Crum lays claim to Carrabelle property

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Johnnie Crum

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 01:12 PM.


A Carrabelle man claims to own several downtown properties.

At the Dec. 6 Carrabelle city meeting, Johnnie Crum told commissioners he has documents proving he owns the Fourth Street boat ramp.

At the meeting, he initially requested to speak to City Attorney Dan Hartman in private, but when told the meeting was public and he was on the agenda, he addressed the commission.

Crum arrived late, accompanied by about a dozen family members who caused a minor disturbance by talking loudly as they entered until reprimanded by Mayor Curley Messer.

Hartman and the commissioners expressed confusion about Crum’s claims and said the matter would have to be settled in court.

“The city claims that property and has improved the property,” Hartman said. “You need a judge to say which of the two chains of ownership is valid. The city cannot give you that property.”

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