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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: December 10, 2009
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DEP rep: Cily water safe

By Tim Croft mental Protection's Pensac- Results from additional which act to provide a thin and Gulf County. nance corrosion.can be very
Star News Editor ola office, told city commis- testing, what the state calls layer between the more cor- The corrosion inhibitor problematic.". ,
sioners last week that while the "copper and lead" test,. rosive surface water and also helps control any leech- Pope added that the
Fbr some on Port St. Joe's the color of the water may will determine how much pipe, also effectively scour ing of copper and lead into city's new plant is a state-of-
water what comes out of the not have been aesthetically more of the polyphosphates, pipes, loosening old rust, re- homes.. the-art facility operated by
tap may have a reddish hue pleasing since the move to a or corrosion inhibitors, plant sulting in the discoloration, "Surface water is very competent and knowledge-
but it is perfectly safe. surface water source, tests operators will need to use in very common in systems different from a well sys- able staff.
John Pope, with the Flor- demonstrate the water is the fuhitue. that have older infrastruc- tem," Pope noted.. "Without
ida Department of Environ- safe. The corrosion inhibitors, ture, such as Port St. Joe proper flushing and mainte- See WATER A6


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By Despina Williams your billfolds:."
Star Staff Writer For the past 10 years, Blackman,
86, has played Santa Claus to Wewa-
Pastor Joey Smith of Wewahitch- hitchka's needy children, outfitting
ka's Glad Tidings Church has some them with shoes, pants, shirts, un-
advice for those encountering Flora derwear and socks as the weather
Blackman during the Christmas turns cold.
season. She calls her charity "Flora's
"If you see her coming in red, get Kids," and it's one of many making


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a difference this Christmas for Gulf
County's underprivileged residents,
* Civic-minded citizens like Black-
man have been busy organizing bike
drives, toy deliveries, hot meals\and
senior gifts.
Even in tough economic times,
See HOLIDAYS A6


Sacred Heart Hospital 'a shot in the arm to boost the community'


DESPINA WILLIAMS I The Star
Attendees could register for
jobs online in the Gulf/Franklin
Center's computer lab and were
also encouraged to bring their
resumes.


Job fair a success
By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer '
With the Gulf County unem-
ployment rate hovering just below
10 percent, job seekers turned
out in force to Saturday's Sacred
Heart on the Gulf job fair.
Held at Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College's Gulf/Franklin Cen-
ter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET, the
job fair introduced visitors to 104
clinical and non-clinical positions
as well as a variety of volunteer


opportunities.
Staff from the Sacred Heart on
the Emerald Coast branch provid-
ed detailed job descriptions and
fielded questions from interested
applicants.
Manning the medical records
desk, Diane Clark said she was
amazed to discover the job, seek-
ers' varied employment histories.
One applicant she spoke with
had previously worked as a court
reporter, and Clark believed her
skills might transfer.
"She has a transcription back-
ground. We have a position which


might just suit her," Clark said.
Rowena Johnston, a 10-year
Sacred Heart volunteer from Des-
tin, attempted to encourage at-
tendees to volunteer their time to
the hospital.
"You can work four hours a
week, four hours every other
week. It fits whatever schedule
you have and you feel like you're
giving back," Johnston said.
The Sacred Heart facility, lo-
cated at 3801 E. Hwy. 98 in Port St.
Joe, is considered by many to be

See SACRED HEART A3


Hearing on

redrawing

CCCL lacks

controversy

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Florida Department
of Environmental Protec-
tion conducted a public
hearing on the redrawing
of the Coastal Construc-
tion Control Line in Gulf
County.
Questions were certain-
ly answered, but there are
clearly unknowns, ahead
for property owners due to
an entirely different topic
- what is a frontal dune
and just where the 30-year
erosion line will be drawn
on any individual property.
The redrawing of -the
Coastal Construction Con-
trol Line will likely be un-
dertaken in late January,
said Gene Chelecki, pro-
gram director tor the DEP
The redrawing comes
after several issues that
came to light during the
restoration of the peninsu-
lar beaches was undertak-
en and have, at least in the-
ory, been largely resolved.
The last restudy of the
CCCL came in 1983 and it
was re-established in 1986.
Essentially, the CCCL de-
fines the-seaward boundary
for any coastal building.
Chalecki noted that the
beach restoration project
along nearly seven Mriles
of peninsula beach did not
change the dynamics on
the coast as it pertained to
the CCCL.
"The beach restoration
project is wonderful ... but
it does not re-establish the
coastline that was there
in 1983," he said. "We are
hopeful to move forward
with re-establishment of
the line and have it com-
pleted by the end of Janu-
ary of 2010."
The redrawing would
take place from T.H. Stone
St. Joseph's Peninsula
State Park'to the Stump
Hole area of County 30-E.
The line would move
progressively inward from
the state park moving
south, with the line moving
landward 55-60 feet' near
the state park to 115 feet
just south of Billy Joe Rish
Park to 225 feet near the
BP station to 380 feet at the
Stump Hole.
According to a "Esti-
mated Regulatory Cost for
Proposed Changes" the re-
drawing of the CCCL would
impact 150 single-fam-
ily dwellings, 12 multi-fam-
ily dwellings and 79 vacant
See CCCL A2


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A2 I The Star


Local


Thursday, December 10, 2009


CCCI from page Al


parcels.
The impact on local tax
rolls was not clear.
"The net effect of these
(local) revenue changes is
indeterminate, but is likely
to be negative overall," the
report stated.
Here is where it begins
to get interesting when it
comes to Gulf County.
The original law man-
dates that the CCCL per-
tained to property that had
to be platted before October
1985.
However, as the state
discovered when undertak-
ing and funding in part the
beach restoration project,
much St. Joseph Peninsula
was platted after that date
and was sold and re-sold
with that platting a given for
buyer and seller.
"The law was amended
to specifically address Gulf
County," Chalecki said. "The


situation we are dealing
with in Gulf County is very
unusual."
That led to the passage
last spring of a local bill that
essentially exempted Gulf
County from that platting
provision of the CCCL pro-
gram, asserted that in Gulf
County the plat date must be
before Jan. 1, 2009, and also
provided several exemptions
by which a property owner
could still build on parcels
impacted the redrawing of
the CCCL.
A key provision is that
construction would be pro-
hibited on property "the
majority of which was previ-
ously not subject to the ju-
risdiction of the coastal con-
struction control program,"
meaning, as Chalecki said
he interpreted the rule,
that any property in which
at least 51 percent was still
landward of the CCCL would


allow for building of a single-
family dwelling.
Provided the property
owner "does not own land
adjacent to the property,"
the "property is landward of
the frontal dune structure"
and "will be as far landward
as practical without being
seaward of or on the froptal
dune system."
That change in the law
compelled the DEP to down-
grade the number of im-
pacted vacant parcels to 20
severely impacted and four
moderately impacted.
Chalecki further noted
that due to the platting that
had taken place after 1985,
the agency had decided
on a three-year window to
grandfather in any existing
structures under construc-
tion when the CCCL was
redrawn.
Construction would mean
at least a foundation in place.


Chalecki said the agency
would likely contact prop-
erty owners on. which some
construction has taken place
to obtain information on the
status of construction.
The agency would be
as liberal as possible with
the three-year window for
grandfathering.
To what extent con-
struction must be ongoing,
though, Chalecki left open
to be determined on an indi-
vidual basis.
That will also be the case
of the 30-year erosion line,
which is separate from the
CCCL and not tied directly
to the redraw of the CCCL;
Chalecki said.
As the report details, a
30-year erosion projection
is made after a construction
permit application has been
filed with the DEP and "is
a site specific evaluation to
determine where the sea-


sonal high water line will be
in thirty years."
As a DEP attorney stated,
right now the 30-year ero-
sion line would be a "guess-
timate."
So questions concern-
ing where the frontal dune
was located in association
with proposed construction,
where the 30-year erosion
line, seaward of which con-
struction would be severely
limited or prohibited alto-
gether, were questions that
could only be answered on
an individual site specific
evaluation.
Chalecki suggested to
several property owners or
developers that they should
contact the FDEP for a con-
sultation once the CCCL line
was redrawn.
Chalecki also noted that
the agency was surprised by
the potential economic im-
pacts of the 30-year erosion


line and would use "com-
mon sense" and work with
property owners on the pen-
insula to build on their prop-
erty where feasible.
"Ninety-nine percent of
the problem for the county
was the 30-year line," said
Michael Hammond, deputy
county administrator, noting
that the county believed the
economic impact of the 30-
year erosion line would be
half a billion dollars.
"You said it was arbitrary
and'it is arbitrary ... If we
could have known some of
the things you are saying to-
night, the county could have
saved time and lobbying to
have this changed. You are
going to use common sense
and a property owner can
have a consultation and you
are going to work with prop-
erty owners. That's what we
need to hear."


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electrical cords.

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outdoor decorations are rated for'
outdoor use, and keep them out of
water.

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while you're away from home or
after you have gone to bed.
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SACRED HEART from page Al


a boon to the county, which
has lacked a hospital since
Gulf Pines closed its doors
in 2005.
Scheduled for a March
15, 2010, opening, the hos-
pital will feature 19 private
inpatient rooms, a 24-hour
emergency department,
surgical and laboratory
services.
Surveying the crowd,
which represented all ages,
from the young to the ma-
ture, Sacred Heart on the
Gulf president Roger Hall
said he was pleased with
the turnout.
"It's nice," said Hall.
"We wish we could have
enough positions so every-
body looking for a job could
have one."
Hall expressed confi-
dence that the hospital
would become an economic
engine for the county.
Sacred Heart on the
Emerald Coast, located
in Destin, was founded in
2002 with 140 employees. In
seven years, that number
has risen to 540.
Hall predicted similar
growth for the Port St. Joe
hospital.
"We much anticipate
that because we feel the
hospital will be a catalyst
for the community. As the
community grows, so will


our services," Hall said.
The hospital has already
forged a close working re-
lationship with the Gulf/
Franklin Center, which in
addition to hosting the job
fair, opened its computer
lab for those desiring to ap-
ply for jobs online.
.Gulf/Franklin Center
director Brenda Galloway
had her own table at the
job fair, where she queried
applicants about college
courses they needed to
qualify for Sacred Heart
jobs.
The Gulf/Franklin Cen-
ter would make every at-
tempt to add those courses
to its roster, Galloway said.
As the afternoon passed


Sacred Heart associates from Destin fielded questions
from interested applicants.


and fewer attendees could
be found at the job fair af-
ter the morning onslaught,
Gulf County Commissioner
Nathan Peters, Jr. contem-
plated a special mission.
"I'm going to go in the
community and see if I can
wake up some people and
get them over here," he
said.
Proper education was
the keytoworking at Sacred
Heart, Peters stressed.
"My concern is trying to
make sure everybody un-
derstands what it takes to
get these jobs, and it takes
people being, certified in
those fields," Peters said.


Echoing Hall, Peters!
said the hospital repre-
sented "a shot in the arm
to boost the community." '
"It's what every com-
munity needs," said Pe-
ters. "I'm so glad God has
blessed us with that oppor- PHOTOS BY DESPINA WILLIAMS |I The Star
tunity." Gulf Coast Community College Gulf/Franklin Center
.To view a complete director Brenda Galloway (left) compiled a list of
listing of Sacred Heart courses needed to qualify for Sacred Heart jobs.
online, visit www.sacred- Galloway said the college would make every attempt
heartonthegulf.org. to offer those courses.


COASTAL
FOOT AND ANKLE CLINIC

is proud to announce the

9th Anmual

Shoe Drive 1
is no\\ under\ aN.

Help those in need!
It's time to go through your closets
for those unwanted pairs of shoes, in
reasonable condition. You can bring the
shoes to Coastal Foot and Ankle Clinic
located at 221 Hwy. 98 in Apalachicola.
Donations will go to Franklin's Promise
and will be distributed at St. Patrick
Catholic Church located at 27 6th
Street in Apalachicola. Distribution
will be December 22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm.


You can call 653-FEET (3338) for more information.

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A HUGE THANK YOU from The Saint Joseph Bay Humane Society to all sponsors,
volunteers, donors and attendees (and anyone else we may have missed) of this year's
BOW WOW BASH/PAWS IN THE PARK. With your generous help we were able to raise
almost $30,000 to help house and care for the abandoned and unwanted animals in
Gulf County. Your support is truly appreciated.
SSposo.rs


ed Top Dogs
Gulf County Tourist Development Council
Destinations Travel
c,*l cfs
Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic (Dr. fulmer)
fairpoint Communications
Panache Tents and Events

g Pro94 Pups
: % Bayside Savings Sank
te .-vn to Bay Vacation Rentals
Steven Clay Wedding and Event Designs


caring Itiffeus
The Port fine Wines & Spirits
Preble Rish
Trish & Dave Warriner .
Buy-Rite Drugs
Coastal Community Association
Vision Bank
Phil Adsit & Jennifer Mercuri
S-Star Collision
Sharon Griffith for Kitler and Charlie
Heard Consulting
Hannon Insurance
Bow Wow Meow Beach
James & Sandi Christy DAWGS in prison
Blue Water Outriggers
Coast2Coast Printing & Promotions
fit as a fiddle
Beach Bartenders
Scallop Cnve/iP


Special riei.4s
Boardwalk Realty City of Port St. Joe and its Commissioners
Buddy Wood's fisheries Gulf County and its Commissioners
Turtle Beach Inn Debbie Hooper, Photographer
Lions Club Gary and Sue Gibbs
Scallop Cove/BP, Mike & Jill Davis Tim Croft & Despina Williams "The Star"
A&A Homecare Lorinda Gingell Auction Clerk
The Pablos Dr. Hobson fulmer,
Emerald Coast fCU Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic
Don Ouelette -Design & Marketing Paula Pickett and the TDC staff
Joe Mamas Pizza Port St. Joe Police Department
Bayside Bank Sandra Chafin and Staff
Coastal Community Bank with the Chamber of Commerce
Boyd Pickett & Natalie Shoaf Rick Lamberson
Gary Gibbs & Jim Norton, Auctioneers St. Joe Bay Humane Society Board
Boyer Signs Windmark Beach/St. Joe Company
s,/Walk Donors
Vision Bank-Water Bagelmaker-Bagels .
fit as a fiddle-Water No Name Cafe-breads and pastries .,f .,
Big Bend Beverages/Chuck Richards-fra-Bop fruit Drinks Daren's Piggly Wiggly-fruit .'
Beach Realty-Bags and Pens Sea Pines Yoga-Gatorade
Bow Wow Meow Beach-Give-aways and Treat Bags
Special thanks also to the MORNING RACE WORKERS.
Marty Jarosz and the ROTC Cadets and The Keyettes and Key Club
A BIG THANK YOU to Jan Sapte for her special handmade glass awards for this year's race!
Douw w.ow asi commiiffee Members
Andrea Heard Event Chair Erika Norton
Sandi Christy Co-Chair Sherrill Russ
Gary Gibbs Don Ouelette
Mary Ann Conroy food and Drinks Jenny Mercuri 5K Run & Walk
Clay Keels Decorations Lenore Kusch Pet Parade & Contest
Jodi Perez Nancy Brockman
Sharon Griffith Auction Judi Miick
Sheila Mahlkov Jana Harrelson
At and Ellen Schaub & Joanne Elaine Lerch
Kothesa Murphy
-ohes Additional donations gratefully accepted:
St. Joseph Bay Humane Soc. P.O. Box 861 Port Saint Joe, fL 32457
501(c)3 tax deductible organization


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Both performances will be at the

Port St. Joe Elementary School

Auditorium. The musical reflects on

the Christmas story through both

original music and some familiar

carols. The focus reaches beyond

Christmas to us as we anticipated the

Lord Jesus' second advent.


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A4 I The Star Opinion


Thursday, December 10, 2009


Financial




resolutions




you can




live with


At this time of year,
many people pause to
reflect on what they'd like
to change about their lives
going forward lose a
few pounds, take a class,
spend more time with the
kids. Often, these goals
revolve around personal
finances.
But if you've been
battered by economic
forces beyond your
control (as many
have recently),
it may be tough
to craft financial
resolutions
ambitious
enough to have
a real impact on JA!
your situation ALDE
- especially if
you fear that unforeseen
obstacles may later force
you to scale them back or
even lose ground.
That's why I urge
taking baby steps -
setting small, meaningful
objectives that provide a
sense of accomplishment
and that you can ramp
up when your situation
improves. Here are a few
examples:
Scale back expenses.
If you can't make a big
dent in your monthly
costs, like refinancing
your mortgage or selling
an unneeded vehicle to
eliminate a car payment,
look for lots of little dents
that can addup:
Save $10 a week by
having one less fast food
meal and to-go coffee;
or rent a DVD instead of
going out to the movies.
- that might save about
$500 a year.
Lower the
thermostat in the winter
by 1 degree and save 3 to
5 percent on your utility
bill saving $5 a month
equals $60 a year.
Drive slower. Each
5 mph you drive over 60
mph costs about $0.24 per
gallon of gas. Properly
inflate your tires, keep
the engine tuned and cut
out aggressive driving
habits and you'll save even-
bigger bucks.
Shop around for
better home and car
insurance rates, and
consider raising low
deductibles. (Just make
sure your coverage has
kept pace with inflation.)


Balance your
checkbook. Even though
many banks have recently
lowered fees for bounced
checks and overdrafts,
one a month at $25' a pop
adds up to $300 a year.
Build an emergency
fund. Financial experts
usually recommend
stowing three to six
months' expenses in an
emergency fund.
That's a good long-
term goal, but if
it's not currently
realistic, don't
simply give up
without trying
stash some of
SON the cash you're
RMAN saving above, a
few dollars each
month. You won't miss it
and might just be saved
from having to take out
an expensive short-term
loan to cover emergency
car repairs or an overdue
electric bill.
Get organized. Even
if you can't afford to pay off
all bills in full each month,
at least know where you
stand regarding due
dates, minimum payments
due and credit limits so
you don't inadvertently
rack up higher interest
rates or damage your
credit score. If you're a
chronic procrastinator, set
up automatic bill payment
with your bank it'll save
on postage as well.
Stick to your budget.
If you don't have a
budget, make this the
year you create one.
Numerous online tools
are available to help.
For example, Practical
Money Skills for Life,
Visa Inc.'s free personal
financial management
program (www.
practicalmoneyskills.
com/budgeting), features
budgeting worksheets and
calculators, guidelines
for living within your
means, budgeting
recommendations for
back-to-school, holiday
spending, travel, and
much more.

Jason Alderman
directs Visas financial
education programs. Sign
up for his free monthly
e-Newsletter at www.
practicalmoneyskills.
corn/newsletter.


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Guest EDITORIAL





Surviving Pearl Harbor


By Ed McAteer
Special to the Star.
I awakened this morning with
Bill Bricker on my mind. It is'
Dec. 7, 2009, and each year I have
always talked with my friend
Bill about Pearl Harbor. I loved
hearing his stories. You see, Bill
was our last surviving member
of that attack who lived in Gulf
County. This morning I could
visualize the bombs bursting and
planes flying overhead people
were running around like ants
trying to find cover as Pearl
Harbor was attacked. This year
I can't talk to my friend as Bill's
number came up and couldn't
be changed. Bill succumbed to
pneumonia this year and God took-
him home to the big shipyard in
the sky. Today, I want to share
with you the last interview I did
with him. What a man! God-
fearing, level-headed, and family
loving... they didn't get any better
than Bill Bricker.
My Last Interview with Bill.:..
"Hey, Bill, did I ever tell you
that you are my hero?" I asked.
"Why do you say that, Ed?" I'm
certainly no hero. I got to come
home. The real heroes are the.
ones we left behind," he replied
from his wheelchair.
Tears flowed from his aging
brown eyes. .The wrinkles on his
face were many.
"Chief Petty Officer Bill Bricker
served on the destroyer U.S.S.
MAURY with 312 shipmates.
During scores of raging battles
at sea, he manned the ship's
number three 5-inch gun and
frequently fired at enemy aircraft


"How I never got hit,
I don't know, but I'll
tell you a secret: when
your number comes
up, you're going to go.
Well, every morning
when I get up, I
changed my number."

Bill Bricker


called "Bettys" that made sneak'
attacks during darkness. Bill shot
down seventeen of these planes
during intense combat in thirteen
major battle engagements that
he fought in during World War II.
He was combat wounded, earning
two Purple Hearts, two Silver
Stars, and three Bronze Stars for
campaign injuries he sustained.
"Wow, Bill, you've really seen it
all," I stated.
"Ed, it's been 67 years, but I
remember it like it was yesterday.
I, along with hundreds of others,
was eating breakfast at 7:55 a.m.
on Sunday when explosions,
screams, chaos, and gunfire
shattered the calm morning of
December 7, 1941. It was the
attack on Pearl Harbor," he
recalled.
"Everything was locked up.
Most people were in church. We
searched buildings for at least
15 minutes before locating a


dozen Ml carbines. We started
shooting at the planes as they flew
overhead. When the attack was
over, I tried to pick up as many
survivors as I could from the fuel-
entrapped inferno bay. Ed, there
weren't many alive in those oil-.
laden rings of fire. I can still smell
their burning flesh and hear the
voices screaming out for help. All
I could do was watch in agony," he
whispered with a trembling voice.
"Pearl Harbor archive files
recorded the attack lasted about
two hours. During that short
period, 21 ships were damaged,
320 aircraft destroyed, 2,390 people
killed and another 1,178 wounded."
"Bill, how did you survive the
attack?" I asked.
He responded, "How I never got
hit, I don't'know, but I'll tell you a
secret: when your number comes
up, you're going to go. Well, every
morning when I get up, I changed
my number."
We laughed for a moment as Bill
finished talking.
"Thank you for sharing
those moments with me," I said
as I hugged him. I told him I
understood, saluted and said
goodbye.
Many of you read his amusing
articles in The Star paper under
the name Reynard, the Salt Water
Fox. Brother Bill, you are missed
on this day. Ms. Jackie is doing
fine. You may be gone, but you are
not forgotten. America, along with
the proud citizens of Gulf County
salute you for your 30 years of
honorable service to this nation
and your self-sacrifice to those you
tried to save at Pearl Harbor. Rest
in peace my friend. ,


She was taller than I thought


Me and Brenda Lee
started out at about
the same time. I don't
remember the first
time.I heard her sing
"Jambalaya" but it put a
little jump in my life. I was
only seven or eight at the
time and just beginning
to take notice of a
world outside the
back bedroom. The
song was jaunty
and cheerful and
that voice bounced
through each note
... Leon swore she
was just twelve HUNKE
years old. But I Kesey
wasn't buying that;
you know how big
brothers 'exaggerate...
Still, I fell in love with
her. It was impossible
not to. Her voice "looked
better" than any girl in
our fifth grade Blue Bird
reading class! Anybody
that could sing like that
had to be beautiful, up-
beat and happy every
minute. Now, as a real
cool cat just approaching
my teenage years, that
was exactly what I was
looking for.
. Shucks, she might have
even known Carl Perkins!.
We were out at Frank's
Dairy Bar the Christmas
Bonnie Clayton told me
that she wouldn't go out
with me if I was the last
person on earth. "Rockin'
Around the Christmas
Tree" was blasting out of
that old jukebox as I stood
there rather sheepishly in
front of Bonnie, wishing
the floor could somehow
open up and suck me
under. I got to pattin' my
foot. Brenda was belting
out "Let's be jolly; Deck
the halls with boughs of
holly ..." I smiled. Bonnie
wasn't the end of the
world. Her eyes were a
little too close together.
And her pony tail was
never exactly centered
right. "Everyone's
dancing merrily, In a new
old fashioned way ..." I
went home that night
singing along with "Little
Miss Dynamite." I bet you
Brenda didn't wear a pony


R
y


tail. And she attacked
that song the way folks
were suppose to celebrate
Christmas ... and life!
Leon was several years
older than me. And he got
to have all the fun. In the
fall of 1960 he went to a
Brenda Lee concert up
in Kentucky. He
JE came back raving
about how she
could sing, how
good she looked,
how friendly
she was, how
he kept asking
her to dance...
R DOWN Sometimes those
(olbert older brothers
blurred that line
between exaggeration and
down right lying!
Meanwhile I'm
wrestling with the
growing up wars.
Charlotte Melton
informed me that I
rode horses better than
I kissed so she was
moving oLn. I borrowed
Leon's 45 RPM record
player and retreated to
the bedroom. I listened
six hundred times to
Brenda's "Emotions" and
fell asleep to "You've got
me crying, crying again;
When will you let this
heartache end..." Life
doesn't rock all the time.
The girls in McKenzie
made it pretty plain that
they were not interested
in a short guy with a ton of
zits. I drove over to Paris
and introduced myself
to Peggy Roblyer, May
Cheek and Theresa Wall.
I thought my baseball
playing and my quick wit
would set'em on fire. They
put me down as "Fool # 1"
and "Johnny One Time"
and rolled me over for
Bobby Winchester and
Sput Garnet.
I thought about calling
Brenda and telling her life
wasn't exactly working
out for me. And how did
she make it look so easy...
Mary Hadley Hayden
bumped into me at John
Motheral's Drugstore.
I was there for a can
of Royal Crown Hair
Dressing and she was on


Her smile was as wide as Texas and
the warmth fairly leaped off of her.
Genuine people give themselves
away in a heartbeat. "Brenda. Do
you remember a peroxide blond
guy asking you to dance with him
at a concert you did at Murray
State University in the fall of 1960?
That was my brother, Leon..."


an errand for her mother.
I bought her a cherry coke
and we sat for a while.
The coke lasted two years.
She was beautiful in her
off beat way and she didn't
seem to notice my zits.
We played golf and chased
cows, wrote silly notes to
* each other and walked
to town with the car keys
in my pocket. She liked
the St. Louis Cardinals
and she would laugh out
loud if it was really funny.
I shared my hopes and
dreams and feelings witlh
her.
It didn't work out.
It wasn't meant to be.
Brenda Lee sang "I'm
Sorry" just for us.
It took a few years but I
found the right girl. I just
didn't realize that when I
married Cathy I got the
whole family! One of the
family was a great aunt's
daughter everyone called
Little Jane... She didn't
actually look that little
to me but that is a whole
anotherr story.
Little Jane moved to
Nashville and life got
really busy. Somewhere
between working and
raising children and
football games Jane
called. "Kes, Brenda Lee
lives across the street.
Didn't you have a crush
on her? Come up here and
I will introduce you."
Yeah right, and Leon
used to play golf with
Faron Young and I once
told Loretta Lynn that I
loved her...
"No seriously, I want


you to meet her. She is
really a great person."
I didn't rush right up
there. Little Jane came
from Jo-Jo's side of the
family. ,
Jane persisted. I went
this past Thanksgiving.
I walked into the kitchen
and, if I'm lying, I'm dying,
Brenda Lee stretched out
both hands to greet me!
What was the line from
the old Marty Robbins'
song, "Many thoughts
raced through my mind
as I stood there..." I've
been in love with this lady
since 1957. I couldn't tell
her that! She helped me
over the Charlotte Melton
debacle. She probably
wasn't interested in that. I
didn't have time to tell her
about those Paris girls
and Mary Hadley wasn't
any of her business. I
wondered if she'd care to
know how much I liked
her rendition of "I Still
Miss Someone" or how
much I enjoyed "Big Four
Poster Bed."
Her smile was as
wide as Texas and the
warmth fairly leaped off
of her. Genuine people
give themselves away in
a heartbeat. "Brenda,"
I stammered, "Do you
remember a peroxide
blond guy asking you
to dance with him at a
concert you did at Murray
State University in the
fall of 1960? That was my
brother, Leon..."
Respectfully,
Kes


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Thursday, December 10, 2009


A5 I The Star Letters


Submersion at St. Joseph Shores


Witness the slow
submersion of the St.
Joseph Shores community.
Increasingly, with
each major storm event,
long-standing stormwater
has been making its
way closer and closer to
the abandoned highway
(now ironically named
Watermark Way), the
high elevation point in
the community which
separates most of the
community from the Gulf.
At this time, three houses
(two with long-standing
permanent residents)
have standing water
under them. Though this
area has traditionally and
temporarily flooded, the
stormwater never became
standing water (and never
to the levels currently
attained); it drained
within a day or two to the
south to Chickenhouse
Branch. The development
of WindMark Beach
surrounding St. Joseph
Shores (SJS) has
eliminated any functional
drainage by raising the
grades all around SJS in
WindMark Beach while
leaving SJS grades much


lower. The stormwater
continues to accumulate
and remain standing
for longer and longer
periods. It is only a matter
of time until it becomes
permanent.
Known as the
"Outparcel" at the heart
of the WindMark Beach
development, there are
only a few voters within the
community of St. Joseph
Shores, but this 40 acres
contributes $500,000 each
year to the County tax base
(5 percent of the County's
budget from less than
1/10th of 1 percent of the
County's area). Therefore,
SJS is a resource to be
exploited with no political
consequences because
those few votes can't help
or hurt anything. The
owners and residents
there be damned.
How can this happen?
It's not that it wasn't
anticipated. Preble-Rish,
the County/City/JOE's
engineer of record,
approached the County
at the wind-down of
the Miraval debacle to
establish stormwater
basins in the platted right-


Shown in this photo is flooding from last week's
storm event. The two backyards of residents living
in St. Joseph Shores closest to WindMark Beach
were lakes. Owned by a widow, the home closest to
WindMark was completely inundated on the bottom
floor. Having lived there for decades, Mrs. Gay who
owns the home indicated she never experienced such
flooding until WindMark Beach. Now, any heavy
rains brings flooding to her property, the one next
door and on down WatermarkWay.


of-ways (ROW's) within
SJS ROW's intended for
streets now converted to
canals! By government
fiat no discussion, no
disclosure, no sunshine
- no less! And let's not
even talk about an absence
of permits. Or the fact


that some lots are now
landlocked with no access.
Don't we have an
elaborate system of
checks and balances to
prevent this? Checks and
balances do not work if
everyone passes on the
responsibility. The JOE


Co., the County, and the
City all say it's someone
else's problem. The Corps
of Engineers (issuing a
blanket permit), FDEP
(covering their own tail),
FDOT (cynical beyond
belief, see the companion
pieces on the newspaper's
Web site) and even the
Governor say the same
thing.
They all knew that
there was going to be
stormwater accumulation
in SJS. They attempted to
address that eventuality
but failed miserably. And
now they want to ignore
it. It would cost money,
and they ain't payin'. And
they aren't going to be held
responsible, not in any
case. Never mind SJS's
yearly contribution to the
County coffers we ain't
payin'. Not our deal.
Individual residents
have petitioned the County
Commission for relief, to
no avail. Owners in.SJS
formed an LLC to petition
FDEP and JOE to not
make the problem worse,
to some avail, at the cost to
'residents of $16,000. The
LLC petitioned the County


and City to establish a
position that protected
their property rights, to no
avail. Short of getting the
State Special Prosecutor
engaged, SJS is destined
to become a tidal basin
- devoid of property value
(but a great amenity to
WindMark Beach.) See the
companion pieces on the
newspaper's Web site for
more specific detail on the
general problem and the
LLC's presentation to the
County and City.
We aren't talking about
"entitlements" here; we
are talking about basic
constitutional rights to
own property and be left
undisturbed to enjoy
the rights of ownership.
This is not about special
dispensation or restitution
- we are talking about
investment and reasonable
expectations of protection
from the avarice of
government. We are
talking about what is fair
and what is not. It might
be SJS today, but it could
be you tomorrow.
Take heed.
H. Eric Davidson
St. Joseph Shores


Letter to the EDITOR


Wasting taxpayer
dollars
Dear Editor,
Enclosed find an
e-mail sent to our county
commissioners on Nov. 20.
Only Mr. Williams (who
is not my commissioner)
chose to respond. Maybe
the rest don't bother with
e-mail.
Obviously three out of
'five of the commissioners
read The Star so if you
choose to print the letter
maybe they will see it
in The Star, which has a
circulation of 5,000 locally.
On Nov. 24 another
county public service ad
appeared in the News
Herald rather than The
Star, making a total of four
ads for November at an
additional cost of $1,000 for
the month. On an annual
basis that equates to an
unnecessary expenditure
of $12,000 in taxpayers'
money.
But not to worry folks,
they just bump that millage
up a notch or two and let
the good times roll.
Respectfully,
Tom Knoche
Port St. Joe
(E-mail to county
commissioners)
Sirs, .
In reading the Nov. ,
16 issue of The Star and
the News Herald I noted
that another Gulf County
informational ad was
placed in the Herald rather
than The Star. The Nov.
19 ad is a duplicate of a
Nov. 12 ad. That negates
the argument about time
constraints.
In a conversation


with (my commissioner)
Mr Yeager, he stated
that timing might be an
issue and that he thought
that ads are placed at
the discretion of Mr.
Butler and the Planning
Department. I believe these
folks serve at the pleasure
of commission so let's not
pass the buck that way.
This is the third ad to
appear in the Herald this
month at an additional
cost to the taxpayers of
$750 for the month. In a
year's time an additional
$9,000 in needless expense.
In viewing the last
commission meeting it
is apparent that it is not
above the commission
to use taxpayers' dollars
to seek revenge against
The Star, its editor and
the several taxpayers
who submit letters to the
editor that are critical
of the commission.
Notably Mr Yeager and
Mr Williams remained
silent throughout this
unprofessional tirade.
I recall a past meeting
where a Gulf County
citizen, angry about
another tax increase was
told by Mr. McLemore
that if he could not stand
the heat to get out of the
kitchen, i.e. the county
- very constructive.
I would suggest that if
certain commissioners
can't stand the heat of
citizens' criticisms that
they follow that advice and
get out of the kitchen of
county government.
Gentlemen, being an
elected official requires
donning your thick skin.
Respectfully,
Tom Knoche
Port St. Joe


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Debt, debt and more debt


By Ernie Padgett

Is there anything the
United States Congress
will not borrow money
for?
Congresses and
Presidents (current and
past) borrow to bail out
banks.. .borrow to bail
out automakers.. .borrow
to give states (including
Florida) "stimulus"
money.. .borrow to
finance wars and borrow
for a multitude. of other
projects and programs.
Who are the guilty
parties, so to speak,
of these acts of
malfeasance? With few
exceptions, it is every
Democrat and Republican
who has served in the
U.S. Congress during the
last 40 years.
Year after year,
officials in Washington
have supported budgetary
legislation that has put
this generation and
future generations into
insurmountable debt.
We have all heard
many of these elected
officials tell us how they
are "fiscal conservatives."
How can they call
themselves fiscal


conservatives when they
vote for programs that
are paid for with the
federal credit card?
In essence they believe
in all the conservative
values except for paying
our nations bills.
The definition of
malfeasance is "the
performance of an
unlaivful or wrongful act
by a public.official."
The last 40 years of
deficit spending has
not been unlawful ...
that's because the U.S.
Congress passed laws
that allow them to do this
... but, it is a "wrongful
act by a public official".
Because the definition
ays it is an unlawful
or wrongful act, their
actions certainly meet the
meaning of malfeasance.
I never thought deficit
spending would increase
to the point that when
we look back to the years
when the annual deficit
was "only" $200 billion,
that would actually look
good.
Deficit spending
started going exponential
in 2000 with the election
of George Bush and
continues to get worse.


The current Congress
and the Obama
administration show no
interest or courage in
reversing this trend.
I believe there is in
the dynamics of debt, a
point of no return. A point
where you are paying so
much interest on the debt
that it is impossible to pay
anything on the principle.
If a President or a
member of Congress feels
strong enough to spend
money on a project they
should also be willing to
vote to raise the money
necessary to pay for it.
Instead, they put it on
the federal credit card.
What a bunch of wimps!
It looks as though
we 'are going to send
another 30,000 troops to
Afghanistan. According to
the Wall Street Journal,
this troop surge could
cost $30 billion a year.
This will be put on the
federal credit card.
Where have our
leaders gone? The federal
government imposed or
raised taxes to help pay
for World War I, World
War II, and the Korean
War..
This responsible


behavior ended with
President Lyndon
Johnson and Vietnam.
This war was fought with
borrowed money.
The 1960s was the
start of Washington
spending money they did
not have;
Just to be clear, over
the years, there have
been a lot of expenditures
on programs that were
very legitimate and
needed.
The only problem' ..
they were funded with
borrowed money. The
programs were good,4hey
just should have been paid
for and not charged on the
federal credit card.
If our country has not
reached that point of no
return in the dynamics of
it's debt, we are rapidly
approaching this reality.

Ernie Padgett resides
in Marianna, Florida
with his wife. He worked
30 years in state and local
government. He served
as county administrator
for over 21 years in 3
Florida counties. He
retired after serving 12
years as Manatee County
Administrator.


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WATER from page Al


In response to questioning from
commissioner Greg Johnson, Pope
noted that the city would be going
through the same process of flush-
ing and treating for corrosion seen
in recent months as part of upkeep
of any plant, new or not.
Pope said that even the city had
not built the $21 million plant the
same treatment course would be
required.
He said the "lead and copper"
test goes beyond the meter and
tests close to taps and would indi-
cate to what extent the city would
need to continue the treatment
with polyphosphates.
Additional treatment could
cause further problems with dis-
coloration, but that was an un-
known Pope said.
Pope noted that complaints
were down and the incidence of
noticeable discoloration was also
well down.
"The initial red water you saw,
That will probably be the worst of
it," Pope said. "The water is defi-
nitely not unhealthy. The red you
see is an aesthetics problem; it is
not a health issue.
"It is just part of what the city
is going through with this state-of-
the-art facility."
A key for continued mainte-
nance Pope noted goes beyond
flushing because flushing can tend
to push all the dirty water out of
one area and into another. .
City staff needs to continue to
identify and maintain valves con-
trol certain areas of the system
and continue other steps to uphold
the integrity of the, entire water
supply system.


"The Florida Water Association
will assist the city in a unidirection-
al flushing program," Pope said.
Overall, he concluded, the city
was on the right track and properly
dealing with the issues of switch-
ing from well to surface water with
a new plant.
"It is all part of the water sys-
tem," Pope said. "All communities
have problems with water quality
from time to time. That-is the na-
ture of water systems."
I, Signs, signs
Commissioners unanimously
approved allowing George Duren,
owner of the Port Shopping Center,
the Piggly Wiggly and several other
businesses in the center, to replace
his current sign with a changeable
message electronic sign.
Duren had requested the per-
mission to erect the sign to allow
him to better promote businesses
in the center and the reduce man-
power costs in renewing the mes-
sage on the sign.
However, the city's ordinance
on signs, passed roughly one year
ago, does not allow changeable
message signs.
At least until last Tuesday,
when commissioners voted to re-
move that section of the ordinance
- a ban on signs with messages
that change more frequently than
every six hours to allow Duren
permission to erect the sign.
But that action followed exten-
sive discussion on the proposed
sign and the ordinance.
Following a workshop prior
to the meeting, commissioners
agreed that the sign ordinance
needed an overhaul, despite the


work devoted to crafting the docu-
ment.
The ordinance is not being en-
forced. Several signs in the down-
town area are already out of com-
pliance and Port St. Joe Redevel-
opment Agency executive director
Matt Fleck labeled some areas
examples of "sign pollution."
Commissioner Rex Buzzett
called the ordinance "too restric-
tive" and several commissioners
agreed that the ordinance was so
restrictive as to be all but unen-
forceable.
Rather than tackle the ordi-
nance en mass, commissioners
stuck with the Port Center sign
with the idea of following up with
a workshop on the ordinance likely
this week or next.
Board attorney Tom Gibson
said Duren's proposed sign would
not be entitled to a variance under
the four-pronged criteria for such
a carve out, and pressed by sev-
eral commissioners suggested the
quickest fix was either a promise
from Duren not to change the mes-
sage more often than six hours or
striking the provision on change-
able signs.
Commissioners chose the lat-
ter.'
But not without a word of cau-
tidn from resident and business
owner Lorinda Gingell.
"I don't want it to be as we go
down (U.S.) 98 we have this dis-
traction from all these carnival
signs," she said. "If we take that
out of the sign ordinance I have
a concern about keeping the cor-
ridor safe and attractive."


Building inspector
Commissioners narrowly ap-
proved a contract through the cur-
rent fiscal year to continue build-
ing inspection services through a
company owned by Bo Creel.
The 3-2 decision (John Reeves
and Charles Stephens voting no)
came after a discussion among
commissioners about returning to
the county for its building inspec-
tion services. Creel has had the
contract, or at least performed the
services for the city the past two
years.
But Creel has been working
without a signed contract and
while acknowledging there were
issues of concern, Johnson moved
to approve the contract.
"My motion would allow us
time to work through the issues,"
he said. "I have concerns about
what we won't have if we do not
approve this contract." i
Reeves voiced strong opposi-
tion, noting that the city would be
providing office space and other
amenities to Creel's company,
though Creel noted that he was
paying the city 18 percent of all,
fees for services in the city while
the county paid the city '15 per-
cent.
Creel also noted the services
provided to the Planning and De-
velopment Review Board (PDRB)
and fire safety work that helps on
insurance costs for residents.
But Reeves and Stephens saw
in the contract a duplication of
services they could get from the
county, in a difficult economic
time.
"I think we would save mon-


ey, give it to the county," Stephens
said. "County commissioners have
indicated they would work with the
city to save taxpayer money."
Johnson was unmoved.
"Show me where we are saving
money," he said. "Given the recent
fiasco with the county (regarding
road bond funding and other is-
sues) I am not in the frame of mind
to sign a darned thing with them."
Other business
City manager Charlie Weston
told commissioners he hopes to
have a joint agreement worked out
with the Norris D. Langston Youth
Foundation to man the Washington
High Gym for,extended.hours on
weekdays. As a budgetary move,
commissioners eliminated a part-
time position that allowed the city
to keep the gym open until 7 p.m.
or later. The gym now closes at 5
p.m.
Commissioners unanimously
moved to proceed with advertising
the expansion of the Port St. Joe
Redevelopment Agency to include
the area known as North Port St.
Joe. Advertisement and public
hearings are the final steps to ex-
pansion.
Commissioners also expressed
approval, pending more details
on a lease agreement with the re-
development agency, for a deal in
which the redevelopment agency
would purchase four lots near U.S.
98 and Fourth Street and lease the
lots back to the city for downtown
parking.

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HOLIDAYS from page Al


they have located sponsors,
gathered volunteers and
used their wiles to make
things happen.
"I beg and I beg and do
anything to get money for
the kids;" said Blackman,
who used her, powers of
persuasion to amass $700 in
donated gifts from area mer-
chants.
She's selling raffle tickets
for the loot, and routinely
sets up shop outside the We-
wahitchka IGA.


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Last year, Blackman pro-
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Blackman's love of chil-
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nieces and nephews and
they all got grown on me,"
she laughed.
This year, the Wewahi-
tchka Elementary School
guidance office identified 69
needy children 'to become
"Flora's Kids."


Blackman will distribute
the clothes and host a little
party for the children (Santa
may make an appearance)
at the Wewahitchka fire sta-
tion on Dec. 19 from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m. CT.
The Wewahitchka VFW
Ladies' Auxiliary and Search
and Rescue co-sponsor the
project.
Though raffle ticket sales
have 'been down this year,
Blackman is confident that
she'll meet her goal.


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young and eldei
Christmas dinn
For over a decade
Stokoe has played an
able role in organ
county-wide gift and
distribution called Ch
for the Young and Eld
Sponsored by th
County. Community
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Christ- County Senior Citizens Cen-
how to ter, the charity last year pro-
vided toys to 1,700 residents,
mation, including senior citizens.
at 850- Using the STAC House as
a base of operations, Stokoe
and a core group of dedi-
cated volunteers collect toys
the and clothing before dispatch-
rly/ ing them throughout the Gulf
County communities.
5ers To coordinate the effort,
e, Jerry Stokoe relies on several or-
invalu- ganizations for gift referrals,
izing a including the Gulf County
clothing Health Department, De-
ristmas apartment of Children and
derly. Families, the Gulf County
>e Gulf Domestic Violence unit and
Devel- the Sheriff's Office.
People Residents may drop off
id Gulf toys and clothing at the STAC


House prior to the holiday.
In addition to the toy ex-
change, Stokoe coordinates
a free Christmas dinner to
feed hungry families.
Organizations like the
Senior Citizens Center, Oak
Grove Church's Fish and
Loaves Mission, the Sher-
iff's Department, Kiwanis
Club and others provide as-
sistance.
Stokoe and his volunteers
will meet at 6 p.m. Christmas
Eve at .the People Helping
People office, 401 Peters
Street, Port St. Joe, to pre-
pare turkeys and assemble
food boxes.
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The Salvation Army expects to deliver up to
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Gulf, Franklin, Holmes and Washington counties.
Won't you open your hearts to extend relief to the
many families in need during the holiday?


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Sport BRIEFS

NPSJ Youth Initiative winter
basketball league registration
The NPSJ Youth Initiative registration for
the winter basketball league will be in the
next few weeks. Registration forms may be
picked up at the Washington Gym, City Hall,
Port St. Joe Elementary School and Port St.
Joe Middle School.
Registration dates (Washington Gym):
Thursday, Dec. 10, from 5-6 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-noon
Monday, Dec. 14, from 4-6 p.m.
Boys and girls ages 8-12 are invited to play
winter league basketball. Players must be at
least 8 years old before Aug. 1 in order to play.
The registration fee is $40 per child. A parent
or legal guardian will be required to sign the
paperwork at registration.
Practice times and locations will be
arranged between coaches and parents.
Practices will be held at the Washington
Gym on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
between 5:30 and 8 p.m.
Practices will begin during the week of
Dec. 28, and games will begin on Monday,
Jan. 18, 2010.
Coaches, referees and volunteers are
needed. Those interested may contact Minnie
Likely at 850-866-4704, Mike Lacour at 850-
774-6446 or Charles Gathers at 850-340-1861.

Middle school boys fall twice
Last Tuesday, the Port St. Joe Middle
School boys' basketball team traveled
to Blountstown where it lost 51-29 to
Blountstown Middle School.
Jarkeice Davis led the Sharks with
15 points, and Coach Sandy Quinn noted
excellent defense played by Chad Quinn and
Drew Lacour.
On Friday, the boys hosted Tolar Middle
School out of Liberty County and lost a
heartbreaker 51-50.
Natrone Lee led the way in scoring with 18
points, and Jack Riley added 11 points.
Port St. Joe played in Blountstown
against Franklin County in the opener of
the Panhandle Middle School Conference
tournament. A win would mean Port St. Joe
would play the winner of Altha-Blountstown
on Thursday in Blountstown.


Port St. Joe High hoops season opens


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The basketball season started in
mixed fashion last Friday night for Port
St. Joe High School.
The Lady Sharks opened the evening
of hoops with a resounding blaze of speed
and tenacious defense while routing Tal-
lahassee Godby 44-22.,
The night ended on a somewhat sour
note, however, as the Tiger Sharks were
never quite able to overcome an early
deficit and fell to Godby 59-58.
"We came out and just got off to a slow
start shooting," said Port St. Joe boys'
coach Derek Kurnitsky. "We seem be do-
ing that, laying back a bit early and think-
ing we can come on late and win. We have
to go after them from the opening horn.
You can't play catch-up the whole game.
"Godby had some real size and hurt us
inside, give them credit. But we did not
play our 'A game."
The Tiger Sharks fell behind 14-8 in
the opening quarter and kept within five
or six points throughout the game. But a
final quarter charge, in which Port St. Joe
out-scored Godby19-16, was not enough.
"We never quit," Kurnitsky said. "We
had two guys (Rock Quinn and Trubias
Hill) still out with injuries, and that did
limit our rotation. I am still trying to es-


TIM CROFT I The Star
Mariah Johnson (22) had a game-
high 20 points as the Lady Sharks
opened the season with a rout of
Tallahassee Godby.

tablish our rotation, and that limited us to
just six guys.
"But those guys are back and healthy. If
we can navigate December, we should be
in good shape for January and beyond."
Raheem Clemons led Port St. Joe with
17 points, and Roman Quinn added 15.
Calvin Pryor had 11 points, Willie Quimnn
seven, Darrell Smith six and Quincy
Welch two.
The Tiger Sharks played at Bay on
Tuesday night, host Tallahassee Lincoln
7:30 p.m. tonight and Blountstown at 7:30
p.m. on Saturday. Liberty County comes
to town at 7:30 p.m. next Tuesday.


The Lady Sharks were all speed and
hands against a slower, less athletic God-
by team that seemed determined to try to
make the game a half-court affair and rely
on their depth and 3-point shooting.
Port St. Joe never gave Godby an
opening.
The Lady Sharks raced to a 12-5 lead .
after one period, padding that by 10 points
in the second quarter and cruised from
there.
Kayla Parker and Mariah Johnson
paced the attack, Parker constantly pres-
suring the defense with forays up the
floor and Johnson demonstrating tena-
cious athleticism in the paint, dominating
the boards and the inside on offense and
defense.
"We played pretty good, especially for
the first game," said Port St. Joe coach
Kenny Parker. "We are doing the things
I want as far as sets and schemes. We
just need to do better with the fundamen-
tals."
Kayla Parker had 17 points and at least
seven assists, and Johnson had 20 points
and was in double figures in rebounds.
Naomi Warren had four' points, Tiara
Smith two and Alyssa Parker one.
The Lady Sharks played Mosley on
Tuesday, host Blountstown on Saturday
at 5 p.m. and Liberty County next Tues-
day at 4:30 p.m.


Port St. Joe soccer teams sweep Franklin County


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
On a cold wet night and a
soggy pitch, the Port St. Joe
girls' soccer team notched
its first win of the season as
part of a 5-1 sweep of Franklin
County last Thursday.
The Lady Sharks scored
Four goals in the opening half to
put the Seahawks in a hole from
which they could not climb.
The four first-half goals and


the five overall goals were the
first of the year for the girls,
who improved to 1-5-0.
Christina Cordova scored
two goals and added an assist,
and Rachael Jones also scored
twice for the Lady Sharks.
Torie Burgess had a goal,
a beautiful header off a corner
kick from Cordova, and an as-
sist, and Stefani Furstenberg
and Marianna Schwabacher
each had an assist.
Cody Clark was stout in


goal and got a huge assist from
her teammates who kept most
of ,the action in the Franklin
County end.
Jarred Arnold, who had yet
to score this season, broke out
in a big way while leading the
boys to an identical 5-1 victory,
scoring three goals to pace
the scoring as the Sharks im-
proved to 2-4-1.
The Sharks' leading scorer,
J. Mason Ray, added his fifth
goal of the season, and Witt


Shoaf tallied his first goal of
the season. Chase Watford and
Daniel May each had an assist.
As with the girls, the boys
kept the game primarily in the
Franklin County end, and goal-
. keeper Austin Howze faced only
four shots on goal, saving three.
Both teams played at Lynn
Haven Mosley on Wednesday.
Both teams host West Gads-
deft beginning with the girls at
5 p.m. on Friday and travel to
Franklin County on Monday.


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DESPINA WILLIAMS ] The Star
Key players in the Christmas for the Young and
Elderly program are (1-r) Community Development
Corporation (CDC) assistant executive director Erika
White, CDC executive director Quen Lamb, VFW
Post 10069 commander Sharon LaPlante, Ladies
Auxiliary president Polly Searle, Auxiliary members
Nancy Calendine and Caroline Groleau, People
Helping -People program manager Jerry Stokoe,
PHP volunteer Charles Givens and Senior Citizens
Director Larry Broome.
The VFW contributed $1,000 to the program; and
the Ladies Auxiliary contributed $250 and two large
sacks of toys.


they will have prepared 400
meals for delivery by Bill
Dixson, Bob Sutton and oth-
er volunteers.
Those desiring a Christ-
mas dinner may contact the
People Helping People Of-
fice, 850-899-9419 and leave a
name, address and number
of dinners needed. Requests
will be taken until Dec. 23.
Volunteers are always
needed, and may call Stokoe
at the number above. ,
"The people that are pro-
viding these services to the
community don't get paid,
but they get $1 billion in sat-
isfaction in their hearts from
their contact with people
who would not have a Christ-
mas," Stokoe said.

Bikes for boys and girls
When donations to the.
Bikes for Boys and Girls
program did not appear in


masse, Jade Hatcher took
matters into her own hands.
The Florida State Univer-
sity senior asked her finance
professor, Dr. Gary Bliss,
what he could do to help.
Bliss, who sits on the
board of directors of Good-
will, put Hatcher in touch
with a Tallahassee admin-
istrator who delivered 100
used bicycles to the Gulf Cor-
rectional Institution (GCI).
"I was extremely happy
about that," said Hatcher,
who has devoted countless
hours to the program, co-
sponsored by GCI and North
Florida Child Development,
Inc.
The program utilizes in-
mate labor to repair bicycles
and tricycles for underprivi-
leged children throughout
the county.
Hatcher received refer-
rals from guidance counsel-
ors at area elementary and


high schools as well as North
Florida Child Development,
Inc., which her mother, Sha-
ron Gaskin, directs.
The bicycles will be dis-
tributed to 105 children at the
Lights in the Park ceremony
alWewahitchka's Lake Alice
Park on Dec. 19, beginning at,
10 a.m. CT.
Hatcher said guidance
counselors were mindful of
siblings in recommending
bike recipients.
"If one got one, they all
got one,'"Hatcher said.
For more information
on Bikes for Boys and Girls,
contact Hatcher at 850-532-
8181.

More help
Several area churches
are conducting charity mis-
sions this Christmas season.
St. Joseph's Catholic
Church will continue a proj-


ect begun several years ago
by providing gifts and Christ-
mas dinner to 38 residents
of the Liberty Manor apart-
ment complex in Port St.
Joe.
The Philadelphia Primi-
tive Baptist Church will once
again donate personal items,
including socks, footies and
caps, to nursing home resi-
dents.
Though the county does
not have a large Empty
Stocking Fund campaign,
the Salvation Army will be
distributing toys and $25 gift
certificates to 100 families not
otherwise helped through
the Christmas for the Young
and Elderly program.
If your organization is
providing help for the holi-
days and would like a men-
tion in The Star, contact De-
spina Williams at 850-229-
.7843 or e-mail dwilliams@
starfil.com.


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World premiere makes 'Halfway In an instant hit


By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
The banishing of pets
and cigarettes from public
accommodations can give
birth to things even mqre re-
freshing than the absence of
second-hand smoke and dog
poop from hotel carpets. \ *
Take for example, the hi-
larious comedy whose world
premiere delighted dinner
theater audiences at the St.
Joseph's/Bay Country Club,
last weekend. -
The production -has its
roots in a collaboration born
of two men, one a gifted di-
rector with a dog he goes no-
where without, and the other
a talented, but unproduced
playwright, who shares his
appreciation for tobacco.
Perhaps somd explana-
tion'is in order.
The show "Halfway In,"
billed as a new Southern
comedy, debuted last week-
end oin the dining room of
country club. But its creation
reaches back about seven
years ago outside the doors
of the Shoney Inn at North
Monroe Street and 1-10 in
Tallahassee.
It was there that the night
auditor, Mark Augustus Gee,
and a guest, Ed Tiley, would
schmooze over smokes,
while Lucky, a dog Tiley fre-
quently refers to as his "fur-
ry wife," would heel at their
feet.
"Most hotels didn't take
pets," said Gee. "We did."
Tiley was commuting
frequently back then to Tal-
lahassee, perhaps to act with
the Mickee Faust comedy
troupe or appear in-a thesis
film for a Florida State Uni-
versity graduate student, of


PHOTOS BY DAVID ADLERSTEIN I Florida freedom Newspapers
Matilda the truck driver, played by Gina Vicari, right,
talks things over with Clark the clerk, played by Dan
Wheeler.


film.
In time -Gee said it was
at least a year the two be-
gan conversing about their
mutual interest in the the-
ater.
Gee shared with Tiley a,
stage musical he was work-
ing on based on E Scott
Fitzgerald's "The Great
Gatsby" Tiley liked what he
read, but it turned out the
famed novel was not yet in
the public domain, and won't
be for another decade, so the
idea of doing a community
theater production seemed
too costly.
Gee, who earned a
bachelor's in English with a
specialty in creative writing
from Florida State Univer-
sity in 1984, then drew up a
one-act play for Tiley's con-
sideration. "I basically gath-
ered a few incidents that had
happened to me in the hotel,
exaggerated for effect of
course, and shared it with


Ed,"' Gee said.
Ed liked the play, which
brought together eight years
worth of comic incidents,
and asked Gee to extend it to
two acts. The author did so,
attached a copyright date of
2004, and handed it over to
Tiley one evening before he
moved down to The Villages
in central Florida.
"I didn't expect to hear
from him," said Gee, 46. "But
I did, out of the blue, not long
ago."
By this time, Tiley had
added to his acting resume
several directing assign-
ments in Gulf and Franklin
counties, including two din-
ner theater comedies he
produced. His theater work
afforded him a hands-on
knowledge of the area's best
actors, as well as connec-
tions with The Gulf Alliance
for Local Arts (GALA).
He secured GALA's back-
ing for the show, found a


Cast and crew of the world premiere comedy
"Halfway In" are, from left, Dan Wheeler, Bobbi Ann
Seward, Zebe Schmitt, Jeanna Crozier, Lily Meizner,
Laura Baney, Vince Bishop, Gina Vicari, Blake .
Denton, Mark Gee, Margy Oehlert, Ben Bloodworth
and Clay Keels.


suitable venue and an open
weekend, auditioned for a
cast bf six women and five
men and sharpened his di-
rectorial perspective.
"I told him from the get-
go 'Anything you feel neces-
sary to change, go ahead,"
Gee said.
Tiley made some minor
changes and worked through
the pacing of the show, adapt-
ing to Gee's more leisurely
style than a typical brisk
farce.
"This is a Southern com-
edy so the beats are a little
slower," Gee said. "Ed helped
bring the thing to life."
Six women, five men
bring comedy alive
The comedy, its title a play,
on its setting in the lobby of
the Hathway Inn, "some-
where between Dothan and
Tallahassee," features a bevy'
of loony characters revolv-
ing around Clark the clerk,
played by Dad Wheeler.
Wheeler, wearing his


hair oiled back in much the
same way the author sports
it, played what is essen-
tially the Andy Griffith, or
perhaps the Oliver Douglas
(of "Green Acres" fame)
role, as Gee sees it, a sane
character who serves up an
exasperated voice of reason
amidst comic foolishness.
There's Margy Oehlert
as Maggie Benjamin, irho
returns to town with her
dead husband's casket but
because of the mountain of
debt he left behind, has to
bury him on the cheap after
wheeling him into the hotel
lobby.
Tiley lent a note of au-
thenticity by enlisting the
services of an actual cas-
ket, while Oehlert, like ev-
eryone in the cast, brought
out the earnest blend of the
familiar aid the ridiculous
that wells up from the heart
of the show.
There was Gina Vicari
as Matilda, a manly truck
driver with a salty tongue
who softens up a bit by
show's end; Laura Baney
as Natalie Longwood, a
manipulative adulteress
with one eye on other men
and the other on their
pockets; Jeanna Crozier as
Caroline Generis, a hussy
whose interests now center.
on dominating the hotel's
milquetoast security guard;
and Bobbi Ann Seward and
Zebe Schmitt as Leona and
Janie Byrd, two senior citi-
zen sisters who embark on
a cruise together that isn't
quite what they expect.
Thanks to Tiley's shrewd
casting and skill at ham-
mering actors' talents into
a smooth, cohesive whole,
the men were as hilarious
as the women, led by Blake
Denton as Percy Benja-
min, the deceased's wacko
brother who has some of the
finest lines in the play; Clay
Keels as Cody Strickland, a


naive security guard who
delivers the author's wry
insights into the aging pro-
,cess; Vince Bishop as Earl
Longwood, a Liquor Con-
trol Board executive known
to take a nip or three;,and
Ben Bloodworth as Larry
Rentz, a divorce attorney
and part-time photogra-
pher and not very good at
either one. .
The lighting and stage-
craft was deftly handled
by Vicari's daughter, Lily
Meizner, and the staff at the
country club Mnanaged to
juggle the apricot chicken
and roast beef dinners ably
to the theater crowd.
Gee attended with rela-
-tives who came in from
* Quincy and the Villages, in-
cluding his parents, the Rev.
and Mrs. H "Theo" Gee, his
father a United Methodist
Church pastor who served
for two years in the late
90s as interim pastor of the
congregations in Eastpoint
and St. George Island.
'Gee's mom asked him if
the story was true and the,
playwright knew just what
to tell her. "Either all of it is
half-true, or half of it is all
true," he said.
After staying in the area
for two nights to take in the
production, courtesy of the
fledgling GALA Community
Theater project, Gee liked
what he saw.
"I was impressed," he
said. "I was very anxious
at first but in the end I was
quite impressed."
Gee, who writes short
stories on the side under
a pseudonym, said he is
contemplating reviving his
shelved dreams of writing
for the theater. "I think ev-
ery writer goes through a
phase when you think you'll
be the next Neil Simon, the
next Eugene O'Neill," he
said.
He has begun work on
two sequels to "Halfway
In," although he's not sure
where they will lead. "It's
hard to say. Sometimes you
have to be inspired," Gee
said.
What Gee does have now
is the added momentum of
having a production under
his belt as he goes looking
to have the play published
and further produced.
"They tell me 'Before
you send us a play, has it
been produced anywhere?'"
Gee said.
Tiley sounded a note of
personal satisfaction as the
cast gathered for their tra-
ditional party.
"I'm just glad I could ful-
fill a promise," he said.







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Planning


meeting for

Christmas

dinner

The next gathering
of the community's won-
derful volunteers will be
at 7 p.m. ET on Thurs-
day, Dec. 10, at the Gulf
County Senior Citizen's
building in Port St. Joe.
Please bring your
carving knives and be
prepared for lots of fun.
The group will be mak-
ing all preparations for
the expected 600 plates
to be delivered on Christ-
mas Day.
Anyone who plans to
be a volunteer on Christ-
mas Day is asked to call
Jerry Stokoe if you have
any questions. All volun-
teers are asked to be at
the center between 8-9
a.m. God bless our vol-
unteers and sponsors for
their. love for this com-
munity.

Toll Free:
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Junior Service League's holiday recipe


It is time for another holiday recipe
from the Junior Service League of Port St.
Joe courtesy of Thyme in Port: Celebrat-
ing -Florida's Constitution City. Thyme
in Port is the cookbook published by the
Junior Service League. The cookbook is
available from any League member and is
the primary fundraiser of the Junior Ser-
vice League, a non-profit organization of
women whose goal is to help Gulf County
children. All proceeds from the sale of the
cookbook go to League projects, including
JamPacks, providing schools supplies to
more than fifty local elementary students,
the Sears Shopping Trip, clothing fifty Gulf
County children with a new.set of winter
clothes, the middle school mentoring
program, community Easter Egg Hunt,
Junior Miss program and college scholar-
ships for graduating Port St. Joe and We-
wahitchka High School seniors.
No holiday season is complete without
a multitude of cheese dips, and here is one
that is sure to please, Pesto Cheese Blos-:
som. This is one of those recipes that is as
pretty as it is delicious. However, the Pesto
Cheese Blossom does call for a few geom-
etry skills, but not so many as to require a
compass or graphing paper. Rest assured
that even if you graduated from school pri-
or to the requirements of the FCAT, you will
still be able to make this dip. Just remem-
ber, if you find yourself faltering in your
mathematic skills, the Pesto Cheese Blos-
som is so good that it will disappear from
the table long before anyone will have time
to grade your construction.

PESTO CHEESE BLOSSOM
,Page 9 of Thyme in Port
1 eight ounce package of deli sliced
provolone cheese
2 eight ounce packages of cream cheese
20, pistachios, shelled (optional) .
2 cloves of garlic
/Y2 cup fresh basil leaves
S2 dup fresh parsley leaves
/y2 cup pine nuts
1 teaspoon salt .
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 three ounce jar of oil packed sun
dried tomatoes
Most of the serious geometry occurs.
in the beginning. Once you get past this
first part, you are home free. Line a me-
dium sized bowl with plastic wrap, leaving
enough to overlap the lip of the bowl. Vi-
sualize this; you are going to make a bowl
of proVolone cheese, using your real bowl
as the form. To that end, put one slice in
the very center of the bottom of your real
bowl. Then line the sides of the bowl with


slices of provolone cheese, overlapping the
slices. Be sure to leave yourself a couple
of slices for the top.
For the cream cheese layer, process
the cream cheese, pistachios and one of
the cloves of garlic in a food processor un-
til blended. Put cream cheese mixture in
another bowl and set aside. Rinse outr the
food processor if you are that kind of per-
son. Otherwise, use that somewhat dirty
bowl for the pesto layer.
For the pesto; process the basil, pars-
ley, pine nuts and the remaining garlic
clove in the food processor until blended.
Dissolve the salt and pepper in the olive
oil and mix well. With the food processor
still running, but away from small children
who have not taked geometry yet, add the
oil in a fine stream. Scrape this mixture
into a second bowl and set aside. This is
where you might want to just buy yourself
some pre-packed pesto. If you choose to
make your own, at least be sure to tell ev-
eryone that you did, so they will be dutiful-
ly impressed. I do not actually.own a food
processor, so I would be one of those in the.
pre-packaged category.and proud of it.
Puree the sun dried tomatoes, yet again
in the food processor. At this point you can
set aside the food processor, wash it, if you
like, and put it away until next Christmas.
It is time to fill your provolone bowl that
you made at the beginning. The real beauty
of the Blossom is that you are going to layer
these three colorful ingredients, the white
cheese, the green pesto and the red toma-
toes. It really puts you in the holiday spirit.
Start with a layer of the cream cheese, fol-
lowed by either of the other two. No one
really cares about the color arrangement:
Add another layer of cheese, followed by
'the pesto and tomatoes, or the tomatoes
and pesto. When you have exhausted all of
your ingredients, seal the blossom with the
left over provolone, cheese. Then pull the
plastic wrap around the dip tightly, twisting
it closed, and put it all in the refrigerator for
a few hours to set up.
When you are ready to serve the Pesto
Cheese Blossom, take it out of the bowl
you started with, unwrap the plastic, and
flip the blossom' onto the plate so that
those last slices of provolone are now on
the bottom of the dip. Serve with crackers
just as fancy as the blossom. You might
want to mix up the shapes a little and go
with a square cracker to complement your
blossom. You do as much as your math-
ematical skills allow.
If you are interested in the cookbook,
then please contact Jessica Paterson at
jp@lemongrassinteriors.com. You can
find the cookbook online at www.shop-
lemongrass.com.


Birth


Braidin Jasper Linton is born
Braidin Jasper Linton was born Oct. 12, 2009, at
10:02 p.m. He weighed 5 pounds, 11.1 ounces, and was
18 inches long.
His proud parents are Cheyenne Noel Lynn Chehar-
,dy and Gregory Dale Linton, Jr. The proud grandpar-
ents are Fonda Chehardy of Wewahitchka, SeanChe-
hardy, Sr. of Panama City, Yolanda and Johnny Tucker
of Wewahitchka, and the late Gregory Linton, Sr.
The great-grandparents are Henry and Judy Darna
of Port St. Joe and the late Irene Darna, Judith John-
son of Wewahitchka, Cecil E. Linton Sr. of Wewahi-
tchka, Mary Chehardy of Louisiana and the late Ray
Chehardy.
Last but not least, the proud uncles are Sean Che-
hardy, Jr., Cecil Linton, Brandon Chehardy, Wes Car-
penter and Tristan Darna.


'Birthday

SHannah turns 2
Hannah ,Grace
Causey will be
celebrating her
2nd birthday on
Dec. 12. She will
be ,celebrating .
with a Disney
princess theme
party with her
family and friends
at home. Cautisey
is the daughter of
Brandon and April
Causey,, the grand-
daughter of Peggy
and Liger Causey,.
Scott Messer and F.
Susan Smith.
Happy birthday,
Hannah. We love
you.
-Mtama
and Daddy.


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School News


The Star l B3


Memorial


scholarship


announced
Special to The Star
The family and friends of Bryce
McKenzie Nelson have established a
scholarship in his memory.
In creating the
Bryce Nelson Memo-
i f rial Scholarship, the
family wishes to help a
young person receive
a higher education.
S.j Their sincere wish
..I is that the recipient
BRYCE will demonstrate com-
NELSON passion, understand-
ing and patience,
qualities exemplified by Nelson, who
died recently in a car accident.
A 2008 Port St. Joe High School
graduate, Nelson was a true friend to
many and a kind, compassionate and
caring person to everyone.
Nelson's desire was to become
a teacher and coach. He wanted to
share his knowledge and help others
build a strong character through his
patience and dedication.
This scholarship will honor a de-
serving graduating senior who has a
desire to further their education and
help others.
They will have demonstrated good
character, leadership, responsibility
and positive attitude and have been
a role model among high school stu-
dents.
Contributions can be made to the
Bryce Nelson Memorial Scholarship
and sent or dropped off to Port St. Joe
Elementary School at 2201 Long Ave.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
Please call Melissa Ramsey with
any questions at 850-227-1221.

The Wonders of

Wewahitchka
Special to The Star
The following was written by Char-
lene Dickens. Charlene is a fourth-
grader at Wewahitchka Elementary
School. Her community pride is ad-
mirable.
The Seven Wonders
of Wewahitchka
i. The Old Courthouse: The Old
Courthouse is one of the Seven Won-
ders of Wewahitchka because it was
the first courthouse in Gulf County
and is one of the biggest buildings in
town.
2. Tupelo Honey: I think Tupelo
Honey is one of Wewahitchka's Seven
Wonders because Wewa is known to
have a lot of Tupelo Honey. It is sweet
and pure.
3. The Dead Lakes: The Dead
Lakes are one of the Seven Wonders
of Wewahitchka because they are re-
ally old and lots of history surrounds
them.
4. The Eyes of Wewahitchka: The
twin lakes, or eyes, are one of the Sev-
en Wonders of Wewahitchka because
we wouldn't be "Wewahitchka" with-
out them!
5. Lake Alice Park: I think Lake Al-
ice Park is one of the Seven Wonders
of Wewahitchka because it is a place
where you can go to relax with a book
or just enjoy the scenery.
6. Churches: Some of our old
churches consist of the Presbyterian
Church, the Pentecostal Church, and
the Faison Temple. These are one of
the Seven Wonders of Wewahitchka
because they housed our first Chris-
tians.
7. Our Schools: Our schools are one
of the Seven Wonders of Wewahitchka
because they teach children from
when they are young to when they are
teenagers how to live the smart way.

Support NJROTC
during football game

Special to The Star
Toucan's Restaurant on U.S. High-
way 98 in Mexico Beach is supporting
the Port St. Joe NJROTC through an
extremely generous fund-raising effort
during the Army-Navy game Dec. 12.
NJROTC cadets are passing out
donation coupons. When the coupons
are presented at checkout, Toucan's
will donate 10 percent of the patron's
food bill to the NJROTC program.
The Army-Navy game will be on
"Big Screen" starting at 2:30 PM ET,


1:30 p.m. CT, and Toucan's will hon-
or the donation coupons during- the
game.
Come and support "America's
Game" and cheer for your favorite ser-
vice while enjoying great food, great
company and supporting a great pro-
gram.
Call LCDR MartyJarosz at 229-6177
for coupons or more information.


By Reid Kennedy
On Wednesday, Nov. 25, the first-, second-,
and third-grade classes at Faith Christian
School had a Thanksgiving play to remind
parents and students why the pilgrims came
to the New World. They thought it was very
important to have
S1 \ iti the freedom to
SI aicUhl worship God. Later,
( I r,-.I.i, Scihotl the Indians came
and made peace
with them, and they
enjoyed three days of feasting, celebrating and
thanking God for bringing them through the
hardships they had suffered. I remember when
I was in the play. It took a while to memorize
all of the lines. The play was impressive to all
of the parents and the students.


Prologue and Epilogue
actors include:
Katherine Bouington...... Dad
Brianna Bozeman ........Mom
Jade Cothran.......... the child
Pilgrims:'
Gov. Bradford ....... Katherine
Bouington
Mrs. W inslow.......... Brianna
Bozeman
Mrs. Brewster ...Jade Cothran
Mr. Brewster........ .. Chandler
Godwin
Miles Standish ........JJ. Laine
Sarah Brewster .....Mary-Kate
Wood
Indians:
Chief Massasoit....... Brianna
Biajini
Squanto............ Jacob Davis
Samoset............ Bobby Gay
Running Deer.....Gaby Wood


DAZZLING DOLPHINS


SPECIAL TO THE STAR
FRONT ROW: Roan Slack and Bobbie Fowler. MIDDLE ROW: Clay Fox,
Kyli Wockenfuss, Gracie Cryderman, Braden Baumgardner, Hannah
Young. BACK ROW: Alex Carroll, Zach Combs, Donovan Cochran, Ethan
Sander, Gabby Forehand, Alex Naus.

WEWA ELEMENTARY STUDENTS OF THE WEEK


SPECIAL TO THE STAR
DEC. 7-11:Jacob Lynn (kindergarten), Case Johnson (second grade)
Krisitan Ward (third grade), Nick Johnson (third grade), Naomi Parker
(fourth grade) and Layna Bronson (fifth grade).


By Megan Gentry, Sara Rupp
and Lilly Wright A


Seniors:
There will be a senior scholarship
meeting at 6 p.m in the school library
tonight. For more scholarship infor-
mation, call 229-8815 (the Guidance
Office).
Senior Audits: Senior audits will
begin on Jan. 26 and run through
Feb. 2. Seniors will meet with Mrs.
Bernal in the guidance office to re-
view their high school transcripts
every 30 minutes. Schedules will be
posted by Ms. Hendricks' room, Mr.
Brewer's room, and at the guidance
office entrance. We ask that seniors
show up on time to their appoint-
ment, as we are pressed for time. We
encourage parents to attend these
meetings with your senior so you will
be aware of where your student is
at this time. If you feel that you may
need additional time, please sched-
ule an appointment with Mrs. Bernal
to. come in at a later date.
Juniors:
The Armed Services Vocational
Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) tests will
be given to all llth-graders on Dec.
14 at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria.
Clubs:
NHS: There will be a meeting on
Dec. 15. Also, don't forget to water
the flowers. To find out when your
turn is, go see the list in Mrs. Ber-
nal's office.
SGA: A special thank-you is sent
out to all those who came out and
supported the pie auction.
Key Club and Keyettes: If anyone
needs help with an upcoming service
project, please contact either Fred
Flowers, the Key Club sponsor, or
Krichelle McGhee, the Keyette spon-
sor, at the high school. Both clubs
have helped with projects such as


Paws in the Park and the annual pan-
cake breakfast held by Kiwanis, and
would love to be involved with your
project.
NJROTC: Don't forget about drill
practice Mondays, Wednesdays and
Friday at 7 a.m.
NJROTC and Toucan's restau-
rant is having a fundraiser to raise
money for the club. If you go to Tou-
cans on Dec. 12, NJROTC will re-
ceive 10 percent of any food order if
a special "America's Game Supports
NJROTC" coupon is presented when
you pay. Coupons will be distributed
up until the day of the annual Army-
Navy game.
Band: There will be a band con-
cert in the elementary school audito-
rium on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m.
General information:
The Port St. Joe High School's TV
productions class is holding a fund-
raiser to help support the St. Joe Bay
Humane Society. There has been a
new quota for the number of cats/kit-
tens allowed to bie in the humane so-
ciety facility. The quota is 18, and the
shelter has too many cats/kittens.
Humane Society members have
found a no-kill shelter that will take
them all, but it costs money. There
will be a bucket passed around in
each first-period class from Dec. 7-18
to help save the cats/kittens. Every
20 dollars raised will save another
cat or kitten. The first-period class
that raises the most money for the
cause will win a doughnut party. We
strongly encourage everyone to help
with the cause.


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WONDERFUL dogs, cats, puppies & kittens available
for adoption!!! If you have been contemplating
adding a new addition to your family- *come out
& visit St. Joseph Bay Humane Society *- we have
many pets that would ready for a LOVING home for
the holidays!!
"Smiley" is one of our current DAWGS in prison
dogs. She will graduate in early January and will be
leashed trained, crate trained, will know how to sit,
stay & come when called along with many any basic
obedience skills!!
If you would like to meet Smiley or any of the
other precious pets awaiting their forever home-
please COME OUT to 1007 Tenth St, PSJ. Tues.
- Sat. from 10am until 4pm. Or call 850-227-1103 or
visit our website at www.sjbhumanesociety.org
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The Christian CONSCIENCE


Christmas carols
It's a sad fact that in our society
today, many have never heard a real
Christmas carol. Through the ages, God
has frequently conveyed His message to
us through music. The Psalms were all
songs about God and His relationship to
the Children of Israel.
Christmas Carols are a good example
of the kind of music that God uses. These
are some of the songs that teach about
the birth of Jesus:
"Angels We Have Heard on High,"
"Away in a Manger," "More Than a Story,"
"Emmanuel," "Glory to God," "It Came
Upon a Midnight Clear," "I'll Give My
Heart," "Joseph's Song," "Joy to the
World," "0 Come, All Ye Faithful," "0 Holy
Night," "0 Little Town of Bethlehem,"
"Silent Night," etc.
As I was looking through my
Christmas carol books a couple weeks
ago, it occurred to me that many people
have never heard a real Christmas
carol one that talks about the first
Christmas, the birth of Jesus. As I looked
over one of those books, I turned to the
back cover and was reminded that it came
from a local bank, which a few years ago
during the Christmas season gave away


carol booklets at each teller's station.
That should tell you something about
America today. How many banks would do
that now? Many people have told me that
they would love to have a bank like that.,
Do you remember the free Christmas
concert that TJ put on in Mexico Beach
a few years ago? As of this writing, I
don't think he will be'able to do it this
year. If it turns out he can, we'll let you
know through a press release in the Star.
However, all of his Christmas carols
are available in mp3 format at www.
tjspraiseandworship.info/index.html.
In our family, we have become more
and more irritated with the ads for holiday
shopping trying to get us to buy all sorts of
glamorous junk. There will be no holiday
shopping for us this year. We will still give
needed items to family and friends, but
we aren't going to waste our money on
Santa Claus junk, Rudolph, snowman,
angel, trees, wreaths and other junk
that we would have to throw away after
Christmas. We might buy a nativity scene
to help remind people about the birth of
. Jesus, the Messiah. No, we won't worship
the figures, but the birth of Jesus is what
Christmas is all about.
Would you like to make this Christmas
happier and more meaningful? Take time
to do a little research, and remember


what Christmas is all about. Go caroling
with some family and friends or church
members, or just enjoy singing along with
some real Christmas carols in your home
or car, or maybe play them over the PA
system in your store or business. If you
would like a CD of the real Christmas
carols, let us know. We'll try to get one to
you.
Questions or comments? Send an e-
mail to the address below.
At the Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center, we love Christmas carols
and make them a part of our praise and
worship around Christmastime. At the
MBCWC, we don't pass an offering plate
and 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. TJ leads
us in real worship, which begins at 9:45
a.m. After the service, we have Holy
Communion and invite prayer requests.
We meet at the Mexico Beach Ciic,
Center on 105 N. 31st St., behind Parker
Realty and the Beach Walk gift shop, just
off U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach.
God Bless,
L Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship Center
pastor@mexicobeachcwc.com
http://www.mexicobeachcwc.com


SSt. Joseph
Catholic Church
2r, and Monument Ave. Port St. Joe.227-1417
Also Serving Mexico Beach
All Mass Timees EDT:'
Saturday ................................................................ 4:00 pm
Sunday........ .. .........................9:30 amri
. Monday. Thursday. Friday ......................9:30 am
W wednesday ........................................................... 5:30 pm


St. Lawrence Mission
788 N. Hwy. 71
Wewahitchka, FL.
Sunday Mass 11:00 am (CI)


Cape San Bias Mission
1500 ft from State Park entrance
at Cape San Bias
Opens December 6th


TO KNOW CHRISTAND.TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Come worship with us!
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


Worship with us at
Long Avenue Baptist Chu/rch
Where Faith, Family &Friendship are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 5:00pm
Wednesday
A variety of ministries for all ages beginning at 6:30 pm
Small group ministries also available.
Pastor Royce Williams
1601 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL
For more Information Call 229-8691


Faith BRIEFS

Vienna Boys Choir Community Christmas
Performs Celebration at Mexico


The incomparable
Vienna Boys Choir, the
world's most beloved choir,
will perform at Gulf Beach
Presbyterian Church on
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010. The
Vienna Boys Choir brings .
a 500-year-old tradition
of music to Panama City
' Beach.
This special concert will
include a dessert reception
featuring Chef Imondi and
his delectable delights.
International visual artist
Lisa Adessi will show her
Italian oil masterpieces in
the gallery.
Tickets are available
now. Seating is limited. For
more information, call Dr.
Larry Tyson at 850-230-
1991.


Beach UMC
The Mexico Beach
United Methodist Church
invites everyone to its
Community Christmas
Celebration on Thursday,
Dec. 17, at 6 p.m. CT.
Join the church for a
night of music and fun as
we celebrate the birth of
our Lord and Savior Jesus
Christ.
The special musical
guest will be Neysa
Wilkins. A time of
fellowship will follow
the concert. Light
refreshments will be .
served.
The church is at 111
North 22nd St. in Mexico
Beach.


Local singer releases album

Port St. Joe grad leads youth at First UMC

Special to The Star L]l...,Lj


Jeremy Dixon, the
youth leader at First
United
Meth-
odist
Church,
has re-
leased
his first,
self-
JEREMY titled
DIXON album.
Dixon,
a 1998 Port St. Joe
High School graduate,
recorded the contempo-
rary Christian album in
Daphne, Ala. All mixing
and editing was done


in Nashville.
CDs are available.on
Dixon's Web site, www.
jeremydixonministries.
com, or may be pur-
chased locally at Aline's
beauty salon.
To contact Dixon,
e-mail Jeremy@jeremy
dixonministries.com.


&uya ic qfeadf
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
Ike people of lexice Beach Su iited Methodist ierch
NIIuT Pmovi,,,
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820


A Spirit Filled
F ily LifeT Outreach Oriented
Fmily Lie Word of Faith Church

Church
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: -HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pmr
www.fam ilfgchrchiu t
323 Reid Ave Downtown Port St. Joe, FL 850-229-5433




508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456


(US N)


850-227-1756


Rev. Ruth Hemple
Worship Service 10:00 AM
Sunday School 11:00 AM


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe


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


.5'-


850) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Pastor-
Ann Comforter J]reny Dixon
Music Director Youth Ministe
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Minitries


First 'Baptist Church "
102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Jeff Finder Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Mtsic & Educiation
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



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 taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Himn.
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please call us for your spiritual needs.
www.beachchapel.org
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
FOR YOU AT:
Aigbtanb -view apti t C trct)
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45 a
Morning Worship 11:00
r Evening Service 7:00 p


Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


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2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Jesus has gone to prepare us a place.
Are you ready to meet Him face to
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The Bible says He'll come back
again.
Do you believe this enough to tell a
friend?
He's going to wipe every tear dry.
There will be no more pain, no
reason to cry.
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comes back again.,
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be history then.
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will be gone.
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Coalition Against Domestic Violence seeks toys for children


Special to The Star
The Florida Coalition Against-
Domestic Violence is in great
need of toys for children liv-
ing in Florida's domestic vio-
lence'centers across the state.
The centers are over capacity


during the holidays, with chil-
dren sleeping on cots and in
hallways. Throughout last year,
more than 7,000 victims and
their children were turned away
because of a lack of space in
Florida's domestic violence cen-
ters..


The Florida Coalition Against
Domestic Violence is a nonprofit
agency that serves as the state-
wide professional organization
representing Florida's 42 certi-
fied domestic violence centers.
Toys are needed for children
from infancy to age 16.


Please bring an unwrapped
toy marked "FCADV" for a child
living in a domestic violence
shelter during the holidays to
the Mexico Beach Welcome Cen-
ter or the GPM Financial office
at 101 Reid Ave., Suite 105. You
may also call Susan Magidson at


227-5717 for local pickup.
For more information about
the Florida Coalition for Domes-
tic Violence, call their offices in
Tallahassee at 850-425-2749 or
contact our local advocate, Pam
Martin, at Pam_Martin@uss.
Salvationarmy.org.


The Gulf County Sheriff's Office
will be conducting vehicle safety
checkpoints and DUI checkpoints
during the month of November. The
checkpoints will be held through-
out the county to include Highway
98 near St. Joe Beach, Highway 98
and Garrison Avenue, C-30 Sim-
mons Bayou, Highway 71 north of
White City, Highway 22 and High-
way 22A, Highway 71 and Westarm
Creek, Highway 71 Dalkieth Area
and Highway 71 near the Calhoun
line.
On 11/21/2009, Terra S. Sturgill,
30, was charged with Driving with
License Suspended or Revoked.
On 11/24/2009, Christy Ryals, 39,


was arrested on warrants for mak-
ing or uttering a forged prescrip-
tion.
On 11/26/2009, Ethan Perry Good-
man was arrested on two failure-
to-appear warrants; the original
charges were aggravated assault
and loitering and prowling.
On 11/27/2009, Marcy Elaine Al-
derman, 22, was charged with Driv-
ing with License Suspended or Re-
voked.
On 11/28/2009, Roderick L Rob-
inson, 42, was charged with Driving
Under the Influence.
On 11/29/2009, Rebecca Leanne
Causey, 21, was charged with fail-
ure to appear and violation of pro-


bation. Both warrants deal with
driver's license violations.
On 12/01/2009, Steve Dewayne
Gibson, 38, was arrested on a viola-
tion-of-probation warrant; the origi-
nal charge was aggravated battery.
On 12/01/2009, Amy Dyanne
Jackson, 37, was charged with pos-
session of drug paraphernalia.
On 12/01/2009, Jason Edward
Strimel was charged with grand
theft and burglary to a structure.
Additional charges are pending.
On 12/02/2009, Gary Raymond
Goodrich, 53, was charged with
stalking, tampering with witness
and violation of an injunction for
protection.


Obituaries


Bessie Lee Potter Smith


Donna Jean Rocco Buccieri


Gulf County Teen Driver

Program coming up


Special to The Star
The Gulf County Teen
Driver Program, to be held
Jan. 15-16, is designed to
help young. drivers learn
how to control a vehicle in
an emergency situation.
The driver instructor will
conduct a four-hour class-
room portion of instruction
and an eight-hour portion
on the actual driving range.
This will be a controlled en-
vironment. If you think you
are up for the 'challenge,
sign up now. This will be
a fun and exciting course.
The registration deadline
is Jan. 4.
Upon completion of this


free course, you will receive
a certificate that might
qualify you to receive a dis-
count on your insurance
policy. Contact your insur-
ance agent for details.
All drivers must have
a valid driver's license or
learner's permit. No unli-
censed drivers may take
this course. There will be
courses offered through-
out the year For more
information, call Deputy
Larry Dickey at the Gulf
County Sheriff's Office,
850-227-1115. You will use
your own vehicle and must
have proof of valid insur-
ance before you can take
this course.


Mrs. Bessie Lee
Potter Smith, 86, '
of Marianna and
formerly of Ebro,
Fla., passed away
Sunday, Nov. 29, in
Jackson Hospital.
Funeral services BE
were held at 11
a.m. Saturday, Dec. "
5, at the McQueen's Si
Temple Firstborn
Church of the Living God
in Vernon, where the
Rev. John Ozell Brown
is pastor, with the Rev.
Billy Marshall officiating.
Interment was to follow
in the St. Luke Memorial
Gardens in Vernon, with
Mckinnie Funeral Home
of Campbellton directing.
Visitation for family and
friends was held from 9:30-
10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 5,
at Oak Grove Missionary
Baptist Church in Ebro.
Our beloved mother,
Bessie Lee Potter Smith,
was born to the late
Wesley and Mary Daisy
Brown Potter on Oct. 20,
1923, in Miller's Ferry,
Fla. She accepted Christ
into her life at an early
age and joined St. Luke
A.M.E. Church. Bessie was
united in holy matrimony
to Henry D. Smith Sr. on
July 14, 1947, and to this
union, nine children were
born. She later joined her
husband in faith at Oak
Grove Missionary Baptist
Church in Ebro, where she
served as a deaconess,
and worked in many other


William "Billy" Branch,
77, of Port St. Joe, passed
away Thursday, Nov. 12, at
his home.
Mr. Branch was born
Oct. 24, 1932, and lived in
the area all of his life.
He served as a Gulf
County commissioner from
1976 to 1988.
He is survived by his
wife of 53 years, Nadine
Branch; three sons,
Charles Branch, Thomas
Branch and Robert Branch
and wife, Cindy; sister,
Evelyn Raffield; two
brothers, Freddie Branch
and wife, Henrietta,
and Harold Branch and
wife, Catherine; five
grandchildren, Joseph
Orrell, Candace Branch,
Evan Branch, Elizabeth
Branch and Mary
Branch; and three great-


We sincerely thank
each and every one who
extended assistance and
prayers for us during
the fast pace of the ALS
disease that beset our
loved one, Billy Branch.
He died less than
four months after the
diagnosis.
A big thank you to
Highland View Baptist


SIE LEE
OTTER
MITH


capacities until
her health began
to fail. She was
preceded in death
by her husband
and two daughters,
Dorothy Smith
Becoats and Mary
Smith Olds.
A lifetime of
precious memories
is left with a caring


and devoted family, to
include four daughters,
Audrey Leeks (Edward)
and Martha Leslie (Hosea)
of Marianna, Rachel Crews
(Tony) of Port St. Joe, Fla.,
and Sallie Daniels (Wilson)
. of Dothan, Ala.; three
sons, Henry D. Smith Jr.
(Linda) of Greenwood,
Fla., Elroy Smith
(Bernice) of Fayetteville,
, N.C., and Bertram
Smith of San Antonio;
two sons-in-law, Culton
Olds of Marianna and
Roy Becoats of Panama
City, Fla.; one brother,
Isiah Potter (Rosia)
of Chipley, Fla.; three
sisters, Elsie Harmon,
Annie Lee Harmon and
Matilda Harmon (Goode),
all of Orange Hill, Fla.;
s brother and sisters-in-
law, Sam Pompey of
Panama City and John
H. Milton (Gussie) and
Matron Smith of Ebro; 15
grandchildren; 19 great-
grandchildren; a special
friend of the family, Orvie
P Cole; and a host of
nieces, nephews, cousins,
other relatives and friends.


grandchildren, Dylan
Orrell, Chandler Orrell and
Ireland Orrell.
Funeral services.were
held Saturday, Nov. 14, at
Highland View Baptist
Church, with the Rev.
Larry Wells and the Rev.
David Nichols officiating.
Interment followed in
Pleasant Rest Cemetery
in Overstreet. Pallbearers
were Harold Raffield,
Eugene Raffield, Fred
Branch, Ramone Perez,
Bill Carr, Jerry Branch and
Larry Branch. The family
received friends before
services at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please
donate to your favorite
charity or ALS research.
Condolences may be
submitted or viewed at
www.southerlandfamily.
com.


Church for the delicious
and abundant food that
was prepared for us.
Also thank you to
Emerald Coast Hospice
nurses and aides. We
will never forget you.

Nadine Branch, Charles
Branch, Thomas Branch,
Robert and Cindy Branch


Donna Jean Rocco
Buccieri, 82, born Sept. 24,
1927, has gone to rest on
Friday, Dec. 4, where she
will be reunited with her
husband, Samuel Robert
Buccieri I.
Donna is survived
by her four children,
Stephanie Wilbanks,
Sandra Bish and Samuel
and Seth Buccieri; her six
grandchildren; and two
great-grandchildren.
Originally from


Carolyn Ford, 77, of
Port St. Joe, passed away
Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2009, in a
Panama City hospital. She
was a native and lifelong
resident of Port St. Joe.
She was preceded in
death by her husband, Sam
Ford, and son, Charles
"Buck" Ford.
Her survivors include
her children, Sam Ford,
Jr., John Ford and wife
Jeannie, Teresa McArdle
and husband Donny,


Raymond Lee Hawkins
formerly of Hixson, Tenn.,
died Dec. 4, 2009, at his
home in Wewahitchka, Fla.
His family was with him.
Mr. Hawkins was
born Feb. 26, 1930, on
Sand Mountain in north
Alabama.
He was the seventh of
11 children.
Mr. Hawkins is
survived by his wife,
Dimples (Lanier); six
children, Debbie and
husband Kevin, David
and wife Vickie, Danny
and wife Vickie, Ernie,
Nancy, and Rachel and
I


Gerard Joseph Murnan,
74, of Port St. Joe, passed
away Friday, Nov. 27, 2009,
at his home.
He was a Gunnery
Sergeant in the United
States Marine Corps and
served in the Korean War.
He was one of the few
survivors of the Chosin
Reservoir Battle and was
awarded the Silver Star,
the Bronze Star and the
Purple Heart. He was a
retired police officer in the
Yonkers, New York Police
Department.
Survivors include his
wife of 50 years, Judith L.
Murnan of Port St. Joe;
his children, Lisa Dodge


Youngstown, Ohio, Donna
moved to Miami with
her family in 1961, where
she worked and retired
from Southern Bell in
1982. For the past even
years, Donna has resided
in Port St. Joe along the
Panhandle coast of Florida
where she will be laid to
rest at Holly Hill Cemeter
with her husband.
All services are under
the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.


and William Ford and
wife Kelli; one sister,
Abbie Louise Daughtry,
all of Port St. Joe; eight
grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren.
Graveside services
were held Thursday, Dec.
3, at 3 p.m. EST at Holly
Hill Cemetery in Port St.
Joe, with the Rev. Tim
Bailey officiating.
All services were
under the direction of the
Comforter Aineral Home.


husband Joshua; 14
grandchildren; and seven
great-grandchildren. He
is further survived by two
sisters, Ola Evers and
Marie Dobbs, and one
brother, Eskell Hawkins.
His memorial service
was held Tuesday, Dec.
8, at 2 p.m. at Westside
Baptist Church on
West River Road in
Wewahitchka. His family
suggests that, in lieu of
flowers, donations may be
made to Emerald Coast
Hospice in Panama City
or the youth program of
Westside Baptist Church.


and husband Warren of
New York, James Murnan
and wife Patricia of Port
St. Joe, Edward Murnan
and wife Tina of Mexico
Beach, Catherine Murnan
of Connecticut and John
Murnan of Port St. Joe; 17
grandchildren; and four
great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were
held Thursday, Dec. 3, at
11 a.m. EST at St. Joseph's
Catholic Church, with the
Rev. Phil Fortin officiating.
Interment followed in
Holly Hill Cemetery with
military honors.
All services were under
the directions of Comforter
Funeral Home.


: The City of Mexico
Beach will observe the fol-
a, lowing schedule for sanita-
tion services in December:
y
Week of Dec. 21-25
Monday, Dec. 21:
regular garbage pickup
Tuesday, Dec. 22:
regular garbage pickup
Wednesday, Dec. 23:
yard debris pickup
Thursday, Dec. 24:
holiday no garbage
pickup


Friday, Dec. 25: holiday
- no garbage pickup

Week of Dec. 28
through Jan. 1
Monday, Dec. 28:
regular garbage pickup
Tuesday, Dec. 29:
regular garbage pickup
Wednesday, Dec. 30:
regular Thursday pickup
Thursday, Dec. 31:
regular Friday pickup
Friday, Jan. 1: holiday
- no garbage pickup


Gulf County Prevention Coalition,

Tobacco-Free Partnership meeting

Do you care if your (pick one) child, mother, father,
brother, sister, grandparents or best friend smokes or
dips?'Would you like to help them stop? Would you like to
learn about what you are doing to your family and friends
if you smoke aroufid them? Do you know about the new
candy-flavored tobacco products that are being sold to
hook your children on nicotine?
If you or your organization is interested in learning about
these things and how you can help protect and educate peo-
ple in Gulf County, then there's a meeting for you.
The Gulf County Prevention Coalition/Tobacco-Free
Partnership will meet at 5:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec.
15, at the Port Inn (upstairs) in Port St. Joe. The public
and any civic, community and church groups that would
like to join are welcome, especially youth. For more in-
formation, contact Rosa Feltrop, tobacco prevention
specialist for the Gulf County Health Department, at
381-1830.


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Mexico Beach

SANITATION SCHEDULE


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Raymond Lee Hawkins


William 'Billy' Branch


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1100 I
4942S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

IN RE: ESTATE OF
GEORGE FRED MAHLER
Deceased.

File No. 09-89PR
Division Probate

NOTICE TO CREDITORS

The administration of the
estate of GEORGE FRED
MAHLER, deceased,
whose date of death was
September 17, 2009, file
number 09-89PR, is pend-
ing in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida, Pro-
bate Division; the address
of which is 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456. The. names
and addresses of the per-
sonal representative and
the personal representa-
tive'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 c9py 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
with this court WITHIN 3
MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST PUB-
LICATION OF THIS NO-
TICE.

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)
YEARS OR MORE AFTER
THE DECEDENT'S DATE
OF DEATH IS BARRED,

The date of first publica-
tion of this notice is De-
cember 3, 2009.

Personal Representative:
FRED W. MAHLER
7312 Shayla Court
Fairview, Tennessee 37062
Attorney for Personal Rep-
resentative:
GEORGE H. GWYNN
Florida Bar No. 0357537


WILLIAMS, GAUTIER,
GWYNN, DELOACH &
SORENSON, PA.
Post Office Box 4128
Tallahassee, FL
32315-4128
Telephone: (850) 386-3300
December 3,10, 2009
4957S
NOTICE OF
SHERIFF'S SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN THAT PURSUANT
TO A WRIT OF EXECU-
TION HERETOFORE IS-
SUED OUT OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT, IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, ON THE 5TH
DAY OF NOVEMBER,
2009, BEING CASE NO.
08-590 CA, in the matter of
Bay Investments, Inc., as
the assignee of the final.
judgment of John Zachery
Ferrell, Plaintiff, against
John Arnold Land Devel-
opment & Heavy Equip-
ment Company, Inc., Earth
Movers MW, LLC, James
Watford and Faye G.
Massoletti, I, JOSEPH NU-
GENT, AS SHERIFF OF
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA,
have levied upon and
taken into my constructive
custody, the right, title and
interest of the defendants,
John Arnold Land Devel-
opment & Heavy Equip-
ment Company, Inc., Earth
Movers MW, LLC, James
Watford and Faye G.
Massoletti, in the real
property located in Gulf
County, Florida, described
as:

LOT NUMBER 19, BLOCK
NUMBER 1, DOUGLAS
LANDING UNIT 1, AS
SHOWN BY THE PLAT
THEREOF RECORDED IN
THE OFFICIAL RECORDS
OF GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA IN PLAT BOOK 2, AT
PAGE 25,

AND ON THE 5TH DAY OF
JANUARY, 2010, AT 11:00
A.M. E.S.T, or as soon
thereafter as circum-
stances permit,'at the front
steps' of the Gulf County
Courthouse, I will offer the
defendant's right, title and
interest in the above de-
scribed real property for
sale at public outcry and
sell the same, subject to
ALL prior liens, if any to
the HIGHEST AND BEST
BIDDER FOR CASH IN
HAND, the proceeds to be
applied as far as may be
to the payment of costs
and satisfaction of the
above described execu-
tion. In accordance with
the American .Disabilities
Act, persons "needing a
special accommodation to
participate in this proceed-
ing shall contact the indi-
vidual or agency sending
notice no later than seven
days prior to the proceed-
ing at the address given
on the notice. Telephone
850-257-6097 ;
1-800-955-8771(+TDD) or
1-800-955-8770(V), via
Florida Relay Service.

JOSEPH NUGENT, AS
SHERIFF OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Joseph Nugent
December 3, 10, 17, 24,
2009
4976S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND
FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA


1100
CIVIL ACTION

SUNTRUST BANK, NA.,
Plaintiff,

vs.

DIVERSIFIED EXECUTIVE
CRESTVIEW, LLC, et al,
Defendant(s).

CASE NO.:
23-2009-CA-000539
DIVISION:

NOTICE OF ACTION

TO: DIVERSIFIED EXECU-
TIVE CRESTVIEW, LLC

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
C/O CRESTVIEW LLC
5550 CHELSEN' DRIVE
DULUTH GA 30097

CURRENT ADDRESS: UN-
KNOWN

ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN
PARTIES CLAIMING BY,
THROUGH, UNDER, AND.
AGAINST THE HEREIN
NAMED INDIVIDUAL
DEFENDANTS) WHO ARE
NOT KNOWN TO BE
DEAD OR ALIVE,
WHETHER SAID UN-
KNOWN PARTIES MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST AS
SPOUSE; HEIRS, DEVI-
SEES, GRANTEES, OR
OTHER CLAIMANTS

LAST KNOWN ADDRESS:
UNKNOWN

CURRENT ADDRESS: UN-
KNOWN

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

A PORTION OF SECTION
7, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH,
RANGE 11 WEST AND
SECTION 12, TOWNSHIP
9 SOUTH, RANGE 22
WEST, GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA, BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY -DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:
COMMENCE AT THE
CONCRETE MONUMENT
MARKING .THE NORTH-
WEST CORNER OF SAID
SECTION 7; THENCE
ALONG THE EAST LINE
OF SECTION 6, TOWN-
SHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE
11 WEST NORTH 00 DE-
GREES 03 MINUTES 58
SECONDS EAST, 1340 95
FEET TO A CONCRETE
MONUMENT MARKING A
POINT ON THE WEST-
ERLY RIGHT OF WAY
LINE OF STATE ROAD
30-E; THENCE ALONG
SAID WESTERLY 'RIGHT
OF WAY LINE, SOUTH 23
DEGREES 26 MINUTES 00
SECONDS WEST, 532.00
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING; THENCE
SOUTH 23 DEGREES 26
MINUTES 00 SECONDS
EAST, 54.54 FEET;
THENCE SOUTH 66 DE-
GREES 33 MINUTES 42
SECONDS WEST 2,82
FEET;.THENQE SOUTH 73
DEGREES 16 MINUTES 39
SECONDS WEST, 268.98
FEET TO A POINT ON
THE MEAN HIGH WATER
LINE OF THE GULF OF
MEXICO; THENCE ALONG
SAID MEAN HIGHWATER
LINE, NORTH 20 DE-
GREES 53 MINUTES 17
SECONDS WEST, 70.67
FEET; THENCE LEAVING
SAID MEAN HIGH WATER
LINE, NORTH 76 DE-
GREES 44 MINUTES 59


1100
SECONDS EAST, 267.93
FEET; THENCE NORTH 66
DEGREES 33 MINUTES 42
SECONDS, EAST 3.15
FEET TO THE POINT OF
BEGINNING.

has been filed against you
and you are required to
serve a copy of your writ-
ten defenses within 30
days after the first publica-
tion, if any, on Florida De-
fault Law Group, RL.,
Plaintiff's attorney, whose
address Is 9119 Corporate
Lake Drive, Suite 300,
Tampa, Florida 33634, and
file the original with this
Court either before service
on Plaintiff's attorney or im-
mediately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be "en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded int he
Complaint or petition.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of this Court on
this 12th day of November,
2009.

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

**See Americans with Dis-
abilities Act
In accordance with the
Americans with Disabilities-
Act, persons needing a
special accommodation to
participate int his proceed-
ing should contact Gulf
County Courthouse #850-
229-6113 (TDD)

Florida Default Law Group,
PL.
RO. Box 25018 '
Tampa, Florida
33622-5018
F09097125
December 3, 10, 2009
5000S
In The Circuit Court Of The
Fourteenth Judicial Circuit
In And For Gulf County,
Florida

Superior Bank, a federal
savings bank,
Plaintiff,

vs

Daniel E. Mahoney and
Shannon Mahoney, and
any unknown parties, in-
cluding any unknown
heirs, devisees, grantees,
assignees, lienors, credi-
tors, trustees, and all other
parties claiming by,
through, under or against
any of the named Defend-
ants, and TENANT #1 and
TENANT #2 representing
any unknown tenants who
may be in possession.
Defendants.

Case No.: 09-230CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE is hereby given
that, pursuant to an Order
or Final Judgment entered
in the above-captioned
case, I will sell the property
situated in Gulf County,
Florida, described as:

Commence at a concrete
monument marking the
most Westerly Corner of
Lot 3 of Fryers Plat lying in
Section 31, Township 6
South, Range 11 West,
Gulf County, Florida, said
point also lying on the
Northeasterly right of way
line of Palm Street; thence
run along said right of way
North 47 degrees 58 min-
utes 14 seconds West


I 1100
244.25 feet to a concrete
monument for the Point of
Beginning; thence from
said Point of Beginning,
continue along said right
of way North 47 degrees
53 minutes 41 seconds
West 60.00 feet to a con-
crete monument; thence
leaving said right of way
line run, North 42 degrees
00 minutes 00 seconds
East 159.90 feet to a con-'
crete monument; thence
South 48 degrees 03 min-
utes 33 seconds East
60.10 feet to a concrete
monument; thence South
42 degrees 02 minutes 07
seconds West 160.07 feet
to the Point of Beginning.

at public sale, to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash, at the front door of
the Gulf County Court-
house, in Port St: Joe, Gulf
County, Florida, at 11:00
am EST on January 14th,
2010. Any person other
than the property owner as
of tle date of the lis pend-
ens claiming an interest in
any surplus funds from the
sale, must file a claim for
said funds with the clerk of
court within 60 days from
the date of the sale.

DATED this 19th day of
November, 2008.

CLERK OF COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
December 10, 17, 2009
5007S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA

ANNE B. PATRICK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

WILLIAM L. SHURRUM,
BILLIE SYTSMA, SURVIV-
ING SPOUSE OF JOHN
SYTSMA, DECEASED,
AND THE UNKNOWN
HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES,
DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES,
LIENORS, CREDITORS,
TRUSTEES AND ALL
OTHERS WHO MAY
CLAIM AN INTEREST IN
THE ESTATE OF JOHN
SYTSMA, DECEASED, et
al.
Defendants.

Case No.: 09-476CA

NOTICE OF ACTION
FOR PUBLICATION

TO:
BILLIE SYTSMA, SURVIV-
ING SPOUSE OF JOHN
SYTSMA, DECEASED,
whose current location is
unknown.

YOU ARE NOTIFIED that a
Complaint to foreclose a
mortgage has been filed
against you regarding the
property located in Gulf
County, Florida, and more
fully described as follows:

Parcel "A": That portion of
the East 1/2 of the South-
west 1A of the Southwest V1
of Section 32, Township 5
South, Range 11 West, ly-
ing West and South of the
Intracoastal Waterway,
less and except the West
160.00 feet thereof.

Parcel "B": Begin at the
Southeast corner of West
1/2 of Southwest 1/ of Sec-
tion 32, Township 5 South,


I 1100 |O
Range 11 West, Gulf
County, Florida, and run
East .for 160 feet; thence
run North for .400 feet;
thence run West for 160
feet; thence run South for
400 feet to the Point of Be-
ginning, said land lying
and being in Section 32,
Township 5 South, Range
11 West, Gulf County, Flor-
ida.

You are required to serve a
copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to this action
on Mel Magidson, Jr.,
Plaintiffs' attorney, whose
address is RO. Box 340,
Port St. Joe, Florida
32457, on or before Janu-
ary 4, 2010, and file the
original with the clerk of
this court at Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida 32456, either be-
fore service on Plaintiff's
attorney or immediately
thereafter; otherwise a de-
fault will be entered
against you for the relief
demanded in the petition.

DATED this 30th day of
November, 2009.

CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk
December 3, 10, 2009
5048S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT,
FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA

IN RE: FORFEITURE OF
2001 FORD ESCORT
#3FAFP13P61R220500
Charles W. Hood
Owner,

CIVIL DIVISION
CASE NO.: 08-222CA

NOTICE OF FORFEITURE
PROCEEDINGS

TO ALL PERSONS OR EN-
TITIES HAVING OR
CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY
RIGHT TITLE OR INTER-
EST IN THE ABOVE DE-
SCRIBE PROPERTY which
was seized April 23, 2008
in Gulf County, Florida, by
the Gulf County Sheriff's
Office who presently has
custody of it. YOU ARE
NOTIFIED that an action
for forfeiture has been filed
against the above de-
scribed property and you
are required to serve a
copy of your written de-
fenses, if any, to it on Alton
Paulk, attorney for peti-
tioner, whose address is
P.O. Box 1717, Lynn
Haven, Florida 32444 on or
Before January 10, 2010,
and file the original with
the Clerk of this court ei-
ther before service on at-
torney for petitioner or im-
mediately thereafter; other-
wise a default will be en-
tered against you for the
relief demanded in the
complaint.

REBECCA NORRIS
Clerk of the Court
1000 Cecil Costin Blvd.
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
By: Jasmine Hysmith
As Deputy Clerk
December 10, 17, 2009
5056S
NOTICE TO
RECEIVE SEALED BIDS

BID #0910-06
The Gulf County Board of
County Commissioners


S 1100 |
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified person,
company, or corporation
interested in purchasing
the following with a mini-
mum bid of $150.00.

1995 Dodge Van

Please place YOUR COM-
PANY NAME, SEALED
BID, and the BID NUMBER
on the outside of your en-
velope, and provide three
copies of your proposal.

Bids must be submitted to
the Gulf ,County Clerk's Of-
fice at 1000 Cecil G.
Costin, Sr. Blvd., Room.
148, Port St. Joe, Florida
32456, by 4:30 p.m., E.T,
on Friday, December 18,
2009. Bids will be opened
at this same location on
Monday, December 21,
2009 at 10:00 a.m., E.T

Any questions concerning
this bid or to view the vehi-
cle, contact Public Works
Director Joe Danford at
(850) 227-1401.

BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
Nathan Peters, Jr.,
Chairman

Attest:
Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk
December 10, 2009
5065S
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA
GENERAL JURISDICTION
DIVISION

COUNTRYWIDE BANK,
FS B "
Plaintiff,

vs.

WALTER J. LEVICK, a/k/a
WALTER JOSEPH LEVICK,
et al.,
Defendants.

Case No,
23-2008-CA-000182

NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure Including
Award of Attorneys' Fees
and Costs dated March 9,
2009, entered in Case No.
23-2008-CA-000182 of the
Circuit Court of the 14th
Judicial Circuit in and for
Gulf County, Florida
wherein COUNTRYWIDE
BANK, FSB is the Plaintiff
and WALTER J. LEVICK,
a/k/a WALTER JOSEPH
LEVICK; __LEVICK, un-
known spouse of WALTER
J. LEVICK a/k/a WALTER
JOSEPH LEVICK, if mar-
ried; JOHN DOE and
JANE DOE is/are Defend-
ants, I will sell to the high-
est and best bidder for
cash, at in the City of Port
Saint Joe, Florida at 11:00
o'clock A.M., on the 22nd
day of January, 2010, the
following described prop-
erty, as set forth in said
Summary Final Judgment
of Foreclosure Including
Award of Attorneys' Fees
and Costs, to-wit:
UNIT SIX (6), CORONADO
GULFVIEW APARTMENTS,
AS MORE PARTICULARLY
DESCRIBED IN THAT
MASTER WARRANTY
DEED RECORDED AT OF-


1 1100
FICIAL RECORD BOOK
107, PAGE 584, PUBLIC
RECORDS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA; SUB-
JECT TO ALL CONDI-
TIONS, RESTRICTIONS,
OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS,
AND COVENANTS RE-
FERRED TO IN THAT
MASTER WARRANTY'
DEED; AND BEING MORE
PARTICULARLY DE-
SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS:

AN UNDIVIDED ONE-HALF
INTEREST IN CERTAIN
REAL PROPERTY IN
FRACTIONAL SECTION 5,
T7S, RIIW, DESCRIBED
AS FOLLOWS: BEGINN-
ING AT THE WEST COR-
NER OF BLOCK 16, VON'S
ADDITION TO BEACON
HILL, SAID POINT BEING
ON THE NE
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
STATE HIGHWAY -30,
ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. 98;
THENCE RUN SOUiH-
WESTERLY PERPENDIC-
ULAR TO SAID
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A
DISTANCE OF 100 FEET
TO THE SW
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
STATE ROAD 30; THENCE
RUN NORTHWESTERLY
ALONG SAID SW
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A
DISTANCE OF 80.00 FEET
FOR THE POB; THENCE
RUN SOUTHEASTERLY
ALONG SAID SW
RIGHT-OFWAY LINE A
DISTANCE OF 27.5 FEET;
-THENCE RUN SOUTH-
WESTERLY PERPENDIC-
ULAR TO THE SW
RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF
THE HIGHWAY 170 FEET,
MORE OR LESS, TO THE
MEAN HIGH WATER LINE
OF THE GULF OF MEX-
ICO; THENCE RUN
NORTHWESTERLY'
ALONG SAID MEAN HIGH
WATER LINE TO A POINT
LYING ON A LINE PER-
PENDICULAR TO THE
RIGHT-OF-WAY FROM
THE POB; THENCE RUN
NORTHEASTERLY 170
FEET, MORE OR LESS,
TO THE POB; BEING A
PARCEL 27.5 FEET BY
170 FEET, MORE OR
LESS, AND A PART OF
THOSE LANDS DE-
SCRIBED IN THE INSTRU-
MENT RECORDED IN OF-
FICIAL RECORDS BOOK
97 AT PAGE 157; ALSO,
AN EXCLUSIVE AND PER-
PETUAL EASEMENT, LI-
CENSE AND RIGHT OF
USE OF THE FIRST HAB-
ITABLE STORY OF THE
STRUCTURE LOCATED
ON THE ABOVE DE-
SCRIBED REAL PROP-
ERTY, BEING A SINGLE
ONE-BEDROOM APART-
PlENT CONSISTING OF
APPROXIMATELY 850
SQUARE FEET (WITH AD-
DITIONAL PORCH).

DATED this 1st day of De-
cember, 2009.

REBECCA L. NORRIS,
Clerk
By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

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.

SEAN M. MOLONEY, ES-
QUIRE


1100
ADORNO & YOSS LLP
RO. Box 143107
Miami, Florida 33134 '
(305) 460-1100
December 10, 17, 2009
5072S
GULF COUNTY SENIOR
CITIZEN ASSOCIATION

BID PROPOSAL

Gulf County Senior Citi-
zens Association located
at 120 Library Drive in Port
Saint Joe Florida is receiv-
ing bids for repairs to the
roof of the Senior Center.
The repairs involve install-
ing 30 square feet of
non-powered ventilation,
either ridge vent or
off-ridge vent. Replace all
screws in roof with ZAC
Galvalume #12. License
contracts are invited to
look at the proposed proj-
ect and may submit bids
to Larry Broome at the
Senior Citizen Center at
120 Library Drive.

All bids must be turned in
by January 8, 2010 and
must be good for 60 days.
December 10, 17, 2009

5075S
PUBLIC NOTICE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the City Com-
mission of the City of Port
St. Joe, Florida, at its
meeting on the 5th day of
January, 2010, at 6:00
RM., EST, in the regular
Commission meeting
room at the Municipal
Building, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, will have the 2nd read-
ing and consider for final
adoption an Ordinance
with the following title:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE
CITY OF PORT ST. JOE
AMENDING THE LAND
DEVELOPMENT REGULA-
TIONS BY REMOVING
THE PROHIBITION
AGAINST CHANGEABLE
MESSAGE SIGNS; PRO-
VIDING FOR REPEAL OF
ORDINANCES IN CON-
FLICT; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND PRO-
VIDING AN EFFECTIVE
DATE.

Copies of the Ordinance
are available for public in-
spection at City of Port St.
Joe City Hall, located at
305 Cecil G. Costin Sr.,
Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.

Interested persons may at-
tend 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 re-
corded. Persons wishing
to appeal any decision
made during the hearing
will need a record of the
proceeding and should en-
sure a verbatim record is
made, including the testi-
mony on which the appeal
is based. Any person who
wishes to attend and re-
quires assistance may call
the City Clerk's Office at
(850) 229-8261, Est. 114.

CITY COMMISSION OF
THE CITY OF PORT ST
JOE, FLORIDA
BY: MEL MAGIDSON, JR.
Mayor-Commissioner
Attest: Jim Anderson
Clerk
December 10, 2009


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Companion dogs, adult
AKC rottweilers, protect
and serve, appt. only, call
827-2701/340-1395






MERCHANDISE
3100 Antiques
3110 Appliances
3120 Arts & Crafts
3130-Auctions
3140- Baby Items
3150- Building Supplies
3160 Business
Equipment
3170 Collectibles
3180 Computers
3190 Electronics
3200 Firewood
3210- Free Pass it On
3220 Furniture
3230 Garage/Yard Sales
3240 Guns
3250 Good Things to Eat
3260 Health & Fitness
3270 Jewelry/Clothing
3280 Machinery/
Equipment
3290 Medical Equipment
3300 Miscellaneous
3310 Musical Instruments
3320 Plants & Shrubs/
Supplies
3330 Restaurant/Hotel
3340 Sporting Goods
3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell)


- 3130


Bracelet, 7in-, white IOer .
I gold.. David Yurman Live-In Caretaker
SNecklace with, squar Live -in areaker
14K Gold Pendant, with for elderly woman, refer-
I diamonds around it; ences needed, small- sal-
I $3,000 Reward for re-I ary, Call 863-604-2208/
turn. 850-899-7424 850-229-8739
I,.,_W,. Wed Id 3 67306Q


Estate Auction
Saturday Dec. 12 Kitchen & Bathroom cabi-
10 am nets, selling for half price
6910 Coe Road Bayou $3,400, brand new $6,800,
George, viewing at 8:30 229-6859
am. Take 231N to 2301,
Right on Coe Rd. Follow
signs. Collectibles, tools,
guns, and more. Not all 3340
items sold last week. More
items aqded. Something
for everyone. Buyers Pre-
mium. Bay Co. Auction
Ser. AB964. AU1384 Pool table AMF Playmas-
850-7229483 or 819-0773 ter Tournament. 9 foot
pocket style, excellent
-, condition. $1500 OBO call
850-625-6359


Carrabelle, 3157 Hwy 98 ,
East., Fri & Sat Dec 11th
12th, 8 am to 3pm
Multi-Family/ POYT
Moving Sale 4100 Help Wanted
Kitchen items, linens, 4130 Employmente
Pampered Chef & Party information
lite items, Furniture, Some-
thing from A to Z, Everyth-
ing must go! i 4100


I I n L I 18 C al


KK: PSJ 676 Madison St. Baby Sitter's
Sat 9-3/Sun -4 Needed for family on Beco e a
TWO Family Sale vacation, for the summer. COie a
No early birds. Too much Must be 18 or over. i a r or
to list. 904-206-1200 in ayear orI


Maintenance Technician Wanted
Prefer HVAC cert., exp. with multi-
family housing a plus. Duties:
preventative maintenance, plumbing,
drywall, painting, cleaning, A/C
arid heat pump repair, appliance
repair, and experience using lawn
equipment zero turn mower, etc.
Musthtave valid drivers license.
Call 850-227-7451 for more
information; pick up application at
125 Venus Drive, Port St. Joe.










NIcole
Wanted Pure Pleasing Massage.
Elderly person to come Hot Sexy Nicole.
into Christian home for 850-691-9991. *
around the clock care. I Nrcole
have 10 yrs Exp & ref. Nie
Please Call 850-628-9096 Winter special.Hot sexy
or 639-6923 Nicole for pleasing mas-
sage. 850-691-9991










Tues.* Dec.29 11 AM
Sells On-Site, River Place Farm, Donalsonville, GA
*EQUIPMENT:
Tractors Bulldozer Excavator
Loaders Trucks & Vehicles
Farm Equipment Trailers Boats
Shop Equipment and Tools
Luxury Furniture ATV'S Much More!

3 RESIDENTIAL HOMES
SHOP BUILDING
VACANT LOTS


Nursing Assistants
ind iviails in hosn


liI7180 Investment
2 br, 2 ba, 1200sf Twnhm, -Propertyoot ofloge-flin(lut wk, sewer,rasi 7 Investment
Carrabelle, large de k Mexic Beach.-3br/3ba,(losetothelle i l....................................Sl,35B 719o -Out-at-Town
$650 mo. $650 dep. sReal Estate
Available now Call for an 4 7200- Timeshare
appt. 850-562-4996. Rea Et aS te.. Q J
Janalyn Dowden 850.229.1350 1.866.628,1334 f
108 S. E. Ave. A wwwSoulthemCoastal.com 71oo
Carrabelle, Florida 32322. Modular 2004 Home, Ex-
www.seacrestre.com cellent condition 2br, 2ba,
D b id All appliances, ceiling
Long Ave. Home 2 BR 2 B Furnished, Doublewide fans, custom deck, New
Fenced yard on 2 lots, redecorated ... $600.00 CH&A, guaranteed for 10
for Rent 3 BR 2 B Doublewide yeCH, guaranteed for 10
Spacious & private home, Fenced, lare lot................................ $800.00 47 C 9 a9 $30,000 obo 85 -653-8122
3br, 2 ea, Large fencedain 3 BR 1 B uplex $300 or S-850-653- 81
yard, front porch, hard- Unfurnished,Fenced Back Yard....... $650.00 w. 9. W eay 850-653-9118
wood floors, 3 blocks to 2 BR 1 B Duplex
area shopping, downtown Remodeled, Fenced Back Yard.........$600.00
new hospital site & St. 3 BR 1 B End Unit Apt St. Joe Beach
J h ay t Front & Back Porch ..........................;$525.00 St. Joe Beach
rental available at $75, 3 BR 3 B Condo4
Joseph's Bay. Monthly 3 &R3 Ba Porch ............$525.00 4473 Hwy 98,209 Watermark Way
rental available at $750 Unfurnished Pool..........................$750.00 Beachfront Furnished 2BR/2.5BA $1500
secury/damage dep. Call 3 BR 3 B Condo 4480 Hwy 98,206 Watermark Way
security/damage dep. Call Furnished Pool ...........................$500.00 wk Gulf viw/beach access 2BR/1.5BA $950 .
Gulf Coast Property Ser- 2 BR End Unit Apt 4478 Hwy 98,208 Watermark Way
at furnished n- C ort ................... $525.00 Gulf view/beach access 2BR1.5BA $950EA
mor inormtio & torI BR Interior &pt
of this great house rental Furnished Redecorated ......... $500.00 4474 Hwy 98, 210 Watermark Way 8100 Antique & Collectibles
2BR B Apt- Gulf view/beach access 2BR/1.5BA $950 8110- cars
Unfuishe Apt............................... $500.0 4476 Hwy 98,212 Watermark Way 8120 SportsUtility Vehicles
-nGuumshe Ap t..ew/beach5 B00 $508130 Trucks
MINI STORAGE 3 BR 1 B Furnished Apt (3 Day Min) Gulf view/beach access 2BR/1.5BA $950 8140 vans
..... ............................... $650.00 wk #2155 Beach Street 8150 commercial
lae 2BR B Watai er Front House Beach access 1BR/1BA $600 8160-Motorcycleas
InPrt Beautiful View8.........................$900.00 8170- Auto Parts
Betifu Ve .. ......... $900.00 7127 Hwy 98, Gulf Point #4 & Accessories
229-6200 Beach front houses with winter rates. Gulf View 2BRI/2.5BA $895 8210 Boats
229-:20 Short & Long term rentals. Mexico Beach 8220- Personal Watercraft
81 00 PLEASE CALL JOANN 850.697-9604 Villas of Mexico Beach/Palmetto Plantation 8240- Boat & Marine
S814 7400 OR 850-323-0444 FOR RENTAItS. 307 Hwy 98, #302,on Canal Supplies
Gulf Access 2BR/2BA $1100 8245 Boat Slips & Docks
307 Hwy 98, #201, on Canal 8310- A nr/aviaoces
Gulf Access 3BR/3BA $1300 8330o- Campers & Trailers
307 Hwy 98, #104, on Canal 8340 Motorhomes
:.-"'s ,art- Gulf Access 3BR/3BA $1300
15th Street Unit J #50 4BR/3BA $1250
"tC m nt C-e e15th Street Unit A #41 2BR/2BA $950
,15th Street Unit C #43 2BR/2BA $95206
Port St. Joe 2006 Yamaha
447 Pondqrosa Pines #15 2BR/2BA $700 Majety 400
S447 Ponderosa Pines #14 3BR/2BA $800
Certified Nursing Assistant 104 Sunset Cir. 4BR/2BA $1500 scooter
less Indian Pass / Cape Sani Bias. scooterYamaha 200MajExcellenty400
179 Money Bayou Dr. condition. Great gas
Avail. 4/1/10 furnished 2BR/2BA $950 savrcondition. Grly 11,300 miles
help care for physically or mentally ill, injured, disabled, or infirm 106 E. Sand Dollar Way $3000 asking $4,000. call
Gulf Front 4BR/3BA $3000 850-648-2121
nitak_ niirsinn rare facilities, mental health settings and even. in


patients'homes or residential care facilities. Specific tasks vary, with assistants handling
many aspects of a patient's care. They often help patients to eat, dress, and bathe. They
also answer calls for help, deliver messages, serve meals, make beds, and tidy up rooms.
Nursing Assistants sometimes are responsible for taking a patient's temperature, pulse
rate, respiration rate, or blood pressure.

The CNA certificate program is designed to provide the education and skill level necessary
to qualify for the state Certified Nursing Assistant exam. The two courses for this training
(165 clock hours) are available only at the Gulf Franklin Center. The core lecture classes
are offered as hybrid or distance education courses.

The CNA program is a selective admission, limited enrollment program.

Admission Requirements:
Apply to Gulf Coast Community College.
Provide high school and college transcripts.
Submit an application to the CNA program at the Gulf/Franklin campus.
Submit active, satisfactory scores on the TABE examination or equivalent CPT scores.
TABE tests are given at the Gulf/Franklin Center.

For more information about GCCC's Certified Nursing Assistant program, visit
www.gulfcoast.edu or call Craig at 850.913.3311.


Complete any of these programs in one year or less:
centrall Service Technology
Dental Assistant
Emergency Medical Technician '
Paramedic.(for licensed EMT's only)
Surgical Technology
Licensed Practical Nurse (only available at GFC*)
Certified Nursing Assistant (only available at GFC*)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Advanced Certificate for approved imaging professionals)


All the programs listed above are limited access. Request an information packet today. Visit
www.gulfcoast.edu or contact Craig Wise at 850.913.3311.

*Gulf/Franklin Center (GFC) is located in Port St. Joe, Florida. Call 850.227.9670 for more information.



O G *f:Coast


MINI-STORAGE AND OFFICE COMPLEX
Climate Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space
Lease Office Space Watercraft and RV Storage

850-229-8014
*www.AMERICAMINISTORAGEANDOFFICE.com*


Port St. Joe Commercial
For Lease
Retail I Office Space
317 Williams Avenue
+/-1800sf tenant Improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reid Avenue
+/-4500sf shell space; corner location; $2500/mo gross
309 Reid Avenue
+/-6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod. gross
200-B Reid Avenue
+/-2100sf-finished retail space; $1750 mod. gross
312 Reid Avenue
+/-1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-office/school space; Large yard; $2850/mo mod. gross
210 Reid Avenue
+/-2250sf-refurbished retail space; $2000/mo mod. gross
319 Reid Avenue
+/-1394- finished retail space; move in ready. $1250/mo plus utilities
322 Long Avenue
+/-lO 0sf- move-ir ready; $900/mo gross
411 Reid Avenue
+/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-former day school with outdoor play area;
recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo 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
402 Reid Avenue
+/-2400sf office space; newer construction on downtown
corner lot; $239,900
320 Marina Drive
Corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility;
.14 acres.
407 Reid Ave
+/-4988sf; Multi tenant bldg 100% leased; Parking Incl; $549,000
317 Monument Ave
+/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Parking Included;
$569,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms.
401 Reid Avenue
+/- 5400sf-perfect retail space; $475,000 Also available for lease. Please
inquire for terms. /-
Marketed Exclusively by: '
850-229-6373


3 b, 1 ba, 1307 Marvin Ave 3 br, 2 ba, Nice Brick
Mexico Beach 3 br 2 ba, 1 block from $700 month remodeled Home with FP big yard,
beach. 101 Nautilus St. taking application please nice neighborhood, 2 biks
3 br, 2 ba townhome, W/D Joe Beach. Lrg fncd yard, call 850-227-1795 off St. Joe Bch. $975 mo Mexico Beach-2 br, 2 ba
Port St. Joe, 1101 Liberty Education included, 1/2 mile to $1100/mo. + dep. Avail.e Call85647-8100 front & back porch. 412
St and 1006 Avenue A R LSTA Mbeach, pool, clubhouse No Jan 1st, Call Cheryl 850- 3/4 br, den, office, e1 bath, Call 850-647100 front & back porch. 412all
p smoking, $915 mo. Call 340-0748 Sunny & bright, super 7th-St. $650 no Call
Sat Dec 12th 7am to noon, Math Instructors 0 Businss smoking, 915 o. call 340-0748 clean, furnished or unfum, 850-648-4377
Multi Family part-time, to instruct upper Commerclial Brian 404-152910 -Bayview very convenience. ?
Block Sale level math courses at PC, 6110 Apartments ____ Avail Nowl Only $850 House for rent in Port St.
Christmas & Home Decor, TAFB and Gulf/Franklin 0120- Beach Rentls month + dep. 850- JHoe fo eCH&A i Port St.
Bedding, Men's, Women's campuses. Requires MS 6130-Cndo/Townhouse25 874 or 206-542-3025

Sd i Count' Club or6850-99-5453 7th Street PSJ Lau ndry room, nice yard St. Joe Beach, FloridaT
& Children's Clothing & + 18 graduate hours in 8150-RoommatWanted 3 br, 1.5 ba, corner lot,L $525 mo, + $400 seC. Coastal Cottage, 3br, 2 full.
shoes, SofaLoveseat s an- math EO/M/F/Vet em tactics. 6160- Rooms for Rentacross frm th fenced yard, 2 car ga age dep. 227-6216 baths, New carpet, 11/227-3453.
lots of other miscites Filled. Contact Math Divi- 180- ufut-of-Town Rentals own ome 3 br house for rentor Rent, in St. blocks from beach, great
Remngtonsion @ 872-3852 or 610 -TimeshareRentls Port, St. Joh screenPease Ca pa50-419-1125lacicola. Cntrl air, ceautifuloe Beach, 3 br, 2 screened porch6170


270, with bushnell scope, 2 B edroom, 1 1/2 Bath, back porch that overlooks fireptnce, W/D, D/W, sun Be atf Jb e B back or Rent
747$375. Signature Ted Wil- eb id 34067074 Large Kitchen & Family the golf country ClubThe TH 7th Street PSJ larncd ige yard, Call Genprivate at Storage, 15 mins to Tyn-
ams 12 gauge pump shot t. Room, Elevator, Swimm minutes from downtown,850830342.work shed, ample parkingneighborhood Walking w4 br 2 ba 2. Schools Rated A,
gun collectors te $425 i ng Pool, Game Room, close to new hospital se $800 Hommo, $600 sec dep. distance for Redowntown, ft. of living space, long term lease, and some
is an ENEOi/MFN et em- cated right acs s from the Talwo bedroom one and a pets okay. Call 227-3453 or
9th green of Port St. Joe half bath, excellent cottage
oy P Country Club. Two story, in downtown Port St. Joe. .
Remngton 710 model, h 50 ton licence and Water, garbage pickuplex fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5 3 br, 2 b, house for rent Newly painted, brand new Palm Blvd. Home






Re ingtodn ,70m Mate needed PT/F. Apa- $1000 month. Location: damage depose Call Gu 1 blk from Beach. 8 years deposit. Call Gu f Coast porch & large shade trees, Camper & lot, $400 mo,
ApalachcolaMaritmeMuse TH. with screened in rn Apalachicola. C ntr air, central AC/Heatin rental availab at $900per
270, with bushnell scope b Id 34065942 PSJ 2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, back porch that overlooks firepce, W/D, /W, sun tem, front and large back urity/damage deposit.





S gaue -V Web id 34067074 Large Kitchen & Family the golf course. The TH. is deck, shady fncd in358-5239 d eck, fenced yd, pool, ten- Call Gulf Coast Propertye home
ams 12 gauge pump shot Room, Elevator, Swimm- minutes from downtown, work shed, ample parking neighborhood Walking w/ 4te beach, Services at (850)229270600 + sq.
gun collectors itLogistcs/$425ransportation school, Gamee availabil- to new hospital site $00 m, $00 sec dep. distance to downtown,. for more ing space, large 2 br, 2 b, Clean, n Port
850-247-9135 Logicstransportation TV., ce Machine, Laundry & the community college, Call Brenda 227-5380. minutes from schools, all front family room,of thi secondly kept. Joe, $450 month + do-
Chuck Norr Total BodyI We Need Drive Room. Fully Furnished, in- as well as other local area area attractions, and the expansive family room, osit. Call 850-442-3334 or









GymXL, Originally paid | Trainees Only d 850-227-5883. eions. M ren al
gauge pump shot gun col-Cap cudes Elec Power & attractions. Monthly rental new hospital site, $900 per large bright washroom 8 5455814
lectors item $520 Reing- With 50 ton licence and Water, garbage pickup. $00 with $00 security/ 3 br, 2 ba, St. Joe Beach, EA FRro
ton 710 model, 270, with Mate needed PT/F. Apa- $1000 month. Location: damage deposit. Call Gulf blk from Beach. a years deonsit. Call Gulf Coast porch & large shade trees, Camper & l









Exc Xmas presented s N eepenne D r G_ Ca 1 blk from Beachp 8 years & I me,
85 53lachc102ola Maritime u- C30 2 m East pass Raw Coast Property Services at new, hdwd floor in living 850- close to area schoolsamot
850-247-9135 seum call 850-653-2500 or Bar on left. 80-227-6683 50-229-2706 for more info area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge, 7105 pen House
send resume to: Admin@ & a3tourdofthe7Townhome. W/D, $800 mo + utilities. 229-2706fordetails downtown Port 7St. Joe and land view $170 m
S*----ApalachicolaMaritmeMuseI ____ _ Long term rental. Avail im- Gulfaire rental available at $900 per
S3270 ch, $725 mo. + $co125mediately. Will consider Executive 3 br, 2 bat month, with $900huse
[ 260 Web Id 34065942 PSJ: 2 br, 1.5baw lease purchase Call JO,









,. .-- .- l a l sec dp. Pet depos exa' lease purchase. Call JD,. /7140 Farms & Ranches
Very Nice Apt inniStolen ce 850 8-5338 (678) 358-5239 deck, fenced yd, pool, ten- Call Gulf Coast Property
Logistics portat neighborhood, close to ni court, private beach, Services at (850)229-2706( ..
schools. Rare aveiabil-A 1 0pets okay,$5 no. for more information & a
ity $650 mo Ideal for 850-639-2690 or 832-9702-tour of this well kept home.
Chuck Norrisa Total Body I We iNeed Driver I single person or couple. o 8 t
GymXL, Originally paid I Trainees Only I 850-227-5883. ? V V 1 0 -A
$1900 will sell for $1400 I Noespenened Dvers I 3 br, 2 ba, St. Joe Beach,, REALEfrnF
Ex c X m a s pre sen t. ,INo e xp e ri n cedDive rs1 blk fr o m B ea c 'h 8 y ears' .. . . . . .
850-653-6102 I $900 per week I 1 br beach cottage, fully new, hdwd floor in living 7100- Homes
1877-214-362463 I furn, utilities and cable tv area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge, 7105- Open Houe/
7610 M$Beah Homes/Lo
6130 Beach, $725 mo. + $125 gte l. vil LONGTERM RENTALS 7120-Comeria
immediately. Will consider 7130 Condo/rownhouse
rL -eo "--sec dep. Pet deposit extra, lease, purchase. -Call JD,. 7140o- Farms & Ranches
S Lost or Stolaenni I ,Call 850-648-5338 (678) 358-5239 M N-Barefoot Cottge -3bnr 5boinhluisW wer, sewer, trosh....$l,200 7150-Lots end Acreage
.Carat Diamond.Tennis -7160 ,-Mobile Homes/Lots


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Heavy rains last Wednesday morning transformed U.S. 98 into a lake between Avenue A and the first canal
bridge. Traffic had to detour over-Industrial Road for much of the day.



Avenue A flooding spotlighted


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Last Tuesday night, Port St. Joe
city commissioners held a workshop
on the flooding issues at Avenue A
and U.S. 98.
The following day, Mother Na-
ture trained a spotlight on the, depth
of the problem. I
Heavy rains with a winter storm
last Wednesday transformed U.S.
98 into a lake from near the old
railroad track bed all the way to
the first canal bridge and deluged
nearly 150 feet on either side of
U.S. 98, swamping into front yards
and businesses on either side of the
roadway.
The flooding caused the only ma-
jor and long-term flooding problem
from the storm in the county. The
road was washed out before noon
and not re-opened until after dark,
causing a detour up and down In-
dustrial Road for U.S. 98 traffic. .
"It is not a new problem; it has
just gotten worse," said Bill Ken-
nedy, vice president of Preble Rish,


during last week's workshop.
The core of the problem is that
two gravity systems in the city drain
toward Avenue A at U.S. 98, where
there exist just four manholes for
drainage. The manhole covers are
clay, the.manholes brick, decaying
and old. Last week the problem was
compounded by an obstruction in
one line.
The gravity system from the lift
station at 16th Street and another
near GTCom both flow toward Av-
enue A, Kennedy said.
The infrastructure along Avenue
A is, he added, "deteriorating."
"Some sort of repair or replace-
ment is likely needed," Kennedy
said.
The proposal he put before the
board would to tie the system at Ave-
nue A and U.S. 98 into the cape sew-
er line, which has plenty of available
capacity. Another possibility would
be creating another artery to tie into
while the city expands and relocates
its headworks and sprayfields for
wastewater treatment.
"The ultimate goal would be to


eliminate all gravity flow to U.S. 98
and Avenue A," Kennedy said,
A looming complication, howev-
er, is the proposed paving of U.S. 98
over that section of roadway begin-
ning next July, part of the improve-
ments to the U.S. 98 corridor being
funded by the Port St. Joe Redevel-
opment Agency.
Work on improving U.S. 98 and
Avenue A would require more than
a year, that if funding was already
in place.
So the emphasis, given the con-
sensus in the room, was to salvage
what is possible, do what repairs
would be possible to ensure the
integrity of the area when paving
begins with the idea that infrastruc-
ture will be replaced at some point
afterward.
"It is obvious we have a prob-
lem," said City Manager Charlie
Weston, adding that he will initiate
a "full-court" press for funding what
Kennedy estimated would be a $1-
$1.25 million project, depending on
the option commissioners ultimate-
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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 Education Rules.
Summary: The following is a brief description of
each proposal change.
3.50 Public Information and Inspection of
Records
3.90 Charter Schools
4.21 Instructional Materials Selection.
5.30 Student Control
6.15 Assisting Teachers to Become Highly
Qualified
6.18 Contracts: Instructional and
Administrative Personnel
6.32 Telephone Calls, Electronic
Communications and Facsimiles
6.321 Employee Use of Cellular Telephones
7.35 Investment of Funds
.7.52 Travel Expense Reimbursement
8.10 Safety
8.30 Purpose and Function of the
Transportation Program
8.45 School Breakfast Program
Economic Impact: These proposals may result in
direct costs associated with implementation.
IF REQUESTED, A HEARING WILL BE HELD
AT:
Time: 9:00 AM EDT
Date: December 14,2009
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.


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