Hundreds rally to save Apalachicola Bay

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

A dozen speakers kicked off with County Commissioner Smokey Parrish who welcomed members of the Senate and the crowd “on behalf of Apalachicola River and Bay.” He called for change to, “sustain our culture, heritage and history.”

He introduced State Senator Bill Montford (D-Blountstown) who gave one of the most stirring speeches of the event. “Right is right and wrong is wrong and what we have done to the Apalachicola River and Bay is wrong,” he said, describing the bay as a “God-given gift” unique in the world.

“We want our fair share of water and a little more,” he told a cheering crowd.

Montford was followed by Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson who spoke eloquently on the destruction of the bay ecosystem.

He said the people of the county have been forced to, “helplessly watch the destruction of a resource capable of sustaining and providing employment.” He criticized Atlanta ’s “unprincipled thirst brought on by a lack of planning and unbridled growth.”

“The lack of action in Washington , including the Supreme Court, is more offensive than the withholding of water from our river,” said Johnson.

Next was a surprise visit from State Senator Aaron Bean ( R-Fernandina Beach ), who is vacationing on St. George Island with 36 family members, including his brother Mason Bean. He said this is the 14th year for the “Cool Beans family reunion.”

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