Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Franklin County Commissioners have agreed to extend the county's COVID-19 Leave Policy for county workers through the end of March
Franklin County Commissioners have agreed to extend the county's COVID-19 Leave Policy for county workers through the end of March.
The county's leave policy was created under a federal rule which mandated and provided tax credits to large employers to provide eligible employees two weeks of emergency paid sick leave due to COVID-19.
The federal rule expired on December 31st but through through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 congress extended the tax credits for private employers who voluntarily provide the leave through March 31st, 2021.
Even though the county doesn't get tax credits, it did agree to continue providing paid sick leave through March 31st, 2021.
The extension is only for county employees who have not already used all of their two weeks’ leave if they were unable to work, including able to telework, because of COVID.
Any county workers who use the policy will have to fill out an Emergency Paid Sick Leave Request Form stating that they are missing work because of a Federal, State or local quarantine or isolation order related to COVID-19, that they have been advised by a health care provider to self-quarantine related to COVID-19 or because they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are seeking a medical diagnosis.
Franklin County is taking steps to restart the Apalachicola Airport Advisory Committee.
The Airport Advisory committee helps the county oversee activities at the Airport in Apalachicola; it provides recommendations and advice on contracts and work programs at the airport.
The board was disbanded by the commission in 2017 – at the time the commission said it wanted to work on changes to the committee membership and meeting schedule.
The new board will likely have 5 members, one from each commission district, and will be required to meet monthly as all other county advisory committees do.
Commissioners discussed whether all of the members should have airport or aviation experience, but in the end decided business owners without airport experience should also be considered for membership because the airport is also important for economic development in the county.
The county will likely seek resume's from people who are interested in serving, but each commissioner will choose a member from his or her own district.
Commissioner Smokey Parrish emphasized that the committee should work in an advisory role only, providing information and suggestions for the county commission to make final decisions on airport issues.
He said when the committee was in effect before, many of the members came to commission meetings and made issues more complicated than they needed to be.
The board has not yet taken any official action on the issue but the county coordinator will begin putting together a list of requirements for potential members that can be advertised in the local newspaper.
The county attorney was also tasked with creating by-laws for the new committee.
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Monday, January 25, 2021
Commercial seafood businesses in the area may be getting a call from NOAA Fisheries in the near future to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on your business
Commercial seafood businesses in the area may be getting a call from NOAA Fisheries in the near future to find out what impact COVID-19 has had on your business.
NOAA Fisheries and the University of Florida, are teaming up on a phone survey to assess the impact of COVID-19 on commercial/for-hire fishing operations and on seafood dealers and processors.
The phone survey is a follow-up to an earlier on-line survey conducted in July and August on economic impacts for the first half of 2020.
The upcoming survey will assist us in assessing economic impacts over the entire calendar year.
Survey participants were randomly selected to participate.
The survey takes less than 10 minutes, and the information is strictly confidential.
The information will help inform Federal and regional fishery managers about the economic and social impacts that the recent economic downturn has had on the fishing industry.
The Franklin County Health department reported one new COVID-related death and 16 new COVID cases over the weekend
The Franklin County Health department reported one new COVID-related death and 16 new COVID cases over the weekend.
There have now been 10 COVID-related deaths in Franklin County since the pandemic began.
Franklin County has seen a sharp increase in new COVID-related cases and deaths in the past two weeks.
As of Sunday there have been 1189 positive COVID cases in Franklin County since the pandemic began, that includes 28 people from outside the county.
Franklin County's positivity rate on Sunday was above 16 percent.
The median age for the COVID cases in Franklin County is 44 years old.
There have been 1,634 positive COVID cases in Gulf County since the pandemic began, and 32 Covid related deaths.
The Gulf County positivity rate is 17.5 percent.
The median age for the cases in Gulf County is 50 years old.
Wakulla County reported its 2839th case on Thursday and Liberty County reported its 967th case.
There have been 38COVID related deaths in Wakulla County and 14 in Liberty County.
The US NAVY last week held a keel laying ceremony for the USNS Apalachicola.
The laying of the keel is the formal recognition of the start of a ship's construction.
The ceremony was held on January the 21st in Mobile, Alabama and included remarks from Apalachicola Mayor Begos.
The Navy estimates that construction will be complete sometime this fall with a Christening ceremony after the ship is finished.
The construction of the USNS Apalachicola was first announced at the 2019 Apalachicola 4th of July celebration by then Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer
The USNS Apalachicola is the second ship named in honor of the city of Apalachicola: the first was a large harbor tug which served from 1965-2002.
The fast transport ship is designed to be used to transport U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps company-sized units with their vehicles or can be reconfigured to become a troop transport for an infantry battalion.
It has a flight deck for helicopter operations and an off-load ramp that allows vehicles to quickly drive off the ship.
It will be 338 feet long, powered by four 11,000 horsepower diesel engines that enable a top speed of 43 knots.
The USNS Apalachicola will be the thirteenth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship built for the U.S. Navy and will be operated by the Military Sealift Command.
Franklin County unemployment dropped a little in December.
Unemployment fell to 4.7 percent last month, down from 4.9 percent in November.
That means 205 people were out of work out of a workforce of 4,354 people.
21 of Florida's 67 counties had lower unemployment rates than ours in December including Wakulla County which had the lowest unemployment in the state for the third month in a row at 3.6 percent.
Gulf County unemployment also fell last month from 4.8 percent to 4.5 percent with 243 people out of work there.
Liberty County unemployment remained unchanged at 4.8 percent.
Oliver is the sweetest 3 year old kitty you'll ever meet! He loves affection and will give you a little toe bean tap on the arm when he wants some. He has so much personality you could watch him play all day. Come by the shelter to meet Oliver and all of his friends!
You'll find the Humane Society at 1007 10th street in Port St. Joe
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Athena is a 3 yr old Lab mix She is VERY smart and social. She loves human contact and learning new things. She isn't a fan of cats nor does she like all dogs, so we are looking for a home where she will be the only dog with an adopter who enjoys a loving dog who wants to please. She is a staff and volunteer favorite!
We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our animals into their home to be fostered for various needs.
Any time 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.
A Carrabelle man was arrested Saturday after allegedly shooting into another vehicle in Apalachicola
A Carrabelle man was arrested Saturday after allegedly shooting into another vehicle in Apalachicola.
21 year old Carza Harvey was booked at the Franklin County Jail on charges of Attempted First Degree Murder, shooting into a occupied conveyance and possession of a stolen firearm by a convicted felon.
The sheriff's Department said they received a call at 11:20 Saturday morning from a woman in Apalachicola who said that Carza Harvey shot at her while she was in her vehicle.
The Apalachicola Police Department, Franklin County Sheriff's Office, as well as, the Carrabelle Police Department found the vehicle and confirmed it had in fact been shot.
They also recovered spent casings from a .380 caliber at the scene on 16th St. in Apalachicola.
Local law enforcement said they were familiar with Carza and quickly found him at his home in Carrabelle.
They searched his home and found a .380 caliber pistol which was reported stolen from Lee County Florida.
The sheriff's office said that Harvey confessed to the crime during an interview..
The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is starting a new program to help protect your pets in case of a fire
It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that longtime Weems board member and chairman Doug Creamer has died from complications due to COVID-19. Creamer, a local leader, has served on the Weems Board of Directors since 2014. He has served as chairman since 2019.
Funeral Arrangements for Bro. Doug Creamer, will be on Tuesday January 26, 2021 at 12:00 pm at Living Waters Assembly of God in Apalachicola.
The family will be receiving guests from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon at the church prior to the service.
With the recent rise in COVID cases the service will be streamed on the Living Waters Assembly of God Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/
for those who would be more comfortable. However, for those wishing to attend in person you may do so.