St. George Island readies for Saturday tour

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BETH WHITE | Special to the Times
Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

On Saturday, St. George Islanders will open their doors for the second annual St. George Island Tour of Homes, featuring eight distinctive and beautiful homes.

The tour lasts from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and benefits the St. George Lighthouse Association (SGLA). Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 on Saturday.

On Friday evening, Erik Lovestrand, education coordinator at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve in Eastpoint, will kick off the weekend with a presentation on the ecology and importance of the Apalachicola River, Bay and estuary and its impact on St. George Island. This lecture is free and will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. George Island Fire Station, 324 East Pine Avenue.

“The tour will put our island lifestyles on display once again as seen through the diversity of our homes from the beach to the bay and modern to traditional,” said Dany Ray, tour spokesperson. “Tour goers loved the event last year, and this year will be every bit as fun and interesting as people get a rare, inside look at our beautiful homes.”

The 2013 tour will feature one home on the island’s East End, four homes in the first-platted area of Gulf Beaches, and three homes in the gated community St. George Plantation. There will be shuttle service to homes in the St. George Plantation.

Also open for tour participants will be the Lighthouse and the Lighthouse Keeper’s House at the center of the island. The St. George Plantation Clubhouse will once again be a stopping point in the Plantation.

The residence “Amen Corner,” belonging to Bob and Marian Hankinson is a two-story, five-bedroom dream with wrap around porches.

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