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** Volume 80 Number 35 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Outdoors ................... A8 Sports....................... A9 Scene Around ........... A10 School News .............. B3 Faith ........................ B4 Obituary ................... B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A2Things to doB4Mr. Rogers WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT, B5 Thursday, June 14, 2018YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com TURTLE STRAWS, B1 By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comTime to sing a celebratory tune in honor of a certain island that is, literally, one of a kind.The Friends of St. Vin-cent Island National Wildlife Refuge will be hosting a birth-day bash July 6 on the island.There is a catch for all those who wish to celebrate: please RSVP.A key reason the island remains as pristine as it is, its small but significant remove from the mainland, will require folks who wish to enjoy the birthday to let the Friends of St. Vincent Island know in advance.And, folks, there is going to be plenty of logic to that RSVP.From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. ET that Friday, the island and its Friends will host a summer A birthday worth a reservationThe island is home to abundant wildlife. [FILE PHOTO] St. Vincent is a stopping off point for a host of migratory shore and water birds. [FILE PHOTO] St. Vincent Island celebrates 50th July 6By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comIn results that mirrored the general election a month ago, Scott Hoffman beat Aaron Little Tuesday night to win the Port St. Joe Group 4 Commission seat.Hoffman collected 54 percent of the vote, 623 votes, while Little garnered 46 percent, 525 votes.A month ago, the two were the top vote-getters in the general, separated almost by the exact per-centage of votes, 8 percent, with Hoffman on top but failing to reach 50 percent plus one.Hoffman had an 88 vote margin last month; it was 98 votes in the runoff.The turnout was, to say the least, unusual.Whether it was a high-interest election or hard-working candidates or a combination of both, the turnout for the runoff actually exceeded that for the general, and there were two fewer candidates this time around.Last month, fewer than 40 percent of the citys 1,038 eligible voters cast a ballot; for the runoff the total was 44 percent.I have never seen a runoff get a larger turnout, or even the same turnout, as the general election,Ž said Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon. There was just a lot of interest and the candidates worked hard.I would always love to have 100 percent turnout, but it is actually a good turnout for a city election, and a runoff.ŽThe turnout started high, with the Supervisor of Elections Office seeing a record for the first day of early voting in a city election.In all, more than 600 voters took advantage of early voting; that was more Ho man wins PSJ Group 4 seatTurnout higher for runo By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe leaders fre-quently embrace the concept of a golf cart community.Commissioners just wish there was more of a community adherence to basic regulations.Long-running issues with golf carts and how they are used in the city will be the topic of discussion during a 6 p.m. ET workshop on June 26.The workshop will be held at the Commission meeting room in the Ward Ridge Building.Among factors to be discussed are the lack of an enforcement mechanism, insurance questions and signage.For several months, various commissioners have expressed concern and frus-tration with golf cart usage, particularly the driving of carts on streets and pathways prohibited to golf carts as well as underage drivers.Commissioner Rex Buzzett has urged more signage along the Port City Trail, which is prohibited to motorized vehi-cles, including golf carts, save for select residents who must use the trail to access their property.Mayor Bo Patterson has expressed concern with underage drivers and young-sters being on the back of the cart, or in the drivers arms, without restraint. For Police Chief Matt Herring, the issue becomes what steps he and his officers can take under an ordinance lacking teeth.ŽIn effect, there is no enforcement arm in place for violations of the golf cart ordinance, violations which carry minor monetary fines even after three documented violations.I can take them back to their home and tell them they are not allowed to operate Golf cart usage under PSJ microscope; workshop set for June 26By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA county committee examining improvements to the 10th Street recreational complex in Port St. Joe will meet 9 a.m. ET Wednesday in the Emer-gency Operations Center.The meeting is the first since an April joint county-city workshop concerning the ball park after adjacent residents protested the scope of proposed changes and impacts to their neigh-borhood and property.At that time, county offi-cials sketched out a general budget, somewhere north of $800,000, and largely left the footprint of improvements to the city.However, since April the city has made little prog-ress, with the latest version of a conceptual plan criti-cized by many of the same residents living adjacent to the complex.For them, the fundamen-tal issue is the viability, and livability, of constructing what they see as a sports complex in the middle of a residential neighborhood.Field of Dreams Ave. opposite the Gulf/Franklin campus is the ideal location Parks committee to meet WednesdayFocus on 10th Street ball parks See HOFFMAN, A6 See PARKS, A6 See GOLF CART, A6 See ISLAND, A6


** A2 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportThe calendar for the coming days is full. Here are a few options. Celebrate Juneteenth Saturday. The North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition (NPSJ-PAC) will host its annual Juneteenth Day Celebration 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday at the Washington Recreation Center. This years celebration comes the week of the national Juneteenth Day, June 19, which recognizes the end of slavery in America and is designed to highlight the legacy, culture, and heritage of Gulf County's AfricanAmerican Community. The event, which is free and intended for the entire family, will include a BBQ lunch and other food, kids carnival, a raffle for a television and a 50/50 raffle. The keynote speaker will be the Honorable Judge Barbara Hobbs. She was the first African American elected to the Second Judicial Circuit Court bench on in November 2012. In conjunction with Juneteenth and in partnership, the North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition Health and Wellness Coalition, Gulf County Health Department and other local Health Care and Mental Health Service Providers, will host a Community Health Fair. Make plans to attend and be sure to bring your family and friends to enjoy the fun, food, games for kids and special musical entertainment this year. The Washington Recreation Center is located at 414 Kenny Street in Port St. Joe. For more information call 227-5662. The Juneteenth Committee is asking attendees to bring a favorite, prized, family recipe, and a photograph of the person who made it famous. The committee will compile all of the recipes into a special, one-of-a-kind, community cookbook to be sold to benefit the 2019 Juneteenth Celebration.Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market, in its 11th year, is held the first and third Saturdays of the month 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. At the market you may find fresh seasonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more. In addition, this weekend Matt Standish from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Bay County Veterans Center will set up a tent. Standishs office provides extremely confidential counseling to veterans, National Guard reservists, active duty members and their families in comfortable, low-threat environment staffed entirely by veterans.A fundraiser to honor 'Lighthouse Ladies'. The effort to raise funds to bring the lens to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse will kickoff Saturday at the lighthouse with a celebration of two Lighthouse LadiesŽ, Beverly Mount Douds and Mary Alice Cullifer. The event, hosted by the St. Joseph Historical Society, begins at 3 p.m. ET and serves as the official kickoff for a campaign to raise funds needed to reassemble the third order Fresnel lens that was in the lantern room of the Cape San Blas Lighthouse for years. The goal is to return the lens, on loan from the U.S. Coast Guard for the express purpose of display, to the grounds of the lighthouse complex in George Core Park. Mount Douds worked for years in the Cape San Blas Lighthouse gift shop and was the resident expert on the history of the lighthouse. She passed away in March. Cullifer was known for her paintings of lighthouses, including the Cape San Blas Lighthouse, and her enthusiasm for lighthouses before she passed away in 2012. The lighthouse is at 200 Miss Zolas Drive in Port St. Joes George Core Park. Help Betty Roberts celebrate turning 90. Come celebrate the 90th birthday of Betty June Roberts on Saturday. Friends will gather from 2:00-4:30 p.m. EST at Veterans Memorial Park Civic Center, 10405 NW Theo Jacobs Way (off Highway 12 South) in Bristol. The last weekend for the Plein Air South exhibit at The Joe. The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, has hosted the past month an art exhibit by the members of the Plein Air South painters conference. The exhibit features the work of artist Roger Dale Brown, who delivered the keynote address at the Plein Air South conference. The exhibit also includes paintings by more than 20 artists from Florida and other southern states. The Plein Air South exhibit is free and open to the public on Thursdays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET), Fridays (10 a.m. until 6 p.m. ET) and Saturdays (10 a.m. until 2 p.m. ET) until June 20.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKENDThe Salt Air Farmers Market is Saturday. [FILE PHOTO] Lighthouse Ladies will be honored during a fundraiser Saturday {File photo} Honorable Judge Barbara Hobbs will be the keynote speaker at the Juneteenth celebration on Saturday at the Washington Gym. [FILE PHOTO] Betty Roberts celebrates turning 90 Saturday. [FILE PHOTO] Special to The StarPANAMA CITY Northwest Regional Library System (NWRLS) is excited to present ArtistWorks for Librar-ies. ArtistWorks provides unlimited access to step-by-step online video instruction for music, voice, and fine arts classes. Lesson study materials and music tablature are provided when applicable. The lessons can be completed at your own pace from beginner to advanced skillsets. Learn directly from world renowned and Grammy Award-winning musi-cians and artists. All you need is your library card and internet access to begin free lessons today!This service has been generously sponsored by Bay Arts Alliance and the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews. For more information about Artist-Works for Libraries, visit or call 522-2100. Patrons of the Corinne Costin Memorial Port St. Joe Public Library and the Charles Whitehead Memorial Wewahitchka Public Library have access to these services.Jennifer Jones, Execu-tive Director of the Bay Arts Alliance shared, We're glad to be able to participate in making the Arts accessible to as many people as possible with NWRLS and the Ukulele Orchestra of St Andrews. Deciding to partner with two groups whose missions align so readily was an easy decision. At the time the opportunity arose, Bay Arts Alliance was also looking at how the arts were incorporated into Bay District Schools. As most of the public schools do offer Arts curriculum, we noticed that not all of BDS's offerings are traditional K-12 site based programs. We're hoping to encourage awareness of ArtistWorks through NWRLS to those students who are in virtual, certificate, GED and other alternative educational programs. The web-based access to interactive Arts instruc-tion of ArtistWorks and the Library System's free library card program make learning the Arts virtually barrier free. It's a wonderful opportu-nity to meet our mission of fostering a lifelong appreciation of the Arts.ŽMal Hellett, President of the Ukulele Orchestra of St. Andrews (UOSA) shared, We learned of the program because of a connection to the library, namely Perry Shader, UOSA board member. But that wasn't the only connection. Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel are the ukulele teachers on ArtistWorks and several of our members were aware of them via online lessons. Craig and Sara were also featured performers at the inaugural Strummin' Man Ukulele Festival last October, so we already had a close connection to them. Although we're a uku-lele orchestra, several of our members play other instruments. One of the overarching purposes of UOSA is to spread the joy of music; not just listen-ing to it, but making it. Supporting ArtistWorks helps us do exactly that. We've received so much support and generosity from the community and the Library specifically. There are monthly ukulele classes there every month and ukuleles to check out to take home and learn on. Sponsoring ArtistWorks was another chance to give something back and say Thank You.ŽArtistWorks for Libraries o ers unlimited lessonsCheck local libraries


** The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe city of Port St. Joe will seek to extend the term of its redevelopment agency, though the Board of County Commissioners has expressed its dissent.The Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, followed by the City Commission (all five commissioners sit on the PSJRA board with two at-large mem-bers) has approved moving ahead with extending the rede-velopment agency tenure.The board said last week it will seek the maximum extension under law, which is 30 years. The city, however, is coming at the extension from a different vantage point than the BOCC, with slightly differing legal opinions regarding whether or not the county has a say in the extension.Bill Kennedy, executive director of the PSJRA, said he had fully researched the issue, had discussions with the Florida director of community redevel-opment agencies and the citys attorney.His research, and the legal opinion, indicates the county has little standing on the exten-sion of the PSJRA.Despite resistance 15 years ago, the BOCC proved obligated to pay annually its share of the percentage of property tax dol-lars to the PSJRA.County attorney Jeremy Novak suggested last month the city could move forward on its own, but said the countys position was that the PSJRA had accomplished the goals set at the outset.He said the city could move forward independent of the county, but the county, from an April joint workshop on, has contended it would not support an extension.A question for attorneys as the issue progresses is whether the countys position factors into the extension.The original CRA was estab-lished in 1990, based on findings of need approved by the city in 1989.The original term was for 30 years, with an option to extend one time from 1-30 years.Unfortunately for the revenue of the agency, neither county nor city provided required annual payments of property taxes for the first 15 years of the term.The BOCC protested the additional payments, but the protests proved fruitless.(A CRA operates based on revenue garnered from increases in property values within its boundaries. As prop-erty values increase, a small percentage of that increase reflected in property taxes is directed to the CRA.(The payments from the county and city have varied, but have averaged in the area of $180,000-$210,000).From the citys perspective, the PSJRA has, since actually being funded, accomplished significant work in the city.From roadside beautifica-tion, establishing public parking areas to a faade grant program which brought improvement to storefronts, the agency has made an impact, commission-ers said.Some of the most immediate differences you can see in town have been due to the PSJRA,Ž said Commissioner David Ash-brook. Reid Ave. has never looked better.ŽAnd, Kennedy said, signifi-cant work remains.The value of the PSJRA is tremendous and there is a lot more to be done,Ž Kennedy said. There are Williams and Long avenues; the downtown footprint is so large.And there is North Port St. Joe, which unfortunately has been on the negative side of the (taxing formula). Once they are on the positive side they should thrive. We all want to help the entire community.ŽAs Commissioner Rex Buzzett noted, an extension will give the expanded area (North Port St. Joe) a chance to come back.Ž The process of extending the CRA, Kennedy said, should be completed within a four to six weeks. It is a notification process,Ž Kennedy said.The city will notify the other taxing authorities linked to the city, the BOCC and Gulf County School Board, and advertise to the public for a prescribed period.There will be a public hearing and a final vote of the five city commissioners. DowntownrestroomsOn the PSJRA and downtown improvement front, the city approved last week a lease agreement with attorney and Port St. Joe native Bob Ker-rigan for land on which public restrooms will be built.The city will lease the prop-erty at 320 Reid Ave. for 30 years at $1 per year.The public restrooms have long been sought by the PSJRA to enhance the downtown shopping and dining experience.PSJ will seek to extend redevelopment agencyDavid Adlerstein The Apalachicola TimesCARRABELLE „ After her arrest for smuggling contraband into the Franklin Correctional Institution, a Jacksonville woman booked into the Franklin County Jail apparently managed to complete her mission by distributing a highly potent synthetic marijuana to at least six inmates, all of whom had to be rushed to the hospital Monday morning.Franklin County Sheriff A.J. Smith said as of Tuesday afternoon, five of the six men had been treated and released from Weems Memorial Hospital. A sixth man, who was administered CPR by jail staff and later flown by helicopter to Tallahassee Memorial Hos-pital, remains in the intensive care unit there.Vanda Venssa McElveen, 56 „ at the time a visitor „ was arrested by Carrabelle police Saturday at Franklin Correc-tional Institution for smuggling a controlled substance into the state prison and trafficking in methamphetamine, and given a $35,000 bond. Because McElveen was diabetic, staffers at the county jail decided it made sense to place her with other inmates in the female dorm, rather than in isolation for 72 hours, which is typical for newly arriving inmates. They made the call because of her condition,Ž Smith said.McElveen was stripsearched before entering the jail, but nothing was found, as the additional drugs reportedly were stuffed into a body cavity.They searched her the best they could,Ž Smith said. You really need an x-ray machine to see contraband inside the body. Were exploring those other options.ŽThe sheriff said another female inmate helped remove the drug, K2, which then was brought to the kitchen at Mon-days breakfast and given to some male inmates. When the inmates smoked a K2 joint in one of the cells, they began to show symptoms of vomiting, hallucinations and convulsions.They hadnt taken very many drags before they started having a reaction to it,Ž Smith said. One of the inmates, they had to do CPR on him. Thats how terrible these drugs are.This is the first time weve had K2 in the jail; this is our first experience with it,Ž he added. Weve done a real good job of keeping it out until yesterday.ŽThe incident comes about two weeks after Julia Eagerton, an officer at nearby Gulf Correctional Institution, was charged with smuggling in more than 300 grams of K2 into that prison, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.Smith said after a more intensive search, officers found a K2 cigarette in another females bunk, and she is expected to face drug posses-sion charges.Smith said while the county remains responsible for medi-cal bills racked up by inmates under their care, were going to send these bills to these inmates, including the Lifeflight bill. Well see what happens.ŽSheri : 6 inmates hospitalized after smoking K2The city of Port St. Joe will hold a workshop at 5 p.m. ET tonight in the Ward Ridge meeting room to consider the planning elements needed for facilitate an amended master plan for the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe. The meeting is open to the public. NPSJ workshop tonight Separate inmate charged with introducing contraband Special to The StarFor a third year in a row, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is inviting local governments to apply for BearWise funding to help their communities reduce human-bear conflicts.The FWC will focus on providing funding to local governments with BearWise ordinances that require residents and businesses to keep garbage secure from bears. The funding will offset the costs for residents and businesses to use bearresistant equipment to secure their garbage from bears.Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature appro-priated the FWC $500,000 in BearWise funding start-ing July 1.These new funds will allow us to expand our work with local govern-ments to make it easier for people to avoid conflicts with bears,Ž said Kipp Frohlich, Director of the FWCs Division of Habitat and Species Conservation.The FWC invites counties and cities to submit applications to be considered for funding. Preference will be given to applications from areas with BearWise ordinances and to large projects benefiting a large number of people.Local governments are strongly encouraged to consult with FWC staff to discuss options and implementation before submitting their applica-tions. The FWC will assist any local government considering passing an ordinance, including pro-viding example ordinances.Since 2007, the FWC has provided almost $1.6 mil-lion in BearWise funding to residents and businesses in the 16 counties with the highest levels of humanbear conflicts in Florida. Funds have been used to purchase over 10,000 bear-resistant trash cans, 9,700 sets of hardware to secure regular trash cans, and 160 dumpsters modi-fied to keep bears out.Gulf County applied for and received funding two years ago.For a community to be considered, the FWC must receive applications before close of business on Aug. 1. Applications should be emailed to or mailed to: The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Attention: Bear Management Pro-gram,620 South Meridian St., 6B, Tallahassee, FL 32399. For additional details on the funding and applica-tion process, visit the FWCs efforts to help bears and other wildlife by purchas-ing the Conserve Wildlife license plate at BearWise funding available to reduce con icts[COURTESY OF FWC]


** A4 Thursday, June 14, 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. Pretend the title is a Jeopardy clue and the category is Famous Writers.Ž What would you say?Maybe youre too young … I am. However, Im pretty sure I was asked or assigned to read The Great GatsbyŽ in high school. More than likely, I read the Cliffs Notes, rather than reading the whole book. That type of shortcut is something that I am ashamed of. I wish I would have read more in my younger days. I guess I thought I had more important or fun things to do.So, if you answered, Who is F. Scott Fitzgerald?Ž you are the winner. If you are scratching your head, thats fine too.You see, I was in the gas sta-tion right outside of the campus where I work the other day with dirty blue jeans, work boots, a farmers Co-OpŽ hat and a white t-shirt. A few folks who knew me saw me and kind of gave me interesting looks.If I were out in the country, folks would have thought I had just been working in the yard or in the garden. However, I was in a place that folks are used to seeing me in a different set of clothes. You know, the type of clothes a scientist or a mathematician would wear to work. Definitely not a coat and tie, but definitely not dirt-caked blue jeans and a hat from the Randolph County, Alabama Farmers Cooperative.The simple answer is that I work my little garden plot inside the campus where I work and I just didnt change clothes before I headed home. Most folks dont know even know we have a garden club where I work with 30 or 40 avid gardeners who do their farming before or after work and on the weekend.I love white t-shirts. I just do. I love good cotton ones with crew-necks. And yes, I looked like a redneck or a farmer or an older version of one of those. I kind of like that role … maybe those types of folks are my heroes. You know, fellows who know how to get rid of potato beetles and know how to plow a field with a tractor rather than a little rototiller.Well, it seems that the famous author, F. Scott Fitzgerald is credited with first using the term t-shirtŽ in print, in his novel, This Side of Paradise,Ž in 1920. The main character took a t-shirt with him to college. Military folks and college football also played important roles in the popularity of t-shirts.The Navy and Army bought bunches of t-shirts for their young men to go under their uniforms or as part of their uni-forms. In 1932, the University of Southern California wanted a lightweight garment to go underneath their football play-ers shoulder pads to keep them from rubbing and chaffing. Jockey International Inc. was more than happy to make them. I would suppose this is the same company that still hires athletes to model their underwear.Then all the students had to have oneƒ and then came colors and pockets and smiley faces and cute sayings and sometimes words that make your stomach turn. My t-shirt was just white.Now the muse part. What is a muse? A muse is a source of inspiration or a guiding genius … you know someone who cranks your tractor so much you think of great things to say, write and do.F. Scott Fitzgerald married a girl from Alabama named Zelda. She was his wife and muse, so they say. They had many ups and downs, with F. Scott Fitzgerald battling with alcoholism and depression for much of his life. He died in 1940 of a heart attack at the age of 44, thinking he never really made it.His works such as The Great GatsbyŽ werent fully appreciated until well after his death. Perhaps he would have taken better care of himself if he knew how famous he would become.Fitzgerald once said, There are no second acts in Ameri-can lives.Ž Im not sure what he meant by that, but I am taking it as his advice to me to keep wearing a white t-shirt to the gas station along with my mud covered boots. Little boys can pretend to be cowboys, I can pretend to be a farmer. Read more stories at www. MY TRACTORWhite T-shirts and uses from AlabamaMy father was born in 1913. He grew up on a hardscrabble farm alongside Shannon Creek in Lawrence County Tennessee. I have no idea what his hopes or aspirations were. But youd think the possibilities were fairly limited on a desolate hillside farm in the Deep South speeding headlong towards the Great Depression. It could not have been anything but hard. Money was scarce. The farm wasnt big enough to afford outside help. If you needed another handŽ, you had another child! Daddy was the third son in a family of eight children. The work never stopped. They planted in the spring, weeded and nurtured the crops all summer, harvested in the fall and built barns and other outbuildings in the winter for anyone who had cash money. In between they fed hogs, minded the cattle and kept shoes on the mules. Daddys formal education ended in the third grade because by nine, he was big enough to haul lumber, nail boards together and see toŽ the animals. Granddaddy Jim didnt view it as cruel or inconsiderate; it was just practical to him. He needed Dad more than they needed him down at the schoolhouse. My father didnt roar through the twenties. He spent it getting up with the sun and working till darkness called a halt to the day. You talk about a tough adolescence! If he ever complained or thought it unfair or felt he was cheated out of his childhoodƒ..he never said a word about it to me. He married the prettiest girl in Middle Tennessee in 1934 and they immediately moved to Pulaski where he went to driving a truck for his Uncle John. He had quit the farm business forever! World War II came along right in the prime of his life. He left his wife and infant son for a mandatory sight seeing trip to the South Pacific. He took part in eight amphibious landings as General MacArthur island hoppedŽ toward Japan. He was training in the Philippines, gearing up for an all out invasion of the Japanese mainland, when America dropped the atomic bombs. My father very rarely mentioned his time in the war. He certainly never said a disparaging word about our countryƒƒ or the three and a half years taken away from him. He simply came home and went back to driving that truck. He had a family, which was about to include me and another son, to take care of. Nothing defined Dad more than his work ethic. He spent a lifetime getting up and going to work. He made no excuses. He took no shortcuts. He asked for nothingƒ..except an opportunity. He judged everybody, rich or poor, neighbor or kin, famous or obscure.....and all three of his sons on one thing„would they stick their nose to the grindstone when it was time to go to work! Of such men the United States of America was built. I often wish Id asked Dad about his upbringing and war years. But the truth was he was more interested in our future than his past. He didnt do weddings. And you had to be close family to get him to a funeral. But he never missed a graduation. Oh, how I have pondered on that over the years! His words of advice and encouragement to me when I started to the first grade were, Cant wait to see you graduate from college.Ž He never mentioned one time to anyone what hed missed. But he was determined that Leon, me and David Mark were NOT going to be left out in the education department. The only time I ever saw him cry was the day Mom graduated from Bethel College. That third grade dropout taught me more about life than any other person, textbook, seminar or college course combined! You know the last thing he said to me at the hospital. He was pretty sick but he realized I was taking a few days off to be with him. He called me to the bedside, Son, you are not going to sit here and watch me die. You owe those folks with the school in Florida a days work. You load up your family and get back to earning a living.Ž I wish thered been such a thing as Fathers Day back when I was a lad. I dont think it had been invented yet. At least we didnt know about itƒ..and we certainly never got him a gift. Daddy died way before someone wrote that HIS was the Greatest Generation. But Ive known that all my life. I only wish I was half the man he was. And if loving him, honoring him, obeying him and striving to emulate him in all that I do could possibly count as a giftƒƒthis could be my greatest Fathers Day ever! Respectfully, No. 2 SonHUNKER DOWNDont confuse intelligence with educationBy Lee H. Hamilton Every so often, I jot down a list of the things that discourage me about our country. Theres the widespread disregard for our core values of tolerance and mutual respect, for instance. Our declining national optimism. Our relaxed attitude toward fixing our election machinery, overseeing financial institutions, and making sure that our key democratic institutions and processes are working effectively. Theres wage stagnation, income inequality, a high poverty rate, failing infrastructure, inadequate health-care coverage, a dysfunctional Congressƒ. You get the idea. This is not really a list of failings. Its a to-do list. And it pretty much begs the question, if were not to throw up our hands and give in, how do we make progress on it? Well, Ill tell you: politics. I suppose most Americans will disagree. How can we depend on people „ politicians „ whom many hold in utter disregard? And what can we expect from political institutions like legislatures, Congress, the bureaucracy, the political parties, and a rickety electoral system that are widely viewed with suspicion? The answer, I think, has to be that we should do all we can to encourage and support them to fix these problems, because theyre all weve got. American politics can be an inefficient, noisy, messy ride. But be careful before you condemn it and itspractitioners, because alternatives like a chaotic anarchy or the brutal efficiency of a dictatorship are far worse. In other words, if were going to attack the problems that concern us, we need politics: otherwise, our government would grind to a halt. We would be without a means of remedying our collective problems. The institutions of politics „ the rule of law, elections, city councils, legislatures, Congress „ are the way we make operational a government of, by, and for the people. They are how we work together. At its heart, politics is about searching for a remedy to a problem, and building support behind that remedy. Its the way we try to keep citizens satisfied and strive to meet their hopes, demands and dreams. At its best, politics and political involvement are how we give citizens a feeling of community and an understanding that were all in this together. Its our vehicle for expressing shared values and for reconciling the tensions, diversity and differences among us that are bound to arise as we tackle these enormously difficult challenges. This is not to say that our system is even close to perfect. The list of things we need to fix „ from the influence of money on elections and political decision-making to an elections machinery that is crying out for attention and reform „ is long. But we need to strike a balance. As a citizen you have to be critical of your system and ask yourself how to improve it and support reforms that would make it better. Yet I worry that our disdain for politicians and the howling criticism aimed at our democratic institutions in recent years has so undermined confidence in the system that people have lost their trust in their fellow citizens, their elected representatives, and their institutions „ in other words, in the very people, organizations, and core values that can get us out of this mess. If you ask people what they most cherish about our political system, most will say its the idea of opportunity. For all its fits and starts, its horse-trading and negotiating and raw give and take, politics is also how we try to provide equal rights, civil liberties, and a fair shot at opportunity for all. Sure, we fall short of the ideal. But in a representative democracy, its the mechanism we possess to try to create a more perfect union.Politics: We need it Kesley Colbert BN Heard See HAMILTON, A5


** The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 A5 LETTERSCalifornia has worn me quite thinƒ I just cant wait to see you again.ŽCome MondayŽ as performed by Jimmy BuffettWhen I was 17, I took a trip to California that included a visit to San Diego, a stop at Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm and the Hearst Castle, and a drive up that state's spectacular coastal highway. The turns were both frightening and exhilarating, especially around Big Sur. Monterey, Pacific Grove and Carmel were gorgeous; the air was clean and fresh; the quality of light remarkable. The sequoia trees near Mount Whitney were awesome, and John Muirs redwoods were equally majestic. The climate was wonderful. When we landed it was 55 degrees with no humidity. In August! Most of us, I think, especially those of us who spend a lot of time in the South, dream about being able to enjoy a summer afternoon without stifling heat and bugs. You can do that in California. There was a sense then that California was a special place, a desired location to visit or live. Times change, though. A dozen mudslides and twice as many wildfires later, the Golden State has lost some luster. Especially if you want to own a home there. Consider this: the median price for a home in San Francisco recently rose to $1.6 million, or double the cost from only five years ago. Are wages keeping up, so that most folks can afford that increase? No way. So it's no surprise that Californians are bailing. In addition to being one of the most highly taxed states, most folks simply can't afford to buy a home. Home prices are high throughout the state. So where are Californians moving? Everywhere, apparently. But especially to places like Las Vegas. It's close by, and home prices are still rebounding from the Great Recession. The median list price for a home in Vegas in April of 2018 was about $280,000. Eight percent of those Californians who left the state in the first quarter of 2017 landed in Las Vegas. From 2006 to 2016, California experienced a net decrease of a million residents. Contrast that with a state like, say, Florida, which over the same ten-year time span grew from a population of 18.17 million to 20.66 million, a net increase of almost two and a half million residents. Many people still desire to own a house, and paying a million dollars for a twobedroom starter home is unappealing to most, even if you've landed a highpaying tech job. 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 … www., a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.ARBOR OUTLOOKSequoias, Berries and the High Cost of HousingBy Shelly CainSpecial to The StarI have been thinking a lot about family and what family means to me. To me, family isnt just everyone blood related. Its everyone I know and care about. I moved to Port St. Joe not knowing anyone. The only other time I had ever been here was for my job interview! Here I am in a new town, a new house, with a great new job. Nothing was familiar. I felt stress and a considerable amount of anxiety. A few months have gone by and Im firmly settled in! Paradise found. Seriously, I love it here! Some people find moving into the nursing home scary and confusing. Its the unknown. Those first few days people can experience what I felt in the first few months. There is no doubt about it, moving is stressful! Now, lets add being sick and weak on top of that. Anxiety can go through the roof. Even if you know half the staff, as many locals do, its the unknown or the pre-conceived idea that you have already formed from movies (they havent gotten it right yet) or what nursing homes were 40 years ago. We have come a long way baby! We go to a nursing home when we need to recover from a hospitalization or illness. Sometimes we stay a short time and return home. Sometimes we move in and make the nursing home our home. Our staff know this is a stressful time. We are here to help! We want to develop a relationship with you and care for you. We want to make you part of who we call family. We find our family everywhere. Im finding mine with the people I work with, our residents, our volunteers, and visitors. Building relationships with each other and our residents are the reason we all decided to work in long term care. God couldnt have found a more perfect place for me. I truly love where I work, where I live, and all the people Ive had the opportunity to develop a relationship with. Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.CROSS SHORES CORNERCoping with changeLast week I was asked to speak to Port St. Joe students participating in a writing camp. My first thought on such requests, based on the old Groucho Marx comment, is resistance to any club that wants me as a member; same with a writing club of middle school kids. However, that initial resistance was eclipsed by reality: of such are made the pleasant labors that counter balance the not so pleasant. So, we had a fine time, or at least I did, though the kids may have an entirely divergent version. But a chance to talk about writing is always something for which I am game. Lets get this out of the way before we get too highminded: I am a hack. I am willing to attest that I am at least a slightly aboveaverage hack, but a hack nonetheless. No Pulitzers, no Nobel prizes coming this way. Over the years in newspapers, I have always been somewhat amazed that anybody would see my name atop an article and actually continue to read. Quite astounding to this day. But I have found that I was apparently born with a strand of DNA I can not shake, no matter how hard I may have tried at times. And, folks, I tried. I may not have understood it at the time, but this manifested early. My father was an editor at a big-city daily and each day when he arrived home, after, some who know me will note, walking from downtown to our home, he carried the latest edition. I grabbed it. I devoured it. The Two-Minute Mystery was a favorite, the PeachŽ section (must be seen to be understood) but simply I pored over it all, even though for a time I didnt understand much of what was scanning. And our dinner table, six kids, two adults, was dominated by my mother and father discussing the news of the day, the news he had written about that day. My brothers and sisters, if I remember correctly, found much of it boring, but in ways I would not understand for decades I was soaking it up. (Even though I was an amazingly persnickety eater: I am sure, bless her, my mother left many a dinner table wondering where that kid came from). However, by the time I became a teenager, much of that changed. First, most frighteningly for my parents, I had a growth spurt of about six inches in six months and at age 12 developed an obsession bordering on psychosis for weightlifting. Suddenly, at age 14 or so, I towered over my parents and my siblings: I am 6-foot-2, nobody else in my family is over 5-9 (and that is stretching). For years, when taking into account my birth weight of 9 pounds, 10 ounces, my siblings managed to establish in my mind a question of whether I was indeed the milk mans child. Maybe the Charlie Chip man. In any case, as teenagers are prone to do, I chose a forward path sharply contrasted to my parents, my fathers. After attending college on the six-year plan, I eventually ended up becoming a private investigator. Okay, that sounds all Rockford Files-ish: I was a loss prevention investigator for private companies such as Disney and then Marriott, and rising in the ranks at the latter. Meanwhile I was earning a growing reputation for my incident reports. Where four words would do, I found 400. Where one page was more than enough, four pages became a constraint. No detail was too small; it is not that much of an exaggeration that my superiors came to express their disinterest in the color and shine of everybodys shoes. So, it seemed a natural that when my wife and I arrived in Miami, with a 10-year-old and another direction was warranted, somehow I would land on newspapers. And long story short, we ended up in Wewahitchka and then Southport, I went back to school to complete a degree lacking even after six years and earned an internship at the local paper. I have been incredibly lucky, covering state government and courts to football national title games and NASCAR, features, news, sports. I have met a slew of fabulous people and reported on a wildly exotic range of stories. That I eventually found my way to a small town community newspaper was just the gift. For in newspapers, your hope, my dad preached, is that you can make a difference, that you can offer a forum for thought, provide a look behind the curtain government too often erects. Be a champion for community and hold responsible those leading the community. My dad emphasized that newspapers should lead and moderate community conversations, that a free press is the only bit of writing protected in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. As I told those students last week, I am never going to have a house in the Caribbean or drive a fancy sports car. What I can say, though, is I am doing what I love, feeding my passion. It was a life lesson taught to me years ago, but one I have just come around to fully understand. My dad is gone now, two decades, but all so frequently I cant seem to shake the feeling, delusion maybe, that while his body lies dormant his spirit flies. A boy can dream, after all. Happy Fathers Day.KEYBOARD KLATTERINGSA love of writingThe plain truth is, it doesnt do much good just to talk about the ideals or shared values of America. You also have to try to realize them on the ground, to pull them out of the complicated „ and often self-contradictory „ mass of popular longings and opinions and translate them into policy and law. For better or worse, politics is how we do this. 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 A4 Tim Cro Margaret McDowell Some people nd moving into the nursing home scary and confusing. Its the unknown. Those rst few days people can experience what I felt in the rst few months. There is no doubt about it, moving is stressful! Now, lets add being sick and weak on top of that. Anxiety can go through the roof. My dad emphasized that newspapers should lead and moderate community conversations, that a free press is the only bit of writing protected in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.


** A6 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Starthan 100 votes more than early voted for the gen-eral election.Another 180-plus sub-mitted absentee ballots, up nearly 30 from the general election.After a slow morning as rains came, the turnout Tuesday on Election Day was nearly 350 votes, down about 50 from last month.Hoffman succeeds Commissioner Rex Buzzett, who chose not to seek re-election to the Group 4 seat.Four candidates were winnowed to Hoffman and Little last month.The other two Com-mission seats up for grabs this year did not reach the ballot after Commis-sioners Brett Lowry and Eric Langston faced no opposition. HOFFMANFrom Page A1their golf cart like that, but that is about it,Ž Herring told commissioners last week, urging them to take action.Herring said the city was incurring a signif-icant liability exposure in the case of a tragic, fatal or serious acci-dent with the lack of an enforcement arm.City officials have discussed enforcement before, but a hurdle is establishing a system through the Gulf County Clerk of Courts to process fines and the dollars.The discussion has never gone as far as focusing on actual costs and viability with the Clerk of Courts of such a system. As currently detailed in the golf cart ordi-nance, originally passed in 2006 and amended four times since, either the citys code enforce-ment officer or police officers are empowered to write tickets.However, without a system to collect and process the fines, a task the city is not currently equipped to perform, tickets are merely paper.Another significant factor in the debate is the illegal operation of golf carts with near impunity.I dont know whether people dont know the rules or they know the rules and they just dont care,Ž Pat-terson said.For starters, a golf cart must be regis-tered with the city and display a valid permit received with an appli-cation fee of $35 per year. The golf cart must be inspected as part of the permitting.Herring said there were some 225 permit-ted golf carts within the city limits.The golf cart ordinance, even amended, bars any driver under the age of 15.A 15-year-old with a temporary drivers permit may operate a golf cart as long as there is a licensed driver at least 21-years-old in the cart. Otherwise, golf carts must be operated by a licensed driver.As several commissioners have noted in recent months, most any tour of the city finds that rule being all but ignored.In addition, Cecil G. Costin Blvd. (Fifth Street or State 71) is off limits to golf carts save the crossing at Reid Ave. There is a crossing of U.S. 98 at First Street, but otherwise the high-way is off limits.Golf carts can only drive on Long and Gar-rison to reach the next access road.Monument is open to carts only from Allen Memorial to Ninth Street.Golf carts are pro-hibited from the entire length of the Port City Trail GOLF CARTFrom Page A1for a sports complex.Expanding the bound-aries and mission of the 10th Street Park will bring impacts ranging from loss of trees along the Port City Trail to increased flooding and safety with the higher traffic.On the other hand, while until last week largely silent, there are also those connected to youth sports in the com-munity who note the 10th Street ball parks have been used for decades and are already bursting.The latest version of the conceptual plan increases the number of fields by just one, they noted, along with pickle ball courts, and that expan-sion is badly needed.Port St. Joe commissioners have worked through several versions of a conceptual plan since the joint workshop with the county; the first was seen as improvement to critics, the second rebuked for being a return to the original plan.City commissioners, weighing citizens concerns, also have the additional complication of putting together a plan which will meet require-ments of spending tourist bed tax dollars on the park.Currently, the entire budget is based on bed tax funding from a fifth penny implemented by the county nearly three years ago.An increase in those elements between the fifth and sixth versions, protested by critics, was based on impact from county officials and the need for additional ele-ments, said Commissioner Rex Buzzett. The latest version of the conceptual plan, the sixth attempt, was tabled last week by city commission-ers who were seeing it for the first time.That also complicated the debate for residents adjacent to the park who believe they have been left out of the discussion from the outset.In tabling consideration of the latest plan, city commissioners expressed the belief they had time based on the lack of activity by the county committee since April.The notice of the com-mittees meeting was posted Monday.The proposed renovation of the 10th Street complex, approved by the Board of County Commissioners last summer, has lost traction since the first conceptual plan was released to the public early this year.The conceptual plan, seen by the committee as a starting point for crafting a master plan and budget for the project, detailed the proposed elements for the renovated complex.Since April Buzzett, the citys representative on the county park committee, at least until the approaching end of his term, has urged unity by city commissioners in determining the path forward. PARKSFrom Page B1picnic (lunch on the grill) including a half-mile loop walking tour through forest to sugary beaches (and serious shell search-ing) and, after a wander over some dunes, to the normally off-limits Point to view nesting and rest-ing shore and water birds.There will also be a host of exhibits and activities along the way.However, the caveat is the transportation over to the island.It is just a short jaunt by boat and the Friends will have a barge leaving every half hour from the Indian Pass boat ramp.Space on each barge load is limited to 40 pas-sengers, though, so the Friends of St. Vincent are kindly asking all birth-day attendees to register in advance at the citizen support organizations website: celebration and the transportation are free, just sign up in advance.St. Vincent Island is a jewelŽ, according to the late herpetologist Dr. Joe Collins, a 12,490-acre barrier island, just over a quarter of a mile into the Gulf of Mexico that is about as Old Florida as one can get in this region.Heck, maybe the state, given the rate of growth in Florida.The island was added to the National Wildlife Refuge System in 1968.Collins spent 15 winters surveying the St. Vincent Island populations of snakes and lizards.He was the co-author of A Pocket Guide to Snakes of St. Vincent Island Wildlife RefugeŽ which was published in 2011.For Collins, St. Vincent was a herpetologists paradiseŽ: there are just not many barrier islands without land access.It provides the kind of isolation that ensures the long-term well-being of its flora and fauna,Ž Col-lins wrote in an academic paper in 2012.And that isolation permits the kind of long-term biological research so sorely needed to pro-vide current information for use in wildlife man-agement programs across the southeastern United States.ŽCollins surveyed the diversity, distribution, abundance and habitats of amphibians, reptiles, turtles and crocodilians on the island.In any given year, he and his merry band of students and fellow researchers found every-thing from newts and salamanders to a host of snakes, skinks, frogs, toads and turtles.One afternoon, while riding through the island, he and a reporter came upon an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake in the middle of the road. Collins joyfully got out to greet the critter; the reporter stayed behind to, um, protect the truck.But that is St. Vincent, still wonderfully wild.The diversity of life that Collins and his band documented over the years was astounded even the director of the North American Center for Herpetology.Our work on the island has convinced my colleagues and me that St. Vincent Refuge is one of the most valuable jewels in the National Wildlife Refuge System,Ž Collins wrote in 2012.And, of course, Collins was only surveying those things which could be characterized as icky and slither in the dark.The island has also long been home to a program to breed red wolves, which were declared extinct in the wild in 1980.There are also the Sambar deer, a behemoth imported from India a century ago by an Amer-ican tycoon who wanted to turn the island into an exotic hunting reserve.The Sambar, similar to elk in stature and weighing as much as 750 pounds, have thrived on the island; each year, the state organizes a limited hunt for the trophy deer.The island is also a key stopover for a host of migratory birds and home to a number of shorebirds, from gulls to oystercatchers.St. Vincent was purchased by The Nature Conservancy in 1968 for $2.2 million and U.S. Fish and Wildlife repaid the cost from Duck Stamp sales and the refuge was established.St. Vincent offers nearly 20 miles of beach.There are miles of hiking and biking trails, the remnants of a small settlement on the island and three freshwater lakes of rare beauty not to mention the abundant wildlife.The island is quite old, with the earliest documented visitors to the island dating to the year 240 when Native American inhabited the island.Joseph Donoghue, a Florida State University geology professor, exca-vated on St. Vincent and calculated the island was at least 5,000 years old.The island is an ecological marvel,Ž said Eddie Eckley, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bio-logical specialist who was once a wildlife tracker on St. Vincent. ISLANDFrom Page A1 See more online at star .com St. Vincent Island formally celebrates 50 years as a wildlife refuge the “ rst week of July. [FILE PHOTO]


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** A8 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star FISHING REPORT Last week proved to be a good “ shing week all around the Forgotten Coast. Trout and Red“ sh bite was good in St. Joe Bay, and Flounder has been strong as well. Live baits and soft plastics are all taking “ sh. There were good reports of Red“ sh under the Highland View bridge, and live shrimp was doing the job there. Well, anglers, the long anticipated Red Snapper season opened today June 11th for recreational “ shing. The great news is we had already been hearing from the head boats from Panama City to here in St. Joe since the 1st of June, and there's plenty of Snapper to be had. So that being said, if youre ready to head out for these beauties, make sure and gear up and bait up with Bluewater Outriggers. We have everything for your Snapper needs. Even if you just need some reels respooled that have been sitting in the closet, come see us and we'll take care of you. Let us know how your Snapper “ shing (and other “ shing) is going Until next week, Happy Fishing! OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to tcroft@starfl.comSpecial to The StarNumbers update As of this week:€ 277 people have registered. € 21 people have submitted lion“ sh. € 2,839 total lion“ sh removed. € 26 tagged lion“ sh removed (two in the Atlantic and 24 in the Gulf). € 53 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.Recent Winners€ May 19, Escambia County: Steve Houghland of Pensacola, $2,500. € May 19, Escambia County: Brad Riles of Pensacola, $1,500. € May 19, Escambia County: Curt Waldron of Georgia, $500. € May 26, Volusia County: Michael Bergmann of Titusville, $2,500. € May 26, Bay County: Roland Worrell of Lynn Haven, GoPro Hero5 Camera. € May 29, Martin County: Christian Mathisen of Sebastian, $1,500. € June 1, Pinellas County: Michael DeRemer of Largo, $500. € June 5, Bay County: Bob Cox of Port St Joe, $5,000. € June 5, Bay County: Ron Childs of Port St Joe, customized Engel 65-quart Cooler. € June 9, Bay County: Bob Cox of Port St Joe, GoPro Hero5 Camera. € June 10, Bay County: Carol Cox of Port St. Joe, Engel Cooler.Upcoming Ra e Drawings€ June 13 and 27. € All quali“ ed participants (submission of 25 lion“ sh or 25 pounds for commercial) will be entered into d rawing. Prizes include 4-foot JBL pole spear, Dive Rite surface marker tube, Lionator pole spear prize pack, Enriched Air Diver Class from Narked Scuba.Background The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals, tagged or not. The tagged lionfish component is new this year and includes cash prizes up to $5,000. Lionfish were tagged at 50 public artificial reefs across the state between the depths of 80-120 feet. Sign up and learn more today by visiting Lion sh Challenge updateBob Cox, Carol Cox, Kimberly Higdon and Brian Higdon pose with their lion“ sh catches. [PHOTO COURTESY OF BOB AND CAROL COX] By Brad BuckSpecial to The StarGAINESVILLE „ Feel an itch to see the Real Florida?Ž Summer is just about here, so you can take the kids to theme parks, but the Sunshine State offers much more, if you want to venture outdoors. You might even try a forest. With the start of ecotourism season, visitors to Florida can explore everything from vineyards to farms to scenic trails. The Sunshine State even offers forests. The forests are natural draws for outdoor recreationists looking to see native Florida,Ž said Taylor Stein, a University of Florida professor of forest resources and conservation. Forests in Florida are home to all kinds of fascinating plants, trees and animals. Foresters can help ensure visitors enjoy their experience because they manage the habitat and recreational activities simultaneously, said Stein, a faculty member with the UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. A new study from Stein illustrates this point, and forest managers can apply the new research results nationwide, he said. In the study, Stein surveyed campers and other recreation enthusiasts at the Ocala National Forest to find out how much they liked the beauty and recreation of areas of the forest that are managed for the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Because the birds are endangered, forest managers use prescribed burns and tree harvesting to help maintain suitable habitats, he said. Fire and forest management might not correspond to what visitors want, Stein said. Therefore, he wanted to know whether visitors were pleased with the results after forest managers did both. Stein and his team surveyed 209 hikers, campers, boaters, hunters and others and showed the participants photos of certain areas of the forest. The pictures depicted different types of forest management treatments, including recent prescribed fires and harvesting, Stein said. Some pictures showed forest recovery time from treatments, which made them look different. Survey results showed that overall, outdoorsy folks like the beauty and enjoy the recreation that a highquality, red-cockaded woodpecker habitat provides. Depending on the recreational activity, however, some respondents liked the areas managed for the bird more than others. Campers perceived high scenic quality for all pictures but significantly lower recreation quality. This tells us campers are actively thinking more about their overall recreation experience,Ž Stein said. They need more than just scenery. They will think its pretty, but they might complain about other things, like bathrooms.Ž Steins study is published in the journal Forests.Enjoy the outdoors this summer „ maybe even a forestSpecial to The StarThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in four counties in June, including Gulf and Bay counties.Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975, must pass an approved hunter safety course and have a hunting license to hunt alone (unsu-pervised). The FWC course satisfies hunter-safety training requirements for all other states and Cana-dian provinces.The locations and times are: Gulf CountyJune 16 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT) Gulf Correctional Institution 500 Ike Steele Road in Wewahitchka Traditional course (must complete both days)Bay CountyJune 16 and 17 (8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT) Bay County Shooting Range 10900 Steel“ eld Road in Panama City BeachRegistration can be completed online at, or call the FWC regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676.Take an FWC hunter safety course this monthApalachicola National Forest. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Local anglers among winners


** By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comTrey Sanders stood out as a freshman for the Port St. Joe High School football team.Three years later, entering his third and senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Sanders is standing out as the top running back recruit in the country, according to 247Sports Composite. He is ranked anywhere from No. 7 to No. 11 in the overall recruit rankings for the Class of 2019.Most every recruiting service has Sanders as either No. 1 or No. 2 in the running back class.Sanders has visited or is known to be considering schol-arship offers from Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Auburn, Miami, Oklahoma and Texas among dozens of others.That is some list.He verbally committed, to play in the defensive secondary, to Alabama following his freshman year, but re-opened his recruitment this year.Now focused on the offensive side of the ball, Sanders recently had another visit to Tuscaloosa.Incredibly, Sanders, 5-foot-11, 216-pounds, carried fewer than 80 times last year for IMG, which as an independent in Florida played across the country against top-caliber competition.Sanders, sharing the back-field with two other blue-chip recruits, one who will suit up for Oklahoma this fall and another considered to also be among the top five backs in the Class of 2019, carried just 76 times.But he turned those carries into 704 yards and 10 touch-downs, proving to be the home run threat in the IMG backfield, including long runs in the first three wins of the season over Chandler (AZ), Corona Cen-tennial (CA) and Miami Central.According to Adam Gorney at, Sanders is the most well-rounded and special running back in this class and he has clearly separated himself from some other highly talented players at his position.He has everything someone looks for in a top-end running back from great size, to excel-lent vision, to patience, to the ability to hit the hole, bounce off tackles, shed arm tackles and then special speed to be a game-breaker once in the secondary.ŽThat, pretty much, was what Sanders showed as a freshman in 2015 with the Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks.He led the team with 1,063 rushing yards on 93 carries (11.4 yards per carry) and caught nine passes for another 222 yards (25.1 per catch); he scored 15 touchdowns that year.On defense, he had 59 tack-les, 12 passes defended and four interceptions, including an interception returned for a touchdown.His final touchdown for the Tiger Sharks, which turned out to be the final score in Port St. Joes loss to Trenton in the state Class 1A title game, came on a 100-yard touchdown return.When the opportunity to transfer to IMG came after that freshman campaign, Sanders took advantage, despite a few bruised feelings from some who had played and coached with Sanders since grade school.Growing up I wanted to be the No. 1 running back, be the top player in the country,Ž Sanders told 247Sports.To this point it all still seems surreal. Where I come from people dont get that. You probably get a D-3 school, maybe not even that. Just to be able to blow up and get the opportunity to go to IMG, its a blessing every morning to wake up and have that.ŽSanders is not the only member of his family currently considering his future football options. His older brother, Umstead, who graduated from Port St. Joe in 2016, has earned academic and athletic (as a linebacker) honors at Hinds (MS) Community College.Among other schools he is reported to be considering are Florida and Georgia. The brothers are close.We grew up watching other No. 1 running backs,Ž Umstead told 247Sports. We watched them growing up saying its cool to see these people are No. 1 never really thinking and then out of nowhere he blew up and became No. 1 so quick.Trey isnt going to let you hit him. Hes going to find any kind of way for you not to hit him. Hes very good at making people miss. If you watch his film, nobody is getting a good hit on him.ŽAlong with the coaches at IMG, the college coaches started showing up in Port St. Joe following that freshman year.Jimbo Fisher, then with FSU, was the first but it was not long before Sanders was spending a summer camp in Alabama and committing to the Crimson Tide.Sanders still took visits to other schools and ultimately re-opened his recruitment on New Years Day.(I want) the school to pretty much set me up to get better in life, to better me as a young black man in America,Ž Sand-ers told 247Sports. For me, growing up as a young black man you have a lot of obstacles.I want coaches to understand that and teach me how to be better in the world and how to live better.ŽCompared to his fellow run-ning backs in the Class of 2019, Sanders is already a step ahead on the field.Sanders is in a class by him-self,Ž said Gorney. The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 A9 SPORTSPort St. Joe native Trey Sanders is rated as the top running back in the high school Class of 2019. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Sanders heads into season as top RB recruit


** A10 Thursday, June 14, 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 A line in the sky as dusk falls over the Gulf of Mexico [COURTESY OF KENNY MOORE] Fire in the skyŽ over St. Joe Beach [COURTESY OF MIKE SULLIVAN] Willets in the surf [COURTESY OF DEBBIE HOOPER AT JOEBAY.COM] A painted skyŽ [COURTESY OF CAROL AND PHIL DOHMEN] Seashells on the seashore [COURTESY OF GINA BRAMBLE] A deer at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park [COURTESY OF DEBORAH MAYS] Morning owl [COURTESY OF CAROL BUIKEMA]


** Trivia Fun with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? 1. Which president issued a proclamation establishing todays Flag DayŽ as an annual national event?Washington, Jefferson, Wilson, Harding2. Which of these does not have the authority to order American flags to be flown at half-staff?Homeland Security, President, State governors, Washington D.C. mayor3. On what dayŽ following the admission of a new state would a new star be added to the flag?New Years, Presidents, Flag, Fourth of July4. Where can one find the original Star Spangled Banner today?Disintegrated, Library of Congress, Smithsonian, Carpenters Historic Hall5. The longest running Flag Day parade since 1909 is claimed by?Fairfield (Washington), Newberry (South Carolina), Chipley (Florida), Jerome (Idaho)6. How many U.S. flags have been placed on the moon?1, 2, 5, 6 ANSWERS: 1. Wilson, 2. Homeland Security, 3. Fourth of July, 4. Smithsonian, 5. Fairfield (Washington), 6. 6 The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUN COMMUNITY Wilson CaseyBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Gulf Education Association hoped to spur community involvement with the countys public schools. The union representing teachers and school employees hope to spur discussion and reach solutions. About motivating children in an era of increasing truancy, about promoting school safety in a time of increasing concerns, about providing the education that will allow students to achieve as adults. The hope was to initiate at least the first sentences and paragraphs in that discussion last week as it held Caf Conversation about Public SchoolsŽ at Gulf Coast State Colleges Gulf/ Franklin Campus. Consider the GEAs expectations pleasantly met. This was one of the most productive meetings I have ever attended,Ž commented Susan Kotelman, a parent of several children in district schools. Solutions and plans of how to get the best learning environments for our students was the focus. No pointing fingers, just genuine concern followed by a plan of action.Ž More than two dozen people participated in the workshop, offering a host of ideas and creating momentum for a second round next month, part of what the GEA is striving for: bringing the community to the table. We are asking the community to come up with solutions to the challenging problems we are facing in public education,Ž said Sheria Griffin, who helped moderate the discussion. Griffin is the executive director of Miracle Strip Services Unit, which represents public school employees in Gulf, Bay and Walton counties. The group met for just under two hours last week, discussing everything from school safety to parental involvement. The consensus, based on comments during and after the workshop, is that student motivation just might top the list of challenges facing the public schools. We have to find a way to make our students excited about coming to school,Ž Griffin said. In addition to general discussions, participants were randomly broken down Roundtable focuses on school issuesBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comA local campaign wants folks to just say no to the straw. If a straw is needed, chuck the plastic and go with the paper. That is the mission behind an effort to see the plastic straw go bye-bye to benefit the environment and to do so while assisting the Florida Coastal Conservancys efforts to create a Sea Turtle Center. Several local establishments have already contracted to be customers in special TurtleŽ paper straws and the number is growing. Meanwhile, a percentage of the money from Replacing the plastic, honoring the turtlesIf the straw is needed, the coaster encourages the paper variety. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Several local establishments have signed on to replace their plastic st raws with paper. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comPort St. Joe commissioners will hold a workshop 5 p.m. ET tonight to sift through some of the technical aspects of a plan to rezone Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The workshop will be in the Ward Ridge Commission meeting room. The rezoning plan, crafted by the North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition (NPSJ-PAC) and approved by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency, focuses on putting in place the framework for renewing the North Port St. Joe neighborhood. The PSJRA advanced the plan to the City Commission in March; in 2006, most of North Port St. Joe was included in an expansion of the redevelopment agencys boundaries, requiring PSJRA approval of the plan. The plan matches a theme we are trying to do on Reid Ave.,Ž said Bill Kennedy, executive director of the PSJRA. It is very consistent in its elements and direction.Ž John Hendry, consultant to the NPSJ-PAC said in March that the plans next needed the more detailed examination coming from the city and its planner. The plan, Hendry said, outlined infrastructure improvements and information necessary to amend the citys comp plan and LDRs to attract investment and economic development along Martin Luther King. The citys ability to grasp hold of the plan, though, was initially stymied by the retirement of the citys long-time planner. Chester Davis, president of the NPSJ-PAC has for weeks been urging commissioners to schedule a workshop to move the plan ahead. Tonights meeting is the first time the citys new planning consultant has been able to sit down with all commissioners, as well as officials with the NPSJPAC and Hendry. The key question for the PAC tonight is about process. What is the detailed public process, or what are the formal steps, required for the city to proceed with the implementation of the proposed overlay districts, or rezoning, for the Martin Luther King Blvd. corridor?Ž Hendry said. The amended master plan proposes and documents in detail three overlay districtsŽ, rezoning, believed essential to revitalizing the MLK business and residential mixed use corridor. Hendry said the overlay districts emerged from discussions with the citys former planning consultant. To attract investment along MLK, it was suggested, would be best accomplished with districts, tailored by varying the underlying land use regulations to meet a districts needs. The tool is often used across the country as cities attempt to revitalize struggling downtowns, Hendry said. Hendry offered an example. The current LDRs allow up to 15 residential units per acre; this would allow up toŽ two dwelling units in a mixed-use building on a typical 5.500 squarefoot lot on MLK. A new three-story mixed use building on that same lot would provide at Workshop on NPSJ master plan tonight Rezoning MLK Blvd. rst order of business Local e ort aims to eliminate plastic straws, help turtle center See DISCUSSION, B7 See NPSJ, B7 See PLASTIC, B7


** B2 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe Port St. Joe Garden Club presented a National Garden Club Flower Show June 9 in honor of National Garden Week at its historical Garden Center located at 216 8th Street. This year the theme of the Show was "By the Sea...By the Sea.Ž The show included divisions for design, horticulture, youth and an educational exhibit. Fifteen designers, all garden club members, competed in four categories in the Design Division. Horticultural specimens were also submitted by many members and also judged. Three accredited flower show judges provided the judging for the event. The public was asked to participate in the judging by choosing their favorite design in each category and to choose the Best in Show design, to be known as the People's Choice Awards. The first design category, "Teetering Sandpipers" required the design move in a dominant and distinct rhythm reminiscent of a sandpiper's jazzy and rhythmic movement. Susan Wozniak won first place in this category, as well as Best in Show, with her design. The design prominently featured a flowing octopus like senecio scaposis, which is a beautiful succulent, a yellow orchid, and pink cordyline fruticosa leaves. Susan's interpretation of her design was "emerald waves pounding, pounding, pounding...relentlessly shaping our beloved St. Joseph Bay". This design was also awarded the People's Choice Award for the "Teetering Sandpipers" category and the People's Choice Award for Best in Show in the design division. The design was truly stunning. "Forgotten Coast De-Light", the second design category, required the use of lights for a special effect and as an integral part of the design. Sarah Darden created the winning design, a black iron candlestick base supporting a mass of asparagus fern, umbrella plants, and aspidistra highlighted by red carnations. The design entitled "Put On Your Pearls And PARTY!" had your heels tapping and dancing as you viewed the design. Carol Weber was awarded the People's Choice award for her light and airy design in this category. Era Daniels, a longtime Garden Club member, won first place in the "Seaside Serenity" category. This category required that the design transmit a sense of peacefulness. Era's design, a large seashell placed on a beautiful wood slice, provided a bit of whimsy along with feelings of peace with the prominent placement of a long legged pink flamingo in the design. Era also won the People's Choice Award for this category. The fourth category, Malacological Miniatures, a petite design required the incorporation of a seashell and was limited to a 10 inch disc for display. Caroline Masden won first place in this category with her design incorporating various succulents and an air plant. There was a tie in this category for the People's Choice Award between Carolyn Madsen's and Nancy Edwards design. Donna Smolko won the Horticultural Excellence, Merit, and the Barbara Wood Award for her prize winning Gerbera Daisy horticultural submission. The award of Horticultural Excellence is given to the most outstanding horticulture entry while the Barbara Wood Award, honoring the Port St. Joe Garden Club's first lifetime member, is given to the most outstanding entry, design or horticultural, in the show. Barbara Conway won the Sweepstakes Award for winning the most blue ribbons in the horticultural division. The following members were awarded first awards for their horticultural submissions: Mary Amann, Jill Bebee, Deb Clancy, Barbara Conway, Sarah Darden, Patty Dunlap, Nancy Edwards, Linda Fitch, Jean Fortner, Saundra Grace, Mary Harrison, Elaine Jackson, Caroline Madsen, Sue Meyer, Donna Smolko, Carol Weber and Judith Williams. Rounding out the show, Ainsley Grace received numerous ribbons for her submissions in the Youth Division and the Master Gardeners' Educational Exhibit presented by Gulf County's Maser Gardeners gave a wonderful demonstration on why walking on the dunes causes beach erosion. If you were unable to attend the Flower Show, or would just like to view the exhibits again, stop by the Corrine Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library to view some of the winning exhibits. The exhibits will be displayed beginning June 11.Garden Club Flower ShowEra Daniels in front of her winning submission in the Seaside SerenityŽ design class.[PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Donna Smolkos winning horticultural submission. Special to The StarLast week, with great pleasure and excitement, we at Cross Shores Care Center were proud to announce that we have earned The Joint Commissions Gold Seal of Approval for Nursing Care Center Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards! This Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects our organizations commitment to providing safe and effective patient and resident care. Is that cool or what? I have never been more proud of a team of people than I have been of everyone that works here. On May 9 we went through a rigorous on-site survey. During this review a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with nursing care standards related to several areas, including assistance with activities of daily living, coordination of care, and staff education and training. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews with leaders and staff of the organization. Ill tell you what; they went through here with a fine tooth comb! What does all this mean? Our community has some great bragging rights on how well we take care of our elders! Our Care Center is committed to developing strategies that have the potential to improve care and we do it so well! We are all so proud to serve our elders, our community, our friends, and our family. Remember to treat everyone with importance and always be kind.Cross Shores Care Center earns gold[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Kimberly Sue Buskens and Joseph Earl Hewett would like to announce their upcoming wedding on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Kim is the daughter of Fred and Mary Lee Buskens of Overstreet, Florida. Joey is the son of the late Joe and Bea Hewett Of Port St. Joe, Florida. Kim and Joey would like to invite all of their friends and relatives to join them at the First Baptist Church of Port St. Joe at 6 p.m. EST, to help them celebrate this special occasion! Reception to follow in the Fellowship Hall.Kimberly Buskens, Joseph Hewett to wed Star Staff ReportThe GFWC Wewahitchka Woman's Club is hosting free live music at Lake Alice Park. The event will take place 6-8 p.m. CT Friday, June 22. Please bring your families and enjoy a night under the oaks. Concessions will be available for purchase. To learn more about all the exciting programs and projects the club does in support of the community, visit its Facebook page, GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club or send an email for more information to wewawomansclubgfwc@yahoo.comTupelo summer music in the park


** The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSStory by Petty Officer 2nd Class Taylor JacksonCenter for Information Warfare Training Special to The StarThe Center for Information Warfare Training hosted 24 Naval Junior ROTC (NJROTC) cadets, May 17-18. The cadets from Port St. Joe High School in Port St. Joe, Florida and their naval science instructor, retired Navy Cmdr. Anthony Almon, visited CIWTs largest schoolhouse, Information Warfare Training Command (IWTC) Corry Station, to learn how the Navy prepares its Sailors to fight and win across the information warfare spectrum. Master Chief Cryptologic Technician (Collection) Thaddeus Morris, a graduate of Wewahitchka High School, who was also a NJROTC program cadet, led the tour. Its a great honor to be able to be a part of the program as much as I can,Ž said Morris. Being able to bring them here and let them see that there is something outside of our small town is very important. Im hopeful that some of them will see that the military is a great opportunity for them, and theyll be able to do great things.Ž The tour included discussions with instructors from each of the AŽ schools at IWTC Corry Station to provide the cadets with a better understanding of each ratings role in information warfare. During their time onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola Corry Station, Florida, the cadets also visited the commands cryptologic history display to learn about the events and people that shape modern information warfare. Id like to thank everyone here for giving us the chance to come here and learn how everything is run,Ž said Cadet Lt. j.g. Wesley Chapman. This was a great opportunity to learn about the cryptology field, which is something Im interested in going into.Ž While in Pensacola, the cadets also had the opportunity to visit the Naval Air Technical Training Center onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, view a practice session by the Navys Blue Angels flight demonstration team and attend a Blue Wahoos baseball game during a military appreciation night. Center for Information Warfare Training delivers trained information warfare professionals to the Navy and joint services, enabling optimal performance of information warfare across the full spectrum of military operations.PSJHS cadets visit training facility[COURTESY OF WAYNE TAYLOR] Special to The StarSeveral fifth-graders at Port St. Joe Elementary met lofty goals for their Accelerated Reader efforts for the just-completed school year. Members of the 50 Point ClubBrinley Hendricks, Leila Smith, Hali Thomas, Lillian Sanchez; Members of the 100 Point ClubKendra McCarthey, Sara B. Flowers, Kiyleh ParkerAccelerated Reader milestones at PSJESSpecial to The StarLBW Community College President Dr. Herb Riedel recognizes academic honor students for the 2018 spring semester. A total of 90 students were named to the Presidents List and 117 named to the Deans List. To qualify for these distinctions, students must be enrolled full time and earn a high grade point average (GPA). To qualify for the Presidents List, students must earn a 4.0 GPA, with a 3.5-3.9 GPA required for the Deans List. Among those named to the Presidents List were Trace Bailey Flowers and Jonathan Keith Palmer of Wewahitchka.LBW College Spring semester Honors listsSpecial to The StarTROY, AL „ Troy University is pleased to announce students who have been named to the Chancellors List for the spring semester and Term 4 of the 2017/2018 academic year. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who earn a grade point average of 4.0 qualify for the Chancellors List. Local residents who made the list incude: Callie Fleshren, Andrew Lacour, Teresa Thursbay and Grant Whiten, all of Port St. Joe The spring semester includes students at the Troy, Ala., campus. Term 4 includes students at TROYs campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Ala., along with locations outside of Alabama and online.Four local students on Troy Chancellors ListSpecial to The StarTROY, AL„ Troy University is proud to announce students who completed the requirements for graduation during the spring 2018 semester at the Troy Campus. Local residents who graduated include: Bryce Godwin of Port St. Joe, Bachelor of Science; Lauren Costin of Port St. Joe, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Andrew Lacour of Port St. Joe, Bachelor of Science; and Russell Miller of Port St. Joe, Master of Science in KinesiologySpring 2018 graduates at TroySpecial to The StarTROY, AL„ TROY is pleased to announce students who have been named to the Provosts List for the spring semester and Term 4 of the 2017/2018 academic year. Full-time undergraduate students who are registered for at least 12 semester hours and who have a grade point average of at least 3.65 qualify for the Provosts List. Local residents who made the list include: Lauren Costin of Port St. Joe and Anastasia Thomason of Mexico Beach. The spring semester includes students at the Troy, Ala., campus. Term 4 includes students at TROYs campuses in Dothan, Phenix City and Montgomery, Ala., along with locations outside of Alabama and online.Two local students named to Troy Provosts List


** B4 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star FAITHBenny Franklin SankieŽ Linton, 71, of Burgess Creek, FL passed away Thursday, June 7, 2018 in Whigham, GA. He was born February 7, 1947 in Port St. Joe, FL where he lived most of his life. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Sankie worked for 15 years at the Waste Water treatment plant and then retired from the Department of Corrections. He never did meet a stranger and was happiest when he was making others happy. He loved his family dearly and was adored by all. Mr. Linton was preceded in death by his father, Sears Roebuck Linton, and his sister, Linda Knight. He will forever be cherished by his loving wife of 48 years, Linda D. Linton; two sons, Benny Frank Linton and his wife, Joyelle, and Archie Ray Linton, Sr.; grandchildren, Jessie, Luke Lacey, Wyatt Kayleigh, and Archie, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Makon, Marley and Ellie; mother, Inez Benard; brothers, Johnny Linton and wife, Sonya, and Ricky Redd; sister, Robin Griffin and husband, Buford, and many nieces and nephews. Immortalization by cremation. No services planned.BENNY FRANKLIN SANKIEŽ LINTON By Dr. Billy HollandSpecial to The StarIm sure that many of you remember the man who portrayed the friendly neighbor in the popular childrens program known all over the world as Mister Rogers. Who can forget the childlike song that asked the question, Wont you be my neighbor?Ž With the macho crowd, he was labeled a sissy and downright creepy but to children, he was always a nice, polite, and comforting role model. There have been many false accusations about him through the years like the rumors about him having to wear long sleeve sweaters to hide his offensive tattoos. But these have all been proven to be nothing more than overactive imaginations and a display of how cruel our human nature can be. How sad to witness the moral convictions of our society falling so far away from Gods standards that when someone is acting normal the world believes they are weird. This reminds me of the scripture found in Isaiah chapter five that warns, Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that exchange darkness for light, and light for darkness; that trade bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.Ž Unfortunately, this is another example of how the harsh attitudes of the oppressors are always seeking to bully and criticize decent individuals who are trying to make the world a better place. Actually, most of this negativity can be explained when we realize his presentation was never intended to impress or entertain adults. His focus and passion were completely dedicated to providing an honest and wholesome ministry to children. He did not care about what people were saying, he was grateful to be communicating with the young ones and took his responsibility very seriously. Apparently, he was not trying to become famous or a television star, he was just using the broadcast as a vehicle to reach more children. He designed Mr. Rogers Neighborhood as an outreach ministry to the world and extension of his service for Christ. The show began in 1968 and filmed 895 episodes before ending in the year 2000. He is quoted, I went into television because I was convinced there was some way of using this fabulous instrument of technology to help nurture those who would watch and listen.Ž He approached his young audience with respect and directness about issues such as self-control, imagination, honesty, creativity, appreciation for diversity, cooperation, patience, and kindness just to mention a few. There is a movie being made about his life and I for one certainly hope this represents Fred Rogers in a favorable expression of honesty and integrity. In 2002 he was diagnosed with stomach cancer and quietly passed away in 2003 with his wife Joanne at his side. As an ordained Presbyterian minister, Fred Mcfeely Rogers graduated from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in 1963. Im sure that most people did not think about it, but he was more like a Sunday school teacher that used simple props and themes to tell stories about everyday life. He was a puppeteer and used his own voice for the many characters in the show. With a degree in music composition, he actually wrote over 200 songs including, Im proud of youŽ and You are special.Ž As the character Mister Rogers, Fred was not necessarily acting a like someone else but was simply being himself. He was simply devoted to his Christian faith and used his platform to demonstrate and communicate conservative Christian values. As we acknowledge and appreciate certain modern spiritual leaders and their message of hope and inspiration, we can see that Fred Rogers was a pioneer of the encouragement movement. Instead of traditional religious sermons that focus on how bad we are, Fred wanted to build selfesteem and emphasize how everyone is loved and how we are all unique and important to God. He is quoted, When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.Ž This optimistic outlook and positive thinking approach is a choice we all make every day. We can be like Eeyore and always complain about the glass being halfempty, or we can develop a humble awareness to value our blessings and thank God not only for the glass but also for it being half-full. Dr. Holland is a Christian author, an ordained minister, and a community chaplain. Read more articles at billyhollandministries.comIts a beautiful day in the neighborhoodWe all have to die, we dont know how or when. If you give your heart to Jesus, youll be ready then. The world may never notice you, and few may care when you die. Just work your labor of love for Jesus, youll get your reward, by and by. He said He would go and prepare us a place, keep your faith in Jesus and be saved by grace. Tho we sin, He loves us, Ill never know why. Let your light shine for Jesus, Hell be back by and by. The world doesnt care for Jesus, Ill never know why. But Im going to keep telling what Hes done for me, Hell be back by and by. Billy JohnsonBY AND BY | A BILLY JOHNSON POEM OBITUARY Send obituaries to tim.cro @star .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, June 14, 2018 B5By Stephanie Hill-FrazierSpecial to The Star"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."F. Scott FitzgeraldDriving along Highway 98 over the years from the beach into Port St. Joe (or town,Ž as we beach kids called it; as in, "let's go to town to the Dairy Burger"), I saw a vast number of commercial fishing boats out on the lovely blue water. I wont pretend to know the differences among all the boats I saw, but I do know that I was in awe of their stoic, peaceful presence in the midst of what sometimes felt like a chaotic world. Our school bus was brought to a halt numerous times over the years, forced to wait for those boats to pass between the uplifted sides of the old drawbridge which, at that time, led from Highland View into Port St. Joe. As the drawbridge would slowly ascend into the hot blue sky, wed sit on the green vinyl bus seats, sweating and impatient, wondering ignorantly why the bridge tender couldnt make the process faster. Then the boat would serenely pass through, and the bridge would slowly descend again, so we could be back on our way to school. I loved watching those boats. I loved imagining who might be on the boat, what they were like, and what kinds of treasures they might pull from the water that day. I was a bit jealous that I had to go to school to do algebra when the fishermen were able to go out to deep waters, far away, in my young mind, from the troubles of life, just concerning themselves with catching lots and lots of delicious fish and, my favorite, shrimp. I owe those moments of imagination to that drawbridge that I was annoyed with at the time. Only once did I have the opportunity to go out on one of those vessels. I was in high school, and Mr. Guy and Mrs. Lila Gibson hosted a party for graduating seniors from our church youth group on one of the commercial fishing boats they owned. It was a sort of "launching the boat before you are launched into the adult world" party, in retrospect. There was food on every clean surface of the boat, and coolers full of Cokes and bottled water. There were quiet, strong fishermen, probably wishing they didnt have to fool with this group of students getting in their way, but they said nothing unkind. As we watched them work, I was captivated by the process of the nets being lowered, and later, as they pulled them back up, I watched the salty water pour from them back into the gulf, and felt the sea spray on my face. I loved it. As the nets were dumped onto the boats surface, I remember seeing various creatures, including a small shark, which they threw back into the gulf, along with other captives they werent interested in keeping. I watched the men work the nets, pulling from them whet they had come for, believing as I watched that they really had the best job in the world. I am very sure that Mr. Guy and Mrs. Lila cooked some of that catch for us to eat at some point that day, but I dont remember now. I dont remember if there were discussions at that time of the ecological impact of commercial fishing that comes up in conversation today. I honestly dont recall. What I do remember is the dancing of the nets, the feel and smell of the sea spray, the warmth of the sun on our skin, the peace and serenity of a day out on the gulf. Those who are still fortunate enough to do that work must truly feel they do have the best job in the world. Speaking of shrimp, I recently enjoyed a pasta dish made by the chef from Copelands New Orleans, and the shrimp were perfect; tender, flavorful, and sweet. The chef said he gets them fresh from the coast of Louisiana each week, and I told him the effort was worth it. There is nothing like fresh Gulf shrimp, in my opinion, even if it is from Louisiana and not my beloved northwest Florida. I have adapted his recipe to make my own version, which I hope youll enjoy, as well. Keep it in mind for a delicious Father's Day meal this weekend for your wonderful dad! Shrimp Magnolia fettuccineIngredients: € 10-12 large shrimp (tail on) € 2 tablespoons olive oil € 4 ounces fresh sliced mushrooms € teaspoon red pepper ” akes € 4 ounces grape tomato halves € cup white wine (or use broth) € 2 ounces heavy cream € 2 ounces butter € 2 cloves garlic, minced € 1 ounce fresh basil leaves, torn € 2 or 3 green onions, sliced € 1 teaspoon favorite seasoning blend (Tony Chacheres, etc.) € Salt and pepper, to taste € 8 ounces fettuccine pasta, cooked and set aside; keep warm Method: 1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. 2. Add shrimp and mushrooms and cook for one minute to sear shrimp and brown mushrooms. 3. Add tomatoes, garlic, red pepper ” akes, and seasoning blend and saute for about 30 seconds until heated throughout. 4. Add white wine or broth and bring to a simmer, swirling to incorporate. 5. Remove from heat, add cream, butter, basil and green onions and stir with spatula gently to incorporate well and create sauce. 6. Place hot pasta in center of bowl. 7. Pour sauce and ingredients over pasta, tossing gently to coat strands with sauce. Serves 4. You might also enjoy this gingered shrimp recipe I created for a quick, delicious meal: Gingered shrimp stir-fry for oneIngredients: € 6 thawed, pre-cooked shrimp € 3-4 green onions, thinly sliced € 3 mushrooms, sliced € 6 cherry tomatoes, halved (I € used yellow ones) € a zucchini, peeled and sliced into thin rounds € 1 cup frozen green beans € to teaspoon ginger paste or fresh grated ginger, or tsp dried ginger € to teaspoon chili paste, or sriracha or other hot sauce € teaspoon minced garlic € to a red bell pepper, sliced into thin slivers € 1 teaspoon salt-free seasoning, such as Mrs. Dash Method: Sprinkle 1 teaspoon olive oil or canola oil in a 10-inch skillet. When the oil is very warm, add all the vegetables to the pan. Sprinkle with the spices, garlic, pepper paste and ginger paste or powder. Saute for 3-4 minutes, adding cup or more warm water or broth to the pan if it begins to get dry. Sprinkle the shrimp, in a separate bowl, with salt-free seasoning and some hot sauce or chile paste. When green beans are tender, in just a few minutes, drop the thawed shrimp into the mix, and stir until everything is warmed through. This should only take two or three minutes. Any longer, and youll end up with rubbery shrimp! Sprinkle with salt, if needed, and stir in. Serve over brown rice, grits, or whatever you like!Enjoy! Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is "Mama Steph". She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home.WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT Shrimp boat re ections, recipesSpecial to The StarPENSACOLA … Ascension has appointed Tom VanOsdol to serve as the chief executive officer of Sacred Heart Health System as well as St. Vincents HealthCare in Jacksonville. In his new role, VanOsdol will serve as chief executive for all of Ascensions sites of care in Florida, which include seven hospitals and regional physician networks operated by St. Vincents and Sacred Heart. His promotion to become CEO at Sacred Heart is part of a restructuring within Ascension that unites its sites of care in Florida as a single Florida Market. The creation of the Ascension Florida organization became effective May 1. Sacred Heart and St. Vincents were both founded by the Daughters of Charity and have been part of Ascension for 19 years. Ascension is the largest non-profit health system in the United States. VanOsdol was named President and CEO for St. Vincents HealthCare in 2017, having come to Jacksonville in 2015 as the Chief Operating Officer. Prior to his arrival in Florida, VanOsdol served for more than 26 years at Ascensions St. Vincent Health in Indiana. Sacred Heart Health System is blessed with an exceptional leadership team, dedicated caregivers and support staff, very involved board members and donors, and a highly qualified medical staff,Ž VanOsdol said. Im blessed by the opportunity to lead a great healthcare ministry that has served Northwest Florida for more than 100 years. I look forward to the privilege of serving with the Sacred Heart team to provide compassionate, personalized care to individuals along the Gulf Coast.Ž VanOsdol began his healthcare career as a speech-language pathologist. He earned his masters degree in speech-language pathology from Ball State University, and a masters in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University. VanOsdol also earned his LEAN Six-Sigma certification from Purdue University and a two-year graduate certificate in theology and formation for Catholic healthcare ministry leadership from the Aquinas Institute in St. Louis. He is a Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He will work with Florida and national Ascension leaders to develop organizational structures and services to best achieve Ascensions mission of serving all people with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. Sacred Hearts regional services include the 566bed Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, the Studer Family Childrens Hospital at Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Hospital on the Emerald Coast, a 76-bed hospital near Destin, and Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf, a 19-bed hospital in Port St. Joe. Other key services are provided by Sacred Heart Medical Group, the regions largest network of physicians with offices in seven counties between Pensacola to Apalachicola.Sacred Heart Health System names new CEO VanOsdol Shrimp magnolia fettucini. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Ascension unites Florida sites of care


** B6 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarBerkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida con-tinues to increase its reach across the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast with the establishment of a new office in Port St. Joe.Located at 200-A Reid Ave., this is the agencys second location serving customers in Franklin and Gulf counties.The Forgotten Coast continues to gain in popularity with visitors and future homeowners from across the country. Our expansion into Port St. Joe is a natural, yet strategic, extension of our commitment to provide a higher level of service to our customers across Northwest Florida,Ž said Hunter Harman, broker/ co-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida. Our Gulf County agents are experts in the distinctive coastal communities they serve and excel in both commercial and residential real estate sales.Ž Veteran real estate pro-fessionals Bill and Dianne Peevy along with their son, Matt, and daughterin-law, Ashley, will work on-site at the Port St. Joe location.Longtime area residents, the Peevys have over 20 years of sales experience covering Franklin and Gulf counties. Featured twice on HGTVs hit shows Beach Hunt-ersŽ and How Close Can I Beach?Ž Matt and Ashley deliver a unique blend of local market expertise and creative talent to their real estate practice. With a background in advertis-ing and professional video production, they are set-ting a new standard in real estate services in their markets.Within a day of displaying the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices signage at our office, we had seven walk-in customers asking us to list their property,Ž said Bill Peevy. This confirms the strength and trust synonymous with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices. We are excited to align ourselves with a brand so strongly committed to innovation, integrity and exceeding customer expectations.ŽThe addition of the new office bridges the gap between the agencys St. George Island and Panama City Beach locations giving prospective buyers and sellers expanded offerings in their property search across the Gulf Coast.Servicing the Port St. Joe, St. Joe Beach, Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach markets, the brokerages newest location is now open in historic downtown Port St. Joe.Beach Properties of Florida expands to Port St. Joe Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices extends region reach The Forgotten Coast continues to gain in popularity with visitors and future homeowners from across the country. Our expansion into Port St. Joe is a natural, yet strategic, extension of our commitment to provide a higher level of service to our customers across Northwest Florida.ŽHunter Harman, broker/ co-owner of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Beach Properties of Florida.


** The Star | Thursday, June 14, 2018 B7those contracts is being donated to the FLCC, which is creating coasters and table tents to promote the drive to cut the straws. Nancy Jones, who moved to Gulf County last year, toggled the idea about in her head one night while out to dinner. She noticed not only the prevalence of plastic straws, but how automatic their use seems to be: the wait staff was putting them in the drinks before the drinks had reached tables in some cases. We love to eat out and everything is plastic straws,Ž Jones said. Even with takeout, all your utensils are plastic and the containers are plastic.Ž With a background in environmental work in Atlanta, Jones reached out to some of what she called plastic pollutionŽ buddies and discovered through her network, Aardvark, a Fort Wayne, IN manufacturer of sturdy paper straws. Jones and her partner entered into an agreement to become the regional distributor of those straws, which in the case of the Forgotten Coast come decorated with green turtles. Another customer of Aardvark is Ted Turner, who has been using the paper straws in his Montana-based restaurants for a decade, Jones said. They were already making them and I just wanted to do something good in the world,Ž Jones said. And we are kicking back a percentage of the profits to the Sea Turtle Center.Ž That, of course, was a perfect fit for the FLCC, the non-profit arm of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol. Its not just the plastic, its the (goal) to reduce the use of straws,Ž said Jessica Swindall, volunteer coordinator for the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol. There is a (2015 YouTube) video that went viral of a turtle with a plastic straw up its nose and in its head. It is the poster child for plastic use and the oceans in general.Ž In fact, the move against plastics is worldwide and growing. Great Britain is considering a complete ban on plastic straws while Vancouver has banned them along with Scotland and Thailand. Hawaii and New York City are considering bans and Bon Appetit Management, a food service company with more than 1,000 locations across the country is phasing out plastic straws in favor of more eco-friendly alternatives. The numbers are staggering: 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States, 1.6 per person per day. Bon Appetit Management ordered 16.8 million for the fiscal year which ended in August 2017, And the anti-plastic movement is not just about straws, as scientists have estimated that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish. A manufacturer is close to bringing to market rings for beverage six-packs, Coke, beer, which is biodegradable and actually edible for sea life. We can be at the beginning of a movement,Ž Jones said of the paper straws. Its a big kind of mind change, a change in the way restaurants do business.Ž Already, the Haughty Heron in Port St. Joe and several establishments in Franklin County, including The Owl and Blue Parrot, are customers. Those early adopters, that is huge,Ž Swindall said. These are really big establishments leading the way.Ž The FLCC has created coasters and table tents for restaurants encouraging customers to think twice before requesting a straw, but if one is needed, make it paper. The straw initiative dovetails with two other upcoming local events. Later this month, The Joe Center for the Arts will host its latest exhibit, Turtles and TrashŽ which will include presentations from academics and companies from Florida and Mississippi. That exhibit segues into the Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival which will arrive at George Core Park the first week of July. We do what we can here. You do what you can in your own backyard,Ž Swindall said. PLASTICFrom Page B1least three dwelling units above a ground floor of retail space. Adding an additional floor could provide up to six residential units; in this case simply eliminating the 15 units per acre rule for that specific district would significantly increase the feasibility of MLK regaining its soul as a commercial district,Ž Hendry said. The zoning plan emerged from a yearlong process, including a series of public workshops, initiated by the NPSJ-PAC to update the master plan for the area adopted when it was folded into the redevelopment area. Discussi ons quickly zeroed in on MLK Blvd. as the key to uplifting the neighborhood. The primary issue along MLK is the mixed use zoning which, Hendry said, does not work for the neighborhood and needs to be updated. The new zoning plan proposes more flexibility and a more tailored approach to zoning density rules. Hendry also noted that a range of real estate and economic development incentives have been identified as part of the rezoning plan. The NPSJ-PAC is also using the plan has a platform for seeking outside funding for infrastructure improvements. This shows we are serious about this,Ž Hendry said. NPSJFrom Page B1into groups, each table brainstorming challenges and potential solutions to a specific challenge for public schools. In addition to student motivation, increasing access and broadening options in vocational programs took a spot up front; industry certification and entry into the workforce a key. These students will be able to go out into the workforce as soon as they graduate from high school,Ž said Krissy Gentry, GEA president. Everyone will be contributing to the economics of our community.Ž Workforce training stands alongside and inextricably intertwined with job creation; since announcing its expansion into Gulf County nearly five years ago Eastern Shipbuildings early attempts to move into the county have faced challenges due to the lack of a qualified and eligible workforce. Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School has a successful welding program the district hopes to expand to Wewahitchka, where carpentry and nursing programs offer a path to certification. But that is it for district students not seeking a college education. Having vocational programs in place will help our students become productive citizens,Ž Gentry said. Plans are already set for Julys Caf Conversation.Ž Jason Shoaf, Gulf Countys representative on the board of Triumph Gulf Coast, has agreed to speak, focusing on Triumph grant dollars that could help facilitate vocational programs in the district. Shoaf has approached the Gulf County School Board and Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton about the potential provided by Triumph and the opportunity to expand programs without adding to the local tax burden. With so many challenges facing public schools, large or small, the roundtable workshops are aimed to broaden the discussion. It is time for our community to come together as one and rally around public education,Ž Gentry said. The ultimate goal of these meetings is to provide the best educational opportunities for the students of Gulf County.Ž Kotelman said, I cant wait for the next step.Ž DISCUSSIONFrom Page B1 Sheria Grif“ n, with the union representing school employees, moderated the roundtable discussion. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]It is time for our community to come together as one and rally around public education. The ultimate goal of these meetings is to provide the best educational opportunities for the students of Gulf County.ŽKrissy Gentry, GEA president Coasters encourage forgettingŽ about the straw in that drink. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


B B 8 8 Thursday, June 14, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529446 NEWLY RENOVATED! (2) Lanark Village Apartments 2 bed, 1 bath Units $1200/ month, $1200 SD All Utilities Included NO PETS AVAILABLE JULY 1st Sands of Carrabelle 3 bed, 2 bath Condo $1200/month, $1200 SD NO PETS AVAILABLE JULY 1st Lanark Village 3 bed, 1 bath $775/month, $1000 SD Pets Considered HELP WANTEDDELI/BAKERYAll Positions Needed. Duren's Piggly Wiggly in Port St .Joe. Apply at Customer Service. NF-4529416 Adult/Child Care Manager needed to provide case management services in our Apalachicola and Bristol Florida Offices. Requirements: *Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services field and 1 year of mental health experience with adults and children required. Bachelor’s Degree in non-related field acceptable with 3 years of mental health experience with adults and children. *Official transcripts required. *Valid Driver’s License with no more than 6 points over 3 years. $15.40 per hour (includes location differential) Please apply at or call Stephanie Luckie at 850-523-3212 or email at stephaniel@apalacheecenter .org for details. 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. Maintenance Technician WantedFull time position with competitive wage and benefits. Weekend work required. Must have maintenance experience. Need to be detailed oriented and have basic computer skills. Valid driver’s license required. 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. Now HiringScipio Creek Marina has an immediate opening for a Forklift Operator to work in our family friendly marina in Apalachicola, FL. This is a year round full time position. We will train individual as needed in order for them to become forklift certified. Applicant must be willing to work weekends. We are located at Scipio Creek Marina, 301 Market St., Apalachicola, FL32320, phone # 850 653 8030. Please apply in person or by emailing your resume to 20649S FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, Petitioner vs. RYAN M. HATHCOX Case #41277 Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION TO: RYAN M. HATHCOX, Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been filed against you seeking to revoke your CORRECTIONAL Certificate in accordance with Section 943.1395, F.S., and any rules promulgated thereunder. You are required to serve a written copy of your intent to request a hearing pursuant to Section 120.57, F.S. upon Dean Register, Director, Criminal Justice Professionalism Program, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, P. O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-1489, on or before July 23, 2018. Failure to do so will result in a default being entered against you to Revoke said certification pursuant to Section 120.60, F.S., and Rule 11B-27, F.A.C. Dated: May 23, 2018 Dean Register, Professionalism Director FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT By: -s-Stacey Price, Division Representative Pub: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 20647S FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, Petitioner vs. ETHAN R. WOODARD, Case #40521 Respondent NOTICE OF ACTION TO: ETHAN R. WOODARD, Residence Unknown YOU ARE NOTIFIED that an Administrative Complaint has been filed against you seeking to revoke your CORRECTIONAL Certificate in accordance with Section 943.1395, F.S., and any rules promulgated thereunder. You are required to serve a written copy of your intent to request a hearing pursuant to Section 120.57, F.S. upon Dean Register, Director, Criminal Justice Professionalism Program, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, P. O. Box 1489, Tallahassee, Florida 32302-1489, on or before July 23, 2018. Failure to do so will result in a default being entered against you to Revoke said certification pursuant to Section 120.60, F.S., and Rule 11B-27, F.A.C. Dated: May 23, 2018 Dean Register, Professionalism Director FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT By: -s-Ashley Black, Division Representative Pub June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 20731S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that 5T Wealth Partners, LP, 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 #2018-06 R.E. No 00624-050R Tax Sale No. 00624-050R Certificate #2011-101 Date of Issuance : May 25, 2011 Name in which assessed:R.E Tracy D Ritter a/k/a Tracy Denise Ritter Description of Property : Lot 22, Block “L” RED BULL ISLAND UNIT NO. 2, an Unrecorded Subdivision, in Section 30, Township 4 South, Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida, being more particularly described as follows: COMMENCE at the Northwest Corner of Section 30, Township 4 South, Range 9 West, and thence go South 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds East (Bearing Base) along the West boundary line of said Section 30, for a distance of 422. 7 feet to the Southerly right of way boundary line of Canning Drive (formerly River Road; having a 66 foot wide right of way), thence go South 89 Degrees 12 Minutes 00 Seconds East along the Southerly right of way boundary line of Canning Drive for a distance of 195.00 feet to a point of intersection with the Easterly right of way boundary line of Sesame Street (having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence go South 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds East along the Easterly right of way boundary line of Sesame Street for a distance of 704.60 feet to a point of intersection with the Northerly right of way boundary line of Tupelo Avenue (having a 60 foot wide right of way); thence go South 88 Degrees 32 Minutes 00 Seconds East along the Southerly right of way boundary line of Tupelo Avenue for a distance of 945.00 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING. From said POINT OF BEGINNING, departing the Northerly right of way boundary line of Tupelo Avenue, go North 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds West, for a distance of 135.00 feet; thence go South 88 Degrees 32 Minutes 00 Seconds East for a distance of 90.00 feet; thence go South 00 Degrees 00 Minutes 00 Seconds East for a distance of 135.00 feet to the Northerly right of way boundary line of Tupelo Avenue; thence go North 88 Degrees 32 Minutes 00 Seconds West along said Northerly right of way boundary line for a distance of 90.00 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Said parcel having an area of 0.28 acres, more or less. All of said property being in Gulf County, State 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, 11th day of July, 2018. DATED: June 4, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: June 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018 20720S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF MICHAEL WAYNE DOZIER Deceased File No. 2018-CP-027 Division Probate NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of Michael Wayne Dozier, deceased, whose date of death was March 19, 2018, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is 1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd, Port St Joe, FL 32456. The names and addresses of the personal representative and the personal 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 June 7, 2018 Attorney for Personal Representative: Christopher A. Blaisdell Attorney Florida Bar No: 671851 GRANT & DOZIER, LLC 123 North Apopka Ave INVERNESS, FL 34450 phone: (352) 726-5111 Fax: (352) 726-7244 Personal Representative: James Richard Dozier 123 North Apopka Ave. Inverness, Florida 34450 E-Mail:courtfilingson ly@grantdozierlaw .com Pub June 7, 14, 2018 20788S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: COASTAL CONCIERGE located at PO Box 1132 in the County of Gulf, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe Florida, this 6th day of June, 2018. FORGOTTEN COAST CONCIERGE, LLC Pub: June 14, 2018 20796S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY. CASE NO. 18CP-32 IN PROBATE IN RE: The Estate of JOSEPH KYLE RICH, deceased. NOTICE TO CREDITORS TO ALL PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS OR DEMANDS AGAINST THE ABOVE ESTATE: The administration of the estate of JOSEPH KYLE RICH, deceased, whose date of death was March 3, 2018, File Number 18CP-32, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, Probate Division, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Boulevard, Port St. Joe, FL 32456. The name and address of the personal representative and that 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 served within three months after the date of the first publication of this notice must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and persons having claims or demands against the estate of the decedent, must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS OR DEMANDS NOT SO FILED 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 the first publication of this Notice is June 14, 2018. Thomas S. Gibson Rish & Gibson, P.A 116 Sailor’s Cove Drive Port St. Joe, Florida 32456 (850) 229-8211 Attorney for Petitioner FL Bar No. 0350583 Danielle E. Rich 352 Parker Farm Road Wewahitchka, Florida 3246 Personal Representative Pub June 14, 21, 2018 20790S NOTICE UNDER FICTITIOUS NAME LAW PURSUANT TO SECTION 865.09, FLORIDA STATUTES NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned, desiring to engage in business under the fictitious name of: FORGOTTEN COAST CONCIERGE located at PO Box 1132 in the County of Gulf, in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida, 32456 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe Florida, this 6th day of June, 2018. FORGOTTEN COAST CONCIERGE, LLC Pub: June 14, 2018 20814S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Florida Tax Lien Assets IV, 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 Application #2018-07 Tax Sale Certificate # 366 Name in which assessed: Charles Orndorf R.E. No. 01656-010R Date of Issuance: May 25, 2011 Description of Property: Begin at the Old Cemetery Corner in Section 13, Township 4 South, Range 10 West, and run North for 664 feet for the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence run North for 75 feet, thence run West for 100 feet, thence run South for 75 feet, thence run East for 100 feet, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Said land lying and being in Section 13, Township 4 South, Range to West, Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State 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 July, 2018. DATED: June 11, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub June 14, 21,28, July 5, 2018 Apalachicola 172 22nd Avenue June 15th & 16th 8am -till Estate Sale Rain or Shine Wanted Hunt Club Member on 2200 Acres Near Port St. Joe, Still Hunt Fee $577/ Per Year. 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