Sunday, July 12, 2020

Draft agenda for the July 13th Wakulla County Commission meeting





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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Florida DEP permit activity for Wakulla Middle School

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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

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Type III Wastewater Treatment Plant Permit
Project Name: WWTP PERMIT RENEWAL
Location Id: FLA010229
Location Name: Wakulla Middle School WWTP
County: Wakulla
Application Number: FLA010229-004

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



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Friday, July 10, 2020

Franklin County has agreed to allow a cell phone tower company to consider two county-owned properties on Highway 65 as locations for a new cell tower

 Franklin County has agreed to allow a cell phone tower company to consider two county-owned properties on Highway 65 as locations for a new cell tower.

The board signed a non-binding agreement that will allow Tillman Cellular Tower Company to consider the Landfill and the Sheriff’s Department as potential sites.

The company is also considering other locations in the area.

Commissioner Smokey Parrish said it would be good if a new tower was put up near the sheriff's department because that would allow the county to move its fire department repeater to a new location and tear down the old tower at the sheriff's office.

The repeater is a concern because it is hard wired into the sheriff's 911 console so if there is a lightning strike on the tower it can damage the expensive and necessary 911 equipment.


The new tower would likely not increase cell phone coverage to the dead spot near the county's northern border, but there a second company currently working to put a tower in that area.


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The Franklin County Commission have awarded a bid to construct the new Road Department Administrative Building

The Franklin County Commission have awarded a bid to construct the new Road Department Administrative Building.

There were four companies bidding for the work, with bids ranging from over 416 thousand dollars to just over 321 thousand dollars.

The winning bid was Storm Construction, who had the lowest bid at 321,465 dollars.

The company will now construct a new 2280 square foot building at the Road Department that will provide office space as well as space for mosquito control which currently operates out of an old 12 by 12 building at the road camp.

There were some concerns that there would not be enough money for the construction because of the drop in gas tax collections this year, but the county finance office said the road camp has received a 200 thousand dollar reimbursement from FEMA which will help cover the costs.




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07.10.2020 Franklin County COVID-19 Update

Good Afternoon Franklin County!

Attached you will find our COVID-19 update that has been shared on the Franklin County Florida Emergency Management Facebook page. This top pinned post will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, it will be emailed to our community distribution list to ensure we are reaching as many community members as possible.  For updates sent directly to your phone text FranklinCV19 to 888777.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  1. We are seeing community spread of COVID19 cases in Franklin and Gulf. Gulf County had 25 more positive cases just this week. Franklin had 10. In the beginning, many of the case investigations were travel-related or from close contact to a COVID19 positive individual outside of the county. However, we are seeing a significant climb in cases from close contacts to a positive case inside the county. And some COVID19 positive individuals have reported unknown exposure. We need to stop the spread NOW or we are going to continue to see spikes like around the state. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Visitors are also responsible for keeping our communities in good health. Follow CDC guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.

  1. If you are identified as a positive case, the health department will work closely with you and help reach out to anyone you were in close contact with during your infection period. Why is this so important? We are trying to interrupt disease spread. Close contacts need to be able to quarantine so that the spread of the virus stops. Your personal information is kept completely confidential. When someone finds out they need to quarantine, all they hear is “you’ve been identified as a close contact to a positive case.” From there, we provide quarantine guidance to follow and help answer questions about the virus. Please be honest about the people you’ve been in close contact with. It can save lives.

  1. If you have been a close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) to a positive case, you need to quarantine for 14 days. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms.

  1. The Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf are continuing to provide free COVID19 testing by appointment. The nasal swab test (that does not go to your brain) is used to test for active infection, not antibody. Upcoming drive-thru testing locations are below:
GULF - Honeyville Community Center, 7/27/20 – 9am – 3pm CST
FRANKLIN - Franklin DOH (in front of Weems) COVID-19 testing – 7/14/20 – 8AM – 1PM

Here’s what you’ll find new in today’s update:
  • Gov. DeSantis’ Executive Order No. 20-166, extending the state of emergency.
  • City of Carrabelle Proclamation encouraging the use of facial coverings. 

Here are the Florida Department of Health testing numbers as of 2:00pm today:

                                 LOCAL STATUS             
FRANKLIN
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
1,461
How many negative tests we have
1,436
How many positive tests we have
25
Amount no longer required to isolate
                10

LOCAL STATUS
GULF
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
         2,168
How many negative tests we have
2,087
How many positive tests we have
79
Amount no longer required to isolate
               47
Please note: The demand for the testing and designated laboratory, may cause a slight delay inID-19 Dashboard.

As always, please share this tool and the attachments with your coworkers, partners, friends and relatives as we need to all be educated on the facts. We know that informed people make better decisions, so please help us to eliminate miscommunication and rumors by informing our community. We will keep each and every one of you updated as new information becomes available.


DT Simmons
Operations Manager
Florida Department of Health in Franklin & Gulf County
139 12th Street,
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
Office Phone | Franklin County: (850) 653-2111 ext. 6019 | Gulf County: (850) 227-1276 ext. 6127 |Mobile Phone: (850) 247-9032

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7.10.20 Gulf County COVID-19 Daily Update

Good Afternoon Gulf County!

Attached you will find our COVID-19 update that has been shared on the Gulf County Florida Emergency Management Facebook page. This top pinned post will be updated every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition, it will be emailed to our community distribution list to ensure we are reaching as many community members as possible.  For updates sent directly to your phone text GULFCOVID to 888777.

A MESSAGE FROM YOUR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT

  1. We are seeing community spread of COVID19 cases in Franklin and Gulf. Gulf County had 25 more positive cases just this week. Franklin had 10. In the beginning, many of the case investigations were travel-related or from close contact to a COVID19 positive individual outside of the county. However, we are seeing a significant climb in cases from close contacts to a positive case inside the county. And some COVID19 positive individuals have reported unknown exposure. We need to stop the spread NOW or we are going to continue to see spikes like around the state. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. Visitors are also responsible for keeping our communities in good health. Follow CDC guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

  1. If you are identified as a positive case, the health department will work closely with you and help reach out to anyone you were in close contact with during your infection period. Why is this so important? We are trying to interrupt disease spread. Close contacts need to be able to quarantine so that the spread of the virus stops. Your personal information is kept completely confidential. When someone finds out they need to quarantine, all they hear is “you’ve been identified as a close contact to a positive case.” From there, we provide quarantine guidance to follow and help answer questions about the virus. Please be honest about the people you’ve been in close contact with. It can save lives.

  1. If you have been a close contact (less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) to a positive case, you need to quarantine for 14 days. Even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Call your health care provider if you develop symptoms.

  1. The Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf are continuing to provide free COVID19 testing by appointment. The nasal swab test (that does not go to your brain) is used to test for active infection, not antibody. Upcoming drive-thru testing locations are below:
GULF - Honeyville Community Center, 7/27/20 – 9am – 3pm CST
FRANKLIN - Franklin DOH (in front of Weems) COVID-19 testing – 7/14/20 – 8AM – 1PM

Here’s what you’ll find in today’s update:
  • Guidance for Returning to Places of Worship
  • Governor Ron DeSantis’ Executive Order Number 20-166 – Extension of Executive Order 20-52

Here are the Florida Department of Health testing numbers as of 2:00pm today:

                                 LOCAL STATUS             
FRANKLIN
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
1461
How many negative tests we have
1436
How many positive tests we have
25
Amount no longer required to isolate
             10



LOCAL STATUS
GULF
How many unduplicated COVID-19 tests so far for this event
        2168
How many negative tests we have
2087
How many positive tests we have
79
Amount no longer required to isolate
              47 
Please note: The demand for the testing and designated laboratory, may cause a slight delay in reporting as reflected on the Florida COVID-19 Dashboard.
As always, please share this tool and the attachments with your coworkers, partners, friends and relatives as we need to all be educated on the facts. We know that informed people make better decisions, so please help us to eliminate miscommunication and rumors by informing our community. We will keep each and every one of you updated as new information becomes available.

Megan Bennefield
Deputy Public Information Officer
Florida Department of Health – Gulf/Franklin
2475 Garrison Avenue
Port Saint Joe, FL  32456
850-705-6118



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Florida Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Southern Pine Beetle Outbreaks

Florida Forest Service Accepting Applications to Help Landowners Combat Southern Pine Beetle Outbreaks

Tallahassee, Fla. — The Florida Forest Service is announcing that applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program. The program is limited to 44 northern Florida counties, the known range of the southern pine beetle, and open to non-industrial, private forest landowners through August 6, 2020.

“Pine forests are an essential part of Florida’s ecosystem,” said Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried. “Helping landowners take preventative action significantly reduces the risk and impacts associated with the southern pine beetle and is critical to preserving the benefits that forests provide Floridians and visitors alike.”

The southern pine beetle (SPB) is one of the most economically devastating forest pests of the Southeast, with periodic outbreaks leading to deaths of millions of pine trees. Since 2015, over 460 SPB infestations have been reported in Florida, killing trees on more than 2,200 acres. This pales in comparison to the last major outbreaks between 1999 and 2002, which caused an estimated $59 million in timber losses on over 24,000 acres.

Since it was first offered in 2005, the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program has been implemented on more than 197,000 acres and helped thousands of landowners.



The Southern Pine Beetle Assistance and Prevention Program, supported through a grant by the United States Forest Service, provides incentive payments for landowners who conduct a first pulpwood thinning and offers partial cost reimbursement for activities, such as prescribed burning, mechanical underbrush treatments, and the planting of longleaf or slash pine rather than the loblolly pine, the beetle’s preferred species. Qualified landowners can apply for up to two different practices per year, and funding requests may not exceed $10,000. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.


Visit FDACS.gov/SPBPrevention to learn more about the Southern Pine Beetle Assistance Program or click here to obtain an application.


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As of Friday, there are 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County and 79 cases in Gulf County including a 2 year old

As of Friday, there are 25 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Franklin County and 79 cases in Gulf County including a 2 year old.

That means there were 6 more confirmed cases in Franklin County between Wednesday and Friday.

There were 20 new cases in Gulf County over the same time.

The ages of the cases in Franklin County range from 9 to 85; 18 are women, 6 are men, one is not a county resident.

There have been no cases in Franklin County that require hospitalization.

In Gulf County the ages range from 2 years old to 89 with 42 men and 32 women; 5 are non-residents.

Six Gulf County cases have required hospital stays.

Remember it is important to wear masks when you are outside your home, particularly if you are in businesses or other places where you may come in close or prolonged contact with other people.

It is also important to stay at least 6 feet away from other people to help control the spread of the coronavirus.


The Florida Department of Health also encourages elderly and vulnerable populations to limit interactions outside of the home, and urges all individuals to refrain from participating in gatherings of more than 50 people.


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Tax collections in Franklin County in April were down nearly 40 percent from April, 2019 because of the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic

Tax collections in Franklin County in April were down nearly 40 percent from April, 2019 because of the quarantine caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

April was the first full month of the quarantine which closed most non-essential businesses as well as rental homes.

Travel was also discouraged during the month.

Franklin County finance director Erin Griffin reported on Tuesday that Franklin County's tourist development tax collection was just over 20 thousand dollars in April about 75 percent lower than in April, 2019 when collections were over 82 thousand dollars.

Collections from the local 1 cent sales tax that funds Franklin County's Health care trust fund fell from over 152 thousand dollars in April, 2019 to just under 93 thousand dollars in April, 2020.

Overall, local tax collections in April were down 39 percent from the year before, which turns out to be good news because the county was preparing for a 50 percent drop.


Griffin said she is optimistic that the tax drop won't be a huge hit for the upcoming fiscal year.


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Florida DEP permit activity for Indian Pass

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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

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - Drinking Water Distribution System General Permit
Project Name: INDIAN PASS SHORES SD PWS
Location Id: 389945
Location Name: INDIAN PASS SHORES SUBDIVISION
County: Gulf
Application Number: 389945-001

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



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Franklin County Emergency Management Office has partnered with Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce to provide masks to local businesses

Franklin County Emergency Management Office has partnered with Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce to provide masks to local businesses.

The masks are being made available through the visitor centers in Apalachicola, Eastpoint and St. George Island.

The white cloth masks come in packs of 5 – so you should be able to get enough for all of your employees.

If you own a business in the area you can call John Solomon at the Apalachicola Chamber to arrange for pickup.

The number is 653-9419.

The chamber office in Apalachicola also has free masks for visitors if they need them so they can comply with the cities requirement to wear masks in local businesses.

They will also have some branded mask for sale – with the logo shop local, eat local, fish local.






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Gulf County Chamber of Commerce Update

has two great features on their website at http://durenspigglywiggly.com/.

From the home page click on the big red button on the left, Duren’s Online Express, you can shop from home then drive to the store and pick it up in the parking lot! Simply park and they will load it in your vehicle. Look for the designated parking spots!

For the newest feature, simply click on the image on the right, Ask the Pig, to go to the page where YOU ask the questions, make your requests and let management know who is Rocking the PIG! You can also access the service at the store on the big screen next to the flower department. The best part is, you will be notified when your product has arrived or sent the answer to your question.

Ask questions - “What are the hours of the self serve salad bar?”
Requests for products - “Can you stock red lintels in a can?”
Recognize employee's excellence - “Mr. Todd steams my shrimp order to perfection, every time!”
PLEASE COMPLETE OUR ANONYMOUS WORKFORCE SURVEY TODAY:
 
Together, we can build a diverse workforce that provides opportunity for all Floridians. The Able Trust, one of the Florida Chamber Foundation Community Development Partners, is our key partner in providing opportunities for successful employment for Floridians with disabilities – especially as we relaunch through the changing COVID-19 workforce environment. Please take a few minutes to complete this important anonymous survey now as it closes July 17. Please forward the survey to other business leaders so they can participate in securing Florida’s future as well.
The State of Florida, Department of Financial Services, Division of Workers’ Compensation offers Free Seminars and Webinars for Florida employers regarding Workers’ Compensation and Workplace Safety.
 
In addition, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has partnered with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and the University of South Florida’s “Safety Florida Consultation Program” to bring valuable safety information to Florida employers.
 
Free Seminars are held in various locations around the state. In accordance with guidelines issued by the CDC to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the Division of Workers’ Compensation has temporarily suspended our in-person seminar events through September 2020. Events for October through December will be posted on our website by September 1st, 2020. Please visit https://www.myfloridacfo.com/division/wc/Employer/educational.htm for more information in September.
 
Free Webinars are available to Florida employers. The Webinars contain the same information as the classroom settings and are held monthly via your computer and telephone.
 
CEUs
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are available to contractors licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation: Construction Industry Licensing Board and Electrical Contractors Licensing Board.
 
Dates & Locations
Please find attached flyer and registration forms with the dates, times and locations for the Seminars (classroom settings) and dates/times for the Webinars July - December 2020.
 
To register for any of our events please complete the appropriate registration form and email it to me at BocSeminars@MyFloridaCFO.com or fax it to (850) 484-5111.
 
If you would like to publish or forward this information to other interested parties, please do so. We would appreciate your help in getting the word out regarding these events.
 
Should you have any questions, please let us know. Thank you.
 
 
Aysia Elliott
Government Analyst I- Training Specialist
Office of the Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis
Florida Department of Financial Services
Telephone: 239-461-4077 Aysia.Elliott@myfloridacfo.com
Fax: 239-338-2786

Become a member of the
Gulf County Chamber
TODAY!
Joe Whitmer
Executive Director
 
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
321B Reid Ave
Port St Joe, FL
850-227-1223 Office


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