BAKER, Fla., June 15, 2021—It’s déjà vu at the Baker Block Museum.
When employees showed up to open the museum at 10 a.m. today, they found yet another large vehicle parked in front.
This one wasn’t on fire, thankfully, like the flaming RV on May 16.
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Parked in front of the museum was half a mobile home that stretched nearly from one end of the museum to the other, just about blocking the entire building and taking up the parking space out front.
It showed up after 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to museum Director Ann Spann.
There was no identification on the home or trailer, so it was a mystery who parked the load there and why until a crew showed up after 1 p.m. to haul it away.
“I arrived this morning and found the museum completely blocked by half a mobile home,” said Spann. “They said they called the ‘Baker City Police’ and were told they could park here,” she said, referring to the moving crew.
Lollie’s Mobile Home Service out of Grand Ridge, Fla., was repossessing a mobile home from Mississippi and delivering it to Marianna when the clutch cable broke in front of the Pic-N-Sav on Georgia Avenue, forcing the emergency stop in front of the museum.
“The truck broke apart and we pulled it to a stop,” said the driver of the follow-me escort truck.
According to the driver, the company hauled the broken truck back to the shop, leaving the mobile home behind.
“Needless to say, we’re a little gun shy about large vehicles parked in front of the museum,” said Spann, referring to May’s RV fire.
A 38-foot Tradewinds RV made an emergency stop in front of the museum May 16 after it caught fire in transit.
Fire from the RV scorched the museum porch, cracked and broke several windows on the front of the building and warped the metal door.
Overall, the museum sustained minimal damage, thanks to quick action from the Baker Fire District. The RV was a total loss.
According to Spann, there has been an increase in the number of non-visitor parking at the museum, both during and after hours.
“Tractor trailers tend to use our parking spaces when they want to make a quick stop,” she said.
“I appreciate the fact that the space in front of the museum looks convenient, but it has an impact on museum operations,” said Spann. “We would prefer that drivers refrain from parking in front unless they’re actually visiting the museum.”