Fanning Chamber plans for movie night

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By KATE SHERIDAN, Citizen Correspondent

The next big event For the Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce is “Movie Night at the Fort” scheduled for Oct. 21.

The twenty-first movie includes the annual “Trunk or Treat” for all area children.

Discussion included traffic control with patrons walking across U.S. Highway 19. The tentative schedule of events is for Trunk or Treat at 5:30 p.m. and followed by the movie at 7 p.m.

Also, unanimously agreed upon at the June 15 meeting were guidelines for placing signage for no smoking, no alcohol, no bikes and no pets prior to the event.

The Chamber is leaning toward pizza for the event, but discussed hot dogs with juice, soda, water and popcorn.

Face painting and balloon art were discussed as part of the entertainment.

Chamber volunteers are welcome to help for the event, which is a big crowd pleaser, as well as boost for local businesses.

The Chamber discussed the idea of purchasing a movie screen or continuing to rent one. The negative aspects of buying a screen include storage and wear and tear.

Movie Night expenses are paid for by donors and donations. No city or public funds are used.

The Chamber is seeking sponsors with different levels of support, which offers opportunity for advertising as well as community growth.

The next subject of business was the continual fundraising of Fanning Springs t-shirt sales. The t-shirts feature the Fanning Springs Duck, “Fanny,” with the slogan, “Have You Seen Our Fanny.”

Be on the lookout for the annual rubber duck sales for the rubber duck race along the river.

Mark Abrizenski, park manager for both Fanning Springs and Manatee Springs state parks, introduced new information regarding the proposed Sun Trail, which he is very excited about and said, “plans are coming together for Tampa and Tallahassee.” He also informed Chamber members that grants might be in place to assist smaller communities with the Sun Trail.

The question came up regarding possible signage along the trail; however, Abrizenski said no advertising is permitted along trails. The suggestion was made to inquire if standard help and directional signs are permissible.

The Chamber members agreed to update Fanning’s Facebook page with trail details for anyone traveling through Fanning Springs.

Noise along the river was a topic as area residents have complained about speed boats passing their homes with little regard for the folks living along the river.

City news was shared by Fanning Springs Mayor Trip Lancaster with the purchase of a 2006 pumper truck, which keeps the fire department in compliance with required guidelines. The mayor said the new truck is in “great shape.” There are no plans for the old.

Miranda and John Hudson, of Gator Works in Chiefland, were visitors at the meeting.

Fanning Springs Chamber of Commerce meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.