Once upon a time Eastpoint was truly a “Forgotten Coast Town.” It was forgotten by our tax dollars, forgotten by our officials and forgotten by the tourist. It was known only as a stretch of Highway 98 to pass through going to Apalach, Carrabelle or St. George Island.


Once upon a time Eastpoint was truly a “Forgotten Coast Town.” It was forgotten by our tax dollars, forgotten by our officials and forgotten by the tourist. It was known only as a stretch of Highway 98 to pass through going to Apalach, Carrabelle or St. George Island.



Now with the addition of the new signs, Eastpoint finally has a name. Prison inmate crew’s time is being more evenly distributed between Carrabelle, Apalach and Eastpoint which means the streets and sidewalks are being cleaned more often. The newly paved streets, new boat ramp, community pavilion and upcoming Christmas lights are all indications that someone cares.



The most important change however is what was taken out of Eastpoint. The area that many referred to as “Margaritaville” was cleaned out and transformed last week. Inside that stand of palm trees on Patton Drive and Hwy 98 was home to criminals, drunks and homeless. Not only was this area a health hazard, but parents with small children were afraid to use the pavilion. The businesses were being economically hurt because of the panhandling. Instead of stopping to eat or shop, the tourists were locking their car doors because they were afraid of these poor souls who were so intoxicated they were in the middle of the street forcing traffic to stop.



We feel the homeless should be helped and our heart goes out to them; however, we cannot allow them to hurt others or themselves. We feel pride growing in Eastpoint and appreciate all of the officials, work crews, etc. who have a hand in it.