Muffins for Moms this Friday at FCS

School moms of students in the Franklin County School’s grades kindergarten through eighth are invited to stop by the media center this Friday, May 10 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Enjoy muffins, coffee, juice, summer freebies and great conversation.


Don’t miss Kindergarten Roundup on May 14

The Franklin County School will host a Kindergarten Round-up on Tuesday, May 14 from 9 to 10 a.m. for local child care, community, and pre-Kindergarten schools. Parents are invited to come in early from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. to register their child for the 2013-14 school year.


Register your child for The Nest summer program

The Nest summer program will be hosting two upcoming registration nights. If your child plans to attend the summer program at either the Eastpoint or Carrabelle sites, you must attend one of these events with the child(ren) you plan to enroll.

The registration nights will be Wednesday, May 22 and Thursday, May 23 from 3:30-5:45 p.m. (drop-in) at the Franklin County Learning Center (85 School Rd, Eastpoint) and the Carrabelle Municipal Complex (1001 Gray Ave).

Parents will receive information about the program and children will select among several summer enrichment choices, such as drama, dance, recreation and more. Students in grades Pre-K-8th grades are eligible to attend.

This year’s summer program will be an exciting one and we look forward to your child attending. Our theme is “Around the World in 28 Days” and we will learn all about Japan, Mexico, Ireland, Australia, Kenya, and China. During every child’s visit to each country, students will read high-interest fiction and non-fiction books, complete fascinating science experiments, create their own ethnic foods, and more.

Some specific projects for this summer include making our own Tangram sets (China), creating a life-sized coral reef (Australia), making 1,000 paper cranes (Japan), exploring rainbows (Ireland), and creating our own Crocodile Hunter videos (Australia). We will explore these countries in academic classes (Social Studies, Math, Reading and Science) and also enrichment classes (Character Education, Health, Art and Technology).

The summer program begins Wednesday, June 12 and runs through July 31. The program meets at the Franklin County Learning Center and Carrabelle Municipal Complex sites, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday (Closed July 4). Free breakfasts and lunches are served daily. Come out and join us for a very exciting and educational summer of fun!

For more information, contact Carrabelle site leader Joy Shiver at 697-2177 or Eastpoint site leader Emily Spindler at 670-2820.


Oyster harvesting licenses on sale May 17

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will begin selling the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License on Friday, May 17. In order to harvest oysters from the Apalachicola Bay System beginning July 1, 2013, you must purchase this license before June 28. The cost of the license remains at $100 for Florida residents. (The cost for non-residents is $500 if purchased before June 28.)

 Please bring a check or money order for this amount made payable to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (F.D.A.C.S). No cash will be accepted. As a public service, we are also selling the FWC Saltwater Products License (SPL) in conjunction with the Apalachicola Bay oyster harvesting license. You will receive your SPL for free upon purchase of your oyster harvesting license. If you renew your license after Friday, June 28, you will have to pay an additional $500 late fee.

Please note: The Shellfish Center in Apalachicola is currently undergoing renovation and no staff are on-site.

To renew your license from May 17 through June 14, please come to our temporary office in Eastpoint (350 Carroll Street), Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

To accommodate the higher volume of harvesters seeking the license during the last two weeks of the sales period, June 17 through June 28, license sales will be held at the DEP ANERR building located at 261 Dr. Frederick S. Humphries Street in Apalachicola, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you have any questions regarding the purchase of your license you may call the FDACS office, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 670-1114.


CPR and first responder class

There will be a Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) class on Monday, May 13 at the Jay Abbott Fire Station, 324 East Pine on St. George Island, starting at 6 p.m. The class will take approximately one hour and will be followed by first responder training.


Armory fee waived for Calendar Girl Cabaret

At their May 7 meeting, the county commission voted unanimously to waive the Armory rental fee for the Oct. 19 fundraiser staged by Franklin Needs, Inc. for breast cancer awareness and mammography screenings.


Allen ice machine approved

At Tuesday morning’s regular meeting, county commissioners accepted the unanimous recommendation of the planning and zoning board (P&Z) and approved a commercial site plan to locate an ice vending machine at 95 US 98, the northwest corner of US 98 and North Bayshore Drive in Eastpoint.

The request submitted by John Pritchard, agent/applicant for Bob Allen, had been discussed at the April 16 meeting after P&Z recommended the plan be denied. County commissioners then directed that a changed version of the original proposal be reviewed at an emergency P&Z meeting.

 At Tuesday’s meeting, the ice machine was approved with the requirements that it have a one-way entrance and exit off of North Bayshore Drive, with permanent fencing or bollard system to keep traffic from entering off US 98. There must also be a clearly defined driving surface made of shell and lime rock.


Airport aces inspection

On Tuesday morning, County Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce told commissioners that the airport passed its annual Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) inspection on April 26.

 “We have a few trees along the perimeter that need to be dealt with but otherwise the inspector said the airport looked good,” said Pierce, who is also the airport manager.

Pierce thanked Daryl McKinley for assisting the Fixed Base Operator Crystal Air Aviation in getting the airport ready for inspection. “One of my goals is to get the airport standing on its own,” Pierce said. “This is the first time we did not have the county crew out there mowing the grass before an inspection.”

Commissioners voted unanimously to send a letter of thanks to McKinley.

At the same meeting, the board voted unanimously to sign an amended joint participation agreement with FDOT for $70,000 worth of additional funds for improvements at the airport. The funds will be spent on security or drainage improvements as approved by FDOT.