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Language: English
Creator: Star
Publisher: Star
W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: December 17, 2009
Copyright Date: 2009
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Sheriff's office getting additional eyes to assist

By Tim Croft ,
Star News Editor
County law enforcement
is getting a new set of eyes.
Eyes, Sheriff Joe Nu-
gent believes, will benefit
deputy and public alike.
Last week the Sheriff's
Office had installed camera
systems in 16 patrol cars.
These are new digital cam-
era and monitors which will
assist significantly, Nugent
said, with traffic stops.
"They are protective of
the officer and the public,"


New cameras were installed in 16 Gulf County Sheriff's Office patrol cars last week. The camera systems
were part of equipment and manpower enhancements the Sheriff's Office is undertaking using federal
stimulus dollars.


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argues TDC

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
During last week's
regular meeting county
commissioners changed
the process for hiring a
new executive director to
replace Paula Pickett.
Pickett announced her
intention to step down
from the job she has held
for nearly a decade in
In November, commis-
sioners adopted a process
for hiring a replacement.
An attempt by county ad-
ministrator Don Butler to
correct the minutes of that
meeting to reflect what
commissioners approved
set off a motion and ensu-
ing uproar among com-
Butler was in essence
reiterating what com-.
missioners agreed to on
Nov. 5, at which time
Pickett indicated her re-
luctance to be part of the
hiring process beyond a
consulting capacity.
That process would
entail the TDC board
screening the applica-
tions and sending the top
two names to Butler and
Human Resources Direc-
tor Denise Manfiel for the
kind of background checi
and so forth that would be
the normal part of hiring a
supervisor for the county,
Butler said.
Board chair Nathan
Peters said that his un-
derstanding was that the
Board of County Com-
missioners would wait on
recommendations from
the TDC, Butler, Manuel
and the chairman of the
TDC board would then in-
terview the final two and
go through the required
background checks pend-
ing hire.
Commissioner Billy
Traylor took the mantle
and made a motion he
said was in support of a
process approved by the
TDC board the week be-
fore in which Allyson Ger-
lach, the chairman of the
TDC, Pickett, Butler and
Manuel would conduct
the interviews and submit
a recommendation to the
Commissioner Bill Wil-
liams, the commission's
representative on the
TDC board, protested,
saying commissioners
had already agreed on
a process and Traylor's
motion would circumvent
that process.
"The TDC has a screen-
ing board we've all agreed
to and they are being de-
capitated," Williams said.
"It puts us completely out
of the loop."
That screening board
was comprised of repre-
sentatives from the coun-
ty, both municipalities
and the TDC. They were
to screen and interview
the candidates, Williams

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Rules eased for shallow wells

By David Adlerstein
Florida Freedom Newspapers
The Northwest Florida
Water Management Dis-
trict has eased up on rules
governing shallow wells in
an effort to encourage their
use by residents of coastal
Gulf and Franklin counties.
The rule change, ap-
proved Nov. 30 by the
Northwest Florida Water
Management Governing
Board, means residents in
the coastal areas, mainly
St. George Island and Cape
San Bias, will no longer
have to secure an individual
water use permit to put in a

shallow well for non-potable
uses, such as irrigation.
Well construction per-
mits will still be required.
Officials backed the rule
change to help preserve
Floridan Aquifer water for
human consumption.
"The rule revision is ex-
pected to enhance resource
'protection," said Guy Gow-
ens, director of the dis-
trict's Division of Resource
Regulation. "Our objectives
are to comply with Florida
statutes and statewide.
minimum standards while
reducing unnecessary reg-
Angela Chelette, chief

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of the Bureau of Ground
Water Regulation, said the
rule change expands to the
coastal zone an exemption
already in place for the two
other inland zones.
Beginning Jan. 4, 2010,
shallow wells less than
4 inches in diameter, and
withdrawing on average
less than 15,000 gallons per
day, will be authorized by
rule under a general water
use permit.
Chelette said the pur-
pose of the rule change is to
encourage the use of these
shallow wells, which do
not penetrate a confining
unit or enter the Floridan
aquifer, so as to preserve
the aquifer for potable, plr-
po es.


Nugent said. "As soon as
you hit the trigger, the au-
dio and video will kick in..
"It helps the officer as
far as safety and provides
any evidence you might
need in court. It will re-
cord everything that goes
on during that traffic stop.
But it also helps the public
if they have a complaint
or anything like that, we
can go back and view the
The cameras are among
several items of equipment
and manpower Nugent
is able to secure through
federal stimulus money
his department received
in the amount of $173,000,.
part of a statewide pool
that is distributed based

"In Franklin County, on
St. George Island, most are
30 to 40 feet deep and some
are only 15 to 20 feet.deep,"
she said.
"Most non-potable sys-
tems use wells 2-4 inches in
diameter, so this will large-
ly be for small irrigation
wells," Chelette said. "Both
coastal areas have a utility
supply for drinking water,
so this is to encourage peo-
ple to reduce stress on the
drinking, water supply. The
water supply is fairly vul-
nerable to saltwater intru-
sion, and we need to reduce
stress there and preserve
more for drinking."
-She said the rule change
will eliminate the hassle of
water use permitting, which

along the coast

used to take 30 to 90 days, now be in compliance with
and even longer for a utility that legal requirement.
permit. "This means they But those who had failed
don't have to come and go to secure the required well
through that big process," construction permit will re,
Chelette said. main in violation of the law;,
The district has 29 indi- in addition to those who in
vidual water use permits the future fail to get a well
in place for the coastal permit.
zone the two counties, 17 in "On the well construct,
Franklin and nine in Gulf, tion side, I think we're' go-
she said. ing to see problems there;
The rule change elimi- I have a feeling we're go-
nates some of the problems ing to continue to have to
that surfaced during recent work through that issue for
inspections by the Florida a while," said Chelette. "We
Department of Health have witnessed some in-
which found irrigation wells stances where I don't think
were dug too close to septic they're aware of what their
tanks. hose bibs are connected
Those homeowners who with. Ten feet from a septic
had failed to secure individ- tank drainfield, that's obvi-
ual water use permits will ously not a good thing."


on population, crime sta-
tistics and the like.
Some $130,000 of that is
being used for equipment,
such as the in-car camera
In addition, Nugent
said his department will,
purchase 15 new Tasers,
which are audio and video
capable so that the sher-
iff and supervisors can
monitor for proper use of
a Taser.
Further, the department
will replace 15 bullet-proof
vests, which tend to wear
out after five years due to
the elements, particularly
The stimulus dollars
will also provide one-half
the money for a four-door

utility vehicle which will be
used for 'the resuscitation
of the D.A.R.E. anti-drug
abuse program.
In addition, the money
will help partially pay for
the position Nugent has
recently created as a com-
munity outreach officer,
which is filled by Sgt. Chris
Buchanan has already
established a Neighbor-
hood Watch program in
St. Joe Beach and recently
started another such pro-
gram in Highland View.
Some 25-30 residents
are involved in St. Joe
Beach and Nugent said the
first Highland View meet-
ing had a solid turnout. *
The goal is to bring all

the communities in the
county under the Neigh-
borhood Watch umbrella.
"What we are empha-
sizing is Neighborhood
Watch, but we are focus-
ing on monthly meetings
around the county," Nu-
gent said.
Those meetings have"
already educated the pub-
lic on such things as meth
lab production and identity
"We want to develop aE
whole community educa-
tion, community outreach:
program," Nugent said:
"(The stimulus dollars)
are worth it to me because'
it gets Chris out. It is about-
getting back out into the:

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said, and pass a recom-
mendation to Butler and
"This board has al-
ready voted on that ...
that we would go through
the motions prescribed,"
Williams said.
Traylor contended that
the TDC board had de-
cided to go another way
and he would support
the board. Commissioner
Carmen McLemore said
he would also support the
But Warren Yeager ar-
gued that he had nothing
in front of him from the
TDC and Traylor was act-
ing on "hearsay" one
observer later in the
meeting and Pickett the
next day said there was
no such motion from the
TDC board.
"I'm not voting on
something I don't have in
front of me," Yeager said.
Traylor was unmoved,
"I don't care if you don't
know, vote on the mo-
Traylor corrected his

motion to leave out "on
the recommendation of
the TD C board" and his
motion to have the group
of Butler, Manuel, Ger-
lach and Pickett bring a
recommendation to the
The motion passed 3-2
with Peters joining Tray-
lor and McLemore in the

Waste Management
rate increase
Commissioners unani-
mously rejected a plea
from Waste Management
to raise its rates for gar-
bage and yard debris re-
moval due to increases in
costs at the Bay County
McLemore noted that
the contract with Waste
Management was just
signed in June, and the
companyhad to knowsome
changes in its costs might
occur and that the compa-
ny must adjust, not put the
burden on residents.
"This is extremely

hard for me to swallow,"
McLemore said. "We got
our fees down through
the contract and now
here you are asking for a
rate increase.
"Go by your contract.
Find ways to adjust."

Fisher construction
Traylor took a few min-
utes of his time to point
out that Fisher Construc-
tion had long been a good
partner of the county
and had completed qual-
ity work when contracted
with the county.
He said the local news-
paper had made it sound
like Fisher had done
something wrong when
reporting that during the
last meeting Peters had
protested that Fisher was
not pulling the proper in-
spections for work on the
courthouse in Wewahi-
While he was pleased
that Peters had raised
the issue, Traylor thought
the message was miscon-

strued in the newspaper.
While Traylor laid the
misunderstanding on the
newspaper's coverage,
Peters, who the newspa-
per quoted extensively
on the issue, remained
silent sitting three feet
away, neither attempting
to note he brought up the
issue nor that the paper
had quoted him, or the
letter written to Fisher
Construction, inaccu-

Lighthouse and
Yeager reported that
all issues concerning
use of the Cape San Blas
Lighthouse by the St. Jo-
seph Bay Historic Society
had been cleared up, the
insurance numbers had
been taken care of and as
soon as officials at Eglin
Air Force Base signed off,
tours of the lighthouse it-
self could resume again.
Additionally,. Yeager
proposed the forming at
the first January meet-

ing commissioners
canceled their -second
regular meeting of the
month due to the holidays
- a stormwater commit-
tee to examine issues at

Cape San Blas and other
areas on the south end of
the county where storm-
water has caused signifi-
cant flooding problems
after recent storms.

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An obligation

There is no doubt you
have to feel a great deal of
sorrow and outrage when
you travel this county
after a good rain.
management seems like
a foreign concept to the
detriment of ordinary
Travel over to
St. Joseph Shores
and the closest .-
homes to the
WindMark Beach
and you will find
residents who have
lived there decades
suddenly losing TIr ne
their homes: and Star ne
there is no other
way to put it to the water
every time it rains.
The two closest homes
to WindMark have their
backyards transformed
into lakes, lakes that do
not recede overnight and
which bring with them
damage, clean-up and
For the county to
assert distance from the
issue, one that is every
bit as important to the
county and its residents
as reinforcement
projects and redrawing
of Coastal Construction
Control Lines that
have commissioners so
outraged, is a shame.
All one resident asked
of the county was a survey
of her property, something
she could not afford, to
demonstrate what has
happened to the water
table and the impacts
from WindMark Beach
The reply no
money, even though
the cost of that survey
could have been borne
in November alone with
the way commissioners
piddled away taxpayer
dollars for newspaper
advertisements out of the
Or travel over to Cape
San Blas and the section
of County 30-E from the
Jubilation subdivision
to Indian Pass and you
have a patchwork of
development in which
neighbors are fighting
each other, the county
and the state for some ,
relief from stormwater
inundation that seems to
occur after every heavy
There is one property
development smack
in the middle of this
section which acts as
the crown on a football
field, everything flowing
downhill onto other
properties on both sides.
And this development
consists of nothing, the
cratering of real estate

several years ago and
other factors leading to
bankruptcy, court and a
clear-cut section of the
Cape that is causing
havoc all about.
And here is the
real problem with the
state agencies that
commissioners so
bemoan; the
- random application
of rules.
The biomass
plant proposed
for Port St. Joe
S is undergoing
a rigorous
ws editrOF of stormwater
ws editor management
issues as part of
the permitting process,
but somehow,this kind of
oversight or requirement
is not made by the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
when it comes to
residential development
in an environmentally-
sensitive area.
The Army Corps of
Engineers can hold up
stabilization work at the
Chipola cutoff, the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service
can protect a beach
mouse in what seem
extreme measures and
the DEP can redraw the
Coastal Construction.
Control Line (CCCL) on
the peninsula.
But where was
this sensitivity to the
environment and desire
for regulation when it
came to development
on the peninsula or at
WindMark Beach?
Nowhere and now real
people are being hurt.
This isn't a
conservative or liberal
issue, though some
will spend their dying
breaths making it so.
This isn't about Tea
Party protesters or
outrage about the current
governor or president.
Because this kind of
bureaucracy, this kind
of random red tape, has
been part .of daily life for
decades, created and
nurtured by governors
and presidents, Democrat
and Republican alike.
But the most important
aspect of this discussion
is Simple: property rights
extend to the point
where one is impacting
neighboring properties.
What is happening
at St. Joseph Shores
is an outrage. What is
happening along County
30-E between Jubilation
and Indian Pass is an
People's homes, their
lives, are being damaged



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Tourist development chaos

Would anybody still want the job?
That might be one reaction to any
candidate who observed last week's
county commission meeting at which
the appointment of a new Tourist
Development Council executive
director to replace Paula Pickett,
who has spent the bulk of the decade
in the post, was the primary topic for,
er, discussion.
The outcome of a motion to alter
slightly, but significantly, was not so
much the important aspect, more
so how the "debate" highlighted
so much of the DNA of county
The flop
The entire episode was initiated,
clearly given comments before
and during in ways not unknown to
commissioners prior to the meeting
- hello, Sunshine Laws by a
motion from Commissioner Billy
Traylor to alter a process that was
adopted barely a month prior.
The change: the interviewing
would be done by a group comprised
of county administrator Don Butler;
county human resource director
Denise Manuel, the chair of the
Tourist Development and Pickett.
This after the commission
adopted a process, unanimously,
in which a screening committee
composed of members of the TDC
board, and representative of the
county and both municipalities,
would winnow the applications,
interview a set number of finalists
and advance the final one or two
names to the county for processing
and background checks..
The change might be subtle,
but arguably significant. As any
employer in the private sector
understands, a resume or application
is a whole different beast than sitting
down and talking face-to-face, getting
answers to a set of questions from
different folks to glean the kind of
answers one hopes to hear.
That doesn't come from a review
of a resume.
But regardless of one's position,
what is evident is still another case in
which the commission's actions can
change like the winter weather.

The foundation
Traylor said he was just following
through with a decision the TDC
board had made the week prior, to
essentially keep much of the process
in-house among a narrowing number
of people.
Only no such thing happened.
As pointed out to
commissioners later in the meeting,
and Pickett herself verified the
following day, no such .motion came
from the TDC board during its
meeting, gavel to gavel.
Now, it would be easy to try to play
a game of six degrees of separation
and conjure all kinds of conspiracy
theories under a host of scenarios
and individuals, from Traylor's
strongest patrons and friends to
the bloodlines that suddenly are
thrust into play by altering who the
interviewees become.
Better, though, to consider this
another instance in which action
is brought to the board out of the
blue and too on a foundation built of
Whether accurate or not these are
the kind of actions the commission
takes that have the smell of a fix, or a
hidden agenda. '
Inconsistent application
Traylor argued that since the TDC
board wanted the change and, as
demonstrated, that was not true -
the commission should follow along
since they did not get involved in the
TDC actions and vice versa.
Crock doesn't even sum up such a
Commissioners have a history
of meddling in everything from the
Economic Development Council to
the very existence of the Port St.
Joe Redevelopment Agency to how
the city of Port St. Joe conducts its
They are the micromanagers to
beat all micromanagers, even if they
are micromanaging outside their
And the TDC position is no small
potatoes, overseeing a budget that
is in the hundreds of thousands
of taxes collected in the county,

advocating for the entire county
in luring the tourist dollars to Gulf
County, being a quasi-government
The executive director's salary
and benefits package is healthily
above the median for the county.
Commissioners can't seem to
decide when its appropriate to roll
.over and when to sit up and bark.
The' discussion'
And bark they did. .
The end result of the motion
from Traylor was a debate that
was 1) over before it started and 2)
suddenly raised the volume while
eliminating all sense of decorum in
the room.
Over because in issues of
importance to one of the Three
Kings, they will, as Tiraylor and
Commissioners Carmen McLemore
and Nathan Peters, Jr., did last
week, vote in unison, rendering the
other two commission seats the Two
That is precisely how last
week's vote went despite the fact
that the motion was founded, as
Commissioner Warren Yeager noted,
on "hearsay," and essentially took
the commission, as Commissioner
Bill Williams said, out of the
equation, "decapitating" them.
And the vote came after another
of those verbal barrages which
reveal the unprofessional and
bullying behavior that simmers
just below the surface during
commission meetings.
This exchange said it all.
"I don't know what I'm voting
on ... I'm not voting on something
I don't have in front of me," Yeager
said at one point.
"I don't care if you don't know,"
yelled Traylor as at least three
commissioners attempted to be
heard at once, progressively raising
their voices to create a din.
Commissioners can rattle on all
they want about a rebellion coming
in reaction to stances taken by state
and federal agencies, but as long as
shenanigans as those witnessed last
week are part of the landscape, the
rebellion might come closer to home.

You can preset God's area code

It's Christmas holidays
for Christ's sake! In
December, saying holiday
without Christmas is
a'kin to thinking
dumplings with no
chicken; putting
peanut butter on
light bread and
forgetting the jelly;
Bud Abbott without
Lou Costello;
pouring real
sawmill gravy over HUNKE
those biscuits that Kesley
come in a can; pinto
beans sans the cornbread
... I could go on but you get
the idea.
Listen, don't let a few
anti-folks mess up your
Christmas. You just apply
the old Will Rogers saying,
"Everybody is ignorant,
only on different subjects".
Besides, I've got more
important things to think
about today. I've got to buy
Cathy a gift ... the clock is
running! And I don't think
they make those Ronco
Veg-i-matics any longer.
After 34 years I've
either bought it for her or
I can't think of what else
on earth she might want or
need. All four tires on her
car look good. The Ginseng
Steak knives are just as
sharp as they were the
Christmas I bought them
for her. The stainless steel
3 speed mixer has seen
very little use. And that
winter coat I got her in
1999 still looks brand new.
I strolled into the big
electronic store hoping
to catch a break. "Happy
Holidays," I was greeted
by the twelve year old
clerk with her name tag
glued to her shirt.
"Jennifer, there won't
nothing be happy about
this holiday 'less you can
come up with a peach of


an idea on something that
will be practical, useful,
colorful, count as a really
nice gift, please my wife
and cost under
25 dollars." She
looked at me in
stone silence. I
reckon she was
use to younger
She probably
doesn't even
R DOWN remember the
Colbert Ronco Veg-i-mat-
ic. "Young lady,
our vacuum cleaner ain't
even ten years old. We
have a TV and a HI-FI
phonograph. Do you have
any suggestions for a
semi, sorta, kinda getting
up there middle aged
retired woman who really
appreciates about any
thing that won't bite her or
clash with the cobalt blue
carpet in the living room?"
I think the cat had my
young attendants tongue.
While we were awkwardly
standing there I noticed
her flying eagle (or dead
muskrat, I couldn't tell
which) tattoo. My mind
went to work on that. I
could get Cathy a gift
certificate for a tattoo!
Now that would be
innovative, clever and I
bet would come as a great
surprise. I just couldn't see
it as practical...
"Have you thought
about an ipod or a smart
phone?" She could speak!
"And your wife might like
a Blu Ray or a PSP We
have the latest Wii and,
of course, X Box 360. The
new Tom Tom GPS is in
and so is the Samsung
Dualview. Does she like
Avatar?"..... But it was
some kind of foreign
It was my turn to go

This Christmas buying
gig is a lot harder than it
used to be.
In 1957 you got ready
for Christmas by going
down to the basement of
either J A Abernathy's
Hardware or Bailey Moore
Wrinkle's place just across
the street. It was shopping
made easy! I look back
on'it how and realize they
both carried the same,
products but we'd spend
hours in each store going
over what Santa needed to
bring us.
We didn't lean so much
on the practical side back
in those days. And every
thing was in English. They
had a stack of those Red
Ryder gloves with the
fringe on the side. And
they had a Roy Rogers
"fast draw" double holster
gun set complete with
tie down strings and
rhinestones. You could test
out a slinky. But the darts
were taped behind the
multi-colored target where
you couldn't reach them.
They had Lincoln Logs and
Tonka trucks with lights
and a hood that would'
open. If you were careful
they'd let you hold a Buck
knife and wipe your finger
along the blade. We tied
the skates to our shoes
and went for a test spin.
You could sight down the
B-B gun and get astride
one of those Western
Flyers. Mr. Abernathy and
Mr. Wrinkle were always
there to answer any of
your questions and wink at
your parents. We debated
cost and color. We mulled
over utility and lastibility.
We "reasoned" on how
much Santa could get
down our small chimney.
There was never any

question as to what season
we were celebrating. Or
whose birthday it was.
We were more afraid of
offending God than any
other person, group, thing
or being!
"Ma'am," I was
turning to leave, "You
don't perchance have
that Fisher-Price toy dog
where you pull the string
in his mouth and the
xylophone plays or maybe
a Betsy Wetsey doll......."
I don't think Cathy
likes jewelry or perfume.
She's already got all six
seasons of NCIS on tape.
Everything in the kitchen
works. Sears and Roebuck
ain't sent me a catalogue
in decades. J.A. and Mr.
Bailey Moore are out of
business. It looks like a
sweater year to me.
Nothing or nobody
could make me go through
what I go through to buy
one silly little old gift
for Cathy. It's got to be
a higher power! No one
legislates Christmas! It's
bigger than Walmart!
We are nuts to think this
"word" or that "phrase"
is going to control or
manipulate our feelings
and beliefs this time of
And believe it or not ...
you don't have to defend
God on this one. He can do
that all by Himself ... and
trust me here, He will at
the exact time He chooses
and in the exact manner
that pleases Him! He can
unplug them ipods and Blu
Rays faster than you can
say GPS!
If that "smart" phone
is as it claims to be it
wouldn't have but one
number on it......
Merry Christmas,

A5 The Star Letters

Thursday, December 17,2009

__Letters to the EDITOR

Treat others as you
want to be treated
Dear Editor,
On Sunday, Dec. 13, my
daughters and I were walking
down Garrison Avenue on our
way to enjoy a day at the park.
We stopped on the side of
the road when a car of three
teenaged girls drove by, rolled
the window down and threw
a white condiment cup full of

ketchup at my 18 month old
daughter's face, hitting her right
below her left eye.
While she cried, they laughed
and sped off. It is a sad day when.-
a family can't enjoy a nice walk to
the park without having to worry
about ridiculous actions like this.
I hope the three girls who
did this think twice about their
actions and how it affects people
in the future.
I have always been told that

we need to treat others how we city. I have lived coast to coast
want to be treated. and border to border during
Mary Clayton my lifetime and have never met
Port St. Joe such terrific people nor seen so
many signs of civic PRIDE.
An open letter to the It must be a truly wonderful
place to live and raise a family.
Citizens of Port St. Joe The beautyof this city goes
Dear Editor: well beyond the bay, the Gulf,
I have just returned to my the trees and the very well
icy cold home in Denver after done downtown area. It lives
a wonderful trip with Gail in the people, their warmth and
Alsobrook to your wonderful their willingness to extend a

welcome to a Yankee.
Even though I only met a
small portion of you, I just felt I
should extend a thank you to
everyone. You have much to
be proud of. It is a shame that
as cities grow and grow, the
people grow farther and farther
apart from each other. We
could all learn something from a
visit to Port St. Joe.
Dennis Haynes
Denver, Colorado

The anatomy of a major economic development project

By Ed Nelson
EDC executive director
There are two things my
father and my grandfather told
me at an early age and as I
began searching for a career.
"First things, first," and "You
must do what you have to do
to get where you want to go,"
respectively. For some reason,
these two statements are
literally etched in my mind and
I use them in my personal life
and my professional life.
In the Economic
Development industry, most
Economic Development
professionals live to land
the 'Big One:' 500 or more
new jobs, and $50 to $100
million in investment or
more. My approach is
to be comprehensive in
the delivery of Economic
Development Services such
as entrepreneurial and small
business development, business
retention and expansion,
management and technical
assistance, business financing,
Enterprise Zone administration,
incentives, attracting small to
medium size companies to the
community, and yes even the
'Big One.
After 37 wonderful years in
this business and blessed with
much success, the one thing I
have learned is that you must
always guard your optimism. ,
'for the win: Anywin, but,
especially for the Big One, You
must always remind yourself
that you win some and you
lose some. But winning in this
game is not reserved for the Big
Ones. Winning means getting
a bank to approve a loan for a.
small business to expand; or
assisting a local company to win
a procurement contract for a
product or service; or winning a
relocation of a small to medium
size company; or the location of
a major company.
Economic Development
professionals are always
challenged about the sharing
of knowledge of activity with
regards to projects. In the
industry it is akin to a lawyer
sharing client information with
the press, or a doctor sharing
confidential health information

of his patient with the press..
Even at that, we try to share as
much information as we can to
satisfy the stakeholders in the
community without jeopardizing
any project. Prospects are
extremely cautious and serious
about confidentiality. If they do
not feel secure in their efforts to
obtain information and keep it
confidential, they will not move
further with that particular
location. I think it's fair to share
a few reasons. Prices on land
suddenly increases, equipment
prices go up and fear of the
unknown cause's unrest in the
community until the company is
ready for full disclosure. If the
company is looking to relocate,
it could wreak havoc at the
present location of the company
thereby creating employee
unrest for a number, of reasons
and impacting efficiencies. If
that happens, everybody loses.
It must be done right.
Since Sept. 30,2009, a team
of players in Gulf County along
with Gulf Coast Workforce
Board and Florida's Great
Northwest had been working on
an opportunity that could have
impacted the entire region and
changed Gulf County forever.
It was my understanding that
Progress Energy was the
project manager initially with
direct contact with the prospect
and eFlorida. It was a clean,
heavy manufacturing company
that would have employed
576plus with an investment
of $100 million. Not to mention
the jobs and investment of the
second phase of the company's
development. The name of
the companyy and the product
willstill be, and should be
confidential because of a
developing local strategy. We
went about dividing up the Site
Selection Checklist, 11 pages of
extremely detailed information
-requested by the client. The
first pass was getting a call to
complete the detailed list by
the close of business that day.
Doing what we could for the
initial pass, we did what we
could which bought us some
time for a second submission
and then a third submission. As
in all Economic Development
projects, there is so much

activity going on at the same
time. And, believe me; the size
of the client does not make
a difference. There is a lot
happening constantly and it
must be managed well.
Then, we were contacted
to meet face-to-face with the
client. On Oct. 20, 2009, the team
met with four members of the
company for a presentation in
the conference room of a local
bank. The team included the
Port of Port St. Joe, Tommy
Pitts; Gulf County EDC, Edward
Nelson, Jr.; Progress Energy,
Bobby Pickels representing
Marc Hoenstine; Florida's
Great Northwest, Roger Miller;
the Gulf Coast Workforce Board,
Kim Bodine; G&W Railroad,
Chuck McBride; and AN
Railway, Perry Adkison. Nadine
Lee of the Port's staff was an
exceptional host and did a
wonderful job in assisting the
team in preparing for the lunch
meeting. It was a great team
and a great meeting. We were
informed that we would get the
next level decision in two weeks.
As part of the team, I went
into a "let it ill hang out" frame
of mind. You know as an athlete,
you want to give it your all and
leave everything on the field. I
also knew, from experience it
was going to be a tough fight.
I knew that for a company like
this well known international
organization; competition would
be great and aggressive. I was
right. Competition included
four other sites in Florida, and
sites in Georgia, Alabama,
Mississippi and Louisiana.
Here were the key factors of
importance for the company:
1. Rail was critical
2. Availability of engineers
3. The workforce would need
special skills
4. Training would be required
at the client's home location -

5. A port would be beneficial,
but rail was absolutely
necessary for transportation
6. Distance to the Interstate
7. Time required for
8. Cost of real estate
We got to work.
In approximately two weeks,
we got the word we had made
the initial cut. We get to play on
Saturday! (Golfers understand
this statement.) It simply means
we made it to the next phase of
their decision.
Then we got the call,
unfortunately, we received word
that we will not being playing
on Sunday (usually the day
of the Championship in Golf).
The word was that the State of
Florida was suspended from
competition because other
states had a certain experience
that Florida did not have in
a specific functional area in
Economic Development. I
know Alabama and Georgia
had the experience., However,
our competitors in Alabama,
Georgia, Mississippi and
Louisiana survived the cut. So
the assumption is that they all
had something we in Florida did
not have.
As a community, we should
be very proud of how we
fared in competition. Mayor
Mel Magidson and the Port
St. Joe City Commissioners
and Chairman Nathan Peters
and the County Board of
Commissioners provided
important letters of support.
Kim Bodine of the Gulf Coast
Workforce Board provided
valuable assistance to show
that we indeed had the skilled
available workforce and
resources that were needed.
Tommy Pitts of the Port and
Edward Nelson of the EDC
worked well together to
assemble the information and
organized the presentation
package. The St. Joe Company
was also very supportive in
our efforts. There were several
other points of competitive
advantage that we cannot
discuss so we can continue to be
competitive for the next project.
There is an important lesson
to be learned. Gulf County

can compete. And we are
satisfied that the information
we provided had sufficient
answers to their inquiries. We
even had a very strong card to
. play, and we played that card at
the presentation. It made them
sit up and listen; it was a very
significant incentive. I guess we
could not get around the State's
lack of experience the prospect
felt was so important.
However we have one
challenge that we.have
already begun to address.
We desperately need mega
shovel-ready sites. That is why
the Green Industrial Park is
so important. Shovel-ready
mega sites means large tracks
of buildable acreage with
infrastructure such as roads,
rail access, all utilities, proper
zoning, incentives and permits
already in-place. As an example,
the project our team worked
on had a required development
time of one-year. That is
unusual for this type of facility
and extremely difficult to meet
if you do not have sites that are
ready-to go. We know that our
competitors have shovel-ready
Once Northwest Florida
Renewable Energy Center
breaks ground, prospects
will come, and soon. We are
already receiving inquires.
So as a community, we must
come together as one and, we
must get ready. We must also
be aggressive in our marketing
efforts. We have got to go get
them. We cannot afford to sit
back and wait on eFlorida.
We must remember that our
State has many Economic
Development Organizations in
their network. But as my father
said, "first things first." We
must get our Energy Park on
a fast track for development.
The world is going Green.
Renewable Energy and Green
industry must be our focus.
We have the assets but we
need to develop our product.
We know that the enemy of
Economic Development is
time and resources; but as my
grandfather said, "we must
do what we have to do, to get
where we need to go." We must
start right now. And we are.

KLATTERING from pane A4

because of a lack of proper
stormwater management
and folks with deeper
pockets or the power
enabling them to ignore.
And these should not
be insignificant areas for
the county, since the tax,
revenue generated in these
areas constitutes a healthy

percentage of ad valorem
taxes in the county.
Commissioners were
warned some time ago
about killing the goose that
laid the golden egg that the
county sat on in prosperity
in the early years of this
Now that goose is


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under water, drowning
due to a lack of empathy,
leadership, proactive
governance, take your pick.
The county thinks
it has money problems
now, wait until people just
decide that the property
tax burden and stormwater
flooding their homes is no
longer worth the price of
admission in the county.
However, this is about
more than property taxes
or development or property
rights, this is about
people's lives.
People are seeing
their homes undermined
and damaged, their lives
changed, their living
expenses expanded
due to frequent clean-
up and replacement of
damaged property because
somebody had deeper
pockets, more attorneys or
better connections to the
halls of power.
This is how the game is
The net ban and the
current outrage over
fishing regulations stands
as a history lesson of how
money and lobbying can
bring about change and
unbalance the scales,
whether an entire industry
or individual lives are hurt.

But the county has
a role here and should
play it more astutely and
These aren't just
people; these are the
folks commissioners have
sworn to serve. These are
constituents, if one is to
believe the assertion of
county commissioners that
they all have an eye on the
entire county.
If that is the case, the
next county meeting
should be held at
Jubilation or at St. Joseph
Shores. If commissioners
think loose dogs are a
problem, as in Howard
Creek which called
for a workshop some
weeks back, let the
residents in those areas
show the havoc loose
stormwater can wreak on
a community.
The state has chosen
to turn a blind eye to the
impacts of what it has
done to this county.
County commissioners
really no longer have that
luxury unless they are
prepared to pick up the tab
for the costs being paid by
ordinary people just trying
to survive in a world that
suddenly feels like the
deck of the sinking Titanic.



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Thursday, December 17, 2009

LOOP from page Al

This summer, he and
wife Patsy sailed the Ten-
nessee River, inviting
travelers to the city all the
"You have to make a
case for how great a place
Port St. Joe is," said Whit-
ney, noting that few ma-
rinas are as centrally lo-
cated, with shopping only
blocks away.
Those who stop in Port
St. Joe stimulate the lo-
cal economy, spending
as much as $500 a week,
Wbitney added.
Loopers sail according
to the season, journeying
north in the spring and
summer and making their
way south as the weather
turns cold.
Florida's looper season
extends from October to
The Port St. Joe Marina
has welcomed 42 loopers
since late October, and
expects to have over 60 by
season's end.
This largely through
the efforts of Whitney, who
in addition to conducting
public relations blitzes,
monitors loopers' comings
and goings through the
AGLCA Web site.
Last week, Whitney
welcomed Betsy and John
Johnson, North Carolina
natives sharing their 26-
foot Glacier Bay power.
catamaran with miniature
schnauzer, Beamer.
The Johnsons met
Whitney this summer and
were charmed by his love
for his hometown.
"By word of mouth
and being a good ambas-
sador for the city, he has
persuaded people to come
here and take advantage of
the marina and the staff,"
said Betsy Johnson; who*
now shares Whitney's pas-
sion for Port St. Joe.
"It's off the beaten path,
bitt it's a worthwhile de-

A bit of mystery
On a recent PR excur-
sion in Alabama, Whitney
met a charming New Zea-
land family sailing aboard
a motorboat.
The Ashbeys dad

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sunny 98.,
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John, mom Phillippa and
teens Alice, 16, and Lloyd,
14 arrived at the Port
St. Joe Marina last Sunday
just in time for a shrimp
boil thrown by marina
Even before the fam-
ily had reached the dock,
Whitney was there to greet
"It's only Ray's good-
will that brings people
here," John said, who was
echoed by Phillippa. "It's
nice to feel that you're wel-
comed," she said.
The Ashbeys are not
your typical looper retir-
Hailing from Christ-
church, John and Phillippa
are teachers who take a
year-long sabbatical every
five years to explore the
world outside New Zea-
Five years ago, they
spent six months in Eu-
rope-sailing the canals and
They learned about
America's GreatLoopfrom
a Canadian couple while
vacationing in France,
and set their sights on an
American expedition.
After joining the AGL-
CA, the Ashbeys poured
over travel maps and read
a humorous account of a
couple's first looping ad-
venture, entitled, "Honey,
Let's Get a Boat."
The family spent some
time looking at landscape
maps on Google Earth, but.
did not quite know what to
expect on their journey.
"It was all a bit of a
mystery, really what we
would find when we got
here," Phillippa said.
Having secured home
school materials for Alice
and Lloyd, the Ashbeys
flew to Ft. Lauderdale in
,Irolling the docks for
a suitable boat, the fam-
ily found what they were
looking for in Ft. Myers a
30-foot motorboat named
Purchased for $20,000,
the boat lacked virtually
all modern conveniences
- electricity, heat, refrig-


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(At bottom) John and Phillippa Ashbey stopped in. Port St. Joe last week after
nearly a year at sea with children Alice (top left) and Lloyd. The insignia of
America's Great Loop Cruisers' Association is visible on the boat's bow.

The Ashbeys equipped
Pearl with a large ice
chest, propane stove, fold
up table and a few chairs,
and began their voyage.

Sailing away
From Fort Myers, the
Asbeys sailed across Lake
Okeechobee, taking the
Intracoastal waterway
Sailing through Que-
bec, Montreal and Ottawa,
the Ashbeys looped along
the eastern side of Lake
Michigan, taking the Illi-

nois, Mississippi and Ten-
nessee Rivers south.
Along the way, they
stopped in scenic locales
and explored -some of the
nation's largest cities like
Philadelphia, Chicago and
New York.
In New York, they
toured art galleries, took
in the lights from Timies
Square and enjoyed free
concerts in Central Park.
Whenever they could,
the Ashbeys purchased
the cds of performers they
saw live. The music be-
came the trip's unofficial
While traveling, the
family kept a look-out for
other loopers. They iden-
tified them by an AGLCA
flag displayed prominently
on their boats.
The fellow loopers ex-
changed cards, shared sea
stories and drank a few,
"docktails" from time to
"Everyone is very
friendly. The camaraderie
among the boats is ex-
traordinary," John said.
Alice and Lloyd, whose
days were occupied with

schoolwork, rarely met
other teen loopers, but
found other ways to inter-
act with youngsters.
Both Sea Scouts back
home in Christchurch, the
teens met up with their
American counterparts at
a regatta on the Potomic
In Kentucky, Alice and
Lloyd shared their adven-
tures with middle school
students, the invitation ex-
tended by an area harbor
The Ashbeys kept their
schedule flexible to allow
for such amusements, and
enjoyed most every stop
along the way.
Alice discovered a love
for Dunkin' Donuts and
Seventeen magazine and
Phillippa chronicled all
their adventures in a jour-
Upon her return to
school, Phillippa will share
her travels with her stu-
"You build it into your
being really," she said. "It
becomes what you do and
talk about as a teacher and
you go back with extra en-

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ergy. You have a sense of
the rest of the world and
what's happening."

Sailing the loop taught
the Ashbeys the true
meaning of hospitality.
In nearly every city,
strangers welcomed them
with open arms, and oc-
casionally the keys to their
In Pensacola, a bar-
maid named Dee Dee rec-
ommended that the fam-
ily visit the naval aviation
museum and loaned them
her car as she worked her
In Elizabeth City, NC,
the mayor greeted the
Ashbeys and other loop-
ers with a wine and cheese
reception. All the women
received a rose.
In Port St. Joe, the Ash-
beys were impressed by
the Marina's helpful staff
and the general friendli-
ness of the city's resi-
"Here, as soon as you
go in the store, someone
says, 'Can I help you with
anything?" Phillippa re-
marked. "You can stand
at, a supermarket at home
for hours before anybody
helps you."
Now nearing the end of
their journey, the Ashbeys
have put their boat up for
sale, and plan to fly home
Jan. 17.
Pearl served the family
well, much better, in fact,
than they ever imagined.
"There have been no
problems. We've been
very fortunate," said
John, adding, "There's
not much on it to break
The loop has brought
the already close family
even closer together.
And even though they
long for the comforts of
a warm bed, the Ashbeys
have enjoyed their year at
"It's something we'll re-
memberforever," Phillippa
said. "You share the good
times and the bad times.
We've had more good'
times than bad times."

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The week was a roller coaster
for the Port St. Joe High School
.boy's basketball team.
The team traveled, to Bay
High last Tuesday and turned a 3-
point second-half barrage into a
Victory, came home and watched
a 19-point lead disappear in the
second half of a loss to Tallahas-
\ see Lincoln and bounced back to
rout district foe Blountstown to
complete the week.
Against Bay, the Tiger Sharks
(now 2-2) held a 36-34 lead at in-
termission before hitting five
3-pointers as they out-scored the
Tornadoes 24-0 over the first six
minutes of the second half en
route to a 78-53 victory,.
"They're all back," Sharks
coach Derek Kurnitsky said as he
threw up his arms when asked if
his squad is capable of similar
outbursts this season. The Tiger
* Sharks played with a full squad
. for the first time this season.
"The kids put in their time this
: summer, and as a unit I think we
can consistently do that. Because
let me tell you something, Bay
High has a good ballclub."
In those first crucial minutes
of the third quarter, the T'rna-
does left open Raheem Clemons,
who already had 15 of his game-
high 26 points in the first half,
and he canned three treys. Cal-
vin Pryor swished two and Willie
Quinn one as the Sharks were six
of 10 behind the arc in the third
Pryor finished with 14 points
and Quinn had 10. Darrell Smith
had eightpoints, Rock Quinn four
and Roman Quinn nine.
The Tiger Sharks dominated
the opening half against Talla-
Shassee Lincoln, building a 19-
point lead early inthe third quar-
ter before it all unraveled. ,
Lincoln stormed back to tie.

:- .- "

Darrell Smith and the Tiger Sharks dominated the paint'duripg
a 72-36 rout of Blountstown last Saturday night. ."' .,. .
the game in regulation and fin- still haven'tplayed otur.' me
ished off a 73-71 victory in over- which is scary," Kurnitsky said.
time. "I thought we really, bounced
"We didn't do a good enough back well from the Lincoln game.
job of holding the lead," Kur- They showed a lot of maturity. At.
nitsky said. "We didn't hit our free this point in the season we can't
throws. We seemed to lose focus. dwell on our mistakes, we have
We make a mistake and we let to just think about what is in front
that get to us when we should be of us."
thinking about what's next. Clemons had 25 points and
"We are still learning how to Pryor 16 to lead the Tiger Sharks.
play and how to play with pres- Smith was also in double figures
sure. That's why we schedule d with 10 points, Roman Quinn had
team like Lincoln in December, seven, Willie Quinn six, .Trubias
to give us that experience." Hill four, Welch two and Thomas
Clemons, whose 21 points a Sims two.
game leads the Big Bend area, The Tiger Sharks hosted Lib- -
had 19 points to lead the Tiger erty County on Tuesday, travel to
Sharks. Willie Quinn had 16 Tallahassee Leon on Friday and
points, Roman Quinn 15, Calvin play Bainbridge(GA) High at 8
Pryor 12, Quincy Welch four and p.m.ETonSaturdayinthe North-
Smith five. west Florida High School Classic
Port St. Joe rebounded in a at Chipola Junior College.
big way! on Saturday night as Port St Joe's juniorivarsity :
they played the final three quar- lost to Bay 56-45. Port St. Joe
.ters at almost warp speed in; was led by Trevor Lang with 20
overwhelming district opponent points and Alex King who added
Blountstown 72-36. 16 points. The next game will be
The Tiger Sharks were up 16 Friday Dec. 18 at Leon.
at the half after a close opening Pat McCann of Florida Free-
period and won going away. dom Newspapers contributed to
"We won by 36 points and we this article.

Kayla Parker (11) had 24 points in a winover Mosley
and seven in a victory over Blountstown.

Lady Sharks

remain unbeaten

By im Croft
Star News Editor
Thus far no team has been'
able to keep up with the Port
St. Joe girls' basketball team.I
And that goes a long way to-
ward explaining how the Lady
Sharks (3-0) remain unbeaten.
The Lady Sharks toppled
Lyni Haven Mosley 44-33
and district foe Blountstown
29-9 last week in relatively easy
fashion, a late charge the key
against Mosley and an early
charge the fuel against Blount-
The Lady Sharks traveled
to play Mosley in front of the
Lady Dolphins student body.
Port St. Joe started tenta-
tively and was down 19-14 at
"We just played without fo-
cus," said Port St. Joe coach
Kenny Parker. "We kept them
in the game.
"We were just not mentally
there. We were in a rush, turn-
ing the ball over like crazy. We
had to calm them down and
they just started to play and
we kind of controlled the score
from there, got rebounds and
pushed it."
The Lady Sharks out-
scored Mosley20-11 in the final
period to cap a 30-14 blasting in
the second half.
Kayla Parker led all scorers'
with 24 points. Fanequa Larry
added eight points, Mariah
Johnson six, Alyssa Parker

three, Naomi Warren three
and Nicole Spilde one.
On Saturdaynight, the Lady
Sharks weren't doing much on
offense, but outside of a lone 3-
pointer from the comer early
in the first period neither was
Blountstown, which managed
that bucket in the first half and
five points through three peri-
"You have to make sure you
stay focused against a team
like that," Coach Parker said.
"I had to keep telling them to
get after them. That is What
I'm going to have to keep on
them about. We have to get out
and run and push."
Johnson led the Lady
Sharks with 11 points and Kay-
la Parker added seven, Larry
and Warren four apiece, Tiara
Smith two and Alyssa Parker
The Lady Sharks hosted
Liberty County on Tuesday
night, play at East Gadsden
on Thursday and compete in
,a tournament in Wakulla over
the weekend.
The winners of a fund-
raising raffle to benefit Port St.
Joe basketball were Thomas
Leslie, who won the top prize
of a weekend stay on Cape San
Bias; Jo Clements won second
place, a pair of season tickets
for all home games this sea-
.sonmand Towan Kopinsky took
the third-place prize, two Hun-
gry Man's dinners: from Paul
Gant's BBQ. '

Daniel May presses the attack during last week's 5-0 win over West

Port St. Joe soccer teams step forward

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
With a win and a tie, the
Port St. Joe boys' soccer
team maintained a win-
ning record iri the district
while the girls traveled on
the road for two difficult
contests as the season
hits the homestretch.
The teams both played
at Franklin County in dis-
trict games on Monday,
but results were not avail-
able at press time.
Last Tuesday, both
teams traveled to Boze-
man in Bay County, the
boys coming away with a
2-1 victory while the girls
Could not muster much
offense and fell 1-0.
The boys were home

on Friday and white-
washed West Gadsden 5-0
in a cold, misty rain. The
game was played primar-
ily in the West Gadsden
end with Chase Watford,
Daniel May and J. Mason
Ray pressing the attack.
On Saturday, the teams
traveled to Tallahassee
and matchups with their
counterparts at Florida
High. The girls managed
a tie, with the goal coming
from Christina Cordova.
The boys fell 2-1 to drop
their overall record to 4-5-
1, but with a District 2-2A
mark of 3-1-0.
The girls are 1-6-1 and
For the girls, Cordova
leads all scorers with
three goals and one as-

sist for seven points. Ra-
chael Jones has a pair of
goals and one assist for
five points, Torie Burgess
has a goal and one as-
sist for three points and
Stefani Furstenberg
and Marianna Schwa-
bacher each have an as-
For the boys, Ray leads
scorers with 10 goals and
two assists.. Jarred Ar-
nold has five goals and
two assists, Watford has
two goals and three as-
sists, Witt Shoaf has a
goal and an assist, May
has a goal and an assist,
Reis Nelson a goal and
Sadik Padilla an assist.
Both teams are at Boz-
eman on Friday and at
Marianna next Tuesday.



By Tim Croft
Star News Editor


OrPi R,


Thursday, December 17, 2009 w w Page 8

Gators split week

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The first full week of
the regular season was a
mixed I bag for the Wewa-
hitchka High School boys'
basketball team.
The Gators spent the
week on the road, losing
a close district contest at
Liberty County 45-42 and
eking out a 49-46 win at
In the district tilt
against Liberty County last
Tuesday, the Gators broke
open a tie game with a 13-8
second-quarter advantage

to go in to intermission up
But Wewahitchka hit a
dry spell in the third peri-
od to fall behind and could
not overcome the deficit in
the final period.
Kenny Fisher led the
Gators with 19 points and
added 10 rebounds, five as-
sists and five steals.
Chris Peak had a team-
high 11 rebounds to go
with five points and four
blocked shots.
Jamarree Hunter had
six points for the Gators,
Theryl Brown four, Ben
Smith and Demetrius

Hurley three apiece and
Chance Knowles two.
Two nights 1 later, the
Gators prevailed at Altha
behind a 1 -5 advantage in
third-period scoring. The
Gators were down 23-16 at
the half, biit made up the
deficit and held off Altha in
an even fot rth quarter.
Peak had 20 points, 14
rebounds, three blocks and
two steals. Hunter added
10 points and eight boards.
Hurley I added six
points, Br wn five, Fisher
four and Andrew Bidwell
and Smith had two points


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Davis joins Hall of Fame

The elementary school auditorium was
a place of celebration last Tuesday night.
Gene Raffield Football players, cheerlead-
ers, family and friends filled almost every
seat to see the Super Bowl Champion
Dolphins and Jaguars, and their cheer-
leaders, receive trophies. The pride these
young warriors and their families felt was
well deserved.
The loudest cheers, including a stand-
ing ovation, erupted when Co-Commis-
sioner Mal Parrish presented Coach David
Davis with a plaque signifying his induc-
tion into the Gene Raffield Fbotball Hall of
Fame. This is an award not easily earned.
In the 11-year history of the League, only
one other coach has had the honor.
Davis has coached in the league for 10
years. The won-loss record of his teams
is remarkable. Eight played in the Super
Bowl. They won six of them. To put this
extraordinary record in perspective, Big
D's teams have won more Super Bowls
than all of his competitors' teams put to-
As his players and their parents know,
Davis is much more than a winning coach.
He never stops teaching his players les-
sons that will help them throughout their

Co-comnissioner Mal Parrish
welcome s David Davis to the Gene
Raffield Football League Hall of
lives. Responsibility, hard work, punctual-
ity, loyalty and good grades in school are
high on his list. He proves to his players
that if they work hard for the common
good, goo things, will happen.
David's plans for the future? To keep
on coaching. And for the next three years,
he gets to coach his own son. Congratu-
lations Coach David Davis and our young
Super Bo wl Champions.

Port St. Joe Middle School falls in conference finals

The Port St. Joe Middle
School boys' basketball
team took care of business
in the conference semifi-
nals but could not handle
Blountstown in the cham-
pionship game to end its
In the first round of the
Middle School Conference
tournament, held in Blount-
stown on Dec. 8, Port St. Joe
downed Franklin County
44-21. Port St. Joe was led
. by Jarkeice Davis who had
17 points; Jack Riley also
added seven points. Port

St. Joe's bench came in
the game and played great
defense by shutting down
Franklin County's offense,
said Coach Sandy Quinr.
In the championship
game two days later, Port
St. Joe lost to host Blount-
stown 50-25, Leading the
way on offense for the
Sharks was Davis with 10
"I am very proud of our
team. They never gave
up even though we were
down," Quinn said. "They
fought hard and left it all on

the court. These kids really
played great and had a great
season. I am very proud of
how these kids developed
as the year went on."
Port St. Joe Middle
School all so had a B team
this year.
"I would like to congratu-
late them for the great sea-
son that they had," Quinn
said. "They played some
great basketball all year
and only tied one game. Ev-
ery team that they played
this year they were able to

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Locals deck the golf carts for Christmas

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
Last year around this
time, Traci Gaddis jour-
neyed to the Mexico Beach
post office in her usual holi-
day fashion.
She drove a red golf cart
decked out in garland and
Christmas lights, with a
three-and-a-half foot inflat-
able reindeer strapped to
the back'
Those who knew her ex-
pected no less from Gaddis.
The Port St. Joe Elemen-
tary School art teacher out-
fits her golf cart according
to the season, even invent-
ing her own holidays in sad,
festive-free months, such as
But on this particular

Above left, Sharon Call of Sharon's Caf6 outfitted her cart with an inflatable surfer Santa, reindeer and
penguin. Above middle, Pooch Abby, shown here with owners, Reynolds and Shirley Wallace, was one
of a half-dozen dogs decked out in holiday gear. Above right, Traci Gaddis, with granddaughter Kenzie
Barber, organized Mexico Beach's first lighted golf cart parade.

afternoon, Gaddis' golf cart
stopped a 5-year-old boy in
his tracks.
Surveying the crazy cart,
with its Macy's-sized rein-
deer, the boy thought he'd

stumbled upon a parade.
The idea amused Gaddis,
who let the boy down gently.
No, she wasn't a parade,
but maybe one day she could
start one.

During the next year,
Gaddis could think of little
else but the' first Mexico"
Beach golf cart parade.
During her afternoon
rides in the golf cart, she
shared her idea with fel-,
low carters, who make up a
sizeable percentage of the
town's residents.
Mexico Beach has more
than 100 registered golf cart-
ers, and a few shared Gad-
dis' enthusiasm.
In October, Gaddis
snapped up some battery-
powered Christmas lights
from Target and began men-
tally dressing her cart.
In November, she made
her pitch before the Mexico
Beach City Council and re-
ceived approval, even as one

council member expressed
concerns about safety.
Working closely with
Mexico Beach Police Chief
Brad Hall, who addressed
the safety issues, Gaddis
rounded up eight partici-
pants for the parade, held
the night of Dec. 6.
Kicking off Mexico
Beach's tree-lighting cere-
mony, the parade proceeded
from City Hall on 14th Street;
down U.S. 98 to Sunset Park
Participants embraced
the holiday theme.
Sharon- Call of Sharon's
Cafe outfitted her cart with
an inflatable surfer Santa,
reindeer and penguin.
Andi Ashmore's cart fea-
tured a generator-powered
fireplace with fake flames

and two adorable dogs,
Graci and Sassie, dressed as
Gaddis brought her inflat-
able reindeer out for another
round, this. time strapping
him to the top of her cart,
which was festively adorned
with lights and garland.
Mexico Beach Mayor Al
Cathey, the parade's unoffi-
cial grand master, road lead,
and Santa Claus hitched a
ride in a fire truck for the
In Sunset Park, residents
enjoyed hot apple cider and
some face time with Santa.
The golf cart parade was on
everyone's lips.
"I could not believe how
many people came up to
me and said that the parade
made the tree-lighting cer-
emony," said Gaddis. "I was
thrilled with it."
Gaddis presented each
participant with a red and
green "2009" Christmas
stocking as a memento.
She already has begun
planning next year's parade.
"Next year will be bigger
and better," said Gaddis, dis-
playing her competitive side
in the arena of golf cart deco-
"I will have inflatables
next year," she pledged.
"Sharon will not show me up
next year."

B2 I The Star


Thursday, December 17, 2009


Toys sought for children
in domestic violence centers
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic
Violence is in great need of toys for children
living in Florida's domestic violence centers. The
centers are over capacity during the holidays,
with children 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 centers.
The Florida Coalition Against Domestic
Violence is a nonprofit agency that serves as the
statewide professional organization representing
Florida's 42 certified domestic violence centers.
Toys are needed for children from infancy to age
Please bring an unwrapped toy marked
"FCADV" for a child living in a domestic violence
shelter during the holidays to the Mexico Beach
Welcome Center 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 coalition, call
the Tallahassee offices at 850-425-2749 or contact
our local advocate, Pam Martin, at Pam_Martin@

World's Greatest Baby Shower
Healthy Start is hosting another World's
Greatest Baby Shower on Saturday, Jan. 9.
The free community-wide event is open to any
pregnant woman or parents of a baby born within
the past six months. As with the showers-in the
past, the event will be fun and educational.
Dr. Sam Wolf with Emerald Coast OB/GYN
will be the keynote speaker, talking about family
There will also be speakers covering topics
such as safe sleep, childbirth, car seat safety,
breastfeeding and the dangers of smoking while
pregnant and around others.
In addition to refreshments, some great door
prizes will be given away.
The shower begins at 8:30 a.m. CT and will
run until 12:30 p.m. It will be held at First Baptist
Church in Panama City, 32 W. Sixth St. Space is
limited, and reservations are required.
For more information or to reserve your spot,
call 850-872-4130, ext. 104.

AMVETS to organize in Gulf County
American Veterans (AMVETS) is looking
to start a post in Gulf County. Ten honorably
discharged or released veterans or current
members of the Army, Marines, Air Force,
National Guard, Reserves or Coast Guard are
needed to start a post.
A leader since 1944 in preserving the freedoms
secured by America's armed forces, AMVETS
provides support for veterans and the active
military in procuring their earned entitlements, as
well as community service and legislative reform
that enhances the quality of life for this nation's
citizens and veterans alike. AMVETS is one of
the largest congressionally chartered veterans
service organizations in the U.S. and includes
members from each branch of the military,
including the National Guard and Reserves.
To become a charter member of the first
AMVETS post in Gulf County, contact Jim Lawlor,
EO. Box 1442, Lanark Village, FL 32323. Lawlor
can also be reached by phone at 697-2329 or e-mail
To learn more about AMVETS, visit www.


Cox 50th anniversary
George and Evelyn First United Methodist
Cox of MWewahitchka Church in Wewahitchica.
will celebrate 50 years A reception will follow in
of marriage on Sunday, the Fellowship Hall from
Dec. 27. They will renew 12:30-3 p.m. CT. All friends
their vows at 12:15 p.m. and relatives are invited to
CT in the sanctuary of the attend.




The St. Joseph Bay Humane Society has many
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.
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Time for harvesting, storing pecans

Pecans are quite popular
in this part of Florida, even
in home landscapes. This is
the time of year when pecans
are ready to harvest, so we
have lots of questions from
homeowners who want to
know exactly when to pick ROY
pecans to get the highest
quality. Obviously, you don't CAR
want to harvest when the County e
pecans are still green. But dire
if you wait too long, you'll wind up
sharing your crop with birds, squirrels
and other unwelcome guests.
Fortunately, it's fairly easy to tell
when the pecans are ready to pick
Today we'll talk about how we'll also
spend a little time on the subject
of storing pecans, and just in case
you don't have your own trees, we 'll
offer some ideas on how to get your
money's worth when you buy pecans
at the grocery store or road-side
This information is provided
by retired Extension Fruit Crops
Specialist Dr. Tim Crocker of the
University of Florida, Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).
There are two ways to tell when
it's time to harvest pecans. Usually,
you can judge by the husks. When
they begin to open, most of the pecans
should be mature. You can pull them

down or knock them out of
the tree with a pole. Even
the husks that are still green
should be easy to remove.'
You can also wait for some of
the nuts to fall to the ground.
This way, you know for sure
LEE that the husks are open, and
tTER you can easily knock down
1TER the rest of the pecans with a
extension pole Whatever you db, don't
let pecans drop and lie on the
ground for any length of time. ,
After you harvest, let the pecans
dry out for a week or 10 days.
Then refrigerate. The quality of
the pecan kernels is highest right
after harvesting, and it goes down
fast if the nuts are stored at room
temperature. On the other hand,"
pecans in the shell can be stored
in the refrigerator for up to a year
without much quality loss. For even
longer storage, shell the pecans and
freeze them in airtight jhrs. At zero
degrees Fahrenheit, pecans will last
for two or three years.
Of course, the only way you can
enjoy a homemade pecan pie if you
haven't grown your own pecans is to
go out and buy some. Unless you buy
them already shelled probably the
most expensive way to buy them -
it's hard to be sure you're getting your,
money's worth. As a general rule, if

you're buying from a store you know
and trust, you're better off buying the
more expensive pecans.
This is because cheaper pecans
usually have smaller kernels you
get less to eat from each nut. If you
buy a pound of cheap pecans, you
can expect about two-thirds of the
weight to be in shells and packaging
- only one-third will actually be
edible. In contrast, most of the better,
more expensive pecans will give you
at least a 50 percent edible portion.
You can see that most of the time, in
terms of what you can actually use,
cheaper pecans wind up costing more
than the higher-quality varieties.
To review for just a minute: This
is the time of year to harvest pecans.
When the husks begin to open or
some of the pecans fall from the
trees, they should be ready. Harvest
as soon as you can to keep the birds
and squirrels from getting a bigger
share of the crop than you do. Let the
pecans dry out for a week or so before
you eat them. Otherwise, they could
make you sick. Once they're dry, be
sure to store them in the refrigerator,
or the quality will drop off pretty
FAr more information about
harvesting pecans, contact the Gulf
County Extension Service at 639-2300
or 229-2909 or e-mail

Volunteers prepare, deliver 600 Thanksgiving dinners

Special to The Star
The Gulf County Senior
Citizens Center was the
gathering place for more
than 80 volunteers.
The volunteers, ages 6-
80, worked so well together
under the caring and watch-
ful eyes of Bunnie, Gainey,
while her husband, Jimmy
Gainey, made sure all of the

food was heated and car-
ried to the main room.
The volunteers worked
so well together packing,
loading and delivering the
600 meals to all over Gulf
The volunteers started
arriving in groups and
singles until 80 volunteers
were present, working like
a professional assembly

line. Bunny Miller and San-
dy Kennedy arranged for
the preparing of the green
beans and yams by mem-
bers of their church.
A big thanks to the fol-
lowing sponsors that made
This wonderful dinner hap-
pen: George Duren, owner
of Duren's Piggly Wiggly,
Mr. and Mrs. Austin Saap,
Mr. and Mrs. Rich Brenner,

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Knox,
Sunset Coastal Grill, Board
of Directors, Gulf County
Senior Citizens Assoc.
Inc., volunteers from First
United Methodist Church;
volunteers from St. Jo-
seph's Catholic Church,
Oak Grove Assembly of
God Church and Gulf
County CDC/People Help-
ing People Inc.

The next gathering of our community's marvelous
volunteers will be Thursday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.
in the Gulf County Senior Citizens Center in Port
St. Joe. Everyone is asked to bring an electric
knife or very sharp knife. Please call Jerry Stokoe
at 899-9419 if you would like to help in cooking
and slicing a turkey (to be provided) for the
dinner. Volunteers are also needed to cook the
Merry Christmas, everyone, from the Christmas
for the Young and Elderly Committee.


Thursday, December 17, 2009

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Should clothes make the student?

Special to The Star

Regina Capps' fifth-grade writing class
has been working on persuasive writing.
Mrs. Capps thinks persuasive writing is
one of the easiest forms of writing to teach
because children have very strong opinions
and convictions about many things. The
trick is to give them a topic that is relative,
and one that generates feeling.
The following are just a few examples
of the great wisdom of the 10- and 11-year-
olds at Port St. Joe Elementary School. If
you ever want to know how a kid feels about
something, just aslk If they have especially
strong feelings about it, they don't even mind
using a pencil to express themselves.
The topic: Should the clothes you wear
make you look popular? .
Gabby Forehand wrote:
"Should the clothes you wear make you
look popular? You might say 'yes' but for my
answer it is the exact opposite. Here are the
reasons that I disagree.
"First of all, wearing a certain outfit that
other people call 'cool' just because you
don't want to get picked on isn't being your-
self. You, along with others alike, are per-
fectly fine the way you are. It doesn't matter
ifyou're a 'girly prep', a 'goth' or a 'computer
geek.' Maybe people label you as just some
weirdo' but it doesn't matter! You aren't just'
anything, you're 'someone in particular,' a
very good thing to be.
"Secondly, some kids even dress like
someone they're not but pretend to be it
in order to get friends. Pretending to be
someone you're not is like putting on a dis-,
guise, going somewhere new, and using a
false name. Hiding who you really are will
make you very unhappy in the future. For
example, say there's a girl who loves to
skateboard and do other boyish things. But,
when someone tells her something like, 'You
do know that everyone thinks you're a loser,
right?' and, of course, that hurts her. So, she
decides to quit skateboarding and she starts
wearing 'Hannah Montana' or 'Twilight'

Illustration by GABBY FOREHAND
outfits, so she can be popularr' See what I
mean? Just be yourself!
"This is why I don't think clothes should
make you look 'popular.' I hope I have
changed your mind if you're one of those
who said, 'yes.' The only thing that makes
you 'cool' or 'popular' in any way is how good
a person you are inside."
Chloe Michelle Burke added her two
"Should your clothes make you popu-
lar because I absolutely don't think they,
should? I think popularity should come from
a person's personality. Albert Einstein was
very popular for his scientific discoveries
(he wore a lab coat, and look at his hair).
"Being popular should come from your
personality. Clothes should be used to cover
yourself and keep you warm. Sure, you can
have some fun with clothes to look dressy or
casual. But wearing nice clothes should not
make you popular. What if there were a girl
that was really nice to everyone, shouldn't
she be popular even if she didn't wear the
nicest clothes?

"Many great people like Harriet Tubman
and Albert Einstein didn't wear the prettiest
clothes at times, yet they were very famous
for what they did. What if a girl walked into
your classroom and she was wearing a very
pretty dress, long hoop earrings and a stun-
ning flowered necklace. Would you immedi-
ately want to be her friend, or would you wait
and see what her personality was like?
"A very wise man once said, 'Don't judge
a book by the cover.' I believe that's a good
motto to live by. It means that you shouldn't
say that someone is a certain way just by
looking at them. You have to get to know a
person before you say how they are.
"A person should not become popular
because of their clothes. You need to get to
know a person before you say what they're
like. So, remember, don't judge a book by its
Ethan Sander weighed in:
"Should your clothes make you popular?
No! I think that if clothes make you popu-
lar, all you need to do is run to J.C. Penney.
Your personality should make you popular.
Sometimes, if you wear the popular clothes,
you might look ugly. Anyway, why would you
want to be popular?
"For starters, your clothes shouldn't
make you popular. They aren't you. Your
personality is. If you are nice, people will like
you. Clothes just make you look neat. These
times clothes make you popular, but I think
they shouldn't.
"Secondly, sometimes if you wear the
popular clothes, you look ugly. If a fat girl (no
offense) wears a shorts-skirt it won't look
good. If a fat boy wears skinny jeans those
don't look so good, either. So some people
just don't fit with popular clothes.
"Last, why would you want to be popular?
Being an ordinary person is much better
than being popular. If you are popular, you
are. never alone. There is always a crowd
around you. Wouldn't you like some peace
in life?
"Clothes should NOT make you popular.
Ordinary people are fine. If you are popular,

Illustration by Illustration by
it doesn't mean you are in charge. So don't
let people fool you into thinking that clothes
make you popular."
Finally, the essay of Dylan Whitehead:'
"Should your clothes make you popu-
lar? I don't think so. I think your personality
should make you popular. If you wear clothes
that you think make you popular, you're go-
ing to have a hard time making friends.
"First, you should not let your clothes
decide how you should be. How you want to
be is your decision. If you have clothes that
you think are cool you can wear them and
add your own style. If you need clothes to be
cool, you are desperate for friends. Be your
own person.
"Second, let your personality make you
look cool because people will like you for who
you are. And if they don't and they like you
for your clothes, then they are not your real
friend. They like your clothes instead of you.
Your personality is what they should like.
"Finally, the person you are is not your
clothes. It is you. Your personality should
choose who you are, not your clothes. If you
let your clothes choose, people are going
to run all over you. So, let your personality
"Should your clothes choose who you
are? I think not. Just be nice to others and
they will nice in return."

CI t li.lili School

Special to The Star
Faith Christian School
is sponsoring Project
Christmas Angel.
This faith-based charity
gives toys to children of in-
carcerated parents. Some
of these children live with
family members, and oth-
ers live in foster care, but
all of these children are in
dire straights through no
fault of their own.
There are 39 children
in Gulf County that Project
Christmas Angel (PCA)
will be delivering to this
year. They are of all ages,
from babies to teenagers.
With their moms or dads
(and sometimes both par-
ents) in prison, these kids

are the true victims. These
children are some of the
loneliest and at-risk chil-
dren in the county.
When PCA has the op-
portunity to visit them
in their homes and bring
a Christmas gift, they
often realize that their
imprisoned parents love
them and Christ does, too.
When you touch a child's
heart with the love of
Christ, you touch the heart
of the parent in prison as
Thank you for partici-
pating in Angel Tree again
this year you are such
a blessing. Items PCA can
use are books and Bibles,
creative play toys, dolls
and action figures, learn-
ing games and puzzles,
bath toys, jewelry, sports
equipment, art/craft sup-
plies, board/card games,
musical toys, personal
care items, cars/truck toys,

sleeping bags/blankets,
pajamas, hats/gloves, CDs
and DVDs (Christian-
Thank you so much for
your generosity, and merry
The Faith Christian
School's Christmas Pag-
eant is on Friday, Dec. 18, .
at 9 a.m. Be sure to come
out and watch as each
class tells a part of the
Christmas story and vari-
ous students share special
On Friday, Dec. 18, FCS
kindergarten students will
be dismissed at 11:30 a.m.
Elementary and middle
school students will be
dismissed at 11:45 a.m.
Classes resume on Tues-
day, Jan. 5, for all students.
On behalf of the Faith
Christian School board,
faculty, and staff, merry
Christmas and a blessed
New Year!


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The Christian CONSCIENCE Faith

Help for CSOs
CSOs are concerned sig-
nificant others the friends
and loved ones of those
struggling with addictions
and emotional disorders.

Little things, combined with
the stress of the Christmas
holiday, often lead to con-
Here are some hints to
make the season happier.
Don't be confrontational!

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a lth and Monument Ave. Port St. Joe 227-1417
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at Cape San Bias
Opens December 6th

You may feel like being con-
frontational, but it won't help.
Always use a quiet, gentle
tone of voice, even if you feel
like screaming.
All human actions are
an attempt to satisfy a pre-
ceived need. Frequently,
friends or family members
will quickly see that certain
actions will not satisfy the
person's need and will lead
to more problems for the
individual and those closest
to him or her.
Facts: Be brief in ex-
pressing concerns. Be
positive and hopeful, not
Refer to specific behav-
iors ("What I see happening
..." or "What I hear...")
Feelings: Share your
feelings. ("This is how I feel
when this happens.") The
person with the addiction
needs to know that the ad-
diction is hurting others. Or
you might say something
like, "I'm sorry, but I can't
let myself be a party to this."
Be quiet, gentle and humble,
but firm.
Future: Suggest a goal for
the future. ("What I would
like to see happen is ...")

Reward: It may be helpful
if some sort of reward not
necessarily material can
be offered if your loved one
ceases a particular destruc-
tive or addictive behavior for
a short length of time.
Here's an example: "If
you will do, or stop doing...,
I will promise to do, or not
do such and such." This is
a technique that might be
helpful in the short term. It
is unlikely to work in the long
term, because the problem
or addiction is probably too
much to overcome all at
Authority: The ultimate
authority is God. Often,
those not in total submis-
sion to God quote particular
Bible verses out of context
in an attempt to justify their
demand for submission to
themselves. No one has the
right to demand submis-
sion to themselves or any
other person of authority
unless the earthly authority
is demanding an action or
inaction in line with the Ten
Commandments and the
commandments of Jesus.
Christmas can be a hap-
py time for all if people would

We need to start each
day with prayer.
Thank Hin for the
freedom we share.
For those who put
their life on the line,
because each day they
could be 4ying.
Many have died in the
U.S.A., waiting to fight
for freedom in a land far
Lord, bless the
families of the ones left
It's only you that can
comfort their mind.
Thank you for our
homes and our families,
so much.
You have blessed
America with your

swallow their pride and
make Christ the centerpiece
of their Christmas.
Questions or comments?
Send an e-mail to the ad-
dress below.
At the Mexico Beach
Christian Worship Cente;
we teach godly authority, in
which the most important
submission is each person's
submission to God. 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
Sunday! Our services begin
with a time of greeting and
fellowship at 9:30 a.m. CT. TJ
leads us in worship, which
begins at 9:45 a.m. After the
service, we have holy com-
nmunion and invite prayer
requests. We meet at the
Mexico Beach Civic Center
on 105 N. 31st St., behind
Parker Realty and the
Beach Walk gift shop, just off
U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico
God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian
Worship Center

Godly touch.
Only you could love
people who have turned
their back on you.
Lord, many of us still
love you and thank you
for what you do.
You've blessed us,
Lord, much more than
We're worfh.
.May your light shine
for you over all the
Help the lost see this
light and be drawn away
from sin.
Lord, if it's in your
will, please bless Ameri-
ca again.
Billy Johnson
Billy Johnson

Worship with us at
LongAvenue Baptist Church
Where Faith, Family &Frienedhip are found
Bible Study Sunday: 9:15am
Worship: 10:30am and 5:00pm
,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

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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 lexio lead h filed leleodisI (irthk
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

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

?50) 227-1724
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Minister
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting

Sist anb View Saptist (burtb
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday Sclhool 9:45 a
Morning Worship 11:00
Evening Service 7:00) p

Disciplesdip Traminig
Wednesday Prayer

6:00 p
7:00 p

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

A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church


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323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 -

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508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
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SI Rev. Ruth Hemple
0 Worship Service 10:00 AM
( 6 U Sunday School 11:00 AM,
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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

311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, FL 32456
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 Him."
Please accept this invitation to join us in worship. God bless you!
Please cail us for your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

"Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nazarene.
2420 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596
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Sunday School...........1.... ...... 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m

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

Come worship with us!
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer

8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45
Child Care Provided for at 11:00

Give Thanks to God

first IBaptist Church
Jeff Pinder Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students


Michael Rogers Pastor
9:45 AM ............................................. Sunday School
10:30 AM .................................. Fellowship Breakfast
11:00AM ...................... ........................ W orship
6:00 P M ........................................................... W orship
801 20th Street Port St. Joe 229-6707
Home of Faith Christian School


Choir anniversary
New Bethel Baptist's
Youth and Young Adult
Choir will celebrate their
anniversary Sunday, Dec.
20, at 6 p.m. ET.
Everyone is invited to
come worship in songs and

Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed
for Oak Grove Assembly
of God Church for cooking,
crews for its daily meal for
the needy. Anyone interest-
ed in helping one or more
days per month is asked to
call Jackie at 227-3713.

Help for the holidays
The Minnie K. Weston
Women's Missionary Soci-
ety of New Bethel African
Methodist Episcopal, 146
Ave. C, Port St. Joe, is
again preparing shoe box
gifts. We use the. Christ-
mas tissue, red or green, .
to encase the shoe boxes
of plastic or original shoe
boxes filled with hand sani-
tizer, Q-tips, socks, soaps,
shower caps, lotion, tooth-
paste, toothbrushes, bath
mitts, etc. to be donated to
the sick and shut in both
in and outside the nursing
home. The recipients will
be persons suggested from
members of the mission-
ary society. At the top of
the box will be a bow.

-Christmas banquet
Kovenant Kids Ministry
cordiallyinvites the com-
munity to its Youth Christ-
mas Banquet on Dec. 19
from 5-9 p.m. ET.
Ticket prices are $10 for
adults and are available
from any youth member or
at the door. Kids ages 5-17
will get in free. Kids under
4 must be accompanied by
an adult.
Covenant Word Chris-
tian Center is at 158 12th
St. in Apalachicola.


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Obituaries and THANKS

Miss Minnetta Louise
Niblack, 88, died shortly af-
ter noon on Wednesday, Dec.
Graveside services were
conducted at 1 p.m. on Fri-
day, Dec. 11, at Oak Grove
Cemetery, with the Rev.
John Brodess officiating.
Born Nov. 28, 1921, in
Sumter County, Miss Niblack
was a daughter of the late
Clarence Elroy Niblack and

Angus Jay Peterson, Jr.,
born Oct. 10, 1925, passed
away peacefully Dec. 6,
2009, at the age of 84.
He is survived by his
wife of 62 years, Mary Lois
Amones Peterson; his son
Ronnie and wife, Karen;
his daughter Judy Carter;'
grandchildren Cory Peter-
son and wife, Tasha, Stacy
Sarvis and husband, Chris,
Lacy Carter, Travis Peter-

Anderson Family
The family of Hershel De-
Wayne "Wayne" Anderson
would like to express their gra
tude for the many acts of kind-
ness and love showered upon
them by friends, family and thi:
To my wonderful Cypress A
enue neighbors, your outpouri
of love truly touched my heart.
To my family at HealthChec
Inc., you have all blessed me
over the years and in so many
special ways these past days.'
* the many church families who
blessed us with food and their
loving support and prayers, ou
special thanks. Thanks to Brot
er David Nichols for his words
of comfort in a service that hel
such special meaning. Thanks
to all who came to our aid and
comfort and touched our heart
in so many ways.
Jo Anders
Rick and Debra Anders
John and Maria Ander:
David and Connie Ander:
Miranda and Bryce Jar

Thanks, from the
Webbs and Burkharts
We, Vic and Carole
Webb, along with Roger,
Josh and Caitlin Burkhart,
would like
to thank

BURKHART weeks of
our daugh-eir

ter's (Gina's) life. All the
prayers, cards and phone
calls were greatly appreci-
On Dec.7,Erikand
Carol (Dow) Spilde held a
benefit for Gina's family at
the Fish House Restaurant.
Carol and Erik worked for
weeks planning the event,

ing meal tickets. All of their
employees donated their
time to make it a great suc-
cess. Approximately $14,000
was raised with the meal
and silent auction held at
the restaurant along with.
cash donations. The money
raised is greatly appreci-
ated by the Burkhart family
and will make an awesome
difference inckets. All of theirs at
this time. Erik and Carol
are the most giving and
unselfish people we have
ever met.
We would like to extend
our heartfelt thanks to the
artists, businesses and
individuals that donated
items for the silent auction. held at

and the people here are ab-
casolutely wonderful. The are

We still need your
prayers, as Roger and thec
children are trying to find
their way without Gina. We
all miss her very much.e
With the love of oura
families, friends and our
faith in God, we will get
through this very difficult
time. Again, thank you
from the bottom of our
Vio and Carole Webba
Roger, Josh and Caitlin Burkhart
Roger, Josh and (aitlin Burkhart

Minnetta Louise Niblack
Minnetta Lee Bruce Niblack.
She received a Bachelor
of Science in education from
Georgia College in Milled-
geville and was a school-
teacher and librarian in Port
St. Joe until her retirement.
Survivors include a sister,
Sarah E Niblack of S. Pasa-
dena, Fla.; a niece, Sarah
Jean Crenshaw Owens of
Pembroke; nephews Ray
H. Crenshaw of Byron and

Angus Jay Peterson, Jr.
son, Buddy Everhart and
wife, Jenny, and Rodney
Mathis; and great-grand-
children Austen Sarvis,
Brooke Peterson, Jayden.
Peterson, Caitlyn Sarvis,.
KayLeigh and Bryce Ever-
hart and Cole Mathis.
He is also survived by
his brothers Clynton Peter-
son and family and Roy L.
Peterson, Sr., and family;
his sister Wavine Fillmon

Hershel DeWayne
"Wayne" Anderson passed
away Dec. 5, 2009, in Pan-
ama City.
He was born Dec. 7,
1948, in Port St. Joe to the
late H.L. "Andy" Anderson
and Nadine Davis Ander-
He was a U.S. Army
veteran and a licensed
building contractor and
worked in contractor sales
for the past 40 years in
Northwest Florida. He was
a member of the Home
Builders Association in
this area and was current-
ly employed by Taunton
Truss. He was an avid fish-
erman and has been in--
volved with bill-fishing and
sport fishing all his life.-
Wayne is survived
by his wife, Cynthia Jo
Anderson; daughter and
son-in-law, Miranda and
Bryce Jarvis of Destin;
brothers, Richard An-
derson and wife, Debra,

Philip Earl Crenshaw of
Prescott, Ariz.; and a long-
time, very devoted friend,
Miriam Dismuke of Port St.
She was preceded in
death by a sister, Mildred N.
Crenshaw, and a brother, C.
E. Niblack Jr.
Hancock Funeral Home,
427 S. Lee St., Americus, Ga.,
was in charge of arrange-

and family; his sister-in-law
Eddie Mae.Faulk and fam-
ily; and a large extended'
In keeping with his wish-
es, a private family service
was held Tuesday, Dec. 8.
Interment followed in
Holly Hill Cemetery in Port
St. Joe.
All services were under
the direction of the Com-
forter Funeral Home.

of Port St. Joe, John D.
Anderson and wife, Maria,.
of Albany, Ga., and David
G. Anderson and wife,
Connie, of Churchpoint,
La.; his stepchildren, Phil
Gentry and Lori Wallace;
nieces and nephews; and
his grandsons, Noah and
Garrett Jarvis.
A graveside service
was held 2 p.m. EST
Thursday, Dec. 10, in Holly
Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers
were Phil Gentry, Michael
Clayton, Carlton Rich,
Steve Owens; Bryce Jar-
vis and Billy Baker.
The family received
friends Wednesday, Dec. 9,
from 5-7 p.m. CT at South-
eriand Family Funeral
Home in Panama City.
Condolences may be
submitted or viewed at
Southerland Family Funeral Home
100 E. 19th St.
Panama Gty, FL 32405

H. B. Henderson, 70,
passed away suddenly on
Dec. 11, 2009, in Quincy,
Fla., on his way to Reno,
Ga., to get a load of
greens, which is some-
thing he loved doing. He.
was known for his fresh
H. B. was the son of
the late Mr. and Mrs. L.
Z. Henderson and was
born in Seminole County,
Ga. on Oct. 31, 1939. His
family moved to Port St.
Joe in 1939, and he gradu-
ated from Port St. Joe
High School in 1957. H.
B. owned and operated
Henderson's Produce and
Trucking Co. for 40 years.
He was an active member
of the First Baptist Church
of Port St. Joe.
H. B. is survived by
his wife of 40 years, Ruth
Henderson; one sister,
Mary Ellen Brooks of
Port St. Joe; his children,
Debbie Boatright and
husband;Mike, of Wewahi-
tchka, Vanessa Dykes and
husband, Doug, Wayne

Ada Julia Wilhite, 92,
passed away Saturday
morning, Dec. 12, 2009, at
Beacon Villa Retirement
Center in Pqrt St. Joe.
Ms. Wilhite was retired
from the federal govern-
ment in Washington, D.C.
and from Sears in Princ-
eton, W.Va. (her.former
She was preceded in
death by her father and
mother, Billy T. Mills and
Georgia A. Mills; also by
several brothers, Willie,
Walter, George, Paul,
James, Robert, Robie and
Fitzhugh; and one sister,
Eva J. Wingo.
She is survived by
one daughter, Emmo'
Jo O'Barr and husband,
Carl, of Port St. Joe; two
grandsons, David E.
O'Barr of Port St. Joe

Henderson and wife,
Marla, and Stacey Mc-
Call Tullis and husband,
Harold, all of Port St. Joe,
and Gary Timms and wife,
Anna, of Cedar Town, Ga.;
his grandchildren, Joe
Boatright, Micheal Bryant,
Ben Henderson, Justin
Henderson, Joshua Hen-
derson, Victoria McCall,
Cassie Tullis, Jennifer
Timms and Gary Timms
Jr.; six great-grandchil-
dren; and one niece, Sonja
Levins, of Port St. Joe.
Funeral services were
.held at the First Baptist
Church on Tuesday, Dec.
15, at 2 p.m. ET, with the
Rev. Howard Browning
and the Rev. Jeff Pinder
officiating. Interment
followed in Holly Hill
Cemetery. The grandsons
served as pallbearers,
and H. B.'s Sunday School
class of First Baptist
Church served as honor-
ary pallbearers.;
All services were under
the direction of the Com-
forter Funmeral Home.

and Steven R. O'Barr and
wife, Saprina, of Panama
City. She had several
grandchildren, including
the "love of her life," Luke
At her request, she will
be returned to West Vir-
ginia for burial. A memo-
rial service will be held at
Beacon Villa Retirement
Center on Friday, Dec. 18,
at 2 p.m. EST. All friends
are invited to attend.
All local arrangements
are under the direction of
Comforter Funeral Home,
601 Long Ave., Port St.
Joe, FL; 850-227-1818.
Those who wish may
make donations in her
memory to the Highland
View Baptist Church
Building Fund, 310 Ling
St., Port Saint Joe, FL

H. B. Henderson

Maudie D. Watson
Maudie D. Watson,
93, of White City, passed
away Wednesday, Dec.
9, 2009, at her home.
She was born Sept.
14, 1916, in Graceville.
She was preceded in
death by her parents,
George W and Dove
Ann Gainnie; her hus-
band of 62 years, Alto
W Watson; two broth-
ers, George and Elmer
Gainnie; three sisters,
Hattie Pierce, Nellie
Wynn and Nina Under-
wood; one grandson,
Duane Watson; and one
granddaughter, Lucre-
tia Ann Watson.
She is survived by
three children, Willard
J. Watson and wife,
Carolyn, of Wewahi-
tchka, Betty J. Carpen-
ter of White City, and
Johnny D. Watson and
wife, Shirley, of Altha;
two sisters, Gladys
Rogers of Greensboro
and Roxie Brogdon
of Panama City; one.
brother, Roman Gain-
nie of Panama City;
10 grandchildren; 22
great-grandchildren; 22
dren; and numerous
nieces and nephews.
Funeral services
were held 11 a.m. EST
Saturday, Dec. 12, at
White City Holiness
Church in White City,
with the Rev. Joe Glass
officiating. Pallbear-
ers were Randy Neel,
David Watson, Timdthy
Watson, Michael Wat-
son, Michael Algueseva
and Bill Lindsey.
Interment followed
in Holly Hill Cemetery
in Port St. Joe. The
family received friends
from 6-8 p.m. EST
Friday, Dec. 11, at the
Condolences may be
submitted or viewed at

Hershel DeWayne 'Wayne' Anderson

Ada Julia Wilhite


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
3.90 Charter Schools
4.21 Instructional Materials Selection
5,.30 Student Control
6.15 Assisting Teachers to Become Highly
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.
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
Cart, Assistant Superintendent for Business
Services and approved for consideration by Tim
Wilder, Superintendent.
Amendments: See above.



S Gulf County Tax Year 2 0 0 9

Members of the Board

Honorable Warren J. Yeager, Jr. Board of County Commissioners, District No. 5
Honorable Billy E. Traylor Board of County Commissioners, District No. 2

Honorable John Wright School Board, District No. 5
Citizen Member Danny Clayton Business owner within the school district
Citizen Member Patricia Hardman Homestead property owner

The Value Adjustment Board (VAB) meets each year to hear petitions and make decisions relating
to property tax assessments, exemptions, classifications, and tax deferrals.

_Summary of Year's Actions
Number of Parcels Reduction in Shift in
Type of Property Exemptions Assessments* Both County Taxale Value Taxes
GrantedRequested Reduced Requested W Due to Board Dueto Board
Granted Requeste Reduced Requested or settled Actions Actions
Residential 0 0 ,1 3 1 $ 0$ 0
Commercial 0 0 0 4 3 $ 0 $ 0
miscel neous 0 .0 0 0 0 $ 0 $ 0

Agriculturalor 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0$ 0
classified use
High water recharge 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0 $ 0
Historic commercial 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0$ 0
or nonprofit
Business machinery 0 0 0 0 0 $ 0$ 0
and equipment _I
Vacant lotsand
Vacantlotsand 0 0 2 2 0 $ 0 $ 0

TOTALS 0 0 3 9 4. $ 0$ 0
All values should be county taxable values. School and other taxing authority values may differ.
'Include transfer of assessment difference (portability) requests.

If you have a question about these actions, contact the chair or the Clerk of the Value Adjustment Board.
Chair's name Warren J. Yeager, Jr. Phone 850-229-6112 X 1103
Clerk's name Rebecca L. Norris Phone 850-229-6112 X 1103

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SUED OUT OF THE CIR- line of Palm Street; thence Charles W. Hood ried; JOHN DOE and PETUAL EASEMENT,- LI- 2120 Pet Supplies applications for the
CUlT COURT, IN AND run along said right of way Owner, JANE DOE is/are Defend- CENSE AND RIGHT OF NOTWITHSTANDING THE 2130 -Farm Animals/ applications for the
FOR GULF COUNTY North 47 degrees 58 min- ants, I will sell to the high- USE OF THE FIRST. HAB- TIME PERIODS SET suppliespot
FLORIDA, ON THE 5TH utes 14 seconds West CIVIL DIVISION est and best bidder for ITABLE STORY OF THE FORTH -ABOVE, ANY 2140-Pets/Livestock Corporate
DAY OF NOVEMBER, 244.25 feet to a concrete CASE NO.: 08-222CA cash, at in the City of Port STRUCTURE LOCATED CLAIM FILED TWO (2) Wanted Services
2009, BEING CASE NO. monument for the Point of SaintJoe, Florida at 11:00 ON THE ABOVE DE- YEARS OR MORE AFTER 2150PeMemoralpecialist
08-590 CA, in the matter of Beginning thence from NOTICE OF FORFEITURE o'clock A.M., on the 22nd SCRIBED REAL PROP- THE DECEDENT'S DATE Kitchen & Bathroom cabi- Applicatins w ac-
Bay Investments, Inc., as said Point of Beginning PROCEE day of January, 2010, the ERTY, BEING A SINGLE OF DEATH IS BARRED. nets, selling for half price p atoslb c
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Ferrell, Plaintiff, against 53 minutes 41 seconds TITIES HAVING OR Summary Final Judgment APPROXIMATELY 850 tion of this Notice is De- 23ne Plaza, 625 Highway
John Arnold Land Devel- West 60.00 feet to a con- CLAIMING TO HAVE ANY of Foreclosure Including SQUARE FEET (WITH AD- camber 17,2009. 231, Panaompanion dogs, adult ida until Friday, Decm-
opment & Heavy Equiph create monument; thence RIGHT TITLE OR INTER- Award of Attorneys' Fees DITIONAL PORCH). Personal Representative: AKC rottweilers protect ber 18, 2009. This open-
ment company, Inc., Earth leaving said right of way EST IN THE ABOVE DE- and Costs, to-wit: Personal Representative: AKC rottweiler, app t only, call 2009. This our
Movers MW, LLC, James line run, North 42 degrees SCRIBE PROPERTY which DATED this 1st day of De-6308LINDALORENA SLATE 827-2701/andserveapptonly, 3340 Wewaitng is Office.n our
Watford and Faye G. 00 minutes 00 seconds was seizedApril 23,2008 UNITSIX(6), RONADO cember,2009, Panama City, FL32404 Job specificationsfor
Massoletti, I, JOSEPH NU- East 159.90 feet to a con- in Gulf County, Florida, by GULFVIEW APARTMENTS for Personal Rep Pool table AMF Playmas-this position are as fol-
GENT, AS SHERIFF OF create monument; thence the Gulf County Sheriff's AS MORE PARTICULARLY REBECCA L. NORRIS Attoey for Personal p-terTournament. AM 9 foot lowsRequire Bachelorsl-
GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, South 48 degrees 03 min- Office who presently has DESCRIBED IN THAT Clerkharles Costin pocket style, excellent Degree or Equivalent in
have levied upon and utes 33 seconds East custody of it. YOU ARE MASTER WARRANTY By: Jasmine Hysmith Charles A. Costin condion. $1500 OBO call Bent Degree or Equivalent initra-
taken into my constructive 60.10 feet to a concrete NOTIFIED that an action DEED RECORDED AT OF- Deputy Clerk Post Officeda Bar No. 6990708 850-625-6359 tion, Accounting or simi-
custody, the ght, title and monument; thence South for forfeiture has been filed FICIAL RECORD BOOK Post Office Box 98 850-625-6359 tion, Accounting or simi-
interest of the defendants, 42degrees 02 minutes 07 against the above de- 107, PAGE 584, PUBLIC ANY PERSON CLAIMING S oe 0 71159 7 previous work experi-
John Arnold Land Devel- seconds West 160.07 feet sid property and you RECORDS OF GULF AN INTEREST IN THE Telephone: (850) 227-1159 e iu re
opment & Heavy Equip- to the Point of e scribed propertyoandyou ecember7,24,2009 e nc i mngre-
ment Company, Inc., Earth Point of Beginning are required to serve a COUNTY, FLORIDA; SUB- SURPLUS FROM THE December 17,'24,2009 e nce in human re-
ment Company, Inc., Earthcopy of your written de- JECT TO ALL CONDI- SALE, IF ANY, OTHER -t- administration
Movers MW, LLC, James at public sale, t the high- fenses, if any, to it on Alton TIONS, RESTRICTIONS, THAN THE PROPERTY 5072S f, el with experience in-
Watford and Faye G. est and best bidder for Paulk, attorney for peti- OBLIGATIONS, RIGHTS, OWNER AS OF THE DATE GULF COUNTY SENIOR M W.AW,,,s planning, budg-
Massoletti, in the real cash, at the front door of tioner, whose address is AND COVENANTS RE- OF THE LIS PENDENS CITIZEN ASSOCIATION 3100- Antiques ei,-,l and directing pro-
property located in Gulf the Gulf County Court- PO. Box 1717, Lynn FERRED TO IN THAT MUST FILE A CLAIM 3110- Appliances ,-Lrn-', requiring fre-
County, Florida, described house, in Port St. Joe, Gulf Haven, Florida 32444 on or MASTER WARRANTY WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER BID PROPOSAL 3120- Arts & Crafts queni people contacts.
as: County, Florida, at 11:00 Before January 10, 2010, EED; AND BEING MORE THESALE. 3130- Auctionsmeepecna
am EST on January 14th, and file the original with PARTICULARLY DE- Gulf County Senior Citi- 3140 Baby Items e I L YMENT Prefer experience in an
LOT NUMBER 19, BLOCK 2010. Any person other ithe Clerk of this court el- SCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: SEAN M. MOLONEY ES- zens Association located 3150 Busiding Supplies 00 Help Wantdlectric distribution sys-
NUMBER 1, DOUGLAS than the property owner as their before service on at- QUIRE at 120 Ubrary Drive in Port Equipment 4130 Employment utility or industry Prefer
LANDING UNIT 1, AS of the date of the lis pend- torney for petiioner or im- AN UNDIVIDED ONE-HALF ADORNO & YOSS LLP Saint Joe Florida Is receiv- 3170 Collectibles Inlormaton working knowledge of
SHOWN BY THE PLAT ens claiming an interest in mediately thereafter; other- INTEREST 'IN CERTAIN PO. Box 143107 ing bids for repairs to the 3180 Computers RUS accounting stand-
THEREOF RECORDED IN any surplus funds from the wise a default will be en- REAL, PROPERTY IN Miami, Florida 33134 roof of the Senior Center. 3190 Electronics yards. Require knowl-
THE OFFICIAL RECORDS sale, must file a claim for tered against you for the FRACTIONAL SECTION 5, (305)460-1100 The repairs involve install- 3200 Firewood a cui n
OFGULFCOUNTY, FLOR- said funds with the clerk of relief demanded in the T7S, RIIW, DESCRIBED December 10, 17, 2009 ing 30 square feet of 3210 Free Paniture On 0 economics. Require the
IDA IN PLAT BOOK 2, AT court within 60 days from complaint. AS FOLLOWS: BEGINN- non-powered ventilation, 3230 Garage/Yard Sales ability 'to satisfactorily
PAGE 25, the date of the sale. ING AT THE WEST COR- 5086S either ridge vent or 3240 Guns a Sittr' pass Guf Coast Elec-
PANDONTE2 5TH DAY OF DT tiREBECCA NORRIS NER OF BLOCK 16, VON'S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT off-ridge, vent. Replace all 3250 Good Things to Eat Baby Sitter's pass. Gulf Coast Elec-
AND ON THE 5TH DAY OF DATED this 19th day of Clerk of the Court ADDITION TO BEACON FOR GULF COUNTY, screws in roof with ZAC 3260 Health & Fitness Needed for family on vaca- tric Cooperative's drug
JANUARY, 2010, AT 11:00 November, 2008 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd HILL, SAID POINT BEING FLORIDA Galvalume #12. License 3270 -Jewelry/Clothin tion, for the summer. Must screen & employment
A.M. E.S.T., or as soon N0T0PROATE IVISON cntrats.aei3280 Machinery/ entrance examination;
thereafter as soon circum- F COURT Port St. Joe, Florida32456 ON THE NE PROBATEDIVISION contracts are invited to Equipment be 18 or over. to obtain & maintain a
stances per mieafter as circus CLERK OF COURT By:Jasmine Hysmith RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF look at the proposed proj- 3290 Medical Equipment 904-206-1200 valid Florida driver's li-
stances permit at the front By: Jasmine Hysmith As Deputy Clerk STATE HIGHWAY 30, IN RE: ESTATE.OF ect and may submit bids 3300 Miscellaneous cense. Require the abil-
steps of the Gulf County Deputy Clerk December 10, 17, 2009 ALSO KNOWN AS U.S. 98; ALICE LORETTA GARNER to Larry Broome at the 3310 Musical Instruments ity to deal effectively
Courthouse, I will offer the December 10, 17, 2009 THENCE RUN SOUTH- Deceased. Senior Citizen Center at 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ with others in both fa-
defendant's right, title and WESTERLY PERPENDIC- 120 Library Drive. 3330 Suppliesurant/Hoel with others in both unfavorable
interest in the above de- 5065S ULAR TO SAID FILE NO.09-78PR 3330 RestaurantHotelvorable & unfavorable
scribed real property for POTENTIALLY INELIGI- N THE CIRCUIT COURT RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE A All bids must be turned in 3350 Tickets (Buy & Sell) EducationTraining status or position; to
sale at public outcry and POTENTIALLY INELIGiRED OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL DISTANCE OF 100 FEET NOTICE OF by January 8, 2010 and gain the respect & corifi-
sell the same, subject to BLEREGISTERED CIRCUIT IN AND FOR TO THE SW ADMINISTRATION must be good for 60 days. d e of others. Re-
ALL prior liens, if any to VOTER'S NOTICE GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE OF December 10, 17, 2009 dlncf BS ie of others.y to ide-
the HIGHEST AND BEST f County Su GENERAL JURISDICTION STATEROAD30;THENCE The administration of the _n__ ,aycoll tfy, incorporate & com-
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screened porch. $550 mo able now Call for an appt. Prt St. Joe ha bath, excellent cottage 850-639-2690 or 832-9702 large yadch, 3 br,Call 2 be,
6 mo lease 850-728-1126 850-562-4996. in downtown Port St. Joe. large yard, 508309342all Gene at
Country Club 3 br, 2 ba, house for rent Newly painted, brand new 850-830-9342.
229 6200 Townhome for rent, lo- in Apalachicola. Cntrl air, central AC/Heating sys-
01 08 A cated right across from the firepice, W/D, D/W, sun tern, front and large back Mexico Beach-2 br, 2 ba
9th green of Port St. Joe deck, shady fncd in yard, yard, located in quietPalm Blvd. Home front & back porch. 412
810 400610 618o--| | ----i0* Long Ave. Home Country Club. Two story, work shed, ample parking neighborhood. Walking Palm lvd. Home 7th St. $650 mo Call
'for Rent fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5 $800 mo, $600 sec dep. distance to downtown, for Rent 850-648-4377
Spacious & private home, be, T.H. with screened in Call Brenda 227-5380. minutes from schools, all Quiet street, private home
3 br, 2 be, Large fenced In back porch that overlooks area attractions, and the w/ 4 br, 2 be, 2,000 + sq. St. Joe Beach, Florida
yard, front porch, hard- the golf course. The T.H. is new hospital site. $900 per ft. of living space, large Coastal Cottage, 3br, 2 full
wood floors, 3 blocks to minutes from downtown, month with $900 security front family room, second baths, New carpet, 11/2
area shopping, downtown, close to new hospital site 3 br, 2 ba, St. Joe Beach, deposit. Call Gulf Coast expansive family room, blocks from beach, great
A new hospital site & St. & the community college, 1 blk from Beach. 8 years Property Services at 850- large bright washroom, screened porch, RV/Boat
Joseph's Bay. Monthly as well as other local area new, hdwd floor in living 229-2706 for details, fenced In backyard, front Storage, 15 mins to Tyn-
rental available at $750, attractions. Monthly rental area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge, porch & large shade trees, dall. Schools Rated A,
MIMI.STORAG -ANDO FFIC COMPlIX per month w/ $75d $800 with $800 security/ W/D,$800mo+ utilities. close to area schools, long term lease, handsome
MINI-STORAGE ANDOFFICE COMPLEsecurity/damage dep.Call damage deposit. Call Gulf Long term rental. Avail im- downtown Port St. Joe and pets okay. Call 227-3453.
SClimate" .Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space Gulf Coast Property Ser- Coast Property Services at mediately. 'Will consider St. Joseph's Bay. Monthly
*vices at (850)229-2706 for 850-229-2706 for more info lease purchase. Call JD, rental available at $900 per
Lease Office Space Watercraft and RV Storage more information & a tour & tour of the Townhome. (678) 358-5239 For Lease, 3 br; 2 be, month, with $900
of this great house rental. Town House, unfurn., & 2 security/damage deposit.
P8 -- -2 -8 1 4 br, 2 ba Duplex furnished. Call Gulf Coast Property | 6170
850-229-480 14^^ ^y",^ 1aI 4.:Ih Gulf View/Beach. Leave Services at (850)229-2706
lII I111 PII4_ I I Imessage Military Dis. for more information & a
*www.AMERICAMINISTORAGEANDOFFICE.com6 1s eI229-886-1872 tour of this well kept home.
'2 br,-1 ba
Port St. Joe Commercial 1-1 r Owner pays portion of
Port St. Joe Commercial PINE RIDGE Hla.
P... I' Itwater, $450 mo, + $450
Fo r' LeaseG *dep..Hiland View. Call
Retail OLease An .m Southem Coastal Management 850-227-4051
317 Williams Avenue Space_ R TM EN T LONG TERM RENTALS
+/-1 800sf -tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross 2 br, 2 ba, Clean, in Port
325Reid Avenue-N-BrfoCi t rv bincluie Ilstt St. Joe, $450 month + de-
+1-4500sf3 shell space;comer location;$2500/mo gross 125 Venus Drive *~" sf*otttge.bainudewtirsewer,trlshl 1,200 posit. Call 850-442-3334 or
309 ReidAvenue (off Garrison Ave) N-BrefootCoU age-2br/23hbinludeswater, trosh....1a,000 850-545-5814
+/-6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod. gross
200-B Reid Avenue / Port St. Joe, FL 32456 MexicoBech-3brba, dosetothebenacO ........... ........150 Camper & lot, $400 mo,
+/-2100lsffinished retail space; $1750 mod. gross ..
312ReidAvenue) 7 7 1 and Camper Lot in High-
+/-1116sf- Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two (850) 227 -7451 land view $170 mo
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN 850-227-1260
309 Williams Avenue TTY Acs 711. .850.229.1350 1. 866.628.1334
+/-3000sf-office/school space; Large yard; $2850/mo mod. gross 1 W.S0ut1hem8Coastal.CO
210 Reid Avenue 1, 2 & 3 bedrooms g ein-
+/-2250sf-refurbished retail space; $2000/mo mod. gross
319 Reid Avenue Family apartment community
+/-1394- finished retail space; move in ready. $1250/mo plus utilities in me deliIn Wew
322 Long Avenue income guieines apply \ ,A t 4br 2 ba DW $650 mo +
+/-1000sf-move-in ready; $900/mo gross Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer Security Deposit. Please
411 Reld Avenue I S.z Scall 850-639-5721
+/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross I1 accordance with Federal law, this institution is prohibited from discriminating Janalmn Dowden
309 Williams Avenue on the basis or race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. 108 S. E. Ave. A
+/-3000sf-former day school with outdoor play area; (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) F 3 2.. -.
recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo mod. gross progCarrabelle, Florida 32322.
Warehouse / Flex Space
110 Trade Circle West C2o
750sf-22,5OOsf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf NNN (incl. C laSSlfled can 2 BR 2 B Furnished,Doublewide In WeWa
water/sewer) Fenced yard on 2 lots, redecorated ... $600.00 RV for rent, great for one
160 Cessna Drive I 3BR 2 B Doublewide person $350 mo includes
+/-5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent to Costi Airport; $7 psf plus utilities If y u're ready to m ove up or Fenced, large lot................................ $800.00 everything call 639-5721
and applicable sales tax; Inquire for possible incentives/concessions. 3 BR 1 B uplex
7 Hwy98, Suite A. are just out C classified UfuRished,Fenced Back Yard ....... $650.00
+/-900sf office flex space, Includes 450sf overhead storage. $500/mo are JUSt tarting out C lassifi d 2 BR 1 B Duplex.,
mod. gross Remodeled, Fenced Back Yard ......... $660.00 /
402 Avenue For Sale can help you open the door BRBEndUnitApt $525.00
402 Reid Avenue Front & Back Porch .......................... $525.00
+/-2400sf office space; newer construction on downtown to hom e ow nership. W 3'BR 3 B Condo n
corner lot; $239,900 lo hor e ow nership. VW V v Unfurnished Pool........................... $750.00
320 Marina Drive pr 3 BR 3 B Condo
Comer lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility; got properties at every ri Fce, urnished-Pool.................................$500.00 wk
.14 acres.p 2BR End Unit Apt
407 Reid Ave Furnished Carport .................... $525.00
+/-4988sf; Multi tenant bldg 100% leased; Parking Inci; $549,000 W ith locations all over tow n! 1 BR Interior Apt
317 Monument Ave Furnished Redecorated .............. $500.00
+/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Parking Included; A 2 BR 1 BA pt
$569,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms. A nd if you re planning to sell, UnfurnishedApt................................$500.00
401 Reid Avenue 3 BR 1 B Furnished Apt (3 Day Min) 00
+/- 5400sf-perfect retail space; $475,000 Also available for lease. Please C lassified can introduce you 2 B a e..... o...r ...$650.00 wk
Market E i b *- 1Beautiful View.............................. $900.00
Marketed Exclusively by: to the m market's best Beach front houses with winter rates. Howards Creek, 3 bd 2
85 -99-373 ,, 111 Short & Long term rentals, be, on 2ac, modular home
850-229-6373 prospects.P SN02ac, moduar
Sprospects. PLEASE CALL JOANN 850-697-9604 on stits, enclosed. $110K
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At their annual Christmas party at Sunset Coastal Grill, members of.the Port St. Joe Lions Club donated more
than 50 toys and two boxes of food items to the Christmas for the Young and Elderly program. Pictured,
sitting, from left,'are Sunset Coastal Grill Owner Patti Blaylock, Lions Club President David McGhee and
People Helping People Director Jerry Stokoe. Standing, from left; are Gulf County Community Development
Corporation Executive Director Quen Lamb and PHP employee Charles Givens..

Lions give Christmas cheer

By Despina Williams
Star Staff Writer
They might call themselves lions, but members of
Port St. Joe's leading fraternal organization have a softer
During last week's annual Lions Club Christmas party
at Sunset Coastal Grill, members encircled the Christ-
mas tree with piles of gifts for needy county residents.
Donating to the Christmas for the Young and Elderly
program has been part of the Lions Club's annual ritual,

but this year, members really stepped up.
"We told them how important it was this year with the
economy," said Lions Club President David McGhee, who
cited nearly "100 percent" participation in the gift-giving.
The gifts, along with two large boxes of donated food,
will be distributed to underprivileged tots and seniors
throughout the county.
The Christmas for the Young and Elderly program is
sponsored by the Gulf County Community Development
Corporation, People Helping People and Gulf County Se-
nior Citizens Center.

Funding for Sacred Heart equipment clears U.S. House

WASHINGTON, D.C. Congressman
Allen Boyd (D-North Florida), a mem-
ber of the House Appropriations Com-
mittee, last week secured $200,000 in
federal funding for the Gulf County
Department of Health to purchase a
digital mammography machine for
Sacred Heart Hospital. The federal
funds,for this project were included
in the Consolidated Appropriations
Act for Fiscal Year 2010 that passed
in the U.S. House of Representatives

today with Congressman Boyd's sup-
"These funds will help Sacred
Heart Hospital improve the pre-
emptive health care services they
provide the people of Gulf County,"
said Boyd. "Ensuring reliable and
quality health care in our rural
communities is a top priority of
mine, and I am extremely pleased
this federal investment will bolster
the mammogram services at the

Digital mammography is an
emerging technology that greatly
assists radiologists in interpreting
mammograms. Additionally, these
electronic mammograms reduce ra-
diation and improve image storage
and transmission.
The bill now awaits consideration
by the U.S. Senate before it is sent to
the president for his signature by the
end of the year.

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Pursuant to Sections 163.346 and 166.041(3)(a),
Florida Statutes, the City Commission of the
City of Port St Joe, Florida, as the governing
body of the City, does hereby give public notice
of its intention to adopt a resolution in accor-
dance with Section 163.361, Florida Statutes,
titled as follows: A RESOLUTION OF THE
EFFECTIVE DATE. The expansion areas are
located in that part of the City containing ap-
proximately (399) acres and more particularly
described as follows:

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The proposed Resolution will be first read at a
public meeting to be held on Jan 5, 2010, be-
ginning at 6:00 pm and The City will consider
the Resolution for adoption at a public meeting
to be held on Jan 19, 2010 beginning at 6:00
pm or as soon thereafter as possible, at City
Hall in Port St Joe, Florida. Interested parties
may appear at- the meeting and be heard with
respect to the proposed Resolution. To obtain
a copy of or to inspect the Resolution contact:
The City of Port St Joe at 850.229.8261 or visit
at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blvd, Port St Joe, FL


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