public notices




The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners will hold their Second and Final Public Hearing regarding the tentative budget for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 5:01 p.m., E.T. in the Donald H. Butler Commission Chamber located in the Robert M. Moore Administration Building at the Gulf County Courthouse Complex in Port St. Joe, Florida. The public is encouraged to attend.


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.

Posting requested per direction of County Administration and County Attorney’s Offices: Clerk to the Commission public postings on Gulf County Courthouse, Gulf County Administration Building entrance, Gulf County Commission website in addition to its other public distribution and actions.



The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has received a subgrant application from Gulf County for the construction of emergency beach berms due to damages associated with Hurricane Michael (DR-4399-FL). Pursuant to Executive Order 11988 and 44 CFR Part 9.12, final notice is hereby given of FEMA’s intent to provide funding for the above project under the Public Assistance (PA) Program.

An initial disaster-wide Public Notice was published October 30, 2018 for Hurricane Michael. Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state, and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements, and conditions. This action complies with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) requirements.

Locations of the Proposed Work:
Site 1: St. Joseph Peninsula Reach R-77 (29.7531, -85.4007) to R-105 (29.6803, -85.3663)
Site 2: Indian Pass Reach R-135 (29.6843, -85.3034) to R-155 (29.6774, -85.2374)
Site 3: St. Joe Beaches / Beacon Hill Reach R-1 (29.9247, -85.3887) to R-16 (29.8904, -85.3571)

Proposed Work and Purpose:
Gulf County will utilize contract services to construct emergency beach berms to repair extensively eroded dune systems along the following shorelines: St. Joseph Peninsula Reach, Indian Pass Reach and St. Joe Beaches / Beacon Hill Reach. Designed to minimize impacts to life and property from a subsequent 5-year storm event, the newly constructed berms will be furnished with beach compatible sand, native vegetation and sand fencing.

Project Alternatives:
FEMA has determined the only practicable alternative is to install the emergency beach berms and associated components for protection of property and the environment. The no-action alternative has been considered; this alternative is not feasible, as property and species will be susceptible to future damages caused by high water and wave actions. The repairs are necessary to make the facility safe and functional for public use. Alternate locations were not considered, as this is an emergency project that is functionally dependent on close proximity to the beach.

This announcement will serve as the final public notice regarding the above-described action funded by the FEMA PA Program. Interested persons may obtain information for this specific project or a map of the affected area by writing to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region 4, 3003 Chamblee-Tucker Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30341, or by emailing Comments or questions should be sent, in writing, with the subject line:

PA-04-FL-4399-PW-00630 CAT B

within 15 days of the date of this notice.




Gulf County has committed funding ($5,915,000.00) from the Florida Housing Finance Corporation HHRP funds to provide Housing Rehabilitation assistance, Purchase Assistance, and Demolition/Reconstruction for approved Very Low, Low, Moderate, and Median income single-family housing units, effected by Hurricane Michael, throughout Gulf County. Applications for the SHIP/HHRP Program WILL NOT be made available until the Homeowner Application Workshops to be conducted on 3 September 2019, and 5 September 2019, at the times and location described below. For additional information or to see if you qualify in the Very Low, Low, Moderate, and Median Income category contact Joe Paul at 850-229-6125 or Lynn Lanier at 229-6125. If you are unable to attend either workshop, the SHIP/HHRP applications will be available Starting 9 September 2019, at the addresses listed below. The hours of operation for our offices are Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m., E.T. For additional information regarding the County’s SHIP Program, please contact Joe Paul or Lynn Lanier at (850) 229-6125.

Robert Moore Administration Building, Room 311
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

Additionally, the applications will be available online on the County’s website starting 9 September, 2019 at, or you may request an application or additional information by contacting Joe Paul or Lynn Lanier at 850-229-6125. Upon completion, applications must be submitted to Lynn Lanier, at the Robert Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. Completed S.H.I.P. applications may only be submitted from 9 September 2019 thru 23 September 2019, between the hours of 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., E.T., in the room 311. Only completed applications will be accepted.



The Homeowner Application Workshops will be conducted in the Board of County Commissioners’ Chambers at the Robert Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The County’s Homeowner Application Workshops will include a general presentation on the SHIP Programs and applications, followed by individual sessions with residents requiring assistance with the applications. The first workshop will be on 3 September 2019 2:00PM .and 5:00PM EDT. The other workshop will be held in Wewahitchka at the Extension office on 5 September 2019 at 2:00PM and 5:00PM Central time. Should you have any questions regarding these workshops, please contact Joe Paul or Lynn Lanier at 850-229-6125.

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



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.