Grove leaving chamber post after 17 years

Grove leaving chamber post after 17 years

Grove leaving chamber post after 17 years

David Adlerstein
Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:46 AM.

In the center of a town that has seen its ups and downs over the course of two decades, Anita Grove has been a fixture at the Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce for a long time.

But at the end of August, she’ll be leaving her post after 17 years, preparing the way for a new era for her successor.

“At the (chamber) board meeting on Monday (July 21), they were all really shocked,” said Grove. “They gave me a round of applause. It’s a hard thing to get it all together.”

Grove, whose husband Mark owns and operates the Wefing’s Marine boat dealership and service facility in Eastpoint, has taken a job not far away at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Island Drive, where she will assume the reins of the coastal training program that used to be overseen by Roslyn Kilcollins.

“In addition to doing the coastal training program, I’ll help them get deeper roots in the community, and other important duties,” said Grove. “It’s a new challenge. I hate to leave this job because I love this job.”

It has been 17 years this week that Grove was first hired to direct the Apalachicola chamber, brought on by Apalachicola bank president Barry Brynjolfsson, environmental consultant Dan Garlick, restaurateur Jerry Hall and the rest of the chamber board.

Grove has been in Tallahassee, running for a short time the annual Springtime Tallahassee event. Prior to that she had worked in public relations for a decade for the Florida Department of State’s Division of Historical Resources, and prior to that a host of at-will jobs at various state agencies.

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