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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR OVER 69 YEARS
69th Year, Number 10 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 26 Pages


People and Places B Section


December 28, 2006




Say Goodbye to 2006


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The lesson of 2006 could be that signifi-
cant stories, and the impacts they bring, are
often realized incrementally instead of a 24-
hour burst.
Examine 2006 and the stories that shaped
it and trying to undertake any attempt to fully
capture the panorama and quantify the top
stories of the year is akin to condensing a novel
into a short story.
Nonetheless, we have again this year taken
a stab at listing the stories and issues which


most shaped the area and the folks who live
and work in it.
It is a humble, most subjective parry, and
maybe little more than a platform for discus-
sion and debate.
But to understand 2006 and the oft times
subtle changes that have marked it, sifting
through and trying to provide context to the
most compelling stories seems worth the time.
You, kind reader, may have an entirely dif-
ferent list, but allow us to get the ball rolling.
As in previous years, this is strictly an exhi-
bition so please, no wagering.
Homestead Preservation
For the
working men
and women and
businesses large
and small, little
:--' .. impacted life
;.. -. more than the
water torture to
the wallet that
.property taxes
and insurance
have inflicted,
drip by drip
turned into wave
by wave.
And this was
hardly a local
issue similar
impacts were f'elt
from Navarre
Beach in the west
to Carrabelle in
the east.
This year was
a mixed bag for
those hoping to
hold.onto homes,
keep the front.
doors of busi-
nesses opened
and maintain
their presence in
Sthe smiall-town
sliver of para-
dise.
The silver lin-
ing was a grass-
A roots revolt ovet
property taxes,
which only par-
t St. Joe tially manifested
itself in at least


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one politi- a
cal action

Citizens
f o r
Reduced
Taxes.
That
group,
more than
anything,
provided
voice to
the mass-
es whose
wallets
have been
picked so
repeated-
ly the past
few years
that they
could star Research continued into the cause
as victims
in the next
movie version of Oliver Twist.
Debate exists as to how much taxes were
actually reduced as a result of their vigilance
and efforts during government budget hearings,
but property taxing rates were uni-
formly lowered locally.
The downside was that govern- --
ment spending remained essentially ,
unchanged and that four years of
Florida serving as a bull's-eye in
hurricane season resulted in strato-
spheric property insurance costs.
1If homeowners and business-
es could actually find a policy for
property, flood or wind insurance,
chances were it was written with
. Midas il mind as a client.
Mixed together, the costs ulti-
mately borne could be transform- V.
ing small-town living and work into
endangered, species unless signhili-
cant and tangible relief arrives.
Indications are some of that
relief could be applied in 2007'
because this past year ...
A Market Softens. ,
Some called it a cooling off,
others a correction, others reality The
coming home to roost. still others a cated to ti
tough slog, but the real estate miar-


Wewahitchka Middle School's new wing was dedi-
he late Oscar Redd, Jr.


County Commission Gives Butler


Go0-Ahead" for Jail Positions


Broken Dreams: Some Consequences


of Appraisal and Mortgage Fraud


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
In the second special meeting in three days.
the Gulf Coutm' commission met Thursda\ to
decide its next move in assuming responsibility
for the county jail orn Jan. 1.
County administrator Don Butler reported
to the board the costs for hiring new correc-
tional officers and the progress he had made in
hiring "transitional oversight" administrators.
SThe three commissioners present Bill
Williams, Jerry Barnes and. Nathan Peters,
Jr. voted unanimously to authorize Butler to
hire fully'-credentialed and trained corrections
officers at a salary of S27.000. with a step-up
plan for other correctional officer candidates
and current personnel who can complete all
necessary qualifications within the time frame
required by Florida law. ...
The current salary m Gulf County for cor-
rectional officers is 821.600. which is non-com-
petitive, according to Butler, the Gulf County
Sheriff's Department, and commissioners.
The proposed plan will incrementally raise
salaries of officers completing requirements.
Talks are also set with Dennis Durbin.
the current Bay County Jail warden, who
has expressed interest in working at the Gulf
County jail upon his imminent retirement
from Bay County; and for former Florida


Department of Corrections Secretary Michael
Moore. who owns a private company that man-
ages correctional factihes.
Gulf County Sheriff Dalton Upchurch reit-
erated to the board that although Jan. 1 is "the
date we're turning the jail over to you. where I
stop helpingy'ou has no date."
Upchurch told the commissioners that
he preferred riot to set a specific date for the
county to begin handling every aspect of the
jail's operation. saying. "We can't leave you mi
the cold. We also need the jail to run smooth "
Upchurch had also previously told the
conmiLsion that Jan. 1 was the firm deadline
for the county to assume the administrative
and financial management of the jail.
A major stumbling block in the county's
assumption of all jail administration as of Jan.
1 is the mandatory state and federal qualifica-
tions and accompanying paperwork.
The county applied for the necessary licens-
ing last Friday. but does not know when it will
be granted.
Until the county receives paperwork desig-
nating it as a duly authorized criminal justice
agency, which .comes from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation, the county cannot officially
hire any corrections officers.
No one at the meeting knew if the county
could legally take over jail operations without
the designation.


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

NOTE: This is the third in a series
of articles that examine aspects of
the national and state problems with
appraisal and mortgage fraud. and how
they relate to the Florida Panhandle.

The 1990s in the U.S. saw the massive
savings and loan failures, which affected
the nation. The new millennium may
soon see appraisal and mortgage fraud
destruction nationwide.
Industry and investigative experts
agree that appraisal and mortgage
fraud are nothing new. But escalating
land prices, retirees' desire to live in
coastal developments and other luxury
locations, plus lax laws and understaffed
oversight agencies have contributed to an
atmosphere conducive to fraud, according
to government and industry experts.

Pandora's Box Opened
The subject of appraisal and mortgage


fraud really came to the public forefront
in March 2005, with the publication of a
report from Demos, a nonpartisan public
policy think tank in New York City.
The report, called "Home Insecurity:
How Widespread Appraisal Fraud Puts
Homeowners at .Risk," by senior Demos
strategist and Director of Research David
Callahan, exposed the hidden world of
appraisal and mortgage fraud, and created
widespread interest in the media, appraisal
and mortgage industries, regulatory
agencies, and among consumers.
The Demos report stated "Overall.
the net effect of the surging real estate
market...is that the financial well-being
of American households hinges ... on the
continued strength of property values.
And ... many Americans have taken on
mortgages that exceed the true market
value of their homes, thanks to appraisal
fraud."
In the report's introduction, Callahan
states: "While many U.S. households have
(See APPRAISAL on Page 5A)


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full brunt wasn't understood
until property values were
quantified in the summer and
instead of the 30-60 percent
increases of the previous four
years, property values in Gulf
County rose by just over 8
percent.
This, again, was a dual-
sided coin.
For developers and real
estate companies, it was a dash
of cold water to the face and a
time for tightening of belts and
retrenching a bit, though fore-
casts by industry analysts of
state and national trends sug-
gest that 2007 should prove a
far better year.
For homeowners, the slow-
ing of the market provided
bafflement as taxes and insur-
ance costs continued to climb
while the market was buffeting
the value of their homes.
The flip side for them is
that in 2007, the slowing in
the climb of property. values
should translate into an eas-
ing of taxes as government's
assessment catches up the


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but comfort in the fact that the
area was spared even so much
as a tropical storm for the first
hurricane season in at least
four years.
Cooling, softening, what-
ever the label, the ripples'
seemed to extend in several
directions ...
An Economy Buckles
With the real estate mar-
ket somewhat in retreat, the
impacts were felt across an
area on which real estate had
fueled so much of the econ-
omy.
Construction jobs 'were
lost and. where in previous
years it might take months to
get home repairs performed
by local contractors, many
contractors were suddenly


looking beyond the county line
for work.
The St. Joe Company
trimmed a few dozen jobs in
the area as part of what was
labeled a re-organization and
several developers, real estate
companies and mortgage com-
panies closed, were sold or
were holding close to the vest.
GTCom also announced a
re-organization of operations
that translated into the loss
of some jobs locally. Premier
Chemicals had a partial shut-
down that nearly halved its
workforce.
Sure, there were clouds,
but there was some sun-
shine by the time the year
closed, including a host of
(See YEAR IN REVIEW on Page 3A)


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area, from Petals and Things
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Overall, it was a give-
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Port St. Joe Port Authority
with the acquisition of land
from which it hopes to, down
the line, launch 1,000 ships.
An operating port has long
been a vision, but in closing
a land deal with The St. Joe
Company, the Port Authority
has the first piling in the
ground to make it a reality.
That reality promises, at
the outset, construction and
engineering jobs, and up the
road high-paying jobs at a
functioning port, an economic
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The taste could poten-
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county succeeds, using the
port and Taunton Industries
in Wewahitchka the coun-
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"Business of the Year" as
linchpins, in beating out seven
other regional counties for
$30 million in grant funds to
facilitate an economic "cata-
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Additionally, the Sacred
Heart hospital is beginning to
provide rumblings for econom-
ic development of a different
kind, as the facility appears
poised to break ground early
in 2007 and bring with it con-
struction jobs in the short
term and good-paying health
care positions, in the next few
years.
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to the community by partner-
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health care providers spe-
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gible evidence of their fiscal
sustainability.
Can a Beach Help Restore
an Economy?
That was a central ques-
tion to the debate over fund-
ing a major project to restore
the beaches of St. Joseph
Peninsula, identified by the
state as one of the most rap-
idly-eroding in Florida.
A group of property own-
ers on the peninsula, after
months of sometimes con-
tentious debate, cast ballots
to tax themselves to restore
the beaches, with the major-
ity of property owners on the
gulf side of C-30 between .the
Stump Hole and St. Joseph
Peninsula State Park saying
yea.
Thus were two Municipal
Services Taxing Units estab-
lished to fund the local match
for state dollars for what is
estimated to be a nearly $20
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the county and the dollars
injected into the local econo-
my by beaches, the issue was
often characterized by pro-
ponents as one of economic
development.
By the end of the year, the
project was on track for major
work to commence in 2007.
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The development of the
second phase of WindMark
Beach by The St. Joe Company,
another potential ripening fruit
.,of economic development, also
began in earnest with two sig-
nificant impacts even as the
first commercial buildings
were arising from the ground.
For most folks, the most
arresting was the long-contro-
versial realignment of U.S. 98,
removing for motorists that
three mile drive of postcard
scenery while driving to Mexico
Beach or Panama City.
The second impact was
the tussle between the county
and City of Port St. Joe over
the city's desire to annex the
development and benefit from


the expanded tax base, as it
arrives.
The bickering as the sides
battered out an agreement, the
cost-benefit analysis of which
seems to just now to be com-
ing into focus and won't be
fully understood for years,
took place much of the time
out of the view of the folks for
whom it will benefit or cost
- taxpayers.
Preparing for Growth
Many of the key provisions
of that agreement for the city's
annexation of WindMark Beach
Phase II centered around lay-
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for future growth that seems,
despite current market condi-
tions, destined, as the water
and sunshine to continue.
Running water and sewer
to areas such as Overstreet
and White City were part of
the agreement and another
piece in the infrastructure
puzzle being filled in around
the county.
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DUI checkpoints of dubious value, legality


They catch relatively few drunks while
subjecting people to random searches
"Opponents of sobriety checkpoints tend to
be those who drink and drive frequently and are
concerned about being caught."
That's what Mothers Against Drunk Drivers
says. And that's correct, or as correct and logical
as it is to say that only pornographers oppose
obscenity laws, communists oppose blacklists
and terrorists oppose the Patriot Act. ,
But at the risk of sounding like a bunch of
defensive drunks, we'd like to point out as we
enter DUI-checkpoint season that police should
avoid the tactic for two reasons: They're relatively
ineffective, and they violate our freedom under the
Constitution.
First, the police can catch drunken drivers
without checkpoints.
Police often are reluctant to set up check-
points because they say it is inefficient and actu-
ally yields few arrests, according to studies by
the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and
researcher H.L. Ross.
A much more effective approach is large-
scale, roving patrols spread out over wide areas,
which find more erratic drivers than clusters at a
few set points.
In the largest DUI checkpoint operation that's
been studied, Tennessee set up 882 checkpoints
throughout the state over the course of a year,
stopping ,144,299 drivers. The result of all that
work: 773 DUI arrests.
To take an atypical but illustrative local
example, a checkpoint run by the Irvine (Calif.)
Police Department in 2004 staffed by 27 officers
and 24 others stopped 884 vehicles and made
seven DUI arrests. By one comparison, Irvine
officer Michael Hallinan made 137 DUI arrests
that same year.
Proponents also argue that widespread check-


A'S
White House wants a temporary boost in
troops in Iraq; Pentagon is skeptical
The latest hope for snatching a victory
from the jaws of defeat in Iraq is the idea of
"surging" the number of U.S. troops in the
country on a temporary basis. Send in an extra
20,000 to 50,000 troops for six months or so to
clean out the nests of insurgents and extremists
in Baghdad and elsewhere, goes the theory, and
the struggling Iraqi government just might have
a chance to stabilize itself and be in a position to
handle security in the near future.
According to leaks from the deliberations,
civilians in the White House are& pushing for a
"surge," and the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously
oppose the idea. The Pentagon, according to the
Washington Post, warns that a short-term mission
"could give an enormous edge to virtually all the
armed factions in Iraq." More troops could lead
to more attacks or the well-armed Shia militias
could simply melt back into society for a while
and reappear, perhaps more formidable than
before, when the temporary build-up ends.
The Pentagon is right to be skeptical.
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell raised
the right questions: What is the military mission?
What size force is appropriate to accomplish it?


points are a greater deterrent. As a paper put out
last year by the Transportation Research Board
has it, "highly publicized, highly visible, and fre-
quent sobriety checkpoints reduce impaired driv-
ing fatal crashes."
This may well be true, but the reality is that
few police departments have the funding to be
omnipresent with frequent checkpoints, and, do
we really want them to be?
The second and crucial reason to avoid the
tactic is that it endangers our freedoms under
the Constitution, particularly regarding Fourth
Amendment protections.
Current law was set in 1990, when the
Supreme Court upheld DUI checkpoints in
Michigan v. Sitz. Previously, the court had only
permitted checkpoints for border control pur-
poses.
In order to allow DUI checkpoints, the court
had to ignore its own history and logic.
Americans have the Fourth Amendment right

to be secure against "unreasonable searches and
seizures." This means that police must have a rea-
son an articulablee and reasonable suspicion,"
in the court's words to stop you. A checkpoint
by its nature involves arbitrary searches of people
who have done nothing to arouse suspicion.
Checkpoint proponents argue that these
aren't really searches, that they're an administra-
tive function to ensure traffic safety. But in U.S.
v. Martinez-Fuerte in 1976, the Supreme Court
decided that "checkpoint stops are 'seizures'
within the meaning of the Fourth Amendment."
If checkpoints, then, are seizures conducted
without any reasonable suspicion, how could they
square with the 4th Amendment? Some argue that
a car is not among the "persons, houses, papers,
and effects" protected by the Fourth Amendment,
or that because driving is a licensed activity, it's a
privilege, not a right.
The court rejected that line of reasoning


Surge' To StabiJ
How long would it take? Absent the answers,
the administration is merely "kicking the Iraq
can" into the future. The American public might
support a troop surge for four to six months
if it were possible to, say, secure Baghdad,
but probably not an extended commitment, 18
months or more.
And, there might be support for additional
U.S. troops, temporarily deployed, if it were
a prelude to substantial withdrawal. As Ted
Carpenter, vice president for international studies
at the libertarian Cato Institute, points out, it
could be spun as a success. "Every year so far
violence has declined during the winter months,
only to surge, so to speak, when summer comes.
If a decline in violence coincides with an increase
in U.S. troops, that might offer a way for the U.S.
to declare victory and come home," he said.
Pentagon officials may be influenced by
the latest Pentagon assessment of the security
situation in Iraq. The quarterly report, mandated
by Congress, shows that attacks against American
and Iraqi targets were at their highest level since
the reports began. There were an average of 960
attacks a week against American and Iraqi forces
in the August-November period, a 22 percent
increase over May-August.


My Head Is Cold!


I hate to blame anything on Christmas. I don't
want to blame this on my two sons. And I can not,
of. course, under any circumstances, blame it on
my daughter-in-laws! The result is the same no
matter how you cut the culpability. I lost one of my
all time favorite caps!
And no one shed a tear for me. As a matter
of fact, my family went about their Chr-,tmias
business withoutt a memorial for, or even a glace
'at the empty space on the library table where the
'white wool cap with the green bill had resided
for so long. Indeed, age itself led to its premature
demise.
It all started a couple ofweeks before Christmas.
!"Kes, we've got to clean up and straighten up-the
,kids are coming for the holidays."
I started to point out that the "kids", back
when they actually were kids, went out of their way
to "un-straighten" this house on a daily basis when
I saw Cathy lingering over the aforementioned
library table. "The tree, is going to be by the front
window. That means a lot of the activity will be
right here. I think we need to clean this table off."
"Cathy, there ain't nothing on it but a couple
of my golf caps."
"Exactly!"
"Now wait a minute, I know you take pride in
ithe way the house looks. And I appreciate that you
want it clean and nice for the 'kids' but I live here
too. Don't forget that Bible verse about home being
'a man's castle-"
She didn't hear me. She was too busy clearing
off that table! I got the feeling this whole clean up
modewas somehpwrelatedto our daughter-in-laws.
It must be one of those girl things! She removed my
;Faron Young Greatest Hits tape, a genuine Lash
'LaRue whip, a duck call, my autographed Elly Mae
,Clampett picture, a 1966 Rawlings Mickey Mantle
'model XPG 6 baseball glove..'.and all six capsl
,The only thing she left was the oversized book of
Norman Rockwell paintings.
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tape away from her but I couldn't save the caps!
She just rolled her eyes at my violent protest and
mumbled something about the other 126 caps that
were scattered about the house. I thought that was
kind of picky of her...
The green and white hat was given to me by
my older brother. I believe it was 1984 or 85. We
were going to the golf course and he whipped it out
of his closet and said, "See if this one will work
for you."
It fit Immediately. You would have to be a.hat
person to understand. It didn't tilt. The crown
was neither too pronounced nor invisible. The
bill rounded like it was born for my head. It had
no "spots" that felt heavy against your hairline. It
rested the correct amount above the ears. And it
weathered in perfectly. Listen, a hat don't come
along like this one very often! I knew this was a
keeper before we got to the first tee.
It blew off and the cart behind us ran over
it the very first day. I dropped it in a creek trying
to retrieve a ball some months later playing a
course in Atlanta. I left it on the hood of my truck
at a restaurant in Dothan. I was wearing that hat
when Terry Labonte won the final Mountain Dew
Southern 500 at Darlington. I eagled the second
hole at the St.' Joseph Bay Country Club in that
cap. I had it on when I broke up the fight between
Jack Harper and Flip Aspromontie. I went coon
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in Delaware v. Prouse in 1979, stating that an
"individual operating or traveling in an automo-
bile does not lose all reasonable expectation of
privacy simply because the automobile and its
use are subject to government regulation. People
are not shorn of all Fourth Amendment protection
when they step from their homes onto the public
sidewalk; nor are they shorn of those interests
when they step from the sidewalks into their
automobiles."
The court, then, grants' that checkpoints
are forbidden by the language of the Fourth
Amendment, but allows them anyway. How? It
uses a balancing test, which is usually a good
indication that one has left the ground of principle
for that of preference.
The Fourth Amendment. is not some social
good to be balanced against other goods; it is
a categorical prohibition of random searches.
It supersedes federal law, state law, executive
order and even international treaty. But the court
imagines that it's on a par with a police depart-
ment policy memo or the whim of a traffic agency
official.
The balance to be taken here is not between
the amenability of privacy and a worthy fight
against drunk driving; it is between one dubious
tactic in that fight and the weight of the explicit
text of the Constitution.
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On our scale of balance, the checkpoints
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lity?
An increase in U.S. forces in Baghdad
proper during that period at first had some
success in reducing the number of attacks. But
sectarian death squads quickly adapted, focusing
on neighborhoods where the U.S. had not yet
established a presence. And the Pentagon report
noted that "Shia death squads leveraged support
from some elements of the Iraqi Police Service
and National Police," hardly an encouraging
development.
It is long past time more troops or not
to acknowledge that the U.S. invasion has not
brought democracy in Iraq and that the United
States is unable to pacify a 'country deeply
divided along ethnic and religious lines.
In the context of the worldwide struggle to
cope with al-Qaida and other terrorists, the Iraq
situation is a setback, not a defeat. The United
States will remain the most formidable force
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attempted too much in one region on the basis of
believing faulty intelligence. Admitting a mistake
and cutting our losses should strengthen the
United States for other aspects of the long-
term effort to neutralize the appeal of Islamic
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It had faded a bit. And sweat streaks colored
the edges. There was a spattering of blood and
mud on the bill and a just splash of mustard on
the crown. One of the back eyelets had let go.
Listen, it was in about as good a shape as a
cap could be! \ .
And Cathy throws it out with the dishwater!
She discarded it like its a string on the end of a
green bean. Dropped it like a hot potato. Tossed it
like yesterday's comics.
She released it like they do old running backs
with a bum knee.
That cap wasn't hurting a thing! It was just
resting,there. I felt good walking by it. It gave that
particular corner of Lhe house a certain lived-in
look; 'in an off beat, kinda grubby way. I like to
point to it and say, "Cathy, this hat saw-"
"Terry Labonte streak home ahead of Jeff
Gordon and Dale Jarrett to win at the 'track too
tough to tame.'" Danged if she wouldn't finish the
sentence for me.
"Couldn't we move it into the Stan Musial
room?"
"We could if you would throw away the 47
hats already in there." She was about to make me
mad! The only thing that kept me from putting
my foot down was that she possible could have
a point here. "If you throw one of those away, you
can replace It with the dirty hat."
I surveyed the cap cabinet in the Musial room.
I can't throw away the St. Joe football hat. We won
a state championship in that-cap! I could never
let go of my Lion's cap from little league. Mother
sewed the L on with such love and care. It would
be sacrilegious to get rid of a St. Louis Cardinals'
hat. I, naturally, had to keep the one signed by
Porter Waggoner. And nobody was taking my
Golden Flow hat. Bobby Brown gave me that cap
back in 1978. It fit even better that the green and
white one! And listen, if that cap could talk, all of
us would be in trouble..
The answer was simple. I was going to have to
build onto the house, tell my children they couldn't
come home anymore or marry someone else..
Caps are pretty serious business where I
come from.
Respectfully,
Kes


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Slope Of Nanny


State Politics

by Dr. Jeffrey Singer

On Dec. 5, New York City banned the
use of trans-fats in restaurants and food
preparation. Ironically, many of the experts
proclaiming the dangers of trans-fats were
the ones who urged us to embrace them
as "heart-healthy" in the 1980s. William
Willett, chairman of the Department of
Nutrition at Harvard University, who was
one of the early advocates of trans-fats,
admitted this in a 2005 New York Times
report.
.First our government "protectors" take.
away the rights of property owners to decide
whether they will allow guests to smoke
in their restaurants and other private
business establishments. Now, before the
smoke has even had a chance to clear, our
"parents" are turning their attention to,
what we choose to eat. Soon there will be
no activity that "free" Americans adults can
engage in that will not require the prior
approval of nanny state bureaucrats.
By now it is obvious to most people
that "advocacy" or "junk" science infects
much of the information reported about
the harmful effects of many things we
do. Whether it's global warming, silicone
breast implants, secondhand smoke or
the types and amounts of fats we ingest,
the fact remains that much of the data is
inconclusive. But that doesn't stop those
with an agenda to micromanage our daily
lives.
Remember the alar scare of the 1980s?
Remember cyclamates? Those, among
many other panie attacks of the regulatory
class, have been long-since discredited. But.,
the overreaction proved a costly blow to the
industries affected and an unnecessary
inconvenience to those of us willing to take
our chances ingesting such products.
Should we prohibit working as
a convenience store clerk at night? Or-
perhaps no one should be allowed to
be a firefighter. After all, these jobs are
definitely more dangerous than bartending
in a smoke-filled lounge.
So now, comes the war on trans-
fats. What will be the next project of
the advocacy science crowd? Banning cell
phones because of the risk of brain cancer?
Banning vaccinations of children because
of the risk of autism? There is always
some scientific "data" to justify any such
action not necessarily credible data, but
that hasn't stopped anyone so far.
There is something more important
than the integrity of scientific research that
is at stake here. In a free society, people
should be able to make their own choices
regarding how much risk they are willing
to take when engaging in any activity.
Independent organizations should be free
to make information available to the public
regarding risks and benefits. But they
must not be allowed to make the decisions
for the people.
"Freedom" doesn't mean you get to
vote on who gets to be your master.
Freedom means autonomy and personal
responsibility.
The "free", nations of the West continue
down the slippery slope to tyranny.
Psychiatrist Thomas Szasz referred .to it
as "The Therapeutic State." Others call it
the "Nanny State." Whatever name we give
it, the fact remains that people are not
free when their choices are proscribed by
committees of well-intended busybodies
who are, after all, no more omniscient
than the people they chose to control.
While our leaders sound the alarm
about international terrorism that threatens
"our, very way of life," a more stealthy
threat to our way of life continues to eat at
our society from within. We must tell these
dangerous busybodies to mind their own
business before it's too late.

Dr. Jeffrey Singer is a Phoenix-area
surgeon who writes and lectures on
regional and national public policy. He
serves on the board of directors of the
Goldwater Institute.
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rise in real estate prices,
homeowners who have
bought at record high prices
are vulnerable to a fall in
property values that could
leave them owing more on
their mortgage than their
home is worth ... More
troubling still is evidence
that many appraisers
fraudulently inflate property
values during the buying or
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The Demos document
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Another report
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offered additional effects
of both appraisal and
mortgage fraud.
'"A House of Cards:
Refinancing The American
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reportedlybased its findings
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The refinancing system
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report's author said, with
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mortgage company wants.
"With the most
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lives, they're dependent
upon this jury-rigged
system with conflicts of
interest," Callahan said.
"That's crazy."

History Repeating Itself
Stephen Smith, a
Redlands, CA, real estate
broker and well-traveled
speaker on the topic of
appraisal fraud, traces the
seeds of the current system
to a decision by the Federal


Home Administration in
1993 to let lenders choose
appraisers.
Previously, FHA regional
offices would assign
independent appraisers to
see a fair property value
in a system designed to
encourage independent
appraisals.
"Brokers didn't have
a choice who did the
appraisal," Smith said.
Pressure on appraisers
further increased in the
late 1990s with the growth
of the secondary mortgage
market, in which loans are


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out there," Pechiney said.
Now, he said, "lenders are
becoming more aware on a
day-to-day basis."
One problem, according
to industry experts, is that
many national lenders
are so distant from some
appraisals that they either
failed to monitor them
closely or were unable to
verify them. Now, more
lenders are centralizing
appraisal operations.
Some lenders are doing
away with appraisers,
instead opting for
automated systems that


Don Kelly, vice
president for public affairs,
the Appraisal Institute, the
nation's largest professional
appraiser organization, and
M. Thomas Martin, National
Mortgage Complaint Center,
Seattle, WA, said on CNN/
Money, June 2, 2005:
"One overvalued
appraisal can skew home
prices throughout a
neighborhood... If a house
is appraised for 10 percent
or 15 percent more than
it's actually worth and the
sale closes, it may be used
by another appraiser as a
comparable sale the very
next day...It has a ripple
effect.'... "
That could have even
greater implications, said
Marlin.
"The cumulative effect
of appraisal fraud is you
may have investors holding
mortgage debt that's backed
by real estate worth less
than they think it is," said
NMartin. "It's a train wreck
\waiting to happen."
Broderick Perkins,
executive editor,
Dead li neNews.Com, writing
in Realty Times-Real
Estate News and Advice
on Feb. 16, 2005:
"Overvalued property
can falsely inflate nearby
home values while
also raising property
taxes. When the scam is
uncovered or -homeowners
default or both, values can
just as quickly plummet,
leaving other owners with
over-valued homes and
upside down mortgages
- conditions that simulate
or exacerbate a so-called
housing bubble."
Broderick Perkins,
again in Realty Times,
April 20, 2005:
"Widespread
depreciation in over-inflated
home values could have a


resold in bulk to national
mortgage companies.
Such companies have less
exposure to risk from
individual loan failures
because they hedge
their risk through broad
portfolios of loans.
However, Michael J.
D'Alonzo, a Willow Grove,
PA, mortgage lender and
a director of the National
Association of Mortgage
Lenders, said pressure to
inflate appraisals is "the
exception to the rule."
7Letting lenders pick'
appraisers enables .deals
to close more quickly, he
said.
"It puts the process in
the hands of the mortgage
company, which ultimately
benefits the consumer,"
D'Alonzo said. "It expedites
the process." I
But according to Jim
Pechiney, vice president
of fraud management for
National City Mortgage
Corporation, lenders have
only recently seriously
confronted the problem.
"There was not a major
awareness across the
board of the fraud that is


rely on vast data bases to
analyze recent sales in a
particular area.
Last August, the Federal
Housing Administration
tightened appraisal
requirements on FHA loans.
Now, Congress is looking
at legislation proposing
universal standards for
loans and appraisals.

Cause and Effect
Any number of
government and industry
experts and investigators
offer a long list of the
potential consequences of
appraisal and mortgage
fraud, including:
Rick Barnett, Bay
County property appraiser,
said in the Panama City
News Herald on Sept.
28, 2006 -"...'Beachfront
property value rose as much
as 1,000 percent because
some parcels had not been
assessed in a decade or
two,...Also contributing to
the current land values is
the fact that the extremely
rich are paying more than
a parcel is worth, and
that sets the market and
eliminates local buyers'..."


The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 28, 2006 SA


devastating impact should thrives amid a failure of
it affect local, regional and stringent government

"Widespread depreciation in
over-inflated home values could
have a devastating impact
should it affect local, regional
and national economies, many
of which today are driven, in
part, by the booming housing
market."


national economies, many
of which today are driven,
in part, by the booming
housing market."
David Callahan, wrote
in "Home Insecurity: How
Widespread Appraisal
Fraud Puts Homeowners at
Risk" on March, 2005:
"...'Appraisal fraud


oversight... Our study shows
that, even as evidence of
appraisal misconduct
has mounted, neither the
federal government nor
most states have taken
decisive steps to fix an
obviously broken system
and protect homeowners
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value rose as much as 1,000
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from risking their most
important asset'..."
In the report, Callahan
used the following examples
to illustrate his points:
"...A mortgage broker
wants the parties to
rewrite an accepted offer
for $95,000 as an offer for
$125,000, with $5,000 in
credits to the buyer and
a second mortgage of
$25,000, which the seller
is to forgive after closing.
"If the real estate agents
and the parties comply,
and the mortgage broker
successfully pressures an
appraiser to appraise the
home for at least $125,000,
the transaction closes and


everyone leaves happy.
"The buyer gets the
house he or she wanted, the
seller receives the original
$95,000 sales price, and
the mortgage broker, the
appraiser and the real
estate brokers all get their
fees and commissions.
"However, when this
loan is bundled and sold
on the secondary market
to investors, it is the
investors who pay the price
if mortgages are foreclosed
and the properties are
worth less than the loan
amounts....
"...The [mortgage loan
process] system enables
appraisal fraud. Mortgage


From Page 5A

brokers, lenders and real
estate brokers generally are
paid a commission based
on loan or transaction
values.
"Homeowners who are
refinancing to pay off other
debt need the new loan to
come in high enough to
cover this debt.
"Those who originate
loans care little if the
mortgagor later defaults
because the loans are
sold into the secondary
market. All are potential
accomplices to appraisal
and mortgage fraud because
they all have a financial
stake that is dependent
upon the success and the


size of the transaction..."
Don Kelly, in The
Kansas City Star, was
quoted on for the Monday,
July 4, 2005 edition:
"...Appraisal inflation
doesn't discriminate,
it happens in every
neighborhood,
"But appraisal inflation
can snowball. If an
appraiser fudges 5 percent
or more and the sale goes
through, it might be used
by another appraiser on
what's called a"comparable"
in a subsequent home
purchase.
"It feeds on itself and can
run through the community,
and you can jack up the
prices It can influence city
tax assessments and home
insurance rates..."
John Duffy, owner


of Duffy Real Estate in
Narberth and Wayne, IN,
on philly.com (Philadelphia
Inquirer), posted July 24,
2005:
"...Price appreciation
has been so rapid that
appraisers are having to
go farther and farther from
the property to come up
with comparable sales...
"And because properties
that have reached
settlement are not being
recorded quickly enough in
some county deed offices,
a lot of appraisers have
been relying on the Multiple
Listing Service (MLS) and
on real estate agents who
have properties for sale."
Bill Garver of the
Appraisal Institute's
government affairs
committee in Washington,


on philly.com (Philadelphia
Inquirer), posted July 24,
2005:
"...Fraudulent
appraisals are also the result
of unqualified appraisers...
After the savings and loan
disaster, every state set*
up licensing boards for
appraisers, who number
90,000 nationwide... Since
then, surveys have shown
the quality of appraisals has
shown a marked decline..."
"Nightmare
Mortgages," from
BusinessWeek.com, quoted
in Mortgage News Daily on
Nov. 7, 2006:
"...not onlywill 'ordinary
people' bear the pain of.
failed mortgages, especially
the exotic mortgages that.'

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strictions. 103 X 190. Starting at $72,000.







BeauufuJ First Tier Lot in TrcSiire ShorNs.
An established neighborhood with nice beach
homes. Easy deeded access to the beach. Come
build your dream home here with great views
of Gulf .f M-.IL.co FEMA available. The best
priced, ]uJlir,;ri tier lot available. MLS#
200555 $465,000.







Comemporan 3BRi2B.1 homt. *.-I .. r i.. ,
and across small city park, great for walking and
jogging. Large master bedroom, big closer. Central
fireplace in living room, formal dining' room and
eat-in kitchen. MLS# 110119 $299,000












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4288 Cape San Bias Rd
Cape San Bias, FL

850-227-7770
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Nice bai new building loi on Cape San Blas.
flood zone. Come build your dream home just
a short walk away frbm pristine St. Joseph's Bay.
Gulf and bay access. Survey just completed
September, 2006. MLS# 108286 $250,000.


Gulf Front Gated Community with two swim-
ming' pools, tennis courts and easy access to
America's Number One Beach (Selected by Dr.
Beach, 2002). 34 Barrier Dunes Townhouses
Available from $319,000 to $650,000.


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New granite countertops in kitchen and bath-
rooms with under-mounted sinks. All new light-
ing in kitchen and bathrooms, new laminate
flooring in living room. Fireplace in livingroom
Enclosed in-ground pool and wonderful patio.
Owner motivated, bring your offer. MLS#
110465 $275,000


Great lot on canal that opens right into Intra-
coastal Waterway. Easy boat access to East Bay,
Intracoastal Waterway and out to Gulf of Mexico.
Possible to also buy the adjacent lot. Great Invest-
ment potential! MLS# 107621 $195,000


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Cape San Bias, FL

850-227-3200
800-713-9695


Lou in SouLhgate. Nice t.U.l ir.g l:.r r,cs
college, schools and future site of hospital.
MLS# 107685 & MLS# 110794 Starting at
$99,900.






L'niqus bach manage. '. fi,:..-:-d Z.:.,-,. Li. ,. :.I ,
Separate Family Room, Office Area. Large screened
back porch with hot tub. Great Views of the Water.
New Roof in October, 2006. Recent Exterior Paint.
Selling Below Appraised Value. Workshop and
Cedar lined closet downstairs. Short walk to our
beautiful beach. MLS# 108755 $599,000







Gulft it% on scenic H* C30- b 0 .- I.:..
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access. Zoned commercial and would be a great
location for an office. MLS# 110825 $289,900


Large luxury townhouses in gated community
with swimming pool. Over 2,000 sqft townhomes
with private-elevator in most units. SeaCliffs offers
great views of the Gulf of Mexico. Community
boardwalk t6 the beach. Choice of six (6) units
pricing from $419,000 to $599,000

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urkett 899-5242
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Appraisal

have been freely offered in
the last few years, but the
fallout will reach investors
and banks.
'The cavalier attitude
toward commercial real
estate lending in the 1980s
led to massive failures of
banks and savings and
loans in the 1990s...."

The Biggest Loser
While hard evidence
fromawidevarietyofsources
lists the consequences
- personal, commercial
and community-wide -
what could appraisal and
mortgage fraud mean in real
terms for Gulf County and
Mexico Beach residents?
The most harmful effect
ofmnortgage fraud, facilitated
by: appraisal fraud, as
illustrated by national
experts, is the potential
logs of homeownership
an'd. bankruptcy for the
hoimeowner/borrower.


The appraiser wins
because he collects his
fee for the appraisal, or
even a supplementary


From Page 6A

loan obtained by the bogus
appraisal) by garnishing
the borrower's other assets
or wages for many years.


The most harmful effect of
mortgage fraud, facilitated
by appraisal fraud, as
illustrated by national
experts, is the potential
loss of homeownership
and bankruptcy for the
homeowner/borrower.


"fee" for handling a bogus
appraisal.
The lender is rarely at
risk because it will recover
some of the loaned money
from the property, and
then may have recourse to
recover its investment (the


The loser is the
homeowner/borrower
who relied on the bogus
appraisal, supplied by the
lender's appraiser, when
borrowing against the value
of his home.
Thus begins the


rollercoaster refinancing
ride, outlined below, that,
according to industry
professionals, "buries" the
homeowner in their house
- they owe the multiple
lenders more than they can
currently sell his house for
in the market.
After the purchase of
the house, time passes.
The homeowner/borrower
finds they cannot make
their monthly mortgage
payments on time, or at
all, and they are threatened
with foreclosure.
They try to sell their
home but they owe more
than what the market will
pay.
People tell them to wait
until the market rebounds
to sell the house, but the
lender wants its monthly
payments on schedule. So
the homeowner must sell
at market value (the price
a buyer will pay within a
few months of listing), or
even less.
But the borrower owes
more than they can get, so
what do they do?


They desperately listen
to their lender, who says
it will: have its appraiser
get the panicked borrower
new money to pay off the
old debt; stretch out the
new terms (more time to
pay the mortgage); lower
the mortgage rate (discount
with a variable rate); and,
for a time, reduce the
borrower's payments, just


until they gets "back on
their feet."
The borrower grabs
the proffered life raft, the
lender's appraiser appraises
the property again for more
than the borrower might
sell it for, and the borrower
tells themselves that, surely,
their property will be worth
this much again, and soon.
However, maybe not.


Resources

To view the full report, "Home Insecurity: How
Widespread Appraisal Fraud Puts Homeowners at Risk,
please visit www.demos-usa.org/demos/publications

To view the full report, "A House of Cards: Refinancing
The American Dream," or for more information about
Demos' economic research, go to Debts and Assets
Clearinghouse at www.demos-usa.org/debtassets.

www.realtytimes.com
www.mortaagenewsdaily.com
www.fbi.gov
www.appraisalinstitute.org

(The next article in the series will examine the consequences
of appraisal and mortgage fraud on local property taxes.)


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LOTS and LAND


Port St. Joe
144 Betty Dr.- irregular lot size MLS # 109390 $119,000
125 14th Street 112 x 120 MLS #200356 $239,000
1310 Monument Ave. 120 x 105 MLS # 200355 $259,000
171 Village Dr. Marina Cove Commercial, 40 x 98 MLS # 105310 $389,000
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Shallow Reed Subdivision we have released 6 Village lots for $150,000 each
5454 Sandbar Dr. -Treasure Bay SD, .59 acre MLS # 106513 $307,000
5312 Sandbar Dr.- Treasure Bay SD 103 x 200 MLS #105578 $389,000


Cape San Bias
122 Rosemary Ct.- Jubilation SD,.20 acre MLS #109793 $319,000
120 Seagrass Cr.- Seagrass SD, 128 x 107 MLS # 108472 $649,000
St. Joe Beach
303 Nautilus Dr.- Sea Shores SD, 80 x 140 MLS # 110234 $270,000
7660 Hwy. 98 GulfView, 50 x 140 MLS # 201604 $695,000
Wewahitchka / Overstreet
948 South Long St.- Pine Breeze SD, 108 x 300 MLS # 111065 $75,000
9959 Hwy. 386 -Wetappo Creek, 2.6 acres, 120ft water MLS # 200843 $425,000
121 Little River Cr. Seven Springs SD, .50 acre MLS # 109706 $75,000


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Wewahitchka has sewer
lines in the ground heading to
Red Bull and Red Bull Island,
and a project to extend water
throughout the city limits will
soon break ground.
The City of Port St. Joe is
on track for a new water plant
tapping the freshwater canal
and a major overhaul of its
wastewater treatment facility.
The project to bring sewer
service to environmentally
sensitive St. Joseph Peninsula
is not far from completion.
Caring for the Health of
that Growth
Small steps, sure, but
they were steady in arriving as
several providers attempted to
fill the void left behind by the
closing almost two years ago
of Gulf Pines Hospital and
provide the level of care need-
ed by a growing community.


The site planning and
facility design for the Sacred
Heart hospital have been com-
pleted, funding is in place and
a healthy bank account has
been building from sales tax
proceeds to address indigent
care at the hospital and other
health care services in the
county.
A permit has been a
bump, but one county health
care officials are optimistic
will be quickly overcome with
groundbreaking, hopefully,
early in 2007.
As part of the county's
agreement with Sacred Heart,
a digital X-ray machine has
been installed at the county
Health Department in Port St.
Joe with Sacred Heart set to
operate the radiology depart-
ment by late January.
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opened a clinic in downtown
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mitted to taking over on Jan. 1
the clinic currently being oper-
ated by Bay Medical Center at
Beacon Hill.
The Health Department
also broke ground on a new
facility in Wewahitchka on
S.R. 22 and held a town hall
meeting to initiate discussions
on preparing for the potential
- and some experts say inevi-
table arrival of avian flu.
The City of Port St. Joe
also sponsored a town hall
meeting, dealing with the drug
abuse in the county.
And the county EMS
department has undertaken a
pilot project to teach life-sav-
ing CPR to all county students
grade 9-12.
Bringing a Community
Along
One of the major stories
of the year was the effort to
ensure that North Port St. Joe
- and the sooner that moniker


Robert E.


hits the history books, many
in the community say, the bet-
ter is lifted by coming growth
and economic development.
It has at times been bumpy.
particularly when the Port St.
Joe Redevelopment Agency
- formerly the Downtown
Redevelopment Agency -
expanded its boundaries to
include the largely minority
community.
There seemed to be no
shortage of folks willing to
lend an assist, 'as Florida
State University undertook
and completed a master plan,
the PSJRDA drafted its own
master plan, the Jessie Ball
DuPont Fund funded the work
of FSU and the Washington
Improvement Group revived
its own action committee as
did the North Port St., Joe
Community Development
group.
However, there remained
for folks in the community
a central question, one they
have yet to find comfort level
in the answers to, and that is
to what extent they will have
representation and input into


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Gray Bar Hotel
Possibly no story illus-
trates those incremental
advancements seen in 2006
as starkly as that surrounding
the Gulf County Jail and roof
at the County Courthouse.
In January, Sheriff Dalton
Upchurch was informing
county commissioners, as his
immediate two predecessors
had for years; the jail was
seriously showing the signs of
age only an extreme makeover'
could erase.
By the end of the year,
Upchurch, citing budget con-
straints and the continued
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of his intention to wash his
hands of the jail, leaving com-
missioners scrambling before
assuming the costs of operat-
ing the facility Jan. 1 and tak-
ing the keys by March 1.
In between the start
and end of 2006, Upchurch
announced he was handing
the keys over in March, only to
be dissuaded by commission-
ers who made a pledge for the
makeover.
Not long after, com-
missioners listed the major
rehabilitation work at
the jail as a priority for
a few years down the road.
The courthouse roof, in turn,
was a sieve for promised inten-
tions.
Though the county had
banked more than $600,000
in grants for a roof that has
for years had the consisten-
cy of Swiss cheese when the
rains come, it took the appear-
ance before commissioners of
the' administrative judge of
the circuit, who chastised the
Commission to act, to light the
fuse for forward motion.
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was up on the Courthouse
grounds and work had,
finally, begun on the roof as
the year closed.
Status Quo at the
Ballot Box
While there was no
shortage of frustration and,
at times, outrage from the
public over the actions
or non-actions of elected
officials, voters general-
ly decided to keep things
where they were when given
the opportunity to make
changes.
Bucking against nation-
al currents which swept
many incumbents from
office, local voters pretty
much left their representa-
tives in office.
Nathan Peters, Jr.,
earned another four-
year term on the County


Commission without oppo-
sition, as did David Horton
on the Port St. Joe City
Commission and George
Cox on the county School
Board.
County commissioner
Billy Traylor easily pushed
away two challengers,
securing 60 percent of the
vote he and Peters are
the longest-serving county
officials.
Danny Little, appointed
in 2005 to serve the remain-
der of the late Oscar Redd's
term on the School Board,
earned his first four-year
term in easy fashion.
And Benny Roberts
turned back a challenge
from Tommy Davis to
remain a Port St. Joe city
commissioner.
The lone exception to


the rule was the upset of
Charlotte Pierce by John
Wright for a seat on the
School Board which Pierce
had occupied for 16 years.
Exposure
Maybe the real estate
market forgot about the
area for a time, but there
seemed to be plenty of state
and national exposure for
the Forgotten Coast.
Southern Accents mag-
azine partnered with The
St. Joe Company to build
a show house at WindMark
and subsequently produced
an 80-plus page spread in
its magazine.
Coastal Living pro-
filed the area, National
Geographic studied the
region and The St. Joe
Company's plans for devel-
opment and several nation-


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* 200234 2327 Lake Grove Road
: Wewahichka $22 500 00
202610 231 Elm SI Red Bull Island.
We.vahitchka 555,000 00
* 202515 274 Jarron Daniel Rd. Overstreet
0 559.000 00
202516, 252 Jarron Daniel Rd. Oversireet
$5900000
202602 186 Sierra Dr Wewahichka
565.000 00
3 201801, 3548 Siale H.y 30 A, simmons
Bayou Port St Joe $174,000 00
202443 Jubilalion Dr #lot 32. Cape Son
Blas $299,000 00
202835. 108 Marner Ln Soulh Beach S D
Cape San Bias $325.000 00
200622, 231 Park Po.ni Circle. Park Point
S'D. Cape San Bias 5355 000 00
202357. 107 Trace View Way, Palmetto
* Trace S.D Si Joe Beach $144.90000
202191 112 While Blossom Trail, Magnolia
Bluff S.'D Si Joe Beach $205 000 00
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109177, 112 Gulf Terrace St, The
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20172 1, 200 St Charles St, Casuna S/D.
Mexico Beach $260,000 00
202378 232 Atlantic St. St. Joe Beach
$275.000 00
202581, 102 13th St, Mexico Beach
$350,000 00
108376 South Brooks Ave, Sunset Village
S.D St Joe Beach. $395,000.00
202328 8123 AmercusAve Summer
Place S'D St. Joe Beachl $425,000.00
202197 11823 Hauser Rd, East Bay.
Panama City. $115 000 00
605 Nautilus Dr Sea Shores S/D. St. Joe
Beach $275.000 00
202971 Sea Turtle Dr, Sunset Village S.'D.
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By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Performance of the Year
There were almost too many to count, at least while keeping
fingers and toes intact, but there could hardly have been a more
impressively improbable run than that of the Wewahitchka
High School baseball team.
The Gators finished 18-13 overall, a pedestrian record con-
sidering how postseason success bulged the win column, but
their astounding run to the state Class 2A Final Four was one
to remember.
The combination of all the right elements meshing at the
right time was the envy of any athletic team. The Gators pitched
well, hit well and fielded well as the playoffs approached.
They overcame significant odds at one point an eight-run
deficit in the playoffs and were ousted from the playoffs by a
single fluke run scored in the final inning by Arlington Country
Day.
Finally, in contrast to a Port St. Joe squad which reached
the same spot and lost in a similar fashion the year before, the
Gators, at least on paper, did not seem as talented as others, but
still came within a whisper of a championship.
Factor it all, and the choice, from here, was clear.


Team of the Year
Defending a state title is tough.
Doing so without many of the major playmakers ratchets up
the degree of difficulty, but to mold disparate, and in some cases
young, parts together and come so close to another trip to the
title game made Port St. Joe High School's football team
something special.
What made the Sharks' year remarkable was a tale of two
seasons.
During the regular season, a ferocious defense, which shut
out opponents over 17-straight quarters at one point, held the
fort while the offense gelled.
Down the stretch, 300-yard rushing games on offense were
the norm and the Sharks lost just twice, to Blountstown, which
reached the Class 2B semifinals, and Liberty County in what, in
hindsight, could be described as questionable circumstances.
The second season started with a playoff trip to Mayo to
take on the state's top-ranked Class 1A team, Lafayette.
The Sharks completely throttled a team which had wracked
up huge numbers during the season.
They then came back home to do the' same thing to


a Hawthorne squad which
appeared nearly as talented as Lafayette, winning the North
Rural Public School championship for the third time in four
years.
The season finally ended on a cold night in Tallahassee
where North Florida Christian, and the Class 1A coach and
player of the year, barely escaped with an 18-13 victory.
Next to team, Webster's could place a picture of the 2006
Sharks.


Dynasty Rerun
Once again a basketball season ended in a run to the Final
Four for the Port St. Joe Sharks.
And once again, a private school program seemingly built
for the National Basketball Association ended that sprint to a
title.
But along the way, the Sharks racked up 21 wins against
nine losses, played and competed with all comers, won another
in what seems like an endless string of district titles and made
"The Dome" a place to be for home games.
The loss in the state semifinals came to a team featuring at
least three NCAA Division I prospects and with more height up
front than many college teams.
The Sharks held their own for a half, but could not keep
pace in the final 16 minutes.
And then, keeping with a tradition of seeking out any test, as
Port St. Joe has done for years, Port St. Joe signed up Arlington
Country Day on the 2006-07 regular-season schedule.
Dynasty Rerun II
No, again, this is not about Joan Collins and her television
show, but the serial success of the Lady Gators softball pro-
gram at Wewahitchka High School.
For the sixth time, more than all but three programs in any
class in the state since softball changed to fast-pitch competi-
tion, the Lady Gators found themselves again in the state Final
Four.
They finished 28-2, after falling short with a 4-1 loss to
Jacksonville Bishop Snyder in the semifinals, continuing a nag-
ging trend of seeing seasons end against private schools from
Florida's First Coast.
But Charles "Scootsie" Fortner and assistant Coy Adkins
remain loaded, with a pair of young pitchers named Samantha
- last names Rich and Green returning along with the nucleus
of what was last season a young squad.


In fact, last year was alleged to be something of a rebuilding
year, but the Lady Gators don't rebuild, they reload.
The Future is Now
No shortage in Gulf County of young men and women who
are likely to dominate these pages in the coming years.
Start with Kayla Parker, the Port St. Joe track phenom
who one year after setting a national age-group record in the
sprint hurdles, placed eighth or better in her age group in three
events at the national AAU Junior Olympic Track and Field
Championships.
Parker is starring as a freshman for the Lady Sharks' bas-
ketball team and if history is any indicator, her entrance onto
the high school stage is likely to translate into medals at the
state track and field championships in the spring.
Two other young notables ply their skills on the middle of
the softball diamond. Samantha Rich, now just a sophomore,
might be the best in a long line of outstanding pitchers who ha4v.
threaded through the Wewahitchka softball program.
She lost just two games last season, averaged more than
10 strikeouts per seven innings and added a thunderous bat to
the lineup.
Kayla Minger, also a freshman last season, was nearly as
good for the Port St. Joe softball team maybe less overpow;-
ering than Rich, but with an uncanny command of the strike
zone.
Minger and Rich helped pitch a summer league team to -the
nationals in Seattle and are likely to face each other in critical
situations over the next three years.,
In Praise of the Individual


The year didn't belong entirely to teams, as some individti-
als rose above the fray on their own power.
Zac Norris of Port St. Joe High, who had finished third the
year before, won the state title in the discus throw, heaving the
metal disc more than 150 feet, a personal best.
Wewahitchka's Billy Naylor, just a sophomore, was the
lone county harrier to reach the state cross country championi-
ships, where he finished securely in the top half of the field.
Grant Rish from Port St.' Joe High was the only county
golfer to advance as far as the regionals.
And Grant Malvestuto, a Port St. Joe middle-schooler.
won the silver medal in the vault at the Florida State Men's
Gymnastics meet in March.
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Hall of Famers This was a year in which
some of the memories of the
,," past were embossed for the .
"^" future.
Port St. Joe High School .
_.. ...inducted its first "class" into -
its athletic Hall of Fame, if you ..
count, as most folks do. that
.former coach Vernon Eppinette .
was inducted as a class unto
himself.
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company, as R. Marion Craig,
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mous with Shark athletics, former basketball great David
Langston and the exemplary football player and coach Wayne
Taylor were formally honored during the football season.
And the Gene Raffield League, with its gold stamp for athlet-
ics for youngsters, inducted four as its first class into a league
Hall of Fame, Ash Parker, Zac Norris,' Jordan Todd and
Sidney Harris.
Taking it to another Level
.. .., At least two area athletes proved that high school success
'was just a precursor for bigger things.
", Stephen Gaddis, a junior at the University of South
Florida, was an All-Big East Conference honoree due to his ever-
rising heights in the pole vault.
Ash Parker went from a state championship football team
at Port St. Joe High to playing every game at wide receiver as a
true freshman at Florida International University.
Along the way, Parker earned All-Stin Belt honorable men-
tion honors.
Mighty Mites
The high schools seem to have a flowing pipeline of talent
headed their way, if the performance of a number of youngsters
is any indication.
The 10-and-under team girls softball team from the
Dixie Youth League finished second at state in the spring and
the 9-1O-year-olds from Port St. Joe won the Gene Raffield
Super Bowl in the fall.
Honorable Mention
Maybe not the top stories, but other events and changes
occurred on the athletic fields which are worth noting before
2006 is relegated.to the history books.


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David Langston
Chuck Gannon stepped down as the Port St. Joe High
baseball coach after a lengthy string of success, though he
remains the defensive coordinator for the Sharks' football team
... Todd Lanter became Wewahitchka High's fourth football
coach in four years, brought stability and began pouring a foun-
dation for the future, re-energizing the junior varsity program


10 And Under Girls Softball Team
and producing several stunning early wins before a lack of depth
and injuries undermined the Gators' season ... The Port St.
Joe High boys' soccer team won another district, title, only
to stumble again in the regional playoffs. Coach Tom Curry's
scheduling for the current season seems designed to toughen is
team to make the leap beyond the first playoff round in 2007 ...
Using monies from a federal grant, Port St. Joe High built a
state-bf-the-art weight/workout room on the second level of the
R. Marion Craig Coliseum, leaving behind the bandbox in the
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Year in Review From Page 9A


has featured articles exam-
ining a host of issues per-
taining to the area through-
out 2006.
Volunteerism
Maybe it is just us, but
one of the most encourag-
ing stories of 2006 was the
continued community out-


reach efforts of volunteers
and businesses throughout
the county.
The Affordable Housing
Coalition held its second
annual membership meet-
ing as it grows in numbers
and broadens in voices. The
St. Joe Company is poised


to donate 200 acres to the
county for workforce hous-
ing and Taunton Industries
and St. John's Village con-
tinue to be leaders in trying
to provide attainable hous-
ing on the north end of the
county.
Habitat for Humanity of


Gulf County also appears
poised for its first commu-
nity build of a new home.
A volunteer group,
Waterfronts Partnership,
is working on plans for
imnprovilng the waterfront in
the Port St. Joe.
And there are no short-
age of people who volunteer
their time and energy on
the Economic Development
Council, Health Care


Advisory Board, the dispa-
rate groups working with
the North Port St. Joe com-
munity and the Community
Development Corporation
- the action arm of the
Affordable Housing
Coalition and on and on.
Finally, the St. Joseph
Humane Society, an entirely
volunteer outfit, has broken
ground on a new facility,
continued its vigilant work


for stray or abandoned ani-
mals and is in full fund-
raising mode, with the suc-
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Beach. Large building & office in back of prop-
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INLS# 108551 .NLSt 108425 249 Br ants Landing Road
Make Lis an Offer on this Residential Lot. 141 W- '.' ,EWAHITCHiKA
Barbara Drise. Close to-Schools and Churches. 18.48Acres mol within .5 Miles from the
This beautiful borne site is located in an estab- chipola river. Access to the intracoaslal wa-
lished neighborhood or we kept homes. Perfect terwav and lakes. Great ..place for develop-
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MLSI# 106882 .221 AngefisBStreet'. *.: .143 1515 rylan .ve 'E.
3 bedroom/2 bath mobile home. Sitting o'2 o lo. NE. IC.OBEACH ,
that look oier St. Joseph Bay. This bhom'is' VaIe. ,e in theland, Mobile home is being sold.fas'1.
excellent condition.. It h1S an abdve groinaI,-p'i '.La> is located abolAt' th-ee blocks from beau-
with decks all around. aimfcl or i 'o i'ult'-t white dedicaled.beadh'df Meidco Beaih; lot
about a block away.: Therp ar '!to an aino li sc.'ipar.$17,00. ,
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comes'full) 'furnished with plenty
in outside shed/work area. 4 )eai
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pluiJot wi ih beautiful oak trees an
ntle'mL.oweil. Public boat ramp a
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Established 1937 Serving Gulf county and surrounding areas for 69 years


The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, December 28, 2006 SECTION B


The


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Amidst its reporting of jailhouse
woes, beach restoration and infrastruc-
ture improvements, The Star chronicled a
community's victories, struggles and striv-
ings in weekly feature stories.
In its pages and the newly added
"Community" section, The Star profiled
the people, events and history that make
Gulf County truly unique.
The following is a sampling of some of
the year's most memorable features.

The People We Met

People are the very heart of a commu-
nity newspaper, and this 'year, The Star
introduced its readers to some unforget-
table characters.
At age 80, Phillip King continued to
ply his trade at his Ave. E barbershop with
verve and enthusiasm.
A natural storyteller, King related a
near-death experience involving a hairball
lodged in his lung.
When he told a barber supply com-
pany salesman his plans to close the joint


Phillip King, 80, gives customer Johnny Bullc
his Ave. A barber shop. King has plied his trade ii
nearly 50 years.


up, he uttered one of the single greatest
lines to ever grace The Star's pages: "Man,
I've got hair in me."
A barber as well as former mill worker
and 105 gunner during the Korean War,
King's life is a testament to his personal
credo: "There ain't nothing I can't do."
The Wewabitchka Tupelo Festival in


Year in


May provided an excuse to return to the
front porch of retired beekeeper L.L.
Lanier for an afternoon of first-rate sto-
rytelling.
Born in 1923 to a pharmacist who
moonlighted as a beekeeper, Lanier passed
on his knowledge of bees to his son, Ben,
who now operates the family business.
As he related the fascinating details
of tupelo honey production, Lanier refer-
. enced topics as diverse as King Solomon,
Hank Williams and the pope.
A raconteur, philosopher and charac-
ter like no other, Lanier always makes for
a great story.
In April, Port St. Joe was treated to a
special visit by Daisy Ferrell Johnson,
who returned home to celebrate her 100th
birthday with friends and her family's five
generations.
The youngest of 10 children, Johnson
was born on a
Hosford farm.
She moved to
Port St. Joe in
1944, where she
taught genera-
tions of school
children.




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Daisy Ferrell Joh
as "Miss Daisy" hold:
ter Julianna Lytal duri
celebration, held April
Methodist Church in Po


She lived alone after
her husband's death and
ock a trim inside cleaned her own roof gut-
in Port St. Joe for ters well into her 90s,
much to the chagrin of her
Port St. Joe neighbors.
Still sharp and fiercly
independent, Johnson now lives with her
son, Walter, and daughter-in-law, Joan, in
West Palm Beach and Linville, NC.
The story of the six-year-old Joneisha
Moshi Jones' birth was stranger than fic-
tion, due to the mysterious occurrences of
.the number 13.
Jones was born on Friday the 13t at


Retired beekeeper L.L. Lanier takes a stroll along the path to his Wewahitchka home.
Lanier, whose father founded the family tupelo honey business in 1898, turned over the reigns
to0 son, Ben, in 1991. A


Features


1:13 p.m. in room 313.
She was the 13h baby born
that day and the first 13-
pound baby delivered at
St. Petersburg's Bayfront
Hospital in 13 years.
Her family staged a
community-wide party at
Nathan Peters, Jr. Park
to honor the second time
since her birth that her
birthday fell on Friday the
13th.
In October, readers
met Alison Butler, a Port
St. Joe resident struggling
to regain normalcy after
enduring two heart attacks
and two heart bypasses in
nine months' time.
Butler's heart attacks


Alison Butler rocks her 21-month old daughter, Maelynn. Butler
suffered two heart attacks in the two weeks following Mdellinn's
birth and is still recovering.


nson, widely known
s great-granddaugh-
ng her 1001' birthday
8 at the First United
>rt St. Joe.


were the result of a rare and
often fatal condition that
occurs most often in other-
wise healthy women.
The mother of four chil-
dren ranging in age from six
years to 21 months, Butler
struggled to fulfill her duties
as a parent while also heed-
ing her doctor's advice to
exercise and care for herself.
One of the most touching


At Port St. Joe's July 4 Independence on the Coast Celebration,
Michael Long, 11, joined the Pirates of St. Joseph Bay as an hort-
orary pirate. He is pictured with pirate Katarina LeBlanc and
mother, Brenda Burrill.


The number 13 figured prominently in Joneisha Mosh6
Jones' birth. Jones, who weighed 13 pounds at birth,
turned six on Oct. 13.


stories this year was that of 11-year-
old Michael Long, whose falthrin
pirates helped him overcome a
series of personal setbacks. '
While on a vacation Id Port
St. Joe a year ago. Long met the
Pirates of Saint Joseph Bay, a.local
pirate troupe, at the Independence
on the Coast celebration.
A shy, withdrawn child who
had suffered physical abuse in his
early childhood, Long bonded with
the pirates, whom he believed to
be real.
During the course of the year,
the pirates stayed in contact with
Long, never revealing their true
identities.
As a result of their kindness
and friendship. Long gradually
came out of his shell, his grades
improved and his stutte ring became
less pronounced.
Long returned to this year's
Independence on the Coast
Celebration as an honorary pirate.
and greeted the crowd with renewed
self-confidence.
Having never learned the
pirates' true identities, Long still
believes they are the real thing.
(See YEAIh IN FEATURES orlPage 2B)


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Year in Features- From Page lB


Leon Lee cradles the red-nose pit bull, Job, who survived a hit-and-run accident i
Eastpoint veterinarian Hobson Fulmer, who performed surgery on his broken hind legs.


A Resilient Dog They've Got WHAT in
Wawsr9


* Who can forget the story
of Job?
The red-nose pit bull
survived a hit-and-run that
resulted in broken hind
legs.
A Port St. Joe resi-
dent found the emaciated
dog five weeks later on
the side of Long Avenue,
and Eastpoint veterinarian
Hobson Fulmer performed
surgery to repair his legs.
He was christened Job
by St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society director Carolyn
Lee, after the Biblical char-
acter whose name is synon-
ymous with adversity and
resiliency of spirit.
Soon after Job's story
was printed, the commu-
nity donated over $2,000 to
cover his medical bills. The
excess was placed in a fund
that benefits other injured
animals.
Lee and husband Leon
nursed Job back to health
and he is now thriving in.
their care.


When you think of
Wewahitchka and neighbor-
ing Dalkeith, you usually
don't think of exotic ani-
mals, but two families' pets
caused a sensation in the
rural communities.
Cathie and Donnie
Ake began raising minia-
ture horses, pygmy goats
and miniature rabbits on
a two-acre Wewahitchka
homestead in 1997.
They founded a breed-
ing business, which they
christened "Mini-Akers,"
and later expanded their
ranch to 15 acres.,
Motivated by a desire
to expose Wewahitchka
children to exotic animals
they couldn't see at home,
the Akes added Patagonian
cavies, ring-tailed lemurs
and other non-native ani-
mals, and welcomed school
field trips to their ranch.
After the Akes solicit-
ed help in fulfilling United
States Department of


One of six alpacas owned by Dalkeith residents Robert and Kathryn Coursey. The couple hopes to
breed alpacas and sell their fibers to make a retirement "nest egg."


Agriculture exotic animals
licensing requirements, the
community responded with
a donation of fence materi-
als.
In Dalkeith, Robert
and Kathryn Coursey
banked on their growing
gang of alpacas to sweeten
their retirement fund.
After examining the
exhaustive research on the
internet, the Courseys for-
mulated a long-term busi-
ness plan that combined
alpaca breeding and the
sale of alpaca yarn, which
is stronger, lighter and
warmer than sheep's wool.
Kathryn Coursey prac-
ticed her spinning tech-
nique on a PVC pipe spin-
ning wheel and anticipated
applying for a business
license next year.
In the meantime, she
hoped her pregnant alpac-
as would produce female
offspring, which earn big
bucks in the alpaca mar-
ketplace.


(See YEAR IN FEATURES on Page 3B)


Ring-tailed lemur Rascal shows his affection to Wewahitchka resident Donnie Ake. Ake and wife,
1 Cathie, havO a 15-acre ranch4populated by exotic animals. 4 '


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"Ii&Jllihlu id o 7nrS -* r G n add --a areas for


Year in Features


1- From Page 2B


$50 cash award for a project that exam-
ined solar energy efficiency.
At surprise ceremonies held Feb. 8,


teacher in 1979.
She later served as a guidance counsel-
or at all Port St. Joe public schools, most


The Winners

This year, several Gulf County adults
and students were recognized for their
outstanding achievements.
The Wewahitchka High School
Odyssey of the Mind team was the
first in Gulf County to advance to the OM
World Competition in Iowa, after finishing
second place overall at state.
OM is a creative problem solving com-
petition, and Kayla Chumney, Meleah
Lister, Matthew Miller, Robbie Morris,
Mary Taunton and Brad Udell created
their own script, props and sets.
Their solution to the "Tech Transfer"
problem featured spiders, a chicken suit
and a band of misfit superheroes.
Wewahitchka High School ninth grader
Kaleb Price won a $10,000 scholarship
for his 92-word essay on the topic, "Why
is education important to you?"
Price was selected the winner out of a


field of 5,000
applicants in
the contest
sponsored
by Suave
and Dollar
General.
Because
Gulf County
is no lon-
ger affili-
ated with
a regional
Science and
Engineering
Fair, Port St.
Joe Middle
School
eighth grad-
er Rebecca
F u r r
received spe-
cial permis-


Port St. Joe Middle School guidance counselor Cindy Belin cra-
dles flowers honoring her selection as Gulf County's Teacher of the
Year. Also pictured are school board member Charlotte Pierce, cen-
ter, Human Resources Coordinator Sue Gannon and Superintendent
Tim Wilder (back).


Paul Sewell hoists the Florida High School Athletic Association
award he received for attending the boys' basketball state finals
for 50 consecutive years.


Human Resources Coordinator Sue Gannon offers a bouquet of
Port St. Joe Middle School eighth-grader Rebecca Furr placed first in the roses to Wewahitchka Middle School paraprofessional Sherron Miller,
junior physics category at the State Science and Engineering Fair in Orlando for who was chosen as School Related Employee of the Year.
her project on solar energy efficiency.


recently at Port St. Joe Middle School.
A paraprofessional at Wewahitchka
Middle School, Miller earned the nick-
name "Miss Tearful" from her students.
At the surprise ceremony, an emotion-
al Miller lived up to the moniker.
In addition to her work in the class-
room, Miller served as an OM coach,
school band volunteer and Century
Program mentor, while also pursuing her
teaching degree.
Highland View resident Paul Seweit
was surprised at the Florida High SchoQl
Athletic Association finals half-time with a
plaque honoring his 50 years as a finals
spectator.
Sewell. a rabid Port St. Joe Sharks
fan. played high school basketball in Altha
on a team that never made it to districts.'


(See YEAR IN FEATURES on Page 4B)


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Year in Features


From Page 3B


Shoes to Fill

This year, the county
bid reluctant farewells to
three dedicated and beloved
professionals.
In March, Port St. Joe
Library's branch manager,
Jean Faliski, retired after
36 years behind the book
counter.
Faliski began her career


in a converted, rat-infested
Laundromat. There, she
practiced the lost art of
hand-stamping and fil-
ing book cards under the
Dewey Decimal System.
Under her leadership,
the library grew into a state
of the art facility complete
with computers and a new
history/genealogy wing.
In May, Port St. Joe


High School said goodbye to Gulf County School .system,
media specialist Clarence Monette worked to promote
Monette, who joined the racial harmony with annual







pRAP


In September, the Gulf
County Extension Office
celebrated the retirement
of Louise Jones, who
worked at the office for 22
years.
Known for her uncanny
ability to relate to everyone
she met, Jones performed


a variety of roles in the
community. She helped stu-
dents grow gardens, orga-
nized 4-H trips arid was the
Horse Club treasurer.
She also made a mean
pot of collard greens.

(See YEAR IN FEATURES on Page 5B)


Clarence Monette retired as Port St. Joe High School's media
specialist in May after serving 39 years in the Gulf County school
system.


Port St. Joe Library branch manager Jean Faliski retired this
year after 36 years behind the book counter.




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faculty during the tumultu-
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Originally from
Franklin, La., Monette was
introduced to the Port St.
Joe community as a teach-
er at the segregated George
Washington High School.
The last remaining
Washington teacher in the


Black History Month pro-
grams.
He was also a longtime
'Junior class sponsor and
introduced the school's
first TV Production class.
Monette's son, Kenneth
Monette, is now Port St.
Joe High School's assistant
principal.


County Extension agent Roy Lee Carter presents Louise Jones
a plaque for" her 22 years of service with the Gulf County Extension
office.


Notice of Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations
140c
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Federal Emergency Management Agency
Proposed Flood Elevation Determinations for Gulf County. Florida and Incorporated Areas
AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate, Department of Homeland
Security.
ACTION: Proposed Rule.
SUMMARY: Technical information or comments are solicited on the proposed and proposed modified Base,(1-percent-annual-chance)
Flood Elevations (BFEs) shown on the Preliminary [revised] Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report and Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) for
your community. These BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each affected community is
required to either adopt or show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National
Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
DATES: The comment period is 90 days following the second publication of this proposed rule in newspapers) of local circulation.
ADDRESSES: The FIS report and FIRM showing the proposed and proposed modified BFEs and their delineations are available for inspec-
tion at the Community Map Repository for each community. The Community Map Repository addresses are listed below.
Gulf County (Unincorporated Areas): Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Room 302, Port St. Joe, Florida.
City of Wewahitchka: Wewahitchka City Hall, 109 South 2nd Street, Wewahitchka, Florida.
Interested parties should send comments to the community CEO at the address listed below.
Mr. Carmen L. McLemore, Chairman of the Gulf County Board of Commissioners, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456.
Mr. Donald Minchew, Wewahitchka City Manager, 109 South 2nd Street, Wewahitchka, Florida 32465.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Either Mr. Ron, Bartel, Director, Division of Resource Management, Northwest Florida Water
Management District at 850-539-5999, or the Mitigation Division of FEMA in Region IV at 770-220-5406 and ask for the Regional Project
Officer assigned to your community, for assistance..
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FEMA gives notice of the proposed BFE determinations, in accordance with Section 110 of the Flood
Disaster Protection Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-234); 87 Stat. 980, which added Section 1363 to the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968
(Title XIII of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 (Pub. L. 90-448)); 42 U.S.C. 4001-4128; and 44 CFR 67.4(a).
These BFEs, together with the floodplain management measures required by 44 CFR 60.3 of the program regulations, are the minimum .
that are required. They should not be construed to mean the community must change any existing ordinances that are more stringent in
their floodplain management requirements. The community may at any time enact stricter requirements on its own, or pursuant to poli-
cies established by other Federal, State, or regional entities. These proposed and proposed modified BFEs are used to meet the floodplain
management requirements of the NFIP and are also used to calculate the appropriate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings
built after the BFEs are made final, and for the contents in these buildings.
Pursuant to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 605(b), the Director, Mitigation Division of the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate,
to whom authority has been delegated by the Secretary of the U.S. Departmentof Homeland Security, hereBy certifies that the proposed
new or modified BFE determinations,,if promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small enti-
ties. A BFE determination under Section 1363 forms the basis for new local ordinances, which, if adopted by a community, will govern
future construction within the floodplain area. By themselves, the BFE determinations impose no restriction unless and until the community
voluntarily adopts floodplain ordinances in accord with these BFEs. Even if ordinances are adopted in compliance with Federal standards,
the BFEs only prescribe building height in the floodplain and do not prohibit development. Thus, this action only forms the basis for future
local actions. It imposes no new requirement; of itself, it has no economic impact.
Lessees and owners of real property in the communities listed below are encouraged to review the Preliminary FIS report, FIRM, and re-
lated materials at the Community Map Repository address cited in the table above and to submit comments to the appropriate community
CEOs at the addresses cited in the table above. The 'proposed new or modified BFEs along flooding sources studied by detailed methods
are shown on the Flood Profiles included in the Preliminary copies of the FIS report. The flooding sources studied by detailed methods are
as follows:


Source of Flooding and #Depth in feet above ground
Location of Referenced Elevation +Elevation in feet (NAVD)*
Elevation in feet (NGVD)
Existing Modified Communities Affected
Five Acre Farm Creek East: Gulf County (Unincorporated Areas)
Approximately 800 teet None +23
downstream of County Route 381
Approximately 1.0 mile None +26
upstream of County Route 381
Five Acre Farm Creek West: Gulf County (UnincorporatedAreas)
Approximately 1.6 miles None +25
downstream of State, Route 71
Just upstream of State Route 71 None +26
Stone Mill Creek: Gulf County (UnincorporatedAreas), City of Wewahitchka
Approximately 0.4 mile None +30
downstream of State Route 71
Approximately 2.8 miles None +31
upstream of State Route 71
*National Geodetic Vertical Datum
+North American Vertical Datum



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Year in Features


Looking Back

Numerous articles
exploring the county's rich
history appeared in The
Star's pages this year.
During Black History
month in February, a three-
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history of Port St. Joe's
education system, from the
segregation of black and
white students in separate
public schools to integra-
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The series began
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Twine, who fielded ques-


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from 1946 to 1964 and
served for many years as
the school's girls and boys
basketball coach.
Known for his no-non-
sense manner and deep
concern for his students,
Twine influenced a genera-
tion of Port St. Joe resi-
dents.
Subsequent install-
ments explored the vol-
untary integration of Port
St. Joe schools under
the county's "Freedom of
Choice" plan and the vola-
tile 1970 integration year,
when boycotts, school clo-
sures and student riots


Emile Twine was the principal of Port St. Joe's segregated
school, George Washington High, from 1946 to 1964. He is 84 years
old and currently lives in Virginia.


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were commonplace.
Several former stu-
dents, teachers and admin-
istrators from Washington
High and Port St. Joe High
shared their memories of
the turbulent times.
The Memorial Day edi-
tion featured a rare WWII-
era paper mill publication
called "St. Joe at War."
The newsletter, which
was circulated locally and
to mill workers serving
overseas, chronicled the
mill's day-to-day operations
and celebrated its workers'
contributions to the war
effort.
The March 1945 issue
featured a memorial tribute
to Howard Taunton, a mill
worker and Army Air Corps
pilot killed in a Regensberg,
Germany air raid.
Indian pass resident
Wayne Taunton shared
his memories of his older
brother, Howard, whom he
admired for his intelligence
and sense of duty.
The origins of a 15-foot
steel convict cage resting
in the Wewahitchka library
parking lot were traced to a
Dalton, Georgia family busi-


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Judson Manly, Jr., the
third of four generations
to work at the plant, said
the cages, produced from
1905-1931, were originally
used to transport convicts
by horse to remote road
sites.
The company, then
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The article featured
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sketch.
The Star explored its
own history in two pieces
on the newspaper's early
years.
In 1938, The Star
offered a "special induce-
ment" to subscribers a
free handwriting analy-
sis conducted by Panama
City graphologist H.L.
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In its promotion, The
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ing analysis would unlock
the secrets of success and
happiness and help people
find their true vocation.
During that same
year, The Star's editor,
W.S. Smith led a one-man
movement to change
Port St. Joe's name to
"St. Joseph," the name of
the lost city that hosted
the state's Constitution
Convention in 1838.


A group portrait of the 1952 George Washington High School
girls' basketball team. Championship trophies from both boys' and
girls' teams are now housed in the Port St. Joe High School trophy
cases.


The name change,
Smith argued, would enable
the city to "don the mantle
of its past glory."
When the editor's col-


umn failed to generate suffi-
cient reader interest, Smith
dropped the matter.

(See YEAR IN FEATURES on Page 6B)


Manly Jail Works (now Manly Steel) of Dalton, Ga. built this
portable convict cage, which currently rests in the Wewahitchka
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Year in Features -
Page 5B
Local history buffs could also peruse articles on
Blountstown filmmaker Elam Stoltzfus' documentary,
Apalachicola River: An American Treasure, the
opening of Port St. Joe Library's new Alfred L duPont
Florida History and Genealogy Center and an effort
on behalf of Florida State University to develop a self-
guided driving tour brochure and website featuring
historic Gulf County sites.
In Depth
After a tumultuous 2005 hurricane season did exten-
sive damage to the Gulf Coast, The Star explored the les-
sons learned and the warnings still unheeded in a 22-part
series over six months.
The series, entitled "What Have we REALLY Learned
From Hurricanes?," tackled a variety of topics, including
hurricane insurance, flood zones, evacuations, wind-
resistant home designs, landscaping, personal safety, and
many others.
Fortunately, the 2006 season produced no major hur-
ricanes, and Gulf County emerged unscathed.
In Memory
The community was deeply saddened by the deaths of
two longtime residents.
Mexico Beach mayor Charles "Chuck" Risinger
(See YEAR IN FEATURES on Page 7B)








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died at his home in the early morning
hours of May 14, halfway through his term
as mayor.
Retired U.S. Air Force fireman, Risinger
served on the Mexico Beach Planning and
Zoning Board and City Council before
being elected mayor in June 2005.
He was buried with full military hon-
ors. In his memory, the flag at city hall flew
at half-mast and a memorial wreath was
placed at Sunset Park.
Former Mexico Beach city councilman
Al Cathey was appointed to complete his
term.
In November, Port St. Joe High School
was shaken by the loss of senior Samuel
"Sam" Cox, who was killed in a single car
accident after leading his soccer team to a
5-0 victory.
Cox was traveling to Gainesville on
the night of Nov. 9 to visit his girlfriend in
Gainesville.
The 17-year-old was a popular student
admired by his friends for his quick, sar-
castic wit.
His soccer teammates knew him as
"Cutback Cox," for a trick play that he
perfected.
In the days following Cox's death, his
fellow students honored him with bulle-
tin boards, personal letters and Mohawk
hairstyles.
The soccer team retired Cox's number
(11) and held a moving tribute during their
first home game without their beloved
right defender.



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Blondell Owens
Mrs. Blondell Owens, 84, of Wewahitchka,
passed away Thursday, December 21, 2006 in
Ashford, AL, following a brief illness. A native
of Headland, AL and a resident of Wewahitchka
since the late 1950's, she loved flowers, her
annual trip to the mountains, and fishing.
She was preceded in death by her hus-
band, James "Bud" Owens.
She is survived by her children, Kenneth
Mann and wife, Tammy of Wewahitchka, Jerry
Mann and wife, Rainey, of Dothan, AL, Linda
Jordan of Ashford, AL, Lloyd Owens and
fiancee', Blynda Rich of Wewahitchka, Gwen
McGill and husband, Don of Kinard; eight
grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; .and
one great-great-grandchild; three sisters, Jean
Starling and husband, Charlie of Cowarts, AL,
Mary Morning of Columbia, AL, and Lynnette
Forehand of Cowarts, AL; numerous nieces,
nephews and friends.
SFuneral services were held Saturday,
December 23, 2006 at 2 p.m. CT at Glad Tiding
Assembly of God Church in Wewahitchka with,
the Rev. Joey Smith and the Rev. Claude MrGill
officiating. Interment followed in Roberts
Cemetery. She lay in state at the church Friday
evening December 22 from 6 p.m. until 8
p.m. CT., The family received friends at the
home of Lloyd Owens, 101 River View Drive in
Wewahitchka.
All services are under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch
Chapel.


17-year-old Samuel "Sam" Cox, the son of
Allen and Cathy Cox of Port St. Joe, was killed in
a Nov. 9 car accident. He was a Port St. Joe High
School senior.



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S.:. WHERE BROKEN VESSELS ARE MADE NEW
Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
636 Second Street '.Post Office Box 631 Wewahitchka, FL 32465
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Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship 7:00 p.m.
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Pastor: jarmes Wiley.
A place to celebrate, serve, evangelize, and equip
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Sunday Worship Service: 10:45
Sunday School: 9:45 am
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Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724


Contemporai' Service 9:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m.
Morning Worship: 11:00 a.m.
Methodist Yuth Fellowship: 6:00p.m.
Evening Worship: 7:00p.m.
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Pastor


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


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St. Joseph Parish
20th & Monument, Port St Joe, FL, 227-1417
All Mass times EDT:
Saturday: 4:00 pm, Sunday: 9:30
Monday, Thursday, Friday: 9:30 am
Wednesday: 5:30 pm
En Espanol: 8:00 am, last Sunday of Month
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday: 11:00 am (CDT)



"Our Church, can be your home"

First Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long .Avenue Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Sunday Morning Worship ........ 11 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ........ 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service .. 7 p.m.


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Sunday Worship Services:
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Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist (aurch
NURSERY PROVIDED
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820



family life (huch
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"
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Cathy Rutherford Reid Ave.
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Visit our website at:
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323 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe 229-LIFE (5433)


"The Churches of Christ Salute You"
Romans 16:16

The Wewahitchka Church of Christ
Meets At 2241 Hwy. 71 South, Wewahitchka
(1/4 Mile North of the Overstreet Road)
(850) 639-5401
Sunday Bible Study 9:00 a.m. CT
Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m. CT
Wednesday Bible Study 6:00 p.m. CT


church of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem


We meet at 314 Firehouse Road
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Sunday Bible Study 10:00am EST
Sunday Worship 11:00am EST
Wednesday Bible Study 7:30pm EST
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Notices


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT STATE OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CLYDE EDWARD NORRIS
and wife
ELLA RUTH NORRIS
Plaintiff,
vs
Case No.
MARCELLUS MORGAN
JONES, SR.,
if alive, and if dead, his
unknown spouse, heirs, devi-
sees, grantees and creditors
and all other parites claiming
by, through, under or against
him.
Defendant.
/
NOTICE OF ACTION

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an
action TO REFORM A DEED on
the following property in Gulf
County, Florida:
Lot 3, Jonesville, as per plat
thereof in Plat Book 1, Page 57,
of the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.
has been filed against you
and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses,
if any, to it on CHARLES A.
COSTIN, Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 413 Williams
Avenue, Port Sr. Joe, Florida
32456 on or before the 27th
day of December, 2006 and file
the original with the Clerk of
this Court either before service
on Plaintiffs attorney or imme-
diately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the complaint or petition
DATE this 28th day of
November, 2006

Publish December 7, 14, 21,
28, 2006

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT


OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY.

IN RE: The Estate of
WALTER C. ROBINSON,
deceased.

Case No.: 06-88 PR

IN PROBATE
/

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

TO ALL PERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR DEMANDS
AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE:

The administration
of the estate of WALTER C.
ROBINSON, deceased, File
Number 06-88 PR, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456. The
names and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and that
personal representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.

ALL INTERESTED
PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
notice is served within three
months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against the


estate of the decedent must file
their claims with this Court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS AND
DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL
BE FOREVER BARRED.
The date of the first publica-
tion of this Notice is December
21, 2006.

WILLIAM J. RISH
RISH, GIBSON, SCHOLZ &
GROOM, P.A.
116 Sailors Cove Drive
P. 0. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE
FL BAR NO. 0066806

CAROLYN M. BARBOUR
904 Jamie Drive
Chipley, FL 32428
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
Publish December 21, & 28,
2006

NOTICE OF SPECIAL
MEETING

The City of Port St. Joe's
Special Magistrate will be in
session for code enforcement
issues on the First Tuesday of
each month beginning January
4, 2007. These meetings
will start at 6:00 p.m. in the
Commission Chambers, 305
Cecil G. Costin Blvd.

Publish: December 21 or 28,
2006

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Port St. Joe Port
Authority will hold a meeting
on Monday, January 8, 2007,
at 5:00 p.m., E.S.T., at the Law
Office of Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, P.A., 116 Sailor's Cove
Drive, Port St. Joe, Florida. All
who wish may attend and be


heard.
If any person decides to
appeal any decision made with
respect to any matter consid-
ered at the meeting, he or she
will need a record of the pro-
ceedings, and, for such pur-
pose, he or she may need to
ensure that a verbatim record of
the proceedings is made, which
record includes the testimony
and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
Publish December 28, 2006

Sealed Bids For Uniform
Service
The City of Wewahitchka
will accept sealed bids on uni-
form service for the employ-
ees of the City of Wewahitchka.
Bids must be presented to
Gwen Exley, City Clerk, 109
South Second Street (P.O. Box
966), Wewahitchka, FL 32465
no later than 2 P.M. Central
Time, January 05, 2007.
Specifications for uniforms may
be obtained from the City Hall.
Sealed Bids will be opened at
the Regular Meeting of the City
Commissioners January 08,
2007 at 6:45 P.M. CT.
Gwen Exley, City Clerk
Publish December 28 2006 &
January 4, 2007

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF:
KIMBERYLY SUE CALHOUN,
wife.
Case No.: 06-474DR
and
HENRY CODY CALHOUN, JR.
Husband
/

NOTICE OF ACTION FOR
PUBLICATION

TO: Henry Cody Calhoun,


YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action for Dissolutino of
Marraige, including claims for
dissolution ofmarraige, payment
of debts, division of real and
personal property, and for pay-
ments of support, has been filed
against you. You are required
to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to this action on
Mel C. Magidson, Jr., of Mel C.
Magidson Jr., P.A., Petitioner's
attorney, whose address is 528
6th St., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456, on or before January
29, 2007, and file the origi-
nal with the clerk of this court
at Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 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 petition.

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 this 20th day of
December, 2006

/s/BA Baxter
Deputy Clerk
Publish December 28, 2006
January 4, 11, & 18, 2007

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY.

N RE: The Estate of
SUSAN DIANNE CREGER
Case No.: 06-73 PR
IN PROBATE
deceased.


NOTICE TO CREDITORS


(Summary Administration)

TO ALL PERSONS HAVING
CLAIMS OR DEMANDS
AGAINST THE ABOVE
ESTATE:

You are hereby notified
that an Order of Summary
Administration has been entered
in the estate of Susan Dianne
Creger, deceased, File Number
06-73 PR, by the Circuit Court
for Gulf County, Florida, Probate
Division, the address of which is
Office of the Clerk of Circuit,
Gulf County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456; that the
total cash value of the estate
subject to probate is $__ ,
and that it has been assigned
to Dana Wills Copeland, whose
address is listed below.

ALL INTERESTED
PERSONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All creditors of the decedent
and other persons having claims
or demands against decedent's
estate on whom a copy of this
ntice is served within three
months after the date of the first
publication of this notice must
file their claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS
AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and persons having
claims or demands against the
estate of the decedent must file
their claims with this Court
WITHIN THREE MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS
NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS AND
DEMANDS NOT SO FILED WILL


BE FOREVER BARRED.

The date of the first publica-
tion of this Notice is December
28, 2006

/S/PAUL W. GROOM, II
RISH, GIBSON, SCHOLZ &
GROOM, P.A.
116 Sailors Cove Drive
P. 0. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
ATTORNEY FOR PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE
FL BAR NO. 0037915

/S/DANA WILLS COPELAND
Petitioner
5924 Jammes Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32244-1812

Publish December 28, 2006 &
January 4, 2007

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF
THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT STATE OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

MELISSA OWENS
Plaintiff,
-v- Case No. 06-435CA

LOUISA CHAMPION and
B.E. CHAMPION,
if alive, and if dead, their
unknown spouse,
heirs, devisees, grantees and
creditors and all
other parties claiming by,
through, under or
against them.
Defendant.

NOTICE OF ACTION
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an
action TO REFORM A DEED on
the following property in Gulf
County, Florida:
Commence at the Southwest
Corner of Section 7, Township
5 South, Range 9 West, Gulf
County, Florida; thence
North 89"21'40" East along
the South boundary line of


said section 7, 1319.62 feet
to the Southeast Corner of
the Southwest Quarter of
said Section 7 for the POINT
OF BEGINNING. From said
Point of Beginning, depart-
ing the South Boundary
line of said Section 7, run
South 0101'00" West along
a Southerly extension of the
East boundary line of the
Southwest Quarter of the -
Southwest Quarter of said .
Section 7, 81.16 feet; thence,
South 89"21'40" West, paral, '
lel with the South boundary
line of said Section 7, 210.00
feet; thence North 01'1O0 '
East, 210.00 feet; thence,
North 89'21'40" East parallel
with the South boundary line
of said Section 7, 210.00 feet;.
thence South 01l01'00" West
along the East boundary line-
of the Southwest Quarter of
the Southwest Quarter of
said Section 7, 128.84 feet 2'
to the Point of Beginning. '
Said Parcel of land lying and
being in Sections 7 and 18,.
Township 5 South, Range 9.
West, Gulf County, Florida,
and having an area of 1.01,
acres, more or less
has been filed against you'
and you are required to serve a
copy of your written defenses,
if any, to it on CHARLES A.'
COSTIN, Plaintiffs attorney,.
whose address is 413 Williams'
Avenue, Port St.Joe, Florida!
32456 on or before the 29 day
of January, 2007 and file .the
original with the Clerk of .this
Court either before service on
Plaintiff's attorney or immedi-
ately thereafter; otherwise a
default will be entered against
you for the relief demanded in
the complaint or petition
DATED this 20 day of
December, 2006.
Publish December 28, 2006
January 4, 11, & 18, 2007


Gulf County Board of County








Commission Mwting Minutes


PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 18, 2006
FINAL BUDGET PUBLIC
HEARING

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met
this date in special budget ses-
sion with the following members
present: Acting Chairman Bill
Williams, and Commissioners
Billy E. Traylor, Nathan Peters,
Jr. , and
Jerry W. Barnes. Carmen L. McLemore was ab-
sent;>.
Others present were: Coun-
ty Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Becky Norris, Clerk Fi-
nance Officer Carla Hand, Clerk
Executive Administrator Towan
'Kopinsky, Chief Administra-
tor Don Butler, Administrator
Staff Assistant Lynn Stephens,
Emergency Management/911
Coordinator Ben Guthrie, G.I.S.
Coordinator Scott Warner,
Grant Writer Loretta Costin,
Human Resources Director De-
nise Manuel, and Planner David
Richardson.
Acting *Chairman Williams
called the meeting to order at
5:03 p.m., E.D.T.
The meeting did then recess
at 5:03 p.m., E.D.T..
The meeting reconvened at
5:08 p.m., E.D.T.

2006-07 PROPOSED BUDGET

Upon request by Acting
Chairman Williams, Clerk Nor-
ris made the following report to
the Board:
1. The proposed
County-wide millage rate based
on the tentative budget changes
is 4.6371 which is 3.4954 in the
General Fund,and 1.1417 in the
Fine & Forfeiture Fund (5.6259
aggregate), each dependent fire
district is at .5000, and the
M,S.T.U. rates are 4.4000 Gulf-
side and 1.6000 Gulfside Inte-
,':. hi : it- a 10.04% increase
S:.r th- '2005-2006 Aggregate
S.Rolled-Back Rate of 5.1128.
-, 2. The major reason
for the proposed increase in
the budget is creation of two (2)
M.S.T.U.s (11.19%) at Cape San
Bias.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Upon call for public com-
ent, none was received..

RESOLUTION 2006.07
COUNTY.WIDE VILLAGE
RATE

Commissioner Barnes mo-
no.rd :, ic..F -_r., e 'OIU.:,. ru-.i re: -
olueonr, d.:.-pung i '.:-uvr.r,.r'.1.ia
Millage Rate of 4.6371 (3.4954
.General Fund / 1.1417 Fine
&' Forfeiture Fund), and Com-
,missioner Peters seconded the
'motion. After discussion by
me m b r, .:.f r-,e E :. _rd ar,,j staff,
tne mouorn ::r. d .,r.mously
S(4-0).

RESOLUTION ADOPTING
MILLAGE LEVY
NO. 2006-33

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
Co-nr,. Florida on this date
.irternd'. to adopt a Resolution
setting forth the budget for the
fiscal year 2006-2007; and
WHEREAS, for proper fund-
ing of, said budget, it is neces-


sary to levy an ad valorem tax
upon the taxable property with-
in the County;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida does hereby
adopt a village rate of 4.6371
mills to be levied County-Wide"
upon the taxable property with-
in Gulf County, Florida, to be
, levied against the 2006 property
rolls.
2. That the Current
Year Aggregate Millage Rate of
5.6259 mills is a 10.04 percent
increase over- the Current Year
Aggregate Rolled-Back Rate of
5.1128.
'3. That copies of this
Resolution be spread upon the
public records of Gulf County,
Florida.
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED this the 18th day of
September, 2006 by 4 Commis-
sioners voting "yes" and 0 Com-
missioners voting "no".

(End)

RESOLUTION 2006-07
COUNTY-WIDE BUDGET

Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Traylor, second by Com-
missioner Peters, and unani-
mous (4-0) vote, the Board
adopted the following resolu-
tion adopting the official Coun-
ty-Wide budget for 106-07
($13,460,985.00).
RESOLUTION ADOPTING
BUDGET
NO. 2006-34

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, after due con-
sideration for the needs of the
people of said County, has as-
certained the amount 'of funds
required for a budget for the
2006-2007 fiscal year; and .
WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners has
given due notice as required by
law, and held public hearings
allowing all citizens a chance to
be heard;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida does hereby
adopt the budget-as contained
in Exhibit "A" attached hereto as
the official budget for the fiscal
year 2006-2007.
2. That copies of this
Resolution 'containing said bud-
get be spread upon the public
records of Gulf County, Florida.
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED this the 18th day of
September, 2006 by 4 Commis-
sioners voting "yes" and 0 Com-
missioners voting "no".

(End)

RESOLUTION 2006-07
DEPENDENT FIRE DISTRICT
MILLAGE RATES

Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Peters, second by Com-
missioner Barnes, and unani-
mous (4-0) vote, the Board
adopted the following resolution
adopting a Millage Rate of .5000
for each Dependent Special Fire
District.


RESOLUTION ADOPTING
VILLAGE LEVY
NO. 2006-35

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida on this date
intends to adopt a Resolution
setting forth the budgets for the
Dependent Special Fire Districts
for the fiscal year .2006-2007;
and-
WHEREAS, for the proper
funding of said budgets, it is
necessary to levy an ad valorem
tax upon the taxable property
within the County;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED as follows:

1: That the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida does hereby
adopt the following millage rates
for the Dependent Special Fire
Districts:

.5000 for the St. Joseph Fire
Control District

.5000 for the Tupelo Fire Con-
trol District .

.5000 for the Overstreet Fire
Control District

.5000 for the Howard Creek Fire
Control District

2. That copies of this
Resolution be spread upon the
public records of Gulf County,
Florida. _
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED this the 18th day of
September, 2006, by 4 Commis-
sioners voting "yes" and 0 Com-
missioners voting "no".

(End)

RESOLUTION 2006-07
DEPENDENT FIRE DISTRICT
BUDGETS

Upon motion by Commis-
sioner Peters, second by Com-
missioner Barnes, and unani-
mous (4-0) vote, the Board
adopted the following resolution
adopting the official Dependent
Special Fire District budgets for
2006-07 (St. Joseph Fire Con-
trol District $1,096,607.00
/ Tupelo Fire Control District
- $55,819.00 / Overstreet Fire
Control District $41,140.00 /
Howard Creek Fire Control Dis-
trict $15,421.00).

RESOLUTION ADOPTING
BUDGET
NO. 2006-36

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, after due con-
sideration for the needs of the
people of said County, has as-
certained the amount of funds
required for a budget for the
2006-2007 fiscal year; and
WWHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners has
given due notice as required
by law, and has held public
hearings allowing all citizens a
chance to be heard;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED as follows:
1. The Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County,
Florida, does hereby adopt the
budgets as contained in Exhibit
"A" attached hereto as the offi-
cial budgets for the Dependent


Special Fire Districts for the fis-
cal year 2006-2007.
2. That copies of this
Resolution containing said bud-
gets be spread upon the public
records'of Gulf County, Florida.
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED this .the 18th day of
September, 2006, by 4 Com-
missioners voting "yes" and .0
Commissioners voting "no".

(End)

RESOLUTION 2006-07
MUNICIPAL SERVICE TAXING
UNIT MILLAGE RATES

Commissioner Barnes mo-
tioned to adopt the following
resolution adopting the Millage
Rates for the Gulfside and Gulf-
side Interior M.S.T.U.s., and
Commissioner Traylor seconded
the motion. The motion then
passed 3 to 1, with Commis-
sioner. Peters voting no.

RESOLUTION ADOPTING
VILLAGE LEVY
NO. 2006-37

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida on this date
.intends to adopt a Resolution
setting forth the budget for the
Municipal Service Taxing Units
for fiscal year 2006-2007; and
WHEREAS, for proper fund-
ing of said budget, it is neces-
sary to levy an ad valorem tax
upon the taxable property with-
in the County;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
-RESOLVED as follows:

1. That the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida does hereby
adopt the following millage rates
for the Municipal Service Taxing
Units:

Cape San Blas Gulfside
4.4000

Cape San Blas Gulfside Interior
1.6000

2. That copies of this
Resolution be spread upon the
public records of Gulf County,
Florida.
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED this the 18th day of
September, 2006 by 3 Commis-
sioners voting "yes" and 1 Com-
missioner voting "no".

(End)

RESOLUTION 2006-07
MUNICIPAL SERVICE TAXING
UNIT BUDGETS

Commissioner Barnes mo-
tioned to adopt the following
resolution adopting the official
M.S.T.U. budgets for 2006-07
($1,219,929.00 Gulfside /
$441,404.00 Gulfside Interior),
and Commissioner Traylor sec-
onded the motion. The motion
then passed 3 to 1, with Com-
missioner Peters voting no.

RESOLUTION ADOPTING
BUDGET
NO. 2006-38

WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, after due con-
sideration for the needs of the
people of said County, has as-
certained the amount of funds


required for a budget for the
2006-2007 fiscal year; and
WHEREAS, the Board of
County Commissioners has
given due notice as required
by law, and has held public
hearings allowing all citizens a
chance to be heard;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED as follows:

1. The Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, does hereby
adopt the budgets as contained
in Exhibit "A" attached hereto as
the official budgets for the Mu-
nicipal Service Taxing Units for
the fiscal year 2006-2007.
2. That copies of this
Resolution containing said bud-
gets be spread upon the public
records of Gulf County, Florida.
THIS RESOLUTION AD-
OPTED'this the 18th day of
September, 2006, by 3 Com-
missioners voting "yes" and 1
Commissioner voting 'no".
There being no further busi-
ness and upon motion by Com-
missioner Peters, the meeting
did then adjourn at 5:18 p.m.,
E.D.T.
BILL WILLIAMS
ACTING CHAIRMAN

.r tE T
REBECCA L. NORRIS'
CLERK

WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA
SEPTEMBER 20, 2006
SPECIAL MEETING

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners met
this date in special session
with the following members
present: Chairman Carmen L.
McLemore, Vice Chairman Bill
.Williams, and Commissioners
Billy E. Traylor, Nathan Peters,
Jr., and Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: Coun-
ty Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Becky Norris, Clerk Ex-
ecutive Administrator Towan
Kopinsky, Deputy Clerk Kari
Summers, Chief Administrator
Don Butler, Grant Writer Loret-
ta Costing, Road Department Su-
perintendent Bobby Knee, and
Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.
Chairman McLemore called
the meeting to order at 10:32
a.m., E.T.

WEWAHITCHKA HEALTH
DEPARTMENT PAVING

Commissioner Traylor dis-
cussed that the Wewahitchka
Health Department was short
approximately $40,000.00 for
the paving of the parking lot. Af-
ter further discussion, Commis-
sioner Traylor motioned to pay
$40,000.00 from the new Road
Bond Paving funds for paving of
'the Wewahitchka Health Depart-
ment parking lot. Commissioner
Peters seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.

ENVIRONMENTAL NUISANCE

Chief Administrator Butler
discussed that he received a
letter from Gulf County Health
Department Administrator Doug
Kent regarding an environmental
nuisance of a dwelling South of
the White City bridge, and stated
that there is water in the house
as well as other problems. He
stated there is a Church group
that is going to assist with the


cleanup and repair of the house,
and requested the County place
roll-off containers at the home
to assist with the cleanup. Chief
Administrator' Butler discussed
that he has placed a call to the
Warden at the Prison requesting
help from a work crew on Satur-
day, September 23rd (work crew
normally r.:.f .ll.:.. ed :.r. pr-;, aFe
property) ai rrp r,.-.i,-, t,:rr
further discussion, Commis-
sioner Williams motioned for the
County to place two swa-cars on
the property on Saturday, Sep-
tember 23rd, and not to use the
work crew due to the individu-
als that will be onsite helping
with the cleanup. Commissioner
Traylor seconded the motion
for discussion. Upon inquiry by
Commissioner Barnes, County
Attorney McFarland stated an
environmental nuisance emer-
gency would allow the County
to go on the private property,
but he stated that he has a con-
flict of interest in this case and
cannot advise the Board in this
matter. After further discussion,
the motion passed 4 to 1, with
Commissioner Peters voting no.

D.C.A. CONTRACT

County Attorney McFar-
land discussed a contract from
D.C.A. regarding extending the
scope of work and time frame
for completing the school sight-
ing element requirements. Com-
missioner Williams motioned
to execute this agreement to
extend the time on the school
sighting element requirements.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
imously.

RESOLUTION ST. JOSEPH,
PENINSULA EROSION
CONTROL PROJECT

Chief Administrator Butler
presented a proposed resblu-
tion to submit an application
to D.E.P. for additional beach
re-nourishment funding. Com-
missioner Williams motioned to
adopt the following resolution.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
imously.

RESOLUTION NO. 2006-39

A RESOLUTION OF THE
BOARD OF COUNTY COM-
MISSIONERS, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AUTHORIZING
THE COUNTY TO PROCEED
WITH THIS SUBMITTAL OF
AN APPLICATION FOR STATE
FUNDS UNDER PROVISIONS
OF CHAPTER 161.091, FLORI-
DA STATUTES, TO THE FLOR-
IDA DEPARTMENT OF ENVI-
RONMENTAL PROTECTION,
BEACH AND COASTAL ECO-
SYSTEM MANAGEMENT, FOR
THE FLORIDA BEACH ERO-
SION CONTROL PROGRAM
BUDGET FOR FISCAL YEAR
2007-2008, FOR THE ST. JO-
SEPH PENINSULA EROSION
CONTROL PROJECT CON-
STRUCTION, PRE-AND-POST-
CONSTRUCTION, PHYSICAL
AND ENVIRONMENTAL MONI-
TORING, AND THE IMPLE-
MENTATION OF THE BEACH
MANAGEMENT APPLICATION.

WHEREAS, the Gulf County
Board of Commissioners be-
lieves that St. Joseph Peninsula
beach is in need of a shire pro-


tection project; and
WHEREAS, St. Joseph
Peninsula is recognized by the
Department of, Environmental
Protection as having a critically
eroding shoreline(s); and
WHEREAS, the'Gulf County
Board of County Commission-
ers supports a shore protection
project and is willing to serve as
the local sponsor; and '.
WHEREAS, the Gulf County
Board of County Commission-
ers is aware that there is a lo-
cal funding share to implement
a shore protection project for
projects authorized by Section
161.101, Florida Statutes.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE
IT RESOLVED by Gulf County
Board of County Commission-
ers, that the Board hereby sup-
ports the St. Joseph Peninsula
Erosion Control Project, and is
willing to serve as local sponsor.
The Board is prepared to provide
the necessary local funding to
implement the shore protection
project. The Board also supports
the Department's beach and
coastal management program.
This resolution adopted by
the Gulf County Board of Coun-
ty Commissioners this 20th day
of September, 2006.

(End)
OPERATIONS PROTOCOL /
FINANCIAL APPROVALS

Commissioner Williams dis-
cussed changes needed in op-
erations of the budget regarding
major projects, and stated that
no single Commissioner should
have the authority to direct the
Department Heads to perform
projects without the approval
of the Board. Commissioner
Williams then motioned that
any request which comes from
an individual Commissioner be
reviewed and approved by the
Board prior to completion. Com-
missioner Peters seconded the.
motion, and it passed unani-
mously. Upon inquiry by Com-
missioner Traylor regarding the
district funds for road paving,
the Board discussed, that these
expenditures have already been
approved. Commissioner Wil-
liams discussed enforcement of
the policy, stating that if there
is a violation of the policy, the
employee should be terminated,
and the Commissioner should
be responsible to repay the
funds. Commissioner Williams
motioned to notify all Depart-
ment Heads that projects must
be approved by the Board, and
if the policy is violated the em-'
ployee will be terminated. Com-
missioner Peters seconded the
motion for discussion. County
Attorney McFarland discussed
that the Board needs to set a
limit. After further discussion,
Commissioner Williams amend-
ed the motioned to require that
no Commissioner can authorize
a project that exceeds a total
cost (including man hours) of
$1,000.00. Commissioner Pe-
ters seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously. County
Attorney McFarland discussed
Board policy and termination
of employees, and Commis-
sioner Williams motioned that
if a Commissioner violates this
policy, the Board will report him
to the Ethics Commission for
administrative review. Commis-
sioner Peters seconded the mo-
tion, and it passed 4 to 1, with


Chairman McLemore voting no.

SHERIFF SUBSTATION

Commissioner Traylor dis-
cussed that the property cur-
rently being leased for the Sher-
iff Substation in Wewahitchka is
for sale, and requested that the
. r:.i..,ar. p..arh i-Lj : pr.:,p.rr,
, ':":":* ':":', C :.m m s:.i: r:,-r r e
Williams discussed the impor-
tance of having a substation in
the North end of the County.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, Sheriff Upchurch stated
that he pays $450.00 per month.
for the lease. After further dis-
cussion, Commissioner Traylor-
motioned to waive the B,: ad:_
policy to purchase the prip..
erty, and to advertise to receive,"'
sealed bids for financing. Com-"
missioner Williams seconded-,
the motion, and it passed 4, to, ,
1, with Commissioner Petetr,;,,.
voting no.

CITY OF PORT ST. JOE
- BUILDING DEPARTMENT
FEES

Chief Administrator Butler,"
discussed building inspections'
for the City of Port St. Joe, and.-
recommended that the Board
continue providing the service
and to pay the City fifteen per-
cent (15%) of the total fees geri-
erated (Plan Review and Build-
ing Permits). Commissioner
Peters motioned to accept this
recommendation. Commissiofl-'^t
er Traylor seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.

The meeting did then recess at -
11:11 a.m., E.T.

The meeting reconvened at
1.1:20 a.m., E.T.

C.I.G.P. GRANT/C.R. 50

Michael Hammond, of Pre-
ble-Rish, Inc, appeared before
the Board and discussed that ;
the C.I.G.P. grant application for
County Road 50 will be submit- Z
ted on September 21st, and re-
quested permission for the Clerk
to a submit letter committing for 7
the County to pay $500,000.00 t
in matching funds if the County
receives grant (the County is re-
questing a waiver of the match-
ing funds). Commissioner Peters
motioned to approve this rec-
ommendation. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
Commissioner Peters motioned -
to allow Chief Administrator
Butler to sign grant application.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unan-
imously.
There being no further ,
business, and upon motion by .
Commissioner Peters, second .
by Commissioner Traylor, and -
unanimous vote, the meeting
did then adjourn at 11:21 a.m.,
E.T. -
CARMEN L. MCLEMORE
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK


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Paradise Pressure Washing
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Major Appliance,
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Port St. Joe, FL 32456
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cell 850-527-8086

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FARSCAPE COMPUTING
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(850) 227-7000 2
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Conversion, Management, Repair, Backup *
MS Access, MySQL, Oracle, dBase Import
Spreadsheets to Database Web-based or MS
Access Front-end Design HIPAA Compiant
Applications Server Solutions Inc.
Port Saint Joe
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TLC Lawn Service
"Every yard needs a little TLC"

229-6435
We now accept all major credit cards
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Weed Round Up Sprinkler Systems
Trimming, Fertilizing Installed & Repaired
Licensed and Insured






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DJ Fence & ETC
HandyMan
You Name It
I'll Fix It
850-648-9531
850-624-4182 cell
"Let the Beauty of our God be
upon us & establish the work
of our hands"

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Commercial
Termite & Pest
Control
* Terilte Treatments Restaurant
* Moel Flea Control* Condominiues
*Houseold Pest Coantrol New Treatment
* Real Estate (W10) Reports Constr tion Sites
Specializing in Vacation Rental Properties
[ FAMILY OWNED
] PLEASANT & PROFESSIONAL
"Serving the Entire Area"'
Free Estimates
Do-lt-Yourself Pest Control Products


Rod & Reel Repair
Bluewater Outriggers
Port City Shopping Center
229-1100


SUN CGO$AST
Lawn Er Landscaping LLC
"When Quality Counts"
Landscape Design & Installation
Full Lawn Maintenance
Irrigation Installation & Repair
Commercial' & Residential
Tractor Work, Rock Driveways, Water Features,
Sod & Palm Trees
Office: (850) 647-2522


LLDENCO


Bruce R. Allen
Contractor
- LIC #RB29003351


* Carpentry Renovations New Construction

850-227-1882
850-340-0674




if Kilgore's
BRICK PAVERS
& TILE

Driveways, Patios, Pool Decks,
Retaining Walls, Stonework &
Granite Countertops
Office: (850) 229-1980
Fax: (850) 229-1981
Free Estimates
Where top quality and customer
satisfaction meet!
2890 W. Highway 98 Port St. Joe


Hardwood Floorind
Decorative Flooring 850-229-7720 offers professional
services for anyone who wants their floor completed
properly and with pride.
Exotic and Domestic wood Flooring
Inlays- Borders and Medallions
Installation Sanding and Refinishing Repair Custom
National AWard winner for best floor in Nation
Largest showroom in the State of Florida
Licensed Insured References
Unmatched Quality and Value for your money
www.decorativeflooring.com


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CARPET AND UPHOLSTRY
STEAM CLEANING & RESTORATION SERVICE
24 Hour Water Extraction IICRC
Certified Technicians Mold and
Mildew Remediation Free Estimates
* Stain Protection Available
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CARPET CLEANING
CERAMIC TILE & GROUT
UPHOLSTERY CLEANING
24 HOUR WATER EXTRACTION
RV'S CARS TRUCKS VANS
LICENSED AND INSURED
RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL


THE J. LESTER
COMPANY REAL
ESTATE APPRAISAL 8


CONSULTING SERVICE
A Financial Service Institution
Residential Vacant Land Commercial Appraisals

JAMES E. "JAMIE" LESTER

Real Estate Appraiser & Broker
Master Degree Business Administration
State Certified General Appraiser
License#RZ-2783
Broker License#BK532115
"PROVIDING A QUALITY SERVICE TO A


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Residential, New or Existing Homes,
Small Commercial, Epoxy Floors, Metal Buildings

"Big jobs or small jobs."
"Let us bring your home to life."
OWNER: Paul Rushing
Mobile: 850-227-5910
Office: 850-827-1888
Lots of References
FREE ESTIMATES
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Including Consulting Assignments Market Analysis
Feasibility Studies Finances Investments
Eminent Domain Estates Tax Purposes

850-639-4200
Fax 850-639-9756
Serving Gulf, Franklin, Bay, Calhoun,
Liberty, & Jackson Counties Specialty
Assignments State Wide


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Home Repair Minor Renovations
Vinyl Siding a& Gutters
Doors Windows Screen Porches
Deck Maintenance Plumbing Repair
All But 6, LLC Licensed/Insured
Charlie Poliski
850-545-1126 or 697-2668


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1120
Beautiful Beaches! South
Padre Island -Beach Re-
sort From $59/night. www.
enjoyspi.com 1-866-
4LACOPA Free Breakfast,
Free Happy Hour, La
Quinta Beach Resort, La
Copa Inn Beach Resort.



0 2100
Great Christmas pets for
sale! Baby donkeys, male
and female, adult donkey.
Call Betty Rich days at
850-639-5343, evenings
639-9311 and cell
899-9311





2003 Club Car, Golf Cart,
4in lift, fold down rear seat,
head lights & tail lights &
more, 832-0588/234-7796

Old telescope Industrial
Boom truck plus two old
six yard dump trucks...AII
have not been cranked for
over two years.Asking
$1000 for ALL OBO.
500 used bricks $100.
200 half blocks $100.
40 feet of railroad iron
$400 obo
40 feet of 10" I beam $400
obo
40 feet of 12" pipe $200
obo
Pile of used water line
$100.00
Rough cut 2"
12"s...10pcs 12' long $125
2x4's various lengths 25
cent per foot
2x6's various lengths 35
cents per foot
2x8's various lengths 45
cents per foot
Scrap lumber...make offer
for pile
Scrap PVC...make offer for
pile
6" fence post...
*18 pcs 10' long $200
*16 pcs 16' long $250
Large winch off shrimp
boat $250 obo
Used Hurricane fence wire
$1.50 per foot...A better
deal if you take it all where
is as is...You load what
you buy
Call 850 227 6576 Port St.
Joe, FL


4100



AdT,,risral..'e

JOB NOTE

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners is
accepting applications for
fully Certified Corrections
Officers. Starting salary.will
be $27,040. These are fully
benefited positions. Appli-
cations & a complete job
description are available in
our Human Resources Of-
fice (1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Robert Moore Admin
Building, Room 309), or at
www.gulfcountyaovern-
ment.com

Applications will be ac-
cepted until 5:00 p.m.,
E.T. on January 12, 2007
at the Gulf County Human
Resources Office. For
more information, please
contact Human Resources
Director Denise Manuel at
(850) 229-5335.

Gulf County enforces a
Drug-Free Workplace Pol-
icy and is an Equal Opkor-'
tunity/ Affirmative Action
Employer.

Driver-
AN '
EARNIAS YU
LEARN
Career!
England Transport
noC,0 oerEs
Onire.jlo CDL Training
No cream t check
No co-signers
No r-owr, pavyennl'
Toll-Free
1-866-619-6081 Ext3140


$500 Police Impounds!
Cars from $500! Tax Re-
pos, US Marshall and IRS
sales! Cars/Trucks/SUV's/
Toyota's/Honda's/Chevy's/
& More! For Listings, Call
1-800-298-5414 Ext C'7 1




HELLO!
Looking for someone to
clean your house or your
office. Honest & Reliale
Reasonable rates & good
references. See you Soon!
Dona 227-9363/ 527-7707


Drivers

Driver Trainees
NEEDED NOW!
Werner needs entry level
semi drivers. No exp. re-
quired. Avg $36K 1st yr!
60% home nightly/weekly.
CDL training in your area.
1-866-280-5309


General
Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens Association now hir-
ing for the following posi-
tions: Senior Companion
(must be 60 years old or
older), Respite Workers
(sitter to the elderly) for
Port St. Joe area. All em-
ployees must pass a crimi-
nal background check and
drug screen. Contact Cla-
rissa at 850 229-8466 @
GCSCA, 120 Library Drive,
Port st. Joe


General

Cashier Position available
at the Scallop Cove BP,
4310 Cape San Bias Rd.
Starting pay is $8.50/hr
and scheduled increases
up to $9.50/hr with proven
ability. Must have transpo-
tation and be willing to
work both morning and
evening shifts. Call
227-4775 to schedule an
appointment.





Health care

A&A
HomeCare, Inc.
A & A has an opening for a
PT CNA/Home Health Aide
to service the following
areas. Kindard, Pt. St. Joe,
Wewahitchka, and the
beaches. A & A is an EOP
and DFW. Apply in person
at 211 N. Hwy 71 in
Wewahitchka or fax re-
sume to 639-3337


Healthcare i '

A&A
HomeCare4-Ino.
A & A ras an openrr.g lor a
PT CNA (3 days per week).
A & A is an EOP and iDFW*"
Apply in person at 211 N.
HMy 7'1 in Wewahitchka* or
[a.. resume io 639-3337


Professional

Advertising
Director
The Appeal-Democrat
(Marysville, CA) is seeking
an advertising director to
lead its sales, graphics
and advertising operations
staff. The ideal candidate
will be highly motivated,
team-oriented and knowl-
edgeable of all newspaper
operations. We are seek-
ing someone witl demon-
strated success irt growing
revenue through both tra-
ditional newspaper adver-i
tising sales categories,
and a variety of new busi-
ness development activi-
ties. You must possess
budgeting and forecasting
capabilities, and have the,
ability to implement sales
plans to achieve monthly
and annual revenue goals
while staying within budg-
eted. expenses. Candi-
dates must demonstrate
strong leadership ability
with a heavy emphasis on
interpersonal s'vils, inter
aclive marageme-nt. capa.
ability community. inmvlve
menL' and a .strong, cus.
i-mer service' orienlator
Tras psilic.n requires '.-
lensive sales aranaaemerI
'experience.' '-;., -:,
Please'send repumes
with cover letter by
Friday January 5, 2007 to
Don Brucker.
Publisher via erril -

appeal derrmocrat corn
or by la.: at 53(-742 6514


Chimney Cleaning
& Repairs.
32 yrs Exp. Call 785-3941





S Bank
Foreclosures! .
Horses. from $10,000' 1V3
bedrooms available! Hofr,'
Repos REOs etc Tnese
homes must sell For List-
ings Call 1-800- 298-5507
Ext' t171 -


S4100 4



Healthcare

The Gulf County
Health Dept.
has one opening for a full-
time, Career Service
(benefits assigned) Health
Educator Consultant. Po-
sition based in the Port St.
Joe branch. Fingerprinting
and O/T Due to Emer-
gency Duties required. An-
nual Start Salary $28,093.
For more information per-
taining to this position,
contact Lesia Hathaway at
(850) 227-1276, ext. 149.
This Agency is accepting
electronic applications
only for this position. Refer
to Requisition Number
64028023. Closing Date:
January 12, 2007. The
State is an AA/EEO em-
ployer.
Apply at:
peoplefirst.myflorida.com
for assistance, contact:
People First at:
1-877-562-7287

Trades
Youngquist Brothers, Inc.
Excellent Job Opportunity
in South Florida! Positions
Available: -Drillers
Derricks.. *Floor Hands
Excellent benefits package
available after 90 days.
Fax resume 239-489-4545
or contact Cliff at 239-
489-4444. MUST PASS
PHYSICAL & DRUG TEST.
Drug Free Workplace



Trades
Electrical Superintendent
for NW Florida & Tyndall
AFB. Must have 15 yrs ex-
perience electrical & 5 yrs
superintendent experience
Top pay with benefits.
Please- call Henderron
Electrical at 850-243-2223
to schedule intervieW.
EOE/Drug Free Workplace
Trades
GW, Services Heating, &
Air, Inc., located at 228
Cessna Dr., in Port St. Joe
Is now accepting applica-
ticr' icr ihe oi.l:.mng pc'si'
rf..ns" 'E'perirnced Ser'tc-'
Te:hnircans and Tr.m Outl
Technicians. Pay based
upon ,,'experience. Call
2R9-9125 for interview ap-
pornimeni '





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.quire an investment or
may be multi-level mar-
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over the phone. 'Always
research the company
you plan to do business
with BEFORE investing.

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Clerical
Administrative
Earn $12-$48/hour. Full
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quire an investment or
may be multi-level mar-
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,0o rot ,reo. rnar. g, L''-
inr credit card cr bar..
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Commercial Building for
renl- 1500sf.. 324 Long
Ave.,-Port St. Joe, FL. Call
850-340-1246.

CONTRACTOR'S
WAREHOUSE
unit 1250 SF/ office bath-
room 12x12 roll up door,
located at the corner of
SPondarosa Pines & Ruth-
erford in Jones Home-
stead. $650 a month in-
cludes util. 1 year lease
+1 mo. rent dep. 647-2715
after 6pm.

Office space for rent, 2
ofc and conf. rm avail. Ex-
cellent' location in recently
remodeled Realtors Asso-
ciation Building, on the
corner of.Hwy 98 & 11th St
in Apalachicola. water,
elec, sewer & trash incl.
, Call 850-653-3322 for ad-
ditional information


ANIMAL CLNICN ,


Professional'person wanted at local
animal clinic. Must love pets and
people. Benefits include dental,
health, and retirement. Resumes
may .be faxed to 850-670-4402
or phone' 850-670-8306 for an
appointment. No walk-ins please.




[ Flowers Baking Co.
_a" "of Thomasville, LLC I


'or more information, call Johnny Shepard.
800/226-2429


Commercial property for
rent. 300 ft on Hwy 98. Of-
fice and shop. Building for-
mally used car lot. 850
227-6123
RENT Now Prime office
and retail space at steeply
discounted rates. Flexible
on lease duration and
terms. 10 locations availa-
ble in: Appalachicola, St.
George Island, Port St.
Joe, Cape San Bias, St.
Joe Beach and Mexico
Beach. Weichert
Realtors-Anchor.
Bro k e r/Ow n e r
850-899-7999

BEACH

STORAGE

Day: 227-7200
Night: 647-3882
St. Joe Beach


MINI STORAGE

In Port St. Joe

814-7400



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(8501
229-8014

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office space


\ 6110 |
1 br, 1 ba 1508': Long
i',ne r I on Si Joe rjo
pelz 1485' TO + Osp
Ar .Iplcaion and reerern.:es
required Call 850-
229 .6825

2 br, 1 ba Apt., on L.ngr,
A.,e Fon Sr Joe Call
Kennv al 227 7241 or Phil
al 27.2112

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Port St. Joe, br 1 ba
W/D Screen porch. 13rm &
Long. Clean & Nice
$550m.:. + 1 Morit, a C 8ll 850.227 15



Wewa New 2 Dr 2 ba Du-
ples: 1250 sil $795 monrilri
+ $300 deposit Call
P5 .819-0451



6120
Great Location, 2 br. 1 oa
viin screened porch
$750/mo year round +
I '50 aeposl 5LI W hwy
98 r, Mr,,.o: Beacr Call
Oavid or Benv 850-
6395343 dvs or 639-9.311
everinas 899.9311 cell


S6130
3 br, 2 ba & 2 Or 2ba will
oe avail Janr 1. 2007
Brand New Townnomes,
iocared in Jones Home-
iead ,rn PI S Joe Call
850.229-1155
Long Term Monlhly Rent.
als Barrier Dune Ti:,nr
horrmes Furrinsrled Urlurn
ished Coniai Cape San
Blas Vacation Renials a.,
850 229.6916

Rent or Lease
To Own
2 br 2 oa Townrouse in
Me..,co Beacn at
Seapines Suodi,sicon, like
ne* wilh pool. reni is
$975rni. wll diSCuSS lease
to O rn opirns Call Brian
850227-6626.


I 6140 I

1.2, & 3 br
urn & jrrurn houses in
Por Sil Joe 8502h29-67.7
2 br. 2 ba ..omplelely lur.
ni,-recd Wal I1 a':wr:l,',wr
anrd Day E.-..:elieni ica.
ic, lmo uDlliReu $IC851i'rrc
+ ist, last and dep. Rets
required. 706-768-3239

A St. Joe Beach find!
6312 Hwy 98 & Pine street,
brick home facing gulf,
w/roof deck & Irg LR over-
looking beach, CH/A, 2 br,
1 5 ba DR, n.or I piichen &
appliance; unriurnr car-
pzrn. laurndry room. out-
side hoUcoid sn.ower. No
-pets, .$1 00n-O Cronv. to
TAFB Cal l850i 321-5452
or 850-385.2620 Owner at
house Sat & SunJ
Apalach area Reriv 3br
2ia new fio.orin,. + appli-
ances A.'C lans crfice &
larrm im. pool W'D. No
smk, pets. 1st, lasi + sec.
Lease w/ reff. 653-3700


6140
3 br, 2 ba $875mo + dep.
Water/gar, wash/dryer,
ch&a. No pets/smoking.
648-5052/(478)-983-2206
CAPE SAN BLAS, Bay
View home w/500' dock.
Walk to Beach Park. 3 br 2
ba on St. Joe Bay, nicely
furn. or unfurn. CH/A W/D,
large decks, covered park-
ing. Long term $1395/mo
or short term avail. Call
227-1410
Hwy 98, St. Joe Bch, 2 br,
2 ba House, w/gulf'view,
can be used for resident,
business or both. $975
mo.+ dep. 850- 647-9214.
Large 1 br, 1 ba w/
jacuazzi rm, washeridry -r
dishwasher. 1 year lease
First/last/ and security. Call
850-653-6375


| 6170 I



2 br, 2 ba, furnished, with
washer & dryer on 1 acre
in, Carrabelle beach.
$600mo/$600. dep 850
697-8440 or 813-546-6987
115 Coronado St, St Joe
Beach, 2 br 2 ba Mobile
Home, $575mo + $300
dep, 850 647-9214
Wewa RV Lots
$175/mo. Includes water
and sewer.
Call 850-639-5721


2002 Home at 410 5th St.
in Mexico Beach. 4 blocks
to beach. 2 lots. 1615sf on
corner lot. 4 br, 2 ba with
attached 12x12 screen
room. All floors ceramic
tile, walk in closets, attic
space, separate 16x24
recreation room h&c and
tiled. Outside shower &
deep well. 12x20 storage
*building & 12x20 boat
shed all connected with
concrete walkways and
fence railing. $400K Must
sacrifice, make us an offer.
Call 334-566-1364 or 334-
268-0601



,.

Apalachicola 3 BR, 2 BA,
1320 sqft, landscaping
with irrigation system. Pri-
vacy Fence, Built in 2004.
$157000, 229-347-0093





For Sale By Owner, Spa-
cious 3 br, 2 ba brick
home, irrigation syst.
Shade trees, storage on
145x150 lot, Lrg back
porch, FP, Lot of closet
space. 173 Barbara Dr.
www.infotube.net for more
info. Call 832-2040


| 7150

1/2 acre Pleasant Rest Rd
Overstreet. For site build
or pre fab home. $65,000
or trade for Salt water fish-
ing boat of equal value 850
227-6123

Mexico Beach Lot
150x100, 1 block from
beach, waterview, FORE-
CLOSURE. $195K obo.
850-596-2057 or 271-1453

Mexico Beach Lot,
75'x100', walk to bch.
Foreclosure. $149K obo.
596-2057 or 271-1453



I 7170

1 Acre Lot w/dbl slip dock
at intersection of Wetapo,
.Intercoastal & East Bay.
Sacrifice at $200K firm.
Call (770) 654-9955.






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The Waterfront


int Partnership is a


Plan identifies long term redevelopment projects that are designed to
implement the City's downtown redevelopment activities. The Port t.
n-prof it, public/private partnership whose mission is to revitalize the
waterfront area of Fort 5t. Joe.


= Waterfront Partnership Master flan was produced wth assistance from the florida Department of environmental protection (DEP)F) and the
Fort .St. Joe Redevelopment Agency.


St Joseph's Landing

Joseph's Landings is designed as an ameninzed, ptib '.
en-space and future extension of the City's existing 1 .
atertront Park. Key features of the Landings include a A.''-
dscaped public events areas and plaza with decorative pa
is, benches and landscaping, a pirate-ship themed '
ground for the youngsters, and a trail head facility
acting to the Baywalk. The Landings are designed to
1nmodate farmnners' markets, an shows, sunset celebrations -
Wher public events in beautiful bayfront setting. The public
ill include the installation of electrical outlets to enable A,
of vendor kiosks, event lighting and other activities that
uire electrical services.


-ort 5t. Joe Waterront

artnership Master an


t St, Joe Waterfront Master Plan
kviterfrpit Partnership Master Plan identifies long term redevelopment projects that will provide
its ~qLisitors increased access to St. Joseph's Bay, promote water based businesses and provide
oimni=tte_ learn about Port St. Joe's colorful history and the integral role the waterfront has
|tl the Citi's history and the role the waterfront will continue to play in the City's bright future.


Biniunity Planning for a Revitalized Waterfront and Downtown Port St. Joe

2006 Waterfront Partnership Master Plan was developed in conjunction with the Port St. Joe
,velopment Agency's 2006 Community Redevelopment Plan. The 2006 Community
development Plan identifies additional programs and projects that share the Waterfront
ership's goals of increased utilization of the waterfront and economic revitalization Port St. Joe's
ant and downtown.


Baywalk Details
!jaterjals/Features/Functions

walk will utilize concrete, asphalt and other
ials that are resistant to the saltwater environment
minimize future maintenance costs. Key features of
aywalk will include educational / interpretive
ge addressing the SL Joseph's bay environment
history.


Trailhead Facilities


Two Trailhead facilities are planned for installation on
the Baywalk. The northernmost trailhead will be
located at the St. Joseph's Landings development. The
southernmost trailhead will be located near the
intersection of the Baywalk and Country Club Road.


St Joseph's Landings

seph's Landings is designed as an amenitized,
:, open-space and future extension of the
existing Waterfront Park. Key features of the
ngs include a hardscaped public events area
laza with decorative pavers, lights, benches
indscapmg, a pirate-ship themed playground
6 youngsters, and a trail head facility
.tcing to the Baywalk. The Landings are
ned to accommodate farmers' markets, an
s, sunset celebrations and other public events
iuiiful bayfront setting. The public area will
le the installation of electrical outlets to
tihe use of vendor kiosks, event lighting and
activities that may require electrical services.


Interpretive signage


Ampitheater


i,, dtSchedule
l is designed to be built in three phases. The first phase is anticipated to begin construction in 2007 and
Years to complete. The entire project is anticipated to be completed in 8 years, contingent upon funding
lity and right-of-way acquisition.

to lake part In the Waterfront Redevelopment? Need more Information? Want to Volunteer? We want your nlputl
development of the Portn St. Joe Waterfront Is an ongoing community endeavor 1The Watcefront Panumhip would highly value your Input and comments.
ake a moment to fill out the attached form and mall it to us. Postage is pre-paid.
Iyou a resident of Port St. Joe or Gulf County?
6t is the zip-code of your residence?
byou visiting for business or pleasure?
Ia was the last time you visited and how frequently do you visit?
type of activities do you and your family enjoy? (Pick all that apply)
to the Beach Boating Shelling Scalloping Saiwatar Fishing Freshwater Fishing
Eating Out Hiking Bike Riding Other
ike to receive additional infoaation about the Pont Si Joe Waterfront, ts aivitie, amenities and festivals, please provide a mailing address
;ill not share your information with any other finnrm or group that is not affiliated with the Pon SL Joe Watfrnani Partnership.


Baywalk
t St. Joe Baywalk is a waterfront walkway, approximately
a long, beginning at the Ponrt SL Joe Marina and ending at
sem trailhead near Country Club Road. Portions of the
be elevated while others will be grade level. The
atre scenic overlooks and a 16-foot wide pathway
ding inro St. Joseph's Bay.


n ting Walks and Trails
feature connections to downtown Port St.
P ved pedestrian crosswalk at US 98 and 3rd
secondd located at 16th Street and US 98. The
will also connect to the City's downtown sidewalks
network at the 5th Sweet, 9th Street and Allen
al Way intersections. Upon completion, these
ina will enable a round-trip circuit along the
roughh the beat of downtown and Pon SL Joe's


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