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					Bay Business Report
Apalachicola Bay Area Chamber
122 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, FL 32320
                                               Florida’s Forgotten Coast

                                                 Volume 18, Number 2 February, 2009

                                          Exterior and Interior Remodeling
                                                                                                                      From the

                                                                                                                                         Anita Grove
850/653-8219 fax                Chamber Renovates to Spruce Up

                                                                                                                                    e’ve made some im                                                                                                            provements to our
                                                                                                                                    w e b s i t e
Office Hours:                                                                                               Now
                                                                                                                     visitors can select to view member
Mon-Friday 9-5                                                                                                       listings by geographic area. Every
Sat 10-4                                                                                                             member is currently listed in their
                                                                                                                     business category. For example, all
                                                                                                                     area restaurants are listed under
                                                                                                                     “Restaurants”. With the addition of
CHAMBER BOARD                                                                                                        the geographic category search visi-
OF DIRECTORS                                                                                                         tors can click on “Business By Cat-
                                                                                                                     egory” choose to narrow their
PRESIDENT                                                                                                            search by location- Apalachicola,
                                                                                                                     Eastpoint, St. George Island or Sur-
Joe Taylor 653-1411                                                                                                  rounding Areas. This feature makes
VICE-PRESIDENT                                                                                                       it easy and much quicker for local
                                                                                                                     folks to search for listings also. We
Mark Friedman 653-1090                                                                                               have added background images to
TREASURER                       Chamber office gets facelift and interior repair/renovations.                        improve the look of the site. Our
                                                                           The membership came together and          website is evolving all the time. If
Jerry Hall 653-9510                   The Apalachicola Bay Chamber
                                                                           contributed generously to our capital     you have any suggestions to make
                                purchased its very own home in May
SECRETARY                                                                  campaign. We also developed new           it better please email us at anita@
                                2003. This was a bold move and a
                                                                           fund raisers to help pay down the prin-   apalachicola
Beth Moseley 653-2126           monumental accomplishment for our
                                                                           ciple. We made the mortgage and even
                                small nonprofit organization. We saved
BOARD MEMBERS                   for eight years, watched property get      established a contingency fund (thanks
Kristin Anderson 653-2249       more and more out of our reach, and
                                finally the right deal came together,
                                                                           to the urging of Paul Marxsen) to save
                                                                           for a new roof, needed repairs and
Susan Bassett 323-0092          and the board decided to purchase a        renovations. Last year the Building
Andrea Duval 653-9522           permanent home for the Chamber of-         Enhancement Committee, Joe Taylor                   Chef’s
                                fice and visitor center. No more hav-      and Wayne Thomas, submitted plans
Bud Hayes 927-3305
Kara Landiss 927-2666
                                ing to move.
                                      Even with a good down payment
                                                                           to the board for finally finishing the
                                                                           interior of the building. In January we
                                                                                                                     Sampler Feb. 8
                                we were stretched those first few years.   moved forward on those plans.
Richard Langford 899-0030
                                                                                              Continued on page 4
Paul Marxsen 697-2542                                                                                                 Don’t forget to get
Ted Ruffner 670-8870            Meeting Notices                            Economic Group                                 your tickets
Diana Prickett 927-2322         Monthly Business Luncheon
                                                                           to Study Local                                    to the
Michael Shuler 653-9226         February 4th, 2009 noon                    Challenges                                    13th Annual
                                Up The Creek Raw Bar
R. Wayne Thomas 670-4404                                                        Apalachicola Mayor Van                 Chefs Sampler.
                                313 Water Street
                                                                           Johnson, City Manager Betty Webb,
                                Apalachicola                                                                            We are almost
                                                                           representatives from our local banks
                                                                           and Chamber Director Anita Grove
                                Monthly Business Luncheon
                                                                           have formed an ad hoc group to dis-
                                                                                                                           sold out.
                                March 4th, 2009
                                                                           cuss ways in which we can help local      Call (850) 653-9419,
                                                                           businesses get through the current eco-
                                                                           nomic challenges. This group will            or email us at
                                Business After Hours
                                                                           meet bimonthly to share ideas.  
                                                                                           Continued on page 4
New Members/Member News
Daybreak Massage                           George Island Boat Ramp. Check out          them by calling (850) 653-8436 or by       Debbie has enjoyed photography
                                           their     website      at      http://      email at              nearly all of her life, receiving her first
      Shelley McLean, a licensed mas-
sage therapist and owner of Daybreak Bo can be reached                                                  camera when she was nine, she now
Massage, joined the Chamber in Janu-       by calling (850) 229-5444 or email          Persnickety                                proudly displays it on her desk. She
ary. She is a native Floridian, born in                        Welcome Erika Norton, Leisa          started photographing professionally
Jacksonville, who relocated to                                                         Pickett, and Trish Warriner with their     when they moved to Port St. Joe in
Franklin County after spending many                                                    boutique, Persnickety, a home d cor,       August of 2000 from Chapel Hill,
years in Atlanta, Georgia. When she        Apalachicola Municipal                      clothing and gift store recently opened    North Carolina. Jon is a pilot and had
                                                                                                                                  always dreamed of having his own
opened Daybreak Massage, Shelley           Library                                     in downtown Apalachicola. Leisa,
                                                                                                                                  plane and it gave Debbie a new angle
fulfilled a 5 year plan she put in place         The Apalachicola Municipal Li-        Trish and Erika each bring something
to take her from a career with AT&T                                                    unique to their store. Erika is the        for her photography with aerial pho-
                                           brary, located at 74 6th Street in                                                     tos. Debbie and Jon have a daughter
in Atlanta to a massage therapy prac-      Apalachicola, joined the Chamber last       monogramming queen, Leisa does a
tice on the coast. She offers Swedish                                                  variety of stationary and party supplies   who lives in Carrabelle and works at
                                           month. It was founded in 1897 by the                                                   the Florida State Marine Lab as a Ma-
and Hot Stone Massage for relaxation       PHLACO women’s club and given to            and Trish brings an eclectic blend of
and Neuromuscular, Deep Tissue and                                                     nature and eco-friendly items. Per-        rine Biologist and a son who is study-
                                           the City of Apalachicola in 1959. The                                                  ing to be a Physician’s Assistant in
Stretch for pain and tight muscle re-      library is open to everyone Monday          snickety also features fashionable, af-
lief. Daybreak Massage is located at                                                   fordable clothing, jewelry and shoes,      North Carolina. Check out their
                                           through Friday from 10:00 am until                                                     website at To con-
347 US Highway 98 in Eastpoint at          6:00 pm with a one hour break from          plus old fashioned toys, children’s
Unique Nails & More. You can reach                                                     clothing, and home d cor. These three      tact Debbie and Jon, call (850) 229-
                                           12:00-1:00pm on Wednesdays. The                                                        1215 or email or
Shelley at 850-766-1087 or email her       Library Advisory Board, comprised of        “sassy” girls opened the original bou-
at                                                                 tique on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe
                                           Denise Roux, Susan Clementson, Fred
                                           Flowers, Harolyn Walker and Ina Mar-        in June of 2006. Trish said they are
BCL Civil Contractors,                     garet Meyer, is currently working dili-     thrilled to be part of Apalachicola’s      Local Artist Show in
                                                                                       vibrant community. Persnickety’s
Inc.                                       gently to update the resources in the
                                                                                       winter hours (January and February)
                                           library and improve the library’s ser-
     Welcome Bobby and Bo Sullivan                                                     are Wednesday thru Friday 10:00 am               Long time chamber members
                                           vices. The board is currently forming
with BCL Civil Contractors, Inc. to the                                                until 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am        Kristin Anderson and Joyce Estes,
                                           a 501(c) 3 friends group to help the
Chamber. BCL Civil Contractors, Inc.                                                   until 5:00 pm. Regular hours will start    along with fellow Franklin County art-
                                           library raise funds. The Apalachicola
was formed in 1998 with the vision of                                                  in March when they will be open Mon-       ists, Beth Appleton and Joan Matey,
                                           Municipal Library has a wide variety
providing quality structural concrete                                                  day thru Friday 10:00 am until 6:00        are featured in an exhibition at the Tal-
                                           of fiction and non-fiction books, au-
construction to the northwest Florida                                                  pm and Saturday 10:00 am until 5:00        lahassee Airport Gallery from January
                                           dio books, a local history and geneal-
area. They specialize in structural con-                                               pm. The Apalachicola Store can be          15th thru March 20th. The Fine Art of
                                           ogy section and much more. They also
crete, underground utilities and site                                                  reached by calling (850) 653-1900 or       Craftsmanship highlights eighteen
                                           have internet access, which you can
work, basically all of the things that                                                 email               Florida artists with hand-crafted pieces
                                           access from your computer or use one
happen before the actual building oc-                                                                                             of art in media that range from glass
                                           theirs, free of charge. They will also
curs. Their main office, run by Bobby                                                                                             to paper, metal and wood to fiber. Con-
                                           make copies and send faxes for a nomi-      Debbie Hooper                              gratulations!
is in Panama City and their satellite      nal fee, supply all of the pertinent tax
office, located in Port St. Joe, is run    forms and have more recently been           Photography & Joe
by Bo. Bobby and Bo are a father and       able to help people with unemploy-          Bay Aerial                                 Andrea’s Nails
son team. Bobby has 25 plus years          ment issues. In the near future they will                                                   Andrea’s Nails has moved into
experience and although Bo cut his                                                          Debbie and Jon Hooper joined the
                                           have a Saturday morning story hour for      Chamber last month with their photog-      the Fitness Center in Apalachicola,
teeth in this business, he says he tech-   children. The library is run by a small                                                next door to her old location on Av-
nically has about 6 years experience                                                   raphy business, Debbie Hooper Pho-
                                           staff and volunteers. You can reach         tography and Joe Bay Aerials. They         enue D. Her phone number, email and
himself. BCL Civil Contractors, Inc.                                                                                              website remain the same (850) 653-
is no stranger to Franklin County.                                                     specialize in custom high resolution
                                                                                       digital photography, aerials, nature,      9522,     Her email address is:
Their most recent projects include the                                                                                  , and
Dog Island Ferry Terminal and the St.                                                  commercial, beach portraits, events,
                                                                                       prints, note cards and postcards.

                                                                                                                Specializing in Coastal Properties
                                                                                           We’ve got long term fixed rates           Wakulla, Franklin and Gulf Counties
                                                                                              and adjustable rate loans.
                                                                                            Need a low rate loan, home                          Denise Butler
                                                                                         improvement or construction loan?                   General Lines Agent
                                                                                                                                                P.O. Box 128
                                                                                         Call your loan specialist at GSCB.                 Apalachicola, FL 32320
                                                                                                Apalachicola: 653-2126                 850/653-9310 • 850/653-8054 fax
                                                                                                  Carrabelle: 697-3395      
                                                                                                  Eastpoint: 670-8786
                                                                                              St. George Island: 927-2511
Clinicare Grand                             chaeological Resources Training.                • Chelle Koster Walton was sent     Spring Break
                                            Speaker Kevin Porter with the Florida     information on area green hotels.
Opening                                     Bureau of Archaeological Research               • The Miami Herald ran a version    School Calendar
      Clinicare Home Medical is cel-        will talk about cultural resource man-    of Patti Nickell’s article on
ebrating the grand opening of their new     agement, the role of the Division of October 5th.              K-12
and expanded medical equipment store        Historical Resources, Archaeology and           • America’s Heartland’s blog fea-
in Sellers Plaza in Eastpoint. Doubling     the Law, Helping to Preserve the Past     tured Alligator Point clamming on
the size of their old location, on Feb-                                                                                         FLORIDA
                                            and grants that are available from the    their website on December 17th. The
ruary 6th from 1:00- 5:30 pm they are                                                                                           Bay County Mar 30-Apr 3
                                            Division of Historical Resources. The     Chamber helped Jason Shoultz and Jim
inviting everyone to drop by and check                                                                                          Gulf County Mar 30-Apr 3
                                            registration deadline is February 24th,   Finnerty with information, contacts
out their products and services. For                                                                                            Leon County Mar 30-Apr 3
                                            call (850) 653-8063 for more informa-     and arrangements for their trip to the
over 10 years Clinicare has been pro-                                                                                           Franklin County Mar 21-28
                                            tion.                                     area last spring.
viding services to Franklin County and                                                      • Lucy Beebe Tobias emailed to
the surrounding areas. They recently                                                                                            GEORGIA
hired Angela Bryant as their new of-        Exposure                                  say that she had included Apalachicola
                                                                                                                                Atlanta-Greater Atlanta Apr 06-10
                                                                                      in a sidebar article called Laid Back
fice manager and Jackie Etheridge as              • Todd Coleman called and asked                                               Atlanta-Fulton Apr 06-10
                                                                                      Florida. The article appeared in USA
their Marketing Director. They will         for some oysters for a Saveur maga-                                                 Columbus Apr 06-10
                                                                                      Today on Friday, December 12th.
also have an Orthotic Specialist Tracy      zine press party on Thursday. Ron at                                                Newnan Apr 06-10
                                                                                      Lucy was here in late 2007 and the
Perez on sight for diabetic shoe fitting.   Leavins agreed to send them and in-
                                                                                      Chamber helped her. She came again
Please come join them for refresh-          clude a sample of Leavins frozen oys-                                               ALABAMA
                                                                                      in October as part of the Florida Hu-
ments and take a look at their new sur-     ters. Todd said he would do a review.                                               Birmingham Mar 16-20
                                                                                      manities Council Gathering.
roundings. Call (850) 670-5555 for                • Southern Living photographer,                                               Montgomery Mar 16-20
                                                                                            • Bre Edmonds, with Points North
information.                                Robbie Caponetto, was here in mid
                                                                                      magazine in Atlanta, was sent photo-
                                            December shooting for an article for                                                KENTUCKY
                                                                                      graphs of the area and information for
                                            the December 2009 issue of the main                                                 Louisville Mar 30-Apr 3
My Caterer! Introduces                      magazine.
                                                                                      an editorial feature on the Panhandle
                                                                                                                                Lexington Mar 30-Apr 3
                                                                                      for their March issue.
New Products                                      • Mitchell Smyth, a writer with
                                                                                            • Dirk Rheker was sent photo-
      Richard Langford with My Ca-          the Toronto Sun, was sent information                                               TENNESSEE
                                                                                      graphs and information on the area for
terer! has introduced a new line of         and photographs in December for ar-                                                 Nashville Mar 16-20
                                                                                      an article for Florida Sun Magazine.
marinades, sauces and spices called         ticle on Panhandle Beaches.                                                         Knoxville Mar 16-20
                                                                                            • Barb Freda was sent informa-
Gourmet Selections(tm). This product              • Thomas Becnel’s article on the                                              Chattanooga Mar 16-20
                                                                                      tion on area restaurants and food
line is prepared with the same fresh in-    oystermen appeared in the Saturday,
                                                                                      events. Barb is the “Food Expert” for
gredients that are the hallmarks of My      December 27th issue of the Sarasota
                                                                                      the Visit Florida website.
Caterer! Gourmet Selections(tm) will        Herald-Tribune. Thomas was given
be sold locally at Sometimes Its Hot-       lots of information for his article by
ter Seasoning Company on St George          the Chamber.
and at the Piggly Wiggly in Port St Joe.          • Miranda Crowell, Feature Edi-
                                            tor with Cookie magazine, was sent in-
                                            formation on the area several times
Historical and                              over the past couple of months. We
Archaeological                              proofed the article in December so it
                                            should appear in the next few months.
Resources Training                          Editor, Yolanda Edwards, was here two
     Wednesday, March 4th, from 9:30        years ago with the folks from Pottery
am to 4:00 pm the Apalachicola Na-          Barn.
tional Research Reserve will host a
workshop at the St. Joseph Bay State
Preserves Center on Historical & Ar-

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Chamber Renovations from page 1          stimulate investment in Florida’s          bility requirements are identical for        Visitor Statistics
      The City of Apalachicola           economy. The bill, signed by both the      both pilot programs.                         December 2001            523
awarded us money to solve the storm      House and Senate, takes a two-pronged            - The businesses must be Florida-      December 2002            432
water problem that resulted in water     approach to stimulating Florida’s          based, for-profit companies that em-         December 2003            858
seeping up into the building every       economy, creating a direct loan pilot      ploy between 10 and 50 persons               December 2004            946
time it rained. We also made the         program and a technical assistance for           - Generate between $1 million          December 2005           1,288
building more architecturally pleas-     business pilot program. The programs       and $25 million in annual revenues           December 2006           1,189
ing by adding a pergola to the fa ade,   uses “Economic Garden” concepts to               - Experienced steady growth in         December 2007           1,660
and landscaping the median in front.     help existing businesses grow.             gross revenues and employment dur-           December 2008           1,135
      Inside we have added walls to           The first component of the Eco-       ing 3 of the last 5 years
provide more space for member bro-       nomic Gardening Business Loan Pilot              - Be eligible for the Qualified Tar-   Website stats
chures and to build a storage section    Program, will provide low-interest,        geted Industry tax refund program.           Visits                               9,250
for equipment and brochures. We          short-term loans to eligible businesses          The loans’ terms are for 4 years       Page Views                           52,422
have also solved some nagging            for working-capital expenses, em-          at 2 percent interest. The maximum           Average Page Views                   5.46
maintenance problems.                    ployee training, and salaries of new       loan amount is $250,000. No payment          Time on Site (mins)                  4:44
      Big thanks to Joe and Wayne        employees.                                 is due until the 12th month, when in-        Bounce Rate         22.85%
for all their hard work on design and         The second component is the           terest only is due. Subsequently, inter-     New Visits          68.41%
construction, and Fisher Stucco for      Economic Gardening Technical Assis-        est and principle are due each month.
doing three times the work for half      tance Pilot Program, where a third-        The bill was passed by the House and
the cost. We’d also like to thank        party contractor with expertise in busi-   Senate on Wednesday, January 21, and
Betty Webb and the City of               ness outreach and development will         has been submitted to the Governor for
Apalachicola for awarding us             work with eligible businesses to assist    his approval. Upon approval OTTED
Franklin County TDC infrastructure       them with their infrastructure, net-       will set up the administering of the pro-
funds for making some of these im-       working, and mentoring needs. Eligi-       gram which will take approximately 90
provements.                                                                         days.

                                                                                                                                      A Graphic Design, Marketing,
Economic. from page 1                                                                                                               Production & Print Service Agency
     The Chamber has been monitor-
ing state and federal economic pro-
grams. We also are continuing the
Think Local First campaign to remind
the citizens of Franklin County to
support their local economy. The state
of Florida passed a Joint Proclama-
tion on December 30th, 2008, to
                                                                                                                                     65 Ave. E. Apalachicola 850.653.9020

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