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Shop by the Bay...

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.

Quote of the Week

Lynda

"Gulfport loves dogs! This is one of the most pet-friendly towns in the world. Our annual 'Gulfport's Get Rescued" is a fun street festival that supports animal welfare with dogs and other animals galore. B.Y.O.D. (Bring Your Own Dog) or rescue one on Feb. 28th. 'Tails at twilight' is a festive fundraiser with music, food, bar, great silent auctions and fun later that evening at the Casino. Dog and other animal-lovers, see you there!" - Lynda

GMA Events

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 03, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

First Friday Art Walk
March 06, 2015 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 10, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 17, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Third Saturday Art Walk
March 21, 2015 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 24, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
March 31, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

First Friday Art Walk
April 03, 2015 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
April 07, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
April 14, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

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Shop, Dine, Stay, and Play by the Bay


"Our Village is Your Village"

Upcoming events:

Third Saturday Art Walk
Friday, February 21, 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Fresh Market: Tuesdays
February 24 and March 3, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Gulfport's Get Rescued
Pet Rescue Street Festival

Saturday, February 28, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

"Tails at Twilight"
Animal Rescue Gala at Historic Gulfport Casino

Saturday, February 28, 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Pink Flamingo Tour of Homes
Saturday, March 7,  11:00 am to 5:00 pm


Live Music
Over 10 live entertainment venues in our Waterfront Village

SHOP, DINE, STAY & PLAY BY THE BAY

Gulfport Merchants Association
Gulfport Merchants Association Board Announced

The Gulfport Merchants Association is pleased to announce the following new appointees to its Board of Directors: 

  • Joe Guenther, O’Maddy’s Bar & Grille
  • Fred Metzler, Salty’s Gulfport
  • Chris Spencer, Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market
  • John Haugen, Hudson Marketing Services
  • Christopher Ross, Christopher Ross, ASLA
  • Paul Ray, Tropics Software Technologies

These appointees join continuing Board Members:

  • Lori Rosso, Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn, President
  • Biff Lagan, Gulfport Beach Bazaar, Treasurer
  • Suzanne King, SIK Promotions
  • Scott Linde, Lizard Licks and Mangia Gourmet
  • Mike McCue, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
  • Daniel Hodge, Freelance Writer
  • Michael Knettel, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

The mission of the Gulfport Merchants Association is to promote the well being of all member businesses located in Gulfport’s Historic Waterfront and Arts District in an atmosphere of sharing and cooperation with its neighbors. 

The Association’s meetings are open to all interested parties on the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in rotating member locations.  Mixers will be held quarterly on the third Monday.

 
Gulfport's Get Rescued

Gulfport's Get Rescued In Gulfport
(Daytime Street Event)

Gulfport’s Get Rescued
February 28, 2015; 10am to 6pm & 7-10pm
3129 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport, FL 33707

Visit: www.GulfportsGetRescued.com

Gulfport’s Get Rescued

Gulfport’s Get Rescued, the animal rescue festival and fundraiser, is preparing for its 11th annual event to take place on Saturday, February 28th, 2015 from 10am to 6pm. 

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Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants

For Immediate Release: January 6, 2015

Call for Applicants for Gulfport Community Support Grants


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

GULFPORT, FLORIDA:
The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) has announced a call for applicants for its 2015/2016 community support program. 

Local non-profit organizations that target or include Gulfport in their activities are invited to apply.  This includes certified tax-exempt non-profit organizations, government entities requesting funds for public purposes, schools and colleges at any level, or organizations with a proposed project that benefits the community at large.

For more details and to apply, click here for the application

Submission of an application does not guarantee funding and the Board of the GMA reserves the right to determine or adjust the amount awarded to any recipient.  The deadline to apply for a community support grant is February 28, 2015.  Applications received after the deadline cannot be considered.  Decisions on recipients are scheduled to be made by March 31.  

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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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