The Historic Apalachicola Foundation sought and administered the state funding which enabled the design and construction of Lafayette Park 25 years ago. In November, the foundation received Mayor Van Johnson's permission to restore the park to its original splendor, with the first step being the restoration of the park's markers. Before Christmas the state's restoration artisan, Tim Fillman, removed the markers to his studio and returned them Jan. 4 to their customary places in the park.

The foundation funded this restoration as part of its 29 year old mission to enable advocacy and protection of the city of Apalachicola's natural and built environment. The markers’ renewed readability will assist citizens and visitors in enjoying the park. The environmental content of the markers was originally written by Woody Miley, former director of the Apalachicola Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.