Harbor Point Realty Real Estate on Alligator Point Florida

Events and Activities for Alligator Point and Franklin County Florida


4th Saturday Paddle - May 23, 2015

Join us for a volunteer-led 4th Saturday Paddle. We’ll explore one of the many creeks or tributaries of the mighty Apalachicola River, and sometimes the mighty Apalachicola River itself. Most of these trips are suitable for paddlers of many different levels of skill and experience. Just let us know what your level is, and we’ll almost always be able to accommodate you. On those rare occasions that require more skill, we’ll suggest a future trip that’s more suitable.

We have kayaks available on “first-reserve, first-get basis.” Each one-person kayak includes a PFD (personal floatation device) and paddle. If you bring your own kayak, don’t forget your own paddle and PFD, which must be worn at all times while on the water.

Please plan to reserve your space (and your kayak, if needed) at least two days in advance. Reservations for 4th Saturday Paddle trips can be requested by email or by calling the Apalachicola Riverkeeper office at 850-653-8936. Prior to the paddle, the trip organizer will contact paddlers and provide them with additional details (time, point of departure, weather uncertainties, etc.).

Paddle trips are FREE to our members, and $30 each to non-members (which gives you an annual membership for your family, so any other trips are free for 1 full year).

DON’T FORGET! Paddlers need to bring: water; snacks/lunch; sunscreen; bug spray; hat; camera; and any other items you might want/need, and all in a water proof bag which can be secured to the boat. Make sure you wear clothing that won’t weigh you down if it gets wet.

We also have occasional Sunday Paddle Excursions. These are longer and more challenging, and are suitable for paddlers who have significant experience. Excursions are typically announced a month in advance on our website or our Facebook page.

Red Snapper Tournament - May 23, 2015 through May 24, 2015

The first Red Snapper Tournament of the year. Fish the tournament on the first two days of opening season for red snapper. $5,000 Guaranteed Payout. 

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - June 2, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

Turtle Talk - June 3, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Youth Fishing Tournament - June 6, 2015

Charles and Rex Pennycuff will host their 15th annual Fisherman's Choice Youth Fishing Tournament on June 6th. Kids 16 and under will fish for fresh and saltwater species. Each entry receives a t-shirt, and after the tournament, entrees are invited to attend a cookout at Fisherman's Choice in Eastpoint. Entry is free and generally about 200 kids sign up.

Free Fishing Days - June 6, 2015 through June 7, 2015

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply. 

License-free freshwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.

 

Turtle Talk - June 10, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Saltwater Fishing Tournament - June 13, 2015

The Tallahassee Builders Association 27th Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held at C-Quarters Marina. There will be cash prizes for In-Shore and Off-Shore Grand Slams and the largest fish of various species.The Tallahassee Builders Association 27th Annual Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held at C-Quarters Marina. There will be cash prizes for In-Shore and Off-Shore Grand Slams and the largest fish of various species.

St. George Island Mullet Toss - June 13, 2015

This annual fun event will take place June 13 from 10 a.m till 5 p.m on the beach in front of Blue Parrot Oceanfront Cafe on St. George Island. This Mullet Toss is sponsored by The Blue Parrot for the benefit of the Apalachicola bay Charter School. For a nominal entry fee you get a unique Mullet Toss T Shirt, and 2 mullet to throw. Visitors and Locals compete for prizes and bragging rights.

Free Fishing Days - June 13, 2015 through June 14, 2015

Free fishing days provide an excellent opportunity for parents who don't yet have licenses to take youth fishing, or avid anglers to introduce a friend to fishing without having to purchase a license. On these days, the fishing license requirement is waived for all recreational anglers (residents and non-residents).

All other rules (e.g., seasons, bag and size limits) apply. 

License-free freshwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

License-free saltwater days for 2015 and beyond

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday following Thanksgiving

The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license (e.g., crabbing, lobstering, scalloping, etc.) as well as fishing from shore or a boat. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required on these days.

Reserve Wednesday Lecture - June 17, 2015

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve announces a new monthly natural history lecture series, “Reserve Wednesdays,” that explores the ecology, geology and natural history of the Florida Panhandle.  Free lectures will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 2-3 p.m. at the Apalachicola Research Reserve Nature Center in Eastpoint.

Turtle Talk - June 17, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

School of Art: Michael Harrell - June 18, 2015 through June 20, 2015

Apalachicola School of Art - Watercolor on the Apalachicola River with Michael Harrell – June 18-21 - Informal lectures and discussions with question-and-answers on the different aspects of watercolor painting; from design and composition to technique.  The students will do step-by-step painting with one-on-one instruction and critiques.  Classes held at the Apalachicola School of Art in downtown Apalachicola.

Annual Big Bend Saltwater Classic - June 19, 2015 through June 21, 2015

The Moorings of Carrabelle will host the 24rd Annual Big Bend Classic on Father's Day Weekend, June 19th through the 21st, 2015   All of the proceeds from the Big Bend Saltwater Classic are used to develop artificial reefs in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico.

Forgotten Coast Open Golf Tournament - June 20, 2015 through June 21, 2015

Please come and join us at the St. James Bay Golf Resort on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21, 2015, for the annual Forgotten Coast Open. This year, the tournament features a flighted, open field Individual Stroke Play event, a team Four Ball event, daily Proximity Contests, daily Skins Games, Day Money competitions, a scratch Shootout, and more! Competitors will enjoy exciting golf on the challenging, meticulously-maintained, Golf Course at St. James Bay,  great prizes and outstanding southern hospitality. Your assistance in growing the Forgotten Coast Open is greatly appreciated. Please share these entry forms with all of your golfing buddies, business associates and club members, display them on community information boards, and feel free to make copies or forward E-mails. The more the merrier – everyone is welcome!
 
We have also included sponsorship information for interested individuals and businesses (see back page). Sponsorships are a great value – they include a $200.00 tournament entry – as well as a tax-deductible opportunity to reach the regional golfing demographic. Event proceeds benefit the Bayou Bash Reef Building Initiative and the MBARA (Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association). 

Download an entry form here.

 

Turtle Talk - June 24, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

4th Saturday Paddle - June 27, 2015

Join us for a volunteer-led 4th Saturday Paddle. We’ll explore one of the many creeks or tributaries of the mighty Apalachicola River, and sometimes the mighty Apalachicola River itself. Most of these trips are suitable for paddlers of many different levels of skill and experience. Just let us know what your level is, and we’ll almost always be able to accommodate you. On those rare occasions that require more skill, we’ll suggest a future trip that’s more suitable.

We have kayaks available on “first-reserve, first-get basis.” Each one-person kayak includes a PFD (personal floatation device) and paddle. If you bring your own kayak, don’t forget your own paddle and PFD, which must be worn at all times while on the water.

Please plan to reserve your space (and your kayak, if needed) at least two days in advance. Reservations for 4th Saturday Paddle trips can be requested by email or by calling the Apalachicola Riverkeeper office at 850-653-8936. Prior to the paddle, the trip organizer will contact paddlers and provide them with additional details (time, point of departure, weather uncertainties, etc.).

Paddle trips are FREE to our members, and $30 each to non-members (which gives you an annual membership for your family, so any other trips are free for 1 full year).

DON’T FORGET! Paddlers need to bring: water; snacks/lunch; sunscreen; bug spray; hat; camera; and any other items you might want/need, and all in a water proof bag which can be secured to the boat. Make sure you wear clothing that won’t weigh you down if it gets wet.

We also have occasional Sunday Paddle Excursions. These are longer and more challenging, and are suitable for paddlers who have significant experience. Excursions are typically announced a month in advance on our website or our Facebook page.

SGI Lighthouse Full Moon Climb - July 1, 2015

Climb to the top of the Cape St. George Light to watch the sunset and the rise of the full moon. The Sunset/Full Moon Climb includes light hors d'oeuvres and a sparkling cider toast to the full moon.  Cost is $15.00 for the general public and $10.00 for members of the St. George Lighthouse Association. After sunset, people are invited to climb to the top of the lighthouse for a breathtaking view of the full moon, as space and time permit.  Cost is $10.00 for the general public and $5.00 for SGLA members. Because space is limited, reservations are recommended.  For reservations or more information, please contact the Lighthouse Gift Shop at 850-927-7745.

turtle Talk - July 1, 2015

Sea turtle nesting season is here!  During the first week of May, sea turtle nests have been spotted on both St George Island and St. Vincent Island, and volunteers and staff are monitoring remaining area beaches for their crawls.  Each spring hundreds of these grand creatures arise from Gulf waters to lay their eggs on our sandy shores.  Most of the turtles that nest here are Loggerheads, Caretta caretta, but we do get some Green sea turtles, Chelonia mydas and Leatherback sea turtles, Dermochelys coriacea. Hatchlings will start to crawl out of their nests approximately two months after being laid and continue to emerge through October. On average there are 90 nests on Little St George and 150 nests on St. George every year.

Bruce Drye has been monitoring turtle nesting on St. George since 1990, after he retired from the St. George Island State Park.  At first a volunteer, he was later hired by ANERR to oversee the project each year. Bruce started the ANERR St. George Island Volunteer Turtlers which also help monitor the nests.

Two interns will be working with Bruce this season.  Amy Bergstrom from the Milwaukee, Wisconsin area has been an intern at both the Racine Zoo and at the Milwaukee County Zoo, and Kallie Gannon, a senior at Eastern Michigan University, earning her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.

Little St. George Island has been monitored by ANERR staff since 1988.  Megan Lamb with NOAA’s Environmental Cooperative Science Center has been assisting with turtle nesting on Little St. George since 2004, and overseeing the beach since 2009.

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer free weekly talks about sea turtles, their nesting habits, how the nests are identified, protected and how visitors and residents can help sea turtles have a successful nesting season, on Wednesdays at 2:00 PM.  Dates of the talks will be June 3,10,17,24 July, 1, 8,15,22,29 and August 5,12,19,26.  For more call 850-670-7700.

WHAT:           Nesting Sea turtles of Franklin County Beaches

WHEN:          Every Wednesday in June, July and August, 2015, from 2:00-3:00pm

WHERE:       108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328

Apalachicola Independence Day Celebration - July 3, 2015

Fireworks over the Apalachicola River

More details coming soon