Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Eastpoint branch of public library to end Saturday hours beginning in May

The Franklin County Public library in Eastpoint will end Saturday hours beginning on May the 1st.

The library began opening on Saturdays in 2014 to give working people and people with children more opportunity to visit the library.

Library Director Lisa Vance said staying open on Saturday is no longer cost effective.

Starting in May the new hours will be 9 til 6 Monday through Friday.


Lance said they will revisit opening on Saturdays this winter when snowbirds are back in town.


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Florida relaxing protections for Bald Eagles

Florida is calling the bald eagle is one of the state's great conservation success stories and because of that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is updating the way it manages and protects the species.
The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase.
When the state began counting eagle numbers in 1972 there were only 88 nests documented around the state – the birds have faced threats from habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides.
There are now an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs in Florida – that's more than any other state except Alaska and Minnesota.
Now Florida plans to relax some of the protections in place for the species.
Some of the proposals include eliminating the redundancy of obtaining both state and federal permits for activities with the potential to disturb bald eagles or their nests.
Under the recommendations, a state permit will not be needed for activity that might disturb eagles as long as a federal permit is obtained.
The FWC is also working on a new Species Action Plan to replace the management plan.

The state will also continue its efforts to educate the public about bald eagles, as well as provide law enforcement protections and monitor the status of the eagle population to ensure it remains stable or increases.


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St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department seeking donations for Containment fill station

The St. George Island Fire Department is raising money to buy a Containment Fill Station.

The equipment will allow the fire department to fill breathing air cartridges at the fire department instead of having to drive to Port St. Joe which they do now.

The equipment is not in the Fire Department's budget, but is on their wish list.

The station costs $8000 – the fire department has already collected 4000 dollars.

If you would like to help with a cash donation, just send a check made out to the St. George Island Civic Club.


The mailing address is PO Box 541 Eastpoint, Florida – the zip code is 32328.



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Help put a Sea Turtle fountain in Port St. Joe




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Wounded Veterans Invited to Participate in Free Gulf Coast Fishing Trip

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Aaron Keller
April 25, 2017
Twitter: @FDACSNews

Wounded Veterans Invited to Participate in Free Gulf Coast Fishing Trip



TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam invites Florida’s wounded veterans to register for a free offshore fishing trip launching from Carrabelle, Florida, on Tuesday, June 20. Space is limited, so eligible veterans must visit OperationOutdoorFreedom.com to register for the trip, and additional information on the event can be found here. Since Operation Outdoor Freedom was launched in 2011, more than 2,900 wounded veterans have participated in hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational events at no cost.



“Operation Outdoor Freedom is a special way of connecting the natural resources our state is blessed with to the men and women who’ve courageously and selflessly put their lives on the line,” 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 the 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 to get involved. All funding for Operation Outdoor Freedom is generated through private donations and support.


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Florida DEP permit activity for Battery Park in Apalachicola

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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

Ryan E. Matthews
Interim Secretary


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Project Name: BATTERY PARK SEAWALL
Location Id: 259247
Location Name: BATTERY PARK MARINA
County: Franklin
Application Number: 259247-002

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Local unemployment fell in March

Local unemployment fell substantially between February and March.
Franklin County unemployment fell from 4.7 percent in February to 3.9 percent last month.
188 people were looking for work in Franklin County, down from 223 people the month before.
The workforce also increased by 86 people.
12 counties had lower unemployment rates than Franklin County's in March including two of Franklin County's neighbors.
Gulf County's unemployment was 3.7 percent last month, Wakulla County's was 3.5 percent.

Liberty County also saw a big drop in unemployment in March from 5.5 percent to 4.8 percent.


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Dog in animal abuse case now up for adoption



A dog that was recently rescued from a home in Apalachicola in an animal cruelty case is now up for adoption from the Franklin County Humane Society.

In February, an Apalachicola woman was arrested and charged with animal cruelty after a resident reported that a distressed dog was chained by her neck at a home on Oyster Road.

The dog, who's name is Mia, was found with deep cuts to her neck caused by the heavy chain.

She spent weeks at Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic recovering - Mia’s medical care for her injuries was substantial.

She has now healed and been spayed and the Humane Society is seeking a forever home where she will be cared for and never chained again.

Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint.

You can also visit their website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of the animals housed at the shelter.

The Humane Society also needs volunteers to socialize all of their dogs and cats.

They are also looking for people willing to bring the animals into their home to be fostered.

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Franklin County commission voices concerns about Duke Energy herbicide program

Franklin County Commissioners say they have some reservations about a herbicide spraying program planned by Duke Energy.

Duke Energy said it will begin praying herbicides along their power poles in areas where tree trimming was done last year.

Over the next 6 months or so they plan to spray vegetation under the lines using low volume selective herbicide applications.

Duke Energy has done these types of sprayings in the past and plan to use the exact same herbicide mixture they did last year.

The herbicides include Rodeo, Arsenal, and milestone – most of which are considered relatively safe for most birds, mammals and fish.

The compaound that causes the most concern is called Aqufact and it is toxic to aquatic organisms and could cause long-term effect in aquatic environments.

County Commissioners have always been concerned by herbicide use in the county especially if it can impact the Apalachicola Bay.

Commissioner Cheryl Sanders said she opposes Duke Energy's plan and would like them to consider other herbicides.


Commissioners agreed to ask that Erik Lovestrand, the county's extension director, be given the chance to recommend herbicides that might be safer for the bay.


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Summer basketball coming to the Matchbox!




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Franklin County awarded 90 thousand dollar solid waste grant

 Franklin County has been awarded a state grant for the county landfill that provides money to help offset the costs of handling local solid waste.

The money is provided annually to counties with fewer than 100 thousand residents.

The grant will pay 90 thousand 909 dollars for landfill services.

The grant used to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, but it has been cut back over time.

Franklin County has used the money in the past primarily for capital outlay projects like buying new trucks and machinery.




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Sports and events at the Franklin County School this week





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GULF COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY APRIL 17, 2017 – APRIL 23, 2017




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Families invited to free Outdoor Experience at Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center



Enjoy fun outdoor activities April 29 at the 2017 Outdoor Experience, a free family event hosted at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center. The Outdoor Experience provides a safe environment, expert instruction, and gear and tackle so attendees of all ages can try activities such as archery, fishing and shooting sports stations. The event, hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Outdoor Experience also features hay rides, bounce houses and guest performances by nationally-known target shooters. World champion Randy Oitker will demonstrate his archery skills at 11 a.m. and world record holder Patrick Flanigan will showcase his shotgun shooting at 2 p.m. In addition, the FWC and its partners will host hands-on activities and educational programs about fish and wildlife conservation.

The Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center is in Jefferson County on U.S. 19 just north of Highway 27 (9194 S. Jefferson Highway in Lamont). Johnston’s Meat Market will be selling food and beverages during the event with a portion of the proceeds being donated to support theFlorida Youth Conservation Centers Network. Attendees also may bring their own snacks and drinks.

Advance event registration is not required. For more information about the Outdoor Experience, visit BTYCC.org.



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April Tourist Talks from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council

April TDC News
Numbers :  
            - Collections:  The most recent TDC Tax collection information is in for the month of January 2017. The Collections for January totaled  $ 41,668.57. This compares with $47,001 from January 2016. While this year’s number is down for the month, the first quarter of the year shows a 26% increase over the previous year (2015-2016) which was an increase of 11% over the year before. (2014-2015). Both October and April, which used to be shoulder months generating around $50,000 in tax revenue are now approaching $100,000 for two years in a row. This is significant growth in two shoulder “off season” months.  
- Visitor Centers: Franklin County Visitor Centers saw 3,532 visitors in March 2017, as opposed to 3,017 in the previous year. This first quarter of 2017 was up almost 500 over last year.
- Web Hits:  There were  22,022 visitors to our web site in March 2017.  This was the busiest month so far for web traffic
 
WTVJ:
            Staff have arranged to have the May 4th edition of the WJHG Morning Show with Kayla Gaskins be broadcast from Apalachicola. The show begins at 6:00 A.M. and will feature local notables as Chamber Director John Solomon, Charter Boat Captain Krista Miller, Homes Tour Representative Bella Rudo, and representatives from Paddlejam and Plein Air Artists.
   
Budget:
The TDC is currently working on its budget proposal for the 2017-18 fiscal year which will be finalized at the May 10 meeting of the TDC Board.  The budget will include broad categories of expenditures for all expenses. The TDC will hear recommendations for the use of approved promotional monies at their meeting in August.
     
Contracts:
            The TDC will be reviewing contracts for the coming year will be the subject of discussion at the TDC Board in May and June.  All TDC Contracts will be reviewed including those for Vendors, Non-profit Sustainable Grants and Visitor Centers.  In addition, the TDC Board will be discussing the $2,000 promotional grant program.  .   
 
Legislature Review:
            The Legislature is still debating cuts to Visit Florida’s budget.  This battle will not be resolved until the end of the session. The TDC recently transmitted letters to our delegation in support of Visit Florida.
            In addition the Board submitted letters to our Congressional delegation in support of the National Estuarine Reserve Program.
 
Marketing:
            In the next couple of months the TDC will be releasing several initiatives including:
-       Six public service announcements prepared in conjunction with a Visit Florida Grant.
-       A Pet Friendly promotion which will include a video, rack cards and inventory of pet friendly venues throughout the county.
-       A Video focusing on protection of our turtle habitat – thanks in part to a request by Commissioner Parrish
-       A new focus on wildflower corridor protection spearheaded by Commissioner Sanders with our Marketing partner Big Bend Scenic By-ways.
 
Lodging Providers:
            The TDC will be conducting a series of workshops for local lodging providers over the next several months. Key topics will be how to utilize TDC promotional efforts in lodging marketing strategies. Providers will receive notice of meetings dates and times as soon as a schedule has been finalized.
 
Travel Writers:
            This month the TDC is helping to sponsor travel writer contributors to a number of publications in the US and Germany. Publications for which these writers provide material include: Atlanta Magazine, AAA, The Local Palate Magazine, Garden and Gun and two German publications: “Saarbrucker Zeitung + Pfalzer Merkus” and “Die Woch”.
 
US Highway 98 “Old Florida Coastal Trail”:
            Franklin County has been a participant in a pilot planning effort with Dixie and Taylor Counties and the Apalachee Regional Planning Council and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. When completed the project will include a marketing program designed to attract visitors originating in Orlando looking to visit areas of the state that are authentic representations of Florida’s coastal history.  Marketing efforts are expected to begin in the fall.
               
The next TDC Board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday May 10 at 2:00 P.M. at the EPVC..


Franklin County Tourist Development Council • 731 Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32329 • 866-914-2068

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Wakulla County Commission to hold special meeting to discuss alcohol on public property

FYI…NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will conduct a Special Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 3:00p.m. at the Commission Chambers,  29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville, FL.

Purpose of Meeting:
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF WAKULLA COUNTY, FLORIDA, AMENDING WAKULLA COUNTY ORDINANCE NO. 17-04 REGARDING LIQUOR LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS FOR SPECIAL EVENTS INVOLVING THE USE, POSSESSION, CONSUMPTION, PURCHASE, DISPENSATION, SALE OR OFFER FOR SALE OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ON COUNTY PROPERTY; REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF LIQUOR LIABILITY INSURANCE REQUIRED FOR SUCH SPECIAL EVENTS; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.


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Agenda and information for April 25th Gulf County Commission meeting





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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Franklin County approves 1500 dollars for youth basketball program

 Franklin County Commissioners have agreed to provide 1500 dollars to help out a local youth basketball program.
The funding request was made by Allison Speed, the organizer for the traveling basketball teams from Franklin County.
The summer basketball program includes between 30 and 50 children of various ages.
The program in the past has taken local teams to neighboring towns for summertime basketball tournaments and has also held tournaments in the county that brought teams from as far away as Athens, Georgia.
Mister Speed requested 3000 dollars, but the commission said he needed to find additional sources of money, including holding fundraisers.
In general the county provides money to local sports teams only if they earn a spot in a regional, state or national tournament but the county doesn’t usually provide operational funding.
Instead the county provides and maintains the fields and parks for most sports.
There are no county maintained basketball courts at this time, though the county is seeking a grant to build one in Apalachicola.




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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
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Ryan E. Matthews
Interim Secretary


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Project Name: WAKULLA RIVE DOCK
Location Id: 223912
Location Name: MORTHAM GOVERNMENTAL CONSULTANTS - SEE 65-0320759-001-EE
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 223912-006

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Permit: Water - Drinking Water Distribution System General Permit
Project Name: CASORA ESTATES
Location Id: 353286
Location Name: CASORA ESTATES
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 353286-001

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Recreational amberjack season closed in Florida till 2018



The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has closed recreational fishing for greater amberjack in state waters for the rest of the year.

The closure begins Saturday, April 22nd and runs through December 31st.

A similar closure has been in effect in federal waters since late March.

The closure was approved after the federal government said that this year’s annual recreational quota was exceeded.

The quota is the amount of fish that can be caught each year while still protecting the greater amberjack population.

Federal rules require that if the quota is exceeded in one year, that the overage has to be deducted from the next year’s quota which usually results in a shortened season.

By closing state waters for the rest of 2016 the FWC hopes to minimize any negative impacts on Florida fishermen for the 2018 season.


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FWC discusses creating additional fishing opportunities for gag grouper in Gulf 4-county region



At its April meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) discussed the future management of Gulf of Mexico gag grouper and approved a draft proposal to extend the recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties.

State waters off of these four counties are currently open from April 1 through June 30, but FWC has received stakeholder requests for a longer season. Gulf state waters outside of that area and all Gulf federal waters are open June 1 through Dec. 31.

The Commission’s draft proposal would keep the current April 1 through June 30 season and add a fall open season from Sept. 1 through Dec. 31. This proposal will be brought back before the Commission at the July meeting for a final public hearing.

To comment on proposed gag grouper management changes and more, visitMyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

For more information or to view the presentations given at the Commission meeting, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”


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Franklin County implementing "Alert Franklin" early warning system

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·         Alert Franklin is an early warning system that Franklin County Emergency Management is implementing. 
·         This system allows FCEM to send you a warning message to your phone, email or both.
·         You can access Alert Franklin by going to our website at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com and click on the Alert Franklin Icon  http://www.franklinemergencymanagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Alert-Franklin-300x116.jpg on our Home Page.
·         Be sure to download Contact Bridge App on your smart phone.
·         Text the word “FRANKLINFL” to 888777 to anonymously sign up for Emergency Notifications.
·         Our old notification system, Nixle, will not be utilized after 06/01/17.  We are asking all residents to sign up for our new Alert Franklin System.


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FWC updates management efforts as number of nesting eagles continues to increase


The bald eagle is one of the great conservation success stories. The bald eagle was removed from state listing in 2008 and since that time, the number of nesting eagles in Florida has continued to increase. With a healthy eagle population, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is updating management efforts and conservation actions.
Historically, bald eagles have faced many challenges. Habitat destruction, shooting, poisoning and pesticides greatly reduced eagle numbers in the United States. The Florida eagle population has soared since the FWC began conducting nest surveys in 1972.
“That first year there were only 88 bald eagle nests documented in the state,” said Dr. Brad Gruver, leader of the FWC’s Species Conservation Planning Section. “Thanks to conservation efforts of the FWC, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other partners, there are now an estimated 1,500 nesting pairs in Florida. Florida has more nesting eagles than any other state except Alaska and Minnesota.”
At its April 20 meeting, FWC staff presented the Commission with an update on the status of bald eagles in Florida as well as recommendations for revisions to Florida’s rule and management plan for bald eagles.
Staff recommended eliminating the redundancy of obtaining both state and federal permits for activities with the potential to disturb or “take” bald eagles or their nests. Under the recommendations, a state permit will not be needed as conservation will be ensured by the recently established federal permitting process.
The FWC will now focus on completing a new Species Action Plan to replace the management plan. The Species Action Plan will reflect the FWC’s continued commitment to the conservation of bald eagles in Florida. The FWC will work with stakeholders on the draft plan later this year.
“The FWC remains committed to the conservation of this magnificent bird,” said Gruver. “We will continue our efforts to educate the public about bald eagles, provide law enforcement protections and monitor the status of the eagle population to ensure it remains stable or increasing.”
For more information on how the FWC is working to conserve eagles, visit MyFWC.com/Eagle. To learn more about Species Action Plans, go to MyFWC.com/Imperiled and click on “Species Action Plans” on the left side of the page.

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Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week

MIA is ready to be adopted!  She is the dog that was chained and sustained a severe laceration on the neck because of the chain.  She spent weeks at Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic recovering and now that she has healed and been spayed, she is ready for her forever home.  We are looking for a home where she will be cared for and loved and never chained again.  Please spread the word.  This little girl is so deserving of a new life with a loving family.

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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Friday, April 21, 2017

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

Ryan E. Matthews
Interim Secretary


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Project Name: EAST GULF BEACH DRIVE LOT 1
Location Id: 319118
Location Name: EAST GULF BEACH DRIVE LOT 1 - WALKER DOCK - OCULUS
County: Franklin
Application Number: 319118-005

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Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: BAYSIDE HOA SLIP ADDITIONS
Location Id: 340361
Location Name: BAYSIDE HOA DOCK SLIP EXTENSION
County: Franklin
Application Number: 340361-003

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FWC approves 78 day Red snapper season in state waters

Red Snapper fishermen in Florida will get 78 days of fishing this year.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission this wee approved the red snapper season dates in state waters.
The State red snapper season will begin on Saturdays and Sundays starting May 6th.
The season will then be open continuously from May 27th through July 9th.
The season will then reopen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through September and October providing for 78 days of red snapper fishing in state waters.
The federal seasons for private recreational anglers and federally-permitted charter boats and head boats in Gulf federal waters have not yet been announced by NOAA Fisheries.


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