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Real Estate Ad deadline is Thursday 11 a.m. ET Legal ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET Display ad deadline is Friday 11 a.m. ET 227-1278 Classi ed deadline is Monday 5 p.m. ET 747-5020 TABLE OF CONTENTS quotequote id quote nameJUMP From Page 6AFrom page 6A Subscribe to The StarCall 227-1278For your hometown paper delivered to your home!Opinions4A Letters to the Editor5A Sports 10A Society News2-3B Obituaries 4B Church News 5B Law Enforcement8B School News 10B Legals 11B Classieds 12-13B Trades & Services14B INDEXA Freedom Newspaper Real Estate Advertising Deadline Thursday 11:00 am ET Display Advertising Deadline Friday 11:00 am ET227-1278Classified Line-Advertising Deadline Monday 5:00 pm ET747-5020 xxxx xxxxxxx 1BVISITTHESTARONLINEATWWW.STARFL.COM XXXXX XXXXXXYOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 THE S TAR By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com With a county commissioner expressing con dence that the lighthouse will end up with the county and a coalition of stakeholders pressing for a reboot of relocation efforts, Port St. Joe commissioners took small steps forward last week. The city of Port St. Joe received bids for the relocation of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse and ancillary buildings, but commissioners and staff are examining the potential for invoking a local preference provision under city rules. The lowest bid for relocating the lighthouse came from Worth Contracting out of Jacksonville. The companys bid was $304,500. However, GAC Contractors came in at $321,700, second-lowest for the lighthouse, while submitting the low bid, $188,750, for relocating the other buildings, two keepers quarters and an oil storage house into the city. The city has a local preference that could provide a 5 percent adjustment for a local bidder, which GAC would be. Commissioner Rex Buzzett said later in last weeks meeting commissioners should consider amending that provision to mandate a preference for a local bidder whose bid was within $5,000 of the lowest bid, providing the local bidder would agree to perform the work at the cost of the lowest bid. The lowest bids for the relocation of all structures from the current lighthouse site the federal government has said all buildings must be moved combine for $510,450, slightly less than the low bidder for the DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM | Special to The StarThe discussion over the Cape San Blas Lighthouse has heated up in recent weeks.With clock ticking, lighthouse discussion heats upBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Coming off a successful winter, the Gulf County Tourist Development Council is focused squarely on preparing for the spring and summer months. Executive director Jennifer Jenkins last week unveiled to her advisory board the broad strokes of a Beach Ambassador program to be implemented this year, aiming to provide a more consistent presence on the beaches. The program will be funded from the one penny the TDC collects in bed taxes for beach nourishment, the so-called fourth cent. Jenkins proposed, and the advisory council approved sending it to the Board of County Commissioners for nal sign-off, spending more than $94,000 to jump start what is a pilot project. The largest component of that spending will be on vehicles. The TDC would purchase two four-wheel drive vehicles, one for beach enforcement and the other for the beach ambassadors, as well as an ATV for the beach ambassador program. Those three vehicles would cost an estimated $68,500, Jenkins said. The enforcement vehicle would be used solely by Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce deputies or members of the South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, two agencies collaborating with the TDC on the ambassador program.The vehicle would be stored in the beaches area and only used on the beaches. This program is designed to provide more visible coverage on the cape and Indian Pass, Jenkins said. We are going to coordinate with the sheriffs of ce and the South Gulf County Fire Department. We think we can nd the money for this program in the existing budget.TDC rolls out ambassador programBed tax revenue jumps 48 percent in December By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Sheriff Mike Harrison asked the Board of County Commissioners for help Tuesday during the boards regular bi-monthly meeting. The building that houses the administrative and operations areas of the sheriffs of ce is no longer suf cient, Harrison said. He is out of space, having already moved the investigative unit to downtown Port St. Joe. Computer work stations that are out of compliance with Florida Department of Law Enforcement security requirements because of where they are located. The evidence room is in the rear of the building, which not only houses the SO but the Gulf County Jail, necessitating deputies and investigators to bring evidence out through the jail when requested. The administrative staff is just inside the front door, Harrisons of ce just a few steps beyond. I am asking for help and an alternative site, Harrison said. The facility is inadequate for what we have to do. Harrison offered as an alternative the old Health Department building on Long Avenue, which is currently in use by the SO investigative unit. For months there has been discussion about whether the building would be a viable option for the SO, and Harrison said it would t the bill. However, the Supervisor of Elections Of ce is a signi cant hurdle, at least for Commissioner Tan Smiley. The county elections ofce is currently the major tenant of the old Health Department building, though it uses less than half the available square footage of the building. But as the lone county building with space, Commissioner Warren Yeager said moving the SO in and the elections back to the County Courthouse complex was the easiest solution. Its a waste not to use but half of the building, said Commissioner Carmen McLemore. I think it makes sense. But Smiley disagreed, saying that placing the elections directly next door to the county jail was a poor t. I dont think it would work next to the jailhouse, Smiley said, contending that would almost be a deterrent from voting for some, suppressing the vote. Port St. Joe Commissioner Bo Patterson said the move would be inconvenient for some voters and would serve to dampen early voting, which is conducted at the Supervisor of Elections Of ce.BOCC examines possible SO moveSee BOCC A5 See TDC A5 See LIGHTHOUSE A5 Turtle dive By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The scene at Cape Palms Park last Friday recalled a movie premiere. Crowds were cordoned off on each side of a central path from the boardwalk to waters edge. Hundreds pressed against the restraining tape, cameras ready. But the stars of this production wore hard shells, 140 green sea turtles and the more endangered Kemps Ridley turtles, and instead of red carpet they were carried over sand to the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and home. Hundreds watch as 140 turtles released to GulfSee TURTLES A5Crowds began gathering an hour before the release. By the time the turtles arrived from Gulf World more than 200 people were on hand.PHOTOS BY TIM CROFT | The StarEach turtle was tagged for future research and tracking, as with this Kemps Ridley, an endangered species.Thursday, FEBRUARY 13, 2014 YEAR 76, NUMBER 18Opinion .................................A4Outdoors ...............................A6 Sports.....................................A7Society ....................................B2School News ...........................B3Faith ........................................B4 Obituaries ...............................B5Classi eds ........................B7-B8 Gumbo time this weekend, B1
LocalA2 | The Star Thursday, February 13, 2014 $4,500,000 $500,000 $1,500,000 $2,500,000 $3,500,000 $4,500,000 $0 $1,000,000 $2,000,000 $3,000,000 $4,000,000 $5,000,000 GOAL enewCollegeofAppliedStudiesatFSUPanamaCitywasapprovedby theFSUBoardofTrusteesinJune2010andallowsthecampustomore easilyrespondtoworkforceneedsinourarea.WeinviteyoutosupporteCampaignforOurCommunitysUniversitybyhelpingusbuildan endowmentfortomorrowsjobs.Ourgoalistoestablisha$5million endowmentfortheCollegeofAppliedStudiesby2017,whichwillallow FSUPanamaCitytoestablishstudentscholarships,implementnew degreeprogramsandprovidenewequipmentandtechnology. Tolearnhowyoucansupportourcommunitysuniversity,contactMary BethLovingoodat(850)firstname.lastname@example.org. THECAMPAIGNFOROURCOMMUNITYSUNIVERSITYEndowmentforTomorrowsJobs SUPPORTOUR COMMUNITYS UNIVERSITY Storytellers compete at Port St. Joe ElementaryBy WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com They came together to see who could tell the tallest tale. Fourth-grade students at Port St. Joe Elementary School spent a week working with Panama City storyteller Pat Nease on story structure, public speaking, voice projection and performance. In anticipation of the annual storytelling competition, Nease also had them watch videos of some of the best storytellers around, prepping them to tell the best, most animated and original story possible. Each student perfected their storytelling chops and shared them with their peers before 10 nalists were chosen to perform their stories for classmates, parents and a panel of judges. During the competition, held last week, students were allowed to use an existing story or create and perform an original. Some students regaled the audience with age-old tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Hansel and Gretel while others took advantage of the opportunity to perform something unique. For students to stand before their peers and tell a story, its a wonderful thing, said Nease. Its empowering. After the yarns were spun and judges deliberated, rst place went to Chasity Finch, second place to Eliana Burkett and third place to Halston Fulk. Honorable mentions were awarded to Neshon Gadson, Paloma Burgos-Harris, Donovan Miniat, Ava Ryan, Zoe Gerlach, Emily Lacour, Rylee Rutherford, Kyra Allen and Mimi Larry. While the judges were off comparing scores and determining a winner, Nease involved students in a rap version of The Three Billy Goats Gruff and told a scary story about a cabin in the remote woods of Tennessee, even sharing her secrets on how to best tell a scary story. Nease also congratulated those students who came up with original stories and explained that by using existing tales and putting a modern spin on them, students could easily create something fresh. To Nease, a former educator, stories are an important tool in any teachers toolbox. Storytelling is the most powerful tool that teachers have, said Nease. Stories are easy to remember. Judges for the event included Jim Anderson, Bill McGee, Ron Shaeffer, Belina Beehash and Coastal Community Association president Pat Hardman. The children were fabulous, said Hardman. They did a marvelous job of writing stories. Its an incredible learning experience for them. The winners of the competition received a treasure chest full of gold coins and Finch will tell her story at the next Lions Club meeting and then again at the annual Shells and Tales event on Feb. 28 and March 3 at Gulf Coast State College Gulf/Franklin Center The storytelling event was sponsored by the CCA and Port St. Joe Lions Club, and organized by CCA treasurer Brooks Jones. I always encourage parents to talk to their children, said Nease. Tell your stories now, because when youre gone, your stories are gone with you.Yarn spinningStorytelling winner Chasity Finch regaled the audience with an original tale. Storytelling winners Halston Fulk, Eliana Burkett and Chastity Finch. Finch will repeat her winning performance for the Lions Club and at the Shells and Tales event. Students were to tell a compelling story and ensure that they were animated and fun to watch. WES LOCHER | The StarPanama City storyteller and event MC Pat Nease used student volunteers to tell a rap version of the classic tale, The Three Billy Goats Gruff. DOH to hold open house Special to The Star The Florida Department of Health along with all of the county health departments statewide will be celebrating 125 Years of public health in the State of Florida on Feb. 20. DOH-Gulf will take part in the celebration by having an open house event, which will include displays of historical information about our county health department and free u shots available to the community while supplies last. The event will last from 3-5 p.m. ET in Port St. Joe and 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. CT in Wewahitchka.
LocalThe Star| A3Thursday, February 13, 2014By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star firstname.lastname@example.org The Parker House insurance battle is nally winding down for the Mexico Beach City Council. After more than two years of back and forth with the insurance company over the Parker House, Councilman Jack Mullen revealed at last weeks preagenda meeting that an offer of $174,000 has been received for the remaining damages. In the two years since the initial insurance payment of more than $660,000 was received, the city spent $140,000 in rent and upkeep on the burnt out building, leaving just $485,000 to build a new city hall. If the council decides to accept the offer, it will have $659,000 to put toward construction. As soon as a vote is reached, the council will let Cathey Construction know how and when to proceed with the new city hall. Plans for the new building have already been nalized and the construction will take place on a different site of the Parker property. Thats where we stand, Mullen said. We can accept their offer and then no more dealing with the insurance company. The council held an executive session on Wednesday, to negotiate a nal number with Cathey Construction on building costs. That session delayed any voting from taking place at the monthly regular meeting held on Tuesday. The Parker House caught re just days after being purchased by the city in 2011 for use as a new city hall. After the initial payment for re damages, the council pushed for additional compensation when a foundation analysis and soil borings completed by Cathey Construction deemed the slab of the house unusable for rebuilding. Unconvinced, the insurance company sent an engineer of its own out for analysis and delivered a conicting opinion. The city decided to get a third party opinion and hired Nova Engineering and Environmental from Panama City to conduct an additional structural analysis. Novas analysis came back in November and recommended that the Parker House foundation not be reused. The report suggested that the existing foundation be removed and anything built on the site would need deep foundation pilings. Mullen pointed out that Novas report prominently said, Do not build on it, with the words both bolded and underlined. As negotiations dragged on through last year, citizens regularly called for the council to make a decision and for progress to continue on the new city hall. In his short time on the council, Gary Woodham has also been a proponent of moving forward on the project regardless of the insurance claim outcome. During the councils regular meeting on Tuesday, Councilman Bobby Pollock, responded to Candice Burgess call for decency, civility and respect in government at Januarys meeting. Pollock directly addressed Burgess statement and those citizens who stood in support, saying that he was all for fairness and working together, but resented members of the council being referred to as liars, dishonest and corrupt over the past two years. I would love to work with the people, said Pollock. But sweep under your own doorsteps before you come into mine. WHATYOUMAYNOTKNOW is33%ofretireesexperiencealower standardoflivingthanwhiletheywereworking*.Theresnoneedto panic,sincewereheretohelpputyourmindatease.AtCapitalCity BancInvestments,wecanhelpanalyzeyourcurrentnancialplan, setareasonableamounttosavetowardandmakeadjustmentsif yourincomeneedsaremorethanyoursavings. 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BenWelter, FinancialAdvisor RegisteredRepresentative,INVESTFinancialCorp. 850.402.7849 PUBLICNOTICEAPublicHearingwillbeheldatthePlanning andDevelopmentReviewBoard(PDRB)on February17,2014at8:45a.m.EST,andat theBoardofCountyCommissioners(BOCC) meetingonTuesday,February25,2014at 9:00a.m.EST.Bothpublichearingswill beheldintheBOCCMeetingRoomatthe RobertM.MooreAdministrationBuilding, 1000CecilG.CostinSr.Blvd.,PortSt.Joe, Florida.Thepublichearings willbetodiscussandacton thefollowing: 1.LDRViolations-Jimmy Cannon-ParcelID#04098035R-LocatedinSt.Joe Beach,436SelmaSt. -Buildingsetbackandlanduse. 2.CountyDevelopmentRegulationsand Policies 3.Staff,PublicandOpenDiscussion Thepublicisencouragedtoattendand beheardonthesematters.Information priortothemeetingcanbeviewedatthe PlanningDepartmentat 1000CecilG.CostinSr.Blvd.,Room311. Star Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Marina will host a Clean Marina Ceremony at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 8. The ceremony will be followed by the marinas Customer Appreciation Gathering on the lawn with Mr. Benny Roberts the Grill Chef. To RSVP call 2279393 or email clara@ psjmarina.com by Feb. 28.PSJ Marina to host Clean Marina Ceremony Mexico Beach Council receives settlement offer on Parker House Star Staff ReportGulf Coast State College and the Florida Small Business Development Center are sponsoring a small business workshop, Listening to Your Business. The workshop from 4:308 p.m. ET Tuesday at Gulf Coast State Colleges Gulf/ Franklin Center at 3800 Garrison Ave. in Port St. Joe. This is hands-on, facilitated workshop designed to provide business owners and managers with the critical tools and action steps they need to maximize the growth and protability of their business. Business owners and managers who desire to gain better control of their businesses while positioning themselves to take maximum advantage of future opportunities are encouraged to attend this workshop. Goals of the workshop include: Setting a three-year vision: a series of activities through which you will discover where your business is today and where you want it to be in three years; Taking a snapshot of your business: a process to determine what stage of development your business is in today (concept, start-up, growth, maturity, innovation or decline) and what stage you want to be in three years; Evaluating where you are in the planning process: assess what plans are or are not in place (feasibility plans, business plan, strategic plan, operational plan) and how they can be adjusted to maximize your companys success; Translating goals into action steps: nail down the actions and resources that your company needs to reach its three-year goals. The cost of the workshop is $75, which includes a meal. A limited number of scholarships are available. Register or inquire at www.gulfcoast.edu/small business/FastTracLTYP or 747-3204.Small business workshop set for Tuesday
OPINION www.starfl.com ASectionRecently a friend of mine was talking about how proud she was of her son for working and earning the money to buy his rst car. This is a big deal for a 16 or 17 year-old and I would have to agree that it is very commendable. Having cut grass, cleaned toilets and sweated many a summer day to pay for the gas in my 150 dollar 1968 Mercury Cougar with ies sticking to the hood because it was painted outside I understand. If a teenager does this, they are going a long way to understanding how things work. However, it was the background of the picture of the young man and his earned car that caught my eye. This friend of mine is a little conniving in my opinion. After studying the picture for a few minutes, I realized what she was doing. She was bragging on her husband. You see the picture was made in their garage, or possibly the garage of an unoccupied house. It was spotless. Whose garage is spotless? It was so clean you could eat off of the oor. Why do I say it was conniving? Think about it Other wives will see that picture of the ne looking young man, his car he worked hard to buy, and then they will ask, Why doesnt our garage look like that? They will. I know they will. You know they will. If youre an honest wife youd admit it. So I had to ask her, Why stop at the garage? Why not go ahead and stage a few more pictures? Perhaps, she could have pulled the car into the kitchen, propped her son against it and had her husband in the background doing the dishes better yet, he could have been unloading the dishwasher with the trash under one arm while replacing the trash can liner with one of his feet. Again, her one little picture of this proud moment was serving to beat up husbands everywhere and cause them all sorts of pain, punishment and scolding. After they took a few pictures in the kitchen, they could have moved into the den. Again, we would see the same car, the same ne young man who had paid for his rst car working hard in the summer and in the background there would be a pristine den with no shoes on the oor and no dog on the sofa. Her husband would be sitting goo-goo-eyed with one of those Batman speech bubbles coming out of his mouth. It wouldnt say Bang or Pow, it would say, Would you rather watch Sleepless in Seattle, Youve Got Mail or What Women Want? Quite possibly, her husband would be rubbing her feet or handing her a bowl of ice cream maybe even feeding it to her. The Bangs and Pows would be used by women whose husbands have garages that look like something from one of those television shows about people who never get rid of anything. One more stop in the bedroom Thats right, just move the car into the bedroom and tell the commendable young fellow to strike a pose. In the background, lets make sure to have the husbands closet doors wide open with every shirt, jacket and pair of pants neatly hung with some sort of color coding and organizational scheme that would make any wife proud. Put a bouquet of owers in one of the hubbys hands and have the other arm around his wife my friend. I could think of a lot of things to put in that speech bubble coming out of his mouth, but why not something simple and signi cant like, Sweetheart, do you realize that 24 years, 232 days, 3 hours, 27 minutes and 56 seconds ago we shared our rst piece of pecan pie together? In this picture, my friend (the one with the perfect husband) could have a sheepish grin on her face and have one of those thought bubbles coming out of the top of her head that said, Do I know how to pickem or what? All I have to say is Thanks a lot! Thanks for emphasizing the fact that many of my friends and I cant nd the oor in our garage, let alone a Phillips head screwdriver. My daughters enjoy watching a show on The Learning Channel, Say Yes to the Dress. If you havent seen it, this team of bridal gurus guides women and their families through the process of selecting a dress for their wedding. They sit around and talk about how beautiful certain dresses are and how they are cut and if they show too much or not enough. It is entertaining to me (for about ve minutes). Having two daughters and hearing them talk about how much these dresses cost makes me want to go sit on a stack of old paint cans in my garage and cry. Honestly, there ought to be a show about folks like me and my fellow husbands who cant remember their own birthday, whose closets are a disaster area and have no idea whats in that corner of the garage. Well just call it, Say Yes to the Mess. Read more stories at www.CranksMyTractor. com.Say Yes to theBlowing in the WindI didnt watch the Super Bowl. It has gotten to be more show than football. That is not an indictment for modern times nor is it a vote for old people in a kinder, gentler setting. Its just an unadulterated fact. And to watch a sporting contest just to see the commercials seems backwards to me. The noteworthy thing for me and this years Super Bowl was the Roman numerals behind it. You talk about sobering! I remember the rst Super Bowl like it was yesterday. Republicans and Democrats were still talking to each other. The Beatles hadnt met Sgt. Pepper. Folks were beginning to realize that Vietnam wasnt going away. Jimmy Hoffa was on trial for attempting to bribe a jury. And you could buy a hamburger, fries and a drink at most any drive-in for less than a buck. I was ghting some battles of my own in January of 1967. College was hard. The cold, windswept Cumberland Plateau didnt help. Professors who thought you should show up knowing everything on the rst day AND then improve each week thereafter were hard to bear. Advanced mathematics and quantitative sciences didnt even speak English. Nor, of course, did the Latin class. The established National Football League had merged with the upstart (but very rich) American Football League. This rst championship game was certainly uncharted waters; much like my life. I was young and also feeling my way along. College was supposed to help, wasnt it? I was working on my open mind and inner feelings when the food riot broke out at Gailor Hall. The dining room looked like something out of Beowulf with its mammoth size, stone walls and high glass windows. I was eating my English peas and minding my own business when the roast beef begin to y. Rolls were bouncing off the chandeliers. Tables were turned up on end for shields as butter sticks, Brussels sprouts, fudge brownies and globs of mashed potatoes lled the air. College boys blowing off steam was the main defense in the aftermath. I was thinking nothing in life could prepare you for this! Most everybody involved just saw the humor of it ... I pondered deep into the night on perceptional connotations versus behavioral modi cation. And I remembered how often Dad had said, Get that college education, son, nobody can take it away from you! I was learning not everything in the world is always what it seems to be. Of course, it wasnt called Super Bowl from the beginning. It was the AFL-NFL World Championship Game. That sounds highfalutin enough to me. But since not too many foreign nations were playing football as we know it, the claim was pretty much justi ed. But it could go a long way in helping us to understand why we are not the most liked country around the world. We discussed international relations over a Coke at the student center. We argued the merits of Vietnam in the locker room after practice. I saw several campus protests up close and personal. I never took part. It seemed too radical. Of course, I also agreed that ghting a war ten thousand miles from the house didnt make much sense. Some were devout believers in President Johnsons Great Society. Some thought it was political bunk. Some stilled liked Elvis over The Rolling Stones. Others were gung ho on Jimi Hendrix or The Mamas and The Papas. We debated long into the night the philosophy set forth in the songs of Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Peter, Paul and Mary. I couldnt hardly get Loretta Lynn in there edgeways! The sixties could be a confusing time to be base lining your standards. I pulled for the Green Bay Packers in that rst ever nal playoff game. They were the established team with guys like Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowler and Max MaGee. The upstart Kansas City Chiefs were a little too brash for me. Maybe they had to be to defend their place in this championship setting. Maybe they were trying to convince themselves. Maybe my conservative side was winning out. I watched the game on a small, black and white TV over at the SAE fraternity house. I was worried when Green Bay fell behind at halftime and cheered openly as they roared back in the second half to win easily. We had no sense of history here. We werent thinking precedent. I dont remember one single commercial! It was just another game and a few minutes away from the tedious task of picking ones way through the college collage. Super Bowl XLVIII ... thats a lot of Latin lettering no matter how you add it up! And a lot of rst downs, screen passes and sideline interviews under the bridge. The game has certainly come a long way from its humble and sometimes shaky beginnings. It has stilled some critics and rewarded its proponents as the years have rolled along. It found, and then solidi ed, its place in this old world. I hope and pray the same can be said about so many of those young college students that twisted and bounced through those turbulent Sixties with me. Respectfully,Kes By LOREN SIPRELLSpecial to The Star I sat down to write a piece on my struggles to quit smoking but Sundays tragic news of the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has been weighing on my mind, it seems like a natural segue from last weeks article. Unfortunately this sort of thing has become old hat for the American populous; breaking news about the death of a famed actor/ musician at the hands of a drug notorious for taking the life of its victims, sometimes abruptly other times slow and methodical. I wont pretend to know Hoffmans struggles with addiction; he was one of those rare actors who didnt crave the lens of the paparazzi so his private life was just that private. In fact, I hadnt even known that he had an issue with drugs so it was quite shocking to me. Most unexpected deaths have little effect on me for example, a car crash, a sudden heart attack etc but when I hear the passing of someone through overdose it has a tendency to tug at my heart strings a little more, I suppose that is because I can relate. There is an old saying, one often used in Alcoholics Anonymous, There, but for the grace of God, go I; lets set aside how incredibly elitist that clich is, as if God just decided to strip away grace from Hoffman and shower me with it instead, when looking at it super cially I can see its merits thank God Im not a junkie any longer so that Im not found on the bathroom oor with a needle stuck in my arm. However, the reality of addiction isnt that simple because like Hoffman, I too could have 23 years sober and have it all taken away in one single moment. That is the reality I live with daily. The biggest misconception those that have never struggled with drug addiction have about us addicts is we are just like them; we share the same exact brain chemistry as the person who is able to sip a single highball at the end of the night. The fact is, addiction is a mental illness that needs to be properly addressed in our society; do we demonize the individual riddled with anxiety to the point they cant leave the house? Do we blame them for their own shortcomings? There were so many times in my struggle with addiction that I wished it were as simple as nonaddicts made it out to be, that I could simply quit but those of you on a diet, ask yourselves how easy it is to put that chocolate down and times that by 100. If Toronto Mayor Rob Ford had schizophrenia would the media crack as many jokes? Think about how funny it would be to watch a manic depressive slowly commit suicide on national television, does that sound like it should be fonder for a reality show? Of course not, because we accept those as legitimate mental illnesses that require real, genuine medical care, so why I cant we see addiction in that light? When I see tabloid trash that mocks Lindsay Lohan, Justin Bieber or any other young star in Hollywood I have an extremely dif cult time jumping on that bandwagon. As fun, and easy, as it would be to crack jokes I cant help but feel empathetic because what I see isnt a laughing matter. What I see is a nave, impressionable child that is in a perfect storm of self-destruction. There isnt a single doubt in my mind that if I had been given the means afforded to Lohan and Bieber, money, an entourage ready to answer my every whim you would be reading my obit in the New York Times at 23. Luckily I was forced to be an addict below the poverty line; there, but for the grace of God, go I. As I mentioned previously I have been lucky enough to have two years of sobriety but that, by no means, means I am cured. I am of the belief that addicts never really escape, like a cancer it can resurface at any time without proper care and awareness. I am far from being in full remission, I put on a good face, I carry myself well but the beast still lingers and I know this; I can feel it stir around when I see any pill or bottle of cough syrup, granted it is nowhere near as strong as it used to be but Id be remised if I claimed it had left the building entirely. My views on addiction, like most of my ideas, have constantly evolved since nding sobriety. I believe Ive followed the path that most addicts follow. I went from being completely broken down, to feeling worth less than worthless (To quote Chance the Rapper) to sky rocketing to the other side and being drunk on ego; thinking I was all powerful and unshakeable but as my recent relapse into nicotine addiction proves I am one Oxy, or shot of Jager, away from being found dead on a bathroom oor. The moral of the story is simple; watching someone spiral out of control is not a punch-line on the Daily Show, nor is it the moral failings of an individual. It is pain, it is sadness, it is loneliness, and it is complete loss of self-control. I think its, pardon the pun, high time we rewrite the narrative of addiction before prison and shame ush us all away. Compassion and understanding can take us a long way America. Loren Siprell is a resident of Port St. Joe.On the subject of Philip Seymour Hoffman CRANKS MY TRACTORBN Heard HUNKER DOWNKesley ColbertPage 4 Thursday, February 13, 2014 USPS 518-880Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Roger Quinn Editor: Tim Croft POSTMASTER: Send address change to: The Star P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457-0308 Phone 850-227-1278 PERIODICAL RATE POSTAGE PAID AT PORT ST. 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combined relocation of all structures. The city bid the job out in two phases after being unsatised with the rst rounds of bids. The new round of bidders were familiar from the previous round, though Mayor Mel Magidson did not express a similar reluctance to awarding the bids because of concerns about expertise in moving the structures. What the bids do not include is a method for addressing a signicant hurdle. The bid does not include dropping the power lines, Magidson said. The lines will have to come down either way. That punctuated a drawn out discussion between Magidson and Commissioner Bo Patterson concerning whether or not the power lines would indeed have to come down for the lighthouse and how that might impact cost. Pat Hardman, owner of Gulf 2 Bay Construction and president of the Coastal Community Association, which has lobbied to move the lighthouse to Salinas Park, said her research indicates the lighthouse to be too tall to move under power lines, even if placed on its side on the back of a large hauler. In addition to the power lines, Duke Energy has indicated the cost of lowering power lines to be in six gures, the bids seemed to eliminate the possibility of relocating any of the structures via barge. All the bids hinge on relocation over land. Commissioners took no formal action last week, but the clock is ticking along several lines, as noted by several speakers seeking to lobby the city to work with the county on relocation to Salinas Park. The federal government has already granted two extensions of the time the city has to move the structures. The city was awarded the lighthouse more than a year ago and the original timeline mandated the structures relocation by last June. That deadline has been extended at least twice. In addition, the largest chunk of the funds for relocation, a state appropriation of $325,000, could potentially be lost if not spent by the end of the scal year in June. Hardman contended the city was facing total costs of at least $750,000 and wondered about any return on investment the city might realize, let alone where the city would secure total funding for the project. By her estimates, given annual upkeep, maintenance and insurance, the city would only break-even after the rst 8,000 visitors per year, paying $5 per. She noted the lighthouse has never had more than 7,500 documented visitors in a given year. And, she wondered, what would be the extent of the tourist attraction if the lighthouse was moved from its centuries-old location, altering the historical context. The relocation becomes a nancial issue on what can be made on it, Hardman said, adding it could be 20 years before the city realizes its costs to relocate. Look at the nancial side and consider the history no one thinks you are going to have vast numbers of people coming when you move it into the city. This is no longer about saving the lighthouse. She added ongoing roadwork on State 30A would be a major hurdle into 2015, and regardless of its ultimate destination, bringing the 6075 ton lighthouse down could leave it unusable. To bring the lighthouse down is dangerous, Hardman said. When it comes down it may not be xable. Its a little bit of a Catch-22, because it has to be moved. Betty McNeill, who has from the outset bemoaned any proposal to move the lighthouse off Cape San Blas, said the city should remember the history and collaborate with the county on moving the lighthouse to Salinas Park. Some things you cant put a price tag on, and one is the historical signicance of the lighthouse, McNeill said. The city and county should cooperate to preserve the lighthouse and the complex. If we are at odds with each other it will be more complicated. I think it would denitely hurt early voting, Patterson said. It is now in a central location that a lot of people can get to easily. McLemore noted that with voting much easier these days, with absentee ballots and the ability to update registration information by phone, many voters need have little or no contact with the main elections ofce. Commissioner Joanna Bryan suggested that the public be afforded the opportunity to speak on the issue. She said commissioners should put the item on a future agenda to allow the public to weigh in. I do think it is a serious issue and there are pluses on both sides, Bryan said. Commissioners told Harrison they would continue to look at the situation.INDUSTRi I AL PARK LEASELess than a year after entering a lease with local company Tifco for the Dalkeith Industrial Park, commissioners voted to allow Tifco to get out of the multi-year lease. Tifco president Tony Muina informed the BOCC by letter that the business plan under which the company leased the Industrial Park which included expansion throughout the Southeast and the hiring of at least 15 new employees had not blossomed as hoped. The company was now abandoning those plans and scaling back to a strictly local company and would return to its original Wewahitchka facility, which the company had been unable to lease. Commissioners were in agreement to let the company out of the lease, but Bryan noted that when the lease was rst proposed, there was a signicant rush and commissioners had to conduct a special meeting to clarify intentions. The county had staff at the Industrial Park and had invested some funds in rehabbing it, but also noted that the lease payments were reduced in contemplation that Tifco would also invest in upgrades to the building. In his letter, Muina detailed some $11,000 in improvements and asked that those dollars be accounted for when the county was seeking some $8,000 in back payments owed the county. The federal EDA also had to sign off on the lease arrangement. These are public dollars, Bryan said in urging some caution from commissioners in reconciling the debt. There are thousands of people in this county who are struggling and these are their tax dollars. After considerable discussion, commissioners approved letting Tifco out of the lease and staff was directed to inspect the property with county attorney Jeremy Novak to bring back a nal package before the lease is vacated.SS TATE 30A A ROADWORKCommissioners passed a resolution requesting the Florida Department of Transportation restore one of the egress lanes eliminated at the intersection of State 30A and U.S. Highway 98. The lane was removed in the FDOT original plans for the intersection, which is part of extensive ongoing road work on State 30A. 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The education, in part, will be in the form of warnings to tourists found in violation of local ordinances pertaining to leash laws and beach driving, for example. Everything will be logged, Jenkins said. They will start their day (at the Welcome Center) and end it (at the Welcome Center). They will be handing out leashes, plastic cups and visitors guides to assist people. Examining those ambassador logs will provide a foundation for enforcement from the GCSO, which will write tickets to those who have already been warned but remain in violation of county ordinances. The aim is to provide an additional outreach piece to the enforcement of laws pertaining to animals and beach driving. Jenkins said the beach ambassadors will be trained to be hospitality agents for the TDC and its partners and encouraged partners to send front-line staff to ambassador training to help ensure a seamless dissemination of information. I am really excited about this, advisory board member Tony Whiteld said. Board member Geri Anderson agreed, adding the biggest problem we have on the beaches is a consistent presence of county staff and enforcement.BED TAX NUMb B ERS EXp P LODEJenkins rolled out the beach ambassador program during a board meeting that included a report on nal bed tax numbers for December, the most recent month recorded by the Tax Collectors Ofce. The numbers were striking. Bed tax revenue grew 48 percent in December 2013, which came after a month during which November receipts dipped slightly compared to the prior year. October saw revenue increase 39 percent. Board chair David Warriner noted Novembers numbers retreated slightly from what was a high-growth month the prior November, and Decembers increase came on top of an 11 percent increase in December 2012. That is pretty impressive, Warriner said. In addition, Jenkins said Welcome Center (60 percent) and website (217 percent) trafc were up signicantly as the TDC, to date, runs 5.38 percent ahead of revenue from the prior scal year. Jenkins had targeted an aggressive goal of a 20 percent increase this scal year after coming up thisclose to a 15 percent increase in the prior year. We were very busy in December, Jenkins said. There is not a month we are not going to focus on. We are seeing a lot of trafc.BOUTi I QUE CRUi I SES Jenkins reported after meeting in New York with cruise line Travel Dynamics International, a company once in discussions with the Port Authority of Port St. Joe, she had secured a commitment for a port of call in Port St. Joe during an April 2015 eco-excursions cruise. The ships would bring roughly 135 people to the county as part of a cruise that would begin in New Orleans and include stops in Mobile, Ala., and Pensacola en route to eventual docking in Tampa. The passengers would have a choice of day-long activities in Port St. Joe; an outing on St. Joseph Bay; a Dead Lakes excursion; or a boat trip to Apalachicola. Improvements to the so-called low docks near Jetty Park would have to be undertaken and wharf rates would have to be determined, Jenkins said. But the company is committed to stopping in Port St. Joe, and there is opportunity to expand the offerings in Gulf County, Jenkins said. TDCC from page A1 LIGHtTHOUSE from page A1The turtles were rescued during a cold-stun event the week before, when land temperatures dipped below freezing and temperatures dipped in St. Joseph Bay. Turtles, a researcher with Gulf World explained to the crowd, can not self-regulate their temperature. They are cold-blooded, and when the surrounding temperatures bring their bodies below 50 degrees, they essentially enter a stupor. They are unable to move and eat and will oat to the surface. During the recent cold snap, 142 turtles had been found listless in the bay and taken to Gulf World where they were rehabilitated in warm water with needed food. The goal is to get them back in the water as soon as possible. The warmer temperatures in the Gulf will cocoon them as they make their way back to the bay. We believe they will end up back in the bay, a researcher said. That, University of Florida researchers explained during a Board of County Commissioners last year, is because the population of turtles that call the bay home is somewhat of a unique group unto itself. UF researchers have worked in the bay for years, and they have found, genetically, bay turtles are almost a separate sub-species, and the population tends to roam primarily within the connes of the bay. The uniqueness of a release into the wild waters was certainly on display last week. With Gulf World and its non-prot arm, the Gulf World Marine Institute, which was established after the last major coldstun event four years ago, transmitting the word of the release on social media, the crowds came out early and stayed well into the afternoon. A couple from Atlanta en route to Destin detoured to Gulf County for the release. A woman who had lived in St. Andrews in Bay County for more than a decade but never had the opportunity to see a turtle release, made the 60-minute drive. A couple from the Midwest, making their annual pilgrimage to the area, delayed their departure by a day to observe the release. There was also certainly an economic component to the release. For example, Sunset Coastal Grill did brisk business before the noontime release and picked right back up as folks came back in town from St. Joseph Peninsula, according to one of the restaurants servers. There were people here from Georgia and Alabama, she said. Julia Cunningham, a founder member of the Gulf World Marine Institute, handed out dozens of yers to those interested in donating to the non-prot. With a healthy sprinkling of locals, the crowds started gathering more than an hour before the scheduled time for the release, and by the time Gulf World vans and staff pulled up, there were estimated to be more than 200 people on hand. They gathered along long lines of tape and oohed and aahhed with excitement as each turtle was carried from its container to the water, volunteers taking the time to walk closely along the tape lines to give everybody a good look and photo opportunity. The release also represented an educational opportunity. Jennifer Jenkins, executive director of the Tourist Development Council, brought her elementaryschool-aged daughter to the beach. I am a real believer in real-life experience, Jenkins said. What a lesson she is learning. tTURt TLES from page A1 TiTI M CC ROFT | The StarAs volunteers walked the green sea turtles to the water they passed slowly in front of folks seeking a closer look and a photo.
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Good reports from the ICW canal near the T are showing strong numbers of fish. This weeks weather looks like a wet one, so the new freshwater in our area might slow the action down a little.Page 6 Thursday, February 13, 2014By TOM BAIRDSpecial to The Star While bay waters are crystal clear right now, snorkeling is probably not on your to do list. However, warmer days and warmer water are coming. When scallop season arrives, youll be back in the water and see many things in the bay waters besides scallops. A regular sight for snorkelers is the spider crab. They are hard to miss as they slowly lumber over the seagrasses or sandy bottoms of the bay. The species of spider crab we have in St. Joseph Bay is the Portly Spider Crab (Libinia emarginata), and they are easily seen if you snorkel over the grass ats at Eagle Harbor. Spider crabs are in many ways opposite to the familiar and tasty Blue Crabs (Callinectes sapidus). While blue crabs are beautiful with their stream-lined body, red-tipped claws and blue carapace; spider crabs are dull tan and rather ugly. Blue crabs can swim and will dart away when you get too close. Spider crabs cant swim, are slow, and are easy to pick up. The meat of the blue crab is delicious, and they are the target of both commercial and recreational collectors. Spider crabs have little muscle but are edible. Nevertheless, few people bother. Blue crabs can deliver a painful pinch if not correctly handled. Their sharp claws can even puncture a nger nail. Spider crabs, on the other hand, have small, weak pinching claws and are easy to handle and inspect. Blue crabs scuttle sideways, as do most crabs. Spider crabs walk in a forward motion. Then again, spider crabs have some very interesting adaptations. First, they are a scavenger, which means they can survive on a wide range of organic material. They will, however, also eat star sh and small shell sh, like mussels, and will prey on anemones. They are masters of camou age. They will often tear apart sponges and place the pieces on their backs as camou age. The back of their carapace is often covered by living bryozoans, hydroids, algae and sponges, enabling them to blend with their surroundings. They have sensitive tasting and sensing organs located on the tips of their walking legs which allow them to identify food in the water or on the substrate as they walk. Despite the name, portly spider crabs do not have eight legs, but are a true Decapod with ten legs. They are somewhat spider-like in appearance however, and when the legs are outstretched can reach a spread of up to a foot. The central body reaches a maximum of four inches front to back. The result is a relatively small body with long legs. The Portly Spider Crabs range is from Nova Scotia to the western Gulf of Mexico, and to depths of 150 feet. They have few defenses other than their camou age, however when attacked or threatened they will wave their pincers over their heads as a warning gesture. The males grow slightly larger than the females, and aggressively protect the females when they are carrying eggs. Spider crabs are found throughout the world. The Japanese Spider Crab (Macrocheira kaempferi) is in fact the largest crab in existence with leg spans of 13 feet. That would be an impressive crab to encounter. While divers in the Florida Keys occasionally collect portly spider crabs to eat, the European Spider Crab (Maja squinado) is the spider crab most likely to be found on a menu. The European spider crab is harvested and eaten on the coasts of France and the Isle of Jersey off the French coast, as well as to a lesser degree in Spain and the British Isles. There are commercial sheries in several European countries for this large spider crab. A quick internet search will turn up recipes for the preparation of the European spider crab. While many marine organisms are sensitive to pollution or changes in the environment, the portly spider crab is relatively tolerant of pollution and can live in low oxygen environments. Their larvae however are, like most arthropods, susceptible to pesticides washed into the bay. Although few will bother to collect and eat our little portly spider crab, they are a key component of the ecology of St. Joseph Bay and fun to watch as they trudge along the bay bottom. Tom Baird has been a sheries biologist, high school and community college teacher (oceanography and microbiology), 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 Department of Education and he and his wife divide their time between Tallahassee and Cape San Blas.By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com Once the reefs are down the research begins. The Mexico Beach Arti cial Reef Association has scheduled a minimum of 40 reef surveys for 2014 during which divers will investigate reefs MBARA president Bob Cox and other volunteers will dive each structure and capture photographs and video of each reefs unique activity. Volunteers will also check the durability of the limestone structures, look for signs of movement and assess any damage. The surveys help us gure out which direction to go with future reef designs, said Cox. We make it a point to survey each reef once every ve years. It helps us ensure that the reefs are where we say they are. The dives are as much about the sh as they are the structure. Cox and his crew take note of the many types of sh that inhabit each reef, providing the counts to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF). Additionally, divers document marine life growing on the reefs and often consult video to catch sh that may have escaped the naked eye. FWC provides updated information on all reefs online and the information is regularly used by sherman, schools and biologists. In 2013 the MBARA was able to visit 66 reefs and the 2014 surveys will kick off as soon as the water has warmed up. Cox said that these dives also allow him to monitor the spread of lion sh in the Gulf waters. We analyze stomach contents to determine what native species are most vulnerable to the invasive lion sh in our local waters, said Cox. There werent any lion sh here a few years ago, but their numbers are growing. These days, its rare not to nd lion sh in water deeper than 60 feet. Theres much speculation on how the lion sh, predators which overwhelm and kill many types of sh, made it into the waters in the rst place. Cox believes that somewhere along the line they were released from an aquarium and successfully invaded, starting with the Atlantic all the way to the Caribbean. If left unchecked, the lion sh will decimate a marine ecosystem. The Gulf waters are very rich in marine life, said Cox. We have a greater abundance than the Caribbean.MBARA to begin 2014 survey divesSPECIAL TO THE STARMBARA volunteers will dive 40 reefs in 2014 to survey activity within the ecosystem. Spider crab a regular sight for snorkelersSPECIAL TO THE STARA portly spider crab A blue crab SPECIAL TO THE STARThe Japanese spider crab is the largest crab in existence.
PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SPORTS www.starfl.com ASection By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The one player on the oor with playoff experience was the difference Tuesday night inside The Dome. Junior point guard Amanda Paschal scored 32 points, dished out 11 assists and added six rebounds and four steals in leading Chipley to a 66-41 victory over Port St. Joe in a Region 11A quarter nal. Chipley, 21-5, advances to meet the winner of Holmes County-South Walton later this week. The Lady Tiger Sharks season ends at 16-12. Paschal was the point guard on the Chipley team that reached the state title game last year, but the Lady Tigers graduated eight seniors from that squad. Paschal, surrounded by one junior and three sophomores in the starting lineup, with just three seniors on the roster, has carried a heavier burden this season. Last year she had a great supporting cast and this year she doesnt, said Chipley coach Kim Tuel. She had to step up and lead the way. Shes a fantastic ballplayer and as long as she is going like that we will be tough to beat. Paschal was in the middle of two critical swings in the game. The rst period was played with a frenetically choppy style, the teams combining for 15 turnovers Port St. Joe would turn the ball over 22 times in the game and as many missed shots. In an omen of things to come, the Lady Tiger Sharks in particular had issues, missing a slew of easy chances, including seven shots in the lane in the rst 7 minutes. We usually make those shots, said Port St. Joe coach Kenny Parker. We were a bit tight in the beginning. Early in the second quarter Paschal paced an 8-0 run that pushed the Chipley lead to 26-15, scoring twice inside and assisting on the other two buckets in the run. The Lady Tiger Sharks pulled off an 8-0 run in response, but Chipley scored the nal ve points of the half and were up 31-23 at intermission. Paschal ignited a 9-0 run in the opening minutes of the third quarter, scoring the last ve points, including a three-point play, and the Lady Tigers were up 40-25. Port St. Joe clawed back and had a chance to close the gap to 10-points with 3:41 left, but could not convert and Chipley streaked to six-straight points minutes later and closed the quarter up 50-33. We played like middleschoolers tonight, Parker said of his team which is actually of middle school age. The Lady Tiger Sharks have no seniors or juniors and three sophomores and start two eighth-graders. I told them rebounding and defense win in the playoffs and we didnt do either very well tonight. But we are likely to be right back here next year and the year after. We are both young teams. Chipley completely confounded a agging Port St. Joe team in the nal period, scoring the rst eight points of the quarter while sti ing Port St. Joe with changing defenses. The Lady Tiger Sharks did themselves no favors, unable to convert inside against the Chipley man defense when they saw it and unable to hit outside against a 2-3 zone. We worked all week on switching, from man to a 23 to a 1-2-2 zone, Tuel said. We wanted to be ready for whatever they threw at us. Chipley 16-15-19-19 66 PSJ 11-12-10-8 41 Chipley Lawson 4, Paschal 32, Massaline 8, Lee 2, Works 5, Williams 10, Potter 4. Port St. Joe Hutchinson 12, Patterson 2, Fleshner 9, A. Johnson 3, Quinn 11, Jasinski 4.Paschal leads Chipley past Port St. Joe Thursday, February 13, 2014 Page 7By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys basketball team is traveling on familiar ground. After a three-year drought the Tiger Sharks (15-13) are back the Region 1 playoffs after a runner-up nish in the District 4-1A tournament last week. The third-seeded Tiger Sharks routed Liberty County in the quarter nals and upset second-seeded South Walton in the seminals before losing to topranked West Gadsden in the title game. For the rst time in three years we are in the playoffs and Id rather be in than not, said PSJ coach Derek Kurnitsky. There are a lot of people when we were 7-9 before Christmas who probably didnt think wed be here. The kids have done a great job. They have preserved and worked hard. I am proud of them. The Tiger Sharks will travel to Chipley 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday in a Region 1-1A quarter nal. They are a high-ranked team, but hey, this is why they play the games, Kurnitsky said. The game that clinched a playoff berth was the semi nal defeat of South Walton. The Seahawks beat Port St. Joe twice during the regular season and in order to shake things up a bit in the third meeting, the Tiger Sharks opened in a 2-3 zone. They beat us twice by double digits, Kurnitsky said. I wanted to do something outside the box and I never play zone. We came out in a zone and never came out of it. It confused them, missed shots and missed passes. Port St. Joe jumped up 17-5 early and after South Walton closed to 27-19, the Seahawks drew no closer. The Tiger Sharks pushed the lead by hitting 15 of 21 free throws in the nal period. We sealed it at the line, Kurnitsky said. We played our all-around best game of the season, offense, defense, on the boards. The Tiger Sharks were led by T. J. Williams who had 34 points. Marquez Johnson added 12, Jarkeice Davis eight, Natron Lee and Marcel Johnson each had four points. Port St. Joe advanced to play West Gadsden and, Kurnitsky said, hung tough for one half before losing gas in the second and falling 58-37. We just ran out of gas in the second half, Kurnitsky said. They had one of those nights and we didnt. Sergio Clemons had eight points to lead Port St. Joe, with Lee adding seven and Marquez Johnson ve points. Davis, Marcel Johnson and Kyran Batson each scored four points, Williams was held to three and Caleb Odom scored two points. The rout of Liberty County in the opening round allowed Kurnitsky to empty his bench with 11 players scoring, led by 13 from Williams and 12 from Marquez Johnson. Clemons, Batson and Chad Quinn all had scored six points.Star Staff ReportThe Lady Gator softball team from Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School opened its season the rst of the month with a Preseason Classic in Tallahassee. The Lady Gators outscored Tallahassee Godby and Rickards High Schools 21-12 to take both games. Wewahitchka had 12 hits combined while Brianna Bailey and Ashleigh Price traded pitching duties. Bailey, just an eighthgrader, tossed a combined seven innings, facing 24 batters and allowing no hits while striking out nine. Price, a sophomore, pitched a total of three innings, facing nine batters and striking out four while allowing no hits.Star Staff ReportAfter being rained out last Thursday, the Port St. Joe Junior High baseball team was back in action Monday hosting Hosford. The A squad won 11-1 and the B squad lost 3-2. For the A squad, Cameron Harmon was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Josh Butts and Bryce Thomas were each 2 for 3, Butts also scoring twice. Caleb Butts and Elijah Hester each had a single and scored a run and Jaden Grantland and Jacob Kennedy each had singles and scored twice. Josh Butts pitched three innings allowing one run and striking out ve. Grantland pitched two shutout innings striking out four. The Tiger Sharks are home against Blountstown today and host Wakulla on Saturday. Lady Gators open season in TallahasseePSJ junior high baseball splits a pair STEVE WHEALTON | Special to The StarPort St. Joe sealed a district semi nal win over South Walton, and a spot in the Region 1-1A playoffs, by draining 15 of 21 from the foul line in the nal quarter.Tiger Sharks return to playoffs Tuesday
LocalA8 | The Star Thursday, February 13, 2014 By TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star firstname.lastname@example.org Melody Townsend has seen some horror stories. The facility director at the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Townsend is no stranger to the damage humans can inict on animals. But even she was not fully prepared for the arrival of a dog that the staff at the Humane Society shelter would come to call Justice as in seeking justice for this dog and the vile way he departed this world. Justice was picked up by Animal Control Ofcer Roland Jones after he had been alerted by a home health nurse working at a residence in the Five Acre Farms area. The nurse at arrived at the home of a client to nd chained in the front yard a dog. No more than a year old, Townsend guessed. His neck chained tightly to a stake in yard. Starved to death, bones sticking sickeningly from his skin, his eyes tightly shut, his face contorted in obvious agony. According to the information Jones provided, the couple who own the home are older, the wife having recently been hospitalized, the husband currently hospitalized. The dog belonged to the womans son, she told Jones, and the son was in Tallahassee. The dogs care was his responsibility. Townsend said it would be a really long time over which the dog would have starved, a death that would have been particularly agonizing. I dont understand people, Townsend said. When the homeowner came home she either walked by her dead dog in the yard or a starving dog on a chain. I cant even imagine. Jones will pursue charges, Townsend said. Townsend said she sees a case of similar abuse or neglect of a dog every other month, six times a year. Humane Society board president Sandi Christy was on hand when Justice was brought in. We just have to bring attention to this sort of thing, Christy said. This is the kind of thing we need to put a stop to.Gulf County Sheriffs OfceOn Monday, Feb. 3, Deputy George Desrosier served a warrant on Derek Anthony Laurimore (21) in the 1900 block of State Road 22 in Wewahitchka. Laurimore was wanted for Failure to Pay Fines. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Feb. 3, the Gulf County Sheriffs Ofce (GCSO) responded to the 100 block of Ponce De Leon Street, in St. Joe Beach, regarding a case of identity theft. Deputy Jordan Brock took the report. The victim reported that bills had been received from several credit card companies and other unknown retail stores. Approximately $1,200 was reportedly taken from the victims account. The Criminal Investigations Division continues to investigate the case. On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the GCSO transported Anita J. Bernardez (52) from the Bay County Jail to the Gulf County Detention Facility. Bernardez was arrested in Bay County on a Gulf County warrant for Violation of Probation Petit Theft. On Feb. 4, Deputy Ken Starnes was on patrol in the area of County Road 381 when he was agged down by a citizen. Deputy Starnes was informed of a subject standing on the side of the road trying to ag down trafc. Contact was made with the subject who identied himself as Alex C. Caster (35). Caster informed the deputy he had an active warrant for his arrest. Deputy Starnes conrmed the information and arrested Caster for Violation of Parole Resisting an Ofcer with Violence. On Wednesday, Feb. 5, Deputy Brian Smith served a warrant on Timothy R Stein (43) at the Gulf County Detention Facility. Stein was arrested for Violation of Probation Leaving the Scene of an Accident. On Thursday, Feb. 6, Investigator Greg Skipper observed a vehicle run a stop sign. A trafc stop was conducted at 2nd Street and Chipola Avenue in Wewahitchka. The driver, Randy A. Veasey (20) was found to be driving on a suspended license for failure to pay nes. Veasey was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Feb. 6, Deputy Joel Oquendo conducted a trafc stop in the area of East Church Avenue and 4th Street in Wewahithcka for an expired tag. It was determined the driver, Michael F. Avitia (35), was driving on a suspended license and also wanted out of Holmes County for a probation violation. Avitia was arrested and transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with Driving While License Suspended/Revoked. He is held for the Holmes County Sheriffs Ofce. On Friday, Feb. 7, Deputy Joel Oquendo arrested and charged Michael A. Frazier (43) for Driving While License Suspended/Revoked. Frazier was observed driving a vehicle in the area of Stone Mill Creek. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Feb. 7, Sgt. John Murnan took a report of the theft of a tiller from the 200 block of North Diana Street, in Stone Mill Creek. It described as a red and black Troy-Bilt gas tiller and was stolen sometime over the past two weeks. The total loss is estimated at $400. The GCSO continues to look into the case. On Feb. 7, Sgt. Matt Herring and Investigator Greg Skipper conducted a trafc stop in the area of Lake Grove Road and 7th Street in Wewahitchka. The driver, Jesse L. Johnson (34), was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. After obtaining consent to search, investigators found Johnson in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. He was arrested and charged with Possession of Meth and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. On Saturday, Feb. 8, at approximately 2:01 a.m. Sgt. Jerome Williams conducted a trafc stop in the area of Long Avenue and 6th Street in Port St. Joe. The vehicle failed to yield to northbound trafc on State Road 71, as it entered the highway from Williams Avenue, nearly causing a trafc crash with Sgt. Williams. The driver of the vehicle, Arthur T. Addison, III, (37) was determined to be driving on a suspended license. After being placed under arrest, Sgt. Williams searched Addison and found him in possession of a plastic baggie with a white powdery substance in the bottom of it which eld tested positive for cocaine. He was placed in the back of Sgt. Williams patrol vehicle. When Sgt. Williams returned to contact Addison in his back seat, he found a white powdery substance smeared on the seat and on Addisons hands which tested positive for cocaine. Addison was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and charged with Possession of Cocaine and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. On Feb. 8, the GCSO received a report of a burglary in the 500 block of Cox Landing Road in Wewahitchka. Deputy Ken Starnes took the report, which reected an estimated $1,080 in tools was stolen from a shed. The burglary occurred between Jan. 25 and Feb. 7. On Feb. 8, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance. As a result of the investigation, Deputy Ken Starnes arrested Shannon J. Martin (35) for Domestic Battery and transported her to the Gulf County Detention Facility. From Jan. 27 through Feb. 2, the GCSO logged the following department activity: Civil Processes, 48; Trafc Stops, 47; Field Contacts, 13; Information Reports, 10; Sexual Offender/ Predator Re-registrations, 8; Suspicious Person, 8; Warrant Arrests, 8; Reckless Driver, 4; Domestic Disturbance, 3; Trespass, 3; Request for Security Check, 3; Theft, 3; Abandoned Vehicle, 2; Alarm, 2; Animal Attach/Bite, 2; Residential Burglary, 2; Citizens Assist, 2; Death Investigations, 2; Shooting Incident, 2; Suspicious Activity, 2; Suspcious Vehicle, 2; Trafc Accident with Injury, 1; Animal Call, 1; Agency Assist, 1; Verbal Disturbance, 1; Disturbance, 1; Structure Fire, 1; Identity Theft, 1; Trafc Accident, 1; and Welfare Check, 1. Law Enforcement SUMMARYThe sad case of JusticeSPECIa A L TO TT HE STar ARThe paws of Justice, who died a horrible death in the Five Acre Farm area.
Trivia Fun with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country and is a weekly feature in The Star. 1) Supposedly a magic potion to arouse love especially towards a speci c person is known as a what? Valentino, Philter, Jeeper, Clippo 2) Approximately what portion of Valentines Day cards are hand-delivered? Fourth, third, half, two-thirds 3) Nebraska and which other state have a town called Valentine? New York, Idaho, Florida, Texas 4) About what percentage of Valentines Day cards are accompanied by a gift? 45, 55, 65, 75 5) From whose mythology does Cupid use magical arrows of love? Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Arabic 6) About what percentage of U.S. women send themselves owers on Valentines Day? 5, 10, 15, 20 7) Where do you wear your heart if youre quick to show feelings? Hands, Sleeve, Shoulder, Smile 8) Of what college was Esther Howland when she crafted the U.S. rst valentines (cards)? Harvard, Salem, Mount Holyoke, Hofstra 9) Statistically what percent of U.S. men do not make advance Valentines Day plans with their sweethearts? 36, 50, 64, 70 10) How many U.S. presidents were born in a February? 1, 2, 3, 4 11) By sheer numbers who receive the most Valentines Day cards? Children, Teachers, Sweethearts, Mothers 12) In what year was Saint Valentine killed? 270, 365, 810, 1262 13) In the U.S. about how many romantic couples take out marriage licenses each year, but dont use them? 500, 1,500, 9,000, 15,000 14) If your sweetheart suffers from anthophobia, you shouldnt give him/her what? Flowers, Candy, Jewelry, Card ANSWERS 1) Philter. 2) Half. 3) Texas. 4) 65. 5) Roman. 6) 15. 7) Sleeve. 8) Mount Holyoke. 9) 64. 10) 4. 11) Teachers. 12) 270. 13) 9,000. 14) Flowers. Trivia FunWilson CaseyWC@Trivia Guy.com COMMUNITY www.starfl.comThursday, February 13, 2014 BPage 1SectionBy TIM CROFT227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Ricky Mamoran was in search of a companion. Trenton arrived last week to t the bill. Trenton was among the dogs comprising the 31st graduating class of DAWGS in Prison, a program that has over the past four years saved 324 dogs, now living in 17 states, and provided a bit of redemption for 320 inmates at the Gulf Forestry Camp. I would recommend that program to anyone, Mamoran said while talking about Trenton. It was not a long process at all and very user-friendly. Mamoran was not just looking for a dog, but a dog of particular temperament. An U.S. Army veteran, Mamoran, who lives in Panama City, suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in Iraq. He has dealt with the often debilitating effects that include post-traumatic stress disorder and depression in addition to physical symptoms such as the inability to stand up more than 10 minutes. I was seeking a companion dog, Mamoran said. That is a step down from a service dog. I did not want a service dog because I dont think it is fair for the dog to have to work all the time. I want him to be with me at all times, but not have to be working. Once discharged from the military, doctors suggested Mamoran consider a dog and he was referred to the non-pro t organization Pets for Patriots. The rst attempt at adoption progressed to near the point of SPECIAL TO THE STARTrenton, in the hands of his lead trainer, was adopted to become a companion dog to an injured U.S. Army veteran.Wanted: a healing companionDAWGS in Prison graduates number 324 canines, 320 inmatesStar Staff ReportPrepare to eat. Some 30 chefs will compete this Saturday for the title of Gumbo King in the 16th annual Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-Off! The event takes place at Sunset Park beginning at 10 a.m. CT and lasting until all the gumbo and Brunswick stew runs out. Tickets will be available for purchase onsite and will allow guests to sample the competing gumbos and Brunswick stews. Barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs and drinks will be served as alternatives and live music from Konkrete Soul will ll the beach. This event is one of the highlights for Mexico Beach, said Kimberly Shoaf, president of the Mexico Beach Community Development Council. We draw in record-breaking crowds every year. The Gumbo Cook-Off allows families to come spend the day SPECIAL TO THE STARAll proceeds raised will help fund the Best Blast on the Beach reworks display on July 4.Mexico Beach Gumbo Cook-off this weekend See DAWGS B6By WES LOCHER229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Time to paint the town. The third annual Art Walk, hosted by the Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT on Saturday at the Beach Walk shopping area in Mexico Beach. The event will showcase more than 20 artists from Mexico Beach, Port St. Joe and along the Forgotten Coast as they display their talents and sell their wares. Rather than be spread out along U.S. 98 as in years past, the bulk of artists will be stationed near the Fish House Restaurant and spill down the road as far as The Grove gift shop. The event is going to be a little more centrally located this year, said SEA president and owner of the Seagrass Gallery, Dolores Lowery. We felt like if we were all together, people wouldnt have to walk so far. Those showcasing their talents will do so across a myriad of mediums and will feature art from creators who work in encaustic, watercolor and acrylic paints, along with photographers, crafters and jewelers. This will be the second See GUMBO B6 SPECIAL TO THE STARThe third annual art walk will take place at the Beach Walk shopping area in Mexico Beach. Showcasing artists have applied from all over The Forgotten Coast.Third annual Art Walk comes to Mexico BeachBE AMAZEDSee ARTWALK B6
B2 | The Star Thursday, February 13, 2014 LloydischillingattheHumane Societyuntilhendshisforever home.Hegetsalongwithothercats andeventoleratesdogs.Lloydisupto-dateonvaccinations,neutered andreadytogo.Heevenhasafree bagoffoodpackedandreadyto takewithhim.Ifyoucangivethis handsomeguyasafe,foreverhomepleaseletusknow.Ifyouareunabletoadoptatthistime,perhapsyoucouldfosterormakea Donation.AllpetsadoptedfromSJBHSwillbecurrentonvaccinationsand spayed/neutered.Pleasedonothesitatetoemailtownsend.hsdirector@ email@example.comSt.JosephBay HumaneSocietyat850-227-1103andaskforMelodyorDebbie!Online applicationsandpetphotosareavailableatwww.sjbhumanesociety.org Adoptionfeesincludeourcostofspay/neuterandcurrentvaccinations.OurhoursfortheshelterareTuesday-Saturdayfrom10am-4pm!Faith'sThriftHutis alwaysinneedofdonationsalso,andalltheproceedsgodirectlytosupporttheanimals inourcare!ThehoursforthestoreareThursday-Saturdayfrom10am-3pm.Volunteers arealwayswelcomeatbothourstoreandourshelter!Ourstoreandshelterlocationis 1007TenthStreetinPortSt.Joe!Hopetoseeyoualltheresoon!!Ifyouaremissingapetorwanttoadoptanewpet,pleasecheckwithyourlocalHumaneSocietyor Shelter.FollowusonFacebook:St.JosephBayHumaneSocietywww.sjbhumanesociety.org SeeYourBusinessNameandInfoHereforONLY$15perweek $60permonthMarciaKnapke227-7847CallToday Ourlocalrealestateexpertshaveidentiedwhattheyfeelarethebestvaluesaroundandareoering themtoyouinRealEstatePicks!(Inthissection),DiscoverthebestrealestatevaluesinMexicoBeach,Port St.Joe,Apalachicola,CapeSanBlas,St.GeorgeIsland,Carrabelleandsurroundingareas. RealEstatePicks BestValuesontheForgottenCoast SOLD 850-227-8890/850-227-7770 www.coastalrealtyinfo.comThis3BR/2BAcharmingcottageisjustashort walktothebeach.Tileoorsthroughout, largeopendeckoffmainlivingareaaswellas screenedporch.Mastersuiteontopoorwith privatescreenedporchandsundeck.Elevator accesstoalllevels.FEMAinsuranceavailable. SocietySpecial to The StarThe GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc. will be selling pulled-pork sandwich plates 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. CT on Feb. 28. The plates will consist of a pulled-pork sandwich, cole slaw, baked beans and pound cake. The price for each plate is $7. You can pick up your order at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church Fellowship Hall, and we have a limited delivery area available. Call Carolyn Watson at 3401984, Patty Fisher at 832-9436 or Dianne Semmes at 227-6425 to place your order. The money raised at this fundraiser will help nance four scholarships for graduating seniors at Wewahitchka High School. We would appreciate your help with this worthy cause, and you will get a great lunch for only $7. SPECIAL TO TT HE STARPhillip Gaskin, Mayor of the City of Wewahitchka, signed a proclamation declaring Feb. 7, 2014, as Wear Red Day. This proclamation states that businesses in the City of Wewahitchka encourage their employees to wear red. This day has been set aside to bring attention to the public that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Hopefully this awareness will remind all women to see their physicians and get tested for possible heart problems that they may not be aware of. The signing of this proclamation was done in partnership with the GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club, Inc. Pictured are members of the Wewa Womans Club wearing their red; left to right: Patty Fisher, Tunnie Miller, Carolyn Watson, Teresa Lykins and Dianne Semmes. Star Staff ReportThe Area Agency on Aging for North Florida will hold a senior service day 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 19 at Gulf County Senior Citizens at 120 Library Drive in Port St. Joe. Representatives will be on hand to help with Medicare information and counseling, to give information on the Emergency Home Energy Assistance for Elderly Program and the Florida Telecommunication Relay Inc. program that can distribute amplied telephones for the hard of hearing. There will also be representatives from SHINE who can assist with insurance questions. This is free to the public. For more information, call Debbie at 229-8466.SPECIAL TO TT HE STARPictured, from left to right, is Patty Fisher, rst vice president, GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club Inc.; Judy Miick, winner of the Womans Club rafe for a two-night stay at the Port Inn in Port St. Joe; and David Warriner, owner of the Port Inn. We appreciate everyone who supported our endeavors in raising money for scholarships for Wewahitchka High School seniors. A special thanks to Mr. Warriner for his generosity in donating the two-night stay at the Port Inn. WEAR RRED DDAY FEB. 7Special to The StarWe were overwhelmed by the generosity of our community in helping to make the rst annual Vets for Pets German Night a huge success. First of all, we apologize to those who did not get served because we ran out of food. We will have more of everything next year! Thank you VFW Post 10069 and staff for excellent service; to members and friends of American Legion Post 116 for their help in preparing, cooking, serving, cleanup and fun; John Miick for our entertainment; to friends from St. Joseph Bay Humane Society for all that they do; to George Duren and staff of the Piggly Wiggly for providing all fruits and vegetables for our side dishes; to our good friend Charlie, the kielbasa man from Toledo, Ohio for the excellent bratwurst; to Tim Croft of The Star for helping us promote this event; but mostly, we thank all who attended and brought items to donate to our shelter. We hope to see all of you next year! Vets for Pets Committee Star Staff ReportPort St. Joe businessman David Warriner was reappointed and three others appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the District Board of Trustees at Gulf Coast State College. Those appointed were Don Crisp, Elizabeth Kirvin and Steve Millaway. We are very pleased with the new appointments from Governor Scotts ofce, said Dr. Jim Kerley, GCSC president. Our new and returning trustees bring business, community involvement, education and entrepreneurialism into the boards dialogue and thinking all of which is critical in the future direction of this College, including involvement in the deliberation for the next College president. We have been blessed with committed board members who truly care about the students, faculty, staff and the communities we serve. I extend thanks to Denise Butler, Dan Estes and Karen Durden, all dedicated board members who served with distinction for the College. Warriner, 48, is the owner and president of Tapper & Co. He was previously a legislative assistant with the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Warriner received his bachelors degree from the University of Florida. He term ends May 31, 2017. Crisp, 71, of Panama City Beach, succeeds Estes for a term ending May 31, 2017. Kirvin, 42, of Apalachicola, succeeds Denise Butler for a term ending May 31, 2016. Millaway, 57, of Panama City Beach, lls a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending May 31, 2017. The appointments are subject to conrmation by the Florida Senate. GFWC Wewa Womans Club Inc. fundraiserSenior Service Day at Senior CenterPSJs Warriner reappointed to GCSC board TThanks for a successful German food nightSPECIAL TO TT HE STAR Doug Calendine; Judy Miick; Nancy Calendine and Sandi Christy. WINNER OfF PPORT IINN RRAffFFLE
The Star| B3Thursday, February 13, 2014 GreatService-FairPriceQualityInternalMedicineSoftTissue/OrthopedicSurgeryDentistryCleanand SpaciousFacility AlbertByas,DVM JoelRosenbaum,DVM300LongAve PSJ,FL32456 850-229-6009Monday-Friday 8:00AM-5:30PM ANIMALHOSPITALofPortSt.Joe24-HourEmergencyServiceForOurCurrentClients ALLTIMESEASTERNFUNTIME 9454HWY98BEACONHILLATTHE MEXICOBEACHCITYLIMITS8506478310 GREATSELECTIONOFALLYOURFAVORITEBEER,WINE&SPIRITS -INTHECROWSNESTKARAOKE DJ DANCING FRIDAY&SATURDAY9PM THISVALENTINENIGHT TIMEFUN EASTERN TIMES ALL TIMEFUN EASTERN TIMES ALL S SPIRIT& WINE BEERVORITEA FOURY ALL OFTION SELECTGREA WS NEST OTHE CR IN WS NEST OTHE CR IN ALENTINE NIGHT THIS V UPCOMINGEVENTS COMESPENDAROMANTICNIGHT DANCINGTOKATRYNA&KONKRETESOUL ONTHEPOOPDECK OR GETCOZYINTHECROWSNEST ANDSINGYOURSWEETIEA LOVESONGYOURSELF OR CUDDLEUPINTHESHIPSSTORE ANDPICKTHESONGOFFTHE INTERNETJUKEBOX THATWASPLAYINGTHENIGHTYOU FELLINLOVE OR BEREALROMANTICANDDOALLTHREE 50OFFAnyloafofPigglyWigglybread with$12.50ormorefoodorder andthiscouponLimitonepercustomer Thisoffergood February12thtoFeb18th2014 School NewsSpecial to The StarIn recognition of (Cultural Enrichment) Black History Month, the annual Black History Program hosted by Port St. Joe Junior/Senior High School is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. ET Feb. 27 in the Marion Craig Coliseum (Gym). The Keynote Speaker is Rep. Mike Hill of the Florida State Legislature. Mike Hill was a captain in the U.S. Air Force for 10 years. Mike was served a variety of boards in the community, including United Cerebral Palsy, YMCA and Children in Crises. In addition to the speaker, this years program will feature a melody of Negro spirituals. For more information please contact Rachel Smith-Crews at Port St. Joe Junior /Senior High School at 2298251 ext. 136.SPECIAL TO TT HE STARFRONT ROW: Geoffrey Moore, Kylie Sapp, Krissy Maxwell BACK ROW: Draven ONeal, Miranda Brown, Austin Ard, Erica RamseySpecial to The StarSenior NNews: Attention Seniors and Parents: There will be an extremely important Workshop on Financial Aid presented by our Guidance Department at 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday at in the Media Center. Information on Financial Aid, Bright Futures Scholarships, FAFSA and other important issues for your graduating senior planning on attending any college will be presented. After the workshop, there will be a representative from Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) available to help complete their online Scholarship Application. Black H History Month: Port St Joe Junior-Senior High School will hold a Cultural Enrichment Program celebrating Black History at 12:30 p.m. ET Feb. 27 in the school gymnasium. All are invited to attend this important event.R R egional Basketball: The Boys kick off Regional Play at 7 p.m. CT on Tuesday at Chipley. GO SHARKS!P P rogress RReports: The rst progress reports of the second semester were sent home Feb. 10. The next Progress Report is scheduled to be sent home on April 22. Spring Break: The Spring Holiday for all Gulf County Schools will commence on March 14 with a halfday session and continue through March 21. Classes will resume March 24. DAZZLING DOLPHINsSStar Staff ReportFour Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School students came away with awards following the recent Three Rivers Regional Science and Engineering Fair in Panama City. Juniors Cordale Green, Cheslee Williamsson and McKenna Waters were joined by sophomore Cody Mills. Green, Williamson and Mills each won a U.S. Air Force Award and Waters won an Award for Excellence in Health from Olive Leaves, which carried a $25 prize. Green was entered in the Engineering category and designed and constructed a ying vehicle of the future. In addition to the Air Force award, he won honorable mention in the Physical Sciences Category, a Yale Science and Engineering Association Award, Certicate of Recognition for the Most Outstanding Exhibit from American Society of Metals (ASM) Materials Education Foundation, Certicate of Accomplishment for Demonstrating Understanding of Unmanned Systems from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and a $15 iTunes card. Green has been invited to the state competition in Lakeland in early April, the second consecutive year he has earned a trip to state. Williamson was also entered in the Engineering category, testing the strength and efciency of different types of bracings. McKenna Waters entered in the Medicine and Health category, exploring the theory of chocolate increasing memory function. And, Mills was entered in the Physics category, testing the best type of birdshot that holds a tight pattern. MIKE HHILLBlack H History program at P PSJHHSSpecial to The StarFriday, Feb. 28, Faith Christian School will celebrate its 15th annual Italian Dinner and Auction. This is an enjoyable event and a great time to see old friends, bid on valuable merchandise, and have an amazing meal. At the cost of only $6.00 per plate the dinner includes lasagna or spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and tea. The preview party begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Take-out orders can be picked up in the Marvin Wing beginning at 5:30 p.m. Look for a FCS student to get your ticket, or purchase them at the door. Local businesses are generously supporting this endeavor. Some items up for auction include: specialty cakes, antiques, unique items from local artists, beach vacation rentals and gift certicates. Dont miss out on a great night of food, fun and fellowship! The Lions TaleSPECIAL TO THE STARLeft to right: Cody Mills, McKenna Waters, Cheslee Williamson, Cordale GreenWewa High students stand out at Science Fair
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The Star| B5Thursday, February 13, 2014 *BOARDCERTIFIEDCIVILTRIALLAWYER, OFCOUNSEL Faith/LocalLizzie Lee Walker passed away on Feb. 2, 2014, in Orange Park, Fla. Lizzie was born on July 28, 1939, in Port St. Joe, Fla., to the late Nero Hopps, Sr. and Corrine Hopps. Mrs. Walker was preceded in death by her husband, William F. Walker, Sr., and her son, Sandy Kitchens, Jr. She was an independent lady who could accomplish many things. She enjoyed spending time with her family, gardening and time at the beach. Mrs. Walker is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Thomas (David); sons, William Walker, Jr. and Robert Jeff Walker; grandsons, Larry Dennard, Jr. (Martha), Terrence Dennard and Travis Dennard; granddaughters, Kenyetta and Mashanda Walker; great-grandchildren, Malachi Dennard, Mikayla Dennard, Mikayla Skinner and Saquia Walker; sisters, Mary Parrish, Corrine Torrey, Willie Mae Williams, Peggy Stallworth, Callie Glenn and Faye Dixson (Billy); and a host of other relatives and friends. She will be greatly missed as a mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister and friend.Lizzie Lee WalkerHelen Louella (Pick) Veasey, 72, of Wewahitchka, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City. She was surrounded by her family. Born on Oct. 21, 1942, in Belle, Calif., to Ollie and Mary Pick, she was the wife of Rexal Veasey and had six children. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, Ollie and Mary Pick; her siblings Olline Pick, Donna Sprouse, and Ronnie Pick; her son, Dewayne Veasey; and her grandson, Roy Gene Veasey, Jr. Helen is survived by her husband Rexel Veasey; her children, Teddy (Vickie) Carter, Roy Gene Veasey, James Veasey, Rex Veasey, Kathie (Earl) Fisher; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. C.S.T. on Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at Jehu Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Derrick Gerber. Services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home. Helen Louella (Pick) VeaseyJanell Pridgeon Kirkland, 88, of White City, Florida passed away on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. A lifelong resident of the area, she was born on May 5, 1925, in Port St. Joe, Fla., to the late Stetson and Elaine Pridgeon. Janell is preceded in death by her father, Stetson C. Pridgeon, and mother, Elaine Martin Pridgeon; three daughters, Tupie Kirkland, Mary Helen Nolan and Jane Miller. She is survived by her son, Hal Kirkland, and wife, Marty. She also leaves to cherish her memory many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-greatgrandchildren as well as a host of nephews and nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at Oak Grove Assembly of God Church, 613 Madison St. in Port St. Joe, Fla. Ofciating will be Dave Fernandez and James Wiley. Arrangements under Brocks Home Town Funeral Home.Janell Pridgeon KirklandCraig R. Cofeld, 63, of Mexico Beach, Fla., died Wednesday, June 19, 2013.Craig R. CofeldMrs. Bobbie Jean Braxton, age 75, of Eastpoint, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at St. James Health and Rehab in Carrabelle, Fla. Bobbie was born in Clarksville, Fla., and had lived in Eastpoint since 1983 coming from Clarksville. She was a retired CAN and was a member of the Eastpoint Church of God. Survivors include one son, Ricky Moseley, and his wife, Beth, of Eastpoint, Fla.; two step-daughters, Patricia Enderton and her husband, John, of Utah, Michelle Fleming and her husband, Rick, of Montana; one sister, Pauline Stokes and her husband, Durwood, of Blountstown, Fla.; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. ET Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Eastpoint Church of God with Reverend Scotty Lolley and Reverend Ronnie Luke ofciating. Interment was in Pippin Cemetery in Clarksville, Fla. The family received friends from 10 a.m. until service time at Eastpoint Church of God. All arrangements under the direction of Marlon Peavy at Peavy Funeral Home in Blountstown.Bobbie Jean Braxton ObituariesThe potato is one of Americas most popular vegetables. Americans eat an average of 125 pounds of potatoes per person each year. Solanum tuberosum, the scientic name for the potato, also called the Irish potato, is a cool season crop. It is grown commercially in Florida for both fresh market and chipping in the winter and spring months when the days are warm and the nights are cool. Commercial farms supply a majority of the new potatoes, which are small, immature potatoes with thinner skin than fullgrown potatoes. The potato is a good choice for most Florida gardens. When planted in the late winter or early spring (February-March 10), 100 pounds of seed should produce 10 bushels or more of potatoes. Use certied seed potatoes when n possible. Avoid table stock potatoes as planting stock, as you may get a poor variety or one that will not sprout. Each seed piece should be cut into a two ounce size and should have two or more eyes. The cut seed piece could be dusted with a fungicide such as Captan or sulfur to prevent seed piece decay. Fall planting is not advisable. For planting it is best to rst make a raised bed about 6 inches high and 1-2 feet wide. If several rows are to be planted, place these rows 36-42 inches apart in the garden. Then open a seed furrow 3-4 inches deep down the center of the row. Place the seed pieces into the furrow at 8-12 inch intervals. Cover and water the freshly planted rows. When preparing the bed, make sure you have used liberal amounts of fertilizer. One quart of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 50 feet of row space. Side dress potatoes twice, three weeks apart with one pound of 10-10-10 per 50 feet of row space. Potatoes are diverse in appearance, maturity and use, and are an excellent source of nutrition. In fact, potatoes have fewer calories and more nutrients that rice, pasta or bread. Potatoes can be boiled, baked and fried. Red and white skinned varieties are often preferred for boiling because they have a creamy texture and hold their shape when cooked. Seed potatoes should be stored in a cook, dark place, not a warm one. This helps prevent sprouting. However, if the storage temperature get too high, and sprouting does occur, just leave the sprouts alone dont remove them. Your best bet is to buy fresh seed pieces at a garden center. Then plant the seeds quickly in warm, moist soil not cool, dry soil. If you try to raise potatoes by planting seed pieces cut from stock potatoes you bought at the grocery store, we can almost guarantee that youll see symptoms of blind tuber development. Store potatoes are often treated with sprout inhibitors. In addition, this treatment can result in the blind tuber problem. Ever think of growing a few potatoes plants in a bushel size container? Well, you can its easy and fun. You can be a potato grower in the smallest yard or just on the back patio or porch. If the container doesnt already have holes in it punch holes in the bottom of the container. You can use potting soil or mushroom compost as a soil media to grow the plants. Mix 4 ounces of hydrate lime and two tablespoons of plant food to the container soil. Put a 4 or 5 inch layer of soil in the container and lay a few seed pieces 6 to 8 inches apart, then top with 3 to 4 more inches of soil. Keep the container in a warm, sunny place. As the plants grow, add more soil around the stems to give tubers room to expand, and keep the soil well watered. Potatoes can also be grown using old tires. The tires will add additional warmth early in the season, because they are black, the absorb heat. When the potatoes grows to the top of the tire, place another tire on top and add soil or mulch over the plants, 5 to 6 inches of growth out of the mix. Repeat up to 4 or 5 inches of growth out of the mix. Repeat up to four or ve tires high. Varieties recommended for North Florida are the round white such as Atlantic, Sebago, and Superior, and the round reds like Red LaSoda and Red Pontiac. Do not plant the long baking types as they grow poorly. For more information on growing potatoes contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 6393200 or visit our website at gulf.ifas.u.edu or edis.ifas. u.edu and see publication HS 933. Special to The StarThe University of Florida/IFAS Extension Service in Gulf County is pleased to announce a Beekeeping Short Course that will be offered via interactive video in February and March. Classes will be taught by Dr. Jamie Ellis and other state and nationally recognized experts from the University of Florida Honey Bee Research and Extension Lab and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection. Classes are three Monday evenings and one Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. CT and 7-9 p.m. ET, and a Saturday morning bee-yard eld day. Topics that will be discusses are as follows: Feb. 24: Honey Bee Biology and Anatomy March 3: Varroa Mite Biology and Control March 10: Honey Bees of the World and Beekeeping History March 15: Bee-Yard Field Day A hands on learning opportunity here in Gulf County March 18: Yearly Management of Honey Bee Registration is $25 per person or $40 for a family. Deadline for registration is Feb. 17. For more information contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 639-3200. Betty Jo Batson Rish, 89, of Wewahitchka, went to be with the Lord on Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, in her home. She was born Feb. 28, 1924, in Athens, Ala., to Eugene and Lillie Batson. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka. Mother was always committed to her church and family. She was a prayer warrior, rock and teacher and dened the meaning of the words faithful servant. She loved her family near or far unconditionally. Mother opened our home to all our friends and cared for them with her loving generosity. She was a strong Christian lady who used wisdom in all her endeavors. These traits were exhibited to all who knew her; we would all be blessed to follow in her footsteps. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Bobby Rish; one brother, Eugene Batson; and four sisters, Nell Prodgers, Doris Batson, Rachel Hutto and Grace Duke. She is survived by her two daughters, Ann Johnson (Mitchell) and Doris Jean Whitten (Byron); six grandchildren, Meagan Forrest (Ryan), Robbie Morris (Allison), Chaz Whitten, Tyler Whitten, Chris Morris (Kim), and Charlene Ellis (Sean); eight greatgrandchildren, Aidan and Cooper Forrest, Landon Whitten, Raelee Morris, Walker Morris, Ashlyn, Alexis and Kody Ellis; two brothers, John Andy Batson (Eleanor) and Bert Batson (Sally); and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka with the Rev. Dan Baughman and the Rev. Joey Smith ofciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery, Wewahitchka, Fla. The family received friends at the church from 3-5 p.m. Sunday. Active pallbearers were Robbie Morris, Chaz Whitten, Tyler Whitten, Ryan Forrest, Byron Whitten and Sean Ellis. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Michael Barnes and staff and A and A Home Health Care for all the loving care given to mother for many years. Services were provided by Wilson Funeral Home, Panama City, Fla.Betty Jo Batson Rish Beekeeping short courseGrowing potatoes in the Florida garden ROY lLEE c CArR TErRCounty extension directorSeed potatoes should be stored in a cook, dark place, not a warm one. This helps prevent sprouting. However, if the storage temperature get too high, and sprouting does occur, just leave the sprouts alone dont remove them.
LocalB6 | The Star Thursday, February 13, 2014at the beach with live music and all the gumbo you can eat. Awards will be given in both amateur and restaurant categories for gumbo and an overall category for Brunswick stew. Judges taste buds will be swayed by best overall taste and presentation. All proceeds raised at the cook-off will help fund the Special Events for Mexico Beachs Best Blast on the Beach July Fourth reworks celebration. The cook-off has become one of the must attend events here in Mexico Beach, Shoaf said. This is one event you will not want to miss! Happening simultaneously at the Beach Walk shopping plaza will be the third annual Society of Expressive Artists (SEA) Art Walk, which will showcase artists from all along the Forgotten Coast. Original art, crafts and jewelry will be sold, and the event is a perfect opportunity for artists to network with one another. adoption, only to have the facility providing the dog inform Mamoran and his anc that they would have to pay $200. The whole thing started to sound kind of shy, he said. Referred by Pets for Patriots to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society, Mamoran was quickly in contact with DAWGS in Prison, which exists through collaboration between the SJBHS, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Board of County Commissioners. I led my application on the weekend and it was approved that same day and I got a call from (DAWGS cocoordinator) Sandi Christy on that Monday, Mamoran said. Christy went over the dogs in the graduating class and one day Mamoran, his anc and children drove over to the Forestry Camp to meet Trenton. He listened to me right away, Mamoran said. Even though he didnt know me he obeyed a couple of commands. The kids fed him a couple of times. It was kind of like love at rst sight, I guess. And back home, after a few days? The kids love him and I cant get enough of him, Mamoran said. He and his family have also learned quickly a valuable lesson imparted following graduation, when the inmate training teams review a series of commands that have been integral in the training during the prior eight weeks. Weve been doing his training just like they showed us, Mamoran said after acknowledging that Trenton faltered a couple of times on commands on which he was not reminded daily. But, on the other hand, I cant stand more than 10 minutes and he had to go out and I told him to hurry. And he just stayed right there close to the door and used the bathroom. Hes been great. The only costs borne by Mamoran were for spayneutering and for Trenton to be tagged with a microchip. Trenton still could be additionally trained to be alert to and react to the symptoms of Mamorans illness, but he has yet to decide, just thankful to receive a trained companion at little cost. Mamoran and other adopters one, Angela Thurston, drove from South Florida to adopt a dog for her family of six children are but one of the key components of the DAWGS program. The other are the inmates, who apply to participate in the program, are carefully screened and advance from caretaker to trainer to lead trainer once accepted. Several have gone on to use the skills used in DAWGS to work with animals on the outside or simply become more productive members of society. Tommy Howard was one inmate interviewed by this reporter over the past four years who became one of the top trainers in the program. Howard, living in Rhode Island, did not nd nancially-feasible work with animals, but is employed and in school to be a trade journeyman, three years from possibly owning a business. 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Some of Mayes glass works are functional, like bowls, while others are purely decorative, like a sign she was recently commissioned to make for a beach home. Not only is it a great place to meet local artists, but a good place to meet new people, Lowery said. Mayes urged any new artists in the area to apply for a showcase spot during the Art Walk. Its a great way to break into the art community, Mayes said. There are lots of people there, and it brings a nice mix of people to the area. The amount of talent for our area is amazing people will be amazed at what everyone does around here. Formed in 2010, SEA has more than 30 members made up of locals and some snowbirds who become involved with the art community during visits. The Art Walk will also feature a booth to raise funds for the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society complete with rafes for donated art. Rafe tickets are $5 each or ve for $20 and all proceeds will benet the SJBHS and their effort to help the numerous stray and homeless animals that come through their doors. Lowery will be rafing off several of her own original pieces and one winner will be eligible for a custom piece of art where Lowery will recreate a photo of their pet, done in her encaustic style. The humane society will have adoptable pets on-site for those who may want to leave with a little something extra. The goal of SEA is to provide a forum for local artists to promote their work, share ideas and opportunities, to network with other artist organizations and to identify and create art exhibit venues. They work closely with artists groups in Panama City and Panama City Beach. SEA has plans to host an indoor art show in the summer. The Art Walk will coincide with the annual Gumbo Cook-off being help simultaneously at Sunset Park in Mexico Beach. Where else can you get great gumbo in a great town with great art? Mayes said. Any artists interested in joining SEA or seeking additional information should email sea.us.net@gmail. com. SPECIAL TO TT HE ST T ARThe St. Joseph Bay Humane Society will rafe off original art as part of a fundraiser.
CLASSIFIEDSThursday, February 13, 2014 The Star | B7 93732S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 13-140-CA NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. JENNIFER M. BURKE and BETTY G. OWENS, Defendants TO: Jennifer M. Burke 14809 Heronglen Drive Lithia, Florida 33547 NOTICE OF ACTION YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to reform a mortgage has been filed against you on the following described property: Commence at a inch iron rod and cap (LB 732) marking the Southeast corner of lands described in Official Records Book 355 at Pages 102 and 103 of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, said point being the intersection of the Northerly right of way boundary of Chipola Avenue with the Westerly right of way boundary of Second Street and run thence North 01 degree 47 minutes 33 seconds East along said Westerly right of way boundary, a distance of 404.84 feet to a inch iron pipe marking the Southeast corner of lands described in Official Records Book 266 at pages 427-429 (Parcel 5) of said Public Records; thence Continue North 01 degree 47 minutes 33 seconds East along said Westerly right of way boundary, a distance of 111.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. From said Point of Beginning thence continue North 01 degree 47 minutes 33 seconds East along said Westerly right of way boundary, a distance of 113.34 feet to the Southerly right of way boundary of East Church Avenue; thence North 89 degrees 47 minutes 19 seconds West along said Southerly right of way boundary, a distance of 172.78 feet to the Easterly boundary of lands described in Deed Book 34 at page 610 of said Public Records; thence South 03 degrees 12 minutes 26 seconds West along said Easterly boundary, a distance of 226.73 feet; thence North 89 degrees 26 minutes 53 seconds East, a distance of 23.46 feet to the Southwest corner of the aforesaid lands described in Official Records Book 266 at pages 427-429; thence along the Westerly and Northerly boundary of said lands as follows: thence North 01 degree 47 minutes 33 seconds East, a distance of 111.00 feet; thence North 89 degrees 30 minutes 49 seconds East, a distance of 155.00 feet to the Point of Beginning. Containing 0.51 acre, more or less. Commonly known at 511 S. Second Street, Wewahitchka, Florida 32465 and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to Charles S. Isler, III, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is P.O. Box 430, Panama City, Florida 32402, within thirty (30) days from the first date of publication, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter, otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the Complaint. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 7th day of the January, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of the Court By: Wyvonne Pickett Deputy Clerk January 23, 30, 2014 February 6, 13, 2014 97649 NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 697 Application No. 2014-07 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 03083-220R Description of Property: Lot 4 Palm Breeze Subdivision according to the plat recorded at Plat Book 4 Page 46 Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: James J. & Melissa J. Victory All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 93792S NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT AMERICAS MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., INTENDS TO DISPOSE OF OR OFFER FOR SALE THE PERSONAL PROPERTY DESCRIBED BELOW TO ENFORCE A LIEN IMPOSED ON SAID PROPERTY UNDER THE SELF STORAGE FACILITY ACT STATUTES SECTION 83.801-83.89. AMERICAS MINI STORAGE AND OFFICE, INC., WILL DISPOSE OF SAID PROPERTY NO LATER THAN THE DATE OF FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014. PROPERTY IS LOCATED AT 141 COMMERCE DRIVE, PORT ST. JOE, FL. GULF COUNTY. SALE DATE: February, 21, 2014 Jeannie Thompson Hernandez 210 Wimco Ave Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Unit B-12; 10x10 Household, Furniture, Misc Bid on Unit -HIGHEST BID TAKES ALL. Sale Time Starts @ 9:00 am to register. February 6, 13, 2014 93894S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 13-CA-135 GIBBS REALTY CORPORATION, a Florida corporation, Plaintiff, vs. SARAH CHAPPELL EDWARDS, if alive, and if dead, unknown unknown spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against them; RBC CENTURA BANK n/k/a PNC BANK; and SUNSET POINTE AT SECLUDED DUNES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC, Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: SARAH. CHAPPELL EDWARDS, if alive, and if dead, unknown unknown Spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, creditors, and all other parties claiming by, through, under, or against them; RBC CENTURA BANK n/k/a PNC BANK; and SUNSET POINTE AT SECLUDED DUNES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action for Quiet Title has been filed against you and others, regarding the property described as follows: LOT 13, BLOCK C, SUNSET POINTE SUBDIVISION, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 4, PAGE (S) 4143, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Gulf County Parcel ID No. 06346-925R and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on ANDREW J. POWER, SMITH, THOMPSON, SHAW, MINACCI & COLON, P.A., Plaintiffs attorneys, 3520 Thomasville Road, 4th Floor, Tallahassee, Florida 323093469, no more than thirty (30) days from the first publication date of this notice of action, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorneys or immediately thereafter; otherwise, a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED this 28th day of January, 2014. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of Courts By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Feb 6, 13, 20, 27 2014 93918S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO. 232012CA000277CALXMX JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION PLAINTIFF, v. WILLIAM M. BRYANT, ET AL., DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Summary Judgment of Foreclosure dated the 23rd day of January, 2014, and entered in Case No. 232012CA 000277CADCMX, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida. I will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash at the Gulf County Courthose, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Front Lobby, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, at 11:00 a.m. ET on the 27th day of February, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: COMMENCE AT THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SECTION 13, TOWNSHIP 5 SOUTH, RANGE 11 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; THENCE RUN SOUTH ALONG THE WESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 13 FOR A DISTANCE OF 25.00 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING; THENCE FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING RUN NORTH 88 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 32 SECONDS EAST 326.24 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP LYING ON THE WESTERLY RIGHT OF WAY OF J.C. DANIELS ROAD; THENCE RUN ALONG SAID RIGHT OF WAY SOUTH 161.36 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP; THENCE LEAVING SAID RIGHT OF WAY RUN SOUTH 88 DEGREES 47 MINUTES 50 SECONDS WEST 321.71 FEET TO A ROAD AND CAP LYING ON THE WESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OF SAID SECTION 13, THENCE RUN ALONG SAID BOUNDARY LINE NORTH 01 DEGREES 36 MINUTES 45 SECONDS WEST 162.55 FEET TO A ROD AND CAP FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNINC CONTAINING 1.196 ACRES MORE OR LESS Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact Court Administration, P.O. Box 826, Marianna, Florida 32447; Phone: 850-718-0026; Email: ADARequest@jud14.flcourts.o rg, at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days: if you are hearing or voice impaired call 711. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2014. Rebecca L. Norris Clerk of the Circuit Court By: BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Connolly, Geaney, Ablitt & Willard, Pc. The Blackstone Building 100 South Dixie Highway, Suite 200 West Palm Beach, FL 33401 Phone: (561)422-4668 Fax: (561)249-0721 C301.1352 February 13, 20, 2014 97507S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv. LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 394 Application No. 2014-05 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 01811-000R Description of Property: Lots 1 and 2, Block 6 of C.L. Morgans Addition to Wewahitchka, Florida, Unit 1, as recorded in Plat Book 2, page 33, public records of Gulf County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT THE EAST 8 FEET OF LOT 2. Name in which assessed: Mary A. Follendore All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 12th day of March, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 97511S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv. LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 468 Application No. 2014-03 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 02196-000R Description of Property: Commence at the Southeast Corner of the Southwest Quarter of Section 25, Township 4 South, Range 10 West and extend a line West along the South boundary of said Section 25 for 912.96 feet to a point of the Westerly right of way line of State Road 71; thence right and run Northerly along the Westerly right of way line of State Road 71 a distance of 1048.40 feet to the Northeast corner of Lot 1 of Block 2 of Hardens addition, Unit No. 1, to the City of Wewahitchka, Florida, according to the official map or plat thereof on file in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida; thence continue North along the West right of way line of said State Road 71 a distance of 15 feet for point of beginning; from said point of beginning run thence North along the Western right of way line of said State Road 71 a distance of 125 feet; thence turn left 90 degrees for a distance of 101 feet; thence turn left 90 degrees and run a distance of 125 feet; thence turn left 90 degrees for a distance of 101 feet more or less to point of beginning. This parcel of land lying and being in the Southwest Quarter of Section 25, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida. LESS AND EXCEPT THE PROPERTY DESCRIBED AT OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 89, PAGE 55, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Name in which assessed: Evon Hysmith All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 12th day of March, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 97513S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv. LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 121 Application No. 2014-02 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 00644-290R Description of Property: COMMENCE at the Southeast corner of Lot 8, Block 9, CORRECTIVE REPLAT OF TWIN LAKES SUBDIVISION UNIT ONE, according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Plat Book 2, page 42, of the public records of Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South along a Southerly extension of the West right of way line of Fourth Street for 50 feet; thence West along the South right of way line of Evergreen Street for 158.11 feet (said point being the Northwest corner of Lot 3, Unrecorded Plat); thence turn 90 degrees left from last above described call and run a distance of 150 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence continue last above described call for 150 feet to the North right of way line of Sunset Drive; thence Easterly along the North boundary of Sunset Drive a distance of 83 feet; thence turn 90 degrees left and run a distance of 150 feet; thence turn 90 degrees left and run a distance of 83 feet to the Point of Beginning. ALSO, being known as Lot 17, Twin Lakes Subdivision Unit No. Three, unrecorded. Name in which assessed: Randell & Connie Emanuel All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 12th day of March, 2014. Dated this 3rd day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 97515S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as Marilyn Schmacker, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for
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Hwy 98, Suite AWe welcome your donated items at the oce towards this benet garage sale. a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 550 Application No. 2014-01 Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 R.E. No: 02356-001R Description of Property: Lot Twelve (12), Block One (1), Unit No. One (1), CLECKLEYS ADDITION, as per official plat thereof on file in Plat Book 2, Page 17, Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Cynthia Moore aka Cynthia Diane Moore (Pickron) All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 12th day of March, 2014. Dated this 4th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, 2014 97625S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION Case No.: 2013-CA-000039 PHH Mortgage Corporation Plaintiff, vs. Richard A. Ramsay and Jean L. Ramsay, Husband and Wife; Dunes Club of Cape San Blas Condominium Association, Inc.; Unknown Parties in Possession #1, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants; Unknown Parties in Possession #2, If living, and all Unknown Parties claiming by, through, under and against the above named Defendant(s) who are not known to be dead or alive, whether said Unknown Parties may claim an interest as Spouse, Heirs, Devisees, Grantees, or Other Claimants Defendant(s). NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order dated January 23, 2014, entered in Civil Case No. 2013-CA-000039 of the Circuit Court of the 14th Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein PHH Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff and Richard A. Ramsay and Jean Ramsay, Husband and Wife are defendant(s), I, Clerk of Court, Rebecca L. Norris, will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash AT THE FRONT DESK OF THE GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, LOCATED AT 1000 CECIL G. COSTIN SR. BLVD., PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA, AT 11:00 A.M. ET on February 27, 2014, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to-wit: UNIT 10, THE DUNES CLUB OF CAPE SAN BLAS, ACCORDING TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM, RECORDED AT OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 303, PAGE 283, IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA; TOGETHER WITH AN UNDIVIDED INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS APPURTENANT THERETO. ANY PERSON CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FROM THE SALE, IF ANY, OTHER THAN THE PROPERTY OWNER AS OF THE DATE OF THE LIS PENDENS MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 at (850) 747-5338, at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, call 711. Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf County, Florida By: BA Baxter DEPUTY CLERK OF COURT Submitted By: ATTORNEY FOR PLAINTIFF: SHAPIRO, FISHMAN & GACHE, LLP 2424 North Federal Highway, Suite 360 Boca Raton, Florida 33431 (561) 998-6700 (561) 998-6707 12-253077 FC01 PHH February 13, 20, 2014 97645S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 799 Application No. 2014-09 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 03191-220R Description of Property: Lot 4, Mystic Palms Subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded at Plat Book 5 page 8. Name in which assessed: Indian Pass Builders, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 97641S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 804 Application No. 2014-11 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 03191-255R Description of Property: Lot 11, Mystic Palms Subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded at Plat Book 5 Page 8. Name in which assessed: Indian Pass Builders, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 97643S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 801 Application No. 2014-10 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 03191-230R Description of Property: Lot 6, Mystic Palms Subdivision according to the plat thereof recorded at Plat Book 5 page 8. Name in which assessed: Indian Pass Builders, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 97651S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that PNC, C/O Tampa 1 LLC the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 258 Application No. 2014-06 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 01399-000R Description of Property: Lot 4, Block 3, of Riverside Estates Addition to lola recording to the Official Map or Plat thereof on file in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Eleanor Rosemarie Conley All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 97647S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank as C/F FL Dundee Lien Inv LLC, the holder of the following Tax Certificate, has filed said certificate for a tax deed to be issued thereon. The certificate number and year of issuance, the description of the property, and the names in which it was assessed are as follows: Tax Sale Certificate No. 745 Application No. 2014-08 Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 R.E. No: 03180-430R Description of Property: Commence at the Northeast Corner of fractional Section 19, Township 9 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South 00 degrees 18 35 West along the East Boundary Line of said Section 19 for 1511.45 feet, thence North 89 degrees 41 25 West for 1766.00 feet for the Point of Beginning. From said Point of Beginning continue North 89 degrees 41 25 West for 100.00 feet; thence South 00 degrees 18 35 West for 308.45 feet to a point on the Northerly right of way line of County Road No. 30; thence South 82 degrees 27 33 East along said right of way line for 100.80 feet; thence leaving said right of way line run North 00 degrees 18 35 East for 321.14 feet to the Point of Beginning. Said parcel of land being in fractional Section 19, Township 9 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, also known as Lot 6 of the unrecorded plat of Treasures Shores, First Addition. Name in which assessed: Indian Pass Builders, Inc. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property described in such certificate will be sold to the highest bidder in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida at 11:00 AM, E.T., Wednesday, the 19th day of March, 2014. Dated this 10th day of February, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk February 13, 20, 27, March 6, 2014 97685S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION Case No.: 2014-03PR IN RE: ESTATE OF RUBY LEE HOLLINGSWORTH Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the Estate of Ruby Lee Hollingsworth, Deceased, File Number 2014-03PR, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the Personal Representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice is served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate, including unmatured, contingent or unliquidated claims, must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is February 13, 2014. Personal Representative: Teresa Burns 1110 Palm Blvd. Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Attorney for Petitioner J. Patrick Floyd FL Bar No. 257001 Law Offices J. Patrick Floyd, Chtd. 408 Long Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32546 (850) 227-7413 February 13, 20, 2014 ADOPTION: Adoring, Financially Secure couple await 1st baby. Allison & Hal 1-800-552-0045 Expenses Pd FLBar42311 Duncan Phyfe style dining table. 32x62. 5 side chairs, 1 arm chair. 12 inch leaf. Good condit-ion. All very sturdy. An-tique wooden full size bed. 850-227-4578 Highland View 238 Marlin St. Fri & Sat Feb 14 & 15. from 8a-4pHuge Indoor Garage SaleLots of New Items! Fishing Gear, Sporting Goods, Housewares, Clothes. Text FL80193 to 56654 Port St. Joe 114 Stone Dr. Sat Feb 15th 7a-12pYard SaleFurniture, Couch and Love Seat, Electronics, Baby and Adult Clothes, Household Items Text FL80261 to 56654 GUN SHOWSanta Rosa County Auditorium: Milton, FLFebruary 15th & 16th 9:00 am -5:00 pm. (Concealed Weapons Classes10am & 2pm Daily Call: 850-602-6572)General Admission $6850-957-4952 or 850-261-8407 Bldg/Const/Skill TrFraming CrewLooking for licensed, insured framing crew for 18 foot by 40 foot townhome at Seacliffs Beach Homes, in Cape San Blas. If interested call John 315-963-8190 if no answer, leave msg and I will get right back to you. Site is ready to go, pilings up already. Starting date approx. 3 weeks or sooner. Web Id 34280289 Food Serv/HospitalityCashierScallop Cove, 4310 Cape San Blas Road, is looking for spring break and summertime help. Must be dependable, honest and have the ability to get to and from work. Starting pay is $8.00/hour with increased pay for work performance after 90 day period. Responsibilities include retail sales, cashier, stocking, customer service, deli food prep, among other things. Must be able to work well with others and have a great attitude with the general public. Come in and get an application and ask for Melissia. Web Id 34279109 HospitalityRESORT VACATION PROPERTIESis looking for reliable employees with good customer service & teamwork skills. Weekends required. Great benefits for FT Employees.FT Guest ServicesGreet & assist guests with check-in/ -out; resolve Issues. Professional, friendly, good general office & computer skills.FT Office AssistantCoordinates work of cleaners; general office work. Good organization & computer skills. Works well under pressure. Prefer some office experience. Eastpoint location.PT InspectorsAttentive to detail, hardworking, able to climb multiple stairs. Reliable vehicle. Apply 9-5 weekdays at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr, St George Island Web ID#: 34279796 Install/Maint/RepairJOB NOTICEThe Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for two (2) Part-Time/SeasonalMosquito SprayersThese are hourly positions ($11.94 per hour) with no benefits. Hours of work will be determined on an as needed basis. Applications and a complete job description are available in our HR office or at www.gulfcounty-fl.gov. Application deadline is Thursday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. E.T. For more information, please contact Brett Lowry, Deputy Administrator at 850-229-5335 or Denise Manuel, Central Services Director at 850-227-2384. Gulf County enforces a Drug-Free Workplace Policy and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Web Id 34279846 Install/Maint/Repair Vacation rental company at Cape San Blas needs:InspectorsReliable and conscientious inspectors with vacation rental experience. Must have dependable transportation and work weekends. Training required.CleanersNeed dependable and thorough cleaners for spring and summer weekend rentals. Training required. Send contact and experience info to email@example.com or PO Box 1116, Port St Joe, FL 32457 Web Id 34280266 Logistics/TransportEARN EXTRA INCOMEAre you looking to make extra money? Home delivery carriers needed in Panama City Beach Great opportunity to own your own BUSINESS For more information please contact Terri McAfee at firstname.lastname@example.orgOR 850-747-5054 Apply in person at: 501 W 11th St. and ask for a carrier application Web ID#: 34280216 Logistics/TransportEARN EXTRA INCOMEAre you looking to make extra money? Home delivery carriers needed in Panama City Great opportunity to own your own BUSINESS For more information please contact Terri McAfee at email@example.comOR 850-747-5054 Apply in person at: 501 W 11th St. and ask for a carrier application Web ID#: 34280217 For Rent Duplex2 Bedroom, 1 1/2 Bath, Large Kitchen & Family Room, Swimming Pool,elevator. Game Room, T.V., Laundry Room. Fully Furnished, includes Elec Power & Water, garbage pickup. $1,100 month. + $300 dep. Location: C30 1 mi East pass Raw Bar on left. 770-639-6203 or 850-227-3361. Mexico Beach 2 Story duplex, upper unit avail. 1/2 block off beach, beautiful view! 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