-Gulfport” energy ebbs high. 

Our Tuesday Fresh Market days happen each week throughout the year

Our Tuesday Fresh Market days happen each week throughout the year, offering fresh fruits and veggies, breads, cheese, seafood, honey, plants and more of the best of what local vendors have to offer. 

It’s a chance to find food for your body and community spirit for your soul.  Special events throughout the year offer a chance to celebrate and mingle:  our Get Rescued event is an animal rescue street festival in our very dog-loving town; Spring Fest celebrates the change of seasons; the Pink Flamingo home tour unlocks surprises in a selection of local homes; the July 4th Celebration is a homespun event that surprises with its world-class fireworks display; and Gecko Fest is the grand-daddy of our festivals, luring thousands of visitors to Beach Blvd. to celebrate the end of summer in a fun-loving salute to our favorite lizard.  (Remember the weird part?)  Sprinkle liberally with smaller events: open mike night at the Art Village Courtyard, Swing dance night at the Casino, first Friday drum circles and more.  Add your own energy to the mix.

Gulfport is a beach town.

Gulfport is a beach town. 

Our beach, overlooking Boca Ciega Bay, features white sand and calm waters.  Picnicking, volleyball, kid’s areas, bocce ball and more are favorite pastimes here. 

Williams Pier is a favored fishing spot

Williams Pier is a favored fishing spot. 

Our Clam Bayou Nature Park is a living/breathing estuary full of bird, marine and plant life, and is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail.  Visit Clam Bayou by canoe or kayak, or stroll along walking paths and overlooks.  The simple fun of a stroll through Gulfport’s brick-paved streets is one of the best ways to enjoy the local color of cottages, gardens and people.  Our historic Casino, on the waterfront, offers events and dancing most every night of the week, and is available for your event.  Catherine Hickman Theater hosts popular local and touring productions of plays, musical performances and more. 

Gulfport is conveniently located to many other destinations in the area.

Gulfport is conveniently located to many other destinations in the area. 

Gulf Beaches and downtown St. Petersburg are minutes away.  You can travel to Tampa, Ybor City and Busch Gardens in a half-hour, and a drive to or from Orlando is about two hours.




The Gulfport Merchants Association proudly represents local businesses, non-profits and other groups in the Waterfront District. 

We meet on the first Monday of each month at locations throughout town.  If you are a business owner or think you might like to open for business in Gulfport, let us know.  We will be here to support you.

Beach and Shore Boulevards are at the heart of our historic downtown area, situated on scenic Boca Ciega Bay.

Come here tired and get revived. 

Come here scorned and be accepted. 

Come here misunderstood and find others like you. 

Come here rushed and get laid-back. 

Come here alone and make friends. 

Come here happy and stay here happy.

 

Gulfport Art Walk

Gulfport Art Walk in beautiful Gulfport, Florida

Every First Friday and Third Saturday

6:00 pm until 10:00 pm

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Tuesday Fresh Market

Tuesday Fresh Market in Gulfport Florida

Weekly, Year Round, Every Tuesday

9:00 am until 3:00 pm

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Gulfport Geckofest

Geckofest 2009

Saturday, Labor Day Weeekend!

10:00 am until 10:00 pm

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