Full moon climb Saturday at lighthouse
The July Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Saturday, July 12. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb will take place from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon. Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association.
The sun will set at 8:42 p.m. and the moon will rise at 8:52 p.m. on July 12.
After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit. Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for SGLA members.
The Cape St. George Light is in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of the island, where Island Drive (the road off the bridge) ends at Gulf Beach Drive. Parking is available in lots at either side of the park.
Because space is limited, reservations are recommended. For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745.
Is your child ready for kindergarten?
Parents, is your child ready for kindergarten?
Early Education and Care is currently accepting applications for Early Head Start for the 2014-15 school year. Early
Head Start is a federally funded program for young children from low-income families promoting socialization and school readiness.
To be eligible, the family must meet federal income guidelines, reside in Franklin County and children must be between newborn and age 2.
Services are offered at no cost. Pregnant mothers and parents of children with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
For more information, call 653-3366 or stop by Franklin County Early Head Start, 162 Avenue E in Apalachicola between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Call for grant applications
Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative is seeking applications for research projects on community-based oyster restoration and living shoreline
These projects are being developed to address the goals of Florida's State Wildlife Action Plan. Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative has identified the project need and objectives. Applicants are asked to submit project proposals that detail the approach best suited to meet the stated objectives.
To be considered, applicants must submit a completed State Wildlife Grant application, fully developed scope of work, budget and match commitment letter that specifically relate to the needs and objectives of these projects.
Staff invites researchers to submit applications for Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program. Applications are due by noon July 28.
Applications should be prepared in accordance with Florida’s State Wildlife Grants Program Guidelines, which can be found on the State Wildlife Grants - Apply for a Grant Web page. Applicants will be notified about selected projects by Feb. 13, 2015. Selected projects will start no earlier than July 1, 2015.
Should you have any questions regarding the grant cycle or application requirements, please contact Andrea Alden, the State Wildlife Grants Coordinator, at Andrea.Alden@MyFWC.com or Robyn McDole, the Assistant State Wildlife Grants Coordinator, at Robyn.McDole@MyFWC.com.
Culinary classes at Gulf/Franklin campus this fall
Beginning this fall, students will have the opportunity to enroll in culinary classes at the Gulf/Franklin Campus. These courses are designed to prepare students for employment as a chef’s apprentice. In addition to gaining the knowledge and skills needed to become employed as a chef’s apprentice, students who complete the chef’s apprentice certificate can continue their education and receive an associate of science degree in culinary management.
The first culinary courses offered by the Gulf/Franklin Campus will begin Aug. 25. For additional information regarding the culinary program, please contact Loretta Costin at 227-9670, ext. 5503 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New correctional officer course starts Aug. 25
A new correctional officer program will be starting at the Gulf/Franklin Campus of Gulf Coast State College in Port St. Joe, on Monday, Aug. 25.
The program to prepare students for employment as correctional officers includes the basic standards courses mandated for certification as a correctional officer in Florida. Students who graduate from this program would typically work as correctional officers within a county or state correctional facility. Upon completion of this program, students are eligible to take the state officer certification exam for correctional officers.
The program, conducted using the new shorter curriculum, will meet Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for approximately three months.
For more information, please call Brenda Burkett at 227-9670 ext. 5507 or email her at email@example.com. Application deadline for Pell Grants and other financial aid is fast approaching, so please call today or come by the office in Building B at the Gulf/Franklin Campus, 3800 Garrison Avenue, Port St. Joe, to pick up your application packet.
No bids on jail roof
The county is publishing a second request for bids (RFB) to retrofit the jail roof because nobody responded to the first RFB.
Estimated cost of the roof was $776,000. The Department of Emergency Management provided a Damage Mitigation Grant to pay for 75 percent of the project that requires a match of $194,000 from the county. The match may be in-kind labor but, at the June 6 meeting, Pierce told commissioners that the county doesn’t have sufficient funds to pay for the match and providing in kind labor for the project would be difficult since the jail will be occupied. He also said that contractors might not warrantee a roof where laborers not under their employment are used.
Commissioner Pinki Jackel suggested that the county install a cheaper roof.
She said,” At the end of the day, you’ve got to have a roof. We can still do a roof out there and not break the bank.”
When no bidders responded to the RFB on Tuesday, Jackel instructed Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton to telephone any local contractors who install metal roofs and request that they bid on the project.
At the same meeting, four bids were received and opened for the installation of two new docks at Abercrombie Boat Landing in Pine Log Road.
The lowest, $94,495, came from H. G. Harders and Sons followed by a bid of $106,317 from I-C Contractors Inc. Both firms are based in Panama City.
Commissioners turned the bids over the Curenton for review.
Curenton reminded the commission that plans for the Abercrombie project are subject to approval by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission.
Carrabelle ribbon cutting
The ribbon cutting for the Carrabelle Multi-Use Path will be Wednesday, July 23, at 11 a.m. at the beginning of the path, which is at the Carrabelle RV Park. There will be ribbon cutting at the RV Park and then refreshments will be served at the Carrabelle Lighthouse to encourage everyone to ride or walk the length of the bike path.
Deadline approaching for SBA disaster loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and most private non-profit organizations affected by the failure in the state’s commercial oyster fishery industry from Jan. 1, 2012 through
Dec. 31, 2013 that the deadline to apply for economic injury loans is July 31.
These loans are available to small businesses and most private non-profit organizations in Franklin, Gulf, Liberty and Wakulla counties in Florida.
Working capital disaster loans up to $2 million are available at 3 percent for private
non-profit organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to
30 years. The loans are intended to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other expenses that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. To be considered for this assistance, eligible entities need to apply by the deadline.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth,
The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31, 2014.
Triplet to harvest sea oats
On July 1, county commissioners voted unanimously authorizing licensed sea oat harvester, Roger Triplet to harvest sea oats on St. George Island. The Board has authorized Triplet to harvest in the past. He then germinates the seeds and grows the sea oats into plants. Franklin County will get a percentage of the sea oats back as plants. Triplet does this in coordination with the Department of Environmental Protection.
New hours at ANERR
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) has changed the hours of operation of the Nature Center at 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. The Center is open from 9:00 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time Tuesday through Saturday. Two new boardwalk trails have been added and are now open to the public.