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Improving on Community: Gulfport Neighbors
Improving on Community: Gulfport Neighbors

Gulfport, Florida -- After a brief yet impressive conjoining of all walks of the Gulfport community, a group effort to unite all walks of Gulfportians in cleaning the streets and helping their neighbors faltered but did not die. The Gulfport Neighbors went, for all intents and purposes, dormant shortly after the 2011 local elections.

Although quiet for a few years now, the Gulfport Neighbors has returned, this time with new leadership at the helm β€“ Margarete Tober, Rose-Marie Seawall and Bev Newcomb – and new energy.

"We had good energy and a lot of ideas," Ms. Tober says of the initial effort "but it was too much, too fast."
Indeed, the initial Gulfport Neighbors effort included ideas about the arts and political action in addition to helping neighbors in need and removing street-side litter. This time, Ms. Tober says, the group has a narrower focus.

According to the organization's Facebook page, its mission now is β€œto inspire, motivate and unite our neighbors in order to improve the quality of life in Gulfport.”

Cleanups will continue, Ms. Tober says, as a "standing monthly" event, but for more acute problems, such as a yard that has overwhelmed an elderly person, Gulfport Neighbors hopes to come to the rescue.

"We want to build a network of volunteers," Ms. Tober says, for people "who need the help."
Also in the works? A quarterly swap meet/garage sale/trash pickup for Gulfport residents at the Gulfport Neighborhood Center on 49th Street, complete with a police bike rodeo. Ms. Tober and Ms. Seawall also plan to create a welcome package for new Gulfportians.

"A lot of this is still in process," Ms. Tober says. "We need volunteers."

Ms. Seawall praises Ms. Tober's energy.

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