public notices



The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, November 16, 2020 at 9:00 a.m., E.T. in the in the Donald H. Butler Commissioner Board Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, Gulf County Courthouse Complex, Port St. Joe, Florida to discuss the following:

A) Bond Resolution                                       (Chairman * 11/13 * 9:52 a.m.)
B) Administrative Update & Report         (Hammond * 11/13 * 9:52 a.m.)


**Any citizens wishing to submit comment, questions or content during agenda items under which proposed actions of the Commission will be considered shall submit their comments, questions or content to, with the Gulf County Speaking Ordinance and guidelines still in effect and applicable to any and all submissions.

Pursuant to F.S. 286.0105: If a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board, agency or commission, with respect to any matter considered at such meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based.

Americans with Disabilities Act
If you are hearing or speech impaired, please contact Gulf County by utilizing and making the necessary arrangements with the Florida Coordination Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at 866-602-3275.

Additional postings per request and direction of County Administration and County Attorney’s offices: Public posting on Gulf County Courthouse, Gulf County Administration Building entrance, Gulf County Commission Website for public distribution and notice.


The Gulf County Board of Commissioners is considering applying to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for Hurricane Michael Community Development Block Grant- Disaster Recovery funds under the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program. The Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program is designed to provide funding for local governments to carry out strategic and high-impact activities to rebuild and harden infrastructure to prevent or reduce losses in future disasters. This program is not designed for individual homeowner repairs or assistance.

The State of Florida has been allocated funds that will be made available to cities and counties on a competitive basis to undertake eligible activities. The total allocation under the Rebuild Florida General Infrastructure Repair Program is $223,032,145 (awarded in two application rounds with the first round equaling $111,516,145). These funds for round 1 must be used for one of the following purposes:

1.      benefit low and moderate (L/M) income persons; or

2.      meet a particularly urgent community development need.

Applications are due to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity on or before November 30, 2020. Eligible activities include removal of debris and other damage, water and sewer facilities, repair to public facilities such as emergency community shelters, demolition, rehabilitation of publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings, repair of homeless shelters and disaster shelter facilities, renourishment of dunes and/or dune restoration, economic revitalization which includes any CDBG-DR eligible activity that demonstrably restores and improves some aspect of the local economy. Additionally, projects must demonstrate damage tie-back to Hurricane Michael and primarily serve L/M populations.

Potential projects include:

1)      Water Transmission & Booster Station; estimated cost $7,000,000; national objective – urgent need. Includes new transmission water main from White City to service the Lighthouse Utilities water system and constructing a new booster station with ground storage tank in Jones Homestead.

2)      Roads and Stormwater; estimated cost $9,000,000; national objective – urgent need. Includes repairing storm damaged roads and stormwater infrastructure in the Beacon Hill, St. Joe Beach, and Highland View Communities.

3)      Septic to Sewer; estimated cost $10,000,000; national objective – urgent need. Includes installing new sanitary sewer collection system in the Beacon Hill and Indian Pass communities which are currently on septic tanks; Beacon Hill ($4,000,000) and Indian Pass ($5,000,000). Also includes $1,000,000 to construct a new lift station to receive flow from the Gulf Aire Subdivision. Currently Gulf Aire has a treatment plant that has on-going environmental issues. This new lift station would allow for that treatment plant to be taken offline.

4)      Airport Planning; estimated cost $3,000,000; national objective – urgent need. Include feasibility study for a new airport that addresses development goals and objectives, development need, site location and possible alternatives, environmental and societal conditions, current and future land uses, and the characterization of the airport related to types of aircraft and operations. Plan will include design and permitting of the new facility.

5)      Washington Recreational Center; estimated cost $500,000; national objective – low-to-moderate income. Renovations of the existing facility to include new ADA compliant bathrooms, new windows, new flooring, new stage, and replace the HVAC system.

A public comment period to obtain citizen comments concerning the County’s intent to apply for these specific projects shall be open until 5:00 p.m. local time on Friday, November 20, 2020. Any comments must be received by Clay Smallwood, County Engineer, Gulf County Board of County Commissioners, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd Room 302, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 and will be incorporated into the application. Specific details regarding the proposed project, program requirements, and the application are available by contacting Clay Smallwood at 850-229-6106 or by e-mail at

Any person requiring a special accommodation at this posting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Clay Smallwood at 850-229-6106 or by e-mail at

If you are hearing or speech impaired, and you possess TDD equipment, you may contact the Clay Smallwood, County Engineer using the Florida Dual Party Relay System, which can be reached at 1-800-955-8770 (Voice) or 1-800-955-7661(TDD).

Any non-English speaking person wishing to comment or receive more information regarding this posting should contact Clay Smallwood at 850-229-6106 or by e-mail at at least five calendar days prior to the end of the comment period and an interpreter will be provided.

Gulf County does not expect that anyone will be permanently displaced as a result of CDBG­DR funded activities.


Gulf County has committed funding ($175,000.00) from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation Coronavirus Relief Funds to provide Mortgage Payments, Rental Assistance including Back Rent, Deposits, and Utilities, Foreclosure and Eviction Prevention, for approved Very Low, Low, and Moderate, income single-family housing units, affected by the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic, throughout Gulf County. Applications will be accepted only for those applicants that live in Gulf County and can show evidence of coronavirus-related losses leading to potential eviction, foreclosure or disconnection of utilities.

Applications for the CRF Program are available beginning on August 7, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. until August 24, 2020, at 5:30 p.m., E.T. During this cycle, applications will be accepted Monday-Thursday from 7:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., E.T. The CRF Program will be administered by the Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) on behalf of Gulf County. All applicants will need to contact the persons below to turn in your application for further processing and verification. For additional information and qualification guidleines, contact Amber Zies at or call at (407) 310-0198 or Donald R. Morgan at or call at (256) 458 0232.

Apalachee Regional Planning Council (ARPC) Office
2507 Callaway Road Suite 200
Tallahassee FL 32303
850 448 6211 x113

“If mailing application, please allow ample time for it to reach the office on or before Monday, August 24th.”

Additionally, the applications will be available online on the County’s website starting August 7, 2020 at, or you may request an application or additional information by contacting Amber Zies or Donald R. Morgan. Upon completion, applications must be submitted to Amber or Donald at the contact information listed above.

Only completed applications will be accepted. No late applications will be accepted.

Gulf County is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Handicapped Accessible and Fair Housing Jurisdiction. 



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hereby gives notice to the public of its intent to reimburse eligible applicants for eligible costs to repair or replace facilities damaged by Hurricane Michael (FEMA-DR-4399-FL) occurring October 7, 2018 to October 19, 2018. This notice applies to the Public Assistance (PA) project for dune construction on St. Joseph Peninsula Reach, Indian Pass Reach, and St. Joe Beach (Beacon Hill Reach), Florida, implemented under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §§ 5121-5207.

Under a major disaster declaration, FEMA-DR-4399-FL, signed by the President on October 11, 2018, Gulf County was designated as adversely affected by the disaster and eligible for PA funding.

This public notice concerns activities pertaining to the construction of dunes along the coast of Gulf County. Due to Hurricane Michael, Gulf County experienced Hurricane force winds and storm surge which forced sand and other materials inland, removing sand from the beachfront. The existing dune structures at St. Joseph Peninsula Reach, Indian Pass Reach, and St. Joe Beach (Beacon Hill) Reach were heavily eroded.

The proposed project will construct a series of emergency coastal dunes along the approximately 9.97 miles of beach in Gulf County associated with the three (3) reaches. A collective total of 305,358 cubic yards will be placed during the construction of the emergency coastal dunes. The work will be conducted between Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) reference monuments R-1 and R-155. Gulf County will obtain beach compatible sand from Honeyville Sand Pit. Honeyville Pit is an approved upland source located at (30.056030, -85.201171) in Wewahitchka, Florida and is operated by Robert and Roberts, Inc. The Applicant will also install dune plantings and sand fencing as part of their design in conjunction with ongoing input from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS).

Gulf County has coordinated with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and will coordinate with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) to obtain all necessary permits and will comply with all applicable permit conditions.

FEMA has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA). An alternatives analysis was performed, which included the evaluation of the proposed action and the no action alternative. Further detailed descriptions of all alternatives may be reviewed in the EA conducted by FEMA or by contacting for a copy. The draft EA is available for public comment and can be viewed on FEMA’s and the applicant’s website at the following locations:

Gulf County Court House at 1000 Cecil G Costin, Sr Blvd, Port St Joe, Fl 32456
The Clean Water Act (CWA) established the framework that regulates the discharge of pollutants into Waters of the U.S. (WOUS). The work being done will take place above the annual high tide line and will not require permitting by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consult with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) for effects to federally listed threatened and endangered species. FEMA consulted with USFWS, which issued a Biological Opinion that was utilized to minimize impacts to listed species by applying appropriate terms and conditions.
The Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) requires federal agencies to consult with the USFWS before approving any action involving permanent restoration of a facility or structure on or attached to a Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) unit. FEMA consulted with the USFWS and received concurrence regarding FEMA’s determination that the project meets the specific exemptions regarding projects for the study, management, protection, and enhancement of fish and wildlife resources and habitats.

The National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) requires federal agencies to consider the impacts of their undertakings on historic properties. FEMA has made a determination of No Adverse Effect on Historic Properties based on concurrence received from the Florida State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to the FEMA on January 27, 2020.

Presidential Executive Orders (EO) 11988 and 11990 require that all federal actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands be reviewed for relocation opportunities and evaluated for social, economic, historical, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. The project is located in the AE (8), AE (12), VE (10), VE (11), VE (12), VE (13), VE (14), and VE (15) Zones, otherwise known as the Coastal High Hazard Areas, otherwise known as areas subject to inundation by the 1-percent-annual-chance flood event, per Gulf County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) Panel Numbers 12045C0217G, 12045C0236G, 12045C0238G, 12005C0517H dated 4/16/2009 and 6/2/2009 and 12045C0441F, 12045C0442F, 12045C0461F, 12045C0319F, 12045C0407F, 12045C0409F, 12045C0428F, and 12045C0436F dated 9/28/2007. The Gulf County coastal dune sections are functionally dependent upon their locations within floodplains, provide habitat for wildlife, open space uses for recreation and will provide storm damage reduction benefits to the existing shore, upland habitat and infrastructure. If no action is taken to construct the coastal dunes, the Gulf County coastline would remain vulnerable to higher wave action and ongoing erosion from future storm events. In addition, the surrounding communities would suffer economic and social losses and benefits to listed species would not occur.

This will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA program. Interested persons may obtain information about these actions or a specific project by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, or by emailing Comments should be sent in writing with the subject line, FL-4399-PW-00630, Gulf County, at the above address within 30 days of the date of this notice. 



Gulf County, in cooperation with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Waste Pro, has developed a plan to install bear resistant clips to existing trash receptacles, in order to reduce human-bear conflicts. The following information is available on this pilot program:


Gulf County will purchase a kit (set of 2 metal gate hasps and installation hardware) to be installed on either side of a regular 96-gallon tote, which will be attached to both the lid and the can. Residents can obtain the kits as follows:

1. Residents can pick them up at Gulf County EDC at 1000 Cecil G Costin Sr Blvd, Port St. Joe, Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., E.T.
2. Each resident will be required to fill out a form stating their name, address and the number of kits received, along with their signature verifying their correct information and receipt of the product. (Application)
3. Applications must be returned to Gulf County BOCC, Administration, Attention: Jim McKnight, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. (850) 229-6144, Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., E.T.
4. Residents are responsible for installing the equipment on the cans. The procedure on trash day will be that the resident will unlock the can(s) on the morning of trash pick-up. This program will only work if everyone works together in order to create a smooth transition.