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Published: Monday, December 30, 2013 at 14:39 PM.

Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson said he met with Dr. Frederick Humphries, president emeritus of Florida A & M University, who thought a good idea would be to use the site as a marine science academy that could draw scholars and students from around the country to do research.

Both State Senator Bill Montford and State Rep. Halsey Beshears planned to discuss their opposition to closure with DOC officials.

Sam Culpepper, director of the Florida Department of Corrections Region 1, told Apalachicola city commissioners Aug. 6 that the cross-county relocation of about 282 inmates from Apalachicola’s Bay City Work Camp to the new work camp at FCI would be the first day of schools, but DOC waited until mid-morning to begin the process.

Culpepper said relocation to FCI Work Camp “is a logical thing for us to do” and will save millions of dollars.

“I can’t even tell you how many times we’ve had to evacuate that work camp,” he said. “Each year the wind load capability goes lower and there’s a lot of concern about the physical plant. It’s in a low-lying area.


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