The mission of the Apalachicola Artificial Reef Association (AARA) is to expand artificial reef structures promoting an ecologically stable marine environment in both state and federal waters off the coast of Apalachicola, Florida to increase conservation, recreation, research and educational opportunities.
Grayson Shepard-President, Tommy Robinson VP, Bill Mudd – Secretary, Kathy Robinson Treasurer, Nikkie Cox, Donna Duncan, Jim Brown, David Fowlkes – board members
Apalachicola Artificial Reef Association is a (501c3 nonprofit)
The purpose of the REALTORS Association of Franklin & Gulf Counties, is to provide our members with resources, education, programs and guidance that will enhance their ability to conduct business successfully and ethically.
The REALTORS Association of Franklin and Gulf Counties was chartered by the National Association of REALTORS in 1990. The association serves real estate professionals and Affiliate Members in Franklin County, Gulf County and the City of Mexico Beach, which is located in Bay County.
The Workforce Center is the region's one stop career center serving Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. It offers innovative solutions to assist businesses succeed in today's competitive environment, while providing comprehensive services for job seekers to obtain or advance their careers. The Workforce Center represents a cooperative effort by many public agencies and private organizations to serve the employment needs of the area. It is operated by Gulf Coast Community College through funding and support provided by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board.
Ensuring the health and conservation of our marine resources and anglers’ access to them.
CCA was created in 1977, after drastic commercial overfishing along the Texas coast had decimated redfish and speckled trout populations. A group of 14 concerned recreational anglers gathered in a local tackle shop to create the Gulf Coast Conservation Association to turn the tide for conservation. Only four years later, gill nets along the Texas coast were outlawed and both red drum and speckled trout were declared game fish.
This previously unimaginable victory launched a new era in marine resource conservation.
The successful conservation movement that started with the “Save the Redfish” campaign got the attention of anglers across the Gulf and by 1985, chapters had formed all along the Gulf Coast. By the early ‘90s, the South- and Mid-Atlantic regions had CCA chapters, in 2007, Washington and Oregon chapters were formed and in 2015, the CCA California chapter was created. The fish are different, but the challenges facing them are often the same on all coasts – destructive commercial gear, degraded habitat and misguided management concepts.
CCA has proven time and again that anglers are the best stewards of the marine environment. We work to protect not only the health, habitat and sustainability of our marine resources, but also the interests of recreational anglers and their access to the resources they cherish. With a growing, well-informed, active membership, CCA continues the mission launched by those 14 visionary anglers so many years ago.
The Franklin County Republican Committee is an arm of the Republican Party of Florida. Both are provided for and regulated by Chapter 103, Florida Statutes. The Franklin County Committee meets on the third Wednesday of each month at different locations. Contact a committee member for the location of our next meeting. We will be pleased to have you.