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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 TABLE 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 DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COMThe team from Sunset Coastal Grill took home third place in the annual chili cook-off.By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Linda Tschudi came before the Port St. Joe City Commission last week with a straightforward request: Ensure that commissioners focus on the entire city, not just the south, not just the north. Tschudi was there to express frustration with two projects, or lack of progress on such projects. One is for streetlights and sidewalks on Dr. David Langston Drive, a cause dear to Tschudis heart as the late Langston was her brother. As was explained to Tschudi, the city and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency are applying for grants one it was said during last weeks meeting was near approval to put in street lights. The Florida Department of Transportation has sidewalks on Langston Drive the lone connector of the north and south neighborhoods once divided by railroad tracks among projects on its district ve-year plan, though Clay Smallwood with Preble Rish Engineers said it would be at least two years before funding was available. The other target of Tschudis dismay was the ongoing delay on installation of water and sewer pipes in the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe. My water is chocolate brown, she said. What about our tax money? What do we get for our tax money? We can only take so much. City commissioners carved out the area of North Port St. Joe in the rst phase of water pipe replacement the city is targeting some 20 miles of aged pipes in stages because By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com For several years, the Board of County Commissioners has examined alternative revenue streams to address essential services. Come Tuesday, commissioners will provide themselves exibility to seriously consider those alternatives in 2014 when they hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. ET in the BOCC meeting room. During that hearing, the board will consider a resolution that would put commissioners in position to pass during 2014 any measure to create a taxing mechanism for several pressing issues: mandatory garbage and the land ll, beach nourishment, road paving or stormwater problems, county administrator Don Butler said. The resolution, which must be passed by Jan. 1 or by March 1 provided approval from the tax collector and property appraiser, would put in place the process for creating a Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) or Municipal Services Bene t Unit (MSBU). The difference is in the levying. An MSBU is based on a uniform fee each property owner pays the same amount for a bene t, for example to have mandatory garbage pickup. The MSTU is assessed on property value. The local bonding mechanism for the beach nourishment project during the prior decade was through a series of MSTUs, with owners of Gulf-front property assessed a higher rate based on value than owners of inland property. The resolution would provide commissioners, who already have a voter referendum on mandatory By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Gulf County is beginning to see some of that longpromised money from BP after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Last week in Panama City, Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Herschel Vinyard of cially announced additional restoration and recreational use projects which had been funded under the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) umbrella. Gulf County received just under $3 million to fund ve projects. Until last week, the projects funded under NRDA environmental parameters had been focused in Escambia County. The Gulf County projects are: Highland View boat ramp; $176,550; Indian Pass boat ramp; $176,550; Beacon Hill Veterans Memorial Park improvements; $588,500; WindMark Beach Fishing Pier improvements; $1.77 million; Frank Pate Park Boat Ramp; $806,972. These grants are really good for economic development and for tourism, said Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council. Obviously, the improvements are big for us as 30 percent of our visitors come here to access the water. Ramps and parks, thats what people want. These grants aligned with our research perfectly. The major funding is for the construction of a new public-access shing pier at WindMark Beach, addressing a strong desire in the community for improved access to the beaches and By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Holiday cheer was of cially brought to Port St. Joe last weekend during the 13th annual Christmas on the Coast. The festivities began on Friday night at City Commons Park, where Santa Claus was in the gazebo, ready and waiting for children to make gift requests. Horse-drawn carriage rides were available for $5 that took riders on a scenic tour of downtown Port St. Joe. Not to be left out of the holiday spirit, The Artery Studio featured 19 different artists during its Artful Gifts sale and annual open house. Revelers enjoyed holiday-themed artwork, snacks and conversation. On Saturday, the nal Salt-Air Farmers Market of the season took over City Commons Park with more than 20 vendors selling fresh produce, homemade crafts and stocking stuffers. Event organizer John Parker said he was surprised that the best weather theyd had all season happened to coincide with a Christmas-themed event. Throughout the market, live music lled the air courtesy of local Christian-rock band Thirty Three and musicians Diane Peavy and Greg Wood. Simultaneously, the annual Chili Cook-off presented by the Junior Service League was held in the Sailors Cove parking lot and welcomed 25 teams who competed for the title of Best Chili in Port St. Joe. Almost $5,000 was raised from the event, which will help fund County receives almost $3 millionDeepwater Horizon money to be used toward recreational projects BOCC positions for alternative revenueResident urges unity for entire city PHOTOS BY WES LOCHER | The StarThose in the parade on Friday treated the audience to candy and cold drinks. At right, Santa set up shop at City Commons Park last Friday to hear gift ideas. At center, The Artery opened their doors for their annual Christmas sale and open house. the board will consider a resolution that would put commissioners in position to pass during 2014 any measure to create a taxing mechanism for several pressing issues: mandatory garbage and the land ll, beach nourishwhich must be passed The Star City Commission last week with a straightforward request: Ensure that commissioners focus on the entire city, not just the south, not just the north. Tschudi was there to exunity for entire city unity for entire city duce, homemade crafts and cide with a Christmas-themed Throughout the market, live music lled the air courtesy of local Christian-rock band Thirty Three DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM The team from Sunset Coastal Grill took home third place in the cal Christian-rock band Thirty Three and musicians Diane Peavy and Simultaneously, the annual Chili Cook-off presented by the Junior Service League was held in the Sailors Cove parking lot and welcomed 25 which will help fund cal Christian-rock band Thirty Three and musicians Diane Peavy and CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST sale and open house. Coastal cheerChristmas on the Coast rings in the holiday season for Port St. JoeSee DEEPWATER A8 See REVENUE A5 See UNITY A8 See CHEER A5Opinion . . . . . . . . . . . .A4Outdoors . . . . . . . . . . . .A6 Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . .A7Community . . . . . . . . . . B1School News . . . . . . . . . . B3Faith . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, December 12, 2013 HolidayDeadlines ChristmasWeekWednesday,December18thby2pm SantaLettersWednesday,December18thby2pm NewYear'sWeekMonday,December30thby2pm eStarandTimeswishyouallavery happyandhealthyholidayseason!Toallow ourstatoenjoytheholidaywiththeir families,thefollowingearlydeadlineshave beenset.Pleasereserveyourspaceearly. Weappreciateyourbusinessandlook forwardtoworkingwithyounextyear! PUBLICNOTICENOTICEISHEREBYGIVENthattheCityCommissionoftheCityofPortSt.Joe,Florida,at itsmeetingonthe7thdayofJanuary,2014,at6:00P.M.,EST,intheregularCommissionmeetingroom attheMunicipalBuilding,PortSt.Joe,Florida,willhavethe2ndreadingandconsiderfornaladoption anOrdinancewiththefollowingtitle: CopiesoftheOrdinanceareavailableforpublicinspectionatCityofPortSt.JoeCityhall, locatedat305CecilG.CostinSr.,Blvd.,PortSt.Joe,Florida. Interestedpersonsmayattendandbeheardatthepublichearingorprovidecommentsin writingtotheCityCommissioners,CityofPortSt.JoeCityHall,305CecilG.Costin,Sr.,Blvd.,Port St.Joe,Florida.Transactionsofthepublichearingwillnotberecorded.Personswishingtoappealany decisionmadeduringthehearingwillneedarecordoftheproceedingandshouldensureaverbatim recordismade,includingthetestimonyonwhichtheappealisbased.Anypersonwhowishestoattend andrequiresassistancemaycalltheCityClerksOfceat(850)229-8261,Ext.114. ANORDINANCEOFTHECITYOFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDA, AMENDINGTHECAPITALIMPROVEMENTSELEMENTOFTHE COMPREHENSIVEPLAN;AMENDINGTHEFIVEYEARCAPITAL IMPROVEMENTPLAN;ADOPTINGTHEUPDATEDSCHOOL DISTRICTFIVEYEARWORKPLAN;PROVIDINGFORREPEAL OFALLORDINANCESORPARTSOFORDINANCESINCONFLICT HEREWITH,PROVIDINGFORSEVERABILITY,ANDPROVIDING FORANEFFECTIVEDATE. CITYCOMMISSIONOFTHECITY OFPORTST.JOE,FLORIDA BY:S/ MELMAGIDSON,JR Mayor-Commissioner Attest:S/ CharlotteM.Pierce CityClerk Itstimetogothroughyourclosets forthoseunwantedpairsofshoes, inreasonablecondition. Youcanbringtheshoesto CoastalFootandAnkleClinic locatedat221HWY98. DonationswillgotoFranklinsPromise andwillbedistributedatthe CommunityServiceCenter (OldApalachicolaHighSchool) at19214thStreetinApalachicola. DistributionwillbeDecember3rd and17thfrom9:00amto12:00pm. isproudtoannouncethe isnowunderway.Helpthoseinneed. Youcancall653-FEET(3338)formoreinformation.12thAnnual SHOEDRIVE By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com The one percent was no solution. Having spent months examining ways to improve the conditions and safety on the countys beaches, the Tourist Development Council advisory board got a look at a pilot program for 2014. The program will not involve an increase in bed taxes. That proposal had come primarily out of the Board of County Commissioners which perceived the additional revenue generated as an augment to the Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce budget and in turn an enhanced law enforcement presence in the beaches. That discussion was driven by several factors, most prominently an increase in petty crime in the tourist corridors and the overall condition of the beaches, particularly as it involved trash and the detritus of a vacation. The central focus of debate was economic: could the GCSO increase its presence on the beaches given current budget constraints and if not where would funds to increase that presence come. The BOCC proposed a 1 percent increase in bed taxes; the TDC advisory board was sharply split. Obviously the one cent was a dividing issue, said TDC executive director Jennifer Jenkins. And the revenue from the one cent could only bespent for narrow purposes one of which would be a beach safety program but Jenkins said as she, county attorney Jeremy Novak and Sheriff Mike Harrison researched the proposal reality became apparent. All the research we did we found the one cent was not really a t for us, Jenkins said. But we do have issues on the beach that we have to address. Hence what Jenkins is calling the Beach Ambassador program which she put to her advisory board to positive feedback last week. Under the program, Jenkins would hire and train three part-time employees to be a presence on the beaches on St. Joseph Peninsula, Indian Pass and St. Joe Beach. They are to see and be seen, Jenkins said. Working with other organizations, most especially the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department and the GCSO, the employees will be part code enforcement ofcer, Jenkins said, but primarily brand ambassadors, enhancing the image of Gulf County as a place to come and enjoy the water and, if desired, the solitude. It is really about brand management, Jenkins said. It is a way of talking to people. It is Hospitality 101. On the code enforcement side, if the ambassador sees someone driving on the beach sans permit they can gently tell the driver that they can visit the Welcome Center which will sell beach driving permits this year or the Tax Collectors Ofce to obtain a permit. The ambassador can provide directions. If they see an individual out on the beach with a beer bottle, they can greet the tourist while letting them know plastic would be better and is county law. Same for pets an ambassador can admire the pet, one-on-one with the owner, while reminding of leash laws. Lastly, Jenkins said, these ambassadors will assist as the county moves toward more of a Leave No Trace model, encouraging folks to pick up and pack up their things for the night after a day in the sun. This is where code enforcement and hospitality intertwine. They can talk to them face to face and just give them the information with a smile, Jenkins said. That is how Gulf County is. The ambassadors will also be county employees who can keep the TDC and BOCC abreast of how the new beach cleaning contractor is performing and can, in short, be extra eyes to nip potential problems before they might escalate. Beach safety will really be enhanced, Jenkins said. The ambassadors can also serve as walking informational kiosks, providing visitors with information about local landmarks and businesses, essential contacts, the environment and species that call this slice home and all things Gulf County sun and water. The foundation of the program will be folding all ordinances that pertain to the beaches and tourist activities in one ordinance. Beach driving and leash laws are separate, for example. Should there be campres on the beach? The aim is to have one overriding ordinance to provide a mandate for ambassadors for the code enforcement side. There will be new and updated signage, Jenkins told the advisory board, and put it all together into one comprehensive program. That program, she added, would become a partner tool kit that will turn into what amounts to a grass roots branding campaign. And the lone investment, she said, would be on equipment and training.TDC maps beach ambassador program FILE PHOTOA Beach Ambassador program aims to enhance a visitors stay with information and code enforcement with a hospitality touch.It (beach ambassador program) is really about brand management, Jenkins said. It is a way of talking to people. It is Hospitality 101.Jennifer Jenkins TDC executive director
LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, December 12, 2013 By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star firstname.lastname@example.org Five becomes four. At the end of last weeks preagenda workshop, Mexico Beach Councilman Lanny Hall announced hed be resigning at the beginning of January. Howell told the council and those in attendance that he and his wife would be relocating to Arkansas in order to spend more time with their grandchildren. Ive enjoyed it, said Howell of his four years on the council. It was a hard decision, but family comes rst. Howell said that he and his wife plan to become snowbirds and will spend their winters in Mexico Beach. Mayor Al Cathey expressed his remorse at hearing Howells resignation but took the opportunity to wish him the best. The remaining councilmembers provided words of encouragement to Howell and quickly moved to discussion of how a replacement would be found. The new member of the council will be appointed by the current members. Mexico Beach residents interested in the position should submit a letter of interest to city hall no later than Dec. 31. At some point in January, a special meeting will be held to speak with candidates and nd the best t. Another week goes by and the Historic Parker House still stands empty and burnt. After obtaining a second evaluation of the buildings foundation from Nova Engineering, the results of which echoed the opinion of the council that it was unsafe to rebuild upon, the council awaits the nal decision from the insurance company. The council hopes to receive an extra $87,000 in funds to pay for damages to the foundation from a re two years ago, but hasnt received any money in the past two years. They promised us an answer back as soon as they can, said Councilman Jack Mullen, who was spearheading the communication with the insurance company. Mullen said that the insurance company had sent Novas assessment to their own engineers for further investigation, but that he expected an answer in the next few weeks. They sent the claim to their engineers for review, Cathey said. That seems to be the case for the last 14 months. Councilwoman Tanya Castro asked Mullen if they could give the insurance company a deadline for their response and a nal decision, but Mullen said that he didnt feel like they were on a level bargaining eld with the company. Mullen said that if the insurance company decided not to reimburse the city for the foundation, it would have to cover the expenses of removal. Members of the community who were present expressed their desire to see progress made on the new city hall and Castro agreed that the council should make a decision and move forward. Im not saying that we walk away from the money, Castro said. But Im also not saying we walk away and do nothing. All members of the council agreed that they want to see progress on replacing the burntout building with a new city hall. Cathey encouraged Mullen to touch base with the insurance company if he hadnt heard anything by the rst of the year. We do keep in contact, Mullen said. The citizens are not happy. Theyre tired of looking at it. They want some action.By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com At the nal school board meeting of 2013, the bid for the new gymnasium oor at Port St. Joe Elementary School was accepted in a unanimous vote. After receiving three bids, the board went with RAM Enterprises, who will complete the project for $114,657 and are already prequalied to work in the district. The project is expected to take approximately six weeks and is slated to begin over Christmas break while students are off. Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton reiterated that the money for the project doesnt come from the taxpayers, but rather a pot of money made up of license tag renewal funds that nets the board approximately $15,000 each year. The money needs to be used every ve years or lost. Projects eligible for the funds must also have been on both a ve-year work plan and a project priority list. The funds cannot be used for landscaping or competition-based facilities. Wed be close to losing half of the money if there wasnt something on the list, said Norton. Were getting a quality gym oor. During a workshop held last month, Hank Blackman of RAM Enterprises in Montgomery, Ala. presented specications to the board that would not only address the moisture issues that had caused the gymnasium oor to warp, but also bring the oor up to date with current standards. Blackman analyzed the existing oor and revealed that stagnant air had made its way between the suboor and maple oor and disintegrated the vapor barrier. To avoid future moisture issues, the maintenance team will install several fans in the crawlspace under the oors to circulate air if the temperatures increase. The previous oor lasted 50-60 years, Norton said. We shouldnt have to address it again unless theres a major catastrophe.Mexico Beach councilmember resignsPSJE gym oor upgrade approved by school boardSPECIAL TO TT HE STARCouncil continues to examine options for Parker House.
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My eight year old grandson was speaking a language of which I was not familiar. It sounded more like Buck Rodgers dialogue than a Christmas wish list to me. He punctuated this enigmatic catalog with, these are the best Christmas toys ever! What was my wife always telling me, Seize the moment! I sat Luke down to gently correct him a mite, army men, son, ARMY MEN! I didnt want to miss a teaching moment. And every child should understand and appreciate the virtues of those near bout indestructible little green ghting gurines. There were Christmases when that was all we got. And you talk about a blessing! David Mark and I lined them up across the braided rug and attacked the Japanese dug in on Iwo Jima; we scaled the beaches at Normandy, we retook the Philippines, we captured the Bridge over the river Kwai in tack. We knew when to move the ri emen, lying on their bellies, forward. We brought up the bazooka guys just in the nick of time. And we always saved the grenade throwers for the last big push. I gure we won every battle fought during World War II a hundred times, or so. We awarded the ones that displayed great bravery and we held elaborate ceremonies to bury our dead with full military honors. And that was only the beginning. We traded them on occasion. The ame thrower was worth two of those men with their ri es held high over their heads like they were crossing a river. Most of the others were about an even swap, except for the guy kneeling with the machine gun. He was kinda like a Mickey Mantle baseball card; he was not for sale, barter, swap, trade or loan out! When we tired of shooting Germans, we played hide and go seek with the men. We lined them up side by side and tumbled them down like dominoes. We stacked them up on each other and built giant pyramids. We taped them together at times and hung a string of them off the arm of the couch. We talked to them, encouraged them, gave them the ole take one for our country speech when we sent them on a desperate mission. If we tired of these games, wed hide behind the dining room table and the big chair in the living room and threw them at each other. You talk about a war! With no TV to draw in the pictures, our games were limited only by our imagination. If we could think of it, we tried it. We held them underwater to see how long they could survive. We cut on them with a kitchen knife. When we tired of the paint by number kits, we camou aged them in white and sent them into the Battle of the Bulge. We laid them on the railroad tracks to see how tough they really were. When Leon, with his shoes in his hands, was quietly slipping in past curfew after a date with one of the Houston sisters, wed have army men strategically placed across the hall oor. Hed wake up the whole house dancing off of those things! As we grew older, they matured right along with us. We learned to mix sulfur, potassium nitrate and charcoal into a crude form of gunpowder. Those faithful army men lined up and volunteered to be blown away. We meticulously placed the soldier looking though the binoculars and the guy with the ri e over his head on the concrete side porch, piled the explosives up to their knees, and lit the fuse. Whoosh! A lot of those volunteers lived through it only to be blown up again. They cant make a toy today with that much loyalty and dedication. One Christmas we got a Red Ryder BB gun. We quickly tired of shooting at the cedar tree, the mailbox and each other. We set up our army men in the bank of the ditch that ran along the road in front of Aunt Jessie Killebrews house. We backed across the road, laid down in the opposite ditch, and went to picking off the soldiers one by one! Wed dig our spent BBs out of the dirt, reset the men, and ght till dark called us home. We buried a time capsule a mason jar lled with our most prized possessions in that eld behind the house. Included with the magnet, frog skeleton and Stan Musial baseball card was the kneeling machine gun man. You cant pay a toy a higher tribute than that! The week after Mom died I was rummaging around in the attic and came across the chard remains of the little green army man with the ri e held above his head. The tears carried me back to a braided rug, the warmth of a winters re and a time and place that surrounded me with love. I wouldnt trade nothing in the world for that childhood! I set the lone soldier gently back in his place. I thought of the explosions and bullets hed taken on my behalf. And here he stood, after all the years, silently defending the house to the very end. Lets see one of those X Box One machines do that!RespectfullyKes If you are a dog person, chances are you understand dogs and their desire to get to ride in cars and hang their heads out of windows or up through the sun roof. My dogs have always loved getting to ride in the car. They seem to enjoy the riding part, and when I come to a stop or slow down; they seem to get a little excited. The dogs are hoping for a new adventure, a new smell or a new patch of uncharted grass I suppose. There are dog experts who like to discuss the various reasons they think dogs enjoy car rides so much. Some of these experts think that it is the hunter aspect and dogs associate the ride in the car with going on a hunt. Honestly, I think dogs just like looking out the car window at interesting things and taking naps. That makes sense to me. Thats what I enjoy. The other morning, I dropped my car off to be serviced. My car has more than 200,000 miles, but it also has a lot of memories. These memories include baseball teams, muddy and snowy shoes and boots, and dogs riding happily in my car. My car seems to be nearing the end of its life. It has served me well. As I rode away from dropping off my car, I panicked. I realized I had left my dog in the back of my car. What would they think of me? I dont know and honestly I didnt care. You see, the dog I left in my car was my rst dog. He was one heck of dog. Was Yes, I know, it sounds strange, but then when you think about it, there is a good reason. My rst dog was a big black Standard Poodle his name was Baldwin. Baldwin simply means bold friend. And that is exactly what he was Baldwin guarded the house, he guarded the children and he loved riding in the car. In the back of my worn out car is a box, with a bag in it. The sealed bag contains Baldwins remains. Folks put ashes on the mantle, in fancy boxes and bottles I gured I would put him where he enjoyed being. In my opinion, it would be riding in the car with me. I loved my dog and he loved me. I think I will just let him ride with me until its my time to go and Ill take him with me. On a happier note, I got a call from home the other afternoon. My family was yelling and screaming with joy. What on earth is going on? I asked. You wont believe it! they said. It seems my current dog, who is walking on all fours, still getting into the trash and piling up on the sofa like a 16 year-old boy, had done something spectacular. I asked them, Well, what did he do? They said it together, still sounding like they had just nished running around the house a few hundred times, He raised his leg and wet on a bush. I dropped the phone. Then I picked it up. I asked them, Are you kidding me? They of course said, No, he really did. Now I was getting excited I asked, Did you take a picture? They did not take a picture, I guess they were too excited and not prepared for this yardchanging event. You see, my current dog, Doolittle, is also a black Standard Poodle. The veterinarian classi es him as a Giant Standard Poodle because of his size hes very large and weighs close to 100 pounds. As big as he is and as old as he is (6+ years), he had never raised his leg like this before. I do not know why, some dogs are just late guring things out I guess. However, I am proud to say he has gured it out. If you are a dog person, you understand why I continue to let my rst dog ride in the car and you also understand my excitement about my current dog enjoying our yard a little more. Find more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com.Page 4 Thursday, December 12, 2013Toy Story: the prequel HUNKER DOWNKesley ColbertBeing a dog person CRANKS MY TRACTORBN Heard Thanks for removing signDear Editor, On behalf of the owners and residents of Beacon Hill, we would like to extend our thanks to District 3 County Commissioner Joanna Bryan for her assistance in getting the dilapidated sign at Beacon Hill Park removed. Our sincere gratitude also to the BOCC staff and the Public Works Department for the successful removal efforts. The elimination of the rusted wreck is a holiday gift to all who have endured the eyesore for years. The view from the Veterans Memorial is vastly improved. Thank you for helping us turn around our park in Beacon Hill for all to enjoy. Sincerely,Jennifer CorbinBeacon HillGulf County GOP thanks all for food driveDear Editor, The Republican Party Stock the Food Pantry drive in November was incredibly successful. County residents were in the spirit and very generous. Six truck/carloads of prebagged grocery staples were delivered to the Pantry. Gift cards for perishable items purchased with cash donations. Special thanks also to Boy Scout Troop 47 who supported the event at the Dollar General Store. Our greatest thanks and a special salute however must go to Mr. George Duren and the employees of the Piggly Wiggly. They spent many hours stocking selected items in prepacked $5 and $10 bags of the needed items. This made donating very simple. Their attitude was positive, helpful, and very inspiring throughout the campaign. Thank you! You are a great asset to our community. The event was so successful that the Gulf County Republican Party is working the logistics of holding the drive quarterly. Party volunteers enjoyed the experience, and are enthusiastic about future opportunities to support our neighbors.The Gulf County Republican Party Travelers leave with great impression of PSJDear Editor, Last week we spent Thanksgiving in the Panhandle with family. We decided to take the scenic way home to Bradenton, via Highway 98. We stopped and enjoyed ourselves along the way, and by the time we got to Port St. Joe, the sun was down and we were still seven hours from home. We stopped at your McDonalds and when we went to start up again, our car wouldnt start. A wonderful young lady at McDonalds, Jessie, took our rescue on as her mission! She was like the Port St. Joe hospitality committee, Chamber of Commerce and Yellow Pages all wrapped into one lovely guardian angel! She could not have been any nicer and helpful! She got us connected with BJs Garage, Mr. Dixsons Taxi, and would have gotten us a tow truck if we hadnt already called one. She was so nice and helpful. BJ was also great and opened up his shop on Saturday afternoon to x our car, even though he was supposed to be off for the holiday weekend! The folks in your town are so nice. It is wonderful small towns like yours that make this country great! We enjoyed spending the night and plan to come back to stay on purpose next year! Brenda HudsonBradenton PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR Letters to the EDITOR
LocalThe Star| A5Thursday, December 12, 2013garbage assessment scheduled for November 2014, the ability to act in 2014 or not. I think it ts in our looking for added sources of revenue, said Commissioner Warren Yeager, who added that he would only favor the additional revenue if balanced by a reduction of county property taxes. Yeager long has stated a desire to place less of a burden on ad valorem taxpayers and more on the users of services. Commissioner Ward McDaniel related a story about winemakers and wine drinkers and how those who drink the wine dont stomp the grapes. It is time some of those tasting the wine stomp some of the grapes, McDaniel said. We should at least draft it and have it on hand. County attorney Jeremy Novak and Butler noted that the resolution would only map the process and intent. It would be up to commissioners to formally pursue any option with due diligence and public input required. The resolution will lay out the steps to be taken, Novak said. There will be plenty of time for additional public input. Commissioners have considered a variety of ways to raise additional revenue in a time of declining property values and rising costs associated with the land ll and law enforcement. Those have included additional gas taxes, increases in bed taxes and service fees. None has found consensus among at least three commissioners.BEACON HILL SIGNThe old Beacon Villa sign at the entrance to Beacon Hill Park Veterans Memorial Park nally came down last week, much to the relief of residents (see Page A5) and District 3 Commissioner Joanna Bryan. It was quite a project, Bryan said. Ive had a lot of calls thanking us for bringing that eyesore down. The sign is to be stored at the Public Works yard and can only be reclaimed by owner Bill Williams after he reimburses the county for the costs of removal.AMERICUS DITCHButler said he had two recent meetings with Preble Rish Engineers Inc. President/CEO Ralph Rish about the ditch project and reported to commissioners that Rish would craft a plan of action for submittal to the BOCC. Butler said the plan should be forthcoming in a matter of days, and he would bring the matter back to the board at its next meeting in January.AGENDA/ INFORMATION PACKETCommissioners approved a policy for information to be included in the bi-weekly Information Packet that accompanies each agenda, essentially establishing a work ow from public through staff to commissioners as nal arbiters of what stays or goes. The Information Packet will continue to be provided to the public with the agenda. However, those items will no longer be sent out through the Clerk of Courts email blast list, Clerk Becky Norris said. Because the les can be voluminous and are already posted on the county website, Norris said beginning in January, her of ce no longer will be disseminating the agenda and information packet by email. REVENUE from page A1 community service works of the JSL, which include the purchase of clothing and school supplies for area children. It was our biggest year yet, event organizer Kaci Rhodes said. I would say we had maybe 250-300 people in attendance throughout the day. Before the event, judges had a blind taste test and graded each chili on taste, texture and appearance. First place and of cial bragging rights went to Monumental Chili, which banked $100 cash for the win. Second place and winner of $75 was Beachcombers III, and third place went to Sunset Coastal Grill, along with a $50 prize. The team spirit award was reserved for the team that best decorated its area for the event. Team Chili Chili Bang Bang won $50 for their spirit and promptly donated it back to the JSL. At the end of the day, team Chillin at the Dunes possessed the most tickets, meaning most bowls of chili sold, and received the Peoples Choice Award. They also donated their winnings to the JSL. This Chili Cook-off wouldnt have been a success if it werent for the help of my co-chair Jessica Brock and JSL president Michelle Perrin, Rhodes said. It was a great location, and everyone seemed to have a great day. Thank you for everyones support to our league; it is greatly appreciated. Live music for the event was provided by Konkrete Soul on the Haughty Heron stage. As dusk rolled over downtown Port St. Joe, holiday lights supplied by the Merchants Association illuminated the trees up and down Reid Avenue in preparation for the annual Christmas parade. The goal this year was to get more businesses involved, said Chamber of Commerce director Paula Pickett. We were successful in that. Last year we had three businesses, and this year there were 14 who participated. More than 50 oats spread holiday cheer and candy as they coasted down the street. Holiday lights shone and Christmas tunes blared as the Port St. Joe school band, followed by the Boy Scouts, myriad classic cars and golf carts of every shape and size. Pickett extended a warm thank you to Jimmy Rogers and the city staff who hung lights and put up holiday decorations around Port St. Joe. We always have a list of things we need, and Jimmy makes us all happy, Pickett said. Rogers even drove Santa Claus sleigh as the jolly old elf made his grand entrance at the end of the parade, of cially ushering in the Christmas season. The event went off smoothly and was a true community effort, Pickett said. The local merchants held extended store hours with fantastic deals, and theyre showing us that there are plenty of places to buy Christmas presents locally. The chili cook-off was a fantastic time, and it will just get bigger and better.WES LOCHER | The StarHorse-drawn carriage rides offered a scenic stroll through downtown Port St. Joe.DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COMFloats consisted of cars, trucks, golf carts and even the four-legged variety. CHEER from page A1 COURTESY OF JOE MIZERECK | Special to The StarKonkrete Soul kept the Chili Cook-off crowd moving. and the city staff who hung lights and put up holiday decorations around Port St. We always have a list of things we need, and Jimmy makes us all happy, PickThe event went off smoothly and was a true community effort, Pickett said. The local merchants held extended store hours with fantastic deals, and theyre showing us that there are plenty of places to buy Christmas presents locally. The chili cook-off was a fantastic time, and it will just Special to The Star DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COMSPECIAL TO THE STARWES LOCHER | The StarTOP RIGHT: Santa came into town on the nal oat, bringing plenty of Christmas cheer along. CENTER: Santa visited Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf earlier in the day to spend time with patients. BOTTOM: The annual Christmas parade took over Reid Avenue with more than 50 oats, including the Florida Forest Service.
Email outdoors news to tcroft@ star .com OUTDOORSwww.starfl.comSection Section A By FRANK SARGEANTfranksargeant@charternet You dont see a lot of Crimson Tide hats on the charter boat skippers along the endless docks in Destin; this is Seminole Country, and with FSU seemingly headed toward a titanic clash with Bama in January, the garnet and gold is everywhere here. Except on the head of Capt. Mike Parker, Birmingham, Ala., native and angler extraordinaire. Parkers hat seems held together with salt spray and sh slime, but you can still see the script A and the checkerboard pattern in faded glory. But these days hes a Floridian in all but college football. Parker and his wife, Capt. Marguerite Parker, have been running his Silver King charter service for more than a decade here, out of what is arguably the worlds largest charter boat harbor, just east of the Destin/Fort Walton Beach bridge on U.S. 98. I joined Capt. Mike for a four-hour ounder charter on a visit there last week, right on time for the annual run of these tasty at sh. The sh come out of Choctawhatchee Bay on the rst cold fronts of fall and stay on the nearshore reefs until at least Christmas, Parker said. A couple of good anglers can put a limit in the boat anytime we get reasonable weather during that period. Flounder are bottom sh, thus their doormat design; they lie on the bottom partially covered with sand until a minnow or shrimp comes too near, then lunge out and devour it, locking down with a set of inward slanted teeth that are very dif cult to escape for potential prey or for the thumb of an unwary angler trying to remove a hook!Where to lookThe ounders here most are southern ounder but with a mix of smaller gulf ounder as well come out of the bays into the Gulf to spawn anywhere between Mobile Bay and Apalachicola Bay when water temperature drops in fall, typically in late October, continuing to late December. The sh come in waves on the fronts, and where there are none today there might be dozens or hundreds tomorrow. They mostly gather near the passes, as well as on nearshore reefs at depths of 40 to 100 feet rarely any farther offshore. Fortunately, the deep water is close in along Panhandle beaches, so gaining access is no problem for those with boats seaworthy enough to get them safely through the inlets. The most abundant schools are found near the passes because thats where the sh come from, and where theyll return in spring. Some anglers do well by simply drifting the buoy line on falling water. And its possible to pick up enough for dinner by shing from the inlet jetties the sh sometimes hang on the sand just off the rocks, as well as at the point where the jetty falls away into the dredged portion of the pass. Southern ounder get big, to 20 pounds and more than 30 inches long. Gulf ounder max out around 6 pounds and 25 inches. But most anglers catch sh 13 to 16 inches, pan-sized but not trophy-sized. Thats ne with Mike Parker. A 15-inch ounder is about the best eating there is in the Gulf, he said. And you dont have to mess with lleting it; just cut off the head and clean out the body cavity, scale it and youre ready to coat it with breadcrumbs and pan-fry; the skin lifts off when youre done and the meat then comes away clean from the bones. This cleaning method also works great if you oven-broil the sh just score the skin on the up side, drizzle a bit of melted butter over it and broil until the tail turns up toward the heat super tasty and pretty healthy, too.Fishing techniqueMost anglers use a sliding weight above a swivel, with a 2to 3-foot leader running to a 1/0 Kahle style semi-circle hook. The barb of these hooks is turned inward, which helps to keep the lip-hooked bait sh from ipping off. The weight is varied, from as little as 1 ounce nearshore or in slow current to as much as 4 ounces in deep water and strong currents you use the least that will give a rm feel for bottom. Light spinning tackle is generally adequate the same stuff youd use for trout or sheepshead inside the bays, with braided line of 10 to 15 pound test. The braid gives a much better feel for the soft take of the ounder and also gives a better hook-set. The universal bait is bull minnows, which are known as gulf killi sh by biologists. Most baitshops here stock the minnows during ounder season, selling them at about $4.50 per dozen. Theyre about 3 inches long and very hardy. Lots of people want these, and the supply is limited you have to get to most shops early if you want a good supply. Its possible to catch killi sh in standard bait traps with a funnel-type lid theyll swim in for both fresh shrimp and cut mullet baits. They can also be seined or castnetted in tidal creeks and around oyster bars. They readily stay alive in a standard baitwell, and you can even keep a couple dozen alive in a ow-through portable bucket. Theyre far tougher than shrimp, stay on the hook despite bait-stealers like pin sh and lizard sh, and can live for days in the livewell if not put to use. They are ounder candy a ounder might turn down almost any other bait, but it will never pass up a lively killi sh. The shing tactic is simple: Just drift with the outgoing tide in the ow of the inlets, with the bait dragging bottom. The ounder will take it from there. The bite will be familiar to you if youve done any freshwater bass shing. At other times, though, the bait just seems to get heavy theres a resistance there but no other action until you set the hook. One good tip from Mike Parker is this: Watch the rod tip. Sometimes it will start bouncing and twitching even though you dont feel anything in the handle. When the tip bounces, set the hook with a steady, upward sweep not too hard or you may tear the hook out, but just get good pressure and help the hook dig in. Where you catch one you might catch a dozen on that same 50-foot stretch of bottom, so it pays to motor back uptide and re-drift a productive spot. And if you miss a sh, just drop the bait right back to the bottom if the bait was not knocked off, the ounder might well come right back and get hooked. The ght of the average 12to 16-inch ounder is not notable, but youre not here for the battle, youre here for dinner. To put the larger ones in the boat, its essential to have a long-handled landing net theyre frequently lightly hooked, and some will surely ip off at the last moment if you dont put the net under them. Biologists say the ounder stay in the Gulf pretty much throughout the winter, but the prime shing time is de nitely the months leading up to the New Year after that, slower metabolism and a scattering out of the schools makes shing slower. The sh return to the bays in March and April, where they settle on channel edges, in sloughs and anywhere they might run into killi sh on a regular basis. The limit is 10 daily over 12 inches long. Both southern ounder and gulf ounder are included in the daily bag theres no separate bag for each species, so no need to be able to tell them apart. (It aint easy.) No license is needed if you sh with a guide or from a pay-entry pier, or if youre a Florida resident over 65. For more information, call 850-837-2028 or visit www. shingdestin.com. 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As cooler weather sets in, local area fishing should heat up. The trout bite should improve as old man winter sets in and is here to stay. Good local areas are going to be in the Intercoastal Waterway Canal. Deep holes around Blacks Island and deeper waters around Eagle Harbor. The metal channel markers will be holding large number of sea bass and whiting as the cold weather persists.Page 6 Thursday, December 12, 2013 SPECIAL TO THE STARCapts. Marguerite and Mike Parker show off ounder caught aboard their charter boat the Silver King.Christmas comes early when the flounder run is on
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GATORS HOST BAY HIGH FOR WRESTLING MEETStar Staff ReportA split with Mayo Lafayette and identical ties with Rocky Bayou dened the week on the pitch for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer teams. The girls are 3-2-1 overall for the season, 0-1-1 in District 1-1A. The Tiger Sharks are 2-3-1 overall and 0-1-1 in the district.MayoIn the rst games back after Thanksgiving, the Lady Tiger Sharks registered a win while the boys were routed by Lafayette Mayo. The Lady Sharks won 4-2. The score was knotted at 2-all at intermission before sophomore Kathleen Rish tallied two goals in the second half to put the game away for host Port St. Joe. Rish has a team-leading six goals on the season. Senior Lexie McGhee scored her fth on a penalty kick in the rst half McGhee has converted all three penalty kicks she has had this season. Junior mid elder Haley Wood added her rst goal in the opening half. Eighth-grader Celeste Chiles was in goal, facing just ve shots and making three saves in lowering her goals against average to 1.80. As for the boys, Coach Gary Hindley said, It was another story entirely. The boys were shellacked 8-1 as they fell behind quickly and never got into a competitive structure until well into the second half. Senior captain Drew Lacour nally broke through for a goal in the 53rd minute, his third, with an assist from younger brother Jacob Lacour. Mayo outshot PSJ, 30-5. Goalkeeper Tyler Alford, played 70 minutes in goal and faced 25 Mayo shots, made 10 saves and gave up seven goals. Sophomore Matt Rocha saw only two minutes in goal before being injured and faced only two shots, making two saves including one on a Mayo penalty kick. Seventh-grader Joel Bogaert replaced Rocha and saw eight minutes of action, facing three shots and making one save while allowing one goal.Rocky BayouPort St. Joe traveled to Niceville last Friday for district contests against Rocky Bayou. Both games ended in a 1-1 tie. McGhee scored on a Penalty Kick in the 70th minute to tie the score, netting her team-leading sixth goal. The Lady Tiger Sharks outshot Rocky Bayou 18-8, while Chiles recorded ve saves. The Tiger Sharks also tied 1-1 with Rocky Bayou. With less than a minute to play in regulation, Rocky tied the score on a distant shot that squeezed by Alford, for the tying tally. Drew Lacour put the Tiger Sharks up 1-0 with an early second half goal, his team leading fourth on the year, on an assist by defender Sawyer Raf eld. Alford made eight saves on 13 Rocky Bayou shots, while Port St. Joe had 10 shots. The boys and girls played West Gadsden Tuesday and host Tallahassee John Paul II tonight (4 p.m. ET for the girls and 7 p.m. ET for the boys and travel to Franklin County for games at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. ET on Saturday. Mixed week for PSJ booters Star Staff ReportLast Saturdays trip to Sneads was a gut-check for the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys basketball team. After being drilled 66-37 at home by Springeld Rutherford the night before, the Tiger Sharks (4-1) rebounded with a 55-41 victory over Sneads. That was a character win for us, said Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky. I think we are better than we played against Rutherford. It just wasnt our night. But that was big to go on the road up to Sneads and win. We are off to a good start, Kurnitsky said. We have a long way to go. We have had only four practices with all our players. The Tiger Sharks host South Walton Friday night and are at Franklin County on Saturday. The past week began with a 63-40 win over host Wewahitchka. The Tiger Sharks were led by T.J. Williams who scored a game-high 26 points. Chad Quinn had 13 points, Sergio Clemons added 10, Kyran Batson had seven, Aaron Paul four and Jarkeice Davis two. Williams led Port St. Joe with 15 against Rutherford, with Clemons adding 11. Quinn had six, Batson and Marcel Johnson two points apiece and Luke Galloway had one. Williams paced the attack again against Sneads with 29 points. Quinn had eight, Marquez Johnson and Galloway four and Marcell Johnson, Davis and Batson each added two points.Tiger Sharks raise record to 4-1Star Staff ReportDewayne Griggs has been chosen to play for the North squad in the annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star Classic to be played at 4 p.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 21. Griggs and former standout Calvin Pryor are the only two Port St. Joe players in the past two decades to receive the honor of selection to the All-Star Classic. Port St. Joe Coach Chuck Gannon, who in his nal season with the Tiger Sharks led them to an 84 record, will coach the defensive backs/secondary for the North team. The head coach for the North squad is former Port St. Joe coach and current Niceville Coach John Hicks.Griggs to play, Gannon coach North-South game SPECIAL TO THE STARDewayne Griggs will play in the FACA All-Star Classic next week.Star Staff ReportAll pro soccer will once again be hosting two separate area soccer camps over the Christmas holiday break. A morning camp, sponsored by the Gulf County Soccer Boosters Association and will be held from 911:30 a.m. ET on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 27-28 at the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School soccer complex. Separate instruction will be available for both eld players and goalkeepers. Ages are from 5-17 for eld and 12-17 for keepers. Former professional player and coach and present coach of the successful Port St. Joe boys and girls programs, Gary Hindley, is the lead instructor. Noted goalkeeper Coach Don Maples will be in charge of Goalkeeper instruction. Several other local and licensed coaches will also instruct. The second camp, sponsored by the Callaway Soccer Organization, will be held those same dates, with an additional combined nal session for both camps held on 2-4:30 p.m. CT Sunday, Dec. 29 at the Callaway Sports Complex. Coach Hindley and Coach Maples will be there also to instruct. Spaces will be limited. Area coaches are invited to watch any or all instructional sessions. Additional information or to register an individual or an entire team for either camp, you can reach Coach Hindley at 850-276-6353 or email him at gjhallpro@aol. comChristmas break soccer camp That was a character win for us.Port St. Joe coach Derek Kurnitsky
LocalA8 | The Star Thursday, December 12, 2013 PicturePerfectFrameShopGOINGOUTOFBUSINESSPicturePerfectFrameShop 223ReidAve,PortSt.JoeankYou,toallourloyalcustomersoverthepast21years! Wehavesoldourbuildingandwillberetiringattheendofthisyear! AllReddi-Madeframes&Pre-cutMatsareHALFPRICE! WewanttowelcomeBeachRealtytothislocation! waters off the WindMark Beach development. The dollars for the Indian Pass Boat Ramp are to be used to repair and enhance the existing ramp and to replace existing access and termination piers at Indian Pass. These projects are a great win for Gulf County, said County Commissioner Warren Yeager, who added that none of the funds are through the RESTORE Act process. This is a good start. These are some good projects. Improvements to Beacon Hill Veterans Memorial Park would include the construction of pavilions, restrooms, a nature trail, parking area and a small amphitheater. Those improvements will be great, Jenkins said. That is a beautiful property and a great location. Now with that old sign down (the former Beacon Villa sign), that property looks even better. The Highland View boat ramp, considered one of the more challenging ramps to launch from because of currents, will see the replacement of existing access and termination piers as well as repairs to enhance the existing ramp. The project also will include improved parking. We are very blessed to have four projects in the county funded, and there are three in District 3, County Commissioner Joanna Bryan said. For the city of Port St. Joe, the dollars for improvement to Frank Pate Park could not arrive at a better time. The city has been looking at options for funding improvements to what is possibly the most used boat ramp in the county, even considering fees for usage. Weve been talking about wanting to do something there for a few years, Mayor Mel Magidson said. Wed like to increase the dockage and extend the ramp. This is a good thing for us. Hopefully we can do it up right. Magidson added that the limit on dirt in the area all but precludes the ability to make drastic improvements for parking around the ramp. Frank Pate Park is the hub of everything; that is a nice grant, Jenkins said. State Rep. Halsey Beshears, R-Monticello, whose district includes Gulf County, was in Panama City for the announcement last week. He said he was pleased with the boat ramp, dock and pier upgrades. All of them are great, he said of projects. Jenkins also noted two regional projects that will affect Gulf County. One is the Florida Seagrass Recovery Project, which primarily will be located in St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve, with potential additional sites in Franklin and Bay counties. The project would begin with a survey and mapping of seagrass scarring in the aquatic preserves. Next would be placement of sediment tubes across two acres of seagrass propeller scars and nally the placement of bird stakes in the project area to facilitate restoration, according to the staff in State Sen. Bill Montfords ofce. Area signage, buoys where necessary, boater outreach and education and brochures about best practices for protecting seagrass habitats also will be part of the project. There is also $11 million for the creation and restoration of articial reefs along the shoreline of the impacted Florida counties. The project will include near-shore reefs and shallower snorkeling reefs. Not everybody comes to the water to sh, Jenkins said. All these projects are great for Gulf County. The funding for projects last week comes as part of a 2011 BP settlement, which yielded $1 billion for early restoration projects. The dollars to be expended after last weeks announcement were part of phase III of early restoration projects. The state already announced $58 million in phase III projects in May, but then got extra money, which now totals $88 million, with 28 proposed projects beneting Floridas eight counties most affected by the oil spill.For practical purposes, the replacement of water and sewer lines is linked to the replacement of sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. which has led to further delays in seeing the pipe replacement begin.WES LOCHER | The Star the project in that area likely qualied for a Community Development Block Grant because of a variety of factors. That part of the rst phase was funded by CDBG the city has a loan/grant package from the State Revolving Fund for the majority of the citywide work and the city has applied in the next CDBG cycle to complete the replacement of pipes in North Port St. Joe. In addition, because of the duplication of efforts involved, the pipe replacement project was linked to another grant-funded project, this by the USDA, to replace sidewalks along Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. And a series of delays governmental red tape with two agencies involved, the shutdown of the federal government, contracting bids that came in originally over grant amounts have led to the project being moved back again and again. Commissioner Bo Patterson repeatedly has reected the sentiments of constituents by expressing frustration with the lack of progress, even a start date for construction, for the water line replacement. What originally was supposed to be accomplished in the summer was pushed back to November and now likely will not begin before the rst of the year. The delays have come while much of the city residential proper on the south side has had pipes replaced as commissioners and staff express that the water and solving the issues are priority one. Our streets are caving in, and our water is bad, Tschudi said. Lets be fair and equal to everybody. Lets beautify the whole city. We are always going to be separate because of this north and south thinking. Mayor Mel Magidson said commissioners had hoped pipe replacement might alleviate much of the issues with discolored water, which studies indicate is a combination of iron and manganese in the distribution system. We dont have our hands around this problem, Magidson said. Staff from the city and contractor CDM Smith, which designed the citys new surface water plant, are waiting on the nal round of preliminary testing by Virginia Tech University to determine if there is a short-term solution to discoloration issues. Once that phase of testing is complete, commissioners expect to hold a workshop with David Kozan of CDM Smith to discuss potential tweaks to the treatment of water in the system. Virginia Tech is in the midst of a broader pilot study of the distribution system. On another front, Larry McClamma, supervisor at the water plant, said that after a thorough review of various guides to the systems that operate the plant, staff found it was possibly injecting a certain chemical in the wrong place in the process, affecting manganese levels. He said staff would change injection sites this week with hopes of seeing some effect on water color. It may not be signicant, but every little bit helps, city manager Jim Anderson said. UNITY from page A1 DEEPWATER from page A1WES LOCHER | The StarThe Frank Pate Park boat ramp in Port St. Joe was one of four county projects funded through BP nes.
COMMUNITY www.starfl.com BPage 1Section By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Students at Port St. Joe schools are sending out the holiday spirit. Last week, art classes at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School focused on creating holiday greeting cards that will be sent to members of the U.S. Military serving abroad as well as spread cheer in the community. More than 400 cards were created, each written and drawn by students in grades K-3 or 8-12. We took one week out of the year to do something for someone else, said art teacher Julie Hodges, who has led holiday-themed projects the past eight years. Of the 400 cards, 225 will be split between Samantha Nicodemus, sister of PSJ student Kyle Nicodemus, who is stationed in Japan and Terry Thompson, Jr., currently serving in Afghanistan. Nicodemus and Thompson will then share the cards among their fellow troops. Were doing something nice for people who cant be home for the holidays, Hodges said. On Monday, Hodges, along with several members of the recently-formed National Art Honor Society visited The Bridge at Bay St. Joe nursing home where they delivered the remaining 175 cards to residents. Everyone was so thankful, Hodges said. It makes everyone feel good the giver and the receiver. Special needs students in The Bridges program also joined Hodges class and created their own holiday cards alongside her students and also had a chance to work with clay, oil paints and pastels. For Hodges, the feedback that she gets from the families of the folks serving overseas or even from locals as the postcards are handed out is what keeps the project on her syllabus each year. Prior to shipping the postcards to the troops, Hodges sat down at read each card for quality assurance purposes. I read every single one, Hodges said. The students wrote beautiful letters.Special to The StarFlorida mystery author Michael Lister has been giving away copies of his books annually for 16 years now, but this is the rst year he stopped to total up just how many books he has gifted to readers over the decade and a half of doing it. I was really surprised, Lister said. Pleasantly surprised, but very surprised. Ive just been so busy with the giveaway each year I never stopped to add up how many wed actually given away. Seeing just how high that number is makes me very proud about as proud as anything in my writing career. Lister began the tradition back in 1997 when his rst novel, Power in the Blood was published by Pineapple Press. That seems like so long ago now, Lister said. But I can still remember how excited I was to have had a book published. I was so grateful I just wanted to share it with others.Wewas Listers annual holiday book giveaway Trivia Fun with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country and is a weekly feature in The Star. 1) Studies have shown that what color scheme in the kitchen makes cooks more creative? White, Green, Blue, Yellow 2) What were the rst and middle names of Doc Holiday? Ben Franklin, John Henry, Jake Earl, Thomas Wyatt 3) From the comic strip, whats the name of Lil Abners pig? Salomey, Sam, Sutter, Simpleton 4) What type of gentleman is a caballero, one who is? In church, Tipping big, Giving up seat, On horseback 5) It was not until what date that divorce became legal in Ireland? 1954, 1969, 1986, 1997 6) How many selfportraits were painted by Rembrandt van Rijn? 1, 11, 62, 202 7) Regarding the egg itself, what makes turkey eggs so rubbery when cooked? Less air, No yolks, Less water, So small 8) Which old movie cowboy used a 15-foot bullwhip as his main weapon? Tom Mix, Lash La Rue, Gene Autry, William Boyd 9) Boysenberries are a cross between blackberries and which other? Cranberries, Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries 10) Which of these lived past the ending of World War II? W. C. Fields, Thomas Edison, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Woodrow Wilson 11) From folklore whats nearby if a candle ame suddenly turns blue? Cat, Extraterrestrial, Ghost, Witch 12) During an hourlong coffee break, friends will statistically touch each other how many times if in conversation? 2, 4, 6, 8 13) What was the last name of Joan and Jane, TVs original Doublemint Twins? Holliday, Foster, Boyd, Wofford 14) Who was The dirty little coward who shot and killed Jesse James? Bob Ford, Dick Liddell, Clell Miller, Jim Cummins ANSWERS 1) Green. 2) John Henry. 3) Salomey. 4) On horseback. 5) 1997. 6) 62. 7) Less water. 8) Lash La Rue. 9) Raspberries. 10) W. C. Fields. 11) Ghost. 12) 2. 13) Boyd. 14) Bob Ford. Trivia FunWilson CaseyWC@Trivia Guy.com By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Last year, the William J. Billy Joe Rish Memorial Parking Lot was dedicated by the city of Port St. Joe and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency and last Thursday saw construction completed and sealant applied on a new deck for the premises. Gail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, sees the parking lot as a gateway to Port St. Joes downtown shopping area and plans to install signage on the deck to advertise local merchants. Over 12,000 road trips go by here each day, Alsobrook said. Its all about helping businesses. (The parking lot) is large enough that people driving by will see it and know they need to stop and shop. The parking lot is located at the southeast corner of U.S. 98 and Fourth Street, where the of ces of Rish, Gibson stood for over 40 years. Renovation of the parking lot took approximately two and a half years to complete and is only the rst phase of redevelopment for the surrounding area. Alsobrook detailed plans to construct several aesthetically-pleasing buildings on the block in order to station local businesses on U.S. 98. People dont want to see a dirt parking lot, they want to see beautiful buildings Alsobrook said. Its fun for the community. See PSJRA B5 See LISTER B5 WES LOCHER | The StarGail Alsobrook, executive director of the PSJRA, seals the deck at the Rish Memorial Parking Lot with the assistance of some volunteers.PSJRA seals deck at memorial parking lotThursday, December 12, 2013 Its all about helping businesses. (The parking lot) is large enough that people driving by will see it and know they need to stop and shop.Gail Alsobrook executive director of the PSJRA SPECIAL TO THE STARABOVE: Art students Sophia Harrison, Ilianna Maestri, Jessie Eberhart, Morgan Butts, and Alayna Godwin handed out postcards at The Bridge at Bay St. Joe nursing home. LEFT: More than 400 holiday postcards were created by art students in Port St. Joe and delivered to soldiers overseas and elderly in the community.Spreading holiday cheer through art SEND SOME LOVE FL PORT ST. JOE
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Ourstoreandshelterlocationis1007TenthStreetinPortSt.Joe!Hopetoseeyouall thereonSatDec14thforourannualChristmasSale. www.sjbhumanesociety.org Ifyouaremissingapetorwanttoadoptanewpet,pleasecheckwithyourlocal HumaneSocietyorShelter. FollowusonFacebook:St.JosephBayHumaneSociety Ifyouaremissingapetorwanttoadoptanewpet,pleasecheckwithyourlocalHumaneSocietyor Shelter.FollowusonFacebook:St.JosephBayHumaneSocietywww.sjbhumanesociety.org SeeYourBusinessNameandInfoHere forONLY$15perweek $60permonthMarciaKnapke227-7847CallToday Special to The StarThe Panhandle Piecemakers Quilt Club gave thanks to St. James Episcopal Church and Father Thomas Dwyer for generously letting the quilt club to meet at the church. The club made a quilt for the church to rafe for their outreach program. Each club member made two blocks, and it was then assembled and quilted. The design is triangle squares in colorful, happy fabrics. Panhandle Piecemakers Quilt Club appreciates the willingness of the St. James Episcopal Church to accommodate them and their meetings. The club meets at 7 p.m. ET second and fourth Thursdays of each month. New members are welcome and encouraged. For more information, contact President June Davis at 229-1089. Special to The StarThanks to Thanksgiving dinner sponsorsThe organizers for the Thanksgiving dinner for the needy of Gulf County thank the following wonderful sponsors for the Thanksgiving and upcoming Christmas dinners: Durens Piggly Wiggly, Oak Grove Church, Hannon Insurance, First United Methodist Church, First United Methodist Church Care Closet, First United Methodist Church Mens Group, Rich and Liz Brenner, Dan and Gayle Moon, Sacred Hearts Dietary Department, Prophet Billy Dixson, Sunset Coastal Grill, John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069 and the Washington Improvement Group.Thank you volunteer driversThanks to the following volunteers that delivered the delicious Thanksgiving dinners throughout all of Gulf County and Mexico Beach this past Thanksgiving Day morning: Billy Dixson, Joel Rogers, Bob Sutton, Rick Harrell Austin Webb and Chase McCullough, Leonard and Loretta Costin, Jamie Mayhann, Diana Taunton, Tim and Crystal Dupuy, Mary Kelly and family, Shirley Williams, Tommy and Ruth Sauls, Fred Willis, Ruby Hodge, Jerry Refore, Grady Booth Ron and Carolyn Groleau, Roy and Fran Smith, Temple and Sharon Watson, Carol Dow, Scott Gainey, Erica Bruckner, Charles Givens, Troy White, Charles Beachum and the gang (Getting to a New Generation members), Marquez Deontae, Lauren, Caitlin, Cristan, Crighton and Braden. Drivers and the people all over the county have been saying how much they enjoyed the dinner and the thoughtfulness of our committee members who planned this wonderful dinner and the compassion shown to all. Volunteers needed for Christmas dinnerStar Staff ReportThe Christmas Dinner committee is asking for those kind, caring and dedicated volunteers to come to the Oak Grove Church on Christmas Eve. The preparation starts at noon ET. We will be slicing, panning and storing 50 turkeys packaging 800 slices of cake and making all of the nal preparations for the Christmas Day dinner. The wonderful men and women volunteers will heat up the food package box and deliver 800 dinners to all of the identied needy people in Gulf County and Mexico Beach. Anyone interested in helping on Christmas Day is asked to come to the Oak Grove Church by 8:30 a.m. ET. This is a good way to see how our youth are getting involved and learning how important being a volunteer is. Buying a fresh tree is probably the most important piece of advice we can offer. There are a couple of reasons why a fresh tree is important. Obviously, a fresh tree will last and look better longer. Old, driedout trees are unattractive, and they are re hazards as well. Since most of us include electric lights in our tree decorations, its easy to see that a driedout tree becomes very dangerous. There are several ways to determine a trees freshness. Bend the needles; if the tree is fresh, the needles will be supple and springy. If the tree is old, the needles will snap and break off. Bounce the trees stump on the ground to see how many needles fall. Its normal for a fresh tree to drop a few needles. But, if bouncing produces a shower of needles, put the tree back and select another. Before buying, also feel the bottom of the stump. The sap of a fresh tree is sticky. On an old stump, its hard and caked. A fresh tree also should have a pleasant fragrance, one that will last through the Christmas season. The tree you select should have a good green color, be full and bushy, and have sturdy branches. Strength of branches is more a matter of the tree type than the trees age or condition. White pine and red cedar trees are well suited to the Florida climate. But, unfortunately, they both have fairly weak boughs that wont hold decorations very well. Firs, spruces, Virginia and Scotch pines on the other hand, usually have very rm branches. Since rs, spruces and Scotch pines dont grow naturally in Florida; they have to be imported from Northern states. So, they usually cost a lot more than either white pines or red cedars. In addition to lower prices, Florida-grown trees have another advantage. If you can get living trees balled in burlap, they can be added to the landscape after the Christmas season is over. The key to maintaining a fresh Christmas tree throughout the holiday season is giving the tree proper care from the time it is purchased until it is disposed of. Before you setup your tree, make a fresh, straight cut across the base of the tree and place the tree in a tree stand that hold at least two quarts of water. Be sure you keep the stand lled at all times. Its surprising how quickly a good-sized tree can take up a quart of water. Check the water level at least once a day. Place your tree in the coolest part of the room. Keep it away from things like replaces, heaters, air ducts and even TV sets. The heat from these can cause the tree needles to dry out and drop off very quickly. Proper Christmas tree care is only part of the story. There are certain safety rules you should follow carefully. Never use candles or anything with an open ame on or near the tree. If youre using electric lights, check them over very carefully for loose connections and worn wires. Dont overload your electrical circuits. If you must use an extension cord, run it out of the way of foot trafc, and be sure its heavy enough for the current load. Always turn the tree lights off when you leave home or go to bed. Buying and caring for your Christmas tree might not be the weightiest problem on your mind as we move into the Christmas season. But, if you plan to have a natural Christmas tree in your home this year, youll need to give some thought to both subjects. Keep in mind that a fresh tree with good shape and sturdy branches usually will make the best tree for displaying and decorating. Make sure you keep the tree in the collect possible place and that you water it every day. Take the time to properly care for your Christmas tree, and it will reward your efforts with radiant beauty throughout the holiday season. My information on purchasing and caring for Christmas trees was provided by Emeritus Extension Horticulture Specialist Dr. Robert Black, of The University of Floridas Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. For more information on Christmas tree care, contact your local extension service at 639-3200 or rlcarter@u. edu. Thank YOU Society Panhandle Piecemakers give thanks for meeting place Be wise in Christmas tree selection, care ROyY LEE CArtRTErRCounty extension director
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The students will be collecting new toys (in packaging or with a tag) until Jan. 31. Suggestions are coloring books/crayons, sport balls, puzzles, games, stuffed animals, dolls, etc. Donations can be dropped off in the big red box in the front ofce of Port St. Joe Junior-Senior High. We would like to invite everyone to join in. The Beta Club national motto is Let us lead by serving others. They will be announcing their induction ceremony soon. With 36 active members, the club is ready to put their motto into practice. Please support their efforts. Sports schedule Dec. 12: 4 p.m. girls soccer at John Paul II, 6 p.m. boys soccer at John Paul II, 6 p.m. girls basketball at West Gadsden Dec. 13: 4:30 p.m. girls basketball vs. South Walton, 6 p.m. boys JV basketball vs. South Walton, 7:30 p.m. boys varsity basketball vs. South Walton Dec. 14: 4 p.m. girls soccer at Franklin County, 6 p.m. boys soccer at Franklin County, 6 p.m. girls basketball at Franklin County Dec. 17: 5 p.m. girls varsity basketball vs. Bozeman, 6 p.m. JV basketball vs. Bozeman, 6 p.m. girls soccer at Freeport, 7:30 p.m. varsity basketball vs. Bozeman, 8 p.m. boys soccer at Freeport Dec. 18: 2:30 p.m. girls basketball at Mosley. Come out and support our Tiger Shark sports teams!Semester exam scheduleThe Port St. Joe Senior High Final Exam Schedule is posted. Testing will commence Wednesday, Dec. 18 and continue through noon Friday, Dec. 20. Following are the exams scheduled for each day: Wednesday, 2nd and 5th periods; Thursday, 3rd and 6th periods; Friday, 1st, 4th and 7th periods. GO SHARKS!Christmas holidayAll Gulf County schools be closed for the Christmas Holiday from Monday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Students will report to a full day of school on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. The last day for students in 2013 will be Friday, Dec. 20, with an early release at noon. Lunch will not be served. The executive board of Students Working Against Tobacco at Port St. Joe Elementary School met with Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong during his visit to the county last week.PHOTOs S Sp P Ec C IAL TO T T HE STARSome teachers make impressionsA tribute to Tommy Knox, the man, the myth, the legendBy SAWYER RRAFFIELDSpecial to The Star My welding teacher has many different characteristics about him. He seems like the kind of person that everyone would be afraid of. He has the skin complexion of a tomato and the temper of a grouchy old woman. He is about 5-foot-nothing with hair that looks like dirty snow. His bright white mustache travels down to his chin, making it look like an upside down U. The wrinkles around his face let people know he has been on this earth many years. His saggy blue jeans and dark-colored green welding shirt make him always look like he is ready to work. The holes in his jeans let you know that he has had long days of hard work. His boots, covered in ash and dust from the welding shop, are almost worn out from him using the same pair every day. He waddles around in his small boots like a penguin waddles in the snow. His short and round shape would make him seem like a jolly old man like Santa Claus. Yet, a person could not be more wrong. His snide remarks and smokers voice seem to crawl into your soul and make you feel like a lesser human being when you mess up a project. Even though he can be pretty mean, he still can be really funny. The way his squinty eyes seem to jolt about all the time, and the way he stands when he gets ready to say something lets you know that something offensive, but funny is about is about come out of his mouth. His coughing and raspy laugh lls the whole room after the joke has been told. It almost sounds like an asthmatic is in desperate need of his inhaler. One day he acts as though he cannot stand you, but the next day you are like his best friend. Every single day is different with our welding teacher. You never know what kind of mood his will be in. He is Tommy Knox, the man nobody will ever understand. Sawyer Rafeld is a senior at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. DAZZLInNG DOLpPHInsNS Sp P Ec C IAL TO TT HE STARThis weeks Dazzling Dolphins at Port St. Joe Elementary School are, front row, Stratton Levins and William Marshall. Middle row: Raelynn Hardy, Branden Givens, Chase Dykes and Cameron Roberts. Back row: India Gant, Bailey Lake, Terri Phillips and Zoe Gerlach.Sp P Ec C IAL TO TT HE STARThe third-, fourth-, fthand sixthgrade classes have begun a Reading Buddy program for the rstand second-grade students at Faith Christian School. Our Reading Buddy program seeks to foster a love of reading by allowing older students to mentor and inspire younger readers. The rst stories have emphasized vocabulary, comprehension skills and the main idea. Future stories will focus on cause and effect, problem solving, as well as comprehension. The program has been so well received that other preschool buddies will soon be added to the program. The Lions Tale SWAT AT BOARdD MEETsS wWITH sSURGEOnN GEnNERAL RREAdDInNG bBUddDDIEsS School News
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JointheConversation WEDNESDAY -10:00AM-2:00PM-OpenHouse Coee&ConversationTHURSDAY 6:30PMMixedBibleStudyTocontactworshipleader:(850)firstname.lastname@example.org www.fbcpsj.org www.fbcpsj.org BruceHodge, Pastor Smith familyThank you so much for cards, phone calls, owers and prayers during Charlies illness and going home. We love and appreciate you.Linda, John, Zac, Haleigh and Hannah Smith Special to The StarSanta and singingFirst United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will have Breakfast with Santa from 9:30-11 a.m. ET Saturday, Dec. 14, with pancakes, story time, pictures with Santa and Christmas cheer. There also will be a Christmas Cookie and Candy Sale at the same time with the proceeds providing food vouchers for needy children from PSJ Elementary School. At 6 p.m. Sunday, the Chancel Choir will present its Christmas concert. The Childrens Choir will also be singing. Afterward, please join us for refreshments. Overcoming hardship at Lifetree Caf Practical solutions for overcoming hardship will be discussed at 7 p.m. CT on Monday, Dec. 16, at Lifetree Caf. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach, across from El Governor Motel. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-8065667 or lwclifetreecafe@ fairpoint.net. Barbara Sue Barnes Eubanks, 76, of Wewahitchka passed away at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Barbara was born in Newark, Ohio, on Dec. 19, 1936. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Elvin Ray Barnes and Lenora Maude Young Barnes; her oldest son, Dennis Ray Wills; her sister Carlene Sarles; and her brother Lynn Delahoussaye. Barbara is survived by her husband of 44 years, Jesse Eubanks, Jr; children, Walter Wills, Deborah Elia, Gregory Wills, Berry Eubanks and wife, Jennifer, and Michael Eubanks; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Patricia Forehand and Sharon Broussard; and numerous other family members. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today, Dec. 12, 2013, at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Wewahitchka, Fla. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service. Visitation was Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, at the family home at 253 Eubanks Drive, Wewahitchka, from 5-8 p.m. Services are under the directions of the Comforter Funeral Home Wewahitchka Branch Chapel.Barbara Sue Barnes EubanksDrema Vann Hess of Port Saint Joe went to be with the Lord on Dec. 6, 2013. Heaven is in full celebration in receiving her Spirit at the young age of 60. Jesus was ready to have his angel back home as she left us unexpectedly. She was born in Besoco, W.Va. Her family left that area when she was young and settled in to Dearborn, Mich. She relocated to Port St. Joe 30 years ago. If you asked her where she was from, the resounding answer was always Florida. This Angel of God touched so many with her Passion and Love for her family, friends and senior citizens. She spent her entire professional career as an LPN, spreading her Love for and knowledge of the elderly and sharing her well known orange pound cakes, banana pudding and spaghetti dinners for her Nursing home families. Her last message found by her children after death de nes her as a Mother. To my childrenIf I had to choose between loving you and breathingI would use my last breath to tell youI LOVE YOU. She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Dorothy Whitt; brothers Larry and Jerry Whitt; son Mark Hess; and greatgrandchild Isaac. Her oldest brother, Fred Whitt, and sister-in-law Sandy Whitt still reside in Michigan, along with three nieces and four nephews. She left behind her best friend and self-proclaimed sister Shirley Dixon of Port St. Joe. She is survived by her children: Jomila Saleh, Kellie Saleh (Mark), Trina Thursby (Brad) and Keith Saleh (Lisa). Grandchildren include Codee and John Richter, Christopher Smith, Jacob and Logan Thursby, Megan Saleh and Lexi Holland, Maegen Conners and Adrienne Croom. Great Grandchildren include Dylan 11, Makayan 6, Weston 3, Nicholas 2, and Kelsi 1. The family held a memorial service in her honor at Long Avenue Baptist Church of Port St. Joe on Tuesday. They have requested that donations be made in her name to the American Heart Association in lieu of owers. Prayers for strength during this time of bereavement are welcomed and much appreciated. All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Drema Vann Hess DREMA VANN HESSMrs. Patricia Ann Vines, 67, of Overstreet, Fla., passed away Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Panama City, Fla. Born in Alabama, she had been a resident here since 1996 and was an ordained minister, preaching in many churches around the area. She was a very loving person, she loved her God, and was a good wife and mother. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Vines of Overstreet; one daughter, Pamela Byrum and husband, Nathan, of Woodstock, Ala.; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Lynn Adams and husband, Sammy, of Texas and Tracy Rice of Louisiana; one stepson, Jeremy Vines, and wife, Joyce Ann, of Mississippi; eight stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren; three brothers, Wayne Nicholson and wife, Carol, of Mississippi, Larry Jo Nicholson and wife, Donna, of Alabama and Douglas Nicholson and wife, Agnes, of Alabama; one sister, Jan Walters and husband Michael of Mississippi; and a cousin, Angie Ferry of Port Saint Joe. A visitation was held for her on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at the Comforter Funeral Home from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. CST. Afterward, she will be taken to Bessemer Brown Service Funeral Home in Bessemer, Ala., for funeral services. Donations may be made in her memory to Covenant Hospice. Local services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Patricia Ann VinesKylar Hamilton, Jr. was born on Oct. 21, 1941, to Kylar Hamilton, Sr., and Martha Reed Lenox. He was educated at George Washington High School; upon completion, he enlisted in the United States Army. After serving a tour in the Vietnam War, Kylar returned home. He became employed with the city of Port St. Joe and made a life with Helen Barnes Hamilton. Kylar was a very loving and kind person. If he saw you ve times a day, he would smile big and speak every time. He loved his Karate and Western movies. Kylar departed this life on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, at Sacred Heart on the Gulf in Port St. Joe, Fla. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kylar Hamilton, Sr., (Gertrude) and Martha Reed Lenox (Walter); three sons, Andreal Hamilton, Tyrone Hamilton and Greg Farmer; and one brother, Isaac Rabbit Nixon. Kylar leaves to cherish his memories ve daughters, Loretta Watson of Jacob, Fla., Mary Hamilton (Pellzie) of St. Petersburg, Fla., Sylvia Weatherspoon (Harold) of Pensacola, Fla., Valerie James (Rodney) of Port St. Joe and Keesha Hamilton of Port St. Joe; ve sons, James Hamilton of Port St. Joe, Kylar Freddie Hamilton of Garland, Texas, Carlos Morris of Apalachicola, Collins Hamilton (Talisha) of Albany, Ga., and Torrez Hamilton of Panama City; daughter-in-law, Pauline Farmer of Apalachicola; one brother, Kelvin Rouse of Port St. Joe; one sister, Meredith Rouse of Port St. Joe; 27 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; a host of aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins; two very special friends, Melvin Brown, who was like a son to him, and Annie Ruth Cuf e McNabb, his classmate. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, at New Bethel A.M.E. Church. Interment followed in Forest Hill Cemetery. All services were under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Kylar Hamilton, Jr. OBITUARIES CARD OF THANKSThursday, December 12, 2013 FAITH BRIEFS
LocalThe Star| B5Thursday, December 12, 2013Alsobrook, along with several volunteers, covered the deck with sealant to add water protection to the wood, and she plans on hiring a designer to add decorations in the near future. The deck covers a stormwater pond and will serve as a gateway into the shopping district. Owner of The Port Liquor Store Boyd Pickett assisted with applying the sealant. Im glad to see it come to fruition, he said. It helps the aesthetics of the community and brings in business. This whole corridor looks so much better. Pickett plans to relocate his store into one of the new buildings along U.S. 98 once they are erected. The land for the parking lot was purchased from the Rish estate by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency and subsequently deeded to the City of Port St. Joe. The construction of the parking lot was funded through a grant from a USDA Rural Business and the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency. This year Listers Annual Holiday Book Giveaway has a theme: The 12 Days of Free Books Christmas. Theres even a video of the song on his website and Youtube. From Dec. 13 through Dec. 24 the 12 Days of Christmas will include special copies of all his books absolutely free. Giving has always been essential to me, Lister said. Life is a gift. Everything we have in life is a gift. And gifts are meant to be given. Few things in life feel as good as giving a gift to someone open to receive it. And books are some of my favorite gifts both to give and receive. Listers free Kindle ebooks will be available worldwide on Amazon.com from Dec. 13 through the 24th. He will also be giving away and signing his books in person at the following places: A Dickens of a Christmas in Downtown Panama City in front of Books by the Sea on Friday, Dec. 13 from 5-8 p.m. CT. The Purple Grape in St. Andrews on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 4-6 p.m. CT. The Marina Civic Center in Downtown Panama City on Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. CT. You can also order books and contact Michael through his website www. MichaelLister.com Get a copy for yourself or one to give to someone on your list while supplies last. My goal is to reach 100,000 copies this year, Lister said. That means I have to give away 25,000 books between now and Christmas. Its ambitious but possible. Well see. Who knows? We may just go over it. Listers latest novel, Separation Anxiety, is a spiritual sequel to Double Exposure. His next novel, Rivers to Blood, the 6th in his award-winning John Jordan mystery series, will be released in March 2014. eCityofWewahitchkaannouncesatimechangeforthe DecemberRegularMeeting.emeetingtimewillbeat7:00amCTinsteadof6:30pmCT.Any question,pleasecallCityHall@850-639-26058am-4pm.-InaccordancewithFederallawandU.S.DepartmentofAgriculture policy,thisInstitutionisprohibitedfromdiscriminatingonthe basisofrace,color,nationalorigin,age,disability,religion,sex,and familialstatus.(Notallprohibitedbasesapplytoallprograms).Tole acomplaintofdiscrimination,writeUSDA,Director,OceofCivil Rights,1400IndependenceAvenue,S.W.,Washington,D.C.202509410orcall(800)795-3272(voice)or(202)720-6382(TDD).-is institutionisanequalopportunityprovider,andemployer. 9454HWY98BEACONHILLATTHE MEXICOBEACHCITYLIMITS8506478310 GREATSELECTIONOFALLYOURFAVORITEBEER,WINE&SPIRITS RANDYSTARK RANDYSTARK 0138746 058 S LIMITY CITCH BEAOMEXIC S SPIRIT& WINE BEERVORITEA FOURY ALL OFTION SELECTGREA ONTHEPOOPDECK UPCOMINGEVENTS -INTHECROWSNESTKARAOKE THEFLABBERGASTEDBANDTHEFLABBERGASTEDBAND LOOKOUTCHRISTMASPARTY JOINUS FORSOME CHRISTMAS CHEER! *BOARDCERTIFIEDCIVILTRIALLAWYER, OFCOUNSEL NOTICEOFSPECIALMEETINGeBoardofCommissioners oftheNorthwestFlorida RegionalHousingAuthority willholdaSpecialMeetingon December17,2013,atthe HolidayInn&Suites,2725 GravesRoad,Tallahassee, Florida.Meetingwillbeginat 1:00p.m.E.S.T.emeeting willbeopentothepublic. LISTER from page B1 PSJRA from page B1Star Staff ReportThe University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences and the Gulf County Extension Service will partner to present a Green Industries Best Management Practices course on Dec. 18 at the Extension Of ce at 232 E. Lake Avenue in Wewahitchka. To register call 639-3200; register by Dec. 16 and pay $20. Introduction and pretest are at 8 a.m. CT and the post-test is 2:45-3:30 p.m. CT. This is an Educational Program Workshop and participants receive FDEP/ IFAS certi cates and Pesticide CEUs. This workshop is designed to provide training in Best Management Practices (BMPs) for anyone working in the lawn, landscape, pest control or municipal grounds areas. Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. At the end of the training participants will be given a post-test to determine knowledge learned. If the post-test is successfully completed, participants will be mailed a Green Industries BMP certi cate of completion. Some cities and counties require this certi cation before bidding on jobs or having commercial customers. Be sure to turn in the post-test, evaluation and Training Record by the end of the day. If participants also need pesticide CEUs, get the signed CEU attendance before leaving for the day.Green best management practices classBy HEIDI LISS RADUNOVICH, PH.D.Special to The Star 1. PLAN AHEAD AND GET ORGANIZED: Many of us are so busy with our daily lives that we often dont feel as though we have time to plan ahead for the holidays. Taking care of things ahead of time, such as shopping for gifts and completing holiday cards, reduces your workload as you near the holidays, but many people dont have that option. Here are some ways to plan and get organized: Even if your time for doing things in advance is limited, doing things a few minutes every day can help save time and reduce stress as the holidays approach. For example, having lists of what to buy and from where can prevent multiple trips to the same store. Ultimately, taking a small amount of time now for planning can mean a big savings in time and stress in the future. Create lists of everything that needs to be done and bought, and create a schedule for the coming weeks to break down what you will do and when. It can be reassuring to see that you can manage all of the work that needs to be done. If your schedule shows that you will be unable to nish everything in time, however, then skip the lower priority items on your list. Set a budget for your Christmas shopping, and plan how much you can spend for each person on your list. If you keep your spending limited to what you can afford, then youll feel much less stressed later. 2. SET REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS: Many of the images we see in movies and on TV can lead us to believe that a perfect holiday is realistic, and we may feel pressured to expect too much from ourselves, others, and the holiday itself. Rather than expecting your holiday to be perfect, focus on the real meaning of the season. The ultimate goal is to enjoy quality time with the people you care about. Here are some ways to keep your expectations in check: Remember that life is full of things that go wrong, and anticipating perfection can lead to disappointment. Instead, expect that things wont be perfect, and view the problems that occur as an opportunity for a good story in the future. Remind yourself that it is ok if people dont always get along, if there are travel delays, or if the dcor or food options arent perfect. Focus on enjoying the positive moments as much as possible. Finally, take time to really think about what events you will attend (or host) and for how long, keeping in mind that sometimes less is more. Trying to attend every party or spend every possible moment with family might not always be the best plan, and it can leave you stressed and unhappy. 3. TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF: When were feeling stressed were much more likely to neglect our needs, but that is when we need to take care of ourselves the most. Making sure we eat healthy foods, exercise, get plenty of rest, and relax helps bolster us and renews our physical and emotional resources. Here are some ways to take care of yourself during the holidays: Minimize indulgence. During the holidays, it is tempting to eat too much unhealthy food, drink too much alcohol, skip the exercise, and stay up too late. Although a little indulgence is ok, forgetting to take care of ourselves day after day leaves us physically and emotionally drained and unable to handle the stressors that will come our way. If you enjoy trying all the different goodies at a party, make sure to just try a little bit of each. Focus on the healthier foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean meats. You may also want to ask yourself if you are truly hungry or simply eating because food is available. If you are up late one night because of a party or gift-wrapping session, make sure you go to bed early the next night. Increase your physical activity by walking after meals and taking stairs rather than elevators. Even walking in the mall can be a great source of exercise. Finally, take some time for yourself, even if its only a few minutes while youre lying in bed in the morning. Hot baths or showers are relaxing, and reading can be a great escape. Some people also nd meditation helpful. There may even be seasonal rituals that help you feel centered and relaxed, such as singing or lighting candles. Everyone is different, so you will need to gure out what activity provides a good way for you to take a break and decompress. Making sure we eat healthy foods, exercise, get plenty of rest, and relax helps bolster us and renews our physical and emotional resources. 4. MANAGE YOUR THOUGHTS: The way you think about things can have a big impact on how stressful an event is for you. If you experience the same event as someone else, but you both have different thoughts about it, then that can affect the way you feel. Once we are upset, it can be hard to think of things differently, but trying to take another perspective can help. For example, if a clerk at the airport is rude, rather than taking it personally, you could think that maybe this person is having a bad day. Finally, reframing the dif culties in a more positive way can help us have a sense of gratitude. For example, even though its annoying to get a at tire when youre getting ready to leave, its better than it happening on the road or highway where it could cause an accident. Remember that the better youre able to manage your thoughts, the more youll enjoy yourself. Submitted by Melanie G. Taylor, Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development / Family & Consumer Sciences, UF/IFAS Extension Gulf County Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR Managing stress during the holidays
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SmartLensesSMCanproduceclearvisionwithoutglasses, atalldistances BoardCertified andCataractSurgeonBoardCertified andCataractSurgeon 1109456 CouponExpires:12-31-13CODE:SJ00 Special to The StarOn Nov. 12, the Gulf Coast Workforce Board (GCWB) celebrated 17 years of providing workforce services to the region at its annual meeting and luncheon at Gulf Coast State Colleges Advanced Technology Center. Kimberly Bodine, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board announced, This is the last time an annual meeting would be held for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, because in 2014, we will adopt a new identity, CareerSource Gulf Coast. At the meeting, Executive Director Kim Bodine also reviewed the local workforce system performance over the last year which included: Assisting 1,016 employers recruit and hire workers Serving 60,336 walk-ins at the Workforce Center Connecting 7,243 individuals to employment Providing in demand training and employment services to 1,166 adults, dislocated workers, and youth under the Workforce Investment Act Helping 131 families transition from welfare to self sufciency We owe our great performance to our hardworking staff, our dedicated volunteer board members and our service providers, said Bodine. The service providers for the Gulf Coast Workforce Board include Bay District Schools, Bay STARS; Friends of the Franklin County Library, TIGERS Program; Gulf Coast State College, Workforce Center; and Royal American Management, Welfare Transition, Food Stamp Employment and Training Program. Individuals who participated in programs operated by service providers as well as by the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, along with their case managers, were recognized. Successful clients recognized during the program included Food Stamp Program participant Tiffany Garrison; Workforce Training Center at Haney Technical Center participant Payton Davidson of A Superior Air Conditioning; Veteran Roderick Hills of Chenega; Veteran Scott McDonald of Engility; Kayla Warren of the Bay County Stars program; and Miranda Pilger of the Franklin County Tigers Program. Success story videos were shown at the meeting, and can be accessed at the Workforce Centers You Tube channel http://www.youtube.com/ user/mag5025 At the meeting the board approved a new slate of ofcers for 2014: Bob Swenk (Bay County) Chairman Ted Mosteller (Franklin County) Past-Chair Executive Committee: Alisa Kinsaul (Bay County) Jennifer Conoley (Bay County) John Reeves (Gulf County) Betty Croon (Franklin County) The Gulf Coast Workforce Board is a public/private partnership chartered by the State of Florida to administer workforce development programs in Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. Their mission is to provide leadership, oversight, guidance, and assistance to institutions and agencies delivering training and workforce services in order to meet the economic development and employment needs of Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. SPECIAL TO TT HE STARLEFT: From left, Bob Swenk, Chairman of the Board is pictured with successful adult clients who were recognized during the program. Welfare Transition program participant Tiffany Garrison; Workforce Training Center at Haney Technical Center participant Payton Davidson of A Superior Air Conditioning; Veteran Roderick Hills of Chenega; Veteran Scott McDonald of Engility. Also pictured, Kimberly Bodine, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board. RIGHT: John Reeves of Gulf County was elected to Executive Committee of Gulf Coast Workforce Board.Workforce Board holds annual meeting, election of ofcersBy tTHE stST AFF At T MYGULFCARESpecial to The Star Most of us, at one time or another, have the opportunity to look for a home in an area that is unfamiliar to us. Maybe you are relocating due to work, or retirement, or returning home after years of living away. Sometimes we move to places that we know very little about, making the decision of where to live even more difcult. Most of us think of the doctors ofce as a scary place where we go when somethings more wrong than we can x on our own. In reality, we should consider a doctors ofce or health care facility our medical home. Just like selecting a place to live, we should select a place where we feel comfortable and where we can get the help we need to live healthier lives. A medical home is like an oldstyle family doctors ofce, but with a whole team of professionals, said Robert J. Reid, MD, an associate investigator at the Group Health Center for Health Studies and Group Healths associate medical director for preventive care. Together, they make the most of modern knowledge and technology including e-mail and electronic medical records to give patients excellent care and reach out to help them stay healthy. The old-style family doctor did everything within his power to care for his patients. He might be managing a pregnancy for one patient, and removing skin cancer on another. He had jars of medications, all types of bandages, and even some medical equipment that he might send home with a patient for use there. He was a sort of jack-of-all-trades depending on what other services might be available in the area and what services were denitely not available. A modern medical home seeks to provide you with the same all-in-onesetting experience by having a group of professionals, with various levels of training and areas of expertise, available to provide each patient with the care he or she needs. By getting to know the patient, caring for them during times of illness and providing health maintenance care as well, the providers in a medicalhome setting are able to recreate the old-style feeling with the latest modern technology and medical breakthroughs. There are specic programs helping medical practices become medical homes for their patients, and with the changes in healthcare over the years its nice to see a setting where the patient is once again the center of attention. So many of us have become accustomed to getting our healthcare needs met by seeing three or four different doctors, that it may take more than just the medical practice making changes. Patients will need reassurance that they can rely on one practice to manage their healthcare needs. Providers will need to focus their efforts on taking time to explore with each patient what their needs are and how those needs can be met more efciently. By working together with our healthcare providers, we can live healthier, less hectic lives. Going to one place, or one specic group, for healthcare, and knowing that we have a home there, takes a lot of the fear and guesswork out of illness, and makes staying healthy easier for every patient. What are the benets of nding a medical home? SPECIAL TO TT HE STARPanhandle Crime Stoppers and WMBB recently celebrated arrest number 150 for the Wheel program. The program began in July 2009 and has continued working with law enforcement and the public to help resolve cases and bring criminals to justice. Law enforcement representatives from almost every area agency were present to mark the occasion. Pictured from left to right are Sheriff Frank McKeithen, CS Media Director Debra Peel, Gulf County Sheriff Mike Harrison and WMBB Station Manager Terry Cole. WHEEL PROGRAM CELEBRATEsS 150TH ARREsST A modern medical home seeks to provide you with the same all-in-one-setting experience by having a group of professionals, with various levels of training and areas of expertise, available to provide each patient with the care he or she needs.
CLASSIFIEDSThursday, December 12, 2013 The Star | B7 93304S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO. 2012-195CA EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, Plaintiff, vs. VERTIS HYSMITH, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 26, 2013 and entered in Civil Case No. 2012195-CA of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit of the State of Florida, in and for GULF County, wherein EMERALD COAST FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, is Plaintiff and VERTIS HYSMITH, is Defendant, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at the front door of the Gulf County Courthouse in Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 A.M., ET on the 9th day of January, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment. EXHIBIT A Commence at the Northeast corner of Section 10, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; and thence run South 00 degrees 00 minutes 33 seconds East along the East boundary line of said Section 10, a distance of 619.47 feet; thence run South 89 degrees 59 minutes 27 seconds West, 1071.76 feet to the Northeasterly right-of-way boundary of Creekview Drive; thence run along said right-of-way boundary as follows: North 48 degrees 11 minutes 52 seconds West, 482.94 feet to a re-rod; thence North 58 degrees 24 minutes 03 seconds West, 40.00 feet to a re-rod for the Point of Beginning. From said Point of Beginning, continue North 58 degrees 24 minutes 03 seconds West, 282.50 feet to a re-rod; thence leaving said right-of-way boundary, run North 01 degrees 18 minutes 21 seconds East, 541.89 feet to the center of Stone Mill Creek; thence run along the center of said creek as follows: South 65 degrees 17 minutes 03 seconds East, 58.92 feet; thence South 83 degrees 45 minutes 02 seconds East, 33.59 feet; thence South 32 degrees 57 minutes 17 seconds East, 47.24 feet; thence North 66 degrees 41 minutes 52 seconds East, 63.96 feet; thence South 72 degrees 58 minutes 35 seconds East, 52.04 feet; thence South 14 degrees 12 minutes 23 seconds West, 86.09 feet; thence South 85 degrees 40 minutes 09 seconds East, 63.05 feet; thence North 37 degrees 32 minutes 59 seconds East, 52.34 feet; thence South 86 degrees 33 minutes 07 seconds East, 82.64 feet; thence South 01 degrees 41 minutes 26 seconds East, 64.60 feet; thence South 16 degrees 57 minutes 07 seconds East, 43.75 feet; thence South 66 degrees 14 minutes 46 seconds East, 44.91 feet; thence North 39 degrees 23 minutes 55 seconds East, 44.04 feet; thence North 26 degrees 13 minutes 09 seconds West, 56.63 feet; thence North 48 degrees 26 minutes 26 seconds East, 33.34 feet; thence South 40 degrees 01 minutes 01 seconds East, 83.46 feet; thence South 63 degrees 44 minutes 48 seconds East, 61.83 feet; thence South 09 degrees 03 minutes 52 seconds West, 22.64 feet; thence South 41 degrees 00 minutes 02 seconds West, 39.14 feet; thence South 33 degrees 15 minutes 06 seconds East, 48.30 feet; thence leaving the center of said creek, run South 41 degrees 48 minutes 08 seconds West, 508.56 feet to the Point of Beginning. TOGETHER WITH a 1999 GRAN Mobile Home Identification Number GAGMTS06325 DATED this 2nd day of December, 2013. REBECCA NORIS CIRCUIT COURT CLERK By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk December 12, 19, 2013 96627S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Marilyn Schmacker 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 561 Application No. 2013-52 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 02428-000R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the SE. Corner of Lot 59, Block K Aldersons Addition, according to the Plat thereof on file in Plat Book 1, Page 1, in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, thence run East (Bearing Base) along the North right of way line of Henry Avenue for 290 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 157.75 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 157.75 feet, to the Southern right of way line of Chipola Avenue (River Road), thence North 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East along said right of way line for 130.00 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds West for 157.50 feet; thence West for 130.00 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Vera Mae Armstrong 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 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 93328S NOTICE TO SELL Notice is hereby given that Bayou Storage, pursuant to FS83.806, will dispose of or offer for sale after December 26, 2013, the miscellaneous items belonging to the following tenant: MANUELLA MARTINEZ Unit #204. Storage unit contents may be redeemed by owner prior to December 26, 2013, for cash only. Pub: Dec 12, 19, 2013 96637S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 14TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO.: 08-000481CA DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE INDYMAC INDX MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006AR29, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AR29 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 Plaintiff, vs. HOPE PEREIRA A/K/A HOPE M. PEREIRA; HUBERT PEREIRA; WILLY PEREIRA; MARY PEREIRA; REGIONS BANK; UNKNOWN PERSON(S) IN POSSESSION OF THE SUBJECT PROPERTY; Defendants, NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated November 14, 2013 and entered in Case No. 08-000481CA, of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida. DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF THE INDYMAC INDX MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-AR29, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-AR29 UNDER THE POOLING AND SERVICING AGREEMENT DATED SEPTEMBER 1, 2006 is Plaintiff and HOPE PEREIRA A/K/A HOPE M. PEREIRA; HUBERT PEREIRA; WILLY PEREIRA; MARY PEREIRA; REGIONS BANK; are defendants. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash IN THE FRONT LOBBY OF THE COURTHOUSE, AT 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN BOULEVARD, PORT ST. JOE IN GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA 32456, at 11:00 A.M. E.T. on the 6th day of March, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 7, TRACT THREE A PORTION OF TRACT THREE, PENINSULA ESTATES, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 11, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY. FLORIDA; BEING MORE PARTICULARY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT A CONCRETE MONUMENT MARKING THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF TRACT THREE OF PENINSULA ESTATES, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 11 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT THREE, SOUTH 89 DEGREES 49 MINUTES 17 SECONDS EAST, 270.28 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG THE NORTH LINE OF SAID TRACT THREE, SOUTH 89 DEGREES 49 MINUTES 17 SECONDS EAST 75.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 10 MINUTES 43 SECONDS WEST, 200.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE NORTH RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SANDLE WOOD DRIVE; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 49 MINUTES 17 SECONDS WEST, 75.00 FEET ALONG SAID NORTH RIGHT-OF-WAY LINE; THENCE LEAVING SAID NORTH RIGHTOF-WAY LINE, NORTH 00 DEGREES 10 MINUTES 43 SECONDS EAST, 200.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the us pendens must file a claim with 60 days after the sale. Dated this 18th day of November, 2013. REBECCA L.NORRIS As Clerk of said Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk This Notice is Provided pursuant to Administrative Order No 2.065. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate, in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, Florida 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least (7) seven days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired please call 711. Submitted by: Kahane & Associates, P.A. 8201 Peters Road, Ste.3000 Plantation, FL 33324 Phone: (954) 382-3486 Fax: (954) 382-5380 Designated service email: notice@kahane andassociates.com December 5, 12, 2013 96629S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Marilyn Schmacker 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: Tax Sale Certificate No. 514 Application No. 2013-51 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 02428-050R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the SE. Corner of Lot 59, Block K Aldersons Addition, according to the Plat thereof on file in Plat Book 1, Page 1, in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, thence run East (Bearing Base) along the North right of way line of Henry Avenue for 290 feet; thence North 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds East for 315.50 feet to the Southern right of way line of Chipola Avenue (River Avenue); thenceNorth 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East along said right of way line for 130.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence continue North 88 Degrees 19 Minutes 07 Seconds East, along said right of way line 115.08 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 06 Minutes 06 Seconds West for 157.50 feet; thence West for 115.00 feet, thence North 157.50 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Name in which assessed: Steve Brinkmeier & Christine Brinkmeier 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 8th day of January, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of December, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 96669S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 11000074 CAAXMX DIVISION: DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE OF INDYMAC RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGEBACKED TRUST, SERIES 2006-1.1, RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGEBACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-L1, Plaintiff, CHRISTINE MULLININX, et al, Defendant(s) NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN Pursuant to an Order Rescheduling Foreclosure Sale dated on or about November 14. 2013, and entered in Case No. 11000074 CAAXMX of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida in which Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as trustee of IndyMac Residential Mortgage-Backed Trust. Series 2006-L1, Residential MortgageBacked Certificates, Series 2006-L1, is the Plaintiff and James Coney Mullininx, Christine Mullininx. Gregory Scroggs. Jackie P. Scruggs. are defendants, the Gulf County Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash in/on the front lobby. Gull County Clerk of Court office, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe. Fl. 32456. Gulf County, Florida at 11:00 A.M. E.T. on the 2nd day of January, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment of Foreclosure: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 1923.07 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT-OF-WAY OF COUNTY ROAD NUMBER 30, SAID POINT LYING IN A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH WITH A RADIUS OF 2346.20; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVE AND SAID RIGHT OF WAY FOR 329.02 FEET THRU A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 08 DEGREES 02 MINUTES 06 SECONDS, CHORD OF SAID ARC BEING NORTH 74 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 50 SECONDS EAST 328.75; THENCE LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 392.39 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF CANOE LANE; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY SOUTH 82 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 37 SECONDS EAST 394.62 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING AND LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST 107.41 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE EAST 61.01 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST 228.21 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST 14.00 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST 325.96 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF CANOE LANE; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY NORTH 82 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST 75.56 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, CONTAINING 0.25 ACRES MORE OR LESS, SUBJECT TO A 10 FOOT WIDE ACCESS AND UTILITY EASEMENT BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 1923.07 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF COUNTY ROAD NUMBER 30, SAID POINT LYING IN A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH WITH A RADIUS OF 2346.20; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVE AND SAID RIGHT OF WAY FOR 329.02 FEET, THRU A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 08 DEGREES 02 MINUTES 06 SECONDS, CHORD OF SAID ARC BEING NORTH 74 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 50 SECONDS EAST 328.75 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 392.39 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF CANOE LANE; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY SOUTH 82 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 37 SECONDS EAST 394.62 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING AND LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST 107.41 FEET; THENCE EAST 10.00 FEET; THENCE NORTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST 106.12 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF CANOE LANE; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY NORTH 82 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST 10.08 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. TOGETHER WITH A 5 FOOT WIDE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS CASEMENT BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 20, TOWNSHIP 9 SOUTH, RANGE 10 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 46 SECONDS WEST 1923.07 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE SOUTHERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF COUNTY ROAD NUMBER 30, SAID POINT LYING IN A CURVE CONCAVE TO THE NORTH WITH A RADIUS OF 2346.20; THENCE NORTHEASTERLY ALONG SAID CURVE AND SAID RIGHT OF WAY FOR 329.02 FEET, THRU A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 08 DEGREES 02 MINUTES 06 SECONDS, CHORD OF SAID ARC BEING NORTH 74 DEGREES 20 MINUTES 50 SECONDS EAST 328.75 FEET; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY SOUTH 82 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST 75.56 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN, SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST 325.96 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING CONTINUE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS WEST 186.60 FEET TO A POINT LYING ON THE APPROXIMATE MEAN HIGH WATERLINE OF THE GULF OF MEXICO; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID WATERLINE SOUTH 85 DEGREES 17 MINUTES 29 SECONDS WEST 5.02 FEET; THENCE LEAVING SAID WATERLINE RUN NORTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST 187.02 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 35 SECONDS EAST 5.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. A/K/A APN 3186-060R, PORT SAINT JOE, FL 32456 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Dated in Gulf County, Florida this 27th day of November, 2013. REBECCA NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court Gulf County, Florida By: Wyvonne Pickett Deputy Clerk Albertelli Law Attorney for Plaintiff P.O. Box 23028 Tampa, FL 33623 (813) 221-4743 Fax: (813) 221-9171 eService: servealaw@ albertellilaw.com If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. December 5, 12, 2013 96647S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED Notice if hereby given that, DAVID E. BARBER, the holders of the following certificate have filed said certificate for tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property and the name in which it was assessed are as follows: Certificate No: 1142 Year of issuance: 2010 Description of property: SEC 32 T8S R6 W ET A1 Full Legal Can Be Obtained in the Franklin County Clerk of Circuit Courts Office PARCEL NO: 32-08S-06W-0000-0015-00 00 Name is which assessed: MICHAEL C. KELLER All of said property being in the State of Florida, Franklin County. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder at the Courthouse door on the first (1st) Monday in the month of JANUARY 2014, which is the 6th day of January 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Dated this 25th day of November, 2013. MARCIA M. JOHNSON CLERK OF COURTS FRANKLIN COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Cassie B. Sapp Deputy Clerk Dec. 5, 12, 19, 26, 2013 96685S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 23-2010-CA-000185 Division: Civil Division BENEFICIAL FLORIDA, INC. Plaintiff, vs. BENOIT L. LABONTE, et al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled case, I will sell the property located in GULF County, Florida, described as: A PORTION OF LOT 12, SUNSHINE FARMS, UNRECORDED, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE NORTHEAST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 6 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST 1/4, SOUTH 02 DEGREES 26 MINUTES 17 SECONDS EAST FOR 1367.31 FEET TO A CONCRETE MONUMENT; THENCE CONTINUE ALONG SAID WEST LINE, SOUTH 02 DEGREES 26 MINUTES 17 SECONDS EAST, 412.03 FEET FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 13 MINUTES 31 SECONDS EAST FOR 180.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 04 DEGREES 39 MINUTES 57 SECONDS WEST FOR 296.12 FEET; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 15 MINUTES 03 SECONDS WEST FOR 143.21 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE WEST LINE OF SAID NORTHEAST 1/4, NORTH 02 DEGREES 26 MINUTES 17 SECONDS WEST FOR 296.00 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. SAID LANDS CONTAINING 1.10 ACRES MORE OR LESS. To include a: 1987 STONER TRAIL VIN 11418907A Title # 44191887 1987 STONER TRAIL VIN 11418907B Title # 44198784 Property address: 295 Sunshine Rd Port Saint, FL 32456 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, by electronic sale at AT SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE COURTHOUSE, 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN, SR. BLVD., PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456 beginning at 11:00 a.m. E.T. on the 9th day of January, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 2nd day of December, 2013. Rebecca Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY: Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at P.O. Box 826, Marianna, Florida, 32447. Phone number 850-718-0026, Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts. Hearing & Voice Impaired: 1-800-955-8771 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. File# 63580/tam December 5, 12, 2013 96707S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CIVIL DIVISION Case No: 23-2012-CA-000008 Division: Civil Division NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC Plaintiff, vs. ASHLEY N. BRYAN A/K/A ASHLEY BRYAN, et al. Defendant(s), 96699S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 13-61-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF MURLIN RAY BURT Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of MURLIN RAY BURT, deceased, whose date of death was March 5, 2012, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the decedents estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is December 12, 2013. Personal Representative: Charles E. Burt 6831 Hillsboro Rd. Bonne Terre, MO 63628 Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin FL Bar No. 699070 P O Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Tel: (850)-227-1159 email: ccostin@ costinlaw.com December 12, 19, 2013
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NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to a Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled case, I will sell the property located in GULF County, Florida, described as: The East 1/2 of Lots 10 and 12, Block 59, CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, GULF COUNTY, according to the plat thereof, as recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 19, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Property address: 307 12th Street Port Saint, FL 32456 at public sale, to the highest and best bidder, for cash, by electronic sale at AT SOUTH ENTRANCE OF THE COURTHOUSE, 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN, SR. BLVD., PORT ST. JOE, FL 32456 beginning at 11:00 a.m. E.T. on this 9th day of January, 2014. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Witness, my hand and seal of this court on the 3rd day of December, 2013. Rebecca Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT THIS INSTRUMENT PREPARED BY: Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra 9204 King Palm Drive Tampa, FL 33619-1328 Attorneys for Plaintiff If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration at P.O. Box 826, Marianna, Florida, 32447. Phone number 850-718-0026, Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts. Hearing & Voice Impaired: 1-800-955-8771 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. File# 107957/tam December 12, 19, 2013 96757S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL ACTION CASE NO.: 23-2009-CA-000112 DIVISION: U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR JPALT 2006-S2, Plaintiff, vs. LUANN M. QUARANTA, et al, Defendant(s). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Mortgage Foreclosure dated November 06, 2013 and entered in Case No. 23-2009-CA000112 of the Circuit Court of the FOURTEENTH Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida wherein U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR JPALT 2006-S2 is the Plaintiff and LUANN M QUARANTA; WILLIAM C. QUARANTA, SR.; CAPITAL CITY BANK; are the Defendants, The Clerk of the Court will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at LOBBY OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE at 11:00AM, on the 9th day of January, 2014 the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment: LOT TWENTY-SIX (26), BLOCK ONE HUNDRED THIRTY (130), UNIT NUMBER TWELVE (12), OF THE ST. JOSEPHS ADDITION TO THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED APRIL 13, 1982 IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGE 27 OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. A/K/A 2005 MARVIN AVENUE, PORT ST JOE, FL 324560000 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS MY HAND and the seal of this Court on December 2, 2013. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk **See Americans with Disabilities Act If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. ADA Coordinator P.O. Box 1089 Panama City, FL 32402 Phone: 850-747-5338 Fax: (850) 747-5717 Hearing Impaired: Dial 711 Email: ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org F09022212 December 12, 19, 2013 96775S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2012-000274-CA AMERICAN BANK, FSB, Plaintiff, vs. JAMES W. NAUS; BARBARA NAUS, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE is hereby given that Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida, will on the 16th day of January, 2014, at 11:00 oclock A.M., EST, at Gulf County Courthouse Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida in accordance with Chapter 45, F.S., offer for sale and sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, the following described property situated in Gulf County, Florida, to wit: A parcel of land lying in the Southwest Quarter of Section 32, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida; being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northeast Corner of said Southwest Quarter; thence North 89 West along the North line of said Southwest Quarter a distance of 989.51 feet, to the centerline of a 66 foot road easement; thence South 16 East along said road easement a distance of 1,600.00 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 16 East along said road easement a distance of 5 feet; thence run North 89 West, a distance of 678.25 feet to the Intracoastal Waterway right-of-way as recorded in Foreign Records Book 1, Pages 87 through 107 of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida; thence continue North 89 West a distance of 158 feet more or less to the approximate waters edge; thence Northerly along the waters edge a distance of 105 feet more or less to a point on a line parallel with and 105.00 feet Northerly from the previously described course, as measured along said right-of-way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; thence South 89 East a distance of 159 feet more or less to said right-of-way line of the Intracoastal Waterway; thence continue South 89 East a distance of 678.25 feet; thence South 16 East a distance of 100.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Property address: 285 Whippoorwill Lane, Port Saint Joe, Florida 32456. pursuant to the Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure entered in a case pending in said Court, the style and case number of which is set forth above. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. 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