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Non-profits score TDC grant help

All the non-profits that applied for grants from the Tourist
Development Council for the 2021-22 fiscal year received them.

But with $228,000 budgeted, and only $188,000 claimed so far, $40,000
will remain in that line item in the budget to be rolled over for the next

The applications were opened Aug. 4, and after the TDC
approved them, they got the blessing of the county commission.

The largest chunk, $90,000, with be disbursed as six $15,000
Museum grants. Recipients are the Camp Gordon Johnston Association’s for the World
War II Museum; the Apalachicola Area Historical Society for the Raney House
Museum; the City of Apalachicola for the Apalachicola Center for History,
Culture and the Arts (HCA); the City of Carrabelle and Carrabelle CARES for the
Carrabelle History Museum; the Carrabelle Lighthouse Association, Inc. for the
Crooked River Lighthouse and Keepers Museum; and the St. George Island
Lighthouse Association for the SGI Lighthouse Museum

The next largest amounts, $5,000 each for major event promotion;
will go to the St. George Island Volunteer Fire Department for the March 3-5,
2022 SGI Regional Charity Chili Cook-off and Auction; to the Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce for the Jan. 20-22 Butts & Cluck Cook-off; to the Apalachicola
HCA for the Dec. 1-22, 2021 Christmas Extravaganza; the Cultural Coalition for
the Forgotten Coast Plein Air, with dates to be announced; and to the Hillside
Coalition of Laborers for Apalachicola for the Feb. 19-21, 2022 African
American History Festival.

A total of 40 $2,000 Promotion Grants were awarded. Receiving
these were:

  • Apalachicola Area Historical Society for the Sept. 19, 2021
    Heritage Dinner; for the Oct. 30, 2021 Fall Ghost Walk and the May 1, 2022
    Spring Ghost Walk; the May 6-19, 2022; and for the Spring Speaker Series
  • The Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce for the Nov. 26,
    2021 Downtown Holiday Celebration; for the Dec. 2, 2021 Holiday Fresh Market;
    for the April 2, 2022 Apalachicola Downtown Art Walk; and for the April 16,
    2022 Antique and Classic Boat and Car Show
  • The Camp Gordon Johnston Association, Inc, for the Sept. 18,
    2021 Smithsonian Museum Day; for the Wartime Memories – Fall Series that runs
    from Sept. 15, 2021 to Jan. 31, 2022, for the Spring Series that runs from Feb.
    1 to May 22, 2022; and for the March 12, 2022 Camp Gordon Johnston Days.
  • The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce for the Nov. 27, 2021 Small
    Business Saturday; for the Dec. 11, 2021 Holiday on the Harbor; and for the
    April 24, 2022 Carrabelle Riverfront Festival.
  • Carrabelle Cares dba Carrabelle History Museum for the Fall
    and Spring Speaker Series, and the Carrabelle Culture Crawl, all with dates to
    be determined.
  • The Carrabelle Lighthouse Association for the twice monthly Country
    Market; the monthly Full Moon Climb; and for the Nov. 27, 2021 Lantern Fest.
  • The Dixie Theatre Foundation, Inc. for the Feb. 22, 2022 David
    Earl Comedy Tour.
  • Franklin County Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday
    for the 33rd annual Dr. MLK Jr. Day on Jan. 17, 2022.
  • The Mystic Crew of Salty Barkers for the Feb. 26, 2022 Apalachicola
    Mardi Gras Barkus Parade
  • The SGI Brewfest/ Franklin County Humane Society for the Oct.
    16, 2021 and April 23, 2022 SGI Brewfests
  • The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory for
    the Oct. 16, 2021 Open House.
  • The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts for its season program
    on Jan. 9 and 30, and Feb. 6 and 20, 2022
  • The Panhandle Players of the Forgotten Coast, LLC for its
    four shows, “Out of Sight, Out of Murder,” on Oct. 29-31, 2021; “It’s a
    Wonderful Life.” On Dec. 3-5, 2021; “Accidentally Wealthy,” from Feb. 11 to 13,
    2022; and for “Sweet Tea at the B & B,” from March 25-27, 2022.
  • The Eastpoint Volunteer Fire Department for its Rib Cookoff, date to
    be determined.
  • The St. George Lighthouse Assn. Inc. for its Feb. 11-12,
    2022 Tour of Homes.
  • Franklin Needs for its Oct. 8, 2021 Pink Out
  • The SGI Business Association for its Dec. 3, 2021 Lighting
    of the Palms
  • The Florida Seafood Festival for its Nov. 5, 2021 Seafood

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Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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