Friday, September 24, 2021

Downtown Carrabelle is getting a little facelift this week

 Downtown Carrabelle is getting a little facelift this week.

The Sign Creations mural art team is in town this week to complete the Carrabelle Redebelopment Agency Mural Project at 108 SE AVE A in downtown Carrabelle.

The project was awarded and commissioned on July 1st.

Once finished the wall pelicans and seagulls and the Tilly Miller Bridge over the Carrabelle River.

It will be sprayed with a protective UV clear finish that will extend the life of the mural.

The Sign Creations mural art team has produced public art murals for numerous cities including Atlanta, Danville, Illinois, Suwanee, Georgia.

Since the Carrabelle Redevelopment Agency was restructured in 2014, its members have worked diligently to place murals in the city, but has had difficulty finding a suitable wall with a property owner agreeable to allow a mural.

The group is also working on a second mural that will go on a business wall that has been donated by the owner.

Gulf Coast State College is currently accepting applications for the Gulf/Franklin Nursing programs

 Gulf Coast State College is currently accepting applications for the Gulf/Franklin Nursing programs.

These programs include Practical Nursing and the LPN to ADN Weekend Programs.

Classes begin January 5th for the Spring 2022 semester.


The Practical Nursing program is designed to help you qualify to obtain a Licensed Practical Nurse's license in the State of Florida.

The application deadline for Spring 2022 admission is November 15th.

The LPN to ADN program is for the Licensed Practical Nurse who desires to become a professional Registered Nurse and obtain an Associate of Science degree in Nursing.

Upon graduation, students receive an Associate in Science Degree in Nursing and are eligible to take the national licensing exam.

The Gulf/Franklin Nursing Programs feature state-of-the-art high-fidelity simulators for nursing education in Labor & Delivery, Pediatric Care, Elder Care, Adult Hospital Care and Critical Care.


For more information, please contact Professor Debbie Brzuska at (850) 913.3317.

Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith is warning people that Catalytic Converter theft is on the rise in our area, and they have concerns that someone may soon target the converters in Franklin County

Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith is warning people that Catalytic Converter theft is on the rise in our area, and they have concerns that someone may soon target the converters in Franklin County.

The sheriff said they received information this week that someone was seeking the tools needed to remove the catalytic converters and are asking people to watch for prowlers or strange vehicles in their neighborhood.

If you do have a theft, please report it.

A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device that reduces toxic gases and pollutants from your car's engine.

Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, that are valuable to metal dealers.

Officials in Liberty County recently made an arrest where they found 9 catalytic converters that they believe were stolen from numerous counties including Franklin.

The Port St. Joe police department also reported a few cases in the last few months and while they realize there is no easy way to protect your catalytic converter as they are under your car, they do recommend a home camera system with an external camera on your vehicle.

The Franklin County School student body has chosen its Mr. and Miss FCHS for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Franklin County School student body has chosen its Mr. and Miss FCHS for the 2021-2022 school year.

Miss FCHS is Myia Mackenzie Maxwell and Mr. FCHS is William Hunter Duval.

Myia is the daughter of Jimmy and Michele Maxwell. 

She is a member of the National Beta Club, a Vice President of the National Honor Society, and a member of the varsity volleyball team on which she has played for 6 years. 

Myia’s future plans include finishing her AA degree over the summer and then obtaining her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Hunter is the son of Craig Duval and Andrea Pendleton. 

He is a member of the National Honor Society and has been a member of the football team for 4 years, track and field for 3 years, soccer for 2 years, weight lifting for 1 year, and has been hunting and fishing his entire life. 

His future plans include going to college and becoming a walk-on track athlete at Tallahassee Community College.

Weekly news from the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cutting

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Rose Garden World produces commercials, be it traditional in print and camera,  as well as on social media and the different platforms there! 
Sonia has helped some local businesses with their social media accounts.  Babushka shared Laurie's Eye Candy opening and even made a popular IG reel about it.
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Networking Luncheon

Many thanks to Wakulla Environmental Institute for hosting our luncheon this month, catered by Zaxby’s.
General manager, Tim Lawton, is very customer service oriented and a pleasure to work with! Zaxby’s in Crawfordville gives back to its community and surpassed their goal this past year despite COVID and donated over $10K to local causes. Zaxby’s is looking to add staff to their crew, so if you know of someone looking for a job, send them their way. Wages at Zaxby’s recently increased and start out at $10 without experience, higher if you have a background in the fast-food industry.
Our new members for this month were announced as Ricky Harper with C12 Tallahassee, a group of Christian business executives meeting monthly to develop and grow their business expertise and challenge each other. Ricky owns the franchise throughout the Florida panhandle.
Our second new business is Revel Tractor Worx and Land Services. Jason’s services include stump and brush removal, large pasture mowing, excavator work and mulching fence lines and more. Check him out on Facebook.
Josh Brown introduced his guest, Head Coach and Athletic Director for Riversprings Middle School, Coach Klees. COVID has been rough on all of us, and schools and their programs did not get spared either. For one, postponed or cancelled games cut revenue coming in which means that sports equipment in need of replacement has no funding. Coach Klees made a presentation to our business community, asking to invest in Riversprings Middle School programs by purchasing a sign placed on the school fence. A huge shout-out to Paulina Pendarvis with North Florida Medical Centers who committed to the first purchase of two signs, challenging others attending to follow suit and we did not have to wait but a second for Waypoint Properties, AAA Auto Club, and Shepard Accounting & Tax Service committing to support and purchase their signs. If you would like to support Riversprings Middle School Academics, Athletics, and the Arts, consider purchasing a sign. Sponsor form download or call Jessica Allen 850.926.2300 for more information. You can also contact coach Klees directly at 850 508 3302.
Longtime member Karen Ellis with BNI NW Florida introduced Julian Griffin, Regional Launch Director, who has had some contact from interested businesses in starting a BNI chapter in Wakulla. You can reach Julian at 850.518.0504 or email Their first meeting will take place October 21.
Jeanie Booth was excited to share workforce update; just a month ago we had over 400 local jobs to fill, and that number is now down to 297. There are still plenty available positions, but it is good to see people getting back to work! Jeanie also reminded local employers that CareerSource Capital Region has grant funds available to pay for internships and training of new workforce. If you would like to sign up as a host business, contact Jeanie at the local career center or email
Speaking of jobs, North Florida Medical Center just hired a new nurse practitioner for Wakulla Medical office in Panacea, but still has openings for 3 LPN positions.
The $43 cash drawing was won by Doug Gove who graciously donated the money to Paws of Wakulla.
Even though we had a smaller crowd today, we still had 21 drawing prizes donated by: TCC/Wakulla Environmental Institute, Petra Shuff, Cook Insurance Agency, Southeastern Therapy Services, Big Bend Hospice, Jeanie Booth, Shepard Accounting & Tax Service, Revel Electric & Automated Access Systems, Barn’s Liquors, The Wakulla News, Harvest Printing, Zaxby’s, Sand & Soul Designs, and Smith Thompson, P.A. Thank you for your contribution to the drawing!

Ribbon Cutting for Southeastern Dermatology

Ribbon Cutting for Southeastern Therapy Services

Mega Recruitment Event September 29

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CareerSource Capital Region Mega Recruitment Event | Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce
The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on October 4, 2021 at 5:00p.m. in the Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Rd., Crawfordville, FL  32327, to Consider:

Notice is hereby given that the Wakulla County Value Adjustment Board will hold hearings on Thursday, October 7, 2021 starting at 9:00 a.m. regarding petitions that have been filed with the Value Adjustment Board.  Hearings are held in the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners Chambers, located at 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327.  The meetings are open to the public.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board, Agency or Commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

The Wakulla County Tourist Development Council will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, October 14, 2021, 9:00a.m. at The Magnuson Hotel, 3896 Coastal Highway, Crawfordville, Florida 32327, (850) 926-0919 ext. 713.
Purpose of Meeting:
To Discuss General Business of the Tourist Development Council.

"Pamper your Pooch" Dog Wash

Ed2go 2021 Class List

Ed2Go online training is made possible by the generous contributions from local businesses and individuals to the Burt Poole Scholarship fund, to help you succeed in business.Classes are free to our members. (other classes not listed here may be available with a co-pay). Please inquire with chamber staff to request more information, enrollment, and verification forms. Please also review requirements prior to sending enrollment request.
For a complete list of online classes click here
Disclaimer: The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce provides this calendar of events as a service to its members and a convenience in the community.  No endorsement of the scheduled events or organizations by the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce is either expressed or implied.
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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Ron DeSantis


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor

Shawn Hamilton


Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Location Id: 410166
County: Gulf
Application Number: 410166-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Location Id: 410166
County: Gulf
Application Number: 410166-002

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

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – September 22, 2021

Fish News - NOAA Fisheries

SEPTEMBER 22, 2021

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Cheer for Seafood at Your Next Tailgate Party

As the weather cools and football season kicks off, tailgate parties provide the quintessential outdoor venue to catch up with friends over food and drinks. They’re also a great excuse to Eat Seafood, America! Incorporate fresh local seafood into classic party dishes or try out a new recipe inspired by a rival team’s region.


Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month

spanish heritage

Join us in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, which honors cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans and the heritage of Latin American countries. Check out the profiles to meet our colleagues across the country and learn how their work helps us to ensure sustainable fisheries, protect marine species, and conserve valuable habitat for future generations.

Ask the Marine Recreational Information Program: Estimating Recreational Catch


Saltwater anglers, for-hire captains, and other members of the recreational fishing community often ask how we collect recreational fishing data, and how we use that data to estimate total recreational catch. The second post in our Ask MRIP web series answers questions about producing estimates, measuring statistical precision, and more.

New Report Provides Recommendations on NOAA Fisheries Budget Process, Aligning Funding to Mission Priorities, Engagement

fisheries budget

The findings of an evaluation conducted by the National Academy of Public Administration are summarized in NAPA's “National Marine Fisheries Service Budget Structure and Allocation Review.” The evaluation provides a valuable opportunity for NOAA Fisheries to move forward on improving our budget process, better aligning funding to our mission priorities, and expanding our communications with Congress and our partners and stakeholders.

2021 Prescott Marine Animal Rescue Assistance Grants Announced

animal rescue

NOAA Fisheries is awarding 55 grants totaling more than $3.7 million to our partners in the Marine Mammal Stranding Network in 19 states and one tribe. These grants support a core mission of NOAA Fisheries: the conservation and recovery of protected marine species.


What Fish Fat Can Tell About the Value of Deep-Sea Coral and Sponge Habitat

deep sea coral

A new NOAA Fisheries study is the first to look at the relationship between fish condition and reproductive success in a variety of habitats, focusing on deep-sea coral and sponge ecosystems. As part of the study, scientists are developing methods to accurately assess rockfish condition by measuring fat content.


Amended Plan Leaves More Salmon for Endangered Killer Whales in Low Return Years

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Following nearly 40,000 public comments, NOAA Fisheries is approving an amendment to the fishery management plan for Chinook salmon off the West Coast. It will make more fish available for endangered Southern Resident killer whales in years when salmon returns are low.

New England/Mid-Atlantic

Climate Change Is Already Affecting Chesapeake Bay Fisheries

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The Chesapeake Bay is home to more than 3,600 species of plants and animals. That includes 348 species of finfish, 173 species of shellfish, and more than 16 species of underwater grasses. But climate change is affecting Chesapeake Bay habitats and the species that rely on them. As habitats change, some species find challenges, while others may see opportunities.

Squid Processors Lend a Hand to Increase Data on a Short-Lived Species


Researchers from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center have installed a new electronic data collection system at five shortfin squid processing facilities across the region. With a lot of squid available to measure, researchers hope this pilot project will show that processors can help increase the amount of real-time data on this relatively short-lived species.

The Monitoring Decade: Learning About the Future from the Past

data collection

Data collected decades ago continue to shed light on our understanding of oceanic processes and their impacts on marine fisheries. In celebration of our 150th anniversary, we are highlighting people and activities that helped build our foundations.

Federal Register Actions

Visit NOAA Fisheries' Rules & Regulations web page to learn more about recently proposed and finalized regulations in your region.

Getting Out in Gulf County

Are you ready for our

Music will begin at 8:00pm EST Friday and Saturday in the #BeerGarden!
Friday – Open 5-11.

Saturday – Open 2-11.
Live Music 7-10.

Coming up:
Coming up:
Wednesday September 29 – Evan Barber
Thursday September 30 – Janelle Frost

D & J Food Trailer will be on site with BBQ Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Please join us for our inaugural charity golf tournament on Saturday, September 25th at St. James Bay Golf Resort. All proceeds for this years tournament will benefit the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society and the Franklin County Humane Society.

The format will be a 4 person scramble with a shotgun start at 12:00. There will be lots of contests and chances to win some great prizes including a $10,000 Hole in One prize. The Humane Society will also be holding an adoption event at the golf tournament so a loving dog or cat just might find their forever family.

To register, donate, or volunteer go to:

Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum Presents a Special Exhibit on the Atomic Bomb
Carrabelle, FL (August 6, 2021) – Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum in Carrabelle is presenting a special exhibit on the Atomic Bomb. This exhibit will be on display at the museum until Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 5 pm. There is no charge for admission but donations are gladly accepted.
Camp Gordon Johnston WWII Museum is located in Carrabelle, directly across from Carrabelle Public Beach Park at 1873 Hwy 98 West. For more information, contact Camp Gordon Johnston Museum at (850) 697-8575 or Funded in part by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.
RiverTrek is Apalachicola Riverkeeper’s annual awareness and fundraising campaign supporting our outreach, education and advocacy efforts. 

Volunteer paddlers for 2021 have been selected and fundraising and preparation has begun!

This year’s RiverTrek paddling trip occurs October 6-10.
Wewahitchka Fall Festival
at Lake Alice Park
Gates open at 9 AM CDT
Free  Event
This event has been rescheduled for
October 7, 2021

Support the Martin Niederer 9/11 Memorial Scholarship
by enjoying a day on the greens at the
St. Joseph Bay Golf Club.

Only a few slots are available!

To register for play contact
Jordon Arnold at the
Or call the Golf Shop at

Vendor spots are still available!
Tell your friends to
Come Early and Stay Late!
Two incredible events back to back!

Florida’s Gulf Coast will play host to a group of talented musicians and songwriters direct from the streets of
Music City - Nashville, TN
OCTOBER 15 - 17, 2021
Calling all Pumpkins, Ghosts, Dragons and Witches!

We've got a SPOOKY PARTY planned on Reid Avenue!

The City of Port St. Joe & the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce present:

Sunday, October 31st, 2021
5:30 - 8:30 pm ET
Reid Avenue - Port St. Joe
Blind Judged Costume Contest:
- 0-3
- 4-6
- 7-10
Family or Groups / Pets

A Blind Judged Costume Contest will be conducted while
Trick or Treating on Reid Ave!

For additional information please call City Hall (850) 229-8261
Getting Out in Gulf County is brought to you by:

Every Wednesday, you can find our business consultant, Dr. Len Eichler, at the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce!

Small Business Owners, call or visit Dr. Len with no consulting appointment needed!

We are here to help your business grow and succeed!

Joe Whitmer
Executive Director
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
850-227-1223 Office
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce | 308 Reid AvePort St Joe, FL 32456