Saturday, May 25, 2019

FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY PET OF THE WEEK



BELLA is a gorgeous 4 year old dog. She had a rough start in life but has maintained her sweet nature. She is strong and smart and just beautiful to look at. It's time for her to know what a loving family and home feels like. Are you able to provide her that?

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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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin and Gulf Counties

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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


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Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: PLEASANT REST ROAD BORROW PIT
Location Id: 376538
Location Name: Pleasant Rest Road Borrow Pit
County: Gulf
Application Number: 376538-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: WEDDINGTON DOCK AND BOAT LIFT
Location Id: 376562
Location Name: WEDDINGTON DOCK AND BOAT LIFT
County: Franklin
Application Number: 376562-001

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


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Friday, May 24, 2019

Forestry officials are urging residents across Northwest Florida to be careful with any outdoor burning over the Memorial Day holidays

 Forestry officials are urging residents across Northwest Florida to be careful with any outdoor burning over the Memorial Day holidays.
A prolonged dry spell has put the Florida Panhandle at an escalated risk of wildfires plus hurricane Michael left plenty of dead trees and other items that could help wildfires spread more quickly than in previous years.
To minimize the wildfire risk, officials are asking residents and visitors to do their part, including
Never leave any fire unattended and make sure you have a hose nearby
Call 911 immediately if your fire escapes for quick firefighters’ response and also report any suspicious fire by calling 911.
Do not burn yard waste during dry, windy conditions, and do not toss cigarettes or other lighted materials out of car windows.
Moreover, homeowners are reminded to clear leaves and pine needles from their roof and gutters, remove dead vegetation from around the home and trim trees and limbs within 15 foot of a chimney.

To see the locations of all active wildfires in Florida, the public can download the “FLBurnTools” app in Apple’s App Store or on Google Play


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The Franklin County High school class of 2019 will graduate tonight

The Franklin County High school class of 2019 will graduate tonight.

In all 60 seniors will get their diplomas.

There are two valedictorians this year, Chloe Taylor Davis and Mikalin Reese Huckeba.

Salutatorian is Jessica Victoria Rudd.

Some of the seniors are not only graduating with their high school diplomas, but 10 of them have also received their Associates degree from Gulf Coast State College.

The Graduation ceremony is open to the public.

Graduation will begin at 7PM and will be held at the Franklin County School gym.




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Florida Forest Service ceases burn authorizations until further notices



SOUTHPORT, Fla. – The Florida Forest Service, Chipola Forestry Center, has ceased issuing authorizations for all outdoor burning until further notice. Effected areas include Bay, Gulf, Calhoun and Jackson Counties.

Critical fire weather and increasing dry conditions have created an elevated risk for wildfire potential. Hurricane Michael caused difficult conditions for firefighters to access and suppress wildfires in the major impact zone. This combination has increased threat to wildfire severity.

Residents in the effected counties will not have authorization to conduct any outdoor burning of “yard debris”, pile burns, and silvicultural burns. Extreme caution should be followed when conducting any campfires, outdoor cooking, and the use of legal fireworks. Authorizations will not be issued in the effected counties until weather conditions improve.

The Florida Forest Service, a division of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, manages more than 1 million acres of state forests and provides forest management assistance on more than 17 million acres of private and community forests. The Florida Forest Service is also responsible for protecting homes, forestland and natural resources from the devastating effects of wildfire on more than 26 million acres. Learn more at www.FloridaForestService.com.


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There is now a Little Free Library at the Coastline RV park in Eastpoint.

 There is now a Little Free Library at the Coastline RV park in Eastpoint.

The Little Free Library is a free lending library which anyone can use 

It allows people to take a book and then share the book or return it to the Little Library for someone else to enjoy. 


There are other Little Free Library locations around the county including Chillas Hall in Lanark Village ,two on St. George Island at 36 West Pine Avenue and at 772 East Gulf Bach Drive and at Alligator Point at 127 Harbor Circle.


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Thursday, May 23, 2019

One of the main buyers of Franklin County's recycling is urging the county to keep the program running with a few changes



One of the main buyers of Franklin County's recycling is urging the county to keep the program running with a few changes.

Franklin County is considering ending the recycling program because it is not really making any money, and it's being abused by people who use the county recycling bins as personal trash cans.

The County solid waste director said his department collects a thousand pounds of household trash for every 100 pounds of recycling in the bins.

Frank L esharow, a senior account manager with Gripe Recycling said Franklin county is facing many of the same problems that other small towns and counties are.

The price of recycling has dropped substantially in recent months because China is no longer accepting recycled materials, but he expects the prices to rise again as more domestic markets open up.

He also pointed out that since Franklin County cannot pay to man the recycling bins that the county use a central location that can be manned to cut down on the amount of household trash that is mixed with the recycled materials.

There was also some discussion of a mobile unit that could make it easier for people to recycle without having to travel to a central location.



The county commission said it will give the issue much closer review at budget time.


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News to use, and a weekend for reflection..... Carrabelle Chamber of commerce E-Newsletter for May 24th






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It will be harder for some people with mobility issues to get to local beaches through sea turtle nesting season.

It will be harder for some people with mobility issues to get to local beaches through sea turtle nesting season.

Franklin County is working to make local dune walkovers more safe after the damage they incurred during Hurricane Michael but they work the can do is limited because of sea turtle nesting season.

Many of the walkovers in the county had to be rebuilt after hurricane Michael.

They were rebuilt to the same specifications as they were before the storm because the county didn't have the needed state permits to build them differently .

The problem is the storm reconfigured the profile of the beach so the rebuilt walkovers are steeper than they were before the storm.

That has led to some accidents and injuries.

Now the county wants to rebuild the walkovers so they aren't as steep, but because its sea turtle nesting season that cant do the work.

The best they can do at this time is level the walkovers and put stairs at the end of each one.

That is going to make it more difficult, if not impossible, for some handicapped people to access the beach.

The commission says it will put signs at the entrance to each walkover saying that they are not handicapped accessible.


They intend to fix the accessibility issue as soon as sea turtle nesting season ends at the end of October.


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The Franklin County Commission is throwing its support behind a proposal to teach local students to fly drones

 The Franklin County Commission is throwing its support behind a proposal to teach local students to fly drones.

The Franklin County School System is seeking about 1.2 million dollars through TRIUMPH Gulf Coast to implement a 5 year program training students for unmanned flights.

The Drone industry is one of the fastest growing in the country as drones are used by military, forestry, search and rescue, real estate, and many other occupations.

The money would cover all expenses to run, set up and maintain the program and the equipment for five years, after which the school system believes the income from the certifications earned should make the program sustainable.

Students will be earning certifications that could lead to immediate employment in a field with earning potentials much greater than those normally available to them.


The request is still in the pre-application phase, so the county commission has agreed to write a letter of support which should help the application process.



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Oyster Aquaculture Certificate Program


Florida A & M Univesity (FAMU) Cooperative Extension’s Incubator/Accelerator Program in Franklin County is looking to sponsor four (4) individuals who would like to attend the Wakulla Environmental Institute’s (WEI) oyster aquaculture certificate program free of charge. The program start date will be in September 2019. If you live in Franklin County and has worked in the seafood industry, you are eligible to apply. To apply, please contact David Walker, FAMU’s Franklin County Incubator/Accelerator Project Coordinator at 850-228-9252 or via email at david.walker3@famu.edu. The deadline to contact David Walker is May 28, 2019. Below is a link regarding the program.




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NOAA Fisheries FishNews – May 22, 2019



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