Monday, November 24, 2008

Florida State Parks and Historic Sites Facing Closure - Please Speak UP!

A number of important state parks and historic sites in our area are facing either temporary or permanent closure due to budget issues in Tallahassee.

Among these are:
  • Three Rivers State Park, Sneads
  • John Gorrie Museum, Apalachicola
  • Constitution Convention Museum, Port St. Joe
  • San Marcos de Apalache Historic State Park, St. Marks

While I certainly understand the need for the state to live within its means, it seems to me a bit ridiculous that a few state parks in North Florida could be such a drain on the budget when they have been in operation for decades. I suspect that more than enough fat could be cut in a few departments in Tallahassee to fund these little parks for generations to come.

Please join me in raising our voices to oppose the closure of our state parks and historic sites. Not only would closing these treasures break a trust between our government and generations of Floridians, it would deprive our children and grandchildren of places where they can go and learn about our area's history, environment, wildlife and more.

Please write to Gov. Christ at and urge him to work with other leaders to save our state parks and historic sites. Also, please contact Rep. Marti Coley through her website regarding Three Rivers State Park. This park in Sneads has been a good neighbor for the residents of Jackson and Gadsden County for nearly fifty years and brings 23,000 people annually to the Sneads/Chattahoochee area.

Please also consider writing to your local state senators and representatives. You can obtain their email addresses at

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