Preservationists praise Apalachicola’s historic heritage

Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 01:17 PM.

Mark Tarmey, treasurer of the Trust is a frequent visitor to Apalachicola . He praised actions that have been taken to preserve the city’s historic character.

“The city commission took historic design guidelines and made it an ordinance,” Tarmey said. “That’s important but it’s not just the buildings that make it special; it’s the people and the whole sense of place. In Apalachicola , you have a brand that’s known all over the country. A brand that is nationally understood. The next step could be to develop the whole waterfront as a park that acts as a flood control device.”

Peery said 13 of the 16 members of the Trust chose to stay overnight on Saturday and spend an extra day here. The preservationists brought along 11 family members to experience Apalachicola .

Trust members stayed at the Gibson Inn, High Cotton Marketplace, Water Street Hotel and the Coombs House Inn.

Peery said participants in the retreat paid their own travel expenses and dined at many local restaurants.

“It was a terrific weekend from all of us getting work done, to meeting people within your community who have same passion for historic preservation we do,” said Peery.

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