Friday, April 16, 2021

Do You Wonder if You’ll Have Enough Food to Last Through the End of the Month?

Do You Wonder if You’ll Have Enough Food to Last Through the End of the Month?


Two Fish Food Market is supported by the First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe to provide food to families who are struggling to make ends meet. Two Fish provides not only canned goods but fresh vegetables, fruits, meat and bread.  Participants may shop two times per month getting food based on the size of their household.

There is no cost to the participant.

Two Fish Food Market - 212 Williams Avenue, Port St. Joe

How does my family become eligible to shop at Two Fish?

Your family is eligible to shop at Two Fish and receive food if your household participates in any of the following programs OR meets the income guidelines below.

  • (SNAP) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps)
  • (TANF) Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
  • (SSI) Supplemental Security Income
  • Medicaid

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A Ministry of First United Methodist Church of PSJ – This Institution is an Equal Opportunity Provider

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting - Simplicitee

Ribbon Cutting - Simplicitee

47 market St. Apalachicola
at 3:30pm Friday, April 16th

 A Unique Boutique with trendy and timeless fashions for women and a little something for men.

If you cannot make it to the Ribbon Cutting we invite you to join us on our Facebook page for the Virtual Ribbon Cutting.

The Virtual Ribbon Cutting
can be viewed on the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Facebook Page (

Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
17 Ave E
Apalachicola, Fl 32320
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Florida DEP permit activity for Wakulla County

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Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

Ron DeSantis


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein


Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Location Id: 402275
Location Name: HARPER, LARRY
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 402275-001

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

There will be a low country boil fundraiser in Apalachicola on Saturday to raise money for the Apalachicola Bay Charter School Odyssey of the Mind teams

 There will be a low country boil fundraiser in Apalachicola on Saturday to raise money for the Apalachicola Bay Charter School Odyssey of the Mind teams.

The teams have earned a spot at the world finals in Orlando and now need to raise some money for travel expenses.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition for students.

Teams select a problem, create a solution, and then present their solution in a competition against other teams.

Dozens of teams from around the world will attend the event which is being held in June.

If you would like to help raise money for the team, come out Saturday to 13 mile Seafood next to Riverfront Park - it will be right next to the classic boat and car show.

There will be a bake sale starting at 10 AM and then at 11 they will serve up low country boil for 15 dollars a plate.

There is also a gofundme page under Apalachicola Odyssey of the Mind Teams where you can donate on-line.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

April is National Safe Digging Month and the Florida Public Service Commission is reminding people to call 811 before you dig

April is National Safe Digging Month and the Florida Public Service Commission is reminding people to call 811 before you dig.

Spring tends to be the time for more home improvement projects for many Floridians.

An 811 call, which is the federally designated call-before-you-dig number, notifies affected utility companies to dispatch crews to mark the location of underground utility lines. 

Utility markings show those who dig the approximate location of underground lines to help prevent damage to utility lines.

In Florida, 811 accepts calls from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday and is managed by the Sunshine State One Call Center, a nonprofit corporation.

It’s recommended that residents call 811 two full business days before beginning their digging project.

For more information on the “call 811 before you dig” campaign, visit

Franklin County Commissioners are expressing concern over proposed reductions in the Department of Corrections upcoming state budget that could result in the closing of at least 4 prisons statewide

Franklin County Commissioners are expressing concern over proposed reductions in the Department of Corrections upcoming state budget that could result in the closing of at least 4 prisons statewide.

There have been no specific prisons listed for closure, but commissioners say it is critical for Franklin County that the state prison in Carrabelle stay open.

The state prison in Carrabelle opened in 2005, so it is one of the newer facilities in the state, which means it has some of the lower maintenance costs.

But it is also chronically understaffed.

County commissioners pointed out that the prison has provided a much needed workforce for the county, as prison labor is used for a number of jobs including roadside cleaning and park maintenance.

The prison has also provided much needed employment for local people, particularly those put out of work by the bay closure.

Commissioners said even if the prison closures are approved, it will likely be September before a final list of closures is released.

The warden of the prison in Carrabelle is expected to attend next week's county commission meeting, to discuss inmate labor and proposed prison closings.

Franklin County has decided to add a little electricity to the ongoing project to beautify the entrance to St. George Island

Franklin County has decided to add a little electricity to the ongoing project to beautify the entrance to St. George Island

Commissioners last week agreed to spend about 1700 dollars to add electrical receptacles along the right of way of Franklin Boulevard down to the welcome sign.

The money is coming out of the road paving fund.

Commission chairman Ricky Jones said the receptacles will allow the island to string Christmas lights on the new palm trees to make a very impressive Christmas display every year.

The beautification project itself is being funded through a 100 thousand dollar grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

The money is paying for the materials and trees needed for landscaping the state-owned land, though it will fall to the county Parks and Recreation department to maintain the landscaping once its finished.

Weems Board Changes Name of Scholarship in Honor of Former Board Member

The Weems Hospital Governing Board recently approved changing the name of the Weems HealthCare Scholarship to the Doug Creamer Healthcare Scholarship in honor of Doug Creamer, the long-standing member of Weems Hospital Governing Board who died earlier this year.

“Doug Creamer was an avid supporter of healthcare in Franklin County and a champion for access to care,” said Weems CEO David Walker. “He served faithfully on the Weems Governing Board and most recently as Chairman. Doug cared about our staff and patients who received care through our hospital’s healthcare system.”

The George E. Weems Memorial Hospital scholarship is awarded annually to a high school student who is interested in seeking a career in healthcare. The scholarship amount is $1,000. Graduating seniors interested applying for the scholarship, please contact Courtney Alford and Amanda Byrd at (850) 653-8853 ext. 108.

Weekly news, Chamber and Member Events from the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cuttings


PhantaSea Day Spa

Wakulla Chamber held a ribbon cutting for PhantaSea Day Spa, Thursday, April 8.
The spa is located at North Pointe Center, 1626 Crawfordville Highway, Unit E.
The spa offers facials, body treatments, waxing, manicures & pedicures (no acrylic or gel nails), eyelash and eyebrow tinting.
Later this summer added services will include microblading and microdermabrasion.
All services are geared toward both male and female clients.
The spa currently has two full service esthiologists, Marjorie Hamilton and Jennifer Carraway, both with a background in nursing. Gabrielle Carraway will join them after graduation this summer.
The spa will be offering monthly specials, and to show their appreciation for all they have been blessed with, every 10th client will receive their service free of charge.
Hours of operation by appointment only, call 850) 745-6575 or contact via their Facebook page:
Tuesday - Saturday: 10 am-7pm (Mondays by special request)


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Grand opening of the Crawfordville store will be tomorrow!

Hops & Half Shells

Notice of Public Meeting:
The Wakulla County Recreation Advisory Committee will hold a Public Meeting on April 26, 2021 at 4:00p.m. at the Wakulla County Community Center, 318 Shadeville Rd., Crawfordville, FL 32327.
Purpose of Meeting:
To provide feedback to the Board of County Commissioners, County staff and the Recreation Director relating to the recreational programs of the Wakulla County Recreation Department.

The 2021 Miss Wakulla County Scholarship Pageant

will be held Saturday, May 15th, 2021
Please note that this years pageant will only be for grades 6th to 12th. We will not be having a Tiny, Little or Young Division. 
All applications (Jr. and Miss) are due on April 25th at Orientation.  Bring all completed documents (provided as subsequent pages on application) to Orientation. Contestant Applications will not be accepted without an entry fee; signature of entrant, parent/guardian, and sponsor.  You must email us with your intent. Orientation on April 25th at 2pm at The Property at Sand Lake (104 Sand Lake Road)
The entry fee for Miss (grades 9-12) is $75, Jr (grades 6-8) is $50.
The winner of the Miss division (grades 9-12) will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Feel Free to contact us on Facebook, by email at or by phone 850-510-4897 with any questions or if you would like a copy of the application sent to you.

Mark your calendars...

May 15, 2021
Panacea Oyster Festival!
More details coming soon!

Join us for Cocktails and Conversation

Drop ins welcome!
Drink and Meal Specials

Household Hazardous Waste Day 

April Networking Luncheon

Please join us for our April networking luncheon at The Seineyard at Rock Landing, Noon, Wednesday, April 28

Buffet: Fried shrimp and catfish, chicken tenders, coleslaw, cheese grits, dessert.
Cost: $15 peer person

RSVP by replying to this email, noting networking luncheon

Interested in Becoming a Campaign Team Member?

Sopchoppy 4th of July Celebration

Minority & Small Business Boot Camp

Enterprise Florida will launch the Minority & Small Business Boot Camp on Wed, April 7th (9-10am).  This is an 11 series boot camp designed to equip minority and small businesses with various tools integral for success.  Each hour long session will cover a different topic integral for small business success. 
This event is FREE!  To register, visit  .   Reserve your spot NOW!
For more info, contact or (407) 752-2488
Presented by |  ENTERPRISE FLORIDA and Florida SBDC Network

Ed2go 2021 Class List

Ed2Go online training is made possible by the generous contributions from local businesses and individuals to the Burt Poole Scholarship fund, to help you succeed in business.Classes are free to our members. (other classes not listed here may be available with a co-pay). Please inquire with chamber staff to request more information, enrollment, and verification forms. Please also review requirements prior to sending enrollment request.
For a complete list of online classes click here
Disclaimer: The Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce provides this calendar of events as a service to its members and a convenience in the community.  No endorsement of the scheduled events or organizations by the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce is either expressed or implied.

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – April 15, 2021

Dam Removal, Sustainable Charter Fishing, and More.

Fish News - NOAA Fisheries

APRIL 15, 2021

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Farmed Seafood Supports a Sustainable Earth

Aquaculture is a sustainable way to produce food, using fewer resources than other protein sources. This is especially important when considering the impacts of climate change on land-based farming and wild-capture fisheries. Learn more about how aquaculture aligns with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and then check out some of the farmed seafood found in the United States.


Recreational Fishing: See What One of America’s Favorite Pastimes Is All About!


Recreational fishing generates billions of dollars of economic activity throughout our coastal communities every year. NOAA Fisheries is producing a new series of video shorts focusing on recreational fishing across the country and how we support one of America's favorite outdoor activities. Watch and learn more about marine recreational fishing from waters across the country. At NOAA, fishing isn’t just our job, it’s our passion!


Current Sea Surface Temperatures in the Eastern Bering Sea

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For nearly 2 months the southeastern Bering has hovered near the marine heatwave threshold. So far, 2021 ranks 12th (of 37 years) in cumulative sea surface temperatures in southeast Alaska.

West Coast

Reopening a Northern California Creek to Threatened Steelhead—Part 2: Using Natural Sediment to Benefit Fish


Most dam removal projects view sediment as a problem. Biologists often worry that releasing the stored sediment will harm fish and wildlife or disperse in unpredictable ways to change the course of streams. Others see releasing stored sediment as a catalyst for flooding. In some cases, though, sediment can be a solution.

Reward Available for Information about Shooting of California Sea Lion in New York Slough

california sea lion

It is illegal to shoot protected marine mammals. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information that leads to a civil penalty or criminal conviction in the December 2020 shooting death of a California sea lion, a protected species under federal law. The sea lion was killed near Pittsburg, California.


Make Sure Your Charter Fishing Trip Is Legal and Sustainable

fishing trip

Offshore fishing charters in the Southeast are a great way to experience the outdoors. As with any business, there are those who follow the rules and a few who do not. Properly licensed charter captains  incur expenses related to permits, safety gear, and other operational costs. This ensures they comply with regulations and that their customers are given a legal, safe, and sustainable experience. NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement  continues to make investigating illegal charters a high priority in the Southeast through increased patrols and targeted enforcement operations.

Greater Atlantic

Changes in Ocean Conditions and Human Activities Impacted the U.S. Northeast Shelf Marine Ecosystem in 2020

ocean conditions

The U.S. Northeast Shelf is one of the world’s most productive marine ecosystems. Seafood production, commercial and recreational fishing, ocean-dependent jobs, and other services provided by the ecosystem are all being affected by a changing climate.

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Shares Biennial Report to Congress

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This update describes work on fisheries science, oyster restoration, environmental education, climate, observations, and more.

Upcoming Deadlines

April 26: NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office Announces Fisheries Research Funding Opportunity

View more news and announcements.

Upcoming Events

View more events.

Federal Register Actions

Visit NOAA Fisheries' Rules & Regulations web page to learn more about recently proposed and finalized regulations in your region. 

Send corrections or technical questions to the FishNews Editor at