Monday, September 26, 2016

The Latest Edition of Gulf Fishery News is now Available Online

September 26, 2016
The Latest Edition of Gulf Fishery News is now Available Online

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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.

Black bears get active this time of year

                This is the time of year that Florida’s black bears really start eating in preparation of winter.

The bears will eat just about anything from berries, nuts, and fruit to insects.

But since they are trying to fatten up they’d rather have high calorie meals like your dog’s food or just about anything in your trash.

That means there is a much higher chance that a bear might be visiting your yard over the next few months.

You can minimize the chances of bears stopping at your house if you take a few simple steps like feeding your animals in a closed off area and not leaving dog food outside.

Bear proof trash cans are also available from local garbage companies, but if you don’t want to pay the extra cost you just need to keep your trash can in the garage or some other spot that bears can’t reach.

And there are always a few people who think its fun to actively feed bears, but in the long run that bad for the bear.

Bears are naturally shy, but if they lose their fear of humans the state will have to step in and either relocate the bear or in some cases euthanize it.

And it can be bad for the person doing the feeding because its illegal in Florida to leave out food or garbage that will attract bears and cause human-bear conflicts.

And remember if you have a nuisance bear or suspect that someone is feeding or attracting bears, please call the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC.

Bids on bathroom renovations much higher than the budget

Franklin County Commissioners have a case of sticker shock after opening bids last week for a county project to renovate the restrooms at Carrabelle Beach and at the St. George Island public beach.

County Commissioners received bids from three companies interested in doing the work.

The county had expected the bids to come in at about 180 thousand dollars for both restrooms.

Instead the bids ranged from 270 thousand dollars to over 330 thousand dollars.

The county doesn’t have that kind of money for the project; the renovations are being funded with about 150 thousand dollars raised through the local bed tax.

The county has not yet accepted or rejected the bids.

They are going to allow the architect of the project take a look at the bids first to see why the cost is so high.

The commission will revisit the issue at their first meeting in October.

Both restrooms are in need of renovation; the restrooms at Carrabelle Beach are in the worst shape.

The bathrooms at the roadside park at Carrabelle beach were built in the 1950’s and age and seawater are taking their toll.

The restrooms need new roofs as well as a new electrical panel and lighting system.

The restrooms at the St. George Island public beach are much newer but are still in need of a little renovation.

Intermittent Lane Closures on U.S. 98 (Coastal Highway)

For Immediate Release  
September 16, 2016
Donna Green, 850-330-1661

Intermittent Lane Closures on U.S. 98 (Coastal Highway)

Chipley  Motorists traveling State Road 30/U.S. 98 (Coastal Highway) will encounter intermittent lane restrictions from south of the Old Crawfordville Highway and U.S. 98 intersection to north of Wakulla High School Tuesday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 23.  The lane closures will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  Travel delays are likely and motorists are advised to plan accordingly.  

All planned construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather.  Motorists are reminded to pay attention to the speed limit when traveling through the construction area, to watch for construction equipment entering and leaving the roadway, and to use caution when driving through the work zone.

For additional project information and the latest traffic advisories, visit the Florida Department of Transportation District Three at, follow us on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook at

Come on down to the Community Center for a presentation and discussion on Drought and Climate in the ACF Basin this Thursday.

Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week

Sammi is a beautiful and young Siamese who was brought to us with a litter of kittens.  The kittens are almost weaned so Sammi will be spayed soon and available for adoption.  She is very social and affectionate.  If you are a lover of Siamese cats, you won't want to miss this opportunity to adopt this little lady!

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 to see more of our adoptable pets.

Apalachicola P&Z to Hold Planning Workshop September 26

The Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Board will host a planning workshop on Monday September 26 at 5 pm to discuss two planning topics - building height restrictions and nonconforming structures, lots and uses in the City. Proposed amendments to the land development code will be presented and discussed. This is not a regular planning meeting so no official action will occur. To review and download the documents, click here or

Agenda and Information for September 27th Gulf County Commission meeting

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Save the Date: Trustee Council Public Meeting on September 28, 2016

Fishing in the Gulf at sunrise
The Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 28, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG):  Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide. 
Date:September 28, 2016
Renaissance New Orleans Pere Marquette French Quarter Area Hotel
Storyville Room
Time:Open house for discussion and questions                             5:30 - 6:30 PM
Public meeting for presentation and public comment       6:30 - 9:00 PM
We look forward to seeing you at this meeting. We encourage you to attend our Open House, where staff will be available for discussions and questions. If you are unable to attend the public meeting, you will be able to view the meeting presentation and transcript on the Trustees' website soon after the meeting concludes.
Each TIG and the Trustee Council have committed to hold at least one public meeting a year; this meeting will serve as the annual public meeting for the Trustee Council and the Region-wide TIG.

For more information, visit

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Celebrate Voter Registration Day on Tuesday

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

DEP Logo

Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

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

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Jonathan P. Steverson

Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Location Id: 342020
Location Name: JUNEAU- 2215 CONCH DRIVE - DOCK
County: Franklin
Application Number: 342020-002

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

District adopts 2016-17 budget focused on springs, water resource protection

The Northwest Florida Water Management District's Governing Board on Sept. 22 adopted a $62.2 million budget for Fiscal Year 2016-17, which begins Oct. 1. The budget represents an increase of $6.5 million from Fiscal Year 2015-16.

More than half of the District's budget - $31.5 million - is directed to restoring and protecting springs throughout northwest Florida. The budget also includes funding for water supply and water development assistance to local communities, and improving the water quality in the Apalachicola River and Bay system. 

While the District funds many of its operations through the collection of ad valorem taxes and timber sales, the state also provides significant operational support and funding for projects that protect the region's water resources.

"Thanks to the support of Secretary Steverson and DEP, Governor Scott, and the Legislature, the District is able to make significant strides toward completing projects that will make the greatest positive impact on the region's natural resources," said Governing Board Chairman George Roberts.

Included in the newly adopted budget are the following highlights:

* $31.5 million for springs projects. This funding will enable the District to implement springs restoration projects for Wakulla Spring, Jackson Blue Spring, and springs associated with the Holmes and Econfina creek systems.

* $9.5 million for water supply and water resource development assistance to continue support for cooperative grant projects across northwest Florida. This funding also supports the collaborative efforts with Bay County, Gulf Power, and Panama City to expand reclaimed water use in Bay County.

* $2 million for monitoring and technical assessments to develop Minimum Flows and Levels for the St. Marks River Rise, Wakulla Spring, Sally Ward Spring, Jackson Blue Spring, the Floridan aquifer in coastal Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, and Walton counties, and the Lower Yellow and Shoal River system.

* $2 million for watershed restoration. This funding will facilitate continued efforts to protect and restore water quality and estuarine habitats in the Apalachicola River and Bay system through the implementation of cooperative stormwater retrofit projects and other best management practices. This funding will also support focused project planning to benefit watersheds across northwest Florida.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cooler weather brings butterflies to the Gulf Coast

As it gets chillier we can expect to see kaleidoscopes of Butterflies start to pass through our area.

Gulf Fritillaries are already passing through, and it can make driving on local bridges a little frightening as they float in front of your car.

And very soon we should start seeing Monarch butterflies too.

As the chilly weather hits the northern United States and Canada, monarch butterflies begin a migration south that takes them across North Florida.

Millions of monarchs east of the Rocky Mountains spend their winters at a specific forest in central Mexico—encompassing just 70 square miles and to get there, they use Florida’s river corridors and coastal barrier islands.

Groups like the Nature Conservancy have helped protect almost 40,000 acres across this Panhandle pathway to make sure the monarchs have a safe trip.

They also tag some of the butterflies to see if they can follow the migration pattern.

Franklin County Seahawks homecoming parade 2016