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Gov.'s Budget Could Boost
Rural Counties......... Pg. 3A
Moore Case Headed
Back to Court ....... Pg. 4A
Beating &Arson
at Howard Creek... Pg. 8A

Church News ........ Pg. 8A
Classified, Legals .... Pgs. 6-8B
Law Enforcement News. .. Pg. 4B
Letters to Editor ..... Pg. 3B
Obituaries ..........Pg. P8A
Sports........... Pgs. 10-11A

Cong. Boyd to Hold

Town Hall Meetings
Congressman Allen Boyd, D-
North Florida, will hold town hall
meetings at each ehd of the county
on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Boyd will hold the first meeting
from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. ET
in City Hall in Port St. Joe.
Among topics of interest to
South Gulf County to be discussed
will be legislation filed by Boyd to
provide some relief to -property
owners impacted by CBRA 'and
recently re-drawn federal flood
maps.
The 'second will be 3-4 p.m. CT
in Wewahitchka City Hall.


Sheriff Michael Hammond at
his desk after being named Gulf
County Sheriff.


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2003


In


STAR


Review


Stories, Photos and Headlines That Made the News Last Year


by Tim Croft
What a year, this year of our
Lord, 2003, that now becomes the
latest chapter in the proud history
of a county, of a community.
It was a year marked with
exhilarating highs and rocked by
heart-wrenching anguish.
A year of change, of'gain and of
loss.
Primarily, at least for a news-
paper, it was a year overflowing
with significant stories, tales of
human achievement, of dreams of
the future and a community's forti-
tude.
Therefore, whittling down the
pages that have flipped off the
presses in the past 52 weeks to
determine the top stories of.the
year was as challenging as, well,
watching a Michael Jackson inter-
'view without losing lunch.
Such a list is always subjec-
Stive; as they say the beauty about
opinions is that everybody possess-
es one.
But, hey, we have the ink and
the newsprint so we're up first.
Here is our choice for the top
10 stories for the year, in the order
we believe roughly corresponds to
their impact, whether for the short
haul or the long term.
Keep score at home as we go.
And, please, remember, no wager-
ing.
No. 1 On the Front Lines
In this year of war, when
events in far-off places such as
Afghanistan and Iraq dominated
the news. when Time magazine
honored the American soldier as
"Person of the Year," and more peo-
plefollowed the events in Iraq than
any other news story, it,would be
hard not to place Gulf Countv's
military contribution, here' and
abroad, at the top of the year's,
events.
For not only did this small
county contribute an out-sized


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effort to protecting the country, it
did so while providing a demo-
graphic microcosm of the 140,000
or so soldiers now deployed in Iraq.
There was the stout young
men, such as Eddie Ward and
Thad Morris, who enlisted, who
embarked on adulthood in 'service
to the country.
And there were those National
Guardsmen such as Jayce Sellers
and Buck Watford, who saw their
military commitment turn from a
weekend a month in Georgia to a
nearly year-long tour in the deserts
and cities of Iraq.
Along the 'way, they pro'lded
the folks back home with a trip-tic
of the war effort, from Kuwait to
Afghanistan, from Nasiriyah to
Mosul to Baghdad, putting human
faces to the dots on the maps that
have dominated the news all year.
They fought enemies seen and
unseen, lived on field rations and
bottled water sans hot showers for
months. policed the mean streets
of Baghdad, watched buddies die.
And the. folks back home
showed they cared, demonstrated
pride in their compatriots.
They sent care packages, -rote
letters, sent e-mails, raised money
for phone cards and sent other
small touches of home.
When one soldier, Buck
Watford, received a quick 10-day
leave, an entire community tossed
a big 'Welcome Home" rally.
And when others came home.
teachers and students invited them
to school, to thank them, to learn
from them, to just, well, embrace
them.
Against this backdrop of the
present; there was, also remem-
brance and honor o6 the past. of
patriotism and bravery rendered
from the cauldron of battle.
Of a native son who, 40 years
ago in the jungles ofVietnam. com-
mitted an act of staggering courage
and selflessness that provided a
beacon, a testament that a man
should truly be judged not by the
color of his'skin but by the content
of his character.
And for that, Sgt. Clifford C.
Sims, whose name now adorns the
veterans nursing facility in Bay
County and will soon honor a
county roadway, provided a lesson,
an example, for. a county which
prides itself on duty to country,
and. demonstrated it again and
again during the past 12 months.
No. 2 Tragedy in Wewahitchka.
It is all but impossible to cal-
culate the mind-numbing odds, the
devastating chances of .one small,
close-knit community being rocked
as Wewahitchka was this year.
Like a hammer to an anvil, the
loss of life since the end of August
pounded at a town's heart, chip-
ping away, piece by piece, wreck by
Wreck.
Tolling the casualty list
became, by the end of the year,
heart-wrenching.
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ed family killed on a single late
August night, another member of
that family facing an uncertain
future and still another, a
Wewahitchka High senior, perma-
nently injured.
And, that, if it wasn't sufficient
for one year, proved, heart-break-
ingly, to be only the beginning for


tions, played a role in each of the
fatal auto accidents, adding salt to
wounds that already defied salving.
The tragedy even stretched to
Europe, where another member of
a well-known Wewahitchka family,
a patriarch, perished 'in a con-
struction accident.
And through it all, the folks in,


ruptcy to vitality.
The year began with renewed
hope as the hospital unveiled an
ambitious renovation, with a more
modern and spacious emergency
room, upgraded patient rooms, a
spruced up nursing station and
equipment enhancements..
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Early January of 2003 saw the demolition of many of the remaining larger structure of the former
Florida Coast Paper Company mill.


Wewahitchka.
Before the year was out,. three ,
more single-car accidents would
claim, lives, including that of a
teenager and two others, including
still another member of a prorni-
nent Wewahitchka family, far too
young to die.
The accidents kept coming
through the final week of the year,
to the disbelief of folks at the cor-
ner donut shop, the Dixie Dandy,
City Hall, Wewahitchka High
School or the EZ Serve.
Adding to the pain,, to the emo-
tions that roiled community and
caused eyes around the county. to
swim, was the awful reality that
the lack of seat belts, high speeds
or alcohol, in varying combina-


Wewahitchka came to hug. each
:other a little: tighter, to, maybe,
appreciate each other and their
community a little more, and to
muster the willto move on, even as
they'U never forget a year in which
the hobgoblins of fate brutally con-
spired against them.
No. 3 Gulf Pines Survives
and is Sold
The county's hospital endured
more ups and downs than a bank
of elevators.
It was 12 months marked by
cash-flow issues, payroll problems,
a ballyhooed renovation, workforce
losses, crimps in service and, final-
ly, the tentative sale of the hospital
which holds out the promise of
bringing the facility out of bank-


with the sale of the hospital t ;a.
Tampa-area orthopedic surgeon
apparentlyjust weeks from closing.
Dr. Alfred Bonati, whose prac-
tice is worldwide, has designs on
building a new state-of-the-art
hospital, creating jobs and a rev-
enue stream which can grow the
hospital beyond what the county's
current population could support.
It was the months sandwiched
between that positive start and the
promising end that proved prob-
lematic for Gulf Pines.
There were issues with Blue
Cross/Blue Shield, and Medicare,
regarding payments and a dispute
with the Internal Revenue Service
(See 2003 Review on Page 6)'


Gulf Pines Hospital has been tentatively sold to Dr. Alfred Bonati, an orthopedic surgeon from South Florida.


These three crosses mark the site where three young Wewahitchka men died in an automobile accident
earlier this year.


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PAGE TWO THURSDAY, JANUARY 1, 2004


EDITORIAL COMMENTARY
COLUMN
WRITTEN BY
WILLIE RA/MSEY, EDITOR


Good Purchase


The State of Florida recently purchased nearly 8,000
acres of property known locally as the "Box R" tract from the
St. Joe Company.
As most anyone who has been around this area for any
length of time knows, this parcel of property, located
between Port St. Joe and Apalachicola, has a history of hav-
ing a large population of wildlife, as well as being a game
sanctuary.
We understand the state has plans to open the property
up for public use, which will include hunting and other'out-
door activities. Furthermore, if future plans come to fruition,
there are even more property purchases to come that will
add to the state's Box R lands and open up an even larger
number of acres for public use.
Were it not for the state's purchase, this parcel of land
probably would have been bought by someone who would
have closed the property for private use, or an investor with
plans to subdivide and sell lots or acreage.
Don't get me wrong-there is nothing wrong with either
of the above mentioned scenarios. It's just that being given
a choice, it is nice to know the public will be able to reap the
benefits and enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife within the
boundaries of this fantastic piece of property.
The State of Florida is leading the nation in providing the
public with open lands for its use and enjoyment. However,
locally public hunting lands took a hit\when Ed Ball Wildlife
Management Area was closed. As I understand, the Florida
Wildlife and Conservation Commission reduced funding to
lease these type lands from property owners. Naturally, this
action took a lot of private property out of the program-not
just in Gulf, but across the state.
With the state's ownership of this property, future use
will not be an issue and this special property will be pre-
served as it is.


Happy New Year
Like most of the rest of the world, over
the past few weeks we have enjoyed tak-
ing a few days off to celebrate the holi-
days.
Those days have been
most enjoyed by yours truly.
On Christmas Eve, my wife
and I spent the night with
the grandchildren and then
spent Christmas day with
both our sons and their wives.
Bill and Melissa, and Eric and
Missy, and families.. .. .-
As if that wasn't enough "
adventure, I also spent as ,
much time as possible in
the woods hunting. Fact of! '
the matter is. I'm writing' "
this blurb from inside my '.
tree stand while hoping a big "."
buck comes to \isit. With that .- .
being said, I do hope that ,.-' -
each of you have a .-
safe holiday season ..
and wish you a .
prosperous -
new year. '*" '-


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31 Either We Spread It, Or It Spreads Us!


I'm going to eat the whole
fruitcake. By myself If Miss Ina
thought enough of me to whip up
an oversized fruitcake "just for
me"....the very least I can do is
enjoy every bite "just for her". It's
Christmas. You've got to take a few
liberties!
'Course, I'm well aware of my
last cholesterol test. I'm telling
you, that cholesterol exam is hard-
er to pass than Mr. Arlie Berry's
mid-term chemistry final! Eight
years ago I had 213 of those little
cholesterol men swimming around
in my blood stream. I went off my
wafer board, Styrofoam and miner-
al water diet Christmas before last.
I "scored" 256 on my latest choles-
terol test.....
I'm not sure we are handling
this Christmas goodies thing just
right. I should have gotten a clue
years and years ago. We didn't lav-
ish gold necklaces, CD players, big
screen TVs, Polo. shirts or Norelco


shavers on each other back in the
mid-fifties. But Mother would bake
those sugar cookies that absolute-
ly melted in your mouth. Miss
Crawford would bring over her
world famous chocolate turtles.
Someone would give us a bag of
Hershey bars, Baby Ruths and
Butterfingers. And we had the
usual assortment of sugar sprin-
kled doughnuts, bear claws, wed-
ding cookies, pecan pie and pop-
corn balls.
Cholesterol hadn't been
invented in 1956. But by Christ-
mas day we'd been awake for 72
straight hours, we were bouncing
off the walls, we'd raced each other
to town and back, we'd chased the
bull across the south pasture and
me and David Mark had., been
wrestling Leon without a time out
since sun-up two days ago.....
Too much sugar in your sys-
tem at one time can get you ready
to slay the fire eating dragon!
But I tell you what, you bring
those fudge brownies around and
stick'em down in front of me and
I'm going to eat as many as I can.
I did it in 1956 and I'm still doing
it today! It's in my genes. I'll worry,
about the cholesterol men and


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climbing down off the chandelier
and the fire eating dragon next
week.....
Listen. I've been to five Cihnst-
mas dinners already this year! And
I enjoyed the turkey and dressing.
And the steak. And the fruit salad
And the baked potato. But what 1
really liked was the carrot cake.
And the apple pie. And the choco-
late covered cream puffs. And nat-
urally, courtesy and a strong
unwillingness to slight anyone
meant that I had to "sample" a lit-
tle of each! 'Course, I have been
awake since the 21st, I've worn out
a pair Nike Air Max's running back
and forth to town and if that big
dragon swings through the back
yard one more time- I've got him!
There has got to be a way to
work something out here!
When I need to be abstaining
the most, one of the local busi-
nesses is kind enough to bring me
a box of deluxe cookies. Another
group sends over a basket of
cakes, sugar sticks and Goo-Goo
Clusters. Then a good friend drops
off a flve pound tin of mixed nuts.
And your Sunday School class
comes, over with a whole
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late Mousse Cake. Folks. do you
have any idea how many good peo-
ple \re have in this town who love
more than anything else sharing
the spirit.....and the sugar....of the
season with you!
The cholesterol ain't gomg to
get me. I'm going to blow myself up
from the inside out!
This thing has gone interna-
tional. Every Christmas my Ger-
man and Hungarian exchange stu-
dents from years past send me
Giotto, Bonbonetti and
Tejeskremes Kecez.....,each piece of
these European delights contain
about as much sugar, fats, glucose
and cholesterol as fifteen Hostess
Twinkies!
You'd might think moderation
w dould be a key here. But modera-
tion is when you're staring down a
plate of lima beans or cauliflower
casserole. I can hold the line pret-
Sty well on boiled squash and
cooked carrots. And I'm not inter-
ested in gorging myself on veal cut-
lets or chicken teriyaki. But sweet
potato pie, cinnamon swirl pound
cake and chocolate chip cookies
are definitely a horse of a different
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Before The "Twelve Days of Christmas" Have Passed


'TIS THE DAY AFTER Christ-'
mas and I'm pecking out this ver-.
sion of ETAOIN SHRDLU early all
alone in the newspaper office.
Nearly everyone else is off this day,
but an early deadline next week
says I must get through with my
little blurb early.
It's just as well, because I have
nothing to do today, anyhow. The
visiting relatives have all gone
home, or are not home yet from
visiting their children. The turkey
has nearly all been eaten, or made
into turkey salad, so, that's even
out of the way. I don't have to go
back to dialysis until Saturday, so,
I am in limbo today..
I even shaved this morning. I
don't usually shave on those days
one observes as a holiday. It
wouldn't be a true holiday if I had
to interrupt it to drag the old
Norelco over my face. It even gives
me a short vacation from having to
look at this old familiar sourpuss
in the-mirror for a few minutes.


I GOT SEVERAL books for
Christmas and I'm half-way
through one of them already.
We had our Christmas, with
all the family gathered at our
house, Tuesday night, instead of
Wednesday evening. My dialysis
schedule was changed around
from Thursday to Wednesday, so
the technicians could have Christ-
mas without having to stick some-
body with needles.
Chris, the technician, got me
on the day before Christmas and
he was very gentle and competent.
We had the usual turkey [both


ETAOIN SHRDLU


Written by Wesley Ramsey


fried and honey- baked-there
were two of therm], ham and every-
thing you can think of, that goes
*with turkey and ham. We even had
some home-made enchiladas,
made by, one of my daughters, for
a little "change of pace". We even
had some home-made soup!
I didn't lack for anything to'
eat. I was too full from the main
courses] to even think of eating
the German-chocolate or the 15-
layer cakes. I settled on a piece of
pound cake, instead. Besides, it
didn't have chocolate or nuts in
the recipe.


I'M ALMOST EMBARRASSED
to tell you what I ate for dinner on
Chnstmas day, but I'll go ahead
and do it.
.' had a hamburger!
No fooling! My wife fried up a
hamburger pattie and served me
that. For supper, I had a dollop of
turkey salad, made from turkey
which had been left over from two
days before. I paid for that feast of
Tuesday night, on Christmas day!
It's probably going to be
turkey salad or ham sandwiches
from now on, until it's all gone.
That's the only trouble with
those big family meals:,You get to
eat the same things, heated over,
until they are all gone. There's
dozens of ways to fix left-over
turkey and ham, and I'll probably
get every one of them before the
"12 days of Christmas" have
passed.

THE THINGS TO LOOK for-
ward to now, are the football bowl


games. There's a bowl game for
every day frorn now until after New
Year's' day, and after that cpme
several games leading: up to the
Super Bowl at the end of January.
That's another thing: I've just
become accustomed to using the.
prefix of 2000 in dating things. I'm
not even accustomed to using
2003 yet, and here it's time to use
20041
I often wondered if I would live
long enough to experience the new
century, and here I am trying to
become fluent in it. The last cen-
tury, of the 1900s saw so many
new things come on the market,
which we now consider necessi-
ties, it hardly leaves anything as
yet to be discovered, or developed,
in the century of the 2000s. Some-
thing will come about, of that you
can be sure.
I lived in the century which
developed flight and all it led to.
Now, it's been almost a life-
time since man flew to the moon


and back. National Geographic
magazine did a good job on giving
the story of the development of
flight over the past-hundred years,
in its issue of December.

S I LOOK FORWARD TO writing
52 more ETAOIN SHRDLU
columns in the weeks to come.
The way I feel now-full of vim and
vigor-it'll be 'no problem.
Maybe it'll be a little inconve-
nient at times, but no problem!
So long-as this computer con-
tinues to work, I'll continue to
"spit it out". If it, somehow, quits
working, I don't know whether or
not I could become accustomed
enough with another one, to oper-
ate it.
I guess you could say, I'm sort
of set in my ways. But, 77 years at
the post will do that to you.
Well. I guess I'll see you again,
next year. You take it easy and
don't make any New Year resolu-
tions you can't or won't keep!


-THE STAR-
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Published Every Thursday at 209-211 Reid Avenue'
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
by The Star Publishing Company of Port St. Joe, Inc.
Periodical Postage Paid at Port St. Joe, FL

!Oe William H. Ramsey .. Editor & Publisher, President
Wesley R. Ramsey . . Editor Emeritus
Tim Croft . . . ..... News Editor
Shirley Ramsey .. Graphic Design/Office Manager


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Governor's Budget to Include Boost for Rural Counties


by Tim Croft
Seeking to provide aid to dis-
tressed rural counties, Gov. Jeb
Bush is proposing a 74 percent
increase in funding targeting
Florida's smallest counties.
During a press conference last
week in Mayo, the governor provid-
ed a glimpse of the budget he will
be sending to .the Florida
Legislature sometime next month.
And that preview amounted to
coming attractions for small rural
counties, with Bush proposing to
spend $171 million, including $71
million in new dollars, in targeted
assistance for rural counties.
"Prosperity and opportunity
are the hallmark of our state and
as governor it is my responsibility
to ensure they are a reality for all
Floridians," Bush said in a written
statement. "Many rural counties in
Florida are not experiencing the
same robust economic growth as
the rest of the state, which is why
we must provide the assistance
necessary for essential services
and future growth.
"I am committed to our rural
counties as they strive to meet the
needs of their citizens."
One of the most important of
Bush's proposals, at least for Gulf
County, is an increase .in so-called
"sparsity" funding for small school
districts.
Bush wants to add $9 million
over the current year to bring total


sparsity funding to $40 million.
Had sparsity been funded to
that amount this year, it would
have meant an additional
$500,000 for Gulf District Schools.
Superintendent Jerry Kelley
and county School Board members
all lamented last year's last-minute
decision by lawmakers to cut spar-
sity funding.
And state Rep. Allan Bense, R-
Panama City, in line to become
Speaker of the Florida House in a
year, said the legislature "should"
fully fund sparsity.
"We've got to get it back up,"
Bense said from his' office this
week.
Among the other proposals
Bush unveiled last week:
$71.4 million for new school
construction in small counties. The
dollars include- $36.8 million for
new projects and $34.5 million for
four projects already underway.
$4 million in additional funds
for the Rural Infrastructure Fund,
a 700 percent increase over this
year's $500,000.
$3 million in new funds to
improve library services in rural
areas.
$2.5 million in additional
funds for recycling grants, bringing
total funding to $6.5 million, an
increase of 62 percent over the cur-
rent fiscal year.
S$2.2 million for historical and
cultural projects dedicated to rural


Kes- from Page 2


color!
I do have a plan. And it is so
simple I don't understand why
someone 'hasn't come up with this
decades ago. We need to spread
this Holiday "sugar sharing" thing
out over the entire year! There is no
law that requires you to "drop off"
every cotton picking' one of the
Yuletide sweets in Decemberl Why
should we "go without" in March or
June or September only to "pipe it
all down" in the last month?
I say let's work out a plan that
allows for some of the "goods" to be
distributed in January. We could
set up February 27th for all the
banks that were chartered prior to
1956 to send out their Christmas
goodies. April 19th would be per-
fect for fudge and divinity day. The
first Thursday after the second
Wednesday in May could be the
official Christmas office party day.
SThe entire last week of June could
be set aside as chocolate bon-bon
time. July is fraught with opportu-
nities- for vacationers to get in the.
Christmas spirit by "going forth,
bearing tarts and pies". August
could be International Candy
Exchange month. September
makes me think of egg nog and


candy canes.....
Well, you get the idea. And you
can see immediately how healthy
this plan is. You wouldn't be cram-
ming all of your total fats, polyun-
saturates, melted butter and pure
hog lard into one sleigh Those lit-
tle cholesterol men would have to
wait their turn. We could call it
"spread out" moderation. Think
/ how good we will feel!
Hey, there is a chance here, as
an extra added bonus, that the
warmth and closeness of the
Christmas season might extend
year around. I know most of us are
just in it for the goodies, but shoot,
I don't mind the other "stuff' that
comes with it.
I don't see how we can lose on
this deal. Start lobbying your
friends, congressman, the church,
local businessmen and the bank.
next to your house! s
I haven't got all the bugs
worked out here. But -it certainly
has possibilities. I'm going to cut
me another piece of, fruitcake and
munch away while I think. It's hard
for me to concentrate on an empty
stomach.....
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$5 million for rural counties
to meet critical infrastructure
needs and other government serv-
ices. This is a new program.
In addition to those specific
pots of money, Bush also wants to
provide greater flexibility for the
use of $25 million in transporta-
tion funds in order to meet the
needs of rural counties.
Those dollars will be available
for repaving, maintenance, new
capacity and other transportation
needs.
Members of the Small County
Coalition had been lobbying Bush
and Lt. Gov. Toni Jennings about
pressing paving needs in small
counties.
Bense said he, Rep. Will
Kendrick, D-Carrabelle, Rep. Don
Brown, R-DeFuniak Springs, and
Sen. Al Lawson, D-Tallahassee,
among others, had been bending
the governor's ear about the myri-
ad funding issues facing small
counties.
'We love (the governor's pro-
posal)," Bense said. "We really
worked hard to emphasize to the
governor how difficult it is for these
small counties to survive.
"He listened to us."
The details, including a coun-
ty-by-county breakdown, of Bush's
proposal have not been' released
and likely won't be until the gover-
nor formally releases his budget.
According to a spokesman in
the governor's office, the budget
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However, Bense has said
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additional funds to rural counties
would be among his priorities next
year.
"We are going to do something
for rural counties," Bense said. "We
can get more funding for rural
counties.
"The key now is to make sure
some of the key projects we have
get some funding, but it needs to
be spread around. The key is. figur-
ing how to apportion the money-so
that it benefits all small counties.
"But we will get our fair share,
I can tell you."
Bense was also optimistic that


the funds the governor is propos-
ing will still be in the budget when
the the bill is sent from the legisla-
ture to the governor for final ratifi-
cation.


"I think there is general sup-
port for it," Bense said. 'There is
support for it in the House and I
think there is in the Senate as
well." .


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Moore Case Headed Back to Court


by Tim Croft
Lamar Moore will have his day
in court after all.
In a decision issued last week,
the First District Court of Appeals
in Tallahassee overturned the dis-
missal by Circuit Court Judge
Glenn Hess of Moore's lawsuit
against the Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The case dates to back to
December of 1998, when Moore
was stung by a sting ray while
standing in shallow water in the
bay.
At the time he was stung,
Moore and three other fishermen
were with a wildlife commission
officer who was inspecting their
nets for several possible infrac-
tions.
The sting, according to wit-
nesses, produced a wound badly
swollen and bleeding profusely.
Over the ensuing two hours or
so the exact lapse of time has
been in dispute Moore remained
on the water, in the officer's boat,
and the wound went unattended,
according to Moore.
The state contended that
though the officer refused to trans-
port Moore to shore himself, he
offered to have another fisherman
take him, but Moore refused due to
the roughness of water and the
fisherman's small boat.
By the time Moore reached a
hospital the wound have become
infected, requiring hospitalization
for three days.
Moore was ultimately acquitted
of any criminal charges by County
Court Judge Robert Moore, who
called the facts of the case "bizarre"
and noted that the officer originally
stopped Moore and his friends over
a potential infraction that was no
longer even on the books.
After his acquittal, Lamar
Moore sued the state seeking dam-
ages in the six figures and citing
negligence, false arrest, violation of
civil rights and other allegations.
The civil rights case went
nowhere in federal.court, due in
large part to a personal bankruptcy
filing by the officer, and the false
Arrest charge was dismissed, leav-
ing negligence charges at the center
of the case, which went to trial last
November.'
SThat negligence case centered
largely around the legal concept, of
"custody" and whether the officer
had a duty to provide reasonable
medical care.


Hess dismissed the lawsuit,
issuing a directed verdict in favor of
the state after Moore's attorney had
presented his case and before the
state had called witnesses or the
case was sent to the jury.
At the time, Hess said the
plaintiffs case could not be sus-
tained as a matter of law, that
Moore's attorney, Ronald Mowrey,
was misinterpreting the legal con-
cept of "arrest" and that Moore was
not under arrest for purposes of
incarceration and therefore the
officer was not duty-bound to pro-
vide medical assistance.
Two jurors who were willing to
talk to a reporter as long as they
were not identified, said last year
that they had reservations about
several aspects of the state's argu-
ments and contentions during the
trial, though they continued to
have open minds about the case
before Hess took it from them.
Mowrey was outraged by
Hess's decision, contending that
Hess was wrong, that case law
demonstrated that once an individ-
ual is detained by law enforcement,


the officer's duty to provide reason-
able medical care kicked in.
At the least, Mowrey said, the
case should have been given to the
jury, noting the minute number of
court cases, particularly civil cases,
in which a directed verdict is grant-
ed.
The First District Court of
Appeals agreed with Mowrey, writ-
ing that while the fishermen may
not have been in custody for pur-
poses of an arrest, their detainment
could be construed as custody.
The decision becomes effective
at the end of the month and the
-case will be returned to Circuit
Court Judge Hentz McClellan for
retrial. When that retrial will com-
mence is unclear.
Mowrey said last year that
while Moore originally sought
$133,000, the price on a second go-
around will be higher.
"He's owed three times that
much" for medical bills, pain, suf-
fering and loss of income, Mowrey
said last December. "We sought
$133,000 but next time it will be
much more."


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Tuesday,


Jan. 6, 2004


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City Hall


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Constitu e n ts n-ts .

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Beating and Arson in Howard Creek


by Tim Croft
A holiday get-together in
Howard Creek late Saturday night
turned ugly, resulting in the beat-
ing of a local woman and the torch-
ing of the residence of the man
accused of battering her.
,Douglas L. Strickland, 65, of
160 South Murphy in Howard
Creek, is jailed on $250,000 bond,
charged with false imprisonment,
aggravated battery and tampering
with evidence.
The charges, which carry the
threat of a long prison term, stem
from an altercation with a female
acquaintance early Sunday morn-
ing.
This is the account provided by
law enforcement officials:
Strickland was at a party, in


Howard Creek late Saturday night
and early Sunday morning when
he asked a female acquaintance to
drive him home.
She agreed but en route an
altercation erupted, resulting in
her being severely beaten, her eyes
swollen shut, the right side of her
face seriously damaged.
Emergency personnel who
responded barely recognized the
woman.
When the two arrived at
Strickland's home, he threatened
further harm to the woman and
forced her to remove some of her
clothes to wash blood out and to
take a shower to remove additional
blood evidence of the beating.
Friends back at the party grew
concerned when the woman did not


return and phoned her at
Strickland's.
After hanging up with those
friends, the woman .called 911,
asking that police get her out of
Strickland's house.
Deputies arrived to find
Strickland in an altercation with
several party-goers, who had come
to check on the woman's safety and
discovered the extent of her
injuries.
Strickland was arrested and
jailed at the Gulf County-Jail.
Early Monday morning,
authorities were notified that
Strickland's house was ablaze.
The A-framed home burned to
the ground before fire crews
arrived. Evidence of arson was
found and the matter was turned
over to the State Fire Marshall's
Office.
Strickland was buying the
home from a relative and did not
have insurance.
The woman had been released
from the hospital and was home at
press time.
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A ground-breaking ceremony
for the second Geri-Care Assisted
Living Center at Beacon by the Sea
will be held from 3 p.m. until 4:30
p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Among the dignitaries expected
to attend the ceremony in Beacon
Hill are Congressman Allen Boyd,
D-North Florida, and Rep. Bev


Kilmer, R-Quincy, both of whom
will give keynote speeches.
Blueprints of the new 15,000
square foot state-of-the-art assist-
ed living facility will be available for
viewing.
The public is invited to attend
the ceremony.


Dixie Girls Softball Meeting

Set for Tuesday, January 13th
There will be a Dixie' Girls 6:30 p.m. Any person interested in
Softball organizational meeting on coaching or holding an office,
Tuesday, January 13th, at the Port
St. Joe Fire Department meeting should attend. For further informa-
room. The meeting will begin at tion, call Glenn Davis at 647-5250.

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The City of Port St. Joe is a fair housing advo-
cate. The City is holding a workshop to
explain the Fair Housing Ordinance for all of
the protected classes (race, color, familial sta-
tus, handicap, national origin, religion and
sex). The public is invited to attend.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday,
January 6, 2004 at 5:30 p.m. or as soon
thereafter as possible in the City of Port St.
Joe City Hall Commission Room. Any hand-
icapped, visually or hearing impaired person
or non-english speaking person needing
assistance at the meeting should contact Ms.
Carol Davis at 229-8261, at least five (5)
days prior to the meeting and assistance will
be provided.

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All classes held on 6 consecutive Wednesdays, January 21 st through February 25th.
Classes are held at Gulf Coast Community College, Gulf/Franklin Center in Port St. Joe.


8:30 9:30 a.m.
Area History
Computer-Basics
Backyard Gardening
Bird Watching & Identification
Area Fishing 101


9:45 10:45 a.m.
Computer-Basics
Watercolor II
Beginning Tai Chi
Music Appreciation
Spanish For Travelers


1 f:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m.
Computer-Internet & Email
Watercolor II (Continued)
Beyond Beginners Tai Chi
MS Word Processing
Digital & Basic Photography


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2003 Review- from page 1


concerning back taxes, all of which
stanched cash flow and played
havoc with the hospital's ability to
meet payroll.
At times, some employees went
unpaid for a month or more, creat-
ing morale issues and causing a
number to seek employment else-
where.
The home health care facilities
which were satellites to the hospital
closed their doors with little hope
they would reopen.
The fallout from the misguided
criminal case involving Dr. Vincent
Ivers compounded the hospital's
woes and Ivers ultimately left to set
up his own practice.
And the bankruptcy proceed-
ings reached a climactic stage, with
a judge finally approving the sale to
Bonati just when it appeared that
the hospital would be left to the
mercy of its creditors.
Through it all, hospital admin-
istration somehow kept the' doors
open, a nucleus of loyal employees
stayed on and plugged along and
brighter days appear imminent.
No. 4 McKeithen Leaves/
Hammond Appointed.
He arrived some eight years
ago an unknown, an outsider
brought in by an outsider to take
the reins of a department in tur-
moil.
But over the ensuing eight
years, Sheriff Frank McKeithen,
known as the "Big Hurt," a moniker
of affection from friends, of respect
from those afoul of the law, put his


veterans Nursing rome name
recipient Clifford Sims.


with the governor's office to
assume the remainder of
McKeithen's term, and after several
more weeks of waiting, Michael
Hammond, the county's building
official, was appointed by the gov-
ernor.
The appointment engendered
some hard feelings, in large part.
due to the feeling that the governor


Buck Watford is welcomed home by cheering students at Port St. Joe
High School.
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personal stamp on the Gulf County
Sheriffs Office.
Or should we say face, because
if there was something going on in
Gulf County, McKeithen. was typiL
cally front and center.
He waged a full-out assault on
drugs in the county and focused on
creating, and properly equipping, a
professional department which
would be the envy of many coun-
ties, large and small.
But it was clear the end was.
near long before the governor came
calling.
Fatigued by the politics of the
job, McKeithen made it evident this
year he would not run for ie-elec-
tion in 2004, though, it clearly
seemed he could have been easily
returned to office, as he was 'in
1996 and 2000. .:
The jockeying for McKeithen's
chair was already in full gallop
before Bay County Sheriff Guy
Tunnell was named the director of
the Florida Department of Law
Enforcement.
McKeithen. Tunnel's lop iives-
tigator before coming to iGulf
County, seemed a natural to be
appointed to fill Tunneli's shoes,
which he was by Gov. Jeb. Bush
three weeks later.
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It was only a'matter of time.
When West Nile virus was
found to be present in birds in Gulf
County several years ago, health
officials indicated that it was all but
a. certainty that the virus would'
emerge in humans in due course.
Due course, it turned out, was
in 2003.
And when the peak period for
West Nile infection arrived with the
fall, the county recorded its first-
ever cases of West Nile virus in
humans.
Tragically, the first confirmed
case was an 84-year-old woman
who succumbed to the virus, her
family staggered by the rapid onset
of symptoms and the quickness
which with the virus claimed its
victim, a theretofore healthy
woman.
During the ensuing weeks, four
more county residents were infect-
ed with the virus, to varying
degrees.
.VnWAt, least one other case was
serioq s enough to be conslfered
potentially life-threatening. -
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from Page 6
Gulf County, in fact, was some-
thing of ground zero for West Nile
cases in Florida.
The Panhandle accounted for
roughly 60 percent of the 88 con-
firmed cases in Florida, with Bay
County leading the state with 14
confirmed cases.
Escambia County had 12
cases, Okaloosa eight, Santa Rosa
seven, two in Holmes and one each
in Calhoun, Franklin, Washington
and Walton counties.
The reasons that a region that
contains just five percent of the
state's population would account
for such a high number of West Nile
eases were myriad; from the rela-
tively rural landscape with more
opportunities for breeding mosqui-
toes, to a particularly wet summer.
And, as it all played out, the


As the year moved forward, a
committee of stakeholders, the city,
The St. Joe Co., Smurfit-Stone, the
Port Authority and economic devel-
opment officials, moved forward on
a visioning exercise, attempting to
create a common vision for what


Thad Morris
School.


Sgt. Jayce Se lers, o Port St. Joe, scans the Tigris River on patrol in
the heart of the Iraqi capital of Baghdad.
Photo courtesy of Mike Abrams of the Stars and Stripes


(left of sign) and Todd Lawrence (right of sign) with 6th graders at Wewahitchka Elementary


Port St. Joe proper this year and
see the past reduced to rubble and
the future begin to arise.
The paper mill, ,a fixture for
more than six decades; disap-
peared from the skyline early in the
year, the final series of implosions
reducing it to little more than con-
crete and steel.
And with the demolition and
clean-up of the mill site nearing
completion as 2004 dawns heavy
rains during the summer and fall
have played havoc with the demoli-
tion schedule the focus has
turned to what comes next, for the


mill site, the port and.beyond.
Material Transfer Industries,
with new investors, business plan
and dreams, cranked up again, its
long-silent cranes swinging and
scooping coal from barge to train
each week under a contract with a
coal supplier and a Florida utility.
And in a sense, that effort on
the canal represented a direction
for future development of the Port
at Port St. Joe.


the future of the port, one of just 14
deepwater ports in Florida, might
be.
Though. there were initial
bumps, by year's end the commit-
tee's vision was coming into focus,
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county learned a critical lesson: the
wait from pronouncements on high
- read: Tallahassee to confirm
what local instincts and testing
have already deduced can, at
times, be excruciating.
Early on in the West Nile out-
break, it seemed at times that the
state was the last to know that the
county was dealing with the poten-
tially fatal virus.
No. 6 Health care options
expand
Experts pretty much agree that
among the linchpins for sound eco-
nomic development are quality
schools and access to quality
health care.
As to the latter, the county put
itself in mighty fine position for
growth this past year.
Separate from whatever the
future holds for Gulf -Pines were
initiatives in the private and public
sector which significantly upgraded
the county's health care offerings.
Bay MedicalCenter, in partner-
ship with Integras, established a
beachhead at Beacon Hill, opening
a facility that provides orthopedic
care as well as access to several
local primary care physicians.
Late i4the year, The St. Joe
Co., announced that it would part-
ner with Sacred Heart, a huge
national health care chain, to
establish a medical complex on
U.S. 98 near the intersection with
Long Avenue.
The complex will include an
office building for a variety of
physicians and health care special-
ists. At some point in the future, a
25-bed urgent care hospital would
be constructed to provide a facility
for emergency cases in the area.
In Wewahitchka, ground was
broken to expand, by nearly four
times, the physical footprint as well
as the patient offerings at the
health clinic operated by North
Florida Mddical Centers, Inc.
Meanwhile, the Gulf County
Health Department, which has
nearly completed the expansion of
its Garrison Avenue facility, used a
federal grant of more than
$600,000 to create a full-rounded
clinic within its operations.
Offering dental care, physical
therapy, social work and a variety
of other medical services, the clinic
offered expanded hours, accepted
most major insurance plans and
enhanced facilities to folks of all
ages in the county.
No.. 7 A Community's Past
and Future Comes Into Sharper
Focus
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Nova E. Brogdon
Nova E. Brogdon, 81, of Port St.
Joe, passed away Thursday,
December llth, at Bay St. Joseph'
Care and Rehab Center. She was
born in Bonifay, on February 8,
1922. Mrs. Brogdon had lived in the
Port St. Joe area since 1950 and was
a long time member of Long Avenue
Baptist Church. She was also a
member of the Order of the Eastern
Star and was a past Worthy Matron.
Mrs. Brogdon is survived by her
daughter, Carolyn Wahl and her hus-
band, Robert of Port St. Joe; two
grandsons, Robert Wahl, II and Chris
Wahl; two great-grandchildren,
Jessica Wahl and Tabitha Wahl; one
sister, Geneveive Wensell, step-moth-
er, Ada Leavins; three brothers, Jerry
Leavins, Millard Leavins and Thomas
Leavins; and several nieces and
nephews.
Funeral services for Mrs.
Brogdon were held Saturday,
December 13th at Long Avenue
Baptist Church. Burial was in Holly
Hill Cemetery in Port St. Joe.
Southerland Family Funeral


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W. P. "Rocky Comforter
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(850) 227-1818

COSTIN & COSTIN LAW OFFICES
Charles A. Costin
Personal Injury Real Estate
Workers' Compensation
(850) 227-1159


Home was in charge of all the
arrangements.

Edith W. Furr
Edith W. Furr, 84, of Ocala,
passed away Wednesday, December
24th, at her home. Mrs. Furr was
born in Bonnie, West Virginia on
April 20, 1919, daughter of the late
William Patterson and Mina Westfall
Wallace and one of four brothers and
six sisters. Her family moved to Moss
Bluff, in 1921 where she grew up
and graduated from East Marion
High School as Valedictorian in June
1937. She married Howard L. Furr of
Ocala, on June 16th 1940 in the
First United Methodist Church par-
sonage where they were life mem-
bers. She was the loving mother of
four children, Sonia Diane, Deborah,
Jeffrey and Jerry. Besides raising a
family she helped Howard as book-
keeper for their business running
Furr's Standard Dry Cleaners and
later at Furr's'Laundry.
She is survived by her daughter
'Deborah, who devoted to her mom
five years of loving, saintly care day


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20th & Monument Hwy 71 North
Port St. Joe, FL L Wewahitchka, FL
(850) 227-1417
Weekend Mass schedule
4:00 pm Saturday (El)
9:30 am Sunday (ET) 11:00 am Sunday (CT)

New Year's Day 9:30 am (ET) 11:00 am (CT)

TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
-ST. JAMES'

4t 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 12noon
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. e 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 manthat trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Pastor David Nichols Church 647-5026 Home 769-8725



" first .Baptist Church,
102 THIRD STREET -*PORT ST. JOE
Brera \Vckery Pastor,
Bu" dd Caswell lni,:er of Music & Education
-.h .... M ,chael Rogers Minister to Students


Sunday School ....... .......... 9:45 am
Morning Worship Service ..8:30 & 11:00 am
Disciple Training .. ...-..... .. 6:00 pm
Evening Worship ... ........ ... 7:00 pm
Wednesday Prayer Meeting ....... 6:30 pm
Mon-Fri: Devotion on 105.5 FM .. .7:49 am ET


"THE EXCITING PLACE TO WORSHIP"

"Serving the Changeless Christ...
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 Night Prayer Meeting & Bible Study ....... 7:00 p.m.
Home of FAITH CHRISTIAN SCHOOL



IH The Potter's House
WHERE BROKEN VESSELS ARE MADE NEW
S/Rodney G. Leaman, Pastor
850-639-5993 850-639-4588
.. i 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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in and day out, and two sons Jeffrey
and wife Lynn with grandchildren,
Andrew, Rebecca, and Lindsay, of
Port St. Joe, and Jerry and wife Dixie
with grandchildren David and Mary
Katherine of Charlotte, North
Carolina; and her\ sister Edna
Pauline McMurtrey of Moss Bluff.
Funeral services were held,
Sunday, December 28th, at First
United Methodist Church chapel of
Ocala with the Rev. John Few offici-
ating. Internment followed in
Highlands Memorial Park.

Bobbie Jo "BJ" Skipper
Bobbie Jo."BJ" Skipper, 34, of
Wewahitchka, passed away Monday,
December 21st, in Wewahitchka due
to injuries sustained in an automo-
bile accident. Born in Samson,
Alabama, she was a lifelong resident
of Wewahitchka.
Survivors include" her children,
Brandon Skipper, Blake Lincoln, and
Megan Lincoln; her parents, Tommy
and. Linda Skipper; all of
Wewahitchka; her grandparents,
Charlie and Katie Witt of Bayou
George; and a host of other relatives
and friends. She was preceded in
death by her grandfather, Dallas
Presley, Sr.


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FUNERAL HOME
S507 10th Street Port St. Joe
(850) 229-8111


The funeral services were held
on-Friday, December 26th, from the
graveside in Roberts Cemetery, con-
ducted by the Rev. Joey Smith and
Dallas Presley. Interment followed.
All services were under the
direction of Comforter Funeral
Home.

Laura Williams
,Laura Williams, of Port St.' Joe,
was called home to be with the Lord
on Wednesday, December 24th.
She is surxnl ed by five children;,
Mark Anthony Williams (Sharon) of
Blountstbwn, Christine Taylor of
Port St. Joe,. Noah C. Williams
(Sylvia) of Port St. Joe, C. Denise
Spears (Willie D.) of Panama City,
and Johnny A. Williams (Gloria) of
Virginia Beach, VA; one brother,
Johnny Miller (Ellen) of Macon, GA;
and two sisters, Daisy Jackson of
Savannah, GA, and Gladys Carter of
Kissimmee.
Funeral services were held
Monday, December 29th, at the, Port
St. Joe Church of God in Christ, with
the Rev. Calvin Griffin, Sr. officiating.
All services were under the
direction of the Comforter Funeral
Home.


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Adult School .........11 a.m.
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Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
h FFA .,1NO F1-r''' l.l.l Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
I JUSTLEING GOD 00 CHURCH HIS WAY! Dideshipy rairng 7:00 p.m.


FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH
SConstitution and Monument ort St. Joe
(850) 227-1724


Sunday School


10:00 a.m. Dan Rhodes PASTOR


Morning Worship 11:00,a.m.
Methodist Youth Fellowship 6:00 p.m.
Evening Worship 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Choir Practice 7:30 p.m.
K All Times are EST


Jarrod Wester
Director of Youth Ministries
Heather Smith
Director of Children's Ministries
Robin Downs


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9 a.m. Sunday


Worship:
9:30 a.m. Sunday


Call 229-8310
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P. O. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue


Review from Page 7


a consensus forming on how to
transform the port into an econom-
ic engine to power the entire coun-
ty.
That, in large part, seemed to
center around moving north,
toward and up the canal, and cre-
ating a mixed-use complex to fuel
the future of the county.
No. 8 Taming the CBRA
A confluence of events this
year ramped up the effort to restore
some fairness some local proper-
ty owners would say sanity to the
local impacts of the Coastal Barrier
Resource Act (CBRA) and recently
re-drawn Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA) flood
maps.
The result was that property
owners and developers were point-
ing to February hearings on a bill
filed by Congressman Allen Boyd,
D-North Florida, to provide Cape
San Bias and Indian Pass property
owners access to federally-backed
flood insurance.
-The tsunami started early in
the year as the private flood insur-
ance market, the only market open
to property owners on the Cape
Sand Pass, continued to implode.


Mexico Beach lost a giant, Charlie Parker, left, shown with his wife Inky.


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Church of Christ

at the Beaches

314 Firehouse Road OVERSTREET 850-647-1622
Sunday B.ble Study ....... 10:00 am EST
Sunday Worship ...... 11:00 am EST
Wednesday B-ble Study .......7:00 pm EST
"WE WANT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE"


Discover God's Love! _
Everyone welcome

Lon Avenue
BAPTIT CHURCH
1601 Long Avenue, Port St. Joe 229-8691
Worship Sundays at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Bible Study Sundays at 9:45 a.m. and 5 p.m.
(for all ages)
WednesdayWorship 7:00 p.m.
REV. BRUCE DUTY, PASTOR


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
Apolachicol ... ... Panama City
Hwy Reid Ave.
7 Fa ily life Church
S Weahitchka


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
SWednesday 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 ...................... ..... ....... 1. 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




Currently Meeting on the Second Floor of the Capital City Bank Building
CASUAL CONTEMPORARY CHRIST-CENTERED


Sunday:
Sunday School 9:00
Worship 10:00
Small Groups 6:00
Wednesday:
Night 7:00


For more
information:


227-1180
www.graceeagles. org


With the primary carrier of
local policies having already ceased
writing new policies, the company
stopped renewing existing policies.
That created a ripple effect,
with those property owners fortu-
nate enough to find flood insurance
paying exorbitant sums, with many
others unable to line up a policy.
That put mortgages at risk, as
well as development on the Cape
and Pass, which in turn put coun-
ty coffers, as well as several hun-
dred jobs, in some jeopardy.
Boyd took a tour of the area
early in the year, received a briefing
on the issues and promised to lend
his support to try to address the
issue in the marbled halls of
Washington, D.C.
Later, during a town-hall meet-
ing in Port St. Joe, Sen. Bill Nelson,
SFlorida's junior senator, pledged to
work with Boyd. and the ball was
rolling.
Boyd filed his bill late in the
: year, the bill essentially lifting
restrictions to access to federally-
backed flood insurance for Cape
and Pass property owners.
The bill will set sail or.die in
See REVIEW on Page 9


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Review

from Page 8
February.
No. 9 Economic Recovery
Continues Apace
It was difficult to believe, after
a perusal of the county's economic
indicators, that it had been just five
short years since the paper mill
closed for good, sending a commu-
nity into recession.
Demonstrating that the area
now seems to be all but immune
from national economic trends, the
arrows seenied to all be pointing up
during 2003&
The value of all taxable proper-
ty in the county jumped 17.25 per-
cent from 2002 to 2003, following a
spike of 13.83 percent in 2002 and
12.56 percent the year before.
After squeaking past the $1 bil-
lion mark in 2002, the value of the
county's' taxable property rose to
$1.32 billion in 2003.
Consider also, that total
appraised value of property in
Wewahitchka, which was $23.9
million the year the mill closed for
good, was up $3 million from 2002
to nearly $39 million.
And after two desultory years
in 1999 and 2001, the City of Port
St. Joe saw the value of taxable
property rise from $157.97 million
to more than $168 million this
year.
Not that anybody needed those
numbers to believe the county was
thriving.
All that was required was a trip


across Cape San Blas or a short
drive up Garrison Avenue toward
the Gulf/Franklin Center to find
houses sprouting like the
beanstalk after Jack added a little
water to his magic beans.
The good news wasn't confined
to housing.
The county's unemployment
rate, which was more than twice
the state average just a few years


ago, had, by year's end, slipped
below both the state and national
averages.
The business climate could be
gauged, at least in large measure,
by how quickly George Duren filled
the shops he constructed next to
the Piggly Wiggly or the continually
expanding banking options for
folks in the community.
It appears it can only get better


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Even its harshest critics wdruld
have a hard time finding fault with
The St. Joe Co.'s charitable arm,
The St. Joe Community
Foundation.
During the year, the founda-
tion, funded by Arvida home sales,
burnished its mission of providing
grant funding for a host of projects
aimed at improving the communi-
ty's quality of life.
Where to start is the challenge,
whether funding for arts programs
in the public schools, bankrolling
the -start-up of an ambitious
national program to raise the hori-
zons of students or supporting a
,three-6ounty arts alliance.
There have -also been dollars
for restoration of the Cape. San Blas
Lighthouse, the creation of a new
home for Care Closet, the Gulf
Education Foundation's mini-grant
program and a newly initiated pro-
gram aimed to assist at-risk middle
schoolers.
Scholarship dollars also~went
to Gulf Coast'Communit~y College,
.and the Norris D. Langston
/ Foundation.
Along the way, Pam Selton,
executive director' of the, founda-
tion, and Britt Greene, its chair-
man, have become familiar and
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PORT ST. JOE 63, ARNOLD 44
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 27TH
The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks rallied
from a 26-25 halftime deficit to defeat
the Arnold Marlins 63-44 Saturday
night in the first round of the Bay High
Barnstorm Classic.
The Tiger Sharks (2-4) took a 47-33
lead with a 22-7 run in the third quar-
ter, then out-scored the Marlins 16-11
in the fourth.
Antonio Smiley led Port St. Joe with
12 points and nine rebounds. Ash
Parker followed with 11 points, Bo
Lenox added 10, and Dennis Warren
nine. Raye Bailey dished out seven
assists.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
SHARKs 9 16 22 16 63
MARLNS 14 12 7 11 44
PSJ (63)- Raye Bailey 6, Ashton
Larry 4, Bo Lenox 10, Antonio Smiley
12, Ash Parker 11, -Dion Henry 3,
Thomas Webb 4, Dennis Warren 9, and
Clinton Jenkins 4.
AHS (44)- Carter 1, Schwab 7,


Ash Parker hits a short jumper to give the Tiger Sharks a 46-44 lead in the
game.


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PORT ST. JOE 48, MARIANNA 46
MONDAY, DECEMBER 29TH
Antonio Smiley tipped in Raye
Bailey's 3-point attempt at the buzzer
to lift the Tiger Sharks to a 48-46 win
over Marianna in the second round of
the Bay High Barnstorm Classic.
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lead by the end of the first period. Port
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18-18 heading into the half.
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welcome faces in the community,
cheerleaders for the many ongoing
efforts to improve life in this small
county.
One of those projects, for
which the foundation -was a key
supporter, was the new public
library in Wewahitchka, which offi-
cially opened this year.
The gleaming new library,
which replaced what could be
charitably called a closet in the old
courthouse, provides Wewahitchka
with a home for an. assortment of
community activities, not to men-
tion a valuable learning facility.
It was, simply, a year in which
the St. Joe Community Foundation
provided action to support words,
dollars to pursue dreams and a
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hand extended in partnership to a
community.
And, so, there it is, the top 10
for 2003, at least from our point of
view.
But as we said from the start,
these were hardly the only note-
worthy stories of the year. There
was plenty more that made news
during the past 12 months, some
which might have been part of your
top 10.
Here's a rundown of stories
that didn't quite make our cut, but
which may, or may not, have made
your list:
In Mexico Beach, a citizen-
driven state audit of the city's oper-
ations uncovered a host of man-
agement practices, or non-prac-


tices, in need of aaaress, miosL of
which dated to well before the cur-
rent administration, but -not the
rat's nest of illegal, unethical and
immoral conduct some proponents
of the audit suggested would be
found ... The Port St. Joe Sharks
football team became road warriors
in the playoffs, earning the first
"Rural State" championship en
route to the state Class 1A semifi-
nals, even as they were shafted by
the Florida High School Athletic
Association, proving that the idea
of a secession from that organiza-
tion by, small North Florida public
schools wasn't such a bad idea
after all ... The Lady Gators at
Wewahitchka High School, behind
the golden right arm of Judith
Husband, reached the state soft-
ball final before Ialling to, what
else, a private school ... Buzzett's
and Campbell's drug stores, the
former a long-time community


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institution, were both purchased
by Eckerd's Drugs; significantly
altering the business landscape in'
Port St. Joe as well as the pharma-
cist-patient relationships found in
the small independent stores ...
While on the subject of long-
time community institutions, the
Tapper.Invitational, a mainstay of
the calendar for three .decades,
headed off to the 19th hole after
this year, a result of a glut of simi-
lar fund-raising tournaments and
a desire by the Tapper Foundation
to move in another direction. In a
fitting finale, a long-time friend of
the Tapper and Warriner families
won the final tournament ... The
effort to create a state underwater
archaeological preserve out of the
wreck of the S.S. Vamar,, which
sits in about 20 feet of water in the
channel directly off Beacon Hill,
picked up steam in a hurry during
the year. All seems in line for the
formal unveiling during next year's
Fourth of July celebration ..
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have created an oasis for'w.9unded
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across the. county line north of
Wewahitchka, and their work was
publicly recognized with a
"Jefferson Award" ... Judy
Campbell, who teaches
English/lajnuage arts at Port St.
Joe Middle School, became the
county's first nationally board cer-
tified teacher, completing an ardu-
ous curriculum to attain one of
teaching's highest achievements'...
Mexico Beach lost a pioneer
this past year when Charlie
Parker, the "little" giant who mid-
wived the city from vision to reali-
ty, passed away, leaving behind a
legacy of hard work, vision and
grace ... Geoffrey Helms, a junior
at Wewahitchka High, achieved the
highest honor in scouting when he
became an Eagle Scout, a rank
earned by less than 2 percent of all
young men who join the Boy
Scouts ... The WindMark Phase II
DRI process, mapping out the
largest and most ambitious devel-
opment initiative, in the county's
,history outside _a certain a paper
mill, continued .moving, forward.
AiAlid'a 'tok, "i-hd incorporated
where possible, public comment on
their plan and state and regional
agencies are in the final stages.of
their revieW of the 1,400 home
project. Meanwhile, WindMark
Phase I, where a handful of homes
have sprouted, has sold out ...
Tyndall AFB rolled out the first F-
A/22 Raptor, the military's next
generation of attack fighter plane,
seemingly bolstering the base's
position as Congress enters a new
round of base closing and realign-
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In a year of transitions, few
had the potential for community
impact than that of the
Washington Improvement Group,
which ceased existence in favor of a
15-member advisory committee
which will soon set to work using a
$300,000 endowment to propel
economic development in North
Port St. Joe ... -And in a sign that
maybe the symbolic barriers repre-
sented by railroad tracks running
through Port St. Joe might soon
come down; a rainbow of folks,
young, old, black, white, men and
women, turned out for a
Community Cleanup of the
streetsand alleys in North Port St.
Joe, an event the supporters hope
and believe can be a bellwether to. a
city's future ... David 'and Trish
Warriner breathed new life into the
Port Inn, first built when the 20th
century was still young. completely
renovating the building to create a
quaint, classy, upscale
family/business lodging establish-
ment in the heart of Port St. Joe ..
Cathy Colbert, a standout at
Port St. Joe Middle School, was
named the district's Teacher of the
Year for 2003 ... Marty Riley, who
spearheads several programs,
including Safe and Drug Free
Schools and technology initiatives,
was named the Non-Instructional
Employee of the Year for 2003 ...
Rachel Bixler, a senior at Port St.
Joe High School, was named the
county's Junior Miss for 2003.
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Review from Page 1


January 2003
New Construction, Renovations
Creating Economic Boon
800+ Pound Leatherback Rescued
Skyline Will Disappear: Last of
major structures will be imploded
Gulf County's 'Teachers of the
Year" are Selected
Search is Continuing for Missing
Bay County Man
Portion of Hwy. 98 to Close Briefly
VFW Monument Dedication
Offer Made to Purchase Marina
Outparcel
MLK Memorial at New Hope
Church
VFW Honors Howze, Donates to
NJROTC
Boyd Opens Staff Office in PSJ
Lindsey Carter Selected, Top
Scholar
Local Reservist Is Bound for World
Parts Unknown
It's a Symbol of Change: Last Major
Structures Imploded
Wewahitchka City Books In Good
Shape
Early Head Start Program Gets
$780,000 in Federal Grant Funds
Mexico Beach Has Vision Plan
School Board and Teachers Sign 3
Year Contract
PSJ Moves Forward on Brownfield:
Prompts Discussion on Future of
Port
McGuffin Named Employee of the
Year during commission meeting
Rachel Bixler is Gulf County's High
School All Star
Road Closing Angers Residents


New County Spelling Bee Champ
Taylor and Duarte Awarded Team
Platinum Sales Award
PSJ Fifth Graders Raise Money for
St. Jude Children's Hospital
Third Graders Must Read at Level 2
to be Promoted
Wildlife Sanctuary, Road Paving
and Stump Hole Get
Commission's Attention
Bringing Dead Lakes State Park
Back To Life
Opening a Port Of Call
Environmental Groups Join to
Support Plans for Franklin Co.
Development
Gulf Pines Hosts Open House For
New ER
Girls Donate Hair to Locks of Love
,Program
St. Joe Appoints Muniz as Public
Affairs Manager
Beard Appointed Dean of Students
at USA
Historic Port Inn Opens for
Business
Jr. Service League Puts on A Gala
Legislative Panel Postpones Action
on Mexico Beach Petition
Counting 52 Years With The
Governor
The Bank Announces Building
Plans
Actor Kene Holliday Visits PSJ High
School I
Gator Standout Husband Signs
with Pensacola Junior College
Gulf Coast Parkway Update
Mexico Beach Loses a Giant
Maj. Gen. Robert Chedister Dines

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with Historical Society
Arsonist Arrested
March 2003
Gulf County High School?
Bones Could Hold Key to Solving
24 Year Riddle
Integras Partnering to Help Expand
Senior Services
Port Planning Agreement in the
Works
Gulf Pines is Again a BCBS
Provider
Port Theatre Reaches Its Final Mile
for National Registry List
Olympic Medalist Josh Davis
Shares "Gold" with Upward
Apalachicola/Carrabelle Times
Purchased by Star Publishing
Area Employer Targets Gulf: 200-
400 Jobs Available at Sallie Mae's


Lynn Haven Facility
Annual Chamber Dinner
CBRA Update: Delegation Takes
Case to Washing in Search of Fix
Commission Setting Public
Workshop to Review WindMark
Commitment to Florida's Great
Northwest
Auditors Coming to Mexico Beach
Shuttle Debris Found in County?
Tom Sawyer Days" Bring Civic
Pride to Mexico Beach
Legion Prepares Battle Over Pledge
Of Allegiance Ruling
Building a Link Between U.S. 98
ant I-10
Sewer Service to the Cape?
Lofty Aspirations Mixed with
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Review -

Patriotism
Students Keeping the Troops in
Mind
Matching Community's Effort to
Save Cape Lighthouse
Express Lane Speeding Into Town
Pennsylvania Man Wins Dream
Home
Free Horticulture Workshop-A
Spring Thing 2003
Gulf Commission Drops
Annexation Suit Against PSJ


* from Page 12


Youth at Wewahitchka
Former Mill Town Reinvents Itself
As Top Beach Destination...
WindMark II Receives Public
Perusal
Mayor Pate Announces Candidacy
John Reeves Seeking Group I
Commission Seat
Planning the Waterfront and
Summer Water Rates Top Agenda
Battle Street Project Nears
Completion


ers.


Sen. Nelson pledges support

Brockman New Arizona Chemical
Plant Manager
Maintaining the Home Fires:
Programs and Drives for Troops
State Auditors' Arrive at Mexico
Beach
Be\ Kdlgr Explore- Bid For
Congress
Amnesty Day Goes'Well
Gulf Coast Coop Hosts D.C.
Contest
Opportunity Florida Announces
Adoption of Legislative Agenda
April 2003
Cathy Colbert Gj lfs Teacher of the
Year
Port Theatre Approved for National
Historic Registry
Public Gets A Look at Plans for
WindMark Phase II
Remembering the Troops
Report Highlights Upward Flight of
Birding Festival
Turn Light Hope Dim at 1st and 98
Regional Outlook Remains Strong
Despite National Trends
Arizona Chemical Tabs New Plant
Manager; Beyer Promoted
Mock Accident Drill In
Wewahitchka
Area United Way Distributes $1.34
Million
School Board Assessing the
Increase
Mexico Beach Gets High Marks
from Annual Audit
Warriner Named Chair of GCCC
Foundation,
Commission Feels It's Been Left
Holding the Bag
Langston Foundation Gets Boost
from St. Joe Community
Foundation
Strong Early Demand Shown for
PSJ Commerce Center
Three Local Residents Are Finalists
for Jefferson Awards
Mocking the Indestructibility of


Glenda Whiting Nominated for
Jefferson Award
Sen. Bob Graham Comments On
Iraq
Academic Teams Making "Odyssey"
to Orlando
Wewa Commission Making Plans
for New Library's Grand Opening
Bay Medical Gulf County, Now
Providing Diagnostics and
Physician Appointments
Bay Medical Opens Satellite
Branch
Congressman Boyd Offers Help
with CBRA Battle
Beach Driving. WindMark, and
Gulf to Bay Highway Top
Commission Agenda
Sonny Chafin Seeking Group I
Commission Seat
The Star Goes to Iraq
Bev Kilmer Announces Candidacy
for Congress
1998 Arson Con-iction Overturned
Wewa Burglar's Trail Extends to
Panama City Beach
Thomas "Gene" Lee is Recognized
Posthumniously
Movie Gallery Opening .
Panhandle Players Present an
Evening of One-Act Plays
May 2003
12 Cape Homes Damaged by
W\aterspouts-No Injuries
Portions of Beach to Close to Night
Driving
Beard Announces Bid for Group II
Seat
Clifford Jones Seeking Office
San Pedro Announces for .Group I
Post
"Perky" White Is Running for Group
I
Gold Card Banquet Recognizes
Achievers
Three Riders Earn Trip to Tampa
for State Competition
House Speaker Outlines Strength
of FL Economy
Local Student Wins at State
Science Fair
Public Favors New Highway
MTI Site Will Awaken Under New
Ownership
Commission Fires Code Officer and
Restricts County Vehicle Use
Rachel Crews Seeking Group II City
Seat
What's Your Sign-Ordinance?
Wewa's Tupelo Honey Festival-A
Honey of a Deal
Tele-Radiology Arrives at Gulf
Pines Hospital
Information Wanted in Dog Cruelty
Case
Georgette Washington Convicted:
During Annual Law Day Program
at Historic Courthouse
School Board Trying to Mend
Fences with County. Over Fees


2003 Community Needs
Assessment
Mill Demo Hits Home Stretch
District Initial FCAT Scores Solid
Reeves and Crews Take Council
Seats
Gulf Commission Aids New
Businesses; Responds to Letter
from Union
Honey of a Time Buzzing for Tupelo
Weekend
Governor Appoints Hosea Pittman
to Civil Service Board
Mexico Beach Examining Options
for Garbage Pickup
Friends of the Library Offer Plaques
to Honor Local Industry Workers
Riley Named Non-Instructional
Employee of the Year
Nekton Pilot Refurbished at Gulf
County Shipyard
Gulf Students Score High
Bense Lone Candidate for '05-'06
House Speaker
Several Local Projects Left Out As
State Budget Negotiations Reach
Finish Line
24-Year-Old Riddle--Bones Still
Hiding Their Story
Remembering Their Fallen
Brethren In Uniform
PSJ City Commission Discusses
Development
Economic Trends Continue
Upward
Kilmer Announces More Money for
Gulf Schools
Firefighters Battle Woodsfires
School Board Transfers Principals
Gulf Commission Concerned About
Stump Hole
PSJ High School Student Victim of
Hit and Run
131 Gulf Seniors Participate in
Graduation
Wewa Will Adjust for Summer
Sewer Rates
Lighthouse Funding 'Restored
Six Loggerhead Sea Turtles


Gulf County Finances Grant Writer
Turning the Bay and Beach into a
Laboratory
Arts Council Reaches 1st Birthday
with Vision
Wayne Summers Named MVP by
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Port Theatre Officially Gains
Listing on National Register of
Historic Places
Mallard Cablevision Files for
Chapter 11 Reorganization
Port City Shopping Center Fills
Commercial Spaces with
Businesses
School Grades Show Positive
Results
Chase Ends in Mishap
Weatherspoon Awarded the Bronze
Star
National Collegiate Award Winner
in Student Government
Piggly Wiggly Employees on the
Move
Stone Working on ,Mill. Site
Assessment
Four Honored for Life Saving
Efforts at Park
Budget Coimmittee Gains Board
Favor
State Signs Off on Structure for St.
Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve.
S.S. Vamar Nomination Setting Sail
26 of "Jerry's Kids" Enjoy Week of
Camp at Rish Park
PSJ High and Middle School Gets
: New Roof After 35 Years
Area Fireworks Set For July 4
Windmark Beach Club and Design
House Unveiled
July 2003
4th Fireworks Explosion
St. Joe Foundation Awards
$30,000 Grant to Care Closet.
90th Birthday Bash in Progress
School Board Discards Block
Schedule at PSJHS
Home Talks Education
Wewa Moves Forward On Land Use


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Buzzett's and Campbell's Drugs sold to Eckerd's


Slaughtered
Angie Olsen Represents Gulf in
Essay Contest
June 2003
United Way of NW FL Announces
New Resource Development
Director
Presnell's Marina Launching Plans
New Commissioners Sworn In .
-Vacationer Drowns at State Park
"Signs" of Change-Wewa Bank
Now BankTrust of Florida
Local S.W.A.T. Up in Smoke Over
Budget Cuts
Donations Boost Mexico Beach Fire
and Emergency Department'
Funds
Progress Energy Making Progress'
Elderly with Energy Bills
Clean-up and Kayak Fest is a Big
Success -
S.S. Vamar Historic Preserve?
Celebrate Port St. Joe-90th
Birthday Bash Planned
$2 Million in Cocaine Found
Washed Ashore
125 Participate in 2nd Annual
"Kids Win" Tournament
Plans Made for Last Tapper
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George G. Tapper Golf Invitational Committee 1976-Top left to right: Tom Coldewey, Charles Whitehead,
Dr. Joe Hendrix, J.V. Bubba Gander, Dr. Bob King. Bottom left to right: David Carl Gaskin, Senator George G.
Tapper, B. Roy Gibson.


Changes
Carter Becomes Member of
National Scholastic Society
Four Month Drug Investigation
Yields Arrests, Illegal Drugs
Golf Carts Are Prohibited in PSJ
Gulf/Franklin Center Bids Farewell
to Barker and Welcomes Ropelis
$2.8 Million Received for Florida
Coastal Management Program
Mill Demo. Work Extended to
Include Warehouse
Gov.. Bush Awards Rural Grant to
Gulf County to Support Local
Business Development
Budget Review Board Continues to
Get Good Reviews
Picnic Bench Used to Commit
Burglary
Fourth of July Celebrations Blazed
,Among the Rain
Changes at Ed Ball Should Benefit
Local Hunters
The Bank Breaks Ground
Joseph's Cottage Celebrates New
Location
St. Joe Kids Holds Grand Opening
GCCC to Offer Smurfit Stone
Certification Program
State Deals with Dr. Ivers
Gulf Commission Supports
Riverine Training
PSJ Gets First Look at Marina
Commercial Park
County Seeks Emergency Funding
for Lighthouse
Wewahitchka Adopts Resolution
Approving River Training
School Board Adopts Tentative '03-
'04 Budget
Answers for Traffic Light May Be
On The Way???
County Swats/Sprays at
Mosquitoes
School Board Adopts '03-'04
Budget
Arvida Unveils Beach Club anc
Model Home at WindMark
Tim Croft Promoted to News Editor
School Board Formally Adopts
Tentative Budget for 2003-'04
Rep. Boyd Will File CBRA Bill
White and Ross Re-Appointed to
Port Authority
Gulf County Scholarship Prograir
Awards Over $30,000 to
Graduates
Langston Foundation Awarded
Grant


August 2003
It's Back to School We Go
Hitting the $1,000,000 Jackpot
Ground Broken for New Medical
Center in Wewa
Port Group Visits Port Canaveral
Attack and Chase Last Wednesday
Wewahitchka 'Set to Raise Water
and Sewer Rates
Mexico Beach Board Considers
Using Duren Proceeds for
Pressing Bills
New Sea Level Caf6 Hosts Grand
Opening
2003 Photo & Artist Craftsmen
Contests
Cancer Support Group Forming
Catfish Classic Draws 317 Anglers,
160 Boats
Hospital Issues Aired
Gulf School Board All But Rules
Out New Bond Issue
Wewa Middle School Is An "A"
School After All
PSJ Appoves Marina Cove
Schools Fall Short of Federal
Standards
Lots of Bikes on Found List at
Mexico Beach
Hometown Hero Honored
Clifford Chester Sims Veterans
Nursing Home Dedicated
Faison Named President Southeast
Region
7th Annual Scallop Festival
Kickoffs
Gulf Commissioners Lower Milage
Rate-$242.000 CIut
Drop:Letter of Suppcrt for Hospital -
Budget Hearings Scheduled for
Taxing Authorities
Charles Whitehead Public Library
Dedicated
Teachers/District Negotiations
Locked Over Insurance Cost
Friends of Library Raising Funds
Local Law Enforcement
Participates in Strike Force 98
Gulf Schools Report Progession
Changes
September 2003
Hospital Negotiating Sale
Decision on Future of Gulf Pines
Likely in the Next 45 Days
Youth Survey Reflects State and
National. Drug, Alcohol Use
Trends
Wewahitchka Community Crushed
with News of Fatal Auto Accident
PSJ Looking to Raise Water/Sewer
Rates
Sheriff Substation Opens in Wewa
Up From the Rubble: Watson
Brothers Const. Inc.
West Nile Virus Suspected in Gulf
Gulf Commission Lowers Millage
School Board Approves Final
Budget But Not Without Debate
Buzzett's Sign Will Change Before
the End of September
Eckerd Also Purchasing and
Closing Campbell's City Drugs,
WindMark DRI Moving Forward
Pristine Properties Has Grand


Opening
Bacterial Meningitis Diagnosed In
A Gulf County Resident
Still Unconfirmed Two Suspected
Cases of West Nile Investigated by
State
Wewahitchka Deals with Another
Fatal Accident
Gulf Commission Stays at Reduced
Millage Rate
PSJ May Get Turn Lane at 1st & 98
Patriots Honored at Wewahitchka
Elementary
Chateau Nemours Sold; To House
Local Bank .
Wewa High Senior Sturggling with
Aftermath
Multi-Car. Accident Remains Under
Investigation
First F/A-22 Squadron
Commander Flies Raptor
Watford Welcomed Home
Brownfield Committee Meets On
Mill Site Evaluation
West 'Nile Death Confirmed As
Third Case Is Suspected
Red Tide Present In Area
Commission Names New Chair
Education Foundation Receives
Dollars for Mini-Grants Program
October 2003
Wewa Hopes For The Safe Return of
One of It's Own
Three Cases of West Nile Now
Confirmed In Gulf
3rd Annual Birding and Wildflower
Festival Kicks Off Guarding Irag;
Hoping for Return Home Soon
Sheriff Ken Murphy Took Gulf
Temporary Appointment Oct. 1
Mexico Beach Approves Final
Budget
Lighthouse Project Again Ranked
For State Grant
Mexico Beach Projects Moving
Forward
Tapper Invitational Takes Final
Walk
St. Joe's Make Swap
Senator Nelson Pledges Help with
Insurance
Wewa Copes with Tragedy
12 Applications In For Sheriffs Job
Commission Sets New Public
Speaking Policy
Visitor Drowns at Mexico Beach
Meth Lab, Two People, Busted In
Dalkeith
One More Case of West Nile
Confirmed: Another Suspected
Education Foundation Awards
Mini-Grants
Old Schoolhouse Property Now
"Village of St. Joseph"
School Board Awards Contracts
For Wewa Roofs
Commodity Program Changes
Could Significantly Impact Poor of
Gulf County
Morning Star Has Pending Deal to
Purchase Hospital
Mexico Beach to Continue
Operating Sanitation Services

See REVIEW on Page 14


Cathy Colbert is Gulf's Tecacher of the Year


Mary Linda and Wilbur Butts are Jefferson Award winners.










Page 14A The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004


Review from Page 13


Fourteen Apply to Become Next
Gulf County Sheriff
"Raptor" Is Rolled Out at Tyndall
Allen Boyd Will Seek Re-Election
St. Joe Foundation Pledges
$250,000 to GCCC Scholarship
HUBZone Celebrates Local
Business Opportunity Success
Geoffrey Helms Selected to Attend
National Youth Leaders
Conference
Gulf Participating in National
Kindergarten Study on Transition
County Looks at EMS and Waste
Management
Governor. Honors Wewahitchka as
Outstanding Rural Community
Coastal Community Bank Cuts
Ribbon
Jimmy Remembers B-17 "Flying
Fortress"
"Needles and Thread & Cancer
Society Open Resource Closet


Hammond New Gulf County Sheriff
Wewa Man In Fatal Accident
Budget Review Committee and
Commission At Odds
Wewa Man Arrested in Fatal
Accident
Voters Go to Polls at Mexico Beach
St. Joe Foundation Grants $38,000
For Highland View
Another Case of West Nile
Confirmed
Lynn Costin Succeeds Howard As
Mexico Beach CDC Pres./CEO
Sims Veterans Home Accepts First
Patient
Bayside Savings Bank Opens
Kiwanians Help Library Fund
November 2003
Mexico Beach Splits on
Incumbents
St. Joe Trying to Create A Love
Connection-to Restore A Species
PSJ Putting Bite in,Dog Ordinance


Bense Preparing For Ascension to
Speaker of the House
Godwin Named to Port Authority
Hammond Takes Oath of Office
Boyd Files for Flood Relief
Veterans Honored... Community
Remembers the Sacrifices of
Those In Uniform
District and Teachers Union at
Stalemate Over Insurance
Christmas for Adults and Kids
Nears Goal
Wewahitichka Son Is Honored for
Service
Courthouse Roof and Dump
Trucks Top Commission Agenda
Local Teachers Head to New York
for Conference
Young Writers Gather for Workshop
Wewa Tweaks Sewer Rates
State Purchases Box R Ranch;
Approves Sale of Timber Island
Linda Wood New School Board
Chairman
Black Bear Visits PSJ
4th Annual Christmas on the Coast
Extends to Three Weeks


Tim Wilder Announces Plans To
Seek Superintendent Seat
Sewer Rehab Could Cost $9 Million
School Board Impasse Hearing
Slated
Mexico Beach Hears Pitch on 1
Sales Tax
Bense Takes Listening Tour of Gulf
County
Forston Nets Big One in Cast Net
Contest
Community: Wide Thanksgiving
Service
Wild Ride Ends in Conviction
New Health Department Services
Surpass patients' Expectations
Gulf Pines Sale Approved
Murder Suspect from Mississippi Is
Snagged
Rachel Bixler Named 2003/2004
Gulf County Junior Miss
District/Union Settle; Avoid
Impasse Hearing


Red Tide Returns to St. Joseph Bay
Judy Campbell Gulfs First
Nationally Certified Teacher
December 2003
Pearl Harlbor Day Ceremony
Mexico Beach Audit In
PSJ To Name Section of Hwy. 98
Honoring Clifford Sims
At Large Voting Question Going
Back To Voters Again .
Teen Court Goes Through Changes
Gulf Names Teacher of the Year
Flu Shots Running Out In County
Cape Flood Insurance Bill Hearings
Set for February
Wewa Handles Bookkeeping
Boat Trailer Parking Hits A Snag at
Mexico Beach
Sabiston Remains as Administrator.
Foundation Provides Boost To
Library-Thermometer Nears
Halfway Mark
School Employees Receive Stocking


Stuffers
Port Visioning Coming Into Focus
Report States No Public Health
Risk at Mill View,
Port Authority Passes on Yacht
Business
Seeing, Maybe A Bit Too Much of
the World
Partnership for Families, Inc.;
Finalizing Contract With
Department of Children and
Families
PSJ Cable System Will Soon Join
the Digital Television Age ,
Gulf Seeks To Expand Enterprise
Zone Boundaries
Vermont Man Found Dead in:
Church Parking Lot
Home For Christmas
Another Wreck Claims Life of A
Wewa Resident
Bonati Outlines Hospital Plans
Florida Dept. of Health-On the
Watch for Meningitis.


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Many people in the United
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care is available for nursing facility
residents. This lack of awareness of
hospice means that all too often
Americans in nursing homes and
assisted living facilities die alone
and in pain.
According to the National
Hospice and Palliative Care
Organization (NHPCO), there are
currently more than 40 million
Americans over the age of 65 and in
the next thirty years that number
is expected to double. People over
85 are the fastest growing segment
of our population. And yet, it is
estimated that fewer than 25% of
all Americans have completed
advance directives that tell their
family and physician what their
wishes would be should they face a
life-limiting illness.
The burden of "what to do" fre-
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feelings of guilt and remorse when
the patient has to be placed in a
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whose loved ones die in nursing
homes often feel guilty because
they can't manage their care at
home. There is sometimes dissen-
sion among family members about
the decision to have a parent
moved to a nursing facility," says
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process individuals will face when
the patient does ultimately die and
is one of the reasons it is important
to have hospice care. Hospice nurs-
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management. They also provide
counseling and support to family
members, loved ones and nursing
facility staff during the illness and
after the patient's death, each of
these groups receive bereavement
counseling as well.
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pain management. We create a per-,
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Pam Nobles, FSU Alumni, per-
for Homecoming. She is, a former
Pam Noblestudio in
Performs with
FSU Band
Pam Nobles, FSU Alumni, per-
formed with the FSU Alumni Band
for Homecoming. She isfa former
FSU Majorette and is owner of Paer-
Nobles Dance Studio in
Apalachicola.e she was enrolled at
She was also one of the FSU
Majorettes who went with the FSU
Marching Chiefs for a "Goodwill
Ambassador Trip" to Syria and
Damascus for two weeks to per-
form while she was enrolled at
FSU.


Left to right, Deann Wilson, Pam
Nobles, and Pam Parker.

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not visiting sites that offer "free" anything, unless it is
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Princess Looking For a Home


Currently available for adop-
tion at the Humane Society are
Princess, white with orange spots,
18 months old (pictured); Mindy, a
brindle bulldog mix puppy three
For the deal of your life, see me!



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(850)785-5221
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2251 W.23rd Street
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and a half months; Patton, a large,
bulldog, buckskin-brindle color;
Dudley, a dark brown male long-
hair; Marcel, a golden retriever
mix.


Homer, a, black/white kitty
about nine to eleven weeks; Cee
Cee, a 5 month old tri-colored
female kitty; Cindi, a tabby kitty 4
months old; and a large number of


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kittens. Please come see!
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Humane Society's web site at
www.sjbhumanesociety.org.


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E-mail:


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COMING SOON
* Magnolia Bluff Subdivision
in St. Joe Beach
* Zoned for homes only
* Easy Beach Access
Call us for a complete listing of
all properties for sale in the area.
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ASSOCIATES
Charlotte Sanford
850-647-3609


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850-527-2560


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850-527-7525


INVESTING IN REAL ESTATE HAS CONTINUED TO BE THE BEST INVESTMENT


i area real estae has COMMERCIAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES


continued to increase at an
average of 20-30% a year for
the last 6 years. With all the
changes occurring in the area
property, beachfront or across


om the beach is still afford- 2790 Hwy. 98 Prime Commercial
O t be S S afford Investment Business is relocating Bay view
able. Now is the time and location with many possibilities. This will be one of the
Mexico Beach is the place! first commercial sites when Hwy. 98 is re-routed.
GULF FRONT* GULF SIDE GU$795 900.00

GULF FRONT GULF SIDE GULF VI


1001 Hwy. 98 Mexico Beach Gulf Front This unique
design and floor plan maximizes the income producing capabili-
ties of this GULF FRONT property. 5 BR/5 BA .with two levels that
can be rented together or as individual units. Completely furnished
and decorated. On a 66.6' Gulf front lot. $1,200,000.00


7201 Hwy 98 Hava Bias St.Joe Beach Gulf Front
- 2 BR/2 1/2 BA duplex on street end at St. Joe Beach. Large
upper and lower private covered decks. Currently on rental pro-
,gram. $595,000.00



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3903 Hwy. 98 Beach Side property zoned Tourist Commercial. 2 corner lots with 100' on Hwy. 98 x 150'
deep. 40'x70' Spurry All Steel building with 20' roll up doors approved for 180 mph wind load. Built in 1995.
$1,100,000.00


IEW CANAL FRONT CANAL VIEW


204 Hwy 98 Mexico Beach Gulf View Cie ,.,pdair
ed 2 BR/1 BA cottage with fantastic Gulf view located at
Dedicated Beach area of Mexico Beach. Screened porch plus ele-
vated sun deck. New 3 car garage off Oleander Avenue. On
50'x150' lot. $429,000.00


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1904 Forest Park Port St. Joe Beautiful 2 story 3 104 B. Miramar Drive Bluewater Thownhome#9 -
BR/2.5 BA Victorian home with a 300 SF bonus room that has- Mexico Beach Canal Front 2 BR/2 BA BEACH SIDE town
n't been finished, great for another bedroom or home office, home with boat dock and pool. Easy, short access to Beach!
Located in a wonderful neighborhood near schools. Completely furnished and decorated. $365,000.00
$259,900.00

NEW DEVELOPMENT & VACANT LOTS & LAND
Summer Place Subdivision Gulf view lot with community swimming pool, Approved set of plans available. $225,000
Paradise Cove Subdivision Affordable subdivision with ma rnnit~sLl gv 5'x200' each. Landscaped entrance, paved
street with ribbon curbing, large pond, city water and sewer, unc deAs eI .v,'i lfyle street lighting, passive park area. Easy
access to dedicated beach area! Federal Flood Insurance, Covenants and Restriclions, Architectural Controls. Now available at
$79,900.00
000 Hwy 386 Beautiful lot close to the beach with mature trees, partially cleared. $95,000.00
406 Arizona Dr. 100'xl 08' residential lot is jurisdictional wetlands, rfllHler has DEP and COE permits to clear and fill pad. Copy
of permits on file with listing agent. $56,900.00
400 Maryland Blvd. Large 100'X145' lot, ready to build, water & action fee has been paid. Trees cut to make room for your
home. 16 loads of quality fill dirt spread over lot. Only 3 blocks to dedicaPIel.er $84,900.00


126 A S. 42nd Street El Dalton Mexico Beach -
Gulf Front 3 BR/2.5 BA townhome on 32.92' gulf front lot.
Covered deck off living room and sun deck off master bedroom.
Completely furnished and currently on rental program.
$425,000.00


8l 1 A Hwy. Yv. uuir rronT I Bz ur A onac, war, rro,
covered balcony overlooking the Gulf. LR, DR, Kitchen Combo.
Concrete packing underneath unit.


512 C Hwy. 98 Mexico Beach Beach View 2
BR/2.5 BA end unit townhome on unobstructed dedicated beach.
Great rental unit. $297,500.00


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Our Readers

Write

,Letters to the

Dear Gov. Bush
I am writing to ask your help!
My husband and I bought a lovely
home on Cape San Blas in Port St.
Joe, Florida. We bought our home
at the location we did because it
was in the "C" zone, (now referred
to "X" zone). This zone meant that
we did not have to purchase flood
insurance. However, on November
7, 2002 FEMA changed their flood
maps which changed the flood
zones. We went from a "C" zone to a
"VE" zone. The consequence of this
is we are now required to purchase
flood insurance. At present, FEMA
is not available and private insur-
ance for our home is in excess of
$10,000 per year. Does this seem
fair to you?
This leads to my request for
your help. Will you support the new
bill HR 3333 so that we will be able
to purchase FEMA flood insur-
ance? We can't express enough
what a burden the private insur-
ance is to us not to mention the
economic effect to Gulf County
from a personal and professional
standpoint.
We own a small business, One
Source Mortgage, LLC. Since we
are a mortgage company, we need
to have flood insurance on proper-
ties that are not in the "X" zone on
the loans we close. Since FEMA is
not available, many times we can't
provide financing because the pri-
vate is not available or cost is pro-
hibited.
Thank you in advance for your
support to this cause.
Regards,. :
Mary Ann Conroy

Have A Safe Holiday
Dear Editor,
As we all prepare for the par-
ties, gatherings and celebrations
that come with the holiday season,
law enforcement also prepares for
something much less pleasant-
the increased numbers of fatalities
and injuries due to traffic crashes.
From Thanksgiving to New
Year's, the Port St. Joe Police
Department joined with law
enforcement across the state to
combat this problem. We are par-
ticipating in the "Buckle Up
Florida" and "You .Drink & Drive,.
You Lose" combime safety belt and
DUI enforcement wave from
November 21, 2003 to January 4,
2004. Officers will be on busy
streets, quiet roads and highways,
in the daytime and at night, for a
month and a half, to ensure that
the holiday parties and events end
as happily as they began. We will
be out in force to arrest impaired
drivers and issue tickets to
motorists who are not buckled up.,
The message is not to refrain
from having fun. The message is,
that if you drink, you should not
drive; and when you are in a car,
you should always be buckled up.
Because impairment begins with
the first drink, transportation
should be arranged'before attend-
ing an event where alcohol will be
served. And, no matter how short
the distance that you are traveling,
it is imperative that all drivers and '
passengers wear safetI belts'.
This is a message that we send


each year, and I'm sure most peo-
ple have heard it before.
Unfortunately, many people put
their lives and the lives of others in
danger because they choose to
drink and drive. We see too many
unnecessary deaths and injuries
during the holidays, and this year,
we are going to work hard to
change that.
Sincerely,
Acting Chief James Hersey,

Honored to Judge
I have been honored to judge
the last two Gulf County Jr. Miss
competitions. Having chosen Port
St. Joe to retire and spend the rest
of our lives, partly because of the
lovely people we met here, it was a
joy to' see the caliber of our young
people. One thing my husband and
I loved about Port St. Joe from the
start was the strong Christian val-
ues still alive and obvious. When
we drove into town for our first
Christmas here ten years ago, I saw
the huge welcoming wise men on
the highway leading to numerous
nativities all over town, we knew we
had chosen the right place. Hearing
two groups of Jr. Miss candidates
from Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe
answer our interview questions
from that. same obvious belief
strength was confirmation of what
a special place this is.
The Jr. Service League does an
admirable job of their many proj-
ects and returns much to our com-
munity. Only by being behind the
scenes can a person fully appreci-
ate the tremendous work that goes
into pulling off these things. These
fine ladies give up huge amounts of
time to do these good works. I was
there, I saw their diligence and
commend them. This is a good
project that' rewards academics
and extra curricular excellence in'
our county seniors. Both of my,
judging years we had excellent can-
didates and winners. We are proud


"CL SMYORFE ROET AUEAAYI!


s "CAPE SAN BLAS LANDMARK"
Great Business Opportunity in the
heart' of the #1 Beaches.
BeachComber's Restaurant is offered
turn-key including all fixtures, invento-
ry, staffing, and business. A RARE
OPPORTUNITY AND OFFERED
AT $695,000.


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Gulf, front home on Cape San
Bias This home features incredible
Views and spacious decks. Newly
remodeled. Offered @ $629,000.







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S Commercial building located in
downtown Port St. Joe. 2700
,%g square feet with showroom and 3
offices plus additional storage.
Recently renovated. Priced to sell @
$250,000.


4975-A
Business: 850.


P. 0. Box 8

342 West 1st Street

Port St. Joe, Florida 32456


k Cape San Bias Road, Port St. Joe, FL 32456
.227-9000 Toll-Free: 866-229-5525 Fax: 850-227.9111
beachrealty@flbeaches.net www.flbeahes.net


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PARK This 2 BR/2 BA gulf front unit
boasts superb views, vaulted ceilings,
fireplace, spacious decks, snappy
decor and much more! OFFERED
FULLY FURNISHED 1 @
$289,500. AND 1 @$295,500.


"Location, Location, Location
-On Indian Pass Beach with
Fantastic Gulf Viewsl Located in sweeping views of the Gulf of
Indian Pass, this 2 BR/ 2BA home fea- Mexico. Quality construction, 3
tures spacious decks with great views BR/2.5 BA with office, gas fireplace,
of the Gulf of Mexico. Priced to sell wet bar, and professionally decorated.
@ $560,000. OFFERED @ $1,100,000.


Phone g50-648-4302 office

cell 850-227-5749 Roger

cell 850-527-3504 Glenn

Fax 850-648-6497 office


to have these lovely, talented,
bright ladies represent us as our
Jr. Miss. Last year Katy received an
award at the regional level and we
feel sure Rachel will do extremely
well likewise. Accolades to Port St.
Joe and Wewahitchka-the par-
ents, churches, schools-the peo-
plel The good ole American values
are still alive and well here. Thank
God! Merry Christmas!
Geri Anderson

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Cancer Support

Group Meets

January 6th
Gulf County Cancer Support
Group will be meeting January 6th
at St. James Episcopal Church,
Port St. Joe, at '7:00 p.m. The guest
speaker will be Judge Fred Witten.
He will be speaking about the sup-
port needed for non-cancer family
members. Everyone is invited to go
and take a friend or spouse. For
information, call Von at 227-9880.



LIVING CHRISTMAS GIFTS!
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CITRUS--TRESS FRUIT
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4 BARRIER DUNES #70
Cape San Bias Interior
SImmaculate two bedroom,
rtwo bath townhome is cen-
S t raly located to pool, tennis,
S ponds. Boardwalk to the
beach. MLS#97623. Call
Donna: Murray, Realtor
850-229-2777.


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Cape San Bias Bayfront
New three bedroom plus
activity room, three bath new
home on the bay. Stainless
appliances, shared dock and
great Gulf view! MLS#95928.
Call Sammy Thompson or
Paulette Eleare, Realtors'"-
850-229-2777.


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LOTS:
Cape San Bias Bayfront. Even Tide Lots 3, 4 and 5 are nice home
sites in new gated community. MLS#9296, 9300 and 9310. $200,000
$205,000. Margaret or Jeff Fletcher, Realtors 850-229-2777.
Cape San Bias Interior. Lot 7 Peninsula Estates. Best price on the
Cape for this building site near the state park. MLS#92378. $95,600.
Call Sammy Thompson or Paulette Cleare, Realtors 850-229-2777.
St. Joe Beach Interior. 100 Hidden Ridge Road fi acre lot in up and
coming area near Sunset Village. Cleared and ready to build with under-
ground utilities and paved street access. MLS#97487. $175,,000. Call
Sammy Thompson or Paulette Cleare, Realtors 850-229-2777.
Port St. Joe Interior. 914 20th Street nice building site in area where
lots of new construction is going on. Near community college and
schools, nice community. MLS#98301. $115,000. Call Paulette Cleare
or Sammy Thompson, Realtors at 850-229-2777.
Second and Third Tier. SEACLIFFS E + F This pristine.property will
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beautiful beaches of St. Joseph State Park. $420,000. MLS#96845. Call
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ENDLESS SUMMER >
Cape San Bias First Tier
Brand new four bedroom,
three and one-half bath home 7
is partially furnished and has
elevator shaft. Boardwalk
access to beach. Excellent ",. $ ,
Gulf views. MLS#96363.

Paulette Cleare, Realtors
850-229-2777. &:w' "
4 CLAYTON HOUSE
Y$499,0007U Money Bayou Gulf View
.. Tvo bedrooms plus loft; two
-bah custom home with large
Sgame room, lots of extra fea-
-. ---- '-... tures. High ceilings, beautiful
1 ,,a |, view of the Gulf. Federal flood
insurance available.
MLS#98196. Call Paulette
Cleare or Sammy Thompson,
Real ors 850-229-2777.

A PARADISE $ 300,OO
Cape, San Bias Interior
New 1/2 of duplex has been
professionally decorated. Eay
access to nice beach. .al
MLS#96308. Call Paulette
Cleare or Sammy Thompson. ,.nM
Realtors 850-229-2777.

4 THE DUNES CLUB
OF CAPE SAN BLAS
Cape San Bias Gulf front
W111i' IiEWNm Ku Three condo units and two.
duplex irstier units left in
thi Lbulous beach front
com muni ry. Three bedroom,
E & ro and one-half baths, eleva-
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,parkingappliances and storm
shutters included. Don't miss
out! MLS# 98076, 94161,.94853, 95177, 95178. Call Paulette Cleare
or Sammy Thompson, Realtors 850-229-2777.

SANDSCAPE .
Cape San Bias Gulf front -00,00
wonderful vacation home........
right on the beach:,four bed-
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with full kitchen and bath..,
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Care for a Living Gift


SThe Star is the Place for All of Your
Printing and Business Supply Needs)/


By Roy Lee Carter,
County Extension Agent
Individuals who were recipients
of a dish garden, potted flower, or
foliage plant this Christmas, may be
wondering how to care for the "liv-
ing" gift. Most homeowners kill their
plants with kindness.
Over watering and over fertiliz-
ing often cause more problems than
a lack of these essentials for plant
growth. Keep the following ideas in
mind and plants will be around for
many years to come.
First of all, there is no such
thing as a house plant-"intended to
grow inside a home, office or other
building." When plants are grown
indoors, several restrictions are
imposed on them. Lack of sufficient
light and low humidity are probably
the most severe restrictions but
temperature can also be a problem.
Many foliage plants prefer a rel-
atively strong, filtered or diffused
light. Places near windows or light
fixtures are usually suitable, but
avoid direct sunlight or very dark
areas of the home. Flowering plants
such as mums and poinsettias will
stand more light than foliage plants
and should be placed in bright


Sheriff's Report
December 19: David W.
Jamerson, w/m, 25, Wewahitchka,
VOP-burglary; Donna Mathis, w/f,
35, Howard Creek, VOP-sale con-
trolled substance.
December 22: Joshua Penix,
w/m, 22, Wewahitchka, child sup-
port; Nicholas Morning, b/m, 24,
Port St. Joe, child support;
Desmond E. Baxter, b/m, 26,
Pensacola, child support; Ronald
E. Lewis, w/m, 34, Columbus, GA,
VOP-possession marijuana;
Rhonda Kennell, w/f, 27,
Wewahitchka, VOP-felony DWLSR;
Ronnie Brake, w/m, 57, Port St.
Joe, VOP-felony DWLSR; Ronald B.
Jones, w/m, 39, Tallahassee, theft.

PSJ Police Beat
December 15: Vickie D.
Cryderman, Eastpoint, VOP-pos-
session of cocaine.
December 18: Jared C. Little,
19, Port St. Joe, theft.'
December 25: James Tyrone
Hamilton, 30, Port St. Joe, DUI.
December 27: Heleen Idell
Doyle, 34, Ochlocknee, GA, DUI,
possession of marijuana, drug
paraphernalia, and controlled sub-
stance without prescription.
The Port St. Joe Police
Deplartmerit has issued the follow-
ing licensing requirements for rid-
ing motorcycles, mopeds, scooters,
and other two or three wheel motor
vehicles.
If 50cc or less, these vehicles
are not motorcycles by driver
license law definition, FS
322.01(25), so a motorcycle
endorsement is not needed per FS
322.03(4); however, to operate
them on streets and roadways...
You must be at lease 16 years
old and hold at least a regular
operator (Class E) or "Motorcycle
Only" driver license. (Reason: Even
though these vehicles are 50 cc or
less, they still fall under the driver
license law. definition of "Motor
Vehicle" and a driver license is
required to operate a "motor vehi-
cle".) FS 322.03(1),,322.01(26), and
322.05(1).
F.S. 322.01(26) "Motor Vehicle"
means any .self-propelled vehicle,
including a motor vehicle combina-
tion, not operated upon rails or
guideway, excluding vehicles
moved solely by human power,
motorized wheelchairs, and motor-
ized bicycles as defined in F.S.
316.003.
F.S. 322.35 Permitting unau-
thorized minor to drive. No person
shall cause or knowingly permit
his or her child or ward under the
age of 18 years to drive a motor
vehicle upon any highway when
such minor is not authorized by
the provisions of this chapter.,
Violation of F.S. 322.35 is a
second-degree misdemeanor car-
ring a fine of up to $500.00 and/or
a term of imprisonment of up to 60
days in jail.
Is there a motorized vehicle


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areas.
Watering is one of the chief
causes of failure with plants in the
home, especially for containers
which don't have drainage holes.
Generally speaking, most house
plants will require a thorough soak-
ing once a week. Water only when
necessary and don't let the pots
stand in saucers of water unless the


you can operate without a driver'
license? Yes, if at least 16, you may
ride a bicycle with an electric
helper-motor that can not go faster
than 20 miles per hour on level
ground. Per 322.03(1), 322.01(26)
and 316.003(2).
It would be a good idea to
check the laws regarding the safe
and legal operation of scooters
before purchasing these. "motor
vehicles". There is currently a con-
cern for the safety of persons oper-
ating these vehicles on the roads
without proper licensing and the
laws are clear regarding their use.
City Ordinance Regarding
Abandoned and/or Junked
Vehicles in Port St. Joe
The Port St. Joe Police
\Department is currently posting
properties for abandoned and/or
junked vehicles. Unsheltered stor-
age for a period of thirty (30) days
or more within the corporate limits
of the city, except in licensed junk
yards, of old and unused stripped
junk automobiles not in good and
safe operating conditions, and of
any other vehicles. nmadhink,-
implements or equipment or per-


plants are very tolerant to excess
water. Over watering can kill the
plant roots and increase the chance
of disease and eventually kill the
entire plant.
Most plants grow well in tem-
peratures of 60 to 70 degrees. Don't,
place the plants in drafty locations
where sudden changes in tempera-
ture occur and don't place plants
,close to heaters or air conditioners.
Proper fertilization is another
important part of growing healthy
plants. Follow. all the directions on
the container so that over fertiliza-
tion doesn't occur. Too much fertil-
izer can eventually kill plants.
Watch for the common symp-
toms of foliage plant trouble which
are as follows:
Brown tips or burned margins
of leaves-caused by too much fer-
tilizer, plants dried out temporarily
or wind burn.
Yellowing and dropping of
leaves-can be caused by gas
fumes, chilling, over watering, poor
drainage and poor aerating.
Weak growth, light green or yel-
low leaves-indicate too intense
light, lack of fertilizer, or a poor root
system.


Law nforemet Reort


sonal property of any kind which iA
no longer safe or usable for the
purposes for which it was -manu-
factured. Any vehicle which does
not have a current tag shall be con-


dis ered a junked au obile.


Officers are currently locating and
documenting these vehicles which
are not in compliance of city ordi-
nance #296. For further informa-
tion, call the Port St. Joe Police
Department at 229-8265.

Mexico Beach
Police Report

The Mexico Beach Police
Department reports the following
activity for the period of December
15th thru December 21st. During
this time, they answered 183 calls
for service, and investigated two
assaults and one theft. They also
investigated two traffic crashes
with no injuries and a combined
property damage report of $1,800.
The officers issued four traffic cita-
tions and one traffic warning.
December 17: John Antol, Jr.,
Mexico Beach, domestic violence,
battery.


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place nit cerunic ,~ l _urrtounrdinrK 9' ceiJ.
ripgs except or the ellin_ o3T.r whro icli .3 lullA
to 11'. Lots and lots of extras went into this
home. Please call for the rest of the list.
Many upgrades were made. $289,000


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850-648-1102- Toll Free: 866-648-1102
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won :t last long! $349.000


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Varona
Broker,/Ownerr


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niture. New mini blinds in the living area. All
appliances stay. Heating and cooling system
under 3 years old. $130,000


Wilting-too much heat, lack of
water, or root injury. Spindly growth
and small leaves-too little light or
too high temperatures.
Follow the above tips and give
plants some "tender loving care"
and they'll be around for a long
time.

FWC Launches

New Web Page
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has added a new section to its Web
site (myfwc.com/recreation) to help
outdoor enthusiasts find recreation-
al activities in the state's wildlife
management areas. The section will
be activated on January 1st.
Whether it is hunting, fishing,
birdwatching, paddling, horseback
riding or other outdoor pursuits,
Florida's wildlife management areas
provide more than five million acres
of land for people to get outside and
play.
'The web pages can be explored
by area of the state or by outdoor
activity," said Lora Silvanima,
FWC's recreation specialist. "You'll
be quickly linked to the details of
recreation opportunities in individ-
ual wildlife management areas, as
well as information on each area's
wildlife, natural habitats and histo-
ry."
To access the section, visit
www.myfwc.com and click on
Outdoor Recreation.



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THE STAR

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nr,,l.'ii I oii: c 2 BR. 1 5 BA Ne' pl,-., :..:,d
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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004 Page 5B


Giving Santa A Hand During the Holidays toode M.le Itnh
St. Joe Jan. 14th


Coldwell Banker Forgotten
Coast Realty became Santa's work-
shop during the days prior to the
Christmas holidays.


Kay Eubanks, the owner, ral-
lied agents, employees and even
some customers to bring
Christmas joy to over 150 families,


The Northwest Florida Blood
Center's Blood Mobile will be at
Port St. Joe High School on


Wednesday, January 14th, from
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST.
For other locations during the
month of January, call Karen S.
Sieczka at Northwest Florida Blood
Center, 850-785-6958.


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STARTING SALARY $28,462
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JANUARY 26, 2004

CANDIDATES MUST BE AT
LEAST 19 YEARS OLD, HAVE
A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA OR
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Saturday, January 3rd
1:00 PM-4:00 PM EST
123 Desoto Street St. Joe Beach
S Great location to
S dedicated beach
4 BR/3 BA immaculate and well
.l maintained with Gulf View from
deck and master Br deck, Ideal
S floor plan with 2 BR/2 BA
'upstairs, 2 BR/1 BA downstairs
"-' i'i I M .U for children,guests, or mother-
in-law with kitchen, living room.
2 landscaped lots 50'X150'
each. Partially furnished!
1 Must see!
S. $450,000 MLS#97374
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101 South 33rd Street at Hwy. 98'
C Home: 647-8939 Cell: 227-5146
2 L Sales: (850) 648-5683 Toll Free: (800) 260-1137
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rProperties For Sale

S1By Owner
LIBERTY COUNTY PROPERTIES
Ochlockonee Riverfront Property just off Hwy 67, 12 miles North of Carrabelle. 2
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670-9133 or 653-5681


Above Debbie Ashbrook, Anitra
Mayhann, Brooke Grice, and Clay
Eubanks pose with Santa at the
nursing home.
Below, Kay Eubanks and Anitra
Mayhann load vehicles with gifts.


Eastpoint Oyster Ho0wsc


OYSTERS
Raw (Doz.)..... ............. 99
Steamed (Doz)....... ......$99
SHRIMP
2 lb .............................. $4 .99
1 lb................. ....... $7.99
COLD BEER
Draft Pitcher ..................6.25
Bottle......... .................$1.75
Im port........................... .75


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homebound seniors and military
veterans in the area. Eubanks'
inspiration came from her father.
According to Eubanks, "my father
was the principal of a school. Each
year at Christmas, we never let a
child go without a new toy."
Santa's workshop, the upstairs
office of Coldwell Banker Forgotten
Coast 'Realty, quickly filled with
f'ru'it, toys, clothing, blankets and
tons of food. You could barely walk
through it all to get to a desk.
The delivery of the gifts was
quite an undertaking. On Tuesday,
several staff and agents became,
Santa's elves and went to the Bay
St. Joseph Care and Rehab Center
in Port St Joe. The elves brought
gifts to many residents. Santa used

the elves to help the residents
unwrap the gifts they had received.
Brooke Grice, Assistant Property
Manager with the company said,
"What a joy this brings to me. I
can't wait to do this again next
year."
Later that same day, deliveries
began to families in the area.
Names were gathered from many
sources, including the police
department, schools, and church-
es. It was' important to deliver the
gifts in time to be put under the
tree before Santa was to arrive.
Eachch ild received a new toy and
an item of clothing.
On Christmas Eve, the home-
bound seniors began getting visits
from Santa and the elves. Blankets,
pajamas, heaters, and food baskets
were delivered throughout the
county.
Now that Christmas 2003 is
over, Santa and the elves of
Coldwell Banker Forgotten Coast
Realty will be getting ready for next
year and will once again prove
there really is a Santa Claus.


We'd love to help, you. decorate
one' room or' an entire house.
Either way, we'll make'selections
: that suit your lifestyle, without


breaking your budget.






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7 pm Eastern
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DBA Wade Clark Auctions
In Historic Port Theatre
314 Reid Avenue, PSJ
229-9282,
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2000 Cadillac Escalade,
4WD, 64k mi. excellent con-
dition. $21,000 Call Sally
850-648-4649. 2tpl2/25

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

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

Now accepting bids on the
following repo vehicles. 2000
Buick Regal LS 76M. 2002
Dodge 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
Eric at 229-6864 for more
information. Please leave
message. tfc6/12



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6021 .Hwy 98, Tyndall
Parkway 3 bed/2 bath BAY
FRONT, home located on
approx. 2 acres with a 2 car
detached garage. All appli-
ances.are furnished. $1,000
a month. Call Hambrick
Realty, Inc. at (850). 648-
1102 for more info or stop by
3001 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach,
FL. Itcl/

Available 5 Jan 04, at Mexico
Beach. New 2BR/2BA house
w/nice gulf view, w/CH& A.
Furnished 1,000 mo. w/12
mo agreement. Call,
647/5905 after 6pm central.
2tpl/1

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


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Large lBR/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. 2tp12/25

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

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

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

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

UNFURNISHED
Large 2 bdrm. house, stove
& refrig. cen. h&a. screen
porch. carport & laundry rm.
Large 2 bedroom apart-
ment. 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


Reeves t
Furniture & Reihruhing .
234 Reid Ave.* 229-6374
Tempur-pedic Beds
Oreck Vacuums


;, .*i,l,-[ .l "fr ;i, -, l
** ":r:,l[ l, Ready to
Finish
SFurniture


French. Provincial sofa, in
good condition. $75.' Call,
229-8440. ltpl/1

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


HELPI-

WANTEDB


Experienced cook wanted -
Sea Level Cafe. 647-9199
S fltfcl/1

'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. k 12. 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
opportunity employer.
2tc12/25

New PSJ office Wanted
customer 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.
Adult minded and courteous
only. 227-1251. 6tc12/18

Worship Leader/Choir
Director part time elmrploy-
ment. TFor more info call First
United Methodist Chu"ch'of
Mexico Belch. 118-8820 ,.,

Carpenters and framers
needed with own transporta-
tion. 227-5771 or 227-1743.
3tp,12/18

AC duct installers needed
please call GW Service 229-
9125. tfclO/30

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.
tfcl2/11

Experienced cook and wait-
staff wanted for Caroline's
Riverfront Dining & Boss
Oyster. Please apply In per-
son: 123 Water Street,
Apalachicola. tfcl0/9


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.
tfc6/5

CDL Class B Dump truck
Drivers Needed. must be
able to work weekends, oper-
ate a front -end loader and
pass a DOT drug test. Apply
C.R. Smith & Son, 3055 Hwy
98 W, Port St. Joe No Phone
Calls. tfcl2/11

Experienced Nail techni-
cian for busy salon in
Apalachicola. -Must have
good work ethics. Please call
653-8714. 4tel2/11

All survey personnel posi-
tions, salary depending on
experience. 850-227-7322,
406 Reid Ave., Port St. Joe
tfc6/5

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
WillieR@starFL.com tfc10/2


Office Manager needed for
financially stable homecare
agency. Full-time position.
Responsible for supervision
of clerical staff and oversight
of medical payroll data entry.
Good communication, orga-
nization, and analytical skills
are necessary. Busrffss
classes or -college degree
desirable, but not requir d:o
Please mail or fax resume to:
Maye Fuze, Administrator,
NHC HomeCare, P.O. Box
146, Port St. Joe, FL 32457-
0146. Fax# 229-2725.
3tcl/i

Bay St. Joseph Care
is 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.
Port St. Joe, FL
tfcl2/18



CALL 227.1278 TO PLACE
YOUR AD IN THE STAR!!!


Lost, Dec 9.-at Comforter
Funeral Home or Piggly
Wiggly A yellow gold, 2
loops with clear stones, ear-
ing. Sentimental value,
reward Call 850-648-5266.
ltpl/1

Lost Tri-colored beagle -
short, fat, red collar and tag.
Named: Molly- lost in Our
Town Rd area. Call 639-9367
anytime is found. Not a hunt-
ing dog, just a wandering
house dog. 2tp12/25






2 wheel chairs, one quad
care, one walker and bed
side toilet. $250 for all, or sell
separate. Call 229-8092.
2tpl/i

Free "Non-Denominational"
Eight Lesson Bible
Correspondence Course.
Learn how to become a
Christian & nothing else!
Send your name & address
to: Bible'Study, PO Box 929,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465 or
E-mail your request to
Wewachurch@outdrs.net or,
call 639-5401 and leave your
name, phone number, and
address. tfc7/24





Free kittens need loving
home. 3 black/white
females, 1 black male, 4
months old. If interested call
827-2776. 2tp12/25






FOR SALE BY OWNER:
3 bedrooms. 2 bath home for
sale on 2 lots. Corner of 20th
Street and Long Avenue, this
is a spacious home with a
great back yard and privacy
fence. Close to schools, hos-
pital, and churches. Only 3
blocks from the Bay, Newly
added master bathroom.
Over 1600 sj. ft. This is a
must see home! Call for
appointment 227-3714.
tfcl2/25

,3 bedroom, 1 bath house for
sale in Wewa. Completely
remodeled New central h/a,
new kitchen, bathroom,
paint and carpet. Beautiful!
$59,900. Call (850) 639-
9212, (727) 409-5874, or
(727) 394-0156. 4tpl2/11

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. 4tpl2/11


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


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. tfc ll/6

6677 Alabama Ave. St. Joe
Beach. Nice 2BR home
w/screen porch on 2 beauti-
ful corner lots. 2 blocks from
beach. $269,900. Owners
Anxious. Joan 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
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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
r.I3 [,1- 1 [i'-lj iirlni ,-u iidyouare
c p ,:, ., *i written
S ,, I,:, i *n' John
L l, lo E.-' \, r.:,.e adi-e. 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 iill 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
:.rj i h rt.\ t r.i i r the bun- 4
-ir, Cr..T.', _-..:.rr. .oI the Civ, :.! p:'Pon
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 the Regular Meeting of the
Board of City Commissioners .of Port
St. Joe, held January 6, 2004. at 6:00
p.m., est. in Commission Chambers,
Second Story of Port St. Joe City Hall.
All interested parties are invited to
attend and to be heard.
All persons are invited fo attend. Any
person who decides to appeal any deci-
i>:.or. r.aJe E.v Lhire b.ju a iir. re:pec'rL to
7 r,, ." rir, ,:,i-atri pjI-ered 1 ,]. mieelurqg
S"'.1 rlee., a ra :,:,r, ,, u-r. prc.l r- dlrl :n
fo and for u5.c purp-:,:e rMY, nreed 15
u' e thaL a .eraEj m r:fcj:rd 01V" .,
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-
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'Pendarvis,
City Auditor/Clerk
Publish Dec 25. 2003 & Jan 1 2004


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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
rim.- an-ld pi,.: ail bidi klI be r.ubl.:lyy
WpO,-e.s r,1 r,.-3 A l,.ud ':.
STRLiCTURAL METAL. METAL
ROOFING AND M]SCELLANEOLiS
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-
*,ri.L ia,) ',e- inspected at the office
c1" r',h .Arcr.l..l,: 130 Hwy. 22,
Wewahitchka, Florida, and may be pro-.
,_ _r. i, t -,rer l ,.:: .'.: upon a
.'tp.. ir '1 ll 0' per el I,:.mr plans and
specifications, non-refundable.
No Bid Bond required.
Performance, Labor and Materials
bondand Workman's Compensation
Insurance will be required of the suc-
cessful bidder.
Right is reserved to reject any and all
proposals and waive technicalities.
.No bidder may withdraw his\bid for a
period of thirty (30) days after date set
for opening.
Jerry L. Kelly, Superintendent
Gulf County School Board
*Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Charles A. Gaskin, ARA
ARCHITECT
P.O. Box 7 .
Wewahltchka. Florida 32456
"-.turl D.:remrb,:r 25 : .ir. 1, 2004
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
* OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
BAT COUNTY, FLORIDA-
LAUREN H. Cox and wife, ELAINE C.
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
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MINUTES ...... GULF COUNTY COMMISSION


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 I 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.
PUBLIC NOTICE
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
IST PUBLIC BEARING 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~andrimmedi- ,
ate threat to the health or welfare of the
community and where other financial
resources are not available to meet
such needs.
The categories of activities for which
these funds may be used 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-profit 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
activity that is proposed, at least 70%
of the funds must benefit low and mod-
erate income persons.
In developing 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)
calendar 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
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA,
IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY
CASE NO. 03-79 PR
IN PROBATE
IN RE: The Estate of
DONALD REED NICHOLS,
deceased.
NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION
THE ADMINISTRATION of the Estate of
DONALD REED NICHOLS, deceased,
File Number 03-79 PR, a testate estate
pursuant to decedent's Will dated
November 25, 1996, is pending in the
Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida.
Probate Division, the address of which
is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe.
Florida 32456. The name and address
of the Personal Representptive and his
attorney are set forth below.
All interested persons are required to
file WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS FROM
THE DATE OF THE FIRST SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE, any
objection by an interested person on
whom notice was served that chal-
lenges the validity of the Will, the qual-
ifications of the Personal
Representative, venue or jurisdiction of
the Court.
ALL CLAIMS, DEMANDS AND OBJEC-
TIONS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOR-
EVER BARRED.
DATE of the first publication ok this
Notice of Administration January 1.
2004.
/s/ THOMAS S. GIBSON
RISH, GIBSON & SCHOLTZ, P.A.
206 E. 4th Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457
(850) 229-8211
ATrORNEY FOR PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE
FL BAR NO. 0350583
/s/ BRADFORD REED NICHOLS
4116 Bridgemont Lane
Lexington, KY 40515
PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE
publish Jan. 1 & 8, 2004


MINUTES
GULF COUNTY COMMISSION

WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 20, 2003
WORKSHOP
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
workshop session with the fol-
lowing members present:
Chairman Billy E. Traylor, Vice
Chairman Nathan Peters, Jr. and


I PUBLIC NOTICES I


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, E.M.S. Director Shane
McGuffin, Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford, and Wewahitchka
E.M.S. Director Houston
Whitfleld.
Chairman Traylor called the
meeting to order at 6:01 p.m.,
C.D.T. ,
WEWAHITCHKA E.M.S.
Chairman Traylor discussed
E.M.S. services for the County,
and upon his inquiry,
Wewahitchka E.M.S. Director
Whitfield and E.M.S. Director
McGuffln stated that they are
unaware of any complaints
regarding E.M.S. Commissioners
Peters and Barnes reported that
each of them has received com-
plaints regarding Wewalitchka
E.M.S. E.M.S; Director McGuffln
and Chairman Traylor stated that
the E.M.S. Director needs to
know what the problems are, in
order to correct them. Upon
inquiry by Commissioner Peters,
E.M.S. Director McGuffin report-
ed that quality assurance forms
(questionnaires) were given to
patients of the Gulf County
E.M.S. Upon inquiry by
Commissioner Peters, E.M.S.
Director McGuffin reported that
Gulf County E.M.S. does all of the
billing for both E.M.S. Services.
After discussion by
Commissioner Peters regarding
holding a workshop to hear the
public's concerns regarding
Wewahitchka E.M.'S:, members of
the public appeared before the
Board to discuss their concerns
regarding the need for additional
paramedics, A.L.S. vehicles,
county_wide service, and also
discussed paramedics from Bay
Medical Center that also work for
Wewahitchka E.M.S.
Wewahitchka E.M.S. Director
Whitfield reported that
Wewahitchka E.M.S. has one
B.L.S. vehicle and they now have
two A.L.S. vehicles. After discus-
sion by members of the Board,
the public also discussed their
concerns regarding paramedics
from Bay Medical Center (rude,
talking patients out of riding in
the ambulance, response to calls,
etc.). Dr. Barnes, Medical
Director of Wewahitchka E.M.S.,
appeared before the Board to dis-
cuss the paramedics and service
provided, and stated that written
complaints should be submitted
to the director. Wewahitchka
E.M.S. employees appeared
before the Board to discuss the
B.L:S. and A.L.S. services avail-
able in Wewahitchka.
7Commissioner Fox left the meet-
ing at 7:30 p.m., C.D.T.> After
discussion by E.M.S. Director
McGuffin, Marilyn Blackwell dis-
cussed using the questionnaire
for patients on the North end of
the County. returned to the meeting at 7:31
p.m., C.D.T.>
Altr lir..1 r dl-.ruit.il,.n regarding
the E.M.S. service, knowledge of
complaints, and growth in the
County, the meeting did then
adjourn at 7:50 p.m., C.D.T.
BILLY E. TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN
ATTEST:
DOUGLAS C. BIRMINGHAM
CLERK


_ Post an Equipment'Operator II
Position
8. Lease Department of
Corrections / Gulf County B.C.C.'
(Stonemill Creek Fire
Department Property)
9. Purchase Request Gulf
County E.S.U. Amkus Rescue


Systems (Speedway
Cutter $3,400.00 Sole_Source
Purchase)
10. Resolution Requesting a
new Public Health Facility in
Wewahitchka, as follows:
RESOLUTION NO. 2003 38
A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD


OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS


OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
REQUESTING A NEW PUBLIC
HEALTH DEPARTMENT FACILI-
TY IN THE CITY OF
WEWAHITCHKA.
WHEREAS, the Wewahitchka
branch of the Gulf County Health
Department provides vital health


care to the citizens of
Wewahitchka, Florida; and
WHEREAS, the City of
Wewahitchka is located in Gulf
County, a rural area geographi-
cally Isolated from essential
health care providers; and
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PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA
OCTOBER 28, 2003
REGULAR MEETING
The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners met this date in
regular 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,
Deputy Clerk Leanna Roberts,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Becky Norris, Chief
Administrator Don Butler,
Administrator Staff Assistants
Lynn Stephens and Denise
Manuel, Building Inspector Brad
Bailey, Emergency
Management/911 Coordinator
Marshall Nelson, Planner David
Richardson, Public Works
Director Gerald Shearer, Road
Department Superintendent
Bobby Knee, Solid Waste Director
Joe Danford, T.D.C. Director
Paula Pickett, Workcrew
Superintendent Luthus Hand,
and Sheriffs Office Major Joe
Nugent.
Major Nugent called the meeting
to order at 6:00 p.m., E.S.T.
Planner Richardson opened the
meeting with prayer, and
Chairman Traylor led the Pledge
of Allegiance to the Flag.
CONSENT AGENDA
Upon motion .by Commissioner
McLemore, second by
Commissioner Fox, and unani-
mous vote, the Board approved
the Consent Agenda, as follows:
1. Minutes October 14, 2003
Regular Meeting
October 16, 2003 Special
Meeting
2. Application Farm Share
Network Program (2003_2004)
3. Budget Sheriffs ,Office
(Narcotic Forfeiture $1,512.00),
Advertise public hearing on
over_expended funds (2002_03)
_ Amend the General Fund bud-
et (Work Crews/Reserves _
45,000.00)
4. Change Order #4 Fisher
Construction New E.O.C.
($531.30 Increase)
5. Committee Cape San Blas
Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
Renovation (Larry Wells,
Betty McNeill, Charlotte Pierce,
Eda Ruth Taylor, Ann Yon &
Danny Raffield)
6. Invoice All Pro Sound
Courtroom Audio System
(#367393 $9,967.55 to be
paid froin Account
#71212_64000)
_ Bay Medical Center/H.C.R.A.
(#02311_00636 $2,030.60 /
#03007_
00627 $937.20 /
#03170_00380 $3,085.24 to be
paid from Account
#51462_31500)
Panama Court Reporting
.(#1087 10_21_03 $65.00 /
#1091 10_23_03
* $70.00 / #1092 10_07_03 *
$195.78 / #1093 10_02_03 *
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Court Reporter line Items)
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Account #40341_31000)
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Harlan Haddock &
Eric McNair effective immedi-
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MINUTES.. .GULF COUNTY COMMISSION


WHEREAS, Gulf County has
recently experienced great eco-
nomic hardships and loss of jobs
and employment opportunities
which will thereby increase the
already significant demands on
the Wewahitchka branch of the
Gulf County Health Department;
and
WHEREAS, the present facility,
constructed in 1952 is not hand-
icapped accessible, is 'aged and
deteriorated and has inadequate
space for providing the basic
needs and services presently
required and anticipated in the
future by the citizens of
Wewahitchka and the surround-
ing area; and
WHEREAS, the indigent, working
poor and general populace of
Wewahitchka, Florida deserve to
receive quality health care ser-'
vices in a building that is safe,
accessible and sufficiently spa-
cious to accommodate the com-
munity; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT
RESOLVED by the Board of
County Commissioners of Gulf
County, Florida, in regular ses-
sion this 28th day of October,
2003, as follows:
Gulf County urgently needs and
respectfully requests that it be
provided with a new Public
Health Department Facility in the
City of Wewahitchka.
11. S.H.I.P. Subordination
Agreement (Mr. & Mrs. Robert
Jones / T.F.C.U.)
Subordination Agreement
(Carol Davis a/k/a Risher / Wells
Fargo)
12. Special Projects Payments, as
follows:
Dist. 2 P.S.J.H.S. Project
Graduation 2004 "Jail for Bail"
$ 250.00
Dist. 3 P.S.J.H.S. Flag Corps $
250.00
W.H.S. Varsity Football Team $'
500.00
PUBLIC HEARING / FINAL PLAT
_ CHIPOLA LANDINGS
Pursuant to advertisement to,
hold a public hearing to consider
final plat approval for Ralph Rish
(Parcel ID #01041 050R), County
Attorney McFarland read the
public hearing notice and called
for public comment. After discus-
sion, Commissioner McLemore
motioned to approve the final plat
for Chipola Landings subdivision.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
PUBLIC HEARING / SETBACK
VARIANCE _.PICKETT
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
a setback variance for Rofiald
Pickett (Parcel ID #06276_022R),
County Attorney McFarland read
the public hearing notice and
called for public comment. There
being no public comment,


Commissioner Peters motioned to
approve a setback encroachment
variance not to exceed the width
of the existing footprint.
Commissioner McLemore second-
ed the motion, and it passed
unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING / PRELIMI-
NARY PLAT SUMMER HAVEN
Pursuant to advertisement to
hold a public hearing to consider
preliminary plat approval for
Heath Galloway (Parcel ID
#03185_026R), 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 Summer
Haven subdivision.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
HIGHLAND VIEW RECREATION-
AL COMPLEX / DONATION
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler, Pam
Selton, Director of the St. ,Joe
Community Foundation,
appeared before the Board to
report that St. Joe Company has
donated $38,000.00 for the
Highland View Recreational
Complex. Gene Dykes, Chairman
of the Highland View Recreation
Committee, appeared before' the
Board to thank the Board and St.
Joe Company for working toward
building a park in Highland View.
Commissioner Fox thanked the
St. Joe Company for their efforts
with this project.
PRESNELL MARINE / ADVISORY
TASK FORCE COMMITTEE
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to appoint David
Roche, Mark Moore, Don Butler,
David Richardson, and Marshall
Nelson to serve on the Advisory
Task Force Committee for the
Presnell Marine Project.
Commissioner Fox seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
ADVERTISE / PUBLIC HEARING
PROPOSED FLOOD ORDI-
NANCE
'Upon recommendation by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore

motioned to advertise to hold a
public hearing to consider adop-
tion of a proposed flood ordi-
nance. Commissioner Peters sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously.,
AWARD BID #0304_01 /
FLATBED TRUCK PUBLIC
WORKS
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
.mendation by Public Works
.Director Shearer, Commissioner
Fox motioned to award bid
#0304_01 -to Ward International


Trucks, in the amount of
$44,316.63. for a new flatbed
truck. for the Public Works
Department. Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion
and, after discussion regarding
specifications, the motion passed
unanimously.
AWARD BID #0304 02 / SEMI
TRUCK & LOBOY TRAILER _
PUBLIC WORKS
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
mendation by Public Works
Director Shearer, Commissioner
Peters motioned to award bid
#0304_02 to Capital Truck, Inc.
(low bidder), in the amount of
$53,500.00, for a 2000 Tandem
Axle Semi Truck and a 2004
Lo_Boy Trailer for the Public
Works Department.
Commissioner McLemore second-
ed the motion and, after discus-
sion regarding the bids received,
the motion passed unanimously.
STUMPHOLE / BEACH
RESTORATION
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that he has received the
county engineer's proposal
($39,550.00) for the Beach
Restoration Project for the
Stumphole, and recommended
that the Board not continue with
the project at this time. He also
recommended that the Board
submit a letter to D.E.P. request-
ing a waiver on some of their
requirements. After discussion by
members of the Board,
Commissioner Barnes motioned
to table this project for further
review. Commissioner Fox sec-
onded the motion, and it passed
unanimously.
PROPOSED BILL / FLOOD
INSURANCE PENINSULA
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that Congressman Boyd
has filed a bill in the House of
Representatives that supports
flood insurance on St. Joe and
Indian Pass Peninsulas.
Commissioner Barnes recom-
mended that the Board submit a
letter of support and appreciation
to' Congressman Boyd for his
efforts regarding this issue.
Chairman Traylor agreed to sub-
mit this letter.
CAPITAL EQUIPMENT COMMIT-
TEE / PLAN
Chief Administrator Butler dis-
cussed the three phases of the
'Capital Equipment Plan, and
stated that the committee is rec-
ommending that the Board agree
to purchase a motor grader, two
workcrew vans, a used boom
truck for the Road Department,
and provide an allocation of
$37,500.00 for the workcrew
budget. Charlie Weston,
Chairman of the Budget Review
Committee, appeared, before the
Board to discuss the budget and
the Capital Equipment Plan. He


stated that the County needs to
wait on purchasing other new
equipment. Chairman Traylor
discussed the priority list and the
turnaround time on trade_ins.
After discussion by members of
the Board, Mr. Weston discussed
the Public Works and Road
Department budgets, and the
current purchases that were
made which were not included on
the list. After further discussion,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
approve the Budget Review
Committee's recommendations
(establish 'a Capital Equipment
Sinking Fund, eliminate the
Capital Outlay budget line item,
transfer $441,000.00 from
Capital Outlay to the Sinking
Fund, continue process of identi-
fying equipment needs of the
County, and rescind decision to
purchase Mack dump trucks
until all equipment requirements
are identified and prioritized by
the Capital Equipment Board).
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion and, after discussion,
it failed 3 to 2, with Chairman
Traylor and Commissioners
McLemore and Fox voting no.
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to purchase a dump
truck and a workcrew van for
Public Works, and to purchase a
motor grader, two dump trucks,
and a used boom truck for the
Road Department. Commissioner
Fox seconded the motion for dis-
cussion and, after discussion
regarding equipment costs (esti-
mate of $250,000.00), the motion
passed 3 to 2, with
Commissioners Peters and
Barnes voting no. Mr. Weston
reported that the Board has
agreed to spend funds that were
allocated to make the first pay-
ment on the new Bond Issue.
Chairman Traylor discussed var-
ious projects that were not
included in the 2003_04 Budget.
After discussion, Mr. Weston stat-
ed that he would submit his res-
ignation from the Budget Review
Committee. Commissioner Peters
requested that Mr. Weston recon-
sider his resignation.
BUILDING OFFICIAL / BAILEY
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that Building Official
Hammond has submitted his res-
ignation, and recommends that
the Board promote Building
Inspector Bailey to the Gulf
County Building Official position.
Upon motion by Commissioner
McLemore, second by
Commissioner Peters, and unani-
mous vote, the Board promoted
Brad Bailey to the Building
Official position, effective imme-
diately. Chief Administrator
Butler reported that the two new
Building Inspectors' cannot work
under Building Official Bailey
until he receives his provisional
license, and recommended that


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the Board allow the Building
Inspectors to work under Sheriff
Hammond's certificate until
Building Official Bailey receives
his certificate. Upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, second
by Commissioner Barnes, and
unanimous vote,' the Board
agreed to execute a Hold
Harmless Agreement with Sheriff
Hammond for the County
Building Inspectors to operate
under his certificate until
Building Official Bailey is certi-
fled.
BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE
/ EQUIPMENT PLAN
Betty McNeill, of the Budget
Review Committee, appeared
before the Board to discuss the
Capital Equipment Plan and her
concerns regarding purchasing
equipment outside of the plan.
Upon inquiry by Mrs. McNeill,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director 'Norris discussed the
items included in the 2003_04
Budget.
BUILDING OFFICIAL / BAILEY
Upon discussion by County
Attorney McFarland, and' their
being no objections, the motion
regarding a hold harmless agree-
ment with Sheriff Hammond,
passed unanimously.
BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE
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Mrs. McNeill requested that the
Board rescind their motion
regarding purchase of equipment
for the Road Department and
Public Works Department. After
discussion by Chairman Traylor
and Mrs. McNeill, Deputy
Clerk/Budget & Finance Director
Norris discussed the budget
process and loans that were con-
solidated into the Bond Issue.
She stated that the $441,000.00
was set aside to pay the first
Bond payment, but it is the
Board's decision on how these
funds are to be spent. After fur-
tlher discussion by Mrs. McNeill,
Deputy Clerk/Budget & Finance
Director Norris notified the Board
that if the $441,000.00 is spent,
It will have to be added in next
year's budget session to cover the
first bond payment. Sally .Malone,
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'cuss the work that the Budget
Review Committee has done for
the Board.
BUILDING OFFICIAL BAILEY /
BUILDING CERTIFICATE
Upon recommendation by Chief;
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to submit a letter of
endorsement to expedite the
Building Certificate process for
Brad Bailey. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion, and
it passed unanimously.
RESIGNATION LETTER / SMITH
Chief Administrator Butler
reported that he has received a


letter of resignation from Stacey.
Smith (Norris), of the Planning &
Building Department, effective
November 7th, and he recom-
mended that the Board allow pre-
vious applicants be interviewed,
to post a job notice at the
Courthouse, and to hire someone
from the applications provided.
Upon motion by Commissioner
Fox, second by Commissioner
Barnes, and unanimous vote, the
Board approved his recommen-
dation.
ADVERTISE FOR BIDS / HIGH-
LAND VIEW PROPERTY
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner Fox motioned to
advertise to receive sealed bids to
sell a piece of property (surplus
property) located at the East end
of Angel Fish Street in Highland
View, and to use these funds for.
the Highland View Recreation
Complex Project. Commissioner
McLemore seconded the motion
and, after discussion, it. passed 4
to 1, with Commissioner Peters
voting no.
COMMISSION MEETING / HOLI-,
DAY
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
change the County Commission
regular meeting scheduled for
November llth (Holiday) to
Monday, November 10th, and to
advertise this change.
Commissioner McLemore second-
ed the motion, and it passed
unanimously.
INVOICE / MLD ARCHITECTS _
LIGHTHOUSE PROJECT
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
mendation by Emergency
Management. Director Wells,
Commissioner Barnes motioned
to pay invoice #3, in the amount
of $1,296.00, to MLD Architects
for the Cape Lighthouse Keeper
Quarters Project ;Bid #0203_03).
Commissioner Fox seconded the
motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
PURCHASE EQUIPMENT / GULF
COUNTY E.M.S.
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
mendation by E.M.S. Director
McGuffln, Commissioner
McLemore motioned to approve
the purchase of equipment and
goods (exceptional purchases
from Aero Products Corp.) for the
Gulf County ambulances (to be
paid from the Gulf County E.M.S.
budget). Commissioner Peters
seconded the motion, and it
passed unanimously.
AWARD BID #0304_03 /
FINANCING GULF COUNTY
AMBULANCE
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
mendation by E.M.S. Director


McGuffln, Commissioner
McLemore motioned to award bid
#0304_03 to Bank Trust of
Florida, at a rate of 4.25% fixed,
for financing of the new Medic
Master ambulance for Gulf
County E.M.S.
($120,000.005$130,000.00).
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously.
COMMUNITY TRAFFIC SAFETY
TEAM / SIDEWALK PROJECTS
Upon discussion by Chief
Administrator Butler and recom-
mendation by C.T.S.T. Vice
Chairman. McGuffin,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
submit a letter of intent to D.O.T.
regarding sidewalk projects
(Ward Ridge in the amount of
$149,476.00, and Wewahitchka _
in the amount of $135,293.60).
Upon inquiry by Commissioner
Fox, Chief Administrator Butler
reported that the County will be
reimbursed for these funds.
Commissioner Barnes seconded
the motion, .-and it passed unani-
mously.
LEASE / 911 EQUIPMENT
Emergency Management/911
Coordinator Nelson reported that
GT Corn is willing to negotiate
with the County on the 911
Equipment lease agreement. He
stated that he will be meeting,
with GT Corn and the equipment
vendors in the next few weeks to
discuss this issue.
JOB ,OPENING / WETAPPO
LANDFILL
Upon recommendation by Solid
Waste Director Danford,
Commissioner Peters motioned to
post a job vacancy notice/adver-
tise for a spotter for the Wetappo
Landfill (Phillip Nunnery trans-
ferred to the Road Department).
Commissioner McLemore second-
ed the motion for discussion and,
after discussion regarding
appointing an interview commit-
'tee and presenting one recom-
mendation to the Board, the
motion passed unanimously.
PIGGYBACK BID / FARM TRAC-
TOR SOLID WASTE
Upon recommendation by Solid
Waste Director Danford,
Commissioner McLemore
motioned to allow the Solid Waste
Department to piggyback a City
of Chipley bid for a farm tractor
from J. D. Swearingen
Equipment Company, Inc., in the
amount of $39,995.00.
Commissioner Peters seconded
the motion, and it passed unani-
mously. Solid Waste Director
Danford reported that the funds
will be paid from Landfill
Long_term Care and Solid Waste
Grants.
WEWAHITCHKA E.M.S. / SHER-
IFF'S OFFICE
Major Nugent reported that the
Sheriffs Office will respond to


assist calls from Wewahitchia
E.M.S.
DITCH / HOWARD CREEK
Commissioner McLemore report-
ed that residents on South
Murphy Road and South Duck
Avenue have requested that the
ditch be filled in, and stated that
the residents will purchase the
pipes and permit. Upon inquiry
by Commissioner Fox, Road
Department Superintendent
Knee discussed this issue and
inquired about installing catch
boxes. Commissioner McLemore
reported that the residents would
also purchase the catch boxes.
Upon inquiry by Chairman
Traylor, Road Department
Superintendent Knee reported
that several residents in Howard
Creek are wanting fish ponds,
and that dirt could be used for
the ditch. After discussion,
County Attorney McFarland stat-
ed that the County will need an
access easement froth the proper-
ty owners. Upon motion by
Commissioner McLemore, second
by Commissioner Barnes, and
Unanimous vote, the Board
agreed to allow the Road
Department to lay the pipe and
fill in the ditch located on South
Murphy Road and South Duck
Avenue in Howard Creek, with
the residents to' sign an access
easement and purchase the per-
mit, pipe, and catch boxes for
this project.
BUDGET.. / CAPITAL EQUIP-
MENT
Commissioner Peters motioned to
transfer $441,000.00 from the
Capital Outlay Fund to a Bond
Sinking Fund, and to purchase
the equipment approved earlier in
the meeting by amending the
budget to pay it from Reserves for
Contingencies. Commissioner
Barnes seconded the motion, and.
"it failed 3 to 2, with Chairman
Traylor and Commissioners
McLemore and Fox voting no.
PROPOSED ORDINANCE / $3.00
SURCHARGE
Commissioner Peters discussed a
proposed ordinance adding a
$3.00 surcharge to citations for
the driver safety program, and
requested that County Attorney
McFarland proceed with drafting
the ordinance. Building Official
Bailey appeared before the Board
Lt, di-cu.i. this program, and
_rdted that the Board would
determine on how the funds will
be' used. After discussion, the
Board agreed for County Attorney
McFarland to proceed with the
ordinance process.
BUDGET REVIEW COMMITTEE
Commissioner Peters discussed
taking the 'Budget Review
Committee out to dinner in
appreciation for their work on the
2003_04 Budget.
TO BE CONTINUED


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