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Title: The star
Uniform Title: Star (Port Saint Joe, Fla.)
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: W.S. Smith
Place of Publication: Port St. Joe Fla
Publication Date: 04-12-2012
Frequency: weekly
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Dates or Sequential Designation: Began in 1937.
General Note: Editor: Wesley R. Ramsey, <1970>.
General Note: Publisher: The Star Pub. Co., <1970>.
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 2, no. 7 (Dec. 2, 1938).
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Thursday, APRIL 12 2012 50 For breaking news, visit www.starfl.com Subscribe to The Star 800-345-8688 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion ....................................... A4-A5 Letters to the Editor ................... A5 Outdoors ..................................... A8 Sports ........................................... A9 School News ................................ B3 Faith ............................................. B5 Obituaries .................................... B5 Classi eds .................................... B7-B8 TABLE OF CONTENTS quote quote id quote name JUMP From Page 6A From page 6A Subscribe to The Star Call 227-1278 For your hometown paper delivered to your home! Opinions 4A Letters to the Editor 5A Sports 10A Society News 2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement 8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services 14B I NDEX A Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET 227-1278 Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET 747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1B V ISIT T HE S TAR ONLINE AT WWW STARFL COM XXXXX XXXXXX YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR YEAR 74, NUMBER 26 Records: TDC overhaul a work in progress By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has taken one step forward and two steps back with the Gulf County Tourism Development Council. In the past few months, the board has wiped the slate clean for the TDC in the hopes of cultivating an agency that follows procedures and reports to the BOCC regularly. However, public records, including emails, MOUs, contracts and nance records reviewed by The Star, show the TDC still oundering with organizational issues and unpaid invoices and operating with no strategy or guidelines during a transitional period. After the termination of executive director Tim Kerigan in mid-February, the TDC entered the areas peak tourism season with no director, an event planner seen by TDC staff as unreliable and a halted marketing plan. Although an interim director began work for the TDC in late February, the contract was terminated about one month later. Interim director Gail Alsobrook was let go March 28, and the executive director position will remain vacant for an undetermined amount of time, according to County Administrator Don Butler. While in the midst of developing an application process for TDC sponsorships, outlining a six-month operational plan and helping to revamp internal policies and procedures, Alsobrook received a letter of termination citing the countys decision to move toward the next phase of administration. However, Butler said the job search for a new TDC executive director is open and will remain open until the county nds someone it is comfortable with. Butler said Alsobrook was let go because the county could not afford to pay her $50 an hour parttime salary, although the directors position, when lled, will pay anywhere from $45,000 to $80,000 a year. She didnt get red; she came Kenny Peak announces for BOCC District 1 Special to The Star Kenny Peak announced this week that he is a candidate for the Board of County Commissioners in District 1. Peak will run as a Republican. I am a lifelong resident of Gulf County, Peak said. I am a taxpayer and property owner and a business owner. As the owner/operator of Carpet Country for 27 years, Peak said he has experience handling business and money, and I have learned to work with people. He said he also believes being a taxpaying property owner should be a quali cation for Bidwell running for school superintendent Special to The Star Jay Bidwell this week announced his candidacy for Gulf County superintendent of schools. Bidwell, a lifelong resident of Gulf County, is the son of retired Gulf County educators David and Betty Bidwell of Wewahitchka. His wife, April, is a fth-grade teacher at Wewahitchka Elementary School. April and Jay have three sons, Andrew, who graduated from Wewahitchka High in 2011, and who now attends Gulf Coast State College, Jakob and Jonah, who attend county schools. McCroan eyes seat on PSJ Commission Special to The Star Phil McCroan announced this week his candidacy for the of ce of Port St. Joe City Commissioner Group Three. McCroan was born and raised in Port St. Joe, where he resides. He is a 1985 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. McCroan attended Gulf Coast Community College and Haney Vo-Tech. He has been married to the former Karen Barnes for the past 27 years. They have two sons, Justin McCroan and KENNY PEAK JAY BIDWELL PHIL M c CROAN See PEAK A2 See BIDWELL A7 See M c CROAN A7 Neighbors help push Gulf Pines process forward By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Neighbors of the old, decaying Gulf Pines Hospital site are ponying up some dollars to fuel the citys charge to bring the property to market. Residents of the neighborhood around the hospital have agreed to pay for an appraisal of the property which is necessary as part of application to the Internal Revenue Service to waive its tax lien against the property. The city has title of the property but is still in position to walk away if the price to clear, clean, plat and sell the two-plus acre parcel ultimately proves too steep and is attempting to negotiate a waiver of at least a portion of the existing federal tax obligation. However, for the IRS to consider such an application, the property must be appraised, city attorney Tom Gibson said. That appraisal, he added, would cost about $3,000. I have a group of citizens in the area around the hospital wiling to pay for that appraisal, said Commissioner Rex Buzzett, who lives across the street from the hospital and has been working diligently to eliminate the eyesore and safety hazard. They are willing to do that on the condition that they are THAT SINKING FEELING By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com If you sink it, they will come. Last week, members of the Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association set out to sea with the goal of luring more sh into the Gulf waters off Mexico Beach through the deployment of 18 new arti cial reefs. Members watched from their boats as the massive barge Marantha hauled 75 prefabricated reef module structures out to sea and plopped them over the edge of the ship one by one. The groups of basic concrete structures sitting at the Gulfs oor will soon transform into moving ecosystems of colorful marine life. MBARA member and avid diver Carol Cox knows once one sh moves in, the others follow. Cox observed a crab burrowing under an arti cial reef module last week within minutes of its deployment. Within days, brown scad begin to converge, Cox said, and within a month, the reef will develop growth and a house a variety of sh. Within four months, the reef will attract a huge variety of marine life including gag grouper, cobia and snapper. It only takes a few months, Cox said. That reef will probably be drawing cobia in no time at all its a very live area normally within a day the cigar minnows somehow nd it. Cox said it only takes ve years for an arti cial reef to develop fully. MBARA President Bob Cox MBARA DEPLOYS NEW ARTIFICIAL REEFS CAROL COX | Special to The Star MBARA President Bob Cox and FWC representatives John Dodrill and Bill Horn oversee reef deployments in the Gulf of Mexico last week. At top, the barge Marantha deploys a Florida limestone reef off Bell Shoals in the Gulf of Mexico on April 4. Photo by VALERIE GARMAN | The Star See GULF PINES A2 See SINKING A6 See TDC A3 Hooper soars at aerial photography conference | B1

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Ace Hardware, Port St. Joe Appraisal Group of North Florida Big Fish Construction Boardwalk Realty of NW Florida, Inc Burke & Co. Bayside Florist and Gifts Bow Wow Beach Shop Centennial Bank Charles Costin Attorney at Law Coastal Realty Group Creative Visions Game on Hunting and Fishing Adventures Gulf Coast Real Estate Group High Cotton Affairs MainStay Suites Dr. Frank D. May Mize Plumbing Mel Magidson Attorney at Law Port Inn Portside Trading Co. Preble Rish Seahorse Water Safari Sarmiento Family Southern Vacation Rentals 98 Real Estate Group Ace Hardware, Apalachicola Bo Knows Pest Control Coastal Fitness and Wellness Center Dr. Campbell Emerson Heating and Cooling Farnsley and Johnson Gulf County Chiropractic Piggly Wiggly St. Joe Jumpin Beanz St. Joe Music Co. The Artery The Funky Mermaid The Fuss Boutique Woods Fisheries Carpet Country Alines Beauty Salon Baywash Beach Properties Real Estate BJ Mulherin Bluewater Outriggers Boondocks Restaurant Captain Andersons III Dockside Caf Emerald Coast Dance Studio Happy Ours Jeff Wood, Advocare Jim Norton, Superintendent Gulf County Schools Josephs Cottage Judi Rinehart Persnickety Phil Lanford Sisters Restaurant St. Joe Marina St. Joe Nursery St. Joseph Country Club Walter Green WonderWorks Kayla Dailey Cheryl Johnson Cindi Fernandez Coopers Hair Salon Debbie Burch Dena Sapp, Boxwood Fit as A Fittle Stephanie Bareld Gloria Thompson Sunset Coastal Grill Half Hitch Tackle Joe Mamas Katherine Player Kylie Skoda Lena Hunt Ramseys Sassy Nails Smileys Auto Detailing Steamers Hot Dogs Sue Ramsey The Patricks Triple Tails Seafood Cut n Up Red Top Caf Chuck and Haley Smith Designs by Doran Robert Whittle Hayden Newman Bob and Jana Rinehart Long Avenue Baptist Church First United Methodist Church PSJ Junior Service League Oak Grove Community Church Subway Hungry Howies Mc Donalds Faith Bible Church Faith Christian School is a direct ministry of Faith Bible Church. FCS serves Preschool through 8th Grade, as well as providing an Umbrella for home-schoolers. Thanks all Partners, Sponsors, Contributors and Friends. We sincerely appreciate your donations and support to Faith Christian School Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction. The Republican Primary season is in full swing with the national, state and local races taking shape. It is important that all Republicans register to vote, follow the development of each race, and vote in the August primary to put our best candidate forward. U.S. SENATE Former Senator George LeMieux Representative Connie Mack IV U.S. HOUSE Congressman Steve Southerland is currently unopposed in the Republican Primary. We will prepare to support him in the general election. STATE REPRESENTATIVE Gulf County is now part of a newly redistricted District 7 with no incumbent. Several Republicans have STATE ATTORNEY Glenn Hess* Jim Appleman GULF COUNTY COMMISSION Races are setting up as follows: District 1 Kenny Peak Dirk Sylvester District 3 Joanna Bryan District 5 Commissioner Warren Yeager* Barbara Radcliff Presently, no other County race requires a primary selection process but we will keep you updated as the races develop. *Incumbent We must gain majority control of the U.S. Senate and we must retain majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Florida House of Representatives. Capital City Bank Building in Port St. Joe. See You There! Your Republican Membership Communication Committee Membership Communication Committee Joanna Bryan, Chairman JOANNA812000@yahoo.com Watch for our new website coming soon at www.gulfgop.com Its a great day to be a Republican! Local A2 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 NEW GARBAGE PICKUP SCHEDULE Waste Pro, the citys waste carrier, has changed its pickup schedule effective this week. Trucks will be in the area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with most city residents seeing new pickup days. Mondays Residents in WindMark Beach and from the Highland View Bridge to Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. (State Road 71), including all of North Port St. Joe, downtown Port St. Joe from Williams to Woodward Avenues, will have their residential garbage picked up. Be sure to have containers by the road prior to Monday morning. This will also include all commercial customers, except those having just one pickup per week. Those customers will be picked up on Wednesday. Wednesdays Residents between State Road 71 (Cecil G. Costin) and the Gulf/ Franklin Center, including Westcott, Hunter and Bellamy Circles, all of Ward Ridge, Madison Street, Heritage Lane, Cabell Drive, Allen Memorial and Gautier from Monument to U.S. 98, the old Gulf Pines Hospital area, Elm, Mimosa and Constitution to Twentieth Street. Please be sure to have containers by road prior to Wednesday morning. All one-day commercial pickups will also be Wednesday morning. Fridays The bulk of the south end of the city will be picked up. This includes residents between U.S. 98 and Woodward Avenue from Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. to Twenty-Second Street, including streets Six through Twenty-Second to Allen Memorial, Long Avenue to Allen Memorial, McClelland to Nineteenth Street, Palm Blvd., the alleys to Allen Memorial, Forest Park, Cypress Juniper to Twenty-Second, Monument Avenue, Yaupon Street and Sunset Circle. Be sure to have containers by the road before Friday morning. paid back, at no interest, when the rst lot is sold. The hope is that by negotiating a reduce obligation to the IRS, possibly eliminating the debt altogether, the numbers will align more closely between the cost of bringing the property to market and eventual sale of the property. I think it is a good move, Kennedy said of moving ahead the appraisal without public funds being expended. Its a move to proceed. Commissioners have been looking at a gap of $100,000-$200,000, but eliminating the IRS lien of $75,000 and seeking competitive bids on speci c pieces of the demolition and rehab of the property could render the sale a break-even proposition, at the least. Above all, commissioners are attempting to address a decrepit property that had issues, exterior and interior, before the state shut the hospital down more than seven years ago. The property, other than efforts such as the city recently tearing down the sign, has gone mostly unattended for several years. We need to get moving on that, Mayor Mel Magidson said. Weve been dealing with this for a long time. CDBG funding for water line replacement Commissioners held the rst of two mandated public hearings regarding an application for a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace aging water pipes on the north end of Port St. Joe. The city is seeking the funds as part of its initial phase of replacing some 20 miles of aging pipe in the water distribution system. The north end of town was identi ed as the only area of town to which a CDBG would apply and the funding would supplement a loan/grant package from the State Revolving Fund for the rst phase. Bruce Ballister with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, which coordinates the grant application, said he was 70 percent to completion of the required survey of residents in the designated area and the city would know later in the summer the prospects for winning the grant. The grant would help replace pipes along Avenues A, B, C, D and part of Avenue A, between Peters and Battle Streets. This is a good project, Ballister said. This would change the water quality for the residents in that area. Golf cart right-of-way The goal of creating crossings for golf carts across U.S. Highway 98 and State Highway 71 has hit a snag delivered by the Florida Department of Transportation. After FDOT staff visited the city concerning the proposal which aims to provide access to downtown for those driving street legal golf carts late last year and provided recommendations for crossing spots, the FDOT has informed the city it must undertake a traf c study to justify any crossing. Such a study would cost nearly $5,000, Anderson told commissioners and the city would have to undertake such a study for each crossing. In addition, Anderson said, no other similar crossing of a highway has been allowed in Florida. The only one currently under consideration is one at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, which would cross U.S. Highway 98. Commissioners, citing a lack of funds to pay for even one study, decided to table the issue until a resolution of the Pier Park application and consider options left in the aftermath. Lamar Faison Fields Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton has noti ed commissioners that the school district would be interested in exploring a lease or other arrangement for Lamar Faison Fields, which Port St. Joe High School uses as its soccer complex. Issues concerning the deed under which the St. Joe Company donated the land to the city would have to be addressed and commissioners said any deal would be contingent on maintaining public access to the complex. However, commissioners and Norton believe the district better able to handle maintenance of the elds, which are adjacent to Shark Stadium, and commissioners hope to realize a costsavings by transferring the responsibility to the district. We will move forward and try to come up with an agreement, Anderson said. City clerk position Commissioners unanimously approved hiring interim city clerk Charlotte Pierce to the permanent position. Pierce was the recommendation from among more than 40 applicants of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, which reviewed the applications. The city clerk position opened when former clerk Jim Anderson was hired as the new city manager following the retirement earlier this year of Charlie Weston. holding a job such as county commissioner since the BOCC sets tax policy. Peak said his focus is on growth for the future of the county. We need new jobs. Our kids are moving off because we dont have places for them to work. We have to also shop at home. We need to keep existing businesses in business. We have to do something for existing businesses while we are bringing new businesses to the county, Peak said. Peak said he also troubled by the spending of the BOCC, wondering how the dollars commissioners brought in while the real estate market was bringing double-digit percentage increases to the tax base each year were spent. Services go down, but taxes go up, Peak said. What happened to all that money? How was it spent? This county is a jewel in the rough. We are not as far along as we should be. We went from boom to bust. What happened? Where did it go? We should be in a good position, but we are not. As a businessman, Peak said, he has had to make concessions to the rocky economy of the past few years. I havent seen the same changes in spending habits in the county, Peak said. The county, Peak said, remains divided north and south and that divide does not nurture growth or prospects for existing businesses. Peak knows the divide, he said, living in District 1 while operating a business in another district. This is all Gulf County, Peak said. That is my priority. Id like to close that gap. I want to promote all of Gulf County, north and south. Peak said he is a strong supporter of the shermen of the county, from those who ply the rivers, lakes and streams in the county to those who sh offshore to make a living for the families. Peak said he also supports term limits, believing two terms and eight years suf cient to get something done on the BOCC. After two terms and you havent done anything to make the county a better place, get out of the way and let someone else get in the saddle, Peak said. I believe in accountability. I consider myself a reputable businessman. There are certain ethics you go by. There ought to be accountability to what you do in elected of ce. Peak has been married 29 years to his wife, Cheryl. They have a son, Ken, and a daughter, Morgan. Ken is married to Melissa, and they have one daughter, McKenna. I want to be your County Commissioner from District 1, Peak said. I believe it is time for new leadership in this county. I think I offer proven leadership we havent seen. Peak can be reached at 227-7241. PEAK from page A1 GULF PINES from page A1

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Local The Star| A3 Thursday, April 12, 2012 in and did her job, Butler said. She was a credible person that could do the work. Alsobrook signed an independent contractors agreement on March 1, taking over the general and administrative tasks of the TDC. The scope of work also included reviewing the TDCs nancial status based on a recent audit report, and sorting through paid and unpaid invoices, budgets, contracts and accounts. The contract was not signed by BOCC Chairman Bill Williams until March 20, eight days before Alsobrooks termination, public records show. Alsobrook was introduced as interim director at the BOCCs regular meeting Feb. 28, and Williams noted she would help bring public trust and direction to the recently-appointed TDC board. This is a very stressed period of time for the TDC and the county, Williams said at a Feb. 28 meeting. Its very important we brought someone in. Alsobrook also inherited oversight of TDC events, working with independent contractor Amber Davis of Statecraft LLC, the live-in girlfriend of Williams, on events such as St. Paddys Day by the Bay to which Alsobrook began immediately questioning the logistics. Email correspondence between Davis, Alsobrook and Butler regarding the St. Paddys Day event show Davis scrambling to secure additional funding and organize important features days before the event was scheduled. While the BOCC approved a $2,500 contract to hire the band FL-GA Line on Feb. 14 to perform at the St. Paddys Day event, Davis failed to disclose the additional $5,700 expense required for stage and lighting. Daviss request for the additional $5,700 was denied on March 9 after a meeting with Butler, Alsobrook, County Attorney Jeremy Novak and Commissioner and TDC board member Warren Yeager. Also denied was an additional $4,999 to hire a professional sand sculptor at the Sandcastles on St. Joseph event, which was eventually cancelled. Davis later submitted a $2,100 contract from a different sound, stage and lighting vendor, which was reviewed by Novak and approved by Butler. A letter from Davis to Butler on March 13, four days before the event, directed Butler to move an additional $1,507 from BP funds into the event budget. As required by the contract with FL-GA Line authorized by the BOCC on 2.8.12, sound lighting and stage equipment must be provided, Davis wrote. As adjustments have been made in order to make this event as successful as possible, it will be necessary for the TDC to move BP funds from the marketing line item and into the events line item. Davis also included a form for Butler to sign authorizing Kellee Novak, assistant TDC director and wife of the county attorney, to transfer funds. The $1,507 budget increase was approved. Davis also scrambled days before the event for approval to purchase more than $1,200 in Visa gift cards to award as cash prizes for the Best Butt on the Bay cook-off held at the Haughty Heron. Davis refused to use more than $1,300 in local merchandise gift cards left over from Statecrafts September scallop drop event and insisted on cash prizes because it had already been advertised. The goal for participation in the cook-off was 25, but only two local teams competed, and it is unclear how many gift cards were awarded. Davis promised to turn in signed af davits from those receiving prizes to the of ce of the Clerk of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of being selected for the multiple awards that we have received over the last 12 months; including voted most compassionate Dr. and Patients Choice Award. It is a great honor and we will continue to strive for the very best medical care for our patients. VINCENT IV ERS, M.D. 301 T wentieth S treet Port S t. Joe, FL 32456 850-227-7070 www.iversmd.com On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp Helping Clients Keep More Of What They Earn All Tax Services Financial Statements Outsourced Accounting QuickBooks IRS Problem Resolution Payroll Set-Up Business Formation Management Consulting Business Plans Retirement Planning 202 Marina Drive, Suite 303 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 (850) 229-1040 PH (850) 229-1050 FX keith@keithjonescpa.com www.keithjonescpa.com MEMBER: AMERIC A N A ND FLORID A INSTITUTES OF C PAS Local The Star| A3 Thursday, April 12, 2012 TDC from page A1 See TDC A10

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 Opinion A4 | The Star While waiting in line to pay for a bunch of tennis balls for my daughter, a little boy being held by his mother seemed to be in need of a game of peek-aboo. Ive never been one to turn such opportunities down. The line was slow, so we played for a little while. My teenage son was getting a little embarrassed. That made it even more fun. The little boy had to have been about 2 years old. I had never seen these folks before. As a matter of fact; I was a long way from home. The little fellow had blonde corn silk hair, a toothy grin and a wonderful laugh. After a while, his mother asked him, Who are you playing with? Out of nowhere, the little boy answered his mother, Ole Tractor Man. It caught me by surprise. They recognize me in the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, Fla., as the Tractor Guy, but this was another state and a 2-year-old. I told the little boys mother, I am the tractor man. I left the ole out. Then I asked her, How did he know that? The lady was confused, she said, He likes tractors. To that, I said, So do I. I let it go. The little boy seemed happy, I was happy, the lady was confused. Now I can honestly say, They know me in the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, Fla., and daycares in Alabama. My travels in the next few days took me across farming elds in north Alabama in search of good barbecue. I found it at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant in Madison, Ala. They know the difference between inside and outside meat; they know how to cook it and they treat you well. The Old Greenbrier also has wonderful white sauce. The slaw at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant is vinegary, the way I like it. The hushpuppies arent that pretty, but they sure are good. After youre nished, you can get a self serve ice cream cone for a quarter. You cant beat that with a stick. In making my way to the restaurant, my children and I ran into a thunderstorm, which produced one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen a double rainbow. We didnt go crazy like that fellow Hungry Bear did a couple of years ago when he saw one. Hungry Bears video of a double rainbow went viral on the internet and landed him on a late night talk show. He got a little excited (he went berserk); it seemed to be a life changing event for him. My children and I just started screaming at each other and hanging out the windows of the car taking pictures. It was a great experience seeing my teenage children excited. As we continued to drive, we could see the end of the rainbow in a eld we were headed toward. There wasnt a pot of gold there but there was a tractor. That was cool and I have to say it it cranked my tractor. A couple of days earlier, I was recognized by a two year-old waiting in line at the sporting goods store to pay for tennis balls and now I had found a tractor at the end of the rainbow. To top it off, I got to eat great barbecue in a cinderblock building with straight back wooden chairs. This was the good stuff. What does it all mean? I found a place on the internet that said, Double Rainbows are considered symbolic of transformations in your life. The material world is represented by the rst rainbow while the second rainbow is the spiritual world. No, Im not into that. I understand that a double rainbow is created when the ray of sunlight bounces twice off the back interior surface of raindrops/moisture before re-emerging into the air and the second reection inverts the order of the colors. I can live with that explanation. All I know is that a double rainbow is pretty cool, theres a tractor at the end of my rainbow and that they serve good barbecue at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant. Oh, I also know that little boys like tractors and the women at the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe know who I am. Life is as simple as you let it be. You can nd more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. That the Gulf County Tourist Development Council remains mired in dysfunction should be of little surprise. As highlighted by the front page story from Star Staff Writer Valerie Garman, the TDC remains a briar patch of conicts, inconsistent decisionmaking and laissez faire spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars. That the ousting of Tim Kerigan did not change the culture that county commissioners vehemently condemned in a series of meetings (public oggings) is no great shock, since the audit of TDC operations placed much of the problem in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room. But bed tax collectors, and taxpayers in general, are ill-served by having this chaos in the midst of tourist season, and an argument can be made that current BOCC actions could have ramications for the future. The problematic issue, in the longterm, could be the double standard by which contractors are being treated, and paid, by the county. And, it is important to make that distinction, because over the past two months the county administration, the BOCC in the lead, has taken charge of writing this yarn. Given the nearly complete control the BOCC is now exercising, one wonders what role the TDC board and an advisory council established to help bridge the gap between directors a gap widened when the interim director was recently terminated barely a month after being contracted even plays. The advisory council was certainly caught off guard by the interim directors abrupt termination since no members indicated they had any input on the decision. Secondly, with the BOCC now micro-managing, at least in theory, every aspect of TDC operations, particularly spending, whats the point of the board, expanded or not? But from this corner it would appear that the commissioners are setting up a pretty good lawsuit given the uneven yardsticks by which they are measuring the performance of contractors. Commissioners have spent the past few months combing through invoices from Kerigan Marketing and nding a host of reasons to deny billed services. There might be reasonable rationale for some denials, but others seem head-scratchers. Kerigan Marketing has had invoices rejected because they did not balance to the penny and the hoops the company has had to leap through in documenting services are ones not required of another independent contractor, Statecraft, LLC, the lead event coordinator for the TDC. Yes, Kerigan was working for most of a year with a contract that was not signed. There is also heartburn over who and how approval was offered for some of these services. Legitimate points, if they were applied to all contractors. But as the front page story highlights, Statecraft does not have a sterling record in those areas. Serious deciencies spotlighted in the audit a lack of adhering to county policies and procedures and expenditures rife with personal conict, have hardly disappeared just because Tim Kerigan walked the plank as scapegoat for the failures of he and others, including those up the food chain. With Statecraft, in contrast to Kerigan Marketing, there also appear to be no contracts, only Memorandums of Understanding. At least Kerigan Marketing can point to an actual contract. Where the blame lies for that contract not being signed and sealed seems beside the point now in light of the circumstances surrounding the TDC interim directors contract. That contract was entered into, according to BOCC minutes, in late February. However, the chairman of the BOCC did not sign the contract for nearly a month and did so only days before her job was terminated. There are a host of theories that might t what occurred given the conicted relationships involved, but at the bottom line, the county has treated Kerigan Marketing far differently than it has Statecraft. And by denying payment for services rendered and the interim director, during her brief tenure, assembled proper documentation on a host of services and forwarded them to the county where those invoices sit dormant while hinging payment on a double standard of documentation seems actionable. The BOCC, if and when that litigation comes, will be defended at taxpayer expense. The county should follow the recommendation of the interim director and pay invoices that can be properly documented and seek a settlement on disputed charges. Otherwise they are messing with a local business, and jobs, without legitimate reason, begging to be sued. A broader issue for bed tax collectors is what to make of the chaos that has enveloped the TDC for much of a year. This is an organization established under Florida law and funded by bed tax collectors with a stake in tourism. This is their TDC, tourists fund it. But commissioners have used the actions of a select few to paint the entire process with same brush and to assume the reins, during tourist season, instead of setting policy and ensuring TDC adherence, as the audit cried out for. This entire episode is little more than the 2010 BP disaster spillage. Then, commissioners went to work or secured work for relatives with BP at outrageous salaries after threatening, and then retreating, a lawsuit against the oil giant. While some lost their livelihood or had claims ignored, commissioners recouped tens of thousands of dollars for travel and other commission expenses while collecting hefty paychecks working full-time for BP. Now, with conicted personal relationships at the nexus for irrationality surrounding the TDC, with thousands of dollars in the mix, commissioners seem just as tone deaf to perceptions. What the oil spill revealed two years ago remains, unfortunately, a painful reality two years later the line between public and personal service is too easily blurred. Miss Velna Gray would roll over Keyboard KLATTERINGS Double rainbows and tractors Lack of conict resolution TIM CROFT Star news editor The fun part about this story writing business is you dont always have to know what you are doing or be an authority on every subject (or any subject for that matter), be original with each premise, or even have a story for goodness sakes! Sometimes you can just take off and see where you land. Todays effort is just such the case. I thought the Supreme Court was the highest court in the land. I have believed since junior high that they were equal with the other two branches of our central government. Miss Velna Gray Paschall taught very carefully that they were appointed for life so there would be no political pull on them whatsoever. They did not have to fear for their jobs. They did not have to look over their shoulders or answer to anybody in congress, the Continental Army, any delegation from France, China or the United Arab Emirates. They most especially, according to Miss Velna Gray, didnt have to cater to any United States President, living or dead even the one that appointed them. They were set apart as an independent entity so they could be well, independent! They were assumed to be smart. And well versed in the law. They were set up to be a check and balance on the other branches of government to see that those guys acted in the best interest of our country and that nobody overstepped the constitutional boundaries carefully laid out by our founding fathers. You talk about an important job! I dont think you had to be good looking to hold this ofce. Or belong to any country club or the PTA. Making headlines shouldnt be their main focus or getting themselves interviewed by Sixty Minutes. We dont need to know their wants, needs or favorite NFL team. It doesnt matter what state they hail from, the color of their skin, man or woman or whether they were raised Catholic, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist or foot stomping Good Will Holy Rollers. They can be short or tall, thick or thin. Heres what were looking for. They need to be dead level honest. And they need to be exactly as independent as the biggest, meanest and most ferocious lion in the pride. You would like the senior senator from your home state to be on the up and up. It would be nice if everyone we elected had our best interest at heart. An honest police chief would certainly be a benet to any community; so would the local newspaper editor. And wouldnt it be nice if your golf partner counted every stroke. But if we had to pick one place where we absolutely, positively had to have our most honest people, the U.S. Supreme Court ought to be at the head of the list. The problem Im having is the recent review by the Court over the correctness, legality, right or wrongness of the latest edition of the Health Care Bill. And for the purpose of this story I dont give a ddling rip about the Health Bill itself. This is way bigger than that! Even before the Court nished hearing the oral arguments and way before they sat down with nobody else in the room to vote on what they had heard and how they were leaning, the speculation was running rampant from CNN to David Letterman that the Republican appointed judges were going one way on the bill and the Democratic placed contingent was going the other way. Folks, that aint right. You cant tell me that they accidently voted straight party lines. If its true, that is about the most unindependent voting Ive ever heard tell of. And I feel a little short changed in the justice business. I have believed all my life that they stopped being Democrats or Republicans when they put those robes on. I dont mind a liberal view or a conservative show of hands. But that austere body that we trust with our nal decision should be above all of that. It is legal, or it is not legal! Is it fair or unfair! I cant believe those questions seem to always come down to a 5 to 4 vote. Something smells like that three day visitor Benjamin Franklin made famous. You can say I am a nave idiot. Or that it is way more complicated than Im making it out to be. But I ask you, is it nave or stupid to want, and expect, the system to work like it was intended? What is complicated about being honest? And I think that is all we want. Just be honest. Vote on the merits of each individual case, based solely on the MERITS of each individual case. You dont have to vote with me on every situation. Shucks, I dont know enough about jurisprudence, the Bill of Rights, unlawful search and seizure, the 14th Amendment or whether they can charge state sales tax on purchases made through eBay to render any verdicts. Thats why we are depending on them. Don Denkinger, the rst base umpire in the 1985 World Series, made possibly the worst call in the history of Major League Baseball. It unquestionably cost the St. Louis Cardinals the World Series. I was mad, upset, went half crazy, kicked my TV over, tore the paper off the walls, threw my chair out a window, but I did not then, or now, believe that he purposely made the wrong call. He didnt cheat. He didnt pull for one side or the other. He wasnt putting down the safe sign because he thought the commissioner of baseball would be pleased. It never crossed my mind that he was indeed, an American League umpire. He just missed that one close play. He got a blue jillion right in his career. Thats a pretty good record Id say. Im just thinking that a Supreme Court Justice ought to be at least on par with a major league umpire. Maybe our whole system would take on a new tone. Respectfully, Kes HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert USPS 518-880 Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Rick Martin Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. 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By TOM NORDLIE Special to The Star When nature lovers book vacations in the great outdoors, they want their dollars to help preserve the places they visit, and a University of Florida study suggests that often happens. Research in Costa Rica, one of the worlds top destinations for nature-based tourism, showed that successful tour businesses usually invested in environmental protection and maintenance, and tour businesses of all sizes circulated money throughout local economies. The ndings could help Floridas edgling naturebased tourism industry increase its appeal to potential customers, said author Taylor Stein, an associate professor with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Environmental Conservation. Letting customers know is the key, said Stein, of UFs School of Forest Resources and Conservation. If you think part of your market will appreciate your efforts to preserve the environment, tell them what youre doing. Though Florida is best known for tourist destinations that arent off the beaten path think theme parks, golf courses and beaches Stein says the Sunshine State is becoming more conservation-oriented nonetheless. It used to be that you didnt see hotels bragging about the fact that they dont wash the bath towels every day of your stay, he said. But now, its rare not to see these signs in most hotels. If that makes customers happier, the hotels will do it. Helping customers feel greener about their vacations was a key goal for larger businesses involved in the UF study, which surveyed tour operators and travel agencies in six parts of Costa Rica. The larger, more commercially successful operators indicated that they provided environmental education to visitors, supported conservation initiatives, recycled waste and used environmentally friendly equipment. Regardless of size, most of the businesses reported employing local residents, purchasing supplies locally and using local lodging. In Florida, naturebased tourism was the fastest-growing sector of the states tourism industry in the 1990s, and may still be. Stein said there hasnt been much de nitive research on the subject lately. But most Florida counties hope to market their natural attractions, he said. And at least one is working to position itself as a top destination for nature-based tourism. Thats Brevard County, located on the Atlantic coast and home to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian Inlet State Park and several other notable attractions. Thats a pretty big deal for Florida, Stein said. Were not used to saying come to our forests, come to our springs. Stein authored the study with graduate student Lisa Seales. His latest project focuses on ways to market the Florida National Scenic Trail, which covers 1,400 miles from the westernmost part of the Panhandle to the southern tip of peninsular Florida. Tom Nordlie is a writer for the University of Florida News Desk. Nature-based tourism can bene t environment Thursday, April 12, 2012 Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting Appointments Call Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease Specialist Rob Garver, MD Now Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL I N -NETWORK PROV I DER Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star .com Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for veri cation and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. S HARE YOUR OPINIONS Letters A5 | The Star THOMAS WRIGHT | UF/IFAS Taylor Stein interviews a hiker on the Florida Trail. Look at the facts on CBRA; we want fair treatment Dear Editor: This letter is in response to last weeks opinion piece Southerland talk does not match actions by Jay Liles (Page A5, April 5 Star). Mr. Liles was given a lot of newspaper space to attack Steve Southerland and took one small issue and totally distorted it. I see that Mr. Liles is a political science major, and I see this over and over with politicians where they spout out one side of an issue to support their agenda. Mr. Liles wants to portray this issue as using the government to help the wealthy and people asking for special treatment. The issue is much bigger than that; it is more about fairness. I live on Cape San Blas, and I can tell you that most people that live and have property here are not wealthy. As for the argument that the people who live on Cape San Blas and Indian Pass want a special subsidy, that is false. The property owners at Cape San Blas and Indian Pass are not asking for a special subsidy, we only ask for fairness and to be treated like all other coastal areas across this country. Lets look at the facts. When the Coastal Barrier Resources Act was passed in 1983, it was supposed to apply to barrier islands that were not already development and was supposed to slow down or eliminate the development on those islands. However, there was already infrastructure in place, and subdivisions established in both areas, and it was a mistake to include these two areas in CRBA. St. George Island at the time was also supposed to be included in this law, but somehow was removed. Does Mr. Liles now propose to add St. George Island and remove FEMA funds from that island? Is he willing to remove FEMA funds from helping Panama City Beach and Destin? Mr. Liles, if this is about the wealthy, are you proposing to eliminate FEMA flood coverage for wealthy people who own property on the Atlantic Ocean, along the rivers of this country, on the Pacific Ocean? Again, we only want equal treatment, not special treatment. There are a lot of federal subsidies that need to be eliminated, but lets apply it across the board and for everyone. Lets not let politicians pick and choose the winners. I would suggest that if Mr. Liles wants to be our congressman that he should develop a sense of fairness and look at both sides of the argument, and I certainly do not see this in his writings. We finally have a congressman who listens to the people in his district, unlike our previous congressman who let Nancy Pelosi control him. We need more people like Steve Southerland and Col. Allen West in congress. We dont need to go backward now. As for me, I will continue to support Steve Southerland because I know that he is a man of principle and will do what is right for the people of our district. By the way, when I was growing up in the panhandle, my parents and grandparents were Democrats, and we used to have conservative Democrats. Can someone tell me what happened to the conservatives in the Democratic Party? Preston Russ Port St. Joe Thanks for making sh fry a success Dear Editor: American Legion Post 116 would like to thank all of those who made our Good Friday Fish Fry a huge success. Special thanks to our members and friends for volunteering their time in preparation, cooking, serving and clean up. We are grateful for our contributors and all those in the community who came out to support this event. Their donations have made it possible for the Legion to contribute a scholarship to the Port St. Joe NJROTC and other worthwhile causes. We look forward to making this an annual event. American Legion Post 116 Making Gulf County a competitive community Dear Editor: Ben Franklin said, If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. A collection of comments and reports in The Star during the past few weeks brought Ben Franklin to mind: The advocation of class warfare in Gulf County by Jay Liles. The inappropriate support for the CBRA-designation on Cape San Blas that violates the U.S. Rule of Law. The disintegrating water treatment plant in Port St. Joe. The lack of a review and public discussion of the lease arrangement between the St. Joe Company and Eastern Shipbuilding for the facilities at Port St. Joe. The shing rights controversy. The poor quality of GCSD (based on national standards) that is denying Gulf County graduates the option or opportunity to participate in the U.S. workforce of the 21st century. The problem is obvious. Gulf County is a rudderless ship. There is no strategic master plan for Gulf County. There is no effective political management process in Gulf County. In BOCCs defense, the BOCC is really a legislative body. Legislators represent their constituents. In a community as commercially diverse as Gulf County, that is a good plan. However, someone needs to represent the whole community. That is why the U.S. has a Congress (legislative) and a president (executive). The BOCC can adapt its own version of the U.S. political management model, while adopting a commercial ecosystem perspective for Gulf County. An ecosystem, in economic terms, is the sum of the commercial activities in a community that create the residents lifestyle, options and opportunities. Someone said that the economy of Florida depends on three things: tourism, the U.S. military and shing. Gulf County is getting the short end of the stick. Gulf County needs to nd its own shtick. Communities that recognize Socrates dictum The wise man knows what is good for his community is good for him prosper. A communitys economic prospects depend on the collaborative efforts among the communitys special interests. Gulf Countys special interests are now pursuing their own special interests without regard for how their interest affects the best interests of the community. The result: average annual household income in Gulf County is below average in Florida considerably below average in the U.S. That does not have to be! Gulf County is an almost perfect example of a community that could become commercially self-sustaining, while supporting the best residential lifestyle in Florida. Gulf County can do that by building a functioning commercial ecosystem. One solution to Gulf Countys lack of a functioning commercial ecosystem is for the BOCC to create a unifying executive position to balance the legislative perspectives of the BOCC. An effective executive could get the diverse interests in Gulf County to pull together to build a better tomorrow, rather than pulling their community apart as they are doing today. The executive position could be part-time for someone with big picture perspectives, who is from the construction or manufacturing industries or an ex-military of cer. A candidate from the corporate world should have attained an EVP or above position, had a discretionary budget and whose annual performance review was based on the comparative and competitive capabilities of his unit. A Gulf County executive should understand commercial ecosystems and be able guide the development of a Gulf County strategic master plan, while instigating appropriate MBO-based project management techniques into county operations. Gulf County has the right stuff to build a prosperous, self-sustaining, commercial ecosystem. Gulf County can create a prosperous community that is greater than the sum of its special interests. The time to start is now while there is still time for Gulf County to catch up. John Comer Creating Jobs In Florida Port St. Joe Letters to the EDITOR

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We have so many wonderful faces and personalities to choose from. Adopting is easy and inexpensive. In return you will get years of companionship, love, and lots and lots of memories. Be sure to come by the Port St. Joe Marina around lunchtime (11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.) and enjoy a hot dog or chili dog (max. 2 hot dogs) lunch, (chips, and soda included for a $5.00 cash donation. All proceeds will be given to the Humane Society. We have so many wonderful faces and personalities to choose from. Adopting is We have so many wonderful faces and Dogs for Dogs April 13, 2012 Every Second Friday of the Month 11:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m. At Port St. Joe Marina 340 Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, Fl 32456 850-227-9393 FRIDAY & SATURDAY NIGHT 9 PM THE ALL YOU C A N E AT BRE A KF A S T SAT URD A Y & S UND A Y 8:00 A .M. THE ALL YOU C A N E AT BRE A KF A KF A KF S T SAT URD A Y & A Y & A S UND A Y 8:00 A Y 8:00 A A .M. T IKI B AR HA PPY H OUR F RI, SAT & S UN FROM 4 T O 7 WI T H L IVE E N T ER TA INMEN T B Y BR A DY D J & KA R A OKE WEDNESDAY THRU S UNDAY! BAND 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 11AM-CLOSE 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach (850) 648-8207 OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 719 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK Saturday, April 21, 2012 7PM EST. Howard Creek Baptist Church GULF COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY MONTHLY MEETING Capital City Bank Upstairs Meeting Room April 16, 2012 7:00 PM EDT All interested Republicans are invited. Local The Star| A7 Thursday, April 12, 2012 Jesse McCroan; and one daughter, Haley McCroan. He has been a licensed air conditioning contractor for almost 20 years and presently owns and operates Philco Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with his sons. McCroan is a member of First Baptist Church. He was a past of cer in Dixie Youth Baseball and was a coach for more than 10 years. McCroans platform for Port St. Joe is to create jobs and to pursue affordable living for all residents. After graduating from Wewahitchka High in 1984, Bidwell attended Gulf Coast Community College, where he earned an associates degree. He then transferred to the University of West Florida in Pensacola, earning his bachelors degree in 1989. Later, Jay returned to graduate school at West Florida, nishing his masters degree in educational leadership in 2007. In the summer of that same year, Bidwell passed the Florida Educational Leadership Exam earning state certi cation in Educational Leadership. For the past 22 years, Bidwell has been a teacher at Wewahitchka High. During that time he has taught a number of subjects, including Spanish, English, mathematics, social studies and physical education. He also taught a variety of classes at the middle school level for several years. His peers voted Jay the Wewahitchka High Teacher of the Year in both the 2008 and 2010 school years. In addition to teaching, Bidwell has been the cross-country and track coach at Wewahitchka High for many of the past 22 years. His teams have won numerous district titles and in 1995 his cross-country team won the Florida 2A State Championship. Bidwell has been named both the Florida 2A Cross-Country Coach of the Year and the All Big Bend Cross-Country Coach of the Year. This past school year, Jay added the coaching duties for the varsity boys basketball team to his resume as well. Both Jay and April also are active in the Baptist Churchs Upward Basketball program, serving as referees and coaches. Operating a cost-effective system is a must during these tough economic times and Bidwell believes that his practical experience in the classroom and in the extra-curricular system will allow him to balance the school system budget without detrimental cuts to those elements which are essential to providing an excellent education for the students of Gulf County. I have been on the front lines of our educational system for many years, in both the academic and athletic domains, and it is this hands-on experience that will provide me the ability to make the correct nancial decisions for our students, for our taxpayers and for our entire educational system, Bidwell said. Jay is convinced that his involvement in the classroom over the past 22 years also provides him with the type of educational expertise needed in the next superintendent. Over the years, I have continually worked on developing my teaching skills. I have observed many great teachers and I feel that I have a strong grasp of what our system needs in a teacher. My greatest asset will be my commitment to recruiting and retaining great teachers for Gulf Countys schools. Also, I have the knowledge to lead our teachers to reach their full potential as instructors, Bidwell said. In addition, Bidwell says that improving teacher morale is a key for our schools. A teacher with high morale is a more productive instructor and as administrators it is our responsibility to ensure that employees want to come to work every day to give the maximum effort for our children. The bottom line is that our school leadership must make decisions designed to improve our schools, Bidwell said. April and I have two children in this educational system, so it is important to us, in a personal way, that our schools become the very best they can be. If elected, this is the standard to which I will hold myself, not only for my own children, but for all students in Gulf County. BIDWELL from page A1 M c CROAN from page A1

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com O UTDOORS www.starfl.com Section Section A By TOM McLAUGHLIN 315-4435 | @TomMnwfdn tmclaughlin@nwfdailynews.com MILTON Gulf sturgeon have their own idea about where to spend a summer vacation. And it seems quite a few of the splendid sh, notorious for launching themselves like prehistoric missiles from the water, have developed a hankering for a place called Coopers Basin in the Blackwater River a few miles north of Milton. Coopers Basin is where U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists met Thursday with plans to interrupt the sturgeon party long enough to gather some much needed information. Sturgeon fact sheet. View a slideshow of the wildlife of cials in action. Assisted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the federal team arrived with the goal of pulling 20 sturgeon from the water to check them for possible exposure to oil or dispersants introduced into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil and dispersant covered a lot of what is considered important habitat for sturgeon, said project leader Glenn Constant. Sturgeon, which can be traced back 200 million years, are anadromous, meaning that they spend part of their lives in saltwater and another part in freshwater rivers. Gulf sturgeon, considered a threatened species, are known to frequent nine coastal rivers. Seven of those rivers run through Florida, including the Blackwater, Yellow, Choctawhatchee and Apalachicola in Northwest Florida. Coopers Basin in the Blackwater may hold the most cooperative sturgeon. Biologists Adam Kaeser, Catherine Phillips and Frank Parauka had rounded up 11 of the 20 sh they wanted to look at well before noon Thursday. Not every river is like this one, Kaeser said. This area has a holding area and that area is special. It holds over 100 sh at any one time. This is a small area with a lot of sh. Scientists are seeking to measure physiological indicators of potential injury, to sturgeon, including mortality estimates and behavioral changes of adult sturgeon, according to a news release outlining the project. Data collection started on the Blackwater and other rivers before the oil spill. Scientists collected sh as they migrated in the fall from the rivers to the Gulf and saltwater bays, tagged them and gathered information about them. That gave the scientists a baseline they are now working to esh out. The sh captured Thursday were tagged twice. They were photographed, had blood drawn for testing and had a small piece of n snipped off for genetic sampling. They were measured, weighed and then released. The biologists are particularly interested in nding sh that were tagged in the fall of 2010 and 2011, according to Karen Herrington with U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Those sh are valuable because they could have spent time in water affected by the oil spill since the last time they were studied. We go after our numbers (the 20 total catch) and then we target speci c sh, Herrington said. Tagged sh in the water can be located by using tracking devices. On Thursday, Herrington and Elsa Haubold with the FWC were able to get a bead on sturgeons numbered 46436, 45725 and 30565. Sturgeon No. 30565 was a beast when it was tagged in 2011. It was 6 feet long and weighed 37 kilograms, or 81 pounds. The sh tagged and tested Thursday were no slouches, either. One topped out at 80 pounds and all but one measured the requisite 52 inches to qualify for analysis. In addition to determining what impact the oil spill has had on the Gulf sturgeon and perhaps what BP should pay to mitigate damage the biologists hope other information will emerge. One item for study might be what brings so many sturgeon into the Blackwater River and, in particular, to Coopers Basin. People that live on the basin enjoy a show every summer, Kaeser said. Sturgeon are not believed to spawn in the Blackwater, and theyre certainly not there to eat. Sturgeon do not eat at all during their summer trips into freshwater, said the FWCs Haubold. She believes the sh may be attracted to the basins deep water or perhaps simply as a place to rest after a stressful six months in salt water. Everybody needs a summer vacation, Haubold said. 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Shelley Stiaes, director of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, said she believed the numbers were down a little from past years both because this years celebration was held on Friday instead of Saturday and because rocky weather was predicted for the afternoon. The storm held off until after the last visitor had left for the evening and brave souls who journeyed to St. Vincent were treated to a cool breeze that kept the insects at bay. There was music by perpetual favorite Cletis Heaps of Port St. Joe performing with Gerald Smith and John Miick and food courtesy of the Supporters of St. Vincent. As always, there were wagon tours of the refuge. One group had a minor adventure when their transportation was temporarily stalled. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of ce in Panama City sent biologists Adam Kaeser and Sandy Pursifull with a display on endangered species. In a telephone interview, Pursifull said it was her rst St. Vincent open house and she enjoyed it very much. Pursifull said she hopes to return next year. Eric Lovestrand led bird walks and manned a booth for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Reserve. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the Apalachicola Riverkeeper had educational booths as well. An interesting footnote to this years event was the rescue of a distressed sea turtle spotted by volunteers manning the mainland dock for the barge that ferried day-trippers to the island. Lynda Smith spotted something in the water to the west of her post and recognized that it was a sea turtle listing strongly to one side. St. Vincent staffers Stiaes and David Moody were able to drag the 70-pound turtle ashore where a pair of new residents to Port St. Joe, Don Stoneburger and Kathy Strnad, who had come for the open house, volunteered to give it a ride to Gulf World in Panama City for medical care. On Friday, April 6, Secret Holmes-Douglas, who works with animal rescue at the marine park, said the turtle is a sub-adult loggerhead of indeterminate sex. Although rescuers feared the animal had suffered a head injury, Holmes-Douglas said the damage was old and minor. She said park veterinarian Lynda Skaggs took x-rays and determined the turtle was suffering from pneumonia. She said the turtle is now taking a course of antibiotics and is recovering and eating well. We have two others in the same condition, she said. Page 8 A surprise rescue at the St. Vincents Open House By CHRIS BEATTY Special to The Star April is the time of year that starts the beginning of baby season. Baby season will run from April to September. If you nd a young bird alone on the ground or otherwise away from its nest, you must rst determine if it is in need of assistance. Many songbird edglings leave the nest several days before they can y easily, and the parent birds are still caring for them and watching for their safety. A edgling will have almost fully formed feathers though the wings and tail may be short. It will be able to y or hop short distances. Fledglings do not require any intervention unless you see the cat or dog watching or chasing it. Then pick it up and put it in a nearby bush or shrub out of harms way. Please contain the dog or cat. They may need to be kept inside for several days. Since most birds have no signi cant sense of smell, moving a baby bird to safety or returning it to its nest will not cause its parents to abandon it. A hatchling is much younger and needs assistance. Hatchlings may appear bald or only have tufts of feathers; they are much smaller and do not have as much energy as edglings. If you nd a baby bird with little or no feathers and you know where the nest is, then return the bird to its nest. If the nest has been destroyed, you can construct a makeshift nest using a small berry basket (like the one strawberries come in) where water can go through. Line the container with material from the old nest if available, or dry grass or leaves. Wire your nest to a branch about six feet off the ground out of reach of children or predators. Wire it securely in a branch fork near the old nest if its still there. If you use a different container, please make sure it drains well by putting little holes in the bottom of the container or rainwater will collect and drown the birds. The best chance for survival for a baby animal is for it to be raised by its own parent(s). Parents can teach their young things we cannot. If the baby bird appears sick or injured in any way it will need assistance of a rehabilitation center. It is illegal to keep wild birds in captivity even if you plan to release them. Always seek the assistance of a knowledgeable rehabilitator. Even well-intentioned people who try to raise baby birds can harm them, since young birds require specialized diets and the company of their own kind. In addition, birds eat a lot and very often to maintain their high body temperature and fast metabolism. This is especially true of baby birds. Some may consume almost their own body weight daily. Some young birds double in size each week and must be fed at least every 20-30 minutes. This makes it imperative that orphaned birds are brought to a rehabilitation facility immediately after being found. Do not attempt to feed or water to the baby birds if you are not trained in the technique of feeding. Best container to keep the bird in is a small cardboard box/shoe box with some tiny holes for air to get through. Put the bird in a dark warm place. You can use a heating pad under it if you keep the setting on low. Keep the bird where it is quiet, stress-free, and away from children or pets. Chris Beatty is the Director of the Florida Wild Mammal Association. FWMA was established in 1994 to rescue, rehabilitate, and release the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. It is supported entirely by donations and grants and has been a registered 501(c)(3) nonpro t organization. FWMA offers educational demonstrations for local schools. You can donate to FWMA at any time. FWMA always needs bleach, paper towels, fruit cocktail, birdseed, nuts, pelican sh (pin sh, nger mullet, thread herring, butter sh), fresh fruit and vegetables, Pedigree wet and dry dog food, Friskies wet and dry cat food, Dawn dish liquid and gift cards from local grocers to give FWMA exibility in purchasing when needed items are not on hand. They will also gladly accept cash donations. For more information, visit their website at www.wakullawildlife.org/. Sturgeon examined for oil effects Caring for orphaned birds PHOTOS BY LOIS SWOBODA | Florida Freedom A turtle rescued during the St. Vincent Open House. Mary Shaw of Mexico Beach and Ellen Harris of Howard Creek learn about whooping cranes from St. Marks volunteer Christine Barnes. Landy and Nancy Luther roast a mean weenie! Freshwater Inshore | Offshore St. Joe Bay is back to normal as far as the shing goes. Good ounder and trout reports have been coming in daily with most anglers usuing live shrimp and Lys. Blacks Island and Eagle harbor seem to be the hot spots for inshore shing. Large schools of red sh have been on the move at Towns beach and close to Presnells channel. April is proving to be a great month for freshwater shing. Hot air temperature are warming up the water early this year, and the sh have taken notice. Lake Wimico has had great bass ans shellcraker reports this past week, with most anglers using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The cat sh bite has slowed down, but is still worht the time, if the water is rising. SPONSORED BY

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PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com A Section Thursday, April 12, 2012 WEEKLY ALMANAC ST.JO SE PH B AY AP ALAC HI C O LA B AY W ES T PASS TI DE T ABLES M O N TH LY AVERAGES To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from these given for APALACHICOLA: HIGH LOW Cat P oint Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17 East P ass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27 To nd the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times from those given for CARRABELLE: HIGH LOW Bald P oint Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANAC Call T oday! 227-7847 Date H igh Low % P recip T hu, Apr 12 74 54 0 % Fri, Apr 13 75 62 0 % Sat, Apr 14 78 65 10 % Sun, Apr 15 78 66 10 % Mon, Apr 16 79 69 0 % T ues, Apr 17 80 68 30 % Wed, Apr 18 80 64 40 % MATCHING DEALER R EBATE T otal R ebate $400 st. joe rent-all 706 E 1st Street Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112 Page 9 By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe High School senior Megan Walker has just one goal left to accomplish in her prep career state gold. The Mississippi State track and eld signee in the pole vault begins her push toward a gold medal at the state Class 1A meet today as the district meet is held in Bay County. Next weekend, the Region 1-1A meet will be held and the following weekend, again in Jacksonville, will be the state meet, at which Walker will surely be one of the favorites. In her three previous trips to state, Walker has nished second, fourth and second. The gold medal is the goal, but what Im just going to be trying to do at district and regional is (vault a personal best), Walker said. My heights right now are higher than they were last year at this time, so I feel good. Last year in the run-up to state Walker was jumping 11-feet-6. She would jump near 12-feet at state, but fell to a vault that skied to 12-6. This year Ive been clearing 12 feet on a pretty consistent basis, Walker said. At the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee two weeks ago, Walker vaulted 12-1 to take rst place. The only one of eight meets she has lost this season came this past weekend when she nished fourth in the Pepsi Invitational Relays in Jacksonville. It all depends each meet on how you are feeling, how much you are comfortable, Walker said. I just didnt jump that well that day. She continues to progress with the weight of her pole. She moved to a heavier weight pole for this season but is already progressing, from a 130-pound to a 135pound pole, this season. I am on the longer pole and I need to go even heavier now, Walker said. Right now I am not getting enough power. Think of it this way. The key to the vault is the pole bending and propelling the vaulter toward the bar. If the pole is insuf cient to a skill set Walker is fast and lithe a heavier pole is needed to provide the lift, rather than a roll as she pivots in the vault box. In short, it is all about compression, the willingness of the vaulter to be completely upside-down 11-12 feet in the air and the power of the pole to shoot the vaulter up. Im trying to move to the heavier pole for district, region and state, Walker said. That is my goal. Walker said she has been aided in preparation this season by the presence of another vaulter on the Port St. Joe team, Nicole Endres. While Endres may not have the height of Walker and therefore is not necessarily challenging or pushing Walker in practice, another set of eyes and ears is nice during the tedious routine of practice. Its fun to have people to talk to and not get bored, Walker said. It helps a lot. Walker is also looking beyond the state meet. She said she talks by phone to her future coaches at Mississippi State on a weekly basis, running over her practice and meet routines, gleaning hints on what to work on, such as maintaining a upright spine and ensuring her chin remains out during the vault. But for the next three weeks, the focus is on the elusive state gold medal Walker has won two national AAU age-group titles during summer months during her middleand high-school years, but never the state Class 1A meet. I just need to keep doing the things Ive been doing and working on in practice, Walker said. If I do that, Ill be alright. Star Staff Report The Port St. Joe High School softball team won a pair of games last week, running its record to 175 with District 4-1A play ahead next week. The Lady Sharks traveled to Blountstown early in the week and trounced the Lady Tigers 16-0 in their nal district tilt. MaKayla Ramsey, who would end the week with her 15th victory, started and pitched all ve innings of the game ended on the run rule. Ramsey faced 15 batters, allowing two hits and issuing no walks while striking out four. Katie Lacour was 4 for 5 and Kelsey Miles was 3 for 4 with a triple to lead the Port St. Joe attack. Katie Gardner, Christian Laine, and Brittany King had two hits apiece. Haley Wood, Ramsey, Stephanie Brinkmeier, Shannon Pridgeon, Callie Fleshren, Miranda Gref, and Lexie McGhee each had a hit as the Lady Sharks pounded out 20 hits in ve innings. Two nights later, Port St. Joe hosted Metcalf High from Edmondson, KY on Senior Night. Gardner and Lacour, the lone seniors on the team and playing their nal game, provided the offensive spark in the 2-1 Port St. Joe win. Gardner hit her fourth home run of the year, a bomb, Coach Jim Belin said, to right-center eld in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Port St. Joe up 1-0. Metcalf tied the game at 1-1 in the fth inning but Port St. Joe responded in the bottom of the sixth. With one out Lacour singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Wood laid down a bunt single to advance Lacour and Gardner, on a checked-swing, hit a elders choice to rst base, scoring Lacour. Ramsey pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and an earned run while walking three and striking out seven. Port St. Joe plays Rutherford and Bay High this week before beginning district tournament play in Blountstown on Tuesday. Port St. Joe will play Bozeman in a semi nal on Tuesday. The championship game will be Friday night in Blountstown. Star Staff Report The Port St. Joe High School baseball team, behind the pitching of Austin Howze, downed Blountstown 8-3 in the teams only action the past week. The Tiger Sharks are 108 overall and 6-4 in District 4-1A play. Port St. Joe hosted Liberty County on Tuesday on Senior Night and travel to Liberty County for a makeup game tonight. The Tiger Sharks are at county rival Wewahitchka on Friday. Against Blountstown, Howze was dominant, scattering four hits while allowing two earned runs, striking out ve and walking one. Tyler Worley drove in two runs while going 1 for 4 and Trevor Lang was 2 for 4 to lead the Tiger Shark attack. Ricky Pennington was 2 for 3. Star Staff Report Both the boys and girls track teams from Wewahitchka High School took rst place honors during a meet at Liberty County just before the Easter break. For the boys, Elijah Sarmiento won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs and Weston Sarmiento took rst in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 meter hurdles. Also winning for the Gators was Shaquille Scott in the 400 meters and Jakob Bidwell was right behind in second. Michael Bryan nished second to Elijah Sarmiento in the 1,600 meters, with Colby Gay fourth and Gay nished second behind Sarmiento in the 3,200. Bryce Chaucey was second in the 400 hurdles and Jason Haire was third in the 800 for Wewahitchka. For the Lady Gators, Doni Lanier continued her ne season with a rst in the 300 hurdles and rst in the 100 hurdles. Faith Owens won the discus, Vanna Pippen was second and Ashlyn Paul was fth, and Owens nished fourth at 1,600 meters. Scout Flowers won the 400 and 200 meter dashes. Kailyn Vann was second, Megan Whittingham third and Paul fth in the 1,600, and Alexa Allison was third in the 200 meters. Vann also took fourth in the 800 meters. Star Staff Report The Lady Gators of Wewahitchka fell to 8-11 for the season after a 7-4 loss to Ponce de Leon last week. Ashleigh Price started on the mound for Wewahitchka and pitched four innings, striking out three and walking one. Jessica Smith came on in relief and nished up, tossing three innings and striking out three and walking one. Price also drove in two runs and Jaden Rouse had an RBI while Tori Lanter was 2 for 4 and Tara Walding 1 for 2 with a walk for Wewahitchka. The Lady Gators host East Gadsden tonight and begin District 1-1A play on Monday against Graceville at tournament host Cottondale. TIGER SHARKS DOMINATE Lady Sharks, on roll, prep for district play Vaulting for gold Brittany King had a pair of hits in a 16-0 win over Blountstown. WHS TRACK TEAMS SWEEP BRISTOL GATORS FALL TO PONCE DE LEON TIM CROFT | The Star Megan Walker, who signed with Mississippi State in February, is seeking her rst state gold medal in the pole vault as the track and eld postseason begins this week. Walker is jumping consistently higher than one year ago, in large part due to moving to a heavier pole.

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A trained child care instructor will take each child at their present stage of development and prepare them for new experiences and instructions so that as they enter kindergarten they will be ready to learn and will be familiar with classroom settings and have the condence needed to enjoy themselves as they start in their new school. Children learn many skills and other important things at home but learning to function in a group is very differ ent and difcult for most children. Some of the areas needing mastering are: Children who have become accustomed to these areas of development will then be able to concentrate on gaining pleasantly surprised when their child points to stop signs or works while shopping in stores. Educa In the Early Education program at Kids Corner Inc. in Wewahitchka, the children take home their completed Local A10 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 Courts the Monday following the event, but no af davits have been received. By contract, the nal event report was to be submitted by March 22, within ve days of the event, but Davis had yet to turn in the nal event reports to the TDC or county clerks of ce when a public records request was submitted to the Clerks of ce the rst week of April. An email from Davis on March 22 assured Alsobrook she would meet with her to review the reports on the St. Paddys Day event on March 28, the same day Alsobrook was let go from her position as interim director. Davis canceled the meeting that morning. Although the TDC hired Davis as an event planner, many events approved by the TDC board have been scrapped due to similar poor planning, and Davis already has collected portions of the planning fees for the events. According to checks obtained through the Clerks of ce, Statecraft has been paid $11,062.50 for event planning dating back to last September, and there is a balance of $6,162.50 still owed on the account. The total reaches $17,225 for event planning from September 2011 through April 2012, outlined in seven broad MOUs for seven new events to be planned by Statecraft before April 30. Thus far, only three of the events have occurred, with no sign of others to come before the end of the month. The events outlined in the MOUs include the St. Paddys Day by the Bay event, Cupids Chase on St. Joe Beach (a Valentines Day run that never occurred), last weekends Cape San Blas 5K Rabbit Run, the Sandcastles on St. Joseph Bay contest (previously scheduled for March 31 and cancelled), a Springtime Worship on the Water event (no indication if this will happen), a tagged red sh and trout tournament (initially scheduled for this coming weekend but later cancelled), last Septembers golden scallop hunt and assistance with the PoJo Music Festival. Three of the events outlined have yet to be organized although they were originally scheduled to be completed before the end of April, as spelled out in the MOUs. Dates for the Sandcastles of St. Joseph event and Tagged Red sh and Trout tournament were advertised on the TDC event calendar, with links leading visitors to a dead-ended search for how to register for the advertised contests, which were never fully developed. A March 22 email from welcome center of ce manager Crystal Follin to Alsobrook and Novak expressed frustration due to poor communication between Statecraft and the TDC. Although the Welcome Center was advertised in yers and web links as the contact for more information on Statecraft-planned events, Follin wrote that she received no updates from Davis despite several requests for event yers and further information. Follin, who is responsible for taking calls and greeting visitors at the Gulf County Welcome Center, indicated that she received a number of calls inquiring about registration and further information about the upcoming events, but could not tell the visitors any more than what they had already seen on the TDC website. Follins email stated she ultimately removed the web links from the TDC web site posted by Statecraft because they were giving false information and advertising events that never came to fruition. The link for the Tagged Redsh and Trout tournament cited the welcome center and two area businesses as registration points, but when contacted, the businesses had never even heard of the event. It is not the TDCs responsibility to handle registrations, that is why we hired an event planner, Follin wrote in the same email. I contacted both Bluewater Outriggers and Half-hitch tackle to see if they had registration forms or any info there, and both replied they had no forms and have not been contacted. Half Hitch has not yet even heard of the event and while appreciating the thought, considered it quite the assumption for it to be announced to register there without their permission. Davis originally signed three MOUs in mid-August 2011, outlining $24,300 in event planning between August 2011 and April 2012. Like the MOUs currently in place, each payment to Davis was broken down into separate installments of less than $5,000, under the threshold for verbal bids needed for services costing $5,000 to $10,000, and legal advertisements needed for services or positions paying more than $10,000. Tim Kerigan, TDC executive director at the time, signed the MOUs without any formal vote by the TDC board or approval from the BOCC. The TDC board reexamined Daviss MOUs at its Oct. 6 board meeting after a Star article and accompanying editorial published Sept. 29 questioned the working relationship between Statecraft and the TDC. The board voted on a series of events proposed by Statecraft, and Kerigan later entered into seven new MOUs with Davis on Oct. 16, one for each event to be planned, replacing all previous agreements. The Sept. 29 story also raised questions about the process in which the TDC operates under, and the BOCC soon followed suit. The disregard for county policy was an issue Williams called an immediate emergency back in October and demanded TDC executive director Tim Kerigan put the house back in order. Williams presented several invoices for extraneous expenditures supporting events such as the PoJo Live Music Festival and Ghosts on the Coast and called for a full nancial audit of the TDC. Upon completion of the audit, executive director Tim Kerigan was immediately suspended from his position, followed by his termination Feb. 14. The audit revealed a lack of internal control on several levels, from the executive director to the TDC board to the BOCC and Clerk of Courts. As a result of the audit, commissioners essentially started at square one, requiring all TDC board members to resign and reapply, ridding the organization of an executive director, interim executive director and marketing services provider in a matter of months. In January, the BOCC froze the TDCs marketing agreement with Kerigan Marketing, an agency that had been operating without a contract since 2010, and is owned by Tim Kerigans brother, Jack Kerigan. You spent $225,000 with your brother, Williams said to Tim Kerigan at the Jan. 10 BOCC meeting. We cannot operate as if theres a contract. There is no contract. We have no legal recourse to pay this bill. Williams cited the relationship as a con ict of interest, and requested the board go back to the bidding process to hire a marketing director. The BOCC offered no further back-up plan for marketing Gulf County. Three bids were received from companies in Pensacola, Coral Gables and Miami. Kerigan Marketing did not enter a bid. In Alsobrooks TDC executive exit report, she writes Despite a committed effort by (myself) and the county administrator to resolve a breach of con dence between the TDC, BOCC, county administration and the previous marketing consultant, Kerigan Marketing declined to provide a bid for consideration. It would appear that the successful momentum generated with Kerigan Marketings Visit Gulf County campaign may suffer signi cantly without their continued participation. Alsobrook worked with Butler in sifting through a backlog of outstanding TDC invoices, the majority from Kerigan Marketing, but once the pile was manageable she was no longer needed in the position, Butler said. Nearly $200,000 in Kerigan Marketing contracts were scrutinized, with $40,000 in invoices agged for lacking proper documentation. Alsobrooks report cites Kerigan Marketing as the rm of record since the inception of the TDC, yet with no contract on record it was a working relationship that created culpability for both the county and marketing rm. TDC from page A3 Dates for the Sandcastles of St. Joseph event and Tagged Red sh and Trout tournament were advertised on the TDC event calendar, with links leading visitors to a dead-ended search for how to register for the advertised contests, which were never fully developed.

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By TIM CROFT 227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Last year, Debbie Hoopers work earned her kudos from at least one judge at the Professional Aerial Photography Association (PAPA) international conference. This year, the people weighed in. Hoopers photo Are you OK? won a Peoples Choice award in the Air to Air category during the conference a fourday cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico and Hooper also was named a PAPA Master Aerial Photographer. The Peoples Choice award comes on the heels of the Judges Choice plaque Hooper won during last years conference, her rst such award. The awards are distinguished by the voters. At each conference, a panel of four judges ranks each photo in each category based on a host of criteria, such as impact, composition and technique, among others. Each judge also is permitted to select one photo from each category as their choice, or Judges Choice, for recognition. On the other hand, the Peoples Choice won by Hooper this year is a result of votes from all those in attendance at the conference. In a way it was more rewarding to get the Peoples Choice, Hooper said. Its af rmation of what Im doing. It says Im OK. Comments about the photo from voters, Hooper said, included, Its perfect to great positioning to told a great story. She was told the photo taken from a helicopter of another helicopter maneuvering Progress Energy linemen atop a huge power line stanchion was also unique with a pleasing manner of ow. Those hosannahs, along with the valued critique of experts in the eld, is one reason Hooper said she bene ts from the PAPA national conference. I wouldnt be where I am without these conferences, Hooper said. This is all continuing education. I challenge myself every year to be better. The award shot was from a last-minute shoot for Progress Energy. Hooper and her husband, Jon, were scheduled for another assignment, but this one came up. The two needed to shoot their typical mix of photos, video and stills. However, the only helicopter they could nd had just two seats. So, Hooper, had to strap all three cameras around her neck and take off with a Barbie Rise, a pilot out of Lakeland for the Bartow shoot. Fortunately for Hooper, Rise was a former photo-journalist she still ies television breaking news copters who knew exactly how and where to hover for Hooper to secure quality shots. I did the video, did the wide angle and Thursday, April 12, 2012 COMMUNITY www.starfl.com B Page 1 Section Students explore the shore By VALERIE GARMAN 229-7843 | @valeriegarmanvgarman@star .com Port St. Joe High Schools marine science classes have been doing the book learning long enough. Last week, students had the opportunity to apply what theyve learned in their own backyards. Knowledge only carries so far its the application, said PSJHS science teacher Scott Lamberson, who guided his three marine science classes on walks along the shoreline to observe a wealth of marine life last week. They go to the beach a lot but theyre not looking at in through educational eyes, theyre looking at it through leisure eyes, Lamberson said. Its a chance to get out here in it weve already got the head knowledge. Students applied their head knowledge as they observed marine ecosystems along Windmark Beach on April 2 during a low tide walk. Highlights from the walk included a group of bat rays that swam alongside the class in the shallows, and observation of marine egg cases and sponges along the shore, one student explained. The class continued the day with a tour of Raf eld Fisheries. Lamberson has been bringing his classes to tour the plant for about 10 years. VALERIE GARMAN | The Star Scott Lambersons marine science class at Port St. Joe High School conducted a low tide walk on Windmark Beach April 2 to observe the marine life near the shore. See SHORE B4 Awe-inspiring aerial COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM Local photographer Debbie Hooper won a Peoples Choice Award at an international aerial photography conference for this photo titled Are you OK? Debbie Hooper soars at aerial photography conference Another example of Hoopers aerial work, A Pilots Wing Dream of a large home recently nished between Panama City Beach and Destin. Florida pioneers: A tribute to the families of Gulf County By Beverly Mount-Douds Special to The Star Editors note: This is the third of a series of articles about some of the historical gures that made Gulf County. This article recounts the life of George Pattons wife, Edna. Mrs. Edna came here with her husband from Virginia, one of our pioneer families; they built their home among the stately oaks and helped build Port St. Joe. Her husband, George, later had the distinction of being the rst Forester in the state of Florida. With utter dedication our honoree ardently worked to help build the Methodist Church. They had been no resident minister then, few roads, little means of transportation, but this dainty character often walked through partial sand beds about 1.5 miles to her church, carefully changed from walking shoes to heels and cheerfully entered to worship. For 20-odd years she served as secretary of the Sunday School. She organized a Parsonage Aide Society that later became the Ladies Aide and still later the Missionary Society. Of course she served in whatever capacity she was needed most, be it president or cook or both. GCEC to hold annual meeting Special to The Star Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative will hold its 64th Annual Members Meeting Saturday, April 14 at its headquarter of ce, at 722 West Highway 22 in Wewahitchka. The purpose of the meeting is to communicate information about the Cooperative, including the nancial reports and overall business status, as well as serve as a social event for the entire membership. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. CST with each registered member receiving a $10 credit on his or her electric bill. Members will be given the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day, including the grand prizes, which are 10 $100 credits to an electric bill. There also will be plenty of refreshments provided by GCEC and booths offering valuable information for the duration of the meeting. Beginning at 9:15 a.m., entertainment will beprovided by The Back Forty band. There will also be a bounce house for the children. The business portion of the Annual Meeting will begin at 11 a.m. I invite all of our members to come and take part in our Annual Meeting, not only to be present for the business portion of the meeting, but also to enjoy food, prizes and entertainment, Gulf Coast Electric CEO/General Manager Michael White said. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. GCEC serves approximately 20,500 meters in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City, Lynn Haven, Fountain and Southport. See TRIBUTE B6 See AERIAL B4 COURTESY OF FLORIDA STATE ARCHIVES Edna and George Patton at home

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School News The Star| B3 Thursday, April 12, 2012 SPECIAL TO T HE STAR Ms. Nancy Brockmans fourth-grade class and Ms. Anna McFarlands Kindergarten class are BOOK BUDDIES. We love to read at WES and it shows! BOOK BUDDIES AT WES Special to The Star All As include: Carter Costin, K5; Mazie Hodges, K5; Alex Taylor, K5; Magnolia Sarmiento, rst grade; Shelby Causey, second grade; Catherine Bouington, fourth grade; and Elijah Sarmiento, seventh grade. All As and Bs include: Riley McGufn, K5; Emma Grace Burke, rst grade; Donovan Cumbie, rst grade; Halee Whicker, rst grade; Kristen Bouington, second grade; Theron Smith, second grade; Jacob Davis, third grade; Farren Newman, third grade; Mary Kate Wood, fourth grade; J.J. Laine, fth grade; and Matthew Costin, sixth grade. THE LIONS TALE Congratulations to all FCS students on Academic Honor Roll By TerriLee Beamon General information YEARBOOK: Reserve your copy before they are all gone. There are only a limited number of yearbooks ordered. April 27 is the deadline to order the yearbook with personalization. There is never a guarantee that there will be extra copies for sale when they arrive. This year only happens once. The yearbook is a great way to share the events of the school year with your son or daughter. Dont miss out on everything theyve experienced. To reserve your copy, visit our school webpage at http://psjhsgcs-.schoolloop.com. SENIOR ADS: The yearbook staff is now offering the opportunity to personalize the yearbook in a very special way with a recognition ad. Space is available to tell your student how proud you are! Regardless of the occasion, your ad provides a great way to recognize a student or event in a special and unique way. To reserve your space, download an ad form and a template from our webpage at http://psjhsgcs-.schoolloop.com or call Mr. Taylor at the school. Deadline: April 30. SENIOR SLIDE SHOW: Ms. Barbee is now accepting baby pictures for the senior slide show. Please turn yours in directly to her in the Media Center. Pictures should be in a ziplock bag, if possible, with students name on the bag in indelible ink. No more than two photos per student for slide show. Digital is the preferred format; however, we do have the ability to scan photographs. NJROTC: On March 30, the NJROTC visited the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in Panama City. Forty cadets experienced rst-hand one of the elite diving training facilities in the world. The tour included briengs by the commanding ofcer, Cmdr. Michael Egan, Master Diver Command Master Chief Mark Leet and many more. The experience was capped off with a trip to the Seashore General Mess, where the cadets experienced real Navy Chow. Congratulations to the NJROTC Academic Team, who ranked in the top 25 percent of all NJROTC Teams taking the NJROTC National Academic Test in March. Results are in and Port St Joe Ranked 435th out of 1,700 teams competing. The team included leader Cadet Nicolas Dickinson and cadets LeAnna Collins, Ryan Baker, Javarri Beachum, and Bryce Godwin. Congratulations, cadets! PROM: Prom is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 21. The prom theme this year is Viva Las Vegas. The Senior Walk will be at 11:30 p.m., and the prom will be over at midnight. This year, several parents are hosting an After the Prom party, which will take place in the Centennial Building immediately following the prom. JERSEYS: Coach Gannon is selling last years white game jersey for $40; white and purple game jerseys from 2000-2001 for $20; and white (No Pain No Gain) T-shirts for $10. See Mrs. Taylor in the school ofce to purchase one of these. LADY TIGER SHARK VOLLEYBALL CAMP: The Port St Joe High School Lady Tiger Sharks will host a volleyball camp for younger girls. The camp is designed to allow players to learn the fundamentals of bump passing, overhead passing, and serving. Campers will learn from the Port St. Joe High School coaching staff and players how playing and competing the right way is always fun. The camp is designed for girls going into the fourth through eighth grades in fall 2012. The camp will be at the PSJ High School gymnasium. We will have stations for the young players to rotate through and nish the day on Friday with an afternoon tournament. We will provide snacks and drinks on Monday through Thursday, plus on Friday we will have a pizza lunch. After lunch on Friday, we will play as many games as we can before 3 p.m. What to bring: Your own kneepads. We will provide water, snacks, volleyballs, etc. Dates and T imes: June 4-7, 9 a.m. to noon.; June 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $35 Deadline for registration: May 15 Please register early so we can order T-shirts for the girls. Registration forms are available in the high school front ofce or at http://psjhs-gcs.schoolloop.com, and check the News section of the main page. For more information, contact W. Taylor at 229-8251 or by email at wtaylor@gulf.k12. .us (email is preferred). JUNIORS: Attention all parents of PSJHS juniors (Class of 2013): Prom week is April 16-20. We need your help! If you would like to help decorate for the 2012 prom, we will be meeting in the afternoons from Monday through Friday, to assemble decorations and transform the Centennial Building into a magical ballroom. Also, we need juniors and their parents to volunteer to contribute an appetizer or dessert for prom. If you can help decorate or wish to contribute to the refreshments, please notify Kim McFarland, Junior Class Advisor, at kmcfarland@gulf.k12. .us or call the high school and leave your contact information. Any help you can lend us would be most appreciated. CHEERLEADING: Practice for cheerleader tryouts will be Monday, April 30Friday, May 4 from 3-4:30 ET. Each athlete must have a current health physical, signed parent consent, cheerleading policies and procedures in order to practice on Monday. A sign-up sheet will be placed in the front ofce beginning Monday, April 16, 2012. COMING UP T oday: FCAT Math Retakes, 8 a.m. Friday: Wild Adventures Theme Park (NJROTC/ Band). All Day; Gold Cards issued at 8 a.m. Saturday: ACT at PSJ, 8 a.m.; Odyssey of the Mind state competition, 9 a.m. Monday: FCAT Reading Session 1 Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 8 a.m. T uesday: FCAT Session 2 Grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 8 a.m. April 18: FCAT Math Grades 7, 8 at 8 a.m.; Chemistry Field Trip 4th7th periods at 11 a.m. April 19: Physics Field Trip 4th-7th periods at 11 a.m. Sports Megan Walker broke the state girls pole vaulting record this past weekend, was the Capital City Most Outstanding Field Event winner and the Channel 13 Student Athlete of the Week. Great job, Megan! You make us PROUD! COMING UP Friday: Baseball varsity only at Wewa at 7 p.m.; softballVarsity Onlyat Bay at 7 p.m. Monday: SoftballDistrict Tournament Play In Game-5:00pm T uesday: Softball-district tournament seminals-5 p.m.; baseball-varsity onlyat Arnold-7 p.m. April 19: SoftballDistrict Final Game 6 p.m.; baseballvarsity only at Vernon-7 p.m.ClubsT oday: Junior Executive Board Meeting at 11:50 a.m. Friday: FCA Meeting during Junior High lunch in Room 309 T uesday: SWAT Meeting Jr. High at 10:45 a.m.; National Honor Society Meeting at 11:50 a.m. April 19: Junior Executive Board Meeting at 11:50 a.m. Left to right, back row: Donald Bronson, fourth grade; Tyler Skipper, fth grade; Hannah Watts, kindergarten; Trenton Pynes, rst grade; and Brook Haddock, sixth grade. Middle row, left to right: Avery Davis, rst grade; Von Sheely, third grade.Kneeling: Dakota Askew, second grade. Bus students of the week: Anna Kelsoe, Nevaeh Carpenter and Brianna Rhoades. WES STUDENTS OF THE WEEK DAZZLING DOLPHINS P reK indergarten: Jolie Bibeault, kindergarten: Dakota Tousignant, rst grade: Jackson Buckner, second grade: Antonio Rolax, third grade: Lanecia Larry, fourth grade: Madison Taylor, fth grade: Hannah Anderson, sixth grade: Celeste Childes.B us riders of the week: Zoey Hamm, Katie Dykes, J. J. Foster, Desirae Dew, Kayden Jackson and DeLaney Ingalls. The Planet Janitors at Port St. Joe Elementary School have reached their goal of one ton of recyclable materials. Students at the school now have collected 2,082.33 pounds, and they are continuing to collect. Funded through a mini-grant from the Gulf Education Foundation, the Planet Janitors program is aiming to teach students about the value of their planet and recycling.SPECIAL TO T HE STAR PLANET JANITORS REACH 1 TON RAISING DOLLARS FOR LEUKEMIA Star Staff Report Congratulations to the Port St. Joe Elementary School student body. The school was selected as one of the top fund-raisers to benet leukemia in the state of Florida. Every student received a Youth for Leukemia yellow bracelet. Pictured here are students from the schools Bridges class showing off their bracelets. Port St. Joe Elementary School students care about each other and they show it!

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Local B4 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 MATCHING DEALER R EBATE T otal R ebate $300 st. joe rent-all 706 E 1st Street Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112 9454 HWY 98 BEACON HILL AT T H E MEXICO BEAC H C ITY L I M ITS (850) 647-2971 9454 HWY 98 BEACON HILL AT T H E MEXICO BEAC H C ITY L I M ITS (850) 647-2971 OPEN DAILY AT 11 P ACKAGE ST O RE & LO UNGE GREAT SELECTION OF ALL YOUR F AVORITE BEER, WINE & SPIRIT S WWW.L OO K O UTL O UNGE.C O M L A D IE S N IGHT E VERY T UE SD AY AN D W E D NE SD AY 5-10 ET K ARA O KE & DJ IN THE (N O NS M O KING) C R O W S N E S T E VERY W E D NE SD AY, FRI D AY & SATUR D AY WITH N ATALIE AN D N O W O N T HUR SD AY S WITH DEBRA H APPY HO UR MO N D AY FRI D AY 5-7 ET COME E NJOY SUN S ET S ON THE POO P DE C K L IVE M U S IC N O W START S AT 7 PM ET WITH R AN D Y STARK O N FRI D AY JO INE D BY A RT LO NG O N SAX O N SATUR D AY Gun Show April 14th & 15th Panama City Panama City Fairgrounds Fairgrounds 2075355 Sat 9 -5 Sun 10-4 C o n c e a l e d W e a p o n s C l a s s S a t / S u n 1 1 o r 2 Floridagunshows.com FREE PARKING Survivors Lap begins American Cancer Society Relay for Life Special to The Star In a nation where more than 1.6 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year, Gulf County is invited to celebrate life. The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a unique fundraising event in which teams of participants take turns walking the track for 24 hours in an effort to ght cancer. This years Relay for Life will take place April 27-28 at the Port St. Joe High School Football Field. The message of the event is that no one ghts cancer alone. At 7 p.m. EDT, all cancer survivors, meaning anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, will join together on the track and walk or wheelchair the rst lap, uni ed in victory and hope. This emotional lap honors the courage of all who have defeated cancer. The atmosphere of Relay For Life is one of camaraderie and celebration, and this event provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to pass the torch of hope on to those still battling cancer or those that might be touched by cancer in the future. Because no one ghts cancer alone, friends, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Survivors Lap and join their loved ones as they walk around the track. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Gulf County, please contact Carolyn Witten at 227-4037 or 229-7875. To register online, visit www.relayforlife. org/psj All survivors receive a free Relay for Life T-shirt. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. Gulf Clerk rolls out new case maintenance system Special to The Star Becky Norris, Gulf County Clerk of Court, announced last week the Gulf County Clerk of Courts of ce successfully has installed its new case maintenance system, CLERICUS, this month. The installation of this new software is a signi cant upgrade for the of ce, which anticipates increased ef ciencies, better work ow and a move toward a paperless of ce environment. Installing this innovative software will be a huge asset to the Clerks of ce, and will also bene t the citizens of Gulf County, Norris said. Although our staff will have to get acquainted with the new software, we believe we will be better equipped to serve the people with this upgrade to CLERICUS. The new case maintenance system speeds up many processes that were formerly manual and now can be automated or generated much easier. Preparing appeals or creating ad hoc reports are much less time consuming with the new software. We just started working with CLERICUS and are still learning everything it does, said Tonya Knox, Gulf County senior deputy/courts. We love having everything in one application. We dont have to jump in and out of one application or another to get our work done. We are happy we took the time up front. It is smooth sailing now. The comprehensive system will also provide a seamless connection to the Florida Courts eFiling Portal, helping to eliminate the need for paper lings. Its clear that as we continue to deal with tighter budgets and an increasing case workload, a paperless court system is the wave of the future, Norris said. With CLERICUS now installed, the Gulf Clerks ofce will be better suited to deal with these challenges. CLERICUS utilizes cutting edge technology and complies with Florida Statutes and both local and statewide reporting requirements. CLERICUS is the only Florida-based case maintenance system that is developed for the Clerks by the Clerks. The clerk of the circuit court and county comptroller, established by the Constitution of 1838, is the public trustee for the county. The clerk and comptroller provides the checks and balances in county government by acting in their capacity as clerk to the board, clerk to the court, keeper of the public records, comptroller and internal auditor of county funds. CLERICUS installation means more ef cient work ow for Clerks of ce They observed an experimental process designed to separate the meat and bone of carp, with the goal of making what is usually considered a junk sh edible. This facility just does a lot of smart stuff, Lamberson said. This is a state-of-the-art thing here thats going to divide a carp, which has been considered a trash sh forever. Lamberson said he usually has one or two students each year that go on to pursue careers in marine science. They need to be seeing the reality of a business, Lamberson said. Thats what we try to stress you cant protect what you dont understand. Lamberson stressed the need for learning about the real world. Anything to get out of the classroom is good because its the real world, Lamberson said. Weve been doing the book learning for long enough. Eugene Raf eld, owner of Raf eld Fisheries, said it is important for students to understand the process because they are essentially the future of the industry. We love our local kids Mr. Lamberson has been bringing them for years, said Eugene Raf eld, owner of Raf eld Fisheries. Coming here, they get to see what Mother Nature grows. Raf eld said seafood is one of the healthiest proteins one can eat, and the students have the opportunity at the shery to witness how the sh makes its way to the plate. Its a great process, Raf eld said. Thats why marine biology is so important for our youth. SHORE from page B1 the stills, Hooper said. I was all tangled up and she was ying me back and forth. It was a fun shoot. Getting an award for this one is icing on the cake because the whole shoot was so much fun. In addition to the Peoples Choice award, Hooper also earned her master aerial photographer designation, the highest for an aerial photographer in PAPA, an organization that has been around since 1974 and is truly an international organization. The designation is based on an accumulation of points for activities within PAPA, for continuing education and by having work judged in competitions sponsored by PAPA. There were photographers there from Australia, from Denmark, from all over, Hooper said. I was the only one to get the Master designation this year. Its a recognition; it shows I am growing. AERIAL from page B1 Above Debbie Hoopers winning Air to Air shot was made possible by the deft ying of helicopter pilot Barbara Rise, a breaking news copter pilot based in Orlando. At right Hooper is recognized as a Master Aerial Photographer during the annual conference of the Professional Aerial Photography Association. She was recognized by PAPA president Pat Belanger. In addition to the Peoples Choice award, Hooper also earned her master aerial photographer designation, the highest for an aerial photographer in PAPA, an organization that has been around since 1974 and is truly an international organization.

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FAITH www.starfl.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME 507 10th Street Port St. Joe (850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIS T AND T O MAKE H I M K NOWN ST. JAME S E PI S COPAL C HURCH 800 22ND STREET, P ORT ST. JOE 8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.org Come worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC (Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4 th 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 Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. The Rev. Lou Little, Priest Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 5:00 & 6:00 p.m. Pastor Josh Fidler www.faithchristianpsj.net (850) 229-6707 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 Our Church can be your home First Church of the Nazarene 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 of holiness. Psalm 29:2 Sunday School ............................ 10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ........... 11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship .............. 6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m. A Spirit Filled Outreach Oriented Word of Faith Church HOME OF T H E POWER H OUSE YOUT H M INISTRIES Pastors Andrew & Cathy R utherford W elcome you to worship with us: S unday 10:30am S unday N ight Prayer 6pm W ednesday 7pm www.familylifechurch.net 323 R eid Ave ~ Downtown Port S t. Joe, F L ~ 850-229-5433 Deborah Tuttle Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET First Baptist Church 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm Wednesday Night Supper .......................... 5:30 pm Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ........... 6:30 pm www.fbcpsj.org Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities www.fbcpsj.org Jeff Pinder Pastor Sunday Sunday School ............. 9:00 am Worship Service ............ 10:30 am Youth Groups ............... 5:30 pm New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church Sunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Wednesday Wednesday Night Supper .............. 5:00 6:15 pm ............................ 5:45 6:10 pm Nursery ........................................ 6:00 7:30 pm ....................................... 6:15 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry ........... 6:15 7:30 pm The Unshakable Truth Journey ..... 6:15 7:30 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal ........ 6:30 7:30 pm Prayer Meeting ........................... 6:30 7:30 pm Praise Band ............................. 7:30 9:00 pm (Rehearsal in Sanctuary) SUNDAY : WOR S HIP AT SUN S ET P ARK 8 AM 11 AM ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BI B LE CLA SS 9:30 AM SATURDAY : COFFEE T IME 8 11 AM M ONDAY : L IFE T REE CAF 7 PM 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 890.1424 www.livingwateratthebeach.com COMFORTER FUNERAL HOME W. P. Rocky Comforter L.F.D. (850) 227-1818 Thursday, April 12, 2012 This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week. 1933-2012 Marie Bennett, 78, was born on August 16, 1933 in Caryville, Florida to the late Joshua and Belleann Davis. She passed away on Monday morning, April 9, 2012 at the Bridge at Bay St. Joe Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Sammie Manning and James Bennett, seven sisters and four brothers. She is survived by her children, Elder Chester Davis (Freddie Mae), Johnese Exum, Marcus Manning, Darius Chambers (Antoinette), Lynn Driesbach (Raymond), all of Port St. Joe, Sabrina Johnson of Panama City, Florida and Lenny Wilson (Beverly) of Atlanta, GA; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 14, 2012 at the Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church on Avenue D in Port St. Joe. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 15, 2012 at Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church. Russell Wright, Sr. Mortuary 1547 Lisenby Avenue Panama City, Florida 850-640-2077 Marie Meme Bennett MARIE BENNETT Rena deRochemont, 63, of Gainesville, FL, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville ending a courageous nine year battle with melanoma. She was born on November 2, 1948 in Milledgeville, GA and graduated from Port St. Joe (FL) High School in 1966. Rena enjoyed living in the Gainesville area since 1974 and it was here that she met her soul mate, Bob, at National Vacuum in 1987. Rena was later employed at National Vacuum where she had many responsibilities. Rena was a beautiful, charming individual who truly celebrated life. She had a fantastic sense of humor that remained with her until the end. She was a loving wife, mother, and a great friend to everyone who was lucky enough to have met her. She was passionate about photography and scrapbooking, but loved nothing more than spending time with her husband, her family, and especially her grandchildren. She also loved riding her bicycle, motorcycle, and working out. Rena is survived by her husband, Bob deRochemont, her three daughters: Wendy Wynn Roberson, Amy Wynn Driggers husband Stacey, Jenny Wynn Simmons husband Aaron, and son Ted Wynn; her grandchildren: Jered, Jesse and Travis Roberson, Jordan Heath, Jillian and Jenna Driggers, Hunter Simmons, and Rob deRochemont. She is also survived by two sisters: Jolene Henley and Kay Lovett husband Denny. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 15 at Milam Funeral Home, with a visitation one hour prior. Arrangements under the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. Rena DeRochemont RENA D e ROCHEMONT Murdic Harcus, age 80, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday April 5, 2012 at his home in White City with his family gathered around him. He retired from AlliedGeneral Chemical in Port St. Joe in 1997. Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years, Evelyn; one daughter, Elwanda Hammond; two sons, Donnie and wife Donna, and Dennis; five grandchildren, Leanna Roberts, Michael Hammond, Donald Wade, Jeremy Harcus and Heather Henderson; five great-grandchildren, Gauge Combs, Emily and Kayla Roberts, Andrew Harcus and Lilly Henderson; one sister, Maurice Padgett; and one brother, Malvin Harcus and wife Vera. The family received friends on Sunday, April 8 at White City Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Monday, April 9 at the church and interment followed at Buckhorn Cemetery in Wewahitchka, Fla. Murdic Harcus Tranum H. McLemore, 35, of Bristol, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was a native of Wewahitchka. Tranum was born February 21, 1977 in Panama City to Klenton and Penny McLemore. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tranum enjoyed hunting, shing, and baseball. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1996 and Florida State University in 2001. Tranum was a Physical Ed Teacher for Blountstown Middle School where he coached football, basketball, and baseball. He took great pride in impacting the young lives of those he taught and wanted to make a difference. Tranum was a loving husband and father. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas Howell McDaniel; brother Sterling McLemore. Tranum is survived by his wife, Winter McLemore, three beautiful daughters: Autumn, AubriAna, and Aubrynn. He is also survived by his father, Klenton McLemore and mother Penny McLemore (Charles Mayhann), his brothers: Robert Knowles, Lee, Will, Davis, Klenton, Mitchell, and Scott McLemore; grandmother, Minnie Ola Pridgeon McDaniel; and numerous family members. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. CST, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka with Pastor Jeremy Pridgeon of ciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to service. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Family Funeral Home 507 Tenth Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Tranum H. McLemore TRANUM H. M c LEMORE Mrs. Janet Bueno Tuthill, 87, of Port St. Joe, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at a local hospital. Janet Bueno Tuthill, professionally known as Delora Bueno, was born in Iowa. Her family moved to Brazil when Delora was young, and she was raised there until she was 19. In 1944, she enrolled in the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City where she earned a degree in Voice and Piano. In 1950, she married Samuel Taylor Tuthill, and had two daughters, Sylvia and Sandra. From then on, she had a prominent career as a stage singer, musical entertainer, and teacher, both in the United States and Brazil. Delora paved numerous different ventures such as being the musical star for the Cherry Blossom Festival in 1951 in Washington, D.C., sharing the stage with Paul Whiteman, and the Chiquita Banana spokesperson in New York City. In 2006, she moved back to the United States and continued to entertain at the Beacon Hill Retirement Center. She will always be remembered for her love for music, and her willingness to give pleasure to others through her musical talent. Mrs. Tuthill is survived by her two daughters: Sylvia B. TuthillAguirre and husband David of Port St. Joe and Sandra B. Tuthill Stanicia and husband Sergio of Sao Paulo, Brazil; three grandchildren: Alessandra Muniz, Gustavo Muniz, and Sergio Stanicia; three greatgrandchildren: Daphne Baptista, Tallis Assi, and Gracie Muniz; and step-grandson, Michael Aguirre. Memorial service will be at a later date. Southerland Family Funeral Home 507 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Mrs. Janet Bueno Tuthill JANET BUENO TUTHILL Obituaries Find more news at Page B5

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Some years ago, Port St. Joe had a Federated Womans Club. Its organizer? Our devoted civic leader. Edna Patton once served as president of the Womans Club, president of the Missionary Society, and adequately cared for the school teachers who boarded at her house all at the same time. This individual with such varied interest and limitless energy was one of the founders of the Port St. Joe Parent Teachers Association, and helped to ably lead it during its tottering, formative years. She loved children and they loved her. She tells them nature stories, showed them birds in her yard, odd natural shrubs and owers. Of course she worked for better schools and happier children. Mrs. Edna was a Charter member of the Garden Club and ardently worked in any capacity to bring more beauty to our city. Not only did she work in organizations, worked to landscape such grounds as the grammar school, high school, original hospital grounds and many other public grounds, as well as yards of her friends. But her work was not only mental she labored physically. She dug, planted, watered these original hospital grounds and after the third successive day Dr. Ward told her he had a hospital room reserved for her and expected her as a patient by nightfall. She smiled, cheerfully worked on and helped nish the job while many of the younger women groaningly went home, completely exhausted. Yes, she was a hard worker, a powerful organizer, she was a gentle, petite lady, she knew how to handle people, she could pour oil on troubled waters. She could be a slave at 2 p.m. and a queen at 9 p.m. In fact, at the May Day Festival in the 30s she was queen and indeed she was both poised and pretty. To our town she has contributed loving Christian leadership, able civic organization, and added lasting beauty with the trees shes planted, the plans shes made, the owers shes left blooming. The City Commission of Port St. Joe unanimously passed Resolution No. 320 on Aug. 15, 1961, to name a park Patton Park in honor of Mrs. Edna Patton, whose life in Port St. Joe proved that she believes a thing of beauty is a joy forever. That my friends is living Christianity. Last week after our rst story came out I got several calls about the Patton story. One call was from the grandson of Ned Patton, which would make him the great-grandson of George Patton. In our phone call the caller told me that Mr. Ned has passed away in Jacksonville, Fl., just the month before (Feb. 2012) which would make him at the age of 100/101. I wish I had written this story just a little earlier. Thank you caller for your interest in our story, if you read this one please call me AGAIN, I did not get your name or number, and I am so sorry that I was very busy with customers when you called. Local B6 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 Trades & Services 227-7847 GET YOUR AD IN C A LL T ODAY! 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Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction INCOME bobgilbert54@gmail.com AND GANG MEMBERS: Fuel, Batteries, Antifreeze, Lead, Arsenic, Silver, Cleaners, Fluorescent Lamps, Mercury Containing Devices, Pesticides, Herbicides, Home Computers, Printers, Scanners, (and other pollutants). Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days April 28 Gulf County Courthouse 9 AM 12 PM Eastern Time Put Hazardous Waste in its place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful! PUBLIC NOTICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ET, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: 1. Variance Application Allen & Gay Worley Parcel ID #03756-005R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -5.9 encroachment into the 25 road setback for DEP CCCL permitting. 2. Review and Discussion of Proposed Gulf County Sign Ordinance 3. Public and Open Discussion 4. Staff Reports LDR Comment and Discussion on current proposed amendments 5. PDRB Sunshine Law Training to follow the conclusion of the PDRB noticed Meeting The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312. (2012-24) TRIBUTE from page B1 The Port St. Joe City Commission resolution creating Patton Park in honor of Edna Patton and family RESOLUTION NO. 320 WHEREAS, the family of George A. Patton were among the earlier settlers in the area of Port St. Joe and contributed to the early development of said city; and WHEREAS, Mrs. George A. Patton contributed of her energies and talents in garden and other organizations interested in the aesthetic beauti cation of the city; and WHEREAS, the City Commission of the city of Port St. Joe deems it tting and proper to honor Mrs. George A. Patton and her family by designating and naming the park adjacent to the Municipal Hospital as PATTON PARK NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE. FLORIDA: That the Park adjacent to the Municipal Hospital of the City of Port St. Joe, be, and it is hereby designated and named PATTON PARK, and hereafter shall be known by such name. That appropriate signs be erected to accomplish the above purpose. That a certi ed copy of this resolution be furnished to Mrs. George A. Patton. PASSED and ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, held at the City Hall on August 15, 1961. SEAL: J.L. Sharit, MAYOR COMMISSIONER ATTEST : R.W. Henderson CITY CLERK

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, April 12, 2012 The Star | B7 86257S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plymouth Park Tax Services, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 959 Application No. 2012 -04 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 R.E. No. 03801-053R Description of Property:A parcel of land lying and being in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCING at the Southeast Corner of Lot 5, Block “B” Integras Rehabilitation Phase II, a Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 2, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida (Point also being on the North Right of Way Line of Kaelyn Lane, as recorded in Official Records Book 287, Page 918, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida) and run thence North 89 Degrees 48 Minutes 25 Seconds East, along said North Right of Way Line, for a distance of 324.53 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds West, along the West Right of Way Line of said Kaelyn Lane, for a distance of 85.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence leaving said West Right of Way Line, run South 89 Degrees 48 Minutes 25 Seconds West, for a distance of 237.00 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds West, for a distance of 156.89 feet; thence North 18 Degrees 11 Minutes 20 Seconds East, for a distance of 28.00 feet; thence North 09 Degrees 13 Minutes 48 Seconds East, for a distance of 58.42 feet; thence North 70 Degrees 25 Minutes 07 Seconds East, for a distance of 42.04 feet; thence North 23 Degrees 02 Minutes 43 Seconds East, for a distance of 42.69 feet; thence North 76 Degrees 09 Minutes 48 Seconds East, for a distance of 53.61 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 22 Minutes 04 Seconds East, for a distance of 58.06 feet; thence North 87 Degrees 36 Minutes 25 Seconds East, for a distance of 47.42 feet; thence South 65 Degrees 00 Minutes 23 Seconds East, for a distance of 33.09 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds East, for a distance of 43.26 feet to a point on the aforesaid Right of Way Line of Kaelyn Lane; point being on a non tangent curve, concave to the East, thence Southerly along said Right of Way Line and Curve, with a radius of 50.00 feet, through a central angle of 168 Degrees 27 Minutes 47 Seconds, for an arc distance of 147.01 feet (Chord of said Arc being South 05 Degrees 34 Minutes 32 Seconds West, 99.49 feet); thence South 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds East, along the West Right of Way Line of said Kaelyn Lane, for a distance of 192.32 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 1.569 acres, more or less. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION AS RECORDED IN O. R. BOOK 516, PAGE 957, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA). Name in which assessed: Integras Therapy & Wellness Ctrs, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 25th day ofApril, 2012. Dated this 20th day of March, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 22, 29, April, 5, 12, 2012 86616 PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe has been asked to consider approving a Lot Split Application from Applicant: John Timmons, Property Owner: George Boyer. Parcel # 04649-000R consists of lots 20, 22 & 24, Block 3 Unit 1. Please contact City Hall at (850)229-8261 with questions or concerns on or before 4/27/12. April 12, 19, 2012 86570S IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION CASE NO.: 5:11-cv-00341-RS-GRJ CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GARY L. SMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under and by virtue of the Final Judgment of Foreclosure rendered in the above-styled case on March 22, 2012, in the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Florida, in favor of the Plaintiff, the undersigned, appointed in that certain Order Appointing Special Master rendered March 30, 2012, will on the 11th day of May, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest bidder, the following described property, situated, lying and being in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lots 2 and 20, Block 9 of YON’S ADDITION TO BEACON HILL, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 45, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property All rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, crops, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to crop producers, and all existing and future improvements, structure, fixtures and replacements that may now, or at anytime in the future, be part of the real property described above. All water wells, water, ditches, reservoirs, reservoir sites and dams located on the real estate and all riparian and water rights associated with the property, however established. For additional information concerning the above property contact: STEPHEN A. PITRE, ESQUIRE, Post Office Box 13010, Pensacola, Florida 32591-3010 or (850) 434-9200. All sales are subject to confirmation of the court. Method of payment is by postal money order or certified check made payable to Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Escrow Account. Ten (10) Percent of High/Acceptable bid in certified check or cashier’s check will be accepted with the balance due within 48 hours. No cash will be accepted. 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 with the Clerk of the Court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Post Office Box 1956, Panama City, FL 32402 or (850) 769-7040 not later than seven days prior to the sale to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. DATED this 4th day of April 2012. SPECIAL MASTER: JEFFREY P. WHITTON, Esquire Florida Bar No. 329509 565 Harrison Ave. Post Office Box 1956 Panama City, FL 32402 Email: whittonpc@ comcast.net Phone: 850-769-7040 Fax 850-769-3014 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2012 86604S REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS Pursuant to Sections 1013.45 (1) c, 255.103 and 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of Florida’s Consultants’ Competitive Negotiations Act, and the State Requirements for Educational Facilities 1999, the School Board of Gulf County will consider contracting with a Construction Manager to provide professional services for: Port St. Joe Elementary School Additions and Renovations Port St. Joe High School Renovations The scope of work will include pre-construction and construction services for the project. Business entities interested in providing Construction Management at Risk services to the Gulf County School Board are hereby notified that eight (8) copies of qualification statements for providing the required services must be delivered by 2:00 P.M., local time, April 27, 2012 to the reception desk of the Gulf County School Board. It is the sole responsibility of the respondents to assure delivery to the appropriate party. The owner cannot accept responsibility for incorrect delivery, regardless of reason. No submittals will be accepted after the time stipulated above. Qualifications submittal will not be accepted via facsimile. To request a copy of the Instructions for Proposers, and in order to receive notice of supplemental information, responses, addenda, or clarification(s) regarding the RFQ, firms must register via E-mail to glayfield@gulf. k12.fl.us or via facsimile letter to (850) 229-8371. Only firms formally registered per above will be notified. A pre-submittal meeting will be held to review the requirements of the Request for Qualifications and Proposals at 1:00 P.M., local time, at Gulf County School Board meeting room on April 13, 2012. A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not submit a bid on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity, may not submit a bid on a contract with a public entity for the construction or repair of a public building or public work, may not submit bids on leases of real property to a public entity, may not be awarded or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of the threshold amount provided in Section 287.017, for CATEGORY TWO for a period of 36 months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list. Contractors are subject to the provisions of the Jessica Lunsford Act (F.S. 1012.465) – Background Screening Requirements for Certain Non-Instructional School District Employees and Contractors. Non-instructional school district employees or contractual personnel who are permitted access on school grounds when students are present, who have direct contact with students, or who have access to or control of school funds must meet Level 2 screening requirements as described in S. 1012.32. Contractual personnel shall include any vendor, individual, or entity under contract with a school or the School Board. The Gulf County School Board reserves the right to waive any informality in the selection process and to reject any or all Statements of Qualifications. April 12, 2012 86622S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through April 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services. The preferred Company will be knowledgeable in local and state governmental regulations, Dell Hardware, MUNIS Software, VMware Esxi 3 & 4, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Terminal Server 2008 R2, Linux Enterprises 5, Postfix & Dovecot Mail Server, Enterasys Expedition series routers, Layer 3 managed network switching, CC Proxy internet proxy and certification in CJIS Security & Awareness Testing. Statements of proposals with an original signature and 3 copies should be submitted to: City of Port St. Joe 305 Cecil Costin Sr., Blvd Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 Bids must be clearly marked “RFP #2012-02 Information Technology Services.” The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. Questions regarding this solicitation or a more detailed description of the project may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 April 12, 19, 2012 86614S NOTICE OF SALE Under Florida State Law “Self-Service Storage Facility Act” 83.801.83.809, Gulf South Self Storage, located at 746 4th Street, Port St. Joe, FL will dispose of or sell to the highest bidder for cash the contents of the following units, No. 22 & No. 113. Items to be sold include miscellaneous florist supplies, tools and household goods. Time and date of sale will be April 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM, EDT. Contents may be redeemed by owners prior to sale for cash by contacting owner at Tel. No. 850-814-7400. April 12, 19, 2012 86767S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 580 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-07 R.E. No. 03083-400R Description of Property: Lot 40, Palm Breeze Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 46, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida Name in which assessed: Charlotte M. (Rouse) Seabrooks All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86709S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Gulf Group Properties, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1400 Application No. 2012 -03 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 06274-275R Description of Property:Lot 15, in Block C, according to the Plat of Treasure Bay, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 32, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Charles Sam Jones III and Kelly McCoy Jones All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 2nd day of May, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 2012 86765S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 510 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-06 R.E. No. 02684-038R Description of Property: Lot H, Sunnywood Estates Unit 2, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 17, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida, on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. (SAID LOT AS SHOWN NOT INCLUDED IN PLAT). Name in which assessed: Mary Ann Jamerson All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86769S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 244 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-05 R.E. No. 01517-033R Description of Property: COMMENCE at a St. Joe Paper Company Concrete Monument marking the Northeast Corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 3, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West along the North boundary line of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 3, 1149.76 feet to a found 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 6596 on the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street (a County maintained road having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence departing the North boundary line of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street, 204.49 feet to a found 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 0732; thence departing said Westerly right of way boundary line, North 85 Degrees 29 Minutes 00 Seconds West, 116.74 feet to a set 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556 for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 85 Degrees 29 Minutes 00 Seconds West, 180.00 feet to a found 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 0732; thence North 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds East, 115.00 feet to a set 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556; thence South 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds East, 180.37 feet to a set 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556; thence South 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds West 124.61 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A NON-EXCLUSIVE 20 FOOT WIDE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS OVER, UPON AND ACROSS THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: COMMENCE at a St. Joe Paper Company Concrete Monument marking the Northeast Comer of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 3, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West along the North boundary line of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 3,1149.76 feet to a found 1/2” diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 6596 on the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street (a County maintained road having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence departing the North boundary line of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street, 68.83 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING, continue South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along said Westerly right of way boundary line, 20.02 feet; thence departing said Westerly right of way boundary line, North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West, 114.93 feet; thence North 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds East 20.04 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds East, 114.58 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Vicki Carol Beatty All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86893S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1008 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-08 R.E. No. 03816-460R Description of Property: Lot 32, Magnolia Bluff Subdivision as per official plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 3, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Henry C. Clark All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86777S PUBLIC NOTICE Hwy 22 Storage 1249 Hwy 22, Wewahitchka, FL #00 Frank Sexton #48 Jason Lowery #96 Molly Griffen will be open for sale on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. if payments are not brought up to date. April 5, 12, 2012 86897S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 566 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-10 R.E. No. 03040-225R Description of Property: Lot 5, Heron Walk Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 31, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth E. Strange All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86895S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 144 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-09 R.E. No. 00796-000R Description of Property: Lot Six (6), Block Two (2),Corrective Replat Riverside Park Subdivision, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 38, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida. Lot 8, Block 2, Corrective Replat, Riverside Park Subdivision, according to Official file in the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court in Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth R. Goodell All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. Office furnishings, plus Couches, end tables, Lazy boys, conference tables and chairs, plus much more!!! Call: 850-653-2222 Port St Joe: 192 Griffin Ave, Off Lee Rd Money Bayou, Mile from Indian Pass Raw Bar, Saturday 4/14, 8am-??Must SeeDown to One Building! Antiques, several TVs (all working) DVRs, AC. Something for everyone!Text FL04986 to 56654

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B8| The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS The Key to Savings Start here in Classifieds. Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373 Retail / Of ce Space143 Acklins Island Drive-Cape San Blas+/1000sf; $10 psf mod gross; high visibility on Cape San Blas Road ; available May 1st212 Hwy 98-Town Centre Building1st, 2nd, 3rd oor suites avail; +/-1700-2250sf; $6.75-$8.75psf mod gross202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-491-5,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 219 Reid Avenue Of ce/Retail; +/-5400 sf; subdividable $7 psf mod gross (former Goodwill) 235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail;+/-800sf-1800;$14psfmod gross 407 Reid Avenue +/-905sf; move in ready; $14psf mod-grossWarehouse / Flex Space110 Trade Circle West +/2500-7500sf suites, 14ft roll-up doors, dock high loading; inquire for terms 2790 Hwy 98 +/5,640 sf : Of ce / Warehouse; $8 psf mod gross; Property also available for sale; Inquire for terms; 17 separate storage units availableFor Sale223 Monument Avenue Four city lots fronting Hwy 98; $375,000 407 Reid Avenue+/4988 sf: 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $349,500401 Reid Avenue+/5400 sf: Retail space; $165,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for termsLoggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 516 1st Street +/-11,400 sf of ce/warehouse : .09 acres; Four roll up and/or high clearance entryways; $395,000 320 Marina Drive Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for details Marina Cove Lots 12, 13, & 14; $375,000 PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing available235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail; +/-5,335sf multi-tenant bldg St. George Island; Also avail for lease; $399,000 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS3 BR 2BA, UNFURNISHED HOUSE Beautiful Bay View .........................................$800 2 BR MOBILE HOME UNFURNISHED Country, Private ..............................................$600 1 BR FURNISHED CONDO Nice, Includes Utilities.....................................$910 1 BR RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP 3 Night Minimum ..........................$105 Plus Daily 3 BR 1 BA, FURNISHED HOUSE Monthly Rate, Carrabelle ................................$850 1 BR 1BA, UNFURNISHED APT Lanark, Remodeled, Inc Water .......................$475 2 BR 1BA UNFURNISHED APT Lanark ............................................................$450 1 BR, SUN ROOM/DAY BED Furnished, Lanark, Inc Utilities ......................$650 OFFICE SPACE Hwy 98 Frontage, Carrabelle .....$550 Plus Utilities Price ReducedFSBO : 5.5 acres White City, Fl. Nice property, minutes to Intercoastal Water Way. Convenient to beaches, reasonable offers considered. Call 904-626-1482 Zone 3:1995 Cavalier 16x80’ Mobile home. 3 bed, 2 ba. $10,000 obo Call: 850-653-2222 M U L T I U N I T MULTI UNIT B U I L D I N G BUILDING Fully Occupied 5400 total sq ft Downtown Reid Ave$249,900 C a l l : Call: 8 5 0 5 2 7 2 5 6 0 850.527.2560 Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot -large yard. W/D incl $650/mo + dep. 301-265-5368 White City Clean 3/2 House!2 Blk from boat ramp, quiet, long term, $650 + Dep, Call 850-270-8757.Text FL03874 to 56564 Port St. Joe -Small Furnished 1br 1ba travel trailer on private lot, 2 blocks from the beach. $100/week or $350/mo. Includes utils. Small pet okay. Call 941-720-4941 White City3br, 2ba big decks, big yard two block from boat ramp $650/mo. 527-6822 ApalachicolaSouth Side. Historic House, totally renovated, bay breezes. Approx. 2800sf. $395,000 (850) 653-5853 For Sale or Trade $230,000 Lake Front home Toledo Bend Reservoir, Hamphill, Texas 3br, 2ba, 1 acre, boathouse, dock, pavilion, Call 409-579-1107 Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For Rent Duplex2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, Large Kitchen & Family Room, Elevator, Swimming Pool, Game Room, T.V., Ice Machine, Laundry Room. Fully Furnished, includes Elec Power & Water, garbage pickup. $1,100 month. + $300 dep. Location: C30 2 mi East pass Raw Bar on left. 770-639-6203 Logistics/TransportNow HiringCaptains and MatesRetail help needed. Commission based, flexible schedule, part time. Shipwright Wood Boat builder with experience. Call (850) 274-1321 or send email augusta.west@ammfl.org. Web ID#: 34201917 Choice Commercial Space coming available on Reid Ave. Corner of 3rd, adjacent to Mulberry Square. Currently successful pet store. Call Patrick 850-527-6090 or Randy 251-978-2538 HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIESAccepting Applications *Full-time reservationist w/great benefits. *Part-time seasonal housecleaning inspectors. Both positions require weekend work. Apply in person 9-5 weekdays at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr, St. George Island Medical/HealthWeems MemorialIs now hiring for the following positions: Dietary Aide EMT Med Tech Lab Tech RN Applications are available at:www weemsmemorial.com &may be submitted to Ginny Griner, WMH HR Director, ggriner@ weemsmemorial.com By mail to: PO Box 580, Apalachicola, FL 32320, or FAXED to(850)-653-1879 Web ID 34203836 Medical/HealthCaring Peopleand CNAs needed. Join a team of people who make a difference in the lives of the elderly. Provide non medical companionship, in home help & personal care for the elderly. Must be flexible. PT leading to FT-positions available in Apalachicola, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe areas.Home Instead Senior CareCall Mon-Thur 9-3pm 850-640-1223 or toll free 1-866-301-1919 Web ID#: 34204310 Text FL04310 to 56654 Spot Advertising works! Find the right person for your job today at emeraldcoastjobs.com Director, Gulf-Franklin Campus(Port St. Joe) Through strong leadership, oversee the operations of the Gulf-Franklin Campus and work with college o ces & the community to coordinate program and course o erings along with student services. Quali cations: Masters degree required; experience in higher education or educational administration desirable. Salary range starts at $50k/year, based on degree and experience. Apply by 4/27/12. Reporter/VideographerTo report college news and events such as a network a liate news reporter does; serve as the anchor, reporter & producer for college shows and news broadcasts; develop & script interesting news stories & human interest segments. Quali cations: HS diploma/equivalent & 1 yr. exp. in ENG/videography/editing, more requirements online. Range starts at $9.71/hour. Previous applicants are still considered and dont need to reapply.Apply by 4/27/12.Women & minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application (must be completed) & additional info:www.gulfcoast.edu/hr GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer. GCSC Equity O cer 850.872.3866 JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions: Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operator, Waste Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Positions will close on March 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. North Florida Child Development, Inc.is seekingTeachers/Substitutes for our 0-5 year old classrooms at our Gulf County Centers Prefer a minimum of a CDA (FCCPC) Pickup Applications at the Center Or send resumes to smcgill@ oridachildren.orgDFWP/M-F/7-5/EOESouth Gulf County 153 Red sh Street Port St. Joe, FL Terri Bird, Center Manager (850) 229-6415 North Gulf County 131 West River Road Wewahitchka, FL Jana Miller, Center Manager (850) 639-6520 Fry Cook, Counter Help & Ice Cream Scoopers NeededAPPLY: Steamers Hot Dogs112 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, FL g Logistics/TransportDriver WantedGulf County ARC & Transportation is accepting applications for a part-time driver. Hours vary depending upon need. Must possess a valid driver’s license and be capable of lifting. Applicants must pass a physical, drug test, and background screening before hire. Applications may be picked up at our office at 122 Water Plant Road, Port St. Joe, Florida. Closing date for receiving applications will be April 20, 2012, 4:00 EST. Please call 229-6550 for more information. Gulf County ARC & Transportation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a Drug-Free workplace. Web ID#: 34204707 Business/MgmtDeputy DirectorThe Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity, is seeking a Part-Time Deputy Director. Details at www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org/deputy_director0.aspx. Web ID#: 34204232 Text FL04232 to 56654 Food Svs/HospitalityThe Water Street HotelFull Service Cook. Apply at Water Street Hotel 329 Water Street, Apalachicola Food Svs/HospitalityThe Water Street HotelIs recruiting hospitality minded people in key positions. Applicants should be well groomed, pleasant, computer savvy, willing to work a variety of shifts and positions, and be drug free. Resume’s may be submitted to or applications obtained from the Hotel front desk. Competitive wages. EOE. 329 water street, Apalachicola Bldg Const/TradesJOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifications. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Web ID#: 34204960 Mexcio Beach 408 California Dr.Sat. April 14th 8am -12pmMoving SaleFurniture, movies, and to much to list. Text FL04728 to 56654 Port St. Joe -1007 10th Street, April 13th and 14th, 10 am to 3 pmFace Thrift Hut Tent SaleText FL04344 to 56654 Sweatmore Strawberry RanchOPEN MAR 22nd 8AM Weather Permitting Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sunday 8am-5pm 850-722-4819



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Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 Opinion .......................................A4-A5Letters to the Editor ...................A5Outdoors .....................................A8 Sports...........................................A9School News ................................B3Faith .............................................B5 Obituaries ....................................B5Classi eds ....................................B7-B8TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR YEAR 74, NUMBER 26Records: TDC overhaul a work in progressBy VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners has taken one step forward and two steps back with the Gulf County Tourism Development Council. In the past few months, the board has wiped the slate clean for the TDC in the hopes of cultivating an agency that follows procedures and reports to the BOCC regularly. However, public records, including emails, MOUs, contracts and nance records reviewed by The Star, show the TDC still oundering with organizational issues and unpaid invoices and operating with no strategy or guidelines during a transitional period. After the termination of executive director Tim Kerigan in mid-February, the TDC entered the areas peak tourism season with no director, an event planner seen by TDC staff as unreliable and a halted marketing plan. Although an interim director began work for the TDC in late February, the contract was terminated about one month later. Interim director Gail Alsobrook was let go March 28, and the executive director position will remain vacant for an undetermined amount of time, according to County Administrator Don Butler. While in the midst of developing an application process for TDC sponsorships, outlining a six-month operational plan and helping to revamp internal policies and procedures, Alsobrook received a letter of termination citing the countys decision to move toward the next phase of administration. However, Butler said the job search for a new TDC executive director is open and will remain open until the county nds someone it is comfortable with. Butler said Alsobrook was let go because the county could not afford to pay her $50 an hour parttime salary, although the directors position, when lled, will pay anywhere from $45,000 to $80,000 a year. She didnt get red; she came Kenny Peak announces for BOCC District 1Special to The StarKenny Peak announced this week that he is a candidate for the Board of County Commissioners in District 1. Peak will run as a Republican. I am a lifelong resident of Gulf County, Peak said. I am a taxpayer and property owner and a business owner. As the owner/operator of Carpet Country for 27 years, Peak said he has experience handling business and money, and I have learned to work with people. He said he also believes being a taxpaying property owner should be a quali cation for Bidwell running for school superintendentSpecial to The StarJay Bidwell this week announced his candidacy for Gulf County superintendent of schools. Bidwell, a lifelong resident of Gulf County, is the son of retired Gulf County educators David and Betty Bidwell of Wewahitchka. His wife, April, is a fth-grade teacher at Wewahitchka Elementary School. April and Jay have three sons, Andrew, who graduated from Wewahitchka High in 2011, and who now attends Gulf Coast State College, Jakob and Jonah, who attend county schools.McCroan eyes seat on PSJ CommissionSpecial to The StarPhil McCroan announced this week his candidacy for the of ce of Port St. Joe City Commissioner Group Three. McCroan was born and raised in Port St. Joe, where he resides. He is a 1985 graduate of Port St. Joe High School. McCroan attended Gulf Coast Community College and Haney Vo-Tech. He has been married to the former Karen Barnes for the past 27 years. They have two sons, Justin McCroan and KENNY PEAK JAY BIDWELL PHIL McCROANSee PEAK A2 See BIDWELL A7 See McCROAN A7 Neighbors help push Gulf Pines process forwardBy TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Neighbors of the old, decaying Gulf Pines Hospital site are ponying up some dollars to fuel the citys charge to bring the property to market. Residents of the neighborhood around the hospital have agreed to pay for an appraisal of the property which is necessary as part of application to the Internal Revenue Service to waive its tax lien against the property. The city has title of the property but is still in position to walk away if the price to clear, clean, plat and sell the two-plus acre parcel ultimately proves too steep and is attempting to negotiate a waiver of at least a portion of the existing federal tax obligation. However, for the IRS to consider such an application, the property must be appraised, city attorney Tom Gibson said. That appraisal, he added, would cost about $3,000. I have a group of citizens in the area around the hospital wiling to pay for that appraisal, said Commissioner Rex Buzzett, who lives across the street from the hospital and has been working diligently to eliminate the eyesore and safety hazard. They are willing to do that on the condition that they are THAT SINKING FEELINGBy VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarman vgarman@star .com If you sink it, they will come. Last week, members of the Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association set out to sea with the goal of luring more sh into the Gulf waters off Mexico Beach through the deployment of 18 new arti cial reefs. Members watched from their boats as the massive barge Marantha hauled 75 prefabricated reef module structures out to sea and plopped them over the edge of the ship one by one. The groups of basic concrete structures sitting at the Gulfs oor will soon transform into moving ecosystems of colorful marine life. MBARA member and avid diver Carol Cox knows once one sh moves in, the others follow. Cox observed a crab burrowing under an arti cial reef module last week within minutes of its deployment. Within days, brown scad begin to converge, Cox said, and within a month, the reef will develop growth and a house a variety of sh. Within four months, the reef will attract a huge variety of marine life including gag grouper, cobia and snapper. It only takes a few months, Cox said. That reef will probably be drawing cobia in no time at all its a very live area normally within a day the cigar minnows somehow nd it. Cox said it only takes ve years for an arti cial reef to develop fully. MBARA President Bob Cox MBARA DEPLOYS NEW ARTIFICIAL REEFS CAROL COX | Special to The StarMBARA President Bob Cox and FWC representatives John Dodrill and Bill Horn oversee reef deployments in the Gulf of Mexico last week. At top, the barge Marantha deploys a Florida limestone reef off Bell Shoals in the Gulf of Mexico on April 4. Photo by VALERIE GARMAN | The StarSee GULF PINES A2 See SINKING A6 See TDC A3 Hooper soars at aerial photography conference | B1

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Ace Hardware, Port St. JoeAppraisal Group of North Florida Big Fish Construction Boardwalk Realty of NW Florida, Inc Burke & Co. Bayside Florist and Gifts Bow Wow Beach Shop Centennial Bank Charles Costin Attorney at LawCoastal Realty Group Creative Visions Game on Hunting and Fishing Adventures Gulf Coast Real Estate Group High Cotton Affairs MainStay Suites Dr. Frank D. May Mize Plumbing Mel Magidson Attorney at Law Port Inn Portside Trading Co. Preble Rish Seahorse Water Safari Sarmiento Family Southern Vacation Rentals 98 Real Estate Group Ace Hardware, Apalachicola Bo Knows Pest Control Coastal Fitness and Wellness Center Dr. Campbell Emerson Heating and Cooling Farnsley and Johnson Gulf County Chiropractic Piggly Wiggly St. Joe Jumpin Beanz St. Joe Music Co. The Artery The Funky Mermaid The Fuss Boutique Woods Fisheries Carpet Country Alines Beauty Salon Baywash Beach Properties Real Estate BJ Mulherin Bluewater Outriggers Boondocks Restaurant Captain Andersons III Dockside Caf Emerald Coast Dance Studio Happy Ours Jeff Wood, Advocare Jim Norton, Superintendent Gulf County Schools Josephs Cottage Judi Rinehart Persnickety Phil Lanford Sisters Restaurant St. Joe Marina St. Joe Nursery St. Joseph Country Club Walter Green WonderWorks Kayla Dailey Cheryl Johnson Cindi Fernandez Coopers Hair Salon Debbie Burch Dena Sapp, Boxwood Fit as A Fittle Stephanie Bareld Gloria Thompson Sunset Coastal Grill Half Hitch Tackle Joe Mamas Katherine Player Kylie Skoda Lena Hunt Ramseys Sassy Nails Smileys Auto Detailing Steamers Hot Dogs Sue Ramsey The Patricks Triple Tails Seafood Cut n Up Red Top Caf Chuck and Haley Smith Designs by Doran Robert Whittle Hayden Newman Bob and Jana Rinehart Long Avenue Baptist Church First United Methodist Church PSJ Junior Service League Oak Grove Community ChurchSubway Hungry Howies Mc Donalds Faith Bible Church Faith Christian School is a direct ministry of Faith Bible Church. FCS serves Preschool through 8th Grade, as well as providing an Umbrella for home-schoolers.Thanks all Partners, Sponsors, Contributors and Friends. We sincerely appreciate your donations and support to Faith Christian School Annual Spaghetti Dinner and Auction. The Republican Primary season is in full swing with the national, state and local races taking shape. It is important that all Republicans register to vote, follow the development of each race, and vote in the August primary to put our best candidate forward. U.S. SENATEFormer Senator George LeMieux Representative Connie Mack IV U.S. HOUSE Congressman Steve Southerland is currently unopposed in the Republican Primary. We will prepare to support him in the general election. STATE REPRESENTATIVE Gulf County is now part of a newly redistricted District 7 with no incumbent. Several Republicans have STATE ATTORNEY Glenn Hess* Jim Appleman GULF COUNTY COMMISSION Races are setting up as follows: District 1Kenny Peak Dirk Sylvester District 3 Joanna Bryan District 5Commissioner Warren Yeager* Barbara Radcliff Presently, no other County race requires a primary selection process but we will keep you updated as the races develop. *Incumbent We must gain majority control of the U.S. Senate and we must retain majority control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Florida House of Representatives. Capital City Bank Building in Port St. Joe. See You There! Your Republican Membership Communication CommitteeMembership Communication Committee Joanna Bryan, Chairman JOANNA812000@yahoo.com Watch for our new website coming soon at www.gulfgop.com Its a great day to be a Republican! LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 NEW GARBAGE PICKUP SCHEDULEWaste Pro, the citys waste carrier, has changed its pickup schedule effective this week. Trucks will be in the area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with most city residents seeing new pickup days. Mondays Residents in WindMark Beach and from the Highland View Bridge to Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. (State Road 71), including all of North Port St. Joe, downtown Port St. Joe from Williams to Woodward Avenues, will have their residential garbage picked up. Be sure to have containers by the road prior to Monday morning. This will also include all commercial customers, except those having just one pickup per week. Those customers will be picked up on Wednesday. Wednesdays Residents between State Road 71 (Cecil G. Costin) and the Gulf/ Franklin Center, including Westcott, Hunter and Bellamy Circles, all of Ward Ridge, Madison Street, Heritage Lane, Cabell Drive, Allen Memorial and Gautier from Monument to U.S. 98, the old Gulf Pines Hospital area, Elm, Mimosa and Constitution to Twentieth Street. Please be sure to have containers by road prior to Wednesday morning. All one-day commercial pickups will also be Wednesday morning. Fridays The bulk of the south end of the city will be picked up. This includes residents between U.S. 98 and Woodward Avenue from Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. to Twenty-Second Street, including streets Six through Twenty-Second to Allen Memorial, Long Avenue to Allen Memorial, McClelland to Nineteenth Street, Palm Blvd., the alleys to Allen Memorial, Forest Park, Cypress Juniper to Twenty-Second, Monument Avenue, Yaupon Street and Sunset Circle. Be sure to have containers by the road before Friday morning. paid back, at no interest, when the rst lot is sold. The hope is that by negotiating a reduce obligation to the IRS, possibly eliminating the debt altogether, the numbers will align more closely between the cost of bringing the property to market and eventual sale of the property. I think it is a good move, Kennedy said of moving ahead the appraisal without public funds being expended. Its a move to proceed. Commissioners have been looking at a gap of $100,000-$200,000, but eliminating the IRS lien of $75,000 and seeking competitive bids on speci c pieces of the demolition and rehab of the property could render the sale a break-even proposition, at the least. Above all, commissioners are attempting to address a decrepit property that had issues, exterior and interior, before the state shut the hospital down more than seven years ago. The property, other than efforts such as the city recently tearing down the sign, has gone mostly unattended for several years. We need to get moving on that, Mayor Mel Magidson said. Weve been dealing with this for a long time.CDBG funding for water line replacementCommissioners held the rst of two mandated public hearings regarding an application for a $650,000 Community Development Block Grant to replace aging water pipes on the north end of Port St. Joe. The city is seeking the funds as part of its initial phase of replacing some 20 miles of aging pipe in the water distribution system. The north end of town was identi ed as the only area of town to which a CDBG would apply and the funding would supplement a loan/grant package from the State Revolving Fund for the rst phase. Bruce Ballister with the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, which coordinates the grant application, said he was 70 percent to completion of the required survey of residents in the designated area and the city would know later in the summer the prospects for winning the grant. The grant would help replace pipes along Avenues A, B, C, D and part of Avenue A, between Peters and Battle Streets. This is a good project, Ballister said. This would change the water quality for the residents in that area.Golf cart right-of-wayThe goal of creating crossings for golf carts across U.S. Highway 98 and State Highway 71 has hit a snag delivered by the Florida Department of Transportation. After FDOT staff visited the city concerning the proposal which aims to provide access to downtown for those driving street legal golf carts late last year and provided recommendations for crossing spots, the FDOT has informed the city it must undertake a traf c study to justify any crossing. Such a study would cost nearly $5,000, Anderson told commissioners and the city would have to undertake such a study for each crossing. In addition, Anderson said, no other similar crossing of a highway has been allowed in Florida. The only one currently under consideration is one at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, which would cross U.S. Highway 98. Commissioners, citing a lack of funds to pay for even one study, decided to table the issue until a resolution of the Pier Park application and consider options left in the aftermath.Lamar Faison FieldsSuperintendent of Schools Jim Norton has noti ed commissioners that the school district would be interested in exploring a lease or other arrangement for Lamar Faison Fields, which Port St. Joe High School uses as its soccer complex. Issues concerning the deed under which the St. Joe Company donated the land to the city would have to be addressed and commissioners said any deal would be contingent on maintaining public access to the complex. However, commissioners and Norton believe the district better able to handle maintenance of the elds, which are adjacent to Shark Stadium, and commissioners hope to realize a costsavings by transferring the responsibility to the district. We will move forward and try to come up with an agreement, Anderson said.City clerk positionCommissioners unanimously approved hiring interim city clerk Charlotte Pierce to the permanent position. Pierce was the recommendation from among more than 40 applicants of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, which reviewed the applications. The city clerk position opened when former clerk Jim Anderson was hired as the new city manager following the retirement earlier this year of Charlie Weston. holding a job such as county commissioner since the BOCC sets tax policy. Peak said his focus is on growth for the future of the county. We need new jobs. Our kids are moving off because we dont have places for them to work. We have to also shop at home. We need to keep existing businesses in business. We have to do something for existing businesses while we are bringing new businesses to the county, Peak said. Peak said he also troubled by the spending of the BOCC, wondering how the dollars commissioners brought in while the real estate market was bringing double-digit percentage increases to the tax base each year were spent. Services go down, but taxes go up, Peak said. What happened to all that money? How was it spent? This county is a jewel in the rough. We are not as far along as we should be. We went from boom to bust. What happened? Where did it go? We should be in a good position, but we are not. As a businessman, Peak said, he has had to make concessions to the rocky economy of the past few years. I havent seen the same changes in spending habits in the county, Peak said. The county, Peak said, remains divided north and south and that divide does not nurture growth or prospects for existing businesses. Peak knows the divide, he said, living in District 1 while operating a business in another district. This is all Gulf County, Peak said. That is my priority. Id like to close that gap. I want to promote all of Gulf County, north and south. Peak said he is a strong supporter of the shermen of the county, from those who ply the rivers, lakes and streams in the county to those who sh offshore to make a living for the families. Peak said he also supports term limits, believing two terms and eight years suf cient to get something done on the BOCC. After two terms and you havent done anything to make the county a better place, get out of the way and let someone else get in the saddle, Peak said. I believe in accountability. I consider myself a reputable businessman. There are certain ethics you go by. There ought to be accountability to what you do in elected of ce. Peak has been married 29 years to his wife, Cheryl. They have a son, Ken, and a daughter, Morgan. Ken is married to Melissa, and they have one daughter, McKenna. I want to be your County Commissioner from District 1, Peak said. I believe it is time for new leadership in this county. I think I offer proven leadership we havent seen. Peak can be reached at 227-7241. PEAK from page A1 GULF PINES from page A1

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LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, April 12, 2012 in and did her job, Butler said. She was a credible person that could do the work. Alsobrook signed an independent contractors agreement on March 1, taking over the general and administrative tasks of the TDC. The scope of work also included reviewing the TDCs nancial status based on a recent audit report, and sorting through paid and unpaid invoices, budgets, contracts and accounts. The contract was not signed by BOCC Chairman Bill Williams until March 20, eight days before Alsobrooks termination, public records show. Alsobrook was introduced as interim director at the BOCCs regular meeting Feb. 28, and Williams noted she would help bring public trust and direction to the recently-appointed TDC board. This is a very stressed period of time for the TDC and the county, Williams said at a Feb. 28 meeting. Its very important we brought someone in. Alsobrook also inherited oversight of TDC events, working with independent contractor Amber Davis of Statecraft LLC, the live-in girlfriend of Williams, on events such as St. Paddys Day by the Bay to which Alsobrook began immediately questioning the logistics. Email correspondence between Davis, Alsobrook and Butler regarding the St. Paddys Day event show Davis scrambling to secure additional funding and organize important features days before the event was scheduled. While the BOCC approved a $2,500 contract to hire the band FL-GA Line on Feb. 14 to perform at the St. Paddys Day event, Davis failed to disclose the additional $5,700 expense required for stage and lighting. Daviss request for the additional $5,700 was denied on March 9 after a meeting with Butler, Alsobrook, County Attorney Jeremy Novak and Commissioner and TDC board member Warren Yeager. Also denied was an additional $4,999 to hire a professional sand sculptor at the Sandcastles on St. Joseph event, which was eventually cancelled. Davis later submitted a $2,100 contract from a different sound, stage and lighting vendor, which was reviewed by Novak and approved by Butler. A letter from Davis to Butler on March 13, four days before the event, directed Butler to move an additional $1,507 from BP funds into the event budget. As required by the contract with FL-GA Line authorized by the BOCC on 2.8.12, sound lighting and stage equipment must be provided, Davis wrote. As adjustments have been made in order to make this event as successful as possible, it will be necessary for the TDC to move BP funds from the marketing line item and into the events line item. Davis also included a form for Butler to sign authorizing Kellee Novak, assistant TDC director and wife of the county attorney, to transfer funds. The $1,507 budget increase was approved. Davis also scrambled days before the event for approval to purchase more than $1,200 in Visa gift cards to award as cash prizes for the Best Butt on the Bay cook-off held at the Haughty Heron. Davis refused to use more than $1,300 in local merchandise gift cards left over from Statecrafts September scallop drop event and insisted on cash prizes because it had already been advertised. The goal for participation in the cook-off was 25, but only two local teams competed, and it is unclear how many gift cards were awarded. Davis promised to turn in signed af davits from those receiving prizes to the of ce of the Clerk of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of being selected for the multiple awards that we have received over the last 12 months; including voted most compassionate Dr. and Patients Choice Award. It is a great honor and we will continue to strive for the very best medical care for our patients.VINCENTIVERS, M.D.301TwentiethStreet Port St. Joe, FL 32456850-227-7070www.iversmd.com On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank all our loyal patients for the honor of On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to dbutler@coastalcoverage.com Locally owned and operated Home Business Auto Health Workers Comp Helping Clients Keep More Of What They Earn All Tax Services Financial Statements Outsourced Accounting QuickBooks IRS Problem Resolution Payroll Set-Up Business Formation Management Consulting Business Plans Retirement Planning202 Marina Drive, Suite 303 Port St. Joe, FL 32456(850) 229-1040 PH(850) 229-1050 FXkeith@keithjonescpa.com www.keithjonescpa.comMEMBER: AMERICAN AND FLORIDA INSTITUTES OF CPAS LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, April 12, 2012 TDC from page A1See TDC A10

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Thursday, April 12, 2012 OpinionA4 | The StarWhile waiting in line to pay for a bunch of tennis balls for my daughter, a little boy being held by his mother seemed to be in need of a game of peek-aboo. Ive never been one to turn such opportunities down. The line was slow, so we played for a little while. My teenage son was getting a little embarrassed. That made it even more fun. The little boy had to have been about 2 years old. I had never seen these folks before. As a matter of fact; I was a long way from home. The little fellow had blonde corn silk hair, a toothy grin and a wonderful laugh. After a while, his mother asked him, Who are you playing with? Out of nowhere, the little boy answered his mother, Ole Tractor Man. It caught me by surprise. They recognize me in the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, Fla., as the Tractor Guy, but this was another state and a 2-year-old. I told the little boys mother, I am the tractor man. I left the ole out. Then I asked her, How did he know that? The lady was confused, she said, He likes tractors. To that, I said, So do I. I let it go. The little boy seemed happy, I was happy, the lady was confused. Now I can honestly say, They know me in the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe, Fla., and daycares in Alabama. My travels in the next few days took me across farming elds in north Alabama in search of good barbecue. I found it at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant in Madison, Ala. They know the difference between inside and outside meat; they know how to cook it and they treat you well. The Old Greenbrier also has wonderful white sauce. The slaw at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant is vinegary, the way I like it. The hushpuppies arent that pretty, but they sure are good. After youre nished, you can get a self serve ice cream cone for a quarter. You cant beat that with a stick. In making my way to the restaurant, my children and I ran into a thunderstorm, which produced one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen a double rainbow. We didnt go crazy like that fellow Hungry Bear did a couple of years ago when he saw one. Hungry Bears video of a double rainbow went viral on the internet and landed him on a late night talk show. He got a little excited (he went berserk); it seemed to be a life changing event for him. My children and I just started screaming at each other and hanging out the windows of the car taking pictures. It was a great experience seeing my teenage children excited. As we continued to drive, we could see the end of the rainbow in a eld we were headed toward. There wasnt a pot of gold there but there was a tractor. That was cool and I have to say it it cranked my tractor. A couple of days earlier, I was recognized by a two year-old waiting in line at the sporting goods store to pay for tennis balls and now I had found a tractor at the end of the rainbow. To top it off, I got to eat great barbecue in a cinderblock building with straight back wooden chairs. This was the good stuff. What does it all mean? I found a place on the internet that said, Double Rainbows are considered symbolic of transformations in your life. The material world is represented by the rst rainbow while the second rainbow is the spiritual world. No, Im not into that. I understand that a double rainbow is created when the ray of sunlight bounces twice off the back interior surface of raindrops/moisture before re-emerging into the air and the second reection inverts the order of the colors. I can live with that explanation. All I know is that a double rainbow is pretty cool, theres a tractor at the end of my rainbow and that they serve good barbecue at the Old Greenbrier Restaurant. Oh, I also know that little boys like tractors and the women at the Piggly Wiggly in Port St. Joe know who I am. Life is as simple as you let it be. You can nd more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. That the Gulf County Tourist Development Council remains mired in dysfunction should be of little surprise. As highlighted by the front page story from Star Staff Writer Valerie Garman, the TDC remains a briar patch of conicts, inconsistent decisionmaking and laissez faire spending of hundreds of thousands of dollars. That the ousting of Tim Kerigan did not change the culture that county commissioners vehemently condemned in a series of meetings (public oggings) is no great shock, since the audit of TDC operations placed much of the problem in the Board of County Commissioners meeting room. But bed tax collectors, and taxpayers in general, are ill-served by having this chaos in the midst of tourist season, and an argument can be made that current BOCC actions could have ramications for the future. The problematic issue, in the longterm, could be the double standard by which contractors are being treated, and paid, by the county. And, it is important to make that distinction, because over the past two months the county administration, the BOCC in the lead, has taken charge of writing this yarn. Given the nearly complete control the BOCC is now exercising, one wonders what role the TDC board and an advisory council established to help bridge the gap between directors a gap widened when the interim director was recently terminated barely a month after being contracted even plays. The advisory council was certainly caught off guard by the interim directors abrupt termination since no members indicated they had any input on the decision. Secondly, with the BOCC now micro-managing, at least in theory, every aspect of TDC operations, particularly spending, whats the point of the board, expanded or not? But from this corner it would appear that the commissioners are setting up a pretty good lawsuit given the uneven yardsticks by which they are measuring the performance of contractors. Commissioners have spent the past few months combing through invoices from Kerigan Marketing and nding a host of reasons to deny billed services. There might be reasonable rationale for some denials, but others seem head-scratchers. Kerigan Marketing has had invoices rejected because they did not balance to the penny and the hoops the company has had to leap through in documenting services are ones not required of another independent contractor, Statecraft, LLC, the lead event coordinator for the TDC. Yes, Kerigan was working for most of a year with a contract that was not signed. There is also heartburn over who and how approval was offered for some of these services. Legitimate points, if they were applied to all contractors. But as the front page story highlights, Statecraft does not have a sterling record in those areas. Serious deciencies spotlighted in the audit a lack of adhering to county policies and procedures and expenditures rife with personal conict, have hardly disappeared just because Tim Kerigan walked the plank as scapegoat for the failures of he and others, including those up the food chain. With Statecraft, in contrast to Kerigan Marketing, there also appear to be no contracts, only Memorandums of Understanding. At least Kerigan Marketing can point to an actual contract. Where the blame lies for that contract not being signed and sealed seems beside the point now in light of the circumstances surrounding the TDC interim directors contract. That contract was entered into, according to BOCC minutes, in late February. However, the chairman of the BOCC did not sign the contract for nearly a month and did so only days before her job was terminated. There are a host of theories that might t what occurred given the conicted relationships involved, but at the bottom line, the county has treated Kerigan Marketing far differently than it has Statecraft. And by denying payment for services rendered and the interim director, during her brief tenure, assembled proper documentation on a host of services and forwarded them to the county where those invoices sit dormant while hinging payment on a double standard of documentation seems actionable. The BOCC, if and when that litigation comes, will be defended at taxpayer expense. The county should follow the recommendation of the interim director and pay invoices that can be properly documented and seek a settlement on disputed charges. Otherwise they are messing with a local business, and jobs, without legitimate reason, begging to be sued. A broader issue for bed tax collectors is what to make of the chaos that has enveloped the TDC for much of a year. This is an organization established under Florida law and funded by bed tax collectors with a stake in tourism. This is their TDC, tourists fund it. But commissioners have used the actions of a select few to paint the entire process with same brush and to assume the reins, during tourist season, instead of setting policy and ensuring TDC adherence, as the audit cried out for. This entire episode is little more than the 2010 BP disaster spillage. Then, commissioners went to work or secured work for relatives with BP at outrageous salaries after threatening, and then retreating, a lawsuit against the oil giant. While some lost their livelihood or had claims ignored, commissioners recouped tens of thousands of dollars for travel and other commission expenses while collecting hefty paychecks working full-time for BP. Now, with conicted personal relationships at the nexus for irrationality surrounding the TDC, with thousands of dollars in the mix, commissioners seem just as tone deaf to perceptions. What the oil spill revealed two years ago remains, unfortunately, a painful reality two years later the line between public and personal service is too easily blurred.Miss Velna Gray would roll over Keyboard KLATTERINGSDouble rainbows and tractorsLack of conict resolution TiIM CrROFtTStar news editor The fun part about this story writing business is you dont always have to know what you are doing or be an authority on every subject (or any subject for that matter), be original with each premise, or even have a story for goodness sakes! Sometimes you can just take off and see where you land. Todays effort is just such the case. I thought the Supreme Court was the highest court in the land. I have believed since junior high that they were equal with the other two branches of our central government. Miss Velna Gray Paschall taught very carefully that they were appointed for life so there would be no political pull on them whatsoever. They did not have to fear for their jobs. They did not have to look over their shoulders or answer to anybody in congress, the Continental Army, any delegation from France, China or the United Arab Emirates. They most especially, according to Miss Velna Gray, didnt have to cater to any United States President, living or dead even the one that appointed them. They were set apart as an independent entity so they could be well, independent! They were assumed to be smart. And well versed in the law. They were set up to be a check and balance on the other branches of government to see that those guys acted in the best interest of our country and that nobody overstepped the constitutional boundaries carefully laid out by our founding fathers. You talk about an important job! I dont think you had to be good looking to hold this ofce. Or belong to any country club or the PTA. Making headlines shouldnt be their main focus or getting themselves interviewed by Sixty Minutes. We dont need to know their wants, needs or favorite NFL team. It doesnt matter what state they hail from, the color of their skin, man or woman or whether they were raised Catholic, Presbyterian, Southern Baptist or foot stomping Good Will Holy Rollers. They can be short or tall, thick or thin. Heres what were looking for. They need to be dead level honest. And they need to be exactly as independent as the biggest, meanest and most ferocious lion in the pride. You would like the senior senator from your home state to be on the up and up. It would be nice if everyone we elected had our best interest at heart. An honest police chief would certainly be a benet to any community; so would the local newspaper editor. And wouldnt it be nice if your golf partner counted every stroke. But if we had to pick one place where we absolutely, positively had to have our most honest people, the U.S. Supreme Court ought to be at the head of the list. The problem Im having is the recent review by the Court over the correctness, legality, right or wrongness of the latest edition of the Health Care Bill. And for the purpose of this story I dont give a ddling rip about the Health Bill itself. This is way bigger than that! Even before the Court nished hearing the oral arguments and way before they sat down with nobody else in the room to vote on what they had heard and how they were leaning, the speculation was running rampant from CNN to David Letterman that the Republican appointed judges were going one way on the bill and the Democratic placed contingent was going the other way. Folks, that aint right. You cant tell me that they accidently voted straight party lines. If its true, that is about the most unindependent voting Ive ever heard tell of. And I feel a little short changed in the justice business. I have believed all my life that they stopped being Democrats or Republicans when they put those robes on. I dont mind a liberal view or a conservative show of hands. But that austere body that we trust with our nal decision should be above all of that. It is legal, or it is not legal! Is it fair or unfair! I cant believe those questions seem to always come down to a 5 to 4 vote. Something smells like that three day visitor Benjamin Franklin made famous. You can say I am a nave idiot. Or that it is way more complicated than Im making it out to be. But I ask you, is it nave or stupid to want, and expect, the system to work like it was intended? What is complicated about being honest? And I think that is all we want. Just be honest. Vote on the merits of each individual case, based solely on the MERITS of each individual case. You dont have to vote with me on every situation. Shucks, I dont know enough about jurisprudence, the Bill of Rights, unlawful search and seizure, the 14th Amendment or whether they can charge state sales tax on purchases made through eBay to render any verdicts. Thats why we are depending on them. Don Denkinger, the rst base umpire in the 1985 World Series, made possibly the worst call in the history of Major League Baseball. It unquestionably cost the St. Louis Cardinals the World Series. I was mad, upset, went half crazy, kicked my TV over, tore the paper off the walls, threw my chair out a window, but I did not then, or now, believe that he purposely made the wrong call. He didnt cheat. He didnt pull for one side or the other. He wasnt putting down the safe sign because he thought the commissioner of baseball would be pleased. It never crossed my mind that he was indeed, an American League umpire. He just missed that one close play. He got a blue jillion right in his career. Thats a pretty good record Id say. Im just thinking that a Supreme Court Justice ought to be at least on par with a major league umpire. Maybe our whole system would take on a new tone. Respectfully, Kes HUnkerNKER DOWnNKesley Colbert USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Rick Martin Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. JOE, FL 32457 WEEKLY PUBLISHING SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six monthsHome delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERSIn case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. Circulation:1-800-345-8688 CranksRANKS MY tra TRACtTOrRBN Heard

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By TOM NORDLIESpecial to The Star When nature lovers book vacations in the great outdoors, they want their dollars to help preserve the places they visit, and a University of Florida study suggests that often happens. Research in Costa Rica, one of the worlds top destinations for nature-based tourism, showed that successful tour businesses usually invested in environmental protection and maintenance, and tour businesses of all sizes circulated money throughout local economies. The ndings could help Floridas edgling naturebased tourism industry increase its appeal to potential customers, said author Taylor Stein, an associate professor with UFs Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. The study appears in the current issue of the journal Environmental Conservation. Letting customers know is the key, said Stein, of UFs School of Forest Resources and Conservation. If you think part of your market will appreciate your efforts to preserve the environment, tell them what youre doing. Though Florida is best known for tourist destinations that arent off the beaten path think theme parks, golf courses and beaches Stein says the Sunshine State is becoming more conservation-oriented nonetheless. It used to be that you didnt see hotels bragging about the fact that they dont wash the bath towels every day of your stay, he said. But now, its rare not to see these signs in most hotels. If that makes customers happier, the hotels will do it. Helping customers feel greener about their vacations was a key goal for larger businesses involved in the UF study, which surveyed tour operators and travel agencies in six parts of Costa Rica. The larger, more commercially successful operators indicated that they provided environmental education to visitors, supported conservation initiatives, recycled waste and used environmentally friendly equipment. Regardless of size, most of the businesses reported employing local residents, purchasing supplies locally and using local lodging. In Florida, naturebased tourism was the fastest-growing sector of the states tourism industry in the 1990s, and may still be. Stein said there hasnt been much de nitive research on the subject lately. But most Florida counties hope to market their natural attractions, he said. And at least one is working to position itself as a top destination for nature-based tourism. Thats Brevard County, located on the Atlantic coast and home to the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Sebastian Inlet State Park and several other notable attractions. Thats a pretty big deal for Florida, Stein said. Were not used to saying come to our forests, come to our springs. Stein authored the study with graduate student Lisa Seales. His latest project focuses on ways to market the Florida National Scenic Trail, which covers 1,400 miles from the westernmost part of the Panhandle to the southern tip of peninsular Florida. Tom Nordlie is a writer for the University of Florida News Desk.Nature-based tourism can bene t environmentThursday, April 12, 2012 Qualications: Expertise in: Now Accepting AppointmentsCall Toll Free 888-681-5864 For more info www.seclung.com Lung Disease SpecialistRob Garver, MDNow Seeing Patients in Port St. Joe NOW BCBS-FL IN-NETWORK PROVIDER Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star .comComments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for veri cation and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. SHARE YOUR OPINIONS LettersA5 | The StarTHOMAS WRIGHT | UF/IFAS Taylor Stein interviews a hiker on the Florida Trail. Look at the facts on CBRA; we want fair treatmentDear Editor: This letter is in response to last weeks opinion piece Southerland talk does not match actions by Jay Liles (Page A5, April 5 Star). Mr. Liles was given a lot of newspaper space to attack Steve Southerland and took one small issue and totally distorted it. I see that Mr. Liles is a political science major, and I see this over and over with politicians where they spout out one side of an issue to support their agenda. Mr. Liles wants to portray this issue as using the government to help the wealthy and people asking for special treatment. The issue is much bigger than that; it is more about fairness. I live on Cape San Blas, and I can tell you that most people that live and have property here are not wealthy. As for the argument that the people who live on Cape San Blas and Indian Pass want a special subsidy, that is false. The property owners at Cape San Blas and Indian Pass are not asking for a special subsidy, we only ask for fairness and to be treated like all other coastal areas across this country. Lets look at the facts. When the Coastal Barrier Resources Act was passed in 1983, it was supposed to apply to barrier islands that were not already development and was supposed to slow down or eliminate the development on those islands. However, there was already infrastructure in place, and subdivisions established in both areas, and it was a mistake to include these two areas in CRBA. St. George Island at the time was also supposed to be included in this law, but somehow was removed. Does Mr. Liles now propose to add St. George Island and remove FEMA funds from that island? Is he willing to remove FEMA funds from helping Panama City Beach and Destin? Mr. Liles, if this is about the wealthy, are you proposing to eliminate FEMA flood coverage for wealthy people who own property on the Atlantic Ocean, along the rivers of this country, on the Pacific Ocean? Again, we only want equal treatment, not special treatment. There are a lot of federal subsidies that need to be eliminated, but lets apply it across the board and for everyone. Lets not let politicians pick and choose the winners. I would suggest that if Mr. Liles wants to be our congressman that he should develop a sense of fairness and look at both sides of the argument, and I certainly do not see this in his writings. We finally have a congressman who listens to the people in his district, unlike our previous congressman who let Nancy Pelosi control him. We need more people like Steve Southerland and Col. Allen West in congress. We dont need to go backward now. As for me, I will continue to support Steve Southerland because I know that he is a man of principle and will do what is right for the people of our district. By the way, when I was growing up in the panhandle, my parents and grandparents were Democrats, and we used to have conservative Democrats. Can someone tell me what happened to the conservatives in the Democratic Party?Preston RussPort St. JoeThanks for making sh fry a successDear Editor: American Legion Post 116 would like to thank all of those who made our Good Friday Fish Fry a huge success. Special thanks to our members and friends for volunteering their time in preparation, cooking, serving and clean up. We are grateful for our contributors and all those in the community who came out to support this event. Their donations have made it possible for the Legion to contribute a scholarship to the Port St. Joe NJROTC and other worthwhile causes. We look forward to making this an annual event. American Legion Post 116Making Gulf County a competitive communityDear Editor: Ben Franklin said, If you think education is expensive, try ignorance. A collection of comments and reports in The Star during the past few weeks brought Ben Franklin to mind: The advocation of class warfare in Gulf County by Jay Liles. The inappropriate support for the CBRA-designation on Cape San Blas that violates the U.S. Rule of Law. The disintegrating water treatment plant in Port St. Joe. The lack of a review and public discussion of the lease arrangement between the St. Joe Company and Eastern Shipbuilding for the facilities at Port St. Joe. The shing rights controversy. The poor quality of GCSD (based on national standards) that is denying Gulf County graduates the option or opportunity to participate in the U.S. workforce of the 21st century. The problem is obvious. Gulf County is a rudderless ship. There is no strategic master plan for Gulf County. There is no effective political management process in Gulf County. In BOCCs defense, the BOCC is really a legislative body. Legislators represent their constituents. In a community as commercially diverse as Gulf County, that is a good plan. However, someone needs to represent the whole community. That is why the U.S. has a Congress (legislative) and a president (executive). The BOCC can adapt its own version of the U.S. political management model, while adopting a commercial ecosystem perspective for Gulf County. An ecosystem, in economic terms, is the sum of the commercial activities in a community that create the residents lifestyle, options and opportunities. Someone said that the economy of Florida depends on three things: tourism, the U.S. military and shing. Gulf County is getting the short end of the stick. Gulf County needs to nd its own shtick. Communities that recognize Socrates dictum The wise man knows what is good for his community is good for him prosper. A communitys economic prospects depend on the collaborative efforts among the communitys special interests. Gulf Countys special interests are now pursuing their own special interests without regard for how their interest affects the best interests of the community. The result: average annual household income in Gulf County is below average in Florida considerably below average in the U.S. That does not have to be! Gulf County is an almost perfect example of a community that could become commercially self-sustaining, while supporting the best residential lifestyle in Florida. Gulf County can do that by building a functioning commercial ecosystem. One solution to Gulf Countys lack of a functioning commercial ecosystem is for the BOCC to create a unifying executive position to balance the legislative perspectives of the BOCC. An effective executive could get the diverse interests in Gulf County to pull together to build a better tomorrow, rather than pulling their community apart as they are doing today. The executive position could be part-time for someone with big picture perspectives, who is from the construction or manufacturing industries or an ex-military of cer. A candidate from the corporate world should have attained an EVP or above position, had a discretionary budget and whose annual performance review was based on the comparative and competitive capabilities of his unit. A Gulf County executive should understand commercial ecosystems and be able guide the development of a Gulf County strategic master plan, while instigating appropriate MBO-based project management techniques into county operations. Gulf County has the right stuff to build a prosperous, self-sustaining, commercial ecosystem. Gulf County can create a prosperous community that is greater than the sum of its special interests. The time to start is now while there is still time for Gulf County to catch up. John Comer Creating Jobs In Florida Port St. Joe Letters to the EDITOR

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After graduating from Wewahitchka High in 1984, Bidwell attended Gulf Coast Community College, where he earned an associates degree. He then transferred to the University of West Florida in Pensacola, earning his bachelors degree in 1989. Later, Jay returned to graduate school at West Florida, nishing his masters degree in educational leadership in 2007. In the summer of that same year, Bidwell passed the Florida Educational Leadership Exam earning state certi cation in Educational Leadership. For the past 22 years, Bidwell has been a teacher at Wewahitchka High. During that time he has taught a number of subjects, including Spanish, English, mathematics, social studies and physical education. He also taught a variety of classes at the middle school level for several years. His peers voted Jay the Wewahitchka High Teacher of the Year in both the 2008 and 2010 school years. In addition to teaching, Bidwell has been the cross-country and track coach at Wewahitchka High for many of the past 22 years. His teams have won numerous district titles and in 1995 his cross-country team won the Florida 2A State Championship. Bidwell has been named both the Florida 2A Cross-Country Coach of the Year and the All Big Bend Cross-Country Coach of the Year. This past school year, Jay added the coaching duties for the varsity boys basketball team to his resume as well. Both Jay and April also are active in the Baptist Churchs Upward Basketball program, serving as referees and coaches. Operating a cost-effective system is a must during these tough economic times and Bidwell believes that his practical experience in the classroom and in the extra-curricular system will allow him to balance the school system budget without detrimental cuts to those elements which are essential to providing an excellent education for the students of Gulf County. I have been on the front lines of our educational system for many years, in both the academic and athletic domains, and it is this hands-on experience that will provide me the ability to make the correct nancial decisions for our students, for our taxpayers and for our entire educational system, Bidwell said. Jay is convinced that his involvement in the classroom over the past 22 years also provides him with the type of educational expertise needed in the next superintendent. Over the years, I have continually worked on developing my teaching skills. I have observed many great teachers and I feel that I have a strong grasp of what our system needs in a teacher. My greatest asset will be my commitment to recruiting and retaining great teachers for Gulf Countys schools. Also, I have the knowledge to lead our teachers to reach their full potential as instructors, Bidwell said. In addition, Bidwell says that improving teacher morale is a key for our schools. A teacher with high morale is a more productive instructor and as administrators it is our responsibility to ensure that employees want to come to work every day to give the maximum effort for our children. The bottom line is that our school leadership must make decisions designed to improve our schools, Bidwell said. April and I have two children in this educational system, so it is important to us, in a personal way, that our schools become the very best they can be. If elected, this is the standard to which I will hold myself, not only for my own children, but for all students in Gulf County. BIDWELL from page A1 McCROAN from page A1

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E-mail outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A By TOM McLAUGHLIN315-4435 | @TomMnwfdn tmclaughlin@nwfdailynews.com MILTON Gulf sturgeon have their own idea about where to spend a summer vacation. And it seems quite a few of the splendid sh, notorious for launching themselves like prehistoric missiles from the water, have developed a hankering for a place called Coopers Basin in the Blackwater River a few miles north of Milton. Coopers Basin is where U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists met Thursday with plans to interrupt the sturgeon party long enough to gather some much needed information. Sturgeon fact sheet. View a slideshow of the wildlife of cials in action. Assisted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the federal team arrived with the goal of pulling 20 sturgeon from the water to check them for possible exposure to oil or dispersants introduced into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil and dispersant covered a lot of what is considered important habitat for sturgeon, said project leader Glenn Constant. Sturgeon, which can be traced back 200 million years, are anadromous, meaning that they spend part of their lives in saltwater and another part in freshwater rivers. Gulf sturgeon, considered a threatened species, are known to frequent nine coastal rivers. Seven of those rivers run through Florida, including the Blackwater, Yellow, Choctawhatchee and Apalachicola in Northwest Florida. Coopers Basin in the Blackwater may hold the most cooperative sturgeon. Biologists Adam Kaeser, Catherine Phillips and Frank Parauka had rounded up 11 of the 20 sh they wanted to look at well before noon Thursday. Not every river is like this one, Kaeser said. This area has a holding area and that area is special. It holds over 100 sh at any one time. This is a small area with a lot of sh. Scientists are seeking to measure physiological indicators of potential injury, to sturgeon, including mortality estimates and behavioral changes of adult sturgeon, according to a news release outlining the project. Data collection started on the Blackwater and other rivers before the oil spill. Scientists collected sh as they migrated in the fall from the rivers to the Gulf and saltwater bays, tagged them and gathered information about them. That gave the scientists a baseline they are now working to esh out. The sh captured Thursday were tagged twice. They were photographed, had blood drawn for testing and had a small piece of n snipped off for genetic sampling. They were measured, weighed and then released. The biologists are particularly interested in nding sh that were tagged in the fall of 2010 and 2011, according to Karen Herrington with U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Those sh are valuable because they could have spent time in water affected by the oil spill since the last time they were studied. We go after our numbers (the 20 total catch) and then we target speci c sh, Herrington said. Tagged sh in the water can be located by using tracking devices. On Thursday, Herrington and Elsa Haubold with the FWC were able to get a bead on sturgeons numbered 46436, 45725 and 30565. Sturgeon No. 30565 was a beast when it was tagged in 2011. It was 6 feet long and weighed 37 kilograms, or 81 pounds. The sh tagged and tested Thursday were no slouches, either. One topped out at 80 pounds and all but one measured the requisite 52 inches to qualify for analysis. In addition to determining what impact the oil spill has had on the Gulf sturgeon and perhaps what BP should pay to mitigate damage the biologists hope other information will emerge. One item for study might be what brings so many sturgeon into the Blackwater River and, in particular, to Coopers Basin. People that live on the basin enjoy a show every summer, Kaeser said. Sturgeon are not believed to spawn in the Blackwater, and theyre certainly not there to eat. Sturgeon do not eat at all during their summer trips into freshwater, said the FWCs Haubold. She believes the sh may be attracted to the basins deep water or perhaps simply as a place to rest after a stressful six months in salt water. Everybody needs a summer vacation, Haubold said.Thursday, April 12, 2012 Corner of Marina Drive, Port St. Joe, FL(next to Piggly Wiggly)www.BWOsh.comYour Hunting Headquarters GARMIN ETREX VENTURE HC Corner of Marina Drive, (next to Piggly Wiggly) Your Hunting Headquarters Corner of Marina Drive, (next to Piggly Wiggly) REG $169.99 $109.99 (next to Piggly Wiggly) (next to Piggly Wiggly) Corner of Marina Drive, (next to Piggly Wiggly) $109.99 WOW!!LIMITED STOCK, NO RAIN CHECKS PLEASE!! GARMIN ETREX By LOIS SWOBODA653-1819 | @ApalachTimes lswoboda@star .com Numbers were down but there was added excitement at this years open house on St. Vincent Island. It was a lovely day for outdoor activity on Friday, March 30 when volunteers welcomed over 225 guests to the island. Shelley Stiaes, director of St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, said she believed the numbers were down a little from past years both because this years celebration was held on Friday instead of Saturday and because rocky weather was predicted for the afternoon. The storm held off until after the last visitor had left for the evening and brave souls who journeyed to St. Vincent were treated to a cool breeze that kept the insects at bay. There was music by perpetual favorite Cletis Heaps of Port St. Joe performing with Gerald Smith and John Miick and food courtesy of the Supporters of St. Vincent. As always, there were wagon tours of the refuge. One group had a minor adventure when their transportation was temporarily stalled. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service of ce in Panama City sent biologists Adam Kaeser and Sandy Pursifull with a display on endangered species. In a telephone interview, Pursifull said it was her rst St. Vincent open house and she enjoyed it very much. Pursifull said she hopes to return next year. Eric Lovestrand led bird walks and manned a booth for the Apalachicola National Estuarine Reserve. St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge and the Apalachicola Riverkeeper had educational booths as well. An interesting footnote to this years event was the rescue of a distressed sea turtle spotted by volunteers manning the mainland dock for the barge that ferried day-trippers to the island. Lynda Smith spotted something in the water to the west of her post and recognized that it was a sea turtle listing strongly to one side. St. Vincent staffers Stiaes and David Moody were able to drag the 70-pound turtle ashore where a pair of new residents to Port St. Joe, Don Stoneburger and Kathy Strnad, who had come for the open house, volunteered to give it a ride to Gulf World in Panama City for medical care. On Friday, April 6, Secret Holmes-Douglas, who works with animal rescue at the marine park, said the turtle is a sub-adult loggerhead of indeterminate sex. Although rescuers feared the animal had suffered a head injury, Holmes-Douglas said the damage was old and minor. She said park veterinarian Lynda Skaggs took x-rays and determined the turtle was suffering from pneumonia. She said the turtle is now taking a course of antibiotics and is recovering and eating well. We have two others in the same condition, she said.Page 8A surprise rescue at the St. Vincents Open HouseBy CHRIS BEATTYSpecial to The Star April is the time of year that starts the beginning of baby season. Baby season will run from April to September. If you nd a young bird alone on the ground or otherwise away from its nest, you must rst determine if it is in need of assistance. Many songbird edglings leave the nest several days before they can y easily, and the parent birds are still caring for them and watching for their safety. A edgling will have almost fully formed feathers though the wings and tail may be short. It will be able to y or hop short distances. Fledglings do not require any intervention unless you see the cat or dog watching or chasing it. Then pick it up and put it in a nearby bush or shrub out of harms way. Please contain the dog or cat. They may need to be kept inside for several days. Since most birds have no signi cant sense of smell, moving a baby bird to safety or returning it to its nest will not cause its parents to abandon it. A hatchling is much younger and needs assistance. Hatchlings may appear bald or only have tufts of feathers; they are much smaller and do not have as much energy as edglings. If you nd a baby bird with little or no feathers and you know where the nest is, then return the bird to its nest. If the nest has been destroyed, you can construct a makeshift nest using a small berry basket (like the one strawberries come in) where water can go through. Line the container with material from the old nest if available, or dry grass or leaves. Wire your nest to a branch about six feet off the ground out of reach of children or predators. Wire it securely in a branch fork near the old nest if its still there. If you use a different container, please make sure it drains well by putting little holes in the bottom of the container or rainwater will collect and drown the birds. The best chance for survival for a baby animal is for it to be raised by its own parent(s). Parents can teach their young things we cannot. If the baby bird appears sick or injured in any way it will need assistance of a rehabilitation center. It is illegal to keep wild birds in captivity even if you plan to release them. Always seek the assistance of a knowledgeable rehabilitator. Even well-intentioned people who try to raise baby birds can harm them, since young birds require specialized diets and the company of their own kind. In addition, birds eat a lot and very often to maintain their high body temperature and fast metabolism. This is especially true of baby birds. Some may consume almost their own body weight daily. Some young birds double in size each week and must be fed at least every 20-30 minutes. This makes it imperative that orphaned birds are brought to a rehabilitation facility immediately after being found. Do not attempt to feed or water to the baby birds if you are not trained in the technique of feeding. Best container to keep the bird in is a small cardboard box/shoe box with some tiny holes for air to get through. Put the bird in a dark warm place. You can use a heating pad under it if you keep the setting on low. Keep the bird where it is quiet, stress-free, and away from children or pets. Chris Beatty is the Director of the Florida Wild Mammal Association. FWMA was established in 1994 to rescue, rehabilitate, and release the sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. It is supported entirely by donations and grants and has been a registered 501(c)(3) nonpro t organization. FWMA offers educational demonstrations for local schools. You can donate to FWMA at any time. FWMA always needs bleach, paper towels, fruit cocktail, birdseed, nuts, pelican sh (pin sh, nger mullet, thread herring, butter sh), fresh fruit and vegetables, Pedigree wet and dry dog food, Friskies wet and dry cat food, Dawn dish liquid and gift cards from local grocers to give FWMA exibility in purchasing when needed items are not on hand. They will also gladly accept cash donations. For more information, visit their website at www.wakullawildlife.org/.Sturgeon examined for oil effects Caring for orphaned birds PHOTOS BY LOIS SWOBODA | Florida FreedomA turtle rescued during the St. Vincent Open House. Mary Shaw of Mexico Beach and Ellen Harris of Howard Creek learn about whooping cranes from St. Marks volunteer Christine Barnes. Landy and Nancy Luther roast a mean weenie! Freshwater Inshore | OffshoreSt. Joe Bay is back to normal as far as the shing goes. Good ounder and trout reports have been coming in daily with most anglers usuing live shrimp and Lys. Blacks Island and Eagle harbor seem to be the hot spots for inshore shing. Large schools of red sh have been on the move at Towns beach and close to Presnells channel. April is proving to be a great month for freshwater shing. Hot air temperature are warming up the water early this year, and the sh have taken notice. Lake Wimico has had great bass ans shellcraker reports this past week, with most anglers using spinnerbaits and crankbaits. The cat sh bite has slowed down, but is still worht the time, if the water is rising. SPONSORED BY

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PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SP O RTS www.starfl.com ASectionThursday, April 12, 2012 WEEKLY ALMANAC ST.JOSEPH BAY APALACHICOLA BAY, WESTPASS TIDETABLES MONTHLY AVERAGESTo nd 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 nd 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 Sponsor the WEEKLY ALMANACCall Today!227-7847 Date HighLow%Precip Thu, Apr 1274 54 0% Fri, Apr 1375 62 0% Sat, Apr 1478 6510% Sun, Apr 1578 6610% Mon, Apr 1679 69 0% Tues, Apr 1780 6830% Wed, Apr 1880 6440% MATCHING DEALER REBATE TotalRebate $400st. joe rent-all706E. 1st Street Port St. Joe (850) 227-2112 Page 9By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Port St. Joe High School senior Megan Walker has just one goal left to accomplish in her prep career state gold. The Mississippi State track and eld signee in the pole vault begins her push toward a gold medal at the state Class 1A meet today as the district meet is held in Bay County. Next weekend, the Region 1-1A meet will be held and the following weekend, again in Jacksonville, will be the state meet, at which Walker will surely be one of the favorites. In her three previous trips to state, Walker has nished second, fourth and second. The gold medal is the goal, but what Im just going to be trying to do at district and regional is (vault a personal best), Walker said. My heights right now are higher than they were last year at this time, so I feel good. Last year in the run-up to state Walker was jumping 11-feet-6. She would jump near 12-feet at state, but fell to a vault that skied to 12-6. This year Ive been clearing 12 feet on a pretty consistent basis, Walker said. At the Capital City Classic in Tallahassee two weeks ago, Walker vaulted 12-1 to take rst place. The only one of eight meets she has lost this season came this past weekend when she nished fourth in the Pepsi Invitational Relays in Jacksonville. It all depends each meet on how you are feeling, how much you are comfortable, Walker said. I just didnt jump that well that day. She continues to progress with the weight of her pole. She moved to a heavier weight pole for this season but is already progressing, from a 130-pound to a 135pound pole, this season. I am on the longer pole and I need to go even heavier now, Walker said. Right now I am not getting enough power. Think of it this way. The key to the vault is the pole bending and propelling the vaulter toward the bar. If the pole is insuf cient to a skill set Walker is fast and lithe a heavier pole is needed to provide the lift, rather than a roll as she pivots in the vault box. In short, it is all about compression, the willingness of the vaulter to be completely upside-down 11-12 feet in the air and the power of the pole to shoot the vaulter up. Im trying to move to the heavier pole for district, region and state, Walker said. That is my goal. Walker said she has been aided in preparation this season by the presence of another vaulter on the Port St. Joe team, Nicole Endres. While Endres may not have the height of Walker and therefore is not necessarily challenging or pushing Walker in practice, another set of eyes and ears is nice during the tedious routine of practice. Its fun to have people to talk to and not get bored, Walker said. It helps a lot. Walker is also looking beyond the state meet. She said she talks by phone to her future coaches at Mississippi State on a weekly basis, running over her practice and meet routines, gleaning hints on what to work on, such as maintaining a upright spine and ensuring her chin remains out during the vault. But for the next three weeks, the focus is on the elusive state gold medal Walker has won two national AAU age-group titles during summer months during her middleand high-school years, but never the state Class 1A meet. I just need to keep doing the things Ive been doing and working on in practice, Walker said. If I do that, Ill be alright. Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe High School softball team won a pair of games last week, running its record to 175 with District 4-1A play ahead next week. The Lady Sharks traveled to Blountstown early in the week and trounced the Lady Tigers 16-0 in their nal district tilt. MaKayla Ramsey, who would end the week with her 15th victory, started and pitched all ve innings of the game ended on the run rule. Ramsey faced 15 batters, allowing two hits and issuing no walks while striking out four. Katie Lacour was 4 for 5 and Kelsey Miles was 3 for 4 with a triple to lead the Port St. Joe attack. Katie Gardner, Christian Laine, and Brittany King had two hits apiece. Haley Wood, Ramsey, Stephanie Brinkmeier, Shannon Pridgeon, Callie Fleshren, Miranda Gref, and Lexie McGhee each had a hit as the Lady Sharks pounded out 20 hits in ve innings. Two nights later, Port St. Joe hosted Metcalf High from Edmondson, KY on Senior Night. Gardner and Lacour, the lone seniors on the team and playing their nal game, provided the offensive spark in the 2-1 Port St. Joe win. Gardner hit her fourth home run of the year, a bomb, Coach Jim Belin said, to right-center eld in the bottom of the fourth inning to put Port St. Joe up 1-0. Metcalf tied the game at 1-1 in the fth inning but Port St. Joe responded in the bottom of the sixth. With one out Lacour singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. Wood laid down a bunt single to advance Lacour and Gardner, on a checked-swing, hit a elders choice to rst base, scoring Lacour. Ramsey pitched seven innings, allowing four hits and an earned run while walking three and striking out seven. Port St. Joe plays Rutherford and Bay High this week before beginning district tournament play in Blountstown on Tuesday. Port St. Joe will play Bozeman in a semi nal on Tuesday. The championship game will be Friday night in Blountstown.Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe High School baseball team, behind the pitching of Austin Howze, downed Blountstown 8-3 in the teams only action the past week. The Tiger Sharks are 108 overall and 6-4 in District 4-1A play. Port St. Joe hosted Liberty County on Tuesday on Senior Night and travel to Liberty County for a makeup game tonight. The Tiger Sharks are at county rival Wewahitchka on Friday. Against Blountstown, Howze was dominant, scattering four hits while allowing two earned runs, striking out ve and walking one. Tyler Worley drove in two runs while going 1 for 4 and Trevor Lang was 2 for 4 to lead the Tiger Shark attack. Ricky Pennington was 2 for 3.Star Staff ReportBoth the boys and girls track teams from Wewahitchka High School took rst place honors during a meet at Liberty County just before the Easter break. For the boys, Elijah Sarmiento won the 1,600 and 3,200 meter runs and Weston Sarmiento took rst in the 300 hurdles and second in the 110 meter hurdles. Also winning for the Gators was Shaquille Scott in the 400 meters and Jakob Bidwell was right behind in second. Michael Bryan nished second to Elijah Sarmiento in the 1,600 meters, with Colby Gay fourth and Gay nished second behind Sarmiento in the 3,200. Bryce Chaucey was second in the 400 hurdles and Jason Haire was third in the 800 for Wewahitchka. For the Lady Gators, Doni Lanier continued her ne season with a rst in the 300 hurdles and rst in the 100 hurdles. Faith Owens won the discus, Vanna Pippen was second and Ashlyn Paul was fth, and Owens nished fourth at 1,600 meters. Scout Flowers won the 400 and 200 meter dashes. Kailyn Vann was second, Megan Whittingham third and Paul fth in the 1,600, and Alexa Allison was third in the 200 meters. Vann also took fourth in the 800 meters.Star Staff ReportThe Lady Gators of Wewahitchka fell to 8-11 for the season after a 7-4 loss to Ponce de Leon last week. Ashleigh Price started on the mound for Wewahitchka and pitched four innings, striking out three and walking one. Jessica Smith came on in relief and nished up, tossing three innings and striking out three and walking one. Price also drove in two runs and Jaden Rouse had an RBI while Tori Lanter was 2 for 4 and Tara Walding 1 for 2 with a walk for Wewahitchka. The Lady Gators host East Gadsden tonight and begin District 1-1A play on Monday against Graceville at tournament host Cottondale. TIGER SHARKS DOMINATELady Sharks, on roll, prep for district playVaulting for gold Brittany King had a pair of hits in a 16-0 win over Blountstown. WHS TRACK TEAMS SWEEP BRISTOL GATORS FALL TO PONCE DE LEON TIM CROFT | The StarMegan Walker, who signed with Mississippi State in February, is seeking her rst state gold medal in the pole vault as the track and eld postseason begins this week. Walker is jumping consistently higher than one year ago, in large part due to moving to a heavier pole.

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NEW HOURS FOR WEEMS MEDICAL CENTER EASTMonday to Friday 8am-6pm & Saturday 8am-4pmBeginning April 2, 2012Primary Care and Urgent Care110 NE 5TH STREET CARRABELLE, FL 850-697-2345 COMMERCIAL RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONMGR. SPRINGPROMOTION NEW CUSTOMERS 1/2OFF 2 MONTHSGULF COUNTY AND MEXICO BEACH (850) 247.8956www.coastalpoolandspa.com Robert Butch Nessly and Karen Baker of Port St. Joe, FL along with their children KT and RC Nessly, and Alex and Ryan Baker, would like to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage On April 20th 6:30 pm ET. Butch and Karen will exchange vows on St. Joe Beach across from Beacon Hill Park. Open to all friends & family. No local invitations will be sent. Early EducationEach child is unique, however, each needs to master skills that will be needed in order to be able to learn in group situations such as classrooms. VPK provides the ideal opportunity to do this. A trained child care instructor will take each child at their present stage of development and prepare them for new experiences and instructions so that as they enter kindergarten they will be ready to learn and will be familiar with classroom settings and have the condence needed to enjoy themselves as they start in their new school. Children learn many skills and other important things at home but learning to function in a group is very different and difcult for most children. Some of the areas needing mastering are: Children who have become accustomed to these areas of development will then be able to concentrate on gaining pleasantly surprised when their child points to stop signs or works while shopping in stores. Educa In the Early Education program at Kids Corner Inc. in Wewahitchka, the children take home their completed LocalA10 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 Courts the Monday following the event, but no af davits have been received. By contract, the nal event report was to be submitted by March 22, within ve days of the event, but Davis had yet to turn in the nal event reports to the TDC or county clerks of ce when a public records request was submitted to the Clerks of ce the rst week of April. An email from Davis on March 22 assured Alsobrook she would meet with her to review the reports on the St. Paddys Day event on March 28, the same day Alsobrook was let go from her position as interim director. Davis canceled the meeting that morning. Although the TDC hired Davis as an event planner, many events approved by the TDC board have been scrapped due to similar poor planning, and Davis already has collected portions of the planning fees for the events. According to checks obtained through the Clerks of ce, Statecraft has been paid $11,062.50 for event planning dating back to last September, and there is a balance of $6,162.50 still owed on the account. The total reaches $17,225 for event planning from September 2011 through April 2012, outlined in seven broad MOUs for seven new events to be planned by Statecraft before April 30. Thus far, only three of the events have occurred, with no sign of others to come before the end of the month. The events outlined in the MOUs include the St. Paddys Day by the Bay event, Cupids Chase on St. Joe Beach (a Valentines Day run that never occurred), last weekends Cape San Blas 5K Rabbit Run, the Sandcastles on St. Joseph Bay contest (previously scheduled for March 31 and cancelled), a Springtime Worship on the Water event (no indication if this will happen), a tagged red sh and trout tournament (initially scheduled for this coming weekend but later cancelled), last Septembers golden scallop hunt and assistance with the PoJo Music Festival. Three of the events outlined have yet to be organized although they were originally scheduled to be completed before the end of April, as spelled out in the MOUs. Dates for the Sandcastles of St. Joseph event and Tagged Red sh and Trout tournament were advertised on the TDC event calendar, with links leading visitors to a dead-ended search for how to register for the advertised contests, which were never fully developed. A March 22 email from welcome center of ce manager Crystal Follin to Alsobrook and Novak expressed frustration due to poor communication between Statecraft and the TDC. Although the Welcome Center was advertised in yers and web links as the contact for more information on Statecraft-planned events, Follin wrote that she received no updates from Davis despite several requests for event yers and further information. Follin, who is responsible for taking calls and greeting visitors at the Gulf County Welcome Center, indicated that she received a number of calls inquiring about registration and further information about the upcoming events, but could not tell the visitors any more than what they had already seen on the TDC website. Follins email stated she ultimately removed the web links from the TDC web site posted by Statecraft because they were giving false information and advertising events that never came to fruition. The link for the Tagged Redsh and Trout tournament cited the welcome center and two area businesses as registration points, but when contacted, the businesses had never even heard of the event. It is not the TDCs responsibility to handle registrations, that is why we hired an event planner, Follin wrote in the same email. I contacted both Bluewater Outriggers and Half-hitch tackle to see if they had registration forms or any info there, and both replied they had no forms and have not been contacted. Half Hitch has not yet even heard of the event and while appreciating the thought, considered it quite the assumption for it to be announced to register there without their permission. Davis originally signed three MOUs in mid-August 2011, outlining $24,300 in event planning between August 2011 and April 2012. Like the MOUs currently in place, each payment to Davis was broken down into separate installments of less than $5,000, under the threshold for verbal bids needed for services costing $5,000 to $10,000, and legal advertisements needed for services or positions paying more than $10,000. Tim Kerigan, TDC executive director at the time, signed the MOUs without any formal vote by the TDC board or approval from the BOCC. The TDC board reexamined Daviss MOUs at its Oct. 6 board meeting after a Star article and accompanying editorial published Sept. 29 questioned the working relationship between Statecraft and the TDC. The board voted on a series of events proposed by Statecraft, and Kerigan later entered into seven new MOUs with Davis on Oct. 16, one for each event to be planned, replacing all previous agreements. The Sept. 29 story also raised questions about the process in which the TDC operates under, and the BOCC soon followed suit. The disregard for county policy was an issue Williams called an immediate emergency back in October and demanded TDC executive director Tim Kerigan put the house back in order. Williams presented several invoices for extraneous expenditures supporting events such as the PoJo Live Music Festival and Ghosts on the Coast and called for a full nancial audit of the TDC. Upon completion of the audit, executive director Tim Kerigan was immediately suspended from his position, followed by his termination Feb. 14. The audit revealed a lack of internal control on several levels, from the executive director to the TDC board to the BOCC and Clerk of Courts. As a result of the audit, commissioners essentially started at square one, requiring all TDC board members to resign and reapply, ridding the organization of an executive director, interim executive director and marketing services provider in a matter of months. In January, the BOCC froze the TDCs marketing agreement with Kerigan Marketing, an agency that had been operating without a contract since 2010, and is owned by Tim Kerigans brother, Jack Kerigan. You spent $225,000 with your brother, Williams said to Tim Kerigan at the Jan. 10 BOCC meeting. We cannot operate as if theres a contract. There is no contract. We have no legal recourse to pay this bill. Williams cited the relationship as a con ict of interest, and requested the board go back to the bidding process to hire a marketing director. The BOCC offered no further back-up plan for marketing Gulf County. Three bids were received from companies in Pensacola, Coral Gables and Miami. Kerigan Marketing did not enter a bid. In Alsobrooks TDC executive exit report, she writes Despite a committed effort by (myself) and the county administrator to resolve a breach of con dence between the TDC, BOCC, county administration and the previous marketing consultant, Kerigan Marketing declined to provide a bid for consideration. It would appear that the successful momentum generated with Kerigan Marketings Visit Gulf County campaign may suffer signi cantly without their continued participation. Alsobrook worked with Butler in sifting through a backlog of outstanding TDC invoices, the majority from Kerigan Marketing, but once the pile was manageable she was no longer needed in the position, Butler said. Nearly $200,000 in Kerigan Marketing contracts were scrutinized, with $40,000 in invoices agged for lacking proper documentation. Alsobrooks report cites Kerigan Marketing as the rm of record since the inception of the TDC, yet with no contract on record it was a working relationship that created culpability for both the county and marketing rm. TDC from page A3Dates for the Sandcastles of St. Joseph event and Tagged Red sh and Trout tournament were advertised on the TDC event calendar, with links leading visitors to a dead-ended search for how to register for the advertised contests, which were never fully developed.

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By TIM CROFT227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Last year, Debbie Hoopers work earned her kudos from at least one judge at the Professional Aerial Photography Association (PAPA) international conference. This year, the people weighed in. Hoopers photo Are you OK? won a Peoples Choice award in the Air to Air category during the conference a fourday cruise to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico and Hooper also was named a PAPA Master Aerial Photographer. The Peoples Choice award comes on the heels of the Judges Choice plaque Hooper won during last years conference, her rst such award. The awards are distinguished by the voters. At each conference, a panel of four judges ranks each photo in each category based on a host of criteria, such as impact, composition and technique, among others. Each judge also is permitted to select one photo from each category as their choice, or Judges Choice, for recognition. On the other hand, the Peoples Choice won by Hooper this year is a result of votes from all those in attendance at the conference. In a way it was more rewarding to get the Peoples Choice, Hooper said. Its af rmation of what Im doing. It says Im OK. Comments about the photo from voters, Hooper said, included, Its perfect to great positioning to told a great story. She was told the photo taken from a helicopter of another helicopter maneuvering Progress Energy linemen atop a huge power line stanchion was also unique with a pleasing manner of ow. Those hosannahs, along with the valued critique of experts in the eld, is one reason Hooper said she bene ts from the PAPA national conference. I wouldnt be where I am without these conferences, Hooper said. This is all continuing education. I challenge myself every year to be better. The award shot was from a last-minute shoot for Progress Energy. Hooper and her husband, Jon, were scheduled for another assignment, but this one came up. The two needed to shoot their typical mix of photos, video and stills. However, the only helicopter they could nd had just two seats. So, Hooper, had to strap all three cameras around her neck and take off with a Barbie Rise, a pilot out of Lakeland for the Bartow shoot. Fortunately for Hooper, Rise was a former photo-journalist she still ies television breaking news copters who knew exactly how and where to hover for Hooper to secure quality shots. I did the video, did the wide angle and Thursday, April 12, 2012 COMMUNITY www.starfl.com BPage 1Section Students explore the shoreBy VALERIE GARMAN229-7843 | @valeriegarmanvgarman@star .com Port St. Joe High Schools marine science classes have been doing the book learning long enough. Last week, students had the opportunity to apply what theyve learned in their own backyards. Knowledge only carries so far its the application, said PSJHS science teacher Scott Lamberson, who guided his three marine science classes on walks along the shoreline to observe a wealth of marine life last week. They go to the beach a lot but theyre not looking at in through educational eyes, theyre looking at it through leisure eyes, Lamberson said. Its a chance to get out here in it weve already got the head knowledge. Students applied their head knowledge as they observed marine ecosystems along Windmark Beach on April 2 during a low tide walk. Highlights from the walk included a group of bat rays that swam alongside the class in the shallows, and observation of marine egg cases and sponges along the shore, one student explained. The class continued the day with a tour of Raf eld Fisheries. Lamberson has been bringing his classes to tour the plant for about 10 years. VALERIE GARMAN | The StarScott Lambersons marine science class at Port St. Joe High School conducted a low tide walk on Windmark Beach April 2 to observe the marine life near the shore. See SHORE B4 Awe-inspiring aerialCOURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COMLocal photographer Debbie Hooper won a Peoples Choice Award at an international aerial photography conference for this photo titled Are you OK?Debbie Hooper soars at aerial photography conferenceAnother example of Hoopers aerial work, A Pilots Wing Dream of a large home recently nished between Panama City Beach and Destin. Florida pioneers: A tribute to the families of Gulf CountyBy Beverly Mount-DoudsSpecial to The Star Editors note: This is the third of a series of articles about some of the historical gures that made Gulf County. This article recounts the life of George Pattons wife, Edna. Mrs. Edna came here with her husband from Virginia, one of our pioneer families; they built their home among the stately oaks and helped build Port St. Joe. Her husband, George, later had the distinction of being the rst Forester in the state of Florida. With utter dedication our honoree ardently worked to help build the Methodist Church. They had been no resident minister then, few roads, little means of transportation, but this dainty character often walked through partial sand beds about 1.5 miles to her church, carefully changed from walking shoes to heels and cheerfully entered to worship. For 20-odd years she served as secretary of the Sunday School. She organized a Parsonage Aide Society that later became the Ladies Aide and still later the Missionary Society. Of course she served in whatever capacity she was needed most, be it president or cook or both.GCEC to hold annual meetingSpecial to The StarGulf Coast Electric Cooperative will hold its 64th Annual Members Meeting Saturday, April 14 at its headquarter of ce, at 722 West Highway 22 in Wewahitchka. The purpose of the meeting is to communicate information about the Cooperative, including the nancial reports and overall business status, as well as serve as a social event for the entire membership. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. CST with each registered member receiving a $10 credit on his or her electric bill. Members will be given the opportunity to win prizes throughout the day, including the grand prizes, which are 10 $100 credits to an electric bill. There also will be plenty of refreshments provided by GCEC and booths offering valuable information for the duration of the meeting. Beginning at 9:15 a.m., entertainment will beprovided by The Back Forty band. There will also be a bounce house for the children. The business portion of the Annual Meeting will begin at 11 a.m. I invite all of our members to come and take part in our Annual Meeting, not only to be present for the business portion of the meeting, but also to enjoy food, prizes and entertainment, Gulf Coast Electric CEO/General Manager Michael White said. Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is part of the Touchstone Energy national alliance of local, consumer-owned electric cooperatives providing high standards of service to customers large and small. GCEC serves approximately 20,500 meters in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Jackson, Walton and Washington counties and in the municipalities of Wewahitchka, Ebro, White City, Lynn Haven, Fountain and Southport. See TRIBUTE B6 See AERIAL B4 COURTESY OF FLORIDA STATE ARCHIVESEdna and George Patton at home

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School NewsThe Star| B3Thursday, April 12, 2012 SPECIAL TO TT HE STARMs. Nancy Brockmans fourth-grade class and Ms. Anna McFarlands Kindergarten class are BOOK BUDDIES. We love to read at WES and it shows! BOOK BUDDIEsS AT WEsS Special to The StarAll As include: Carter Costin, K5; Mazie Hodges, K5; Alex Taylor, K5; Magnolia Sarmiento, rst grade; Shelby Causey, second grade; Catherine Bouington, fourth grade; and Elijah Sarmiento, seventh grade. All As and Bs include: Riley McGufn, K5; Emma Grace Burke, rst grade; Donovan Cumbie, rst grade; Halee Whicker, rst grade; Kristen Bouington, second grade; Theron Smith, second grade; Jacob Davis, third grade; Farren Newman, third grade; Mary Kate Wood, fourth grade; J.J. Laine, fth grade; and Matthew Costin, sixth grade. THE LIONsS TALECongratulations to all FCS students on Academic Honor Roll By TerriLee Beamon General information YEARBOOK:  Reserve your copy before they are all gone.  There are only a limited number of yearbooks ordered.  April 27 is the deadline to order the yearbook with personalization.  There is never a guarantee that there will be extra copies for sale when they ar rive.  This year only happens once.  The yearbook is a great way to share the events of the school year with your son or daughter. Dont miss out on everything theyve experienced.  To reserve your copy, visit our school webpage at http://psjhsgcs-.schoolloop.com. SENIOR ADs S:  The yearbook staff is now offering the opportunity to personalize the yearbook in a very special way with a recognition ad.  Space is available to tell your student how proud you are! Regardless of the occasion, your ad provides a great way to recognize a student or event in a special and unique way .  To reserve your space, download an ad form and a template from our webpage at http://psjhsgcs-.schoolloop.com or call Mr. Taylor at the school. Deadline: April 30. SENIOR SLIDE SHOW:  Ms. Barbee is now accepting baby pictures for the senior slide show .  Please turn yours in directly to her in the Media Center .  Pictures should be in a ziplock bag, if possible, with students name on the bag in indelible ink.  No more than two photos per student for slide show .  Digital is the preferred format; however, we do have the ability to scan photographs. N NJROTCROTC: On March 30, the NJROTC visited the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center in P anama City.  Forty cadets experienced rst-hand one of the elite diving training facilities in the world. The tour included briengs by the commanding ofcer, Cmdr. Michael Egan, Master Diver Command Master Chief Mark Leet and many more. The experience was capped off with a trip to the Seashore General Mess, where the cadets experienced real Navy Chow. Congratulations to the NJROTC Academic Team, who ranked in the top 25 percent of all NJROTC Teams taking the NJROTC National Academic Test in March. Results are in and Port St Joe Ranked 435th out of 1,700 teams competing. The team included leader Cadet Nicolas Dickinson and cadets LeAnna Collins, Ryan Baker, Javarri Beachum, and Bryce Godwin. Congratulations, cadets! PRO PROM: Prom is scheduled for 8 p.m. EDT Saturday, April 21. The prom theme this year is Viva Las Vegas. The Senior Walk will be at 11:30 p.m., and the prom will be over at midnight.  This year, several parents are hosting an After the Prom party, which will take place in the Centennial Building immediately following the prom. JER ERSEEYS: Coach Gannon is selling last years white game jersey for $40; white and purple game jerseys from 2000-2001 for $20; and white (No Pain No Gain) T -shirts for $10.  See Mrs. Taylor in the school ofce to purchase one of these. L L ADyY TTIgGER SHARK VOLLEyYBALL CCAmMP: The Port St Joe High School Lady Tiger Sharks will host a volleyball camp for younger girls.  The camp is designed to allow players to learn the fundamentals of bump passing, overhead passing, and ser ving.  Campers will learn from the Port St. Joe High School coaching staff and players how playing and competing the right way is always fun. The camp is designed for girls going into the fourth through eighth grades in fall 2012.  The camp will be at the PSJ High School gymnasium.  We will have stations for the young players to rotate through and nish the day on Friday with an af ternoon tournament.  We will provide snacks and drinks on Monday through Thursday, plus on Friday we will have a pizza lunch.  After lunch on Friday, we will play as many games as we can before 3 p.m.W W hat to bring:  Your own kneepads.  We will provide water, snacks, volleyballs, etc.D D ates and TT imes:  June 4-7, 9 a.m. to noon.; June 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee: $35D D eadline for registration: May 15 Please register early so we can order T-shirts for the girls.  Registration forms are available in the high school front ofce or at http://psjhs-gcs.schoolloop.com, and check the News section of the main page.  For more information, contact W. Taylor at 229-8251 or by email at wtaylor@gulf.k12. .us (email is preferred). JUNIOR UNIORS: Attention all parents of PSJHS juniors (Class of 2013): Prom week is April 16-20. We need your help! If you would like to help decorate for the 2012 prom, we will be meeting in the afternoons from Monday through Friday, to assemble decorations and transform the Centennial Building into a magical ballroom.  Also, we need juniors and their parents to volunteer to contribute an appetizer or dessert for prom. If you can help decorate or wish to contribute to the refreshments, please notify Kim McFarland, Junior Class Advisor, at kmcfarland@gulf.k12. .us or call the high school and leave your contact information. Any help you can lend us would be most appreciated. CHEERLEADIN CHEERLEADING: Practice for cheerleader tryouts will be Monday, April 30Friday, May 4 from 3-4:30 ET .  Each athlete must have a current health physical, signed parent consent, cheerleading policies and procedures in order to practice on Monday .  A sign-up sheet will be placed in the front ofce beginning Monday, April 16, 2012.CO CO MINING UPUP TT oday: FCAT Math Retakes, 8 a.m. Friday: Wild Adventures Theme Park (NJROTC/ Band). All Day; Gold Cards issued at 8 a.m. Saturday: ACT at PSJ, 8 a.m.; Odyssey of the Mind state competition, 9 a.m. Monday: FCAT Reading Session 1 Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 8 a.m. T T uesday: FCAT Session 2 Grade 7, 8, 9, 10, 8 a.m. A April 18: FCAT Math Grades 7, 8 at 8 a.m.; Chemistry Field Trip 4th7th periods at 11 a.m. A April 19: Physics Field Trip 4th-7th periods at 11 a.m.Sports Megan Walker broke the state girls pole vaulting record this past weekend, was the Capital City  Most Outstanding Field Event winner and the Channel 13 Student Athlete of the W eek.  Great job, Megan!  You make us PROUD!CO CO MINING UPUP Friday: Baseball varsity only at Wewa at 7 p.m.; softballVarsity Onlyat Bay at 7 p.m. Monday: SoftballDistrict Tournament Play In Game-5:00pm T T uesday: Softball-district tournament seminals-5 p.m.; baseball-varsity onlyat Arnold-7 p.m.A A pril 19: SoftballDistrict Final Game 6 p.m.; baseballvarsity only at Vernon-7 p.m.CClubsTT oday: Junior Executive Board Meeting at 11:50 a.m. Friday: FCA Meeting during Junior High lunch in Room 309T T uesday: SWAT Meeting Jr. High at 10:45 a.m.; National Honor Society Meeting at 11:50 a.m.A A pril 19: Junior Executive Board Meeting at 11:50 a.m. LLeft to right, back row: Donald Bronson, fourth grade; Tyler Skipper, fth grade; Hannah Watts, kindergarten; Trenton Pynes, rst grade; and Brook Haddock, sixth grade.Middle row, left to right: Avery Davis, rst grade; Von Sheely, third grade.KKneeling: Dakota Askew, second grade. Bus students of the week: Anna Kelsoe, Nevaeh Carpenter and Brianna Rhoades. WEsS sSTUDENTsS OfF THE WEEK DAZZLINgG DOLPHINsS PP re-K K indergarten: Jolie Bibeault, kindergarten: Dakota Tousignant, rst grade: Jackson Buckner, second grade: Antonio Rolax, third grade: Lanecia Larry, fourth grade: Madison Taylor, fth grade: Hannah Anderson, sixth grade: Celeste Childes.BB us riders of the week: Zoey Hamm, Katie Dykes, J. J. Foster, Desirae Dew, Kayden Jackson and DeLaney Ingalls. The Planet Janitors at Port St. Joe Elementary School have reached their goal of one ton of recyclable materials. Students at the school now have collected 2,082.33 pounds, and they are continuing to collect. Funded through a mini-grant from the Gulf Education Foundation, the Planet Janitors program is aiming to teach students about the value of their planet and recycling.SPECIAL TO TT HE STAR PLANET jJANITORsS REACH 1 TON RAIsSINgG DOLLARsS fFOR LEUKEmMIAStar Staff ReportCongratulations to the Port St. Joe Elementary School student body. The school was selected as one of the top fund-raisers to benet leukemia in the state of Florida. Every student received a Youth for Leukemia yellow bracelet. Pictured here are students from the schools Bridges class showing off their bracelets. Port St. Joe Elementary School students care about each other and they show it!

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The American Cancer Society Relay for Life is a unique fundraising event in which teams of participants take turns walking the track for 24 hours in an effort to ght cancer. This years Relay for Life will take place April 27-28 at the Port St. Joe High School Football Field. The message of the event is that no one ghts cancer alone. At 7 p.m. EDT, all cancer survivors, meaning anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer, will join together on the track and walk or wheelchair the rst lap, uni ed in victory and hope. This emotional lap honors the courage of all who have defeated cancer. The atmosphere of Relay For Life is one of camaraderie and celebration, and this event provides an opportunity for cancer survivors to pass the torch of hope on to those still battling cancer or those that might be touched by cancer in the future. Because no one ghts cancer alone, friends, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to attend the Survivors Lap and join their loved ones as they walk around the track. If you are a cancer survivor and would like to take part in the Relay For Life of Gulf County, please contact Carolyn Witten at 227-4037 or 229-7875. To register online, visit www.relayforlife. org/psj All survivors receive a free Relay for Life T-shirt. For more information on cancer, call the American Cancer Society at 800-ACS-2345, or visit www.cancer.org. The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy and service. Gulf Clerk rolls out new case maintenance systemSpecial to The StarBecky Norris, Gulf County Clerk of Court, announced last week the Gulf County Clerk of Courts of ce successfully has installed its new case maintenance system, CLERICUS, this month. The installation of this new software is a signi cant upgrade for the of ce, which anticipates increased ef ciencies, better work ow and a move toward a paperless of ce environment. Installing this innovative software will be a huge asset to the Clerks of ce, and will also bene t the citizens of Gulf County, Norris said. Although our staff will have to get acquainted with the new software, we believe we will be better equipped to serve the people with this upgrade to CLERICUS. The new case maintenance system speeds up many processes that were formerly manual and now can be automated or generated much easier. Preparing appeals or creating ad hoc reports are much less time consuming with the new software. We just started working with CLERICUS and are still learning everything it does, said Tonya Knox, Gulf County senior deputy/courts. We love having everything in one application. We dont have to jump in and out of one application or another to get our work done. We are happy we took the time up front. It is smooth sailing now. The comprehensive system will also provide a seamless connection to the Florida Courts eFiling Portal, helping to eliminate the need for paper lings. Its clear that as we continue to deal with tighter budgets and an increasing case workload, a paperless court system is the wave of the future, Norris said. With CLERICUS now installed, the Gulf Clerks ofce will be better suited to deal with these challenges. CLERICUS utilizes cutting edge technology and complies with Florida Statutes and both local and statewide reporting requirements. CLERICUS is the only Florida-based case maintenance system that is developed for the Clerks by the Clerks. The clerk of the circuit court and county comptroller, established by the Constitution of 1838, is the public trustee for the county. The clerk and comptroller provides the checks and balances in county government by acting in their capacity as clerk to the board, clerk to the court, keeper of the public records, comptroller and internal auditor of county funds.CLERICUS installation means more ef cient work ow for Clerks of ce They observed an experimental process designed to separate the meat and bone of carp, with the goal of making what is usually considered a junk sh edible. This facility just does a lot of smart stuff, Lamberson said. This is a state-of-the-art thing here thats going to divide a carp, which has been considered a trash sh forever. Lamberson said he usually has one or two students each year that go on to pursue careers in marine science. They need to be seeing the reality of a business, Lamberson said. Thats what we try to stress you cant protect what you dont understand. Lamberson stressed the need for learning about the real world. Anything to get out of the classroom is good because its the real world, Lamberson said. Weve been doing the book learning for long enough. Eugene Raf eld, owner of Raf eld Fisheries, said it is important for students to understand the process because they are essentially the future of the industry. We love our local kids Mr. Lamberson has been bringing them for years, said Eugene Raf eld, owner of Raf eld Fisheries. Coming here, they get to see what Mother Nature grows. Raf eld said seafood is one of the healthiest proteins one can eat, and the students have the opportunity at the shery to witness how the sh makes its way to the plate. Its a great process, Raf eld said. Thats why marine biology is so important for our youth. SHORE from page B1the stills, Hooper said. I was all tangled up and she was ying me back and forth. It was a fun shoot. Getting an award for this one is icing on the cake because the whole shoot was so much fun. In addition to the Peoples Choice award, Hooper also earned her master aerial photographer designation, the highest for an aerial photographer in PAPA, an organization that has been around since 1974 and is truly an international organization. The designation is based on an accumulation of points for activities within PAPA, for continuing education and by having work judged in competitions sponsored by PAPA. There were photographers there from Australia, from Denmark, from all over, Hooper said. I was the only one to get the Master designation this year. Its a recognition; it shows I am growing. AERIAL from page B1 Above Debbie Hoopers winning Air to Air shot was made possible by the deft ying of helicopter pilot Barbara Rise, a breaking news copter pilot based in Orlando. At right Hooper is recognized as a Master Aerial Photographer during the annual conference of the Professional Aerial Photography Association. She was recognized by PAPA president Pat Belanger.In addition to the Peoples Choice award, Hooper also earned her master aerial photographer designation, the highest for an aerial photographer in PAPA, an organization that has been around since 1974 and is truly an international organization.

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FAITH www.starfl.com Jerry Arhelger, SOUTHERLAND FAMILY FUNERAL HOME507 10th Street Port St. Joe(850) 229-8111 TO KNOW CHRIST AND TO MAKE HIMKNOWNST. JAMES EPISCOPAL CHURCH800 22ND STREET, PORT ST. JOE8:00 and 11:00 a.m. (EST) Sunday School 9:45 www.stjamesepiscopalchurch.orgCome worship with us! Rector Father Tommy Dwyer St. Peters Church, ACC(Traditional Services 1928 BCP) Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M. Community Healing Service 6:00 P.M. 4th Thursday of Every MonthThe Rev. Dr. D. Pete Windham, Priest The Rev Lou Little, Deacon Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library DriveAn Unchanging Faith In A Changing World Morning Prayer & Holy Communion Sunday...............10:00 A.M.The Rev. Lou Little, PriestServices Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center, 120 Library Drive An Unchanging Faith In A Changing World 5:00 & 6:00 p.m.Pastor Josh Fidler www.faithchristianpsj.net (850) 229-6707 9:45 10:30 10:45 6:00 Our Church can be your homeFirst Church of the Nazarene2420 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 of holiness. Psalm 29:2Sunday School............................10 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...........11 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..............6 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ....... 7 p.m. A Spirit Filled Outreach Oriented Word of Faith ChurchHOME OF THE POWERHOUSE YOUTHMINISTRIESPastors Andrew & Cathy Rutherford Welcome you to worship with us: Sunday 10:30am SundayNight Prayer 6pm Wednesday 7pm www.familylifechurch.net 323Reid Ave ~ Downtown Port St. Joe, FL ~ 850-229-5433 Deborah Tuttle Wednesday: Children: 6:15 p.m. ET Youth: 6:15 p.m. ET Choir: 7:00 p.m. ET First Baptist Church 102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education Bobby Alexander,Minister to StudentsNew Service Schedule for First Baptist ChurchSunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am Sunday School & Worship Service ................. 10:30 am Sunday Evening Adult Bible Study ................. 6:00 pm Wednesday Night Supper .......................... 5:30 pm Wednesday Night Adult Prayer Meeting ............. 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Children's Ministry activities ....... 6:30 pm Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities ........... 6:30 pm www.fbcpsj.org Wednesday Night Youth Ministry activities www.fbcpsj.org Jeff Pinder Pastor SundaySunday School.............9:00 am Worship Service............10:30 am Youth Groups...............5:30 pm New Service Schedule for First Baptist ChurchSunday School & Worship Service .................. 9:00 am WednesdayWednesday Night Supper..............5:00 6:15 pm ............................5:45 6:10 pm Nursery........................................6:00 7:30 pm .......................................6:15 7:30 pm Surrender Student Ministry...........6:15 7:30 pm The Unshakable Truth Journey.....6:15 7:30 pm Celebration Choir Rehearsal........6:30 7:30 pm Prayer Meeting...........................6:30 7:30 pm Praise Band.............................7:30 9:00 pm(Rehearsal in Sanctuary) SUNDAY : WORSHIP AT SUNSETPARK 8 AM 11 AM ON THE 2ND SUNDAY OF THE MONTH SUNDAY: BIBLE CLASS 9:30 AM SATURDAY : COFFEE TIME 8 11 AM MONDAY : LIFETREE CAF 7 PM 1602 Hwy 98, Mexico Beach, FL (850) 890.1424 www.livingwateratthebeach.com COMFORTER FUNERAL HOMEW. P. Rocky ComforterL.F.D.(850) 227-1818 Thursday, April 12, 2012This business invites you to visit the church of your choice this week.1933-2012 Marie Bennett, 78, was born on August 16, 1933 in Caryville, Florida to the late Joshua and Belleann Davis. She passed away on Monday morning, April 9, 2012 at the Bridge at Bay St. Joe Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by two husbands, Sammie Manning and James Bennett, seven sisters and four brothers. She is survived by her children, Elder Chester Davis (Freddie Mae), Johnese Exum, Marcus Manning, Darius Chambers (Antoinette), Lynn Driesbach (Raymond), all of Port St. Joe, Sabrina Johnson of Panama City, Florida and Lenny Wilson (Beverly) of Atlanta, GA; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many loving friends. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. ET on Friday, April 14, 2012 at the Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church on Avenue D in Port St. Joe. Funeral services will be at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, April 15, 2012 at Philadelphia Primitive Baptist Church. Russell Wright, Sr. Mortuary 1547 Lisenby Avenue Panama City, Florida 850-640-2077 Marie Meme Bennett MARIE BENNETTRena deRochemont, 63, of Gainesville, FL, passed away on Monday, April 2, 2012 at E.T. York Hospice Care Center in Gainesville ending a courageous nine year battle with melanoma. She was born on November 2, 1948 in Milledgeville, GA and graduated from Port St. Joe (FL) High School in 1966. Rena enjoyed living in the Gainesville area since 1974 and it was here that she met her soul mate, Bob, at National Vacuum in 1987. Rena was later employed at National Vacuum where she had many responsibilities. Rena was a beautiful, charming individual who truly celebrated life. She had a fantastic sense of humor that remained with her until the end. She was a loving wife, mother, and a great friend to everyone who was lucky enough to have met her. She was passionate about photography and scrapbooking, but loved nothing more than spending time with her husband, her family, and especially her grandchildren. She also loved riding her bicycle, motorcycle, and working out. Rena is survived by her husband, Bob deRochemont, her three daughters: Wendy Wynn Roberson, Amy Wynn Driggers husband Stacey, Jenny Wynn Simmons husband Aaron, and son Ted Wynn; her grandchildren: Jered, Jesse and Travis Roberson, Jordan Heath, Jillian and Jenna Driggers, Hunter Simmons, and Rob deRochemont. She is also survived by two sisters: Jolene Henley and Kay Lovett husband Denny. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 15 at Milam Funeral Home, with a visitation one hour prior. Arrangements under the care of Milam Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 311 S. Main St., Gainesville, FL 32601. Rena DeRochemont RENA DeROCHEMONTMurdic Harcus, age 80, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday April 5, 2012 at his home in White City with his family gathered around him. He retired from AlliedGeneral Chemical in Port St. Joe in 1997. Survivors include his beloved wife of 61 years, Evelyn; one daughter, Elwanda Hammond; two sons, Donnie and wife Donna, and Dennis; five grandchildren, Leanna Roberts, Michael Hammond, Donald Wade, Jeremy Harcus and Heather Henderson; five great-grandchildren, Gauge Combs, Emily and Kayla Roberts, Andrew Harcus and Lilly Henderson; one sister, Maurice Padgett; and one brother, Malvin Harcus and wife Vera. The family received friends on Sunday, April 8 at White City Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Monday, April 9 at the church and interment followed at Buckhorn Cemetery in Wewahitchka, Fla.Murdic HarcusTranum H. McLemore, 35, of Bristol, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012. He was a native of Wewahitchka. Tranum was born February 21, 1977 in Panama City to Klenton and Penny McLemore. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Tranum enjoyed hunting, shing, and baseball. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1996 and Florida State University in 2001. Tranum was a Physical Ed Teacher for Blountstown Middle School where he coached football, basketball, and baseball. He took great pride in impacting the young lives of those he taught and wanted to make a difference. Tranum was a loving husband and father. He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Thomas Howell McDaniel; brother Sterling McLemore. Tranum is survived by his wife, Winter McLemore, three beautiful daughters: Autumn, AubriAna, and Aubrynn. He is also survived by his father, Klenton McLemore and mother Penny McLemore (Charles Mayhann), his brothers: Robert Knowles, Lee, Will, Davis, Klenton, Mitchell, and Scott McLemore; grandmother, Minnie Ola Pridgeon McDaniel; and numerous family members. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. CST, Saturday, April 7, 2012 at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka with Pastor Jeremy Pridgeon of ciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to service. Condolences may be submitted or viewed at www.southerlandfamily. com. Southerland Family Funeral Home 507 Tenth Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456Tranum H. McLemore TRANUM H. McLEMOREMrs. Janet Bueno Tuthill, 87, of Port St. Joe, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012 at a local hospital. Janet Bueno Tuthill, professionally known as Delora Bueno, was born in Iowa. Her family moved to Brazil when Delora was young, and she was raised there until she was 19. In 1944, she enrolled in the prestigious Juilliard School of Music in New York City where she earned a degree in Voice and Piano. In 1950, she married Samuel Taylor Tuthill, and had two daughters, Sylvia and Sandra. From then on, she had a prominent career as a stage singer, musical entertainer, and teacher, both in the United States and Brazil. Delora paved numerous different ventures such as being the musical star for the Cherry Blossom Festival in 1951 in Washington, D.C., sharing the stage with Paul Whiteman, and the Chiquita Banana spokesperson in New York City. In 2006, she moved back to the United States and continued to entertain at the Beacon Hill Retirement Center. She will always be remembered for her love for music, and her willingness to give pleasure to others through her musical talent. Mrs. Tuthill is survived by her two daughters: Sylvia B. TuthillAguirre and husband David of Port St. Joe and Sandra B. Tuthill Stanicia and husband Sergio of Sao Paulo, Brazil; three grandchildren: Alessandra Muniz, Gustavo Muniz, and Sergio Stanicia; three greatgrandchildren: Daphne Baptista, Tallis Assi, and Gracie Muniz; and step-grandson, Michael Aguirre. Memorial service will be at a later date. Southerland Family Funeral Home 507 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456Mrs. Janet Bueno Tuthill JANET BUENO TUTHILL Obituaries Find more news atPage B5

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Some years ago, Port St. Joe had a Federated Womans Club. Its organizer? Our devoted civic leader. Edna Patton once served as president of the Womans Club, president of the Missionary Society, and adequately cared for the school teachers who boarded at her house all at the same time. This individual with such varied interest and limitless energy was one of the founders of the Port St. Joe Parent Teachers Association, and helped to ably lead it during its tottering, formative years. She loved children and they loved her. She tells them nature stories, showed them birds in her yard, odd natural shrubs and owers. Of course she worked for better schools and happier children. Mrs. Edna was a Charter member of the Garden Club and ardently worked in any capacity to bring more beauty to our city. Not only did she work in organizations, worked to landscape such grounds as the grammar school, high school, original hospital grounds and many other public grounds, as well as yards of her friends. But her work was not only mental she labored physically. She dug, planted, watered these original hospital grounds and after the third successive day Dr. Ward told her he had a hospital room reserved for her and expected her as a patient by nightfall. She smiled, cheerfully worked on and helped nish the job while many of the younger women groaningly went home, completely exhausted. Yes, she was a hard worker, a powerful organizer, she was a gentle, petite lady, she knew how to handle people, she could pour oil on troubled waters. She could be a slave at 2 p.m. and a queen at 9 p.m. In fact, at the May Day Festival in the 30s she was queen and indeed she was both poised and pretty. To our town she has contributed loving Christian leadership, able civic organization, and added lasting beauty with the trees shes planted, the plans shes made, the owers shes left blooming. The City Commission of Port St. Joe unanimously passed Resolution No. 320 on Aug. 15, 1961, to name a park Patton Park in honor of Mrs. Edna Patton, whose life in Port St. Joe proved that she believes a thing of beauty is a joy forever. That my friends is living Christianity. Last week after our rst story came out I got several calls about the Patton story. One call was from the grandson of Ned Patton, which would make him the great-grandson of George Patton. In our phone call the caller told me that Mr. Ned has passed away in Jacksonville, Fl., just the month before (Feb. 2012) which would make him at the age of 100/101. I wish I had written this story just a little earlier. Thank you caller for your interest in our story, if you read this one please call me AGAIN, I did not get your name or number, and I am so sorry that I was very busy with customers when you called. LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 Trades & Services 227-7847 GET YOUR AD INCALL TODAY! GET YOUR AD IN227-7847 229-1324 PROFESSIONAL FLOOR CARE, INC.Residential and Commercial Carpet and Upholstery CleaningServing the entire Gulf Coast area Ceramic Tile and Grout Cleaning RVs Cars Trucks Vans 24 Hour Emergency Water Extraction JOES LAWN CARE FULL LAWN MAINTENANCE AND TREE TRIMMING WITH REMOVAL OF ALL DEBRIS AND JUNKNEW CUSTOMERS 10% DISCOUNTFROM YOUR PREVIOUS LAWN CARE PROVIDER WITH STATEMENT OF THE COST FIRST CUT FREEWITH VERBAL COMMITMENT TO AT LEAST 12 MONTHS OF SERVICE.PLEASECALL JOE @ 850-323-0741 J.J.s Tree Service, LLC Stump Grinder Licensed & Insured Call John : (850) 899-8432 Dri Brite Brite Brite Brite Brite 850-229-966315 Years of Service!Steam Cleaning & Remediation 24 Hour Water Extraction INCOME bobgilbert54@gmail.com AND GANG MEMBERS: Fuel, Batteries, Antifreeze, Lead, Arsenic, Silver, Cleaners, Fluorescent Lamps, Mercury Containing Devices, Pesticides, Herbicides, Home Computers, Printers, Scanners, (and other pollutants). Gulf County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Days April 28 Gulf County Courthouse9 AM 12 PM Eastern Time Put Hazardous Waste in its place. Keep Gulf County Beautiful! PUBLIC NOTICEA Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Development Review Board (PDRB) meeting on Monday, April 16, 2012 at 8:45 a.m. ET, and at the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Room at the Robert M. Moore Administration Building, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida. The public hearings will be to discuss and act on the following: 1.Variance Application Allen & Gay Worley Parcel ID #03756-005R Located in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida -5.9 encroachment into the 25 road setback for DEP CCCL permitting. 2.Review and Discussion of Proposed Gulf County Sign Ordinance 3.Public and Open Discussion 4.Staff Reports LDR Comment and Discussion on current proposed amendments 5.PDRB Sunshine Law Training to follow the conclusion of the PDRB noticed Meeting The public is encouraged to attend and be heard on these matters. Information prior to the meeting can be viewed at the Planning Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Room 312. (2012-24) TRIBUTE from page B1 The Port St. Joe City Commission resolution creating Patton Park in honor of Edna Patton and family RESOLUTION NO. 320 WHEREAS, the family of George A. Patton were among the earlier settlers in the area of Port St. Joe and contributed to the early development of said city; and WHEREAS, Mrs. George A. Patton contributed of her energies and talents in garden and other organizations interested in the aesthetic beauti cation of the city; and WHEREAS, the City Commission of the city of Port St. Joe deems it tting and proper to honor Mrs. George A. Patton and her family by designating and naming the park adjacent to the Municipal Hospital as PATTON PARK NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE. FLORIDA: That the Park adjacent to the Municipal Hospital of the City of Port St. Joe, be, and it is hereby designated and named PATTON PARK, and hereafter shall be known by such name. That appropriate signs be erected to accomplish the above purpose. That a certi ed copy of this resolution be furnished to Mrs. George A. Patton. PASSED and ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, held at the City Hall on August 15, 1961. SEAL: J.L. Sharit, MAYOR COMMISSIONER ATTEST : R.W. Henderson CITY CLERK

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CLASSIFIEDSThursday, April 12, 2012 The Star | B7 86257S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Plymouth Park Tax Services, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 959 Application No. 2012 -04 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 R.E. No. 03801-053R Description of Property:A parcel of land lying and being in Section 31, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCING at the Southeast Corner of Lot 5, Block B Integras Rehabilitation Phase II, a Subdivision, as per plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 2, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida (Point also being on the North Right of Way Line of Kaelyn Lane, as recorded in Official Records Book 287, Page 918, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida) and run thence North 89 Degrees 48 Minutes 25 Seconds East, along said North Right of Way Line, for a distance of 324.53 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds West, along the West Right of Way Line of said Kaelyn Lane, for a distance of 85.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence leaving said West Right of Way Line, run South 89 Degrees 48 Minutes 25 Seconds West, for a distance of 237.00 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds West, for a distance of 156.89 feet; thence North 18 Degrees 11 Minutes 20 Seconds East, for a distance of 28.00 feet; thence North 09 Degrees 13 Minutes 48 Seconds East, for a distance of 58.42 feet; thence North 70 Degrees 25 Minutes 07 Seconds East, for a distance of 42.04 feet; thence North 23 Degrees 02 Minutes 43 Seconds East, for a distance of 42.69 feet; thence North 76 Degrees 09 Minutes 48 Seconds East, for a distance of 53.61 feet; thence North 46 Degrees 22 Minutes 04 Seconds East, for a distance of 58.06 feet; thence North 87 Degrees 36 Minutes 25 Seconds East, for a distance of 47.42 feet; thence South 65 Degrees 00 Minutes 23 Seconds East, for a distance of 33.09 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds East, for a distance of 43.26 feet to a point on the aforesaid Right of Way Line of Kaelyn Lane; point being on a non tangent curve, concave to the East, thence Southerly along said Right of Way Line and Curve, with a radius of 50.00 feet, through a central angle of 168 Degrees 27 Minutes 47 Seconds, for an arc distance of 147.01 feet (Chord of said Arc being South 05 Degrees 34 Minutes 32 Seconds West, 99.49 feet); thence South 00 Degrees 11 Minutes 35 Seconds East, along the West Right of Way Line of said Kaelyn Lane, for a distance of 192.32 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 1.569 acres, more or less. (LEGAL DESCRIPTION AS RECORDED IN O. R. BOOK 516, PAGE 957, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA). Name in which assessed: Integras Therapy & Wellness Ctrs, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 25th day ofApril, 2012. Dated this 20th day of March, 2012 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 22, 29, April, 5, 12, 2012 86616 PUBLIC NOTICE The City of Port St. Joe has been asked to consider approving a Lot Split Application from Applicant: John Timmons, Property Owner: George Boyer. Parcel # 04649-000R consists of lots 20, 22 & 24, Block 3 Unit 1. Please contact City Hall at (850)229-8261 with questions or concerns on or before 4/27/12. April 12, 19, 2012 86570S IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION CASE NO.: 5:11-cv-00341-RS-GRJ CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. GARY L. SMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that under and by virtue of the Final Judgment of Foreclosure rendered in the above-styled case on March 22, 2012, in the United States District Court For The Northern District Of Florida, in favor of the Plaintiff, the undersigned, appointed in that certain Order Appointing Special Master rendered March 30, 2012, will on the 11th day of May, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, offer for sale and sell at public outcry to the highest bidder, the following described property, situated, lying and being in Gulf County, Florida: Real Property Lots 2 and 20, Block 9 of YONS ADDITION TO BEACON HILL, according to the Plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page(s) 45, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Personal Property All rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, crops, timber, all diversion payments or third party payments made to crop producers, and all existing and future improvements, structure, fixtures and replacements that may now, or at anytime in the future, be part of the real property described above. All water wells, water, ditches, reservoirs, reservoir sites and dams located on the real estate and all riparian and water rights associated with the property, however established. For additional information concerning the above property contact: STEPHEN A. PITRE, ESQUIRE, Post Office Box 13010, Pensacola, Florida 32591-3010 or (850) 434-9200. All sales are subject to confirmation of the court. Method of payment is by postal money order or certified check made payable to Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Escrow Account. Ten (10) Percent of High/Acceptable bid in certified check or cashiers check will be accepted with the balance due within 48 hours. No cash will be accepted. 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 with the Clerk of the Court within 60 days after the sale. In accordance with the AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contact Jeffrey P. Whitton, Esquire, Post Office Box 1956, Panama City, FL 32402 or (850) 769-7040 not later than seven days prior to the sale to ensure that reasonable accommodations are available. DATED this 4th day of April 2012. SPECIAL MASTER: JEFFREY P. WHITTON, Esquire Florida Bar No. 329509 565 Harrison Ave. Post Office Box 1956 Panama City, FL 32402 Email: whittonpc@ comcast.net Phone: 850-769-7040 Fax 850-769-3014 April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 2012 86604S REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS AND PROPOSALS Pursuant to Sections 1013.45 (1) c, 255.103 and 287.055, Florida Statutes, the State of Floridas Consultants Competitive Negotiations Act, and the State Requirements for Educational Facilities 1999, the School Board of Gulf County will consider contracting with a Construction Manager to provide professional services for: Port St. Joe Elementary School Additions and Renovations Port St. Joe High School Renovations The scope of work will include pre-construction and construction services for the project. Business entities interested in providing Construction Management at Risk services to the Gulf County School Board are hereby notified that eight (8) copies of qualification statements for providing the required services must be delivered by 2:00 P.M., local time, April 27, 2012 to the reception desk of the Gulf County School Board. It is the sole responsibility of the respondents to assure delivery to the appropriate party. The owner cannot accept responsibility for incorrect delivery, regardless of reason. No submittals will be accepted after the time stipulated above. Qualifications submittal will not be accepted via facsimile. To request a copy of the Instructions for Proposers, and in order to receive notice of supplemental information, responses, addenda, or clarification(s) regarding the RFQ, firms must register via E-mail to glayfield@gulf. k12.fl.us or via facsimile letter to (850) 229-8371. Only firms formally registered per above will be notified. A pre-submittal meeting will be held to review the requirements of the Request for Qualifications and Proposals at 1:00 P.M., local time, at Gulf County School Board meeting room on April 13, 2012. A person or affiliate who has been placed on the convicted vendor list following a conviction for a public entity crime may not submit a bid on a contract to provide any goods or services to a public entity, may not submit a bid on a contract with a public entity for the construction or repair of a public building or public work, may not submit bids on leases of real property to a public entity, may not be awarded or perform work as a contractor, supplier, subcontractor, or consultant under a contract with any public entity, and may not transact business with any public entity in excess of the threshold amount provided in Section 287.017, for CATEGORY TWO for a period of 36 months from the date of being placed on the convicted vendor list. Contractors are subject to the provisions of the Jessica Lunsford Act (F.S. 1012.465) Background Screening Requirements for Certain Non-Instructional School District Employees and Contractors. Non-instructional school district employees or contractual personnel who are permitted access on school grounds when students are present, who have direct contact with students, or who have access to or control of school funds must meet Level 2 screening requirements as described in S. 1012.32. Contractual personnel shall include any vendor, individual, or entity under contract with a school or the School Board. The Gulf County School Board reserves the right to waive any informality in the selection process and to reject any or all Statements of Qualifications. April 12, 2012 86622S REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SERVICES City of Port St. Joe, Florida RFP No. 2012-02 The City of Port St. Joe is requesting sealed bids through April 27, 2012 at 3:00 PM, ET, from qualified Information Technology Companies to conduct Computer Hardware and Software Services. The preferred Company will be knowledgeable in local and state governmental regulations, Dell Hardware, MUNIS Software, VMware Esxi 3 & 4, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Terminal Server 2008 R2, Linux Enterprises 5, Postfix & Dovecot Mail Server, Enterasys Expedition series routers, Layer 3 managed network switching, CC Proxy internet proxy and certification in CJIS Security & Awareness Testing. Statements of proposals with an original signature and 3 copies should be submitted to: City of Port St. Joe 305 Cecil Costin Sr., Blvd Port St. Joe, FL. 32456 Bids must be clearly marked RFP #2012-02 Information Technology Services. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to waive informalities in any bid, to accept/or reject any or all bids, and to accept the bid in their judgment will be in their best interest. All bids shall remain firm for a period of sixty days after the opening. Questions regarding this solicitation or a more detailed description of the project may be addressed to: Charlotte Pierce, City Clerk City of Port St. Joe (850)229-8261 Ext 129 April 12, 19, 2012 86614S NOTICE OF SALE Under Florida State Law Self-Service Storage Facility Act 83.801.83.809, Gulf South Self Storage, located at 746 4th Street, Port St. Joe, FL will dispose of or sell to the highest bidder for cash the contents of the following units, No. 22 & No. 113. Items to be sold include miscellaneous florist supplies, tools and household goods. Time and date of sale will be April 20th, 2012 at 10:00AM, EDT. Contents may be redeemed by owners prior to sale for cash by contacting owner at Tel. No. 850-814-7400. April 12, 19, 2012 86767S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 580 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-07 R.E. No. 03083-400R Description of Property: Lot 40, Palm Breeze Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 4, Page 46, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida Name in which assessed: Charlotte M. (Rouse) Seabrooks All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86709S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Gulf Group Properties, LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No. 1400 Application No. 2012 -03 Year of Issuance: 2009 R.E. No. 06274-275R Description of Property:Lot 15, in Block C, according to the Plat of Treasure Bay, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 32, in the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Charles Sam Jones III and Kelly McCoy Jones All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 2nd day of May, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk March 29, April 5, 12, 19, 2012 86765S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 510 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-06 R.E. No. 02684-038R Description of Property: Lot H, Sunnywood Estates Unit 2, as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 17, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida, on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court. (SAID LOT AS SHOWN NOT INCLUDED IN PLAT). Name in which assessed: Mary Ann Jamerson All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86769S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Jerry M. Pybus Family Trust, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate Number: 244 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-05 R.E. No. 01517-033R Description of Property: COMMENCE at a St. Joe Paper Company Concrete Monument marking the Northeast Corner of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 3, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West along the North boundary line of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 3, 1149.76 feet to a found 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 6596 on the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street (a County maintained road having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence departing the North boundary line of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street, 204.49 feet to a found 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 0732; thence departing said Westerly right of way boundary line, North 85 Degrees 29 Minutes 00 Seconds West, 116.74 feet to a set 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556 for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING continue North 85 Degrees 29 Minutes 00 Seconds West, 180.00 feet to a found 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 0732; thence North 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds East, 115.00 feet to a set 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556; thence South 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds East, 180.37 feet to a set 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 7556; thence South 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds West 124.61 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A NON-EXCLUSIVE 20 FOOT WIDE EASEMENT FOR INGRESS AND EGRESS OVER, UPON AND ACROSS THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: COMMENCE at a St. Joe Paper Company Concrete Monument marking the Northeast Comer of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section 3, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West along the North boundary line of the Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of said Section 3,1149.76 feet to a found 1/2 diameter iron rod and cap, stamped L.B. 6596 on the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street (a County maintained road having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence departing the North boundary line of said Northwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along the Westerly right of way boundary line of North Dianna Street, 68.83 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING, continue South 03 Degrees 11 Minutes 12 Seconds West along said Westerly right of way boundary line, 20.02 feet; thence departing said Westerly right of way boundary line, North 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds West, 114.93 feet; thence North 04 Degrees 12 Minutes 12 Seconds East 20.04 feet; thence South 89 Degrees 29 Minutes 37 Seconds East, 114.58 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Vicki Carol Beatty All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 9th day of May, 2012. Dated this 3rd day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012 86893S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1008 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-08 R.E. No. 03816-460R Description of Property: Lot 32, Magnolia Bluff Subdivision as per official plat thereof as recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 3, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Henry C. Clark All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86777S PUBLIC NOTICE Hwy 22 Storage 1249 Hwy 22, Wewahitchka, FL #00 Frank Sexton #48 Jason Lowery #96 Molly Griffen will be open for sale on April 16, 2012 at 8:30 A.M. if payments are not brought up to date. April 5, 12, 2012 86897S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 566 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-10 R.E. No. 03040-225R Description of Property: Lot 5, Heron Walk Subdivision, according to the plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 31, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth E. Strange All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 86895S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Bill F. McCormick, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said Tax Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Parcel number, Certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 144 Date of Issuance: May 27, 2009 Application No: 2012-09 R.E. No. 00796-000R Description of Property: Lot Six (6), Block Two (2),Corrective Replat Riverside Park Subdivision, according to an official plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 38, of the Official Records of Gulf County, Florida. Lot 8, Block 2, Corrective Replat, Riverside Park Subdivision, according to Official file in the Office of Clerk of Circuit Court in Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kenneth R. Goodell All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate 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 16th day of May, 2012. Dated this 10th day of April, 2012. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk April 5, 12, 19, 26, May 5, 2012 Incorrect Insertion PolicyFor Classified In-column AdvertisersAll ads placed by phone are read back to the advertiser to insure correctness. The newspaper will assume correctness at the time of the read-back procedure unless otherwise informed. Please your ad. Advertisers are requested to check the advertisement on the first insertion for correctness. Errors should be reported immediately. Your Florida Freedom newspaper will not be responsible for more than one incorrect insertion, nor will it be liable for any error in advertisements to a greater extent than the cost of the space occupied by the error. Any copy change, during an ordered schedule constitutes a new ad and new charges. We do not guarantee position of ANY ad under any classification. Office furnishings, plus Couches, end tables, Lazy boys, conference tables and chairs, plus much more!!! Call: 850-653-2222 Port St Joe: 192 Griffin Ave, Off Lee Rd Money Bayou, Mile from Indian Pass Raw Bar, Saturday 4/14, 8am-??Must SeeDown to One Building! Antiques, several TVs (all working) DVRs, AC. Something for everyone!Text FL04986 to 56654

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B8| The Star Thursday, April 12, 2012 CLASSIFIEDS The Key to Savings Start here in Classifieds. Port St. Joe CommercialFor LeaseMarketed Exclusively by:850-229-6373 Retail / Of ce Space143 Acklins Island Drive-Cape San Blas+/1000sf; $10 psf mod gross; high visibility on Cape San Blas Road ; available May 1st212 Hwy 98-Town Centre Building1st, 2nd, 3rd oor suites avail; +/-1700-2250sf; $6.75-$8.75psf mod gross202 Marina Drive Centennial Bank Bldg 2nd & 3rd Floor Spaces Avail; +/-491-5,000sf; $12 psf mod gross 316 & 318 Reid Avenue Of ce /Retail; +/1,700sf; Can be subdivided; $13.25psf 101 Reid Avenue Seven of ce suites avail starting at $400 mo plus pro rata CAM 103 Reid Avenue Great of ce/retail location ready for occupancy; $10 psf mod gross 219 Reid Avenue Of ce/Retail; +/-5400 sf; subdividable $7 psf mod gross (former Goodwill) 235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail;+/-800sf-1800;$14psfmod gross 407 Reid Avenue +/-905sf; move in ready; $14psf mod-grossWarehouse / Flex Space110 Trade Circle West +/2500-7500sf suites, 14ft roll-up doors, dock high loading; inquire for terms 2790 Hwy 98 +/5,640 sf : Of ce / Warehouse; $8 psf mod gross; Property also available for sale; Inquire for terms; 17 separate storage units availableFor Sale223 Monument Avenue Four city lots fronting Hwy 98; $375,000 407 Reid Avenue+/4988 sf: 100% leased multi tenant bldg; On-site parking; $349,500401 Reid Avenue+/5400 sf: Retail space; $165,000; Avail for lease; Inquire for termsLoggerhead Restaurant Cape San Blas, +/-3000sf, FFE incl., .47 ac, on site-parking, sewer, asking $350,000. Short Sale 516 1st Street +/-11,400 sf of ce/warehouse : .09 acres; Four roll up and/or high clearance entryways; $395,000 320 Marina Drive Corner lot entry to Marina Cove : .14 acres; High visibility site; Call for details Marina Cove Lots 12, 13, & 14; $375,000 PSJ Commerce Park+/6.5 acre site : $119,900; owner nancing available235 W. Gulf Beach Drive Of ce/Retail; +/-5,335sf multi-tenant bldg St. George Island; Also avail for lease; $399,000 108 S. E. AVE. A CARRABELLE, FLORIDA 32322850-697-9604 850-323-0444 www.seacrestre.comwww. rst tness.com/carrabellePROPERTY MANAGEMENT AND RENTALSRENTALS3 BR 2BA, UNFURNISHED HOUSE Beautiful Bay View .........................................$800 2 BR MOBILE HOME UNFURNISHED Country, Private ..............................................$600 1 BR FURNISHED CONDO Nice, Includes Utilities.....................................$910 1 BR RIVER CONDO, BOAT SLIP 3 Night Minimum ..........................$105 Plus Daily 3 BR 1 BA, FURNISHED HOUSE Monthly Rate, Carrabelle ................................$850 1 BR 1BA, UNFURNISHED APT Lanark, Remodeled, Inc Water .......................$475 2 BR 1BA UNFURNISHED APT Lanark ............................................................$450 1 BR, SUN ROOM/DAY BED Furnished, Lanark, Inc Utilities ......................$650 OFFICE SPACE Hwy 98 Frontage, Carrabelle .....$550 Plus Utilities Price ReducedFSBO: 5.5 acres White City, Fl. Nice property, minutes to Intercoastal Water Way. Convenient to beaches, reasonable offers considered. Call 904-626-1482 Zone 3:1995 Cavalier 16x80 Mobile home. 3 bed, 2 ba. $10,000 obo Call: 850-653-2222 MULTI UNIT MULTI UNIT BUILDING BUILDINGFully Occupied 5400 total sq ft Downtown Reid Ave$249,900 Call: Call: 850.527.2560 850.527.2560 Your land or family land is all you need to buy a new home. Call 850-682-3344 PSJ, 3 br, 1 ba, all brick 404 Battles Street, corner lot -large yard. W/D incl $650/mo + dep. 301-265-5368 White City Clean 3/2 House!2 Blk from boat ramp, quiet, long term, $650 + Dep, Call 850-270-8757.Text FL03874 to 56564 Port St. Joe -Small Furnished 1br 1ba travel trailer on private lot, 2 blocks from the beach. $100/week or $350/mo. Includes utils. Small pet okay. Call 941-720-4941 White City3br, 2ba big decks, big yard two block from boat ramp $650/mo. 527-6822 ApalachicolaSouth Side. Historic House, totally renovated, bay breezes. Approx. 2800sf. $395,000 (850) 653-5853 For Sale or Trade $230,000 Lake Front home Toledo Bend Reservoir, Hamphill, Texas 3br, 2ba, 1 acre, boathouse, dock, pavilion, Call 409-579-1107 Publishers NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. For Rent Duplex2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, Large Kitchen & Family Room, Elevator, Swimming Pool, Game Room, T.V., Ice Machine, Laundry Room. Fully Furnished, includes Elec Power & Water, garbage pickup. $1,100 month. + $300 dep. Location: C30 2 mi East pass Raw Bar on left. 770-639-6203 Logistics/TransportNow HiringCaptains and MatesRetail help needed. Commission based, flexible schedule, part time. Shipwright Wood Boat builder with experience. Call (850) 274-1321 or send email augusta.west@ammfl.org. Web ID#: 34201917 Choice Commercial Space coming available on Reid Ave. Corner of 3rd, adjacent to Mulberry Square. Currently successful pet store. Call Patrick 850-527-6090 or Randy 251-978-2538 HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIESAccepting Applications *Full-time reservationist w/great benefits. *Part-time seasonal housecleaning inspectors. Both positions require weekend work. Apply in person 9-5 weekdays at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr, St. George Island Medical/HealthWeems MemorialIs now hiring for the following positions: Dietary Aide EMT Med Tech Lab Tech RN Applications are available at:www weemsmemorial.com &may be submitted to Ginny Griner, WMH HR Director, ggriner@ weemsmemorial.com By mail to: PO Box 580, Apalachicola, FL 32320, or FAXED to(850)-653-1879 Web ID 34203836 Medical/HealthCaring Peopleand CNAs needed. Join a team of people who make a difference in the lives of the elderly. Provide non medical companionship, in home help & personal care for the elderly. Must be flexible. PT leading to FT-positions available in Apalachicola, Mexico Beach and Port St. Joe areas.Home Instead Senior CareCall Mon-Thur 9-3pm 850-640-1223 or toll free 1-866-301-1919 Web ID#: 34204310 Text FL04310 to 56654 Spot Advertising works! Find the right person for your job today at emeraldcoastjobs.com Director, Gulf-Franklin Campus(Port St. Joe) Through strong leadership, oversee the operations of the Gulf-Franklin Campus and work with college o ces & the community to coordinate program and course o erings along with student services. Quali cations: Masters degree required; experience in higher education or educational administration desirable. Salary range starts at $50k/year, based on degree and experience. Apply by 4/27/12. Reporter/VideographerTo report college news and events such as a network a liate news reporter does; serve as the anchor, reporter & producer for college shows and news broadcasts; develop & script interesting news stories & human interest segments. Quali cations: HS diploma/equivalent & 1 yr. exp. in ENG/videography/editing, more requirements online. Range starts at $9.71/hour. Previous applicants are still considered and dont need to reapply.Apply by 4/27/12.Women & minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. Application (must be completed) & additional info:www.gulfcoast.edu/hr GCSC is an EA/EO/M/F/Vet employer. GCSC Equity O cer 850.872.3866 JOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions: Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operator, Waste Water Treatment Plant Please submit an application to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Positions will close on March 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on quali cations. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. North Florida Child Development, Inc.is seekingTeachers/Substitutes for our 0-5 year old classrooms at our Gulf County Centers Prefer a minimum of a CDA (FCCPC) Pickup Applications at the Center Or send resumes to smcgill@ oridachildren.orgDFWP/M-F/7-5/EOESouth Gulf County 153 Red sh Street Port St. Joe, FL Terri Bird, Center Manager (850) 229-6415 North Gulf County 131 West River Road Wewahitchka, FL Jana Miller, Center Manager (850) 639-6520 Fry Cook, Counter Help & Ice Cream Scoopers NeededAPPLY: Steamers Hot Dogs112 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, FL g Logistics/TransportDriver WantedGulf County ARC & Transportation is accepting applications for a part-time driver. Hours vary depending upon need. Must possess a valid drivers license and be capable of lifting. Applicants must pass a physical, drug test, and background screening before hire. Applications may be picked up at our office at 122 Water Plant Road, Port St. Joe, Florida. Closing date for receiving applications will be April 20, 2012, 4:00 EST. Please call 229-6550 for more information. Gulf County ARC & Transportation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and maintains a Drug-Free workplace. Web ID#: 34204707 Business/MgmtDeputy DirectorThe Apalachicola Riverkeeper, a nonprofit corporation and 501(c)(3) public charity, is seeking a Part-Time Deputy Director. Details at www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org/deputy_director0.aspx. Web ID#: 34204232 Text FL04232 to 56654 Food Svs/HospitalityThe Water Street HotelFull Service Cook. Apply at Water Street Hotel 329 Water Street, Apalachicola Food Svs/HospitalityThe Water Street HotelIs recruiting hospitality minded people in key positions. Applicants should be well groomed, pleasant, computer savvy, willing to work a variety of shifts and positions, and be drug free. Resumes may be submitted to or applications obtained from the Hotel front desk. Competitive wages. EOE. 329 water street, Apalachicola Bldg Const/TradesJOB NOTICEThe City of Port St. Joe (pop. 3445) is accepting applications for the following positions:Operator Trainee/ or Licensed Operators, Water Treatment PlantPlease submit an application and cover letter along with five references to The City of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB 278, Port St. Joe, Fl. 32457. Applications and a full job description can be found on our website cityofportstjoe.com. If you have any questions, please contact Charlotte Pierce at (850)229-8261. The Position will close on April 27, 2012. The entry level salary for an operator trainee will be $12.08 per hr. All other licensed operators will be based on qualifications. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace. Web ID#: 34204960 Mexcio Beach 408 California Dr.Sat. April 14th 8am -12pmMoving SaleFurniture, movies, and to much to list. Text FL04728 to 56654 Port St. Joe-1007 10th Street, April 13th and 14th, 10 am to 3 pmFace Thrift Hut Tent SaleText FL04344 to 56654 Sweatmore Strawberry RanchOPEN MAR 22nd 8AM Weather Permitting Mon-Sat 8am-7pm Sunday 8am-5pm 850-722-4819