Thursday, December 8, 2016

Holiday Hoops at The Matchbox


There will be Holiday Hoops held at the Matchbox on Thursday, December 22nd during the Franklin County School District 2016 annual Christmas break.

The hoops will consist of a skills challenge contest, shooting contest and a 3-on-3 tournament from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm and will be open to boys and girls in grades 3-8. The cost of participation is FREE.

Completed registration forms must be turned in to homeroom teacher for collection or brought directly to the Matchbox by Tuesday, December 20, 2016. Registration forms can also be picked up at The Matchbox.

An open gym will follow the hoops activity from 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm along with a special performance by Tomeika Ford’s dance group, BQIM.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

FDOT Traffic Alert for Big Bend Area


Chipley - Drivers are reminded to practice caution while traveling in and around the work zones in Northwest Florida Sunday, Dec. 4 through Saturday, Dec. 10.

Gadsden County:
  • The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will host a public kick-off meeting concerning proposed improvements to South Quincy Loop from State Road (S.R.) 267 to S.R. 10 (U.S. 90) East on  Thursday, Dec. 8 at the University of Florida IFAS North Florida Research and Education Center, 155 Research Road, Quincy.  The meeting will be held as an open house from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST.  There will be no formal presentation.
Franklin County:
  • Bridge repair work is underway on S.R. 65 over Cash Creek Bridge. All work is being performed under the structure, drivers are reminded to use caution driving through the work zone.
  • Following a routine safety inspection, FDOT engineers have recommend closure of the Pine Log Road Bridge over Pine Log Creek and Gully Branch Road Bridge over New River in Tate’s Hell State Forest.
Jefferson County:
  • I-10 resurfacing from Mile Marker (MM) 225 to MM 236. Day time lane closures are taking place from the Madison County line to U.S. 19.
  • I-10 resurfacing from MM 216 to MM 220. Construction activities are taking place along the corridor. Drivers can expect daytime lane closures along the corridor.
  • I-10 Westbound Rest Area near MM 233 – Rest area closed for renovations.
Leon County:
  • Nighttime work on S.R. 20 (Apalachee Parkway) from Monroe Street to Capital Circle NE.  Workers are paving, installing sidewalk and repairing curb and gutter along the project corridor.
  • Work to resurface and add paved shoulders on S.R. 263 (Capital Circle SW) from west of S.R. 61 (U.S. 319) to north of C.R. 2203 (Springhill Road) is taking place. Drivers will encounter east and westbound lane closures.
  • Sidewalk repair work continues through Thursday, Dec. 22, on Capital Circle S.E. from Apalachee Parkway to Tram Road.  Drivers will encounter intermittent lane closures in the southbound outside lanes from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.  There will be no lane closures Friday and Saturday nights.
  • FDOT will host a public hearing referencing median closures and adjustments on S.R. 10 (U.S. 90) from the Gadsden County Line to east of Fernwood Road in Leon County.  The hearing is Tuesday, Dec. 6 at Tallahassee Community College, 444 Appleyard Drive, Tallahassee, in the Workforce Development Building #38, Rooms 105 & 107, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. EST, with a formal presentation at 6 p.m.
Wakulla County:
  • Motorists will encounter intermittent lane closures on U.S. 319 (Crawfordville Highway) from south of Old Crawfordville Highway to U.S. 98 and from U.S. 98 north to Alaska Way.  Construction crews are also constructing the new southbound roadway and westbound turn lanes onto Coastal Highway.
Temporary lane closures, delays and shifts may occur as workers perform construction activities. All construction activities are weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled in the event of inclement weather. Motorists are reminded to pay attention and use caution when driving through the work zone.

For more information follow the Florida Department of Transportation District Three on Twitter @myfdot_nwfl or like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyFDOTNWFL.

Apalachicola City Commission Meet in Regular Session Tuesday


The Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners will kick-off its regular monthly meeting at 5:00 pm Tuesday, December 6, 2016, with a Joint Workshop with the Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Commission concerning proposed changes to the City’s Land Development Code.

The regular meeting will immediately follow the workshop, and first up under Recognition of Visitors is the Conservation Corps of Forgotten Coast seeking approval of a plan for Affordable Housing. Followed by routine motions to pay the city’s bills and to approve the prior months meeting minutes.

There will also be the first reading of Ordinance 2015-04, which amends the City’s Land Development Code and other routine business of the commission.
The full December 6, 2016, meeting agenda along with meeting documents can be viewed 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 in order to stay informed concerning the operation of city government.

FREE Barbershop Christmas Concert in Apalachicola


Mark your Calendars: This Sunday, Dec 4th at the First United Methodist Church in Apalachicola @ 4:00 pm.

This great show features the full chorus, individual quartets, and a sing-along of your favorites.

Traditional religious carols, followed by a light-hearted look at the season with a tip of the hat to the great movie "The Christmas Story"

(The Capital Chordsmen are a non-profit organization. None of the singers receive any compensation, including expenses.  A good-will pass of the hat goes to defraying music royalties, costs of our rehearsal hall, with excess going to support our Scholarship Fund [See http://www.capitalchordsmen.org/scholarships/ ]

DON'T MISS IT!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Apalachicola Officials Lift Boil Water Notice


November 17, 2016

RECISSION OF PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
City of Apalachicola PWS# 1190150

THE NOVEMBER 15, 2016 “PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE” IS HEREBY RESCINDED FOLLOWING THE RETURN OF CHLORINATION TO THE WATER SYSTEM AND THE SATISFACTORY COMPLETION OF THE BACTERIOLOGICAL SURVEY SHOWING THAT THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT LEE MATHES, CITY ADMINISTRATOR AT 850-653-9319 OR VIA EMAIL AT leemathes@cityofapalachicola.com.

LEE MATHES
CITY ADMINISTRATION
850-653-9319

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Main Street and Community Welcomed Trolley to Apalachicola

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson set to take the
inaugural ride on the Main Street Trolley

At a brief ceremony held today at Riverfront Park, Historic Apalachicola Main Street welcomed the arrival of the Main Street Trolley to Apalachicola, followed by an inaugural ride through the city.

Main Street Trolley

The trolley was donated to Main Street by Greg Russell, a Tallahassee resident and an Apalachicola home owner.  Russell was thanked for the donation by Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson and Augusta West, Executive Director of Historic Apalachicola Main Street during their remarks at the ceremony.

Inside the Main Street Trolley

“I want to recognize and give a special thanks to Greg Russell for making this all possible… I extend my sincere gratitude and that of the City of Apalachicola to Greg for his unselfish generosity”, said Johnson.

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson, City Commissioner Frank Cook
Tom Fugate and Valentina Webb enjoying the inaugural ride
aboard the Main Street Trolley

Main Street is an economic development partner with the City of Apalachicola and the trolley will be used by group at events, for special tours, and to promote Apalachicola as an exotic destination that will enhance the town’s economic sustainability for the benefit of both its residents and businesses.


Paulette Moss

“With the ongoing Water War between Florida and the State of Georgia over the Apalachicola River and with so many other uncertainties looming over the future of Apalachicola Bay and the local seafood industry. As Mayor, I wholeheartedly welcome Main Street’s initiative to provide this type of service and their ongoing commitment to enhance local amenities that will more than likely attract year-round tourism dollars to Apalachicola”, concluded Johnson.

Apalachicola City Commissioner Mitchell Bartley and Mayor Van Johnson

Photos by Pam Lewis

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE


City of Apalachicola, PWS# 1190150

TO:  RESIDENTS OF CITY OF APALACHICOLA

A loss of water pressure has been experienced due to a water main break at the airport.
           
What should I do?
AS A PRECAUTION, WE ADVISE THAT ALL WATER USED FOR DRINKING, COOKING, MAKING ICE, BRUSHING TEETH, OR WASHING DISHES BE BOILED.  A ROLLING BOIL OF ONE MINUTE IS SUFFICIENT.  AS AN ALTERNATIVE, BOTTLED WATER MAY BE USED.  RESIDENTS ARE ALSO ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS WHEN BATHING, ESPECIALLY IMMUNOCOMPROMISED INDIVIDUALS, INFANTS, OR THE ELDERLY.

What happened?  What is being done?
A LosS IN SYSTEM PRESSURE COULD CAUSE BACKSIPHONAGE OF CONTAMINANTS, SUCH AS E. COLI BACTERIA, INTO THE WATER SYSTEM.  WATER CONTAINING E. COLI BACTERIA CAN BE CONSIDERED SAFE FOR DRINKING AND COOKING AFTER VIGOROUSLY BOILING THE WATER.  DISEASE SYMPTOMS caused by these bacteria MAY INCLUDE DIARRHEA, CRAMPS, NAUSEA, AND POSSIBLY JAUNDICE, AND ANY ASSOCIATED HEADACHE AND FATIGUE.  EPA HAS SET AN ENFORCEABLE DRINKING WATER STANDARD FOR E. COLI TO REDUCE THE RISK OF THESE ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS.  UNDER THIS STANDARD ALL DRINKING WATER MUST BE FREE OF THESE BACTERIA.

THE WATER SYSTEM IS CURRENTLY COLLECTING SAMPLES TO DETERMINE IF THE PRESENCE OF E. COLI BACTERIA EXISTS WITHIN THE WATER SYSTEM.  THIS PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT UNTIL THE PROBLEM HAS BEEN CORRECTED AND A BACTERIOLOGICAL SURVEY SHOWS THAT THE WATER IS SAFE TO DRINK.  THE ANTICIPATED DATE FOR RESCINDING THIS NOTICE IS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY CONTACT:  LEE MATHES, CITY ADMINISTRATOR, PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM CITY OF APALACHICOLA, 850-653-9319, AND CITY OF APALACHICOLA, 1 AVENUE E, APALACHICOLA, FL.

LEE MATHES
CITY ADMINISTRATOR
850-653-9319

Monday, November 14, 2016

MEETING NOTICE: Oyster Restoration Research in Apalachicola Bay


November 15, 2016
From 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Apalachicola Community Center
1 Bay Avenue

Scientists from the University of Florida, and resource managers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will provide an update regarding the experimental research project that is on-going in Apalachicola Bay.  This five-year project is being funded through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  The project is examining oyster health, productivity, reef structure and water quality to support the Bay’s oyster industry in the long-term. 

All interested persons from the Community are encouraged to attend. 

Meeting Contact: Erik Lovestrand
UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant
Franklin County Extension Director
(850)653-9337

Sunday, November 13, 2016

H’COLA To Hold 2nd Annual Senior Citizen’s Thanksgiving Lunch


The Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc., (H’COLA) will be holding their 2nd Annual Senior Citizens Thanksgiving Lunch from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Historic Holy Family Senior Citizen Center located at 203 Dr. Frederick S. Humphries Street in Apalachicola.

The luncheon is provided FREE to Senior Citizens thanks to the efforts of H’COLA and their sponsors: Big Top Supermarket (Eastpoint), City of Apalachicola, Community Churches, Franklin’s Promise Coalition, Inc., and Take Stock In Children (TSIC).

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decoration Contest


The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the Holiday Light Contest. The contest will comprise of two categories and four geographic areas. The categories are Business and Home. The four areas are Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island and Carrabelle (will also include any participants from Lanark Village and Alligator Point).  The businesses and homes will be judged on December 7-9 and the winners will be announced on December 10th at 3:00p.m. Each winner will receive a small lawn banner to display with their decorations.

Judges will visit the businesses and homes randomly during December 7th through 9th. Judges will be and will remain anonymous.  No participating business or home owner will be a judge.

If you wish to enter the contest or know someone that should be entered into the contest please submit the business and/or home address and telephone number so that participation can be confirmed by the Chamber.  Please email participant information to lights@Apalachicolabay.org.  Only participant addresses will be listed on the chamber website and a list will also be available at the visitor centers.

After December 10th, all winner addresses will be noted on the Apalachicola Bay Chamber Website and will also be available at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber Office.

The Apalachicola Bay Chamber has secured two Sponsors for this Contest they are Duke Energy and The Tin Shed. With these sponsors the Chamber will be producing a TV Commercial that will air on cable channels from Bay County to Leon County. Including the Hallmark Channel, HGTV and others.  Lets show our holiday spirit and light up our beautiful communities.