Alligator Point-Saint Teresa Association


Board of Directors Meeting


The February meeting of the Alligator Pt-St Teresa Association Board of Directors was called to order by President Terry Madigan at 10:00 am on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at Mission by the Sea Church on Alligator Drive.  Board members in attendance:  Madigan, Murphy, Parker, Boldt, Feifer, Hambrose, Heymann, Lewis, McCord, Metts, Novak, and Rippee.


Captain Coulter with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was in attendance to speak to the membership and answer questions.  Only minor incidents were reported locally over the past month.


Kristin Ebersol, manager of Ochlcokonee River and Bald Point state parks, updated members on a debris removal project proposed for the southeast section of Bald Point State Park.  This is the site of a former wayside park and an abandoned section of Bald Point Road.  The beach in this area is littered with large amounts of concrete, rebar and asphalt.  The project is moving forward with DEP permits in hand and Army Corps of Engineer permits expected soon.  Although the debris field covers both public and private property, the scope of the project is limited to state park property only.  Ebersol was asked about the status of the “new” park entrance and when that road would be extended to the north end of the park.  She replied that there are no longer plans to extend the road.  Rather, a 30-site campground is being considered for the terminus of the new road, just east of the Chaires Creek bridge.


Approval of Minutes:

Motion by Feifer, seconded by Novak to accept the minutes of the January Board meeting as distributed adopted without objection.


Approval of Treasurer Report:

Motion by McCord, seconded by Rippee to accept Treasurer's report adopted without objection. 


Gene Branagan of Clary Consulting Company was on hand to present a WHITE PAPER ON AUTHORITY RELATED TO TOLLING ALLIGATOR DRIVE, FRANKLIN COUNTY.  The paper was commissioned by the APSTA Board of Directors to determine the legality of assessing a toll to help defray the cost of periodic repairs and long-term roadway preservation efforts.  The cost of constructing a toll facility is estimated at approximately $1,400,000.  Annual operation and maintenance costs are estimated at $180,000.  Potential revenue generation based on 1,100 cars ($1.25/car), and 100 trucks ($2.25/truck) per day would be $525,600 annually (these are assumed numbers…a traffic study is required to forecast toll revenues).

A question was raised on how to ensure funds collected would be used exclusively for road protection.  Branagan suggested creating a trust indenture which would define and memorialize the intent and proposed uses of the funds collected.

Further discussions included the likelihood the County would impose a special assessment on local property owners to help fund any beach preservation/road protection projects.  Also that community-wide support was imperative.  Sean Kearns expressed his opinion that an annual assessment on every Alligator Pt/Bald Pt lot would be preferable to the establishment of a toll.

President Madigan asked the Board’s pleasure on whether to approach the County with a proposal to conduct a traffic study to determine the feasibility of establishing a tolling operation for Alligator Drive.  On Motion by Murphy, seconded by Parker to ask Franklin County Board of Commissioners to conduct a traffic study to determine the feasibility of tolling Alligator Drive, approved on a vote of 10 yeas, 2 nays.


Committee Reports:


Membership – Georgianne Metts had membership applications on hand for anyone who didn’t

         didn’t receive one in the mail.


Beautification – Parker reports Fonda Davis continues to try to resolve Alligator Point’s recycling

         disposal needs.


Fire Department – Parker says Franklin County has yet to make a final decision on acquiring fire

         department property for the purpose of road relocation.


Franklin County Government – Feifer reports Commissioner Sanders wants Sacred Heart Hospital

         to be included in negotiations for a solution to the Weems situation.  Sacred Heart favors

         replacing the hospital with a clinic in either Apalachicola or Eastpoint.  No commissioners

         seem adamant about preserving Weems.


Social Committee – McCord thanked those who attended holiday dinner at Angelo’s.


Old Business:


President Madigan spoke to Alan Pierce regarding APSTA reestablishing a Development Committee.  Pierce felt the commissioners would not be interested in dealing with an additional entity.  He suggested APSTA track county development issues by way of local residents who serve on county boards (Joe Hambrose – Board of Adjustment; John Murphy – Planning and Zoning).


New Business:


Feifer expressed the need to order additional t-shirts and door hangers.  The t-shirts would be sold to raise revenue.  On Motion by Rippee, seconded by McCord to approve $400 for purchase of APSTA t-shirts and door hangers, approved without objection.


There being no further business, on Motion by McCord that the meeting adjourn, was adopted without objection.  The meeting adjourned at 11:49 AM.


Respectfully submitted,



John Murphy, Secretary





Terry Madigan President, Paul Parker 1st Vice president, Eddie Sosebee 2nd Vice President, John Murphy Secretary, Coman Leonard Treasurer

Board of Directors

Bert Boldt, Allan Feifer, Joe Hambrose,  Marvin Heymann, Judy Lewis, Kay McCord, Jerry Metts,

Andrea Novak, Ken Osborne, Carol Rippee