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j- ,.of swine flu

By Tim Croft
......E. Star News Editor

I Last week was not a good
one for the county in the battle
. against the H1N1 virus, com-
monly referred to as the swine
flu.
S- The Florida Department of
Health has confirmed two cases
of the swine flu in Gulf County.
And the county is sparing no
time in becoming prepared for
more in the event that situation
should arise.
Executive director of the
Gulf County Health Depart-
ment Doug Kent said he had
been cleared to identify the first
patient as Randy Raffield, in
his 40s and co-owner of Raffield
Fisheries, who first presented
symptoms last Saturday.
Permission to identify the
patient can only come from the
patient.
S' Raffield came into the Gulf

See Hi NI A6


TEAMeffort campers rehabilitate

local houses, businesses


By Despina Williams
Star Sti fi'\ritek

Eddie Fields looked at
the faded blue building on
208 Martin Luther King
Blvd. and had a vision of
his youth.
He recalled the former
Gulf gas station's pumps.
the new tires sliding onto
stylish hot rods and the
constant buzz of activity
at the shop, owned by the
late Willie and Charlie Mae
King.
"This was one of the
first black businesses
around here," said Fields,
summoning to mind the
station's heyday "Tius
place was jumping."
On Monday, the old sta-


tion, now King's Corner
Store, was jumping again.
A congregation of 50
students from Hope Fel-
lowship Church in Frisco,
Tex. scraped the blue paint
from the building's facade,
the initial step in what
promises to be a glittering
transformation.
The middle school stu-
dents were campers with
TEAMIeffort, an organiza-
tion that brings together
Christian youth, volunteers
and church leaders formis-
sion projects throughout
the country and overseas.
In the third week of a
month-long stay in Port St.
Joe, TEAMeffort cainpers

See MAKEOVER A3


PHOTOS BY DESPINA WILLIAMS I The Star
At top, brothers Jarod and Jordan Davis and Rehgan
Kay of Grace Communiry Church in Mounl Vernon, .
Mo., scrub and waterproof the deck of Susan Clark's
Highland View home At left, Ashlyn Froze chose to
attend the TEAMeffort mission because she wanted
to travel and help others. 'I like doing work for other
people," she said.


County approves

half-cent sales tax

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Board of County Commis-
sioners last week unanimously
approved adding a half-cent to
the county's sales tax, while ty-
ing any revenue from the addi-
tional sales tax to operations of
the landfill.
The board has the option of
assessing a penny Small County
Sales 'Tax and in 2005 assessed
a half -penny to help defray the
cost of case for the indigent and
underinsured at the new Sacred
Heart hospital going up near the
Gulf/Franklin Center.
Last week's action by com-
missioners brings .the tax to a
full penny and would serve as
something of a wash for local
consumers and businesses since
the half-penny sales tax assessed
by the school board for over a de-
cade for improvements to Port
St. Joe Elementary School will
be coming off the books as the
new half-penny from the county
goes on Jan. 1 of next year.
The additional half-cent is pro-
jected to provide some $300,000-
$350,000 in revenue, which would
be used to offset the cost of op-
erating the landfill, which costs
property tax payers, roughly
$900,000 a year.
Commissioners agreed with
a motion by Bill Williams that


.-."...' See TAX A9



Proposed energy plant in Gulf County brings scrutiny


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Barely a month after it an-
nounced intentions on building
a biomass energy facility in
Gulf County, a Georgia com-
pany faces several obstacles
before it breaks ground at the
former Material Transfer In-
dustries (MTI) parcel on the
Intracoastal Canal.
There is permitting, finand-


ing for starters, not unsub-
stantial hurdles to build a
$200 million plant.
And there has also been
since the announcement of its
move to Gulf County, a strong
push back from skeptics op-
posed to the plant's construc-
tion, be it in Tallahassee,
Gainesville, Liberty County
or Gulf County.

See PLANT A8


THE CITY/COUNTY HAVE SCHEDULED TWO PUBLIC
INFORMATION MEETINGS CONCERNING THE NWFREC.
The first meeting is at 6 p.m. ET on Aug 1 2 at the Board of County Commissioners meeting room
The second is scheduled for Aug. 26 at a time and place to be announced.
There will be panel of experts from the DEP, the U S. Department of Education and USDA as well
as medical experts.
The economic and environmental impacts will be discussed and there will be a video from city
officials from Burlington, VT,
Information on the meeting will be sent out in city water bills this month. Information is also
available on the city's Web site.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009


CRIT CAL MONTHS AHEAD FOR PORT AUTHORITY


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor

The members of the Port
Authority have July 29 and
Sept. 15 circled on their cal-
endars. The first date rolls
into the second.
On July 29 representa-
tives of the Port St. Joe Port
Authority will meet in Tal-
lahassee with Florida De-
partment of Environmental
Protection Michael Sole to
discuss potential acquisition,
through a swap, of state sub-
merged lands adjacent to the
bay side parcel the Port Au-
thority has leased from The
St. Joe Company.
The middle of September,
in turn, is the deadline for sub-
mission of an application for a
federal TIGER grant, part of
the American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act (ARRA),
which could bring $30 million
to bear on creation of a deep-
water port in Gulf County.
The grant does not re-
quire a match and the alpli-
cation is nearly a narrative
of history, the present and
the future hopes for a port in
Gulf County.
"We have a unique and
exciting story to tell," said
Allen Cox, chairman of the
Port Authority. "This is really
exciting.
"This is our one best shot
to come up with this kind of
money at one time."
Part of that story, Cox
said, is the regional impact
an operational Port of Port
St. Joe could have.
"Our opportunity is far
greater than just our coun-
ty," Cox said. "(The Florida
Department of Transporta-
tion) looks at us as a regional
asset. Our impact is poten-
tially far greater than we've
appreciated.
"This window of August
(to prepare the TIGER ap-
plications) will be very im-
portant. This is our chance.
This is the best unexpected
opportunity to get $30 million
with no debt, no match."


The applications will be
reviewed and grants award-
ed by a committee that in-
cludes the vice president in
January or February of next
year.
There is a pool of $1.5
billion the Port Authority
will be seeking to dip its toe
into and the TIGER grant
program specifically identi-
fies ports as an item to be
funded, said port executive
director Tommy Pitts.
"We are going at it as
if we will receive some of
these funds," Pitts said.
The Port of Port St. Joe
would use the funds for bulk-
head construction, dredging
and minimal uplands im-
provements, Pitts said.
On a separate note, Rep.


Allen Boyd (D-North Flor-
ida) announced last week
that he had secured a feder-
al appropriation of $500,000
for dredging of the federal
shipping channel.
The date nextweekis tied
to the Sept. 15 deadline as to
secure any TIGER grant it
will be crucial for the Port of
Port St. Joe to have access
to the federally-subscribed
shipping channel as a way
of expanding the port's ca-
pabilities.
That would be accom-
plished by acquiring roughly
23 acres of state submerged
land immediately west of the
so-called Parcel A, the north
end of the old paper mill site,
which the Port Authority
has leased for the next five


decades to facilitate a bulk-
head extending beyond the
current mill site bulkhead.
That would bring the
bulkhead less than 1,500
hundred feet of the shipping
channel and provide a turn-
ing area and docking space
to accommodate as many
as three ocean-going ves-
sels, cargo and the like, at
a time, the Port Authority's
ultimate goal.
The key to securing state
approval of securing the
submerged lands rests with
The St. Joe Company, which
has offered to provide some
area submerged lands the
company owns, including
lands near the St. Joseph
Bay Buffer Preserve, in a
swap for the state land.


"Our opportunity is far greater
than just our county. (The Florida
Department of Transportation)
looks at us as a regional asset. Our
impact is potentiallyfar greater
than we've appreciated."

Allen Cox
chairman of the Port Authority


The Port Authority would
also need approval from the
DEP and the Florida Cabi-
net for the land swap.
"It is extremely impor-
tant to get DEP approval
for the footprint we are
seeking" with the expan-
sion from the old mill site
bulkhead, Pitts said, add-
ing that the Port Author-
ity could have the proper
permitting in hand by the
time the TIGER grants are
awarded.
He said discussions with
the representatives from
the Genessee & Wyoming
Railroad indicate their inter-
ests in the TIGER grant pro-
gram and port expansion.
"They do want a close re-
lationship, they see the port
as the primary driver of rail
traffic in the county," Pitts
said.
Farther, should the-Port
Authority secure the state
submerged lands, it would
be able to use the fill from
the dredging of Parcel B
- on the east side of the
Tapper Bridge from the mill
site, along the Intracoastal
Waterway to complete a
significant portion of the fill-
ing in of the acreage for con-
struction of a bulkhead.
"We are confident we are
going to use that footprint
for the port," Pitts said.
. Permitting of Parcel A,
the old mill site, is ongoing
and the application for a fi-
nal permit will be submitted
in October.
The bulkhead at Parcel


B, with the wrap needed for
barge traffic, is nearly com-
plete. There are still some
areas to bolster, but overall
the work is almost done,
Pitts said.
The FDOT has also come
forward with a pair of grants
to facilitate the growth of the
port around Parcel B.
A $420,000 grant will
provide funding for a badly-
needed paved access road
to accommodate truck traf-
fic and a $912,000 grant will
assess rail access and the
best approach to facilitate a
rail line into the port.
Both grants fall under the
umbrella of improvements
to the parcel's uplands,
which is ongoing.
"These are 100 percent
dollars, no match required,"
Pitts said.
The rail line analysis
would examine options,
costs and time frames,
among other aspects.
Since the dismantling
of Arizona Chemical began
on Tuesday, that could pro-
vide a pathway. Possibly, the
city of Port St. Joe's future
move to reduce the current
wastewater sprayfields for
sprayfields in another loca-
tion also provides a potential
pathway.
Amidst all this activity,
the port continues to field
calls from customers. Mon-
day's regular meeting was
recessed for a period of time
as Port Authority members
held conference calls with
.prospective clients.


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School Board sets tentative budget


By Tim Croft
Star News lEditor
Voters and state law-
makers pretty much
set the budget and mill-
age rate set by the Gulf
County School Board for
advertisement.
By setting the millage
rate for advertising on
Monday, the board can
not raise the rate, but can
lower it before the 2009-
2010 budget tentative
budget is approved next
week.
The budget and mill-
age rate reflect a one-mill
additional levy approved
by voters this past March
and a change in the way
the education budget is
crafted, as nearly all of it
is, in Tallahassee.
The district's budget
will increase by roughly
$1.5 million, less than
the additional mill, which
would represent $1.97
million this year, provides
the district.
The board also ad-
hered to pledges made
during the campaign for
the additional one-mill
levy.
Capital outlay dollars,.
the lone component of the
overall budget over which
the board has actual sway
outside the additional mill
levy, was cut in half, from


.600 mills to .300 mills.
Given the drop in
property values that 50
percent slice in capital
outlay millage is more ex-
pensive for the district by
about $200,000.
School budgets are
crafted differently from
county or municipal bud-
gets in part because of a
difference in how home-
stead exemptions are
treated, so where the
county lost 24.1 of its tax
base, the decline was 12
percent for the school
district.
Further, the board has
retired the half-cent sales
tax for improvements to
Port St. Joe Elementary
School, which has been
paid by taxpayers for
more than a decade, so as
of January 1 that will tax
will off the books.
The board and Super-
intendent of Schools Tim
Wilder collectively cut
their salaries by 20 per-
cent in February through
the rest of the current fis-
cal year, and board mem-
ber Linda Wood ensured
with the district's chief
financial officer Sissy
Worley that the option
remained open for board
members on an individu-
al basis.
The tentative millage
rate and budget adopted


"h1w. re/frenlu. m nl lr iL' fed fur
years ... to hold u steady.
Even witi the stabilization dollars,
f the referendum had not
passed, we would not have those
(40-50) positions."

Tim Wilder
Superintendent of Schools


Monday includes an in-
crease in the millage rate
of more than the one mill
additional levy approved
by voters. Taxpayers can
look to Tallahassee and
declining property values
for deciphering that.
The required local ef-
fort portion of the bud-
get, that required of local
taxpayers to secure any
state funding, declined
slightly in dollars -
local taxpayers are now
picking up seven of every
10 cents instead of eight,
in effect but declining
taxable property values
in the county pushed the
millage rate up.
In addition, compres-
sion funding, the state's


term for placing both
discretionary operat-
ing categories of funding
from previous years into
a single category with a
cap on what a district can
bring in, also pushed the
millage component for
discretionary operating
expenses higher
The overall millage
rate, in turn, rose from
4.876 last year to 6.648
this year, with one mill
of that increase voter ap-
proved for the next four
years in March.
That millage rate is
more than 3.3 mills lower
than the school district
could be asking, Worley
noted.
The board is autho-


rized by state law to levy
up to 1.5 mills in capital
outlay dollars, it could
have approved a quar-
ter-mill for operating
expenses as authorized
this year by the Florida
Legislature and by super-
majority vote of the board
approved up to a total of
10 mills, or another 1.8995
mills.
The budget also re-
flects a reserve balance
of at least 3 percent of the
budget, as currently re-
quired of school districts
at threat of additional
state oversight into the fi-
nancial operations of the
district.
"We have tried to
keep the millage rate as
low as possible," Worley
said. "Maybe (the millage
rate) doesn't look good,
but (the board) has done
everything (they have)
promised."
Worley added that
without the referendum
passage, "40-50," posi-
tions would have already
needed to be cut from the
budget and that the board
has been provided options
by the Florida Legisla-
ture to bring in additional
operating funds without
going to voters, but the
board chose to put the
matter to the voters.
"The overall millage


rate went up but through
no fault of this board,"
said board member Billy
Quinn, Jr.
The district also re-
ceived at least two
rounds of stabilization
funds from the state and
through federal stimu-
lus dollars -about $1.2
million in federal funds
- but Wilder emphasized
the difference between
those dollars and the one-
mill referendum.
Those stabilization
dollars, aimed at doing
just that, stabilizing local
school budgets teetering
due to state budget short-
falls, will last just two
years. The referendum
will provide dollars for
four years. That two year
difference is critical for
long-term planning and
maintaining sufficient
manpower.
"The referendum pro-
vided four years ... to hold
us steady," Wilder noted.
"Even with the stabiliza-
tion dollars, if the refer-
endum had not passed,
we would not have those
(40-50) positions."
The Gulf County
School Board will hold a
public hearing on the ten-
tative budget at 5:30 p.m.
ET this coming Tuesday
at the district offices in
Port St. Joe.


MAKEOVER from page Al


from Michigan, Orlando,
Georgia Alabama, Mis-
souri and Texas have per-
formed a variety of tasks.
They have painted hous-
es, constructed wheelchair
ramps and outdoor sheds,
mended fences, cleaned
yards, sealed decks and
generally done whatever
was asked of them.
Long Avenue Baptist
Church is hosting the
campers during their stay
'in town, and the Christian
-Gormrunity Development
,iind ,CCDF' has assigned
them a list of rehabilitation
projects.,
A non-profit organiza-
tion, the CCDF partners
with Gulf County churches
to improve the homes of
low-income, elderly and
handicapped residents.


CCDF director has
welcomed the help of the
TEAMeffort campers in
expanding the organiza-
tion's outreach.
"The people I know
that need help but we (the
CCDF) can't get to, I save
for the kids to do," said
Sealey.
"It's a lot of work at
first, but when they're
gone, they've completed a
lot of stuff."
Fields, who works with
.Sealey at the CCDF, select-
'ed the corner store for its
"historic" quality.
A trailer, located at 2076
Trout Avenue in Highland
View also received some
attention on Monday, cour-
tesy of a delegation from
Grace Community Church
in Mount Vernon, Mo.


"We've been talking
about missions and get-
ting active and giving back
to our communities," said
Grace's youth director
Steve Hicks, who hoped
to give his charges some
needed perspective.
"I think most people in
the heart of America don't
realize how good they have
it. We're trying to encour-
age developing a servant's
heart and being the hands
and feet iof Christ."
Liz Glaser and Sarah
Elliott busily primed the
trailer's exterior, which
will soon feature a new
blue and tan paint job.
The teens said they en-
joyed meeting the trailer's
owner, Susan Clark, whom

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Keyboard KLATTERINGS



Heal thyself

I have never been one riding it for all its worth if it
to be too introspective will make the community
about my age, but when better.
your daughter turns 30, do One cannot consider
the bones ache. the work of those on
Somehow when I the board of groups as
celebrated a birthday disparate as the Christian
recently I felt no difference, Community Development
but the closer to Fund and the
July 28 it gets, the Langston Youth
walk is a little less Scholarship
lithe not that : Foundation or the
I was ever going county's many
on "Dancing with civic organizations
the Stars" anyway A and not get a
- and the hair -sense that these
looks a little less TIM CROFT are folks generally
lush and much Star news editor volunteering their
more gray. time and effort
Even after to see things
being prematurely gray happen at all levels of the
- this might be traced community.
to the daughter if one So we need to be the
ponders it enough in my ones who lead the charge
early 30s. to provide a little jump to
But 30 is also a good the local economy.
number for the month of On next Thursday, July
July. 30, plan to get a haircut
Not long ago I received or a spa treatment, visit
an e-mail that offered a restaurant or pick
a solution out of the up something at the
economic mess others convenience store.
have made for us to clean Browse the shops along
up. Reid Avenue in Port St.
They, paraphrasing, Joe and Highway 71 in
suggested that instead Wewahitchka with $30 in
of bailing out the banks, your hand to burn, and
everyone should get given the choices there is
$1 million dollars. sure to be something to
That money had to be tickle the fancy.
used to bring up to date or Shop at the local
even pay off any delinquent grocery store, or maybe
mortgage, providing an it is time for a new fishing
influx of cash to the banks pole. Maybe there is
and lending institutions, something at the local
And all those receiving pawn shops that might be
the bailout would have to worth the money, but most
buy a new vehicle made in of all let us all make it a
the U.SA., and that would point to inject $30 apiece
bail out the auto industry. into the local economy next
Sounded too simple and Thursday, July 30.
too much like common No, it will not be a make-
sense, so there is no or-break for most of the
chance of it happening, but businesses, but consider it
I am reminded of it by an this way, by the numbers.
initiative we have taken There are roughly
across Northwest Florida 14,000 people in the county,
where Florida Freedom and let's subtract the 2,100
newspapers are read. or so students who attend
On July 30, visit a local schools in the county.
business and spend $30. That leaves roughly
There is a constant 11,900 people, and if they
refrain heard in the county spend $30 apiece next
about buying local, how Thursday at local stores,
buying local supports the they will have helped inject
small businesses that nearly $360,000 into the
attempt to survive in a local economy.
small town and a harsh Of course, this equation
economy. does not factor those
There is no sense who are housebound or
looking to government; on assistance or a fixed
geesh, elected officials income, but still, those
have their own problems, numbers are pretty
sort of like kleptomaniacs, substantial.
of taking other people's Will they solve the woes
money and spending it of local small businesses?
pell-mell without a sense Assuredly not.
of how it might impact the But will it help put
community. people in the mind-set that
There is nothing like we all have a substantial
somebody else's Gold Card stake in the solution to our
to lessen the spending current economic woes?
inhibitions of some of even And that we all have it
the best of us. within our power, for one
And there should be, day, to make a difference?
and usually is, in all of Yes.
us a sense of personal Thirty dollars on the
responsibility, of taking 30th there is a certain
the bull by the horns and ring to it.


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Our VIEW




Governmental detente


The little waltz commissioners
from the county and the city of
Port St. Joe are dancing right now
just to set up a joint workshop to
work through issues is enough to
understand the system is broken in
Gulf County.
The city has been soliciting
a sit-down for a week or so now,
hoping to resolve any ill feelings
or "misunderstandings" that have
taken place in recent months.
These have manifested
themselves in lengthy discussions
about the paying out of road bond
money, of openly discussed distrust
and nasty exchanges during public
meetings that have demonstrated
a level of diplomacy that would be
fiore apt for Mr. Magoo.
The two commissions are trying
to set a convenient date, sort of like
looking through the Daytimer for
the next available lunch date, and
are hoping a little face-to-face time
will help.
The idea is a good one, a
constructive one for both entities.
But only if certain items are open
for discussion around the table.
One is the Downtown
Redevelopment Agency, or as
it is now called, the Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency.
Somehow this was an OK idea
back 14 or 15 years ago, and the
county signed off on it, and at
least two members of the current
commission were sitting on the
board, so get over it.
It might be an affront now to
have to rob from your fiefdom to
support an economic development
agency that actually seems to
be attempting to accomplish
something in Port St. Joe, but the
Board of County Commissioners is
statutorily bound to pay the money
annually.
That the agency allowed a
decade or so to go by before actually
collecting the money is beside the


point. What the executive director is
paid is beside the point. As they say,
quit the whining and suck it up.
Another item would be the road
bond dollars.
These are intended for the use
of all, county and municipalities, in
Gulf County.
That there have been mistakes
made in some of the invoicing and
other paperwork from the city,
maybe there is no question about
that. But everybody is entitled to a
mistake; a wayward match does not
have to burn down the house.
More to the point, though, this
road bond money, debt service
associated with the road bond
dollars which will now have the
county road department being
funded primarily by ad valorem
dollars, has become a divisive issue
between county and city.
There has been far too much hot
air and taxpayer money expended
on what amounts to a sandbox fight
over whose toy the dollars from the
road bond are.
Such discussions, better labeled
diatribes, are also a waste of time
and a distraction from the more
important business of the day, that
is, ensuring the proper expenditure
for the taxpayer's dollar.
For example, noticing, as the city
did, that a mark-up, or essentially
handler's fee, on just one piece
of the U.S. 98/First Street/Marina
Drive intersection project, from
contractor GAC was more than 33
percent, or roughly three times
what is typical for such work.
Such incidents are part of the
underlying trouble with spending in
this county.
If commissioners spent half the
energy corralling their spending
as they do bashing each other and
everybody in the bull's eye, county
taxpayers would be a little less light
in the wallet these days.
Finally, though, there has to be


reality injected into the agreement
over WindMark Beach Phase II.
This was a lose-lose from the
outset, the county and city pitted
against each other by The St. Joe
Company, an agreement essentially
brokei-ed by two commissioners.
And that agreement included
a ransom's list of wants from the
county, to which the city agreed,
seeing sugar plum tax dollars
raining from the sky.
A drive by WindMark Beach will
show the sugar plum drought has
hit St. Joe just as it has so many
Realtors and developers.
One day it might rain dollars
again, but right now the county
should back off from some of its
desires until the economy is a little
better and Gulf County is a little
closer to out of the woods.
There has to be some flexibility
regarding infrastructure projects,
and if that means some property
owners need to have money
returned, the price to remain the
same another day, so be it.
Most important, though, that
interlocal agreement, and yes,
the county and city share equal
responsibility, has led to too much
of the ugliness that has gone on
between the city and county in
recent years and months.
That agreement has been a
thorn in the side for both parties,
and it has been so because it is a
black-and-white demonstration of
- what single-member districts have
wrought.
This interlocal agreement is
the reflection of five minds at
the county level operating in five
different directions what is good
for my district? Not the county,
necessarily, but my district.
D6tente isn't needed nearly as
much as countywide voting.
And fat chance that ends up on
the table when the two commissions
meet.


Sweating with the oldies ...


They tore our
high school down.
Now, that will frost
your wheat cakes!
Most of us were
out of town when it
happened. I have
no idea who makes
those kinds of KE!
decisions. I'm sure COL
it had something Hunke
to do with growth,
progress and
asbestos-free ceiling tile.
I don't believe anyone in
our class got a vote in the
deal.
I do wonder if they
found the spit balls left
over from Latin class
when they razed the
place. Bobby Brewer
would wet those things
up 'so much they would
stick to the walls! He'd
hit anything or anybody
as soon as Miss Bouldin
turned her back. We had
umbrellas and galoshes!
LaRenda Bradfield and
Ruth Ann Wiley would
get so mad ... but they
wouldn't turn us in. I don't
know how much "ero, eris,
eritis" we learned, but we
all stuck together!
I wonder what they
thought when they
discovered the couch
down in the boiler room.
Buddy "found" it back
stage in the auditorium
after a senior class play.
We were sophomores best
I remember. We didn't
need someone else's
couch and, of course, the
boiler room was off limits.
It certainly made no sense
... which is why it was
perfect! We like to broke
our necks lugging that
thing down those steep,
narrow steps. One look
around that basement and
you realized why we had
those fire drills so often!
We had no inkling back
in 1959 when we entered
the three-story edifice at
the corner of Woodward
and Bailey as "lowly"
seventh-graders. The


high school had
enough room back
then for everyone.
We were young
and green and
anxious. Graylene
Lemonds thought
changing classes
LEY would be the end
BERT of us all. I was
r Down a little scared
myself, but Larry
Blackburn had
made it ... and that gave
us hope.
The place was 80
years past ancient
when we moved in. The
wooden floors creaked.
The roof leaked. A few
of the bathroom fixtures
worked. The PA system
had a built-in warble. I
never had a locker that
actually closed. The pipes
groaned. And, worst of all,
it had no air conditioning.
You'd never think a place
like that could grow on
you.
It marked so many
beginnings and one or two
endings. Of course, we
had no way of knowing it
at the time.
Miss Velna Gray
Paschall would pass out
those Weekly Readers
and we'd "catch up" on
the new Aswan Dam
being built on the Nile. We
learned that rice, wheat,
barley and oats were
the staple crops of every
nation on earth! We read
Charles Dickens' "Great
Expectation" and decided
no one would name their
son Pip. I got my first-
ever school whipping. I
wouldn't dance with Pat
Stone (or anyone else) in
PE class.
Most of our hardest
studying was done leaning
up against those metal
rails lining the entrance
on the parking lot side
of the school. Me and
Ricky, Squeaky, Yogi and
John Ingram figured
relentlessly on how to
make all A's, be the hero


in every sport and date all
the pretty ninth- and 10th-
graders. Naturally, we
expected this to happen
without having to study,
practice or beg. Pretty
ambitious plans for junior-
high guys!
By our ninth-grade
year we were old hands
in the old school. We
walked down the front hall
without even a glance at
the glass trophy case or
the giant pictures with all
the graduating classes
adorning the walls.
We were accustomed
to the sounds echoing
down the corridors
and the particular
smell that permeated
the auditorium. We
congregated between
periods on the wide stairs
leading to the second and
third floors and caught
up on the latest school
gossip.
We looked up to and
tried to emulate the guys
ahead of us. We wanted
to run the football like
Bob Cassidy. I patterned
my jump shot after Mike
Ferigno. I appreciate to
this day the time Wesley
Beal, Deake Bradley,
Joe Wilkerson and a host
of other "older" guys
took with me. We paid
attention to how they
managed school, athletics,
dating.... And we leaned
against those metal guard
rails and figured how to
cut world history.
Charlotte Melton liked
me one day ... and was
mad at me the next. Go
figure! Jimmy Carter's
mom taught math. We
were always after him to
get a copy of the test for'
us. Science class was in
a separate building. No
school officials were going
to turn Pam'Collins loose
with a Bunsen burner
in that old fire trap! We
marveled that the lunch
room inevitably served
"some type of greens" the
I.


day after Mr. Gallimore
mowed the grass.
We grew into
sophomores, juniors
and seniors. Alice
Reynolds was so quiet.
Hollis Mayo would say
anything. Squeaky used
to sneak down the fire
escape and bring back
doughnuts. In biology,
me and Bobby Jackson
accidentally cut the
leg off of Mr. Paschall's
favorite frog. I've never
seen a man so mad! We
sat through good, bad and
ugly assembly programs.
Miss Polly liked that Bill
Shakespeare fellow a lot
better than most of us did.
We played endless games
of matchbox football in
study hall up on the third
floor. We were in Mr. Arlie
"Chuck" Berry's class
when we glanced out the
window and saw a grown-
up from town duking it out
with one of the students!
And many of us were in
that third floor study hall
in November of 1963 when
Mr. Smith came on-the
loud speaker and shocked
us with the news about
President Kennedy.
Coach Givens got me
out of English one day
and led me down to the
basement. He was a little
concerned about the
direction of the basketball
team and, as a senior, he
wanted some input from
me. We sat on Buddy's
couch! I couldn't hardly
speak. I kept waiting for
him to "wonder" what a
couch was doing next to
the boiler!
High school went faster
than any of us imagined.
And it was better than
most of us let on. The
old building held on for
another 10 years' after it
got us safely through. I'm
so thankful for it.
And they can't tear
down the memories ...
Respectfully,
Kes


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A5 I The Star Letters


Thursday, July 23, 2009


A modest proposal
Dear Editor:
Reading the news from Port St Joe,
as reported in your paper as well as
others, about the so-called biomass plant
proposed for that area and which will, it is
claimed, turn waste wood into electricity
along with the news about the crumbling
homes in your fair city that have been
built on lots underlain with waste wood
and for which the owners seem not to
have recourse; a modest proposal. (with
apologies to Jonathan Swift)
I propose that when the plant is built,
let the owners of the plant, a company
known as BG&E, or whoever procures
the stuff the plant will burn, buy these
crumbling homes and burn the waste
wood that lies beneath them. The houses
themselves would fit the maw of the plant
according to its proponents. Just about
anything that will burn is fodder for the
plant under the permit being sought from
the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection.
As in Swift's essay there would be
many more benefits to such a proposal
than at first meets the eye. Swift's
proposal would have not only rid the
nation of unwanted children; it would
have opened up related benefits such as a
burgeoning glove industry and freed the
overwhelmed mothers for entry into the
work force.
In my proposal, among other benefits,
there would be a gaping hole into which


the solid pollutants generated by the
biomass burning could be buried. My
proposal, unfortunately, offers no help
for handling the pollutants released
into the air, air nowadays free of the
mill pollutants and soon to be freed of
the Arizona Chemical plant airborne
pollution.
Further, some of the citizens displaced
might move away (my guess is that they
are not very influential anyway), and the
ones remaining could be the buyers of
new homes in other parts of Port St Joe,
thereby helping the local economy.
With, as is often said, all due respect, I
am, sincerely,
Bob Fulford
Tallahassee

Biomass plant a risk
Dear Editor,
I am a Tallahassee physician who
helped oppose the biomass plant here.
The proposed biomass plant in PSJ
poses a health risk. I am told that the
local chapter of the American Lung
Association does not have the resources
to investigate the health impacts of
locally proposed plants. Also, you may
want to verify your county's current
level of air pollution (available through
American Lung Association's State of
the Air Report 2009) and you will find
out that you don't have good air quality.
Bay County received an F in ozone
pollution. The proposed biomass plant
will worsen your air quality and likely


cause more heart attacks, ast
attacks, strokes, cancer and i
mortality and will likely short
spans. Air pollution is a risk f
breast cancer in women, and
American infants are more lil
from air pollution impacts tha
kids. The bottom line is that e
at risk from air pollution.
Regards,



Author misguide
Dear Editor,
This letter is in response t
letter published in June titled
the biomass incinerator." As
resident of Gulf County I am o
by the views expressed by th(
Mr. Bunn. He as a new memb
great community obviously do
care that this town was built
has thrived due to these so-c;
industries, and that we had to
wood stacked near our bay fo
without the environmental di
he warns us about in his lette
kind of industry has allowed t
of this area to have a thriving
class, which has in return sul
and allowed many other busi]
thrive here as well. We can't a
on tables and bag this gentler
groceries. We need the jobs t]
will bring to our community. ]


thma don't bring more jobs to this county,
infant our towns that we all love so much will
en life slowly die as our young people have
actor for to leave in order to find work. This
African- same gentleman has publicly stated
kely to die his pleasure that Arizona Chemical is
an white closing. I am a former employee, and
everyone is my father has worked there for 42 years,
and to my family and to our community
as a whole, this is a very sad event. This
Ron Saff, MD area cannot afford to lbse these 75 good
Tallahassee high-paying jobs with good benefits
without bringing in something to take
their place. When the paper mill closed,
d we had the building boom to employ
our displaced workers, but now that is
o the gone, and we are already in economic
I "Stop distress. One thing this gentleman
a lifetime fails to realize is that without bringing
outraged in more industries, his taxes will go
e author, up, and how long before Sacred Heart
)er of our starts doing the math on how many
doesn't residents of the area have insurance
on and versus the indigent care needs they
called dirty will be required to fill. It doesn't take
ons of a genius to see that without these jobs
r decades and many more being created, the
saster that numbers are not in their favor.
r. This In closing I want to stress that we.
;he people need these jobs and any more that we can
middle bring to Gulf County. If the author doesn't
sported want to live by this kind of industry, there
nesses to is a quick and easy way to remedy that
all wait situation.
man's Thank you.
his plant Cecil Lyons III
If we Port St. Joe


Five ways to increase brainpower


By Sondra Kornblatt
If you can't remember where
you left your keys or the name
of a new colleague, it's probably
not stupidity or dementia. More
likely, your brain has gotten
caught in ruts and information
overload. But you can help your
brain learn and remember.
Create new connections big or
small and your brain becomes
more active and stays flexible.
Even the brains of older people
can grow new neurons. Here are
five ways to create new neural
pathways and to help your brain
stay plastic:
1. Laugh. It's good for your
brain! Humor works in the
whole brain, and quickly. Less
than a half second after you
hear or see something funny, an
electrical wave moves through
the higher brain functions of
the cerebral cortex: The left
hemisphere analyzes the joke's
words and structure; the right
hemisphere interprets the
meaning. Meanwhile, the visual
sensory area of the occipital
lobe creates images; the limbic
(emotional system) makes you
happier; andthe motor sections
make you smile or laugh.
In short, laughter improves
alertness, creativity and memory.
Those who study the new field
of gelotology, which explores
the benefits of laughter, have
found that laughter lowers blood
.pressure, increases vascular
blood flow and oxygenation of
the blood, provides a workout
to the diaphragm and various
other muscles, reduces certain
stress hormones, increases
disease- and tumor-killing cells,
and defends against respiratory
infections. Help your brain by
smiling, reading a few comics
or faking a chuckle or two. It's
infectious.
.2. Exercise. Movement helps
you think. The brain's cognitive
and movement functions work
side by side, sharing the same
automatic process. When you


solve a problem, you imagine
moving through the steps.
Exercise also stimulates the
production of brain chemicals
such as BDNF (brain-derived
neurotrophic factor), which
encourages growth of new nerve
connections. If you already
exercise, great keep going. If
you resist exercising, then add
variety to reengage yourself. If
you don't exercise at all, then it's
time to begin. Park two blocks
from the store or the office, and
walk the distance. Take the stairs
rather than the elevator. The
invigoration and joy of movement
will build over time. Here are
other suggestions: Schedule a
walk with a friend, join a gym,
and mark out your exercise time
on a calendar as a reminder of
your commitment.
3. Balance light and darkness.
Changes in light can affect the
brain, even if you're not aware
of it. For example, the lack of
sufficient brightness in the winter
can lead to seasonal affective
disorder, otherwise known as
the blues. When we move the
clocks from Daylight Savings to
Standard Time, there are more
accidents on the road. We need
light. The brain uses it to enhance
alertness. Even ambient light
positively influences hormone
release and heart rate. We also
need darkness to synchronize
our body clock Indoor lights,
computers, street lamps and
television sets can create too
much brightness at night. To
restore the balance between
light and dark, go outside in the
morning for a walk in the daylight,
use light boxes in the winter,
turn off or dim the television and
computer, darken the rooms of
your house at dusk, and wear a
good eyeshade when you sleep.
4. Learn. New skills help you
do more than just say merci in
French. Learning strengthens
the whole brain. Start by
simply trying new things: Visit
a new place, learn a song, and
rearrange the furniture they


all stimulate your neurons. Or
do normal things in odd ways,
such as brushing your teeth with
your non-dominant hand, taking
a new route home or sleeping on
the wrong side of the bed. At first
you might feel a little awkward
or silly, but then you will begin
to enjoy the challenge. Learn
something new like quilting or
bridge, or take a community
class in engine repair or gourmet
cooking. You can also try a new
or harder Sudoku or a crossword
puzzle. As a reward, you'll come
away with new skills and possibly
give your brain a better charice
against Alzheimer's.
5. Create. For years, scientists
believed the right side of the
brain was responsible for
creativity. However, recent
functional brain scans show
that the whole brain engages in
creative thinking. You can stoke
your creativity by getting bored
(reducing time spent watching
TV and movies, turning off the
computer and video games, or
not reading). Your brain will
turn to itself for inspiration. You
can alqo build time for creative
experience: Try a new craft, put a
sketch pad on your desk, or make
a date to spend a half hour each
week writing, painting, knitting
or building a bird house. Pump
the creative well, and you'll
inspire yourself while building
new neural connections.
Remember, your brain is
flexible and alive regardless
of your age and no matter
how many keys or words
you misplace. By reducing
stimulation and making little
changes, you'll appreciate your
wonderful brain. Start big or
small, and you'll find your brain
coming back to life.
Sondra Kornblatt is the
author of 'A Better Brain at
Any Age: The Holistic Way
to Improve Your Memory,
Reduce Stress, and Sharpet
Your Wits" (Conari Press,
December 2008). Learn more at
ww.redwheelweiser.com.


Ruling is 'milestone'



in water dispute


TALLAHASSEE Gov. Charlie
Crist and Florida Department
of Environmental Protection
Secretary Michael W. Sole are
delighted and satisfied with
Federal Court Judge Paul
Magnuson's decision in ongo-
ing litigation over the waters
of the Apalachicola-Chatta-
hoochee-Flint (ACF) River
Basin.
In the decision, U.S. Dis-
trict Court Judge Paul A.
Magnuson ruled that Con-
gress needs to approve use of
the water from Lake Lanier
for water supply which cur-
rently amounts to nearly one
quarter of the conservation
storage. In addition, Magnu-
son ordered that all water
withdrawals be frozen at cur-
rent levels for the next three
years until Congressional au-
thorization is given or some
other resolution is reached.
If Congress does not approve
a reallocation within that pe-
riod, then water withdrawals
from Lake Lanier will revert
to "baseline" operation of the
mid-1970s.
"(The) ruling is a monu-
mental milestone in the 18-
year battle between Florida,
Alabama and Georgia over
the waters of the ACF basin,
underscoring the importance
of the Apalachicola's environ-
ment and economy," Crist
said. "The Judge's decision
allows the governors to come
together to reach an agree-
ment outside of the court sys-
tem. I look forward to work-
ing with Governors Riley and
Perdue to find a solution that
will be beneficial for all of our
states.'
Florida has long main-


tained that the United States
Army Corps of Engineers and
Georgia cannot allocate the
water within Lake Lanier for
water supply purposes with-
out Congressional approval.
Judge Magnuson's ruling
reaffirms that position. In ad-
dition, through the litigation,
Florida has sought protection
for the Apalachicola ecosys-
tem and the federally threat-
ened and endangered species
within the bay and the entire
system.
"The Apalachicola River
and Bay are one of the most
productive and diverse es-
tuarine systems on the Gulf
of Mexico coast," Secretary
Sole said. "The Army Corps
of Engineers' operation of the
system has been harmful and
detrimental to the ecosystem.
It is my hope through this rul-
ing the states can come to a
solution that protects the im-
portant natural resources of
the region."
Florida, Georgia, Alabama
and the United States Army
Corps of Engineers have been
engaged in litigation over
sharing the waters within the
basin of the ACF rivers for
nearly two decades. The dis-
putes have focused primar-
ily on the Corps' operation of
its four Chattahoochee River
.dams.
The largest is Buford Dam,
which forms Lake Lanier lo-
cated north of Atlanta.
"Florida has always been
ready to negotiate, in good
faith, a fair equitable sharing
of the waters in the basin,"
Crist said. "We remain com-
mitted to doing so in the fu-
ture."


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PHOTOS BY TIM CROFT I The Star
Department held a Point of Distribution exercise last week at Port St. Joe Elementary School as it prepares for the potential need for mass
of an outbreak.


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County Health Depart-
ment on Monday, accord-
ing to Kent, and prelimi-
nary tests came back pos-
itive for the H1N1 virus.
Blood was sent to the
state and Thursday morn-
-ing the state confirmed it
is H1N1.
Kent said thts far
treatment with Tami-
flu has been effective
and Raffield will continue
treatment for at least sev-
en days after symptoms
present, or until July 20.
Reportedly Raffield
was back at work and feel-
ing fine on Monday, the
Tamiflu having proved ef-
fective.
Kent said he believed
Raffield had recent con-
tact with an individual or
individuals from out of the
country.
Kent said there is no
reason to panic and that
the Health Department
will provide education
for employees of Raffield
Fisheries.
The second case in-
volves a 17-year-old Port


St. Joe boy who had been
attending an education
camp in Tallahassee., The
camp included some 500
attendees and within the
boys' group there were
several individuals sick,
Kent said, adding some
eventually ended up in
the hospital.
The boy arrived at the
health department Friday
morning and by the end
of the day the state labo-
ratory had confirmed his
illness to be caused by the
H1N1 virus.
He was also treated
with Tamiflu and is "doing
fine," Kent said.
"It seems Tamiflu is an
effective preemptor medi-
cine for this," Kent said.
On Friday, the Gulf
County Health Depart-
ment held an already-
scheduled Point of Distri-
bution exercise as prepa-
ration for the potential of
a mass outbreak of the
H1N1 virus.
Using the parking loop
in front of Port St. Joe
Elementary School, the


"I yo'u a(re sick, stay home, zf your
child is sick, keep them home."

Doug Kent

Executive director of the Gulf County Health Department


health department set up
a series of tables for "pa-
tients" to travel through,
on foot on this day but un-
der a case of mass inocu-
lations, by car:
"Patients" registered,
were asked a series of
medical questions at the
next table as part of a
screening process and
then advanced to tables
for inoculation of adults
or another table for chil-
dren.
All the health work-
ers wore face masks. and
EMS units were on hand
as well as the county's
emergency management
official, who had just re-
turned from an exercise
in Marianna in which
folks were trained on the


outcome of an incident in-
volving mass casualties.
Some 40 volunteers
lined up for the "real-life"
practice run, though the
Health Department is not
contemplating mass inoc-
ulations at this time.
"It will help us work
out the kinks in case we
do have to perform mass
inoculations," Kent said.
Kent also has a work-
shop scheduled with the
School Board the first
week of August so ev-
erybody is "on the same
page" and to receive in-
put regarding the poten-
tial use of the circular
driveways at both high
schools and both elemen-
tary schools as potential
staging areas for mass


inoculations.
Using such staging ar-
eas would prevent people
from even leaving their
car in the event of mass
inoculations.
Kent said that state
health officials had hoped
the H1N1 virus would be
"a quiet" virus and dissi-
pate as most flu viruses
do in the heat of.the sum-
mer.
What health officials
have found, however, is
that there are hot spots
emerging around the
state that seemed to be
centered in areas where
summer camps or similar
gatherings of children or
adults have taken place,
particularly in South and
Central Florida.
Kent said research
thus far also indicates
that there is a different
risk group for the H1N1.
"The risk group seems
to be young people, it
seems like it is affecting
people up to 25 years of
age," Kent said. "There
seems to some immunity


in older people because
of something from our
past," he added, saying
that 75 percent of cases
the state lab has handled
thus far involve people 25
or younger.
That could mean a
busy flu season in the fall
when schools open their
doors again.
"I think this season
people are going to have
to be very careful about
checking their symp-
toms," Kent said. "We
need to. very vigilant
about this one."
Kent emphasized that
with what appears to be
the age demographics
of those most at risk and
the contagious nature of
any flu, parents should
keep their children home
if they present symptoms
of the flu.
He also urged busi-
nesses to be more lenient
with sick leave policies.
"If you are sick, stay
home, if your child is sick,
keep them home," Kent
said.


NOTICE OF PROPOSED


TAX INCREASE





The Gulf County School Board will soon
consider a measure to increase its property tax levy.


Last year's property tax levy
A. Initially proposed tax levy............... $12,828,267
B. Less tax reductions due to Value Adjustment
Board and other assessment charges..... $ 7,332


C. Actual property tax levy .................$12,820,935
This year's proposed tax levy............ $13,780,491




A.portion of the tax levy is required under state
law in order for the school board to receive
$ 2,479,395 in state education grants. The required'
portion has decreased by 3.07 percent, and
represents approximately seven tenths of the total
proposed taxes.


The remainder of the taxes is proposed solely at
the discretion of the school board.


All concerned citizens are invited to a public
hearing on the tax increase to be held on July 28,
2009 at 5:30 p.m., at the Gulf County School Board,
150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, Florida.


A DECISION on the proposed tax increase and the
budget will be made at this hearing.


NOTICE OF TAX FOR SCHOOL

CAPITAL OUTLAY

The Gulf County School Board will soon consider a measure to im-
pose a .300 mill property tax for capital outlay projects listed herein.

This tax is in addition to the school board's proposed tax of 6.348
mills for operating expenses and is proposed solely at the discretion
of the school board.

THE PROPOSED COMBINED SCHOOL BOARD TAX
INCREASE FOR BOTH OPERATING EXPENSES AND CAPI-
TAL OUTLAY IS SHOWN IN THE ADJACENT NOTICE.

The capital outlay tax will generate approximately $590,770.00 to be
used for the following projects:

MAINTENANCE, RENOVATION, AND REPAIR
HVAC Systems
Lighting
Paving
Port St. Joe Elementary
Port St. Joe Middle School
Port St. Joe High School
Wewahitchka Elementary
Wewahitchka High School
Wewahitchka Middle School
District Office

MOTOR VEHICLE PURCHASES
Purchase of One (1) Vehicle

NEW AND REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT
School Furniture and Equipment
Data Processing Equipment and Software
Communications Equipment
Maintenance Equipment

PAYMENT OF PREMIUMS FOR PROPERTY AND CASUALTY
INSURANCE NECESSARY TO INSURE THE EDUCATIONAL
AND ANCILLARY PLANTS OF THE SCHOOL DISTRICT

All concerned citizens are invited to a public hearing to be
held on July 28, 2009 at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf County School Board
meeting room, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, Florida.

A DECISION on the proposed CAPITAL OUTLAY TAXES will be
made at this hearing.






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PROPOSED MILLAGE LEVIES SUBJECT TO 10-MILL CAP:
Required Local Effort 4.6000 Basic Discretionary Operating
Additional Discretionary
Basic Discretionary Capital Outlay 0.3000 (Statutory, Voted)


0.7480

1.0000


TOTAL MILLAGE:


CAPITAL TOTAL ALL
ESTIMATED REVENUES: GENERAL FUND SPECIAL REVENUE DEBT SERVICE PROJECTS FUNDS
Federal Sources 50,000.00 2,977,666.83 3,027,666.83
State Sources 3,019,656.00 9,200.00 70,500.00 86,642.00 3,185,998.00
Local Sources 12,786,789.00 376,750.00 799,300.00 13,962,839.00
TOTAL SOURCES 15,856,445.00 3,363,616.83 70,500.00 885,942.00 20,176,503.83
Transfers In 421,367.00 75,000.00 ___496,367.00
Fund Balance (July 1, 2009) 659,298.19 17,485.28 22,483.54 3,281,943.36 3,981,210.37
TOTAL REVENUES & BALANCES 16,937,110.19 3,456,102.11 92,983.54 4,167,885.36 24,654,081.20

EXPENDITURES
Instruction 8,816,071.24 1,877,731.83 10,693,803.07
Pupil Personnel Service 686,099.39 188,220.00 874,319.39
Instruction Media Service 232,521.00 232,521.00
Instructional-& Curriculum 158,777.26 110,400.00 269,177.26
Instructional Staff Training 266,268.00 219,195.00 485,463.00
Instruction Related Technology 68,631.00 68,631.00
Board of Education 175,575.00 175,575.00
General Administration 628,070.00 82,570.00 710,640.00
School Administration 1,113,986.02 1,113,986.02
Facilities Acquisition & Construction 0.00 3,677,653.11 3,677,653.11
Fiscal Service 272,093.19 272,093.19
Food Service 0.00 880,747.00 880,747.00
Central Service 172,926.00 172,926.00
Pupil Transportation Service 954,982.71 76,523.00 1,031,505.71
Operation of Plant 1,836,874.00 1,836,874.00
Maintenance of Plant 621,109.00 621,109.00
Administrative Technology Services 87,233.00 87,233.00
Community Service 0.00 0.00
Debt Services 0.00 75,562.00 75,562.00
TOTAL EXPENDITURES 16,091,216.81 3,435,386.83 75,562.00 3,677,653.11 23,279,818.75
Transfers Out 75,000.00 421,367.00 421,367.00
Fund Balance (June 30, 2010) 770,893.38 20,715.28 17,421.54 68,865.25 .877,895.45
Total Expenditures, Transfers & Balances 16,937,110.19 3,456,102.11 92,983.54 4,167,885.36 24,654,081.20
THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED, ANDIOR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED TAXING
AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.





SCHOOL BOARD OF GULF COUNTY

HISTORICAL SUMMARY OF FINANCIAL AND DEMOGRAPHIC DATA

(TEN-YEAR SUMMARY 1998-99, 2003-04, 2008-09)


Total Revenue
Federal, State, and Local


25,000,000
20,000.000
15,000,000
10,000,000
5,000,000
0


20.519,682
18.836,449



1698-5 2003-04 2008-0

1998-99 9 2003-04 2008-09


Fixed Capital Projects
Total Revenue for Fixed Capital Outlay
4,750,000 4,301,523
4,250,000
3,750,000
3,250,000 2,843.368
2,750,000 2.546,151
2,250,000
1,750,000
1,250,000
750,000
250,000
1998-99 2003-04 2008-09

Number of Students
Total Unweighted FTE Students


Operating Revenue
Total Current Operating Revenue
20,000.000
15,913675 16.105.491
15,000.000 12.989,123

10.000,000

5,000.000

0 i i i
1998-99 2003-04 2008-09
Debt Service
Total Revenue for Debt'Service
929,786
850,000
650,000
450,000
250,000
79405 112,668
50,000 .. 1- .. .. m. ,
1998-99 2003-04 2008-09


Revenue Per Student
Operating Revenue divided by Une tighted FTA Students


S2,279
2,000


1,000

1998-99
1998-99


2,113 2,020





II
2003-04 2008-09


Number of Employees
Total Number of Employees

300 277 295283

200

100


1998-99 2003-04 2008-09


7,531
5,699





1998-99 2003-04


Teaching Personnel
Total Number of Instructional Personnel
300


200 179


1998-99 2003-04 2008-09


Total current operating revenues have been reduced by Workforce Development funds in the amount of $211,972 in order to provide comparability
in the calculation of current operating revenue per UFTE. This adjustment is necessary due to the exclusion of adult programs from UFTE beginning in
1998-99.


6.6480


7,973


2008-09


BUDGET SUMMARY


THE PROPOSED OPERATING BUDGET EXPENDITURES OF GULF COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT


ARE 1.00 PERCENT MORE THAN LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OPERATING EXPENDITURES.



FISCAL YEAR 2009 2010






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Local


Thursday, July 23, 2009


PLANT from page Al


The plant it is not
classed, as critics assert,
as an incinerator by the
U.S. Environmental Pro-
tection Agency based on
its operational profile and
emission levels would
burn wood chips, fast-
growing grasses and for-
est residue and convert
them into gas which would
produce electricity.
The plant is, at least in
part, a product of an edict
from former Gov. Jeb Bush,
who pushed for the state to
explore ways to reduce de-
pendence on fossil fuels.
Current Gov. Charlie
Crist has called for 20 per-
cent of Florida's future en-
ergy needs to come from
renewable sources.
Florida's Great North-
west, an economic devel-
opment group, has stated
the region should focus
on building three or four
green energy parks, iden-
tifying Gulf County as one
of the pilot sites for such a
"green energy" park.
The plant, the North-
west Florida Renewable
Energy Center (NW-
FREC), would employ as
many as 200 people during
construction, according to
S. Glenn Farris, president
and CEO of BG&E.
"Construction should
take about 18 months and
the plant would employ
roughly 25 people once
operational the plant
should come on line in
mid-2011," Farris added
- with a ripple effect that
could create another 50-80
jobs in the area.
Progress Energy is on
board, having entered into
an agreement with BG&E
to purchase power from
the NWFREC, according
to spokeswoman Suzanne
Grant.
At full capacity, Farris
said the 45-megawatt plant
would produce sufficient
electricity to power 30,000
homes per year.
Grant said the plant,
with its advanced gasifica-
tion process,- fits into the
company's mission of in-
creased energy-efficiency
programs, investments in
renewable energy tech-
nologies and creating a
state-of-the-art electricity
system.
Local officials are also
on board.
Port St. Joe Mayor Mel
Magidson has been talk-
ing with Farris and BG&E
officials for more than two
years about locating the
plant in Gulf County.
"He has been very per-
sistent," Farris said.
Farris said that county
commissioner Warren
Yeager and Preble Rish
co-founder Greg Preble
have also been involved
in opening county arms to
the facility.


"Con1struction should take about 18 months and the plant would employ roughly
25people oi,,u operational the plant should come on line in mid-2011."

S. Glenn Farris
President and CEO of BG&E


"Starting off with a green power plant will be a great
magnet for other green industries."

Peter Chanin
Head of business development at BG&E


Tallahassee a bust
An attempt to locate the
plant in an industrial park
owned by Florida State
University and in the midst
of a residential neighbor-
hood was met with consid-
erable controversy in Tal-
lahassee.
A grand jury convened
to consider potential con-
flicts of interest involving
FSU president T.K. Weth-
erell, his wife, a former
secretary of the Florida
Department of Environ-
mental Protection, and
other city officials but ab-
solved Farris or BG&E of
any wrongdoing.
While the city council
approved the plant and
its site, a grassroots effort
took shape against placing
the plant in a residential
neighborhood, citing noise
and, in particular, air pol-
lution.
Farris said that several
of the community meet-
ings about the plant "were
pretty rough."
While allegations of Far-
ris' financial history, politi-
cal maneuvering by Leon
County officials and the
odyssey of the gasification
process from Vermont to
Florida were points for op-
ponents, the main thrust of
the opposition to the plant
in Leon County was where
it was to be built and the
potential for air pollution.
A letter from the Capital
Medical Society expressed
opposition to the proposed
site of the plant.
The local chapter of the
American Lung Associa-
tion weighed in with con-
cerns about particle pol-
lution, considered among
the most dangerous forms
of air pollution and the lo-
cal chapter of the NAACP
took a stand against where
the plant would be built, in
a primarily minority neigh-
borhood.
"We are concerned that
pollutants from the plant
will adversely affect our
patients with respiratory
and cardiac conditions and
will increase the incidence
of respiratory conditions
in children," wrote Dr. An-
dres Rodriguez, president


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of the Capital Medical Soci-
ety, in a letter to the DEP
The letter raised con-
cerns about particle pol-
lution and dioxins coming
from the plant, though the
DEP has indicated that the
potential for dioxins toxic
chemical compounds re-
sulting from manufactur-
ing is "extremely low,"
according to a spokesper-
son.
.The Tallahassee oppo-
nents also cited previous
issues in Vermont with the
gasification process BG&E
proposes.
Farther, opponents not-
ed a rejection of BG&E in
Liberty County to a second
biomass plant in that coun-
ty, with residents citing
truck traffic and air pollu-
tion as concerns.
Ed Nelson, executive
director of the Gulf County
Economic Development
Council, said a push back
against any new product
or process is part of the
equation.
"In this business, no
matter the product, some-
body is going to come out
against it," Nelson said.
"We have the feedstock,
the port, the rail; this is
something we need to fo-
cus on.
"From my research,
biomass is the way to go."
Peter Chanin, head of
business development
at BG&E, said Telogia in
Liberty County was one of
four sites the company was
exploring.
He added that the NW-
FREC could serve as a
lure for other "green" com-
panies as part of the cre-
ation of the sort of green
energy park that has been
a focus of Florida's Great
Northwest.
"Starting off with a


green power plant will be
a great magnet for other
green industries," Chanin
said.
Nelson added, "I think
it will create other oppor-
tunities for us, definitely."
None of that is sure to
assuage BG&E's critics: a
sampling of their feelings
can be found expressed on
Page A5.

Vermont as test run
Labeling the Vermont
experiment a failure rep-
resents a misrepresenta-
tion'of what occurred. Far-
ris said.
The gasification project
at the McNeil Generating
Station in Burlington, Ver-
mont, came more than a
decade after the plant had
been built and was a test
project.
As a report of the proj-
ect states, there were
problems that were ad-
dressed and after work-
ing through those issues,
the "plant now runs more
economically and flex-
ibly," according to a "Les-
sons Learned" section of
a report written by John
M. Irving, superintendent
of the McNeil Generating
Station.
Irving also suggested a
more urban setting might
be better suited for the
plant for access to the
product to power the plant
coming by way of rail or
road, but he added that
need for careful siting of
the plant, especially away
from residential neighbor-
hoods, due to noise, traffic
and smell, was the most
important lesson learned.
The MTI site is well
away from residential
neighborhoods.
Farris noted that the


McNeil station was "not
stuck in the middle of no-
where" but within 1,500
feet of a residential neigh-
borhood and one mile from
the University of Vermont.
The Tallahassee plant
was to provide power for
FSU and Tallahassee and
Chanin said the University
of South Carolina has a
smaller, similar facility to
provide additional power
to its campus.
Duke University has
also looked at the concept
to provide additional pow-
er on its campus, Chanin
said.
Additionally, R&D Mag-
azine selected the gasifier
process used at Burlington
as one of the 100 most tech-
nologically significant new
products of 1998.
Finally, Ferris noted,
Burlington was judged
two years ago by the Cen-
ters for Disease Control
to be the healthiest city in
the United States, which
hardly describes a city or
county with poor air qual-
ity, he said.

Particle pollution
The issue of particle
pollution, Farris" said, is
addressed in the advance-
ments BG&E has made in
the gasifier process since
Burlington.
In a comparison of pol-
lutants such as nitrogen
oxide, carbon dioxide and
sulfur dioxide, the emis-
sions from the NWFREC
would be significantly -
dramatically less than
from a coal-burning plant,
Burlington or early models
of the BG&E gasifier pro-
cess.
According to informa-
tion provided by the EPA,
the amount of particle Far-


ris cites as accurate emis-
sions for the plant would be
less that what the county
emits now, which places it
in the lower third of coun-
ties in the state.
Adding in the emissions
from the plant, based on
numbers provided by Far-
ris, would still keep Gulf
County in the lower third
of counties in the state for
air emissions.
"We have come up with
our numbers from model-
ing and testing chemical
reactions," Farris said.
"They are very accurate.
The standards we are test-
ing against are well-known
engineering standards. We
voluntarily accepted lower
levels of (particle) pollu-
tion (from the FDEP)."
Fairis said a fire burn-
ing in a fire place would
emit more particle pollu-
tion than the NWFREC,
adding that the woody bio-
mass and grasses burned
at the plant are re-grown
and the carbon dioxide re-
captured during the gasifi-
cation process.
"You are looking at
a cycle that will take 30
years (to run its course),"
said Doug Kent, executive
director of the Gulf County
Health Department. "With
fossil fuels you have a cy-
cle that takes hundreds or
thousands of years."
The comparison with
fossil fuels, such as coal,
resonates with local of-
ficials, who note that NW-
FREC would be transform-
ing a coal distribution point
- MTI into a so-called
"green" energy plant.
The primary source of
air pollution at the plant,
which will take up eight
acres of the 45 acre MTI
tract with room for expan-
sion, will come from the
trucks and trains bringing
in fresh fuel for the plant,
Farris said.
"From my research it
(the BG&E biomass pro-
cess) is carbon dioxide
neutral," Kent said of the
NWFREC. "It produces
a safe amount of particu-
lates."
A paper written by two
engineers with the National
Renewable Energy Labo-
ratory in Golden, Colorado,
which examined gasifica-
tion processes with woody
products, such as what
BG&E proposes, found the

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When completed, King's Corner Store will have a new orange and blue color scheme.


TEAMeffort camper Caitlyn Haynes removes the paint
from the exterior of King's Corner Store on Martin
Luther King Blvd. Haynes and fellow members of Hope
Fellowship Church in Frisco, Tex. were in town this
week to rehabilitate area buildings.


MAKEOVER from page A3


they described as touch-
ingly grateful.
"She was. surprised
that teenagers would have
a servant's heart," said
Glaser.
Back at the corner
store, camp leaders Brad
Wilkinson and Heather
Allen kept a watchful eye
over the campers, who
arrived in town the night


before.
"The first day is usu-
ally very intense. Then ev-
eryone gets tired and hot
the second day," laughed
Wilkinson.
To motivate the stu-
dents, the leaders have
arranged side trips to the
beach and Shipwreck Is-
land.
The cozy quarters at


Long Avenue Baptist -
which has only four show-
ers for 70 kids have also
brought the campers clos-
er together.
Allen described the
lodgings as cramped, but
"great."
"It works well. It's a
time to really humble
yourself," she said.
Residents can expect


to see the corner store
fully painted by the end of
the week, in an unusual
color scheme suggested
by Fields.
"It's not University of
Florida (orange and blue),
but it's not far from that,"
quipped Wilkinson, who's
hoping for the best.
Fields believes the ren-
ovation will inspire others


along Martin Luther King
to take greater pride in
their buildings' upkeep.
"Once they see this
painted, hopefully every-
body will get in gear and
want to do the same," he
said.
Camper Cynthia Cas-
tro was confident that the
neighborhood would be
impressed with her handi-


work.
"Everybody's going to
Sbe happy," she said.
Taking a break from
his scraping duties, fel-
low camper Frankie Jesse
suggested a little post-
painting celebration.
"Party at the new
place," he exclaimed.
"Everybody's invited,"
echoed Castro.


PLANT from page A8


process was more energy
efficient, had less of a net
life cycle for greenhouse
gas emissions and pro-
duced significantly fewer
toxic air emissions com-
pared to plants usirig coal,
coal/biomass combined or
other biomass residues.

What will feed
the plant?
Farris noted that the
old paper mill used four
times the wood needed by
the NWFREC.
"Forestry is sustain-
able," he added. "One of
the good things about us
is we don't only take the
wood, we'll take what's
left behind."
Kent added, "It has
showed a proven history
for 60 years" alluding to
the mill.
BG&E will use a 50-
50 mix of wood and fast-
growing grasses, Farris
said, and a crop model
similar to that used by the
sugar cane industry.
"We would supply
plants, pay for labor, pay
for harvesting, pay par-


"Financing will be difficult in the current environm
insurmountable. This (industry) is gaining traction
government is all over this as far tax incentives and b
available."

S. Glenn Farris
President and CEO of BG&E


tially for the land (up to
two acres of non-edible
crops)," Farris said. "Or
take the case of corn after
harvest. Now you would
have a place for the corn
(stalks) to come to and
another source of income
for the farmer.
"The farmer or proper-
ty owner with timber on it
would have a predictable
source of income."
Farris emphasized the
plant will use no house-
hold garbage, remnants
from the landfill or any
other source of fuel for
the plant.
The plant will also
need some 250 tons of
sand wood is heated in


an oxygen-starved envi-
ronment and then pushed
against the sand as part
of the gasification process
- at start-up and another
12-20 tons a day.
That, according to lo-
cal officials, provides the
county another income
opportunity as the county
has long been contracted
to remove the spoil sand
resulting from dredging
of the Apalachicola River
over the decades.
Farris also noted that
the NWFREC would oper-
ate at twice the efficiency
of an incinerator and that
biomass represents 50-60
percent of the country's
current renewable non-


fossil fuel energy load.

The Next Steps
At this juncture, the
largest steps to construc-
tion are permitting and
financing.
The U.S. Environmen-
tal Protection Agency
has in general approved
biomass as a renewable
energy source and the
FDEP will undertake the
permitting of the project,
which was ongoing before.
BG&E left Leon County.
"Financing will be dif-
ficult in the current envi-
ronment, but not insur-
mountable," Farris, said.
"This (industry) is gain-


ent, but not cle pollution, though many
e Uof those same skeptics, in
The federal e-mails, phone calls and
letters to this newspaper,
ionds that are are also skeptical about
the FDEP and EPA.
"The way permits
are written, if we exceed
those limits (on particle
pollution) we get a chance
to correct it," Farris said.
"If we don't, we get shut
down."
Farris said prelimi-
ing traction. The federal nary site planning is un-
government is all over derway which initiates
this as far tax incentives the permitting, which
and bonds that are avail- will include studies of air
able." quality in the area and po-
Yeager noted that tential for impacts from
there is money the county the NWFREC.
could bring to the table, Permitting is expected
through loans, grants, to take six to nine months
federal stimulus dollars, the city has final call
to assist with required in- on site permits which
frastructure such as road would put construction
or sewers. beginning sometime in
"I have no doubt in my the first quarter of next
mind if we get everything year. Construction will
in place, there is money take roughly 18 months,
available for infrastruc- putting plant opening
ture," Yeager said. sometime mid-2011.
The permitting pro- "We want you to be
cess, Farris believes, will glad we are here," Far-
allay some concerns of ris said. "We want to do it
skeptics concerning parti- right."


TAX from page Al

the revenue generated
by the sales tax would
translate to lessening at
least $300,000 from the ad
valorem taxes the county
collects.
In other business taken
up during last Tuesday's
regular meeting:
The county also
changed its health insur-
ance options, approving
a "hybrid" plan as it was
described by county ad-
ministrator Don Butler.
As part of adopting the
new plan, commission-
ers capped county con-
tributions'to employee
health plans.
The county will now
pay $500 per month for
an employee and $750
per month for employ-
ees with dependents on
their plan.
Representatives
of Sacred Heart hospital
provided an update, in-
dicating they are nearly
80 percent through the


construction process
and on track for a March
2010 opening. First year
projections indicate the
hospital will generate 95
new jobs and a payroll of
about $5 million.
Officials are review-
ing bylaws, are recruit-
ing physicians, 'have a
staffing plan in place
and are reviewing job
descriptions.
Ed Nelson, ex-
ecutive director of the
county Economic De-
velopment Council indi-
cated that inquiries have
increased and that plans
for a green energy park
are coming into focus.
The St. Joe Com-
pany has identified some
1,000 acres between
Hwy. 71 and the Intra-
coastal Canal as a po-
tential site and the EDC
is working with Florida's
Great Northwest, an
economic development
organization, on approv-


ing the site as one of the
organization's approved
pilot green initiatives.
Commissioners
approved a memoran-
dum of understanding
which clears the way
for the city to annex the
proposed site of a new
North Florida Child De-
velopment, Inc., facility
to replace its operation
at Highland View El-
ementary School.
Once annexed, the
city would sponsor a
Community Develop-
ment Block Grant to fa-
cilitate the providing of
utilities to the facility,
which would be across
U.S. 98 from Sacred
Heart and near where
the new sports complex
will be built.
A memorandum with
the county was required
because the city would
have to cross county
right-of-way to provide
place the utility lines.


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By Tim Croft
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Pierre Bell waited, some-
times, impatiently, for his
opportunity to play varsity
football at Port St..Joe High
School.
Last week the wait paid
off with an offer to attend
Allan Hancock College, a
two-year school in Santa
Maria, Calif., about halfway
between Los Angeles and
San Francisco.
Bell was lured by a pack-
age that will pay for his
school and much of his living
expenses, requiring little out
of pocket for the 5-foot-l0,
185-pounder.
"It's been a long road,"
Bell said as he signed last
Wednesday. "This feels
good."
The long road was full of
obstacles. There were dis-
agreements with coaches
and teammates that kept
Bell off the varsity roster
through much of his first
three years at Port St. Joe.
Bell shared a portion of
the blame and Coach Vern
Barth said he observed
changes as Bell approached
his senior year.
"He matured, he earned
the trust of his teammates


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Pierre Bell of Port St. Joe High School signs to play at
Allan Hancock (CA) College next year.


and his coaches," Barth
said. "He grew up."
Ask Bell the most impor-
tant thing during his time at
Port St. Joe and the reply is
quick.
"I learned how to be a
team player," Bell said. "I
knew I had the ability, but I
applied myself."
In doing so, Bell carved
out an opportunity to dem-
onstrate his raw speed and,
elusiveness.
As the Tiger Sharks
marched to a 10-3 record,
won the district and reached
the state Class 2A semifi-
nals, Bell had 91 carries for
830 yards, an impressive
9.12 yards per carry. Bell av-
eraged 60.5 yards per game
and rushed for more than
220 yards later in the season
against Sneads.


He seemed to get better
as the season went 'along,
Barth said.
"He is one who is going to
continue to blossom," Barth
said. "He has not reached
his full potential.
"He was a big asset for
our program. You look at
the fact he only scored four
touchdowns and that doesn't
make youjump up and down,
but there were a lot of times
he put in a position to score."
Bell also proved a dual
threat, catching seven
passes out, of the backfield
for 100 yards, an average of
14.3 yards per catch, or 9.49
yards every time he touched
the ball from scrimmage.
But Bell will begin his
tenure with the Bulldogs on
the defensive side of the ball,
at cornerback, a position he


played, along with lineback-
er, for the Tiger Sharks.
Defensively, Bell had 82
total tackles and recovered
one fumble.
"Theywant to start me on
that side of the ball because
I have the speed," Bell said,
adding with a knowing smile
that he would like, and has
discussed with his future
coaches, an eventual return
to the offensive side of the
ball.
"I decided on going to Al-
lan Hancock because I had
the love; I love football. I love
the game of football, and I
wanted to keep,my dream
alive."
Barth, who in checking
out Allan Hancock for Bell
discovered a former team-
mate at Culver-Stockton
College was the head coach,
said Bell is making the right
move even if it is across the
country.
"He'll get two more years
of football, and hopefully
he'll do well enough and get
a chance to get to a four-year
school. That would be great.
It is a great school for him, a
good fit.
"If he works on his foot-
ball and his education, he
can continue to improve, no
doubt about it."


St. Joe girls softball third at state championships


The Port St Joe Girls Ponytails
softball team took third place at the
Dixie State championships in Brooks-
ville during the Fourth of July week-
end. The Ponytails division is for girls
12 and younger. Some of these girls
were making their fourth straight
trip to the state championships.
PSJ vs. Hernando
The girls took a tough loss in their
first game against Hernando losing
4-3. Shannon Pridgeon and Kiristin
Thomas each had a hit for St Joe.
Kelsey Miles and Kiristin Thomas
combined for seven strikeouts while
giving up just five hits.
PSJ vs. Chipley
Facing elimination, St. Joe re-
bounded for a 3-0 win against Chipley.
Stephanie Brinkmeier pitched a
one-hit shutout, while striking out
eight. She faced just 19 batters while
pitching a complete game, facing one
batter over the minimum.


It was a dominating performance
that she gave out on the mound. The
offense was led by Kelsey Miles,
Haley Wood, Christian Laine, Brink-
meier and Savanna Miles, who each
had a hit.
Miles, Laine and Brinkmeier each
scored a run.
PSJ vs. Wahnetta
Kirstin Thomas, Kelsey Miles
and Haley Wood combined for eight
strikeouts and allowed only two hits
in a 7-1 win over Wahnetta. These
three girls stepped up and pitched a
great game. The only run was un-
earned. Kelsey Miles, Haley Wood,
Shannon Pridgeon, Christian Laine
and Stephanie Brinkmeier each had
a hit for St. Joe in a great team win.
PSJ vs. Belleview
With only Port St. Joe, Hernando
and Belleview remaining in the tour-
nament, St. Joe faced a tough Bel-
leview team, losing by a score of 7-1.


Port St. Joe struggled on defense in
the first two innings, allowing five
runs on one hit.
Brinkmeier, Thomas and Kelsey
Miles combined for eight strikeouts
while giving up four hits. Only two
Belleview runs were earned.
"We lost to the state champions
(Belleview) and runners-up (Hernan-
do). The girls should be holding their
heads high," said Coach Steve Brink-
meier. "In the past four years, they
have placed second in 2006 and third
place the past three years. When you
get to the state championships, there
are some quality teams from some
big towns. These young ladies in Port
St. Joe have shown over the years
that they can play with them all."
The girls would like to thank all
the businesses and people in Port
St. Joe for their kind donations and
help in raising the money to send us
to state.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009


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By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter


It's shaping up to.be another successful Bayou Bash.
The seventh annual charity fishing tournament, hosted this
Saturday by Triple Tails Liquors and Gifts, has already drawn
the attention of fishermen both near and far.
"My phone's been ringing off the hook with anglers call-
ing," said Triple Tails manager April Hicks. "It's coming
together; it always does."
As in previous years, the Bayou Bash is a non-plofit
event. All entry fees are paid back to the winning fisher-
men, and all proceeds from raffle, dinner and beverage
sales benefit a worthy individual or organization.
Triple Tails, located at 2411 C-30A in Simmons Bay-
ou, has designated as this year's charity the Growing
Minds Center, a Port St. Joe school for children with au-
tism and other developmental disorders (see sidebar).
To register for the tournament, anglers
must visit Triple Tails at 6 a.m.
ET on Saturday.
Entry fees are $35 for adults
and $20 for children 13 and un-
der.
The price of admission
earns participants a free bar-
becue dinner (chicken or Bos-
ton butt cooked by the White ,
City Fire Department), Bayou ~' a *2
Bash T-shirt, goody bag and ., 7d. ....a. y ?: ,1- --4-,C
raffle ticket. '.;"
This year's raffle features Presented by Triple Tails & Growing Minds Ceniter foriAutism
several big prizes, includ- .-
ing'a $650 fire pit donated by Lines in at 6:00 a.m. EST. Weigh in by 6:00 p.m. EST at Triple Tails Liquors & Gifts
Kilgore's, two-night stays at
Turtle Beach Inn and MainStay
Suites and gift certificates to Two Crabs
and Sunset Coastal Grill.
Tickets are $5, and may be pur- LIV
chased in advance at Triple Tails or USIC
on the day of the tournament. Win- M
ners will be named after the 6 p.m.
weigh-in.
The fun doesn't end with the
weigh-in. A line-up of local musicians RAFFL I SILLIT
will entertain the crowd, and partici- UC T O
pants can bid on items in the silent AUCT
auction.
Last year, an estimated 200-
250fishermenparticipatedinthe Junior Angler (13 and under): $20/ includes dinner, .raffle tickets & Bash T-Shirt.
Hicks expects a similar Adult Angler: $35/includes dinner, raffle tickets & Bash T-Shirt. Meal only: $5.00.
crowd this year. "I'm looking for- Register at Triple Tails Liquor & Gifts. For more info call 850-227-7337.
ward to a big turnout," she said. Proceeds from keg sales to benefit
For more information on the Growing Minds Center. Growing Minds,
Bayou Bash, or to get involved, Growing the Future. Growing Minds
please contact April Hicks at Center helps support the treatment &
850-227-7337 or Donna Spears at awareness of children with autism &
850-227-7879 (work), 850-227-1777 other development disabilities
(home) or 850-527-7623 (cell).


ABOUT THE GROWING
MINDS CENTER

In founding the Growing Minds
Center last August, certified behavior
analyst Christine Hermsdorfer had
a single-minded mission to help
children with autism and other
developmental disabilities function
and thrive in mainstream society.
The center, which is the only one
of its kind in Gulf County, known as
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
ABA teaches students social,
motor and verbal behaviors as well
as reasoning skills, with the goal of
making students as independent as
possible.
Autism is a communication and
social disorder affecting one out of
150 births
SMost children exhibit signs of
autism in their first 6-8 months of life,
mosl notably by failing to maintain
eye contact.
Other behavioral characteristics
associated with autism include.
*Difficulties with social interaction,
such as play and reciprocation;
Difficulties with verbal and
nonverbal communication (Those
who do speak commonly copy or
parrot words, a condition known as
echolalia);
*Highly restricted, repetitive and
stereotyped patterns of behavior and
interests;
*Highly resistant to even slight
changes in routine.
Though there is no "cure" for
autism, therapy can reduce or
eliminate the disorder's symptoms
-arly diagnosis and treatment is
key, as patterns of behavior become
more fixed as children develop into
teens and adults
Since August, Hermsdorfer has
operated the center on a shoestring
budget and continues to slage
fundraisers to help with operating
costs.
The Long Avenue Baptist Church
has loaned the center use of its
nursery, located at 1601 Long
Avenue in Port St. Joe.
Proceeds from the Bayou Bash will
help the center continue its mission.


Scallop Festival approaches


Arts and crafts, food and fun planned for Aug. 1-2


It is growing every year
- the turnout that is, for the
Scallop Festival.
The 13th Annual Scallop
Festival, to be held August
1-2 in Port St. Joe, continues
to offer something for the
whole family. The festival
features arts and crafts ven-
dors, classic cars, great live
entertainment, kid's activi-
ties and of course, the major
attraction the succulent
scallop.
Festival goers can pur-
chase scallops fried to per-
fection by the local Lions
Club members and flash
frozen in 5-pound bags ($25)
to take home or to the beach
cottage to prepare and enjoy
later. Forget your cooler?
No problem the Chamber
will have coolers for sell.
The Port St. Joe Lions
Club will be cooking the
scallops for the 6th year.
The chamber is excited at
the number of Lions already
committed to cooking.
Baskets will be avail-
able with scallops and hush
puppies for $7. This year
only baskets will be served
since in previous years, the
majority of sales came from
baskets instead of plates.
In addition to scallops, a
variety of food will be avail-
able from vendors ev-
erything from barbecue to
Cajun fare.
Activities will be in full
swing at 11 a.m. ET with
an opening ceremony by
longtime emcee, Jerry Ta-
batt, weather forecaster for
Channel 13.
Live music will be a spec-


SCALLOP FESTIVAL MUSICAL LINE-UP
1 p.m. -Opening Act: Think?
2:15 3:15 p.m. Bo Spring
3:45 5:30 p.m. Amanda Shaw
5:45- 7:45p.m.- Eric Lndell
8 10 p.m. Tab Benoit
$5 entrance fee on Saturday only.


Al left, Eric Lindell's latest record, Gulf Coast
Highway, is a soul-drenched mix of roots-rock, sinewy
blues, swamp/ R&B and a hint of honky-tonk soul.
Critics have compared Lindell to Van Morrison and
Delbert McClinton.
At right, Tab Benoit grew up in Houma, Louisiana,
and is an environmental activist and stellar blues
musician. Benoit's latest live album, Night Train to
Nashville, was recorded at The Place on Second Street
in Nashville.


tacular part of the Saturday,
Aug. 1 event schedule. Fes-
tival attendees will be enter-
tained by local favorites from
years past.
Jeremy Novak, vice
president of the board, has a
super line-up including local
favorites from years past.
Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell
and Amanda Shaw will per-
form on Saturday. Returning
this year is local favorite Bo
Spring. Opening act THINK
is from West Virginia. This
will be their first perfor-
mance at the festival.


Sunday's activities will
begin at 11 a.m. and continue
until 6 p.m.
Arts and crafts vendors
come from near and far
for festival goers' shopping
pleasure. This year's ven-
dors include old favorites
like "Dr. Meow" as well as
a variety of new festival
vendors.
For more information,
call the Gulf County Cham-
ber of Commerce at 800-239-
9553. Visit www.GulfCham-
ber.org for more informa-
tion.


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Thursday, July 23, 2009


Society


Anniversary


Harold and Sandra Raffield
have celebrated their 50th Wedding
Anniversary. Harold, co-owner,
CEO and president of Raffield
Fisheries, and Sandra were joined
in marriage Aug. 20, 1959. They


have resided in Gulf County since.
The couple celebrated the oc-
casion with their children: Tammy
Raffield, Joey Raffield and Tanya
Pittman, Laurel and Eddie Linton,
Randy Raffield, Charissa Raffield,


fields celebrate golden anniver
Jesse Raffield and Melanie Raf-
field; their grandchildren: Nata-
sha Phelps, Heaven Linton, Jass-
lyn Raffield, Bionca Raffield and
Gabby Pittman; and their great-
grandchildren: Marcella Phelps


and Corey Phelps.
Also celebrating with the cou-
ple and family and friends were
special guests, Sonja Deskins
Fritton (Mrs. Raffield's sister) ac-
companied by Ethan Rulney and


Spencer Kerwin (Mrs. Raffield's
great nephews) all of whom trav-
eled from Tucson, Arizona for
the occasion. Also, Mr. Raffield's
mother, Evelyn Branch Raffield,
attended.


Engagement


Tharpe-Costabile to wed


Cathey Kim Tharpe of
Mexico Beach and Gary
John Costabile of Panama
City have finalized their
wedding plans. The wed-


ding will take place at Wind-
Mark Beach on August 8 at
7 p.m. EST.
No local invitations have
been sent. All family and


friends are invited to at-
tend.
After their honeymoon,
the. couple will reside in
Lynn Haven.


Community ANNOUNCEMENTS


Summer Movies
in the Park
Movies are from June
4 September 18 2009 and
begin at sunset.
Don't forget to bring


your chairs and blanket.
Movie Locations: PSJ
- Frank Pate Park, Port
St Joe; WB on the green
just past The School of
Fish, WindMark Beach;
and MB on the green at


The El' Governor Motel,
Mexico Beach.
July
23: MB, "Happy Feet,"
PG
30: PSJ, "Race to Witch
Mountain," PG
31: MB, "Bedtime Sto-
ries," PG
August
6: MB, "Indiana Jones
and The Kingdom of the
Crystal Skull," PG-13
14: WB, "Fireproof"
September
4: WB, "Swing Vote,"
PG
18: WB, "Monsters vs.
Aliens," PG


Girl Scouts celebrate
council with free
carnival and concert
TALLAHASSEE Look-
ing for a fun family 'event
before summer ends?
Join the Girl Scout Coun-
cil of the Florida Pan-
handle on Aug. 1 from 11
a.m. to 2 p.m. CST at the
Jackson County Agricul-
tural Center in Marianna
for a free carnival and
concert featuring Teresa.
The Panhandle Connec-
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Council and the upcoming
Girl Scout Membership
year.
The Kickoff Carnival
is open to all families
who wish to attend a
fun filled day of carnival
games, food, and a con-
cert featuring songstress
Teresa. Special GSUSA
guest Jaclyn Libowitz will
also be on hand to join in
on the day's festivities.
Families are encouraged
to dress casual with ten-
nis shoes. For directions,
overnight accommoda-
tions, or other fun fam-


ily activities please visit
www.gscfp.org

Middle Ground
Band at Fisherman's
Landing
The Middle Ground
Band of Century will be
appearing for the first
time at 8 p.m. CT on July
25 at the Charles Muncher
Opra House at Fisher-
man's Landing RV Park,
7681 Doc Whitfield Road
in Howard Creek.
Cover charge is a dona-
tion for the band.


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Five Big River Riders participated in the state 4-H Horse Show in Tampa, (left to
Davidson, Kaitlyn Baker, Tucker Smith and Tia Roney.


SUBMITTED PHOTO I Special to The Star
right) Calvin Cuchens, Trishcr


Big River Riders compete at State


Approximately 326 Flor-
ida 4-H participants con-
verged on the Florida State
Fair Grounds in Tampa, for
the State 4-H Horse Show
on July 9-11, to compete in
the State Level competi-
tion.
Of those 326, five of them
were Gulf County: Big Riv-
er Rider 4-H Horse Club
members Kaitlyn Baker,
Calvin Cuchens, Tia Roney
and Tucker Smith (Junior
Division) and Trisha David-


son (Senior Division).
Participants competed
in a variety of events, in-
cluding Western Pleasure,
English and speed events.
Each event had 30 to 65 rid-
ers per event. Gulf County's
Big River Rider members
placed as follows:
Junior Division Tuck-
er Smith 6th Place, JR
Poles; and 4th Place in JR
Barrels
Senior Division Tri-
sha Davidson 15th Place,


Stake Race (Junior and Se-
nior members competed
together.)
Although all participants
didn't place, they gave their
all and weren't far behind
the placing participants.
Congratulations goes
out to all these members
for all their hard work to
make it this far. Not only
did they qualify for the state
level they did it in the year
Florida -4-H is. celebrating
100 years.


Big River Riders had
approximately 40 parents,
grandparents, 4-H lead-
ers and'friends supporting
them at the state competi-
tion.
Big River Riders would
like to thank all the par-
ents, grandparents, 4-H
leaders, Gulf County sup-
porters and sponsors that
have supported them"
during this 4-H year. We
greatly appreciate all your
support.


Girl Scouts seek nominations for Women of Distinction 2009


TALLAHASSEE The Girl
Scout Council of the Florida
Panhandle is seeking nom-
inations to recognize wom-
en in our communities who
have distinguished them-
selves through service
and leadership. A program
inspired by Girl Scouts na-
tionally, the Women of Dis-
tinction Awards Gala hon-
ors women from across
the Panhandle who have
a strong commitment to
their community.
"The Awards Gala is
truly an event to celebrate
the women in our commu-
nities whose leadership
and commitment enrich
the lives of many," said


Raslean M. Allen, CEO of
the GSCFP "We invite you
to nominate distinguished
women from our commu-
nities."
Nominees must live or
work within the geograph-
ic boundaries of Girl Scout
Council of the Florida Pan-
handle; which includes:
Bay, Calhoun, Escambia,
Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf,
Holmes, Jackson, Jeffer-
son, Lafayette, Leon, Lib-
erty, Madison, Okaloosa,
Santa Rosa, Taylor, Wakul-
la, Walton, and Washington
counties.
Nominees should exem-
plify extraordinary civic;
professional and/or phil-


anthropic commitment
and achievement; and be
a role model for girls, dem-
onstrating a commitment
to improving the lives of
women and/or girls. Wom-
en nominated must dem-
onstrate initiative, integ-
rity and leadership charac-
teristics. Nominees are not
required to have been or
currently be a Girl Scout.
Award categories in-
clude: Arts, Culture, Hu-
manities; Health, Fitness,
Wellness; Business, Fi-
nance, Insurance;
Law, Government, Elected
Officials; Education, Faith,
Youth, Social.Services; PR,
Advertising, Media, Tech-


nology; Environment; Ar-
chitecture, Engineering,-
Real Estate and Construc-
tion
The deadline for nomi-'
nations is Tuesday, Sept. 8,
2009. Applications can be
obtained by visiting or call-
ing the Girl Scout Council
of the Florida Panhandle
at 850-386-2131 or toll free
at 800-876-9704.
Sponsorship opportuni-
ties are also available. For
more information on be-
coming a sponsor contact
Danielle Owens, Director
of Community Develop-
ment at 850-386-2131 or toll
free at 800-876-9704, or on-
line at www.gscfp.org.


liM CRKUr I lle Star
Carla May, representing the Gulf Education
Foundation, accepts a check of $7,500 from
Bobby Pickels as a donation from Progress Energy
to the foundation's mini-grant program.

Progress Energy

donates to Education

Foundation


By Tim Croft
Star Neivs Editor
The check in these dif-
ficult economic times was
most welcome.
Carla May assured
it would be money well
spent.
Progress Energy, in
the person of community
relations representative
Bobby Pickels, provided a
$7,500 donation last week
to the Gulf Education
Foundation, with May, the
president of the foundation
board, more than happy to
accept.
The money will be
used to help fund the
foundation's mini-grant
program, which provides
grants of $500-$2,500 to
district teachers for spe-
cific grants and programs.
Through the years the
foundation has funded
a host of new innovative
programs in math, read-


ing and science across
the district, funding over
$146,000 in.mini-grants.
Applications from
teachers are accepted
during the fall, a review
of the foundation's board
follows and grant funds
are disbursed, typically in
October.
The donation was in
fact for $15,000, as the
amount raised by the foun-
dation is matched dollar
for dollar by a consortium
of education foundations
in the state.
Pickels told May that
from here on Progress
Energy.would be looking
exclusively at funding such
grants that are focused on
energy, sources of energy,
how it can be saved or
used more efficiently and
on and on.
Progress Energy has
long been an annual sup-
porter of the foundation's
fundraising efforts.


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Are You Following


The Spirit?

When you are one with Jesus, the Spirit lives
within..
When you're in close fellowships, it helps keep
you from sin.
When the Holy Spirit leads, the fruit for the Spirit
will show.
It will make a difference in what you do,
wherever you may go.
Satan puts worldly things before us, tempting us
every day.
Without the Holy Spirit to lead, many will often
stray.
When Jesus had to go away, He left the Spirit to
guide our way.
For this to take place, we must read the Word
and pray.
Sometimes we have to make a choice to be quiet
or take a stand.
In either case we need God's help, His wisdom,
and His guiding hand.

Billy Johnson



i'W5t TA EO2t ian CLuZa
508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
S A4 850-227-1756

W 01 d
i Rev. Ruth Hemple
Worship Service 10:00 AM
(Us N) Sunday School 11:00 AM



A 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.
'0 tase and see that the Lord is good: blesed is the ian that trusterh in Him.
Please accept this iniiration to join us in w'orsbp. God bless you
Please call us for your spiritual needs.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


The Christian CONSCIENCE



Do you worship the Bible?


On the Web site of the largest
Protestant denomination in the
United States is an admission that
the denomination's members are
frequently accused of worshipping
the Bible. It saddens me to have to
admit that this accusation is true.
For 23 years, our family has
read the Bible together every day,
with fewer than a dozen exceptions
(when we were apart because of
circumstances beyond our control).
We stopped counting after reading
the Bible straight through, from
cover to cover, the 20th time. We
read the Bible because the 66
writings in the Bible tell us why we
are alive and how we should live
- to get tlfe most out of life and
about the One who created us. If
you want to get the most out of life,
we recommend that you read the
Bible daily also.
But do we idolize and worship
the Bible? Absolutely not. The
minor differences between the
writings make it obvious that the
Bible has more than one author.
We suspect that those who claim
that God was the author have not
studied it apart from the teachings
of their religion. Were the authors
inspired by God, as claimed in I
Timothy 3:16? Certainly.
There are a number of threads
of truth that run through the Bible.
For example:.
God is Spirit. God created the
universe and everything in it.
There is an evil spirit being, who


constantly works in opposition to
God, called the Devil, or Satan.
God has the power to control
nature, and to control the things
we encounter in everyday life. God
is the source of all forms of life.
All humans have sinned and fallen
short of God's standards.
There is one called the
"Anointed" or "Messiah" or
"Christ," who was to come, and did
come to earth, as a human being,
to give His life, to provide us with
forgiveness of our sins. Christ isn't
His name. It's His title! We are
told in Philippians Chapter 2 that
He humbled Himself (gave up his
position in the Godhead) so that He
could become our Savior and show
us how to live led by the Holy
Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was sent to be
our baptizer, our guide and our
comforter. Most of the Scripture
references to baptism refer not to
water baptism, but to the baptism
with the Holy Spirit.
There are many other threads,
too numerous to mention here.
If you have been baptized by the
Holy Spirit (see 1 Corinthians 12:13
and many other Scriptures), you
have learned how God, through the
person of the Holy Spirit, transfers
information to the human mind. (If
you haven't been baptized by the
Holy Spirit, you are not part of the
body of Christ!)
And if you have read the entire
New Testament more than once or


twice, you know that God did not
take over the minds and hands of
the New Testament authors. Each
writer recorded what the Holy
Spirit inspired him to remember
concerning what he had seen. This
explains the minor differences
between the accounts. If they all
wrote exactly the same thing, it
would be obvious that they were
nothing more than puppets.
Questions or comments?
Send us an e-mail to the address
below.
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we believe that
God wants you know the truth
about the Bible and to be born
again from above not base your
eternal future on faulty religious
teaching. At the MBCWC, we don't
plead for money or twist your arm
to join. Plan to check us out this
Sunday! Our services begin with a
time of greeting and fellowship at
9:30 a.m. CT. Worship begins at
9:45 a.m. Come early so that you
can meet and fellowship with us
and enjoy the praise and worship
music led by TJ. We meet and
worship at the Mexico Beach Civic
Center, 105 N. 31st St., behind
Parker Realty and the Beach Walk
gift shop, just off U.S. 98 in Mexico
Beach.
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center
timl@jesusanswers.com
http://www.mexicobeachcwc.com


GLORY set for July 31 at New Bethel Baptist


New Bethel Baptist Church, on
North ParkAvenue in Port St. Joe, pres-
ents "G-God's L-Ladies O-Ordained
R-Renewed and YYielding to His Will"


night starting at 7 p.m. July 31.
Various guests, local and out-of-
town, will be present, and there will
be solos, words of encouragement and


testimonies. Come on out and experi-
ence the Glory of the Lord "I shall
supply all of your needs according to
my riches in glory."


First Baptist Church
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jerome Barnes, Interim Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students


New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir................ 6:00 pm
Sunday School ....................9:40 am Prayer Meeting ................ 6:30 pm
Traditional Service ............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Youth Groups ................... 5:30 pm Activities .... ...................-6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm

www.fbcpsj.org


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution andl Monument Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1724

0 a.m. ET Rev. Mac Fulcher
. ET Pastor
0 a.m. ET Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Musir Dr isc r th Minister


Wednesday:
Youth: 5:30 p.m. ET Deborah Loyless
(hoir 7:00 p.m. ET -' '. .. 'i" .. I


Family Life
Church
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherfot
Welcome you to worship with us:
Sunday 10:30am
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm
Wednesday 7pm


A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church

rd
HOME OF THE
POWERHOUSE
YOUTH MINISTRIES


I www.familylifechurch.net
S323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 j


it 'United KetJoid
urfi"ch 4 eim c eac
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Servies:
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 Meixo Beaotd iled Nelhodisl (kimh
INlllul PioVIVID
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820


Worship with us at
SLong Avenue Baptist Church
Where Faith, Faigily &FriendAhip are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 7:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm

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


TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Please come and meet our new
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer!
ST. JAMES'
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00
www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org


iFaithBible
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 ................................................. .... W worship
www.faithbiblepsj.net
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
H.ma e.. 1 Fauh Chr tiar n Schoil-


"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the lazarene
2420 Long Aenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

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Fa.a/nm "1+


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


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


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
yigwjla1b view IaptWt Q uaur
382 Ling Street Highland View
PoJt St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship. I 1:U ain.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
lDiscipleship Training 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 p.m.




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

Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday................ 8:00 a.m.
The Rev. David Mans, Priest
Services being held at the United Pentecostal Cluircli
309 6th Street Port St Joe. FL
"An Unchanginrg Faith In A Changing World"
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Always online I starfl.com


Sunday:
Contempormy Service 9:0i
Sunday School: 10:00 a.m
Traditional Worship: 11:0


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 M ass ........................................................... 11:00 am (CT)
Cape San Bias Mission ,
1500 ft from State Park entrance at Cape San Bias
Saturday M ass.................................................................. 6:00 pm (ET)


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Thursday, July 23, 2009


School News


The Star B5


.. Wewas Julia Fleming

graduates from


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Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative sponsors



Washington, D.C., trip for local students


Commencement one
of school's largest
STATESBORO, GA More
than 20,000 family and
friends were in atten-
dance as Georgia South-
ern University presented
degrees to one of its
largest-ever graduating
classes at Spring Com-
mencement at Allen E.
Paulson Stadium on Sat-
urday, May 9.
More than 2,500 gradu-
ates earned their degrees
this spring, with more
then 2,100 participating
in the formal commence-
ment ceremony.
Julia Fleming from We-
wahitchka graduated at
Georgia Southern's Spring
Commencement with a
Bachelor of Science ma-
joring in interior design.
The spring 2009 gradu-
ating class included 80
doctoral degree recipi-
.ents, 399 master's degree
recipients and 2,060 bach-
elor's degree recipients.
Also, 271 students gradu-
ated with honors, and 72


students were awarded
online degrees, the most
ever presented in one
,ceremony at Georgia
Southern University.

Webcast/
TV Broadcast
An online replay of the
Spring Commencement
Ceremony is now avail-
able at http://www.georgia
southern.edu/commence
ment.
Georgia Southern
University, a Carnegie
Doctoral/Research Uni-
versity, offers 115 degree
programs serving nearly
18,000 students. Throiigh
eight colleges, the Uni-
versity offers bachelor's,
master's and doctoral
degree programs built on
more than a century of
academic achievement.
The University, one of
Georgia's largest, is a
top choice of Georgia's
HOPE scholars and is
recognized for its stu-
dent-centered approach
to education. Visit www.
georgiasouthern.edu.


WEWAHITCHKA Ariel Kemp and
Zac Smith recently traveled to
Washington, D.C., as winners of the
Washington, D.C., Youth Tour Con-
test that rural electric cooperatives
across the nation participate in.
Kemp and Smith were eligible
to go on the trip as winners of Gulf
Coast Electric Cooperative's Youth
Tour Contest. Each year, the Co-
operative sponsors the contest for
llth-graders whose parents are
members of GCEC. Contestants
are interviewed by a panel of three
judges from the electric coopera-
tive industry, and two winners are
chosen to travel on an all-expenses-
paid trip to Washington in June.
While in Washington, the students
toured the Holocaust Memorial, Na-
tional Air and Space, and Newseum
museums; Arlington National Cem-
etery; the Iwo Jima Monument; the
U.S. Capitol area; the National Mall;


the Korean, Lincoln, Vietnam, FDR,
Jefferson and World War II memori-
als; Ford's Theatre; Mount Vernon;
Pentagon City; and the National
Cathedral. They also enjoyed din-
ner at the Hard Rock Cafe, the U. S.
Marine Corps Sunset Parade, and
a boat cruise and dance on the Po-
tomac River. They ended their trip
with a farewell All States Dinner
and Dance.
A highlight of the trip was the Na-
tional Youth Day rally, where they
joined more than 1,500 other 11th-
grade students and 280 chaperones
representing 47 states a record
turnout of students.
"We were proud to have Ariel and
Zac representing Gulf Coast Electric
Cooperative in Washington," GCEC
Manager of Marketing and Member
Services Kristin Douglas said.
The Washington, D.C., Youth
Tour Program has been in existence


since 1958, when 34 students from
Iowa and a handful of chaperones
visited Washington for a weeklong
study tour. By 1964, the program
was catching on, and the National
Rural Electric Cooperative Associa-
tion began to coordinate the efforts
of the co-ops. Since then, thousands
of young people have experienced
this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
to visit our nation's capitol and learn
about our government.
Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative
is part of the Touchstone Energy@
national alliance of local, consumer-
owned electric cooperatives pro-
viding high standards of service to
customers large and small. GCEC
serves approximately 20,500 meters
in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Wal-
ton and Washington counties and in
the municipalities of Wewahitchka,
Ebro, White City, Lynn Haven, Foun-
tain and Southport.


Faith Christian School

accepting student applications


Faith Christian School
is now taking applica-
tions for new students. If
you would like your child
to experience academic
excellence through Godly
instruction, FCS is the
place for you. Interac-
tive learning will be a
part of your child's day,
along with Spanish for all
grades. Discovery learn-
ing days are incorporated
into the academic year,
and technology classes
enhance the elementary
program.
Faith Christian has


a web site, www.Faith
ChristianPSJ.net.Weurge
you to take a few minutes
to browse through our
different links. Communi-
cation with teachers will
be available through this
site, as well as the latest
news.
Partial scholarship op-
portunities for tuition are
available for K-5 through
the eighth grade. Please
feel free to stop by and
visit our school; the doors
are always open.
For more information,
call 229-6707 or 229-8550.


Gail Darlene Martin, 68,
passed away Wednesday,
July 15, at her home in Port
St. Joe. Gail was born in
Roanoke, Va., one of three
children. She moved to
Florida in 1974 and called
Florida home.
Gail's family included one
brother, two sisters, seven
children and eight grandkids.
She was married to Harry
Martin, who passed away
11 years ago, for 35 years.
All who knew her loved and
enjoyed her, and she will be
missed by many, as she was
a longtime member of Beach
Baptist Chapel in St. Joe
Beach. Gail was our sunshine,
our love, our rock and an
amazing grace.
The viewing was held
July 17 at Comforter Funeral
Home, 601 Long Ave., Port St.
Joe, from 5-7 p.m. A funeral


Mr. Philip Aaron
Lewis, 88, of Port St.
Joe, passed away
Wednesday night,
July 15, 2009, in a
Panama City hospital.
He was born in Belle
Isle, Fla., located in P
whatris now Tyndall P
Air Force Base. His AARO
family moved to Port
St. Joe in 1925, where he
spent the rest of his life. He
worked.in the Wainwright
Shipyard before serving in the
Army during World War II in
General Patton's 3rd Army.
Mr. Lewis retired from
Arizona Chemical Company
after 29 years, and he
received awards from the
Chemical Workers Union for
28 years of service and from
SC Corporation for 25 years of
service. He was a hard worker
all through his life and had a
number of business ventures
besides his job. He was a
member of Long Avenue
Baptist Church.
He was preceded in
death by his wife, Nettie Sue


Obituaries


service was held Saturday,
July 18, at Beach Baptist
Chapel, 311 Columbus St.,
Mexico Beach at 10 a.m. EDT.
In lieu of flowers, please
donate to Beach Baptist
Chapel, 311 Columbus St.,
Mexico Beach, where she
devoted her faith and love for
the Lord.
The family would like to
sincerely thank Beach Baptist
Chapel for their support
before and after her passing,
Comforter Funeral Home for
funeral arrangements, NHC
for her home health care
support, the staff at the Gulf
County Health Department
and all friends and neighbors
for their support. Everyone's
thoughts and prayers are
extremely appreciated.
All services were under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.


.HP
IILIP
N LEWIS


Lewis; a son, Philip
Aaron Lewis, Jr.;
a daughter, Phyllis
Marie Johnson; and
a granddaughter,
Monica LaNora
Padgett.
Survivors include
his daughter, Peggy
Lewis Hammond
of Port St. Joe;


grandchildren, DeWayne
Johnson, Brenda Johnson
Clarke, David Johnson,
Lynda Johnson, James
Ashley Padgett III, Natalie
Monique Hammond; and a
sister, Edna Lee Grubbs of
Sarasota.
Funeral services were
held Sunday, July 19, at 3
p.m. EDT at Long Avenue
Baptist Church in Port St.
Joe, with the Rev. David
Odum officiating. The family
received friends for one hour
prior to the service at the
church. Interment followed in
Holly Hill Cemetery.
All services were under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.


Agnes Carter Culpepper
passed away Thursday, July 16,
2009, at The Bridge at Bay
St. Joseph nursing home.
She was born Feb. 14, 1911,
to the late Ellegy and Mamie
Carter in Hazelhurst, Ga. After
graduating from high school,
she moved to Thomasville,
Ga., where she met her future
husband, J. C. Culpepper, and
they were married April 15,
1935. They moved to Port St.
Joe in 1940.
Agnes retired from Florida
Power Corporation after 35
years service. Until declining
health, she was an active
member of the First Baptist
Church and Port St. Joe
Garden Club. She was an avid
flower gardener, and everyone
enjoyed her picture-perfect
yard.
Besides her parents, she
was preceded in death by her
husband, J. C. Culpepper;
two brothers, Woodrow and
Emmett Carter; three sisters,
Myrtie Barsh, Allie Snipes
and Thelma Coleman; a son-
in-law, Charles Kilbourn,
Sr.; and a grandson, Charles
Kilbourn, Jr. She is survived


by her daughter, Mary Agnes
Kilbourn-Stephens, and son-in-
law, Lee; two grandsons, Mark
and Michael Kilbourn; and two
great-granddaughters, Katie
and Miranda Kilbourn.
A celebration of life was held
at the First Baptist Church on
Saturday, July 18, at 11 a.m.
EST. Visitation was held at the
church one hour prior to the
services. The Rev. Howard
Browning and the Rev. Beth
White conducted services, with
internment following at Holly
Hill Cemetery.
The family is sincerely
thankful for the compassionate
and loving care provided by
the entire staff of The Bridge
at Bay St. Joseph. In lieu of
flowers, contributions may
be made to the First Baptist
Church Family Life Center or
The Bridge at Bay St. Joseph
Activity Center.
Expressions of sympathy
may be expressed or viewed on
www.southerlandfamily.com.
Southerland Family Funeral Home
507 Tenth Street
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-229-8111


Judy Bond


Judy Bond, 59; of Oak Grove,
passed away Friday morning,
July 17, 2009, at her home. A
lifelong resident of Oak Grove,
she was retired from sales
in real estate and insurance.
She was a wonderful mother
and sister who loved her
friends and neighbors, loved
to talk and was a good cook.
She offered a helping hand
to anyone in need, whether it
was a friend, a neighbor or a
stranger.
Survivors include her
children, Shiela Parrish and
husband, Ed, of Goldsboro,
N.C., and Mitch Harvey of Oak
Grove; three grandchildren,
Alyassa, Katie and Zachory;
her sister, Gail Rider and
husband, Jim, of Cumming,
Ga.; her brother Tommy


Anderson of Howard Creek;
and several nieces and
nephews.
She was preceded in death
by her parents, Jesse and
Susan.P Anderson; and her
brother Harold P Anderson.
The graveside funeral
service was held at 11 a.m.
EDT Monday, July 20, at Holly
Hill Cemetery, conducted by
the Rev. David Fernandez.
Interment followed.
Those who wish may make
contributions in her memory to
the American Lung Association
National Headquarters, 1301
Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite
800, Washington, D.C. 20004, or
call 202-785-3355.
All services were under
the direction of the Comforter
Funeral Home.


Gail Darlene Martin


Agnes Carter Culpepper


Philip Aaron Lewis


FIRMAN WILLIS


Memories


of My Dad

By Steve Eilers
His name was Firman and he
was a Marine, the finest the Corps
has ever seen.
He was my Mother's friend and
spouse. For 41 years they lived,
loved and shared the same house.
To my siblings and myself, he
was a loving Dad, the very best we
could have ever had.
To our children he was PaPa or
Grandpa, whose love, stories and
funny noises left them in awe.
His hero was the man they called
"The Duke." Yours too unless you
wished a rebuke.
He had both a laugh you couldn't
ignore. The former was infectious,
the latter required a closed door.
When he cooked it was always
"finger lickin'." I know first-hand no
one every fried a better chicken.
I'm sure in his life there were
other things desired. Yet he chose to
stay, to love my Mother, the one he
had, and the ones he had not sired.
To describe what he meant to me
I'd have to say he was 100 times the
man that he didn't have to be.
For these and so many, many
other reasons, we will miss and love
him until the end of our seasons.


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Law Enforcement


Gulf County Sheriff ARREST LOG


Thursday, July 23, 2009


The Gulf County Sheriff's Of-
fice will be conducting vehicle
safety checkpoints and DUI
check points in July. The check-
points will be held throughout
the county and include Highway
98 near St. Joe Beach, Highway
98 and Garrison Ave, C-30 Sim-
mons Bayou, Highway 71 North
of White City, Highway 22 and
Highway 22A, Highway 71 and


Westarm Creek, Highway 71
Dalkieth Area and Highway 71
near the Calhoun line.
On 07/13/2009, Levy Allen
Turner, 22, was arrested on a
warrant for failure to appear.
While searching Turne;r a small
quantity of marijuana was found
in his pocket, and he was also
charged with possession of mar-
ijuana.


On 07/13/2009, Felisha Dionne
Davis, 39, turned herself in at
the sheriff's office. She had a
warrant for failure to appear.
On 07/15/2009, Troy Anderson
Bowles, 40, was arrested on driv-
ing with license suspended of re-
voked.
On 07/16/2009, deputies re-
sponded to a vehicle driving
around a neighborhood beeping


the horn. The vehicle was lo-
cated, and Kevin P Quaranta, 20,
and Mica Gaston Ashcraft were
charged with possession of alco-
hol under 21.
On 07/16/2009, Donnie Noah
Whitfield Jr. was arrested on a
warrant for failure to appear.
On 07/17/2009, Charles Stew-
art Cox, 22, was arrested on driv-
ing under the influence.


On 07/17/2009, Carolyn Dawn
Smith, 27, was arrested on viola-
tion of probation warrants.
On 07/17/2009, Carla L Gar-
ner, 21, was arrested on battery
and aggravated battery.
On 07/18/2009 Mack Daniel
Kent, 28, and Dustin Edward
Roleson, 19, were arrested on
trespass on property other than
a structure.


FWC REPORT


This report represents
some events the Florida
Wildlife and Conservation
Commission handled July
3-9; however, it does not
include all actions taken
by the Division of Law En-
forcement.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY
In Pensacola Bay, Offi-
cer Keith Clark checked an
individual in a canoe who
was in possession of an
undersized flounder. A no-
tice-to-appear citation was
issued.
Officer Fred Rondeau
checked some individu-
als fishing from a vessel
in Bayou Texar and found
one in possession of two
undersize black drum. A
notice-to-appear citation
was issued.
Lt. Doug Berryman and
Officer Ben Pineda were
on water patrol, conduct-
ing fisheries inspections
at Pensacola Pass. At ap-
proximately 8:30 p.m., they
initiated a stop of a 31-foot
Contender returning from
a fishing trip in the Gulf.
Initially, the vessel failed
to stop while the officers
observed two of the four
occupants attempting
to hide something in the
back of the boat. After ap-
proximately one minute,
the vessel captain stopped
the boat, allowing the offi-
cers to board and conduct
a fisheries inspection. The
officers located several le-
gal amberjack, grouper and
snapper in a fish box in the


front of the boat. In the rear
of the boat, officers located
a small cooler containing
several fish fillets from un-
dersize fish. A few minutes
later, Lt. Brian Lambert
and Officer Keith Clark ar-
rived to assist. Officer Clark
identified the fillets as six
greater amberjack fillets,
four red grouper fillets and
two red snapper fillets. A
notice to appear was is-
sued to all four subjects on
failure to land fish in whole
condition and possession of
undersize red snapper.
Officer Keith Clark
checked a vessel in Perdido
Key and found the operator
in possession of undersize
red snapper. A notice-to-
appear citation was issued.
Officers John Bell, Ken-
neth Manning, Faris Live-
say and Lt. Brian Lambert
responded to a serious
vessel accident involving
two personal watercrafts
(PWCs) near Pensacola
Beach. Two adult male op-
erators, visiting from Ten-
nessee, collided almost
head-on. The adult operator
of one PWC was airlifted to
Baptist Hospital with head
injuries, and the 12-year-old
passenger was transported
to Sacred Heart Hospital
in Pensacola for facial inju-
ries. The operator and rider
of the second PWC were not
injured. The vessel accident
is under investigation with
charges pending..

SANTA ROSA COUNTY
On July 4, Officer Steve


Hoomes and Lt. Dan Hahr
were on water patrol of the
Blackwater River working
the nighttime fireworks
detail near Milton. They
observed a vessel ahead
of them stop and then
observed the navigation
lights turn off. As the offi-
cers approached the ves-
sel, they observed a man
and woman standing and
kissing. The couple did not
appear to notice the offi-
cers until they were within
20 feet of the vessel. When
asked about the naviga-
tion lights, the male opera-
tor stated that he had just
turned them off. During
the initial contact, the of-
ficers noticed several indi-
cators of impairment, and
the operator stated that
he had consumed a six-
pack of beer. The officers
escorted the vessel to the
nearby Riverwalk, where
Officer Hoomes conducted
field sobriety tasks. After
performing poorly, the man
was arrested on boating
under the influence (BUI)
and then became belliger-
ent. The Santa Rosa Coun-
ty Sheriff's Office respond-
ed and transported the
subject to the county jail,
where the he refused to
give a sample of his breath.
The subject was booked on
BUI.
Officer Royce Johnson
and Reserve Officer Lila
Wise were on water patrol
on the Blackwater River
conducting boating safety
equipment checks. Upon


stopping a vessel operated
by a 19-year-old male, the
officers noticed indicators
of impairment. The officers
escorted the vessel opera-
tor to the nearby docks,
where they conducted field
sobriety tasks. The vessel
operator performed very
poorly onthe tasks and was
arrested on boating under
the influence (BUD. He was
transported to the Santa
Rosa County Jail, where he
refused to give a sample of
his breath and was booked
on BUI.

OKALOOSA COUNTY
Officer Matt Webb and
Capt. Mary Sumner were
on water patrol at Destin
Pass checking incoming
off-shore fishing vessels
when an inspection of'a re-
turning vessel yielded un-
dersize trigger fish. Webb
issued a citation.
Officer Matt Webb con-
ducted fishery inspections
on two vessels in Destin
Pass. The inspection re-
vealed undersize gag grou-
per on one of the vessels
and undersize red grouper
on the other. The vessel
captains were cited with
the fish violations.
Investigator Eddie Gat-
lin, Officers Danny Arnette
and Van Barrow organized
a detail on the Shoal River
after receiving numerous
complaints about illegal
drug use and litter viola-
tions from people gather-
ing on a sandbar along the
river. Numerous contacts
were made, and the officers
discussed the importance
of not littering and boating
safety with everyone gath-
ered along the river. Cita-
tions of littering and boat-
ing safety violations were
issued.

BAY COUNTY
Officer Mark Clements
was on water patrol on
Deer Point Lake when he


observed a subject quickly
hiding something as he ap-
proached their boat. The
item hidden was a can of
beer, with nine more un-
opened cans found in a
cooler. None of the subjects
in the boat was of legal age
to consume alcohol, and
further inspection found a
small amount of cannabis
and rolling papers. Cita-
tions of possession of the
cannabis and alcohol were
issued.
Officer Joe Chambers
checked a fisher under
the Hathaway Bridge who
failed to have a fishing li-
cense and was also found
to have an outstanding
arrest warrant from Leon
County for violation of pro-
bation. Further investiga-
tion revealed a container
of cannabis and a brass
pipe. The fisher was trans-
ported to the Bay County
Jail and charged accord-
ingly.
Lt. Jay Chesser and Of-
ficer Mike Nobles checked
three divers who weren't
displaying a diver-down
flag. The subjects were in
possession of stone crab
claws, which were under-
size and out of season. One
of the divers did not have a
fishing license. A citation of
harvesting stone crabs out
of season was issued, and
written warnings were is-
sued on the remaining vio-
lations.
SOfficers Dennis Palmer
and Mark Clements were
on water patrol when they
inspected a vessel and
found a fisherman in pos-
session of seven undersize
spotted sea trout. A citation
was issued.

GULF COUNTY
Gulf and Bay County of-
ficers worked the opening
of scallop season on St. Joe
Bay. Activity was high, and
scallops were plentiful. No
major incidents occurred;


however, numerous viola-
tions were documented.
They ranged from no diver-
down flag violations to over-
the-bag limit cases.
The bulk of the violations
were no fishing license and
boating safety violations. A
total of 59 citations and 95
warnings were issued.

LEON COUNTY
Officer Billy Kemp and
Reserve Officer Donald
Trussell were patrolling
the Aucilla River near Man-
dalay. They checked a com-
mercial Carolina Skiff with
three persons onboard.
The fishermen had several
flounder, sheepshead and a
tripletail. The tripletail was
undersize. The fish were
photographed and then
released: The commercial
fisherman was cited with
the violation.
On July 4 at approxi-
mately 11:25 p.m., Officer
Chris Jones was on patrol
at Luther Hall Landing
on Lake Talquin. Jones
observed a vessel with
three persons onboard ap-
proach the landing without
bow or stern lights. Jones
advised the operator of
the violations. During a
boating safety inspection
on the vessel, the opera-
tor showed signs of im-
pairment. Jones issued
a citation on the lighting
violation and conducted
field sobriety tasks on the
operator, which the op-
erator failed. The operator
refused to take the breath
test and was placed under
arrest on boating under
the influence (BUI). He has
five prior arrests of driving
under the influence (DUD.
An inspection of the ves-
sel revealed 22 empty beer
cans. The operator also
advised that he had been
drinking at a local bar and
grill on Lake Talquin. He
was transported to the
Leon County Jail.


Preacher Glass Park and

Boat Ramp

Grant Proposal Public

Opinion

To Whom It May Concern:

The City of Wewahitchka is applying for a Boating Improvement
Grant and needs public input to submit with the grant application.
The purpose of this project is to provide the residents of the
City of Wewahitchka with a public boat ramp which provides access
to Lake Alice, These grant funds, if received, will be utilized for the
construction of a boat ramp, dock, restrooms, and parking facilities
on Lake Alice (northeast side). A location map is available at City
Hall.
Please provide the following information and whether you
support or oppose the City of Wewahitchka's application for these
grant funds,
Your response may be emailed to citywewa@fairpoint.net or
this page can be returned by mail or hand delivery to Wewahitchka
City Hall, PO Box 966, 109 South 2 Street, Wewahitchka, Florida
32465.

Thank you for your attention on this matter, and please respond by
July 31, 2009.

Preacher Glass Park and.Boat Ramp


Name:


Address:





Please Circle One: Support Oppose


Additional Comments:


NOTICE OF INTENDED ACTION
THE GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

Purpose and Effect: The Gulf County School Board proposes to amend and adopt
policies, as provided for in the Administrative Procedures Act, for the purpose of
bringing said policies into compliance with Florida Statutes and State Board of Edu-
cation Rules.

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

4.12 Exceptional Student Education
5.14 Homeless Students
6.17 Appointment or Employment Requirements
6.173 Responsibilities of School Bus Operators
6.33 Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace
6.50 Leave of Absence
6.501 Leave.Application
6.542 Family and Medical Leave
7.31 School Food Service Funds
7.70 Purchasing and Bidding
8.12 Toxic Substances in School Work Areas
8.38 Automotive Equipment
8.45 School Breakfast Program
9.80 School Concurrency

Economic Impact: These proposals may result in direct costs associated with imple-
mentation.

IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE HELD AT:

Time: 5:15 PM EDT
Date: July 28, 2009
Place: Gulf County School Board Room
150 Middle School Road
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The entire text of the proposed rules can be inspected during regular office hours at
the Gulf County School Board Office, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, FL.

Special Legal authority under which the adoption is authorized and the law being
implemented and interpreted is made specific.

The addition and changes are proposed by Bill Carr, Assistant Superintendent for
Business Services and approved for consideration by Tim Wilder, Superintendent.

Amendments: See above.






Thursday, July 23, 2009


Business


The Star I B7


Fourth Annual Farm to Fuel Summit approaches


TALLAHASSEE As Con-
gross continues to debate
and fashion extraordinary
energy policy to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions
and dependency on foreign
oil. Florida Agriculture and
Consumer Services Com-
missioner Charles H. Bron-
son is forging ahead with his
efforts to promote the pro-
duction of renewable energy
from Florida's vast biomass
resources.
Bronson is kicking off the
2009 Farm to Fuel Summit
on July 29 to bring together


hundreds ofindustry leaders
in agriculture, petroleum,
academia, financial institu-
tions and the government
who want to make Florida
a leader in the production of
renewable energy.
Highlights of the summit
will include speeches from
U.S. Under Secretary of Ag-
riculture Dallas Tonsager
and Gov. Charlie Crist, and
a showing of Josh Tickell's
award-winning documen-
tary, "FUEL." This year's
summit will also include
more than 40 exhibitors.


Unemployment rises

PANAMA CITY The unemployment
rate in the Gulf Coast Workforce Region
(Bay, Franklin, and Gulf counties) was
8.8 percent in June 2009, 4.0 percentage
points higher than the region's year ago
rate and 2.0 percentage points lower
than the state rate of 10.8 percent. Out of
a labor force of 101,927, there were 8,988
unemployed Gulf Coast residents.
"The region had 180 initial unemploy-
ment compensation claims related to
education during the month of June,"
said Kim Bodine, Executive Director for
the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. "In Gulf
County, we're starting to see initial un-
employment compensation claims from
those affected by Arizona Chemical's
layoffs in Port St. Joe."
The June 2009 unemployment rates
in the counties that comprise the Gulf
Coast Workforce Region were:
Gulf County, 8.8 percent (up from 8.4
last month and 8.0 two months ago),
Bay County, 8.9 percent, and
Franklin County, 6.6 percent.
In June 2009, there were 74,400 non-
agricultural jobs in the Panama City-
Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach metro
area (Bay County), down 3,400 jobs over
the year. The annual rate of job loss in
the area (-4.4 percent) was not as steep
as the state's rate of -5.3 percent. The
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City
Beach metro area job growth rate has
been negative since May 2008.
The industry losing the most jobs
over the year in the Panama City-Lynn
Haven-Panama City Beach metro area
was mining, logging and construction
(-1,000 jobs).
The following industries also lostjobs:
professional and business services (-800
jobs); manufacturing and trade, trans-
portation and utilities (each -700 jobs);
financial activities (-400 jobs); and other
services (-100 jobs). The losses were par-
tially offset by gains in leisure and hospi-
tality (+200 jobs) and government (+100
jobs). Information and education and
health services remained unchanged
over the year.
Leisure and hospitality (+1.5 per-
cent) and government (+0.7 percent)
annual rates of growth exceeded those
of the state.


"With each passing day,
the need for alternative
sources of fuel and energy
becomes more critical,"
Bronson said. "Florida has
the greatest potential for
biomass production in the
country, and the technology
exists to convert natural re-
sources to produce clean,
alternative fuel. This confer-
ence will bring together all
the stakeholders so we can
continue working toward the
goal of reducing our depen-
dence on foreign oil while at
the same time providing an-


other source of income for
our struggling farmers."
Participants will hear
about the renewable energy
technologies, challenges re-
lating to project financing,
permitting and infrastruc-
ture, and the growing mar-
ket for carbon credits.
This year's summit re-
turns for a second year to
the Rosen Shingle Creek,
which in 2007 was designat-
ed as a Florida Green Lodge.
Greenhouse gas emissions
associated with the summit.
will be offset by renewable


Permanent changes made to

small business loan program


WASHINGTON Small businesses
seeking to expand will be able to re-
finance existing loans used to pur-
chase real estate and other fixed
assets as a result of permanent
changes to the U.S. Small Business
Administration's 504 Certified De-
velopment Company loan program.
The changes were authorized in the
American Recovery and Reinvest-
ment Act of 2009.
The permanent. changes will
allow small businesses to restruc-
ture eligible debt to help improve
their cash flow which, in turn, will
enhance their viability and support
growth and job' creation. The 504
loan program can be used to pur-
chase business real estate or fixed
assets, such as heavy equipment or
machinery, and expand current de-
velopment projects.
"This is one more piece of the Re-
covery Act that is going to have a di-
rect impact and put more money in
the hands of small business owners
just when they need it most," SBA
Administrator Karen G. Mills said.
"Lower interest rates mean lower
payments and less money going out
the door each month in debt repay-
ments. That means more cash on
hand to keep their doors open, their
employees working and to even ex-
pand and create more jobs."
Mills pointed out that the 504
program's refinancing changes are
the latest in several Recovery Act
provisions that have been imple-
mented by the SBA in recent weeks.
On March 16, the agency temporar-
ily raised to 90 percent the guaran-
tee level on many of its 7(a) program
loans and reduced fees on both 7(a)
and 504 loans, and also doubled to
$5 million the surety bond guaran-
tee level for small businesses com-
peting for construction and service
contracts.
Additionally, on June 15, SBA
ARC loans became available for vi-
able small businesses facing imme-
diate financial hardship.


"All of these steps, along with
other Recovery Act provisions, are
aimed at increasing access to capi-
tal and giving small businesses just
what they need to help lead our
nation's economic recovery," Mills
said.
The 504 loan program is admin-
istered through 271 Certified De-
velopment Companies across the
nation. SBA today began implemen-
tation of the changes by publishing
them as a permanent rule in the
Federal Register.
The changes announced include:
Debt Refinancing: Legislation al-
lows 504 program projects to include
a limited amount of debt refinanc-
ing if there is a business expansion
and the debt refinanced does not
exceed 50 percent of the projected
cost of the expansion. "Expansion"
includes any project that involves
the acquisition, construction or
improvement of land, building or
equipment for use by the small busi-
ness. The following are some of the
conditions under which borrowers
will be eligible for refinancing:
The debt being refinanced
was incurred to acquire land, to
construct a building or to purchase
equipment. The assets acquired
must be eligible for financing under
the 504 program.
The existing debt is collateral-
ized by fixed assets.
The existing debt was incurred
for the benefit of the small busi-
ness.
The new financing provides a
substantial benefit to the borrower
when prepayment penalties, financ-
ing fees, and other financing costs
are taken into account.
The borrower has been cur-
rent on all payments of existing
debt for one year prior to the date of
refinancing.
For more information on the 504
loan program and eligibility require-
ments, go to www.recovery.gov or
www.sba.gov/recovery.


energy certificates retired
by Carbon Offset Origina-
tors LLC.
The summit will begin
with an evening reception
on Wednesday, July 29, and


conclude at noon on Friday,
July 31. The media is wel-
come to attend.
For information about
the summit, visit http://www.
FloridaFarmToFlel.com.


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NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY
ANNEXATION

NOTICE is hereby given that the owners have
requested the City of Port St. Joe to voluntarily annex
the lands shown on the map attached hereto. The lands
are located contiguous to a portion of the City of Port
St. Joe city limits, located East of Jones Homestead
Road. The parcel is approximately 750' South of U.S.
Highway 98. An exact description of the property and
the Ordinance No. 424 are on file with the City'Clerk
at the Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida, and may be inspected
there.
The City will have a first reading of Ordinance
No. 424, AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING FOR
THE VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION OF CERTAIN
LANDS LYING IN SECTION 19, TOWNSHIP
8 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA; PROVIDINGALEGALDESCRIPTION
OF THE LANDS TO BE ANNEXED; PROVIDING
FOR THE REDEFINING OF CITY BOUNDARIES
TO INCLUDE SAID LANDS; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY AND PROVIDING FOR AN
EFFECTIVE DATE, which will be the annexing
Ordinance applicable to the above land at its regular
meeting on July 21, 2009, at 6:00 o'clock p.m., EDT,
in the City Commission Meeting Room, Municipal
Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St.
Joe, Florida, and will consider the Ordinance for final
adoption at its regular meeting on August 4, 2009, at
6:00 p.m., EDT, in the City Commission Meeting
Room,. Municipal Building, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.,
Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida. All interested persons
may appear and be heard
Interested persons may attend and be heard at
the public hearing or provide comments in writing to
the City Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe City Hall,
305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded.
Persons wishing to appeal any decision made during
the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and
should ensure a verbatim record is made, including the
testimony on which the appeal is based.
Any person requiring a special accommodation
at this hearing because of a disability or physical
impairment should contact City Clerk at (850) 229-
8261 at least five (5) calendar days prior to the hearing.

CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA


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NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 629

Application No. 2009 8

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 06269-980R

Description of Property:
Lot 11, Turtle Duenes, a
Subdivision, as per Map or
plat recorded in Plat Book
5, Page 7, of the Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Booth Holdings Booth
Trust, LLC

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 5th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 26th day of
June, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009
2892S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as
follows:

Certificate No132

Application No.2009 9

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 01432-000R

Description of Property:
Lot 14, Block 5, Unit One,
RIVERSIDE ESTATES, as
per map or plat thereof
and recorded in Plat Book
2, Page 24, 'of the Public
Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Elaine Hodges & Laurie
Duke

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 5th
day of August, 2009.

Dated. this 26th day of
June, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 2009
2930S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,


1100
a d J L e n'- i n 11-1 ,'.-1",,:-,r ,i
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 315

Application No. 2009 11

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 03169-155R

Description of'Property:
Lot 11 of Stillwater South,
according to the map or
plat thereof, as recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page 14, of
the Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Herbert Press Witt

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such cer-
tificate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 12th
day of August, 2009

Dated this 30th day of
June, 2009

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 9,16, 23, 30, 2009
2931S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVENthat Denton II, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 259

Application No. 2009 -12

Year of Issuance: 2007

R.E. No. 02624-455R

Description of Property:
Lot 16, Block C, Seven
Springs Lake Subdivision,
according to the Plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 5, Pages 17 and 18,
of the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
John G. Gustine

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such certifi-
cate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to'the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00,AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 12th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 30th day of
June, 2009

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 9,16, 23, 30, 2009
3042S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

JASON B. WRIGHT, MI-
CHELE WRIGHT and UN-
KNOWN TENANT (S),
Defendants.

CASE NO. 09-260-CA

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO JASON B. WRIGHT
and MICHELE WRIGHT:

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that
an action to foreclose a
mortgage on the following
property in Gulf County
Florida:

Lot 11, Block 5, Ward
Ridge Florida Unit Two,
according to the map or
plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 2, Page 4, Pub-
lic Records of Gulf County,
Florida.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses, if any, to it
on GARVIN B. BOWDEN,
the plaintiff's attorney,
whose address is Gardner,
Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth &
Bowden, PA., 1300 Thom-
aswood Drive, Tallahas-


1100

30 days of first publication,
and file the original with
the clerk of this court either
before service on the
plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint or petition.

DATED: July 7, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
July 23, 30, 2009
3047S
NOTICE OF
PUBLIC SALE

Hwy 22 Storage
1249 Hwy 22
Wewahitchka, Florida

#89 Chris Douglas
#52 Paula Fowler
#L-2 Deloris Stacy

Units will be opened and
merchandise sold or
removed if payments are
not brought up to date by
August 7, 2009 at 8:30.
July 16, 23, 30, 2009
3048S
CITY OF PORT ST: JOE

NOTICE OF SOLIC-
ITATION REQUEST FOR
QUALIFICATIONS LIA-
BILITY AND CASUALTY
INSURANCE

RFQ #09-003

Notice of Solicitation

Notice is hereby given that
the City of Port St. Joe lo-
cated at 305 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456 seeking
RFQs for professional ser-
vices to be provided to the
City as listed below, for the
period October 1, 2009 to
September 30, 2010.

Request for qualifications
are on file at the City of
Port St. Joe office located
at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr
Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL
32456, and may also be
downloaded from the City
.w a b s i t a
(cityofportstjoe.coin).

Evaluation of Responses
to the RFQ

The RFQ submittals will be
evaluated by City Staff and
Board Members of the City
of Port St. Joe based upon
information supplied by
each firm in response to
this RFQ. The City will
award a contract for insur-
ance services based on
services provided by the
insurance company and
anticipated rates. The
Board retains the right to
decide what services are in
its best interest.

Please submit Three (3)
copies to:
The City of Port St. Joe
RO. Box 278
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

All Submissions must be
clearly marked (Liability
and Casualty Insurance
Professional Services) and
submitted to Charlotte
Pierce at City Hall by 3:00
R M. ET, on Thursday July
30, 2009.
July 16, 23, 2009
3051S
CITY OF.PORT ST. JOE

NOTICE OF SOLIC-
ITATION
REQUEST FOR QUALIFI-
CATIONS HEALTH
INSURANCE

RFQ #09-004

Notice of Solicitation

Notice is hereby given that
the City of Port St. Joe lo-
cated at 305 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joel Florida 32456 seeking
RFQs for professional ser-
vices to be provided to the
City as listed below, for the
period October 1, 2009 to
September 30, 2010.

Request for qualifications
are on file at the City of
Port St. Joe office located
at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL
32456, and may also be
downloaded from the City
w e b s i t e
(cityofportstjoe.coin).

Evaluation of Responses
to the RFQ

The RFQ submittals will be
evaluated by City Staff and
Board Members of the City
of Port St. Joe based upon
information supplied by
each firm in response to
this RFQ. The City will
award a contract for insur-
ance services based on
services provided by the
insurance company and
anticipated rates. The
Board retains the right to
decide what services are in
its best interest.


copies to:
The City of Port St. Joe
PO. Box 278
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

All Submissions must be
clearly marked (Health
Insurance Professional
Services) and submitted to
Charlotte Pierce at City
Hall by 3:00 R M. ET on
Thursday July 30, 2009.
July 16, 23, 2009
3053S
CITY OF PORT ST JOE

NOTICE OF SOLIC-
ITATION REQUEST FOR
QUALIFICATIONS SUP-
PLEMENTAL HEALTH
INSURANCE

RFQ #09-005

Notice of Solicitation

Notice is hereby given that
the City of Port St. Joe lo-
cated at 305 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456 seeking
RFQs for professional ser-
vices to be provided to the
City as listed below, for the
period October 1, 2009 to
September 30, 2010.

Request for qualifications
are on file at the City of
Port St. Joe office located
at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL
32456, and may also be
downloaded from the City
w e b s i t e
(cityofportstjoe.coin).

Evaluation of Responses
to the RFQ

The RFQ submittals will be
evaluated by City Staff and
Board Members of the City
of Port St. Joe based upon
information supplied by
each firm in response to
this RFQ. The City will
award a contract for insur-
ance services based on
services provided by the
insurance company and
anticipated rates. The
Board retains the right to
decide what services are in
its best interest, and also
reserves the right to select
more than one bank as a
depository of City Funds..

Please submit Three (3)
copies to:
The City of Port St. Joe
RO. Box 278
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

All Submissions must be
clearly marked
(Supplemental Health
Insurance Professional
Services) and submitted to
Charlotte Pierce at City
Hall by 3:00 R M. ET, on
Thursday July 33, 2009.
July 16, 23, 2009
3068S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION

IN RE: ESTATE OF HUGH
F. SMITH

File No.: 09-50-PR

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the
estate of Hugh F. Smith,
deceased, whose date of
death was January 1,
2009, is pending in the Cir-
cuit Court for Gulf County,
Florida, probate Division,
the address of which is
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd. Rm. 148, Port St.
Joe, FL. .32456. The
names and and addresses
of the personal represent-
ative and the personal
representative's attorney
are set forth below.

All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this court
WITHIN THE LATER OF 3
MONTHS AFTER THE
TIME OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERVICE
OF A COPY OF THIS
NOTICE ON THEM.

All other creditors of the
decedent and other per-
sons having claims or de-
mands against decedent's
estate must file their claims
or demands against
decedent's estate must file
their claims with this court
WITHIN 3 MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE,

ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.

NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)


S_ 100

THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is July
14, 2009.

Attorney for Personal Rep-
resentative:
Julie Ann Sombathy
Attorney for Wachovia
Bank
Florida Bar No. 0009740
Isler, Sombathy,
Sombathy, RA.
RO. Box 430
434 Magnolia Avenue (Zip:
32401)
Panama City, Florida
32402-0430
Telephone: (850) 769-5532
Fax: (850) 785-5852
Personal Representative:
Wachovia Bank as succes-
sor in interest to AG Ed-
wards Trust Company
RO. Box 2554
Birmingham, Alabama
35290
July 16, 23, 2009
3072S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

US BANK NATIONAL AS-
SOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE
FOR CSAB
MORTGAGE-BACKED
PASS-THROUGH CERTIFI-
CATES, SERIES 2006-3
PLAINTIFF

VS

GERALD S. SHEARER
A/K/A GERALD C.
SHEARER: CHRISTINE T
SSHEARER F/K/A CHRIS-
TINE T MONEY; ANY AND
ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES
CLAIMING BY, THROUGH,
UNDER, AND AGAINST
THE HEREIN NAMED IN-
DIVIDUAL DEFENDANTS)
WHO ARE NOT KNOWN
TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS:
JOHN DOE AND JANE
DOE AS UNKNOWN TEN-
ANTS IN POSSESSION
DEFENDANTS)

CASE NO:
23-2008-CA-000220

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated July
6th, 2009 entered in Civil
Case No.23-2008-CA-
000220 of the Circuit court
of the 14TH Judicial Circuit
in and for GULF County,
PORT ST. JOE, Rorida, I
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at IN
THE FRONT LOBBY OF
THE COURTHOUSE at the
GULF County Courthouse
located at 1000 CECIL
COSTIN BLVD in PORT
ST. JOE, Florida at 11:00
a.m. on the 13th day of Au-
gust, 2009 the following
described property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

LOT 10, BAY BREEZE
SUBDIVISION, AS RE-
CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
3, PAGE 45, OF THE PUB-
LIC RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA.

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

Dated this 9th day of July,
2009.

Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By. Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

IN ACCORDANCE WITH
THE AMERICANS WITH
DISABILITIES ACT, per-
sons with disabilities need-
ing a special accommoda-
tion should contact
COURT .ADMINISTRA-
TION, at the GULF County
Courthouse at (850)
229-6112, 1-800-955-8771
(TDD) or 1-800-955-8770,
via Florida Relay Service.

THE LAW OFFICES OF
DAVID J. STERN, RA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
900 South Pine Island
Road
Suite 400
Plantation, FL 33324-3920
(954) 233-8000
08-49122 (ASCF)
July 16, 23, 2009
3075$
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
FLORIDA IN AND .FOR
GULF COUNTY
CIVIL DIVISION

UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA, acting through


1100

merely Farmers Home Ad-
ministration (FmHA),
United States Department
of Agriculture (USDA),
Plaintiff

vs

JAMES EDWARD
LOCKSTEAD; VICKIE
RENEE LOCKSTEAD;
FLORIDA HOUSING FI-
NANCE CORPORATION;
GULF COUNTY BOARD
OF COUNTY COMMIS-
SIONERS;
Defendants

CASE NO. 2008-462CA

NOTICE OF SALE

Notice is hereby given that
pursuant to a Summary
Judgment entered in the
above entitled cause in the
Circuit Court of Gulf
County, Florida, I will sell
the property located in
Gulf County, Florida, being
specifically described as
follows:

Lot .11, OAK GARDEN
SUBDIVISION, Unit II, as
recorded in Plat Book 6,
Page 20, Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida

at public sale to the high-
est and best bidder, for
cash in the front lobby of
the Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd. Port St.
Joe, Gulf County, Florida,
at 11:00 a.m. on the 13th
day of August, 2009.

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

If you are a person with a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order
to participate in this pro-
ceeding, you are entitled,
at no cost to you to the
provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact the
Office of the ADA Coordi-
nator, (850)747-5339,
within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice: if you are hearing
or voice impaired, call
Florida Relay Service (800)
955-8770.

Dated July 9, 2009.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
By: Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
July 23, 30, 2009
3105S
CITY OF PORT ST. JOE

NOTICE OF SOLIC-
ITATION REQUEST FOR
QUALIFICATIONS
for US-98 STREETSCAPE
IMPROVEMENTS CEI
SERVICES

RFQ #09-002

Notice is hereby given that
the City of Port St. Joe is
seeking Proposals of Qual-
ification for Construction
Engineering & Inspection
Services for the US-98
Streetscape Improvements
Project in Port St Joe, FL.

RFQ details are on file at
the Port St Joe City Hall lo-
cated at 305 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, FL 32456, and on the
City's website at
www.cityofportstjoe.com.

Proposals of Qualification
will be evaluated by the
Port St Joe City Manager
and the City Commission.
The City retains the right to
reject any or all proposals.

Please submit Three (3)
copies to:
ThetCity of Port St. Joe
RO: Box 278
Port St. Joe, Florida 32457

All Submissions must 'be
clearly marked "US-98
Streetscape Improvements
- CEI Services" and sub-
mitted to Jim Anderson In-
terim City Auditor/Clerk at
City Hall by 3:00 pm EST
on Thursday, August 6,
2009.
July 23, 30, 2009
3121S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIEN hatCystal I, LLC t he
holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said 'certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon,
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names In which It
was assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate. No. 542

Year of Issuance: 2007

Application No. 2009-1


L100
H E IH:, ,., -4 ..,'

Description of Property:
Lot 10, Block 84, St.
Joseph's Addition of the
City of Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, Unit Number One, ac-
cording to the official plat
thereof filed in Plat Book 1,
Page 20, Public Records,
Gulf County, Florida.

Name in which assessed:
Benny & Monica Tarantino

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such certifi-
cate shall be redeemed
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer-
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front
Lobby of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St.
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 5th
day of August, 2009.

Dated this 13th day of
July, 2009 '

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 23, 2009
3142S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
CIVIL ACTION

WASHINGTON MUTUAL
BANK F/K/A WASHING-
TON MUTUAL BANK, FA,
Plaintiff,

vs.

JOHN C. WEBB, et al,
Defendantss.

CASE NO. 2007-22-CA
DIVISION

NOTICE OF FORECLO-
SURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to an Or-
der Rescheduling Foreclo-
sure Sale dated July 9,
2009 and entered in case
No. 2007-22-CA of the Cir-
cuit Court of the FOUR-
TEENTH Judicial Circuit in
and for GULF County, Flor-
ida wherein WASHING-
TON MUTUAL BANK F/K/A
WASHINGTON MUTUAL
BANK, FA, is the Plaintiff
and JOHN C. WEBB; ANY
AND ALL UNKNOWN PAR-
TIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND
AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOW TO BE DEAD
OR ALIVE, WHETHER
SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES
MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST
AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DE-
VISEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS;
UNITED STATES OF
AMERICA; are the Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash at LOBBY OF THE
GULF COUNTY COURT-
HOUSE at 11:00AM, on
the 22nd day of October,
2009, the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in Final Judgment:

PARCEL A

BEGIN AT A ROD AND
CAP MARKING THE
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF
LOT 43 (ALSO BEING THE
NORTHEAST CORNER OF
LOT 44) OF SAN BLAS
ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION
AS PER PLAT THEREOF
RECORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 3, PAGE 20-22 OF
THE OFFICIAL RECORDS
OFFICE OF GULF.
COUNTY FLORIDA, SAID
POINT ALSO LYING ON
THE WESTERLY RIGHT
OF' WAY OF 'COUNTY
ROAD NUMBER 30-E;
THENCE RUN ALONG
THE NORTHERLY
BOUNDARY OF SAID LOT
44 SOUTH 70 DEGREES.
18 MINUTES 05 SEC-
ONDS EAST 28387 FEET
TO A POINT LYING ON
THE APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATERLINE
OF GULF OF MEXICO;
THENCE LEAVING SAID
BOUNDARY LINE RUN
ALONG SAID APPROXI-
MATE MEAN HIGH WA-
TERLINE NORTH 27 DE-
GREES 39 MINUTES 41
SECONDS EAST 55.56
FEEY; THENCE LEAVING
SAID APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATERLINE
RUN NORTH 68 DE-
GREES 13 MINUTES 11
SECOND EAST 41.68
FEET TO A ROD AND
CAP; THENCE NORTH 59
DEGREES 04 MINUTES 56
SECONDS EAST 108.14
FEET TO A ROD CAP;
THENCE NORTH 70 DE-
GREES 18 MINUTES 05
SECONDS EAST 58.20
FEET TO A ROD AND
CAP; THENCE SOUTH 19
DEGREES 41 MINUTES 55
SECONDS EAST 67.50
FEET TO A ROD AND
CAP; THENCE NORTH 70


S100 t 11 0 I
I,:,eHt: ,,mirrj jUTf- r-:, ',.a -r,:,nr, F EO, LE-
SECONDS EAST 86.42 FIRST COMMUNITY BANK
FEET TO A POINT LYING is the Plaintiff and HAYES
ON THE WESTERLY S. LISTER, BRANDY W.
RIGHT OF WAY OF SAID LISTER, WILLIE PAYNE,
COUNTY ROAD NUMBER ELIZABETH ASHLEY
30-E; THENCE RUN PAYNE, CITIBANK FED-
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF ERAL SAVINGS BANK,
WAY SOUTH 19 DE- and MAGNOLIA BLUFF
AGREES 41 MINUTES 55 S U B D I VI S.O N
SECONDS WEST 10.00 HOMEOWNERS ASSOCI-
FEET TO THE POINT OF ATION, INC., are Defend-
BEGINNING. ants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
AND cash at the front steps of
the Gulf County Court-
PARCEL B house, 1000 Cecil Costin
Boulevard, Port St. Joe,
COMMENCE AT A ROD Florida, Gulf County, at
AND CAP MARKING THE 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time,
SOUTHEAST CORNER OF on the 13th day of August,
LOT 43 (ALSO BEING THE 2009, the following de-
NORTHEAST CORNER OF scribed property situated
LOT 44) OF SAN BLAS in Gulf County, Florida,
ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION and set forth in the Order
AS. PER MAP OR PLAT or Final Judgment, to-wit:
THEREOF RECORDED IN
PLAT BOOK' 3, PAGE Lqt 6 of MAGNOLIA
20-22 OF THE OFFICIAL BLUFF, according to the
RECORDS OFFICE OF Plat thereof as recorded in
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA plat book 5, Page 3 of the
NUMBER 30-E; THENCE Public Records of Gulf
RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT County, Florida.
OF WAY NORTH 19 DE-
GREES 41 MINUTES 55 In accordance with the
SECONDS WEST 10.00 Americans With Disabilities
FEET TO A ROD AND CAP Act, persons needing a
FOR THE POINT OF BE- special accommodation to
GINNING CONTINUE participate in this proceed-
ALONG SAID RIGHT OF ing at 300 East Fourth
WAY NORTH 19 DE- Street, Panama City, Flor-
GREES 41 MINUTES 55 ida, 32401; Telephone:
SECONDS WEST 89.91 (850) 763-9061, ext. 327;
FEET TO RE-BAR, 1-800-955-771 (TDD); or
THENCE LEAVING SAID 1-800-955-8770 (V), via
RIGHT OF WAY RUN Florida relayService.
SOUTH 70 DEGREES 18
MINUTES 05 SECONDS Any person claiming an in-
WEST 297.84 FEET TO A terest in the surplus from
POINT LYING QN THE AP- the sale, if any, other than
PROXIMATE MEAN HIGH the property owner as of
WATERLINE OF THE the date of the lis pendens
GULF OF MEXICO; must file a claim within 60
THENCE RUN ALONG daysafter the sale.
SAID APPROXIMATE
MEAN HIGH WATERUNE WITNESS my hand and
SOUTH 27 DEGREES 39 the official seal of the
MINUTES 41 SECONDS Honourable Court on this
EAST 45.33 FEET; 9th day of July, 2009.
THENCE LEAVING SAID
APPROXIMATE MEAN REBECCA L NORRIS,
HIGH WATERLINE RUN CLERK OF CIRCUIT
NORTH 68 DEGREES 13 COURT
MINUTES 11 SECONDS GULF COUNTY
EAST 41.68 FEET TO A By: Jasmine Hysmith
ROD AND CAP; THENCE Deputy Clerk
NORTH 59 DEGREES 04
MINUTES 56 SECONDS Sherri Denton Mallory,
EAST 108.14 FEET TO A Esq.
ROD AND CAP; THENCE MALLORY & MALLORY,
NORTH 70 DEGREES 18 PA.
MINUTES 05 SECONDS Post Office Box 2178
EAST 58.20 FEET TO A Panama City, Florida
ROD AND CAP; THENCE 32402
SOUTH 19 DEGREES 41 July 23, 30, 2009
MINUTES 55 SECONDS 31
EAST 67.50 FEET TO A 31S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
ROD AND CAP; THENCE OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
NORTH 70 DEGREES 18 CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
MINUTES 05 SECONDS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
EAST 88.42 FEET TO THE GENERAL JURISDICTION
GENERAL JURISDICTION
POINT OF BEGINNING. DIVISION

A/K/A 4047 CAPE SAN RBC CENTURY BANK
BLAS ROAD, CAPE SA RBCPLAINTIF RABAN
BLAS, FL 32456
VS
Any person claiming an in-
terest in the surplus from TONY 0 MARTIN;
sale, if any, other than the BRENDA C MARTIN; SUN-
property owner as ofthe SET POINTE AT SE-
date of the Lis Pendens CLUDED DUNES
CLUDED DUNES
must file a claim within HOMEOWNERS ASSOCI-
sixty (60) days after the ATION, INC.
sale. DEFENDANTS

WITNESS MY HAND and CASE NO: 08-321-CA
the seal of this Court on
July 7, 2009. NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk FORECLOSURE LE
Clerk of the Circuit Court NOTICE IS HEREBY
By: Jasmine Hysmith GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
Deputy Clerk mary Final Judgment of
FloridaDefault Law Gro Foreclosure dated July
Florida Default Law Group, 6th, 2009 entered in Civil
PRL. oCase No. 08-321-CA of the
PO. Box 25018 Circuit court of the 14TH
Tampa, Florida Judicial Circuit in and for
33622-5018 GULF County, Florida, I
F07000013 will sell to the highest and
**See Am it best bidder for cash at
**See Americans with Dis- THE FRONT LOBBY OF
abilities Act THE GULF COUNTY
In accordance with the COURTHOUSE, LOCATED
Americans with Disabilities AT 1000 CECIL COSTIN
Act, persons needing a BLVD, PORT ST. JOE,
special accommodation t Florida at 11:00 a.m. on
participate in this proceed- the August 13th, 2009 the
ing should contact Gulf following described prop-
#850-229-3116 (TDD) erty as set forth in said
J #850-22931 ) Summary Final Judgment,
July 23,30,2009 to-wit:
3149S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, LOT 13, BLOCK A, OF
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL SUNSET POINTE, AC-
CIRCUIT OF THE STATE CORDING TO THE PLAT
OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR THEREOF, AS RE-
GULF COUNTY CORDED IN PLAT BOOK
4, PAGE 41, OF THE PUB-
PEOPLES FIRST COMMU- LIC RECORDS OF GULF
NITY BANK, COUNTY, FLORIDA.
Plaintiff,
Dated this 9th day of July,
vs. 2009.

HAYES S. LISTER, Any person claiming an in-
BRANDY W. LISTER, WIL- terest in the surplus from
LIE PAYNE,. ELIZABETH the sale, if any, other than
ASHLEY PAYNE, the property owner as of
CITIBANK FEDERAL SAV- the date of the lis pend-
INGS BANK, MAGNOLIA ens, must file a claim
BLUFF SUBDIVISION within 60 days after the
HOMEOWNERS ASSOCI- sale.
ATION, INC.,
Defendants. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
i Clerk of the Circuit Court
CASE NO. 09-79 CA By. Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
NOTICE OF SALE
THE LAW OFFICES OF
NOTICE is hereby given BAKALAR & TOPOUZIS,
pursuant to a Final Judg- PA.
ment of Foreclosure dated ATTORNEY FOR PLAIN-
July 6, 2009 entered In TIFF
case Number 09-79-CA of 450 N. PARK ROAD,
the Circuit Court of the SUITE410
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit HOLLYWOOD, FL. 33021
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If you are a person t'vith a
disability who needs any
accommodation in order
to participate in thi pro-
ceeding you are elatitled,
at no cost to you, ;o the
provision of certain assis-
tance. Please contact the
office of the Court Admin-
istrator, BFIOWARD
County Courthouse, at
within two (2) working
days of your receipt of this
Notice of Sale;
1-800-955-8771 (TDD) for
hearing impaired or
1-800-955-8770, via Florida
Relay Service.
July 23, 30, 2009
3166S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION
IN RE: ESTATE OF
EARL F.OWENS
Deceased.
File Number 09-42PR
NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION
The administration of the
estate of EARL F OWENS,
deceased, whose date of
death was August 1, 2008
and whose social security
number is ***-**-0304, is
pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Division,
the address of which is
Gulf County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr.
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and ad-
dresses of the personal
representative and the per-
sonal representative's at-
tomey are set forth below.
All creditors of the dece-
dent and other persons
having claims or demands
against decedent's estate
on whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER OF
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY
(30) DAYS AFTER THE
DATE OF SERVICE OF A
COPY OF THIS NOTICE
ON THEM.
All other creditors of the
decedent and persons
having claims or demands
against'the decedent's es-
tate must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
THREE (3) MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBUCATION OF
THIS NOTICE.
ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED
WITHIN THE TIME PERI-
ODS SET FORTH IN SEC-
TION 733.702 OF THE
FLORIDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE BARRED.
NOTWITHSTANDING THE
TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH ABOVE, ANY
CLAIM FILED TWO (2)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED.
The date of first publica-
tion of this Notice is July
23, 2009.
Personal Representative:
La'TRINA Y'VETTA
McNEAL
149 Sims Ave., A3
Panama City, FL 32456
Attomey for Personal Rep-
resentative:
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32.457
Telephone: (850) 227-1159
July 23, 30, 2009
3175S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Verona V, LLC
the holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued thereon.
The certificate number and
year of issuance, the de-
scription of the property,
and the names in which it
was assessed are as fol-
lows:
Certificate No. 339
Application No. 2009 13
Year of Issuance: 2007
R.E. No.03186-125R
Descripon ofProperty
BEGINNING at a 5/8" di-
ameter iron rod and cap
marked L.S. 1718 on the
Southerly right of way line
of County Road No. 30
(Formerly State Road No.
30) at a point of intersec-
tion with the Westerly
boundary line of Section
20, Township 9 South,
Range 10 West, Gulf
County, Florida, thence go
Northeasterly along said
Right of Way line along the
arc of a curve to the left
having a radius of 2346.20
feet through a central an-
gle of 01 Degrees 51 Min-
utes 16 Seconds for an arc
length of 7593 feet (Chord
bearing North 77 Degrees
26 Minutes 34 Seconds
East for 3 feet) to a 1/2" di-
ameter iron rod and cap
marked L.S. 1999; thence
departing said Southerly
right of way line go South
00 Degrees 02 Minutes 35
Seconds East for a dis-
tance of 270.45 feet to a
5/8" diameter Irop Rod,
and cap marked L.B. 2372
on the Northerly right of
way line of a 20 foot wide
access road; thence go
North 83 Degrees 03 Min-
utes 05 Seconds West


along said Northerly right
of way line for a distance
of 74.71 feet to a point on
the West boundary of
aforesaid Section 20;
thence go North 00 De-
grees 02 Minutes 12 Sec-
onds West Along the West
Boundary line of said Sec-
tion 20, for a distance of
244.91 feet, to the POINT
OF BEGINNING. Said par-
cel of land lying and being
in Section 20, Township 9


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Certfte N419 rivae Handyman t America's Mini Storage & Office Complex
Housekeeper, in a Truck "Business Center Now Leasing"
Application No.2009 15 Have openings on my Due to economic collapse Prt
schedule, excellent ref. oa new construction, I have Locatlo ILocatoni Neap the POOt
Year of Issuance: 2007 850-639-9694 been played off, with 12yrs New brick offices with 12' x 12' office,
RE.No.3607 R of all types of electricalexp private Bath, Storage Closet, with easy
R.E. No. 03607-000R and my dad with 30 years
Des on of Pope: carpentry experiene. access bay to a 24' x 40' warehouse
Descriptionof Property: nWe must resort to inde- ,space. Gated, Secured 1 year lease at*
Lots 12, 14, and 16, Block Gorgeous pendent contracting Gulf $550 per month, $550 deposit.
7, of Bacordn Hill Addition, Yamy Nicole Call County only. Call Richie at Toye or $550 Roberts it.
according to the Plate 850-691- 9991 850-814-7506 Toye o Gina Roherts
of the Clerk of Circuit 850-22 -8014 or 850- 258 4801
Court, Gulf County, Flor-
ida.
Name in which assessed:
Charlie Mack Brock

All of said property being
in Gulf County, State of
Florida. Unless such certifi- i I
cate shall be .redeemed HELP IS
according to law, the prop-
erty described in such cer- P H O E
tificate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the front i C A L
Lobby of the Gulf County '
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. '
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. A ,m
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the 26th
day of August, 2009.
dayof August,2009 To Place Your Classified ad
Dated this 21st day of July,
2009. *
REBECCA L. NORRIS C TAD APALACHIC
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT AE I I i
COURT, GULF COUNTY,CARR
FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
July 23, 30, August 6, 13,
y20096,13, Call Our New Numbers Now!
3190S
PUBLIC NOTICE I
Call: 850-747-5020
Gulf County Schoo Board Call:
is offering a Bus Din Toll Free: 800-345-8688
Class for any one inter-
ested in becoming a Sub- Fa: 747-
stitute Bus Driver for the Fa: 850-747-5044
school system. The class
will start on August 3, 2009 Email: thestar@pcnh.com
at 6:00 PM, EST at the
school board office at 150 Email: thetimes@pcnh.com


Port St. Joe Commercial
For Lease
Retail / Office Space
317 Williams Avenue
+/-1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
+/-4500sf shell space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
309Reid Avenue
+/-6000sf renovated shell space; occupant read ;$450Q/mo mod. gross
407 Reid Avenue, Suies D
+/-1824sf,
310 Reid Avenue
+/-1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
230 Reid Avenue
+/-756sf office/retail; $12 psf mod. gross
322'Long Avenue
+/-1000sf- move-in ready; $900/mo gross
411 Reid Avenue
+/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross
Warehouse / Flex Space
110 Trade Circle West
750sf-22,500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf NNN (incl.
water/sewer)
160 Cessna Drive
+/-5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costin Airport; $7 psf plus utilities
and applicable sales tax; Inquire for possible incentives/concessions.
772 Hwy 98, Suite A
+/-900sf office flex space, Includes 450sf overhead storage. $500/mo'
mod. gross

For Sale
320 Marina Drive
Corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility;
.14 acres,
407ReidAve
+/-4988sf; Multi tenant bldg 100% leased; Parking Incl; $549,000
317 Monument Ave
+/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Parking Included;
$649,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms.

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South, Range 10 West, Middle School Road, Port Eagle Landing 2 br, 1 ba 226 Sailfish Lots for Sale in Wewa. 1/2 NIssan 300 ZX, 2+2 1985,
Gulf County. Florida, and St. Joe, FL. This class will Eg i Highland View $500 mo acre $18,000, 1 acre One owner, new radio,
having an area of 0,44 ac- consist of 40 hours which Spacious Call 817-789-3527 $25,000. High and dry in never wrecked, great paint
res, more or less. ALSO will be 20 hours classroom PV Medical/ Health Townhome the city limits. 6 Acre tract job, motor seized up from
KNOWN AS: Lot 7, PELI- and 20 hours on the bus. New development Fully $78,000 Call 850-227-6654 storage, running 6 months
CAN PINES SUBDIVISION For more information you EMPlOYMENT Receptionist/ furnished, beautiful & spa- ago. $1,500 obo227-2167
(Unrecorded). Easement may call the Transporta- 4100- Help Wanted Office Manager cious, 3 br, 2 ba 6170
for Ingress and Egress: lion .Department at 4130 Employment with good computer skills townhome located in Toyota Camry 1993 $595
Grantors grant an ease- 227-1204. Informallon for Veterinarian Clinic PT Jones Homestead, Eagle 7190 down $4900 Total 0% In-
ment for ingress and July 23, 2009or FT Call 850-227-7270 Landing subdivision. Close terest Daylight Auto Fi-
egress to the beach in Gulf y_-_3,09-- to shopping, downtown Norris Lake Front Uving nancing 2816 W Hwy 98
of Mexico located between and St. Joseph's Bay. 2 br, 2 ba, closed in East TN. Find your lake- 9am to 9pm 850-215-1769
Lots 8 and 9, Pelican Pines Verification Monthly rental $900 w/ porch, fcnd yard, CH&A, 1 front dream! Visit
as described in the Decla- 4100Analysts $900 sec/damage deposit blk to beach & 5 mil. to NonisLakeFrontProperties.co ,.
ration of Restrictions and J Short Termlental op TAFB, Beacon Hill/Mexico m or Call (865)
covenants of Pelican Pines Full Time Position P i, Short Term renta l l stPoption Beach Call 850-647-3568 585-3799 Vicki Neuer,
recorded in the. Publicaie FL, M-F 9-5:30. 20k/year. avail. Call Gulf Coast Prop- eReuer
recorded in the. Public Knowledge of Microsoft erty Services at (423) 626-6353 Realty
Records of Gulf County, Word/Google required. Ex- (850)229-2706 for more in- Group
7. rida( at 9 RB e de- Pa e Accounting/Finance cellent Phone Skills are formation & a tour of the VW Jea 1 $
764. (Lot 8 and 9 are ove- necessary, townhome. VW Jetta 1997 $895 Down
scribed in these cove- MERC DISE T rar Email Resume to $6,900 Total 0% Interest
.nants). Temporary Email Resume to Daylight Auto Financing
nan310 Antiques Teller anda oo2816 W Hwy 98 9am ncinto
Name inwhich assessed 3110 -Appliances yahoo.com
Name in which assessed: 3120 Arts & Craftt Coastal Community 1__ 6140 9pm 850-215-1769
John M. Chivetta 3130 Auctions Bank of Apalachicola( __
3140 Baby Items (4to 6' months only) Ap- C-30 near R.E EO.
All of said property being 3150- Building Supplies alachicola, FL. seeks: mesC-30 ne
in Gulf County, State of 3160-Business Tm Ioy Teller. | 4130 Indian Pass 71 Ho00- me / ATBROeCcM E
Florida. Unless such certifi- Equipment Temporary Teller. Per -P T O B Bach Home
ate shall be redeemed 3170 collectibles forms teller duties Mon- between Apalachlcola Property
cat3180 Compuers day Friday from 8 AM PQOSTAL & GOV JOB and Port St. Joe 7120 Commercial 8100 Antique & Collectibles
according to law, the prop- 3190 Electronics 5 PM and occasional INFO FOR SALE? 1 bedroom, 1 bath, en- 7130CondoTownhoe 8110 Cart Utility V
tc wed otio new eno 7140 -,Farms & Ranches 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
erty described in such cer- 3200-Firewood Saturdays 8 AM 12 PM closed patio, new reno- 7150Lotsand Aceae 130 Trucks
tificate will be sold to the 3210 Free Pass It On 7 s0 -AVans
highest bidder in the front 3220- Furniture Qualifications 6 months C auction ovation, $580 furn with 7160 obile Homes/Lots 8140 Vans
obby of the f ont 3230 Garageard Saes of teller experience re- w&d, $515 unfurn, back- 7170 Waterlront 8150 Commercial
Lobby of theGulf County3240 Guns quired, ground/credit check. 7180 Inveslment 8180 Motorcycles
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. 3250 Good Things to Eat Temporary 850-899-1093 for ppt Propery 8170 Auto Parts 8120
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. 3260 Health & Fitness Temporary You NEVER have to pay 85 99-1093 or 7190 Out-of-Town Accessories
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, 3270 Jewelry/Clothing Teller for information about n Real Estate 8210- Bots ra uzu Amigo 1995 $795
E.T, Wednesday, the 26th 3280 Machinery/ (4 to 6 months only) federal or postal jobs. If Eagle Landing 7200 Tmeshare 8220- PersonalWatercrat Down. 0% Interest Total
day of August, 2009. 3 Equipment Prt t e P you see a job Townhome a 48240 Boat & Marine 2 Da A
day of August, 2009.MedicalEqupment Port St. Joe, FL Per- nancing 2816 W Hwy 98
3300 Miscellaneous forms teller duties Mon- guarantee, contact the New development- beauti- 10 Aircraft/Aviation 9am/pm 850-215-1769
Dated this 21st day of July, 3310- Musical lnstmrments day thru Friday from 8 FTC. ful & spacious 3br, 2ba 7150 8320 A viaRlon d e 9am9m e8 2-1
2009. 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ AM- 5 PM Qualifications The Federal Trade townhome located in 35 acres Howard Creek 8330- Campers & Trailers
Supplies 6 months of teller ex- Commission Jones Homestead, in the N clearing ,erered. 8340- Motorhomes
CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT 3340- Sporting Goods parience required. isEagle Landing Subdivi- Great quiet homesite
REBECCA L. NORRIS 3330 Restaurant/Hotel perience require.i s America's consumer Eagle Landing Subdivi- Great quiet homesite
COLEURT, GULF THECOUNT 3350 Tickets Buy& Sell) Please e-mail resume to protection agency. sion. Close to shopping, and/or plenty of room for
COURT, GULF COUNTY edaffin@ccbflorida.com downtown and St. livestock or horses. Great
FLORIDA www ftcsgov/jobscams Joseph's Bay. Monthly livestock or horses. r silo
D LR and indicate poion for www.c.gov/obscams Joseph's Bay. Monthly fishing Call 827-4290 or
BY: Donna L Ray, which you are applying. 1-877-FTC-HELP rental $875 with $875 767-3191 Infinit G20 1996 $695
Deputy Clerk 7&1 i *4 ^w Positions will be -open security/damage deposit. down $5900 Total 0% In-
July 23, 30, August 6, 13, 3230 until filled. Equal Oppor- A public service Call Gulf Coast Property Trade 3.96 acres, 300 yards terest Daylight Auto Fi- Jeep Grand Cherokee La-
2009_ tunity Employer. message from the FC Services at (850) 229-2706 more or less from public nancing 2816 W Hwy 98 redo 1998 $995 down 0%
3176S and The News Herald for more information and a boat landing on the Appa- 9am to 9pm 850-215-1769 Interest Total $5,900 Day-
NOTICE OF Garage Salel SAT, July Classfed Advertising tour of the townhome. lachicola River in light Auto Financing 2816
APPLICATION 25th .1705 Garrison Ave Departmen Blounttown, FL. Mixed W Hwy 98 9am/pm
FOR TAX DEED am-. Toys, household ai zone use. Boundry & ele- 850-215-1769
items, misc. FR.E Executive 3 br, 2 be, W&D, ovation survey done. Would
NOTICE IS HEREBY / garage, deck, fenced yd, make for an ideal
GIVEN that Verona V, LLC Baby Sitter's pool, tennis court, private campground/RV park w/ .
the holder of the following N S beach, pets okay, $925 bait and tackle store & or
Tax Certificate, has filed Needed for family on mo. 850-639-2690 or bar. Property borders 2
Tax Certificate, has filed
said certificate for a tax st, ber832-9702 paved streets, both dead Mercedes 1993 190E
deed to be issued thereon. Must be 18 or oveends. Property is free and $595 Down $4,900 Total
The certificate number and pSj, 409 Nautilus Dr, Sat. 4-26-1 Hunter Circle clear with no mortgages or 0% Interest Daylight Auto
The certificate number and PSJ, 409 Nautilus Dr, Sat., BFinaning_2816WHwy_9
year of issuance, the de- 7am-?. New lawn tractor, BUSINESS FINC Home For Rent liens. Want to trade for a Financing 2816 W Hwy 98
scription of the property, garden and fishing equip- Fumished 2 bedroom lot on Beacon Hill, St. Joe 9am to 9pm 850-215-1769
and the names in which it garden and fishing bath house, brnd a Beach, or Mexico Beach l.
ment. Lots of stuff! Logistfcs/Transportation Opportunlltes bath house, brand new ap- o t at w a
was assessed are as fol-I I 5110 Money to Lend pliances, large front/back thatiszonedthatwill allow 8140
lows: I We Need Driverl yards, located in quiettrel le Eagle Summt 1995 $595
CecaeN neighborhood near must befree & clearofany EaglDown. 0% Interest Tota1995 $595
Certificate No. 351 I Trainees Only I schools and downtown liens with no mortgages on $4 900 Daylighst AuTotal
I No experienced Drivers I S100 Port St. Joe. $700 a month parcel Cll 850-674-5026, Financing 2816 W Hwy 98
Application No. 2009- 14 $800 per with $700 security deposit. or 643-1723 Financing 2816W Hwy 98
N2091 674-5889am/9pm 850-215-1769
80 k EARN GREAT Call Gulf Coast Property
YearoflIssuance:2007 Yrd Sale 6241 Americusl 1-877-214-3624S R G EA C Gicast Propertye
Year of Issuance: 2007 Yard Sale24Arne s Webd # 34041480 $$$ WORKING services at (H50) 229-276 Hurry! We only have a few
Ave. Fri 24th & Sat 25th,L =-- -- -------a
R.E. No. 03191-245R 8am -? A little bit of every- FROM HOME McClellan St. 2 br, 1 be,
thing, something for every- 53 Year Old Distribution fenced yard, C/H/A total Barefoot Cottages left
Description of Property: one. maintenance Company looking for electric, good neighbors,
Lot 9, MYSTIC PALMS, a Pool Maintenance Online Trainers $600 mo + $500 depi
Subdivision, as per map or Technician wwwawakeyour 1-770-851-4551 In beach acce( communityy with pools, playgrounds, club
plat thereof recorded in Port. St. Joe dreams.cornmter, ewer and g rb ge.
Plat Book 5, Page 8, of the Pool maintenance techni- h house, 0ttus, riceildudes water, swer a garbage.
Public Records of Gulf cian needed for a rapidly 3br3. ............................
County, Florida. growing local company. hrPort tJ 3b1 8160 e
y, i3300 Position includes a comr- / \ Port St Joe 3 br 1 ba, hrd m Yamaha Majesty, 2006
Name in which assessed: petitive salary and health -4 wood firs, Irg storage shed ....... 400 cc, Excellent Con-
James Bailey IV benefits. Must have relia- w/ W/D hkups, $600 mo edition 11,200 miles, Great
17 ble transportation, valid 850-2277234 4 as saver aski $4300
All of said property being drivers license, be self mo- l 1866 6281334 salltro 1 s1 n $4,300
in Gulf County, State of tivated and responsible. Townhomes for rent, 850 2291350A Ca648-
Florida. Unless such cer- Washer & Dryer excellent Certified Pool Operator Jones Homestead- Pon- SouthemCoastalManagement OU80.29.1 0
tificate shall be redeemed condition, $250 for set, with prior experience pre- R FIR derosa Pines. First month LONGTEM RENTALS ,nStenCoas*t m *
according to law, the prop- Cowhide chair and otto- erred. Only serious inquir- 100 Business/ rent free wh deposit and
erty described in such cer- man, $250. Antique Pie ies need apply. Please call Commercial 12 month lease. 2 brand 3 210
tificate will be sold to the safe $200. Please Call 850-229-2706 for more in- 6110-Apartments br units available. Call 1998 24' Carrable, Off
highest bidder in the front 850-991-0277 or 381-9733 formation. 6120- Beach Rentals 850-227-9732 shore boat, 225 HP
Lobby of the Gulf County 130 Condo/1ownouse Yamaha 2 stroke, windlass
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. 640 Huse Rentals anchor, lots of extras, New
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. 160 Roomsmate Wanted MM STORAGEI e se. electronics, Everything
Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, Shop our new Property Manager 0170- Mobile Home/Lote JanaDan Dn works, in good condition,
E.T, Wednesday, the 26th showroom Port. St. Joe 6180o- out-o-Town Rentals In r St Je Janalyn Dowden $7,500 850-247-9995
day of August, 2009. Property manager position 6190 Timeshare Rentals
packed with available with rapidly 20-Vacet Rentl 2296200 850-251-3432
Dated this 21st day of July growing local company. 108 S. E. Ave. A
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Toucan's under new owners.


By Despina Williams
Star StaffWriter
Since assuming operations
of Toucan's restaurant on June
19, Scott Gordon has set about
getting his house in order.
With new owners Mike and
Tony Malerba, he initiated
equipment upgrades, tweaked
the menu and devised ways to
increase restaurant traffic.
But as he steered a new
course for the restaurant's fu-
ture, Gordon could not escape
certain unseemly aspects of
Toucan's past. .
"There was a stigma to it,"
Gordon said of the restaurant.
Toucan's founder, Paul Fran-
cis, currently is serving prison
time for tax fraud, gun and drug
possession. His illegal exploits
have been the topic of local con-
versation for years.
Toucan's stigma, Gordon
said, is "drug-related," but also
a product of what he described
as Francis' harsh treatment of
employees.
"The real success is how you
treat your people, and he was
brutal with some of his people,"
Gordon said.
In rebooting the restaurant,
management hopes to create a
kindler, gentler Toucan's that
will appeal to tourists and lo-
cals alike.
Major changes afoot include
converting the upstairs bar into
a sports bar, equipped with 16
televisions, including four roll-
down large projection screens.
"You should be able to sit
anywhere in the bar and see
a'TV," said Gordon, noting the
bar will air NFL games and ul-


Toucan's tiki bar can accommodate a variety of special events,
wedding receptions.


timate fighting matches.
Hungry sports fans can enjoy
a variety of snack foods, includ-
ing pizza and wings.
A $50,000 upgrade to the air
conditioning unit in the main
dining area has made patrons'
remain more comfortable, and


kitchen upgrades have expe-
dited service.
The Malerba brothers, who
owned four rib restaurants in
Atlanta, have influenced Tou-
can's menu, which will now fea-
ture ribs, along with different
seafood and appetizers.


including corporate meetings and


As a thank-you to service-
men and patrons, Toucan's will
offer discount cards and appre-
ciation nights.
The front gift shop also will
get a makeover.
"There's a lot of stuff in there
that doesn't sell," said Gordon.


"We're going to look at the area
and see what people are truly
looking for."
Special events coordinator
Renee Carroll hopes to book
more corporate parties and
beach weddings at Toucan's.
A stay in the upstairs apart-
ment, currently undergoing a
renovation, may be included in
wedding packages, along with the
rehearsal dinner and reception.
The owners' long-term goal
is to create a Toucan's fran-
chise, with locations spreading
out across Florida.
Gordon cited Jimmy Buf-
fett's Margaritaville franchise
as a model, with branding and
name recognition the keys to its
success.
"If you look at Margarita-
ville, the money's not made in
the restaurant, it's made in the
brand," he said.
STo build the brand, Gordon
will launch a Web site, complete
with merchandise sales and an
events calendar.
In the short-term, Toucan's
is focused on expanding its pa-
tronage.
Carroll happily reports lo-
cals who have been infrequent
guests at Toucan's have visited
the restaurant in recent days.
"A lot of locals are coming
back. They're testing the wa-
ters," she said.
Gordon, who has heard re-
ports fiom his produce man of
positive new buzz for the res-
taurant, is pleased with Tou-
can's new direction.
"It's not going to happen
over night, but it's encouraging
to know there's some positive
feedback," he said.


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Toucan's will host "Christmas in July,"
complete with a beach bum Santa, from noon-4
p.m. CT July 25.
Photos with Santa will be $5, with all
proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.
Blues musician-Slim Fats will perform in the
upper deck lounge on Aug. 7-9 and 21-23.
Qn Aug. 10, Toucan's will host a "Night of
Comedy." Advanced tickets are $10, or $12 at
the door.,
Toucan's, at 803 U.S. Highway 98 in
Mexico Beach, is open at 11 a.m. CT seven
days a week.
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