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Chasing Shadows: Paying a visit

The Apalachicola Times

Over the years, many famous Florida politicians have stopped by Franklin County for everything from morale-boosting encounters with soldiers, to frying crabs at the Harbor Day festival to showing off plans for a new dam. 

Here's a look.

Governor Charlie Crist and oysterman Joseph James heading out into Apalachicola Bay to look at the oyster beds during the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in May 2010.
At the Nov. 1954 Harbor Day Festival in Apalachicola, Florida Governor Charley E. Johns (in bowtie) together with, from left, cooks Ollie Montgomery, Ikie Wade and Joe Taranto.
At the 1955 Harbor Day celebration in Apalachicola, from left. U.S. Sen. Spessard Holland, Florida Governor LeRoy Collins, Georgia businessman Jim Woodruff, Sr. and Floirida Congressman Bob Sikes view map of the Apalachicola River Basin.
Mary Rebecca Harwood Caldwell, the wife of Governor Millard Caldwell, speaking to a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps at Camp Gordon Johnston in Feb. 1945.
Governor Millard Caldwell on a visit to Camp Gordon Johnston in Carrabelle on Feb. 1, 1945
In this photo from July 1988, Florida's Secretary of State Jim Smith, left, tries his hand at tonging as he personally harvested and inspected some oysters in Apalachicola Bay as State Senator Dempsey Barron, (D)-Panama City, examines his catch. Smith got a firsthand view and met with representatives on both sides of the controversy involving the Cabinet's permission to allow a limited mechanical dredge-type oyster harvesting in the Bay.
Florida gubernatorial candidate Claude Kirk at the third annual Florida Seafood Festival, taken the first week of November, 1966.
U.S. Senator George Smathers at the Nov. 1957 Harbor Day seafood festival in Apalachicola
Governor Leroy Collins at Harbor Day celebration in Apalachicola, Nov. 8, 1955.