Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gov. Scott Appoints Three to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one reappointment and two appointments to the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council.

William Snyder, 65, of Stuart, currently serves as the Sheriff of Martin County and received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. Sheriff Snyder is reappointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.

A.J. “Tony” Smith, 58, of Apalachicola, currently serves as the Sheriff of Franklin County and received his bachelor’s degree from Barry University. Sheriff Smith succeeds retired Sheriff Ben Johnson and is appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.

Robert Hicks, 47, of Leesburg, is the Chief of Police at the City of Leesburg Police Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Warner University and his master’s degree from Columbia Southern University. Chief Hicks succeeds Chief Jeffrey Chudnow and is appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.


Monday, October 16, 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

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein

Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Location Id: 238059
County: Franklin
Application Number: 238059-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: GRIFFIN DOCK
Location Id: 358037
County: Franklin
Application Number: 358037-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300



Port St. Joe, Fla and ApalachicolaFla —  In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Over the last decade, survival rates have increased, however, early detection continues to be critically important.

“The Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties encourages women to take charge of their health by scheduling regular mammograms,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator, DOH-Gulf/Franklin.  “We offer screenings to uninsured women of low income who qualify through our Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Early protection is the best protection.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is more effective. Women should talk with their health care provider about individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms.

The CDC recommends regular mammograms and paying attention to the following changes in the look and feel of the breast, including:
       A new lump in the breast;
       A lump that has changed in size;
       A change in the size and shape of the breast;
       Pain in the breast or nipple that does not go away;
       Flaky, red or swollen skin anywhere on the breast;
       A nipple that is very tender or that begins to turn inward; and
       Blood or any other type of fluid coming from the nipple that is not milk when nursing a baby.
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.
To see if you qualify, call DOH-Gulf (850) 227-1276 or DOH-Franklin (850) 653-2111 or call the American Cancer Society National Hotline at 1-800-227-2345 to get more information on the program. 
Medicare insurance also provides mammograms to women age 65 and older without a copay. Please call 1-800-633-4227 for information on receiving mammograms through Medicare.


Sacred Heart hospital to hold program for pre-diabetics

Sacred Heart hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe is starting a program to help people with lifestyle changes to keep them from getting type-2 diabetes.

People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels and have a 15 to 30 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

One in three American adults has prediabetes.

The PreventT2 lifestyle change program will be guided by a trained lifestyle coach, and participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

PreventT2 groups meet for one full year — weekly for the first 16 weeks, then once or twice a month for the next 8 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes.

The local program will meet at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe beginning on October the 19th, and is FREE to qualifying participants.

To be eligible you need to be at least 18 years old, be overweight and have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.

To learn more about the program and find out if you qualify, call John Griggs at (850) 229-5620


Franklin County Humane Society pet of the week

MANDI is a beautiful, mild mannered 8 month old Lab.  She is sweet, calm and very loving.  This little lady is heartworm negative, spayed and will make a wonderful addition to any family looking to love and care for such a sweet soul.

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 


Stone Crab season opened on Sunday

Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest seasons opened on October 15th.
Stone crab fishing is very popular especially in the southern part of the state.
If you decide to harvest some for yourself, there are some rules to remember.
Stone crab claws must be at least 2¾ inches long to be harvested legally.
Claws may not be taken from egg-bearing female stone crabs.
Recreational harvesters are allowed to use up to five stone crab traps, and there is a daily bag limit of one gallon of claws per person or two gallons per vessel, whichever is less.
The season lasts until May 15th.

Stone crab regulations are the same in state and federal waters.


Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce E-newsletter for October 13th


Agenda for October 17th meeting of Carrabelle’s Community Redevelopment Agency

Regular Meeting of Carrabelle’s
Community Redevelopment Agency
Tomorrow – Tuesday
October 17, 2017
1:30 p.m.
Carrabelle City Complex


Gulf County Commission to hold special meeting on October 17th


Agenda for October 17th meeting of the Franklin County Commission


Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Wakulla County

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 16, 2017The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The 1,657 acre prescribed burn will take place in Wakulla County north of Smith Creek Road, near Forest Road 314. The burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.
People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Drivers should be particularly cautious in areas where prescribed fires have taken place when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2017 prescribed burning season. Today’s burn is in burn unit 342 (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map):https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd529455.pdf


Saturday, October 14, 2017

Boil water notice for Eastpoint has been lifted

The precautionary boil water notice that has been in effect for Eastpoint Water and Sewer customers since tHursday has been lifted.

The boil water notice was issued Thursday afternoon after a water main break was detected on 1st street.

Water samples were tested over the past two days and showed no signs of bacteria. 


Friday, October 13, 2017

Franklin County library offers "Music as a Second Language"


Red tide found in background concentrations in Franklin County

The Florida red tide organism, Karenia brevis, was present at background to low concentrations over the past week.
One sample from Northwest Florida (Franklin County) contained background concentrations of K. brevis.
This information, including maps and reports with additional details, is also available on the FWRI Red Tide website. The website also provides links to additional information related to the topic of Florida red tide including satellite imagery, experimental red tide forecasts, shellfish harvesting areas, the FWC Fish Kill Hotline, the Florida Poison Information Center (to report human health effects related to exposure to red tide), and other wildlife related hotlines.
To learn more about various organisms that have been known to cause algal blooms in Florida waters, see the FWRI Red Tide Flickr page. Archived status maps can also be found on Flickr.       

The FWRI HAB group in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory now have a facebook page.  Please like our page and learn interesting facts concerning red tide and other harmful algal blooms in Florida.


Tire amnesty day at the Franklin County landfill on Saturday

If you have old car or truck tires on your property that are just taking up space and providing a breeding ground for mosquitoes, you'll be able to get rid of them next month.

The Franklin County landfill has received a grant that will allow them to accept up to 8 tires per household free of charge.

They plan to allow people to bring the tires to the landfill during the next amnesty day which is scheduled for October the 14th.

The tire amnesty is for local homeowners only – you will have to bring proof that you live in Franklin County to take part.

It is only for homeowners – businesses will not be allowed to dispose of tires for free.


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday

If you own an exotic pet like a big snake and you’ve been wondering how to get rid of it legally before it gets any bigger – you’re in luck as long as you can make it to Fort Walton Beach on Saturday.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park are holding an Exotic Pet Amnesty Day event on Saturday at the park in Fort Walton Beach.

People can surrender their exotic pets at the event without penalty or cost, whether they are being kept legally or illegally.

Surrendered exotic pets will be given a health exam by a veterinarian before being made available for adoption that same day to pre-registered, experienced individuals who are capable of caring for them.

This event is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central time in front of Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park.

And you might want to stop by even if you don’t have an exotic pet.

There will be live animals on display, and experts from the FWC and other organizations will be onsite with information about caring for exotic pets and the dangers of invasive species in Florida.


Images from the 2017 Seahawks Homecoming parade