Florida extends record gulf recreational snapper season
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Florida extends record gulf recreational snapper season

On Aug. 11, Governor Ron DeSantis’s office announced Florida is extending the 2023 recreational gulf red snapper season by 17 days, adding every Friday through Saturday in September, Labor Day, and Thanksgiving Day to the previously announced season. The 2023 season now totals 87 days, the longest combined season since the state assumed management of…

This weekend in Gulf and Franklin
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This weekend in Gulf and Franklin

Thau exhibit continues in Carrabelle The paintings of Cyndi Thau continue to be on display at the Gallery at Rio Carrabelle at 102 St James Ave. in Carrabelle through the end of August. Her works have included murals, mosaics, bead work and painting, especially en plein air oil painting with a glazing technique. Rio Carrabelle…

Reenvisioning the sacred
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Reenvisioning the sacred

It’s been a labor of love, an act of providence, a modernizing and an upgrading, and at a festive celebration Sunday, attended by the bishop, St. Patrick Catholic Church put a giant exclamation point to the nearly two-year-old effort. “It’s beautiful,” said Bishop William Wack, who oversees the Catholic Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, as he enjoyed…

Pixie to sing the blues at ECCC’s Friday concert
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Pixie to sing the blues at ECCC’s Friday concert

A hometown girl made good will highlight a Friday evening, Aug. 4 concert at the Holy Family Senior Center as part of a benefit for the Elder Care Community Council of Franklin County. The 6 p.m. concert, known as “Pixie Sings the Blues and Pop,” will feature Mary Mathis, born in Apalachicola as the youngest…

Butts & Clucks on national TV July 31
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Butts & Clucks on national TV July 31

In January 2023, when the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce hosted the Florida BBQ Association Butts & Clucks Cook-Off on the Bay at Battery Park, there were more than just competitors on hand. Food Network and Iron Chef Michael Symon, a popular Food Network personality was there, part of a journey begun in September 2022…

Tales of the Sizzler auction
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Tales of the Sizzler auction

By Gill Autrey Guest Columnist Certain times of the year I come under a great deal of pressure causing undue stress. Like for instance, the weeks leading up to Lane’s birthday and I can’t think of anything to give her. We don’t give expensive gifts, we opt for something special. Her birthday is Sept. 10…

Carrabelle plans to loosen downtown alcohol rule
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Carrabelle plans to loosen downtown alcohol rule

Carrabelle city commissioners have set in motion a revision of a city ordinance that, if adopted, would make it more likely beer and wine could be offered at establishments downtown. The proposal, made by Commissioner Bill Gray at the July 6 regular meeting, would change the way the distance, which would remain set at 500…