Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Free COVID-19 testing at Alligator Point on Thursday

06.03.2020 Franklin County COVID-19 Daily Update

Good Afternoon Franklin County!

Attached you will find our daily update that has been shared on the Franklin County Florida Emergency Management Facebook page. This top pinned post will be updated each day. In addition, it will be emailed to our community distribution list to ensure we are reaching as many community members as possible.  For updates sent directly to your phone text FranklinCV19 to 888777.

Here’s what you’ll find new in today’s update:
  • Governor issued Executive Order 20-139: Phase 2 Safe. Smart. Step-by-Step. Plan for Florida's Recovery
  • COVID-19 Resources For Parents And Caregivers
  • Updated Testing Guidance (Message for Prospective Visitors on Local Testing)
  • Reminder: FREE COVID-19 Drive Thru Testing in Alligator Point Tomorrow (06/04/2020)

Here are the Florida Department of Health testing numbers as of 3:00pm today:
Currently we have TWO confirmed case in Gulf County and TWO confirmed cases in Franklin County.

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Please note: The demand for the testing and designated laboratory, may cause a slight delay in reporting as reflected on the Florida COVID-19 Dashboard.

As always, please share this tool and the attachments with your coworkers, partners, friends and relatives as we need to all be educated on the facts. We know that informed people make better decisions, so please help us to eliminate miscommunication and rumors by informing our community. We will keep each and every one of you updated as new information becomes available.

DT Simmons
Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Health in Franklin & Gulf County
139 12th Street,
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
Office Phone | Franklin County: (850) 653-2111 ext. 6019 | Gulf County: (850) 227-1276 ext. 6127 |Mobile Phone: (850) 247-9032


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Beach parking at Alligator Point, and to a lesser degree St. George Island, remains a big issue for Franklin County

Beach parking at Alligator Point, and to a lesser degree St. George Island, remains a big issue for Franklin County and the county commission is now looking at long-term solutions for the problem.

Sheriff AJ Smith raised the issue at Tuesday's County Commission meeting, asking if the county could hire parking attendants for the two locations so that deputies would not have to spend so much time dealing with parking issues.

The county has already allowed local towing companies to roam and remove vehicles parked illegally without getting deputies involved – but it's not enough.

The sheriff said we are seeing record crowds, and every weekend recently feel like Memorial Day.

He said it is a waste of deputies time to write tickets because there are other crimes going on at the beaches that they should be dealing with like littering, indecent exposure, drunk driving and trespassing.

He estimated it would cost around 10 thousand dollar to have two people working through the summer, mainly on weekends during daylight hours.

The county, however, doesn't have the money for it but said they would approach some of the civic groups to see if they could help pay for the service.

The commission also considered using TDC funds for the program, but that's not an allowed used for Tourist Development dollars.

Commissioner Noah Lockley expressed frustration at that and pointed out that the TDC is in charge of bringing tourists to the county but when visitors get here they have no place to park.

The board also rejected using money from their reserve for contingency fund, because of fears that that money will be critical during hurricane season.

The sheriff said he will have to make parking violations a low priority for the time being.

Meanwhile county staff will begin looking at the issue and compiling information for a workshop where they hope to come up with a long term solution to the beach parking problem.

State biologists are asking for the public's help in monitoring wild turkeys this summer

State biologists are asking for the public's help in monitoring wild turkeys this summer.

The Sunshine State is home to healthy wild turkey populations.

They occur throughout Florida and prefer open forests and forest edges and openings.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission conducts the summer wild turkey survey each year to learn more about annual nesting success, brood survival, and distribution and abundance of wild turkeys.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking the public to report all wild turkeys they see during your normal daily activities from June 1st to August 31st.

They are interested in sightings of hens with and without young as well as male birds from all regions of the state, including rural and developed areas.

You can report wild turkey sightings on-line at

Gone Coastal: When releasing deep-water fish, the right tools mean everything

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Gone Coastal
For immediate release: Second quarter 2020“Gone Coastal” columnBy Melissa Crouch 
Suggested Tweet: When releasing deep-water fish, the right tools mean everything @MyFWC: #Florida #fishing
When releasing deep-water fish, the right tools mean everything
It’s that time of year when you may be fishing for snapper and grouper. Continue your role as a conservationist when releasing fish by looking out for signs of barotrauma and being prepared to respond. Barotrauma is a condition seen in many fish caught at depths greater than 50 feet caused by pressure changes leading to an expansion of gases in the swim bladder. Signs of barotrauma include the stomach coming out of the mouth, bloated belly, distended intestines and bulging eyes.
signs of barotrauma 
Signs of barotrauma include the stomach coming out of the mouth, bloated belly, distended intestines and bulging eyes. Photos by Florida Sea Grant.
Barotrauma can cause damage to internal organs and can be fatal unless appropriate steps are taken. It’s important to know in advance what tools are available and how to use them to help fish return to the bottom and increase their chances of survival.
Descending devices take fish back down to a depth where increased pressure from the water will recompress swim bladder gases. They fall into three categories: mouth clamps, inverted hooks and fish elevators. With proper set-up and practice, descending devices can be easy to use and make a big impact on the survival of released fish. Learn more about descending devices and how to use them at by clicking on the “Descending Devices” playlist.
examples of devices 
Descending devices return fish to a depth where gases in the body cavity can recompress.
Venting tools are sharpened, hollow instruments that treat barotrauma by releasing expanded gas from the swim bladder, enabling the fish to swim back down.
Please note, items such as fillet knives, ice picks, screwdrivers and gaffs are not venting tools and should never be used to vent a fish. Venting a fish incorrectly may cause more harm than good.
To properly vent, lay the fish on its side (on a cool, wet surface). Venting tools should be inserted 1-2 inches behind the base of the pectoral fin, under a scale at a 45-degree angle, just deep enough to release trapped gasses. Never insert venting tools into a fish’s belly, back or stomach that may be protruding from the mouth. Learn how to vent properly by visiting
where to vent 
Venting tools should be inserted 1-2 inches behind the base of the pectoral fin, under a scale at a 45-degree angle, just deep enough to release trapped gasses.
Descending devices and venting tools should only be used when fish show one or more signs of barotrauma and cannot swim back down on their own. It is essential to work quickly when using these tools and return the fish to the water as soon as possible. Anglers should choose the device and method they are most comfortable with and that best fits the situation.
Anglers should also use proper gear when fishing for reef fish. Non-stainless steel inline (non-offset) circle hooks with the barb crimped down often hook in the mouth rather than the gut, making it easier to release fish. Dehooking tools also help quickly release fish so you can get back to fishing for that big one in no time. Using the right tools and acting quickly will make a big difference in the survival of fish you release. To learn about reef fish gear rules for circle hooks and dehooking tools, visit and click on “Recreational Regulations,” then click “Gear Rules” under the Reef Fish tab.
Non-stainless steel inline circle hooks with the barb crimped down and dehooking tools should be used to help quickly release fish and increase their chances of survival.
To learn more about proper fish handling techniques, visit Check out our descending devices playlist to learn more about barotrauma, descending devices and venting tools. And visit our YouTube channel at for more saltwater fishing how-to videos. For answers to questions, contact 850-487-0554 or
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The Franklin County Dixie Youth league has the go-ahead to start playing ball.

 The Franklin County Dixie Youth league has the go-ahead to start playing ball.

Franklin County Commissioners have signed off on the League's plan to reopen the baseball and softball season for local children.

At this point the games will only be played in-county against other teams from around the county.

There have been some discussions about out-of-county play, but nothing has been decided yet, and that would require further approval.

Parents will have to sign a COVID-19 waiver to allow their children to play.

There will also be a waiver to protect the county from any legal action.

It will be up to the league to insure that the restrooms and other locations remain clean and people will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

As commission chairman Noah Lockley said, “The COVID is still out there.”

The county may also have parks and rec workers attend the games, at least initially, to insure that all guidelines are being met.

The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially started and the Florida Attorney General's office has released a useful hurricane survival guide that you can see on-line

 The 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season has officially started and the Florida Attorney General's office has released a useful hurricane survival guide that you can see on-line.

Entering hurricane season with already two named storms, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season to be “extremely active” with 13 to 19 named storms.

The Attorney General’s Hurricane Guide could serve as a useful tool to help families prepare with helpful tips, resources and information.

The guide includes information about how to avoid scams before and after a storm, a full supply list and other important preparation tips.

It also discusses issue like price-gouging as well as the large number of scams that occur after a storm including building and repair scams, well water testing scams and disaster relief scams.

The guide can be downloaded or read at or just follow the link on this story at

Wakulla County Public Library - Open by Appointment!

Wakulla County Public Library
Preserving the Past, Ensuring the Future

4330 Crawfordville Highway
Crawfordville, FL 32327
Wakulla County Public Library News
June 3, 2020
Director's Note

We are happy to announce that we are partially open! Ready to come and see us? Just call and make an appointment. We are allowing three groups of four people or less to enter for an hour at the time to keep us at 50% capacity. We are operating on an altered schedule, Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. All items that are being returned are being placed in quarantine for four days before being reshelved, to keep both patrons and staff safe. We are not having any programs or classes just yet. Sadly, the Adult Reading Room, the Children's Room, and the Book Sale Room are not open for entry. There will be a large selection of children's books in the Junior area for those who want to browse (and if you need any books in particular from the children's room, please don't hesitate to ask a staff member). Masks are not required, but are recommended. Please, please do not come and see us if you have had any flu-like symptoms in the last day or so. Also, if you aren't ready to venture in just yet, curbside service is still available.
I understand that this still doesn't get your library experiences back to "normal." I am glad however, that it gives us a way to give you back some kind of library experience. We have missed you all and are happy to see your faces, to talk to you about what you are reading, and to have those conversations that have been so missed. Thank you for your patience during these novel times and for your support for the Wakulla County Public Library.

Yours in Libraries,
Robyn Drummond
WCPL Curbside Pickup Service
  • Only items that are available at Wakulla County Public Library can be checked out right now. If an item in the catalog is at Jefferson or Franklin libraries we cannot get them for you at this time.

  • Place item on hold yourself or contact the library at 850-926-7415 or to make requests.

  • If you choose to email, include your full name, library card number, and phone number along with the items you would like to request.

  • The library staff will gather your items and contact you when they are available for pickup.

  • Arrive during your reserved 15 minute time slot and your books will be on the round table on the covered porch. If you do not pick up your items in the allotted time, they will be brought back in and we will call you to schedule a new pickup time.

  • Curbside service will only be available during library hours, which are subject to change.

  • Please use book returns in Azalea Park or in front of the library to return your books in a timely manner.
To make a pickup using this service, you MUST be fever free for the last 24 hours. Thank you for understanding.
Summer Reading

This summer are having to make lots of changes in order to keep everyone safe. Because of these changes, our Summer Reading Program will take place through virtual programming. We know this is no where near as much fun, but we hope that you will still participate and join us for some learning and entertainment. We do need you to register to participate. By registering, you have the chance to tell us what you are reading and log how much time you have spent reading. Even though we are going all virtual, there are still prizes! Only children aged 0-18 are eligible for prizes and prizes are while supplies last. Reading hours logged prior to June 1st do not count.

Please follow the link below to register and join us on Facebook for our virtual programs.
Drive-In Bingo
Join us for a fun night "out" with Drive-In Bingo! This will take place in the Wakulla Community Center parking lot from 5-6pm on Friday, June 12th. Please leave a parking space empty between you and the next car. Space is limited, so parking is on a first come first served basis. A staff member will deliver bingo cards and markers to your vehicle and the bingo calling will be done over a sound system so everyone can hear. If you get Bingo, just HONK and turn on your flashers! Prizes will be prepackaged for all of the winners to avoid any contamination.

Sunshine State Readers & AR Testing

We have all of the Sunshine State Readers ready to go in print and in eBook versions via Overdrive/Libby! Students do not have to miss out on their chances to get ahead on reading for next school year! We also have many, many other books that can be read and tested for Accelerated Reader tests. Wondering if one of our physical books is an AR book? Just look for a blue strip at the top of the spine label on the book. If the book has that, open the cover and the AR book level and points should be listed there in red ink. Need to take an AR test? You can make an appointment and come in and use our public computers or you can take them at home. Just have your student number ready and follow this link:


Even if you haven't tried them before, our eBooks are always available if you want to access books without leaving home. Simply download the Libby for Libraries app by Overdrive and register using your library card. Please note: your PIN number is the last four digits of your library card number.
Free Resources
Here are several links to some free online books and databases for kids. Please note: these are not WCPL resources and we cannot provide any technical support for the use of these resources.

ABDO Elementary Digital Bookshelf PreK - 8

ABDO Secondary Digital Bookshelf 5th - 12th

ABDO Zoom Research Database

Sync Audiobooks for Teens

  • Listen on your mobile phone or any device that has the SORA, by OverDrive app.
  • Expose yourself to rich vocabulary, correctly pronounced and used in context.
  • Multi-task! Read with your ears while you drive, do chores, exercise.

In order to make our Newsletter ADA compliant, we will be unable to insert photos
or documents until further notice. It is our hope that Constant Contact will upgrade their system soon.