Welcome to Apalachicola!
Once considered the third largest shipping port on the Gulf Coast, Apalachicola is the county seat of Franklin County. Remnants of its colorful and diverse past remain very visible today through its many historic homes and buildings. There are more than 900 historic homes, buildings and sites in the city's historic district. You can begin learning about this historic port by downloading Apalachicola's Historic Museum and Historic site map and brochure.
Apalachicola's history and maritime culture are matched only by the area's bountiful natural resources and fresh local seafood, including the world-famous Apalachicola Bay oyster! If you're a visitor here, you'll find plenty of restaurants serving fresh local seafood.
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Public Notice of Downtown Street Closure
Starting Monday, June 10 through Wednesday, June 12, Commerce Street from Avenue D to Avenue E will be closed to thru traffic so that contractors can install a water line underneath the road to the public restroom facility now under construction.
Only vehicles traveling down Commerce Street from the vicinity of the U.S. Post Office will be allowed entrance into the Centennial Bank drive thru area for the expressed purpose of banking and exit onto Avenue E in front of the bank.
Please bear with your city leadership as we complete this all important project that will greatly benefit the entire community.
We thank each of you in advance for your understanding and patience during this temporary phase of construction.
City Launches Online GIS Flood and Zoning maps
Proposed Federal Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) zones, along with the City's current zoning districts are the first of the City's Geographic Information System (GIS) map layers now available online. Click here to view the City's online flood zone map and zoning map. The proposed FIRM flood layer is not yet official and should only be used for general information. Current FIRM paper maps are available for review either at City Hall, through your local insurance carrier or by clicking here. The final FIRM maps are not expected to be finalized until later this year or early 2014. The remapping of Franklin County's FIRM zones is part of FEMA's major overhaul of its floodplain management program in which flood regulations and rate maps nationwide are being updated to minimize flood risk. The zoning and FIRM maps are the first of several map layers currently under construction. Expect more in coming months! Note: The GIS map portal is best viewed in browsers other than Firefox.
City Begins Floodplain Management Ordinance Revision Process
The City of Apalachicola is reviewing federally mandated revisions to its Floodplain Management Ordinance this summer. The new regulations, along with revised Federal Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are the result of a multi-year endeavor by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to assess and minimize flood risk statewide and replace current flood maps that are up to 15 years old. Many coastal areas in the City (and County) are proposed to change to either a higher or lower flood elevation zone - a change which could impact construction and insurance rates in coastal zones.
The City will hold the third in a series of public workshops on May 13 with the Planning and Zoning Board to review the proposed ordinance. The public is encouraged to attend. If you would like to review the proposed ordinance, you may click here to download the ordinance or you may review a copy on file in the City's administrative offices at 1 Avenue E between the hours of 8 - 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFMD) has launched a flood zone portal which allows you to plug in your address to see both your current flood zone category and the new proposed zone. Click here to access the portal. You can also visit the FEMA website directly and view the current FIRM maps zones by clicking here.
City to Clarify Land Use Map Categories for Public Property
As part of its EAR-based amendments, the City has drafted changes to its land use map to clarify use categories on publically-owned properties in the City. The changes do not apply to any privately owned property. Use changes include switching publically-owned parcel classifications from commerical and residential to recreational and/or public facilities depending on the location of the parcel. You may review the current land use map here . Click here to review the proposed land use map changes. Click here to review the proposed changes.
Apalachicola Restore Act
Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson's statements regarding Apalachicola Bay and RESTORE Act funding for the City. Read the letter by clicking here.
Apalachicola Restore Act Application: The City Commission agreed to consider eligible pre-funding applications past a January 25 deadline outlined in the initial application. Click here to learn more about the process and to download a RESTORE Act application. (Please note: the pdf application can be saved into an editable Word Format file in Acrobat Pro. If you need a word format file of the application, please contact Cindy Summerhill at 850-653-9319 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Download FAQs here. Learn how Apalachicola is connected to Franklin County in the RESTORE Act by clicking here.
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