Thursday, October 23, 2014

Local state parks draw hundreds of thousands of visitors to the area

State parks across Florida saw nearly 1.5 million more visitors last year than the year before.

The Florida Park Service said more than 27 million people visited Florida’s 160 state parks during the last fiscal year.

The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail welcomed more visitors than any other state park with nearly 1.5 million visitors.

Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin came in second with over 1.1 million visitors.

St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach was the most popular park in north Florida with more than 870,000 guests – which is actually about 20 thousand fewer visitors than the year before.

Locally we saw over 225 thousand visitors at the St. George Island State park which was up from about 209 thousand the year before.

Bald Point State Park saw over 47 thousand people, a increase of about 6000 visitors from the year before.

The Orman House Historic State Park in Apalachicola brought in over 7600 people last year, the John Gorrie Museum State Park saw over 2600 guests.

In Gulf County the St. Joe Peninsula State Park saw an increase in their visitor numbers from 228 thousand people to over 242 thousand and the Constitution Convention Museum saw over 1400 people.

The Ochlocknee River State Park in Wakulla County saw over 45 thousand visitors last year a slight decline from the year before.
  
In Total, the state parks in Franklin, Gulf and Wakulla counties saw 797,366 visitors last year.



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Red tide no longer detected off Franklin County coast

State officials say they are no longer detecting red tide off the coast of Franklin County.
The organism was detected in very low concentrations last week off one location on St. George Island.
This week red tide was not detected in samples analyzed in and alongshore of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, or Pasco counties. 
In southwest Florida, several samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte and Lee counties contained background to low concentrations of red tide.
State officials have been monitoring a patchy bloom of red tide in the northeast Gulf of Mexico for weeks.

Red Tide is a organism that in large enough concentrations releases a neurotoxin that can kill fish and even affect humans.


It was last seen in Franklin County in 2005, when it closed the Apalachicola bay to oyster harvesting for close to 6 months.


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Franklin County to update 16 year old turtle lighting ordinance

Franklin County is going to review its turtle lighting ordinance to bring it in to the modern age.

Franklin County has an ordinance limiting the types of lights that can be used along Franklin County's beaches.

The ordinance was created in 1998 to protect nesting sea turtles and their hatchlings.

There have been a lot of changes since the ordinance was approved nearly 16 years ago – and county officials say the ordinance is just outdated.

County Administrative Director Alan Pierce said the biggest change has been in lighting technology, and many of the people who are being cited for violating the county lighting ordinance are using technology that is better than what the county requires.

County extension director Erik Lovestrand said that the other issue is that many of the agencies that are listed in the county ordinance are no longer the ones in charge of turtle protection, and that needs to be addressed too.

The county attorney has been asked to review the ordinance and bring it up to date.

Various state and federal agencies will also be brought in to the process.

The county will likely have to hold a public hearing on the changes once the updates are complete.



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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beware small business award scam

If you own a small business and you’ve received an e-mail claiming you’ve been selected for a Florida Excellence Award – it’s probably a scam.
The Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida is warning businesses about the US Institute for Advancement of Trade and Commerce, an organization claiming local businesses are recipients of a “Florida Excellence Award”, and offering an opportunity to buy one or more awards to mark the honor.
The email advises the business that further details on the selection process can be viewed at the company website, and includes a reference code and a press release that was produced for the occasion.
The business then has an option to purchase the press release and the award with packages ranging from $97.00 to almost 600 dollars.
The Better Business Bureau found that the company was created in spring of this year and is registered to US Commerce located in Arlington, Virginia.
They said that this is a money-making scheme and the award does not have any actual merit.
“If you are approached about receiving a business award, research the opportunity carefully and be cautious if asked to pay money”.



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Beware small business award scam

If you own a small business and you’ve received an e-mail claiming you’ve been selected for a Florida Excellence Award – it’s probably a scam.
The Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida is warning businesses about the US Institute for Advancement of Trade and Commerce, an organization claiming local businesses are recipients of a “Florida Excellence Award”, and offering an opportunity to buy one or more awards to mark the honor.
The email advises the business that further details on the selection process can be viewed at the company website, and includes a reference code and a press release that was produced for the occasion.
The business then has an option to purchase the press release and the award with packages ranging from $97.00 to almost 600 dollars.
The Better Business Bureau found that the company was created in spring of this year and is registered to US Commerce located in Arlington, Virginia.
They said that this is a money-making scheme and the award does not have any actual merit.
“If you are approached about receiving a business award, research the opportunity carefully and be cautious if asked to pay money”.



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Midweek Red Tide Update 10/22/14

Midweek Red Tide Update: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected in samples analyzed so far this week in and alongshore of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, or Pasco counties.  In southwest Florida, several samples collected in and alongshore of Charlotte and Lee counties contained background to low concentrations of K. brevis.

Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show bloom patches offshore of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, and Taylor counties in the northwest Gulf of Mexico and along and offshore of the Sanibel Island area (Charlotte and Lee counties)in southwest Florida. Samples along and offshore of Charlotte and Lee counties confirm a bloom ofK. brevis in this region.

Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR), a partnership between the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, project W/NW movement of surface waters and no movement of bottom waters offshore of Franklin, Wakulla and Taylor counties; W/NW movement of surface waters and inshore movement of bottom waters offshore of Dixie and Levy counties; and little movement of waters offshore of Charlotte and Lee counties.



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Thurs, 10/23/14 SEAHAWK SCOOP






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Coast Guard suspends search for missing Tallahassee fishermen

The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a Tallahassee boater who went missing about 50-miles south of St. Marks over the weekend.
Missing is George Taylor of who was reportedly sailing his 27-foot Catalina sailboat from St. Marks to Carrabelle.
The search was suspended at 11:42 a.m. on Tuesday and covered over 10 thousand square nautical miles over the course of 60 hours.
The search was suspended pending further developments.
Mister Taylor was reported overdue by a friend at 4.p.m.Saturday.
The caller’s last contact with Taylor was Thursday morning via social media; he reportedly stated his intentions were to be in Carrabelle Friday evening.
His boat was found Sunday morning with Taylor’s dog and belongings aboard.
The search included three 87-foot patrol boats, several response boats from Coast Guard Station Panama City, aircraft out of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile and Coast Guard Air Station in Clearwater.

It also included the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local agencies.


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TDC sponsoring New Year's Eve vacation contest

The Franklin County Tourist Development Council is sponsoring a New Year’s Eve Vacation contest featuring a two night beachfront stay on St. George Island, meals and tickets to visit the two area lighthouses on St. George Island and Carrabelle Beach.
The getaway promotion is the first in what the TDC hopes will be a continuing series of events designed to highlight the area and attract visitors.
The contest will be marketed mainly through the TDC social media channels but will also get some regional and national coverage in October as a result of a co-op promotion with Gwinnett Daily Post and the Taste of Home magazine that is sponsoring a Georgia cooking event in which the TDC recently traded a separate vacation package in return for promotional consideration.
TDC chairman Pinki Jackel said “The TDC is looking at alternative ways to attract positive area attention and visitors without spending big advertising dollars we don’t have.

She added that “Contests and promotions that we market through our news-letter database, social media channels, website and local media partners are a smart use of limited funds.”


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Swimming advisory issued for Mash's Island in Wakulla County

A swimming advisory has been issued Mash’s Island in Wakulla County.

The Wakulla County Health Department issued the advisory on Tuesday after water testing indicated bacteria levels that exceed state requirements.

The advisory will remain in effect until water quality tests show the water is safe for swimming.

There are currently no swimming advisories in effect in Franklin County.


You can see beach water quality results for yourself on-line at the Florida Healthy beaches website.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Commissioners packet for October 21st Franklin County Commission meeting






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FEMA to discuss changes to federal flood insurance rules on October 27th

            If you are confused about the new federal flood insurance rules and how they might affect you or future construction in the county, there will be a workshop later this month to answer your questions.

The new flood maps are part of larger changes in the National Flood Insurance Program in which the county has to participate in order to be eligible for federal flood insurance.

Changes to the federal program include redrawing local flood maps and in many cases raising the base flood elevations.

On October the 27th FEMA will hold a pair of workshops at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research reserve to explain the changes.

The 2 o’clock workshop will be geared toward real estate agents, brokers, bankers and architects.

The 5 PM workshop will be for homeowners.

The workshops will address FEMA maps and how they impact building in the county as well as issues like grandfathering, premium savings and an overview of the community rating system.


For more information you can contact Anita Grove at 670-7708.


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COAST GUARD SUSPENDS SEARCH FOR MISSING BOATER NEAR ST. MARKS, FLORIDA


MOBILE, Ala. - The Coast Guard suspended search efforts for a missing boater 50-miles south of St. Marks, Florida, Tuesday.
Missing is 60 year-old George Taylor of Tallahassee, who was reportedly sailing his 27-foot Catalina sailboat from St. Marks to Carrabelle, Florida.
The search was suspended at 11:42 a.m. and covered 10,358 square nautical miles over the course of 60 hours.
Multiple Coast Guard search assets were utilized which included three 87-foot patrol boats, several response boats from Coast Guard Station Panama City, aircraft out of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama and Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, as well as Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other local agencies.
The search is suspended pending further developments.


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FWC Job Announcement for Eastpoint

OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC
  
Req No: 77907477-51401303-20141010161506
Agency Name: Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Description:
Working Title: OPS BIOLOGICAL SCIENTIST I - FWC
Broadband/Class Code: 19-1023-01
Position Number: 77907477-51401303
Annual Salary Range: $13-15 per hr DOE
Announcement Type: Open Competitive
City: EAST POINT
Facility:
Pay Grade/ Pay Band: BB005
Closing Date: 10/31/2014

The State Personnel System is an E-Verify employer. For more information click on our E-Verify website.
Grant Funding: This position is funded by a five year grant that ends on 12/31/2019.

Job Description and Duties:
This is a full time position with the Molluscan fisheries research group at the FWC facility in Eastpoint, Florida. This position will primarily assist with oyster monitoring research in Apalachicola Bay. Duties include, but are not limited to:
  • Participating in monthly field sampling efforts which involve: construction, maintenance and deployment of various field sampling gear; following safety protocols while on the boat and, in particular, while conducting scuba diving operations; benthic and pelagic sample collection, sorting, dissection, and preservation; maintenance of vehicles, vessels and trailers
  • Processing laboratory samples which involves: following sampling and quality assurance/ quality control protocols; processing live animals and time-sensitive samples in a timely manner; conducting chemical and biochemical analyses including safe handling of a variety of chemicals; handling live and preserved animal specimens as well as dead specimens in varied states of decay; microscopic analysis of histological slides and specimens
  • Assisting with data entry and proofing and with preparation of summary including descriptive statistics and graphs
  • Administrative duties which include: adhering to purchasing protocols; completing travel documents; submitting timesheets
  • Maintaining a valid driver’s license and driving state vehicles, often while trailering research vessels up to 25’ in length, to and from research sites
  • SCUBA diving is a necessary component of field work and will require dive certification from a nationally accredited organization and the ability to obtain AAUS scientific diving certification within 6 months of employment
  • Interacting with multiple project partners on a frequent basis, and maintaining professional working relationships
  • Other duties as required by the immediate supervisor
This position will involve prolonged, intensive field work in adverse and physically challenging conditions during all months of the year, including overtime and multi-day field efforts. Many work days will reach or exceed 12 hours in duration. Laboratory work will often be repetitive and tedious. Because sampling will occur year-round, this position will require effective use of time to balance field work with laboratory and office duties as they pertain to research goals, including close communication with the supervisor.

Minimum Qualifications: Abachelor’s degree in biological or environmental sciences

Preferred Qualifications: Professional experience with marine benthic invertebrates and/or current AAUS scientific diving certification

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques used in scientific research and knowledge of laboratory procedures and practices associated with marine science fisheries research
  • Skill with methods of data collection, and laboratory and field preparations in support of field oriented fisheries research
  • Skill with basic laboratory methods including counting, weighing, measuring, animal dissections, tissue preparation and incubation, microscopy, species identification, data recording, data entry and data proofing
  • Skill with scientific laboratory and field equipment
  • Skill using Microsoft office programs including Excel and Word
  • Ability to perform strenuous field duties in adverse conditions and maintain flexibility with work hours, including working overtime and weekends
  • Ability to learn standard operating protocols and willingly follow and adhere to them
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team or independently to accomplish research goals at the direction of the supervisor or field team leader
  • Ability to think logically and apply problem-solving techniques
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs repeatedly over extended periods
  • Ability to learn skills to safely trailer, operate and collect scientific samples from vessels up to 25’ in length
  • Ability to learn skills to safely use SCUBA to collect scientific data

To Apply:
Applicants are required to submit a complete, up-to-date, State of Florida Employment Application Form electronically in People First (http://peoplefirst.myflorida.com) by the closing date listed. Resumes and supporting documentation may be submitted at the same time you are applying online, faxed, or mailed to People First, but do not replace the requirement for a completed State of Florida Employment Application Form.

If you experience technical difficulties during the application process or when attaching documents, call People First staffing at 1-877-562-7287. If unable to attach supporting documents to your application, they may be faxed to the People First Service Center at 1-888-403-2110. Be sure to include the Requisition number for the position to which you are applying on each page of your faxed documents.

The State of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Affirmative Action Employer and does not tolerate discrimination or violence in the workplace.

Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must notify the agency hiring authority and/or People First Service Center (1-877-562-7287). Notification to the hiring authority must be made in advance to allow sufficient time to provide the accommodation.

The State of Florida supports a Drug-Free workplace. All employees are subject to reasonable suspicion drug testing in accordance with Section 112.0455, F.S., Drug-Free Workplace Act.
 


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Help raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project at Harry's Bar in Carrabelle



Don't forget that the American Legion Post 82 and Harry’s Bar are partnering for a Fundraising Event to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Saturday at Harry's in Carrabelle on Marine Street. Smoked HALF CHICKEN DINNERS, provided by Harry’s Bar and cooked by the Legion, will be available beginning at 5:00 PM …… 100% of all donations for the dinners will go to the Wounded Warriors Project!!! Entertainment for the day will start at 4:00 PM with Lady C of Wicked Entertainment mixing tunes and offering Karaoke!! At 8:30 PM, Mae West, one of the Forgotten Coast’s most popular bands, will begin and play until 1:00 AM. Please mark this date on your calendar and come on over to Harry’s and help us support this VERY worthy cause!!!
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BBB® Warns of Award Scam Targeting Local Businesses


BBB® Warns of Award Scam Targeting Local Businesses


Pensacola, Fla. (October 21, 2014) – Better Business Bureau serving Northwest Florida is warning businesses about the US Institute for Advancement of Trade and Commerce (USIATC), an organization claiming local businesses are recipients of a “Florida Excellence Award”, and offering an opportunity to buy one or more awards to mark the honor.

A local BBB Accredited Business, Gilmore Services, received an email from USIATC and brought the “award” to BBB’s attention. The email advises the business that further details on the selection process can be viewed at www.USIATC.org, and includes a reference code and a press release that was produced for the occasion. The business then has an option to purchase the press release and the award with packages ranging from $97.00 to $588.00.

BBB found www.USIATC.org was created in spring of this year and is registered to US Commerce located in Arlington, VA with a phone number of 703-348-3499. The same phone number also belongs to a company under the name of US Trade & Commerce Institute (USTCI). According to BBB files, USTCI is believed to be out of business.

“From what we can find, this is a money-making scheme and the award does not have any actual merit,” said Norman Wright, president and CEO of BBB serving Northwest Florida. “If you are approached about receiving a business award, research the opportunity carefully and be cautious if asked to pay money”.

BBB offers several tips to avoid losing money to a vanity award program:
Learn everything you can about who is giving the award. If it is coming from a mystery company, chances are they simply want your money.
If you didn’t apply for an award or the group cannot tell you how you were nominated, chances are the award is not legitimate.

· Ask specific questions about how your company or organization was chosen for an award and find out how many similar awards are given each year.
Most legitimate awards do not come with costs for the recipient. If there is a cost, scrutinize it even more closely.
Beware of names that might sound familiar, but are not the same as a well-known organization.
Check BBB Business Reviews by going to bbb.org to see what information is known about the business.

For additional information and advice you can trust as a business owner, start with bbb.org.




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Swimming advisory issued for Mash's Island in Wakulla County

The Wakulla County Health Department has issued a “NO” Swim Advisory for Mashes Sands Beach due to the water quality.  If you have any questions, please contact the Wakulla County Health Department at 850-926-0401 or visit the DOH Beach Water Quality website at http://www.floridahealth.gov/environmental-health/beach-water-quality/


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Camp Gordon Johnston Movie for Saturday, October 25th





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Highway Patrol seeks food donations to "Stuff the Charger"

                The Florida Highway Patrol is currently collecting food for needy families for Thanksgiving.
They are holding their first ‘Stuff the Charger” Thanksgiving food drive.
They are working in partnership with food banks across the State to collect food donations for Florida’s families!
Their plan is to get as much food as possible, stuff into a charger and deliver it to the food banks throughout the state.
They are looking for canned goods and Dried Goods especially they type of food you would eat for thanksgiving.

If you want to make a donation, you can do so at any Highway patrol office – the closes one to our area is in Tallahassee and Panama City.


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Tropics Update: Tuesday Morning Summary and Slides on Invest 92L and Invest 93L

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This update is intended for government and emergency response officials, and is provided for informational and situational awareness purposes only. Forecast conditions are subject to change based on a variety of environmental factors.  For additional information, or for any life safety concerns with an active weather event please contact your County Emergency Management or Public Safety Office, local National Weather Service forecast office or visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.  

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Outlook:
92L: 
  • A large non-tropical  low pressure system, designated as invest 92L,  in the far eastern Atlantic ocean is producing strong winds of  45 mph.
  • This system is now tracking over warmer waters and could gain tropical characteristics over the next day as the system moves slowly westward.
  • On Thursday, increasing wind shear will begin to limit 92L chances for development.
  • The NHC has placed this systems development chances at 10% in the next five days.
93L:
  • An area of low pressure in the far  southwestern Bay of Campeche has become better defined , however, showers and storms still remain disorganized due to increased wind shear.
  • This system is forecast to remain over the warm waters of the Bay of Campeche over the next 36 to 48 hours as the system moves slowly eastward toward the Western Yucatan Peninsula.
  • Forecast models then take the system across the Yucatan later in the week before the system merges with a frontal boundary south of Cuba in the northwestern Caribbean sea on Friday or Saturday.
  • The NHC has placed this systems development chances at 50% over the next 5 days.
  • Intensity models remain in disagreement, which is common when forecasting weak systems, and the more reliable models are keeping the system below tropical storm strength due to increasing wind shear and possible land interaction with Mexico.
  • A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance aircraft may investigate 93L  this afternoon, if conditions warrant.
Florida Outlook:
  • 92L is not forecast to impact Florida and will likely remain far out at sea.
  • Regardless of the development or track of 93L, increased rainfall is forecast to fall across South Florida late this week as 93L will send tropical moisture northward into the southern Florida peninsula  increasing rain chances (and  the potential for isolated strong storms) late Tuesday throughSaturday with the heaviest rainfall forecast to occur on Thursday and Friday.
  • Rainfall forecasts through Sunday are currently placing up to 4 inches of rain across southern portions of the Florida Peninsula and up to 5 inches in the Florida Keys with isolated higher amounts possible. This could create flooding  issues and flash flooding in urban areas may result late this week.
*Another briefing packet will be sent this afternoon. For more information please visit the National Hurricane Center Webpage at www. nhc.noaa.gov


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Community Redevelopment Agency meeting - TOMORROW

Regular Meeting
of Carrabelle’s
Community Redevelopment Agency
Tomorrow - Tuesday
October 21, 2014
5:00 p.m.
Carrabelle City Complex
Agenda Attached




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Tues, 10/21/14 Seahawk Scoop






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Early voting starts today

            Early voting for the November 4th general election start today.     

Early voting is being held October the 20th through November the 1st.

There are some important local issues on the ballot.

Local voters will decide whether to change the Superintendent of Schools from an elected position to a hired position.

They will also decide whether to double the local tourist development tax.

District 2 voters will also select a county commissioner – that race is between incumbent Cheryl Sanders and Mark Nobles.

There are also some important district and statewide elections including a congressional race between Gwen Graham and Steve Southerland.

Voters will also choose a governor and the state’s attorney general, chief financial officer and commissioner of Agriculture.

Early voting is easy to do – you can even voter on weekends.

You can early vote at the Franklin County Supervisor of Elections Office at 47 Ave F in Apalachicola or at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex on Highway 98 in Carrabelle.


Early voting hours are 8:30 to 4:30.

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FYI Tropics Update: Monday Morning Summary and Slides on Invest 92L and 93L

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This update is intended for government and emergency response officials, and is provided for informational and situational awareness purposes only. Forecast conditions are subject to change based on a variety of environmental factors.  For additional information, or for any life safety concerns with an active weather event please contact your County Emergency Management or Public Safety Office, local National Weather Service forecast office or visit the National Hurricane Center website at www.nhc.noaa.gov.  

You are subscribed to Tropics Briefing Packages for Florida Division of Emergency Management. This information has recently been updated, and is now available.

92L: 
  • A non-tropical  low pressure system, designated as invest 92L,  in the far eastern Atlantic is producing strong winds of  50 mph.
  • This system is now tracking over warmer waters and could gain tropical characteristics over the next few days as the system moves slowly westward.
  • •The NHC has placed this systems development chances at 30% in the next five days.
93L:
  • An area of low pressure in the far  southwestern Bay of Campeche continues to produce an area of disorganized showers and storms.
  • This system is forecast to remain over warm waters and in an area of lower wind shear over the next couple of days  and this could allow for some gradual development before wind shear increases out ahead of a front late this week.
  • 93L is forecast to slowly move east over the next 48 hours, reaching the Yucatan Peninsula by mid-week and near the Yucatan Channel lateThursday and Friday as the system merges with a frontal boundary and pushes through the Florida Straits over the weekend.
  • The NHC has placed this systems development chances at 40% over the next 5 days.
  • Intensity models remain in disagreement, which is common when forecasting weak systems, and the more reliable models are keeping the system below tropical storm strength due to increasing wind shear and possible land interaction with Mexico.
  • A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance aircraft may investigate 93L  tomorrow afternoon if conditions warrant.
Florida Outlook:
  • 92L is not forecast to impact Florida and will likely remain far out at sea.
  • Regardless of the development or track of 93L, increased rainfall is forecast to fall across South Florida late this week as 93L will send tropical moisture northward into the southern Florida peninsula increasing rain chances (and  the potential for isolated strong storms) late Tuesday through the weekend.
  • Rainfall forecasts are currently placing up to 5 inches of rain across southern portions of the Florida Peninsula and up to 9 inches over the Florida Keys. This could create flooding  issues and flash flooding in urban areas may result late this week.
*Another briefing packet will be sent tomorrow morning unless development chances increase. For more information please visit the National Hurricane Center Webpage at www. nhc.noaa.gov




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Friday, October 17, 2014

Mon, 10/20/14 SEAHAWK SCOOP





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Florida unemployment statistics for September, 2014



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Wakulla county BOCC Seeking Members for Animal Control Appeals Board

Are You Interested in Serving as a Member on the Animal Control Appeals Board?

The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners is seeking three (3) members and three (3) alternate members to volunteer serving on the Animal Control Appeals Board.  The Appeals Board meets on an as needed basis to review decisions of the Wakulla County Division of Animal Control as required by the County’s Animal Control Ordinance, including dangerous dog determinations.  The volunteers must be citizens of Wakulla County and must meet the following criteria:
  • two persons, licensed to practice veterinary medicine in Florida;
  • two persons, with animal behavior expertise; and
  • two persons, with a law enforcement background

Interested persons should submit a cover letter explaining their interest in serving on the Animal Control Appeals Board and identifying which category the person qualifies for, along with a resume or other statement of relevant experience which includes the person’s name, address, and a contact telephone number no later than October 31, 2014.  Please e-mail your information to Ivanhoe Carroll aticarroll@mywakulla.com or you can fax your information to 926-0930. 


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Red Tide Status Report 10/17/2014

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Red Tide Status Update: Karenia brevis, the Florida red tide organism, was not detected this week in or alongshore of Escambia, Gulf, Wakulla, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, and Pasco counties.  One sample collected inshore of Bay County contained background concentrations of K. bre
vis and another collected alongshore of Franklin County contained very low concentrations. In addition, one sample collected alongshore of Pinellas County contained background concentrations of K. brevis and one sample collected alongshore of Charlotte County contained very low concentrations.

Additional samples collected throughout Florida this week did not contain K. brevis.


FWC has received multiple reports of fish kills and reports of discolored water over the past month in the Indian River Lagoon system. Sampling has revealed bloom concentrations of the organismPyrodinium bahamense.

Satellite images from the Optical Oceanography Laboratory at the University of South Florida show patches of high algae concentrations offshore of Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, and Citrus counties.
Forecasts by the USF-FWC Collaboration for Prediction of Red Tides (CPR), a partnership between the University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science and the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission, project S movement of surface waters and S/SE movement of bottom waters in the northeast Gulf of Mexico over the next 3 days.  




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