Thursday, July 29, 2021

The Franklin County sheriff's office arrested Jared Willet early Wednesday morning after a video of him abandoning a puppy at the Ho Hum RV Park outside of Carrabelle went viral on local social media

The Franklin County sheriff's office arrested Jared Willet early Wednesday morning after a video of him abandoning a puppy at the Ho Hum RV Park outside of Carrabelle went viral on local social media.

Abandoning an animal is a 1st degree misdemeanor in Florida which can lead to jail time and fines of up to 5000 dollars.

The video showed a man driving out of the RV park and dropping a puppy from the drivers side door of a slowly moving SUV and then driving away.

Willet was charged with 7 counts of animal abandonment after he was connected to other animals abandoned on St. George Island earlier in the week.

The puppy was turned over to the Franklin County Humane Society where it was vaccinated, deflead, dewormed and named Rebel.

The sheriff's office said it received a number of tips that helped solve the case quickly

And remember, If you own an animal and no longer want or can care for it, call the Humane Society or drop it off in their drop box pen.

The Humane Society is located on Highway 65.

If you have been considering a career in law enforcement, Gulf Coast State College’s Law Enforcement Academy Application Deadline is Approaching Soon

If you have been considering a career in law enforcement, Gulf Coast State College’s Law Enforcement Academy Application Deadline is Approaching Soon.

The Gulf Coast State College Law Enforcement Academy is currently open for applications until August 13th. 

The Law Enforcement Academy certificate program is 770 contact hours that can be applied toward an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Technology.


The academy combines classroom education with scenario-based training, conducted by current professionals serving in law enforcement in the community.

The classes are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and are located at the Gulf Coast State College North Bay campus. 

For more information, please contact David Thomasee at 850.769.1551 ext. 5613 or

Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce Weekly news - FREE Member Workshop

Welcome New Members:

Ryan Culton -  DRMP, Inc.
1625 Summit Lake Drive, Tallahassee

David Miller - D.R. Fence & Deck
3269 Crawfordville Hwy., Unit 2, Crawfordville, FL 32327

We have been getting many compliments on the ease of use and search options on our new website over the last couple of weeks from members that have activated and updated their account and residents using the site to search for services. 
Take advantage of your activated listing and share a link to it on social media and check for traffic increase. Just log into your account to view.
We are now offering introductory advertising space on our new website.
Introductory Rate – the rates being offered for Leaderboard and Large Mobile ads are introductory rates, offered on a first come, first served basis by the Wakulla Chamber.
Ads are for a commitment of a three- month minimum.
To find out more, view the order from and let us now if you have any questions.

Speaking of Websites....

We noticed that not everyone has activated their listing yet on our new website. Emails with log in and password information were sent the week of June 16, so if you did not see it or can't locate it, let us know and we will be happy to forward it.

As one of our members let us know just today: "I am super impressed with it so far!  The dashboard is so cool and it has a ton of features to customize.  This is going to be such an added value!"

Samantha Morse
Business Manager,
Morse Construction & Restoration Services

TODAY - please join us!

Bryker Body Care Ribbon Cutting

4:30pm, Thursday, July 29th


Total Wellness Defined Ribbon Cutting

4:45pm, Thursday, July 29th


Join us for Celebrity Dinner

to benefit Wakulla Senior Citizens Center
A few tickets are still available

Wakulla Senior Center Seeking Donations for Silent Auction

The Senior Center is seeking items/gift certificates for the silent auction at the Spaghetti Dinner August 4th. Please contact Becky Gast if you have something to add to the auction.

Wavemaker Interview 

Are you ready for some Wakulla football? Click on the link below and find out what drives Wakulla High School Head Football Coach Scott Klees.

Brian English Interviews Wakulla Football Coach | Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce

First Annual Economic Development Champions Celebration

EDC will be hosting the First Annual Economic Development Champions Celebration on August 19 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Sherlock Springs (2387 Bloxham Cutoff Rd, Crawfordville, FL 32327). Please see the attached invitation with a link to RSVP by August 12. Invitation
At this event, we will celebrate the economic development leaders in our community, the accomplishments of the Wakulla EDC, and honor the 2021 Economic Development Champion for Wakulla County. Hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages will be served.

Cost is $25/per person by check (made out to the Wakulla EDC) or cash. Payments can be dropped off ahead of time at the Wakulla Chamber of Commerce (23 High Drive, Crawfordville, FL 32327) or mailed to the Wakulla Chamber of Commerce (P.O. Box. 598, Crawfordville, FL 32326). Please call Petra Shuff at (850) 926-1848 ahead of time to schedule drop-off for payment or simply deposit in mail slot. You may also bring a check with you that evening.  
This event is open to anyone who would like to attend and the Coordinators Committee has encouraged everyone to invite individuals in the community that may be interested in joining the EDC. This is a great way for prospective investors to learn more about the EDC and its impact in the community. Please share the invitation with others. 
The Wakulla County Value Adjustment Board will hold an Organizational Meeting on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Chambers, 29 Arran Road, Crawfordville, Florida 32327.  The primary purpose of this meeting is to ratify the VAB’s private legal counsel, set hearing dates, review procedures and rules, and any other business as required by Rule 12D-9.013, F.A.C.  All interested parties are invited to attend.
If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board, agency or commission with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he or she will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Notice of Public Meeting:
Wakulla County will hold a Public Meeting on Thursday, August 26, 2021 at 6:30p.m. at the Wakulla County Community Center, Crawfordville Room, 318 Shadeville Hwy., Crawfordville, FL. 32327, (850) 926-0919.
Purpose of Meeting:
To provide an overview of the Wakulla County BOCC FY2021/2022 Proposed Budget and to allow citizen comments and questions.
Persons with a disability needing a special accommodation should contact the Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners Administration Office at least two (2) days prior to the meeting at (850) 926-0919; Hearing & Voice Impaired at 1-800-955-8771; or email at

FREE Workshop

Reserve your spot by replying to this email no later than August 24

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.
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Our mailing address is:
Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 598/23 High Dr
Crawfordville, FL 32326

Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf and Wakulla Counties

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Environmental Protection

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

Ron DeSantis


Jeanette Nuñez

Lt. Governor

Shawn Hamilton

Interim Secretary

Permitting Application Subscription Service

Subscriber email address:

  Profile Name: Oyster Radio

Permit: Water - Drinking Water Distribution System General Permit
Location Id: 407609
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 407609-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Mitigation Bank Permit
Project Name: CREDIT DEBIT
Location Id: 295847
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 295847-025

For further information, please contact the Tallahassee Headquarters permitting office in Tallahassee at (850) 245-8489
Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Location Id: 407566
County: Gulf
Application Number: 407566-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Domestic Wastewater Collection/Transmission System
Location Id: 407593
County: Gulf
Application Number: 407593-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Drinking Water Distribution System General Permit
Location Id: 407570
County: Gulf
Application Number: 407570-001

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

NOAA Fisheries FishNews – July 29, 2021

Fish News - NOAA Fisheries

JULY 29, 2021

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Treat Your Brain Right—Eat Seafood, America!

We all know that eating seafood is good for our taste buds, but did you know it's also associated with better brain health as we age? People who eat seafood regularly are associated with a 20% lower risk for Alzheimer’s type dementia. Plus, eating fish is linked to lower rates of depression. Learn more from our friends at Seafood Nutrition Partnership!


Nominations Sought for Positions on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee


Do you want to help make a difference for the stewardship and sustainable use of our marine resources? NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee. MAFAC advises the Secretary of Commerce on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. All materials must be submitted before midnight on July 29. Additional information about MAFAC and the nomination process can be found here.

Explore Essential Fish Habitats with Our Updated Interactive Mapper

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We’re excited to launch an updated version of the Essential Fish Habitat Mapper with improved layout, navigation, and functionality. EFH is the habitat needed by managed species to complete their life cycles and it serves a foundational role in sustainably harvested U.S. seafood. The EFH Mapper is an interactive tool for viewing important habitats for managed fish species.

NOAA’s Exploration and Research Efforts Inform Management Decisions for Deep-Sea Coral Communities

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NOAA’s Deep-Sea Coral Research and Technology Program is participating virtually in NOAA Ocean Exploration’s current expedition to map and explore the New England and Corner Rise seamounts in the high seas (or international waters) of the North Atlantic. Equipped with a remotely operated vehicle and telepresence technology, the team aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer transmits video data in real time to shore-based scientists who help to guide the exploration and contribute their expertise during dives.

Photo Contest Winners Connect Viewers with Habitat

habitat photo contest

We’re delighted to share with you images from talented photographers that celebrate Habitat Month! We received impressive entries in both of the categories. Thank you to all the photographers who sent in entries, from Guam to Cape Cod.

The Effects of Climate Change on Sharks

climate change on sharks

Research into the effects of climate change on fish species and finding creative ways to adapt fisheries management is a priority for NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA’s Draft Mitigation Policy Public Comment Period Closes July 30

mitigation policy

The public comment period for NOAA's draft Mitigation Policy for Trust Resources will close July 30, 2021. The purpose of the draft Mitigation Policy is to improve conservation of NOAA’s trust resources through more effective mitigation of adverse impacts to them.


Alaskan Scientists Continue Humpback Research as Whale Watching Industry Aims to Rebound

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Juneau, Alaska, is one of the most popular whale watching tourism destinations in the world. Roughly 1.3 million tourists visited the city in 2019 via cruise ship, and more than 330,000 of those visitors participated in local whale watching trips during their port-of-call.

West Coast

California Current Fish Surveys Resume with 3-Month Assessment of Sardine, Anchovy, and Mackerel

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NOAA Fisheries has begun an ambitious assessment of small pelagic fish that reaches from the Canadian border to the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. The assessment, in cooperation with Mexico, will help determine how many fish can be caught off the West Coast.

Low-Oxygen Waters Off Washington and Oregon Coasts Risk Becoming Large “Dead Zones”

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Oxygen-depleted bottom waters occur seasonally along the continental shelf of Washington and Oregon, and these waters fuel blooms of plankton. The plankton in turn feeds small animals like krill, which themselves serve as food for many fish. When the plankton blooms die off, they sink to the bottom, where their decomposition consumes oxygen, leaving less for organisms such as crabs and bottom-dwelling fish.


Cameron Meadows Project to Rebuild Hundreds of Acres of Marsh in Louisiana

rebuilding marsh

An additional $1.2 million in funding has been approved for an ongoing NOAA-supported effort to rebuild more than 300 acres of marsh in coastal Louisiana. The Cameron Meadows Marsh Creation and Terracing Project is helping restore the natural buffer that protects communities in southwest Louisiana from damage caused by hurricanes and storm surge.

Upcoming Deadlines

July 29 NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

July 30 NOAA’s Draft Mitigation Policy Available for Public Comment through July 30

View more news and announcements.

Upcoming Events

August 26, September 13 NOAA is hosting listening sessions for the public to learn about, and provide input on, "Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful

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.