Apalachicola Scores History, Technology

Notable business news in the Forgotten Coast Corridor.

Apalachicola Scores History, Technology

APALACHICOLA – A new museum will showcase and preserve Apalachicola’s maritime history. Established by George Floyd, whose family has long roots in the area, the museum offers tours of the bay and river areas on an early 20th century 45-foot ketch named the “Heritage of Apalachicola.” The new Apalachicola Maritime Museum is located at 103 Water St. in Apalachicola, and is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 4 p.m.

  • Weems Memorial Hospital CEO Chuck Colvert has secured a $40,000 grant from the Florida Department of Health to help purchase a mammography unit, the first for Gulf and Franklin counties.

Much-Needed Rx for Franklin Co.

FRANKLIN COUNTY – The Franklin County Commission and Tallahassee Regional Memorial Hospital (TRMH) are negotiating a plan for TRMH to operate Weems Hospital and staff a new Urgent Care Clinic in Carrabelle.

Property Values Fall, St. Joe Rises

PORT ST. JOE – The county’s taxable property value continues its downward trend. Falling this year to $2,576,438,071 – roughly 6.4 percent, or about $121 million, below last year’s $2,698,413,772. This is the second-straight year the county’s taxable property value has declined.

  • The St. Joe Company has made a request to the County Board to increase the number of planned hotel rooms at its WindMark development from 50 to 250, and decrease the number of residential dwellings from 1,745 to 1,650.
  • The St. Joe Company recently opened Village Center at WindMark Beach, a luxury 2,020-acre residential and resort town, spanning nearly four miles of beach. The development is located west of Apalachicola on the shores of St. Joseph Bay in Port St. Joe.
  • Vertical construction has begun on the new $35 million Sacred Heart Hospital located along Highway 98 in Port St. Joe, Fla. The hospital is being built on 27 acres donated by The St. Joe Company.