Sunday, March 24, 2019

boil water notice for the area of Beacon Hill in Gulf County

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Rock By The Sea Musical Festival Finds New Home For 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     
March 21, 2019

CONTACT:  Beth Gosnell

Rock By The Sea Musical Festival Finds New Home For 2019Doc Myers Pub and Sports Bar will Host the 2019 Music Festival
St. George Island, FL. - The thirteenth Spring Rock by the Sea (RBTS) event will be held for the very first time at Doc Myer’s Pub and Sports Bar on St. George Island. Due to damage sustained during Hurricane Michael, Harry A’s Bar and Restaurant, the home of Rock by the Sea since 2007, will not be ready to host the 300-plus attendees coming to Franklin County this May. Patrick Kelly, Manager of Harry A’s, helped RBTS to secure the temporary home of this year’s annual music festival.  Doc Myers and wife, Loula, have enthusiastically agreed to welcome not only the 30 musical acts to perform from Wednesday, May 8th through Sunday, May 12th, but many of the Harry A’s staff that RBTS has come to depend upon all weekend as well. 

“It is my pleasure to be the boots on the ground for RBTS’s team with Doc Myer’s Pub to prepare for May,” said Harry A’s manager, Patrick Kelly. “My team will be ready, willing and able to serve as we have for so many years.”

“Rock By The Sea has a positive impact on everyone on St. George Island,” said Doc Myer, owner of Doc Myer’s Pub and Sports Bar. “When we found out about the challenges with the venue this year, we jumped at the opportunity to host. Hurricane Michael has affected everyone here and if we can help return some normalcy to our community, we are happy to help.”

We are looking at this as one of the few silver linings from Hurricane Michael,” said Beth Gosnell, President of Rock by the Sea. “Being able to work with Doc’s and Harry A’s will allow Rock by the Sea an opportunity to grow in the future. The storm has certainly created challenges for Harry A’s and to a much lesser degree, RBTS. We are grateful for all of the cooperation between all of our business partners on the Island who are teaming up to make sure this year’s festival is a great success. The atmosphere at Doc’s fits our vibe and we are thrilled with this year’s line-up. The sun is shining now and we have a lot of work to do before May.”

Rock By The Sea will take place Wednesday, May 8 through Sunday, May 12 with performances by many of our RBTS alumni like The Alternate, Routes, Amy Gerhartz, Brian Fechino, and The Currys and some amazing new talent including, The New Respects, Dan Terri B., and American Idol winner, Nick Fradiani, among many more.

In addition to the music festival, Rock by the Sea just released its first non-Christmas record, WRITE BY THE SEA, Vol. 1, and all the of the artists that contributed to the album will be on hand for a performance Wednesday, May 8th and will be followed by the Tallahassee based band, The Brown Goose.

Senate Budget Elevates Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 Billion Total State Investment

Senate Budget includes comprehensive long-term recovery funding that brings the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 Billion

Tallahassee–The Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations today released components of the proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which bring the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 billion.

“This budget builds on Florida's commitment to Hurricane Michael Recovery, bringing the total state investment in Hurricane Michael Recovery to $1.8 billion,” said Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton). “Specifically, the Senate is dedicating funding to restore critical life-safety services to panhandle communities, build and provide affordable housing options for displaced families, rebuild local government infrastructure, repair critical county and municipal roads and rebuild education facilities. Our K-12 Education budget includes additional funding to cover losses due to declined enrollment in impacted counties, and we also include funding to restore tourism and recreational opportunities and provide technical support for local governments to secure reimbursements.” 

“As we worked to develop the Senate budget, the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Michael was a top consideration. Senators Gainer, Montford, and Broxson led the way, working closely with our Appropriations Subcommittee Chairs to assess the needs of their constituents,” said Senator Rob Bradley (R-Fleming Island), Chair of the Senate Committee on Appropriations.  “I believe we have put forward a solid plan at the state level to ensure long-term sustained recovery for Florida’s panhandle.”

“On October 10th the landscape of the panhandle and the lives of those who call it home were changed forever.  The destruction did not begin and end on that day.  Our schools, neighborhoods, churches, businesses and families all felt the impact.  Five months later, we are still dealing with monumental challenges,” said Senator Gainer (R-Panama City). “This budget will help rebuild and heal our communities. I am grateful to my colleagues for their support.”

“Our state has never before faced the devastation that destroyed North Florida in early October last year. Even as we stand here today, five months later, there are many families and children still in need,” said Senator Montford (D-Tallahassee). “I am confident this budget is a step towards healing the wounds that this horrific storm left on the resilient people of North Florida.” 

“Hurricane Michael devastated the lives of many Floridians in just a couple of hours. It will take years to build back what we lost when the category four storm swept through North Florida,” said Senator Broxson (R-Pensacola). “We have a great deal of work ahead of us over the next several years and this budget is a huge step in the right direction. I am proud to be working with my Senate colleagues to restore this beautiful part of Florida.”

Total State Investment In Hurricane Michael Recovery: $1.8 Billion

·       Emergency Funds Allocated: $1.6 Billion  
·       SPB 2500, General Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2019-2020: $219, 911,637.00

Senate Proposed Bill 2500: 2019-20 General Appropriations Act

Restore Critical Life-Safety Services to Panhandle Communities
·       Calhoun Liberty Hospital – Rebuild, $3.5 million
·       Jackson Hospital – Emergency Backup Water System, $317,450
·       Doctors Memorial – Critical Rural Clinic, $1.6 million
·       Public Safety Communications Tower – Washington County, $600,000
·       Volunteer Fire Department – Calhoun County, $240,000
·       Repair Guard Rails and Replace Road Signs – Liberty County, $112,000
·       Fire Hydrants and Road Signs – City of Parker, $37,500

Affordable Housing for Displaced Families
·       Affordable Housing for Hurricane Recovery – $100 million 

Rebuild Local Government Infrastructure
·       Courthouse Repairs – Jackson County, $1.6 million
·       Facility and Equipment Repair – City of Blountstown, $750,000
·       Disaster Recovery Request – City of Altha, $600,000
·       Infrastructure Repairs – Calhoun County, $650,000
·       Infrastructure Repairs – Franklin County, $750,000
·       City Complex – City of Port St. Joe, $312,500
·       Infrastructure Repairs – City of Wewahitchka, $600,000
·       Infrastructure Repairs – Gulf County, $900,000
·       Building Repairs – City of Parker, $183,750
·       Stormwater System Repairs – City of Callaway, $500,000
·       Stormwater Facility Repairs – Bay County, $1.5 million
·       Wastewater System Repairs – Bay County, $500,000
·       Infrastructure Repairs – Gadsden County, $300,000
·       Repair Buildings – City of Quincy, $75,000
·       Repair Buildings – City of Chattahoochee, $75,000
·       Water System Damages – City of Gretna, $75,000
·       Damaged Property – Liberty County, $825,000

Critical County and Municipal Road Repairs
·       Small County Road Programs (including Senate Bill 7068) – $35 million
·       Road Repairs – City of Callaway, $500,000

Rebuild Education Facilities and Increase Investment in K-12 Schools
·       Student Enrollment Decline – Hold Harmless, $14.18 million
·       Colleges Risk Management Pool Catastrophic Losses, $18.67 million
·       Classroom Construction – Calhoun County School District, $3.2 million
·       Special Facility School Construction – Jackson County, $19 million
·       Special Facility School Construction – Liberty County, $6 million
Restore Tourism & Recreational Opportunities
·       VISIT Florida – $5 million
·       Veterans Memorial Railroad Park – Liberty County, $75,000
·       Local Parks and Sports Complex – City of Parker, $44,375

Technical Support for Local Governments to Secure Reimbursements  
·       Division of Emergency Management – Workload/Operational Support, $1.5 million

Additional Hurricane Relief and Preparedness Initiatives

Tax Relief for Impacted Property Owners
·       Partnership with Triumph Gulf Coast – $15 million TF

Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday
·       Sales Tax Holiday for Disaster Preparedness Supplies – SB 1412

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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Environmental Protection

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

Jeanette Nuñez
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein

Permitting Application Subscription Service

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Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Location Id: 374331
County: Gulf
Application Number: 374331-002

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

The Calm After The Storm - The Gulf County Tourist Development Council E-Newsletter

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Look for a great value in Port St. Joe? Look no further. The Mainstay Suites, by Choice Hotels, is the only AAA-rated three-diamond hotel in Gulf County. Our Multiple Gold Award winning property is pet-friendly and offers all suites with full kitchens. Daily, weekly and monthly rates are available. Our professional and knowledgeable staff is available to guest 24/7. Mainstay Suites, we'll see you there! 
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St. Joe Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week

Louis is a playful lab, terrier puppy that gets along with other dogs. He would thrive with an active family and at the end of the day would cuddle with you on the couch. For more information please contact SJBHS (850) 227-1103 or E-mail

Florida DEP permit activity for Wakulla County

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

Jeanette Nuñez
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Noah Valenstein

Permitting Application Subscription Service

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Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Location Id: 374519
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 374519-001

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

Friday, March 22, 2019

The Franklin County road department has begun replacing street signs damaged or destroyed during hurricane Michael last October.

 The Franklin County road department has begun replacing street signs damaged or destroyed during hurricane Michael last October.

Its a pretty big job.

Superintendent of Public Works Howard Nabors said there were 8 signs damaged in Apalachicola, 38 in Eastpoint, 16 in Lanark Village and 3 at Alligator Point.

There were 60 signs damaged on St. George Island.

There were also 90 sign post damaged which will have to be replaced.

Nabors said the new signs have been built and ready to go.

They began replacing the damaged signs on Tuesday and said it will “take a while” to get the all replaced.

Property owners in Franklin County are able to bring yard waste to the county landfill on Highway 65 free of charge on Saturdays for the next month

Property owners in Franklin County are able to bring yard waste to the county landfill on Highway 65 free of charge on Saturdays for the next month.

The county is trying to help landowners who still have storm debris from Hurricane Michael.

The county chose Saturdays because most people have to work during the week.

The amnesty program is for property owners only, not for contractors.

The yard trash amnesty Saturdays will run for March 30th through April the 27th.

The landfill is on Highway 65 – it will be open from 9 to 430 on Saturdays for the amnesty program.

You can call the landfill at 670-8167 with any question about the program.

Areas 1622 of the Apalachicola Bay will reopen to oyster harvesting at sunrise on Saturday

Areas 1622 of the Apalachicola Bay will reopen to oyster harvesting at sunrise on Saturday.
Area 1622 is the conditionally approved winter west 2 shellfish harvesting area.
The area has been closed to oyster harvesting since November the 17th because ofcontinued high river levels.
The riverhas now subsided to below flood stage and the Department of Agriculture says water samples tested from that area has come back clean.

Even though the area reopens on Saturday, oystermen are not allowed to harvest on weekends so they won't ba able to work those bars until Monday morning.

The names Florence and Michael won’t be used as Hurricane names again

 The names Florence and Michael won’t be used as Hurricane names again.

The names of these two storms have been retired by the World Meteorological Organization.

Storm names are retired if the storms were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive - otherwise, names are reused on a six-year cycle.

The committee also selected the replacement names for Florence and Michael as Francine and Milton.

These names will first appear in the 2024 list of storm names.

Including these two, 88 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named.

Hurricane Florence was one of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes to ever hit the Carolinas causing at least 51 deaths and producing extensive flooding.

Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach on October 10th, with sustained winds of 155 mph.

Michael was the third most intense hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous U.S. based on central pressure, and the fourth most intense based on wind speed.

It was also the most intense hurricane on record to make landfall along the Florida Panhandle, where it caused widespread devastation and farther inland across Georgia, the Carolinas, and Virginia.

There were at least 45 fatalities blamed on the storm in the United States.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

AtBoil water notice to all customers in the Gulf Aire subdivision in Gulf County

Damage from Hurricane Michael has topped 6 billion dollars in Florida alone

Damage from Hurricane Michael has topped 6 billion dollars in Florida alone.
According to the Office of Insurance Regulation website, as of March the 15th 142,057 insurance claims have been filed from Hurricane Michael, totaling nearly 6.1 billion dollars.
2275 of those claims came from Franklin County.
Gulf County residents have filed 8,150 claims, while Bay county residents have filed 86,608 claims.

Hurricane Michael made landfall in Mexico Beach on October the 10th as a strong category 4 storm, causing widespread damage across Northwest Florida and a large section of Georgia.

The Franklin County Tax Collector's Office on Tuesday celebrated one year of offering Driver’s License services

The Franklin County Tax Collector's Office on Tuesday celebrated one year of  offering Driver’s License services.  

Franklin County tax collector Rick Watson started the program on March the 19th, 2018 and said that over one year the tax collectors office has processed 2.453 transactions.

That includes issuing new licenses, updating licenses and registering license suspensions.

Watson pointed out that handling the license transactions locally saved nearly 2500 people from having to travel out of county to deal with drivers license issues.

Franklin County residents can go the tax collector's office at the Franklin County Courthouse in Apalachicola for Driver licenses, ID cards, and license reinstatement.

The office is also able to administer the written exam and driving test.

You will have to make an appointment to take the driving test.

You can make an appointment by calling 653-9323.

The Franklin County Seahawks varsity basketball team got some well deserved recognition from the Franklin County Commission on Tuesday

The Franklin County Seahawks varsity basketball team got some well deserved recognition from the Franklin County Commission on Tuesday.

The seahawks were the class 1-A district champions this year and made it to the state final four with a 20 and 9 record.

Seahawks head coach Nathan West told county commissioners that the team has done a very good job for the past two years and are doing it the right way with hard work and dedication.

He said that the coaches are holding them responsible on and off the court and that includes working hard at school.

He hopes that the lessons the boys are learning now will make them better men.

And while the team made it to the final four they had hoped to do better.

Coach West also thanked the county commission and the community for all of the support they have provided.

Commissioners presented the team with a plaque for their outstanding season.

Commission chairman Noah Lockley said the team has bragging rights for life and he expects they' bring home the big one next year.

Franklin County sheriff AJ Smith is taking the first steps toward creating a drug rehabilitation center in Franklin County and the Franklin County Commission seems to be supportive of the proposal.

Franklin County sheriff AJ Smith is taking the first steps toward creating a drug rehabilitation center in Franklin County and the Franklin County Commission seems to be supportive of the proposal.

Sheriff Smith told county commissioners that a local rehab center is needed to help the many people in Franklin County, and in surrounding counties, who are suffering drug addiction, particularly with methamphetamine.

He said 60 to 70 percent of the people in the local jail are there because of drug use or for doing crimes to get drugs.

Some people even come to the jail asking for help and the sheriff's office tries to find them space in centers in larger cities, but space is not always available.

What the sheriff would like to do is create a local rehab center in Franklin County where local people and possibly people from neighboring counties can get the help they need to get clean and possibly train for a job so they don't start using drugs again once they have completed the program.

He pointed out that the center would not only help address the drug problem, but would also address other crimes like domestic violence and burglary which tend to go hand in hand with drug use.

Sheriff Smith said it would be great to have a jail with no one in it, just like Mayberry.

The sheriff said the rehab center would likely use a faith based program like “Fresh Start” which he says has proved successful.

The most likely location for the rehab center would be the old work camp west of Apalachicola because it already has the facilities that are needed.

The sheriff said the center would need at least two dorms with kitchens and day rooms and a way to keep male and female patients separate.

The work camp is in disrepair, so the county has agreed to have the site looked over by an engineer to determine what repairs need to be done and how much that will cost.

In the meantime the sheriff said he will begin seeking funds for the program from state and federal sources as the county does not have any money for the project.

Commissioners said they will help try to find funding.

Another issue will be staffing the center, but commissioners and the sheriff said they would address that issue when it becomes a reality.

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – March 20, 2019

Fisheries and Climate Change, Priorities and Guidance Document, and More
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NOAA Fish News
March 20, 2018


Climate and Fisheries graphic
Managing Fisheries in the Face of Climate ChangeChanging climate and ocean conditions are shifting marine species’ distributions and altering their productivity, posing numerous challenges to fisheries management. A new report makes recommendations on how NOAA can better detect, understand, assess, and manage the impacts to these fisheries.

Engineering with Nature
Thinking Big Picture: Engineering with Nature“Engineering with Nature” is a strategy that harnesses natural environmental processes to help maintain beaches, protect roads and structures, and restore habitats. Recently, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, consulting with NOAA Fisheries, selected their Philadelphia District as a testing ground for this strategy, including beach restoration along Delaware Bay.


Eulachon otolith
New Techniques Provide Vital Data for EulachonNOAA Fisheries scientists are developing cutting-edge techniques to age eulachon, a key forage fish, by reading the history recorded in its otoliths (ear bones.) While counting the annual rings in otoliths is standard procedure for ageing many fish species, otoliths in eulachon are small and difficult to interpret, as not every ring represents a year.

West Coast

Idaho Plan Safeguards Wild Steelhead, NOAA FindsNOAA Fisheries has determined that Idaho’s Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan for their recreational steelhead fishery provides necessary protections for salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act. The plan includes a new framework designed to limit total impacts on steelhead from all fisheries in the Snake River Basin.

Pacific Islands

Pacific Islands Remote National Marine Monument map
Story Map: Pacific Remote Islands Marine MonumentThe Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument is one of the largest marine protected areas in the world. A new story map takes viewers on a journey into the shared heritage of these widely distributed islands, highlighting the connectivity of the monument’s early historical and cultural landscape.


Stranded Bryde's Whale
DNA Confirms Rare Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s WhaleIn January, a 38-foot male Bryde’s whale carcass washed ashore along Sandy Key in the Florida Everglades. A recently completed genetic analysis confirmed that this specimen belonged to the extremely rare Gulf of Mexico Bryde’s whale population.

Greater Amberjack illustration
Recreational Amberjack, Gray Triggerfish ClosuresDetermining that annual catch quotas have already been met, NOAA Fisheries announced the closures of the recreational fisheries for gray triggerfish (starting May 11) and greater amberjack (ongoing) in the federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Both stocks are currently overfished (that is, their population abundances are too low), and the closures are needed to prevent overfishing.

Florida restoration plan
Florida Approves Final Restoration Plan 1The Florida Trustee Implementation Group approved its Final Restoration Plan 1, which selects 23 projects at a total estimated cost of $61 million. The projects will help restore habitat on federally managed lands, improve water quality, and enhance public access.

Queen Bess Island pelicans
Final Restoration Plan for Queen Bess IslandThe Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Final Phase 2 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Queen Bess Island Restoration. Following public feedback, the plan will move forward with restoring bird habitat on the island.

Barataria restoration plan
Barataria Restoration Plan DevelopmentThe Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is developing the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for Barataria Basin Marsh Creation, intended to be a component of the Barataria Basin Strategic Restoration Plan. Once the draft is complete, there will be an opportunity for public comment.

Panama City Lab
Women’s History Month at the Panama City LabThe women of NOAA Fisheries’ Panama City Lab are involved in all aspects of fish and shark research in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Southeast Atlantic Ocean.

Greater Atlantic

Right Whale mom and calf Christin Khan
Watch Out for Whales South of Nantucket
NOAA Fisheries extended a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone previously established south of Nantucket to protect a group of right whales sighted in the area on March 13. This zone is now in effect through March 29.

Monkfish illustration v2
NOAA Fisheries Announces 2019 Monkfish QuotasNOAA Fisheries announced monkfish quotas for fishing year 2019, which begins May 1.  Part of a multiyear approach that must be formally implemented each year, the measures are the same as in 2017.

Yuan Liu and Katie Shelledy
Women’s History Month Featured InterviewsDuring March, Women’s History Month, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center is conducting a series of interviews with women scientists about their science journeys. Meet Yuan Liu, a biologist at the Milford Lab in Milford, Connecticut; and Katie Shelledy, a junior acoustician at the James J. Howard Lab in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.


March 21
Last day of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Honolulu.
March 21
Public hearing via webinar on proposed Shrimp Amendment 18, hosted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.
March 25
Public meeting for selected participants of the 2019 Shark Research Fishery.
March 28
Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Fort Pierce, Florida.
April 1–4
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council meeting in Biloxi, Mississippi.
April 1–9
North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Anchorage.
April 3 and 11
Two free Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops in Florida and Rhode Island.
April 8–11
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council meeting in Avalon, New Jersey.
April 16–18
New England Fishery Management Council meeting in Mystic, Connecticut.
April 25
Free Atlantic Shark Identification workshop in Wilmington, North Carolina.
May 21–23
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel meeting in Silver Spring, Maryland.


March 26
Letters of Intent due for Sea Grant’s Exploring New Aquaculture Opportunities funding.
April 1
Full proposals due for 2019 Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund grants.
April 2
Letters of Intent due for Sea Grant’s Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research Needs in Aquaculture funding.
April 11
Proposals due for 2019 American Lobster Research funding.
April 15
Letters of Intent due for Sea Grant’s Advanced Aquaculture Collaborative Programs funding.
April 16
Full proposals due for 2019 Community-Based Habitat Restoration funding.

Federal Register Actions

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