Incumbent Cal Allen has served on the Franklin County Tourist Development Council, the Apalachee Regional Planning Commission and as liaison to Franklin County Emergency Management for the city.
Allen said he wants a “good, open, honest and fair campaign.”
In a July 19 interview, he said, “I’m looking forward to this. We have a lot of interesting things going on right now. Experience has given me the voices of reason and judgment to see things from other peoples’ point of view.”
He said his status as a retiree gives him the time needed to fulfill the duties of a city council member.
Allen expressed optimism on the topic of repaying Carrabelle’s construction debt for updating the water and sewer system.
“I feel like we’re making real progress. There will be an increase in rates but not as much as we were thinking. I believe we will come out debt-free sooner rather than later,” said Allen.
If reelected, Allen plans to work with the county to obtain RESTORE funds and be sure that Carrabelle receives its fair share of the BP settlement.
“This is important,” said Allen. “We have a lot of good we can do with that money in Carrabelle if we can come to an agreement. I would love to see some movement on that.”
Among the pet projects, Allen envisions tackling, if funding becomes available, are restoration of the Gulfside wetland known as the “Frog Pond” as part of a stormwater drainage system and getting as many Carrabelle homes as possible on city water and sewer to eliminate the use of septic tanks. “Mandatory trash pick-up would be nice if we could enforce it but we have too many people who can’t afford it,” he said.
Allen said he also hopes to see Carrabelle become a regional provider of water in keeping with the suggestion of the Northwest Florida Water Management District.
“That would cut operational costs for everyone,” he said. “Research by the county has shown the city is in the best position to do that.”
He foresees a future where the city economy is firmly based in tourism with some commercial seafood harvesting.
Allen also hopes to see manufacturing in Carrabelle. “As far as providing jobs, we have to create a climate friendly to business and entrepreneurship,” he said.
Allen invites voters with questions to contact him at 524-1124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.