Community activist goes door-to- door to raise funds for city buses

Coleman bus campaign

Community activist Mae Reatha Coleman, grasping a letter of authorization from Mayor David Cadle, heads into the Crestview Wal-Mart to solicit corporate support for the city's bus routes.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

CRESTVIEW — One local activist, accepting the Okaoosa Board of County Commissioners' challenge, is putting feet to the pavement to save the city's threatened bus routes.

Commissioners, citing low ridership, gave the city 60 days to contribute $25,000 to keep the service running.

With the calendar counting down the days, Mae Reatha Coleman hit the street. Cruising up and down Ferdon Boulevard, she visited businesses that benefit from customers and workers who use the buses.

"I'm fighting for the little old lady and the little old man that doesn't have a car," Coleman told North Okaloosa Medical Center CEO David Fuller.

At businesses including the hospital, Wal-Mart, Publix grocery and Ryan's Family Steakhouse, Coleman explained to managers the importance of the bus service to their businesses.

"I don't care where I stop, as long as I get some help," Coleman said.

The Crestview City Council granted Coleman authority to meet with individuals and businesses to seek donations for the city's contribution, according to a letter from Mayor David Cadle that Coleman left at each stop.

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