One day, or one date shall we say, will actually be the last.

Just as the Board of County Commissioners was poised last week to begin enforcement of a prior deadline for storm debris to be placed roadside, another extension was granted by the state.

The deadline for placing storm debris, from Hurricane Michael and not recent storms, officials emphasized Tuesday, along the roadside is now May 1, next Wednesday.

A property owner or homeowner can place storm debris roadside until that date, but the county will adopt a code enforcement stance after that date.

The deadline for all that debris to be off the roadway is now May 31, and neither deadline is likely to be changed again.

The original deadline for storm debris to be cleaned up off roadsides by Florida Department of Transportation contractors was April 15 and has been extended three times, last week by Gov. Ron DeSantis.

The original deadline for placing storm debris roadside was March 15 and has also been extended three times.

 

Wildlife encounters

County officials expressed optimism that a change in regional leadership would lead to better response from and relationship with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission when it comes to wildlife encounters.

The county is currently under something of a bear siege as warmer weather, loss of habitat and the search for food has translated into bear encounters throughout the county.

BOCC chair Sandy Quinn, Jr., a resident of Port St. Joe proper, said he was avoiding putting trash outside until the day of collection.

There have been widespread reports of bears in White City, Highland View and St. Joe Beach, according to county officials.

And over the past two weeks, a blind, old, 11-foot alligator has been visiting the peninsula beaches.

The county is pressing for FWC assistance in addressing both issues.

 

Economic development

Jim McKnight, director of the county Economic Development Coalition provided updates Tuesday on two projects.

Skyborne Technology, he said, was moving ahead with engineering and site planning at the Costin Airport and doing so with another entity which McKnight described as complimentary to Skyborne’s business model.

The other company was not named due to confidentiality reasons.

As for a proposal to build a biofuel plant north of the Port St. Joe city limits, McKnight said the project leaders are working through the Triumph Gulf Coast process as they seek grant funding.