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Place of Publication: Port St. Joe, Fla
Publication Date: December 31, 2009
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Thursday, DECEMBER 31,2009 For breaking news, visit 50(


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Trying to gauge the pulse of any year by looking through
the rearview mirror is always subjective.
And in these difficult economic times, one person's blah,
say a job, might be another's bling.
2009 was a roller coaster that too often seemed headed
in a contrary direction, but as the year closes there is rea-
son for optimism, shards of light through the gloomy clouds
that seemed to, figuratively and literally, surround us.

The economy continued to
skid in 2009, and continued
a streak of three-straight-
years atop this list.
Start with an unemployment rate
that is over 10 percent, or more than
three points higher than a year ago,
and six points higher than the dawn
of the decade.
And the unemployment rate as-
sesses only those still looking for a
job while seeking state or federal
The numbers were dealt a sig-
nificant blow when Arizona Chemical
shut down its Port St. Joe plant this
That closed the final pages on an
industrial era in the county since
the 1930's the paper mill, Arizona
Chemical or both have dominated
the landscape in Port St. Joe.
By the end of the year, the Arizona
Chemical plant, the closure of which
impacted nearly 80 employees, was"
but a shell near total demolition, just
as the paper mill six years ago.
Jobs were also shed at a host of
local businesses, from the phone
company to the county's largest engi-
neering firm to small businesses that
simply could not keep the doors open
any longer.
Property values plummeted by a
record 24-25 percent. Foreclosures
remained at high levels though there

In the following paragraphs, our staff takes a
assessing and.recapping the highs and lows for the county
over the past year.
Our list may differ significantly from yours; that will al-
ways be the beauty of the freedoms that we all enjoy and
too often are apathetic about.
But in relative order of the importance we perceived,'
here is one list of the top news stories of 2009 with
a fueling, gathered through strictly anecdotal observation
and listening, that many among us could not see 2010
soon enough.

was some evidence of a slow turn to-
ward the positive in the real estate
As the state attempted to bal-

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Joy of a giving spirit: Local civic groups provide assistance to families

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The giving spirit of Christ-
mas was on full display last
week as two local civic clubs
provided much-needed assis-
tance to local families.
The Kiwanis Club gathered
at the Piggly Wiggly to fill with
food and distribute Christmas
boxes for 13 local households.
Two were families of six, sev-
eral were families of four and
one was a family of more than
three people.
The Kiwanians gathered


their groceries, parceled them
out by box and then drove them
for front-door delivery.
"Our fund-raisers like the
Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast
and our golf tournament, those
are what allow us to do this,"
said club member Johanna
White. "There is such need. We
are just trying to help as many
people as we can."
Meanwhile, as part of a re-
gional project by Lions Clubs
International, the local chap-
ter gathered over the weekend
before Christmas to distribute
food baskets around the com-

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munity, part of an effort to
donate at least 250 baskets to
needy families in North Flori-
"Money raised on several
local projects, including golf
tournaments, raffles, yard
sales and selling Lion Brooms
will allow Lions to meet press-
ing needs in our community,
including food baskets, eye
examinations, eyeglasses and
cataract surgery," said Dewey
Blaylock, president of the Port
St. Joe chapter, adding his
thanks to all those who contrib-
uted to this important work.

Port St. Joe Kiwanis Club members fill boxes with food to help provide a
merrier Christmas for needy families.


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under way

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
They're back.
For something along the lines
of their llth or 12th year Dr. Joe
Collins, a world-renowned her-
petologist from the University of
Kansas, his lovely wife, Suzanne,
and at least part of the. traveling
caravan of students and research-
ers that revolve around Collins
like snakes to St. Peter, have ar-
rived in the area.
As they do every year they
are here to enjoy a bit of sunny
Florida and undertake the annual
Florida Panhandle Herpetofau-
nal Survey, counting the various
species of all things ickc lizards,
snakes and frogs, for starters, in
the area.
In part is a just plain fun, as
Collins, a jocular storyteller ex-
traordinaire, lives his passion for
his creatures. And in part, it is an
accounting of the relative health
of the local environment, as the
number of creatures can be a re-
flection of the health, or ills, of the
The survey began last Tues-
day and will continue over the
next month or so, covering the
Florida counties of Franklin, Gulf,
Leon and Wakulla. Specific areas
formally surveyed include or will
include St. Joseph Bay State Buf-
fer Preserve, St. Vincent National
Wildlife Refuge, Bald Point State
Park Ochlockonee River State
Park and Florida Caverns State
As of Monday, when this paper
went to press, the following spe-
cies had been observed:
Southern Toad (7), Southern
Cricket Frog (4), Green Treefrog
(9), Pine Woods Treefrog (1),
Spring Peeper (countless), South-
ern Chorus Frog (countless), Up-
land Chorus Frog (countless),
Ornate Chorus Frog (5), Pig Frog
(2), Southern Leopard Frog (6);
Green Anole (13), Fence Liz-
ard (2), Ground Skink (9), Six-
lined Racerunner (1), Eastern
Racer (1), Coachwhip (1), Salt
Marsh Snake (1), Brown Water
Snake (1), Brown Snake (1), Cot-
tonmouth (1), Pigmy Rattlesnake
(5), Suwannee River Cooter (5)
and American Alligator (count-
Total specimens observed
number 155 (countless means
more than 20 observed, but they
are counted as 20).
In the coming weeks we will
be following Dr. Collins and his
merry band so look for more in
upcoming editions.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

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Sacred Heart Health .System is honored to
partner with your community to open a new
hospital in Port St. Joe in March. Sacred Heart
Hospital on the Gulf will bring new hope for
high quality, compassionate healthcare close
to home. We also look forward to providing
more than 100 new jobs to strengthen the
local economy and help stimulate growth.

Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus .as
healer, Sacred Heart is committed to providing
healthcare that works, healthcare that is safe,
and healthcare that leaves no one behind.

May the spirit of the season and hope for the
future bring you and your family a happy,
healthy New Year!



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ance its own budget, local
school, county and munici-
pal governments dealt with
a rippling effect on their own
budgets, spending becoming
more and more constrained.
That rippling was evi-
denced in fewer hours for
the county's libraries, cuts
in services for seniors and
fund-raising, even for the
needy, becoming more of a
Bay St. Joseph Humane
Society saw an influx in ani-
mals abandoned by owners
who could no longer even
provide themselves a home.

One of the most conten-
tious issues early in the year
was the decision by the Gulf
County School Board to seek
an additional mill in operat-
ing funds over the next four
years through a levy referen-
The first mailed county-
wide ballot in history, the re-
sults showed voters approv-
ing the measure 54-46 per-
cent, with nearly 45 percent
of registered voters submit-
ting ballots.
But manyvoters acknowl-
edged they had to hold their
noses to vote on such a diffi-
cult mandate in this difficult
year authorizing a jump
in tax bills that became its
own bone of contention once
Truth in Millage Notices
went out later in the year.
There were those who
questioned why federal
stimulus dollars weren't
sufficient to buttress the
district's bottom line, those
who believed the district had
not done enough to cut costs,
even as 40 jobs were shed
prior to the school year and
school board members and
the superintendent took a
symbolic pay cut through the
end of the prior fiscal year.
District officials could
rightly point to success as
the state measures it an
honor roll district with four
out of six schools earning an
"A" grade and recognition as
a high-performing district
which allows for more re-
laxed rules in aspects such
as the school year calendar.
The Port St. Joe High
School Odyssey of the Mind
team also won second at the
World Competition, earning
team and individual honors
for ingenuity and craftsman-
ship, showing that even state
measurements don't tell the
whole story behind the learn-
ing in county schools.
But there remains criti-
cism that the passing of
the levy did not bring about
teacher raises and that the
recommendations of a citi-
zens committee appointed
during the campaign to look
at ways to cut the budget
have largely fallen on deaf
The Sacred Heart Hos-
pital of the Gulf Coast, first
discussed in 2004, is finally
poised to open its doors in
Residents and motorists
along U.S. 981have been able
to watch the building going
up near the Gulf/Franklin
Center and tours were of-
fered to the public during a
late summer rainy day.
The hospital is slated to
open more than five years
after the state shuttered Gulf
Pines Hospital and will pro-
vide emergency room ser-
vices, two operating rooms,
19 private rooms, a heli-pad
and a host of other services,

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from community education
to partnerships with various
medical practices that will
be housed in a medical office
building on the campus.
For a county hungry for
new jobs, the hospital also
offers more than 100 posi-
tions and a career fair held in
early December was heavily
The proposed Northwest
Florida Renewable Energy
Center (NWFREC) arrived
in Port St. Joe in mid-year,
bringing with it some of the
.baggage from a similar facil-
ity proposed in Tallahassee.
Critics of that proposed
plant, which primarily noted
location and air pollution
concerns, came out in force
early on but the public dis-
sent had largely fizzled by
the second of two workshops
held by the Florida Depart-
ment of Environmental Pro-
tection concerning permit-
ting of the plant.
The facility wouldbe built
near the old Material Trans-..,
fer Industries site, acreage
that had been coal distribu-
tion transfer point along the
Intracoastal Canal.
Construction would bring
more than 200 jobs to the
area and after 18 months of
building the plant would em-
ploy 25-30 permanently.
There remain those who
are skeptical that the woody
biomass, needed to provide
the fuel to produce electric-
ity Progress Energy has
contracted to purchase will
be found in sufficient sus-
tainable abundance to power
the plant and critics remain
about the potential for air
But the state and fed-
eral governments are firmly
behind renewable energy
sources, Gov. Charlie Crist
calling for Florida to reduce
fossil fuel use by 20 percent
in the next 10 years, and
the funding for the $160 mil-
lion project appears within
The FDEP will likely no-
tice a final permit for storm-
water management and air
quality in the first quarter of
the new year and the plant
could be on line as soon as
The images of face masks
and nose swabs became
commonplace by summer as
the county, as well as the na-

tion, prepared for the poten-
tial for an influx of the H1N1
virus, commonly known as
the swine flu.
Cases began showing up
at the health department in
late summer and the county
at one point counted the
highest rate of infection in
the region.
The Health Department,
warned public school of-
ficials early on that the vi-
rus could become a serious
health threat once school
opened and indeed the
swine flu traveled through
the schools like a wildfire, as
county health director Doug
Kent predicted.
But as health department
physicians also advised, the
cases were for the most part
mild, several days to a week
of rest, plenty of fluids, and
ground work done at schools
and other public locations
in providing hand sanitizers
and the like seemed to keep
the contagion in check for
the most part.
*. -While the county seemed
to have-arrived on-the other
side unscathed by year end
residents learned there are
a whole lot of new and mys-
terious viruses out there
with which medicine has yet
to catch up.
Students in an American
Government class at Wewa-
hitchka High School under-
took a petition drive to have
the question of consolidating
under Central Time put on
the 2010 county ballot.
More than 1,400 signa-
tures were gathered, though
some questioned the validity
of a number of those signa-
tures, and county commis-
sioners placed the question
the ballot, but not before
massaging it into a two-part
question of whether an indi-
vidual voter wishes to unify
under Eastern or Central
The school lesson of how
citizens can seek redress
from government was trans-
formed, however, into a re-
play of an argument that has
been an ongoing dialogue
since the county courthouse
and county seat were moved
from Wewahitchka to Port
St. Joe.
The entire exercise
seemed to pick at the scab of
old wounds that were at least
in part at root of the petition

drive to eliminate the po-
larization of a county that, it
turned out, was even more
polarized than the students
or their teacher fully appre-
this road before voters fa-
vored maintaining the status
quo when the question actu-
ally reached them and the
question was proposed for
the 2004 ballot before county
commissioners decided to
pull it from the ballot.
And it was clear from
public and private com-
ments that the status quo is
likely the end result of this
educational effort.
Along with the NWFREC,
the county is moving ahead
on several fronts toward
tapping into the burgeoning
green energy business.
, Florida's Great North-

west, a regional economic
'development organization,
tapped the county as one of
the possible hosts of a pilot
green industrial park, the
early anchor of which would
be the NWFREC on property
adjacent to the proposed site
for the industrial park
Florida's Great North-
west is providing consulting
as well as grant funds for a
study of the viability of the
county as a potential site of
such a park.
Additionally, the Port of
Port St. Joe tied itself to that
green energy park in apply-
ing for a federal stimulus
grant of $39 million to facili-
tate its expansion plans to
create an operational deep-
water port on land leased
from The St. Joe Company at
the north end of the old mill
site, along the Intracoastal
The port already has its

barge bulkhead along the
canal completed. Uplands
improvements are ongoing.
The proposed expansion
of its footprint closer to the
federally-designated ship-
ping channel could potential-
ly open the port for custom-
ers throughout Latin and
South America, especially
with the expansion of the
Panama Canal to accommo-
date super-tankers.
With a rail link to a green
energy park north of the
NWFREC, port officials see
an economic impact to the
county and region counted
in hundreds of permanent
high-paying jobs.
January will be a criti-
cal month for the proposed
timeline a decision on
the federal grant should be
known as should a decision
from the Florida Cabinet on


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The people who.

shaped a year

For me it always had been his to reach for
comes down to a census as a youngster after his
of the people. parents died.
As a curious, if He could simply talk
sometimes too cynical, you into anything if it
reporter, taking stock meant helping his kids,
of the people who have and if he couldn't talk you
shaped your year into it the first
is too often a case ,\ time, he would'
of counting who is just keep coming.
gone. I remember
For example, a conversation I
John Mattox, who had with former
was described in Speaker of the
his obituary as House Allan
a world traveler TIM CROFT Bense about
and businessman, Star News Editor Dr. Langston
was to me a great some time ago
character, a man with and when the discussion
endless stories and who turned to
still managed to seem Dr. Langston's tenacity, I
like a regular guy despite could sense Bense recoil
life's experiences. and nervously laugh.
Richard Carroll was I imagine that is how
the same way. Here was Dr. Langston was on the
a man who had made a basketball floor, what
nice living, settled nicely made him great, a will
near Mexico Beach, had to never give an inch, to
a great sense of taste and press the attack and after
community, but it is his his basketball career
unflagging devotion to the he attacked on behalf of
arts, even as he became children.
ill, that will stick with me. His was a singular
I will greatly miss focus I have rarely
Dr. Bob King. encountered and I will
He was irascible, always be the better
principled and believed person for having
that less government, Dr. Langston cross
especially in Gulf County, my path.
might not be such a bad Fortunately, an
thing. accounting of the year
He could come in this is not entirely counting
office and rail, but he also those you have lost.
could come in the next I feel fortunate to have
day and sit down, with a made the acquaintance
smile, hat on knee, and of Greg Colb, who with
have a jovial chat. cadaver dog Maximus,
It is hard to believe went over to Iraq to
he is gone, given the provide closure for the
enjoyment he seemed to families of soldiers.
derive from life, treating He doesn't much like
us to a home cooked the spotlight, but
meal, being just a good Capt. Cole, as with
sounding board though so many from the
he sometimes put my Wewahitchka Search
own cynical bones to and Rescue team or
shame. volunteer firefighters
Dr. David Langston's in this county, is willing
gravelly, booming voice to perform sometimes
will likely reside in my dangerous and horrific
head until my dying day. work, understanding
A man always on the outcome could be
the go, always a phone awful, with honor and
planted to his ear or professionalism I so
mouth, he was also admire.
opinionated and often And finally there are
gruff maybe there the kids of the Port St.
is something deeper I Joe High School Odyssey
should comprehend here of the Mind team that
about my interpersonal won state and ended up
relationships, second in the world in
But in so many ways, their category.
Dr. Langston, no other Smart kids, sure, but "
greeting from my mouth, also kids with a sense of
was another person I a humor and purpose at
looked up to in awe as I a young age that is both
covered his life's work, hard to describe and
a tough tightrope in this to duplicate, kids that
business. provide solace concerning
He was a force of the generations to follow
nature and that nature behind the Bob Kings and
was children, providing David Langstons of this
the extended hand that world.


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Goodbye and good riddance: 2009

One common theme for this year's
end is apparent as the days tick down
- 2010 surely must be better.
This has been a roller coaster year
by anybody's measurement and a year
that maybe needs a new yardstick.
As with the front page of this news-
paper, the theme at this juncture on
the calendar is to encapsulate the year
in tidy numbered lists.
This year, 2009, seemed instead to
be bathed in much more than black-
and-white stories, but also in how
those stories played on our individual
and collective psyche.
In that vein, we offer a different
format, the year not in numbers, but in
themes that seemed tied to our souls
like an umbilical cord.
The economy was in shambles
nationally, which seemed enough
for heartburn, but also locally, as the
unemployment rate skyrocketed,
property values went in the opposite
direction and tax bills continued to,
generally, climb. ,
Arizona Chemical was shuttered
and Bayside Savings Bank was the
fourth bank in the region in which the
feds intervened in operations.
Sometimes it was hard to tell if the
damage was bottom-up or top-down,
as state lawmakers created all sorts
of ways to try to stanch the bleeding in
their budget.
Primarily, though, they passed
much of buck down to local govern-
ments, who simply continued doing
what the state had: whittling away at .
the programs that had the quietest
advocates (nay, lobbyists).
Folks, rightly, were on edge.
When Congressman Allen Boyd
visited Gulf County during the sum-
mer for a town hall meeting he was
met by a standing-room-only and
often hostile crowd, a reflection that
in the current times not even a once
sure bet Boyd and easy re-election,
dating back to his days as state legis-
lator is no better than even money
Surely, the election of President
Barack Obama played a significant
role in the wider debate that has often
trickled down to the local level and
was on full display during that town
hall meeting.

Many residents see
government that does,
not have courage of
convictions that they
share, government
that is not only
dismissive ofdissent,
but outright hostile to
the participation in
government guaranteed
in the FirstAmendment.

People are outraged about the di-
rection of the country, and party affili-
ation or spot on the political spectrum
seems almost an afterthought.
Locally, folks seemed tired of gov-
ernment which sees more wisdom in
debating the merits of a town motto
than tackling the town's messy financ-
es, fatigued of the infighting among
government bodies that should be
partners instead of adversaries in pro-
viding the kind of infrastructure that
fosters economic development.
Sick of government that turns a
deaf ear to all but the favored few.
Many residents had a growing
skepticism about elected officials re-
ally having their best interests, even
the county's best interests, at heart
and who feel that local government,
in too many instances, has turned the
concept of public services on its ear.
They see government that does not
have courage of convictions that they
share, government that is not only
dismissive of dissent, but outright hos-
tile to the participation in government
guaranteed in the First Amendment.
Open meetings and public meet-
ing notice issues were thorns for
residents in Port St. Joe during the
debacle that was the move to oust city
manager Charlie Weston.
Having been called on it enough,
county commissioners have moved
their post-meeting conclaves from one
restaurant to another.
And in Mexico Beach proper public
notice of a meeting the past week was

Ten I can't forl

The year in review is
a natural phenomenon
as December comes to
a close. I've seen more
Top 10 lists than Carter's
got little liver
pills. The 10 worst
dressed; the 10
best golf shots; the
10 leading news
stories; the 10 least
likely marriages to
last through the up
coming year; the HUNKE
10 most atrocious Kesley
haircuts; the two
most likeable
French poodles ...
We are truly a nation
obsessed with lists. It's
either that or the TV and
newspaper people are just
filling in some "dead" time
until the major college
bowl games start on New
Year's day.
I can look back with
the best of them. I just
can't to one year.
All of us can recall some
"stand out" moments if we
dig deep into our memory
banks ...
I wish I'd had known
those radiators were hot
in the first grade. It would'
have saved me a seared
rear end and a bucket
full of embarrassment.
Of course, it did give me
a record in the standing
broad jump at the
McKenzie Elementary
School that sill stands till
this day. .
We were playing the
American Legion team in
Little League. I knew Billy
Bradley was going to throw
me a curve ball, I knew
it! We had the tying and
winning runs on base. We
had been playing with and
against each other all of
our lives. I read curve ball
as soon as it left his hand. I

missed it by country mile!
And we lost again. Oh, if I
could have one pitch back
in my career...
Charlotte Melton had
a horse she called
Pesky. Charlotte
was some more
rider and it didn't
bother her that
Pesky was a little
on the ornery
side. I didn't really
R DOWN want to get on
Colbert that thing but I
couldn't show my
trepidation (this
was when I was young and
foolish) in front of a girl.
Folks, I set another world
record by getting to town
in three shakes of a dog's
tail! And I don't think we
were on the road one time
during the whole trip!
That horse bolted over
that big ditch down behind
George Sexton's house and
ripped across hill and dale
as we made a mad dash
to the back side of John
McCadams Tractor and
Implement Company.
My whole short life
flashed before my eyes
as that crazy horse
thundered down those
railroad tracks. It didn't
look this hard when
Roy, Gene and Hoppy
did it! I was hanging on
for dear life when we
darted between Woodrow
Kennon's Grocery and
the used furniture store.
Pesky slid to a halt next to
a couple of International
tractors. It was a full thirty
minutes before Charlotte
caught up with us. "What
took you so long?" My
nerves had just gotten to
the point where I could
form a few words, "Me and
Pesky about got tired of
waiting on you!"

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debatable and further evidence of
what some perceive as a council dis-
connected from its citizens.
Some voters had to all but hold
their noses, or voted no, when voting
for the school levy they were skeptical
was needed.
And many folks, including those
living at St. Joseph Shores, along Cape
San Blas between the Air Force prop-
erty and Indian Pass and Avenue A
and U.S. 98 in Port St. Joe could attest
that local leaders' concept of stormwa-
ter management needs work.
The debate over the petition drive
by Wewahitchka High School students
opened the festering wound of a county
divided by fault lines that can be traced
to the moving of the county courthouse
and county seat decades ago.
A county divided by time zones is
one hindered in luring prospective
new businesses.
The school district can not fiscally
support much longer not moving to a
consolidated school system, but such
a thought is anathema on both ends of
the county.
Most of all, though, single-member
districts serve to divide this county,
which is essentially operated at the
behest of three men, three majority
votes, who hold a power that is, as an
examination of any adjacent county
would attest, almost unheard of in
today's politics.
There might have been plenty of
rain literally and figuratively this
year, but there are rays of sunshine
for 2010.
The hospital is due to open in
March. A biomass plant could be
permitted and nearing construction
by then. The Port of Port St. Joe may
have.secured a $39 million grant to ac-
celerate its growth into an operational
economic engine.
And, maybe most encouragingly,
the people, the residents, the taxpay-
ers, of this county seem, due to a host
of emotions that we attempted to de-
fine in this space, have become more
engaged, and in turn more educated,
on local government, how it operates
and how the individual can enact
No matter how gloomy the year,
there is always hope in that.

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been here. She was just such
nthia a good person. I bet we
er made would have had a blast.
And she Bethel College was
undance! located in our home
ing by town. It was just a hop,
ior high skip and a jump from our
w from house. But I never even
I "gone considered going there. I
I would "had" to get out of town.
ason to I mean, it wouldn't seem
ry day. like "going off to college"
think of if you just walked down
op dead behind the swimming pool,
oked like across Mike Ferrigno's
ht on fire yard and there you were!
other had Too close!
ice pick. I appreciate the
stic look education I got. I've
should enjoyed the memories
how to and the acquaintances
I made at the university
t boyhood I attended. But I could
ied while have saved my folks
high. I some money. I could have
to say. Or extended my stay in the
e night wonderful community
n. I ate I grew up in. I could
em every have lived four more
operated years down at the end of
eir Stonewall. Who knows, I
iat family. might have gotten one last
needed hit off Billy Bradley, gained
uldn't control of Pesky, thought
thing of something comforting
That is to say to Bobby, gone out
e with to with Bonnie just once ...
blame it My list is longer than
ence or I thought. And I'm just
1 doesn't getting started. I should
wouldd have skipped the late night
around ride over to the Rainbow
east. Room to see Jerry Lee
h high Lewis. If I had known Pam
asked Finch had an older brother
or a date. I'd have not driven down
older and to Gleason. These stories
Swhy. would be a little more
friendly coherent if I had listened
autiful, to Miss Polly when she
really was giving us the syntax
I never talk...
:lf around I'm going to do better
. It didn't next year.
>ve. I Respectfully,
marriage Kes


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The Christian CONSCIENCE

Happy New Year!

The new year is, or should be, a time to celebrate the coming in of the new say our good nights and go to bed. If plate and plead for money or twist your
of new beginnings. New year is a good year. this sounds boring, then it's probably arm to join. Plan to check us out this
time to abandon the old counterfeits: Some time about 8-9 p.m. on New because you have yet to learn how to Sunday. Our services begin with a time
Drugs and alcohol = counterfeit Year's Eve, we will begin our usual enjoy the simple life that God has given of greeting and fellowship at 9:30 a.m. CT
high. Fornication = counterfeit love. nightly devotions. We will start by you. on Sunday. TJ leads us in real worship,
Worldly possessions = counterfeit celebrating communion as a family, as we The next morning, on New Year's Day, which begins at 9:45 a.m. After the
joy. Idols = counterfeit gods. Noise always do. Then our dog, Midnight, will we will awake feeling happy and rested service, we have Holy Communion and
= counterfeit music. Are you going take her place at our feet. Even dogs like and feel good about all the money that invite prayer requests. We meet at the
to continue celebrating the New Year a loving family situation. we didn't waste on the counterfeits. Will Mexico Beach Civic Center on 105 N. 31st
with counterfeits, wasting your money Then we will take turns reading from you awake on New Year's Day happy and St., behind Parker Realty and the Beach
on things that don't last. Or will you the Bible together. Then we will sing a rested? I sincerely hope so. Walk gift shop, just off U.S. Highway 98 in
perhaps begin learning how to enjoy life worship song together and take turns Questions or comments? Send an e- Mexico Beach.
this year? thanking God for His blessings that day mail to the address below. God Bless,
Here's the secret: Jesus said it, and presenting our requests to Him. At the Mexico Beach Christian Pastor Tim Morrill
"Seek first.the kingdom of God and His Then we will exchange our hugs and Worship Center, we teach how to obtain Mexico Beach
righteousness." (And He will satisfy your kisses and thank each other for all they true happiness, not the counterfeits of Christian Worship Center
needs and help you find happiness.) have done for us and tell each other of our day. We use the Bible as our source.
Let me tell you how our family is going our love for one another. Then we will At the MBCWC, we don't pass an offering

Can Jesus help you?

This question has been asked over and over again.
The answer is yes, but you have to ask my friend.
Jesus can save your soul; that's what He came to do.
You have to ask Him into your heart; He won't be
begging you.
Once you're saved, He'll lead you and set your lost
soul free.
I know many others He's done this for, as well as
doing it for me.
He'll enable you to serve Him and lead others to
the throne.
One thing I know, when you serve Him, you'll
never again be alone.
Billy Johnson

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

B Worship with us at
L Long Avenue Baptist Church
Where Faith, Family &Friendship 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

Sfevit 4 Me jea&
111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL 32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
The people of Mexico Beach Uiled Melhodist (lhrch
NIusin Phoimis
Rev. Ted Lovelace, Pastor Church/Office: 648-8820

4 % A Spirit Filled
i* L* Outreach Oriented
Famini Life Word of Faith Church
Pastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford
Welcome you to worship with us: HOME OF THE
Sunday 10:30am POWERHOUSE
Sunday Night Prayer 6pm YOUTH MINISTRIES
Wednesday 7pm
1 323 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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Rev. Ruth Hemple
Worship Service 10:00 AM
Sunday School 11:00 AM

Prophet Tim Hines
to come to-
Family Life Church
Dr. Tim Hines is a 1983
graduate of International
Seminary in Plymouth,
Fla., where he completed
his bachelor's and
master's degrees in
theology. For the past 10
years, Hines has served
as alumni instructor at
Brother Norvel Haye's

New Life Bible College.
Hines is married to a
virtuous woman of God
by the name of Jodi, and
they have two beautiful
children. They are based
here in Florida and are
submitted to Pastor David
Garcia of Brooksville
Assembly of God. Tim
and Jodi have started two
churches and pastored two
others. They feel the call
of God to spend a season
on the road evangelizing,.

S St. Joseph
Catholic Church
,.. .. 2ih nod Monument Ave.* Port St. Joe 227-1417
Also Serving Mexico Beach
All Muass Times EDT:
Saturday .... .......................................... 4:(R00 pmin
Sunday ........................................................... ....... :30 am
Monday, Thursday. Friday ..........................9:.... 30 am
W wednesday ....................................................... 5:30 pin ... .

St. Lawrence Mission
788 N. Hwy. 71
Wewahitchka, FT.
Sunday Mass Ih:00 am (C )

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

Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe

(ontemporany 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

850) 227-1724.
Rev. Mac Fulcher
Ann Comforter Jeremy Dixon
Music Director Youth Ministwr
Deborah Loyless
Director of Children Ministries

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 call us/for your spiritual needs.
Pastor David Nichols
Church 647-3950 Home 769-8725

and they operate with a,
powerful Prophetic voice.
Tim and Jodi are looking
forward to what God will
do in these meetings at
Family Life Church. We
believe that young and
old will sit in expectation
during the powerful
messages and receive the
Word of God as it becomes
alive and real to them. If
you desire to be someone
who makes a difference in
this world or just simply
need a touch from God,
then we encourage you to
come out to Family Life
Church, starting Sunday,
Jan. 3, at 10:30 a.m. and 7
p.m. ET. You will not be
disappointed. Please see
our ad in this paper for

AA and NA meetings
Gulf County United
Community Development
Corporation Inc. invites
the public to attend
and participate in our
Narcotics Anonymous
(NA) and Alcohol
Anonymous (AA)
support group meetings
in an effort to reduce
or eliminate the use of
drugs. Our NA and AA
support group meetings
are at 7 p.m. ET every
Sunday at the North Port
St. Joe Police Substation
Building, 212 Martin
Luther King Jr. Blvd.
The office number is 229-
1551. Contact person for
this program is Debra
Richards at 229-9569.

Jesus is Lord and He is waiting
Sigljlanb vietw aptist QlurMj
382 Ling Street Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
Sunday School 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship I 1:00 a.m.
Evening Service 7:00 p.m.
Discipleship Training 6:00 pn.m
Wednesday Prayer 7:00 pu.m

S "ur Church can be your home"
Sfirst Church of ithe azarene
2420 Long avenue 'Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto : 's L'ri d LYlorn n am,', worship the Lordin the beauty oflholiness,
Psalm 29:2

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

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


First 9Baptist Church
Jeff Pinder Pastor
jnck Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
S'- Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Contemporary Service ........8:30 am Children's Choir................. 6:00 pm
Sunday School ..................9:40 am Prayer Meeting................... 6:30 pm
Traditional Service............11:00 am Children's Ministry
Youth Groups.... .............. 5:30 pm Activities......................... 6:30 pm
Youth Ministry Activities...6:30 pm

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

Thursday, December 31, 2009


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S il Man' turns 3
Caleb Joseph Roberson, son of Matt and Beth Rob-
erson of Tallahassee, and big brother Matthdv recefitly
celebrated Caleb's third birthday. His party was held
at'Chuck E Cheese in Tallahassee. The guests, which
included several of his classmates from First Assembly
of God Child Development Center, played games and ,
watched the performance that is presented at Chuck E
Caleb is the grandson of Ralph and Margaret Rob-
erson, and Don and Judy Kosin, and great-grandson of
Walter and Claire Roberson, all of Port St. Joe.

Special to The Star
Gulf County Senior Citizens had
had the privilege of hosting the Annu-
al Valentine Beauty Pageant for the
last 37 years. The 38th pageant will
take place in Wewahitchka and what
a wonderful time we will have. The
outpouring of community support is
overwhelming as businesses and in-
dividuals reach out to help sponsor
the event. Girls from age two through
grade 12 will compete in their age or
grade bracket. What a sight it is to
see all the beautiful babies and young
ladies wow us with their poise and
their beauty.-
The event is co-sponsored by We-
wahitchka Elementary School and
will take place in the-school cafeteria.
The date is Saturday, Feb. 6 and the
time is 6 p.m. CT. Last year the build-

Retirement party to honor
Cora Gainer
Cora Gainer will be honored at a
retirement party to be held at 5 p.m.
ET on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2010 at the
Senior Citizens Community Center at
120 Library Drive in Port St. Joe.
The dress for the evening is for-
mal wear. '

AMVETS to organize in
Gulf County
American Veterans (AMVETS) is
looking to start a post in Gulf Coun-
ty. Ten honorably discharged or re-
leased veterans or current members
of the Army, Marines, Air Force, Navy

Big brother Matthew turns 7
Matthew H. Roberson Jr., son of Matt and Beth Rob-
erson of Tallahassee, recently celebrated his seventh
birthday. The theme of his party was "Army Boot Camp."
After arriving,'each of the children was issued dog tags,
a plastic helmet and camouflage make-up. After con-
structing airplanes and racing them the winner received
a "medal." The children were instructed on how to build
a miniature marshmallow blow gun. Excitement broke
out as the fathers in attendance became involved and
the marshmallows were flying.
Little brother Caleb and his paternal grandparents,.
Ralph and Margaret Roberson, and maternal grand-
parents, Don and Judy Kosin, and great-grandparents,
Walter and Claire Roberson, all from Port St. Joe, each
enjoyed the celebration. *

ing was filled with parents, grand-
parents and other family members
as they cheered and supported their
contestant. It is fun, entertaining and
just a wonderful opportunity to spend
some time with family and friends.
There is a $5 admission fee for adults
and $3 for children under 12 years
of age. Registration packets can be
picked up at any Gulf County school
and completed applications can be
turned in at the school. The deadline
for registration is Jan. 28. Registra-
tion fee remains $20 per entry.
The purpose of the pageant is to
give opportunity for a true family
event where families and friends can
come together and enjoy seeing their
children dress up and be the high-
light of the evening. The mission of
Gulf County Senior Citizens Associa-
tion is to assist as many frail and de-

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 con-
gressionally-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 Coun-
ty, contact Jim Lawlor, PO Box 1442,

National Guard, Reserves or Coast Lanark Village, FL 32323. Lawlor can

serving elderly people in Gulf County
as possible and proceeds from the
pageant will help our mission. State
and federal cuts area reality and se-
nior citizens- will be.affected in many
ways. The mission of helping seniors
must be of utmost importance in the
mind of the whole community. Your
presence and the participation of
your children will assure the senior
population of Gulf County that we af-
firm their value to be great. In a world
where many things are decreasing in
value, we pledge to always make sure
the value of those who have walked
before us will never diminish but will
always increase as we continue to be
blessed today with that which they
provided yesterday.
For more information please call
the Gulf County Senior Citizen Cen-
ter in Port St. Joe at 229-8466.

also be reached by phone, 697-2329 or
To learn more. about AMVETS,

World's Greatest
Baby Shower
Healthy Start is hosting anoth-
er World's Greatest Baby Shower
on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. 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 both fun and
For more information or to re-
serve your spot, call 850-872-4130, ex-
tension 104.

S ~A .-Z,,.

Happy 86th Birthday, Paul Summerlot
We all love you.
Your family



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.
Sat. from 10am until 4pm. Or call 850-227-1103 or
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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Longtime dining landmark Toucan's Restaurant in
Mexico Beach went on the auction block after former
owner Paul Francis was busted and convicted on
federal drug and weapons charges. Francis was
sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison, the winner bidder
lost his financial backer to illness and the restaurant
ultimately opened under new owners who had built a
successful chain of eateries in Atlanta.

Flooding, whether along rivers in the north end
during March, April and December, or along coastal
areas during storm season and the fall months, was a
problem throughout the county. I

YEAR IN NEWS from page A3

A New Year's fire at the Taunton Family Children's
Home completely burned one of the main structures
on the campus. Rebuilding efforts are nearing
completion as the year ends.

The City of Port St. Joe's new water plant, tapping the
Chipola River rather than the Floridan Aquifer, opened
with a few hiccups, but a pronouncement by a Florida
Department of Environmental Protection official that the
plant was'a $21 million state-of-the-art facility.

a proposed swap of state sub-
merged lands the port needs
to grow for submerged lands
near the St. Joseph Bay Buf-
fer Preserve, land currently
owned by The St. Joe Com-
'The city of Port St. Joe
celebrated the opening of its

While you're away. we'll put your News Heral in a e place the hands of
a student enrolled in our Newspaper'In Education program. Classrooins"
*use this unique educational tool to broaden student's learning horizoi..,-
It's an easy way to help bring newspapers to local classrooms all year lopg."

Before you leave town. remember:
Donate your newspapers.
NgWW HKRAL Simply request "Vacation Donation"
Call 747-5050 Today!

Calling At :Vendorsrxhi
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Be a part of this one-of-a-kind event in this area!
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new $21 million water plant,
tapping into surface water,
the Chipola River, rather
than wells tapping the un-
derground Floridan Aquifer.
The celebration was a bit
Construction and other
delays postponed the open-
ing of the plant for several
months and during the tran-
sition from old to new plant
there was controversy re-
garding the city's failing to
meet several testing limits
on the presence of poten-
stially dangerous chemicals,
chloramines, in the drink-
ing supply. ,
The outcry over chlo-
ramines was drowned out
once the new plant opened
and the use of a rust inhibi-
tor, polyphosphates, to help
flush the system created
a problem with discolored
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The city also came under
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CASE NO: 08-000535-CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 08-000
535-CA of the Circuit Court
in and for GULF County,
Florida, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder for

cash at 11:00 a.m. on the
14th day of January, 2010
the following described
property as set forth in
said Summary Final Judg-
ment, to-wit:'

Commence at the iron and
rod marking the Northeast
corner of Lot 15, SAN
vision as Map or Plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 22 of the
Public Records of -Gulf
County, Florida; thence
along the Westerly right of
way line of State Road No.
30-E S 20' 14' 55" E.
135.00 feet to the point of
beginning; thence con-
tinue along said line S 20
14' 55" E. 10.00 feet;
thence S 69o 45' 05" W.
243.42 feet; thence S 20'
14' 55" W. 44.75 feet;
thence S 69 45' 05" W.
138.77 feet; thence N 20*
14' 55" W. 49.05 feet;
thence S 69' 45' 05" W.
82.83 feet; thence S 20
14' 55" E. 13.33 feet;
thence S 69' 45' 05" W.
20?.27 feet to a point on
the mean high water line of
the Gulf of Mexico; thence
along said mean high
water line N 26' 08' 51" W.
19.13 feet; thence N 69
45' 05" E. 669.28 feet to
the point of beginning.

Together with:
Description: Pedestrian
Access Easement
Commence at the iron rod
marking the Northeast cor-
ner of Lot 15, SAN BLAS
ESTATES, a Subdivision
as per Map or Plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 3,
Page 22 of the Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida; thence along the
Westerly right of way line
of State Road No. 30-E S
20 14' 55" E. 145.00 feet;
thence S 69' 45' 05" W.
243.42 feet; thence S 200
14' 55" W. 44.75 feet to the
point of beginning; thence
cont- inue S 20'14" 55" W.
5.00 feet; thence S 69 45'
05" W. 141.27 feet; thence
N 20' 14' 55" W. 54.05 feet;
thence S. 69' 45' 05" W.
82.83 feet; thence S 20
14' 55" E. 13.33 feet;
thence S 69' 45' 05" W.
202.27 feet to a point on
the mean High Water Line
of the Gulf of Mexico;
,thence along said mean
High Water Line N 260 08'
51" W. 19.13 feet; thence
N 69' 45' 05" E. 289.56

1 1100
feet; thence S 20' 14' 55"
E. 54.75 feet; thence N 69
45' 05" E. 138.77. feet to
the point of beginning.

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

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

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

The Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009





CASE NO: 09-240CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 09-240CA of
the Circuit Court in and for
GULF County, Florida, I
will sell to the highest and

best bidder for cash at
FL 32456, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 14th day of January;
2010 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:


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

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

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

the Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009




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CASE NO: 09-:47CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Novem-
ber 30, 2009 entered in
Civil Case No. 09-47CA of
the Circuit Court in and for
GULF County, Florida, I
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at
FL 32456, at 11:00 a.m. on
the 14th day of January,
2010 the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Summary Fi-
nal Judgment, to-wit:

Parcel A-2:

Commence at the North-
west corner of Camp
Palms Subdivision on In-
dian Peninsula as re-
corded in Plat Book 1,
Page 53-A, Public Rec-
ords of Gulf County, Flor-
ida, and then run South-
erly along the West bound-
ary line of said Camp
Palms subdivision for
505.97 feet to a concrete
monument on the southern
right of way line of County
Road S-30-B; thence
Northwesterly along said
right of way line to a point
that is 2142.32 feet, meas-
ured perpendicularly from
said Western boundary
line of Camp Palms Subdi-
vision;, thence along the
Southerly right of way line
of County Road S-30-B,
North 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds West,
40.17 feet; thence South
05 degrees 20 minutes 52
seconds West, 145.84 feet;
thence North 78 degrees
30 minutes 31 seconds
West, 73.47 feet to the
Point of Beginning) thence
South 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds East,
73.47 feet; thence North 05
degrees 20 minutes 52
seconds East, 145,84 feet
to a point on the Southern
right of way line of County
Road S-30-B; thence
South 78 degrees 30 min-
utes 31 seconds East,
10_00 feet; thence South
05 degrees 20 minutes 52

1. 1100
seconds West, 287.31 feet;
thence North 79 degrees
27 minutes 07 seconds
West, 40.17 feet; thence
South 05 degrees 20 min-
qtes 52 seconds West,
391.05 feet, more or less,
to a point on the approxi-
mate mean high water line
of the Gulf of Mexico;
thence meander North-
westerly along said ap-
proximate mean high
water line, 24.00 feet, more
or less to a point that
bears South 03 degrees 59
minutes 16 seconds West
of the Point of Beginning;
thence North 03 degrees
59 minutes 16 seconds
East, 536 feet, more or
less, to the Point or Begin-
ning. Said lands lying in
Section 20, Township 9
South, Range 10 West,
Gulf County, Florida.

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

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

By: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

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

The Law Offices of
Bakalar & Topouzis, PA.
Attorney for Plaintiff
450 N Park Road,
Suite 410
Hollywood, FL. 33021
(954) 965-9101
December 24, 31, 2009



VS. .


CASE NO. 09-424-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 14, 2009, in Case No.
09-424-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
INC. are the Defendants, I
will sell to the highest and
best bidder for cash at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse in Port
St. Joe, Gulf County, Flor-
ida at 11:00 a.m. on Janu-
ary 21, 2010,. the property
set forth in the Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure and
more particularly de-
scribed as follows:

according to the map or
plat thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 50,
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

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

DATED: December 15,

Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq.,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,
1300 Thomaswood Drive
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
December 24, 31, 2009

5202S 1300 Thomaswood Drive
IN .THE CIRCUIT COURT Tallahassee, Florida 32308
OF THE FOURTEENTH December 24, 31, 2009



CASE NO. 09-260-CA


NOTICE is given pursuant
to a Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Decem-
ber 14, 2009, in Case No.
09-260-CA, of the Circuit
Court of the Fourteenth Ju-
dicial Circuit, in and for
Gulf County, Florida, in
BANK is the Plaintiff and
Defendants, I will sell to
the highest and best bid-
der for cash at the front
door of the Gulf County
Courthouse in Port St. Joe,
Gulf County, Florida at
11:00 a.m. on January 21,
2010, the property set forth
in the Final Judgment of
Foreclosure and more par-
ticularly described as fol-

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

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

DATED: December 15,

Clerk of the Circuit Court
BY: Jasmine Hysmith
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq.,
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,



and MARY M. BEAT, De-

CASE No. 09-198-CA


GIVEN pursuant to a Sum-
mary Final Judgment of
Foreclosure date Decem-
ber 14, 2009, and entered
in Civil Action No. 09-198
CA of the Circuit Court of
the Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the parties
were the plaintiff,
the defendants, THOMAS
G. BEATY, SR. and Mary
M. Beaty, I will sell to the
highest and best bidder,
for cash, at 11:00 a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the 14th
day of January, 2010, at
the front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse, Port
St. Joe, Florida, the
following-described real
property as set forth in
said Final Judgment of

Lots Three (3) and Seven
(7), Palmetto Trace, as per
official plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
page 28, public records of
Gulf County, Florida, AND

Lot Four (4), Palmetto
Trace, as per official plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book, 5, page 28, public
records of Gulf County,
Florida, and Lot One (1),
Hidden Ridge Subdivision,
as per official plat thereof
recorded in Plat Book 5,
page 57, public records of
Gulf County, Florida.

The successful bidder at
the sale will be required to
place the requisite state
documentary stamps on
the Certificate of Title.

DATED this 15th day of
December, 2009.

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RIS, quest such an accommo- permit until the deadlines Department. The applicant and equipment, and shall
CLERK OF COURT dation, at P.RO. Box 826, below for filing a petition has the right to seek judi- be responsible for the en- Port Saint Joe:
By: Jasmine Hysmith, Marianna, Florida 32447, for an administrative hear- cial review of the order un- tire completion of this proj- 1006 Avenue A Sat 8-?
Deputy Clerk Phone (850) 718-0026. If ing, or request for an ex- der Section 120.68 of the ect. Huge Sale All
December31,2009 you are hearing or voice tension of time, have ex- Florida Statute, by the fil- Huge Sale All
January 7, 2010 impaired, call (800) pired. ing of a notice of appeal Plans, specifications and Must go!
5257S 955-8771. under rule 9.110 of the contract documents can Household, collectible, nic
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT Under subsection Florida Rules of Appellate be obtained at the Gulf naks. odds & ends. To
OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL Dated: December 18, 2009 62-110,106(4) of the Flor- Procedure with the Clerk County Clerk's Office, Gulf many items to list them all!
CIRCUITIN AND FOR ida Administrative Code, a of the Department in the County Courthouse, 1000
GULFCIRCUI T FLORIDA REBECCA L NORRIS person whose substantial Office of General Counsel, Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
CIVIL DIVISION CLERK OF CIRCUIT interests are affected by 3900 Commonwealth Port St. Joe, Florida,
CIVIL DIVISION COURT. the Department's action Boulevard, Mail Station 35, 32456. The bid must con-
COUNTRYWIDE HOME By: B.A. Baxter may also request an exten- Tallahassee, Florida, form to Section 287.133(3)
LOANS, INC .,Deputy Clerk sion of time to file a peti- 32399-3000; and by filing a Florida Statutes, on public
Plaintiff, Ption for an administrative copy of the notice of the entity crimes.
Philip D. Storey, Esq. hearing. The Department appeal accompanied by
vsAlvarez, Sambol, Winthrop may, for good cause the applicable filing fees Workman's Compensation
& Madson, PA. shown, grant the request with the appropriate dis- will be required of the suc- EMPLOYMENT
TRACY C. THURSBAY, t PO. Box 3511 for an extension of time. trict court of appeal. The cessful bidder. -
al, Orlando, FL 32802-3511 Requests for extension of notice of appeal must be 4100 Help Wanted
Defendants. December 31, 2009 time must be filed with the .filed within 30 days from Completion date for this .4130 Employment
Defendants. January 7, 2010 Office of General Counsel the date when the final or- project will be 90 days Information
CASE NO.: 5305S of the Department at 3900 der is filed with the Clerk of from the date of the Notice
23-2008-CA-000542 PUBLINOTICE Commonwealth Boule- the Department. to Proceed presented to 40, 0
23-2008-CA-000542 PUBLIC NOTICE vyard, Mail 'Station 35, Tal- the successful bidder. | 4 O
NOTICE OF NOTICE IS HEREBY lahassee, Florida The application for this Baby Sitter's
FORECLOSURE SALE GIVEN that the City Corn- 32399-3000, before the ap- permit is available for pub- Liquidated damages for Baby Sitter's
mission of FORECLOSURE SALtheCityof Port plicable deadline. A timely lic inspection during nor- failure to complete the Needed for family on vaca-
NOTICE IS HEREBY St. Joe, Florida, at its request for extension of mal business hours, 8:00 project on the specified tion, for the summer. Must
urs to a Final meeting on the 19th day of time shall toll the running a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday date will be set at $200.00 be 18 or over.
Judgment of Foreclosure January, 2010, at 6:00suant time period for filing a peti- through Friday, except for per day. 904-206-1200
Judg t f F r J r 2, a tion until the request isclegal holidays, at the
dated the 14th day of De- RM., EST, in the regular tion until the request is legal holidays, at the
member, 2009, and entered Commission meeting acted upon. If a request is Northwest District, Panama There WILL be a Manda- LogisticsTransportation
in Case No. 23-2008- room at the Municipal filed late, the Department City Branch Office, 2353 tory pre-bidders confer- I .I .. I
CA-000542, of the Circuit Building, Port St. Joe, Flor- may still grant it upon a Jenks Avenue, Panama ence held on January 7, 1 We Need Driver I
Court of the 14th Judicial ida, will have the 2nd read- motion by the requesting City, Florida 32405. 2010 at 10:00 AM, ET In
Circuit in and for Gulf inga nd consider for final party showing that the fail- December31,2009 the Robert M. Moore Ad- Trainees Only I
County, Florida, wherein adoption an Ordinance ure to file a request for an ministration Building, 1000 No experienced Drivers
COUNTRYWIDE' HOME with the following title: extension of time before Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., $800 per week :
LOANS, INC. is the Plaintiff the deadline was the result Port St. Joe, Florida, 1-877-214-3624.
and TRACY C. THU- AN ORDINANCE OF THE of excusable neglect. 5331S Room 307. Web Id 34065377
THURSDAY; UNKNOWN AMENDING THE LAND In the event that a timely OF THE FOURTEENTH Please indicate on the en- .
SION OF THE SUBJECT TIONS BY ADDING RE- an administrative hearing FOR GULF COUNTY, NAME, that this is a 4130
PROPERTY are defend- QUIREMENTS FOR THE is filed, other. persons FLORIDA SEALED BID, and include 4
ants. I will sell to the high- USE OF ELECTRONIC whose substantial interests the BID NUMBER. POSTAL 4 GOV'T JOB
est andbesitobidder for MESSAGE BOARDS; will be affected by the out- CAPITAL CITY BANK, INFO FOR SALE?
cash at the FRONT LOBBY PROVIDING FOR REPEAL come of the administrative Plaintiff, Bids will be received until
OF COURTHOUSE at the OF ORDINANCES IN process have the right to 4:30 PM, ET, on January
Gulf County Courthouse in CONFLICT; PROVIDING petition to intervene in the Vs. 15, 2010, at the Gulf n
Port St. Joe, Florida, at FOR SEVERABILITY; AND proceeding. Intervention County Clerk's Office, Gulf C u
11:00 a.m. on the 21 day PROVIDING AN EFFEC- will be only at the discre- STEVEN K. THOMAS County Courthouse, 1000
of January 2010, tdhe fol- 1VE DATE tion of the presiding officer A/K/A STEVEN KEITH Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., You NEVER have to pay
lowing described property upon the filing of a motion THOMAS, YVONNE REN- 32456. Bids will be opened for information about
as set forth in said Final Copies of the Ordinance in compliance with Rule EE THOMAS, and UN- at this same location on federal or postal jobs. If
Judgment, to wit: are available for public in- 28-106.205 of the Florida KNOWN TENANT(S), Tuesday, January 19, you see a job
section at City of Port St. Administrative Code. Defendants. 2010, at 10:00 AM, ET. "guarantee", contact the
wommence at the North- Joe City Hall, ocated atS In accordance with sub-. CASE NO. 09-212-CA IThe Board of County Com- The Federal Trade
Township 5 South, Range Blvd., PortSt. Joe, Florida sections 28-106.111(2) missioners reserves the Commission
11 West, Gulf County, Flor- and 62-110.106(3)(a)(4), NOTICE OF SALE right to waive informalities is America's consumer
ida, thence East along the Interested persons may at Florida Administrative PURSUANT TO in any bid, to accept protection agency.
North boundary lie of tend and be heard at the Code, petitions for an ad- CHAPTER 45 and/or reject any or all
said Section 33 for public hearing or provide ministrative hearing by the bids, and to accept the bid
2,873.15 feet, thence comments in writing to the applicant must be filed NOTICE is given pursuant that in their judgment will 1-877-FTC-HELP
South 67.60 feet to the City Commissioners, Cty within 21days of receipt of to a Final Judgment of be in the best interest of
POINT OF BEGINNING. of Port St. Joe City Hail, written notice. Petitions Foreclosure dated August Gulf County. A public service
From this point of beginn- 305 Cecil G. Costin, S., filed by any persons other 10, 2009, in Case No. message from the FTC
ino extend h in e East ld P3ort St. Joe. Forida. than the applicant, and 09-212-CA, of the Circuit If you have any questions, and The News Herald
thatis paallel to the Noth Transactions of the public other than those entitled to Court of the Fourteenth Ju- please call Don Butler at Classified Advertising
boundary line, of said Sec- hearing will not be re- written notice under Sec- dicial Circuit, in and for (850) 229-6111. Department
tion 33 for 420 feet, thence corded. Persons wishing tion 120.60(3) of the For- Gulf County, Florida, in December 31, 2009
South 630 feet, thence to appeal any decision ida Statutes, must be filed which CAPITAL CITY January 7, 2010
North 630 feet to the Point will need a record of the tion of the notice. STEVEN K. THOMAS __________ _
of Beginning. proceeding and should en- NUA120.60(3) of H ASTEVEN KEITH
sure a verbatim record is Under Section 120.60(3) of THOMAS and YVONNE
ANY PERSON CLAIMING made, including the testi- the Florida Statute, how- RENEE THOMAS are the
AN INTEREST NI THE mony on which the appeal ever, any person who has Defendants, I will sell to 1 7 Imlo
SURPLUS FROM THE is based. Any person w asked the Department for the highest and best bid- 1100o '
SALE IF ANY, OTHER wishes to attend and re- notice of agency action der for cash at the Front E E RENT
SALE, IF ANYROTHER wishes to attend and re- may file a petition within 21 door of the Gulf County
OWNER A F THE DATE the City Clerk's Office at daysof such notice, re- Courthousein.PortSt.Joe, 5078S 6100-aBusiness/
OF THE LIS PENDENS (850) 229-8261, Est. 114. gardless of the date of Gulf County, Florida at PUBUC NOTICE Commercial
MUST FILE A CLAIM publication. 11:00 a.m. on January 6120-BeachRentals
WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER CITY COMMISSION OF 21st, 2010 the property set Notice is hereby given that 6130 Condo/Townhouse
THE SALE. THE CITY OF PORT ST The petitioner shall mail a forth in the Final Judgment America's Mini Storage 0140- House Rentals
JOE, FLORIDA copy of the petition to the of Foreclosure and more and Office, Inc., intends to 6150 Roommate Wanted
In accordance with the BY: MEL MAGIDSON, JR. applicant at the address particularly described as dispose of or offer for sale 6160 Rooms for Rent
Americans with Disabilities Mayor-Commissioner indicated above at the time follows: the personal property de- 6170 Mobile Home/Lot
Act of 1990 (ADA), disa- Attest: Jim Anderson o f filing. The failure of any scribed below to enforce a 6190 Timeshare Rentals
bled persons who, be- Clerk person to file a petition for Commence at a St. Joe lien imposed on said prop- 200 Vacation Rentals
cause of their disabilities, December 31, 2009 an administrative hearing Paper Company concrete erty under the Self Storage
need special accommo- within the appropriate time monument marking the Facility Act Statutes Sec-
dation to particiatlinth 5317S period shall constitute a Northwest Corner of the tion 83.801-83.89. Americ- I
dation to participate in this STATE OF FLORIDA waiver of those rights. Northeast Quarter of the a's Mini Storage and Of- 6110
proceeding should contact DEPARTMENT OF ENVI- Southeast Quarter of Sec- fice, Inc., will dispose of
1000 5th Stred t Port St RONMENTAL PROTEC- A petition that disputes the tion 3, Township 4, South, said property no later than
10005th Street, Port St. TION material facts on which the Range 10 West, Gulf the- date of January 8,
hJoe, F 261 or Department's action is County, Florida, and 2010. Property is located
hone (8)229-6113 prior NOTICE OF INTENT based must contain th thence go South 89 de- dt 141 Commerce Drive, 1 br apt. fully furnished,
to such proceeding. TO ISSUE PERMIT following information: grees 12 minutes 35 sec- Port St. Joe, FL., Gulf great view of Bay at
Dated this15th day of De-onds East along the North County. Simmons Bayou, $645 mo,
Dated this 15th day of De- The Department of Envi- (a) The name and address boundary line of said incl. utilities, except phone
cemer,2009. ronmentalProtectiongives of each agency affected Northeast Quarter of the Patricia D. Fields- Unit & cable. 1st, last & sec
Rebecca Norris notice of its intent to issue and each agency's file or Southeast Quarter of Sec- #B-16 dep req. Avail. January,
Clerk Of The Circuit Court an environmental re- identification number, if tion 3 for a distance of 506 Hannover Street, call 229-7799 or 527-2347
By: Jasmine Hysmith sources individual known; 412.59 feet; thence go Waycross, GA31501 Efficiency Rooms. Weekly
Deputy Clerk stormwater permit, file South 34 degrees 55 min- Contents: Furniture, or monthly rentals Down-
number 23-0297204- (b) The name, address, utes 28 seconds West for a Household, Personal town PSJ on Reid Ave.
Submitted by: 001-SI1. The permit will be and telephone number of distance of 462.14 feet; goods Call Jason@ 850-340-0412
Law Office of Marshall C issued to Mr. Kenn Davis, the petitioner; the name, thence go South 10 de- December 24, 31, 2009
Watson Northwest Florida Renew- address, and telephone grees 45 minutes 00 sec- Lanark Village '1 br, 1 ba,
1800 NW 49th Street, Suite able Energy Center, LLC, number of the petitioner's onds East for a distance of New Updates, C/H/A
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 63, Clinton, Indiana 47842 which shall be the address the Northerly right of way 6 mo lease 850-728-1126
33309 for service purposes dur- line of a "Proposed Road- ____- .
Telephone: (954)453-0365 The purpose of the permit ing the course of the pro- way" (have a 66 foot right
Facsimile: (954)771-6052 is to authorize construction ceeding; and an explana- of way); thence go South
Tol Free: 1-800-441-2438 of the stormwater manage- tion of how the petitioner's 89 degrees 12 minutes 35
Decembree: 2, 3, 412 ment system for a pro- substantial interests are or seconds East for a dis-
December24,31,2009 osed biomass power will be affected by the stance of 761.15 feet for the PSJ: 2 br, 1.5ba
5262S plant on 32.7 acres of a agency determination; Point of Beginning. From a Very Nice Apt In nice
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT 47.5 acre parcel. # said Point of Beginning go neighborhood, close to
OF THE. FOURTEENTH Stormwater treatment will (c) A statement of when North 00 degrees 47 min- schools. Rare availabil-
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN be provided by a dry re- and how the petitioner re- utes 25 seconds East for a 3100 Antiques ty $650 mo Ideal for
AND FOR GULF COUNTY tention and a wet deten- ceived notice of the distance of 605.22 feet; 3110- Appliances single person or couple.
tion system with discharge agency decision; thence go South 89 de- 3120 Arts & Crafts 850-227-5883.
SUNTRUSTBANK to the adjacent Gulf grees 12 minutes 35 sec- 3130-Auctions
Plaintiff, County Canal.. (d) A statement of all dis- onds East for a distance of 3140 Baby Items *a3P I
puted issues of material 143.95 feet; thence go 3150- Building Supplies
vs Proper erosion control fact. If there are none, the South 00 degrees 47 min- 160 Bus lines 6130
measures will be em- petition must so indicate; utes 25 seconds West for a 3170 Collectibles
DEAN IZZO; CHOLLET K. played during construc- distance of 605.22 feet to a 3180- Computers 2 br, 2 ba, 1200sf Twnhm,
IZZO A/K/A CHOLLET K. tion. (e) A concise statement of point on the Northerly right 3190 Electronics Carrabelle, large deck
LONG; UNKNOWN TEN- the ultimate facts alleged, of way line of a "Proposed 3200 Firewood $650 mo. $650 dep. Avail-
ANT #1; UNKNOWN TEN- The project will be located including the specific facts Roadway"; thence go 3210 Free Pass It On able now Call for an appt.
ANT #2, and all unknown at 521 Premier Drive, Port that the petitioner con- North 89 degrees 12 min- 3230 ard Salesr 850-562-4996.
parties claiming an interest St. Joe, in Sections 25 and tends warrant reversal or utes 35 seconds West 3240 Guns
by, through, under or 36, Township 7 South, modification of the along said "Proposed 3250 Good Things to Eat
against any defendant, or Range 11 West, at Latitude agency's proposed action; Roadway" for a distance of 3260 Health & Fitness
claiming any right, title and 29 50' 11" N / Longitude 143.95 feet to the Point of 3270 Jewelry/Clothing
interest in the subject 085 18' 5" (f) A statement of the spe- Beginning. 3280 Machinery/ Long Ave Home
property, W. cific rules or statutes that 3290 Medical Equipment for Rent
Defendants the petitioner contends re- Any person claiming an In- 3300 Miscellaneous r R
Based on all the above, quire reversal or modifica- terest in the surplus from 3310 Musical Instruments Spacious & private home,
CASE NO.: 09-275-CA and with the application of tion of the agency's pro- the sale, if any, other than 3320 Plants & Shrubs/ 3 br, 2 ba, Large fenced in
general and limiting spe- posed action; and the property owner as of Supplies yard, front porch, hard-
NOTICE OF SALE cific conditions of the per- the date of the lie pend- 3340 Rst Hell wood foors 3 blocs to
mit, the Department has (g) A statement of the relief ens, must file a' claim 3350 -Tickps t(Bui&g l area shopping, downtown,
NOTICE IS HEREBY reasonable assurance the sought by the petitioner, within sixty (60) days after, new hospital site & St.
GIVEN that pursuant to the project, as proposed, fully stating precisely the action the sale. Joseph's Bay. Monthly
Final Judgment of Forecio- meets the environmental that the petitioner wishes rental available at $750,
sure entered in the resources stormwater the agency to take with re- Dated: December 18,2009 p er month w/ $750
above-styled cause in the treatment requirements of spect to the agency's security/damage dep. Call
Circuit Court in and for Chapter 62-346, Florida proposed action. Rebecca L. Norris Gulf Coast Property Ser-
Gulf County, Florida, I will Administrative Code, and Clerk of the Circuit Court S m vices at (850)229-2706 for
Sell at public auction to the will not harm the environ- A petition that does not By: BA Baxter more information & a tour
highest bidder for cash in ment. dispute the material facts Deputy Clerk ''of this great house rental.
at the Gulf County Court- on which the Department's
house, 1000 Cecil G. A person whose substan- action is based shall state Garvin B. Bowden, Esq. jfMI U CIUICT A IA
Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port tial interests are affected that no such facts are in Gardner, Bist, Wiener, "Iji I V I* lV&E
St. Joe, Florida 32456, by the Department's action dispute and otherwise Wadsworth & Bowden RA.
(850) 229-6112, at 11:00 may petition for an admin- shall contain the same in- 1300Thomaswood Drive 'NiCOle 1110 rt St. Jo0e
a.m. on January 21, 2010, istrative proceeding formation as set forth Tallahassee, Florida 32308 Winter special.Hot sexy 29 2
that certain real property (hearing) under Sections above, as required by Rule December31,2009 Nicole for pleasing mas- 229g6200
situated in the County of 120.569 and 120.57 of the 28-106.301, Florida Admin- January 7, 2010 sage. 850-691-9991
Gulf, State of Florida, more Florida Statute. The peti- istrative Code. Under Sec: 8 t /4AA
particularly described as tion must contain the infor- tions 120.569(2)(c) and (d) _________ 8 70
follows: mation set forth below and of the Florida Statute, a __
must be filed (received by petition for administrative 5350s
Lot Seven (7), Block the clerk) in the Office of hearing must be dismissed NOTICE Maintenance Technician Wanted

Twenty-nine (29), PORT General Counsel of the by the agency if the peti- TO RECEIVE BIDS Prefer HVAC cert., exp. with multi-
ST, JOE BEACH, UNIT Department at 3900 Corn- tion does not substantially
TWO (2), according to the monwealth Boulevard, Mail comply with the above re- PUBLIC WORKS-SEPTIC family housing a plus. Duties:
official plat thereof on file Station 35, Tallahassee, quirements or is untimely SYSTEM preventative maintenance, plumbing,
in the Office of the Clerk of Florida 32399-3000. filed.
Circuit Court of Gulf BID #0910-07 drywall, painting, cleaning, A/C
County, Florida. Because the administrative This action is final and ef- and heat pump repair, appliance
hearing process is de- fective on the date filed The Gulf County Board of
If you are a person with a signed to re-determine fi- with the Clerk of the De- County Commissioners repair, and experience using lawn
disability who needs spe- nal agency action on the apartment unless a petition will receive sealed bids equipment zero turn mower, etc.
cial accommodation in or- application, the filing of a is filed in accordance with from any qualified person,
der to access court facili- petition for an administra- the above. Upon the timely company or corporation Must have valid drivers license.
ties or participate in a tive hearing may result in a filing of petition this order interested in constructing: Call 850-227-7451 for more
court proceeding at any modification of the permit, will not be effective until
courthouse or court pro- or even a denial of the ap- further order of the De- PUBLIC WORKS-SEPTIC information; pick up application at
gram, you should, within plication. Accordingly, the apartment. SYSTEM 125 Venus Drive, Port St. Joe.
two (2) working days of re- applicant will not com- 125 Venus Drive, Port St. Joe.

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6130 | 6140 6140M --V
Mexi~ o Beach 3 br, 2 ba, energy efficient
MeIXiCO Beach home. Carpet, nice yard.
3 br, 2 ba townhome, W/D W/D incld. Small pets wel-
included, 1/2 mile to come! $800mo +$800 Palm Blvd. Home
beach, pool, clubhouse No dep.Avail now 653-5144
smoking, $915 mo. Call for Rent
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in Apalachicola. Cntrl air, w/ 4 br, 2 be, 2,000 + sq.
firepice, W/D, D/W, sun ft. of living space, large
deck, shady fncd in yard, front family room, second
work shed, ample parking expansive family room,
$800 mo, $600 sec dep. large bright washroom,
Townhome at Call Brenda 227-5380. fenced in backyard, front
porch & large shade trees,
Port St. Joe 3 br, 2 be, St. Joe Beach, close to area schools,
Country Club 1 blk from Beach. 8 years downtown Port St. Joe and
Townhome for rent, lo- new, hdwd floor in living St. Joseph's Bay. Monthly
cated right across from the area, Ig fncd, bkyd, fridge, rental available at $900 per
9th green of Port St. Joe W/D, $800 mo + utilities, month, with $900
Country Club. Two story, Long term rental. Avail im- security/damage deposit.
fully furnished, 3 br, 2.5 mediately. Will consider Call Gulf Coast Property
ba, T.H. with screened in lease purchase. Call JD, Services at (850)229-2706
back porch that overlooks (678) 358-5239 for more information & a
the golf course. The TH. is tour of this well kept home.
minutes from downtown, For Lease, 3 br, 2 be,
close to new hospital site Town House, unfurn., & 2 St. Jo e Beacith 3 br, 2 be,
& the community college, br, 2bae Duplex furnished. Brick Homewith car-
as well as other local area Gulf View/Beach. Leave port, big yard, screened
attractions. Monthly rental message Military Dis. porch 2 blocks boroom
$800 with $800 security/ 229-886-1872 beach, quiet neighborhood
$800 with $800 securat/ u20 min from TAFB $850
damage deposit. Call Gulf mo Call 850-647-8100
Coast Property Services at ,mo Call 850-647-8100
850-229-2706 for more info -- St. Joe Beach, Florida
& a tour of the Townhome. Coastal Cottage, 3br, 2 full
SGulfaire baths, New carpet, 1V/
S Executive 3e3 2 blocks from beach, great
mo free W&D, garage, screenedporch, RV/Boat
moefreedW&D, garage, Storage, 15 mine to Tyn-
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nis court, private beach, long term tease, and some
3 b, 1 be, 1307 Marvin Ave pets okay, $895 mo. g term leokay.e, and 227-3453me
$700 mo remodeled, 2 br, 850-639-2690 or 527-4122 pets okay. Call 227-34.
1 ba Mobile Home, $500
taking application Call House for rent in Port St. /
850-227-1795 Joe, CH&A, 2 br, 1 be,
Laundry room, nice yard
$525 mo, + $400 sec.
3 br 2 ba, 1 block from dep. 227-6216
beach. 101 Nautilus St.
Joe Beach. Lrg fncd yard, Mexico Beach-2 br, 2 ba
$1050/mo. + dep. Avail. front & back porch. 412 | R r _B ,
Jan 1st, Call Cheryl 850- 7th St. $650 mo Call A.
340-0748 850-648-4377 7100 Homes
7105 Open House
7110 Beach Home/
7120 Commercial
7130 Cando/Townhouse
7140 Farms & Ranches
o roasI 7150 Lots and Acreage
Southern Coasta Management 7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
LON TERM RETA7170 Waterfront
LONG TERM RENTALS 7180 Investment
i- l-Barefoolt (0 ge-3b/3.51blin(ludesWi ter, sewer,troI...:.$1,200 71 Real Estate
7200 Timeshare
PS-BarefootlC0age-2b/123ba inludeswater, sewer, trosh....$1,0 0 .T.
Mexi(o Be(ah- 3r/3ba, close to0the beac(h............................... 1,350 10 0

850.229.1350 *1.866.628.1334
wWW.SouthemiCoastal.00m Wewa- 109 Maddox Dr. 2
br, 1 be. NC Log Home
S 100x100, refrig, W/D,
CH&A. $49,900 OBO Call
850-234-4915 or 785-7255

Reed Estate. h,
Janalyn Dowden
108 S. E. Ave. A
CarrabeIle, Florida 32322.
2 BR 2 B Furnished, Doublewide 1
Fence ard on 2 lots, redecorated ... $600.00 C.SONkA
3BR 2 B Doublewide 1 CM L
Fenced, large lot............................ $800.00 100 Antique & Collectibles
3 BR 1 B Duplex 110" Cars
UnfurnishedFenced Back Yard ....... $650.00 8120 Sports Utility Vehicles
Unfurnished,Fenced$Bac.00 8130 Trucks
2 BR 1 B Duplex 8140 Vans
Remodeled, Fenced Back Yard ......... $600.00 8150 Commercial
3 BR 1 B End Unit Apt 8160 Motorcycles
Front & Back Porch...... ............ $525.00 8170 Auto Parts
3 BR 3 B Condo & Accessories
Unfurnished Pool....................... $750.00 1210 Boats
3 BR 3 B Condo 8220 Personal Watercraft
BR 3 B Condo 8230 Sailboats
Furnished Pool...........................$500.00 wk 8240 Boat & Marine
2 BR End Unit Apt Supplies
Furnished Carport........ .............. $525.00 8245- Boat Slips & Docks
1 BR Interior Apt 8310 Aircraft/Aviation
Furnished Redecorated ............... $500.00 8320 ATvoff Road Vehicles
2 BR 1B Apt 8330 Campers &,Trallers
Unfurnished Apt...........................$500.00 8340 Motoromes
3 BR 1 B Furnished Apt (3 Day Min) 6
2 BR 1 B Water Front House 82O0
Beautiful View...... .......... ............ $900.00 L 8Z b10
Beach front houses with winter rates. T200 raceRobertshp e30
Short & Long term rentals. Survey Report avail.
PLEASE CALL JOANN 850-697-9604 Located Port St. Joe. $18K
OR 850-323-0444 FOR RENTALS. 954-288-7536

Climate Controlled Units Lease Warehouse Space
Lease Office Space Watercraft and RV Storage


Port St. Joe Commercial
For Lease
Retail / Office Space
317 Williams Avenue
+/-1800sf tenant improvements negotiable; $1350/mo gross
325 Reld Avenue
+/-4500sf shell space; corner locattion; $2500/mo gross
309 Reid Avenue
+/-6000sf renovated shell space; occupant ready; $4500/mo mod. gross
200-B Reid Avenue
+/-2100sf-finished retail space; $1750 mod. gross
312 Heid Avenue
+/-1116sf Suite C; finished office space; lobby area with two
office suites and filing/storage room; $1000/mo NNN
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-office/school space; Large yard; $2850/mo mod. gross
210 Reid Avenue
+/-2250sf-refurbished retail space; $2000/mo mod. gross
319 Reid Avenue
+/-1394- finished retail space; move in ready. $1250/mo plus utilities
322 Long Avenue
+/-lOOO1sf move-in ready; $900/mo gross
411 Reid Avenue
+/-2668sf office space; $9.45 psf mod. gross
309 Williams Avenue
+/-3000sf-former day school with outdoor play area;
recent interior upgrade; $2250/mo mod. gross
Warehouse / Flex Space
110 Trade Circle West
750sf-22,500sf PSJ Commerce Park, flex space, $5.25psf NNN (incl.
160 Cessna Drive
+/-5,000sf office/flex space; Adjacent'to Costin Airport; $7 psf plus utilities
and applicable sales tax; Inquire for possible incentives/concessions.
772 Hwy 98, Suite A
+/-900sf office flex space, Includes 450sf overhead storage. $500/mo
modoss For Sale

402 Reid Avenue

+/-2400sf office space; newer construction on downtown
corner lot; $239,900
320 Marina Drive
Corner lot on entrance to Marina Cove, prime location w/high visibility;
.14 acres.
407 Reid Ave
+/-4988sf; Multi tenant bldg 100% leased; Parking Incl; $549,000
317 MonumentAve
+/-4431sf; New construction located directly on Hwy 98; Plarking Included;
$569,000 Also available for lease. Please inquire for terms.
401 Reid Avenue
+/- 5400sf-perfect retail space; $475,000 Also available for lease. Please
inquire for terms.
Marketed Exclusively by: '
850-229-6373 .



Thursday, December 31, 2009 w w Page 11


h1t _s

For a group of seven seniors at P6rt St.
Joe High, this was a year to remember on
the softball diamond.
Seniors, Meredith Todd, Torie Greer, Angela .
tCanington, Heather Strange, Heather Brinkmeier, Jo
Williams and Kayla Minger had been oh so close to
a berth in the state Final Four before but had come
up empty.
Not in 2009.
Riding the, once again, immaculate pitching
of Minger, the Lady Sharks, with a dash of power
and speed from three freshmen, won their district.
pushing aside county nemesis, Wewahitchka, and
Followed that with a region title.
At the state tournament in Sarasota, the girls won
.a semifinal but fell 5-2 in the final to cap a glorious
season of championships for the Lady Sharks.

That was the approximate distance
between the Port St. Joe girls' track teat
and their second-straight state title.
The Lady Tiger Sharks were nursing
a narrow margin over Gainesville P.K. Yonge
entering the final relay of the state Class 1A
championship meet.
Yonge won the relay, beating a fourth-place Po
St. Joe by four seconds and Yonge vaulted into a
2.5 point lead and the title.
Over the past three years, the Lady Tiger
Sharks, who return nearly the entire squad from lI
year, have finished third, first and second at the
slate Class 1 A track and field meet.
After winning it all in 2008, Coach (enhy
Parker said he wanted to start a tradition for girls
track. I
Mission accomplished, '
*;* *

S As far as injuries go, the most significant this yeas was the injury to the right, throwing,
shoulder of Samantha Rich, suffered while playing volleyball in physical education class.
U E 'L.) Rich's pitching had led the Lady Gatqrs of Wewahitchka High School to the previous two stc
Class 1 A titles. She signed with Jacksonville (AL) State University and seemed ready for another
title run before her shoulder required surgery. , t back at midseason but could not pitch -she is expecie to pitch at Jacksonville State begin
' in the fall and played first base or designated hitter.
Still a danger at the plate, the Lady Gators badly missed her dominant pitching and quietly bowed but
the regional playoffs with their first sub-.500 record in some time. I '





That would be Kayla Parker, Port St. Joe's fabulous
senior sgnnter. Not only a good student, a leader
in her class in school, Parker is arguably as good a
female trackahilete as the county has produced.
At the state meet., Parker won the 100 and 200 meter
sprints; the 1 10 mejer hurdles and finished a close second in
the long jump :
She would have tied for third in the team competition and
has now walked away from three state meets with 12 medals,
including, 1)i golds.
Reportedly poised to sign a track scholarship with the
OUniversity of Kentucky, Parker also served as the point guard for
the quicksilver Lady Tiger Shark basketball team.
Enjoy her now, Gulf County, her final year.


Harris, a
senior at
Port St.
Joe High
ate School,
finished his
track career
ing as state
it of in the pole


The Port St. Joe softball team, and seven seniors who had
been close, finally climbed the mountain to the state Final Four.
They come up three runs shy of a title in the championship

That would be the best way to
describe the stunning run the Tiger
Sharks took over the final weeks of the
baseball season.
After a slow start under first-year Coach T.C.
Brewer, the Tiger Sharks used timely hitting,
effective pitching and solid defense to go on a
run over the final month of the regular season.
Port St. Joe easily won the district and then
came from behind in a thrilling best-of-three
regional final against Bozeman to earn a trip to
Sarasota and the state Final Four.
The Tiger Sharks came up short in the
semifinals but proved that a dash of grit and
belief onto talent is a winning combination.

Si Grant Rish, a senior at Port St.
Joe" High School, was no match for
Most of his opponents this year in
boys' golf.
Rish carried a 35 average For nine holes
and won or tied every one of the nine
tournaments or matches in which he played.
He won the district, finished in a tie for
first at the region tournament, earning his
spot at the state tournament.
There, a windy, difficult second day
proved too much to overcome a small deficit
after the first day, but Rish finished 28th in
the state, capping what was by all accounts'
the finest scholastic golf season in county


Led by Kayla Parker, second from right, the Port St. Joe girls'
track team finished second by 2.5 points at the state Class
1 A meet. The Lady Tiger Sharks have finished third, first and
second in the state the past three years.,

Coach Jim Belin
became the
first coach in
county history
to win 200 or
more games
in two sports,
adding 200
_F wins in softball
'to his 200 wins
and one state
title in boys'
S basketball.

2 200 + 200 = HISTORY
On their way to Plant City, the
Lady Sharks eclipsed the 200th :,
softball victory in.the coaching career
of.Coach Jim Belin. '
Combined with his 200 wins and one state
title in boys' basketball, Belin became the first
coach in Port St. Joe High School history, and
' as far as anyone could tell county history, to
win 200 or more games in more than one
sport .

.~E~.u ~WWRUINNING Th~i.ARhiflflh I

Led by track athlete Kayla
Parker at the point, the Lady Tiger
Shark basketball team proved that
speed indeed kills the will of the
The Laday Tiger Sharks were
f simply too fdst and too defensively
furious for most oppo'tients as they carved out
more than 20 wins and reached the region
final, one step away from the state Final Four '
in Lakeland. 0
That they came up.atick slow in a track
meet of neither diminished the Lady
Tiger Sharks' season nor their prospects for
the current season, which finds them with
almost the identical ftam back and an

The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks won
22 games and their 16th consecutive
district title, a streak that turned out to


n little when Port St. Joe bowed out in the
ling round of the region playoffs.
)n the bright side, Port St. Joe brought
,e starters as well as three key reserves
k for 2009-10 and the prospects, and
ectations, of another deep run into the
yoffs churn for one of the most successful
grams in the region .

... was ultimately rendered
a non-story but it is one, local
school athletic programs will ,
surely. deal with in the near
In an effort to address
king school budgets, the Florida High ,
ool Athletics Association voted early in the
r to reduce the number of games played in
h sport but football by 20 percent.
k gender-equity lawsuit arising in South
da, however, ensued and the FHSAA *
lately retreated, rescinding the original
er, but potentially leaving younger level
ts, junior varsity and middle school, in ,
he budget prospects for the next several
rs are no brighter for schools and the
e remains simmering below the surface,
icularly in Gulf County where the district
vides no funding for sports, tneaning in
cult times gate receipts are the lifeblood of
programs .
kn unsettling situation for athletes,
:hes, administrators and fans of scholastic


Stoy-ad potsiby IMCRFI StrN N ,(itr

As with any year, this was a fine one to be a sports fan in Gulf County. To even try to whittle the top stories to 10 proved a challenge.
From pigskin to pitches, hoops to home runs, track to tackles, the year in sports was noteworthy.
Here is one stab at the top sports stories of the'year and remember, as in any competition, please no betting.


Thursday, December 31, 2009


Clinicare Home Medical
Jackie Etheridge. Marketing Director
171 US HWY 98, Suite.F
P. O Box 1106,
Eastpoint,FL 32328
Phone: 850-670-5555 :
Cell: 850-541-2116 .-.
Toll Free: 888-831-6754 ..
Fax: 850-670-5559;.850-670-5551.

Emerald Coast Jewelry.
Marie Stephens, Owner
2802-B Hwy 98,
Mexico Beach. Fl 32456
Phone: 850-648-2300
Cell: -706-829-2385

Marie Stephens Photography
Marie Stephens, Owner
2802-B Hwy 98,
Mexico Beach, FL 32456
Phone: 850-648-2300
Cell: 706-829-2385

Gulf Coast Hatteras
Cynde Aaron, Sales Assistant
260 Marina Drive,
Port St Joe. 32456
Phone: 850-229-5900
Fax:. 850-229-5901
Cell: 251-747-6830
caaron @

The Local Computer Guy
Brian Baird, Owner
104 Stone Drive
Phone: 813-892-3358

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Debbie Hooper and John Parker

Gulf County
Chamber of Commerce
101 Reid Avenue, Suite 101
Port St. Joe, FL 32456
850-227-1223 800-239-9553

Ralph Roberson, Roberson & Friedman, P.A.
Jeremy Novak, Novak Law Offices. GCPS.,
Randy Raffield. Raffield Fisheries
Melissa Farrell, joseph's cottage
Tom Gibson, Rish, Gibson, Scholz
& Groom, P.A.
Tommy Lake, Bayside Savings Bank
Rex Buzzett. Buy-Rite Drugs
Michael Hammond, Assist. Admin. & Jail Dir.
Bobby Pickels, Progress Energy Florida

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