Wednesday, October 19, 2016


If the collapse of the Apalachicola Bay had a negative impact on your family’s income, you may be eligible for training scholarships.


You may qualify for assistance completing vocational training, including Welding, HVAC, CDL, Corrections, CNA and LPN. CareerSource Gulf Coast can also assist with GED completion.

Get Started!

Call 850-653-4981to make an appointment or email us today!

CareerSource Gulf Coast Office
192 Coach Wagoner Blvd
Apalachicola, Florida 32320

Caring for Trees, Informative Workshop

Google Earth image of tree canopy on Shadow Lane Road

Trees play an important role in Apalachicola’s appeal. Whether it is a 200 year-old moss draped oak tree, or a huge magnolia our urban forest contributes aesthetically to the city’s overall appeal and our historic landscape. Trees also provide shade, add value to our homes, and they have many ecological benefits. Come hear two tree experts, Stan Rosenthal and Sam Hand discuss tree biology, tree care above and below the ground.

Rosenthal is retired from the University of Florida-IFAS/Leon County Extension Program where he worked as a Forestry Extension Agent since 1995. Prior, he worked for the Florida Division of Forestry in Leon County beginning in 1988. He also worked for the Florida Division of Forestry in other areas of Florida. He has a BS degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point.  Rosenthal certifications include being TRAQ certified by ISA (Tree Risk Assessment Qualification) (International Society of Arboriculture) Mr. Rosenthal has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Forester of the Year.

Hand is an Associate Professor of Extension Florida A&M University. A Registered Landscape Architect, a Registered Consulting Arborist with the American Society of Consulting Arborists and a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture.

Together Rosenthal and Hand will discuss common problems and how to solve them, plus modern dangers trees face. So come out and join us for this informative workshop on October 27th, 5:30-7:00 pm at Trinity Episcopal Church, Benedict Hall on 6th Street and Avenue D.

This workshop is sponsored by the Apalachicola Area Historical Society, the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, Apalachicola Planning and Zoning Board, and the City of Apalachicola. 

For more information, call Anita Grove, Coastal Training Program Coordinator & Communications at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve at (850) 670-7708 or

Monday, October 17, 2016

City of Apalachicola Public Notice


The November Regular City Commission Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM has been rescheduled for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2016 AT 6:00 PM at the Apalachicola Community Center, 1 Bay Avenue, Apalachicola, Florida.

If you have questions, please call City Hall at 850-653-9319.



Friday, October 14, 2016

Apalachicola man charged in shooting incident

Apalachicola resident James Cooper, 50, was arrested 
after police said he fired gunshots that struck two vehicles
and a residence in Apalachicola Monday afternoon. 

Apalachicola Police arrested a man after they said he fired gunshots that struck two vehicles and a residence in Apalachicola Monday afternoon.

On Monday, October 10, 2016, at approximately 4:04 pm, the Apalachicola Police Department was dispatched to 151 15th Street in reference to shots being fired.

Upon arriving on the scene and after investigating it was discovered that James Edgar “Jimmy” Cooper, 50, of Apalachicola had gotten into a verbal argument with his neighbor, Maurice Miller. During the altercation, Cooper returned to his 155 15th Street residence and retrieved a 270 caliber bolt action rifle and fired five rounds, striking inside Miller’s two unoccupied vehicles and his residence, which was occupied at the time.

One bullet was fired through the door of Miller’s residence and a fragment of the bullet struck Miller in his chest.  Miller was treated for the injury and released from the local hospital.

After the shooting Cooper returned to his residence where he was met by Apalachicola Police Officer Chase Richard, placed under arrest and transported to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. Before the arrest, Copper made threats upon Officer Richard’s life.

Cooper, a convicted felon has been charged with 6 Counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault with a deadly weapon on a Law Enforcement Officer, 2 Counts of Criminal Mischief, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Discharging a Firearm in Public.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

New USACE Colonel To Tour ACF Rivers Basin On Friday

Col. James A. DeLapp

Colonel James A. DeLapp, the new Commander and District Engineer, of the Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is scheduled to tour the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, Flint (ACF) River Basin on Friday, October 14, 2016.  Following the tour, the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners and the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners invite the public to join them from 12 Noon to 2:00 p.m., to meet and greet the new colonel over lunch at the Owl Café, followed by a discussion.

Hosting the luncheon will be Apalachicola Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., and Franklin County Commissioner Joseph “Smokey” Parrish. Presentations will be made by both Mayor Johnson and Commissioner Parrish along with Catherine T. Phillips, PhD, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Shannon Hartsfield, President of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association and Dan Tonsmiere, with the Apalachicola Riverkeepers.

Colonel DeLapp assumed command as the 52nd District Engineer in the history of the Mobile District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in June of this year. Prior to assuming command of the Mobile District, Colonel DeLapp attended the Army War College, where he earned a Master’s Degree in Security Studies. Prior to that assignment, he served as Chief, Plans Branch, J4 Engineer Division, United States Central Command. He also served as the 62nd Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District.

A native of Illinois, Colonel DeLapp received his commission in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Kansas State University in 1994 with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. He earned a Master of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University in 2003. He is a graduate of the Engineer Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the U.S. Army War College.

His operational assignments include serving with the 41st Engineer Battalion (Light) and 642nd Engineer Company, Fort Drum, NY; Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Division Commander 10th Mountain Division with a deployment to Bosnia and Croatia in support of Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR and JOINT GUARD; Operations Officer for the 18th Airborne Corps Staff Engineer Section, Fort Bragg, NC; Commander of Bravo Company, 37th Engineer Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC with a deployment to Kosovo in support of Operation JOINT GUARDIAN; and Operations and Executive Officer of the 864th Engineer Combat Battalion (Heavy), Fort Lewis, WA with a deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

His additional assignments include Area Commander and later Deputy District Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District with a deployment to Iraq in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM; Congressional Fellow to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton – New York and Senator Mark Begich – Alaska; Legislative Liaison to the Army G-3; and Legislative Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey, Jr.

Colonel DeLapp’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (One Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal (1 Oak Leaf Cluster); Meritorious Service Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal (Three Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Achievement Medal (Two Oak Leaf Clusters), the Tennessee National Guard Commendation Ribbon; the Joint Meritorious Unit Citation; Meritorious Unit Citation (One Oak Leaf Cluster) and the Army Superior Unit Award. He has also earned the Ranger Tab, Army Staff Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Venezuelan Parachutist Badge. He also was recognized and awarded with the Bronze de Fleury Medal from the Army Engineer Association.

Tana Kendrick: 850 Business Magazine 2016 Pinnacle Award Winner

Tana Kendrick

At the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners regular monthly meeting held Tuesday night, October 4th. Jim Bachrach, with Historic Apalachicola Main Street announced the selection of Tana Kendrick by 850 Business Magazine, as one of the magazine’s Pinnacle Award Winners for 2016.

“Each year, Tallahassee 850 Magazine recognizes women of Northwest Florida for excelling in business and making a difference in their community, and I'm excited to announce that for the second year in a row, a nominee by the Apalachicola Main Street has won this award... our new award winner is 2K Web Group owner, Tana Kendrick… it's a great award", said Bachrach. 

Kendrick, a 2004 graduate of Apalachicola High School and co-owner and creative director at 2K Web Group was one of 10 women selected by the magazine.

In 2015, Historic Apalachicola Main Street nominated Augusta West for the award. West currently serves as the Executive Director of Historic Apalachicola Main Street.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Become a Guardian ad Litem and Make a Difference in the Life of an Abused and Neglected Child

The Child’s Best Interest is Our Only Interest

Guardian ad Litems are community members who volunteer to represent local children before the court, social service agencies and the community. They are the child’s voice and the ones who show the child the community cares. Volunteers are trained and work in a team environment with peer mentor, program staff, including attorneys. On average, Guardians devote 8-10 hour a month to their cases.

Guardians Roles are:
Information Gather
Courtroom advocate
Community Advocate
A Voice for the Child

If you have a heart for to help a child and change your community, you have the heart to be a Guardian. All Guardian ad Litems are at least 19 years of age and successfully complete a criminal background screening and a pre-service training program, which is usually offered within your community.

The training consists of a combination of online materials, independent studies, classroom education and fieldwork activities. The training prepares you to be an advocate and a voice for the child. If interested or more information, please call to schedule an interview.

Training for Franklin and Wakulla Counties will be held at the Sopchoppy United Methodist Church on Rose Street in Sopchoppy, Florida on the following dates:

Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, 2016 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more Information, contact Sara Blumenthal, 2nd Circuit Guardian ad Litem Volunteer Recruiter at either (850)606-1213 or (850)445-1121.

Notice of Franklin County RESTORE Act Committee Meeting

A meeting of the Franklin County RESTORE Act Committee (RAC) has been scheduled for Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EST, inside the Franklin County Board of County Commissioners meeting room at 34 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, Florida.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss Step 1 of the RESTORE Act Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MYIP), which will describe how monies from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill will be allocated (Transocean and Anadarko settlements). The County’s RESTORE Act consultant, Dewberry, will provide a presentation and answer questions.

Power Line Vegetation Maintenance Scheduled to Begin This Week

Duke Energy’s tree trimming contractor, Burfords Tree Service submitted an application to the City of Apalachicola on Tuesday for a permit to begin vegetation maintenance along power lines in the Greater Apalachicola area.  The maintenance routes are along 24th Avenue from 12th Street to Ellis Van Vleet Street and from 12th Street down Avenue H to Fred Meyer & 19th Street and from Fred Meyer & 19th back to Ellis Van Vleet. The activity was scheduled to begin October 5th and end October 28th. Click the link below to view map of area scheduled for maintenance.

PEARLS Planning Month Long City-wide, Multi-Venue Event in April 2017

PEARLS (Preserving and Embracing Apalachicola’s Rich Legacy of shotguns) has planned a month long, city-wide, multi-venue event in April 2017.  The mission of PEARLS is to be a catalyst to preserve Apalachicola’s historic housing through the celebration of art and record.

The PEARLS committee invite you, the artist, to submit for exhibition and sale your works of oil paintings, drawings, pastels, watercolors, acrylic paintings, sculpture of any medium, glass, wood working or photography.  The committee request a theme that brings an awareness of the shotgun houses and the role they played culturally in the city’s history, particularly as the city of Apalachicola seeks to create affordable housing for all citizens.

Notice to Exhibit - Artists will have all works framed or ready for display by Wednesday, ​March​ ​0​8, 2017. The art must be delivered to The Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, at 86 Water Street in downtown Apalachicola, Florida on Wednesday, March 29 from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.  If alternative display options or arrangements are needed, please notify Paulette Moss at 855-272-5224 or  The PEARLS exhibition will celebrate with an opening reception, Saturday, April 01, 2017 and end with a closing reception and auction on Saturday, April 29.

Sales - All art sales proceeds will be held in a not for profit fund, dedicated to securing funds to restore and renovate shotgun houses, until the end of the exhibit.  After the sales reconciliation, The PEARLS committee will pay each artist 50% on any sales of your art work.  The committee will also accept any art work as a tax deductible donation.

Although extreme care will be taken with all works of art, the Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art cannot be responsible for work in transient to or from the exhibition. The utmost care will also be taken during the exhibition.  By submitting art work denotes agreement to the terms and conditions as stated in the above information.

Permission to photograph all art work for publicity purposes shall be understood to be granted.  The PEARLS committee request no visitors take photographs of the art on exhibit without permission.