TDC weighs in on potential St. Vincent ‘mothballing’

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

Jennifer Jenkins, TDC executive director, said the island is a popular destination for tourists and noted that much of the interest for the island comes during so-called shoulder months outside of the typical tourist season.

“We have a tremendous amount of visitors who come to see St. Vincent,” Jenkins said. “I can’t stress how important this is to Gulf County.”

In addition, the island’s management staff no longer has an office after the city of Apalachicola declined to pick up the lease for next year and the budgetary issues are complicated since the island was put under the management umbrella of St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge.

“The situation has been awful since it went under St. Marks,” Romanelli said.

Several TDC board members wondered if the agency should not examine ways to bring the office to Indian Pass, where most visitors to the island launch their visit.

Luther said a petition circulated by the Supporters of St. Vincent Island garnered 810 signatures and has been forwarded to federal officials.

The BOCC has also chimed in and Luther had a meeting with the staff of U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson’s office in Tallahassee last week. He is seeking meetings with the staff of U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and Congressman Steve Southerland.

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