Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Franklin County Commissioners voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposed Planned Unit Development on St. George Island called “The Landings at St. George.”

Franklin County Commissioners voted Tuesday to hold a public hearing on a proposed Planned Unit Development on St. George Island called “The Landings at St. George.”

 

The proposed development would be located on the bayside across from Harry A’s on about 26 acres property that’s is zoned C-3 Commercial Recreational and partially zoned R-1 Single Family Residential.

 

The plan consists of a marina with 10 wet slips and 200 dry slips, a restaurant, 10,000 square feet of retail space, 63 single family houses and up to 33 condominium units. 

 

The entire development would be served with a membrane bio-reactor wastewater treatment plant.

 

The proposed development was considered last week by the Franklin County Planning and Zoning Board which ruled against taking the issue to a public hearing at this time because of too many unanswered questions.

 

There were also quite a few St. George Island residents who spoke out against taking the issue to a public hearing at this time.

 

But County Commissioners pointed out that they have a practice of approving public hearings when they are requested, though that in no way means that they will approve the development once the public hearing is finished.

 

The public hearing will be held on Friday, June the 14th at 5 PM at the Franklin County Courthouse Annex in Apalachicola.




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Business After Hours at Sunkissed Boutique

Chamber After Hours

at Sunkissed Boutique

Apalachicola Bay Chamber

Business After Hours

Hosted by Sunkissed Boutique!

Thursday, May 30th

5-7PM

127 Commerce Street, Apalachicola



Join Sunkissed Boutique as they celebrate their one year anniversary and host our Chamber business after hours!

Light refreshments will be provided.


Also, locals will receive 20% off the entire store through

the end of May!


On May 27th all shoppers will receive the 20% off discount!


Attend this event and put your name in the hat for every $25 you spend for a chance to win a gift card!




Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
850-653-9419



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Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza

Memorial Day Ceremony

at Veterans Memorial Plaza

Memorial Day Ceremony at Veterans Memorial Plaza

May 27th @ 10AM


10 AM, MONDAY, MAY 27th OUR MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY AT VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK - APALACHICOLA SPONSORED BY THE POST 106TH AMERICAN LEGION.

 

COME OUT AND JOIN US IN THIS ANNUAL CEREMONY PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE MEN WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE AND ALL THOSE WHO SERVED.

 

OUR GUEST SPEAKER WITH BE OUR OWN REAR ADMIRAL (RETIRED) MARK MILLIKEN, FORMER COMMANDER OF THE U.S.S. INDEPENDENCE BATTLE GROUP!





Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
850-653-9419



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The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual South Gulf Butt Roast this weekend, with proceeds helping support equipment purchases and training for the department

The South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual South Gulf Butt Roast this weekend, with proceeds helping support equipment purchases and training for the department.

Primarily, the money is used for essential needs not covered in the Fire Department’s budget including Water Rescue & Beach Safety, First Emergency Responders and maintaining the 20 Beach Flag Warning system at Indian Pass and Cape San Blas.

They will grill and sell just shy of 500 Boston Butts this year.

The 8-10 lb. pork shoulders are coming from the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe.

The meat is seasoned with Bad Byron’s Butt Rub out of Freeport and are treated with just the right amount of smoke from pecan-wood and 9+ hours of low-slow grilling courtesy of the new rotisserie grill owned by Boy Scout Troop 47 here in Port St. Joe.

This year they are also partnering with Two Fish Market in PSJ; which provides food to underprivileged families in the community.

The fire department is encouraging people who buy a butt, to buy a second Butt that will be donated to Two Fish Market.

So far about a dozen of the butts have been donated.

The Fire Department has already sold out of its pre-order Boston Butts, but there Is still a chance for people to get one.

The Fire Department will be cooking butts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Scallop Republic and they always hold a few back to sell to people who walk up.

They will sell what they have each morning beginning at 10 AM on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you want one, get there early.

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The Franklin County Emergency Management Office is looking for someone to take over as special needs coordinator at the EOC

The Franklin County Emergency Management Office is looking for someone to take over as special needs coordinator at the EOC.

The job pays 32,400 dollars a year plus you get benefits after 90 days.


The job includes receptionist duties, maintaining department files and records as well as compiling and preparing reports and other data.

They coordinate with the Department of Health and transportation agencies to ensure that members of the community with major medical concerns are safely evacuated and returned home when it is safe.

You would also maintain the emergency management website, social media and send messages through Alert Franklin along with many other duties.

You need excellent communication skills, must be able to handle confidential records, able to multi-task, be a self-starter, and be able to work in a highly stressful environment.

You also must be available and prepared to respond to any emergency/disaster or potential emergency, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week if the Emergency Management Office is activated.

Applications can be obtained f from the Franklin County Emergency Management Office at the Apalachicola airport or on-line at https://www.franklincountyflorida.com/resources/job-postings/

You have until this Friday, May the 24th to apply.




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Gulf County Chamber's - Membership Spotlight

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MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT


The Friends of St. Vincent Island NWR friends group was established in 2007 to provide support for the St Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge.

 Their mission is to support environmental activities that include education, recreation and increased understanding of the history and natural environment of the St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge.


Their goals are to:

Increase public awareness of the Refuge

Provide financial support to the Refuge

Support Refuge projects


Interested in volunteering?


Join them in this important work to learn about, preserve, and enjoy this unique island. There are a variety of volunteer activities that may appeal to you. Your membership entitles you to be their guest at their annual meeting, receive quarterly newsletters, and receive advance notice of upcoming events. 


Join The Friends of St. Vincent Island NWR friends and get the satisfaction of knowing that you are part of a special group doing their part to protect our valuable natural assets.

 

Friends of St. Vincent Island NWR friends

History, Culture, Arts Building, 86 Water St., Apalachicola, FL

stvincentislandfriends@gmail.com

www.stvincentfriends.com

MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT


With more than 132,000 members, Florida Farm Bureau is our state’s largest agricultural organization. Sixty county Farm Bureaus constitute the grassroots structure of their organization. Florida Farm Bureau represents farm families who produce all 300 of the state’s agricultural commodities, regardless of their scope of operations or location.


The Calhoun/Gulf County Farm Bureau Office holds an Annual Meeting which is a fun event for the whole family. Members and volunteers gather for fellowship and a delicious dinner while discussing plans for the future. Popular topics up for discussion include agriculture education promotion and legislative issues. The meeting is highly attended and local farmers and ranchers are recognized for their dedicated contributions.

Contact the Calhoun/Gulf County Farm Bureau Office and find out more on how you can become a member.


Calhoun/Gulf County Farm Bureau Office

17577 Main Street N., Blountstown, FL

(850) 674-5471

https://floridafarmbureau.org/counties/calhoun-gulf/

NEW MEMBERSHIP SPOTLIGHT


Our Home At Beacon Hill focuses on residents' Independence. They offer large spacious private rooms, porches with private doors which are perfect for pets, and access at all times to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine.


Independence is important to their residents but knowing that care is available around the clock from their dedicated staff adds peace of mind for them and their families. That includes transportation to appointments, shopping or even grabbing lunch at a local restaurant.


Our Home at Beacon Hill offers the best of amenities at the best value in Port St. Joe.

They are a small community which allows their residents to make new friends, socialize and spend time together that could be as simple as watching TV or working on ART and CRAFTS.

 

Our Home At Beacon Hill

141 Kaelyn, Port Saint Joe, FL

(833) 816-0049

www.seniorhomes.com/florida/port-saint-joe/our-home-at-beacon-hill

Students Can Receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree for Free Starting Fall 2024 Semester

 

Panama City, FL– If you are a registered nurse looking to earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, this is a great time. The Gulf Coast State College Simply Health Scholars Program has received funds for the new scholarship cycle to be awarded for the Fall 2024 Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Select nursing students will receive scholarships to fully cover their tuition and associated costs. Students who reside in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Franklin, or Washington counties and are pursuing a BSN starting in the Fall 2024 semester, are encouraged to apply now. The deadline to apply is July 17, 2024.

 

"This is such a great opportunity for our students to earn a BSN degree for free,” states Dr. John Griggs. “We are very grateful to our partners at Simply Health once again for their generosity."

 

In 2021, GCSC and Simply Healthcare teamed up to help maintain a robust network of highly skilled health care providers in some of Florida’s most vulnerable communities, to invest in the next generation of health care heroes who will commit to post-graduate work in the Florida Panhandle.

 

For more information about the program and to apply, please visit https://www.gulfcoast.edu/tuition-aid/financial-aid/grants-and-scholarships/

 

For information about the BSN Program and how to apply, please contact Dr. John Griggs, jgriggs@gulfcoast.edu or (850) 913-3262.

GCSC’s President’s and Dean’s Honor Lists Announced for Spring 2024 Semester


Panama City, FL– Gulf Coast State College President, Glen McDonald has announced the students named to the President’s and Dean’s Honor Lists for the Spring 2024 semester. The President’s List includes all full-time students (enrolled for 12 or more college credit hours) who earned a grade point average of 3.90 to 4.00. The Dean’s List is awarded to students enrolled in 12 or more college credit hours who earned a grade point average of 3.70 to 3.89.

 

Students named to the President’s List are:

(Gulf and Franklin counties) Adesyn Amerson, Maelynn Butler, Sadie Calareso, Zachary Fitzpatrick, Mikaleh Graham, Ashton Lakey, Eric Lau, Gavin Lee, Drew Maki, HesterPeck, Hannah Riley, Jessica Weeks, Britt White


Students named to the Dean’s List are:

(Gulf and Franklin counties) Madison Easter, Tristen Foley, Joseph Hoffman, Kimberly Sinor, Hayleigh Small, Laneka Walker

LUNCH and LEARN IS BACK!

TODAY - May 22!


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



FREE EVENT - DISCOUNTED MENU FOR YOUR PURCHSE


Dates: May 22, June 26, July 24, August 28, September 25, and October 23.

*NO Lunch in November or December.

May 22 - Todays guest speaker will be Dr. Len Eichler. Dr. Eichler will brief us on the latest projects the Florida's Small Business Development Center and its network of consultants can help Gulf County businesses with today! Bring your questions, the good Doctor of Business will be ready to respond or direct you to the right answer and assistance.

Gulf County Chamber of Commerce | 321B Reid Ave | Port St Joe, FL 32456 US





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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf and Franklin Counties

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FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF

Environmental Protection


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

Ron DeSantis

Governor


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor


Shawn Hamilton

Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

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Permit: Water - Drinking Water Treatment Construction Permit
Project Name: WHITE CITY WATER WELL
Location Id: 449088
Location Name: WHITE CITY WATER WELL, TREATMENT PLANT & TRANSMISSION SYSTEM
County: Gulf
Application Number: 449088-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: FERNANDEZ SFR DOCK
Location Id: 446324
Location Name: 1743 E GULF BEACH DR
County: Franklin
Application Number: 446324-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Link to Department's application file: 1743 E GULF BEACH DR
If you would like to comment on the pending application, please go here: Public Comment | DEP Business Portal (fldepportal.co




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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

This week is National Safe Boating week – and state officials are urging boaters to stay safe on the waters this summer

This week is National Safe Boating week – and state officials are urging boaters to stay safe on the waters this summer.

Florida leads the nation with over 1 million registered vessels across the state and is known as a prime boating spot for residents and visitors.

Unfortunately, each year Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers respond to far too many tragic boating accidents that could have been prevented.

In 2023 there were 659 reported boating accidents in Florida waters leading to 79 deaths.

Franklin County had 7 boating accidents which led to 5 deaths and 6 injuries and over 57 thousand dollars in property damage.

Gulf County saw 3 boating accidents in 2023 with 3 injuries and Wakulla County had 3 boating accidents leading to 2 injuries.

The primary causes for boating accidents were improper lookout and operator inexperience.

Nearly half of the deaths in fatal boating accidents were drownings, and most of those were not wearing a life jacket.

Alcohol or drug-use is reported to have played a role in about 20 percent of boating fatalities.

To reduce the number of boating accidents, the FWC encourages boaters to pay attention, maintain 360-degree awareness at all times and take a boater safety course.

Boaters are encouraged to find and wear a comfortable U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket at all times while on the water.




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Franklin County jiu jitsu students once again did Franklin County proud last weekend at the AGF 2024 Tallahassee Jiu Jitsu Championships



Franklin County jiu jitsu students once again did Franklin County proud last weekend at the AGF 2024 Tallahassee Jiu Jitsu Championships.

15 local jiu jitsu students took part in the event.

Bayside Jiu Jitsu in Eastpoint took 4th place out of the 34 teams that competed.

The team took 9 gold medals, 22 silver medals and 9 bronze medals.

The Bayside Jiu Jitsu program is growing quickly and is open to anyone who would like to give it a try – they have classes for kids and adults.

You can find Bayside Jiu jitsu at 312 Highway 98 in Eastpoint or check out their website at www.Baysidewarrior.com



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