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** Volume 80 Number 25 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters ...................... A5 Outdoors ................. A10 Sports...................... A11 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A3DOH celebrates public health weekA11Parker coach of the year Thursday, April 5, 2018 FWC: TIPS FOR LIVING WITH ALLIGATORS, A10 WILDFIRE, B1 YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comEducation legislation recently passed by Florida lawmakers offers Gulf District School officials something of Sophies choice.Neither option has much appeal. But a tiny 47-cent increase in base per student funding, which does not even reflect the actual amount Gulf District Schools will receive, has created a potential choice between a reduction in work-force or a tax increase. To say Gulf County School Board members were less than thrilled with that message Tuesday would be an understatement.We are going to have a reset year to establish a new (budget) baseline,Ž said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton. We have to assess our programmatic needs before we think about raising taxes.ŽThe state omnibus educa-tion bill for this year provided additional funding for all 67 Florida school districts.However, the overwhelm-ing portion of that funding is tied to safe schools and mental health services in the wake of the Parkland school massacre on Feb. 14.In turn, lawmakers provided just .47 per student in additional base funding; in Gulf County, because of the states differential formula based on district size and property values, the district received 93-94 percent of that amount.The association representing state school superintendents urged Gov. Rick Scott to reject the bill and call lawmakers back into special session to address school funding.The association argued that providing such a small bump in per pupil funding would force districts to cut programs or employees as the costs of operations, which is funded by the base student allocation, rise across the board.They took away from the (base student allocation), where we have some control, to put it into safe schools,Ž Norton said.Scott signed the budget State law creates budget headaches for districtBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThere was a feeling at the Gulf County Welcome Center that February was a mighty fine month for local tourism.That feeling was translated into dollars last week as Feb-ruary bed tax numbers came in and totaled just shy of 22 percent over February 2017, and that was a month which saw an increase over 3.5 percent over the prior year.In other words, growth, responsible growth,Ž said Kelli Godwin, executive director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Coun-cil, continues in the tourism segment, the countys main economic engine. Toss in the February num-bers and the bed tax collection during the fiscal year that began in October is now 9.8 percent above the prior fiscal year; in dollars that equals a jump of $36,314 over five months.Push that out to the full fiscal year, and bed tax collections, which have risen each of the past four years, and has done so even if elimi-nating the fifth penny enacted Bed taxes up big in FebruaryBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comIf at first.The city of Port St. Joe renewed efforts Tuesday to pursue two grants which the city has fallen short of in recent years.One is to pursue a $286,000 state historic preservation grant when the next cycle begins later this month to be used for the restoration of the Centennial Building.The Centennial Building project, despite being ranked in the top 10 among 59 applicants for historic pres-ervation grants heading into the just-adjourned legislative session, was out of the money when the state budget passed.Only the first six projects would be eligible for the funding: projects for the Centennial Building and Port Theatre (ranked No. 7) just missed the funding cutline.City commissioners approved a resolution in support of re-applying in the coming cycle.The city has banked a local match for the grant, roughly $28,000 per year, the past two years to facilitate both the grant and the Centennial project. The other, larger grant, for $922,000, is to fund stormwater improvements along what is called the Forest Park stormwater basin.That would be the 270 acres that drains into a stormwater ditch the flows through the 10th Street Ball Parks to Buck Griffin Lake and St. Joseph Bay beyond.The idea would be to create PSJ to pursue grants for stormwater, Centennial projectsFrom left, Aaron Little, Jim Sickles, Rosemary Lewis, Commissioners Brett Lowry and Eric Langston and Scott Hoffman quali“ ed last week for the city election. Lowry and Langston, facing no opposition, were automatically re-elected. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] Star Staff ReportLocal photographer Debbie Hooper said she had never experienced such high waves at the Stump Hole rock revetment as were on display during a breezy Friday last week. Even during hurricanes, she contended, she had never seen such wave height. These waves were hitting that wall and going crazy,Ž Hooper said after snapping a series of photos of ongoing work being performed to reinforce the revetment. And she likely didnt need to make any comparisons for the workers last Friday, who are clearly not enjoying the waves, no matter their place in the local history books. Photos courtesy of Debbie Hooper at waves See BUDGET, A8 See TAXES, A6 See GRANTS, A8


** A2 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportPlenty going on under this blue spring skies. Here are a few suggestions.Annual cookout for charity. First United Methodist Church of Port St. Joe will sponsor its annual Cookout to benefit local charities this weekend in conjunction with the Bluewater Outriggers annual Tent Sale. The hours will be 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The menu includes a hamburger combo (chips, drink and dessert) for $5 and a hot dog combo (chips, drink and dessert) for $4. A la carte is also available, including: hamburger ($3), hot dog ($2), chips ($1), drink ($1) and dessert ($1). All proceeds benefit local charities through the Mens and Womens Clubs. Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market has just kicked off its 11th year and the market is back Saturda at City Commons adjacent to Port St. Joe City Hall, at the intersection of Reid Ave. and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd.. The market is held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET the first and third Saturdays of every month in the park. At the market you may find fresh seasonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more.Climb the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Venture down to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, nearly 100 feet high. The lighthouse is open 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. ET Thursday through Saturday. For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops … climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.Books and Bites with Kristy Woodson Harvey at the Library. Award-winning author Kristy Woodson Harvey will be visiting Port St. Joe for a Books and BitesŽ luncheon at the public library. The author event and book signing will be 11 a.m. ET Tuesday, April 10 in the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library. A light lunch will be provided. The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries. Register to attend the free Books and BitesŽ luncheon by calling 229-8879 or visiting the library. Kristy Woodson Harvey is the author of Dear Carolina (2015), Lies and Other Acts of Love (2016), and Slightly South of Simple (2017). Dear Carolina was long-listed for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. Her newest release, The Secret to Southern Charm (April 3) is part of the beloved Peachtree Bluff Series exploring the powerful bonds between sisters, mothers and daughters. She blogs daily at Design Chic about how creating a beautiful home can be the catalyst for creating a beautiful life. Discover more about the talented Southern author by visiting kristywoodsonharvey. com. The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library is located at 110 Library Drive. Call 229-8879 or visit for more information.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKENDFirst United Methodist Church will be cooking out for charity during the Bluewater Outriggers Tent Sale. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Books and BitesŽ is Tuesday at the PSJ library. [FILE PHOTO] New summer hours to climb to the top of the town. [FILE PHOTO] SaltAir Farmers Market returns Saturday. [FILE PHOTO] Special to The StarAcross the Nation, Americans are uniting to thank and honor Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice!When our vets came home they were not thanked or honored in a parade, but were actu-ally treated badly in many cases. Now is the time to do something about this. It is estimated that we are losing as many as 382 Viet-nam veterans every day.We are having a welcome home and pinning ceremony 10 a.m. ET April 7 at the Three Servicemen statue on Market Street in Apalachicola to thank and honor veterans of the War. All United States veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of Nov. 1, 1955 through May 15, 1975 will receive a Vietnam lapel pin and a personal Thank YouŽ. We are, also, remembering personnel who were POW/MIAs with a Missing Man table.Everyone welcome to come out and participate.This initiative is the main focus of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, a national 50th anniversary remembrance authorized by Congress, established under the Secretary of Defense and launched by President Barack Obama in May 2012.Vietnam Veterans welcome/pinning ceremonySpecial to The StarThe April meeting of the Gulf County Democrats, will be held 7-8:30 p.m. ET Monday, April 9 at the WIG Building located at 401 Peters St. in Port St. Joe.This month's meeting will be exciting and infor-mative, with two speakers:John Nagy, candidate for County Commissioner, District 1 (Wewahitchka)An update from Rosemary Lewis, candidate for Port St. Joe City Commissioner, Group 4Discussion topic: Recruiting candidatesThe Democrats will be inviting candidates from local, state and federal races to speak at each of their meetings through November. Meeting updates may be found on Facebook (https://www.facebook. com/GulfCountyDemo-crats/). The Democrats look forward to seeing you at the meeting! Bring a friend. Everyone is welcome.April meeting of county Democrats


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 A3 Special to The StarTallahassee„The Flor-ida Department of Health in Franklin/Gulf is celebrating National Public Health Week (NPHW) from April 2-8. This years theme is Changing Our Future Together,Ž which highlights the importance of engaging communities and partners in all sectors as public health workers strive to put good health within everyones reach. This week is also a time to celebrate the contribu-tions of the people who are dedicated to public health.Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a long, healthy life free from preventable disease and injury. In fact, thats what public health workers strive toward every, single day.In Public Health, we work to ensure conditions where everyone has an opportunity to be healthywhere they live, learn, work and play,Ž said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Gulf and Franklin Counties. DOH-Frank-lin/Gulf staff work behind the scenes and on the front lines with community partners to prevent diseases, promote health policies and encourage healthy behaviors.ŽEach day of NPHW focuses on a different public health topic that is critical to ensuring healthy communities. Public health workers in DOH-Franklin/Gulf work to meet the specific needs of our community members guided by our Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).MONDAY Behavioral Health, advocate for and promote well-being TUESDAY Communicable Diseases, learn about ways to prevent disease transmission WEDNESDAY Environmental Health, help to protect and maintain a healthy planet THURSDAY Injury and Violence Prevention, learn about the effects of injury and violence on health FRIDAY Ensuring the Right to Health, advocate for everyones right to a healthy lifeDOH honors Public Health Week


** A4 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star OPINION Published every Thursday at 135 W. U.S. 98, Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Tim Thompson Editor: Tim Croft Circulation: 850-522-5197 SUBSCRIPTIONS In county Out of county 1 Year: $24.15 $34.65 6 Months: $15.75 $21 Home delivery subscribers may be charged a higher rate for holiday editions. 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. The spoken word barely asserts; the printed word thoroughly convinces. The spoken word is lost; the printed word remains. The Major League Baseball season cranked off this week. Thats very important to me. For more reasons than I can count. None of which actually have anything to do with big league baseball. Its a reminder of the season. And what the game has done for me. I havent read, All I Really Need to Know I learned in KindergartenŽ but I did spend a year in Miss Katys kindergarten two eons and a light year ago. I love Miss Katy to this day, and I mean no disrespect, but I was barely five years old. The only thing I remember about the whole deal was we got ice cream if it was someones birthday. My education revolved around a baseball. Leon put a ball in my hand and carefully showed me how to place my fingers across the seams. He explained to throw it properly I had to get my elbow up parallel to the ground with my hand above my right earƒ.. My first lesson was how to listen and learn. It cant get much more important than that! Leon hit ground balls to me every spring afternoon when I got home from kindergarten. I could catch maybe one out of ten. He did the same thing the following spring. My fielding improved to three out of ten. By the fourth grade he couldnt hit one past me. The second lesson was things dont come easy in life. And the third was hard work pays off. I didnt have to read a book. I didnt have to hear a lecture. Nobody whipped it into me. I also learned my big brother cared a way lot more about me than he let on. I grew old enough to follow Leon to the vacant lot over by Bethel College. It was yet another spring and baseball filled the air. His friends were much older and I stood silently waiting as they chose up sides. Finally, after the last guy was picked one of the older boys would volunteer to chooseŽ me. It took a processƒƒbut I was in the game! It was a lesson in humbleness and patience that has paid immeasurable dividends in my life. The first guy I batted against in an officialŽ Little League contest was Ray Cunningham. I was barely eight. He was twelve. And he could throw a ripe strawberry through a battleship! The first two pitches went by so fast I didnt see either, just heard them. The lesson here was a tough one; courage is easy to talk about unless you are the guy looking down the barrel. As the springs rolled along and the older boys moved on, I found myself moving up in the backyard league pickingŽ order. There were no umpires, grown-ups or written rules. We scrounged up two bats and a ball, chose the teams, decided who played where, made the close calls and, most important of all, kept the game moving. We learned to share. We learned to play well with others. We learned a little organization and cooperation could save you a world of time. We learned fighting and fussing didnt solve anything. In those formative years I could only afford a small, inexpensive Revelation glove from Western Auto. It didnt seem right that some of the guys with lesser ability had those costly Heart of the HideŽ Rawlings models. I learned life sometimes could be unfair. We lost the championship to the Rotary Club when I was eleven. I pitched horribly and struck out with the tying run on second base in the sixth inning. I learned it is ok to cry when it really, really hurts. When I was fifteen, I was asked to join the men on the town team. I was, by several years, the youngest player in the group. I was awed by guys twice my age running around the bases like their very life depended on it. They took me under their wing, gave of their time, shared their knowledge and, with no one looking or anything to gain, went the extra mile for the young boy trying to play third base.Ž I learned that sometimes life could be unfairƒ.IN YOUR FAVOR! I have chased down high flies braced against a brilliant blue sky. Ive rounded second with the wind brushing off my cheeks. Ive whipped a hickory bat against a curve ball dropping down and away and sent it scorching up the right center field alley. I have slid safely under the tag at home with the winning run. Baseball taught me life is grand. And that is a lesson you can grow old with. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNLets play twoƒ Kesley ColbertIt seems my little dog has developed an airŽ in her old age. They say that some older folks sometimes lose their filterŽ and say and do things without much regard to what others think or possibly have lost their ability to care what others think. My little poodle, since losing her big companion and my familys big dog, Doolittle, a while back, seems to just do anything she doggone well pleases. The trash catastrophes that were always blamed on the pair of dogs, mainly the bigger dog, now seem to have been conducted my little Princess Poodle. She could have gone to her grave with that secret, but chose not to. Maybe its prideful on her part, in that she wanted to show that she could tear the trash apart by herself and spread it around the house without the aid of a larger male dog. Honestly, she used to be a lot more discreet about her sneaking and such. Now, if she has a path to get on the barn-door kitchen table, shell just do it. And she will eat anything she can her mouth onƒ in terms of food. Its tough to get mad at her. She is old, deaf and without a canine companion having had one for most of her life. However, the other day, I got a little frustrated. Im pretty big on shopping the bargain bin in the produce department at the grocery store. I stop by three or four times a week to talk to folks, piddle in the produce department and look for bargains on meat and vegetables. With meat, I look for cuts I can make jerky out of or be challenged for dinner. You know how the cooking shows give contestants a basket of stuff and have them make a dish in 30 minutes. My basketŽ often consists on whats on sale or in its last couple of days of use byŽ life. There are good bargains to find in those situations. The produce department bargain bin will often have items that I can either dry in my dehydrator or use in my imaginary basket game. Recently, I found a couple of containers of fresh black-eyed peas that needed to be cooked within a day. When I say fresh, I guess they were shipped in from south of the border, Im not sure. However, I never have a problem making a meal out of just black-eyed peas, as long as I have cornbread and some other odds and ends like onions, tomatoes and some sort of pepper sauce/peppers in vinegar. I clarify there because some folks who are unfamiliar with the South and her affection with pepper sauce with black-eyed peas, think that it is something red, rather than peppers swimming in vinegar designed to be doused on turnip greens, blackeyed peas and such. On this particular evening, I made an excellent cast iron skillet of cornbread to go with my black-eyed peas and pepper sauce. Sometimes you hit things just perfectƒ Perfect was what this cornbread was. It was so good, I ate only one piece, knowing that I had plenty of peas to last me a couple of lunches at work … I wanted this perfect cornbread to go with them. You see where Im going. I bagged it, then admired it, then put it on the counter. I used to not be able to put things on the counter because my Big Poodle Doolittle could easily access anything on the counter. I got the callƒ My tiny and old poodle that apparently is going through some sort of stage in her old age, got my cornbread off the counter and left me with nothing but an empty plastic bag and a pitifully small piece at the foot of my chair in the den. Maybe it was some sort of peace offering. Frustrated, I could only think of all the wonderful things I have found that were reaching their use by dateŽ or end of life. Hopefully, she still has a lot of years in her, I can make more cornbread. To my big dog … in big dog heaven … Im sorry for all the times you were blamed. Read more stories at www. MY TRACTORBag that cornbreadBy Lee H. Hamilton For the most part, we Americans value expertise. We want our physicians to possess knowledge and experience. We want our lawyers to know the law inside out. We want our clergymen, our engineers, our farmers to bring the kind of proficiency and skill to their work that comes only with familiarity and practice. So heres a question. Why is it that the more expertise politicians gain in their field, the more we deride them? Ive been involved in politics, in one way or another, for most of my life. That makes me a politician. And Ive had more than a few people refuse to shake my hand because they believed that might somehow taint them. Politicians, many Americans think, are looking out for themselves, beholden to special interests and party leaders, and incapable of working for the common good. Politicians may disappoint us, frustrate us, or even anger us. They certainly make mistakes. But heres the thing: we cannot solve our problems at any level „ local, state or federal „ without skilled politicians. Theyre indispensable to the system. Ive had a good vantage point to observe successful American politicians over the decades, and Ive come to believe the craft of politics requires certain characteristics. Not every politician possesses them, but the good ones „ and there are plenty of good politicians „ strive for them. First, theyre attuned to the moods of the people and to shifts in public opinion. This is not a bad thing „ their job, after all, is to represent us. At the same time, they adhere to certain beliefs: they have faith in this country and its future, and they often hold a vision for what its success will look like. They believe it can make progress. They also know that progress will not come easily. They understand theyll face setbacks, failure, and hardship, but they persevere in the American way of governing because it can make a lot of things possible. They search for a path forward, and for a remedy to a problem. They tend to be articulate, adept at influencing others, and at times inspirational. But they are also pragmatic, and prepared to adjust, compromise, and improvise in order to move policy in the direction theyd like to see it go. They may pursue the perfect, but most of them know they wont get there, and will have to be satisfied with incremental progress. Very rarely do we advance in leaps and bounds. Theyre comfortable holding authority and responsibility, and because they recognize that they share these burdens with others, they respect their colleagues. They try to be civil with them, since they understand the dynamic nature of politics „ that you dont have permanent enemies or allies and that your foe one day may be a comrade the next. And while they know the value of coming together in unity and may even strive for it, they understand that its rarely achievable. Indeed, they expect criticism, appreciating that it comes with the territory and is one sign of the vitality of the democracy we live in. Finally, good politicians understand that politics consists of a lot more than running for election. It has to be practiced every day in a democracy. We dont live in a perfect world, and we cant attain one. But in the end, politics is about striving to get there „ to make the world, or at least this country, better. The best politicians understand that this requires inclusivity, that all groups in every part of the nation have to be taken into account, that many interests have to be The indispensable craft of the politician BN Heard See HAMILTON, A5


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 A5 LETTERSbalanced, if the U.S. is going to succeed and be secure. They retain a fundamental faith in the people of the country. They do not give up on America. I dont want to suggest either that I think all politicians possess these qualities, or that any politician enjoys them all. Yet these characteristics are what mastery of the craft of politics demands, and they come only with time and experience. In my book, any politician who displays them deserves the same respect wed give any specialist who has acquired the knowledge, skill, and insight demanded by a complicated, demanding, and meaningful profession. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. HAMILTONFrom Page A4By Shelly CainCross Shores Care CenterI want to offer help to my neighbor. She is taking care of her husband, who has dementia. How can I help? What do I say? Please dont wait for someone to ask you for help. Almost everyone I know, including myself, would suffer in silence rather than ask for help in almost every kind of situation. If you ask me, What can I do to help?Ž Im likely to ask you to say a prayer and thank you for your concern. So, instead, make suggestions like, Im free tomorrow afternoon, can I sit with your husband while you take a break?Ž or Im going to the grocery store, can I pick something up for you while Im there?Ž or Can your husband go with me to the high school baseball game and you can take a break?Ž or What is your favorite meal? Can I cook it for you Saturday night?Ž Or Im mowing my grass on Saturday can I go ahead and cut yours while Im at it?Ž Caregivers are at high risk of isolation. They can withdraw from family and friends. Be the one to reach out and be a friend. I miss our conversations. If you put on a pot of coffee, Ill bring the cookies.Ž Nothing is better than a personal visit with a friend. If you are worried about what to say take your cues from her. Be a good listener. Help find someone to sit with her husband and take her to a movie, shopping, or out to eat. Sometimes just doing something normal can re-charge her batteries. What if its a sibling that is the primary caregiver for your parent. Do the same as above but, also, please remember to thank them. Recognize their hard work and sacrifice with a simple thank you. And offer to take over for a few hours or a weekend. Learn everything you can to recognize caregiver stress so you can be better prepared to help. Taking care of someone in the advanced stages of dementia can become an impossible task for a caregiver. Be supportive when it comes time for the decision to admit into a nursing home. Its never an easy decision but often necessary for many. If you have any questions we would love to help. Call us at 229-8244 or you can email me at or, even better, stop by for a visit. Remember, treat everyone with importance and always be kind.Cross Shores CornerWarrior Weekend Dear Editor, Words can not describe the nauseated feeling I have in the pit of my stomach at the moment. To find out the Forgotten Coast Warrior Weekend has been cancelled, gives me the feeling as losing a member of your family. What started as a weekend retreat for my Warrior in 2014, turned into something that prepared us for the next stages of our lives. To know the community we found to be one of the kindest, generous, open areas in the state of Florida, in which we have returned to many time. To include volunteering at the Warrior Weekend in 2015. Saddens me to no avail. I have no words for how this honestly effects the many warriors that could have benefitted from Port St Joe. The bonds we created as caregivers, the battle buddies that were created outside the military for these warriors. Simply, no words to my sadness. With a Grateful HeartTheresa Botts, New Jersey Campers and Highland View water Dear Editor, Well, summer is on it's way. Soon, we will be hearing about the water in Highland View, how high in bacteria it is and people are urged not to swim there. Has it occurred to any of the powers that be that perhaps the cause is the campers. Do they all have septic tanks or sewer hook ups? I bet there are a few that don't. I sure hope someone is not risking the health of all of us by not doing their job properly. I brought that up a few years ago and was told it was doggie do-do. I don't see many dogs around there but I sure do see campers that don't move. Permanent steps up to the door, I'm thinking there must be at least a few that are just flushing waste into a pit underneath. Step it up, take care of what could be a health risk to everyone.Dennis Maulding, Port St. Joe, FLLETTERS TO THE EDITOR


** A6 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Starthree years ago, are on target to top $2.2 million.That would come five years after collections eclipsed $1 million for the first time.Last year we finished about 7 percent up so the goal was steady, responsible growth,Ž Godwin said. We were thrilled when we got the numbers. We knew it, we felt it was busy. But that was a great number.ŽIn addition to the volume, the demographics of the pre-spring, late-winter trav-elers was different this year, Godwin said. It was a different crowd,Ž Godwin said. We had a lot of our usual visitors, but we also had a lot of people with families.They were having their midwinter breaks. We saw a lot of license plates from Michigan and Tennessee and states like that. They are places where they are starting to have school year-round.ŽAnd the increase in families along this slice of paradise was a specific goal of TDC marketing efforts over the past four or five years. Families are always going to be our bread and butter, along with the adventure traveler and in a lot of cases those are families,Ž Godwin said.We had a lot of people in the Welcome Center (during February). Now, we are having Atlanta spring break.ŽAnd, if there is such as a thing as feelingŽ concerning how lodging and eating part-ners are faring this month, the weeks immediately prior to and after Easter have carried positive vibes.We are hopping right now,Ž said David Ashbrook with the Port Inn and MainStay Suites. We had a little bit of dip in March, but for the year we are ahead of last year.We are very busy right now.ŽAnother potential factor in a busy start to the year, Godwin said, is the just-completed spring marketing campaign, the main prong of which was an Instragram campaign around #InGulf. As in, how do you engulfŽ yourself in adventure, in vacation.Godwin said the TDC would be announcing the winner, a woman from Georgia, soon; she will win a seven-day vacation package.In the four weeks that it ran we had 3,200 posts,Ž Godwin said. Weve had marketing hash tags we have used for four years and (#InGulf) had nearly as many posts in four weeks.This has just really taken off.ŽWith summer months around the corner, this week has been about finalizing the preparations for the performance by The Brothers Osborne Saturday afternoon on the green at WindMark.Partnering with The St. Joe Company and D.R. Horton, the TDC is hosting the concert which will serve as the release of The Brothers Osbornes new album, Port Saint Joe.ŽThe Grammy-, CMA-nom-inated brothers recorded the album in a Gulf County beach house during a two-week period last year and decided to name the release after the location of its birth.The concert, with a limit of 500 tickets, sold out the morning tickets went on sale in late March. TAXESFrom Page A1 The Brothers Osborne perform a sold-out concert Saturday at WindMark. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


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** A8 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Staranother stormwater pond, on roughly 2.5 acres, approximately the size of the northern end of Buck Griffin Lake, said city engineer Clay Smallwood.The pond, to the north of Buck Grif-fin, would provide additional filtering of stormwater before it reaches the bay.This is all about protecting the bay,Ž Smallwood said.He added that there would be a monitoring component to the grant to ensure that the project performed as intended.Smallwood said the stormwater project would be an entirely separate from the proposed expansion of the 10th Street Ball Parks; the pond could be sited once the ball park plan is in place. But the grant funding does carry the caveat of not allowing new develop-ment adjacent to the pond. The money would come out of Nat-ural Resources Damage Assessment funds stemming from the 2010 Deep-water Horizon oil spill.The money would flow from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to the Northwest Florida Water Management District.The government bodies really believe this will help clean our bay,Ž said City Manager Jim Anderson.Icing? There is no local match required on the grant.The grant application is a revival of earlier applications to the NWFWMD for stormwater projects.In the two prior years 2013 and 2015, the project was not funded. Park workshop WednesdayA joint workshop with the Board of County Commissioners and city commissioners will be held 6 p.m. ET Wednesday, April 11 in the Don Butler County Commission Chamber in the Robert Moore Annex adjacent to the Courthouse.The workshop was called to discuss the proposed plans for the expansion of the 10th Street Ball Parks in Port St. Joe.A county subcommittee issued a conceptualŽ plan early this year, but that plan came under fire last month when a number of city residents living adjacent to the park complained about the potential impacts.Particular issues were traffic to the expanded park, stormwater, safety and endangerment or elimination of fauna and wildlife in the proposed park corridor. Commissioner Rex Buzzett, the citys representative on the park subcommittee, has urged that consideration move from 10th Street to a proposed site across U.S. Highway 98 from the Gulf/Franklin Center. Several city residents have agreed.That plea continued Tuesday, with a petition presented with signatures from both residents and visitors opposed to the park expansion plan.Another resident expressed frustration with the current location of the ballparks and the unruly and rude behavior of adults on their property.Another cautioned that pickle ball courts are not a fit for residential areas due to the noise. Commissioner David Ashbrook said the city does not need more parks, or an expanded park, but improvements to the existing 10th Street complex.Lets not add a burden to our already stretched tax dollar by build-ing another park,Ž Ashbrook said. We need to improve what we have.Ž GRANTSFrom Page A1within days of the letter, leaving the education legislation intact.The problems with the small size of the rise in base student funding is compounded for Gulf District Schools, where enrollment somewhat plateaued this year.A projected increase from several factors, expansion of Deseret Cattle and Timber in the north end of the county, port development and eco-nomic growth in the south end has yet to fully materialize.We are probably a year away from a real bump in (full-time equivalent student) growth,Ž Norton said.The bottom line from the just-adjourned session is not yet clear, said district financial officer Sissy Worley.A final run of the Florida Education Finance Plan, always one of the last documents to emerge from every legislative session, has yet to be disseminated.She said the district will have to absorb a few unfunded mandates,Ž most of which extend from the safe schools legislation and that while it appears, as with every district, that funding overall increased, looks are deceiving.We definitely will need more rev-enue to maintain what we have now,Ž Worley said. The first priority, and the board will begin diving during a workshop next week, is identifying program priorities at all four public schools.Only then, Norton suggested, would board members understand which direction they would have to go.Reducing the workforce, he added, will likely mean a cut in programs; the district has been battling for several years to increase program options. A tax increase would come from the Local Capital Improvement dollars the state appropriates to each district for what could be termed bricks and mortar.ŽFor over five years, the district has maintained one of the lowest LCI mill-ages in the state, nearly or more than a full mill below that allowed by law.That was a pledge the board made to the public when going to voters for an additional mill in operating funds more than a decade ago; the pledge has been reiterated every four years since.While maintaining the low LCI, the district was supplementing its capi-tal outlay budget through the general fund, Worley said.By raising the LCI millage, those general fund dollars could stay in the general fund, Worley added.And, Norton said, there also remained real capital outlay issues, particularly the need to bolster the fleet of buses, which the district has been addressing the past two years.There is a lot of information to process, a lot of responsibility,Ž said school board chair Brooke Wooten. We need to move forward.Ž Safe schoolsThe safe schools portion of the edu-cation legislation will require a process all but separate from the fundamental budget issues.There are nine criteria and Norton said district staff, spearheaded by Billy Hoover, who has been appointed the districts school safety director, are reviewing the law.Portions of the legislation will also include ongoing coordination with the Gulf County Sheriffs Office, Port St. Joe Police Department and Department of Health in Gulf County.There are a lot of pieces to it,Ž Norton said, adding that while he sup-ported the additional focus on school safety, Gulf District Schools already provide a safe school environment.There is also funding districts can use to designate certain employees to undergo 150 of police standards train-ing in order to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon on campus.The public would not know the iden-tity of those individuals, who could only use a weapon in the case of an active school shooting.And, Norton added, some of the required steps in the bill include actions the district, and Gulf Couty Sheriffs Office, already undertake and fund.Creating safer schools, he added, is not a one-day, one-week or oneyear process, but a constant one which requires cooperation from all stakeholders.It is a vigilant process,Ž Norton said. This is something that we can help build the foundation for on into the future.Ž BUDGETFrom Page A1 The government bodies really believe this will help clean our bay.ŽJim Anderson, City Manager There is a lot of information to process, a lot of responsibility. We need to move forward.ŽBrooke Wooten, school board chair It is a vigilant process. This is something that we can help build the foundation for on into the future.ŽJim Norton, superintendent of schools


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** A10 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star FISHING REPORTOk anglers it is here after a long wait, the Bluewater Outriggers annual tent sale. April 6th and 7th this Friday and Saturday. It is not to be missed if you've never attended before. So if your a visitor or a local come on out and share in the fun and the great buys you'll “ nd under the tent. There will be “ shing gear marked up to 70 percent off regular retail. Lots of close out and one of a kind so come early for the best selection. There will be plenty of action in the store as well with great bargains and lots of activities. Bring the whole family, there will be apparel and shoes on sale and to many items to mention. Refreshments will be available and there will be product vendors on hand with advise and sharing knowledge of their products. We look forward to seeing you this Friday and Saturday. Until next week Happy Fishing! OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.comSpecial to The StarThe American alligator is a conservation success story. Florida has a healthy and stable alligator population, which is estimated at 1.3 million alligators of every size. They are an important part of Floridas wetlands, but should be regarded with caution and respect.Alligators become more active and vis-ible during spring when temperatures rise and their metabolism increases. Although serious injuries caused by alligators are rare in Florida, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recommends taking precautions when having fun in and around the water. Alligators inhabit all 67 counties in Florida and can be found anywhere there is standing water. Reduce the chances of conflicts with alligators by swimming only in designated swimming areas during daylight hours. Also keep pets on a leash and away from the water.Because alligators control their body tem-perature by basking in the sun, they may be easily observed. However, the FWC urges people to keep their distance if they see one. And never feed alligators because it is dangerous and illegal.The FWC places the highest priority on public safety and administers a Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program to address complaints concerning specific alligators. People concerned about an alligator should call the FWCs toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). SNAP uses contracted nui-sance alligator trappers throughout the state to remove alligators 4 feet in length or greater that are believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property. The FWC also works diligently to keep Floridians and visitors informed, including providing advice about Living with Alligators.Learn more about alligators at tips for living with alligators[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarIf you have bats roost-ing in your attic, eaves or chimney spaces, now is the time to give them an eviction notice. Bat maternity season begins April 15 and runs through Aug. 15. Exclusions of bat colonies must be com-pleted before the season starts.During bat maternity season, bats gather to give birth and raise their young,Ž said Terry Doonan, a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-tion Commission (FWC) biologist and mammal conservation coordinator. The season lasts until the young bats can fly and feed themselves. In Florida, this occurs from mid-April through mid-August for most bat species.ŽBat exclusions are ille-gal during this maternity season to prevent young bats that cannot yet fly from being trapped inside structures and dying.Florida is home to 13 resident bat species, including threatened species such as the Florida bonneted bat. Some bat species roost in artificial structures, including buildings and houses. Although it is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, guidelines have been developed allowing for the legal exclusion of bats outside of the maternity season.Exclusion guidelines on how to remove bats from buildings can be found at Bats.Materials and methods to exclude bats can affect the success of that process. For more information on how to conduct a bat exclusion, watch this YouTube video: How to Get Bats Out of a Building. Further details on how to con-duct a legal bat exclusion can be found at Bat Con-servation International.Bats are beneficial to people and are an important part of the ecosystem. The states native bats help keep insect populations under control, with the average bat eating hundreds of insects a night. In addition to the benefit of keeping mosquitoes and other insects at bay for residents enjoying the outdoors, the value of insect suppression by bats to U.S. agriculture has been estimated to be in the billions of dollars.There are several ways that Florida residents and visitors can help bats:€ Preserve natural roost sites, including trees with cavities and peeling bark. Dead fronds left on palms can also provide roosting spots for bats. € Put up a bat house.€ Report unusual bat behavior to: can carry rabies. Although infected bats may not become aggres-sive, like any other wild animal, they can bite to defend themselves if handled. Dont touch or go near any wild animal, especially one thats not acting normally. For more information about rabies, visit the Florida Department of Health website at 15 marks start of Floridas bat maternity seasonSpecial to The StarChances of close encounters between Florida manatees and boaters increase in the spring.For manatees, it is the season when they leave their winter refuges and travel along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts and through inland waters. For boaters, it is a critical time to be on the lookout for manatees to avoid colliding with these large aquatic mammals.Spring is a great time to go boating in Florida, but manatees are out there too. Please watch out for them,Ž said Ron Mezich, who heads the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) manatee management program.From April 1 through Nov. 15, seasonal mana-tee zones require boaters to slow down in certain areas to prevent mana-tees from being struck by motorboats or personal watercrafts. FWC law enforcement officers are on patrol in state waters to remind boaters of the seasonal manatee speed zones and take enforcement actions when appropriate.Since manatees are difficult to detect when underwater, operators of boats and personal watercrafts can help by:€ Wearing polarized sunglasses to help spot manatees.€ Looking for large circles on the water, also known as manatee footprints, indicating the presence of a manatee below.€ Looking for a snout sticking up out of the water.€ Following posted manatee zones while boating. € Reporting an injured, distressed, sick or dead manatee to the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922) or dialing #FWC or *FWC on a cellphone.FWC biologists, managers and law enforcement staff work closely with partners to evaluate current data and identify necessary actions to protect this iconic animal. Florida has invested over $2 mil-lion annually for manatee conservation, and the FWC works toward continued success for manatees in our state.Manatee zones and maps are available at, where you can select Protection ZonesŽ for links to county maps. Boaters can get tips from A boaters guide to living with Florida Manatees.Ž And if you want to see manatees in the wild or captivity, go to Where are Floridas Manatees?ŽTo support the FWCs manatee research, rescue and management efforts, purchase a Save the ManateeŽ Florida license plate at, or donate $5 to receive an FWC manatee decalby going to Manatee and clicking on Decals.ŽLook out for manatees when boatingManatees in motion this time of year. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 A11 SPORTSStar Staff ReportKenny Parker, coach of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls basketball team, was named state Class 1A Coach of the Year last week by the Florida Association of basketball coaches.Parker led the Lady Tiger Sharks to a 28-3 record, the only Class 1A loss all season to Wildwood in the state title game.It was the second time in three years Port St. Joe reached the state final four; the Lady Tiger Sharks have reached the final eight in each of those three seasons.The coaches of the year in each classification:Dewrie Buggs from City of Life (Class 2A), Chris Cenicola from Orlando Christian Prep (3A), Shan-non Wallhoff from Westminster Academy (4A), Tracy Wolfe of Oxbridge Academy (5A), Greg Farias from American Heritage Plantation (6A), Don Brown from Choctawhatchee (7A), Jason Hively from Nova (Class 8A) and Kelvin Hamm of Spruce Creek (9A). The FABC honors in Class 1A on the boys side also went to a Panhandle coach, Brent Zessin, who led Blountstown to the state Class 1A title game.The FABC has a policy that a coach can only win the Coach of the Year award once in every three year period in order to honor more coaches in the profession, whether winners of state titles or not.There are a lot of success stories each year that dont get recognition or they go unnoticed,Ž said Jim Haley, executive director of the FABC and boys coach at Ocala Vanguard for 36 years before retiring.The FABCs founder was Ed Kershner, Floridas winning boys hoops coach with over 900 wins.Parker named Class 1A coach of the yearStar Staff ReportNaomi Parker will miss her senior season of soft-ball at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School, but a torn knee ligament didnt stop her from securing her future.Parker signed a scholarship to attend and play at Chipola Junior College last week.Parker, having played a little of everything at Wewahitchka, including outfield, pitcher and catcher, while earning first-team Class 1A all-state honors as a junior and senior.As junior last year, Parker batted .309 with five home runs, six doubles, 27 RBI, second in the team, and 11 stolen bases in 13 attempts.She had a combined on-base and slugging per-centage over .950.Parker was headed toward the softball season with the hope of helping the Lady Gators to their third-straight state 20-win season and a third consecu-tive trip to the Class 1A final four.But a torn ACL ligament during volleyball season ended her scholastic ath-letic career a tad early.WHSs Parker signs with Chipola Star Staff ReportThe Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School softball team ran its winning streak to seven games Tuesday with a lopsided 18-2 win over Port St. Joe.Brianna Bailey started and tossed tossed three no-hit innings, striking out eight, to earn the win. The Lady Gators (13-4 overall, 7-0 in District 4-1A) scored eight runs in the seventh inning.Following walks to Bailey, Savannah Lister and Aleah Wooten, Gracie Price tripled, Anna Setterich singled and Cyrina Madrid had an RBI fielders choice.Brooke Zinker started in the circle for Port St. Joe and went six innings, allowing five hits and 11 runs while striking out seven. Georgia Lee tossed an inning in relief.The Lady Gators had eight hits, Price going 3 for 5 with two triples, a double and driving in four to lead the way.Bailey homered, had a sac-rifice fly and also drove in four runsKristen Thompson singled, doubled and scored twice and Madrid scored four runs and drove in three.Hannah Lee had a double and drove in two runs for Port St. Joe; Zinker also doubled. Wewahitchka 15, Vernon 0The Lady Gators scored 10 runs in the first inning and added four more in the second while rolling to three-inning home victory after the game was called on the run-rule.Bailey picked up the win with three innings of shutout pitching.Madrid had two hits, scored twice and drove in two and Set-terich drove in a three runs on one hit and scored twice to pace the Wewahitchka offense.Bailey and Price each doubled, both scoring and driving in a run, Haley Guffey singled and scored twice and Katie Shealy singled, scored and drove in a run.Wooten walked three times and scored twice and Angela Long and Kristen Nichols each walked and scored.. Wewahitchka 3, Wakulla 1Bailey tossed a three-hitter, allowing a single unearned run, as the Lady Gators extended their winning streak to six.Bailey struck out 14 and walked one while going the distance.Wakulla took the early lead, scoring on an error in the second innings.But Wewahitchka bounced back with two in the third inning, Wooten singling in one run and Madrid laying down a sacrifice bunt to drive in the second run.The Lady Gators collected eight hits, Wooten going 3 for 4 to lead the offense.Long added a pair of singles, Madrid singled, drove in two runs and stole a base and Lister and Price each contributed a single, Lister scoring.Shealy reached twice on errors, eventually scoring both times.Lady Gators run streak to sevenStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School girls won the team title and Antwan Jackson, just a seventh-grader, won the boys shot put and discus during last Saturdays Rutherford Ram Relays. The meet was held at Mike Gavlak Stadium at Panama City Beach Arnold.ShaMario Cole, one of just two seniors on the PSJHS track teams, won the 1,600 meters to provide the top individual performance among the Lady Tiger Sharks, who also took three of the top four spots in the pole vault and four of the top seven spots in the shot put.Cole won the 1,600 in front of Emily Lacour, who finished third, and Zoe Gerlach, who was fourth; Lacour and Gerlach are sophomores.Ashton Amison, a seventh-grader, finished seventh.Jackson was the standout among the Tiger Sharks, throwing the discus over 117 feet and the shot 40-feet-10 inches.Sophomore Zach McFarland was third in the 1,600 meters with Tanner Amison, another sophomore, eighth.Bladen Levins, also just a seventh-grader, was third in the pole vault and Philip Riley, a ninth-grader, was eighth in the shot put and 10th in the discus.Among the Lady Tiger Sharks, sophomore Jade Cothran finished third in the 100-meter and 300meter hurdles; Kristen Bouington (eighth-grader) was fifth and Sam Corzine (sophomore) sixth in the 300 hurdles.In the field events, eighth-grader Lily Wockenfuss was second in the pole vault and fourth in the high jump.Along with Wockenfuss, London White (eighth-grader) was third and Bouington fourth in the pole vault.Celeste Chiles, the other PSJ senior, was second in the shot put and sixth in the discus.Joining Chiles in the shot put, TeTe Croom, a sophomore, took fourth, Tori Fountain, a junior, was sixth and Kaitlyn Stockton, a sophomore, was 10th.In the discuss, Croom was seventh, Fountain eighth and Stockton 11th.Port St. Joes Jae Lenox, a sev-enth-grader, finished second in the long jump with Cole taking third and Madelyn Gortemoller, an eighth-grader, taking 10th.Young PSJ track squad shines at Ram RelaysStar Staff ReportThe Port St. Joe Dixie Youth baseball and softball teams will be recognized between games Friday night at Centennial Field, home of the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School baseball team.Dixie Youth players are encouraged to wear their uniforms and there will be free admission for all players.Coaches and parents are also encouraged to come out and enjoy a night of baseball.Dixie Youth players will be introduced between the Tiger Shark junior varsity and varsity games; players should be at the ball-park by 5:30 p.m. ET.Dixie Youth night at the ballpark on FridaySpecial to The StarThe Lady Sharks traveled to Cottondale last Tuesday taking a win 6-2. Brooke Zinker picked up the win pitching seven innings, giving up six hits, two runs (two earned), striking out seven and walking one.Leading hitters were Brook Quinn with three, Erica Ramsey with two, Brooke Zinker, Hannah Lee, Claudia Alcorn and Kali Austerman with a hit each.Thursday the Lady Sharks traveled to Frank-lin County taking the loss 10-1. Brooke Zinker and Georgia Lee combined the pitching for the Lady Sharks. Brooke pitched five innings, giving up six hits, giving up eight runs (four earned), striking out seven and walking seven. Georgia Lee pitched one inning, giving up one hit, two runs (earned), striking out two and walking two.Leading hitters for the Lady Sharks were Hannah Lee (two hits), Georgia Lee, Erica Ramsey, Kali Austerman and Claudia Alcorn had one hit each.Next week the Lady Sharks play Vernon on Monday, Liberty County on Tuesday, Bay High on Wednesday and Franklin County on Thursday. All games will be played at home.Lady Tiger Sharks Win One, Lose One


** A12 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@ star” .com Taken on the beach on Cape San Blas. Might want to offer a wide berth … just saying.[COURTESY OF JACKIE WRIGHT] Osprey in ” ight [COURTESY OF DEBORAH MAYES] Unforgettable sunsets for our guests [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] A backyard neighbor [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] A glowing orange end to the day [COURTESY OF HUNTER HAWTHORNE] Sunset at Beacon Hill [COURTESY OF LIZZY ABSHER] A deer in a Mexico Beach backyard [COURTESY OF BECKY BLOCK]


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUNCOMMUNITY Wilson Casey Trivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or sug-gestions? 1. Who uses the red shield as its recognized symbol of service?United Way, Goodwill, Sal-vation Army, Peace Corps2. Which alcoholic drink is obtained by mixing gin and vermouth?Screwdriver, Martini, Whiskey Sour, Tom Collins3. Whats the maiden name of BlondieŽ Bumstead in the comic strip?Boopadoop, Bloomfield, Buttercup, Bogart4. An ailurophile loves them, but what do ailurophobes hate?Monkeys, Cats, Children, Dogs5. Which state has a cactus as its state flower?New Mexico, Texas, Ari-zona, Oklahoma6. Katmandu is what countrys national capital?Tibet, Pakistan, Nepal, LaosANSWERS: 1. Salvation Army, 2. Martini, 3. Boopadoop, 4. Cats, 5. Arizona, 6. NepalBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comOne of the most overused clich just happens to be, maybe, one of the most consequential.Exhausted to the point of numbness or not, it does, health officials emphasize this month, take a village.Particularly in those first critical years of a young life.This month, April, also happens to be Child Abuse Pre-vention Month and again this year the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf has partnered with Prevent Child Abuse Florida to consider that theoretical village through the prism of a pinwheel.A pinwheel connotes whimsy and childlike notions, accord-ing to Prevent Child Abuse America, and has come to serve as the physical embodiment, or reminder, of the great child-hoods desired for all children.That, of course, fits the cam-paigns central goal: fostering great childhoods.ŽWorking with our community partners, we are actively engaged in activities to strengthen families and neighborhoods to provide the optimal environment for healthy child development,Ž said Marsha Lindeman, Administrator for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf.We are proud to participate in the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to promote great childhoods.ŽPinwheels, adopted as the national symbol of child abuse prevention in 2008 by Prevent Child Abuse America, aims to remind that everybody plays a role in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.The pinwheel is a reminder of the safe, happy and healthy childhoods all children deserve, according to Prevent Child Abuse Florida.Throughout April, volunteers nationwide, and in Gulf County, plant pinwheel gardens in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month.Since 2008, the campaign has distributed more than four million pinwheels nationwide.You will see Pinwheels for Prevention gardens around our communities this month to promote the #GreatChildhoods-Prevent Child Abuse Local health o cials thinking in pinwheelsPinwheels for Prevention[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe weather played a significant part in the growth and eventual containment of a wildfire that scorched more than 8,000 acres of Deseret Cattle of North Florida land in Gulf County.No homes or structures were ever threatened, according to officials with the Florida Forestry Services Chipola District.The fire was the secondlargest of some four dozen active wildfires across the state last week. As of the first of this week, it was more than 80 percent contained.The fire began near the intersection of County Road 71 and County Road 386 south of Wewahitchka and eventu-ally raged to near the work center in White City.All the acreage involved is owned by Deseret Cattle.The fire began Tuesday and built steadily into Wednesday when winds gusting over 20 mph stoked the flames and the fire grew from a few hundred acres to nearly 8,000 in just over 24 hours.By last Wednesday afternoon, with the fire still spreading, Gulf County Emergency Management issued a warning regarding those living within heavy smoke areas or with respira-tory problems.The smell of pine burning wafted over Port St. Joe.Smoke on the north end of the county was pronounced, though no public roads were closed during the event.Smoky, hazy conditions were reported as far west as Lynn Haven and Panama City.At one juncture, more than 60 air and ground vehicles were working the fire.Wild re scorches 8,080 acresFlorida Forest Service bulldozers helped keep a wild“ re under control in Gulf County. [CONTRIBUTED] A wild“ re in Gulf County was 75 percent contained by Friday afternoon. [CONTRIBUTED] See FIRE, B5By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comWhen the volunteers at the Joe Center for the Arts decided to hold a Member Show a goal was to build the mem-bership base for the fledgling organization.The breadth and depth of the talent that would come forward to display their work in the space at 201 Reid Ave. was a most significant side benefit.We are really impressed with the quality of the local talent,Ž said Cheryl Ploegstra. Given that there was just three weeks from the call out to the show, the quality is really amazing.Next year we should have twice as many artists.ŽBy the time of the exhibit opening last Saturday, 30 artists, from Apalachicola to Mexico Beach, had their work, from ceramics to weaving to oil and acrylic paintings to photography, jewelry and pottery, on display.Opening it up to multi-dimensional art really opened up the show,Ž Ploegstra said. We have artists from all along this portion of the Forgotten Coast.ŽLast Saturday, more than 120 people attended the opening.This is a great open space and you put 100 people in here and it really comes alive,Ž Ploegstra said. "Each of the openings we've had the turn-out has been more than we could have expected."Those attending the open-ing were asked to vote for their favorite works, with the night ending with the awarding of The Joes People Choice Award.ŽElizabeth (Libby) Newman of St. Joe Beach, won the award for her acrylic painting Follow.ŽI was amazed that my work was selected ƒ out of the huge variety of fantastic artwork on display,Ž Newman said. We are really fortunate to have this new venue for the arts in Port St. Joe.ŽNewman is also emblem-atic of one impressive segment of the artists who work is in the Member Show; possessing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and Painting from the University of Texas at Arlington.Another artist is a former professor of the arts from the Colorado.Member Show puts local artists on displayThe multi-dimensional Member Show provided an exhibit in a variety of mediums, includings bones and acrylics [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] See ARTIST, B6 See HEALTH, B6


** B2 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR donated Easter Goodies from the Mem-bers to Veterans at Sims Veter-ans Home.Pictured are St. Joseph Bay Members Fran Walters and Carolyn Fore-hand with Ginny OHare, Sims Activity Direc-tor in the center.DAR NEWS [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]Special to The StarDo you want to know more about gardening? The Port St. Joe Garden Club will meet Thursday, April 12, at the Garden Center on Eighth St, at 12 p.m. ET. After lunch, The Master Gardeners of Gulf County will describe theMaster Gardener Program as well as explain gardening in our panhan-dle and answer questions.The club will also be preparing for our fabu-lous annual plant sale on April 14.On June 9, the Port St Joe Garden Club will be holding a flower show, By the Sea . .By the Sea.ŽAnyone interested in joining the illustrious Port St. Joe Garden Club or attending a meeting may leave a message on the Port St. Joe Garden Club Facebook page. The Port St. Joe Garden Club's Garden Center is on both national and state histor-ical site lists and available for rental.PSJ Garden Club newsSpecial to The StarGrowing controversy and national division surrounding immigration policy will be discussed 7 p.m. CT Monday, April 9 at Lifetree Caf.The program, titled In the News: Illegal Immigration,Ž„provides an opportunity for partici-pants to discuss the recent controversy surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival pro-gram, or DACA for short.Theres no shortage of opinions surrounding the issue of illegal immigration,Ž said Lifetree Caf director Craig Cable. This is an hour dedicated to understand-ing the issue, respectfully sharing thoughts and opinions, and even hear-ing from someone directly affected by DACA.ŽDuring the program, participants will have an opportunity to share their ideas to fix our nations immigration policy.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 livingwater@living-wateratthebeach.comIllegal immigration explored at Lifetree CafSpecial to The StarServices available for caregiversFunds are currently available to provide respite services to care-givers of persons 18+ who have memory-loss related to Alzheimers disease or other types of dementia. The caregiver must provide care on a regular basis to qualify. This program is provided under the Alzheimers Disease Ini-tiative program. Service available for elders 60 and upFunds are currently available to provide a variety of services to persons 60 and above who live with a caregiver and need assistance with self-care, nutrition and/or homemaking activities because of chronic health conditions or other problems of aging. This program is provided under the Home Care for the Elderly Program. A small stipend for the caregiver is part of the benefit. Income and asset restrictions apply.Funds are currently available to provide a variety of services to persons 60 and above who need assistance with self-care, nutrition and/or homemaking activities because of chronic health conditions or other problems of aging. There are no income restrictions, but co-pay based on income may be required. This program is provided under the Community Care for the Elderly.Senior srvices available locallySpecial to The StarViolence in the home and in relationships is rampant. Its in our neighborhoods, local, state, and national news. We dont need sta-tistics to tell us that.What we do need is a mindset … a resolve … to break the cycle. We know that those who are abused as children and/or witness abuse to other family mem-bers often grow up to repeat the pattern. Sometimes violence is believed to be the normal way to handle situations. Sometimes the adult is so emotionally hurt by the childhood experi-ences that the hurt rules all emotions.April is Child Abuse Awareness month. The General Federation of Womens Clubs (GWFC) has child abuse as one of the major components of their domestic violence umbrella.The GWFC Wewahitchka Womens Club is focusing on child abuse in April as part of its The law is on your sideŽ campaign. We all know that reporting abuse is critical to stopping it. Local law enforcement and the FL Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873 stand ready 24/7 to assist in child abuse reports. Also a way to fight abuse is to see that our children have and know the following:1. To have trusted adults they can talk to about anything.2. To know that their bodies are their own and that they should tell a trusted adult if anyone tried to touch them or make them feel uncomfortable in any way.3. To know the difference between a safe secret … like a surprise party that every-one will know about soon and be happy about … and a bad secret they are warned not to tell anyone.Child abuse is an uncom-fortable top to discuss. However, weight the discomfort against the (possible) lifelong damage that can be done if children do not know how to protect themselves from a predator. It is always smart to get help/advice from profes-sionals at any time … school counselors, pediatricians, social workers, etc. Together we can take steps to break the cycle of child abuse.No excuse for child abuse Teach children to protect themselvesSpecial to The StarSt. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR held their meeting March 28 in the Sunset Coastal Grill with 18 members present including new members, Linda Shepherd and Mazie Scoggins. Two guests were present; Carolyn Mohr, an Indiana DAR Member and Rodney Herring, a local Veteran. Mr. Herring spoke on a local Gulf County Project, the Salute to Veterans of all Services. A Monument will be built at Beacon Hill with donations of Memory Bricks for the Honor Walk. Members decided to help by selling cookbooks with profits given to the Project and donating toward the Honor Bricks.Fran Walters, Treasurer, presented a program on her DAR Ancestry. Easter candy was collected for the Vet-erans at Sims Veterans Nursing Home.The next meeting will be April 25.DAR monthly meetingStar Staff ReportMore than 150 youngsters came out to search for eggs, meet the Easter bunny and has a good time during last Saturday's Easter Egg Hunt at George Core Park, sponsored by the Port St. Joe Junior Service League. The JSL thanksthe NHS Students and their teacher, Pat Hendricks as well as Andrea de la Vega for volunteering and for their support of the event.JSL Easter Egg hunt a success[SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS]


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R. students for the week of March 30 at Port St. Joe Elementary School [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]S.O.A.R. students at PSJES Special to The StarChristian Peacock, a seventh-grade student at Faith Christian School, won the Florida State DAR American history contest for the seventh-grade level. Christian, his mother, Heather Peacock and his older brother, Justice, attended the state conference in Orlando on March 17. Christian was awarded the state honor by the State Regent of Florida, Dawn Lemongello, and American History State Chairman, Annelle Blanchett (Talla-hassee Caroline Brevard DAR chapter).As well as the Award, each level (fifth-, sixth-, seventh-grade) winners were gifted with a $250 check and each report has been forwarded to NSDAR headquarters in Washington, DC for entrance to the national American History contest.The National DAR conference will be held the week of June 17-24 in Washington, DC at the headquarters located one block south of the White House. The DAR purchased one block of land in Washington in 1895 and built their headquarters there, which is now some of the most valuable property in the United States.PSJ's Peacock wins state DAR history contestLeft to rightAnnelle Blanchett, Dawn Lemongello, Christian Peacock, Heather Peacock, Justice Peacock, Sherrill Russ [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comGulf District Schools has a new challenge for students who will be high school freshmen or sophomores come fall.Try a hand at unmanned drones. The district, in partnership with Gulf Coast State College, the Panhandle Area Education Consortium and Embry-Riddle Aeronauti-cal University, will offer a STEM Summer Challenge in unmanned systems in June. The three-day Summer Challenge will be open to approximately 60 Gulf and Franklin county stu-dents June 5-7, with each session held 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. CT daily.The college and Embry-Riddle will provide the faculty while district teachers will be supervis-ing and the district will provide transportation.There is no cost to students to attend the Summer Challenge.This is an important opportunity for our stu-dents because unmanned or autonomous systems are gaining in sophistication, use is expanding and the demand for new systems and operators is growing,Ž detailed a news release from PAEC. Annually, the potential financial impact totals in the billions of dollars across military, commercial, personal and technology sectors.ŽIn short strokes, unmanned systems can go where humans can not and perform in a more timely and efficient manner.Employing cameras, sensors and computing capabilities, unmanned systems sense and navigate challenging terrain and provide information to allow human operators to understand the environment and put in action processes to achieve a variety of missions, from examining farm crops to innovative shots for movies, mapping areas and getting closer to the action for more accurate news reports.Unmanned systems are also making their way onto roadways and in use to deliver packages, inspect bridges and oil platforms, for search and rescue missions, to moni-tor drug trafficking across borders, to conduct weather and environmen-tal research, in disaster relief, firefighting and by the military,Ž according to the PAEC news release.Another example noted: the 1,218 drones that pre-sented a light show as part of the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics.The event set a Guinness World Record for the most unmanned aerial vehicles airborne at the same time.Superintendent of Gulf County Schools Jim Norton encouraged students with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathemat-ics) aptitidue to take advantage of the Summer Challenge as an excel-lent, fun summer learning opportunity.ŽRegistration forms for the Summer Challenge are available from Lana Har-rison at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School and Kim McFarland at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.District partners for STEM summer challengeGulf District Schools, PAEC, Gulf Coast State College and Embry-Riddle will partner on a summer camp to learn about drones [FILE PHOTO]


** B4 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star FAITHWillie F. Noble, Jr., known as "Joon Bug", had a love for his family and friends as strong and deep as the rivers he loved fishing in. He loved sunny days around the house with family and friends. He rejoiced in the sound of childrens' laughter. Now he's doing what he loves best ... Joons' Gone Fishing! With his pole in hand, he joins his father, Willie Noble, Sr., two sisters, Brenda Noble and Emma Noble and brother Curtis Noble for the ultimate fishing trip. Standing on the riverbank, he leaves behind his devoted wife Sherrie Noble; three loving sons, Steven Rardin, Franklin Rardin and Daryl Walls; three beloved grandchildren, Jeremiah Rardin, Alexander Walls and Angelica Walls; his endearing mother, Dorothy Noble three brothers, Edward Noble "Hogie", Johnny Noble, and Toni Noble; with an infinite number of nieces nephews cousins and friends, all from Wewahitchka, Fl, and surrounding areas.WILLIE F. NOBLE, JR. Rodney Allen McGee, Jr., affectionately known as RJŽ but also known as KobeŽ by his grandmother, Donna, was born June 23, 1987 to Lisa Annette McGeeMann and Rodney Allen McGee, Sr., in Panama City, Florida. RJs primary years were spent in Port St. Joe, Florida where he attended and completed Port Saint Joe High School in 2005. At an early age, Rodney joined and became a faithful member of Zion Fair Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Alonzo Moore where he was an usher, a devotional leader and a member of the choir. RJ was currently employed at Rosewood/ Pruitt Healthcare of Macon as CAN Restorative Aide. He received his certification in massage therapy in 2006 at American Professional Institute. He also trained at Center Florida Georgia Tech for his current work position in 2009 as a Certified Nursing Assistant. He was currently pursuing his coaching certification. He was a lover of sports. He had two favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Lakers. RJ was well known as Coach RJŽ at the Rosa Jackson Center where he coached all ages from 2005-2018 until his untimely death. His teams maintained an undefeated title during his career at Rosa Jackson. He is preceded in death by Alice and George Davis, Albert Salter, Sr., Andrew Salter, Sr., Corinne Edwards; grandmother, Ethel Griffin; an aunt, Sandra Griffin; an uncle, Michael Bowman McGee; belated grandfathers, James McGee, Sr. and Hubert Thomas. RJ is survived by five children, Jianna Beachum of Orlando, Florida, Kyla McGee, Amiyah Jordan, RJay McGee and Anyala McGee, all of Macon, Georgia; mother, Lisa McGee (Greg) Mann of Macon, Georgia; father, Rodney Allen (Connie) McGee of Port St. Joe, Florida; grandmothers, Donna Pearson of Apalachicola, Florida, Edith Griffin (Jonathan) Best of Port St. Joe, Florida; grandfather, Levon Pearson of Panama City, Florida; great-great aunt, Effie Green of West Palm Beach, Florida; great uncles, George Buddy LoveŽ (Marzetta) Davis, Loiyn Davis, both of Apalachicola, Florida, Coleman Griffin of Port St. Joe, Florida; great aunts, Penny (Charles) Reddice of Panama City, Florida, Sylvia Griffin B etts of Fort Pierce, Florida; uncles, Albert Salter, Jr. of Apalachicola, Florida, Felix (Nicki) Salter, Sr. of Fort Mitchell, Alabama, Charles Byrd, Ervin Byrd both of Port St. Joe, Florida, LaWayne (Tabitha) Salter, Alvin Salter both of Tallahassee, Florida, Calvin (Nikki) Pryor of Port St. Joe, Florida, James A. (Jeanette) McGee, Jr. of Clearwater, Florida, Danny L. (Michelle) McGee of Port St. Joe, Florida, Reverend Dante (Toni) McGee of Panama City, Florida, Douie (Christina) McGee of Tampa, Florida and Andre (Arica) McGee of Gainesville, Florida; aunts, Alice Salter, Tori Salter, Tracy Salter all of West Palm Beach, Florida, Linda Faye McGeeCeason of Tallahassee, Florida, Bridget McGee (Craig) Collins of Port St. Joe, Florida and Tammy McGee (W. Clyde) Gray of Port St. Joe, Florida; nieces, Alisa Robinson, TLisa Williams, Kamora Harris; nephews, Jacori McCullough, Tavant Williams, TeAnthony Williams, Ahmari Robinson and Adrian Robinson. RJ leaves to cherish his memories a host of other f amily and friends.RODNEY ALLEN MCGEE, JR. The family of the late Cleo J. Bess acknowledges with heartfelt appreciation the many expressions of kindness and prayers during our time of grief and sorrow. Our family appreciates all of the love and support you have shown. Many blessing to each of you.The family of Cleo J. BessBESS FAMILY CARD OF THANKSWe wish to express our gratitude to all those who called, visited, sent flowers, and brought food during this very sad time. Special thanks to Franklin County Sheriff AJ Smith, Apalachicola Police Chief Bobby Varnes, their officers and staff, and the city of Apalachicola. Warren was a very special man who touched many lives. He will be missed by all. Sincerely, The Faircloth FamilyAnnada, Jessica, Sandra, Carla, Dylan, and JakeCARD OF THANKS … THE FAIRCLOTH FAMILY Jesus promised complete joy, If only we obey. This is the reason for much unhappiness Thats in the world today. We hear and read, But we dont heed. Self get in the way too much. Like fishing, or sleeping in on Sunday and such. Too many things we never do, Knowing all the while God wants us to. Like telling the lost what Jesus can do, Because Hes already done it for you. Dont be selfish and show your greed. Help someone you know is in need. To be productive as Jesus would have us be. We need to think more of others and less of me. When you can live like this, God is surely going to bless. Billy JohnsonLIVE FOR THE BLESSING Beach Baptist Brotherhood BreakfastBeach Baptist will host a Brotherhood Breakfast 10 a.m. ET Saturday, April 14. As the weather is becoming warmer, please invite your friends to take a break from their yard work to attend a great breakfast and fellowship. Phil Densmore cookes up a hearty breakfast just for the men in our community. This fellowship is growing every month and the comments are that, They really have a good time.ŽFAITH BRIEFS STARFL.COM FirstBaptistChurch102THIRDSTREET€PORTST.JOE BuddyCaswell,MinisterofMusic&EducationBobbyAlexander,MinistertoStudentsNewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch NewServiceScheduleforFirstBaptistChurch Dr.BoydEvansPastor4525064 SundayMorningScheduleBlendedWorshipwithChoir/PraiseTeamƒ8:30AM GreatCommissionSundaySchoolƒƒƒƒ...9:45AM ContemporaryWorshipw/Bandƒƒƒƒƒ..10:45AM WednesdayDinnerƒƒƒ..................ƒƒ.5:00-6:00pm AWANAƒƒƒƒƒ..............ƒ.6:00-7:30pm SurrenderStudentMinistryƒ.6:15-7:30pm Prayer/BibleStudyƒƒƒƒƒ.6:15-7:30pm Nurseryƒƒƒƒƒƒƒ....ƒƒ


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 B5By last Friday morning, however, rain beginning Thursday night and ultimately totally nearly an inch, assisted in containing the fire. By noon last Friday, the fire was 75 percent con-tained, according to Hannah Bowers, public information officer for the Chipola district. The weather, especially with this rain, has really benefited us,Ž Bowers said.The wildfire is expected to continue to smolder for a time and the smell remained evident even in the south end of the county as a new week arrived.We would like to express our deepest gratitude and appreciation for the tireless work of the Florida Forest Services wildland firefighters in containing the Fire Break 56 Wildfire,Ž said Michael Archibald, general manager of Deseret Cattle & Timber in a news release.The extra-mile efforts, combined with tremendous cooperation by local FIREFrom Page B1This map shows the location of an 8,000-acre wild“ re in Gulf County. [CONTRIBUTED] Fire“ ghters hold an Easter Service Sunday at the scene of the Gulf County wild“ re. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO] firefighters, first responders and neighboring landown-ers, were indispensable in bringing this fire under control.Ž The origin of the fire was unknown at press time. And it was hardly the only wildfire the Florida Forestry Service was battling last week.Last Thursday there were 37 active wildfires in the state, down from 55 on Tuesday, which had con-sumed nearly 33,000 acres; the largest was in Collier County and had raged over more than 16,000 acres.


** B6 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The StarSometimes, the simple things are more fun and meaningful than all the banquets in the world ...Ž „ E.A. BucchianeriSometimes a short getaway helps one get hectic, harried thoughts to settle down, helping to relax the body and settle the soul once again. Stepping away from the world of long workdays, continuous talk of politics, and other daily concerns helps us to regroup, and to remember who we are and what we believe truly important. For me, the best place to do that is on the shores of the Gulf Coast, and many of you may feel the same way. There is something so calming about the waves, the sand beneath the feet, and the salty breeze that helps a person to calm down and refocus. But sometimes, seeing something new is helpful, too, and can serve to bring about all sorts of new inspiration and ideas, as well as a new sense of calm. I found that sort of inspiration last weekend in a little Texas town called Round Top, population 90. This little town is located in Central Texas, not far from Brenham, where Blue Bell ice cream is headquartered, and just about an hour and a half drive north of Houston. Its the place where HGTVs Junk GypsiesŽ live and have their store and inn. It is full of charm, art, and fun, and it was just what my sister and I needed for our annual sister trip. Twice a year in the Round Top area, an event takes place called Texas Antiques Week. It has grown so much that it actually now spans a just over a couple of weeks; this spring, it runs from March 21 to April 8. During the show," as they call it, the town of 90 expands to a temporary population of over 100,000 people, all looking for treasures, relaxation, and fun. There are innumerable white tents, filled with beautiful and interesting things, set up in cow pastures for a stretch of several miles. Every empty barn or empty old house has a beautiful shop set up inside it. Food trucks from Austin and Houston descend, feeding the hungry masses of visitors. Traffic along the two-lane highway can get congested, but no one complains, no one honks horns at other cars. Everyone is laughing, listening to music, and talking about the things they have seen at the show, from rusty windmill blades to architectural elements to priceless French antiques. Its a feast for the eyes. Sherrin and I wandered aimlessly for hours, talking about whatever was on our minds, frequently stopping to look at things wed never seen before, or things that we remembered seeing in our childhood. We flipped through old books, tried on handmade jewelry, and sat in Amish-made porch swings that make us long to linger. We didnt buy much; I bought a pair of beautiful earrings made with guitar strings and sea glass, and she got a t-shirt with a horseshoe emblazoned on it. But we took away so much more than that, in the form of inspiration. Inspiration doesnt easily come to a cluttered, too-busy mind. Creativity flows best when were clear-headed and calm, when we are able to slow down for just a minute, unconcerned with meetings or bills or doctor visits. Slowing down helps us to regroup, allowing our mind to catch up with us again. That can happen when strolling through a cow pasture filled with tents and creative, happy people while sipping an iced tea, or it can happen while youre walking on the beach or fishing on a lake. Wherever it is that feeds your creativity, I hope youll carve out some time to do it. Our days seem long, but our years are short. While enjoying a live band under a tent on Saturday night, we dined on sandwiches and chips, and shared a small piece of homemade pie from the regionally-famous Royers Pie Cafe. We decided to try their buttermilk pie, as Sherrin had never had it. Many of you reading this may recall your grandmother making buttermilk pie; its a simple, sweet dessert made with ingredients most kitchens are stocked with. Ill share the simple recipe with you here, in hopes that you will at least take a few moments this week to sit back in a rocking chair or swing and savor the flavor of a small sliver of this sweet, dense dessert. Maybe while enjoying it, youll find some inspiration of your own. Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is Mama StephŽ. She grew up in Gulf C ounty, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at WhatSouthernFolksEat. com, and shed love to hear about your own favorite recipes via email at Steph@ SOUTHERN FOLKS EATSimplicity, Inspiration, and Buttermilk PieButtermilk Pie with chocolate chips and pecans8 tablespoons butter 2 cups sugar 3 eggs cup ” our 1 cup buttermilk teaspoon nutmeg 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 cup chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, whole or 1 cup pecan pieces (optional) 1 deep dish pie crust (dont over“ ll; use 2 smaller crusts, if necessary) In a large bowl, use a mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until ” uffy. Add eggs and ” our, mixing well. In a small bowl, combine the buttermilk, nutmeg, and vanilla, and stir into mixture. Sprinkle the chocolate chips and nuts into the unbaked shell and pour mixture over them. Bake at 300 degrees for 1 hours or until set. (If you prefer a plain buttermilk pie, omit the nuts and chips) Enjoy! Buttermilk Pie with chocolate chips and pecans [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-Fraizer message,Ž said Sarah Hinds, public information officer for the Florida Department of Health in Franklin and Gulf.The first five years of a childs life shape a foundation for development and future health, decades of research have showed.Nurturing relationships and safe, secure environments are critical to brain development, child well-being and the formulation of social skills, research has demonstrated. And to not do so is costly.Research conducted by Prevent Child Abuse America estimated that taxpayers could save $80 billion a year with the implementation of effective policies and strategies to pre-vent child abuse and neglect.The cost of not doing this is measured in increased costs for foster care services, hospitalization, mental health treatment and law enforcement, as well as loss of individual productivity and expenditures related to chronic health problems, special educa-tion and the justice system,Ž according to the organizations website.The local department of health offers a number of resources to help young families.A pregnancy coach to assist on a healthy start to life, a parenting coach to facilitate a healthy family and a connection to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) for nutrition education and ensuring children and infants have access to healthy foods are among the programs.Contact the Florida Depart-ment of Health in Franklin and Gulf to help determine if you or your family are eligible for these free programs. HEALTHFrom Page B1 The Member Show will remain open to the public Thursdays and Fridays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET) and Sat-urdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET) through April 20. The next events at The Joe Center for the Arts are Forgotten Coast en Plein Air (May 4-13, 2018) and an exhibit by the 120 plein air artists attending the Plein Air South conven-tion (May 18-June 20).The Joe is a recently-opened art center whose mission is to educate, exhibit, partner and inspire through the arts. Future programming will include classes, workshops, lectures and demonstration for children and adults, and exhibits and community showcases. The community can become involved via memberships, classes, vol-unteering or just enjoying art events. Renovated in 2017 into climate controlled gallery space, classroom space and handicap accessible bathrooms, The Joe Center for the Arts is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC). ARTISTFrom Page B1


** The Star | Thursday, April 5, 2018 B7By Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The StarIf you look closely at your yard, theres a good chance youll find a plant that is both a native species and a weed. Well, there are more than a few plants that may fit that description. If you happen to investigate fur-ther however, you may find root tubers that resemble egg casings or even a rattlesnakes rattle. If so, youve stumbled upon Florida Betony.Stachys floridana is a peren-nial broadleaf. It is commonly referred to as rattlesnake weed, due to its fleshy white segmented underground tubers. The plant has an erect stem with leaves that are opposite, shovel shaped and toothed. The plant structure is very similar to mint. Flowers will emerge that are pinkish-purple in color. Flowers will also pro-duce fruit, consisting of four nutlets. However, reproduc-tion primarily occurs through root tuber development. Flor-ida Betony was once confined to the state of Florida, until the mid-1900s nursery trade dispersed the plant throughout the southeast. It can now be found as far west as Texas and as far north as North Carolina.This time of year, is especially when Florida Betony thrives. Fall and spring is the prime growing period. The above ground plant structure will struggle in hot, summer temperatures. The plant will often disappear, only to reemerge in the fall. As a lawn weed, tuber development is the key to controlling this plant. Applying herbicide to the leaves and stalk may seem at first to have conquered the weed. But, in most cases the tuber will simply regenerate. Glyphosate herbicide (trade name Roundup) can be used effectively for control in ornamental plant beds. Be careful when spraying herbi-cides around trees, shrubs and other desirable plants. Any contact will cause negative effects. There are turfgrass options for controlling Florida Betony. For more inform ation and options, please contact Gulf County Extension at 639-3200 or see the supporting informa-tion links below. Always refer to the products label for specific uses, precautions and application rates when using any herbicide.Another solution or organicŽ control option would be to dig up the tubers for a treat. As stated earlier, the tubers are edible and are rich in sugars and starches. They can be eaten raw or cooked and some use them in salads and stir fry.Supporting information for this article can be found in the following the UF/IFAS EDIS publication, Florida Betony Biology and Management in TurfŽ by J. Bryan Unruh, Ramon G. Leon, and Darcy E. P. Telenko: UF/IFAS Extension is an Equal Opportunity Institution.The mystery of Florida BetonyI was so broke I couldnt pay attention.ŽSouthern ColloquialismInnovative communication devices are wonderful. Until they arent. While searching for a restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA last summer, my husband and I pulled over in a parking lot and asked a lady if she knew the whereabouts of the eatery. She assured us that she had lived in Laguna her whole life and knew the town well. Then she pulled out her phone, punched at it for five minutes, and provided difficult, lengthy instructions. We said thanks and left. Ultimately, we drove about a hundred yards, took one turn and went up a hill, and found the restaurant sitting in plain view of the parking lot. You could actually see the eating establishment from the very spot where we had inquired about its location. All that was required of our guide was for her to turn and gesture and say, "There it is. Turn right and drive up the hill.Ž It's as if folks have forgotten how to point without assistance from a smartphone. So I was not surprised to read recently that college professors all over the country are banning laptops as note-taking devices. The digital age is fascinating, and there's no denying that technology has revolutionized many businesses, including my own. On a personal level, I love texting with relatives and friends. But I am not joined at the hip with my phone. Its disconcerting and rude when people cant converse, watch a movie or outdoor event or engage in a business discussion without staring at a tablet or screen. We need human linkups in addition to technical ones. Professors are weary of staring at the back of laptops in lieu of actually connecting visually with their classroom compatriots. The students hidden behind those screens may be focused on the lecture or they may be surfing the internet, but the teacher cant know without seeing those faces. Early returns are in from the students. Theyre complaining that taking notes by hand is tiring and that afterwards, sometimes they can't read their own writing. News flash: no one ever died from a hand cramp. Advice for the students with unreadable hieroglyphics instead of notes? Write more neatly. Develop your own shorthand. And organize your notes in outline form. They can serve as an effective study guide. Many students are recording their classes with cell phones instead of taking notes. What ever happened to paying attention? One thing that classes without laptops may inspire is actual interaction and discussion among and between students and teachers. Listening to my classmates express themselves was part of our college education. I cannot imagine a more isolating and boring experience than sitting silently in a group where every individual is hidden behind a small computer screen. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 …, a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽClassroom Laptops, Notetakin g and Laguna BeachFlorida Betony, Stachys ” oridana. [UF/IFAS RANGE CATTLE RESEARCH & EDUCATION CENTER] Margaret McDowell B7 17348S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No.: 17-000031 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF BILLY HOWARD HUGHES Deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Billy Howard Hughes, deceased, whose date of death was May 20, 2017, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blvd., Rm. 148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedents estate on whom a copy of this notice is required to be served must file their claims with this court ON OR BEFORE 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 decedents estate must file their claims with this court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN FLORIDA STATUTES SECTION 733.702 WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENTS DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is March 29, 2018. Personal Representative: Lois Hughes 1345 Brahma Drive Valrico, FL 33594 Attorney for Personal Representative: Eric J. Olson Attorney FL Bar No: 426857 PO Box 2249 LAKELAND, FL 33806 Phone: (863) 688-3606 Fax: (863) 582-9440 E-Mail: eolson@ejopa .com Secondary E-Mail: March 29, April 5, 2018 17380S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File No. 17-000031 Division Probate IN RE: ESTATE OF BILLY HOWARD HUGHES Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of Billy Howard Hughes, deceased, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr Blvd., Rm. 148, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456, file number 17-000031. The estate is testate and the dates of the decedents will and any codicils are Last Will and Testament dated September 23, 2008. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal representatives attorney are set forth below. The fiduciary lawyer-client privilege in Florida Statutes Section 90.5021 applies with respect to the personal representative and any attorney employed by the personal representative. Any interested person on whom a copy of the notice of administration is served who challenges the validity of the will or codicils, venue, or the jurisdiction of the court is required to file any objection with the court in the manner provided in the Florida Probate Rules WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the date that is 3 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on that person, or those objections are forever barred. The 3-month time period may only be extended for estoppel based upon a misstatement by the personal representative regarding the time period within which an objection must be filed. The time period may not be extended for any other reason, including affirmative representation, failure to disclose information, or misconduct by the personal representative or any other person. Unless sooner barred by Section 733.212(3), all objections to the validity of a will, venue, or the jurisdiction of the court must be filed no later than the earlier of the entry of an order of final discharge of the personal representative or 1 year after service of the notice of administration. A petition for determination of exempt property is required to be filed by or on behalf of any person entitled to exempt property under Section 732.402, WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the later of the date that is 4 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on such person or the date that is 40 days after the date of termination of any proceeding involving the construction, admission to probate, or validity of the will or involving any other matter affecting any part of the exempt property, or the right of such person to exempt property is deemed waived. An election to take an elective share must be filed by or on behalf of the surviving spouse entitled to an elective share under Sections 732.201 -732.2155 WITHIN THE TIME REQUIRED BY LAW, which is on or before the earlier of the date that is 6 months after the date of service of a copy of the Notice of Administration on the surviving spouse, or an attorney in fact or a guardian of the property of the surviving spouse, or the date that is 2 years after the date of the decedents death. The time for filing an election to take an elective share may be extended as provided in the Florida Probate Rules. Personal Representative: Lois Hughes 1345 Brahma Drive Valrico, FL 33594 Attorney for Personal Representative: Eric J. Olson Attorney FL Bar No: 426857 PO Box 2249 LAKELAND, FL 33806 Phone: (863) 688-3606 Fax: (863) 582-9440 E-Mail: eolson@ejopa. com ; Secondary E-Mail: emmya@ejopa. com March 29, April 5, 2018 19552S NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION I, Ken Detzner, Secretary of State of the State of Florida, do hereby give notice that a GENERAL ELECTION will be held in GULF County, State of Florida, on the SIXTH Day of NOVEMBER, 2018, A.D., to fill or retain the following offices: United States Senator Representative in Congress: District 2 Florida Cabinet -Governor Florida Cabinet -Lieutenant Governor Florida Cabinet -Attorney General Florida Cabinet -Chief Financial Officer Florida Cabinet -Commissioner of Agriculture State Representative: District 7 Circuit Judge, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit: Groups 3, 4, 6 and 11 County Judge: Group 1 School Board: Districts 1, 2 and 5 County Commissioner: Districts 1, 2 and 4 Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 19554S AVISO DE ELECCIONES GENERALES Yo, Ken Detzner, Secretario de Estado del Estado de la Florida, por el presente notifico que se llevarn a cabo ELECCIONES GENERALES en el Condado de GULF, Estado de la Florida, el da SEIS de NOVIEMBRE de 2018 d. C., para determinar la ocupacin o la retencin de los siguientes cargos: Senador de los Estados Unidos Representante ante el Congreso: distrito 2 Gabinete de la Florida Gobernador Gabinete de la Florida Vicegobernador Gabinete de la Florida


B B 8 8 Thursday, April 5, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529054 NF-4529074HOUSEKEEPER NEEDED FOR VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES IN CARRABELLEWeekends a Must Experience Preferred Must have own transportation Must be able to pass background check See Patty at Sandy Beach Properties. 314 St James Ave, Carrabelle, FL 32322 NO PHONE CALLS Housekeeping Property InspectorsPart-Time seasonal positions available. Weekend work required. Personal vehicle, valid driver’s license, and automobile insurance needed. Competitive wages. Come by Collins Vacation Rentals, Inc. located at 60 East Gulf Beach Drive to apply in person or email Quentin Allen to request an application be emailed to you. Part-time Site & Special Projects Coordinatorneeded for the WindMark Beach community located between Mexico Beach and Port St Joe. Maintenance experience required with some construction background helpful. A job description is available at: www joe company/careers Email resume to EOE M/F/D/V Resort Vacation Properties of SGI Inc.Looking for dependable professional Independent Contractors/Housekeepers to perform departure cleans and deep cleans for vacation homes. Must have experience and references. Must carry liability insurance and worker’s compensation insurance if required by Florida Law. Weekend work is required. Call 850 670 1266 or visit us in person at 25 Begonia Street, Eastpoint, FL RESORT VACATION PROPERTIES of SGI, now accepting applications for: Part-Time Seasonal Housekeeping Inspectors Work 1-3 days per week. $12/hour plus fuel reimbursement Weekend work required. Must have reliable transportation. Apply in person at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr St. George Island. RESORT VACATION PROPERTIES of SGI, now accepting applications for: Full-Time Maintenance Technician. Some maintenance experience required. Must have clean driving record. Weekend work required. Great benefits package Apply in person at 123 W Gulf Beach Dr St. George Island. Procurador General Gabinete de la Florida Funcionario Principal de Finanzas Gabinete de la Florida Comisionado de Agricultura Representante Estatal: distrito 7 Juez del Circuito, 14. Circuito Judicial: grupos 3, 4, 6 y 11 Juez del Condado: grupo 1 Junta Escolar: distritos 1, 2 y 5 Comisionado del Condado: distritos 1, 2 y 4 Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 19874S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that Best American Storage Manager LLC dba America’s Mini Storage located at 141 Commerce Blvd Port St Joe, FL 32456, intends to offer for sale the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed under the Self Storage Facility Act Statutes 83.801-83.809. Unit C00035, 10x20 unit, household goods, Rachel Jones 6428 W Highway 98 Port St Joe, FL 32456 The auction will take place at 11am EST April 6, 2018 The auction will be held online on www .storagetrea March 29, April 5, 2018 19650S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, JUVENILE DIVISION, FOR THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, GULF COUNTY, STATE OF FLORIDA CASE NO.: 2016-DP-009-ABC IN THE INTEREST OF: Z. H. DOB: 04/18/2008 Z. K. DOB: 03/12/2010 W. K. DOB: 02/12/2011 MINOR CHILDREN NOTICE OF ACTION (SEC. 39.801 (b) FS) The State of Florida to KAYLA HESTER, mother of the child, Z.H., whose last known residence and address is Unknown. You are hereby notified that a Petition under oath has been filed in the above styled Court concerning Termination of Parental Rights in the case of Z.H., child, for placement with licensed child placing agency or the Department for the purposes of subsequent adoption. You are hereby noticed that an Advisory Hearing will be held before the Honorable James J. Goodman, Jr., Judge of the Circuit Court, Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, at the Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil Costin Boulevard, Port St. Joe, Florida 32457, on 26th day of April 2018, at the hour of 10:00 a.m., E.T. FAILURE TO PERSONALLY APPEAR AT THE ADVISORY HEARING CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO THE TERMINATION OF PARENTAL RIGHTS OF THE CHILD. IF YOU FAIL TO APPEAR ON THE DATE AND TIME SPECIFIED, YOU MAY LOSE ALL LEGAL RIGHTS AS A PARENT TO THE CHILD NAMED IN THE PETITION. Dated: March 7, 2018 REBECCA NORRIS, Clerk of Circuit Court By: B. McGee-Collins Deputy Clerk Pub: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2018 19676S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Capital One Cltrl Assignee of FIG 2241, LLC, the Certificate Holder of the following Tax Sale Certificate, has filed said Certificate for a Tax Deed to be issued thereon. The Tax Deed Application number, Real Estate number, Certificate number, Date of Issuance and Name(s) in which it was assessed are as follows: Application #2017-27 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-1071 Name in which assessed: Marion O. Laney R.E. No. 06290-285R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Description of Property: Lot 19, Block 3, Surfside Estates, per plat Book 2, Page 18, in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. 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, 18th day of April, 2018 Dated: March 12, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 2018 19916S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. CASE No. 15000007CAAXMX WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A., AS TRUSTEE FOR CARRINGTON MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, SERIES 2007RFC1, ASSET-BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, PLAINTIFF, VS. CLETUS F. HEAPS, III, ET AL. DEFENDANT(S). NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated March 9, 2018, in the above action, I will sell to the highest bidder for cash at Gulf County, Florida, on April 19, 2018 at 11:00 AM, ET, at Courthouse steps/ lobby 1000 Cecil G Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456 for the following described property: THE NORTH 1/2 OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED PROPERTY: LOT 17A, PONDEROSA PINES, AN UNRECORDED SUBDIVISION LOCATED IN THE NORTHWEST QUARTER (NW 1/4) OF SECTION 30, TOWNSHIP 8 SOUTH, RANGE 8 WEST, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA, BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: BEGINNING AT A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 30, SAID POINT BEING SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 37 SECONDS EAST, 1979.80 FEET FROM THE NORTHWEST CORNER OF SAID SECTION 30; THENCE NORTH 89 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 23 SECONDS EAST, 267.00 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 37 SECONDS EAST, 100.07 FEET; THENCE SOUTH 89 DEGREES 58 MINUTES 23 SECONDS WEST, 267.00 FEET TO A POINT ON THE WEST LINE OF SAID SECTION 30; THENCE ALONG SAID WEST LINE NORTH 00 DEGREES 01 MINUTES 37 SECONDS WEST, 100.07 FEET TO THE POINT OF BEGINNING. Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. The Court, in its discretion, may enlarge the time of the sale. Notice of the changed time of sale shall be published as provided herein. Prepared by: Tromberg Law Group, P.A. 1515 South Federal Highway, Suite 100 Boca Raton, FL 33432 File No.: 13-001300-F 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 at 850747-5338, fax 850-7475717 or at AD ARequest P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 at least 7 days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than 7 days; if you are hearing or voice impaired, call 711. March 29, April 5, 2018 19904S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-05 Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for the Jones Homestead Sewer Project -Bores will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Thursday April 26, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Thursday April 26, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “RFP 2018-05 Jones Homestead Sewer Project -Bores.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The City of Port St. Joe is accepting bids for underground bore work as part of our Jones Homestead Sewer Project. The work shall consist of various bores as described in the base bid sheet that are required to complete the installation of new low-pressure forcemains throughout the Jones Homestead Community. A complete bid package is available at www .city For questions concerning this project, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer March 29, April 5, 2018 19906S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-04 Sealed bids for City of Port St. Joe for the Jones Homestead Sewer Project Materials Purchase will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Thursday April 26, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Thursday April 26, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room, Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and bid number for “RFP 2018-04 Jones Homestead Sewer Project Materials Purchase.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Direct Purchase of materials as listed in the Base Bid sheet that are required to complete the installation of new low-pressure forcemains throughout the Jones Homestead Community. A complete bid package is available at www m For questions concerning this project, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer March 29, April 5, 2018 19918S IN THE COUNTY COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CIVIL DIVISION CASE NO. 2017-111CC SAN DUNES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, vs. STERLING TRUST COMPANY, n/k/a EQUITY INSTITUTIONAL, a Division of EQUITY TRUST COMPANY, CUSTODIAN, FOB: CHARLES E. YOST, ACCT. 068812, Defendant. NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to the Final Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above-styled cause, in the County Court of Gulf County, Florida, I will sell the following property situated in Gulf County, Florida described as: Lot 14, SAN DUNES SUBDIVISION, according to the plat recorded in the public records of Gulf County, Florida, in Plat Book 5, page 6. At the public sale to the highest and best bidder, for cash, at: Gulf County Courthouse, Main Lobby, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida, at 11:00 a.m. ET on April 12, 2018 Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the lis pendens, must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. WITNESS my hand and seal of this Court on the 22nd day of March, 2018. Rebecca Norris Clerk of the County Court BY; BA Baxter Deputy Clerk Anderson & Givens, P.A. Justin J. Givens, Esq. JGivens@AndersonGiv P. O. Box 12613 1689 Mahan Center Blvd. Tallahassee, Florida 32317-2613 (850) 692-8900 FL Bar No. 0052130 Counsel for Plaintiff March 29, April 5, 2018 19952S CITY OF WEWAHITCHKA, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS 2-SIDED LED SIGN Sealed bids for the City of Wewahitchka for a “2-sided LED sign” will be received at City Hall Annex, 318 S 7th St,. Wewahitchka, Florida 32465 until April 18, 2018 at Noon. (ct) Bids will be publicly opened at 1pm and acknowledged at 211 Hwy 71 N. Staff recommendations will be on April 26, 2018, Regular Meeting at 6:30. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidders name, address, date and time of opening. (All bids must include an engineering spec for the footer). Description of W ork: Further described in the bid description document. The bid description document can be requested from con nieparrish For questions concerning the project Contact City Manager Don Minchew, Monday through Wednesday from 8-4, at 850-6392605 The City of Wewahitchka reserves the right to accept or reject any and all statements of Bids in whole or in part, award bid to the lowest bidder or best in the opinion of the City, to waive informalities in the process to obtain new statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Bid shall be valid to the City of Wewahitchka for a period of sixty (60) days after opening. The City of Wewahitchka is an equal opportunity employer Pub: April 5, 2018 19920S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA GENERAL JURISDICTION DIVISION Case No. 17000053CAAXMX Wells Fargo Financial System Florida, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Viola Kemp a/k/a Viola L. Kemp; Unknown Spouse of Viola Kemp a/k/a Viola L. Kemp; Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., successor by merger to Wells Fargo Financial Bank Defendants. NOTICE OF ACTION CONSTRUCTIVE SERVICE TO: Phoebe Oreda Butler a/k/a Phoebe O. Butler Last Known Address: 4016 Holiday Dr. Panama City Beach, Fl. 32408 YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED that an action to foreclose a mortgage on the following property in Gulf County, Florida: COMMENCE AT THE NW CORNER OF THE NE 1/4 OF THE SW 1/4 OF SECTION 12, T4S, R11W, GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA AND THENCE GO N 8928’07” E 558.48 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF KEMP CEMETERY ROAD; THENCE SOUTH 0505’09” WEST FOR 205 FEET TO THE POB; FROM SAID POB THENCE NORTH 8928’07” EAST FOR 326 FEET; THENCE GO SOUTH 0505’09” WEST FOR 161.95 FEET; THENCE GO SOUTH 8928’07” WEST FOR 326 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE EAST R/W LINE OF KEMP CEMETERY ROAD; THENCE NORTH 0505’09” EAST FOR 161.95 FEET, MORE OR LESS, TO THE POB. LESS AND EXCEPT ANY PORTION THAT LIES WITHIN LEGAL DESCRIPTION RECORDED IN OFFICIAL RECORDS BOOK 199, PAGE 900. TOGETHER WITH MOBILE HOME VIN NO. ALCA0396270S30264 has been filed against you and you are required to serve a copy of your written defenses, if any, to it on Julie Anthousis, Esquire, Brock & Scott, PLLC., the Plaintiff’s attorney, whose address is 1501 N.W. 49th Street, Suite 200, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. 33309, within thirty (30) days of the first date of publication on or before April 30, 2018, and file the original with the Clerk of this Court either before service on the Plaintiff’s attorney or immediately thereafter; otherwise a default will be entered against you for the relief demanded in the complaint or petition. DATED on March 22, 2018. Rebecca Norris As Clerk of the Court By: BA Baxter As Deputy Clerk Brock & Scott, PLLC 1501 NW 49th St. Suite 200 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33309 Phone: (954)618-6955 File # 17-F02620 March 29, April 5, 2018 20022S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-08 Centennial Train Repainting Project Sealed bids for the City of Port St. Joe for the Centennial Train Repainting Project will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Friday April 27, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday April 27, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and “RFP 2018-08 Centennial Train Repainting Project.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Bid shall be for the cleaning, minor repairs and repainting of the Centennial Train located at 2201 Centennial Drive, Port St Joe, FL 32456. There will be a mandatory on-site Pre-Bid Meeting on April 13, 2018, at 1:00 pm EST to discuss this project. Specifications are listed in the Bid Sheet which may be obtained on the City’s website at www .cityof For questions concerning this Bid, please contact John Grantland at 850-229-8247. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity Employer Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 19978S CITY OF PORT ST. JOE, FLORIDA NOTICE TO RECEIVE SEALED BIDS RFP 2018-02 Waste Water Treatment Plant Repower Sealed bids for the City of Port St. Joe for the WWTP Repower will be received at City Hall, 305 Cecil G. Costin Sr., Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 up until 3:00 PM EST, Friday, April 27, 2018. Bids will be publicly opened and acknowledged, Friday, April 27, 2018, at 3:05 PM EST, in the City Commission Conference Room. Bids shall be submitted in a sealed envelope, plainly marked with bidder’s name, address, date and time of opening, and “RFP 2018-02 for WWTP Repower.” DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Location-455 CR 382, Port St Joe, Florida. Install (1) 150 amp feeder from MDP panel board to existing 400amp panel GP (appx 525 ft.) Install (1) 100 amp feeder from panel GP to panel HA (appx 300 ft.) Install (1) 100amp feeder from panel GP to panel in the old office (appx 400 ft.) Install (1) 100 amp feeder from panel GP to panel DP (appx 25 ft.) Provide and install (1) 150 amp breaker and (3) 100 amp breakers. All feeders are 3 phase 480 vac. Bids are to include electrical engineers stamped drawings of work. When work is completed, it will be inspected and signed by the electrical engineer as approved. For questions concerning this Bid, please contact Waste Water Treatment Plant Manager Kevin Pettis at 850-229-6395. The City of Port St. Joe reserves the right to accept or reject any and all Statements of Bids in whole or in part, to waive informalities in the process, to obtain new Statements of Bids, or to postpone the opening pursuant to the City’s purchasing policies. Each Statement of Bid shall be valid to the City of Port St. Joe for a period of sixty (60) days after the opening. The City of Port St. Joe is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Pub: April 5, 12, 2018 Estate SaleSat April 7th 8am-5pm preview Friday10am-3pm Furniture, paintings, lamps, etc. From Antique Dealers Estate Great Prices for serious buyers only. 200 20th St. Port Saint Joe One block off of 98 Behind old Hospital Port St Joe 1308 Marvin Avenue Saturday, April 7th 7:30am until 12:30pmYARD SALEFurniture, clothes and household items. One Day Only Sale by LawFri & Sat (6 & 7 April) Warned by Port St. Joe Code Enforcement Officer that PSJ residents could only have one yard sale for one day per quarter by city ordinance. Received two certified letters stating that if I had a sale for two consecutive days, I would be taken to court and fined five hundred dollars and put in jail for six weeks for a violation. Have brought down and .putting out much more stuff including many antiques and furniture such as a .century old washstand, Ralph .Lauren king sleigh bed, Oscar de la Renta Chippendale chairs, Victorian couch/chair/settee, desks, mahogany corner cabinet, vanities, Murphy beds, Ethan Allen dining room, numerous tables and chairs, end and coffee tables, historical military items, lots of smaller stuff and much more – four .garages and a yard full. 8 to 5 EST. Friday will be a preview only day with the sale to be held on Saturday, 8-5. 1405 Constitution Dr. (Hwy 98), Port St. Joe. Rain or Shine. We Buy GoldJewelry & Diamonds Watches & Silver We pay cash for estates 7 Days AWeek Pawn Loans Low Rates! 700 Beal Pkwy US GOLD PAWN Call TOM Now!! 850-974-2462www .usgold p HELP WANTEDExperienced residential Plumbers and helpers needed. Port St Joe Area Top pay Good benefeits Call (850)227 1101 or (850)528 0907 Local Church needs Pianist call Glen 850-545-5791 Misc Labor WorkerWanted, young man, 16 yrs or older w/DR Lic. To do misc work 4-Hours during the week or weekends. Please call 850-227-6613 for more details. 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