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B4 Classi eds ........................ B7-B8 By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com Governing bodies will begin the process of nalizing budgets next week with public hearings. The Gulf County School Board will have its nal budget hearing Tuesday followed in successive days by the Board of County Commissioners and the city of Port St. Joe. Each hearing begins after 5:01 p.m. ET. Port St. Joe city commissioners examined their proposed balanced budget last week while receiving nal numbers for employee health insurance. The city will maintain the same millage rate of almost six years, 3.5914, seeing an uptick in revenue of roughly $2,500 due to a slight increase in property values. That revenue increase was more than offset by increases in Florida retirement contributions and employee health insurance. The city budget also includes a 3.5 percent increase in utility rates that will take effect next month. This is the fourth year in a ve-year program of raising utility rates. The rates, which emerged from a rate study, are linked to the citys long-term debt, which was signi cantly bumped by construction of a new water plant and By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com A winner has been named. Brooke Wooten will serve the next four years on the Gulf County School Board. After primary voting Aug. 26, the nonpartisan race for the District 2 seat on the Gulf County School Board was still up in the air. Only two votes separated Wooten, who received 50.18 percent of the vote, and fellow candidate James Taunton, who received 49.82 percent. According to Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon, anytime a margin is less than one-half of 1 percent, a recount is mandatory. As for the numbers, Wootens 276 votes just edged Tauntons 274. Last Fridays recount upheld that ultraslim margin, and Wooten was of cially declared the winner. This recount is a testament to the accuracy of the Florida voting system, Hanlon said. It also stresses how important every vote is. BROOKE WOOTEN By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A Circuit Court judge has denied a motion for post-conviction relief led by convicted murderer Random Jackson. Jackson, 22 at the time he was arrested on the murder charge in 2008, was convicted two years later in the slaying of Justin Curcie. Both men hailed from Wewahitchka. Curcie disappeared from the home he shared with his disabled father in June 2005. His remains, only bones and skull showing a single gunshot wound, were found three months later in a wooded area near Wewahitchka. Though the remains were believed to Curcies, it took seven months for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to conrm it. Curcies murder remained unsolved for three years until Jackson, who had been a person of interest early in the investigation, according to thenSheriff Joe Nugent, was arrested and charged with rst degree murder. At the time of his arrest in the Curcie case, Jackson was already in jail on drug charges. He was convicted of rst-degree murder in 2010 and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Jackson led a motion Budgets to be nalized next week A rainbow connection OVER MEXICO BEACH RON RUDOLPH | Special to The Star Vacationer Ron Rudolph snapped this rainbow after a brief storm in Mexico Beach during a recent stay along the Forgotten Coast. Photos contributed by locals and visitors alike illuminate our Scene Around page, found on Page A10 of this edition. Thanks for all who contribute to this community page. By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com At the August regular meeting of the Mexico Beach city council, members decided to cancel the agreement with Cathey Construction to build a new city hall. After a three-year insurance battle over the historic Parker House property that began after the building caught re in 2011 just days after being purchased by the city, a settlement was reached that totaled $834,000 over three years. Design fees on remodeling the building and later for a new structure paired with rent costs on a temporary city hall left the city with $485,000 and short of the million-dollar goal it had in mind for construction of a new building. Upon receiving the settlement funds, the city also received an invoice from Cathey Construction for $42,825 for three years of consulting work. The invoice wasnt delivered with a line-item breakdown, and council members said they were not sure what they were paying for. Interim city administrator Marcus Collins reached out to other construction companies to verify the quote. While one company agreed with the price, another called the invoice excessive. At a workshop last week Councilwoman Tanya Castro said she wanted a more detailed invoice from Cathey Construction to better understand what the city had tasked them to do and how long it took. Theres no backup theres no documentation, Councilman Jeff Tendler said, agreeing with Castro. To date, the city has paid Cathey Construction $150,500 for costs associated with the city hall project, including demolition on the Parker House. I dont understand how the company can say that after everythings been paid, submits a $42,000 invoice, Councilwoman Mary Blackburn said. I dont see any justi cation to pay this. The council decided to pass the invoice to city attorney Paul Komarek to see if the city is legally obligated to pay it. Castro moved to schedule a special meeting where the council could discuss how to move forward on the project, and Blackburn brought up the idea of forming a citizen input group to ensure the city builds something that would bene t the community. (City Hall) is a big deal for citizens, Blackburn said. I would love to see citizens involved in coming up with ideas. At a special meeting scheduled for this week, council members will bring the names of ve to seven citizens who would form the group. Collins said the meetings should be chaired by a member of the council, and Castro wanted to provide the group with marching orders to work with. Lets go, lets start this process, Blackburn said. Mexico Beach council starts over on city hall (City Hall) is a big deal for citizens. I would love to see citizens involved in coming up with ideas. Mexico Beach Councilwoman Mary Blackburn See RECOUNT A6 See APPEAL A6 See BUDGETS A6 Dif e headlines festival B1
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Re hab Re stor e, Re turn to Home Call To day (850 ) 653-8853 135 Av enue G, Apalac hicola We ems Memorial Re hab Car e Yo ur Jour ney Back Home By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com m During the Port St. Joe city commission meeting on Tuesday commissioners unanimously approved a temporary lease of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, now located in George Core Park, to the St. Joseph Historical Society for $1 dollar. Though there were questions about the lease, which controlled the lighthouse, keepers quarters and Maddox House for ve years, the board recognized the importance of having the structure open during the Florida Scallop and Music Festival next weekend to allow visitors to the city to enjoy the lighthouse as part of the festivities. Mayor Mel Magidson had concerns regarding operation of the lighthouse when it came to paying potential employees and where the funds raised from paying lighthouse visitors would go. We have to come up with some management method to operate it, said Magidson.If (the lighthouse) does produce excess funds, they need to be used for beautication and upkeep of the grounds. Because of the funds expended to get it here, we need an agreement for any excess funds. While Magidson focused on the issue of excess funds, St. Joseph Historical Society President Charlotte Pierce said excess funds had never been an issue. Magidson replied that he hoped it will be a problem with the lighthouses new location. We need a plan for what we want to do in the future, Magidson said. Right now, we need to get that thing open and people up and down it. City attorney Tom Gibson warned commissioners to protect themselves legally in case someone were to fall while on the park premises but Magidson acknowledged that an insurance policy was already in place. Pierce told commissioners that the lease is the same as the one approved for the Maddox House property from which the lighthouse gift shop currently operates. Commissioner Rex Buzzett asked the agreement to be reworked to factor in hours of operation and any expenses the property may incur. Commissioner Phil McCroan agreed on the importance of having economic development be factored into the agreement. Im 100 percent for leasing the lighthouse to the historical society, Buzzett said. I think we need to. Until details of a permanent lease are nalized, the commission granted the historical society the temporary lease with hours of operation for the structure at the groups discretion. Gibson said that during the Scallop Festival the keepers quarters would need to be fenced off as they are not yet secure. Were closer than what we have been, Pierce said about securing a lease, if only temporary. It will be awesome to have the lighthouse open for the festival. The St. Joseph Historical Society operated the lighthouse while on Cape San Blas under a lease with the Board of County Commissioners. The Society has also been the major fundraiser for renovating the lighthouse and keepers quarters while on Cape San Blas. GAS TAX Buzzett brought up the 5 cents in additional local gas tax currently in the budget for the Board of County Commissioners. The tax would bring a projected $338,000 into the county in 2015 and the city would see 27 percent of each nickel collected in Port St. Joe. Funds collected through the tax must be used for road improvement projects and commissioners agreed it might be a way to repave artery roads Long Avenue and Garrison Avenue. Im not saying that Im for it or against it at this time, Buzzett said. We could use the revenue and the folks from outside who visit here can help pay. Magidson expressed concern that residents would drive to Panama City where they could ll their tanks for 12 cents less per gallon. Ive heard that folks really dont like it, Magidson said. Im not excited. For the tax to be added, it will require four votes on the BOCC which will hold a second public hearing Tuesday.A FFORDABLE HOUSIN G Moving closer to bringing affordable housing to Port St. Joe, commissioners passed an ordinance to re-zone some 40 acres North Port St. Joe off of Clifford Sims Blvd. to high density residential. The action is in preparation for the Paces Foundation, a Georgia-based non-prot which recently received some $6 million in federal dollars to construct 50 affordable housing units in Port St. Joe. The existing Future Land Use design had the 42 acre parcel split into 39 acres of open space and 3 acres as industrial use. Original plans sought 530 residential units; however, the new amendment will limit the number of units built to 150 with the possibility of expansion in the future.S OLID WASTE Once again commissioners delayed a nal decision on a new solid waste contract beginning Oct. 1, when the current contract with Waste Pro is open for renegotiation. Commissioners have spent more than two months discussing competing proposals from Waste Pro and Waste Management which emerged from bidding by the BOCC for solid waste services. Commissioners have considered updated proposals at several meetings and discussed the issue during at least ve meetings with the recommendation from Gibson that, at this point, the contract should be bid. That recommendation was voted down. The last time the issue was raised, two weeks ago, Commissioner Bo Patterson asked to see contracts from both haulers that could be examined to get the best deal for Port St. Joe residents. The contracts arrived last Friday and with limited time to review them, commissioners once again put off a decision.FRANK PATE PARK BOAT RAMP Fees collected for use of the Frank Pate Park boat ramp totaled $12,000 for the months of July and August. Those funds will pay for maintenance and upkeep on the ramp. Star News Editor Tim Croft contributed to this story. Special to The Star The Apalachee Region al Planning Council an nounces the annual public hearing and the quarterly meeting of the Gulf County Transportation Disadvan taged Coordinating Board. The public is encour aged to attend both meet ings. The public hearing will begin at 1:45 p.m. and the board meeting will begin at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Sept. 10 at the Gulf County Transportation Ofce, 122 Water Plant Road, Port St. Joe, Florida. In addition to its regular business, the board meeting agenda will include the adoption of the Bylaws, Grievance Proce dures, and Annual Operat ing Report. If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting, he/she will need to ensure that a verba tim record of the proceed ing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued. For additional informa tion, a copy of the agenda, or if you require special ac commodations at the meet ing because of a disabil ity or physical impairment, contact Vanita Anderson at the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, 2507 Cal laway Road, Suite 200, Tal lahassee, Florida 32303 or by email at vanderson@ thearpc.co m at least ve working days prior to the meeting date. Florida Law and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination in public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national ori gin, handicap or of marital status. Persons believing they have been discrimi nated against on these con ditions may le a complaint with the Florida Commis sion on Human Relations at 850-488-7082 or 800-3428170 (voice messaging). Special to The StarP ANAMA CITY Ofcials from the Florida Department of Economic Op portunity (DEO) will be in Panama City Tuesday, Sept. 9, to help employers who need assistance dealing with the Re employment Assistance appeals pro cess. The session is aimed at providing enhanced business support to the local community. The one-hour Reemploy ment Assistance Appeals seminar is set for 1 p.m. CT Tuesday, Sept. 9 at the CareerSource Gulf Coast Job Center, 625 Highway 231. There is no charge to attend, however, please RSVP by call ing 872-4340 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT MondayFriday. CareerSource Gulf Coast works to meet the business needs of both job seekers and employers. Free Florida DEO seminar offered Planning council meeting PSJ Commission leases lighthouse to historical society
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Ne xt me et ing Oc to be r 20th 6:00 pm so ci al 6:30 me et ing ca ll ed to ord er Ple as e jo in us 4518841 Local The Star| A3 Thursday, September 4, 2014 Mexico Beach explores alternate water source By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star firstname.lastname@example.org During a workshop last week, the Mexico Beach city council heard from Elizabeth Moore of PrebleRish Engineers on a plan to explore an alternate wa ter supply for the city. Although conversations on the topic have taken place for years, there now is an appropriations grant in hand to cover the $102,550 project. Moore presented what phase one of the project might look like. Mexico Beach is cur rently tied into Bay County for water service but the grant was awarded for an emergency water source. Were going to nd out what it takes to get drinkable water to Mexico Beach, Moore said. After a meeting between city ofcials, landowners and Preble-Rish a test well would be installed to sample water from an area north of Mexico Beach. The test well would tap into the upper and lower aquifer to nd quality wa ter after which geophysi cal monitoring and water quality tests would be conducted. Fluoride levels are naturally higher along the coast with a spike in Mexico Beach and Moore said that nding a source that doesnt require blend ing or heavy treatments is the best option the city can hope for. A lot more chemical reactions happen when you blend water sources, said Moore. If good water is found, the cost to the city will be $1.6 million for drilling and running the water to the city which can be cov ered by funds received earlier in the year from Natural Resource Dam age Assessment. If the test well doesnt nd quality water, there will be no additional cost to the city. Phase one is expect ed to take six months to complete and will be discussed further at the councils regular meeting in September. LAWSUIT Later in the workshop Councilwoman Tanya Castro asked about the possibility of holding an executive session with legal counsel to discuss litigation against the city by UniFirst, a uniform company. After being disappoint ed with the quality of ser vice the city canceled the contract. UniFirst led a suit claiming an unlawful cancellation of the con tract and the company is seeking damages from the city. A mediation meeting will be Sept. 15 in Tal lahassee. Interim city administrator Marcus Collins volunteered to attend the mediation in Mayor Al Catheys stead and bring more informa tion back to share with the council.PARKING PROBLEMS Castro and Council woman Mary Blackburn told Police Chief Glenn Norris they had both re ceived calls about park ing on the right-of-way on the opposite side of the beaches, which led to lim ited or zero visibility for drivers pulling out of side streets onto U.S. Highway 98 across Mexico Beach. Norris said ofcers were out giving verbal warnings, but he wasnt sure how to fully combat the issue. Citizens called for pub lic education of visitors to the area, requesting a campaign that would team up the Community Devel opment Council with area lodging partners to help spread the word. Norris attributed the problem to a lack of park ing throughout the city. The council decided against speaking with the Florida Department of Transportation about signs since it was likely it would prevent parking on the beach side, leading to additional parking issues. Collins suggested the city investigate applying for a grant that would fully cover construction of a two-tier parking garage. He said that by charging visitors to park, the struc ture could increase safety around Mexico Beach and also raise revenue for the city. In the meantime, Nor ris said he would en force the parking issues appropriately. Sacred Heart Medical Group hosts open house Special to The Star Sacred Heart Medical Group is hosting a com munity open house to wel come family medicine phy sician, Dr. Rachel Bixler, back home to Port St. Joe. The open house will be from 5 to 7 p.m. EST Tues day, Sept. 16, at Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf at 3801 E. Highway 98 in Port St. Joe. Guests will have the op portunity to tour Dr. Bix lers ofce, meet the staff and enjoy complimentary refreshments. Free health screenings will also be conducted for blood pressure, choles terol and body mass index (BMI) scores. For more information about the community open house, call Dr. Bixlers of ce at 850-229-5661. DR. RACHEL BIXLER Oyster industry eyes $6.3 million federal grant By VALERIE GARMAN 747-5076 | @valeriegarman email@example.com A P A L ACHICO L A It wasnt long ago when Apalachicola Bay oyster boats could ll the daily catch limit of 20 10gallon buckets easily. Today, they struggle to ll two buckets. Its bad. ... Its really bad out there, said Shannon Hartseld, president of the Franklin County Seafood Workers Association. We should be on the upper end getting better. At a selling point of $44 per bag, mi nus the cost of fuel, two bags of oysters per day is not enough, Hartseld said. In 2012, the industry saw its lowest har vest in more than two decades. Now the small shing community hopes a $6.3 million federal grant might help restore what was lost. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), between 2007 and 2011 Apala chicola Bay oyster landings accounted for 92 percent of the states oyster land ings and 8 percent of all U.S. landings. The number is considerably less now. The grant, released last week by the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, will be used to fund oyster restoration and job training for out-of-work anglers through a series of programs administered by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. The bulk of the funding, about $4.5 million, will go toward restoration through shelling, a process that involves placing oyster shells in the shallow bay areas to improve habitat. About $2.8 million will go toward hand shelling by local oystermen, while the remainder will fund shelling conducted by barge through the FWC and Florida Depart ment of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The grant also includes $770,000 to upgrade oyster-processing facili ties, $540,000 for vocational educa tion and training and $415,000 for bay monitoring. The DEO will work locally with Ca reerSource Gulf Coast for the hand shelling and vocational components to try to get those displaced by shery fail ure in Franklin County back to work. We remain dedicated to helping folks in the region revitalize the sh ery, while providing support for their transition to other career elds, said CSGC Executive Director Kim Bodine. Developing workforce options for some of our oystermen and assisting with the shelling program contributes greatly to the economic vitality of the area. Bodine said CSGC will enlist be tween 150 and 200 people to conduct the hand shelling, a process that will begin in four to six weeks. Although barge shelling may be quicker, it doesnt put people back to work, she said. The local people know what needs to be done, Hartseld said. The indus try, we know what we need. Give us a chance at it.
OPINION www.starfl.com Thursday, September 4, 2014 A Section Airports are wonderful places to study people, shoes and languages. Most of the people in the Atlanta airport were in a hurry on this Sunday afternoon. It seemed there was no rhyme or reason to the shoes how people walk in shoes with pointy toes or heels ve or six inches in the air puzzles me, particularly when they are in such a hurry. I did not understand most of the languages. I was waiting on a ight north and Delta Airlines seemed to have overbooked the ight by four passengers. People get frustrated, more in a hurry and start to panic. It was looking like a fun experiment and I needed to be a part of it. My Daddy always said, Whether you are playing cards or dealing with a dif cult situation, dont get in a hurry. I had a con rmed seat, so I had nothing to lose and everything to gain. The folks behind the check-in counter started by offering 500 Delta dollars to anyone who would give up their seat. I did not know what a Delta dollar was, but I was interested and walked up to the counter to ask. Before I could get there, a fellow had sold his seat for Delta dollars. The folks behind the counter explained to me that these Delta dollars could be used on any published rate to buy airline tickets. They also said they would provide a place for me to stay the night and a ticket to y out in the morning. Ive always wanted to go to Iceland, but I wasnt sure I was ready to go yet but I knew a ticket was about $1,000. So in my mind and on my bucket list I was playing for a trip to Iceland (and for the fun of it). Asking the nice fellow behind the counter if the offer would go up, he replied, I need three more takers, just wait. I sat back down and started talking to a pilot who was waiting for his plane to y/pilot. He was a nice fellow and sounded like he spoke with a Southern tongue. I asked him where he was from and how long he had been ying and how many children he had. I like talking to folks. He was from south of Atlanta, down toward Juliette, Georgia you know where The Whistle Stop Caf is and where they made the movie Fried Green Tomatoes. Ive been there; I love the place and the folks, and had my picture taken with members of a motorcycle gang, ate fried green tomatoes and listened to the cicadas. As a matter of fact, I liked the little town and restaurant so much, Ive considered putting, He loved Juliette on my tombstone, but Im afraid folks would get it confused with the wrong love story. The pilot and I talked about how he had been ying planes since he was a teenager and his parents had both been pilots of small aircraft as a hobby. I asked him if he or his parents were crop-dusters. This was a legitimate question because he did live in the rural South. He said they werent and honestly noted he would be afraid of all those chemicals getting on him and the dangers involved with ying cropdusting planes. We talked about the Delta Dollars, Iceland, my Daddys advice of not getting in a hurry and Juliette, Georgia. The pilot agreed that I should hold out a while longer. The nice man behind the counter raised his bid to 600 Delta dollars and looked at me. I gave him a smirk and shook my head and pointed up. There were no more takers and they still needed three passengers to give up their seats. I was holding all the good cards. About this time, a manager (I assumed) in a red coat showed up with the other folks behind the counter. They seemed to be studying the passenger list and talking about their overbooking problem. Im sure this is something that happens all the time. After they huddled, the man came back on the microphone and upped his offer to 800. Again, he looked at me. I shook my head no and gave him the universal hand signals for 1000 (a pointer nger followed by three sts). He laughed. Knowing the lady in the red jacket probably had the ability to surrender to me, I walked up to the counter and said, I know you guys are in a bind and Im willing to help. Although, I probably wont get to Iceland, I will take 1000 Delta dollars for my ticket. The lady in the red jacket smiled and surrendered and said, Sold. About this time, a couple was eavesdropping on my bargaining. They jumped up and said, If youre giving him 1000, well take 1000. They had their problem solved. The couple thanked me for negotiating for them. I said, Dont thank me, thank my Daddy, Iceland and the cicadas in Juliette, Georgia. They looked at me really strange; the best I could gure they were from the west coast and didnt understand about cicadas or the reasons not to get in a hurry. They still gained their 2000 Delta dollars. I was happy for them. After they left, I bargained with the red jacketed lady for a meal voucher and an extra Overnight Survival Kit that had neat things in it like a folding hair brush and a toothbrush that breaks the rst time you use it. My ight the next morning was ne, my meal voucher was enough to get me a Cobb salad and the complimentary hotel room was average. I doubt Ill get to Iceland, but I had a good time. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com. Im beginning to think this political season thing is like breathing. We somehow manage to live through a barrage of road signs, TV commercials and newspaper inserts; but before we can find out how bad this round of characters have hurt us ... theyre back nailing up more signs, approving this message and asking us to renew their contracts. Its like those swallows returning to San Juan Capistrano; that snapping turtle grabbing ahold of your finger with no thunder in sight; or ole Duke locking onto a giant hambone. I am aware of the growing lets kickem all out movement. I think that is a bit harsh, shortsighted and not very smart. For goodness sakes, if we can actually elect a person that is dead perfect honest and has our best interest at heart, lets not do anything to jeopardize that career! Maybe instead of criticizing the current list of office holders, we ought to be honing up on our voting skills. The first election that I raised my hand in came the opening weeks of the seventh grade. We were voting on who ought to be president of our junior high. Mrs. Bryant said it was a very serious matter and we should study the candidates, weigh our options and vote for the person we thought was best qualified to lead us in the upcoming year. I voted for Kay King. She was tall and skinny and good looking. And I really liked her daddy. He was always smiling and he had a rifle range in his basement. If you asked him just right, hed take you down there and let you shoot one of his guns. I didnt realize hed survived Pearl Harbor until years later. Had I known that, I would have voted for her twice! I dont remember any of the other candidates. And I certainly didnt know what a junior high president did. Mrs. Bryant said vote, and we did. I would love to report that Kay served with honor and distinction and lead our classes to heights never before achieved in the annals of junior high school. The fact is I dont remember anything about her tenure in office. I was too busy trying to survive class changes, football practice and seventh grade science. The school didnt burn down, nobody got run over in the parking lot and I didnt get lost but a couple of times winding my way form the cafeteria back to fourth period math. Kay musta been doing something right! My second-ever vote was not long in coming. Coach Rogers had us elect captains the day before the first junior high football game. We were supposed to pick two guys who best exemplified the hard work and dedication necessary to win games. I voted for Scotty McCullar and big Bob Edwards because they had run over me every day for four weeks! I didnt cast these votes lightly. I knew everyone on the team. Id grown up with most of them. I was aware of the ones who looked for short cuts at practice, the ones who mumbled under their breaths when we had to run extra for messing up on the punt return drills and the ones whose heart really wasnt in their work. I knew the intimate thoughts and desires of each player. I knew who I could count on when the going got tough. It was the easiest selecting Ive ever done. My first opportunity to vote on a national level was the presidential election in 1968. I was a twenty-one year old college senior. My choices were Richard Nixon, Hubert Humphrey or George Wallace. Several things worked against me in the selection process here. I was concentrating so hard on graduating that I was mostly oblivious to what was going on in the outside world. I didnt know the political philosophy, mental capability or the heart condition of any of the candidates. I didnt figure one vote was going to make much difference and, lets face it, there wasnt exactly an Abraham Lincoln type on the ballot! Pretty hard to cast an intelligent, informed and learned vote with the meager facts before me. If they debated on TV, I missed it. And I didnt think to ask if any of them had been at Pearl Harbor I would love to say that I got much better at it as the years, and campaigns, rolled by. But the truth is, I didnt! I was a little too selfish about work, family and play to get all the facts on everyone that was asking for my vote. I relied on the other guy here. I just assumed somebody in my district or state was watching these fellows. Sometimes you get what you ask for. Im not philosophying here; or getting on anybody; or trying to save the world. Im just thinking out loud. Maybe we ought to have been paying more attention. Youve got to dig past the pretty smile and the slick campaign. Sort out the good ones. If it is the lesser of two evils, find out which is the lesser! Of course, if I could play football for a couple of weeks with each and every candidate ... I could tell you exactly who to vote for! Respectfully, Kes By Lee Hamilton Special to the Star One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information. This insight was highlighted in the report of the 9/11 Commission on which I served and became a key driver of the reforms instituted by the U.S. intelligence community over the last dozen years. Within the government, there are plenty of people who now understand that sharing information and using it to inform planning and debate produces better policy: rooted in facts, wellvetted, and more robust. So its worrisome that today it seems harder than ever to know what our government is doing, and not just when it comes to national security. Secrecy and a widespread failure to share information both within government and with the American people remain major barriers to the effective operation of representative democracy. This unwillingness to be open often arises for the wrong reasons. In many cases, of cials claim theyre trying to prevent harm to the national security, but actually want to avoid embarrassing themselves or to sidestep the checks and balances created by our Constitution. So secretiveness in ltrates government culture. The White House has become remarkably adept at making sure the President rarely faces an unscripted or uncomfortable moment. The government classi es far too many documents at too high a cost, to the point where vital information is inadequately protected because of the sheer volume of needlessly classi ed information. Federal agencies often keep information from inspectors general, our nations appointed watchdogs. They do their best to put strict limits on what Congress nds out; I often get the impression that the executive branch would prefer an uninformed Congress to one knowledgeable enough to press high-ranking of cials, including the President, on their understanding of policy challenges, the steps theyre taking to address them, and the articulation of the policy. Congress ostensibly the peoples branch of government all too often lets the Executive get away with it. Failing to share information makes us weaker. It enfeebles congressional oversight, which is one of the cornerstones of representative democracy and which, when aggressively carried out by fully informed legislators, can strengthen policymaking. It makes it far more dif cult to maintain our system of checks and balances. It exacerbates mistrust between branches of government and between the government and the American people. And it chips away at the foundation of our system, which rests on a public that is well-informed about what government is doing and why. Without that information, we are poorer in our ability to exercise discriminating judgment on the conduct of policy and of politicians, and we lose our advantage over authoritarian societies: the spread of knowledge to people searching for a solution to our societys challenges and problems. In fact, if you look at the public discussion of any number of recent controversies Benghazi, NSA surveillance, the IRS rulings, reform of the VA, the subsidies going to solar manufacturer Solyndra whats clear is that as more information became available, resolving the problem became more straightforward. And failing to share information can ensnare an administration in worse problems than it was trying to avoid. Irancontra, Watergate, the Pentagon Papers: each of these had a major impact on our constitutional system, and each was characterized by efforts to suppress information. In short, on most issues were better off if the American people know whats going on. Full disclosure doesnt produce good government by itself, but it makes it more likely. To be sure, on occasion secrecy is legitimate and necessary, but representative government cannot function properly without openness and the presumption should always be in its favor. If of cials want to keep information secret, they should bear the burden of explaining why. I hope youll join me in pushing for an era of openness in government. Lee Hamilton is Director of the Center on Congress at Indiana University. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. CRANKS MY TRACTOR BN Heard HUNKER DOWN Kesley Colbert Why government openness matters Playing cards in the airport Page 4 Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Alan Davis Editor: Tim Croft SUBSCRIPTIONS PAYABLE IN ADVANCE IN COUNTY $24.15 year $15.75 six months OUT OF COUNTY $34.65 year $21 six months Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editons. TO ALL ADVERTISERS In case of error or omissions in advertisements, the publishers do not hold themselves liable for damage further than the amount received for such advertisement. The spoken word is given scant attention; the printed word is thoughtfully weighed. 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LETTERS www.starfl.com Thursday, September 4, 2014 A Section Page 5 Record Tourism, Laurence Shames and Jimmy Buffett He lookedto the beach, blessed every lounge chair of the state of Floridaa patient and forgiving state where lives could be rethought, revised, perhaps even repaired. Tropical Depression by Laurence Shames The next sound you hear is an entire state exhaling at the conclusion of the Labor Day holiday. Jimmy Buffet had it right in When The Coast Is Clear (see lyrics below). Lets start with the bottom line. Florida may yet host a hundred million visitors in 2014. According to Visit Florida, 24 million out-of-state tourists visited Florida during the three month period of April through June, most of whom seemed to be driving in my neighborhood. Just kidding. This new record eclipsed the second quarter mark by 3 percent, set last year during this time period. Of these 24 million second quarter visitors, 2.8 million were from overseas and a million were from Canada. More out-of-state Americans came to see us, too: 2.6 percent more than last years record setting numbers. We dont have the third quarter statistics yet (July through September), but these numbers are likely to establish new records, also. Tourism is a job creator. Some 1.1 million Florida jobs are directly tied to it, including 76,000 new ones in 2013. The hotel industry thrives. Fattened bed tax revenues subsequently help fund schools, roads and building projects. Realtors sell second homes and condos. Small businesses ourish. Charter boat shermen earn a sweat-stained living guiding sunburned tourists into schools of amberjack, snapper and mingo. Visitors throw coins ad nauseam into the plastic netting at the entrance to Florida toll roads, money that helps pay down the debt issued to build those roads. Speaking of coins, theres a ip side, too. The roads that our visitors help pay for? Theyre deteriorating faster than we can rebuild them, partly because of so many out-of-state cars. The population in tourist destinations swells to twentyve and fty times the actual number of permanent residents. The strain on infrastructure is enormous. Locals shop depleted grocery store shelves, stand in interminable lines, and motor behind excited, erratic drivers. Roads are clogged, and safety and rescue vehicles can often make little more progress in negotiating them than the rest of us. Our water resources, with an aquifer already stressed by commercial development, must sustain not only our permanent residents, but thirsty visitors as well. Gently expressed, the quality of life suffers. Many visitors eventually themselves become permanent residents. And pay property taxes and contribute to communities. And as such, it doesnt take them long to join the debate over the mixed blessing of unbridled tourism. As Kurt Vonnegut said, And so it goes. Thats where it always happens Same place every year; I come down to talk to me When the coast is clear. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, a syndicated economic columnist, is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850-6086121~www.arborwealth.net), a Fee-Only and Fiduciary Registered Investment Advisory Firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any speci c strategy or investment will be suitable or pro table for an investor. MARGARET R. M c DOWELL Arbor Outlook Send your letters to : LETTERS TO THE EDITOR P.O. Box 308 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Fax: 850-227-7212 Email: tcroft@star .com Comments from our readers in the form of letters to the editor or a guest column are solicited and encouraged. A newspapers editorial page should be a forum where differing ideas and opinions are exchanged. All letters and guest columns must be signed and should include the address and phone number of the author. The street address and phone number are for veri cation and will not be published. Letters must be in good taste and The Star reserves the right to edit letters for correctness and style. S HARE YOUR OPINIONS Dear Editor, My keyboard has been silent for a while but today I must speak out regarding the planned ve cent per gallon fuel tax for Gulf County. I have listened to the arguments in favor of the tax but cannot understand how this gas tax increase is in the best interest of the low income and xed income residents of the county. The projected revenue stream from this gas tax is about $120,000. I do not believe this amount will be collected as residents who have the ability to purchase their gas outside Gulf County will do so. Gasoline in Gulf County is already higher than Bay County by .17 to .25 per gallon. Proponents of the tax say it is only a nickel per gallon. I say its a nickel on top of $3.45 that the low and xed income residents of Gulf County should not be asked to pay. According to information obtained from the U. S. Census Bureau the latest available numbers lists the per capita income for Gulf County at $17,975. The median household income for Gulf County is $39,535 meaning half the households in Gulf County have an income of less than $39,535 and the other half of Gulf County households have an income more than $39, 535. Also, according to the census information, 18.8 percent of Gulf County residents live below the poverty level. Veterans comprise approximately 10 percent of our population and residents over 65 are 17.4 percent. Times are dif cult for many in Gulf County. Prices for food, clothing, utilities, homeowners insurance, medical costs and other essential goods and services continue to increase. So lets take another nickel per gallon bite out of the household budget because we think the tourists should help pay for coming here. The tourists already contribute a great deal to our economy. The Tourist Development Councils budget last year was just over one million dollars. The TDC gets four pennies per dollar (soon to be 5 pennies per dollar) in bed taxes collected. In order to generate one million dollars for the TDC twenty six million dollars must be spent for lodging in Gulf County. This is just for lodging. By the way, the total tax for lodging in Gulf County is 11 percent soon to be 12 percent. This does not include money spent for food at local stores. This does not include money spent for meals enjoyed in local restaurants. This does not include money spent for shing trips. This does not include purchases made at local merchants in Port St. Joe and throughout Gulf County. Tourists spend a lot of money in Gulf County. This keeps businesses in business. This keeps people employed in Gulf County. TDC funds are used to rake the beaches as needed, remove trash from the beaches (100,000 pounds of trash was removed this season), maintain pet stations, and provide information kiosks throughout the county. TDC funds promote Gulf County in order to get tourists here. We are a tourist community and we cannot survive without our tourists. The locals are the bread and butter the tourists are the gravy. I see the tourists as a good thing. Im concerned that some in our county see them as nothing more than a cash cow ready to be milked. Vacationers plan all year for a trip to our little piece of paradise and many are on a budget keep adding taxes there will be a tipping point and the cash cow will run dry. Currently the 2014-2015 budget includes the gas tax increase plus a millage increase in ad valorem tax. I hope everyone will take the time to review their TRIM notice. How much will your tax bill increase with the new millage rate? I believe the gas tax increase can be avoided with a reduction in the proposed 20142015 budget. There are a number of areas where line items can be cut. The second reading of the gas tax ordinance will be at 9 a.m. Sept. 9, 2014 at the regular BOCC meeting. The BOCC will also vote on this ordinance at that meeting. I realize for many in the workplace it is extremely inconvenient to attend meetings during business hours but I want to encourage everyone who can possibly make it to be there. The following day (Sept. 10 at 5 p.m.) there is a budget meeting in the commission board room. I would also like to encourage citizens to attend this meeting as well. We the people, need to let our voices be heard. I sincerely believe we can make a difference. Barbara Radcliff Gulf County Resident and Business Owner Dear Citizens of Gulf County, I am extremely grateful for the support many of you have provided during my recent campaign. The people of Gulf County were always kind and receptive to me and my supporters. Being from Calhoun County, I appreciate your style of hospitality and grace. Many people are asking me if I intend to seek of ce again. The answer is yes! I thoroughly enjoyed campaigning and believe that I have much to offer as a public servant. For those of you who supported me, I hope I can gain your support again. For those of you who were unable to support me, I respect your decision and hope I can gain your support in the future. In the meantime, I will continue to operate my law of ce and serve the needs of our local communities. Thanks again for your support. Shalene Grover When I married into the Parrish family I soon realized their great love for dogs. It must have been a contagious malady as I soon became a dog lover also. We had several dogs that were special to me, but the most special dog to me was a Tibetan spaniel named Trampus that my son brought to me from his home in South Florida. This little dog came to his house looking for a home, but my son already had a dog and he felt that I would treasure this little doggie. He was right! As soon as I got him I was very proud of him, taking him out walking up and down the street. One of my neighbors asked me if I was showing my little dog off. He was sure right. Then I called the editor of the local paper describing my doggie. He said hed be right out to take a picture of him as well as writing an article in the paper on how Trampus had been brought to Port St. Joe to be my special little doggie. By Audrey Parrish The causes of our health care systems meltdown are many and theyre complex. Are there too few doctors? Are health insurance companies ineffective? Are there too many people without health insurance? Are the drugs too expensive? Are there too many demands on hospitals staff? Are government regulations too onerous? All of the above? Yes! Its a perfect storm of problems. A reader contends that anesthesiologists are working 70 to 80 hours a week because of Obamacare. Its true that hospital-based specialists often work long hours because of health insurer contracts and emergency room responsibilities. For example, if a physician contracts to provide a specialty service like anesthesiology, he/she is required to meet hospital obligations. These obligations are spelled out in contracts and government regulations that hospitals must comply with for accreditation. Doctors, unlike nurses, are not on shifts. They must respond whenever they are called. Surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, obstetricians, cardiologists, anesthesiologists cannot escape hospital requirements. Hospitals can drop physicians not meeting those requirements. The loss of hospital privileges can end a doctors career. Also, physicians can face serious sanctions if they fail to respond adequately to patient medical needs. Certain rare physician specialties have refused hospital call and have limited their practices. It is more about a sane workload than liability. However, liability cannot be dismissed and adds pressure to the doctors workday. The reader who complained that anesthesiologists work too many hours addressed one the serious aws in health care today. Medical care is unfair to patients and unfair to doctors. Our nation has 50 million uninsured people. That grim number alone describes a dysfunctional system. In Florida, thirty percent of the population under 65 has no health insurance 4.5 million people. The nations healthcare system broke down decades ago as the number of uninsured Americans climbed. President Bill Clinton faced 33 million uninsured. Each year political con ict thwarts health-care solutions and the problem expands. Citizens feel the effects in costs of care and skyrocketing insurance rates. Healthcare workers are overburdened, especially doctors. Long-term solutions require graduating more medical students to meet growing demand, expanding community health centers, allowing the expansion of practice parameters for physician assistants, advanced registered nurse practitioners, opticians, pharmacists and psychologists. The goal should be universal healthcare coverage. Most industrialized nations have solved their healthcare problem. The U.S. must x theirs. Dr. Marc Yacht, MD is a semi-retired physician living in Hudson, Florida. This column courtesy of Context Florida. Gas tax not best interest Grover thanks supporters My special dog A perfect storm of problems plagues U.S. health care system MARC YACHT Special to The Star WWW.STARFL.COM
Local A6 | The Star Thursday, September 4, 2014 4518846 Ex pe ri en ce Co un ts Co mm it me nt to Ex ce lle nc e Bo ar d Ce rt i ed In te rn al Me di ci ne & Cos me ti c Sp ec ia li st Vi nc en t Iv er s, MD 22 770 70 | WWW .IVE RS MD .C OM 30 1 M ON DA Y T UE SD AY T HUR SD AY & F RI DA Y 9 AM 6 PM W ED NE SD AY & S AT UR DA Y 9 AM 2 PM Co ng rat ul at io ns to Dr Vi nc en t Iv er s, fo r Ov er 23 Ye ar s o f De di ca t ed Co mp ass io na te Se rv ic e. Dr Iv er s, Hi s St af f, an d Fa mil y Th an k Yo u an d Loo k Fo rw ar d to Ma ny Mo re Ye ar s Wi th Al l of Yo u. Dr Iv er s an d his fa mi ly re lo ca ted fr om th e Co co a Bea ch ar ea wh er e he wo rk ed as a pr im ar y ca re ph ys ici an to jo in th e St Jo e co mmu ni ty in 19 95. He th en beg an pr act ici ng in te rna l me di ci ne fa mi ly me di ci ne in -p at ie nt ca re an d ca rd io va sc ul ar me di ci ne a t Gu lf Pi ne s Me di ca l. Dr Iv er s Gr ad u at ed Cu m La ud e in his me di ca l cl as s. Wh en he joi ne d Gu lf Pi ne s Me di ca l, he wa s a mem be r of th e Am er ic an Co ll eg e of Ch es t Ph ys i ci an s, Amer ic an Me di ca l As so ci at io n an d th e Amer ic an Co ll eg e of Ph ys i ci an s. Dr Iv er s ha s re ce iv ed ma ny aw ar ds th ro ug h th e ye ar s, bu t mo st re wa rd in g of al l is th e hono r of ea rn in g th e tr us t an d lo ya lt y of hi s so ma ny wo nd er fu l pa ti en ts M AN AG IN G AL L YO UR FA MI LY NEED S : citywide improvements to the water distribution system. The rst year, the increase was over 20 percent, and each year, the amount of increase has declined. Next year, the scheduled increase is another 3 percent. Health insurance for city employees went up by just under 5 percent, said the citys broker, Dwight Van Lierop, though the city will realize a savings of 5 percent in property and liability insurance. The increase in health insurance costs to the city, which subsidizes $700 per month for all employees, will be $17,461. The new fee structure raised premiums for employee-only insurance carried by 47 of the 53 employees on the citys plan to $650.15. You are still under the cap (of $700), city manager Jim Anderson said. The city is also creating a position within Public Works to address parks and recreation. The city has contracted out recreation costs primarily upkeep of city parks and ball elds the past ve years, but the contract had grown to a projected $45,000 for the coming year. That, Public Works supervisor John Grantland said, is enough to capture salary and bene ts for a full-time employee, at a savings to the city, and staff had recommended bringing the work back in-house. Grantland said programs the city wished to establish could be put in place. We will able to improve the area where there have been shortfalls the past ve years, Grantland said. Commissioners could also realize some unexpected revenue during the coming year with Gulf Pines Hospital. The vacant property is free and clear of title liens, and commissioners hope to raze the building and nalize a plat with a projected six single-family home sites and sell the land in the coming year. At the very least, commissioners will need to pay for survey and determine a layout items not in the budget before advertising to sell the land. Another potential variable is solid waste. It remains unclear what the city will pay in tipping fees in the coming scal year. The tipping fees will depend on several factors, including the outcome of negotiations on a new contract with Waste Pro and the speed with which Waste Pro constructs a transfer station as Five Points Land ll, which is scheduled to be closed by the county at the end of the year. RECOUNT from page A1 Wooten and Taunton embraced after the nal tally. I ran for the seat and not against James, Wooten said. It feels good anytime you strive for something and accomplish it. Its time to go to work for the children, teachers and voters of Gulf County. Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton was on hand at the recount to welcome the newest member of the Gulf County School Board. Both of these young professionals know the community well, and the close vote shows the respect the community has for each, Norton said. I congratulate Brooke for his win. Having known him, I know Brooke can be an exemplary member of the school board and work hard on behalf of the school, the children and the taxpayers of Gulf County. Wooten will be sworn in at the Gulf County school board meeting on Sept. 17. Wooten will replace George Cox, who announced his retirement this year after more than 50 years serving the public schools. The total voter turnout for the primary was just 27 percent across the county. Of the 550 total ballots cast, 105 were by absentee, 180 through early voting and the remaining 265 at the polls. APPEAL from page A1 in December 2012 citing ve grounds for post-conviction relief, claiming ineffectiveness of counsel and seeking a new trial. Three of those grounds had previously been denied in circuit court. One remaining count, seeking relief based on cumulative error, was reserved by the court pending an evidentiary hearing on the nal ground. The evidentiary hearing was held last month with the remaining ground for appeal in which Jackson asserted ineffectiveness on the part of Paul Komarek, Jacksons attorney, for interfering with Jacksons right to testify. Jackson argued that though he initially told Komarek he did not want to testify, he changed his mind in order to refute the testimony from two prosecution witnesses relating to statements Jackson allegedly made admitting to the killing over a drug deal gone sour as well as the testimony of Investigator Paul Beasley. On the stand, Beasley testi ed regarding the murder investigation, interviews with ve witnesses who implicated Jackson and a taped telephone conversation with one witness during which Jackson implicated himself in the shooting death of Curcie. Jackson appealed that Komarek did not call him to the stand nor notify the court that Jackson wished to testify. Further, Jackson argued the court never made an on-the-record inquiry about his desire to testify. Jackson argued his testimony would undercut the prosecution witnesses and bring in, through testimony about his statement to Beasley, evidence that would point to his innocence. Circuit Court Judge John L. Fishel II, however, denied the motion based on the hearing, taking into account the demeanor and testimony of witnesses heard during the hearing. Komarek testi ed that Jackson told him, I dont think I ought to take the stand during preparation for the trial, and Komarek made speci c note of the statement, according to Fishels motion led Aug. 29. Jackson testi ed that after the state rested its case, he changed his mind and returning to the courtroom told Komarek he wanted to testify. While testifying, Komarek said the conversation never took place, that a defendant testifying is a major event in any case, and while he would have tried to talk Jackson out of testifying if told he wanted to, the nal decision would be Jacksons, according to Fishels motion. During cross examination in the hearing, the prosecution, Fishel wrote, established that had Jackson testi ed he would have been subjected to cross examination that likely would have presented more damaging evidence to the jury, Fishel wrote. Fishel found that Jackson knowingly and voluntarily waived his right to trial, whether or not the court made an of cial inquiry. Further, Fishel found Jackson did not establish that his failure to testify was prejudicial to the defense, denied the motion and further denied the nal grounds for relief based on cumulative error. BUDGETS from page A1 Like us on THE PORT ST. JOE STAR Halliburton reaches $1B spill settlement NEW ORLEANS (AP) Halliburtons agreement to pay more than $1 billion to settle numerous claims involving the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill could be a way for the company and victims of the spill to avoid years of costly litigation if all the pieces fall into place. A federal judge still has to approve the settlement. That same judge has rulings pending on the extent to which parties, including Halliburton, were negligent in the deadly explosion of the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig. Those rulings could affect plaintiffs decisions on whether to participate in the settlement, which was announced Tuesday. Pending action by the Supreme Court over interpretations of an earlier BP settlement with businesses also comes into play. Joe Rice, of the law rm Motley Rice, which has been working for the plaintiffs, doesnt see those as major barriers to the settlement. Theyre not extremely complicated pieces, Rice said. The litigation would be extremely complicated. The settlement involves commercial or subsistence shermen or hunters whose catches were affected by the spill, and businesses and property owners, including local government entities, who had property touched by the oil. They would be able to collect punitive damages from Halliburton through a fund to be administered by a court-appointed representative. The agreement also would settle claims for a separate class of businesses and individuals who were deemed to have causes of action against Halliburton under BPs 2012 settlement with businesses affected by the spill. Rice said the settlement, if approved by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, would settle most major claims against Halliburton, except those led by state governments affected by the spill. Halliburton declined comment on the settlement, other than what was in its brief of cial statement, which noted that the company had a $1.3 billion losscontingency provision related to the spill litigation. RBC Capital Markets analyst Kurt Hallead said Tuesday that, given Halliburtons loss contingency, the settlement shouldnt have a major effect on pro ts or losses. BP: OUST CLAIMS CHIEF FOR CONFLICT OF INTEREST NEW ORLEANS (AP) BP PLC has asked a federal judge to remove the administrator of damage claims from its 2010 oil spill, saying he failed to disclose a major con ict of interest and spends too much on administration: $1 billion during two years, or $1 for every $5 sent to claimants. Patrick Juneau is not the neutral person required for the job because he represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and pushed for favorable terms for those with claims, attorneys for BP said in a 43-page motion led Tuesday with U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. In a written statement, Juneau said Tuesday that he will respond in court to the issues BP raised. Juneaus quarterly reviews have found error rates of 12 percent or more on claims, despite a budget equal to more than 7 percent of the annual budget of the entire federal judiciary, BP argued. It said the error rate should be unacceptable to any reasonable and prudent claims administrator.
AUG. 25-31 On Monday, Aug. 25, the Gulf County Sheriffs Of ce traveled to Walton and Washington Correctional Institution to execute orders to transport. Johntavious M. Tiller (23) and Random M. Jackson (27) were transported to Gulf County for their scheduled appearances in circuit court on Tuesday. Both inmates were returned to their respective facilities on Wednesday, Aug. 27. On Aug. 25, Deputy S. Willis took a report of a stolen tag at the GCSO Wewahitchka Substation. The offense occurred in the 600 block of Old Panama Highway in Wewahitchka. The tag was stolen off of a utility trailer. On Aug. 25, Deputy P. Williams responded to the Dalkeith Fire Department on County Road 381 in reference the theft of fuel. The complainant reported that approximately six gallons of gas was stolen from a fuel tank which was stored on one of the trucks. On Wednesday, Aug. 27, Deputy J. Brock took the report of a theft which occurred in the 100 block of Warmouth Drive. The complainant reported the theft of a prop from an outboard motor. The prop was described as a fourteen pitch stainless steel prop. The prop is valued at approximately $350. On Aug. 27, Capt. C. Buchanan served Jonathan F. Sapp (30) with a warrant for violation of probation. Sapp was already in custody at the Gulf County Detention Facility. He is on probation for the Threat of Unlawful Harm and Littering. This is the third VOP served on Sapp by the GCSO. He remains in custody. On Thursday, Aug. 28, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a physical disturbance in the 100 block of Amy Circle, in Wewahitchka. Sgt. J. Williams was dispatched and arrived at the scene. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Cindy D. Mann (55). Mann was transported to the GCDF and charged with Battery on a Person 65 years of Age or Older. She was rst appeared the same day and given a conditional release. On Aug. 28, Deputy J. Brock responded to the 200 block of Johnson Lane in Wewahitchka regarding a phone scam. The complainant reported he had received a telephone call from an unknown individual who stated he won $890,000. The caller advised the complainant that all he needed to do is to travel to a Wal-Mart and purchase $90 money card and mail it to an address which would be revealed after the purchase was made. While Deputy Brock was at the residence the individual phoned again, but disconnect the call after they learned law enforcement was involved. On Aug. 28, the GCSO received a complaint regarding a residential burglary in the 200 block of Canning Drive in Red Bull Island. Deputy J. Brock responded to the call. The complainant discovered the screen and a window to the residence knocked out. The residence was described to be in disarray. The GCSO continues to investigate. On Friday evening, Aug. 29, Deputy P. Williams was on patrol in the area of the Seven Springs Subdivision and located a vehicle parked in the roadway of Hammock Court without lights on. Contact was made with the occupants of the vehicle. The GCSO had arrested several subjects for drug possession in the area. Deputy P. Williams obtained consent to search the vehicle. The search resulted in the discovery of a small bag containing marijuana and a set of digital scales. Deputy Williams arrested Ryan M. Carver (23) and transported him to the GCDF. Carver was charged with possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was rst appeared the following day and released on a $2,500 bond. On Saturday, Aug. 30, Deputy S. Ferrell responded to the 300 block of West Lakeview Drive in Wewahitchka after the GCSO received a 911 call regarding a domestic disturbance. At the conclusion of the investigation, Deputy Ferrell arrested Charles R. Hanlon (71) and charged him with Domestic Battery. Hanlon was transported to the GCDF where he was later rst appeared and released on a $1,500 bond. On Aug. 30, Deputy P. Williams arrested Gary L. Hudson (45) in the 8200 block of West U.S. Highway 98 in St. Joe Beach. Hudson was charged with Violation of a Conditional Release on his original charge of Harassing Phone Calls. He was transported to the GCDF and is held without bond. On Sunday, Aug. 31, Deputy S. Ferrell responded to the 300 block of Gary Rowell Road, north of Wewahitchka, regarding the theft of a bicycle. A description of the bicycle was provided to Deputy Ferrell by the complainant. The bicycle was later located and recovered. Criminal charges are forthcoming. On Aug. 31, the GCSO received a 911 call regarding an unknown disturbance in the 100 block of Woodmere Drive, in Honeyville, involving a knife. Deputy P. Williams responded to the call. When he arrived he observed Norman L. Griggs Jr. (42) with a knife assaulting the victim. Griggs was taken into custody and transported to the GCDF. 4518839 PUBLIC NO TICE A Public Hearing will be held at the Planning and Dev elopment Re view Boar d (PDRB) on Monday September 15, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. EST and at the Boar d of County Commissioner s (BOCC) meeting on Tu esday September 23, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. EST Both public hearings will be held in the BOCC Meeting Ro om at the Ro bert M. Moor e Administr ation Building 1000 Cecil G. Co st in Sr Bl vd ., Po rt St. Jo e, Fl orida. Th e public hearings will be to discuss and act on the follo wing: 1. Va riance Ro nald M. Je nne Tr ustee Pa rc el ID #06365-001R Section 36, To wnship 8 South, Ra ng e 12 We st Gulf side Wh ite Sands Driv e (Cape San Blas Shor es) 10 ro ad setback to meet DEP 2. Va riance Char les & Mary Dinatale Pa rc el ID #06287125R Section 22, To wnship 9 South, Ra ng e 11 We st Ju bilation Subdivision 6 setback for new stair s. 3. Va riance Seaw ater s, LL C. -P ar cel ID #06345-820R Section 25, To wnship 8 South, Ra ng e 12 We st Secluded Dunes Driv e Re quest a 6 boar dw alk within beach access easement. 4. Va riance Brian Re illy Pa rc el ID #06364-004R Section 36, To wnship 8 South, Ra ng e 12 We st Gulf side Wh ite Sands Driv e (Cape San Blas Shor es) 10 ro ad setback to meet DEP 5. County Dev elopment Re gulations and Po licies A. RV Or dinance discussion B. Zoning discussion 6. Staff Public and Open Discussion Th e public is encour ag ed to attend and be hear d on these matter s. Information prior to the meeting can be view ed at the Planning Department at 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blv d., Ro om 311. To learn ho w yo u can suppor t our commun ity s univ ersity contact Ma ry Be th Lo vingood at (850) 770-2108 or mblo firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Special to The Star Youre scalloping, either wading or snorkeling along looking at all the sea life in and around the grass ats. You encounter tan or brown tumbleweed-sized mounds that you push away. The mounds feel rough. If snorkeling, take a break from hunting scallops and closely investigate some of the brown mounds. You will nd a world of life in or under those mounds that you might never have seen before. Those tan mounds are mostly species of Laurencia, a genus of red algae. The red algae are a diverse group found from polar seas to the tropics. Many red algae have been used by humans for centuries. Nori, a red algae, is used in sushi. Irish moss (Chondrus crispus), was made into a pudding on both sides of the Atlantic. And carrageenan, a thickening agent, is an additive in many of our processed foods and in cosmetics. Some species of red algae are calcareous and help cement coral reefs together. If you look closely at a piece of Laurencia, you will see that it is somewhat knobby, which accounts for the rough feel. Another red algae species often found in the bay is Gracilaria, which is often dark red and feels slippery. It is easy to tell these two algae apart by feel. But these are only two species. Eight to 65 different species of drift algae have been found in the sea grass beds of the Gulf coast of Florida. Drift algae are found where water currents are slow and the algae can get caught on the blades of turtle grass. The relative shelter of St. Joseph Bay makes for ideal Laurencia habitat plenty of shallow areas for light penetration, clear water, and slow currents. The drift algae also account for the complexity and abundance of sea life in the bay. Those mounds of drift algae are either a food source or a habitat, a temporary place of refuge, or a substrate to grow on depending on the organism. Many small invertebrates are found in the drift algae. Tiny hermit crabs can be seen feeding along the fronds of algae picking off bits of smaller algae and debris. Snails, tiny crabs, and hydroids can be spotted with a little patience. As the algae are carried by the currents, the invertebrates are transported from place to place and often distributed to new habitats. Vertebrates that take refuge in the algae are sea horses, pipe sh, sea robins, blennies, and gobies, and many a tiny sh can be observed darting into the shelter of the algae when chased by a larger predator. Schools of Pin sh are easily observed grazing on bits of debris and organic matter on the surface of the algae lobes. Many larger organisms hide beneath the mounds of algae. Gently lift part of an algae clump aside and you may be rewarded by the sight of a bottom-dwelling sh like a toad sh or possibly a blue crab hiding. Although drift algae adds to the diversity of the bay, it also can have an adverse effect on the turtle grass. If currents arent suf cient to move the algae along, the turtle grass does not get suf cient sunlight to grow and occasionally bare areas will be formed. In shallow areas the cellular respiration of the algae can reduce the oxygen content of the water and decaying algae will further reduce oxygen levels. There is a delicate balancing act between grazers, algae and the sea grass. Herbivores are vital to sea grass growth because they feed on the drift algae and keep it in check. However, the balance can be easily thrown off by the simple addition of too many nutrients into the water. Algae are simple plants and they respond to fertilizers the same way your garden does. Fertilizer run-off from lawns and farms gets into the bay either by direct run-off from lawns on the bay or washed downstream from a distance. Even if your lawn is not directly on the bay, drainage ditches next to roadways carry fertilizer runoff to the bay. Nutrients from septic systems leach into the bay. Human activities have a huge effect on near-shore aquatic systems, and once the system is out of balance there is a cascade effect of overgrowth, algal die-off, depleted oxygen in the water from decomposition, cloudy water that hampers sea grass growth and so on. It takes a long time for the system to get back in balance. Take a moment to explore the algae clumps while you snorkel. You will be rewarded by some interesting sights and gain some insight into the diversity of life in St. Joseph Bay. 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 Monda y Th ursda y 7A M 6PM (EST ) | Fr ida y Sa tur da y 7A M 7PM (EST ) Su nda y 7A M 2PM (EST ) Lets go! 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Gag grouper is still open in our waters east of Idian pass and many anglers are catching nice sh in the 100-180ft range due south of Cape San Blas. Inshore shing is slowing down this week due to school activities and football season, however, we are seeing large schools of red sh this week in and around the Crooked Island area and running the beaches near Shell Island. These sh are very spooky, so stealth is the best approach for a hook up. Top water action is the best way to land a trout in St. Joe Bay this week as the water temperatures continue to hold around the high 80s. Get out early as you can, even at day break for the best action and chance at a trophy trout. Drift algae comes in many different forms LAURENCIA GRACILARIA SNAGGING A SAILFISH PHILLIP ROBINSON | Special to The Star Jamie and Phillip Robinson hold a 62-inch sail sh recently caught by Dana Miller at the buoy line off Port St. Joe. They were shing with duster and cigar minnows and the sh was released shortly after the photo was taken. LABOR DAY LANDING SPECIAL TO THE STAR Joey Romanelli spent a good chunk of his holiday weekend laboring to bring in this really big red sh. After a photo by his wife, Marie, Joey returned the red sh to the waters of Indian Pass. THE PORT ST. JOE STAR Like us on
Special to The Star High School High Tech at Port St Joe High School kicked off this school year this past week with a meeting of the returning members. New members will be recruited in the coming weeks. All members of HSHT are students with disabilities who are quite capable of gaining the degrees and training necessary to go into the High Tech elds. The HSHT program is not a public school program but is offered at Port St Joe High School. It is partially funded by a grant from the ABLE Trust and Florida Vocational Rehabilitation and run by Dyslexia Research Institute. Dr. Patricia Hardman is the director and Melissa Behee is the program coordinator in Port St Joe. During the school year the HSHT members are engaged in activities to learn about future employment opportunities, particularly in the High Tech elds. They also participate in community activities, helping others throughout the year. They will have training in what is expected of an employee in the work force, how to learn about the elds that they have interest in and what degrees or training is required, have mentoring days to see their choices in action, go on eld trips to learn about employment opportunities and the requirements for the different jobs that are available here in Gulf County and in the world. They also have fun at their meetings. In the summer, those who qualify by having earned points for participation in all the events throughout the year are offered summer paid internships to have hands on experience in the work force. The paid internships are not funded through the grant, but how can a teenager learn work skills without being paid? So Dyslexia Research Institute holds the annual Autumn Action golf tournament each year to raise the stipends for the internships. The Autumn Action is Oct. 5 at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club. Sponsorships for the golf tournament are what pays the stipends, so we need our community leaders and businesses to help out. Brenden and Cindy Murphy have offered a challenge for sponsors by being willing to match up to $1500 in donations or sponsorships. They must raise about $6,000$7,000 to cover all the students who will want summer internships. Sponsorships range from $100 for a hole sponsor to $1,000 for a tournament sponsor. You also can help by bringing a team out to play in the Autumn Action Scramble. Call Dr. Pat at 229-7799. PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA PORT ST. JOE WEWAHITCHKA SPORTS www.starfl.com Thursday, September 4, 2014 Page 9 Section A Port St. Joe blitzes Wewahitchka By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com PORT ST. JOE Jarkeice Davis and Port St. Joe sprinted into the new football season last Friday at Shark Field. Davis, a senior fullback, rushed for 237 yards and ve touchdowns in the rst half and the Tiger Sharks cruised to a 41-7 victory over county rival Wewahitchka. Davis nished with 248 yards and scored all six Port St. Joe touchdowns; on just 14 carries, exploiting a combination of excellent blocking up front and spotty tackling by the Gators. Davis added two receptions for 15 yards and the Tiger Sharks nished with 462 total yards of offense. About the only ding one could apply to the Tiger Sharks performance was 80 penalty yards on eight yellow ags. I thought the offensive line came out and played hard and did a great job opening holes, said Port St. Joe coach John Palmer. We didnt execute as crisply as I would have liked, but this is the rst game. I didnt like the penalties and we are going to have to clean that up. We just have some things to work on. While the Gators played better in the second half, allowing Port St. Joe just 130 yards of offense and scored a touchdown, the rst half avalanche was too much to overcome. We are better than we played tonight, said Wewahitchka coach Loren Tillman. We talked about it at halftime, that they wear that (Gators) on their jerseys not for themselves, but for their school and their community. There were many people to play hard for and I thought we came out and played better in the second half, especially our tackling. After the Gators deferred and kicked off to start the game the Davis show was on. He completed a 56-yard opening drive with a 23yard run on the sixth play and Cole Cryderman, who missed just one of six extra points, made it 7-0. The Gators opened with a new formation, Taylor Flowers at quarterback and Rashard Ranie in the back eld. It seemed to ummox the Tiger Sharks a bit as Wewahitchka moved into Port St. Joe territory, but Flowers, under pressure, threw short for an interception by Jak Riley at the Tiger Shark 30, and Ranie would return to quarterback the rest of the way. One play after the pick Davis took a pitch right got around the defense and was gone for a touchdown. Port St. Joe held Wewahitchka to three-andout and Davis nished a 45-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run through two tacklers. The Gators, with the help of an unsportsmanlike penalty, managed to hold the ball for most of the next seven minutes, moving to the Tiger Shark 40 before faltering and being forced to punt. Three plays later Davis went 84 yards, busting over right tackle and leaving two tacklers grasping air with a nifty fake at the point of attack before nding nothing but open eld. The rst half blitz was completed with an 18-yard touchdown run from Davis and Port St. Joe was up 34-0 at halftime. After forcing the Gators to punt on the opening drive of the second half Port St. Joe took over at its 44 and needed just seven plays to score and make it 41-0 on a 5-yard run by Davis. At that point Palmer began substituting liberally. Brett Satter eld busted over left guard and rumbled 69 yards on the ensuing drive, Peter Setterich adding the extra point to complete the scoring. COURTESY OF STEVE WHEALTON The Tiger Shark defense limited the Gators to 162 yards of offense and forced an interception on this rst quarter play. PSJHS soccer numbers up By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com The interest in soccer at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School continues to climb. Coach Gary Hindley held a preseason meeting with prospective players last week with 58 athletes attending as prelude to the start of practice next month. The numbers and interest in soccer grows every year at Port St. Joe and in the area, said Hindley, who is entering his sixth season with the program. The excitement of this summers World Cup has probably been a huge factor in raising interest in the game locally and nationally. Hindleys staff include Eli Duarte, who will spend his fth season as assistant coach. Eighteen girls showed up for the preseason meeting, eight of them returning players. The Lady Tiger Sharks return three all-district players in sophomore forward Kathleen Rish, senior mid elder Hayley Wood and freshman goalkeeper Celeste Chiles. We have lost ve seniors which will be very hard to replace but we should still be able to eld a competitive team, Hindley said. The girls were 9-5-3 overall and 3-1-2 in district play last year. They begin practice Monday, Oct. 6. The season opens with a preseason Jamboree Saturday, Oct. 25. Interest in the boys team brought out 40 athletes for the preseason meeting last week, 18 returning players from a team that went 10-8-2 overall, 3-1-0 in district play last season. We lost two very good senior players from last years squad, but with some talented returnees and a good bit of athleticism in some of the new players, we should be ne, Hindley said. We look forward to getting started with training on Oct 13. The Tiger Sharks will host a preseason Jamboree on Saturday, Nov. 1, to kick off the 2014 campaign. Soccer goalkeeper camp Special to The Star ALL-Pro Soccer, in conjunction with Callaway Youth Soccer, will be hosting a Middle School\High School, preseason goalkeeper camp for all those interested. The four-session camp will run from Thursday, Oct. 2 through Saturday, Oct. 4. There will be two levels of instruction, one for keepers preparing for area school-level soccer, that have had little or no previous training at that position, and a second group of those players with previous positional training. Coaches Gary Hindley of Port St. Joe High School and Coach Don Maples of Knoxville, Tenn., will be the instructors. Only 30 keepers will be registered. The sessions will be at the Callaway Sports Comples, off State 22 in Callaway. The Thursday and Friday sessions will run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (CST) and the double session on Saturday will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. For further questions or to register, call Coach Gary Hindley at 850-276-6353 or email@example.com. Golf tournament funds HSHT internships Register for the Beach Blast triathlon Special to The Star On Sept. 13, athletes from all over the world travel to Veterans Memorial Park in Beacon Hill to run, bike and swim in this U.S. triathlon sanctioned event. Well marked courses follow along the beautiful white sand beaches and pine forest of the Gulf Coast. This sprint is organized by certi ed staff and wonderful volunteers who love the sport. Following the race, athletes and their friends and family celebrate the accomplishments of the day with great food at the Veterans Memorial Park. Learn more about the bi-annual Beach Blast or register for the event online by visiting the website at www.beachblast triathlon.com. Athletic banner renewal at PSJHS Star Staff Report The Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School team is taking banner renewals for banners hanging at Shark Stadium. The cost to renew your banner on the football eld is $100; if the banner will need to be moved to the R. Marion Craig Coliseum during basketball season add $100. New banners, full color and 3-feet by 5-feet, will cost $150. Select your logo, layout and colors and the banner will be displayed in a highly visible area around the football eld and in the gym. Dont own a business? Thats okay. Display a message to a special athlete in your life. Show your support for Tiger Sharks athletics. You may order by email to Josh Dailey at jdailey@ gulf.k12. .us or fax an order to 227-1803. You also can contact Dailey by mail at 100 Shark Drive, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.
COURTESY OF BRU C E CRAIN Vacationer Karsyn Crain shows off a starsh found while exploring St. Joseph Bay. COURTESY OF S ANDRA WARD A shower darkens the sky over St. Joe Beach. COURTESY OF AN ANONYMOUS CONTRI B UTOR A bride and her mother share photo time on Cape San Blas prior to the wedding. COURTESY OF BILL F AUTH Star trails frame the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in George Core Park during a recent evening. COURTESY OF R ON R UDOLPH A sea gull takes a breather along Jetty Park in Port St. Joe. Staff Report This page features photos submitted to The Star by readers. Thanks to all who help make this page happen each week. This is intended to highlight the gorgeous, the interesting, weird, fun or just plain best that Gulf County offers. Please submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org Local A10 | The Star Thursday, September 4, 2014 COURTESY OF S AMANTHA L AYFIELD A blazing sun sets off St. Joe Beach COURTESY OF S TEVE AT KAYA K D OG A DVENTURES Lets swim. COURTESY OF L AURA AT D RAGON F LY P HOTOGRAPHY Sunset and St. Joseph Bay hard to beat. COURTESY OF M ELINA E LUM A heron at St. Joe Beach scours the beach.
COMMUNITY www.starfl.com Thursday, September 4, 2014 B Page 1 Section By TIM CROFT 227-7827 |@PSJ_Star tcroft@star .com A busier beach means, unfortunately, a bit messier beach. As the summer season comes to a close with Labor Day, volunteers are gearing to spruce up St. Joe Beach. The inaugural St. Joe Beach cleanup, being held in conjunction with the annual Mexico Beach cleanup sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy, will be Saturday, Sept. 20. Volunteers will meet at the corner of U.S. 98 and Coronado Street in St. Joe Beach at 8:30 a.m. ET and continue their cleanup through 10:30 a.m. ET. Snacks, water, trash bags and gloves will be provided by coordinators of the event. Please note, if you own a pickup truck, help the volunteers gather and haul canopies/canopy frames and larger stuff because volunteers are going after that, too. Our beach is getting more use every year, and trash is happening everywhere, said Melina Elum, coordinator for the St. Joe Beach cleanup. So lets clean it up together. By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com Every September for the past nine years, the Mexico Beach Community Development Council has hosted Music in the Park every Thursday of the month. This year is no different, and the festivities will commence at 6 p.m. CT today at Sunset Park next to the El Governor Motel. To kick off the event, Panama City-based Heat & the Zydeco Gents will take the stage for the rst free concert of the season. Each band performing this year has its own avor, said Mexico Beach CDC executive director Kimberly Shoaf. Theres something everyone can enjoy. Attendees of the familyfriendly event are welcome to bring their lawn chairs, beach blankets and coolers to enjoy the festivities. No food? No problem. Each week, the Mexico Beach Police Department will serve up hamburgers and hot dogs to raise funds for the organization. The concerts are a great reason to come into town and unwind, Shoaf said. You cant beat the view, and its a nice break from the hustle and 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) Where is it illegal to stick your tongue out at a sherman whos caught a bigger sh than you? Alaska, Maine, Utah, Hawaii 2) In the product WD40 what does WD stand for? Without drudgery, Water distilled, Without density, Water displacement 3) How many seasons were older TVs Beverly Hillbillies lmed in black and white before color? 0, 1, 2, 3 4) Which American city grew up around the colonial Sutters Fort? Oklahoma City, Sacramento, Anchorage, Richmond 5) Whose original name was Mission Dolores? San Francisco, Tina Turner, Miami Beach, Cyndi Lauper 6) What famous works rst line is, 1801I have just returned from a visit to my landlord? War and Peace, Wuthering Heights, Dracula, Walden 7) What was called No Mans Land before its areas statehood? Montana, Oklahoma Panhandle, Colorado, NW Territory 8) Vog is a Hawaiian word for a fog made up of? Car pollution, Volcanic ash, Freezing rain, Graf ti 9) How many children did George Washington biologically father? 0, 2, 4, 6 10) Generally speaking what percentage larger is the average male brain over the average females? 3, 7, 9, 14 11) Whose production company was named Shamley? Susan Hayward, Richard Boone, Denver Pyle, Alfred Hitchcock 12) Which year marked the deaths of Jim Croce, J R Tolkien, Lyndon Johnson, and Pablo Picasso? 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979 13) Who was Americas rst woman to win ve Olympic gold medals? Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bonnie Blair, Wilma Rudolph, Babe Didrikson 14) What state, according to its of cial name, is technically a plantation? Rhode Island, Kentucky, Virginia, Illinois ANSWERS 1) Alaska. 2) Water displacement. 3) 3. 4) Sacramento. 5) San Francisco. 6) Wuthering Heights. 7) Oklahoma Panhandle. 8) Volcanic ash. 9) 0. 10) 14. 11) Alfred Hitchcock. 12) 1973. 13) Bonnie Blair. 14) Rhode Island. Trivia Fun Wilson Casey WC@Trivia Guy.com Two events Sept. 20 will aim to clean trash from area beaches. COURTESY OF MELINA ELUM | Special to The Star You can help clean up the beaches FARMERS MARKET SATURDAY SPECIAL TO THE STAR The next Salt Air Farmers Market will be Saturday, Sept. 6, at City Commons Park in Port St. Joe. Farmers from around North Florida and Georgia will have fresh produce for purchase, and vendors will sell homemade crafts and jewelry. The Salt Air Farmers Market promotes a sustainable food system on Floridas Forgotten Coast. The Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET. Music in the Park series begins tonight SPECIAL TO THE STAR Mexico Beachs Music in the Park event brings live music to Sunset Park each Thursday in September. See CLEAN UP B6 See MUSIC B6 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star wlocher@star .com The countdown to the 2014 Florida Scallop and Music Festival is in the homestretch. With the festival just one week away, one of the major draws for attendees more than the crafts, the shopping and even the scallop itself is the music. Over the course of the twoday festival taking place Sept. 12-13, the air at George Core Park will be lled with music featuring regional favorites along with headliner and country music star Joe Dif e. Dif e, whose star rose in the 90s with hits like Pickup Man, Third Rock from the Sun and John Deere Green, will perform Sept. 13. On his list of country music credentials are Dif es 13 albums and more than 20 Top 10 singles. Earlier this year, when fellow country star Jason Aldean released his hit song 1994, he name-checked many of Joe Dif es 12 hits, and Dif e found himself thrust back in the spotlight. Honestly, I thought it was a bit odd when I rst heard the song, Dif e said of Aldeans tune. I appreciated it, though. Dif e said he didnt know Aldean before the song was released but recently had the opportunity to meet and thank him. Dif e returned the favor, dropping Aldeans name in his new song Girl Ridin Shotgun, a tune for which he teamed up with D-Thrash of the hick-hop group Jawga Boyz. The Jawga Boyz used YouTube to not only achieve quick success, but kick off a whole subculture of music. Dif e said his manager showed him a clip of the groups unique style of country music and suggested collaborating between the artists. Several days later, Dif e found himself in the studio with Jawga Boyz vocalist D-Thrash and Nashville songwriter/producer Philbilly. The hit quickly came together and soon after was exported to country radio stations across the U.S. Ive been doing this so long that some younger people havent heard of me, but Ive seen a lot of newer, younger fans at my recent shows, said Dif e, whos currently touring with a ve-piece band. Its an interesting social study. With the music industry in constant state of ux as downloads, MP3s and digital music players take over the markets, Dif e expressed gratitude at achieving success before the industry changed. Lets have fun Joe Dif e to headline Scallop Fest See DIFFIE B6
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Fo llo w us on Fa ce bo ok : St Jo se ph Bay Hu ma ne So cie ty St. Joseph Ba y Humane Society www .s jbh um ane soci et y. or g To ad ve rt is e he re CA LL Ma rc ia at 22 778 47 Society Special to The Star The Port St. Joe First Methodist Church sponsored Boy Scout Troop 347 has been busy since June 22 when they introduced the new troop to church members. In the short period of just over two months, the leaders and the boys have gone to summer camp at Gulf Coast Councils Spanish Trails scout reservation in Defuniak Springs. The troop earned an honor troop ribbon for their spirit and team work in multiple camp challenges. The boys also earned merit badges in weather, nger printing, radio, game design, standup paddle boarding, leather working and kayaking. The troop has had an opportunity to learn how to handle, sink, and UN sink their canoes right here in our own backyard in St. Joe bay. The boys in troop 347 are a great bunch of kids and want to learn and experience new and exciting activities. They are also driven to become an Eagle Scouts, proven by the decision of the troop to attend Eagle Scout required merit Badge University in Niceville on Aug. 16 where scouts Sean Farnsley, Christian Quaranta, Corey Phelps, Tyler Guthrie, Noah Perea and Canaan Goddin earned their environmental science merit badge. The boys have collectively earned 30 merit badges in the past two months as well as other awards including two scouts Tyler Guthrie and Corey Phelps who have advanced to Tenderfoot and Hunter Van Der Tulip who has advanced to Life scout, a great start for a young troop. If you would like your son to get involved in the fun and he is between the ages of 11-17, we meet every Monday at 6 p.m. ET at the First United Methodist Church. Come on down check us out and ask us any questions you might have. Or contact Scoutmaster Bill at 247-9091. Hot Dogs for Dogs fundraiser The Port St. Joe Marina again is hosting the Hot Dogs for Dogs fundraiser 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 6. For a $5 donation, you will get two hot dogs, a cold drink and chips. All the money raised will go to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society here in Gulf County. Seahorse Water Safari will supply the hot dogs; the Marina will supply the hot dog buns, condiments, soft drinks, chips, and the workers to grill them. Volunteers from the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society will be there to answer any questions that you might have about adopting an animal or volunteering to help our animals. A few puppies and/or kittens will be there looking for forever homes. Please come join us for a couple of hot dogs and help the Humane Society raise needed funds to help our Gulf County animals. Tuesday tales storytime at the library Parents of children ages 0-36 are urged to enjoy Tuesday Tales Storytime at the Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Library in Port St. Joe. Tuesday Tales will begin at 10:30 a.m. ET each Tuesday beginning Sept. 9. There will be stories, songs and ngerplay for children up to age 3 with their parents. The library is located at 110 Library Drive. For more information call 229-8879. Commissioner Thursbay fundraiser Lets all pull together as a community to help our neighbor. Port St. Joe city commissioner William Thursbay is in need of our nancial support as he battles verrucous carcinoma of the bladder. To raise funds, food will be sold at the Centennial Building from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20. Complete chicken or pork dinners will be available with baked beans, coleslaw, roll, drink and a dessert for $10. Advance tickets are recommended and will be sold throughout the community at City Hall, Pristine Pools, Haughty Heron, Mexico Beach CDC, Fish House Restaurant, Mexico Beach Post Ofce, Beachwalk, Shoreline Salon and Spa, Graba Java and El Governor Motel. To donate, please call Paula at 227-6128 or Carol at 227-6831. Hunger exists all year; help us stock the pantry! The Gulf County Republican Party is once again teaming up with the folks at the Piggly Wiggly to make sure no one in our community goes hungry this fall from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET at the Port St. Joe Piggly Wiggly. Pre-bagged groceries in the amounts of $5 and $10 will be available for your convenience. Or you make your own selections of non-perishable grocery items. Or you could make a cash donation to convert to gift cards for perishable items. The grocery donations will help ll the shelves at the Gulf County Senior Center, the Gulf Coast Hope Center and the Food Pantry in the WIG building. Together we can make a difference. Thank you for your generosity! Anniversary Yeagers celebrate 60 years of marriage Warren Yeager, Sr. and Jimmie Yeager married Aug. 18, 1954, at Oak Grove Assembly and celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a great celebration at Wakulla Springs Lodge and State Park with sons, Warren Yeager, Jr., and his wife Jacque, and Timothy Yeager and his wife Linda. Warren Yeager, Jr.s children, grandchildren of the anniversary couple, are Kelli Combs and Ryan Yeager. Timothy Yeagers children, also grandchildren to Warren, Sr. and Jimmie, are Savanna and Shae Yeager. Jacob Cy Combs, Jackson Combs, R.J. Yeager and Drew Yeager are grandchildren of Warren, Jr., greatgrandchildren to the anniversary couple. Jacob Cy Combs has a daughter, Mattie, who is a great-great-grandchild to Warren, Sr. and Jimmie. Also enjoying the celebration was Robert Combs, Kellis husband, Brigette Yeager, Ryans wife and Jessie Combs, wife of Jacob Cy. Society BRIEFS Boy Scout Troop 347 news
The Star| B3 Thursday, September 4, 2014 By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com While many Gulf County educators take time from students and books during the summer months, fthgrade teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary School Cindy Phillips spent a week of her July in Colorado experiencing what could only be called science summer camp. Phillips spent a week at the Keystone Key Institute located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains participating in environmental sciencebased workshops with teachers from across the U.S. She was nominated for the trip by the Duke Energy Education Foundation and with the help of a teacher training grant, Phillips travel, lodging and program costs were covered. When approached about the workshop by Bobby Pickels, President of the Education Foundation, Phillips said that the decision to participate was a no-brainer. She had always wanted to visit Colorado and she has a lifelong love of science. I had visited her classroom and saw the excitement she brought as an instructor, Pickels said. When the opportunity came to select a teacher to participate, it was easy. Six teachers from the North Florida region joined the training program during which teachers spent six hours each day learning how to identify and solve environmental issues. The sessions included lab activities, role play and conict resolution. During one scenario the teachers, all representing grades 5-9, tried to gure out why people within a fake town were getting sick. They had to identify possible sources, eventually agreeing on the cause and presenting solutions. The goal of the program is for educators to return to their schools and help students identify key environmental issues in their communities and apply the strategies used in the Key Issues program. For Phillips, she said these long-form situations were right in her wheelhouse. She said her dream job is to focus just on special sciences, conducting year-long projects that would allow students to experience results over time. In her 17 years at Port St. Joe Elementary shes conducted several longform projects, including a recycling project during which students collected over one ton of plastics and aluminum. Id teach science the way it should be taught, Phillips said. I want to see students collecting and following data and making predictions. The thought with the recycling program was, if we educate our children to do it, well get parents and the community doing it to. During another project students visited the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve to explore the areas water and biological diversity. When Phillips was trying to start a dedicated science lab at the elementary school eight years ago, Duke provided a $5,000 grant to get the project started. At the time, I only had eight test tubes, and I guarded them with my life, Phillips said. Duke Energy has been wonderful. Not strictly tied to the classroom, teachers at the Keystone Key Institute experienced science in the outside world, visiting a working gold mine in Breckenridge and a sunrise hike to the Continental Divide, which extends from the Bering Strait to the Strait of Magellan, and separates the watersheds that drain into the Pacic Ocean from those river systems that drain into the Atlantic. Phillips said she enjoyed her time working with other teachers and hearing about the lessons they teach in the classroom. The Key Institute offers classes for students as well, and Phillips said she hoped to explore the possibility of taking a future class to study in Colorado. Key Issues is an awesome, thoughtprovoking program that can be easily applied to our community, Phillips said. We all enjoy the natural beauty of Gulf County and it is vital that our children learn to appreciate and care for it. Not one to slow down, Phillips also received a $15,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation to implement a LEGO Robotics curriculum. The goal of the program is to build interest and engagement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) elds through creative play and innovation. The contribution from Duke Energy will also be used to apply for a matching grant from the State of Florida. Though the grant will help with the purchase of specially-designed LEGO educational packs, Phillips welcomes any donation of LEGOS to the school in anticipation of the upcoming project. Theyre not just playing with LEGOS, theres a curriculum, Phillips said. Kids love LEGOS, but we can use them to do math, volume, engineering and now robotics. We need LEGO in every classroom. Vi nc en t Iv er s, MD En d of Su mm er Sp ec ia l 85 022 770 70 He al th y an d Be au ti fu l Sk in Ex pe ri en ce Co un ts Co mmi tme nt to Ex ce ll en ce Vi nc en t Iv er s, MD 30 1 Tw en ti et h St re et | Po rt St Jo e, FL 32 45 6 85 022 770 70 School News SPECIAL TO T HE STAR Wewahitchka Elementary School Parents crowded into the Commons Area for the 2014-2015 Open House. Principal Tracy Bowers spoke to the parents about the importance of excellent attendance, school nurturing, campus safety and what it means to be a Title I School. Faculty and staff were introduced and parents enjoyed visiting the classrooms. Ms. Bowers, teachers and staff are excited to begin the 2014-2015 school year and look forward to leading our students into a year of academic excellence! OPEN HOUSE AT WES SPECIAL TO T HE STAR At left joined by teachers from all over the U.S., Phillips and ve other educators at the event were sponsored by the Duke Energy Foundation. At right Cindy Phillips, a fth grade science teacher at Port St. Joe Elementary, spent a week studying environmental science in Colorado in July. SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP PSJES science teacher Cindy Phillips spends a week learning in Colorado When not attending daily classes, Phillips enjoyed life in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.
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Highland View Baptist Homecoming The Highland View Baptist Church will hold its 34th annual Homecoming at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 14. We will be celebrating 63 years of ministry and would like to extend an invitation to members, past members and anyone in our community to join us on this special day. Our former interim pastor, Bro. Larry DeMoss, will be our guest speaker and we will have several special music presentations. There will be a covered dish lunch in the Church Fellowship Hall following the service. The church is at 310 Ling Street in Highland View. Annual Women Day celebration The annual Women Day celebration will be held at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 14 at Victory Temple. Colors for the event are orange, white and silver and the speaker for the event will be Apostle Kilpatrick. Come out and be blessed with Pastor Elden Charles Gathers. Beach Baptist sh fry The Beach Baptist Chapel will hold a sh fry fundraiser from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6. Proceeds help purchase of new playground equipment for the church grounds. Tickets are on sale for $6, meals will include fried sh, baked beans, coleslaw and a cake. Victory through Jesus Jesus is very much alive and well. He won the victory, over death and hell. The Bible says Pilate, let a murderer go free. That Jesus might die, for you and for me. The soldiers abused Him, as they led Him to the cross. His disciples and friends grieved, at such a great loss. Someone crowned Him with thorns, till blood owed from His brow. Yet He loved them still, though I dont know how. God put His son, through suffering and shame, that we might have victory, if we believe in His name. Since the veil was torn, we can go to God in prayer. Are you doing this Christian, do you really care? Many of us, as Peter did, falter in many things we do. But if we give it all to Jesus we can have victory, too. Billy Johnson Special to The Star How to avoid being fooled by fake charities will be discussed at 7 p.m. CT Monday, Sept. 8 at Lifetree Caf. The program, titled How to Sniff Out a Scam: Practical Tips for Giving Wisely, features a recorded interview with a woman who rallied her community to raise money for a friend who lied about needing cash for cancer treatment. When I learned Id been lied to, it was like getting hit in the gut with a baseball bat, says Michele Beck. Lifetree participants will get tools that will help them tell which charitable appeals are legitimate and feel comfortable giving to worthy causes. Admission to the 60-minute event is free. Snacks and beverages are available. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel. Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual coffeehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Special to The Star The K-3 program at FCS is wonderful place for your child to be introduced to a structured, classroom environment. Even though these students are our youngest, academics grounded in Jesus Christ is still the forefront. Our K-3 teacher, Mrs. Sarah White, along with the classroom aide, Miss Tiffany Burch leads this class through the love of Jesus impacting not only their students minds, but also their hearts. Together as a team, Mrs. Sarah and Miss Tiffany have loved our K-3 students for the past three years. In our K-3 class, students learn the alphabet, both in recognition and phonetics, their numbers 1 through 20, twenty-six Bible scriptures from memory, dexterity in penmanship and art, classic nursery rhymes and poems, the pledges of allegiance to the American ag, Christian ag, and The Bible, classroom and behavioral etiquette, and much more. Watching these young students grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest things Ive been able to experience, said Mrs. Sarah. Its one of the most rewarding jobs I could ever hope for. I get to love on these precious kids all day, said Mrs. Tiffany. If you are looking for a place to give your three year old a great biblical and academic foundation, FCS is the place for you. A place where Jesus is the center and love is the theme. Call our of ce today at 229-6707 for more information on this wonderful program. Kathryn Glass Oliver, 80, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, in her home in Wewahitchka, Fla. Kathryn was born on Aug. 9, 1934, at Buckhorn in Wewahitchka, to the late Cecil Glass and Sallie Mae Pitts Glass. She was one of thirteen children with a twin brother. Her faith, family and friends were most important in her life. She kept the nursery in the church for many years and watched many children grow up and have children of their own and kept them too. All her little ones were very special to her. She is survived by her children, Charles Oliver Jr. of Panama City, Doris M. Burrell, of Wewahitchka. Jonathan W. Oliver and wife Jan of Atlanta, Ga., Tim W. Oliver Skip and wife Tanja of Wewahitchka, Stacy C. Oliver and wife Candy of Panama City; along with her seven grandchildren, Stephanie Burkett, Stanley Burkett, Kelly Scott, Dusty Jenkins, William Jenkins, Ginny Brock and Bryan Oliver. Kathryn had 10 great-grandchildren. Kathryn is also survived by her brothers, James Carl Glass and Joseph Glass; her sisters, Louise Keith and Betty Ruth Williams; and numerous nieces and nephews. Kathryn was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Oliver Shorty, and her daughter, Iris Kathryn Burkett. Kathryn will lay in state at the home of Donald Cox, 141 Lister Dr. in Wewahitchka. The family received visitors Friday from 6-8 p.m. CDT. Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. CDT on Saturday, Aug. 30 at Glad Tidings Assembly of God with Bro. Joey Smith of ciating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery. All services are under the direction of the Comforter Funeral Home, Wewahitchka Branch Chapel. Kathryn Glass Oliver FAITH BRIEFS Tips for avoiding charity scams revealed At Lifetree Caf The Lions Tale
Local The Star| B5 Thursday, September 4, 2014 You can judge fertilizer by appearance. Fortunately, state law requires each fertilizer label to include specic content facts. However, these can be confusing. To obtain the proper types of fertilizers for various applications, you must understand the label. At the top youll nd the identication of the manufacturer or distributor. Of course, this doesnt tell how well the fertilizer will help your lawn, ornamentals, or vegetables. Next, if the term organic is used, these will be a statement identifying the type of material, as well as how much is natural, and how much is synthetic. This is an important indication of how the fertilizer will react in your soil. For example, natural, natural organic nitrogen is released slowly. A fertilizer containing a high percentage of this material would be good for lawns, helping them stay green, without causing spurt s of extra fast growth. The key information is found in the guaranteed analysis section of the label. A series of numbers, such as 8-8-8 or 10-10-10, tell you which, and how much, of the primary plant nutrients the fertilizer contains. That is, the numbers show the guaranteed amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. For example, a fertilizer labeled 10-10-10 contains ten percent nitrogen, ten percent phosphorous, and ten percent potassium. Thus, a hundred pounds of this analysis contain 30 pounds of plant food. The other 70 pounds is accounted for by conditioners and llers, require for even spreading. These may include some incidental trace elements. If the fertilizer contains signicant amounts of secondary plant foods, such as calcium, magnesium, copper and other, they will be listed near the bottom of the tag. The most difcult part of the label to understand is the information listed right after the total nitrogen gure, in the guaranteed analysis section. In addition to the total amount, the label gives percentages of each of several types of nitrogen in the mix. This tells you a lot about how the fertilizer works. Youll see the terms nitrate nitrogen, ammoniacal nitrogen, water soluble organic nitrogen, urea nitrogen, and water insoluble nitrogen. Plants use nitrate, water soluble organic, and urea nitrogen fairly quickly. They might work well in a vegetable garden. But, they wont last very long, because theyre rapidly leached out of the soil by rain and irrigation water. On the other hand, ammoniacal and water insoluble nitrogen will last longer in sandy Florida soils. Following the basic analysis, is a statement of the maximum amount of chlorine the fertilizer contains. Excess chlorine may be injurious to certain plants, both vegetables and ornamentals species. Small amounts can be benecial under some condition. Unfortunately, I cant fully explain anything this complicated in one short article. I hope Ive claried a few of the basic points. To obtain the proper fertilizer for your specic vegetable and ornamental gardening needs, you must understand the information on fertilizer labels when in doubt; we suggest you check with your County Extension Agent. For more information on Florida fertilizer label contact the Gulf County Extension Service at 6393200 or visit our website: http://gulf.ifas.u.ed u or www. http://edis.ifas.u.ed u Lo ca te do nl ar ge lot with gr ea tv iew sa nd easy ac ce ss to the beach. Mo ther -in-la ws uit ew ith separ at ee nt ra nc e do wnstairs has living ar ea, ki tc hen, bedr oom and ba th. Ma in lev el is on to p oor with lar ge open living ,d ining and ki tc hen ar ea. De cks outside o er gr ea tv iew so ft he Gulf of Me xic o. 4518845 ED WA RD THE CO WBO Y SA YS 1730 Trout Av e. Po rt St. Jo e, FL 850-227-3322 ED WA RD THE CO WBO Y SA YS WE ARE OP EN!! Co me Check Us Out! We ca rr y a full line of fe ed including dog ca t, horse deer ca t sh, chick en and mor e We als o ca rr y mushr oom comp ost potting soil la wn ornaments and mor e By WES LOCHER 229-7843 |@PSJ_Star email@example.com m CR & Sons is a name with a rich history in Port St. Joe. After a six-year absence, the business will soon be re born in Highland View in early September. Owner Renee Smith will open C&Rs Feed & Seed Lawn & Gar den on Trout Street where she believes she will bring something new to the city of Port St. Joe. Once I decided I was going to open my own business, I tried to think of something thats not here, said Smith. Im really big on local stuff and I wanted the people who live here to be able to stay here if they wanted. Smiths goal was to create a business that sells feed for hors es, dogs, catsh and chickens along with grass and bird seed and even a dash of plants added. Additionally, Smith will sell dog and horse supplies and have a gift shop. CR & Sons, founded in 1976 was well-known for its work in the heavy construction, haul ing, septic tank installation and land clearing arenas. Owned by Smiths grandfather, Charles R. Smith, Jr. and father, Donnie Smith, the business ran until the economy forced the doors in 2008. Smiths family has deep roots in Gulf County. She was born and raised in Highland View and graduated from Port St. Joe High School, as did her parents before her. A third generation native of Port St. Joe, Smiths grandfather worked days at the paper mill and her grandmother sold tickets at the movie theater on Reid Ave. With no boys in the family, Smith often found herself watch ing her father and grandfather work as they cleared the Hess Plant where Port St. Joe Marina now sits, took away contaminat ed soil from the paper mill site after its demolition and cleared other local landmarks including Lindas Restaurant. My father and grandfather instilled a tremendous work ethic in me, said Smith. I owe my dad a huge debt of gratitude for show ing me how important it is to work hard, be fair and be honest. In 2002 Smith purchased the CR & Sons to keep the family name going and was named Small Businessperson of the year in 2005 by the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce, which also lead to a feature article in a 2006 edition of Pumper Magazine. After CR & Sons closed, Smith worked at other local es tablishments but knew she ulti mately wanted to go into busi ness for herself. She wasnt sure what type of business she would open until one day while driving she saw a man feeding his dog alongside the road and wondered where he bought his large bag of dog food. She said she realized that while people could buy dog food at the local grocery store, many people have hunting dogs, which requires a larger supply, and the owners more than likely had to travel to nearby Panama City to pick up food. She also became aware of the many horses in the area and thought it might help the community if she could pro vide those items in town. Im offering a service to the community, said Smith. Gas is expensive and sometimes its nice just to be able to run down the street and pick something up. Smith aims to pass her work ethic to her son, Canaan, an 8th grader at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. He will work in the store after schools and on weekends. More than simply being an other store in the community, Smith said her goal is take things back to the way they used to be: simple and slow. I want people to come into the store and feel welcome, said Smith. I want a casual atmo sphere where people can come in, have some coffee and talk. Loitering will be allowed. Everyone is in too big of a hurry and almost no one knows their neighbors and I dont want anyone to feel rushed. Smith already owned the Highland View property where CR & Sons relocated after sell ing its property along U.S. 98 but it hasnt played home to a busi ness in many years. Smith said it was the perfect place to reopen the family business, even if it was something a little bit different. I came home, said Smith. I didnt realize how much I missed it. Smith said she desires to sell what the local market needs and encourages those who buy in bulk to reach out to her. C&Rs Feed and Seed Lawn and Garden will open in early September next to the John C. Gainous VFW Post 10069. Smith encourages those with feed and seed needs to call her at 227-3322. CR & Sons returns to Gulf County C&Rs Feed & Seed Lawn & Garden will open in September in Highland View. FALL VEGETABLE GARDENING SEMINARS The Gulf County Extension Service will sponsor a fall gardening interactive video series. The following subjects will be covered in a three night Series: Sept. 9 Expectations, planning, and site preparations; Sept. 16 Tips to use whether you are starting with seeds or transplants: Sept. 23 Cool season crops such as lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, chard, strawberries, onions, potatoes and carrots. For more information contact your local Extension Ofce at 639-3200. Understanding the Florida fertilizer label ROY LEE CARTER County extension director WE S L OCHER | The Star
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Volunteers should meet at Sunset Park at U.S. 98 and 19th Street. For more information, email Jane Mathis at email@example.com. The Mexico Beach cleanup is held in conjunction with the 29th annual Ocean Conservancys International Coastal Cleanup. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they nd. The Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the problem of marine debris. Last year globally, 648,015 volunteers picked up more than 12.3 million pounds of trash along 12,914 miles of shoreline. In Florida, 24,924 volunteers found over 322,500 pounds of trash in 2013. In Mexico Beach alone, 39 volunteers picked up almost over 500 pounds of trash on the 3.1 miles of beach. bustle of school. September is a breather month and a good time just to sit down and relax. Back by popular demand, the Boyer Band will perform on Sept. 11, the Bo Spring Band on Sept. 18 and rsttimers Konkrete Soul on Sept. 25. Each concert begins at 6 p.m. CT and lasts until 8 p.m. Parking is available at the El Governor Motel on U.S. Highway 98. Elum said the event is a great Saturday morning activity and a good way to meet new people. Its also an excellent learning activity for kids to teach them about marine trash and ocean health, and well supply free educational materials, Elum said. And most of all, its something tangible and positive you can do for our community. Elum is spreading the word, asking volunteers to tell their friends, neighbors and coworkers and any and all permanent or parttime residents of Gulf County. In addition, organizers seek to get an idea how many people will be helping out Sept. 20 and are asking anyone interested in participating to email Elum at melina33@ earthlink.net so they can better arrange to have enough snacks, water and bags on hand. Together we can make a difference, Elum said. Please volunteer for this very important activity. MUSIC from page B1 CLEAN UP from page B1 Im just thankful I got in when I did because its very difcult for new artists, Dife said. The singer-songwriter said whereas an album used to contain an average of four singles that could be promoted leading up to and after an albums release, the new business model offers many newer artists just one chance to hit the big time rather than stick with an artist to help them develop a long-term career. Business aside, Dife said his love of music comes from performing live for his fans and making something out of thin air in the studio. Im always looking for something new and fresh, which was a driving factor behind the collaboration with the Jawga Boyz, Dife said. Just because Dife was out of the spotlight doesnt mean he slowed down at all. He spent the last few years writing hits for fellow country artists like Tim McGraw, Conway Twitty and Jo Dee Messina. He has been touring and recording a number of projects including the 2010 bluegrass album Homecoming, followed by a recent Roots and Boots acoustic tour and collaborative album called All in the Same Boat, which paired him with fellow country artists Sammy Kershaw and Aaron Tippin. Dife also plans to release a new album of original songs before the end of the year. Though the Scallop Festival will bring him to Port St. Joe for the rst time, Dife expressed a love for the Florida Panhandle and cited it as a favorite vacation spot for him and his family. He said those who come to see him at this years festival will enjoy his many hits as well as newer material. My basic philosophy is, lets have fun on stage and theyll have fun in the audience, Dife said. It usually works out pretty well. On Friday night of the Scallop Festival, Dread Clampitt will bring its blend of bluegrass, rock and roll, blues, jazz and Louisiana Bayou funk from Santa Rosa to the stage at George Core Park starting at 7 p.m. ET. On Saturday evening, Tallahassee four-piece Tobacco Road will open the night at 7 p.m. with Dife to follow at 9 p.m. ET. Access to the live music concerts is included with festival admission. DIFFIE from page B1
CLASSIFIEDSThursday, September 4, 2014 The Star | B7 33545S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 10-352-CA WELLS FARGO BANK, as successor by merger to WACHOVIA BANK, N.A., Plaintiff, vs. MONICA E. EWING, HERBERT C. EWING, WINDMARK BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION and SECOND UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on the 11th day of September, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. at the Gulf County Courthouse (Lobby), 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, the undersigned Clerk will offer for sale the following real and personal property more particularly described as: Lot 5, Block 4, FISHERMANS VILLAGE NORTH AT WINDMARK BEACH, according to the plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 6, Pages 16-19, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, TOGETHER WITH: all the improvements now or hereafter erected on the property and all easements, appurtenances, and fixtures now or hereafter a part of the property. The aforesaid sale will be made pursuant to the Summary Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in Civil Action No. 2010-CA000352 now pending in the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on this 15th day of August, 2014. BECKY NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court Gulf County, Florida By: B. McGhee-Collins As Deputy Clerk August 28, September 4, 2014 33529S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank As Custodian for Caz Creek FL, 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. 863 Application No. 2014-34 Date of Issuance: May 31, 2012 R.E. No: 03426-530R Description of Property: COMMENCE at a concrete monument marking the Northwest Corner of the Northeast Quarter of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence go North 89 Degrees 30 Minutes 30 Seconds East along the North boundary of said Section 33, for 670.00 feet; thence South 00 Degrees 07 Minutes 40 Seconds East for 67.60 feet to a point on the Southerly right of way line of a County Road (right of way as per field monumentation); thence continue South 00 Degrees 07 Minutes 40 Seconds East for 420.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING, go North 89 Degrees 30 Minutes 30 Seconds East for 210.00 feet; thence go South 00 Degrees 07 Minutes 40 Seconds East for 105.00 feet, thence go South 89 Degrees 30 Minutes 30 Seconds West for 210.00 feet; thence go North 00 Degrees 07 Minutes 40 Seconds West for 105.00 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Said parcel of land lying and being in the Northeast Quarter of Section 33, Township 5 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, and having an area of 0.51 acre, more or less. ALSO, known as Lot 5. Name in which assessed: Glenn Earl Haney, III and Gail L. Haney 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 24th day of September, 2014. Dated this 19th day of August, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 21, 28, September 4, 11, 2014 33585S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank As Custodian for Caz Creek FL, 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. 710 Application No. 2014-35 Date of Issuance: May 31, 2012 R.E. No: 03130-005R Description of Property: Lot 9, Block D, Money Bayou Subdivision, a subdivision as per plat or map thereof recorded in Plat Book 1, Page 49, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Name in which assessed: Kevin Strickland 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 1st day of October, 2014. Dated this 25th day of August, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 2014 33583S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank As Custodian for Caz Creek FL, 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. 1071 Application No. 2014-37 Date of Issuance: May 31, 2012 R.E. No: 04154-000R Description of Property: Lots Two (2) and Four (4), Block Thirty-Two (32), Port St. Joe Beach Unit No. Two (2), as recorded in Plat Book 2, Page 6 in the Office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, Gulf County, Florida, same being located in Fractional Section 5, Township 7 South, Range 11 West. Name in which assessed: Kenneth James Todd Gould, ET AL 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 1st day of October, 2014. Dated this 25th day of August, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 2014 33601S IN THE CIRCUIT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIALCIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY PROBATE DIVISION CASE NO.: 14-45PR IN RE: THE ESTATE OF MAMIE P. HARPER, Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of MAMIE P. HARPER, Deceased, File Number 14-45PR, 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 unmature, contingent or unliquidated claims, on whom a copy of this notice served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE TIME 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 August 28, 2014. PETITIONER: Donna Kimberly Williams, ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER: Jeremy T.M. Novak Novak Law Offices 402 Reid Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Phone: (850) 229-4700 Fax: (850) 229-1148 September 4, 11, 2014 33587S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that US Bank As Custodian for Caz Creek FL, 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. 266 Application No. 2014-36 Date of Issuance: May 31, 2012 R.E. No: 01369-110R Description of Property: BEGINNING at a St. Joe Paper Company Monument marking the SE Corner of Section 35, Township 3 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, and thence run South 86 Degrees 39 Minutes 48 Seconds West, along the South boundary line of said Section 35, for 228.13 feet to a point on the Easterly R/W line of State Road No. 71; then turn right along said R/W line along the arc of a curve to the left which has a radius of 4384.04 feet and a central angle of 05 Degrees 10 Minutes 23 Seconds, for an arc length of 395.82 feet; thence leaving said R/W line run North 85 Degrees 55 Minutes 02 Seconds East for 634.98 feet; thence South 03 Degrees 21 Minutes 05 Seconds East for 390.04 feet; thence South 85 Degrees 55 Minutes 02 Seconds West for 484.24 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Said land lying and being in Sections 35 and 36, Township 3 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, and having an area of 261,338.22 square feet or 6.00 acres, more or less. LESS AND EXCEPT that Deeded to Ladora L. Mombi, as per Deed recorded in O.R. Book 237, Page 267, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida Name in which assessed: Donna K. Nickell 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 1st day of October, 2014. Dated this 25th day of August, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA By: Donna L. Ray, Deputy Clerk August 28, September 4, 11, 18, 2014 33609S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, REBECCA L. NORRIS, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Gulf County, Florida, will on September 18, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, in the Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, in accordance with Chapter 45, Florida Statutes offer for sale, and sell at public outcry to the highest and best bidder, the following described real property situated in Gulf County, Florida: REAL PROPERTY Parcel 1: Lot 61, JUBILATION, PHASE II, according to the Plat thereof, recorded in Plat Book 5, Page 12, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. And Parcel 2: Commence at the Southwest corner of Section 16, Township 9 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North 000530 East for 143.23 feet to the Southerly right of way line of County Road No. 30 which is a curve concave to the North and having a radius of 5645.54 feet; thence Northeasterly along said curving right of way line for an arc distance of 476.14 feet, said arc having a chord of 476.00 feet bearing North 662723 East; thence North 640225 East along said right of way line for 309.34 feet to the P. C. of a curve in said right of way line concave to the Southeast and having a radius of 1112.05 feet; thence Northeasterly along said curving right of way line for an arc distance of 444.92 feet, said arc having a chord of 441.96 feet bearing North 753007 East; thence North 865749 East along said right of way line for 401.19 feet to the P. C. of a curve in said right of way line concave to the North and having a radius of 5762.28 feet; thence Northeasterly along said curving right of way line for an arc distance of 1154.36 feet, said arc having a chord of 1152.43 feet bearing North 811329 East; thence North 752908 East along said right of way line for 1635.70 feet; thence North 755520 East along said right of way line for 307.80 feet to the point of beginning; thence continue North 755520 East along said right of way line for 100.00 feet; thence South 140440 East for 650.02 feet, more or less, to the edge of the marsh; thence Northwesterly along edge of said marsh for 150.00 feet, more or less, to a point on a line that bears South 140440 East from the point of beginning; thence North 140440 West for 504.59 feet, more or less, to the point of beginning. Containing 1.3 acres, more or less. Together with all rights, easements, appurtenances, royalties, mineral rights, oil and gas rights, all water and riparian rights, ditches, and water stock and all existing and future improvements, structures, fixtures, and replacements that may now, or at any time in the future be part of the real estate described above. pursuant to the Default Final Judgment of Foreclosure ( in rem only ) in a case pending in said Court, the style of which is CENTENNIAL BANK, Plaintiff, vs. WILLIAM G. CLAYTON; VALERIE S. CLAYTON; JUBILATION HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Defendants. and the docket number of which is: 2014 CA 00034 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim with the clerk of the court within 60 days after the sale. 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 ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 7475338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email ADARequest@ jud14.flcourts.org WITNESS my hand and the official seal of the Honorable Court this 25th day of August, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court Gulf County, Florida By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk September 4, 11, 2014 33611S IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT NORTHERN DISTRICT OF FLORIDA PANAMA CITY DIVISION CASE NO.: 5:13-cv-00162 CADENCE BANK, N.A., as successor-in-interest by merger to Superior Bank, N.A., as successor-in-interest to Superior Bank, FSB, by asset acquisition from the FDIC as receiver for Superior Bank, FSB, Plaintiff, vs. APEX DEVELOPMENT, LLC, a limited liability company, GEORGE STEPHENS NEWMAN, JR., an individual, JOSEPH PATRICK FERRELL, an individual, JOHN Z. FERRELL, an individual CARRAWAY BAY PLANTATION HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, a Florida non-profit corporation, OCEAN PLANTATION HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., a Florida non-profit corporation, HIDE-A-WAY AT LAKE POWELL HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., A Florida non-profit corporation, Defendants. NOTICE OF U.S. MARSHALS SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to the Amended Final Default and Summary Judgment directed to me by the U.S. District Court in the above styled cause, the undersigned United States Marshal or any of his duly authorized deputies, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 2001, et seq., will sell the property having the legal description of: EXHIBIT A Newman F errell Property: A parcel of land lying and being in Section 18. Township 9 South, Range 11 West. Gulf County, Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 7, Township 9 South Range 11 West. Gulf County, Florida; thence North 00 degrees 04 minutes 21 seconds East, along the West boundary of Section 6, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, 1341.09 feet to the Southwesterly boundary of the 100 foot right of way of State Road No. 30-B; thence Southeasterly along said right of way boundary the following six courses and distances: thence South 23 degrees 25 minutes 11 seconds East, 1642.44 feet to a point of curve to the left: thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve having a radius of 11426.79 feet, a central angle of 02 degrees 08 minutes 33 seconds, an arc length of 427.29 feet; thence South 25 degrees 33 minutes 44 seconds Eastl 171.69 feet to a point of curve to the right: thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 11415.15 feet: a central angle of 05 degrees 18 minutes 49 seconds an arc length of 1058.64 feet: thence South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East 3017.88 feet to the Point of Beginning: thence continue South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East. 102.00 feet: thence leaving said Southwest right of way boundary, South 69 degrees 45 seconds 05 minutes West, 264.15 feet: thence North 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds West. 101.83 feet: thence North 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds East, 264.15 feet to the Point of Beginning, said lands containing 0.62 acres, more or less. Together with a 5 Pedestrian Access Easement a 5.00 foot wide parcel of land lying and being in Section 18, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida, lying 2.50 feet on each side of the following described centerline: Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 7, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida: thence North 00 degrees 04 minutes 21 seconds East, along the West boundary of Section 6, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, 1341.09 feet to the Southwesterly boundary of the 100 foot right of way of State Road No. 30-E thence Southeasterly along said right of way boundary the following six courses and distances: thence South 23 degrees 25 minuets 11 seconds East, 1642.44 feet to a point of curve to the left; thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve having a radius of 11426.79 feet: a central angle of 02 degrees 08 minutes 33 seconds an arc length of 427.29 feet: thence South 25 degrees 33 minutes 44 seconds East 1711.69 feet to a point of curve to the right: thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve, having a radius of 11415.15 feet: a central angle of 05 degrees 18 minuets 49 second, an arc length of 1058.64 feet: thence South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East, 3017.88 feet; thence continue South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East, 102.00 feet: thence leaving said Southwest right of way boundary; South 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds West, 548.30 feet: thence North 20 degrees 14 minuets 55 seconds West, 5083 feet to the Point of Beginning of this centerline; thence South 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds West 315.14 feet more or less to a point on the mean high water line of the Gulf of Mexico. Said point being the Point of Termination of this centerline. Together with an ingress/egress/Utility Easement: A parcel of land lying and being in Section 18. Township 9 South. Range 11 West. Gulf County. Florida and being more particularly described as follows: Commence at the Northwest corner of Section 7, Township 9 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence North 00 degrees 04 minutes 21 seconds East, along the West boundary of Section 6, Township 9 South. Range 11 West, 1341.09 feet to the Southwesterly boundary of the 100 foot right of way of State Road No. 30-E; thence Southeasterly along said right of way boundary the following six courses and distances: thence South 23 degrees 25 minutes 11 seconds East, 1642.44 feet to a point of curve to the left; thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve having a radius of 11426.79 feet, a central angle of 02 degrees 08 minutes 33 seconds for an arc length of 427.29 feet; thence South 25 degrees 33 minutes 44 seconds East. 1711.69 feet to a point of curve to the right; thence Southeasterly along the arc of said curve having a radius of 11415.15 feet, a central angle of 05 degrees 18 minutes 49 seconds for an arc length of 1058.64 feet: thence South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East 3017.88 feet: thence continue South 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds East, 82.00 feet to the Point of Beginning: thence continue South 20 degrees 14 minuets 55 seconds East, 20.00 feet: thence leaving said right of way boundary, South 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds West 548.30 feet; thence North 20 degrees 14 minutes 55 seconds West. 60.81 feet; thence North 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds East. 15.00 feet: thence South 20 degrees 14 minuets 55 seconds East, 40.84 feet: thence North 69 degrees 45 minutes 05 seconds East, 533.30 feet to the Point of Beginning. together with all appurtenances thereto and all improvements thereon, at public auction at the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, on the 15th day of October, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. EST. The terms of the sale shall be certified funds, with ten percent (10%) of the successful bid to be deposited with the undersigned by the successful bidder upon the property being struck off to him; the balance of the successful bid shall be due and payable in the office of the undersigned at 111 N. Adams Street, Suite 277, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, within fortyeight (48) hours following conclusion of the sale. The plaintiff reserves the right to bid on the above property and apply the indebtedness of the defendant to any bid so made. Any questions should be directed to Allison C. Doucette, Esquire at (813) 273-5616. Ed Spooner United States Marshal September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014 33615S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 14-62-CA DIRECT PROPERTIES, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, Plaintiff, vs. CHRISTOPHER LOGAN JOHNSON, ANA DAVIS JOHNSON, RBC BANK F/K/A RBC CENTURA BANK, SURFSIDE ESTATES OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., and UNKNOWN TENANT(S), Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO CHRISTOPHER LOGAN JOHNSON and ANA DAVIS JOHNSON: YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action seeking to quiet title in the property located in Gulf County, Florida, and more particularly described as follows: LOT 23: Commence at the Intersection of the South right of way line of County Road No. 30-E (having a 100 ft. right of way) and the West right of way line of Beach Avenue (having a 60 ft. right of way); thence South 83 degrees 30 minutes 17 seconds West along said South right of way line for 386.74 feet; thence leaving said south right of way line South 00 degrees 51 minutes 50 seconds West for 449.75 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence continue South 00 degrees 51 minutes 50 seconds West for 89.95 feet; thence South 83 degrees 30 minutes 17 seconds West for 122.08 feet to the East right of way line of Moonrise Avenue, thence North 00 degrees 51 minutes 50 seconds East along said East right of way line for 89.95 feet; thence leaving said East right of way line North 83 degrees 30 minutes 17 seconds East for 122.08 feet to the Point of Beginning. ALSO being described as Lot 23, as shown on that certain Plat of Surfside Estates, Phase II as recorded in Plat Book 3, Page 46, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. (hereafter the Property). has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on GARVIN B. BOWDEN, the plaintiffs attorney, whose address is Gardner, Bist, Wiener, Wadsworth, Bowden, Bush, Dee, LaVia & Wright, P.A., 1300 Thomaswood Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32308, within 30 days of first publication, and file the original with the clerk of this court either before service on the plaintiffs attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED: August 22, 2014. REBECCA L. NORRIS Clerk of Circuit Court By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk September 4, 11, 18, 25, 2014 33621S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF FLORIDA IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION CASE NO.: 12000120 CAAXMX ONEWEST BANK, Plaintiff vs UNKNOWN HEIRS, BENEFICIARIES, DEVISEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, CREDITORS, TRUSTEES AND ALL OTHERS WHO MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST IN THE ESTATE OF HAZEL MILLERGREN AKA HAZEL L. MILLERGREN. et. al. Defendant(s), NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: CAROL ANN MILLERGREN and NILS ANDREW MILLERGREN whose residence is unknown if he/she/they be living; and if he/she/they be dead, the unknown defendants who may be spouses, heirs, devisees, grantees, assignees, lienors, creditors, trustees, and all parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against the Defendants, who are not known to be dead or alive, and all parties having or claiming to have any right, title or interest in the property described in the mortgage being foreclosed herein. YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property: LOT 17, SAWMILL ESTATES-UNIT I, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 6, PAGE (S) 1, PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on counsel for Plaintiff, whose address is 6409 Congress Avenue, Suite 100, Boca Raton, Florida 33487 on or before (30 days from Date of First Publication of this Notice) and file the original with the clerk 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 or petition filed herein. WITNESS my hand and the seal of the Court at Gulf County, Florida, this 27th day of August, 2014. Rebecca L. Norris, CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk ROBERTSON, ANSCHUTZ, & SCHNEID, P.L. 6409 CONGRESS AVE. SUITE 100 BOCA RATON, FL 33487 PRIMARY EMAIL: MAIL@RASFLAW.COM September 4, 11, 2014 33661S PUBLIC NOTICE GULF COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS # 1314-30 The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is seeking professional consultant services for Engineering and Construction Engineering Inspections Services for the 2014 Small County road paving projects. Consideration will be given to only those firms that are qualified pursuant to law and that have been prequalified by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to perform the indicated types of work. Work Types: 3.1, 3.2, 7.1, 10.1 Response Deadline:F riday, September 19, 2014 at 4:00 P.M. ET Opening Date: Monday, September 22, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. ET FEDERAL DEBARMENT: By submitting a Statement of Qualifications, the consultant certifies that no principal (which includes officers, directors, or executives) is presently suspended, proposed for debar33641S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 2012-CA-168 AMY OSWALT, as Personal Representative for the Estate of ELIZABETH PERRYMAN, deceased, Plaintiff, vs. GREDAN DEVELOPMENT, INC., a Florida corporation, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to the Final Judgment against GREDAN DEVELOPMENT, INC., entered on the 21st day of August, 2014, I will sell a public sale, to the the highest and best bidder for cash in the lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Gostin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456, beginning at the hour of 11:00 a.m. (ET) on the 18th day of September, 2014, the property situated in Gulf County, Florida described as: Commence at the Southwest corner of Section 11, Township 7 South, Range 10 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence run North 855813 East 1492 feet to the Point of Beginning; thence run North 865217 East 131 feet; thence run North 023339 West 444.00 feet; thence run South 865217 West 131.00 feet; thence run South 023339 East 444.00 to the Point of Beginning. ANY LIENHOLDER CLAIMING AN INTEREST IN THE SURPLUS FUNDS FROM THIS SALE, IF ANY, MUST FILE A CLAIM WITHIN 60 DAYS AFTER THE SALE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 45.031(1)(A), FLORIDA STATUTES. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P. O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email ADARequest @jud14. flcourts.org DATED this, the 27th day of August, 2014 REBECCA L. NORRIS As Clerk of the Court By: B. McGee-Collins As Deputy Clerk September 4, 11, 2014
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After ranking of the consultants, the contract fee will be negotiated in accordance with Section 287.055, Florida Statutes. Note: The final selection date and time is provided in this advertisement. Any other meetings will be noticed on the Countys Web Site at www.gulf county-fl.gov. Changes to meeting dates and times will be updated on the Countys Web Site. In order to ensure a fair, competitive, and open process, once a project is advertised for Statement of Qualifications, all communications between interested firms and the County must be directed to Ms. Kari Summers, Deputy Grant Coordinator at (850) 229-6144 or ksummers@gulfcounty-fl. gov. RESPONSE PROCEDURE: Qualified consultants are encouraged to submit the original and three (3) copies of the letter of response to the Gulf County Clerks Office, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr., Blvd., Room 149 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 by the Response Deadline. Please place YOUR COMPANY NAME, SEALED BID, and the RFQ NUMBER on the outside of your envelope. Selection will be made directly from Statement of Qualifications. Statement of Qualifications are limited to ten pages for this project. Final Selection Evaluation Criteria: *Management and staffing capability, qualifications (10 points) *Project Specific Knowledge (10 points) *Familiarity with local needs, conditions (25 points) *SCOP, SCRAP, CIGP experience (25 points) *Location of proposing firm(s) (10 points) Letters of Response should at a minimum, include the following information: a) Project Name: 2014 Small County Road Paving Projects b) Consultants name and address c) Proposed responsible office for consultant d) Contact person, phone number and Internet Email Address e) Statement regarding previous experience of consultant in advertised type of work f) Proposed key personnel and their proposed roles (do not include resumes) g) Sub-consultant(s) that may be used for the project h) The outside of the envelope should be marked with RFQ #1314-30 Sealed Proposal The Gulf County Board of County Commissioners reserves the right to reject any and all proposals deemed in the best interest of the County. BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA /s/ WARD MCDANIEL, CHAIRMAN September 4, 2014 95938S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO.: 23-2014-CA-000016 VANDERBILT MORTGAGE AND FINANCE, INC., a Tennessee corporation authorized to transact business in Florida Plaintiff, vs. BONNIE L. PETERSON AKA BONNIE LEE PETERSON, BONNIE L. PETERSON AKA BONNIE LEE PETERSON AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF SAMUEL F. PETERSON AKA SAMUEL FREDRICK PETERSON, UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF BONNIE L. PETERSON AKA BONNIE LEE PETERSON, BILLY DAVID PARKER AKA BILLY DAVID PARKER, SR. AKA BILLY D. PARKER, SR. AKA BILLY PARKER, SR., ALL UNKNOWN HEIRS, CREDITORS, DEVISES, BENEFICIARIES, GRANTEES, ASSIGNEES, LIENORS, TRUSTEES, AND ALL OTHER PARTIES CLAIMING AN INTEREST BY, THROUGH, UNDER OR AGAINST SAMUEL F. PETERSON AKA SAMUEL FREDRICK PETERSON, DECEASED and UNKNOWN TENANT(S) IN POSSESSION of 424 Big Daddy Nook Road, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION TO: Bonnie L. Peterson a/k/a Bonnie Lee Peterson, Unknown Spouse of Bonnie L. Peterson a/k/a Bonnie Lee Peterson, Bonnie L. Peterson a/k/a Bonnie Lee Peterson as personal representative of the Estate of Samuel F. Peterson a/k/a Samuel Fredrick Peterson, Billy David Parker a/k/a Billy David Parker, Sr. a/k/a Billy D. Parker, Sr. a/k/a Billy Parker, Sr., and All unknown Heirs, Creditors, Devises, Beneficiaries, Grantees, Assignees, Lienors, Trustees, and all other parties claiming an interest by, through, under or against Samuel F. Peterson a/k/a Samuel Fredrick Peterson, deceased YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose that mortgage, originally in favor of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, dated March 16, 2010 and recorded on March 22, 2010 in Official Records Book 488, at Page 569, of the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc. is the attorney in fact/servicing agent for Plaintiff; encumbering the following real property located in Gulf County, Florida, to-wit: COMMENCE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 9 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, AS PER MAP OR PLAT OF THE NOOK, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, PAGES 5 AND 6, IN THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, AND BEING VACATED OR ABANDONED BY THE GULF COUNTY BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS ON 12-2178; THENCE NORTH 05 DEGREES 11 MINUTES 27 SECONDS EAST ALONG THE WEST BOUNDARY LINE OF SAID SECTION 18, 964.65 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 48 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST, 200.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 84 DEGREES 48 MINUTES 33 SECONDS EAST, 1508.66 FEET TO A FOUND 4 INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT STAMPED L.S. 1787; THENCE NORTH 04 DEGREES 25 MINUTES 09 SECONDS WEST, 742.78 FEET TO A FOUND 4 INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT STAMPED L.S. 1787; THENCE NORTH 85 DEGREES 34 MINUTES 51 SECONDS EAST, 33.00 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE SOUTHWESTERLY AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 384.71 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE LEFT HAVING A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 18 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS FOR AN ARC LENGTH OF 120.86 FEET (CHORD BEARING NORTH 13 DEGREES 25 MINUTES 09 SECONDS WEST, 120.36 FEET); THENCE DEPARTING SAID CURVE, NORTH 67 DEGREES 34 MINUTES 51 SECONDS EAST, 769.05 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 20 DEGREES 47 MINUTES 09 SECONDS EAST, 97.88 FEET TO A POINT OF CURVATURE OF A CURVE CONCAVE NORTHEASTERLY AND HAVING A RADIUS OF 123.49 FEET; THENCE ALONG THE ARC OF A CURVE TO THE LEFT HAVING A CENTRAL ANGLE OF 78 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 00 SECONDS FOR AN ARC LENGTH OF 168.11 FEET (CHORD BEARING SOUTH 59 DEGREES 47 MINUTES 09 SECONDS EAST, 155.43 FEET) TO A POINT OF TANGENCY; THENCE NORTH 81 DEGREES 12 MINUTES 51 SECONDS EAST, 124.39 FEET TO A SET 112 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556 FOR THE POINT OF BEGINNING. FROM SAID POINT OF BEGINNING, NORTH 04 DEGREES 00 MINUTES 06 SECONDS WEST, 216.88 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED LB. 7556; THENCE NORTH 76 DEGREES 33 MINUTES 10 SECONDS EAST, 148.38 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556; THENCE SOUTH 81 DEGREES 27 MINUTES 54 SECONDS EAST, 282.14 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556; THENCE SOUTH 26 DEGREES 52 MINUTES 25 SECONDS EAST, 191.50 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556; THENCE SOUTH 17 DEGREES 32 MINUTES 35 SECONDS WEST, 115.35 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556; THENCE SOUTH 65 DEGREES 06 MINUTES 39 SECONDS WEST, 415.44 FEET TO A SET 1/2 INCH DIAMETER IRON ROD AND CAP, STAMPED L.B. 7556; THENCE NORTH 18 DEGREES 37 MINUTES 52 SECONDS WEST, 260.20 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING, SAID PARCEL OF LAND LYING AND BEING IN SECTION 18, TOWNSHIP 4 SOUTH, RANGE 9 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. TOGETHER WITH A 2010 SOUTHERN HOMES, MODEL NUMBER NH700, MANUFACTURED HOME, ID#S: DSD4AL55672A AND DSD4AL55672B. has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to SONYA K. DAWS, Plaintiffs attorney, whose address is Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. 215 S. Monroe Street, Suite 510, Tallahassee, Florida 32301, within thirty (30) days, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on Plaintiffs attorneys OT 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 April 16th. REBECCA NORRIS CLERK GULF COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 2014 95992S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA Case No.: 23-2012-CA-000114 Section: ___ THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON FKA THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR THE CERTIFICATEHOLDERS OF CWALT, INC., ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2005-3CB, MORTGAGE PASSTHROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 20053CB Plaintiff, vs. KAREN ELIZABETH JOHNSON ANY AND ALL UNKNOWN PARTIES CLAIMING BY, THROUGH, UNDER, AND AGAINST THE HEREIN NAMED INDIVIDUAL DEFENDANT(S) WHO ARE NOT KNOWN TO BE DEAD OR ALIVE, WHETHER SAID UNKNOWN PARTIES MAY CLAIM AN INTEREST AS SPOUSES, HEIRS, DEVISEES, GRANTEES, OR OTHER CLAIMANTS Defendant(s) NOTICE OF SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to an Order of Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated July 22, 2014 entered in Civil Case No. 23-2012-CA-000114 of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Gulf County, Florida, wherein the Clerk of the Circuit Court will sell to the highest bidder for cash on 6th day of November, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the front Lobby of the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, in accordance with Chapter 45 Florida Statutes, relative to the following described property as set forth in the Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 2 AND THE SOUTHEASTERLY ONE-HALF OF LOT 3, IN BLOCK 5, YONS ADDITION TO BEACON HILL, A SUBDIVISION OF PARTS OF THE ORIGINAL LOTS 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, AND 10 IN SECTION 5, T7S, R11W, ACCORDING TO PLAT ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF CIRCUIT COURT OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850)7475338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711. Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT Gulf COUNTY, FLORIDA By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk MORRIS|HARDWICK| SCHNEIDER ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF 9409 PHILADELPHIA RD BALTIMORE, MD 21237 September 4, 11, 2014 Lost Please Return Ab-Doer exercise equip. picked up from side of the road near 1003 Woodward Ave. Call 850-443-8278 Its A Special Belonging Beacon Hill: 181 Sunray Court, Saturday, Sept. 6th, 8am-? ESTMulti Family Yard SaleFish tank, linens, dishes, clothes, etc. Text FL98569 to 56654 Admin/ClericalJOB NOTICEThe Gulf County Board of County Commissioners is currently accepting applications for oneStaff Assistant for our Emergency Management/ E-9-1-1 DepartmentThis is an hourly position with full benefits. Salary TBD based on experience. Applications and a complete job description are available in our HR Office or at www.gulfcounty-fl.gov. Application deadline is Thursday, September 4th at 5:00pm, E.T. There will be a T.A.B.E. test given on Thursday September 11, 2014 from 5:30pm -7:30pm at the Gulf-Franklin Center. A score of 12.0 or higher is required in order to be considered for this position. ALL APPLICANTS MUST TAKE THE T.A.B.E. For more information, please contact Brett Lowry, Deputy Administrator at 850-229-5335 or Denise Manuel, Central Services Director at 850-227-2384. 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