Wednesday, February 28, 2024

FSU's Great Give is Next Week 🙌


FSUCML Diving Scholarship


Give to our 2024 campaign: Help us reach our $7,500 goal to celebrate our 75 Years of Coastal and Marine Science!

2024 Scientific-Divers-in-Training pose for a photo at Morcom Aquatics Center.

This year, we’re asking you to support our FSUCML Diving Scholarship to continue our goal of making this a yearly scholarship opportunity.

As a Preeminent University, Florida State University (FSU) seeks to increase diversity in STEM programs through this annual diving scholarship that provides funding for an FSU student to become a Scientific Diver. The scholarship will include diving equipment and financial support to complete prerequisite open water certification training, and eventually for AAUS Scientific Diver training with FSU's Academic Diving Program (ADP). Any eligible student may apply for the scholarship and will be considered; however, preference will be given to students from historically underrepresented groups, in accordance with applicable University policies, regulations, and federal and state law.

Donations can be made on March 6th.



Wednesday, March 6th 12:00am - 11:59pm

Help us reach our goal of $7,500!

We’re asking you to please donate whatever you can on March 6th and help us reach our $7,500 goal.

Even a $5 donation is a meaningful contribution!

On March 6th, we’ll be sharing lots of diving content online, and introducing you to some of our talented scientific divers, including last year's scholarship recipients.

So please follow along on social media, like and share our campaign posts, and save the date to donate to the Academic Diving Scholarship on March 6th! Tell your dive buddies!

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2023 Scholarship Recipients at the FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

2023 scholarship recipient Alaina Young practices buoyancy at

Morcom Aquatics Center.

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

The weekly newsletter from the Franklin County Emergency Management Office


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Current Solutions of the Gulf Coast LLC is ready to serve all your electrical needs, including installation and maintenance of electrical systems, wiring, breaker boxes, switches and other machinery.

Contact them at (850) 229-5333, or visit them online at

Current Solutions of the Gulf Coast LLC  

2754 Victoria Ave, Port St. Joe, FL

(850) 229-5333

Bayou Boat Rentals will be happy to help plan your stay in the Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas, Mexico Beach, Florida area. Our pet-friendly Suzuki & Yamaha powered rental boats give you a whole day of bay fishing, shelling, snorkeling, picnicking and watching the dolphins play.

Rental boats easily accommodate groups of 2-10 people. If you plan on fishing, you must purchase your fishing license in advance, prior to arriving at the dock from a local tackle store or online here. 

Pack a cooler with your favorite beverages (BYOB) and snacks and enjoy an exceptional day on the beautiful, charming bay. Fun for all ages.

Please call (850) 441-9343 for information on availability, questions, and to reserve your trip.


Bayou Boat Rentals

1989 County Rd 30A, Port St Joe, FL


Specializing in coastal design and construction, F & B Builders pride themselves on providing an affordable custom home for their clients while maintaining their focus on exquisite custom designs, premium building materials, quality craftsmanship and providing an unparalleled customer experience.

F & B Builders offers complete custom design and building services including schematic concepts, architectural drawings, and general contracting. By working together at every stage of the building process, you can be sure your house will be the home you've always dreamed of having along the Forgotten Coast.


F & B Builders

106 Sailors Cove Dr., Port St. Joe, FL

Get ready to celebrate the Blues in Port St. Joe, Florida!

The 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟰 𝗕𝗹𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝗼𝗻 𝗥𝗲𝗶𝗱 will be Saturday - March 23 - starting at noon ET:

To ensure the event’s success and to give the fans even more of a reason to travel to our area, we are pleased to offer sponsorship levels that will fit into everyone’s advertising budget.


The vendor form can be printed from our website at

This is a FREE EVENT brought to you by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce.

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

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

A Company called MRD and Associates out of Destin has been chosen to provide professional engineering and oversight on a countywide dune restoration project

A Company called MRD and Associates out of Destin has been chosen to provide professional engineering and oversight on a countywide dune restoration project.

The company was the only one to provide qualifications for the project.

The one and a half million-dollar project will restore sand dunes and coastal hammocks at the two county beach park locations including the St. George Island Lighthouse Park and Carrabelle Beach Park.

It will also include a county-wide dune vegetation project to install varied vegetation along 11 miles of public beaches including four miles of St. George Island, .8 miles along Carrabelle Beach, 5 miles of Alligator Point and 1.2 miles of Bald Point.

The project will require nearly 171 thousand plants.

The objective of the project is to improve existing dune structures at public parks by increasing height, width and slopes of the dunes and to help beachfront property owners by planting vegetation to assist in the development and growth of the dunes on private property.

Property owners along the 11 miles of the project area will have to sign an 18-month licensing agreement which will grant access to only the planting area along the shore for approximately six months for planting and an additional twelve months thereafter to monitor the plants.

The signed licensing agreement will be required to be on-file before sea oats can be planted.

The Franklin County Building Department and Zoning Offices will move to Eastpoint beginning this Friday

The Franklin County Building Department and Zoning Offices will move to Eastpoint beginning this Friday.

The building department is moving from its current location at the courthouse annex in Apalachicola, to its new location at the old Gulf State Bank building at the corner of Highway 98 and Island Drive in Eastpoint.

The move will allow the county Election Office to move into the courthouse annex which will provide a more secure location for voting machinery and will also allow the county to stop paying rent for the elections office’s current location.

The offices will be closed on Friday, March 1st and Monday, March 4th to finalize the move.

The offices will open for business on Tuesday, March 5th at 8:30 a.m. at the new location.

The county’s online permitting portal will remain available to the public 24 hours 7 days a week.

Administrative Services offices will remain at the 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola location until further notice.

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels

Gulf Council Seeks Applicants for its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2024

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council is accepting applications for membership on its Reef Fish and Shrimp Advisory Panels.

Advisory Panels are comprised of individuals who are knowledgeable and interested in the conservation and management of the fishery resources, or who are engaged in the harvest of Gulf of Mexico managed species. Membership provides individuals with an opportunity to become more directly involved in the management process by making formal recommendations to decision makers. More information on the role of Advisory Panels can be found here.

Advisory Panel members are appointed by the Council and serve a three-year term. Advisory Panel members generally meet once or twice per year and are compensated for travel expenses. No person may serve on more than two Advisory Panels at any one time. However, membership on an Ad Hoc Advisory Panel does not count towards this limitation.

If you are currently a member of the Reef Fish or Shrimp Advisory Panel you must re-apply to be considered for continued membership.

To apply for the Reef Fish Advisory Panel:

Complete this online Reef Fish AP application.


To apply for the Shrimp Advisory Panel:

Complete this online Shrimp AP application.

Applications must be received by 12 noon EDT on March 18, 2024, for consideration by the Council during its April meeting. Selected applicants will be subject to background checks for federal fishing violations after the April meeting and final selections will be confirmed at the June Council meeting. All applicants will be notified of their application status immediately following the June Council meeting.

If you have any questions, please email or call the Council office at 813-348-1630.

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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Emily Muehlstein
Public Information Officer
888-833-1844 ext.2380
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