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County slams state for slow response after flooding
Photos by ROBERT COOPER I Florida Frev.-n', Nrrvspapers
Michael Martin of Wewahitchka pulls his boat away from a flooded boat ramp near the
By Despina Williams
SStqr Staff Writer
You can't control the weather, but you can begin
making preparations at the first sign of trouble.
This has always been Gulf County Emergency Man-
agement director Marshall Nelson's.philosophy.
So when it became apparent on March 26 that a sig-
nificant weather event would cause flooding along the
Apalachicola and Chipola Rivers, Nel-
INSIDE son sounded the alarm.
NSID ,At'Nelson's urging, the Gulf County
Franklin Commission declared a local state of
County emergency last Monday, and waited for
hit hard by Gov. Charlie Crist to follow suit with an
storms I A6 executive order.
Then they waited
Frustrated with what they be-
lieved was a negligent response to
an impending emergency, commis-
sioners began contacting state offi-
cials following a special meeting last
The following day, Gov. Crist is-'
sued an executive order declaring a
state of emergency in areas affected
by the storm, including Gulf, Frank- ,
lin, Bay and 18 other counties.
"We mnust've got their attention
because they have us listed on (the
order) twice," laughed Nelson, who
was otherwise unamused'-with the
state's slow response.
Executive orders are intended to
free up state assets for distribution in affected coun-
As of Monday, Gulf County had received only a frac-
tion of the items it requested, including two pallets of
bottled water. Nelson said he asked for two truckloads,
or 26, pallets.
The state diverted the water to Bay County, which
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SCHOOL SYSTEM ADDRESSES
Gulf County School
Superintendent Tim Wilder
announced Sunday that students
who are unable to attend school
due to transportation issues
caused by flooding will be given
All other students not affected
by transportation issues due
to living in flooded areas are
.expected to be in school.
The waters rose in the area outside
the Dead Lakes Sportsman's Lodge
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the state's response,
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ELECTION QUALIFYING: John Hanlon, the Gulf County
elections office equipment manager and IT director,
accepts candidate paperwork from four of the six city
candidates. From left to right: Group 2 incumbent
Charles Stephens, Group 1 candidate Greg Johnson,
commissioner,-mayoral candidate Gina Vicari-
Meizner and mayor MelMagidson.
Six qualify for
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
The race is on.
The official qualifying
period for Port St. Joe city
elections ended at noon
last Wednesday, and six
candidates filed the req-
uisite paperwork with the
Supervisor of Elections of-
Mayor Mel Magidson,
a Port St. Joe attorney
elected for his first term in'
2007, seeks re-election as
He faces Gina Vicari
Meizner, a self-described
entertainer and political,
newcomer, for the seat.
"Perky" White (Group
1) and Charles Stephens
,(Group 2), both elected
for first terms in 2007, also
White is a licensed pilot
and Arizona Chemical em-
ployee and Stephens works
at St. Joe Rent-All.
White will face off
See ELECTIONS Al0
CROSS WALK: Oak Grove Church will be participating in
the annual "Via Dolorosa" Cross Walk on April 10-12.
Area residents to
By Despina Williams
From sunrise services
and passion plays to egg
hunts and parties, Gulf
County and Mexico Beach
will be celebrating Easter
Here's a wrap-up of the
Sunrise Easter Services
Three sunrise' Easter
services are planned in
Port St. Joe, Mexico Beach
and St. Joe Beach.
On Sunday, a community
sunrise service will be held
at 7:30 a.m. ET in Frank
Pate Park in Port St. Joe.
Jeremy Dixon from
First United Methodist
Church will be preaching
and Mike and Janice Ev-
ans will direct the music.
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Vicari-Meizner, Crews and Stephens announce plans to run for office
for PSJ mayor
Gina Vicari-Meizner was born in Long
Island, New York, raised in South Florida
and moved here to the panhandle in 1996.
Anentertainer fbr 30 years, she feels poli-
tics is a natural transition. Gina and her
husband Bill are raising a daughter.
See VICARI-MEIZNER A10
Crews seeks Group II
city commission seat
Rachel Smith Crews has announced
that she will run for the Group II Port St.
Joe City Commission seat. She served as
a city commissioner from Group II from
In running for city commission, Crews
See CREWS AI0
SStephens to run for
Group II Re-election '
Charles Stephens thanks everyone for
their vote and support in electing him to
his first term as city commissioner, Group
II and asks for support in his re-election
"I have listened to your concerns and
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TRANSPORTATION PLANNING MEETING
(THE PUBLIC IS INVITED)
Bay, Gulf,'Holmes, and Washington
Regional Transportation Partnership
Executive Committee Meeting 10:30 a.m. CDT
Monday, April 13, 2009
Parker City Hall Commission Chambers
1001 W. Park Street, Parker, Florida
The agenda will include the following, topics:
1. Status of Transport ttin,n Regional Incentive Program
(TRIP) Projects and the TRIP Program
2. Review of the Regional Network Criteria and Map
3. RideOn Commuter Assistance Program
4. Public Forum. This is an opportunity for the public to
address transportation issues.
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is being used as a staging
area, with supplies distrib-
uted to neighboring coun-
ties as needed.
"If I didn't need it, I
wouldn't have asked for
it," noted Nelson.
The severe weather,
which began last Tuesday
and ceased early Friday
morning, dumped nearly
12 inches of .rain on the
northern end of the coun-
The south end fared
much better, receiving
only about three inches.
The storm brought
flooding to many areas
along the river system.
ment recommended the
evacuation of the Red
Bull Island, Chipola Cut-
Off and Dead Lakes areas
beginning early Thursday
On Friday, the recom-
mendation was extend-
ed to residents living in
Bryant's Landing, Willis
Landing, Douglas Land-
ing, and Howard Creek
The Red Cross opened
the Honeyville Shelter,
though no residents made
use of it during the storm.
Volunteers with Wewa-
hitchka Search and Res-
cue retrieved two resi-
dents by boat who lived
by the river. They had ear-
lier refused to evacuate.
Storm damage to the
20-foot ramp leading to
the Howard Creek bridge
closed all traffic into the
County work crews
are currently, repairing
the ramp, which will be
inspected by Department
of Transportation officials
within the week.
Management had not
conducted a complete
damage assessment as of
Monday, Nelson estimat-
ed that 50 homes suffered
minor flood damage.
Some 45 road closures
have been announced,
primarily north of How-
ard Creek in areas along
The Apalachicola River
crested at 23.17 feet Sun-
day night, with the Chipo-
la River cresting at 30.66
feet on Saturday.
Because the Chipola
River was significantly
higher than the Apala-
chicola, Nelson said the
"higher water slid down
and went into the Apala-
chicola, spreading out
throughout the flood
plain and lessening the
threat of significant flood-
Nelson praised the
Army Corps of Engineers
for controlling water flow
in dams throughout the
Apalachicola River basin
to keep flooding at a mini-
With no severe weath-
er on the immediate
horizon, Nelson believes
the county is in "good
Those displaced by the
storm can likely return
home in a week, and the
Salvation Army and Red
Cross will be distributing
home clean-up kits.
Nelson will continue
distributing bottled wa-
ter to those who can not
reach a store.
He gave special thanks
to all the volunteers
who helped during the
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The service is sched-
uled to last 40 minutes. An
offering taken during the
service will be used by the
Ministerial Association to
help with the needs of area
In the event of inclement
weather, the service will be
held at the First United
A second sunrise ser-
vice will be held at the Sea
Street Ramp in Mexico
Beach, near-the First Bap-
The, service will begin
at 6 a.m. CT on Sunday, fol-
lowed by a free breakfast.
For more information, con-
tact 648-5776 or 340-0921.
Beacon Hill Park, lo-
cated on U.S. 98, will host a
sunrise service on Sunday
at 7 a.m. ET. Coffee and do-
nuts will be served.
Women Department of
Victory Temple First Born
Holiness Church in Port St.
Joe will continue its "Eas-
ter Passion" Holy Week ac-
tivities through Friday at
7:30 p.m. nightly.
On Thursday, the theme
is "I thirst" (from John
19:28), with guest speaker
Elder Willie Chamber of
Photos by MAKIE LUOAN I Special to the Star
EGG HUNT: Children enjoy hunting eggs during last
year's Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Junior
Miracle Deliverance Cen-
ter in Panama City.
On Friday, Pastor Geral-
dine Sherard bf the House
of Change in Blountstown
will speak on the theme "It
is finished" (John 19:30).
The church, led by pas-
tor Charles Gathers, is lo-
cated at 315 Martin Luther
The First Untied Meth-
odist Church will host
guest speakers during Holy
On Thursday, Andrew
Rutherford of New Life
Church will address the
congregation, followed by
First United Methodist
Church pastor Mac Fulcher
SThe Beach Baptist Cha-
pel, which presented the
first performance of its
Easter passion play "De-
liverer" on Wednesday,
will stage an encore per-
formance on Sunday at 11
The chapel is located at
311 Columbus Street in St.
The youth of Oak Grove
Church will be participat-
ing in the annual "Via Do-
lorosa" Cross Walk on April
The group will be carry-
ing crosses for Jesus and
raising money for two mis-
sion works in the commu-
nity, Covenant House and
Fish and Loaves feeding
Beginning on Good
Friday, the walkers, hold-
ing aloft two large, heavy
wooden crosses, will begin
at the western end of Mexi-
co Beach, continue through
St. Joe Beach, WindMark
Beach and Port St. Joe, and
finish at the church after
walking 16 miles.
On Saturday, the group
will begin at the Gulf Coast'
Community College Gulf/
Franklin Center and con-
tinue a distance of 15 miles
before returning to the
On Easter, the group
will walk the last four miles
of the 35-mile walk, end-
ing in the sanctuary of the
new Oak'Grove Church and
joining the resurrection
Last year, the church
raised over $12,000, and
has set a goal of $17,000 this
To give a donation, con-
tact the church at 227-1837.
Easter Egg Hunts
The staff of the Bridge at
Bay St. Joe will host an Eas-
ter party/egg hunt on Friday
Dr. Robert E. King Dental
Due to the death of Dr. Robert E. King, our
dental office will be closed permanently.
Please make arrangements to pick up your
patient dental records. The office, located
at 325 Long Avenue in Port St. Joe, will be
open Monday through Wednesday from 9-11
a.m. and 2-4 p.m. ET until the end of April.
After this time, your records will be made
available at the Gulf County Health
Department dental clinic, located at 2475
Garrison Ave. in Port St. Joe. For more
information, call our office at 850-227-1812.
EASTER BUNNY: The Easter Bunny will make an
appearance at the 8th Street Park in Port St. Joe at
10 a.m. on Saturday.
at 2 p.m. at its Long Avenue
facility. The community's
children are invited to come
and play with the residents:
The Junior Service
,League of Port St. Joe will
host its annual Easter egg
hunt on Saturday at 10 a.m.
ET at the 8th Street Park in
Port St. Joe.
The Easter bunny will
arrive at 10 a.m:, followed
by relay races and spring
crafts. The egg hunt will be-
gin after 11 a.m.
All kids aged 10 and un:
der are welcome to attend
this free event.
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relaunch effort to
study river, bay
Nelson and Boyd announce
workshop on the ACF System
U.S. Sen. Bill.Nelson (D-Florida) and U.S.
Congressman Allen Boyd (D-North Florida)
today reintroduced legislation calling for a
comprehensive study of the water management,
needs and conservation along the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River System. The
legislation introduced in the Senate and the
House of Representatives would require the
U.S. Army Corps of EnginBers to enter into an
agreement with the National Research Council
(NRC) of the National Academies
to conduct a basin-wide
assessment of the ACF system.
The reintroduction of the
Nelson-Boyd NRC bill coincides
with the workshop being held by
the NRC about the ACF system
on April 3 in Washington, D.C.
ALLEN BOYD Nelson and Boyd pushed for the
D-Monitcello workshop as a way to bring local
stakeholders, scientific experts,
and state and federal officials
together to discuss the ACF
"The issue here is protecting
the interests of the residents in
each of the three states involved in
a dispute over water," said Nelson.
"This study hopefully would give
policy-makers some impartial
BILL NELSON evidence on which to base an
D-Florida equitable long-term solution to the
"There is no question that we have a clear
needfor impartial, ecological data on the -
ACF system and a better understanding of
the influence that low water flows have had
on our river and our bay," said Boyd. "The'
NRC workshop will be a good first step to help
advance a scientific study of the ACF system,
and it is my hope that a study by the NRC
will allow the three states and the Corps to
develop a more successful, long-term water
management strategy that recognizes the
.needs of all the users along the ACF system."
The legislation calls for the NRC study to
Scientific information on the Apalachicola
River and Bay and the impact of freshwater
flow on the ecology of the river and the bay.
An assessment of water availability, supply
options, demand-management alternatives and
socioeconomic factors that influence uses in the
ACF River System.
Recommendations for an approach to
determine water limits that.recognize the needs
of all users along the ACF River System.
Suggestions for any additional measures to
address the long term watershed management
needs of the ACF River System.
Joining Boyd as original cosponsors in the
House are Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite
(R-Brooksville), Congresswoman Kathy Castor
(D-Tampa), Congressman Ander Crenshaw
(R-Jacksonville), Congressman Lincoln Diaz-
Balart (R-Miami), Congressman Ron Klein
(D-Boca Raton), Congressman Jeff Miller
(R-Chumuckla) and Congresswoman Debbie
Wasserman Schultz (D-Weston). Sen. Mel
Martinez (R-FL) is an original co-sponsor with
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Thursday, April 9,2009
ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY
This bud's for you
By Ed McAteer
SHey you yeah, the manager
or supervisor reading this article;
do you realize that Administrative
Professionals Day, formerly known
as Secretary's Day, is right around
the corner? That's right! Good
thing I am here to remind you
that April 22 is the day set aside
as an unofficial holiday observed
on the Wednesday of the last full
week of April to recognize the
work of secretaries, administrative
assistants, receptionists and
other administrative support
professionals. I am confident
the Port St. Joe area has a lot of
people who fall into this category.
Therefore,,to the men and women
who hold these positions, and, if
the boss didn't read this article and
doesn't know what you are talking
about, well, this article is for them.
You see, it all began in 1952
through the work of Harry F
Klenmfss, of Young & Rubicam,
in conjunction with the National
Secretaries Association, now known
as the International Association
of Administrative Professionals
(IAAP). His goal was to encourage
more people to consider careers in
the secretarial and administrative
support field. Using his skill and
experience in public relations,
Klemfuss promoted the values
and importance of the job of
administrative assistants. In doing
so, he also created the holiday in
recognition of the importance of
A good assistant is worth their
weight in gold! I've had dozens
of marvelous assistants during
my years of working and can tell
you that the bottom line cannot
be reached without their valuable
support. Supervisors often ask
their assistants to do the work of
two or three persons in today's
economy, and those outstanding
professionals usually seem to focus
on not complaining and tend to
lean forward and get the job done
regardless their situation and are
sometimes asked to do the boss' job
The official period of appreciation
was first proclaimed by U.S.
Secretary of Commerce Charles
Sawyer as "National Secretaries
Week," which was held June 1-7 in
1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952, '
designated National Secretaries
Day. The first Secretaries' Day was
held in that year by the National
Secretaries Association (now
the IAAP), with the support of an
association of corporate groups.
In 1955, the observance date
of National Secretaries Week was
moved to the last full week of
April. The name was changed to
Professional Secretaries Week in
1981 and became Administrative
Professionals Week in 2000
to encompass the expanding
responsibilities and wide-ranging job
titles of administrative support staff.
Over the years, Administrative
Professionals Week has become
one of the largest workplace
observances. The event is
celebrated worldwide, bringing
together millions of people for
community events, social gatherings
and individual corporate activities
recognizing support staff with gifts of
appreciation. In the United States,
the day is often celebrated by giving
one's assistant such gifts as flowers,
candy, trinkets, lunch at a restaurant
or time off.
Here is:a tip... administrative
professionals might want to cut this
article out and lay it on the boss'
desk as part of their read file. Or,
better yet, boss' reading this article
might want to make some brownie
points and go ahead and take the
lead by making early arrangements
to surprise their professional staff.
Regardless, to all the men
and women who perform these
necessary jobs, let it be known, you *
are a valuable part of the team and
are dearly appreciated for your
hard work and kind service as an
The handwriting is on thewall
In March of 1984 Iran
accused Iraq of using
chemical weapons. I
remember thinking, who
cares? The only reason
, I'd ever heard of either
place was because back
in junior high, Miss Velna
Gray Paschall made us
learn the major food crops
of every nation in the
world (rye, barley, oats,
wheat and corn for both in
case you are interested).
That same year, "Terms
of Endearment" won the
Academy Award for Best
Picture. Again, I didn't
care. I was pulling for "The
Return of Billy Jack" The
Macintosh computer was
introduced in 1984. Had I
known about it, I wouldn't
have cared. I couldn't use
the thing anyway. The
space shuttle, Challenger,
was taking off so frequently
at the Kennedy Space
Center that I had begun to
take them for granted.
In March of 1984, on
the back of a grocery sack,
I scribbled down what
became the first "story"
I ever "turned in." It was
about a cat that lived with
us but didn't belong to us.
He, or she, just moved
in and hunkered down.
Turned out to be the
toughest rascal I've ever
known. And that darn cat
pushed me into the writing
Twenty-five years later
I'm still at it for reasons
that I find hard to define
this morning. Iran out of
ideas and storylines way
before that cat left us for
greener pastures. It's kinda
like a treadmill. I got on and
I can't get off! But I cannot
keep this masquerade up
forever! Folks are
to talk They are
"finding me out"
right and left. They
are poking each
other in the short
.ribs and remarking
"See, I told you HUNKE
the boy is no Kesley
Listen, a quarter
of a century is longer than
you think when you've got
a highly skilled and very
holding out a grimy paw
every week for what they
expect and demand to be a
Pulitzer type narrative. Boy,
have I left them scratching
their heads over the years.
I got so mad at one of
those "idiot" editors two
weeks ago I could have
just spit. They messed
up my title. Listen, I take
great pride and work hard
to have the "correct"
moniker on a story. I'm not
going to call a dissertation
on George Washingtbn
the "George Washington
Story." How mundane! I'm
going to entitle it "Mayhem
Along the Potomac" or
"Tall Guy Makes Good"
or "Cherry Tree Didn't
Blossom".... I rushed in to
announce my displeasure
at his gross negligence
when he quietly showed
me that he had printed it
just exactly like I'd turned
it in. The idiot was me! My
mind is so far gone, I was
thinking one thing and
wrote something else down.
And I had the proof in black
There are other
"signs" that I'm on my last
journalist leg. I have begun
to repeat myself. How many
times can I tell you
about hanging on
to the collapsed cat
walk on top of the
town water tower
with two five-gallon
buckets of barn
yard red paint
R DOWN tied to my waist?
Colbert How many times
can we go over
that big fight up
at the Skyway Grill? How
many times are you going
to listen to me describe
Leon's Tarzan inspired leap
off the Tenneksee River
Bridge? Or the account
of Leon riding Nicky Joe
Stafford's big horse into the
prom? I'm tired of hearing
about Leon and Jackie
Burns stealing the red
light off of Aaron Pinson's
police car and "hooking"
it up to the juke box out at
Frank's Dairy Bar. How
long can I keep pointing out
the remarkable number of
shortcomings of Mary E.
I've been writing about
growing up twice as long as
it took for all of us to grow
Yogi has moved to the
back side of Mt. Hood in
the far expanses of Oregon.
Pam Collins has retired
down to Paris Landing.
Jane Hill has gone to the
dogs. Jimmy Carter got
a tattoo and rode off on
a motorcycle. I can't find
Buddy or Hollis. Mr. Archie
Moore's pond has long
since dried up.
Uncle E D. passed away.
As has Pa and Gran, Uncle
Ben, Uncle Womack, Aunt
Beatrice and most of the
rest of a generation that
touched my memory in
such a loving and positive
I've had writer's
block since April of 1984.
I refuse to write about
tragic, pathetic or down
turn stories. You can
flip on the TV or look at
the headlines for that. I
don't know enough about
politics to report on that
phenomenon. I prefer
happy over sad, so that
cuts out a lot of ideas right
My boys have grown up
and moved away. I refuse to
bore you with stories about
my grandchildren. Hank no
longer runs with me. And
after 34 years of marriage,
Cathy ain't as funny as she
used to be.
Lately, I've found myself
starting one story and
finishing up with something
entirely different. I've
begun to split infinitives
and dangle participles -
well, I'm kidding you a little
here writing a weekly
column hasn't enhanced
capability one whit; I still
don't know a predicate
from an indirect object. I've
never let syntax get in the
way of a good story
I can't say I'm past
my prime because that
assumes I reached one.
I can say I'm tired of
scratching these stories
out each week. But the real
reason I have begun to look
toward the end is simple.
If I keep doing this long
enough, Mary E. is going
to find out where I live and
come down here and beat
the living daylights out of
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Shark attacks decline worldwide in midst of recession
The recession might be
responsible for a slump of a
different sort: an unexpect-
ed dive in shark attacks,
says a University of Florida
Shark attacks worldwide
in 2008 dipped to their low-
est level in five years, a
sign that Americans might
be forgoing vacation trips
to the beach, said George
Burgess, ichthyologist and
director of the International
Shark Attack File, housed
According to the lat-
est statistics released last
month, the total number
of shark attacks declined
from 71 in 2007 to 59 in 2008,
the fewest since 2003 when
there were 57, said Burgess,
who works at the Florida
Museum of Natural History
on the UF campus.
"I can't help but think
that contributing to that re-
duction may have been the
reticence of some people to
take holidays and go to the
beach for economic rea-
sons," Burgess said. "We
noticed similar declines
during the recession that
followed the events of 2001,
despite the fact that human
populations continued to
Shark attacks dropped
in the United States and
abroad in 2008, Burgess
said. In recent years, vaca-
tioning tourists have been
attacked off beaches in
remote parts of the globe,
such as Cocos Island in the
Indian Ocean, where none
was reported in the past, he
There were four fatal at-
tacks last year an aver-
age number compared
with only one in 2007, which
marked a two-decade low.
Two of the deaths were in
Mexico, one was in Austra-
lia and one was in the Unit-
La Nifia, a meteorologi-
cal condition that brings
water masses and deep
ocean creatures closer to
shore, probably was a fac-
tor in the deaths of two male
surfers and injury of a third
that occurred in less than a
month along a resort-stud-
ded stretch of Mexico's
southern Pacific coast,
Burgess said. The U.S. fa-
tality was a 66-year-old man
swimming at Solana Beach,
Calif., while the Australian
death occurred along the
country's eastern coast and
involved a 16-year-old boy.
The number of shark at-
tacks in the United States,
which typically makes up
about two-thirds of the total
worldwide, dropped from 50
in 2007 to 41 in2008, Burgess
said. Thirty-two of those at-
tacks were in Florida the
same number as the pre-
vious year followed by
North Carolina and South
Carolina, with three each;
Hawaii, two; and California,
RAY CARSON I UF News Bureau
George Burgess, ichthyologist and director of the
International Shark Attack File at the University of
Florida, is shown with the long, toothy snouts of
Florida, with its warm
waters; has more sharks,
including black tip sharks
and spinner sharks, species
not found in lower tempera-
tures, Burgess said. "A lot
less attacks occur off Long
Island, New York, than
Florida simply because
there are fewer sharks up
there," he said.
Within Florida, Volu-
sia County continued its
dubious distinction as the
world's shark bite capital
with 22 incidents, its highest
yearly total since 2001, Bur-
gess said. Attractive waves
off New Smyrna Beach on
the central Atlantic coast
are popular with surfers, he
As in past years, surfers
accounted for most of the
world's attacks 57 per-
cent followed by swim-
mers and waders, 36 per-
cent, and divers, 8 percent,
he said. These numbers are
rounded up, which is why
they total more than 100
"Surfers are the heavy
favorites largely because
the splashing of arms and
particularly the kicking of
feet at the water's surface
where visibility is poor is
provocative to sharks,"
Burgess said. "They result
in what we think are cases
of mistaken identity, where
the shark interprets the ir-
regular splashing to be ac-
tivities of its normal prey."
As a group, surfers seem
to accept the risks of pursu-
ing a sport in the ocean, he
"I've yet to find a surfer
who says he or she won't
go back into the water af-
ter a bite or a nip," he said.
"Some of them maybe look-
ing over their shoulders
a little bit more than they
did before, but the reality is
they understand where hu-
mans fall in the grand order
Burgess said he doubts
the economic recession is
likely to deter surfers be-
cause their interest in the
recreational activity is so
high. "It's often times not a
group that is economically
blessed, but all they have to
do is drive to the beach with
the board and get into the
water, and the rest is free,"
To certain extent, div-
ers, like surfers, pursue
their sport as something
of an avocation, leaving
swimmers and waders as
the group most likely to be
affected by economic hard-
ship, Burgess said. "These
are sort of the average folks
that go to the water for rec-
reation, lie on the beach,
work on their suntan and
take their kids in the surf for
a swim," he said. "I would
expect their numbers to de-
cline in 2009."
Over the long term,
though, Burgess expects
shark attacks to rise be-
cause of a gradual upswing
from one decade to the next.
"We've already surpassed
the numbers of attacks in
the previous 10-year pe-
riod," he said, "so we know
this decade will be higher
Gov. Crist extends autism task force on World Autism Awareness Day
Gov. Charlie Crist re-
cently signed Executive
Order 09-82, extending
the Task Force on Autism
Spectrum Disorders until
January 5,2011. '
Crist was joined at the
-signing, taking place dn
World Autism Awareness
Day, by task force co-chair
Dan Marino, Hall of Fame
quarterback for the Mi-
ami Dolphins. Crist also
highlighted legislation ap-
proved in 2008 that increas-
es health care coverage for
services for autism.
"By raising autism
awareness and encourag-
ing new research, we are
helping Florida's most
treasured resource, our
children, to live healthier
and more empowered
lives," said Crist.
"Extending the work
of the task force provides
more opportunity for suc-
cesses and understanding,
improving the lives of all
Floridians affected by au-
tism spectrum disorders."
Beginning April 1, Sen-
ate Bill 2654 requires
group health insurance
policies to cover screening
and therapies for autism.
For children diagnosed
before age 8 with autism
spectrum disorders spe-
cifically autistic disorder,
,Asperger's disorder and
disorder not otherwise
specified coverage in-
cludes up to $36,000 a year
for therapies, up to $200,000
in total lifetime benefits.
cannot deny coverage due
to diagnosis of a develop-
mental disability, and cov-
erage must continue until
the child's 18th birthday or
until no longer enrolled in
Crist also has signed
a proclamation observ-
ing April 2, 2009, as World
Autism Awareness Day in
Autism is a complex
that typically appears dur-
ing the first three years of
Statistics show that
one in every 150 children
develops an autism spec-
trum disorder. The disabil-
ity, while more prevalent in
boys, knows no racial, eth-
nic or social boundaries.
Task Force 2009
During its first year,
the Governor's Task Force
on Autism Spectrum Dis-
orders recommended a
unified and coordinated
agenda for addressing
autism in Florida. High-
lights of the report, under
consideration for the gov-
The creation and
maintenance of a state-
wide autism Web site in
order to increase aware-
ness of existing technol-
ogy and resources.
Developing and im-
plementing targeted out-
reach campaigns for in-
dividuals with autism and
their families, in addition
to the general public.
on prevalence, causes and
links to autism.
-* Increased awareness
of early signs of autism
and autism screenings.
Expansion of Take Me
Home program through-
out Florida and increased
Exploration of cost-
saving opportunities for
through the medical pay-
ment and reimbursement
Force on Autism
Crist signed Execu-
tive Order 08-36 creat-
ing the Task Force on
Autism Spectrum Dis-
orders on March 7, 2008.
The task force works to
advance public policy for
the research, screening,,
education and treatment.
of autism; to assess the
availability of insurance
coverage for appropriate
treatment of autism; and
to recommend a unified
and coordinated agenda
for addressing autism in
Florida. The 25 members
of the task force include
health care practitioners,
autism advocates, repre-
sentatives from private
and public organizations
that address autism, state
and local government
members of persons with
autism spectrum- disor-
ders, and an individual
with an autism spectrum
Fun for All Ages! Bounce House Face Painting Cakewalk
Games & Prizes Duckie Pond Fishing Booth Ring Toss
Tattoo Booth Balloons Food & Beverages and More!
Special Appearance by "Gina the Clown"
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for children to better understand auhtm & how people wdh autsm
see the world. The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities (CARD)
will also be providing Information on utism. CARD provides support
and asisnce with the goal oF optimizing the potential of people
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Thursday, April 09, 2009
gas station roof
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By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
A surge of powerful
wind off the Apalachicola
Bay peeled off the roof of
an Eastpoint gas station
last Thursday afternoon.
No one was injured
when the shingles and tar
paper were strewn about
1 p.m. in front of the gas
pumps at the Ritz Food
Store #6, at 499 U.S. 98.
"The storm went over
and it got dark, the build-,
ing shook, and the roof
landed in the parking lot,"
said manager Chris Craig.
"Five or six seconds, and
that was it.
"I'd say it was one
of those burst things
that happened," he said.
"There's no other damage
Generally not as strong
as tornadoes, a microburst
is a powerful, localized col-
umn of sinking air from a
thundercloud that produc-
es damaging divergent and
The service station
opened within the hour as
worked mopped the wet
floor and roofers removed
the soggy tarpaper that
draped over the gas pumps.
Because the satellite dish
was blown off the roof, the
service station could not
process credit cards and
stopped pumping gas.
DAVID ADLERSTEIN I Florida Freedom Newspapers
Pieces- of the roof of the Ritz Food Store on U.S. 98 in Eastpoint lay in.the business' parking lot last Thursday
after heavy winds from a severe storm moved through the area.
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Community 6 Miles East Of Picturesque Carrabelle On Hwy 98.
RUS Bulletin 1780-26
Advertisement for Bids
City of Port St. Joe,
P.O. Box 278
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Separate sealed Bids for the construction of: Sunset
Circle Drainage Improvements
The scope of the project is to replace the majority
of drainage system within the Sunset- Circle area
with concrete "C" boxes and ADS pipe. The exist-
ing drainage system, ranging in size from 12" to 24",
will be removed and replaced with approximately
144 LF of 12" RCP, 252 LF of 18" RCP, 1,135 LF
of 18"ADS, 850 LF of 24" ADS, 18 LF of 30" ADS,
21 FDOT approved Type "C" inlets, 2 FDOT ap-
proved Type "D" inlets and 7 concrete mitered end
'Some swale ditches will be re-graded for proper ver-
tical alignment with the new system. New headwalls
will be constructed at the two existing outfalls. The
construction zone for both the removal of existing
drainage pipe and installation of proposed drainage
pipe will be approximately the same.
Completion date for this project will be 120 days from
the date of the Notice to Proceed presented to the suc-
Liquidated damages for failure to complete the project
on the specified date will be set at $300 per day.
Please indicate on the envelope that this is a sealed bid
for "Sunset Circle Drainage Improyements".
Bids will be received by: the City of Port St. Joe at the
office of: City of Port St. Joe City Hall. 305'Cecil.G.
Costing Sr. Blvd.. Port St. Joe, FL 32456 until 3:00 PM.
(Eastern Time) April 16. 2009, and then at said office
publicly opened and read aloud on April 16. 2009. at
3:15 PM (Eastern Time).
The Contract Documents may be examined at the fol-
lowing locations: Preble-Rish. Inc.. 324 Marina Drive.
Port St. Joe. FL 32456
Copies of the Contract Documents may be obtained at
the Issuing Office, Preble-Rish. Inc.. located at 324
Marina Drive. Port St. Joe. FL 32456 upon payment of
$100.00 for each set. Contact Clay Smallwood at (850)
227-7200 for project information.
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Boyd (D-North Fdorida)
announced today that
the Federal Emergency
(FEMA) has awarded
a grant to the state of
Florida in the amount of
$6,954,000 for the North-
west Florida Water
Management District to
improve flood maps in
Bay, Gulf, Leon, Okaloo-
sa, Walton, Escambia,
and Santa Rosa Coun-
These updated maps
will be used to track
flood risk more closely
and assist development
and rebuilding efforts in
"Flooding is a con-
stant concern for com-
munities in the Florida
during hurricane sea-
son," said Congress-
"I am pleased that
this federal funding will
help the region better
assess the risk of in-
clement weather and
provide residents more
updated, accurate data
before beginning new
construction in a poten-
This federal fund-
ing will be used by the
Northwest Florida Wa-
ter Management Dis-
trict to update their
Digital Flood Insurance
These updated maps
will better reflect re-
cent development and
natural changes in
the environment and
provide local govern-
ment, families, and
business owners with
current floodplain map-
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A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning
and Development Review Board (PDRB)
meeting on Tuesday, April 21,2009 at 8:45
a.m. EST, and at the Board of County Com-
missioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday,
April 28, 2009 at 6:00. p.m. EST. Both public
hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting
Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration
Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be
to discuss and act on the following:
1. Marchl7, 2009 Minutes
2. Variance Downs/Maxwell Parcel
ID #03595-000R in Section 31;
Township 6 South, Range 11 West,
Gulf County, Florida Variance of
development regulations. Located at
Beacon Hill. Requesting a Variance on
the side setbacks.
3. County Development Regulations
4. Public at Large
The public is encouraged to attend and be
heard on these matters. Information prior to
the meeting can be viewed at the Planning
and Building Department at 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009 Local The Starj A7
Record numbers visit St.
Story and photos by Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers
St. Vincent Island
National Wildlife Refuge
welcomed a record number
of visitors on March
21. Over 430 sightseers
traveled across Indian Pass
to the annual open house.
In the past, 200 or fewer
visitors have been the norm
for this event but several
factors made this year's
event the biggest ever.
The Supporters of St.
Vincent have labored
hard since their formation
two years ago to,support
island events and, through
their efforts, this year's
open house was the well
promoted and organized
In addition, the
Supporters and the refuge
to provide transportation
to the island aboard the
Starfish Enterprise, the
museum's newly acquired
pontoon catamaran. The
boat allowed faster and
more comfortable travel for
guests than in past years,
in spite of a choppysea.
George Kirvin' Floyd was
on hand to crew for the
Enterprise, helping to cast
her off on the island side
and helping guests embark
Floyd said "I am amazed
by the enthusiasm for this
event. I am happy to be able
to partner with the refuge
and I see this as something
with great potential. I hope
to be able to work with
them more in the future. I
would like to help make St.
Vincent more accessible to
Visitors were treated
to hotdogs, water, fruit
and cookies courtesy of
the Supporters. There
were displays on local
Above, Diane Hardee of Franklin, WV was on hand to talk about the introduction of
whooping cranes to the panhandle. Here she shows Lionel Kliss of Eagle River, WI a
puppet used to feed infant cranes to limit their contact with human caregivers. Below,
Ranger Greg Titus was on hand with daughter Erin to educate the public on prescribed
burns. Bottom left, George Weymouth counsels a group of youngsters on basic survival
and camping skills. At left, The Starfish Enterprise, a 40 seat pontoon boat belonging to
the Apalachicola Maritime Museum ferried visitors to and from St. Vincent Island. Top left,
Dee Grinenko of St. George Island prepared 200 hot dogs for visitors and volunteers.
wildlife and conservation.
Youngsters were given a
demonstration of basic
outdoor skills. There were
also guided birding, beach
and bay walks and trailer
rides to the far end of the
Robin Will, supervisory
refuge ranger, said, "It
was wonderful. This was in-kind effort. Without encouragement."
an excellent- outreach their donation of the Denise Williams
experience. The audience boat the captain and the president of the
exceeded expectations gas we would not have Supporters said, "It's
and the day exceeded been able to have such not possible to express
my expectations too. I an amazing event. I also appropriate gratitude to all
was very impressed want to congratulate the individuals who made
with the Apalachicola the Supporters on their this day successful. We
Maritime Museum and amazing organization, werenotperfecttoday. Yet,
their partnership and friendliness and I'm under the impression
we gave the majority of
people a wonderful island
experience. I received a
fair number of promises to
be back next year."
She said sheparticularly
wished to thank the
museum and Apalachicola
Ace Hardware for their
donations to the event.
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April 10th at Noon
Live Music from 6 -10 p.m.
with George Borden
Also Kimberly Harrington original song
writer/artist will be performing her newly
released Bass Pro Shop song. Kimberly will soon
be featured on the John Boy and Billy show.
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
Thursday, April 9, 2009
AS I The Star Local
Large crowds for ArtWalk brings business downtown
Story and photos by Lois Swoboda
Florida Freedom Newspapers
While there is no offi-
cial count on the number
of visitors who attended
Saturday's ArtWalk in
restaurants and shop own-
ers agree the large crowd
brought a windfall for busi-
Most reported that at-
tendance appeared to be
up from last year.
"We even sold furniture
on Saturday and nobody
is selling furniture right
now," said Sandra Powell,
owner of the Pesky Peli-
"I'd say it was better,
than last ,year, probably
because' of the weather,"
said Katherine Neill, own-
er/ manager of the Oyster-
Susan Kearny of the
Stuffed Owl agreed. "We
had a very good day. There
were so many people
down here and of course
the more people the more
business," she said."
Some local business
owners questioned the
wisdom of scheduling the
ArtWalk on the same day
as the St. George Island
Lighthouse dedication, but
others felt the two events
complemented each other.
"We had many visitors
come to our shop in the
afternoon after spend-
ing the morning at the
lighthouse," said Paulette
Moss, of the Green Door.
"It was a beautiful day
and we had tons of people."
said Apalachicola Cham-
ber of Commerce direc-
tor Anita Grove. "I spoke
to several who said they
were down for the week-
end, which was of course
what we wanted."
Chamber president Joe
Taylor said more than 125
visitors took part in the
wine tasting event that
accompanied the ArtWalk
on Saturday. The cham-
ber stopped selling tick-
ets when they ran. out of
"We sold at least twice
as many tickets as we had
planned," he added.
Taylor said more than
100 children, many from
Georgia and Tallahassee,
took part in children's
art activities at the Cot-
ton Exchange on Water
Street. Several adults also
viewed paintings from
last year's Plein Air Paint
Out now on display at the
Five of the 11 canvases
painted by local artists to
decorate downtown streets
sold for $100 each.
"That is the seed mon-
ey for the Apalachicola
School of Art," he said.
wares at the show report-
ed mixed success. Jerry
Mitchell, of Santa Rosa
Beach, brought a display
of ceramic fountains and
lamps and sold seven of his
works, which he described
as a good afternoon.
Other vendors reported
Most businesses locat-
ed outside of downtown,
as well as local hotels, said
their weekend was not
impacted by the annual
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work at the ArtWalk. At top, Gloria Yaun and Sally
Beshears, who came down from Monticello to spend
the day at the ArtWdlk, were intrigued by Lori Bluni's
stained glass. "The sunflowers are exquisite," said
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R H E
MARIANNA Playing their first game
in ten days, Wewahitchka lost the open-
ing game of the Marianna spring break
tournament 9-5 to the South Walton Se-
The Seahawks scored a run in the first
inning on three singles off starting pitcher
Chance Knowles. The Gators answered
with two runs in the bottom of the first as
Cody Wade led off with a walk, Brandon
Mayhann struck out trying to bunt and
Ryan Leaman walked.
Knowles advanced the runners on a
fielder's choice and Billy Peak delivered
a booming two out double to centerfield
scoring Leaman and Knowles to give the
Gators a 2-1 lead after one inning of play.
The Seahawks took the lead'in the
third inning on three unearned runs.
Knowles retired the first two batters in
the inning and appeared to have the third
out when first baseman Chase Harvey
committed his first error of the year on a
The Seahawks took advantage of the
misplay and scored three runs on three
walks and another Gator error.
SIn the bottom of the fourth Wewa
scored a run, when David Strickland led
off with a single, Baylen Price hit into a
fielders choice and Josh Lollie walked.
After Beau McCorvey struck out, Bran-
don Mayhann singled scoring Price to
make the score 4-3 South Walton after
four innings of play.
Relief pitchers Ryan Leaman and
Baylen Price surrendered 2 runs in the
fifth and three runs in the sixth increas-
ing the Seahawks lead to 9-3 entering the
bottom of the seventh.
The Gators rallied in the bottom of the
seventh on a walk by Knowles, a single by
Peak and an RBI single by David Strick-
land, but fell short as Price flew out to
second base for the third ofit. Knowles
was the losing pitcher and is now 1 and 1
on the season.
Bleckley.County, Ga. 9-12-1
Wewahitchka 3- 5-1
CHIPOLA COLLEGE In the second game
of the day Wewahitchka again got off to
a fast start against 4A Bleckley County
Georgia. Starting pitcher Chase Harvey
retired the Royals in order in the first in-
ning after walking the lead off batter.
Leaman got the Gators going in the
bottom of the inning with a one out walk
After Billy Peak struck out, Knowles hit a
monstrous home run to give the Gators a
2 to 0 lead after one inning:
The Royals struck back in the second
when Luke Arnold opened the inning with
a double and Brian Ethridge homered to
tie the score at 2 to 2. Harvey retired two
of the next three batters on a fly out and
strikeout but surrendered another run on
Relief pitcher Strickland entered the
Gators greet Chance Knowles after his fourth home run of the season against
Bleckley County, Ga.
game and got the third out on a strikeout.
In the third Inning Bleckley County blew
the game open, roughing up Strickland,
with five runs on five hits and one Gator
Error. Strickland settled down and re-
tired the Royal in order in the fourth, fifth
and seventh innings and allowed only one
run in the sixth.
The Gators had something going in
the sixth inning as Knowles and Harvey
singled but Beau McCorvey grounded
into a fielder's choice and Strickland
struck out to end the inning.
In the seventh, Baylen Price reached
base on an error Wade popped up to the
Catcher and Leaman doubled scoring
Price. Peak drew walk'and Knowles gave
the crowd a thrill with another deep fly
ball to center field that was caught on the
warning track ending the game. Pitcher
Chase Harvey took the loss and is now 2-
1. Chance Knowles was the leading hitter
with two hits including his fourth home
run of the season.
The Gators are now 9 and 8 on the
season and remain 3 and 1 in district play.
Wewahitchka will play host to Covenant
Christian Monday at 6 p.m. and to Liberty
County at 5 p.m. Friday.
The Wewahitchka vs. Port St. Joe
district game has been rescheduled to
Wednesday April 15. Game time is 6 p.m.
CST, 7 p.m. EST in Port St. Joe.
Monday April 6
R H E
ALTHA Wewahitchka thumped Altha
11 to 1 in a non-district baseball game
Monday. The Gator pitching staff allowed
only one run and two hits in the run rule
shortened game. Knowles (2-1) started
for the Gators and pitched two innings
striking out 4 and allowing one run on one
hit. Reliever Lollie pitched the third and
fourth innings strikifig out 3 and allowing
one hit. Leaman pitched the last inning
and retired the Wildcats in order with two
The Gators got off to a fast start scor-
Photos by Adele Paul I Special to the Star
WEWA BASEBALL: Chance Knowles
pitches against South Walton.
ing five runs in the first inning. Wade was
hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, Lea-
man followed with a single and Mayhann
hit into a fielder's choice scoring Wade.
After Peak struck out, Knowles and Har-
vey walked, and Leaman scored on a wild
pitch. Strickland reached base on an er-
ror scoring Mayhann, Baylen Price sin-
gled scoring Knowles and Harvey to give
the Gators a 5-0 lead after on inning.
The Wildcats scored their only run
in the second when Huff led off with a
walk and advance to second and third on
Wild pitches and scored on and a fielders
Wewahitchka was led at the plate by
Peak who was 2 for 3 with a double and 3
RBI. Leaman had two hits, Price had one
hit and three RBI and Harvey had a two
The GatorS improved their record to
10-8 overall and 3-1 in the district. Wewa-
hitchka plays host to Covenant Christian
today and Liberty County tomorrow (Fri-
day). Game time for both games is 6 p.m.
Port St. Joe baseball
Two Port St. Joe High School base-
ball games, originally scheduled dur-
ing last week's storm, have been re-
The original game at West Gasd-
sen (rained out) will be made up this
Saturday at 11 a.m. The original home
game vs Wewa (rained out) will be
made up in Port St. Joe on April 15 at
6 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. CT.
Gulf County runners shine at
Red Pepper Run
Three Gulf County runners were
among the top finishers at the 5K Red
Pepper Run March 7 on St. George Is-
On a beautiful morning against a
robust field, Jeremy Novak, of Port
St. Joe, finished 13th overall out of the
field of 113 runners. The 34-year-old
ran a 25:12, which placed him third
among males age 30 to 34.
Steve Newman, 43, of Port St. Joe,
ran a 25:16 to finish in the top 25 run-
Zach Childs, 25, of Mexico Beach,
ran a 26:40, which placed him third
among males age 25-29.
Eastpoint veterinarian Dr. Hobson
Fulmer, 53, won the race in a time of
19:59, followed by two Tallahassee
runners, Daniel Fortunas, 48, who ran
a 21:26, and Frank Flynn, 50, who post-
ed a 22:01 time.
Jim Kinman, 47, from Macon, GA,
ran a 22:20, while Apalachicola attor-
ney Michael Shuler, 44, ran fifth, in a
time of 23:21, giving him top honors
for males age 40 to 44.
The top female finisher was Kelsey
Kilinski, 22, of Tallahassee, with a
time of 25:15.
Race coordinator Susan Bassett
said -113 of the 120 registrants finished
the race. People from 14 states partic-
ipated in the run, including Alabama,
California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,
Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico,
New York, Pennsylvania, Tennessee,
Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. By
WHS cheerleading try-outs
Wewahitchka High Schobl Cheer-
leading Try-Outs will be held the week
of April 14,18.
Try-out practice will be Tues. April
14th Friday April 17th from 3-5 in
the high school gym. Try-out Day is
Sat. April 18th at 9:00 a.m., also in the
Anyone interested in being a cheer-
leader for the 09-10 school year needs
to pick-up a Teacher Evaluation Pack-
et from their school office.
If you have any questions you can
contact Mrs. Adele Paul or Mrs. Kerri
Barlow at WHS.
Lady Sharks win one, lose one
The Lady Sharks Softball team
participated in a two-day softball
showcase in Wewahitchka. First the
Lady Sharks played Jacksonville
Providence. The Sharks were victori-
ous in the first contest. Jo Williams hit
a two-run home run to left field with
Angela Canington on base. Heather
Brinkmeier hit a two-out double to
left scoring Katie Lacour. Lacour, Ka-
tie Gardner and Canington each had a
hit. Final score was 3-1. Kayla Minger
gave up only 3 hits and Providence
didn't score until the seventh. Min-
ger also had 10 strikeouts as the Lady
Sharks ran their record to 15-1. '
Saturday, the Lady Sharks played
4A powerhouse Dunnellon. The Lady
Sharks suffered their second loss
of the year, 4-0. Minger was on the
mound giving up 8 hits on 4 earned
runs while striking out 8 and walking
2. Minger and Gardner had the only
hits for the Sharks.
Wewa loses two, bounces
back with win over Altha
Friday, April 3 1
Outta' the WOODS
FWC seeks input
from deer hunters
The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission's (FWC) Deer
Management Team is ready to gather input
from Florida's hunters on potential changes
to the state's current hunting zones and
corresponding deer hunting season dates,
which if approved; could
come into effect as early
as the 2010-2011 hunting
The team has met for two
and a half years, developing
"Strategic Plan for Deer
Management in Florida TONY YOUNG
2008-2018," which was
approved by the Commission
last year. FWC staff continues to work with
its stakeholder group representing many
of the state's hunting and conservation
governmental agencies and large private
landowners to make this plan the very best
it can be.
The project is under the new leadership
of Deer Management Program coordinator
Cory Morea, but the plan's objectives and
goals remain the same to ensure a healthy
deer population that meets the public's
desires for recreational hunting, while
protecting landowners' rights and ensuring
the long-term welfare of the species.
Currently, Florida is divided into three
hunting zones the South Zone lying
below State Road 70, the Central Zone
between State Road 70 and Tallahassee,
and the Northwest Hunting Zone west of
Tallahassee. These three zones all have
different beginning and ending hunting
season dates. Deer hunting kicks off every
year in the South Zone in early September,
beginning with its Archery Season and ends
in the Northwest Zone in late February with
its late Muzzleloading Gun Season.
Female deer come into heat very early
in the southern portion of the state, but
come in much later in the Panhandle. This
is why the zones and season dates are set
up like they are to correspond roughly
with when deer breed, allowing hunters the
opportunity to hunt during the.rut.
Although, under this current system,
the hunting seasons do occur during some
portion of rutting activity throughout
much of the state, hunters in certain
South Florida areas and those in portions
of the Panhandle are not able to hunt the
peak rutting times. In addition, bucks
often shed their antlers before hunting
season is even over in southern portions
of the state.
Because of this, the deer team is
considering having more hunting zones
(instead of the current three) with different
starting and ending dates that can be
spread out to encompass more of the full
rut throughout the state.'
Within the hunting zones, the plan is to
create deer management units (DMUs)
in order to help manage Florida's deer
population on a more local level and better
meet the needs and desires of local hunting
The team is looking to develop about
a dozen DMUs based on habitat and deer
breeding chronology data. Deer herds
within these DMUs should have similar
characteristics like reproductive rates,
body sizes and antler-growth potential.
Whenever possible, major roads, and rivers
will be used as DMU boundary lines to
make them easy to distinguish.
The FWC is scheduling six public
meetings' around the state near key
metropolitan areas to gather input from
the hunting public on potential changes
to hunting zones and season dates. The
agency wants to solicit as much public
comment as possible and everyone is
The meetings will be an open-house type
format with the Deer Management Team
making a presentation, followed by question
and answer sessions with individual team
members to give hunters more one-on-one
time with FWC staff.
The six meetings will be in West Palm
Beach, Fort Myers, Crestview, Lakeland,
Lake City and Tallahassee and are being
scheduled between late April and July. Stay
tuned for exact dates and meeting locations
by going to MyFWC.com/Hunting and
looking out for soon-to-be released FWC
And I want to make something clear
before I go the concepts you will hear if
you attend one of these meetings are just
a starting point. At the meetings, you will
have the opportunity to voice your opinion
and write down any comments you may
have. It is this public comment and any new
scientific data that may be discovered that
will have an effect on any changes that are
made to these concepts.
If you care about deer hunting in Florida,
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Thursday, April 9, 2009
ELECTIONS from page Al
against retired banker Greg
Johnson, and Stephens will
run against former city
commissioner and Port St.
Joe High School teacher
All commissioners serve
The city election will be
held Tuesday, May 12. Polls
will be open from 7 a.m. to 7
p.m. ET at the Port St. Joe
Fire Station, the city's lone
The voter registration
books are currently open at
the election's office.
Residents desiring to
register to vote or to make
changes to their registra-
tion information must do
so prior to book closing on
April 13 at 5 p.m. .
Early voting will be-
gin April 27 and continue
through May 9 at the Su-
pervisor of Elections Office,
located at 401 Long Avenue
in Port St. Joe.
During this period, vot-
ers may cast early ballots
from Monday through Sat-
urday during regular office
hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
There will be no early vot-
ing on Sundays.
The Elections office is
also taking requests for ab-
VICARI-MEIZNER from page Al
In college she
was a senator in the
student government and
headed several comrmit-
Vicari-Meizner was di-
agnosed with Breast Can-
cer in 2001. "When I was di-
agnosed, I made a promise
to myself, that when I got
better, I would give back to
the community that opened
its arms to me," said Vicari-
Her campaign will focus
on community. "I'd like to
see us become a 'green
town.' I'd like to provide
more for the kids to do. The
children are the future of
this city. I'd like to see them
have constructive things
to do especially when
school is out. So they will
be involved and committed
Vicari-Meizner said she
would like to bring the com-
munity together "so that no
matter what the economics
of the rest of the world, we
will have jobs and a safe
place to live."
She hopes to "bring a
pair of fresh eyes to our
CREWS from page Al
said she "believes the citi-
zens of Port St. Joe need
a voice for all and for the
betterment of all communi-
"The city will be faced
with some critical issues,"
said Crews. "All citizens of
concern need knowledge
and input. Also there is
a need to know how tax-
payers' money is spent.
Doing what's best for
the community is' a prior-
Crews was born and
raised in Washington
County (Ebro, FL), and
moved to Port St. Joe in
the early 1980s.
She is married to Tony
Crews and has one son,
one grandson and two
Crews has been on the
Port St. Joe High School
faculty for 28 years.
She is an affiliated mem-
ber of New Bethel AME
STEPHENS from page Al
have done my best to help
with those concerns," said
Stephens. "I am only one
voice and one vote and
it takes the support of
every citizen to get things
done. We are Aall facing
tough times, both our
city and nation. The costly
infrastructure that is cur-
rently underway as incon-
venient as it may be, is
necessary for the better-
ment and future growth of
our city. My promise is
to work hard with the
people and the officials
for all improvements and
needs of our city while
keeping the cost under
Stephens has been a
resident of Port St. Joe
for 43 years. With his wife
Bonnie, he raised three
children here. "It is truly
our home and we have seen
it change through the years
from a mill town to what it
is becoming today, still the
best place to live," said Ste-
Stephens' work experi-
ence includes 31 years at
St. Joe Paper Co., starting
as a laborer and working
his way to supervisor. He is
presently employed at St.
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By Despina Williams
1st place BUSINESS
Gulf County Health Department
So we promised that the second annual
Panhandle Peep Show diorama contest
would be bigger, better and Peepier than last
To prove this wasn't just
idle boasting, we offer the fol-
The total number of en-
tries more than doubled last
We received a whopping 42
dioramas, which have filled
The Star office and caused a minor ant prob-
lem. (Not to worry, we're beating them back
with boric acid.)
We scored JustBorn, Inc., the maker of
Peeps, as a national sponsor, and received
our first out-of-state entry from a Star reader
in San Diego, CA
And. anyone who doubts that this year's
entries could possibly top the imagination on
display in 2008 need only survey the remark-
able work on these pages.
To view all 42
entries, visit the
photo gallery on our
Contestants went all out
this year, crafting dioramas
that were playful, intricate
and true to the spirit of pan-
Selecting winners in each
category proved difficult.
We thank Carrabelle art-
ists Leon Wiesener and Joe
Kotzman for helping us make some tough
We hope you enjoy looking at the Peep
shows as much as we have, and invite every-
one to take a closer look during next Thurs-
day's Open House (details on this page).
Until then, Happy Easter!
Se stffStar and The Times
ordially invite the community to attend our
"Peeps and Punch" open house and diorama
pick-up on Thyrsday April 16from 5:30-6:30
P.m. ET at The Star office. fr
The open house will allow the public to get
a closer look at this year's remarkable crop of
Panhandle Peep Show dioramas
Prizes will also be distributed to winners
and all participants.
The Star is located at 135 W Hwy 98 in the
Port City Shopping Center, afe steps from
Sthe Piggly Wiggly.
SFor more information
contact Despina Williams
EI 2 229-7843
1st place 14-18
Kelly McLemore, Jessica Messick, and Lena McLemore
FOR COMPLETE LIST OF PEEPS CONTEST WINNERS PLEASE SEE B2
Thursday, April 9, 2009
B2 I The Star
PEEPS from page B1
Peeps contest winners
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"Bcyad P laying, Jeremyl
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2ND PLACE WINNER: "Playing Dress Up," Mahaley Shuler 3ND PLACE WINNER: "Hunting with My Peeps," Nolan
IST PLACE WINNER: "A Day in the Life of Jacob Peep, Age 6," Jacob Sander, Stacy Webb, Pam Barnhill
IST PLACE WINNER: "Hos'peep'tality on the Forgotten Coast," Madelyn Gortemoller
2ND PLACE WINNER: "Fun in the Sun," McKayla Woodham
3ND PLACE WINNER: "Camp Peeps," Riley Kerigan and
FOR MORE PEEPS CONTEST WINNERS PLEASE SEE B10
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(Sarah Mtcailf);"Glf County
Gulf County Heritage Book Committee needs community's help
First let me introduce myself. My name is,
Lana Weeks and at this time I am the chair-
person of the Gulf County Heritage Book
Committee. I am not from Gulf County, but I
do want to see this book succeed! My co-chair-
person at this time is my husband, James
Earl Weeks. He lived at Simmons Bayou for
several years and he attended school at Port
St. Joe from the third through the 10th grade.
We reside in Blountstown, and we are also ac-
tive on the Heritage Book Committee in Cal-
We can make this book happen, but it will
onlywork if you agree to help us in this project.
Each of you is what makes Gulf County what
it is today It is not hard to do, if you sit back
and relax ant think of the past or the present,
the good and the bad events that happened in
the County that you may know about.
The following is the guidelines for submit-
ting family and topical stories to the Heritage
1. Current residents, former residents and
those with ancestors in the county may sub-
2. Each household may submit 500 words
and one photograph to be printed free of
charge. Pioneer families are usually those in
Gulf County before 1925. One 1,000-word story
per pioneer family line will be used along with
two photographs. Other stories from that par-
ticular pioneer family are limited to 500 words
per household. You may purchase words
above the free amounts at 15 cents per word.
Extra photographs are $15 each.
3. Authors maintain the copyright to in-
dividual stories. The publishing company
will copyright the book of compiled stories.
Authors are responsible for the content and,
accuracy of submissions. Neither the com-
mittee nor publisher is responsible for con-
tent and accuracy. Authors must place their
names and addresses at the end of each story.
Sources are limited to four. Sources can be
written as: marriage records, census records,
Bible, family letters, etc. Do not list individual
records. Those interested in information
about the family can contact you through the
address listed. Do not use footnotes..
4. No one edits the family stories; however,
submissions that harm or embarrass will not
be used. Stories are typeset as submitted,
unless the committee corrects obvious typo-
graphical errors. Stories must be in narrative
format wit no genealogical charts, list or tabu-
5. Stories must be typed, pr computer
generated, and double spaced on at least 20
pound paper. Handwritten or stories in all
capital letters will be returned.
6. Computer generated photographs must
be printed at a minimum of 720-by-720 dots per
inch. They are not to be imbedded within the
story but placed on a separate sheet. Scanned
photographs should be on photo qualitypaper.
Those on regular paper reproduce poorly.
7. Photo captions are limited to 10 words
and must be typed at the end of the story. We
attempt to return all photographs with self-
addressed stamped envelopes, but cannot
be responsible for lost photographs. Identify
your photographs by placing a mailing label
on the back of each one. Please do not write
on the back of a photo, as the ink can transfer
to other photos and cause smudges and dis-
8. We accept color, and black and white
photographs up to 8x10. Do not size the pho-
tographs.to fit the book. We will size them.
SWe accept stories in the following genres
for the topical section of the book. Each story
is allowed one photograph. The word limits
are listed in parentheses. You may pay for
additional words and photographs as noted
above, if you wish to have more material.
Topical stores may be edited or not used as
determined by the committee due to space
limitations and/or duplicate/similar materials
Genres include: cities and towns (750
words per story), churches, schools, cemeter-
ies, business, memories and clubs (250 words
It does not take long to write this down in
your own words.
Remember, years from now your grand-
children or great-grandchildren may read
about your adventures. Or maybe someone is
another state might pick up the book, read it
and say "I wonder if they are related to me?"
By your name and address being at the bot-
tom of the story they would know how to con-
tact you, and you might discover a cousin or
aunt that you had lost some time ago.
The next meeting of the Gulf County Heri-
tage Book Committee is April 20 in Wewa-
hitchka will be held at 12:30 p.m. CST at the
library in Wewahitchka. The meeting for Port
St. Joe will be held at 3:30 p.m. EST at the li-
brary in Port St. Joe. The meetings are only
about an hour long.
If you have any questions please feel free
to give me a call at 850-674-4638, if I am not
home leave a voice mail and I will return your
call as soon as I can. You may also email me
I have also set up a Web site for this in-
formation that address is: www.gulfcounty-
heritagebook.synthasite.com. We are looking
forward to hearing from each and every one
Submitted by Lana Weeks
Chairpersohi, Gulf County Heritage Book
By Roxie Armstrong Roney
John Henry Armstrong was born at
Pole Bluff on the Chipola River in Cal-
houn County, Florida on May 1, 1881.
His grandfather owned and operated a
ferry at Pole Bluff until he was shot in
the back as' he entered the door of his
John and his siblings lived with their
-grandmother until his sister, Lizzy, mar-
ried Martin Cushing. John age twelve
and Jefferson age seven went to live
with Lizzy and Martin. Lizzy said she
refused to let John go with Martin on
the ill-fated fishing trip in 1894. A hur-
ricane struck on October 8, 1894 and all
sixteen of the men and boys were lost.
"The Lost Boys of East Bay" by Har-
ry Evans is a poem written about this
In 1906 Jessie Artemus Weeks, age
17, was living at Wetappo with her par-
ents, Ira and Artemus Weeks, and nine
of her eleven siblings. On April 26, 1906
their mother died. Jessie had one older
brother and sister that were married,
so she was left with the responsibility
of cooking and cleaning for a family of
ten. On the morning of August 19, of
that year she cooked breakfast for her
father and five brothers and got them off
to work, then went out for a walk She
waded across the Wetappo Creek and
met a young man that her family was
opposed to her seeing. They eloped and
were married in Blountstown.
Sometime after June 1907 Jessie
had their first child, a boy they named
Clarence, and he died shortly after
birth. By 1918 she had three more chil-
dren George, Sarah (Sadie), and James.
James died as an infant.
He is buried between Ira and Arte-
mus Weeks in Jehu Cemetery. There is
no name on his grave.
John worked in the logging busi-
ness until the accident that caused him
to loose his foot. He was attempting to
board the train when his foot slipped
on the wet step. His foot was mangled
so badly that it had to be amputated.
There was no medicine available so
some of the men held him down while
the foot was removed. After the stump
of his leg healed he wore a wooden peg
leg. A grandson still has John's peg leg.
John was no longer able to work in
the log woods after the accident. They
JOHN AND JESSIE ARMSTRONG
homesteaded a place in Wewahitchka,
and there the four of their children'were
We (grandchildren) always called
John papa, and I remember him sitting
on the front porch shaking cream in
a gallon jug to make butter, or sweep-
ing the yard. He would never let grass
grown in the yard, he kept it hoes, and
he hated it when we walked over where
he had just swept, he would go.back and
sweep out our tracks. He used a cane,
and if we were in the swing and he want-
ed it he would take the, crook or his cane
to flip the swing, and throw us out into
Jessie (mama) worked as a seam-
stress for most of her life. She worked
in a sewing factory in Wewahitchka and
in later years she took in sewing, what
time she was not sewing for grand-
children and taking care of papa, and
young-uns. I can remember mama
making soap in the wash pot in the back
yard. She also washed clothes in the
wash pot, and hung them on the fence
to dry. Sometimes she would wash us.
We got a washing not a bath.
She would set us on the shelf on the
back porch where the water bucket and
wash pan were kept, and I thought she
would scrub the hide off rie before she
was through. If I cried, she would cal
"Old Red Headed Bloody Bones" to get
me. He lived in the tater house at night.
I never knew where he went during the
day, but thankfully he was never in the
tater house. She always had chickens
and cats, and a mulberry tree for us to
climb in. Boy did we ever love mulber-
ries. We would sit up there in that tree
and eat our fill, now I can understand;
we got a lot of protein with them berries.
Yuk! Mama cooked the absolute best
rice of anybody I know
Their first home burned in the 1950's
and another house was moved to the
site. That house burned after mama's
death in 1977. John died in 1967.
Johnson and Mock to wed
Colton Johnson is pleased to announce the upcoming marriage of his mom,
Carla Johnson, to Michael Mock.
Carla is the daughter of Bobby Johnson and Edwina Matlock. She is a 2003
graduate of Port St. Joe High and currently works for Superior Bank.
Michael is the son of James and Dianne Mock and Phil and Catherine Collier.
He is a 1995 graduate of Port St. Joe High and owner/operator of Xtreme Clean
Professional Floor Care.
The wedding will take place May 2 at 5:30 EST at Oak Grove Assembly of God
Church in Port St. Joe.
All family and friends are cordially invited to attend. No local invitations are
.Bidwell and Gay wedding
Kory Bidwell of Wewahitchka and Steven Gay of Port St. Joe will be married at
6:30 CST May 9 at the Presbyterian Church in Wewahitchka.
The bride, the daughter of Eric and Tammie Bidwell of Wewahitchka,
graduated from Wewahitchka High School. The bridegroom, son of Tommy and
Lisa Gay of Port St. Joe, graduated from Port St. Joe High School.
Yard Sale Benefits
Superior Bank will
host a benefit yard sale on
Saturday, April 11 from 8
a.m. to noon ET. Proceeds
from the sale will benefit a
youngboy named Kaydan,
who recently underwent
spinal surgery and is -now
The bank will also be
selling hotdogs and re-
freshments and encourag-
es the community to sup-
port this worthy cause.
Superior Bank is located
at 418 Cecil G. Costin Blvd.
in Port St. Joe. For more
information, call (850) 227-
The staff of the Bridge
at Bay St. Joe will host a
free community cookout on
Wednesday, April 15 from
noon to 2 p.m. ET in Frank
They have dubbed the
cook-out SMILES, Seren-
ity Meals in a Loving En-
vironment, and encourage
everyone to stop by and
pick up a lunch.
The staff plans to host
a cookout at different loca-
tions monthly as a thank
you to the community that
has given so much to The
Bridge at Bay St. Joe's
Bay St. Joe will also
host an Easter Party/Egg
Hunt this Friday, April 10,
at 2 p.m. at the facility and
would like for the commu-
nity children to come and
play with the residents.
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Golden is a lovely senior American Staffshire
Bull Terrier and a "true golden girl"! She has a
fantastic temperament, is well behaved, and enjoys
nothing more than to relax in the sun or take a ride
with her master! Because Golden is older than most
of the others here at the Humane Society, she is often
overlooked- but she doesn't let this discourage her,
she patiently waits, knowing one day her true charm
will win over her "forever family"!
Golden is one of our gracious dogs with a
sponsor to help offset the cost of her adoption. If
you are interested in giving Golden a chance to prove
she too deserves a "forever family", please contact
Melody at 850-227-1103.
OUR THRIFT HUT IS IN NEED OF
VOLUNTEERS!!! If you have some extra time &
would like to help out, please contact Diane at 227-
1109. Our Thrift Hut is open Thurs. Fri. 10am
- 2pm. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!!
Dan & Nancy
Jax Wax Distribution LLC
772 Suite B U.S. 98
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A faith worth having is
a faith worth sharing.
Is your faith in Jesus,
are you really caring?
You need to share dai-
ly, while folks are near.
After they've gone to
their reward, your loud-
est voice they'll never
Don't put off until to-
morrow what you should
If they don't listen,
you'll have shared it any-
Sharing your faith is
what it's all about.
When you lead some-
one to Jesus it makes you
want to shout.
When you've helped
lead a sinner home, show
them love and a caring
For who are we to
withhold love when God's
forgiven us so much?
The Christian CONSCIENCE
Are you one of Jesus Christ's sheep?
One of the most abused
portions of scripture is John
Chapter 10, where Jesus
uses His analogy of a shep-
herd and his sheep to teach
the Pharisees. Yes, I said
Pharisees. If you go back to
the last few verses of John
Chapter 9, you will see that
in the beginning of chapter
10, Jesus is still preaching
to the Pharisees. The first
6 verses are an illustration
given to them. These first
few six verses are NOT
talking about the relation-
ship between Jesus and his
In verse 7, Jesus begins
an actual teaching, by say-
ing, "Most assuredly, I say
to you, I am the door of the
sheep. All who ever came
before Me, are thieves and
robbers, but the sheep did
not hear them. I am the
door. If anyone enters by
Me, he will be saved, and
will go in and out and find
pasture." How does one en-
ter by Him?
A little later, in verses 14
through 16, Jesus says, "I
am the good shepherd; and
I know My sheep, and am
known by My own. As the
Father knows Me, even so
I know the Father; and I lay
down My life for the sheep.
And other sheep I have
which are not of this fold;
them also I must bring, and
they will hear My voice; and
there will be one flock and
Who are those that Je-
sus calls my sheep? My,
is a possessive adjective.
It indicates possession.
Does Jesus own you? Have
you been BORN FROM
ABOVE? (That's what John
3:3 and 7 say, when the
original Greek is properly
translated.) Have you sur-
rendered control of your life
to Him? Do you continually
ask Him to mold you into
what He wants you to be?
If not, you are not included
in the ones that Jesus calls
Later, beginning in John
10:24, we read that the Jews
said to Him," How long do
You keep us in doubt? If
You are the Christ ( Mes-
siah ), tell us plainly." Je-
sus answered them, "I told
you, and you do not believe.
The works that I do in My
Father's name, they bear
witness of Me. But you do
not believe, because you
are NOT OF MY SHEEP,
as I said to you. My sheep
hear My voice, and I know
them, and they follow Me.
And I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish;
neither shall anyone snatch
them out of My hand. My
Father, who has given them
to Me, is greater than all;
and no one is able to snatch
them out of My Father's
This promise, that no
one will be able to snatch
a person out of His hand,
is not to just anyone,- not to
one who has gone to church
a few times, or to one who
was baptized once, or to one
who said a sinner's prayer
once, or one who walked an
aisle once, or even to one
who joined a church, once.
This promise is to a person,
who is one of His sheep,- to
a person who is owned by
Jesus, just as completely
as a sheep is owned by its
At the Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Center,
we proclaim the truth, from
the original writings of the
Bible, even when it doesn't
agree with those around us,
who claim to be Christians.
On Sunday the 12th, we
will be celebrating the.res-
urrection of our Lord, not
the pagan fertility festival,
called Easter. Plan to join
us for this celebration! Our
services begin, with a time
of greeting, and fellowship,
at 9:30 a.m. CST Sundays.
Worship begins at 9:45 a.m.
After the service, we have
a pot luck fellowship lun-
cheon (Hebrews 10:24-25.)
We worship at the Mexico
Beach Civic Center on 105
N. 31st street, behind the
Beach Walk gift shop, just
off U.S. 98 in Mexico Beach.
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian
The Catholic Church
of Gulf County
St. Joseph Parish
20th Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
All Mass Times EDT
Saturday 4:00 pm
Sunday 9:30 am
Monday, Thursday, Friday 9:30 am
Wednesday 5:30 pm
St. Lawrence Mission
788 N Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL
Sunday Mass ............. .......... ........... 11:00 am (CT)
Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday Mass.............................. ................... ............. 6:00 pm (ET)
S++TO KNOW CHRISTAND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
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
Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
Sigblanb viewu apti t C urr$
382 Lirig Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.
"Our Church can be your home"
first Church of the azarene
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456'
Gim ,unt ii ie r.r tI iryla u 1te n: u.wsirn orsrf th t orin te branalt Inj ilies,
Sunday School........:.....1........ 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m.
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherforc
Welcome you to worship with us:
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm
Sunday Evening Worship ..............6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ...... 7 p.m.
A Spirit Filled
Word of Faith Church
HOME OF THE
S323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL~ 850-229-5433
First Presbyterian Church
of Port St. Joe
508 Sixteenth Street 227-1756
Reverend Ruth Hempel
Worship Service 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School 11:00 a.m.
Sara J. Fite, 94, of Vero Beach, Florida,
died SaturdayMarch 28,2009, at her
residence. She was born August 20, 1914 in
Eustis, Florida and moved to Vero Beach 12
years ago, coming from Port St. Joe, FL.
Mrs. Fite earned her Bachelor's degree
in Education from Florida State University,
Tallahassee, FL. She had been a teacher
in Port St. Joe.Mrs. Fite is survived by her
two daughters, Josie Weiss of Okeechobee,
FL and Martha Barrett of Vero Beach;
her son, William Fite of Orlando, FL; three
grandchildren, and 1 great-grandchild.
Mrs. Fite was predeceased by her husband,
C.A. Fite and brother, Howard Hethcox.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m.,
Saturday, April 18, at Greenwood Cemetery
in Eustis FL. Donations may be made to VNA
Hospice of Indian River County, 1110 35th
Lane, Vero Beach, FL 32960 or Christ Church
Vero Beach, 925 14th Lane, Vero Beach, FL
32960, in memory of Mrs. Fite.Arrangements
are under the direction of Thomas S.
Lowther Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero
Beach.Condolences may be sent at www.
Nursery provided for all services
Jct United J #eth f
Cucf oX .Mex icu eadc
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 Mexico Beachd Biled Methodist (irtch
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820
The friendly place to worship!
first Baptist Church
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
BEACH BAPTIST CHAPEL
311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
A LIGHTHOUSE FOR THE LORD
SUNDAY: General Assembly 9:45 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.
"O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the nan trustersorth in Him,"
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call usforyour spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725
Salvacion M. 'Sally' Gainous
Salvacion M. "Sally" Gainous, Manila, Phillippines and her
85, of Port Saint Joe, passed away daughter Ida Tiongo; and many
Thursday, April 2,2009 at her other nieces and nephews.
home. A native of the Phillippines, The funeral Mass will be held
she was a stenographer at Clark at 10:00 a.m. EDT Monday, April
Air Force Base where she met 6,2009, at St. Joseph's Catholic
her future husband Joel Gainous, Church, conducted by the Rev.
who preceded her in death. She Father Phil Fortin and the Rev.
has been a resident here since Father Roger Latosynski.
1968 and was a faithful member of Interment will follow in the
Saint Joseph's Catholic Church, family plot in Magnolia cemetery
the Port Saint Joe Garden Club, in Apalachicola. A visitation will
and the Filipino-American be held from 5:00 p.m. EDT until
Society. 7:00 p.m. EDT Sunday, April 5,
She is survived by her 2009 at St. Joseph's Catholic
children, Deedee Crosby and Church, with a recitation of the
husband Dennis of Apalachicola Rosary following at 7:00.
and Leslie Gainous and wife Those who wish may make
Wanda of Huntington Beach, donations in her memory to Saint
California; her step-daughter, Joseph's
Mary Watson; her grandchildren, Catholic Church, E O. Box 820,
Ronnie, Casey, Emily, Alyson, Port Saint Joe, FL 32457.
Katie, Trina, and Kathleen; her All services are under the
great-granddaughter, Sydney; direction of the Comforter
her sister, Chering Tiongco of Funeral Home.
Constitution andrMonument Port St. Yoe
Contemporary Service 9:00 a.m. ET
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m. ET
Traditional Worship: 11:00 a.m. ET
Youth: 530p.m. ET
Choir. 7:00 p.m. ET
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Diron
Music Dirrctor Youth Minister
Director of Children Ministries
fT First 'aptist Church
'S' 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
F Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir................. 6:00 pm
Sunday School ....................9:40 am Prayer Meeing.................... 6:30 pm
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Awana's.................:........... 5:00 pm Activities........................... 6:30 pm
Youth Choir........................ 5:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm
Youth Groups ................. 6:00 pm
C H U R C H
Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ........ ........................................ Sunday School
10:30 AM ..................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ..................................................... W orship
6:00 PM ................................. ..............Worship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School
St. Peter's Anglican Church
(Traditional Episcopal Service 1928 BCP)
Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Church
309 6th Street Port St Joe, FL
"An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World"
yadsruhT April 9 2009
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ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A PSJE DOLPHIN?
Week No. 11 answers are:
1. What was a tablecloth's first purpose to people? To wipe your mouth on.
2. How old was Paul McCartney when he wrote "When I'm 64"? He was 15.
3. If you corn-knobbed someone, what did you do? You hit them with a fish.
4. What does carnation mean? Flesh-like.
5. What is the rarest type of blood? Type AB.
Congratulations to this week's winners. They are Mary Rogers and Shane Mc-
Guffin. We appreciate the interaction you provide to our students. It is fun to learn
Week No. 12 questions are:
1. Inca civilizations were concentrated on what continent?
2. In the northern hemisphere, in what month is the autumnal equinox?
3. What animal classification is a turtle?
4. What is the largest South American country by area?
5. On what continent is the chimpanzee's natural habitat?
Questions submitted by fifth-grader Shaye McGuffin
Please e-mail your responses to email@example.com.
Spring is here, and what a great time to be in
school. We all had a restful break and are now ready
to finish the year with flying colors. We at Port St.
Joe Elementary School are still participating in the
College Awareness Days. Our students wear their
favorite college T-shirts on those particular days.
Wow! It is never too early to begin thinking about
During the week of March 20, the third-grade
classes enjoyed the guest archaeology speakers
from University of West Florida. They spent time
with our students in a question and answer ses-
sion, and they allowed our students to excavate
remains from an early American settlement. A big
thank you to the doctoral students from University
of West Florida.
On March 27, students in kindergarten and first
grade participated in the annual Character Parade.
It was held in the gym, and all students received
free books to share with their parents. It's never
too early to develop a love of reading.
SApril15: Singing Com-
modores, PreK-second grade at
12:30 p.m., third-fifth grade at
April16: First and second
grade to Blounstown Settlement
April 17: K-second grade,
school track and field day and
CFES to Haney Vo-tech Center
April 20: Martial arts dem-
onstration, PreK-second grade
at 9:45am, third-fifth grade at
April 22: Earth Day
Art, poetry contest accepting submissions
In conjunction with its art exhibition/
chef sampler, the "A Taste of the Coast"
event is sponsoring a student artwork and
The contest is open to students in
grades K-12. This year's theme is "Life on
The rules are:
One entry per category
Artwork may be on paper/canvas/
Poems must be submitted on 8.5" x
11" or smaller paper
Poems may be on colored paper with
embellishments/illustrations, but judging
will be based on the poem alone.
Richard Scheffer, born
September 8, 1947 to Foy
and Marquerite Scheffer,
passed away March 31,
Survivors include Al
and Janice Scheffer and
their son Albert; Larry
and Vickie Scheffer and
their children Shelby,
Nick, and Julia; and
special friends Von and
of sympathy will be
necessary. Richard will
be cremated, with no
services to be held.
The deadline is April 23. Return all en-
tries to your school library.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three
winners in each category and grade brack-
et: K-2, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12.
First place winners will receive $30;
second place, $20; and third place, $10.
Entries will be displayed at the "A Taste
of the Coast"event April 25 in Frank Pate
Park in Port St. Joe.
Entries will be returned to the stu-
dents' schools or may be picked up at the
park by 4 p.m. ET.
For more information, contact Desiree
Bonar at 648-2135 or Tricia Henderson at
The Bay Medical Blood
Donor Center operated by
Blood Center will be hold-
ing a Blood Drive at the 1st
Baptist Church of Port St Joe
Monday, .April 13 from 1-6
p.m. All donors will receive
a Spring Chicken Massager.
For more information please
WMS celebrates Kick Butts Day
On March 25, Kick
Butts Day, the Wewa-
hitchka Middle School
S.WA.T. Chapter con-
ducted an assembly
for sixth-, seventh-
During the as-
sembly, the students
showed a video on
how tobacco kills, "no if, ands or butts."
The students created posters to con-
I vey their anti-smok-
ing message and
gave free promotion-
al items to their peers
to encourage them to
Thanks to Pam
Lister, Karen Turn-
er, Misty Wood and
School SWAT for making this assembly a
Estate planning workshop presented
Thornton E. Cole presents an estate
Members of the Franklin/Gulf Retired
Educators Association met March 9 in
Port St. Joe to hear a program on estate
planning, including convalescent care,
presented by Thornton E. Cole of Senior
Services in Navarre.
Among some of the topics,discussed
by Cole were how to lower your income
taxes, how to avoid probate, and the pros
and cons of gifting or transferring your
assets to your heirs.
After his informative presentation,
members held a necrology service for
Jacque Price, Mary McGinnis and Mar-
tin Nelson. Plans also were made to at-
tend the Florida Retired Educators As-
sociation May assembly meeting, which
will be held May 27 to 29 at the Hilton in
St. Petersburg. The next meeting will be
a presentation of the Guardian Ad Litem
Program on May 11.
F/GREA membership is open to any
.person who has retired from the educa-
tion field under the Florida Retirement
System with 5 years or more of service or
any person who has retired from the edu-
cational system of any other state or from
any privately funded or parochial school .
with 5 or more years of service. For infor-
mation, contact Margarita at 697-4200.
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It's time to prune your shrubs
It's the time of year to disease, prune to remove
do some spring cleaning it.
in your landscape, and that When transplanting,
means taking care of the prune the foliage to bal-
routine 'pruning on your ance the top of the plant
ornamental plants. Gener- with the root system. Reju-
ally, you prune landscape venate older plants in your
plants to get rid of un- landscape by pruning away
wanted growth, to benefit some of the old stems and
the part of the plant that branches. This will stimu-
remains after prun- late new, more
ing and to improve. vigorous growth.
the overall appear- Prune to make a
ance of the plant. plant look like you
Pruning isn't the want it to. If you
most complicated want a certain size
thing in the world, a(nd shape, prun-
but it's important to 'ing is essential.
do it right, Finally prune to
Pruning is an ROY LEE make a plant pro-
important part of CARTER duce more flowers
good cultural care County extension or fruit.
in your landscape, director Deciding when
A variety of specific to prune can be
situations call for pruning, confusing. In Florida, we
and if you don't do it, your can grow so many different
landscape plants won't plants with different prun-
look as good as they could. ing requirements that it's
My information was pro- impossible to pick one right
vided by retired Extension time to prune everything in
Urban Horticulture Spe- the landscape. You can do
cialist Dr. Robert Black, of light trimming and correc-
the University of Florida tive pruning anytime of the
Institute of Food and Agri- year. But the best time for
cultural Sciences. pruning depends on the
Pruning is the removal kind of plant you have.
of plant parts, typically, Most of the flowering
shoots, branches, fronds plants in the landscape
and flowers, to improve should be pruned right
health, control growth or after they flower. Decidu-
influence fruiting, flower- ous plants, plants like Dog-
ing or appearance.' Roots woods, Crape Myrtle and
can also be pruned and re- Jacaranda, which go dor-
moved if they circle close mant during cold winter
to or are resting against or early spring, most ev-
the trunk.'Pruning should ergreens in this category
be a routine part of home- includes plants like Podo-
ground maintenance corpus, Ligustrum, Hol-
and not delayed until the lies, and Wax Myrtle can
landscape is overgrown, be pruned anytime, but it's
Overgrown plants can be besttoprunebeforegrowth
pruned to desired size starts in the spring.
in a single pruning with- Shrubs that boom in
out severely damaging summer and fall things like
the plants. These plants Hibiscus, Roses and Olean-
should be pruned back der should also be pruned
gradually over a period of before the first flush of
several years. growth in the spring.
Obviously, if a plant has There is one very impor-
dead, weak or damaged tant exception to these rec-
wood or wood that's infest- commendations, pruning
ed with insects and plant to remove cold-damaged
limbs and branches.
For this, wait until after
new growth starts in the
spring. If you do heavy
pruning now to cut away
serious damage to main
branches and trunks, you
end up losing more of the
plant than you have to. By
waiting until new growth
begins, you can tell how
much of it will recover from
the cold. Even the small
branches, which have ob-
viously been killed, should
be left on the plant until
spring. They might be un-
sightly, but they can help
protect the plant against
further damage if we get
more cold weather.
Use hand shears and
loppers, not hedge clip-
pers, for smaller branches.
Shears will crush and man-
gle larger branches instead
of cutting them cleanly, so
get a pruning saw for these.
Under-cut large branches
so they don't tear away long
sections of bark when they
fall. Make sure all cuts are
smooth and flush with the
remaining branch or trunk.
Jagged edges invite insect
and disease problems.
Painting wounds with
tree wood dressing was
standard practice. The
recorhmendation was to
paint wounds with a quality
tree wood dressing to pro-
tect the cut surface from
wood rotting organisms
and checking (cracking)
upon drying. Research
has shown, however, that
wound dressing does not
prevent decay. Upon expo-
sure to the sun, the protec-
tive coating often cracks,
allowing moisture to enter
the crack and accumulate
in pockets between the
wood and the wound cover-
For more information
on pruning, please contact
your local cooperative ex-
tension service at 639-3200
or 229-2909 or e-mail rlcart-
Public Hearing Notice
The City of Port St Joe is applying to the Florida Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) for a grant under the Neighborhood Revitalization category for an amount
up to $650,000 under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Program. For each activity that is proposed, a minimum of 51 percent of the beneficiaries
will be low to moderate income households. The proposed project will constitute Phase III
of the North Port St. Joe Sewer Improvements and will replace sewers in Avenues B and C
between Martin Luther King Blvd. and North Park Ave. in North Port St Joe.
The City has an adopted anti-displacement and relocation plan; however, no dis-
placement of persons is anticipated at this time. If relocation assistance is required as a
result of the project, the City will provide assistance as indicated in the policy.
A public hearing to provide citizens an opportunity to comment on the application
will be held at the Port St. Joe Fire Station Meeting Room adjacent to City Hall, located at
305 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St Joe, FL 32456, at 5:45pm on Tuesday, April 21st,.2009. A
draft copy of parts of the application will be made available for review at that time. A final
copy of the application will be made available at the Port St Joe City Hall, office of the City
Clerk Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm upon completion of the application
on or about May 15th. The application will le submitted to DCA on or around June 30th,
(depending on the announced grant cycle). To obtain additional information concerning
the application and public hearing, contact Charlotte Pierce, Grants Coordinator, at the City
Hall, 305 Cecil Costin Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261.
The public hearing is being conducted in a handicapped accessible location. Any
handicapped person requiring an interpreter for the hearing impaired or the visually im-
paired should contact Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk, at the City Hall,'305 Cecil Costin
Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and an
interpreter will be provided. Any non-English speaking person wishing to attend the public
hearing should contact Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk, at the City Hall, 305 Cecil Costin
Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261 at least five calendar days prior to the meeting and
a language interpreter will be provided. To access a Telecommunication Device for Deaf
persons, (TDD) please call (850) 229-8261. Any handicapped person requiring special ac-
commodation at this meeting should contact Pauline Pendarvis, City Clerk, at the City Hall,
305 Cecil Costin Blvd. or by phone at (850) 229-8261, at least five calendar days prior to
Pursuant to Section 103 of the HUD reform act of 1989, the following disclosures
will be made to DCA with the application. The disclosures will be made available by the
City of Port St Joe and DCA for the public inspection upon request. These disclosures will
be available on or after the date of the application and shall continue to be available for a
minimum period of five years.
1. Other government (federal, state and local) assistance to the project in the form of
a gift, grant, loan, guarantee, insurance payment, rebate, subsidy, credit, tax benefit, or any
other form of direct or indirect benefit by source and amount.
2. The identities and pecuniary interests of all developers, contractors, or consul-
tants involved in the application for assistance or in the planning or development of the
project or activity.
3. The identities and pecuniary interests of any persons with a pecuniary interest in
the project that can reasonably be expected to exceed $50,000 or 10 percent of the grant
request (whichever is lower).
4. For those developers, contractors, consultants, property owners, or others listed
in 2) or 3) above which are corporations or other entities, the identification and pecuniary
interests by corporation or entity of each officer, director, principle, stockholder, or other
official of the entity.
5. The expected sources of all funds to be provided to the project by each of the
providers of those funds and the amount provided; and,
6. The expected uses of all funds by activity and amount.
A FAIR HOUSING/ EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, HANDICAP ACCESS COMMUNITY
On March 23, Donald Wayne Rhames,
48, was arrested on two warrants for fail-
ure to appear, the original charge was ha-
rassing phone calls.
On March 23, Bruce Lee Yand was ar-
rested for driving with license suspended
On March 24, Carloyn Dawn Smith,
27, was arrested on violation of probation
On March 25, William Edward Mc-
Cann, 43, was arrested on a violation of
probation warrant, the original charge
was lewd and lascivious acts.
On March 25, John Steven Griffin was
arrested on.warrants for grand theft and
violation of probation.
On March 27, Jerry T. Gates, 64, was
arrested on a violation of probation war-
rant, the original charge was possession
County, the charges are uttering a forged
instrument and theft.
On March 28, Eric Anthony Sims, 21,
was arrested for aggravated battery.
On March 28, Beverly Ann Etheridge,
41, was arrested for driving under the in-
On March 30, Travis Ammons, 30, was
arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious
acts on a child under 16.
On April 1, Robert Lee Browning Jr.,
31, was arrested for failure to pay child
On April 4, Tina Marie Chummney, 42,
was arrested for DWLSR, resisting a law
enforcement officer with violence, posses-
sion of crack cocaine and battery on a law
On April 5, Candace Cheri Girard, 20,
was arrested for DWLSR.
On March 27, Nancy Elaine Wolinski, On April 5, Peter Pawlenko, 41, was ar-
26, was arrested on Warrants from Bay rested for driving under the influence.
One-ofa-kind veterans event
planned in Apalachicola
"The Wall That Heal," a traveling, half-
scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans'
Memorial in Washington, D.C., will soon
be on display in Apalachicola's Veterans
Memorial Plaza alongside "The Three
Servicemen Statue South" known as
"The Detail," a permanent, partial-scale
replica of its counterpart.
This one-of-a- kind event for Apala-
chicola will be the only time these two
national memorials will be presented to-
gether outside of Washington, D.C., The
event will take place April 30 to May 3.
The public is invited to welcome the
motorcycle motorcade that is escorting
"The Wall" along its route from Marianna
to Apalachicola. It is expected to enter
Apalachicola from the west on Highway
98 about 1 p.m. EST April 28. Show your
patriotism with banners and flags as it
passes by to rest next to the Three Ser-
vicemen Statue South on Market Street.
The opening ceremony, which will fea-
ture a color and an honor guard, as well
as a patriotic presentation of music and
song, will take place at 11 a.m. EST April
30. A variety of educational programs for
all ages will be offered throughout the
, ^ MEIPC,0
four-day event. The closing ceremony,
Which will take place at,7 p.m. EST May
3, will feature a 21-gun salute and a spe-
cial rendition of "Taps" to honor those
fallen. Country western veteran Chuck
Price of "Unsung Hero" fame is expected
to sing during the opening and closing
The event is a joint venture between
its main sponsor, The Three Servicemen
Statue South Inc., and The Vietnam Vet-
eran Memorial Fund: Expect a grand,
yet solemn and respectful, experience.
All are welcome, including veterans and
their families. More information regard-
ing the event can be accessed at the Web
More information regarding the Trav-
eling Wall can be found at www.vvmf.org.
Businesses are encouraged to provide
donations -in return for sponsorship rec-
ognition. As well, many volunteers are
needed to assist throughout the event. If
you would like to make a donation and/or
volunteer your services for the event,
please contact Tom Brocato at 850 596-
2723 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping Hands Make The Difference
NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP
THE PORT ST JOE CITY COMMISSION WILL HOLD A
FAIR HOUSING WORKSHOP ON:
WHEN: Tuesday, April 21st, 2009
TIME: 5:30 P.M.
WHERE: Commission Chambers
RE: Fair Housing Workshop
The purpose of this workshop is to comply with Federal HUD re-
quirements in the anticipation of the City's application for CDBG
funding in FY 2009. All persons.are invited to attend these meet-
ings. (Any person who decides to appeal any decision made by the
Commission with respect to any matter considered at said meeting
will need a record of the proceedings, and for such purpose may
need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made,
which record includes the testimony and evidence upon which the
appeal is to be based. The Board of City Commission of the City
of Port St. Joe, Florida will not provide a verbatim record of this
IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AMERICANS WITH DIS-
ABILITIES ACT, Persons needing special accommodations to
participate in this proceeding should contact Pauline Pendarvis,
City Clerk, City of Port St. Joe, at City Hall, ph. 850/229-8261.
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By Kevin Welch
My last article was about
preparing your home exterior
for sale. With all of the rain,
working outside has been a
challenge to say the least.
Now I want to give you some
suggestions to improve your
There are a lot of things that
can be done to improve your
home interior that will help you
sell. Some don't cost much and
some cost a lot.
I intend to share information
on the various interior
improvements that can be made
to help you sell.
The most economical
improvements that can be made
are cleaning and painting. Soap
and water don't cost much and
go a long way. Start at the top
and work your way down. Clean
the cobwebs from the corners,
dust the lights (replace burned
out bulbs) dust ceiling fans,
clean the heating / cooling air
duct covers and the bathroom
vent fans. Electrical outlet
covers should be cleaned or
Take a good look at your
walls. Do they need to be
painted? You may enjoy the
handprints of your darling child,
but prospective buyers don't.
How about the carpet? Can
it be cleaned, or should it be
replaced? Always remember
that if you decide to paint and
purchase carpet, it should be
Other no cost modifications
include removing clutter,
rearranging furniture, washing
windows and dusting the blinds.
Now that you have an idea
about low budget items, you can
consider some more expensive
upgrades. Perhaps it would be
wise to replace your countertops
and maybe new plumbing
fixtures. New appliances are
very appealing to buyers. How
about a bathroom remodel? The
possibilities are endless.
Remember that chances are
you won't get a dollar for dollar
return, but the selling price will
As always, you should consult
with a real estate professional to
get an objective opinion on what
needs to be done.
A REALTOR can let you
know what items are in fashion
and offer suggestions on colors,
flooring options, etc.
Sacred Heart Hospital takes shape
Construction continues to progress on the new $35 .
million Sacred Heart Hospital being built along High-
way 98 in Port St. Joe. The new hospital and adjacent,
medical office building will bring quality healthcare
to Gulf and Franklin counties and will provide as .
many as. 120 new jobs.
Windows and bricks have been added to the hos-
pital building, while curbs have been added to newly I 4
paved areas. On the interior of the building, electrical
work and installation of dry wall are underway. Con-
struction is scheduled to be complete in late 2009.
"Prior to opening in the spring of 2010, we will be-
gin moving in all of the equipment, furniture and sup-
plies in addition to training all employees andhelpIng
them become familiar with the new environment,"
said Roger Hall, president of Sacred Heart Hospi-
tal on the Gulf. "Dedicated to providing high quality, -".
compassionate care for the whole community, this .- gig-
orientation and training phase will set the stage for a
successful, safe opening of the new hospital."
Sacred Heart currently provides general X-ray
services and physical therapy services at the Gulf
County Health Department, in addition to a second
outpatient physical therapy location in Beacon Hill.
Construction of the adjacent medical office build-
ing is anticipated to begin soon, and is scheduled to
open with the new hospital. The medical office build-
ing will provide patients with convenient access both
to physicians and diagnostic services.
Once operational, the hospital will provide private
inpatient rooms, a 24-hour emergency department,
Surgical services, a full complement of diagnostic I4L ...
and laboratory services, and a helipad to be used
by Sacred Heart's regional air ambulance service
to provide rapid transport for trauma or critically ill
For more information about Sacred Heart Health
System or the new hospital in Port St. Joe, visit www.
Progress Energy supports education foundation
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
On Tuesday, Progress En-
ergy community relations man-
ager Bobby Pickels presented
the first installment of an $8,500
grant package to the Education
Foundation of Gulf County, Inc.
Carla May, the foundation's
the $1,000 check, which she
earned for her participation in
a Progress Energy-sponsored
workshop last month at the new.
Franklin County consolidated
May applied for the addi-
tional $7,500 grant to fund mini-
grants for the county's teach-
The mini-grants provide
teachers with equipment and
other resources to enhance
their math and science curricu-
Progress Energy community relations manager Bobby
Pickels awards a $1,000 grant to Carla May, the treasurer/
secretary of the Education Foundation of Gulf County, Inc.
The Foundation will receive an additional $7,500 grant from
Progress Energy to bolster its mini-grant program.
''Progress Energy grants proved them tremendously,"
have funded all of the science said May. "We've bought sci-
labs in Port St. Joe and im- ence equipment and all kinds of
The Education Foundation
is a non-profit organization led
by an all-volunteer board. All
of its funding goes toward the
Progress Energy awards
grants in the fields of education,
economic development and the
Pickels said he was pleased
to present the latest grant to
the Education Foundation of
Gulf County, which he termed a
model for other counties.
"We're a large company, but
our success is based on the suc-
cess of the.local communities
that we serve," said Pickels.
"We realize that it's not only
our responsibility to help the
community and schools suc-
ceed, but it's also something
we're honored to do to be able
to reach back into the commu-
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1120- Public Notices/ to a Final Judgment of CA LANE, SAID THENCE LEAVING SAID CAP; THENCE NORTH.89 being South 12degrees 48 -Engineering/Construction 3120- Arts & Crafts
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1130 -Adoptions 23, 2009, in Case No. OF BEGINNING; THENCE HIGH WATERLINE RUN 51 SECONDS WEST 956.81 feet to a rod and Comer of the NW 1/4 of Safety Facilities 3140- Baby Items
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1160 -Leost Court of the Fourteenth Ju- BEGINNING RUN ALONG Equipment
1160 Lost Court of the Fourteenth Ju- SAD RIGHT OF WAY MINUTES 12 SECONDS AND CAP; THENCE LEAV- tion of said right of way and extend a line East Design-Build projects Equipment
1170--Found dicial Circuit, in and for SD RGHT OF WY WEST 102.14 FEET TO A ING SAID RIGHT OF WAY with the Northerly right of along the half section line *Experience of Project 3170 Collectibles
Gulf County, Florida, inSOUTH 83 DEGRE ROD AND CAP; THENCE RUN NORTH 00 DE- way of Wetappo Drive; adistanceof258.18ft.toa Team 3180-Computers
which CAPITAL CITY MINUTES 17 SECONDS NORTH 86 DEGREES 55 GREES 30 MINUTES 54 thence leaving said West- concrete monument; -Ability of Firm to deliver 3190 Electronics
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ADRIA MUINA A/K/A ROD AND CAP; THENCE WEST 14.02 FEET TO THE FEET TO THE POINT OF said Northerly right of way East, a distance of 44/67 ft. -Availability to project 3220- Furniture
11ADRIA L. MUINA, and C&SWAY RUN SOUTH 00 POINT OF BEGINNING. BEGINNING, CONTAIN- South 88 degrees 54 min- to a point on the North site(s) (Designer and 3230 Garage/Yard Sales
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PUBLIC NOTICE ability company are the FEONDST TO A R 1 terest in the surplus from cap for the POINT OF BE- county road) for POB; from Upon selection of' a 3260D-Health & Fitness
Defendants, I will sell to CAP THENE SOUTH 8 the sale, if any, other than Any person claiming an in- GINNING; thence from said POB extend a line Design-Build team by Gulf 3270- Machinery/
The Gulf County Tourist the highest and best bid- DEGREES 5 MINUTES 34 the property owner as of terest in the surplus from said POINT OF BEGINN- North 1022'25" West a dis- County, the designershall Equipment
Development Council is der for cash at the front DEEES WEST 60.36 the date of the lis pend- the sale, if any, other than ING continue South 88 de- tance of 254.67 ft.; run meet with the owner, tour 3290 Medical Equipment
now accepting Funding lobby door ofthe FEET TO A ROD AND ens, must file a claim the property owner as of grees 54 minutes 58 sec- thence East210 ft.; thence the proposed site and as- 3300- Miscellaneous
Requests for the County Courthouse in Port CAP TH E S 0 within sixty (60) days after the date of the lis pend- bonds West 175.18 feet to a- run South 1022'25" East sist in evaluating the vari- 3310 Musical Instruments
2009-2010 fiscal year. Re- St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor- C ; TENE SUTH 0 the sale. ens, must file a claim rod and cap; thence leav- 250.14 ft. to the North R/W ous building size, function 3320 Plants & Shrubs/
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picked up at the TDC of- 23, 2009, the property set FEECONDS EAST 3.1 DATED: March 26, 2009. the sale. North 00 degrees 54 min- scribed road; thence run will include schematic floor 3340 Sporting Goods
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County Welcome Center of Foreclosure and more CPTHENCE, NORTH 86 Clerk of the Circuit Court REBECCA L. NORRIS 316.36 feet to a concrete said road to the POB. To- vidual fire department
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Iof ORDINANCE NO. Clek of te Cit Cot EAST 1923.07 FEET; Plaintiff, CAPITAL CITY BANK As Deputy Clerk Joe, FL 32456. Proposals
Sof ORDINANCE NO. Clerk of the Circui Court HENCE SOUTH 00 DE- Plaintiff, REBECCA L. NORRIS will be opened on Mon- Ik
2009-1048L on April 27, By: Jasmine Hysmith REES 02 MINUTES 12 Clerk of the Circuit Court Jeffrey Whitton day, May 4,2009 at 10:00
2009 at 6:45PM central DeputyClerk SECONDS EAST 265.12 VS By: Jasmine Hysmith P O. Box 1956 a.m. E.T, at the Office of
time to consider adoption FEET TO A ROD AND CA JUNE RAGAN and UN- Deputy Clerk Panama City, Florida the Gulf County Clerk of
of this ordinance with the Garvin B. Bowden, Esq, LG ON THE SOUTH KNOWN TENANT(S), LARRY SIMPSON, THAD 32402 Court.
following title, to w: Garner, Bist, Wien ERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF Defendants: E. WILLIAMS, and UN- Garvin B. Bowden, Esq, April 9,16, 2009 3230
Wadsworth & Bowden RA. RLYKNOWN TENANT(S)R Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Gulf County Board of
AN ORDINANCE OF E CANOE LANE; THENCE KNOWN TENANTSS, Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Gulf County Board of
AN ORDINANCE OF THE 1300 Thomaswood Drive RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT CASE NO.: 08-194-CA Defendants, Wadsworth & Bowden PA. County Commissioners t
BOARD OF THE CITY Tallahassee, Florida 32308 O A 1300 Thomaswood Drive Nathan Peters, Jr. ca
COMMISSIONERS OF ilREES 04 MINUTES 17 NOTICE OF SALE CASE NO. 08-306-CA Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Chairman
WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA AGREES 04 MINUTES 17
AMENDING THE SECONDS- EAST 64.70 PURSUANTTO April 2, 9, 2009 1793S April 9,16,2009 t a e
ADOPTED COMPREHEN- FEET TO A ROD AND CAP CHAPTER 45 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE at Port St Joe Marina
SIVE PLAN OF FOR THE POINT OF BE- PURSUANTTO Saturday, April 11.
WEWAHITCHKA, FLOR- GINNING; THENCE FROM NOTICE is given pursuant CHAPTER 45 1763S RFP #0809-14 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. ET
A DATED JUNE 12 7098 SAID POINT OF BEGINN- to a Final Judgment of PUBLIC NOTICE in the parking lot of the marina.
ID0, AS AMENDED, IN THE CIRCUIT COURT ING CONTINUE ALONG Foreclosure dated March NOTICE is given pursuant Qualified "Design-Build" 160 This is a sale fbr boating and
WHCH, CONTRS FUDD OF THE FOURTEENTH SAID RIGHT OF WAY 23, 2009, in. Case No. to a Final Judgment of There will be a meeting of TEAM for the design of A fishing'enthusiast. Spaceare
TUREWLAND USEC S FU JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND SOUTH 83 DEGREES 04 08-194-CA, of the Circuit Foreclosure dated March The Northwest Florida fire station for SOUTH $10.00fora0'x10'Spot.
PUBLIC FACILITIES, AND FOR GULF COUNTY, MINUTES 17 SECONDS Courtof the FourteenthJu- 23, 2009, in Case No. Transportation Corridor GULF COUNTY VOLUN- Brg ourown tab
PROTECTS NATURALE FLORIDA EAST 74.78 FEET TO A dicial Circuit, in and for 08-306-CA; of the Circuit Authority on Thursday, TEER FIRE DEPARTMENT Blue Grey Female Cat. being your own tables. There
SO E RSUANT ROD AND CAP; THENCE Gulf County, Florida, in Court other Fourteenth Ju- April 16, 2009 at 10:00 .Gulf County, Florida Small adult with Green col- will bean area for B Sales,
O C UA N O CAPITAL CITY BANK, LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF which CAPITAL CITY dicial Circuit, in and for a.m. EST located at the lar in the Beacon Hill which illcost$20.0. Last
TE LOCAL GOVERN- Plaintiff, WAY RUN SOUTH 00 DE- BANK is the Plaintiff and Gulf County, Florida, in Wakulla County Commis- Proposers shall be ranked Beach Area, Call 647-5414 year two boats sold ding the
PLANNING AND LAND DE GREES 06 MINUTES 26 JUNE RAGAN is the De- which CAPITAL CITY sion Chamber Room, 29 per the following selection or 227-5214 Reward. sale Contact Ray Whitney at
VELOPMENT REGULA- V SECONDS EAST 119.78 fendant, I will sell to the BANK is the Plaintiff and Arran Road, Crawfordville, criteria: Marina. 850-227-6393
TION ACT HAPTER 163, FEET TO A ROD AND highest and best bidder for LARRY SIMPSON and Florida 32327. Any person850-2279393
ART II, ORIDA STA MICHAEL W. KING, GAIL CAP THENCE SOUTH 89 cash at the front lobby THAD E. WILLIAMS are the requiring special accom- ~ Firms shall be limited to
PART I, FLORIDAING S.T KING, and UNKNOWN DEGREES 53 MINUTES 34 door of the Gulf County Defendants, I will sell to modations to participate In those certified under
REVISIONS TO THE FU- TENANT(S), SECONDS WEST 10.00 Courthouse in Port St. Joe, the highest and best bid- this meeting is asked to 489.119 FS. as a General
TURE LAND USE MA DefendantsFEET; THENCE NORTH 00 Gulf County, Florida at der for cash at the front advise the Corridor Author- Contractor, Building Con-
PROVIDING FOR A COPY DEGREES 06 MINUTES 26 11:00 a.m. on April 23, lobby door of the Gulf ity at least 48 hours prior tractor, under 471.023 FS.
ON FILE,PROVIDING FOR CASE NO. 08-438-CA SECONDS WEST 121.02 2009, the property set forth County Courthouse in Port to the meeting by contact- to practice engineering,
SEVERABILITY;AND PRO- FEET TO THE POINT OF in the Final Judgment of St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor- ing Amber Perryman at under 481.219 FS. to
VIDING FOR AN EFF- NOTICE OF SALE BEGINNING, CONTAIN- Foreclosure and more par- ida at 11:00 a.m. on April 850-215-4081 or practice architecture.
VIDINGFOR AN EFFEC- PURSUANTTO ING 0.03 ACRES MORE ticularly described as fol- 23, 2009, the property set by email at
IVE DATE.CHAPTER45 OR LESS. lows: forth in the Final Judgment Amber.Perryman@hdrinc. **Submittals must be
of Foreclosure and more com. spiral bound and mustin- II
The public is encouraged NOTICE is given pursuant TOGETHER WITH A PE- LEGAL DESCRIPTION: particularly described as April 9,2009 clude the following:
to attend and be heard on to a Final Judgment of DESTRIAN ACCESS follows:
this matter. Ordinance No Foreclosure dated March S NT BEIN M COMMENCE AT A POINT Letter of Transmittal Excellent D & D Landscaping
2009-1048L in its entirety 23, 2009, in Case No. PARTICULARLY DE- MARKING THE NORTH- Commence at the North- 1788S *Table of Contents Child care Mowing, Weeding, Mulch-
may be inspected at the 08-438-CA,. of the Circuit SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: WEST CORNER OF THE east Corner of the South- IN THE CIRCUIT COURT *Introduction of Firm ing & Tree Trimming Dan
office of the Wewahtchka Court of the Fourteenth Ju- SOUTHEAST QUARTER west Quarterof Section 35, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL General approach to de- Four child care slots open. 227-8225
City Clerk during business dicial Circuit, in and for MMENCE AT THE OF THE NORTHWEST Township 5 South, Range CIRCUIT OF THE STATE liver services Ages birth to five, Two @2 -8
hours 8AM-4PM centralCGrInformationregar adults on premises, both
hours 8AM-4PM central Gulf County, Florida, in NORTHWEST CORNER QUARTER OF SECTION. 11 West, Gulf County, Flor- OFFLORIDA, INANDFOR Infomation regardingthe adults on premises, both
time, Mon-ri. which CAPITAL CITY OF SECTION 20, TOWN- 10, TOWNSHIP 4; SOUTH, ida; thence run North 89 GULF COUNTY firms qualifications to pro- registered child care pro-
Gwen Exe, BANK is the Plaintiff and SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE RANGE 10 WEST, GULF degrees 22 minutes 01 vide the design-build sr- videos. Very reliable.
GwenExley, MICHAEL W. KING and 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY COUNTY, FLORIDA; seconds West 1368.01 VISION BANK vices Positions will fi an llMe.
Cy Clerk GAIL S. KING are the De- FLORIDA THENCE RUN THENCE RUN SOUTH 89 feet; thence South 01 de- l *Project Team and Qualifi-quicklyFor more info. Aviation Maintenance.
April 2, 9, 2009 fendants, I will sell to the SOUTH 00 DEGREES 02 DEGREES 38 MINUTES 17 grees 37 minutes 51 sec-. cations Please call 227-3831 Single and light twins. An-
highest and best bidder for MINUTES 09 SECONDS SECONDS EAST 194.45 onds East 1454.42 feet to vs Experience with Fire Sta- cated in Port St. Joe nual & 100 hour inspec-
cash at the front lobby EAST 1923.07 FEET; FEET TOA RODAND CAP a point lying on the West- s tion Design .(or call to come by to tions. Airport at Port St
SExperience ith Fie pickup info. packet) Joe. Call 850-229-4327
1708S door of the Gulf County THENCE SOUTH 00 DE- FOR THE POINT OF BE- erly right of way of State BERNARD L. KELLER, Experiencewith Fire Sta- pickup in packet) Joe. 850-9-4327
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Courthouse in Port St. Joe, AGREES 02 MINUTES 12, GINNING; THENCE FROM Road Number 386, said ELIZABETH J KELLER ion Construction or
OF THE FOURTEENTH Gulf County, Florida at SECONDS EAST 265.12 SAID POINTOF BEGINN- point also lying in a curve RAE E. FLOYD, and .Experience with Owner Commission-based sell-
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND 11:00 a.m. on April 23, FEET TO A ROD AND CAP ING RUN SOUTH 89 DE- to the left having a radius STATE OF FLORIDA, DE- Direct Purchase ing ftn Ebay For more in-
FOR GULF COUNTY, 2009, the property set forth LYING ON THE SOUTH- GREES 38 MINUTES 51 of 2814.94 feet; thence P O Method of formation call Dorothy at
'IFLORIDA in the Final Judgment of ERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF SECONDS EAST 99.93 Southwesterly along said Defendants Costing/Estimating Project Handyman (850) 899-0191
Foreclosure and more par- CANOE LANE; THENCE FEET TO A ROD AND curve and said right of way *Proof of Errors and Omis- in a Truck
CAPITAL CITY BANK, ticularly described as fol- RUN SOUTH 00 DE- CAP; THENCE SOUTH 89. for 107.66 feet, thru a cen- CaseNo08-489-CA sions Insurance for De- SELL ALL
Plaintiff, lows: GREES 01 MINUTES 12 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 19 tral angle of 02 degrees 11 signer Due to Economic collapse SELL ALL
vs. SECONDS WEST 491.55 SECONDS EAST 100.03 minutes 29 seconds, NOTICE OF SALE Proof of Bonding Limit for of new construction, I have YOURITEMS
vs. Exhibit "A FEETTO ARODAND CAP FEETTOA RODAND CAP chord of said arc being Builder been played off, with 12yrs YOUR ITEMS
FOR THE POINT OF BE- LYING ON THE WEST- South 23 degrees 41 min- CE I RY Florida License for of all types of electrical exp through
NOTICE IS HEREBY id and my dad with 30 years
ADRIA MUINA A/K/A COMMENCE AT THE GINNING;THENCE FROM EARLY RIGHT OF WAY OF utes 44 seconds West GIVEN that the under- Builder and my a it30 years
ADRIAL. MUINA, C&S DE- NORTHWEST CORNER SAID POINT OF BEGINN- MICHAEL STREET; 107.65 feet; thence con signed Clerkof the Circuit 'Florida License(s) for De-must resortto independent
VELOPMENT, LLC a dis- OF SECTION 20, TOWN- ING CONTINUE SOUTH THENCE RUN ALONG tinue along said curve for Court of Gulf County, pur signert i en
solved Florida limited lia- SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES SAID RIGHT OF WAY 121.55 feet, thru a central suantto aFinal Judgment Verfication of ability to contract w ense
ability company, and UN- 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY 12 SECONDS EAST SOUTH 00 DEGREES 30 angle of 02 degrees 28 ent in ts cause, furnish payment abndiper- tfor our Cal ichi a out n
KNOWN TENANT(S), FLORIDA; THENCE RUN 100.33 FEETTO THEAP- MINUTES 59 SECONDS minutes 26 seconds, enter t formance bond in the Riche at 747-5020
Defendants. SOUTH 00 DEGREES 02 PROXIMATE MEAN HIGH WEST 293,92 FEET TO A chord of said arc being 2009 at 100of May, amount of the contract and
MINUTES 09 SECONDS' ROD AND CAP LYING ON South 01 degrees 48 min- 0 ocloc insurance coverage re-
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min. Ise. Owner financing
avail. '$750 mo + util.
2 BR/2 BTH Condo blocks
from beach, Pool, Clbhse,
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Attention CNA's & Dietary Aides
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If you are interested in these opportunities you
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S220 9th Street, Port St Joe
an 850-229-7129 /tl
Clean 2 br, 21 ba in PSJ,
$675 mo + dep.
Dunes, Cape San Bias,
Port St. Joe, Fl. 6 mo min-
imum term, 3 br, 3 ba, Ex-
cellent condition, custom
furnishings and decor,
Complete PC, printer,
wireless hardware set-up
available, Renter ref's and
credit check required.
$1,100 mo. Call
Century 21 Gulf Coast Re-
alty long term rentals avail-
Coronado #3 2 br, 1.5 ba
731 Hwy 98 $850 per
Destiny #1 2 br, 1 ba 115-
40th St. $550 per month
Gulf Point #4 2 br, 2.5 ba
7172 Hwy 98 $1000 per
Indian Lagoon Cottage 3
br, 2 ba SR-30 Indian Passe
$850 per month
Villas @ Mexico Beach #2
2 br, 2 ba 3706 Hwy 98
$1100 per month
Villas @ Mexico Beach #3
3 br, 3 ba 3706 Hwy 98
$1300 per month
4'br, 3 ba 1120 15th St
$975 per month
3 br, 3 ba 1120 15th St.
$900 per month
Paradise Porch 2 br, 2 ba
9135 Cockles Ave. $650
Surf & Sands unit 30-1 2
br, 2 ba 109- 30th St. $580
Surf & Sands unit 42-A 2
br, 2 ba 121- 42ncd St.
$650 per month
Surf & Sands unit 42-C 4
,br, 2 ba 121-42ncd St.
$850 per month
Ponderosa #18 3 br, 2 ba
#18 Ponderosa Pines Dr.
$850 per month
Barber House 3 br, 2 ba
310 Wysong $1650 per
month utilities incl. w/cap
Call 850-648-5449 or
850-229-1200 for more in-
3 br, 2 ba house, w/ kitch
appl. $800 mo + $1,000
dep call between 8 am -
3 br, 2 ba Mexico Beach
Cute like new fnced, gar. 2
blks to beach, dogs ok,
$895 mo + dep 850-
1780 Grouper Ave. 2'br, 1
ba. $565 month+ $400 de-
posit. No pets. Highland
8228 Hwy 98, St Joe
Beach, 2br 2ba house with
gulf view, $875 mo + dep,
3 br, 2 ba home 446 Bo-
nita St. Call 899-0117
For lease or Sale 3 br, 2
ba, executive Home 3000
sf, 2 car garage, centrally
located in Port St. Joe Call
Mexico Beach, New 4 br,
3.5 ba, garage, in Ocean
Plantation, less thah 2 blks
from beach w/ pool, $1250
mo. Call 850-819-0833
St. Joe Beach, TAFB, Very
Nice 2 br, all appliances,
Mil.Discount. Pelican Walk
Townhomes for rent,
Jones Homestead- Pon-
derosa Pines. First month
rent free with deposit and
12 month lease. 2 br and
3br units available. Call
335 Cortez St, St Joe
Beach, 2 br, 1 ba, W/D
included, sundeck, nice
private lot, 2% blocks
from the beach. $500
mo + $500 dep
241 Columbus St, St
Joe Beach, 2 br, 1 ba,
screened porch, car
cover, nice shady lot,
1%r blocks from the
beach, $550 mo + $550
249 Santa Anna St, St
Joe Beach, smal 2 br. 1
ba, large screened
porch, 2 blocks from the
beach, $475 month +
For more Information
Call 227-8669 or
In Port St, Joe
Hurry! We only have a few
Barefoot Cottages left.
In a beach accesscommunity with pools,ilygrounds, club
house, and hot clubs. Price includes water, sewer and garbage.
1 3br/3.5 ba..............................................$1,050
2br/2.5ba............ .. .... ......,$950
Southern Coasl M lnagement 850229.1350
LONGTERM RENTALS w.SwkemCasi.oom
2 br, 1 ba, 118 Narvaez
Ave. Port St. Joe beach,
$550/mo + dep. Unfurn.
No pets. 850-229-6825
2 br, 1 ba, Mobile home,
Kitchen add on, decking
with gates, 12x24 insulated
shed. w/d, just a few blks
to bch. Beacon Hills
(Mexico Bch Area). $650
mo + sec. dep. Call
Mexico Beach, 3 br, 2 ba,
Better than new! Only
$252,900. Pelican Walk
Real Estate 850-647-2473
Port St. Joe, St. George
Island and St. James Bay
Previously Bank Owned
Property. Priced way be-
low market value! Prices
starting at $35,000. Please
call Counts Real Estate
Group at 850-249-3615.
St Joe Beach Very Nice,
remeodled, 2br, Bch ac-
cess, $144,900, Pelican
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We-Wa 2 lots Corner of
2nd St and Orange. I' blk
off Hwy 71. 147ft on paved
road. Water meter, and
*sewer tap ready to build.
$24,900 or best offer.
2,188 sq ft Bayfront Home
3 br/3.5 bath built 1998
$599,000 Lisa (334)
687-6000 x 19 Realtor
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Space for Lease
Prime Retail Space
317 Williams Avenue
18,00sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
4500sf flex space; corner location; $2500/mb gross
309 Reid Avenue .
6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/
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310 Reid Avenue
1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
322 Long Avenue cASE
1000sf move-in rU 7t1, | ro gross
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Suite D, 110 Tra l I E
4250sf-PSJ ComiM I r ,ex Space
110 Trade Circle West
2500sf-12500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space,
$5.25psf/NNN (incl. water/sewer)
160 Cessna Drive
+/- 5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costin Airport;
$7 per sf plus utilities and applicable sales tax; Inquire for
320 Marina Drive
corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location
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