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  1. Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) The Department of Children and Family, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has initiated the federal Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 12 counties to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. DCF anticipates serving approximately 130,000 families through the federal D-SNAP program as result of Hurricane Michael. DCF served more than 1.2 million households for Hurricane Irma disaster food assistance last year. Following DCF’s request, the federal government has granted permission to conduct phone applications for those individuals in all 12 counties who may not be able to attend the in-person events. Families in these counties, and those who are displaced as a result of the storm, are strongly encouraged to pre-register and take advantage of the phone application option. DCF will host D-SNAP events in three phases, based on the order in which they were declared eligible for Individual Assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): DSNAP Locations Sites are being finalized and information regarding locations, dates and times can be found for each site at www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/access/dsnap/register.shtml . To quality for D-SNAP, applicants must have lived or worked in one of the counties declared for FEMA Individual Assistance on Oct. 10, and not be receiving food assistance through the regular SNAP program. Additionally, eligible individuals and families must have suffered a disaster-related loss, such as damage to their homes or self-employment property, loss of food, reduction or loss of income, or have incurred other disaster-related expenses. Applicants must also be financially eligible. DCF will provide or mail Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to eligible individuals and families to use at authorized USDA food retailers. Individuals and authorized representatives are strongly encouraged to pre-register online. Pre-registration is a brief application process that adds your information to the system in advance of your local site visit. D-SNAP pre-registration will be available on the D-SNAP website and open for people in need of food assistance in eligible counties prior to the phone and on-site events. D-SNAP sites in Gulf, Bay, Franklin, Taylor, and Wakulla counties will open next week. Individuals who lived or worked in these counties on Oct. 10 can pre-register beginning Oct. 26. Pre-registration for other eligible counties will be available prior to the opening of the local site. Individuals, families and authorized representatives that pre-register must still call or visit a D-SNAP site to be interviewed. Individuals may also apply at D-SNAP site locations without pre-registration. Applicants who opt to visit an on-site event to complete the application process should attend in their county of residence and only one person per household needs to visit the on-site event. Additional individuals attending may contribute to longer lines and extended service times. Each site will have designated areas for people with special needs. Current food assistance participants should not pre-register, apply over the phone or visit the local D-SNAP site; additional October benefits will be added to current client EBT cards in the 12 impacted counties. DCF ordered an early release of food assistance benefits for those Florida residents in the 35 counties included in Governor Scott’s pre-landfall emergency order who would have receive normal SNAP benefits in October. DCF also waived restrictions on purchasing hot prepared food with SNAP benefits through October 31 statewide to assist customers who evacuated to another area or suffered storm damage to their home. Visit the D-SNAP website for more information on pre-registration, site locations, and hours of operation.
  2. Unincorporated Bay County Debris Removal Debris removal is under way in Bay County, as 192 trucks are running countywide during daylight hours. More than 75,000 cubic yards of debris are collected each day and, to date, the county has collected approximately 600,000 cubic yards of debris out of an estimated 5 million cubic yards total. The effort is expected to continue through December. Residents are asked to organize debris into categories on the county right-of-way (ROW) – vegetative, construction materials, metal and appliances – for removal. If no room is left on the ROW, please place debris as close as possible. The first pass of debris removal is for vegetative materials and will be removed from the roadways and ROW, including as much continuous debris as the machinery can reach without entering private property. As soon as debris is cleared by the hauler, it is important that residents bring debris from the rest of the yard to the front public right-of-way (ROW) so that it can be removed during a later pass. When placing debris curbside, please do not place it over the water meter, near a fire hydrant or in a drainage ditch. Plastic bags and household trash will not be collected as debris. Debris on private roads and gated communities will be included in the collection effort, but private road property owners must sign a waiver allowing contractors to remove debris from their roadways. The waivers are available online at www.recoverbaycounty.com. Also at the Steel Field Landfill Hurricane Debris from your house can be dropped off at the Steel Field Landfill (11411 Landfill Rd, Panama City Beach) for no charge. You must show proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a bill. The extended hours are Monday – Sunday, 7 am – 6 pm.
  3. Open Childcare Centers ABC University – 1338 Florida Ave., Panama City - (850)872-2112 Adventure Club Learning Center – 2405 E Baldwin Rd, Panama City – (850)522-0171 Appletree Academy – 7221 Patronis Dr., Panama City Beach – (850)233-3884 Bay Kidz Academy – 1416 W 16th St, Panama City – (850)628-4828 Beach Kids Academy – 2016 Allison Ave, Panama City – (850)230-6271 Boys and Girls Club (Frank Brown) – 16200 Back Beach Rd, Panama City Beach – (850)236-3030 Club 4 Kids – 3120 E Highway 390, Panama City – (850)277-0026 Club for Kiddies – 1712 Beck Ave, Panama City – (850)215-2450 Exceed Learning Childcare Center – 705 Jenks Ave, Panama City – (850)481-1275 First Baptist Daycare Learning Center – 623 Grace Ave, Panama City – (850)769-7905 Girls Inc – 300 Clara Ave, Panama City Beach – (850)588-8711 Gulf Beach Baptist Weekday Preschool – 10620 Hutchison Blvd, PCB – (850)249-5437 Little Hearts Learning Center – 1315 E 14th St, Lynn Haven – (850)571-5310 Lynn Haven Early Learning – 1849 Virginia Ave, Lynn Haven – (850)265-6221 New Bethel Academy – 1942 East 7th St, Panama City – (850)763-8341 PCB Academy – 16910 Innocente Ave, Panama City Beach – (850)234-0929 PCB Academy New Beginnings – 271 S Highway 79, Panama City Beach – (850)234-1223 Pons Child Care – 100B Jazz Dr, Panama City – (850)387-4849 Precious Memories Childcare – 12112 Highway 231, Youngstown – (850)753-3285 Primary Prep School – 6 Miracle Strip Loop, Panama City Beach – (850)234-5437 Small Town Childcare and Preschool – 7713 Highway 77, Southport – (850)265-1070 St Andrews Academy of Early Learning – 2618 W 10th St, Panama City – (850)573-5441 St Bernadette Child Development Academy – 1214 Moylan Rd, PCB – (850)230-0009 Stacey’s Fun in the Sun Preschool- 8713 Front Beach Dr, Panama City Beach – (850)236-1297 Stacey’s Fun in the Sun Preschool 2 – 7101 Big Daddy Dr, Panama City Beach – (850)234-0210 Stacey’s Fun in the Sun Preschool 3 – 6109 Cherry St, Panama City – (850)871-9915 Stacey’s Swingers Preschool – 14130 Highway 77, Southport – (850)271-1248 Woodlawn Child Development Center – 219 N Alf Coleman Rd, PCB – (850)708-1618
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    SCHOOLS

    SCHOOLS Tentatively, the following schools will open on Nov. 5, 2018: Northside Elementary School Mosley High School (split schedule with Merritt Brown Middle School Oakland Terrace Elementary School Parker Elementary School (with Patterson Elementary displaced students Tommy Smith Elementary School West Bay Elementary School Patronis Elementary School Waller Elementary School Hutchison Beach Elementary School New Horizons Learning Center Southport Elementary School Lynn Haven Elementary School Lucille Moore Elementary School Deer Point Elementary School Callaway Elementary School (with Tyndall Elementary displaced students) All other school sites (except Springfield Elementary, Tyndall Elementary, and Patterson Elementary) will be opening no later than the week of Nov. 13. Additional Information:  The colors of the dress code will be temporarily waived, and Bay District Schools asks that students come dressed appropriately for school each day.  Bay District Schools petitioned the state Department of Education for a waiver of many requirements (including the requirement to use FSA as a promotion requirement).  All elementary schools will operate on a full school day. Some schools will have slightly-altered school opening/closing times. More specifics will be coming at a later time.  Tyndall students will attend on the campus with Callaway Elementary.  Springfield students will attend with Cedar Grove Elementary.  Patterson students will attend with Parker Elementary students.  It is expected that this arrangement will last for a significant amount of time because the Tyndall, Springfield and Patterson campuses are heavily damaged.  All students will receive free breakfast and lunch.  You are encouraged to register your student at the school closest to where you now live. You are welcome to provide your own transportation to your student's original school, but we will not be able to provide that transportation.  Locations where you can complete "needs lists" for students who need school-appropriate clothing, will be provided at a later time. We are so thankful to have received a lot of donations and we hope to be able to provide clothing to all students in need.  School supplies are being provided directly to our schools so there is no need to worry about paper, crayons, markers, notebooks etc. All the supplies will be at the school when your students arrive.  We are in the process of arranging for crisis counselors, art therapy and other resources for our students. We plan to address the student’s mental health concerns prior to returning fully to reading, writing and math. If your elementary school is not listed as a school with a shared campus, then it is not a shared campus and students should attend their original campus. However, given the traffic situation and current logistics being faced by many families, we recommend students attend the school closest to the places where they now reside so that transportation can be provided. Thank you for understanding these temporary changes as we continue to provide for your student’s education. We will provide additional information, such as the school calendar, ACT/SAT and bus routes as they become available. Go to Facebook @baydistrictschools for more details.
  6. Ride ShareUber To support disaster recovery efforts following Hurricane Michael, Uber is providing rides, food, and reliefto the families and communities affected by the storm.To support displaced families throughout the Southeast, Uber is working directly with government officials and the American Red Cross. Our current efforts include:  Providing free rides up to $25 each to and from state-approved evacuation shelters in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama so people in impacted areas can access transportation when they most need it.  Coordinating with Airlink to provide transportation to their first responders on the ground.  Coordinating with local partners to deliver donations of food to volunteers.  Providing discounted meals to law enforcement working tirelessly to keep our communities safe. If you are a government, nonprofit, or other organization with an immediate need for rides or are interested in partnering on other response efforts, please email SErelief@uber.com and we will respond as soon as possible. https://www.uber.com/…/fl…/hurricane-michael-relief-efforts/
  7. TAX COLLECTIONNotice to Bay County Property OwnersTax Collector Chuck Perdue is very sensitive to the needs of Bay County citizens affected by the recentdamage due to the hurricane; however, state law requires the tax collector to mail and collect 2018property tax bills.Below are a few important things to remember: We understand your property may not be in the condition it was in on Jan. 1, 2018. However,State law requires taxes be assessed as of Jan. 1, 2018 for the 2018 year. Property taxes are payable anytime between now and March 31, 2019. Please keep in mindthere is no penalty for late payment until after March 31, 2019, and you do receive a discount ifyou pay early. The tax collector has extended the 4-percent discount period through Dec. 31,2018. If your home, storage building, shed or commercial building was destroyed, please remember tocontact the Bay County Property Appraiser’s Office at 850-248-8401 so your assessment can beadjusted for next year (2019). Please remember our property tax dollars go to help pay for many services, including fire andrescue, law enforcement protection and infrastructure such as roads and utilities. Our taxingauthorities’ resources have been significantly depleted as they have responded to needs andcontinue working towards recovery in the wake of Hurricane Michael.The Bay County Property Appraiser has certified and delivered the 2018 Bay County Ad Valorem andNon-Ad Valorem Tax Rolls to the Office of the Bay County Tax Collector. Beginning, Thursday, Nov. 1,2018, the tax rolls are open for collection.Pay online with a debit/credit card or e-check at: www.baytaxcollector.com.Convenience fees apply.Taxes are not delinquent until after March 31, 2019.Mail payments to: BCTC, Panama City Panama City Beach. Office Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,Friday – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday— 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Contact us at (850) 248-8501 or visit us at:P.O. Box 2285 Panama City, FL 32402850 W. 11th Street Panama City, FL 3240110520 Hutchison Blvd Panama City Beach, FL 32407After hours payment drop boxes are available at each branch. Payments will be processed within 48hours.
  8. VOLUNTEERS The Bay County Emergency Operations Center will open a Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) on Monday, Oct. 29 at the Southport Community Center, located at 7734 Franklin Ave., Southport. The VRC provides a central location for the public to learn about, sign up for, and volunteer for the Hurricane Michael relief efforts throughout the Bay County area. The VRC will be open daily from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Prospective volunteers should be aware of the following:  Volunteers wishing to help will go through a background check through publicly available websites at www.VolunteerFlorida.org or www.crisiscleanup.org. Log your volunteer hours. Whether you are affiliated with an organization/group or you are an individual helping with recovery, turning in your hours helps the county by reducing their cost needed to make “Bay County Strong.”  Volunteers must complete an application and be prepared to show professional licensure, if applicable.  Volunteers that do NOT wish to be connected with a volunteer disaster team should not register at the VRC.  All volunteers must be willing to sign a release of liability; if under the age of 18, parents must sign the release form.  Volunteers will be given specific job site assignments only after they are connected with a trained and experienced disaster relief team.  The assignment of volunteers to teams will be dependent upon the needs of survivors that have been identified through a responding agency or organizations; assignments may not be immediate.  Volunteers must be willing to turn in a time sheet at the end of each assignment.  Not all jobs are manual labor. Anyone can volunteer; no experience is necessary. Volunteers are integral in every disaster and are core to a community’s recovery. Dedicated volunteers working together will speed up recovery efforts in the Bay County area. Volunteer management and training is fundamental to community rebuilding efforts and resilience. The VRC will coordinate, train and deploy volunteers into teams that meet critical community needs. Ongoing hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Come join us and make Bay County Strong. Please do not travel to the impacted area to volunteer without being assigned through an established disaster response group. We are seeing large numbers of untrained volunteers come forward wanting to help in areas that are still EXTREMELY UNSAFE. Volunteers not involved in a coordinated effort, though well-meaning, are a HINDRANCE when not PART OF AN ORGANIZED PROCESS.
  9. Shelters Bay County Emergency Management and the American Red Cross will consolidate the three emergencyshelters still in operation at Bozeman Learning Center, Breakfast Point Academy, and Surfside MiddleSchool into a single location at Arnold High School beginning Tuesday, Oct. 30.The new, temporary shelter location will be in place as local and state officials continue to work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) toward a longer-term solution to Bay County’s housing crisis in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael. Red Cross teams will oversee the dormitory section of the shelter, offering a welcoming environment for all residents, including parents, caregivers and people with access or functional needs. They will also work in conjunction with community and government partners to start creating community recovery plans. Trained caseworkers have begun to provide personal support to survivors. Currently, approximately 826 evacuees remain in the shelters. Crews continue working to prepare Arnold High School for the relocation, with the first group of evacuees arriving from Bozeman on Tuesday and the remainder from the beach schools throughout the day on Wednesday. The new shelter will have climate-controlled accommodations for pets, as well as medical, postal services, social services, transportation, and recreational facilities. The shelters will continue to accept any person in Bay County in need of assistance. For more information about when schools will open, please visit Bay District Schools’ at www.bay.k12.fl.us.
  10. Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) The Disaster Recovery Center is open Location: Bay County Public Library, 898 W 11th Street, Panama City Hours: Every day from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The FEMA DRC provides information about: Housing and rental resource information Referral to other support agencies Status of applications received from FEMA Crisis counseling Disaster legal services Disaster unemployment Small Business Administration (SBA)
  11. Baby born after Hurricane Michael starts life in Walmart parking lot PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A baby born near the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Michael spent his first night outside a hospital in a Walmart parking lot because no better shelter was available. Wilmer Capps says he and wife Lorrainda Smith had no choice but to camp out at the store the night their son Luke was released from an Alabama hospital because their home in Panama City, Florida, was badly damaged by the storm. While their apartment was soggy and full of mosquitoes, he says, the parking lot at least had a cool breeze. They've since stayed in a hotel room provided by donors. Capps was upset at first by his family's plight, but now says he's thankful for the assistance they've received. Mother and baby Luke are doing fine.
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    Boost the Smoking Age

    A Local Push to Boost the Smoking Age NEARLY 350 CITIES AND communities in the United States have opted to increase the minimum legal sales age for tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – from 18 to 21. On Monday, San Antonio, Texas, became the first city in the Lone Star state and 341st locality in the U.S. to enact a Tobacco 21 ordinance, 13 years after Needham, Massachusetts, became the first town to increase its minimum smoking age in 2005. The localities that have already bumped the age limit up range from big cities like Chicago and New York City to small cities and counties like Garden City, Kansas, and Adams County, Mississippi. "It's kind of like a little series of wildfires spreading around the country, and I say we're the cheerleaders," says Dr. Rob Crane, a Ohio State University clinical professor in the family medicine department and president of the Dublin, Ohio-based Prevention Tobacco Addiction Foundation, which runs the national Tobacco 21 campaign. At the end of December, Massachusetts will join five states – Hawaii, California, New Jersey, Maine and Oregon – as well as Guam and Washington, D.C. in enacting a law that bans the sale of tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. Crane says the Tobacco 21 legislation also pushes for a change in enforcement, from police to public health departments, to more effectively limit nicotine initiation. Opponents to the age limit change say that it will hurt small businesses and local tax revenue as well as breach personal freedoms of young adults who, at the age of 18, have the ability to vote and join the military. Despite 26 municipalities already enforcing the higher age limit, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner struck down a statewide ordinance in August to raise the minimum smoking age. "Unfortunately, this legislation will inhibit the choice of consumers while also not helping keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth," Rauner said in his veto message, the State Journal-Register reports. "Raising the age people can purchase tobacco products will push residents to buy tobacco products from non-licensed vendors in neighboring states. Since no neighboring state has raised the age for purchasing tobacco products, local businesses and the state will see decreased revenue while public health impacts continue." But, Crane says, every age restriction limit, whether for alcohol or casino gambling, is set by policymakers and citizens to protect the public. "I'm sure there are plenty of 14 year olds who can drive a car fine, but we have to decide on an arbitrary maturity level that we think best fits the likelihood of them being ready," he says. "For those things which we think are riskier – like handgun purchase: 21; alcohol purchase: 21; being a foster parent in almost every state is 21; casino gambling in almost every state is 21 – it's a thoughtful attempt to pair responsibility with increasing maturity, and I think every parent gets that." A 2015 study from the Institutes of Medicine found that raising the legal age for tobacco product purchase to 21 nationwide would result in "approximately 249,000 fewer premature deaths, 45,000 fewer deaths from lung cancer, and 4.2 million fewer years of life lost" for people born between 2000 and 2019, as well as "approximately 286,000 fewer preterm births, 438,000 fewer cases of low birth weight, and roughly 4,000 fewer sudden infant death cases among mothers age 15 to 49." Most daily smokers – 90 percent – reportedly began smoking before the age of 19, according to the study. The widespread push comes almost 35 years after then-President Ronald Reagan lifted the drinking age from 18 to 21 and amid a flurry of studies showing a rise in e-cigarette use among teens despite overall youth tobacco use declining in recent years. On Tuesday, the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, released a three-year studybolstering evidence of e-cigarette and cigarette use among teens leading to a reciprocal increase in use of both products over time. U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in September referred to the annual growth in e-cigarette use among teenagers as "an epidemic" that threatens to create a new generation of people addicted to nicotine. "The disturbing and accelerating trajectory of use we're seeing in youth, and the resulting path to addiction, must end. It's simply not tolerable," Gottlieb said in a department-issued statement. Earlier this year, the FDA announced its Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan, which intends to curb marketing at youth, prevent underage access and educate teens about "the dangers of using any tobacco product, including e-cigarettes." Two days ago, As of 2017, more than 3.6 million middle and high school students were current tobacco users, and e-cigarettes have been the most commonly used tobacco product among both groups since 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  13. Bonifay police officer arrested for allegedly selling drugs out of patrol car According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, a Bonifay police officer is in custody after reportedly selling drugs out of his patrol car. FDLE agents arrested Dwayne White, 48, after beginning their investigation in September. Agents received information from the Holmes County Sheriff's Office that White was reportedly selling prescription opioid tablets. Earlier this month FDLE agents made a controlled purchase of opioids from White. Investigators say at the time of the purchase White was selling the drugs out of his marked patrol vehicle, while in uniform, and using his personal cell phone to make the deals. White was arrested Friday night and was charged with selling a controlled substance within 1000 feet of an assisted living facility and unlawful use of a two-way communication device. He is currently being held in the Walton County jail
  14. Two facing charges after marijuana is found growing inside apartment Two people are facing charges after officials find marijuana growing inside a local apartment. According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a disturbance at an apartment in Okaloosa Island where during a protective sweep of the unit, they found marijuana growing inside, as well as half a pound of marijuana and a firearm. Leeann Pabon and Favian Pabon are charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, cultivation of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. They are also facing other charges related to outstanding warrants.
  15. Hundreds of people rally in Panama City for national pro-life campaign - Roughly 200 people lined the sidewalks of 23rd Street near Walmart and Hobby Lobby in Panama City Sunday, as part of the National Life Chain event. Over the honking and the road noise, those who attended say the goal was to spread a message of love and support by holding a variety of signs. "We want to support people who feel like they don't have another option... We have signs that say "life is the first inalienable right" and that's just that babies have no option. The baby was created and we're out here fighting for that baby's rights," Saint Dominic Parishioner Haley Wright said. "It's a great opportunity to stand for something you believe in, to give a voice to those who have no voice," Pastor of Saint Dominic Catholic Church Fr. Michael Nixon said. Some of the signs read "adoption is the loving option". Others read "pray to end abortion", but those we spoke to say the overall message is to raise awareness and let people know they are loved. "We're all just out here, not to condemn anybody at all. Our message is only about love," Wright said.
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