Please keep your animals on a leash


Hi Y'all, 

At the time of this writing, Lanark Village is still under a Burn Ban. All fires, such as grills, must be attended.

I reported last week that the county had moved forward on making changes for the St. James/Lanark Fire Department. The community needs to continue to stand by the fire department and show our support. We need this fire department desperately and our ambulances back too, on this side of the county. Support action for both.

Please keep your animals on a leash, cats rarely attack! Within the last two weeks one resident has been threatened in two separate incidents. While riding a bike, six small dogs started chasing her and one bit her ankle. Days later while walking the Carrabelle Beach, a large dog ran at her and growled. I love animals, but there are countywide leash laws, so keep your dogs on a leash when they are not contained. There are few beaches that even allow dogs, so be thankful that you can take your fur babies to Carrabelle Beach and follow the laws! Leashes and carry a bag for their accidents.

Our golf lessons by Nola Tolbert, our Lanark Village Golf Club pro, went well with all who came. Anyone is invited to participate in these lessons, you do not have to be a member; however, anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. We will be announcing these lessons at a later date.

Cheryl Sanders, a possible commission candidate for Franklin County District 2 (Lanark's district) had a Meet and Greet breakfast at Chillas Hall. Cheryl had a short question-and-answer session which was very helpful and brave. I encourage all voters and those who own property in District 2 to go to any opportunity you can meet the candidates. This event was not an endorsement; Chillas Hall is happy to rent to the public for events.

Several residents were treated to a viewing of the moon eclipse on May 15. John Relyea set up a powerful telescope and camera on the Lanark Village Golf Course for our viewing pleasure. Thanks John!

The Lanark Village Boat Club will be serving their amazing pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 21. All are welcome from 9 to 11 a.m. for a donation of $5.

The American Legion Post 82 on Oak Street in Lanark Village will be having their monthly Karaoke Night this Saturday, May 21 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome and it is a fun night. 

BE BEAR WISE, Get Help, Report Conflicts, Know the Laws, 850-265-3676 and They are out there. Short term renters, please advise your guests to secure garbage and you be sure to supply a secure place for garbage. We don't want it spread all over Lanark. Thank you! 

Love Lanark

Pat Sewell Funderburk is the Times Lanark News columnist. Be sure to send news and society items about Lanark Village life to her at


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  • Lanark Resident

    The County voted unanimously to end their agreement with the St James-Lanark Volunteer Fire Department, Inc. on May 3 and is asking for that corporation to relinquish all keys, MSBU monies back to 2021, and all equipment.

    They voted to hire a fire coordinator and start a new Fire Department. We are not losing the building. The county is bringing in a professional Fire Coordinator to ensure our equipment is safe, dependable, up to code, and that Volunteers meet or exceed the minimum standards, certification and training.

    It is the responsibility of the County to ensure every Department is ran as described above.

    The State Fire Marshal explained this to the County, and it is the County's responsibility as our fire service provider (yes, the County) to ensure our public safety.

    People should address.their concerns to the Franklin County Board of Commissioners. Their emails are available on their site franklincountyflorida dotcom

    Sunday, May 22 Report this