Museum Makeover


A management plan would bring renovations to the exterior of the Constitution Convention Museum, as well as enhancements to parking and additional picnic areas.

Wes Locher | The Star
Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 10:57 AM.

The museum’s interior celebrates Florida history.

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection aims to apply a bit of modern sheen with a new management plan for the Constitution Convention Museum/Park in Port St. Joe.

A public meeting to unveil the plan was held last Tuesday followed the next morning by a meeting of the museum’s advisory council, a mix of local volunteers, county tourism representatives and rangers with the local state parks.

The plan is in draft form, said Daniel Alsentzer, a park planner with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, and therefore is not on the 10-year work plan for the state’s parks.

Contingent on funding, the plan would hopefully reach the agency’s 10-year work plan in the coming year, Alsentzer said, at which time it would be subject to the same funding process undertaken by all state government agencies, he said.

“Ours is a little more competitive than other agencies,” Alsentzer added. “The funding is likely not available for a period of time.”

That the DEP is drafting a management plan for the 12-acre complex is encouraging for the museum’s supporters.

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