Carrabelle man seeks traffic relief

Dust trails behind a pick-up truck Bill Owen said blasted through a stop sign at “highway speeds.”

Dust trails behind a pick-up truck Bill Owen said blasted through a stop sign at “highway speeds.”

Bill Owen
Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at 01:59 PM.

A Carrabelle resident has appealed to the city for help controlling traffic in his neighborhood.

When Bill Owen decided to retire, he and wife Tammy knew they wanted a place on the Gulf Coast. They toured from Sarasota to Louisiana hoping to find the ideal spot. After several trips, they decided Franklin County would be their new home.

Working with a local realtor, they viewed houses in Lanark Village, Carrabelle and Eastpoint. When they first saw their current home at 915 NE 7th Street in Carrabelle, there was a “sale pending” sign posted.

Owen said they only looked in for five minutes. The house was modern and ready to move in and they liked it but saw no hope of purchasing the cottage.

The Owens left and went to meet relatives in New Orleans. They had just arrived, when they got a call from the realtor. The sign had been a mistake. The house was available.

Bill said the transaction from that point on was basically long distance. They bought the house and disposed of most of their possessions and their New York home. Looking forward to warm winters and a laidback lifestyle, in June 2012, they moved to Carrabelle.

Owen hoped to concentrate on his hobbies, painting and photography. Tammy Owen became the director of rehabilitation at the St. James Rehabilitation Center.



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