Courtesy of Visit St Pete Clearwater
Retaining much of its yesteryear charm, yet also exuding an eclectic artistic and bohemian vibe, the quaint City of Gulfport is one of the most interesting communities in Pinellas County. Known for its tranquil Old South atmosphere, the city also boasts chic boutiques, shops and art galleries thanks in part to the active community of artists drawn here by the tropical light and natural beauty of the place.
Gulfport is also home to the beautiful campus of Stetson University College of Law, Florida’s first law school.
One Gulfport resident referred to Gulfport as “It’s like living in Mayberry, cast by John Walters.”
As of the 2010 U.S. Census, Gulfport had 12,029 residents. These residents are fortunate to enjoy the splendid setting overlooking beautiful Boca Ciega Bay. Housing choices are diverse, ranging from a restored 1920s Mediterranean villa to a newly-built waterfront condo, a comfortable 1960s ranch house to an elegant country club home. Residents take pride in rehabbing old housing stock in creative ways. The spirit of the community is to maintain the throwback-to-old-Florida charm.
Small but Active
Gulfport residents are proud of their city pier, an ideal location for catching a fish or just watching the sunset. Other civic institutions include a state-of-the-art performance hall, the Catherine Hickman Theater, and the Gulfport Casino, a waterfront landmark which is home to dances, musical performances, and other activities. Hop on the free trolley the first Friday of the month to experience Art Walk, an evening of street performances, craftsman exhibits, and a variety of galleries, shops, restaurants and clubs open late for your enjoyment. Art walks take place on the first Friday and third Saturday of every month.
The city parks are numerous and varied – from a nature preserve with boardwalk trails to a neighborhood park with softball fields.
“There is a remarkable sense of place in Gulfport. It’s the hometown you grew up in or wish you’d grown up in.” –Greg Stemm, eight-year resident.