DJJ advisory board meets today

The Department of Juvenile Justice Circuit 2 Advisory Board will hold its quarterly meeting to discuss juvenile justice issues and board business from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 15 at the Holy Family Center, 203 Dr. Frederick Humphreys Street, Apalachicola.

All meetings of the Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Board and its committees are open and the public is encouraged to attend.


TIGERS program starting up again

The Friends of the Franklin County Public Library’s TIGERS Program is starting up again in Eastpoint at the new Franklin County Public Library at 160 Hickory Dip.

TIGERS is a year-round, after-school program providing a wide range of activities for youth from age 12 to 18. Specialized services include homework and academic assistance, choice field trips, performance and cultural activities, career and work preparation, internships.

TIGERS in Eastpoint will be led by Cynthia Borden on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. Registration for TIGERS is required.

TIGERS is an award-winning program funded by a grant from CareerSource Gulf Coast and has been operating in Franklin County since Jan. 2000. TIGERS is open Monday-Friday at the Library’s Carrabelle branch and the Apalachicola program site at the former Apalachicola High School. For more information call Ms. Bonny in Carrabelle at 697-9216, Carol Barfield in Apalachicola at 653-2784, or stop by and visit Cynthia in Eastpoint.


Time for ‘Camp Funshine’ registration

Enrollment for Project Impact Camp Funshine: Fizz, Boom, Splash is open, for students from pre-K to eighth grade to be served at the ABC Site, and pre-K to 12th grade at the city site. The theme of the Summer Reading Program, “Fizz, Boom, READ” was developed by the 2014 Summer Collaborative Reading Program and the state library system.

Students can earn rewards for their reading time through the summer while helping to boost their skills for the next school year. The focus this year will be on STEM subjects, (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) with other summer highlights including pottery, art and crafts, science experiments, computer technology, chess tournament, sports and several field trips.

The second year of “Boats Rock!” was launched during the April Antique Boat show. A special basketball and leadership camp will also be offered. The summer performing arts program will feature video production with a film premiere at the end of the summer.

Program hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays beginning June 9 and running through July 25, closed for Fourth of July week. Credit recovery classes will be offered at the City Site Monday to Thursday during program hours. Enrollment may be limited.

The Project Impact Summer Program is provided free of charge, with breakfast and lunch provided. Families may enroll their child in Project Impact at either the ABC or City sites or online at

For more information please call Faye Johnson, program director, at 370-0145. Project Impact is funded by the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program sponsored by the City of Apalachicola.


Four proposals referred to committee

At the May 6 county commission meeting, County Attorney Michael Shuler and Assistant County Planner Mark Curenton opened one request for qualifications, and three bids for county engineering projects.

Only one bid was received to refurbish signage and pavement marking on Lake Morality road. Southern States Pavement Marking Inc of St. Augustine bid $58,558 on the project.

Two bids were received for replacement of HVAC equipment at the county courthouse. Keith Lawson Inc. of Tallahassee gave a base bid of $62,300, and Benson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, also of Tallahassee, had a base bid of $53,000.

Bids were also received for the renovation of the old Florida Highway Patrol station in Eastpoint into a visitor center. Simpler Built, Inc of Tallahassee bid $63,900, and R.W. Thomas Construction of Eastpoint bid $75,000.

Commissioners voted to turn all three bids over to the county engineering committee for review, with Commissioner Noah Lockley voting in opposition to reviewing bids for the visitor center.

Shuler and Curenton also opened qualifications for Lake Morality Road CEI signage and pavement marking. Alday Howell and Associates and Morris Allen and Associates, both of Tallahassee, sent packets for the projects.

Curenton who normally serves on the county engineering committee with Alan Pierce and Erin Griffith, recused himself from the decision because he has a cousin employed by Alday Howell. Commissioners chose Shuler to serve in his place.

Susan Riley promoted at parks and rec

At the May 6 county meeting, Director of Parks and Recreation, Nikki Millender, requested Susan Riley be promoted to the position of working field supervisor, and given a $1,500 per year raise.

The county commissioners voted unanimously to approve the change.

Millender said Riley’s increased responsibilities would allow work at parks and recreation to continue as normal, even when the director is not present.


Island cat meeting rescheduled

The meeting for the St. George Island Cat Allies Trap, Neuter and Release (TNR) Group has been postponed until Saturday, May 31, official time to be determined shortly. Watch for an announcement in the Apalachicola Times the Thursday prior to the meeting.

 Guest speaker at the meeting will be Jerry Henderson, who began a very successful TNR group in Thomasville, Georgia and now is in the process of building a spay and neuter clinic for the area. He and his wife Bettye were resident in the Plantation for many years.


Mandatory seminar available at Shellfish Center

Effective May 5 , the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Science personnel will be showing the 20-minute educational seminar at the Shellfish Center in Apalachicola at 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

This means it can be viewed an additional two days more than the current schedule of Tuesday through Thursdays. This seminar is mandatory for anyone dealing in shellfish, oysters and clams, and a must see in order to get a saltwater products license.

For more information, call Joe Shields III, environmental administrator, for FDACS’s division of aquaculture at 653-8317 or email to


Three areas closed to oyster harvesting

On Tuesday, May 13, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) closed areas 1601 and 1611 to oyster harvesting. Area 1642 had already been closed by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) because of water quality concerns.

The two areas will reopen when 1642 is reopened, provided they meet water quality requirements.


Joint Business After Hours Monday

On Monday, May 19 at 5:30 p.m., there will be a joint Business After Hours at the Indian Pass Raw Bar with the Apalachicola Bay and Gulf County chambers of commerce.

Come network with fellow business owners in Gulf and Franklin counties while enjoying food, beverages and live music by the Curry Brothers


Apalachicola chamber seeks board members

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce's new year begins at the end of June, and it is time to elect board members and officers for the 2014-15 year.

As per the bylaws, President Donna Duncan has named Brenda Ash, Ouida Tartt, Mike Koun, Bud Hayes and Kristin Anderson to the nominating committee and tasked them with developing a slate of candidates for election at the June 4 meeting.

If you would be interested in serving on the board or have questions about serving, you can email or call 653-9419 by May 14. Chamber board meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m.


Annual lighthouse association meeting May 22

The 2014 annual meeting of the St. George Lighthouse Association will be held Thursday, May 22, at 4 p.m. in St. George Lighthouse Park. In keeping with longstanding tradition, hot dogs will be served. Please bring your lawn chair.