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Gulfport

Pinellas County

Year Founded: 1910

History

This area was first settled after the Civil War in 1863 and was one of the earliest settlements on the Lower Peninsula. The area was initially called Disston City for Hamilton Disston, a land developer, then later changed to Bonifacia by the Postal Department (said to be the middle name of William B. Miranda, one of the settlers). The name was again changed, this time to Veteran City (to attract pensioned soldiers), by citizens upon incorporation on October 12, 1910 with a population of 300. In more recent times, the present name of Gulfport was given to the city. Gulfport refers to easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, with portage protected by barrier islands. Originally governed by a council-weak mayor form of government, the city changed to the council-manager form in 1954.

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