Thursday, July 30, 2015

recreational fishing for greater amberjack starts Saturday

Recreational fishing for greater amberjack will re-open on August the 1st in the Gulf of Mexico.
Greater amberjack have been off limits to recreational fishermen since June 1st – there is a seasonal closure every summer to help rebuild and protect the amberjack population.
Federal regulators estimate that the recreational quota will likely be met by mid- to late September.
The bag limit for greater amberjack is one per person, and the size limit is still 30 inches fork length which is expected to continue through the end of the recreational fishing season.

Next year the size limit on Greater amberjack will likely increase to 34 inches fork length.



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2nd person in Walton County tests positive for West Nile Virus

A second person in Walton County has now tested positive for West Nile Virus – and the health department has now issued a mosquito-borne illness alert.
The virus was found last week in an adult female – it was the first West Nile case in Florida this year.
The second case was confirmed on Tuesday.
West Nile is not limited to Florida - it has been detected in 38 other states this year.
West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes - about 80 percent of people with West Nile virus infections have no symptoms at all.
Those who do show symptoms generally experience a mild illness with conditions like headache, fever, pain and fatigue.
In some cases, however, the virus can cause a fatal swelling of the brain.
People over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems seem to be at increased risk for severe disease.
But everyone should protect themselves from mosquitoes.
The most effective way to do that is to wear long sleeves and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active, or use a good insect repellant with DEET.
You should also check your property for standing water which is where mosquitoes breed.
And remember, if you have any mosquito related concerns, call the Franklin County Mosquito control Department at 670- 8730.

You can also help the state monitor mosquito borne illnesses by reporting any dead birds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website at www.myfwc.com/bird.



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Southerland says he won't run for congress in 2016

Former Congressman Steve Southerland announced Tuesday that he will not run for congress again next year.
Steve Southerland represented our District for two terms before being defeated last year by Gwen Graham.
Southerland said that “after great thought he’s decided not to be a candidate for Congress in 2016 and he believes it's time for someone else to have the opportunity to serve.

He added that he appreciates the words of encouragement his family has received from people across North and Northwest Florida.





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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf County

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

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

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Jonathan P. Steverson
Interim Secretary


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Permit: Water - ERP Modifications
Project Name: RISH-ATES TRANSFER
Location Id: 312269
Location Name:  RISH - ATES COUNTY ROAD 30E (OCULUS)
County: Gulf
Application Number: 312269-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: RISH-ATES BOAT LIFT
Location Id: 312269
Location Name:  RISH - ATES COUNTY ROAD 30E (OCULUS)
County: Gulf
Application Number: 312269-003

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Attorney General Bondi and Commissioner Putnam Take Action to Shut Down a Scam Targeting Victims of Previous Scams



TALLAHASSEE, Fla.— Attorney General Pam Bondi and Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam took action to shut down a collections scam targeting victims of previous scams. Attorney General Bondi filed a complaint against Advocacy and Collections Group, Inc. and the individuals who ran the company’s operations for allegedly targeting victims of previous scams with the promise of collecting the victims’ lost money. In tandem with the complaint filing by the Attorney General’s Office, Commissioner Putnam’s department is filing an administrative action to revoke the defendants’ telemarketing license to further protect Floridians.

“The victims of this scam were promised help in getting their money back but instead they were scammed by the very people who promised to help. What is worse, the defendants misrepresented their relationship with the state in an effort to gain the victims’ trust,” said Attorney General Bondi. “I am proud to be working with Commissioner Putnam in a joint effort to protect Floridians from these deceptive business practices. Working together we can provide better protection to Florida consumers.”
“I thank Attorney General Bondi for her partnership in holding scammers accountable for preying on Florida consumers. The first step any consumer should take when contacted by a telemarketer is going to FreshFromFlorida.com to make sure they’re properly licensed,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam.
According to the complaint filed by Attorney General Bondi in the Seventeenth Circuit Court in Broward County, the defendants misrepresented their affiliation with the state and falsely promised victims of previous telemarketing frauds that in exchange for advance fees ranging from several thousands to as much as $60,000, the company could recover the funds the victims lost to those prior scams.
The defendants obtained a commercial collections license from the state, even though the defendants purportedly provided recovery services and not commercial collection services. Allegedly, the defendants falsely told consumers that their recovery services are licensed by the Office of Financial Regulation when in fact they are not.
Twenty-two consumers filed complaints regarding the collections agency with the Florida Attorney General’s Office, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau. Eight of those complaints included information showing losses totaling approximately $120,000.
The complaint seeks restitution for all consumers harmed by the allegedly deceptive conduct and seeks to prohibit the defendants from misrepresenting its affiliation with the state and collecting upfront payments for services from consumers that contract with the agency to recover fees lost in telemarketing scams, among other business restrictions.
To view the motion for temporary injunction, click here.
To view the Attorney General’s filing, click here.



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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Spiny lobster sport season starts today

The 2015 spiny lobster season opens with a two-day recreational sport season today and tomorrow, followed by the regular commercial and recreational lobster season, which starts August 6th and runs through March 31st.
During the two-day spiny lobster sport season, divers and snorkelers are allowed to take up to six lobsters per person daily in Monroe County and Biscayne National Park waters and 12 lobsters per person daily in other Florida waters
Recreational lobster fishermen must have a saltwater fishing license and a spiny lobster permit; Harvesters also must make sure their spiny lobsters have a carapace length greater than 3 inches to take them, and divers must possess a measuring device and measure all lobsters while in the water. 
It is illegal to harvest egg-bearing females.
And this year divers have an incentive to remove some invasive lionfish while they’re in the water.
Divers can take one extra spiny lobster each day during the two-day sport season if they also harvest 10 or more lionfish first, on the same day.
And If you take a photo of your lionfish and lobster catch during the two-day season, post it on Facebook at LionfishReefRangers; the first 100 submissions will receive a “Be the Predator” T-shirt.

One lucky winner will also win a lifetime saltwater fishing license in a drawing held shortly after the sport season.



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211 sea turtle nests on St. George Island so far this year

Sea turtle nesting season is in full swing.

The nesting season officially began on May the 1st, and turtle patrol volunteers say they have already found plenty of nests on local beaches.

Sea turtles nest on beaches across the county including St. George Island, St. Vincent Island and Alligator Point.

211 nests have already been found and marked on St. George Island – most of those are from loggerhead turtles, but there have also been 7 green turtle nests this year.

Turtle patrols are asking for your help in protecting sea turtle nests this summer.

Even though Franklin County has begun enforcing its new “Leave No Trace” ordinance to protect nesting sea turtles there have still been some incidents where nesting turtles have had to return to the Gulf without digging a nest because of items left on the beaches – so please remember not to leave your belongings on the beach overnight.

There have also been problems of people taking flash photo of turtles on the beach which disorients the animals.

If you should see a sea turtle on the beach this summer, remember to turn off all lights and don’t take flash photos.


And if you should find an unmarked turtle nest this Summer or you see someone bothering a sea turtle or it hatchlings, call the St. George Island Volunteer turtlers immediately at 927 2103.


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MOSQUITO-BORNE ILLNESSES ALERT ISSUED FOR WALTON COUNTY



-- Second Human Case of West Nile Virus Illness Confirmed --

WALTON COUNTY —

The Florida Department of Health in Walton County (DOH-Walton) has upgraded the mosquito-borne illness advisory to an alert for Walton County according to Holly Holt, DOH-Walton Administrator. A second human case of West Nile virus illness has been confirmed and there is a heightened concern that additional residents will become ill.

DOH-Walton continues to advise the public to remain diligent in their personal mosquito protection efforts by remembering to

"Drain and Cover."

DRAIN standing water to stop mosquitoes from multiplying:

Drain water from garbage cans, house gutters, buckets, pool covers, coolers, toys, flower pots or any other containers where sprinkler or rain water has collected.

Discard old tires, drums, bottles, cans, pots and pans, broken appliances and other items that aren’t being used.

Empty and clean birdbaths and pet’s water bowls at least once or twice a week.


Protect boats and vehicles from rain with tarps that don’t accumulate water.


Maintain swimming pools in good condition and appropriately chlorinated. Empty plastic swimming pools when not in use.


COVER skin with clothing or repellent:


Clothing - Wear shoes, socks, and long pants and long-sleeves. This type of protection may be necessary for people who must work in areas where mosquitoes are present.

Repellent - Apply mosquito repellent to bare skin and clothing.

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Always use repellents according to the label. Repellents with DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, and IR3535 are effective.

Use mosquito netting to protect children younger than 2 months old.




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These are some shots from OAR from the Curerton Reef deployment that happened Sunday off of Carrabelle

Some new reef material went down in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Carrabelle on Sunday. A company called Walter Marine deployed 26 prefabricated reef modules weighing about 92 tons as an addition to the Nicholas Cureton Memorial reef. That reef sits about 10 miles southeast of Carrabelle in 45 to 55 feet of water. The entire artificial reef system is now nearly a mile long and 600 feet wide.

Here are a few shots from the event:


















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You're invited to the grand re-opening of the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives on Friday

The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce will recognize the grand re-opening of the Wakulla County Historical Society Museum and Archives on Friday, July 31 with a ribbon cutting at 1:00 pm. The Historical Society’s celebration will continue during an open house on Saturday, August 1 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. The Museum was closed during May and June for renovations to bring the front entrance and restroom into ADA compliance. Please join  us for this exciting milestone in this history of the Museum at home in the Old Jail.

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Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Season Re-Opens on August 1, 2015

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The following Southeast Fishery Bulletin from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office is provided as a courtesy to our subscribers. 


SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN  
(Gulf of Mexico)
  
FB15-056
Rich Malinowski
727-824-5305    

July 28, 2015    


Gulf of Mexico Greater Amberjack Recreational Fishing Season 
Re-Opens on August 1, 2015

NOAA Fisheries reminds recreational fisherman the Gulf of Mexico greater amberjack recreational fishing season re-opens on August 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., local time. The minimum size limit continues to be 30 inches fork length, which is expected to continue through the end of the recreational fishing season. There is a one fish per person daily bag limit. The captain or crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat may not retain a bag limit.


Preliminary landings indicate the recreational quota may be met by mid- to late September, 2015. If needed, NOAA Fisheries will distribute a Fishery Bulletin announcing a closure at a later date.
About Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Council prepares fishery management plans, which are designed to manage fishery resources within the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

FWC wants to meet with local fishermen in Carrabelle today

Do you have ideas about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to hear from you and they have scheduled a workshop in Carrabelle this afternoon to give you a chance to speak out.
The FWC wants to hear from all types of people including commercial and recreational fishermen, wholesale dealers, those in the tourism industry, fishing guides, divers and concerned citizens.
The FWC would like to hear what the public thinks the commission is doing right, where they see opportunities for improvement, and what they think should be the state’s top priorities for marine fisheries management.
At the meetings, staff will provide a brief presentation about statewide and regional fisheries management issues that are being worked on and other potential issues that have been brought to the state’s attention.
Then they will listen to public comment.

The workshop will be this afternoon from 6 till 8 PM at the Carrabelle Municipal Complex. 



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Rabies confirmed in raccoon captured near Wewahitchka

The Gulf County health Department issued a rabies alert on Monday after confirming a rabid raccoon in the Wewahitchka area.

The animal was found near Midway Park Drive along the Gulf and Calhoun county line. 

The rabies alert is for 60 days.

Rabies is a disease of the nervous system and is fatal to warm blooded animals and humans; it can be spread through a bite or scratch or even through the saliva of an infected animal.

All domestic animals should be vaccinated against rabies and all wildlife contact should be avoided, particularly raccoons, bats, foxes, skunks, otters, bobcats and coyotes.

 To avoid rabies, supervise your animals when they are outdoors. 

 Don’t let pets “roam the neighborhood.”

Stay away from stray or wild animals!  Do not touch dogs or cats that are not yours.

Never touch a bat and Never feed raccoons.


Raccoons are a high-risk rabies vector and feeding them diminishes their fear of humans and encourages them to frequent areas where they may come into contact with your family or pets.


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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin and Wakulla Counties

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

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

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Jonathan P. Steverson
Interim Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


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Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Type III Wastewater Treatment Plant Permit
Project Name: RENEW & REDUCE 0.090 MGD
Location Id: FLA331805
Location Name: Summercamp WWTF
County: Franklin
Application Number: FLA331805-004

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 154 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
Location Id: 336779
Location Name: 154 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 336779-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 116 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
Location Id: 336775
Location Name: 116 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 336775-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 106 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
Location Id: 336781
Location Name: 106 OCEAN VIEW DR [DOCK]
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 336781-001

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Stow Away Marine and More needs a boat mechanic!



Marine Mechanic with excellent diagnostic abilities needed for immediate employment! Experience (or education equivalent) a must, certifications a plus!!   If you meet the above criteria,email your resume to stowawaymarine@gmail.com , or call at 850-926-BOAT (2628) or stop by and meet us at 4815 Coastal Hwy 98 in Crawfordville! And tell them you heard about it from Oyster Radio :) 


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Gulf County Sheriff's Office LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY JULY 20, 2015 – JULY 26, 2015






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Thursday is WIC Day at the Apalachicola Health Department





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TCC Dance Company to raise money for lighthouse playground restoration





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Grand Opening at WCHS Museum & Archives





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Monday, July 27, 2015

West Nile found in Walton County

There has been a case of West Nile virus found in North Florida – in Walton County.
It was found in an adult female – it’s the first West Nile case in Florida this year.
West Nile has also been detected in 38 other states this year.
West Nile virus is carried by mosquitoes and health officials are warning Floridians to protect themselves with insect repellant, particularly at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes feed most actively.
About 80 percent of people with West Nile virus infections have no symptoms at all.
Most others experience a mild illness with conditions like headache, fever, pain and fatigue usually appearing between two and 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
In some cases, however, the virus can cause a fatal swelling of the brain.
People over the age of 50 and those with weakened immune systems seem to be at increased risk for severe disease.
The health department monitors the state for a number of mosquito-borne illnesses, including West Nile virus infections, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, Malaria and Dengue.

You can help by reporting any dead birds to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website atwww.myfwc.com/bird.


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NOTICE OF EMERGENCY MEETING OF THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN BY THE FRANKLIN COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS AND THEY WILL HOLD AN EMERGENCY MEETING OF WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015 AT 9:00 AM AT 34 FORBES STREET, APALACHICOLA, FLORIDA IN THE COMMISSION CHAMBERS.  THE PURPOSE OF THE EMERGENY MEETING IS TO CONSIDER A CHANGE ORDER TO THE HAZARD MITIGATION GRANT FOR THE FRANKLIN COUNTY JAIL, WHICH IS A WIND RETROFIT MITIGATION PROJECT (PROJECT # 14HM-6B-02-29-01-152) TO CONSIDER ADDING 5 WINDOWS AND 7 DOORS TO THE CONTRACT AT AN ESTIMATED COST OF $20,000.



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Vendors on public property reminded to remove their vehicles at night

County Commissioners are reminding vendors who operate on public property on St. George Island that they cannot leave their trailers parked on public property overnight.

The county provides a very limited number of permits to businesses that want to operate near the public beach on St. George Island and Carrabelle Beach.

Part of the agreement is that the vendor takes his or her trailer off public property when they close for business.

Commissioner Pinki Jackel said this has not been happening.

The trailers are being left parked overnight and she would like the problem addressed.


She asked that the county attorney send letters to all of the vendors reminding them of their agreement with the county.



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Rabies Alert issued in Gulf County



Wewahitchka, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Gulf County issued a rabies alert for the Wewahitchka area in response to a raccoon that tested positive on July 25, 2015. The raccoon was found near Midway Park Drive along the Gulf and Calhoun county line. Please take extra caution while outdoors and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

All residents of Gulf 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 Gulf 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 850-227-1115.
  • 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 Gulf County at850-227-1276.

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 @HealthyFlaand on Facebook. For more information about the Florida Department of Health in Gulf County, please visit http://gulf.floridahealth.gov/index.html.



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Learn about ongoing oyster restoration efforts tonight at the Apalachicola Community Center

There will be a public meeting this evening to discuss the ongoing oyster restoration research project going on in the Apalachicola Bay.
Scientists from the University of Florida along with officials from the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Department of Agriculture will be on hand to update the public on a 5 year research project they are undertaking to help with the restoration of oysters in the Apalachicola Bay.
Specifically they are looking at the optimal amount of shell that is needed to make an oyster reef productive again.
They are using three 10 acre sites around the bay to do the research.

If you would like to learn more about the program and hear some of the researchers’ findings, come to the public meeting today at 6 o’clock at the Apalachicola Community Center at Battery Park.



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Full Moon Climb at Cape St. George Lighthouse



The second July Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015.  The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.

The sun will set at 8:33 p.m. and the “Blue” moon will rise at 8:43 p.m. on July 31. “Blue” moon is the name traditionally given to the second full moon in a calendar month, which occurs on the average about once every two to three years.  The first full moon in July was on July 1.

After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. 

The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive.  Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.

Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.





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Commissioner Putnam’s Department Expedites Concealed Weapon License Applications for Active Military Members and Veterans





TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam announced today that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is now expediting Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License applications for active military members and veterans.



“The men and women who serve and have served our country deserve all of the support we can provide,” stated Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “We are pleased to expedite active military members and veterans’ applications for a concealed weapon license, and our partnership with tax collectors throughout the state will make this process even more convenient.”



Active military personnel who want to apply for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License should include a copy of their Common Access Card or other form of official military identification with their applications when they submit them to the department. The department can also accept a copy of service members' current orders as proof of active duty status. Honorably discharged veterans should submit a copy of their DD 214 long form with their applications.



Individuals may apply for a Florida Concealed Weapon or Firearm License by mail or in person. Visit FreshFromFlorida.com/CWL to download the application and to find a convenient location.



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FWC to hold workshop in Carrabelle on Tuesday

Do you have ideas about how Florida’s marine fisheries should be managed?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission wants to hear from you and they have scheduled a workshop in Carrabelle tomorrow to give you a chance to speak out.
The FWC wants to hear from all types of people including commercial and recreational fishermen, wholesale dealers, those in the tourism industry, fishing guides, divers and concerned citizens.
The FWC would like to hear what the public thinks the commission is doing right, where they see opportunities for improvement, and what they think should be the state’s top priorities for marine fisheries management.
At the meetings, staff will provide a brief presentation about statewide and regional fisheries management issues that are being worked on and other potential issues that have been brought to the state’s attention.
Then they will listen to public comment.

The workshop will be on Tuesday, July the 28th from 6 till 8 Pm at the Carrabelle Municipal Complex. 



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DEP PROVIDES MORE THAN $4.4 MILLION FOR OYSTER PROJECT

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PRESS RELEASE: July 27, 2015

CONTACT: DEP Press Office, 850.245.2112DEPNews@dep.state.fl.us

DEP PROVIDES MORE THAN $4.4 MILLION FOR OYSTER PROJECT

~The project will take place in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew bays~


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has signed an agreement to award $4.4 million to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to implement the Oyster Cultch Placement project, which will restore oyster beds in Apalachicola, Pensacola and St. Andrew bays. This award is part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Phase III early restoration funding as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
On April 20, 2011, BP agreed to provide $1 billion in early restoration funds to the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees for early restoration projects. With this award, Florida's portion of the Phase III early restoration funding, which is $100 million, is completely funded; however, state officials continue to participate in developing projects for federal agencies to implement in Florida.
Oyster bed restoration is critical to healthy estuaries. This project will place oyster cultch material for the settling of oyster larva and colonization. Pensacola Bay and St. Andrew Bay will each have 12,000 cubic yards of material placed over 60 acres. In Apalachicola Bay, 18,000 cubic yards of material will be placed over 90 acres. The ecosystem of the estuary and water quality of the bay are improved through projects such as these. 
For more information on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process and projects, visit http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Everything you ever wanted to know about oysters on July 20th


Read more here: http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article27691510.html#storylink=cpy

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Carrabelle Unveils Fish Display

Carrabelle Hosts Ribbon Cutting for Fish Display on Thursday July 30
A unique interpretative fish display complete with professional mounted species and resource information will be unveiled at an official ribbon cutting 11 a.m. Thursday, July 30 in Carrabelle.
The display, located along the Carrabelle Riverfront, was produced in cooperation with the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, City of Carrabelle, Carrabelle CRA and Carrabelle Chamber with help from a Visit Florida grant. Representatives from the Carrabelle Chamber, City of Carrabelle, TDC and other invited dignitaries will be on hand to dedicate the display at 11 a.m. 
The Franklin County Tourist Development Council (FCTDC), in cooperation with the several Carrabelle groups and with assistance from Visit Florida recently constructed the informative marine display of area fish species along the Carrabelle waterfront. The purpose of the project was to identify the varied fish available in the Franklin County region and lead the visitor to the businesses that can show them off.  The display features  fiberglass fish replicas of area waters and features QR codes to sites such as FWC, Franklin County Tourist Development Council and the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce websites.  Additional enhancements to follow in the coming months. 
Franklin County Tourist Development Council • 731 Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32329 • 866-914-2068


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