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YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937


JOSH ETHRIDGE'S
GOT TALENT, B1


YEAR 73, NUMBER 36

Thursday, JUNE 23,2011 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com 50C

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS



Health insurance debate turns contentious


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
A discussion on health insur-
ance options for county employ-
ees devolved into a contentious
debate of charges and counter-
charges on June 14.
The jumping off point was the
Board of County Commission-
ers' decision on May 24 to reject
a proposal from Blue Cross/Blue


Shield of Florida that included a
9 percent increase in premiums
before the board applied its $750
per family contribution to the
plan options.
In rejecting the bid, the board
voted 5-0 to have Commissioner
Bill Williams research the issue
and come back with a recom-
mendation. Williams told the
board on Tuesday that by reject-
ing the plan, the board had saved


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$51,000.
The savings came because
April 2010, one of the worst
claims months in the past year


for the county, was dropped from
the 12-month assessment BCBS
uses to arrive at prices for its
plans, bringing about a savings
of 5 percent, or $51,000.
Williams called the initial 9
percent premium increase -
which was negotiated down from
the 13 percent originally brought
forward by BCBS - "flabber-
gasting" and blamed the coun-
ty's insurance agent for health


insurance, Todd Torgersen, for
not being aggressive enough in
representing the county.
"We are not getting the rep-
resentation from this agent we
need," Williams said. "When I
look at these numbers, it is frus-
trating to me."
Williams said he wondered
where the $51,000 savings was on
See HEALTH A7


SCALLOP SEASON OPENS


PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM
The early start of bay scallop harvest season was evident in these aerials taken at Presnell's Marina last year.
The first, shot the day before the season opened, shows the marina largely unpopulated. As the season started
the following day, the boat and truck traffic is evident.




'Well worth the Mork'


Extended scallop season

opens with promise

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Bay scallop harvest season should be
much like last year in St. Joseph's Bay
-just 20 days longer.
That's what researchers with the
Florida Marine Research Institute have
determined after their annual survey of
Florida bay scallop populations.
"St. Joseph's Bay should be about like
last year, maybe up a little bit," said Steve
Geiger with the Florida Marine Research
Institute in St. Petersburg.
Scallop harvest season begins Satur-
day, one week before the typical July 1
start, and will end Sept. 25, about 15 days
later than the usual Sept. 10 end of har-
vest season.
"I will be out there the first day," said
Vern Barth of Port St. Joe. "I can't wait.
I already have my kayak ready, and I am
ready to go. I have my 'honey holes,' my
two secret spots, and I hope it will be like


the last two years. The last couple of .
years, every time I've gone out I've
caught my limit. It's great fun for
everybody, everybody of all ages. It
is treasure hunting. It is well worth the
work."
Surveys taken in recent weeks sho\%
the St. Joseph's Bay scallop popula-
tion holding fairly steady over pre-
vious seasons, which have seen
an upsurge since the population
significantly declined in 2004.
"They were bad all over the
state in 2004," Geiger said.
Each spring researchers sur-
vey the bay by setting out 20 300-
meter transect lines throughout
the bay and then counting the
number of scallops along each
transect line.
The average number of scal-
lops found per station this year
was 155, up slightly from the 138
average per transect line in 2010.
The highest station average was 1,000,
down from about 1,200 last year, and Gei-
ger said researchers had five transect
lines that yielded zero scallops; last year
See SCALLOP Al 0


The ultimate prize: a bag
of freshly harvested bay
scallops. Below, sometimes
the pursuit of scallops entails
wading into the bay, as
these folks did last season.


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GULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD


Board approves


superintendent


resolution

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Gulf County School Board last week
unanimously approved a resolution urging
Gov. Rick Scott to appoint Sara Joe Wooten
as Superintendent of Schools until next
year's election.
Superintendent Tim Wilder has sub-
mitted his resignation, effective June 30,
to take the same position with the Dothan
(Ala.) City School System.
As of press time, the governor's office
had yet to receive the resignation letter.
Once received, an application period would
open, said a spokesperson for the governor's
office. There is no timetable for making an
appointment, the spokesperson added.
The board, following Wilder's recom-
mendation, had appointed Wooten, the
deputy superintendent for instruction, to
fill the superintendent's post upon Wilder's
See SUPERINTENDENT A3


TIM CROFT I The Star
Rep. Jimmy Patronis (R-Panama City
Beach) and Gov. Rick Scott stopped and
chatted with residents during a reception
before the Lincoln Day Dinner.


Gov. Scott


touts progress


in Port St. Joe

By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Gov. Rick Scott promised an enthusiastic
crowd in the Centennial Building that the
next wait would not span 55 years.
Scott, the first sitting Florida governor
to speak in Gulf County in 55 years, was the
keynote speaker and crowd magnet for the
annual Lincoln Day Dinner, sponsored by
the Gulf County Republican Party, in part-
nership with the GOP in Franklin, Liberty

See SCOTT A6


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Local


Thursday, June 23, 2011


County to consider RV ordinance Tuesday


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
The Board of County
Commissioners will con-
sider a new ordinance
pertaining to recreational
vehicles at its next regular
meeting on June 28.
That night, commis-
sioners will hold a first
reading of the ordinance
which has been in the
works for more six weeks.
Second reading and adop-
tion of the ordinance is
scheduled for July 12.
The Planning and De-
velopment Review Board
(PDRB) as well as county
attorney Jeremy Novak
have been working on
language, while hearing
public input at two regular
meetings and one special
meeting.
County commission-
ers have also provided
input for the final ordi-
nance, which is a product
of massaging the original
ordinance proposed by the
PDRB.
The ordinance has
been posted on the county
website.
The ordinance defines


The ordinance would restrict RV use along or on lots contiguous with the
rights-of-way of U.S. Highway 98, State 30-A and State 30-E, the so-called
tourist or "coastal" corridors.
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the "coastal" or tourist
corridor and is aimed to
"prohibit the uncontrolled
use and placement of rec-
reational vehicles through-
out the county and within
the "coastal" corridor.
The ordinance would
restrict RV use along or
on lots contiguous with
the rights-of-way of U.S.
Highway 98, State 30A and
State 30E, the so-called
tourist or "coastal" corri-
dors.
The ordinance also
defines those areas of an
expanded tourist corridor
where RVs may be set up
and occupied for 45 days
in any calendar year pro-
vided the owner of the land
and the RV are the same.
Those expanded tour-
ist corridor areas include:
State 30A from Highway
98 to the intersection of


State 30E (bayside, includ-
ing lots on Country Club
Road); State 30E from
intersection with State
30A to the T. H. Stone St.
Joseph Peninsula State
Park (gulf side); and U.S.
98 from County 386 and
south to the intersection
with Westview Avenue.
Outside of those
"coastal" corridor areas,
RVs are limited to one per
parcel; lot coverage must
be no more than 30 per-
cent of impervious area;
the placement of the RV
must allow for two park-
ing spaces per lot; and all
RVs must meet standard
building setbacks and
county building and com-
prehensive plan guide-
lines.
Such vehicles set up
within the "coastal" cor-
ridors must be used ex-


clusively for residential
purposes by owners of
lots within the corridors
and can not be in place for
more than 45 days per cal-
endar year.
Commercial use of
RVs within the "coastal"
corridors is prohibited by
the ordinance, which al-
lows for RVs to be stored
in "coastal" corridors as
long as it is located on the
same lot as the primary
dwelling of the property
owner and is not being oc-
cupied.
The ordinance goes on
to allow an RV for con-
struction or repair of a
primary dwelling for up to
180 consecutive days.
Any RV being used with
the "coastal" corridors
must be evacuated within
48 hours prior to an ex-
pected landfall of a hurri-


cane or similar emergency
weather situation.
The ordinance also
regulates accessory non-
dwelling structures.
Such structures are not
intended as dwellings, but
may have electrical ser-
vice and limited plumbing
accessibility. If used as a
dwelling such structures
must meet building and
occupation codes or be
considered in violation
and subject to removal.
Structures less than 100
square feet must meet ap-
plicable land development
and building code require-
ments, while structures
larger than 100 square
feet require a building
permit and comply with
all land and development
regulations.
The ordinance further
requires all RVs within


Gulf County to be per-
mitted annually and the
permit must be displayed
prominently by the RV
owner. Registration and
permit fees will be es-
tablished by the Board of
County Commissioners
following input from ap-
propriate staff.
Any annual registra-
tion of an RV must detail
its proposed use.
Violation of the ordi-
nance is subject to mon-
etary penalty. For a first
violation, the fine is $50
and $50 per each ensuing
day until the violation is
corrected; a second viola-
tion will result in a $100
fine, $50 per day thereaf-
ter; a third violation could
result in a fine not to ex-
ceed $500 and a term in
the county jail not to ex-
ceed 60 days.
The ordinance would
take affect upon final adop-
tion and the county meet-
ing publication require-
ments. The owners of par-
cels not in compliance or
using RVs in a manner not
adhering to the ordinance,
have until Oct. 1 to come
into compliance.


Three arrested in Port St. Joe High School burglary


Star Staff Report

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office announced three
arrests from an investigation into a June 8 burglary at
Port St. Joe High School.
James A. Williams, 15, of Port St. Joe was arrested
Monday on charges of burglary, criminal mischief and
discharging a fire extinguisher.
Investigators identified the other two suspects as
Lawrence Eugene Carpenter, 18, and Sean Michael
Morgan, 21 of Mexico Beach.
Both were arrested Tuesday and also charged with
criminal mischief, burglary and discharging a fire ex-
tinguisher.
School officials notified the GCSO on June 8 after


JAMES LAWRENCE
WILLIAMS CARPENTER


discovering a burglary the night before. Wi
been broken and a fire extinguisher discha
school.
The School Resource deputy, DARE d


school and identified Williams, a student at the school
as one of the participants.
During an interview following their arrest, Morgan
and Carpenter also admitted to smashing the windows
out of several cars at WaterFront Auto Sales in High-
land View.
SEAN In addition, the three went to what was Gulf Pines
MORGAN Hospital, made a torch from a sheet and metal pole and
dropped the torch on a bed and left. The torch set the
bed on fire which caused the sprinkler system to dis-
indows had charge water for several days before it was discovered.
irged in the The trio has been charged with arson, two counts of
criminal mischief, discharging a fire extinguisher and
deputy and two counts of burglary.


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departure until the gover-
nor made an appointment.
With the district in the
midst of a staff shuffling
because of the consolida-
tion of the middle and high
schools for the 2011-2012
school year and facing
difficult budgetary chal-
lenges, the board hoped
to have Wooten remain in
place until voters chose a
superintendent next year.
Board members already
decided to send individual
letters to the governor urg-
ing him to appoint Woo-
ten to Wilder's unexpired
term.
"This will just keep it go-
ing like it has been going,"
said board chairman John
Wright. "We will keep going
forward."
Board member Danny
Little added, "It will be the
best for our system given
everything we are going
through and have been go-
ing through the past few
years."
Board member George
Cox said he had spoken
with state Sen. Bill Mont-
ford (D-Tallahassee) and


Rep. Jimmy Patronis
(R-Panama City Beach)
about the board's desires
to keep Wooten in place as
"interim" superintendent
through the next election
and said both expressed
their support.
The consolidation of
middle and high schools
and budget considerations
are already causing a sig-
nificant shift in staff.
Port St. Joe Middle
School principal Juanise
Griffin is moving to Port
St. Joe High School as
guidance counselor; We-
wahitchka Middle School
principal Pam Lister will
become a district staffing
specialist.
Deputy Superintendent
for Business Affairs Bill
Carr will move back to the
classroom at Wewahitchka
Elementary while former
Port St. Joe High School
principal Duane McFar-
land moves to the district
office as supervisor for
business affairs.
Sue Gannon, district
supervisor for curriculum,
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school assistant principal,
splitting her weeks be-
tween the high schools on
each end of the county.
A number of teachers
from the middle schools
are moving to either an el-
ementary school or a high
school.
The selection process
for hiring a new principal
at Port St. Joe High School
has been expanded in
both candidates and time
frame.
There are now seven fi-
nalists for the job with tar-
geted selection by a hiring
committee taking place
this week. It is hoped a
new principal will be hired
by the end of the month.
"It is a hard job, and we
need to make sure we have
the right person in place,"
Wright said.
In other business before
the board:
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Bright Futures Scholarship
program.
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12 school year, students
seeking Bright Eitures
scholarships must perform
required community ser-
vice hours.
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ars, who must maintain a
3.5 GPA and score 1270 on
the SAT or 28 on the ACT,
will see their community
service hour requirement
jump from 75 hours to 100
hours.
Florida Medallion Schol-
ars, who must carry a 3.0
GPA and score 970 or better
on the SAT or 20 or better
on the ACT, must now per-
form 75 hours of approved
community service.
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who must carry a 3.0 GPA,
score at least the minimum
passing score on the Col-
lege Placement Test (CPT)
or SAT and earn a 3.5 GPA
or better while taking three
consecutive vocational
courses, must perform 30
hours of community ser-
vice.
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hours must be performed
alone or via an agency ad-
dressing a quantifiable
need in the community -
for example, volunteering
with the Humane Society
to care for shelter animals
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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Sinning with



an Angel


If you are going to sin,
you ought to sin with an
Angel. I've done it; I've
gone and done it. She will
never forgive me. There
are some things that you
don't have a choice about.
They just happen. Some
things are just
meant to be.
People will talk, d'
and when they
talk in the beauty
salons and barber
shops, they talk loud.
Before going on a
recent business trip, (RA
I needed a haircut. I TR
called and asked for B
Becca, my Becca,
who talks about love and
shows me her tattoos and
cuts my hair. The folks
at the hair cutting place
said that Becca wouldn't
be back until Wednesday.
I was in trouble. I was
leaving at 6 a.m. on
Wednesday to travel south.
The young lady on the
phone was very nice. I
asked if they were busy
and she replied "Not right
now, but I can't tell you if
someone is about to show
up, it's first come, first
serve." I told her that I
understood and that I was
on the way.
It took me about ten
minutes to get there. The
place was empty and there
were two nice looking girls
waiting to scalp me sitting
in the chairs. One of the
girls started laughing, she
knew who I was and had
heard my conversations
with Becca on numerous
occasions. I started to say
"Hi, I'm..." But before
I could get it out of my
mouth, she said "I know
who you are."
I was scared.
She directed me to
her chair and introduced
herself as "Angel." I told
her that it was a pretty
name and also told her that
Becca was going to kill me.
Angel agreed that Becca
would probably kill me, but
agreed to cut my hair. We
decided that I could pay
Becca double next time
and she would probably
be OK,
Angel turned out to be
very nice with a good sense
of humor. She didn't have
tattoos like my Becca, but
I thought it was going to be
OK Angel and I discussed
my hair and what number
attachment goes on the
clippers or whatever Becca
uses on my head. Angel
thought she remembered,
I guess more people are
listening to me when I'm
talking to Becca than I
think.
That worries me.
I told Angel I was going
down to the shuttle launch
and needed to look like


a rocket scientist that
wasn't going bald. The
other stylist was sitting
there in her chair being
entertained, waiting to pipe
in. She reminded me of a
"Malibu Barbie."
Barbie suggested a
comb over; I
- think she was
being funny.
However, Angel
, agreed with her
and proceeded
to tell me that
she was going to
INKS MY leave the front
ACTOR long so it would
BN Heard work. Barbie
demonstrated
how a comb over worked
with her blond hair while
sitting in her chair.
Malibu Barbie also
made a comment about
my glasses and that I
didn't have to worry about
looking geeky or nerdy, I
had them both covered.
Both of these girls had
a sense of humor. I had
Angel and Barbie to myself
and I was having a good
time. I was still worried
about this terrible sin I
was committing by letting
Angel cut my hair.
The conversation and
music were good, Angel
even had some of the
therapeutic qualities of
Becca, but was lacking in
tattoos. They were listening
to a country music station,
which seemed very odd for
both of them, but I liked it.
Blake Shelton came
on the radio singing "Who
Are You When I'm Not
Looking." It's a pretty
song and Angel and Barbie
seemed to know it and
want to sing along. When
Blake got to the part about
wanting to know who she
is when he's not looking, I
asked Angel who she was
when no one is looking.
Without missing a
beat, Angel replied "I'm
Shemeka and I dance in
my socks." I thought she
was kidding, but I found out
quickly that her name was
actually "Shemeka Angel."
I told her it was a pretty
name and we talked about
her dancing in her socks
and being named Shemeka
Angel.
Angel's father wanted to
name her "Beulah Angel,"
but her mother wouldn't
have any part of it. I'm glad
they named her Shemeka
Angel, because I can't see
her turning into Beulah
when no one's looking.
I have confessed my sin.
I just hope Becca forgives
me because she's the one
holding the clippers.
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Keyboard KLATTERINGS



Commissioners in no-win zone


By any measure, county taxpayers
were losers last week given the
events of Tuesday night's county
commission meeting.
Sure, for the time being, taxpayers
were saved $51,000 for employee
health insurance costs. But in image,
perception of consistency of message
and basic comportment of county
commissioners, last
week's episode of
"How the board of
county commissioners
turns" was worthy of
cancellation.
The ignition for last
week's theater was
TIM CROFT the Board of County
Star news editor Commissioners'
decision last month to
reject an employee health insurance
proposal from Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
No matter that the county's
insurance committee had worked for
months on the coming fiscal year's
plans, no matter that this was the
committee's recommendation and
commissioners had long ago said
they would resist the urge to micro-
manage staff operations.
Commissioners rejected the
proposal and it turned out to be a
fortuitous decision, as the claims loss'
picture changed for the better, rather
than the worst; a short-term gain that
could be wiped out as the process
moves ahead because of last week's
events.
It was, the county's insurance
agent said, a gamble that could have
gone either way, but paid off in this
case.
But in the often nasty and
uncomfortable discussion that
ensued concerning health insurance
options, Commissioner Bill Williams
assumed the role of bully.
While denying he was doing so,
Williams impugned the integrity and
effort of the county's insurance agent
and turned his ire and accusations
to a Wewahitchka businessman
partnered with the county's agent.
Williams blasted the effort of
county staff, in particular human
resources director Denise Manuel.
He was, in short, framing the
discussion in personal terms.
The kicker: Williams brought


in a man from Brown and Brown
Insurance he called "a friend and
long-time acquaintance" - and
one who, personally and through
his company, contributed $1,500 to
Williams' 2008 election campaign - to
reinforce his attacks on the county's
health insurance agent and the
proposals offered to the county.
That Williams perceived no
conflict in appearing to steer public
business to a personal friend and
campaign contributor is topped
only by his assertion after the
meeting that there was not even an
"appearance" of a conflict.
This can't be stated clearly or
often enough: If an elected official is
accepting campaign donations from
any entity doing business or seeking
to do business with his or her office
that is a conflict, at the minimum in
appearance.
But Williams is hardly alone in
sharing blame for this unprofessional
90 minutes of baseless accusations
and use of the bully pulpit.
The county insurance committee
which brought the recommendation
on a health insurance plan to
commissioners May 24, when
commissioners rejected the
proposal, is comprised of several
county and clerk's office employees,
including county administrator Don
Butler.
Yet Butler never uttered a word
and allowed Manuel to be grilled to
such an extent that she was all but
compelled to lash back, however
improperly.
Never did a commissioner, as they
so often do each meeting, ask for
insight from Butler.
Such a lack of concern about
employees under commissioners'
wings who are working harder with
fewer resources than three years ago
must be demoralizing for county staff
- after all, Manuel was in essence
provided a negative job performance
review in public - and symbolic of
how much work-by-threat thrives in
county operations.
In addition, that the chairman of
the board, Commissioner Warren
Yeager, allowed the discussion to
get so out of hand, to allow Williams
his tirades and assertions that in


some cases were off the mark, is also
disconcerting.
Gavel the meeting, it has
certainly happened before. Give
everybody a chance to take a deep
breath.
Even though emotions were
ratcheted up by the minute as the
county's agent was badgered, a local
businessman demeaned and a long-
time county employee reduced to
tears amid public questions about
her job performance, Yeager did
little to halt the damage or tamp the
emotions.
Further, it was inexcusable
that the discussion, as framed
by Williams and the competing
insurance agent, took place in a
regular public meeting.
For all practical purposes, this
was a contest of insurance agents,
a case for getting the county
business that should have been left
to a Request for Qualifications or
Proposals and a workshop.
To conduct a professional
wrestling version of a bid process
during a regular public meeting was
unnecessary and only increased the
emotions that have swirled around
the issue for years.
The language of Williams' motion
to "hire" Brown and Brown on a
contingency basis for cost savings
with the fallback position that of the
county's current agent - Williams
even pushed for a letter of agent of
record to Brown and Brown, the only
way, he stated, Brown and Brown
could gauge the market - begged for
an RFP at the least.
There was no motion that an
emergency situation existed - three
commissioners simply voted to
change agents in mid-meeting and
did so contrary to their rules.
Shortly after former
commissioners Billy Traylor and
Nathan Peters, Jr. were voted
from office last year Williams
stated to Commissioner Carmen
McLemore that McLemore's days
of taking actions in an arrogant and
counterproductive fashion, based on
the knowledge of having three votes
on his side, were expiring.
Last week showed those days
remain very much alive.


Our firecrackers need a short fuse!


"Thirty years!" I
repeated with a little bit
of disbelief. I pawed the
ground with my Asics
knock-a-rounds. I had to
have a new roof. Of that,
there was no doubt.
I could see the
edges of the old
shingles beginning
to roll up. I was
objecting to the
price. I wasn't
ordering gold HU
glittered topping. DI
I wasn't buying an Kesl
acrylic heat shield, Kesle
thermo hydroelectric
turbines or solar panels.
I just needed something
to keep the rain out of my
living room. The quoted
price, including labor, tax,
title, prep, surcharge and
profit coefficient was over
half what the blooming
house cost us just a few
years back!
The part that really
galled me was the extra
"capital outlay" I had to
fork over because of some
regulation that mandated
the shingles had to have
a 30 year life. Folks, I'm in
my sixties. I did some fast
calculating. How many 90
year olds do you know?
I sought a compromise.
I don't want to pay for
something I won't be
around to use. "Say, do you
have a cheaper one with
a 22.3 year guarantee?" I
might be a little optimistic
here, but I was trying to
err on the side of caution.
I don't need a car
with bumper to bumper
100,000 mile guarantee.
I'd rather pay less and
let the "guarantee" slip
down to 68, 284 miles.
I'm not paying extra for
the lifetime Ginsu knives


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either. And I don't have
time left for a 401K. I'm
going to have to "make do"
with the 200.5 version.
It's like life insurance.
I was all set to jump into
a big policy to aid
Cathy and me as
we entered our
golden years.
It sounded so
reasonable. And,
as the agent
KER explained, it would
WN really build up in
Colbert a hurry. I had the
pen in hand when
I thought to ask when does
this big "lump sum" come
back to us? "Oh, sir, it will
be passed out upon your
death."
I don't want to pay for
anything that I've got to
die to collect!
It's amazing how folks
wait till I'm half way down
the other side to start
talking long term with me.
Where was that Ginsu
salesman when I was
nineteen?
'Course, come to think
of it, when we were young
we thought "long range"
meant the next morning.
Mrs. Dinwiddie gave us
that talk in the fourth
grade about "setting goals"
and having an "outline"
of what you expected
your life to be. We nodded
politely in agreement, but
the real goal was for that
3:15 bell to ring so we could
escape.
We woke up everyday
interested in what we were
about to do-right then!
What time were we going
to meet at the ball field?
Was Uncle F D. going to
come by and pick us up?
Could we walk to town? We
were not encumbered with


thoughts of tomorrow. We
couldn't have pronounced
"Carpe Diem" if that Latin
poet, Horace, had been
living next door. But we
could flat sure seize the
moment. We set goals
every day. If we were on
second base, the goal was
to score. If we were down
at the big ditch with the
grapevine in our hand,
the goal was to make it
to the other side. If Leon
suddenly grabbed you from
behind and put you in the
West Japanese, double-
cross, step-over toe hold,
your goal was to break
loose before he squeezed
the corn bread and black
eyed peas right out of you!
I can remember the
guidance counselor in high
school actually bringing
in books on engineering,
archeology, business
administration and the
like. When we realized
they didn't have any
pictures of pretty girls, we
lost interest pretty quick.
We were not out at Frank's
Dairy Bar speculating on
college algebra or having
a family like that "Father
Knows Best" guy. Pam
wanted to know who John
was interested in. Would
Yogi and Nola get back
together? Could Ruth and
Rick last? Would Anne's
dad buy her a new car? I
kept easing over closer to
Jane, but I was trying to do
it casual like. Ricky asked
Suzie if she was through
with her French fries...
Sure, we were growing
daily and we realized
there was a world out
there waiting for us. We
dreamed a little at the
picture show. And I reckon
as our senior year wound


down we realized that we
had to give some thought
to the next month or two or
three ... or maybe the next
year in our lives. But you
can bet the farm that none
of us, and especially me,
were thinking five or ten
years down the road.
I'm not criticizing,
condemning, judging or
offering alibis here. I'm
just saying that is the way
it was.
But haven't we got this
whole thing backwards?
The thirty year roof
ought to go to the young
newlyweds. The college
scholar should be seeking
the 401K. They've come
up with insurance
policies now that are
time sensitive, not death
awarded. Young folks
should be interested in
automobiles that will
be efficient, long lasting
and come with iron clad
guarantees.
Our age group needs
to be reading that "Carpe
Diem" book. We ought to
be swinging across the big
ditch today! We need to
be walking to town right
now, or eating the rest of
Suzie's fries. Listen, if it
takes a Ginsu knife to cut
it, we probably couldn't
chew it anyway. The only
guarantee that will do us
much good is on the back
of the laxative bottle.
We don't need to be
looking far off down
the field. We need to be
enjoying the things that we
can reach out and touch.
We all had that figured out
in junior high, we just let
life confuse us there for a
while ...
Respectfully,
Kes


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Thursday, June 23, 2011


Nuclear abyss or human survival


By Ed McAteer
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
and his quest for Iran to get
nuclear weapons remains
a news worthy item. What
does that mean for America
and Israel? It can only
come down to one thing
- eventual WAR!
Since the recent collapse
of the Egyptian government,
radical Islam on both ends
now controls the Suez
Canal. Iranian warships are
passing through the canal
into the Mediterranean Sea
next to Israel's coast. Egypt,
now under military control,
has permanently opened its
crossing into the Gaza Strip.
This is a major security
breach with Israel.
On May 18, the Muslim
Brotherhood filed legal
documents to the Political
Parties Affairs Committee
to register its new political
wing. Islamic parties will
enter in September's
parliamentary elections
and become a part of
Cairo's new government. A
Brotherhood member has
already announced he will
run for president.
Iran tested its new
Qiyam 1 ballistic missile
and has delivered it to its


elite Revolutionary Guard.
Some of the missiles first
produced in 2010 are
suspect to have already
reached Hezbollah so stated
Israeli defense analysts.
Iran knows they cannot beat
us in a military battle, so
they wage war in a different
manner. They want us to
crumble from within. In
war, whoever controls the
oil usually controls the war.
America is still dependent
on Middle East oil.
On May 9, the
International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA)
wrote in a nine-page report
that Iran has conducted
work on technology to
place nuclear material
on a missile and detonate
it. The IAEA also said it
has evidence that Iran
had begun experiments
involving the explosive
compression of uranium
deuteride to produce a
short burst of neutrons.
Israeli intelligence reports
that Iran has continued to
enrich uranium with 3,000
centrifuges at work and in
open defiance of United
Nations Security Council
resolutions. This can be
used as a trigger for a
nuclear bomb.


Last November, German
intelligence reported that
Iran and Venezuela signed
an agreement Oct. 19 to
build a joint base and house
rockets and missiles. The
Federation of American
Scientists pointed out that
with modification, a missile
could have a range of 1,500
miles, placing Miami within
targeting range.
President Obama
recently called for Israel to
give up land that belongs
to them and return to a
Palestinian state. "We
believe the borders of Israel,
and Palestine should be
based on the 1967 lines with
mutually agreed swaps,"
Obama said.
Islamic fundamentalists
own Gaza but want the West
Bank too. They will not stop
until they have the city of
Jerusalem and see America
crippled and Israel become
an easier target.
The president said a
Palestinian state must be
"contiguous," meaning
joining the Gaza Strip with
the West Bank to create
an "adjoining" Palestinian
state. This cuts Israel in
half For Israel, these issues
are vital to national security.
Prime Minister Netanyahu


explained on May 25,
the reason Israel cannot
return to the 1967 lines is
"because these lines are
indefensible."
Iran wages war not about
money or land. It is about
theology. Arabs believe
Mohammed is the only true
prophet and the Koran is
absolute truth. They believe
Allah's will is for Islam to
rule the earth.
Israel is a problem
because it has a
blood covenant that is
unconditional - from God.
Islam cannot rule the earth
if Israel is not defeated. If
they cannot defeat Israel,
then Mohammed was
wrong and the Koran is
not true. Iran believes
while President Obama
is in office, America will
not do anything to stop
efforts to create an Islamic
dictatorship throughout the
Middle East.
I hope America is not
naive enough to believe Iran
is doing this alone. Russia
and China are supporters
of Iran's folly. For them, it
is about the Persian Gulf
and oil. The Bible refers to
them as King of the North
and King of the East. Russia
wants oil fields control.


The King of the South
is the Arab nations that
are unifying under Islam.
Places like Libya, Tunisia,
Somalia, Ethiopia, Iraq,
Algeria, Yemen, Lebanon
and Pakistan.
Our mutual assured
destruction might have
won us the Cold War with
the Soviets, but that will
not happen with Iran.
Reality must set in for our
President. Ahmadinejad
is for real, believes in this
cause and will start a
nuclear war to facilitate
human annihilation to speed
up the process.
Look at history. Recall
that Hitler was a Christian.
He proclaimed his
intentions for years in his
writings (Mein Kampf), but
no one took him seriously.
Winston Churchill stood
alone believing this monster
would do what he wrote
about. He tried to warn
the world. No one payed
attention. Hitler did not
have nuclear weapons. It
was only after he started
World War II that people
listened.
I realize most Islamic
people do not believe this
way. Unfortunately, this is
the mind-set of someone


who does. He happens to
be the leader of Iran, and
is about to get nuclear
capability. What do you think
Hitler would have done with
a nuclear bomb?
Ahmadinejad believes
man, apocalyptic chaos and
violence can hasten events.
He believes the Islamic
Revolution's mission is
to pave the way for the
return of his messiah-and
believes he can do so by
nuclear events towards
Israel and America. This is
not a fairy tale. It is a fact.
If the U.S. would stop
pursuing its national
interests in the region,
it would not quench the
Iranian mullahs' desire
for America's destruction;
or Hamas's quest to
wipe out every Jew from
Israel; or radical Islam's
goal to defeat Western
civilization and establish a
global Islamic successor
of Muhammad as the
spiritual head of Islam; or
the Muslim Brotherhood's
ambition to create an
Islamic Egyptian state, one
that would undoubtedly
be hostile to American
interests.
Ed McAteer is a resident
of Port St. Joe.


Senior year sticker shock


Parents, if
your high-school
senior is about
to graduate, you
have my heart-felt
congratulations - \_
and my sympathy.
As your checkbook
can attest, this has JA!
been an expensive ALDEI
year and it's not
over yet. You're probably
still facing senior prom,
graduation gifts and many
other expenses.
Senior prom can be
one of the year's biggest
expenditures. According
to a recent national survey
conducted by Visa Inc.,
families expect to spend an
average of $807 on prom-
related expenses this year.
These might include:
* New prom dresses
often cost $100 to $500 or
more.
* Another couple
hundred for shoes,
accessories, flowers and
professionally styled hair,
nails and make-up.
* New tuxedos cost
several hundred dollars,
not to mention formal shirt,
tie, studs and shoes. Even
renting them could run
over $150.
* Figure at least $100
an hour plus tip to rent a
limousine for a minimum of
four hours.
* Prom tickets typically
cost $50 to $150 per person,
depending on venue,
entertainment, meals, etc.
* Budget at least $40 for
a nice meal.
* After-parties can
run anywhere from a few
bucks at the bowling alley
to hundreds for group hotel


' suites.
Prom is only
one component
of the senior-year
experience. Talk to
recent graduates
and their parents
about expenses
SON they faced and
RMAN their lessons
learned. Decide
early on which expenses
are essential and which
ones you can do without.
For example, if your
child is college bound,
entrance exams, study
guides and tutoring are
important, but can quickly
add up:
* The Scholastic
Aptitude Test (SAT) costs
$47 each time it's taken,
plus an additional $10 to $21
per individual subject test.
* American College
Testing (ACT) costs $33,
plus another $15 for the
writing test.
* A comprehensive
online SAT review course
from the Princeton Review
will set you back $599.
If you need help making
a budget, numerous online
tools are available online
at sites such as the U.S.
Financial Literacy and
Education Commission's
MyMoney.gov (www.
mymoney.gov), the
National Foundation for
Credit Counseling (www.
nfcc.org) and Practical
Money Skills for Life (www.
practicalmoneyskills.com),
a free personal financial
management program run
by Visa Inc.
Jason Alderman
directs Visa's financial
education programs.


Small county, huge heart
Dear Editor:
We would like to send out a
heartfelt thank you to everyone for
all the support we have received.
We feel so blessed to live in such a
wonderful, supportive county. Thank
you seems like such an inadequate
word to express the way we feel.
Overwhelmed, humbled and so
blessed. We can tell that everyone
has been praying for our family and
we are very gracious for everything.
Gulf County is a small county with
a huge heart and we are so thankful
to live here.
Bud and Pache Pridgeon
Wewahitchka


Port St. Joe
conflicting philosophies
on Rescue Mission
Dear Editor:
Recently I was involved with a
local committee that wanted to see
to it that the homeless in our county
received proper help.
Our original concept included
only overnight shelter from the
elements and a meal to help
them the next day, including
transportation to the Bay County
Rescue Mission if they desired.
That concept evolved into having
the Rescue Mission of Bay County
set up a satellite program here.


LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

The Gulf County Hope Committee
was not given any decision-making
abilities or authority. That would be
exclusively under the direction of the
new director for the satellite and the
board of the Rescue Mission. The
committee accepted this.
As time passed, I felt that there
were conflicting philosophies
that were not acceptable to me. I
declined being on the board of the
Rescue Mission and also resigned
from my position as chairman of the
committee several weeks ago and
do not have any connection with the
committee or Rescue Mission.
I am most hopeful that the end
results will be helpful to those who
need services and also desire the
integrity of downtown Port St. Joe
and its neighboring communities
remain uncompromised.
Mary Virginia DePue
St. Joe beach


Good Samaritans go to help
Dear Editor:
Most folks know the story in the
Bible about the Good Samaritan. Port
St. Joe recently had its own version.
Three men, supported by the
First United Methodist Church in
Port St. Joe, made the six-hour trip
to southwest Alabama to lend a hand
to the tornado victims of the obscure
little community of Yantley, just
outside of Lisman, Ala.
Sam Cesna, John Nagay and Sam


Anttila left Port St. Joe on May 16
with a few tools, an enthusiastic urge
to help and a generous monetary
contribution from FUMC for the
relief effort. Undisturbed by the lack
of organization which faced them
when they arrived, the guys took
to canvassing the area where they
could help. They put tarps on roofs,
made repairs where they were asked
to make them, and they even got
involved with the construction of a
brand new home for a family of 12 that
had lost everything.
Most of the folks living in this
devastated, impoverished little
community had no insurance at all,
leaving them with nothing left after
the tornadoes tore their homes apart.
Two First Baptist churches, in Butler
and Lisman, were supplying the
material for the new home and all
the labor was provided by relatives,
friends and Sam, Sam and John.
While most of the media attention,
food and supplies to help the
victims was going to larger cities
like Tuscaloosa, the little out of the
way places like Lisman was going
unnoticed. The guys (the Good
Samaritans) came back on May 19
with a good feeling in their heart that
they had done something to help these
folks instead of passing on the other
side of the road as the story in Luke,
chapter 10, tells us.
Christians helping Christians is
what it is all about.
Sam Antlila
Port St. Joe


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Thursday, June 23, 2011


SCOTT from page Al


and Calhoun counties.
"We're trying to show-
case our area," said Jim
McKnight, chairman of
the Republican Party of
Gulf County, noting the Tu-
pelo honey, Apalachicola
oysters and photographs
depicting life along the
Apalachicola River fea-
tured during the evening.
"We want him to see us
and have him remember
us when he is doing busi-
ness around the country.
We want him to enjoy some
local food, and before he
leaves, we want to talk to
him about the port and
other opportunities."
After his address to the
capacity crowd, in which
the governor spoke of
achievements during what
he called a productive first
legislative session, Scott
spoke about the port and
the potential for the county
in growing jobs, a mantra
that has echoed from the
campaign trail to the Capi-
tol.
"We can win (in Gulf
County) in tourism, and we
can win with military, but
another one we can win in
is shipping," Scott said.
The Port of Port St. Joe
is one of just 14 deepwater
ports in the state and the
last to be developed.
"We have to look at ev-
ery port and talk to port
directors and determine
what their needs are,"
Scott said. "You can't do
that from an office in Tal-
lahassee."
He added that the wid-
ening of the Panama Ca-
nal, due to be completed in
2014, provided an opportu-
nity for all Florida ports.
He said he had already
secured a dredge project
to enhance operations at


Photos by TIM CROFT I The Star
At left, before entering the Constitution Museum in
Port St. Joe, Gov. Rick Scott posed for pictures in
front of the Constitution Monument with Reps. Jimmy
Patronis and Marti Coley. At right, Scott chats with
Army Maj. Gen. James Simmons (Ret.) of Port St. Joe.


the Port of Miami, which
is expected to create as
many as 30,000 new jobs.
He said a dredging proj-
ect in Port St. Joe would
help kick-start develop-
ment of the port and said
a combination of state and
federal funds would be
needed, but could be se-
cured, to propel the Port of
Port St. Joe forward.
Scott said the poten-
tial for job growth in Gulf
County was "big."
"People want to live
here," he said. "We will do
well with tourism, well with
the military, we should do
very well with shipping,
but we should also do well
with bringing manufactur-
ing, things being made
in Alabama, Georgia and
Tennessee can be made
here."
He dismissed a question
about whether he was con-
cerned over his sagging
public approval ratings.


Commitment to Excellence
Vincent Ivers, M.D.
BOARD CERTIFIED INTERNAL MEDICINE


"What's important is
to get this state back to
work," Scott said, putting
a punctuation mark on a
speech that touted declin-
ing unemployment num-
bers, job growth in the pri-
vate sector, 65,000 to 75,000
new jobs and the elimina-
tion of 4,500 state jobs,
3,000 of which Scott said
were already vacant.
Scott also was warm to
the renewable energy cen-
ter project that the state
has permitted for Port St.
Joe. The final air emis-
sions permit was issued by
the Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
last week.
"It makes sense to look
at all our options and be as
energy-independent as we
can," Scott said.
Scott noted during his
speech that one bill he
would have liked to have
seen passed during the
recently completed legis-
lative session was a repeal
of a bill passed last year
that would require inspec-
tion of septic tanks every
five years.
The 2010 bill, much crit-


icized by area lawmakers
who argue it places undue
financial burdens on prop-
erty owners, is not likely
to be implemented until at
least 2012 because of new
legislative requirements
for approval by a budget
commission, delaying rule-
making until the financial
impact of implementation
is quantified.
Scott was joined in
Port St. Joe by area state
lawmakers Reps. Jimmy
Patronis (R-Panama City
Beach), Marti Coley (R-
Marianna) and Brad Drake
(R-Defuniak Springs).
State party chairman Da-
vid Bitner was also in at-
tendance.
"He has been a real
mentor to me," Patronis
said of Scott. "He did ex-
actly what he said he was
going to get done."
After photographs in
front of the Constitution
Convention historic mark-
er, the group moved inside
to the Constitution Muse-
um for a meet-and-greet.
The governor moved
over to the Centennial
Building, where the dinner


was held, for his address.
In his remarks, the
governor noted a series
of accomplishments since
his election and pledge
to bring more jobs to the
state - including his sev-
en steps to adding 700,000
jobs - and accountability
to government.
"We did what we said
we were going to do, and
that is get the state back
to work," Scott said, not-
ing job growth in the pri-
vate sector combined with
job slashing in the public
sector. Noting his humble
beginnings, Scott talked of
the American dream.
"It is our right to live
our dreams," Scott said. "I
should never have had this
job. It is the best job I've
ever had."
The key to governing,
he said, was to set a goal
and then "measure the liv-
ing daylights out of it."
He said he arrived fac-
ing a $4 billion shortfall
in the state budget and
pledged the state will end
the coming fiscal year with
a $1 billion surplus. Scott
noted that Florida was the


only state that reduced
taxes on citizens this year.
He also touted the elimi-
nation of nearly 1,100 regu-
lations and rules.
"We don't want to grow
government, we want to
grow private-sector busi-
ness," Scott said. "We are
watching your money, how
we spend your money and
it is your money."
He noted that unem-
ployment is trending down,
from 12 percent to 10.8 per-
cent since he took office,
and he noted the accom-
plishments of Apalachicola
native Billy Buzzett in elim-
inating the Department of
Community Affairs.
The DCA has served as
the state's growth manage-
ment agency and is now
part of a newly created De-
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portunity.
Scott received rousing
applause for signing a bill
that would force those re-
ceiving welfare benefits to
undergo drug screening,
another bill that requires
those receiving unemploy-
ment benefits to demon-
strate an active search for
new work and a bill that
eliminates the concept
of tenure among public
school teachers.
On the latter bill, Scott
contended that creating a
merit pay system for teach-
ers, rewarding teachers for
student achievement on
standardized tests, would
help keep the best teach-
ers in place. He also urged
an expansion of charter
schools and school choice
for parents.
The bill requiring drug
testing of those receiving
welfare benefits has been
stayed pending a legal
challenge concerning its
constitutionality.
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rection of this state," Scott
said. "It is for your benefit,
and we are not going to
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HEALTH from page A1


May 24.
Torgersen told com-
missioners he had been
working for months with
the insurance committee
- composed of five county
employees, two from the
Clerk's office and Williams,
as board appointee - to
bring the best possible
deal to the table.
The original proposal
from BCBS, calling for a 13
percent hike in premiums,
was negotiated down, and
as deputy administrator
Michael Hammond said
on May 24, the committee
looked at all options and
decided the BCBS bid was
the best available.
Torgersen said the
board saved by rejecting
the bid brought forward
on May 24 because April
2010 dropped off the loss
ratio data BCBS looks at
when considering plans
and rates while the county
had enjoyed three straight
months of unusually low
claims.
"We had a positive
trend there, three good
months of claims experi-
ence," Torgersen said.
"The 9 percent would not
have held given the poor
claims experience. Any-
thing negative had the
chance to move things
the other way. If things
had gone the other way,
we could be having a very
different discussion. That
was the risk, and I am glad
it worked out for you. You
gambled and you won."
Torgersen added that
his company has received
2 percent in commission
on the county health in-
surance plans since 2004,
below industry standards
of 4-5 percent.
Williams was not satis-
fied, saying Torgersen, as
the county's agent, should
have been the one "taking
a step back" and forcing a
lower price, as the board
did by rejecting the initial
BCBS proposal.


"We are not getting the
representation ftom this agent we
need. When I look at these numbers,
it is frustrating to me."

Commissioner Bill Williams
on county health insurance agent Todd Torgerson


"We have been misled by you, Mr.
Williams."

J. Frank Graddy
of Gaskin-Graddy Insurance on Commissioner Bill Williams


He further disputed
some of the information
Torgersen provided re-
garding loss ratios and
administrative costs.
At that point, Antho-
ny Grippa of Brown and
Brown Insurance, which
carries the county's prop-
erty and casualty insur-
ance, took the podium to
question the same points,
providing a blown-up
sheet showing loss ratios
and claims history.
He said the administra-
tion costs seemed high;
he was skeptical of some
information provided by
Torgersen and implied the
county could save addi-
tional money on its health
insurance.
J. Frank Graddy of
Gaskin-Graddy Insurance
in Wewahitchka, who part-
ners with Torgersen on the
county's health insurance
piece, noted his family's
deep roots in the county
and that his family-owned
and run business had been
in operation since 1931.
Graddy said his fam-
ily supported a number of
community organizations,
including youth sports
and the schools through
events such as Project
Graduation. Each gradu-
ating high school student


in the county has for years
received a wallet-sized di-
ploma from the company,
Graddy said.
He owns property in
several commission dis-
tricts and has always paid
his property taxes on time,
he continued.
He said what Williams
was doing was taking
business out of the county
and putting it in the hands
of a company located in 32
states, including offices in
Panama City.
"We have been mis-
led by you, Mr. Williams,"
Graddy said.
The tension was in-
creased when county hu-
man resources director
Denise Manuel asked to
speak.
She noted that because
the employee health in-
surance plan runs from
October to October, requir-
ing payroll deductions to
begin in September, the
insurance committee had
to look at plans and premi-
ums in the spring just to
have all ducks in a row by
September.
"This is the time of year
we look at the plans," Man-
uel said. "We looked early
so you could accept or
deny. If you deny, we have
to go back to the market."


Manuel then noted,
with a dash of profanity,
that Williams did not even
bother speaking directly
to her about the health in-
surance issue and did not
attend insurance commit-
tee meetings despite his
stated desire to the board
for the appointment.
After the profanity, Wil-
liams wondered to Manuel
whether she was "actually
going to speak to me in
that insubordinate man-
ner in a public meeting?"
"You have yet to come
to an insurance commit-
tee meeting," Manuel said
while battling her emo-
tions. "You don't have a
clue what the committee
has looked at."
After being interrupted
by Williams several times,
Manuel lashed out, asking
the commissioner to "just
shut up" and allow her to
continue.
At that juncture, Wil-
liams wondered if board
chair Commissioner War-
ren Yeager was going to al-
low such insubordination
and if so, Williams would
have to question his ability
as chair.
Manuel left the meeting
room.
Williams made a mo-
tion to "hire (Brown and
Brown) for health insur-
ance at no compensation
until (Grippa) comes back
with any savings," and if
not, the county could al-
ways return to Torgersen
as agent.
That motion eventually
passed 3-2 with Williams,
Yeager and Commissioner
Carmen McLemore voting
yes; Commissioners Ward
McDaniel and Tan Smiley
voted no.
McDaniel asked Grad-
dy and a citizen asked the
same of Grippa: Had ei-
ther made campaign con-
tributions to any commis-
sioner?
Graddy said he had not;
Williams said Grippa had


donated personally to his
2008 campaign.
Williams acknowledged
after the meeting that
in 2008 he had received
$1,500 from Grippa and
companies with which he
is associated, one out of
Oviedo, the other Daytona
Beach.
When asked if he saw
any "appearance of con-
flict" in those donations
and his motion to move the
health insurance business
to Grippa and Brown and
Brown, Williams replied,
"Absolutely not. I saved
the county $51,000."
Yeager was asked after
the meeting if the county


had not hired a new in-
surance agent without a
Request for Proposals, as
would be required given
the expenditures involved
with a plan that covers 100
or so employees.
The chairman referred
the question to county at-
torney Jeremy Novak, who
said, in contrast to the lan-
guage of Williams' motion,
that commissioners had
merely hired Grippa as a
consultant at no charge,
and if he indeed came
back with savings on em-
ployee health insurance,
the county would have to
go out for an RFP for a
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Thursday, June 23


Junior division


Black sea bass
Place Name
1st Gooch, Kolton
Flounder
1st Munroe, Taylor
King mackerel
1 st Bedford, Jada
Mangrove or red snapper
1st* Mcdonald, Chandler
Red grouper
1st Gooch, Ashlyn
Redfish
Ist* Munroe, Taylor
Spanish or cero mackerel
1 st Gooch, Taylor
Spotted sea trout
1st Robinson, Summer
Triggerfish
1st Bodie, Dawson


Weight
1.85

3.50

22.50

15.90

13.50

6.05

5.05

2.45

4.30


Recreational team challenge


Points leaders
Barnacle Bills
R.e. Bass Construction
Miss Carrie
Team Skybox
Rehab

Dolphin
Place Team
1st R.e. Bass Construction
Flounder
1st Miss Carrie
King mackerel
1st R.e. Bass Construction
Mangrove or red snapper
1st Rehab
Red grouper
1st Team Skybox
Redfish
1st Miss Carrie
Spanish or cero mackerel
1st Miss Carrie
Spotted sea trout
1st R.e. Bass Construction


385
380
300
163
100


Points
27.80

2.05

18.00

17.75

14.35

6.05

4.25

6.45


Recreational division


Big Ass Fish
David Moss Wahoo

Cobia
Place Name
1st Gardner, Blake
Dolphin
1st Friedman, Scott
Flounder


1st* Munroe, Lamar
King mackerel
1 st Holmstrom, Greg
Mangrove or red snapper
1st Montalbano, Katie
Red grouper
1st Byrd, Andrew
Redfish
I st* Boyett, Buddy
Sheepshead
1st Munroe, Ben
Spanish or cero mackerel
1 st Moore, Bobby
Spotted sea trout
1st Hill, Bryce
Wahoo
1 st Moss, David


69.45


Weight
44.25

27.80

6.85

42.70

20.65

16.95

7.00

6.60

6.90

6.45

69.45


Masters division


Points leaders
Name
Stewart, Russell
Taylor, Clint
Rich, David
Carpenter, Darryl
Buzzett, Brad
Bixler, Tom
Jenkins, Ben
Odom, Johnny


Team
Gag Reflex
Bigfishsgi
Illustrious
Cari Lynd
Dirty Oar
Heart 2 Heart
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Ultima Llamada


Dolphin
Place Name
1 st Bixler, Tom
King mackerel
1 st Stewart, Russell
Red grouper
1st Taylor, Clint
Red snapper
1st Taylor, Clint
Wahoo
1st Stewart, Russell
* Tournament record


Points
355
338
240
223
218
100
80
75


Team
Heart 2 Heart

Gag Reflex

Bigfishsgi

Bigfishsgi

Gag Reflex


See complete tournament results at www.
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Team Gag Reaction of Panama City, from left, Robert Nixx,
Russell Stewart and Justin Albriton, took first place in the
Master's Division.


Strong turnout boosts


Saltwater Classic


By Lois Swoboda
Times StaffWriter
Attendance was up and re-
cords were set at the 23rd an-
nual Big Bend Salt-

weekend.
Chairman Justin
Parramore said he
was pleased with
the turnout of more
than 600 anglers in .o
this year's tourna-
ment, a 20 percent
increase from last
year.
The tourney
went high-tech with
an on-site electron- HUW
ic leaderboard in
Carrabelle, courte-
sy of Krew de Gras -":J
Tavern of Talla-
hassee. Online, the Jada Bedb
leaderboards were a blue rib
updated every 15 the youth
minutes. for her 22
Stewart Russell kingfish.
of Team Gag Reflex
out of Panama City was points
leader in the Master's Division
with 355, as the team shared a
$5,000 first prize.
Russell caught both the
first-place king mackerel of
29.9 pounds and wahoo of 43.85
pounds. He caught the second-
place red grouper, weighing
9.95 pounds, and the third place
red snapper of 18.45 pounds.
Clint Taylor of Bigfishsgi was
second in the Masters division
with 338 points. Taylor took first
place in red snapper, with 20.7
pounds, and red grouper, 16.7
pounds. Taylor also took fourth
place in king mackerel with a
12.4 pounder and third place for
a 30.8 pound wahoo.
David Moss of Crawfordville
and Buddy Boyett of Mexico
Beach tied for first place in the
Recreational Division with 163
points each. A tie for the Grand
Prize winner is broken by a for-
mula based on the weight of the
individuals' scored fish in com-
parison to the average weight of
all fish placing in the applicable
categories.


Katie Montalbano with her
first-place 20-pound red
snapper, a plentiful fish in
this year's tourney.


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The scales were tilted in
Moss' direction by a 69.9-pound
wahoo that won the Big Ass
Fish Contest for a $1,000 prize.
The fish also won a $1,000 first
place purse and $567 jackpot
in the wahoo cat-
egory.
. - Boyett caught
a big fish, too. His
7-pound redfish
set a tournament
record, winning
him a $1,000 first
place purse and a
$3,000 jackpot.
Pat Boyett,
Buddy's wife, took
third place with
150 points. She
also walked away
with a lady's gift
basket awarded for
the first time this
rd won year.
year.
:on in "We've done the
Division tournament for 17
5-pound years, and this is the
first time we've won
any money," said Pat
Boyett. "We normally enter in
the Recreation Team Division
where you compete for a tro-
phy. Up until this year, I didn't
get to fish; I went along as deck
hand."
Also in the big money this
was year Greg Holmstrom,
whose winning 42.7-pound king
mackerel reeled him in a $5,000
check for the kingfish jackpot.
Lamar Munroe of Chipley
set a new tournament record
for flounder with his first place
6.85-pound catch. Marilyn and
Gary Lawhon of Carrabelle
caught the fourth- and fifth-
place flounders.
Two records were set this
year in the Youth Division.
Taylor Munroe, who fished
with his dad Lamar, set a red-
fish record with his 6.05-pound
first-place winner.
Chandler McDonald of Syl-
vester, Ga., also set a record
with his 15.9-pound first-place
snapper.
The "Weigh a Fish, Win a
Boat" contest returned this
year, awarding David Garri-
son of St. Simon's Island, Ga.,
a one-year membership in the
Carrabelle Freedom Boat Club
valued at $7,500. He can use his
membership at any of Free-
dom's 60 locations nationwide.
Members have access to a
fleet of boats including cruis-
ers, pontoons, deck boats and
bowriders.
Proceeds from the tourna-
ment went again this year to
the Organization for Artificial
Reefs Inc., a private, non-
profit, marine interest group
based in Tallahassee and
dedicated to developing and
expanding a system of artificial
reefs in the northeastern Gulf
of Mexico.


Hooked on Outdoors


There's a new sheriff
in town. Well, not exactly
a law officer, this sheriff is
a fish. Our area of the Gulf
is sort of like U.S. Highway
98 with all the
transients coming
by both on land and
in the water. Our
latest transient to
visit our area is the
tarpon.
A fellow once
said, "If you want to scott
catch a lot of mullet .utdo


you have to be
where a lot of mullet
live." The same goes
for tarpon. If you want
to catch a lot of tarpon
go where they are the
thickest, which in our case
is Boca Grand Pass about
an eight-hour ride south
of here. But if you want
to catch a tarpon and not
leave home it can be done
right here in the Panama
City area.
There are several
thoughts on catching
tarpon and they're all
different. A lot of people
see tarpon off our beaches
and never know what
they are seeing. They will
either see them as they
slide under their boat or
on top rolling. If you get a
good look at one you will
be amazed at the size of
these fish. Most of them
will weigh more than 100
pounds.
We have two types


of guides in this area
that fish for tarpon. The
ones that use "chicken
feathers" as they call
it, you might call it fly
fishing, and then
you have the live
bait guide. The fly
fishing guides are
secretive about
where they fish and
with good reason.
Tarpon are
Lindsey easily upset and
SorWraer . a bunch of boats


running around
is not conducive to
catching them with live
bait or flies. Fly fishing
for tarpon is a specialty
sport, not every one is
cut out to do it and you
have to be dedicated. You
might spend many hours
anchored up and not see
a fish.
The same can be said
for live baiting tarpon. You
can move down the beach
and get into position in
front of the fish and wait
for them to get into range
to cast a live greenback
and hope for the best.
If you think you might
want to take up this
sport I wouldn't advise
trying it on the fly at first
simply because it takes
special tackle and a lot of
practice. Look for a guide
that specializes in tarpon
fishing and try this sport
out before they leave this
area.


FWC supports 'Operation

Dry Water' for 3rd year


Special to The Star
Last year, 17 people died
from boating accidents re-
lated to alcohol and drug
use in Florida.
"Alcohol- and drug-re-
lated boating accidents are
preventable," said Capt.
Tom Shipp of the FWC's
Boating and Waterways
Section. "Even one death
is too many."
That is why law enforce-
ment agencies around the
state and country are par-
ticipating in "Operation
Dry Water" this weekend.
The nationwide public-
education efforts designed
to prevent alcohol-related
accidents and fatalities.
FWC officers, along with
local law enforcement and
the U.S. Coast Guard, will
crack down on boating
under the influence (BUI)
violations.
"While our officers al-
ways look for BUIs," Shipp
said, "this weekend, they
are making a special effort
to stop this dangerous ac-
tivity."
Operation Dry Water
began in 2009. Last year,
agencies in all 50 states


and six U.S. territories
participated, interact-
ing with more than 60,000
boaters and taking 322
impaired operators off the
water before they could
kill or injure themselves
or someone else. The FWC
alone arrested 12 boaters
for BUI.
The FWC reminds boat-
ers to be careful this week-
end. Boaters who have had
too much to drink or who
are impaired by drugs are
a great danger to the boat-
ing public.
Intoxicated boaters are
also susceptible to injuries
or falling overboard be-
cause of impaired coordi-
nation and balance.
"If you're caught boat-
ing under the influence,
you may be fined and jailed,
your boat may seized and
you could lose your boat-
ing privileges," Shipp said.
"But most importantly, you
are risking your life, the
lives of your passengers
and the lives of other peo-
ple out on the water."
For more information,
visit www.operationdry-
water.org or MyFWC.com/
Boating.


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Freshwater

As summer sets in, backwater creeks and sloughs will dry up,
forcing fish to find deeper water holes this month. Depot creek
has had good reports of shellcracker, but the heat has kept most
in the A/C or in the shade and off the water.

Inshore
Large gator trout are being landed in the deep holes behind
Black's Island using live LY's and small pinfish. Fish moving water
for best results early in the morning. Topwater action is by far the
most exciting with huge fish caught at Firetower, Trey's Hideaway,
and Pig Island. Red fish are on the move in St. Joe Bay as well, but
are a little on the shy side. Good reports of nice fish caught at
Pomano Point and in the ICW canal on artificial grubs and spoons.

Offshore
Red snapper fishing is still going strong with good fish coming
back to the docks. Most big fish are landed on live bait; however,
cut bait will keep them on the hook also. Chum them up at the
"car bodies" in Mexico Beach or at the "tower sites."


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Thursday, June 23, 2011 w w w. starf 1. com Page 9


Reaching new


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When he gets
off work every
weekday evening,
coach Keith Chiles
calls Megan Walker
and asks, "Do you
wanna jump?" The
answer, Chiles said,
is always yes.
Photos by TIM CROFT
The Star


Walker aims for nationals in pole


vault


By Tim Croft
Star News Editor
Coach Keith Chiles said
the summer is all about set-
ting personal records.
Megan Walker is doing
her best to oblige as she
points to the National AAU
Junior Olympic Track and
Field Championships in
August.
Walker, a senior-to-be at
Port St. Joe High School,
will compete this weekend
at the Florida AAU Junior
Olympic Track and Field
Championships in Jack-
sonville.
A top-four finish in her
age group will qualify Walk-
er, who finished second at
the state Class 1A track
and field competition dur-
ing the high school season,
for the national meet.
"I think 10-foot-6, 11
feet, will be in the top four,"
Chiles said. Walker jumped
11-0 at the state meet and
exceeded that height at the
Class 1-1A regional meet.
"We want to set something.
That is the goal with sum-
mer meets, to set (personal
records)."
In an effort to vault to
another level, Chiles has
switched Walker to a lon-
ger pole, 14 feet, which is
six inches longer than what
Walker had been using,
forcing her to step up her
entire skill set.
Chiles said the longer,
stiffer pole, designed for
somebody 20 pounds heavi-
er than the 110-pound Walk-
er, requires a faster sprint
down the track - "You've
got to really bring it down


!/


Left, a key part of the pole vault is ensuring the right mark when approaching the box to pivot the pole.
Coach Keith Chiles and Megan Walker make sure she has her mark before vaulting. Right, Walker easily
glides over the bar at 1 2-foot-6 during practice on a recent evening. Walker has been consistently clearing
13 feet in practice, which she hopes is more than enough to get her to the National AAU Junior Olympic
Track and Field Championships.


the track," Chiles said -
and more strength to turn
the pole, hit the right mark
in the box and allow the
pole to carry her higher.
Each summer meet re-
quires at least seven jumps
through to the finals, mini-
mum, meaning stamina
also comes into play in the
searing summer tempera-
tures and humidity.
"You have different tim-
ing with each pole," Walker
said during a muggy eve-
ning as she and Chiles
worked on technique. "Both


strength and speed are my
challenges."
On a recent evening,
Walker was easily clear-
ing 12-6, which would have
put her within four inches
of the winning vault at the
state Class 1A meet in the
spring. Chiles said she has
been clearing 13 feet and
pushing toward 14 feet.
"The winner who beat
her at state was at 12-10,
and that's why we want to
get to 13 feet on a consis-
tent basis," Chiles said.
"She has been all around 13


and 14 feet. She's cleared 13
feet every day we've been
out here for practice.
"I think a 12-6 or 13 feet
will win this weekend."
Walker has only com-
peted in one summer meet
thus far, the Golden South
Track and Field Champi-
onships in Orlando three
weeks ago. With little work
on the 14-foot pole, Walker
used her usual 13-6 pole
and finished fourth.
"We were only a few
weeks out of working with
the longer pole in Orlando,"


Chiles said. "We didn't want
to push it. But she has been
working hard and finding
her marks and understand-
ing how to let this longer
pole roll over in her hands
(as she prepares to pivot
and vault)."
Walker has been an elite
vaulter for her age group
since middle school.
She finished second,
fourth and second at the
state Class 1A meet her
first three years in high
school.
And she is seeking her


fourth trip to the national
AAU meet.
She was an age group
national champion as a
seventh-grader, finished
second in her age group
after her freshman year of
high school and fourth last
year.
"She historically has
(set personal records) in
the summer," Chiles noted.
Should she fail to qualify
for nationals this weekend,
she will have one more shot,
at the Club Track and Field
Championships at Disney
World next month.
Walker will also compete
in non-qualifying meets
in Tallahassee and Jack-
sonville as lead-up to the
national meet, which will
be in New Orleans in mid-
August.
There is a second rea-
son for Walker to push to
another level this summer:
the next level in her career.
As a senior-to-be, Walk-
er can be contacted by col-
lege track and field coach-
es after July 1. A number of
schools have already talked
to Chiles, who said most
NCAA Division I track and
field programs in the state
have inquired about Walk-
er.
Chiles said that while
waiting for the recruiting
period to begin, the drive
is for 13 feet and beyond,
a height Chiles said would
nationally rank Walker
in the top 10 in her age
group.
"It's a lot of hard work,
but it is exciting," Walker
said of her prospects for
nationals and college.


Morgan wins TV in athletics raffle


Star Staff Report
Blair Morgan of Cape
San Blas Road was the
winner last Saturday in a
drawing for a 40-inch RCA
flat-screen television.
The raffle was held to
raise money for the Port St.
Joe High School girls track
and field and basketball
teams as well as the junior
varsity cheerleaders.
For a $5 ticket, entrants
had the opportunity to win
the TV
Proceeds from the raffle
will fund several needed
purchases: film equipment
for the girls basketball pro-
gram, new uniforms for the
track team and assorted
expenses for the cheer-
leading squad.
"We want to thank ev-
erybody in the community


Coach Keith Chiles holds up the winning ticket,
belonging to Blair Morgan of Cape San Bias Road,
in a raffle for a flat-screen television. Proceeds
benefited several athletic programs at Port St. Joe
High School.
for supporting these pro- Bay and Franklin counties
grams," said Kenny Parker, who bought a ticket and
coach of the basketball and supported our programs.
track teams. "I would like Their support is very much
to thank everybody in Gulf, appreciated."


Star Staff Report
The North Florida Child Development
Charity Golf Tournament will begin with
an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start Saturday,
June 25, at St. Joseph Bay Country Club,
off State Road 30-A at 700 Country Club
Road in Port St. Joe.
Teams are still needed, and there will
be on-site registration for the tournament.
The entry fee, which covers cart, green
fees, range balls and lunch, is $75 per
person. Checks should be made payable
to North Florida Child Development Inc.
NFCD is a 501 (c) (3), and all donations are
tax-deductible.


The event will also include a silent auc-
tion.
The tournament is sponsored by NFCD
and the Gulf County Tourist Development
Council.
Sponsors also include Cathey Construc-
tion and Development, Preble-Rish, Ka-
plan Early Learning Company, Charisma
Charters, Progress Energy, Gaskin-Grad-
dy Insurance, Bay Point Marriott, Main-
Stay Suites, Port Inn, WindMark Beach,
Star Publishing, and Metcalf Electric and
Air Conditioning.
Proceeds will benefit the construction
of NFCD's new 18,000-square-foot facility
in Port St. Joe.


*Expectant Mother's Program
*Three to Four Program
*VPK Program
*Children with Disabilities


*Birth to Three Program
*School Readiness
*For Pay
*Early Head Start & Head Start


The following documents are required to complete an application:
* Birth certificate
* Social Security Card
* Medicaid Card or Medical Insurance Card
* Parent/Guardian Picture ID
* Guardianship Documents
* Proof of Address
* Current Well Child Check within the last 12 mo: which includes Hemoglobin
or Hematocrit for children over 9 months; Lead Screening for children 12 and 24
months; Blood Pressure for children over the age of 3.
* Name, Address, and Phone numbers for child's doctor and dentist
* Immunization or shot record (must be printed not hand written)
* 2010 Income tax form, Social Security, TANF, Child Support, financial Aid. Un
employment and any other types of income. If you have NO INCOME the
income of who ever cares for you.
* Food Stamps or WIC cards
* Proof of program enrollment with programs such as Healthy Start or similar
programs.
* Proof of current enrollment or participation with any education programss.

South Gulf County Early Childhood Development Center
153 Redfish Street, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
850-229-6415
Kathy Krum-Family Case Manager, Ext. 10
Sherry Bolden-Family Case Manager, Ext. 18
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Thursday, June 23, 2011


At left, by kayak or boat, folks swarmed St.
Joseph's Bay on the first day of scallop season
in 2010. A favorite spot is just south of Black's
Island, seen in the background of the photo.
Above, scallops love to set in the sea grass
beds of the bay, where harvesters also flock
when the season opens.


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there was one station with
no scallops.
"The average is up, but
that is not a tremendous
increase," Geiger said.
"My guess is there will be
really good patches in St.
Joseph's Bay and others
where there is nothing.
"When people find those
good patches, they will be


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very happy."
Geiger added that a
cooler than usual winter
likely helped the popula-
tion. Scallops, he said, love
the cold, and cooler win-
ters allow them to thrive
and survive to become
larger scallops the follow-
ing season and to spawn in
the spring.


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"That is very good for
the population," Geiger
said. "And there should be
some big guys this sea-
son."
Geiger said his data
shows no effects from the
Deepwater Horizon spill of
last year.
He said the Florida Ma-
rine Research Institute


also has 12 stations in St.
Joseph's Bay to count re-
cruits, or young scallops.
Such recruits look for a
place to set and grow, such
as sea grass beds, and the
traps work well in luring
recruits.
The number and gen-
eral health of the recruits
this year was good, Geiger


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"If anything was going
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spill), it would be the lar-
vae," Geiger said. "The lar-
vae set well within St. Joe
Bay. There is no evidence
oil came inside the bay. I
don't think there were any
impacts in scallop harvest
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As for the longer sea-
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servation Commission and
approved by the governor
and Cabinet, Geiger said
there are concerns, but the
expansion of the harvest
season is so unique there
is no data to compare.
"It is a concern; instead
of one week longer like last
year, this year the season is
three weeks longer, 20 days
longer," Geiger said.
In an effort to gather
data on this year's harvest,
the FWC is asking harvest-
ers to go online to the com-
mission website and fill
out a 10-question survey
pertaining to where they
found scallops, what size


they were, etc.
The survey can be found
at http://svy.mk/bayscal-
lops. Participants can also
email BayScallops@My-
FWC.com to ask questions
or send additional informa-
tion.
The key for this year,
Geiger said, is to only har-
vest scallops of at least 1.5
to 2 inches in diameter or
larger.
"I'm not worried about
when they collect, per se,
it is taking the tiny scal-
lops. That is harder on the
population," Geiger said. "I
would rather, honestly, that
people not harvest the 1-
inch diameter scallop."
There is a daily limit of
two gallons of whole bay
scallops in the shell or one
pint of bay scallop meat per
person.
In addition, no more
than 10 gallons of whole
bay scallops in the shell or
one-half gallon of bay scal-
lop meat may be possessed
aboard any vessel at any
time. Folks are allowed to
harvest bay scallops only
by hand or with a landing
or dip net.
Bay scallops may not be
harvested for commercial
purposes.
Geiger also emphasized
that bag limits are daily
limits; it is illegal to take
a limit of scallops in the
morning and return later
in the day and collect an-
other limit of scallops.
.. Unless otherwise ex-
empt, a regular Florida
saltwater fishing license is
required when using a boat
to harvest scallops. If folks
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(red with a white diagonal
stripe) while in the water.
Boaters must stay at least
100 feet away from a div-
ers-down flag in a river,
inlet or channel. In open
waters, boaters must stay
300 feet away from a div-
ers-down flag.
"The most important
thing is to be safe, keep
track of the kids and just
have a fun and safe time,"
Geiger said.
More information on bay
scallops, including man-
agement rules, dive-flag
regulations and boating
safety is at MyFWC.com/
Fishing (click on "Regula-
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Yahoo selects Mexico Beach as Great American Beach Town


City also among Gulf Coast Top 10 according to Gulfscapes Magazine

Special to The Star ]


Last week, the 3.1-mile-
long seaside community of
Mexico Beach learned that
it was selected as a Great
American Beach Town
by Yahoo Travel and as a
Top 10 Gulf Coast Town by
Gulfscapes Magazine.
"We learned about this
Yahoo.com article, and the
calls really started com-
ing in from everywhere.
Last week, over half of our
inquiries were from that
story," said Cathey Park-
er Hobbs, a board mem-
ber for the Mexico Beach
Community Development
Council.
On Tuesday, June 14,
Yahoo Travel published
a selection of 11 Great
American Beach Towns in
a story that read:
"Enough with your
fancy remote beaches.
The Maldives? St. Tropez?
With the economy what
it is, we'll be lucky to get
to the next state on a $73
tank of gas. We want close.
We want old- fashioned.
We want a town where we
can park the car, drag a
beach chair and a book to
the sand, and then shuf-


If


Left, the shopping section of Mexico Beach features
an eclectic mix of options for visitors and locals.
Above, at Toucan's Restaurant, there is always food
and great views of the beach and Gulf.


fle down the boardwalk
in our flip-flops for fried
clams and an icy-cold can
of beer: a place with fire-
works, friendly locals, and
sticky scoop shops. So we
dug up 11 great Ameri-
can seaside escapes, from
classic fun-in-the-sun Cali-
fornia to New England
colonial charm. Because
when it comes to precious
summer weekends in the
sun, there's no place like
home."


Go to travel.yahoo.com
to see the full article.
The article's author,
Sarah Tuff, said of Mexico
Beach, "Never heard of
Mexico Beach? Exactly.
South of Destin, on the
Florida Panhandle, the
1,200 residents have avoid-
ed high-rises, strip malls,
and theme parks like the
plague, keeping their low-
slung town to themselves.
The 'government' is a five-
person council that's put


the kibosh on anything
taller than 48 feet, and
the focus is on small-town
fun, with gumbo cook-offs,
kingfish tournaments, and
fireworks fundraisers."
Hobbs agreed, adding,
"This is a place where I
was raised, my children
were raised and now my
grandchildren. It's a won-
derful place with beautiful
beaches. I wouldn't want
to be anywhere else."
Mexico Beach was the


only Florida beach select-
ed among others including
Santa Cruz, Calif.; Coral
Bay, Virgin Islands; New-
port, Rhode Island; and
Folly Beach, S.C.
On Thursday, June 16,
lifestyle magazine Gulf-
scapes announced the
winners in its 2011 Voters'
Choice Best Gulf Coast
Town Contest.
Mexico Beach was
ranked No. 7 by readers.
Pensacola was ranked


at the top of the list of
10, which included four
Florida beaches. Destin
and Naples also made the
rankings.
CDC board member
Sandie Yarbrough said,
"12 years ago, my husband
and I first saw Mexico
Beach, and we knew this
was a place that we want-
ed to call home."
More information and
photos are available at
www.mexico-beach.com.


Gulf County's Got Talent



Joshua Ethridge wins competition A


Star Staff Report
Joshua Ethridge took home the title
of winner last Saturday in the inaugural
Gulf County's Got Talent contest
sponsored by Gulf County Health
Partners.
"I'm still a little bit in shock,"
Ethridge said of his title. "It
was an amazing time."
Ethridge, a musician/
singer from
Wewahitchka who
was accompanied
on stage by his band
members, Taylor
Smith, Ben Smith and

from Wewahitchka,
took home $500 cash,
a weekend getaway on St.
Joe Beach and a three-hour
recording contract.
In all, 16 contestants vied for the
title in front of roughly 100 audience
members who turned out at Beacon
Hill's Veterans Memorial Park. Five
judges and the audience selected the
winners.
The judges were Neysa Wilkins
from WJHG-Channel 7 in Panama City
Beach, Thomas McEniry, owner of St.
Joe Music Company, Col. Billy D from
Oyster Radio, Double G from Hitz Radio
and Judge David Taunton (Ret.).
The emcee was Jerry Tabatt from
WMBB-Channel 13 in Panama City, and
the stage band was Blackbottom and the
Gulf County Junior Deputies.
Megan Daniel, a senior at
Mosley High School and resident of
Wewahitchka, took second place, and
third went to the singing duo of Holly
Lynn and Mandy Morris, both from
Wewahitchka.
Although the heat index neared 100
degrees during the five-hour event,
which started at 10 a.m. ET, the turnout
for was excellent, according to Tina
Pate, event chairperson.
"This was our first event, and we
are pleased with the turnout," Pate
said. "There are so many people we
need to thank for helping make it all
possible."
Concessions were operated by the
Port St. Joe Rotary, Wewahitchka Lions
Club, Wewahitchka High School football
players and cheerleaders, and Gulf
County Search and Rescue.
Gulf County Health Partners hosted
the event in partnership with sponsors
the Gulf County Tourist Development
Council and Hitz Radio.


Josh Ethridge won the first Gulf County's Got Talent contest last weekend.


Megan Daniel took second. A


Holly Lynn and Mandy Morris finished third.


Forester steps

down after 32

years with agency

Replacement sought for Bay, Gulf

By Feliia Kitzmiller
Florida Freedom Newspapers
The trees lost a good friend when
Bay and Gulf counties' forester re-
tired last month, and the search is on
to locate a suitable replacement.
Geoff Cummings
. served the two coun-
ties as the Florida
* Division of Forestry's
designated forester
for 17 years, accord-
ing to his retirement
announcement. Be-
GEOFF fore coming to the
CUMMINGS Panhandle, he served
in St. Augustine and
other areas of the state, bringing his
cumulative career in the Division of
Forestry to 32 years, Operations Ad-
ministrator Johnny Sabo said this
week.
While Sabo now administers for-
estry operations in Bay and Walton
counties, he said he remembers be-
ing a forester in Calhoun County
near the beginning of his career and
coming under the tutelage of Cum-
mings.
"He was very knowledgeable, and
he loved what he did," Sabo said.
"That was what made him great."
County foresters frequently act
as a consultant for private landown-
ers with questions about their trees,
Sabo said. They are a contact person
for any number of questions involv-
ing trees, frequently administer
state and federal programs related
to trees and tree care, and serve as a
point person for all educational out-
reach, he said.
"I have met and worked with lit-
erally thousands of you during these
years, and I believe that there just
aren't any finer people than we have
around here," Cummings wrote in his
retirement announcement. "This job
fit my personality, and that's been a
huge blessing, but it's been you folks
that have made it all worthwhile."
The ideal person to fill Cummings
shoes will have an affable manner
and be able to communicate well with
people and establish relationships,
have a deep knowledge of forestry, a
bachelor's degree and a few years of
experience in the field, Sabo said.
While the Division of Forestry is
searching for Cummings' replace-
ment, requests for information and
assistance should be directed to Jim
Fleming, cooperative forestry as-
sistance coordinator, at 850-547-7012
or james.fleming@freshfromflorida.
com. General information about the
Division of Forestry can be found at
www.fl-dof.com.


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Society


Thursday, June 23, 2011


Soil pH: Crucial


but difficult


to identify


Of all the problems
you're likely to have with
your landscape
plants, one of the
hardest to identify
could be improper
soil pH.
Sometimes,
even if you water
and fertilize the
way you should, RO
a plant just won't CA
grow well. When County
this happens, soil di
pH could very
well be the problem, but
unless you have your
soil analyzed, you might
think it's something else.
My information was
provided by soil Specialist
Dr. George Hochmuth
with IFAS located at the
University of Florida.
pH is just a scientific
term for a related scale
describing soil acid levels.
Low numbers around 5.5
mean high acid conditions
and high numbers, up
to 8, mean low acid or
alkaline conditions. Seven
is neutral.
Most popular Florida
landscape ornamentals
like soil ranging from
7.0 to 8.5. Dogwood,
Azaleas, Holly, Camellias,
Hydrangeas, Gardenias
and Ixora like soil that is
quite acidic. Only a few
plants like sweet soil.
Yucca, Oleander and
Cabbage Palm are Florida
examples. Unfortunately,
alkaline soil is quite
common around Florida
homes.
In many areas, the soil
is mostly sand, naturally
low in the organic matter
that increases soil acidity.
Also, building residue lime
from stucco or cement
buried in the yard can
raise soil pH. When soil pH
is a problem, it's usually
because it's too high. That
is, the soil, too sweet or
alkaline.
The reason we worry
about soil pH is that in
alkaline soil acid loving
plants can't take up some
of the minor elements they
need for healthy growth.
As a result, the plant may


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have yellowy leaves and
grow in a sparse, sickly
manner. The soil
SpH problem might
not kill the plant,
but because it is
in a weakened
condition, insects
and plant diseases
can attack it more
LEE easily.
TER Because
extension yellowy leaves
actor and sparse growth
can be caused by
so many problems, the
only way to be sure your
plant is suffering from
the wrong pH level, is to
have a sample of your
soil analyzed. Once you
determine the natural pH
level of your soil you can
either choose plants suited
to that level, or change the
pH level to suit the plants
you want.
There are three
common methods home
owners can use to lower
soil pH: adding organic
matter, adding chemical,
formulations sold for
this purpose, or using
acid forming fertilizer.
Adding organic matter,
for example peat moss, is
a good way to lower pH
but it's slow. It could take
a year or so to make any
change. The chemicals to
add are wettable sulfur,
super-fine dusting sulfur,
aluminum sulfate or iron
sulfate. These work in a
week or so. But there is
some danger of aluminum
toxicity if too much
aluminum sulfate is added.
If you use these chemicals,
wettable sulfur or super-
fine dusting sulfur is
probably your best bet.
Finally, acid forming
fertilizer, usually sold as
Azalea or Azalea-Camellia
fertilizers, produce good
but temporary results.
Yhey leach out of the soil
like any fertilizer so they
should be used regularly
in conjunction with extra
organic matter added to
the soil.
As always, with any of
the products, follow label
directions carefully.


Birthdays


Look who's 1
On June 14, Zayden Isaiah Bryant, son of
Celeste Bryant, celebrated his 1st birthday. Zayden
was joined by friends and family Saturday, June
11, for a Little Prince themed Birthday Bash at his
Granny and Papa's house.
Happy birthday baby boy, we love you.


Mom ... I can't stop growing!
Jesus made me to grow!
Jacob Holmes will celebrate his 7th birthday on
July 1. He is the apple of his mommy's eye! Jacob is
the son of Sandra Holmes, grandson of Susan Holmes
and Larry Holmes, both of Wewahitchka, and great-
grandson of Orphie McCalvin of Tampa, Fla.; nephew of
the late Jeffrey "Frogger" Holmes, Matthew Holmes,
and Lee Mims of Wewahitchka; also nephew of Pamela
Holmes-Cooley (Darryl) of Panama City, Fla.
It's hard to believe you have grown so much in the
first 7 years. Although I wish I could freeze you in time,
I know "Jesus made you to grow"!
Happy Birthday Jacob ... I love you!
Love,
Mom, Nana, Pap-pap, Granny, Jeffrey, Matthew,
Lee, and Mimi


Society BRIEF


Senior Citizens
accepting new clients

Gulf County Senior
Citizens is accepting
new clients at its meal
sites in Port St. Joe and
Wewahitchka.


Senior Citizens
provides a hot nutritious
meal Monday through
Friday to seniors 60 and
older along with activities.
Some of the daily
activities include bingo,
arts and crafts, gospel
singing, shopping trips,


blood pressure checks,
exercise classes and
educational programs.
There is no charge for
the meal or activities, but
donations are accepted.
Transportation may be
available.
Anyone interested


in coming to our sites
for meals and activities
is asked to call Debbie
in Port St. Joe at 229-
8466 and Maureen in
Wewahitchka at 639-9910.
Gulf County Senior
Citizens is a non-profit
organization.


PET OF THE

P ET WEEK
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society

MEET
LULU!

Meet the lovely Lulu.
She is a Labrador Mix.
She is a very sweet and
i -- loyal dog. She knows
-, her basic commands
S ' '-".., i', i. of Sit, Lay Down and
Stay. Lulu walks very well on a leash and will also fetch.
She loves kids and also is great around other animals and
is housebroken. If you can give Lulu a forever home, please
contact us. If you are unable to adopt at this time, perhaps
you could foster or make a Donation. PLEASE HELP US! If
you are not able to adopt a pet then please help us save a
life by sponsoring one today just Contact Melody at 227-1103
or Shelter Mom Melissa at 625-5676 for more information
on how to help! You may also find more information about
our other dogs and cats we have here on our website at
www.SJBHumaneSociety.org. Our hours for the shelter are
Tuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm! Also Faith's Thrift Hut
is in great need of donations also and all the proceeds go
directly to support the animals in our care! Faiths Thrift Hut
Has Expanded! We now have more furniture & appliances.
Plus lots of other great thrift store treasures. The hours for the
store are Thursday-Saturday from 10 am-3 pm. Volunteers
are always welcome at both our store and our shelter! Our
store and shelter location is 1007 Tenth Street in Port St. Joe!
Hope to see you all there soon!


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Thursday, June 23, 2011


School News


The Star I B3


Local students learn pharmacy basics


Star Staff Report
A new expanded CVS Pharmacy and a de-
sire to give to the community from which she
came motivated Pamela Leslie to provide an
introduction to the pharmacy field to two lo-
cal recent high school graduates.
Leslie is an instructor with The Phirm,
which provides an introduction and medica-
tions curriculum to high school graduates
or young adults who have yet to decide on a
career path.
Leslie provides this "community gap"
program in Miami, Tampa and Lakeland,
and with the new expanded CVS opening, she
teamed up with Port St. Joe resident Gloria
Gant to provide the program locally.
Leslie is a native and high school gradu-
ate of Port St. Joe.
The class was held at Zion Fair Mission-
ary Baptist Church last month, and students
had practical training in pharmacy and med-
ications.
The instruction can be applied to pharma-
cy, nursing, medical technician and various
other medical careers within retail estab-
lishments or hospitals, Leslie said.
Whittany Barnes took the course and has
been accepted into the pharmacy certifica-
tion program at Gulf Coast State College.
Another graduate of the course, Trubias Hill,
is employed at CVS.


Photos SPECIAL TO THE STAR
Above, Whittany Barnes has been accepted into the
pharmacy certification program at Gulf Coast State
College. Top left, From left are Gloria Gant, Pamela
Leslie, instructor, Whittany Barnes, Trubias Hill and
Billy Quinn Jr. Bottom left, Trubias Hill is employed
at the CVS Pharmacy.


SFaith
lin.l, School


Special to The Star
Faith Christian School
K4 students read. FCS
students learn to read
with an introduction to
phonics. Developing a
strong foundation with
the FCS curriculum
creates a bridge that
helps students obtain a
better understanding of
written language. Phonics
can help students break
down words with certain
sounds, and children
who can sound out a
word have an enormous


advantage when reading.
This skill branches into
all academics and gives
students the tools to
succeed.


Every child deserves
the opportunity to
become a good reader.
Open enrollment for new
students has begun for


the 2011-2012 school year.
Class sizes are limited,
so early registration is
recommended. Call 229-
6707 for more information.


Correctional officer basic

standards course to begin


Star Staff Report
A correctional officer
basic standards course
is scheduled to begin at
the Gulf/Franklin Center
in Port St. Joe on July 6.
Those interested in attend-
ing are encouraged to call
227-6870, ext. 5507 or ext.
5511, to start the registra-


tion process. Once stu-
dents complete the course,
they are eligible to take the
state certification exam
and become correctional
officers at any state, county
or private correctional fa-
cility. Officers make a start-
ing salary of approximately
$31,000 annually with a full
benefit package.


PJSHS (lass of 1996 reunion planned


Star Staff Report
The Port St. Joe High
School Class of 1996 will
hold a reunion June
24-25.
Call Heather Raffield


Sheppard at 850-247-
8993 or Kristi Kirkland
Buchanan at 850-890-
7062 or email Raffield
at bamababy717@yahoo.
com to RSVP or for more
information.


Tate's Hell Track Club Presents

14th Annual St. George Island






(Sizzlep


5K Race and One Mile Fun Run


Saturday, June 25, 2011

7pm








A Benefit for the
Franklin County Humane Society


Coastal Community Association

850-229-7799


Date: June 25,
2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. -
11:00 a.m. EST
Place of Meeting:
St. Joseph's Bay
Golf Club


Guests

State
Representative
Jimmy Patronis

Gulf County Elected
Officials


a Call to Order
m Approval of Previous Meeting Minutes
* Treasurer's Report
* Budget Overview
* Dues Update

Q & A With Elected Officials

* Taxes & Appraisals
* RV Regulations
* Economic Development in Gulf Co.
* Beach Restoration - FEMA
* County Budget
* Progress at the Stump Hole
* Progress with Bike Path
* Fire Department
* Sheriff Nugent Report
* Biomass plant updates
* Tourist Development Council
* Other business
* Election of the 2011-2012 Board


m Adjournment


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FAITH


Theis business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week.

COMFORTER
FUNERAL HOME
W. P. "Rocky" Comforter
L.F.D.
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323 Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 0


^ "Our Church can be your home"

first Church of the Nzarene
2420 Long Avenue * Port St. Joe, florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

Give unto the Lord the glory due His name, worship the Lord in the beauty ofholiness.
Psanm 29:2


Sunday School....... ............. .... 10 a.m.
Sunday Morning W orship ...........11 a.m.


Sunday Evening W orship ..............6 p.m.
Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m.


The Christian CONSCIENCE


Keep your


eyes on Jesus


When you're grounded in Christ, a new
life will emerge.
The life of this world you will have to
purge.
Just as a snake will shed his skin,
A new life in Christ will shed his sin.
Some find this new life a hard road to trod.
It will never be done without the help of
God.
When we get in the word and in one
accord with Him,
It will be much easier to shake each
worldly whim.
When we focus on Jesus and show His
Godly love.
We are sure to lead someone to that
mansion above.
Billy Johnson


:4


God's covenants:
Part one

More and more,
Christians are speaking
out, and saying that the
church isn't working.
And, why do we have
hundreds of different
churches anyway? There
is a reason for this, and in
a series of messages, I'm
going to show you why.
Man has a tendency to
try to simplify things, to
take a verse or two, here
and there, or perhaps a
handful of Bible verses
and make a religion out of
them. For some, the focus
is on baptism. For others,
the focus is on doing
good works. For others
the focus is on what they
call the Roman road. For
others, the focus is on
confessing certain things.
These have one thing in
common. They all focus
on a part of God's plan
but ignore most of it.
God reveals His plan,
beginning in the book of
Genesis, with the creation
of mankind. Some times
this is called the Adamic
Covenant. God put the
man and woman in the
Garden of Eden, gave
them everything that
they could possibly want,
and gave them one rule,
"Don't eat of the fruit of
the tree of knowledge,
of good and evil." As
long as the man and
woman obeyed that rule,
everything was fine. God
walked with them in the


garden and they had
good fellowship. This
shows us that God's
covenants, and His
rules, are meant
to be continued,
not a one time
experience.
Adam and
Eve is not just
a story. It is
history!
Then, the
Devil came along
and messed things
up, by persuading
the man and woman, to
stop obeying that one
rule, that God had given
them. He always seems
to mess things up. Much
of what is called freedom
is not freedom at all, but
submission to the Devil.
Through his influence
over many of our sources
of information -
government, education,
the news media, TV, radio,
and some of the internet
- the Devil has caused
many of the facts of
history to be questioned
or ignored.
When a covenant
is not working, due to
man's failure to keep a
covenant, God institutes
another covenant. The
next covenant was with
Noah. God told Noah
to build a big floating
warehouse called an ark,
so that He could separate
Noah and his family from
all the evil taking place
on Earth, and allow the
Earth to be populated
again. Every time we see
a rainbow, we are seeing


and Holy Spirit, and we
believe that Jesus was
God in human flesh.
Check us out
this Sunday! For
the spring and
summer seasons,
our services
begin, with a time
of greeting and
fellowship, at 9:45
a.m. CT on Sunday.
Our worship begins
at 10 a.m. For those
interested, we have
inidweek ministry,
helping people on an
individual basis. Inquire
for more information.
Come early on Sunday
morning so that you can
meet us informally and
join in the praise and
worship music led by TJ.
On Sunday morning we
worship, at the Mexico
Beach Civic Center on 105
N. 31st Street. The Civic
Center is located behind
the Beach Walk Gift Shop,
behind Parker Realty, just
off U.S. Highway 98, in the
western end of Mexico
Beach. Look for the white
building with the dark
green roof.


God Bless,
Pastor Tim Morrill
Mexico Beach Christian Worship
Center
Box 13337
Mexico Beach, 32410
tim 1@jesusanswers.com
On Facebook,
look for Tim Morrill
www.mexicobeachcwc.com


Faith BRIEFS


Family Conference at
Church of God in Christ

The Women's
Department of the Port
St. Joe Church of God


in Christ, located at 163
Avenue D, and Pastor
David Woods, Jr., will
be sponsoring a Family
Conference June 24-25.
The conference events
begin at 7:30 p.m. ET on


June 24. There will be a
workshop/brunch at 10:30
a.m. on June 25 and the
conference's final event is
at 6 p.m. ET on June 25.
Guest speaker is
Pastor Judy Hines.


New Horizon AA
The New Horizon AA
Group's new schedule is
Sunday mornings at 11
a.m. EST or 10 a.m. CST;
call 850-639-3600.


Jesus is Lord and He is waiting


FOR YOU AT:

382 Ling Street - Highland View
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850)227-1306
Sunday School 9:45a
Morning Worship 11:00


Pastor Josh Fidler


Evening Service
Discipleship Training
Wednesday Prayer


a.m.
a.m.
1.1


500U & 6:0 p.m.
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.


FIRST UNITED
METHODIST CHURCH
Constitution and Monument Port St. Joe


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


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


508 Sixteenth Street
Port St. Joe, Florida 32456
1^A 850-227-1756


- t Rev. Drucilla Tyler
T 6 - Worship Service 10:00 AM
S(Us N Sunday School 11:00 AM

TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIM KNOWN
Come worship with us!
Rector Father Tommy Dwyer
ST. JAMES'
EPISCOPAL CHURCH
800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE
8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) * Sunday School 9:45

www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org



SOUTHERLAND FAMILY


FUNERAL HOME

507 1Oth Street * Port St. Joe


(850) 229-8111


I . .Nursery provided for all services



St. Peter's Church, ACC 0
(Traditional Services 1928 BCP)
Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday...............10:00 A.M.
Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M.
4t Thursday of Every Month
The Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest
The Rev Lou Little, Deacon
Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center,
120 Library Drive
"An Unchanging Faith In A ( . World"



" i ai Uted Mll etho dis

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 Beaech United AMethodist Church
NURSERY PROVIDED
Rev. Jerry Arhelger,Pastor * Church/Office: 648-8820


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a sign of God's covenant
with Noah, that He
wouldn't destroy the earth
with a flood again. There
are still pieces of the ark
under the glaciers, on
Mt. Ararat, in eastern
Turkey, that some day
may be totally revealed
to mankind. Once again,
this is not just a story. It
is history.
Our next article
will begin with God's
covenant with Abraham.
Don't miss it!
Questions or
comments are invited.
Send to us at one of the
addresses below.
Are you concerned
about your eternal
destiny? At the Mexico
Beach Christian
Worship Center, you get
vital teachings from a
trustworthy Bible, every
Sunday morning. We don't
pass an offering plate,
or plead for money, or
pressure you to join. We
believe in the Father, Son,


Family Life

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


A Spirit Filled
Outreach Oriented
Word of Faith Church


HOME OF THE
POWERHOUSE
YOUTH MINISTRIES


Vt\ Faith Bible Church
't www.faithbiblepsj.net
80120' Street, Port St. Joe, Fl. (850) 229-6707
9:45 AM................................................... Sunday School
10:30 AM..................................................... Fellowship Breakfast
11:00 AM ........................................................ ................................ W orship
6:00 PM ................................................ ........................... . W worship

Home of Faith Christian School
www.faithchristianpsj.net


'. ~ .First Baptist Church
102 THIRD STREET * PORT ST. JOE
Jeff Tinder Pastor
Buddy Caswell, Minister ofMusic & Education
Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church
Sunday Wednesday
Sunday School ....................9:00 am Children's Choir .................5:30 pm
Worship Service................ 10:30 am Prayer Meeting................... 6:30 pm
Children's Ministry
Sunday Night Awana.... 5pm - 7 pm Activities........................ 6:30 pm
Youth Groups................ 5:30 pm Youth Ministry Activities... 6:30 pm
< www.fbcpsj.org /


If you're life isn't going well, It's not 6od's fault.

If you're life isn't going well, It's not God's fault. If you ask Him sincerely from your heart, He will give
you a new life. It's called being born again (John 3:3-7) or born of God (John 1:12,13).Ask God to
make you what He wants you to be. Keep on asking until you find you are changed. Come, worship
with us, enjoy real worship music, and meet others, who have been changed, at the Mexico Beach
Civic Center, each Sunday, at 10:00 AM central. We follow Jesus, and His teachings, and are not
affiliated with any other church. For Info: www.mexicobeachcwc.com or 850-348-0711






Thursday, June 23, 2011


Local/Faith


The Star I B5


McCloud family
Card of Thanks
Special to The Star

The family of the late
Christopher McCloud
acknowledges with sin-
cere appreciation the
many expressions of
kindness with the food,
visits, flowers, gifts and
above all your prayers
during the illness and
transitioning of our
loved. May God bless
and keep you in his care,
your deeds shall not be
forgotten.


North Florida Child Development, Inc. receives grants


Special to The Star
RESTON, Va. - Head Start
Body Start National Center
for Physical Development
and Outdoor Play on Mon-
day announced that North
Florida Child Develop-
ment, Inc. will receive five
grants of $5,000 to improve
the outdoor play space at
NFCD centers in Gulf; Cal-
houn, Madison, and Wakulla
counties. The awards were
among 436 announced this
week.
NFCD will purchase
value-added packages
from one of 27 elite vendors
(Preferred Vendors) who


were selected by a team of
evaluators for the packages'
developmental appropriate-
ness, safety and both play
and monetary value. The
National Center was cre-
ated through a federal grant
to the National Association
for Sport and Physical Edu-
cation (NASPE) and the
American Association for
Physical Activity and Rec-
reation (AAPAR) from the
Office of Head Start.
"We appreciate Head
Start Body Start for helping
us evaluate our play spaces
and educate our children
and their families about the


value of physical activity and
playing outdoors, in particu-
lar," said Sharon Gaskin,
CEO of NFCD. "This grant
will enable our centers to ex-
pand and enhance their cur-
rent playgrounds but more
importantly to educate our
parents, staff, and elected
officials on the importance
of healthy habits. Those de-
veloped very young will be
habits of a healthy adult."
In addition to the play
space improvement, each
award-winning Center will
have access to online cours-
es, webinars and resource
materials.


Obituraries


James Aubrey Respress Jr.
James Aubrey Respress Jr. passed
from this world June 11, 2011.
Born May 15, 1954 in Orlando, Fla., he
resided in Lake Panasoffkee, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his
mother, Marianna Jackson McCauley
(Houston, Texas).
Survivors include two sons, James
Aubrey Respress, III, (grandson Alex
Respress) who is stationed at St. Mary's
Naval Base, Ga., and Michael Respress
and wife, Laura, (Orlando Fla.); his father
James Aubrey Respress, Sr.; stepmother
Virginia (Wewahitchka, Fla.); four sisters,
Audrey Cook (Houston, Texas), Annette
Viar and husband, Roger, (Corpus Christi,
Texas); Jody Hunt (Wewahitchka) and
Wendy Askew and husband, Kip, (Mexico
Beach, Fla.); and many aunts, uncles,
nieces and nephews.
James worked in the construction
trade as an ironworker and crane operator.
A memorial service will be held June
25 at 2 p.m. ET at Beach Baptist Chapel,
311 Columbus St. St. Joe Beach, Fla., with
Pastor David Nichols officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to Hos-
pice of Florida.


Walter J. Densmore Jr.


Walter J.
Densmore, Jr.
died at age 84
on May 28, 2011.
He was born
Dec. 22, 1926
in Cleveland,
Ohio. Walt re- WA
tired from the WAI
IBM Company DENSA
at the age of 50
in 1976. He was a highly
regarded accountant at
the company's Amonk,
N.Y. offices. For a few
years after retiring,
he busied himself with
volunteer work, then
traveled alone to Port
Orange, Fla. This is
where he met Avilda,
the love of his life. Soon
after, Walt convinced
her to marry him and
the couple traveled
to Mexico Beach in
1987 as "Snowbirds" to
visit long-time friends,


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where they
both fell in love
with the area
and purchased
property in
Overstreet.
Walt is
survived by
rER J his wife of 24
ORE JR. years, Avilda
Densmore, of
Overstreet, Fla.; his
twin sister, Patricia
Dugan, of Boca Ra-
ton, Fla.; as well as
stepdaughters Valerie
Marcus of Overstreet,
Sherry Bullock of Day-
tona Beach, Fla., Hope
Daub of Clearwater,
Fla.; stepsons Mark
Bullock of Overstreet
and Curt Bullock of
Clover, S.C.
Walt is survived
by four children from
a previous marriage;
sons David Densmore


of San Diego, Calif.,
Wayne Densmore of
Superior, Colo., and
Brian Densmore
of Liberty, Mo.; and
daughter Linda Hall of
Waycross, Ga.; along
with six grandchildren
and two great-grand-
children.
Before passing
away, Walt suffered for
many years the cruel
effects of Alzheimer's.
We keep the memory
of his quick wit and
wry sense of humor,
his love of nature and
animals alive every
day. He will be painfully
missed.
Memorial services
will be held at Gains
Church in the town
of Buckhannon, WV
where the couple
spent their summers
together.


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Vennie Brown


Vennie Brown, 89,
passed away peacefully at
The Bridge in Bay St. Joe
nursing home on Saturday,
June 18, 2011.
Born in Wausau, Fla.
Aug. 16, 1921, to Mason and
Dee Hicks, she was the
fourth of eight children.
The Hicks family moved
to Eastpoint when Vennie
was a young girl, living in a
house near the present-day
St. George Island Bridge.
Her father was an oyster-
man and river pilot and
they were among the earli-
est settlers of Eastpoint.
Vennie married Maxie
"Mack" Brown, a home-
builder and cabinet shop
owner, on Sept. 28, 1940,


and lived in the Philaco
Shores area of Apalachic-
ola. During World War II,
she made Army tents at a
factory in Apalachicola. In
1942, their only child, Max,
was born. Mack and Vennie
relocated to Miami in 1953
and joined the Lakeview
Baptist Church where she
taught Sunday school for
many years. While in Mi-
ami, Vennie was a home-
maker and also worked as
supervisor of the packing
and shipping department
at a handbag company.
Vennie and Mack re-
tired in 1973 and moved
to Eastpoint. lirman and
Laura Hughes invited
them to First Baptist in


Eastpoint, and they soon
joined and remained ac-
tive members. She taught
Sunday school for small
children.
She is survived by her
son, Max Brown (Deborah)
of Eastpoint; grandson
Mark Brown of Prattville,
Ala.; granddaughter Lisa
York (Paul); great-grand-
son John York; and great-
granddaughter Lauren
York, of Springfield, Mo.
She was preceded in
death by her husband,
Mack Brown; sisters, Zena
Moore of Eastpoint, Fannie
Daniels of Carrabelle, Stel-
la Marshall of Eastpoint,
Vivian Miley of Eastpoint;
brothers, Cecil Hicks of


Eastpoint, Harvey Hicks of
Eastpoint, and Alton Hicks
of Hialeah.
Funeral services were
held Monday, June 20, at
11 a.m. at First Baptist
Church, Eastpoint, with
burial in Eastpoint Cem-
etary.
In lieu of flowers, dona-
tions may be made to Billy
Graham Evangelistic As-
sociation, 1 Billy Graham
Parkway, Charlotte, NC,
28201, www.billygraham.
org, or First Baptist
Church Food Ministry, 447
Avenue A, Eastpoint, FL.
32328.
Services were provided
by Comforter Funeral
Home.


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To find the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times
from these given for APALACHICOLA:
HIGH LOW
Cat Point Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17
East Pass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27
To find the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times
from those given for CARRABELLE:
HIGH LOW
Bald Point Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03

St.Joseph Bay
6/23 Thu 06:21AM 1.1 H 06:35PM 0.4 L
6/24 Fri 06:05AM 1.2 H 04:26PM 0.2 L
6/25 Sat 06:14AM 1.4 H 04:35PM 0.1 L
6/26 Sun 06:39AM 1.6 H 05:08PM -0.1 L
6/27 Mon 07:14AM 1.7 H 05:52PM -0.2 L
6/28 Tue 07:57AM 1.8 H 06:39PM -0.3 L
6/29 Wed 08:42AM 1.9 H 07:25PM -0.4 L

Apalachicola Bay, West Pass


6/23 Thu 02:44AM


0.6 L 09:27AM 1.4 H


05:05PM 0.5 L 10:35PM 0.9 H


6/24 Fri 03:11AM


0.8 L 09:55AM 1.4 H


06:11PM 0.3 L


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GIVEN that Ocean
Front Land, LLC the
holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for
a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of is-
suance, the description
of the property, and the
names in which it was
assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 1391

Application No.2011-01

Year of Issuance: 2009

R.E. No. 06269-902R

Description of Property:
Lot 14, Block D,
SEAGRASS SUBDIVI-
SION, according to the
plat thereof recorded in
the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida, in
Plat Book 5, Page 1.

Name in which as-
sessed: Seagrass
Properties, LLC

All of said property be-
ing in Gulf County,
State of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be
redeemed according to
law, the property de-
scribed in such certifi-
cate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the
6th day of July, 2011

Dated this 25th day of
May, 2011.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk
June 2, 9, 16, 23, 2011
2631S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Ocean
Front Land, LLC the
holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for
a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of is
suance, the description
of the property, and the
names in which it was
assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No.1385

Application No.2011-03

Year of Issuance: 2009

R.E. No. 06269-890R

Descnpton of Property: L o t
8, Block D,
SEAGRASS SUBDIVI-
SION, according to the
plat thereof recorded in
the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida, in
Plat Book 5, Page 1.

Name in which as-
sessed: Seagrass
Properties, LLC

All of said property be-
ing in Gulf County,
State of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be
redeemed according to
law, the property de-
scribed in such certifi-
cate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T, Wednesday, the
6th day of July, 2011

Dated this 25th day of
May, 2011.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray,
Deputy Clerk
June 2, 9, 16,23,2011
2632S
NOTICE OF
APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Ocean
Front Land, LLC the
holder of the following
Tax Certificate, has
filed said certificate for
a tax deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of is
suance, the description
of the property, and the
names in which it was
assessed are as fol-
lows:

Certificate No. 1389
+1


1100

Application No.2011-02

Year of Issuance: 2009

R.E. No. 06269-898R

Description of Property:
Lot 12, Block D,
SEAGRASS SUBDIVI-
SION, according to the
plat thereof recorded in
the Public Records of
Gulf County, Florida, in
Plat Book 5, Page 1.

Name in which as-
sessed: J. Matthew
Dwyer Jr. and David
Dwyer

All of said property be-
ing in Gulf County,
State of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be
redeemed according to
law, the property de-
scribed in such certifi-
cate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T., Wednesday, the
6th day of July, 2011

Dated this 25th day of
May, 2011.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: Donna L. Ray
Deputy Clerk
June 2, 9, 16,23,2011
2786S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT, FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLOR-
IDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

VISION BANK, A Flor-
ida Banking Corpora-
tion,
Plaintiff,

vs.

THOMAS E. PARKER,
JR., ERMA L. PARKER,
and OWNERS ASSO-
CIATION OF SUNSET
VILLAGE, INC.,
Defendants.

Case No. 11-16-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that the under-
signed Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court of Gulf
County, pursuant to a
Final Judgment en-
tered in this cause, will
on the 21st day of July,
2011, at 11:00 o'clock
A.M., on the front steps
of the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, FL 32456,
offer for sale and sell at
public outcry to the
highest and best bid-
der for cash, the follow-
ing described property
located in Gulf County,
Florida:

Lot 51, Sunset Village
Subdivision
Gulf County, Florida.

Legal Description:
Lot 51, SUNSET
VILLAGE SUBDIVISION,
as per plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 4,
Page 19 of the Public
Records of Gulf
County, Florida.

Together with all the
appurtenances thereto
belonging and apper-
taining.

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

DATED this 3rd day of
June, 2011.

BECKY NORRIS
By: BA Baxter
As Deputy Clerk
June 16, 23, 2011
2792S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF THE FOUR-
TEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA
IN AND FOR GULF
COUNTY

TYNDALL FEDERAL
CREDIT UNION,
Plaintiff,

vs.

DAVID D. CHILDRESS
AND DEBBIE A. CHIL-
DRESS,
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 10-529CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN, that the Clerk
of the Circuit Court of
Gulf County, Florida,
pursuant to the Final
Summary Judgment of
Foreclosure, entered in
this cause, the Clerk of
this Court shall sell the
property at public sale
at 11:00 A.M. EST, on
the 14th of July, 2011
at the Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Rm. 148, Port St. Joe,
FL 32456, the following
described real property
lying and being in Gulf
County, Florida, to-wit:

LOTS 14 AND 15 IN
BLOCK 111 OF ST.


1100
JOSEPH'S ADDITION
TO THE CITY OF PORT
ST. JOE, FLORIDA,
UNIT NUMBER 9, AC-
CORDING TO THE
PLAT THEREOF RE-
CORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 2, PAGE 12, IN
THE PUBLIC REC-
ORDS OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA.

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

This Notice dated this
13th day of May, 2011.

REBECCA L. NORRIS,
CLERK CIRCUIT
COURT, GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA
BY: BA BAXTER
Deputy Clerk
June 16, 23, 2011
2811S
IN THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA

CENTENNIAL BANK,
as successor in interest
to BAYSIDE SAVINGS
BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

ELISEO DAVID
DUARTE and OVATION
ON CAPE SAN BLAS
HOMEOWNERS' AS-
SOCIATION, INC.,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 09-389-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a
Summary Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure
dated June 7, 2011,
and entered in Civil Ac-
tion No. 09-389 CA of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for Gulf
County, Florida, whe-
rein the parties were
the plaintiff, CENTEN-
NIAL BANK, as succes-
sor in interest to
BAYSIDE SAVINGS
BANK, and the defend-
ants, ELISEO DAVID
DUARTE and OVATION
ON CAPE SAN BLAS
HOMEOWNERS' AS-
SOCIATION, INC., I will
sell to the highest and
best bidder, for cash,
at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern
Time) on the 28th day
of July, 2011, at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
the following-described
real property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Lot 61, Ovation on
Cape San Bias Phase
II, according to the Plat
thereof, recorded in
Plat Book 5, Page 61,
of the Public Records
of Gulf County, Florida.

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 7th day of
June, 2011.

HON. REBECCA L.
NORRIS
CLERK OF COURT
Gulf County, Florida
By: BA Baxter
Clerk/Deputy Clerk
June 16, 23, 2011
2812S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA

STACY THOMAS PHIL-
LIPS and PATRICK
DANIEL THOMAS,
Plaintiffs,

vs.

BLAKE E. CREWS,
Defendant.

Case No.: 11-99 CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a
Summary Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure
dated June 2nd, 2011,
and entered in Civil Ac-
tion No. 11-99 CA of
the Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cult in and for Gulf
County, Florida,
wherein the parties
were the Plaintiffs,
STACY THOMAS PHIL-
LIPS and PATRICK
DANIEL THOMAS, and
the Defendant, BLAKE
E. CREWS, I will sell to
the highest and best
bidder for cash, at
11:00 o'clock a.m.
(Eastern Time) on the
21st day of July, 2011,
at the front door of the
Gulf County Court-
house, Port St. Joe,
Florida, the following
described real property
as set forth in said Final
Judgment of Foreclo-
sure:

EXHIBIT A'

LEGAL DESCRIPTION

Lot 4, Block A, Treas-


1 1100
ure Bay Subdivision,
according to the plat
thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 3, page 32,
of the public records of
Gulf County, Florida

TOGETHER WITH

Description: Parcel 1

A 10 foot wide non ex-
clusive ingress and
egress easement for
access to St. Joseph
Bay along a portion of
the Southerly boundary
of TREASURE BAY a
subdivision of a portion
of fractional Section 14,
Township 9 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf
County, Florida, ac-
cording to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 32, in the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida, and
being more particularly
described as follows:

Commence at a con-
crete monument mark-
ing the Southeasterly
corner of TREASURE
BAY and then go North
89 degrees 18 minutes
39 seconds West along
the Southerly boundary
of TREASURE BAY for
a distance of 375.95
feet for the POINT OF
BEGINNING. From said
Point of Beginning, de-
parting said Southerly
boundary line go South
15 degrees 24 minutes
53 seconds West for a
distance of 10.34 feet;
thence go North 89 de-
grees 18 minutes 39
seconds West, parallel
with the Southerly
boundary of TREAS-
URE BAY for a distance
of 281.41 feet, more or
less, to the water's
edge of St. Joseph Bay
thence go North 00 de-
grees 41 minutes 21
seconds East along
said water's edge for a
distance of 10.00 feet
to a point on the South-
erly boundary of
TREASURE BAY;
thence departing said
water's edge go South
89 degrees 18 minutes
39 seconds East for a
distance of 284.04 feet
to the Point of Beginn-
ing.

Description: Parcel 2

A 10 foot wide non ex-
clusive ingress and
egress easement for
access to St. Joseph
Bay along a portion of
the Northerly boundary
of TREASURE BAY a
subdivision of a portion
of Fractional Sectionl4,
Township 9 South,
Range 11 West, Gulf
County, Florida, ac-
cording to the plat
thereof recorded in Plat
Book 3, Page 32 in the
Public Records of Gulf
County, Florida and be-
ing more particularly
described as follows:

Commence at a con-
crete monument mark-
ing the Northeasterly
corner of TREASURE
BAY and thence go
North 89 degrees 18
minutes 39 seconds
West along the North-
erly boundary of
TREASURE BAY for a
distance of 254.12 feet
for the POINT OF BE-
GINNING. From said
Point of Beginning con-
tinue North 89 degrees
18 minutes 39 seconds
West along said North-
erly boundary for a dis-
tance of 311.81 feet to
a point on the water's
edge of St. Joseph
Bay; thence departing
said Northerly bound-
ary line go North 00 de-
grees 41 minutes 21
seconds East along
said water's edge for
10.00 feet; thence de-
parting said water's
edge go South 89 de-
grees 18 minutes 39
seconds East, parallel
with the Northerly
boundary of TREAS-
URE BAY for a distance
of 314.44 feet; thence
go South 15 degrees
24 minutes 53 seconds
West for a distance of
10.34 feet to the Point
of Beginning.

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

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 3rd day of
June, 2011.

REBECCA L. NORRIS
CLERK OF COURT
GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA
By: BA Baxter
Deputy Clerk
June 16, 23, 2011
2813S
IN THE FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN
GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA

CENTENNIAL BANK,
as successor in interest
to COASTAL COMMU-
NITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.


1100

SUNSET BAY INVEST-
MENTS, INC., JEF-
FREY W. ROOMS,
GREGG W. HAYES, E.
RALPH MILLS, JR., DA-
VID M. HUTTO, PATRI-
CIA FOURNIER, and
STANLEY ROOMS,
Defendants.

CASE NO. 10-454-CA

NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to a Fi-
nal Judgment of Fore-
closure dated June 7,
2011, and entered in
Civil Action No.
10-454-CA of the Cir-
cuit Court of the Four-
teenth Judicial Circuit
in and for Gulf County,
Florida, wherein the
parties were the plain-
tiff, CENTENNIAL
BANK, as successor in
interest to COASTAL
COMMUNITY BANK,
and the defendants,
SUNSET BAY INVEST-
MENTS, INC., GREGG
W. HAYES, E. RALPH
MILLS, JR., DAVID M.
HUTTO, PATRICIA
FOURNIER, and STAN-
LEY ROOMS, I will
sell to the highest and
best bidder, for cash,
at 11:00 a.m. (Eastern
Time) on the 28th day
of July, 2011, at the
front door of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
Port St. Joe, Florida,
the following-described
real property as set
forth in said Final Judg-
ment of Foreclosure:

Lot 15, according to
the plat of The Village
at Marina Cove, as re-
corded in Plat Book 4,
Page 48, in the office of
the Clerk of the Circuit
Court of Gulf County,
Florida.

The successful bidder
at the sale will be re-
quired to place the req-
uisite state documen-
tary stamps on the Cer-
tificate of Title.

DATED this 7th day of
June, 2011.

HON. REBECCA L.
NORRIS
CLERK OF COURT
Gulf County, Florida
By: BA Baxter
Clerk/Deputy Clerk
June 16, 23, 2011
2814S
ADVERTISEMENT
FOR BIDS:

The Gulf County
School Board will be
accepting bids for one
(1) New 2011 Ford Tau-
rus X.

A bid package may be
picked up at 150 Mid-
dle School Road or
faxed by call
850-229-8369. Bids will
be accepted starting
June 16, 2011 and end-
ing June 30, 2011 at 12
p.m. E.S.T

You can contact Greg
Layfield at
850-229-8369 with any
questions.
June 16, 23, 2011
2818S

IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT FOR GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA

IN RE: ESTATE OF
CATHERINE ANNETTE
MINGER-CROTON

PROBATE DIVISION
File Number 11-43PR

NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION
The administration of
the estate of CATHER-
INE ANNETTE MINGER
-CROTON, deceased,
whose date of death
was May 10, 2011 and
whose social security
number is ***-**-****
is pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costing, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and
addresses of the per-
sonal representative
and the personal
representative's attor-
ney are set forth below.

All creditors of the de-
cedent and other per-
sons having claims or
demands against the
decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this
notice is required to be
served must file their
claims with this Court
WITHIN THE LATER
OF THREE (3)
MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR
THIRTY (30) DAYS AF-
TER THE DATE OF
SERVICE OF A COPY
OF THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.

All other Creditors of
the decedent and per-
sons having claims or
demands against the
decedent's estate must
file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THREE
(3) MONTHS AFTER
THE DATE OF THE
FIRST PUBLICATION
OF THIS NOTICE.

ALL CLAIMS NOT
FILED WITHIN THE
TIME PERIODS SET
FORTH IN SECTION
733.702 OF THE FLOR-


1 1100
IDA PROBATE CODE
WILL BE BARRED
NOTWITHSTANDING
THE TIME PERIODS
SET FORTH ABOVE,
ANY CLAIM FILED
TWO (2) YEARS OR
MORE AFTER THE
DECEDENT'S DATE OF
DEATH IS BARRED.

The date of first publi-
cation of this Notice is
June 16, 2011.

Attorney for Personal
Representative:
Charles A. Costin
Florida Bar No. 699070
Post Office Box 98
Port St. Joe, FL 32457
Telephone:
(850) 227-1159

PHILLIP ROBERT
CROTON
12 Venture Close
Methwold Thetford
Norfolk
June 16, 23, 2011
2821S
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS,
GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA
REQUEST FOR QUALI-
FICATIONS
FOR LANDFILL OPER-
ATION, MANAGE-
MENT, MAINTENANCE
AND POTENTIAL AC-
QUISITION
RFP NO: 1011-22

The Gulf County Board
of County Commis-
sioners is requesting
statements of qualifica-
tions from any qualified
person or firm inter-
ested in contracting
with Gulf County for
landfill operation, man-
agement, maintenance
and potential acquisi-
tion.

Qualifications must be
submitted to the Gulf
County Clerk of Court,
Gulf County Court-
house, Room 148,
1000 Cecil G. Costin
Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida, 32456 no later
than Friday, June 30,
2011, at 4:30 p.m., E.T
Submissions should
be in a sealed enve-
lope marked "Landfill
Qualifications" and
"Name of Person or
Firm". RFQ's will be
opened at the above
location on Tuesday,
July 5, 2011 at 10:00
a.m., E.T

At a minimum, qualifi-
cations required by the
GCBOCC for landfill
providers) are as fol-
lows:

* Provision of proof
of Liability Insurance
One (1) original and
seven(7) copies of the
response to the RFQ
must be submitted
* Submittal must be
signed by the person
or authorized person (if
a firm submits).
* Submittal must in-
clude at a minimum:
O Name, address, tele-
phone number of the
person or firm submitt-
ing qualifications
O Qualifications, certifi-
cations and educa-
tional professional
resumes) of all per-
sons that would pro-
vide services under this
contract.
O3 A straight-forward,
concise description of
capabilities.
O References:


INQUIRIES AND IN-
TERPRETATIONS:

Responses to inquiries
which affect an inter-
pretation or change to
the RFQ will be posted
on the Gulf County
W e b s i t e
(www.gulfcounty-fl.gov)
under the Forms and
Documents tab/Bid
Specifications) as an
addendum/additional
information letter. Re-
spondents will not be
notified of additional
information/addenda
posting.

The Gulf County Board
of County Commis-
sioners reserves the
right to reject any or all
bids deemed in the
best interest of the
County.
GULF COUNTY
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS

Attest: /s/ Rebecca L.
Nornris, Clerk
By:/s/Warren J.
Yeager, Jr., Chairman
June 16, 23, 2011
2846S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF THE 14TH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN
AND FOR GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA

CASE NO. 23-2010-CA-
000117

WELLS FARGO BANK,
N.A. AS SUCCESSOR
BY MERGER TO
WACHOVIA BANK, NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION
Plaintiff,

vs.

W. MICHAEL
MASCHMEYER A/K/A
W. MASHMEYER A/K/A
MICHAEL MASCH-
MEYER, ET AL
Defendants.

NOTICE OF SALE


1 1100
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to the
Summary Final Judge-
ment in Foreclosure
dated May 26, 2011
and entered in Case
No 23-2010-CA-000117
of the Circuit Court of
the 14TH Judicial Cir-
cuit in and for GULF
County, Florida,
wherein WELLS
FARGO BANK, N.A. AS
SUCCESSOR BY
MERGER TO
WACHOVIA BANK, NA-
TIONAL ASSOCIATION
is Plaintiff and W. MI-
CHAEL MASCHMEYER
A/K/A JUDITH
MASHM EYER ;
WINDMARK BEACH
COMMUNITY ASSOCI-
ATION, INC. JOHN
DOE OR ANY OTHER
PERSON IN POSSES-
SION; all unknown par-
ties claiming by,
through, under or
against the named
Defendant(s), whether
living or not, and
whether said unknown
parties claims as heirs,
devisees, grantees, as-
signees, lienors credi-
tors, trustees, or in any
other capacity, claim-
ing by, through under
or against the named
Defendant(s) are the
Defendant(s), I will sell
to the highest and best
bidder for cash at the
FRONT LOBBY OF
THE COURTHOUSE of
the GULF County
Courthouse, in Gulf
County, Florida at a.m.
on the 14th day of July,
2011, the following de-
scribed property as set
forth in said Order, ord
Final Judgement, to
wit:

LOT 90, WINDMARK
BEACH, ACCORDING
TO THE PLAT RE-
CORDED IN PLAT
BOOK 4, PAGE 1, IN
THE OFFICE OF THE
CLERK OF THE CIR-
CUIT COURT OF GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA,

Street Address: 217
SIGNAL LANE,
WINDMARK LOT 90,
PORT SAINT JOE,
FLORIDA 32456

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.

WITNESS my hand and
the seal of the Court
this 3rd day of June,
2011.

Rebecca L. Norris,
Clerk
By BA Baxter
As Deputy Clerk

This notice is provided
pursuant to Administra-
tive Order No. 2.065.
in accordance with the
Americans with Disabil-
ities Act, If you are a
person with a disability
who needs any accom-
modation in order to
participate in this pro-
ceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you,
to provisions of certain
assistance. Please con-
tact the Court Adminis-
trator at 1000 Cecil
Costin Boulevard, Rm
148, Port St. Joe, Fl
32456, Phone No. (850)
229-8771 (TDD); if you
are voice impaired, call
1-800-995-8770 (V) (Via
Florida Relay Services)
MOSKOWITZ, MAN-
DELL, SALIM &
SIMOWITZ, PA. 800
Corporate Drive, Suite
500 Fort Lauderdale,
FLORIDA 33334
June 16, 23, 2011
2874S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF THE FOUR-
TEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY FLOR-
IDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

LAWRENCE T LEE
A/K/A LAWRENCE
THOMAS LEE, DEBRA
L. LEE A/K/A DEBRA
LYNN LEE, and UN-
KNOWN TENANTS)
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 11-24-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45


1100
NOTICE is given pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated
June 2, 2011, in Case
No. 11-24-CA, of the
Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit, in and for Gulf
County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff
and LAWRENCE T
LEE A/K/A LAWRENCE
THOMAS LEE, DEBRA
L. LEE A/K/A DEBRA
LYNN LEE are the De-
fendants, 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 Cou-
nty Florida at 11:00
a.m., Eastern Time, on
July 21, 2011, the prop-
erty set forth in the Fi-
nal Judgment of Fore-
closure and more par-
ticularly described as
follows:

Lot 1, Midway Estates,
according to the plat
thereof as recorded in
Plat Book 2, Page 24,
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: June 3, 2011.

REBECAL. NORRIS
Clerk of the
Circuit Court
By: BA Baxter
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,
PA.
1300 Thomaswood Dr.
Tallahassee, Florida
32308
June 23, 30, 2011
2875S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF THE FOUR-
TEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA

CAPITAL CITY BANK,
Plaintiff,

vs.

SUSAN E. WHITE, DO-
NALD C. GOODSON
A/K/A DONALD CARL
GOODSON, and HE-
RON WALK HOMEOW-
NERS ASSOCIATION,
INC., and UNKNOWN
TENANTS)
Defendants.

CASE NO.: 11-60-CA

NOTICE OF SALE
PURSUANT TO
CHAPTER 45

NOTICE is given pursu-
ant to a Final Judgment
of Foreclosure dated
June 2, 2011, in Case
No. 11-60-CA, of the
Circuit Court of the
Fourteenth Judicial Cir-
cuit, in and for Gulf
County, Florida, in
which CAPITAL CITY
BANK is the Plaintiff
and SUSAN E. WHITE,
DONALD C. GOOD-
SON A/K/A DONALD
CARL GOODSON,
HERON WALK
HOMEOWNERS ASSO-
CIATION, 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 Cou-
nty Florida at 11:00
a.m., Eastern Time, on
July 21, 2011, the prop-
erty set forth in the Fi-
nal Judgment of Fore-
closure and more par-
ticularly described as
follows:

Lot 19, Heron Walk
Subdivision, according
to the plat thereof re-
corded in Plat Book 5,
Page 31, in the Public
Records of Gulf Cou-
nty, 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: June 3, 2011.

REBECAL. NORRIS
Clerk of the
Circuit Court
By: BA Baxter
Deputy Clerk

Garvin B. Bowden, Esq


Independence

Holiday

(Monday, July 4)

Classified Line

Deadline


1100
Gardner, Bist, Wiener,
Wadsworth & Bowden,
PA.
1300 Thomaswood Dr.
Tallahassee, Florida
32308
June 23, 30, 2011
2887S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT, FOURTEENTH
JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF
THE STATE OF FLOR-
IDA, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY

IN RE: The Estate of
BETTY MAE HILTON,
deceased.

CASE NO.:11-0042 PR
IN PROBATE

NOTICE TO
CREDITORS

TO ALL PERSONS
HAVING CLAIMS OR
DEMANDS AGAINST
THE ABOVE ESTATE:

The administration of
the estate of BETTY
MAE HILTON, de-
ceased, File Number
11-0042 PR, is pending
in the Circuit Court for
Gulf County, Florida,
Probate Division, the
address of which is
Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456.
The name and ad-
dress of the personal
representative and that
personal representa-
tive's attorney are set
forth below.

ALL INTERESTED PER-
SONS ARE NOTIFIED
THAT:

All creditors of the de-
cedent and other per-
sons having claims or
demands against
decedent's estate on
whom a copy of this
notice is served within
three months after the
date of the first publica-
tion of this notice must
file their claims with this
Court WITHIN THE
LATER OF THREE
MONTHS AFTER THE
DATE OF THE FIRST
PUBLICATION OF
THIS NOTICE OR
THIRTY DAYS AFTER
THE DATE OF SERV-
ICE OF A COPY OF
THIS NOTICE ON
THEM.

All other creditors of
the decedent and per-
sons having claims or
demands against the
estate of the decedent
must file their claims
with this Court WITHIN
THREE MONTHS AF-
TER THE DATE OF
THE FIRST PUBLICA-
TION OF THIS NO-
TICE.

ALL CLAIMS AND DE-
MANDS NOT SO FILED
WILL BE FOREVER
BARRED.

The date of the first
publication of this No-
tice is June 23, 2011.


S. RUSSELL SCHOLZ
RISH, GIBSON &
SCHOLZ, PA.
116 Sailors Cove Drive
P 0. Box 39
Port St. Joe, Florida
32457
(850) 229-8211
ATTORNEY FOR
PERSONAL
REPRESENTATIVE
FL BAR NO. 0224839
PATRICIA LUANN
REDD
3052 Highway 71
South
Wewahitchka, Florida
32465
June 23, 30,2011
2899S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT FOR GULF
COUNTY FLORIDA

IN RE: ESTATE OF
PROBATE DIVISION

SUSIE F. COOPER
File Number 11-30PR
Deceased.

NOTICE OF
ADMINISTRATION

The administration of
the estate of SUSIE F.
COOPER, deceased,
whose date of death
was April 3, 2011 and
whose social security
number is ***-**-****
is pending in the Circuit
Court for Gulf County,
Florida, Probate Divi-
sion, the address of
which is Gulf County
Courthouse, 1000 Cecil
G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida
32456. The names and
addresses of the per-



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and the personal repre- FOR PLAINTIFF TICE ON THEM. V Publisher's
sentative's attorney are has been filed against LEAH H. MAYERSOHN, Housekeeping Nuoice
set forth below, you and you are re- ESQ. All other creditors of NOtice
quired to serve a copy Mayersohn Law Group, the decedent and other Extra Mile Part Time weekend 1 bedroom unfur-
All creditors of the de- of our written defenses, PA. persons having claims Pet Sitting help needed or all p in All real estate advertise nished apt; Dogwood RELES FORSAments;
cedent and other per- if any, to it on 101 NE 3rd Avenue, or demands against Home visits/overnight son 4693 Cape San subje ing in this newspaper s Terrae Apard Avments; 7100- Homes
sons having claims or DOUGLAS C. ZAHM, Suite 1250 decedent'sestatemust in the comfort of your Bas Rd or 1200 Hwy Housing Act which PSJ 88 227oodward7800 7105- Open House
demands against dece- PA., Plaintiffs attorney, Fort Lauderdale, FL file their claims with this ets om Exc locawy l PSJ; (850) 27-7800. 7110 - BacHome/
dent's estate on whomwhose address is33301 court WITHIN pets home. Exc. local 98 Mexico Beach makes it illegal to ad- Properly
dent's estate on whom whose address is 33301 court WITHIN 3Ref. since 1993. Gulf vertise any preference ,oer
a copy of this notice is 12425 28th Street (954) 765-1900 MONTHS AFTER THE Co. Mexico Bch & Ap- Nvw Hiring! mitation or dscriemna- 7120 - Commercial
required to be served North, Suite 200, St. (954) 713-0702 fax DATE OF THE FIRST palace Exotics wel- Are You Making Less ton based on race, 7140 -Farms & Ranches
must file their claims Petersburg, FL 33716, June 23, 30, 2011 PUBLICATION OF come Diana 227-5770 Than $40,000 Per Year? hand religion se 6140 7150- Lots and Acreage
with this Court WITHIN on or before June 13, 2967S THIS NOTICE. Dan 227-8225 Covenant Transport oria familal o an7160 Mobile Homes/Lots
THE LATER OF THREE 2011, or within thirty NONDISCRIMINATION extramilepetsitting.com CovenantTransport or national origin, or an 7170- Waterfront
(3) MONTHS AFTER (30) days after the firstNONDISCRIMINATION ALL CLAIMS NOT Needs Driver Trainees intention, to make any 7180 - Investment
FIRST PUBLICATION twice of Action, and file As a recipient of Fed- TIME PERIODS SET quired. tlon or discrimination" 7190 - Out-of-Town
OF THIS NOTICE OR the original with theAs a nciplnt of Fed FORTH IN SECTION *Immediate Job Place-Familial status tludes 2 & 3 br, on St Joe RealEstate
THIRTY (30) DAYS AF- Clerk of this Court at l assis- 733.702 OF THE FLOR ment Assistanceof 18 livin with parents Beach. 1 br, exico
TER THE DATE OF 1000 Cecil G. Costing, tance, Sacred Heart IDA PROBATE CODE *OTR, Regional, & Lo- or legal custodians, Beach. 1 br, Eff. on
Health System,TInc.IDA PROBATE000ECoo or legal custodians,stin
SERVICE OF A COPY Sr. Blvd.. Port St. Joe. Health System, Inc. WILL BE FOREVER cal Jobs pregnant women and Mexico Beach. Nice
OF THIS NOTICE ON FL 32456, either before (Sacred Heart ) does BARRED. NOTWITH- CALL NOW FOR MORE people securing cus- Areas Please call 7100
THEM. service on Plaintiff's at- not exclude, deny ben STANDING THE TIME * INFORMATION tody of children under 850-348-7774
torney or immediately efits to, or otherwise PERIODS SET FORTH 1-866-280-5309 18. TExt FL64758 to 56654 3 br, 2 ba, beautiful
All other creditors ofthereafter, otherwise, discriminate against ABOVE, ANY CLAIM | a S home, 1900 sq. ft. quit
All other creditors of thereafter, otherwise, a ny person on the ba- BOVE, ANY CLAIM This newspaper will not
the decedent and per- default will be entered any person on he b- FILED TWO (2) YEARS 3100-Antiques knowingly accep an 3 br, 2 ba, ch&a, din- neighborhood, fenced
sons having claims or against you for the re- s tonal r disabil, OR MORE AFTER THE 3110-Appliances advertising for real es- Ing room, wreck room, back yard Call
demands against the lief, demanded in the tiona origin, ability, DECEDENT'S DATE OF 3120-Arts & Crafts tate which is in violation laundry room, nice 850-229-1542 or
decedent's estate must complaint petition. or age in admission to DEATH IS BARRED. 3130- Auctions Other of the law. Our readers yard, $625. month, 850-832-2040
file their claims with this WITNESS my hand and participation in, or re- 3140- Baby Items are hereby informed $450. security deposit
file their claims wiTHIN THREE seal of theSS Cmy hand aon cept of the services The date of first pub 3150- BuildingSupplies JUST that all dwellings adver call850 2276216
(3) MONTHS AFTER this 28th day of April of its programs and ac- cation of this notice is Equipment GRADUATE? are available on a equalTextFL63154to56654
THE DATE OF THE 2011 June 23, 2011 3170- Collectibles
FIRST PUBLICATION tlvtes, whether carried June 23,3180- Computers Play in Vegas, Hang in opportunity basis. To P
OF THIS NOTICE. Rebecca L. (Becky) out byacred Heart d- r Personal 3190 - Eectonics LA, Jet to New York complain of dscmna
Norris t or othe Representative 32 Firewood Hiring 1824 girls/guys 1-800-669-9777. The 4 br, 2 ba, includes ac- SLJoe,3br, 1 bath,
ALL CLAIMS NOT Clerk of the Circuit actor or another en- MelC. Magidson Jr. 3210 - FreePass it On .$400-$800 wkly. Paid toll-free number for the cess to pool tennis fenced backyard with 2
FILED WITHIN THE y w acre Florida Bar Number 3230 - Garage/Yard Sales expenses. Signing Bo- hearing impaired is court, private beach. storage buildings, new
TIME PERIODS SET By:BABaxter Heart arranges to carry 3240- Guns nus. Are you energetic 1-800-927-9275. $1250 month, minimum metal roof and paint on
FORTH IN SECTION Deputy Clerk out its programs and 528 6th St. 3250- Good Things to Eat & fun? S 6 months lease, long house, near school and
733.702 OF THE FLOR- activities. PO. Box 340 3260- Health & Fitness Call 866-574-7454 term only rental. Call Lake Griffin, Call (850)
IDA PROBATE CODE IN ACCORDANCE This statement is in ac- Port St. Joe, FL 32457 3280- Machinery/ Text fWeb id 3416383to 56654 229-881-2700 227-8295 for appt.
WILL BE BARRED WITH AMERICANS he Telephone: Equipment Texnuan Text FL63537 to 56654
NOTWITHSTANDING WITH DISABILITY ACTcordance with the pro-(8502277800 3290- Medical Equipment _______TetF657o564
THE TIME PERIODS ANY PERSONS NEED-visions of Title VI of the Fax: (850) 227-7878 3300 - Miscellaneous I -
SET FORTH ABOVE, ING SPECIAL ACCOM Civil Rights Act of 1964, Attorney for Stephanle 3310-Musicallnslmments o
ANY CLAIMI M FILED MODATIONS TOPAR Section 504 of the Re Wilbanks 3320- Plats & Shrubs/ SELL ALL YOUR 715
TWO (2) YEARS OR TICIPATE IN THIS habilitation Act of 1973, Supplies Sales/Business Dev ITEMS FSBO: 5.5 acres White
3330 - Restaurant/Hotel ITEMS
MORE AFTER THE FUNCTION SHOULD the Age Discrimination Personal 3340-Sporting Goods PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all City, Fl. Nice property,
DECEDENT'S DATE OF CONTACT THE EAct of 1975 , andRegu- Representative 3350 - Tickets (Buy & Sell) Cashier through classified, brick 404 Battles minutes to Intercoastal
DEATH IS BARRED. CLERK OF THE loans of the U.S. De Stephanie Wilbanks PT. Walker's Dixie Street, corner lot large Water Way. Convenient
COURT NO LATER partment of Health and 3105 Garrison Ave. Dandy. 2176 Hwy 98 CALL 747-5020 yard, $700 month + to beaches, reasona-
The date of first publi- THAN ONE DAY PRIOR Human Services issued PortSt. Joe,FL32456Highland View. Apply deposit 850-229-6403 ble offers considered.
cation of this Notice is TO THAT DAY AT (850) pursuant to these stat- June 23,30, 2011 3300 In person. call 904-626-1482
June23,2011. 2296113. utes at Title 45 Code of Donate VehiclesJune 23, 30, 2011 in person
JuneJune 23, 3023,2011. 229-6113. Federal Regulations-Donate Vehicles, -
Attornl ne S3, 30,2011 Parts 80, 84, and 91. a oBoats, Property and
Attorney for Personal 2923S get a free vacation. Cs
Representative: IN THE CIRCUIT In case of questions, | 1110 Helping tee w w.arinst .cor 4130 Rei Price Reduced
Charles A. Costin COURT OF THE FOUR- please contact : Helping teens in crisis Airlines Are Hiring analyn DowdenPrice Reduced
Florida Bar No. 699070 TEENTH JUDICIAL Provider Name: rrfor 30 years. Max IRS Train for high paying A Red Bull Island- Wewa
Post Office Box98 CIRCUIT IN AND FOR Sacred Heart Health Incorrect Deductions Free Tow Aviation Career. FAA 108 S.E. AveAGreat Located. $10,000
Port St. Joe, FL 32457 GULF COUNTY, FLOR- System, Inc. Insertion ing. Call (800)338-6724 approved program. Fi- Carrabelle, Florida 32322. 850-647-9961/624-6085
T p2 1159 IDA Contact Person/Section Policy Today nancial aid if qualified www.seacrestre.com
Case No. 504 Coordinator: Ann hirool Jacuzzi 4 x Job placement assis- 1 BR 1 V2 BA CONDO, FURNISHED
Personal 23-2010-CA-000278 Erickson, Section 504 Whirlpool acuzzi 42 x tance. CALL Aviation On River, Downtown, Boat Slip ......$1000.00
Reresentative Coordinator For Classified 72 tub, Two Kohler Institute of Mainte- 1 BR 1 BA LANARK APT, REMODELED 71" I--I
Representative REGIONS BANK, SUC- Telephone number: In-column Ad- sinks, Matching 77 inch nance (877)741-9260 Water Incl, Street Entrance...............$425.00
TIMOTHY COOPER CESSOR BY MERGER (850) 416-6120 vertisers vanity top. (Dusty Rose 1 BR FURNISHED APT, DEN
910 Coble Dr. WITH AMSOUTH BANK June 23,2011 Color) Best offer. Call Heat & Air Jobs - Carport, Utilities Inc......................$650.00 a
Tallahassee, FL. 32301 and REGIONS BANK 2 -S Ay 850-229-6822 Ready to work? 3 week 3 BR 2 BA DOTUBLEWIDE 5f 9 M
June 23,30, 2011 d/b/a REGIONS MORT 2968S All ads placed by accelerated program. Back Deck,NiceLocation .................$700.00
2903S GAGE Notice Under phone are read back Hands on environment. 3 BR 1 BA APARTMENT
NOTICE OF SELL Plaint Fictitious Name Law to the advertiser to Nationwide certifica- Front & Back Porch............................$600.00
L Plaintiff, Pursuant to Section insure correctness. / tions and Local Job 3BR2BAFURNISHEDCONDO
ti i h ivn v865.09Florida The newspaper will Placement Assistance! Boat & Car Parking ..............$850.00 WKLY Destin 3 br, 3 ba, St.
Notice is hereby given vs Statutes assume correctness (877)994-9004 1BR1BAFURNISHEDCONDO Maarten highnse condo
that Bayou Storage, at the time of the Long Term, Includes Utilities.............$910.00 directly on Gulf of Mex-
pursuant to FS83.806, STEVEN SULLIVAN, NOTICE IS HEREBY read-back procedure Movie Extras Earn up 2BR1BA COTTAGE ico. Best Location; Best
will dispose of or offer etal., GIVEN that the under- unless otherwise in- to $250 per day to Pool, Clubhouse, Beach.........$700.00 WKLY Price $719,900. Last
for sale after July 7, Defendant(s). signed, desiring to en- formed. EMPLOYMENT stand in the back- 3BR3BA FURNISHEDCONDO Sale price $1.5 Million
2011, the travel trailer gage in business under grounds for a major Pool, Downtown....................$700.00 WKLY
Belongng tothe follow- NOTICE OF the fictitious name of 4100 - Help Wanted film production experin- 3BR3BAUNFURNISHEDCONDO
Ingtenants: FORECLOSURE SALE Jimmy's Bait and Please your ad 4130 - Employment ence not required. All Long Term, Pool, Downtown.............$750.00
TINA and ADAM Listge con NOTICE IS HEREBY Tackle located at 139 Information looks needed. Call 2BRUNFURNISHEDAPARTMENT
RV#030. Storage con- NOTICE IS HEREBY W. Highway 22, in the Now (877)435-5877 Lanark................................. ........$375.00
tent may be redeemed GIVEN that pursuant to County ayGulf, in the Advertisers are re- RENTALS NEEDED
by owner prior to July the Final Judgment of Coty of h, the quested to check he TF S A(-Y i PR Pr
June 23, 30, 2011 16th 2011 in Case No. Florida 32465 intends first insertion for cor- F r----- I Beach front houses with winter rates Owners:Eddie (813)
23-2010-CA-000278 ofto register the said rectness. Errors
2905S 23-2010-CA-000278 of name with the Division rectness. E rrs short & long term rentals. 451-4028 or Ed (813)
the Ciurcuit Court of the of Corporations of the im ate epo I I PLEASE CALL JOANN 850-697-9604 3593 baylvngnc
IN THE CIRCUIT cuitfor Gulf ounty Flrida Department Education/Training . OR 850-323-0444 FOR RENTALS. Text 61092 to 56654
TEENTH JNUDICIALFlorida, in which Re- Florida. teYour Florida Free- nfant/Toddler BSISFlN I
CT IN AND FO gions Bank, Successor Fdom newspaper wll Infant/T le &I FINANCIAL
GULF COUNTY FLOR- by Merger with Dated at Wewahitchka, not be responsible Caregiver
GULF COUNTY FLOR- mSouth Bank and Re- Florida, this 20 day of for more than one in- I are needed to pro- I15100-Business
CASENO. BankJune, 2011.correct insertion, nor vide quality early 5110 - Money to Lend
2011-CA-000066 gions Mortgage, is James Janowski will it be liable for care and education
Plaintiff, and Steven June 23, 2011 any error in adver- to children ages 0-3
MIDFIRST BANK Sullivan et al., are De- tisements to a Iyrs. AA/AS preferred
Plaintiff, fendants, I will sell to 2971S greater extent than FCCPC (CDA) ac- | 5100
vs the highest and best IN THE CIRCUIT the cost of the space cepted with a willing- Pizza & Wing
vs bidder for cash, at the COURT OF THE FOUR- occupied by theerer o Franchise MINISTORAGE OFFICE COMPLEX
THE UNKN courthouse lobby, at TEENTH JUDICIAL ror. Education. Expei- avaabe MINI-STORAGE AND FFICE COMPLEX
HEIRS, GRANTEES, 11:00 am ET or as CIRCUIT IN AND FOR ence working wth Dine-inand/or delivery. * Climate Controlled Units * Lease Warehouse Space
EES LIENR soon thereafter as the GULF COUNTY FLOR- Any copy change, preschool children is Call (800) 310-8848.
TRUSTEES, AND sale may proceed, on IDA during an ordered a must. Excellent l ( Lease Office Space * Watercraft and RY Storage
CREDITORS OF DAVID the 7th day of July, schedule constitutes benefits package! *Now Available* 10 x 30 Storage Units
B. LANGSTON, 2011, the following de- IN RE: ESTATE OF a new ad and new Apply at Early 8 5 0 2 2 9 8 0 1
DECEASED, et al. scribed real property File No. 11-38PR charges. Education and Care, 8 5 0 -2 2 9 -8 0 4
Defendants. Judgmentto wit: DONNAROCCO Wedonot 450 Jenks Avenue, * WWW.AMERICAMINISTORAGEANDOFFICE.com*
NOTICE OF ACTION BUCCIERI guarantee position Panama City, FL
NOTICE OF ACTION Lot 28, Block B of SUN- Deceased. of ANY ad under '32401 ____ ___
THE UNKNOWN SET POINTE SUBDIVI- any classification. I EOE M/F/V/D DFWP 7
DEVISERS, LIENORS thereof recorded in Plat TO CREDITORS Text f163931 to 56654 ATErt St. Joe C om m ercial
TRUSTEES, AND Book 4, Page 41, in the L_-_ ...... . 6100- Business/ For Lease
RUSND Public Records of Gulf The administration of C F- L aCommerialS
CREDITORS OF DAVID e sf f The administration Medic a/Health 6110Aparlmens
B LANGSTONM DEc County, Florida. the estate of Donna 2 BedcaaHeac Renals Re0-
Rocco LNSO DEiri de- \6120 - Beach Rentals
CEASED, AND ALL Rocco Buccen, de- 6130 - CondoTownhouse Retail / Off ice Spac
CLAIMANTS. PER- Any person or entity ceased, whose date of %,S1I--- 68140-House Rentals
SONS OR PARTIES claiming an interest in death was December 4, A.A.k., liI ,\l 6150 -Roommate Wanted 310 ReidAvenue
NATURAL OR CORPO the surplus, if any, re- 2009, is pendingin the 61 - Romsor Re Suite A+/-1100sf; $1100 mo mod gross
RATE, AND WHOSE suiting from the foreclo- Circuit Court for Gulf Weems 6170- Mobile Home/Lot A+ 11 m
RATE, AND WHOSE sale, other than County, Florida, Pr0 PI T ANIMALSM ia 6180 - Out-of-Town Rentals 325 ReidAvenue
EXACT LEGAL STA- sure sale, other than County, Florida Pro- pESAANI Memorial 6190- Timeshare Rentals +/-4,500 sf : Shell space; Corner location; $2,500 mo mod gross
TUS IS UNKNOWN, the property owner as bate Division, the ad- 6200-Vaation Rentals 40 0s SC I o
CLAIMING NBYWof the date ofthe Lis dress of which is 1100 2100 -Pets Is nowhiringforthe 6200 Vacation Rentals 309 WilliamsAvenue
THROUCLAIMING BY Pendens, must file a Cecil G. Costin, Sr. 2110 - Pets: Free to following positions: +/- 3,000 sf : Former day school w/ outdoor play area; Recent
THROUGHT UNDER claim on the same with Blvd.. The name and Good Home.. - interior upgrade; $2,250 mo mod gross
LANGSTON, D EAVIDB. the Clerk of Court address of the per- 210 A pls/ *ARNPorPA | 6100 101 ReidAvenue
2130 - Farm Animals/Seven office suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM
CEASED, OR ANY OF within 60 days after the sonal representative Supplies #Medical Lab Tech. FOR RENT Seven office suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM
TH HEREIN NAMED foreclosure sale. and the personal repre- 2140 - Pets/Livestock *EMT 103ReidAvenue
THE HEREIN NAMED sentative's attorney are Wanted #Paramedic Jumbo storage units Great office/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross
OR DESCRIBED DE- If you are a person with set forth below. 2150 - Pet Memorials *RN 25' x 50' with office & 190 Williams Avenue
TIES CNDANLAIMING TOR PAR- a disability who needs *Resp Therapist bathroom. 12 x 12 roll Stand alone building located at the corner of Williams and 1st
HAVE ANY RIGHT TI any accommodation in All creditors of the de- These tiny ads *Dietary up door monthly lease Street; On-site parking; $10 psf mod gross
TLE OR INTEREST IN order to participate in cedent and other per- sell, hire, rent Houskeeping w/ 1 month dep. $450
AND TO THE PROP this proceeding, you sons having claims or Admissions mo. Store boats, camp- W are Fl S
ERTY HEREIN DE- are entitled, at no cost demands against and inform for era + personal items in W arehouse / Flex Sp c e
SCRIBED to you, to the provision decedent's estate on thousands of Applications are one unit. 850-814-7911
of certain assistance, whom a copy of this available at Text FL55958 to 56654 110 Trade Circle West
Current residence un Please contact Court notice is required to be families each +/- 7,500 sf : Inquire for terms
known breut whose last Administration, PO. served must file their week. Let a little weemsmemo Ico MII STORAGE 2790HWy98: Office Warehouse; $8 psf mod gross Property also
Box 826, Marlanna claims with this court and may be submit- MINI +/-5,640 sf : Office/Warehouse; $8 psf mod gross; Property also
known address was:T T Florida 32447; Phone: WITHIN THE LATER Classified ad do a ted to Ginny Griner, available for sale; Inquire for terms; 17 separate storage units
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YOU ARE NOTIFIED days before your OF THIS NOTICE OR Marketplace or FAXED to
that an action to fore-scheduled court ap 30 DAYS AFTER THE 747-5020 850 653 18794 814-7400 o852 fict WIraCONTRACT
thefoown proper ately upon receiving Loggerhead Restaurant
the fIlowing propea this notification if the Cape San Bias, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer
toin Gulf County, Florida. time before the sched- asking $350,000. Short Sale
towit: uled appearance is less 256 Hatfield Street, Eastpoint, FL
LOT 15 AND 17 than 7 days: if you are +/- 7,500 sf : 16' inside clearance; Dual 12' roll-up doors; $150,000
BLOCK 1024, UNIT hearing or voice im- 601 IslandDrive, Eastpoint, FL
THREE, MILLVIEW AD- paired call711. P E R M I 8i8 O N S LI P +/-19,620sf: Fully climate controlled office & retail show space;
DITION TO THE CITY REBECCA L. NORRIS H WSHiS AN CE T located on primary SGI access corridor; $675,000
OF PORT ST JOE. AS Clerk of the Cir-cuit" "e 5161st Street
PER MAP OR PLAT Clrk o th C__ui _"/ er Sstd/vraa. +/-11,400 sf office/warehouse: .09 acres; Four roll up and/or high
THEREOF RE- ou I -- clearance entryways; $515,000
CORDED IN PLAT By:MBABaxter nv, EmissTOBESKEPTICADouT 320 Marina Drive
BOOK 2, PAGE 53 OF As Deputy Clerk IS Io_ - T vJOB I; 'E RTm, Corner lot entry to Marina Cove: .14 acres; High visibility site; Call
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Local


Thursday, June 23, 2011


May employment numbers released


Special to The Star
PANAMA CITY - The unemploy-
ment rate in the Gulf Coast Work-
force region (Bay, Franklin and Gulf
counties) was 9.3 percent in May,
compared with the region's year-
ago rate of 9.1 percent, and 1.2 per-
centage points below the state rate
of 10.5 percent. Out of a labor force
of 102,993, there were 9,571 unem-
ployed Gulf Coast residents.
"With tourism season well un-
der way, we expected our rate to go
down, but we're happy with it hold-
ing steady," said Kim Bodine, execu-
tive director of the Gulf Coast Work-
force Board.
The May unemployment rates in


the counties that comprise the Gulf
Coast Workforce region were:


Bay County
Franklin County
Gulf County


May 11 April 11
9.4 9.4
7.7 7.7
9.8 9.9


In May 2011, there were 73,700
nonagricultural jobs in the Pana-
ma City-Lynn Haven-Panama City
Beach metro area (Bay County),
up 400 jobs over the year. The same
metro area experienced an annual
rate of job gain of 0.5 percent, while
the state gained jobs at a rate of 0.2
percent.
The industries gaining the most
jobs over the year in that area were


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vices (-100 jobs). Manufacturing and
leisure and hospitality remained un-
changed over the year.
Nonagricultural employment
growth in professional and busi-
ness services (+3.9 percent), min-
ing, logging and construction (+2.5
percent) and government (+2.0
percent) exceeded the state rate of
growth.


Corps addresses rumors of

Lake Seminole drawdown


Special to The Star
MOBILE, Ala. - The U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers,
Woodruff/Lake Seminole
Project Office is receiving
calls and emails concern-
ing a rumored drawdown
at Lake Seminole. The calls
and emails reported that
the lake would be drawn
down as much as 10 feet.
These reports are untrue,
and the lake will not be
drawn down.
"There is speculation
that the rumors probably got
started in response to the
large crane that was moved
into place at Jim Woodruff
Dam in May to make repairs
on the dam," said Memphis
Vaughan Jr., Woodruff/Sem-
inole site manager.
"The crane is being
used to replace the gird-
ers on the spillway bridge,"
Vaughan said. The repairs
to the spillway bridge in-
clude replacement of the
steel girders that have been
affected by corrosion and
deterioration over the last


50-plus years. The work on
the spillway bridge is pro-
jected to be completed in
October 2011."
The work on the spillway
bridge does not require any
changes to the lake levels
or to levels downstream.
"Lake Seminole is ex-
pected to continue to op-
erate in its normal range
throughout the summer.
Low river levels below the
dam are due to dry condi-
tions on the system and
are unrelated to any work
occurring at the dam,"
Vaughan said.
Recreational opportu-
nities are presently abun-
dant at Lake Seminole.
The Corps urges those
using the lake to use their
personal flotation devices
when on or around the wa-
ter. Users are also urged to
use caution when boating
near the dam. For ques-
tions or concerns regard-
ing Lake Seminole, call the
Corps at 229-662-2001 or
visit www.sam.usace.army.
mil/op/rec/seminole/.


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