Carrabelle Riverfront Festival to host pet show
Does your Dalmatian have a wonderfully waggy tail? Is your cat the cutest in the county? Does your parrot look good in his pirate costume? Round up all your wonderful pets and enter them in the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival Pet Show where they will strut their stuff and show off before the judges in the viewing ring at noon on Saturday, April 26.
Registration is $5 per pet or $10 for your whole pack and each pet will receive a gift just for entering. Judges will be looking for all kinds of talent and for just plain cuteness. There will be lots of winners in categories including best kisser, best pirate costume, most mysterious heritage, and most exotic, just to name a few. The winner of the People's Choice award will receive a pet portrait by local wildlife photographer, Jon Johnson.
You may register early by calling Harriett at 697-8571 or register at the festival on Saturday before the show. Additional information can be found on the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival website.
Carrabelle festival features ‘pirate school’
What kid wouldn't want to be a pirate? At the pirate school, young folks can learn to walk, talk, sing, work, dress, and play like pirates. Would-be pirates can walk the plank, dig for treasure, sail castaway's rafts, shoot down a pirate flag and hear tales of local pirate deeds. There will be sea shanties to sing and piratey crafts to make and take home.
All young pirates are invited to participate in the Little Pirates' Parade at the main stage beginning at 11 a.m. The Pirate Council will award honorary certificates to boys and girls who take part. Young pirates can even have a photo op wearing pirate garb to prove they had a great day at the Billy Bones Pirate School at the Carrabelle Riverfront Festival on Saturday, April 26.
School starts at 10 a.m. and continues throughout the day. All activities are free and supervised. For additional information call Caroline at 670-5064.
Easter egg hunt Saturday
The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 19 at noon at the sheriff’s office, 270 Highway 65. Come out and enjoy a wonderful day of egg hunting. Awesome prizes for the kids, free hot dogs and soda pop and a chance to win the world’s largest Easter bunny.
‘Bow-wowery’ Station Yappy Hour benefit
The Bowery Station located in Apalachicola is hosting a fundraiser for the Franklin County Humane Society on Wednesday, April 23 from 4 to 7 p.m. You are invited to bring your well behaved four-legged friends to the Bowery Station to enjoy Yappy Hour. Yappy Hour will support the Franklin County Humane Society’s Spay/Neuter Voucher Program. There will be games and prizes and an opportunity for you to support this vital program to help reduce the homeless pet population here in Franklin County.
So mark your calendars. If you aren’t there, you’ll be missing a doggone good time!
Commission concerned over lighthouse skateboards
At the April 15 county meeting, Parks and Recreation Director told commissioners, skateboarders are causing damage in Lighthouse Park.
She said skaters are using existing handicapped accessibility ramps, picnic tables and benches to create impromptu obstacle courses. Millender said the unauthorized use is damaging both buildings and furniture.
She said the surface of the basketball court is also being damaged by skaters.
Commissioner Pinki Jackel said she spoke with Lighthouse Association spokesperson Terry Kemp about the problem. Jackel said Kemp plans to post signs forbidding the use of skateboards and bicycles in the park.
Jackel asked county attorney Michael Shuler if an ordinance was needed to ban equipment from the park.
Shuler said the first step was to post the signs. He said an ordinance could be enacted if signage was ineffective.
Two new four-way stops in Lanark
The county commission has voted unanimously to install two new stop signs in Lanark Village.
During Tuesday’s county meeting, County Planner Alan Pierce said engineering consultation firm Preble-Rish had inspected Pine St in Lanark Village for the placement of four-way stops at Pine and Parker, and Pine and Hefernan Drive.
Engineer Clay Smallwood advised that it would be suitable for those intersections to become four-way stops.
Pierce said the speed limit on all three roads is already 15 mph.
Airport passes inspection with flying colors
At their April 15 meeting, Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce told commissioners the Florida Department of Transportation inspected Apalachicola Regional Airport on May 10. The airport passed inspection with only minor notes said Pierce.
Public meeting on Eastpoint land
On April 29 at 5 p.m., there will be a public meeting at the courthouse annex in Apalachicola to discuss possible uses for a plot of land in Eastpoint acquired using grant money.
The county currently plans to use the property, which is adjacent to the boat ramp on Paton Road, for parking.
Pierce said there it is a small plot of land and there will not be room for much additional activity, but the terms of the grant require that a public meeting take place.
Franklin County a Blueway community
At their April 15 meeting, county commissioners voted unanimously to accept a Florida Paddling Trails Association designation as a Blueway Community.
The designation was supported by the Franklin County Tourist Development Council (TDC).
The Florida Paddling Trails Association (FPTA), a 501(c) (3) organization, established the Florida Paddling Trails Blueway Community Program, which helps communities develop locations of interest to both in-state paddlers and out-of-state tourists.
FPTA defines a Blueway as a water path or trail with launch points, camping and picnic locations and points of interest for paddlers. Blueways are typically developed to encourage recreation, education and community development.
To qualify as a Blueway community a county or municipality must be in proximity to a Florida paddling trail or Blueway and have available accommodations, restaurants and additional recreational opportunities like hiking trails, museums and shopping.
According to FPTA, Florida currently has over 40 designated paddling trails on various rivers and streams in addition to the 1,515-mile Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail.
As a Blueway community, Franklin County will be featured on the FPTA website and in associated advertising.
Other Blueway communities include Cedar Key, Yankeetown, New Port Richey, Desoto County, Zolfo Springs, Boca Grande, Live Oak, White Springs, Estero and Suwannee.