Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County is asking for county help in expanding its services to Carrabelle

The Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County is asking for county help in expanding its services to Carrabelle.

The Elder Care Community Council is a non-profit group that provides a number of services to local senior citizens.

The group provides meals to over 100 senior citizens daily; during 2023, more than 22,000 meals were prepared and either served in the Holy Family Senior center or delivered to homes.

The group also provides social activities like yoga, parties, guest speakers and other special events.

Currently their services are limited primarily to Apalachicola and Eastpoint, but the group would like to expand to help seniors in Carrabelle too, if they can get the funding to do so.

Elder Care Director Valentina Webb spoke to Franklin County commissioners on Tuesday and provided two possible options for expanded services.

One would require transporting Carrabelle seniors to Apalachicola a few days a week, and the other would bring services to Carrabelle where they would be accessible to more seniors.

Both options would require the county to help pay for the services.

The County commission seems to be on-board with expanding services, particularly with having meals and other activities provided in Carrabelle, but they have to figure out how they will pay for It as this expense is not budgeted.

The board agreed to meet with its finance people over the next two weeks to see if there is any money available to start the services as soon as possible and then add the items to their budget discussions this Summer.

The new budget year begins on October the 1st.

The Franklin County Commission has approved a letter of opposition to plans to drill an exploratory oil and gas well in the Apalachicola River floodplain in Calhoun County

The Franklin County Commission has approved a letter of opposition to plans to drill an exploratory oil and gas well in the Apalachicola River floodplain in Calhoun County.


The Apalachicola River basin includes Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Liberty, Jackson, and part of Gulf counties.


The company, Clearwater Land and Minerals, would like to drill a 14 thousand foot deep well in Calhoun County between the Dead Lakes, Chipola River and the Apalachicola River.  


The well would punch through the Floridan Aquifer, which averages 1,000-2,000 feet in depth, which is what we use for our drinking water.


The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is reviewing the application and could make a decision on the permit request in the next few weeks.


The request is opposed by the Apalachicola Riverkeeper over concerns about potential pollution from harmful chemicals particularly during heavy rains.


The water elevation has twice risen higher than the estimated 100-year flood stage in the past 25 years.


They have also raised concern about the thousands of gallons of water per day the drilling would require, water that would otherwise support flows to the river, floodplain and bay.


Franklin County Commissioners said the well poses a potential threat to the Apalachicola River and Bay and they oppose the plans, especially since our Bay is currently undergoing a massive restoration effort.


The board agreed to send a letter of opposition not just to the Department of Environmental Protection, but also to our state representative Jason Shoaf and State Senator Cory Simon.


The Apalachicola Riverkeeper is asking anyone who would like to voice concerns about the project to e-mail Department of Environmental Protection Administrator, Mr. Gerry Walker as soon as possible.


His e-mail is Gerald.A.Walker@FloridaDEP.


You can get more information about the proposed drilling project at the riverkeeper website at

TOMORROW - Dr. Mariana Fuentes at the FSU Coastal and Marine Lab

FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory

2024 Lecture Series

Please arrive on time! The lecture will start promptly at 7:00 pm and the entrance gates will close at 7:30 pm. Thank you!

While we encourage in-person attendance,

this lecture will also be available to be viewed virtually!

Please use this link:

Contact Maddie Mahood at with questions.

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The FSU Coastal & Marine Laboratory | 3618 Coastal Highway 98St. Teresa, FL 32358

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The Appliance Solution of Port St. Joe is a local, full-service outlet for electric, natural gas, and LP gas appliances. They offer electric and gas appliance packages to suit any budget.

While proudly serving the Forgotten Coast and beyond they deliver a new standard in after-sale service. Their staff of trained professionals provides quick and courteous service solutions to meet your appliance needs. They also match the big box stores advertised pricing.


Visit their showroom and take advantage of all they have to offer!


The Appliance Solution

303 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe, FL 32456

(850) 229-8217

StoragePUP is a seasoned operator of Self-Storage Facilities and Portable Storage (like PODS), that focuses on customer satisfaction. They work hard to maintain their facilities and mobile units so that they can be confident they offer the best product for the best rate!

- A/C Control options: Regulated temperatures keep your items safer from the elements

- Boat Parking: Secure and easy-to-access boat storage options

- RV Parking: Convenient RV storage for when you're between adventures

- Fenced Facility: Our security fence helps keep out unwanted visitors

- Drive-Up Storage Units: Save time and make life easier by unloading right at your storage unit door

- 24/7 Access: Access your storage unit any time on your schedule


Choose StoragePUP for quality storage units, RV storage, and more!

Storage PUP

625 15th Street - Mexico Beach, FL

(850) 648-5276

Office Hours:

Weekdays: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM | Sat & Sun: Closed

Gate Hours: 24/7 Access

Salty Spray Car Wash is a Local Self Service Car & Boat Wash located in Port Saint Joe, Florida open 24 hours.

Their Self-Serve Car & Boat Wash offers three self-serve bays for car and boat washing. Two are covered and one is uncovered for tall boats.

The Touchless Drive-Thru Car Wash allows you to get a clean car without getting out of your vehicle!

Visit them today!


Salty Spray Car Wash

768 US-98, Port St Joe, FL

Gulf County Chamber of Commerce | 321B Reid AvePort St Joe, FL 32456

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Franklin County Emergency Management Office weekly newsletter

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will honor its dispatch officers this week

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will honor its dispatch officers this week.

April 14th through the 20th is National Telecommunicators Week and the sheriff’s office takes the time to recognize their Public Safety Dispatchers who handle all emergency 911 and non-emergency telephone calls for the Sheriff’s Office, city police departments, fire and EMS agency.

The Dispatch office is an indispensable link between our officers, the public and vital support services.

Police say that Too often the importance of the telecommunications personnel goes unrecognized and their services are taken for granted even though they do a remarkable job often under very stressful conditions.

The communications operators provide radio, telephone and computer services and also answer phones, monitor radio channels, dispatch calls, enter warrants, monitor security cameras and the weather radio, and are responsible for logging a myriad of things, including a list of available wreckers.

This year the Franklin County Sheriff’s office is holding a program called “Adopt A Dispatcher”!

“Adopt A Dispatcher” is an initiative where the community can “adopt” one of our dispatchers to recognize their service to the community.

If you want to take part, you can email Sophia, the sheriff’s department Community Outreach Coordinator, at asking to participate.

They will email you a completed dispatcher questionnaire filled out by each one of our dispatchers.

You can then send them a thank you note, handwritten card, colored pictures, a little sweet treat, or gift basket that will be given to one of our dispatch personnel.

Again, take part by emailing asking to participate.

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: Waste - Solid Waste Operation Permit
Location Id: 81572
County: Gulf
Application Number: 81572-009

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

Monday, April 15, 2024

The 2024 Hurricane season officially begins on June the 1st, so if you haven't started preparing for a major storm yet, this is the time to do so

The 2024 Hurricane season officially begins on June the 1st, so if you haven't started preparing for a major storm yet, this is the time to do so.


Forecasters expect this to be an extremely active hurricane season – and we could even see the first storm before the season officially begins.


You should have an evacuation route already planned, and if you have pets, you should also have plans for what you are going to do with them since many Hurricane shelters don’t accept pets.


It is also helpful to set up a meeting point in case you are separated from family during an evacuation.


This is also a good time to put together a hurricane survival kit if you haven’t already done so.


Make sure your kit includes canned food, fresh water, blankets and first aid equipment, as well as important papers and documents and some extra money.


Don't forget a manual can opener and battery powered radio along with some extra batteries for your radio and flashlight.


You can get more information about preparing for a hurricane on-line at

The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners is Seeking a Volunteer to Serve on the Parks Advisory Committee


Are you a resident of Wakulla County and have an interest in the County Parks? If so, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking a volunteer to serve as the at-large member on the Parks Advisory Committee.

This Committee meets once every three months (quarterly) and primary responsibilities are to advise and make recommendations to the Director regarding existing parks activities and facilities, development of additional parks facilities, and assists in determining the needs of the community.

The member must reside in Wakulla County. Interested citizens should submit a written statement of interest which includes name, address, telephone number, and email address no later than May 3, 2024. Statements of interest can be emailed to Leila Creech at or hand delivered to the Parks & Facilities Office, Attn: Leila Creech, 322 Shadeville Rd., Crawfordville, FL.

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week



Hi, I'm Candy! I am a beautiful 4-year-old 50-pound bully mix. I am super friendly with all people and very smart. I love going on walks and getting all the pets! I am dog friendly and would make a wonderful addition to almost any home. Come by the shelter to meet me and all of my friends! 


You'll find the Humane Society at 1007 10th street in Port St. Joe



Call: 850-227-1103

Wakulla County is offering a Septic Upgrade Incentive Program to help residents in certain areas of the county upgrade their septic systems


Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)

Wakulla County Septic Upgrade Incentive Program (SUIP)

Funds for the State Fiscal Year


Wakulla County Septic Upgrade Incentive Program

Based on the results of a Wastewater Feasibility Analysis performed by Wakulla County, the County has developed a Septic Upgrade Incentive Program to encourage homeowners to voluntarily remediate existing conventional Onsite Sewage Treatment and Disposal Systems (OSTDS) to include nitrogen-reducing enhancements. The incentive program is intended to offset a portion of homeowner costs by providing certified septic system installers and licensed plumbers with up to $9,000.00 for the installation of enhanced nitrogen-reducing features to existing targeted areas within the County that are pre-approved by the Wakulla County Utility Department. Any costs over and above the $9,000 Grant Funds must be paid for by the homeowner.

Work Performance

All work will be bid individually and awarded to the lowest bidder and performed by Licensed Plumbers/ Licensed Septic Contractors. The contract will be between the Homeowner and the Contractor. Any costs over and above the $9,000 Grant Funds will be paid for by the homeowner. All interested persons will need to apply. Septic Applications will be available between the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM, EST, Monday thru Friday by calling Anser Advisory Consulting, LLC at (850) 681-3717 or via online at Applications can also be picked up at the following address:

Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners

3093 Crawfordville Highway

Crawfordville, Florida


Applications must be returned by mail to Anser Advisory Consulting, LLC at the following address:

Anser Advisory Consulting, LLC

3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 100

Tallahassee, FL 32311

All applications will be considered on a first come/first served basis. Questions regarding the Septic Upgrade Incentive Program and application process should be directed to Cheyenne Young, Anser Advisory Consulting, LLC at (850) 681- 3717.


Visit our Website
Download the NOFA
Download the SUIP Application
Download the SUIP One Pager

Kinsey Miller | Public Information Officer | (850) 926-0919 Ext. 712

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