Thursday, August 22, 2019

Agenda and information for August 29th Gulf County Commission meeting

Third Rabies Alert Issued in Franklin County

Eastpoint, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County has issued a rabies alert for Eastpoint in response to a raccoon that tested positive on August 21, 2019. A family pet was exposed to the raccoon on CC Land Road, in the area between Whispering Pines and Tomahawk Circle. The Health Department is working closely with local partners to host a rabies vaccination clinic in the future. Please take extra caution while outdoors and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

All residents of Franklin County should be aware that rabies is present in the wild animal population and domestic animals are at risk if not vaccinated. The public is asked to maintain a heightened awareness that rabies is active in Franklin County. Alerts are designed to increase awareness to the public, but they should not give a false sense of security to areas that have not been named as under an alert. The recent rabies alert is for 60 days.

An animal with rabies could infect other wild animals or domestic animals that have not been vaccinated against rabies. All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes. Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans. The only treatment for human exposure to rabies is rabies specific immune globulin and rabies immunization. Appropriate treatment started soon after the exposure, will protect an exposed person from the disease.

The following advice is issued:

Keep rabies vaccinations up to date for all pets.
If your pet is bitten by a wild animal, seek veterinary assistance for the animal immediately and contact County Animal Services at 850-670-4733.
Call your local animal control agency to remove any stray animals from your neighborhood.
Do not handle, feed, or unintentionally attract wild animals by leaving pet food outside, or garbage cans open.
Never adopt wild animals or bring them into your home.
Teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, even if they appear friendly.
Prevent bats from entering living quarters or occupied spaces in homes, churches, schools, and other similar areas, where they might come in contact with people and pets.
Persons who have been bitten or scratched by wild or domestic animals should seek medical attention and report the injury to the Florida Department of Health Franklin County at 850-653-2111.

The department works to protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida through integrated state, county and community efforts. Follow us on Twitter at @HealthyFla and on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Franklin County, please visit

Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights December 14th, 2019 Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

Holiday on the Harbor & Boat Parade of Lights
December 14th, 2019
Sponsorship Opportunities Available!

One of the most anticipated Carrabelle events is just over three months away.  The 2019 Holiday on the Harbor and Boat Parade of Lights will take place Saturday, December 14th, and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce, City of Carrabelle CRA, the Franklin County TDC, and the Special Events Committee is hard at work trying to make this year’s event another memorable one.

A huge thank-you to the City of Carrabelle CRA for the extraordinary fireworks display which followed the Boat Parade of Lights last year and Forgotten Coast TV for filming, adding music, then posting it to YouTube. 

If you would like to be a sponsor, I have attached our sponsorship options that list the options and your benefits! Please contact the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce at (850) 697-2585 or email Lisa at  Join Waste Pro USA, Fisherman’s Choice in Eastpoint, Tow Boat U.S. and WOYS Oyster Radio 100.5 FM in helping to support this family friendly community event.

We hope that we can count on you to help make this the best year ever and invite you to join us in promoting the Annual Holiday on the Harbor and Boat Parade of Lights. We look forward to your participation in our 2019 event.

Boat and vendor entries are welcome, and registration forms are now available, email or call me!

Lisa J. Munson                                                     
Executive Director    
Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce/Visitor Center      
P.O. Box DD / 105 St. James Ave.
Carrabelle, FL  32322

Franklin County Commissioners this week signed a memorandum of agreement with the state so the county can continue to take part in the Alert Florida program

Franklin County Commissioners this week signed a memorandum of agreement with the state so the county can continue to take part in the Alert Florida program.

The program allows the county to reach county residents more easily during emergencies.

Locally the program is called “Alert Franklin” and if you are not signed up for it you should be.

The high-speed emergency notification system provides emergency notifications and warnings over home phones, work phones, cell phones and e-mail.

You can sign up for Sheriff Alerts including notifications on crimes, Major Road Closures, and amber and silver alerts.

You can also get a number of weather alerts including wind events, flood, tropical weather and other severe weather and it allows you to receive alerts from the local Emergency Management office which can be crucial during severe weather.

You do have to register for the service.

Residents can register their address and contact information into the Alert Franklin County portal, by following the link at .

You can also register anonymously by texting the word FRANKLINFL to 888777.

The service also has a mobile app called everbridge which you can download to your phones or tablets.

Franklin County TDC announces grants for local events

The Franklin county Tourist Development Council has agreed to provide 2000 dollar grants to 18 groups that hold 35 one-day events in Franklin County during the year as well as 5000 dollar grants to another 7 groups that hold multi-day events.
The grants are designed to help the groups fund and advertise their events, which are generally held in the fall and winter.
The events receiving the smaller promotions grants include the Apalachicola Oyster Cook-off as well as the Apalachicola Home and Garden Tour and the Camp Gordon Johnston Days.
Funding was also approved for the local ghost walks at the Chestnut Cemetery, the antique and classic boat show, the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival, and a number of Panhandle Players productions as well as many more events.

Events receiving the 5000 dollar major event grants include the ST. George Island chili cook-off, the butts and clucks cook-off in Apalachicola, the annual Paddle Jam event, the African American History Festival and Rock by the Sea.

NOAA Fisheries Fish News for August 21st