Looking for a way to pass the time this weekend? Gulf and Franklin Counties are hosting a variety of fun events for locals and visitors.
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Help collect live urchins from St. Joseph Bay in a roundup beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2022. The collected urchins – which destroy seagrasses by overgrazing – will be relocated to deeper water by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Volunteers must register at the Frank Pate City Boat Ramp, located in the heart of Port St. Joe at the intersection of U.S. highways 98 and 71.
• Check-in begins at 8 a.m. EDT.
• Volunteers must bring their own boat and snorkeling gear.
• Event organizers will provide buckets and gloves.
• Upon registration, volunteers will be directed to the rendezvous point, marked by a large, red balloon.
• Volunteers will be provided with maps and GPS locations that show where to collect urchins.
• Buckets, filled with urchins and seawater, must be returned to the check-in point by 5 p.m. EDT.
More information: https://MyFWC.com/Research/Habitat/Seagrasses/Projects/Active/Urchin or StJoeBayUrchins@MyFWC.com or contact DEP’s St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve Manager Jon Brucker at Jonathan.Brucker@FloridaDEP.gov.
Pioneer Bay CDC, Amos Pittman and other community leaders will be putting on a weekend of events celebrating Juneteenth, including a parade, concerts and activity-filled community gatherings.
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The University of Florida IFAS Franklin County Extension Office will be hosting a plant clinic at the Franklin County Public Library in Carrabelle on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT and at the Margaret Key Library in Apalachicola on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. EDT.
The clinic will allow visitors the opportunity to ask a master gardener about pests and other gardening challenges. Guests are encoraged to bring photos along to help accurately portray the problems they are experienceing.
Get out and enjoy a cup of coffee, a freshly baked treat, and some shopping.
Shop local farmers and artisans. Let your family enjoy art pieces and the amazing flavors of fresh veggies, sweet tupelo honey and vine-ripened fruit. Open the first and third Saturdays of the month, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT Feb.-Dec. in downtown Port St. Joe.
There is freshly roasted coffee, delicious baked goods including cinnamon rolls and artisan bread, gorgeous art and photography, handcrafted balms and soaps, fresh herbs, vegetable seeds, handmade goods, and craft items, produce, and exotic starter plants.
The Port St. Joe Country Club will be hosting a U.S. Open watch party for Fathers Day on Sunday, June 19 starting at 2 p.m. EDT.
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