Thursday, October 19, 2017

FWC seeks information about hurricane impacts on commercial fishing industry

 If you work in the commercial fishing industry, don't be surprised if you get a call or visit from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in the next few weeks.
The FWC with assistance from NOAA Fisheries are evaluating how Hurricane Irma impacted fishing-related businesses in Florida.
They will be calling commercial fishermen, charter boat captains, wholesale dealers, marina and licensed pier facilitators among others.
The FWC wants to give advance notice to commercial fishermen that they may receive a phone call, email or in-person visit in the next few weeks from FWC or NOAA Fisheries staff asking questions about how Hurricane Irma impacted your business.

For more information, email Marine@MyFWC.com.


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Sacred Heart offers 24/7 on-line care

Access to healthcare is now be easier and more convenient for residents of Northwest Florida.

Sacred Heart Health System’s recently launched a new 24/7 online care service.
 
With a smartphone, tablet or computer, patients can request a visit at SacredHeartOnlineCare.org.

A board-certified physician or nurse practitioner will call by Facetime, Skype or video chat, depending on the patient’s preference.

Providers can make recommendations and give prescriptions when necessary.

Prescriptions are sent to your pharmacy.

A summary report is sent to the patient’s doctor.
 
Sacred Heart Online Care provides the non-emergency services of an urgent care or walk-in clinic, treating many common conditions, including Cough and sore throat, Seasonal allergies and sinus issues, Fever, cold and flu and even Bites and stings.

Sacred Heart Online Care is available for a flat fee of $49.

No insurance is required.
 
To learn more or request a visit, go to www.SacredHeartOnlineCare.org.


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Weems gets approval to purchase fuel from Franklin County


Franklin County Commissioners agreed this week to allow local ambulances to use the county's gas and diesel pumps at the road department.

Weems ambulances were given a temporary account during hurricane Irma because of fuel shortages around the area and discovered that it was less expensive to get fuel from the county then what they were paying in other places.

The county agreed this week to let the hospital use the county fuel pumps on a permanent basis as long as the hospital pays its fuel bill on time and makes sure that they close the gates when fueling up after hours to protect the equipment at the road camp.




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Construction at the old Island View motel property east of Carrabelle is now underway

Construction at the old Island View motel property east of Carrabelle is now underway.

Work began at the site this week and a security fence has been put up around the property while work is ongoing.

The property will be off-limits to the public until the work is complete in July 2018.

County Commissioners expressed concerns about keeping from the public from the property especially mullet fishermen who have used the property for years.

They did ask that the property be reopened to the public as soon as possible.

The 7.2 acre parcel used to be hotel, but now belongs to Franklin County and is being converted for use as a public park.

Over a million dollars will be spent restoring the property for public use.

The restoration project will include restoring and improving the two existing piers at the site and building a handicapped accessible boardwalk with decks that connect the piers.

There will also be shoreline access for paddle craft, a central plaza with an informational kiosk,and a pervious concrete parking area for visitors.



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Free or low cost mammograms available to local women this Saturday in Panacea





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Apalachicola National Forest prescribed burning today in Liberty County



TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Oct. 19, 2017The U.S. Forest Service is prescribed burning in the Apalachicola National Forest today.

The 1,067 acre prescribed burn will take place in Liberty County north of County Road 379, west of State Route 379 along the forest boundary. Today’s burn is the continuation of a burn, interrupted by rain, that was started earlier this year. The burn will improve wildlife habitat, eliminate vegetation build up and reduce the threat of wildfires.
People are reminded that the smoke they may see today and tomorrow in this vicinity is not coming from a wildfire. Motorists are cautioned to drive slowly with lights on while traveling in smoky areas. Drivers should be particularly cautious in areas where prescribed fires have taken place when it is foggy. Morning fog can mix with smoke and decrease visibility further.

This is one of many prescribed burns the Apalachicola National Forest is doing during the 2017 prescribed burning season. Today’s burn is in burn unit 25 (see the Apalachicola’s planned burn map):https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/fseprd529455.pdf




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wakulla County Announces the 11th Annual Veteran’s Parade & Ceremony and 1st Annual Veteran’s Ball to be Held on Saturday, November 4, 2017



Crawfordville, Florida –The Wakulla County Board of County Commissioners in conjunction with the Veteran of Foreign Wars Post 4538, invites everyone to come out and salute our Veteran’s during the 11th Annual Veteran’s Day Parade and Ceremony on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at Hudson Park. 

This year’s theme is “Forgotten No More” in honor of the Veterans of the Korean War.  To kick off the event, all Veteran’s and active service members of the Armed Forces (including spouses and dependents) are invited to a free reunion breakfast starting at 7:00a.m. – 9:00a.m. at Hudson Park. 

The traditional parade will begin at 10:00a.m. where local participants and Veteran’s march down Crawfordville Highway showcasing troops, military organizations, school bands, County Government, and many others.  In addition, Veterans are also encouraged to participate by walking in the parade or riding on the VFW float.  Following the parade, the Veteran’s Ceremony will begin at 11:30a.m.at the pavilion in Hudson Park followed by the POW/MIA Dedication led by Harold Ross, Wakulla County Veteran Services Officer. 

In addition, we are excited to announce the 1st Annual Veteran’s Ball to be held at the Wakulla One Stop Community Center, 318 Shadeville Highway. Doors will open at 5:00p.m. for a social meet and greet followed by an opening ceremony at 5:45p.m.  The theme for this event is “Dance with a Veteran” and will feature food, dancing, commemorative photos, and veteran interviews.   

Everyone is invited to come out and show support to our Veteran’s, and enjoy a full day of fun activities and entertainment.  For additional information related to these events, please contact Harold Ross, Veteran Services Officer at (850) 926-1072.


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Sacred Heart Launches 24/7 Online Care


PENSACOLA, Fla. – Access to healthcare will now be easier and more convenient for residents of Northwest Florida and South Alabama thanks to Sacred Heart Health System’s launch of a new 24/7 online care service.
With a smartphone, tablet or computer, patients can request a visit at SacredHeartOnlineCare.org. A board-certified physician or nurse practitioner will call by Facetime, Skype or video chat, depending on the patient’s preference. Providers can make recommendations and give prescriptions when necessary. Prescriptions, if needed, are sent to your pharmacy. A summary report is sent to the patient’s doctor.
Sacred Heart Online Care provides the non-emergency services of an urgent care or walk-in clinic, treating many common conditions, including:
· Cough and sore throat

· Seasonal allergies and sinus issues

· Fever, cold and flu

· Eye infections

· Rashes

· Bites and stings

· Upper respiratory infection

Sacred Heart Online Care is available for a flat fee of $49. No insurance is required.
“This new service will be an extension of Sacred Heart’s mission, bringing medical care to communities across our region, wherever and whenever they need it,” said Susan Davis, president and CEO of Sacred Heart Health System. “Sacred Heart Online Care will be another convenient point of access for patients, helping online visitors to receive care or connect with a Sacred Heart provider, if needed.”
Sacred Heart Online Care is powered by the health system’s clinical and technology partner, Carena. Carena’s Virtual Clinic Platform includes software, staffing and operations services. The board-certified clinicians are licensed to practice medicine in Florida and Alabama. Providers adhere to Sacred Heart Health System guidelines to ensure patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care.
“We are pleased to partner with Sacred Heart to offer patients new options for getting their care needs met,” said Ralph C. Derrickson, CEO of Carena. “Sacred Heart Online Care uses our technology to put its brand online where it is most accessible to consumers, while offering patients an exceptional care experience from a health care system they know and trust.”
To learn more or request a visit, go to www.SacredHeartOnlineCare.org.


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Health Department urges breast cancer screenings during breast cancer awareness month

 October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties is encouraging all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
Aside from non-melanoma skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of breast cancer increases with age and mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is more effective.
 The health departments offer screenings to uninsured women of low income who qualify through their Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.

To see if you qualify, call the health department in Gulf County at 227-1276 or in Franklin County at 653-2111




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Apalachicola to open new playground and splashpad on Saturday

The City of Apalachicola will officially open a new playground and splashpad on Saturday.

The Mayor Van Johnson Park, playground and splashpad will be officially opened and dedicated on Saturday from 11 to 1.

The park is located at Apalachicola's Recreation and Community Service Complex at 92 Coach Wagoner Boulevard.

Thats the old Apalachicola High School.

The park includes playground equipment, benches and a splash pad near the main entrance of the City of Apalachicola Project Impact After-School and Summer Enrichment Program.

The park was made possible through a 100 thousand dollar Furdap grant from the state of Florida as well as funding from the City of Apalachicola and from private donors.


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Franklin County sheriff named to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council



Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith has been named to a statewide council that helps to provide supplemental funding to local and state law enforcement agencies working violent crime, as well as major drug and money laundering investigations.

Governor Rick Scott announced Monday that he has named Sheriff Smith to the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council, a 14 member group made up of state attorneys, law enforcement officers, juvenile justice officials, and school and medical and health professionals from around the state..

The council was created in 1993 to financially assist local law enforcement agencies in extraordinary violent crime cases.

After Florida’s crime trend shifted from violent crime to drug crimes, the Council's role was expanded in 2001 to include funding for drug investigations.

The Council is required to meet twice a year to review funding requests and to discuss crime issues having the most impact on Florida’s citizens and visitors.

As well as appointing Sheriff Smith, the governor also reappointed Martin County sheriff William Snyder and Leesburg Chief of Police Robert Hicks to the council.


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Ghost walk returns to Apalachicola on October 28th




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Florida DEP permit activity for Gulf and Wakulla Counties

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


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Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: 4360 CAPE SAN BLAS ROAD [DOCK]
Location Id: 358172
Location Name: 4360 CAPE SAN BLAS ROAD [DOCK]
County: Gulf
Application Number: 358172-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: LEITZ SF RESIDENCE
Location Id: 358184
Location Name: LEITZ SF RESIDENCE
County: Gulf
Application Number: 358184-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: TRICE LANE COUNTY ANNEX
Location Id: 358188
Location Name: Trice Lane County Annex
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 358188-001

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: ARNOLD RV PARK
Location Id: 351595
Location Name: MARTIN ARNOLD PROPERTY
County: Gulf
Application Number: 351595-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: MCNALLY SF RESIDENCE
Location Id: 358151
Location Name: MCNALLY SF RESIDENCE
County: Gulf
Application Number: 358151-001

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FWC Law Enforcement Weekly Report October 6 through October 12, 2017

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FWC
Division of Law Enforcement
Weekly Report
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October 6, 2017 through October 12, 2017

This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;
however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.

Patrol, Protect, Preserve


NORTHWEST REGION

CASES

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officer Hutchinson was patrolling the Blackwater State Forest when he observed a couple of vehicles pulled over on the side of a forest road. He stopped to check on the subjects inside of the vehicles. While speaking with them, he could smell the strong odor of cannabis coming from the vehicles. After questioning the two drivers, he discovered cannabis inside both vehicles. Both men were issued notices to appear for possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis.


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A Havana Man died and his son was hospitalized after their boat sank in the Apalachicola Bay on Tuesday

A visitor from Havana, Florida drowned Tuesday and a second man was air lifted to Tallahassee after their small boat overturned near the Apalachicola bridge Tuesday afternoon.
The Franklin County Sheriff's office said 72 year old Linwood Thomas Brasswell Sr. died and his 47 year old son, Linwood Thomas Brasswell Jr., was taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after the two men were pulled from the water.
The two men were in a small boat in very rough water on the north side of the bridge near Eastpoint at about 330 Tuesday afternoon when the accident happened.
They were pulled from the water by two good smaritans, Leroy Duval and Robbie Register, along with officers from the Franklin County Sheriff's office, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Franklin Correctional Institution.
CPR was administered on site but rescuers were unable to resuccitate Brasswell Sr.

Officers said his son had taken on a lot of water and was extremely fatigued requiring additional medical attention.


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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Apalachicola will dedicate a new park and splashpad this Saturday





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Sign your kids up for "Music as a second language"

The Franklin County Public Libraries in Eastpoint and Carrabelle are taking registrations for their program “Music as a Second Language.”
The program is for kids aged 8 to 18 who would like to lean to play a musical insrument – its funded through the Rock by the Sea fundraiser which is held every year at Harry A’s on St. George Island.
The program provides individual music lessons in keyboard, drum, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass and voice – and starting this year ukelele.
It’s a 24 week program that begins in mid-January and ends with a recital.
Students who make it through the entire program get to keep their instrument.
Space is limited so get your applications as soon as possible – they are available at the county libraries in Eastpoint and Carrabelle.

Registration for the program runs through November the 20th. 


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3 fishermen busted for electro-fishing on the Apalachicola River

Fish and wildlife officers busted a couple of people for electro-fishing on the Apalachicola River in Jackson County last week.

Electro-fishing is when a shocking device is used to stun the fish so they can be lifted out of the water with a dip net.

It is illegal in Florida.

Officer Forehand was on water patrol on the Apalachicola River when he saw a small boat occupied by three subjects.

He noticed there were no fishing poles on board the boat.

As he watched, one of the occupants placed electrical wires into the water and it was determined the suspects were using an electric shocking device to take fish.


Their fish and the shocking device were confiscated and each of the adults received a misdemeanor citation for taking freshwater fish by an unlawful method. 


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Area 1612 and 1628 of the Apalachicola Bay reopen to oyster harvesting on Wednesday

Areas 1612 and 1622 of the Apalachicola Bay will reopen to oyster harvesting at sunrise on Wednesday.
Area 1612 is the conditionally approved winter west 1 shellfish harvesting area and 1622 is the conditionally approved winter west 2 shellfish harvesting area.
Those areas were closed on October the 8th because of potential storm surge from Hurricane Nate.

Water samples from the two areas have been tested and show the water is suitable for oyster harvesting.


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Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin and Wakulla Counties

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Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


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Permit: Stormwater - Small Construction (1-5 AC)
Project Name: ISLAND VIEW PARK-SOUTH
Location Id: FLR10RJ20
Location Name: Island View Park - South
County: Franklin
Application Number: FLR10RJ20-001

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Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: MASHES SANDS PARK
Location Id: 327396
Location Name: MASHES SANDS PUBLIC BOAT RAMP
County: Wakulla
Application Number: 327396-007

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Permit: Water - Individual With No Conceptual Approval Permit
Project Name: RICHARDSON DOCK
Location Id: 357659
Location Name: SHIRLEY ANN RICHARDSON
County: Franklin
Application Number: 357659-003

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Gov. Scott Appoints Three to Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced one reappointment and two appointments to the Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council.

William Snyder, 65, of Stuart, currently serves as the Sheriff of Martin County and received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. Sheriff Snyder is reappointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.

A.J. “Tony” Smith, 58, of Apalachicola, currently serves as the Sheriff of Franklin County and received his bachelor’s degree from Barry University. Sheriff Smith succeeds retired Sheriff Ben Johnson and is appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.

Robert Hicks, 47, of Leesburg, is the Chief of Police at the City of Leesburg Police Department. He received his bachelor’s degree from Warner University and his master’s degree from Columbia Southern University. Chief Hicks succeeds Chief Jeffrey Chudnow and is appointed for a term beginning October 16, 2017, and ending on June 30, 2019.



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Monday, October 16, 2017

Florida DEP permit activity for Franklin County

DEP Logo
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection

Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
Rick Scott
Governor

Carlos Lopez-Cantera
Lt. Governor

Noah Valenstein
Secretary


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Permit: Water - ERP Noticed General Permit
Project Name: FDEP AP RESEARCH RESERVE
Location Id: 238059
Location Name: APALCHICOLA NERR
County: Franklin
Application Number: 238059-002

For further information, please contact the Northwest District permitting office in Pensacola at (850) 595-8300
Permit: Water - ERP Exemption Permit
Project Name: GRIFFIN DOCK
Location Id: 358037
Location Name: GRIFFIN 308 WING STREET SF DOCK
County: Franklin
Application Number: 358037-001

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DOH-GULF/FRANKLIN PROMOTES EARLY DETECTION AND TREATMENT TO FIGHT BREAST CANCER



Port St. Joe, Fla and ApalachicolaFla —  In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties encourages all women to receive regular screenings to promote early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Aside from non-melanoma skin cancers, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. Over the last decade, survival rates have increased, however, early detection continues to be critically important.

“The Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties encourages women to take charge of their health by scheduling regular mammograms,” said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator, DOH-Gulf/Franklin.  “We offer screenings to uninsured women of low income who qualify through our Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. Early protection is the best protection.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of breast cancer increases with age. Mammograms are the best way to find breast cancer early, when treatment is more effective. Women should talk with their health care provider about individual risk factors and the frequency of receiving mammograms.

The CDC recommends regular mammograms and paying attention to the following changes in the look and feel of the breast, including:
       A new lump in the breast;
       A lump that has changed in size;
       A change in the size and shape of the breast;
       Pain in the breast or nipple that does not go away;
       Flaky, red or swollen skin anywhere on the breast;
       A nipple that is very tender or that begins to turn inward; and
       Blood or any other type of fluid coming from the nipple that is not milk when nursing a baby.
The Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (FBCCEDP) provides access to the breast and cervical cancer screenings doctors recommend. The screenings are free or low cost if you meet program eligibility requirements.
To see if you qualify, call DOH-Gulf (850) 227-1276 or DOH-Franklin (850) 653-2111 or call the American Cancer Society National Hotline at 1-800-227-2345 to get more information on the program. 
Medicare insurance also provides mammograms to women age 65 and older without a copay. Please call 1-800-633-4227 for information on receiving mammograms through Medicare.


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Sacred Heart hospital to hold program for pre-diabetics

Sacred Heart hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe is starting a program to help people with lifestyle changes to keep them from getting type-2 diabetes.

People with prediabetes have higher-than-normal blood sugar levels and have a 15 to 30 percent chance of developing type 2 diabetes within 5 years.

One in three American adults has prediabetes.

The PreventT2 lifestyle change program will be guided by a trained lifestyle coach, and participants will learn the skills they need to make lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress.

PreventT2 groups meet for one full year — weekly for the first 16 weeks, then once or twice a month for the next 8 months to maintain healthy lifestyle changes.

The program’s group setting provides a supportive environment with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes.

The local program will meet at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf in Port St. Joe beginning on October the 19th, and is FREE to qualifying participants.

To be eligible you need to be at least 18 years old, be overweight and have no previous diagnosis of type 1 or type 2 diabetes.


To learn more about the program and find out if you qualify, call John Griggs at (850) 229-5620


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