ADAM is a beautiful Kelpie mix (google it). Well, he looks like one but what are the odds? No matter his heritage, he is a great looking dog with a sweet temperament. He has been around children and other dogs and does well with both. Adam is a nice medium size, smart and friendly. He is heartworm negative and will be neutered soon.
Volunteers are desperately needed to socialize all of our dogs and cats. We are always looking for people willing to bring one of our animals into their home to be fostered for various needs. Anytime you can spare would be greatly appreciated.
Call Karen at 670-8417 for more details or visit the Franklin County Humane Society at 244 State Road 65 in Eastpoint. You may logon to the website at www.forgottenpets.org to see more of our adoptable pets.
Monday, May 22, 2017
The 2016 Hurricane season officially begins on June the 1st, so if you haven't started preparing for a major storm yet, this is the time to do so.
You should have an evacuation route already planned, and if you have pets you should also have plans for what you are going to do with them since many Hurricane shelters don’t accept pets.
It is also helpful to set up a meeting point in case you are separated from family during an evacuation.
This is also a good time to put together a hurricane survival kit if you haven’t already done so.
Make sure your kit includes canned food, fresh water, blankets and first aid equipment, as well as important papers and documents and some extra money.
Don't forget a manual can opener and battery powered radio along with some extra batteries for your radio and flashlight.
You can get more information about surviving a hurricane on-line at haveahurricaneplan.com
And Remember, Oyster Radio is Franklin County's official emergency broadcast network, so in the case of a major storm this season, make sure to tune in to 100.5 FM.
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Local unemployment fell substantially between March and April.
Franklin County unemployment fell from 3.9 percent in March to 3.5 percent last month.
170 people were looking for work in Franklin County, down from 188 people the month before.
The workforce also increased by 58 people.
9 counties had lower unemployment rates than Franklin County's in April including one of Franklin County's neighbors.
Gulf County's unemployment was 3.6 percent last month, Wakulla County's was 3.2 percent.
Liberty County also saw a big drop in unemployment in April from 5 percent to 4.5 percent.
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Sunday, May 21, 2017
Florida Department of
Bob Martinez Center
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
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Friday, May 19, 2017
Feeding wild dolphins is illegal in Florida, but the dolphins are unaware of that and apparently so are some boaters.
Feeding and harassing wild dolphins can cause serious harm and injury to both dolphins and people.
Dolphins learn to associate people with food and free handouts, bringing them dangerously close to boat propellers and fishing line.
Some dolphins will even steal bait and catch from the lines of recreational fishermen.
And though wild dolphins may exhibit passive or ‘friendly’ behavior, it’s important to remember they are wild animals and their behavior can change quickly and unpredictably.
The general rule of thumb when on the water is to stay at least 50 yards away from wild dolphin,
Avoid fishing in an area where dolphins are actively feeding and Recycle your fishing line.
If you are caught feeding or harassing dolphins you could face fines up to $20,000 and one year in jail.
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This is an active time of year for Florida’s black bears.
During this time of year the bears are searching for a variety of berries and other seasonal foods that grow throughout their range.
The woods provide bears with all the food they need, but as most locals know – bears will also eat food from dog bowls, garbage cans and anything else that is easy pickings.
This is also breeding season so the bears are wandering further than they normally would looking for mates.
All of those factors can bring bears into populated areas where they normally would not venture.
To minimize the chances of black bears wandering into your yard the best thing to do is remove or secure anything that might attract animals, such as garbage cans, pet food, birdseed, outdoor grills and compost bins.
If a bear continues to come into an area after all attractants have been removed then its time to call the FWC to trap the bear.
You can do that by calling the FWC's Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922.
Florida’s Black bears do not generally pose a danger to people, but they are wild animals so if you do encounter a black bear at close range, the FWC recommends following precautions:
Remain standing straight up; back up slowly; speak in a calm, assertive voice; do not run or play dead; and leave the bear a clear escape route.
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Only a few days left to apply for an alligator harvest permit during Phase 1
Learn more about Florida's statewide alligator harvest program.
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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Some of Florida’s best high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics students will be honored this week during the 2017 Sunshine State Scholars program.
The two-day awards and recruitment event will be held in Orlando May 19th and 20th.
The annual event recognizes Florida’s elite students for their hard work and gives the students a chance to meet with some of Florida’s colleges and universities where they might continue their educations after high school.
Each school district selects the top eleventh-grade STEM scholar to participate in the program.
For Franklin county that is Faith Sapp of Apalachicola who attends the Franklin County School.
Sydnee O'Donnell, who goes to Port St. Joe High School will represent Gulf County.
Mary Beth Brown will attend from Liberty County and J. Daniel Sullivan III was chosen from Wakulla County.
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Franklin County has received just under 80 thousand dollars from the state for payments in lieu of taxes.
Franklin County tax collector Rick Watson said the county received the 78 thousand dollar check from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Payments in lieu of taxes are paid on property purchased by the state and taken off the county tax rolls.
The majority of the property now state owned is in the Tate's Hell forest in the northern portion of Franklin County though there are some sites along the water like Bald Point.
The state owns about 188,000 acres or about 54 percent of the entire county.
The state owned property is used mainly for conservation and animal habitat.
The payment in lieu of taxes program only continues for 10 years after a property is purchased, and then the payments stop.
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Franklin County commissioners have asked county staff to investigate the best way to implement mandatory garbage service for Franklin county residents.
The illegal dumping of household garbage has become a major problem in Franklin County.
Because garbage pickup is not mandatory, many residents choose not to pay for the service and instead find other ways to dispose of their trash.
That includes dumping their trash in other peoples cans, dumping it in county recycling bins, or just leaving it on public property where the county or city has to remove it.
Commissioner William Massey said that in Carrabelle some people have resorted to leaving their trash in the cemetery because the city will have to pick it up.
The problem has gotten so bad that the county has been forced to close down a number of recycling sites and are now discussing whether they should just end the recycling program altogether.
And the problem is not necessarily rich versus poor.
It was pointed out that there are even some homeowners in the Plantation on St. George Island who don't pay for trash pickup and instead take advantage of their neighbors.
The county commission came very close to voting on mandatory trash pickup this week – there was a motion and a second.
The motion was withdrawn after commission chairman Smokey Parrish voiced concerns that the county could become liable for paying for people's trash bills if the process was not set up properly – though it was pointed out that the county is already paying the cost of people's trash disposal because in the end all of the illegally dumped trash winds up at the county landfill.
Parrish also raised concerns that if the trash bill is put on people's tax bills that the county could find itself putting liens on people's property just because they didn't pay for trash pickup.
The commission instead decided to investigate the various ways mandatory trash pickup could be funded to see which one would work best locally.
As for the future of the recycling program, county commissioners say they will address that issue during budget negotiations this summer – and will consider either scaling the program back to only accept the items that are most profitable or doing away with county recycling completely.
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GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA HELPS VISITORS `DISCOVER SCUBA’
Local Adventure Guides turn reluctant divers into enthusiasts
PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (May 18, 2017) – Gulf County, Florida, is gearing up for summer adventures, including one that might surprise some visitors: scuba diving.
While travelers no doubt expect to find diving in an area that boasts 244 miles of shoreline, they might be surprised to learn that even those who aren’t scuba certified can dive in Gulf County. Daly's Watersports is one of a few select dive shops across the country that is certified in and approved to offer “Discover Scuba Diving,” a program that lets inexperienced divers as young as 10 plunge as far as 40 feet into the water.
“There’s great diving for everyone in Gulf County,” says Jennifer Adams, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council. “Divers of all ages and experience levels will appreciate swimming with fish and exploring wrecks in crystal clear waters. Plus, with shallow dives no more than 15 minutes off shore, you don’t spend half the day on the boat.”
Certified divers can strike out on their own adventures or charter a boat. Many charter captains and Gulf County Adventure Guides like father-son team Bobby Guilford and Wade Guilford enjoy showing divers their favorite spots.
But inexperienced and reluctant divers are the ones Ann Marie Daly, another of Gulf County’s 23 Adventure Guides, loves getting in the water. After all, the North Dakota native was once tepid about getting wet, much less diving. These days Daly’s business, Daly's Watersports, sees more visitors each season take part in “Discover Scuba,” which it’s offered for 14 years.
“Diving changed my life, and I see it change the lives and outlooks of those we take on the water,” Daly says. “It’s an experience you’ll never forget.”
Daly, Guilford and fellow Adventure Guides share their stories of unexpected adventures with travelers online,www.visitgulf.com/adventure-guides. The Gulf County concierge team (1-800-482-GULF, www.visitgulf.com) connects visitors who want to book adventures, including diving for beginners and experts alike.
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.– Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam today announced that the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame is now accepting nominations for the class of 2018. The Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame honors men and women who have made lasting contributions to Florida agriculture. More information, nomination forms and a list of past inductees are available atFloridaAgHallofFame.org. Nominations must be submitted by September 1, 2017.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services partners with the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame Foundation each year to recognize outstanding individuals nominated by Florida’s agricultural community. Inductees will be honored at the annual banquet during the Florida State Fair in February.
Nominations should be mailed to the Florida Agricultural Hall of Fame at 100 South Mulrennan Rd., Valrico, Fla. 33594; Phone 813-230-1918.
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Franklin County Tourist Development Council • 731 Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32329 • 866-914-2068
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