Business After Hours tonight at Tapas Bar

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will host a Business After Hours on Thursday, July 11 at Tamara’s Tapas Bar, 73 Market Street in Apalachicola from 5:30-7 p.m. The chamber’s next business luncheon will take place at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 7 at Beach Pit BBQ on US 98 in Eastpoint.


Downtown street closure next week in Apalachcola

In Apalachicola, from Monday, July 15 through Wednesday, July 17, on Avenue E from Market Street to Commerce Street, traffic flow will be one-way, eastbound only, so that contractors can repair a portion of the roadway to improve the pedestrian crosswalk.

Vehicles traveling down Avenue E from Market Street will merge to the left as to be directed around construction by a flagman. Vehicles traveling down Avenue E from Water Street will be redirected around construction by a flagman.

We thank each of you in advance for your understanding and patience during this temporary phase of construction.


Schools begins summer work hours

Summer work hours at the Franklin County School District office began Monday and will run through Friday, Aug. 2. The summer work schedule will be Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., with a 45-minute lunch. On Fridays the offices will be closed.

Normal work hours will resume on Monday, Aug. 5.


Small business conference set for Sept. 16-20

Mark your calendar for the Small Business Week in Franklin County Sept 16-20, which will recognize and highlight the impact of small businesses. Mid-week there will be a small business resource conference - hosted by the Small Business Development Center out of Florida A & M University, and the Apalachicola Bay and Carrabelle chambers of commerce - to help small business owners discover resources to expand or refocus their business, bring business owners together to meet and share issues and ideas, and aid potential small business owners in getting started with their businesses.


Apalachicola Riverfront film festival planned

Get ready for the first ever Apalachicola Riverfront Film Festival, set for Saturday, Oct. 19 at Riverfront Park.

Merrill Livingston is the creative brain behind the festival. Raised in Apalachicola, she graduated in 2008 with a bachelor’s of fine arts in film and television from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has formed a, a volunteer nonprofit committee to help make the festival a reality. The committee includes Tom and Sharon Morgan, Ron Copeland, Anita Grove, Judi Stokowski, and Jim Bachrach. The festival will feature independent films from around the country, local documentaries and student films from the prestigious Florida State University Film School and SCAD. Special guest will include Kevin McCarey, National Geographic filmmaker and professor at SCAD.

Tickets are available at or at Apalach Outfitters 29 Avenue E in Apalachicola. For info, call 653-3474.


Plantation photo contest seeks entries

The St. George Plantation 2013 Photo Contest continues through Aug. 28.

The Plantation is asking photographers to submit photographs of St. George Island, Apalachicola or Franklin County, accompanied by a written release form granting St. George Plantation Owners’ Association permission to publish your photos. You may submit up to two photographs in the competition with a required $5 entry fee. Prizes include first place $150, second place $100, third place $50 and People’s Choice $50. For more information, go to


KidCare/Medicaid assistance available

The Florida Department of Health in Franklin County in partnership with George E. Weems Memorial Hospital is offering KidCare/Medicaid assistance. For more information or to sign up, stop by the county health department offices. Visit the Apalachicola location at 139 12th St. on Thursdays or the Carrabelle location, 106 N.E. Fifth St, on third Tuesdays. For questions, call 653-2111.


Check out Virtual Entrepreneur Center

Businesses looking for a free way to get in front of their customers can log on to, online home for the Florida High Tech Corridor Council’s Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center. This Web portal is designed to be an up-to-date, one-stop shop library of resources for entrepreneurs looking to start or grow a business – and looking for business solutions to help them grow.

As an initiative of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council in partnership with local economic development organizations, the Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC) offers a catalog of local, regional, state and global business resources organized by county, as well as a directory of businesses that offer services catering to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Whether specializing in law, accounting, IT, communications or other products and services, businesses from across the state can list their information on FLVEC at no charge to help entrepreneurs find the best products and services for starting or growing a business.

Companies offering products and services for small businesses can register at and list their contact information and line of services at no charge in all of the county portals in their service area. For more information, visit