Friday, June 23, 2017

Four youth teams heading to state tournaments

 This has been a good year for local youth sports teams.

Parks and Recreation department chief Fonda Davis said 4 local youth baseball and softball teams have made it to the state level of competition this year.

The Ozone baseball team, which is made up of 11 and 12 year olds, will be heading to the state baseball tournament in Marianna on July the 15th.

The AA boys team, which are 6 to 8 year olds, will head to the state tournament in Sebring which runs from June 30th through the 4th of July.

The girls ponytails team, which are 11 and 12 year olds, earned the chance to compete at the state tournament in Bristol, as did the Belles, which is made up of 13 to 15 years olds.

The softball tournament will be held July 7th through the 9th.

The county helps teams with travel expenses by providing 2500 dollars to teams going to a state tournament and 5000 dollars for youth teams reaching the national level.

But that’s not enough to pay for the trip – the teams will be busy fundraising over the next few weeks.


If you would like to make a donation to the cause, contact the county parks and recreation department for more information.

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Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week

Brody is a terrier who only weighs about 25 lbs.  At 10 months old, that's about as big as he'll get so he's a nice size for many people.  This little guy is full of happy, playful energy.  He is very social and lounging in the kiddie pool on these hot summer days is one of his favorite past times.  He loves people and other dogs and will make a great pet for an active family looking for a joyful dog!

Volunteers are desperately needed to socialize all of our dogs and 
cats. We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our 
animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. Anytime you 
can spare would be greatly appreciated.

Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County 
Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint.  You may logon to 
the website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable 
pets.


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Extension program to release wasps to combat Citrus Greening Disease in Franklin County

The Franklin County Extension office is working on a plan to release a small wasp in the area to help combat the spread of Citrus Greening Disease in the county.

The bacterial disease slowly weakens and kills all types of citrus trees and causes fruit to become lopsided and taste bitter, making it unusable.

There is no known cure for the disease, which has devastated citrus crops in parts of Florida as well as Mexico and Brazil.

But there is a way to kill off the bug that spreads the disease.

Citrus Greening Disease is spread by an insect called the Asian citrus psyllids, which has now been found on some citrus trees in Franklin County.

A successful method of controlling the psyllids is to release a tiny non-stinging wasp which is a natural enemy of the psyllids.

The parasitic wasp lays its eggs inside the larvae of the psyllids.

When the eggs hatch, new wasps emerge and kill the host as they exit.

The wasp has proved successful in controlling the spread of citrus greening in other areas and does not affect any other species than the Asian citrus psyllids.

County extension director Erik Lovestrand is working with faculty from the University of Florida to implement the program.

They will release the tiny wasps in areas where the psyllids have already been found which includes Carrabelle, Eastpoint and Apalachicola.




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A portion of Highway 98 will be named in honor of Robert Clifford Millender

A section of Highway 98 in Franklin County will soon be named after a fallen soldier.

Curt Blair with the Franklin County Tourist Development Council said that the state has approved naming a two mile stretch of Highway 98 in memory of Robert Clifford Millender.

Mister Millender was born in Carrabelle and was serving as an infantryman with the US army when he was killed in action in Vietnam on March 3rd, 1969.

He was 22 years old.

He was awarded the Purple Heart, the national defense service medal and the Vietnam service medal.

The request was originally made in 2015, it has taken this long for the designation to apporved by the legislature.

Blair said state representative Halsey Beshears and state senator Bill Montford were instrumental in getting the issue approved.

There will be a ceremony at some point when the Department of Transportation is ready to install the new signage.

Commissioners hope to do the same for other fallen soldiers.


There is a list of all local soldiers killed in action on a memorial on the Armory in Apalachicola.


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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bring the kids for magic and comedy at the Franklin County Public Library




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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: BRUCE KRUGER DREDGE
Location Id: 355222
Location Name: BRUCE KRUEGER DOCK
County: Franklin
Application Number: 355222-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: BRUCE KRUEGER DOCK
Location Id: 355222
Location Name: BRUCE KRUEGER DOCK
County: Franklin
Application Number: 355222-001

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This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could be as big as the state of Vermont

Researchers say this year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico could be one of the largest on record and continue to threaten the over half billion dollar gulf coast seafood industry.
Scientists are predicting the area could measure between 8,000 and 10,000 square miles, or an area roughly the size of Vermont.  
The largest hypoxic zone measured to date occurred in 2002 and encompassed more than 8,400 square miles. 
The Gulf dead zone forms each spring and summer off the Louisiana and Texas coast when oxygen levels drop too low to support most life in bottom and near-bottom waters.
The zone is caused by nitrates and nitrogen from fertilizer and urban runoff flowing down the Mississippi River.
The amount of nitrogen entering the Gulf of Mexico each spring has increased by about 300 percent since the 1960s, mainly due to increased agricultural runoff.

High water in the Mississippi River and higher-than-average nitrogen concentrations in the waterway this spring are driving the estimate upward.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Residents in Wakulla County will soon be able to get bear resistant garbage cans at a reduced price

Residents in Wakulla County will soon be able to get bear resistant garbage cans at a reduced price.
 
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has awarded Wakulla County with almost 20 thousand dollars in funding to help reduce human-bear conflicts. 

The funds will provide 120 bear-resistant trash cans at a reduced cost for residents. 

The residents will be responsible for paying $25 per can – generally the cans cost 72 dollars a year.

Since there are a limited number of cans, the cans will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning June 30th at 8:00a.m. at the Public Works Department. 


If you live in an area frequented by bears and wish to obtain a bear-resistant can, please go by the Public Works Department at 340 Trice Lane in Crawfordville to sign up and pay the $25 fee.


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Sanders files to run for Franklin County judge

 Local attorney Barbara Sanders has filed her intent to seek the office of Franklin County Judge.

The election for that office wil be held next year.

Current County Judge, Van Russell, will be retiring.

Sanders has practiced law in Franklin County since 1988 and is a partner in Sanders and Duncan P.A.

She has a general practice with emphasis in real estate, general litigation, and criminal law.

She also represents the Franklin County School Board and represents clients in state and federal court.

Before attending law school, Sanders taught at Carrabelle High School as Media Specialist.

While in private practice in Apalachicola, she served on the Judicial Nominating Committee recommending appointments for federal judges and United States Marshals in Florida.

For three years, she served on the Florida Bar’s Grievance Committee and was Chair of the committee in 2014.


She has been a member of the St. George Island Civic Club since the early 1980s and served two terms as president.  


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Come out for a Fish fry fundraiser at the Senior Center in Carrabelle




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Statement from Gulf Correctional Institution

Early Wednesday morning, there was a major disturbance involving several inmates housed in multiple dorms at Gulf Correctional Institution Annex. Due to the quick and effective response of institutional staff and special response teams, the situation has been resolved. One inmate and six staff members were injured during the disturbance. Injured individuals are receiving medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries. The facility remains on lockdown. The Department is placing involved inmates in confinement pending disciplinary review.


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Wounded Veterans Invited to Register for Free Lobstering, Scalloping, Kayaking Trips

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam invites Florida’s wounded veterans to register for upcoming Outdoor Operation Freedom events, including a lobstering trip out of Fort Lauderdale, a scalloping trip out of Steinhatchee and a kayaking trip on the Chipola River. Space is limited, so eligible veterans must visit OperationOutdoorFreedom.com to register for the free trips. Since Operation Outdoor Freedom was launched in 2011, more than 3,000 wounded veterans have participated in more than 400 hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational events at no cost.

“Operation Outdoor Freedom is a special way of connecting the natural resources and beauty our state is blessed with to the men and women of our armed services who have courageously sacrificed for our nation,” said Commissioner Adam H. Putnam. “It’s the least we can do for those who have done so much for us.”

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, organizes and hosts Operation Outdoor Freedom events where participants can fish, hunt, boat and more. Outdoor excursions are held regularly on state forests and private lands throughout Florida and are funded through private donations.

Participants will be drawn at random prior to the event and will be notified by email.

Visit OperationOutdoorFreedom.com for more information about how Operation Outdoor Freedom is working to honor Florida’s wounded veterans and how you can get involved.


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Job Opportunity Fish & Wildlife Technician located in Apalachicola Florida

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Requisition No: 12347
Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Working Title: FISH/WILDLIFE TECHNICIAN - 77072878
Position Number: 77072878
Salary:  $1,057.02 bi-weekly + benefits
Posting Closing Date: 07/11/2017
ANTICIPATED VACANCY
Address: 300 Tilton Road, Apalachicola, FL 32320
Supervisor: William J. Pitts

Description of duties: This Career Service position works with the lead area biologist and one other technician to manage wildlife populations and their habitats on Box-R Wildlife Management Area.  Incumbent operates and maintains heavy equipment used to complete management projects on the area. Responsible for maintenance, diagnosis of problems and repairs of equipment including bulldozer, front-end loader, dump truck, farm tractors, mowers, trucks, trailers, ATVs, outboard motors, chainsaws and construction equipment.   Assists with the development and maintenance of area improvements such as informational signs, kiosks, check station, roads, parking areas, trails, fences, gates, water control structures, equipment storage facilities and offices. Maintenance activities require experience and skills in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, painting and welding.  Conducts habitat management activities which include the use of specialized mechanical equipment for clearing and chopping dense vegetation, controlled burning, groundcover restoration, preparation and planting wildlife forage plants, and chemical or mechanical control of invasive pest plants. Assists area biologists in conducting wildlife surveys. Monitors vegetation response to habitat manipulations. Assists with management of public hunts, including check station operation, monitoring public use through traffic counters, and collecting biological data from hunter harvested animals including deer Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) specimens. Performs routine administrative responsibilities such as submitting biweekly timesheets, harvest reports, vehicular operation cost records, monthly progress reports, preparing purchase order requests and coding invoices to proper accounts. Assists other wildlife management areas as directed and provides technical assistance to individuals, organizations, and other government agencies regarding wildlife and habitat management including nuisance bear abatement. Participates in regional and divisional coordination meetings or training programs.  Completes other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

▪  Knowledge and experience in electrical, carpentry, plumbing, welding, and painting
▪  Knowledge and experience with the application of prescribed fire
▪  Knowledge and experience with chemical or mechanical control of invasive
   exotic vegetation
▪  Knowledge of GPS (Global Positioning Systems)
▪  Knowledge of basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheet, email)
▪  Ability to operate, maintain, diagnose, and repair heavy equipment, tractors, farm
    implements, ATVs, and outboard motors
▪  Ability to work independently and in a variety of weather conditions
▪  Ability to plan and prioritize work assignments, multi-task
▪  Ability to deal effectively with customers
▪  Ability to communicate effectively with external and internal customers

Broadband code: 19-4021-01
Class code: 5031
Region: Northwest (03)
Title: Fish & Wildlife Technician
County: Franklin
Working hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pmMonday through Friday, may require some night or weekend duty
List of any subordinates supervised: none
Residency requirement: Florida, must reside within a 25 mile radius of the Box-R Wildlife Management Area
Level of Education- High School Diploma, GED or greater
License Requirements: Will be required to obtain a valid Florida Commercial Drivers License (Class A) within the first 180 days of employment and maintain a current license during the full term of employment and randomly pass a drug and alcohol test.

More than one position may be filled from this Job Advertisement.  An OPS Fish & Wildlife Technician (position # 77902347) that shares management responsibilities on Box-R WMA (60% of the time) and Tate’s Hell WMA (40% of the time) may also be available.
The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer, and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.
Candidates requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-866-663-4735). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.
The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
VETERANS’ PREFERENCE.  Pursuant to Chapter 295, Florida Statutes, candidates eligible for Veterans’ Preference will receive preference in employment for Career Service vacancies and are encouraged to apply.  Candidates claiming Veterans’ Preference must attach supporting documentation with each submission that includes character of service (for example, DD Form 214 Member Copy #4) along with any other documentation as required by Rule 55A-7, Florida Administrative Code.  Veterans’ Preference documentation requirements are available by clicking here.  All documentation is due by the close of the vacancy announcement. 


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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: GARRETT DOCK
Location Id: 355188
Location Name: GARRETT DOCK
County: Gulf
Application Number: 355188-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: SEAFOOD MARKET BUILDING
Location Id: 355140
Location Name: Seafood Market Building
County: Gulf
Application Number: 355140-001

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Areas 1652 and 1662 of the Apalachicola Bay will close to Oyster harvesting at sunset today

Areas 1652 and 1662 of the Apalachicola Bay will close to oyster harvesting at sunset today.

Area 1652 is the conditionally Approved summer north shellfish harvesting area; area 1662 is the conditionally approved summer south area of the bay.

The areas are being closed because of heavy rainfall over the past few days.

Biologists will take water samples from the areas to see when they are safe to re-open.

Stay tuned to Oyster radio for re-opening information.


You can also see a daily bay status report on-line at floridaaquaculture.com under the shellfish harvesting tab or by calling 653-8317.


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Pine Ridge Apartment Complex in Port St. Joe is now tobacco free

The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County and the Gulf County Tobacco Free Partnership have recognized Hallmark Companies, Inc. for making Pine Ridge Apartment Complex, located in Port St. Joe, tobacco free. 

New signage purchased by the Tobacco Free Partnership of Gulf County will be displayed around the buildings.

In addition, Pine Ridge Management will be teaming up with the Big Bend Area Health Education Center (AHEC) to offer free cessation classes for current residents.

Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties said “Everyone benefits from a smokefree housing policy.”

Smokefree buildings are cost-effective, safe, and keep people healthy.”

There is free assistance available to help condo owners, associations and property managers implement smokefree policies.





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Florida takes first steps to acquire property to protect the Apalachicola River

The state of Florida has taken the first step in protecting nearly 40 thousand acres of environmentally sensitive property along the Apalachicola River.

On Friday the Department of Environmental Protection's Acquisition and Restoration Council voted to move forward on plans to protect the Upper Apalachicola River Ecosystem.

The proposal encompasses nearly 40 thousand acres along both sides of the floodplain of the upper Apalachicola River.

The proposal chiefly includes lands along the Calhoun-Liberty County boundary but extends northward along the Jackson-Gadsden County boundary and southward along the Gulf-Liberty County boundary, for more than 80 miles of river frontage.

The proposal fills nearly all of the gaps among the many state, local, and private conservation lands and existing Florida Forever projects that have been established along the upper Apalachicola River floodplain through decades of conservation efforts.

The land is privately owned, and is mostly undeveloped.

It consists predominantly of heavily forested wetlands, chiefly floodplain swamp and alluvial forest.

It is being offered to the state for conservation easement that will permit continued timber harvest and hunting activities.

Friday's vote was only the first step in acquirring the land for protection, the project will require more consideration before it recieves a final vote from the cabinet.

You can find out more here:


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Franklin County Clerk Marcia Johnson elected President of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers Board of Directors

Franklin County Clerk of Court Marcia Johnson has been elected President of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers Board of Directors.

The election took place last week in Panama City Beach during the group’s annual summer conference.

Marcia was installed into office by Bradford County Clerk Ray Norman in front of a crowd of more than 400.

Marcia Johnson has served more than three terms as the Franklin County Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller.

She began her career in the Clerk’s Office in 1974 and worked under the administration of three clerks prior to being elected in 2004.

Since being elected she was also named Florida’s 2013-14 Clerk of the Year and received the Outstanding Service Award in 2012.

Marcia said she is deeply honored to be this year’s President and a member of its first all-female Executive Committee.


She said she looks forward to working shoulder to shoulder with the clerks and comptrollers of Florida’s 67 counties and leading the Association to be the strongest and the best it can be.


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Wakulla County Announces Opportunity for Residents to Obtain Bear-Resistant Trash Cans at a Reduced Cost



Crawfordville, Florida – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) awarded Wakulla County with $19,679 in funding to help reduce human-bear conflicts.  These funds will provide 120 bear-resistant trash cans at a reduced cost for residents.  The residents will be responsible for paying $25 per can.
“This is a joint effort between the County, FWC, and Waste Pro.  The funds to purchase the cans will come from FWC; however, Waste Pro agreed to waive its $72 annual fee, and the County is matching $25 per can.  The funds generated from the County’s match and the citizen’s fee ($50 per can) will be used to purchase additional bear-resistant trash cans in the future,” said David Edwards, County Administrator.

Since there are a limited number of cans, the cans will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning June 30, 2017 at 8:00a.m. at the Public Works Department.  If you live in an area frequented by bears and wish to obtain a bear-resistant can, please go by the Public Works Department at 340 Trice Lane, Crawfordville, FL., to sign up and pay the $25 fee.

For additional information related to this story, please contact Nannette Watts, Public Works Administration Director at (850) 745-6509.


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Help FWC monitor fish health by reporting fish kills


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your help in monitoring fish health by tracking marine and freshwater fish kills in Florida.
FWC scientists monitor and document fish kills and diseases, as well as other aquatic animal health issues and associated environmental events.
“The public’s involvement is critical to locate, monitor and understand the extent of fish kills. Reporting observations to the hotline ensures a coordinated response to incidents and alleviates public concern,” said Theresa Cody, associate research scientist. “All the data collected from fish kill events are used in conjunction with directed research to further understand the causes of fish kills and disease incidences.”
Many factors can contribute to a fish kill. Weather-related factors are common causes. Sudden temperature fluctuations or extreme temperatures can result in fish kills any time of the year. Hot weather during the summer months can cause fish kills, in part because warm water holds less oxygen than cold water. In addition, a lack of rain during hot-weather months can lower water level in lakes and ponds, resulting in poor water quality, increased density of animals and faster use of dissolved oxygen. Heavy rains can compound the situation by suspending sediments in the water column and by washing vegetation, such as leaves and grass clippings, into the system where they will decompose. The decomposition process also can remove oxygen from water.
The good news is that most natural water bodies are resilient to fish kill events.
The public can report fish kills to the FWC at MyFWC.com/FishKill or by calling the FWC Fish Kill Hotline at 800-636-0511. You can also submit a report through the “FWC Reporter” app on your iOS or Android mobile devices. It is not necessary to report fish kills in man-made retention or private ponds to the FWC. The Fish Kill Hotline is sponsored in part by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program grant.


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GULF COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY JUNE 12, 2017 – JUNE 18, 2017





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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report June 9, 2017 through June 15, 2017

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Weekly Report
June 9, 2017 through June 15, 2017

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week; however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.

Patrol, Protect, Preserve
NORTHWEST REGION

CASES

BAY COUNTY

Officer T. Basford was on land patrol near the Bailey Bridge in North Bay when he saw three subjects in an aluminum boat who appeared to be intoxicated and smoking marijuana. Officers N. Basford and Wicker arrived and approached the vessel. All three subjects on the vessel appeared to be impaired. A BUI investigation was conducted on the operator and, after he completed the standardized field sobriety tasks, the operator was taken into custody. A plastic bag containing less than 20 grams of marijuana and a glass pipe were seized. The operator claimed ownership of the seized evidence. At the jail, the operator provided two breath samples reading .219 and .223. He was booked into the Bay County Jail for operating a vessel with a breath alcohol level of .08 or higher and charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Officer Baber was conducting boating safety inspections at a boat ramp along the Apalachicola River when he noticed a vehicle towing a vessel with an expired registration. Before the boater launched the vessel, he walked over to speak to him about the registration and noticed the boat owner was very nervous and he could smell a strong odor of burnt cannabis coming from the vehicle. A consent search of the vehicle produced a plastic bag of cannabis and methamphetamine. The suspect was booked into jail for possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis and possession of methamphetamine.

When Officer Hayes approached a vehicle leaving a boat ramp along the Chipola River, the two occupants appeared nervous. A small plastic bag containing a crystal-like substance was in plain view. A deputy with the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist. The substance tested positive for methamphetamine and the suspect was booked into the Calhoun County Jail.

CALHOUN COUNTY

Officers Cushing and Pettey were on federal water patrol in the Gulf of Mexico and issued one federal citation for possession of greater amberjack during closed season and two state citations for undersized red snapper.

While on park patrol within the Big Lagoon State Park, Officer Long saw a subject throwing a cast net near an area that is frequently used as an illegal access point into the park. After approaching the subject and accompanying him back to his vehicle to retrieve his fishing license and identification, a strong odor of cannabis could be smelled coming from inside the vehicle. The cannabis was seized and misdemeanor citations were issued for possession of cannabis under 20 grams. Warnings were issued for state park violations.

Officers Cushing and Pettey, with the assistance of Officer Tolbert, were patrolling state and federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and conducted a marine resource inspection of a vessel in federal waters. The persons on board stated that they knew they were in federal waters and were not allowed to have red snapper but undersized red snapper was found in their cooler. One of the individuals admitted to catching and keeping the red snapper. The appropriate action was taken for the violation.

Officers Cushing and Pettey saw a vessel in federal waters with two persons on board actively fishing. When asked if they had any fish on board, the owner of the vessel stated that they had one amberjack. During the resource inspection, an undersized greater amberjack was found during closed season. The appropriate action was taken for the violation.

FRANKLIN COUNTY

Officers Fletcher and Nelson were conducting vessel patrol before daylight in Apalachicola Bay and saw several commercial oyster vessels with a large harvest of oysters on the deck/cull board of the vessels. The appropriate action was taken for the harvest of oysters before daylight. The illegally harvested oysters were returned to the water.

GULF COUNTY

Officers M. Webb and Lipford conducted JEA patrol in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. During their patrol, they conducted numerous resource inspections targeting the enforcement federal reef fish regulations. Four separate inspections revealed violations regarding the possession of red snapper in federal waters during a closure, which resulted in the issuance of four citations.

Officers H. Webb and M. Webb conducted JEA patrol in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. While patrolling, they saw a recreational vessel actively fishing. As the officers approached, the passenger in front quickly started dumping red snapper over their starboard side of the vessel. The officers instructed the fishermen to stop dumping fish. There were four red snapper floating in the water, one of which was taken by a dolphin. The officers retrieved the other three with a net. When boarding, Officer H. Webb asked the captain if they had any more fish on board. The captain of the vessel said no, but upon inspection, six additional red snapper, two gray triggerfish and one greater amberjack were located in the fish box. Six of the nine red snapper were undersized and one of the two triggerfish was undersized. The appropriate action was taken for the violations.

JACKSON COUNTY

Officers Little and Baber responded to a complaint in which a landowner had game camera photos of a suspect trespassing on his property. The officers backtracked the suspect’s tracks to a residence on an adjacent property. They located and interviewed the suspect, who was subsequently charged with trespass.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officers Ramos and McHenry were on vessel patrol in the Santa Rosa Sound and conducted a safety and resource inspection on a boat returning from offshore fishing. After a check of all required safety equipment, the operator stated they didn’t have any luck and that they had no fish on board. Officer Ramos received consent to look in the coolers and live wells. He didn’t locate any fish but discovered clues leading him to believe the operator was lying. He asked a passenger to move to the front of the boat and found a gray triggerfish hidden under her seat. The harvest of triggerfish is prohibited in Gulf waters for the remainder of 2017. The operator admitted he caught the fish. When asked for a fishing license, the man stated he had one but forgot to bring it with him. FWC dispatch confirmed that the man’s fishing license had been expired for a year. The man was issued a citation for the expired fishing license and a criminal citation with required court appearance for the harvest of triggerfish during the closed season.

Officer Lewis was patrolling in the Blackwater River State Forest when he saw two men and a woman getting ready to leave Krul Lake. When asked if they paid the Krul Lake day-use area fee, they said they had not. While speaking to the group, Officer Lewis smelled the odor of cannabis and asked the driver about it. The man retrieved a mason jar containing cannabis from the vehicle’s center console and handed it to the officer. The tag also was not assigned to the vehicle. The man admitted to possession of the cannabis and attaching the improper tag. The subject was charged with possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis, possession of drug paraphernalia, and attaching tag not assigned. The subjects were issued warnings for not paying the day-use area fee.

WASHINGTON COUNTY

Officer Gore was conducting boating safety inspections on Holmes Creek at Culpepper Landing when he encountered a vessel with two subjects cheering loudly and waving their hands in the air as they approached the ramp. The operator had difficulty showing his safety equipment and was very unsteady. Officer Gore performed standardized field sobriety tasks and determined that the subject was impaired. He was arrested and transported to the Washington County Jail where he refused the Intoxilyzer and was booked into jail for BUI.

RESCUES

OKALOOSA COUNTY

While on foot patrol at Wilderness Landing, Officer J. Rockwell received a complaint about two missing teenagers. The complainant stated that they were 13 and 16 years old and had been missing for over an hour after heading down river. Officer Rockwell notified dispatch and began to search a few known forest roads that lead to the river. In a joint effort with Officers Arnette and Jenks of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the officers located the missing teens two miles south of Wilderness Landing.


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Must-see map and graphs for deer hunters

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June

FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet

The latest hunting and conservation news and events from the 
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

New interactive map for deer hunters

Deer registry map
The Deer Management Program has a new tool for Florida deer hunters - an interactive Florida Buck Registry map showing where entries are located by county. You can search this new map by antler score range, year, method of take, and typical or non-typical antlers, and see a map of Florida with color-coded counties based on which ones have the highest antler scores or most number of entries.
For more information about Florida deer management and hunting.



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