Monday, June 24, 2024

Governor Ron Desantis on Friday signed a bill that will allow people to kill black bears without a permit or authorization if a person feels threatened on private property

Governor Ron Desantis on Friday signed a bill that will allow people to kill black bears without a permit or authorization if a person feels threatened on private property.

The new law will take effect on July 1st.

The new rule does not allow bear hunting, it is only for self-protection on your own property.

A person can still be prosecuted if it turns out they lured the bear with food or attractants for an illegal purpose, including, but not limited to, training dogs to hunt bears.

The new law requires that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission be notified within 24 hours of the bear’s taking.

Possession, sale, or disposal of the captured bear or its parts is prohibited, with the responsibility of disposal resting on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Florida is home to an estimated 6000 black bears which cover a large portion of the state, with about 1000 in Franklin and surrounding counties.

There has been a growing number of human/bear interactions in recent years as the black bear population has grown and more bears are finding their way into neighborhoods where food from garbage cans is easy to get.

The most effective way to stop bear/human interactions is to secure your trash so bears can’t get to it.

Studies done in Florida have shown a 66 percent drop in bear related calls when household garbage is secured.

As temperatures rise, please remember to never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle

As temperatures rise, please remember to never leave a child unattended or unsupervised in a motor vehicle.


Since 1990, there have been 118 child hot car deaths in Florida – the second highest number in the nation after Texas.


In 2023 alone, seven children died in Florida from heatstroke in vehicles, which was the highest number in a single year since 2017.


Interior vehicle temperatures can be 50 degrees higher than outside temperatures.


Even on a cool day when the outside temperature is 61, within an hour, the inside temperature of a car can reach more than 105 degrees.


And a child’s body temperature can rise three to five times faster than an adult’s.


And cracking the window, parking in the shade or having a lighter colored car doesn't help.


Greetings from the Carrabelle Chamber!
105 St. James Ave/Hwy 98 in Carrabelle




Thanks for all your support through the years!

We're all in this together!

Franklin County unemployment fell between April and May

Franklin County unemployment fell between April and May.

Franklin County unemployment was 2.7 percent in May, down from 3.1 percent the month before.

132 people were out of work out of a workforce of 4828.

Franklin County's unemployment rate was lower than the statewide unemployment average of 3 percent.

Gulf County’s unemployment rate was 2.8 percent in May, unchanged from the month before.

155 people were out of work in gulf County last month.

Wakulla County unemployment was 2.6 percent in May.

Liberty County unemployment was 3.6 percent.

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week

We have kittens!! With summer now in full swing we are overflowing with little ones. We have over 20 kittens ranging in age from 2 months to 6 months old. We have so many different kitties with all different temperaments and personalities. All these kittens have had a rough start to life and yet still have so much love to give! Come by the shelter to meet all of our amazing kittens. All adoptions are 1/2 off for the month of June!

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

Call: 850-227-1103

Sweet SUMMERTIME! - The E-Newsletter of the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce

Greetings from the Carrabelle Chamber!
105 St. James Ave/Hwy 98 in Carrabelle


Fourth of July

is just around the corner! We typically get full around holidays so if you need a place for your baby to board, please make arrangements soon.

Also, we have feline and dog calming spray bandanas for bad weather/loud noises so if you’re concerned about fireworks please let us know! 850-670-2257



Announcement form Sebrina Brown, Carrabelle City Commissioner, (June 14, 2024)


All City Commission seats are unopposed. Mr. Tony Millender will continue out his 2yr term. Keith Walden & Vance Pedric each have 4yr terms. Myself and Danyelle Robison are in the 4yr term for Mayor. Congrats Commissioners. I'm looking forward to a positive campaign season!

Do you or a loved one need help evacuating during a disaster?

During a hurricane or tropical storm that requires a mandatory evacuation of the county, Franklin County Emergency Management will provide transportation for residents to get to a shelter, all you need to do is apply.

To qualify you have to be a resident of Franklin County and currently do not have a means of transportation. If you choose to use our program remember that we can only take you to a designated shelter, shelters are not meant for comfort and should be a last resort if you have no where else to evacuate to.

For more information and application form please visit:


Lunch & Learn 


Dreaming of building a custom home that is perfect for your family? Join us for a Lunch & Learn session focused on answering all your custom home building questions. Bonus custom home tour included!


Friday, June 28th

11:30am - 1:00pm

12548 Holey Road

Tallahassee, FL 32317


Indulge in a catered lunch featuring:

Sun Dried Tomato Caprese Sandwiches

Turkey & Cheddar Sandwiches

Blistered Tomato Pasta Salad

Fresh Fruit and Chocolate Chip Cookies


Learn how to choose a builder, the myths behind the price per square foot, and the importance of a strong workmanship warranty.


Leave with a goodie bag that includes The Home Guide: Everything You Need to Get Started on Your Home Building Journey.


Limited seats available for this free event. Call 850-997-4540 and RSVP today to secure your spot!


The Lunch & Learn is located at a custom home that is currently under construction. Closed toe shoes are required. Adults only please.

The Legend of Tate's Hell

Now Through June 30

Since its opening on Saturday, March 16, the exhibit has interested audiences with its exploration of the legend of Tate’s Hell, shedding light on the misadventures and fate of Cebe Tate, and the intriguing origins behind the name of Tate's Hell State Forest.

Additionally, the exhibit showcases cultural treasures such as the iconic ballad, "The Ballad of Tate’s Hell" by Will McLean, performed by the talented Frank Lindamood. Also featured is the 1983 short film, “A Tale of Tate’s Hell”, produced by the FSU Department of Communications, offering an unique interpretation on the Tate’s Hell legend.

on Display through Saturday, July 20

D-Day Anniversary

Every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Saturday from 9-1!

* * * THANK YOU * * *


AIR CON of Wakulla

C-Quarters Marina

Camp Gordon Johnston Museum

Centennial Bank

Coastal Realty Group

Coles Lodge

Duke Energy

Emerald Coast FCU

Fisher & Friedman, PA

Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition

Hammerhead Hunters Fishing Charter

Lanark Village Association

MHP Jordan Bayou, LLC

Marine Street Mercantile

Matt's Small Engine Repair

Mystic Krewe of Salty Barkers

Nautical Ventures, LLC

Stauffer Realty, LLC

The Pet Shop

Tow Boat US

For becoming a Member and/or for renewing your

Membership with the

Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce!


Members are crucial as we are anticipating fireworks for the Holiday on the Harbor, which is very expensive.

I will be resending membership renewals and for new members and/or non-business individual supporters the form is available on our website, or email and I will send it. If you are able to renew or join us we would really appreciate your support. Any business who donates $1,000 will have Chamber Membership free for a year.

If you would like to make an independent donation of any amount please let me know. Sponsorship levels for the festival will be posted a little later on.

Reminder for Chamber Members:

You are invited to forward to the chamber any announcements, changes, or updates for your business to be published in this newsletter.

Thanks for all your support through the years!

We're all in this together!

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