Media Release

John Moran’s Alachua County Photo in FAC Calendar

Tuesday, November 24, 2015 11:30 AM
John MoranLEON COUNTY, FL - Today, the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) announced the county photos that will be included in their 2016 FAC Calendar. This year’s calendar theme is Awesome Weather. Following the selection of a theme, Florida’s 67 counties were asked to submit their best photos of the awesome weather in their county. More than 400 photos were submitted.  From the submissions, fifteen were selected for the 2016 calendar.

“Florida is a diverse state and every year almost 100 million people from around the world travel to our great state to fish, hike, dive, explore our rich history, or just relax on the beach. So many of these activities are fueled by Florida’s amazing weather.” said Florida Association of Counties President and Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief, “We received so many photo submissions it was hard to pick only 15. I only regret that there are not 67 months in a year!”

Alachua County was chosen for the month of September.  When the contest was announced, the County’s Communications and Legislative Affairs Director Mark Sexton approached renowned local nature photographer John Moran to request a submission. Moran graciously agreed and gave the County permission to submit his Veins of Fire photograph, which shows a spectacular night lightning strike over Newnan’s Lake.

“I knew the picture I had to enter,” Moran said, “I shot it on a totally clear night with the stars shining overhead, but it was like electrical Armageddon on the horizon. What a show!”

The fifteen photos chosen to represent fifteen different counties and the great variety of awesome weather we see in Florida every day.  The selected counties are:

• Cover: Broward County
• December 2015: Putnam County
• January 2016: Brevard County
• February 2016: Hillsborough County
• March 2016: Osceola County
• April 2016: Charlotte County
• May 2016: Escambia County
• June 2016: Manatee County
• July 2016: Sarasota County
• August 2016: Leon County
• September 2016: Alachua County
• October 2016: Orange County
• November 2016: Volusia County
• December 2016: Santa Rosa County
• Back Cover: Collier County

The 2016 FAC Calendar is for sale on the FAC website.

Founded in 1929, the Florida Association of Counties is a non-profit association representing the diverse interests of Florida’s 67 counties. The Florida Association of Counties helps counties effectively serve and represent Floridians by strengthening and preserving county home rule through advocacy, education and collaboration.

For more information contact FAC’s Cragin Mosteller at 850-294-9307 or Alachua County Communications and Legislative Affairs Director Mark Sexton at 352-283-2317.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).