Wednesday, August 17, 2022

A Carrabelle man was seriously injured in a 2-vehicle accident in Wakulla County on Wednesday

A Carrabelle man was seriously injured in a 2-vehicle accident in Wakulla County on Wednesday.

According to the Highway Patrol, the 69-year-old man from Carrabelle was driving in a pickup truck and traveling south on Highway 319 at about 1 o’clock in the afternoon.

He was at the intersection of Highway 319 and State Road 267 when a sedan driven by a 29-year-old man from Havana ran the red light and hit the truck in its front right tire.

The driver of the sedan received minor injuries, a 32-year-old female passenger in the sedan suffered serious injuries.


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Vrooman Park in Eastpoint will be getting some pretty major upgrades in the near future

Vrooman Park in Eastpoint will be getting some pretty major upgrades in the near future.

Franklin County has received a $200,000 grant agreement from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection for the Vrooman Park Improvements Project.

Five years ago, the county received a $50,000 FRDAP grant to add the T-ball field, improve the playground and pavilion.

This phase will fund drainage improvements for the two primary fields which will require a substantial amount of fill, sod, and clay.

It will also pay to replace the irrigation system for the two fields, replace the perimeter fencing with the drainage improvements, renovate the batting cage and dugouts, and build a 6’ access sidewalk for those with mobility impairments to be able to easily access the park facilities.

The county will first need to develop the design and bid specifications for the drainage improvements and sidewalk construction and then bid out the project.

The county will seek community input on the project, and could form an advisory committee to coordinate the work schedule around ball season, and to get input on other project elements.


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St. Joseph Bay Humane Society Pet of the Week





Hi, I'm Patches! I am a 6-7 year old 58 pound Dalmatian mix. I am the sweetest girl you will ever meet! I love playing with toys and treats. I would be perfectly content laying on the couch with you or snuggling in the bed!

I am house trained and walk great on a leash. I don't mind other dogs as long as they are calm and I like adult cats.

My favorite thing to do is nap.

I currently reside in our office manager's office, soaking in a little peace and quiet while I go through heartworm treatment.

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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Franklin County is purchasing some land in Eastpoint across from the Eastpoint boat ramp and waterfront park

Franklin County is purchasing some land in Eastpoint across from the Eastpoint boat ramp and waterfront park.

The parcel is 104 feet wide and 241 feet long and reaches from Highway 98 to Patton Drive.

The county commission on Tuesday agreed to pay about 182 thousand dollars for the lot which is adjacent to a county parking area for the boat ramp.

The money is coming from the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.

The closing on the purchase will be held on Friday.



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Franklin County has agreed to include Carrabelle Beach when it expands its “Leave No Trace” ordinance to include more beaches than just St. George Island

Franklin County has agreed to include Carrabelle Beach when it expands its “Leave No Trace” ordinance to include more beaches than just St. George Island.

The leave no trace ordinance was created in 2015 as a way to protect nesting sea turtles by banning people from leaving items like tents and beach chairs on public beaches on St. George Island overnight - items that are left out can be confiscated and destroyed at the landfill.

The county later expanded the rule to include penalties for people who dig holes on the beaches and don't fill them in before leaving the beach.

Holes are a big impediment to nesting sea turtles that have to crawl across the beach to lay their eggs near the dune line.

Now the board will consider expanding the rule to other beaches where sea turtles nest, including Carrabelle Beach, Alligator Point and Bald Point.

The request to revisit the ordinance was made by commissioner Bert Boldt who said it makes sense that the rule should cover all beaches where sea turtles nest.

It was pointed out that if the law is expanded that the county may have to hire more workers for the Parks and Recreation Department who are in charge of enforcing the rule.

Commissioners have also discussed getting local turtle patrol members to help with enforcement, though they aren’t sure if they can legally do so.



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Franklin County commissioners have approved an ordinance banning people from living in campers, RVs, and boats on public property in the unincorporated areas of the county

Franklin County commissioners have approved an ordinance banning people from living in campers, RVs, and boats on public property in the unincorporated areas of the county.

The action was taken because of a recent incident where people were found living in a 5th wheel and in a houseboat on blocks on county a right-of-way.

There was no rule specifically banning it.

County attorney Michael Shuler said that activity is a public safety issue, and raises questions about where the people are getting water and electricity.

Under the new rule people will have 5 days to move their vehicle or it will be towed away at their expense.

The new rule does not cover people living in campers on privately owned land, there is already a county ordinance in place for that.


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Gulf Chamber Membership Spotlight

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5 Star Paint and Collision Centre in Port Saint Joe, Florida uses state of the art equipment and a new facility. They do computerized estimating and paint mixing. They handle insurance claims and offer you a rental car if you need one.
Their goal is to get you back on the road as quickly as possible and help you forget the accident or damage ever happened. They offer you an accurate estimate and never pressure you to get more work done than you need. Find a mechanic you can trust at 5 Star Collision Centre today!
 
5 Star Collision Centre
770 Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL
(850) 229-7827
Walter Green Boutique offers a beautiful curated selection of women's clothing, including the latest trends in beachwear, resortwear and swimwear, as well as accessories and gifts for the women who run the world.
They carry a wide variety of clothing sizes S-3X. Stop by and check them out, or shop online!
 
Walter Green Boutique
135 Hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL
(850) 999-6105
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Options Health Family Practice is a self-pay clinic begun as a ministry to help those uninsured or underinsured individuals in our community. Many with insurance choose to come to Options Health because of the ability to be seen usually same day, with no waiting, which is great for those urgent care needs.

Options Health Family Practice 
180 Lightkeepers Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL
850-273-8450
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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Recreational fishing for red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close on Tuesday, August 30th

Recreational fishing for red grouper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico will close on Tuesday, August 30th.

The closure is happening because the 2022 red grouper recreational annual catch limit of 1.8 million pounds gutted weight will be reached by that time.

The closure is designed to protect the species from overfishing.
Recreational harvest of red grouper will reopen on January 1st, 2023.

During the recreational closures, the bag and possession limit are zero for red grouper in or from federal waters of the Gulf.

The prohibition on possession of red grouper also applies in Gulf state waters for a vessel issued a valid federal charter vessel/headboat permit for Gulf reef fish.


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