We live in a truly exceptional place. The Apalachicola River and Bay, our history and the people make Apalachicola extraordinary. I have worked to improve the city for 20 years and would appreciate the opportunity to use my skills to serve the community I love.
I am a problem-solver, fiscally conservative, I know how to listen to people and how to get things done. Over the past 20 years I have attended most of the city commission meetings and P & Z meetings. I am ready to participate fully. My priorities include a balanced budget, affordable housing for people who earn between $20,000 to $40,000, supporting local businesses, protecting water quality, improving trash pickup, and improving communication between the city and its citizens.
Many people know me from the 17 years I worked as the executive director of the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce. During that time I worked hard to promote the seafood industry, small businesses, authentic tourism, preservation of Apalachicola’s history and maritime culture, increase access to healthcare, and stop the damage being done to the bay by upstream water withdrawals.
Some of the things I accomplished include:
Wrote and administered the Waterfronts Florida grant for four years which created a broad-based plan to guide the revitalization of the waterfront and downtown, preserve the commercial seafood presence on downtown, create the Historic Design Guidelines and implement a waterfront plan that included the commercial seafood industry.
Researched and helped implement the tourist development tax to helped expand our tourist season into the fall and winter and to pay for services resulting from increased tourism. I expanded and manage the Enterprise Zones program which provides tax incentives for small businesses, and helped create the Apalachicola Small Business Development Center in partnership with FAMU in Tallahassee.
Successfully nominated the city for recognition as one of America's Dozen Distinctive Destinations by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. That elevated Apalachicola to the national stage for historic preservation.
During my time at the chamber I was known for my ability to showcase Apalachicola as a unique destination. I helped the city and county get positive media coverage from the national, regional and international press. This exposure helped put Apalachicola on the map as a culinary destination and helped showcase our oysters and seafood on the national stage.
Served as an advisor to the Oyster and Seafood Task Force, and helped draw attention to the damage the “Water Wars” have done to Apalachicola Bay. I have met with the governors, members of the Florida Legislature, and our members of Congress when we need their attention.
Served on the Community Redevelopment Agency from 2009-14, and helped pass a one-cent health care tax to improve the quality and access to healthcare in Franklin County.
I’m married to Marc Grove, owner of Wefing’s Marine, and graduated from FSU and later did extensive graduate studies in nonprofit administration at FSU.
I currently work at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) as the coastal training program coordinator. I look forward the serving this great city.