Senior center to remain open

The Franklin County Senior Center will remain open for normal activities, except lunch, despite most of the volunteers having the flu.  For access at other times call Ed Pattillo at 766-3887. The Center will have a chili booth open during the Riverfront Festival on Saturday. The center's only dinner this month will be the annual Christmas lunch on Thursday, Dec. 19 at noon.


Island firefighters’ annual meeting Saturday

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.


Full moon climb Monday at lighthouse

The December Full Moon Climb at the Cape St. George Lighthouse on St. George Island will be held on Monday, Dec. 16. The sunset climb will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and will include light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGILA).

The sun will set at 5:43 p.m. and the moon will rise at 5:28 p.m. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10 for the general public and $5 for SGLA members. 

The Cape St. George Light is located in St. George Lighthouse Park at the center of St. George Island. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  Please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 927-7745.


Schools host Christmas program Tuesday

Franklin County School will host Common Core Parent Night and the elementary school Christmas program "Let It Be Christmas" on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. in the multipurpose building. Refreshments will be served. The Christmas Program will start after the presentation.


Loan application assistance available Tuesday

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce will host “one-on-one” technical assistance sessions on Tuesday, Dec. 17 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. where a representative from the FAMU Small Business Development Center and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity will be on hand to address questions and to provide information to small business owners in completing the Small Business Administration’s  Economic Injury Disaster Loan application.

An Economic Injury Disaster Loan Declaration was approved by the Small Business Administration in response to a commercial fishery failure determination for the Apalachicola Bay Area. The chamber office s are 122 Commerce Street.

Applicants may apply for an SBA loan online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to

 Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth,  TX 76155. The deadline to return economic injury applications is July 31, 2014.


County to meet Tuesday in Carrabelle

The Dec. 17 county commission meeting will take place at the public meeting room at the Carrabelle Municipal Center, 1001 Gray Avenue, beginning at 10 a.m.


Legion to hold Dec. 19 covered dish

The Willoughby Marks American Legion Post 106 will have a covered dish dinner on Thursday, Dec. 19. Dinner starts at 6 p.m.; all veterans are welcome.


Carrabelle expands EDC

On Dec. 5, Carrabelle commissioners voted unanimously to add two at-large seats to Carrabelle’s Economic Development Council (EDC). The addition was requested by EDC Director David Butler.

He said he already knew of one person interested in serving on the board, who has attended all of the meetings.

“We have seven members now,” said Butler. “But the representative of The St. Joe Company never attends.”

Th EDC meets on the first Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m. prior to the regular city meeting.

Anyone interested in serving on Carrabelle’s EDC should write a letter volunteering to City Manager Courtney Millender at 1001 Gray Avenue. Carrabelle, FL 32322. Millender said all applicants must be reviewed by the seated EDC.


Participants sought for Wide Area Search class

Emergency Management Director Pam Brownell is seeking participants for a Wide Area Search Class, to be held in Franklin County, Jan. 28-30. If you are interested, please enroll at or contact Brownell at 653-6748.

At least 30 students must enroll for FEMA to bring the instructors from Texas here to teach the class so sign up early. The Wide Area Search course is grant-funded by the Department of Homeland Security. The course is provided on-site for eligible jurisdictions throughout the United States.

The course is applicable to jurisdictions that would need to conduct wide area searches due to a natural disaster or terrorist incident. Participants will learn practical search methods and skills in order to perform systematic searches over a large affected area. The course concludes with a tabletop exercise that requires participants to utilize the previous two days of instruction. The curriculum of this course is based on lessons learned from search operations in support of the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Dolly, Ike and other wide area search incidents.


Fowler donates Bald Point lot

On Tuesday morning, the county commission voted unanimously to action to accept a donation by Florence Fowler of her lot on Bald Point, known as Penn Point Unit 7, Lot 32.

County Planner Alan Pierce said he had inspected the property, which is seaward of the state coastal control line. Fowler is unable to get a permit from the state to stop the erosion on the property so she donated it rather than continue to pay taxes on a lot she cannot use. Commissioner Cheryl Sanders instructed Pierce to write Fowler a letter thanking her for the donation.


Lockley named to canvassing board

County Commissioner Noah Lockley has been named to the county canvassing board for 2014. Chair Cheryl Sanders served on the board in 2013 but cannot serve in a year during which she will stand for election.

As a member of the board, Lockley will represent the county at a one-day workshop on election law changes held by the Florida State Association of Supervisor of Elections in Orlando on Jan. 31.