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Barbara and Morgan

“Gulfport is a laid back, supportive community where everyone knows everyone. The relationships we have made around town are not just friendships but family.  Ask any of the locals how they discovered Gulfport and they all have some touching, personal story to tell, including us.” - Barbara and Morgan

GMA Events

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 02, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

First Friday Art Walk
June 05, 2015 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 09, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 16, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Third Saturday Art Walk
June 20, 2015 (6:00 pm)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 23, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

Tuesday Fresh Market
June 30, 2015 (9:00 am)
(GMA Events)

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

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

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

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Shop, Dine, Stay, and Play by the Bay
Play by the Bay during Gulfport Merchants Association events


See you next year on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015!!!

Gulfport Geckofest (Street Event)

The 14th Annual GeckoFest will take place on:
Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 10am until 10pm. 

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Map and Parking Information

GeckoFest 2014 Flyer

GeckoFest Offers a Day of Entertainment on Stages and Streets

August 12, 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

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 14th Annual Geckofest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, August 30th.

Amid the thousands of festival-goers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, expect to come face to face with acrobats, aerialists, break dancers, escape artists, magicians, jugglers, fire performers and more, creating an interactive circus atmosphere throughout the waterfront village. All festivities take place on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. GeckoFest is free and family-friendly.

Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile.

GeckoFest has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year. Live music, a kid’s activities area, and vendors throughout the village are all part of the fun. Strolling and stationary street performers are now also a hallmark of the GeckoFest tradition.

Gecko Ball 2014: “Roaring Geckos!"

See you next year on Saturday, August 29, 2015!!!

6th Annual Gecko Ball

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.


As always, we appreciate your strong support for this great event.
See you at the Speakeasy!

Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves!

Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of Gulfport’s Sixth Annual Gecko Ball.  The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.

Expect to experience costumes, music and décor celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era

Gecko Ball 2014 -

The Gecko Ball will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 until 11pm on Saturday, August 23rd.

The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.

Once again, a new Gecko Queen will be crowned at the Ball as the Queen and Court are presented to assembled ball-goers.  Dress a la 1920’s or dress as a gecko, or combine the two!

A costume contest will determine some of the best outfits in the house.  (Costumes are encourages but are not mandatory.)

Appearing live at this year’s Ball, the Z Street Speakeasy Band will offer dance-floor-ready tunes from the 20’s through today.  There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport's Party of the Year!

The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the annual GeckoFest street festival (August 30th), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to wear and flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.

The annual Gecko Pub Crawl was held August 9th this year, and a portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit local non-profit groups, as well as the commission of a public art installation.

For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page:


GeckoFest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.

Contact Richard Radovic ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 727-204-8101) for details.


The Gecko Ball would like to thank the following donors of items for our silent auctions, as well as others providing promotional consideration. …and thanks also to those who have donated after publication of this list.

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400 Beach Seafood & Tap House

Academic Alliance of Dermatology

American Living Will Registry

Art Stone Co., Inc.

Beach Haus

Beth Armstrong

Beverly’s La Croisette

Bradford Studios

Caddy’s On The Beach

Cason Photography

Cell Phone Solution

Chicago Rich

Country Harvest Craft Studio

David Virtue

Dawn Fisher

Dawn Fisher & Kathy Kiser

Diane Lowe

Dianne Bragg

DNX Auto Detail Specialists

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery

Double M Band

Ed Owen

Emotional Gardener

Epic Renovations

FAB Fiber

Fazio’s Pizza & Subs

Gabriela Valencia Fine Art

Gary’s Fine Art

Gold Coast Renovations

Greer Jennison

Gulf Beaches Law P.A.

Gulfport Dive Center

Gulfport Family Restaurant

Gulfport Grind

Gulfport Produce

Gulfport Therapeutic Massage

Habana Café

Hellen Mullins

Hudson Marketing Services

Island Flavors and Tings

Jene’s Tropicals

John & Tina Della

Juju Stevens

K. Kringle’s Christmas Shoppe

Kacy Dodson Fine Art

Karen’s Florist of Gulfport

Keith Stillwagon

La Cote Basque Winehouse

Maddy Spa

Mangia Gourmet

Marsh Hen Studio

Mazzaro Italian Market

Medical Aesthetic Arts

Michael Chapman

Mid Peninsula Seafood

Mike Eismont

Monika Watson

Museum of Fine Arts

Neptune Grill

O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille

Olympus Printing

Pasadena Liquors

Pasadena Produce and Deli

Patricia Franklin

Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub

Peninsula Inn & Spa

Philanthropee Home Décor

Pia’s Trattoria


PRP Wine International

Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming

Safety Tire Auto Service Center


Sea Breeze Manor Bed & Breakfast Inn

Sea Critters Café

Shapiro’s Gallery

Shiva Dharma

Sirata Beach Resort

Siri’s Gourmet Burgers & Pizza

Smokin’ J’s BBQ

Starlight Dining Yachts

Stella’s Deli

T & Me Tea Company

Tangelo’s Grille

Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish

Thai Orchids & Leis

The Birchwood Inn

The Blue Parrot

The Gabber

The Great Haircut

The Hangar Restaurant

The Longhouse

TLC Market

Tony Angel

Tradewinds Island Grand Resort

Tropical Funk

Udderly Affordable Gifts & Thrifts

Willy’s Burgers & Booze

Woody’s Waterfront


7th Annual Geckofest Pub Crawl

See you next year on Saturday, August 8, 2015!!!

Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off “Gecko Season” in Gulfport


Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The seventh annual Gecko Pub Crawl will be the first of three events that herald the opening of “Gecko Season” in Gulfport. The Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, August 9th, 5 to 9 pm.

7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

For $20.00, Pub Crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at six Gulfport locations, participating businesses are:

  1. Beach Haus

  2. Little Tommie’s Tiki

  3. Mangia Gourmet

  4. Neptune Grille

  5. O’Maddy’s

  6. Salty’s of Gulfport

All are located within easy walking distance in the Gulfport Waterfront Arts District.

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

An After-Party will be held at Salty’s from 9 to 10 pm and will feature awards, drawings and live music.

Like last year, a Poker Run game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities.

Crawlers will be dealt a free card from a Crawl Ambassador at each location when they pick up their drink token. Up to three extra cards may also be purchased for $5.00 each at Salty’s at check in.

The Grand Prize for best poker hand will be a two-night stay at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach!

Raffle drawings will also be held during the After Party, with various prizes, including the chance to win a pair of coveted tickets to this year’s “Roaring Geckos” Gecko Ball!

Participants for poker and raffle awards must be present to win.

Tickets are available in advance from the Gulfport Beach Bazaar’s Box Office, located at 3115 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport and at all participating businesses during the Crawl!

For more information, contact:

Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Additional information on any of Gulfport’s Gecko related festivities may be found at www.geckofest.com or www.gulfportma.com.

The Gecko Ball on August 23rd and the Gecko Fest street festival on the 30th round out the growing slate of Gecko fun for the season, celebrating Gulfport’s favorite reptile!


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