Wednesday, February 28, 2024
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
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 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.