I posted about the Gulfport, Florida City Council meeting that was to take place yesterday – Advocacy alert: Please speak in support of Gulfport (Florida) history at city council Tuesday night – Gulfport History Museum August 6, 2019.
I didn’t see this e-mail (sent mid-morning today) until a few minutes ago.
Last night, your voices made a difference.
A huge thank you to all our members, donors, stakeholders and our wonderful Gulfport community for your support and voices last night at city council — and for your emails and phone calls to our elected officials.
Last night, based on your voices, city council dismissed the idea of trying to appoint a board member onto nonprofits leasing city property for less-than-market rent. Instead, they directed the city manager to create a set of guidelines that all those nonprofits must conform to if we wish to get lower-than-market rent.
An abundance of gratitude also goes to everyone on city council for hearing our collective voices. While we’re grateful to everyone on council for their responsiveness last night, we do want to thank Mayor Sam Henderson, who initially raised the idea, but heard you and responded to what you wanted. We also appreciate Ward Two councilwoman Christine Anne Brown for saying our letter of suggestions for those guidelines would be a good starting point for the city. Finally, we have an abundance of gratitude for Ward Three councilman Paul Ray, who was a strident voice opposed to the idea of appointing board members.
Thank you everyone for raising your voices in support of history and our community — and thank you, EVERYONE on Gulfport City Council, for hearing those voices and responding. This makes us proud to be a part of this city.
Yours in Gulfport,
The Board of Directors of the Gulfport Historical Society