Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Fun Stuff in Florida

Celebrate Labor Day With a Road Trip to the Coast

Nothing says summer more than a road trip! And there's no better way to send summer packing than with a road trip to the coast for Labor Day. If you travel the Big Bend Scenic Byway on your journey, getting here is going to be half the fun!

There are two sections of the Big Bend Scenic Byway that wind through Franklin County - the Coastal Trail (U.S. Highway 98 along the coast) and the Forest Trail (State Road 65). Along each of these scenic highways, you will encounter dozens of parks, wildlife areas, museums and recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about Franklin County's parks, museums and wildlife areas along the scenic byway.

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Lighthouse Day Shines Light on Two Historic Landmarks

Franklin County's two historic lighthouses will shine just a bit brighter this month as America pays tribute to these beacons of light during National Lighthouse Day August 7.

National Lighthouse day is celebrated across the US to commemorate a beacon of light that symbolizes safety and security for boats at sea.

Franklin County boasts two restored lighthouses. The first is located on St. George Island. The second, the Crooked River Lighthouse, is located at Carrabelle Beach. Each tells a tale of coastal living in Franklin County more than 100 years ago and each is a site worth visiting.

St. George Island. Today, the lighthouse of St. George Island is a welcome landmark to arriving visitors. In the 1800s, it stood in a different location near the east end of Cape St. George. To learn more about the St. George Island Lighthouse and Museum, visit www.seestgeorgeisland.com

Carrabelle Beach. The Crooked River Lighthouse overlooks St. George Sound where it has stood for more than 100 years. The Crooked River Lighthouse was constructed in 1895 to replace the lighthouse on Dog Island that was destroyed by hurricane in 1873. To learn more about the Crooked River Lighthouse, please visit www.crookedriverlighthouse.org

Franklin County Hosts Nationally Acclaimed Environmental Film Festival

Franklin County will host the nationally acclaimed Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour August 29 - September 5 in Carrabelle, Apalachicola, St. George Island, St. Teresa and neighboring Wewahitchka. Organized by the Apalachicola Riverkeeper Group, the week-long film festival will feature award-winning films and a children's program designed to raise awareness about environmental issues nationwide.

The films will be shown in the historic Dixie Theatre in Apalachicola, the Carrabelle City Auditorium, FSU's Coastal and Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa, the Volunteer Fire Department on St. George Island and the Tupelo Theater in Wewahitchka. more

Fall Fishing Getting Close

This fall features an Inshore Saltwater Fishing Tournament, Carrabelle's Annual Kingfish Shootout and the first Kayak Fishing Tournament on St. George Island. For more information on each tournament, visit the Apalachicola Bay Chamber, Carrabelle Chamber and the St. George Island Visitor Center. For area fishing information, visit www.anaturalescape.com

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