The Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) selected the City of Carrabelle as a Florida Waterfronts Partnership Program Community for the 2007 to 2009 cycle. The purpose of this two-year process of technical assistance and training for Carrabelle is to assist the local citizens create a shared plan for the revitalization of our traditional working waterfront areas. This took place by organizing a Carrabelle Waterfronts Partnership, a Steering Committee, holding community wide meetings, developing a community vision and an action plan. Then the Waterfront Partnership implemented projects, programs and activities from the plan.

DCA provided a small amount of funding, $25,000 each year, for designated communities to carry out these activities. It was matched by the community of Carrabelle through contributions of funds, goods, services or volunteer hours from local residents, businesses and other groups interested in the redevelopment of the waterfront area. No city tax dollars were paid for these activities

The City partnered with Carrabelle CARES to write the grant and serve as the program manager. It is important to note this designation continues after the initial two years. The designation alone will assist Carrabelle in receiving funding from many other grant and government sources.  The program addressed four areas of our community: revitalizing the working waterfronts, preventing damage from disasters, increasing public access to the waterfront in Carrabelle, protecting environmental and cultural resources. To date these efforts have brought over $300,000 to Carrabelle at no cost to the City. When the state funding ended, Carrabelle CARES agreed to continue supporting the implementation of the vision plan through September 2015 at no cost to the City.

The Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership Steering Committee meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm at the Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin County Public Library.  The meetings are open to the public and all are welcome.  We are always seeking new volunteers for the Steering Committee. The group serves as volunteer staff for the City of Carrabelle and reports to the City Commission on the first Thursday of every month at thier meeting which begins at 6:00 pm at the Munciple Complex.

For more information or to volunteer to help with this effort, please contact:

Tamara Allen, Program Manager
Carrabelle Waterfront Partnership
PO Box 666, 701 Marine Street
Carrabelle, FL 32322
Phone: 850.697.2141
Fax 850-697-2142

If you're visiting the area, you might be interested in a day trip.  Lots of things to see and do along the way.

In addition to Tallahasseee, Florida's state capital, the Big Bend Scenic Byway connects 4 Florida Waterfronts Partnership communities and 3 historic lighthouses.

2015 Waterfronts Program Managers Meeting an Apalachicola