Hundreds rally to save Apalachicola Bay

Around 250 people gathered on the steps of the county courthouse to demand more water for Apalachico Photo available for purchase

Around 250 people gathered on the steps of the county courthouse to demand more water for Apalachicola Bay.

LOIS SWOBODA
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 12:30 PM.

We encourage everyone to submit your own comments on the water situation to both of the email addresses below. If they are submitted within 10 days of the hearing, which would be by Thursday, Aug. 22,  your comments will be included as an official part of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation hearing record. Feel free to address how the lack of freshwater flowing down river has negatively impacted your business and our community’s economy.

sara_gibson@commerce.senate.gov and sean_houton@commerce.senate.gov

 

About 250 people from every portion of the county attended a media event Tuesday organized by the Apalachicola Riverkeeper.

An hour before the field hearing by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the stairs to the front door of the county courthouse were packed tight with protestors. Passing vehicles honked horns in solidarity as the crowd chanted, “Save our river! Save our bay!” and “What do we want? Water!”

The landing at the top of the stairs was reserved for elected officials and it too was packed to standing room only with commissioners from Franklin and surrounding counties, Apalachicola’s mayor and city commission members from both Apalachicola and Carrabelle, and members of the legislative delegation.

As the faithful trickled in swelling the crowd, strains of country music, blues and reggae echoed across US 98. Many members of the throng waved handmade protest signs. About a dozen members of the press filmed the protest or snapped pictures of the scene.



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