Mayor Van Johnson complex dedicated

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at 09:33 AM.

At a festive ceremony Friday afternoon, members of the Apalachicola community gathered to dedicate the city’s recreation and community service complex in honor of Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr.

The former Apalachicola High School, given over to the city when the county’s two high schools consolidated six years ago, was turned into a bustling facility for non-profits, after-school groups, and government agencies under Johnson’s administration.

With all five city commissioners, City Attorney Pat Floyd and city staff in attendance, the ceremony got underway with remarks from Mayor Pro Tem Frank Cook, who read a detailed proclamation from the city. Floyd then led the gathering in prayer, and in the Pledge of Allegiance.

After that, it was time for Johnson to receive the accolade of having a building named in his honor, and he responded with extended prepared remarks, thanking family, friends, supporters, and well-wishers for sharing in the special occasion.

“Today is a good day and certainly an unanticipated chapter in the journey of my life - for which first and foremost - I’m grateful to Almighty God. I’m grateful for His never-ending grace, His mercy and provision shown during my administration as mayor of Apalachicola,” he said.

“Secondly, I’m extremely thankful to the people of this great city for their continued support and show of confidence not once, but twice, in electing me to the sometimes difficult and demanding task of leading this city. For it has been said of such, ‘Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.’”

Johnson continued by voicing his appreciation to the volunteers “who make up our boards and committees for their selfless service to this city. The key to our success rests in people like you, who embody the spirit of greatness by saying, “Yes I can, and so can each of you!”

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