The Nest hosts bake sale Saturday

The Nest Afterschool Summer Program Carrabelle facility is having a fundraiser bake sale Saturday, June 22 from 9 a.m. until noon at the IGA on U.S. 98 in Carrabelle.

All proceeds benefit the Carrabelle branch of The Nest. Come out, rain or shine, and get a tasty treat and make a donation to support the kids.

The five minutes it takes you to make a donation and find a treat will make a difference in a childs life. And if you arent hungering for a treat, and just want to make a donation, then that will be appreciated too.

Or you can stop in at the Landmark Market and boat ramp and get a treat and make a donation on your way to catch the big one.


Oyster licenses on sale through June 28

Sale of the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License will continue through Friday, June 28, at the $100 rate. Staff will be selling the license from the old DEP-ANERR building at 261 Dr. Frederick S. Humphries Street (formerly, 7th Street) in Apalachicola, through June 28.



County cant work on private roads

At the June 18 county meeting, Howard Nabors, representing the countys Department of Public Works, told commissioners that the department has had numerous complaints about the condition of Buck Street in Eastpoint and Hill Street and Paradise Lane east of Apalachicola.

All three are private roads. Paradise Lane and Buck Street have both received one-time upgrades from the county in the past.

Chair Cheryl Sanders said the board asked County Attorney Michael Shuler to get an opinion from the Attorney General on repairing private roads.

Shuler said the attorney general declined to give a specific opinion on Franklin County but, based on past opinions, the county cannot legally use public equipment to repair private roads. He said public equipment can only be used on private property during a declared state of emergency.

Shuler said he specifically mentioned the presence of a handicapped child on Buck Street and the need for ambulance access but the attorney general did not offer an exception.

I hate that because Ive got Hickory Hammock, Sanders said, referring to a road in her district.

Shuler said the county might accept the roads if they were brought up to county standards. He said he didnt believe any work had been done by the owners to improve them.


Bergeron tapped for debris removal

The county commission voted unanimously Tuesday to award the county contract for disaster debris management to Bergeron Emergency Services of Ft. Lauderdale, a subsidiary of Bergeron Land Development.

The emergency management and solid waste departments met Feb. 7 to rank the debris contractors by experience, price and availability.


Eastpoint Library closed during move

The Eastpoint Library is temporarily closed for the transfer of fixtures to the new library building. Director of Administrative Services Alan Pierce told commissioners the library has encountered problems with installing lines for internet access and cannot check out books. He said he believes the library will remain closed for up to two weeks.

The Carrabelle library remains open.


KidCare/ Medicaid assistance available

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County in partnership with George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is now offering KidCare/Medicaid assistance. If you would like more information or to sign up for either of these services, please stop by the county health department offices. Visit the Apalachicola location at 139 12th Streeton Thursdays. Or the Carrabelle location, at 106 NE 5th St, on the third Tuesday of each month. For questions, please contact 653-2111.


Community conversation on Our Children, Our Future

Please join the Department of Juvenile Justice for a Community Engagement Conversation and share issues facing our children within our communities.

The meeting is open to the public and will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 21 at the Holy Family Senior Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphries St. / 7th St., Apalachicola

The DJJs philosophy is to build stronger, safer communities and healthy, positive relationships within families through engagement and collaboration with the community. Its mission is to increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.

They would like to hear from communities and have discussions with such topics as:

  What are the needs of Franklin County communities?

  How can DJJ engage Franklin County communities and its unique requirements?

  Family engagement through the Governors initiative Putting Florida Families First/

DJJ wants to work with Franklin County community partners, and collaborate as a unified and dedicated team striving to help make this community a better place to live Hosted by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Office of Prevention & Victim Services


Celebrate independence on July 3

The Historic Apalachicola Main Street program will sponsor the second annual Old Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 3.

The Red, White and Blue Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. at Lafayette Park and will wind its way down Avenue C, under the bridge at Battery Park and down Water Street to end at Riverfront Park. The parade will be followed by a traditional ice cream social. Numerous other activities are planned throughout the evening.

The shrimp boat Lady Louise will act as a stage for live music. The Hillside Community Choir led by Pastor Solomon will provide stirring patriotic tunes on the docks. In addition, there will be an All American Kids Corner with many unique games and activities for the youngsters.

The highlight of the evening begins at dark thirty (approximately 9:15 p.m.) when revelers will be treated to a professional fireworks display over the Apalachicola River.

Bill Grimes, of Tallahassee, has graciously donated his barge as a launch vehicle for the pyrotechnic extravaganza. This commitment, along with the tremendous generosity of many residents, businesses and friends of Apalachicola, has allowed Main Street to increase the fireworks display twofold over last year.

Please take time to observe the sponsors board in Riverfront Park. These are the wonderful people, along with many Main Street volunteers, who made the Independence Day celebration a reality.

We hope you can attend this red, white and blue celebration of freedom and democracy.

For more information or to volunteer, call Jim Bachrach at 899-8689 or Harry Arnold at 524-0770.


FPAN seeks summer library volunteers

Every summer the public libraries in Florida host a summer reading program. This summer's theme is "Dig into Reading," and this has the Florida Public Archeology Network (FPAN) very excited and busy. The FPAN North Central Office is looking for a few good volunteers to help with youth summer library programming. Good candidates will have experience working with children of all ages, be reliable and be comfortable speaking in front of large groups. Training will be provided prior to the programs. There are 15 counties in the North Central region and we will work with our volunteers to ensure they get to visit the libraries closest to them. Please contact Barbara Hines at if you are interested.