Theft at Fort Fanning may hurt festivals

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Fanning Springs officials are wondering how to deal with a recent theft that leaves Fort Fanning Historical Park without any electrical wiring.
A report from the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Office made on March 8 estimates the damage from the theft, which is still under investigation, at about $10,000.
“They just pulled it right out,” said Fanning Springs Mayor Cheryl Nekola in a phone interview last week. Nekola said she thinks the wire was stolen on the night of Friday, March 3. The theft was noticed the following Monday when a city employee who takes care of the park noticed that some electrical boxes had been tampered with. The wire, Nekola said, was stolen because it was copper.
Penny Summerlin, a representative from Tryco Metal Recycling Inc., in Chiefland, said copper wire right now is selling anywhere between $2.95 and $3.20 per pound, depending on the type. People selling wire to Tryco have their pictures taken and drivers’ license information copied to aid area law enforcement in cases of theft, she added.

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