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Franklin County boasts some of the most beautiful resources in the entire state. Considered the heart of Florida’s Forgotten Coast, Apalachicola, St. George Island and the surrounding areas of Carrabelle, Eastpoint and Lanark Village are pristine examples of how coastal living should be. 

If you have never visited this part of Florida, you may not realize what you are missing.  For most folks, Apalachicola reminds them of a place from the past.  The romance and charm of it's beautiful historic residences, along with the friendly, nostalgic downtown takes you back to a bygone era.  Life seems simpler here, and with that it becomes easier to relax and unwind. 

The beaches of St. George Island are remarkable for their beauty and unspoiled nature.  Towering dunes, sea oats, and plenty of wildlife characterize the island.  For 2012, "Dr. Beach" rated St. George Island State Park at No. 4 in the nation!  http://www.drbeach.org/4.html

If you are looking for something different in a Florida Vacation, consider Apalachicola.  We have beautiful Vacation Rentals at the High Cotton Marketplace.  These 2 bedroom, 2 bath accommodations are fully furnished and are conveniently located in the heart of historic downtown Apalachicola.  For more information on Vacation Rentals, click here: High Cotton Vacation Rentals

Area Links

Franklin County Tourist Development Council
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
Carrabelle Area Chamber of Commerce
City of Apalachicola
City of Carrabelle

Other Links to People, Places and Things We Like

Jon Boring Photography - Beautiful photographic images of Florida.
Artist Paula Harmon - Paula's funky, organic stylings in mixed media capture the spirit of the Forgotten Coast!
Artemis Gallery - Unique art gallery and women's boutique located in the High Cotton Marketplace
Apalachicola Museum of Art
The Orman House Museum
St. George Island Light House
Robinson Brothers Guide Service - Local fishing guides know where to make sure you hook up!

 

Apalachicola

Apalachicola is a small coastal town lying at the mouth of the Apalachicola River and overlooking the Apalachicola Bay. Rich in history, it has predominantly been a seafood industry port for many years. The last decade has given rise to a growth in the tourism industry and Apalachicola now boasts fine restaurants and unique shops and boutiques showcasing local artists and craftspeople. Restoration of the intricately detailed victorian era homes and businesses have reclaimed the charm and character of the town and its past. As Apalachicola continues into its upward trends of population, restoration and economic growth, new business opportunities await the entrepreneur with vision.  If you are interested in an Apalahicola vacation, give us a call for information about the Residences at High Cotton Marketplace Vacation Rentals.  You will love the convenience of these accommodations in the heart of downtown Apalachicola in our lovely, fully furnished vacation rentals.  

Apalachicola History

Apalachicola, the county seat of Franklin County, has a rich history, whose lasting appeal is as important to our visitors as is its seafood industry. Today’s visitor will find Apalachicola far removed from the summer of its youth more than 100 years ago when its harbor was a forest of masts and spars, and major European powers maintained consulates here. The first settlement was established in 1821, incorporated in 1828 as West Point, and renamed Apalachicola in 1831. The Cape St. George Lighthouse on Little St. George Island, built in 1833, stands today as a weathered reminder of days gone by. By 1837, Apalachicola had become the 3rd largest port on the Gulf of Mexico, shipping cotton brought down the Apalachicola River on steamboats from the plantations... Read More about the History of Apalachicola

Apalachicola Demographics

Population:approximately 3500
Utilities:
Power: Progress Energy (800) 700-8744
Water: City of Apalachicola (850) 653-9319
Sewage: City of Apalachicola (850) 653-9319
Trash Removal: City of Apalachicola (850) 653-9319
Phone: Fairpoint Communications (800) 772-7288
Gas and Propane: Amerigas (850) 653-9329
Traffic Counts and Visitors: 12,000-14,000 vehicles per day central downtown.


St. George Island

St George Island is a barrier island with miles of pristine white sand beaches on the gulf and uncounted coves and bayous on the bay. It is an unincorporated area, governed by Franklin County. It has become one of the most coveted vacation destinations in Florida, consistently ranking among the top ten beaches in the continental U.S.  St. George has experienced unprecedented growth in land values in the last 10 years. With development strictly regulated, the demand for exclusive beach properties has escalated dramatically. St. George is protected with strict zoning covenants and has a limited commercial district, focused in the center of the island. With the economic growth that the island has experienced, expect an increasing demand for services and great potential for commercial development.

St. George Island Demographics

Population: around 1,000 
Utilities:
Power: Progress Energy (800) 700-8744
Water: St.George Island Utilities Company (850) 927-2648
Sewage: Aerobic systems required
Trash Removal: Argus Services, Inc. (800) 273-5838, (850) 670-8441
Phone: Fairpoint Communications (800) 772-7288
Celluar Phone Service:
U.S. Cellular (850) 386-8999
Alltell (800) 758-0240
Internet Access Provider:
Gulf Coast Internet (850) 653-3711
Fairpoint Communications (800) 772-7288 or 811
Volaris Online (866) 865-2747
Mediacom (800) 239-8411
Gas and Propane: Amerigas (850) 653-9329
Traffic Counts: #1 - Annual Average Daily Traffic: 4,200 vehicles
Sewage: Aerobic systems required


Carrabelle

The coastal fishing village of Carrabelle lies 22 miles to the east of Apalachicola. Predominantly a seafood port, Carrabelle boasts an excellent location with a deep water port. At the mouth of the Carrabelle River, the city overlooks Apalachicola Bay and scenic Dog Island. With only 3 miles to the Gulf of Mexico and the intracoastal waterway, it is primed to be the next area for major development in Franklin County. Currently, the county is embarking on improvements to the county-owned airport, and new commercial development is beginning to take place particularly along the water front. A championship golf course is open to the public,  just 6 miles east of town. Trends to expect for Carrabelle include recognition of the outstanding sportsfishing, and the development of the area as one of the best sportfishing resorts along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The potential of Carrabelle is on the verge of being discovered, as more and more visitors seek the beauty and bounty of the Forgotten Coast.


Eastpoint

Eastpoint is a small fishing community located on the Eastern Shore of the Apalachicola Bay, across the bay from Apalachicola. The Mainland connection to the St. George Island bridge begins here. The general consensus is that Eastpoint will develop into the county’s commercial hub for highway commercial shopping centers. Eastpoint is an unincorporated community and is governed by Franklin County.  Plans are currently underway for the redevelopment of the Eastpoint waterfront as a mixed-use community, combining seafood, retail, restaurants and residences.


Lanark

A favorite shallow water fishing destination, Lanark Village sits 4 miles east of Carrabelle. It’s location on the scenic Apalachicola Bay makes it a favorite spot of anglers seeking to land tarpon, trout and redfish. Sight fishing the shallow bay waters is a particular treat. The view from the village encompasses the open waters of the Bay and secluded Dog Island.

Currently there is a limited amount of commercial development, but as the area continues to grow the potential for rezoning, particularly for highway commercial, is high. Trends in the county favor Carrabelle and Lanark Village following the course of Apalachicola and St. George Island as more visitors discover this unique part of Florida.  Lanark has seen a swift growth in land values over the last few years. Expectations for this area show it to be favored for the next phase of major development in Franklin County.

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