Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Franklin County Legislative Delegation Meeting Reminder

Florida State Senator Bill Montford
Dear Franklin County Leaders and Constituents,

To prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Representative Halsey Beshears and I will be in Franklin County on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 pm for our Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting.  The meeting will be held:

Thursday – January 5, 2017
Franklin County Courthouse Annex
37 Forbes Street
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
7:00 PM

All residents and elected officials are invited to attend.  The purpose of the hearing is to allow the citizens of Franklin County the opportunity to meet their legislators, discuss concerns, ask questions and offer comments prior to the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session, which is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

We look forward to seeing and hearing from you.  Thanks again for the honor and privilege of serving you, the citizens of Franklin County.

For more information, call the District Office in Tallahassee at (850) 487-5003.

Bill Montford
State Senator, 3rd District

410 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
Phone: (850) 487-5003
Fax: (850) 487-5086

Monday, December 26, 2016

Matchbox Youth Sports Coming in 2017


Football and Soccer Programs

- Registration is open for the FOOTBALL Clinic on January 21st.  This clinic will be ran by former FSU standout and professional player, Jamie Robinson.

-3v3 Soccer Games and Skill Training will start April 2017. This program will be a 6 weeks long and ran by former FSU and Professional Soccer player, Erika Robinson.

Weems Hospital Announces Next Blood Drive


Announcing your next Blood Drive

Date: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 (10:00 AM to 3:00 PM)
Location: Weems Memorial Hospital Bloodmobile
135 Avenue G
Apalachicola, FL 32320
Make an Appointment: Click Here

Why Give Blood?

There is no substitute for human blood.  When you donate blood with OneBlood, you are making an immediate contribution to the health and welfare of your community.

Blood is needed by patients facing planned and unplanned medical procedures, trauma victims, cancer patients and premature babies.  Your donation will help an ill or injured patient within a few days.  The turn-around is that fast, the need is constant.

What do I have to do:

Making an appointment is easy.

Click on the link located below.  You will see the blood drive appointment schedule.  Select a time that you wish to donate.  Once you choose a time you will be directed to our website to log in.  Enter your username and password.  If you have forgotten either your username or password click on the links located below the submit button.  If you have any questions please call 1-888-936-6283.

Click Here now to make your appointment! You are going to save a life!

Questions and Comments:

If you have any questions about donating blood, please visit www.OneBlood.org. If you have any questions about the blood drive, contact Heather Huron at hhuron@weemsmemorial.com.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

6th Street Park Undergoing Facelift


Franklin Square Recreation Park located on 6th Street across from the Recreation Center is undergoing a facelift thanks to the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast. Members of the Corps have begun repairing and painting picnic tables, fixing broken playground equipment and sprucing up the park.


To date the Corps has undertaken and completed several other construction projects for the City, which include replacing the railing and decking around the Battery Park Community Center, installing new playground equipment in Battery Park and installing new windows, doors and painted both the interior and exterior of the 6th Street Recreation Center.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

NOTICE OF HEARING

Florida State Senator Bill Montford

To prepare for the 2017 Legislative Session, Representative Halsey Beshears and I will be in Franklin County on Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm for our Annual Legislative Delegation Meeting. The hearing will be held in the Franklin County Courthouse Annex, 37 Forbes Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320.

All residents and elected officials are invited to attend. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the citizens of Franklin County the opportunity to meet their legislators, discuss concerns, ask questions and offer comments prior to the upcoming 2017 Legislative Session which is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Also, immediately following the regular public hearing, the delegation will be taking up for consideration and discussion a proposed local bill for the 2017 Legislative Session, relating to the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority.

Reply to: 410 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100
(850) 487-5003

Monday, December 12, 2016

Apalachicola to Celebrate Arbor Day on Thursday


Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson will preside over the City’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration to be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2016, under the pavilion at City Square Community Garden located on the corner of 8th Street and Avenue F.

The City’s Annual Arbor Day Celebration is part of the Tree City USA program, which was founded in 1972, in Nebraska by John Rosenow and has since become the largest membership organization in the U.S. dedicated to planting trees.

The public is invited to join Mayor Johnson along with city staff in observing Arbor Day in Apalachicola.

City of Apalachicola to Hold Special Meeting Tuesday


At its regular monthly meeting held last week on December 6, the Apalachicola Board of City Commissioners scheduled a Special City meeting for 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2016, inside the Battery Park Community Center.  The meeting was scheduled to consider an affordable housing proposal from the Conservation Corps of the Forgotten Coast.

The proposal is the only item on Tuesday’s agenda and can be viewed along with the agenda 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 city government.

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.