Carrabelle FL Real Estate
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Welcome to Carrabelle Florida
Located in the panhandle of Florida, Carrabelle is laid-back and quiet…rural Florida. Here on “Florida’s Forgotten Coast” you will find one of the last unspoiled areas in Florida. People come to this area not only for fabulous fishing, but also to sail, snorkel, scuba dive, scallop, play on the beaches or just steal away from the real world for a while.
So we invite you to come and participate in our little bit of paradise here on “The Forgotten Coast” of Florida. Breathe in the salt as you ride the waves of the Gulf Coast, make new memories and take in some of the most beautiful sunsets that you will ever experience. These are just a few of the gifts awaiting you here in Carrabelle. We’ll let you discover some of the others on your own once you arrive here.
Home of World’s Smallest Police Station
In the early 1960’s, Carrabelle’s police phone was located in a call box that was bolted to a building at the corner of Hwy. 98 and Tallahassee Street. During this time, the city had problems with tourists making unauthorized long distance calls on its police phone. Johnnie Mirabella, the only St. Joe Telephone Co. employee in Carrabelle at the time, moved the phone to another location, but the illegal calls continued.
So, when the phone company made the decision to replace the old phone booth with a new one, Mirabella decided to put the police phone in the old booth. On March 10, 1963 Mirabella, with the help of Curly Messer, deputy sheriff at the time, moved the phone booth to its current location on Hwy 98. There were a couple of reason for doing so – to protect police officers from the elements, as well as curtail the illegal calls. Unfortunately, the illegal phone calls continued to be a problem and eventually the dial was removed from the phone.
The original booth is on display in the Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce office, located at 105 St. James Avenue (Hwy. 98) and can be seen Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM. It has been featured on the television shows “Real People”, “Ripley’s Believe It or Not”, and the “Today Show”. It was also featured in the movie “Tate’s Hell” produced by Florida State University.
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