Putt Masters tourney Saturday

The Friends of Franklin County Public Library will hold the third annual Putt Masters Mini Golf Tournament hosted by Red Pirate Family Grill in Eastpoint on Saturday, April 20 at noon.

Live Music, special food and drink prices and lots of fun while more than 20 teams from the local community compete. Teams include Tiffin’s Tuffies, from Tiffin's Furniture; Apalachicola’s Ace Hardware’ the "Animals,” a team from the Apalachicola Bay Animal clinic; the :”Dead Pelicans, “ a team from the Apalach Fitness Center; the Apalachicola Dog Park team; the “Bogey Yogis,” from the Judi Little and Sondra Furbee yoga class’ the Eastpoint Fire Department Dragons, including players from George Pruett AC & Heating’ the “Hardy Girls, from the office of Uta Hardy, Realtor; the Hurricanes, from The Butler Agency, the James Gang, from Bobby James Metal Roofing; Jolly Roger; “Loose Women, from the St. George Island United Methodist Church’ the Mullet Farmers, from the office of Steve Harris, Realtor; PSBI (Pro-Steel Buildings, Inc.; Rita’s Movers and Shakers, from the Rita Culbertson island exercise class; the team “Show me the Books,” made up of retired librarians; Shadetree Towing/ Parade Insurance; Sometimes It’s Hotter; St. George Island Realty; Team Coastline, from Coastline Clearing; Nick Yonclas; and Wefing’s Gales.

Proceeds benefit the Franklin County Public Library in Eastpoint and Carrabelle.



Carrabelle hosts Riverfront Royalty pageant Saturday

The Carrabelle Riverfront Festival and The Barbara Massey Memorial Scholarship Foundation proudly present the first ever Miss Carrabelle Riverfront Royalty Pageant this Saturday, April 20 at 4:05 p.m. at the Carrabelle Municipal Complex, 1001 Grey Avenue. Admission is $5 per person or bring small bag of pet food and admit two people. Children under 5 enter at no charge.

For information about this wonderful event please contact Christopher Massey at 850-443-1251 with any questions.


Weems to be closed Monday

Weems Medical Center West (Apalachicola) will be closed on Monday, April 22, while Weems Medical Center East in Carrabelle will be open that day. Normal hours resume for Weems West on Tuesday, April 23. We will not have extended hours Monday, April 22 through Thursday, April 25 at Weems Medical Center East.


Budget meeting set for Monday

Clerk of Courts Marcia Johnson has scheduled a budget workshop for county commissioners on Monday, April 22, at 10 a.m. in the main courtroom in the courthouse. Focus of the workshop will be a discussion by the commission on proposed expenditures for next year.

There are no state estimates on revenues yet, and Property Appraiser Rhonda Skipper has not finished her assessment. She is expecting to have preliminary numbers by June 1.

Commissioners asked Johnson and Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce to notify constitutional officers, department heads, the hospital advisory board and, the health department of the meeting. Chairman Cheryl Sanders said the board wants to be informed of big capital outlays that may need to be addressed in the upcoming budget.


TIGERS present housing workshop April 25

The TIGERS program along with ACE Hardware and IGA is sponsoring part three of their “No Place Like Home” workshops on Thursday, April 25 at the TIGERS site, behind the former Apalachicola High School building.

From 2:30-3:30 p.m. Budget and Finance workshops will be conducted by Centennial Bank. These series of programs are free and open to the public. All are welcome to attend.

If you are a provider of services please feel free to contact Carol Barfield at the number listed below. For further information please contact her at 653-2784.


Photographer seeks wooden shrimp boats

Fine art photographer John E Adams is planning to visit Franklin County as part of his latest project, “Evanescent Trawlers of the South,” a photography study of the rapidly disappearing hand crafted wooden shrimp fishing trawlers. Adams is an award-winning fine art photographer from Fernandina Beach.

“Northern Florida used to have some of the largest trawler building ports in the Southeast for many years, now those skills have long passed and the only reminder remaining of this amazing heritage are a small scattering of rapidly declining vessels spread throughout the Southern shrimping regions and ports,” said Adams.

“Evanescent Trawlers of the South,” will consist of future exhibits and a book featuring as many of the remaining handmade wooden shrimping trawlers as can be located. The project plans include traveling over 4,400 miles from the Carolinas to Louisiana to try and capture and preserve images of remaining wooden trawlers. Adams expects to capture process the final prints and book before the end of the August.

To learn more about the project, please contact Adams at (904) 729-8175 or at Thepres6@hotmail.com or visit www.kickstarter.com/projects


Lighthouse association annual meeting May 11

The annual meeting of the St. George Lighthouse Association will be held Saturday, May 11, on the lawn at St. George Island’s Lighthouse Park. The business meeting will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the traditional hot dog lunch. Bring a folding chair and come visit the lighthouse, museum, and gift shop.


Jonathan Kelley acting mechanic


At Tuesday’s county meeting, at the request of Solid Waste Director Fonda Davis, commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Jonathan Kelley to the position of mechanic for solid waste until regular mechanic Leonard Brannan recovers from a work related injury. Davis said Brannan has been on leave since March 21 and it is unknown when he will return to work. Kelley will receive an additional $2/hour while working as mechanic.


Emergency management contracts approved


At their April 16 meeting, commissioners approved contracts with The Management Experts (TME) and Emergency Disaster Strategies LLC for services related to emergency management.

Director Pam Brownell said TME has been the training and exercise coordinator for the county for three years and is paid out of the Homeland Security Grant.

Emergency Disaster Strategies, LLC (EDS) will act as the Debris Project Manager for the county during a declared disaster, which is FEMA reimbursable. Phil Worley, owner of EDS, is an Alligator Point resident, and was the debris specialist for the State of Florida before retiring.

Commissioners also tapped EDS to develop an approved FEMA Debris Plan for the county. The firm will be paid $5,000.00 to be paid out of FEMA funds received for last year’s storm damage.  Brownell said since Hurricane Sandy, a county debris plan is required by FEMA.


Two emergency workshops planned

A workshop for the providers serving our special needs population is scheduled for April 24 at 10 a.m. at the Emergency Management office.

 Emergency Management office will conduct a “Points of Distribution” training at the Carrabelle City Complex 9 a.m. to1p.m. on April 30 for the two municipalities and the local food pantries and other volunteers.


Observation pier approved

Following the P and Z recommendation, the county commission unanimously approved the construction of an observation pier submitted by Chester Creamer of Coastline Rentals, LLC. The pier will be 80’x 5’ with a 10’ x 10’ terminal platform and will be located on the South Side of 957 US Highway 98, Eastpoint. County Planner Alan Pierce said no boats will be moored to the pier.


Coombs Armory update

County commissioners unanimously approved the final payment on the first phase of the Armory restoration project on April 16. County Planner Alan Pierce said, after a change order amending the contract, an additional $10,271 worth of wood rot was repaired. 

He said, “The budget from The Tourist Development Council (TDC) for repairs at the Armory was $248,000 and the construction costs, including the change order, is $186,771.  There were architectural fees in addition to the construction fees so the total cost of the current renovations was about $230,000.  Therefore, there is still some $18,000 in funds available for other repairs.” 

He said Parks and Recreation Director Nikki Millender, Parks requested the remaining money be used to hire an electrician to fix the outside light that shines over the entrance door, and clean up the kitchen area. 

Commissioners approved the request and instructed Millender to get three bids for work on the kitchen.

Chairman Cheryl Sanders instructed Pierce to send a letter to the TDC asking when the next allocation of funds for the Armory project will be available.