John Spohrer Launches New Novel Saturday

Join us this Saturday, December 30 at Downtown Books in Apalachicola, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, for a book signing and launch of John Spohrer’s new novel.  LOVE, FOOTBALL AND MURDER is a mystery suspense novel set in Louisiana in the mid-1980s.  Here is a link to John and the TV ad for the event.

https://www.facebook.com/john.spohrer/videos/1650086355014770/

Book launch and signing. December 30, 1:00-3:00 pm at Downtown Books in Apalachicola.

Book launch and signing. December 30, 1:00-3:00 pm at Downtown Books in Apalachicola.

 

Vintage 1983 Video for St George Plantation on SGI

Watch this old promotional video for the Plantation on St. George Island.

https://vimeo.com/203475503

Seafood Heritage of Franklin County

Watch this 30-minute program about the Seafood Heritage of Franklin County, Florida.

Seafood Heritage

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Sales Volume up 22% in Franklin County

The real estate sales volume in Franklin County increased 22%, from $30.4 million in 2016 to $37.1 million this year through May.  The number of closed sales was 89, compared to 80 in 2016, for an 11% increase. The average sales price is up and inventory is down.  For more information and a detailed analysis, here is a link to the statistics provided by the Realtor Association of Franklin & Gulf Counties.

Housing Reports

 

Buyer Seminar SGI – Wednesday 9:30 am

ST. GEORGE ISLAND BUYER SEMINAR

Wednesday 9:30 am EDT
140 W 1st St, SGI

Join us in person or watch live streaming on Facebook @BHHSBPOF.  Learn the basics of buying property here on the island.

For those of you I’ve know a long time, you may remember when we did buyer seminars back in the 1990s at Oyster Cove. It was a fun way to help people who were thinking about buying real estate on the island.

 

Southern Living’s Best Beaches in the South

St. George Island was named one of the best beaches in the South by Southern Living Magazine.

http://www.southernliving.com/travel/2017-souths-best-beaches#st-george-island-florida

Sunrise on St George Island

Sunrise on St George Island

1970s St. George Island Marketing Film

In the early 1970s, Leisure Properties produced a promotional film for marketing St, George Island.  Narrated by actor Jose Ferrer, the film features local residents.

 

Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour – May 7

The 24th Annual Historic Apalachicola Home & Garden Tour will be held this weekend on May 6-7.  Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, the tour brings hundreds of visitors to town.  The featured house is “Villa Rosa,” the home of Michaelin and Dave Watts. Built by George and John Marshall for The Mohr family, circa 1895, this Queen Anne Victorian is located at Lafayette Park.  Click in the link below to see the homes on this year’s tour.   www.apalachicolahistorichometour.org

Featured home "Villa Rosa"

Featured home “Villa Rosa”

 

 

St. George Island Beaches Named To Top 10 List

St. George Island’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce State Park has again been voted one of the Top 10 Beaches in the U.S., according to Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s annual nationwide ranking of beaches.

Sunrise on St George Island

Sunrise on St George Island

The St. George Island State Park Beach remains at the #3 spot for 2015 – a position it has maintained since 2013. This is the fifth year that the nine-mile beach park located at the east end of St. George Island has made Dr. Leatherman’s top 10 list. The St. George Island State Park Beach is one of three Florida beaches to make the 2015 list.
Dr. Stephen Leatherman, (a.k.a. Dr. Beach) is a professor and director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He is considered a world authority on coastal storm impacts, beach erosion and has been ranking the nation’s beaches since 1991. The doctor uses 50 criteria to select his spots, including water quality, safety, available activities and environmental factors.
About the St. George Island ranking, Dr. Leatherman says, “The Florida panhandle beaches are known for their powdery, super white sands. The sand here is squeaky clean (just rub your feet on the sand and hear it squeak). The State Park beach is on the eastern end of the island. Pathways take you across the “walking” dunes to the bayside. Stingrays are sometimes resting in the shallow waters so shuffle your feet when entering. Birding and fishing are very popular activities.”

According to Josh Hodson, St. George Island State Park Manager, park attendance has increased by approximately 10 percent each year since the island park has made Dr. Leatherman’s list. In 2014, park attendance topped 225,000, Hodson said.

The complete top 10 Beach List for 2015 is as follows:
No. 1: Waimanalo Bay Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii
No. 2: Barefoot Beach Preserve County Park, Bonita Springs, Florida
No. 3: St. George Island State Park Florida panhandle
No. 4: Hamoa Beach, Maui, Hawaii
No. 5: Cape Hatteras, Outer Banks, North Carolina
No. 6: Cape Florida State Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
No. 7: Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
No. 8: Beachwalker Park, Kiawah Island, South Carolina
No. 9: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples, Florida
No. 10: East Beach, Santa Barbara, California

     To learn more about St. George Island, visit Saltyflorida.com.

Press Release from Franklin County Tourist Development Council • 731 Hwy. 98, Eastpoint, FL 32329 • 866-914-2068

Apalachicola Featured on MSN.com

Apalachicola was recently featured on MSN.com in a slide show “10 Coastal Towns Where You Can Afford to Retire.”  Interestingly, the photograph used on MSN.com is from St. George Island.  Below please find a link to the article.  Click “Read More” which will go to another page where the hotlink is active.

http://a.msn.com/00/en-us/AAbo1dp?ocid=se

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