Gulf County~recreational bay scallop season~August 16th – September 15th

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has announced recreational bay scallop season for Gulf County is opening Friday, August 16th and will remain open through September 15th. The region includes waters from the Mexico Beach Canal to the westernmost point of St. Vincent Inland. The FWC says that swimming, boating, fishing and scalloping in the restoration marked areas south of Black’s Island is prohibited.

Scallops can be harvested by hand or with a net. The limits are two (2) gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or one pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a max of ten gallons of whole bay scallops in the shell or a half gallon bay scallop meat per vessel. Continuous transit of scallops is allowed through closed areas as long as the boat does not stop in areas closed to harvest.

Recreational harvesters need a Florida saltwater fishing license to harvest bay scallops unless they are 1. except from needing a license or 2. have a no-cost shoreline fishing license and are wading from shore to collect scallops(ex. feet do not leave bottom), and harvesters do not use a vessel to reach or return from the harvest location.

For more information be sure to check out the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation commission website by clicking on this link

The Final Table~Watch Party~August 24th~RSVP by August 31st

Join the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Marianna in congratulating Chef Nick & Carrie Rickman on Saturday, August 24th from 10:30am to 12:30pm at the Historic First Nation Bank and help Nick & Carrie give back to Operation BBQ Relief.

Last year our community was devastated by Hurricane Michael. With the help of Operation BBQ Relief, our very own Local Chef Nick Rickman, his wife Carrie, and countless friends & volunteers were able to feed thousands in our community. Nick credits his piece of mind to be able to move forward, compete, and win the title of 2018 World Chef Champion merely weeks after the devastation of his home and community to Operation BBQ Relief. Since then Nick has advanced as a Top 3 Finalist at The Final Table New Orleans for a shot at $100,000.

The Salt Block will be providing a BBQ lunch with light desserts and a Mimosa Table. Donations to Operation BBQ Relief will be accepted at the door. Doors will open at 10:30am with The Final Table airing at 11am. Please RSVP to the Chamber, Main Street, or the Salt Block by Wednesday, August 21st.

Good luck Chef Nick!

August 16th~Meet & Greet at First National Bank

Meet & Greet in Marianna on Friday, August 16th from 4pm to 6pm at the Historic First National Bank at 2873 Caledonia St. Please join the staff and board for refreshments, door prizes, and program updates.

Apalachicola Riverkeeper is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection, restoration, and stewardship of the Apalachicola River and Apalachicola Bay. As part of the Waterkeeper Alliance and with the support of their 1400+ members, Apalachicola Riverkeeper is voice of the River. They focus public and political attention on the importance of saving this truly unique resource. They are a 501(C) 3 organization, which means that your donations to Apalachicola Riverkeeper are fully tax deductible. For more information be sure to click on the link below.

The mission of the Apalachicola Riverkeeper is to provide stewardship and advocacy for the protection of the Apalachicola River and Bay, its tributaries and watersheds, in order to improve and maintain its environmental integrity and to preserve the natural, scenic, recreational, and commercial fishing character of these waterways. The mission also includes working to preserve the ways of living, and ways of making a living, that depend upon a healthy River and Bay. From the catfishermen of Chattahoochee, to the paddling outfitters of Blountstown, to the fishing guides, beekeepers and honey merchants of Wewahitchka, to the oyster harvesters and seafood workers of Apalachicola and Eastpoint, thousands of people depend upon the health of the Apalachicola River and Bay for their livelihoods. Working to ensure that these ways continue is an essential part of what we do.

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Come see me and have great pizza at Fat John’s Pizza~Friday 8/16 from 3:30pm to 8pm

Guess where you can find Debbie Roney Smith this Friday, August 16th? If you guessed Fat John’s Pizza in Marianna you would be right! Fat John’s Pizza is located at 4527 Lafayette St and the phone number is 850-372-4600. Normal hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday 10:30am to 8pm and closed on Sunday and Monday’s.

I am offering a $5 gift certificate for you to use toward your meal if you come see me. My first 10 friends will receive this $5 gift certificate.  I will be there from 3:30pm to 8pm. All you have to do is like and follow my FB page and tell me one (1) thing that has been on my blog in August. Life gets so busy we don’t have as much time as we would all like to see each other, I’m looking forward to seeing you! My friend Elisabeth who writes most of my blogs will also be there and you will get a chance to tell her things you would like to see mentioned on my blog.

Fat John’s Pizza is authentic stone cooked pizza, they do accept credit cards. You can order pizza to go or enjoy it there. They offer pizza, calzones, salads, breadsticks, wings, and Stromboli, to name a few menu items.



Saturday~August 10th

Hope you have a fun and safe weekend. Here are a few things happening Saturday, August 10th. Details under each photo. It will be hot tomorrow, in the 90’s, so remember sun screen and water!

The Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge has set a date for their Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Celebration. The doors will open at 9am and Ribbon cutting will be at 10am. This event is in Holley,
Take the whole family to this free family matinee on the big screen, free lunch, and free school clothes and shoes(while they last!) The movie starts at 11am at the NorthStar Callaway Campus 162 N. Tyndall Pkwy.
Sunshine’s Flea Market of NW Florida located at 3310 US HWY 231 in Cottondale. They are open Friday to Sunday from 8am to 5pm.


Ice Cream Social~August 9th

Who doesn’t love ice cream? Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is hosting an ice cream social on August 9th from 6pm to 8pm. They invite everyone to join them for a sweet treat. Admission is free and they will have games, homemade ice cream, and other refreshments. They will have all you can eat ice cream for $5. They plan to have more flavors and more ice cream then they did last year. For more information please contact the settlement at 850-674-2777. The Panhandle Pioneer Settlement is located at 17869 NW Pioneer Settlement Road in Blountstown.

This is a 5 acre historical living history museum located in Calhoun County.

Shoebox filling for Operation Christmas Child ~Thursdays

Christmas is still 5 months away however it will take that long to try and reach this year’s goal of 3,000 shoeboxes bought, filled, and shipped. Eastside Baptist Church in Marianna took on local management of Samaritan’s Purse, “Operation Christmas Child” about a decade ago. This year would be a record if they are able to collect the goal. They have a core group of volunteers. They started collecting as soon as they were finished with 2018 boxes. They are taking donations and volunteers to help fill the boxes. Each box costs $9 to ship. Each box has a few hygiene items, a stuffed loveable animal, school supplies, socks, and a toy. The boxes are for ages ranging from 2 to 14 years old.

The packers meet on Thursdays from 10am to 2pm. For more information please call the church at 850-536-2004.

Houseplant lovers free workshop~Aug 8th

The simple addition of houseplants to a room can instantly improve the aesthetics while also improving air quality. Growing and caring for houseplants can be easy if you choose the right plant and know how to care for it. Join Liz as she shares her favorite, easy-to-grow houseplants, how to care for them, and how to make your house a home with beautiful, healthy houseplants!

The Native Nurseries of Tallahassee located at 1661 Centerville Road is hosting this free class from 12pm to 1pm on August 8th. No need to register. They ask for you to please use the driveway next door to the nursery which is labeled with a “Workshop Parking” sign. It is visible from Centerville Road.



August 6th~National Night-Out

National night out is an annual community building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships. The community is invited to join the Panama City Police Department and Naval Support Activity Panama City on Tuesday, August 6th for police and fire demonstrations, children’s activities, and free refreshments. Located at the Panama City Mall on Martin Luther King Jr Blvd from 5pm to 8pm.

August 3rd~Wausau Possum Festival

Wausau Possum Festival is being held in Historic Wausau on August 3rd starting at 10am with a parade. This is the 50th anniversary of this event and the biggest year ever. Plenty of vendors, music, food, and fun. Free to enter and enjoy. Take the kids for free games and entertainment all day. Crosscut sawing contest, Possum parade, and hog callin’ & rooster crowin’ are just a few of the fun activities planned! The weather in Wausau is supposed to be partly cloudy and starts out in the low 80’s. Be sure to take sunglasses and sunscreen! For more information click on the link below.