Monday, May 16, 2022

If you’re interested in hunting deer or wild hog this fall and winter at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge, make plans to apply for quota, special-opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits

 If you’re interested in hunting deer or wild hog this fall and winter at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge, make plans to apply for quota, special-opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits.


The phase I application period opened Sunday and runs through June 15th.


You can apply at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office.


Make sure you check out the fall quota hunt options at the newest Wildlife Management Area: Tate’s Hell – St. James Island Unit in Franklin County.


The FWC s offering quota hunt permits for deer, wild turkey and wild hog.


This new 8,182-acre area in Franklin County will also offer opportunities to hunt small game and migratory birds during statewide seasons without a quota permit.



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Franklin County Commissioners have approved an ordinance addressing the need for code enforcement in the county

Franklin County Commissioners have approved an ordinance addressing the need for code enforcement in the county.


Earlier this month the board held a public hearing on the issue, creating the process for people to report complaints and for the county to address them.


Under the ordinance, the public can now submit a concern or complain to the county by going to the county website at Franklincountyflorida.com.


They will also accept e-mails or telephone calls.


There will be a dedicated county staff member responsible for receiving, verifying , and tracking all complaints.


Once the county determines that a complaint is valid, the responsible party will be notified of their violation.


If the responsible party fails to comply, either by ignoring or refusing to respond to the violation notification, the matter will be sent to a Magistrate for a ruling.


Based on the magistrate's ruling, the county will proceed with enforcement.


Commissioners also said they would look at hiring a code enforcement officer during this year's budget hearings.



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Franklin County Commission Agenda

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Franklin County Commission regular meeting agenda for Tuesday May 17th!

See the agenda here


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St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week

Hi, I'm Lagoon! I am a 2 year old tortoiseshell domestic medium hair. I am very friendly and playful! I love lounging around the cat room. I would make a wonderful addition to almost any family! 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

info@sjbhumanesociety.org



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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Apply now for fall quota hunts

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May

FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet

The latest hunting and conservation news and events from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).


Apply now through June 15 for fall quota and limited entry hunt permits

If you’re interested in hunting deer or wild hog this fall/winter at a Florida wildlife management area or national wildlife refuge, make plans to apply for quotaspecial-opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits. The phase I application period opens today and runs through 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15. You can apply at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or in person at a license agent or tax collector’s office.

Make sure you check out the fall quota hunt options at the newest WMA: Tate’s Hell – St. James Island Unit in northwest Florida. The FWC, in cooperation with the area’s lead land manger, the Florida Forest Service, is offering quota hunt permits for deer, wild turkey and wild hog. This new 8,182-acre area in Franklin County will also offer opportunities to hunt small game and migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, coot, snipe and woodcock) during statewide seasons without a quota permit.

Find 2022-2023 WMA regulations brochures and maps and application deadlines, worksheets and other limited entry hunt details

Update About Everglades and Francis S. Taylor and Rotenberger WMA quota permits

Starting this year, we’re changing our approach to issuing airboat quota permits at Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA and general gun vehicle quota permits at Rotenberger WMA.

  • To avoid canceling these hunts, the FWC will no longer automatically include these quota permits in the phase I application period.
  • Instead, the decision to issue these quota permits will be made in mid-June, after aerial survey results of deer are received and evaluated.
  • If survey results support issuing quota permits for hunts on these WMAs, the FWC will announce their availability and how and when to apply.

Please check back to this page in mid-June for information about the availability of these quota permits. Or to receive an update via email, sign up for FWC Hunting News and make sure your email is up-to-date at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Photo courtesy of FWC's Kay Haskins

Limited entry quota permit phase I application period

Opportunity to provide input via annual wild turkey harvest survey

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We’re conducting our annual survey of spring wild turkey hunters to get a better understanding of hunter satisfaction, effort and success. You may receive an email, text or phone call from Responsive Management, a survey research firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues, asking you to participate in this survey. Depending on which carrier you use, the call will display as coming from Responsive Management or from area code 850 (Tallahassee). If you receive an email, text or call, please consider participating in the survey. This information will help us better understand your participation, harvest, needs and preferences. 

We're sending a big "thank you" to survey participants past and present for their commitment to conservation and the future of hunting. See the wild turkey hunting status reports from 2021 and 2020 and learn more about the FWC’s wild turkey management program


Apply for alligator permits through May 16 during phase I

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You have through 11:59 p.m. ET on May 16 to apply for alligator harvest permits during phase I. More than 7,300 harvest permits will be available via random drawing. If you’re 18 years old by Aug. 15, 2022, and have a valid credit or debit card, you can apply for an alligator harvest permit that allows the harvest of two alligators on a designated harvest unit or county. Check out these resources to help you apply:

New Rules for Statewide Alligator Harvest

At their May meeting, FWC Commissioners approved increasing hunting hours for the statewide alligator hunt and adding precharged pneumatic airbows to the legal methods of taking an alligator. Learn more about these new statewide alligator harvest program rules.


Don't forget about spring/summer wild hog hunts

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Check out the spring and summer wild hog hunting opportunities on wildlife management areas across the state. While many of the WMAs that offer these wild hog hunts don’t require a quota permit, some of them do so please review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you want to hunt. Also, a hunting license isn’t needed to hunt wild hogs at a WMA, however, a management area permit is required. Find more information and a list of WMAs offering spring/summer public hunting opportunities.


Summer camp job opportunities

Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp

Know someone who loves the outdoors and is looking for a summer job? A summer camp counselor or instructor position at the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp may be a great option. We’re looking for people who want to teach youth ages 8-17 about conservation and outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing, and hiking. 

To be considered for this job, you must be at least 18 years of age and pass a mandatory background check. Pay starts at $520/week + room and board. Plus, your employment at the Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp can serve as an internship for college credit. For more information about these summer camp jobs, contact Will Burnett at 352-625-2804 or William.Burnett@MyFWC.com.

We still have summer camp opportunities for kids aged 8 to 17 who want to experience the outdoors. The Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp offers a variety of safe, fun and age-appropriate week-long camps. Learn more and register. Find other summer camps through the FWC's Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. 


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May 16, 2022 Wakulla County BOCC Draft Agenda

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints James Brown to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of James Brown to the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.
 
James Brown
Brown, of Apalachicola, is the former Law Enforcement Division Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the former Sales Manager for Boston Whaler Boats. He is the recipient of the National Association of State Law Administrators Bonner Award. Brown is the current Chairman of the City of Apalachicola’s Battery Park Committee. 
 
This appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.



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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

Ron DeSantis

Governor


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor


Shawn Hamilton

Secretary


Permitting Application Subscription Service


Subscriber email address: manager@oysterradio.com

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Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: SINGLE FAMILY DOCK
Location Id: 420976
Location Name: 1469 GULF BEACH DRIVE
County: Franklin
Application Number: 420976-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: BUMGARNER DOCK ADDITION
Location Id: 339766
Location Name: 323 MASHES SANDS ROAD [DOCK]
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 339766-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: DOCK
Location Id: 420947
Location Name: ROB SMITH DOG ISLAND DOCK
County: Franklin
Application Number: 420947-001

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


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FRANKLIN COUNTY HUMANE SOCIETY PET OF THE WEEK




Jay jay is a 9 month old, female, Walker Hound/Boxer mix. She is a happy and energetic youngster who we are told loves to sing. She is particularly fond of Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande. Jay Jay is housebroken, loves toys and loves to run so will need plenty of outdoor space. Looking for an exercise buddy? She might be the one for you!


We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our animals into their home to be fostered for various needs.


Any time you can spare would be greatly appreciated.


Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint. You may logon to the website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable pets.



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Friday, May 13, 2022

Franklin County is starting its annual budget process.

Franklin County is starting its annual budget process.
The board agreed last week to send budget letters to all county departments and constitutional offices telling them to prepare and submit their proposed budgets for the next fiscal year.
The letter requests that all budget requests be kept to the minimum needed so that departments can operate while still providing the same level of services.
Commissioners are concerned that the budget process will be faced with uncertainty over the long-term financial impacts of supply chain delays and inflation.
The county will also have to fund the second year of the 5 year county-wide pay plan that took effect last year.
Departments with long term capital improvement needs in excess of $15,000 are being asked to outline those needs separately from the budget request.
Budget proposals have to submitted to the county by June the 15th.


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Things to do this weekend in Franklin County!

Things to do this weekend!
Another full weekend of activities! For a full list of events in the area go to Events - Apalachicola - St. George Island Florida (apalachicolabay.org)
Highlighted Events
1ST ANNUAL SHRIMP FEST
May 14th 11:00-5:00pm

This family and community-oriented festival will be a one-day event offering patrons great outdoor musical entertainment, a fairway of games for the children sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Parrothead Club, and the chance to dine on the freshest and most delicious local shrimp dishes.
Musical entertainment will be provided by two awesome acts. Local favorites, Hot Mess with special guest JB Babich, will start the day with their blend of Zydeco Swamp Pop and the legendary, Bill Wharton, a.k.a “The Sauce Boss”, will be headlining this year’s festival.

Tickets for the event will be $5.00 and are available online now at www.sgishrimpfest.com or in person at the Lighthouse Gift Shop. Children four years of age and under are free but still require the “purchase” of a free ticket for entry.

IF THIS HOUSE COULD TALK
May 7th-21st

What if the houses in Apalachicola could talk? What stories would they tell? The Apalachicola Area Historical Society invites you to come find out, by viewing storyboards posted in front of about 30 homes and businesses between Saturday, May 7 and Saturday, May 21.

The storyboards, created by property owners, give historical facts and stories of past residents and neighborhood events.
Maps will be available online, on Facebook, and in hard copy format throughout town. Properties cannot be entered, but storyboards will be out in front at all participating locations. Please contact Pam Richardson at the historical society at (850) 653-1700 for details.



BENEFIT CAR SHOW & LOW COUNTRY BOIL
May 14th 9am-3pm

Forgotten Coast Cruisers present a benefit car show and low country boil! Located at riverfront park on May 14th 9am-3pm.
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Awards for Top 20 People’s Choice
  • Award for Best in Show
  • Special Award given as well
  • All proceeds benefit the Franklin County Schools Class of 2022 Project Graduation
Registration will be the day of the show. Any questions contact Jessica at 850-323-0325

Artists’ Reception to Benefit ECCC at Live Oak Gallery
May 14th 4-7pm

At the Live Oak Gallery, 156 Market Street in Apalachicola. Enjoy beer, wine and light bites with the artists, and wander the gallery to view their latest paintings…you may just discover the perfect artwork for yourself or for someone else. And you can feel good about purchasing it, because a portion of the proceeds from the evening’s sales will benefit Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County. 
ECCC continues to serve 120 meals five days a week!
The Turtle Pond Painters that are supporting this show are: Bunnie Ison, Ed Springer, Holly Brown, Lynn Wilder, Pam Corcoran, Peg Brown and Tara Roberts. Three accomplished guest artists who have led workshops for the group will also have paintings on display, including pastel painter, Barbara Noonan, and plein air painters, Cory Wright and Jeanette Herron. The show also features photographs from Creighton Brown of Turtle Pond Farm in Apalachicola. We hope to see you there!
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
850-653-9419



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