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OPINION

Lanark News: An opportunity to have a say in Carrabelle

By Pat Sewell Funderburk Columnist

Hi Y'all,

Boil Water Notice Rescinded. If you have not been at your Lanark home, it is best to let your faucets run just a bit.

Several Lanark residents make an effort to advise you as soon as they know. Notice is posted on Facebook, Lanark Groups, flyers and Oyster Radio.

The City of Carrabelle Planning and Zoning Meeting was held Thursday afternoon, Jan. 21, at the City Hall. On the Agenda, Item 1, was whether to approve/disapprove conceptual site plan for 204 St James Ave., now vacant land between the former Gulf State Community Bank and the Post Office, along Highway 98. There was neither approval nor disapproval agreement; motions to that effect each died for lack of a second, and the issue has been tabled until the Feb. 16 meeting.

Pat Sewell Funderburk

Carrabelle and surrounding areas do have an opportunity to possibly have a say in the future of the city of Carrabelle. The city will host three workshops which helps communities take action to build and enhance their local economies while staying true to what makes them unique, and also enables a competitive advantage.

These workshops started on January 26, and there will be two more, Tuesday, Feb. 23 and May 4. They are being held at City Hall on these dates, 5 to 7 p.m. You can attend with mask and social distancing, or via Facebook livestream on the City of Carrabelle Facebook page.

I and Jane Shafer attended the first of three. The workshop was very well-attended and many of the residents were able to speak concerning the future of Carrabelle. The meeting was handled in an efficient way, in an orderly fashion. Thank you to Mayor Brenda La Paz and other city officials for pursuing this issue. I plan to continue to attend these meetings, because I care.

It is important for the public to know what is going on in Carrabelle. There are many Lanark residents who work in Carrabelle and certainly shop, dine, play, worship, bank, etc. We support our shops in Carrabelle.

Please continue to follow the guidelines for staying healthy.

Florida's Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees issued a public health advisory on Thursday, Jan. 21 that said all COVID 19 vaccines in the state should go only to residents – including snowbirds – or visiting healthcare providers who are here to work on the front lines.

If you are a snowbird (part-time residents will be asked to provide two documents including a lease agreement, utility bill, mortgage payment or mail from a government agency), and if you are 65 or over and would like to per-register for the vaccine, please https://tinyurl.com/ya6vanjl to sign up. It is easy and if you do not have access to the website, ask a friend they can do it for you.

All you have to do is give you first and last name, your birth date and a phone number where you can be reached (if you are a resident, snowbird or visiting healthcare provider). They will call you for an appointment when the vaccine is available. You can call the Health Department at 697-2111, but those lines are very busy. Until then, remember, that you can still get tested, make you appointment at the above number. Just got my appointment for my first vaccination. I'll let you know how it goes!

Friendly Reminders: Homestead Exemption must be applied for no later than March 1, for 2022 and to apply for the Senior Exemption/Renewal. Do not miss this chance; if you are eligible it could save you money. Call 653-9236 ext. 176.

The American Legion will start cheeseburger/hamburger night again, Yea. They will be serving these wonderful burgers on Friday nights 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you want to call ahead, call 697-9998. The public is invited.

Coffee Time has started up again, Monday through Friday, 9 to 11a.m., with Thursdays having free coffee, by the representative of the VA, along with the resident music makers.

The Lanark Village Bingo started back with all the precautions on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 6:30 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. at Chillas Hall. Please come for a fun, something to do, evening that will help support Lanark Village Association. As you may know, Chillas Hall was seriously damaged when a city of Carrabelle water pump stopped working and flooded the Hall twice.

Country Farmer's Market at the Crooked River Lighthouse is first and third Saturdays of each month, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Many of your Lanark neighbors participate in this event, along with the one in Apalachicola on the second and fourth Saturday. Please support them.

ORDINANCE (#77-1 #2) OF THE DAY: Carports shall not be erected closer than three feet to any property line and may be erected only on the rear or sides of dwelling units. All carports shall be of permanent type construction. (These ordinances are specific to Lanark Village Apartments and in most cases, your property line is halfway to the sidewalk on the lanes front and back).

Please try to stay strong, safe and kind.

Love Lanark!

Please remember to send me an email or message me on Facebook if you have anything come up that you would like to see in print.

Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times’ Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at p.funderburk@yahoo.com