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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
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Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Creation Date: February 23, 2006
Frequency: weekly
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Showing Its Age

By Tim Croft
Star News EditorM m m O -
Like so many products of the '60's, the .
Gulf County jail is showing its age.
The major topic of a County Commission
just over a month ago, the jail, built in
1966-67 and first officially occupied in
early 1968, has become, as chief admin-
istrator Otto Cook said, "Friday the 13h "7 .
every day."
A roof which has seemed to have long
given up the task of holding back the rain, ;. A ^}Aj.,
open or defective electrical wiring and .
outlets, poor ventilation, over-crowding,
under-staffing, these are just the tip of the
iceberg, the county's top law enforcement
official said..' .' .
"We are going to reach a point where ...
we are going to have to shut it down if noth- M .' .
ing is done," said Sheriff Dalton Upchurch, ..
who is also the county's jailer. "What (com- -
missioners) don't understand is the liability "
the county is incurring.
"We are a civil suit waiting to happen." .
Early. last month Upchurch made -
his case before the. Board of County
Commissioners, noting that there were '
"serious" problems with the jail which '
needed to be addressed immediately. ..
Since that time, during two unan- w h
nounced walk-throughs of the main jail, '
areas, many of those problems were evi-
The leaking is a good place to start.
Several weeks ago when the area was
deluged with rain, some four inches of
water poured into the women's cells and A women's cell at the Gulf County Jail shows the remnants of four inches
remained as a storm-water pool. Several flooded the women's section of the facility during a deluge several weeks
remained as a storm-water pool. Several nearly forced the transfer of the female inmates to another jail.
(See JAIL on Page 11A)

"What (commissioners) don't understand is the

liability the county is incurring.

"We-are a-civil suit waiting to happen."

Sheriff Dalton Upchurch referring to the Gulf County Jail

es of water which
ago. The leaking

Corridor Authority Backs

Gulf Highway Project

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Franklin County last week shared with
members of a newly created regional author-
ity its vision for realigning U.S. 98.
The eight members of the Northwest
Florida Transportation Corridor Authority,.
created by the Florida Legislature last year
to plan improvements on U.S. 98, met Feb.
16 at the county courthouse as part of their
regular trips to the different counties. The
authority's mission is to coordinate a master
plan for the transportation
corridor that runs through
the, Panhandle between
Escambia arid Wakulla
The morning ses-
sion began with Franklin .
County's representa-
tive, County Commission
Chairman Cheryl Sanders ., .
reading a letter from State .
Rep. Will Kendrick. wel- ..
coming the authority and
encouraging them on their
mission. .
The corridor authority
also has representatives r.
from Escambia, Santa odorn
Rosa, Okaloosa. Walton,
Bay. Gulf and Wakulla Stev
counties, each appointed
by Gov. Jeb Bush.
Chairman Randall McElhenev. a Panama
City businessman and health care executive.
said the authority's executive committee had
narrowed down to five finalists the 19 appli-
cations it has received for executive director.
Finalists include Thomas Thomson, an
engineer from Savannah. GA, Bruce Barrett.
a planner from Tallahassee: Paul Finklestein.
a planner from Pensacola; James Davis,


an accountant from Tallahassee: and Ed
Denham, a planner from Mineola.
McElheney said the finalists will make
their presentations at next month's regular
meeting in Panama City. Negotiations would
be begun with the candidate most highly
ranked by the corridor authority,
Filling the position may be a challenge,
though, since it is not clear whether the
authority can fund the position using its
existing budget of $6 million earmarked for a
master plan study due by July 2007.,
"I've .left it to DOT
(The Florida Department
of Transportation) to.
figure that out. I really
haven't got an accept-
able answer," said,
McElheney, noting that
transportation offi-
cials have balked at
using these funds for
administrative pur-
poses. "I intend to get
that resolved, prior to
uis hiring an executive
"We will have a
funding source," he
stressed. "It's unaccept-
able. It's ridiculous. I'll
Norris get that resolved this
The corridor
authority has $3 million in federal funds for
its master study, and another $2.4 million
in state funds to match that. The authority
was able to secure another $600,000 un state
funding through the TRIP (Transportat.ion
Regional Incentive Program). In addition,
Santa Rosa County' Commissioner Gordon
Goodin, a member of the Flonda-Alabarma
Transportation Planning Organization. has

promised to pitch in another $600.000.
McElheney said.
Rather than focus solely on preparing
the July 2007 master plan, the authority has
commissioned the DOT's chief engineering
consultant PBS&J to prepare by next month
a compilation of projects now in the works
around the counties.
"Our board chose not to sit back and wait
on that report in July 2007," said McElheney.
"We wanted to jump start
it so we asked DOT to
divide this master study
into two parts beginning
with Phase 1 with an early ...- A
deliverable, basically in a -
map form that shows the
entire highway 98 corri- -
dor. Phase II is the overall -.
master plan for the entire .
.In receiving the near-
ly-completed initial draft '
of Phase I, McElheney said
it could be used to develop
priorities "to take to the "
(Florida legislative) session
and advocate for the items
we feel are most critical for
the 98 corridor." USA.
He said the Panhandle Chery
legislative delegation has
told him that "if we can just bring them two
priorities, they will do all they can to help us
advocate for our case. The quicker we can get
it in there, the more the', can help us. The
ones we pick now, we can get them in the
hopper "
McElheney noted that he did not like
the fact that the authority was scrambling to
come up with priorities for this year's session.
"i don't want to be in the same position for
next session." he said.

USPS 518-880

Mexico Beach City

Council Approves St.

Joe Land Use Change

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
People were wearing their hearts on their
sleeves for the Valentine's Day city council
meeting in Mexico Beach.
On Feb. 14 the St. Joe Company once
again presented its request for transmittal
of a land use change to the citizens and
administration of Mexico Beach during the
monthly city council meeting.
All 75 seats were again filled, and half
a dozen people standing in the back, with
reporters from both .local television stations
and print media. The mood was as intense
as at last week's presentation to the Planning
and Zoning Board, but with more concern and
in-depth questions than hostility.
When the audience ivas invited to ask
questions, there was no shortage of speakers.
Questions ran the gamut.
One woman, whose family had owned a
house in Mexico,Beach for 50 years, said she
felt the town had enough development, that
"a few people will make high dollars by taking
away a part of Florida."
Another person asked if ordinances, like
walking dogs on the so-called "wild beach"
that is part of the development, will change.
Mayor Chuck Risinger said simply, "Yes."
A woman who said she had moved from
Gulf Breeze to escape the noise and congestion
was very upset that the beach, was "being
taken away." She also questioned the council
members about safe, quick medical care,
roads, and why the city needed more homes

(See MEXICO BEACH on Page 7A)

Port St. Joe Beats

Vernon 58-51

Port St. Joe overcame a 10-point deficit
',"in the final 2:51 of regulation and slipped
.past host Vernon. in overtime for a 58-51
.Region 1-2A semifinal win.
o The Sharks (20-9) will host the winner
.of bttondale-Sneads at 7 p.m. on Saturday
tightt in "The'Dome" with a trip to the state
Final .Four on. the line.
"1, didn't believe in miracles until
tonightt" said Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kilrnitsky. "We just didn't quit. It was a

(See SHARKS on Page 9A)

Responding to Sanders' question as to
whether it would even be possible to whit-
tle down all the various counties' needs tb
just two proposals, Jay Odom, from Walton
County. said he believed that the authority
could back as many as 10 or more projects,
all going on simultaneously.
PBS&J's Wiley Page told the author-
ity that the Phase i report would include
details on more than 80 projects "active at
some phase" and would
m ^ include a number of dif-
ferent criteria, includ-
ing the degree to which
a project is essential,
based on five levels of
ranking. "I'm pretty
sure we're going to be
pushing 100 projects
by the time you have
i your workshop (next..
month)," he said.
Bay to Gulf Highway
Gets Thumbs Up
Because construc-
tion already has begun
on two Panhandle
projects, the author-
Sandersity opted to go on the
record in support of
them: A widening of an
existing road, LU.S. 331, in Walton County,
that runs from U.S. 98 to 1-10 in Walton
County: and the completion of the second
phase of the "Gulf to Bay Highway," a portion
of road to the west of Port St. Joe that will
eventually re-align U.S. 98 behind the new
Windmark subdivision.
"The second phase will pick up right
where that first phase loops back to 98,

(See HIGHWAY on Page 5A)

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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Let the dirt be turned.
Port St. Joe city com-
missioners on Tuesday
gave final approval to the
first two plats for sections
of The St. Joe Company's
WindMark Beach Phase II
Formally named
Village Center South and
Fishermen's Pier North, the
plats total 115 lots intended
for single-family homes to
be- located on either side of
the Southern Accents home
being built at WindMark
and which can be seen from
U.S. 98.
The lots, project manag-
er Tom Panaseny said, are
roughly 75 feet wide by 125
feet deep, some of which
will face St. Joseph Bay.
*The formal approval
was also an opportunity
for city commissioners to
reinforce an aspect of sig-
nificant interest about the
WindMark development: the
public access to the existing
beach between U.S. 98 and
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Panaseny noted that
the Fishermen's Pier North
area will include a fishing
pier which will be acces-
sible to the public, with
restrooms and 60 parking
spaces nearby.
A similar area of, 60
parking spaces and rest-
rooms will be located at
the northern end of the
WindMark development and
all told some 300 parking
spaces will be accessible for
locals and visitors alike.
In addition, Panaseny
noted, once the relocation
of just over three miles of
U.S. 98 which is current-
ly under construction is
complete, the existing road
will become a pedestrian
and bicycle pathway.
This will also be acces-
sible to the general pub-
lic, with no gates or other
obstructions to keep people
out, Panaseny emphasized
under questioning from
"That's a commitment
we've got to meet," Panaseny

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said. "It's part of the DRI
(Development of Regional
Impact) agreement with the
Commissioner Rachel
Crews wanted to hear it one
more time.
"Are you sure" the pub-
lic will have full access to
the beach, pier and walk-
way? Crews asked.
"I'm sure," was the
answer from Panaseny.
In other business taken
up during Tuesday's regu-
lar bi-monthly meeting:
reversed course, and
Commissioner John Reeves
issued a public apology for
the original decisions, on
several employee benefit
and salary issues.
Retroactive to Oct. 1 -
the beginning of the 2005-06
fiscal year three employees
in the DROP program who
were not given raises during
the budget process last year
were given the same raises
other employees received,
$1.51 per hour.
Additionally, the
Commission decided that
the city will again pick up
the health insurance for
not only the employee but
spouse and family cover-
The city requirement
that new employees are not
eligible for insurance until
they have been employed
six months was reduced to
30 days.
And, finally, commis-'
sioners agreed that any
employee supervising- at
least three prison inmates
during work details receive
an additional $1 per hour
for that period.
The decisions were

made, commissioners indi-
cated, to retain and recruit
good employees, essentially
meeting the county benefits
pertaining to health insur-
ance, and as a matter of
fairness in the case of the
employees in the DROP.
approved four bids.
The first was a $74,848
bid from Gulf Asphalt
Contractors for grading and
paving at the Lamar Faison
Fields complex.
The GAC bid was the
only one submitted after a
request for proposals and
is significantly lower than
"That is an incredible
bid," said Bill Kennedy of
Preble Rish, who noted that
GAC was willing to work
with the city's parks and
recreation committee on the
price and that the funds will
come entirely from a state
Commissioners also
approved an $11,250 bid
from Barfield Roofing to
replace the roof at City Hall
and a $12,962 bid from
Gene McCroan to install a
new sound system in the
Centennial Building, which
is to be in place in time
for next week's annual
Chamber of Commerce din-
Finally, commissioners
approved spending $12,400
on an emergency basis for
a new deep primary well at
the city's water pump sta-
tion. The current' well has
begun to rapidly lose the

capacity to pull water.
Trish Warriner provid-
ed a general update of the
activities of the Downtown
Redevelopment Agency.
An offer has been made
to a prospective candidate
for the newly-created execu-
tive director position and
she expected an answer yea
or nay from the candidate
sometime next week.
Spring banners should
be in next week and be
up, once sponsorships are
attached to the banners,
sometime in March.
A "renowned" small
town planner had made one
visit to Port St. Joe and
offered a number of sug-
gestions on beautifying and
improving downtown and
he is expected back in town
in the near future.
The DRA has also
received a $50,000
state grant to redo the
Community Revitalization
Plan which maps out goals
for the group. The DRA is
interviewing firms to under-
take a redrafting of the CRA
As part of that, Warriner
said in reply to questions
from Crews, the DRA group
will examine the possibili-
ties for expanding the CRA
boundaries to include por-
tions of North Port St. Joe.
The field work has been
completed on the Williams
Avenue. parking lot and a
design should be forthcom-
ing in the weeks ahead.
In a workshop prior
to 'the meeting, commnis-

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sioners and representatives
from Waste Management
discussed a host of issues
pertaining to residential
and commercial garbage
Joe Kennedy of Waste
Management said new com-
mercial dumpsters have
been ordered and should be
in place in the next month
or so and he reiterated the
standing rule on residential
pickup that the container
and up to three bags of
trash will be collected each
time a route is run.
City manager Lee
Vincent said that before the
first Commission meeting
in March a letter will go out
to customers outlining the
rules for garbage and yard
debris collection.
appointed Vincent as the
city's representative to the
board which will oversee the
disbursement of half-cent
sales tax revenues collected
to offset indigent care costs
at the new Sacred Heart
hospital and other county
health care programs andc

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The Gulf County
Democratic Party will host
an "Organization" Meeting
in the Port Inn Conference
Room at 7:00 p.m. (EST)
Thursday, Feb 23.
Supervision of Elections
Linda Griffin will speak on
voting changes for 2006.
Discussion and committee
meetings will follow meet-
We are collecting all.
types of old Democratic par-,
aphernalia from FDR posters
to Kerry campaign buttons.
Gutherie Henderson's&Event
Committee is also looking
for red, white and blue dec-
orations. If you have any of
these things, please bring
them to the meeting. And
one more thing... Bring a fel-
low Democrat.

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Getting Out the Vote

By Valerie Lovett
Florida Freedom Newspapers
Nine Panhandle supervi-
sors of elections gathered in
Bay County on Tuesday for
the local version of an "elec-
tion year kick off' being repli-
cated throughout the state.
With Bay County's Super
Tuesday two months out,
sharing voter registration and
elections information becomes
a priority, Bay County
Supervisor of Elections Mark
Andersen said.
Municipal Super Tuesday
in Bay County is April 18
with a runoff election set for
May 16.
Qualifying begins at noon
Feb. 27 and runs through
noon March 3.
The biggest challenge
each year, Andersen said, is
educating the public on the
election process.
Supervisors from sever-

al nearby counties echoed
Andersen's sentiments.
"I don't think you can
educate your voters enough,"
said Doris Shiver Gibbs,
supervisor of elections for
Franklin County.
A few changes are slated
for this year's election pro-
cess, most markedly the new
Florida Voter Registration
System, a program that allows
interconnectivity among all
Florida counties' voter rolls.
The new system, Gibbs
said, allows a voter relocating.
from one county to the next
to simply make an address
change, as late as election
day, without having to re-
The voter may also avoid
being subject to the, 29-day
book closing prior to elec-
Book closing is the dead-
line by which new registra-

tions or party changes for
currently registered voters
should be made prior to an
Requirements based on
the federal Help Americans
Vote Act resulted in the pur-
chase of new touch-screen
voting machines to aid dis-
abled persons in voting more
The touch screens, 65
in all for Bay County, will
supplement the traditional
paper-based optical-scan
voting system during Super
Because more than 165
ballot styles are needed at
the early voting locations, the
touch screens will be used
there exclusively to make the
process easier.
Earlyvoters in Bay County
likely will be able to cast a
vote at more than one loca-
tion this year, Andersen said,

as plans are in the works to
open up polling places some-
where on the beach and in
the Parker area.
Additional sites should
help an already healthy voter
turnout in Bay County, which
enjoyed a more than 70-per-
cent showing at last year's
elections, Andersen said.
Another change is that
voters must have proper
identification at their polling
place or they will be required
to cast a provisional ballot.
By law, voter information
cards may no longer be used
as identification because they
do not provide a signature.
Also different this year:
Solicitation boundaries dou-
bled to 100 feet from all vot-
ing locations, including early
"My No. 1 complaint is
that people don't like run-
ning a gauntlet of people bad-
gering them to death when
they're trying to vote," Gibbs
While the meeting was
sparsely attended by mem-

bers of the general public,
several elected officials and
party representatives were on
"Everywhere I speak, I
always ask the audience to
get out and vote," Panama
City Mayor Lauren DeGeorge

said. "I've got a goal of drasti-
cally increasing voter turnout
in Panama City.
Representatives from The
League of Women Voters, the,
Democratic Party, the Green
Party, and the Veterans' Paity
also attended.

"Step Up, Florida!"
From line dancing on Gulf/Bay County
the beach to soups that host events on F
"make you want to slap your part of the annual
mamma," Gulf County and to promote phys:
Mexico Beach residents found ity and healthy lif
ways to illustrate the variety Floridians of all ab
of unique local opportuni- Working with
ties each county offers for Department wer
physical activity during the Beach Department
"Step Up, Florida" statewide Safety, the Gul
campaign. Association for
The Gulf County Health Citizens (ARC),. Gi
Department partnered with Sheriff's Departme:
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Coastal Fitness, C.R. Smith
and Son, Gulf County Schools,
Faith Christian School, and
Gulf Senior Citizens Center,
just to name a few.
Line dancing, both at the
Gulf County Senior Citizens
Center and at the beach,
was sponsored by the Gulf
County Health Department.
The County Line "Soup Cook
Off' was sponsored by Gulf
ARC and Transportation.
Gulf County schools, Faith


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Child Development held
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The "Soup Cook Off"
had seven contestants, six of
them in the amateur division.
Winners were:
AmAteur 1st Place: Duke
Jones of Port St. Joe for his
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Amateur Runner-Up:
Eugene Raffield's "Mardi Gras
Magic Gumbo"
Restaurant winner:
Beluga Cafe's "Orange
Squash Special," Chef Kathy
Best Decorated Table:
"Hungry Man Soup," Linda

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Port St. Joe.
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PAGE FOUR THURSDAY, February 23, 2006

The Shame Game

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We will find it hard to find purchase for
confidence in the much discussed and debated
audit of county operations regardless of the
scope laid out by the firm which the County
Commission has selected or the expertise
that firm would bring to the job.
That because this is a Commission, or
at least thereon sits some commissioners,
for which dissent and the forum of ideas
is anathema, so there is little confidence
commissioners would accept and actively
address negative findings.
After all, this Commission is one of those
all so rare governmental bodies that holds
public meetings at which the public, or at
'least the public's voice, is put on the clock,
timed in case something spills forth that
commissioners don't want to hear or causes
Commissioners put a stopwatch
emphasis on the first syllable to public
*Comment several years ago because they
:had grown tired of hearing familiar voices
.sounding familiar refrains, or at least those
'verses which decried what was happening in
County government.
So if a member of the public wishes to
'be heard, they have three minutes, unless, of
course, they are deigned to be granted more
.of an audience.
Signing up in advance will get you seven
-minutes, but when the beeper goes off it is
best that the words in the air are in praise
:Of commissioners or more than likely a seat
will be the next stop.
And commissioners provide little evidence
-that the majority's approach to governing, in
.a state which trumpets its Sunshine Law, has
changed, particularly given a recent special
-'meeting held two weeks ago.
The final agenda for the meeting had a
:series of items to be discussed equipment,
"for the Overstreet Volunteer Fire Department,
-a land swap near the Wetappo landfill and
'those re-election funds known as special
:projects but the bulk of the meeting, it
Could be argued, was about two things.'
Really one silencing questions but
-involving two entities and subjects, for most
:of this meeting was spent railing against
questioners about the county's operations
and fiscal habits and a park project.
And those questions originated
'with a newspaper and another county
'The first 'words any elected officials speak
as part of the governing system are an oath
which primarily centers on a pledge to uphold
the constitutions: the U.S. Constitution and
the'Florida Constitution.'
'The U.S. Constitution, in turn, speaks
initially to the freedom of speech, the freedom
of the press, the freedom of the public's voices
to be heard.
The Founding Fathers drafted that as the
First Amendment to the Bill of Rights, later
to become the bedrock of the Constitution,
,for a reason, to ensure public discourse,
'on the events of the day, to ensure that the
: country that was being founded would not be
'ruled over as they'd experienced with Great

Britain and its king.
We all have a right to shout at the rain if
we so choose; and the public certainly possess
the "inalienable" right really, when boiled
to basics, the responsibility to question
their leaders, those officials who they have
entrusted enough to place in office.
This is where the dynamic keeps tripping
up in the Board of County Commission
meeting room: who exactly works for whom.
Between taking on a commissioner and
the newspaper, two commissioners managed
to squeeze in calling out one member of the
audience for his "Letter to the Editor" critical
of a county decision and answer a suggestion
from another letter writer with open disdain
and hostility.
Just two more dissenting taxpayers
caught in the cross-hairs of commissioners
who see the freedom to say what they want,
when they want, a right confined to their seats
on the podium, regardless of who pays their
salaries and provides them those Cadillac
The special meeting of two weeks
ago, in fact, just fans the flames of the two
most important issues identified in 'written
comments on a recent survey from the
Strategic Planning Committee: taxes and
county-wide voting.
First, it required the five county
commissioners, the county administrator
and the county attorney as well as at least
six other county employees to devote nearly
an hour of their day to a meeting which
boiled down to. 30 minutes of drowning out
dissenting voices. (
Those were tax dollars spent when there
was no emergency, nothing special about the
meeting save what occurs most times a voice
of public dissent is heard and no real business
was conducted outside of small items easily
placed on the agenda for the regular meeting
scheduled for the following week.
Not precisely, we would argue, sound use
of public dollars.
Second, one of the voices being challenged
was that of one commissioner who had the
temerity to ask substantive questions about a
project a park and, ultimately, the county's
only hurricane shelter in another's district.
We only have to return to the concept we
offered last year fiefdoms to understand.
that single-member districts are a relic of
another time and place and is counterintuitive
to the kind, of government this county will
require in the coming, growing, years.
This is county government and it mitigates
any faith which might be engendered by
the presentation this Tuesday of the scope
and costs of the audit commissioners have
An audit, let's 'be mindful, which was
dismissed outright when proposed last year
by its initial champion this year.
Commission chairman Carmen
McLemore concluded the special meeting by
saying, "I think it's a shame I had to call a
special meeting to handle these issues."
We wholeheartedly agree and there is
plenty of shame to spread around.,


With Dick

And Leon

Is this a great country
or what! The Vice-President
accidentally shoots someone
and the news media has a field
day. Or should I make that a
field week! They went after it
like it was the second sinking
of the Titanic! The only thing
that bothered me about this
"incident" was the obvious
pleasure with which the "facts"
were ferreted out and reported
to us.
It must have been an extra
slow news week. Or most of
those media people are liberal
and biased and don't like Dick
I didn't think it was much
of a story at all. And I'm a near
'bout expert at this particular
type of mishap. Christmas of
1956 Leon got an official Red
Ryder B-B gun. He accidentally
shot me fourteen days in a
The first couple of days
I was just standing out in the
back yard trying to pop my
brand new Lash LaRue whip.
I wasn't moving. Or yelling. Or
waving my arms. Or making it
clear just exactly where I was.
Leon must'a not a'seen me. I
was just an innocent bystander
in the line of fire.
The next day he got me
low down in .the right leg as
I was sprinting over the hog
pen fence trying to dip into the
safety of the big ditch just below
the house. He told Mother
he thought I was another fox
trying to get at her chickens. A
natural mistake.
One day he laid down in the
barn loft, and from forty feet
he shot over the ladder, across
both cattle stalls, through the
opening where we dropped
hay down to the. feed trough

iand hit nre high up on thdie left
shoulder All the rown-i-ups
who c(ame by to utiest.jate lthe
incident allowed it was about
the best accidental shootirm.
ever seen in those part-
It was the first time ever I
was glad sc(-hool started back
And I was winshng I had asked
for a King Arthur suit of armor
instead of that danged ole
Mr. Washburn from the
local paper did not feel led to
run a story on these accidental
shootings. Nor did he send even
his most novice reporter out to
the house to at least inquire
into the happenings. It seems
Mrs. Leapfort visiting her
cousin in Memphis and Lem
Galimore winning the 13th
annual Fairview Community
hog calling contest was much
more "news worthy" than me
taking a few pellets off the
My parents bought Leon
a 20 gauge for his sixteenth
birthday. I moved in with Uncle
Clifford for two years.....
We used to do a little bird
hunting back in those days. A
lone quail would hop up with
me and Buddy, Yogi, Ricky
Lynn and David Mark stalking
through the field and you'd
a thought World War III had
broken out. The truly amazing
thing about our hunting trips
was that nobody got killed. It
wasn't for the lack of shooting,
I can guarantee you that! The
only rule we had, and it might
have saved us all, was that we
didn't shoot "lowto the ground".
All of our fathers drilled that
into us. I don't think they were
thinking about our safety. They
were protecting their prize
hunting dogs!
The news media made a
big deal out of the fact that Mr.
Cheney failed to report this
accident in a timely manner.
Now folks, you've got to think
about that for a minute. Let's
say we're out in the woods and
you pepper your best friend
right in the face with a load of
'birdshot. The first thing they
expect is for you to contact
Diane Sawyer? Or call CNN
to see if it is o.k. to take the
shot guy to the hospital? Or
set up a nearby command
post for an "on the spot" news
They want to make sure
the world gets the "right" story
straight from them.

That sounds more like
mareuvering" the news than
reporting it! It is pretty clear
that many in the media take
great pride in telling us what
to think, how to think and
when to think it! And if you
forget to include them or dare
to disagree, they'll dissect you
on the 10 o'clock news....
Listen, ifI shoot somebody
accidentally the last person I'm
going to call is Tim Croft. If I
shoot somebody ON PURPOSE
the last guy I'm going to call is
Tim Croft! If I'm the unlucky
sap that gets shot, right before I
pass out as they load me in the
back of the pick-up, I'm going
to pull my assailant down close
to me and whisper through the
pain and the blood, "Whatever
you do, don't tell Tim Croft. Or
Brian Williams. Or CNN."
You didn't have to call
Lois Lane, Edward R. Morrow
or Walter Cronkite. If news
broke out, they found it! If
they were a day late, they were
more worried about being
scooped by NPR News or the
Tombstone Epitaph than why
it took so long for someone to
come forward.
Dick Cheney is probably
not the first person to wait a
day or two before fessingg up
after a tragedy. He just got
picked a part by the media a
little more than some others.
I didn't come forth
immediately after Leon shot
me the first six times because
he said he'd kill me 'if I did. I
did report the eighth or ninth
one because I was afraid he'd
kill me if I didn't.
He told Mom after the
thirteenth accidental shooting
that it was getting dark and he
thought I was an alien that had
just landed from outer space.
He allowed that he saw a big
silver ship land down below
Archie Moore's pond.:He had
to shoot to protect our house.
I wish Leon had been
hunting with Di6k Cheney last
week. He would have come on
Larry King Live and explained
about the weird noise, bright
lights and the whirling, silver
space ship that landed in that
south Texas field. He would
have described in detail the
alien monsters and robocop
types that were invading.....the
bullets flying.....the mayhem
You talk about lighting up
the six o'clock news!

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Eating Your Heart Out

Bring a bib.
That would the opening
piece of advice to those who will
judge gumbo and chili cookoffs
in the future; cover thy shirt.
I was honored to be asked
to be one of the judges in
.last weekend's Mexico Beach
Gumbo Cookoff and before
'continuing let me say to Bea,
Lynn and the rest of the Special.
Events ,crew at Mexico Beach
It was a ton -.actually you
can take that literally given the
boilers of gumbo perfuming
the air of fun and an honor
I hope you will bestow on me
again one day.
But back to the bib, or
in my case the lack thereof,
which I can now attest was the
) primary reason I rose from the
judges' table with the front of

!he Distance

y Tim Croft
r News Editor

my pants and shirt looking
like a painter's drop cloth.
My wife has long gone on
the assumption that my ability
to render every one of my white
T-shirts a Jackson Pollock drip
painting was just something I
did to give her a laugh or an
opportunity to shake her head
in dismay at a man who will
never be Mr. Manners.
On Saturday, which
happened to be 'my second
opportunity to enjoy the repast
of cups of gumbo for points,
she learned that no, I have the
table manners and hand-eye
coordination of a blind Cro-
Magnon man.
This was abundantly clear
when I gazed upon my fellow
judges after tasting 26 varieties
of gumbo and took note that
they had not only remained
relatively unscathed, but they
had come dressed in what
could be described in business-

casual attire.
That is confidence.
My choice of clothes was
more appropriately aimed at
slopping pigs, my figuring that
all that gumbo was likely to be
fairly messy, particularly if no
one was spoon feeding me.
Observing my fellow judges
it was clear it I had missed my
opportunity to play PigPen in
Charlie Brown: the Musical.
The gumbo event, now in
its seventh year, has grown into
a fun-filled frolic, with sun, the
gulf, plenty of eats there were
alternatives to gumbo for those
so choosing and music from
a band from Panama City that
seemed to have a song catalog
thicker than the Yellow Pages.
There are a few more hints,
call' them gentle suggestions,
to toss out for those called
to the duty of judging such
contests, where good food
and presentation can be
turned into cash dollars.
Avoid the booths before the
This was a smart one on
the part of Bea and Lynn who
hoped to avoid .any indication
of favoritism, force us to
forget about the numbers atop

the booths and, well, try to
thoroughly avoid all eye contact
of any kind.
All are not called to
the Food Network, be they
friends or not,' and the more
anonymous the process the
better everybody's feelings will
be when they walk away for the
Not that you don't want to
-remember the numbers of those
delicacies who particularly
tickled the palate, if for no other
reason than to sprint into line
when the judging is over, before
the awards, are announced and
-ahead of everybody else who
will then want to taste why
trophies were earned.
A pen applied to hand
is one suitable subterfuge, I
It is also wise to eat a
small meal a couple of hours
before you are to place yourself
behind the table and begin
eating. Take it from experience,
an empty stomach and 26
gumbos of varying texture and
spice do not mix.
Keep in mind those old
chemistry set experiments
one used to perform as a child
with household items. Empty

stomachs and cups of gumbo
chock full of ingredients from
rabbit to sausage to oysters to
shrimp to chicken to cayenne
pepper to tarragon well, that
equals explosion.
Best to have a small bite
to eat, a yogurt, cereal, a
sandwich, something that will
coat the stomach and ready it
for the frenzy to come.
Reduce the kibitzing.
Think of judging as being
part of a jury, .you weigh
the evidence on your own,
consider the credibility of what
is before you and' make your
own judgment. Don't discuss
the case until the final verdict
is to be debated.
These things are subjective;
one man's .steak is another
man's peanut butter and jelly
Talk all you want about
the proper rue, the appropriate
amount of rice, the crispness
of vegetables, but what it really
comes down to in the end is
Stormwater has a
consistent texture and
consistency, but nobody is
filling drinking glasses with the
And it all works out in the

end. While my scores didn't
always jibe with my fellow
judges it turns outILwas a bit
stingier in my points than my
colleagues the top gumbos
in both the commercial
and amateur divisions were
uniformly the same for all the
We gave them varying
scores, but Prickly Pears,
Sunset Coastal Grill, the folks
at HealthChek and the other
winners, they simply produced
the tastiest concoctions, case
Finally, have some Tums or
Pepto ready when the judging
has been completed. No matter
how much you love gumbo or
chili or soup or the like, pour
26 varieties into your stomach,
regardless if it is coated or not,
and no matter how much you
may think it is made of iron,
there will be internal upheaval.
It isn't heartburn its a
gas inferno and the firefighters
come clad in pink.
So, that's my fable and I'm
sticking to it.
As for my Land's End
Orange Bowl shirt, it is now
available on EBay.
It's an original Jackson
Pollock. I swear.


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Dear Editor:
I would like to voice my
concern regarding the rising
cost of property taxes in Gulf
County. My husband and I
have owned numerous prop-
erties in Gulf County during
the last fifteen years. But
due to sky-rocketing prop-
erty taxes we have sold two
of those properties in the last
year and are trying to sell
our other properties as well. I
have seen very few improve-
ments on or arouril Port St.
Joe, Cape San Blas and/
or Indian Pass to indicate
where this money is being
used. I am not against pay-
ing property taxes but I am
afraid the enormous tax bur-
den brought on by the never-


continue to County Road 386
about 10 miles," said Steve
Norris, a Port St. Joe con-
tractor who represents Gulf
County on the authority.
"This Gulf to Bay Highway
will give us a lot of room for
growth. The growth will come
on the beach side when that
road is put into place."
McElheney said that
"Walton County has the
highest evacuation time of
any area in the state with
the exception of the Florida
Keys so that's a real impor-
tant thing to facilitate evac-
uation." Gene Martin, from
PBS&J, said DOT was about
to acquire about 20 rights-of-
way along the U.S. 331 route,
which it hoped to have com-
pleted by the end of 2006.
"Those (two projects)
are ready for construction,"
McElheney said. "We were
looking to try to get some-
thing underway, we wanted to
take an aggressive approach
_and_ those two corridors are
the only two that are actu-
ally close to construction.
We wanted to take a pro-
active approach to solving
the transportation problem.
We're trying to be ahead of
the curve."
Norris said he had confi-
dence that the authority will

ending rise in taxes every
year is one that many people,
many of them native to your
area, are not able to endure.
Something needs to be done.
Thank you.
Sue Davis

Dear Editor:
At a time when our rivers,
bays and oceans are under
ecological stress from too
many oxygen-robbing nutri-
ents in the water, Florida
Department of Environmental
protection officials are going
around the state weakening
the rules on pollution. Look
out: They may be coming
to 'protect' a river near you

be able to provide input in
a way that traditional DOT
methods have not. "The DOT
has had a five-year work
program in place for a long
time," he said. "To try to sift
through that it's hard to do.
We're newly formed and we're
going to approach them and
say these are two projects we
need to move on and see how
they respond to that."
Martin said environmen-
tal permitting is a big issue
with the Gulf to Bay Highway
but that "it would-be ready to
receive bids on by the first of
2007 also." He said the cur-
rent estimate for construc-
tion is between $30 million
and $35 million.
Norris said the author-
ity should be a boon for
the smaller counties, which
lacked the wherewithal in the
past to have a Transportation
Planning Organization (TPO)
or other entity that could
help in securing dollars for
transportation infrastruc-
"It's almost like get-
ting an equal voice in what
happens in an eight-county
area," Norris said. "The plus
I see in it for these smaller
counties is we have not been
a part of a TPO in the past
and these larger areas have

It's gotten so bad that
scientists are having to speak
out to remind DEP that fish
and other creatures can't sur-
vive when oxygen levels are
too low. But DEP is work-
ing alongside polluters, trying
to lower standards for dis-
solved oxygen in three places
where waters are already in
bad shape: The Hillsborough
River, the St. John's River,
and the state 's dirtiest,
the Fenholloway in Taylor
County. DEP promises to
lower standards for many
other rivers across Florida.
"In legal terms, you set
a precedent," biologist Ed
Matheson of the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute told the Tampa
Tribune. "Everybody will say
They did it there, let' s do it
over here.' With something
that's potentially a big deal
like this is, we should be very
DEP should be forcing
polluters to clean up their
discharges, not simply low-

projects they've been working
on for several years. As far as
I know some have paid staff
that work year-round, so to
me it's good for us to have a
good voice in what's going to
happen and know whatever
we come up with, it's going
to fit with other counties as
Alan Pierce, Franklin
County's director of adminis-
trative services, narrated the
Power Point presentation on
the county's transportation
In his presentation,
he stressed that all of the
county's evacuation routes
are located directly along
the coast and are subject
to periodic flooding. "During
the 2005 hurricane season,
Franklin County received
adverse impacts from
Hurricane Dennis causing
extensive damage to U.S. 98
(which called for) a tempo-
rary fix of $10 million," he
Pierce's proposal was to
have the county create an
inland transportation corri-
dor that would improve its
transportation infrastruc-
ture, provide more reliable
hurricane evacuation routes,
improve the economy by_
creating a stable infrastruc-

ering the water quality stan-
dards on our public waters to
benefit industry. The state's
public hearings are filled with
lawyers for polluting compa-
nies. The polluters and DEP
are often joined together on
one side of a lawsuit, while
citizens are on the other,
fighting for cleaner water-
ways. What's wrong with this
Last summer, a smelly,
slimy algae bloom turned the
St. John's River into what the
Florida Times-Union called "a
regional eyesore." Incredibly,
DEP set low water quality
standards for the St. John's,
and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency approved
them. Citizens had to step in
and file suit to make EPA take
a closer look at the state's
pollution limits. Guess what?
EPA found DEP's pollution
limits inadequate under the
Clean Water Act, which is
what the citizens were saying
all along.
Lower oxygen standards

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ture, enhance environmental
protection for Apalachicola
Bay by reducing non-point
source pollution from high-
way runoff, and provide the
community with additional
water access points.-
"Vast public ownership
could complicate locating an
inland route," Pierce said,
outlining the most vulner-
able points along U.S. 98,
especially those in the coun-
ty's easternmost areas.
Pierce's maps showed
how about 7.2 miles of U.S.
98 could be taken further
inland around St. James
Island, which would also
improve hurricane evacua-
tion. He showed a segment of
14 miles, between Eastpoint
and Carrabelle, that also
could be brought farther
inland, and a second phase
of about 11 miles, from
Carrabelle to U.S. 319 that
could be moved as well.

for the Fenholloway the only
Florida river ever set aside
specifically as an industrial
waterway are a cruel joke.
Again, citizens are having to
raise money and file suit to
get somebody to enforce pol-
lution laws. DEP officials are
writing letters to newspapers
bragging about how they are
protecting jobs at the aging,
polluting pulp mill in Perry.
Wait a minute if DEP's
job now is to watch out for
industrial employers, then
who's watching out for the
environment? What about
the huge dead zone where the
Fenholloway meets the Gulf?
DEP recently proposed
lowering oxygen standards
for the Hillsborough River,
at the behest of the Tampa
Bay Water utility. Tampa Bay
Water wants to pull 13-mil-
lion more gallons of water
out of the river each day,
and make up the lost river
flow with treated wastewater
from the sewer plant. The

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wastewater would have oxy-
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The move is being protested
by the Hillsborough County
Environmental Protection
Commission, the Florida
Fish and Wildlife Research
Institute, and the Tampa Bay
Estuary program which is
trying to restore seagrasses
in Tampa Bay.
DEP should be lead-
ing the charge to restore
Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough
River, the St. John's and the
Fenholloway. Instead, they
are trying to give industry yet
another break. How much
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a coalition of 156 grassroots
groups working to protect
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3 bedroom, 2 bath, 2,424sf, lot size 95 x 126
MLS #106985. $475,000. Call Patricia Raap at 850.227.5949

Cape San Bias Gulf Front 191 Tiffany Beach Rd.
3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, 1,620sf, .41 acres.
MLS #107726. $1,399,000. Call Agent on Duty at 850.227.2160

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By Dave Maddox
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Mr. R. A. Costin built a
two story brick building on the
corner of Second Street and
Hwy. 98, which is now Clifford
C. .Sims Boulevard, in 1914
where the CVS Pharmacy is
The family living area was
upstairs with a general store
downstairs. My mother came
to Port St. Joe in 1915 to teach
school and spent her first
nights with the Costin family.
She told me Mr. Cecil Costin,
Sr., and Mr. Charlie McClelland
operated the store.
In 1923 Mr. R. A. Costin

built a home on the corner lot
across Second Street from the
store and moved his family
During this era the Costins
built a brick store on the
corner of Second Street and
Reid Avenue and moved their
business to this building.
Phillip Lovett worked in
the meat market in the new
building. A few people had
phones and would call in their
grocery order.
Phillip would deliver them
in a Model T Ford truck. He
had a dog that would run along
with the truck and fight all the
dogs that ran out to bark at the

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truck. He would stop, break
up the dog fight, then continue
on delivering groceries. After
the groceries were delivered he
would let his dog ride back to
the store in the truck.
The corner of the new
building also housed a one-car
filling station operated by Jess
Redd and his son Jackson.
A car would enter from Reid
Avenue and exit on Second
Street. Later the station was
enclosed and the building
Mr. Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
established two businesses .in
this building. Quality Grocery
occupied one side and St. Joe
Hardware the other side. That
building is now the home of the
St. Joe Furniture Company and
has been for many years.
In 1929 Mr. R. A. Costin
moved his wife, "Miss Sally", his
son Chauncey and daughter,
Naomi to Wewa where he
operated a store for some time.
Later he, Miss Sally and Naomi
moved back to their home in
Port St. Joe. Chauncey was
elected Superintendent of
Schools in 1932 and remained
in Wewa because his office was
in the courthouse. He and
Marie Joines were married in

After the Costins moved
their store out of the two-
story building, a Mrs. Parrott
operated a boarding house
there for several years. It was
known as the Parrott House.
After that, Mr. Bob Collier
and his family lived there for a
while. During the construction
of the paper mill, Mr. and Mrs.
Stoutamire from Leon County
operated a boarding house
there for the construction
workers and for a while after
the mill was completed.
After World War II Mr.
Sol Shirey, a crafty old fellow,
bought the building, had it
repaired and remodeled into an
apartment building then built
a small motel next to it. He
named it the Shirey Motel and
Apartments. He would rent a
room for an hour, day or week,
just whatever the customer
Mr. Shirey was not having
much success renting these
rooms so he decided to sell. He
went down to Mr. Bernice Pratt's
fish house on the canal where
some unfortunate fellows that
liked their wine were sleeping
on fish benches and swatting

S Mr. Shirey said to them,
"Wouldn't you fellows like to
have a room with a bed to sleep
on?" They all said "Yes." Then
Mr. Shirey said, "Come with
me." He put one in each room
then put his place up for sale.
A perspective buyer came
by, looked the place over, and
said, "This would be a good
investment, almost every room
is occupied." He bought Mr.
Shirey out.
When he went to collect the
rent, the occupants told him
Mr. Shirey let them live there
for free. The new owner told
them to leave, they couldn't
stay there for free any longer.
After that the new owner
had the same problem renting
rooms that Mr. Shirey had.
Then he had to sell and George
Tapper bought it.
People would say, "What's
George thinking about? No
one can make any money with
that place?" George, being the
astute businessman that he
was, had other plans for the
George had the buildings
dismantled, and the bricks
cleaned and stacked. .In 1959
George had Red Gunn, a local

contractor, build a post office
using the bricks from the old
Costin building. He also built
a grocery store using some of
these bricks where the dollar
store is as well as office space
next to it. Mr. Ed Wood and
his wife, Muriel, operated the
IGA there for some time. Billy
Tapper had his stevedoring
office there, the library was in
the adjoining office space all
built from those old bricks.
In 1960 the post office
moved from the Masonic
building on Reid Avenue to the
new building with Chauncey
Costin as postmaster. The
post office remained there until
August 16, 1999 when it was
moved to its present location
on Garrison Avenue.
After the post office moved
out, Trish and David Warriner
had the building renovated
and Rex Buzzett rented the
building, moving his drugstore
there from Williams Avenue.
Later Rex sold his business to
Eckerd. Then Eckerd sold to
CVS as it is today with the same
bricks Mr. R. A. Costin builtthis
two story building with in 1914
- 92 years ago.

Notice to Me

: 2006 Nominees for

Please give me another opportunity
to serve as a member of Tyndall
: ? Federal Credit Union's Board of
*, *A''.. Directors. For the past three years,
my attendance record is 99% at all board and
committee meetings. I served as Chair of the
Insurance and Nomination Committees. Last year,
I was elected Secretary for Tyndall Federal Credit
Union's Board of Directors. Over the past three
years, you have witnessed the greatest turn around
in the credit union's existence in terms of a new
proactive leadership team, improved employee
benefits second to none, $3 Million Member
Bonus, and the expansion of three new branches
and operation center. Wow! I've played an active
role in all these efforts.
I am currently employed as a Technical Writer with
Northrop Grumman Mission Systems at Tyndall Air
Force Base. As recently retired Chief Master
Sergeant, I have 30 years of Air Force experience
in the information management, human resources,
educational, and inspector general career fields. My
educational background includes graduation from
Bay High School and Gulf Coast Community
College, a BA in Business Administration-
Management from Saint Leo University, Saint Leo,
Florida, and a Masters in Business Administration
specializing in Human Resource Management from
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas.
I hold membership in several professional, civic,
and educational organizations, including Chair for
the Community Redevelopment Agency-Glenwood
Working Partnership, Lynn Haven Planning
Commission, Bay County Chamber of Commerce,
Military Affairs Committee, NAACP, Jackson E.
Jones Baseball League, and a Certified Substitute
I ask that you give me the opportunity to build on
these successes by voting for me. After all, I'm still
just like you, a member! I would appreciate your
support to allow me to continue to serve our
r community. I am all about helping people to help

SMy name is Clark "Buck" Rogers.
I have lived in the local area for
over 10 years along with my wife,
Valerie, and our 3 sons. During that
time I have been a volunteer in numerous
community activities such as coaching youth sports,
-, teaching Sunday school, and speaking to various
schools and organizations. I earned a Bachelor's
', Degree in Business Administration from Southwest
Texas State University in 1982. My military
education'includes,Squadron Officer's School, Air
Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

I was born and raised in the
Midwest, married a career airman,
traveled extensively, and lived in
several states prior to choosing Bay
County as our permanent "home." Our daughter,
two sons, and their families make their homes from
Panama City to Houston, Texas.
I began my present career in 1975 with a small real
estate brokerage firm. Since 1977, I1 have managed
Century 21 Commander Realty, Inc. My duties have
been to supervise the operation and administration
of our offices, develop marketing strategies, preside
over sales meetings and training programs,
investigate and negotiate customer complaints, and
supervise the daily activities of the organization.
These challenging and various duties have given me
the ability to develop strong working relationships
with my sales force and staff, allowing us to achieve
mutual goals and high levels of job satisfaction and
harmony within the companpi. Prior to my present
career, I had experience in sales and was employed
by a local bank.
Away from work and family, I am actively involved
with my church, Gulf Coast Women's Club, Bay
County Association of Realtors, and Panama
Country Club Women's Golf Association, serving
on many volunteer committees, which gives me the
opportunity to meet and work alongside a wide
cross-section of fellow Bay Countians, outside the
realm of real estate.
I have been a member of Tyndall Federal Credit.
Union since 1971 and would welcome the
opportunity to utilize my experience to be of service
to my fellow members.

mbers of Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Board of Directors

I was commissioned as a distinguished graduate
through the Air Force ROTC program in 1982 and
entered active duty in 1983. My first assignment
was to Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training,
Sheppard AFB, Texas, where I graduated in 1984.
After earning my wings, I flew operational tours in
the F-15 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico,
and Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. In February
1990, I was assigned to the Air Force Development
Test Center, Eglin AFB, Florida. While at Eglin, I
flew as a test pilot in the F-15, F-15E, and F-4
conducting developmental tests and engineering on
fighter aircraft weapons and avionics. In 1991, I
was selected to become a demonstration pilot with
the LUS- kF Thunderbirds. After transitioning to the
F-16, I flew as a solo pilot with the Thunderbirds'
,until February 1995.
In October 1'995, I transferred to Tyndall AFB and
transitioned from the regular Air Force to the Air
National Guard. I am currently a Colonel assigned
to the Southeast Air Defense Sector. I have been a
member of Tyndall Federal Credit Union for over
10 years and have been impressed by the quaIlt.
'of the services, facilities, employees, and
volunteers. It is my hope that I can continue to
contribute to the continued success of the
organization as a member of the Board of Directors.

I left New York City at 18 years of
&1- age for induction into the United
States Army Air'Force. I retired
from the United States Air Force 26
years later as a Senior Master Sergeant. The last 20
years of my service was. duty in the accounting and
finance career field.
From 1970 to 1973, Iwas employed by the Federal
Government in the accounting and finance field.
During that period, I was employed as a GS- 11 with
the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA)
as a Federal Credit Union Examiner. NCUA is
responsible for properly supervising and examining
all Federal Credit Unions, including Tyndall Federal
Credit Union.
From 1973 to 1981, I was self-employed, serving
as a consultant to Federal Credit Unions and
providing audit assistance to their supervisory
(audit) committees.
In 1981,1 moved to Florida, and from 1990 through
1993, I served as an elected councilman in Satellite
Beach, FL. In addition, I continued to provide
consultant and audit assistance to selected Federal
Credit Unions.
In summary, I feel my past Federal-Credit Union
experience should be of great value to both the
Board of Directors and Tyndall Federal Credit
Union members.

Annual Meeting Access Guidelines
For admittance purposes, Membership verification will be conducted at the
Annual Meeting. All members attending the Annual Meeting must present a
statement of account (showing Member name and address) and a photo
identification indicating name and address information corresponding to the
statement. You will only need to show the portion of the statement imprinted with
your name and address; confidential financial information need not be shown.


Procedures aimed at increasing member participation in the annual
election for Board of Directors are in effect. This year, Members will
have an opportunity to vote by mail-in ballot. ALL BALLOTING WILL
TAKE PLACE BY MAIL-IN BALLOT, with no balloting at Tyndall
Federal offices, or by Absentee Ballot, prior to the Annual Meeting. All
balloting will take place prior to the Annual Meeting, with no balloting
at the Annual Meeting.




March 23, 2006

Marina Civic Center
Panama City, Florida

Dinner: 6:00 p.m. (CST)

Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance,
Call to Order, Welcome,
and Announcement of
Early Door Prize Winners: 7:00 p.m.

RO. Box 59760
Panama City, FL 32412-0760
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Regional City Planners Learn the Ropes in Mexico Beach Conference

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Mexico Beach pulled off a
coup last week when it hosted
a two-day conference for city
planning officials.
About 35 members
of regional city planning
departments and planning
and zoning boards attended,
including representatives
from Parker, Callaway,
Cedar Grove, Lynn Haven,
Mexico Beach, Gulf County,
Carrabelle and Fernandina
Eight Mexico Beach city
staff members attended,
including four Planning and
Zoning Board members.
The 16-hour course
covered topics from ethics to
comprehensive plans to land
development regulation.
The Florida Planning

Officials Training program was
developed by the University of
Florida's Urban and Regional
Department, a PAB-accredited
graduate planning program,
in collaboration with agencies
and organizations working
toward planning and growth
management in Florida.
The conference has
been offered for years by the
university, but this is the first
time it has been held in this
Bo Creel, of Mexico
Beach's Building Department,
suggested the city host the
Creel, who took the course
last year in Tallahassee,
said he encountered many
planning and zoning officials
"who need this kind of help."
The course was taught by
Gene Boles, of the University

of Florida, coordinator
of the conference and
principal editor of the Florida
Planning Officials Handbook,
the manual used in the
Boles said the conference
was directed toward planning
officials in small communities
who often do not have the
resources to study and
understand many planning
issues, especially those
involving comprehensive
plans and land development.
These specific planning
conferences allow the
exchange of ideas "outside of
the heat of battle, so to speak,"
said Boles, giving planning
officials the opportunity to
look at controversial issues
involving development and
land use without emotional
verbal exchanges.

The thick handbook,
which Boles edited, has
proven to be "a pretty valuable
reference document," he
said, indicating that it is the
only document of its type in
the state, and is regularly
"Many officials come into
this [city planning] without
any training," said Boles.
"They more or less have
to learn on the job. This
conference and the handbook
help them do the job better."
The Mexico Beach
conference was the 12th time
in two years that Boles had
taught the course.
The conference is
especially timely for Mexico
Beach officials, who are
currently dealing with a 550-
acre development by the St.
Joe Company that has been


annexed into the

The Mexico Beach
Planning and Zoning Board
had three new members who
were cutting their teeth on the
St. Joe plans for the acreage
on the west side of town.
According to Creel, this
conference gives a good base
to work from and he wished
everyone who has to make
planning and zoning decisions
would take the course.
"I'm glad to see it because
even in Mexico Beach I've seen
Planning and Zoning make
some decisions I personally
questioned," said Creel.
"It's working so well
maybe others will do the same
thing," he said. "It helps
the St. Joe Company when
they make a presentation to
a board, because then the

board understands what's
going on."
The course is provided
for cost by the University of
Florida. The Mexico Beach
conference was sponsored by
the St. Joe Company, Coastal
Community Bank, and Preble
Rish, Inc.
Mexico Beach Mayor.
Chuck Risinger said "a lot-of
credit goes to Sharon LaPlante
of the city staff, and Mr. Bo
Creel of the city's buildirig
inspection team, who put it
all together."
Risinger said most of the
attendees told him that Boles,
"really explained things and
put it all together for them. As
a result," he continued, "and
because of so many requests
we received after closing the
conference, we will probably
do it again next year."

Mexico Beach

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when people could not sell
what was currently on the
She received applause
from the audience at one
point as she spoke against
more development.
A man asked about
the effect of the proposed
development on Tyndall Air
Force Base, stating that "we
need to be very careful as
neighbors." He asked the
council if they had talked to
base representatives, and
whatever they did, to consider
Dolores Lowery, owner of
Prickly Pears in Mexico Beach,
asked why only 70,000 square
feet of commercial space was
slated for the development.
She said that amount was
only about two acres out of
550, noting that the area.
needed more and reasonably
priced commercial space.
A number of people
seemed to be under the
impression that residents of
Mexico Beach would vote on
the issue. When one woman
posed the question to the
council, Risinger told her
the council held the ultimate
vote as the city's elected
officials. She then' asked,"
Are you subject to recall?"
and the audience broke out
in laughter.
Someone else asked
how much of the cost for
infrastructure would the city
inherit. The answer was an
emphatic, "None," from the

Evacuation routes
and affordable housing for
essential personnel were two
more questions, with Risinger
responding that he shared
the speakers' concerns.
At this point the mayor
broke with standard protocol
and let the St. Joe Company
representatives give their
presentation, promising
the audience that after
the presentation he would
allow more of them to ask
Thomas Morgan, St. Joe
vice president and general
manager for Bay County, gave
the slide show and speech he
had presented for the past
two weeks. Afterward, he
answered questions.
Someone wondered what
St Joe's motivation was in
being annexed into Mexico

Beach, with much stricter
guidelines, when Bay County
would allow them to build
so much more in terms of
density and height.
Morgan said, "We
approached Mexico Beach,
not the other way around.
We feel this community will
be part of Mexico Beach."
He said that St. Joe
didn't feel the Bay County
height limit of 230 feet was
"appropriate for this region,"
that the Mexico Beach height
limit of 48 feet "will keep this
area special."
He then told the audience
that once the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA)
document, containing all
recommendations from each
agency studying the issue, is
given to Mexico Beach, "that
document becomes public

domain and is available to
Morgan also stated that
St. Joe had talked to Tyndall
Air Force Base, saying "this
[development] could not go
forward if we hadn't." He
indicated that Tyndall would
reserve their .final comments
on the project until the DCA
report was filed. Morgan said
that Tyndall's flight path was
"not an issue for Tyndall as
long as we stay where we say
we're going to build."
Morgan ended his
presentation by saying," I
think for the moment that
Tyndall Air Force Base feels
we are good neighbors," and
he saw no reason not to go
forward with the request for
land change use that night
so everyone could get more


Then, in an unusual
move, each of the council

members gave emotional
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Sharks Thrash Blountstown 76-55

by Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Port St. Joe coach Derek
Kurnitsky said his team
wanted to make an early
statement Thursday night in
a Region 1-2A quarterfinal
against Blountstown.
Over 90 of the first 120
seconds of the contest, the
Sharks clearly stated their
Port St. Joe (19-9) allowed
the Tigers to score the first
basket of the game the
only time Blountstown would
assume a lead and followed
that with a 15-point tear
of team play on both ends
of the floor and the Sharks
sailed into the regional semi-
finals with a 76-55 victory in
front of a noisy crowd at "The
Port St. Joe advances to
play at Vernon at 8 p.m. ET
on Tuesday.
Zach Lee led the Sharks
with 20 points. Ash Parker
added 15 and Ash Larry and
Kelly Miller 10 points apiece.
Rashard Rouse had eight
points, Arsenio Sanders and
Mike Quinn four apiece and
Daniel Welch added three
The Tigers (8-16) were
led by Joseph Warren's 17

points, with Justin Watson
dropping in 16.
The Sharks played a
crisp first quarter, a swarm-
ing full-court defense forc-
ing the Tigers to rely on the
3-point shooting of Warren,
who had early success but
quickly lost his touch.
Meanwhile, defense
fed an efficient Port St. Joe
offense fueled by selfless play
and easy layups.
The Sharks dished out
11 assists while scoring 13
field goals and had seven
steals and two blocked shots
on defense in the first quarter
They made the extra pass
for open looks on the wing
and in the paint, were relent-
less in pursuit of the ball
and dominated the boards.
Lee finished the quarter by
knocking down a 3-pointer
from the right corner to bring
the period to a close with
Port St. Joe up 31-20 and the
game was effectively over.
' "We talked a lot about
jumping on them early,
about making a statement,"
Kurnitsky said. "We played
very well in the first quarter.
We came out on fire.
"But they are a good
ballclub and they used a

Sharks Win Riseball Classic

The Port St. Joe High'
School Lady Sharks Softball
won two close games to win
the Riseball Classic. In the
first game the Sharks played'
Altha. Down by two runs
in the bottom of the, ninth
the Lady Sharks roared back
with three runs to win the
game to put them in the
finals. Victoria McCall hit a
two run single to right field
to seal the victory. Danielle
Maxwell and Kayla Minger
combined the pitching to seal
the victory., Anna McFarland
was 3 for 4 for the Sharks,
Brittany Miller and Kayla
Minger had two hits each,

followed by Danielle Maxwell,
Sam Denton, Victoria McCall,
and Kate Shoaf each added a
hit. The Sharks won 5 4.
In the Championship
game the Sharks played
Blountstown High School.
Again, down by two runs in
the bottom of the seventh the
Lady Sharks roared back with
three runs to seal the victory.
This time Sam Denton hit a
bases loaded single to seal
the victory. Danielle Maxwell
and Kayla Minger combined
to pitch the victory. Danielle
Maxwell had two hits, fol-
lowed by Heather Brinkmeier,
Brittany Miller, Sam Denton,

Anna McFarland each with
a hit. The Sharks won 4 to
3. Running their record to
All tournament teams
for the Sharks were Sam
Denton, Anna McFarland,
and Brittany Miller. The MVP
for the tournament was Kayla
There were also a bas-
erunning contest and a long
throw contest.
The Sharks would like
to thank the sponsors of the
tournament. Beach Realty,
Emerald Coast Federal Credit
Union, Bayside Savings
Bank, and Century 21.

good gimmick defense and
it slowed us down. We were
patient and did what we had
to do."
The middle quarters
were dictated by that Tiger
defense, a diamond-and-one,
which significantly slowed
the tempo and seemed to
take both teams out of their
offensive rhythm.
After combining for 51
points in the opening eight
minutes, the teams managed
just 44 points combined in
the second and third quar-
The Tigers never found
an offensive flow, due in large
measure to the Sharks' trap-
ping half-court defense and
the inability of any player to
hit outside shots with consis-
tency. It was too often one-
and-done for Blountstown on
offense and there was never a
go-to guy after Warren went
cold in the second quarter.
The Tigers managed to
whittle the margin to single-
digits on only two occasions,
at 39-30 late in the second
quarter and 48-39 with time
running out in the third
Each time the Tigers
appeared poised to slip back
into the game, though, the
Sharks would produce anoth-
er spurt of offense.
Arsenio Sanders hit a
free throw and Miller carved
through the paint for a buck-
et to make it 42-30 at half-

time. Larry who with Miller
and Lee played an excellent
all around game converted
a three-point play and Lee
added a free throw to stretch
the lead to 52-41 after three
The Sharks solved the
Tigers' defense in the final
period as Parker asserted
himself on the glass for easy
buckets, scoring seven of Port
St. Joe's first nine points in
the period as Port St. Joe
padded the lead to 61-43 and
the Tigers were finally resort-
ed to fouling, the Sharks con-
verting eight of 12 free throws
in the final 3:39.
As dominating as the
Sharks -were at times, they
were also inconsistent in
spurts, making careless
passes while trying to do too
much on offense and allowing
the smaller and shorter Tigers
to beat them to rebounds.
Though satisfied with the
win, Miller indicated there
was still work to be done.
"We are all right on
defense, but we have to work
more on our offense and
rebounding," Miller said. "We
planned on jumping on them
early. We didn't play that
well in the second and third
quarters but we picked it up
at the end."

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Lee, a junior
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Sharks Drop Season

Opener to Rutherford
The regular-season Rams scoring six unearned Andrew Furr took over
opened on a down note for runs. in the fifth and went three
the Port St. Joe High School The Rams scored in innings allowing four hits,
baseball team as the Sharks every inning but the first walking two and striking
fell to Springfield Rutherford and fifth frames while the
10-0. Sharks managed just one out two. He also gave up

The Sharks, who were
coming off a championship
in the Gainesville Oak Hall
Preseason Classic last week-
end, could not find their
mojo against the Rams,
committing eight errors and
issuing six walks ito aid the
Rutherford attack, with the

hit, a single by Jordan Todd,
who went 1 for 3.
Junior Justin Henderson
(0-1) started for the Sharks
and went four innings,
allowing six hits and walking
four while striking out one.
Henderson allowed five runs,
three earned.

five runs, but just one was
Port St. Joe hosted
Mosley on Tuesday night
before hitting the road at
Panama City Beach Arnold
on Friday and Taylor County
on Saturday.

Lady Governors Win!
Congratulations to the Lady Governors Softball team from Wallace Community College in
Dothan, AL on their'first tournament win. Feb. 11 and 12. Leading the team to victory were
two Wewahitchka local girls: Kayla Rich and Brittney Grice. Congratulations! Go Girlsl

Arrant to Run in Boston Marathon

On April 17,
Arrant will participate
Boston Marathon ci

great effort. Our ki
not want tonight to
last game; that's the
Hope was fading
Sharks as Port St. J
behind 48-38 with just
three minutes left
fourth quarter.
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shots and (Vernon
not going to score
Kurnitsky said. "W
chipped away and c
The Sharks did it i
measure behind the d
of Ash Larry, the rebo
of Ash Parker and Kelly
hit a runner in the pai
14 seconds left to ki
score at 49-49 and se
game into overtime.
Port St. Joe got

in The

26.2 miles through historic
Boston, MA. Kellie is the wife
of Norton Arrant, formerly of

- from 1A
ds did to begin overtime, held' the
be the ball for the first two minutes
bottom and scored to take the lead
and the Sharks hit. foul shots
for the down the stretch to seal the
Joe fell victory.
t under The game was a tight-
in the ly played defensive battle
throughout. Port St. Joe's
1e good largest lead in regulation was
agwas three points in the first half
e jusagain, and Vernon led by no more
hip ed than six before scoring four-
straight points to assume a
in large double-digit lead in the final
defense minutes.
funding Both teams trapped
y Miller incessantly and Vernon
nt with played a half-court zone to
not the force the Sharks to win from
and the the outside, where they were
cold until the final dramatic
the tip minutes.

Port St. Joe, now living in
Nashville, TN. In order for
runners to make it to Boston
they must meet a qualifying
time based on their age/
gender. Kellie met her age
group requirement (3:45) in
February 05' while running
the New Orleans Marathon
in a time of 3:39 minutes
and has since bettered that
time in a recent marathon
in Mobile, AL. Kellie has
completed 14 marathons to
date and her hard work and
dedication have paid off.
The Boston Marathon
is the world's oldest annu-
al marathon and ranks as
one of the world's most pres-
tigious road racing events.
This year the race celebrates
its 110th anniversary by
once again welcoming the'
world's top marathoners to

Gulf County Native Signs With

College And Makes History

Brad Sanders a former
Wewa Gator, who played
from 2002 to 2005 until he
moved to Linden, Tennessee
the summer of 2005, has
sign a national letter of
intent to Bethel College in
Mckenzie, Tenn.
Brad played running
back, defensive end, and line-
backer for Perry County High
School for the 2005-2006
season. There he racked up
close to a thousand rush-
ing yards on only 51 carries,
and was a division 6 1-A all-
region pick.
Brad also earned a dis-
tinguished award from Perry
county, the Black and Gold
Pride Award. This award
is given to the person who
played with school and team
pride in his heart. Brad was
voted this award by his team
Brad was first noticed
by Bethel's linebacker coach.
Coach Cleary, a former
Cincinnati Bengal, said "I
noticed Brad and the other

boys' ability to not give up.
They were down bad but
fought back, and never gave
up. I also like how they play,
hardnose and get after the
ball. Just what we look for."
From there Coach Cleary
pursued Brad and fellow
teammates Calvin Zemer
and Forrest White.
After visiting the cam-
pus and meeting the team
it was time to decide. Brad
and Calvin was set on Bethel
and Forrest got a full-ride to
Austin Peay. The three boys
made history immediately.
No one from Perry County
High School had ever made it
to the next level for football.
Brad and his fellow team
members are now idols for
younger boys on the team
and gives hope to others,
and lets them know they also
can do it.
Brad Sanders is the
proud son of Tracy Sanders
(a member of PSJHS 1984
State champions) and Teresa

Brad is the grandchild of
O'neal Sanders and Dianne
Sanders, who reside on St.
Joe Beach and the grand-
child of Robert Shurrum
(Overstreet) and Dorris of
Panama City.
When asked what it feels
like to have the chance to
play at the next level he
said, "If it wasn't for play-
ing at Wewa and in Linden
I don't think I could have.
But it feels great, I'm blessed
to have had the chance to
play in different schools and
for four different coaches,
because I play with all they
taught me. 'It feels unreal
to go to the next level. I'm
surely blessed and excited.
Brad Sanders was
picked, to play weak inside
linebacker for Bethel and
is working vigorously to
improve his skills. The next
time we hear from him he
may be playing for a NAIA
National Championship.
Until then ...

Wewahitchka Middle School

Raises Record to 3-0

Wewahitchka Middle
School shutout Tolar (Bristol)
and smacked around. R.F.
Munroe as the Gators con-
tinued their winning ways in
the young baseball season.
Last Tuesday,
Wewahitchka (3-0) hosted
Tolar and came away with a
4-0 win behind the pitching.
of Cody Wade and a bal-
anced offense.
Wade started and went,
the entire five innings, allow-
ing just two hits while strik-
ing out four. Wade also

scored a 'run and drove in
Billy Peak also had an
RBI and Peak, Brandon
Mayhann and Baylon Price
scored runs.
The Gators' bats came
alive on Saturday at home
against Munroe in a 14-3
victory. ,
Wade led the way going 4
for 4 with four runs scored.
Billy Peak was 3 for 4 with
three runs scored and Chris
Peak, Price and Rex Veasey
all went 2 for 4 at the plate.

Chris Peak started on
the mound and went four
innings, allowing a single
unearned run and striking
out two.
Jacob Jones went 1 1/3
innings allowing two runs
before Billy Peak pitched the
final 1 2/3 innings, allowing
no hits or runs- for the save.
Wewahitchka Middle-
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Carrabelle on. Thursday.

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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
It is now official no more
left turns heading west from
the access road at McDonald's
in the Port City Shopping
The entrance road to the
shopping center, better known
as The Piggly Wiggly shopping
center, allows ingress and
egress to and from U.S. 98,
just west of the stoplight
at U.S. 98, First Street and
Marina Drive.
But last week many
drivers were caught by

surprise when workers began
installing delineator poles on
top of the yellow lines in the
middle of the road, directly
in front of the access area,
effectively blocking left turns
from the shopping center
west onto U.S. 98.
"We are trying to lessen
the confusion and the chances
of anyone getting injured or
killed at this location," said
Port St. Joe Police'Chief James
Hersey. "It's an educational
process to get people to utilize
the intersection for safety."
According to Hersey,

the increasing number of
vehicle collisions at both the
intersection itself and just
past the intersection at the
McDonald's entrance was a
growing concern to the Gulf
County Traffic Safety Team
The team is comprised
of representatives of the Gulf
County Sheriff's Department,
Port St. Joe Police Department,
VMS (subcontractors for
the Florida Department
of Transportation), and is
chaired by Denise Manuel,
Risk Management Director

Looking west on U.S. 98 from First Street.

for the county.
Members of the team
discussed the matter and
suggested to VMS that they
conduct a study of the area.
The company did so, and
advised the placement of the
It is not the city of Port
St. Joe or the city's police
department who are installing
the poles.
It is FDOT, because U.S.
98 is a state and federal
highway and the city has no
jurisdiction over the road.
The city can only make
The purpose of the poles
-is to move traffic into the
intersection in order to lessen
the chances of a collision
when people are attempting
to turn left across traffic.
A "No Left Turn" sign will
be installed any day now,
according to Hersey, and it
will face the parking lot at the
junction of the access road
and the highway.
Only right turns are legal
If a driver' wants to head
west on U.S. 98, they need
to exit the shopping center
parking lot onto Marina Drive
and make a legal left turn at
the stoplight.
According to Hersey, it
has always been illegal to
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"If it was legal to 'turn
left there," he said, "there-
would be a break in the
double yellow lines."
Hersey said the law alloWs
a left turn across double'
yellow lines into an alley, a
driveway, or a parking lot.
But, he said, this lefts
turn accesses another road to
get into the parking lot, and
is illegal.
Since the installation
of the poles, which were.
increased after the initial
installation, the concern noWv-
for police is the number of
illegal maneuvers by drivers
trying to circumvent the
It is illegal to turn left
from the access road and.
drive in opposing traffic lanes
to get past the poles. Ir
And it is illegal to turn
right from the access road,
then execute a U-turn in frorit'
of the stoplight to go around'
the poles.
Hersey said the safety.
team / is contemplating
installing a "No U-Turn" sign
at. the stoplight.
The GCTST meets the.
third Wednesday of every
month, at 3 p.m. in the cout-E
house conference room.
The purpose of the team"
is to discuss safety issues
in the county and work to
correct them.

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days later, water streaks still
wallpapered the wall where
interior walls had acted as
Rust along door frames
was evidence this was likely
riot the first such event.
At the time Upchurch
was considering whether he
needed to transfer the female
inmates given not only the
storm water but the fact that
ih several areas outside
the main men's cell, in the
only men's restrooms for cor-
rections officers, for example
- drains were either spew-
ing back who knows what or
were sealed because they had
spit up previously.
Commissioners last week
approved spending $15,000
for roof repairs over the wom-
en's area, leaving aside the
request for dollars to fix leaks
in other portions of the jail.
"There are only two plac-
es here that don't leak," Cook
said. "That's (Upchurch's)
vehicle and my vehicle."
Commission chairman
Carmen McLemore called the
$15,000 only a "band-aid"
until the county moves for-
ward on a new jail.
There are what could
be, considered minor annoy-
ances in the grand scheme,
such as space and the age of
equipment at the jail.
The one carport for bring-
ing prisoners into the jail is
partially obstructed by the
freezer required to feed what
Upchurch said is an average
of 68 prisoners, 13 prisoners
over capacity.
The kitchen stove, the
one stove on which the food
for those prisoners is cooked,
looks similar to that used by
Granny Clampett before she
found Beverly Hills.
Those issues, however,
Upchurch noted, are eclipsed
by more intractable and trou-
blesome problems.

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Telephone cable wire
runs down the walls in sever-
al hallways. An "Exit" sign is
unlit and dangling from a wall
outside one door. Hallways
leading down toward cells
are dark and don't provide
a guard any view of what is
occurring within the cells, a
danger for corrections offi-
The only source of air is
large fans at several points
around cells.
Doors and access to
the computer servers for the
jail must be kept open when
it is too hot, and this is
Screens over barred win-
dows in the women's cell must
be fixed nearly every morn-

ing, Cook noted, because of
those who come in the middle
of the night and attempt to
pass contraband inside.
"We don't have the abil-
ity to completely secure this
facility, plain and simple,"
Upchurch said. "To call this a
secure facility it's not."
All the above are also
many of the same issues
detailed in a letter mailed by
an inmate in the facility to

time maintenance person-
nel; there are not earmarked
maintenance dollars in the
budget to undertake cor-
recting all the infrastructure
"I don't think they
(inmates) should be in the
Hilton, but there is no heat,
no ventilation," Upchurch
said. "They are standing in
sewage, the place leaks. This
is ridiculous.
"I don't think the general
public is aware of all this."
That is only the half-way
point of the laundry list of
problems Upchurch has cited
to commissioners and which
are not as evident in a walk-
The starting salary for
a corrections officer at the
jail is $7,000 less than for
state corrections officers,
not exactly a recruiting tool,
Upchurch noted.

He figures his staff of
nine is about half what is
should be given the number
of inmates, and "that is at a
The two maximum secu-
rity cells, essentially long
sealed steel boxes, are both
full. There is only one room
where attorneys and clients
can meet. The holding cell
for overnight prisoners, typi-
cally those arrested on alco-
hol-related offenses, is little
more than a bare steel bench.
circling a large rectangu-
lar room, a pool of standing
water in the middle.
Upchurch said the choice
is close to being made for the
county. A complete rehabili-
tation of the jail is one option,

but there are no funds for
such an extensive undertak-
To commissioners he
said the cost of a new facil-

ity would be less than $10
million, a number which
comes from discussions with
Georgia Sheriffs Association,
which includes several small
rural counties.
Such a new facility, he
said, "Would pay for itself (by
taking in) federal prisoners."

On the other hand,
Upchurch added, if the
county is forced to send its
inmates to other counties,
the cost could be tens of
thousands a month.
Commissioner Nathan
Peters, Jr., last month pro-
posed putting before the vot-
ers a referendum gauging
public support for the con-
struction of a new jail.
Nearly all the commis-
sioners at one time or anoth-

er in the past month have
voiced general support for
addressing the myriad issues
with the jail, particularly the
building of a new facility.
Upchurch, though, sees
only what McLemore labeled
a band-aid.
"I've had all the discus-
sions I can have with any-
body," Upchurch said. "But
until somebody comes up
with some money, nothing is
going to happen."

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As one walks through
the main hallways of the jail,
open ceiling tiles dot the view
above, revealing wires and
pipes. Outlets in the ceiling
are open and capped wire
ends can be seen in bundles
and easily reached.
Mold and mildew are evi-
dent in shower and bathroom

this reporter last month.
"The roof leaks, the toi-
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are broken, we have broken
windows covered by wood, we
have extension cords running
the (television) and fans. We
have no sprinkler system,"
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Mexico Beach

speeches, reassuring the
audience of their personal
commitments to the current
citizens of the town and their
resolve to "hold St. Joe's feet
to the fire" to control the
proposed development as
best they could.
Council member Robert
Ginsberg, a homeowner in
town for 32 years and a
global business consultant,
was appointed by Risinger to
coordinate activities with the
St. Joe Company.
He said "We're not going
to let you down. We've got an
all-star group here," referring
to the city council. "I'm going
to do what's best for this city
and for the residents of .this
city. We're not going to be
pussycats on this."

Gary Woodham indicated
he would "love to see Mexico
Beach stay the same, but
it's not possible." He, too,
promised to do his best for
the residents.
Council member Curtis
"Butch" Dale, who also has
lived in Mexico Beach for 32
years, said that even though
the city had not been able to
stop development, "what was
in Mexico Beach today will
stay pretty much the same.
On the other side of the canal
we have a chance to control
He reassured the audience
that "the beach area is ours.
It's not going to change.
Public access will remain, the
canal will remain. This is a
very good opportunity for all

of us. But it all boils down
to trust. I don't trust St. Joe
until I see it in writing and
done right."
Al Cathey, resident since
1952, said that itwas odd that
in 2006 "we're worried about
growing. I lived in a bubble
here for a long time but the
people I want to speak for
tonight would be ecstatic at
this opportunity for managed
Risinger spoke last,
saying, "You've seen a lot of
grown men lead with their
hearts tonight." Then he
read a letter from former
Mexico Beach mayor Chuck
Guilford, encouraging the
council to accept the request
to transmit approval for the
land use change.

Risinger then reminded
the audience that when he
was elected mayor last year,
his campaign promise was

that he would retire and for a vote, and the motion .to
"devote my full energy and transmit. approval for lafnd
time to you, the citizens of use change was unanimously
Mexico Beach." Then he asked approved by the city council.

MeXIco1 B398C B9eT

By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
In the Feb. 14 city
council meeting, the council
passed unanimously a
resolution regarding the
naming of the canal park
bridge on U.S. 98 as the
Charles M. Parker Bridge.
The next step in officially
naming the bridge after Mexico
Beach's founder is to send
a request to Senator Charlie
Clary (R-Destin) asking him
to put the request in front
of the state legislature. It
requires a legislative act to
name a bridge on a state or
federal highway.
Other business in
the Feb. 14 meeting: the
council unanimously passed
a motion to pay Preble-Rish
up to $5,000 to develop a city
bike path master plan. No
one could say exactly where
the proposed bike path would
be located; as the mayor
said after being asked that
question, "That's why we're
hiring Preble-Rish."
He also said that after
Preble-Rish formulated a
plan, there would be public
hearings on the issue.
In conjunction with the
proposed bike path and other
future recreational facilities,
city clerk Debbie McLeod,
city manager Henry Flack,
and Mayor Chuck Risinger
will attend a workshop
Feb. 22 in Marianna that
is expressly to help rural
counties and cities in the
Panhandle to plan projects to
seek parks, greenways, trails
and recreational facilities
development funding.
Another motion was
passed regarding the city's
official logo.
Connie Risinger, chair
of the Mexico Beach- Civic
Association, addressed the
council, saying the association
wanted the city to return to
its former logo, which was

changed in 2005.
Connie Risinger said the
current logo was ambiguous
and the colors were bad, and
the former logo gave the city
better tourist representation.
The mayor raised the
question of copyright,
wondering if the city needed
to check to see if anyone had
copyrighted the old logo in
the past year. A discussion
among council members and
city attorney Paul Komarek
determined that there was
probably no problem with
copyright, but it might be
wise to try to copyright the
logo if it was reinstated.
A unanimous decision
was made to seek residents'
input on the idea and then
return to using the old logo, if
citizens approved.
The council decided
to distribute forms asking
for residents' input on the
matter at the Feb. 18 Gumbo
Cookoff, the March 4 fish
fry fundraiser, and in water
The council also

approved unanimously a
motion to start "reasonable
repair" to the existing bdat
ramp at the old Hide-Away
Motel, across from the City
Pier at 37th Street. The
amount of work is not to
exceed $30,256.
The city has two new
police officers on staff. Krystal
Heming comes to the city after
serving several years as a fire
fighter in Panama City. She
also played semi-professional
football for the women's
Emerald Coast Barracudas,
formerly the women's football
team in Panama City.
Karry Kimbler, in law
enforcement since 1986,
served on the city's police force
from 1988-89, then moved to
the Springfield police force.
For the last four years he was
a full-time student at Florida
State University, earning a
bachelor's of science degree
in criminology. He also holds
an associate of arts degree
in pre-law and an associate
of science degree in criminal
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News Report
On February 08, at
approximately 7:58 p.m.
Krystle D. Baucham age 18
of Panama City, Florida was
Arrested for driving with-
out a license, possession of
cocaine, possession of drug
paraphernalia, introduction
of illegal narcotics into a cor-
Srectional facility and a war-
rant for failure to appear on
a prior arrest of driving with-
'out a license and obstruction
by disguise.
Baucham was stopped
'-for a traffic violation on
"Battles Street near Avenue
C where as she gave the
officer an incorrect name.
Baucham then gave a correct
name where as she has no
driver license. Baucham was
placed under arrest for driv-
ing without a license. During
Baucham's arrest she was
found to be in possession of
cocaine. Baucham was trans-
ported to the Gulf County
Jail where she was booked
in on criminal charges. Upon
thorough search of her per-
son at this facility she was
found have entered this cor-
rectional facility with crack
On February 09, at
approximately 7:44 p.m.
Tommy Lee Welch age 42
of Port St. Joe, Florida was
arrested for resisting arrest
without violence. Welch was
a passenger inside a vehicle
stopped for a traffic viola-
tion. Welch gave the officer
Incorrect information regard-
ing his identity. While check-
ing this information, Welch
ran from the vehicle, initi-
ating a foot. pursuit. Welch
' was apprehended a short
. ime later 'and placed under
I" latful arrest. Welch had a
!" arrant for failure to pay
i child support and advised
this w\as the reason he ran.
Welch was then transported
to the Gulf County Jail. Upon
I arrnval at this facility officers
1' '

observed Welch attempting
to hide a "crack pipe" inside
the patrol vehicle. Welch was
also charged with possession
of this drug paraphernalia.
On February 15, around
10:00 p.m. James Bernard
Anthony, age 38, of Port St.
Joe was arrested for driving
while license suspended or
revoked. Anthony was taken
to the Gulf County Jail to
await first appearance.
On February 9, around
7:55 p.m. Tommy Lee Welch,
age 42, of Port St. Joe, was
arrested on a warrant for
back child support, resisting
an officer without violence
and possession of drug para-
phernalia. Welch was taken
to the Gulf County Jail to
await first appearance.
On February 12, 12:29
a.m. Arthur T. Addison,
age 48, of Port St. Joe, was
arrested for violation of a
court order. Addison was
taken to the Gulf County Jail
to await first appearance.
On February 10, around
5:15 p.m. Justin Maxwell Pool
of Tallahassee was arrested
on a warrant for failure to
appear. Pool was taken to
the Gulf County Jail to await
first appearance; bond was
set at $2,500.00 dollars.
On February 12, around
6:15 p.m. Judson T. Woodin,
age 48 of Port St. Joe was
arrested on 16 warrants for
failure to appear for worthless
checks. Woodin was taken to
the Gulf County Jail to await
first appearance; bond was
set at $250.00 each offense.
On February 13, around
10:13 p.m. Joann Louise
Reilly, age 37, of Port St.
Joe was arrested for violation

of drug offender probation.
Reilly was taken to the Gulf
County Jail to await first
On February 19, around
4:50 p.m. Ricky Ridel
Battle, age 24, of Port St.
Joe was arrested for violating
an injunction and escape.
Battles was taken to the Gulf
County Jail to await first

Arrest Log
2/ 10/06-Kimberely
Price, W/F, 39 Wewahitchka,
Battery, William Shane
Whitfield, W/M, 19,
Wewahitchka, Possession
2/13/06-Debra Lene
Alderman, W/F, 20, Port
St. Joe, Violation Probation.
Melvin K. Brown, B/M, 41,
Port St. Joe, Child Support.
2/14/06-James Keith
Seaman, W/M, 23, Panama
City, VOP-Bay County.
2/15/06-Richard Maze
Cooper, W/M, 21, Port St.
Joe, Battery, Terri Denise
Fields Hinson, W/F, 28, Port
St. Joe, Aggravated Battery.
Rodney Lane Brammer, W/
M, 34, Port St. Joe, Loitering
or Prowling.
On 2/15, Deputy
Jerome Williams conducted
a traffic stop on a vehicle
on Hwy 98 near Port St.
Joe. After talking with the
occupants of the vehicle he
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the vehicle. Sybil gave an,

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alert to the presence of illegal
narcotics. Deputies searched
the vehicle and found over 20
grams of Marijuana, Crack
Cocaine and a 9mm Pistol.
Teresa Ann Bailey of Port St.
Joe was charged with mul-
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taken to the Gulf County
Jail. Two Juveniles in the
vehicle were also arrested on
various narcotics charges.
Teresa Bailey was released
the next day after Dosting a

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Madison Swanson. This is
a closed area about 30 miles
south of Cape San Blas. The
FWC received information
that some grouper boats were
planning to fish the Madison
Swanson to get as many
grouper as they could before
the closure. No arrests were
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Messer and Officers Percy
Cook, Charlie Wood, and
Carmon Brownell worked a
boating safety detail in the
Apalachicola Bay area that
resulted with 31 written
warnings and four citations
Three subjects were
discovered dumping con-
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owned by Franklin County in
Apalachicola. The subjects
were identified and warrants
are being obtained for felony
dumping charges.
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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Florida's coastal areas
continue to be magnets
for industry, trade,
transportation, tourism and
residential development.
The state's value of
insured coastal property
has surpassed $1 trillion,

with about 40 percent of
that concentrated in Dade,
Broward and Palm Beach
With the increase in
building exposure has
come an increase in the
vulnerability of buildings
to the effects of hurricanes,
storm surge, flooding and

other natural hazards.

Lining Up
Two of the most effective
tools for mitigating losses -
land use and. building code
requirements have been
implemented by the State of
Florida through the Coastal
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increased the regulations
guiding land use and building
construction standards in
high hazard coastal areas.
The CCCL defines the
zone along the coastline
subject to flooding, erosion,
and other impacts during a
100-year storm.
With the exception of the
coastline within Bay County
(Panama City), the CCCL was
adopted by the state between
1982 and 1991 and reflects
an anticipated 100-year
storm impact zone.

The CCCL foundation
and elevation requirements
seaward of the line are more
stringent than the National
Flood Insurance Program
coastal (V-zone) requirements.
Likewise, CCCL wind load
requirements seaward of the
CCCL are more stringent that
the wind load requirements of
the Standard Building Code.
Structures located
seaward of and built prior to
the enactment of the CCCL
are deemed as non-permitted
structures, and are at an
increased risk of sustaining
hurricane damage.
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from the FDEP Permitting
Department prior to.
construction, .which certifies
that the builder will adhere'
to the more stringent set of,
building standards, which are
designed to enable structures
to withstand the forces of at
100-year storm. "

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Rebuilding an existing
structure or a structure -
damaged by a storm
requires a permit from
FDEP. Maintenance,
repairs or modifications-
of existing structures
are generally' exempted
from the Department's'
permitting requirement, as
long as the activity does'
not involve additions to,
repairs of, or modifications
to the foundation. Routine'
maintenance of the foundation:
is also exempt and minor
repairs may also be exempted
after Department review.
Other specific activities'
may be exempted after review.
Otherwise, construction
activities will require either
a field or an administrative
permit from the department.
Unless a storm has altered '
the shoreline so that a viable
building site landward of,.
the beach no longer exists,
structures damaged by a"
storm may be rebuilt.
Not all proposed '
construction activities .
seawards of the CCCL
require a permit. Thd..
statute allows exemptions fo- -,

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activities that are not
expected to cause any impact
or measurable interference
with the coastal system.
Included in these exemptions
aie improvements to existing
single family dwellings within
the foundation limits,' not
involving foundation work,
such as replacing roofs, doors,
windows, siding, second floor
additions, etc., and certain
minor structures and activities
located landward of seawalls
or existing buildings.
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Approval or denial of a
permit application is based
upon a review of the facts and
circumstances onthepotential
impact on the beach/dune
system, adjacent properties,
native salt-resistant
vegetation and marine turtles,
and interference with public
beach access.
While most permits
are approved as requested,
some are modified during
the permitting process to
comply with siting and design
All of this is handled
through FDEP, Division of
Water Resource Management,
BureauofBeaches andCoastal
System in Tallahassee.
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The beach and dune
system is the first line of
defense against storms
because it acts as a buffer
between the storm waves and
coastal development.
The CCCL program
provides protection for the
beaches and dunes while
insuring reasonable use of
private property.
Improperly sited and
designed buildings interfere
with the natural functioning
ofthis system. A house built
too close to the water's edge
or a frontal dune feature
is, especially vulnerable to
the destructive forces of
coastal storms, and inhibits
the beach and dune system
from undergoing natural
fluctuations, which are a vital



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part of the recovery process.
Improperly designed
homes can also cause
localized erosion, which
further hinders the ability of
the beach and dune sy3tetm
to restore itself following
a storm. The Department
requires all structures to be
sited and designed to avoid
or minimize these and other
types of adverse impacts to the
beach and dune system. The
Department will not permit
structures which are designed
or sited in such a way as to
cause a significant adverse
impact to the beach and dune
system, that is, the structure

significantly interfered with
the system's ability to recover
from a coastal storm, results
in the destabilization of the
system, or causes a reduction
of marine turtle habitat.
All structures are
required to be located a
sufficient distance landward '
of the beach and frontal dune
to permit natural shoreline
fluctuations, to preserve and
to protect the beach and dune
system stability, and to allow
natural recovery to occur
following storm-induced
Structures must also be

sited so as not to result in
the removal or destruction
of native vegetation, which
will either destabilize a dune
or cause an increase in the
amount of erosion by wind
and water.
Design Is Key
All major structures are
required to be designed to
resist the predicted forces
associated with a 100-year
storm event.
Homes that are not
designed to withstand or
avoid storm force wind and
waves will not only sustain
more damage, but they will
threaten adjacent properties
if they break apart and crash

into neighboring structures.
A homeowner applying
for a permit is required to
provide the Department with
certification by a professional
engineer or architect
registered in the state of
Florida that the design plans
and specifications submitted
are in compliance with the
standards of the Florida
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other major structures must
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Revving Students up for the FCAT

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
It will take mental
toughness, focused effort,
and a positive attitude to
get Port St. Joe Elementary
School principal Chris Earley
in a dress.
On Tuesday, motivational
speaker Almcn Gunter
delivered his FCAT pep talk in
words Port St. Joe Elementary
students could understand.
With Earley promising
to dress in drag if students
performed well on the FCAT,
Gunter, the president and
CEO of the motivational firm
Gunter-Gunter, Inc., outlined
a systematic plan of attack.
Gunter, a frequent Port
St. Joe Elementary guest
during FCAT season, arrived
courtesy of the Norris D.
Langston Youth Foundation,
which hosts the 21"1 Century
Learning Center After-School
Enrichment Program at the
elementary school.
A two-time U.S. Olympic
trial qualifier in track and
field, Gunter began his
remarks with a sporting
Noting that most people
think of teams in terms of
athletics, Gunter underscored
the importance of teamwork
in education.

Motivational speaker Almon
Gunter, CEO of the Jacksonville
firm Gunter-Gunter, Inc.,
teaches the students the keys to
FCAT success.
He told the students to find
strength in their supportive
network of parents, teachers
and administrators.
Finding in "team" an
apt acronym for educational
success, Gunter then
dismantled the word, one
letter at a time:
T is for toughness.
"Great teams are mentally
tough. They know how to
listen well, to pay close
attention. They know when
it's game time," said Gunter.
Stressing the importance
of intellectual acumen,
Gunter noted that a game "is
always won right between the

E is for effort.
"If you give 100 percent,
great things are going tc
happen to you, but if you
don't you'll always question
yourself," said Gunter.
Students must do their
best at all times, not jusi
when taking the FCAT.
A is for
comes in two
flavors good
or bad, there's Grades3
no in between,"
said Gunter,
who described a
winning attitude
as the greatest Grades 5
determinant of 11
M is for
motivated. Grades I
Gunter ended Adult
with one of life's (New
harshest truths: students
"In life you're Retakes)
never going to

get what you deserve. You're
going to get what you work
Did the students deserve
to see their principal in a
dress, or was it a privilege
they would have to earn?
Gunter weighed in.
"I will drive 20 hours to see
principal Earley in a dress," .

proclaimed Gunter, whose
firm is based in Jacksonville.
"I want to see that, but in
order to make that happen,
we've got to be a team."
If the students are mindful
of the "team" philosophy and
confident of their success,
they will help the school earn

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(Feb. 27 March 10)

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an A under the state's A+
plan, Gunter pledged.
Seconding Gunter, Earley
vowed to keep his pantyhose
"If you give it your best,
(an A) is automatic. And then
I will make an idiot out of
myself," he said.

Who's ready for the FCAT? Port St. Joe Elementary School
students in grades three through five raise their hands at Tuesday's
assembly, sponsored by the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation.

TIvid Langston, CEO of the Norris D. Langston Youth Foundation,
introduced. motivational speaker Almon Gunter.

Celebrating Black History Month

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
As their classmates wiled
away President's Day at home,
a group of students from the
Mold a Male/Female youth
program received a valuable
history lesson at the Gulf
County Public Library.
In a joint effort of the
Mold a Male/Female program,
library and the NAACP
youth council, the children
spent the day reading books
and learning more about
celebrated black leaders.
The library's Paula Boone
served as storyteller, and the
children were treated to a
pizza party.

The day was part of
an extended Black History
month celebration that
began two weekends ago at
Zion Fair Baptist Church,
where students Ashley
Robinson, Alex King, Fabian
Frazier, Marcello Johnson
and Demeryiah Alexander
gave presentations on black
leaders such as baseball
player Roberto Clemente,
track star Jesse Owens and
scientist George Washington
This weekend, a group of
Mold a Male youths will travel
to Daytona Beach to tour
Bethune-Cookman College,
a historic black university

Cameron Pryor holds a
favorite biography of civil rights
leader Martin Luther King, Jr.
founded in i904 by Mary
McLeod Bethune.

Sheretta Thomas takes time
out from her Sojourner Truth
coloring page to strike a pose.

The Black History Month
festivities- will culminate

On Monday, Cameron Pryor and Dominique Bryant perused
books on Sojourner Truth and a history of slavery and abolition, just
two of the many Black History books available at the. public library.

on Tuesday, Feb. 28 with a
community-wide covered dish
dinner tentatively planned

for 7 p.m. at the Washington
High gym.

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It was party time again Saturday morning, Feb. 18, in
i__ .Mexico Beach. The Community Development Council held
its 8th annual Gumbo Cookoff, a fundraiser for special
.events in town throughout the year.
Two to three hundred people came from as far away
ai .... .as Panama City, Fort Walton, Tallahassee, Atlanta and -
-it: Indiana to cook or sample more than two dozen offerings of ,,'
-ugumbos, meats, desserts and drinks.
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Christian Elizabeth Ward

Christian Elizabeth
Ward celebrated her third
birthday on Jan. 23 with a
dress up Disney Princess
Cinderella party at her home.
She enjoyed ice cream and
a Cinderella Castle cake
along with an inflatable out-
door jump-in castle with her
friends and family.
Christian is the daugh-
ter of Chris and Tommy
Ward of Wewahitchka, Ralph
and Linda Shoemaker of
Clarksville, and Sonny and
Mabel Ward of Wewahitchka.


Turns Two!
Theron Mackenzie
McLeod celebrated his sec-
ond birthday on January 30
with a John Deere birthday.
Theron is the son of
7 Mack and Amy McLeod of
Kinard, grandson of Jimmy
and Darlene Layfield of
Blountstown and Ralph
and Linda Shoemaker of
Theron enjoys riding his
4-wheeler, fishing with daddy
..1AI .- and playing in the dirt.

Theron MacKenzie McLeod

McKensi Denise

Mork Arrives
On Jan. 12 McKensi
Denise Mork was born at
Gulf Coast Medical Center
weighting 4 lbs. 9 oz and
18 1/2 inches long. Proud
parents are Keith Mork and
Jacki Terry, Grand-parents
are Jack and Elizabeth Terry
of Port St. Joe, Betty Waters
of Simmons Bayou and Lou
and T. R. Mork of St. Joe
Beach. McKensi also has
a big sister, Kayla Butler of
Houston, TX


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Paul Penn

Gretchen Upchurch

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Jereel Showers and Raevyn Jefferson

Jefferson and

Showers to Wed
Linda Green of Port St. Joe, Florida announces the
engagement of her son Jereel Showers to Raevyn Jefferson,
daughter of Bobby and Temolynn Wintons of Apalachicola,
Florida. The groom-to-be is a 2002 graduate of Port St. Joe
High School. He is attending Florida A&M University studying
Nurse Practitioner. Jerell is a member of the Body of Christ
Jesus Church, in Port St. Joe.
The bride-to-be is a 2005 graduate of Port St. Joe High
School. She is now attending Florida A&M University where
she is studying Business Administration, in a MBA program.
Raevyn is a member of the Love & Worship Center Church,
in Apalachicola, Florida.
The couple, family, and friends look forward to celebrating
the wedding sometime this year.

Thank You
Bay St. Joseph Care and Rehabilitation Center would
like to extend a special "Thank You" to Ursula Reynolds. of
the VFW Post 10069 located in Highland View for presenting
the residents with handmade bed-sized afghan and slippers,
made. by Rachael Anderson of Chipley.
Mrs. Reynolds never fails to go above and beyond to
enhance the resident's lives at Bay St. Joe.

Bay St. Joseph

says Thanks
Dorothy Wefssenberger,
a resident of Bay St. Joseph
Care and Rehabilitation
Center presents to Victor
LaFerle, Overseer of the First
United Methodist Church
Care Closet with a. "Plaque of
Appreciation" for their gener-
ous contribution of furniture
and a 3-tier water fountain
to help enhance the residents'
enjoyment of the secured
"'courtyard in the rear of the .
facility. Thank You.

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Port St. Joe Garden Club News

Bay St. Joseph Care & Rehabilitation

Center Goes Hawaiian for Valentines

As we all know Feb. 14 is the traditional Valentine's Day. Well... not at St. Joe Care and
Rehabilitation Center, it was "Valentine's Day Hawaiian Style." The staff voted for King and
Queens of the luau. The Royalty were escorted to their thrones by various subjects. All resi-
dents were presented with flowers and entertained by professional Hawaiian dancers, Lisa and
Malia Faipea and Justin Armstead of Malia's Hula School. The residents were served fresh
fruit and other traditional Hawaiian foods'by the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post 10069.
A special thanks goes to Jerry Stokoe, as he was kind enough to take pictures of the Kings
and Queens as they were escorted into the luau.

Silver Wings Band Coming to

"Camp Gordon Johnston Days"

The Port St. Joe Garden
Club had a very successful
"Fun With Flowers" program
held on Saturday, January 7,
2006. Instructor for this class
was Mrs. Flora Blackman, a
longtime professional florist
who owned her own floral
shop in Panama City for over
21 years. In a very relaxed
and informal class, students
learned about floral contain-
ers, plant materials and some
tricks of the trade by florists.
After the lecture, students
had hands-on practice in
learning to make a bow and
making a floral design with
fruit and plant material. The
students were very pleased
with their beautiful designs
as well as the many ideas
that were shared by all.

The last two classes
will be held March 4 "Eggs-
Cellent Ideas" and April 1
"Springtime on the Coast".
The Port St. Joe Garden
Club is a member of the
Florida Federation of Garden
Clubs, Inc. District II, The
National Council of State
Garden clubs, Inc. and Deep
South Region. We are always
looking for new members. If
you think you would be inter-
ested in becoming a member
of the Port St. Joe Garden
Club, please contact Pauline
Pendarvis 229-8251 or
Charmaine Earley 229-8561
or any garden club mem-
ber. Our meetings are held
the second Thursday of each
month at 2:00 pm est except
for the months of September,

December and May which is
held at 12:00 noon est
We are having our Fun
With Flowers workshop on
Saturday, March 4 2006.
10:00 to noon EST. The
course for that day will be
"Eggs-cellent" Ideas". All
classes $15.00/person and
must be pre registered and.
prepaid before class. For
more info they may call
me, Charmaine Earley,
at 229-8561 or email me
at _earleycmaine@aol.com_
(mailto : earleycmaine@aol.,
com) or just send in their
money to the Port St. Joe
Garden Club, PO Box 243,
Port St. Joe 32457. Students
will need to bring a pair of
scissors or clippers and all
other supplies furnished.

Through the efforts
of state and local officials
Senator'Al Lawson and State
Representative Will Kendrick,
the 98th Army "Silver Wings"
band will perform as a fea-
tured attraction of the Camp
Gordon Johnson Days Parade
on Saturday, March 11,
The Band will begin its
appearance on Highway 98 at
10th Street, and will continue
east to Marine Street where
it will continue playing until
the parade procession ends.
Established in 1942 as
the 40th Engineer Regiment

Band, the 98th Army Band
received its present designa-
tion in 1947. Now popularly
known as the "Silver Wings"
Band, its heritage includes
seven campaign stream-
ers and the band has been
permanently stationed at 17
different locations to include
Germany, Italy, Africa,
France, and various locations
in the United States. The
"Silver Wings" Band is now
located at the Army Aviation
War fighting Center at Fort
Rucker, Alabama.
The primary mission of
the "Silver Wings" Band is

to promote and enhance the
morale and esprit de corps
of the military communi-
ty through participation in
official ceremonies, formal
concerts, and recreational
events. The band also pro-
vides buglers at funerals for
our veterans' families in the
southeastern region, pro-
motes recruiting and public
relations, and represents the
United States Army at local
and national activities. The
public is invited to attend
this special event, and enjoy
the performance of this his-
toric musical group.

Recently, remodeled home in great loca-
tion. Great room with f/p and vaulted
ceilings. Large kitchen with breakfast bar.
Master bedroom and' bath. Large Florida
room overlooking nice landscaped back
yard. Centrally located, near downtown
Port St. Joe. Shown by appointment only.
$296,000 MIs#110196 call Susie White
at 850-227-4046 or 800-451-2349

Mexico Beach 3 BD 3 BA or 4 BD 3 BA
pre-construction condominiums available.
Amenities will include swimming pool, chil-
drens play area and water park, pool side
pavilion; covered boat storage, outdoor
grills, covered parking, interior features
include 9 ft. ceilings, ceramic tile floor-
ing, carpet in bedrooms, custom cabine-
try, marble bathroom countertops, exterior
features include vinyl cedar shake exterior,
french front door, bountiful windows, styl-
ish tin roof and ample porches. Starting at
just $369,900. MLS#109924 & 109225
Call Sonjia Raffield @ 850.340.0900.

Cape San Bias, Seagrass gorgeous views
of both the gulf and bay. X-zonel 4000+Sq
ft heated and cooled. This 4 floor, spec-
tacular 4br,4ba home with bead board
wainscoting, elevator,fully landscaped +
well, best coastal living, pool & club house!
$1,379,000 MLS#109673 CALL CHARL-
TON 227-4256

Jubilation Subdivision. Fantastic
opportunity! A beautiful gulf view in a
magnificent house. Windolf Construction
designed by John Hopkins. X-Flood zone.
$1,150,000. mls#109000 Contact
Patrick Jones for more information @

4412 Hwy 98 2 1RI',A 1 st tier home
offers an unobstructed lifetime view of
St. Joseph Bay. Future development of
Windmark Beach will envelope this area
of St. Joseph Shores Subd. that is located
between Port St. Joe and St.Joe Beach.
MLS# 105433 $1,350,000 Call Carol
for appt. @ 850-227-4252

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109 44TH Street, Mexico Beach. -
1831 ApalacheeDriveon IndianPass. CANAL FRONT home 3BR 2BA, fully fur-
4BR/2BA Gulf View House. Old Florida nished, plus second interior lot. Possible
Cottage fully furnished. One block from 2 canal front lots with replat. Property has
beach in "X" and FEMA Flood Zones. 112' of seawall, boat slip. MLS#108315
MLS#109513 Call Mark Schultz 850- $1,500,000 Call Brenda Miller 227-
229-1292 Asking $585K 5380.

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This is an assignment, upon sale & close
of original contract, gulf breeze villas
614 Oleander Ave. Mexico Beach, its condominium are one of the few condo-
a cute beach cottage, lots of possibili- minium projects located on the gulf side
ties, just one block off Hwy 98, good gulf on hwy 98, don't miss this rare oppor-
views, convenient to restaurants, shop- tunity. seller is motivated. MIs#105739
ping, beaches. mls#109844 $ 525,000 $770,000 call Moses Medina at 527-
call Joe at 227-4585 0441

Cape San Bias, 107 Seacliff Drive.
This 4br/3ba.home sits on approx. 1.5
acres with 71' of gulf frontage. Enjoy the
beautiful white sandy beaches and view
of the sunsets from the decks off the tof
two levels. Irrigation well, hurricane shut
ters, and a security system. mls#11016<
$2,995,000 Call Jay Rish (850)227


-Cape San Bias, 4565 Cape San Bias Road-This Gulf front Lot consists of 1.60 acres+/-. Most
of the property is located wihin the X flood zone. Enioy beautiful sunsets ohd the sugar white
sands. Great place to build your vacation home MIs#108527 $2,950,000 Call Jay Rlsh (850)
227-5569 ,
* St Joe Beach Area 104 Si nal Lane-Lot 70 is located in the heart of Windmark Beach which
is just minutes away fm Po St. Joe. This upscale community offers many amenities includ-
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* Mexico Beach 104 St. Charles Street-Interior lot. Casunao Subdivision. MIsd#109831 $224,900
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SCape San Bas, 205 Seacliff Drive-Interior lot that would be a GREAT lace to build your
dream home. Close to the St.Joseph State park. $499,999 mls#109412 Call andace Upchurch
227-6402. .
SCasunoa Subdivision Brand new subdivision in Mexico Beach located 'ust off 15th Street.
Amenities include a community club house and poo. Close to beaches, great fishing and restau-
rants. $185,000. Call Sonjla Raffield @ 850.340.0900.
SSt. Joe Beach, Sunset Village- let 47 priced to sell at $298,000
* St Joe Beach. Hw 98 fronlaga 4 lots with unobstructed aulf view, can be residential or commer-

cial. Entire block of road frontage can be purchased. Call Natalie 850-227-4355
* This subdivision is located ot St. Joe beach 'ust a short distance to the beach. MLS# 109799
$249,900 Call Charlton Williams at 227-4256
* This subdivision is located close to the beaches. MLS#109800 $ 249,900 Call Charlton Williams
at 227-4256
This lo is located in Sea Haven Subdivision. Close to the beaches. MLS#109800 $ 249,900 Call
Charton Williams at 227-4256
New subdivision with heavily landscaped has pool, and common area. MLS#109800 $ 249,900
Call Charlton Williams at 227-4256
* Gulf front lot with x-zone building ite behind the cccl line. Originally planned 4000 sf, 5br/5ba
house on this site. mls#1l09611 $975,000 call Charlten Williams at 227-4256.
S103 W Sand Dollar Wy 1ST TIER lot in Son Bias Plantation with deed edaccess to Gulf of
Mexico, boardwalk to beac is located in front of this lot Call Sonjlia Raffield at 340.-0900
* Lot 3C, St. Charles Street, Casuna Subdivision, Mexico Beach Within walking distance
of bech with easy Access. Pool and pool house. MLS#108169, $224,900 Brenda Miller
SSunset Village-This development is located at St. Joe Beach surrounded by Windmork Beach
Develpmon. Amenities include pool, bath house, landscaped entrance accented with brickpavers,
New Orleans style street lighting, covenants and restrictions, HOA. Lots starting at $299,900

SCqpe San Bias Jubilation-Premier subdivision on Cape San Bis with beautiful lots available to
build your beach home. Pool, clob house, HOA. Call tody for more information.
* 352 Ponderosa Pines 1 acre lot readto build, utilities, water and septic are already in lace.
Zoned commerciol/residenBtial this prorer is a0 gre place or your home and/or business. orailer
now on property will be moved by owoer. $165,000. Call Sonlea Rafield @ 850.340.0900.
SNice lot in great location. Faces Barbara Drive. great Investment opportlunity.mls#109879
$130,000 cab Susie White at 1.800-451-2349 or 850-227-4046
* Port St. Joe, 112 Heritage Lane-Interior Lot, $150,000
* Port St. Joe, 130 Palm Breeze Way-mls#1 07338, $85,000
S4942 CR C-30-.lnterior Lot, mls#107723
. Port St. Joe Garrison Avenue Lot is .26 acres and is partially cleared. SELLER MOTIVATED.
mls#108304 $119,000 Call Moses Medina 527-0441
* 8325 C R 386, Overstreelt Comer of Hv 386 and Pleasant Rest Cemetao Rd. Great Locationi
5.91 acres. Many Possibilitles! $650,000 ML 107800 Call Ellen Allemore 850-227-5146
* Overstreet, Mockingbird-Canal front Io lot 100'x8SOO'. S269,900 Call Carol Bell 850.227-4252
SPort St. Joe, Commercial Lots-100'x170' 5330,000 Call Carol Bell 850-227-4252
Overstreet, East Bay 162 acre +/- prcel that would be excellent for a development. Wetappo
Creek and East Bay Frontage. MLS#109 03

SIndian Pass, 2235 Indian Pass Road Best value on Indian Lagoon[ 3.35 acres zoned 2U/acre.
196.36 Lagoon frontage by 743' deep. Great established oaks and palms, minimal marsh grass.
Estate Parcel or Subdivide. Great nvestatentl Mls#109255 $1,250,000.00 Call Jay Rish for
more information (850) 227-5569
SIndian Pass, 109&111 Stlllwater Way-Enjoy peaceful living
* In one o the newest subdivisions in the Indian Paso area. This subdivision Offers under.
ground utilities, end paved roads. Close Io Apalachicola and Port St. Joe. ust minutes from the beauti-
ful beaches, mls#107253/mls#107254 $185,000 each. Call Jay Rish (850) 227-5569
* 6807 Hwy 71 White City Great Investment Opportunityl 100'x 444' fronting Hwy 71. City
water there sewer to be in place in approximately 1 year. Property adjacent to this is also on the
market. MLS# 108718. Contact Perkoy or Susie White 800-451-2349 or 850-227-4046.
; 149 Long Leaf Road, Eastpoint Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Adjiacent to pcool and
pool house. Paved roads, under Ground utilities. MLS#108054 $175,000 Call Brenda Miller
- Eastpoint, Lakes On The Bluff Subdivision. Nice single family lots available. HOA, under-
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Faith Christian School

On Wednesday, Feb. 15,
'the Daughters of the American
Revolution (DAR) honored
the first place essay winners
-of this year's contests. (You
can read the full article and
-see a picture of the winners
elsewhere in the STAR.)
The theme for the
*middle school this year was
"Benjamin Franklin: More
-Than a Revolutionary." We are
indeed proud of the following

young men and women from
Faith Christian School:
Abagail Davis (5th grade),
Tiffany Burch (6tl grade), and
Tim Caswell (8"1 grade). They
read their winning papers
with pride and enthusiasm.
For Gulf County
high school students,
they participated in the
Christopher Columbus essay.
This year's topic was "The

Santa Maria to the New World
and the Apollo mission to the
Moon: Christopher Columbus
and the Astronauts." FCS
Sophomore Zach Taylor came
in first place and delivered
an impressive comparison/
contrast paper on the
Thank you, ladies, of
the local DAR chapter. We
are grateful not only for the
luncheon ceremony at Sunset
Coastal Grill but for your
stand on patriotism God
and country reminding us
of our Christian heritage.
Once again, we want to
honor our volunteers that
give of their effort and time
at FCS. In this Lion's Tale
we want to say THANK YOU
to Lynn Wells. She has
faithfully brought our library
back to life. Using students
as helpers and "patrons,"
she has books in place and
accessible to all grade levels.
Her work is yet complete (it
will never be so in a library),
but she is hard at the task.
Much of what we see could
not have been done without
the assistance of her husband
Winston. Thank you both for
your faithful support of FCS.

Peacebuilders of the Week
Back Row- L-R, Heather King, 5th Grade; Cole Thursby, Kindergar-
ten; Kristen Thursby, 1st Grade; Kyran Batson, 2nd Grade; Jared
Abert, 3rd Grade; Grant Haddock, 4th Grade
Front Row- Annie Boland, Pre-K

Congratulations Spelling Bee Winners
Congratulations to Tyler Sarmiento (6th grade) and Mary Caitlin
Bouington (5" grade) who won first and second place in the Faith
Christian School spelling bee on Tues., Feb. 14. Tyler will represent
Faith Christian in the county spelling bee on Feb. 24 at Wewahitchka
Elementary School.

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Joe Middle


A special thanks to teacher
Cathy Colbert and parents
Carla May, Trish Warriner,
Heather Rish and Melody
Nelson for organizing our
Valentine Dance/Party. Also, to
the parents who provided the
delicious baked goods. The
students had a great time!
School will not be held on
Monday, February 20 due to
President's Day.
Our school will have a
Black History Program on
Friday, February 24.
Our Odyssey of the
Mind Team will compete on
Saturday, February 25 at Port
St. Joe Elementary School.
Good Luck!
FCAT testing for all
students will begin on Monday,
February 27 and continue
on Tuesday, February 28.
Students will test with their
first period teacher. Please
make sure your child arrives
to school by 7:55 with No. 2
Your child can go online
and practice for the FCAT.
Please email me for their

by Cadet Molly Matty
ATTENTION! This past
week 17 cadets went and
competed at Florida A&M
University. Despite the changes
in plans due to weather
complications, our NJROTC
came in first place in Personnel
Inspection. This is an immense
honor and we are very proud
of our unit. We also competed
in Armed and Unarmed Drill,
Color Guard, Academics, and
Physical Fitness. Since the
annual competition is over,
Drill practices will be not as
common as before. Tuesday
and Thursdays we will be still
having Armed Drill. Cadets
are encouraged to come. Now
that the weather is warming up
slightly (we hope), car washes
will be occurring soon. In a few
weeks, second year cadets can
come to Leadership practice
in the morning, which will
prepare those cadets for the
rigorous Physical Training
of the Leadership Academy.
Those interested will be
encouraged to come, and more
information will be given out.
A special thanks to all parents,
cadets, and support for our
competition, and hope to do
even better 'next year. Alas,
we must bid farewell to our
Company Commander, Cadet
Zachary Scoggins. He will be
attending the Admiral Farragut
Academy in St. Petersburg. To
you we say, Fair Winds and
Following Seas.
Until next week, At Ease!

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By: Jessica Mock
Talk of graduation, prom,
and spring break is all that's
heard now when walking
through the halls of Port St. Joe
High School. It is the middle
of February, and the school is
exploding with events. There
is so much to do, and for us
seniors, so little time to do it
in. Though the year is almost
over, the activities keep coming,
and are as exciting as ever.
The boys' basketball team
is doing great this year as usual.
They played Blountstown, Feb.
16 in the district playoffs and
won 75 to 55. Congratulations
The girl's basketball team
unfortunately lost to Ponce De
Leon on Tuesday, Feb. 14, Even
so, the girls had an outstanding
season this year. There were
three seniors on this year's
team. Gekeela Clemons, Jae
Ashabranner, and Carmen
-Hill, will all be greatly missed,
and are greatly appreciated for
their hard work and dedication
towards the team.
Baseball has officially
started. The Junior Varsity
team played both Wewa and
Bay High on Tues. Feb 14. The
Sharks lost 9 to 1 against Bay,
but won 7 to 2 against Wewa.
The Varsity team unfortunately
lost to Rutherford High School

Shark Newt
by Laura Ropelis
FAFSA Workshop for all
seniors and parents at the Gulf
Franklin Center on Garrison
Avenue Sunday March 19, from
1:00-5:00 p.m. Parents should
bring their tax information to
complete forms to be eligible
for federal financial aid at any
Fill out the FAFSA online by
March 1.
See Guidance Counselor:
,Laura Ropelis at PSJHS for all,
scholarship information and
deadlines..Now is the time to
If parents or businesses
would like to contribute to the -
Gulf County Scholarship Fund
for our high school seniors or
our FCAT incentive program
please contact Melissa
Test Dates
FCAT is here! Incentives for
9th and 10th grade students
-with perfect attendance
from February 10th through
the 28th and growth scores
will be offered this year.
2/27-FCAT Reading 9th-10th
2/28- FCAT Math 9th-10th
Half days for Seniors starting
at 11:30 both days if not
involved in a retake.
3/6-FCAT Science 9th -11th
Senior field trip to GCCC main
campus in Panama City, FL.
SSenior Prom Fashion Show-
March 16th
Senior Prom-April 22,

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Prom is right around the
corner, and will be held April
22. This year's prom servers
are as follows: Brennis Bush,
Douglas May, Heather Strange,
Jessica Tidwell, Morgan Peak,
Shelby Malvestato, Greg
Farmer, Savanah Searcy, Anna
Cordova, Maryanne Earley,
Jessie Faircloth, Robbie
Martin, Alternate-Keesa
The 2006 prom fashion
show will be held at the Port
St. Joe High School Commons
Area, on Thursday, March 16.
The fashion show is sponsored
by Dream-Gowns and The
Junior Class. The junior girls
and the escorts in this years
fashion show are as followed:
Courtney Craft, Angelica
Driesbach, Jennifer Bland,
April Martin, Kati Calvarese,
Kalye Rodriguez, Alex Brown,
Rashetta Langston, Julia
Wigsten, Jessica Bunch, Shayla
Nickson, Amy Brockman,
Dusty Alford, Hunter Garth,
Travis Hooper, Byron Peters,
Cordaryl Hutchison, Bryan
Student Government
elections were held on Tuesday,
Feb. 14 and 2006-2007 SGA
officers were selected. Leah
Miniat will take the prideful

Flea Market 11th March
Community Service
Community service can
open doors. Help someone else
and help yourself at the same
time. Many scholarships and
100% Bright Futures eligibility
requires 75 hours for .5 credit.
See Guidance for details.
JROTC went to the state
competition under the
direction of Chief Wayne Taylor
to represent PSJHS and won
a trophy for inspection in a
state competition. The trophy
is in the ROTC room if you
would like' to congratulate
Chief Taylor and the JROTC
students for a job well done.
Made the sharks proud!
Seniors and parents should
have already received a letter
in the mail about placing baby
ads in the 2006 Monument. If
not, the deadline and payment
for placing a baby ad is .March
1. If you are interested or
need more information, please
contact Courtney Jones,
Monument Staff Advisor, at
Cap and Gown pictures are
coming up. More information
coming soon!
Gabrielle Whittington has
won an all expense paid trip
to Tallahassee as a Youth Tour
Contestant for Gulf Coast
Electric Cooperative and will
compete for a Washington,
D.C. trip. Ashley Hopper
is competing for the Fire
Department. Way to represent
Port St Joe High School!I!

Applications are being taken at Franklin Cl, Gulf CI, and
other panhandle correctional institutions.
Employment opportunities are available as
soon as you start training!


Carabelle class begins Feb. 20,2006 graduating in June, 2006
Port St. Joe class begins March 16,2006 graduating in July, 2006
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For more information, call Brenda Burkett at 227-9670, ext. 5507
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office of SGA President, and
Krista Parker will take the
office of Vice President. Shayla
Nickson will be next year's
Secretary, and Sierra JKing
will be the SGA Treasurer.
The Senior Senators for
next year are LaTreva North
and Courtney Craft. Junior
Senator will be Morgan Wood
and Ashley Erickson. The
office of Sophomore Senator
will be held by both Kayla
Minger and Jessica Tidwell.
The Junior Class is
sponsoring a flea market to
raise money. It will be held
March 11 in the Port St. Joe
High School parking lot. The
cost is only $10 a parking
The 2005-2006 school
year is quickly coming to an
end, with the seniors only
having 49 school days left
until their days at Port St. Joe
High School are over. I have
enjoyed my past four years
of high school. I have made
priceless memories that will
last a lifetime. When thinking
of graduation and the future,
I am reminded of a quote by
John Schaar. "The future is
not someplace we are going
but we are creating. The paths
are not to be found, but made,
and the activity of making them
changes both the maker and
the destination," As the class
of 2006 goes separate ways,
I would like to say that I am
going to miss you all greatly.
Goodbye and good luck!

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Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. Dan Rhodes
Sunday SchooL 10:00 a.m. PASTOR

Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m. ff fWhiy
:Mithodist Youth Fellowship: 6:00p.m. m-Minister ofMusic/Youth
k'., t,". 7:00p.m. Deborah Loyless
All Times are EST Director ofChildrenMinistries

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Sunday School 9:45 a.m.

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Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
ok, Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.

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20th & Monument, Port St Joe, FL, 227-1417
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Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am
Wednesday: 5:30 pm
En Espanol: 8:00 am, last Suhday of Month
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday: 11:00 am (CT)

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Friendship are found"
' Is Patience Really A Virtue? It is difficult to overlook the challenges to our schedules.
plans, & hopes for each day. Being inconvenienced is not easy. It is often easier to whine &
complainn than it is to patientlY wait & endure.
0 However, God does gives us what we need to face each moment with joy, hope, & calm-
'ness. Learn codav to commune v ith God in prayer & in reading His Word. Instead of getting
in gry, ask God what He wants you to learn in that situation. Patience is a part of the "fruit of
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The Bread of Life
Food Ministries will be
giving away groceries on
Saturday, Feb. 25 start-
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until 10 a.m. The Bread
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Church on Hwy 275 South
of Blountstown. Please
bring an ID card if you
have not signed up this
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Jimmy Lee


Mr. Jimmy Lee Langley,
Sr. of Port St. Joe, FL passed
away Sunday, Feb. 12th
2006. Jimmy was born Sept.
15th, 1936 in Tyus, GA and
resided in the Atlanta area
most of his life where he was
an Electrical Contractor.
He was preceded in
death by his parents, Mr.
Chelsie York and Mrs. Mae'
Blackwelder Langley; his
first wife, Patricia Greenway
Langley, and his youngest
child, Jenny Lynn Langley.
Also preceding him in death
are sisters Clarie and Louise,
and brothers C.Y., E.L., and
He is survived by his wife
Faye Marlow Langley, daugh-
ters and son-in-law. Sherl
and Joe Gove. and Linda
Langley: son and daugh-
ter-in-law, Lt. Col. Jimimmv
Lee La-ngley. Jr. and Gina
Langley. Also surxiving -are
step-sons and daughters.-
in-law. Zach Steed, Noah
and Connie Steed. David and
Lisa Steed: sisters and broth-
ers-in-law. Wilma and Jim
Brewer. Doyl and Lawrence
Pitts, and Marie Langley
Badinger, as well as several
nieces and nephews. Jimmn
w-as the loving grandfather of
Jackie and Jessie Nowetner.
Miles Langley. Cali. Zane.
MNarlow Hank, Julie Anne,
and Jake Steed.
A memorial service was
held Sat.. Feb. 1Sth, at the
Almon Funeral Home Chapel,
54S New-nan St.. Carrollton.
GA. Family and friends were
invited to a celebratory wake
at the home of Zach Steed.
103 Stonewall Dr., Carrollton.

Zion Fair Appreciation services
Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church will be observing
Appreciation services for Pastor, Rev. Robert L. Pierson, on
the fourth Sunday, February 26th, at 4:00 p.m. We extend
an invitation to all to come and support this special occa-
sion with us.
Our Guest Speaker is the Bishop Russell A. Wright,
senior, Pastor of the Providence Full Gospel Methodist
Church of Panama City, along with his congregation.
We are looking forward to a blessed and anointed time
in the Lord, and we would be honored by your presence.
For additional information, please see: Deacon Hubert
Thomas or Sister Edith Thomas.

A Little More Faithfulness

Are you faithful to God in what He says do?
Do you ever listen, or ever have a clue?
God has something for each of us to do.
If you belong to Him, you'd better do it too.
Jonah is a good example of not doing what you're told.
In the belly of a fish 3 days, God sure knows how to
Noah on the other hand did what he was told to do.
If you want a closer walk with God, you'd better do this
He gave us a mind to think with, the Bible to show the
If we don't get a little more faithful, we might be fish
food one day.
Billy Johnson


GA following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the fam-
ily has established the Jimmy
Langley Memorial Fund for
the St. Joseph's Bay Men's
Golf Association. Donations
may be made payable to the.
Jimmy Langley Memorial
Fund, c/o Capital City Bank,
504 Monument Ave., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456

Edith Combs

Edith Morton Combs, .91,
died Tuesday, February 14,
at Seabreeze Health Care in
Panama City.
She was born November
8, 1914, in Canandaigua,
New York. The mid-thirties
saw Edith working a low pay-
ing job in Rochester, where
she scrimped and saved
enough to finance a course in
Cosmetology. In 1936. she
rna-ired Ralph R. Combs. a
carpenter who had traveled
north from Florida to find
work. They remained in New%
York until 1950. when they
removed to Marathon. FL and
Edith opened her first beauty
shop in a small trailer in her
back yard. In 1960. when
Hurricane Donna demolished
her husband's commercial
fishing business, the family
moved to Naples. FL., where
she continued her business.
first from the same little trailer
and then from the back of her
home on Washington Avenue
for more than 3. -,ears. Her
day started at 5-30 am with a
fresh pot of coffee and four or
five fast friends She retired
to Wewahitchka in 1998. and
she became surrogate grand-
mother to the youngsters liv-
ing at the Taunton Family
Children's home. Edith was
a member of The Order of The
Eastern Star.

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311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 a.m. Bible Study all ages 10 a.m.
Morning-Worship 11 a.m. Evening Worship 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Choir Practice 6 p.m.
Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725

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Brent Vickery, Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Michaeil Rogers, Minister to Students
Sunday School ................... 9:45 am
Worship Service ....... ....8:30 & 11:00 am
Disciple Training . 6.00 pm
Evening Worship .. .. 7-00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting .. 6 30 pm
Mon-Fri- Devotion on 105.5 FM 7:49 am ET

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Sunday School .......................... 9:30 a.m .
Sunday Fellowship............... ..... 10:30 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service ....... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ........... 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday Night (Bay St. Joseph) 6:30 p.m.
Thursday Firehouse Fellowship .... 6:00 p.m.
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Fairth Christian School



The Rev. Joseph A. Hagberg, Rector
:00 and 11:00 a.m. I ESTi Sunndav School 9:45
Holy Euchari-t \\ith Healing Tuesdayis at 12 noon
Holy Eucharist tViedesdanii at 5:30 p.m.
Childt Cart Provided for at 11:00
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She was preceded in
death by a young daugh-
ter, Linda, in 1945, her hus-
band, Ralph in 1974 and her.
eldest son, Ralph Roger, Jr.,
in 1994. She is survived by
.her sons, George H. Combs
of Beverly Hills, FL., and Orin
C. Combs of Wewahitchka;
five grandchildren; and two
great- grandchildren.
A memorial service was
held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday,
February 22, at the Honeyville
United Methodist Church.
Refreshments were provided
by the ladies of the church,
immediately following the
All arrangement are under
the direction of Comforter
Funeral Home

Lawton "Buddy"


Lawton "Buddy" Wilkes
67. of Port St. Joe. passed
away Monda'. Februma' 13.
at hus home. He was a native
:,f Thornasville GA.. he had
resided here off and on' for
the past 50 years. He worked
at St. Joe Paper Co. for sev-
eral years and also worked as
a bricklayer. '
Mr. Wilkes is survived by
his wife Betty of Port St. Joe:
his children. Debbie, David.
Michael and Chris; several
grandchildren; and a sister.
Leila NlcCorv of Thomasville,
Nlemorial services were
held at Highland \View Church
of God Wednesday. February
15. with the Rev Tim Bailey
All arrangement are
under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.

(See OBITUARY on Page 9B)

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Sunday Morning Worship 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.

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Sunday 9:30 AM


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Financial Aid Deadline Quickly Approaches

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Artist Wanted Alive. A $10,000 reward will be presented
to the First Place National Winner. Grades 9-12 students are
eligible for the Patriotic Art Contest. Entry Deadline is March
29. Sponsored by: The Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of
Foreign Wars Post 10069. Contact: Polly Searle by March 15,
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Mississippi State University

President's Scholar

Benjamin W. Carlisle of Wewahitchka was named as a
President's Scholar for the 2005 fall semester at Mississippi
State University.
Students on the President's List achieved a 3.80 or better
grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale, while completing
at least 12 semester hours of course work with no incomplete
grades or lower than a C.

Equine Coggins Clinic

On Saturday, March 4, The Gulf County Cooperative
Extension Service will sponsor an Equine Coggins Clinic for
Equine owners in Howard Creek, White City and Port St. Joe
area. Dr. Che Trejo will be the visiting veterinarian. If you
need a Coggins done on your horses) please contact the Gulf
County Cooperative Extension Service @ 229-2909 or 639-
3200 and sign-up

Currently for adoption at the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society are Homer, (Pictured). Blk/wht medium sized mix.. Meg,
Black/white pup about 5 months. Patches & Buster, Amos &
Andy, seven-month-old kitties;. Mandy, beautiful Calico cat 7-
8 months old.

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The deadline for Florida
students to apply for financial
aid at many colleges and
universities is March 1.
The Florida Department of
Education's official student
advising website www.
FACTS.org http://www.facts.
org/> simplifies the financial
aid application process by
providing information and
resources to help students
apply in time.
"There is funding available
to help students achieve their
higher education goals and
we must make certain they
know what is available," said
Education Commissioner
John L. Winn. "The FACTS.
org website not only helps
students find important
financial aid information but
also helps them plan step-by-
step for their future."
Most students in Florida
receive some kind of financial
assistance. Students should
first apply for federal financial
aid by completing the Free
Application for Federal Student
Aid (FAFSA). Students
applying for state aid should
complete the Florida Financial
Aid Application (FFAA). Both
of these forms can be found
through the FACTS.org
Financial aid for Florida
students is available in both
merit-based and need-based
forms, including scholarships,
grants, work-study programs
and student loans. Merit-
based financial aid includes
the Florida Lottery-funded
Bright Futures Scholarships.
Lastyear (2004-2005) 130,597
students received Bright
Futures scholarships:
27,472 students
received the Florida Academic
Scholars Award (pays 100
percent of tuition and fees,
plus $300 per semester for
college-related expenses)
100,510 students
received the Florida Medallion
Scholars Award (pays 75
percent of tuition and fees)
2,615 students
received the Florida Gold Seal
Vocational Scholars Award
(pays 75 percent of tuition and

assistance grant, the William
L. Boyd, IV Florida Resident
Access Grant (FRAG), last year
awarded an average amount of
$2,049 to $35,502 students.
For comprehensive
information about available
financial aid, students and
their parents should visit www.
FACTS.org orgL>. Links are provided to
federal, state and institutional
financial aid websites, as well
as to College Goal Sunday, an
event being held February 19,
in locations throughout Florida
to help high school students

and their parents apply for
federal student aid.
To learn more about
financial aid, including
valuable, money-saving
recommendations on the
"Facts and Fictions about
College Costs" page, students
and their parents should visit
www.FACTS.org facts.org/> The FACTS.
org Help Desk is available for
technical assistance on the site
via the "Contact FACTS Help
Desk" link at the bottom of
each page or by calling (813)

The deadline for applying
for state-funded financial aid
programs, including Bright
Futures via the FFAA, is near.
Students who do not apply for
Bright Futures Scholarships
during their last year in
high school forfeit all future
eligibility for this substantial
financial assistance.
Florida's largest need-
based program is the Florida
Student Assistance Grant
(FSAG), which was awarded
to 94,810 students during the
2004-2005 year. Other needle
based aid is available through
the Florida Work Experience
Program, the Rosewood Family
Scholarship Program, the Jos6
Marti Scholarship Challenge
Grant Fund, the Mary McLeod
Bethune Scholarship Program,
the Florida Education Fund
and the Florida Prepaid College
Six additional special
interest programs are available
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criminal mischief.
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Do the Asbury Park police
have any idea how hard it
is to get dining-room decor
right? Instead of a fine they
should provide the man with
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people, including me, could
use his help.
With bowling alley-like
spaces and a table so big that
we have to pass the gravy to
Granny out in the hall, the
dining room in many, if not
most, homes is an uninviting
place where dust collects.

So, what are the secrets
to creating a dining room
that is functional and allur-
"Measure twice, buy once,
and have a plan," said interi-
or designer Mary Ann Begg.
Attractive and usable din-
ing-room decor succeeds or
fails based on a plan, said
the expert with Edison de'Sa
& Associates in Costa Mesa,
Calif. If there is ever a room
that we should thoroughly
think through before we pick
out paint, the confined space
of a dining room is it.
"Designing a dining room
is like dressing a man," Begg
said. "The foundation gar-
ments. come first, then the
shirt, then the suit, then the
accessories like cuff links.
If you put the tie on first, it
won't work."
Similarly, choosing a
chandelier on impulse before
you decide on dining-room
furniture won't work; either.
You may be familiar with
basic design principles such
as echoing furniture styles,
carrying through your theme,
and repeating the colors
from adjacent rooms. These
are principles that apply to
any room in your home. But
what the amateur frequently
fails at is the critical order
in which design steps should
occur. Keep this sequence in
mind as you plan your din-
ing-room decor:

Make a room plan. This
can't be stressed enough.
Furniture always looks
smaller in the store than it
actually is.
"Buying too big is a fre-
quent mistake that do-it-
yourself decorators make,"
Begg said. "They don't take
into account the large size of
furniture showrooms. So the
furniture always 'gets big-
ger' when you bring it home.
A sophisticated shopper
will know exactly what their
room size is and shop with a
measuring tape."
Measure each wall in your
room. Use graph paper and
a pencil to record each wall.
length. Measure the ceiling
height. Measure the windows
and doors, and make sure
they are also recorded on
your plan.


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While you are consider-
ing your blank slate, ask
yourself if the room could
use an architectural boost in
the form of crown and base
moldings, new door and win-
dow casings, or a medallion
to dress up the ceiling.
Identify a focal point. This
could be a fireplace, a large
china cabinet, built-ins, a
window with a view, or an
oversized art piece. You will
want to orient your room
design to take advantage of
your focal point.
If a view is your focal
point, make sure it is worth
looking at. Very often build-
ers design the dining room
to look out on a narrow'
side yard. Think outside
your room. If there is little
in the way of a view, install
an attractive outdoor wall
fountain. Outdoor art can
similarly make a plain view

Once your -room is
sketched on paper, with win-
dows and doors accounted
for, decide what size furni-
ture will reasonably fit.
"Don't overcrowd the
room," said Begg. "You need
to allow at least three to
four feet around the back of
an occupied chair for traffic
If that means buying
smaller than you had hoped,
consider that when the din-
ing room functions comfort-
ably you are more likely to
use it.
"Keep in mind that there
are no standards for dining-
room furniture," Begg said.
"Tables come in every width
and length you can imagine.
The same applies for side-
boards and china hutches.
Make sure each piece fits
before you make an expen-
sive purchase."

For a well-planned look,
consider the style of adja-
cent rooms and think about
carrying those colors and
themes through," said Begg.
"But don't go too trendy. You
may tire of your furniture
before you wear it out."
Begg said that period
pieces from the 18th century
never go out of style. French,
formal and country are also
looks that never date.
"Consider some spar-
kle," said Begg. "This is a
room that you can play with.
Mirrors or a wall of mirror
can make a small or dull
dining room really pop."

Big-ticket items that are
not easily replaced should
be purchased first. Cheap

and changeable items should
be considered last. In gen-
eral, shop from the floor up.
Decide on these items in this
Choose floors
Then furniture
Then area rugs
Then fabric for window
and chair coverings
Then artwork
Then lighting (see chan-
delier tips below)
Then paint
And finally, accessories
A chandelier is less about
lighting the room than it is
about adding style. Choose
a chandelier that is appro-
priate for the style of your
Plan to install task and
accent lighting to illuminate
important areas such as a
To determine the ight-
sized chandelier, you, will
need to find the average size
of your walls and milltiply
by two.
,For example, if your din-
ing room is 13 by 15, feet,
the average size of yourwralls
is 14 feet. Multiply 14 by 2
to arrive at 28. Your future
should be approximately 28
inches in diameter.
For an 8-foot ceiling, hang
your chandelier 30 inches
above the table.,
For taller ceilings aid
grander rooms, 34 to 36
inches above the table is
For long banquet-style ?pr
farm tables, two small chaf,-
deliers are better than oie
large one.

Area rugs should be four
feet longer and wider than
your table for enough room
to pull out chairs.
A room-size rug! should
have a margin of 12 to 18
inches around the room.

It is one thing to squeeze
a dining table and chairs into
the room, and quite another
to comfortably seat people
there. Before you decide on
a dining set remember: The
needed space to actually get
into a chair is two to three
feet in clearance.
Table height is standard
at 29 inches. Length and
width are all over the map.
Also check your table for
aprons. Large people may
not be able to comfortably
pull up to a table if the apron
is too low.
Check the legs. You can
get more chairs around a
pedestal table than a table
with many legs.
Think about using a
glass-top table to open up a
small room.


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Agents at Boardwalk Realty Earn

Top Honors for 2005 Once again-

and ability to put successful
buyers and sellers together
year after year.
Bobbie Edwards, who
was honored with an award
last year, earned a Bronze
Award ($1 $3 Million) for
Sales Volume for her stellar
performance in 2005.
Chris Petrie, who
received the Bronze Award for
2004, showed great improve-
ment over the >year and
earned the Silver Award ($3
- $5 Million) for Sales Volume
for 2005.
Dee Mitchell, an award
winning agent for the last 2
years, also earned the Silver
Award ($3 $5 Million) for S
ales Volume this year.
Libia Taylor and Eli
Duarte were awarded the
Number One-Team in Gulf

[Natur.t il Re ,HtI['-L'2. c
officials coundLiCt cn-
trolled burns peri-
odically throughout the
year for environmental and
safety reasons on Tyndall.
Approximately 9,000 acres
are burnt each year of the
bases 29,000 acres of respon-
sibility. These controlled
fires reduce the likelihood of
wildfires and help to promote
regeneration of low-lying
plants and brush that require
regularly-scheduled burns in
order to grow. For additional
information about the con-
trolled burn program on base,
call the Natural Resources
office at (850) 283-2822.
Pharmacy closed starting
March 6
The Tyndall Satellite Refill

County as Top Producing
Team in Sales Volume ($31.7
Million) and Most Number of
Transactions Closed.
It is through an unpar-
alleled commitment to excel-
lence, ethical behavior and
customer satisfaction that
this team performs every year.
Eli and Libia have earned the
coveted honor as the No.1
Team in Gulf County for
Most Number of Transactions
Closed and Highest Sales
Volume for 2002, 2003, 2004
and 2005.
Libia Taylor, The Broker
of Boardwalk Realty states, "I
am honored to work with such
excellent individuals who are
truly winners at heart, their
consistent performance says
it all"

will be temporarily closed for
approximately three months
beginning March 6 for ren-
ovation. During this time
refill pharmacy services will
be provided at the Tyndall
Clinic's "Information Desk"
located on the first floor of
Bldg. 1465 in the glassatrium
near the front door. Refill
:pick-up times are 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through Friday
and closed on weekends and
holidays. Please submit refill
requests for your prescrip-
tions by calling 283-2778 ext
22 or 1-800-356-5273.

The Realtors Association
of Franklin and Southern Gulf
Counties celebrated its best
during the Annual Realtors
Award Banquet for the year
2005 at the Armory Building
on January 27, 2005. The
Multiple Listing Service sta-
tistics are used to measure
the success of 'Brokers and
Realtors by tabulating the
number of transactions and
dollar volume closed for the
Boardwalk Realty earned
several distinctions for pro-
duction in Gulf County for
2005. Each agent on the
Boardwalk Sales Team for
2005 was honored with an
award from the Association
this year. This team of agents
distinguished themselves for,
above all, their client-care

Wing Swing
Come out for a Hangar
party, Wing Swing, Feb. 25
from 5 to 11 p.m. The evening
includes dinner and dancing
to Big Band music in 1940s
attire (business casual). DoD
cardholders call (850) 283-
4357 for tickets.
Air Show
Tyndall Air Force Base
officials will host "Thunder
Under the Gulf," the Gulf
Coast Salute 2006 Air Show
and Open House, April 22
and 23. This year's event
will be highlighted by the
United States Air Force
Thunderbirds, an aerial dem-
onstration team of F-16Cs,
Fighting Falcons. To see how
this year's Gulf Coast Salute
is shaping up, check out the
Web site at http://tyn-
dall.schultzairshows.com/ or
e-mail pacontacts(Stvndall.
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Dorothy Ward

Who can find a virtuous
woman? For her worth is far
above rubies. On February
7, 2006, our loving mother,
Dorothy Ward, went home
to be with our LORD. She
was preceded in death by
her husband and our father,
Harley Gifford Ward, of Port
St Joe. She is survived by her
children, James "Buddy" and
Anita Ward of Port St Joe,
Charles "Sonny" and Mable
Ward of Wewahitchka and
Stanley and Virginia Sanders
of Port St Joe.
She was born April 17,
1922. Her parents. were the
late John Willis and Zella
Mizell of Vinegar Bend,
Alabama. One living brother,
Doug Mizell also of Vinegar
Grandchildren include,
Harley Ward of Wewahitchka
and Sandy Price of Port St
Joe. Michael Ward, Tricia
Hjort and Chris Ward all of
Wewahitchka. Kayla Williams
of Atlanta, GA, Tiffany Fogle
of Panama City and Alicia
Knox of Port St Joe.
Numerous great- grand
children are, Courtney and
Hayley Ward of Port St Joe
Beach. Austin and Andrew
Burke of Port St Joe. Courtney

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N. and Danielle Ward,
Annabella and Luke Hjort,
Kaylee Goodson, Hannah
and Christian Ward all of
Wewahitchka and Tanner
Christian Fogle of Panama
Dorothy was known to
many in Port St Joe as one of
the owners of Ward Fisheries.
She will be greatly missed by
her family and friends.
The family received
friends at Comforter Funeral
Home, Thursday, February
9th, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
She was laid to rest at
Holly Hill Cemetery, February
10th @ 11:00 EST. Grave side
services will be conducted by
Bro. Dave Fernandez.
All services were under
the direction of Comforter
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Office: 850-227-1501

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Indian Pass, Mexico Beach & Surrounding Areas.
Tom Todd, Broker/Owner
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3br/3b home on the 8th tee at St. Joe Bay C.C. Approx1850 sq. ft. Lovely country
setting yet close to town. Large lot(.98ac). $525,000. MLS # 109885. Eve. Perry
McFarland, Realtor Assoc. 229-6153.

Bay Front. Room for two homesites in "X-Zone". Good water view. Approx. 1.18
oc. MLS# 104662. $1,150m. Tom Graney, Realtor Assoc. 647-3736.

5br/3ba Executive style gulf view home. Approx 3,000 sq. ft. Price includes 22'
power boat, motor and trailer. $899,000. MLS# 107025. Eves. Tom Graney,
Realtor Assoc. 647-3736.

208 4th St., Mexico Beach. Nice cottage on 75'x 112' lot. Located in 3rd block from dedi-
cated public beach. Corner lot also for sale. Perry McFarland, Realtor Associate, 229-6153.
MLS# 108525. $299,500.

New 3/3 home. Great view of the gulf. Also view of the boy. Deeded access to the
beach. Flood zone "X". Large (1/2 ac.) high ana dry lot. Ask for TomnTodd or any
agent. MLS#107862. $737,500

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116 S. 36th St. Mexico Bch. Superior viqwl Beautiful beach. Near Pier. Possible DU-
PLEX potential. Tom Graney, Realtor Associate, 647-3736 MLS # 103569.

9141 Cockles Dr. (2 avl.) St. Joe Beach
Tom Graney, Realtor Associate
220 Whiting St. Highland View
Tom Todd, Realtor
4023 Cape San Bias Rd. (2avl.) 1.18Acres
Tom Graney, Realtor Associate
8080 Cape San Bias Rd. Commercial
Tom Graney, Realtor Assoc.
130 Cottage Lane First tier Indian
Tom Todd, Realtor

$225,000 ea.
$1,150,000 ea.

Pass S 569,000

Beautiful triple wide, 3/2 MH with.deck on front. Only 4 miles from beach. Land area is
2.61ac. w/50'x75' fish pond. Has two storage sheds, one with garage. Fenced back yard.
MLS#1 04116. $350,000.
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1st. tier lot. Excellent view. FEMA Ins. Deeded access to beach. 1/2 ac. m/L. Great
neighborhood. MLS # 108679. $650,000.
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Charming old Florida home. This 3/2 home is like new Inside. Fireplace w/
gas logs. Inground pool w/cover. Sprinkler system. Workshop and hobby
room. Completely rewired. MLS# 110216. $259,000. Perry McFarland,
Realtor Assc. 850-229-6153
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3/3.5 ba Excellent condition. Grooeat view of gulf. New fridg, AC, and ext. point.
Port. Purn. Seller Motivated $495,000. MLS# 107798. Tom Graney, Realtor


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It's popular gardenspeak
these days to refer to gardens
as 'outdoor rooms'. Trees, or
the absence of trees, make
the 'ceiling', shrubbery forms
the 'walls', and groundcovers
create the 'floor'. Add a sim-
ple stump to sit on, or a nice
bench, or a very cool outdoor
living room suite, and you've
got yourself a comfortable
garden room.
Finding something to sit
on is easy, creating the envi-
ronment you want to sit in
is not. It takes work, and
it takes maintenance to cre-

ate a comfortable, interesting
outdoor spot. Big trees are a
must, to me. Until a garden
has at least one big tree in
it to cool the air underneath
and offer a place for the birds
to rest, it isn't there yet. All
along the forgotten coast, we
have pine trees in abundance,
some of which are thin and
spindly from being grown as
a row crop. Leaving a cluster
of pines, even thin ones, in
one corner of a brand new
yard would be a head start
towards growing a 'ceiling' for
a garden room. Pines provide

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a nice carpet of needles, and
a nice setting to develop by
adding some groundcover to
the picture.
Groundcover plants
spread to provide complete
coverage over an area of
ground. They can intermin-
gle and create a look that
is either completely com-
plimentary and interesting,
or messy. Asiatic jasmine
running out of the bed into
the grass, for instance, looks
messy. Different species of
sedums intermingling, on the
other hand, is interesting.
Whatever you plant,
make sure to use enough,
and be diligent about keep-
ing the weeds out until the
groundcover has taken over
the area. This is crucial to
how the bed, your 'floor' of
the outdoor room, will look in
the future. The more plants
you use within a given space,
the more quickly the area
will be covered, and the less

chance weeds will have to
take over. Trying to save
money by spacing the plants
more widely will give disap-
pointing results. If you're
on a budget, buy what you
can afford and space them
closely. You can always add
more later to expand the bed.
I've had good luck with plant-
ing the smallest sized plants
I can get, thereby the least
expensive, and using lots of
them. Just how close to
space the plants depends on
how big they are when you
buy them, and how fast they
grow. Three inches is recom-
mended for some groundcov-
ers, and up to eight inches
for others.
Choose a groundcov-
er that will compliment the
space. Try to cover a septic
mound with a slow growing,
tiny-leafed groundcover, and
see how long that takes! We
can tire of weeding long before
the ground is sufficiently cov-
ered... better to use a faster
growing, larger leaf plant for
a large area, and save the
tiny leaves for smaller, more
intimate areas, like a corner

of your garden room. The
majority of plants classified
as ground covers, at least in
this part of the world, need
at least a little shade to look
their best. Many are both
salt tolerant and xeric, saving
both water and money over a
grass lawn. In fact, though
groundcover costs more than
grass initially, the savings
on maintenance and water
needs over the long run make
its use financially conserva-
tive. Plus, the groundcover
keeps soil from eroding away,
thus making it environmen-
tally conservative, too. How
cool is that?
If you are planning a
groundcover 'floor' for your
garden room, do yourself a
favor and add a generous
amount of organic matter to
the entire area. Well-rot-
ted mushroom compost is
easy to come by around here,
and it can be a godsend to

this poor, sandy soil. A lot
of people have told me they
never had a weed problem
until they used mushroom
compost, but I've used tons
of it straight from the source

without a problem. If you
buy compost that's been sit-
ting around on a weedy lot,
make sure the weeds don't
get scooped up with the com-
post. And please, do yourself
one more favor by making
sure the area to be plant-
ed is completely weed free
before you start. Mulch your
new plants really well with a
material that will break down
into the soil quickly and con-
tinue feeding the plants. Pine
straw is my favorite. Add
more mulch as needed to
keep the soil covered until
the plants take over.
A well established
groundcover adds charac-
ter, color, and sometimes
even fragrance to an outdoor
space. It also offers a sense
of restfulness that so often
evades us in this busy world
of ours. Add that element
to your outdoor room this
spring, and enjoy it for years
to come.
Questions? Comments?
Opinions? Email me at

DAR Essay Contest Winners Announced

The American his-
tory essay contest, open
to fifth eighth. graders in
Gulf and Franklin Counties,
had as its topic this year,
"Benjamin Franklin- More
Than a Revolutionary." The
fifth grade paper must be
300 to 600 words in length,
while the six through eighth
grades must produce six
hundred to one thousand
words. Participants in the
Christopher Columbus essay
contest, open to grades 9 -
12, had as their topic, "The
Santa Maria to the New World
and the Apollo Mission to the
Moon: Christopher Columbus
and the Astronauts."
Because there are
rewards in this discipline,
while special commendation
goes to the first place winners,
each participant is surely a
winner also. Each partici-
pant will receive a certificate
which may be presented in
the schools on honors day.





The first place winners of
the American history contest
will also receive a beautiful
It is the desire of the
DAR to install in students
and our countrymen a love
and respect for this country
with our God-given freedoms.
It is our hope and prayers
that these young people will
gain wisdom, strength of pur-
pose, and vision from those
whom they encounter in their
research, and that this exer-

cise will help to make them
better, more enlightened per-
sons, and therefore, better
The DAR is please to
announce the winners for
this year's American History
Contest. Fifth grade win-
ners" were Abagail Davis
FCS (1st. Place), Mary Caitlin
Bouington FCS (2nd. Place),
and Justin Cothran FCS (3rd.
Sixth grade winners
were Tiffany Burch FCS (1st.

DAR essay contest first place winners: (front row) Abigail
Davis (fifth grade), Tiffany Burch (sixth), Andrew Bidwell (seventh),
Timothy Caswell (eighth), (back row, right) Zachary Taylor (tenth).
Proud parents are: (second row) Michelle and Homer Davis (with
son David); Debbie and Rusty Burch, Rhonda and Buddy Caswell,
and Bill Taylor.

place), Dylan Dunaway FCS
(2nd. Place), and Erin Kennedy
FCS (3rd. place).
Seventh Grade winners
were Andrew Bidwell WMS
(1st. Place), Brian Pitts FCS
(2nd. Place), and Jacob Taylor
WMS (3rd. place).
Eighth grade winners
Timothy Caswell FCS (1st.
place), Dillin McGhee FCS
(2nd. Place) and Zachary
Smith WMS (3rd. place).
The winner of the
Christopher Columbus
Contest, open to grades nine
through twelve, was Zachary
Taylor of FCS. C.J. Miller
and Jessica Sarmiento, also
of FCS, took second and third
places respectively.
The first place winners
were treated to dinner at the
Sunset Coastal Grill before
presenting their winning
papers at the DAR meet-
ing. Their guest were for
Abigail, her parents Homer
and Michelle Davis, grand-
father Robert Childers, and
Bryan and Lori Childers; for
Tiffany, her parents Rusty
.and Debbie Burch and grand-
mother Mrs. Verna Burch;
for Andrew his mother, April
Bidwell and grandparents
Davis and Betty Bidwell; for
Timothy, his parents Buddy
and Rhonda Caswell; and for
Zachary, his parents Bill and
Beth Taylor and his principal,
Lori Beightol.
Each winner received '"a
copy of the Bill of Rights
along with an essay on George
Mason and the Bill of Rights.


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Boyd Holds District Healthcare Council Meeting

Congressman Allen
Boyd hosted a meeting with
the District Healthcare
Council to discuss local
healthcare issues and
concerns. The District
Healthcare council is com-
prised of 24 representatives

from 16 counties across
North Florida.
"Access to quality,
affordable healthcare is a
critical part of American
life," said Congressman
Boyd. "Although much
more needs to be done in

Washington, there is more
that we can do at home
as well. With representa-
tives from each county in
Florida's 2nd Congressional
District, it is my hope that
we can pool our resourc-
es and develop common

healthcare initiatives to
improve the overall qual-
ity of healthcare in North
Congressman Boyd
formed the District
Healthcare Council last year
to tackle healthcare issues

Boyd Announces Telecom Priorities To Help Rural America

locally. Each county was
given the task of choosing
a representative to serve
on the District Healthcare
Council. Representing
Gulf County are County
Commissioner Bill Williams
and Health Administrator
Jim McKnight.
"The District Healthcare
Council assembles people

from all different profes-
sions and points of view so
that the discussions and
solutions will be compre-
hensive and representa-
tive of our unique district,"
Boyd stated. "By bringing
the district together, we can
better serve the healthcare
needs of North Floridians."

Congressman Allen
Boyd (D-North Florida),
Co-Chairman of the
Congressional Rural Caucus
(CRC), today joined his col-
leagues in the CRC to unveil
the telecommunications pri-
orities for 2006. As Congress
prepares to reauthorize the
1996 Telecommunications
Act, the CRC will work to
ensure that all Americans,
regardless of where they
live, have access to afford-
able and reliable communi-
cations services.
"Rural America cannot
be left behind when it comes
-to national policy; deci-
sions," said Congressman

- Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently recog-
nized the retirement of one
of its employees, Raymond
McCart, at a reception
held in his honor at the
Cooperative's district office
,in Southport.
McCart was an employ-
ee of the Cooperative for 31
% years.
He worked as the
'-Warehouseman for one year,
'as a Line Technician for four
years, as a Serviceman for 2
years anid as Supervisor of
Service for four years.

Boyd. "As we re-examine
the Telecommunications Act
this year, we must encom-
pass the needs of all types
of communities so that all
Americans can have access
to advanced broadband ser-
vices at affordable rates."
Additionally, the CRC
will host a series of Member
briefings to promote fair and
affordable access to telecom-
munications services across
the country.
The legislative principles
that will guide the CRC's
telecommunications work
this year are:
Strengthening the
Universal Service Fund

McCart says that he is
looking forward to hunt-
ing, fishing, hobby farming,
renewing old friendships
and learning all about retire-
ment from the experts: his
sisters, Louise, Pearl and
Ola, and his brothers-in-
law, Gary, Pete and Jack.
Also, most importantly,
he is looking forward to lots
of play days with his grand-
daughter, Allison.
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part. of
the Touchstone Energy.,
national alliance of local,

(USF) to improve access to
telephone services and other
resources in rural areas
Improving intercar-
rier compensation to help
utilize more networks
Enhancing network
access and interconnection
Expanding access
to advanced broadband in
rural areas-essential for
rural America to remain
"We must have fair pric--
es for high-speed Internet,
not only to retain and attract
good jobs in rural America,
but also to improve the
overall quality of our lives,"
Boyd stated. "The small

consumer-owned electric
cooperatives providing high
standards of service to cus-
tomers large and small.
GCEC serves approxi-
mately 20,000 consum-
ers' in 'Bay, Calhoun, Gulf,
Jackson, Walton and
Washington counties.
It also servic-
es the municipalities of
Wewahitchka, Ebro, White
City, Fountain, Lynn Haven
and Southport.


telecommunications provid-
ers in our rural districts
represent the sense of com-
munity and entrepreneurial
spirit that made America
great, and'I will work with
the CRC and Congress to
ensure that these compa-
nies have a voice in devel-
oping communications laws
for the 21st century."
The CRC is a bipartisan
collection of more than 140
members ofs the House of
Representatives committed
to strengthening and revi-
talizing rural communities
across America.

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Interior 109967 $425,000
Great 3/2 home with pool. Minutes from the
beach. Ceramic tile throughout.
Interior 107367 $695,000
Pre-Construction townhome. 2300 sq. ft. with
private pool.

Gulf View 110191 $470,000
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No one expects you to be able
to appraise a home. It's a
professional's responsibility
to provide an independent es-
timate of either your home's
value, or the value of a home
you are interested in purchas-
While the bank uses the ap-
praisal to guarantee your
home's tangible value against
the mortgage, such documen-
tation also ensures that you're
not overpaying for your dream
There are a few things to keep
in mind, however, to make the
best use of the cost of a profes-
sional appraisal. While your
lender usually selects the ap-
praiser, be aware that federal
law guarantees you a copy of
the report, and you should in-
sist on it. Show some savvy
and request that your lender

Barefoot Properties
choose a professional with an
MAI or SRA designation from
the Appraisal Institute. This
proves at least 200 hours of
training and two years of prac-
tical experience.
When selling your home, you'll
make a big impression if you
can whip out receipts for sep-
tic or roof repairs, or work on
your heat and air conditioning.
This proves your responsibility
and pride-of-ownership, add-
ing real and perceived value to
your home.
If you're suspicious of an ap-
praisal, ask a. realty profes-
sional to provide a Compara-
tive Market Analysis based on
the most recent closings in
your area. Sometimes another
opinion is all you need to put
your mind at ease.

Thinking of selling? Call for
a free consultation. Wayne
Rowlett of Barefoot Properties,
1085 Cape San Blas Road,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456. (850)
227-8492 wr@gtcom.net
www. Captwayne.net

Bay View 109768 5439,900
Ideal location in the cove,- children walk to
school, walk to St. Andrew's Bay, and bike or
walk to the marina;

Lake Front 109789 $389,900
This beautiful secluded 2/2 home sits on 1.71
acres on a part of the Dead Lakes with work
shed and green house.
Waterfront 109735 $219,000
Pre-Constructionl 3/2 cottage with wrap
around porch. Stroll down the walkway and
relax at the Gazebo or go fishing.

Waterfront 109736 $209,000
Pre-ConstructionI 3/3 cottage with screen
porch. Stroll down the walkway and relou or
the Gazebo or go fishing.
Interior 110172 $229,000
Pre-Constructioni 3/2 cottage with wrap
around porch. 9' ceilings create an open at-
mosphere in the living/kitchen'combination.
Interior 110174 $239,000
Two story cottage with porches. Pre-Construc-
.tion 3/2.

i cirge half acre let in Highland View.

Interior 107549 $95,000
Great lot to build a spec home Only minutes to
the county boat ramp.
Interior 107610 $225,000
Enjoy peace and quiet and most of.all privacy on
the 1 acre plus lot!

Interior 107658 $100,000
Great lot in growing community of Carrabelle.
Canal Front 107555 $3,500,000
Holton Island is located at the mouth of the
Carrabelle River.

Ihterlio 107588 $124,900
Fantastic building lot! Peaceful and quiet environ-
ment with new homes being constructed.

Interior 109959 $160,000
Great lot for homesite. Only 5mi from the beach
and minutes away from the intercoastal.

Interior 107595 $150,000
Nice corner lot with new construction all around. Interior 110217 $300,000
Short drive to area beaches. Nice half acre lot located in Highland View.

Interior 107606 $189,000
Beautiful lot in upscale subdivision near the
Reserve at Magnolia Ridge and Magnolia Bay.

Interior 110215 $150,000
Vacant lot on Cobia in Highland View.

Interior 110218 $200,000
1/3 acre lot located in Highland View.
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"Bay Front 109980 $799,900
100ft bay front lot on Cape San Bias. This 1.14
acre lot is in an ideal location with big open
water views, dock, septic and a driveway lined
with palm trees.

Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative

Honors Raymond McCart

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After reviewing the calculations for

MLS production totals in 2005, the

REALTORS Association of Frank-

lin & Southern Gulf Counties became

aware that a clerical error was made

by the'Association office in tabulating

the results for Gulf County, Top Pro-


The ad that was placed in last week's

paper by Beach Realty was correct

based on the information that was

provided to them by the Association

office and absolutely no blame can be

placed on either the Brokerage Firm,

or the REALTOR. Beach Realty and

Clint Eason did an outstanding job in

2005 and there was only one sale that

made the difference in the outcome.

The Top Producing REALTOR

in Gulf County, for 2005, is Preston

Russ, Broker/Owner of Coastal Re-

alty Group.


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OCTOBER 25, 2005

Upon discussion by Planner
" Richardson and there being no
, public comment, Commissioner
, Traylor motioned to approve the
preliminary plat of Windmark
Beach Town Center, Phase I
subdivision for St. Joe Resorts
(St. Joe Company) in S21, T7S,
R11W, subject to all Federal,
State and Local development
regulations. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler, County
Attorney McFarland read a pro-
posed resolution (by title) ap-
Sproving application of a Small
Cities C.D.B.G. for road im-
provements for Shwinco Indus-
tries at Buckhorn Industrial
Park. Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Traylor, second by Com-
missioner Williams, and unani-
mous vote, the Board adopted
the following resolution.
WHEREAS, Gulf County de-
sires to submit an application to
the Florida Department of Com-
Smunity Affairs for a Small Cities
SCommunity Development Block
Grant to benefit persons of low
and moderate income;
IT RESOLVED by the County
Commission of Gulf County, as
1. That Gulf' County
hereby authorizes the filing of
an application for an Economic
Development Community Devel-
opment Block Grant; and
2. That the Chairman
of the'Board of County Commis-
sion of Gulf County is hereby
authorized to execute all docu-
Sments required in connection
with the filing of said application
to be submitted after October
' 25,2005.
PASSED this 25th day of Octo-
ber, 2005.
County Attorney McFarland
then discussed a proposed reso-
lution regarding Gulf County's
_, Community Development Plan

Long-term and short-term ob-
jectives. Upon motion by Com-
missioner Williams, second
by Commissioner Barnes, and
unanimous vote, the Board ad-
opted the following resolution.
Gulf County is located in
the panhandle of Florida. Based
on the 2000 U. S. Census, the
County population is 13,332.
Of the 13,332 residents, 1,988
(or 14.91%) are below the pov-
erty level.
1. To improve the
physical environment of the
community to make it more
functional, safe and efficient,
and to preserve the integrity of
the neighborhood.
2. To promote the
public interest.
3. To inject long-range
considerations into the determi-
nation of short-range decisions.
4. To bring profes-
sional and technical knowledge
to bear on issues concerning
social, economical or physical
5. To facilitate effec-
tive cooperation and coordina-
tion between all concerned with
community development.
6. To identify all avail-
able resources for major oppor-
tunities and to improve the way
of life for all in the community.
1. To apply for Com-
munity Development Block
Grant funds in the Economic
Development category to con-
struct street improvements
in support of a new business
(Shwinco Industries).
2. To explore other
possible resources for the pur-
pose of improving the way of life
for all citizens, especially those
who live in deteriorated housing
and neighborhoods.
PASSED this 25this 25th day of Octo-
ber, 2005.

Chief Administrator Butler
reported on the meeting he at-
tended with Solid Waste Direc-
tor Danford and a representa-
tive of the Florida Department
of Agriculture regarding the
Mosquito Control Director po-
sition. He stated that the only
qualified applicant (from Califor-
nia) declined the position today,
and the County could lose the
Mosquito Control program for a
1-year period if this position is
not filled soon. Upon his recom-
mendation, Commissioner Tray-
lor motioned to continue talking
applications for the Mosquito
Control Director position, and to



TO: Ludmilla Frajdlova and
+' John Doe
Defendant, Ludmilla
Frajdlova 'whose last known
residence was Slovalkia and
Defendant, John Doe whose
residence is ;unknown if he/
1 h- 'rh. be u-l; n aid if he
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r* L,-rei b i Or, .r.,gr, :,r un.der ,:-r
a;,J~ it.'. L -r,.lfri t;iia h.',. ajOi
known to be dead or alive, and
all parties having or claiming
to have any right, title or inter-
' est in the property described
an action for Quiet Title, has
been filed against you regarding
the property located at 280 N.
Canal Drive, Overstreet, Gulf
County, Florida, and more fully
described as follows:
S Parcel 1: Commerce
at the SW corner of Sec. 32,
T5S, R11W, and extend a line
Northerly along W line of said
Sec. 32 for 480 ft; .then turn
90degrees00' right for 285.5 ft.
to POB. From this POB con-
tinue the line last described
above for 202.5 ft. to the mean
high water line of a bayou; then
turn 57 degrees 48' right along
said mean high water line for
50.0ft then turn 108 degrees
30' right for 182.4 ft; then turn
72 degrees 28' right for 100.0 ft
to the POB. This parcel of land
has an area of 0.3 areas more
or less. It is in the SW ',.of SW
A % of Sect. 32, T5S, R11W at
Overstreet, Gulf County, Fla.
S Parcel 2: Commerce at the
SW corner of Sec. 32 for 480.0
ft; : then turn 90 degrees 00
right for 285.5 ft; then turn
58degrees 46' right for 100.00
ft to POB. From this POB turn.
72 degrees 28' left from the line
last described above for 182.4 ft
to the mean high water line of
a bayou; then turn 50 degrees
36' right along said mean high
water line for 50.0 ft; then turn
112 degrees 17' right for 194.8
ft; then turn 90 degrees 48' right
for 100.0'ft to the POB. This
parcel of land has an area of
0.3 acres, more or less. It is the
SW V bf SW 'A of Sec. 32, T5S,
R1 1W, Overstreet, Gulf County,
You are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses,
if any, to this action on Mel
Magidson, Jr., Petitioner's attor-
ney, whose address is 528 Sixth
Street, P. 0. Box 340, Port St.
Joe FL' 32457, on or before
March 30, 206, and file the orig-
inal with the Clerk of this Court
at Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456, either
before service on Petitioner's
attorney or immediately there-
after; otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief
demanded in the complaint.
Dated this 15a. Day of
February, 2006.
BY: B.A. Baxter -
Deputy Clerk'
Publish: Run 2/23, 3/2, 3/9,
3j 16

The Variance ard c .: r.: Board
for the City :f P:-rr ;r Joe
will meet Thursday, February
23, 2006, at 5:00 p.m. in the
'r.:m-r.i oir, Chramber at City.
H'i ,.: .:.:: the following
request for a variance:
A Twelve foot (12')
encroachment into the
Southwesterly side setback
line and a seven foot (7')
encroachment into the rear
setback for a utility build-
ing and boat shed to ;be
located on a portion of Lot
20, Block 118, located at
2002 Monument Avenue.
needing special accommoda-
tions to participate in this pro-
ceedings should contact Pauline
Pendarvis, City Clerk, City
of Port St. Joe, at City Hall,
Telephone No. 850/229-8261.
This is an open meeting and
any and all persons are encour-
aged to attend. The Variance,
Committee will not provide a
verbatim record of this meeting.
Publish: .February 16 & 23,
2006 .


Jaculynn Gail Weiland,
an action has been filed against
you and that you are required
to serve a copy of your written
. defenses, if any, to it on John
Arthur Weiland whose address
is 2817 Indian Pass Rd., Port
St. Joe, FL 32456 on or before
3/10/06, and file the original
with the clerk of this Court
at 1000 Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456, before
service on Petitioner or immedi-
ately thereafter. If you fail to
do so, default may be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.
Copies of all court docu-
ments in this case, including
orders, are available at the Clerk
Sof the Circuit Court's office. You
may review these documents
upon request.
You must keep the Clerk
of the Cqurt's office notified
of any current address. (You
must file Notice of Current
Address, Florida Supreme Court
Approved Family Law 'Form
12.915.) Future papers in this
lawsuit will be mailed to the
address on record at the clerk's
WARNING: Rule 12.285,
Florida Family Law Rules of
Procedure, requires certain
automatic disclosure of docu-
ments and information. Failure
to comply can result in sanc-
tions, including dismissal or
striking of pleadings. Dated
Clerk of Cireuit Court.
By Jasmine Hysmith, Deputy
Pubish: February 23 through
March 30

Notice is hereby given that a
meeting of The Northwest
Florida Transportation Corridor
Authority will be held 'on
Thursday, March 2, 2006 at
10:00 a.m. at the Panama City
City Hall, Commission Meeting
Room, 9 Harrison Avenue,
Panama City, FL The purpose of
this meeting is'to hold a work-
shop on Phase I of the Master
Plan. Any person requiring spe-
cial accommodations to partici-
pate in this meeting is asked to
advise the Corridor Authority
at least 48 -hours before the
meeting by contacting JoAnn
Hofstad at 850-833-9328 or
Publish February 23, 2006

hire the first one that meets the
qualifications. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion,
* and it passed unanimously.
Upon recommendation by
Chief Administrator Butler,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to grant a waiver on the term
limits for the Enterprise Zone
Development Agency members
who wish to remain on the com-
mittee. Commissioner Williams
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Chief Administrator But-
ler reported that a letter was
received from the Florida De-
partment of Environmental
Protection (D.E.P.), designating
everything from R69 to R74 (St.
Joseph State Park) and R74 to
R81 to be critically eroded (for
beach renourishment purpos-
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that a request has been
received from the City of Port St.
Joe for the County to assist them
in clearing property to construct
a parking lot on the corner of
4th Street and Williams Avenue
(the project must be completed
expeditiously to be paid from
grant funds/with the work to
bte the local match). Chairman
Peters passed the Chair to Vice
Chairman McLemore, and mo-
tioned to approve this request.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
imously. Chairman McLemore
returned the Chair to Commis-
sioner Barnes.
Upon recommendation by
Chief Administrator Butler,
Commissioner Traylor motioned
for County Staff to submit the
proposed new boundary lines for
St. Joseph Fire Control District,
Tupelo Fire Control District,
Overstreet Fire Control District
and Howard Creek Fire Control
District to the Legislature for ap-
proval (to incorporate areas that
are not included ina fire control
district). Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Upon request by Build-
ing Official Bailey, Commis-
sioner Traylor motioned to al-
low the Building Department
to purchase a pickup through '
State Contract from Champion
Chevrolet, in the amount of
$16,972.00 (funds are in the
budget). Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Building Official Bailey
discussed complaints he has
received and presented photos
of various areas in the County
that are presenting nuisance
and/or health hazard issues
(abandoned vehicles, trailers,
etc.), and stated that the County
needs Code Enforcement. He
requested that the Board agree
to hire someone, with the in-
dividual doing Code
Enforcement part-time and
working part-time for Human
Resources (each department
would pay one-half of the sal-
ary from budgeted funds). Af-
ter discussion by members of
the Board regarding nuisance
issues and that this individual
would also be generating rev-
enue through citations, Com-
missioner Williams motioned
to approve this request. Conm-
missioner Traylor seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
Emergency Management
Director Nelson presented an
invoice for debris removal at the
Cape and, upon inquiry, Clerk
Executive Administrator Kopin-
.oki, :i,ei',:,d hi-i the Board
.np-,- L p u.di amendmentt
r.:. pa., rd:.-, .J, F E.M .A. line
le (rrim-c,-":r.i r,ii will only
t: "i. -a re difference
would come from Reserves).
Commissioner Traylor motioned
to approve payment of Invoice
#1 from Advance Construction
Services for Debris Removal
at the Cape, in the amount of
$30,717.70 and to approve the
budget amendment (to be reim-
.bursed through F.E.M.A. and
State funds). Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Upon request by Emergency
Management Director Nelson,
Commissioner Barnes motioned
to enter into a contract with
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council to prepare the County's
Hazards Analysis for the up-
coming year, in the amount of
$2,257.00 (to be paid from grant
funds). Commissioner Williams
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Emergency Management Di-
rector Nelson reported that the
Wireless 9-1-1i Grant application
cycle is going to be re-opened,
and requested permission to ap-
ply for the grant funds to gather
center line data and cell-site
data for the County (grant funds
would pay 100%). Upon motion
by Commissioner Traylor, sec-
ond by Commissioner Barnes,
and unanimous vote, the Board
agreed to apply for this grant.
Upon recommendation by
Road Department Superin-
tendent Knee, Commissioner
McLemore motioned to transfer
Timothy Meredith (most senior-
ity) to the Tractor Operator I
position (effective immediately)'
that was posted to fill the va-
cancy created when Chris Wood
was moved to the Assistant
Road Department Superinten-
dent position. Commissioner
Williams seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
AWARD BID #0506-02 /
Upon recommendation by
Public Works Director Shearer,
Commissioner Barnes motioned
to award Bid #0506-02 (for a
pickup truck) to Cook-White-

head Ford, in the amount of
$17,147.00 (low bidder). Com-
missioner Williams seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
imously. ,
Upon recommendation by
Planner Richardson, Commis-
sioner Traylor motioned for the

Chairman to execute the con-
tract for an interlocal agreement
between the School Board, City
of Wewahitchka and City of
Port St. Joe for application for a
grant to develop the School Fa-
cilities Plan. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Upon recommendation by
Human Resources Director
Manuel, Commissioner Barnes
motioned to approve execution
of a new 2-year agreement with
the Gulf Coast Workforce Devel-
opment Board, contingent upon
approval by County Attorney
McFarland. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Human Resources Director
Manuel stated that she has re-
ceived the proposal for the fire-
training trailer to be purchased
with grant funds, stating that
the County match would be
$21,500.00 (could be paid from
St. Joseph Fire Control District).
After discussion by Gulf County
E.M.S. Director McGuffin, Comin
missioner Williams motioned to
accept this proposal, contingent
upon approval by County Attor-
ney McFarland. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Human Resources Director
Manuel reported that it is time
for open enrollment for insur-
ance, and several supplemen-
tal insurance companies have
contacted her about coming into
the County to offer their poli-
cies. After discussion that the
Board's policy is to allow the
companies who get 25% em-
ployee participation, Commis-
sioner McLemore motioned to
allow new companies to come in
as long as they meet the Coun-
ty's 25% employee participation
policy. Commissioner Williams
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
Human Resources Director
Manuel inquired about the an-
nual employee appreciation din-
ner held at the end of the year
(Butler's Restaurant has closed),
and proposed changing it to a
picnic-type "Spring Gathering"
for employees and their families.
After further discussion about
other facilities that may become'
available, and upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, sec-
ond by Commissioner Williams,
and unanimous vote, the Board
approved this recommendation.
Chief Administrator Butler
discussed renewal of the Coun-
ty's employee health insurance
policy, stating that there is an
option (BlueOptions 1356 PO$)
that is available that would pro-
vide cheaper premiums for the
County and employees, with-
out drastically changing their
benefits. He stated that we are
about to begin the 2nd year of a
2-year contract under our cur-
rent plan (which will probably
be phased-out after next year),
but the County can change to,
the new option. After discus-
sion by members of the Board
and Staff regarding the em-
ployee benefits, combined gov-
ernment negotiations, and the
need to 'meet with the County
Insurance Consultant Todd
Torgerson, Chairman Peters
passed the Chair to Vice Chair-
man McLemore and motioned to
change to the BlueOptions 1356
POS Option effective January
1, 2005. The motion died for
lack of a second, 'and Chairman
McLemore returned the Chair to
Commissioner Peters. After dis-
cussion by Stan Roberson that
he feels the County is discrimi-
nating against single employees'
by paying a poru.m:ur, h'- prIc
miums for e_-,pli.-5eR 'M. h 'e
families, th B,:-.r agrm-and o.
keep the curenr.ti pjar. T. 'e:
'for next year.
E.D.C. Director McNair re-
quested assistance from the
Board in locating property for
another Industrial Park. Com-
missioner Williams reported
that he will attend the next Vi-
sion Committee meeting.
Rick Marcum, Executive
Director of Opportunity Florida,
appeared before the Board 'to
update them on current proj-
ects (broadband coverage, Gulf
County business web pages,
etc.). He also requested a let-
ter of support from the Board
for them to submit 501(3)(c) ap-
plications to form a Regional
Community Development Cor-
poration and Regional Land
Trust, stating that they have
adopted the Articles of Incorpo-
ration and By-Laws. Upon mo-
tion by Commissioner Traylor,
second by Commissioner Wil-
liams, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved this request.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Williams regarding the Rural
Areas of Critical Concern desig-
nation and Gulf County's need
for infrastructure, Mr. Marcum
stated that an extension on the
R.A.C.C. was granted for all 8
counties through November,
Dannie Bolden, of Gulf
County C.D.C., and Lanie Lau-
rie, of R.C.O. Consultants, ap-
peared before the Board to dis-
cuss the S.H.IP. Program and to
present recommended changes.
After discussion, County Attor-
ney McFarland read a proposed
resolution revising the S.H.I.P.
Program, as recommended.
Upon motion by Commissioner
Traylor, second by Commission-
er McLemore, and unanimous
vote, the Board adopted the fol-
lowing resolution.
420.907-420.9079, FLORIDA


WHEREAS, in 1992, the
State of Florida enacted the
William E. Sadowski Affordable
Housing Act, Chapter 92-317 of
Florida Sessions Laws, allocat-
ing a portion of documentary
stamp taxes on deeds to local
governments for the develop-
ment and maintenance of af-
fordable housing; and
WHEREAS, the State Hous-
ing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP)
Act, ss. 420.907-420.9079,
Florida Statutes (1992), and
Rule Chapter 67-37, Florida Ad-
ministrative Code, requires local
governments to develop one- to
three-year Local Housing Assis-
,tance Plan outlining how funds
will be used; and *
requires local governments to
establish the maximum SHIP
funds allowable for each strat-
egy; and
further requires local govern-
ments to establish an average
are purchase price for new and
existing housing benefitting from
awards made pursuant to the
Act; The methodology and pur-
chase prices used are defined in
the attached Local Housing As-
sistance Plan; and
WHEREAS, as required by
Rule Chapter 67-37.005(6)(} 3,
Florida Administrative Code, it
is found that 5 percent of the lo-
cal housing distribution plus 5
percent of program income is in-
sufficient to adequately pay. the
necessary costs of administrat-
ing the local housing assistance
plan. The cost of administrating
the program may not exceed
10 percent of the local housing
distribution plus 5 percent of
the program income deposited
into the trust fund, except that
small counties, as defined in ss.
120.52(17), and eligible munici-
palities receiving a local housing
distribution of up to $350,000
may use up to 10 percent of the
program income for administra-
tive costs; and
WHEREAS, the Gulf County
Community Development Cor-
poration has prepared a revised
Local Housing Assistance Plan
for submission to the Florida
Housing Finance Corporation;
WHEREAS, the County
Commission finds that it is in
the best interest of the public
for Gulf County to submit the
Local Housing Assistance Plan
for review and approval so as
to qualify for said documentary
stamp tax funds,
Section 1: T h e
Board of County commissioners
of Gulf County, FL hereby ap-
proves the Revised Local Hous-
ing Assistance plan, as attached
and incorporated hereto for sub-
mission to the Florida Housing
Finance Corporation as required
by ss. 420.907-420.9079, Sub-
section 3, Florida .Statutes, for
fiscal years: 2005-2006
Section 2: .. ._, T,h e
Chairman of the Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners and/ or the
County Administrator, are here-
by designated and authorized
to execute any documents and
certifications required by the
Florida Housing Finance Cor-
poration as related to the Local
Housing Assistance Plan, and
to do all things necessary and
proper to carry out the terms
and conditions of said program.
Section 3: T h i s
resolution shall take effect .im-
Smediately upon its adoption.
this 25th day of October, 2005.
a. SHIP fynds will be
used to provide grants for the
purchase of building materials,
supplies and related support
items to be utilized through vol-
unteer based initiatives in order
to complete improvements to
very low and low income owner
occupied homes as required to
address limited scope health
and safety deficiencies with the
home, primarily in one or more
of the following areas: roofing
repair/replacement, minor inte-
rior/exterior repairs, painting/
siding, handicapped accessibil-
ity, window/door replacement,
insulation/energy efficiency im-
provements, etc. Expenditures
of SHIP funds will be limited
to materials, supplies, and as-
sociated costs, while labor and
installation expertise will be
provided by the volunteer based
initiative. Repairs will target
health and safety concerns with
priority for hurricane repair/re-
covery needs.
b. This strategy will be
included in the following fiscal
years: FY05-06.
c. All homes repaired
through this strategy will be
owned by families with incomes
at or below 80% of the median
d. The maximum
award level for this strategy is
e. The terms of this
award will be in the form of a
'. four year deferred payment loan
with a 25% yearly loan write-
down after the end of each full
year from the date of execution.
The loan will have a 0% inter-
est rate. The loan shall provide
for pro-rated repayment which
- shall be due upon sale, assign-
ment, or any transfer of title of
the property within the four year
f. Assistance provided
on a first come/first served ba-
sis following the advertisement
of the availability, of SHIP re-
g. Sponsor selection
will be based upon responses
to an advertised request for pro-
posal, which will provide for an
open application cycle. Selection
criteria will include:
1) past
experience of agency in manag-
ing volunteer based home repair
2) com-
mitment of non-SHIP funds or
volunteer(in-kind) services as

leverage for SHIP dollars;
3) unit
production goals for housing
repair in relation to SHIP funds
4) docu-
mentation of the agency's em-
ployment or planned employ-

ment of personnel from the
WAGES and related Workforce
Development Initiatives shall
result in a priority for award of
SHIP funds assuming the agen-
cy demonstrates capacity to
implement the subject activity.
Proposals meeting the RFP
requirements will be evaluated
jointly by CDC to determine the
agency(ies) or organizations)
that will be recommended to
implement this strategy. Final
selection and contract approval
will be provided by the County
Commission. Assistance to
homebuyers will be provided on
a first come/first served basis
following advertisement of the
available SHIP resources.
h. No ad-
ditional information.
a. SHIP funds will
be made available to area non-
profit housing agencies, and/or
non-profit housing developers
for lot acquisition and con-
struction financing for newly
constructed homes. Funds may
also be provided for acquiring
and rehabilitating existing units
for purchase.
b. This strategy will be
included in the following fiscal
years: FYO5-06.
c. All homes repaired
through this strategy will be
owned by families with incomes
at or below 80% of the median
d. The maximum
award level for this strategy is
e. The terms of this
award will be in the form of a
deferred payment loan. Loans
made to. non-profits will be at
a 0% interest and will be due
when the homebuyer secures
permanent financing. All loans
made under the program guide-
lines must be paid off through
purchase by a homebuyer with-
in a 24 month period from initial
disbursement of SHIP funds and
before the end of the expendi-
ture deadline for the fiscal year
in which the award was made.
f. Assistance provided
on a first come/first served ba-
sis following the advertisement
of the availability of SHIP re-
g. Sponsor selection
will be based upon responses
to an advertised request for pro-
posal, which will provide for an
open application cycle. Selection
criteria will include:
1) past
experience of agency in suc-
cessfully developing this type of
2) have
access to lenders willing to par-
ticipate in providing end loans;
3) un it
production goals for housing;
4) must
have property selected in ad-
vance, including legal descrip-
tion and address;
5) must
have an appraisal on property
indicating current value;
6) must
show ability to fund remaining
purchase price;
r pr'.-vide
d l., rr .:,r pro h .o.u in-
,dicating the de l. perio-'e Jc-3
not exceed I,., .. u-.e d .J 3
8). docu-
mentation of the agency's em-
ployment or planned employ-
ment of personnel from the
WAGES and related Workforce
Development Initiatives shall
result in a priority for award
of S.H.I.P. funds assuming the
agency demonstrates capacity
to implement the subject activ-
Proposals meeting the RFP
requirements will be evaluated
jointly by CDC to determine the
agency(ies) or organizations)
that will be recommended to
implement this strategy. Final
selection and contract approval
will be provided by the
County Commission. Assistance
to h-.imebz,er, ,,ili be provided
on a Lit .-m,, fir: i served ba-
sis following advertisement of
the available SHIP resources.
h. No housing can be'
built upon speculation.
a. SHIP funds will be
made available to eligible home-
owners to assist in bringing their
mortgage payments current pri-
or to the start of the foreclosure
process. Property must be owner
occupied, and homeowner must
meet S.H.I.P. qualification and
guidelines. Eligible expenses in-
clude delinquent mortgage pay-
ments (principal, interest, taxes
and insurance, attorney's fees,
late fees and other customary
fees). Funds will be disbursed to
the 'lender.
b. This strategywill be
included in the following fiscal
years: FY05-06.
c. Assistance will be
provided to 'families with in-
comes at or below 80% of the
median income.
d. The maximum
award level for this strategy is
e. The terms of this
award will be in the form of a
f. "Assistance provided
on a first come/first served ba-
sis following the advertisement
of the availability of SHIP re-
g. Additional criteria
will include:
1) appli-
cant must show the ability to
continue to maintain their mort-
gage payment after assistance is
2) appli-
cant must attend homebuyer
counseling classes;
3) appli-
cants must show that the non-
payment of their mortgage is
due to the following eligible rea-
sons: temporary loss of employ-
ment, sudden medical expenses,
divorce or separation,, death in
family, unforeseen emergency
home repair bills, or predatory
h. No additional infor-
a. SHIP funds will be
made available to eligible house-

holds to assist with security de-
posits and utility deposits. This
assistance is a one time only
b. This strategy will be
included in the following fiscal
years: FY05-06.
c. Assistance will be

provided to families with in-
comes at or below 80% of the
median income.
d. The maximum
award level for this strategy is
e. The terms of this
award will be in the form of a
f. Assistance provided
on a first come/first served ba-
sis following the advertisement
of the availability of SHIP re-
g. Housing units must
be inspected and must meet
Standard Housing Code Re-
h. No additional infor-
Sandra Chafin, Chamber of
Commerce Director, reported
that they "Music by the Bay" is
still being held, the Halloween
festivities will be held at 6:00
p.m., E.T. in Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka, and there will
be a job fair held at the Gulf/
Franklin Center on November
18th and all businesses are in-
vited to participate.
Upon motion by Commis-
sioner McLemore, second by
Commissioner Traylor, and
unanimous vote, the Board ap-
proved the following special
projects payments:
Dist. 1
Norris D. Langston Scholar-
ship Foundation Donation
$ 500.00
Wewahitchka Gold
Card Club Donation $
Dist. 3
Norris D. Langston Scholar-
ship Foundation Donation
$ 500.00
P.S.J.H.S. Varsity Girls'
Basketball Team Donation
$ 250.00
P.S.J.H.S. Project Gradua-
tion Jail for Bail $
W.H.S. Project Graduation
Donation $ 100.00
Port St. Joe Gold Card Club
Donation $ 100.00
Dist. 5
Norris D. Langston Scholar-
ship Foundation Donation Donation
$ 500.00
P.S.J.H.S. Varsity Girls'
Basketball Team Donation
$ 250.00
P.S.J.H.S. Project Gradua-
tion Jail for Bail $
W.H.S. Project Graduation
Donation $ 100.00
Port St. Joe Gold Card Club
Donation $ 100.00

Commissioner Barnes dis-
cussed that he has requested
assistance from Representative
Bense in obtaining property at
Rish Park for placement of a
fire station, to assist homeown-
ers in obtaining fire insurance.
Betty McNeill, of Indian Pass,
appeared before the Board to
discuss that there is a parcel of
property available on Ihdian Pen,
insula for a fire station. Upon
discussion by Chief Administra-
tor Butler that residents cannot
obtain fire"insurance if they ire
more than 5 miles from a fire
station and that the County
would need 2 buildings for the 2
new locations, the Board' agreed.
for Commissioner Barnes to
proceed with this project.
Commissioner Barnes re-
ported that he has received
several complaints regarding
the service provided by Media-
corn, and requested permission
to stnd a letter to the company
regarding their slow response
time. Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Traylor, second by Com-
missioner Baines, and unani-
mous vote, the Board approved
this request.
Upon request by Commis-
sioner Barnes, Chief Adminis-
trator Butler read a proposed
letter to the Florida Department
of Transportation (D.O.T.) re-
questing their participation in
the beach renourishment proj-
ect in an effort to shorten the
proposed bridge length for the
Stumphole area. After discus-
sion that this would greatly re-
duce the cost of construction of
the bridge, Commissioner Tray-
lor motioned to submit this let-
ter to D.O.T. Commissioner Wil-
liams seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Barnes dis-
cussed the proposed Indian
Pass Boat Ramp restroom facil-
ity, stating that it will be in the
same location as was previously
discussed. Betty McNeill, of In-
dian Pass, appeared before the.
Board to discuss her opposition
to construction of the restroom
facility, stating that there is a
facility at the store that people
are welcome to use. Shawn
Walker, owner of Indian Pass
Campground, stated that his
store has a public restroom, and *
he is willing to erect signs wel-
coming people to use the facility.
Peter Burgher and Wayne Cox,
of Indian Pass, appeared before
the Board to present a petition
signed by residents of Indian
Pass who oppose construction of
the facility. They also discussed
the lack of parking "and turn-
around space at the boat ramp,.
stating that people already have
to drive over the County's drain-
field. After discussion by mem-
bers of the Board, Commissioner
Barnes motioned to discontinue
construction of. the restroom
facility, and enter into an agree-
ment with Shawn Walker for the
public to use the campground
facilities, and Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion.
Road Department Superinten-
dent Knee also reported that
the signs that are posted can be
moved to allow more turnaround
and parking space, and the sep-
tic tank can be removed. After
discussion by Marilyn Black-
well that the public needs their
own restroom and should not
have to be beholden to a store
owner, the Board requested that
County Attorney McFarland
meet with Mr. Walker to draft an

agreement regarding use of the
restrooms and informative sig-
nage. The motion then passed
Commissioner Barnes dis-
cussed the newly developed 100
Club of Gulf County, stating

that this program will benefit
the families of public safety per-
sonnel that may be killed in the
line of duty, and he thanked Mr.
Burgher for his work in starting
this program.
Commissioner Williams
discussed the requirement for
Gulf County residents from Gulf
Sands to the Bay County line
to place backflow preventers
on their water lines if they have
wells. He stated that the City
of Mexico Beach has agreed not
to enforce this requirement at
this time since these residents
will be coming off of the Mexico
Beach water system when the
City of Port St. Joe extends the
water system to them and the
Overstreet area, but it may have
to be done at a later date.
Upon request by Commis-
sioner Williams, Commissioner
Traylor motioned to allow him
to participate in a University
of Florida Natural Resource &
Growth Management Workshop
with Extension Agent Carter
(there will be eight 3-day ses-
sions throughout the State).
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
Commissioner Williams
reported that a ribbon-cutting
ceremony will be held at the new
Assisted Living Facility at Bea-
con-By-The-Sea on December
16th at 10:00 a.m., E.T., and
invited everyone to attend.
Commissioner Williams re-
quested that each Commission-
er submit a list of his top 3 road
paving priorities to the County
Engineers so they can begin the
preliminary work for the Road
Paving Bond Issue.
Commissioner Williams
reported that the Road Depart-
ment will be at the beach tomor-
row to bury the fish that have
been killed by Red Tide.
Commissioner Williams re-
ported that the City of Port St.
Joe has requested the County's
assistance in hauling dirt for
their soccer field project, and
has agreed to pay for the Coun-
ty's fuel. He then motioned for
Chief Administrator Butler to
work with City Manager Vincent
to coordinate working with them
on this project. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Williams
discussed the need for a Code
Enforcement Officer, and stated
that this issue, along with sev-.
eral others, will be addressed at
the Town Hall meeting in High-
land View on November 14th at
6:00 p.m., E.T.I
Commissioner Williams
discussed the citizens' desire
to return to County-Wide (At-
-Large) voting, and motioned
to Petition the Federal Court
to allow County-Wide voting
in Gulf County Districts 1, 2,
3 & 5. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the motion. After
discussion by Commissioners
McLemore and Traylor that this
is unfair and will cause a North
Gulf County/South Gulf Coun-
ty divide and that this option
should be placed on the ballot
before adoption, Commissioner
Williams stated that he w6uld
prefer to return all 5 Districts to
County-Wide, but he is unable
to make that motion, so this has
to be his starting point. Danny
Clayton, of Wewahitchka, dis-
cussed the Time Zone issue that
was requested but never placed
on the ballot. He also discussed
that the people voted to return
to County-Wide voting in all
districts, not all but one, and
stated that Commissioner Pe-
ters should voluntarily agree to
return to County-Wide voting.
Tom Graney, of St. Joe Beach,
discussed operation of govern-
ments, stating that each Com-
missioner should be accountable
to all citizens of Gulf County, no
matter where they live. After
further discussion by members
of the Board, the motion passed
3 to 2, with Commissioners
McLemore and Traylor voting
no. Upon inquiry, County Attor-
ney McFarland stated that the
Plaintiff (Mr. Peters) needs to
submit a petition the Federal
Court requesting the Consent
Decree be changed to reflect this
Board decision. Commissioner
Williams motioned for Mr. Pe-
ters to submit this petition to
the Federal Court. Commis-
sioner Barnes seconded the mo-
tion, and it passed 3 to 2, with
Commissioners McLemore and
Traylor voting no.
Ron Westmark, of Cape San
Bias, appeared before the Board
to oppose implementation of a
Municipal Service Taxing Unit
(MSTU) in the area from the
Stumphole to the State Park to
generate funds for the purpose
of beach re-nourishment. He
stated that he has talked to resi-
dents, members of the St. Jo-
seph Peninsula Beach Advisory
Committee, and some of the
Commissioners, and the major-
ity opposes any additional taxes
in that area. County Attorney
McFarland discussed the ordi-
nance process that would have
to be followed to implement the
MSTU, and Mr. Westmark stated
that he will present his reasons
for the opposition in writing and
requested that the Board review
this issue carefully before voting
to approve it. After discussion
by members of the Board, Com-
missioner Barnes thanked Mr.
Westmark for his comments,
and stated that the Board will
review this issue carefully before
making a decision because he
has received several complaints
about this matter.
Betty Rae Weston, of Cape
San Bias, appeared before the
Board to report that the Beach
Advisory Committee is con-
structing a website to educate

the public on this issue (www.
Chairman Peters reported
that he has received letters of
opposition from Dan and Mar-
sha Henry and Mr. & Mrs. Ed-
ward Wood, Sr.
Will be continued ...

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3320 Plants & Shrubs/ ing waste hauling and dis- Ave. Panama City, FL application & resume organizational and lead- lows: Require High School!
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SShuttle. 850-340-0279 or Beach, Fl. for Electrical Contractor. time Bartender. The ideal Professional procedures while mana- er, including prior experi-
FURNiTURE 647-9317. VISA/MC Must have min. 3 yrs exp candidate will have a thor- GULF COAST going multiple tasks. An ence with tractors and
6 I .Competitive pay for a large comm'l project ough knowledge of liq- COMMUNITY unerstandineg of r power equipment, and
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(not including bed), brand dental insurance are available. DFWP/EOE we are willing to train the Philosophy Faculty (9 sential in addition to fer experience in the oper-
_PETS. & AN IM new, country time green *Paid vacations call 800-330-9531 right person. If you have mth, tenure-track)- teach strong people skills. ation of a Klipper side cut-
2100 Pets with oak trim, $1200 new, Minimum 45 hours a General an eye for detail, the high- intro courses in ethics & Five years residential ting machine. Require the
2100 Pets asking $500, 227-1932 week JOIN A WINNING est desire to deliver superi- other areas. of philosophy, supervision required ability to use power tools,
2110 -Pes: Free to Sign-On bonus JOIN A or service, and can play Requires Master's degree and two year college all equipment hydraulics.
2120- Pdet Supplies BIG OLD OAK SCHOOL TEAM Pristine Pool's is well with others, we would with 18 graduate hrs in degree preferred, and be capable of per-'
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Wanted 227-1885. 4110 Restaurants/Clubs (877)780-9699 some Mondays. Apply in Visual Art Faculty (9 mth, Mail resume to Gulf. Coast Electric Coop-
Wanted 410 Sa nts/lmarkt based on experience, person at the address be- tenure-track) teach visual 245 Riverside Ave., erative's policies and pro-
KK: MEXICO BEACH, 304 130 EmploymentSrI Drivers Apply at 408 Garrison low. EOE DFWR art course, advise & men- Suite 500, cedures and rules and
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PETS MoVing Sale NEEDED NOW No ex- AvenuPort Inn Master's degree in art, with Fax resume to ability to have and main-
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2100 Beach turn left on 15th M Enterprises has immediate NOW HIRING CLEANERS 501 Monument Ave, art: Salary based on de- or e-mail to mercial driver's license and
St, first street to the right is 4100 openings for entry-level for upcoming season. at Port St. Joe, FL 32456 gree & experience. Open jena.evans(joe.com DOT. certification. Require
Hatlay. furniture, Plus Administrative semi drivers. Our avg. Driv- Century 21. Applications Until Filled. Additional info: excellent verbal and inter-
Dogs & Cats clothing, sowing items LOCAL ESTABLISHED ers earn more than $36k taken Mon-Fri at Mexico Professional http://dept.gulfcoast.edu/ Equal Opportunity personal skills to effectiveL
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dresser w/fan mirror $350; al skis. Responsibilities area. aP/T Custodan/Driver fo MARKETING
Packard Bell 486 Pent II include but are not limited Senior .Citizens. Rewarding St. Joe Towns & Resorts is COORDINATOR
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desk $75 call 648-5035 af-. parts and supplies, ensur- Drivers Needed caring person. Successful tant Project Manager I for St Joe Towns & Resorts individual interested in providing
ter 5PM CST or leave msg. ing inventory accuracy, re- for Rinker Materials Ready- completion of criminal the Port St Joe area. The has an excellent opportu- great service to our customers in
S' solving inventory vari- Mix Division. Drivers must background check and APM will manage all ele- nity in Port St Joe for a grea
.-1 1iS ances. Some heavy lifting have Class A or B CDL Lic. grug screen required. ments of business plan- Marketing Coordinator
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191 SUNRAY CT, Beacon send resume with salary Apply: 1901 B. E. 1th St. Dr., PSJ tion of resort residential able in an extremely fastaw
There are specific Flori- Hill, Fri & Sat, Feb 24 & 25, requirements to: 1029 C or call 872-3510. Professional communities. General paced and dynamic envi- Panama City
da Statutes applicable 9a-2p, Eastern Standard Jenks Ave. Panama City DFWP/EOE. knowledge of project man- ronment. The Marketing
to the sale of dogs and ime. Living room & Din- Florida or e-mail to: agement, feasibility analy- Coordinator is responsible Must have reliable transportation and be able to work
cats within the state or ning room furniture, enter- c p c p c i t y @ Drivers 3 sis, and cost benefit analy- for marketing material pro- early am hours This is an independent contractor
transportated into the tainment center, book copyproductscompany. EXPERIENCED Roll-off sis are essential. Must duction, event coordinat- p osition with part-time hourhis i s and full time earningsractor
state for the purpose of case, ceiling fan, light fix- corn front-load, Rear-load Class 0 have excellent communi- ing, and. departmental position with part-time hours and full time earnings
Selling. ture, microwave, Washer & A or B CDL required. Drug cation and multi-tasking support. Qualified candi-
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da Statute 828.29 (Dogs many misc items. immediate FT/PT openings ply at 2060 N. Sherman project management expe- ence and a Bachelors de-
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Apalachicola 850.653.9199
PT ADMIN. ASST. needed
for construction company.
Mature computer literate,
organized self-motivated,
good comprehension
skills. $8/hr., 20-25 hrs/wk.
Fax .resume w/experience,
computer, office equip.
and software knowledge
to 850-229-5464 or mail to
Admin Asst., RO. Box 192,
Port St. Joe, FL 32457.
Service for Busy office
products & printing busi-
ness Paid holidays, va-
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insurance, Drug screen re-
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2311 First Plaza, PC 32401
Top Pay. Excellent Bene-
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Kevin Irnhinger
(850) 259-2358
Minority Applicants
encourage ro apply

I 4110
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while creating an enjoya-
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prices. Janice Hall Con-
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New Commercial Office
and warehouse storage for
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park located on Industrial Rd.
(FL Hwy 382) behind Arizona
Chemical. Each space consists
of an office, bath, storage
closet and warehouse with
10' roll'up door. Convenient
to all locations, 1/2 mile off
Hwy 98. 1000 sq. ft. each
space. $550 per month. 12
month leases. One monthly
security deposit.
Office (850) 229-8014
Home (850) 229-8030
C 850-258-4691

NISHED TH W/D & refrig.
unobtructive view of the
Gulf $1100 per month +
secuirty and utilities Call

2 BR, 2 BA, furn'd, with
washer & .dryer on 1 acre
in Carrabelle beach.
$750mo. 850-697-8440

3 BR, 1 BA in PSJ remod-
eled,washer/dryer; ch&a.,
dishwasher. $800 per
month. 651-325-7731

3 BR, 1 BA,'116 Hunter
Cir CH&A, large kitchen,
Nice yard, $900 mo., +
dep. 229-8757/227-5152.

3 BR, 1.5 BA, large fenced
yard with deck, nice resi-
dential neighborhood,
near schools, $950 mo.,
$600 dep., Call 648-8629
or 227-5135

3 BR, 3 BA near down-
town Port St. Joe. $1100
per month. Call

4 BR HOUSE, Port St.
Joe, partially furnished,
$1000 mo $1000 dep.

2 BR 2 BA Garage,
Screened Patio $1200/mo.
incl. elec & water. Min. 6
mo. lease. 1412 Country
Club Rd. Call Debbie at
229-1500 Days, and
229-1292 Evenings.

3 br, 2 full baths Dou-
blewide, only 4 miles from
beach, all appliances,
CH&A, pets negotiable.
$850 mo., 1st and last
month's rent. 647-5722

2 BR, 2 BA
$500 Mo.+ dep. No smok-
ing, No pets. 648-5337.
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7100 Homes
7110 Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Condo/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
7150 Lots and Acreage
7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
7170 Waterfront
7180- Investment
7190 Out-of-Town
Real Estate
7200 Timeshare

2 BR 1 BA Port St.Joe.
Corner lot with bay view.
$235K negotiable.
850-762-3252 By Owner.
3 BR 1.5 BA 1911 CY-
PRESS AVE. Large fenced
yard with deck. Great
neighborhood near
school. $259,000. Call
648-8629 or 227-5135
3 BR 2 BA brick, excellent
neighborhood, just .been
renovated w/ many extras,
$400,000, 850-227-1932
4 BR 2 BA 1440 sq. ft.
Front deck, Rear screen
porch. Landscaped in '05.
Newly redecorated. 1994
DW. $275K 478-230-8178
Anxious Sellerl
Beacon Hill Cockles Ave.
2br/1ba mobile home on
50x100 lot. Only 2 min.
walk to beach. Owner Mo-
tivated. Call Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560 Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
on two lots. Has living
room, den, dinning room,.
breakfast room, kitchen,
sunroom, patio. Located 3
blocks from Bay on corner
of 16th and Palm in PSJ.
$269k call 850-527-0607

3br, 1.5ba home. Large liv-
ing room w/vaulted ceiling.
Jenaire .Grill. Wraparound
deck. 2 blocks from dedi-
cated beach. $349,900
Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
Georgia. 3br, 2ba mobile
home on corner lot.
Screened porch and deck.
Fenced in back yard.
$275,000. Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
Georgia. 3br, 2ba on
75x112 corner lot. Large
Florida room, screened
back porch. $275,000.
Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
er beautiful 1/2 ac. 3 + 2
1/2 Cypress hm. Bu. 2000
pool + decking, sc porch,
outside shower, Ig laun.
rm, grnhse + workshop,
fully landscaped, springer
sys on timers, well for irri-
gation. Two biks from,
bch., furn. too much to
mention $435k call
386-299-1871 Drive by 230
Bailey Ln.
$399,900 3br 2.5ba
townhouse. Like new, fully
furnished, Beachside of 98
Joan Lovelace, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty,
850-527-2560 or
3br/2ba, Beachside of
Hwy, 1/2 Duplex. Well
maintained, fully furnished.
.Gulfview. $695,000. Joan
Lovelace, (850)527-2560
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty, 800-239-4959
OVERSTREET, 3br, 2ba
on 1.25 acres. 15ft deep
fish pond, greenhouse,
screened porch, carport w/
work shop. $274,900 Joan
Lovelace 850-527-2560,
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
alty (800)239-4959.
OVERSTREET, 3br, 2ba
on 2 acres, outside shed.
Near- Wetappo Creek,
$249,900. Joan Lovelace
850-527-2560, Mexico
Beach Harmon Realty
12'x30' w/6' porch includes
all furn and appl. located
at Rustic Sands Camp-
ground, Mexico Beach lot
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3/31 Custom kitchen, a
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alty 850-527-2580
bara Dr. 3br/2ba w/ sp
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Commercial possibility
Call Joan Lovelace, Me
co Beach Harmon Rea
TAKING BIDS on 2br/1
Mobile Home, on 75xl
lot, located in secc
block from the bea
Property has market va
of $240,000. Minimum
$175,000. Send bids
Thomas Branch at
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3 BR Wrap Condo
$655K FIRM
Rents over $50K/year
1 BR Deluxe 2 BA
$370K FIRM
Rents Over $25K/yeai

Cape San Bias. Bre
taking views from this
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e0. Passi, $399,000,terms Can possibly be divided 850-340-1321
e- possible, 262-249-0317 into 1/2 acre lots, Over-
street area, Sunshine ST. JOE BEACH Magellan-.
ar- Farms Subdivision St., 2nd block, 75x150 lot, .:
pa- Call William Wittington $259,900. By Owner, call
ear I 7120 1 819-2004 850-648-5052.
in 2176 HWY 98, 4 Lots, ERA Neubauer RE TWO LOTS FOR SALE At
ed great possibilities for multi- St. Joseph Shores, within,
an family, 183ft. unobstructed BEACON HILL 1 Block to *the beautiful Wind Mark,.",
60, Bay View. City water & water. Septic, electric and Beach Development. If iri-'"
Re- sewer. currently a conven- water included. $210k Call terested call 850-647-5351
ience store with gas 352-622-7574 By owner .
nta pumps. $1,700,000. Call CT
re- Joan Lovelace (Cell CORNER LOT Hwy 71 717
ar- 527-2560) Mexico Beach Frontage, just N of Wewa, 7170
ve- Harmon Realty (800) .8 'ac., commercial and MEXICO BEACH- canal
ico 239-4959. residential 850-639-2588 front, 2br/1.5ba, Town-
lty FOR SALE BY OWNER- home, Bluewater unit
MEXICO BEACH, Hwy 98 Lot 7A- 233 NanNook. 108C, Miramar Dr. gulf
General Commercial- Den- 7x12 city water & sewer, view, 40ft., boat slip.,
H, sity should allow Duplex. cleared/leveled, 2 blocks seawall, boardwalk, pool
ner Gulf view & Beach access. from dedicated beach ac- $585k Call (315) 525-4306.
ted $695,000. Joan Lovelace, cess. Asking $185,000+ REDUCED RIVIERA
n- 850-527-2560n Re Mexico closing. (229) 787-1748. VILLAS On lake, over-
es. 800-239-4959 HOWARDS CREEK old MUST SELL! Barbara
ilty, Bay City Rd. V2 acre lot, Hindman Realty
r Tty, whn other lots were un- 850-527-5085
or -der water, this lot was dry.
i1 7130 $36k Call 352-622-7574 or ,.
lba CARABELLE DUPLEX 352-207-1950 /
150 newly rem'd 3 br, 2 ba + 2 INVESTMENT/ I.i
nd br, 2 ba. One fenced acre.
ch. 1105 Gray Ave. $499k Development
ilue 100% Gov't financing Properties for sale, 1/2 to
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1 7150 8100 Antique & Collectibles
MAKE OFFER on 4 acre 8110 Cars
2 LOTS IN WEWA 170 Ivy in Howard Creek. Two 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
St. Lands Landing.$70,000 beautiful ponds, barn, 8130 Trucks
call for more information deep well, and power, 8140 Vans
850-639-2699 or 639-4231 Great home site or you 8150 Commercial
can subdivide. Originally 8160- Motorcycles
10 ACRES $119K deep $299,000, CALL 827-2510 8170 Auto Parts
well, septic, phone, elec- & Accessories
trick, satellite, 2 pole barns, NICE 2 + ACRES home 8210- Beals
r! 2 sheds, creek, 2 clear- site with pond. City water 8220 Personal Watercraft
ings; located on Singer available in Wewa. $55k 8230 Sailboats
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ST JOE Beach lot for sale,
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leans style lighting, ribbon
curling, brick entry, flood
zone X. $229,000. Joan
Lovelace 850-527-2560
Mexico Beach Harmon Re-
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Boat Lift/Slip, up to 25ft, di-
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riage, Great for Hunting
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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Honors Retirees

Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently recog-
nized the retirement of five
of its employees Doris
Anderson, Joe Horne, Jimbo
Long, Jean Newsome and Pat
Stripling -- at a reception
held in their honor at the
Cooperative's headquarter
office in Wewahitchka.
Doris Anderson began
working at Gulf Coast
Electric in October of 1991 as
a Billing Clerk, which includ-
ed route billing- and back-
ing cashiers as needed. In
March of 2003, her title was
changed to Customer Service
Representative, and her
duties have included billing,
working delinquent accounts,
cashiering and assisting the
meter readers. March 3 will
mark her last day with GCEC


125-7 A4

after 14 1/2 years of employ-
Prior to working for the
Cooperative, Andersonworked
at the Bank of Blountstown
for 10 years as a Teller/Head
Teller; at Pelt's *Department
Store for seven years as a
Sales Clerk/Buyer; and at
Calhoun Liberty Hospital for
one year.
Anderson says that she is
looking forward to having the
time to become more involved
with her church, including
teaching a young girls' class
on Wednesday nights; as well
as to spend with her friends,
including fellow Gulf Coast
Electric Cooperative retirees;
and family, including hus-
band, Buddy; daughter and
granddaughter, Nikki and
Haley; and sons, Eddy and

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Wayne, and their families.
Joe Home ended his 31
V2 years of retirement with
Gulf Coast Electric on Jan.
3. During his tenure with
GCEC, Horne worked in the
Right-Of-Way Department for
12 years, as a Line Technician
for 7 V/2 years and as
Construction Supervisor for
12 years. He also completed
the Tennessee Valley Public
Power Association Advanced
Lineman Certification.
Horne says that he is
looking forward to spending
time with his wife, Betty; his
son's family, Emory, Kim,
Bryce and Trace Home; and
his daughter's family, Sherry
and 'John Whitfield, Jay
Whitfield, Brett Satterfield,
Danielle Stanley and Little
John Whitfield. He is also


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MLS 109736 $209,000 MLS 109735 $219,000
461 E Creekview Dr Wewahitchka, FL, Classic Cottage 465 E Creekview Dr Wewahitchka, FL Classic Cottage
Model 1257A 3BR/3B 2 Story Cottage w/Gazebo Model 1370A 3BR/2B 2 Story Cottage w/Gazebo
Both Cottages on 1 Acre each and bordering Stone Mill Creek with easy access to the Dead Lakes.
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Jimbo Long, Jean Newsome, Doris Anderson, Pat Stripling and Joe Horne were recently honored
at a reception held at Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative's Wewahitchka office. Horne and Long retired in
January, Newsome retires this month, and Anderson and Stripling will retire in March. The five have a
total of 138 years of experience working for the Cooperative.

looking forward to hunting,
fishing, spending time on his
houseboat on the river and
Jan. 3 also marked Jimbo
Long's last daywith GCEC after
32 years of employment with
the Cooperative. Long began
working in the Engineering
Department metering .CT
and PT installations, then
advanced to the titles of
Staking Engineer, Substation
Engineer and eventually to
Manager of Engineering and
Safety Director. As Manager,
Long oversaw all Staking
Engineers, the Wewahitchka
Operations Department,
the Wewahitchka Service
Department, the Southport
and Wewahitchka Right-
Of-Way Departments, the
Wewahitchka Mechanic and
the Mapping' Department.
Long attended Gulf Coast
Community College and was
a Line Technician at State
Electric .before coming on
board at Gulf Coast Electric,
where he completed ranr,
certifications and training
seminars during his tenure.
Long says that he is look-
ing forward to having more

time to enjoy his hobbies,
including hunting, fishing
and traveling, as well as to
spend with his grandchildren,
Andrew, age 3, and Madeline,
age 2.
February 22 will be Jean
Newsome's last day with Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative
after 34 /2 years of employ-
ment. Newsome has held
many titles at GCEC,
including Billing Clerk,
Billing Supervisor, Cashier/
Receptionist, Customer
Service Representative and
Mail Clerk. Throughout her
tenure, she has participated
in many computer classes
and workshops. For two years
prior to coming on board at
Gulf Coast Electric, Newsome
worked as a secretary for an
attorney for two years.
Newsome says that she is
looking forward to fun family
time with her retired hus-
band, Ralph; daughter, Lisa,
and son-in-law, Billy; daugh-
ter, Lynn, and son-in-law,
Claude; and grandchildren:
Alisha, Katie, Shelby, Travis,
Trent, Trey and Tripp, who
range in age from. 4 to 14.
She is also looking forward to
fishing, camping and travel-

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ing, as well as home improve-
ments, gardening and yard
work. She says that she will
not be bored.
March 3 will also be
Pat Stripling's last day
of employment with the
Cooperative after serving as
Executive Secretary for 25
V2 years. Before coming on
board at Gulf Coast Electric,
Stripling attended Gulf Coast
Community College for two
years and worked as the,
Secretary at Wewahitchka
High School for 14 V/2 years.
"I plan to spend the
rest of my life with my dear
husband, Mike, who is also
retired," Stripling said. '"We
will spend a lot of time on our
houseboat, 'The Freedom,' oni
the Brothers River. In our
spare time, we will be fol-
lowing our grandchildren,.
Josh Pitts, who is going to
play baseball for Tallahassee
Community College. Jeffrey
Pitts and Michael Stripling,
to their athletic events and
cheering for them. I will
also try to help my grand-
daughter, Amanda Hysmith,
who is a junior at Florida
State University, by cook-
ing some dinners for her
when she has late classes.
I plan to spend time with
my mother, Kathryn King,
and be available whenever-
she needs me. I also want to
work with my church. Glad
Tidings Ass'emblv of God;,
with Golden Agers and begin'
an outreach to the widows as'
there are a lot of lonely people
in our world. And. of: course.
I will be available to assist
Mr. Barnes and the Board, oi
Trustees if they need me."
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energy national
alliance of local, consumer-'/
owned electric cooperatives
providing high standards of
service to customers large and
small. GCEC serves approxi-.
mately 20,000 consumers in
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf. Jackson',
Walton and Washington coun-
ties and in the municipalities
of Wewahitchka, Ebro. White
City, Fountain. Lynn Haven
and Southport.

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Primary Care in Port St. Joe

Dr. Carol A. Sutton

has moved from the Gulf

County Health Department

to Gulf Coast

Medical Center


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