Thursday, July 18, 2024

Beach front property owners along St. George Island, Carrabelle beach and Alligator Point should soon receive a licensing agreement in the mail asking permission to plant and maintain sea oats on their properties

Beach front property owners along St. George Island, Carrabelle beach and Alligator Point should soon receive a licensing agreement in the mail asking permission to plant and maintain sea oats on their properties.

The 18-month licensing agreement is part of a one and a half million-dollar countywide dune restoration project to restore sand dunes and coastal hammocks at the two county beach park locations including the St. George Island Lighthouse Park and Carrabelle Beach Park.

It will also include a county-wide dune vegetation project to install varied vegetation along 11 miles of public beaches including four miles of St. George Island, .8 miles along Carrabelle Beach, 5 miles of Alligator Point and 1.2 miles of Bald Point.

The project will require nearly 171 thousand plants.

Property owners along the 11 miles of the project area will have to sign the licensing agreement which will grant access to only the planting area along the shore for approximately six months for planting and an additional twelve months thereafter to monitor the plants.

The designated planting zone is expected to occupy a maximum of ten feet of cross-shore width within the existing dune system.

The contractor will likely access the project area through existing public beach access points and traverse along the beach to reach the designated planting zone on beachfront property owners’ lots.

Planting is expected to begin next spring, before the beginning of sea turtle nesting season.

The licensing agreements must be executed and received by the coastal engineers by August 31s, for a property to be included in the project.

Weekend Events in Franklin County

Walk & Climb Events This Weekend

Apalachicola Downtown Walkabout

Friday, July 19th


Shops in downtown Apalachicola will be open late to shop!

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Full Moon Event at Crooked River Lighthouse

Friday, July 21st @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Crooked River Lighthouse will be hosting a Full Moon Lighthouse Event on Friday, June 21, from 8:00-10:00 pm in Carrabelle, FL. Visitors can enjoy the gorgeous natural surroundings of St. George Sound and Carrabelle Beach under the glow of the rising Strawberry Moon and evening sky. Plus Live music!

Advance tickets are strongly suggested as slots may sell out and can be purchased online at or in the lighthouse gift shop.

Crooked River Lighthouse is located in Carrabelle, just west of the Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1975 Hwy 98 W, Carrabelle. For more information, contact the gift shop at 850-697-2732, or Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

July Sunset and Full Moon Climb at Cape St. George Lighthouse

July 21 @ 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm $10.00

The July Sunset and Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Sunday, July 21, 2024. Visitors can enjoy this opportunity to view St. George Island, the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola Bay under the evening sky.

The Sunset and Full Moon Climb will begin at 8:30 p.m. and run until 11:30 p.m. Fifteen-minute time slots will be allotted for each group on a first come, first served basis. No advanced reservations will be taken. You will purchase your tickets in the gift shop and then sign up for your 15-minute time slot with the lighthouse keeper. Up to 12 persons allowed in each 15-minute time slot. The gift shop will open at 8:00 p.m. July 21st to begin selling tickets.

Cost is $10.00 per climber for the general public and $7.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. Cash or credit card payments accepted. All climbers must be at least 40 inches tall to climb the tower and children must be age 13 and over to access the outside catwalk. For more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

The sun will set at 8:45p.m. and the “Buck” moon will rise at 8:27p.m. on July 21st. The July full moon is called the Buck moon because buck deer start growing velvety hair-covered antlers in July. Full Moon names are attributable to native American tribes, most notably the Algonquin, who named the moons to mark the changing seasons.

The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320

Franklin County Emergency Management WEEKLY NEWSLETTER JULY 18TH, 2024

NOAA Fisheries FishNews—July 18th

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JULY 18, 2024


NOAA Recommends Nearly $220 Million in Funding for Transformational Habitat Restoration and Coastal Resilience Projects

Olowalu Reef in West Maui. Credit: Adobe Stock.

Thirty-two new projects will strengthen the climate resilience of coastal ecosystems and communities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act.

NOAA Fisheries Regional Strategic Plans

We released five updated regional strategic plans to complement the NOAA Fisheries Strategic Plan. These plans include goals and key strategies for NOAA Fisheries through 2027.

United Nations Endorses New “Guidelines for Sustainable Aquaculture”

As more people globally rely on seafood farming for safe, nutritious food, NOAA provided scientific expertise on new guidelines that will develop global aquaculture best practices.

United Nations aquaculture guidelines

Celebrating Habitat Month 2024: Habitat for All

Carrie's Leadership Message

Read a message for Habitat Month from Carrie Selberg Robinson, Director of NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Habitat Conservation.

After Environmental Disasters, NOAA Works to Restore Habitat for All

Restoring Habitat for All

Through the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program, NOAA aims to restore habitat for fisheries and wildlife and support recreation and tourism for people.

Meet NOAA's Habitat Conservation Team

Chesapeake Bay estuary

Meet some of the Habitat Conservation team and learn more about their work.

Meet Chemine Jackels, Marine Habitat Specialist for the NOAA Restoration Center

Chermine Jackels with her dogs

Chemine works as a technical monitor supporting habitat restoration projects in the Pacific Northwest.

Meet Krista McCraken, Marine Habitat Resource Specialist for the NOAA Restoration Center

Krista supports habitat restoration and community resilience in the South Atlantic.

Krista McCraken


Alaska Salmon Research Task Force Completes Science Report

AK Salmon Task Force

The report identifies potential impacts on salmon productivity, gaps in understanding of the Pacific salmon life cycle, and recommended research priorities to support sustainable salmon management in Alaska.

First Winter Foraging Ground for Endangered Cook Inlet Beluga Whales Identified

AK Winter Foraging

Whales were recorded foraging from September to May in the Tuxedni Bay and River, some of the most undisturbed sections of their critical habitat.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Science Blog: Fenway and Her New Calf’s Journey North to Canada

Fenway and Calf

Marine mammal observer Alison Ogilvie and others spotted a familiar North Atlantic right whale during their summer aerial surveys in Canada. Beloved Fenway and her calf successfully made the more than 2,000-nautical-mile trip to the feeding grounds.

Chesapeake Summer Interns Join Our Team

Summer Interns

Summer is a busy time at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office! Field season is in full swing, we’re hosting summer workshops for educators, and there’s lots of incoming habitat and fisheries data to analyze. It’s a great time for us to welcome students for 12-week summer internships.

Meet David Bruce, Ecologist at the NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office

David Bruce fishing

David explores how fish use restored habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.

Upcoming Deadlines

July 23: Applications due for FY 2025 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition

July 31: Comments due on NOAA Fisheries’ draft update to the Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Roadmap

August 31: Comments due on updated Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management Road Map 

September 17: Applications due for Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer Programs Phase I

View more news and announcements

Upcoming Events

July 24: Council Coordination Committee Special Meeting

July 29–August 2: Educator Workshop—Teachers on the Estuary, Chesapeake Bay

August 8: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

August 10: Woods Hole Science Stroll at NOAA Fisheries

August 12–15: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting August 2024 Meeting

August 13–14: Caribbean Fishery Management Council August 2024 Meeting

August 19–22: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council August 2024 Meeting

View more events

Federal Register Actions

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

The Tourist Development Council was recently awarded a 188-thousand-dollar historic preservation grant in the amount for the exhibits needed for the Maritime Heritage Museum at the Buddy Ward Seafood Landing Park

The Tourist Development Council was recently awarded a 188-thousand-dollar historic preservation grant in the amount for the exhibits needed for the Maritime Heritage Museum at the Buddy Ward Seafood Landing Park.


The money will allow various vendors to complete the necessary exhibits, historical research and displays for the museum.


The groups working on the project include the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Coastal E. Solutions and Bay Media along with Forgotten Coast TV.


Their work should be complete by the end of September.


Work on the museum is expected to be complete by the end of the year.


Planning for the project began in 2015.


The museum requires converting an old shucking house in Apalachicola into an interactive museum of the history of the local seafood industry.


The interior has been restored to resemble its original use an oyster shucking plant, complete with individual shucking “stalls” and a refrigeration room.


The exhibits, once complete, will cover Franklin County’s maritime history from cotton and lumber to seafood.


Visitors to the museum will be able to watch videos on the oyster, shrimping, crabbing and fishing industry.

Chamber E-news from the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce

July 24th at The Wakulla County Community Center 11:30 - 1:00
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This Evening!
This Friday!
The Panacea Motel for a magical evening under the stars as we screen Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks! Free entry, free confectioneries, and a nostalgia trip that'll make your heart sing!

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Exciting event happening on Thursday, July 25, DQ® fans across WAKULLA can make their trip to their local DQ restaurant!
more meaningful for the community during Miracle Treat Day.
On Miracle Treat Day, when fans purchase their favorite BLIZZARD® Treat at participating DQ
locations, $1 or more will be donated to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to benefit their local
children’s hospital. Local WAKULLA fans will be supporting SHANDS CMN HOSPITAL.
DQ Miracle Treat Day is the most satisfying way for fans to give kids hope and support by simply
buying and enjoying delicious Blizzard® Treats.
Fans can download the DQ ® App to learn more and get reminders so they don’t miss out on this fan-favorite event.

Dairy Queen In Crawfordville has an order form for easy ordering for your staff or office! Pre-order Your Blizzard® Treats For Miracle Treat Day® to benefit your local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital, form below.

 Order Form
Got a question for candidates?
In preparation for the upcoming political forum on July 30th for the candidates running for county commission, The Wakulla Sun is soliciting questions to ask candidates. It should be general questions for candidates in a race – not something specific to a certain candidate – with the aim of drawing out their opinions. 
Send your questions to
Just 2 weeks away from the first Florida Tropical Training Week, July 29 through August 1, 2024. Your Florida NWS offices will be teaming up to offer daily virtual tropical training sessions geared toward the general public. Each day will focus on a specific topic, and offer 4 sessions each day; 2 midday and 2 evening classes.
Here is the training website which includes registration links: 
Our goals are to reach and teach the public on not just NWS and National Hurricane Center (NHC) products, but HOW to properly interpret this information and WHEN and HOW to properly respond, from pre-season preparedness to the post-tropical impact recovery stage. Although there will be a focus on Florida, most of the material applies to all who live in the path of tropical cyclones. Anyone, from any state, can attend. We will also showcase Florida Division of Emergency Management, FEMA and tools and resources.
Sage Koury Appointed Marketing Assistant at Kessler Construction
Tallahassee, FL, July 17, 2024 – Kessler Construction proudly announces the promotion of Sage Koury to Marketing Assistant. Since joining the company in January 2024, Sage has played a crucial role in the successful creation of three new editions of The Home Guide magazine, with more on the way, and has brought to life the new Kessler Construction Website.
Throughout her time with Kessler Construction, Sage has demonstrated exceptional dedication and creativity, contributing innovative ideas that have positively impacted our marketing initiatives. Her commitment to excellence and collaborative spirit have quickly made her an integral part of the KC team.
"I enjoy working with the KC team and feel both welcomed and encouraged inside and outside of work," said Sage Koury.
Fueled by her passion for marketing, Sage will continue to use her creative and proactive approach to further elevate Kessler Construction’s marketing efforts.
Kessler Construction is a design-build construction management firm, that professionally manages your custom home or remodel from start to finish. The spirit of honesty and integrity are at the core of the company culture. Kessler Construction’s 5-Year Workmanship Warranty is notably un-matched and far above the required 1-year industry standard. Kessler Construction serves Tallahassee and the greater Big Bend area, visit or call 850-997-4540 for more information.
Grow Your Leadership Skills
CareerSource Capital Region is hosting a comprehensive two-day leadership development program called LEAD on August 21-22, 2024. This program is designed specifically for local managers and covers essential competencies such as Change Management, Coaching, Communications, Counseling, Goal Setting, Influence, Making Decisions, Negotiation Skills, Problem Solving, Relationship Management, and Time Management.
LEAD 2024
Wednesday & Thursday
August 21 & 22
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tallahassee State College Fine & Performing Arts Center
Registration:  $500 per person
Whether you're looking to enhance your own leadership skills or invest in the growth of other leaders within your organization, LEAD offers invaluable insights and strategies tailored to our capital area employers.  Register for yourself, your colleagues, or any emerging leaders in your organization to take advantage of this opportunity. Seats are limited, so early registration is recommended. 
Registration includes breakfast and lunch both days.  To learn more and register, click HERE.
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Go ahead and create an account so you are ready to snag a class…or 2…or 3…☺️
UFIFAS/Wakulla County Extension Office
We're gearing up for a rootin'-tootin' night filled with fun, laughter, and plenty of chances to shout "BINGO!" 🤠 Don't miss out on grabbing your boots and bingo tickets while they're available! This is your chance to join us for a grand ol' evening that'll have you grinning from ear to ear.
Whether you're a seasoned bingo pro or just looking for a good time, we’ve got something for everyone. So rally your friends and family, dust off those cowboy boots, and get ready for a night you won't soon forget. Tickets always sell fast, so make sure to snag yours before they're all gone!
We can't wait to see y'all there and share in the excitement. Let's make it a night to remember! 🌟👢 #BootsAndBingo #GoodTimes #yeehaw
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CareerSource Capital Region is launching "Find a Job Friday," an event for job seekers who have a profile on Employ Florida and a current resume. At these events, attendees can connect with employers at CareerSource Capital Region Career Centers on specific Fridays each month. The participating employers will have immediate job openings that they are looking to fill!
Benefits of Attending Find a Job Friday:
  • Direct Interaction: Attendees can meet recruiters and hiring managers face-to-face, make a personal impression, and receive immediate feedback, even potentially getting an on-the-spot interview.
  • Networking Opportunities: These events often gather professionals and job seekers from various industries, providing valuable networking opportunities that could lead to future career prospects.
  • Access to Multiple Employers and Companies: Connect with multiple actively hiring employers in one event. Learn about different company cultures and available positions directly from representatives to make informed decisions about where to apply.
  •  Discover Hidden Opportunities: Not all job openings are publicly advertised; attending a Find a Job Friday event might uncover hidden job opportunities that are not listed online.
Overall, attending a Find a Job Friday can be a proactive step in a job search, offering numerous advantages that online applications may not provide.
“We encourage individuals who are looking for work to attend one or more Find a Job Friday events over the next year where many job vacancies are sure to be filled by capital area employers,” said Trish Yahn, Sr. Director at CareerSource Capital Region. She went on to say that “any employers with immediate job openings are encouraged to let us know that they would like to register for a booth at Find a Job Friday by emailing
Employers Planning to attend the August 2nd Find a Job Friday at the Wakulla Career Center include: *
  • Danfoss  
  • Eden Springs Nursing and Rehab
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Wakulla County Schools
*employers subject to change
While the team looks to secure a location for Find a Job Friday events in Jefferson County, planned Find a Job Friday events over the next year include:
Gadsden Career Center - 1140 W. Clark St., Quincy, FL 32351
September 20, 2024
December 20, 2024
March 21, 2025
June 20, 2025
Leon Career Center - 2601 Blair Stone Rd., Bldg. C, Ste. 200, Tallahassee, FL 32301
August 9, 2024
September 13, 2024
October 11, 2024
November 8, 2024
December 13, 2024
January 10, 2025
February 14, 2025
March 4, 2025
April 11, 2025
May 9, 2025
June 13, 2025
Wakulla Career Center - 3278 Crawfordville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL 32327
August 2, 2024
November 1, 2024
February 7, 2025
May 2, 2025
(Note that the Leon Career Center will host a Find a Job Friday event on August 9th, and the Gadsden Career Center on September 20th. There are one or two Find a Job Fridays each month!)
CareerSource Capital Region can assist individuals with formatting and printing resumes, referrals to partners for interview-ready clothing, interview preparation, etc.   For more information about Find a Job Friday visit
Follow CareerSource Capital Region on social media to learn about upcoming job fairs, events, workshops, and other solutions that are available.  
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum presents
Special Exhibit: 80th Anniversary of D-Day
Rybak Realty Cleans Up Wakulla County
Keep Wakulla County Beautiful champions an Adopt-a-Road litter prevention program. This initiative enables citizens and businesses to show pride in Wakulla County by safely reducing the amount of unsightly trash and dangerous debris alongside county roadways.
Rybak Realty adopted a one-mile section of Cajer Posey Road in Wakulla County (two miles of total roadway). The brokerage’s intent behind this adoption is to directly benefit the community through civic involvement and area beautification. 
Rybak Realty’s second of four scheduled 2024 clean-ups took place on June 15th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. With four members of the community toting reusable bags from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Coastal Management Program, an entire Waste Management bin was filled with garbage and an entire recycling bin was filled with glass, aluminum, and plastic. 
Litter has the potential to pose a threat to the health and well-being of people and wildlife. Study after study shows “clean and green” neighborhoods tend to be safer than neighborhoods littered with garbage and automobile debris. Cleanliness matters. 
VOLUNTEER! Rybak Realty welcomes extra hands for its remaining 2024 clean-ups: September 14th and  December 14th. Visit https://RybakRealty.US, dial 850-745-6047, and follow Rybak Realty, LLC on LinkedIn for additional information. Cannot physically volunteer? Consider sponsoring our volunteers by providing a refreshing snack. Teresa Hatler of D.R. Horton sponsored our June 15th clean-up.
Oyster Radio has changed the format of WFCX 100.5FM to 80's, 90's, and early 2000's Hits! Toon in and give them a listen!
Kellar Mechanical Inc.

Now Hiring qualified Service Technician. Must have Experience and a good driving record. Must be willing to work rotating weekends and some holidays. Great pay based on skill level.  Call 850-977-4742.

Current Job Listings and Training Opportunities
by CareerSource Capital Region

Bourbon Raffle Fundraiser
TSC Wakulla Center Services
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