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Gecko Crawl Celebrates “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

June 25, 2016: For Immediate Release
Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The ninth annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District.

Gecko Crawl 2016

The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 13th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the afterparty beginning at 9 p.m.

Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a free beverage at these participating bars and restaurants:

  • Boca Bay Grille
  • Mangia Gourmet
  • Neptune Grille
  • Peninsula Inn
  • Salty’s
  • and Gulfport’s newest venue, Manatees on the Bay

All are located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards.

Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order.

A Poker Game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities.

Crawlers will be dealt a free card at each location when they pick up their drink token. One additional card may be purchased for $5 at Boca Bay Grille when checking in at the end of the Run.

A high-energy afterparty will be held at Boca Bay Grille beginning at 9 p.m.

Poker Run participants must check in their hands with Crawl Ambassadors at the party by 9:30, and winners will be announced at 10 p.m. Participants for Poker Run prizes must be present to win.

There will be three Poker Game Winners: Best Poker Hand, Worst Poker Hand and a Drawing chosen from all entries, regardless of their poker score.

The Worst Poker Hand will ride away on a Corona Beach Cruiser Bicycle, while Best Hand wins dinner and lodging at the Sirata Beach Resort and the General Drawing winner will enjoy lodging at Loews Don Cesar on St. Pete Beach.

Tickets are available in advance for $20 each at the Gulfport Welcome Center, 3101 Beach Blvd S. in Gulfport as of July 4th.

Tickets are limited to 250 participants and advanced purchase is encouraged, as this event does sell out. If tickets remain on the day of the Crawl, they will be sold for $25 each, at the Welcome Center until sold out.

For more information, contact:

Biff Lagan at (305) 923-1803

or the

Gulfport Welcome Center at (727) 344-3711

Additional information on any of Gulfport’s Gecko related festivities may be found at or

A Gecko Art Show and Reception on August 5th, the Gecko Ball on August 27th and the GeckoFest street festival on September 3rd round out the slate of late summer Gecko fun, celebrating Gulfport’s favorite reptile!

A portion of the proceeds from all Gecko events are donated each year to local charities.

All Gecko events are sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.


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