At the Sept. 5 Carrabelle city commission meeting, Commissioner Charlotte Schneider, standing at right, presented Bo May with a certificate of recognition for his hard work in creating the Rio Carrabelle Gallery and Entertainment Center in the heart of the city’s business district.

Schneider said the city welcomed all new businesses and appreciated May’s efforts to make use of historic structures and beautify Carrabelle’s downtown. May bought the building in 2012 and renovated it, placing his residence above the gallery. The brick structure was built circa 1920 and housed a service station and later a boarding house.

May has been visiting Carrabelle since childhood, when his grandparents owned a house at McKissick Beach. He taught music at Carrabelle High School during a 1990-91 sabbatical.