Post 82 serves up liver and onions



This Saturday, March 2, the American Legion Post 82 on Oak Street in Lanark Village will be hosting your choice of a liver and onions dinner, complete with au gratin potatoes, veggie, roll, and dessert, or a meatball sub smothered with cheese and a dessert. Either meal will be $6 each .Dinners will be served from 5 p.m. ‘till gone.



Come on out and have a great time. God Bless America and all our troops and veterans



 



FCSWA to meet March 11



The new meeting date for the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association is Monday, March 11 at 6 p.m. in at the Eastpoint Firehouse on Sixth Street. We will be announcing new board members and will be looking for a new secretary and new second vice president. Any questions or concerns, please contact Shannon Hartsfield, FCSWA president, at 653-5190.



 



Tickets on sale for CGJ Days dinner-dance



Tickets are now on sale for the 2013 Camp Gordon Johnston Days Dinner/Dance to be held at the Carrabelle Municipal Complex on Saturday evening March 9.. Tickets are $17 each but World War II veterans and active duty soldiers eat for free. Hog Wild Bar B - Q will cater this event with live dance music provided by Not Quite Ready.



Get your tickets now! Tickets are available at the CGJ WWII Museum or on-line at www.campgordonjohnston.com. You may also purchase them from any Camp Gordon Johnston Association member.



This event is sponsored, in part, by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council.



 



 



Tipping fees increase



Tipping fees at the county landfill have increased from $45 per ton to $65 per ton for household and yard trash.



The increase came after the commission sought requests for proposals from waste management providers in hopes of saving money.



Only the county’s existing contractor Waste Management bid on the contract. They raised their fee from $46.29 to $57.95 per ton, an increase of $11.66. The county raised tipping fees in response to the increase by Waste Management.



 



Welcome center for Eastpoint



At the Feb. 19 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to designate the old Florida Highway Patrol building on US 98 in Eastpoint as the Eastpoint Welcome Center. The building will also house offices for the Franklin County Tourist Development Council (TDC).



The county is currently in negotiations with the highway patrol to resume ownership.



Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson asked who would pay for the upkeep and maintenance of the structure. TDC Director Curt Blair said the TDC would pay for most of the upkeep.



Johnson cautioned the county against accepting more old buildings. “The more old buildings we acquire, the more we have to pay for insurance and maintenance,” she said.



 



Pierce to manage airport



On Feb. 19, the county commission voted unanimously to appoint Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce manager of the Apalachicola Regional Airport.



“I want to thank Mr. Mosteller for his years of service in the double capacity of airport manager and chairman of the Airport Advisory Committee,” said Pierce. “I believe in these last six months we almost killed Mr. Mosteller with all the time he felt obligated to give the airport and I believe it is in the best interest of everyone, including Mr. Mosteller, that he not continue in that double capacity. Mr. Mosteller will stay on as chairman of the airport advisory committee and will help schedule those meetings. As chairman, Mr. Mosteller will not receive any compensation and he will no longer be the grant administrator after existing open grants are completed. All grant administration will come out of the planning office.”



Pierce said he would not receive any additional compensation for the new position.



Commissioner Pinki Jackel moved the commission write a letter of commendation to Mosteller and name the newly completed commercial hanger in his honor.



 



Archaeology Day March 30 at St. Joe



The Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) is planning two archaeology events in Gulf County on March 30 from 10 a.m. to noon, bring your artifacts to be identified to St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, 8899 Cape San Blas Road and learn about archaeology in our area; pick up informative literature, and find out about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities,



From 2 to 4 p.m., the archaeologist will be on call to answer questions at the Constitution Convention Museum, 200 Allen Memorial Way, Port St. Joe.



 



County commission to meet in Carrabelle



The April 2 meeting of the county commission will be held at the Carrabelle Municipal Center 1001 Gray Avenue at 10 a.m.



 



 



RESTORE Act meetings offer opportunity for public input



The people of Franklin County will have a great opportunity to let authorities handling resolution of the Deep Water Horizon oil disaster know just how they want to see the funds spent. On Thursday, February 28, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a public meeting at the Panama City campus of Gulf Coast State College from 6 to 9 p.m. CST.Later this month they will also offer a webinar to gather input on the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s Path Forward document and Florida’s projects to be submitted to the Council for consideration.



“The meeting in Panama City is the first opportunity many will have had to see how planning for projects under the RESTORE Act is being conducted,” said Jay Liles, spokesman for the Florida Wildlife Federation. “We hope those who live in Franklin County and surrounding communities will take advantage of this opportunity to tell representatives from the state and the Gulf Restoration Council just how important it is to restore the ecology of the Gulf. This is where many of them make a living by fishing these waters, oystering and in recreation and lodging that benefits from a healthy and resilient Gulf,” said Liles.



The Gulf Restoration Council (a combined federal/state planning group) and the Florida Consortium (composed of 22 of the 23 Gulf Coast counties in Florida) will have jurisdiction over two of the three pots of funding coming to Florida. They are seeking public input for the initial Comprehensive Plan for Gulf Restoration at this meeting and in similar meetings around the Gulf Coast. Estimates are that BP and the other responsible parties will be fined upwards of $21Billion based on a complex formula driven by the number of barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf as a result of the April 2010 explosion.



From the Gulf’s $41 billion recreational fishing impact to its $31 billion tourism industry, the region’s economy relies on a clean and healthy environment. While every ecosystem restoration project helps restore and sustain the Gulf’s natural resource-based economy, some purely economic development projects threaten to harm its environment. “We want to be sure the Council members understand that those who rely on the Gulf expect to see real restoration projects, like improvements to the quality and quantity of water flowing into Apalachicola Bay from the river. Ensuring adequate levels of clean freshwater inflows, rebuilding wetlands, and restoring estuaries to full environmental productivity will help protect people and property from storm events, and support fishing, tourism and other jobs that depend on a healthy Gulf of Mexico,” said Liles.



Those interested in attending or speaking at the February 28 meeting are encouraged to arrive early, bring a short well-rehearsed statement and leave any specific project recommendations in writing with the staff.



The Florida Wildlife Federation is a statewide citizens’ conservation and education organization working for the protection, enjoyment and wise use of Florida's fish, wildlife and other natural resources. The Florida Wildlife Federation encourages the public's appreciation of Florida's environment through sustainable, resource-based outdoor recreation.



 



Post Chili Cook-off clean up



The annual Chili Cook-off clean up will take place this year on Sunday, March 3, starting at 9 a.m. Meet at the lighthouse. Trash bags, gloves, water, and T-shirts will be provided.