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Group Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.).
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Title: The star
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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: July 17, 2008
Copyright Date: 2009
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City Budget


USPS 518-880


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Obituaries 4B


YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER FOR


Rushing to Finish 8A


OVER 69 YEARS


70th Year, Number 38 Port St. Joe, FL 2 Sections 22 Pages


July 17, 2008


Cooled Market Seen


in Property Values


A Final Farewell


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

With Amendment 1 blurring
numbers, the best thing to say
about the county's taxable prop-
erty value is that the downward
trend continues.
The county's taxable prop-
erty value fell this year to
$2,576,438,071, or roughly 6.4
percent, or about $121 million,
below last year's final number of
$2,698,413,772.
That r enrasents the second-


straight year the county's tax-
able property value has declined,
dropping about 5 percent last
year or about $140 million.
And 2009 isn't shaping up as
the time for the leaf to turn.
"The sales were way down this
year, slower than in years" said
Gulf County Property Appraiser
Kesley Colbert. "We've had varying
sales, but the trend (in values) is
lower since 2005.
"If you look at sales for 2008,
they are even lower, so it certainly


p '- .-----. (See VALUES on Page 6A)



Fishing Only



PSJ Commission Limits

Activity in City Waters


By Marie Logan
Star Statf Writer

It is now illegal to wade,
swim, boat or splash *round in
any body of water ownefl by the
city of Port St. Joe. )}
At the July 1 regul a city com-
mission meeting, commissioners
passed an ordinance tiAat prohib-
its the water-bound activities, but
with very good reason and over
very real concerns. I
The ordinance covers several
city-owned "lakes, ponds, canals,
creeks. ditches. -Ijolding ponds,
conservation areas, and storm-
water run-off areas" that contain
fresh or brackish water.
Dangers exist not only from
hidden currents and the possibil-
ity of hidden debris and rocks
Under the surface, but. also from
critters lurking in the water.
Although people rarely men-
tion it, it is a known fact, at least


by locals, that alligators are out
and about in the city. "
For example, as Buck Griffin
Lake was stocked with fish last
year several people were snapping
photos of a gator lying in the sun
a short distance away, eyeballing
its newly arrived smorgasbord.
And every summer or so,
police wrestle a fair sized gator
out of some body of water in the
citX,
The ordinance was created
from concerns of commission-
ers that someone would decide
to take a swim where he or she
shouldn't.
The only lawful activity in a
city-owned body of water is fish-
ing, and only in certain locations.
In other business conducted
at the meeting:
A lease -agreemenrt was
struck between the city and the


(See FISHING on Page 3A)


Despina Williams/The Star
Ron Wright says a prayer for his father, Thomas Wright, who was killed aboard the British tanker,
Empire Mica, on June 29, 1942. Wright released a second wreath into the Gulf for Wright's 32 departed
crewmates.


This is the first article
in a two-part series on three
English brothers' journey to
the area to honor their father,
Thomas Wright.
Wright and 32 crewmates
died aboard .the Empire Mica
during World War II..

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

Rain-soaked in the stern of
the boat, Thief of Time, Ron
Wright grasped a floral wreath
close to his heart.
As the sky darkened and
four-foot waves buffeted the ves-
sel, Ron,; 74, had little time for
silent meditation.
He steadied himself against
the boat and bowed his head
to pray.
With his brothers, Tony,
71, and Brian, 69, Ron had
journeyed far from his English
homeland to pay homage to a
man he scarcely knew, whose
body rested 110 feet below on
the Gulf of Mexico's floor.
On the 66th anniversary of
the day the British tanker, S.S.
Empire Mica, was torpedped by
a German U-boat off Cape San
Blas, Ron came in search of his
father's spirit.
Through the wind and the
rain, Ron whispered prayers
over one wreath, then another,
before casting them starboard
into the raging Gulf.
A prayer for Thomas Wright
and his 32 fallen shipmates;
another for all fishermen who
brave the stormy seas.
As Tony battled seasickness
in the cabin and Brian sat alone
in the Port Inn, Ron did what
none had been able to do for 66
long years.
He bid his father goodbye.

Journey of Discovery

The Wright brothers flew
from Manchester, England to
Panama City on June 24 and
got their first feel of the balmy
Florida sun.
Eschewing the long trou-
sers and sweaters they'd worn
at home for baseball caps and
shorts, the brothers, cameras
in hand, were indistinguishable
from ordinary summer tourists.


But unlike the similarly
styled snowbirds, the brothers
came not to lose themselves in
the Florida sunshine, but to dis-
cover that which had been miss-
ing from their lives for over six
decades.
Though the events of June
29, 1942 have long been the
stuff of local lore, Ron, Brian and
Tony spent most of'their lives
knowing almost nothing about
the circumstances surrounding
the Empire Mica's sinking.


Able Seaman Thomas Edward
Wright, 32 at the time of his death,
served aboard the Empire Mica as
a gunner.


At the time of the sinking,
the Wright family received a tele-
gram containing two kernels of
information: the Empire Mica
had been torpedoed and Thomas
Wright was presumed drowned.
The ship's official records
remained sealed in the British
Archives for decades.
New details emerged in
2004, and by 2006, the broth-.
ers began making plans to fly to
the area.
Landing in Panama City,
they traveled to Port St. Joe,
Cape San Blas, Indian Pass and
Apalachicola.


They stayed a week, touring
the places they'd encountered
in their research, and speaking
to those who remembered what
they had only recently come to
know.
Theirs was a journey of dis-
covery 66 years in the mak-
ing, which began with the blast
of two torpedoes on a brilliant
moonlit night.

The Captain's Gamble

Loaded. with 11,000 tons
of petroleum destined foi allied
tanks in North Africa, the Empire
Mica sailed from Pensacola to
St. Andrew's Bay.
With a 47-member crew
onboard, the ship had depart-
ed from the docks of Bristol,
England and traveled amid a
protective convoy down the east-
ern coast of the U.S.
Having retrieved its cargo in
Baytown/ Tex., the ship resumed
its journey back to Key West to
rejoin the convoy.
As it traveled, the Empire
Mica followed the 10-fathom
curve, staying in 60-foot depths
where German U-boats could
not journey.
Hugh Bradford Bentley, the
ship's captain, had intended to
seek safe harbor in St. Andrew's
Bay on the night of June 28,
1942, when he received a mes-
sage from the local harbor pilot,
Capt. Melvin Beck.
Heavily loaded as it was, the
Empire Mica was taking on too
much water to enter the harbor.
Beck advised Bentley to
anchor near the, shore and shut
down the ship's machinery to
escape detection by the German
submarines.
Ignoring Beck's advice,
Bentley made a fateful gamble
and struck out again.
Venturing far wide of the
10-fathom curve, the Empire
Mica passed St. Joseph Bay
and rounded Cape San Blas at a
speed of 13 knots.

Thomas Wright

Able Seaman Thomas
"Tommy" Edward Wright had

(See FAREWELL on Page 2A)


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spent much time away from
his South Wigston home
since joining the Royal Navy
in 1940.
Unlike his compatriots
of a similar age, Wright had
not been conscripted for
service during World War II.
His trade as a plasterer had
been declared a reserved
occupation.
Though spared from
military service, Wright
felt a natural kinship with


sailors, having been raised
in the coastal town of
Northumberland.
At the outbreak of war,
he attempted to enlist in
the Royal Navy, but was
declined in his hometown.
Exploiting a bureau-
cratic loophole, Wright trav-
eled 26 miles to the city
of Nottingham, where he
was not asked to produce a
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Mica, a merchant ship com-
missioned by the British
government and leased to
the Anglo American Oil
Company, sought quali-
fied men to safeguard its
cargo, Wright was among
four Naval gunners who
answered the call.
Home on his last leave
in 1942, Wright gathered
his small collection of fam-
ily photographs, affixing
each one to his suitcase's
inner lid.
Before departing, he
spent all his money on gifts
- a new coat for wife, Doris,
toys for young sons Ron
and Tony and a new foot-
ball for baby Brian.
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(Above) The S.S. Empire
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pedoed by a German sub-
marine off the coast of Cape
San Bias.
(At right) The Empire
Mica would have appeared
identical to this tanker tor-
pedoed off North Carolina.
The Empire Mica burned and
drifted for hours before it
sank.
Photos courtesy of
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His brand new football
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"A Technicolor scene"

Under clear skies, as
a slight wind stirred in the
Gulf, the Empire Mica con-
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On the bridge, 21-year-
old Ron Mowatt, on his
maiden voyage, had noticed
no suspicious activity since
coming on watch at mid-
night.
Bentley's bold gamble
appeared to be paying off,
when at approximately
12:45 on the morning of
June 29, 1942, Mowatt
spotted a submarine from
his lookout post.
Before he could sound
the alarm, the U-67,
helmed by Kapitanleutnant
Gunther Muller-Stockheim,
launched two torpedoes.
The first struck the


ship portside, about mid-
ship; the other set fire to
the stern.
The cabins, where
many of the crew lay sleep-
ing, erupted into flames,
communication was lost
and the ship's papers were
reduced to ash.
"Everything became
red, yellow and orange a
Technicolor scene," Mowatt
would report after his res-
cue.
As the flames rose high-
er, those aboard desperately
sought escape.
The crewmates attempt-
ed to launch the ship's three
lifeboats. Only one succeed-
ed in getting clear, thanks to
3rd Engineer Joseph Steele's
heroic action in stopping
the Empire Mica's engines.
Of the 14 who escaped
to safety, some squeezed
through the ship's port-


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the starboard quarter over
the flames, miraculously
escaping injury.
Bentley broke his nose
and was renderedI-tempo-
rarily unconscious, but
lived to see another day.
Thomas Wright, 32,
received no mention in
Bentley's official report of
the sinking.
Ofl 'he 47 crewmem-
bers wrote Bentley, "The
only- survivors appeared to
be thosee actually on watch
or at 'and amidships."

"I thought he would
;come back"

Tony, then five, was still
very muqh a child' when he
received 'the news of his
father's deith.
(See FAREWELL on Page 8A)


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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer

The Tuesday night Port
St. Joe city commission
meeting was divided into
two parts.
The first part dealt
with the St. Joe Company's
WindMark Beach
Development of Regional
Impact (DRI) public hearing,
the second was the regular
government business.
Commissioner Arthur
"Perky" White was absent
because of family illness,
and Commissioner Rex
Buzzett was out of town.
At the WindMark Beach
public hearing, the city asked
for public comment on St.
Joe's request to increase
the number of hotel rooms
in the WindMark develop-
ment from 50 to 250, and
decrease the ultimate num-
ber of residential dwellings
from 1,745 to 1,650.
Since there was no
public comment, the "meet-
ing" was adjourned and the
regular commission meeting
began.
During the regular
meeting, the board unani-


mously passed an ordinance
that made the proposed
WindMark DRI amendment
part of the city's final com-
prehensive plan and passed
a motion to transmit the
proposal to the Florida
Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) for approval.
What it means for the
city and WindMark Beach
is that the process of build-
ing a 250-room hotel in the
WIndMark development is
well under way.
The proposed amend-
ments are tentatively
scheduled for adoption in
November of this year.
The decision to build
a 250-room hotel was pro-
posed to commissioners
this spring by the St. Joe
Company, which told the
board in a March 4 meeting
that the project would be "a
one-time, very quick infu-
sion of capital into the area"
during the current harsh
economy.
At the March meeting,
Joe Rentfro, St. Joe vice
president of sales and land
development, told commis-
sioners that a 250-room
hotel would offer 500 to 700


jobs, including seasonal and
hourly, with "a payroll that
would make Sacred Heart
pale in comparison."
He also said during
that meeting that St. Joe
would probably try to tie the
resort hotel and recreation-
al golf together, reminding
the board that a 149-acre,
18-hole golf course had been
approved in the original per-
mit for WindMark Beach
Phase II.
In other business con-
ducted at Tuesday's meet-
ing:
The board approved
and ordinance amending the
city's comprehensive plan
and future land use map to
incorporate the Port St. Joe
Port Master Plan, allowing
for the development of the
port along the Gulf County
Canal.
The renovation of
Williams Avenue, which
had been delayed about one
week, began July 16 and will
continue for approximately
30 to 45 days. During part
of that time, the street will
be torn up and blocked to
traffic.
Charlie Weston, city


administrator, told the board
that residents connected to
the city's sewer "system ser-
vicing the Cape San Blas
and Jones Homestead areas
had received letters stating
that, effective upon receipt of
the letter, they would begin


receiving monthly bills.
Weston said residents
would be charged the same
base prices as anyone who
tapped into the city's sewer
service. Currently the two
areas receive water from
a private utility company,


Lighthouse Utilities.
According to the letter,
both residential and com-
mercial/residential base
rates were $35 for up to
4,000 gallons of water used
per month.


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Washington Improvement
Group (WIG) for WIG's con-
tinued use of one of the
buildings at Washington
High School.
According to Damon
McNair, who spoke on
behalf of WIG, the organiza-
tion wanted a five-year lease
because they needed the sta-
bility of a lengthy lease in
applying for grants.
The board unanimously
passed a motion granting
the five-year lease for $1 per
year and WIG agreeing to be
responsible for all mainte-
nance on the building.
A bid for repair of
the WIG building roof has
already been let by the city.
The board deferred roof
repairs to a second building
at Washington High School
until next fiscal year, choos-
ing instead to make tempo-
rary repairs.
City administrator
Charlie Weston and city
director of Public Works
John Grantland both voiced
opinions that work on the
second building could be
postponed for a while since
they felt the city may need
the money instead to pay
for fuel until the end of the
current fiscal year (through
September 30).
Weston showed com-
missioners three options for
redesigning the vacant lot on


the south side of city hall,
which is owned by the city
and constitutes a city hall
parking lot and general gath-
ering site for civic events.
After a discussion on the
proposed designs, Weston
asked for detailed, written
input by the board.
The proposals includ-
ed more parking but scat-
tered throughout the space,
a small stage area, perma-
nent space for the SaltAir
Farmers' Market, and exten-
sive landscaping.
A workshop on the topic
will be held at a later date.
Commissioners agreed
to research and discuss a
suggestion to hold public
bid openings in chamber
offices, when needed, on the
Thursday before a regular
Tuesday commission meet-
ings.
According to Weston,
holding bid openings sepa-
rately from commission
meetings would allow votes
to be taken on the bids at the
Tuesday meeting and would
shorten the bid awarding
process by two weeks.
Currently, bids are
opened at a commission
meeting, and awarding the
bid often must be postponed
until the following commis-
sion meeting, two weeks
later, because of the need to
vet the bid contracts.


Bill Kennedy, of Preble
Rish, the city's engineering
firm of record, said as soon
as the Port St. Joe master
lift station was cleared, the
city would begin connecting
customers in Highland View,
one at a time.
According to Grantland,
the contractor was to begin
hooking up residents in
Highland View on July 7,
and the process was to be
completed within 60 to 90
days.
The board passed a
motion 5-0 to bid out the
master lift station.
Weston told commis-
sioners that he had a "good"
meeting with the county
about the water project in
Overstreet.
Under an agreement
with the county, the city
agreed to run water lines


to Overstreet and water and
sewer lines to St. Joe Beach,
Highland View and White
City in exchange for the city
annexing WindMark.
According to Weston,
in order to meet the dead-
line of the grant that will
pay for the Overstreet water
line, "water must be flow-
ing through those lines by
August 9."
As commissioners
expressed nervousness
about the city's ability to
meet the deadline, Weston
told them that failure was
"not an option," because
if the deadline already
extended once was not
met, the grant dollars would
not be paid to the city for the
cost of the project.
Weston said he was con-
fident the city would meet
the deadline and that he was


personally going to handle
the final steps of the proj-
ect. He said he would have
a complete update for the
commission at the July 15
meeting.
The board voted 5-0 to
award a previously opened
bid, subject to legal review,
to Cathey Construction for
renovation of a small build-
ing at Washington High
School to be used as a busi-
ness incubator.
Brian Cathey, owner of
Cathey Construction, told
the board that he was the
low bidder originally and
had worked, as promised
at an earlier meeting, with
the architect and city to try
to reduce the costs of the
project.
City attorney Russell
Scholz told the board that
if,' in those negotiations,


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have the same shot," Scholz
told the board.
Cathey said the bid
was currently under review
by the U.S. Department of,
Agriculture, from whom the
repair money is coming.
City mayor Mel Magidson
remarked "If it gets by them,
I feel comfortable."
Weston called for a
meeting with Cathey, Scholz
and himself to review the
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Preliminary Budget Preparations

In preparation for the upcoming 2008-09 fiscal year budget workshops for' the city,
Weston presented the board with, an overview of the "wellness of the city" and broad areas
for commissioners to use as starting points in noting their own issues of concern during
the budget process.
Weston said he wanted the board to have plenty of time to study the issues so that
there would be no "knee-jerk" reactions during the discussions.
Weston said, the city "is looking very good" in several areas.
The 2008-09 budget would be about $39 million, compared to the 2007-08 budget
of $45 million, he said.
The city of Port St. Joe was the only section of the county that saw an increase in prop-
erty assessments, Weston told commissioners, citing an approximate $13 million increase.
Weston said he was working with Bill Kennedy, of Preble Rish, the city's engineering
firm of record, to compile a capital improvements plan to formulate a long-term plan for
the city that would match the city's finances.
He also told commissioners he wanted them to consider technology upgrades for the
city, including the police department, in the upcoming budget discussions, comparing the
city's current technological state as a rotary phone in an iPod world.
"There are no sacred cows in this budget," Weston said he had told department heads,
and urged commissioners to come and discuss "anything and everything" with him.
The first budget workshop will be at 5:30 p.m. ET July 21 in the city commission
chambers.


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PUBLIC NOTICE

The U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic
Development Administration (EDA) is considering a
request for Federal assistance from the City of Port St.
Joe to construct a project in the Gulf County area. Thus,
the purpose of this notice is to insure compliance with
U.S. Presidential Executive Orders 11990 Protection
of Wetlands and/or 11988 Floodplain Management,
pertaining to construction of a 25 bed regional hospital
facility immediately north of US Hwy 98 as shown on the
map below.

Detailed engineering information is on file and available
for review between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. at the City Grant
Manager's office in the Port St. Joe City Hall.

Persons desiring to comment on the aforementioned
project pertaining to its impact on the area's wetlands
or floodplain may do so by submitting written comments
to:

Mr. Asa Williams, Environmental Officer, Atlanta Regional
Office
U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development
Administration
401 W. Peachtree Street, NW, Suite 1820, Atlanta,
Georgia 30308-3510
Phone No. 404-730-3002

Comments will be accepted through 4:30 RM. August 2,
2008, the project will be located in the St. Joe area of
Gulf County as shown on the following map.


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A Critical Year


During last week's ceremonies for the ground-
breaking at the port, one local businessman stated
that 2008 shaped up as a crucial year for the com-
munity.
Hard to quibble with that thought and three
specific aspects of the landscape stand out.
One is that much of the answers to the current
economic woes must come from the private sector,
and as such there is that axiom about actions and
words.
The Sacred Heart Hospital must start mov-
ing in the vertical direction and continue moving
upward toward a finish. The county has been with-
out an urgent care facility or hospital for nearly
five years and construction deadlines fluid.
The jobs and opportunities such a facility
would bring would be enormous.
As with the Port Authority, where five years
of wrangling and visioning with the city, county
and, most importantly The St. Joe Company,
have finally provided a bulkhead, a foundation for
growth.
But it must pay off with something to have
been worth the exercise, or years from now folks
will wonder what the point was and how did one of
just 14 deepwater ports in the state fail to provide
fuel for the county's economic engine.
Maybe above all else, The St. Joe Company
and the Jessie Ball duPont Fund must apply their
respective resources to the table.
The deal between The St. Joe Company and
the port was a perfect model. The state's largest
land-holder should not have to give their land
away or sell it at blue-light special rates.
But let's be realistic economic development,
jobs, isn't happening without cooperation from St.
Joe and reasonable access to some of its land.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund has established a
funding mechanism aimed at bolstering non-profit
networks in communities, but those non-profits
have no chance without being able to toss off the
yoke of government with an injection of funds and
expertise.
Both St. Joe and duPont have made great
improvements to the community, yes, but they are
also the two giants with the resources and abilities
to facilitate the seismic changes needed now, not
five years from now.
And there is stewardship in the mix there is
a reason a company and city, Port St. Joe, both
sides of the railroad tracks, share a name, stock-
holders be darned; there is a reason Jessie Ball
duPont continues to financially support communi-
ty-minded initiatives five decades after her death.
Secondly, government has to act much like the
city and county did in the effort to get the port a
bulkhead; as cheerleader and supporter of eco-
nomic development and stay out of the way.
The city's decision to a large degree forced
on commissioners to stop sitting on its pile of
reserves and spend some dollars on badly-needed
infrastructure was another step in the right direc-


tion.
And this must be the year that county gov-
ernment provides a dramatic slashing of the tax
burden that has shackled and undermined this
community, its small businesses and property
owners, too long.
It is time for a majority of the board to real-
ize, as they craft a budget this year, that their
constituents want public servants not operators,
employees looking out for the public's bottom line,
not lords over the public dollars.
Thirdly, it is up to us, to become involved in
the community, to hold the feet of elected officials
to the fire for' accountability and transparency, to
help create the kind of non-profit infrastructure
and community action groups to join with part-
ners such as The St. Joe Company and the Jessie
Ball duPont Fund.
2008 does indeed represent something of a
critical act in the county's autobiography.
And there are plenty of major roles to be
filled.
Honor Roll
Last week's release by the Florida Department
of Education. of school grades for all public schools
around the state should be a cause to celebrate.
Leave aside for a moment the arguments
about whether a single test pushed through a meat
grinder of a formula produces an actual reflection
of how a school is performing, its students achiev-
ing.
Leave aside, also, the reality that too much of
today's instruction leans a bit too heavily toward
the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, that
the concentration on core subjects has often
eclipsed subjects and electives of value.
After all, as the proponents of school account-
ability have always argued, disingenuously at
times, the FCAT is all about the Sunshine State
Standards of curriculum and teaching the test is
little more than teaching the SSS.
Leave aside the district's marks, those three
As, two Bs and a C, though a tip of the hat for the
latter, a two-grade improvement by Wewahitchka
High School, is warranted.
Look closer and one finds the results that
seem to most matter.
The teaching of math, reading and writing in
the district is steadily on the rise.
That can ,not be a bad thing. They don't call
reading fundamental for kicks.
Further, the district made impressive strides
in addressing the needs of the most struggling stu-
dents, especially in areas of reading and writing.
Somehow catching even one of these kids who
might otherwise slide through the cracks and
ensuring they do not fall, is worthy of a gold star.
So, the school grades: golden.
The effort put in by students, teachers and
administrators to produce those grades: price-
less.


Mentoring-the


Greatest Investment
By Ed McAteer
Port St. Joe

"Okay, kid, sit down and let 's see what you've got."
Mr. James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who
always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry
tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you
could smell "three blocks away. Seizing my brown card-
board portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table,
he shot a dubious glance, toward me, then opened the
portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting
a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school
who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an
occasional grunt, Mr. Talbert didn't utter a word.
This was my first attempt to try to land a real job. I
believed Mr. Talbert was skeptical of my whole endeavor,,
but he continued to read and agreed to take me on as a
clerk at his Western Auto store. The pay was fifty cents
per hour. For the next three months, I would be spending
twelve hours a day stocking shelves and taking inventory.
I respected Mr. Talbert's management style and wanted
him to see the potential in me. I seriously hoped I would
not embarrass myself.
The letter rustled as Mr. Talbert closed the portfolio.
I reddened when he turned and walked away without say-
ing a word. Crossing the office floor, he pulled a small
grey box off a grimy shelf and came back, letting the heavy
square carton drop to the table with a crack.
"Kid, if you can work as well as you write, we might
get along," he remarked. "Here, take this," and he handed.
me a Waterman writing pen.
"Thank you, sir," I replied.
"There's nothing better than a Waterman-twenty dol-
lars a pen. Consider it a sign-on bonus. From now on,
you'll use this pen when you write anything," he directed.
The summer came and went. It was fall and time to
go back to school. By the end of the summer-long intern-
ship, he would invest in me much more than an expensive
pen-also the resources of his time, friendship, reputa-
tion, and insight.
Personally, I believe in the harmony of divine purpose
and human shortcoming that. God uses people to stretch
us, to encourage us, and lend accountability. A friend
older in years is often wiser and can see possibilities in
us where we see only feeble lines on a sheet of paper.
Progress in life comes when we risk relationships with
others who help us bring the picture into a fuller dimen-
sion. Today, it's simply called being a mentor.
Mr. Talbert knew all about that. Taking me under his
tutelage reflected the great concern he felt for me as his
young employee, and friend. The risk was worth it to Mr.
Talbert.
Well, I gave up a buck fifty per hour in pay after four
years and joined the Air Force. Mr. Talbert's values stuck
with me through the coming years like chewing gum on
the bottom of a shoe. Over the past three decades, I too
have mentored hundreds, maybe thousands along my
journey.
At one time, I thought leadership was all about being
the person out front, about being the one with all the
answers. I was so wrong. Reflecting how I grew into a
young man while working for Mr Talbert, I realize how
blessed I am to have had so many patient, loving, tena-
cious people who have assisted me on my leadership
journey at every phase of my life.
Look no further than here for the living proof you are
never too young or too old to change or learn something
new. I have the dream job of my life as a writer for the Air

(See MENTORING on Page 5A)


She's Outlasted Superman!


Miss Ina Odum is ninety-
four today! That's older than
Tupperware! She was born July
14, 1914, just a couple of weeks
after a Serbian nationalist shot
Franz Ferdinand of Austria with,
if I remember correctly, a new
fangled gas operated pistol. This
assassination was the spark that
ignited World War I. Three days
before Miss Ina made her entrance
into the world Babe Ruth made
his major league debut with the
Boston Red pox. And I'm sure the
afternoon Miss Ina arrived Teddy
Roosevelt was off big game hunt-
ing in the wilds of Colorado or
the remotest place he could find
in Africa.
You talk about being born "in
the midst of things"! Ellis Island
was having its busiest year ever
as immigrants fled the impending
war in Europe. Poncho Villa was
leading a revolution in Mexico.
The main mode of travel was still
the horse and buggy. Or, if your
trip was cross county, the thriving
rail roads had a seat for you. The
airplane was in the experimental
stage..but most sane folks figured
it was just a lark.
Two pioneers in the country
music field were born in that same
year; Ernest. Tubb near Crisp,
Texas and Hank Snow in Nova


Scotia, Canada. George
Reeves, the original (and
real) Superman was born
in Iowa. And one pretty
fair boxer by the name of
Joe Louis was born in La
Fayette, Alabama. Miss Ina
allows today that she didn't
know any of them growing
up.
And just around the
corner, as Miss Ina got her -
feet on the ground, Black
Jack Pershing's Expeditionary
Force headed off to France.
President Wilson lobbied congress
and then the American people to
give the League of Nations a try. A
shy young soldier from the back
woods of Tennessee, Alvin C. York,
became the most decorated sol-
dier from that "War to end all
Wars". And the returning boys
were indeed hard to keep "down
on the farm" after they had seen
"gay Pa-ree".
A young cowboy comedian was
doing less rope twirling during his
appearances at the Ziegfield Follies
and more "running" commentary
on the condition on the world
as he saw it. Miss Ina has grown
weary of me quizzing her about
Will Rogers.
She was six and a half when
Warren G. Harding was sworn


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in as president. I don't think she
was the cause for some less than
stellar government from1600
Pennsylvania Avenue during that
period. I'm also fairly certain that
she didn't roar in the twenties.
Although there are a few years in
her late teens that she refuses to
talk about!
She was going on thirteen
when Lindbergh flew the ocean.
Every headline screamed of the
achievement! I'm sure Miss Ina
cheered along with the rest of
the country. Babe Ruth also hit a
record setting 60 home runs that
summer. But Miss Ina didn't keep
up with the New York Yankees..
The Stock Market crash in
October of 1929 affected her
very little. Her family didn't have
much...so they couldn't loose
much. She talks of friends and
family. And of hard times. Mother


tells the same story, as did
Aunt Beatrice and Uncle
Clifford and thousands of
others that lived through
the Great Depression..
I saw her ration book
one time. And I do so enjoy
her "ride across America"
story as the wife of an
army corporal. She lived
in California for part of


I World War II. A "nice fam-
ily looked after her" and I
wish I could remember the name
of her dog. A world war was raging
on all fronts but her stories are of
waiting, hoping and coping with
the everyday things... It's better
than any history book I have ever
read!
She heard of the bombing
of Pearl Harbor over the radio
just after lunch on December 7.
She read first hand of the fight-
ing in North Africa, the struggle
up the Italian boot, the Invasion
of Normandy and the allied forc-
es persistence, relentless march
toward Berlin. Her prayers were
answered with VE day in May of
1945. I don't know if she danced in
the streets or not..but what a mem-
orable time to be an American!
She told her husband that
she would never marry a pastor.
Now, that is a great story because


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Brother J. C. Odum served our
church faithfully for twenty-seven
years... but it was 0. K., we can all
breathe a sigh of relief, he WASN'T
a preacher when they got married!
Miss Ina has pointed that out to
me rather succinctly on more than
one occasion
She "liked Ike", she wasn't
deterred by the "Cold War" of the
'50's, raising three teenagers in the
'60's, the double knits of the '70's,
retirement in the '80's or slowing
a little in the 90's. She is more fun
to be around than a barrel of mon-
keys. She's got warmth, charm, a
quick wit and a mind that has not
been diminished by the passing
of time. I enjoy her company. She
always has time for me. And if she
tires of my incessant questions,'
she is way too polite to rebuke
me.
Miss Ina doesn't worry now.
And she doesn't get flustered. She.
has so much peace. I reckon when
you lived through the things she.
has seen, nothing is too earth shat-
tering. God will take care of it...
and her. She never fails to mention
that when I drop by for some qual-
ity moments.
And listen, she hasn't rolled
over to time, age, space or content-
ment. She can narrow those eyes
and passionately launch into a
homily on some thing or person or.
situation that is not to her liking. A
few pet peeves and grievances are
allowable when you are nearing
the center of your ninth decade!
We might even talk about you! But
that is between me and Miss Ina..
I learn something from her
near 'bout everyday. She is such a
joy. I am lucky to have her. And I'm
figuring on her saying a few words
over me when I pass on...

Respectfully,

Kes


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Bayou Bash nance was enacted July 12,
me 2005.
In the July 3 edition
Dear Editor: of The Star, Marie Logan
July is here and the wrote about trash issues
ic of conversation on in Port St. Joe. One being
coast is the Bayou trash receptacles being left
h. Someone will have on the street.
gging rights for the year About five years ago
money will be donat- I discussed this with
for a worthy cause. We Commissioner Jerry
)e everyone has a good Barnes. At that time, Gulf
e, catches the big one County had no ordinance,
enjoys the festivities at but now they do and it is
Bayou Bash. We have not being enforced. About
n extremely busy at four years ago the city
Joe Shrimp Compausy at commission admitted that

unfortunately due to they did not know how to
:umstances beyond enforce their law. They still
control we will not be don't. Why pass laws and
ticipating in the Bayou not enforce them?
h this Bear Also, on Tuesday, July
Goo this yelucar. 8, the Port Authority had a
Good luck to eve ribbon cutting at their new
Mark Moore location. Unfortunately, the
St. Joe Shrimp Co. people attending this event
took all of the parking
Enfoth spaces for CVS Pharmacy,
Enforce the Quest Diagnostics, and
les Dollar General. I would
suggest that any future
Rules that are not meetings use the lots in
)rced are useless. This the marina development
something I learned at and not take up spaces
early age. Evidently, this for retail businesses in the
foreign concept to the shopping center.
imissioners of Port St. Tom Roper


Joe and Gulf County.
In the June 19 edition
of The Star, Tom Knoche
was upset that garbage
receptacles remained on
the right of way after collec-
tion even though an ordi-


Rules Hinder
Affordable Housing
Effort

Dear Editor,


This letter is in
regard to the recent arti-
cle titled "Building Code
Clarification" in the June
19 edition of The Star. This
article states that a repre-
sentative of Taunton Truss
was requesting permission
to "substitute" OSB for CDX
on the roof decking of some
of their upcoming houses.
It goes on to say that OSB
has not been allowed in
Gulf County since the 2001
Florida Building Codes
were adopted. This is sim-
ply not the case, and I feel
that reporting this issue in
this manner sheds an unfa-
vorable light on Taunton
Truss. At no time since
2001 has Gulf County dis-
allowed the use of OSB
roof decking. Further, to
date there is no ordinance,
code, or other documented
amendment to the building
guidelines for Gulf'County
that do so. Simply put,
OSB has been, and is still
being, used in Gulf County
on numerous houses by
Taunton's, as well as many
other contractors.
As far as the implica-
tion that OSB is inferior to
CDX, according to Florida
Building Code, or anyone
else qualified to make such
a statement, there is simply
no scientific or engineer-
ing information available
to support such a claim.
In fact, the International


Building Code, the Florida
Building Code, and all the
information and engineer-
ing studies available state
quite the opposite, as is
indicated by the following
excerpt from an article by
Mr. Paul Fissette of the
University of Massachusetts
titled "Choosing between
Oriented Strandboard and
Plywood." In this article Mr.
Fissette states, All 3 model
building codes use the
phrase "wood structural
panel" to describe the use
of plywood and osb. Codes
recognize these two materi-
als as the same. Likewise,
APA the Engineered Wood
Association, the agency
responsible for approv-
ing more than 75% of the
structural panels used in
residential construction,
treat osb and plywood as
equals in their published
performance guidelines.
And wood scientists agree
that the structural perfor-
mance of osb and plywood
are equivalent.
Given this informa-
tion, what are the realis-
tic reasons behind Gulf
County's recent push to
disallow OSB on roofs, and
what are the real implica-
tions of banning or allow-
ing this material? On the
first, I guess you would
have to ask the building
official, or perhaps attend
the upcoming county com-


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Mentoring-- From Page 4A


Force Civil Engineer com-
munity. I work with great
people everyday who are


North Port St. Joe
United in Redevelopment
Effort

Last week fifty-some
people attended a meet-
ing co-hosted by the
Community Empowerment
Council (CEC) and the
PSJRA to celebrate the
unity, enthusiasm, and
hope of the North Port St.
Joe community toward
inclusion in the redevel-
opment area. The meeting
was very capably led by
the CEC council coordina-
tor Pastor David Woods.
Special guests included
Gulf County commissioner
Nathan Peters; Amy Rogers,
President of the Gulf
County NAACP Branch;
school board member Billy
Quinn; Pastors Shirley and
Johnny Jenkins; Pastor
Charles Gathers; Jessie
Ball duPont senior pro-
gram officer Rev. Edward
King; Local Initiatives
Support Corporation
executive director, Joni
Foster; Chuck Connerly,
Ph.D. from FSU Urban
Studies; Walter Miller
from WIM Associates; EAN
International's Ed Nelson;
and Art Brown, who was
in town at request of the
PSJRA to host a seminar


kind and provide inspi-
ration. One such person
is Ms. Anne Kimmitt, the


on procurement strategies.
PSJRA directors Patrick
Jones, Erin Searcy, Annie
Sue Fields, and chair Troy
White were also in atten-
dance.
The PSJRA presented
slides to take the audience
through the redevelop-
ment process, to discuss
what CRA's can and can-
not do, and how a CRA
is organized. We also pre-
sented a detailed timeline,
which translates into a
several-month-long pro-
cess. Currently the PSJRA
consultant, Land Design
Innovations, is putting the
finishing touches on the
first step, the Finding of
Necessity Study Report.
This report confirms
through data and analysis
that the area will qualify
for inclusion due to condi-
tions that are spelled out
in Florida Statute. The
next step is a resolution
by the City of Port St. Joe
to confirm the findings.
At that point, a redevelop-
ment plan (the blueprint
for redevelopment over the
next four or five years) will
be created through public
processes and in keeping
with the Florida Statute
that governs CRAs. Any
and all programming and


boss, who is equipping me
and the others to become
dynamic technical writers


planning is developed only
after the adoption of the
redevelopment plan.
Pastor Woods stressed
the vision already accom-
plished with the "Friends of
North Port St. Joe Strategic
Plan," (created with the
help of FSU, Dr. Connerly,
and the Jessie Ball duPont
Fund) and affirmed it as
the document that speaks
for the entire community.
The attendees asked
pointed questions, 'such
as a re-visitation of ques-
tions relating to eminent
domain. We had the oppor-
tunity to reaffirm that rede-
velopment agencies do not
have the power of eminent
domain. We also empha-
sized the importance of the
public input and the con-
sensus of the community in
planning or implementing
plans.
Soon, we will meet
with the community to
discuss the Finding of
Necessity Study as well as
the boundaries of the pro-
posed expansion.


by asking all the right ques-
tions and providing subtle,
yet effective, leadership.


Commissioner Peters,
Pastor Woods, and Amy
Rogers also attended the
PSJRA Board of Directors
meeting last week. We were
pleased with their reaction
to the meeting. According
to Commissioner Peters,
the meeting was "super
good," and the people were
"pleased with everything."
Pastor Woods added,
"Thank you. We were very
excited over the turnout,
the enthusiasm, the com-
munity faces and smiles."
He indicated the meeting
was "right on point" and
heading in a "perfect direc-
tion."
The PSJRA looks for-
ward to working together
with the CEC, the WIG/CAC,
the Ministerial Alliance and
with every single North Port
St. Joe resident and stake-
holder in this redevelop-
ment process. Godspeed
as the community moves
toward its future to "Keep
what we have; upgrade it;
improve it-we are here to
stay!"


"What do you need
from me? How can I sup-
port you?" she frequently
asks.
Her style of drawing
out our talent for writing
comes in the form of ques-
tions and challenges. For
example, if I came seek-
ing advice about a writ-
ing concern, she would say,
"Ed, see this as a chal-
lenge. How are you going
to handle it? Can you say
the same thing with lesser
words, being more active
than passive? You know I
like short!"
Yes, she is bringing out
the best in all of us. In
times of panic, concern, or
disbelief, she reminds us
that we are not alone. She
always has the right answer
for us from her many years
of experience. I watch
as she teaches sublimely
about the power of reflec-
tion and, by her supportive
teaching style, helps each
of us see the best in each
other. Teamwork!
Ms. Kimmitt helps us
grow through her encour-
agement. She is a mentor
who advocates that leaders
need to speak the truth in
love, and never to remain
silent and allow injustice.
She supports all of us with
her camaraderie and wis-
dom, but most of all by her
character and by what she
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mission meeting when this
new ordinance will come
up for a vote, and hear the
discussion on this matter
for yourself. In my opinion
the following excerpt from
the same article quoted
above pretty much sums it
up. Florida's Dade county
is the only building code
district in the country that
prohibits the use of osb
as a roof deck. Damage
to roofs during hurricane
Andrew were originally
blamed on osb's poor nail-
holding power. Dade's ban-
ning of osb spawned sev-
eral research initiatives to
explore the suitability of
osb as a structural sheath-
ing. Reseach conducted by
APA. Chow, LaTona, and
others have conclusive-
ly proven osb seaworthy.
Many experts think the ban
makes no sense. Dade's
position is perceived by
many industry insiders to
be a political maneuver to
satisfy public concern. On
the latter, I can tell you con-
clusively what the impli-
cations are for banning
OSB use in Gulf County.
On the average 2000 sq/
ft house, the use of OSB
in lieu of CDX represents
an average cost savings of
$800 to $1,000. That is a
cost savings to the hom-
eowner, not to Taunton's
or whoever is building the
home, Given the current
economic environment I
can not understand why
the County would want an
ordinance that will serve
only one purpose: cost
potential homeowners in
this county more money to
buy the same product.
In conclusion it makes
no sense to create rules
that make building a new
home in Gulf County less
affordable, with no gain in
quality whatsoever. This


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ruling and others like it will
only help to further open
the gap between new home
cost in Gulf and surround-
ing counties, thereby dis-
couraging new home con-
struction and additions to
the tax base of this county.
And come on, guys, mak-
ing judgments based on
one random sample with
little or not information as
to its origin or any other
factors involved is hardly
scientific. That's why we let
the scientist and engineers
make the decisions in such
matters, and they already
have, when they wrote our
code. Hope to see you all at
the meeting where you can
hear the facts, and voice
your own opinion on this
and other issues.

Sincerely,
Daniel Taunton
Wewahitchka

Thanks for
Keeping Legacy
Alive

Dear Editor,
Thanks to all for con-
tinuing to honor our broth-
ers' memory through the
annual street dance.
Thanks to the city and
county commissioners, the
Mayor, Class of 1975, Port
St Joe Police Department/
Gulf County Sheriff's Office
and to all of the citizens
of North Port St Joe. It
is an honor to know that
Charles' hard work and
love for people has left a
legacy that has continued
for 29 years and hopefully
many more.
May God bless each
of you.
Love,
Alfred and Carolyn
Nettles and Family


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Boyd To Host Apalachicola River,


Bay Congressional Forum

Corps, FWS, Florida 2008, Congressman Allen pants will include represen- Florida's resources are pro- SamHami
stakeholders, and local Boyd (D-North Florida) will tatives from the U.S. Army tected. After years of dis- Director, U.S
oystermen to discuss host a Congressional Forum Corps of Engineers, the U.S. putes, I will continue work- Wildlife Servic
impact of freshwater flows in Chattahoochee, Florida, Fish and Wildlife Service ing and pushing on a local, Dan
on the Apalachicola River, on the impact of the south- (FWS), Florida's stakehold- state, and federal level to Apalachicola R
Bay, and North Florida eastern drought and low ers, local business own- see that a reasonable and Dave Mc]
communities freshwater flows on the ers, local oystermen, and long term water manage- Policy, Direct
On Monday, July 21, Apalachicola River and Bay experts oh the Apalachicola- ment solution for the ACF Apalachicola


and North Florida's commu-
nities. U.S. Congressman
Heath Shuler (D-NC), the
Chairman of the Small
Business Subcommittee
on Rural and Urban
Entrepreneurship, will be
Congressman Boyd's spe-
cial guest at the forum and
will help determine what
Congress can do to assist
the people of North Florida
and small business own-
ers affected by this historic
drought and low flows.
Other forum partici-


Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF)
River System.
"The people of North
Florida, who depend on the
Apalachicola River and Bay
for their livelihood, must be
heard," Congressman Boyd
said. "I am eager for the
Corps and FWS to hear
firsthand from our oyster-
men, shrimpers, and others
along the river and bay who
have a tremendous stake in
the ACF issue. Those of us
in North Florida are com-
mitted to making sure that


system is developed."
What: Apalachicola
River and Bay Congressional
Forum
Who: Congressman
Allen Boyd
Congressman Heath
Shuler, the Chairman
of the Small Business
Subcommittee on Rural and
Urban Entrepreneurship
Brigadier General
Joseph Schroedel,
South Atlantic Division
Commander, U.S. Army
Corps of Engineers


lton, Regional
3. Fish and
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Tonsmeire,
Riverkeeper
Lain, Senior
tor for the
Riverkeepers


ana a member of the
Apalachicola River Riparian
County Stakeholders
Coalition
Jackson County
Commissioner Jeremy
Branch and spokesper-
son for the Apalachicola
River Riparian County
Stakeholders Coalition
Kevin Begos, Executive
Director of the Franklin
County Oyster & Seafood
Task Force
Grady Leavins, Owner
of Leavins Seafood


Franklin County
Commissioner Joseph
"Smokey" Parrish
Dr. Felicia C. Coleman,
Director of the Coastal &
Marine Laboratory at FSU
When: 2:00 p.m.
EDT
Monday, July 21, 2008
Where: U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers'
Resource Office, 2382
Booster Club Road
Chattahoochee, Florida
32324
*Due to space limita-
tions, the Apalachicola River
and Bay Congressional
Forum is not open to the
general public, but all local,
state, and federal officials
as well as local stakehold-
ers have been invited.


Value


From Page 1A


appears the assessments
will be lower again next
year."
Property appraisers
operate under a system
established by the State of
Florida in which real estate
sales effectively set the bar
for "like" properties.
Property appraisers,
using comparable sales,
must come with a few per-
centage points, 4-5 percent,
of what the state believes a
property's value is or they
can expect to see state audi-
tors at their doorstep.
For example, if there
are a significant number
of sales in a particular
area or subdivision where
properties are valued in
the $100,000 range, then
the appraiser must assess


like properties in that area
or subdivision at roughly
$96,000 or above for taxing
purposes.
An assessment that is,
for instance, 10 or 15 per-
cent above or below that
mark in that specific sub-
division or neighborhood
would invite an audit from
the state Department of
Revenue.
That, Colbert said, is
a fundamental problem in
Gulf County.
"The state is big on
neighborhoods, 'We want
like neighborhoods' they
told us about seven or eight
years ago," Colbert said.
"That probably works well
in metropolitan areas, but
in Gulf County you might
have two very nice brick


houses and next to them
a property with a mobile
home on it."
Appraising sales in such
an area, and with 17,000
some parcels and plenty
of variations within close
proximity in many locales
of what remains a largely
rural county, the lack of
consistent sales in any fixed
area and what sales that
occurred taking place in a
scattershot manner pres-
ents a dicey landscape.
"The lack of sales
definitely makes what we
are doing more difficult,"
Colbert said.
Compounding the usual
workload for Colbert's office
was the passage in January
of Amendment 1.
Amendment 1 provided


an additional exemption for
homesteaded properties
and allowed for portabil-
ity, meaning the exemption
travels with the property
owner.
The ramification for
the county was the loss of
roughly $56 million for the
additional $25,000 home-
stead exemption and addi-
tional losses due to porta-
bility, which was a minor
factor in Gulf County.
A homesteaded proper-
ty owner could move within
the county a wash for
the county move out of
the county an increase in
revenue for the county or
folks may have moved into
the county a decrease in
revenue for the county.
And Amendment 1
provided major headaches
for appraisers across the
state. The state has rarely
granted extensions to the
July 1 deadline for certify-
ing county property rolls,
Colbert said.
This year all apprais-
ers were willingly granted
10-day extensions by the
state.
Amendment 1 inserted
calculations into the pro-
cess of the kind of mass
property appraisal that
must be done in each coun-
ty that computer software
simply was not prepared to
handle, Colbert said.
"That's how difficult
this has been for every-
body," Colbert said of the
blanket 10-day extension


county property appraisers
received this year. "The soft-
ware could not handle the
multiplicities of changes."
There were bright spots
in the larger picture, start-
ing with both municipali-
ties.
The City of Port St. Joe
saw overall taxable prop-
erty value rise to $440.39
million from last year's
$406.12 million, due to two
primary factors, Colbert
said.
The first is some $19
million in new construc-
tion and annexations into
the city, primarily lands
annexed into the city at
the request of The St. Joe
Company and the Barefoot
Cottages subdivision.
The City ofWewahitchka
had its taxable property val-
ues grow by about $1 mil-
lion, due almost wholly on
new constrVction.
New construction, in
itself, represents something
of free money for taxing
entities.
Because the state does
not consider that construc-
tion to have been on the
rolls the previous year -
the property rolls, keep in
mind, are based on a snap-
shot taken on Jan. 1 of that
year taxing authorities do
not have to consider those
new construction dollars in
factoring the rollback rate,
the millage rate that would
bring in the same amount
of property taxes as the year
before.


Therefore, those dol-
lars are new revenue before
the millage rate is even set.
One mill is equal to:
$1,000 in taxable property.
The county also bene-
fited from new construction-
totaling about $50 million
in taxable property value,
the second-straight year the
county has realized more
than $40 million of new
construction in a tough real
estate market.
Colbert, in fact, noted
that the market itself
remains an enigma.
While there is a lack of
sales, appraised values in
those sales do not reflect a
great decrease. Waterfront
property is valued just
about what it was in 2005,
maintaining its value more
than inland parcels overall.
"You look at the few'
sales we have, and they
haven't dropped by the 40
percent or so that so many
people are predicting,"
Colbert said, adding, "The
bottom has not fallen out.
"We've had really vary-
ing sales, but the trend is
lower. We are trying our
best to reflect the market,
but we base this one on last
year's sales, so we are never
current with the market."
Last year was the first
time in the county's history
that taxable property value
dropped, which makes this
year the second on record
of declining taxable prop-
erty values.


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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is proud to announce
the addition of a new employee to its staff and the promo-
tion of an employee.
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office. Carlton is a graduate of A. Crawford Mosley High
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Boyd's testimony highlights need for better understanding
of red tide, its causes and effects on our coastlines


Congressman Allen
Boyd. .(D-North Florida)
today highlighted the dev-
astating effects of red tide
on Florida's coastlines at
a Congressional hearing
before the Subcommittee
on Energy and Environment
of the House Science and
Technology Committee.
During his testimony,
Congressman Boyd empha-
sized the need for a better
understanding of red tide
and of how we can prevent
it from further damaging
our economy, our beaches,
and our health.
Red tide is a naturally
occurring algal bloom that
causes respiratory prob-
lems in humans and kills
fish and manatees. It also
contaminates and kills
shellfish and destroys coral
reef and sea grass commu-
nities.
'As those of us in North
Florida know all too well,
our local economies, our
environment, and our
very way of life are threat-,
ened every time red tide
nears our coastline," said
Congressman Boyd. "This
Congressional hearing has
helped to bring more atten-
tion to the adverse effects
of red tide on our state and
across the country. It is my
hope that we can set about
working together on ways to
fight red tide and to ensure
that it will not continue to
devastate our coastlines or
harm our families or econ-
omy."
Congressman Boyd is
part of the effort in the
Florida Delegation to pro-
vide much-needed fund-
ing for more research on
red tide and harmful algal
blooms. Congressman Boyd
is a cosponsor of bipartisan
legislation in the House of
Representatives The Save
Our Shores Act (HR 1091)
- that would:
Authorize $90
million over a three-year
period for peer-reviewed
scientific research on red
tide and other harmful algal
blooms.
Require that all
federal funds used to con-
duct harmful algal bloom
research under this legisla-
tion be awarded on a com-
petitive, scientifically peer-


reviewed basis.
Require the Task
Force, which is comprised
of scientists from various
federal agencies, to report
the results of this research
annually to Congress.
"When I was growing
up, red tide was a very rare
occurrence, but in recent
years, outbreaks have
become more frequent,
longer lasting, and severe,"
Boyd said. "It has become
clear that the economic wel-


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nities, our seafood indus-
tries, the public health, and
the livelihood of those who
depend on the health of our
waters are extremely vul-
nerable to increasing bouts
of toxic red tide. The Save
Our Shores Act would help
us to better understand red
tide, so that we can ulti-
mately develop responsible
and effective methods to
predict, prevent, and detect
red tide."


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PUBLIC NOTICE
Department of Environmental Protection
Domestic Wastewater Section,
Mail Station #3540
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400
(850) 245-8605


NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR APPROVAL

OF A PRETREATMENT PROGRAM

In Accordance with the provisions of Chapter 62-625, Florida Administrative
Code (F.A.C), the City of Port St. Joe has developed and submitted for approval
by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), a pretreatment
program modification for its wastewater facility (WWF), consisting of revision
to the City's sewer use ordinance. DEP has made a preliminary determination
that this pretreatment program modification meets the requirements of
Rules (62-625.500(4) and 62-625.540, F.A.C. The requirements found in
those rules are designed to assure a pretreatment program which will (a)
prevent the introduction of pollutants into WWFs which will interfere with
their operation, including the use or disposal of residuals; (b) prevent the
introduction of pollutant into WWFs which will pass through the treatment
works or be otherwise incompatible; and (c) improve opportunities to recycle
and reclaim municipal and industrial wastewater and residuals.

The pretreatment program modification document is available for inspection
and/or copying at the addresses listed below:

Department of Environmental Protection
Domestic Wastewater Section, MS#3540
2600 Blair Stone Road
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

City of Port St. Joe
305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456

Interested persons are encouraged to submit written comments on the
submission. All written comments submitted in a timely manner will be
considered by DEP in the decision on whether or not to approve the submission.
In accordance with Rule 62-625.510 (2)(c), F.A.C., this public notice comment
period will end thirty (30) days from the date of publication.

Any interested person may request a public hearing concerning this proposed
pretreatment program. Such a public hearing is for informational purposes
only. The request for public hearing must be filed with the Department
within 30 days of the publication of this notice. Persons requesting a public
hearing must state their interest in the matter and state reasons why such
a hearing is warranted. A public hearing will be held if there is significant
public interest.

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(From left) Brian, Tony and Ron Wright spent their childhood in South Wigston, England.
At the time of their father's death, they were ages three, five and eight.


















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Farewell

For years, he nurtured
the hope that his father
would return home.
"When you're a young
boy, you go to the pictures
and see some of these
American stories of the
young man goes out to sea
and is lost. They think he's
drowned and at the end of
the show, he comes walking
in, big as life," said Tony.
"I thought dad would
do that; I thought he would
come back. I was very
much convinced he would.
I hoped he would be there
when I got married, sub-
consciously, but he never
turned up."
Like Tony, Ron, then
eight, prayed every night
for months that his father
would return.
Months passed with no
word, and then, in early
1943, Doris Wright received
a letter from Capt. Bentley.
Though he had not
seen Thomas Wright in
the sinking's aftermath,
Bentley confirmed that his
location on the ship's stern
was in the direct line of the
torpedo.
Wright, Bentley could
say with near certainty, had
perished in the blaze.
Because Ron was the
eldest child, and more
mature than his brothers,
Doris Wright shared the let-
ter with him alone.
He kept the secrets
contained within the cap-
tain's letters for years,
never sharing the news
with his brothers.
After the tragedy, the
family remained in South
Wigston.
The wartime popu-
lation swelled to 12,000
as evacuees from London
moved into the area's
vacant homes, which had
been built years earlier in
anticipation of a boom that
never quite materialized.
The squalid quality of
many of the lodgings gave
rise to the city's nickname


- From Page 2A


"Rat Alley."
Thomas Wright's fam-
ily remained in close con-
tact with Doris Wright and
her sons.
But when Doris remar-
ried and started a second
family, most of her late hus-
band's relatives stopped
visiting.
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At the time of the Empire
Mica's sinking, Doris Wright
received only a telegram
stating that her husband,
Thomas, was presumed
drowned.

"I think they thought
we were alright then," said
Brian.
The community treated
the Wright siblings kindly
after their father's death.
At age 10, Brian
was selected by the
Mapplethorpe Children's
Home to attend a holiday
at the seaside, a rare treat
for a South Wigston lad.
The holiday brought
Brian closer to other
underprivileged children
well acquainted with hard-
ship, but he still struggled
with a profound feeling of
loneliness.
A small child at the
time of the sinking, Brian
had no memories of his
father, and no mementoes
by which to remember
him.


He felt the loss of
his father most keenly at
school, where he captained
the cricket and football
teams.
"At school, you go
through those years never
going anywhere with your
dad," said Brian.
Though he had a
stepfather, his family
life never was what he
considered normal.
"It didn't compensate,
because you still don't have
a dad. You'll never get over
that," he said.

New Details Emerge

In the years to come,
the demands of work and
family caused the Wright
brothers to drift.
Tony settled with his
family in Leicester, locat-
ed right in the center of
England; Ron in the sub-
urb of Oadby, 4 miles from
Leicester; and Brian 30
miles away, in Coventry.
Doris Wright's death,
on Dec. 9, 2005, at age 97,
drew the brothers closer,
and renewed their interest
in their father's death.
In the years before her
passing, Doris Wright pro-
vided an account of her late
husband's military service
for a book honoring home-
town war veterans, entitled
Wigston at War.
The two-page account
represented the sum total
of the brothers' knowledge
of their father's military
service.
As 2006 dawned, Ron,
recovering from heart by-
pass surgery, began perus-
ing the Internet for more
details on the Empire
Mica.
He discovered a new
website, created by the
grandson of Joseph Steele,
whom Bentley had given

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The Star Reported Belated

Account of Mica's Sinking

During World War II, news of U-boat activity in the
Gulf was censored from local newspapers. In its July 3,
1942 edition, The Star made an oblique reference to the
sinking on its front page (below).
An account of the story, featuring details released
by the headquarters of the Eighth Naval District in New
Orleans, appeared in The Star the following week.
On July 10, 1942, the newspaper reported.that many
Port St. Joe and Cape San Bias residents saw the flames
from the Empire Mica "billowing up from the vessel."
The article gave special commendation to Port St.
Joe's Apalachicola neighbors for their recovery efforts.
"The people of Apalachicola are to be commended
for the part they played during this emergency, which
indicated that their defense organization is well-qualified
for whatever may come. Let us hope that the people of
Port St. Joe will do. as well should a similar emergency
arise here.'"


Farewell -
From Page 8A

special mention in his
report of the sinking.
By April 2007, Ron and
Tony had found more infor-
mation about their father's
military service online than
they'd known their entire
adult lives.
From his research, Ron
discovered he'd harbored
an incorrect assumption
about the location of the
Empire Mica wreckage.
"When I was a child,
people said, 'Where did
your dad die?' and I'd say,
'Panama City, off the coast
of Argentina,'" recalled
Ron.
After discovering the
wreck lay off the coast of
Florida, Ron suggested
that the brothers travel
to Florida to visit all the
places mentioned in their
research.
After much discussion
at English football match-
es, the brothers agreed to
time their visit with the 66th
anniversary of the sinking.

Survivor Tells of Rescue
The brothers wasted
little time in preparing for
their trip.
They criss-crossed
England to obtain infor-
mation, visiting the Bristol
docks and the National
Archives in Kew.
Hoping to contact
a survivor of the Empire
Mica, the brothers placed
an ad in the Portsmouth
newspaper. They received a
speedy reply from Mowatt,
the first to spy the German
submarine.
Hearing the voice of his
father's crewmate left Tony
momentarily stunned.
"He rang me, and it
was like hearing from dad,"
recalled Tony. "I couldn't


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in the Clerk's Office, Room 148 at the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin,
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The Gulf County Boird of County Commissioners will receive bids from any person,
company or corporation interested in providing the following:

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32456, (850) 229-6112.

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of the bridge at 290 Pridgeon Road. Attendance at the pre-bid conference is
mandatory in order for the bid to be considered complete.

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Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456, until 4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday, July
25, 2008. Bids will be opened at this location on Monday, July 28, 2008 at 10:00
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Kapitanleutnant Gunther Muller-Stockheim stands on the conning tower of the U-67. He
was killed aboard the U-67 a year after sinking the Empire Mica. Photo courtesy of Herman
Jones.


speak for a minute."
In January, Tony and
Brian visited Mowatt at
Portsmouth.
While aboard the
Empire Mica, Mowatt had
wiled away his hours off-
duty drawing portraits of
his crewmates.
He told the brothers he
remembered their father,
and was sure he'd drawn
his portrait, though it, like
the rest of .his portfolio,
had gone down with the
ship.


Mowatt vividly remem-
bered the night of the sink-
ing. He recalled spotting a
"white shape" at sea shortly
before the first torpedo hit.
When the crew suc-
cessfully launched a life-
boat, the'drainage plug had
been unscrewed, and the
boat filled with water.
Mowatt bailed the
water out with a big, flop-
py hat he'd purchased in
Houston.
After a valiant rescue
operation by the Coast


Guard and Apalachicola
civilians (see sidebar),
Mowatt and the survivors
spent the next 11 hours
at sea.
Most were smokers,
and attempted to dry their
soaked cigarette papers by
sticking them to the life-
boat's mast.
From the Apalachicola
city docks, townspeople
loaded the survivors in
vehicles and transported
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Apalachicola 'Stood Firm' Following Empire Mica's Sinking


The Sea Dream, owned by W.F. Randolph, carried the 14 Empire Mica survivors to the
Apalachicola city dock. Photo courtesy of Herman Jones.


By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer

When World War II came
to Apalachicola, residents
responded quickly and
courageously.
In its account of the
Empire Mica sinking,
on July 3, 1942, the
Apalachicola Times
applauded the swift action
taken by local doctors,
nurses, Coast Guard
members, the American
Legion, Boy Scouts and
Red Cross.
"In this, our first
emergency of this war,


Apalachicola stood firm,
not a flicker of hysteria,
emotion or anything done
to deter the movements of
those in charge of affairs,
who rushed to round up
the necessary equipment
to make the 14 survivors
reaching our docks at 12
noon Monday, comfortable,"
the Times reported.
Lookouts at the Cape
San Blas Lighthouse had
first reported the explosion
to Coast Guard Lieutenant
Elgin Wefing.
With the Coast Guard
rescue boat, the Sinbad,
in Panama City for


Richard Heyser volunteered the use of his boat, Countess,
to rescue the Empire Mica survivors, and was the first to arrive
at the scene. Photos courtesy of Steve Heyser.


repairs, Richard Heyser,
an Apalachicola Chevrolet
dealer and member of the
Coast Guard Auxiliary,
volunteered the use of his
32-foot pleasure boat, the
Countess.
The Countess departed
from the Apalachicola city
dock with a crew of civilians,
including Heyser, Wefing,


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Joe Thomson, Belton
Tarantino, Wade Grant and
W.L. McCormick.
According to
McCormick's 1985 account
of the rescue, the Countess,
then leaking, circled the
burning Empire Mica at a
distance.
At daybreak, through
the only pair of field glasses
onboard, a crewmember
spotted an object rising
from the sea.
As the Countess grew
closer, a lifeboat became
visible, making some
headway under a small
sail.
The Countess began
towing the lifeboat with
the 14 survivors onboard,
many of whom had
sustained injuries during
the explosion.
As the sun rose, the
Sea Dream, owned by WE
Randolph of Apalachicola,
joined the Countess at sea.
Randolph, accompanied by
John Hathcock, offered his
assistance.
The Sea Dream circled
the Empire Mica in search
of survivors, but discovered
none.
For the comfort of'the
Mica's crew, Wefing ordered
that the survivors be helped
aboard the larger, 40-
foot Sea Dream, and sent
McCormick with them to
take notes for the report.
Notified of the disaster,
Sam Wing, a member of
the State Conservation
department and also a
member of the Auxiliary,
beganmakingarrangements
for the survivors to be met
at the city dock.
When the survivors
arrived, cots, sheets and
mattresses lined the dock,
and an ambulance and
numerous cars and trucks
transported the men to the
Armory.
Fannie F Ruge, an


Apalachicola resident,
purchased pants, shirts,
underwear and socks for
the survivors, who were fed
and served hot coffee.
Though Apalachicola
rose to the challenges it
faced in the aftermath of
the Empire Mica sinking,
the disaster shattered any
illusion of safety in a world
at war.
"The way this


emergency was handled
will hardly be duplicated
by any other town this size
anywhere," boasted the
Times, before adding a
caveat.
"The demonstration
here Monday, which
brought the war to our
back door for the first
time, certainly proved the
necessity of organization in
these perilous times."


Farewell From Page 9A


Brian (at left) and Tony Wright (far right) met Empire
Mica survivor Ron Mowatt in Portsmouth before arriving in
Florida. Mowatt holds a plaque honoring the Wrights' father,
Thomas, which the brothers presented to the Cape San Bias
Lighthouse.


them to the Armory, where
they received medical care
from local doctors.
During their stay in
Apalachicola, Mowatt and
the remaining survivors
were treated like kings.
They received clothes,
free movie passes to the
Dixie Theatre, and some,
like Mowatt, made time to
socialize.
Mowatt met a pretty
young woman named Alva
while hotrodding in a car
owned by a soldier from
Tyndall Air Force Base.
He was so smitten with
Alva that he'd arranged to


meet her sometime later
in Tallahassee. But when
the appointed day came,
Mowatt could not get shore
leave.
During their upcom-
ing visit to Apalachicola,
Mowatt asked Tony and
Brian to solve a mystery of
his own What ever hap-
pened to Alva Roberts?

Next week: Area
residents recall the Empire
Mica sinking, and the
Wright brothers reflect on
their journey to the Florida
Panhandle.


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extended Palmer football
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uses a variation of the
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"I think that is a bene-
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year, followed by home
games against traditional
rival Blountstown and dis-
trict foe Jay.
"I think it makes kids
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they are playing tougher
competition," Barth said,
adding when asked for his
goal for the coming season,
"I want to get a feel for what
the competition is."
Barth has already met
with all of the coaching staff
he inherits from Palmer.
He met with the team
on Monday and began
workouts on Tuesday.
"I want to try to get the
unity back together," Barth
said. "If you can get the
troops behind you, they are
ready to go to war."
Barth said his wife,
Michelle, with whom he
has a son, Vernon, is from
a small town and was excit-
ed about returning to the
small-town atmosphere
where, to borrow a line
from television, everybody
knows your name.
"She's excited to get
back to a small town,"
Barth said. "Everybody has.
been super friendly and
supportive."
McFarland said he had
a number of applications
for the job since Palmer
left last month and had
narrowed his interviews to
eight candidates. Barth was
the lone assistant coach
among them and he wowed
McFarland during their
three-hour interview.
"He had a lot of lead-
ership about him, a lot of


excitement and passion,"
McFarland said, add-
ing that the connection to
the Palmers and Brown
was a significant factor.
"Something about Vern and
his excitement and passion
sold me. He is a real good
communicator. I think he
will be a players' coach. I
was very impressed with
this guy."
McFarland also recalled
that he had no head coach-
ing experience before being
given an opportunity at
Port St. Joe High School
in the mid-1980s and that
opportunity ultimately led
to a McFarland-coached
baseball team winning a
state title in 1997.


"(Barth) is an up-and-
coming coach," McFarland
said. "This guy is ready to
be a head coach and I think
he'll fit right in. Everybody
needs to get a chance. I
really do feel I found the
quality person I was lo6k-
ing for."
McFarland noted that
with the loss of the assis-
tant principal's position
at the high school,. Barth's
communication skills and
easy rapport with students
will come in handy as Barth
will likely have to take over
some of the AP's tasks.

Pat McCann of Florida
Freedom Newspapers con-
tributed to this story.


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Honor, Pride, Remembrance



Apalachicola Dedicates Veterans Memorial Plaza


By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom
Newspapers

Punctuated by the roar
of fighter jets, the rumble
of helicopters and the wail
of bagpipes, Apalachicola
christened its Veterans
Memorial Plaza Saturday
morning before a large flag-
waving assembly.
Just as Jan Scruggs,
founder of the Vietnam
Veterans Memorial Wall in
Washington, completed the
keynote address, his for-
mer staff sergeant when the
two men served together in
Vietnam, Jimmy Mosconis,
and Lindy Hart, widow of
sculptor Frederick Hart,
lifted the cloth covering
off the plaza's centerpiece:
a detail from the Three
Servicemen Soldier statue
that stands across from the
Wall in Washington.
"Dedication, honor,
pride, remembrance,


all those things are what
brought me out here today,"
said a Panama City man
who identified himself
only as "Bones," one of the
scores of Vietnam Veterans
motorcycle riders who had
rode in for the occasion.
Mosconis and Hart
placed wreaths at the foot
of the statue's black gran-
ite pedestal as a Vietnam-
era Huey helicopter buzzed
overhead and bagpiper
Geordie Ord, of Mexico
Beach, played "Amazing
Grace."
The sun shone brightly
in the July heat throughout
the ceremony, which fea-
tured the reading of a let-
ter from former First Lady
Nancy Reagan to Mosconis,
who championed the
Apalachicola project over
the last seven years.
"The wall itself stands
as sobering symbol of the
great cost of that conflict
and the Three Servicemen


Statue adds a very human
and personal element to
that monument." read
Eastpoint's Eugenia
Watkins, a World War II
veteran who served with the
Bureau of Naval Personnel
in Washington.
Midway through
Reagan's letter, two F-4
Phantom fighter jets from
Eglin Air Force Base
streaked overhead as the
crowd waved their flags in
appreciation.
"I am gratified that this
replica now makes it pos-
sible for more Americans to
see it," continued Watkins,
as the jets prepared their
loop back to complete their
flyover. '"And to pay tribute
to the brave soldiers who
sacrificed so much in the
defense of freedom."
RetiredArmy Col. Harry
Buzzett, an Apalachicola
native who graduated West
Point in 1944 and later
would serve in Europe,
Korea and as a battalion
commander in Vietnam,
knit together the wartime
experiences of the "great-
est generation" with those
of the young men killed in
Southeast Asia.
"I say those fallen in
Vietnam have joined their
World War I and World War
II brothers in the first rank
of conquerors. They did
their duty and duty is a
funny thing, felt in the soul
of every man who wore his
country's uniform," he said.
"Those names of men on
the Vietnam wall echo back
to us the word 'Duty.'
"Their average age was
19. Nineteen!" he exclaimed.
"But they did their duty
as any American has ever
done their duty. Duty is a
demanding mistress; some-
times she's satisfied only
with the supreme sacrifice.
"I'm telling you that
terrible battle burden was
felt by those youngsters


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Placing wreaths before the newly dedicated detail of the Three Servicemen Statue in
Apalachicola are, from left, Lindy Hart, widow of the sculptor, Frederick Hart; Jan Scruggs,
founder of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington; and Jimmy Mosconis,
Scruggs' former sergeant in Vietnam and the man who brought the statue to Apalachicola.


in Vietnam who did what
they were told to do and
who came home, who came
home in a box," Buzzett
said.
Also speaking was Bob
Simons, from Lakeland,
president and CEO of
FedEx National LTL, which
handled the transport of the
statue from Farmingdale,
NY to Apalachicola.
After expressing his
professional thanks for the
task of transport, he spoke
personally, recalling his
service from 1969 to 1971
as an Air Force captain.
"My wife of 37 years
is Vietnamese, so we both
hold the Vietnamese peo-
ple, the country of Vietnam
and the time I spent there
as a soldier in a very spe-
cial place in our hearts,"
he said. "Thank you for
bringing the honor of our
Vietnam service to light in
such a public and beautiful
way. It has been truly an
honor."
Hart expressed her
gratitude to the city for
embracing her late hus-
band's work.
"My husband, Rick as
he was known, worked very
hard to, create a sculpture


that would portray the vet-
erans in every detail, the
dog tags laced in the boots,
the bug spray in the boonie
hat, he wanted every fold
of the fatigue uniform to be
a tribute," she said. "And
beyond that, he wanted the
sculpture to be a heartfelt
and simple thank-you from
the citizens of this nation
to the service and sacrifice
of the veterans and their
families."
She quoted from her
husband's last public
speech in May 1999, a few
months before his death.
"By the expressions on
the faces of the intensity of
the strain and the anguish
that was part of the Vietnam
veterans; experience on the
battlefield and at homecom-
ing, and by their endurance
and youthful dedication to
duty, they reveal themselves
as true heroes," she said.
Hart recalled how her
husband had learned from
his talks with Vietnam vets
that "all treasured their
deep bonds of loyalty, com-
radeship and interdepen-
dence, or as one veteran
put it, At first we thought
we were fighting for our
country but soon we came


to realize we were fighting
for each other.'
"I wanted coming gen-
erations to understand the
profound importance of the
bonds of men in combat.
I wanted them to under-
stand the humanity and the
nobility of service and the
weight of sacrifice," wrote
the sculptor.
After the color guard
from Tyndall Air Force
Base raised the flag, Sharon
Philyaw, of Apalachicola,
sang the National Anthem.
Mosconis' son, Derek
Brown, a cadet at the U.S.
Military Academy, lead the
Pledge of Allegiance and
Charles Scott, chaplain of
American Legion Post 106,
gave the invocation. Bugler
Mitch Bouington, of Port St.
Joe, played Taps to close
the ceremony.
The Veterans Memorial
Plaza, which sits on acreage
owned by the city, will now
be managed by the Florida
Park Service, which owns
and operates the adjacent
Orman House. Also under
new state management are
the Chapman Botanical
Gardens across from the
memorial plaza.


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Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd, Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32456, by 4:30 p.m., E.T., on Friday, July
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The Star, Port St. Joe, FL Thursday,July17, 2008 SECTION B


'Quiet Night'




Dark Film


By David Vest
Florida FreeAom Newspapers
The desperation of dark nights in a
small town is the subject of a new book
and film that will be celebrated on a
Saturday night in Wewahitchka.
"Another Quiet Night in Desperation" is
a new collection of stories by former prison
chaplain and writer Michael Lister, who
also is making his first foray into directing
movies.





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His short film by the same name will
be screened for the first time at a book-
release party at 7 p.m. CDT Saturday, July
19, at The Tupelo Theatre. T'Wo other short
films also will be shown, arid the audi-
ence can talk to the writers, directors and
actors involved.
The theater itself is new. It sprang
to life this summer in an old furniture
and appliance store on State 22 in Wewa,
with Lister as an organizing force. He
had formed the drama troupe Pottersville
Players a little more than a year ago, and
they use the Thpel6 as their venue. It's also
a theater training ground and community
gathering place.
"It's a nice little theater," Lister said
last week on "Rap Line" on WKGC, the Gulf
Coast Community College public radio sta-
tion. "I'm so proud of it, we needed this."
He grew up in Wewa, he said, and he's glad
to give something back.
Lister also is involved with nonprofit
Michael Lister Ministries, which contrib-
utes to charities, family and inmate ser-
vices, scholarships and mentoring through
its Direct Effect Project.
Worth writing
Readers of '"Another Quiet Night in
Desperation" might recognize Lister's
hometown, or maybe Port St. Joe or even
Panama City. Desperation is a paper mill
town in North Florida without much to do,
and a lot of people there work at hourly-
wage jobs for not much money.
"I wanted it to be representative of
pretty much any small North Florida
town," Lister said by phone a day after his
radio interview. He had told WKGC's Emily
Balazs, "we have something here that's
(See FILM on Page 10B)


Church Youth Groups Assist in


Community


By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
Port St. Joe is a little cleaner and
neater, thanks to a group of young people
from out of state.
Yoiung people and their counselors
from churches in three different states
joined forces to perform community ser-
vice in Port St. Joe last week. According to
Billy Davis, youth counselor for the group
out of Columbus, Texas, the visit was part
of a mission project. "Our churches are
very much mission-oriented," he acknowl-
edged. "We've got a good group of young-
sters here."
Participants in the project ranged in
age from 12 to 18 years old, Davis said,
and were from Baptist churches in North
Carolina and Texas, and a Presbyterian
church in Georgia.
During their week in town they helped


repair houses and clean and mow yards
for elderly residents, helped clean some
of the city baseball fields and filled in the
base of the city's old steam engine at the
Centennial Building, among other commu-
nity projects.
The interdenominational group of
about 40 stayed at Long Avenue Baptist
Church, sleeping inside the Sunday school
rooms, Davis said.
James Evans, an employee with the
city's Parks and Recreation Department,
was grateful for the help. "This is a top
notch crew," he said, describing how they
had cleaned out years of pine needles and
debris from under the old locomotive. They
were filling in the area with rock and dirt to
help stabilize the old historic engine, which
had recently undergone repairs. Evans
said the space under the old engine had
never been filled and stabilized properly,
and he was glad to see it finally done.


Marie Logan/The Star
About 40 young' people and their counselors from churches in North Carolina, Texas and
Georgia were in Port St. Joe last week performing community service throughout town.


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the Centennial Building, members of the church group filled in the area with rock to help
stabilize the old engine.
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Amber Nicole Allen and Corey David Butler

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Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Edmund Allen of Port Saint Joe,
are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter
Amber Nicole Allen to Corey David Butler, son of Mr. and
Mrs. Aubrey Patterson Butler of Mexico Beach, FL. The
bride and groom are both graduates of Port Saint Joe
High School. The bride is currently in the Pre-Veterinary
Program at Gulf Coast Community College and is employed
by Clark and Blake Brennan's School of Fish restaurant.
The groom is currently studying Business Administration
at Gulf Coast Community College and is employed by
Rexel Southern. The wedding will take place at 7 p.m. on
October 11, at The First Baptist Church in Port Saint Joe
with a reception to follow. The couple would like to extend
an invitation to all of their family and friends.










Please join with ourfamily and ffends as we

Ceflerate the 50t
Wedding Anniversary
of out parents,
PaulandcMarfene Sewefl
Saturday, the sixteenth day of August,
Two thousandandeight, at two o'clock E. T,
at the gulf County Senior Citizens' Buifding
in Port St. Joe.
Locatednext to the gulf County Courthouse, left of the Pu6b[ic
Library on Cecidg. Costin, Sr., SBlvd(Hwy 71), in Port St. Joe


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Mr. And Mrs. Phillip Leung of Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong
and Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Robershaw formally of Port St
Joe are pleased to announce the engagement and upcom-
ing marriage of their children Katherine Sze Man Leung
and Christopher E. Robershaw.
Katherine is a 2007 graduate of the Hong Kong
Institute of Education and currently teaches English at the
YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College.
Christopher is a 1998 graduate of Port St Joe High
School and a 2003 graduate of Southeastern University.
Christopher has recently been appointed as the Religious
Department Head at the YMCA of Hong Kong Christian
College.
The couple will be married August 3, 2008 in Cotton
Tree Drive, Hong Kong and will reside at Caribbean Coast,
Tung Chung, Lantau Island, Hong Kong.
Christopher and Katherine will be visiting the USA
soon after their wedding. A reception will be held in their
honor on August 9, at 4 pm at Smith's Chapel Baptist
Church, 18 Kershaw Avenue, Alabama City, Alabama.
All friends and relatives are invited to attend.


Happy 1st Birthday


Ms. Aleah Nicole Brown


Love,
Mommy and Daddy, GeGe and Granddaddy, Nana
and Papa, Uncle Timmy, Aunt Christy and Stephanie, and
the great staff of Emerald Shores
Happy Birthday! ,l A I"


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Lacey Nicole Thompson and Jody Zachariah Barnes

7aiompson iSarnes 6nyayemen!
Mr. and Mrs. Leigh and Tina Thompson of Panama
City, Fl. announce the engagement and forthcoming wed-
ding of their daughter Lacey Nicole Thompson to Jody
Zachariah Barnes (Zach), son of Mr. and Mrs. John and
Rosa Feltrop of Wewahitchka and John S. Barnes of
Quincy, Fl.
Lacey is the granddaughter of Winston and Betty Sue
Harris of Panama City and Bonnie and the late Howard
Thompson of Ogdensburg, New York.
Zach is the grandson of the late Ezell and Ruby Lee
Watts, Ruth Black Barnes and the late J.M. Barnes Jr. of
Quincy and Sandra Feltrop of Wewahitchka.
The bride is a 2005 graduate of Rutherford High
School and is currently employed by Tyndall Federal
Credit Union as a Members Service Representative. Zach
is a senior at Florida State University where he is major-
ing in Social Science and is currently employed with Gulf
Correctional as a medical clerk.
The wedding is planned for 3 p.m. on Aug. 9, at Life
and Praise Assembly of God Church in Callaway with a
reception following at First Assembly of God in Panama
City.
The bride and groom wish to extend an invitation to
all friends and relatives of the families.


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F AITH: DeAnn, our children, Kaley and Walt, and I are active
members of the First United Methodist Church,Port St. Joe. "Without
faith a man can do nothing; with it all things are possible." Sir William
Osier.

FAMILY: My wife and children are the joys of my life. We are lifelong
residents of Gulf County. Our daughter, Kaley (14), will enter Port St.
Joe High School in the fall, and our son, Walt (11), will enter Port St.
Joe Middle School. Both our parents, Mattie Jane Henderson, and
Jerold Griffin, of Wewahitchka, and Walter and Diana Wilder, of Port
St. Joe, attended Gulf County schools.

FUTURE: With the dedicated, qualified, caring teachers, staff,
administrators, support personnel, and a hands-on dedicated school.
board, we can look forward to many bright tomorrows in the Gulf
County Schools. We are proud of our designation as a grade "A"
district by the Florida Department of Education. When you re-elect
me Superintendent, this tradition of excellence will continue. I am
a certified Superintendent with the state of Florida. I am energized,
have a hard-work ethic, and I am dedicated to the people of this fine
county.
Re-Elect Tim


Wilder.


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Kaleigh Mohr would like to announce the wedding of
her parents, Todd Allan Mohr and Amber Lynn Hopper.
The two are to marry on July 26 in a beach ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Sherry and Scott Hopper
of Howard Creek. The groom is the son of Kristy and
stepdad Christopher Hughes, also of Howard Creek. No
invitations are being sent, feel free to join us on our spe-
cial day.

02-1


Happy Birthday, Adesyn
Happy Birthday, Adesyn! We love you so very much
and hope you had a wonderful 1st birthday on July 9!
Love, Daddy, Mommy, and the rest of the family!


Lordy, Lordy! Mom,
you're 40!


Happy Birthday,
Jordan, Lexie, and Heath




Military Order of


the Purple Heart
Chapter 794 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart
(MOPH) was organized on May 29 at VFW Post No. 2185,
located at 2136 North Sherman Avenue in Panama City.
Seven persons attended the meeting and Mr. Jim E.
Doescher was elected the Chapter Commander. Regular
meetings are schedules on the fourth Thursday of each
month at the VFW hall. Any combat wounded veteran is
invited to join the group. For additional information con-
tact Commander Doescher at 850-233-1962.


Raffield Family Reunion 2008


The Raffield Family
Reunion 2008 will be held
Saturday 19 at the Senior
Citizens Center, 120 Library
Drive, in Port St. Joe.
The family will begin
to gather at 9:30 a.m. with
announcements at 12:15
p.m. Lunch will be served
at 12:30 p.m.
Please bring a covered
dish, a dessert, drinks and
share the food, family and
fun.
Please continue to bring
old photos, newspaper clip-
pings, etc. Something new
is always popping .up. We


need your help to identify
and preserve old photos
for the future. We will have
a scanner set up to copy
them. Stop by and look at
the photos collected in the
past. We continue to gather
family history with the goal
of putting a book together.
Please help us preserve our
family history for those who
came after us.
The most important
thing you can do to support
the reunion is to attend.
Please get the word out to
all members of your family
group. Everyone is welcome


whether Raffields by blood
or Raffields by association.
You are all special to us and
we want to see you.
If there is anything you
can do to help no matter
how small, we can always
use help. If you have ideas
to make things better, we
welcome suggestions, new
ideas, etc. We always need
help setting up and clean-
ing up at the end. We'll start
setting up around 8:30 a.m.
ET.
For more information
about the reunion or if
you want to assist with the


reunion in any way, please
contact Benny Raffield by
phone at 850-871-1649; call
anytime, leave a message or
contact me by e-mail at raf-
field(knology.net.
Come join us, don't eat
and run, stay around a while
to visit with the family.
We have the building
all day.
Hope to see all of you at
the reunion.
Your cousin,
Benny Raffield


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brother Gavin and sister Ansley. Brenna was born June
4, 2008 at Frederick Memorial Hospital. She weighed 7
pounds, 13 ounces and was 18 inches long.
Brenna is the daughter of Stephen and Dana White of
Frederick, MD.
Paternal grandparents are Geraldine White and the
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of the Circuit Court, was elected as Treastrer of the
Florida Association of Court Clerks and Comptrollers,
a professional association, for the upcoming year at the
recent annual conference in Daytona Beach.
"I look forward to serving as the Association's
Treasurer," Norris said. "I have been an active member
of this Association since being elected as Clerk of Gulf
County and feel I have grown professionally as a result. I
am honored to take this position."
"Becky has shown us her dedication to the Association
by setting an example for us all. We are proud to have
her as part of the executive board and look forward to
the strong leadership she will bring ," stated outgoing
President Karen Rushing, Sarasota County Clerk of the
Circuit Court.
Norris has served as Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit
Court and Comptroller since 2005. Norris has served in
many financial positions at the local government level in
Gulf County. Her experience will serve her well during the
year-long term as Treasurer.
I The Florida Association of Court Clerks and
Comptrollers, established in 1969, is a statewide, non-
profit member association. The Association is comprised
of the Clerks of the Circuit Court Comptrollers. The
Association provides education and accreditation for
Clerks of the Court and Comptrollers, information and
technical assistance to local governments.


The REALTOR@ Association of Franklin & Southern Gulf Counties had a fabulous time with the children at
this years "Independence on the Coast". The REALTORS@ provided an array of different games for the children to
enjoy and everyone went home with a prize. "I think that we had more fun than the kids" stated REALTOR@ Sheryl
Bradley.
We would like to thank to our sponsors; Artemis
SGallery, Boardkalk Realty, Donna Murray, Joan Lovelace
.9 - j I- and Gloria Salinard as well as our volunteers; Carol
Erwin, Donna Murray, Sheryl Bradley, Roger Bradley,
Sandy Williams, Libia Taylor, Billy Fuentes, Miranda
Fuentes, Gloria Salinard and Bob Salinard.
We could not have done it without you.


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Becky Norris


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Albert "Corky" Richards
Albert "Corky" Richards, was born April 30, 1942,
in Gulf County. He died at his home July 8, 2008, at the
age of 66.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Richards; chil-
dren, Gayle Pace, Cindy Wefing
(Hatch) and Rodney Richards;
mother, Mamie Richards; 11
grandchildren and four great-
grandchildren.
Funeral services were held
Living Waters Assembly of God.
Visitation was Friday evening at
Kelley Funeral Home.





CHURCH OF CHRIST
MEETS
Singing: 9 a.m. Sunday
Worship: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
Call 229-8310
WRITE FOR FREE EIGHT LESSON BIBLE STUDY
P. 0. Box 758 Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Corner of 20th Street & Marvin Avenue


2 tt"Our Church can be your home '
first Church of the Nazarene
2420 Long Avenue @Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worsliip the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
salmon 29:2


Sunday School.......................... 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m.


Sunday Evening Worship ..............6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m.


r C H U R C H
Sunday Morning Service ............................... 11:00 a.m.

www.faithbiblepsj.net
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


Jesse Ward Kenerly
Jesse Ward Kenerly, age 84 of Lilburn, GA died July
10, 2008. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55
years, Mildred Williams Kenerly and is survived by his
daughter, Jessica Lynne Kenerly of Sandy Springs; son,
Scott Kenerly of Lilburn.
Mr. Kenerly was born April 4, 1924 in North
Wilkesboro, NC. After finishing school, he served as a
page in the House of Representatives in Washington, DC
and later served in the Army-Air Force. After military
service, Ward spent 25 years as a sales rep. and was
promoted to sales manager for TRW, where he retired at
age 55. He then moved to his vacation home in Port St.
Joe, FL with his wife, Mildred. They enjoyed a wonder-
ful retirement together until her passing in 1999. His
passions were hunting, fishing, woodworking and fixing



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Si of Port St. Joe
1 Y 508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Reid Cameron
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
S6 Sunday School 11:00 a.m.




S BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
A 311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly9:45 a.m. ET- Bible Study all ages 10 a.m. ET
Morning Worship 11 a.m. ET Evening Worship 6 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Choir Practice 7 p.m.
Wednesday: Kids for Christ 6 p.m. /Prayer Meeting & Youth Group 7 p.m.
"0 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call us for your spiritual needs.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 dHome 769-8725

Chlarch of Christ
at the Beaches
Established 33 AD in Jerusalem


We meet at 350 Firehouse Road
Overstreet 850.647.1622


Sunday Bible Study
Sunday Worship
Wednesday Bible Study


10:00 a.m. EST
11:00 a.m. EST
7:30 p.m. EST


"We are about our Father's business"


anything mechanical in his work shop.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, July 12
at 3pm at Tom M. Wages Snellville Chapel. The family
will receive friends one hour before service at the funeral
home.
Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.wages-
funeralhome.com. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC,
Snellville Chapel, 770/979-3200


Card of Thanks Arendt
I would like to thank everyone for being there for
me during the illness and death of my mother, Norma
Murphy. Thanks for everything, phone calls, food,
cards, visits, flowers, but most of all prayers.
Thank you to Pastor Henry Hester and my whole
church family. Jack and Zoe Haynes to whom I owe so
much I can never repay. Jamie and Dianne Mayhann,
you were so special to Mom and are to me. Special
thanks to Margie Martin, Sherry and Darrell, Veda
and Terry Bennett, Dr. Ivers, A&A Homecare, Kay
Geoghagan and Covenant Hospice.
Everyone who worked for these organizations did
a wonderful job. Lisa Keels and Buddy Hamm, thank
you for your beautiful voices. Please don't feel left out
if I missed your name ... there were so many helping
hands.
Barbara Arendt

+++ TO KNOW CHRISTAND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN

ST. JAMES'

EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22nd STREET, PORT ST. JOE
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
wwwv.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org 850-227-1845

first Baptist C urch
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Brent Vickery, Pastor
^- Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students

New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am
Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am
Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm
Wednesday Night Supper .......................... 5:30 pm
Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm
Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities........... 6:30 pm
www.fbcpsj.org


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


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LAW OFFICES
Charles A. Costin
Personal Injury Real Estate
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(850) 227-1159


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10:30 Sunday Morning Hwy. 98
7:00 Wednesday Evening -k Hy9
Pastors Andrew
SReid Ave.ette
Cathy RutherfordFamily
Rhema Bible Training Center graduates
Visit our website at: familylifechurch.net Wewahitchka
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MEXICO BEACH
Located at 823 N. 15th St, Mexico Beach
Corner of 15th & California 648-5776
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
Worship Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Bible Study Sundays at 9:00 a.m. (all ages)
Wednesday Prayer and Bible Study at 6:30 p.m.
Please note, all times central!
Reverend Eddie LaFountain


1 'United Methodit

ffui 4 Mexicw Xea
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Meico leod United Methodist (hiur
NURSERY ProvIDo
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820


The Christian Conscience


I This message is about
using the Bible to prove a
point. Who is there, who at
some time in the past has
not encountered a person,
who attempted to prove
their point in an argument,
or to prove that their reli-
gion is better than that of
someone else, by quoting a
Bible verse?
Bible scholars call this
" proof texting ". There are
serious problems with this
method of Bible teaching,
or persuasion in general.
The first deals with differ-
ences between Bible trans-
lations. Frequently people
forget that, in America, we
are not dealing with the
original writings, but trans-
lations of the original writ-
ings. It is not uncommon
for a Bible school, or col-
lege, or seminary, to teach
that their particular Bible
version is infallible. True
Bible scholars know that
this kind teaching is cult-
like and irresponsible.
The second problem
with proof texting is the
failure to take a particular
thought, out of context, or
failure to look at the Bible
as a whole, and thus giving
it a meaning inconsistent
with the intent of the writer


of the book, or the intent of
God, Himself.
There's a story about a
man who decided to read
the Bible. He picked it
up and arbitrarily came to
the verse that said," Judas
went and hanged himself.
" He didn't think much
of that, so he put it down
for a while. Then when he
picked the Bible up again,
it came to the verse that
said," Go; and do likewise.
" Again he put it down for
a while. Then after a while
he decided to give it one
last try, so he picked up the
Bible again and it fell on
the verse that said," What
you do, do quickly! Thus
went the man who picked
verses without reading the
whole Bible.
A concordance is like
an index to the Bible.
Every Christian house-
hold should have one., The
three most common ones
are Cruden's, Strong's,
and Young's. Each has
its own strong points
and weak points. I use
Young's the most, because
it more quickly refers to
the Greek word behind the
English, in a format where
I can more quickly gain
the truth behind the teach-


ing. In some cases, in a
clash between teachings, a
concordance will help you
determine which teaching
is correct.
Sometimes, even a
concordance will not lead
you to the whole truth. As
an example, the Apostle
Paul taught that wives
should respect their hus-
bands. ( Ephesians 5:32-
33 ) and one of the Ten
Commandments says that
children should honor
their parents, in order to
be blessed with long life. (
Exodus 20:12 ) But what
about the parents, who
mistreat their children, or
the father who abuses his
wife, and provokes his chil-
dren to wrath?
What about the father,
who curses and swears,
and consumes much of the
family resources by drink-
ing alcoholic beverages,
and uses drugs, leaving
the family little, if anything
with which to pay the bills?
Or what about a man who
basically steals the car
that his daughter bought
and paid for, and wasted
his own money on alco-
holic beverages and drugs?
Would God ask the daugh-
ter to respect and honor


such a person? Would a
holy God ask us to respect
and honor such evil men.
Of course He wouldn't!
Such a man is living on
borrowed time.
Each verse must be
compared to the Bible
as a whole. In the Old
Testament, in 1 Samuel 25,
we have the example of
such an evil man. Nabal
was his name. Nabal died
before his time, and his
wife Abigail was given to
another man ( King David
).
Jesus said it well, "
Repent or perish! "
At the Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center,
our services begin, with a
time of greeting and fel-
lowship, at 9:30 Sunday
AM central time. Worship
begins at 9:45 AM. We wor-
ship at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center on 105 N. 31st
street, which is behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just
off rte. 98.

God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center
pastor@mexicobeach-
cwc.com


Vacation Bible School at First Baptist MB
Vacation Bible School (VBS) will be held at the First
Baptist Church of Mexico Beach.
Date: July 28 thru August 1
Time: 5:30 until 8:00 p.m.
All are invited
Times are central. For more information call 340-
0921 or 648-5776 or visit our website at fbcmexicobeach.
org
Location: 823 N. 15th Street, Mexico Beach

Contest Seeks Christian Poets from Port St. Joe


A $1,000 grand prize
is being offered in a special
poetry contest sponsored
by the Christian Fine Arts
Society, free to everyone.
There are 50 prizes in all,
totaling $4,000, including a
$1,000 grand prize.
To enter send on
poem of 21 lines or less to
Free Poetry Contest, 7308
Heritage Drive, Mt. Vernon,
Indiana 47620. Or enter
onlione at www.freecon-
test.com. The deadline for
entering is Aug. 18.
"We think religious
poems can inspire achieve-


ment," said Lavender
Aurora, the organization's
contest director.
Poems may be written
on any subject, using any
style, as long as there is a
spiritual inference. A typi-
cal poem might be a love
poem, or poem of praise,
one that inspires the read-
er.
Be sure your name and
address appears on the
page with your poem. If you
wish a winner's list please
enclose a return envelope.


A program entitled "100
Men in Black" is scheduled
for the evening of July 26,
2008 at 6 p.m. ET at New
Bethel A.M.E. Church.
All men of the commu-
nity and surrounding areas
are invited to attend, dress
in black, and participate in
.this very special program.
The speaker for the
event will be Evangelist Pugh
of the Love and Worship
Center in Apalachicola.
All proceeds for this
program will benefit the
Annual Women's Day activi-
ties to be held in August.
We look forward to see-
ing you men, women and
children on July 26 at 6
p.m. ET.


Beach Baptist Chapel
will be hosting a sports
camp for all boys and girls
in grades 3 8, July 21
thru July 25. Activities will
include baseball, softball,
basketball, volleyball, soc-
cer, horseshoes, croquet,
and sack races. The fun
will start at 9 a.m. and end
at noon each day. Lunch
is included from 11:30 to
12:00.
Beach Baptist Chapel
is located at 311 Columbus
Street, St. Joe Beach. For
more information, call
Debbie 647-3950 or Ed
647-3329.


Music Workshop at Church of God


A two week sum-
mer Music Workshop will
be co-sponsored by the
Church of God In Christ
and the North Port St. Joe
Community Youth Initiative
starting July 21st a*nd end-


ing with a recording con-
cert on August 2nd under
the direction of Elder
David Wood Jr. Children
in grades 2nd through 12t ,
parents of these children,
and other adults are wel-


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Yoe


Sunday:
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Wednesday:
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET
SChoir: 7:00 p.m. ET


0) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Pastor
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries


comed and are encouraged
to participate.. The concert
will feature adults, parents,
and children from the Port
St. Joe Community. The
workshop sessions will be
held at the Church of God


In Christ located on Avenue
D and will start promptly
at 7 p.m. nightly. Further
information contact Mrs.
Minnie Likely at 229-8155
or Elder Wood, Pastor at
229-9490.


.3 Worship with us at I
I- Long Avenue Baptist Church
" Where Faith, Family &FFriendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL For More
Information Call 229-8691



Oak Grove Church
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Come Grow With Us!


Sunday School 9:45
Sunday Worship Service 10:45
Wednesday Cafe 5 pm
Wednesday 6:15
Adult Bible Study
Children & Youth Ministries


613 Madison St.
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-227-1837
www.oakgrove-church.org


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Rish, Gibson, Scholz &
Groom, P.A.
William J. Rish, Thomas S. Gibson, Russell Scholz
Paul W. Groom II
(850) 229-8211


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SOUTHERLAND FAMILY

FUNERAL HOME
507 10th Street Port St Joe
(850) 229-8111


100 Men Sports


in Black Camp July
*


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
sigblanb iew 3aptist (burt)
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Mike Westbrook, Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Pastor Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.




482 Pompano Street 229-6235
Sunday School .............. 9:45 a.m.
Sunday Morning Service .......11:00 a.m.
Sunday Evening Service........ 6:00 p.m.
Monday Night Youth Service ..... 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday Night ............ 7:00 p.m.

Pastor Howard Riley Welcomes Everyone


St. Peter's Anglican Church
(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday.................8:00 a.m .
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe. FL
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WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA. LESS A 50
FOOT STRIP BY 210 FEET
ACROSS THE WEST SIDE
OF SAID LAND.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY, OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990, persons need-
ing special accommoda-
tion to participated in this
proceeding should contact
the Clerk of the Court not
later than five business
days prior to the proceed-
ing at the Gulf County
Courthouse. Telephone
850-229-6113 or
1-800-955-8770 via Florida
Relay Service.

DATED at Port Saint Joe,
Florida, on June 17, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
As Clerk, Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

CASE NO: 07-218 CA

RBC CENTURY BANK
PLAINTIFF
VS.
CARLYLE J. CAIN A/K/A
CARLYLE CAIN ET AL..
DEFENDANTS


NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
foreclosure dated June 23,
2008 entered in Civil Case
No. 07-218 CA of the Cir-
cuit Court in and for GULF
County, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at FRONT
LOBBY OF THE GULF
COUNTY COURTHOUSE,
1000 5th STREET, PORT
ST. JOE, FL 32456.,at
11:00 a.m.on the 24th day
of July, 2008 the following
described property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

LOT 32 AND PARCEL "W"
OF WINDMARK BEACH
ACCORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF, AS
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGES 1-5 OF
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

Date this 24th day of June,
2008.

Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.

Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

If you are a person with a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order
to participate in this
proceeding you are
entitled, at no cost to you,
to the provision of certain
assistance. Please contact
the office of the Court
Administrator, GULF
County Courthouse, at
within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice of Sale;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) for
hearing impaired or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.

July 10 & 17, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA.

CASE No. 08-54CA

RBC CENTURY BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
ROBERT COULTAS, et.
al.,
Defendants.


NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der or Final Judgement
entered in Case No.
08-54CA of the Circuit
Court of the 14th Judicial
Circuit in and for GULF
County, Florida, wherein,
RBC CENTURY BANK,
Plaintiff and ROBERT
COULTAS, et.a., are
Defendant's I will sell to the
highest bidder for cash at
the Front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,
Port Saint Joe, Florida
32457 in Gulf County, Flor-
ida, at 11:00 a.m. on the
24th day of July, 2008, the
following described prop-
erty:

LOT 11, SUNSET BAY
SUBDIVISION AS AC-
CORDING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
THE PUBLIC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA IN PLAT BOOK 5,


PAGE 3.

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.

DATED this 17th day of
June, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk Circuit Court


1 1100

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
reasonable accommoda-
tion to participate in this
proceeding should, no
later than seven (7) days
prior, contact the Clerk of
the Court's disability coor-
dinator at PO BOX 826,
MARIANNA, FL 32448,
850-718-0026. If hearing or
voice impaired, contact
(TDD) (800) 955-8771 via
Florida Relay System.

Publish July 10 & 17, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

CASE NO: 07109CA

THE BANK OF NEW YORK
TRUST COMPANY, N.A.,
AS SUCCESSOR TO
JPMORGAN CHASE
BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE
PLAINTIFF
VS.
FRANK MARINO; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
FRANK MARINO IF ANY;
JENNIFER DAVIES; UN-
KNOWN SPOUSE OF
JENNIFER DAVIES IF
ANY; ANY AND ALL
UNKNWON PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED IN-
DIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN
TO,BE DAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID
UNKNWON PARTIES MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS;
CAPE SHOALS ASSOCIA-
TION, INC.; JOHN DOE
AND JANE DOE AS UN-
KNOWN TENANTS IN
POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der Granting the Motion to
set Foreclosure Sale dated
June 16, 2008 entered in
Civil Case No. 07109CA of
the Circuit Court of the
14TH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Port
St. Joe, Florida, I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at FRONT
LOBBY of the GULF
County Courthouse at
1000 5th Street, Room
148, Port St. Joe, Florida,
at 11 a.m. on the 31st day
of July, 2008 the following
described property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:
UNIT 4, CAPE SHOALS
TOWNHOUSES BEING A
PARCEL OF LAND IN
SECTION 7, TOWNSHIP 9
SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST,
AND SECTION 12, TOWN-
SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE
12 WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, AND BEING
MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED AS FOL-
LOWS:

A TRACT OF PARCEL OF
LAND LYING AND BEING
IN SECTION 7, TOWN-
SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE
11 WEST, AND SECTION
12, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH,
RANGE 12 WEST, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA, AND
BEING MORE PARTICU-
LARLY DESCRIBED AS
FOLLOWS: COMMENCE
AT THE NORTHWEST
CORNER OF SAID SEC-
TION 7, TOWNSHIP 9
SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST
AND THENCE RUN
NORTH 00004'21" EAST
ALONG THE WEST
BOUNDARY LINE OF SEC-
TION 6, TOWNSHIP 9
SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST
FOR 1341.09 FEET TO
THE SOUTHWESTERLY
RIGHT OF WAY UNE OF
COUNTY ROAD NO. 30-E;
THENCE SOUTH 2325'11"
EAST ALONG SAID RIGHT
OF WAY LINE FOR
1642.44 FEET TO A POINT
OF CURVE; THENCE
CONTINUE ALONG SAID
RIGHT OF WAY LINE
ALONG THE ARC OF A
CURVE TO THE LEFT
WHICH HAS A RADIUS OF
11,426.79 FEET AND A
CENTRAL ANGLE OF
02008'33" FOR AN ARC
LENGTH OF 427.29 FEET
(CHORD BEING SOUTH
2429'32" EAST, 426.77
FEET) TO A POINT OF
TANGENCY; THENCE
SOUTH 2533'44" EAST
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF
WAY LINE FOR 180.21
FEET; THENCE SOUTH
6426'16" WEST FOR
796.53 FEET; THENCE
NORTH 2654'31" WEST
FOR 65.93 FEET FOR THE
POINT OF BEGINNING;
THENCE CONTINUE
NORTH 2354'31" WEST
FOR 18.9 FEET; THENCE
SOUTH 6605'29" EAST
FOR 123.50 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 2354'31"
EAST FOR 18.9 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 66005'29"
WEST FOR 123.50 FEET
TO THE POINT OF BEGIN-
NING. SAID PARCEL OF
LAND HAVING AN AREA
OF 2,334.15 SQUARE
FEET OR 0.054 ACRES,
MORE OR LESS, AND
KNOWN AS CAPE
SHOALS UNIT 4.

Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pend-


ens, must file a claim
within 60 days after the
sale.

Dated this 27th day of
June, 2008

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH


terest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the Lis Pend-
ens must file a claim within
sixty (60) days after the
sale.
WITNESS MY HAND and
the seal of this Court on
June 24, 2008

Rebecca L. Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk


Circuit Court, Gulf County,
Florida.

Parcel 2: The East 80 feet
of Lots 21 and 23, Block
15 City of Port St. Joe,
Florida, according to the
official plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 16, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

In accordance with the
Americans With Disabilities
Act, persons needing a


R.E. No. 03396-003R

Description of Property:

COMMENCING at the
Northwest Corner of SW
1/4 of SW 1/4 of Section
32, Township 5 South,
Range 11 West, and run
West for 400 feet to West
side of County Road;
thence run South along
the West side of County
Road for 120 feet, t* the


| 1100
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommo-
dation should contact
COURT ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.

Publish July 17 & 24, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 07-477CA

CHASE HOME FINANCE
LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
GARY R. GOODRICH; SU-
SAN A. GOODRICH;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
dated the 23rd day of
June, 2008, and entered in
Case No. 07-477CA, of the
Circuit Court of the 14th
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein CHASE HOME FI-
NANCE LLC is the Plaintiff
and GARY R. GOODRICH;
SUSAN A. GOODRICH;
JOHN DOE; JANE DOE
AS UNKNOWN
TENANTS) IN POSSES-
SION OF THE SUBJECT
PROPERTY are defend-
ants. I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the FRONT LOBBY
OF COURTHOUSE at the
Gulf County Courthouse,
in Port St. Joe, Florida, at
11:00 a.m. on the 24th day
of July, 2008, the following
described property as set
forth in said Final
Judgment, to wit:

LOTS 20 AND 21, BLOCK
E, MONEY BAYOU SUBDI-
VISION, ,A SUBDIVISION
AS PER PLAT OR MAP
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 1 AT PAGE
49 OF THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA.

ANY PERSON CLAIMING
AN INTEREST IN THE
SURPLUS FROM THE
SALE, IF ANY OTHER
THAN THE PROPERTY
OWNER AS OF THE DATE
OF THE LIS PENDENS
MUST FILE A CLAIM
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER
THE SALE.

In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa-
bled persons who, be-
cause of their disabilities,
need special accommo-
dation to participate in this
proceeding should contact
the ADA Coordinator at
1000 5th Street, Port St.
Joe, FL 32456 or Tele-
phone (850) 229-6113
prior to such proceeding.

Dated this 24th day of
June, 2008.

Rebecca Norris
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish July 10 & 17, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CIVIL ACTION
CASE NO. 2007-196-CA
DIVISION 0

CHASE HOME FINANCE
LLC,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JESSE L. BYRD, et al,
Defendant(s).

NOTICE OF RESCHED-
ULED FORECLOSURE
SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der Rescheduling Foreclo-
sure Sale dated June 23,
2008 and entered in Case
No. 2007-196-CA of the
Circuit Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein CHASE HOME
FINANCE LLC, is the Plain-
tiff and JESSE L. BYRD;
CAROLYN BYRD A/K/A
CAROLYN R. BYRD; CAPI-
TAL CITY BANK; are the
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at LOBBY OF
THE GULF COUNTY
COURTHOUSE at 11:00
AM, on the 31st day of
July, 2008, the following
described property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment:

LOT 5, BLOCK 111, ST.
JOSEPH'S ADDITION TO
THE CITY OF PORT ST.
JOE UNIT 7, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT THEREOF,
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 2, PAGE 7, OF THE
PUBLIC RECORDS OF
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA.

A/K/A 2110 LONG
AVENUE, PORT SAINT
JOE, FL 324560000

Any person claiming an in-


Timothy A. Haynes & John
W. Sammons
All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the
property described in such
certificate will be sold to
the highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida at


BY: BILLY TRAYLOR,
CHAIRMAN

Publish: July 10, & 17,
2008
Ad#2008-63

NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS

BID NO.0708-24

The Board of County Com-


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In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this
proceeding should contact
Gulf County Courthouse
850-229-6113 (TDD).

Publish July 17 & 24, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CASE NO. 08-68-CA

BAYSIDE SAVINGS BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs
CURTIS EDWARD
CRYDERMAN,
Defendant.


NOTICE OF JUDICIAL
SALE PURSUANT TO
SECTION 45.031 (1) OF
THE FLORIDA STATUTES

TO WHOM IT MAY CON-
CERN:

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that pursuant to the
Final Judgment of Foreclo-
sure of Mortgage and
Ordering Sale entered on
June 30, 2008, in Case
Number 08-68-CA of the
Circuit Court of the Four-
teenth Judicial Circuit for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which BAYSIDE SAVINGS
BANK, organized and
existing under the laws of
the United States of Amer-
ica is Plaintiff, and CURTIS
EDWARD CRYDERMAN is
Defendant, I, REBECCA L.,
NORRIS, Clerk of Circuit
Court, will sell at public
sale the following de-
scribed real property:

A portion of Lots 12 and
13, Block 6, Yon's Addition
to Beacon Hill, Florida, as
recorded in Plat Book 1,
Page 45, in the Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida and being more partic-
ularly described as fol-
lows:

Begin at a concrete monu-
ment marking the North-
erly corner of said Lot 13,
Block 6, Yon's Addition to
Beacon Hill, Florida:
thence along the South-
westerly right of way line of
Americus Avenue,
S34937'00"E, 56.00 feet to
an iron rod and cap
marked LB6019; thence
S54933'00"W, 90.00 feet to
an iron rod and cap
marked LB6019; thence
N34937'00"W, 56.00 feet to
an iron pipe on the South-
easterly right of way line of
Gulf Street; thence along
said Southeasterly right of
way line, N54933'00"E,
90.00 feet to the Point of
Beginning. Said lands ly-
ing in and being a part of
Section 5, Township 7
South, Range 11 West,
Gulf County, Florida and
containing 0.12 acres,
more or less.

The sale will be held on
July 24, 2008, at 11:00
a.m. (Eastern Time) to the
highest and best bidder for
cash, at the front door of
the Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil Costin,
Jr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe,
Florida, in accordance with
Section 45.031 of the Flor-
ida Statutes. Any person
claiming an interest in the
surplus from the sale, if
any, other than the prop-
erty owner as of the date
of the lis pendens must file
a claim within 60 days after
the sale.
Dated this 30th day of
June,2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS,
Clerk of Court
/s/ Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk

Publish: July 10 & 17,
2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

CASE NO.: 08-21-CA

VISION BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
JAMES A. *60X, JR., and
CATHERINE COX,
Defendants.
NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE is hereby given
pursuant to a Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure dated
June 23, 2008, entered in
Case Number 08-CA-21 of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein PEOPLES
FIRST COMMUNITY BANK
is the Plaintiff and JAMES
A. COX, JR. and CATHER-
INE COX are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est bidder for cash at the
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil Costin Boule-
vard, Port St. Joe, Florida,
Gulf County, at 11:00 a.m.
Eastern Time, on the 24th
day of July, 2008, the fol-
lowing described property
situated in Gulf County,
Florida, and set forth in the
Order or Final Judgment,
to-wit:
Parcel 1: Lots Seventeen
(17) and Nineteen (19) in
Block Fifteen (15), of the
City of Port St. Joe,
Florida, according to the
Official Map on file in the
Office of the Clerk of


1100
special accommodation to
participate in this
proceeding should contact
the Court Administrator's
Office no later than seven
(7) days prior to the
proceeding at 300 East
Fourth Street, Panama
City, Florida, 32401;
Telephone: (850)
763-9061, ext. 327;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD); or
1-800-955-8770 (V), via
Florida Relay Service.
Any person claiming an
interest in the surplus from
the sale, if any, other than
the property owner as of
the date of the lis pendens
must file a claim within 60
days after the sale.
WITNESS my hand and
the official seal of this
Honorable Court, on this
24th day of June, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS,
CLERK OF CIRCUIT
COURT GULF COUNTY

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish July 10 & 17, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CASE NO.: 2007-437-CA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,
vs.
MOSES C. MEDINA and
UNKNOWN TENANTSS,
Defendants.

NOTICE OF SALE PUR-
SUANT TO CHAPTER 45
NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated June
30, 2008, in Case No.
2007-437-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff and
MOSES C. MEDINA is the
Defendant, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for
cash at the front door of
the Gulf County Court-
house in Port St. Joe, Gulf
County, Florida at 11:00
a.m. on July 24, 2008, the
property set forth in the Fi-
nal Judgment of Foreclo-
sure and more particularly
described as follows:

LOT 43, HERON WALK
SUBDIVISION, ACCORD-
ING TO THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK 5, PAGE 31,
IN THE PUBUC RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA.

DATED: July 1, 2008

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk of the Circuit Court

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish July 10 & 17, 2008
IN THE FOURTEENTH JU-
DICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CASE NO, 08-08-CA

MIDSOUTH BANK, N.A.
Plaintiff,
vs.
JUBILATION, LLC
Defendant.

NOTICE OF SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Final
Judgment of Foreclosure
date June 30, 2008, and
entered in Civil Action No.
08-08-CA of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida,
wherein the parties were
the plaintiff, MIDSOUTH
BANK, N.A., and the de-
fendants, JUBILATION,
LLC, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder, for
cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the 24th
day of July, 2008 at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, Port
St. Joe, Florida, the
following-described real
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of
Foreclosure:

Lot 41, JUBILATION
PHASE II, according to the
map or plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
Page 12, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida
The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.

DATED this 30th day of
June 2008.

HON. REBECCA L. NOR-
RIS
CLERK OF COURT

/s/Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Publish July 10 & 17, 2008
NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Cabernet I,
LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of issu-
ance, the description of
the property, and the
names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No. 304
Application No. 2008-10
Year of Issuance: 2006


POINT OF BEGINNING,
thence run South for 240
feet, thence run West for
350 feet, thence run North
for 240 feet, thence run
East for 350 feet, to POINT
OF BEGINNING. Same
being Lots 2 B and 3 B,
Patrick Plat. Same lying
and being in the SE 1/4 of
Section 31, Township 5
South, Range 11 West,
Gulf County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Richard M. Williams
All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the
property described in such
certificate will be sold to
the highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida at
11:00 AM\, E.D.T.,
Wednesday, the 6th day
of August, 2008.D a t e d
this 3rd day of July,
2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk

Publish: 07/10/08,
07/17/08, 07/24/08,
07/31/08

AD# 2008-71
NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN. that Cabernet I,
LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of issu-
ance, the description of
the property, and the
names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No. 336
Application No. 2008-15
Year of Issuance 2006
R.E. No. 03783-10OR

Description of Property:
That block of land directly
in front of Lot 3, between
Gulf View Street and
Coastal Highway in Origi-
nal Lot 4, Section 31,
Township 6 South, Range
11 West, Guff County, Flor-
ida, said Lot extending
from the property of Mrs.
Lula L. Smith to the alley
leading to the property of
A. H. Parker.
AND:
That certain thirty (30) foot
parcel of land lying be-
tween the Grantee's parcel
of land as described in Of-
ficial Record Book 191,
Page 729, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida,
and the above described
parcel. This parcel being
thirty (30) foot wide and
running from the South-
westerly right of way of
GULF VIEW STREET, to
Government Lot 4, Section
31, Township 6 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf
County, Florida, in Plat
Book 1, Page 41A.
Name in which assessed:
Jerry A. & Terry S. Brown
All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the
property described in such
certificate will be sold to
the highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida at
11:00AM, ED.T,
Wednesday, the 13th day
of August, 2008. D a t e d
this 11th day of July, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk

Publish: 07/17/08,
07/24/08, 07/31/08,
08/07/08

AD# 2008-76
NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Malbee II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number
and year of issuance, the
description of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:
Certificate No. 275
Application No. 2008-16
Year of Issuance: 2006
R.E. No. 03186-535R

Description of Property:
Lot 7 of INDIAN SUMMER,
as per plat recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 41, in the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.
Name in which assessed:
Richard E. Parvey
All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the
property described in such
certificate will be sold to
the highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida at
11:00 AM, E.D.T.,
Wednesday, the 13th day


NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Cabernet I,
LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of issu-
ance, the description of
the property, and the
names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No.. 37
Application No. 2008-11
Year of Issuance: 2006
R.E. No. 00615-01OR

Description of Property:
Lot Six (6), BIock "B", Unit
No. 2, Red Bull Island
Subdivision, as per unre-
corded plat thereof, Gulf
County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Donnie Whitfield
All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the
property described in such
certificate will be sold to
the highest bidder in
the front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida at
11:00 AM, E.D.T,
Wednesday, the 6th day
of August, 2008. Dated
this 3rd day of J u I y ,
2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk

Publish: 07/10/08,
07/17/08, 07/24/08,
07/31/08

AD# 2008-72
NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Cabernet I,
LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of issu-
ance, the description of
the property, and
the names in which it was
assessed are as follows:
Certificate No. 176
Application No. 2008-12
Year of Issuance: 2006
R.E. No.01954-OOOR

Description of Property:
THE SOUTH HALF (S 1/2)
OF THE FOLLOWING DE-
SCRIBED LAND: COM-
MENCING at the Northeast
Corner of West half (W
1/2) of Northeast Quarter
(NE 1/4) of Southwest
Quarter (SW 1/4). of Sec-
tion 24, Township 4 South,
Range 10 West, thence run
West 155 feet to West side
of Highway No. 71; thence
run Southerly along the
West side of said State
Highway No. 71, a dis-
tance of 269 3/4 feet for
POINT OF BEGINNING,
thence run West 208 3/4
feet; thence run South 417
1/2 feet to Northwest Cor-
ner of Sallie Lewis land;
thence East to the West
side of Highway No. 71,
thence North for 417 1/2
feet to POINT OF BEGINN-
ING. Lying and being in W
1/2 of NE 1/4 of SW 1/4 of
Section 24, Township 4
South, Range 10 West.

Name in which assessed:
Kenneth R. Alderman &
Joanie M. Alderman (aka
Joanie M. Brown) All of
said property being in Gulf
County, State of Florida.
Unless such certificate
shall be redeemed ac-
cording to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tiicae will be sold to the h i g h-
est bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.D.T, Wednesday, the
6th day ofAuguAt, 2008.
Dated this 3rd day of
July, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk
Publish: 07/10/08,
07/17/08, 07/24/08,
07/31/08

AD# 2008-73

NOTICE OF APPLICA-
TION FOR TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Cabernet I,
LLC the holder of the fol-
lowing Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for a
tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of issu-
ance, the description of
the property, and the
names in which it was as-
sessed are as follows:
Certificate No. 251
Application No. 2008-14
Year of Issuance: 2006
R.E. No.03169-160R

Description of Property:
Lot 12, Stillwater South
Subdivision, a Subdivision,
as per map or plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 5,
Page 14, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:


I 1100
11:00 AM, E.D.T.,
Wednesday, the 6th day
of August, 2008.D a t e d
this 3rd day of July, 2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk

Publish: 07/10/08,
07/17/08, 07/24/08,
07/31/08

AD# 2008-75

NOTICE OF INTENDED
ACTION
THE GULF COUNTY
SCHOOL BOARD

Purpose and Effect: The
Gulf County School Board
proposes to amend and
adopt policies, as pro-
vided for in the Administra-
tive Procedures Act, for the
purpose of bringing said
policies into compliance
with Florida Statutes and
State Board of Education
Rules.

Summary: The following is
a brief description of each
proposal change.

Pupil Progression Plan
Code of Conduct

Economic Impact: The
proposals will result in no
direct costs associated
with implementation

IF REQUESTED, A HEAR-
ING WILL BE HELD AT:

Time: 10:00 a.m., ET
Date: August 12, 2008
Place: Gulf County School
Board
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the pro-
posed rules can be in-
spected during regular of-
fice hours at the Office of
Instructional Services, 150
Middle School Road, Port
St. Joe, FL.

Special legal authority un-
der which the adoption is
authorized and the law be-
ing implemented and inter-
preted are made specific.

The addition and changes
are proposed by Sara Joe
Wooten, Assistant Superin-
tendent of Instruction and
approved for consideration
by Tim Wilder, Superin-
tendent.

Amendment: See above

Publish July 10 &17, 2008

Notice of Public Sale
COASTAL TOWING AND
ROADSIDE SERVICE,
INC. gives Notice of Fore-
closure of Lien and intent
to sell these vehicles on
July 28, 2008, on 09:00
a.m. ET at 8082 W. Hwy
98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456,
pursuant to subsection
713.78 of the Florida Stat-
utes, COASTAL TOWING
AND ROADSIDE SERV-
ICE, INC. reserves the
right to accept or reject
any and/or all bids.
1991 Chevrolet Vin#
1G1BN53E9MR100588

1993 Chevrolet Vin#
1GNDM19Z1PB197294

Publish July 17 & 24, 2008

NOTICE TO CONTRAC-
TORS
ADVERTISEMENT FOR
BIDS

Sealed bids in duplicate
until, August 12, 2008 at
2:00 PM EST at the Office
of Gulf County School
Board, 150 Middle School
Road, Port Saint Joe, Flor-
ida at which time and
place all bids will be pub-
licly opened and read
aloud for:

PRE-KINDERGARTEN AD-
DITION TO
PORT ST. JOE ELEMEN-
TARY SCHOOL
Port St. Joe, Florida
JOB NO: 0801

The Contractor shall fur-
nish all labor, materials
and equipment; and shall
be responsible for the en-
tire completion of this proj-
ect.
All Contractors must be
pre-approved by the Gulf
County School Board prior
to the bid.
All Contractors shall abide
by and adhere to all rules
by the
JESSICA-LUNSFORD
ACT, which can be re-
viewed at or a copy ob-
tained from the office of
the Architect.
Plans, specifications and
contract documents may
be inspected at the office
of the Architect. 130 Hwy
22, Wewahitchka, Florida,
and may be procured by
General Contractors, upon
a deposit of $200 per set
for plans and specifica-
tions, of which $100 will be
refunded to each General
Contractor, who submits a
bid and returns all docu-
ments in good condition
within 10 days after the
date of opening of bids.
Cashier's check, certified
check or bid bond, for not
less than 5% of the
amount of bid, must ac-
company each proposal.
Performance, Labor and
Materials bond, and
Workman's Compensation
Insurance will be required
of the successful Bidder.


of August, 2008.D a t e d
this 11th day of J u I y,
2008.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk

Publish: 07/17/08,
07/24/08, 07/31/08,
08/07/08
AD# 2008-77


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.

Tim Wilder, Superintend-
ent
Gulf County School Board
150 Middle School Road,
Port Saint Joe, Florida
32456


1100
/s/Charles A. Gaskin, ARA
Architect
RO. Box 7,130 W Hwy 22,
Wewahitchka, Florida
32465
(805)639-2897

Publish July 17, 14 & 31,
2008

NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS
BID NO. 0708-28

The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified person,
company or corporation
interested in constructing
the following project:

WHITE CITY BOAT
LANDING FLOATING
DOCK

Specifications can be ob-
tained in the Office of the
Clerk of Circuit Court, 1000
Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Room 148, Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, (850)
229-6112. The bid must
conform to Section
287.133(3) F.S., on public
entity crimes.

Completion date for this
project will be 90 days
from the date of the Notice
to Proceed presented to
the successful bidder. Liq-
uidated damages for fail-
ure to complete the project
on the specified date will
be set at $200.00 per day.

Please place YOUR COM-
PANY NAME, SEALED
BID, and the BID NUM-
BER on the outside of
your envelope.

BIDS MUST BE SUBMIT-
TED TO THE OFFICE OF
THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT
COURT, 1000 CECIL G.
COSTIN, SR. BLVD.,
ROOM 148, PORT ST.
JOE, FLORIDA 32456 BY
4:30 RM.. E.T ON FRI-
DAY JULY 18. 2008.

The bids will be opened at
the above location on
Monday, July 21, 2008 at
10:00 a.m., E.T, and the
public is invited to attend.

The Board reserves the
right to reject any and all
bids.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
/s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chair-
man
Attest:
/s/ Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk

Publish: July 10 & 17,
2008

Ad #2008-70

PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioners will hold a
public hearing to consider
adoption of an ordinance
with the following title:

AN ORDINANCE OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA PRO-
VIDING FOR THE PRO-
TECTION OF THE
GROUND AND SURFACE
WATERS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA FROM
IMPROPER DISPOSAL OF
CLASS A AND B RESIDU-
ALS AND SEPTAGE, RE-
QUIRING SUBMITTAL OF
AGRICULTURAL USE
PLANS; REQUIRING PER-
MITS FOR LAND SPREAD-
ING SITES, REQUIRING
PERMITS FOR VEHICLES
USED FOR TRANSPORT-
ING AND LAND SPREAD-
ING RESIDUALS, PROVID-
ING FOR ENFORCEMENT,
PROVIDING FOR EXEMP-
TIONS, PROVIDING FOR
RECORD KEEPING RE-
QUIREMENTS, PROVID-
ING FOR DEFINITIONS,
PROVIDING FOR SEVER-
ABILITY AND APPULICABIL-
ITY; PROVIDING PENAL-
TIES, PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE

The public hearing will be
held during the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioner's meeting
on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
at 6:00 p.m. est. in the
County Commissioner's
meeting room in the Rob-
ert M. Moore Administra-
tion Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex, Port
St. Joe, Florida.

All interested persons may
appear and be heard with
respect to the proposed
Ordinance. If a person de-
cides to appeal any deci-
sions made by the Gulf
County Commission with
respect to any matter con-
sidered at this hearing,
he/she will need a record
of the proceedings and
that for such purpose
he/she may need to en-
sure a verbatim record of
the proceedings made and
which would include any
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.

A copy of the proposed
Ordinance is available for
inspection on weekdays
between the hours of 9:00
a.m. est., and 5:00 p.m.
est. at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, Guff County
Courthouse, 1000 C.G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456.


BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA


Established 1938 0 Serving Gulf County and surrounding areas for 67 years








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missioners of Gulf County,
Florida, will receive sealed
bids from any person,
company, or corporation
interested in purchasing
the following:
One 1997 GMC 4-wheel
drive Truck. The motor is
not good, but the transmis-
sion is in good shape and
the vehicle has 4 new tires.
There is a $700.00 mini-
mum bid requirement.
This vehicle may be
viewed at the Overstreet
Fire Department, 101
Floating Bridge Road or,
for an appointment call
Johnny Mize at (850)
229-6821.
Please indicate on the en-
velope that this is a
SEALED BID, the BID
NUMBER, and what the
BID is for.

Bids will be received until
4:30 o'clock, p.m., E.S.T
August 1, 2008, at the Of-
fice of the Clerk of Circuit
Court, Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room
147, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The bids will be
opened on Monday, Au-
gust 4, 2008 at the above
address, at 10:00 a.m.,
E.S.T.
The Board reserves the
right to reject any bid.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA

/s/ Billy E. Traylor, Chair-
man

/s/ Rebecca Norris, Clerk
Publish:July 17 & 24,
2008
Ad# 2008-57


PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the Gulf
County Board of'County
Commissioners will hold a
public hearing to consider
exchange of county prop-
erty with the following
terms and conditions:

AN ORDINANCE OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA
GRANTING PROPERTY
TAX EXEMPTIONS TO
TOZ, LLC, d/b/a HEALTH
CHECK, SETTING FORTH
THE NAME AND AD-
DRESS OF THE NEW
BUSINESS FOR WHICH
THE EXEMPTION IS
GRANTED, ESTABLISH-
ING THE TOTAL AMOUNT
OF REVENUE AVAILABLE
TO THE COUNTY OR MU-
NICIPALITY FROM AD
VALOREM SOURCES FOR
THE CURRENT FISCAL
YEAR, THE TOTAL
AMOUNT OF REVENUE
LOST TO THE'COUNTY
OR MUNICIPALITY FOR
THE CURRENT FISCAL
YEAR BY VIRTUE OF
ECONOMIC DEVELOP-
MENT AD VALOREM TAX
EXEMPTION CURRENTLY
IN EFFECT, AND STATING
THE ESTIMATED REVE-
NUE LOST TO THE
COUNTY FOR THE CUR-
RENT FISCAL YEAR AT-
TRIBUTABLE TO TOZ,
LLC, d/b/a HEALTH
CHECK, EXEMPTION,
MAKING A FINDING THAT
TOZ, LLC, d/b/a HEALTH
CHECK, MEETS THE RE-
QUIREMENTS OF CHAP-
TER 196 AND GULF
COUNTY RESOLUTION
NO. 2000-02, GRANTING
A TAX ABATEMENT FOR A
PERIOD OF TEN YEARS
FROM THE EFFECTIVE
YEAR OF THE ORDI-
NANCE, ESTABLISHING A
ONE HUNDRED PERCENT
(100%) AD VALOREM TAX
ABATEMENT FOR IM-
PROVEMENTS TO TOZ,
LLC, d/b/a HEALTH
CHECK, PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY, PROVID-
ING FOR AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.

The public hearing will be
held during the Gulf
County Board of County
Commissioner's meeting
on Tuesday, July 22, 2008
at 6:00 p.m. est. in the
County Commissioner's
meeting room in the Rob-
ert M. Moore Administra-
tion Building, Gulf County
Courthouse Complex, Port
St. Joe, Florida.
All interested persons may
appear and be heard with
respect to the proposed
Ordinance. If a person de-
cides to appeal any deci-
sions made by the Gulf
County Commission with
respect to any matter con-


sidered at this hearing,
he/she will need a record
of the proceedings and
that for such purpose
he/she may need to en-
sure a verbatim record of
the proceedings made and
which would include any
evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based.
A copy of the proposed
Ordinance is available for
inspection on weekdays
between the hours of 9:00
a.m. est., and 5:00 p.m.
est. at the Office of the
Clerk of Court, Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 C.G.
Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

BY: BILLY TRAYLOR,
CHAIRMAN
Publish: July 10, & 17,
2008
Ad# 2008-62









Nice Gent, New to area,
fit, 170lbs, Brown/Blue, 6'
tall, 49, clean cut, finan-
cially stable, want lady for
stress free moments. Age
doesn't matter!!!! Call
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I 33230

KK: Port St. Joe 1007
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Moving Sale
!!! Everything must !!!
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KK: Port St. Joe, 816 Mar-
vin Ave. Saturday July
19th, 8am -2pm,
Yard Sale
Electronic games, country
decor, linens, books,
clothes, infant girl, junior
and misses sizes.




3290



Electric Lift Chair Like
New Also Reclines Ivory in
color Very sturdy $ 200
firm Call Jerry 227-1849










CATERERS
BRIDES
FLORISTS!
36 Amber Mosaic Votive
Holders
Georgeous, rare, used for
wedding
Retail for $10 each, you
pay only $3.50 each!

45 Clear Glass 3" Cube
Vases
Many uses: catering, home
decor, art projects
I paid $175, you pay only
$2 each!

11, 16" Trumpet Vases
Hard to find, versatile, per-
fect condition
$6 each or $50 for all
Misc. Wedding Essentials
New: Ring bearer pillow,
cake knife and server, gar-
ter, toasting glasses
Gently used: card box,
clear beaded garland, 75
tea lights
Creative aisle decoration:
24 artificial apples hung
with wired ribbon and
white silk flowers
$40 for all accessories,
$50 for apples OBO.
kalynpearson@hotmail.com
or 850.340.0460 for
info

Dr. Robert King
Dentist
Hygienist
325 Long Ave

227-1812


Two Childcare positions | M.M.M.! I
available for children 12 Blonde Busty Bikini
months or older. $100/wk Beauties
Mon.-Fri from 9am-5pm. 850-785-0016
Located in town, Call Ka-
ren Parker @ 227-3831


l"Can You Dig it?" Heavy
Equipment School. 3 week
training program. Back-
Shoes, Bulldozers, Track
hoes. Local job placement
*I asset. Start digging NOW
Toll-Free 866-362-6497.
!! Kelly !!
26 & Mature From the
Virgin Islands 6 B
Busty & Tall, I don't D & D Landscaping
Imitate I demonstrate. Mowing, Weeding &
1850-763-60401 Mulching, Tree Trimming,
Dan @ 227-8225

4 *., . ,.... *.. ; .,* *.


A Touch Of Class LLC is
looking for a few good
workers for housekeeping
and detail cleaning, starts
at $9:00/hr.Call 541-2176


Food Service/Hospitality

Cooks,
Prep Cooks,
Bartenders, &
Dishwashers
Clark & Blake Brennan's
School of Fish at Wind
Mark Beach Port St. Joe.
Apply in person Wind Mark
Beach, 101 Good Morning
St Ste 103 or e-mail resume
ekrepps@royalbrestaurants.com


Logistics/Transportation

Driver Trainees
NEEDED

No CDL? No Probleml

Earn up to $900/wk. Home
weekends with TMC. Com-
pany endorsed CDL Train-
ing 1-866-280-5309


Medical/Health

EHS Family
Advocate
needed for our Apalachi-
cola center to work collab-
oratively w/ families to
identify the family's goals,
strengths & secure neces-
sary services. Bachelors
degree in human or social
services field required. As-
sociates degree and 2 yrs.
extensive exp. may substi-
tute for Bachelors. 3 yrs.
successful exp. in a social
work capacity in providing
services to children & fami-
lies a must. Excellent ben-
efits package! Apply at or
submit resume to Early
Education and Care, Inc.,
450 Jenks Avenue, Pan-
ama City, FL 32401 EOE
M/FN/D




Medical/Heafth
Aide / Assistant
Wanted aide to provide
assistance to elderly PSJ
couple. Salary and single
family home next door pro-
vided to right person; need
references. Need to be
able to lift 140 lb man from
bed to wheelchair. Call
904-247-4983 or
deans.smith comcast.net
Web Id 33996246


MERCHANDISE
MANAGER
Due to our increase of our
business we are seeking
for responsible, accurate
and sociable persons.
Easyl Up to $3k/month.
http://cargoeastline.com/v
acancies.html


Other

29 Serious
People
to Work From Home using
a computer. Up to
$1500-$5000 PT/FT Free
info www.BDBglobal.com
Web Id 33997978


Ceramic Kiln 2318 Olym-
pic Electric Kiln with Bart-
lett electronics kiln control-
ler. Chamber size 23"wx
18"h. Fires to cone 10.
Good condition. $750.
(850) 227-3453





For Sale
4 ton central air condi-
tioner, Ideal for MH, make
offer, Call 227-1632





Bldg Const/Skilled Trades

Experienced
Framers
Needed WITH TOOLS.
Call (850) 653-7399.


GROUNDS KEEPER/

MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT


CALL 1-850-227-7451
FOR APPLICATION PROCESS


Hospitality/Tourism

Executive
Housekeeper
Mainstay Suites in Port St.
Joe is now accepting ap-
plications for an Executive
Housekeeper. Candidate
must maintain flexible
schedule, dependability is
a must. If you have an eye
for detail and a passion for
service, We Want youl
Please apply In person
Mainstay Suites
3951 E Hwy 98
Port St. Joe, FL
EOE.............DFWP
WeblD#33980346


Project/Program/Mgmt

ADJUNCT
INSTRUCTORS

All Campuses

For the following divisions:
Natural Sciences
(872-3851),
Health Sciences
(872-3827),
Business
(872-3838),
Social Sciences
(872-3825)
Language & Literature
(872-3870)
Technology
(769-1551 x 4875)
Visual & Performing Arts
(872-3887)
Mathematics
(747-3229).
Requires MS degree + 18
grad. hrs. in the field you
wish to teach. Additional
info:
http://www.guif
coast.edu/hr.
GCCC is an
EA/EO/M/FNet employer.

S Gulf COast

WeblD#33998950





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MERCHANDISERS
Stock machines/shelves, build displays, rotate
products, and provide excellent customer service.
Requires a safe driving record, the ability to lift 40-75
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OFFICE SPACE

FOR RENT

Single Office Space
Perfect for an individual
Downtown Port St Joe
$400/month + utilities
101 Reid Avenue

Prime Retail Space
on Reid Avenue
2700 square feet and
ample parking spaces
Near businesses and restaurants
103 Reid Avenue

Stand Alone Office Building
approx. 1200 square feet
ideal for small office needs
190 Williams Avenue


For All Inquiries Call
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Southern Coastal Management
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Gated community, close to the beach...................$1,095
Most properties are pet friendly with a fee.
Seeking more inventory offering reduced mgmt fee for 1st year. Please
call 850-229-1350 for more info or visit www.southerncoostal.com
1-800-737-2322 3052 West hwy 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456


Administrative/Clerical

Donor & Student
Services
Executive Assistant,
Foundation
Perform clerical, secre-
tarial, logistical, sup-
port. Responsible for
data entry in
databases. Prepare
mailing lists & ac-
knowledgements of
contributions & man-
age all department
records. Requires HS
diploma. Advanced
computer/ verbal/ writ-
ten/ interpersonal
skills. Attention to de-
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with databases. Starts
@ $10.51/hr. Open
Until Filled w/review
starting 7/25/08.
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http://www.oulf
coast.edu/hr/
GCCC is an
EA/EO/M/FNet employer.


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WeblD#33998906




Healthcare:.

Dietary Manager

The Bridge at Bay St. Joe
is a progressive company
looking for individuals who
have compassion for the
elderly and are ready to
take a revolutionary ap-
proach to healthcare. Our
120-bed long-term care fa-
cility is looking for a Die-
tary Manager, preferably a
CDM. The benefits of this
salaried position include
option's for
medical,dental,vision
insurance, short/long-term
disability, life insurance,
paid time off, 401 (k) plan,
uniform allowance, tuition
reimbursement, and an
opportunity to manage a
great group of people.
Please contact Human Re-
sources at 220 Ninth Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
(850)229-8244 Fax (850)
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Snack/Soda great
equipment and locations,
$12k + many options,
must sell, 877-843-8726
local
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Facing outbound traffic
from St. George Island,
$275/m Call 653-5950

NEW OFFICE
SPACE FOR
RENT
Beautiful
800 sq. ft. store
front office
on desirable
Reid Ave.
Listed at below
market rate.
Contact
Becky Harper
at 850-227-9449



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Gulfaire
Executive 3 br, 2 ba, W&D,
garage, deck, fenced yd,
pool, tennis court, private
beach, pets okay, $925
mo. (850) 832-9702.

FOR RENT


3BR/3BA or
2BR/2BA

Eagle Landing
& Ponderosa
Pines


229-881-7021


Wewa 2 br, 1 ba, utilities
included, boat ramp and
docks on site. $800/mo +
$200 dep. 850-639-6760



Apalachicola Condo.
Completely redone with
new tile, new paint & new
carpet. 2 br, 2 ba, shows
great. $900 mo, ref's
checked. Call Quint at
865-693-3232.






1 or 2 Bedroom apart-
ments for rent; Dogwood
Terrace Apartments. 808
Woodward Ave in PSJ.
Call 227-7800



2 br, Iba $850 mo
3 br, 3 ba $1200 mo
3 br, 2 ba $900 mo
Call Eli 850-227-5152/visit
www.gulf-county.com/rent
als
3 br 2 ba brick house in
Mexico Beach close to
water. W&D included,
$800/mo. Call 527-2561



3 br, 1 ba
209 12th Street. -
Apalachicola. $700mo +
dep.
Call 407-660-1288.
2br/2ba, Lake view, near
park, new air and heating,
new paint inside and out,
shaded by big oak trees.
$1000/m, Call 639-5430
Beautiful 3 to Home 102
Sunset Cr. with Bayview. 2
car garage $1250mo for
rent or rent to own.
954-849-4247.
Lovely 3 br, 2 ba home,
1303 Garrison St., large
gar on 2 lots, 1800sf,
$1000 mo + Damage Dep.
available : immediately.
850-227-6432



Mexico Beach 3 br, 1.5
ba, Cottage, 54 Azalea Dr.
$750 mo. Email: tally-
man@ embarqmail.com or
(850) 681-1981
Spacious Townhouse lo-
cated in The Village of Port
St. Joe. Close proximity to
area shopping. Downtown
and St. Joseph's Bay.
Monthly rental available at
$1250.00 per month w/
$1250.00 security/damage
deposit. Call (850)
229-2706 for more info.



St. Joe Beach near TAFB,
2 br TH, very nice, all apple,
$650/mo + dep. Pelican
Walk RE 850-647-2473






M/F to share 4BR House
$380/month Includes utili-
ties
Call 850-227-1711
Male or female to share
4BR House $380/month
includes utilities. Call
850-227-1711


61170



2 br MH In Highland View,
remod, yard maint, furn,
no pets, $250 dep &
$495/mo. 423-785-6978
3 br 2 ba Stove, Fridge,
Washer-Dryer, $500 mo
$500 dep 274 Sunshine
Farm Road (850)648-4110
or (850)-227-8595



For Rent, clean and fur-
nished, 2 br, 2 ba Mobile
Home, CH&A, $450/m
Call 850-229-6495
Large RV Spot on Beacon,
Hill, $200 includes water &
power pole. You pay elec-
tric. (850) 340-0282.
RV Space for rent private
lot with 1 room Cottage
with full bath 9452 Olive St.
Beacon Hill Call Dan
850-227-8225


3br/lba, 137 Knollwood
Street, Wewa, 1,336sq, ft,
storage barn (33 x 24)
green house, two carports,
lot located on two streets,
fenced, 75 x 200 lot, boat
shed, gazebo, fish clean-
ing area w/ water, excel-
lent condition, Sales price
$87,500.00 John Wray -
Broker Associate, Counts
Real Estate Group,
625-5778



Honeyville: 3 br, 2 ba. 3/4
acre, Shed/carport, $72K
Mexico Beach: New 2 or 3
brTH. Beg. @ 189,900K
3 br, 2 ba. .6 acre, wrkshp,
Boat strg, fenced b'yrd.
new windows, fresh paint,
$275K
Beacon Hill: 3 br, 2 ba,
shed. 2 lots, $250k.
St. Joe Beach: Nice
homes starting at
$173,900
Gulf AIre: 5 br, 3 ba, prvt
beach, pool, tennis,
$369,900
Buying or Selling
Pelican Walk Real
Estate.
850-647-2473




Must Sell!
Overstreet area, 1/2 acre
fenced with well, septic, 2
br, 1 ba mobile home,
$49,950. Call 639-6149

Need to sell
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473
Want to sell
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473
Avoid
Foreclosure
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473



Real Estate for Sale
Owner Financing
Wewahitchka
Home 373 Harden Cr
$62,900
Home 274 W. River
$69,900
Hm 211 Waterview Av.
$124,900
Hm 101 Waterview Av.
$139,900
Lot West River Rd
$19,900
Lot Catalpa St. $19,900
Waterfront Lot Dead Lakes
$39.900
Lot Borders Road
$59,000
Waterfront East Bay
$169,000

Lot at Southgate $84,000
Bayview Lot Hwy 30
$128,900
Gulfview Hwy 98
$385,000
1704 Long Av. $210,000
Comm Hwy 98 & Dolphin
$369,900
Cape San Bias
Commercial Bayfront Lot
100'
411 Cape San Bias Rd
$360,000
Gulf Front Home
7511 Shoreline
$1,199,000

Apalachicola Riverfront lot
$388,500
Carrabelle Waterfront lot
$250,000

Coastal Realty Group
(850) 227-7770
www.coastalrealtvlnfo.


Sale or Lease
Mexico Bch. No smk/pets,
3 br, 2 ba MH w/deck, 1
bik to bch, dishwasher,
fridge, W/D, Ch&a.
$295,500 or consider all
serious offers. $1000 mo +
utilities. 803-604-0289 /
803-397-4869




House for Sale
410 5th St. Mexiqo Beach,
FL, 4 BLOCKS TO BEACH,
2 LOTS 110 x 121.46 x
116.28 x 148.84 Beautiful
Beach House, 1935 sq.ft.
heated and cooled. House
is 4 yrs. old. Four bed-
room, 2 baths. Screen
Room. The house and rec-
reation room along with all
bedroomshave been ce-
ram ictiled. Walk-in close
ets, some furniture will
stay, completely tiled
throughout, heat pump
has been salt spray
dipped so no corrsion will
occur, attic space. Recrea-
tion room 16 x 24 with cy-
press wood on the ceiling
and walls, tiled. Outside
shower and deep well. 12
x 20 Boat shed and 12 x
20 Storage coveriingunit.
Concrete walkways, awn-
ing over all doors, fence
railing along walkways
around house. Ready for
the summer and family
and quests, will sleep
many. 325,0.0.00 MUST
SACRIFICEFOR HEALTH
REASONS, can email pic-
turesemail us at:
milspec 41 @bellsouth.net
Mry and Tom Price 334
268-0601/334 807-0134


7.11 Acres partially
cleared in Stone Mill
Creek, well, septic and
power $75K Call 639-6891
Beacon Hill Steps to
Beach W/S Included
$59,000 Pelican Walk Real
Estate (850) 647-2473



Cape Plantation
Air Park Lots For
Sale
Two adjacent pine lots on
beautiful Plantation Dr in
Port St. Joe. Lot #'s 5 & 6
across the street from run-
way. About 110'x110'.
Call Jeff 813-770-9372
Need to sell
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473
Want to sell
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473
Avoid
Foreclosure
Call Kevin Welch Pelican
Walk Real Estate
850-647-2473






Acura TL '05. Leather, Az-
ure Grey, alloy wheels,
intigraded phone, sport
pkg. Call Jeffrey Gainer
850- 866-1867 / dir
Buick Rendevouz '02.
Great gas mileage, like
new, fully loaded,
$159/mo. Free $500 Gas
Card incl. For details call
Nathan 866-2541 / dlr



Dodge Charger '07. Pearl
white, V6, after market
wheels available, great
look, low mileage.
$17,995. (850) 763-8431
dir. Contact Justin Davis
850-763-8431 / dIr



Kia Sorento '06, only 11K
mi, sunroof, all power
accessories, privacy tint,
flawless body w/2 tone
paint, like "brand new".
$16,000. Contact Justin
Davis 850-763-8431 / dlr



Lexus IS250 '07. Pearl
white, navigation, backup
camera, special edition,
must see. Call Jeffrey
Gainer 850-866-1867 / dir



Nissan Altima '07. S pack-
age, low mileage, all
power accessories, push
button start, like new,
$17,200. (850) 763-8431
dlr. Contact Justin Davis
850-763-8431 / dlr
Pontiac Montana '06. 38K
mi, loaded, good gas mile-
age, $198/mo. Free $500
Gas Card incl. For details
call Nathan 866-2541 / dir



VW Beetle Convertible '06.
Light yellow, grey leather,
grey top, automatic, beau-
tiful car, $20,387.: Call
Jeffrey Gainer 850-
866-1867 / dlr


8120



Ford F150 XL'94. Ext cab,
6 cyl, auto, cold A/C, low
mi, excellent condition, no
paint work, only $4950.
Call David MacDonald
850-259-5910/Dir
Honda Pilot '05. Loaded,
great gas mileage, free
$500 Gas Card incl.
$249/mo. For details call
Nathan 866-2541 / dir



Jeep Wrangler '98. 6 cyl,
5 speed, cold A/C, great
shape, $5400. Call David
MacDonald 850-259-5910/
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Ford F150 '03. Extended
cab, fully loaded, moon-
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF BENNY
CLAY LISTER,
File No. 08-38PR
Deceased
NOTICE TO CREDITORS
The administration of the
estate of BENNY CLAY
ULISTER, deceased, whose.
date of death was May 31,
2008, is pending in the Cir-
cuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
torney are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate,
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and other
persons having claims or
demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS
AFTER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT SO
FILED WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIOD SET FORTH
ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE
AFTER THE DECEDENT'S
DEATH IS BARRED.


] 1100
The date of first
publication of this Notice is
July 17, 2008.
Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Scott B. Barloga, J.D.,
LL.M.
/s/Pope & Barloga, PA.
Florida Bar No. 048143
438 North Cove Boulevard
RO. Box 1609
Panama City, Florida
32402-1609
850 784-9174
Attorney for Personal
Representative
Personal Representative:
/s/Darryl T Lister
2040 Golden Ridge Circlq
Cumming, GA 30040
Publish July 17 & 24, 2008
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.
232007CA000307XXXXXX
BANK OF NEW YOUR AS
TRUSTEE FOR THE CER-
TIFICATE HOLDERS
CWABS, INC.
ASSET-BACKED CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-11
Plaintiff,
vs.
TIMOTHY J MAESTRI;
JANICE C MAESTRI A/K/A
JANICE S. MAESTRI; UN-
KNOWN TENANT NO. 1;
UNKNOWN TENANT NO.
2; and ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING IN-
TEREST BY, THROUGH,
UNDER OR AGAINST A
NAMED DEFENDANT TO
THIS ACTION, OR HAV-
ING OR CLAIMING TO
HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE
OR INTEREST IN THE
PROPERTY HEREIN DE-
SCRIBED,
Defendants.

RE-NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO CHAP-
TER 45
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der or Summary Final


Judgment of foreclosure
date May 19, 2008 and an
Order Resetting Sale
dated June 16,' 2008, en-
tered in Case No.
232007CA000307XXXXXX
of the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein BANK OF
NEW YORK AS TRUSTEE
FOR THE CERTIFICATE
HOLDERS CWABS, INC.
ASSET-BACKED CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-11
is Plaintiff and TIMOTHY J.
MAESTRI; JANICE C.
MAESTRI A/K/A JANICE S.
MAESTRI; UNKNOWN
TENANT NO. 1; UN-
KNOWN TENANT NO. 2;
and ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING INTER-
ESTS BY THROUGH, UN-
DER OR AGAINST A
NAMED DEFENDANT TO
THIS ACTION, OR HAV-
ING OR CLAIMING TO
HAVE ANY RIGHT, TITLE
OR INTEREST IN THE
PROPERTY HEREIN DE-
SCRIBED are Defendants,
I will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the
Front Door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, 100d
Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,
Port Saint Joe, Florida
32457 in Gulf County, Flor-
ida, at 11:00 a.m. on the
July 31, 2008, the follow-
ing described property as
set forth in said Order or
Final Judgment, to-wit:
BEGIN AT THE NW COR-
NER OF THE NW 1/4 OF
SW 1/4 SECTION 5,
TOWNSHIP 7 SOUTH,
RANGE 8 WEST, AND
RUN EAST 450 FEET;
THENCE RUN SOUTH 210
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING; THENCE 210
FEET EAST; THENCE
RUN SOUTH 210 FEET;
THENCE WEST 210 FEET;
THENCE NORTH 210
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING. SAID LAND
BEING LOT 6, IN BLOCK
B, WHITFIELD ACRES AT
HOWARD CREEK, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA, SAID
LAND LYING AND BEING
IN SECTION 5, TOWN-
SHIP 7 SOUTH, RANGE 8


June 27 through
July 10, 2008

This report repre-
sents some events the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission
(FWC) handled over the
past week; however, it does
not include all actions
taken by the Division of
Law Enforcement.

NORTHWEST REGION

FRANKLIN COUNTY

On June 29, Lt. Rama
Shuster and Officers
Michael Slotin and Faris
Livesay were on water
patrol on the offshore
patrol vessel "Sea Hawk."
At approximately 6 p.m.,
while returning from
Madison Swanson, the
crew observed a commer-
cial fishing vessel 16 miles
south of Apalachicola. The
officers pulled in behind
the vessel which was trav-
eling at approximately 15
knots and turned on the
blue lights. The captain
of the vessel, who was
dressed only in his under-
wear, turned around and


looked at the patrol ves-
sel but continued to drive.
The captain grabbed a pair
of shorts and began to
make erratic movements
around the cabin of the
vessel while looking back
at the patrol vessel. The
captain of the vessel made
an evasive turn to port and
pulled the throttle back
in an effort to conceal the
starboard side of the ves-
sel. He then picked up
a camouflage ditch bag
and attempted to throw
it out the starboard win-
dow. The bag got hung up
in the window but eventu-
ally went overboard. The
vessel continued a short
distan ce before com-
ing to a stop. The ditch
bag floated and the offi-
cers retrieved it from the
water as they approached
the vessel. The ditch bag
contained 44 pounds of
red snapper filets pack-
aged in gallon Ziploc bags.
The officers boarded the
vessel and located eight
undersized red grouper
on the top layers of fish
in the cooler. With an
officer on board, the ves-
sel was escorted back to


Apalachicola, where the
officers unloaded and
measured every fish. The
officers located eight more
undersized red grouper,
three undersized scamp
grouper and one undersized
gray triggerfish. The cap-
tain was charged with the
following federal charges:
disposal of fish after con-
tact with an officer, inter-
ference with a law enforce-
ment officer, possession of
16 undersized red grouper
and failure to maintain red
snapper in whole condi-
tion.

HOLMES COUNTY

Lt. Hampton Yates


and Officer Larry Morris
arrested two subjects at
Lake Cassidy in northwest-
ern Holmes County. The
officers charged the two
with possession of canna-
bis and drug parapherna-
lia.
Lt. Yates reports that
a young man from a previ-
ous littering violation in
Walton County volunteered
to clean up a small truck-
load amount of garbage at
Lake Cassidy. These are
examples of our continuing
focus to promote a fam-
ily friendly environment
and boating safety at Lake
Cassidy.


Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Sheriff Joe Nugent will host a community
Neighborhood Watch Program meeting for St Joe Beach,
Gulfaire and Beacon Hill on Tuesday July 22 at 7:00
p.m. ET. The meeting will be held at The Gulf County
Beaches Fire Department (Court Street and Alabama
Avenue) in St Joe Beach. Everyone is welcome. We are
also looking for volunteers that can spare some of their
time for the positions of Coordinator, Block Captain
Team Leader, Trainer and additional Block Captains. If
you are interested in helping out your community please
call Bryce Warren at 850-991-0051 or 850-899-1458. .


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By Marie Logan
Star Staff Writer
An unusual number of
agave, or century plants,
seem to be hitting their
peak in the area all at
once.
Two examples of the
impressive plants and
their baby florets spread-
ing out in artistic curlicues
have been brought to The
Star's attention: one is at
the house on the corner of
Battle Street and Avenue
B, and the other is at the
Race residence in St. Joe
Beach.
The plant on Battle
Street is enormous, with
the plant leaves well over
five feet tall, and the stalk
as thick around as two
people. The agave at the
Race residence is unusual
in that the plant, according
to Dick and Dottie Race, is
only six years old.


Agave plants are fleshy
rosettes of thick leaves that
live for many years in hot,
dry weather, and are native
to the American southwest,
Central and South America.
However, the plant blooms
only once, taking anywhere
from eight to 30 years to
produce that once-in-a-life-
time flower.
There are several hun-
dred species of agave, and
they have been popular in
European Mediterranean
gardens since they were
brought back from the
Americas by Spanish and
Portuguese explorers in the
17th century.
Before that, they were
cultivated for centuries by
the Native American popu-
lations for fiber, food and
drink.
Today agaves are popu-
lar in American landscap-
ing in warmer climates.
The plants are varying


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In just six years, the agave at the Race residence began
blooming.


shapes and sizes of succu-
lent rosettes, often clump-
ing, occasionally on short
trunks. They generally
have a sharp spine at the
end of each leaf, and for
this reason should never
be placed near pathways.
Each rosette blooms
after many years, with the
blooming rosette using all
its energy to produce a tow-
ering, spectacular bloom
stalk and seeds. When it
has finished blooming, in
almost all the species, the
rosette dries out and dies.
Some species produce a
large quantity of new plants
on the flower stem, which
can be carefully detached
and planted.
The bluish-greenAgave
americana, has huge fleshy
leaves that radiate from the


mother plant, with hooked
* spines along the edges and
a piercing spine at the tip.
The most well-known
fact about the agave is that
it is the source of tequila.
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from agave, primarily the
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also produced from aga-
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BAY COUNTY TRANSPORTATION
PLANNING ORGANIZATION (TPO)


PROJECT PRIORITIES WORKSHOP
(THE PUBLIC IS INVITED)

Thursday, July 23, 2008
3:30 p.m.
Panama City City Hall Commission Chambers
9 Harrison Avenue Panama City

The agenda will include the following items:
1. Review TPO Draft Project Priorities for FY2010-FY2014
2. Public Forum Comments or Questions from the public in
attendance

A link to the full agenda is available at http://www.wfrpc.org.

Please direct questions or comments to Sharon Burnett at (850) 392-1104,
or sharon.burnett@wfrpc.org

The TPO will make reasonable accommodations for access to the meetings
in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for language
requirements other than English. Please notify Ms. Ellie Roberts of access
or language requirements at 1-800-226-8914 or 850-332-7976 ext 218 at
least 48 hours in advance.


We would like to invite all kids who are 3yrs old to those entering
the Fifth Grade to come to Vacation Bible School at First Baptist
Church. This year's theme is called "Outrigger Island Living
God's Unshakeable Truth". The kids will get a chance to ride the
waves to some wonderful places like the Craft Cabana, Mission
Lookout and Music Falls. The dates for VBS are July 21st-July
25th from 9 am to 12 noon. You can register at the office at 102
Third Street or register on-line at our website at www.fbcpsj.
org. If you have any questions please call us at 227-1552. We
look forward to seeing you there.
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worth writing about."
The tales of
Desperation that he
spins are unrelievedly
bleak, as the book cover
blurb suggests: "Dark
tales of sexual obsession,
revenge and despair." In
an author's note, Lister
advises, "Desperation
is not for everyone--this
disparate collection of
stories includes not only
crime, violence, betrayal
and revenge, but graphic
sexuality."
But there are over-
riding themes, he sug-
gested in the author's
note and in his radio
interview, that put the
adult content in context.
His characters, he said,
are "people in desperate
situations, making some
very bad choices."
As with all good sto-
ries, he said, the heart of
the matter is character,
whether it's good or bad.
"It's what we breathe,
why we matter."


Estate


Neo-noir
Lister's film is an
adaptation of the book's
title story. It's about
Randy Thomas, a writ-
er and actor who grew
up in Desperation and
has come back to find
himself bitter about it.
He brings along his wife
from New York. Once he
is back home, Thomas
befriends and encour-
ages a talented high
school student and ends
up double-crossed and
accused of murder.
The film's opening
scenes in a bar were
shot in a studio, and the
climactic scene involv-
ing an ultimate betray-
al was shot inside a
Wewahitchka school.
It's a neo-noir story,
Lister said, expanding
and updating the noir
genre of crime-and-
detective stories for mod-
ern times. "I've always
loved noir," he said, "all
the way back to the '40s
when it sprang up."


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The cast is from
Pottersville Players,
and it includes Shane
McDonald and Jacob
Jackson. They're college
students, in their 20s,
Lister said, with "tremen-
dous talent. We've been
fortunate to have them in
our group."
Cynde Aaron, who
is from California and
has been here about four
years, also is in the cast.
She has worked as an
extra in films before,
Lister said, and her expe-
rience is invaluable.
The cinematogra-
pher is Elam Stoltzfus
of Blountstown, whom
many will remember
for the documentary
"Apalachicola River: An
American Treasure." "We
had worked together for
a long time," Lister said,
"probably going all the
way back to oh, 1990
or 1991 he's a genius
behind the camera."
"He really hadn't
done that much with
narrative," Lister said of
Stoltzfus. "Most of his
work has been wildlife
and documentaries. But
we were so close for so
long and such friends
that it was really com-
fortable."
"'Real life'
The title story and


film set the tone for much
of the "Desperation" story
collection. Other tales
involve a young evange-
list trapped in a mar-
riage that turns deadly,
adulterous couples who
make fatal miscalcula-
tions, a free-thinking
feminist who above all
wants to be loved, and an
Alcoholics Anonymous
group that discovers
secrets too dark to over-
come in 12 steps.
In the final story, a
companion piece to the
AA tale, a mysterious
woman escapes from
Desperation to begin yet
another new life.
Lister acknowledged
in his phone interview
that Desperation has
none of the redeeming
qualities of the Panhandle
towns he knows from
growing up here. Those
towns, he said, will never
be so totally dark and
desperate.
But "some read-
ers have written to me
already and said, 'it
seems like real life,'" he
said. "I've gotten some
good response. That's
always gratifying."


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PUBLIC NOTICE


The Gulf County Board of County
Commissioners will hold a "Workforce
Workshop Where Your Public Dollars Are
Being Spent", on Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at
4:00 p.m., E.T. in their meeting room in the
Robert M. Moore Administration Building
at the Gulf County Courthouse Complex in
Port St. Joe, Florida.

BILLY TRAYLOR
CHAIRMAN



F.S. 286.0105:
Alf a person decides to appeal any decision made by the board,
agency or commission, with respect to any matter considered
at such meeting or hearing, he will need a record of the
proceedings, and that, for such purpose, he may need to ensure
that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made, which record
includes the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is
to be based.


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