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Creation Date: June 16, 2005
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Peters Breaks 19-Year Silence on County-Wide Voting
By Despina Williams ing county-wide voting, Peters stood case." tively campaign for the retention of
Star Staff Writer by the 1986 consent judgment, ar- Peters argued that Jenkins' ap- single-tiember districts within his
County Commission chairman guing that single-member districts proximately 15 years of experience voting community, and said that he
Nathan Peters, Jr. broke his 19- are a necessary means of ensur- in the tax collector's office gave her would campaign harder if the ques-
year silence on the issue of county- ing that minorities have a voice in a winning advantage over her oppo- tion were to resurface on future bal-
wdAa *vtin ro T ed sing that countL oTverrrnment nents lots.

it was time he provided the expla-
nation that "the. people should have
had" when he initiated the county's
change to single-member districts
in 1986.
Acting on behalf of himself and
Gulf County's black community,
Peters, then a city' commission-
er, filed a suit against the county
wherein he argued that at-large vot-
ing excluded black representation
in the political process and diluted
the voting strength of the county's
black citizens.
On Feb. 12, 1986, the Federal
District Court ruled in favor of Pe-
ters, who was elected county com-
missioner of the newly-created Dis-
trict 4 in November 1986.
After a referendum to return
to county-wide voting passed by a
66.93% majority in last November's
election, Peters has consistently
refused comment on the issue of
county-wide voting, despite pres-
sure by colleagues on the commis-
In his recent comments regard-

"[Because] eliminating single-
member districts may mean elimi-
nating minority representation, I
hesitate from eliminating single-
member districts," noted Peters.
Saying that he had "no doubt"
that he'd win in a county-wide elec-
tion, Peters' argued that his resis-
tance to the change stemmed from
his concern for all would-be minor-
ity commissioners.
Peters noted that single-mem-
ber districts afforded him the op-
portunity to earn the confidence of
voters, an opportunity he wanted to
extend .to other minority officials.
"What I worry about more
than anything is the person that
comes after me when I leave. They
wouldn't have the opportunity to
prove themselves," said Peters.
Peters addressed the argument
that the African-American Shirley
Jenkins' county-wide victory as
tax collector proved that minorities;
could receive balanced representa-
tion under an at-large system, call-
ing Jenkins "an exception to the

"I believe if you removed her 15
years experience in that office, she
would have never made it," said Pe-
"With all things being equal,
with her being black, she would
have been at a disadvantage. She
would not have been looked upon
as an equal."
Peters attributed his own coun-
ty-wide victory in the 1985 city
commission race to "strong deter-
mination," noting that his previous
city commission bids failed in part
due to racial discrimination.
Peters' comments came after
his own district supported county-
wide voting in the 2004 election.
With 55.7% of District 4 voters
favoring a return to county-wide vot-
ing, the referendum passed in two
of the district's three precincts. Pre-
cinct 8 (with 63.6% voting against
county-wide voting) was the only
one of the county's precincts that
supported retaining single member
Peters noted that he did not ac-

Peters noted that he believed
the support for county-wide voting
within his district stemmed from
voters' desire for political account-
"The people all want their elect-
ed officials to be accountable," said
Peters acknowledged that ac-
countability is a worthy goal that
has garnered support from both
ends of the county, but stopped
short of advocating county-wide
voting as a means to this end.
What Peters does advocate is
the compromise presented before'
the commission in January 2004
by Sally Malone, the St. Joe Beach
resident who first requested that
the county-wide voting question be
added to the 2004 ballot.
Malone proposed a mixed coun-
ty-wide and single member system

Commissioner Nathan Peters

whereby District 4 would remain a
single-member district and the oth-
er four districts would adopt coun-
ty-wide voting.
At the May 24 county commis-
sion meeting, Julia Cunningham,
the chairperson of the committee
charged with exploring the county's
options for a return to county-wide
voting, presented several voting and
redistricting scenarios.
Peters expressed his disap-
pointment that Cunningham did
(See County-Wide Voting on Page 6A)



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Local photographer Debbie Hooper snapped this photo Saturday afternoon, following the passing of Tropical Storm
Arlene, of the lglin Air Force Base barricks adjacent to the Cape San Bias lighthouse. Though the storm passed far to the
west of the area, the beaches of Cape San Bias were robbed of several miles of sand, adding to the on-going issue of
beach erosion.

By Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
Students received their report
cards at the end of the year, and
now it's the schools' turn.
Guilf District schools received
a single letter grade, handed down
from the Florida Department of
Education, assessing performance
over the past year.
Grades ranged .across the dis-
trict with both significant improve-
ments as well as declines from last
year's performance.
Wewahitchka Elementary and
Wewahitchka High School both im-
proved two letter grades.
Port St. Joe High School and
Wewahitchka Middle School, fell
behind two grades from last year's
Superintendent Tim Wilder
said several staff transitions across
the county, though not an excuse,
have challenged both the staff and
students across the district.
"County wide, grades ranged
from As to Ds, but I want to say

how extremely proud I am of all our
staffs," he said.
The highlight of the Gulf Dis-
trict report card was Wewahitchka
Elementary, picking up the only A
in the entire district.
Under the state's "A + Plan,"
the school will receive approximate-
ly $500,000 $100 per student at
500 students for teacher bonuses,
equipment and supplies.
After receiving a C last year,
Principal Bill Carr and his staff
devoted entire efforts, concentrat-
ing on curriculum issues and indi-
vidual struggles, to improving their
school's grade.
In his current position as as-
sistant superintendent, Carr he
planned to implement a progress
monitoring system, much like he
did as principle, across the county
to improve C and D schools.
Wewahitchka High School, on
a steady decline over the past two
years, improved from last year's D
(See School on Page 5A)

wavering faith and surrounded by
his devoted family.
The beloved pharmacist who
served his community faithfully for,

Gulf County Health Department

Receives Private Donation of $100,000
By Blair Shiver the purchase of new laboratory
Star Staff. Writer equipment, not operational funds.
Doug Kent said it was one of "This is a credit to the county
his proudest moments in his many and my staff that she would trust
years in healthcare. us with this money," Kent said.
The executive director for the He requested, however, that
Gulf County Health Department re- the donation be put into a county
ported that last Friday, he received fund as opposed to putting it into a
a $100,000 donation from a private health trust.
citizen to assist his facility in pro- If the money is put into a trust,
viding healthcare to the commu- there is a'possibility it could be dis-
nity. tribute out at the state level, away
During their regular meeting from Gulf County, Kent explained.
Tuesday evening, county commis- Commissioner Jerry Barnes
sioners agreed with Kent that the complemented Kent on the work he
donation was a tribute to his orga- and his staff have done to provide
nization's efforts, extended clinic hours for the com-
"I don't know who she is, but munity.
we need to thank this lady," said "I've gotten phone calls, in fact a.
Commissioner Billy Traylor. lady stopped me in church," Barnes
Kent also added that the donor said. "They're proud of you."
requested the funds applied toward (See County on Page 13A)

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55 years ended his long battle with
cancer last Sunday, passing away
quietly at his Port St. Joe home.
Settling in Port St. Joe in 1951,
Buzzett embraced the city as his
'"He loved Port St. Joe and the
people," remembered his son, Rex
And the feeling was 'mutual.
At Buzzett's visitation, a throng of
mourners gathered to celebrate the
life of a man whose influence ex-
tended beyond the pharmacy coun-
An Apalachicola Boyhood
Buzzett was born on May 18,
1921 in Apalachicola, the seventh
of eight children in a devout Catho-
lic household.
In his youth, Buzzett mourned
the loss of an infant sister, Mary
Carmel, and his mother, who died
after giving birth to Harry, his last
remaining sibling.
After his wife's death, Buzzett's
father, W.D., a prominent local
pharmacist, sought the aid of his
sister, Anna, and her husband, Bill
Fry, a steamboat captain who ran
boats from Apalachicola to Colum-
bus, Ga.
The couple, along with his un-
married aunt, Margaret, helped
W.D. Buzzett with the task of rais-

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ing his seven children.
A little over three years after his
wife's death, W.D. Buzzett found a
loving second wife in Lavina Cum-
berworth, whom Harry Buzzett re-
membered as "a wonderful lady
who fit into this large family."
As a young boy, Gannon Buzzett
attended Catholic school, where he
and his siblings were taught the te-
nets of Catholicism as well as the

three R's by Irish nuns straight
from the old country.
Harry Buzzett described his
older brother as "smart and mis-
chievous," and when young Gan-
non was not receiving the sisters'
instruction, he was playing with a
group of rowdy Apalachicola boys.
One such boy was George Core,
who lived a block away from Buzzett
(See Buzzett on Page 2A)

Gannon Buzzett, founder of Buzzett's Drug Store in Port St. Joe, died Sunday,
June 5. He was 84 years old.

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By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Bernard Gannon Buzzett died
as he lived, strengthened by his un-

The Pharmacist's Son: A Tribute to Gannon Buzzett

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Buzzett -
on 14th Street. Between
their houses rested a vacant
city lot with a path cutting
through the growth, of tall
pine trees.
Core took the path to
Buzzett's house three or four
times a week and almost- ev-
ery Saturday.
"We were back and
forth," remembered Core. "I
could be at his home in less
than a minute."
Of the seven Buzzett sib-
lings, Gannon was, according
to Core, "one of the very seri-
ous ones,", and a good deal
more responsible than his
Apalachicola running mates.
.Buzzett often skipped
out on his friends' marbles
matches to attend morning
prayer sessions at his .home,
and frequently helped his
father at the Market Street
drug store, a task required of
'all his siblings.
"They all had to work,"
recalled Rex Buzzett, who


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also became a pharmacist.
"Anything from working be-
hind the soda fountain to
pouring two ounce bottles of
castor oil from a five gallon
As a teenager, Buzzett
attended Chapman High
School, where he began dat-
ing Meta Witherspoon, an
Apalachicola, girl he'd known
all his life and his wife for the
last 60 years.,
Together, the couple
raised three children, Bernie,
Rex and Barbara.
"She was his first and
only love," remembered Har-
ry Buzzett. "He and Meta had
an idyllic married life. They
truly believed in the oath.
that they took, Til death do
us part."'
Witherspoon grew up
across the alley from Core's
future wife, Alice, and the
two were dear friends.
After spending their lives
a block away from each oth-
er, Buzzett and Core would
part ways after high school,
both serving their countries
in World War II.
Wounded at the Battle of
the Bulge
Faced with the likelihood
of, being drafted for military
service, Buzzett chose to en-
list in the Army as a medic
with the 324th Engineer
Combat Battalion.
The first combat Buzzett
saw was at the Battle of the
Bulge, the largest land battle
of World War II and the last
of the German attacks, which
took place between Dec. 16,
1944 and Jan. 28, 1945.
Three of Buzzett's broth-
ers also fought in World War

II. Billy was in an anti-aircraft
outfit, Carroll fought at Gua-
dalcanal and Rex, a member
of the 327 Engineer Combat
Battalion was killed at Utah
Beach during the D-Day in-
vasion on June 6, 1944, the
same day Harry graduated
from West Point.
At the Battle of the Bulge,
Buzzett was wounded in the
freezing Ardennes Forest and
was evacuated to England for
treatment. Upon being exam-
ined, Buzzett was asked to
remove his boots, and the
doctors discovered feet black
with frostbite.
Though amputation was
considered, his feet were
spared. Buzzett would be
plagued by cold feet for the
rest of his life.
f After he received medical
treatment for his injuries, for
which he received the Purple
Heart, Buzzett was taken to
one of the military's staging
areas, which were all named
after cigarette brands.
Buzzett passed through
Camp Lucky Strike, and was
then sent to Camp Blanding
in Stark, Fla.
At his discharge, Buzzett
was asked to accept disabil-
ity, which he refused, say-,
ing his brother Rex had been
killed in the war while he was
Continuing a Family
Buzzett's homecoming,
was without fanfare.
"There was no hero's wel-
come for him or anyone else
coming home," remembered
Harry Buzzett.
Buzzett quietly returned
to civilian life, finishing his
pharmacy studies at the Uni-
versity of Florida.
In 1949, he came home
to Apalachicola to work in

Gannon Buzzett (right), with brothers Carroll and John Joe, father W.D. and sister Regina, stands
behind the counter at his father's drug store in Apalachicola. W.D. Buzzett founded Buzzett's Drug
Store, located on Market Street, in 1905.

his father's store, joining his
brothers John Joe and Car-'
roll and, sister, Regina, in
plying the family pharmacy
He had, said Harry,
"joined the ranks of the pill
Two years later, Buzzett
struck out on his own, mov-

ing with his wife to Port St.
Joe and opening Buzzett's
Drug Store on Reid Avenue
where. The Great Wall Chi-
nese restaurant now stands.
In 1960, the drug store
relocated to its Williams Av-
enue location, where Buzzett
installed a drive-through win-
dow and passed out Tootsie

Gannon Buzzett attends to his pharmacist's duties inside
Buzzett's Drug Store on Reid Avenue, which he founded in 1951.

Roll pops to young passen-
Rex Buzzett, who pur-
chased the business in 1986,
noted that his father's drive-
through pharmacy window
was likely the first in the
"He was proud of doing
that and it being successful,"
he said.
In his 55 years as a phar-
macist, Buzzett was known
for his willingness to go the
extra mile to help his cus-
tomers. He often opened the
pharmacy on holidays and
late nights, any time some-
one was in need of getting a
prescription filled.
"He'd say, 'meet me at
the drug store in 15 minute,'"
remembered Core.
During his career,
Buzzett was the first consul-
tant pharmacist for the Gulf
County .Health Department
and Port St. Joe's Municipal
Though he was a one-
man pharmacy operation,
Buzzett took the occasional
day off to attend Gator foot-
ball games.
"He was proud of being
a Gator," remembered Rex
Buzzett. With his initials
"B.G.," Buzzett was known as
(See Buzzett on Page 16A)



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Friday, July 1st Monday, July 4th

5:00-8:00 p.m. (All times EST) 'First Fri-
day' a fine art and music series at The
Thirsty Goat located across from Frank
Pate Park, Port St. Joe

Saturday, July 2nd
10:00 a.m. Family time in Frank Pate
Park Food & Fun, Firing of cannons
from shore Historical Re-enactment.
10:00-10:30 a.m. Arrival of the Pirates.
"The Pirates of St. Joseph Bay"
Children's treasure hunt-throughout
the day
11:30 a.m. Children's Pirate Costume
11:00-1:00 p.m. Entertainment begins.
Steel Drum Band
1:00-4:00 p.m. Browse among the vend-
er's booths
4:00-5:00 p.m. Children's Pirate Feast

10:00 a.m. Park opens, family time in
the park, vendors and food
11:30 a.m. Malia's School of Hula & Na-
tive American Grass Dancers
12:30-2:30 p.m. Swing Shift Band. Put
on your dancing shoes for this great
3:00-3:35 p.m. Veterans' Ceremony-Na-
tional Anthem
4:30-6:00 p.m. Tyndall AFB to salute
our community with a military fly over
- Taps to be played, Salute to Veterans,
Prayers by local ministers
6:30-8:00 p.m. Music by Todd Heren-
deen: He is so versatile, his show can be
country, rock 'n' roll, Las Vegas style
8:00 p.m. Headline band THE DRIFT-
Dark p.m. Fireworks display over the
July 3rd

1:00 p.m. Festival opens, numerous religious groups will be performing. Headliner
will be "Forgiven 5"

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Mobile Homes Face

Limited Mobility

By Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
In light of the record-set-
ting 2004 hurricane season,
many Gulf County residents
living in mobile homes will
no longer be able to relocate
their structures within coun-
ty lines.
Under previous regula-
tions, manufactured or mo-
bile homes built before July
13, 1994, classified Zone
I or Zone II .were allowed
placement anywhere in Gulf
However, effective July 1,
a new advisory handed down
from the state will not allow
new or old mobile homes that
are not Zone III to be placed
or re-located in Gulf County.
Zone I, II and III classifi-
cation concerns resistance to
wind speeds.
All of Gulf County as
well as neighboring Franklin
County'is in Wind Zone III.
Brad Bailey of the Gulf
County Building Department
said in an effort to be as ac-
commodating as the state
will.allow, officials are provid-
ing a six-month grace period
with the ordinance.

If a permit is pulled from
the Building Department
prior to the ordinance's effec-
tive date, a mobile or manu-
factured home resident will
have six months to move
their home to another site in
Gulf County.
Bailey said relocation of
mobile homes has been com-
mon in the past as residents
buy and sell parcels of prop-
With low interest rates,
however, he said more people
are opting to build perma-
nent structure homes.
"It's going to hurt a lot
of -Gulf County people who
live in mobile homes," Bailey
Bailey surmised the por-
tion of the population to ex-
perience the greatest impact
of the new advisory would be
high school graduates.
Often a $3,000 to $5,000
difference exists between a
late model Zone II and Zone
III home, Bailey said.
He added that last year's
hurricanes that ravaged
trailer parks across the state,
particularly in Charlotte
County, prompted the new

advisory handed down from
the state.
The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Develop-
ment (HUD) Code provides
that manufactured homes
are constructed in accor-
dance with :federal regula-
tions in effect since 1976.
The HUD Code regulates
manufactured home design
and construction, strength,
durability, fire resistance and
energy efficiency.
The code's recent revi-
sions to improve energy effi-
ciency and ventilation stan-
dards also included improved
wind resistance regulations
for manufactured homes in.
areas prone to hurricane-
force winds.
All manufactured homes
have a red and silver label
certifying its construction
and compliance inspection
in accordance to the HUD
According to the HUD
Code, no manufactured
home may be shipped from
the factory without compli-
ance and certification from
an independent third-party
inspection agency.

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Editorials, Comments..

P The Star
PAGE FOUR v THURSDAY, June 16, 2005

Celebrating Father's Day

There's something in human
nature that craves official recog-
nition of every good and noble -
thing, which probably explains
why the nation has holidays
such as Mother's Day and
Father's Day.
Clearly, there are few
things as important as moth-
ers and dads, few things as wor-
thy of honor as one's parents. Yet,
when we try to make a special day
in which to bestow such hon-
ors, it's easy for that day to
become trite and com-
mercial. Who hasn't
blanched, at least a
bit, at yet anoth-
er day in which
to buy a card, "'
send flow- f ,

ers, pick
out a silk
tie? Who
hasn n ,t
c o m -
plained, at
least once,
about anoth-
er Hallmark
Day, which is
celebrated Sun-
day, is the brain-
child of Sonora
Smart Dodd, who
wanted to honor
her father, Wil-
liam Jackson
Smart, who
raised her follow-
ing her mother's
death. As vari-
ous Web sites
explain, the idea
was proposed
in 1909, but
didn't receive
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rec nation
until 1956,
and wasn't
a national I

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until 1972,
when Presi-
dent Richard
Nixon autho-
rized the annual
Yet in the


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years between the
idea's conception and
its birth, we-doubt that
any father felt par-
ticularly slighted by /
the lack of a spe- 9
cial day. The cards f
nice; so are the lov-
sentiments. But no

worth his salt will seek out
honors for merely being a
t dad. That's one of those
, things about fathers: good
ones aren't in it for the
Over the course of the
years, there are many
wonderful father's days. a
few of which might actually
fall on Father's Day. There
are the days watching one's
children grow up, being
'r" there as they gradu-
ate from school, or
revel in their play
or sports activi-
ties. There are
the days when
\ N the kids, for

1no par-
/ reason,
say how
they love
you. And
the heart
like those
crayon draw-
ings that, for no
particular reason
at all, one's child
delivers to Dad.
We, of
course, always
look for a free-
dom angle
in every cel-
ebration and
human activ-
ity. There is
about a fam-
ily ,-- about
Sthe love
freely given
and joyfully
received. As
S, author G.K.
ton once
wrote e:
family is the
of freedom;
because the
( Jis the only thing
` free man makes
, { self and by him-

Which is
reason to

by Kesley Colbert

Country Comies to Town

I just went along to pick
up a Faron Young CD.
Cathy and Paula were
going to Barnes and Nobles
to drink coffee and peruse
the latest Nicholas Sparks
novel. Paula married Leon
back in 1962 and I'm telling
you with my hand up---she
has got to be in the running
for Wife Of The Millennium!
Plus, she knows more good
Leon stories than I do....
We had a semi-family
reunion in Nashville, Ten-
nessee, over the week-end.
Rain washed out our golf
game so I caught a ride with
the girls to the Opry Mills
Mall. This place used to be
the Opry Land Theme Park
until some smart "suit guys"
realized they could make
more money selling dis-
count clothes and fake Rolex
watches. They wouldn't have
the overhead of live shows
throughout the park nor the
liability if the Wabash Can-
non Ball jumped the track.
loaded with fifth graders
from Montgomery Bell Acad-
emy. .And the, switch was
made even easier when Dol-
lywood bought all of the old
'Folks now come to the
world famous Grand Ole
Opry and spend their extra
money on Big Dog shirts
or discount Levis instead of
watching Showboat or riding
the Scream Machine. I'm not
big on malls or theme parks
so it didn't niakemriuch dif-
ference to me. I was just
passing, through anyway....
-As we circled the mile
long parking area for the
third time looking for an
empty space I remembered
the look of disbelief on Leon's
face when Paula laughingly
asked if he wanted to come
with. us. I should have got-
ten a hint when he rolled
his eyes and immediately
immersed himself in the
David Ledbetter infomercial
on the Golf Channel.
You talk about a thun-
dering herd! They literally
had to pry us into that mall
with a shoe hornl I have
never seen so many people
in one giant building in my
Lucky me.... I finally
make it up to Music City
and I pick the week-end of

Fan Fair. The Country Music
Association was honoring all
their fans by giving them a
chance to come to Nashville
and meet their favorite stars.
There was also a NASCAR
Bush series race in town.
And they had some kind of
Woodstock-like music fes-
tival going on just outside
of town. I forget the name
of it but they haul in some
old rock bands and do three
days of John Lennon and
Arlo Guthrie songs.
Amazing! It rained the
whole week-end so everyone
decided to go to the mall and
browse through the record
store and Bass Pro Shop
with me! Well, everyone came
except the Woodstock guys--
--they didn't even notice the
I had never seen so
many people The lines were
thirty and forty deep just
waiting to get into any of
the numerous eating places.
And we got there well past
noon! One fellow was try-
ing to swap an autographed
picture of Charlie Pride for a
spot up front in the line to
Johnny Rocket's 'Diner.
You just wouldn't believe
the number of cowboy hats
and Dale Earnhardt Jr. tee
shirts! And 'you definitely
knew this was a Nashville
mall. They had a live coun-
try band in every open cor-
ner and half the stores in
the place! And most of them
featured a female lead sing-
er. Two of them were trying
to sing like Loretta Lynn,
another one was obviously
trying to copy Patti Loveless
and fifteen more were doing
their best to sound like Sha-
,nia Twain.
A guy came by me with
.a belt buckle that must have
been a hub cap in a former
life. I was trying to figure
out how he breathed when
a lady jumped in front of
me and grabbed me by the
shirt, "You want to buy some
special, best ever, get-it-all-
off in one swipe finger nail
polish remover?" You talk
about a pushy salesperson!
I was being accosted. "And
sir, it's only eight dollars an
ounce. I guarantee you it
will remove---"
"Ma'am," I couldn't dis-
cern if she was talking about
Cathy or if she thought I
wore a lot of nail polish,
"back home we use mineral
spirits to take off our nail
polish. It will peal the hide
off of a striped apel And it's
a dollar, forty-nine cents a

[ elbowed my way into
the Tower Record store. The
female singer of their live
band in the back sounded
like a cross between Patsy
Montana and Shania Twain
with a bad head cold. I
pushed and shoved my way
over to a teenage sales clerk,
"Sir, could you tell me where
your Faron Young records
"Was he a guitar player
for Three Dog Night?"
This was going to take a
little longer than I thought.
I was looking for some of
Faron's early stuff like Live
Fast, Love Hard, Die Young
(and leave a beautiful mem-
ory), Goin' Steady, I've Got
Five Dollars and I Miss You
Already (and your not even
gone). I found the country
music section and worked
my way through Bill Ander-
son, Johnny Cash, Lefty
FrizzelL and Connie Smith
down to the Y's. They had a
greatest hit CD but it didn't
have Four In The Morning
on it! It took abott ten min-
utes but I finally got up
to the paying desk. "Sir," I
figured I'd educate the little
sale clerk, "you can't call it a
Faron Young greatest hit CD
if it doesn't have Four In The
"That will be eleven,
ninety-five." I don't reckon
young. sales clerks make
small, talk unless you're
buying Sheryl' Crow or Three
Dog Night.
We were on our way out
when I spied the mothers
lining their children up for
a picture in front of the
John Deere store. I stood a
few minutes in awe as child
after- child was centered
"just right" in front of the
big green tractor. Folks, up
until that moment I thought
I was pretty country! I real-
ized I couldn't hold a candle
to these people in the "being
from the country" business!
I left the mall feeling
a little out of place. I hope
this big spending spree to a
fancy shopping center with
,water falls and giant fish
tanks didn't citify me! Maybe
I ought to get a camera and
go back to the John Deere
While we walked around
looking for our car Paula
casually mentioned that
possibly I might get a story
out of today's trip. Listen, if
we had been in there anoth-
er ten or fifteen minutes.....I
could have written a book!

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Learning to Live Again

By Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
As a bereavement coor-
dinator with Hospice of the
Emerald Coast, Audra Rog-
ers, contrary to popular per-
ception, is in the business of
Smiling through tears
she fought allowing to fall,
she told the story of an el-
derly man who lost his wife.
Rogers described how the


to a B, representing what
Wilder called a "huge suc-
Unfortunately, the exact
opposite occurred at Port St.
Joe High School in 2005 as
they dropped from a B to D
Wilder said he took full
responsibility for the decline
at his former school.
"I can't say enough how
proud I am of that staff to
have stayed focused through
the administrative transi-
.tion," Wilder said.
The crippling factor at
Port St. Joe High for the past
two years has been a provi-
sion in state rules that says
half of the lowest-performing
25 percent of students must
exhibit a year's worth of gains
in reading.
If they fail to do so, the
entire school is docked one
letter grade.
Therefore, Port 'St. Joe
High School earned enough
percentage points for a C
grade. However, with only
35 percent of struggling stu-
dents showing learning gains
in reading, the school was
penalized an entire letter
Last year's performance

widowed gentleman could
not bear to return to church
without his wife.
"To see that man go to
church again for the first
time...it's so rewarding to see
people begin to live again,"
she said.
For a spouse that's lost
a husband or a wife, a child
that's lost a parent, Rogers
offers bereavement support
groups for those that have

suffered the loss of a loved
Though she currently
counsels and educates ap-
proximately 40 patients and
their families through Hos-
pice, Rogers said the services
her company offers are not
restricted to Hospice pa-
After a low response dur-
ing her sessions in Port St.
Joe Rogers has had one

Port St. Joe Elementary
Port St. Joe Middle
Port St. Joe High
Wewahitchka Elementary
Wewvahitchka Middle
Wewahitchka High

person attend a bereavement
group meeting since she
came on board in November
- she decided to change the
roundtable discussion for-
mat to an educational-type
format in future sessions.
On the second Tuesday
of each month at 2 p.m., Rog-
ers will be available for edu-
cation seminars about vari-
ous aspects of grief and the
grieving process.
From "Ways to Combat
the Loneliness of Grief" to
"The Value of Journaling"
to "Family Communication
Following a Death" to "How

From Page .1 A

held the same fate for the
school it was a single per-
centage point shy of an A
Port St. Joe Middle held
steady as a B school, con-
tinuing a six-year run of nev-
er earning less than a B.
Port St. Joe Elementary,
however, was unsuccessful
in improving upon last year's
C, and Carr will be sharing
his secrets for success at We-
wahitchka Elementary with
administration and faculty in
the south end of the county.
Wewahitchka Middle
School dropped from an A to
C school.
Several monkey wrench-
es in the calculation of school
grades exist that affect
changes each year.
The state has changed
rules and criteria for calcu-
lations several times in the
past, and itt seems will only
continue to do so in the fu-
In 2002, the state added
the "learning gain" factor to
the equation.
In addition to high stan-
dard performance percent-
ages in reading, writing and
math, schools are judged
based on the percentage of

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students who exhibit an in-
crease of knowledge over the
previous year's FCAT in read-
ing and math.
For the first time in
2004-2005, students with
disabilities and limited Eng-
lish proficiency (LEP) stu-
dents were included in the
learning gains component
of school grade calculation,
though Wilder said he didn't
feel this change impacted
Gulf County's grades.,
Wilder noted that none
of the principals in the dis-
trict have been in their cur-
rent positions for longer than
three years.
"We are in transition, but
I make no excuses for that,"
Wilder said.
Another hurdle for Flor-
ida schools in the grading
process is a measure of "ad-
equate yearly progress" (AYP)
under the federal "No Child
Left Behind Act."
Though a federal. act,
state officials determine what
compromises AYP.
Wewahitchka Elementa-
ry achieved AYP criteria.
Wewahitchka High
School and Port St. Joe Mid-
dle School, both B schools,
received provisional AYP sat-
As standards and rules
for school grading continue to
change at the state level each
year, this rating is provision-
al, according to Wilder, until
the state irons the kinks. .
' Florida 'Comprehensive'
Assessment Test (FCAT) .
scores are a large determi-
nant of school grades.
Indicative of their A, third
graders at Wewahitchka El-
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performance in reading por-
tion of the annual standard-
ized test.
With over 95 percent
reading at level 3 or higher,
these students rank tenth
statewide in third grade read-
Their reading success
carried district scores almost
20 points above the state av-
District ninth- and tenth-
graders hovered around state
averages in both reading and
In the second year sci-
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school grades, district scores
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District 'science grades in
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FCAT scores -held rela-
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warranted amount of pres-
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school's worth and perfor-
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makes no, excuses.
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or roll district (all schools
achieving an A or B) and
we're going :to get there,"
Wilder said. : q ,;;
"We're going to learn
'from other districts. We'll'get
there again," he said.

Do I Know When I am Get-
ting Better?" she has devel-
oped several education focus
groups to share pertinent in-
formation about the grieving
She emphasized that the
bereavement support groups
are not encouragement
groups as one might typically
The encouragement that
comes in the educational
sessions is perhaps a simple
Listening to her describe
the various services she offers
as well as her experiences as
a bereavement coordinator
tugs fiercely on the heart and
shows how important her
work truly is.
"We want to lessen the
burden of losing a loved one
and continue to offer support
long after their family mem-
ber has passed," she said.
In addition to the support
group and network of staff
at Hospice of the Emerald
Coast, several services are
also available for children,
often the forgotten mourn-
ers, suffering a death in their
Camp Braveheart is an
annual weekend camp for

children age 7 to 14 grieving
the loss of a loved one.
This year's camp will be
located at Camp ASCAA on
Lake Martin in Jackson'Gap,
Ala., from September 2 5.
Rogers also coordi-
nates educational outreach
programs throughout Gulf
While conducting a pro-
gram in an elementary school
classroom in Wewahitchka,
Rogers said there were at
least five children that lost
their grandparents.
With shoe boxes and a
handful of craft materials,
the students created memory
boxes of their grandparents,
preserving the memories of
deceased family members. ,
One child, Rogers said,,
lost a grandmother who loved
roses; so, the child decorated
her memory box with a rose
Through education and
support, Rogers and her co-
workers at Hospice of the
Emerald Coast hope to teach
bereaved community mem-
bers to learn to live again.

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"Is It Because of Black Representation?"

The following is a pre-
pared statement written by
Nathan Peters, Jr. and pre-
sented to The Star during
Tuesday's interview.

I have lived in Port St.
Joe from 1949-2005. That's
56 years. Gulf County is my
home. Gulf County was es-
tablished in 1925, that is 80
years. We established single
member districts in Gulf
County in 1986. That has
only been here for 19 years
out of the 80 years existing of
the county.
America is the greatest
nation on Earth and we have
people in our country of all
colors and nationalities. I be-
lieve that all people should
have representation.
In 1986, the black popu-
lation in Gulf County was ap-
proximately 18-20% of the to-
tal population in Gulf County.
That represents 1/5 of the
total population. Gulf Coun-
ty has one out of five county
commissioners black, one out
of five school board members

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- a walking track with two ga-
zebos, two basketball courts,
one with a top over the court
and lights to play at night, a
baseball field, tennis court,
volleyball court, soccer field,
grills, picnic tables and park
benches are all park ameni-
ties. Without black repre-
sentation, that may not have
On May 24, the Gulf
county-wide voting commit-
tee made recommendations.
Julia Cunningham was the
chairperson. In their recom-
mendation, they presented
8 redistricting scenarios, not
one of those scenarios in-
dicated my favorite, which
would have been district 1, 2,

black and one out of five city
commissioners black. To me
that is equal representation.
I believe if we took a vote in
Gulf County and the ques-
tion was "Would you support
having one city commissioner
black, one county commis-
sioner black and one school
board member black out of
five elected officials, as long
as the black population was
between 15-20% of the total
population." If that question
was on the ballot, the major-
ity of people would vote yes.
Let's go back to the 1950s,
60s and 70s, when there was
taxation with uneven repre-
In 1952, George Wash-
ington High School was built.
It had no parking lots for
teachers, and the school last-
ed approximately 20 years.
At its closing, there were still
no paved parking lots. Now,
we have paved parking lots
on both sides of the school
at George Washington High
School. Is this because of
black representation?

3 and 5 voting at-large and 4
remaining a single-member
I believe the committee
should have interviewed me
in the process of trying to es-
tablish scenarios.
We must work together for.
the betterment of the county
and our individual communi-
ties. We can make a difference
for a better way of life.
I work for all of the people
of Gulf County and I would
like to be the best county com-
missioner that Gulf County
has ever had in the 80-year
history of the county not the
best black county commis-'
sioner, but the best county

The Washington High
School gym was renovated and
named after basketball coach
David Jones. It is called the
David Jones Memorial Gym.
That is a historic landmark in
North Port St. Joe, one that
I intend to preserve. Regard-
less of the growth that may
come to North Port St. Joe,
the Washington High School
site will be preserved.
In the 1950s, 60s and 70s,
road paving in North Port St.
Joe was a minimum.- One or
two streets were paved during
the time the county approved
money to pave streets. Now
all of the streets in North Port
St. Joe are paved and there
are lights on every street. Is it
because of black representa-
East on Ave. A is the Mill
View edition of Port St. Joe,
built in the 1970s. Approxi-
mately 35 homes were built,
with no storm water drains,
no sidewalks, and children
walking in the road.
In the late 90s, I had
sidewalks built and eliminat-
ed the safety hazard. In the
same area, the new Bridge-
port Community is being
built with paved roads, storm
drains, curbs, gutters and
street lights. The Bridgeport
Community is a good, quality
community. Thanks to John
Henry, the vice president of
St. Joe Company and Allen
Cox, president of CQ Develop-
ment, and working together
with people in the community
to make it a premium, quality
neighborhood, which did not
exist in the past.
In 1993, on the 11 th day of
February, the board of coun-
ty commissioners observed
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday, resolution '93-05.
This was the first time a gov-
ernment body in Gulf County
had observed Dr. Martin Lu-
ther King, Jr.'s birthday as a
paid holiday. Now we, honor
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s
birthday every third Monday
in January. To be a paid holi-
day for all employees of Gulf
County, together with all of
Gulf County's constitutional
officers and their employees
- that was a happy day for
me. I was the chairman of the


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teem was high.
All of the black people in
the county wanted Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr.'s birthday
honored as a holiday. That is
one holiday that may not have
been a holiday without black
In the 1960s, 70s and
80s, North Port St. Joe had
no community playground,
but it had a small playground
with only a small amount of
playground equipment. The-
playground consisted of 3 50-
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not include Malone's sugges-
"It was really obvious that
it was a popular scenario with
me," said Peters, who feels the
committee should have inter-
viewed him before crafting the
voting scenarios.
Peters said he did not ap-
proach committee members
during their meetings out of
respect for the deliberation
"I didn't want to influence
the committee," he noted. "I
wanted them to be indepen-
dent with their thinking, but I
still have my personal opinion
about the results of the com-
In her presentation, Cun-
ningham estimated the cost
that the county would incur if
it returned to Federal District
Court to have the 1986 decree
terminated without Peters'
consent at $100,000.
Cunningham noted that
Washington County success-
fully challenged a single-
member voting decree without
opposition from the plaintiffs
who originated the lawsuit.'
The plaintiffs were unwill-
ing to risk paying both their
fees and the county's upon
the' lawsuit's failure, and
Cunningham noted that "the
same situation applies here."
Peters, who has-no plans
to drop his lawsuit, said that
he would oppose the county
if they attempted to terminate

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:ree in court. Believing any challenge
yen the monetary risk to the county's current sin-
h a challenge, Peters gle-member system might
e would still take the' eliminate minorities' voice in
, and predicted the government, Peters posed a
udgement that county- question for consideration.
)ting violated the 1965 "Have we come far enough
Rights Act and 1871 in our county to say that dis-
ghts Act's equal access criminatiori does not exist?"
ons would still stand he asked.
ourt. Citing several examples
he commission were to of the county's failure to meet
g with a mixed county-' the needs of its black resi-
nd single-member dis- dents prior to single-member
stem, Peters said his districts, Peters said he can
's racial composition "truly say that past [white]
.tly 52.1% black and commissioners didn't repre-
white) would help to sent the black community."
he District 4 commis- Peters added that he did
in check. not believe "deep down that in
;ers also suggested that going back to at-large voting,
her four commission- whites are trying to eliminate
ld hold the District 4's minorities," but cautioned
native accountable to that the push for commis-
nty at large. 'sioner accountability might
i've got to have three mean the loss of black repre-
as a whole. You still sentation.,
go through that," said Asked if his controversial
.stance might jeopardize his
len asked if he could future chances of being cho-
minority representa- sen commission chairman by
while also making Dis- his colleagues, Peters made
accountable to the reference to the county's his-
tion .s a whole, with- tory.
nsferring the burden to "The only time it really
er county commission- mattered to me to be chair-
ters said, "I don't know man was in 1990. At that
e the answer to that." time, I was the first black
ers noted that he might chairman of a governmental
!r adopting a 20-year board in the history of the
rium on county-wide county," said Peters.
but was unsure of "That meant something
at extended timeline. to black people as a whole."

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Wewahitchka City Council Works Toward Sewer Expansion

By Blair Shiver projects. items also pertained to city complex on Oliver Road. A developer appeared
Star Staff Writer The $1.3 million bond is- water and sewer service and Council members in- before the council request-
In their regular bi-month- sue will finance a portion of extension projects through- structed City Manager Don ing water service to a 78-acre
ly meeting Monday night, the project for acquisition, out the north end of the Minchew to negotiate terms proposed residential develop-
the Wewa City Council held construction, extensions and county. of an agreement to provide ment on Highway 386. The
the first reading to consider improvements to the sewer The city approved ex- sewer service to the race council requested a density
adoption of a bond ordinance system. tension of water service to a track side of Old Panama plan before agreeing to pro-
for on-going sewer expansion Several other agenda proposed 10-unit apartment Highway. vide service to that area.

Florida Farm. Bureau Members lake Their Concerns from the "Field to the Hill"

Florida Farm Bureau
Federation members trav-
eled to Washington, D.C.
this month to. visit Florida's
congressional delegation
concerning issues important
to Florida agriculture, allow-
ing the Florida delegation to
make informed voting deci-
sions related to those issues.
Nearly 80 members and staff
participated in the three-day
event called, "Field to the Hill
"The investment that
our members have made in
time and effort on this trip
will pay dividends for Florida
agriculture," said Carl Loop,
Jr., president of Florida Farm
Bureau Federation. "I am
pleased that our members
brought important agricul-



tural issues to Florida's con-
gressional delegation and to
the appropriate agencies."
Issues the farm group
discussed with congressional
members included immigra-
tion reform, the national ani-
mal identification program,
country-of-origin labeling
and trade issues.
"Building relationships
with staff and members is es-
sential," said Casey Welch,
coordinator of national affairs
for Florida Farm Bureau. "In
addition, this was a great op-
portunity to have Sen. Mel
Martinez and Congressman
Adam Putnam provide per-
spective into the 109th Con-
FFBF members also met
with officials from the United

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States Department of Agricul-
ture Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service, Dr. Rich-
ard Dunkle, Deputy Admin-
istrator of Plant Protection
and Quarantine (PPQ) pro-
gram and Valerie Ragan, As-
sistant Deputy Administrator
for Veterinary Services. They
discussed country-of-origin
labeling (COOL), national an-
imal identification and issues
surrounding plant safeguard-
ing and Quarantine 37.
The USDA had made
great progress in the latest
version of the rules to imple-
ment country-of-origin label-
ing (COOL) and the industry
is providing additional sug-
gestions on improving the
rules before they are finally
implemented. Efforts now are
focused on providing input to
the USDA to make sure the
law is implemented in 2006
in a way that addresses, the
concerns of the entire market
The National Farm
Animal Identification and
Records Act requires, the
secretary of agriculture to es-
tablish an electronic nation-
wide livestock identification
system to enhance the speed
and accuracy of the USDA's
response to outbreaks of dis-
ease in livestock. Because
livestock diseases are not
constrained by state bound-
aries, the livestock identifica-
tion system will apply to all
livestock born in the United
States or imported and cover
the movement of livestock in
both interstate aid intrastate
commerce. The, livestock
identification system will be
capable of tracing, within 48
hours, livestock from birth to
slaughter. *
Because of its 16cation,
climate and status as a gate-
way for international trade,
Florida is particularly vul-
nerable to invasive pests and

diseases. Quarantine 37 is a
federal rule that prohibits the
importation of foreign plants
with soil attached into the
United States since it is in the
soil where pests and diseases
often hide or hitchhike. It is
not an economic tariff, but it
.is scientifically based quar-
antine. USDA-APHIS must
ensure that Q-37.'s biologi-
cal integrity is maintained,
or .the United States will face
the introduction of new for-
eign pests and diseases not
only on nursery plants but
also other agricultural com-
Agricultural trade is es-
sential to the success of U.S.
agriculture as a whole, and
export markets will continue
to become, more and more
important to Florida's pro-
ducers. Florida Farm Bureau
Federation supports free and
fair trade in which import-
sensitive crops are given due
Florida also needs a de-
pendable labor supply in or-
der to maintain agriculture
in the state. Florida Farm
Bureau Federation supports
immigration reform that
would allow workers .to find
jobs and employers to find
workers, quickly and simply.
The program should provide
a more secure homeland and
allow for efficient manage-
ment of all people who cross
borders. And it should be 'a
more compassionate sys-
tem to protect all workers
in America with labor laws,
the right to change jobs, fair
wages and a healthy work
, The Florida Farm Bu-
reau Federation is the state's
largest general-interest ag-
ricultural association with
more than 150,000 mem-
ber-families statewide. There
are Farm Bureaus represent-
ing 64 counties in Florida,

where agriculture comprises
a stable, vital leg of Florida's
economy, rivaling the tour-
ism industry in economic
importance. Headquartered
in Gainesville, the Federation
is an independent, non-profit
agricultural organization and
is not associated with any
arm of the government. More
information about Florida
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Minchew said the city
was not hedging the project,
but simply needed to know
the number of units to en-
sure the city could provide
adequate service.
Council members in-
structed Minchew to appear
before the county commis-
sion on Tuesday night and
pronounce the city's interest
to provide water service to
Stone Mill Creek area.
In other business:
The council approved
closure of a section of Church
Street during the vacation
bible school at the Baptist
The city denied a prop-
erty owner's request to ac-
cept a road that coincided
with a request for a land use
The Little League was
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By Blair Shiver
Star Staff Writer
They faltered a bit as
they went through the meet-
ing, but they're still learning
the process.
The newly installed
Mexico Beach City Council
performed several acts
Tuesday night in their first
regular meeting to stabilize
the new administration.
Each new council mem-
ber was appointed to serve as
a liaison for city departments
and other various areas of
public service.
Mayor Chuck Risinger
will serve as council liaison
for the Police Department,
Fire Department, ESU, Code

Enforcement, Personnel,
Bay County Transportation
Planning Organization and
other outside contacts with
the community.
Al Cathey will serve
as the contact for Parks,
Recreation and the Pier,
Building Department, CDC
and General Maintenance.
Curtis Dale will serve as
liaison for areas of Water,
Sewer, Sanitation and Storm
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serve as a liaison fdr Vehicle
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Current City Clerk Henry
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absence, Chief Brad Hall was
appointed to serve in the
The council also adopted
a resolution relating to the
change in job descriptions
and positions for the employ-
ees of the City of Mexico
No specific terms were
provided as to those chang-
Troy Williams, director
of public works, reported
that most vacancies had
been filled in the city depart-
He also requested the
board authorize and adver-
tise for sealed bids of sur-
plus vehicles currently in the -
city's possession.
They unanimously
approved the request.
Following reports from
Chief Hall, the board voted
to create a code enforce-
ment division within the
Department of Public Safety.
They also voted to create a
budget for the newly created
division by decreasing the
building department budget
by $19,519.
Updates on various proj-
ects currently underway
by Preble-Rish, presented
by Chris Forehand, raised
several questions from new
council members.
Several issues, among
them boat, trailer parking in
relation to the bridge con-
struction, canal inlet per-
mit modification and issues
raised by the water man-
agement district, were tabled
until they could be discussed
and more thoroughly under-
stood by the board in a work-
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the board gave Preble-Rish
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Diana Duran (center, with scissors) was officially welcomed to the business community with a
ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony last Friday afternoon by members of the Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce. In addition to renovations to both the interior and exterior of the store, Duran
has several plans in the works for her new business. This Friday and Saturday night, June 17-18,
beginning at 6:30 p.m., Nature's Perfect Food Market and Cafe will host "Italian Night." Dinner res-

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Forehand reported that
work on storm water improve-
ments was to be completed
by the end of the month.
He also provided updates
on: Highway 98/canal bridge

construction one lane will
still be blocked at the end
of July; an updated zoning
map he is still waiting on
some matters with the plan-
ning board members; and
permits for new reefs to be
Of the on-going beach
Srenourishment project, fund-
ed by the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA),

Forehand said Preble-Rish
plans to submit the permit
by the end of July. The sand
berm, which he said will
run from 38th Street to 7th
Street, will consist of 50,000
cubic yards of sand.
The board agreed to
meet at each member's con-
venience in the next couple
of weeks for a workshop to
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Port St. Joe Kids Tackle

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By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
In the end,. the Sharks
just wanted to get in the
Port St. Joe High School
football players Jordan Todd,
Chaz Byrd, Mica Ashcraft,
Warren Floyd, Zac Norris,
Ash Parker, Tyrone. Dawson
and George Blevins had spent
the last three days of a 4-day
football camp helping their
coach, John Palmer, teach
fundamentals to a group of
eager kids in grades 1-8.
As the kids engaged in
"Shark Ball," the high school
helpers instructed, officiated,
and waited patiently for their
turn to play.
On Thursday, day four,

oy's Game

Palmer relented, and the
Sharks joined their pint sized
counterparts on the high
school practice field.
"They're open on every
play," laughed Palmer as he
watched the high. schoolers
run the length of the field,
arms outstretched. "They all
want the ball."
By the time they were
joined by the Shark instruc-
tors, the 21 young players
had become seasoned veter-
Earlier in the week, they
learned how to scramble,
pass, and tackle from Leon-
ard Ray, a 1989 Port St. Joe
High School graduate who
went on to play professional
ball for the New York Giants

and the New Orleans Saints.
Ray visited the camp
three days in a row to share
his NFL secrets.
"He did a great job with
these kids," said Palmer.
Rich Williams of the Tal-
lahassee Orthopedic Clinic
also made an appearance on
Tuesday. morning to teach
the campers about injuries
and the day-to-day life of an
At the close of the camp,
the kids tested their athletic
prowess in a physical fitness
test, running sprints and do-
ing push ups and pull-ups.
I An awards ceremony was
scheduled for the camp's fi-
nale, where the campers re-
ceived certificates for their
athleticism and hamburgers
f9r lunch. ,
Palmer was pleased with
the camp's nice turnout and
the good sportsmanship of
his players, both' big and
"We've had a good time,"
he said.

fishing and Christmas have
a single thing in common,
but read on and you'll be
Donna Spears Realty
is proud to announce the
Third Annual Bayou Bash
Fishing Tournament to be
held July 30.
For the first time, an-
glers are invited to cast a
line for a great cause and
fish for Christmas for the
kids and elderly. At the same
time, local fishing enthusi-
asts can see a big payoff for
their efforts with large cash
prizes. .
The Bayou Bash Tour-
nament proceeds will ben-
efit the annual Gulf County
Christmas for the Kids and
Elderly program, which is
sponsored annually by the
Gulf County Senior Citizen's
Association. Each year, the
Senior Citizen's staff and vol-
unteers join with members
of the community' in raising
funds for Christmas toys,
clothing, shoes, bikes and
more for needy children and
senior citizens. Food baskets
and Christmas dinners are
also provided to families.
Community volunteers,
lead by Jerry Stokoe, provide
hundreds of hours of help to
bring a few days of happi-
ness to people who otherwise

Por St, Joe Golf Scramble
The second annual Port
St. Joe Golf Scramble will
be held July 30 at 9 a.m. at
the St. Joseph Bay Golf and
Country Club.
The format will be select
shot four man teams.
Proceeds will benefit the
PSJHS athletic department.
To enter, contact Bill
Ramsey at 227-4403 or John
Palmer at 774-1424 or 227-
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"This is a great opportu-
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back to the community and
help a very worthy cause,"
said Ms. Spears' "At the same
time it will give fisherman a
chance to have some fun and
compete for some impressive
cash prizes."
The tournament will be
held in St. Joseph Bay and,
the surrounding waters.
Check-in is at the St. Joe
Shrimp Company. Entry fees
are $25 for adults and $10

Drive, the St. Joe Shrimp
Company or at fishing
tackle supply stores and
marinas in the area.
"I think it will be a
great day," said Sandy Li-
eberman, director of the
seniors' organization. "This
tournament will give us a
jump start on the fund rais-
ing efforts that usually do
not get started until Octo-
ber. The community support
for this program really shows
what a wonderful place Gulf
County is to live and play. We
are grateful to Donna Spears
and her organization for what
they are doing."
To receive an entry form
by mail or for more informa-
tion, contact Donna Spears
Realty at 227-7879.

Wewahitchka Dixie

for children under 13. The VAoI*Iu ficer lAns
proceeds will be split 50/50 oUthft UC l ectilnS
between the charity and prize Wewahitchka Dixie
winnings. Youth will be holding elec-
Tournament registration tions of officers on Thursday,
will be conducted at the St. July 7, 6 p.m., at T.. James
Joe Shrimp Company on July
30 at 7 a.m. EDT. Rules and Ball Field. For more informa-
entry forms will be available. tion call Misty Harper at 639-
at the Gulf County Senior 2038.

Wewahitchka Softball Camp
The Wewahitchka High Registration is $50 per kid.
School will be hosting a soft- There will be a scrimmage
ball camp. The softball camp game on Thursday, June 23.
will be Monday, June 20 Contact Coy Adkins at
through Thursday, June .23 850-762-4644 or 850-890-
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9th grade (2004-2005 school
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4 V Star Staff Writer real sweet girl." students.
A" 3Rosa Feltrop finally did Addison is the daughter Feltrop said last year, she

After two years of plan-
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recruiting students, she and
the "Take Stock in Children"
program made their first
Sharee Anderson, arising
sophomore at Wewahitchka
High School, was the for-
tunate first recipient of a
four-year scholarship to the
college of her choice.
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application first caught her
attention because the eighth
grade student, at the time
of completion of her appli-
cation, had taken the extra
step to type her application.
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yer," Feltrop said with a

of Marietta and Frank Early.
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raised, over $5,000 towards
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 67 years The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, June 16, 2005 hA

Former Gulf County Sheriff "May Have Misused"

His Public Position to Relieve a Reserve Deputy.

By Ryan Burr
Florida Fredoom Newpapers
Former Gulf County
Sheriff Michael Hammond
"may have misused" his
public position to relieve a
reserve deputy of his duties
because he supported Ham-
mond's political opponent,
Dalton Upchurch, according
to report by the Florida Eth-
ics Commission.
Hammond could not be
reached for comment, but
reserve Deputy John Garner
said the former sheriff and
other high-ranking officers
made it clear he was being
fired for political actions.
Garner said that he sup-
ported Upchurch during his
campaign last year, at first
by putting two signs in his
yard and speaking with other
residents about the race.
The day after Garner
placed signs on his property,
he said the sheriffs major
came to his home and said he
had orders from Hammond
to pick up his patrol car.
"He (the major) said the
reason was because I had put
those signs up in my yard ...
and that I was campaigning
for Upchurch during work
hours," he said.
Garner said he only sup-
ported Upchurch in his per-
sonal time.
"I didn't get .upset un-
til (Hammond) told (WJHG
News) Channel 7 that he
didn't fire me," he said. "If
your car is taken you're ter-
minated as far as I know."
After that, Garner said
he did his own interview with
Channel 7, obtained legal
counsel and filed complaints
with the Ethics Commission
and Gulf County elections
In Garner's mind, there
is nothing wrong with sup-
porting a candidate in your
off-work hours, even if it is
your boss's opponent. Up-
church, a Democrat, ended
up winning the Nov. 2 gen-
eral election over Hammond,
a Republican. ?'i ;
"This is supposed to be
a free-speech country. That's
what I spent time in the ser-
vice for," he said.
Once his patrol car was




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taken, Garner said he had no
further communication with
Hammond. He continued to
root for Upchurch during the
race, attending rallies and
donating $500 to his cam-
When Upchurch won the
election, Garner immediately
got his job back when the
new sheriff took office on Jan.
4. The two have known each
other for about 15 years.
Upchurch said Wednes-
day that Garner "always
worked exceptionally hard
and had always been avail-
The Ethics Commission
will submit Stewart's final
case order to Gov. Jeb Bush,
who will review it and issue
an exectitive order stating the.
findings. He has the author-
ity to impose a civil penalty,
and usually does, said Helen
Jones, a spokeswoman for
the ethics board.
Jones said there is no
deadline for Hammond to de-
cide what hell do about his
charges, but if he never con-
tacts the advocate, he or she
will eventually turn the case
over to the state Division of
Administrative Hearines
A news release on the,
Ethics Gommission's approv-
al of Stewart's stipulation, as
well as updates on other cas-
es in. the state, was -released
Tuesday. The ethics board
said it had probable cause to
believe another local official
had breached ethics laws.
A second former Bay
County Commissioner has
admitted to an ethics viola-
tion during his term by play-
ing a round of golf paid for by
the county's financial advi-
sor, according to the ethics
Richard Stewart, a com-
missioner until the end of'
2002, recently entered into
a "joint stipulation" with the
Florida Ethics Commission.
The stipulation finds that he
violated the state's gift law.
The Ethics Commission
has agreed to the stipula-
tion and recommends Stew-
art pay a $1,000 civil penalty
and face public censure, and
reprimand, the same conse-
quence former County Com-
missioner Danny Sparks ac-

cepted in April.
Ethical problems 'sur-
faced during a February
2000 trip to Tennessee taken
by Stewart and several oth-
er county officials to visit a
Corrections Corporation of
America-operated jail.. Stew-
art accepted a round of golf
valued at $240 from financial
consultant Gary Akers, the
stipulation says.
Florida ethics laws pro-
hibit public officers and em-
ployees from accepting any
gift valued at $100 or more
from a "lobbyist."
Both Sparks and Stewart
cotild have fought the charge
on the contention that Ak-
ers isn't a lobbyist, said their
Tallahassee attorney, Mark
Herron. They "wanted to
get this thing over with and
didn't want to spend a lot of
money" trying to clarify who
is and isn't a lobbyist, Herron
But Herron maintains
that Akers, as a consultant
hired by the county, "wasn't
trying to get anything from
the county for any client. He
was the same as a county
employee," not a lobbyist.
The other county officials
who had been or still are
dealing with allegations of
ethical misconduct regarding
the Tennessee trip are former
County Commissioner Carol
Atkinson, county attorney
Nevin Zimmerman, former
County Manager Jon Mantay
and Bob Majka, Emergency
Services director.
All complaints against
Atkinson were dismissed be-
cause she believed the coun-
ty was paying for the trip,
according to- an Ethics Com-
mission report. The Ethics
Commission found that the
other three men may have
violated gift laws by allowing
CCA to pay their travel ex-
People facing ethics vio-
lations have the option of
reaching a settlement with
an Ethics Commission advo-
cate or having a hearing on
the matter.
Herron said that Zim-
merman, Majka and Mantay
are choosing to have a hear-
ing before an administrative
law judge. "In those cases,"
he said, "there are issues
that focus on whether the
propriety of accepting the
trip to look at facilities was
a gift. The law permits a gift
to the agency," which is Bay
The Ethics Commission
had dismissed more serious
charges that the officials took
the gifts knowing they were
intended to influence future
votes or decisions.

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confusing language to get consumers to change their service.

In an effort to prevent this, the Public Service Commission (PSC) toughened its slamming
rules in 1998 and began bringing harsher penalties against companies that continue
the practice. While the penalties imposed by the PSC dramatically reduced slamming,
consumers may occasionally find themselves the victim of an unauthorized switch.
Florida's slamming rules are some of the most stringent in the country, and have served
as a model for a number of other states as they created their own rules.

How To Avoid Being Slammed
Check your telephone bill monthly. Make
sure your phone company is listed correctly.

Carefully read the fine print on everything.
This includes any checks, offers for calling
cards, sweepstakes or drawings.

4* If you receive a call from a telemarketer
asking you to change your long distance
service, and you are happy with your current
service, just say that you are not interested
and hang up. Don't verify your name, your
spouse's name, or your address, and never
give out your Social Security number to

* Sign up for"No Sales Solicitation Calls" with
the Florida Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services. This way, no one can
call trying to sell you their products and/or
services. Call 1-800-HELP-FLA(1-800-435-
7362) or visit http://www.800helpfla.com/
nosales.html to find out more. For Spanish
translations call 1-800-352-9832. For no fee
you can also sign up for the "National Do
Not Call Registry" with the Federal Trade
Commission at 1-888-382-1222 or visit
il https://www.donoteall.go '

Call your local telephone comparnylnd
request a Preferred Carrier or "PC" Freeze.
This prohibits future changes to your account
without your authorization.

Q. I am interested in
bidding on a property which
is being sold due to non-pay-
ment of taxes. This will be my
first time, and I have some
questions about the pro-
cedure. How can I find out
if there are any liens' or en-
cumbrances on the property?
What do I do next, if I am the
successful bidder?
A: A tax deed sale is a
public auction where prop-
erty is sold to the highest
bidder in order to recover de-
linquent property taxes. The
Clerk of the Circuit Court or
a Deputy Clerk conducts the
sale in accordance with Flor--
ida Statutes. Tax deed sales
are held in the front foyer of

What To Do If You Are Slammed
Call your local telephone company. Let them
know you did not request service from your
"new" phone company and would like to be
switched back to your original phone service
provider. Have them remove any switching
fees from your bill. ,

Have your telephone company place a PC
Freeze on your account. This will prevent
unauthorized changes from being made to
your phone service.

Contact the company that slammed you.
Insist on paying only the charges your
original carrier would have imposed. Call
the PSC at 1-800-342-3552 if the carrierwill
not adjust your charges.

If you discover your long distance service has
been changed without your consent, call either
your local phone company or your long distance
company to be reconnected to the company of
your choice at no charge. If you are not
satisfied with the company's response, you may
also pall the PSC at 1-800-342-3552 or file an
on-line complaint at www.floridapsc.com.

Braulio L. Baez is the Chairman of the' Florida
Public Service Commission. The PSC sets the rates
.:.eg~jfted utility companies charge for natural gas,
electric and telephone service within the state. In
36 counties, it sets the price you pay for the water
you drink, if your water company is privately

the Gulf County Courthouse
in Port St. Joe. Tax deed
sales are advertised in the le-
gals section of The Star. The
Clerk of the Circuit Court is
required by Florida Statute
to advertise each sale once
a week for four consecutive
weeks prior to the public
The opening bid of each
property to be sold is deter-
mined by adding together the
sum of all the outstanding
tax certificates, delinquent
taxes paid, fees, costs of the
sale and interest, all as spec-
ified in the Florida Statutes.
The opening bid is usually
determined one to two days
prior to the sale date, and

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Friday, July 1st"
5:00-8:00 p.m. (All times EST) 'First Friday'
a fine art and music series at The Thirsty
Goat located across from Frank Pate Park,
Port St. Joe

Monday, July 4th
10:00 a.m. Park opens, family" time in the
park, vendors and food
11:30 a.m. Malia's School of Hula & Native
American Grass Dancers
12:30-2:30,p.m. Swing Shift Band. Put on

Saturday, July 2nd your dancing shoes for this great band
10:00 a.m. Family time in Frank Pate Park 3:00-3:35 p.m. Veterans' Ceremony-National
Food & Fun, Firing of cannons from shore Anthem
Historical Re-enactment. 4:30-6:00 p.m. Tyndall AFB to salute our
10:00-10:30 a.m. Arrival of the Pirates. "The community with a military fly over Taps
Pirates of St. Joseph Bay" to be played, Salute to Veterans, Prayers by
'Children's treasure hunt-throughout the day local ministers
11:30 a.m. Children's Pirate Costume Con-
test 6:30-8:00 p.m. Music by Todd Herendeen: He
11:00-1:00 p.m. Entertainment begins. Steel is so versatile, his show can be country, rook
Drum Sand 'n' roll, Las Vegas style .
1:00-4:00 p.m. Browse among the vender's 8:00 p.n. Headline band THE DRIFTERS
booths Dark p.m. Fireworks display over the Bay
4:00-5:00 p.m. Children's Pirate Feast
Sunday, July 3rd
1:00 p.m. Festival opens, numerous religious groups will be performing. Headliner will be
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is maintained in the file. An
ownership and encumbrance
report is also provided in the
file maintained on each prop-
erty to 'be sold at a tax deed
sale. Any legal questions you
may have regarding the steps
required in obtaining a clear
title on a tax deed you have
purchased, will need to be
addressed by an attorney.
The files are available to the
public in the Office of the
Clerk of Circuit.
If you wish to bid on a
Tax Deed, you must appear
in person at the sale, and the
bidding process begins with
the minimum bid. If you are
the successful bidder at the
sale, you must pay a $200
deposit immediately after the
sale, and you will need to
return to the Clerk's Office
within 24 hours of the sale
with the full bid price paid,
by certified check, cash, bank
draft or cashier's check. You
will also be responsible for
paying the required docu-
mentary stamps and record-
ing fee, which is based upon
the bid price, and you will
receive the original recorded
tax deed.
If you do not return with
the full amount, all bids will
.be struck, the property will be
re-advertised one time, and
the sale will take place again.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court
shall have the right. to refuse
to recognize the bid of any
person who has previously
bid and refused for whatever
reason to honor such bid or
who cannot demonstrate, to
the satisfaction of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court, willing-
ness and ability to pay the
$200.00 cash deposit.
If you have any ques-
tions, you may contact my
office at (850) 229-6113.

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SCounty -
Kent thanked the board
for their support, adding
the progress thus far could
not have been made without
I the leadership of the current
Barnes reported later in
the meeting on the damage
caused by Tropical Storm Ar-
*l lene on Cape San Blas.
Barnes said he was in
-N: touch with the Department
of Transportation on Satur-
day when water was blowing
over the' road at the Stump

"That storm did hurt us,"
Barnes said.
He added that major
beach erosion had occurred
as a result of the storm, even
in areas where bladders, an
erosion prevention device,
had been installed.
"If you haven't been down
there in a while, y'all need to
go take a look we probably
lost one half to three-quar-
ters of a mile of beach at the
point," Barnes said.
In other business, Com-

Mad About Manatees.?

What are manatees?
Where do they live? How
much do they weigh, and why
are their teeth so unique?
You can find out -the an-
swers to these questions and
more when you visit Save the
Manatee Club's (SMC) new
"Cool Manatee Stuff' section
at their web site: www.sa-
vethemanatee .org. The Cool
Stuff section was recently
launched to provide informa-
tion about endangered man-
atees in a fun and interactive
"People 'are wild about
manatees,- no pun intend-
ed," said Nancy" Sadusky,
Director of Online Com-
munications for. the Club.
"Each year, we literally get
thousands of phone calls, e-
mails, and letters from peo-
ple all over the world asking
questions about manatees.
In particular, we created the
Cool Manatee Stuff section to
provide more opportunities
for teachers and students to
-learn about manatees. But I
thinkthere- something for
everyone young'and old

alike at the Cool Stuff sec-
tion. Above all, we wanted to
make learning fun and inter-
active, and the Internet is the
perfect medium for that.
Visitors to the Cool Man-
atee Stuff section can send
postcards that feature mana-
tee photos and facts to family
and friends. They can watch
a slide show on manatees,
test their sireniann smarts"
by taking a quiz, or view a
manatee photo gallery. They
can also listen to 'manatee
sounds, watch a video fea-
turing underwater footage
of manatees, or help guide
a mother and calf to safe
shelter by playing a mana-
tee maze game. In addition,
children can download a free
eight-page coloring and ac-
tivity book, and parents and
teachers can download a
38-page educator's guide on
manatees. They can also re-
quest a free PowerPoint pre-
sentation of the slide show,
that is featured at the site
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on a regular basis by creating
new games and features and
by including new postcards
and quizzes.
"Each year, many mana-
tees needlessly suffer and die
as a result of human-related
activities," said Judith Val-
lee, Executive Director for the
Club. "By creating the Cool
Manatee Stuff section and in-
cluding education materials
that can be downloaded, we
hope to attract more web site
visitors and help them learn
about endangered manatees
and what they can do to help
protect them."
The Kenneth A. Scott
Charitable Trust, a KeyBank
Trust, provided funding to
produce the Cool Manatee
Stuff section. The foundation
was established to continue
the mission of caring for ani-
mals that Mr. Scott began
in. his, lifetime and seeks to
promote the humane treat-
ment of animals on a na-
tional level. Netpass, Inc. of
Orlando, provided web-host-
ing services for the project.
Several professional manatee
photographers also donated
the use of their images for
the Cool Stuff section.
Additional manatee edu-
cation materials are available
from Save thle Manatee Club,
including education pack-
ets for students working on
school projects or reports.
Educators (including home-
schoolers) can receive a free
copy of Manatees: An Educa-
tor's Guide, plus a four-color
Sirenians of the World poster
by sending a self-addressed
9 x 12" stamped envelope
with $1.95 in postage on it to,
Save the Manatee Club (see
address below). The Club has
also produced two videos on
manatees, which have been
donated to school district
media centers and county
libraries throughout Florida.
Educators outside of Florida
and other interested parties
may purchase videos at the
Manatee Gifts section of the
Club web site. For more in-
formation about the Club's
manatee education materi-
als, go to www.savethemana-
For more information
about manatees, the Adopt-
A-Manatee program, or for a
free manatee protection tips
packet for boaters, contact
Save the Manatee Club at
500 Maitland Ave., Maitland,
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From Page IA
missioner Bill Williams intro-
duced Loretta Costin of the
Strategic Planning Commit-
tee to give commissioners an
update on the group's prog-
As chair of the commit-
tee; Costin said the group's
proposal included gathering
input from citizens and or-
-ganizations throughout the
county about what their vi-
sion for the area may be.
"We believe we should
gather input around compo-
nents a livable community,"
Costin said.
Those components, she
further explained, include
economic development, edu-
cational opportunities, af-
fordable housing, healthcare,
environment, public safety
and recreational and cultural
Costin said the strate-
gic planning committee felt
it was important to get citi-
zens' feelings on these issues
and requested they present a
survey to the people of Gulf
County on behalf of the Board'
of County Commissioners.
After prioritizing compo-
nents the citizens deem most
critical, Costin said her or-
ganization will then plan to
conduct town hall meetings
to discuss the issues.
Interviews with the com-
missioners, county depart-
ment heads and other elect-
ed officials will coincide with
the interviews and town hall
The proposed timeline in-
cluded completion and distri-
bution, pending the board's
approval, of thfe surveys by
the first of August. Townhall
meetings will be held in Sep-
tember with hopes for a draft
of a strategic plan scheduled
to be developed by the end of
Costin said that thus far,
her committee members have
met with representatives
from the healthcare commit-
tee, the affordable housing
coalition and the Sheriff.
"I'm not telling you any-
thing you don't already
know," Costin told the board.
"Healthcare, public safety
(the need, for a comprehen-
sive emergency contingency
plan), affordable housing and

educational opportunities
are the most important is-
sues thus far."
Commissioners agreed
that the strategic planning
committee's approach, was
The next step will be
charting a distribution strat-
egy for the surveys to reach
all citizens of the cornmu-
Williams suggested in-
sertion of the surveys into
Progress Energy and Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative,
statements, but County At-
torney Tim McFarland said
he would be surprised if the
companies permitted such
Following Costin's pre-
sentation, Williams went on
to update the commission on
a meeting he attended over
the past weekend with St.
Joe Shores development.' '
Williams raised the hot
topic of annexation, saying
County Administrator Don
Butler and City Manager Lee
Vincent were currently in
discussions with the Depart-
ment of Community Affairs
regarding issuance of build-
ing permits.

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"I'm pro-development,
but we've got to hold firm to
our process," Williams said.
He motioned for the
building department to stop
permits or not release any
more building permits that
were not in accordance with
the county's current compre-
hensive plan.
The motion passed with
Commission Chairman Na-
than Peters opposed.
In other business:
The board agreed to
pick up the $16,745 tab for
remodeling of the Beaches
Fire Department.
County Administrator
Don Butler requested rec-
ognition of Brad Bailey as a
building official. He also rec-
ommended to the board that
they negotiate with the lone
bidder to conduct the Impact
Fee Study.
The commission will
hold a special meeting Mon-
day at noon to discuss ex-
pansion of a local business's
operating facility. Alan Mc-
Nair told the commission it
was an emergency situation
for this particular company
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By Roy Lee Carter
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June 1 marked the of-
ficial beginning of the hur-
ricane season. Although we
haven't had a hurricane this
*season it doesn't hurt to be
The arrival of hurricane
season signals the need to de-
velop some contingency plan
to guard our lives and prop-
erty from powerful winds and
flooding rains. Ornamental
plants and other landscape
objects are especially vulner-,
One of the most, impor-
tant protective measures is
to stake down afly new trees
and shrubs on your home
grounds. By "new" we mean
any small, trees or large

shrubs you've planted with-.
in the past year. The stakes
should be two or three feet
long. You'll need three or
four per tree. Drive them into
the soil to a depth of 18 to 24
inches, slanting them away
from the tree at a 45-degree
angle. This will make them
more secure and less likely
to be pulled out.
How far you place the
stake from a free will depend
on its size. A general rule is
to locate the stakes the same
distance from the base of the
tree as the height above the
ground at which you plant
to attach the guide wires.
To secure the wire and keep
them from slipping off, make
notches in the stakes a few
inches from the top of each.

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Then, attach wires in these
notches, and run them to
appoint about two-thirds up
the trunk. Before attach-
ing the wires to the tree,
run them through lengths
of garden hose to protect the
bark. Now, tighten the wires
enough to prevent exces-
sive tree movement, but not
so high that they may break
- or, worse yet, cause the tree
to break in high winds.
In addition to staking
small trees and shrubs, you
should inspect larger trees
for broken, dead, or damaged
limbs, and remove these as
soon as possible. Hurricane
winds can tear such limbs
from a tree and turn them into
dangerous projectiles. 'How-
ever, remember that it is not
a good idea to prune healthy
branches before a hurricane,
because this encourages new
growth, which is very vulner-
able to wind damage. During
the storm season, it is espe-
cially important to keep roof
gutters clear of leaves, twigs,
and other debris. Drainage
should be at its best to cope

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with heavy hurricane rains.
If you have hanging bas-
kets, tub plants, or large pot-
ted plants on exposed porch-
es or patios, they should be
moved indoors ahead of the
storm. Hurricane winds can
damage or completely de-
stroy both exposed plants
and containers. Other loose
items, which can be hurled
about, such as lawn furni-
ture, garden tools, toys, and
garbage cans, also should be
brought inside before strong
winds strike. In addition to
being severely damaged or
destroyed, such objects can
become lethal flying objects
during a hurricane.
While we all hope our
state avoids serious hurri-
cane damage this season, it's
still very important to be pre-
pared. So, check your home'
grounds thoroughly, keeping
our precautionary pointers
in mind. And, if you detect
potential dangers, take cor-
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Florida's New

Minimum Wage Law

The following is a list of the minimum wage can be
frequently asked questions found at http://www.dol.
regarding Florida's New Mini- gov/dol.compliance/comp-
mum Wage Law:, flsa.htm. This is the federal
When will the minimum minimum wage website;
wage be raised? however, the information
Pursuant to the language at this website about the
of the constitutional amend- minimum wage will apply to
ment creating Florida's mini- Florida's minimum wage, ex-
mum wage, the Agency for cept the actual amount of the
Workforce Innovation (AWI) minimum wage will be differ-
is to perform an annual cal- ent since Florida's minimum
culation to establish a new wage is higher.
minimum wage each year" If I receive tips as a part of
based upon changes in the '. can my employer
consumer price ir'" y me less than the
will perform this calulationi :NL-' pyminimum wage?
on Sept. 30 each year, with Yes, if a tipped employee
the new minimum wage be- meets the eligibility require-
coming effective the following ments for the tip credit under
Jan. 1. the FLSA, then the employer
To whom does the maini- may count tips actually re-
mum wage apply? ceived as wages under the
The definitions of "em- es
The definitions FLSA, but beginning on May
player, employee, and 2, 2005, the employer must
"wage" with respect to Flori- 2, 2005, the employer must
day's minimum wage law are pay not less than $3.13 per
those established under 'the hour in direct wages. (As
federal Fair Labor Standards mandated by the Constitu-
Act (FLSA). Florida's consti- tion, this direct wage rep-
tutional- provision creating resents the 2003 tip credit
the minimum age indicates under the FLSA ($3.02) sub-
that the case law, administra- traced from Florida's mini-
tive interpretations and other mum wage; therefore, as the
guiding standards under the minimum wage increases
FLSA should be the guide re- each year, the direct wage
garding the construction of paid to tipped employees will
Florida's minimum wage. In also increase.)
essence, Florida's minimum What if I am not getting
wage law applies to anyone paid the minimum wage?
covered by the Federal mini- Employees who are not
mum wage law. paid the minimum wage
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nation about the coverage of court of competent jurisdic-
the minimum wage law? tion against the employer or
FLSA information and any person violating Florida's
compliance assistance about minimum wage law.


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A Sticky Solution for Yellow Fly Problem

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Bryan Hobbs snapped
plastic gloves over his hands
and walked slowly to the
scene of the crime.
Wielding a paint brush
and a can of insect trap coat-
ing, the mosquito inspector
approached a beach ball dan-
gling from a branch outside
the mosquito control office.

decided a second was in or-
As he did the honors,
Hobbs noted that the trap's
simple construction makes
it easy for Gulf County resi-
dents to alleviate their yellow
fly problems. All materials.
are available locally and are
relatively inexpensive.
A 20 inch beach ball
serves as the trap's founda-

After beginning to brush the beach ball with insect trap coat-
ing, Gulf County mosquito inspector Bryan Hobbs pauses to exam-
ine a yellow fly caught in the sticky substance.

Hobbs' intended victims,
a swarming throng of yellow
flies, were blissfully ignorant
of what was to come.
They had learned noth-
ing from their ensnared com-
rades just a few feet away.
The homemade yellow fly
trap had been hanging since
March and already displayed
the remnants of around 40
The first trap was such a
runaway success that Hobbs

tion. Since yellow flies are at-
tracted to darkness, Hobbs
gave the ball a coat of black
gloss paint.
Hobbs looped a piece of
twine around the top of the
ball, and lowered it 3-4 feet
above ground with the twine
fastened to a tree branch.
Hobbs then applied with
a brush a layer of oil-based
insect trap coating, which he
purchased locally for around
$15 a quart. The brushes

This fl trap has .been hanging outside the Mosquito Control
offices since March and displays the remnants of around 40 yellow

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should be.tossed after using.
"I highly recommend youi
use gloves," advised Hobbs.
"And you're still going to get
it on you."
Hobbs removes the
sticky solution with auto
parts cleaner, though it can
also be taken off with trans-
mission fluid or baby oil for
the daintier sort.
Once in place, the traps
,will remain sticky for quite
some time.
"The one we did last year
was still sticky this year,"
noted Hobbs, whose depart-
ment discovered the trap in-
structions on a website and
built the- first prototype last
"[The yellow fly problem]
was really bad last year,"
said Hobbs. "It's going to be
this year, too."
Yellow fly season begins
in May, and lasts throughout
the summer, peaking in the
periods between May-June
and September-October.
The flies lay their eggs in
boggy areas, around streams
and swamps, and tend to
gather in dark, shady places.
While male yellow flies
feed on nectar, the females
have a taste for blood, and
their bites can be extremely
Gulf County mosquito
director Joe Danford noted
that yellow fly bites can pro-
duce severe allergic reactions
in some people and are not
easily tolerated by diabetics,
who find it difficult to heal
from sores on their extremi-
ties. .
Danford keeps inside his
office a red book entitled "Pro-
tocol for Emergency Room
Procedures and Hospital
Management of Snakebites,"
written by herpetologist May-
nard Cox, who has treated
some 2,000 snakebites in his
For insect bites, Cox rec-
ommends washing the area
with copious amounts of
warm, soapy water, scrub-
bing Champho-phenique
into the bite and applying
a solution of one cup am-
monia, one teaspoon baking
soda and one teaspoon meal
Danford said he hasn't
tried the remedy "I'm still
looking for a guinea pig"
but noted that most bites
are acidic and Cox's solu-
tion serves to neutralize the
poison's pH.
Currently, Gulf County
Mosquito Control does not
spray for yellow flies. Dan-
ford noted that the mosquito
trucks spray a -certain size
droplet that is adjusted to a
mosquito's body size, and the
trucks are not set up for yel-
low fly eradication.
So for now, the beach
ball traps are residents' best
Traps can be placed in
multiple places in the yard,
depending on the severity of
the problem and the number
of areas requiring treatment.
The traps can be dis-
posed of by wrapping a plas-
tic garbage bag around the
ball before cutting it loose
from the tree.

Danford noted that the
ultra sticky traps are resil-
ient, weather proof, and don't

require a lot of attention.
"Once you hang it up,
you don't have to mess with,"

said Danford, adding, "and
you don't want to mess with

The yellow fly traps can be assembled using a 20-inch diameter beach ball, a length of twine, a
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as "Bull Gator" by his

Buzzett also made time
for community service. He

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was a lifelong member of
the Kiwanis Club, a 50-year

member of the American Le-
gion, and a charter member
and past president of the
Chamber of Commerce.
After his retirement in
1986, Buzzett continued to
work part time for his son,
Rex, filling in for him when'
he wanted a day off.
Almost Like a Brother
When Core moved from
Apalachicola to Port St. Joe,
he settled in a house a few
blocks away from his child-
hood friend.
In recent years, Core and
Buzzett played golf twice a
week, often accompanied by
the late Port St. Joe physi-

cian Joe Hendrix.
It was on the golf course,
nearly three years ago, that
Buzzett first confided in Core
that he was having health
"From then, it was like
air going out of a blow-up
balloon," said Core, "a little
bit at a time."
Core remembered Buzzett
as a successful businessman
who raised a wonderful fam-
ily, a man about which noth-
ing ill could be said.
"Everything I know about
Gannon was positive," he
Harry Buzzett described

his older brother as "very pa-
triotic, very religious, most
devoted to his family."
"He was truly a member
of Tom Brokaw's 'Greatest
Generation,' who are going to
see their maker at the rate of
1,500 a day."
For Core, Buzzett will al-
ways be the boy from across
the street, the dear friend who
was "almost like a brother."
For him, the loss is im-
"It's like if you sat down
to eat lunch and didn't have
a plate," said Core.
"I miss him terribly."

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Canker sores usually occur on the inside of either lip near the junction of the gum, but are
also quite common on the lips, inside of cheek, the soft palate and under the tongue. The size
can vary up to an inch, but we usually see them at about a quarter inch. They begin as small red
areas which tend to itch or burn, eventually looking like a small gray crater. They may be single
or multiple.
The exact case is unknown, but they are usually brought on by some trauma like a bump, or
a tooth brush bristle, or biting your cheek. Certainly stress or nutritional deficiencies have to be
considered as part of the problem, but it is more likely to be caused by an immunologic dysfunc-
tion where normal antibody-producing cells attach other cells. Canker sores usually disappear
in 10 to 14 days. If they become too painful or develop a secondary infection see your dentist
for treatment because there is no one treatment that is consistently reliable. They develop less
frequently with age.
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