Tour of island homes offered Friday

Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty is hosting an Open House Tour on the Friday following Thanksgiving, on Nov. 29.

“We are featuring a diverse selection of at least seven homes, all on St. George Island,” said Rose Drye, broker-manager at Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty. “Our low-key, no pressure self-guided tour will include beachfront, bayfront, canalfront, and interior properties. We are even including a fixer-upper in our line-up.”

Thanksgiving weekend is a time for family gatherings on St. George Island, and often those gatherings lead to discussions of acquiring a family beach home for future holiday celebrations. With that in mind, there will be a real estate professional at each home, prepared to answer questions about the property, financing availability, and rental potential. “Prices and mortgage terms are still very reasonable,” said Drye, “And we want to show families how their dream of owning a beach home can become reality.”

The open house tour will start at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by the Prudential Shimmering Sands office at 123 East Gulf Beach Drive to pick up property flyers and a map for the self-guided tour, and to visit some or all of the open houses at their own pace. Maps and flyers can also be e-mailed upon request by calling 927-2666.

Founded in 1984, Prudential Shimmering Sands Realty is the market leader in real estate on Florida’s Forgotten Coast. The company also has two offices in Bay County, in Panama City and Panama City Beach, offering a wide range of properties and services. For more information, email or visit


Dec. 7 film to remember Pearl Harbor

On Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Camp Gordon Johnston World War II Museum, the film “Tora, Tora, Tora” will be shown in the movie room.

Released in 1970, the American-Japanese collaboration war film dramatizes the Japanese reasons for the attack that brought America into the war. Some of the scenes are actual archival film taken from one of the carriers participating in the attack.

The film was directed by Richard Fleischer and stars an ensemble cast, including Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten, SŨ Yamamura, E. G. Marshall, James Whitmore and Jason Robards. The title, which In Japanese means Ā“Tiger,Ā” was the code-word used to indicate that complete surprise had been achieved.

There will be one showing beginning at 10:30 a.m. Free popcorn will be available. Admission at the museum is, as always, by donation.


Island firefighters’ annual meeting Dec. 14

The annual meeting of the St George Island Volunteer Fire Department will be held at the Jay Abbott Firehouse , 324 E. Pine Ave .St George Island, on Saturday , Dec. 14 commencing at 10:30 a.m. An agenda will be available for review on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at the firehouse. The public is invited to attend and participate in accordance with applicable governing documents. A light lunch will follow the business meeting.


Photos of Carrabelle families sought

The Carrabelle History Museum, at 106 Avenue B, SE, is collecting family photos. Historical Society President Tamara Allen said the museum is creating a database to aid in genealogical research and the pictures would be part of the accumulated information. For more information, call 697-2141.


Three Servicemen seeks Vietnam stories

The Three Servicemen Detail South is seeking stories of service in Vietnam to post on its webpage, This can be a story told by the veteran or a memory of a veteran who is deceased.

If you have a story to tell, please contact Lois Swoboda at 653-5857.


A new roof for the EOC

At the Nov. 19 county commission meeting, County Planner Alan Pierce said the county has been awarded Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to repair the roof on the Emergency Operations Center.

The federal programs fund projects designed to reduce or eliminate losses from future disasters. The emergency operations center roof was damaged in June 2012 during Tropical Storm Debby.

“It drips on my head when it rains,” Emergency Management Director Pam Brownell told commissioners, who voted unanimously to accept the grant.

Pierce said repairs would cost approximately $98,000. The grant funds will provide $73,600 and the county will provide $24,500 from its contingency fund.

The hip roof will be constructed of 26 gauge PBR roof panels designed to withstand winds of up to 140 miles per hour.

Brownell said the planning and zoning office would seek bids for the work in the near future.


Cook reappointed to transportation board

On Nov. 19, county commissioners voted unanimously to reappoint Apalachicola City Commissioner Frank Cook as chair of the Franklin County Transportation Disadvantaged Board.


November Pancreatic Cancer Month

At the Nov. 19 county meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to recognize November as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month in response to a request submitted by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. An estimated 38,460 people will die of pancreatic cancer in the United States in 2013, and of those 2770 are Floridians. Pancreatic cancer will afflict more than 45,000 people each year; 73 percent will die within one year of diagnosis, and 94 percent will die within five years. 


Apalachicola Christmas celebration Friday

The Apalachicola Christmas Celebration will light up Apalachicola from 4 to 8 p.m., the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, Nov. 29. Merchants will be open late and the sounds of carolers will echo through the streets lined with luminaries and filled with holiday spirit. Santa will arrive on a shrimp boat at 4 p.m. at the City Dock on Water Street. Santa will hear children’s Christmas wishes and carolers will sing. The Raney House Museum will be decorated in holiday greenery and specially decorated trees and open late for tours with docents to tell visitors about the city’s early history.


Lanark Boat Club hosts Nov. 30 bazaar

The Lanark Village Boat Club will host a Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature work by local artisans, including jewelry, arts and crafts, holiday items, gifts, baked goods and more.

A lunch of soup, sandwich, drink and dessert will be available for $5. Tables available for $10. For more info, call Janet at 697-2587.


Small Business Saturday Nov. 30

Come shop small independently-owned stores on national Small Business Saturday, Nov. 30 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Apalachicola. Art, jewelry, home décor, food or antiques, you'll find the perfect gifts, minus the crowds and the hassle of going to the mall. When you spend your dollars locally, more of your money circulates in the community, creating a more vibrant, sustainable economy that employs your family and neighbors. Whether it is a hardware store, restaurant, bookstore or a shop downtown, of every $100 spent in a locally-owned, independent store, $68 returns to the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures

Santa will also be in town from 1 to 3 p.m. to visit with his furry friends. Bring your camera and take your pet’s picture with Santa for a donation to the Franklin County Humane Society. Pet costume contest is at 3 p.m. and special treats for dogs.


Beshears to distribute blankets Dec. 2

State Representative Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) will be in Apalachicola on Monday, Dec. 2 to distribute wool blankets donated by Farm Share, a non-profit organization. This event will take place at Beshears’ office at 78 11th Street, Suite 5 from 10 a.m. to noon. We would like to encourage everyone to come by and pick up a blanket.


Island Lights celebration Dec. 6

The annual St. George Island Island Lights will once again be held on the first Friday in December, mid-island in St. George Lighthouse Park, Dec. 6.

The one-mile "Jingle Jog" starts at 4 p.m. on the bike path in front of the park and proceeds through the business district. It's a fun run and everyone is welcome! All runners receive Santa hats for their heads and jingle bells for their shoes. Runners should arrive a little before 4 p.m. to sign in. A $5 per runner donation is suggested at the run.

Santa is expected at 5 p.m., arriving by fire engine and providing gifts to children age 10 and younger. Refreshments including cookies, coffee, and hot chocolate will be provided to all. Island Scouts will be selling hot dogs. In the event of rain, many sturdy tents will be set up. View the lighting of the island palms at sundown.

The event is hosted by the St. George Island Business Association. For more information, watch


Holiday Fresh Market Dec. 7

Why fight the crowds and traffic at the malls? Enjoy the Holiday Fresh Market Dec. 7 in downtown Apalachicola. Shop in a relaxed, hassle-free environment. Buy hand-crafted Apalachicola specialties from fresh seasonal wreaths to vintage European glass bead jewelry. For more information, call 653-9419.


Eastpoint Christmas parade Dec. 13

On Nov. 5, the county commission voted unanimously to ask the Florida Department of Transportation for permission to close US 98 in Eastpoint for the Eastpoint Christmas Parade, scheduled for Friday afternoon, Dec. 13.

Donation yoga classes continue

The donation yoga classes are continuing at the Battery Park location despite the relocation of Kathy Jansen. Volunteers are teaching the classes, held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday at the Battery Park city office conference room.