Tuesday, August 15, 2017

City Accepting Applications for Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program

Apalachicola Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program
Applications Now Being Accepted

The City of Apalachicola is now accepting applications from homeowners that would like to participate in the Apalachicola Hurricane Loss Mitigation Program for the 2017-2018 Grant Program. This program provides the homeowner a greater resistance against high force winds, quicker recovery time, lower insurance premiums, and its FREE to the qualified applicant.

  • Must be a Homeowner living within the City of Apalachicola
  • Single Family Home (mobile homes/trailers or multi-family units are not eligible)
  • Must Meet Household Income Requirements – Moderate to Low Income
  • Exterior Construction for Authorized Mitigation Retrofit Improvements Only
Applications can be obtained at Apalachicola City Hall, 1 Avenue E, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 or at the City’s website: www.cityofapalachicola.com.  

For further information contact: Betty Webb at (850)323-0567 bettytaylor.webb@gmail.com.

For the City of Apalachicola
Lee Mathes, City Administrator

Monday, June 19, 2017

From Franklin County Emergency Management: Invest 93L

Summary: As of 9:00 AM Gulf Invest Area 93L remains somewhat disorganized near the Yucatan Peninsula.  The system will gradually move north into the southern Gulf of Mexico today where it will have an opportunity to organize into a tropical system. The National Hurricane Center is predicting an 80% chance that it becomes a tropical storm within the next 2 days.  A Hurricane Hunter reconnaissance is scheduled to fly into the system this afternoon.  Computer models are gradually getting into better agreement on the eventual track of this system, but are still prone to error due to a lack of a defined center of circulation.  The range of possibilities now lies between east-central Texas and southeast Louisiana.  However, environmental conditions will become increasingly unfavorable and limited intensification is forecast to occur.   The next names on the 2017 Atlantic Storm name list is Bret and Cindy. 

Florida Outlook:  Regardless of track and intensity, the main threat from 93L will be the potential for very heavy rainfall, especially in the Tuesday through Thursday timeframe this week.   Widespread rainfall amounts of 2-4” are expected along the Florida Panhandle, with locally higher amounts possible, especially if the system moves closer to the central U.S. Gulf Coast.  Flood or Flash Flood Watches may be issued later today.  Increased wave heights of 4-8’ are also expected along the Panhandle coast and may lead to minor coastal flooding at times of high tide on Tuesday and Wednesday along with a high risk of rip currents.

We are asking that all citizens who live along the coastline or are prone to surge flooding to take precautionary measures.  This includes but is not limited to:
  1. Secure yard items such as chairs, umbrellas, etc.
  2. Secure Boats and Vehicles – This includes moving to higher ground.
  3. Make sure your disaster kit is ready and accessible.
  4. Do Not Drive Cars Through Flooded Areas.  If you see Flood Waters…. REMEMBER TO TURN AROUND AND DO NOT DROWN.
Please monitor the weather closely for the next several days. 
There is an elevated risk of Rip Current for the next several days.  Please Use Caution! 
Franklin County Emergency Management continues to monitor this storm closely.  If you have any questions:
  • Visit our website at www.franklinemergencymanagement.com
  • Sign up for Alert Franklin.   
  • Be sure to LIKE our Facebook page for updates
  • You are also welcome to contact us at 850-653-8977.
Pamela Brownell
Emergency Management Director

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Department of Commerce Announces Changes to the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Private Angler Recreational Season

WASHINGTON – For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red snapper fishing seasons for the remainder of the summer, and the Department of Commerce has re-opened the 2017 private angler recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays.  Majority Whip Scalise and other Members of Congress were instrumental in reaching this agreement.

“I’d like to offer my thoughts and prayers to Whip Scalise, his staff, the Capitol Police, and their families,” said Secretary Ross.  “Majority Whip Scalise and his staff have been incredibly helpful on this and a host of other issues, and I wish them and the other victims a speedy recovery.  Such a despicable act of violence has no place in our political discourse, and the Administration and Congress will continue to work together in service to the American people.”

The agreement reached between the Secretary of Commerce and the five Gulf States is a significant step forward in building a new Federal-State partnership in managing the Gulf of Mexico red snapper stock. This represents a commitment from the states to restore a shared vision of uniform management that will benefit the long term recovery of the red snapper stock while maximizing the economic benefits from recreational fishing in the Gulf region.

The new rule announced today will re-open the 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling component on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 16, 2017, through Labor Day, September 4, 2017. During this time, the season will be closed Monday through Thursday with the exception of July 3, July 4, and September 4. Correspondingly, the five Gulf States will bring their state red snapper water seasons into alignment with the Federal water season for the rest of the summer.

The Departments rule does not change the quota or season length for the federally permitted for-hire component of the recreational fishery or the commercial individual fishing quota program and the 2017 commercial quota.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NWFWMD to Hold Public Workshops on Apalachicola River & Bay Surface Water Improvement & Management Plan

The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD) will host public workshops to support development of an update to the Surface Water Improvement and Management (SWIM) plan for the Apalachicola River and Bay watershed at the dates, times, and locations listed below. These meetings will feature presentations about current challenges, proposed plan objectives, and project options. An opportunity to submit comments and recommendations that will be used in the development of the plan will also be provided. The draft plan will be released for further public review and comment later this year. All interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate.

June 5, 2017
Marianna – Citizen’s Park Lodge, 4574 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida 32446
5:30 pm Central Time

June 7, 2017
Apalachicola – Apalachicola Community Center at Battery Park, 1 Bay Ave, Apalachicola, Florida 32320 (in Battery Park, adjacent to Gorrie Bridge)
2:00 pm Eastern Time

Note - each workshop will cover the same information; there is no need to attend both meetings.

More information, including a meeting agenda, will be made available at the District’s website at:  http://www.nwfwater.com/Water-Resources/SWIM/SWIM-Plan-Updates.

If you have any questions and for more information, please contact Paul Thorpe at (850) 539-5999 or via email at Paul.Thorpe@nwfwater.com.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sen. Bill Nelson Vows to Fight Executive Order Expanding Oil Drilling off Florida’s Coast

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) wages war Wednesday on senate floor against
an executive order expanding oil drilling off Florida's Coast 

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) took to the Senate floor Wednesday, April 26, 2017, vowing to fight any attempt by the administration to open up additional areas around Florida to offshore oil drilling.

“Drilling off of Florida's neighboring states poses a real threat to our state's environment and our multibillion-dollar tourism industry,” Nelson said. “That’s because a spill off the coast of Louisiana can end up on the beaches of Northwest Florida just like a spill off the coast of Virginia or South Carolina can affect the entire Atlantic coast.”

Nelson’s remarks come as the president is expected to sign an executive order Friday expanding offshore oil drilling.

“This announcement by the president will be like a big present for the oil companies,” Nelson said. “I hope the president thinks twice before putting Florida’s economy at such a risk. I hope he refrains from issuing this executive order, but if he doesn't, this senator and a bipartisan delegation from Florida will fight this order.”

Watch video of Senator Nelson’s remarks below:

Public Service Announcement from the Florida Forest Service

In the wake of the recent wildfire on St George Island, there is a Homeowner/Community Wildfire Awareness meeting scheduled for May 8th @ 6pm in the Media Center at the Franklin County School located at 1250 Hwy 98, in Eastpoint, Florida 32328. We will be presenting Fire wise information highlighting things residents can do to reduce the risk of losing their homes to wildfire, and increase their awareness of wildfire conditions.

For more information, please contact Todd W. Schroeder at (850) 681-5960 or via Twitter @FFS_Leon.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Thurs, May 4th National Day of Prayer 2017

National Day of Prayer 2017 will be observed in Apalachicola Thursday, May 4th from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Historic Holy Family Senior Citizens Center located at 203 Dr. Frederick S. Humphries Street.

The theme for this year is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us!” Taken from the Book of Daniel 9:19, which says, “O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...”.  

As National Day of Prayer 2017 approaches, thousands of individuals, churches, and communities from around the country will be working to rally millions to once again heed this call! Locally, the event is being sponsored by the Love Center Church Outreach Ministry in Apalachicola, Bishop Sheila Martin, Pastor and is open and free to the public.

The origin of National Day of Prayer beginned on April 17, 1952, with President Harry S. Truman sigining into law a bill passed by Congress, that require the President to issue each year a proclamation designating the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer on which the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.

For more information about the local observance of National Day of Prayer 2017, please contact Evangelist Alma Pugh, Event Coordinator at (850)370-6465.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Apalachicola resident, Patrick J. Balthrop Sr., Appointed Chairman of Agendia

Patrick J. Balthrop, Sr.
Photo courtesy of  Linkedln

IRVINE, CA and AMSTERDAM – 12 April 2017
- Agendia, Inc., a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, today announces the appointment of Patrick J. Balthrop Sr., former CEO of Luminex, as Non-Executive Chairman.

“Patrick’s knowledge and experience in driving rapid growth in technology-led companies is exceptional, and will bolster Agendia’s position in the sector,” said Mark R. Straley, CEO of Agendia. “Agendia is committed to improving the quality of life for cancer patients through molecular diagnostics, one patient at a time, and we are convinced that Patrick’s expertise will help us to achieve this. We warmly welcome him to the role of Chairman.” 

Agendia’s primary focus is expanding the adoption of clinically useful genetic signatures as an aid to personalizing breast cancer treatment by increasing the geographic reach and reimbursement of these panels, such as its proven MammaPrint® 70-Gene Breast Cancer Risk-of-Recurrence Test. MammaPrint is available globally through many major hospitals to provide physicians and patients access to this essential breast cancer screening test to enable more informed decision-making and more individualized treatment.

“Agendia’s strong vision for transforming breast cancer treatment is inspiring and I look forward to working with the team at this pivotal time for the Company,” said Patrick J. Balthrop.

Patrick J. Balthrop is currently a Director at Oxford Immunotec Global, Personalis, Inc. and Concert Genetics. He is an advisor to Water Street Healthcare Partners and the Founding Principal of Apalachee Ventures, an investment and advisory firm. Patrick previously held positions of CEO, President and Director at Luminex, and President at Fisher Healthcare (then Fisher Scientific).  He has also held a number of positions within Abbott Laboratories, including President of Abbott Vascular and Corporate VP, Worldwide Commercial Operations. Patrick has an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University and a BS in Biology from Spring Hill College.

Patrick joins Christoph Waer (Korys), Jan Willem Nieuwenhuize (ING Corporate Investments), Erik Leeuwaarden (advisor), Peter Stein (Norgine) and Eric Esveld (Van Herk Groep) on the Board.

MammaPrint is a FDA-cleared in vitro diagnostic test, performed in a central laboratory, using the gene expression profile of breast cancer tissue samples to assess a patients’ risk for distant metastasis within 5 years. MammaPrint also carries the CE Mark which certifies that the test complies with the quality standards set by the European In Vitro Diagnostic Directive, enabling the use of the test in the European Union. MammaPrint is indicated for use by physicians as a prognostic marker only, along with other clinical-pathological factors. The test is not intended to determine the outcome of disease, nor to suggest or infer an individual patient’s response to therapy.

Agendia is a privately held, leading molecular diagnostics company that develops and markets genomic diagnostic products, which help support physicians with their complex treatment decisions. Agendia’s breast cancer tests were developed using an unbiased gene selection by analyzing the complete human genome. Our offerings include MammaPrint®, a 70-Gene Breast Cancer Risk-of-Recurrence test, and BluePrint®, a molecular subtyping assay that provides deeper insight leading to more clinically actionable breast cancer biology.

In addition, Agendia has a pipeline of other genomic products in development. The company collaborates with pharmaceutical companies, leading cancer centers and academic groups to develop companion diagnostic tests in the area of oncology. For more information, visit www.agendia.com.

For more information on Agendia or the MammaPrint and BluePrint tests, you can visit Agendia’s patient site at www.KnowYourBreastCancer.com or the corporate site at www.agendia.com.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Florida Residents Advised to Remain Alert As Second Front Brings Potential For Severe Weather

Tallahassee - State and local emergency management officials are recommending residents and visitors remain aware, as conditions favorable for severe weather continue throughout North Florida and into Central Florida today and tonight. This weather system will have the potential to produce large hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes. Have a NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio in your home of office to receive warnings from the National Weather and follow all instructions from local officials.

Governor Scott said, “It is incredibly important that Floridians and visitors in North and Central Florida pay close attention to local news throughout the day and ensure they are fully prepared ahead of any potentially damaging weather, such as tornadoes or flash floods. While we are glad that the weather from earlier this week did not cause significant damage, we must take every case of potentially severe weather seriously and take action to keep our families and communities safe. The Florida Division of Emergency Management and their local partners are continuing to work together to monitor the weather and provide updates to families across North and Central Florida.”

State Meteorologist Amy Godsey said, “Much of North Florida and parts of Central Florida have been placed at high risk of severe weather throughout the day and overnight. Those in the affected areas should monitor this storm system and have a plan of action if warnings are issued.”

Tornado watches may be issued throughout the day. Residents and visitors to the state should monitor local media outlets and ensure that their NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio alert settings are turned on. A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been reported as sighted, or has appeared on radar in the area.

If severe weather threatens your area, be sure to follow these important safety tips:
  • Ensure your NOAA All-Hazards Weather Radio is on and programmed for your area or stay tuned to a trusted local media outlet for the most current weather situation.
  • Ensure your disaster supply kit is prepared and heed all instructions from local officials.
  • Know what you would do in the event of a severe thunderstorm or tornado watch or warning.
  • If a tornado warning is issued for your area seek shelter immediately in an interior room, away from windows.  
  • If thunder roars, go indoors. If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning and should seek shelter immediately.
  • Be aware that flash flooding can occur. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not wait for instructions to move.
  • Be aware of stream, drainage channels, canyons and areas known to flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas without typical warnings such as rain clouds or heavy rain.
  • NEVER drive through flooded roadways as road beds may be washed out under flood waters, and just one foot of fast-moving flood water can move most cars off the road.
For more information about the Florida Division of Emergency Management, visit www.Floridadisaster.org or follow the Division on Twitter at @FLSERT and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/FloridaSERT/.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Apalachicola City Commission Meets on Tuesday This Week

The Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners will hold its regular scheduled monthly meeting at 6:00 P.M. EDT, Tuesday, April 4, 2017, inside the Battery Park Community Center at 1 Bay Avenue - Apalachicola. The restructured Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), which is now composed of the Apalachicola City Commission, the former CRA Chair and Vice-Chair and a non-voting Ex-Officio member will hold its first meeting prior to the regular city meeting at 5:00 P.M.

On the agenda is the final Public Hearing to adopt Ordinance No. 2017-04 (Building Height) and Ordinance No. 2017-05 (Non-conforming Structures) along with a resolution proclaiming April 23rd through April 29th as National Volunteer Week in the City of Apalachicola and the monthly report to the commission from Falan Goff, FAMU Job Incubator/Accelerator Program Coordinator.

You can view the full agenda along with meeting documents by visit the official website of the City of Apalachicola at www.cityofapalachicola.com or by clicking the link below.

As always, the public is invited and encouraged to attend all meetings of the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners to stay informed concerning the operation of your city government.