Wednesday, February 28, 2024

The weekly newsletter from the Franklin County Emergency Management Office


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Current Solutions of the Gulf Coast LLC is ready to serve all your electrical needs, including installation and maintenance of electrical systems, wiring, breaker boxes, switches and other machinery.

Contact them at (850) 229-5333, or visit them online at

Current Solutions of the Gulf Coast LLC  

2754 Victoria Ave, Port St. Joe, FL

(850) 229-5333

Bayou Boat Rentals will be happy to help plan your stay in the Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, Florida area. Our pet-friendly Suzuki & Yamaha powered rental boats give you a whole day of bay fishing, shelling, snorkeling, picnicking and watching the dolphins play.

Rental boats easily accommodate groups of 2-10 people. If you plan on fishing, you must purchase your fishing license in advance, prior to arriving at the dock from a local tackle store or online here. 

Pack a cooler with your favorite beverages (BYOB) and snacks and enjoy an exceptional day on the beautiful, charming bay. Fun for all ages.

Please call (850) 441-9343 for information on availability, questions, and to reserve your trip.


Bayou Boat Rentals

1989 County Rd 30A, Port St Joe, FL


Specializing in coastal design and construction, F & B Builders pride themselves on providing an affordable custom home for their clients while maintaining their focus on exquisite custom designs, premium building materials, quality craftsmanship and providing an unparalleled customer experience.

F & B Builders offers complete custom design and building services including schematic concepts, architectural drawings, and general contracting. By working together at every stage of the building process, you can be sure your house will be the home you've always dreamed of having along the Forgotten Coast.


F & B Builders

106 Sailors Cove Dr., Port St. Joe, FL

Get ready to celebrate the Blues in Port St. Joe, Florida!

The 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 will be Saturday - March 23 - starting at noon ET:

To ensure the event’s success and to give the fans even more of a reason to travel to our area, we are pleased to offer sponsorship levels that will fit into everyone’s advertising budget.


The vendor form can be printed from our website at

This is a FREE EVENT brought to you by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

Gulf County Chamber of Commerce | 321B Reid AvePort St Joe, FL 32456

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A Company called MRD and Associates out of Destin has been chosen to provide professional engineering and oversight on a countywide dune restoration project

A Company called MRD and Associates out of Destin has been chosen to provide professional engineering and oversight on a countywide dune restoration project.

The company was the only one to provide qualifications for the project.

The one and a half million-dollar project will 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.

The objective of the project is to improve existing dune structures at public parks by increasing height, width and slopes of the dunes and to help beachfront property owners by planting vegetation to assist in the development and growth of the dunes on private property.

Property owners along the 11 miles of the project area will have to sign an 18-month 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 signed licensing agreement will be required to be on-file before sea oats can be planted.

The Franklin County Building Department and Zoning Offices will move to Eastpoint beginning this Friday

The Franklin County Building Department and Zoning Offices will move to Eastpoint beginning this Friday.

The building department is moving from its current location at the courthouse annex in Apalachicola, to its new location at the old Gulf State Bank building at the corner of Highway 98 and Island Drive in Eastpoint.

The move will allow the county Election Office to move into the courthouse annex which will provide a more secure location for voting machinery and will also allow the county to stop paying rent for the elections office’s current location.

The offices will be closed on Friday, March 1st and Monday, March 4th to finalize the move.

The offices will open for business on Tuesday, March 5th at 8:30 a.m. at the new location.

The county’s online permitting portal will remain available to the public 24 hours 7 days a week.

Administrative Services offices will remain at the 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola location until further notice.

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2024

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels.

Advisory Panels are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or who are engaged in the harvest of Gulf of Mexico managed species. Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management process by making formal recommendations to decision makers. More information on the role of Advisory Panels can be found here.

Advisory Panel members are appointed by the Council and serve a three-year term. Advisory Panel members generally meet once or twice per year and are compensated for travel expenses. No person may serve on more than two Advisory Panels at any one time. However, membership on an Ad Hoc Advisory Panel does not count towards this limitation.

If you are currently a member of the Reef Fish or Shrimp Advisory Panel you must re-apply to be considered for continued membership.

To apply for the Reef Fish Advisory Panel:

Complete this online Reef Fish AP application.


To apply for the Shrimp Advisory Panel:

Complete this online Shrimp AP application.

Applications must be received by 12 noon EDT on March 18, 2024, for consideration by the Council during its April meeting. Selected applicants will be subject to background checks for federal fishing violations after the April meeting and final selections will be confirmed at the June Council meeting. All applicants will be notified of their application status immediately following the June Council meeting.

If you have any questions, please email or call the Council office at 813-348-1630.

About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.   

Sign up for Gulf Council News here!

Emily Muehlstein
Public Information Officer
888-833-1844 ext.2380
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A Crawfordville teenager was killed in a 2-vehicle accident in Leon County on Monday

A Crawfordville teenager was killed in a 2-vehicle accident in Leon County on Monday.

The 18-year-ol man was on a motorcycle as he drove south on Hwy 319 at just before 8:30 Monday night when he collided with the back of a pickup truck near the intersection of Oak Ridge Road.

The young man was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Highway patrol says they do not know what caused the man to collide with the truck.

The driver of the truck, a 62-year-old man out of Tallahassee, was transported by EMS for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Highway patrol was assisted at the scene by the Leon County Sheriff's Office, Tallahassee Fire Department, and Leon County EMS.

This week is Northern Gulf Coast Rip Current Awareness Week

As the weather gets nicer and more people head to local beaches – it's important that swimmers are aware of the dangers of rip currents and this week just happens to be Northern Gulf Coast Rip Current Awareness Week.

About 100 people a year are killed in rip currents nationwide – and they present a threat along all of Florida’s coast.

A rip current, also known as a rip tide, happens when a sandbar breaks causing a strong surface current that can pull swimmers hundreds of yards off-shore.

The current doesn’t pull people down – it pulls them away from the beach, so most deaths associated with rip currents occur when people panic and try to swim directly toward shore against the current.

They usually become totally exhausted and drown.

Since rip currents are normally only about 10 to 30 yards wide, if you find yourself caught in one, the best escape, especially for the weak or non-swimmer, is to wade or swim sideways across the current, parallel to the beach.

Rip currents tend to extend on average from 50 to 200 yards offshore, so another way to make it out alive is to float with the current out beyond the breakers where the rip current will weaken, then swim shoreward at an angle away from it.

And remember to always check the beach flags before you go in the water.

A red flag means there is a high chance of strong currents and high waves.

A double red flag means the water is closed to the public.

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

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Environmental Protection

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

Ron DeSantis


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor

Shawn Hamilton


Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Location Id: 445716
Location Name: 214 AVENUE C
County: Franklin
Application Number: 445716-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Link to Department's application file: 214 AVENUE C
If you would like to comment on the pending application, please go here: Public Comment | DEP Business Portal (

Weems Memorial Mammography Open House Today, Tuesday Feb 27th!

Weems Memorial Mammography

Open House Today

Join us for Mammography Open House Tuesday, Feb. 27 from 3 to 5 pm at Weems Memorial Hospital. Help celebrate advanced healthcare technology new to Franklin County!

Hosted in partnership with Franklin Needs and the Weems Memorial Healthcare Foundation. For more information on Franklin Needs and their efforts to cover the cost of mammograms for Franklin County residents visit

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

Monday, February 26, 2024

Franklin County is upgrading its 911 system

Franklin County is upgrading its 911 system.

Franklin County currently uses the E911 system, which allows the use of cell phone information to help pinpoint the location of the caller., which allows for a faster response in emergency situations.
Now the county is moving to next generation 911.

The new system will allow videos and pictures to be sent in to the 911 center.

Renee Brannon, the county’s 911 coordinator said the upgrade will require a complete revamp of the 911 system.

That includes new equipment and a standalone server that will be housed in Franklin County.

Under the E-911 system, Franklin County was in a contract with Gulf and Calhoun counties, who shared a server that was located in Gulf County.

Brannon said that since most of Franklin County now uses cell phones instead on land lines the new system will provide better service and allow for better location tracking for people who call in.

The sheriff’s office already has the money to pay for the upgrade.

The purchase of the new system was approved by the Franklin County Commission last week.

Local high school seniors can now apply for the annual Florida Seafood Festival scholarship

Local high school seniors can now apply for the annual Florida Seafood Festival scholarship.


The Florida Seafood Festival is a group of civic-minded volunteers which annually promotes the area's maritime heritage by hosting a celebration of the area's seafood industry.


Money raised during the event are channeled back into the community through nonprofit organizations whose members work food booths or gate positions at the festival.


The scholarship program is intended to provide one or more Franklin County students with a scholarship of up to $1,000 to assist in his/her postsecondary undergraduate study at an accredited public or private junior college or university or at an accredited vocational school.


The recipients will be chosen by the members of the Florida Seafood Festival. Nominees will be ranked by: grade-point average, civic and school activities, leadership activities, letters of recommendation, and results of a submitted essay.


The scholarship award must be used exclusively for tuition, books, and appropriate expenses and supplies.


Students can get the application at the Franklin County School.


The application must be completed and submitted by April 30, 2024.

Homeowners in Florida now have a new tool to protect their homes from termites

Homeowners in Florida now have a new tool to protect their homes from termites.

Scientists at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences have developed ways to show your risk with an online interactive termite distribution map.

The map can help residents, property owners and pest control operators know risks of infestations and how to limit that risk through proactive science-based approaches.

Through the accumulation of more than 6,500 termite samples over the years, the map provides instant access to a general location where each termite species is known to be established.

This gives Florida residents a way to determine the termite risk at any given location within the state.

Termites cause billions of dollars a year in damages to homes, trees and other wooden structures across America.

In Florida, termite infestations are a year-round risk for properties and trees.

While they are not swarming year-round, they consistently forage and develop new colonies, leaving signs of their presence.

Florida is host to 20 termite species, although not all of them pose a threat.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved rule changes last week to establish a special-use alligator harvest

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved rule changes last week to establish a special-use alligator harvest, which will take effect for the 2024 alligator harvest season.

The state issues about 7000 alligator hunting permits in a year.

Each permit allows a person to take two alligators from whichever county or body of water they were awarded during a specific harvest period.

The new opportunity will complement the existing statewide alligator hunt and allow alligator hunt permit holders to hunt at multiple alligator management units during a longer season than the statewide hunt.

This is similar to other special-opportunity hunts the FWC implements in that applicants pay for each application and can apply as many times during the application period as desired to increase their chances of being drawn.

The 2024 application period will run from May 3 – June 3.
You can learn more about alligator management in Florida, at