No Time Changes in Gulf County After All

Gulf County is the only Florida county split by two time zones, and it looks like it will stay that way.

“The Star” newspaper in Port St. Joe reports the Gulf County Commission has taken the time zone issue off of the November General Election ballot.

The north half of Gulf County, including Wewahitchka, is on Central Time and the rest of the county, including Port St. Joe, uses Eastern Time.

The commission had planned to ask the voters if they wanted to switch the entire county to Central Time.

Sensing no strong support for the possible move, the commission voted 3-2 to remove the question from the ballot.

History says the split was brought about decades ago by Ed Ball who operated the giant DuPont trust. His headquarters was in Jacksonville, on Eastern Time.

It is said he brought about the change in southern Gulf County because he wanted his paper mill and railroad in Port. St. Joe to operate on the same time as his office.