Jobs touted as St. Joe’s Eastern shipyard opens

Standing beside a pair of freshly finished, bright orange ferries, soon to shuttle millions of New Yorkers each year between the boroughs of Manhattan and Staten Island, the ninth smallest county in Florida celebrated its good fortune last week. Built in Panama City, and lately outfitted in Port St. Joe, the two 320-foot long, 70-foot…

Worker shortage persists amid record tourism

Franklin County is accustomed to seeing a steady increase in its tourism numbers but in March and April, the numbers skyrocketed like a Roman candle on the Fourth of July. In a report to county commissioners Tuesday morning, Tourist Development Council Administrator John Solomon reported that collections in March more than doubled over 2020, and…