Hundreds rally to save Apalachicola Bay

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

“There is something special here that’s worth fighting for. It is a humongous deal that the Senate would move their committee meeting to this little town,” he said. “I have to be a realist and tell you that this is just the first step. People up north will hear about this and ask ‘What’s the big deal?’”

Bean urged the crowd to keep pushing and to post their demands on social media. “ Georgia will not roll over on this,” he warned after the rally.

He said he was invited to attend the hearing but,”I gave my seat to somebody who has a family and makes a living on the bay. He has a stronger voice.”

Bean was followed by Carrabelle City Commissioner Cal Allen who reminded the crowd that a recent study from Florida State University showed 90 percent of gag grouper harvested in the Gulf begin life in the Apalachicola estuary. County Commissioner Pinki Jackel and Chad Taylor from the Riparian County Stakeholder coalition expressed solidarity, followed by County Commissioner Noah Lockley.

Himself an oysterman, Lockley said, “In the beginning, God made a perfect world. Now we must come together to get this fixed. We’re taking it all the way to Washington so they might as well get ready.”

The Rev. John Sink of Eastpoint spoke in the form of a prayer. “God hears our prayers. We want our legislators to hear them too,” he said.

The last speaker was Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) who apologized for being delayed and promised not to give up on the fight to save the river.

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