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Creation Date: December 25, 2003
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County Seeks to Expand
Enterprise Zone ...... Pg. 3.
Exchanging Knowledge
to Protect Ecosystem ... Pg. 8A
School Board Earns
Dual Distinction . Pg. 4A


Dead Man Found .
Foster Care Changes.
Howard Creek


Pg. 5A
Pg. 18


Christmas ........ 'Pg. 9B
Letters to Santa.... Pg. 1-12C
Wewa City ........ Pg. 4A
Sports.. .. .. Pgs. 10-71A
Society. ....... Pg. 2-3B
Obituaries .......... Pg,9B
Church News ......... Pg.8B
Classified, Legals. Pgs. 14-16B


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Claims Life ofA Thad Morris and Todd Lawrence Share Experiences ofService


Wewa Resident
by Tim Croft
The folks in Wewahitchka will
certainly be glad to kiss 2003 good-
bye.
A single-car auto accident late
Monday night claimed the life of a
Wewahitchka woman, the sixth res-
ident of that small close-knit com-
munity to be killed on the county's
roads this year, all since the last
week of August.
Bobbie Jo Skipper Lincoln, 34;
was pronounced dead at the scene
of the single-vehicle accident which
occurred on County 386 north of
Borders Road.
Lincoln was a passenger in a
1989 Isuzu pickup' truck driven by
John Michael Richter, 34, of 247
Bonita St., in Port St. Joe.
Richter was transported by
Gulf County EMS to Bay Medical
Center, where he, was in intensive
care with chest injuries at press,
time.
According to investigators, the
Isuzu was traveling north on
County 386 shortly before midnight
(SeeAccident on-Page 11 A)


by Carly Johnson
"Thank you for fighting for my
country," was all Wewahitchka
Elementary School sixth grader
Amanda Greene had to say to her
hometown hero. ,
It seemed to sum-up what
everyone at Wewahitchka
Elementary School feels towards
soldiers leaving the comforts of
home to protect that which
Americans hold dear.
For Greene, it was a little more
personal. Like many of her class-
mates, Greene has been correspon-
ding to Petty Officer Thad Morris,
Army Specialist Todd Lawrence
and other natives of Wewahitchka
defending their country like Ryan
Fortner, Jeremy Suber, Edward
Sumner, Steven Price, Miles Beene,
Michael Gortman, Matthew
Gortman and Matthew Ludlam.
"I just wanted to tell Thad
,thank you for talking to us but also
for protecting us," Greene said. "It
was nice for him to come here and
to get to come home for
Christmas."
Greene and other students,
faculty and staff of the elemental
school -got the opportunity to
express their appreciation to..


by Tim Croft
During a recent series of meetings with local elect-
ed and civic leaders, Dr. Alfred Bonati, the Tampa-area
orthopedic surgeon poised to purchase Gulf Pines
Hospital, provided an outline of his plans for the hos-
pital.
Though the $3.8 million sale of the hospital has
yet,to close, the recent influx of cash to the hospital
from Medicare payments, dating back two years ago
ensued the hospital would remain in operation until
the sale closes and likely removed the final hurdle to
the sale.
Which allows Bonati, whose Hudson-based Bonati
Institute has operated on thousands, of people suffer-
ing from back pain or.injuries, to move forward with
his plans for the hospital.
The broad strokes of those plans were gleaned
from interviews with some of the principals to those
recent meetings between Bonati and local leaders.
Those involved described a positive and informa-
tive series of meetings.
Bonati's plans were generally described as a
potential boon for the community and the county,
though some of the logistics, primarily those centering
around transportation and lodging issues, were per-
ceived as formidable.
Overall, participants described an ambitious and
impressive plan, offered by an individual with energy
and resources, though there was, at some level, also a
wait-and-see approach about some of the more ambi-


Thad Morris (left of sign) qnd Todd Lawrence (right of sign) took time out from R & R to meet with these sixth
graders at Wewahitchka Elementary School on Friday. '


Morris and Lawrence when the two
armed service locals gave their
families and community a much-
desired 'and anticipated early
Christmas present by coming..
home for the holidays.
Taking time away from their
much deserved rest and relaxation,
Lawrence and Morris, 2000 and
1998 graduates of Wewahitchka
High School, respectively, made an
unexpected visit to the elementary
school, 'offering' hugs to former
teachers and staff and bringing,
holiday cheer.The pair also spoke
with current students about their
experiences in the military.
The kids were really interested
in what we had seen," said Thad. "I
was asked a lot about what life is
like in Iraq and what I saw there.
They also wanted to know if the
kids were like them and I informed
them that they had it much, much
better than the kids'in Iraq."
Although they were delivered
by plane instead of a sleigh and a
jolly man in a red suit, Christmas
wishes were granted to many,
including the devoted grandfather
who raised Thad, Earnest Morris.
With pride and excitement,
Earnest announced that his grand-
son had returned and would be
visiting the school last Friday.
"I was just thrilled to death
when I found out Thad would be
home for Christmas," Earnest


exclaimed. "My Christmas has
been made. There is nothing else in


tious aspects of the plan, particularly Bonati's stated
goal to build a new 100-bed hospital within 18 months
Sof taking the reins of Gulf Pines,
The sale of the hospital is not expected to close
until the second or third week of January,' possibly as
late as early February, but 'under a' management,
agreement between Boiati and the hospital, he
intends to begin conducting surgeries shortly after the'
first of the year.
Bonati ha, indicated he has several ldozeii back
surgeries lined up for January, with a waiting list that
numbers into the thousands. i
And he wants to get started as soon as possible at
Gulf Pines for two central reasons: to provide a need-.
ed revenue stream for the hospital and to'ensure that
payroll, which has been an issue at the hospital for
months, begins to be consistently met on time.
Bonati estimates that within a relatively short
time, roughly 90 days, he and his staff of trained
orthopedic surgeons will be performing 200 surgeries
a month at Gulf Pines.
His patients, Bonati has indicated, are uniformly
wealthy most insurance plans do not currently cover
his patented surgery technique and Bohati believes
that patient-base can be, in the short- and long-term,
a key cog in the county's economic engine.
He has repeatedly noted that if just one percent of
the patients ard families who come to the hospital -
and they will travel here from throughout the world -
(See Hospital on Page 5A)


the world I wanted."
Family members weren't the
only ones excited about the return
of these young men. With tears of
pride and joy in her eyes, Pam
Sumner recounted how the stu-
dents began writing to these and
other local soldiers who were over-
seas.
"It really means a lot.to us to
have these two young men stand-
ing here today," said Sumner. 'The
teachers and the kids really want-
ed to give something to these men
and women from our area and we
decided that writing to them would
be a great way to keep them
apprised of hometown happenings
and hopefully lift their spirits a lit-
tle while away from home."
Other teachers of Lawrence
and Thad also rejoiced at their
homecoming. Judith Birmingham
and Mary Esther embraced the sol-
diers and reflected fondly on edu-
cating them several years ago.
'They were both good kids,"
Esther said. "They had big. classes,
but they made themselves known,
but they never caused any trouble
and it is so good to have 'them back
all grown up."
While many asked of condi-
tions of the cities in Iraq, several
were also curious of the soldiers'
(See Home on Page 11 A)
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PSJ Cable System Will Soon

Join the Digital Television Age


by Tim Croft
Cable 'television customers in
Port St. Joe will, by this time next
year, be members of the digital age.
Mediacom Southeast, which
operates cable systems along the
coast from Mississippi to
Carrabelle, is poised to take over
the cable system currently operat-
ed in Port' St. Joe by Mallard
Cablevision.
Dale Ordoyne, vice president of
marketing for the Southern
Division of Mediacom, confirmed
that, should all continue apace, the
sale of the Port St. Joe system,
approved by a federal bankruptcy
judge in late September, and trans-
fer to Mediacom Southeast should
be completed by Feb. 1.
"The sale hasn't gone through,
yet, but we've been told it should be
around the second or third week of
January," said Ordoyne, who is
based but of Gulf Breeze. "We've
already taken a look at the system.
We are very much ready to get up
and going. We're excited."
,Mediacom Southeast is a divi-
sion of New York-based Mediacom,


which with 1.6 million customers
in 23, states is the 10th largest
cable provider in the country.
Mediacom Southeast already
serves roughly 60,000 customers
in Northwest Florida, from Destin
(See PSJ Cable on Page 9A)

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for the Holidays
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holiday, The Star will move
up its deadline one day.
Therefore, school news and
real estate ads will be due
by Friday, December 26th
at 12:00. Regular news,
classified and display ads
will be due by Monday,
December 29th at 11:00.
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PAGE TWO THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 2003


EDITORIAL COMMENTARY
COLUMN
WRITTEN BY
WILLIE RAMSEY, EDITOR


This Thing Which



Has Come to Pass

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be
taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was
governor of Syria.) .

And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city. And
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem
(because he was of the house and lineage of David) to be
taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were
accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought
forth, her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling
clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no
room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in
the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the
angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord
shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them, Fear not; for behold, I
bring you good tidings of great joy, which
shall be to all people.
u For unto you is
Born this day in
the city of David, a Saviour,
S"T,.. which is Christ the Lord. And
this shall be a sign unto you;
,Y;-. Ye shall find the babe
wrapped in swaddling clothes
i: iand lying in a manger.

And suddenly there was
With the angel a multitude of
heavenly hosts praising God
lad saving. Glory to God in the
highest, and .on earth
peace. good will to men.


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"How do you figure this Santa
Claus guy?"
There was a moment of
silence. I had .pondered on just
that same question now for the
last couple- well, actually, for all
the years I could remember!
Which, of course, was only four or
five now.....
Buddy Wiggleton interrupted
my thoughts and attempted to
answer the question at the same
time, "He's got to be the nicest per-
son in the world! He brings every-
thing you want....right to your
house!"
'There is no way," Artie Gal-
.loway stood up to emphasize his
answer, "one guy could make it to
every house in the world in one
night!"
We pondered some more on a:
question that had rolled through
my little pea brain with increasing
frequency this holiday season.
There was only a couple of


ft*44Ue,1 X4V4/4 W41g Ikf4 by Kesley Colbert


He Invented Christmas


days of school left before the
"Chnstmas actiono" began. As
second graders we looked forward
to the double reward...... There
would be no hom(ew\ork or teachers
or confinement for two whole
weeks! And Santa would bring us
Just what we wanted" if we could
live til the 25th!
We were gathered up in our
"meeting room"'at the morning
bleak. Well, actually. it was the
bathroom. But on cold days we'd
huddle up in the small space' in
front of the sink and wax forth on
all the key issues that affected life
as we knew it!
"How does he know exactly
what you want?" Larry Ridinger
voiced another excellent question.
"And howi does he deliver the
gifts if the house doesn't have a
chimney?" That really wasn't
much of a problem around here.
Every house'had a chimney. Most
had two or three.
"And you're going to tell me
that eight tiny reindeer could hold
out to fly to every house in' the
world in one night?" "
"No way you could get every-
one's present on one sleigh!"
There was more silence. As


always. this group had more ques-
tions than answers.
"I think the question." I could-
n't believe it was me talking. "is not
how he does it. But \why?"
"\\What does it matter." Yogi
Brewer jumped in. "just as long as
he brings you somethimgl"
Well, like an idiot, I had
opened my mouth I needed to
back it up. "I think it matters a
great deal. Why would one person
spend his whole year making toys
and things.....and then just give
them away in one night? To. people
who he doesn't even know! What
kind of motive would make a man
work to achieve such a goal?"
"Fame?"
"Fortune?"
"Love?"
The, Santa I understood in my
little spven year old mind was not
interested in fame or fortune.
Everybody on earth knew that!
"Fellas,'it's got to be love."
"No one could love us that
much!" Artie was adamant, "I tell
you, there ain't no- "
S "Jesus did." Buddy, kind of
whispered it.
But it brought total silence to
the group. We all had been raised


in Sunday School? That Jesus
loved us that much was in no
doubt! Mr. Ed Wiley had been
telling us just that ever' Sunday
\\thout faiIl since \e were born!
\Ve all knew that Chnstmas
was the celebration of HIS birth.
We went to the Chnstmas Eve ser-
vice before we rode around to look
at the lights. The visions of sugar
plums danced-in our heads after
the "Father, help me when I'm bad,
when I make my Mother sad, I
don't mean to disobey when [ try to
have my way, help.me know what's
right to do, so my life may honor
you" prayer! We were not going to
open one present on Christmas
morning until Mother had read
near' bout completely through the
whole second chapter of the gospel
according to Luke!
"Jesus loved us enough to die
for everyone in the whole world."
Buddy hesitated to make sure he
said next what he was thinking,
"so it wouldn't be much of a deal
for him to come back every year
and give us a present to kinda
remind us He was still right up
front in the 'giving' business."
See Kesley on Page 3


S-. "A" A-nd it came to pass
Ss as the angels were gone
away from them into heaven,
Sthe shepherds said one to
another. Let us now go even
'.' ';u.. nto Bethlehem, and see this
S thin. with has come to pass
!which the Lord hath made
j kLnowVn to LuS.


7" And they came with ~l" "" _
haste. and found Mary, and R 14ix
Joseph. and the babe lying ina
manger. And when they had seen it, they made known *.
abroad. the saying wlidchwas told them concerning this '
child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things --
which were told them by the .shepherds.

But Mary kept all these things, and.pondered them in her .
heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising ..' :
God for all the things that they. had heard and seen, as it .: .
was told unto them..



Well, Maybe Not Too Old To Want An ElectricTan


ME-E-E-R-RY CHRISTMAS!
Tomorrow is the big day.. If
you aren't prepared, now, it's too
late to start.
Even at my advanced age of
nearly 77 yearS old, Christmas
still holds a time of wonder for me.
I am one of the few who accepts all
the excitement and wonder of
Christmas, but still remembers it
is the birthday of our Savior and
Lord.
I will never forget that fact, no
matter how excited and apprehen-
sive I become over the good things
which are available to eat at this
time of the year.
I will be receiving my dialysis
treatment today [on a holiday
schedule] and will spend Christ-
mas day at home.
I have spent the last few dialy-
sis sessions, passing the time
away by. watching the "Cooking
Channel" on TV. We have our own
private TV at each dialysis station
to while away the four hours of sit-


ETAOIN SHRDLU


Written by Wesley Ramsey

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ting.
Emeril, Mario and some lady.
from Louisiana whose forte is good
Southern cooking, have primed
my taste buds to their sharpest. I
have seen cookies made, fruit
cakes, spice cakes, nut cakes,
pork roast, standing, rib roasts,
turkeys and all the Christmas
goodies, made. Even Italian cook-
ing featuring all sorts of pasta,
was on the menu. They make it
look so easy!

THEN, I GET HOME to break
my fast with a bowl of soup,
warmed up in the microwave.
What a let-down!


Since there only two to cook
for at our house, I suppose I
should be thankful for 'the
microwave and its capability of.
warming up left-overs.
Frenchie is experiencing prob-
lems with her teeth and has no
incentive to cook as long as her
mouth is too sore to chew. She is
getting prepped for mouth surgery
to rectify her tooth problem. While
she is getting prepared for
surgery, eating has come to a halt
at our house.
Even the dogs are suffering
from Frenchie's sore mouth. They
Share usually right under my chair
when I eat, waiting for a handout.


They even understand Frenchie's
call to me to come to the table, for,
if I fail to hear her call, they are at
my feet, wagging their stubs of a
tail, as if to say: "Didn't you hear
her? It's time to eat!"

I KNOW THE DOGS are glad
it's Christmas. They know that if
we go out to eat at some Christ-
mas party, we're going to' bring
them back a sample. They meet us
at the door when we return, pant-
ing and jumping up and down,
waiting expectantly, to see what
we have brought them.
Spoiled dogs!
Little Bit will eat anything!
From grapes to broccoli. She
enjoys a piece of meat, best of all.
Smudgie is nine years old and fat
as a butterball. She is more dis-
criminating about what she eats .
S. but not much. She enjoys
almost every Christmas goody and
especially, slices of apple.
They think they have hit the


mother lode this Christmas sea-
son.
Little Bit has taken all the.
ornaments off the Christmas tree,
or at least, the opes along.tle bot-
tom which are no trouble to reach..
Frenchie hung little stuffed
toys around the bottom of the tree
and they started disappearing, one
by one. Finally, she found a stash
of tree ornaments on Little Bit's
pallet. The mischievous puppy
had removed the ornaments and
put them in her stash of things
collected, in order to play with.

I'M STARTING MY Christmas
feasting early. As I am writing this
column [last Friday], Willie and his
boys are grilling steaks to feed his.
staff a Christmas dinner. The
women on the staff have brought
their favorite dish and about the
time I finish this tome, I'm going to
join them in a. delicious grilled
steak with "sides" by the girls.
It's .almost a tradition, now,


that Willie will grill steaks for the
staff each Christmas. and around
nobn, everybody will chow down.
I got to the .office early, this
,day, so I would be through with
this blurb by noon and could give
one of those steaks my undivided
attention
Santa comes indifferent ways
to people at Christmas time. To
me, he comes in this guise. I am
too old, now, to want a bicycle, a
tricycle, a baseball glove, or an
electric train!
Well, maybe not too old to
want an electric train!
I have all my Christmas shop-
ping done, as I am writing this.
That's early for me, but getting any
done at all is an accomplishment
for me. I suspect, today, the annu-
al visit from my brother-in-law
and his wife has' begun and by
6:00 I should have my dialysis fin-
ished and I'll be ready to greet
Santa Claus, giving him my undi-
vided attention!


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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, Dec. 25, 2003 Page 3A


Gulf Seeks to Expand Enterprise Zone Boundaries


Gulf County commissioners
wasted little time agreeing to a rec-
ommendation from the Enterprise
Zone Committee to modify enter-
prise zone boundaries.
Businesses located within the
enterprise zone are able to take
advantage of several economic
incentives offered by the state if
they meet the state's guidelines
and criteria t> qualify. An enter-
prise zone county can have up to
20 miles of area within the county
designated. The new lines being
proposed by Gulf County will reach
those limits while modifying enter-
prise zone lines in both the north
and south ends of the county.
Ultimately the enterprise zone
incentives are aimed at helping
create jobs and expand businesses
in communities. The Enterprise
Zone Committee hopes the new
boundaries will provide even more
business opportunities and bene-
fits for existing businesses.
ROBERTS CEMETERY ROAD
Building a road to Roberts
Cemetery has, been discussed for
some time byt commissioners, and
after Tuesday's meeting, may be a


Kes
We all had doubts that Santa
could make every house in one
night. But no one in that "meeting
hall" had one sliver of disbelief
about Jesus's ability to do it! In
Him all things are possible
And it sure made all the "prob-
lems" of understanding Christmas
very simple. We were just getting
into why Jesus chose a red suit
and white beard when the bell rang
sending us back to class......
I've weathered a multitude of
Christmases since that fateful win-
ter of 1954. I've heard the "truth"
about Christmas a thousand times.
I've had two children of my own.
I've bought gifts galore. Some out of
great love and affection. Some out
of duty. I've been to Christmas
plays, concerts, cantatas and


step closer to becoming a reality.
Commissioner Carmen
McLemore moved for the board to
proceed with survey work and
acquiring permits necessary to
construct the road and received
full support from fellow commis-
sioners.
HAND GETS A HAND
Luthus Hand has been in
charge of county prison work
crews for approximately two years,
that is until the board's first meet-
ing of the month. During that
meeting Hand was told the
Department of Correction would
not allow the county to have an
administrator supervising DOC
employees, therefore the board
took action to reassign Hand.
The reassignment would have
resulted in a decrease in pay
according to union guidelines.
The board tabled the issue
until its next meeting with indica-
tions that Commissioners
McLemore and Chairman Billy
Traylor would work with Hand to
come up with a job description and
county job status that would not
result in a decrease in pay.


from Page 2

rodeos. I've touched the magic of
Christmas. I've seen the world,
thanks to Norelco shavers, Dillards
and Ronco Veg-i-matics turn
upside down in its quest to out
buy, out give, out shop, out last the
next fellow.....I've seen the believ-
ers, the doubters, the shouters, the
cynics, the realists and the near
misses.....
I'm all.informed and grown up
about Christmas now. And the
more I study and observe and edu-
cate myself regarding this phenom-
ena......the more I realize me and
Buddy, Yogi, Artie and Larry had it
absolutely right back in that bath-
room in the second grade.....
Thank You Jesus,
Kes


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Commissioner Jerry Barnes, right, presents Chief Administrator Don
Butler with a plaque of recognition for service.


United Way campaign over the past
year as recommended by
Commissioner Nathan Peters, Jr.
*Commissioner McLemore told
the board that his prison work
crew had been doing some road
striping, and the cost was a frac&
tioh of the cost of contracting the
work out. He explained that it was
going to cost about $800 to stripe
the Dalkieth Road as compared to
the contractor quote of $12,200.
He suggested the board might con-
sider this option for road striping
needs
eMike Grabarek approached
the board requesting any support
the commission might give toward
airport development inthe region
be focused on the development of
the Apalachicola Airport. He
stressed that the Apalachicola
runway was much closer than the'
Panama City Airport and could
serve the needs of Gulf County
much better if it were utilized.
Conmmissioners agreed to contact
members of the Apalachicola


IN OTHER BUSINESS
*Heard from Donna Grabarek
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Sunshine Law had been violated W fishing you
when she was not allowed to com- J, lid
ment on matters before the board nappy SHolidays
Grabarek said that current board B It
policy didn't allow for participation B u y
unless a person is signed up to
speak prior to the meeting, but G t 2 5 ff
without knowing what the board
would be discussing that was not '--: j
possible. Commission Chairman next item
Traylor summed up a tense con-
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Gulf Designated Master Board


Wins Lots of Toys
Five year old Marcell Johnson, with presents. The stocking was
Jr. of Port St. Joe got an early visit delivered by Harry Lee Smith on
from Santa last week when he was
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Lake Alice Park Project Gets

$8,000 Donation from Foundation


Sby Tim Croft
The St. Joe Community
Foundation recently bolstered the
improvements at Lake Alice Park in
Wewahitchka with an $8,000 dona-
tion.
During their regular bi-monthly
meeting on Monday night, city com-
missioners were notified that the
foundation had issued the grant
money to allow the installation of
ventilation fans and a public
address system in the striking new
amphitheater going up at Lake Alice
Park.
The amphitheater is the center-
piece of improvements,to the park,
which will also include new rest
rooms, playground equipment, dock
and new water system.
"When they (the foundation)
saw the scope of the project they
jumped right on it," said city man-
Sager Don Minchew.
The park is in almost constant
use, from weddings, birthdays and
anniversaries to the festivals that
dot-the city's annual calendar.
Construction at the park is
expected to be completed in about
30 days.
In other business during
Monday's meeting:
Commissioners approved the
purchase of a 1984 van from the
Highland View Volunteer Fire
Department.
The vehicle, which has low
mileage, cost $2,000.
Commissioners approved staff
to negotiate with Preble Rish on the


scope of services to secure a renew-
al of the city's consumptive use
water permit with the Northwest
Florida Water Management District.


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by Tim Croft
Members of the Gulf County
School Board recently achieved two
notable distinctions from the
Florida School Boards Association.
By completing, as a team, 20
hours of learning activities in
statewide forums and workshops in
the county, the board can number
itself among the 34 out of 67 school
boards in the state to earn the des-
ignation as a "Master Board."
And with a majority of the
board having completed individual'
curriculum and renewal require-
ments, the board is one of just
seven in the state designated as
"Certified Board."
"(The two distinctions) are very
hard to do," said Dr.. Wayne
Blanton, executive director of the
Florida School Boards Association.
Both programs are voluntary
and are sponsored and designed by
the Florida School Boards
Association, a lobbying and advoca-
cy organization for the state's 67
school boards.
And both programs focus on
providing insight into the broad-
scope of the education system to
board members, offering training
that enhances "their capabilities to
provide visionary leadership" for the
school district.
"We're trying to make board
members understand the entire pic-
ture in education," Blanton, said.
"We are trying to make them better
board members."
Participants learn the intrica-
cies of the state's formula for
financing public K-12 education,
Sunshine Law guidelines, district
and school budgets, administrative


structures and procedures.
Many board members across
the state enter office with only a
passing knowledge in such areas,
particularly the financing structure
unique to education.
"We try to put it all in terminol-


ogy they can understand," Blanton
said. "It's a very good curriculum."
The critical difference between
the two programs is that the
"Master Board" program, is accom-
plished as a team, including the
superintendent; the "Certified
Board" is an individual process.


A board must have at least a
majority of its members complete
the curriculum to become "certi-
fied."
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Pierce, Linda Wood and Billy Quinn
Jr., have completed the requisite
course work for certification.


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fall in love with the area as so many
of current residents have and
decide to purchase homes as
growth sweeps over the area, the
economic benefits are self-evident.
Bonati already has in hand
architectural renderings of the new
hospital he intends to build in the
county.
Acquiring land and securing
permitting remain hurdles, but
Bonati is confident of constructing
a 100-bed state-of-the-art primary
care hospital within the next' 18
months.
That facility would employ
roughly 300 employees, which'
would be a, mix of personnel cur-
rently working at his Hudson facil-
ity,. existing Gulf Pines staff and
newly-trained locals.
The: physician staff of the hos-
pital would include, among others,
general surgeons, neurosurgeons,
orthopedic surgeons, physical ther-
apists and internal medicine spe-
cialists.
Bonati noted during the series
of meetings that 300 families -
mom, dad and children would not
only expand the county's workforce
but drive the enhancement of edu-
cational opportunities as well as


social options such as theaters,
restaurants and other entertain-
ment venues.
Gulf Coast Community College


Dr. Alfred Bonati


and its nursing program, Bonati
suggested during his local meet-
ings, could provide a partner for
training hospital personnel, with
the hospital in turn providing
internships and the opportunity to
provide hands-on training for nurs-
es, technicians and other health-
care professionals.


Vermont Man Found Dead
In Church Parking Lot


by Tim.Croft
A man was found dead Monday
morning inside a motor home
which had been sitting in the park-
ing lot of Long Avenue Baptist
Church since last Friday.
Richard Goyne, 59, was found
dead inside the motor home when
police officers checked out the
vehicle, which was unlocked, after
being alerted to its presence in the
parking lot over the weekend.
Police had contacted Goyne's
next of kin in Vermont on Monday
afternoon. The license plates on
the motor home were from Oregon.
While law enforcement was
treating the camper as a crime
scene, initial investigation indicat-
ed that foul play was likely not
involved in the death.
Additionally, nobody but the
man appeared to have been inhab-
iting the camper.
It was unclear why Goyne\was
in Gulf County, though it was the-
orized he was on vacation.


Goyne's body was transported
to the Medical Examiner's office for
an autopsy to determine the cause
of death.
It was unclear at press time
how long it would be beforetautop-
sy results were communicated or
more information about Goyne
would be released.
The investigation into Goyne's
death continues pending the
results of the autopsy.

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Holiday Hours
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24th, 25th, and 26th so that
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Christmas' holiday with their fami-
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27th." ..


From Page 1
Such a partnership would ben-
efit both the college, by providing
students, and the hospital in bol-
stering the ranks of trained person-
nel.
The value of such a partner-
ship, Bonati indicated, is under-
stood against the backdrop of the
serious shortage of trained and
qualified nurses in Florida and
across the country.
To Bonati, his plans for the
hospital dovetail with Arvida's
development plans for the area.
The hospital, and his well-heeled
client base, figures to be only bol-
stered by the first-class develop-
ment that Arvida is undertaking at
WindMark and other communities
around the area.
Among the issues that he wres-
tles with, however, are trarisporta-
"tion, more specifically, given that
people will arrive here from around
the world, the ability of patients to
fly in and out of the area, and lodg-
ing, or whete to put up patients
before surgery and during, their
-convalescence, which is typically
far shorter than with other back
surgeries.
Bonati has tossed out the idea
of building townhomes or the like
near the hospital, and the
Apalachicola airport is perceived
one potential answer to the trans-
portation riddle.
Long-range, Bonati suggested
that he would be moving nearly all
his current operations from his
Hudson institute to Gulf Pines
within the next three to four years.
The Hudson facility would con-
tinue to be headquarters for some
of his administrative work, such as
billing, and would be used as a
screening/catch facility for Tampa-
area patients, but the surgical pro-
cedures would be done exclusively
at Gulf Pines.
The reasons are several, but a
central one is that a full-service
hospital provides a base, not avail-
able through his Hudson facility,
which is an ambulatory clinic, from
which to expand his client base,
offering his less-invasive patented
surgical technique to people with
Medicare and other insurance
plans.'
That Bonati will be bringing in
patients from around -the world
means his hospital will not rely on
local patients for survival, not to
mention that it mitigates the poten-
tial impact to his facility of another
health-care facility or hospital
being built inthe county..


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Exchanging Knowledge to Protect Ecology


by Tim Croft
Discuss the treasures of natu-
ral spaces, of trees, vegetation and
the tapestry of the open air, talk
about the role of fire in ecology and
the preservation of critical habitat
and watch Marcia Eujenio's eyes
become ablaze.
It is a subject that fascinates, a
passion that drove her from her
home in the Valencia region of
Spain to the $t. Joseph Peninsula
State Park, with stopovers in
California and Louisiana.
To, most prominently, count
tree rings.
Ask her about how she found
this part of the world, how the
Forgotten Coast compares to more
recognizable locales, what she
found to do to have fun while in
Florida, and Eujenio's demurs.
"It is all work, no social life,"
she said -as she shakes her head
slowly, her words prominently
dressed with the spice of her native
Spain.
"I was always working," she
continued before adding that she at
least did discover that the area
does runneth over with tasty fresh
seafood to eat.
From somebody, who has
grown up near the Mediterranean
Sea, it seemed a weighty compli-
ment.
Eujenio also noted that the
folks she did encounter in this
neck, literally, of the woods, "have
been very helpful. They were very
collaborative."
And in science, that is what it's
all about Eujenio said.
Eujenio is a doctoral candidate
at the Autonomous University of
Barcelona, studying the ecology of
fire, how fire interacts with nature,
to what extent can fire serve as a
tool for man.
These are subjects, Eujenio
said, of some significance in her
homeland, where prescribed con-
trolled burns are simply not part of
the landscape.
"Fire is very interesting to me,"
Eujenio said. "I come from a region
of the country where fire is of big
social concern."
Natural fuel, vegetation, grass-
es and the like, are allowed to
accumulate in Spain, Eujenio
noted, and the summer heat har-
bors a season of fire each year.
By fall, the heavy rains have
arrived and, too often, with them
comes widespread soil erosion, the
result .of soil lacking the rooted
vegetation to keep it in place.


Marcia Eujenio, an exchange student from Spain, plugs data into a computer as she prepares a report on the
ecology of fire at St. Joseph Peninsula State Park.


Such 'erosion has widespread
implications on everything from
agriculture to development.
And so, to understand more
about what is happening at home,
Eujenio went abroad.
Aware of the cutting-edge work
Dr. Bill Platt of Louisiana State
University was doing concerning
the ecology of fire, Eujenio contact-
ed him and secured an opportunity
to spend time in Louisiana and
work with Platt on a project or two.
"It is a good chance," Eujenio
said. "If you can travel you should
go and learn a little about other
areas.
"By traveling to another (eco-)
system and studying there you
have a much better understanding.
In ecology, every situation is differ-
ent."
She had undertaken a similar
sabbatical of learning two years
ago to study scrub pine communi-
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And such trips are,.it could be
argued, the board on' which scien-
tific knowledge springs forward,
achieves new heights.
"That's how. it needs to be,
sharing and exchanging ideas,"
Eujenio said.
Eujenio joined Platt in the
Delta of Louisiana. studying pine
savannahs, before Platt suggested


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Panhandle and work with Jean
Huffman.
Huffman, a Phd candidate her-
self and something of an expert on
the ring dating of trees, or dendro-
crinology, was also doing work on
fire ecology out of the Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research
Reserve in Eastpoint.
Huffman is doing considerable
work on the dynamics of fire and
nature at the St. Joseph Bay State
Buffer Preserve and the St. Joe
Peninsula State Park.
And her work in scrub pine
ecosystems, which differ from pine
savannahs in critical ways, was
more in step with Eujenio's empha-
sis.
"Scrubby pine, communities
dominated by pines, is what I know
back home and is very similar to
what you find here" on the penin-
sula, Eujenio said. "It is very simi-
lar to what I am working with in
Spain."
And thus gathering data about
fire, and its impact in scrub pine
ecosystems, which burn far less
frequently and more intensely than
pine savannahs, might offer better
insight into what Eujenio will work
with when she returns to the lands
that gave name to an orange.
So," for the past month or so,
::Eujenio and Huffman have, in col-
laboration, naturally, with the state
park, been walking in the woods,
gathering samples of vegetation,
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Taking samples does not entail
cutting the trees, the object, after
all, being not to damage the trees.
Rather the careful removal of a
section, called a core sample, a
splinter no more than a fraction of
an inch thick, is accomplished
using a T-shaped tool.
The sap of the tree quickly
closes the small hole made by tak-
ing the sample, leaving the tree
unscathed.
'The fire history is interesting
to know," Huffman said, noting
that fire scars the rings inside a
tree, allowing researchers to map a
history of fire in a particular stand
of trees and vegetation.
"By looking at the age of a
structure, you can determine the
function of forces that are affecting
them."
And, much of scientific work'is
just what Eujenio is doing, gather-
ing data, searching for nothing
more than information and,
through that, understanding.
"In science, there are a lot of
little bits of information," Huffman
said. "Put all the little bits together
and you have a better understand-
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works.
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ple;..the frequency and impact of
fire over the ye'-ars, by gairt1
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to Tyndall AFB to Mexico Beach to
St. George Island to Carrabelle.
It has a regional headend, the
point of origin for system infra-
structure, in Wewahitchka, and its
fiber optic cables are already below
the ground in Port St. Joe.
"Primarily the company was
founded on the concept that there
was a real need to (bridge) the digi-
tal divide" between rural and urban
areas, Ordoyne said, noting that
the company focuses on areas not
served by giants such as Comcast
or Time Warner.
Its goal is to provide to smaller
communities the same sort of serv-
ice, reliability and channel offer-
ings found in larger cities.
"We've been very successful
doing that," Ordoyne said.
That will mean, for the roughly
1,300 current Mallard customers
in Port St. Joe, a three- or- four-
fold expansion in channel offerings,
fiber optic reliability, and a host of
digital service options, including
premium and satellite services and
broadband high-speed Internet, as
well as, Ordoyne said, "the good,
solid basic family offerings."
At rates, Ordoyne said, that
will be "comparable" to other cable
providers in the marketplace.
How quickly those services are
available, Ordoyne added, will
depend on the progress with which
an overhaul of the Mallard system,
including installation of new fiber
optics, which greatly enhance a
system's reliability, is accom-
plished.
"Within weeks" after the sale is
finalized work crews will be in the
community beginning work on a
rebuild of the system, Ordoyne
said.
"It will take us a couple of
months to completely rebuild the
system," Ordoyne said. "We will
have to rebuild the entire system.
We like to rollout services as soon
as we can."
Ordoyne added that engineers
have indicated that it could be the
third or fourth quarter of this year
before the overhaul is complete.
He said some areas may see an
expansion of services before others
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ed, other than the occasional late-
night dark time, as the system is
rebuilt.
All rebuilding work will take
place at night, Ordoyne empha-
sized, adding that it is unclear at
this time whether the company will
have a Port St. Joe office.
Mallard Cablevision filed for
Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection
in May, hoping to reorganize and
continue to operate its systems
which served 59,000 customers in
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However, according to news
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tal and competition from direct-
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In late September, a bankrupt-
cy court approved the sale of
Mallard's systems in two separate
deals totalling some $26 million.
One of those deals involved
New Jersey-based LB Cable, which
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the price of past system deals, was
believed to have represented a low
in the valuation of a cable system.
Several factors were at play in
that reality, according to
Multichannel News, including the
bankruptcy proceedings and the
sheer number of individual sys-
tems in the Mallard bloc, which
ranged in size from 15 customers
to 2,531, and the pressing need for
upgrades, with most systems, such
as in Port St. Joe, offering in the
neighborhood of just 40 channels.
Jim Feeney, president/CEO of
LB Cable, purchased the Mallard
bloc with the idea of breaking the
systems aup and selling or keeping
them on an individual basis, and
essentially acted as a middle man
in the sale and transfer of the Port
St. Joe system to Mediacom
Southeast.
Feeney was disappointed he
could not hold onto the Port St. Joe
system because it did not fit in with
his growth plans for LB Cable.
"It's too bad I couldn't get the
Port St. Joe system because it was
one of the more attractive systems"
in the Mallard deal, Feeney said. "It
has a nice cluster."
Feeney noted that for cable
.operators, costs per mile don't vary
much from system to system.,
So, with roughly.50-60 homes
per mile currently, and growth on
".'te horizon, the Port Sti'Joe system
was far more concentrated, and
more potentially profitable, than
many rural systems, including sev-
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mile.
"When the system came up for
sale we were certainly interested in
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growth in the area and we already
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18TH
The Port St. Joe Lady Sharks
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Thursday night's 48-11 victory over
Wewahitchka.
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Gekeela Clemmons led all scor-
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Shawna Bond followed with 12
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Brandi Sasser led the Lady
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play, with five points.
The Lady Sharks will not play
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travel to Malone for a 6:30 ET
game.
Wewahitchka will be playing in
a Christmas tournament in
Jefferson County over the
Holidays.
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Sharks 17 1417 0 48
PSJ (48)- Shawna' Bond 12,
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Try these tips to keep a per-
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holidays.
1. Prioritize. The options of the
season are nearly limitless; it's
humanly impossible to do it all.
The question is: what's essential
for the family.
2. Divide time accordingly.
Make a rough estimate of where
time goes each day, low-priority
items may grab more than their
share.
3. Decide where healthy habits
fall into the overall scheme. Find
time to exercise, write a grocery


Exchange -

or windstorms, wildlife managers
can attain a better feel for how to
use the tools at their disposal.
"You need to know what was
actually occurring to know" how
to manage a natural area,
Huffman, said. "Did this stand
burn in the past? If fire wasn't a
factor you might not want to do
prescribed burns.
"To know how to manage a
state park you need to know the
biology."
The data Eujenio has assem-
bled," and in just a month she
had a plastic tub full of samples,
producing a spread-sheet's worth
of figures as well as maps, will
become a report she will submit
to the state park.


list, and prepare healthy meals and
snacks. It doesn't happen by acci-
dent but by careful planning.
4. Distinguish the urgent from
the important. Fighting fires or
playing catch-up leaves less time
and energy for the things that real-
ly matter.
5. Get help. Trade chores with
friends. Hire teens or middle school
kids. Make sure every family mem-
ber pulls their share of the. load.
The time saved can be spent on
pastimes that help with health and
sanity.
6. Be realistic. Most people
overestimate how much can be
accomplished in an afternoon, a
.week, or'a month. Take a break.
7. Eliminate holiday traditions
that no longer suit. Do others long
to simplify gift-giving, or to eat out


From Page 7

It is strictly a gift, nothing
more. In science, as has already
been mentioned, it's about colle-
giality, about exchange of ideas
and, in this case, one advanced
student from Spain.
"I'm trying to do a report for
the state park, with maps and my
data," Eujenio said as she leaned
over her computer last week, try-
ing to wrap up her report before
embarking for California and,
later, Spain.
"If you are managing a natu-
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Gators to Host 4-Team Tourney


Wewahitchka will host a four
team classic January 2nd and 3rd.
O'n't1'2nd, Altha \nll play R. F.'
Munroe at 3:00' CT, and
Wewahitchka will take on North


Florida Christian at 5:00. On the
3rd, North Florida will play Altha at
3:00, then the Gators will play R. F.
Munroe at 5:00.


on a holiday rather than spend all
day cooking?
8. Incorporate healthy choices
into social gatherings. When visit-
ing relatives, bring a platter of cut-
up fresh fruit for the-hors d'oeuvre
table. Break up the sit-a-thon on
the couch for a while by taking a
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Accident

from Page 1
when it careened off the roadway
to the right for unknown reasons.
Apparently, Richter, in trying
to return to the roadway, over-
corrected and exited the pave-
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pole flush on the passenger side.
The Isuzu was a total loss.
The Gulf County Sheriffs
Office was alerted to the accident
by a cell phone call at 11:50
p.m.. ET.
Neither Richter nor Lincoln.
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that alcohol appeared to be a fac-
tor in the accident.
The Florida Highway Patrol is
investigating and charges are
pending, according to law
enforcement sources.
Officers could not remember
a single year, in which six people
died on the county's roadways,
those fatalities occurring in four
different accidents.
That each of the fatalities has
been a \We-iahitchka resident has
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Gulf Commission Chairman, Billy Traylor, looks at commendations received by Thad Morris for his
service. The board and those present at Tuesday's meeting expressed their appreciation to Morris and
other servicemen who are protecting our country in these difficult days.


Home For Christmas from Page 1


views of the recent capture of
Saddam Hussein. Both were very
proud of their fellow comrades in
arms for the capture and indicat-
ed their desire to see more things
go in that fashion.
I "I am so proud that they got


him (Hussein)," Thad said. "Now
if we could just capture bin
Laden, it would really be a great
Christmas."
Lawrence shares in Thad's
view and adds that he hopes the
capture will alleviate some of the


pressure felt by the soldiers.
While home, the two have
definitive plans of catching up on
a lot of things, the first being
sleep. With rest and a great deal
of relaxation in store, the two
anticipate having a very merry
Christmas in Gulf County.
Thad Morris, who spent sev-
eral months in Iraq before
returning stateside to San Diego,
CA, for extended training with
the Navy's Seal Team 1, will fin-
ish his training on the West
Coast after Christmas and is
preparing to return to Iraq some-
time in March with the Navy's
elite fighting team.
Lawrence, currently -"st.a-
tioned with the U.S. Army at New.
York state's Fort Drum. He
recently returned from a week in
Iraq where he was chosen to,
accompany an Army colonel for a'
special forces security detach-
ment detail.
Gulf County can be even
more proud of these men as they
have both received the Joint
Services Achievement Medal.
Lawrence is also the recipient of
the Army Commendation Medal.


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Bible Study Reaches to All Womankind


by Carly Johnson
As religious differences appear
to cleave countries and people
around the world, a group of Gulf
County ladies are demonstrating
that faith can bring folks together.
The only requirement bringing
this ever-expanding group together
is a Christian belief and the desire
to know the Bible a little better
than before. Combining these
attributes in a group of women cre-
ates the newest gatherings in town,
the Ladies Bible Study Group of
Port St. Joe.
Although the ladies meet week-
ly at the First United Methodist
Church in Port St. Joe, the group is
completely non-denominational.
Following two programs a year
by renowned author of numerous
Bible study programs and teacher
of Bible classes, Beth Moore leads
the ladies, via video tape, through
spiritual guidance and devotion.
This program encourages elim-
ination of racial, social, age and
economic barriers throughout
communities with respect to study-
ing the Bible and the ladies 'are
striving to make. sure that all
women feel welcome in this group
and hope it will spread to others
throughout the area.
The program began in 1998
after Barbara Terry' attended a
seminar by Moore in Pensacola and
brought her experience back to the
women of Port St. Joe. Sensing a
need for fellowship, camaraderie
and a way to become more
acquainted with the Bible and its
messages, Terry felt her calling and
gathered a few women together at
the Methodist church for a quaint
morning Bible study.
Following the first meeting,
Ann Roberts, who is known as the
teacher of the group because of her
decades of Bible instruction to chil-
dren and adults of the area, decid-
ed to join in Terry's mission to
bring a more intimate understand-
ing of the Bible to interested
women in the area.
-Five years later, what began
with approximately 15-20 women
attendance has grown to include
more than 90 women representing
as many as 15 churches in the
area.
Continuing to stress the non-
denomanational basis of the group,
the ladies involved want all women,
no matter what their spiritual line-
age, to feel welcome to attend and
participate.
"This is a wonderful program,"
said 'dathy Cox, organizational
leader for the Bible study group. "It
is a great way for women from dif-


ferent backgrounds to come togeth-
er with common goals of learning
something more about one another
and to become closer to God
through the Bible."
Following Moore's 10-12 week
long series' of study, the group
meets for fellowship and to learn
new lessons each week to take into
their lives. They gather to view the
lesson's video, then the ladies
break into groups for discussion
and reflection on each lesson.
According to Roberts, the
group is not for those who want a
minimal amount of knowledge of
the Bible.
"This is a very laid-back group
that gathers together each week,"
Roberts explained. "However, we
work five lessons per week at home
and each one takes about 45 min-
utes to complete. It is a bit of work,
but what you get out of it is so
worth any effort."
According to Roberts,, the
group has continued to use Moore's
programs because of their applica-
bility to' the daily lives of all women.
Roberts also indicated that the
group repeats some video learning
programs because at different
times in women's lives, the mes-
sage of the lesson can be complete-
ly different.
The group also continues to
study under Moore because the
messages are very scriptural and
takes the women all over the Bible.
"Even for women who have had
limited exposure to the Bible it is
easy to follow and you can't help
but learn it," Roberts said. "She.
(Moore) is very enthusiastic, ener-
getic and vibrant. Not only does she
encourage women to learn the
Bible, but she gives us several ways
to apply what we learn to our every-
day lives in whatever we are dealing
with."
During this year's "Christmas
on the Coast" festivities in Gulf
County, the "Tour of Homes," spon-
sored by the United Methodist
Women, raised money through
ticket sales to provide a special
Christmas present for the devoted
ladies of this group. The Ladies'
Bible Study group will soon receive
a large-screen television to assist
them in their weekly learning pro-
gram.
"This is such a great thing for
us that the United Methodist
Women have done," Roberts said.
"With our group growing, so much
and the series in video, it was get-
ting more and more difficult for
almost 1,00 people to gather around
a small TV and be able to see and
hear everything. We are very


Beth Moore
blessed to have these ladies do this mqst, will last seven weeks.
for us." Women interested should
With a new series, "When the First United Methodist Chi
Godly People Do UnGodly Things," t 227-1724, or contact Cath
beginning the third week of at 227-1724, or contact at
January, all area women are invit- at 227-9429 for more inform
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The Florida Department of Children and Families is finalizing contracts for privatizing foster care and related serv-
ices early next year for Gulf, Bay and Calhoun Counties.

Partnership for Families Finalizing Contract

With Department of Children and Families


Sby Carly Johnson
Tuesday, Dec. 16, marked an
important day for the Department
of Children and Families (DCF) and
for six Northwest Florida counties.
As Mayor of Panama City,
Gerry Clemons, Rep. Allan Bense,
Speaker Designate, of the Florida
House of Representatives, Judge
Allen 'Register, administrative
Circuit Judge for the Juvenile
Division of the 14th Judicial
Circuit and other local dignitaries
gathered at the DCF in Panama
City, officials announced the immi-
nent changeover of foster care and
related services of the department
to a new community-based care
organization, Partnership for
Families, Inc.
Katie Zimpfer, Chief Executive
Officer for Partnership for Families,
Inc., said the organization is just
awaiting final approval and signa-
tures on the'contracts and every-
thing will be in place to go by Jan.
2, 2004 for the first three of six
counties to make the change.
These premier counties, desig-
nated as the "Southern Gioup" of
the 14th Judicial Circuit, will
include Bay, Gulf and Calhoun
Counties. Zimpfer plans to have
the remaining counties, which
includes Washington, Holmes and
Jackson Counties, should be in
place by the June 2004 deadline.
Zimpfer also stated that the
new organization will retain almost
95 percent of the DCF staff under'
the new contractual relationship.
"Having people that are already
trained will be a huge gain for us,"
Zimpfer said. "We are very happy to
have this many people transition-
ing with us during this time and
know it will be a smooth transi-
tion."
This change is a direct result of
a 1998 change in Florida law man-
dating the privatization of foster
care and related services by all
counties in ,the state and to be
functional by June 30, 2004.
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mately responsible for the services
provided by. the organization,
Partnership for Families, Inc., will
run the day-to-day operations and
services, including protective serv-
ices, adoptions and foster care
services, according to Jerry Sewell,
subdistrict administrator for the
DCF.
Some divisions previously
maintained by DCF will remain


within its realm including the
Economic Self Sufficiency Program,
investigations and quality assur-
ance for monitoring the new organi-
zations and services.
'This is an excellent service
plan set up by the legislature,"
Sewell said. "We will be able to help
children 'and their families of this
area in a- more concentrated effort
than ever before and the new agency
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a state department can't."
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the agency be able to raise funds,
something the state-run DCF can't
do, it will also be able to be more
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Seefeldts Will Celebrate

50th Wedding Anniversary

Ginny and Dick Seefeldt of Mexico Beach will be celebrating their
50th wedding anniversary on December 26th by renewing their marriage
vows at the First United Methodist Church of Mexico Beach at 6:00 p.m.
(CT).
Their children, Steve and Sue Seefeldt of Idaho Falls, ID; Rich
Seefeldt of Santa Rosa Beach; Susan Schiavi of Elkhorn, WI; and Mary
Seefeldt of Barberton, Ohio will be hosting a party for them at the John
C. Gainous VFW Post #10069 in Highland View on Saturday, December
27th at 6:00 p.m. (ET).
Ginny and Dick were married on December 26, 1953 in Janesville,
WI. They have five grandchildren, Spencer and Rikki of Barberton, Ohio;
and Robin, Holly and Heather of Idaho Falls, ID.
Dick served 30 years in the United States Army as a helicopter pilot
and then worked for Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford, CT as a test pilot. He
then became manager of Test Activities at Ft: Rucker, AL before retiring
to Mexico Beach in 1992. Ginny followed him all over the world.
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Belles who worked hard at decorat-
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down Reid Avenue. Thanks go to
Queen Mum's King who "piloted"
the ship. It sure was fun and they
look forward to the next event.
They are already planning their
next float!!


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back to Clearwater and stopped at
the Dockside for lunch, is going to
check out her area when she gets
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HOMES FOR SALE


Port St. Joe, 124 Cabell Drive 4BR/3BA home
situated on a nice oversized corner lot. Tile floors,
screened porch, sprinkler system, beautiful landscaping
and many more amenities. This is a must see. Call
Susie White for more information.
MLS#96994 $425,000


HOMES FOR SALE HOMES FOR SALE HOMES FOR SALE HOMES FOR SALE


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1912 Long Ave., Port St. Joe Cozy 3 BR/1 BA 131 Barbara Drive MLS#96923 3 BR/2 BA 110 Misfit Landing 4 BR/2 BA One of a kind 1,311 McClelland Avenue A very well main-
home situated on 2 lots. 3 blocks from St. Joseph's Bay. very well kept brick home built in 1984 with approx. waterfront retreat at the head of Sauls Creek. Approx. tained home centrally located near downtown PSJ.
Centrally located near downtown Port St. Joe, churches 2000 sq. ft. Centrally located near schools, gym, and 1,100 front foot on creek, 30+acres. Surrounded by Sizeable rooms throughout, gas fireplace, kitchen has
and schools. Call Susie White today for an appoint- downtown Port St. Joe. Enclosed pool with privacy state owned land. 25 minutes by boat to Apalach. formica counter tops and cabinets. One of the most
ment. 800-451-2349 or 850-227-9600. fence around back yard. Call Carol Bell for info @ MLS#97651 $299,900 Contact Mark Schultz immaculate homesin PSJ. MLS#97660 Call Susie
$169,900. MLS#96592 800.451.2349 850-227-9600 White 227-9600


40 Hwy 98 Mexico Beach UNOBSTRUCT-
ED GULF VIEW 3 BR/2 BA home totally renovated
in 2001 replumbed, rewired, new appliances, win-
dows, front porch enclosed heated & cooled. Many
other improvements. Just move in and enjoy the view!
$575,000. Ask for Ellen. MLS#95491


105 Lucia Ave. Beacon Hill 2 BR/2 BA Gulf
view custom built home, open living area, energy effi-
cient, in ground heated pool, corner lot. Has parking
for RV with septic hookup. MLS#96971 $269,000


Cape San Bias Nice 3 BR/2 BA home with deed-
ed gulf and bay access. The layout of this house is fan-
tastic, great for entertaining. MLS#97313
$295,000. Ask for Mark.Schultz.


184 5. Oak Street Indian 'ass. 3 BK/Z BA
Fantastic view of the gulf. Home is in excellent condi-
tion. MLS#97868 Call Mark Schultz 850-227-
9600 $449,900


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Park Point at Secluded Dunes Th. jsubd..s.on
offers lots with gulf access contiguous to the St. Joseph
State Park with community pool, paved roads and cen-
tral water. MLS#97138 Lots starting at
$179,900.


636 Madison Street 3 BR/2 BA home with bay
view from the front yard. Screened in front porch and
large back yard with storage shed. Located convenient-
ly near church, and schools. MLS#98216 Ask for
Carol! $97,900


488 Idlewood Drive 4 BR/3 BA beautiful planta-
tion style home situated on 17 acres with Dead Lakes in
the back of property. Over 3500 sq. ft. and includes in.
ground pool. $350,000 For more info, call
Carol Bell @ 850-227-4252 MLS#97483


One of a kind beautiful home overlooking 105 S. 41st Street, Mexico Beach
St. Joseph's Bay. 4 BR/2.5 BA situated on approx duplex unit, 3 BR/1.5 BA on one side, 2 BR/1
1.95 acres. MLS#96587. $750,000. View on other, fully furnished. Brick with wood trim, sep
,our website www.C21GCR.com and call yard patio areas for each. Shared laundry s
Susie White 800-451-2349 or 850-227- rental potential. MLS#97155 $469,5
9600. Brenda Miller 850-648-5683.


- Beachside 305 6th St. Poia l 11 maintained older
.5BA on the 3 BR/2 BA home omal oors, Central heat.
ratee back- Separate build ith bath. Many
pace. Great possibilities is zoned
O00. Call Commercial/Residentia an Ts bock to Hwy 98!
$207,000 MLS#95571 Call Ellen Allemore


Woodley Drive MLS#97479 Very spacious 4
BR/2 BA home with over 2400 sq. ft. located off
Douglas Landing Road. This property includes 4 lots
plus additional acre parcel. Home very well built with
concrete walls. Call Carol Bell for more info @
800-451-2349 or 850-227-4252


510 Maryland Blvd Mexico Beach 3 BR (or
4)/2 BA home, completely remodeled. Brand new
kitchen, granite countertops, tile floors, new appliances,
new AC, new yard building and boat port, new back
patio area. You won't believe it. MLS #98284
$240,000 Call Brenda; Miller at 850-648-
5683.


Beacon By The Sea
This is an innovative new seaside community
designed to provide active and independent liv-
ing with ready access to healthcare services.
This collaborative effort between Bay Medical
Center and Beacon Hill Therapy and Wellness
Center will offer residents a range of healthcare
options from single-family homes to town homes
apartments. Ride by today and view property.
Lots starting
at $109,900.
Call Warren Yeager
at 850-899-7337


LARGE LUXURY TOWN HOME WITH GREAT
VIEWS. Seacliffs of Cape San Bias with just a short
walk to St. Joseph's State Park. 4 BR/4 1/2 BA, 2256
sq. ft. town home with private elevator. Beautiful tile
floors, custom paint, many upgrades: 3 large decks
with great views. Set in your living room and watch the
water. Open today for you to view. Furnished by Tiffins.
Call Preston Russ MLS#97881 $450,000


216 Gulf Aire Dr. Port St. Joe See the Gulf
and enjoy the breeze from your large screen porch!
Well maintained 3 BR/2 Ba home Downstairs laun-
dry/utility with CH/A. Nice covered patio on back with
shower. Landscaped yard. Very comfortable and'ready
for year round living or investment. In subdivision with
swimming pool, tennis court, and beach access.
$295,000 Call Ellen at 1-800-260-1137 ext.
16 or 850-647-8939


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406 Nautilus Dr. Seashores S/D St.'Joe
Beach. Beautiful and comfortable 3 BR/2 BA home in
quiet, nice neighborhood. Cathedral ceiling in living
room with fireplace. Decorator touches throughout. 4
years old and well maintained. $289,000.
MLS#97696 Call Ellen 1-800-260-1137 Ext
16 or 647-8939


Great location to dedicated beach first
house On Desoto St.! 4 BR/3 BA immaculate and
well maintained with Gulf View from deck and master
Br deck! Ideal floor plan with 2 BR/2 BA upstairs; 2
BR/1 BA downstairs for children,guests, or mother-in-
law with kitchen, living room. 2 landscaped lots
50'X150' each. Partially furnished! Must see!
$450,000 MLS#97374. Ask for Ellen 800-
260-1137 Ext. 16


SUPER-SIZED TOWN HOME WITH SUPER
VIEWS. One of a kind 7 BR, 4200 sq. ft. of living area
with 1,450 sq. ft. of decks. Huge living room on top
Floor with 8' by 46' cantilevered deck facing the gulf.
Ready to be finished your way. There is no place' like
this on Cape San Bias and this would make a great cor-
porate getaway or vacation rental properly. Located at
Seacliffs on Cape San Bias. Available now at
$850,000. MLS#93498 Can be seen any-
time, call Preston Russ


112A S. 37th Street, Mexico Beach 1916 Forest Park Ave. MLS#97976 House
MLS#97468 Desirable end unit townhouse on the sits on large corner lot 130'x135', 3 BR/2.5 BA plus
pier road. Completely furnished, good rental history. 2 additional room that can be used for office or 4th BR..
BR/2 BA. Walk out the front door, and be on the beach Privacy fence around backyard and screened in pool
in a few steps. Ready for the new owner. Call Brenda enclosure. Lots of unique features in this home makes it
Miller 850-648-5683 Ext. 14 today. nice. Call Carol for more information at 800-
$235,000 451-2349 or 850-227-4252.


LOT LISTINGS LOT LISTINGS LOT LISTINGS LOT LISTINGS LOT LISTINGS LOT LISTINGS


PORT ST. JOE
* Garrison Plantation Lots available to build
on. Many rNDER cS NTRAGubdivision.
Close to schools. MLS#97255 $79,500
* Southgate Subdivision Port St. Joe's
nicest residential subdivision. New Orleans style light-
ening, brick pavers, homeowners association. This-lot
would be a great place to build your dream home.
$74,900 Call Susie White for more infor-
mation 850-227-9600
* Palm Breeze Enjoy quiet country living in the
Port St. Joe areas newest and nicest mobile home
acceptable subdivision. Lot sizes range from .44 acres
to .80 acres. Paved road and central water available
but septic tanks will be required.
* Southgate Subdivision Nice lots available to
build your home 'on. Close to college and schools.
Palm landscaping, brick pavers, new oHleans style
liahtina. S82.500 each MLS#97266


* Southgate Subdivision lot, Lot#12,
102x107+/-. MLS#97716 $74,900 Call
Preston Russ
* Water front lot One of a kind lot in Windmark
Beach. Lot #34 $685,000

OTHER GULF COUNTY ACREAGE


of property. Located only a very short distance to
Willis Landing or Douglas Landing..Call Carol Bell
for more info @ 800-451-2349 or 850-227-
4252.
* Lots at Bryant's Landing with prices start-
ing at $8,000. MLS#93026.


MLS#97493 $174,900 Call Susie White
227-9600
* Hwy C-30, Gulf Pines Area This gulf view
lot can be used for commercial or residential use.
MLS#94532 $239,900

INDIAN PASS


on the beautiful St. Joe Bay. $498,500.
MLS#96791. Call Carol Bell for more infor-
mation 850-227-9600 or 850-227-4252.


BEACHES


* Chipola Landing Enjoy quiet country living in OVERSTREET Indian Pass Road, Gulf front lot, .9 acre. 408 Nautilus Dr. Seashores S/D St. Joe
Dalkeith. 1/2 acre to 6 acre lots will have very light Hwy. 386 Wetappo Creek 3.45 acres, 121' $485,000 mls#96618 Beach Great building lot in quiet nice neighbor-
restrictions. The subdivision is located near the hwy. x 1,285, 98 ft. on the water with high bank,
Chipola River and between Bryant and Douglas approx. 8 miles to the beach! Call Patricia for CAPE SAN BLAS hood. $115000 MLS#97697 Call Ellen 1-
Landings. Septic required. Lots starting at more info. MLS#97412 $180,000. The Boardwalk at Cape San Blas,Gulf view 800-260-1137 Ext 16 or 647-8939
$14,900. East Bay Plantation Discover Gulf County's Lot#13 240 Pebble Beach Avenue "Center Peach Beach" Located in the heart of
* Howards Creek Louise Avenue. $31,000 Other Bay. Interior lots $59,900, Bay View MLS#96871 $250,000
MLS#92599 lots $99,900, Creek Front lots $109,900, Park Point, Secluded Dunes Lots starting Windmark Beach. A small undiscovered waterfront
* Bay front acreage located in Bay County Bay Front lots $209,900 at $179,900 subdivision buffered from the areas larger develop-
off Hwy 22. MLS#95711 $1,750,000 C-30 Interior, MLS#6528, Secluded Dunes Drive, ments. But enough restricted covenant to have its
*7679 Hwy 381 MLS #97478 Almost an Beautiful bay view lot in Treasure Bay $199,900.
acre of land with two mobile homes situated on back Subdivision. Federal Flood available. Bay front Cape San Bias 181' of frontage own sense of flare. $975,000 each MLS#95776


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Gulf Sr. Citizens The Star is the Place for All of Your
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The lucky winner of the
$100.00 groceries from the Piggly
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Troyer. The winner of the $60.00
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the winner of the $40.00 cookware
was Ron Steventon.


The Ladies Golf Association at
St. Joseph Bay Country Club held
its annual Christmas luncheon on
December 11th in the clubhouse
dining room. Each of the ladies
attending brought a gift to be dis-
tributed among the special folk at
the Bay St. Joseph Care &
Rehabilitation.
Maureen Alldis, President of
the Ladies Golf Association, and
others of the association, present-
ed the gifts to the nursing home on


( DAR
The lovely and spacious home
of Ann Roberts was the setting for
the annual DAR Christmas
Membership Tea.
Beautifully decorated in the,
Christmas theme, the house was
an open invitation to the spirit of
the season.
The tables and serving areas
were laden with a huge array of
delicious and seasonal foods.


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The Army and Air Force
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certificate program for service
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can be redeemed at any AAFES
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are similar to retail department
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the afternoon of December 11th.
This is an annual tradition of the
ladies golf association.
In the above picture, seated in
front, left to right, Agnes
Culpepper, Marie Hatcher,
President of the Resident Council,
and Mary Coe, representing the
residents of the nursing home.
Standing in back, left to right, Pat
Sherwood, Maureen Alldis, and Iris
McDougald, representing the ladies
golf association.

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A large number of members
and guests enjoyed a time of greet-
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visited with each other.
Any woman eighteen years and
older who can document her line-
age to an ancestor who served as a
patriot in the Revolutionary War is
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To send a "Gift from the
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call 877-770-4438. Gift certificates
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8x10
8x12
8 x 20


$ 79.00
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$ 98.00
$100.00
$110.00


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$ 6.50
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$ 94.79
$104.37
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$170.40


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10 x20 $174.00,
12x16 $167.00
11 x 18 $172.00


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Florida Hospices and Pallative Care Awards


Presented to Local Covenant Hospice Staff


Pat Lehotsky, President of the
Florida Hospices and Palliative
Care Organization Board of
Directors, recently presented
awards to three Covenant Hospice
staff members for their contribu-
tions and development of several
outstanding programs. Dee Leslie,
RN, CHPN and Director of the
Partners In Care Program, Diane
DaCosta, -RN, CHPN and
Coordinator for Partners In Care-
Program, were the recipients of an
award in the Employee Program
category. Julie Patton, LCSW,
Curriculum Development Manager,
was the recipient of an award in the
category for Patient and Family
Education. Their programs, enti-
tled "Partners in Care Advanced
Competency and Certification
Program" and "Covenant Hospice
Patient and Family Handbook"
were honored at the Florida
Hospices and Palliative Care
Annual Awards Banquet held in
Tampa. Covenant Hospice is hon-
ored to have Dee, Diane and Julie
as team members and agrees with.

Red Cross Has

New Web Site
With the current terrorist
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system; bioterrorism; preparing
you, your family, and your busi-
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attacks.
The web site can be found at:
www.tallytown.com/redcross.


Susanne Homant, Executive
Director of the Florida Hospices.
and Palliative Care Organization,
who stated, "We are proud to have
you as a member of the FHPC and
hope you will consider submission
of another of your fine ,services for
the 2004 awards."
Covenant Hospice is widely
recognized as one of the largest
not-for-profit hospices in the
nation, dedicated to providing com-
passionate care and comprehen-
sive services to patients with life-
limiting illnesses and their loved
ones.
Pictured left to right, Dee
Leslie, RN, CHPN, Director of
Partners in Care Program for
Covenant Hospice; Pat Lehotsky,
President, Florida Hospices and
Palliative Care Organization Board
of Directors; and Diane DaCosta,
RN, CHPN, Coordinator of Partners
in Care Program for Covenant
Hospice.


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4' N CLAYTON HOUSE
$4 ,,,, .:;:- C-30A- Gulf View
Newish custom built home
has light bright rooms and lots
j h. of extras. Set up for family liv-
k: ing. Bonus spacious game
room. Across the street from
access to the Gulf:
MLS#98196. Call Paulette
Cleare or Sammy Thompson,
Realtors 850-229-2777.


4 THE DUNES CLUB
CONDOMINIUMS
-; .; '.,..,. Cape San Bias Gulf front
Several beachfront units and
Irl -lr:ml i,.... ._ 'g one first-tier duplex left in this

brand new development.
Gated entry, pool, boat park-
: i, ing and more. 17 total units
I on 5+ acres of property means
lots of room and a wide open
-view of the Gulf. MLS#95177,
95178, 94853, 94161, 98005, 98076. Call Paulette Cleare or Sammy
Thompson, Realtors 850-229-2777.


PRISTINE BAY >
Cape San Bias Bayfront
New construction at it's best.
Three bedrooms plus bonus
activity room, 3 baths wihl
big porches and pretty vev.s
of the bay and toward the
beach. Located in "X" zone
means NO flood insurance
required. MLS#95928. Call
Sammy Thompson or Paulette
Cleare, Realtors 850-229-2777.


4 BARRIER DUNES #70
Cape San'Blas Interior
Immaculate two bedroom,
rtwo 'bath :o'.. Inhome with
updated tile floors and quali-
ty furnishings throughout.
Close to pool, tennis and
clubhouse. MLS#97623.
Call Donna .Murray,
Realtor 850-229-2777.


4 PORTERFIELD $1,200,000
St. Joe Beach Gulf front
First and second level decks
overlooking the Gulf with ''
fantastic sunset views. Living
areas on each floor, five bed- -
rooms, three and one-haltf .
baths. MLS#96753. Call John
Mazzanovich, Realtor"' 851 I-
411-3717.


LOTS:
Cape San Bias First and Second Tier. BLUEWATER DRIVE -
Three lots are staggered for optimal Gulf views, will make beautiful
homesites. Deeded access to Gulf across existing boardwalk.
$300,000.00 Second Tier, $380,000.00 First Tier. MLS#98124,
98125, 98126 Call Paulette Cleare or Sammy Thompson, Realtors at
850-229-2777.
Cape San Bias First and Second Tier. OCEAN HAVEN Two first
tier and four second tier lots left in this new subdivision in the heart of
Cape San Blas. Deeded beach access across boardwalk. $235,000
Second Tier, $350,000.00 First Tier. MLS#97080, 97073, 97072,
97070, 97074, 97076. Call Paulette Cleare or Sammy Thompson,
Realtors at 850-229-2777.
Cape San Bias, Barrier Dunes, Interior. PARKSIDE CIRCLE Must
'be built as attached townhomes, comes with all the amenities of Barrier
Dunes: 2 pools, fishing ponds, gated entry, boardwalks to beach.
$95,000 $96,400. MLS#90677 and 98067. Call Paulette Cleare or
Sammy Thompson, Realtors at 850-229-2777.
Second and Third Tier. SEACLIFFS E + F This pristine property will
make two beautiful homesites. Deeded Gulf access, located near the
beautiful beaches of St. Joseph State Park. $420,000. MLS#96845. Call
Margaret or Jeff Fletcher, Realtors at 850-229-2777.
Port St. Joe Interior. WEST.COTT CIRCLE Two nice building
sites near post office in Port St. Joe. $65,000 each. MLS#96894 and
96895. Call Paulette Cleare or Sammy Thompson, Realtors at 850-
229-2777.
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Partnership from Page 1B


flexible with positions and distribu-
tion of state mandated funds.
With the deadline quickly
approaching for all counties in
Florida to convert to the new pri-
vate system, Sewell said this area
decided to take a wait and see
approach when transitioning the
area. DCF wanted to observe the
positives and negatives other coun-
ties went through in transition
before making changes themselves
to learn what works and what
doesn't.
"We looked to a few areas to be
a model for how we wanted to do
things," Sewell explained.
"Sarasota and Hillsborough were
communities we really watched
and got a chance to learn from
their initial successes and failures.
Now we feel we are doing things in
the best interest of the children
and in a very prepared manner."
While Partnership for Families
will be overseen by a Board of
Directors, Sewell said, DCF will still
be ultimately responsible for the
outcome and the successes and
failures. The group is already set-
ting goals and preparing plans to
reach the short and long-term
goals to prove successful in the
first year.
The primary goal for the new


organization is more attention to
the children in need. To attain that
goal, according to Zimpfer, the new
"care managers," as former case
workers will be referred, will strive
for a one-to-20 ratio of managers to
children.
'The Department of Children
and Families has done a good job
providing services in this area,"
Zimpfer said. "We now want to put
more emphasis on the children and
maintain them as our primary
focus."
Zimpfer explains that the
organization will also concentrate a
lot of energy and resources on
diversion services, adding that with
help, many people can avoid end-
ing up in the system all together.
Sewell added that increased
adoptions and decreased number
of children needing to be in foster
care is a goal that has been in place
under the state agency and will
cross over to the new organization
as well.
According to Sewell, during the
budget year ending in June, the
state agency had a goal of 122 com-
pleted adoptions in the six county
area. That goal was exceeded by
two and Partnership for Families,
SInc., will face a new goal of 136
adoptions this year.


Another way Zimpfer says the
new organization will focus its
energy is to implement a new com-
munity-based plan within the pro-
gram. Stakeholder Groups will be
set up and consist of community
members that have a direct and
indirect interest in seeing that
these services are provided in the
best way possible. The organization
wants for those who interact with
the children and have the desire
and knowledge of changes and
resources needed to be available to
work in the best interest of the chil-
dren.
Some interested parties will be
law enforcement members, school
faculty and staff, local church affil-
iates and other agency and organi-
zational representatives with a
need to see the children in our area
provided for in the best possible
way.
"Through these community
members, we will be able to find
out what needs are for the children
and families and make sure they
are being met," Sewell said. "With
those impacted being part of the
decision-making process, there is a
greater opportunity for a hands-on
approach in targeting to get things
done right."
For more information, please
contact Partnership for Families,
Inc., at 850-873-7162 or the
Department of Children and
Families at 850-872-7648.


Santa Visits Wewa Elementary
From left, Commissioner Billy Traylor, Commissioner Carmen McLemore, Sheriff Michael Hammond, and Deputy
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Gulf Coast Co-Op Organizes Toy Drive


Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative recently presented
toys donated by its employees to
the Children's Home Society of
Florida.
The toys donated by GCEC
will be distributed to children in
Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes,
Jackson and Washington counties
who have experienced abuse or
neglect and are currently under
the care of the CHS Child
Protection Team program.
"We are. happy to be able to
donate to this very worthy cause,"
Gulf Coast Electric Manager of
Marketing and Member Services
Michael White said. "These toys
will provide Christmas presents to
children who might not have oth-
erwise received'any."
The Children's Home Society
of Florida is one of the oldest and
largest statewide agencies provid-
ing support and services for chil-
dren and their families. It was
founded a century ago as an
orphanage in Jacksonville and has
grown into 14 divisions through-
out 'Florida and has become the
state's premier child "welfare
agency.
,Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative is part of the
Touchstone Energy national
alliance of local, consumer-owned
electric, cooperatives providing
high standards of service to cus-
tomers large and small. GCEC
serves approximately 18,700 con-.
sumers in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf,
Jackson, Walton and Washington
counties and in the municipalities
of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City,
Fountain and Southport.

Gulf Coast Co-Op
Presents Check to

Local Fire Depts.
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative. recently presented
$500 ,donations to the volunteer
fire departments in its service
area.
The 15 fire departments that
received 'donations included
Bayou George, Dalkeith, Ebro.
Greenhead. Green Hills/Fountain,
Hoade.r CfirK, Kinard, Mossy
Pond, Overstreet, Sand Hills,
Scotts Ferry, Southport, Wetappo
Creek, Wewahitchka, and White
City.
S"We are happy to be able to
assist the volunteer fire depart-
ments in our service area with
these monetary donations," GCEC
Manager. of Marketing and
Member Services Michael White
said. "The departments use ,the
money to better serve the resi-
dents in their communities, who
are also Gulf Coast Electric con-
sumers. We show our appreciation
by helping absorb some of the
operating expenses of the depart-


& TO ALL MANY THANKS!
lust in.the nick of time, we'd like to deliver our message of warmth and gratitude to our many good customers and friends.
We really appreciate you dropping by this past year..


Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative Member Services Specialist Kristin Bennett presents toys donated by GCEC employ-
ees to Sara Gainey of the Children's Home Society.


ments from purchasing firefight-
ing equipment to furthering the
volunteers' firefighting e'duca-
.tions."
Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative jis part of the
Touchstone Enery national
alliance of local. consumer-owned
electric cooperatives prov-iding
high standards of service to cus-
tomers large and'small. GCEC
serves approximately 18.700 con-
, sumers, in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf.
Jackson, Walton and Washington
counties and in the municipalities
of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City,
Fountain and Southport.


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Our thanks to all who contributed to our success First of all, our clients. ..nd to El rfor hl5 marketin-el4orts and excellent perform-


ance as a buqer's agent. To Wendl., who became our transaction coordinator in August, pro\ hiding smooth, hassle-ree transactions To Gloria
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anJ Rose Drqe, president for their support and confidence
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,3 bedicom 2 5 bair brn.:k home Oak cab.
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rocm. 2 balh modular home .erv n;ce ,r. ner
condition iaordo r:m.r, carporl and ,prirkler,.
s,'.lem Shorl ..alok o ihe beach
$179.900.00 .


4610. Hwy 386 Overstreet House
and 3 Acres, zoned for commercial. close to'*
Inter Coastal Waterway and on main road.i
$199,000.00


1303 Garrison Avenue Port St. Joe
Charming older Florida cottage on 2 lovely,
large, secluded and wooded lots. 4 car
garage, 2 fireplaces, all cedar walls & ceilings-
aoo many amenities to listil Priced to sell at
$210,000.00


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528 3rd Street Port St. Joe 2 bedroom,
'" .'. bath cottage sitting on large lot 75x170 mol with
S217 Gulf Street St. Joe Beach Second street and alley access. This property is zoned
block to beach. 3 bedroom/2 bath homes on commercial. Perfect place for a construction com-
3 lots. 225x150' with fruit trees galore. 2 car pony or your own new business.
garage plus work shop. $375,000.00 $149,900.00


143 Pineda Street St. Joe Beach 50x125 cleared lot with septic. $170,000.00
113 Cortez Street St. Joe Beach 50x100 lot with beautiful gulf view. $190,000.00
6678 Alabama Avenue St. Joe Beach Lot 14, priced to sellll A 68.4x150 lot within walk-
ing distance to beach. Zoned for homes or mobile homes. City water accessible. Driveway already
in place. $93,000.00
263 Harley Davidson Overstreet 2.61 acres of desirable land that is soon to be cleared.
$68,900.00
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,Charles A. Costin (850) 648-8811 FUNERAL HOME
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St. James Candlelight Services Dec. 24


St. James Episcopal Church
will host its annual candlelight serv-
ice carol service on Wednesday,
December 24th at 11:00 p.m. Mary
Helen Renfro, Valeria and Morgan
Kennington will decorate the church
sanctuary with poinsettas and can-
dles for this meaningful church
service.
The' Episcopal Church women
met this month to discuss the can-
dlelight service as well as the follow-
ing dates for 2004:
On January 23rd and 24th, the
Panhandle Piecemakers Quilt Club
will host a membership quilt show
in Coldewey Hall featuring antique
quilts as well as quilts made by its


members.
On January 31st, the church
will have a Dollars for Treasures
Day featuring a rummage sale with
a sausage biscuit breakfast begin-
ning at 8:00 a.m. A silent auction
will also begin at 8:00 a.m. and end
at 4:00 p.m. with a live auction to be
held from 2:00 to approximately
4:00 p.m. Between the rummage sale
and live auction, the church will
have a bratwurst .luncheon pre-
pared by Father Joseph Hagberg
and the men of St. James.
On February 14th, the church
will host its annual Valentines' ban-
quet. All seniors of St. James and
their guests from the community


are honored and treated by the Episcopal Church Women for the
younger members of the church to a 2004 church year are: President,
banquet with live entertainment. To Betty Pitts; Vice-President, Jane
attend, register with the church Dohmen; Secretary, Jean Etheridge;
office at 227-1845. and Treasurer, Jo Munn.
The elected officers of the

New Year's Celebration at

Hope Family Worship Center
The Hope Family Worship tuary to pray in the New Year.
Center invites everyone to their Special emphasis will be placed on
New Year's Eve get-together. Join the spiritual health of the nation.
them in their fellowship hall for W b
some food and friendship begin- What better way to usher the New
ning at 9:00 p.m. At about 11:45 Year in than to talk with God and
p.m. they will gather in the sanc- pray for our nation.


Williams Family Says Thinks


The family of Pauline Field
would like to express our sincere
thanks and appreciation for your
prayers, kind words, support,
food, and flowers we received dur-
ing this sad time. We would like to
say a special thank you to the


The family of James A. Medical Center, Florida Highwi
"Jimmy" Williams would like to Patrol, ladies of Oak Gro'
say 'Thank You" to everyone for Asserpbly of God Church, Rev
their expressions of sympathy, Dave Fernandez andTim Bailey.
support, telephone calls, flowers, Although our loss was une
donations and encouragement pected and at times overwhelming
upon the loss of our husband, the love, prayers and support fro
father, and brother. everyone is most comforting as w
A very special thanks to the deal with our loss.
Gulf, Bay, Franklin and Leon The Williams' Family
County Sheriff Departments, Connie, Jim, Cheryl, B
Wewahitchka Ambulance, Bay Mason and Shelly

Maynard Family Extends Thanks
The family of Jack Maynard the funeral.
would like to express our thanks Our thanks also goes out
to Dr. Owen Oksanen, his staff, our many friends who lifted us u
and the staff of Bay St. Joseph in prayer, ,who visited with u
Rehabilitation Center for the sent food, flowers, cards, ai
excellent care given to him during memorials, and did so many oth
his lengthy illness. We also want acts of kindness during this dif
to express our appreciation to the cult time of our loss but his ete
local chapter of the Veterans of nal gain with his Lord aa
Foreign Wars, along with Dr. Saviour.
William Taylor and Rev. Lee With grateful hearts,
Cordell, for their particiaption in The family of Jack Maynard

Thank You from Field Family


Edward Cutchin, aridCovenant
Hospice.
We cherish all your love, sup-
port, and prayers in the 'loss of
our mother and grandmother. She
was a very special person and we
will all miss her.very much.


Church of Christ

Sat the Beaches
A 314 Firehouse Road OVERSTREET 850-647-1622
A Sunday Bible Study............................................10:00 am EST
f Sunday W orship................................................11:00 am EST
W wednesday Bible Study........................................7:00 pm EST
S"WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE"

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St. Joseph St. Lawrence Mission
20th & Monument Hwy 71 North
Port St. Joe, FL Wewahitchka, FL
(850) 227-1417
Weekend Mass schedule
4:00 pm Saturday (ET)
9:30 am Sunday (ET) 11:00 am Sunday (CT)
Christmas Eve Vigil 9:00 pm (ET)
Christmas/ New Year's Day 9:30 am (ET) 11:00 am (CT)"'

TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN

X+ ST. JAMES'
l 'EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22nd STREET, PORT ST. JOE
The Rev. Joseph A. Hagberg, Rector
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Holy Eucharist With Healing Tuesdays at 12 noon
Holy Eucharist Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845


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



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102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Brent Vickery, Pastor
** Buddy Caswell Minister of Music & Education
Michael Rogers Minister to Students
Sunday School ....... ......... 9:45 am
Morning Worship Service .. .8:30 & 11:00 am
*SiC Disciple Training ....... ........ .6:00 pm
Evening Worship ............... 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting .... ...6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM .. .7:49 am ET
ITING PLACE TO WORSHIP"


'Serving the Changeless Chrisl...
to Change Hearts in a Changing Community'

FAITH BIBLE CHURCH
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Dr. Bill Taylor, Pastor
Sunday School ............................ 10:00 a.m .
Sunday Morning Service ....................... 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service ........................ 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Nighl Prayer Meeting & Bible Study ....... 7:00 p.m.
Home of FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL



SThe Potter's House
.WHERE BROKEN VESSELS ARE MADE NEW
S- Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
S ; 850-639-5993 850-639-4588
_-. 636 Second Street Post Office Box 631 Wewahitchka, FL 32465
SERVICE SCHEDULE
Sunday Morning Worship & Sunday School ............. 10 a.m.
Sunday Evening Worship ............................ 6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Worship ........................ 7 p.m.
YOU ARE WELCOME AT THE POTTER'S HOUSE


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First United

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Mexico Beach


111 N. 22nd Street,
Mexico Beach
850-648-8820


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| EPISCOPAL CHURCH

334 S. Hwy. 71 P.O. Box 595
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
8:00 am Sunday
JHUFT@AOL.COM 850-639-2280


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
S Sixteenth Street
Sunday Worship ...... 10 a.m.
Fellowship Time .... 10:45 a.m.
Adult School ........ 11 a.m. '
.*Sunday School a
*Young Children .

Pastor Rev. J. Reid Cameron Highway 71/ Cecil Costin Sr. Blvd.


"Remember church the way it used to be?"
IT STILL IS AT:

pI gil tnt Ptjdt Baptist Q{ urcli


at


582 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306 Sunday School
Morning Worship
NO FRILLS! NO FAS! NO GIMMICKS! Evening Service
JUST LETTING GOD DO CHURCH HIS WAY! Diclpleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


9:45 a.m.
11:00.a,m.
7:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724
Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Dan Rhodes PASTOR
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m. Jarrod Wester
Methodist Youth Fellowship 6:00 p.m. Director of Youth Ministries
Evening Worship 6:00 p.m. Heather Smith
Director of Children's Ministries
Wednesday Choir Practice 7:30 p.m. Director of ildren'sMinistries
l All Times are EST Robin Downs



CHURCH OF CHRIST
MEETS


Singing:
9 a.m. Sunday


Worship:
9:30 a.m. Sunday


Call 229-8310
WRITE FOR FREE EIGHT LESSON BIBLE STUDY
P. O. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457,
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue


g- L.A.B.C.'s PowerPoint
By Bruce R. Duty. Pastor
Bethlehem. Florida?

Peculiar. Tightwad. California. Mexico. Lebanon. What do these names have in
common? They are names of towns in the state of Missouri. Corkscrew. Yeehaw
Junction. Ft. Lonesome. Fruitville. These are towns in Florida. (I don't think I want
to know who lives in Fruitville). I'm not sure of the origin of any of these town
.names, but it does make for interesting travel.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Bethlehem-is the City
of David. Also, it is where Ruth and Boaz met and fell in love. But most important,
Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, was born into this world, not from this world, to
redeem people. Jesus is not a man who did so well that He be.ci.ii dhe perfect
model for us to follow. He is, instead, God incarnate. God coming into human flesh
that our filth might be forgiven.'
The virgin birth of Christ Jesus must occur, now, in your heart, mind and soul.
Are you a Bethlehem that He might take up pre-eminent residence in your life? You
must be a Bcdrll-ehern. for the Son of God so that you might be borm-ragin and
become a ,aii'r .-.fi C-.d. Ohce'ybu meet thel'rird li-u -. ,,11:.i'li rieiIr b:, e r- n:. e ,:f
course, I know that scares some). He changes your.whole life. He transforms your
character and conduct: '' '"-"" .- ...
Is there any ro6m in your Bethlehem Inn? If we truly want God's will done here,
we must be God's Bethlehem in our community, in Florida, and our nation. Just
make sure. that when He comes knocking, you don't respond, "There is no room in
this Bethlehem Inn." Emily Elliot said, "O come to my heart, Lord Jesus! There is
room in my heart for Thee," Merry Christmas!.
Long Avenue Baptist Church
1601 LongAvenue Port St.Joe, FL 32456 229-8691
A community of Worship. Work, and Witness to the glory of God
Worship on Sunday: 11:00am and 6:00pm
Bible Study on Sunday: 9:45am and 5:00pm
Worship on Wednesday: 7:00pm


Family Life Church
"Touching Lives with the Love of Jesus"


Join us in worship ...
10:30 Sunday Morning 7:00
Wednesday Evening
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: familylifechurch.net


Port St. Joe--\
Hwy. 98
Apalachicol ... ... Panama City
wy Reid Ave.
7 Family Lif6 Church
Wewahitchka


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 .............. 7:00 p.m. CT


First United Methodist Church
of Mexico Beach
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
Traditional ........................ ...................... 9:00 a.m., CT
Contemporary .................................. ..... 11:00 a.m., CT
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach United Methodist Church
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor NURSERY PROVIDED Church/Office: 648-8820


u$MIW auM WtISe l


Currently Meeting on the Second Floor of the Capital City Bank Building
CASUAL CONTEMPORARY CHRIST-CENTERED
Sunday: A A For more
Sunday School 9:00 .. information:


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Small Groups


10:00
6:00


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Night


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A Howard Creek


On Saturday night, Dec. 13,
the Christmas spirit; along with
presents and other goodies,
showed its presence to kick off the
season at Howard Creek.
With decorated golf carts and
holiday music, the evening began
with the annual Christmas
parade. Entries in the parade were
judged and Marty and Jennifer
Adams took home first prize with
Debbie Riley in second.
After the parade, children of
the community were treated to a
Christmas party which was fol-
lowed by a gathering for adults.


Joel Hathaway and Easy
Company, along with Nashville
recording artist Lamar Morris,
entertained participants at both
parties.
Event sponsor Fisherman's
Landing and RV Park would like to
thank Chester and Jewell
Williams, the Gulf County Sheriffs
Department, Gerald Murray, Dale
Yeager, James R. Smith, Joel
Hattaway, Easy Company and
Morris for all of their time and par-
ticipation in'the holiday festivities.


Charlotte L.
Phillips Corker
Charlotte L. Phillips Corker,
45, of Port St. Joe, died Friday
morning, December 19th, at home.
Mrs. Corker was born in Port
St. Joe. She worked as an LPN at
Franklin Workcamp, Apalachicola;
and was Missionary Baptist by
faith.
Mrs. Corker is survived by her
husbLnd, Andric R. Corker of
Gretna; one daughter, Caprisha L.
Phillips of St. Petersburg; her par-
ents, Columbus E. (Jim) and Ruth
S. Phillips of Port St. Joe; five sis-
ters, Canesia D. Phillips of Ocean
Springs, MS; Tia and Tonya
Phillips of Panama City; Trisha L.
Phillips of Fort Lauderdale; and
Janice and niece, Shena Phillips of
Panama City..
She is also survived by her
mother and father in-law, Hosea


and Dorothy Corker of Gretna; two
sisters in-law, Cynthia M. and
Tracey Corker of Gretna; godmoth-
er Electra Barnwell and the late
Deacon Railey Barnwell of
Wewahitchka; two goddaughters
Tavia and Telisha Register; one
godson James Daniels, all of Port
St. Joe; two godbrothers, Leslie Jr.
(J.R.), wife and son of Panama City
and Robert Stuckley Jr. of Port St.
Joe.
Mrs. Corker also leaves behind
a host of uncles, aunts, cousins,
relatives, friends, co-workers, and
caring nurses, doctors, social
worker, and Covenant Hospice.
A wait service will be held
Friday, December 26th from 6:00
to 7:30 p.m. Burial will be
Saturday, December 27th at 1:00
p.m. Both will be at Zion Fair
Baptist Church, 280 Avenue C,
Port St. Joe. ..
SAll arrangements are.under the
direction of Comforter Funeral
Home.


This
golf cart
proved
enough
d e r
power
to move
Santa's
sleigh.


Santa
started
deliveries
early this
year, and
in day-
light ,
because
there have
been many
good girls
and boys
this year.


ViC loria


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51 Market Street Apalachicola


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Florida I
Florida Department of Health
(DOH) officials announced they are
increasing surveillance for bacteri-
al meningitis in Florida. An indi-
vidual that has traveled to Miami
recently was clinically diagnosed
with Neisseria meningitis, a form
of bacterial meningitis. This bacte-
rial meningitis, unlike the viral
(aseptic) meningitis that is com-
mon this time of year, can be fatal.
"State officials are currently
working with the county health
departments and the CDC to iden-
tify, diagnose and treat any indi-
viduals that may have this serious
illness," said DOH Secretary John
O. Agwunobi, M.D., M.B.A. "Close
contacts are also being identified
so measures can be taken to pre-


)ept. of Hi
vent them from getting sick."
Health care practitioners
should consider the potential, of
bacterial meningitis infection when
seeing patients with appropriate
signs and symptoms.
Symptoms of bacterial menin-
gitis include: high fever, headache,
and stiff neck. These symptoms
can develop over several hours, or
they may take one to two days.
Other symptoms may include nau-
sea, vomiting, discomfort looking
into bright lights, confusion, and
sleepiness. As the disease pro-
gresses, patients of any age may
have seizures. Individuals who
have symptoms of bacterial menin-
gitis should visit their health care
provider immediately for diagnosis


Dudley Do Want A Home


Currently available for adop-
tion at the Humane Society are
Dudley, a dark brown male long-
hair (pictured); Bruce, a.brindle
bulldog mix puppy, 3 months old;
two chihuahua mixes; two white
english bulldog mixes, female,
Tootsie, a grown, yellow lab
female, -housetrained; Marcel, a
gplden retriever mix.
Princess, white with orange
spots, 2 yrs old; Homer, a
black/white kitty about 6 8


weeks; Cee Cee, a 5 month old tri-
colored .female kitty; Cindi, a
tabby kitty 4 months old; and a
large number of kittens. Please
come see!
For more information, contact
the St. Joseph Bay Humane
Society at 227-1103 or visit the
Humane Society's web site at
www.sjbhumanesociety.org.


LET US TAKE OVER YOUR SHIPPING HEADACHE

Star Shipping
SAt .
The Star Pulbishijng Company
209 Reid Avenue 227-STAR


ealth-On the Watch for Meningitis


and treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Bacterial Meningitis
What is bacterial meningitis?
Bacterial meningitis is an
infection caused by bacteria in the
fluid surrounding a person's
spinal cord and brain. Meningitis
can also be caused by a viral infec-
tion.
What is the difference between
"viral" meningitis and "bacterial"
meningitis?
Viral meningitis is caused by a
virus and can be contagious.
There is no specific treatment for
viral meningitis and often resolves
on its own. Viral meningitis is
rarely fatal. Certain forms of bacte-
rial meningitis are highly conta-
gious and can be fatal if not treat-
ed. Infection can also result in
brain damage, hearing loss, or a
learning disability. Because of the
severity of bacterial meningitis, it
is important for people who have
had close contact with someone
infected to also receive treatment
as soon as possible.
What are the signs and symp-
toms of bacterial meningitis?
High fever, headache, andstiff
neck are some of the' symptoms of
meningitis in anyone over the age
of two years. Other symptoms may
include nausea, vomiting, discom-
fort when looking into bright
lights, confusion, and sleepiness.
In newborns and small infants, the
classic symptoms of fever,
headache, and neck stiffness may
be absent or difficult to detect, and
the infant may only appear slow or
inactive, or be irritable, have vom-
iting, or be feeding poorly. These
symptoms can develop over sever-
al hours, or they may take one to
two days. As the disease progress-
es, patients of any age may have
seizures. If a person has had con-
tact with someone known to have
bacterial meningitis and has any of
these symptoms, they should seek
medical attention.
How is bacterial meningitis
diagnosed?
Lab testing is used to diagnose
meningitis. The diagnosiss iusual-
ly made by growing bacteria from a
sample of spinal fluid.
Identification of the type of bacte-
ria responsible is. important for
selection of correct antibiotics.
Early diagnosis and treatment are
very important. If symptoms occur,
the patient should see a doctor
immediately.
Can bacterial meningitis be
treated?
Bacterial meningitis can be
treated with a number of effective
antibiotics. Treatment should be
started as early as possible.
Appropriate antibiotic treatment of
most common types of bacterial
meningitis should reduce the risk
of dying from meningitis signifi-


cantly (less than 15 percent),
although the risk is higher among
the elderly.
Is bacterial meningitis conta-
gious?
Yes, certain forms of bacterial
meningitis are contagious. For
example, meningitis caused by the
bacteria Neisseria meningitidis can
be spread by exchange of respira-
tory and throat secretions
between people (e.g., coughing,
sneezing, kissing, or sharing uten-
sils). Sometimes this bacteria can
be spread to other people who have
had close or prolonged contact
with an infected person. People in
the same household or day-care


center, or anyone with direct con-
tact with a patient's oral secretions
would be considered a "close con-
tact" at increased risk of contract-
ing the infection. People consid-
ered "close contacts" of an infected
person should see their doctor
immediately and receive antibi-
otics to prevent them from getting
the disease.
Are there vaccines available for
bacterial meningitis?
Yes, there are vaccines against
some strains of bacterial meningi-
tis. These vaccines are effective in
preventing meningitis in certain
individuals and, in communities
where meningitis is common.


Vaccinations should be given
under the guidance of your doctor
or the local health department.
There is no vaccine for viral menin-
gitis.
Should I receive a vaccination
against bacterial meningitis?
Overseas. travelers should
check to see if the meningococcal
vaccine is recommended for their
destination. Travelers should
receive the vaccine at least 1 week
before departure, if possible.
Information on areas for which
meningococcal vaccine is recom-
mended can be obtained by calling
the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention at (404)-332-4565.


FISH House RESTAURANT

Hwy. 98 Mexico Beach, Florida 648-8950

= SPECIAL HOLIDAY HOURS
Monday Thursday, December 15th December 25th Closed
Friday, December 26th 4:00 PM Open
Saturday, December 27th 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Sunday, December 28th 7:00 AM 9:00 PM
Monday, December 29 11:00 AM 9:00 PM All You Can Eat Ribs $11.95
Tuesday, December 30 11:00 AM 9:00 PM All You Can Eat Shrimp $12.95
Wednesday, December 31 11:00 AM 9:00 PM Prime Rib $12.95
Thursday, January 1st (New Years Day) Closed

REGULAR HOURS & TIMES JANUARY 2 D
Monday & Tuesday Closed
Wednesday & Thursday 11:00 AM-9:00 PM
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Low Enforcement News Pg. 3A
Sports........... Pgs. 9-12A
Socieal...... ...... Pg. 28
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Church News.:... ..'. Pg.48
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Gulf Commissioners

Working on Budget
Gulf commissioners held the
first of two scheduled workshops to
look at their upcoming budget
Monday afternoon, making it
through much of the work to see
.- .,'.: I',: :1::~ with ,.-pii, ,I
By the end of the session, com-
missioners had arrived at a millage
rate that was slightly less that last
year's rate of 6.5286 mills, down to
6.4033 mills. This still represents a
sizable tax increase for the board
since roll back numbers (the mill-
age rate required toraise the same
amount of dollars as last year after
taking into account the.increase of
property tax values) is 5.8825 mills.
The board will continued visit-
ing the budget Wednesday after-
noon after The Star's press time.
Several areas in the budget were
impacted by increases, with insur-
ance being the biggest gain at over
$200.000.
In order to get back to the roll
back rate the board would have to
cut approximately $1.175 million
from last years budget. Once a ten-
tative budget has been reached, the
board will give the numbers to
Property Appraiser Kesley Colbert
(by August 4) for notices of budgets
and publlclhearings to be set.


%TH kAR


50
LSP iali


Values Up $228 Million


Taxable Property Values Total Over $1.323 Billion-Up 17.25%


by Tim Croft
The evidence Is everywhere.
New developments sprouting
like mushrooms in a cow pasture
after a heavy rain.
Finely appointed houses rising
where woods existed just a year.
ago.
The cape draped in construc-
tion crews, trucks carrying build-
.~. '..: .t- ,,,:. ,_. .. C-
Lots increasing In value with-
out one foot of concrete being
poured.
Perry Mason could close this

Property values in Gulf County
are spiking like the NASDAQ of the
late 1990s, the only caveat in that
Scoparison being that this isn't
likely a bubble of any kind.
S According to preliminary num-
bers released by Property
Appraiser Kesley Colbert, the
county realized another double-
digt increase in taxable property
value this year. the third straight
year values have risen so dramat-
cally.
The preliminary numbers show
that taxable property value in the
county total $1,323.748,292.
That's $1.323 billion.
That Is up 17.25 percent from
last years total of $1.095.360,589,
when property values in the coun-
ty exceeded $1 billion for the first
time.
And, keep in mind, these are
preliminary numbers. Considering
the construction. development or
property enhancerpents that seem
to occur daily, by the time,num-


New Real Estate


Guide Makes Debut
"Real estate has become one ofi research and write on various top-
our leading Industries.," said is of Interest to homebuyers and
Publisher Willie Ramsey. "As such. Investors.
we felt we needed a'product pro- No other real estate guide serv-
duced locally to address local real Ing this area does this,- Ramsey,
estate needs." i -i :-. .j ,
n, ful'l -.'.-.; has i.. : : in dis-
.l'ur:r,-1 T: .'.I. i, -:tate tributlon.
1'- a jI.i r ,ill 1 rc -Tui.. to "The 26,000 copies of this
i'.'.''... ub-:..,:i .i t-i -tar, guide distributed make it the
The Apalachicola Times and The' largest, by far, of any distribution
Carrabelle Times. Another 10.000 in this area. Our circulation dou-
copies will be distributed with the bles. and even iluadruples, the cir-
companys popular Panhandle culation of other real estate adver-
Beacon and Panhandle Hook and !.... ;. i-.1 Ramsey sad.
Trigger publications. \.'.. that impact, he
For several years the growing explained, is that half of that circu-
numbers of real estate brokers and lation goes to subscribers of our,
salesmen in our circulation area newspapers. Paid circulation is
have met with great success using universally recognized as quality
advertising in these publications, circulation, he continued.
Ramsey said. Additional-
solidatTn"n DI I-'''
this advertls ,
ing into, .RLS HAlljiLIG 2r .tW
special V Itis a r.s r
monthly sec .--
tion, w,
expect the -- .
advertising' ;c
effectivenes: '
to increase
he added.
"We ar ,',,,,." "!=
pleased." i f
said, thE, : r
nearly 25 ree l i, ,
estate brc .. 1 ,...
krs.develot s- _. -_ -.. t
ers. agent 7 -.j-c...l
and financial -.
institutions ine. i.e
are included the very people
in our first issue." our real estate firms are t oying to
The Gulf Coast Real Estate reach, he said.
Guide offers hundreds of homes. "An additional 9.000 copies
lots and tracts of land for sale in s lll be distributed with our
the Franklin County. Gulf County Panhandle Beacon and Hook &
and Mexico Beach area. It also Trigger publications. Additional
offers buyers options on financing copies will be available at real
through local banks and mortgage estate offices and other key points
companies. Advertising for other throughout our area." he
real estate-related businesses will explained.
be added in the future. "We are combining targeted
The Gulf Coast Real Estate circulation with paid circulation in
Guide differs from other guides In an effort to glve advertisers the'
two significant ways, Ramsey best exposure possible." he said.
explained. At the same time, we want to
The first is that this guide help keep our local readers current
includes stories about the local on real estate trends and develop-
real estate market. Staff writers ments in the event they want to
from The Star. The Apalachlcola enter the market or consider sell-
Times and The Carrabelle Times ing. Ramsey said.


bers are finalized and TRIM not :-
mailed, the numbers will likely .h
upward.
The rise in value transl,":r
into more bang. or bucks, fro.T
mill, which represents $1 for e c.-
$ 1.000 of assessed value.
Therefore, one mill in Ir,-
county will this year b -
$1,322.748. over $228.000 r.
than last year.
Consider that the county : -1
school district combine for milc'.-
rates of nearly 14 mills and c .
denly the equation involves -.,
* money.
Essentially, property va.:
are a reflection of history as r,.,
are based primarily on the ,-'
years sales of land.
-Colbert has said of
Property Appraiser's office tha'
part. "Were historians. Were 1:
ing at what has already happer ,
Tr,:e.: l l'-7 r (..Pi:e .- .
SA-u I-i c io l....1, s Ilil..:luJ i
how the market has driven pr ,
primarily in real property, but L -
in part, personal property.
Boiled down, ad valci.n
means pretty much that, the vr.'-
added from the prior year.
Developers start subdivieic-
lots. front footage on the gulf or oc
Jumps higher than an Olympic p i
vaulter and property sales -i -
faster than yeast In an oven ,, .
the bottom line becomes wider in,,
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Answers for Traffic Light


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by Tim Croft
The Florida Department of
Transportation may have a solu-
tion for what alls-the intersection of
U.S. 98 and First Street in Port St.
Joe.
Orit may ot.

-, ju ,l', i .rr l ji-,c I ,.I,
intersection that has grown
increasingly a .T,'- ... ir., u i,)7'
Is indicating 'r.- ur:e -i .-ill
potential solutions- one long-term,
the other short-term.
"Now they are deciding the
geometry of the intersection war-
ranted doing something," said Bill
Kennedy of Preble Rlsh. the engi-
neering company for the city.
Spedfically, a letter written by
Charley Locke in the


School Board Adopts

Tentative '03-'04 Budget
by Tim Croft
During its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Gulf County
School Board established a tentative budget for the next fiscal year.
The total budget is some $500,000 more than last year's; or about
$11.576 million, and, more importantly for taxpayers, will carry a ump in
the millage rate of slightly more than a quarter of a mill.
The mlllage rate, which was 6.8750 last year, is tentatively set at
7.1350 for the 2003-2004 fiscal year.
A mill represents $1 for every $1.000 of assessed value.
The quarter of a mill jump is almost entirely centered around a rise In
the mlllage rate for capital improvements, in other words bricks and mor-
tars.
The district, despite, actually due in part to, a more than 17 percent
increaseeln property values in the county, is also somewhat hamstrung by
the state's requirement for local effort funding.
This year, the state has set local effort village at 5.2920. up from
5.2640.
That means the district is required to bring In some 64 percent of the
total budget funding Gulf County schools.
That Is an 18.51 percent increase n equre n ruid local funding, in terms
of dollars, from last year. and continues a trend of the past five or six years
In which more and more of the district's budget Is footed by local taxpay-
Last year. the district was required to fund 55 percent of the overall
budget.
And, one more number to mull. Given the Jump In local property rates.
the rollback mlllage rate for required local funding would be 4.4655. The
state established it at the 5.2920.
That is set by the state." said superintendent Jerry Kelley. "We have
absolutely no discretion in that."
And should, say. the dlstrichoose to set a lowerilllage rate for local
effort funding, it would stasn to forfeit some $4.65 million In state funds.
According "to a spokeswoman with the Florida Department of
Education, the Legislature establishes unadjusted local effort funding for
the entire state in its education budget each year.
(See School Board on Page 8A)


permits/design division in the
FDOT oace in Chipley. indicated
that. "The addition of eastbound
and westbound left-turn lanes on
(U.S. 98) at First Street arejustfied
,based on restricted sight dis-
tances."
The letter goes on to say that
adding two 12-foot turn lanes at
the Intersection would -require
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That program Is. in basic
terms, a blueprint five years out of
the proJecs 'the yDOT considers
priority and would include In its
basic annual funding request to
the Florida Legislature.
As Locke pointed out in the let-
ter written in April. that would
project at least five years in. the
,. future.
Therefore we are considering
modifying the existing pavement
markings by narrowing the existing
lane widths to accommodate the
addition of eastbound and west-
bound left-turn lanes," Locke's let-
ter continued.
If. and that would seem a fair-
ly slgnficant if, the FDOT could
accomplish the narrowing of exist-
ing lanes to create turn lanes,
"pavement marking modiflations
could be completed in approxi-
mately 6 to 9 months." Locke
wrote.
The FDOT Is also recommend-
ing that the city add a southbound
turn lane on First Street to improve
the turn radius to assist truck traf-
fic.
Which leaves everything, well.
kind of murky at the moment.
Any timetable for FDOT action
along the lines outlined by Locke is
unclear at this time.
Locke. and FDOT district
spokesperson Tommie Spelghts
were out of town until later this
week and unavailable for comment.
Tie only Issue for many. here
locally, or the motorists who have
either collided or Just missed colli-
sions In recent weeks. Is that
something must be done.
"That is a dangerous intersec-
tion." said Greg.Johnson. who has
observed several accidents at the
intersection In recent weeks. 'We
need to bring some pressure to
bear on the DOT and (local law-


makers) about that intersection."
The' numbers .bear out
Johnsons statements.
After having Just one accident
at the intersection in all of 2000.
there were 10 In 2001 and 15 last
year.
Most of those occurred after
the Installation of the traffic light at
the intersection.
Through July 15. there had
been five this year. putting 2003 on
a similar pace to the previous two
years.
"Thats pretty consistent." said
Acting Chief James Hersey of the
Port St. Joe Police Department. "We
are looking at hitting 10 to 15
again this year. Over the past three'
years accidents have gone up.
what, 1.000 percent "
The cause. Hersey noted, was
easily deduced.
Vehicles making left turns onto
First Street are struck by oncoming
vehicles which switched from the
inside to the outside lane to avoid
waiting on vehicles in front of them
in the inside lane.
Those trying to turn onto First'
Street see the oncoming outside
lane initially clear, make the turn
and suddenly find a vehicle head-
ing their way.
And as Kennedy. noted, the
geometry of the intersection is as it
always has been, but the traffic
load. as downtown business
increases and the amount of
tourists in the area increases, has
increased quantumly.
"That ntersection didn't have
turn signals to begin with,"
Kennedy said. "The intersection
hasn't changed, the traffic has
changed. And as traffic increases
you'll have more accidents."
Hersey faults, In part. the
roadway markings. As opposed to
the area around Second Street. the
white lines delineating lanes is not
solid. There are no signs or mark-
ings preventing traffic from chang-
ing lanes. I
"Once It gets properly marked
we can start educating the public."
Hersey noted.
Which leaves the issue square-
ly in the FDOTa lane.


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Health Professional Courses at GCCC


The following health profes-
sional courses for the spring
semester will be offered by the Gulf
Coast Community College Office-of
Lifelong Learning, in collaboration
with the Health Sciences Division:
Credit Courses include:


EVOC, Basic Rescue and
Extrication, Defensive Tactics, Sign
Language I, and Sign Language II.
Non-Credit Courses include:
AIDS Update, Stroke Update, Chest
Trauma, American Meds,
Prevention of Medical Errors,


Spotlight on Health:


Back Pain


By: Peter H. Obesso, M.D.
Pain can be defined as an
unpleasant sensory and emotional
experience associated with poten-
tial or real tissue damage. Pain can
be classified as useful because it
serves to protect us by warning of
contact with potentially damaging
factors. Pain can outlast its useful-
ness when it become persistent,
chronic and disabling.
Over one-third of the world's
population suffers from persistent
or recurrent pain. In the United
States alone, some 100 million peo-
ple suffer from moderate to severe
pain in any given year. In addition,
100 billion dollars are spent each
year on health care, compensation
and litigation of issues related to
pain.
The most common cause of
chronic, persistent and disabling
pain is back pain.
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Golf Privilege Cards can be
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There are different kinds of
back pain:
1. Nociceptive pain which is
the result of the normal processing
of stimuli that disturbs or damages
tissue. Nociceptors are nerve fibers
that carry signals to the spinal cord
and brain from identifiable causes
such as musculoskeletal problems
like sprains, bruises, or fractures.
This type of pain worsens with
activity and diminishes with rest
and responds well to cylooxygenase
inhibitors like ibupiofen or aspirin,
ice and rest.
2. Radicular pain can be felt at
any level of the spine and is caused
by nerve root disturbance com-
monly due to bony fragments, her-
niated disc material or inflamma-
tion. Radicular pain tends to be
one sided and is frequently
described as shooting, burning,
aching or crushing. It can worsen
with rest and improve with activity
and may be responsive to treat-
ment with ibuprofen type medica-
tions or surgery for the removal of
the material that is causing the
disturbance.
3. Neuropathic pain is the
most common type of chronic back
pain. It results from the abnormal
processing of sensory input due to
damage to the nerve tissue. It is
commonly described as burning,
tingling, shooting, stinging, stab-
bing, piercing, cutting, crushing,
aching or nagging. It is usually
unresponsive to standard pain
treatments including narcotic anal-
gesics and often may result in drug
abuse or addiction. The research
studies that have examined this
type of pain have failed to show any
drug that is consistently effective
for its treatment. The patients who
suffer from this type of disability
should be treated by a physician
specializing in pain management.


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Advanced CPT Coding, HIV to
AIDS, IV Therapy Course, Domestic
Violence, Therapeutic Blood
Withdrawal, Arthritis Update, Legal
Issues and Documentation,
Nutritional Needs of the Elderly,
and BLS Healthcare Provider
Course.
The following conferences,
seminars and workshops will be
offered: Nursing Assistant
Training, Ethics and
Jurisprudence, Med-Surg
Certification Prep Course,
Conference on Aging, Practical
Sense in Sensory Integration, and
NCLEX.
There will also be the following
computerized learning system
courses offered: CPR Update, and
ACLS Update,
For additional information, call
Sherrie Whitley at 872-3819.
Spring Registration
and Advising at GCCC
Gulf Coast Community College
will conduct registration and advis-
ing for the spring 2004 semester as
follows:
Spring registration will take
place January 6th and 7th on the
main campus in the Lifelong
Learning Conference Center from
7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Spring registration at the
Gulf/Franklin Center will take
place on Tuesday and Wednesday,
January 6th and 7th from 9:00
a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (EST).
Spring registration for Tyndall
Air Force Base will be January 6th
and 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00
p.m.(CST).
Classes begin Thursday,
January 8th, 2004. Late registra-
tion and drop/add will take place
at all facilities January 8th thru
14th from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and
Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
,on the main campus.
Advisors in the divisions will be
available in their respective offices
-on the main campus during their
regular office hours. For additional
information, for registration call
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2nd of Jan, 2004.
Thanks to all for a great
year!






2000 Cadillac Escalade,
4WD, 64k mi. excellent con-
dition. $21,000 Call Sally
850-648-4649. 2tp12/25'

1997 'Nissan Pathfinder,
4WD, sunroof, PW, keyless
entry. 150k mi $6,100 obo.
daytime call 527-7944, after
6 call 647-3354. ltpl2/25

1996 Ford F250, ext..cab,
4WD, excellent shape.
$9,500 call Phil 227-2112.
tfcl2/18

1987 Ford F-150 4x4 hunt-
ing truck, $1,500 neg. 827-
4233. 2tpl2/18

1988 Jeep Comanche Pickup
One owner, clean, cover
and liner, runs good, $2,750
obo. 648-4618. 4tp12/4

2000 Dodge Durango 4x4.
SLT plus equipment, trailer
tow package. Excellent con-
dition, 56K miles. $14,750.
227-3776. 2tp12/18

1988 Mercury Grand
Marquis. $1000 obo. Runs,
needs work 647-5253 or
527-7102. 4tpl2/18

2000 Jeep Wrangler, black,
tan hard top, AC, 5 speed,
25,200 mi. Asking $12,900
647-1685 or 899-2614.
3tp12/11
Now accepting bids on the
following repo vehicles. 2000
Buick Regal LS 76M. 2002
DoL)gfl Neon 40M. Emerald'
Coast Federal Credit Union.
850-227-1156. tfcl2/11






For Sale 1998 Kenner
ProSkiff 17 with 1998 40 HP
Johnson motor. Center con-
sole. depth finder, cooler
seat. and rod holders. Call
Enc at 229-6864 for more
ino'rmration Piease leave
'message. tffc6/12


3BR mobile home, furnished
14x70, Simmons Bayou. Call
229-6495. 3tpl2/18


3BR/1.5BA home for rent in
Wewa. $625 mo., $625 sec.
dep. 648-1010. Coldwell
Banker Forgotten Coast
Realty. Itpl2/25

Mexico Beach Very nice
3BR/2BA house, garage\
fenced yard, years lease $875
mo. $400 sec. dep. refer-
ences required call after 5:00
pm 647-5792. 2tp12/25

Large 1BR/1BA downstairs
apt only 3 lots from the
beach in Mexico Beach.
Unfurn, utilities included,
except phone and cable.
$750 mo. Call Sally 850-648-
4649. 2tpl2/25

2BR/1BA 6 or 12 mo. lease,
large fenced in yard with
storage shed. Pets consid-
ered. $750 mo. 850-933-
8196. 4tpll11/27

Long term 1,200 sq. ft. 2nd
floor apartment. 2BR/1.5BA,
all new inside and out. Total
'ceramic tile. Large deck 8ft x
40 ft. Great gulf view. Great
for living or office space.
Available Jan. Great location,
center of Mexico Beacon on
Hwy 98. $1,200 per mo. Call
647-2570 2tp12'/18

Wewa mobile home,
2BR/1.5BA. Chipola river
front, new carpet, new cen-
tral heat and air, very nice.
Call 647-3159. 3tp12/11

2BR/1BA duplex. 705
Woodward Ave. $425 a
month $425 sec. dep. 850-
527-8996 tfcl2/04

Annual- rental 2BR/ BA
house in Mexico Beach,
$750/mo. 813-363-0862.
2tp12/18

Warehouse rental space
available. Great for storage or
business. 1000 2000 sq ft.
Available Dec 1, 2003. Call
229-9125. tfcll/6

*3BR/2B triplex on canal. 3
townhouses available -
unfurnished. $800 monthly
plus utilities. $300 sec. dep.
- Mexico Beach
*2BR/1.5 bath townhouse
unfurnished newly renovated
$850 monthly plus utilities
$350 sec. dep. St Joe Beach
*1BR/1BA small unfur-
nished cottage $550 monthly
plus utilities. $200 sec. dep.
St. Joe Beach.
*Large 3BR/2BA single fami-
ly home, unfurnished,
attached garage. $950
monthly plus utilities. $350
sec. dep. Gulf Aire
Subdivision. Please contact
Gulf Coast Vacatibn Rentals.
648-5449. 4tcl2/4

2BR furnished trailer 648-
5306. Please call again'
2tp12,/ 18

Small Office Spaces for rent.
Call Phil at 227-2112.
tfc6/5


New 2BR/2BA house, N
32nd St./Canal. Available
S01/01/04, No pets. $900 mo.
call 706-333-0159 or 706-
663-2263. tfcl0/23

Enjoy Cape living at its
finest. Gated 'community
offering 2 pools, tennis
courts, three lakes, and
many more extras. Unique
opportunity to live and play
on the #1. beach in America.
Both furnished and unfur-
nished units available. For
more info call 850-229-2706
tfcll/13

Apart./Homes for Rent: 1 3

BR apart/duplexes/homes
for rent in Mex. Bch. Furn. &
unfurnished. Call Parker
Realty at 850-648-5777 for
more info. tfc7/3
3BR/2.5 BA house north
side C30, furnished,
screened porch, workshop,
gulfview. $1,400/mo plus,
utilities and deposit. Call
927-3097. tfc9/18
UNFURNISHED
Large 2 bdrm. house, stove
& refrig. cen. h&a. screen
porch. carport & laundry rm.
Large 2 bedroom apart-
ient. stove & refrig., wash-
er/dryer hook-up.
New extra Ig. 3 bdrm.
house, 1 1/2 ba., inside
laundry rm., ch&a, dish-
washer & stove, fully carpet-
ed. No pets.
FURNISHED
Small 2 bdrm. home, auto
heat & air, washer/dryer
hook-up.
One bedroom apartment,
washer/ dryer hookup. Call
229-6777 after 7 PM.
tfc6/5

11:~~1-


Queen sleeper sofa v., match-
mg love seat $100 227-1812
after.5:00 229-8383.
2tpl2/18

A solid oak dining room suit,
oval pedestal table with 4
chairs and glass front hutch
$600 also a large pine buffet
and hutch $200 or best offer,
647-5915. 3tc12/11


Used furniture for sale.
Johnnie's Trim Shop, 310
4th St., PSJ tfc8/7






Gulf Coast Community
College Counselor
(Student Services) For
personal & academic coun-
seling/advising to new,
potential & current students.
Plan and implement various
follow-up' programs.
Participate in the planning &
delivery of special programs
offered by the counseling
.center. Develop & maintain
referral sources for students.
Must work a flexible sched-
ule based upon evening hrs.
to provide services for stu-
dents after 4 pm
Mon.-Thurs. Requires a MS
in counseling or related field
with guidance & counseling
experience. Salary Starts at
$25,000/yr. Deadline to
apply 1/16/04. Additional
information is available at
our Web site
http:/ /dept.gulfcoast.edu/jo
bs. GCCC is an
EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer.
ltcl2/25

Computer Technology
Assistant Technician The
Gulf County School Board is
receiving applications for
Computer Technology -
Assistant Technician.
Applications and job descrip-
tions may be picked up at the
District Office or the web site
www. gulf. k12. fl. us.
Completed applications
should be sent to Mr. Temple
Watson, Director of Support
Services, 150 Middle School
Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
Salary will be determined by
approved salary schedule.
Application deadline is
January 7, 2004, 12:00
Noon ET. The Gulf County
School Board is an equal
opporturuly employer
2tc12/25,
New PSJ office Wanted cus-
tomer service and data entry
representatives. Will train,
keyboarding a must. Contact
Jackson Hewitt Tax Service
at 850-914-2675. 2tp12/25

Warehouse Man FL Driver
licenses, heavy lifting, handy
man abilities. Part time to
start. Afternoons and Sat.
SAdult minded and courteous
only. 227-1251. 6tcl2/18

Worship Leader/Choir'
Director part time employ-,
ment. For more info call First
United Methodist Church of
Mexico Beach. 648-8820.rs/4
Gulf Sands Restaurant now
expanding hiring all posi-
tion,. AM & PM shifts. Call
for appointment 645-5013.
2tc12/18


Carpenters and framers
needed with own transporta-
tion. 227-5771 or 227-1743.
3tp12/18
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
MEDICAL SUPPORT
Class Title: ENVIRONMEN-
TAL HEALTH SPECIALIST
Class Code: 8857
Position Number: 000248
Closing Date: 12/31/2003
Location: GULF
County: GULF
Annual Salary Range:
$22,281,45
Contact Person:
GWEN ALLEN
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPT.
2475 GARRISON AVENUE
PORT ST. JOE, FL.
324560000'
Phone: (850) 227-1276, x
131
Announcement Type: Open
Competitive Opportunity
An Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative
Action Employer.
Special Notes: BASED IN
PORT ST. JOE. FINGER-
PRINTING & EMERGENCY
DUTIES REQUIRED. VALID
DRIVERS LICENSE AND
BACHELORS DEGREE WITH
30 SCIENCE CREDIT
HOURS REQUIRED.
Must apply online at DeoDle-
first.mvflorida.com 2tc12/18

Bay St. Joseph Care
Sis now hiring the following:
(1) Full time 3/11 nurse
RN preferred.
(1) Dietary Relief cook
Housekeeping & Laundry
Aides
Also starting in Jan 04 -
monthly CNA class will be
offered
Apply to:
220 9th St.
SPort St. Joe, FL
tfcl2/18

Health Services Specialist.
Responsible for applying
professional expertise in the
field of pediatric health
(includes comprehensive ser-
vices medical. mental
health,, dental, pregnancy,
and pediatrics). Provides site
monitoring, consultation,
training, collaboration, and
tracking of services. Includes
case management, referrals,
follow-ups, and treatment of
services. Thorough knowl-
edge of public health
(infants, toddlers, preschool
children, pregnant mothers,
and families). Minimum of
Bachelor's degree in Health,
Nursing, or related field.
Minimum three years of
experience in specialty areas
of pediatric health services
and education. First Aid and
'CPR Instructor. Must be will-
ing to travel.
DFWP/MF/EOE/8-5.
Closing:, 'January 2,2004;
Send Resumes to NFCD, Inc.
Attn: Sebrina McGill, PO Box
38; Wewahitchka, FL 32465,
fax (850) 639-4173, sebri-
na@headstarnf.org 2tcl2/18


AC duct installers needed
please call GW Service 229-
9125. tfclO/30
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
MEDICAL SUPPORT
Broadband Level: DENTAL
ASSISTANTS L2
Broadband Code: 31-9091-2
Pay Band: 03
Class Title: DENTAL ASSIS-
TANT
Class Code: 5632
Position Number: 086316
Closing Date: 12/31/2003
Location: GULF
County: GULF
Beginning Annual Salary:
$18,754.43
Contact Person:
GWEN ALLEN
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPT.
2475 GARRISON AVENUE
PORT ST. JOE, FL.
324560000
Phone: (850) 227-1276, x
131
Announcement Type: Open
Competitive Opportunity
Note: Education and experi-
ence equivalent, to that
required in the minimum
qualifications may be consid-
ered for the vacancy.
Special Notes: *POSITION
BASED IN PORT ST. JOE.
FINGERPRINTING AND
EMERGENCY DUTIES
REQUIRED. DENTAL
ASSISTANT CERTIFICATION
OR EXPANDED FUNCTIONS
REQUIRED. /
Must apply online at eople-
first.myflorida.com 2tc12/18

Accepting applications for
Laborer must have a valid
drivers license, transporta-
tion to and from work and be
able to lift 50 pounds or
more. Starting pay $6.50 per
hour. Apply at C.R. Smith &
son 3055 Hwy 98 W, Port St.
Joe. No Phone Calls.
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CDL Class B Dump truck
Drivers Needed. must be
able to work weekends, oper-
ate a front end loader and
pass DOT drug test. Apply
C.R. 'Smith & Son, 31155 Hay
98 W, Port St. Joe No Phone
Calls. tfcl2/11

Seeking Equipment
Operators & Truck Drivers.
Applicants must have valid
FL drivers license. Apply at
C.W. Roberts Contracting,
Inc., PO Box 188, Hosford,
FL 32334. 850-379-8116.
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Help Wanted: Full time
inside and outside sales posi-'
tion. Apply in person at
Wallace Pump & Supply at
824 15th St.. Mexico;Beach,
FL. Serious applicants 'only
Please. tfcl0/16

Experienced cook and wait-
staff wanted for Caroline's
Riverfront Dining & Boss
Oyster. Please apply in per-,
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Apalachicola. tfcl0/9


Experienced Nail techni-
cian for busy salon in
Apalachicola. Must have
good work ethics. Please call
653-8714. 4tc12/11
All survey personnel posi-
tions, salary depending on
experience. 850-227-7322,
406 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
tfc6/5
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TANT
Motivated self-starter needed
for growing not-for profit
organization. This position
reports directly to ihe
Executive Officer and appli-
cant must be a proficient
administrator with prior
business and program man-
agement skills 'including
writing, communications,
office equipment, telephone
etiquette as well as strong
interpersonal skills.
Applicant must have the
Stability and initiative to carry
out responsibilities indepen-
dently Excellent computer
skills are essential to this
position with proficiency in
MS Word, Excel, Access,
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demonstrate good people
skills, which are essential to
professionally and diplomati-
cally handle the affairs of the
organization. Send resume
including references and
salary requirements to:
Office Manager, 186 B Cape
San Blas Road, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456 2tc12/18

Graphic Designer with profi-
ciency in commercial print
production and prepress.
Excellent pay and benefits.
Use Mac Systems with
Quark, photoshop, freehand,
illustrator, and pagemaker.
Knowledge in systems opera-
tion, digital docl2 Xerox and
AGFA RIP a plus. Contact
Willie @ The Star Publishing
Company, PO Box 308, Port
St. Joe, FL 32457. Email
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short, fat, red collar and tag.
Named: Molly- lost in Our
Town Rd area. Call 639-9367
anytime is found. Not a hunt-
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house dog. 2tp12/25
Black/White male persian
cat. neur. From Gulf Air Sub
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Grey tabby male cat from
Gulf Aire Sub. Call 647-
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or can be moved. Daytime
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407-3333. 3tp 12/25
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PULI NTIE


204 Hwy 98 MB. Cute update
beach cottage across from
dedicated beach. 2 screen
porches and elevated sun-
deck, new 3 car garage
$425,000. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
2560. tfc1l/6

6677 Alabama Ave. St. Joe
Beach. Nice 2BR home
w/screen porch on 2 beauti-
ful corner lots. 2 blocks from
beach. $269,9b0. Owners
Anxious. JoaI Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
2560. tfcll/6

By owner 3BR/2BA remod-
eled home with 2BR/1BA
duplex on same lot. 1402
Long Ave. $259,900. 229-
1340. tfcl2/4

St. Joe Beach 6930
Alabama Ave. 4BA/2BA
home 2 corner lots, pool,
rental space for camper, pri-
vacy fence. $295,000. Joan
-Lovelace Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-239-
4959 local 527-2560
www.thebeachsite.com.
tfcl2/11

For sale two prime lots, locat-
ed in Southgate Port St. Joe's
newest gated community.
Great place to build your
dream home or just enjoy the.
peace of mind knowing you
have made a .good invest-
ment. Priced for quick sale at
$82,9000 each or $162;000
for both. Call 850-229-2248
hours 9am-5pm. 4tc12/11

Large bay front lot next to
Arvida's Windmark beach.
Has boat dock and city
sewage. Lot size 80 x 175
must sell. $575,000. (256)
755-2245. 4tp12/11

7201 Hwy 98 St. Joe Beach.
Gulf front 1/2 duplex.
2BR/2BA fully furnished,
adjoins dedicated beach.
$495,000. Joan Lovelace
Mexico Beach Harmon Realty
800-239-4959 or 850-527-
2560. tfcll/6

House Only For Sale $6,000
2BR, large screen porch, 217
Canal St. St. Joe Beach. 647-
8400 or 850-878-7544.
Buyer moves. 4tp12/11

For Sale by Owner 3BR/
2BA house. Owner financing
513 Nautilus Dr. Seashores
St. Joe Beach. 647-5423.
4tp11/20

Built in9r,001, 4BR '2 5BA.
garage, big backyard. berber
carpet and tile, $195,0'1:00.
Call 229-7780 for more Infor-
mation. 8tp11/20

5 Acre Farms, near
Wewahitchka. For sale by
owner, 17.5 beautiful acres,
must see. Great againn 850-
229-6487 or 85 -229-6507.
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Beach lots St. Joe Beach,
Summer Place Subdivision.
Gulf view, pool, $225,000 -
Mexico Beach Hwy 386 1.5
blocks to beach. $95,000.
Joan Lovelace Mexico Beach
Harmon Realty 800-239-
4959 local 527-2560
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tfc12/11

HOUSE FOR SALE -
COMMERCIAL/RESIDEN-
TIAL: Quaint 3 bedroom, 2
bath wood framed house.
Lot: 100'x68.7' road front.
Walking distance to water
and downtown area, close to
schools. 603 Long Avenue.
Call 227-1388. tfc6/5

House 4 sale by owner.
4BR/3BA 902 10th St. 227-
1296 Call after 4pm. tfcl0/2







Transferred. Like new 32'
travel trailer. Super slide,
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nada retail $14,200, try
$8,500 quick sale. 648-
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IN THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY
DONALD E. McBRIDE, SR.,
Plaintiff.
vs.
SHIRLEY LUCAS,
Defendant
CASE NO. 00-221
TO; DONALD E. McBRIDE, SR., or his
heirs
A lawsuit has been filed against you in
and for the Fourteenth Judicial
Circuit, Gulf County, Florida, and you
have moved away. We have made dili-
gent search and inquiry to locate your
place of residence and have been
unable to locate you.
You are hereby notified that you have
thirty (30) days from the date of the
first publication of this notice to file an
answer to recover property. If you fail
to answer, a default will be taken
against you.
/s/ DAVID C. GASKIN
Florida Bar No. 027928
P.O. Box 185
Wewahitchka, Florida 32465
850/639-2266
Attorney for Shirley Lucas
publish: Dec.-4, 11,18. & 25, 2003-
iJt TH ,"1-r-F.j:i-i|T e: ji 'F,
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION
CASE NO: 2003-418-CA
WELLS FARGO FINANCIAL SYSTEM
FLORIDA, INC F/K/A NORWEST'
FINANCIAL SYSTEM FLORIDA, INC.,
PLAINTIFF.
VS.
JOHN DANIELS, ET AL.,
DEFENDANTS)
NOTICE OF ACTION
CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE


TO: JOHN DANIELS; NELLIE
DANIELS
whose residence Is unknown if
he/she/they be living: and if
he/she/they be dead, the unknown
defendants who may be spouses, heirs,
devisees, grantees, assignees. lienors.
creditors, trustees, and all parties
claiming an Interest by, through, under
or against the Defendants, who are not
known to be dead or alive, and all par-
ties having or claiming to have any
right, title or interest in the property
described In the mortgage being fore-
closed herein.
YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an
action to foreclose a mortgage on the
following property:
BEGIN 144 YARDS NORTH OF
SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SOUTH-
WEST QUARTER OF NORTHEAST
QUARTER OF SECTION 29, TOWN-
SHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 9 WEST;
THENCE RUN NORTH 144 YARDS,
EAST 72 YARDS, SOUTH 144 YARDS,
WEST 72 YARDS TO POINT OF
BEGINNING. LESS & EXCEPT; BEGIN
AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF:
THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE
NORTHEAST QUARTER OF SECTION
29, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 9
WEST; THENCE RUN NORTH 4.50
CHAINS; THENCE RUN WEST 17
YARDS; THENCE RUN NORTH 70
YARDS; THENCE RUN WEST 70
YARDS; THENCE SOUTH 70 YARDS
TO POINT OF BEGINNING.
TOGETHER WITH MOBILE HOMES)
LOCATED THERON
has been filed against you and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on DAVID J.
STERN, ESQ. Plaintiffs attorney,
whose address is 801 S. University
Drive #500, Plantation, FL 33324 on or
before January 16th, 2004 (no later
than 30 days from the date of the first
publication of this notice of action) and
file the original with the clerk of this
court either before service on Plaintiffs
attorney or immediately thereafter;
otherwise a default will be entered
against you for the relief demanded in
the complaint or petition filed herein.
WITNESS my hand and the seal of this
Court at GULF County, Florida, this
10th day of December. 2003.
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT
BY: /s/ Barbara Baxter
DEPUTY CLERK
LAW OFFICES OF DAVID J. STERN
ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF
801 S. UNIVERSITY DRIVE SUITE 500
PLANTATION. FL 33324 .
publish December 18 & 25, 2003
NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS
ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS
Sealed bids in duplicate will be
received until January 9, 2004, 10:00
am ET at the Office of the Gulf County
School Board, 150 Middle School Road,
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at which
time and place all bids will be publicly
opened and read aloud for;
STRUCTURAL METAL. METAL
ROOFING AND MISCELLANEOUS
METALS
FOR
FIELD HOUSE WEWAHITCHKA
HIGH SCHOOL
GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
ARCHITECT'S JOB NO: 0102
The Contractor shall furnish all labor,
materials and equipment: and shall be
responsible for the entire completion of
this portion of the project listed above.
Anchor bolts for structural steel are
already in place.
Plans, specifications and contract doc-
uments may be inspected at the office
of the Architect 130 Hwy. 22,
Wewahitchka, Florida, and may be pro-
cured by General Contractors, upon a
depositof $25.00 per set for plans and
specifications, non-refundable.
No Bid Bond required.
Performance, Labor and Materials
bond, and Workman's Compensation
Insurance will be required of the suc-
cessful bidder.
Right is reserved to reject any and all
proposals and waive technicalities.
'J.:. L :i,'e. T| t rr,,'J'..I himi!:. L.I /,r a
.' ry.:.i i ,3|.I : 'f r .1 .'. set
Jerry L. Kelly, Superintendent
.Gulf County School Board
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Charles A. Gaskin, ARA
ARCHITECT
P.O. Box 7
Wewahitchka, Florida 32456
publish December 25 & 30. 2003
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
BAY COUNTY. FLORIDA
LAUREN H. COX and wife, ELAINE C.


COX-


COX.
Plaintiffs,
vs. CASE NO. 03-510CA
DAVID L. HUTCHINSON and wife.
CHRISTINA M. HUTCHINSON
and if deceased, their unknown heirs,
devisees, grantees, creditors and all
other parties claiming by, through,
under, or against him: and -all
unknown natural persons if alive, and
if dead, or not known to be dead or
alive, their several and respective
unknown spouses, heirs, devisees,
grantees, and creditors, or other par-
ties claiming by, through, or under
those unknown natural persons; and
the several and respective unknown
assigns, successors in interest,
trustees, or any other person claiming
by, through, under or against any cor-
poration or other legal entity named as
a defendant; and all claimants, persons
or parties, natural or corporate, or
whose exact legal status is unknown,
claiming under any of the above named
or described defendants or parties or
claiming to have any right. title, or
interest in or to the lands hereinafter
described,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF ACTION
TO: DAVID L. HUTCHINSON and wife,
CHRISTINA M. HUTCHINSON
and if deceased, their
unknown heirs, devisees,
grantees, creditors and all
other parties claiming by,
through, under, or against
him; and all unknown natural
persons if alive, and if dead or
not known to be dead or alive,
their several and respective
unknown spouses, heirs,
devisees, grantees, and credi-
tors, or other parties claiming
by, through, or under those
unknown natural persons; and
the several and respective
unknown assigns, successors
in interest, trustees, or any
other person claiming by,
through, under or against any
corporation or other legal enti-
ty named as a defendant; and
all claimants, persons or par-
ties, natural or corporate, .or
whose exact legal status is
unknown, claiming under any
of the above named or
described defendants or par-
ties claiming to have any right,
title, or interest in or to the
lands hereinafter described,
YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to
foreclose on a mortgage'to the following
property:
LOT 23 in Block 1. Unit No. 1, accord-
ing to the Official Map of Ward Ridge,
Florida, on file in the Office of the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of Gulf County,
Florida.
Tax Parcel Identification No. 003045-
001R
has been filed against you, and you are
required to serve a copy of your written
defenses, if any, to it on John
L.Giolello Esq., whose address is Post
Office Box 1987, Panama City, Florida
32402, on or before January 14, 2004
and file the original with the clerk of
this court either before service on
plaintiffs attorney or immediately
thereafter, otherwise a default will be
entered against you for the relief
demanded in the Complaint.
DATED this 15th day of December,
2003.
Clerk of Circuit Court
BY; /s/ Barbara Baxter
Deputy Clerk
publish Dec. 25, 2003. Jan. 1, 8,15,
2004
NOTICE
Notice is hereby given that the Board of
City Commissioners of the City of Port
St. Joe, Florida, is considering a
request to allow an approximate two (2)
foot variance to Lot 4 Block 5 (known
as 104 Betty Drive) of the City'of Port
St. Joe, Florida.
Final consideration of said request will
be given at tI,- R'i.,ila. M-tl-Eur. g .f ui
Board of Citb *.:..,ii- :- .-.:' '.r
St.'Jde, held .iar...n 14 ** .
p.m., est. in :...'m I .r i.,r .2iiTi:.:
Second Story of Port St. Joe City Hall.
All interested parties are invited to
attend and to be heard.
All persons are invited to attend. Any
person who decides to appeal any deci-
sion made by the board with respect to
any matter considered at said meeting
will need a record of the proceedings,
and for such purpose 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.
The Variance and Zoning Board of the


City of Port St. Joe. Florida will not pro-


City of Port St. Joe, Florida will not pro-
vide a verbatim record of this meeting.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons needing special accommodations
to participate in this proceedings
should contact in advance. Pauline
Pendarvis, City Clerk, City of Port St.
Joe, at City Hall. Telephone No. (850)
229-8261.
/s/ Pauline Pendaryis,
City Auditor/Clerk
Publish Dec. 25, 2003 & Jan. 1, 2004
NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS
BID NO. 0304-18
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners will receive bids from
any person, company or corporation
interested in providing the following:
Financing Miscellaneous
Equipment for New Fire Truck
(W.C.F.D.) $18,507.00* Five
(5) Annual Payments First
Payment due 1 Year From
Delivery Date
Pease specify estimated delivery date of
funds, after notification of bid award.
Please indicate on the envelope YOUR
COMPANY NAME, that this Is a
SEALED BID and .include-the BID
NUMBER.
Bids will be received until Monday,
January 5, 2004 at 5:00 p.m., E.T.,
at the Office of the Clerk of Circuit
Court, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Room 148, Port St. Joe, FL
32456, and the bids will be opened
at this location on Tuesday, January
6, 2004 at 10:00 a.m., E.T.
The Board reserves the right to reject
any and all bids:
BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSION-
ERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
By: /s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chairman
Attest: /s/ Douglas C. Birmingham,
Clerk
Publish Dec. 25, 2003 and Jan. 1,
2004.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT
YOUR DRINKING WATER
Tests Showed Coliform Bateria in
the City of Port St. Joe Public Water
System
Our water system recently violated a
drinking water standard.-As our cus-
tomers, you have a right to know what
happened and what we did to correct
this situation. '
We routinely monitor for drinking
water contaminates. We took routine
samples to test for the presence of col-
iform bacteria during November. Nine
of eleven samples collected on
November 10 showed the presence of
fecal coliform bacteria. Follow-up sam-
pling on November 11 indicated the
absence of any bacteria. Additionally.
December compliance samples are
absent of total coliform bacteria. The
Safe Drinking Water Act states that no
more than I sample per month may
exceed the drinking water standard.
What should I do?
You do not need to boil your water or
take other corrective actions. There
is nothing for you to do at this time.
Due to the absence of total coliform
bacteria in the follow up samples and
December routine samples, your water
is considered safe for consumption at
this time. However. if you have specific
health concerns, consult your doctor.
People with severely compromised
Immune systems, infants, and some
elderly may be at increased risk. These
people should seek advice about drink-
ing water from their health care
providers. General guidelines on ways
to lessen the risk of infection by micro-
bos are available from EPA's Safe
Drinking Water Hotline at 1 (800) 426-
4791.
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had
been, you would have been notified
immediately. Coliform bacteria are


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.ll.U:.rrm u.* ..a-nd ei, me,:' r-a t-
:-,i ', al,.:.L'.:1 a rh.3 was a warning of
potential problems.
Usually collforms are a sign tha there
could be a problem with the system's
treatment or distribution system
(pipes). Whenever we detect coliform
bacteria in any sample, we do follow-up
testing to see if other bacteria or
greater concern, such as fecal coliform
or E. coll. are present. Follow-up sam-
pling and routine sampling in
December shows that this problem has
been resolved.
What happened? What was done?
The presence of total .coliform bacteria


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lection or laboratory procedures and
not necessarily be present in the water
system. The city maintained adequate
chlorine residual 'in the distribution
system. Adequate chlorine will usually
eradicate total coliform bacteria in the
sampling process. We immediately con-
ducted follow-up sampling which indi-
cated the absence of bacteria, and this
problem has been resolved.
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drink this water, especially
those who may not have
received this notice directly (for
example, people in apartments,
nursing homes, schools, and
businesses). You can do this by
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hand or mail.
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INVITATION FOR SEALED BIDS
The City of Port St. Joe will receive
sealed bids for Bid no. 04-01 in the
office of the City Clerk In person at 305
Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe, Florida,
by mail at P.O. Box 278, Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32457 or by Fax (850) 227-
7522. until 5;00 pm eastern time.
January 6, 2004, for the re-roofing of
the control room of the Waste Water
Treatment Plant located at 455
Highway 382. Structure can be
inspected arranged by contacting
Superintendent Larry McArdle at call-
ing (850) 229-6395.
Bid sheets are available in the office of
the City Clerk, 305 Cecil Costin Blvd,
Port St. Joe, Florida, (850) 229-8261,
Monday through Friday,'between 8:00
am and 5:00 pm. Bids will be publicly
opened and read January 6, 2004, dur-
ing the Regular Meeting of the Board of
City Commissioners meeting, City
Commission Chambers. City Hall, 305
Cecil Costin Blvd. Port St. Joe, Florida.
/s/ Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk
Publish Dec. 25, 2203 and Jan. 1,
2004
PUBLIC NOTICE
The Citizens Advisory Task
Force/Downtown Redevelopment
Agency will hold a Special Meeting with
the Apalachee Regional Planning
Council.
When: January 5, 2004
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Port St. Joe Fire
Station
Subject: Water/Sewer
Rehabilitation Project.
All persons are invited to attend these
meetings.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERI-
CANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons needing special accommodations
to participate in this proceedings
should contact Carol Davis, Office of
the City Clerk, City of Port St. Joe. at
City Hall, Telephone No. (850) 229-
8261:
publish Dec. 25, 2003 and Jan. 1,
2004
1ST PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
The City of Port St. Joe is considering
applying to the Florida Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) for a Small
Cities Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG) of up to $650,000. These
funds must be used for one of the fol-
lowing purposes:
1. To benefit low and moderate income
persons;
2. To aid in the prevention or elimina-
tion of slums or blight; or
3. To meet other community develop-
ment needs of recent origin having a
particular urgency because existing
conditions pose a serious and immedi-
ats dclur r I.) rhr, h-JLh oi e llre o:., L" m
tc.-nmmiunriy '-jd ,ernie oh-.r rmnanr.ci
r ..uN e r..:.i ii l ir mIt
The c ai cr-nei w .:!-iA'l t- I .:,r which
these lunri r my betUsed are in the
areas of housing, neighborhood revital-
ization, commercial revitalization, or
economic development and include
such improvement activities as acqui-
sition of real property, loans to private-
for-profnt business, purchase of
machinery and equipment, construc-
tion of infrastructure, rehabilitation of
houses and commercial buildings, and
energy conservation. Additional infor-
mation regarding the range of activities
that may be undertaken will be provid-
ed at the, public hearing. For each
actvitv that's oronosed. at least 70%


of the funds must benefit low and mod-
erate income persons.
In'dqveloping an application for sub-
mission to DCA, the City of Port St. Joe
must plan to minimize displacement of
persons as a result of planned CDBG
activities. In addition, the City of Port
St. Joe is required to develop a plan to
assist displaced persons.
A public hearing to receive citizen
views concerning the community's eco-
nomic and community development
needs will be held at Port St. Joe City
Hall on Tuesday, January 6, 2004 at
5:30 p.m. For information concerning
the public hearing contact Ms. Carol
Davis at 850-229-8261.
The public hearing Is being conducted
in a handicapped accessible location.
Any handicapped person requiring an
interpreter for, the hearing impaired or
the visually impaired should contact
Ms. Carol Davis, at least five (5) calen-
dar days prior to the meeting and an
interpreter will be provided. Any non-
English speaking person wishing to
attend the public hearing should con-
tact Ms. Carol Davis at least five (5) cal-
endar days prior to the meeting and a
language interpreter will be provided.
To access a Telecommunication Device
for Deaf Persons (TDD) please call 850-
229-8261. Any handicapped person
requiring special accommodation at
this meeting should contact Ms. Carol
Davis at least five (5) calendar days
prior to the meeting.
Publish: Dec. 25, 2003 and Jan. 1,
2004



MINUTES

-GULF COUNTY COMMISSION

OCTOBER 14, 2003 CONTIN-
UED
Panama Court Reporting (#1057
*09-30-03 $110.72 / #1058 *
09-23-03
$230.72 / #1059 09-17-03 *
'$205.22 / #1060 10-02-03 *
$40.50
/ #1061 09-18-03 $345.72 /
#1062 10-01-03 $195.78 /
#1063
09-29-03 $143.28 to be paid
from various Court Reporter line
items)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Lake Grove
Road Bridge (#62871 $200.00 *
to be paid
from Account #40741-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc./2001-2002
Road Bond Paving (#62872/final
$2,885.69
to be paid from Account
#41441-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Oak Grove
Ditch (#62874 $670.00 to be
paid from
Account #21111-31100)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Indian Pass
Restrooms (#62878 $540.00 *
to be paid
from Account #21111-31100)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Dead Lakes
Ramp & Road Stabilization
(#62879 *
$375.00 to be paid from
Account #43137-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Gaskin Park
(#62884 $500.00 to be paid
from
Account #26472-31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc:/Simmons
Bayou Channel (#62885 *
$1,600.00 to be
paid from Account #21111-
31000)
Preble-Rish, Inc./Highland View
Boat Ramp (#62903 $350.00 *
to be paid
from Account #25372-31000)
Rich's IGC 'Wrkeirev. Cc.-kouut
(08-21-'1:3 425. 72 t, be paild
from
Account #24523-52006)
S. M. Marley &
Associates/Lighthouse Property
Survey (#5037-2 $160.00
to be paid from Account
#57573-31000)
Southeastern Engineering &
Construction/Article V (#MF-
309-06 *
$9,800.00 to be paid from
Account #71212-31000)
T. Michael Tucker, C.P.A./Bond


MINUTES .

GULF COUNTY COMMISSION
Letter (#1715 $350.00 to be
paid from
bond proceeds)
Job Maintenance Department
(Post notices for 1 Maintenance I
position and 2
Maintenance II positions)
- Road Department (Retirement -
Bill Nunery 10/31/03 &
post/advertise for
a Laborer position)
Letter of Support Rural
Hubzone Business Enterprise
Grant
Ordinance Proposal $3.00
Surcharge to Civil Traffic
Violations (to be designated
for the Student Driver Program)
Permit Refund/Culvert (Diane
Branton $25.00)
Purchase/Finance Request -
Highland View Fire Department
(to purchase a dual-
wheeled equipment/personnel
truck through State Contract
and advertise for financing)
S.H.I.P. Rehabilitation
Assistance (Shirley A. Lucas *
$18,186.70)
Subordination Agreement
(David F. Sasser/T.F.C.U.)
Special Projects Payments, as fol-
lows:
Dist. 1 P.S.J.H.S. Project
Graduation 2004 "Jail for Bail"
$ 100.00
Dist. 2. Display Sales Flag for
Wewa Senior Citizens Center $
483.50
Rich's IGA Workcrew Cookout $
174.11
Dist. 3 Davida Byrd Scholarship
Fund Donation $ 500.00
Norris D. Langston Scholarship
Foundation Donation $ 500.00
P.S.J.H.S. Girls' Varsity
Basketball Team Donation $
825.00
P.S.J.H.S. Girls' Varsity Volleyball
Team Donation $ 250.00
P.S.J.H.S. Junior Class -
Equipment $ 700.00
P.S.J.H.S. R.O.T.C. Program -
Donation $ 500.00
Dist. 4 Gulf County Schools -
Gold Card Program $ 100.00
*Amended P.S.J.H.S. Project
Graduation 2004 "Jail for Bail"
$ 100.00
(End)
GULF COUNTY BCC / CHAIR
RECOGNITION
Chairman Traylor discussed
Commissioner Barnes' term of
serving as Chairman of the
Board, and presented him with
an appreciation plaque.
Commissioner McLemore also
presented Commissioner Peters
with a plaque for. his services as
Chairman of the Board for 2001-
02. Commissioner Barnes
thanked the Board for their sup-
port while he was Chairman.
Chairman Traylor discussed that
Commissioner Peters is serving
as Vice Chairman for 2003-04;
PUBLIC HEARING / LAND
DEVELOPMENT REGULATIONS
ORDINANCE
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
adoption of a proposed Land
Development Regulations ordi-
nance, County Attorney
McFarland 'read the proposed
ordinance by title and called for
public comment. There being no
public comment, Commissioner
Barnes motioned to adopt the fol-
lobwing titled ordinance.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
m ously. .. : -. -' ., 1 -1 ,
ORDINANCE NO. 2003-12
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
GULF COUNTY LAND DEVELOP-
MENT REGULATION ORDI-
NANCE NUMBERS 93-01 AND
96-01; DESIGNATING CERTAIN
ADDITIONAL VESTING CRITE-
RIA FOR LAND DENSITY WITHIN
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA;
AMENDING ARTICLE 2.06.00 OF
THE GULF COUNTY UNIFIED
LAND DEVELOPMENT REGULA-
TIONS TO PROVIDE FOR ADDI-
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MINUTES...GULF COUNTY COMMISSION


TIONAL DENSITY VESTING CRI-
TERIA: PROVIDING FOR
ENFORCEMENT; PROVIDING
FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE; AND
PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY.
* Complete Ordinance on file with
Clerk *
PUBLIC HEARING / SMALL-
SCALE MAP AMENDMENT ORDI-
NANCE
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
adoption of a proposed Small-
Scale Map Amendment ordi-
nance, County Attorney
McFarland read the proposed
ordinance by title and called for
public comment. There being no
public comment, Commissioner
McLemore motioned to adopt the
following titled ordinance.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
ORDINANCE NO. 2003-13
AN ORDINANCE AMENDING
THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY
AND THROUGH PROCEDURES
REQUIRED FOR SMALL-SCALE
MAP AMENDMENTS PURSUANT
TO AUTHORITY UNDER STATE
STATUTES SECTION 163.3187,
SPECIFICALLY CHANGING 10.0
ACRES OF A TRACT OR PARCEL
OF LAND LYING AND BEING
PART OF SECTION 36, TOWN-
SHIP 3 SOUTH, RANGE 10
WEST, GULF.COUNTY FLORIDA
FROM RESIDENTIAL TO MIXED
COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL
LOW DENSITY: AND PROVIDING
AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
*Complete Ordinance on file with
Clerk *
PUBLIC HEARING / PRELIMI-
NARY PLAT GREEN
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
preliminary plat approval for
Robert Green (Parcel ID #03171-
001R), County Attorney
McFarland read the public hear-
ing notice and called for public
comment. There being no public
comment, Commissioner
McLemore motioned to approve
the preliminary plat for Robert
Green. Commissioner Fox sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously.
REJECT BIDS #0203-33 / CAPE
SAN BLAS LIGHTHOUSE PRO-
JECT
Emergency Management Director.
Wells reported that the architect
(Manausa, Lewis & Dodson
Architects, Inc.) had only one bid-
der to submit ,an application to
prequalify as a contractor for the
rehabilitation/restoration of the
Cape San Bias Lighthouse
Keepers Quarters and Oil Storage
Building Project, and the archi-
tect recommends that the Board
reject bid #0203-33 and re-adver-
tise with a revision in the specifi-
cations. Upon motion by
Commissioner Peters, second by
Commissioner McLemore, and
unanimous vote, the Board
approved this recommendation.
PRESNELL MARINE
Chief Administrator Butler dis-
cussed holding a public hearing
regarding Presnell Marine, and


stated that the Board needs to
appoint five members to serve on
an Assistant Advisory Task Force
Committee. After discussion,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to appoint Chief
Administrator Butler and
Emergency Management Director
Wells (Commissioner Barnes will
select the other three members)
to the A. A. T. F. Committee for
the Presnell Marine Grant
Project. Commissioner Barnes
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION / WATER TRANS-
FERS
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that five resolutions
have been adopted from various
Counties opposing water trans-
fers, and discussed his concerns.
After discussion by members of
the Board, Commissioner Barnes
motioned to adopt the following
resolution opposing an amend-
.ments to the Florida Water
Resource Policy regarding trans-
ferring water. Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. 2003-37
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
ESTABLISHING IT'S SUPPORT
FOR THE CONTINUED INCLU-
SION OF A LOCAL SOURCES
FIRST POLICY IN CHAPTER 373
F.S. AND ITS OPPOSITION TO
ANY AMENDMENT TO FLORI-
DA'S WATER RESOURCE POLI-
CY WHICH ALLOWS, ENCOUR-
AGES OR PROMOTES WATER
TRANSFERS.
WHEREAS, Florida's water
resources are a natural resource
and not a commodity to be sold or
transferred to the highest bidder;
and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
have been staunch supporters of
a State local sources first policy
within Florida's Statutes; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
believe the continued retention of
this policy is integral to Florida's
water resources and the develop-
ment of long-term sustainable
use without adversely impacting
our unique natural resources;
and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
unanimously agrees with the
Florida Association of Counties'
support of the fundamental prin-
ciples of Florida water law which
requires a showing that a pro-
posed use; of water is a reason-
able, beneficial use, will not inter-
fere with an existing legal use of
Water, and is consistent with the
public interest; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
supports the Florida Association
of Counties' opposition to legisla-
tion that shifts water supply allo-
cation from a publicly regulated
process to a market driven
process; and ,
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County


supports the Florida Association
of Counties' opposition to legisla-
tion that undermines the funda-
mental principles of Florida
Water Law which establishes a
right-of-use not a right-of-owner-
ship; and '
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
have recently seen documents
which indicate the Florida
Council of 100 will request repeal
or modification to Chapter 373
F.S. to eliminate the local
sources-first language; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
wish to go on record early and
unequivocally that such a pro-
posal is ill considered and will
put Florida's surface waters and
aquifers at risk of irresponsible
short-term gain by limited special
interest groups; and
WHEREAS, the Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
believes that any discussion of
regional water transfer is prema-
ture until Minimum Flows and
Levels have been established for.
all of Florida's water resources;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED by the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, in regular ses-
sion this 14th day of October,
2003, as follows:
The Board of County
Commissioners actively opposes
any modification to Chapter 373
F.S. as it relates to the current
local sources first policy; and
The Board of County
Commissioners of Gulf County
encourages all local government
and elected officials to voice their
opposition to their State elected
officials; and
The Resolution shall be signed by
the Chairman of the Board, and
attested by the Clerk of the
Court.
A copy of the Resolution shall be
forwarded to: the Speaker of the
House; President. of the Senate;.
the Governor of the State of
Florida; the County Commission
of each of Florida's Counties; the
Northwest Florida Water
Management District; the Florida
League of Cities; and the Florida
Association of Counties.
(End)
GULF COUNTY FLOOD ORDI-
NANCE
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that a developer has
requested that the Flood
Ordinance be revised (consistent
with F.E.M.A. requirements), and
discussed starting the ordinance
process. After discussion, the
Board agreed for a proposed ordi-
nance to be drafted for their
review.
GULF COUNTY HEALTH
DEPARTMENT / WEWAHITCHKA
Gulf County Health Department
Administrator Doug Kent
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss adopting a resolution
requesting local government
funding ($1.5 million) to build a
new Gulf County Health
Department in Wewahitchka.
Upon motion by Commissioner


McLemore, second by
Commissioner Fox, and unani-
mous vote, the Board agreed for
the Attorney to draft a proposed
resolution for their review.
RENOVATION / COURTROOM
Commissioner Peters discussed a
letter from County Judge Witten,
thanking the maintenance
department and the workcrew for
their assistance in refurbishing
the Gulf County Courtroom.
GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
/ SURCHARGE
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, County Attorney
McFarland discussed reviewing
the Florida Statutes regarding a
$3.00 surcharge for Civil Traffic
Violations, and drafting a pro-
posed ordinance for the Board to
review.
E9-1-1 LEASE / GT COM
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, Emergency Management
Director Wells discussed that a
letter was submitted to GT Comn
regarding the 9-1-1 lease agree-'
ment, and he stated that he is
unaware of GT Com's response.
Commissioner Peters requested
that Emergency
Management/911 Coordinator
Nelson submit a letter to the
Board regarding the status with
GT Con.
BIDS / COUNTY AUDITOR -
TUCKER
Commissioner Peters discussed
renewing the, County Auditor
Contract with Mike Tucker, and
not advertising to receive sealed
bids. Chairman Traylor dis-
cussed the process followed when
the Board originally approved
Michael Tucker as the County
Auditor. Upon inquiry by
Chairman Traylor, County
Attorney McFarland discussed
the mandated process for select-
ing an auditor, and discussed the
renewable contract with Mike
Tucker. After further discussion,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
renew a three-year contract with
Mike Tucker, C.P.A. as the
County auditor (instead of adver-
tising for bids). Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion,
and it passed unanimously.
WEWAHITCHKA AMBULANCE
SERVICE
Commissioner Peters discussed
his concerns regarding the
Wewahitchka Ambulance Service,
and recommended that E.M.S.
Director McGuffin be the County-
wide E.M.S. Director.
Commissioner Peters requested
that a workshop be scheduled to
discuss this issue further. After
discussion by members of the
Board, E.M.S. Director McGuffin
discussed the problems with
A.L.S. transports (Wewahitchka
has only one truck), and stated
that Wewahitchka Ambulance
Services has purchased an addi-
tional A.L.S. truck. After further
discussion, Chairman Traylor
agreed to schedule a workshop to
discuss this issue. Commissioner
McLemore requested that the
workshop be held in
Wewahitchka. Commissioner
Peters requested that E.M.S.


Director McGuffln be present at
this workshop. After discussion
by E.M.S. Director McGuffin,
Chairman Traylor also requested
that County Attorney McFarland
be present at the meeting.
SPECIAL PROJECTS PAYMENTS
Commissioner Peters motioned to
approve Special Projects
Payments, in the amount of
$500.00 from each District, to
United Way (for Gulf County).
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
Upon motion by Commissioner
Peters, second by Commissioner
Barnes, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved the following
Special Projects Payments:
Dist. III P.S.J.H.S. Project
Graduation $250.00
W.H.S. Project Graduation
$250.00
White City Fire Department
$200.00
W.H.S. Varsity Fall Softball
$500.00
Dist. IV P.S.J.H.S. Jr. Class
$600.00
Dist. V P.S.J.H.S: Project
Graduation $250:00
(End)
DIALYSIS CLINIC GULF COUN-
TY
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, Gulf County Health
Department Administrator Kent
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss that a company still has
plans to build a complex (dialysis
and other specialities) in Gulf
County, but they are negotiating
on property. After discussion, Mr.
Kent stated that he will contact
the Gulf County Health Care
Committee and report back to the
Board on this matter.
CULVERT ORDINANCE / AMER-
ICUS AVENUE DITCH
Chairman Traylor discussed the
culvert ordinance (#99-05), and
his concerns regarding replace-,
ment of culverts on Americus
Avenue. He stated that owners
are responsible for replacing cul-
verts. Upon request by
Commissioner Fox, Chairman
Traylor presented him with a
copy of the culvert ordinance.
BOARD PROCEDURES ./ BCC
MEETINGS
Chairman Traylor discussed the
new board procedures regarding
County Commission meetings,.
stating that the public is to notify
the Clerk's Office to be placed on
the Agenda (name and topic) by
5:00 p.m., E.T. on Thursday
before the Tuesday regular meet-
ing. Chairman Traylor stated that
this procedure will help the
Board answer the public's con-
cerns more efficiently.
Commissioner Peters reported
-hat he voted against placing the
public on the Agenda, and dis-
cussed his concerns regarding
the new procedure. Marilyn
Blackwell and Sally. Malone
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss their concerns regarding
this issue. Upon inquiry by Mrs.
Malone, Chairman Traylor stated
that the public can be placed on


the next meeting agenda to dis-
cuss an issue that was discussed
at a previous meeting.
There being no further business
and upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, second
by Commissioner Fox, and unan-
imous vote, the meeting did then
adjourn at 6:39 p.m., E.D.T.
JERRY W. BARNES
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK
PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 16, 2003
SPECIAL MEETING
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
special session with the following
members present: Chairman
Billy E. Traylor, Vice Chairman
Nathan Peters, Jr. and
Commissioners Carmen L.
McLemore, Carl W. Fox, and
Jerry W. Barnes.
Others present were: County
Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Clerk Douglas C. Birmingham,
Deputy Clerk Leanna Roberts,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don 'Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, Public 'Works Director
Gerald Shearer, Road
Department Superintendent
Bobby Knee, Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford; and Sheriffs Office
Major Joe Nugent.
Chairman Traylor called the
meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.,
E.D.T.
SPECIAL PROJECTS PAYMENTS
Upon motion by Commissioner
Peters, second by Commissioner
Barnes, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved the following
Special Projects Payments:
Dist. II Wewahitchka Varsity
Cheerleaders $200.00
Wewahitchka Fall Softball
$500.00
Dist. IV American Cancer Society
$200.00
Dist. V P.S.J. Elementary School
$100.00
(End)
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT BOARD
Chairman Traylor discussed the
Equipment. Fund Plan that was
created by Chief Administrator
Butler, Road Department'
Superintendent Knee, Assistant
Road Department
Superintendent Flowers, Public
Works Director Shearer, and
Solid Waste Director Danford,
and discussed the need for new
equipment. He discussed
trade in value on Mack trucks
($58,00.00.00_$60,000.00) for
every two years. Chief
Administrator Butler discussed
budgeting for equipment and cre-
ating an equipment list (equip-
ment, life of equipment, trade_in
time, etc.).
Upon inquiry by Chairman
Traylor, 'Deputy Clerk/Budget &
Finance Director Norris reported
that the final payment: on the
tractor for the beach rake has


been made, but the Board needs
to decide which line item to
charge it to.
After discussion, Chief
Administrator Butler recom-
'mended that the Board trade in
three dump trucks and purchase
three new dump trucks, and pur-
chase a tub grinder (use the old
grinder as a trade_in). Upon
motion by Commissioner
McLemore, second by
Commissioner Fox, and unani-
mous vote, the Board approved
this recommendation:
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to pay for the Public
Works tractor (used to pull the
beach rake), in the amount of
$34,454.00, from the Capital
Equipment Fund. Commissioner
Fox seconded the motion for dis-
cussion and, after discussion, the
motion passed unanimously.
Upon inquiry by Public Works
Director Shearer, the Board dis-
cussed paying for the new dump
trucks !from the Capital
Equipment Fund. Commissioner
Barnes requested that the Board
meet with the Capital Equipment
Board before spending these
funds..; After discussion,
Commissioner Fox requested that
the Capital Equipment Board and
the County 'Supervisors meet to
discuss the equipment fund plan.
Chairman Traylor reported that a
plan would be, presented to the
Board for approval by the first
meeting in November.
Clerk Birmingham discussed
advertising to receive sealed bids,
and inquired about specifications
forr, bidding. Chairman Traylor
stated that the Road Department
and Public Works Department
will provide the Clerk's Office
with bid specifications for the
three dump trucks.
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Peters, Deputy Clerk/Budget &
Finance Director Norris stated
that an interest payment is due
in April, 2004 for the Bond Issue,
and an interest payment along
with the first principal payment
is due October 1, 2004. Upon
inquiry by Chairman Traylor,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Norris discussed funds
'available in Reserve for
Contingencies.
There being no further business
and upon motion by
Commissioner Peters, second 'by
Commissioner Barnes, and
unanimous vote, the meeting did
then adjourn at 5:29p.m.. E.D.T.
JERRY W. BARNES
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK
WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA,
OCTOBER 20, 2003
WORKSHOP
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
workshop session with the follow-
ing members present: Chairman
Billy E. Traylor, Vice Chairman
Nathan Peters, Jr. and
Commissioners Carmen L.
McLemore, Carl W. Fox and Jerry


W. Barnes.
Others present were: County
Attorney Timothy McFarland,
Deputy Clerk Leanna Roberts,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, and Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford.
Chairman Traylor called the
meeting to order at 4:46 p.m.,
C.D.T.
WASTE MANAGEMENT /
MANDATORY GARBAGE COL-
LECTION
Administrator Staff Assistant
-Manuel discussed the number of
homestead exemptions in the
unincorporated areas of the
County (approximately 2,100),
Chairman Traylor reported that
Districts IV and V have mandato-
ry trash collection service in the
City Limits. He discussed garbage
fees in Districts I and II, and the
'possibility of lower trash fees with
a County_wide trash mandate.'
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
McLemore, Solid Waste Director
Danford reported that trash
burning (other'than yard debris)
is illegal. Commissioner
McLemore discussed his con-
cerns regarding mandatory trash
service, and reported that the
City of Wewahitchka trash collec-.
tion fees are $10.21 per month
and $9.11 per month for Senior
Citizens. After discussion by
members of the Board regarding
mandatory trash service and fees,
Chairman Traylor discussed
speaking with Waste
Management regarding new
County rates. Commissioner Fox
discussed his concerns regarding
low income families paying for
trash collection fees. Chairman
Traylor reported that there are.
250 camps that are not paying for
trash services. Commissioner
Barnes discussed trash being let.
on the beaches. Upon inquiry by
Commissioner Peters, County
Attorney McFarland stated that'
the County has a contract with
Waste Management (8_10 years),,
and will not be able to advertise
for sealed bids. Upon inquiry by
Chairman Traylor, County
Attorney McFarland discussed
drafting an ordinance regarding'
mandatory trash service. After:
discussion. Chief Administrator'
Butler repn,--d that the Cape
Taxpayer's Association agrees
with mandatory trash service.
Commissioner Peters discu. ed
negotiating with 'i. L'e
Management on trash I'fe: i-.th
mandatory collection. Upon
inquiry by Chief Administrator
Butler, the Board agreed that
houses and businesses will be
required to have trash collection
service.
There being no further discus-
sion, the meeting did then
adjourn at 5:16 p.m., C.D.T.
BILLY E. TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK


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Note: These letters to Santa are
typed as each child wrote his or
her letter.
Dear Santa,
I would like a T-Rex race car, a
monster truck like my Dad's, I
hope everyone has a Happy
Christmas.
Love, Caleb
Dear Santa,
I want a playstation two. for
christmas. I would like a frogger
game for my game boy Advance.
I've been a:very, very, very good
boy.
Your freind, Ben Bridges
Dear Santa,
I want for Christmas is a trans-,
former and a: scooby doo chase
tape and' a playstation 2 and a
computer. It would be nice. I am 7
years old.
Your friend, Sean Keyser
Dear Santa,
I want a voice talking journal
and a pack of gel pens. Also some
new short boots, a new outfit and a
new computer game. I am going to.
have your' favorite chbcolet 'chip'
cookies and milk. P.S. bring my
family suprises.
Your friend, Ashlin age 8
Dear Santa,
I would like for Christmas a
Strawberry Short Cake doll and a
Barbie doll and With a moterbaby.
A little girl With is her Name is
Katey and .they have a pet name
Daisy It dolphl
Your Friend, Gabrielle Anthony
Dear Santa,
My name is AJ Palmer. I am 8
years old. I want 5 things: Hot
Wheels Trex Playset, Hot Wheels
Surfing cyclones, transfomers
armada, and the sjpiderman w:eb-
shooter. Ree Wider
Your Friend. AJ Palmer


Dear Santa,
My name is Sydney.. I would
really like something for my
Parents. I would like earrings.
makeup, candy and some new out-
fits. Maybe a Barbie house and
nailpolish. I'll leave you some cook-
ies and milk. I would like a
Playstation and games. I have
been a good girl this year.
Your Friend, Age 7
Dear Santa,
I am 8 years old and I would'
like some Barbie Walkey talkeys
and some candles for my Mom. My
Dad needs some tools and my
Brother wants some cars. My dog
could use some dog toys.
Your Friend, Nicole Endres
Dear Santa,
I'm 7 years old. I want a Bratz
doll for Christmas and What's your
doll. For my Mom I want a ring and
my puppy I want her some shirts
and sunglasses. I will save you
some cookies and milk. I been a
good girl. Merry Chrimas Ho Ho
Your friend, Akasia Bailey
Dear Santa.
For Christmas I would like a
Green Machine. I would like a little
little kids bike and a Battle Ship
game.
Your friend, Matthew Jackson
Dear Santa,
I am 9 years old I want games
for christmas
Troyvontae Williams
Dear Santa,
My name is Heather Brant and
I am 5 years old. Will you bring me
a Hello Kitty bike, a white puppy,
and a new pair of shoes, please? I
have been a very good girl this year.
Oh, and Santa, please bring my
brother a Batman bike, a new pair
of shoes, and a spiderman toy. We
will leave you some mdk and cook-
ies under the tree.
Love. Heather Brant


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Dear Santa,
I want a dog and a cat for my
mom and a dog for my dad. They
are great. you would like them. A
Merry Christias to all. I hope you
have a merry christmas too.
Your friend, Alyssa Watford
Dear Santa,
Here's some things for my fam-
fly. For our cat a yarn ball and a
squeaky toy. For my mom and dad
2 hats and clothes. For me a
remote control submarine and Rc's
for my grandpa a new wallet and
my grandma some socks.
Your friend, Tristan Reynolds
Dear Santa,
I am 7 years old and I would
like a new bird cage for my bird
Tweady please. I would like a game-
cube and some gamecube games.
Your friend, Cailyn Laplante
Dear Santa,
I want a Barbie Bike for
Christmas. I want roller skates for
Christmas too. Santa I have been a
good girl can you try to get me a
scooter?
Dear friend, Kelsey Miles Age 7
Dear Santa,
I would like a playstation2 and
stereo. Please surprise my mom
and my dad.. Can you make new
c.d.s and give me an xbox too? I
want cool games.
Dear freind, Jared Cadorna
.Dear Santa,
My name, is Amy Butler and I
am 7 years old. I want for Chistmas
A motorcycle and some games for
my game Cube monkey Ball 2,
Mario Party 5. My Sister needs her
very own real Docterkit. For me
another remote control
Your Friend, Amy Butler
Dear Santa,
One of the, things I want for
Cristmas is a white Cristmas
please get my baby brother the
G.O. train track.
Ybifrtrrfid, hMeT ofers
a... .
garS-ta,
My name is Clay Raffield and
I'm about 6 years old and will you
save me a candy cane in my stock-
ing. I want a Hulk Skating board
and the CD that comes with it and
I want a Raiders football suit and
please bring me a real 4 wheeler
like my daddys.
I love you Santa, Clay
Dear Santa,
I would like a game cube and
games also a transformer.
Josh Sheffield Age 5
Dear Santa,
I have been okay this year and
I am trying to be better. I would like
a Barbie Swan'"Lake-doll, a new
boyfriend for my sister, a 'kitchen-
aid mixer for my mom and a John
Wayne movie for my Dad.
Thank you, Katie Nobles
Santa,
SIam 5 years old. I would like
you to bring me a scooter, desk and
Barbies, Please don't forget your
cookies on the table.
Hal'leigh Keels
Dear Santa,
.I was wondering if you could
find it in your heart to get me X-


men, Bull's eye balls, and 'ower-
rangers for X-mas cause I'\veen a
good boy
Thank you very much.
Shawn, age 5


Dear Santa,
My name is Shaye McGuffin. I
am five years old. I have been very
good this year. I want a new Hawk
skateboard, rollerblades just like
Charla, a guitar and a special sur-
prise. I will leave milk and cookies
for you and carrots for the reindeer.
Love, Shaye
Dear Santa,
I want makeup, and a teddy
bear and Barbie magazine that's all
I want for Christmas
Love, Jessie Ramirez 5 years old
Dear Santa,
My name is Logan Rowell and I
am 5 years old. I have been a good
boy this year. Could you please
bring me a bath robe, a pair of
drum sticks like the band uses and
a DVD I will leave you some snacks
on Christmas
Thanks in advance, Logan
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl. May I
please have a Kelly doll, earrings, a
necklace and Barbie stuff. Also, a
prize baby.
Amity Mullen,
Dear Santa,
I will like a Barbie Radio and
Santa I will like a lunchbox-a girl
who has brown hair who is surfing
and Santa I will like my own piggy
bank and it will be a girl cheetah.
Love, Kathleen age 5
Dear Santa,
I am 6. I would like a locker
and a karaoke machine. I would
also like some baby clothes.
I love U Santa, Delilah
Dear Santa,
I'm 5 years old, I have been a
very good girl! Could you please
bnng me a Barbie of .vSwan Lake
and a toy, puppy that'walks by
Itself, if you have tiine a Dora doll.
Thank You Santal
I Love you. CheveAnn Brewer


(P.S.) or Finding Nemo DVD
Dear Santa,
My name is Emaly Hanson. I
am 5 years old. I have been a very
good girl this year. My Christmas
wishes are a pair of roller skates,
My Size Barbie of Swan Lake and
the Barbie Talking Townhouse. Tell
Mrs. Clause Hi for mel I love you!
Love, Emaly Hanson
Dear Santa,
I would like a pair of boots,
Dora the explorer slippers and a
remote control puppy dog. Thank
you.
Love, Brooke Curcie 6 years old
Dear Santa,
I'm Tacara Shackleford, 6, I've
been good this year. All I want for
Christmas is Barbie Doll, Barbie
Radio, and Barbie Remote Control
Car.
Love, Tacara
Dear Santa,
My name is Kyran Batson, I am
6 years old. I would like an Icee
maker. I would also like a remote
controlled Hummer, two
Playstation games, and a new bike,
for Christmas.
Yours Truely, Kyran
Dear Santa,
I would like a poweranger toy
for Christmas.
Thanks, Deontae
Dear Santa,
My name is Austin Nobles and
I am 4 years old. "Big Daddy" says
I have been a good boy this year!
Please bring me a Mouse Car with
remote control and a charger. It
does tricks! I would also like a
"squishy" Spider Man. (Mema does-
n't know what that is). Please leave
my Mama, Daddy, Katie, Rainey
and B.J. some suprizes.dwill leave
you cookies and milk if my Daddy
doesn't eat it all!
Austin
Dear Santa,
I would like for Christmas is a
electric scooter. I would like a DVD
player for my mom. I also would
like a surprise. For my sister a sur-
prise.
You'r friend, Annalisa
Dear Santa,
May I please have a Playstation
2 and I want a Sprio game for my
Playstation 2. I also want a Game
Boy Advance SP games. It doesn't
matter what games they are but
will you try to make them exciting?
he last'two things I warnt-a-fiur -
wheeler and a doombuggy -Will you
make the doombuggy right this,
time. I hope you have a safe flght.
LOVE, Skyler Bozeman


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Dear Santa,
This is what I want for
Christmas. I want a fake puppy.
Please do not forget the batteries. I
been a good girl. I will leave some
milk and cookies for you. Merry
Christmas.
Love, Katelyn Brake
Dear Santa,
Are you all right? I am. I would
like to have a pair of boots and I
would like you to give every body
gifts in the world. I would like to
have a cotton candy maker, a care
bear. Then I would like an easy
bake oven. I wish you a Merry
Christmas.
Love, Tia Chambers
Dear Santa,
I want some new shoes for
Christmas and a paint ball gun and
a cow boy hat. and this.s all I want
for Christmas.
Love, Devan Clark
Dear Santa,
I can't wait until Christmasl
How are you and your wife? What I
want for Christmas is for everybody
to have a Merry Christmas. Also I
would like a playstation and a gift
certificate to sears. I hope you have
a merry Christmas.
Love, Heather Faircloth
Dear Santa,
I would like a motorized scoot-
er. I would like a playstation. 1
would go to bed early. I hope you
do not get sick. Merry Christmas
Santa. These are the things I would
like. Don't forget to bring my little
brothers some surprises. I will
leave you cookies and milk.
Love. Christa Fov


Dear Santa,
I want a paint
Swiss Army knife.
Love. Travis Gould


ball gun and a


Dear Santa,
How are you doing Santa I
hope you don't get the flu. I want a
bike and some wd40 to grease my
wagon. I hope Casey is not on the
naughty list because I want him to
get some presents. I will make you
some milk and cookies.
Love. Zachary Harper
Dear Santa,
I can hardly wait until 21
days! I want a mortorized-scooter.
.game cube, and a pet rabbit. Santa
how is Mrs. clause? I will leave you
cookies and milk. This is what I
want for Chrstmas.
Love. Drew Lacour


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Letters *:


Dear Santa,
How is Ms. Santa? I want a
DVD, a stereo, walkie talkies and a
go cart. My little sister has been
good so give her a Barbie doll for
Christmas
Love, Shane Ramirez
Dear Santa,
I want you to give the poor peo-
ple money. I hope I can give you a
lot of cookies. I want a bike and a
Scooter. I will go to sleep early.
Merry Christmas Santa. What has
Mrs. Clause been doing. I'll be
waiting on you.
Love, Kaleb Odom
Dear Santa,
I can't wait until Christmas
Day! I want a rabbit, please don't
forget the rabbit cage, rabbit food
and a dish for the food. I also
would like a for real dog and a for
real cat, and some DVDs, a CD
player, and a piano. I wanted to
know how Mrs. Santa is doing.
Also, how is the reindeer and
Rudolph? I will leave you some
cookies. Merry Christmas Santa!
Love, Morgan Palmer
Dear Santa,
I can't wait until Christmas! I
have 4 brothers I hope they get
something good. My brother wants
a stuff cat. I want a play station
game its called Rachet and Clack
going commando. I want a 250
doller gift certificate so all 4 of my
brothers can have 50 dollars each.
Love, Jimmy Pate
Dear Santa,
I wish you a Merry Christmas.
Santa I want to know how you are
doing? Santa I would like to have a
game boy for Christmas and I
would like to be with my family.
Stay well, we'll be looking for you.
Love, Sawyer Raffield
Dear Santa.
I would like you to Xie the
poor people something for


Christmas. Also, I want an electric
scooter, piano, basketball, basket-
ball goal, fish and a rabbit. Santa I
sure hope you do not get the flu
because I will be looking for youl
How is Mrs. Santa and how are you
doing? Give my brother some
rocks. My brother has been kind of
good My sister has been really
good. I will leave you some cookies.
Love, MaKayla Ramsey
Dear Santa,
I can't wait until Christmas!
Also, I would like to say something.
How's Rudolph and the other rein-
deers? I hope you don't catch the
flu because I'll be looking for youl I
would like a mother scooter and a
D.V.D. player. Also, I would like a
Barbie Dreamboat. I hope you have
a happy jolly Christmas and guess
what? I leave you some cookies.
Love, Dantasia Welch
Dear Santa,
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Mrs. Claus and the reindeer.
Love, Jamie Whitfield
Dear Santa,
I want a go cart and I want a
dart board and I want a PS2.
Love, Devin
Dear Santa,
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hot pink glitter finger nail polish. A
Barbie glitter bike helment. I would
like a icee maker too. Have a Merry
Christmas.
Love, Alyssa Davis
Dear Santa,
I want a brat doll, and a real
baby doll, and's'viimin pool, and
scooter, a VCR and a go cart, Mary
Christmas to everyone tell Mrs.
Claus. 4I siad hoellow. I love you
Santa' do you and the last thing I
want a siter.
Love, Shatiara Zaccaro
Dear Santa,
My name is Brian. I want a CD
with a CD player and I want a
game boy color. I want some
Pokemon card's and I want a
mostre truck. I want a go cart and
a play drit bike withe a ramp a big
ramp. I want a Xbox a CD with it
and a computer. I want a new bike.
Love, Brian Cottingham
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some candy in my stocking and


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My name is Demeriyah. I hope
you give me good presents, like a
play station. Also you can give me
a bike. Merry christmas Santa.
Love. Demerivalh Alexander


Dear Santa,
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year. Please bring me a green trac-
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you some milk and cookies.
Love, Matthew Costin
Dear Santa,
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year. Please bring me a DVD Player
and TV for my room and a stick
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5 dollars and another brat doll you
are the best.
Love, Anastasia Thomason
Dear Santa,
S I will like to get' a hamster,
some games, something for will,
something for my dog, electric
scooter, a big boombox, A cd, a
hamster cage, a gameday and the
thing that I wish for I wish you
have a good merry chrstmas Santa,
get some of the kids some gifts.
Love, Madi Williams
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for Christmas and a put rabbit.
Santa cane I please have a pet peg
for christmas. Santa and i wont a
put babby reindeer for christmas.
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Dear santa,
I would like a four wheeler and
a gocarit with a electric scooter
with a seat. I.hope you will give me
a remote control boat to beat my
brother. He is a brat to me. I hope I
will win he coles me a loser. I cole
him a brat. We cole each a name.
Wish you a marry christmas to all
and to everyone else on earth.
Love, Bryan Powell
Dear Santa,
My name is Nicholas I want
aothigame of boy spy and a mother
scooter. I want some new games for
my nintindo 64..I want some yu-gi-
oh cards please and an new dirt
bike. I want a go-cart, xbox pretty
please. I wis you Santa a mary
chrismas.
Love, Nicholas Lewis


Dear anta,
How are you doing? just want
10 toys. I want a princ6eigame,
Santa bear, a swimming pool, race
car, play set, micro skope, Brat
Doll, a scooter, TV, & night gownd,
and avcp. I wish you a Merry
christmas and my teacher said
Hellow to Mrs. Claus.
Love, Anastasya Paul
Dear Santa,
Santa I wout for chresmes and
a toy reindeer for chresmes. and, a
toy nemo. and, a toy rase car for
chresmes. and, a toy tatoo macer,
and, a toy shark.
Love, John Keigans
Dear Santa,
My name is Reid. I have been a
pretty good boy this year. I want a


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Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would want a
real cell phone. I know you are
going to bring me a cell phone. I
wish you a Merry Christmas. I
would like a Barbie camera.
Love, Kellie
Dear Santa,
My parents siad they'd give me
a skate bord and what I would like
also a mother skoter and all 7 Brats,
new skats, and mak-up, Barbie
video game, the robot Dog and
Shoe Skates Discoball and I want
Santa to bring my sis a sky jacket.


and I don't want to wish to much
Brg i e' as much as you can.
Lo.e, Emily Joy Shanahan
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would like a
xbox. Merry Christmas to Santa,
Love, AAron
Deff 'Snta,
I would like a disco ball, a doll,
a ball, and I can't think of anything
else right now. I have been a good
girl. Anyway Merry Christmas
Santal
-Love, Kayla Lindsey
SF .


Batcave, a Batmobile with a batcy-
cle for Robin and a Bay spaceship
and Rocketship. I will leave you
some milk and cookies. I also want
a hotel like Natalies in blue.
Love, Reid Kennedy Age 5
P.S. Thank you for the toys and
please forgive me for sometimes not
being a good boy. I want to ride.
with you, too, in the sleigh.
Dear Santa,
My name is Jacob. I've been a
good boy this year. I want a big bat-
manbile, a big batman cycle, a bat
cave and a bat jet. I want to give
you milk and cookies. Oh, and a
batman spaceship. I want to ride
with you and the. reindeers to the
moon.
Love, Jacob Kennedy, Age 3
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Please bring me a doll, a gui-
tar, a pool table, and a toy dog. I
will leave you some milk and cook-
ies.
Love, Natalie Sabiston
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this.
year. Please bring me a Barbie
Jeep, care bear, real make oven,
Barbie makeup, and Barbie talking
Townhouse. I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Love, Lexi Combs
1i Dear Santa,
Santa I want Merry chat and
Ashley skates. Also, a play stashse,
brat girl and a boy,. I want a cray
maker a lot of toys a Barbie doll
and a swimming pool. I would like
a poll pokitdoll and a new back
pack and a go-cart a scooter. Santa
I want acmo move with you in it. I
want a esy bake vin. and a swim-
ming pool.
Love, Sheneshia Stansel .

Dear Santa,
I have been a good 'girl this
year. Please bring me a Baby Anna
Belle, a stroller, piano, and a bicy-
cle. I will leave you some milk and
cookies.
Love, Lexi LeAnn Plair age 3
Dear Santa,
My name is Sarah Neel I am 1
year old and I have been good all
year and I am so happy to get to
meet you this year. For Christmas I
would like toys that makes lots of
music and some Disney stuff ani-
mals. Aunt Heather Paul and I will
leave some eggnog and cookies for
,ou and Blixon your deer please
share like I do.
Love, Sarah
Grandma Debbie's Girl-..-.. .-..
Dear Santa,
My name is Ayla Trimnal I am
3 years old and have been really
good all year waiting for you. For
Christmas I would like some baby
dolls that really scream and cry to
drive Grandma Debbie crazy. Also
a remote control car to run Aunt
Heather over. Papa John and
Grandma Debbie and I will leave
you some milk and cheese.
Love, Ayla
Pappa John's girl
Dear Santa,
My name is Sandra Trimnal I
am 3 years old. My Aunt Melissa
says I have been really good this
year. For Christmas I would like a
Dino Bainy, Limbo Elmo and a
drum set. And to give my Aunt
Heather some time off work. 'My


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dogs and I will leave you some
bugjuice and cookies if my dogs
don't eat them first.
Love, Sandra
Aunt Melissa's girl
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would like a
pair of rollaskates. Santa will you
give me a Barbie doll and a car to
go with it. I want a Bratz doll and a
Disco ball. Merry Christmas to all
and my family is the best ever. I
would like you to know that I made
five A's and one B. I want a doll
that is called My Beatiful Ballerina.
I want a oven that you could make
real snaks.
Love, Tamara
Dear Santa,
Can I have a Bratz, CD Player,
Game boy Advance, Motor Skooter,
Disco ball, make-up, Barbie video
game, That barbie head thing,
motor skates, trampoline, barbie
cam, and a teddy bear. P.S. Please
get something for Mrs. Hoffman.
Love, Melanie
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a game
boy sq. For Christmas I want all the
Yu-gi-oh Cards I do not have. For
Christmas I want all the poke'mon
cards I do not have. I have ben a
good boy Happy Holidays Merry
Christmas.
Love, Antonio Moree
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I would like is a
bike and Brat Mall. Some Skates
and some other stuff to. I like a
brat Disco and I want a Vicecity.
Love, Rayanna
Dear Santa,
On Cristmas.I want a go go my
walking pup. I want a video now
player. I would like a gooey Louie. I
want a my little pony. I would like
my little baby. Merry Christmas
Santal
Love, Katie Davis


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year. Please bring me a Curl
doll, the Barbie Pet Shop
TV/VCR, a Furr Real Kitty
some games. I will leave you s
milk and cookies.
Love, Abigail Bridges
Dear Santa,
For Chrimas I want a Ba
car for Chrismas. Santa; Pl
bring my mom a special some
I love her.
Love, Melissa


Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a Bratz
Mall Disco ball and a xBox. Merry
Christmas to you. I have been a
good girl. Give me more toys.
Love, Candice
Dear Santa,
Can I have a 250 dirt bike I
have been a good boy this year.
Can I have a streetbike, and a new
dirtbike too and a motor skooter
Love, Anthoney


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derbird, and a Bratz telephone,
and a Bratz lamp, and I want a
Polly Pocket Mall. I also. want a
Barbie cruise ship. I want Brother
Bear and Santa Claus 2, the
movies. Merry Christmas Santal
Love, Katherine
Dear Santa,
I would like a Braz doll a
Barbie car a Babby Stroller, and a
disoball please. My little brother
wants a moster truck!
Love, Kapril
Dear Santa,
I would like a Gameboy
Advance, with all the games to go
with it. And a Game Boy color, with
all the games to go with it. And
some shoe skates that fit my feet. I
would like my Mom and Dad to
have a Explorer with a CD player
and 22 in. rims. I love my Mom and
Dad vrey much. Merry Christmas
Mom and Dad. Merry Christmas
Santa.
Love, Deshawntae


thing Dear Santa,
For Cristmas I would liked
Yugioh Disc launcher, Yugioh
cover, Yugioh cards, Yugioh mil-
leniam puzzle, Yugioh tattoo,
Yugioh pillow, Dark magician card,
and Yugioh Deck.
Love, Matthew
Dear Santa,
First I want a gameboy, next I
want a bike. Next I want a skooter
Next I want a four wheeler.
Love, Jeffery
Dear Santa,
I want to let you know that I
have been good this year. I would
S like for Christmas is a motor skoot-
er. I also would like a Bratset. I also
would like Mary-Kate and Ashley
clothes. Merry Christmas Santa!
S Love, Brittany Nicole King
Dear Santa,
I want anything you give me,
because Christmas is not about
presents it is about being with fam-
ily and friends I love you Santa
Claus.
';, Love, Travis
Dear Santa,
How was your summer? for
Christmas get Ryan Zaniewski
some PowerRangers, Ninja Turtles,
and Yu-Gi-Oh power packs. Get me
the same and Teck-Deck-Dudes
Please. We have been goop boys.
S iP.S. Merr Crislmasl Have a nice
f. g tll ,t!
Lov, Hunter Zaniewski -
Dear Santa,
-I would like a game boy
Advance sp. and 'I would like a x-
box. Oh and Santa I would a game
boy advance sp. game that game is
Bey Blade V force. I would like for
you to have a Merry Christmas!
Love, Tyler Me.
Dear Santa,.
I have been very good. I really
want a John Deere tractor with a
trailer. I like Kubota tractors too. I
also want a boat and some new
tools. My daddy and Uncle Phil
need some new Power tools. I love
you.
Cole Thursby
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl. I would
like a bratz doll disco. I also want a
little bratz boy. I hope you can find
me some ello. Kristi needs a cell
Phone. I love you.
Kristen Alea Thursby
Dear Santa,


I have been a good girl this
year. Please bring me Toy Barbie
with Bluehair, metal T-Rex
dinosaur and a Swan Lake Barbie.
I will leave you some milk and
cookies.
Love,Carly
P.S. Please don't forget my sister
Nicolel


Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Please bring me a bike, a
Barbie motorcycle, camoflauge
clothes to hunt with Daddy and a
TV. I will leave you some milk and
cookies. Please do not forget my
brother, Bryson.
Love, Hayden Lee
Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy this
year. Please bring me an animal
farm, little 4 wheeler, and legs. I
will leave you some milk and cook-
ies.
Love, Spencer Raffield
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Please bring me the Cosmo &
Wanda Plush toys, and a
Spongebob CD Player. I will leave
you some milk and cookies.
Love, Alex Naus
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Please'bring me a pixter
game, little Bratz disco & little boy
Bratz doll. I will leave you some
milk and cookies.
Love, Kristen Thursby
Dear Santa,
My name is Lamartese Wyatt. I
am 5 years. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I have
tried really hard to be a good boy. I
would like you to bring me dirtbike,
skates, and scooter. Please bring a
special for our Class Grandma, she
has been really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Lamartese
Dear Santa,
My name is Chase Rogers. I am
4 years. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I have
tried really hard to be a good boy. I
would like you to bring me a bicy-
cle, Legos, and Loud green train.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Chase

Dear Santa,
My name is Joseph Clayton. I
am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
have tried really hard to be a good
boy. I would like you to bring me a
skateboard, bicycle, and motorcy-
cle. Please bring.a special for our
Class Grandma. she has been real-
ly good.
."..'P.S. will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Joseph
Dear Santa,
My name is Aaron Paul. I am 4
years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I have
tried really hardto be a good boy. I
would like you to bring me a skate-
board, bicycle, and a new outfit for
my baby brother. Please bring a
special for our Class Grandma, she
has been really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Aaron
Dear Santa,
My name is Sean Williams Jr. I
am 3 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
have tried really hard to be a good
boy. I would like you to bring me a
motorcycle and a cell phone. Please
bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Sean
Dear Santa,
My name is Brooklynn Quinn.
I am 3 years old. I attend. class at
North Florida Child Development. I
have tried really hard to be a good
girl. I would like you to bring me a
Dora Tent, Bingo game, and Dora


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our Class Grandma, she has been
really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Brooklynn
Dearfh'nta.
My name is Chicago Gainer. I
am 4 ears old. I attend class at
NortiFlorida Child Development. I
would -like you to bring me a
motorcycle, Legos, and puzzles.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good..emir ir.-.
Pf9. T1will leave cookies and
milk or'you and Rudolph.
Love ,cago
Dear'Santa,
My name is Jordan Stone. I am
3 years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I would
like you to bring me a dirt bike, a
car, and a truck. Please bring a
special for our Class Grandma, she
has been really good.
P.S. i will leave cookies and,
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Jordan
Dear Santa,
My name is Brieana Bozeman.
I am 3 rears old. I attend class at'


North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a pair of
skates, a motorcycle, and a blue
scooter. Please bring a special for
our Class Grandma, she has been
really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Brieana
Dear Santa,
My name is Dakarian Larry. I
am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a truck,
a motorcycle, and a scooter. Please
bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Dakarian
Dear Santa,
My name is Trenton Tapper. I
am 3 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a truck,
a BB gun, and a fishing pole.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Trenton


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Dear Santa,
My name is Tray Quan Tiller. I
am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a Power
Ranger, Superhero, .a fire truck,
and a fishing pole. Please bring a
special for our Class Grandma, she
has been really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Tray
Dear Santa,
My name is Jenny Comeaux. I
am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a cell
phone, a baby doll, and a bike.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Jenny
Dear Santa,
My name is Jessica Davis. I am
3 years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I would
like you to bring me a baby doll, a
ball, and a video. Please bring a
special for our Class Grandma, she
has been really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Jessica
Dear Santa,
My name is Alvin Dempsey III.
II am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me 2 motor-
cycles, Incredible Hulk, and a 4
wheeler. Please bring a special for
our Class Grandma, she has been
really good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Alvin
Dear Santa,
My name is Brandon Brant. I
am 4 years old. I attend class at
North Florida Child Development. I
would like you to bring me a bicy-
cle, a goldfish, and a parachute.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been. really
.good. I ,_ .:
P.,,%'% will leai-e cookies and'


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and
some G.I. Joe's. Santa I've been a
real good boy well most of the time
anyway, so please leave me lots of
presents.
Love, Justin Martin
P.S. I will leave you some milk
and cookies under my tree.
Dear Santa,
My name is Cheyanne Hanlon
and I'm 4 years old and this year
for Christmas I would like a new
bike, some barbie dolls and baby
dolls, a go-go my walking puppy,
and ello. Santa I've been a real good
girl well most of the time anyway,
so please leave me lots of presents.
Love, Cheyanne Hanloni
P.S. I will leave you some milk
and cookies under my tree.
Dear Santa,
My name is Kaitlyn Baker. I am
4 years old. I have tried to be a
good girl this year. I would like for
you to bring me a new bike,
Barbies, Barbie clothes, Barbie
jeep, a Barbie phone, and a
Princess DVD player. Also bring my
brother Zachary some toys. I will
leave you cookies and milk.
Love, Kaitlyn
Dear Santa,
My name is Zachary Baker. I


am 8 months old. I have been a
good baby this year. Please bring
me some toys that make a lot of
noise so that I can drive Mommy
and Daddy nuts. I will leave you
milk and cookies.
Love, Zachary
Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy this
year. Please bring me clothes, toys,
a puppy, and money. I will leave
you milk and cookies.
Love, James H. White
Dear Santa,
My name is Ro-Ro Paul I am 3
years old. My Aunt Melissa Evans
says I have been good all year. For
Christmas I would like a pony and
a kim possible doll. My Mom
Heather and dad Steve will leave
you some cheese.
Love, Ro-Ro,
Aunt Melissa's Baby girl
Dear Santa,
My name is Anna Paul I am 7
years old and have been good all
year. For Christmas i would like a
Princess game, a race car and
games for my play station. My Aunt
Melissa says hello! I will leave you
milk and cookies by the Christmas
tree.
Love, Anna, Aunt Melissas girl


milk for you and Rudolph; b
Love, Brandon ',
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Dear Santa, .br
My name is Jakari Sims..I am 4
years old. I attend class ate North
Florida Child Developmentl would
like you to bring me a Power
Ranger, Robot, a truck, arnd'a train.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Jakari
Dear Santa,
SMy name is Tyson Davis. I am
4 years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I would
like you to bring me Hulk hands,
,scooter, and a green Power Ranger.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Tyson
Dear Santa,
My name,is Tyrek Sims. I am 5
years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I would
like you to bring me a camera, cell-
phone, and a basketball goal.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Tyrek
Dear Santa,
My name is Kristen Bird. I am
4 years old. I attend class at North
Florida Child Development. I would
like you to bring me a Barbie car,
Monster Inc. toy, and tree house.
Please bring a special for our Class
Grandma, she has been really
good.
P.S. I will leave cookies and
milk for you and Rudolph.
Love, Kristen
Dear Santa,


My name is Justin Martin and
I'm 6 1/2 years old and this year
for Christmas I would like a new i i
bike. an electronic : pinball a.. : .. .. i
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Dear Santa,
I wrote to tell you what I want-
ed for Christmas. But first say hi to
Mrs. Claus for me. I would like you
to bring me a bigger bike. Bring my
brother Kyle a remote control car.
And bring my sister Gabrielle
something too.
From your friend, Samantha
Nicodemus
Dear Santa,
I love you whole much. Thank
you for giving all the children some
presents. All we need is love. My
list is: a choo-choo train, soldiers,
video game
Love ya, Dalton Brammer
Dear Santa,
I hope you are O.K. I wish you


a Hfppy Christmas. I wish every-
thing is OK with your elves. I have
hien good all year. Please bring me
*i new Barbie car, a tree house, and
I want a Monsters Inc. toy.
Love, Kristen Bird

Dear Santa,
My name is Zachary Lewis. I
am 3 years old I have been a real-
ly good boy ta year. I would like
for you to bring me a Thomas Train
Table, Rescue Heroes Command
Center, Buzz Lightyear, Cars and
Trucks, books and more Thomas
stuff. I will leave you some cookies
and milk as well as some carrots
for Rudolph. I love you Santa.
Love, Zachary


A#y you be filled with the true spirit of
Christmas-its peace, its joy,
its love-and may the significance
of that first holy Christmas be
ever present in your heart.

We're sincerely grateful for your
loyal patronage.

From All Of Us

At

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Dear Santa,
I would like Hulk hands, a
Spiderman web shooter, and a spy
gear eye link communicator. How
are you? Merry Christmas
Love, Dallas
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl this
year. Please bring me a teapot set,
paint set, doctor set, dress-up set
with pantyhose, guitar (like my
daddy's), and doll with bottle.
Love, Callie Capps
Dear Santa,
My name is Madison Lewis. I'm
3 years old. I have been a very good
girl all year long. I would like to
have a baby doll and lots of other
toys. I will leave you some milk and
cookies. Thank you, Santa.
Love, Madison
Dear Santa,
I have been pretty good this
year. Please bring me, a hotwheels
racing game for my playstation,
some legos, and a jumbo candy-
cane. The milk and cookies will be
on the table by the tree.
Chris Brown, age 5
Dear Santa,
My name is Savannah Gibson.
I am 6 years old. Please bring me a
skate board, game boy advance
with a pull up top and ramps for
my skateboard. Also, please bring
my sister, Brooklyn some books
and a leap frog drum.. I will leave
you some delicious cookies and a
glass of milk. I love you Santa! P.S.
I have been a good girl!
Savannah
Dear Santa,


This year please bring my
mommy home from Iraq. Thank
you.
Love, Cassie Julian
Dear Santa,
I ayX Morgan. I amq flve years
o1d. This. Christmas ar wat' a, ,
remote control car; and I want a
teaset. I also want a princess bar-
bie doll with clothes to dress her.
up.
Thank you, Morgan Gant
Dear Santa,
My name is Jeremy Ard and I
am 5 yrs. old. I have been very
good this year and I would ike .a
trampoline, Jack and Daxter 2 and
Crash Bash 2. And maybe a lice
something for my baby brother.
Love, Jeremy Ard .
Dear Santa,
My name is Collin Cole Bielser.


I am 5 years old. I have been a good
boy this year, so could you please
give me lots of fishing stuff, a
gamecube with games, and my own
T.V. Thank you Santa.
Collin
Dear Santa,
My name is Katelyn A. Lewis. I
am 5 years old. I wish for a play-
house. I've tried to be good. I also
would like flowers for my mommy,
and some new shoes for me. I love
you Santa.
From, Katelyn Alyssa Lewis
Dear Santa Clause,
I have been a good boy this
year. I would like a skateboard, a
racecar, playstation, and if you
have time bring my brother some-
thing to. Merry Christmas.
Love, Trever Phillips
Dear Santa,
My name is Marcell Johnson
Jr, I'm 5 years old and all I want for
Christmas is a toy GI Joe truck, a
bike, and a basketball goal. Please
bring my bothers, sisters and
nephew something.
Dear Santa,
My name is Dominique I'm five
years old. I would like a baby doll,
a pair of earrings, and a Big Doll
house.
Love, Dominique
Dear Santa,
Please bring me a pink power
ranger, power ranger watch, and a
computer. I've been a good girl and


I love you Santa.
Alyssa Davis, Age 6 Ms. Downs
class
Dear Santa,
My name is Jordan. I am 5. I
would like a Nerf gun, 4 wheeler,
and a scooter. Thank you Santa.
Love, Jordan
Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl. Please
bring me 1. a new bike 2. a fake cat
that looks real, and 3. an electron-
ic dog. Thank you Santa. I will
leave you cookies and milk.
Christina La Plante
Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy. I would
like some video movies and some
CD's and games for my play sta-
tion. Some new clothes and games
and lots of candy. And a baby doll
for sister and skates for brother.
Dear Santa,
I would like these three things
for Christmas. A remote control
monster truck, Remote control
race car, and a movie.
Thank you, Matthew Simpson
Dear Santa,
Please bring me a toy elephant
and I want a beautiful toy flower. I
would like a toy angel. I love u
Santa..
Love, Caroline
Dear Santa,
I have been good and I would
like a barbie, a yoyo and a TV mat.
Love, Madelyn
Dear Santa,
For Chrismas I want a racing
game, skate board, and a Barbie
Swan Lake movie, Please. Thank
you.
Love, Ashleigh
Dear Santa,
Please bring me a TV for my
room. I want a BIG horse, sleeping
bag, a necklace and a angel bear..I
love you.
Madison Wilson
Dear Santa,
My name is Sergio Clemons; I
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am 5 years old and all I want for
Christmas is a Buzzlightyear Robot
and something special for my par-
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"The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there."
-Clement Clarke Moore,
A Visit From St. Nicholas


Merry Christmas to our many
friends all over the area.
May the holiday bring many
wonderful surprises.


Gulf County

Emergency

Medical

Services
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FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS
WE WISH YOU BLESSINGS AND A PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR!!
Trey & Luke Lester and the employees
of The J. Lester Company

The J. Lester Company
Real Estate Appraisal & Consulting Services
A Financial Service Institution
Residential Vacant Land Commercial Appraisals

JAMES E. "JAMIE" LESTER
Real Estate Appraiser & Broker
Master Degree Business Administration
State Certified Residential Appraiser
license #0001087
Florida Real Estate Broker License #00532115
850-639-4200 Fax 850-639-9756 jamielester@lhotmail.com


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May your journey
through the holidays be a smooth one,
Many thanks for visiting us.



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Company


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and May All Your Dreams

Come True This Christmas,

Time to get things rolling and wish all our
customers a very Merry Christmas.
Thank you for doing business with us.
From

Billy Carr and His Staff





Billy Carr Used Cars & Trucks


Hwy. 98, H.V., Port St. Joe

Phone No. 229-6961

Billy Carr & Family
Lynne & Chellsey

Kenny & Becky Wood

Remember, Billy Carr Auto Sales should be able to put

you in a good vehicle with a great selection to choose from.


Happy Holidays To You
With -gratitude, we extend our best
wishes for a happy and healthy holiday
season to each and every one of you.

Your business is always appreciated.
Thank you for visiting us this past year.
We look forward to seeing you in 2004.


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peace On eartb
On the occasion of our Saviour's birth,
We join you in praying for peace on earth;
And send this message of goodwill your way,
As together we celebrate Christmas Day.


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Gulf County Board of County Commissioners


Billy Traylor, Chairman


Carmen L McLemore, District 1
Carl W. Fox, District 3


Nathan Peters, Jr., Distrfct 4
Jerry W. Barnes, Distr, t,


Dear Santa,
I like you. I have been a very
good boy this year. Please bring me
a new bike, a remote control dump
truck and a fire truck. Also my
brother has been good this year so
can you please bring him a remote
control dumptruck like mine so we
won't fight over mine.
Hope to see you, Rardall Austin
Garrett
Dear Santa,
My name is Troy Williams Jr. I
am six years old I would like you to
bring me a football Jersey (Florida
State), a x-box, and some roller
skates.
See you soon, Troy
To Santa,
I am Avie. I live in Port St. Joe.
I will leave you cookies by the tree.
I want a barbie car. Like a sise. And
a game boy. SP I want a sponge
Bob. advance game and Buster
wants a dog bon.
FooAvie
Dear Santa,
My name is Kayleigh. I want a
Brain surgery game, books and
Truth or dare game.
Love, Kayleigh Maxwell
Dear Santa,
My name is Ryan. I am 5 years
old and I have been a very good boy
this year. Please send me a trans-
former, a car that turns into a boat,
and a remote control firetruck. I
love you, Santa.
Love, Ryan Teall
Dear Santa,
My name is Savannah Miles
and I am 6 years old. I have been
good. Please bring ,me a Barbie
bike.
Love, Savannah
Dear Santa,
I want barbie Swan lake every-
thing. Necklace, clothes, toys. My
brothers are coming I want them to
have a good time with Mommra.
Thank you, Raylee
Dear Santa,
My name is Terry Lee. Please
bring me a barby jeep and Barbi
kitchen. I have been a good girl.
Thank you Terry Lee
Dear Santa,
I love you, Santa. I have been a
good boy. I would like for you'to
bring me a rocket, a cookie maker,
and a pellet gun.
Love, Cole
Dear Santa;
My- name is Damari -Cutler. I
am six years old. "All I want for
Christmas is go go Mr. Walking
puppy a scooter and a hamster
Thank you Santa
love, Damari
Dear Santa,
My name is Celeste and I am 3
years old. I live in Port St. Joe. Now
I live at 508 B 9th Street'but 4 days
before Christmas we are moving to
106 Stone Drive. Please come see
us at Christmas in our new house.
Santa these things are my
Christmas wish list. Hungry
Hippos, other games, swing set,
computer game tapes, new movies
(VCR), coat, Dora tooth brush. I
have been a good girl this year.
Thank you, Celeste Chiles
Dear Santa,
I want a dolphin pillow, spray
gun, and a new bike. I hope you
don't get stuck in my chimney.
Love, Tyler


Dear Santa,
My name is Ryan. I've been
really good this year. Thank you for
the stuff last year. Please give me
Power Rangers, Tick Tick Dudes, &
Batman Thing. Have a safe flight.
Come through the front door-no
chimney this year.
Love, Ryan Z
Dear Santa,
I would like a bicycle and a
skooter for Christmas. I would also
like a remote control car, some win-
ter clothes, and shoes. Would you
be so kind to drop these things off
to me? MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Love, Jairus
Dear Santa,
I've been a good girl this year!
All I want for Christmas is a baby
bunny rabbit for a pet, and for my
little brother, Trevor, would like a
bunch of dinosaurs.
Love, Gabriel
Dear Santa,
For Christmas this year I
would like the game Ants in the
Pants, an Arcade Bowling game
and for my sister Chloe, the
Strawberry Shortcake house. My
mommy pays I have been really
good this year! Thank you Santa,
Christopher Hemanes, age 5
Dear Santa,
I want you to get me a new pel-
let rifle. Please get me a 20 gauge


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We'd like to express our gratitude
For ),ur kind and neighborly attitude
al Christmas and throughout theyear,
Knou you're always welcome here.

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too. I would love some of your cook-
ies. Give my sisters some toys.
Love, Will
Dear Santa,
This is Alexis and what I want
for Christmas is a trampoline, a
lifesize doll and a new bicycle so I
can practice without training
wheels. I want a princess dress and
crown for me to wear and shoes to
match. Pink please. I love u.
Love, Alexis Brinkmeier age 5
Dear Santa,
My name is Kristiana and I am
5 years old. Mommy says I've been
a good girl this year. Would you
please bring me a play kitchen, an
art desk & a Barbie video camera. I
will leave you some milk and cook-
ies. P.S. I like surprises, tool


Love, Kristiana
Dear Santa,
I want a new bike and I want a
pair of roller skates I want a pink
care bear.
Carissa Morrison
Dear Santa,
,1 would like some Bratz dolls. a
Barbie of Swan Lake; And a go go
my walking pup. I have been a good
girl this year.
Love, Katie Nobles 5 years old
Dear Santa,
... I am 6. I would like baby
clothes and a basketball goal. I
would also like some baby doll
black sandal church shoes. I love
u.
Love, Sophie


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...And know our best wishes

are with you all the way!



Merry Christmas and sincere

thanks to our customers and

associates.




BakTrust

of Florida
Our interest in you never changes.
529 Cecil G. Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe
229-8226 ~

8134 Hwy 98, St.Joe Beach
647-3337

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MERRY


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Dear Santa,
I would like a remote control
truck, a trampoline, and some
game boy games.
Thank you, Sloan
Dear Santa,
I would like a bike, and I like
stuffed toys, and I like a Radio/w
head phones
Thank you, Layna
Dear Santa,
Please bring me these: Hulk
hands, Hotwheels T-wrecks play-
set, The Dog, Cat in the Hat
sheets, Two Vehicles in one, Video
now, new front teeth, Play TV
Game Assortment, Game Boy
Advance SP Gold Bundle, kids
next door tree house.
Love, Casey Garrett
I love Santa.
My brother wants a new shot
gun. Cody My other Brother
wants Bobby a new CD player. I
want a pair of shoe skates. Frank
wants a new computer. My Mom
wants a new ring. I hope you have
a good Chrismas.


Love, Heaven
I love Santa Claus,
This is from Sarah. I live in a
yellow house.
From Sarah I love Santa Claus
I love Santa Claus
This is from Addison. I live in
a white red house.
Dear Santa,
For Christmas I want a racing
car and I want a football. Then I
want a phone. And I want a bear
And I want some shoes. And some
cloths. Also I want a basketball.
Your truely, Milek
Dear Santa,
My name is. Mallyah McNair
and I am 5 years old. I would like
Santa to bring big bike, barbie
doll with a prom dress, and a ring
for Christmas.
Thank you Maliyah McNair
Dear Santa,
These three things in want for
Xmas color book baby doll color
caryon
Thank you, Nakeasha


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