Monday, April 27, 2015

City Hosts Quasi-Judicial Planning Workshop April 28

City of Apalachicola
City Hosts Quasi-Judicial Planning Workshop April 28
The City of Apalachicola will host a joint workshop at 6 pm Tuesday, April 28 with the City Commission, Planning & Zoning Board and Board of Adjustment to discuss the issue of Quasi-Judicial Hearings. The workshop will be held at the City Community Center located at Battery Park. The workshop will be led by Apalachicola City Attorney Pat Floyd.
The topic of quasi-judicial hearing first came up last fall during discussions surrounding a proposed Family Dollar Store development on Highway 98. The discussion surfaced again during the City’s April Planning and Zoning meeting in which developers presented plans for a proposed CVS store at the corner of Highway 98 and 7th Street.       
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Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Saltwater Fishing Trip for Florida’s Wounded Veterans

Contact: Aaron Keller
April 27, 2015
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Commissioner Adam Putnam Announces Saltwater Fishing Trip for Florida’s Wounded Veterans


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – More than 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, and Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam is honoring veterans who were wounded during service through Operation Outdoor Freedom. This program provides unique recreational opportunities throughout Florida to wounded veterans. Wounded veterans can register online nowfor a fishing trip on June 12 near Pine Island, Florida. Space is limited and registration closes onMay 6.

“While we can never repay our wounded veterans who have selflessly served and sacrificed in order to protect our freedom, we can help honor them by providing recreational opportunities to enjoy Florida’s great outdoors,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.

Since the program’s creation in 2011, Operation Outdoor Freedom has hosted numerous events on Florida’s state forests, private ranches, timber lands and waterways. In total, more than 1,500 wounded veterans have participated in outdoor activities like guided alligator hunts, deer and hog hunts; quail and turkey hunts; freshwater fishing and canoeing. For some of the wounded veterans who participated, it was the first opportunity to get outdoors since returning home from duty.

Participants must have a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or greater from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs or be a Purple Heart recipient.

Areas of Florida State Forests dedicated to this effort are fully equipped to accommodate the needs of wounded veterans, providing a unique opportunity for recreation and rehabilitation. All funding for the hunts is generated through private donations. Veterans participate at no charge. For more information on Operation Outdoor Freedom, go to

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

          Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Seasonal harvest closures conserve Florida’s valuable snook populations and help sustain and improve the fishery for the future.
          Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.
          Both the Atlantic and Gulf will reopen for recreational harvest Sept. 1.
          Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. Snook may be caught and released during the closed season. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to handle their catch carefully to help the fish survive upon release. Proper handling methods can help ensure the species’ abundance for anglers today and generations to come. To learn more about fish handling, visit and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Fish Handling.”
           Learn more about recreational fishing at by clicking on “Saltwater” and “Recreational Regulations.”

Apply for your alligator hunting permit today!

If you’ve ever thought about hunting an alligator, now is the time to apply for the highly coveted permits.
The state will issue more than 5700 alligator hunting permits this year but you need to apply now, the deadline is April 30th.
The application process is done in phases; during phase one you can apply at any tax collector’s office, license agent or through the Internet at – you can specify up to 20 hunting areas and hunting periods on the application.
There will then be a random drawing and if are chosen you have until May the 14th to pay for your permit.
The permits that are unsold after that will be placed back into the system to be sold in Phase 2 which is another random drawing.
The licenses cost 272 dollars for residents and 1022 dollars if you are from out of state
Each permit allows you to take two alligators from whichever county or body of water you were awarded during a specific harvest period. 

You must be at least 18 years old by opening day, August 15th, to purchase one.

The 11-week alligator season runs August 15th through November 1st.

Application period open for Residential Construction Mitigation Program

The Franklin County Emergency Management Office will be accepting applications for the Residential Construction Mitigation Program. The deadline for submitting application will be June 1, 2015. Applications and criteria can be found on the Franklin County Emergency Management website at For more information contact Franklin County Emergency Management office at 850-653-8977.



to be held at 

The Apalachicola Museum of Art
The Fry Conter House, 96 5th Avenue, Apalachicola, Florida 32320

Opening wine reception Friday, May 1, 2015, at 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 2, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 May 3- 17, 20151:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  Open Wednesday through Sunday.

Free Admission

Former deputy arrested for vandalizing video cameras at Lanark Boat Club

Former sheriff’s deputy Spence Massey was arrested today after he was caught on video damaging video equipment at the Lanark Boat yard.
Mister Massey is currently on pre-trial release for a rash of burglaries at the Boat yard in 2014.
According to the sheriff’s office, the recent vandalism happened on April the 14th – the sheriff’s office was alerted to the incident on the 16th.
They found that someone had broken the conduit and service wires to several of the cameras at the boat yard which were installed after the burglaries in 2014.
Officials were able to enhance video from the incident and several deputies were able to identify Spence Massey.
The sheriff’s department said they do not believe Mister Massey was trying to steal anything, but that this incident was an act of retaliation against the boat yard for providing video to authorities during the original burglaries in 2014.

Massey has been charged with retaliation against a witness causing property damage and is currently being held at the Franklin county jail.

Friday, April 24, 2015

FWC Law Enforcement Weekly Report 04/17 - 04/23/2015

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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Division of Law Enforcement
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Weekly Report

April 17, 2015 thru April 23, 2015

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



Officers Price, Brady, and N. Basford worked a detail targeting commercial personal watercraft vendors on Panama City Beach.  One vendor did not have the required insurance and required signage posted.  A citation was issued for the insurance violation and a written warning given for the signage.

As Officer Price pulled over to check a fisherman in a canoe, the fisher said, “I don’t know if this fish is legal, I don’t have a measuring device.” In the bottom of the canoe was a 33 inch redfish and in a cooler a 30 inch redfish was found.  Citations were issued for the oversized fish.


Officer Manning investigated and found a local seafood restaurant was acquiring cobia for the menu without having the proper licensing.  The person supplying the fish did not have a commercial license and the restaurant did not have a wholesale license.  Officer Manning issued a criminal citation for the violations.


Officer Kinney concluded an investigation of armed trespass and theft that occurred in January.  The initial complaint was filed for someone trespassing onto private property, killing two hogs in a trap, taking them, and stealing an SD card from a game camera. The case went cold, but with the location of a witness, Officer Kinney was able to gain information that resulted in warrants being filed and a suspect being arrested for armed trespass and two counts of theft.


Officer Jones conducted a fishery inspection of a vehicle as the occupants prepared to leave after fishing at the Navarre Beach Fishing Pier.  The inspection revealed three persons in possession of seven king mackerel.  The bag limit is two fish per person per day.  Officer Jones issued a citation for possession of over the bag limit.

Everything you ever wanted to know about oysters on April 24th

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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For immediate release: April 24, 2015
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is now accepting applications for a chance to participate in this year’s recreational alligator hunting season.

For the Phase I random drawing, applications will be accepted through April 30.  Approximately 5,700 alligator harvest permits will be available.

During Phase I, each person can submit one no-cost application with choices of up to 20 hunt areas and periods. To apply, a person must be at least 18 years of age by Aug. 15. A permit allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated area. Only one application per person will be accepted.

Hunters can submit applications at any county tax collector’s office, license agent (retail outlet that sells hunting and fishing licenses) and at

The drawing will be held shortly after the end of the application period, and results can be checked by logging in to Successful applicants must pay for their permit at the locations listed above or online by the end of May 14, or the permit will be made available to others for Phase II.

Any permits remaining after May 14 will be offered during the Phase II random drawing. Applications for Phase II will be accepted beginning 10 a.m. May 18 through May 28. Those who were awarded a permit during Phase I may not apply during Phase II, even if the awarded permit was not purchased. Applicants in Phase II are limited to one permit.

Successful applicants must submit payment for an alligator trapping license and two alligator harvest tags, or provide proof of a valid alligator trapping license (must be valid through Nov. 1) and pay the fee for two harvest tags. No other hunting licenses are required.

The cost for the resident alligator trapping license and accompanying alligator harvest tags is $271.50, and nonresidents pay $1,021.50. The cost for each additional alligator hunting permit is $61.50, regardless of residency. All fees are nonrefundable, and tags and permits are nontransferable.

An alligator trapping agent license is also available for $51.50, which allows the license holder to assist permitted trappers in taking alligators.

The alligator hunting season will run 11 consecutive weeks from Aug. 15 through Nov. 1.

To educate participants on the how-to’s and rules and regulations of the hunts, the FWC offers free training and orientation sessions, which are held at various locations throughout the state. Permit recipients are not required to attend, but the FWC strongly encourages first-time participants to go. These courses will be offered in July and August, and permit holders will be mailed permit packages with listing dates and locations.

For more information about these alligator hunts, visit

Michael Moron to begin county coordinators job on May 1st

Michael Moron will officially take over as county coordinator on May the 1st.
Mister Moron was hired to replace Alan Pierce when he retires later this year.
Alan Pierce is retiring in September from county employment – he has worked for the county since 1988.
Mister Moron has worked with the Clerk of courts office for ten years and has also recorded and kept minutes for County Commission meetings.

Much of the rest of Mister Pierce’s time with the county will be spent working with Michael Moron to insure that there is a smooth transition.

Mediacom Launches DIY Network and Cooking Channel

GULF BREEZE, FL – April 24, 2015 – Mediacom continues to expand viewing choices for subscribers of cable television with its announcement this week that DIY Network and the Cooking Channel will be added to the lineup May 1. The new channels feature a variety of lifestyle programs, including Not My Mamma’s Meals, Rehab Addict, Flip or Flop and others.

DIY Networks programming covers a broad range of topics related to home improvement and landscaping, while content presented on the Cooking Channel is dedicated to today’s passionate food lover.

DIY Network and the Cooking Channel can be found on Mediacom channels 296 and 297 as part of an optional channel tier known as the “Kids and Variety Digital Pak.”  The channel set includes up to 29 other specialty channels featuring programming designed for kids such as Disney XD, Sprout, and Teen Nick, and a selection of popular adult and family channels including OWN, National Geographic, and Investigation Discovery. 

Company representatives describe the addition as a way to offer viewers a wider variety of lifestyle programming, including many popular cable programs watched by viewers throughout the country.

Carrabelle Riverfront Festival this weekend on Marine Street

Carrabelle will hold its 25th annual Riverfront Festival this weekend.

The theme of this years event is “Pirates of the Carrabellean” – the festival will focus on local food and include a “Home Style food court where local groups will sell locally caught and prepared seafood.

The popular festival runs from 4 till 8 today and 10 till 6 on Saturday on Marine Street along the Carrabelle River.

Tonight’s activities include live pirate music from Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers from 6 till 8 PM.

The arts and crafts booths will also be open and the procession of the species will begin at 5:45 at the Carrabelle History Museum.

Saturday is the big day of the Riverfront Festival.

There will be plenty of activities – there is a special area just for kids which includes a pirate school, plus you may want to bring your dog or iguana with you on Saturday morning for the pet show on the main stage.

There will be a fishy fashion show at 2 PM and the historic Governor Stone will also be parked in the river for tours.

Entertainment on Saturday includes Debi Jordan, The Ferrel Tones, The Common Taters, HJ Kuntry and Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers.

Admission is free – you can see a full list of the weekend’s activities on-line at

FSUCML Open House April 25th - Tomorrow

The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Laboratory 
2015 Open House
Restoring Resiliency, Protecting Our Oceans & Coasts

 April 25th, 2015 - 10 am to 3 pm
Learn  -  See  -  Explore 
Did you know that the sawfish is the only native marine fish on the U.S. endangered species list? Do you know the best way to clean up an oil spill? Have you ever raced a snail, climbed through a turtle excluder device, or seen how a blue crab molts? You will see and learn about these things at the FSUCML Open House.

You can also:
  • Tour the R/V Apalachee, our 65-ft research vessel
  • Check out the Shark Jaw Display
  • Discover everything you want to know about Deep Sea Corals
  • Chat with scientists about grouper habitat and conservation
  • Hunt for hints about protecting our oceans and coastline in the Scavenger Hunt
  • Try picking up goodies with a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
Gather your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and associates, and take a beautiful drive down to the coast for a day of fun! There will be great food by the Panacea Coastal available for purchase, including grouper, shrimp, mullet, corn dogs, and chicken fingers. From tiny tots to the most mature adults and those of us who never quite grew up -- there will be something to educate, fascinate and entertain everyone! Can't wait to see you again!

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