City council orders external review of Clam Bayou Water quality issue
After years of contentious debate, the first step toward resolving the issue of Clam Bayou's water quality and ecological balance may be under way. At a recent workshop, the City Council told the staff to retain an outside firm to review and compile all existing data as the first step in developing plans for the estuary. Clam Bayou is a 170-acre estuary with Gulfport to the west, St. Petersburg to the north and east, and Boca Ciega Bay to the south. About 127 acres are publicly owned.
Meet the candidates: City Council Ward 3 candidates Yolanda Roman and Paul Ray will take questions during a League of Women Voters candidates night from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the City Hall council chambers. It's open to the public. A city election March 11 will decide who fills the seat held by Jennifer Salmon, who chose not to run for re-election. Dan Liedtke, the current representative and candidate for Ward 1, is running unopposed.
Call for Casino Art: The Gulfport Merchants Association is looking for artists interested in receiving $8,000 to create a public art installation next to the Gulfport Casino. Information, including an application, may be found at gulfportma.com or by calling Owen Pach at (727) 320-4051 or (727) 623-4920.
Police Officers Reaffirm Oath: For the first time ever, Gulfport's police officers reaffirmed their oath of office in a ceremony conducted in council chambers. Circuit Judge Kim Todd administered the oath of office to more than 20 seasoned officers and new recruits, who reaffirmed their commitment to "protect and serve the people of Gulfport.'' Chief Robert Vincent presented each officer with a "unit coin,'' a military tradition designed to build unity within a team. Paid for by the department's seized assets, the coin features the city's logo, the police shield and the agency's mission statement: quality, community and professionalism.
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