Thursday, July 23, 2015

Eight-years with Mayor Van Johnson’s Administration

Apalachicola Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., and First Lady Gail

Here are just a few of the reasons while under Mayor Van W. Johnson, Sr., leadership so many have found the Historic City of Apalachicola such a great place to visit, live, work and play. Under Mayor Johnson administration the City of Apalachicola has:

ESTABLISHED SENIOR SERVICES
  • Holy Family Senior Citizen Center (Renovation project received historic preservation award)
  • Meal-on-Wheels Program
ENHANCED YOUTH SERVICES
  • Youth Center (Renovated old high school gym/managed through private/public partnership)
  • Project Impact (State Recognized After-school and Summer Enrichment Program)
SUPPORTED SEAFOOD WORKERS
  • Renovated Mill Pond Marina (New Home of Apalachicola Farmers Market)
  • Payroll Agent for Oyster Shelling Program
  • Purchased several waterfront parcels to save working waterfront from development
IMPROVED DOWNTOWN DISTRICT
  • Constructed Public Restrooms (Project received historic preservation award)
  • Streetscape Project (Lighting, trees, sidewalk repairs and installation)
IMPROVED QUALITY OF LIFE
  • Supported City Square Community Garden (Home of Earth Day and Arbor Day Celebrations)
  • Plans and funding in place to construct new municipal library
  • Established Justin Brice Griffin Memorial Skateboard Park
  • Collaborated with the Forgotten Coast Conservation Corps Partnership to create jobs for young adults
  • Purchased Old Cotton Warehouse (Now Home to History, Culture and Arts Center and Annual Plein Air Paint-Out Event)
  • Established Apalachicola Dog Park
  • Renovated Riverfront Park
  • Renovated Battery Park Marina and Pier
  • Renovated Lafayette Park Pier and Lighting
  • Renovated Franklin Square Recreation Park
  • Donated Land for Three Servicemen Detail in Veterans Memorial Plaza
  • Entered Long-term Management Agreement with Florida Parks Service to Manage Chapman Botanical Gardens
  • Re-appointed Community Redevelopment Agency and implemented Tax Incremental Financing to address blighted areas within the community
FOUGHT TO PROTECT COMMUNITY INTEREST
  • Sued U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over decreased freshwater down the Apalachicola
  • Sued BP and recovered $1 Million 
  • Joined Florida in the lawsuit against Georgia
DISTINGUISHED DESIGNATIONS
  • A Tree USA City
  • A Florida Main Street Community (Annual Fireworks Display on the Dock of Riverfront Park)
  • A Dozen Distinctive Destinations (National Recognition)
  • A Riverway South Community
  • Flagler Awards Finalist (Rural County Marketing)
To Re-Elect Van W. Johnson, Sr., Mayor
September 8, 2015

Please help support the campaign to re-elect Van W. Johnson, Sr., Mayor of Apalachicola. Donate today, $25, $50, $75, $100 (not to exceed $500 per entity) to help keep Apalachicola working for "ALL".


Approved by Van W. Johnson, Sr., for Mayor of Apalachicola