Friday, December 3, 2021

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved the award of nearly $33 million dollars to purchase and manage nearly 32,000 acres of wetland and floodplain habitat in the Apalachicola watershed

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has approved the award of nearly $33 million dollars to purchase and manage nearly 32,000 acres of wetland and floodplain habitat in the Apalachicola watershed.

The award is part of more than $103 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund going to 11 new projects in the states of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. 

The funds will allow the state of Florida to acquire and manage approximately 32,000 acres of wetlands and floodplain habitat along 38 miles of the Apalachicola River, preventing potential conversion to residential, commercial and agricultural uses.

The purchase will also help ensure sufficient freshwater and nutrient flow to the Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to support oysters and marine fishes.

A grant from Walmart’s Acres for America program is also contributing to the acquisition.

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Forever conservation and recreation land acquisition program will use the funds to acquire the land which is located in Calhoun, Gulf, and Liberty counties.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will manage the property as part of the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area.

DEP is also pursuing additional funding to acquire and protect 12,600 more acres in the northern reaches of the watershed. 

The Apalachicola River is at the center of North America’s sixth highest ranked biological diversity hot spot, supporting more than 1,500 native species of plants and animals, including many waterbird species and juvenile and adult Gulf sturgeon.

Getting Out in Gulf County

Our last market of the year is on Dec 4th, 9am until 3pm.
The Port St Joe H.S. Band of Gold will be playing at 11am in addition to conducting a bake sell.
The weather is looking good.
Shop Local and support our many vendors.
𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗮𝗿𝘀! 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝗪𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗟𝗶𝗳𝗲! 𝗔 𝗳𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘆. 𝗥𝗮𝗱𝗶𝗼 𝘀𝘁𝘆𝗹𝗲! 𝗛𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗗𝗲𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟯, 𝟰 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝟱𝘁𝗵.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve.

𝗣𝗮𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗲 𝗣𝗹𝗮𝘆𝗲𝗿𝘀
155 Avenue E, Apalachicola, FL
(850) 629-8680
Cookie Decorating with Bayside Bakery at The Joe Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 4 from 11:00 AM -12:00 PM!

**(Please purchase your cookie kits at Bayside Bakery, Limit: 12, Please register at The Joe at our front desk)**
Just another fun event during our Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees that runs through December 11th!
The Nutcracker
300 Allen Memorial Way, Port St Joe, FL 32456-2344, United States
Since 2015, our live ballet performance of The Nutcracker has delighted the Forgotten Coast audiences as a Christmas tradition.

Join us for the Christmas classic, The Nutcracker, this December 4-5 at 2PM ET at The Centennial Building in historic Port St. Joe, FL. This 1 hour-long show by E Company Dancers will delight and entertain audiences.

Tickets are FREE for all children and $12 online in advance and $15 at the door for adults.
Join the Gulf County Chamber Executive Director for coffee on the first Monday of each month for Java with Joe to Trade Ideas - Share Information - Ask Questions - with No Agenda!
We will meet at The Joe on December 6, 2021
Christmas w/The Currys @ The Raw Bar!
Indian Pass Raw Bar
Join us at the legendary Indian Pass Raw Bar for some oysters, holiday tunes, and general revelry.
Free show!
Join us for our Grand Opening celebration and ribbon cutting!

We will be giving away a Hydrafacial $179 value, Botox lip flip and discounted gift cards just in time for Christmas.

We will have charcuterie catered by The Gathering Board at 30-A and cupcakes by Baked! 

Come see us for some Holiday Cheer!
Mark your calendars for an open house at The Grove on Indian Pass on New Years Day 2022 from 3-7pm

We’ll have a free raffle, food & drinks, large bonfire and plenty of picture opportunities.

Come celebrate New Years Day at The Grove with New Wave Property Management on Indian Pass!
The importance of having the right healthcare coverage is not to be underestimated. It can mean all the difference for you, your team, and their well being!
Learn more today!

Every Wednesday, you can find our business consultant, Dr. Len Eichler, at the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce!

Small Business Owners, call or visit Dr. Len with no consulting appointment needed!

We are here to help your business grow and succeed!

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

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Christmas in Panacea Festival

Christmas in Panacea Festival - December 4, 2021
Are you looking for something do do before the Christmas in Panacea festival?
Gulf Specimen will be open all day from 10am-5pm! We will be serving hot chocolate and cookies as well as setting up tables to do arts and crafts, free with your aquarium admission.
Come and see our new octopus tank!
Come and do some early Christmas shopping!
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