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The State of Florida is a state in the southeastern United States. Florida is situated mostly on a large peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Straits of Florida. It extends to the northwest into a panhandle, extending along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Florida's nickname is the Sunshine State but severe weather is a common occurrence in the state. It is bordered on the north by the states of Georgia and Alabama, and on the west, at the end of the panhandle, by Alabama.
Gulfport is a city in Pinellas County, Florida, United States. The population was 12,527 at the 2000 census. As of 2004, the population recorded by the U.S. Census Bureau is 12,740.
The city of Gulfport is established for the benefit of its citizens and shall provide for the health, welfare and safety of those collective persons. Special attention shall be devoted to improving the city's appearance, maintaining public facilities and infrastructure, and ensuring citizen safety and quality of life via a fair and equitable system of citizen involvement and input. Moreover, the city shall provide a positive administration of laws and ordinances governing individual activities and requests. It is the intention of the city not to be an obstacle, but to be a vehicle for citizen's solution to problems and individual needs.
The town was originally named Disston City in 1884 when Hamilton Disston purchased land here. The United States Postal Service would not recognize the name as it conflicted with a town in Hillsborough County. Instead, it was named Bonifacio. In 1890, the town name was changed to Veteran city. Finally, in 1910, the name officially changed to Gulfport. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.9 square kilometers.
In the city the population was spread out with 15.8 percent under the age of 18, 5.5 percent from 18 to 24, 24.9 percent from 25 to 44, 25.7 percent from 45 to 64, and 28.0 percent who were 65 years of age or older.
Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. Gulfport enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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