Thursday, January 27, 2022

Franklin County has nominated district 2 commissioner Bert Boldt to serve on a search committee for a new District Medical Examiner

 Franklin County has nominated district 2 commissioner Bert Boldt to serve on a search committee for a new District Medical Examiner.

The current District Medical Examiner, Dr. David Stewart, plans to retire from his post so there is need to fill the post.

State Attorney Jack Campbell plans to create a Search Committee from our district that is comprised of two judicial circuits and eight counties.

Campbell will serve as chair of the committee while the committee itself can be made up of representatives of various offices including Public Defenders Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, county commissioners and even Funeral Directors and Mortuary Services.

Ultimately, the search committee’s selection will have to be approved by the Medical Examiners Commission.

Commissioner Boldt volunteered to represent Franklin County on the committee and he was approved unanimously by the rest of the board.

FWC Job Announcement: FWRI 77907589, OPS Biological Scientist I (Fisheries Independent Monitoring, Eastpoint)

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Date: Jan 27, 2022

Location: EASTPOINT, FL, US, 32328




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Requisition No: 559561 

Agency: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)

Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC - 77907589

Position Number: 77907589 

Rate of Pay:  $13.50 to $15 per hour/Depending on Experience 

Posting Closing Date: 02/06/2022


Open Competitive Opportunity 


FWC – Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI)

Section: Marine Fisheries Research-Fisheries Independent Monitoring


Anticipated start date: March 2022


Job Description

The incumbent hired for this position will be expected to serve as a field biologist for a large, dynamic Fisheries-Independent Monitoring (FIM) Program at the Apalachicola Bay Field Office with emphasis on carrying out statistically valid fisheries research surveys in both nearshore estuarine and offshore marine waters. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the relative stock abundance, occurrence, diversity and condition of Florida’s marine and brackish water fish populations. The incumbent will help coordinate and conduct offshore and estuarine fisheries-independent sampling efforts in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico and throughout the Florida Panhandle. Research will be conducted following strict FIM protocols using a variety of sampling methodologies including the use of seines, trawls, side-scan sonar, camera pods, and acoustics among others. Essential duties include participation as a crew member and/or field lead with research cruise planning and preparation, offshore and estuarine field sampling, data entry and all associated data QA/QC; assists with maintaining and repairing sampling gear including boats, motors, trailers, nets, protective gear, office equipment, and laboratory equipment as needed; completes fish and invertebrate identifications in both field and lab settings which includes following strict QA/QC protocols using a microscope, dichotomous keys and video processing software; performs basic routine summaries of fisheries data used in preparing technical and scientific reports, oral presentations, and/or manuscripts as assigned; performs and participates in public outreach efforts as appropriate. The incumbent will be part of a large, state-wide, multidisciplinary team of fisheries scientists within the FIM Program and will have opportunities to participate in an array of other offshore and inshore fisheries research efforts across all FWRI-FIM field laboratories. This position requires extensive travel to conduct both inshore and offshore field work. Travel to conduct offshore research will involve spending numerous consecutive days at sea every quarter, and travel to conduct inshore work will involve consecutive overnight hotel lodging to conduct field work throughout western Florida Panhandle estuaries. Incumbent must be able to perform strenuous physical activities in sometimes arduous weather conditions aboard offshore research vessels and while conducting inshore research sampling for long periods of time which includes heavy lifting. 

Minimum Requirements

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the biological sciences. A valid driver’s license. 

Preferred Experience

Applicants with the following experience may be given preference: previous work in a fisheries program leading fisheries-independent fieldwork using a variety of sampling gears to survey fish populations in estuarine and/or offshore waters. Experience using dichotomous keys and either microscopes or video to identify juvenile and adult fishes found in marine and estuarine environments. Experience trailering and operating small vessels up to 24ft in length. Experience conducting routine maintenance of vehicles, small vessels, trailers and outboard motors used to conduct fisheries work. Experience providing mentorship and training to staff in a fisheries program. 

Knowledge, Skill(s), and Abilities

Ability to conduct biological research using scientific methods. Ability to identify juvenile and adult fishes and invertebrates collected from Florida’s offshore marine and estuarine environments. Knowledge of principles and techniques used in fisheries research, including methods used for gathering and managing fisheries data. Ability to safely operate, trailer and maintain vehicles and small boats and motors. Ability to review, proof, enter and manage fisheries data following strict QA/QC procedures using various software packages (e.g., Excel, Access, SAS). Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written, in professional and public settings. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers and the public. Skill in the use of fish sampling equipment (e.g., trawls, seines, traps, side-scan sonar, cameras), computers and related software (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite), and laboratory equipment (e.g., microscopes). Ability to participate in multidisciplinary fisheries research efforts across all FWRI-FIM field laboratories which may involve overnight travel and/or extended field trips. Ability to perform strenuous physical activities under arduous conditions (e.g. inclement weather, rough water, boat engine exhaust, shoreline wading) for long periods of time, including heavy lifting. Ability to work more than 40 hours per week as needed to complete field work and maintain a valid FL driver's license. Ability to complete a boater safety course, and first aid/CPR training within 3 months of hire. 

To Apply

Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Profile electronically in People First ( by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Profile. 

WHAT IS OPS EMPLOYMENT?  Other Personal Services (OPS) employment is a temporary employer/employee relationship used solely for accomplishing short term or intermittent tasks. OPS employees do not fill established positions and may not be assigned the duties of any vacant authorized position. OPS employees are at-will employees and are subject to actions such as pay changes, changes to work assignment, and terminations at the pleasure of the agency head or designee. 


  • State of Florida 401(a) FICA Alternative Plan - mandatory
  • Workers’ Compensation - mandatory
  • Reemployment Assistance (Unemployment Compensation) - mandatory
  • Participation in state group insurance (upon meeting eligibility requirements)
  • Deferred Compensation - voluntary
  • Employee Assistance Program – voluntary 


  • Any form of paid leave
  • Paid holidays
  • Participation in the Florida Retirement System
  • Reinstatement rights or retention rights 

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.

Nearest Major Market: Tallahassee 

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NOAA Fisheries FishNews – January 27, 2022

Saltwater Photo Contest, New Podcast, New Video, and More

Fish News - NOAA Fisheries

JANUARY 27, 2022


NOAA’s Saltwater Fisheries Photo Contest Voting Begins

photo contest

Voting is now open for NOAA’s Saltwater Fisheries Photo Contest! The top 64 photos are going head to head in brackets. Your vote will decide who makes it to the next round, and who will win the grand prize: a guided fishing trip to the Florida Keys provided by Bonnier Corp.

Podcast: Learn About NOAA Fisheries Surveys


NOAA Fisheries conducts world-class science to support sustainable marine life and habitats. Our new podcast, “Dive In with NOAA Fisheries,” is about the work we do and the people behind it. Listen to the first episode in a limited series that focuses on the importance of our research surveys. We’re kicking off with our first guest, Dr. Cisco Werner, NOAA Fisheries' Director of Scientific Programs and Chief Science Advisor.

Video: Our Climate & Our Fisheries—Join the Conversation

climate change video

Climate change affects nearly every aspect of NOAA Fisheries' mission: there is much at risk. Watch this video to learn how we are working to understand the impacts and respond to these changes. 

West Coast

Warming Ocean and Booming Squid Create New Fishing Opportunities in the Northwest, Research Finds


Market squid have multiplied off the West Coast over the past two decades. They have increased especially from San Francisco north into Oregon and Washington in conjunction with warmer ocean waters in recent years, new research shows.

Status Review Finds Endangered Killer Whales Still Face High Risk of Extinction

killer whales

NOAA Fisheries has concluded that Southern Resident killer whales continue to face a high risk of extinction and should remain listed as endangered.

Pacific Islands

NOAA-Led Team Works to Free Entangled Humpback Whale Reported off Kauaʻi

humpback whale

NOAA, the Hawaiʻi Department of Land and Natural Resources, the U.S. Coast Guard, and community partners help an entangled humpback whale off Kauaʻi.


Successful Multi-Year Effort to Study Deep-Sea Corals and Sponges in the Southeast United States

deep sea corals

A NOAA collaboration with extensive local, academic, and federal partners has greatly expanded our understanding of deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems in the southeast United States.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Climate Change Is Shifting Tiger Shark Populations Northward

tiger shark

A NOAA Fisheries study shows that tiger sharks are migrating into northern latitudes earlier and expanding their movements further north due to ocean warming. These changes leave them more vulnerable to fishing.

Federal Register Actions

Visit NOAA Fisheries' Rules & Regulations web page to learn more about recently proposed and finalized regulations in your region. 

Send corrections or technical questions to the FishNews Editor at

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

DEP Logo


Environmental Protection

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

Ron DeSantis


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor

Shawn Hamilton


Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Modifications
Project Name: 1613 ALLIGATOR DR DOCK MOD
Location Id: 399965
Location Name: WALL. KEVIN - 1613 ALLIGATOR DR.
County: Franklin
Application Number: 399965-003

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300

The National Weather Service is advising that we could see the coldest weather of the winter this weekend so residents should prepare

The National Weather Service is advising that we could see the coldest weather of the winter this weekend so residents should prepare.

Friday night and Saturday night could bring temperatures in the 20's with the coldest wind chills forecast Saturday morning in the teens and low 20s, and the coldest air temperatures on Sunday morning mainly in the 20s.

Residents and visitors should remember to protect Plants, Pets, Exposed Pipes, and practice Fire Safety.

Since more people will be using space heaters and candles, make sure to keep them away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and it’s also recommended to install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

When outdoors try to stay dry and in wind-protected areas and wear multiple layers of loose-fitting, warm clothing.

And try to drink non-alcoholic fluids – alcohol has the tendency to lower your body temperature.

Weekly news from the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cutting for North Florida Learning Center

A short commitment with a lifetime benefit
The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce would like to welcome North Florida Learning Center, a PreK-12th grade and SAT/ACT/PSAT prep academic tutoring center located at 1626-C Crawfordville Hwy, Crawfordville in the North Pointe Center Plaza. North Florida Learning Center is not your average academic tutoring company. With so many students experiencing learning losses due to the COVID pandemic, and now the Omicron and Delta variant forcing schools to close, and students and teachers not having enough time to teach and learn before the upcoming FSA exams, parents are forced to find additional assistance so their children may be able to maintain or regain their academic abilities.  And they are not alone. Many homeschool parents are feeling the crunch as well. More here

Networking Luncheon

As we start this new year, our networking events are also resuming and we thank Bob Ballard and staff for hosting us at Wakulla Environmental Institute. A change-up from our local fare, we thank Lewis McCartha with Chicken Salad Chick for serving up a delicious assortment of chicken salads, pasta salad, broccoli salad, fruit cups, and desserts, of which the caramel salted cheesecake was a crowd favorite.  While we were enjoying our lunch, Alexis Howard, Project Specialist at WEI, presented the 2021 Emmy Award winning film trailer, Unfiltered – The Truth About Oysters, by Chucha Barber, 7- time Emmy award winning producer. The film itself is projected to be released by the end of 2022 or beginning of 23. Bob Ballard and his team were featured on this documentary to highlight the work they have done with oysters, including their involvement in expanding oyster aquaculture in the state of Florida as well as current and future plans for restoring natural oyster populations. More here

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Announcement

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is pleased to provide you with an update about the Office of Broadband.

DEO has recently developed Florida’s Broadband Availability Map and internet speed test to identify and assist in gathering more data about the state’s broadband internet service availability. You can find both the map and speed test at

The Broadband Availability Map, which you can view here, identifies a location’s speed, connectivity, and access to broadband services. In addition, DEO is enlisting the help of the public to take an internet speed test, that you can find here, to assist in further developing Florida's Broadband Availability Map.

We encourage your participation in the state of Florida’s efforts to identify the broadband needs of Florida’s communities, and please help us spread the word.


The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners is Seeking Two Volunteers to Serve on the Library Advisory Board
Are you a resident of Wakulla County and have an interest in library services and facilities? If so, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking two volunteers to fill the Library Advisory Board’s Citizen At Large appointment.
This Board meets monthly, and their primary responsibilities are to advise and make recommendations to the BOCC in respect to all matters pertaining to the public library and their cultural activities including the existing library facilities and services, and the future needs.
Interested citizens must submit a written statement of interest by February 14, 2022.  Statements of interest can be emailed to Robyn Drummond, Library Services Director at  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, 850-926-7415.

Chamber and Member Events

Camp Gordon Johnston Exhibit -The Battle of Midway
Every Tuesday through Saturday until January 29

Camp Gordon Johnston WW II Museum - Special Exhibit 476th and the 818th, Black Amphibious Truck Companies
Feb 1-26 Tuesday - Saturday weekly

Rotary Club of Wakulla Valentine's Day Parade & Festival
Women of the Moose Presents: Murder Mystery Dinner Theater
2/19 and 2/26
Matinee 2/27
Friends of Wakulla Public Library Mardi Gras

Wakulla Wonderful Celebration
Seeking vendors- inquire at Wakulla Extension office 850.926.3931
Emergency Solutions grant - Homelessness Prevention

2022 Ed2go Class List

Ed2Go online training is made possible by the generous contributions from local businesses and individuals to the Burt Poole Scholarship fund, to help you succeed in business. Classes are free to our members. (other classes not listed here may be available with a co-pay). Please inquire with chamber staff to request more information, enrollment, and verification forms. Please also review requirements prior to sending enrollment request.
For a complete list of online classes click here
Disclaimer: The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce provides this calendar of events as a service to its members and a convenience in the community.  No endorsement of the scheduled events or organizations by the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce is either expressed or implied.