Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Apalachicola Riverkeeper receives 13 thousand dollar donation from local guides and outfitters

The Apalachicola Riverkeeper group was recently presented with a check for over 13 thousand dollars collected by local outfitters and guides during a recent tarpon tagging tournament.

Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a non-profit organization founded in 1999, advocates at local, state and national levels for the long-term health and productivity of the Apalachicola river and bay.  

The check for $13,285 dollars was presented by Captain Chris Robinson of Robinson Brothers Guide Service; Captain David Mangum of Shallow Water Expeditions; and Tom and Sharon Morgan of Apalach Outfitters.

The funds represent the net proceeds from a catch, tag and release Scientific Tarpon Tagging Tournament done in conjunction with the Bonefish and Tarpon Trust, who supplied satellite tags.

Tom Morgan said, “We applaud the Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s hard work in trying to get adequate water flow down the Flint, Chattahoochee and Apalachicola Rivers in order to save our bay and the associated jobs tied to this magnificent estuary."


Apalachicola Riverkeeper Dan Tonsmeire said “The funds will go a long way to support Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s ongoing education, advocacy, research and outreach work.”  


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The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is recruiting 10 new crew members

The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is recruiting 10 new crew members.

Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is a youth development program for young adults 18-25 years of age who are not engaged in school or a career pathway.

The program provides participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support.

The year-long program opens pathways to careers in land management, environmental restoration, construction, and disaster response.

Participants gain hands-on experience implementing environmental restoration projects, improving public lands, engaging in construction projects to address affordable housing, and providing disaster response services for communities across the state.

Crew members earn industry certifications, complete their high school diplomas, gain leadership skills, and build transferable job skills.

In the last two years, 34 crew members have earned 115 industry certifications, have completed over 48 environmental restoration and park renovation projects, and have responded to three natural disasters.

Crew members also receive a weekly training allowance and are assisted with personal goals such as obtaining driver’s licenses and transportation, securing housing, and accessing medical and dental care.

If you are interested in learning more, you need to move fast.

Recruitment closes August 25 in order for orientation to begin the following week.

Those interested in becoming crew members should call 850-323-0178 and make an appointment for an interview.

More information is available at www.conservationcorpsfc.org.





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Monday, August 14, 2017

The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is recruiting 10 new crew members - the deadline to apply is August 25th

The Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is recruiting 10 new crew members.

Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast is a youth development program for young adults 18-25 years of age who are not engaged in school or a career pathway.

The program provides participants with job training, academic programming, leadership skills, and additional support.

The year-long program opens pathways to careers in land management, environmental restoration, construction, and disaster response.

Participants gain hands-on experience implementing environmental restoration projects, improving public lands, engaging in construction projects to address affordable housing, and providing disaster response services for communities across the state.

Crew members earn industry certifications, complete their high school diplomas, gain leadership skills, and build transferable job skills.

In the last two years, 34 crew members have earned 115 industry certifications, have completed over 48 environmental restoration and park renovation projects, and have responded to three natural disasters.

Crew members also receive a weekly training allowance and are assisted with personal goals such as obtaining driver’s licenses and transportation, securing housing, and accessing medical and dental care.

If you are interested in learning more, you need to move fast.

Recruitment closes August 25 in order for orientation to begin the following week.

Those interested in becoming crew members should call 850-323-0178 and make an appointment for an interview.

More information is available at www.conservationcorpsfc.org.




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Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

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Hogfish conservation measures and boundaries effective Aug. 24

A new management boundary and several conservation measures for hogfish will go into effect in state and federal waters starting Aug. 24. State changes were approved by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its November 2016 meeting.

Hogfish is overfished and undergoing overfishing in the Florida Keys and east Florida. Federal law requires the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council to end overfishing immediately and implement a 10-year rebuilding plan.

hogfish map

Because most hogfish off the Keys and east Florida are taken in Florida state waters, consistency with regulations approved in Atlantic federal waters is necessary to rebuild the stock.

The new management boundary between the Keys/east Florida and Gulf stocks will be at 25 degrees 9 minutes north latitude (a line due west of Cape Sable, which is on the Gulf side of Florida). Starting Aug. 24, hogfish north of Cape Sable will be managed as Gulf hogfish, and hogfish south of that line, around the tip of Florida and up the Atlantic coast, will be managed as Atlantic hogfish. Prior to this change, the boundary for hogfish was a line following U.S. Highway 1 in the Florida Keys. This new management boundary line is closer to where Gulf and Atlantic hogfish stocks naturally separate as determined by a recent genetic study.

Other approved conservation changes effective Aug. 24 include:
  • Lowering the Atlantic recreational daily bag limit from five to one fish per harvester.
  • Setting an Atlantic recreational harvest season of May 1 through Oct. 31.
  • Increasing the Atlantic recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 16 inches fork length.
  • Increasing the Gulf recreational and commercial minimum size limit from 12 to 14 inches fork length.
  • Setting the minimum importation and sale size limit to 14 inches fork length statewide.
The size limit increase and recreational season will allow Atlantic hogfish more opportunities to spawn before entering the fishery and, along with a bag limit change, will help rebuild the Keys/east Florida hogfish population to sustainable levels.

The size limit change for Gulf state waters is also consistent with regulations for federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf stock is healthy, but stakeholders requested an increase in the minimum size limit as a conservation measure to give hogfish additional spawning opportunities.

Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Hogfish” for more.



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FWC Division of Law Enforcement Weekly Report August 4, 2017 through August 10, 2017

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Weekly Report
August 4, 2017 through August 10, 2017

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;
however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.

Patrol, Protect, Preserve

NORTHWEST REGION

CASES

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Officer Manning checked four individuals fishing in Escambia Bay. After a resource inspection, he found that they were in possession of more than 50 spotted seatrout. The fisherman claimed they were fishing commercially, but only one possessed the required license. Officer Manning issued the three remaining individuals criminal notices to appear for the violations.

WALTON COUNTY

Officer Tison conducted a resource inspection on a subject fishing along the Choctawhatchee Bay shoreline. An inspection of the subject’s cooler revealed six undersized red drum. All the red drum were well under the mandated 18 inches in length. The subject was cited for possessing over the daily bag limit of red drum and issued a warning for the size limit violation.

Officer White conducted a fisheries inspection on a subject fishing in the Choctawhatchee Bay. An inspection of a cooler revealed the subject was over the daily bag limit of red drum. The subject was cited for the violation.

Officer White responded to Topsail Hill State Park after receiving information from park personnel that one of their golf carts had been taken. The subjects responsible were located and issued trespass warnings from the park after they were questioned.

DIRECTED CONSERVATION PATROLS

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officers continue to patrol shorebird nesting areas around the Navarre Causeway, educating the public on the importance of protecting our imperiled species by not disturbing the nesting areas. Officers Ramos and Lugg informed two individuals who were walking through the protected area.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

COMMUNITY ORIENTED POLICING

Officer J. Rockwell attended the Crestview Youth Academy Graduation. This was a multi-agency event with participation by Crestview Fire Department, FWC and Crestview Police Department. There were 48 students that graduated from the academy. Officer Rockwell brought a vessel and explained FWC’s core mission to students and parents in attendance.


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GULF COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY AUGUST 7, 2017 – AUGUST 13, 2017





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FWC approves limited gray triggerfish recreational season

There will be a very limited recreational gray trigerfish season in Florida waters this fall.
Gray triggerfish have been off-limits to recreational fishermen this year because last year's federal gray triggerfish quota was exceeded by more than 200 percent.
Gray triggerfish are considered overfished, and when the federal quota is exceeded, federal rules require the overage is deducted from the next year's quota.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has decided to allow a few days of triggerfish fishing starting on September the 1st.
The gray triggerfish season will open September 1st through the 4th, September 9th and 10th, October 7th and 8th, and October 14th and 15th for recreational harvest.
During this season opening, the Gulf state waters minimum size limit is 14 inches fork length and the daily bag limit is two per person, per day.
The FWC has also approved several other management changes for gray triggerfish that will go into effect in 2018.
The changes include decreasing the recreational daily bag limit from two to one fish per person, increasing the recreational size limit from 14 to 15 inches fork length and creating a January through February annual recreational closure in addition to the current June through July annual spawning closure.







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Agenda for August 15th Franklin county Commission meeting





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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Franklin County Humane Society Pet of the Week



Lester is a 9 month old Black Mouth Cur mix and is playful and social. He has a beautiful face and sweet temperament and enjoys interacting with people and most other dogs. Lester is heartworm negative,neutered and can be yours to raise and love for a $125.00 adoption fee. Come by and meet this sweet boy and all the other dogs waiting for their forever home!

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 pets.



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Summer's Not Over Yet! - August Newsletter from Mexico Beach

Wow! What a Summer!
Our summer has been great, but it’s not too late to enjoy that last-minute getaway to the beach. The weather and the Gulf are both nice, warm, and relaxing, not to mention the sunsets are the best this time of year. With kids starting back to school, you can have the beach all to yourself. Make plans and come join us.

Many of our vacation rentals are offering last-minute deals and fall specials.

AND THE
WINNER IS...
Last month we had two beach towels and two hats from Serenity Beach Rentals up for grabs and the winner was Pam Gilmore from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Congratulations, Pam!

This month we’re giving away a gift certificate to Beachwalk, a must-stop shop offering gifts, clothing, souvenirs, shoes, and more. To put your name in the hat, send an e-mail to Melissa (melissa@mexicobeach.com) and be sure to put your contact info in the e-mail.
Mexico Beach is the perfect place to say "I Do"! For more information on weddings or vow renewal ceremonies on the beach, visit www.mexicobeach.com.

We have had a busy wedding season this year. We are delighted to share news of a few of the couples that chose Mexico Beach as their ceremony location.
GREG & NATASHA
Greg and Natasha joined us from Marshville, Georgia. It was a beautiful beach wedding and the weather was perfect. Congratulations, Greg and Natasha!
BRAD & AMBER
Brad and Amber came all the way from Columbus, Indiana, to say their vows. Both the beach and the surf cooperated for their beautiful day. Congratulations, Brad and Amber!
KEVIN & JAYME
Kevin and Jayme joined us from the great state of Tennessee for their nuptials. The weather and waters were calm and tranquil for their wedding day. Congratulations, Kevin and Jayme!
MARK & VALERIE
Mark and Valerie came from Anderson, South Carolina, to celebrate their marriage. They had a beautiful ceremony and perfect reception. Congratulations, Mark and Valerie!
August Farmer’s & Craft Market
August 12
Spend the day going from booth to booth at the Mexico Beach Farmer’s and Craft Market. The market will take place at Parker Park, located on Hwy. 98 in beautiful Mexico Beach, and will be open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (CDT). There will be plenty of produce, crafts, photography, jewelry, and much more.
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21st Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament
August 26
Come participate or cheer on the participants at the 21st Annual MBARA Kingfish Tournament, a charitable event that raises funds to build artificial reefs. Kicking off the event is the Captain’s Party on Friday, August 255–9 p.m. (CDT) at Veteran’s Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach. Then it’s time to drop the lines bright and early Saturday. Weigh-in starts at 1 p.m. at the Mexico Beach Marina. Everyone is invited to attend and enjoy watching the big one come in. Register today!
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Mexico Beach Music in the Park
September 7, 14, 21, 28, 5:00–7:00 p.m.
Every Thursday during the month of September, you and the family are invited to unwind, relax, and enjoy great music and beautiful sunsets at Parker Park, just along Hwy. 98. Be sure to grab a chair, a blanket, a cooler, and whatever else you might need to set up your spot on the grass. Come have a good time listening to talented musicians from all over our region play some of their very own hits and crowd favorites. The Mexico Beach Volunteer Fire Department will be hosting a cookout in conjunction with the concert each week and will offer hot dogs, burgers, drinks, and more as a fund-raiser. The concerts are free to the public. Below is this year’s lineup, so make plans to visit Mexico Beach.

September 7 – Baby Gray
September 14 – Flabbergasted Band
September 21 – Heat & the Zydeco Gents
September 28 – The Currys
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Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon
September 9
The Fall Beach Blast Triathlon and Duathlon is set for Saturday, September 9, offering choices of sprint or Olympic distance and triathlon or duathlon. Pick your race and distance! The races take place on the beautiful Gulf Coast and its magical beaches. Location of the packet pick-up and race is Veterans Memorial Park in St. Joe Beach—between Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe on Hwy. 98. All four races start from the same spot on the beautiful local beach.
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18th Annual Mexico Beach Art & Wine Festival
October 14
The 18th Annual Art and Wine Festival will be held on October 14, 2017, at the Driftwood Inn in Mexico Beach. This juried showcase will feature over 25 artists. Come enjoy live music while perusing the artists’ displays. Stick around for a chance to get one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork from both the silent and the live auctions; there will be exciting pieces to bid on this year. More news as the event grows closer to time. This is a big fund-raiser for the July 4th Best Blast on the Beach fireworks show. Make plans to stay in Mexico Beach and enjoy this grand event.
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A friendly reminder: Mexico Beach is a Leave No Trace community, and we appreciate your assistance in helping us keep our beaches clean. Any items left on the beach unattended from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. will be removed and disposed of by the City of Mexico Beach. Items include, but are not limited to, tents and tent frames, beach chairs, coolers, umbrellas, toys, etc. Also, please fill in any holes before you leave. Your assistance with these requests will keep our beaches beautiful and pristine. For full details on this ordinance or questions, click here or contact City Hall at (850) 648-5700.
HEAVENLY SNAPPER

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds snapper fillets, skinned
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup butter, softened
3 tablespoons mayonnaise
3 tablespoons green onions, chopped
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon liquid hot pepper sauce
DIRECTIONS
Cut fillets into serving sizes. Place fish on a well-greased broiler pan, approximately 13x10 inches. Baste fish with lemon juice and let stand for 10 minutes. Broil approximately 4 inches from heat for 4–5 minutes. Turn fish carefully and continue to broil 4–5 minutes longer until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Combine Parmesan cheese, butter, mayonnaise, green onion, salt, and liquid hot pepper sauce. Spread sauce evenly over fish and broil 2–3 minutes longer or until lightly browned. Serve and enjoy.

The MBARA has published another great cookbook (3rd edition) and it’s now available to you! With 280 recipes, there are some great meals you can prepare and enjoy. If you would like a copy, you can visit www.MBARA.org for more information.
WISDOM FOR (AND ABOUT) WOMEN

We received some nice feedback from last month's lady definitions, so we decided to stick with the theme for this month.

You can tell a lot about a woman by her hands. For instance, if they’re placed around your throat, she’s probably slightly upset.

A woman has only two basic problems. The first is what to wear and the second is lack of room for her clothes.

Behind every great man is a woman rolling her eyes.

When a woman says “what” it’s not because she didn’t hear you. She’s giving you a chance to change what you just said.

Someday they’re going to call me “Ma’am” without adding “you’re making a scene.”

Some women hold up dresses that are ugly and always say the same thing: “This dress looks much better on.” On what? On fire?

When a woman acts like a man, she doesn’t act like a nice man.

For all the men who say “a woman’s place is in the kitchen,” remember that’s where the knives are kept.

For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.

A wise man once said, “I don’t know; ask a woman.”

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1-888-723-2546

ADDRESS
102 Canal Parkway
Mexico Beach, FL 32456

EMAIL
info@mexicobeach.com
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