Recreational and commercial trap fishery workshops scheduled for May; your input needed

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) needs your input on the recreational and commercial stone crab and blue crab fisheries and the commercial spiny lobster trap fishery. Share your feedback on potential regulation changes for this fishery. 

The FWC is hosting public workshops throughout the state in May to develop a better understanding of the public’s view on management of these fisheries. Stone crab and blue crab will be discussed at all eight workshops. Spiny lobster, in addition to the other two fisheries, will be discussed at workshops in Key West, Key Colony Beach and Dania Beach.  

Potential regulation changes being discussed include requiring all recreational stone and blue crab traps have an FWC-issued tag number affixed to the trap. Several potential regulation changes for the commercial fishery will also be discussed including standardizing management measures across the fisheries.  

Workshops will be from 6 to 8 p.m. local time:

  • May 7: Titusville, Brevard County Government Center—North, Brevard Room (second floor), 518 S. Palm Ave.
  • May 8: St. Petersburg, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Ave. SE.
  • May 9: Crystal River, City Hall Council Chambers, 123 NW Highway 19.
  • May 10: Steinhatchee, Community Center, 1013 Riverside Drive.
  • May 14: Key Colony Beach, City Hall, 600 W. Ocean Drive.
  • May 15: Key West, Monroe County Gato Building, 1100 Simonton St.
  • May 21: Dania Beach, Dania Lions Club, 501 SW Fourth Ave.
  • May 22: Fort Myers, Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, Room 165 C&D, 2295 Victoria Ave.

If you cannot attend an in-person meeting, submit comments online by visiting Additional details and updates for these meetings will be posted at (click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops”).

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OnMay 1, 2018, posted in: News by

Business Excellence Awards Winners Recap Brought to you by Ameris Bank

Over this year, the chamber articles will be dedicated to the winners of these awards. We’re taking advantage of showcasing these businesses and organizations to honor their incredible dedication and commitment to our community. It’s difficult for me to condense the outstanding work, accomplishments and information in a way to truly express the dedication and commitment by these winners. It is amazing what we may take for granted about some of these outstanding businesses and they are all truly deserving of these awards.

You know you have achieved excellence in retail when your customers are loyal, when they can count on consistence service, products and experience.  Retail excellence depends on your employees, proper training on your products and creating a niche market that makes you stand out in the crowd because the retail market is so unique. 

This year, the winner of retail business is no stranger to winning.  More

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OnApril 27, 2018, posted in: News by

Local Job Opportunity – Handyman/Construction Assistant

C&I Property Management is seeking qualified handyman/construction assistant on an as needed basis. Must have basic skills in carpentry and construction, plus basic tools. Pay will vary based on experience level. Applicants will need to pass drug test, back ground check, and driving history. Email resume to

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OnApril 25, 2018, posted in: News, Other by

Local Job Opportunity – Automotive Technician

Ironman Motors is seeking a qualified automotive technician, preferably ASE certified. Must have own tools, experience in computer diagnostics, and engine performance is a plus. Position will be on an as needed basis. $45 an hour commission based on repair book times. Applicants will need to pass drug test, back ground check, driving history and demonstrate proficiency in diagnostics and repairs. Email resume to

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OnApril 25, 2018, posted in: News, Other by

FSU Coastal and Marine Lab Job Opening: Custodial Position

Job Opening: Custodial Position
Deadline for applying – May 7th, 2018
The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory (FSUCML) seeks to fill a Custodian position in St. Teresa, FL (roughly 50 miles from the FSU main campus). The successful candidate will be someone who wants to become a member of a team committed to the lab’s research, education, and outreach missions. Thus, we expect this person to play well with others (e.g., other FSU employees, vendors, and visitors of all varieties); to use good judgment when fulfilling custodial duties and making decisions; and to adhere to all FSUCML safety procedures and policies.

Duties include
• cleaning offices, classrooms, bathrooms, dormitories, and the auditorium (e.g.,carpets, windows, furniture, linen service, removing trash and recycled materials) with occasional special duties in research laboratories and onboard the R/V Apalachee;
• ordering inventory and disbursement of all supplies;
• helping other staff members as needed.
Qualifications include (but are not limited to)
• Basic computer skills to include Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent.
• Knowledge of the practice and procedures of custodial work.
• Attention to detail and the ability to prioritize and organize tasks effectively to meet deadlines in a timely manner with minimal supervision.
• Ability to meet the physical requirements of the position to include bending, squatting, lifting, moving objects up to 40 pounds, going up and down stairs, using ladders, and standing and walking for extended periods.
The FSUCML is embedded in an area of rich terrestrial and marine biodiversity with an abundance of complex and interconnected estuarine and marine habitats including tidal salt marshes and flats, seagrass meadows, oyster reefs, and hard-bottom reefs dominated by soft coral and sponge communities. The scientists at the lab are committed to research focused on coastal and marine issues of ecological importance that provides the scientific basis for policy decisions.

Anticipated Salary Range -Minimum base salary = $20,880 – negotiable commensurate with education and experience. Full benefits in addition

Work Schedule –Typically Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Criminal Background Check: Successful completion of a criminal history background check. The background check will be conducted as authorized and in accordance with University Policy 4-OP-C-7-B11.

To Apply, Visit and search for Job 43075

Posting Title: Custodial Worker

Please Circulate to Interested Parties!

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OnApril 23, 2018, posted in: News by

Job Opportunity – Executive Director Keep Wakulla County Beautiful

Keep Wakulla County Beautiful is seeking a qualified candidate for the Executive Director position beginning immediately. This is a part-time position and an independent contractor. Salary is commensurate with experience and other qualifications.
The Executive Director is the key management leader of Keep Wakulla County Beautiful and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach. The position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

General Responsibilities:

Planning and operation of annual budget. Establishing employment and administrative policies and procedures for all functions and for the day-to-day operation of the nonprofit. Serving as the primary spokesperson to the organization’s constituents, the media and the public. Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations throughout the county and state and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance KWCB’s mission. Report to and work closely with the Board of Directors to seek their involvement in policy decisions, fundraising and to increase the overall visibility of the organization. Supervise, collaborate with organization volunteers. Strategic planning and implementation. Oversee organization Board and committee meetings. Oversee marketing and other communications efforts. Review and approve contracts for services. Other duties as assigned by the Board of Directors. Responsible for the fiscal integrity of KWCB, to include submission to the Board of a proposed annual budget and monthly financial statements.

Responsible for fundraising and developing other resources necessary to support the ongoing programs, projects and events.

Professional Qualifications:

Transparent and high integrity leadership. Three or more years senior nonprofit management experience (preferred but not mandatory). Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and event facilitation. Ability to convey a vision of the strategic future to staff, board, volunteers and donors. Knowledge of fundraising strategies and donor relations unique to nonprofit sector. Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers. Strong written and oral communication skills. Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups. Strong public speaking ability Email resumes or questions to:
Deadline to apply is April 27, 2018.
Non-Profit 501C(3)

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OnApril 17, 2018, posted in: News by

Local Job Opportunity – Taco Bell

 Taco Bell is hiring full and part time Shift managers and full/part time Team members for both day and night. Please apply at  website only

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OnApril 16, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Paul Hoover Memorial Freedom Run – Wakulla High School Seeking Sponsors

Dear Potential Sponsor:

We are currently seeking sponsors for our Sixth Annual Freedom Run/Walk 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on June 30, 2018, at Wakulla Springs State Park, that will benefit the Wakulla High School Boys’ and Girls’ Cross Country Teams for the upcoming season (2018). After the devastating loss of our beloved friend and mentor, Coach Paul Hoover last year, the race was renamed the Paul Hoover Memorial Freedom Run to honor his legacy. more Freedom Run Sponsor Letter 2018

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OnApril 12, 2018, posted in: Events, News by

Job Opportunity – Alternate Boat Captain

  The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory seeks a highly motivated and organized individual for a part-time or full-time alternate boat captain/first mate position on-board the RV APALACHEE, a 65-ft (80 ton), twin engine research vessel. The position will require abilities for precise vessel maneuvering and extensive nighttime work, and deployment of a variety of oceanographic equipment, and fishing gears. Other duties include assisting the first captain in the vessel maintenance and accommodating research equipment loading, hookup and deployment. 

Knowledge of hydraulic systems strongly desired. Most of the boat operation will take place in coastal and offshore waters from Florida to Louisiana, from shallow water depth to 3000 m. Cruises typically range from one to seven days in length, though longer cruises (with port-days) are possible.


We seek an individual who can work well in a dynamic environment with scientists as well as college students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography. 

All applicants expected to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Level 1 background check is required.


  We seek an individual who can work well in a dynamic environment with scientists as well as college students from many different disciplines, including marine biology, fisheries ecology and oceanography. 

All applicants expected to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Level 1 background check is required.


1. Must have at least 100-Ton captain’s license

2. Meet US Coast Guard standards for time at sea and drug testing.

3. High School Diploma/Equivalent and at least four years of relevant experience.
4. Knowledge of field equipment use and maintenance 
5. Proficient in computer applications, including Excel and Word, or equivalent. 
6. Attention to detail and ability to multi-task
7. Ability to work independently, be a self-starter, and have strong critical thinking and communication skills.
8. A certificate indicating completion of a CPR course from The American Red Cross, American Heart Association, or a course approved by the Coast Guard under 10.205(h)(2)(iii). 
Applicants must submit electronic copies (PDF preferred) of a resume and the names and email of three professional references along with the application.


Apply at , reference job opening ID 43210


Applications can NOT be accepted at the Marine Lab location—you must apply on-line at the link above

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OnMarch 28, 2018, posted in: News by