Wednesday, July 17, 2024

The Friends of the Franklin County Library have announced the recipient of the 2024 Eileen Annie Ball Scholarship

The Friends of the Franklin County Library have announced the recipient of the 2024 Eileen Annie Ball Scholarship.

The scholarship was awarded to Zac Cabrera of Apalachicola who plans to finish his AA at Gulf State College before transferring to Florida State University.

The scholarship aims to assist hardworking students who strive to improve their lives in unique and meaningful ways.

The Eileen Annie Ball Scholarship was established to honor Eileen Annie Ball, a founding member of the Franklin County Public Library who dedicated herself to supporting the children of Franklin County.

Besides the annual scholarship, the friends of the Franklin County Public Library provide funding for the Summer Reading Program as well as many other library programs for children, adults and families throughout the year.

If you would like to learn more about them or become a member, visit their website at https://friendsfcpl.com/

Individual memberships are available for $20 a year and family memberships are $35.



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Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a resolution of appreciation to County Planner Mark Curenton, who will retire from that position at the end of this month

Franklin County Commissioners on Tuesday presented a resolution of appreciation to County Planner Mark Curenton, who will retire from that position at the end of this month.

Curenton began working for Franklin County in 1988 as the assistant county planner, and took over the role as planner in 2016 after the retirement of Alan Pierce.

Pierce attended the ceremony to highlight many of Mark’s accomplishments over the years, which included drawing the base map for the county 911 system by hand.

He was also responsible for bringing tens of millions of dollars in grants to the county for everything from roads, to historic preservation to parks.

And while he wasn’t working, he was still very active in the community, serving on the Apalachicola Historical Society, the three servicemen statue committee and the Franklin County soil and water conservation board.

Commissioners said he will truly be missed and they will have a very difficult time replacing him.

County staff are working on interim solutions to cover Mr. Curenton’s duties.

County staff has found a consultant who will be able to assume the responsibility of Department of Transportation grants immediately, and said they are working on a contract with the Apalachee Regional Planning council to provide a planning consultant who should be able to cover many of Mark’s other responsibilities.



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Gulf County Chamber's - Membership Spotlight

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MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

 

Billy Joe Smiley, broker of Port Realty Group, is an experienced Forgotten Coast real estate professional with service spanning three decades in brokerage, residential construction, land development and planning, architectural planning, 1031 exchanges, vacation rentals, and has worked extensively in luxury and waterfront real estate investments.

 

With years of real estate experience and by utilizing a comprehensive marketing plan which includes printed and digital ads, professional property photos, virtual tours, direct mail, and listings on all major real state websites, Port Realty Group knows how to sell your property for the best price and will locate the finest properties that match your needs if you are looking to buy your piece of paradise on Florida’s Forgotten Coast.

 

Don’t forget to check out their July 2024 Edition of Port Living E-magazine at https://bit.ly/3zDKm8b, which features premier luxury communities in the area and also provides tips on how to transform your vacation home into a profitable rental.

 

Browse through their listings at www.portrealtygroup.com, give Port Realty Group a call today to get started!

 

Port Realty Group

101 Reid Ave Suite 108, Port Saint Joe, FL

(850) 227-7979

bj@portrealtygroup.com

www.portrealtygroup.com

NEW MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

 

County Line Towing and Recovery provides a comprehensive range of towing and roadside assistance services tailored specifically for the residents of Port St. Joe FL, Mexico Beach, FL and surrounding areas.


As the only owner-operated service in the county with 24/7 availability, they stand ready to handle any emergency, at any time. 12 years of experience in heavy rigging and heavy equipment operation, combined with their deep roots in the community spanning over 41 years, highlights their dedication as locals who are committed to supporting their neighbors.



Whether you need a towroadside assistancewinching recovery, or material transport, their team is here to provide reliable, safe, and courteous service.


They also honor our military community by offering special discounts. Trust County Line Towing to be your go-to for all your towing and recovery needs in Port St. Joe FL, Mexico Beach, FL and surrounding areas.


County Line Towing

Headquarters - Port St. Joe, FL

(850) 247-9902

county.linetowing@yahoo.com

www.countylinetowingfl.com

Business Hours: Mon – Sun: 24 Hours

Fully Licensed & Insured

MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT

 

Krazyfish Grille offers a coastal-inspired menu and features locally sourced ingredients, featuring fresh wonderful dishes made daily.

 

Leave your worries at the door, enjoy live music, delicious food, some of the best drinks on the coast, and soak up the Florida Sunshine on the pet-friendly patio at KrazyFish Grille!

 

Krazyfish Grille

113 Monument Avenue - Highway 98

Port St. Joe, FL 32456

(850) 229-7878

www.krazyfishgrille.com

Hours: Monday – Saturday - 11:00 am - 9:00 pm EDT - (Closed on Sunday)

LUNCH and LEARN

July 24 - Dusty May with Baysavers


Join the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a Lunch and Learn at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club's exclusive restaurant, Pomodoro Italian Grill from 12-1 pm. each month will feature a different guest speaker or topic.



FREE EVENT - DISCOUNTED MENU FOR YOUR PURCHSE


Dates: July 24, August 28, September 25, and October 23.

*NO Lunch in November or December.

August 28 - Aaron Farnsley with Farnsley Wealth Managment

September 25 - Kristal Smallwood with Gulf Coast State College

October 23 - Michael Chriszt with the Federal Reserve Bank

Sponsorship of chamber events is a great way support community events while keeping your business on everyone's mind. Scallop Festival and PortOber Festival are two fun events that we actively market to our drive-in, overnight/ weekend visitors. Contact us for more information! joe@gulfchamber.org




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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

Ron DeSantis

Governor


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor


Shawn Hamilton

Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Type I Facility Permit
Project Name: MIN REV REPLACE INF SCREEN
Location Id: FLA020206
Location Name: Port St Joe WWTF, City of
County: Gulf
Application Number: FLA020206-020

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



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9 boaters were removed from Northwest Florida waters over the July 4th holiday during Operation Dry Water

9 boaters were removed from Northwest Florida waters over the July 4th holiday during Operation Dry Water.

Operation Dry Water is an annual event that includes officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, along with local law enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard.

It is part of a national effort to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related incidents and fatalities on the water.

From July 4th through the 7th, officers removed 9 boaters from Northwest Florida waters for boating under the influence.

They also cited 131 vessel operators for boating safety violations, and issued 631 boating safety warnings.

In Florida, it is illegal to operate a vessel with a Blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, the same as in a vehicle.

Operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is illegal on all bodies of water and the use of both legal and illegal drugs impairs judgement and reaction time, which can lead to serious injuries and consequences.

Alcohol use continues to be the leading known contributing factor in recreational boater deaths and leading contributor to boating accidents.

Boating under the influence is a serious offense in Florida.

For a first conviction, punishment for a BUI can be a fine of up to $500 and a prison sentence of up to 6 months.

A second conviction can carry a fine of up to $1000 and a 9-month prison sentence and possibly the loss of your boat.

Additional punishment can include substance abuse courses, monthly probation reporting, and community service.




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4 companies have submitted bids for a project to widen and resurface Hickory Dip Road in Eastpoint

4 companies have submitted bids for a project to widen and resurface Hickory Dip Road in Eastpoint.

On Tuesday, the Franklin County commission opened bids from companies who would like to do the resurfacing work.

Bids came in from companies in Crawfordville, Hosford, Lynn Haven and Clarksville and ranged from about 518 thousand dollars to nearly 720 thousand dollars.

The bids will now be considered by the county’s engineering form for a final recommendation at the county’s next meeting.

Hickory Dip is a little over a third of a mile long and connects North Bayshore Drive to Old Ferry Dock Road.

It is a mostly residential neighborhood, though it also is the entrance to the Franklin County Public Library.

The project will widen Hickory Dip Road from 18’ to 24’, as well as add pavement markings and upgrade signage.

Drainage improvements will include the replacement of dual 36” cross drains at Indian Creek.

The project is being fully funded by the Florida Department of Transportation.



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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week



 

Hi, I'm Stray Charles! I am a 6-month-old domestic shorthair. I am an extremely loving little boy. I get along great with other cats and love people! I am playful and full of energy; I would make a wonderful addition to any home. Come by the shelter to meet me and all of my friends! 


You'll find the Humane Society at 1007 10th street in Port St. Joe

Call: 850-227-1103

info@sjbhumanesociety.org




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Florida DEP permit activity for Wakulla County

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF

Environmental Protection


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

Ron DeSantis

Governor


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor


Shawn Hamilton

Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: PITMAN SF DOCK
Location Id: 451040
Location Name: PAGE PITMAN
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 451040-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Link to Department's application file: PAGE PITMAN
If you would like to comment on the pending application, please go here: Public Comment | DEP Business Portal (fldepportal.com)




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If you have taken some cool pictures of stormy skies over Florida– one of your pictures could be displayed in the 2025 Florida Association of Counties calendar.

If you have taken some cool pictures of stormy skies over Florida– one of your pictures could be displayed in the 2025 Florida Association of Counties calendar.

The Annual Calendar is distributed at no cost to county commissioners and key staff in Florida’s 67 counties.

In addition, the calendar is available for purchase beginning in October.

The theme for the 2025 Calendar is “stormy skies” and will feature some of Florida’s dramatic and beautiful storm clouds and lightning.

They are seeking images that capture the serene beauty and unique charm of Florida's storms.

Any photo taken in Florida is eligible for submission and there is no limit to the number of pictures that can be submitted.

The deadline to submit an entry is August the 16th.

You can find out more at the Florida Association of Counties website at fl-counties.com.

Winners will be announced at the Florida Association of Counties Legislative Conference in Orange County this fall.

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The Florida Highway Patrol has entered a nationwide competition to determine which state highway patrol has the best-looking cruiser

The Florida Highway Patrol has entered a nationwide competition to determine which state highway patrol has the best-looking cruiser – and the Highway Patrol is now asking for the public's support.

Voting for the American Association of State Troopers annual "Best Looking Cruiser" Contest continues through Monday, July 29th.

You have to vote on-line at surveymonkey.com – we have posted the full address at the Oyster Radio Facebook page and on Oyserradio.com.

The winner of the contest will be presented with the Best-Looking Cruiser Award and will be featured on the cover of the American Association of State Troopers “America's Best Looking Trooper Cruisers 2025” Wall Calendar.

The Florida Highway Patrol won the contest last year.

Calendar sales benefit the American Association of State Troopers Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to dependents of member troopers.


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Monday, July 15, 2024

A Liberty County man was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison for the 2021 killing of his girlfriend

A Liberty County man was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison for the 2021 killing of his girlfriend and the mother of his children.

 

24-year-old Traves Gilyard pleaded guilty to Aggravated Manslaughter with a Firearm.

 

The incident happened on February 25th, 2021, at a home on Gary Lane, which is just north of Bristol.

 

Officers called to the scene found a female deceased by her bed in her bedroom.

 

The only other adult present was Gilyard, who claimed to have been out of the room and that the victim must have shot herself while playing with the firearm.

 

Gilyard admitted the firearm used in the incident belonged to him even though he was a convicted felon.

 

Crime scene analysts said that the evidence showed that it was impossible for the victim to have shot herself.

 

Officials with the Office of the State Attorney, said while preparing for trial and with consultation with the victim’s surviving siblings, Gilyard agreed to a plea agreement and will serve 30 years in the Department of Corrections for the shooting.

 





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This is not a good week to speed through the South

This is not a good week to speed through the South.

The Florida Highway Patrol is taking part in a program called “Operation Southern Slow Down.”

“Operation Southern Slow Down,” is a joint effort with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and other southeastern states including Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

All five states and local law enforcement agencies will conduct a week-long speed enforcement campaign.

The week long, high visibility enforcement and awareness campaign is designed to reduce fatalities and serious injuries by getting motorists to obey speed limits on roadways from local to interstate highways.

As part of the crackdown, officers will pull over speeders, even if they’re only slightly over the limit.

The operation focuses on the heavy summer travel period when the rate of fatal and injury crashes in the southeast is higher than at any other time of the year.




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The Apalachicola Riverkeeper continues to move forward on its slough restoration project designed to increase water and nutrient flow into the river and bay system

The Apalachicola Riverkeeper continues to move forward on its slough restoration project designed to increase water and nutrient flow into the river and bay system.

 

River sloughs are important in transporting freshwater to floodplains and in controlling the flow of freshwater and nutrients into the river and ultimately into the Apalachicola Bay.

 

Because of man-made alterations to the river system, particularly decades of river dredging by the federal government, some sloughs were filled with sediment cutting off much of the natural water flow.

 

River dredging removed over a million cubic yards of sand a year.

 

The sand was either deposited the dredging “spoils” in the floodplain destroying habitat or piled in great mounds on the riverbank and then pushed back into the river with bulldozers when the water was high.

 

The theory was that the swift moving water would simply take it “away.”  

 

Over time, the sand built up in the sloughs like a dam trapping and killing fish and keeping nutrients from getting to the river.

 

The Apalachicola Riverkeeper project is focused on restoring three sloughs, the East River in Franklin County as well as Spider Cut and Douglas Slough, which are in Gulf County.

 

The sediment removal phase of the project will begin in late July along Spiders Cut off the Chipola River and Douglas Slough off the Apalachicola River. 

 

This phase of this restoration project will show how removing major man induced obstructions of the sloughs can allow needed waters to again flow into the floodplain swamps and backwater ponds.

 

Once work is completed, estimates are that flow will be doubled or tripled in these sloughs during low water levels, benefitting both the lower river floodplain and Blounts and East Bays.

 

The slough restoration could even help Tupelo Honey production by providing water to some of the swamps where the Tupelo trees grow.

 

The project is being done in partnership with the University of Florida and the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve and is funded primarily by an over 5.3-million-dollar grant from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

 

 

 




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The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory is hiring a Stewardship Coordinator

FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory

Job Announcement

We're Hiring! The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab (FSUCML) is seeking a Stewardship Coordinator. This position is housed at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) in Eastpoint, Florida. For more information on the job, click the link below.

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FHP Launches Campaign to Win 2024 Best-Looking Cruiser


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July 15, 2024

Dave Kerner, Executive Director

STATEWIDE NEWS RELEASE

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CONTACT: OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
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FHP Launches Campaign to Win 2024 Best-Looking Cruiser

~ Defending Champions Florida Highway Patrol Aim for Back-to-Back Victory with "Out-of-This-World" Photo ~  

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Today, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) has officially entered the 2024 American Association of State Troopers (AAST) 'Best Looking Cruiser' competition. As defending champions, we are once again calling on our fellow Floridians to stand with us and vote for our cruiser as the best-looking in the nation. Your support is crucial as participating state law enforcement agencies have only 14 days, July 15th-July 29th, to gather public support. The cruiser with the most votes will grace the cover of the AAST 2025 calendar. The proceeds from the calendar sales will support the AAST Foundation, which offers educational scholarships to the dependents of troopers who are AAST members.  

Last year, FHP celebrated its first win, making history and taking home the title. Florida proudly placed first with over 180K votes, the most significant number in competition history!      

"FHP is excited to participate in the AAST 'Best Looking Cruiser' competition and we look forward to seeing what the other states have to offer,” said FLHSMV Executive Director Dave Kerner. “This year, our cruiser pays tribute to the legendary Delta IV Heavy rocket while showcasing our commitment to public safety and service. We encourage everyone to support us by casting their vote and helping us defend our title as the best-looking cruiser in the nation.” 

"The competition for 'America's Best-Looking Cruiser' provides a positive opportunity to support law enforcement nationally," said FHP Colonel Gary Howze II. "Your Florida State Troopers are working to represent Florida and be America’s best for the second year in a row while promoting public safety.”

“This year's photo entry embodies Florida's spirit of innovation and commitment to excellence, capturing iconic elements of our state. Space Florida is proud to support our state troopers in this competition and we hope to see Florida take home another victory," said Rob Long, president and CEO of Space Florida. 

Our submission this year is truly out of this world, with an aim to rocket past the competition! The photo was taken at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station's Space Launch Complex on April 18, 2024, during the final liftoff of the United Launch Alliance (ULA) Delta IV Heavy. The legendary rocket known for its performance and history of delivering high-priority national security payloads for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for over 63 years is now retired, but not before teaming up with FHP to compete in this year's best-looking cruiser competition.      

With help from our partners at Space Florida, ULA, and NRO, aspiring photographer Sean Stoltz captured the incredible final launch of the Delta IV Heavy while our FHP 2019 Dodge Challenger took center focus. Since 1939, FHP has patrolled Florida in our traditional black and tan colors. Our Troopers, Florida's Finest, represent more than just a cruiser. They embody dedication to public safety, enforcement of the law, and a commitment to keeping citizens and visitors safe.   

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This year, Florida Troopers proactively participated in efforts to secure our borders, protect Florida citizens' freedom to practice their religion without harassment or the threat of harm, conduct interdiction operations keeping narcotics, weapons, and criminals off our streets and communities, and continue to assist with hurricane relief and preparedness, traffic enforcement, and responding to crashes statewide.  

Help us launch FHP' s cruiser to the top of the AAST 'Best Looking Cruiser' competition by casting your vote for our out-of-this-world submission, which highlights the tradition of the black and tan while also paying tribute to the legendary Delta IV Heavy rocket that has played a vital role in the nation's space exploration history.   

For a behind-the-scenes look at this year's astronomical entry, click here. If you'd like to discover more about our mission to soar to victory in the competition and take our rocket to new heights, blast off to our website and visit our phenomenal 'Best Looking Cruiser' page today! 

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