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March 13, 2014

SRWMD to erect memorial for one of their own

Mayo — Erich Marzolf, division director of water resources for Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) approached the Lafayette County Commissioners at their March 10 meeting requesting permission to erect a memorial along the Suwannee River for a deceased former employee.

Harlow “Broughton” Land, a former SRWMD employee died in 2012 at the young age of 35. Marzolf who began his employment with SRWMD in Oct., 2012, said he had only known Land for a couple of months before he died.

“He was one of the guys out in the field in my division collecting data on the river and helping us make better management decisions,” said Marzolf.

Land, the grandson of the late Mr. and Mrs. Harlow Land, was a native of Mayo. He passed away on Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012. Aside from his work with SRWMD, Land was a coach for the Lake City Pop Warner football team and was also active with Hannah’s Buddies Charity for 10 years.

Marzolf said after searching for the perfect location, the best place along the river to erect a memorial for Land, which will be part flood totem/part memorial, would be the Dorothy Land Hatchbend boat ramp in the southeast corridor of the county.

The county commissioners unanimously agreed to the project and asked to be kept in the loop as the memorial project moved forward.

 

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