The 50th annual Florida Seafood Festival received a great deal of attention from people in high places.

President John Solomon and the entire board for the festival worked extra hard to make this important anniversary special and everyone agrees they succeeded.

Out of respect for their labors, this year’s festival received recognition from Washington as well as Tallahassee.

State Senator Bill Montford (D- Monticello) issued a proclamation “commending the board members and volunteers who have given so generously of their time and talents throughout the years to make the festival an enduring success.”

The proclamation goes on to recount how Apalachicola created seafood festival to lure tourists back to US 98 after the opening of bypass route US 10.

Not to be outdone, Cong. Steve Southerland (R-Panama City) read praise of the festival into the Congressional Record on Oct. 30. Southerland presented Solomon with a copy of his speech during his Nov. 22 visit to the county.

Southerland praised not just the festival but also, the seafood workers he describes as the “backbone of Franklin County’s economy and rich history.”

Praise rained down from the governor’s mansion as well.

Governor Rick Scott and members of his cabinet issued a resolution Oct. 4, calling on all of Florida to recognize the 50th annual festival and join in the celebration.

Perhaps we value most the admiration of those near and dear. Solomon and his crew also received recognition from their friends and neighbors on Oct. 8, when Apalachicola Mayor Van Johnson and the city commission issued a proclamation commending the festival volunteers and thanking them for their great service to the city.