Friday, June 24, 2022

Applications are being taken for the Florida Boating Advisory Council

Applications are being taken for the Florida Boating Advisory Council.

The Florida Boating Advisory Council makes recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Economic Opportunity regarding issues affecting the boating community.

People who can be considered for the council include the boating public at large, commercial vessel owners or operators and people in the scuba diving industry.

They will also consider people in the marine industries, canoe or kayak enthusiasts and people in the commercial fishing industry.

If you are interested in being considered, there is an on-line questionnaire you need to complete and you need to provide a statement of the experience and qualifications you possess.

We have posted the link to the questionnaire on this story at and on the Oyster Radio Facebook page.

The questionnaire and statement should be completed by June 27th.

Franklin County is planning to extend the disposal contract between Franklin County and Waste Management

Franklin County is planning to extend the disposal contract between Franklin County and Waste Management.

The contract allows Waste Management to take local household trash to other counties for incineration.

The current contract is set to expire September 30th.

The contract has to be renewed every 5 years.

The contract is currently being reviewed by the county attorney, but if it approved it will increase the disposal rate the county pays Waste Management to $29 dollars a ton.

The current rate is $18.22 a ton.

If the increase is approved it will likely lead to higher tipping fees, which is the amount residents pay to dispose of trash at the landfill.

The commission will consider the new contract further once the county attorney has completed his review.

Governor Ron DeSantis today signed a bill that will allow the Alligator Point water resources District to move forward on a plan to expand the district’s boundaries

Governor Ron DeSantis today signed a bill that will allow the Alligator Point water resources District to move forward on a plan to expand the district’s boundaries.

The current district boundaries were created in 1963.

The water district would like to expand to include about 130 customers who currently live outside the district as well as the property where the district's well fields are.

Those customers currently pay a 360-dollar annual surcharge for water services while most customers in the district pay less through ad valorem taxes.

Water district attorney Ron Mowrey said the expansion would create equality for all customers not just through lower water bills but also through lower insurance premiums, lower tap fees and better fire protection.

It would also allow those customers to serve on the water board.
Residents outside the district who are on wells would not have to become customers.

The water resources district has now received approval from the Franklin County Commission, the legislature and the governor on the issue.

Now its up to the voters.

The water district will hold a referendum this year to allow customers in the proposed expansion area to make a final decision – the referendum will be done through a mail in vote – the cost of the vote will be paid by the water district.

Happening This Weekend in Franklin County!

Happening this Weekend!
Margaret Key Library Summer Music Series
'The music plays on' this Friday in the library, with Apalachicola singer/songwriter David Lloyd!
The show starts at 6, with no tickets required. Light refreshments are served, and donations are requested to continue this service. 
The Summer Music Series brings musicians into the library each Friday night from 6-8 for acoustic sets in an intimate atmosphere. The Series is a library partnership with Apalachicola’s PorchFest, a popular Fall event where musicians play on porches around town. The Friends of the Library (P.A.L.S.) is fundraising with Porch Fest to offer greater access to musical instruments, and music and arts education within the library.
Though the Summer Music Series is intended for adults, all ages are welcome. The lineup of musicians can be found at

HCOLA's Juneteenth
Celebration Backyard Party

This Saturday at Franklin Square in Apalachicola. 2-6pm
Food, dancers, music, vendors and more!

Don’t miss vendors at Saturday’s #Juneteenth Celebration-weather permitting. FREE food, FREE entertainment, FREE water slides, FREE games!

Event hosted by HCOLA

Apalachicola Farmers Market
Located at the beautiful Millpond Pavilion at the end of Market Street, the Apalachicola Farmers Market offers local seafood, produce, honey, homemade breads, pies, and other regional specialties every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 9 AM until 1 PM in Apalachicola.
For more info:

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320

An Eastpoint man was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Bay County this morning

An Eastpoint man was involved in a two-vehicle accident in Bay County this morning.

The Highway patrol said the 60-year-old man was traveling north on Highway 231 in a silver-colored Ford pickup at around 11 o’clock when he tried to turn on to State Road 20.

He drove into the path of a black Honda motorcycle that was traveling south on 231.

The front of the motorcycle struck the front right side of the pickup truck.

The motorcycle went into the center median and across the north lanes of U.S. Highway 231 until it came to rest on the east shoulder of the highway.

The driver of the motorcycle was taken to a Panama City hospital in critical condition.

The pickup truck drove from the scene.

The highway patrol did locate the truck and driver in Calhoun County.

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin 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 - Industrial Wastewater Group 5d, Design Daily Discharge 10,000 or Less GPD Permit
Location Id: FLA555665
Location Name: SummerCamp WTP
County: Franklin
Application Number: FLA555665-005

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

Getting Out in Gulf County

We invite the ENTIRE community to join us Wednesday, June 29th at 10 am CT, for the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the brand-new Burger King in Wewahitchka, Florida, located at 617 FL-71!

SPECIAL GUEST Jesse Barfield will help us cut the ribbon!

Jesse is considered to have had "by far the best outfield arm of the 1980s". He led American League outfielders in assists for three consecutive years (1985–87). Barfield starred in what many analysts considered the best all-around outfield of the 1980s with the Toronto Blue Jays.[2] In 1985, he achieved a relatively rare combination with at least 20 each of home runs (27), stolen bases (22), and outfield assists (22). Jesse will be signing free autograph photos (no personal items) from 1:00PM to 3:00PM

We look forward to seeing you there!

First Friday Sip and Shop
FRIDAY, July 1, 2022 AT 5 PM – 7 PM ET
Reid Ave, Port St Joe, FL 32456

Wendy Patrick Designs, Bellou 2, Shirley Southern Boutique, Bayside Bakery, plus The Joe Art Center, About Beach, Beach Reality and Cabana 15 and The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce host First Friday Sip and Shop Friday July 1 2022 on Reid Ave., from 5-7pm Eastern. Enjoy adult beverages, light hors d'oeuvres, great deals and good times!
Mexico Beach Sweets is turning 1!

Come help us celebrate!

We will have children's activities throughout the day on our patio, and lots of sweet treats for the whole family!

12 until 8 Central Time, July 2nd, 2022!
Donate, Volunteer, Foster - more importantly ADOPT!

St. Joseph Bay Humane Society is a NO-KILL shelter, but they are FULL!

You CAN help!

Can't adopt, consider fostering. Volunteer to take the dogs for a walk or organize adoption opportunities. Take a dog to Happy Hour with a "Adopt Me" button, let's be creative!

We have so many dogs with so little room. We will provide all food and materials. The staff members here at St. Joseph Bay humane society are dedicated and hardworking human beings that put there absolute all into what they do, however we have too many dogs and not enough of these amazing people.

This summer heat is excruciating and sadly we have dogs that are housed in our outside holding area due to lack of space.

We need the public and these dogs need you.

Please call, comment, email or come by the shelter.
We appreciate you all .
Our members get benefits that do more, like healthcare coverage that includes Prosper Benefits to help you save throughout the year on your healthcare needs.

Joe Whitmer
Executive Director
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce
321B Reid Ave
Port St Joe, FL
850-227-1223 Office
Gulf County Chamber of Commerce | 308 Reid AvePort St Joe, FL 32456