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PSJHS earns an 'A'; maintains streak


By TIM CROFT
227-7827 @PSJStar
tcroft@starfl.com
For the third consecutive year Port St.
Joe Jr./Sr. High School earned an A' under
the state's grading formula for schools.
That may be enough to maintain the
Gulf District School streak of recognition
as a high-performing district.
High school and combination school
grades were released last week by the
Florida Department of Education.
Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School fell
just shy of a 'B' to again earn a 'C'.


"Congratulations to both schools on
a great job," said Superintendent of Gulf
County Schools Jim Norton. "We are very
excited about what the scores were for all
our schools.
"The great news is that Port St. Joe
High School was an 'A' school for the third
year in a row. That says a lot about the fac-
ulty and staff. Wewahitchka High School we
thought might earn a 'B' but they fell just
short. It was a great job by everybody."
There is an appeal window open through
Jan. 22 but it was not clear if district offi-
cials might appeal the WHS grade.
High school grades are released late


in the calendar year because the grades
are not based solely on results from the
Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test
(FCAT) as with elementary schools.
Earlier this year, Port St. Joe Elementa-
ry was given a 'B' grade and Wewahitchka
Elementary a 'C'.
Fifty-percent of high school grades are
tied to FCAT scores, but the other half of
the calculation takes into account enroll-
ment numbers and success in dual-en-
rolled courses as well as graduation and
drop-out rates, among other factors.
The A' at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School,
for which the school will be eligible for


state School Recognition dollars, reflects a
statewide trend.
A record number of state high schools
and combination schools earned an A' this
year, with 240 schools or 48 percent earn-
ing the highest grade, according to the
FDOE.
That is a jump of 92 schools, or 17 per-
cent, above the number of 'A high schools
from 2010-11.
Gov Rick Scott noted that the "great
education" being offered by Florida
teachers, and reflected in the increase in

See PSJHS A15


Program delivers holiday concert


By WES LOCHER
229-7843 | @PSJStar
wlocher@starfl.com
Port St. Joe Elementary
School welcomed the holiday
season through the majesty
of song last Friday.
During a Christmas
concert students in the
21st Century After-School
program performed holiday
favorites for their classmates
and parents.
The music was conducted
by Becky Hare and students
sang renditions of Jingle
Bells, Santa Claus is coming
to Town and Rudolph the
Red-Nose Reindeer.
Several students also
gave a reading of the popular
holiday poem, "'Twas the
Night Before Christmas."
"Music is a very big help
to kids in school and every
area of life," said Hare. "It
even helps academically."
Paper ornaments,
fingerprint snowmen and elf
legs crafted by the students
covered the stage to set the
holiday mood.
A paper Christmas
tree was a collaboration
of all classes involved. Art
direction was provided by
teacher Julie Hodges.
Principal Designee Jo
Clements told the audience
that each piece of art was
different and was meant
to remind them that each
person is unique.
"Think about the true
meaning of Christmas,"
Clements told the audience.
"I hope it makes a difference
in your outlook for your
Christmas this year."
Piano versions of classic
Christmas tunes were
delivered by Boston McGhee,

See CONCERT A9


WES LOCHER I The Star
Students in the 21 st Century After-School Program presented a Christmas concert for
their peers. Below, Several students worked together to recite "'Twas the Night Before
Christmas."


BOCC approves taxing resolutions


By TIM CROFT
227-7827 | @PSJStar
tcroft@starfl.com
Tools for the tool box.
As they passed four resolu-
tions to position themselves to
move ahead on levying taxes to
address four areas, county com-
missioners last week said they
were just adding a tool to the tool
box for the next budget season,
leaving the door open for alter-
native sources of revenue.




HalifaX-
M E D I A G RO U P


There would still be studies
required to justify establishing a
Municipal Services Benefit Unit
(MSBU). Those studies Commis-
sioner Warren Yeager said could
run in the tens of thousands of
dollars.
There are still requirements
for public hearings county at-
torney Jeremy Novak suggested
the Board of County Commis-
sioners conduct at least two pub-
lic hearings before adopting any
MSBU by ordinance.


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But as they had discussed
much of the past year, commis-
sioners are in search of alter-
native revenue streams and by
adopting four resolutions on
solid waste, stormwater, road
improvements and beach nour-
ishment the BOCC is in position
to at least consider specific tax-
es to address those issues in the
coming budget year.
"This allows you to consid-
er this this year," said county
administrator Don Butler. "It


doesn't mean you are going to do
anything, but it opens the door."
Yeager said before consider-
ing the first resolution that he
would not be in favor of any ad-
ditional taxes unless the BOCC
lessened by a corresponding
number the burden on property
tax payers.
"This does allow us to spread
the expense for those services,"
Yeager said. "But I am not in fa-

See BOCC A8


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Opinion .................... A6-A7 SchoolNews ............. ... l. A13
Letters to the Editor............. A7 Faith.... ................ A14
Outdoors ...................... A10 Obituaries ..................... A 14
Sports........................ A11 Classifieds ................ A15-A16


Welcome


the New


Year twice

ByWES LOCHER
229-7843 It PS.IStar
wlocher@starfl.com
With the New Year almost upon
us, it's time to celebrate ... twice!
Before making any personal
resolutions, the Gulf County Tour-
ist Development Council and Mex-
ico Beach Community Develop-
ment Council have asked that you
make a resolution to stay safe.
But because the area spans two
time zones, safety and celebrating
twice intertwine.
To help, a series of complimen-
tary trolleys will be provided for
those who want to celebrate the
countdown in the Eastern Time
zone and then again in Central
Time on the night of Tuesday, Dec.
31.
"It's a free way to enjoy the
night's festivities safely," said CDC
executive director Kimberly Shoaf.
"You can trolley-hop all over Port
St. Joe and Mexico Beach, enjoy
two great fireworks shows and get
to ring in the New Year twice."
The annual Celebrate Twice
event will ensure revelers safe pas-
sage to Port St. Joe watering holes
that include The Thirsty Goat,
Regan's Oyster Bar, Reid Avenue,
Lookout Lounge and Marina Cove,
home of Dockside Sea Food and
Raw Bar, Ronnie B's and Haughty
Heron.
Once the clock has struck
midnight and 2014 has received
a warm welcome in Port St. Joe,
the celebration can start all over
in Mexico Beach at the El Gov-
ernor Motel, Toucan's Restau-
rant, Mango Marleys, Fish House

See NEW YEAR Al 5

TROLLEY STOPS
Celebrate Twice
scheduled trolley stops:
8 p.m. until 3 a.m. ET.
(7 p.m. until 2 a.m. CT)

Mexico Beach:
El Governor Motel
Toucan's Restaurant
Mango Marleys & Fish
House Restaurant
Lookout Lounge
Rustic Sands

Port St. Joe:
Marina Cove (Dockside
Seafood and Raw Bar,
Haughty Heron, Ronnie
B's)
The Thirsty Goat
Regan's Oyster Bar
Reid Avenue
Lookout Lounge


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Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET
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Dear
Santa,
I have
/ been a good girl.
/ Please bring me a
some poll skates, a
Docbook, easy books
to read. I hope you
have a safe trip and I will
leave you some milk and
cookies.
Love,
\ Harmony


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Dear Santa,
I have been a good
girl. Please bring me
a camera.
Love,
Miss Eileen


Dear Santa,
Bring Mrs. Claus.
/ I love you.
Kaleigh Bowen


I Dear Santa,
S I have been a good boy. Please
being me a tadlix. Please bring
me a PBASO. Please bring me a
\ letnek skodr.
Love,
\ Aydan


Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy.
., Please bring me a remote
Control jeep.
SLove,
Matthew


a" Dear Santa,
I have been a good
'*' boy. Please bring me
a Xbox. Please bring
me a Wii. Please bring me a
Playstation.
Love,
Alejandro

Dear Santa,
I have bee a good doy. Please
bring me a DS, I will like a Xbox
One with a game. I will leave
cookies.
Love,
lan Bech

Dear Santa,
I have bee a good boy. Please
bring me a train. Please bring me
a ball. Please bring me a truck.
Love,
Leland

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy. Please
bring me Xbox games and please
bring toys. And candy.
Love,
Grady

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl. Please
bring me Lolalapse. Would you
also bring me an Ever After High
doll and candy?
Love,
Lisa

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy. Please
bring me a Skylander Swap
Force set. Will you bring me a
bike. May I please have a remote
control helicopter.
Love,
Mikey

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy. Please
bring me a green Ms. Hen. Also
I would like a par of track shoos
and please bring me a tree


Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy.
Please bring me a toy. I will
leave cookies and milk.
Love,
Gregory

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy.
Please bring me a Kindle
and a skateboard. Also
Skylanders.
Love,
Colton

Dear Santa,
I have been a good boy.
Please bring me a zoomer
also bay blares. And I also
would like a Ninja Turtles
mask.
Love,
Damien

Dear Santa,
My name is Lilly and I am
4 years old. I am asking
you for a red wheelbarrow
so I can help in the garden,
a Barbie doll, a Dr. Seuss
doll, a doll like the size of
Raggedy Ann, and anything
else you want me to have.
I am leaving you a yummy
surprise for when you visit my
house.
Love,
Lilly

Dear Santa,
I have been good this year.
I would like a tab lit, Barbie
Dream House and Zoomer and
rainbow loom. Have a great
Christmas.
Love,
Ava


Dear Santa,
I love your beautiful
presents because they are
pretty. I would like some


Sl Dear Santa, house. presents.
SI have been a good girl. Love, Love,
\ Please bring me a Littlest David Jasmine \
SPet Shop also a My \
SLittle Pony and also a Dear Santa, Dear Santa,
\ Skylander Swap Force I have been a good boy. Please I have been a good girl. Can i
Character, bring me a green toy car. I have a Barbie jeep?
Love, Love, Love,
SZuri Jasper Olivia


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Dear Santa,
I hope you have a safe
trip. What I want for
Christmas is Skylanders
Swap Force, Fire
Krackin, Wash Buckler,
X-wing Starfighter, A-
wing starfighter, General
Greevis Clone Wars.
Love,
Gannon

Dear Santa,
How are you? I want for
Christmas a first Ips and a
Ninja Turtle playset and a
kid sewing machine and a
Barbie Dream House.
Love,
Makayan Jones

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas is
family and friends smiling.
But I want a jasmine dress-
up dress and a Furby
Fairy.
Love,
Mackenzie

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a safe
trip and please bring me a
crazy loom for Christmas.
Love,
Draven

Dear Santa,
Have I been a good girl?
What I want for Christmas
is a Barbie Dream
House and a bike and a
Flutterbye Fairy. I Hope
you get my list.
Love,
Handley

Dear Santa,
I am on the nice list.
All I want for Christmas
is the red Y Flyer and
a Flutterbye Fairy a
Harry doll and the game
Headache.
Love,
Bella

Dear Santa,
I would like a Barbie
cruise ship and a
Flutterbye Fairy and a
big teddy bear and some
Lego friend sets. Have a
very merry Christmas and
I have milk and cookies. I
have been good.
Love,
Leila

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a safe
trip. I would like a so soft
new Rainbow Dash, a
Minnie Mouse cuties plush,
a Flashlight Friend unicorn,
My Little Pony Crocs, a
blue Rio bird with a flower
and a My Little Pony Leap
Frog game. I will leave you
milk and cookies.
Love, Emily

Dear Santa,
I hope you are happy.
I want my two front top
teeth, Wreck-it-Ralph DVD,
Chocolate Letters BFF, and
present for Boston. Also,
a note from you! I hope
you have a very merry
Christmas.
Love,
Sara Besley Flowers

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a safe
trip. I want some boots


and I want a toy dog and
I want some new clothes
and I want some new
earrings and I want a new
blanket.
Love,
Whitney


Dear Santa,
How are you? I
want a lunchbox,
bows and a golf
cart. I hope you
have a merry
Christmas.
Love,
Kiyleh

Dear Santa,
I've been good. I
want a Nerf gun
and a popgun for
Christmas. How
have you been? I
hope good.
Love,
Thomas

Dear Santa,
How are you? For
Christmas I want a new
Miami jacket, new shoes,
new Power Rangers Lego
set and a bone for my
dog.
Love,
Lincoln

Dear Santa,
I would like a few things:
Skylanders Swap Force,
a basketball pole and
Ninjago Legos.
Love,
Reylon

Dear Santa,
I hope you have a safe
trip. I want a BFF necklace
to share with SB, Sharks
sweatshirt, a present for
SB, Just Dance 2014.
Can't wait to see you.
Love,
Boston

Dear Santa,
I want a play car and
four real horses and for
everybody to have a
merry Christmas.
Love,
Laris

Dear Santa,
Have a holly jolly
Christmas! I want a
Rainbow loom and a
halter for Cherry and
Baby Alive and more Lego
friends sets and a reading
chair and two or three
horse pictures and a pogo
stick and some Strawberry
Shortcake books. I'll leave
cookies!
Love,
Elizabeth

Dear Santa,
My name is Andruw. I
am six years old. I would
like Legos, Log cars, and
Xbox for Christmas.
Love,
Andruw

Dear Santa,
My name is Chance. I
am six years old. I would
like a bat, bike and skates
for Christmas.
Love,
Chance

Dear Santa,
My name is Jamicia. I
am six years old. I would
like baby dolls, a tablet
and an elf for Christmas.
Love,
Jamicia

Dear Santa,


My name is Kaelee. I am
six years old. I would like
a Barbie doll, teddy bear,
and a play Santa Claus
for Christmas.
Love,
Kaelee


Dear Santa,
My name is Andrew. I
am six years old. I would
like a dirt bike, Xbox 360
and money for Christmas.
Love,
Andrew

Dear Santa,
My name is Mimorie.
I am six years old. I
would like shoes, dresses,
some new shoes and a
new stuffed princess for
Christmas.
Love,
Mimorie

Dear Santa,
My name is Camren. I
am six years old. I would
like a Doc McStuffin and
a Puppy and a new pillow
for Christmas.
Love,
Camren

Dear Santa,
My name is Seth. I am
six years old. I would like a
cool race track and blocks
just like my old blocks and
a Dora Dinosaur movie for
Christmas.
Love,
Seth

Dear Santa,
My name is
Kashadriauna. I am seven
years old. I would like
doll toys and shoes for
Christmas.
Love,
Kashadriauna

Dear Santa,
My name is Zac. I am
seven years old. I would
like a live puppy, a game
and a shark for Christmas.
Love,
Zac

Dear Santa,
My name is Rylan. I am
seven years old. I would
like a dirt bike and an
Xbox 360 for Christmas.
Love,
Rylan

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. I would like a
new bike, Barbie Dream
House, and a Lalaloopsy
doll. I also want a Monster
High Doll, an Xbox One
and a Pet Bunny.
Love,
Chloe Harper


Dear r
Santa,
I have been a
good girl this year. I
would like a new iPad,
doll, Baby Alive, Bible,
games, backpack, shoes,
books, lunchbox and
robot dog. My aunt will
make cookies for you.
Please don't forget my
friends.
Love,
Carly

Dear Santa,
I want a pink iPad, a
Monster High doll and a
stuffed elf.
Love,
Hailyn

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. I would like an
iPad, and a Littlest Pet
Shop. I hope you get
here safe.
Love,
Sydney

Dear Santa,
I want Zoomer the Dog,
rubber band bracelets,
Monster High dolls, and
Ever After High dolls. I
will leave you and the
reindeer cookies.
Love,
Sunny

Dear Santa,
I have been a good
boy. I want a Hot
Wheels track, all four
battle shell Teenage
Mutant Ninja Turtles,
the talking Avengers set
and a remote control
helicopter.
Love,
Levi

Dear Santa,
I have been a good
boy this year. I would
like a new iPad mini,
iPad, and a racecar for
Christmas. My mom and
dad will leave and milk
and cookies for you.
Please be careful and
don't forget my friends.
Love,
James

Dear Santa,
My name is Rasard.
I am six. I would like a
bike, 3DS and a mini
iPad.
Love,
Rasard


Dear Santa,
My name is Kellie. I am
seven years old. Please
bring me a Play with Me
Kitty, a Monster High
doll, Mermaid Ariel,
clothes and boots. I will
leave milk and cookies
for you under the tree.
Love,
Kellie

Dear Santa,
I have been a good
girl this year. I would
like a bike, skateboard,
a hat, an iPod Touch,
a trampoline and a
motorcycle. I will give
you cookies and milk.
Please don't forget me,
Santa.
Love,
Jackson

Dear Santa,
I have been a good
girl this year. I would
like a cup holder, Barbie
dolls, blankets, clothes
Zenra stuff, cooking
stuff, Barbie clothes,
ornaments and books.
Love,
Kate

Dear Santa,
I have been a good girl
this year. I would like a
new braiding bracelet
kit, stuffed animals, baby
dolls and iPad mini.
Love,
Ela

Dear Santa,
I just want to know how
you are doing at the
North Pole. I have been
good all year. I just want
you to know that I want
a doll house, cow girl
boots, clothes, Barbies
and a tablet.
Love,
Lyria

Dear Santa,
I would like Monster
High dolls, Barbies,
Legos, Play Doh, and
balls. Please be careful
and don't forget my
friends.
Love,
Zoey


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SDear Santa,
My name is Kylie.
I am seven years old.
p For Christmas I want a
S.. four wheeler, please. And
". teacher stuff and I want a
teacher desk. I can ride
the four wheeler and I
can play teacher.
Love,
Kylie Sapp


SDear Santa,
I have been
a good girl this year.
I would like an iPad
and Flutterbye Fairy for
Christmas. I will put out
reindeer food on my
lawn.
Love,
LeeLee


Dear Santa,
I have been a good
boy this year. I would like
wrestlers and Ninja Turtles
and football action figures
and a DVD player for
Christmas.
Love,
King Waters

Dear Santa,
I will leave you Santa
cookies. All I want for
Christmas is a Zoomer,
stuffed animals and an
iPad.
Love,
Kensley

Dear Santa,
I want a pig, cat and a
dog, an iPad, stuffed bear
and my two front teeth.
Love,
Bionca

Dear Santa,
My name is Kelsie. I am
seven years old. I want a
Monster High doll. I want
an iPad and a puppy. I
want to give an owl to
my teacher because my
teacher is surprise to me.
That is the reason that I
want those for my teacher
for Christmas Day and I
love you Santa, so much.
Please respond, write me
a letter, Santa.
Love,
Kelsie T







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Dear Santa,
My name is Juveryonn
Daniels. I am eight years
old, and for Christmas I
would like a nobeg and
a bike, also a doll. I want
that because you are the
best to me. That is what I
want for Christmas.
Love, Juveryonn Daniels

Dear Santa,
I am Brooke White and
I am eight years old.
Santa, I want an iPhone
and iPad and I want a
new kit. I want to have
those presents from you.
I will like it. I will have a
happy Christmas too.
Love,
Brooke

Dear Santa,
My name is Kelsey. I am
seven years old. Here is
the first thing I want for
Christmas is a Rainbow
loom and the second one
is Xbox, and the third one
is an iPad. I have been a
good girl, Santa, please.
Love,
Kelsey Ellwood

Dear Santa,
My name is Zoey. I am
seven years old. I would
like a Nabi also I would
like a pottery maker and
a go cart. It would be a
good gift if you can get
it for me. I want to get
my mamma #1 mom"
earrings and my sister
a love charm bracelet
and my dad a bike. And
last, but not least, my
brother a Florida State
basketball, and me and
my family a pool and
trampoline.
Love,
Zoey M. Burkett


Dear Santa,
My name is Arlena. I
am seven years old. I want
a Doc McStuffins doll and
a Doc McStuffins kit too.
I want them because they
are my favorite TV shows.
I have been a good girl,
Santa. Please, Santa.
Love,
Arlena

Dear Santa,
My name is TJ and I am
eight. I want an iPhone
and Dre Beats too and
new shoes. I want those
things because they are
cool and fun. Write a letter
to me.
Love,
TJ

Dear Santa,
Hey, I know what I want
from you, Santa. I want
my elf, Sparkey. My name
is Rilan and I am seven.
I want my elf to keep
forever and I want some
hunting stuff and want a
four-wheeler, Santa.
Love,
Rilan

Dear Santa,
My name is Braden
Jackson. I am eight
years old. These are the
three things I want for
Christmas: an iPad and
also a fluffy white puppy
and I want it to be two
years old. Please, I will
take care of it. I love you.
Thank you.
Love,
Braden

Dear Santa,
My name is Jamarrien.
I am seven years old. For
Christmas I want an iPod,
and an Xbox 360 and
also an iPhone.
Love,
Jamarrien

Dear Santa,
My name is Ella
Dimitrijevich. Santa, I want
three things: American
Sage Doll, earrings, and
an iPod Touch. I am seven
years old and I love your
elf, Jack. It is so cute.
Love,
Ella

Dear Santa,
I am Lauren and I am
seven. I want a dog
because I have done my
chores every day and I
have done my homework
every day. I want a bike


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because I water the plants
every day when I come
home. I want a Barbie Doll
too and that's what I want
for Christmas.
Love,
Lauren

Dear Santa,
I want a puppy. I am
seven. I want it to be
black, white and brown.
I do not want it to be
mean. I want her name
to be Ella. I want her to
be seven. I want her to
be nice and sweet. I want
her to be a girl. I want her
to be trained and playful.
I love you, Santa. Take
care.
Love,
Alivia

Dear Santa,
I want a band kit
because I am good and
didn't be bad. I can
be good to my friends
and mom and dad and
mother. I want an Xbox
One and a PS and a dirt
bike for Christmas. I am
good to my teacher.
Love,
Ardarien Shackleford

Dear Santa,
I helped my mom put up
the Christmas tree. I want
a baby doll for Christmas.
I have been good at home
and have been helping at
my home.
Love,
Chasity Moore

Dear Santa,
All I want for Christmas
is a PSP Vita and a
phone. I listen to my
Granny and my teacher.
I'm going to get my mom
a necklace.
Love,
Bryce Forston

Dear Santa,
I want a tablet and some
roller skates for Christmas.
I have been good. I was
helping my mom wash the
dishes with my brother.
Love,
Callie Sherrill

Dear Santa,
I want a Super Mario
Brothers U and I want a
holiday pet. I have beelr
very, very good and I
have been the best boy
ever. Thank you, Santa.
love you.
Love, .
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Letters to Santa


Dear Santa,
I have been saying
good things. All I want
is to get a tablet and a
Skylanders Swap Force.
I want to see something
cool. I want to see snow
fall down.
Love,
Thomas Hutchinson

Dear Santa,
I want a DS for
Christmas and a watch
and an Xbox. I've been
good for helping my mom
clean up her house.
Love,
Branden Givens

Dear Santa,
I want a jeep that's
a real car because I'm
a good girl. My sister
will get a new hair bow
because she is good and
I want an iPhone. I want
to get my mommy a new
phone and my teacher a
new iPad.
Love,
Miracle Smiley

Dear Santa,
I want a PS3 and
a Nobi tablet and a
bracelet kit. I clean my
room and take our trash
and I have good grades.
Love, Miknai

Dear Santa,
I want an Xbox and an
iPad and a trampoline
and a kitten. Also, Lego
friends, Hello Kitty Legos
and Spongebob Legos
and an iPhone. I work
hard in school.
Love,
McKensi Mark

Dear Santa,
My name is Kylie. I am
seven years old. I've been
a good girl. Does my elf
say I am a good girl? My
elf got in the brownies. I
want a rubber band kit.


! Dear Santa,
My name is
Madison. I am seven
years old. I have been
very good. I want a
cotton candy machine,
a popcorn machine and
I want a horse. Please
do not pass my house.
If you do not pass my
house I will leave toys
for your elf. I will leave
you some cupcakes and
cookies and I will leave
some more bells for your
reindeer.
Love,
Madison

Dear Santa,
My name is Walce. I
am seven years old. I
have been spectacular
this year. I want a
Monster High 13 Wishes
Wii game. Second, I
would like a Create-
a-Monster kit. Three, I
want a Monsters Alive
doll. I will leave milk and
cookies. Thank you!
Love,
Walce

Dear Santa,
My name is Owen
Glen Grantland. I am
eight and I want
a Spongebob
room, a
Spongebob
drum set,
Despicable
Me 2, Iron
Man, Hulk
and Xbox
360.
Love,
Owen

Dear Santa,
My name
is Chase. I am
eight years old. I
want a gator and a
piano and a helicopter.
I have been very good.
Please get me everything
on my list. I believe in
you. I have been really
kind to Snowflake, too.
Love,


Chase
Hello Santa Claus,
My name is Nevaeh
Carpenter. I am seven
years old. I was born in
2006. I have been pretty
good this year. What I
want for Christmas is an
iPod Touch and a whole
lot of rubber bands and
an iPhone.
Love,
Nevaeh

Dear Santa,
My name is Zhyion.
I am eight years old.
Snowflake said I have
been very nice this year.
I will like a rubber band
kit. I will also like a
cheerleader suit. Me and
my brother want pink and
blue keys.
Love,
Zhyion

Dear Santa,
My name is Shauna
and I am eight years old.
I have been really good
this year. Will you bring
me an iPod 3? I would
like a Kindle Fire for


Christmas.
I would like
a new bike
because mine
is broken.
SI would
like a new
necklace.
SThank
you. Merry
Christmas,
e Santa.
m Love,
Shauna

Dear Santa,
I am eight years
old and my name is
Austin O'Bryan. All I
want for Christmas is a
good Christmas and an
electric guitar. Say hi
to the reindeer for me. I
will leave you milk and
cookies. Thank you for
reading this.
Love,
Austin
P.S. I love you.

Dear Santa,
My name is Carson.
Please bring me a
password game, a gator
necklace and a DSi. I
was good-ish this year.
Please don't skip my
house. I bet you will give
my mom a good day on
Christmas Eve. I will have
a good day to Santa and
your elves. We will say
our prayers and be good
with my sister.
Love,
Carson

Dear Santa,
My name is Luke and I
am eight years old and
I have been very good


this year. I want a buck
rifle, Mathews bow and
a trampoline. I hope you
get me these three things.
I will leave milk and
cookies. I hope you do not
skip my house.
Love,
Luke

Dear Santa,
My name is James. I
want is gold and an Xbox
360 and a 3DS. Thank
you for everything. I will
leave you something.
Love,
James

Dear Santa,
My name is Diamond
Nicerea Joyce Warner. I
want the Rainbow loom
kit and lots of crowns and
jewelry. Please, Santa,
please. I want it because
I love it so much. Have a
merry Christmas.
Love,
Diamond

Dear Santa,
My name is Jamal and I
am seven years old. I will
be good all of the year. I
really want an iPod, Xbox
360 and a four-wheeler.
I will leave milk and
cookies. It is the best.
Love,
Jamal

Dear Santa,
I am eight years old. I
want to get a four-wheeler.
Please get me it. I will be
good next year. Please,
please, please get me it.
I'm eight and I want that.
Love,
Garreth


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Thursday, December 26, 2013


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OPINION


Page 6 www.starfl.com Thursday, December 26, 2013


What I want



for Christmas...


For those of you who
have watched Ralphie in
"A Christmas Story" and
his quest for an Official
Red Ryder Carbine-
Action Two-
Hundred-Shot
Range Model Air "
Rifle you know
the scene.
Ralphie |
gets choked
up when Santa
Claus asks him CRAN
what he wants TRA(
for Christmas. BN |
Ralphie just can't
remember, the crowd,
lights and excitement
are just too much for
him, he just sits there
dumbfounded.
Santa asks Ralphie,
"How about a nice
football?"
They shove Ralphie
down the slide to deal
with the next child. In
a panic, Ralphie stops
himself halfway down
the slide and climbs back
up to tell Santa that he
really wants a Red Ryder
BB Gun. Of course Santa
then announces, "You'll
shoot your eye out kid."
I don't want a Red
Ryder BB Gun for
Christmas, but I think
it is just fine if a little
boy or girl does want
one. Pocket knives and
chemistry sets to blow
stuff up or make stink
bombs are just dandy
also.
There are just too
many laws and people
getting into our houses,
cutting the toes out of
our stockings, trying
to figure out what's in
grandma's dressing and
checking our lamps for
illegal light bulbs. This
country was founded by
folks who did take a few
risks and probably did
some things that weren't
very safe, but with
experimentation comes
innovation.
What do I want for
Christmas?
I have given it a lot
of thought. One thing
for sure I would like is
about 35 years' worth of
incandescent light bulbs.
I'm relatively confident
that would be enough for
the rest of my life.
We need Thomas
Edison.
Thomas Edison was
a mama's boy, and by
that I mean his mama
had a lot to do with his
success. He even noted,
"My mother was the
making of me. She was
so true, so sure of me;
and felt I had something


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to live for, someone I
must not disappoint."
Children need at least
one person that makes
them feel this way
someone who
- is sure of them.
Someone who
sees the potential
All-Star instead
4 A of the broken
window, the
artist instead of
(S MY the paint on the
TOR carpet and the
card future scientist
instead of the
smoke stains on the
ceiling.
With Edison, his
father was probably not
a bad man; he did live
long enough to see how
successful his son was
going to be. However,
within three weeks
of Thomas Edison's
mother's death, his
daddy did start a "new
relationship" with the 16
year-old housekeeper.
Edison's father was 67
at the time. Thomas was
8 years older than his
step-mother to be.
In researching
Edison's lineage, I found
a book from 1907. In
the book, it described
Thomas Edison's father
as "... a man of fertile
resources and of great
energy of character."
This description leads
one to believe that he
married a teenager
when he was 67 because
he had a lot of energy or
something...
Edison's mother just
seemed to have more
impact on his education,
teaching him at home
when the schools could
not properly tend to the
needs of a partially deaf
child and also could
not handle his constant
curiosity and need to ask
questions.
Good mothers are the
best question answerers.
You know the bottom
line Thomas Edison
was/still is the most
successful inventor in
history. He held almost
1,100 U.S. patents and
hundreds more in other
countries. One of his
most famous inventions
was of course the
incandescent light bulb.
Yes, Thomas Edison,
the same Thomas
Edison whose teachers
said, "He is too stupid
to learn anything." This
is the same Thomas
Edison who was
fired twice for being
"non-productive."
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Christmas came early for me


I like Coach Chuck Gannon.
He says exactly what he means.
He doesn't give a flying rip about
being "politically correct", hip, "in
tune" or up to speed on the latest
fashion or buzz words. If
one of the kids on this year's
edition of the Sharks football
team didn't do it exactly
right, he pointed it out
immediately, forcefully and
very directly. And maybe,
sometimes......loudly!
He loved our children HUN
enough to make them do DO
right. I'm telling you right up Kesley
front, not enough adults are
doing that these days. There are too
many in the appease mode. "Let's be
their friend. Let's not hurt their little
feelings. Let's not make any waves."
Your children get enough of that
"kum-ba-yah" junk! By high school
they need some real guidance and
direction.
Coach Gannon looked them right
in the eye and told them life doesn't
owe them any favors. It's tough. He
fretted that some, in their present
state, were ill equipped to handle
it. And you can be well assured he
explained it to the boys in terms they
could readily understand! He also
set about to adjust some thinking.
He didn't tell them it was time to
grow up or "come on fellas, let's act
like men"........he made men out of
them!
I put on my ball cap and went
out to practice every day to see how
the kids were going to handle this.
I looked around the first day and
thought "if these guys can win four
or five games, it will be a heck of an
accomplishment. I wasn't doing the
ole Bear Bryant "woe is us" speech.
This wasn't my first rodeo. I have an
inkling about football teams and the
competition around the league. I'm
telling you, five wins would be great!
Every football team is an entity
of its own. It consists of some older
guys who have a clue, some middle


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of the pack guys who haven't quite
made up their minds if this game is
right for them and some young guys
who are wondering how they got into
this mess. We had them all on this
year's team.
Of course, I didn't figure
on the Johnson boys. I don't
know which is which. But
they were always smiling......
except during those wind
S sprints and the high knees
at the beach! "Coach," I'm
KER not sure if it was "Cell" or
VN "Quez" grinning up at me,
olbert "How old are you?" I couldn't
tell if he was just curious or
afraid I might die before the Bay
High game! But both of them are
football players, plain and simple.
They came early and worked hard. It
was amazing how they grew during
the season. Of course, I could say the
same about JAYcobie, UUUMMM,
Myleak, Will, Jasmin, Clayboy, Jak,
John and every guy on the team.
Several seniors were out for the
first time. Usually that doesn't work.
It's just too much ground to make
up in one year. But Drew had a little
sense and was eager, Bryce filled
in admirably and we sent Antonio
and Cory down on kick-offs. We
would not have had the season we
had without them. Dwayne, another
senior, transferred in. The word on
him was he was somewhat selfish, a
prima donna, who did things his way.
I think Coach G musta had a pre-
season talk with him. Listen, he said
nothing to me except "yes sir, no sir
and thank you, sir". What a model
young man......who could also catch
and throw and punt and tackle. And
did I mention run like the wind!
44 played hurt. You can't
underestimate that. Chad didn't
hardly speak to anyone, but you
should see this young man's smile.
Reggie tweaked my vocal cords at
times. AP worried me some. He is
young and carefree......but he is also
a football player. Natrone got hurt in


the Jefferson game. What a loss! And
yet our guys never missed a beat.
Carter, who is a mite undersized,
got hit in that game about as hard
as anyone I've ever seen. When he
staggered to the sidelines I asked
him if he was alright. "Yes sir, I'm
small coach, I'm used to getting
hit hard." That's some "life stuff"
you can't learn drinking a coke and
thumbing on your iPad.
And here's some good news. Our
young seventh, eighth and ninth
graders are growing.
They had some tough Mondays,
let me tell you! I don't think they
were in love with the chutes, ropes
or the sled.
But they are making the
adjustments. Keith, a first timer,
Robert and JB stayed with me every
day after practice for a "little more
work". I told'em they were terrible
when the season started. They
have improved to just bad. That's
progress!
Shoot, Stringbean and Du were
the best managers in our division.
Winning eight games was a great
accomplishment. And these guys
will be 2013 District Champions
FOREVER!
But that was only a small thing in
a bigger picture.
I saw young men grow in grace,
stature, behavior, humbleness,
character and outlook.
We laughed more than we
cried. We triumphed more than we
stumbled. We hugged more than we
fussed.
We were, in the end, a team.
And, along the way, they were
exceedingly kind to an old coach who
applauded their accomplishments,
took encouragement from their
efforts and appreciated their
friendship.
For that, I will be forever grateful.
And guys, I will never forget a single
one of you. Thanks for the ride.
Respectfully,
Coach Kes


On the subject of...


Nativity scenes


By LOREN SIPRELL
Special to The Star
As is always this time of year the
"War on Christmas" is in full swing.
You can't open a paper without
seeing a piece on the removal
of this, or the addition of that, to
some Christmas display. Be it a
Celebration of Winter Solstice, The
Flying Spaghetti Monster or my
personal favorite, The Festivus Pole
in the halls of our own state capital.
Then one hit even closer to
home: the Nativity Scene on the
lawn of City Hall in Chipley.
Being the squeaky-wheel I am I
had to chime in on social media and
join the debate.
Let me first make this clear, I
am a self-avowed Secularist, not a
theist or an Atheist.
I have no religious affiliation and
quite frankly I'm on the fence about
the very existence of God.
So really, I'm the perfect
candidate to speak of such matters.
One thing I do believe in,
very strongly I might add, is the
separation of Church and State
and on the surface that is most
definitely what the issue is here.
Now, allow me to generalize here
so that I may properly paint my
picture.
If you were to poll the folks
who are all in favor of keeping the
Nativity scene up I would venture
to guess the majority would be
Republicans, of the Tea Party
variety no doubt.
The current mayor of Chipley,
Linda Cain, is Republican.
I would also suspect the majority,
if not all, would be Christians ... of
the evangelical Baptist variety.
Let's set the religious affiliation
aside for a moment, and focus on
the party affiliation.
If you've paid any attention to
politics lately you know that the
Republican Party loves to wrap its
lopsided agendas with the wrapping


paper of the Constitution, which
like the military, is hard to argue
against.
It's a clever ploy on the party's
part because apparently the
majority of their clan has never
really gotten a good grasp of the
document.
Much like the Bible they claim
to follow, they just eat what is fed to
them.
So open up ...
The First Amendment clearly
states in its very first sentence,
"Congress shall make no law
respecting an establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free
exercise thereof."
I think that is pretty cut-n-dry
myself but apparently we are still
debating this principle.
One of the common statements
I noticed when engaging with the
public on social media about this
was "it says freedom OF religion
not FROM religion".
Then you take into account
the organization arguing for the
removal of the nativity scene was
the Freedom FROM Religion
Foundation.
You mix those two things
together and you've got some Tea
Partiers with some migraines.
The Constitution does clearly
state freedom of religion.
The free exercise of.
Here is where some seem to get
confused.
It is YOU, the individual who has
the right to practice whatever idea
of God and/or life after death you
want.
You can choose to worship a roll
of toilet paper in your home if you
so choose.
That is your right, as an
individual.
Come on though, no one is going
to worship a roll of toilet paper,
that's ludicrous!
The issue a secularist and
atheist have is that this isn't an
individual.
This isn't the private home, of a
private citizen.
This is public land, bought and


paid for by ALL citizens.
Christian, Jew, Muslim (though
it's doubtful many Muslims reside in
Chipley), Atheist, Hindu, Buddhist,
etc., etc.
The list can go on.
To claim that placing a nativity
scene on such land isn't a direct
endorsement of a religion, namely
Christianity, is the same as
worshiping toilet paper ... ludicrous.
Do I really need to break out the
easy, go-to argument of, "What if it
was a Muslim symbol??"
The Supreme Court has
ruled much of these on a
case by case basis; Making
childish accommodations for all
interpretations of the holiday.
For example, in Allegheny v.
ACLU came to the consensus that a
display was Constitutional because
the Christmas tree (a secular,
actually pagan, symbol) was to
the front the display whereas the
Menorah and Creche (or nativity for
you Protestants) were to the back.
So in other words, there was
no official endorsement of any one
religion.
The Court stated the "city's
overall display must be understood
as conveying the city's secular
recognition of different traditions
for celebrating the winter-holiday
season."
I call them childish
accommodations because I believe
the concessions we have made
politically in regards to religion is
only serving to further complicate
what could be a simple matter.
So in closing, on the subject of
a nativity scene on public land I
say we bar any and all religious
symbols, regardless of holiday, from
any public location.
I believe we can clock out from
Christmas for a bit while we pay our
water bill.
Happy Holidays.

Loren Siprell is a resident of
Port St. Joe.


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LETTERS


A
Section


Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.starfl.com Page 7


CRANKS from paqe A6


And when asked how
it felt to fail 1000 times
(in inventing the light
bulb), Edison replied, "I
did not fail 1000 times.
The light bulb was an
invention with 1000
steps."
I bet the ghost of his
mama whispered that in
his ear.
Thomas Edison's
incandescent light bulb
is being phased out.
First the 100-watt
(2012) and 75-watt bulbs
(2013), now this year is
the last of the 40 and 60-
watt bulbs. I will not get
into the politics of this,
but I will say that it is
about the same thing as
telling me not to use real
butter and eggs in the
dressing.
Point of Education
- you call it "dressing"
when you don't cook it in
the bird and "stuffing"
when you do. In my
opinion my Mama made
the best, hopefully yours
did too. Also if you don't
use cornbread, you
shouldn't even try.
As on January 1,
2014, it will be illegal to
manufacture or import
traditional 40 and 60-
watt bulbs. A lot of the
big box stores have
stockpiled the Edisonish
bulbs, but they will not
last through 2014.
What does it all
mean?
Mainly it means
instead of paying about
75 cents per bulb, you'll
be paying a whole
heckuva a lot more.
Again the politics of it
could be discussed, but
blaming it on the same
fellow that everyone
likes to blame for natural
disasters is a dog that
won't hunt.
I just don't know.
They say you will save
money by buying these
new-fangled bulbs, but
they come with their
own set of dangers.
There are folks who
say these new compact
fluorescent light (CFL)
bulbs, the ones that look
like spirals can cause
seizures in folks who are
susceptible to flickering
lights. Some seizures
can be brought on by
flickering lights, I know
that to be true.
Senior citizens
sometimes find it
difficult to read the
newspaper and do the
crossword puzzle under
fluorescent lights. I
prefer Sudoku puzzles,
but I do understand the
importance of reading
and figuring out a 7-
letter word that begins
with an "a" and ends
with an "e" meaning
"showing a lack of good
sense or judgment."
They say people who
have Lupus and other
auto-immune type


disorders can get severe
rashes from fluorescent
lights. I don't know if
that is accurate, but my
Mama suffered from
Lupus and I wouldn't
have wanted her or
anybody else getting
severe rashes.
The scary part is with
some of these lights,
you need a manual to
cleanup your floor/house
if you break one. Oh,
none of us would ever
break a light bulb, would
we? The Environmental
Protection Agency has a
very specific list of 10 or
so steps that you should
take if you need to clean
up after you drop a
newfangled light bulb.
But the new bulbs last
longer....
The new ones do last
longer if you turn them
on and leave them on.
However, if you switch
them on and off a lot, it
affects how long they will
last. So just leave them
on all the time? The
same 7-letter crossword
solution mentioned
previously comes to
mind.
I do not know all
of the specifics, I just
know the last light
bulb manufacturer in
the U.S. closed in 2010
(Winchester, VA). This
new ban on light bulbs
was also going to create
jobs. Again, maybe I'm
missing something.
All I know is that I
like the old light bulbs
and I like the sound
they make when I
drop one by mistake
on a hardwood floor. It
goes "WHHHOPPP"
in a beautiful way that
Edison's mother would
appreciate. I get the
broom and the dustpan
and I clean it up. I don't
call the EPA.
So for Christmas this
year, I'd like a whole lot
of incandescent light
bulbs, some of Thomas
Edison's father's "great
energy" and to continue
knowing my Mama
believed in me.
As Mama said, "You
probably won't get
everything on your list."
A 67 year-old man
with a 16 year-old wife?
I know how Mama
would have answered
that question.
My lights flicker
just thinking about it.
My lights might even
bubble or boil kind of
like my Grandmama's
Christmas tree lights did
in the 1960's.
Sometimes you had
to thump them to get
them going or bubbling.
To that, I would say,
whatever cranks your
tractor!
Merry Christmas!
Find more stories at
www. CranksMyTractor.
corn.


Setting it straight
Dear Editor,
In my letter to the
editor in the Dec. 19
issue of The Star, I made
statements that should be
corrected.
I stated that the rush
by the Mexico Beach city
council to appoint someone
to the suddenly vacant city
council seat:
"...eliminates the
residents from having any
say in the selection of an
'elected' official who will be
making decisions for the
town for almost the entire
two-year term..."
"...leaving almost all
of his two-year term -15
months, to be exact to be
filled not by the voters in
Mexico Beach, but by only
four people..."
My interpretation of
the city charter regarding
city council vacancies was
not the same as the official
interpretation, so the error
regarding the length of the
temporary term was mine.
The city charter states:
"Section 2.96 Vacancies;
Forfeiture of Office. (A)
Vacancies. A vacancy
in the Council shall
occur upon the death,
resignation or removal
from office as authorized
by law. When such vacancy
occurs, the remaining
Council members shall
select, within (30) thirty
days following the vacancy,
by the affirmative vote of
not less than (3) three of
the remaining members, a
person to fill the vacancy
until the next regular
election. At this election
the seat shall be filled
as provided herein for
elections for the balance,
if any, of the unexpired
term."
According to Mexico
Beach city clerk
Adrian Welle, the city's
interpretation of the
charter is that the seat will
be filled until the April 2014
election three months
instead of 15 months and
if the appointee wishes
to remain in that post,
he/she will have to run
for re-election in April
and whoever wins the
seat will then serve a one-
year term, to bring that
seat back into its regular
election cycle.
Additionally, the entire
Mexico Beach City Council
approved holding the
special meeting in January
to consider applicants. The
mayor does not have that
power on his own; as my
letter suggested.
Lisa Logan
Mexico Beach resident


War on women
Dear Editor,
As I sit in my suburban
Dallas home and follow the
antics of members of the


Gulf County BOCC, I ask
myself... what the HELL is
going on!!!!
Let me assure you I am
no carpetbagger, I have
owned property and paid
taxes in Gulf County for
going on six years now.
Needless to say, I have got
a dog in this hunt.
Time after time, I
watch in amazement as
Commissioner Bryan is the
brunt of systematic and
well-planned out personal
attacks. Seems like that
Commissioner McLemore
feels Commissioner Bryan
does not have the mental
or educational capacity
to have a view on county
issues.
I suppose that
Commissioner McLemore
feels that women should
be home baking pies and
changing diapers, rather
than being part of the
process in making our
community a better place
to live.
Sadly, even worse
than Commissioner
McLemore's dogmatic
attacks on the ONLY
female Commissioner is
the cowardly refusal of
Commissioner Smiley
to stop these personal
attacks.
Commissioner Smiley
is the Board Chair, and is
responsible for allowing
these personal attacks to
continue.
My question to
Commissioner Smiley is,
how would you feel if as
a black person you were
systematically attacked
only because you were
black?
Commissioner Smiley
you're a leader, start acting
like one!
As for Commissioner
McLemore, you might
be shocked to know that
women are Medical
Doctors, Police Chiefs, fly
multimillion dollar fighter
aircraft in our military.
They fight and die for our
freedom, and you need to
show respect for that.
In Texas we call them
as we seem them.
Commissioners Smiley
and McLemore, you are
cowards and bullies.
Michael Barrett
The Colony, Texas


Response to plea
Dear Editor,
This is in response to
the recent article about
equal treatment in the city
of Port St. Joe regarding
water quality.
They do treat both sides
of the city the same.
I live on Marvin Avenue
between 10th and 16th
Streets. The city has
replaced all the water lines
on every street all the way
around us but left this
section on the old system.
I have contacted the city


on numerous occasions
and get told the same thing
... "we are working on it,
but it has been postponed
until....."
I am also tired of the
excuses and brown water/
rust that comes out of my
pipes.
It was reported in The
Star about how much
money the city saved when
they did the pilot project
with city workers from 6th
Street to 10th Street. It's
time to save some more
money.
I don't want to be
treated the same; I want
my water fixed.
Mark Lamberson
Port St. Joe

Questions about
chickens
Dear Editor,
He December 2013
issue of AARP Bulletin
published an interesting
article in its Health Shots
section.
The title is Boomerang
Chicken and it states
"The U.S. Department
of Agriculture is now
permitting slaughtered
U.S. and Canadian
chickens to be processed
in China and then exported
back to the States"
- Elizabeth Anvall and
Candy Sagon.
I have two questions.
How do we know that
the chickens sent to China
for processing are the
same ones returned here?
Will the Chinese-
processed chickens have
to be labeled "Processed
in China" by the stores
selling this chicken,
including Walmart, Publix
as well as Kentucky Fried
Chicken?
On the surface it may
seem that the Department
of Agriculture is just
catering to the companies
marketing chickens to
the American public
- but on the other hand
it could have serious


consequences.


MB resident


Mary Parker
Port St. Joe


ts have


time, right
Dear Editor,
As things stand right
now, the Mexico Beach
city council has announced
that it will hold a special
meeting on Jan. 8 to
"appoint" a new council
member to fill the seat
suddenly vacated by Lanny
Howell. His resignation is
effective Jan. 1, and the
council has 30 days from
the effective date to fill the
vacancy, meaning by Jan.
30. But the council plans to
fill that seat just eight days
into the time allotted.
The Mexico Beach city
council has ample time to


hold a public meeting at
which all candidates for
the vacant seat (there are
currently eight candidates)
answer questions from
the residents. Forums at
which candidates for city
council have participated
in question-and-answer
sessions with the public
have been held before; I've
attended them all I even
moderated one of them.
Even if the city
council has to attend
multiple meetings in one
week, there is ample
time to allow the public
to participate in vetting
candidates for our city
council. In fact, the city
council held multiple
meetings per week during
May, June, July, August
and September of this year
in order to hold regularly
scheduled meetings,
budget meetings and to
interview candidates for
the city clerk position.
Surely the choosing of
a city council member
who will serve almost a
complete two-year term is
equally as important as the
interviewing of city clerk
applicants.
Here are the dates
available, even starting
after the first scheduled
meeting of 2014: Jan. 9-
10, 13-17, 20-24, and 27-30.
That's 16 days. There is
absolutely no reason that
a public meeting cannot be
scheduled and advertised
and the public listen to
the candidates sometime
during those 16 days. To
the Mexico Beach city
council members Jack
Mullen, Al Cathey, Tanya
Castro, Bobby Pollock
- you have plenty of
time to involve Mexico
Beach residents in the
selection of OUR city
council representative,
someone we are supposed
to be able to ELECT, not
someone you four just get
to "appoint."
You are, by your
method of "appointment,"


denying all of us who live
here our legal right to
representation and our
legal right to ELECT
our so-called "elected"
officials.
Mexico Beach
residents, if you care at all
about what goes on in this
town and how it affects
you and your property, I
urge you to flood the four
city council members
with e-mails and phone
calls demanding that
we have the opportunity
during those 16 days to
hear from the candidates
for the vacant council
seat in a Q-and-A session
at the civic center. It is
our legal right to have a
say in the "election" and
"appointment" of our
"elected" officials.
Lisa Logan
Mexico Beach resident


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By Dr. Katie Tripp
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www.savethemanatee.org
"Dear St. Augustine
Grass,
I know we've been to-
gether for a long time.
When I first let you into
my life, it seemed like a good
idea you looked great and I
was getting a lot of pressure
to start a relationship with
you.
But now, I look out
my window and see you
sprawled out across my
yard and I realize that


you're high maintenance,
you drink too much, and you
have an unhealthy relation-
ship with the landscapers
- I see them give you those
chemicals.
What I'm saying is that
it's not me, it's you, and....
I'm going native.
Yes, this is the right de-
cision. I've been talking to
my friends the manatees,
dolphins, fish, and birds and
they agree with me we're
all sooo over you."
It's that time of year to
start pondering New Year's
resolutions.
One fantastic thing you
can do for Florida's envi-


ronment is to convert your
yard to Florida-Friendly
Landscaping.
This cuts down on water
use, which protects Flori-
da's rivers and aquifer; re-
duces fertilizer use, which
protects our coastal waters;
and provides habitat for
wildlife.
If you live in an apart-
ment complex or an HOA
that just won't budge, install
a rain barrel, a compost bin,
and plant native species of
flowers, trees, and shrubs in
those areas over which you
do have control, and talk
to your neighbors and the
management about making


changes to the property that
could result in less grass,
mowing, fertilizer, and wa-
ter use, and ultimately, low-
er maintenance fees.
The University of Flori-
da IFAS Extension offices
can help provide tips and
resources. Find your local
office at http://solutionsfo-
ryourlife.ufl.edu/map/.
The website http://www.
floridayards.org/ also con-
tains great information.
Our individual choices DO
make a difference.
If we all resolve to do a
little more, we'll make a big
difference for this beautiful
state we call home.


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BOCC notified of pending litigation


The suit, Novak said, alleges
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negligent supervision and is being
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An emergency meeting
to discuss a pending law-
suit ended in a heated face-
to-face exchange between
two commissioners that
brought law enforcement to
the meeting room.
By the time deputies
arrived, Commissioners
Carmen McLemore and
Joanna Bryan had separat-
ed, but not before another
episode in the soap opera
that has become the Gulf
County Jail played out.
The meeting was called
to notify commissioners
that county attorney Jer-
emy Novak had received a
notice of intent to file suit
against the BOCC.
The suit, Novak said,
alleges defamation, negli-
gent training and negligent
supervision and is being
brought by Tallahassee at-
torney Marie Mattox on be-
half of James Smith.
Smith was formerly
employed at the jail and
according to warden Mi-
chael Hammond had left
the county's employ some
three years ago.
Novak said he was ask-


ing for approval to move
ahead with the needed
steps: perform an investi-
gation into the allegations,
notify the BOCC insurance
carrier and hire special
counsel.
Novak said the public
emergency meeting was
necessary under statute
- the county failed to take
this step when notified of a
federal lawsuit brought by
a local political action com-
mittee to receive BOCC
approval to move ahead and
be able to call a closed-door
session when appropriate
to discuss legal strategy
Before commissioners
voted on a motion to ap-
prove Novak's request and
adjourn the meeting, how-
ever, McLemore requested
permission to ask a ques-
tion of Hammond regard-
ing any further background
on the suit.
Hammond said Smith
was an individual who had
been talking to Bryan in
three separate meetings
Hammond has accused
Bryan of conspiring with
others to have the county
sued over the jail, a charge
Bryan has vehemently
denied.
Hammond said Smith


was bragging about receiv-
ing his back pay and other
promises he supposedly re-
ceived from Bryan, which
she vehemently denied.
Hammond, echoing re-
marks by McLemore, also
reiterated that the attorney
handling the lawsuit was
the same attorney who rep-
resented a local PAC in a
suit against the BOCC.
Bryan said none of
what Hammond was say-
ing was true regarding her
interactions with Smith
and later cautioned Ham-
mond, as she did in a prior
special meeting, to "check
himself" as to his com-
ments to her, which Bryan
has repeatedly labeled as
"insubordination."
She said McLemore had
"teed" up his question in
order to allow Hammond
to once again attack her on
the subject of the jail, which
Hammond has coincided
with Bryan's inquiries about
operations, budget and an
inspection of the jail.
Hammond said it was a
"liability" for the county to
have a commissioner talk-
ing to disgruntled former
employees and was also a
problem for staff.
In the midst of the ex-


change, Novak was repeat-
ing a request previously
made to commissioners
and staff- if there are ques-
tions about pending issues
address them individually
outside public meetings
- and Commission chair
Tan Smiley was trying to
intercede.
Commissioner Warren
Yeager again reiterated a
motion to approve Novak's
request and adjourn the
meeting and second was
on the floor and moved for
a vote.
Upon adjournment, Bry-
an and McLemore engaged
in a pointed exchange just
out of microphone and ear
shot of all but those at the
podium while Smiley re-
peatedly slammed his gavel
and tried to separate the
two.
McLemore, standing
over Bryan, moved slightly
away but continued to jaw
at his fellow commissioner
for several minutes as she
returned in kind.
Before deputies, called
by staff from the meeting
room, arrived, McLemore
walked into the hallway,
with Hammond, while Bry-
an began a discussion with
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write a bond issuance for
the local funding for any
nourishment project.
"We may or may not
need this, but it does give
us one added option," Yea-
ger said.
The other three resolu-
tions dealt with issues that
were more county-wide and
could, if commissioners
chose, be options they could
adopt as a board without go-
ing out to the public beyond
conducting public hearings
and soliciting public com-
ments, Novak said.
The solid waste or-
dinance was almost a
fait accompli for the
commissioners.
With the landfill losing
hundreds of thousands
of dollars each year and
nearing its own expiration
date, commissioners have
discussed mandatory gar-
bage pickup countywide for
some time.
The BOCC has pro-
posed a voter referendum
on a sales tax for manda-
tory garbage pickup in
November.
The resolution on storm-
water brought debate, and
comments from resident
Bill Koran who wondered
about taxing property
owners any tax under a
MSBU would be levied by
property owner in a uni-
form amount, Novak said
- considering that some
stormwater issues, as on
St. Joseph Peninsula and
St. Joe Beach, are due to
faulty private development
or construction.


Yeager emphasized that
there are stormwater is-
sues in all districts and not
all tied to development or
construction project.
"This gives us the ability
to have the discussion, do
the studies, to implement
the taxing unit," Yeager
said, adding that the stud-
ies demonstrate and justify
the extent of any benefit.
Commissioner Joanna
Bryan said the county had
some ability to address
stormwater early.
"Stormwater should
be addressed at develop-
ment," she said. "I look at
a lot of developments in
the county and there is no
stormwater management."
There was also debate
about road improvements,
but along two planes.
Yeager said an MSBU
would not be his preferred
method of raising money
for road paving. He has
long championed an in-
crease to the gas tax the
county collects.
"That way everybody
pays," Yeager said.
Bryan said she would
like to know the back-
ground of prior road pav-
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denied that public informa-
tion by Commissioner Car-
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requested it from county
staff.
At the time, McLemore
said it was a waste of staff
time and told Bryan out-
right she would not get the
information.
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in the past to fully under-
stand the priorities of the
present and future.
"We have no plan, no
priorities," Bryan said.
"We need to have a plan of
action."
Novak again interjected
that while there remained
many questions to be ad-
dressed on all four resolu-
tions, "You can not continue
during the budget process
without the resolutions."
All four resolutions
passed, each garnering at
least four votes.
"This is nothing written
in stone today," McDaniel
said. "It's just keeping the
options on the table."

JAIL TALES
A straightforward ques-
tion turned into another
quarrel about the jail.
A request by jail admin-
istrator Michael Hammond
to negotiate with Liberty
County to house female
inmates the Bay County
Jail has run out of room for
females, he said was met
with a question pertaining
to the county's responsi-
bility/accountability for
inmates housed in other
jails.
The question came
from Bryan and Hammond
greeted it with allegations
that Bryan was working to
ensure the county is sued
concerning the jail, that
her actions regarding the
jail had become "beyond
ridiculous" and as such he
did not feel comfortable ad-
dressing the question.
Bryan asked Butler to
step in as county admin-
istrator to address Ham-
mond's "insubordinate"
behavior and denied taking
any action aimed at getting
the county sued.
All the while Hammond
and Bryan talked over each
other and Commission
chair Tan Smiley banged
his gavel.
"Mr. Hammond, you are
so out of line," Bryan said.
"I am disturbed that he
continues to come to meet-
ings and talk this way. That
is insubordination."
Butler said that he un-
derstood the BOCC to have
previously closed discus-
sion on the jail and the is-
sue of an inspection and,
"The less we talk about the
jail the better."
Bryan said it was rea-
sonable to question what
the BOCC's responsibility
was and most everything
commissioners do is poten-
tial for litigation.
"(Mr. Hammond), stop
with your insubordination
in these county meetings,"
Bryan said.


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Thursday, December 26, 2013


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Contest will result in official drink of Gulf County


By WES LOCHER
229-7843 | @PSJStar
wlocher@starfl.com
Seven local pubs and
restaurants are coming
together to redefine Gulf
County ... or the official
adult beverage, at least.
Welcome to Bar Wars -
an idea brought to the table
from Tourist Development
Council executive director
Jennifer Jenkins, who aims
to use a new beverage as a
marketing tool to help fur-
ther define and unite the
area.
"It's another brilliant
idea that Jennifer has
brought to the table," said
David Warriner, Chairman
of the Gulf County Tourist
Development Council advi-
sory board. "It's a creative
and interesting idea and
will help to build buzz in the
community."
During the advisory
board's meeting last week
volunteers from restau-
rants and bars came to-
gether to discuss the rules
of the competition, the re-
sults of which will be an-
nounced during the New
Year's Eve Celebrate Twice
event on Dec. 30. (See re-
lated article.)
Over the next several
weeks, bartenders at Dock-
side Seafood and Raw
Bar, Haughty Heron, Ron-
nie B's, The Thirsty Goat,
St. Joe Bar and Lookout
Lounge will test new con-
coctions with their patrons,
the aim to turn in a final
recipe by Dec. 29.
The drink which will be
known as the "GCFL," is
also required to sport one
of Gulf Coast's official col-
ors of turquoise, orange,
coral, emerald green or
royal blue.
"We don't need some-


WES LOCHER I The Star
A blind taste test will determine the winning drink, which will be served county
wide during the New Year's Eve Celebrate Twice event.


thing with exotic fruit and
a little umbrella," said
Jenkins. "We're looking
for something that's re-
flective of our visitors and
residents.
"It needs to be refresh-
ing and easy to make."
On Dec. 30, a series of
judges will sample each
drink during a blind taste
test and the winning recipe
will be served at all par-
ticipating pubs and res-
taurants during Celebrate
Twice.
"The contest is a great
way for establishments to
work together," said Jen-
kins. "It's very collaborative
and one of the great things
about Gulf County people is
that they know how to work
together."
Jenkins has plans to
travel to New York and Bir-
mingham, Ala. in the New
Year to meet with editors,
journalists and bloggers to


promote Gulf County.
At each stop, Jenkins
will hold a reception for
members of the media. Tra-
ditionally, when promoting
an area, food from a local
chef is served alongside
music from the community.
The goal of Jenkins' trip
is to bring Gulf County to
those cities and said that
a signature drink would be
something fun and out of
the norm.
"I'm always thinking,
'how can we be different?'"
said Jenkins. "I don't know
of any other destination
that has an official drink."
During the planned
media receptions, Jenkins
said she still plans to serve
food reflective of the area,
as well as bring a plein air
artist and possibly a repre-
sentative from one of the
local apiaries.
"It's all about bringing
your destinations to those


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areas," said Jenkins. "You
have to show them your au-
thentic characteristics."
Jenkins said that the
point of Bar Wars is not to
promote alcohol, but rather
to have fun while engaging
residents and visitors.
She said that she was
excited about the prospect
of someone being able to go
to any area restaurant and
order a GCFL drink and
knowing that it's going to
be delicious.
"It allows the bars to
coordinate with one an-
other. Even though we're
competing businesses, we
can all work together," said
Warriner.


WES LOCHER I The Star
Choral songs included holiday favorites that
included "Jing Bells" and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed
Reindeer." The after-school program is now in its
eighth year offering music and art to students for
three hours each day after school.


CONCERT from page A9
Ayden Sapp, Gabriella Price and Hannah Riley.
The 21st Century After-School program has been
going for eight years and is a project-based learning
model that brings music and art, subjects not taught
within the core curriculum, to students for three
hours a day.
The program, which works with kids in
Kindergarten through third grade, is an extension of
school that keeps learning going, even after hours.
"It's such a wonderful program," said Clements.
"We're so proud to be able to offer it in Gulf County.
"We're very proud of our boys and girls."


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NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Commission of the City of Port St. Joe, Florida,
at its meeting on the 7th day of January, 2014, at 6:00 P.M., EST, in the regular Commission
meeting room at the Municipal Building, Port St. Joe, Florida, will have the 2nd reading and
consider for final adoption an Ordinance with the following title:

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA,
AMENDING ARTICLE VI OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT
REGULATIONS OF THE CITY OF PORT ST. JOE; PROVIDING FOR
SIGN REGULATION; PROVIDING FOR THE APPLICATION,
PERMITTING, VARIANCE AND SPECIAL EXCEPTION PROCESS;
PROVIDING FOR TYPES OF SIGNS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR
CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE; PROVIDING FOR
PENALTIES; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; PROVIDING FOR
SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
Copies of the Ordinance are available for public inspection at City of Port St. Joe City Hall,
located at 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida.
Interested persons may attend and be heard at the public hearing or provide comments in
writing to the City Commissioners, City of Port St. Joe City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd.,
Port St. Joe, Florida. Transactions of the public hearing will not be recorded. Persons wishing to
appeal any decision made during the hearing will need a record of the proceeding and should ensure
a verbatim record is made, including the testimony on which the appeal is based. Any person who
wishes to attend and requires assistance may call the City Clerk's Office at (850) 229-8261 ,Ext. 114.

CITY COMMISSION OF THE CITY
OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA

BY: S/
MEL MAGIDSON, JR.
Mayor-Commissioner
Attest: /s/
Charlotte M. Pierce
Clerk
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Cockles and angelwings


By TOM BAIRD
Special to The Star

Ever notice how the beach
changes from summer to win-
ter? We are now in the "win-
ter beach" and this is the time
when shelling is best.
Throughout the summer,
sand is deposited on the beach-
es and the dunes build. The
beach becomes higher and wid-
er. In winter, changes in wave
height and direction cause
sand to be pulled offshore from
the beach and deposited in pro-
tective offshore sandbars. The
winter beach is narrower and
lower. While this phenomenon
is more extreme on the Atlantic
and Pacific coasts, neverthe-
less our Panhandle beaches
also go through this cycle.
Because sand is pulled off
the beach in winter, shells that
were buried all year are now
exposed. Both tourists and
reSide1Lts Ccan Ile see-n carrlvi1n
buckets or lbaos ot shells to take


home. The most commonly col-
lected shells are the giant cock-
les and white angelwings, with
the occasional empty shell of a
large left-handed whelk.
The giant cockle or heart
cockle (Dinocardium robus-
tum) is familiar to most resi-
dents. It is that big up to five
inches long tan or cream col-
ored bivalve with parallel ribs
with brown patches. It occurs
around Florida wherever one
finds their preferred habitat
- sandy shallows off beaches.
Therefore, the big bend area,
with its lack of wave energy, and
therefore lack of beaches, does
not offer suitable habitat for the
giant cockle. The giant cockles
found on our Gulf beaches is a
more colorful variety than their
Atlantic cousin and is classified
as a subspecies, Dinocardium
robustum vanhyningi, often
called Van Hyning's cockle.
These bivalves arefilterfeed-
ers that use their long muscular
toot to dli do\11 1i1to the sand
alnd extend t11eir 'siphon-s Into
the \later column to pLIIIImp
III SLIS-


The cardium part of their ge-
nus name, Dinocardium, may
remind you of heart. To see
why they are sometimes called
heart cockles, find two shells of
about equal size and place their
edges together.
Now turn them to the side
and look at the shells with their
edge facing you. The profile
from the side resembles a Val-
entine heart. The fully grown
shells are also about the size of
a human heart.
You probably remember the
old song about Molly Malone
singing, "cockles and mussels,
alive, alive oh!" As Molly was
pushing her wheelbarrow, the
cockles she was selling were
not our Van Hyning's cockle,
but the common European
cockle, Cerastoderma edule, or
any of several small cockle-like
clam species that are harvested
using rakes at low tide. Cockles
are still available at seaside
stalls in the United Kingdom.
Ouir o'\%1 oiatl cockh-rS at- eId-
ible aliso and the reddish fiesli
makes fine cho\\ der Ho\\e\er.
te\% people o(, 1 tle trotllble t,
harIe-st our lIant cocldes For
a b)it ot tl'ila. (ock.es alre eetn
ilentionLed II the Maina Carta
That hli.stonc do(CUIltenl 2ranlt-
ed Enolilsh stlllecSt lhe noaht
to collect up to elht poundA s of
cockles ltr:, tlIhe shore without t
hlltdrallce or i O11fi scatilon


SPECIAL TO THE STAR
w 'c li ,'i, ncq s cre ,,i :], .:rs l
cin,.:::.n;|l shell l-,,_,nlris


Our beaches have several
other smaller shells that are
classified in the same family as
the giant cockle. One can eas-
ily find shells of the Atlantic
strawberry cockle (Americar-
dia media), spiny papercockle
(Papyridea soleniformis),
Florida pricklycockle (Trachy-
cardium egmontianum), and
even the smooth-shelled com-
mon egg cockle (Laevicardium
laevigatum).
Much sought after by col-
lectors this time of year is the
delicate bright white shell of
the angelwing (Cyrtopleura
costata). More common on the
Atlantic or southwest coasts
of Florida, nevertheless angel-
wings are commonly found on
Cape San Blas beaches. To be
so fragile and elegant, it seems
surprising that these bivalves
live burrowed into muddy clay
deposits offshore. They can
also be found in St. Joseph
Bay where there are muddy
clay bottoms. They need the
stiff muds for support because
the muscles holding the two
shells together are quite weak.
In fact, this clam cannot fully
close its shell making it suscep-
tible to extreme environmental
changes.
With its muscular foot, the
animal digs a burrow in the
stiff muds and projects two si-
phons just above the surface
of the substrate. Once in place
it pumps water through the si-
phons to filter suspended food
particles. In life, the burrows
and gaping valves of this ani-
mal provide a refuge for sever-


A heart cockle


al species of small mud crabs.
Even the abandoned burrows
provide a home for other sea
creatures long after the angel-
wing has departed.
Since these clams are adept
at boring into stiff clays, it is not
surprising that they are closely
related to shipworms, which
are not worms at all but bor-
ing clams. You have probably
inspected their tunnels wind-
ing through pieces of driftwood
thrown up on the beach.
More commonly found on
Panhandle beaches are the
Campeche angelwings (Pholas
campechiensis). Occasionally,
one finds the little false angel-
wing (Petricolaria pholadifor-
mis). While true angelwings
can grow a shell almost six
inches long, false angelwing
shells only reach a two inch
maximum.
So whether you are a shell
collector or just like to look for
pieces of polished beach glass,
the "winter beach" is a great
time to stroll our beaches.
Tom Baird has been a fish-
eries biologist, high school and
community college teacher
(oceanography and microbiol-
ogy), director of a science and
environmental center, teacher
of science and principal in
Pinellas County as well as an
educational consultant. He
retired from the Florida De-
partment of Education and he
and his wife divide their time
between Tallahassee and Cape
San Blas.


An Atlantic strawberry cockle


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Date
Thu, Dec. 26
Fri, Dec. 27
Sat, Dec. 28
Sun, Dec. 29
Mon, Dec. 30
Tues, Dec. 31
Wed, Jan. 1


High
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63
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TIDE TABLES MONTHLY AVERAGES
To find the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times
from these given for APALACHICOLA:
HIGH LOW
Cat Point Minus 0:40 Minus 1:17
East Pass Minus 0:27 Minus 0:27
To find the tides of the following areas, subtract the indicated times
from those given for CARRABELLE:
HIGH LOW
Bald Point Minus 9:16 Minus 0:03

STJOSEPH BAY
Datle Day High Tide High Tide Low Tide Low Tide
26 Th 525pm 0,9 415am 0.1
27 Fr 545pm 1.1 315am -0.2
28 Sa 617pm 1,3 348am -0.4
29 Su 658pm 1.6 431am -0.7
30 Mo 744pm 1.7 518am -0.9
31 Tu B34pnm 1.7 607am -1.0
1 We 925pm 1.6 653am -0.9
2 Th 1017pm 1.4 740am -0.9
3 Fr 1110pm 1.2 822am -0.7
4 Sa 855am -0.4

APALACHICOLA BAY, WEST PASS
Date Day High Tide High Tide Low Tide Low Tide
26 Th 925am 1.1 821pm 2.1 247am 0.2 1250pm 0.8
27 Fr 1128am 1.3 901pm 2.2 354am -0.2 147pm 1.1
28 Sa 116pm 1.4 945pm 2.2 454am -0.5 305pin 1.3
29 Su 224pm 1.6 1033pim 2.4 547am -0.8 427pm 1.4
30 Mo 311pm 1.8 1126pm 2.4 636amn -1.1 536pm 1.6
31 Tu 349pm 1.9 723am -1.3 635pm 1.6
1 We 123am 1.3 517pm 1.0 953am -0.8 917pm 0.9
2 Th 218am 1.3 547pm 1.0 1036am -0.7 1008pm 0.8
3 Fr 315am 1.3 615pm 1.0 1117am -0.6 1101pm 0.7
4 Sa 413am 1.2 641pm 1.0 1156am -0.4 1159pm 0.5


Tram tours at the



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Buffer Preserve


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As we near Christmas, not many anglers have fishing on their
minds. Good days can still be had fishing the I.C.W. canal in
St. Joe. Good reports of smaller trout and redfish have been
constant here for a week or so. Try fishing the creek mouths
and deeper holes for more productive fishing here.
Local are beaches are a haven for new anglers coming to the
area from up north. Whiting catches are making up most of
the action with an occasional bull redfish.


Special to The Star
There's a new program
-just announced at St.
Joseph Bay State Buffer
Preserve. Beginning
in January on the First
Friday of each month
(except July and October)
Buffer Staff will host Tram
Tours for the public. The
tour lets you explore
the uplands with an
experienced guide and
provides opportunities
to observe the diverse
communities present at
the Buffer. Tour time is 9-11
a.m. ET departing from the
Welcome Center parking
lot. Join us to learn about
the history and importance
of the Buffer Preserve to
St. Joseph Bay.
Bring your binoculars,
camera and water bottle!


Twenty-eight lucky people
will have the chance to
explore the diversity of
native plants and wildlife
while enjoying a comfortable
platform for photography.
In order to participate
in this program, one must:
have the ability to
follow verbal and/or visual
instructions independently
or with the assistance of a
companion.
have the ability
to enter and exit
ADA accessible tram
independently or with the
assistance of a companion.
have the ability to
withstand exposure to the
outdoors and insects for a
period of 1.5 hours.
have the ability to
sit in an open trailer with
wooden seats; hat and
sunscreen recommended.


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Thursday, December 26, 2013 www.starfl.com Page 11




Port St. Joe booters finish district play


Star Staff Report
The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr.
High School soccer teams
completed District 1-1A play
last week as the teams pre-
pare for the district tourna-
ment at Tallahassee Maclay
next month.
The Lady Tiger Sharks,
after tying top-ranked Ma-
clay and routing Freeport
last week now stand 3-1-
2 in the district and 6-2-2
overall.
The boys, who lost to
Freeport and Maclay, are
1-4-1 in the district and 3-6-1
overall.


MACLAY
The Lady Tiger Sharks
held a 1-0 lead into the final
minute before Maclay broke
through for the tie.
Rebecca Kerigan scored
the lone Port St. Joe goal in
the 58th minute on assists
from Kathleen Rish and
Hayley Wood. It was Kerig-
an's first start of the season.
Maclay scored in the 79th
minute after Port St. Joe
missed the chance to clear
the ball from in front of its
net.
Maclay outshot Port St.
Joe 20-4, and Port St. Joe


goalkeeper Celeste Chiles
made 12 saves and lowered
her goals against average to
1.20.
The Lady Tiger Sharks
are unbeaten in seven
games, going 5-0-2. Coach
Gary Hindley said he be-
lieved the girls would be a
third or fourth seed in the up-
coming district tournament.
The Tiger Sharks fell be-
hind 4-0 to an experienced
Maclay team en route to a
6-0 loss.
Maclay outshot Port St.
Joe 26-5.
Goalkeeper Tyler Alford


started and made seven
saves over 59 minutes, allow-
ing four goals, before Matt
Rocha came on in relief. Ro-
cha made two saves before
giving way to Joel Bogeart
over the final 11 minutes.
Bogeart made two saves
and allowed two goals.

FREEPORT
The girls won 8-0 and the
boys lost 5-2.
For the Lady Tiger
Sharks senior midfielder
Lexie McGhee had her first
career hat trick in leading
the Port St. Joe whitewash,


which ended under the mer-
cy rule.
Kathleen Rish had a goal
and an assist and Christian
Laine had a goal and two
assists.
Cathlyn Robles and Hay-
ley Wood added goals, and
Allie Strippling, Rebecca
Kerigan, Hayley Wood and
Halleigh Keels registered
assists.
Keeper Celeste Chiles
earned her fourth shut-
out and lowered her goals
against average to 1.222.
Chiles had one save on
two Freeport shots while


Port St. Joe had 25 shots.
The Tiger Sharks had a
much more difficult match,
falling behind 3-0 early and
4-0 at the half.
Cole CrydermanandJake
Dickinson had unassisted
goals to pull Port St. Joe
close, but Freeport pushed
one more goal through to
complete the scoring.
The teams take a holiday
break before traveling to
Springfield Rutherford on
Jan. 7 and Marianna Jan. 8.
The teams return home
to host South Walton on Jan.


Gators participate in quadrangle meet


Halifax Media
Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School
recently participated in a quadrangle
wrestling meet against three Bay Coun-
ty schools.
The format provides not only three
separate dual meets for each team, but
is an easier way to give inexperienced
wrestlers mat time.
Coaches can better match up their
athletes by ability and weight -
whereas in a tournament a first-year
wrestler could be going up against a po-
tential state champion.
Springfield Rutherford hosted a meet
against Arnold, Bay and Wewahitchka
last Tuesday.
Bay was 2-1, Wewahitchka 1-2, and
an Arnold squad that left some of its top
wrestlers at home was 0-3.

RESULTS OF MATCHES WRESTLED
Wewa 33, Arnold 18- 113: Jones A
pinned Rargin W, 126: Kemp W pinned
Cassin A, 132: Sarmiento W pinned Donovan
A, 138: Parker W pinned Arnold A, 145:
Vines W def. Muholland A 8-4, 170: Veldman
A pinned Davenport W, 182: D.Chance W
pinned Gross A, 220: Mosley A pinned Shirah
W.
Bay 31, Wewa 30: 113: Layfield B pinned
Rargin W, 126: Kemp W pinned Hagans B,
132: Sarmiento W pinned Jordan B, 138:
Kenny B pinned Parker W, 152: Gay B pinned
Vines W, 182: D.Chance pinned Gramling
B, 220: Kraus B pinned Shinah W, 285:
W.Chance won by pin.
Bay 42, Arnold 24:113: Layfield B pinned
Garrett A, 120: Tuttle A pinned Russ B, 126:
Donovan A pinned Hagans B, 132: Jordan B
pinned Mulholland A, 138: Leevins B pinned


Belden A, 170: Deason B pinned Veldman
A, 182: Gramling B pinned Gross A, 220:
Mosley A pinned Kraus B.
Rutherford 51, Bay 24: Murkinson R pinned
Williams B, 126: Hagans B pinned Tiernan R,
132: Craig R pinned May B, 138: Elsakka R
dec. Krade B, 152: Gay B pinned Kirts R, 170:
Lee R pinned Deason B, 182: Vick R pinned
Gramling B, 195: Kraus B pinned Brodus R,
285: Hudson R pinned Parrish B.
Rutherford 42, Arnold 33: 120: Tuttle A
pinned Murkinson R, 126: Donovan A pinned
Tiernan R, 132: Mulholland A pinned Craig
R, 138: Elsakka R pinned Belden A, 145:
Patterson A dec. Nguyen R, 170: Lee R pinned
Veldman A, 182: Davilla R pinned Gross A,
220: Mosley A pinned Stratton R.
Rutherford 65, Wewa 12: 126: Kemp W
pinned Tiernan R, 132: Sarmiento W pinned
Craig R, 138: Elsakka R dec. ParkerW, 145:
Nguyen R pinned Vines W, 160: Johnson R
pinned Davenport W, 182: Delinger R pinned
Vick W, 220: Stratten R pinned Shirah W,
285: Hudson R pinned Chance W.

DUAL MEET AGAINST GULF BREEZE
The Gators traveled to take on Gulf Breeze in
a dual meet on Dec. 21.
Gulf Breeze (G) 77, Wewahitchka (W) 6
132: Bryant Tisdale, G, pinned Elijah
Sarmiento, W, 3:41. 138: Chase Blake, G,
tech. fall Burley Parker, W, 2:00 17-1. 145:
Blake Doerr, G, pinned Jackson Vines, W,
1:45. 152: Brett Latimer, G, pinned Riley
Roberts, W, 1:36. 160: Hunter Clayton, G,
pinned Malachi Davenport, W, 1:19. 170:
Clay Witt, G, pinned Delinger Chance, W,
1:20. 182: Peter Staviski, G, for. 195: Heath
Gomez, G, for. 220: Hunter Musil, G, pinned
Roy Shirah, W, 2:36. 285: Jarod Melvin, W,
pinned Will Cross, G, 1:55. 106: Kaylee
Stevens, G, for. 113: Westley Alexander,
G, for. 120: Josh Hartley, G, for. 126: Nick
Staviski, G, pinned Jamie Hensley, W, 1:05.


PSJ cheerleader to perform in London parade


Special to The Star
Kennedy Thack-
er from Port St.
Joe Jr./Sr.High
School is one of
more than 500 high
school cheerlead-
ers and dancers
from across the


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KENN
THA(


country who will be
performing in the world fa-
mous London New Year's
Day Parade. Thacker has
been chosen as an All-
American for all three
years she has been a Port
St. Joe cheerleader. Her
varsity cheerleading team-
mates would like to wish
her luck as she heads off
to represent her team and
her town in London.
The individuals invited
to perform in the parade
qualified for the trip after


Being selected as
an All American
Sat one of the sum-
mer camps host-
ed by Universal
Cheerleaders As-
Ssociation, National
IEDY Cheerleaders As-
Y sociation, United
CKER Spirit Association,
Universal Dance
Association and National
Dance Alliance. All Ameri-
cans are selected to try out
based on superior cheer-
leading skills at camps
across the country.
Varsity has been host-
ing camps since 1974. Since
then, they have been lead-
ing the way by combining
high-energy entertainment
with traditional school
leadership. Each year, Var-
sity Brands trains more
than 325,000 cheerleaders


at more than 5,000 camp
sessions.
Only the top 12 percent
of the cheerleaders who at-
tend varsity summer camps
earn the chance to march
in the holiday spectacular.
In addition to performing
in the London parade, the
All Americans will have the
chance to tour London dur-
ing their seven-day trip.
"This is the 26th year
we've been able to bring
talented cheerleaders to
London, where they can
showcase their skills to a
very enthusiastic interna-
tional audience," said Mike
Fuliltz, Varsity International
event coordinator.
For more information,
visit www.varsity.com or
contact Fliltz at 800-238-
0286 or mfultz@varsityspir-
it.com.


District in search of football coaches


By TIM CROFT
227-7827 1 ( P.S.IStar
tcroft@starfl.com
The new year will bring
consideration to the Gulf
County School Board on
new high school football
coaches.
Both head coaching jobs
will become vacant come
the end of the current school
year.
Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High
School coach Chuck Gan-
non is in the last of his five
years in the DROP program
and cannot return to a paid
instructional or coaching
position.
After two successful
seasons as the head coach,
Gannon said he might con-
sider returning as a volun-
teer assistant much like
Coach Kesley Colbert but
will cross that bridge if and


when he comes upon it.
Dennis Kizziah, head
coach at Wewahitchka Jr./
Sr. High School, will be in his
final year in the DROP pro-
gram during the 2014-2015
school year.
He has notified Super-
intendent of Schools Jim
Norton that he is stepping
down as head coach but
would certainly be available
to ease the transition to a
new coach next season or to
serve as an assistant.
The timeframe for hiring
a new coach is different at
each school, Norton said.
Because Gannon will not
be around in the fall, Norton
said he would like to have a
new coach in place by the
start of spring football in
May.
He said he is likely to
bring the matter to the
School Board to begin ad-


vertising the Port St. Joe po-
sition next month with the
hope that after the applica-
tion/interviewing process a
new coach could be in place
for the 18 days of spring
practice.
"We have to go through
the entire process," Norton
said. "We will need to adver-
tise and of course keep the
union informed before we
post any opening. This will
likely be brought up at the
next school board meeting."
Time is less of an issue
in Wewahitchka, Norton
said, because Kizziah will
be in place through the next
school year.
Norton said he would
hope to post the job open-
ing and undertake the inter-
viewing with the goal of hav-
ing a new coach in place this
summer and ready to start
practice in the fall.


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This holiday season, our tihoughIts tiurn gratefullyv
to those who have made ourL progress possible.


A New Year's resolution for coaches


Star Staff Report

Coaches, please make
a New Year's resolution
of getting your athletes a
bit more of the recognition
they deserve.
This is the time of year
when The Star needs the
help of all those involved
in athletics in the public
schools.
With a small staff, it is
impossible to attend every
game during a season of
multiple sports, boys and
girls, and as such, to bor-
row from the world of bas-
ketball and soccer, we need


an assist.
That assist would be in
the form of updated game
action, scores, individual
totals, highlights, photos
and records.
Every athlete partici-
pating in sports during the
school year deserves the
attention for participating
in athletics, which research
shows is one of the last bas-
tions of true discipline in
high schools.
They make the sacri-
fices of time, energy and
dedication and represent
our community in the best
of possible lights.


Our staff attempts to get
to what games we can to
shoot photos, but the details
of the contests, well that is
where we need the help.
The deadline for each
week is the end of busi-
ness on Monday. Coaches,
delegate or take it as part
of your challenge to give as
many of those athletes' rec-
ognition as possible.
Fax results to 227-7212,
or better still, email tcroft@
starfl.com or call 227-7827
and help us make this
Sports page a reflection of
the effort of our communi-
ty's athletes.


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Thursday, December 26, 2013


Christmas Bazaar,


Jingle Bell golf


tourney a success


Special to The Star
The Christmas Bazaar
and Jingle Bell Golf
Tournament at the St.
Joseph Bay Golf Club on
Dec. 13-15 was a great
success again this year.
The golf tournament had
to be postponed because
of the weather, but 40
players participated and
had a great time.
The overall program
collected a vast amount
of new toys and raised
much needed funds
for the Christmas
Wishes Program of the
Gulf County Sheriff's
Department.
Thank you to our
sponsors who really
displayed how this
community comes
together to help those in
need, specifically the St.
Joseph Bay Golf Club,
Gulf County Sheriff's
Office, South Gulf
County Volunteer Fire
Department, Gulf 2 Bay
Construction, Guerry
Magidson, Dan and Barb
Van Treese, Pat Hardman
and Ron and Mary
Kelly The Gulf County
Tourism Development
Council supported this
great effort. Thanks
also go to the many
crafters, artists and
chefs that participated.
The items they hand-
made and sold were
of high quality and
reasonably priced.
The number of
vendors once again
increased over last
year's event.
Area businesses that
allowed the committee
to collect funds for the
children with the event's


red stockings include
No Name Cafe, the
Coastal Cabin, Peppers,
Ace Hardware, Buy
Rite Drugs, Port St. Joe
Marina, the St. Joseph
Bay Golf Club and the
Piggly Wiggly in Port St.
Joe; the Scallop Cove
out at the Cape; and the
IGA, Buy Rite Drugs,
and the Dixie Dandy in
Wewahitchka. Donations
at these businesses will
help make area families
in need and their children
have a little brighter
Christmas.
An additional thank
you to all the workers
and volunteers at the
St. Joseph Bay Golf
Club for the extra effort
you made to make this
event a success. The
banquet room was
beautifully decorated,
the food prepared by
Ron Kelly and his staff
was excellent, and the
golf course was in great
shape even with the extra
rain the weather brought.
Also, thanks to
Centennial Bank for
setting up their tent for
our outside vendors use.
With the community's
support, this can continue
to be an annual event.


PE T OF THlE

P T WEEK
St. Joseph Bay Humane Society
Teri is a 451b l1rno Pointer/ Am BulIldog mix. She is
very playful and energetic. Teri loves kids and adults
alike. Shewalkswell on a leash and will sitwith
a treat. Teri would make a great pet for an active
family. Teri is a little intimidated by kitties and
would do best in a home without them.
If you are unable to adopt at this time, perhapsyou
could foster or make a Donation. All pets adopted
from SJBHS will be current on vaccinations and
ti spayed/neutered. Please do not hesitate to e-mail
townsend.hsdirector@gmail.com or adoptbaystjoe@
gmail.com or call the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society
at 850-227-1103 and ask for Melody or Debbie! Applications are available at www.
sjbhumanesociety.org We require all potential adopters to complete an application
form. Adoption fees include our cost of spay/neuter and current vaccinations.
Our hours for the shelter areTuesday-Saturday from 10 am-4 pm!
Faith's Thrift Hut is always in need of donations also, and all the proceeds go directly
to support the animals in our care! The hours for the store areThursday-Saturday
from 10 am-3 pmr. Volunteers are always welcome at both our store and our shelter!
Our store and shelter location is 1007 Tenth Street in Port St. Joe! Hope to see you all
thereon Sat Dec 14th for our annual Christmas Sale.
www.sjbhumanesociety.org
If you are missing a pet or want to adopt a new pet, please checkwith your local
Humane Society or Shelter.
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~ Last week, as they
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St. Joe Kiwanis
Club members
boxed up
groceries to give
to needy families
in Gulf County.
The members
boxed and
delivered food
to almost two
dozen families in
need during this
.- -.holiday season.

SPECIAL TO THE STAR



Knights of Pythias announce prize winners


Special to The Star
The Knights of
Pythias send a huge
thanks to everyone who
participated in their
Triple Prize Giveaway.
The first-prize winner of
a $100 Piggly Wiggly gift
card is Bob Wahl of Port
St. Joe. The $50 second
prize went to Jack
Mullen of Mexico Beach,
and the $25 third prize
went to Michael Spivey
of Jacksonville. A special
thanks to Mr. George
Duren for donating the
first-prize gift card.
Monies raised from
this event will support
R.A. Diresbach, Sr.
Lodge 77 Knights of
Pythias Scholarship
Fund. Graduating seniors
at Port St. Joe High
School may pick up
scholarship applications
in the guidance office.
The Fraternal Order
of Knights of Pythias
and its members are


Kenneth Monette presents Rachael Crews with the
first-place $100 gift card as members Bonnie Bell
and David Lewis look on.


dedicated to the cause
of universal peace.
Pythians believe
friendship is an essential
ingredient in live and
make Benevolence,
Kindness, Generosity
and tolerance a reality in
their lives.
To make donations to


the Pythian scholarship
fund, email info@
knightsofpythiasfl.com
or write to Clarence
Monette, Chancellor
Commander, PO.
Box 731 Port St. Joe,
FL 32457. For more
information, visit www.
knightsofpythiasfl.com.


A LESSON IN CHARITY
Last week, young A.J. Rolax
helped Johanna White,
representing the Port St. Joe
Kiwanis Club, with ringing
the bell for the Salvation
Army. A.J. said he really
enjoyed ringing the bell and
seeing people giving money
to help those in need and he
wants to ring the bell again
next year, White said.
SPECIAL TO THE STAR


Mexico Beach


sponsoring


Biloxi trips for


winter visitors

Special to The Star

The Mexico Beach
Welcome Center is
arranging winter visitors
the opportunity to win
some extra cash not
once, but twice, in Biloxi,
Miss. Snowbirds will be
flocking to the casinos
to win big and enjoy the
scenery. Travelers will be
transported on charter
busses for an overnight
trip in January and in
February. The first casino
trip departs Jan. 21 and
returns on Jan. 22. The
second casino trip departs
Feb. 18 and returns on
Feb. 19. Each trip package
includes transportation,
free play vouchers, a lunch
buffet voucher, room and
entertainment. Rates for
each casino trip are $100
for double occupancy and
$140 for single occupancy.
You can go in January or
February, or do both!
These trips are open
to anyone, whether they
be a part-time Floridian
or live here year-round.
We want you to join us
on one or both of these
excursions. There will
be exciting games on the
bus, friendships made,
casino tips swapped and
tons of fun. The busses
will depart from the El
Governor at 5:30 a.m. CST,
and the first stop will be
at the Boomtown Casino
for some playing time and
a lunch buffet. After that,
it's off to the Beau Rivage,
where we'll stop for the
night. The next morning
will start off with a trip
to the IP casino, where
there will be five hours of
playing, and then it's time
to head home. We hope
this trip will be a great
getaway and enjoyable for
all.
For more information,
call the Mexico Beach
Welcome center at
648-8196 or visit www.
mexicobeach.com.


MB HOLIDAY SANITATION SCHEDULE


Star Staff Report
The City of Mexico
Beach will observe the
following schedule for
garbage pickup:

Monday, Dec. 23: Regular
garbage pick-up
Tuesday, Dec. 24: Holiday.
No garbage pick-up
Wednesday, Dec. 25:
Holiday. No garbage
pick-up


Thursday, Dec. 26: Regular
garbage pick-up
Friday, Dec. 27: Regular
garbage pick-up
Monday, Dec. 30: Regular
garbage pick-up
Tuesday, Dec. 31: Regular
garbage pick-up
Wednesday, Jan. 1: Holiday.
No garbage pick-up
Thursday, Jan. 2: Regular
garbage pick-up
Friday, Jan. 3: Regular
garbage pick-up


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School News


FCS students celebrate Hanging of the Greens service


Special to The Star
On Dec. 19, Faith Christian
School students celebrated the
ceremonial Hanging of the Greens
service as their annual Christmas
program.
This traditional ceremony


tells the history of Christian
church and family traditions.
Students explained the origin and
symbolism of the Christmas tree,
the Advent candle, poinsettias,
sanctuary evergreens, gift giving at
Christmastime and even Christmas
carols.


As always, the true meaning of
Christmas, Jesus Christ, was at
the center of the entire program.
Many of our students gave eloquent
recitations while Farren Newman
sang a beautiful rendition of "0
Holy Night," and Carter Costin and
Taylor Burkett played piano solos.


The gracious and generous FCS
PTO provided an amazing and
beautiful brunch after the program
for all who attended.
From the hearts of all the
students, faculty, staff and
administration of Faith Christian
School, Merry Christmas!


High School High Tech students of PSJ win again


Special to The Star
High School High
Tech of Port St Joe had
its annual Board of
Advisors meeting this
past week. This group
helps plan for the career
shadowing and summer
internships coming up
for members of HSHT
this spring and summer.
In attendance were
Jack Kerigan, Kerigan
Marketing Associates;
Loretta Costin, Gulf
Coast State College; Alex
Henderson, Monumental
Fabrication; Guinevere
Crum, ABLE Trust Senior
Vice President; Susan
Machemer, Fairpoint
Communications; Debbie
Hooper, Debbie Hooper
Photography; Jeremy
Knapp, Principal Port St.
Joe Jr./Sr. High School; Jim
Norton, Superintendent of
Schools; Shenoya Fennell,
HSHT member and


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From left are Dr. Patricia Hardman, computer
recipient Shenoya Fennell, Guinevere Crum,
computer recipient Preston Burkett, Melissa Behee,
Jim Norton and Jeremy Knapp.


computer recipient; Shelia
Fennell, mother; Preston
Burkett, HSHT member
and computer recipient;
Denise Burkett, mother;
Corey Williams, graduating
senior and HSHT member;
Dr. Patricia Hardman,
CEO of Dyslexia Research


Institute, and Melissa
Behee, Activities Director,
HSHT Gulf County
In addition to the
annual meeting, two
HSHT students who had
participated in an essay
contest held by ABLE
Trust were awarded new


Dell laptop computers.
Neither student had a
home computer, and each
was elated and expressed
how much this meant
to them for their school
work and future careers.
Guinevere Crum, ABLE
Trust senior vice president,
made the trip to Port St.
Joe to present the new
computers. More than
1,100 HSHT students
throughout Florida were
eligible for participation in
the essay contest, and we
are extremely proud that
two of our local student,
senior Shenoya Fennell
and freshman Preston
Burkett, were winners.
We are small but we are
mighty.
HSHT is conducted in
Port St Joe by Dyslexia
Research Institute and
is partially funded by
grants from ABLE Trust
and Florida Vocational
Rehabilitation.


Correctional officer

training program

begins Jan. 22


Special to The Star
A new correctional
officer training program
will start at the Gulf/
Franklin Campus of Gulf
Coast State College in
Port St. Joe on Jan. 22.
This program is designed
to prepare students
for the State Officer
Certification Exam.
Individuals who pass
this exam are eligible for
employment in any state,
county or privately run
correctional facility in
Florida. The program will
be conducted using the


new shorter curriculum
and will last about three
months. The program
will run from 8 a.m. until
5 p.m. ET daily, Monday
through Thursday.
For more information,
call Brenda Burkett
at 227-9670, ext. 5507,
or email bburkett@
gulfcoast.edu. The
application deadline
for Pell Grants and
financial aid is fast
approaching, so please
call today or come by the
Gulf/Franklin campus to
pick up your application
packet.


SGA LENDS A HAND
AT THE BRIDGE

Members of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr.
High School Student Government
Association joined in to lend
a hand at local nursing home
facility the Bridge at St. Joe. The
SGA members helped serve the
residents holiday snacks and
acted as the judges for the Best
Decorated Hall Christmas contest.



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On behalf of my staff and I, we would like to thank you all
foryour continued support and trust. We are truly appreciative
and grateful for the opportunity to work with you. And as we wind
down 2013 and move into the NEW YEAR, please know that it is a
previlege to serve you and look forward to our next opportunity to be|
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Obituaries

Norman Evander Jackson Sr.


Norman Jackson Sr.
passed away Dec. 16, 2013.
He was born on Nov.
16, 1931, to Henry and
Mary Clifford Jackson of
Kathleen, Florida.
His mother died when
he was 5 years old and
his dad moved the family
to Brushy Hammock. In
Mayo he met and married
Opal Hamlin and they
lived in Mayo until 2005
when they moved to
Wewahitchka, Florida.
He is survived by
his wife of 61 years,
Opal and five children,
Abigail Taunton (David)
of Wewahitchka, Florida,
Marilyn Robinson (Bruce)
and Miriam Martzolf
(Brian) both of Orange
Beach, Alabama, Norman
(Andy) Jackson Jr. (Kanda)
of Mayo, Florida and
Martha Tidwell (Phillip) of


Mrs. Lillian Louise
Schweikert, 90, of Mexico
Beach went to Heaven
Monday, Dec. 16,2013.
Lillian was born on Feb. 11,
1923, in Greenville, South
Carolina and had lived in
Mexico Beach since 1965.
She was a homemaker and
a member of Mexico Beach
Methodist Church. Lillian
is preceded in death by her
husband, Norbert Charles
Schweikert.
Survivors include three
sons, Charles Schweikert
and his wife Patricia


Trussville, Alabama. He
is also survived by sisters,
Maudine (Robert) Glisson
of Live Oak, Florida and
Mary Alice Driggers of Old
Town, Florida. He is also
survived by a multitude of
grandchildren and great-
grandchildren, lots of
nieces, nephews and other
family members as well as
a host of friends. He was
preceded in death by his
parents and a sister Nora
Jackson.
Norman was a life-long
residence of Lafayette
County where he was
a long time farmer. He
served as a County
Commissioner for 20 years.
He loved to fish (especially
in the Suwannee River)
and was an avid hunter.
Funeral services were
held at Alton Church of
God in Mayo where he


was a long-time member.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 18 at the
church.
The funeral was 11 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 19 with
family visitation from 9:30
to 10:30 a.m. Interment
followed in Alton Cemetery.
Pastor Tim Hamm and
Rev. Robert Cary officiated.
His grandsons served
as pallbearers. Honorary
pallbearers were Bobby
Koon, Herman Shaw,
Lamar "Cooter" McCray,
Franklin Wimberley, M.A.
Perry, Calvin Blue, and
Edward Henderson.
In lieu of flowers
donations may be made to
Taunton Family Children's
Home, PO. Box 870,
Wewahitchka, FL 32465.
Local services were
provided by Comforter
Funeral Home.


Lillian Louise Schweikert


of Buffalo, WY, Donald
Schweikert and his wife
Carol of Valrico, Fla. and
Richard Schweikert of
Port St. Joe, Fla.; two
daughters, Judy Mahan
and her husband Wesley
of New Port Richey, Fla.
and Janis Tankersley and
her husband Danny of Port
St. Joe, Fla.; one brother,
Don Hester of Greensville,
SC; eight grandchildren,
Don Schweikert,
James Schweikert,
Michael Schweikert,
Jeff Schweikert, Kristy


-.first Baptist Church '
(102 THIRD STREET PORT ST. JOE
Bruce Hodge, Pastor
S Buddy Caswell, Minister of Music & Education
._| .. ~ Bobby Alexander, Minister to Students
New Service Schedule for First Baptist Church


Sunday
Sunday School............. 9:00 am
Worship Service............ 10:30 am
Choir............................ 6:00 pm

www.fbcpsj.org


Wednesday
Dinner................5:00- 6:00 pm
AWANA ..................6:00-7:30 pm
Surrender Student Ministry...............6:15 7:30 pm
Prayer/Bible Study................6:15 7:30 pm
Nursery............................. 6:00- 7:30 pm


Schweikert Hirko,
Mark Schweikert,
Jacob Tankersley, Anna
Tankersley Hickes; and 13
great-grandchildren.
Fulineral services were
held at 11 a.m. ET Friday,
Dec. 20, 2013, at the First
United Methodist Church
in Port St. Joe with
Reverend Andy Hirko and
Reverend Gregory Lentz
officiating. Internment
followed in Holly Hill
Cemetery in Port St. Joe.
The family received
friends 5-7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Dec. 19,2013, at
the church.
The family requests in
lieu of flowers contributions
be made to the Children's
Ministry at the First United
Methodist Church, 1001
Constitution Drive, Port St.
Joe, Fla. 32456 or Covenant
Hospice, 107 W 19th Street,
Panama City, Fla. 32405.
All arrangements under
the direction of Marlon
Peavy at Peavy Flineral
Home in Blountstown, Fla.


On Wednesday
morning, Dec. 18, 2013,
Sarah Martin Herring of
Port St. Joe, Florida went
home to be with the Lord.
Born in Hermitage,
Arkansas on Aug. 25,
1924 to the late Ernest W
and Mabel Belin Martin,
Sarah was raised in
Warren, Ark.
Upon graduating high
school in 1942, she moved
to Port St. Joe, Fla.,
where she was employed
as the secretary to Mr.
Sharit at A&M Railroad.
Sarah met the dashing
WJ. "Fish" Herring in
the spring of 1947, and
the couple instantly fell in
love. They were married
three months later, and
were inseparable lifelong
partners for almost 62
years.
Southern lady and a
devoted wife, mother and
grandmother who loved
her family, her church
and her community and
served them faithfully.
She was a wonderful
homemaker, and
especially loved sewing,
reading, baking and
entertaining. Visitors
were always greeted with
homemade chocolate
pie, strawberry cake and
sweet tea; because as
she explained, "everyone
needs a little something'
sweet." As a devout
Christian woman, Sarah
was a member of the
First Baptist Church,
where she served as the
Church secretary for over
a dozen years.
Sarah was preceded
in death by the love of
her life, husband W J.
"Fish" Herring; her
sister Carolyn Wolfe and
husband Jim of Arkansas;
and her brother Ernie
Martin of Virginia.
Survivors include her
son, W J. "Bill" Herring of
Howard Creek, Fla.; her
daughter Sarah Herring


Harper and husband
Roy V of White City, Fla.;
grandson Jason Herring
and wife Darcy along with
their sons Bradley and
Tyler; grandson Jeremy
Herring and wife Calista
along with their son Liam,
all of Toronto, Ontario,
Canada; sister-in-law
Betty Martin of Virginia;
brother-in-law L.F "Red"
Herring of Georgia;
cousin, Betty Godfrey
of Port St. Joe; many
loving nieces, nephews
and friends. Sarah is also
survived by a special
group of friends she
considered her "chosen
family."
A celebration of life
was held at 2 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at
the First Baptist Church
of Port St. Joe, Florida.
Rev. Billy Rich, close
family friend, delivered
the eulogy.
Pallbearers were
Mr. John Bass, Mr.
Teedy Nobles, Mr. John
Presnell, Mr. Jimmy
Stephens, Mr. Temple
Watson and Mr. Robert
Whittle.
Honorary pallbearers
were the Bethany Sunday
School Class of the
First Baptist Church.
Internment immediately
followed the service at
Holly Hill Cemetery in
Port St. Joe.
Together with her
church, Sarah supported
the Florida Baptist
Children's Home, PO
Box 8190, Lakeland, Fla.
33802. The family would
like to extend a heartfelt
thank you to the staff of
Covenant Hospice who
enabled Sarah to spend
her final days at peace
in her own home. Linda
Hamilton and Deidra
Dixon, you are beyond
doubt earthly angels.
All services were
under the direction of the
Comforter Funeral Home.


Sarah Martin Herring


Long Avenue

BAPTIST CHURCH


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Sunday School 9:15 Family Dinner 5:30
Morning Worship 10:30 Prayer Meeting 6:3
Evening Worship 5:00 Student Ministry 6:
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(850) 229-8691 Adult Choir- 7:30


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801 2O0 Street, Port St. Joe, Fl. (850) 229-6707
9:45 AM ....................................................................................... Sunday School
10:30 AM .............................................................................. Fellowship Breakfast
10:45 AM ........................................................................................... W orship
6:00 PM .................................................................................................. W orship

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Morning Prayer & Holy Communion
Sunday ............... 10:00 A.M.
The Rev. Lou Little, Priest
Services Temporarily at Senior Citizens Center,
120 Library Drive
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T111 North 22nd Street Mexico Beach, FL32410
Sunday Worship Services:
8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship
9:45 a.m CST Bible Study
11:00 a.m. Contemporary Worship
Open Hearts. Open minds. Open doors.
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850.227.1724
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Sunday Schedule Dr. Geoffrey Lentz
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Minister to Families
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420 Long Avenue fPort St. Joe, Florida 32456
(850) 229-9596

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Evening Worship ..................6:0 pm
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Special to The Star
Lifetree Cafe closed
Monday for Christmas. We
will resume our weekly
episodes on Monday, Dec.
30 with a Best of Lifetree
titled, "Does God Have a
Plan for You?"
The holly's been hung,
and we've put up the tree.
Carols are being sung-a
little off key.
The tinsel's been
strewn from high to down
low.
The Yule log is burning
with a holiday glow.
Our hearts are filled
with lots ofjoy and cheer,
for our Beaches
Community friends both
far and near.
From the Mexico Beach
Lifetree team, with best wishes
for a safe and blessed Christmas.

Cyndi Medlin
Cyndi Medlin, 55 of
Port St. Joe passed away
Thursday, Dec. 19,2013.
She was a long-time resi-
dent of Port Saint Joe and
worked in nursing.
She is survived by her
two sisters, Kim Terry
and husband, Ronnie, of
Sneads and Deb Harvey
and husband, Tim, of Port
St. Joe; her brother, Thom-
as Medlin, of Panama
City; and many nieces and
nephews.
Graveside services
were held Monday, Decem-
ber 23, 2013 at Holly Hill
Cemetery at 11 a.m. E.D.T.
conducted by the Rev. Dr.
Geoffrey Lenz. Interment
followed in the family plot.
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To help area residents safely celebrate the New Year on both sides of the time
zone, complimentary shuttles will run between Port St. Joe and Mexico Beach.


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Restaurant and Rustic
Sands Campground.
"Celebrate Twice allows
our visitors and residents
to enjoy such a unique New
Year's Eve event," said
Shoaf. "There are only four
other places in the world
where you can walk across
time zones."
"It's a wonderful event,
it's safe and we usually have
great weather," added TDC
executive director Jennifer
Jenkins.
Two fireworks displays
will light up the night, the
first in Port St. Joe at 10 p.m.
ET and the second in Mexico
Beach at midnight CT.
Mexico Beach began the
"Celebrate Safe, Celebrate


Twice" event in 1999, and
shuttled partygoers from
Regan's and the Lookout
Lounge back to Bay County
in time for the second ball
drop.
Port St. Joe was incorpo-
rated into the event seven
years ago and the transpor-
tation expanded to cover
both cities. This year, six
vehicles will be providing
transportation.
In Mexico Beach, one
trolley will stay within the
city limits, but systemati-
cally hit each participating
venue. One trolley will be
dedicated to do the same in
Port St. Joe. Three charter
busses will hit every stop
while an express bus will


run between the El Gover-
nor Motel and the Thirsty
Goat. Each bus will be
clearly marked and driv-
ers will regularly announce
their next destination.
"Once the event is over,
we hope that people will
stay the night at the El Gov-
ernor Motel, the Port Inn or
be within walking distance
of their homes," said Shoaf.
"Historically, we've had
very few drunken driving in-
cidents during New Year's.
"The trolleys keep those
drivers off the roads and
help keep everyone safe."
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reason, "We fought to provide $480 million
(this year) for teacher pay raises."
"Thank you to Florida's teachers, par-
ents and school leaders for their outstand-
ing commitment to continuing academic
success," said Pam Stewart, Commission-
er of Education.
"The results show that more students
are ready for college or a career than ever.
I am proud of the work our educators are
doing every day in the classroom."
The increase in 'A' schools comes even
as the grading formula became "more rig-
orous," according to the FDOE.
For example, specific learning gains for
the lowest-performing 25 percent of stu-
dents were not counted last year.
As more schools earn grades of 'A' or
'B' the state adjusts the grading scale up,
meaning a tougher grading scale next
year, according to the FDOE.
An unknown at this time is whether
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93530S
IN THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF THE FOUR-
TEENTH JUDICIAL
CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR
GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA.
CASE No. 11000313CA
WELLS FARGO BANK
NA., AS TRUSTEE,
FOR CARRINGTON
MORTGAGE LOAN
TRUST, SERIES 2006-
NC1 ASSET-BACKED
PASS-THROUGH CER-
TIFICATES,
PLAINTIFF,
vs.
SCOTT R. BAKER,
ET AL.
DEFENDANTSS.
NOTICE OF
FORECLOSURE SALE
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN pursuant to the
Final Judgment of
Foreclosure dated Au-
gust 14, 2013 in the
above action, I will sell
to the highest bidder
for cash at Gulf, Flor-
ida, on January 9,
2014, at 11:00 A.M., at
Courthouse steps/
lobby-1000 Cecil G
Costin Sr. Blvd., Port
St. Joe, Fl. 32456 for
the following described
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ALL THAT CERTAIN
LAND SITUATE IN
GULF COUNTY, FLOR-
IDA, VIZ: LOT SIXTEEN
(16) AND THE NORTH-
ERLY ONE-HALF OF
LOT FIFTEEN (15) OF
BLOCK EIGHTY-FOUR
(84) OF UNIT ONE OF
ST. JOSEPH'S ADDI-
TION OF THE CITY OF
PORT ST JOE, FLOR-
IDA, ACCORDING TO
THE OFFICIAL MAP
ON FILE IN THE OF-
FICE OF THE CLERK
OF THE CIRCUIT
COURT OF GULF
COUNTY, FLORIDA IN
PLAT BOOK 1, PAGE
28.
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.
The Court, in its dis-
cretion, may enlarge
the time of the sale.
Notice of the changed
time of sale shall be
published as provided
herein.
DATED: December 20,
2013.
Rebecca Norrins
Clerk of Court
By: Wyvonne Pickett
Deputy Clerk
Prepared by:
Gladstone Law Group,
PA.
1499 W. Palmetto Park
Road, Suite 300 Boca
Raton, FL 33486
If you are a person
with a disability who
needs any accom-
modation in order to
participate in this pro-
ceeding, you are enti-
tled, at no cost to you,
to the provision of
certain assistance.


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Please contact ADA
Coordinator at 850-
747-5338, fax 850-747-
5717 or at ADA
Request@jud14.flcourtsorg,
R 0. Box 1089,
Panama City, FL
32402 at least 7 days
before your sched-
uled court appear-
ance, or immediately
upon receiving this
notification if the time
before the scheduled
appearance is less
than 7 days; if you are
hearing or voice im-
paired, call 711.
December 26, 2013
January 2, 2014
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 is-
suance, the description
of the property, and the
names in which it was
assessed are as fol-
lows:
Tax Sale Certificate No.
561
Application No.
2013-52
Date of Issuance:
May 28, 2010
R.E. No: 02428-OOOR
Description of Property:
COMMENCE at the SE.
Corner of Lot 59, Block
"K" Alderson's 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


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Seconds East for
157.75 feet, to the
POINT OF BEGINN-
ING, thence continue
North 00 Degrees 06
Minutes 06 Seconds
East for 157.75 feet, to
the Southern right of
way line of Chipola Av-
enue (River Road),
thence North 88 De-
grees 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 as-
sessed: Vera Mae Arm-
strong
All of said property be-
ing in Gulf County,
State of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be
redeemed according to
law, the property de-
scribed in such certifi-
cate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costing,
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
96629S
NOTICE
OF APPLICATION
FOR TAX DEED
NOTICE IS HEREBY
GIVEN that Marilyn
Schmacker the holder
of the following Tax
Certificate, has filed


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said certificate for a tax
deed to be issued
thereon. The certificate
number and year of is-
suance, the description
of the property, and the
names in which it was
assessed are as fol-
lows:

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" Alderson's 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); thence-
North 88 Degrees 19
Minutes 07 Seconds
East along said right of
way line for 130.00 feet
for the POINT OF BE-
GINNING, thence con-
tinue North 88 Degrees
19 Minutes 07 Seconds
East, along said right of
way line 115.08 feet;
thence South 00 De-
grees 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 as-
sessed: Steve Bnrink-
meier & Christine Bnrink-
meier
All of said property be-


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ing in Gulf County,
State of Florida. Unless
such certificate shall be
redeemed according to
law, the property de-
scribed in such certifi-
cate will be sold to the
highest bidder in the
front Lobby of the Gulf
County Courthouse,
1000 Cecil G. Costin,
Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe,
Florida at 11:00 AM,
E.T., Wednesday, the
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
96869S
PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS
CITY OF
PORT ST JOE
RFP 2013-10
The City of Port St. Joe
will receive sealed bids
from any qualified per-
son, company or cor-
poration interested in
constructing:
CAPE SAN BLAS
LIGHTHOUSE
RELOCATION
The project includes
preparation of the
Cape San Bias Light-
house for relocation,
transport plan, con-
struction of temporary
roadbeds, new founda-
tion system, placement
and anchoring at new
site location.
Plans and specifica-
tions can be obtained
at Preble-Rish, Inc.,
324 Marina Drive, Port
St. Joe, Florida 32456,
(850) 227-7200. Cost


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for Plans and Specifi-
cations will be $50.00
per set and is non-re-
fundable. Checks
should be made paya-
ble to PREBLE-RISH,
INC.
The completion date
for this project will be
90 days from the date
of the Notice to Pro-
ceed presented to the
successful bidder. Liq-
uidated damages for
failure to complete the
project on the specified
date will be set at
$500.00 per day.
Please indicate on the
envelope that this is a
sealed bid, for the
"Cape San Bias Light-
house Relocation"
Bids will be received
until 3:00 p.m. Eastern
Time, on January 23,
2014 at the City of Port
St. Joe City Hall, 305
Cecil G. Costin Sr.
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida 32456, and will be
opened and read aloud
at 3:05 p.m. Eastern
Time. The City of Port
St. Joe is an Equal
Opportunity Employer/
Handicapped Accessi-
ble/ Fair Housing Juris-
diction.
The City of Port St. Joe
reserves the right to
waive informalities in
any bid, to accept
and/or reject any or all
bids, and to accept the
bid that in their judg-
ment will be in their
best interest. All bids
shall remain firm for a
period of sixty days af-
ter the opening. A
Pre-Bid Conference will
be held at the office of
Preble-Rish, Inc., 324
Marina Drive, Port St.
Joe, Florida (850)
227-7200 at 10:00 a.m.
Eastern Time, January
9,2014.


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All bidders shall com-
ply with all applicable
State and local laws
concerning licensing
registration and regula-
tion of contractors do-
ing business to the
State of Florida. The
bid must conform to
Section 287.133(3)
Florida Statutes, on
public entity crimes.
If you have any ques-
tions, please call Clay
Smallwood at (850)
227-7200.
December 19, 26, 2013
96909S
PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS
BID #1314-09
The Gulf County Board
of County Commission-
ers will receive sealed
bids from any qualified
person, company, or
corporation interested
in providing the follow-
ing:
1. SMALL RAM WITH
RAM ATTACHMENT
KIT
2. POWER LIFTING
MAT SYSTEM
3. HYDRAULIC CUTT-
ING TOOL WITH
HYFRAULIC POWER
UNIT
4. HYDRAULIC
SPREADING RAMS
AND SPREADING
TOOL
Please place YOUR
COMPANY NAME,
SEALED BID, and the
BID NUMBER on the
outside of your enve-
lope, and provide three
copies of your pro-
posal.
Bids must be submitted
to and specifications
may be obtained from
the Gulf County Clerk's
Office at 1000 Cecil G.
Costing, Sr., Blvd.,


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Room 148, Port St.
Joe, Florida, 32456 by
4:30 p.m., E.T on Jan-
uary 10, 2014. Bids will
be opened at this same
location on Tuesday,
January 13, 2014 at
10:00 a.m., E.T
Any questions concern-
ing this bid should be
directed to Brad Price,
Gulf County Fire Coor-
dinator at (850)
229-6106 or (850)
227-8353.
BOARD OF COUNTY
COMMISSIONERS
GULF COUNTY,
FLORIDA
/s/Tynalin Smiley,
Chairman
Attest:
/s/ Rebecca L. Nornris,
Clerk of Ciruit Court
December 26, 2013
96929S
PUBLIC NOTICE
NOTICE TO RECEIVE
SEALED BIDS
BID NO. 1314-10
The Gulf County Board
of County Commission-
ers will receive bids
from any person, com-
pany or corporation in-
terested in providing
the following:
Uniforms and cleaning
of same for the Public
Works Department
Specifications may be
obtained from the
Clerk's Office in the
Gulf County Court-
house, 1000 Cecil G.
Costin Sr., Blvd, Room
148, Port St. Joe, Flor-
ida, 32456. Interested
parties should contact
Lynn Lanier for addi-
tional information at
(850) 229-6106.
Please indicate on the
envelope YOUR COM-
PANY NAME, that this
is a SEALED BID and


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with no deficiencies on annual financial
audits.
When elementary school grades were
announced, the odds looked long the dis-
trict would maintain the honor.
But with the A' from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr.
High School the odds got much shorter.
"The grades average out to a 'B' so we
should be able to maintain our designa-
tion as a high-performing district," Norton
said.
The number of Florida high schools and
combination schools earning School Rec-
ognition awards remained steady with 281
schools eligible based on the preliminary
grades issued today. Recognition bonuses
are given to eligible schools that earn an
'A' grade, increase their letter grade by
at least one grade, or maintain the same
grade after having improved at least two
letter grades in the prior year. The awards
will be sent to all Florida schools after the
high school grade appeals are finalized
next year.
Detailed information on the 2013 high
school grades and a press packet with
graphic displays of results are available on
the department's website at http://school-
grades.fldoe.org.


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Sr., Blvd, Room 148 period of sixty days af- 2100 -Pets accepting applications for the following
Port St. Joe, Florida' ter the opening. A 2110- Pets: Free to
32456, by 4:30 p.m., Pre-Bid Conference will Good Home volunteer position:
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a.m., E.T. Eastern Time, January a Please submit a Letter of Interest to The City
16, 2014 A1. Whirpool Washer & of Port St. Joe, Attn. Charlotte Pierce, POB
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concerning licensing corn. PDRB Members are appointed by the
BY: TYNALIN SMILEY registration and regula- *F l al City Commission and meet on the second
CHAIRMAN tion of contractors do-
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ATTEST: State of Florida. The PDRB utilizes the Land Development Regula-
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prpaatonr you team player who willleffectively train and moti-
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Keeper's Quarters and I y u r 5-step sales process and consistent accounta-
Oil Shed for relocation, Application number I Obility to drive their success. The Sales Man
transport plan, con- 07435 filed 12/12/2013 ager will be creative, yet analytical.
struction of temporary Sunset Pointe Home- ^ l u s
roadbeds, new founda- owners Assoc, Inc., f Responsibilities:
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and anchoring at new Panama City Beach, FL Advocate the re thdical & standardize d
site location. 32408 Requesting an Install/Maint/Repair 5sAdvocatep sales approach to buyers. This apndardized
annual average day5-step sales approach to buyers. This ap-
anhual average daily fo r 7nO NTICE proach includes planning & preparing for the
Plans and specifica- withdrawal of 50 gal- I JOB NOTICE call, needs analyses, building a compelling
tons can be obtained Ions per day from the The City of Port St. Joe solution, developing and closing an effective
at Preble-Rish, Inc., Surficial Aquifer Sys- (pop. 3445) is accept- sales presentation, and following up to ensure
324 Marina Drive, Port tern for Landscape Irn- ing applications for the client satisfaction.
St. Joe, Florida 32456, gation use by existing following position: 0 Communicates and advocates the
(850) 227-7200. Cost and proposed facili- Utility Service company's vision for a world class sales team,
for Plans and Specifi- ties.. excelling at building active accounts with solu-
cations will be $50.00 General withdrawal Worker tions from a diverse product and services
tons from a diverse product and services
per set and is non-re- locations) in Gulf Public Works portfolio. Develops and consistently supports
fundable. Checks County: T08S, R12W, staff development by providing clear expecta-
should be made paya- Sec. 25C D1eparimeni, tons, tools and training, sales goals, account-
ble to PREBLE-RISH, Water ability and frequent feedback.
INC. Interested persons may Distribution 0 Collaborates with other managers to gener-
submit written com- Disriuion ate new sales ideas and stays abreast of
The completion date ments/ objection or Please submit an appli- product and platformchanges.
for this project will be submit a written re- cation to The City of 0 Develops sales team, striving for world
90 days from the date quest for the notice of Port St. Joe, Attn: class execution and results. This includes
of the Notice to Pro- proposed agency ac- Charlotte Pierce, POB training/coaching, use of data in sales
ceed presented to the tion (NOPAA) regard- 278, Port St. Joe, FL presentations, creating a vision and integrated
successful bidder. Liq- ing the application by 32457. Applications sales campaigns for the client, producing
uidated damages for writing to: Division of and a full job descnrip- sales presentations, and using analytics to
failure to complete the Resource Regulation, tion can be found on measure the solution's ROI for the client.
project on the specified Northwest Florida our website
date will be set at Water Management cityofportstjoe.com. If Requirements:
$500.00 per day. District, attn: Tern Pe- you have any ques- 0 Bachelor's degree or comparable
terson, 152 Water Man- tons, please contact experience.
Please indicate on the agement Drive, Ha- Charlotte Pierce at 0 Proven record of successful leadership in a
envelope that this is a vana, Florida 32333. A (850)229-8261. The po- goal-oriented, highly accountable
sealed bid, for the NOPAA will be mailed sition will close on Jan- environment.
"Cape San Bias only to persons who uary 10, 2014. The en- 0 Successful record of team building and
Keeper's Quarters & Oil have filed such re- try level salary for a leadership.
Shed Relocation" quests. A NOPAA must Utility Service Worker 0 Excellent organizational and analytical
be requested in order will be $12.08 per hr. skills. The ability to multi-task and manage
Bids will be received to be advised of further The City of Port St. Joe competing priorities is essential.
until 3:00 p.m. Eastern proceedings and any is an Equal Opportunity Digital sales experience. Proven digital
Time, on January 30, public hearing date. Employer and a Drug sales management experiences.
2014 at the City of Port Written comments/ ob- Free Workplace. 0 A deep and broad understanding of the
St. Joe City Hall, 305 jection or NOPAA re- Web ID#: 34276052 market and competition
Cecil G. Costin Sr. quests must be re- Text FL76052 to 56654 0 Strong communication, negotiation and in-
Blvd, Port St. Joe, Flor- ceived by 5:00 p.m. fluencing skills.
ida 32456, and will be eastern time on Janu- 0 Proficient PC skills including Microsoft ap-
opened and read aloud ary 9,2014. plications Excel and Word. In addition, must 4
at 3:05 p.m. Eastern Sales/Business Dev be well versed in digital sales tools, including
Time. The City of Port No further public notice job boards, search, email, social marketing
St. Joe is an Equal will be provided regard- Pawnbroker and analytics.
Opportunity Employer/ ing this application. Would you like to make Demonstrated innovation, leadership, com-
Handicapped Accessi- Publication of this no- $14-$18 per hour work- munication, and staff development skills. Pos-
ble/ Fair Housing Juris- twice constitutes con- ing 4 days a week with sesses ability to coach and be
diction, structive notice of the health insurance? We coached.
permit application to all are looking for ener- 0 Strong ethical standards and integrity are a
The City of Port St. Joe substantially affected getic friendly hard must.
reserves the right to persons. working team members 0 Understanding of research tools is a huge
waive informalities in December 26, 2013 interested in long- term plus.
employment We offer 0 Ensures that the business unit meets and/or
sales commissions exceeds revenue expectations
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development experience.
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sales professionals.
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business for new sales leads in between appointments and during net-
working opportunities
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sharing new business lead opportunities.
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ager, gaining sales support as appropriate all administrative support
people have a vested interest in your success
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Business Development experience
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right experience over a degree
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tively with little or no supervision
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ticularly with business owners, presidents and CEO's
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solutions.
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