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** Volume 80 Number 41 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters ...................... A4 Outdoors ................. A10 Sports...................... A11 Society News ............. B2 Faith ........................ B4 Obituaries ................. B5 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 B5Indigo SnakesA6Unemployment up WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT, B7 Thursday, July 26, 2018YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com UNDERWATER ROBOTS B1 By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAcknowledging the difficulties in enforcing the ordinances as written, the Board of County Commissioners moved Tuesday to pull back on ordinances per-taining to Leave No Trace and RVs.In the case of the RV ordinance, which the current board expressed an interest in revisiting in recent months, commissioners seemed poised to follow a staff recommendation to strike it outright.As for Leave No Trace, commissioners will hold a workshop prior to the next regular meeting.Following that workshop, allowing those who wish to offer input on the issue, staff will present a proposed amended version during the ensuing regular meeting.Weve got to have common sense to come up with a resolution to (LNT),Ž said Commissioner Phil McCroan. Weve got to have some common sense on what we are doing on the beach.We have to have control and we have to have common sense.ŽBOCC proposes to peel back LNT, RV ordinances RV ordinanceCommissioners will take up a staff recommendation to strike the RV ordinance during the August regular meeting. A public hearing will be held. But Administrator Michael Hammond said his recommendation would be to return to the standards set forth in land development regulations allowing one RV per parcel. He said the RV ordinance had created a controversial situation in Oak Grove because the ordinance does not allow RVs in any other area on the south end of the county. Additionally, enforcement of permitting provisions and evacuation responsibilities within the coastal corridor was not feasible. The ordinance we have is not enforceable,Ž Hammond said. We need to strike it.Ž Jerry Stokoe, right, was the recipient of the DAR Citizenship Award several years ago. [FILE PHOTO] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | They have yet to construct the building that could hold all those whose lives were touched by Jerry Stokoe.That is the first challenge for any celebration of the life of the community giant who tragically passed away this week, just weeks after the death of his wife.The second obstacle is how to put into any human expres-sion, any outward gesture, to properly sum up whatever it was that filled that mans heart and soul.I have wrestled with that one for most of a week and am open to any suggestions.Pam Martin of the local domestic violence task force may have summed it up best as we chatted Monday.You never saw that man do anything that it wasnt for somebody else,Ž Martin said.Jerry, and I am going to find it impossible to use Stokoe so bear with me, would ask Martin if she needed anything anytime they passed in every-day life.I could go to him and We lost a good manBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Gulf County School Board last week established a tentative millage rate while setting the first public hearing on the budget.Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton also informed board members of current challenges in filling in the employee ranks.On the instructional side, the district remains, with less than three weeks remaining before students arrive Aug. 13, in need of teachers; at least three at Port St. Joe Elementary, three to four at Wewahi-tchka Elementary and one at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School.There is a true teacher shortage,Ž Norton said, noting school officials in Franklin, Calhoun and Bay counties are also scram-bling to fill positions. For the first time in the seven years I have been superintendent we have a real teacher shortage.Weve never been this District talks teacher, driver shortageBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe comments were brief and referenced only com-munication between staff and Gulf County, but a proposed project to build a dry dock at the Port of Port St. Joe had first light during a Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. board meeting last week.Triumph Gulf Coast is charged with distributing some $1.2 billion for economic development and workforce training in eight Northwest Florida counties over the next 15 years.The Board of County Com-missioners, with the Port St. Joe Port Authority, is seeking $28 million in Triumph grant funding to construct a dry dock off the former paper mill site.The dry dock would be owned by the county and Port Authority and leased to East-ern Shipbuilding.While the public comments were brief, county and Triumph staff have exchanged lengthy phone and written communication, with Triumph staff raising several key issues.As we discussed, Triumph staff perceive that there is interest among Triumph Board members is (sic) supporting the project, but there are a number of concerns/issues that would need to be addressed in order to move the project forward toward a favorable funding decision,Ž wrote Rick Harper, Triumphs economic adviser and Triumph program admin-istrator Cori Henderson.Among the issues cited: the project must be bid in a competitive and transpar-entŽ process; assurance that Gulf County residents be considered for jobs resulting from the dry dock; maintaining public ownership of the dry dock; and the high costs per job created, which Harper and Henderson wrote are much more expensive than other projects (under consideration).ŽIn addition, Harper and Henderson wrote that the Triumph board makes rst comments on dry dock project From left: Lori Price, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, School Board chair Brooke Wooten, Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton, Danny Collins with Duke Energy and Port St. Joe SeaPerch students Abby Evans, Nico Velenzuela and Caleb Zur Heiden. (See story B1). [TIM CROFT | THE STAR] See BOCC, A2 See SHORTAGE, A8 See STOKOE, A8 See TRIUMPH, A2


** A2 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The StarThe current Leave No Trace ordinance, as noted repeatedly on Tuesday, was a slog to the finish line, taking five or six years from idea to an ordinance that could garner a majority of board votes.Commissioners at the time wrestled with the enforcement provisions, the area of beach involved, to hours and circumstance under which items would remain on the beaches and tagging items for removal.Frustrated with finding consensus on the details, commissioners took a more passive approach, emphasizing education on the various provisions.That has been the approach over the past few summers. Administrator Michael Hammond said until two weeks ago he and the Tourist Development Council had received just a handful of complaints.But the phones have been buzzing since.Hammond said in most of the instances, includ-ing photos on social media, he did not see that much of an issue, contending the beaches overall are clean.A major issue, he said, resides at Barrier Dunes subdivision, which has the highest density of any development along the beach.On a busy weekend, he said, there could be as many as 1,000 people staying within the subdi-vision while sharing 763 feet of coastal beach.But, Hammond said, many who complained dont fully understand the provisions of the ordinance, especially timeframes and what is and is not allowed on the beach.There are also complicating factors on the ground, he said.During sea turtle nest-ing season, which spans all summer and fall, law prohibits the county to go onto the beach with vehicles or personnel in the morning before the turtle patrols have done their daily surveys.Further, each area of the beach, 26-27 miles of county, is different, the peninsula much differ-ent from Indian Pass and Indian Pass much different than St. Joe Beach.The whole point, I was against it,Ž Hammond said of LNT. It was an overreach to claim the amount of area it did, the toe of dune to the water.We need a reasonable, common sense approach. There are good aspects of Leave No Trace ƒ We need direction from the board.ŽHammond added that county personnel are on the beaches every day, a four-man crew, which parks director Billy Tray-lor said work seven days a week.In the past year they have carted some 30 tons of trash off county beaches.The beach is cleaner than its been in 10 years,Ž Hammond said, adding that if the board wishes staff to step up enforcement staff will do so.Kelli Godwin, executive director of the Tourist Development Council, said enforcement is a staffing issue which the TDC might have to contract out.Traylor added that 95 percent of the people on the beach are good people, paying a lot money to have some fun on the beach. He also noted what bed taxes provide to the local econ-omy, including jobs. I dont know how you enforce it,Ž Traylor said. I dont think you can enforce it totally.ŽDr. Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County, said the 30 tons of trash from the beach tells you some-thing has to be done.ŽEvery other beach county enforces a leave no trace ordinance,Ž Hardman said. There has to be a way to do it here.ŽHardman noted that property owners, resi-dents, also pay taxes and contribute to the local economy.You have some rude, uncaring people who come down to that beach and trash it,Ž Hardman said.Hammonds recommendation was for commissioners to keep 30-40 percent of the ordinance, those portions pertaining to safety issues and the like.We want to keep the beach open, we dont want glass bottles on the beach or people burning pallets,Ž he said.But, he said, the local tax base was being driven by second-homes purchased to be rentals and some of those same people will be run offŽ by stricter enforcement of Leave No Trace.The prior board that approved the ordinance, completing the lengthy process, started down the path to promote Gulf County has a tourist-driven county, he added.That has worked, the TDC has taken in record revenues for several years and, though it may inconvenience residents, tourist areas are bustling.And, he cautioned the board, any attempt to revise the ordinance will be met with resistance.There will be a lot of folks who dont like this,Ž Hammond said.County attorney Jeremy Novak said Tues-days decision was just the start of the process of amending the ordinance, with public hearings to be scheduled so that every-one has the opportunity to speak on the issue.Ž BOCCFrom Page A1Triumph board would likely insist on insur-ance that the dry dock, which will be portable, is not moved before promised job creation in Gulf County is realized.And, they wrote, the board is likely to insist on some mechanism for clawing backŽ grant funds in the event that pledged performance levels, i.e. local job cre-ation, are not met.Staff also sought additional information pertaining to the rail line that enters the port area and about permit-ting and dredging of the shipping channel and turning basin.In response, Assistant County Administrator Warren Yeager wrote that the BOCC would agree to a competitive and transparent bidding process provided construction was in Gulf or Bay counties.Additionally, the county will continue efforts to recruit and train a workforce, working with the regional workforce board, the countys Economic Development Coalition and Eastern, which has pledged to immediately open a local workforce and recruitment office, Yeager wrote. But, as to the job cre-ation and claw backŽ issues, Yeager said the dry dock project is unique to other projects Triumph is considering.The formulations from Triumph staff were by nature conservative due to the fact that the dry dock will remain in public ownership.Gulf County shall retain this vessel as a portable piece of infra-structure with a global demand and market for its value following its construction and immediate operation and utility as a regional job producer,Ž Yeager wrote.He added that the BOCC would likely not consider obligating future generations with a claw backŽ pro-vision, but the vessel may serve directly as a 100 percent guarantee and secured collateral for the award.Gulf County could ensure Triumph is the sole beneficiary in the event performance metrics were not met.Its been a good dialogue,Ž Yeager said Tuesday. It tells us they are trying to fund this project and we are interested in getting that funding.ŽThe letters also men-tion what has always been an eventuality; that Triumph may not fund the entire project.The board has chosen that path with several projects already awarded grants.Yeager said Tuesday the county has applied for $13 million from the governors Job Growth Fund, established last year to help spur economic development in rural areas.As for the maintenance yard Eastern seeks to establish along the mill site bulkhead, Yeager said the com-pany is still two or three months from securing permitting.We are progressing well,Ž he added. Beach restorationAs if there havent already been enough obstacles toward beach restoration, the county received one more last week and it will push the timeline back about three weeks, county staff said.The U.S. Treasury communicated that the $2.8 million in RESTORE Act funding could not be used in a Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA) zone.The issue, Yeager said, had come up during the initial appli-cation without much discussion.But after the county amended the multi-year plan for spending direct alloca-tion RESTORE dollars, due to changes in the beach restoration proj-ect, the Treasury, with input from U.S. Fish and Wildlife, decided the money could not be spent in the CBRA zone.We think we have it worked out,Ž Yeager said, saying sand paid by the $2.8 million county contribution would be used at the southern end, near the Stump Hole, where there is no development.The sand purchased with money from other funding sources, including service taxes on coastal property owners and bed tax dollars for beach nour-ishment, will be used to finish the project.The project will still bring new sand to the southern boundary of Billy Joe Rish Park, but the actual dredging and sand placement is now not likely to take place until late August, Yeager said.The mobilization date is now Aug. 1. TRIUMPHFrom Page A1The county to consider amending Leave No Trace. [FILE PHOTO] Its been a good dialogue. It tells us they are trying to fund this project and we are interested in getting that funding.ŽWarren Yeager, assistant county administrator


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Board of County Com-missioners signaled Monday a desire to cut the millage rate which has been in place the past two years.During the first meeting on the budget, administrator Michael Hammond presented the initial draft to commissioners, including requests from department heads, constitutional officers and outside agencies.If all requests were met, the budget would grow by just under $500,000.Hammond told commissioners that the budget committee would have to find $403,000 to slice out of the document to maintain the current millage.That was insufficient for commissioners.They requested that com-mittee and staff dig deeper and seek to cut the budget next presented by nearly $650,000.I move staff presents us with a balanced budget with the lowest possible millage rate,Ž said Commissioner Ward McDaniel. Take out the bells and whistles.ŽThe motion was approved unanimously and without much additional comment by the board.The millage rate is cur-rently 7.2442.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable per-sonal property.According to Property Appraiser Mitch Burke, the BOCC realized an increase in the tax roll of just under 9 percent as property values climbed a fourth-straight year.That increase, however, was somewhat balanced by the $115,000 gap between the current years estimated property roll and the actual roll, said Clerk of Courts Becky Norris.You are starting out with the less than hoped for,Ž Norris said.McDaniel said, and commissioners agreed, that the target be 7.10 mills.The board will meet next week to approve a tentative millage rate by the Aug. 3 deadline for submission to the property appraiser.Once the tentative rate is set, it can not be raised, only lowered as the board moves through the process of public hearings in September and adoption of a final budget by Oct. 1.Before considering a mill-age, commissioners reviewed the proposed budget and heard from constitutional officers.The major budgets are, of course, the sheriffs office and public works (up 2.3 percent).Parks and recreation will also jump 7.5 percent and the countys commitment to the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency increased 15 percent to just over $193,000.The sheriffs office is seek-ing to upgrade technology and will also be undertaking a move to a new centralized location on State 71 in Port St. Joe.A significant portion of the increase the sheriffs budget will be offset by school safety dollars as the number of school resource officers more than doubles. The offices of tax collector and property appraiser are seeking dollars to upgrade a server the offices share.But the major increase currently in the budget is an across-the-board 3 percent pay raise for employees.The proposed budget would also include a new position in planning and zoning and in code enforcement, Ham-mond said.In addition, the boards budgetary responsibilities will transfer from the Clerk of Courts to the BOCC.Under the proposed budget, funding to outside agencies would remain flat, with no increases, but also no cuts, to the public library, humane society, senior citi-zens and health department.McDaniel said the board had done a good job of build-ing reserves since the national economic downturn of the last decade, and now was a good time to lower taxes. We dont want to get way down and have to come back up the next year because people dont remember the going down,Ž McDaniel said. We are trying to find middle ground here.ŽBOCC seeks tax reductionBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Gulf County School Board last week established a tentative budget and mill-age rate for the fiscal year just underway.Because school budgets are set by state lawmakers, school districts typically do not pass a budget until the fiscal year, which begins July 1, has already begun.The board had until Aug. 3 to establish a tentative budget, with the first public hearing set for 5:15 p.m. ET July 31.The millage rate can not go up, only down, and for school boards the only area of flexibility resides within the Local Capital Improve-ment millage.All other components of the overall millage rate are established by state lawmakers each year, save the voter-approved one-mill additional operating levy.The Required Local Effort (RLE), that which the state levies in order for the district to receive any state funding will go down by 5.25 percent, 0.21 mills, discretionary funding remained flat and uniform across the state. As for the LCI component, the board approved a millage increase just higher than the decrease in RLE, 0.28 mills, representing a 29 percent increase in dollars.One of the major expendi-tures will be $439,795 for four news buses and $650,000 for lighting, fire alarms and other maintenance projects under new school safety guidelines.The state will be a portion of those school hardeningŽ dol-lars, but how much will not be known until late this calendar year or early the next.The district is also earmarking $320,000 for replacement of the heating/air conditioning at Wewahi-tchka Jr./Sr. High School and $125,000 for new LED signs at each of the districts four campuses.The overall millage rate, 6.646 mills, represents an increase of 0.11 mills, 1.66 percent.School Board approves tentative budget


** A4 Thursday, July 26, 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. By Lee H. HamiltonSpecial to The StarBack in 1883, Teddy Roosevelt wrote an essay on what it takes to be a true American citizen. He did not mince words. The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community,Ž he wrote. Their place is under a despotism.Ž He went on: The first duty of an American citizen, then, is that he shall work in politics.Ž I hope youll forgive his gender-specific language. He wrote at a time when women didnt even have the vote. But his essay has been on my mind lately, because his sentiment „ that living in a representative democracy demands work from all of us „ is as timely now as it was then. A lot of people these days intuitively grasp that our system needs our involvement if were to safeguard it. So what should we do „especially if politics has to share space in our lives with family and jobs? The first step is easy: look around your community and ask yourself what needs fixing or what can be done better. I dont care where you live: ten minutes thought and youll come up with a healthy list of issues to tackle. This is how a lot of people get started: they see an issue they want to do something about. So they enter the fray, and often come to recognize they have more political power than they thought. Of course, your chances of effecting change grow as you learn. You have to inform yourself about the issue: listen carefully as you talk to your neighbors and friends, and pay attention to what politicians, commentators, and those involved with the issue say. Participate, if you will, in the dialogue of democracy. Its perfectly fine to personalize the issue as you seek to persuade others, but to be effective youve got to know what others think, too. The same, really, goes for voting. It should be informed not just by what your gut tells you, but by what youve learned. Our system depends on citizens making discriminating choices on politicians and issues. Soyou want to educate yourself, which includes talking with people whose opinions differ from yours. The world is complex, even at the neighborhood level, and to be effective we need to understand it. When it comes time to act, you want to join with a like-minded group of believers. Thats how you amplify your strength. Numbers count. And both within that group and among the others youll encounter, you try to build consensus. Theres an old saying that if you want to go fast you go alone, if you want to go far you join together. Thats very true in politics. Next, you have to communicate „ with each other, with the media, and at the local, state, and national levels. You have to communicate with your representatives. You have to go to public meetings and speak up. Focus your message so its clear, concise, and specific. Be polite but persistent. Theres another way of participating thats a bit more arms length, but also important: contribute money to a party or politician of your choice. Doing it is as important as the amount, because money talks in politics, and it helps you expand your influence. For good or ill, its an important part of politics. Finally, run for office yourself. If you are so inclined, get a circle of friends to support you. Start locally. Develop the issues youre interested in, pick the office that will help you affect them, organize and build support, focus your message, raise money. If this isnt to your taste, then support candidates of your choice. All of these are ways of participating How to get involved Did you hear about the two guys from Texas who were caught stealing textbooks out of colleges in Wisconsin? They were selling them to some firm in Texas who was reselling them to students. Its a case of high academic intrigue. You know what I thought of immediately. Where were these guys in 1960? And why didnt they take every English book in our junior high! I hated the grammar, I could not diagram a sentence and you wont believe how many times we were forced to read about that Harp-Weaving ladyŽƒƒ.. who looked a lot like Edna St. Vincent Millay. If Miss Mary Nell Bryant hadnt atakin a liking to me, I would never have passed seventh grade English! I dont know which one of us was the proudest of that D minus. She patted me on the back the last day of school, Kesley, its all right. Not everyone grows up to be a writer.Ž Of course, when you think about it, a junior high English book in 1960 wouldnt be worth a plug nickel„then or now. Who in the world would buy, or steal, a book on conjugating verbs, identifying subjects and predicates, how to isolate and rectify a dangling participle and contained a literature section full of poetry and short stories written by people youd never heard of with funny names like Irving, Hawthorne, Poe, Lord Byron, Keats, Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson! Halfway through the ninth grade I would have called these guys if Id been wise to their scheme. Id left the boiler room door open and turned a light on in Miss Clarks English class. All I wanted in return was for them to haul off every copy of Charles Dickens Great ExpectationsŽ they could get their hands on. And you know, since they were in the building, (call it a crime of convenience) they could have snuck a few doors down the hall and loaded up those algebra books Miss Carter was so proud of. And if they had too much to carry off in one loadƒ least snatch out the pages that had those awful bar graphs on them! I dont know much about stealing, but wouldnt these two guys make more money robbing a convenience store. Or driving off with somebody elses Lexus. Or selling fake Oakleys. Surely there are more conventional ways of larceny out there. And why Wisconsin? Do they have smarter textbooks up there? Or less educational security? (I put in some incomplete sentences in honor of Miss Mary Nell) The news report didnt really go into it, but Im wondering what type of textbooks were taken. Are math books worth more on the black market than an economics book? Surely they werent taking anything related to nuclear physics„that would be aiming at a very small market. We know for dead certain positive they didnt take any poetry books! All I can figure is these textbooks must have contained the answers. Its the only solution that makes sense. There is no profit in it without the answers„even a D minus student could figure that out! And I cant for the life of me see the profit here. As soon as any professor worth his salt realized something was amiss, he would change the questions immediately. Thats what Miss Polly Rucker did. She taught us senior English. And we were having this big multiple choice test on some literature stuff wed been studying. We were supposed to match the author with his, or her, most famous work. Well, as you might imagine, me and Yogi and Buddy didnt know Geoffrey Chaucer from Gilbert Keith Chesterton. Im not sure about the statue of limitations so I cant tell you the name of the three boys who scaled the fire escape under the cover of darkness, eased into the third story room of Miss Polly and might have found, and copied, the answer key to the big literature quiz. The glint in Miss Pollys eye the next day should have been a tip off. She knew! The friendly, but diabolical smile, as she passed out the exams told us our goose was cooked. The multiple choice test had tuned into an essay quiz which contained one question: Compare and Contrast the Thought Process of James Fenimore Cooper with Henry David Thoreau and Explain How this Process was Manifested through their Writings. People, I stared at the blank space for ten minutes without moving. I finally picked up my # 2 leaded pencil and wrote the only answer I had; d, b, c, a, dƒ.. Respectfully, KesHUNKER DOWNBorn fty years too early! Kesley ColbertOne of my favorite stories that my Daddy used to tell me involved his inability to make a $25 car payment. He went to the bank with the car keys in hand and apologized to the banker, noting he couldnt make the payment. It had a good ending, with the banker telling him that he didnt want the car back and he knew he was good for the money. The banker told him to pay it as soon as he could. Times have changed. Im not talking about the bankers attitude toward not getting paid, but rather folks thinking that its no big deal not to work or have to pay for things. I understand that there are a lot of folks who cant work for various reasons and I think we should be able to help them out to the best extent we can. This was very evident to me the other morning I was sitting in a nice little mom and pop pancake house eating my Flat Tire Corn Beef Hash and Eggs. There were two pretty over easy eggs on the generous portion on corn beef hash. I call them Flat TireŽ because a flat tire was the only reason I was eating at this nice little place, being that it was directly across from the tire place where my vehicle was. The dcor was beautiful; it looked to be from the seventies. My server was a girl who had recently graduated college and was trying to establish residency in order to attend an in-state graduate school for physical therapy. I think I got one of the good ones.Ž Waiting on folks and serving them can be a tough job and it can be even tougher on restaurants and cafes to find good folks to work for them. My table was close to the door, the cash register and the telephone, which looked like it was from the sixties and sounded like it was from the fifties. You know that nifty da da da ringŽ sound? I wish I could have heard it ring a couple of more times. The owner (I assume) dealt with three different folks while I was sitting there appreciating my corn beef hash and eggs. The first was a fellow who was working for them. They called to the cash register area to discuss his schedule and availability to work. The fellow was telling the owner about when he was available and when he was not. The owner was telling her employee that he needed to work when she needed to him to work and not just when he was available.Ž I tended to side with the owner on this one. She was a bit rough, but she was right. Folks seem to have a hard time with that these days. If you work for someone or for a company, you kind of need to show up to work when they need you to work. The next discussion took place over the telephone, so I only heard the owner of the restaurants side of the conversation. She answered the phone, after it rang so pretty like it did in Andy Griffiths Mayberry or on Leave it to Beaver.Ž She told the person on the other end of the line, Dont bother with coming in now, your shift is half over. I expect you to work whole shifts, not just come in when you feel like it.Ž It seemed very similar to the conversation she had just had with the employee who was there at work. I didnt know what the other person/her employee was saying over the phone, but I still had to side with the owner. Ill quote myself again, Folks seem to have a hard time with that these days. If you work for someone or for a company, you kind of need to show up to work when they need you to work.Ž The third and final person was a young woman, maybe early twenties. She sounded to have a Russian-like accent, but I am not very good at identifying country accents (not talking rural here). Where I live, a lot of foreigners come in and out to work with the tourist and theme park industry. This young woman was definitely one of those folks who come here to work for three or four months CRANKS MY TRACTORWould you like a at tire with that? BN Heard Focus your message so its clear, concise, and speci c. Be polite but persistent.See HAMILTON, A5 See CRANKS, A5


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A5 LETTERSLast week I gleefully reported on the release of two turtles back into ocean waters. I say gleefully for two reasons. Any opportunity to get out from behind a desk and staring at a computer monitor is welcome, that it arrived first thing in the morning on the beach; well, pinch me. The second factor for me was the turtles. They are mysterious creatures, those hardbacks. Even though I have expended numerous hours and effort on education about turtles, I am constantly amazed, with each event and opportunity to talk to researchers, how little remains unknown. I guess those waters provide the perfect curtain. In any case, a turtle release is always a joyful occasion, wildlife returned to the wild, but it turned out, as there so often is, I must spend some time borrowing a bit from the late Paul Harvey. For here, is the rest of the story. We begin with the release, with a turtle named Paddy but Gulf World Marine Institute due to the March 19 date it was found, close to St. Patricks Day, and rescued from St. Joe Beach. The information provided was that the St. Joe Beach/East Bay Turtle Patrol had rescued the turtle for transport to Gulf World. This, as far it went, represented the overview. The, as I stated, rest of the story came this week. Kathleen Jones of St. Joe Beach called and acknowledged she was a bit taken aback while reading the story. Where in the world did PaddyŽ come from? Not from her group which actually found the turtle, though turtle patrol volunteers provided the big assist getting the little one from beach to rehabilitation. She called the newspaper just to fill in some details, to, shall we say, peel the story back another layer or two. Jones said her son and a friend were out on the beach. As an aside, let us note that Jones and her family are among so many who found this part of paradise somewhat by happenstance. Originally from Flagstaff, AZ, Jones has an aunt and uncle with a house in Mexico Beach. She and her family had visited a half-dozen times or so. And when her husband retired, after serving in the Air Force, this was the spot they wanted to which they wished to settle. Fast forward to March 19. Her son had a friend visiting. Not just a friend, but a man with whom a friendship had been forged in combat; hard to forge a stronger bond. Both, has it were, are named Mike. So, to separate the two in the course of any visit, Mike the friend goes by his nickname, Mad Dog.Ž And it would come to be on March 19 that Mad DogŽ was out on the beach with a metal detector, not an uncommon sight. He just came up and said, Theres a turtle down there,Ž Jones said. Sure, enough, struggling in the surf was a juvenile green sea turtle and it was in trouble. He just could not go in either direction,Ž Kathleen said. He also had a gash on his head and was bleeding. It almost looked like he was trying to get onshore.Ž Kathleen and her son reached out, through friends, to the local turtle patrol, and Bill Faust arrived and took some photos. A woman they could not identify took information about their find. The next thing she knew, Kathleen was reading about the turtles release and the turtle had been named Paddy.Ž Kathleen noted that was not the name they had chosen. To explain, lets return to Mad Dog.Ž As with her son, Mad DogŽ had been in combat during multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. The two men emerged from the crucible of war, the scarsŽ remaining even after a decade, Jones said. But there was also the fighting spirit, the commitment to survival, which Kathleen knew Mad DogŽ had demonstrated in his young life. A spirit she saw in that turtle, which it turned out suffered a compression fracture. He had been out there fighting (for country) and working hard to survive,Ž Kathleen said of Mad Dog.Ž Thats what this turtle was doing, thats what his name should be.Ž Today, Mad DogŽ the terrapin is likely feasting along the sea grasses of St. Joseph Bay (again, researchers do not know) oblivious to any discussion of his name. But, possessed of a life provided by the care of a Mad DogŽ and his friends who did the right thing.Mad Dog and the terrapin10th Street Park proposal Dear Editor, I dont live on the property around the ill-advised 10th Street Ball Park. However, I have lived all over the country and I have never lived in a town that showed such disregard for the will of its citizens as whats going on with this ball park proposal. Putting this project in will not only destroy the peace and serenity of this entire side of town, but will result in flooding of the ball park and surrounding properties. It will also destroy a beautiful park where people can take a walk with their kids or dogs, ride their bikes or just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet. The most important problem with the placing it there is it will destroy the property values of the homes surrounding it. Now, I am not against the idea, but that is just not the place for it. I have talked to a lot of folks that do not live adjacent to the proposed site that are of the same opinion … not the right place. I believe if you ask the citizens to vote on it, it would go down in flames. Its not hard to imagine the possibility of a class action lawsuit if the city and county continue on this course. That is not a threat, but it is worth considering. The insistence to continue in this direction makes some wonder if there isnt some other motivation at work here. Especially since the plans for it had been ongoing for a long time before any citizens were aware of it. Just some thoughts from a concerned citizen.Howard Hackney, Port St. JoeLETTER TO THE EDITOR Tim Cro and get as many jobs as they can keep their eyes open for. From what I have seen, they do a good job, work hard and go back home with a pocket full of money. The young woman asked the restaurant owner if she was hiring or needed help. The owner said, No, we are good right now.Ž I have never owned a restaurant, but my over easy eggs kind of lost their glimmer when I heard her say that she didnt need any help. Somewhere in the middle of my flat tire and my corn beef hash, there is something to be learned. Maybe its something like this … We need to appreciate this country and the opportunities we have with the fervor of a foreigner who is experiencing our freedom and opportunity for the first time.Ž Im not preaching, Im just trying to find a little bit of my Daddy down deep inside of me. Read more stories at CRANKSFrom Page A4„ and if you want more, search out The New York Times guide, How to Participate in Politics.Ž The key thing, as President Obama said, is to show up. There are all kinds of ways to have an impact, but they start with one thing: Showing up. Its the least we should do. 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 July 16-22 On July 16, K-9 Deputy M. Peek was dispatched to assist a Mexico Beach Police of“ cer on a traf“ c stop. The vehicle that was stopped was occupied by three subjects. The stop resulted in both passengers being arrested for active warrants out of Bay County and the driver being arrested for driving with a suspended drivers license. All three subjects were placed under arrest by Mexico Beach Police. The Mexico Beach Police Department is also investigating some illegal narcotics that of“ cers found inside the vehicle. When he arrived, Deputy Peek could smell the odor of marijuana emitting from the vehicle. All three occupants were subsequently arrested with Deputy Peek transporting one of them to the Mexico Beach Police Station at the request of Of“ cer Knobel. On July 16, Dakota W. Jones (21) was arrested by Deputy D. House in Burgess Creek on an active warrant for Petit Theft. The warrant resulted from an investigation by Deputy D. House that began on July 7. That investigation revealed that Jones had stolen money from another persons wallet. On July 17, Deputy A. White was dispatched to the Wewahitchka Substation in reference to a theft. The victim reported that a black and green, 18-inch, Poulan Pro chainsaw had been taken from the 700 block of N. State 71. Anyone that may have information on the whereabouts of the chainsaw is encouraged to contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Of“ ce. On July 17, Deputy J. Page was dispatched to Ridge Road in reference to a theft. The victim reported that a gas tank had been taken out of his boat along with another gas tank that was on his property a week or so ago. This investigation is ongoing. On July 20, Sgt. D. Sanders responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Scrub Oak Street in the Overstreet area. Gustave A. Sander (40) was arrested and charged with Domestic Battery after it was determined that he had grabbed another family member by the throat and pushed them. Sander was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facilty by Sgt. Jerome Williams. On July 22, Sgt. D. Sanders arrested Charles Frederick Tiller on two Writ of Bodily Attachments for failure to pay child support out of Bay County. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to await extradition to Bay County.If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 227-1115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.GULF COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY KEYBOARD KLATTERINGS


** A6 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The StarBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe countys unemployment rate jumped in June, reversing a positive trend in the rate since January, according to statistics from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.The countys unemployment rate in June was 3.9 percent, the highest in the region which also incluces Bay and Franklin County.Gulf Countys unemployment rate was 3.1 percent in May.The unemployment rate in June 2017 was also 3.9 percent.The countys unemployment rate is now nearly equal to that of February, when it was 4.0 percent.The regions unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, with Franklin County leading the way with a 3.4 percent unemployment rate; Bay was 3.6.A year ago, the regions unemploy-ment rate was 4.0 percent.The unemployment rate in Florida was 3.9 percent in June.Out of a regional labor force of 104,804, which was up 2.2 percent, or 2,298 from last year, there were 3,779 unemployed.Regionally, we are doing incred-ibly well,Ž said Kim Bodine, executive director of CareerSource Gulf Coast. We have increases in almost every industry and the second highest job growth in the state.Gulf County reported 11 permits for residential construction worth $3.6 million during the month of June.Another economic factor in Gulf County was the 39 percent increase in bed tax collections in May compared to the same month in 2017.The average annual wage in Gulf County in 2017 was $35,146, up 2.3 percent from 2016.That sits between Bay Countys average annual wage of $39,305 in 2017 and Franklin Countys $30,667 average annual wage.In Florida, the average annual wage was $48,460 in 2017, up 3 percent year over year.In June, non-agricultural employ-ment in the Panama City MSA, which also includes Gulf County, was 88,400, up 2,400 jobs, or 2.8 percent, over the year.The Panama City MSA had the sec-ond-fastest annual job growth among metro areas in Florida in the and trade, transportation and utilities (up 4.1 per-cent) sector in June.In the professional and business ser-vices (up 8.5 percent) sector, which was up 7.9 percent, the rate of growth was third-fastest among metro areas in Florida in June.The Panama City MSA grew faster compared to the state average in the following sectors: professional and business services; trade, transpora-tion and utilities; education and health services (up 1.7 percent); other services (3.4 percent); and government (0.7 percent).Industries gaining jobs over the past year included professional and busi-ness services (up 800 jobs); education and health services (up 200 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 300 jobs); trades, transportation and utilities (up 700 jobs); government (up 100 jobs); mining, logging and construction (up 300 jobs); and financial activities (up 100 jobs); and other services (up 100 jobs).According to the DEO, the manufacturing (down 100 jobs), and information industries (down 100 jobs) lost jobs over the past year.The other business sectors were unchanged.The unemployment rate does not reflect those unemployed who are no longer receiving unemployment ben-efits nor does it include those who have stopped seeking employment.CareerSource Gulf Coast operates offices in all three counties. Visit to learn more about professional workforce development and job placement services, all offered free of charge.County unemployment rate jumps in June Star Staff ReportGiven the countys proximity to water, the Navy seems a natural fit.The Navy Band, playing from the heights of Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill, further fits the bill.The United State Navy Band Country Current will be take the stage during a special Labor Day weekend event, play 6 p.m. ET Sept. 3 in the park.The concert is free and open to the public.Country Currrent is the Navys coun-try-bluegrass ensemble, renowned, according to a release from the Navy, for its versatility and phenomenal musicianship.They perform a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass.And perform they do, as all sailors in the Navy Band are full-time profes-sional musicians, almost of whom have undergraduate degrees in music; most have graduate degrees.For many years, Navy bands have been where it matters, when it matters, just like the rest of our Navy,Ž said Capt. Kenneth Collins, commanding officer of the U.S. Navy Band.Today, we have sailors performing around the world, improving relations with our allies abroad as well as telling the Navy story here at home.ŽThe U.S. Navy Band is the flagship musical organization of the Navy, and one of 11 Navy bands located around the world.The band, which has toured since 1925, is based at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.There are six performing ensembles within the band: the Concert Band, Ceremonial Band, Sea Chanters chorus, Commodores jazz ensemble, Country Current country/bluegrass ensemble and the Cruisers popular music group.They each tour nationally 12-15 weeks a year, performing for veterans, elementary schools and in support of active-duty sailors.The Country Current 2018 tour, for example, will cover seven cities in four states and more than 850 miles.The musical tours as one of the signa-ture outreach efforts by the U.S. Navy.Each of the Bands primary perform-ing units tour each year throughout specified areas of the country, an opportunity to play for audiences that do not have such a chance otherwise.The concerts are intended to be family-friendly events, entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.Navy band to play Sept. 3The U.S. Navy Band will play here Labor Day weekend. 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** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A7


** A8 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Starsay I had a client who needed to get food and here he would come back with some coupons from Piggly Wiggly, not another word,Ž Martin said. He was just a good man.ŽThat is just the surface of the bottomless well of outreach that was Jerry Stokoe.He was a smiling, light-jacket clad dervish testifying to the better nature of man, never needing to raise his voice because his passion filled every nook and cranny.Big, small, Jerry was a force behind so many drives, so many events, aimed at helping those less fortunate, the elderly, the children.And, in turn, to charm-ing levels, so uninterested in personal attention or accolade he might blanch were he to see these words this week.My favorite hymn as a youngster was Onward Christian Soldiers.ŽI imagine Jerry at the helm of those troops, those volunteers who joined in the cause, and it was always, always a deeply important cause to Jerry.He really was a saint,Ž said Mary Jo Walsh, who worked with Jerry on sev-eral of his projects.Start with the bounty that was the holiday outreach.Jerry had plenty of help, plenty of volunteers, and well get to them in a moment, but he was the fuel, the bedrock faith, the soul, of the work to feed the hungry on Christmas and Thanksgiving.In the most recent years, 800-900 households had a warm meal they would not other-wise have on those special days.The behind the scenes work, lining up the food, the cooking, the plating, the transportation (and, my, dont you think Jerry and Prophet Billy Dixson are having a fine conver-sation right now), that was Jerry.Constantly moving Jerry. Seemingly always on his way to something or somebody to assist.This is how I came to know Jerry some two decades or so ago.The newspaper was integral to him to disseminate the directives to his troops, the call, if you will, to arms.And he was some kind of fastidious about how the information was pro-vided, how prominent, how often.Then, even more particular about ensuring that every volunteers name was properly spelled and listed in the newspaper afterward.If an individual was missed or misspelled, brother, we made sure it was correct the next week.Of course, as technol-ogy arrived Jerry tried to give me a break.Let us just leave it that while a great man, Jerry was less than spectacular in spelling and grammar.His jottings took a bit of cleanup.So, to receive it in a form of copy and paste, well, if we want to talk about inside baseball about newspapers, this was a whole lost easier.Jerry just couldnt get the hang of it, consis-tently frustrated.He finally got it and I always knew the email was from Jerry because instead of a name or some familiar slug line, is would have an ampersand (@).We always shared a good chuckle, though Jerry being Jerry he was horrified that he might have imposed on another.Thing was, those holiday outings, as impressive, as uplifting as they were, happened to be just part of the DNA of Jerry Stokoe.Raising money to buy children of need coats or gloves, raising money or donation for local food pantries, helping with utility bills, there was no detail too small for Jerry to lend a hand to someone in need.He also did not care much about demograph-ics beyond a need; north and south, black, white, Hispanic, Jerry, if he could be, would be there.And he did it all as one of the most self-effacing, humble, spirit-filled human beings I, and many others around this county, have ever encountered.I just always marveled at the sheer energy, the unflagging optimism of the man, always greeting people with a smile, kind word and often a God bless.ŽHe helped a lot of people, fed a lot of people,Ž said County Commissioner Phil McCroan. We lost a good man.ŽRest in peace, Jerry. You left gaping footprints. STOKOEFrom Page A1down this late in the game.ŽAs of Monday, Bay County still had more than 50 open positions.The issue has been compounded this summer as three teach-ers from out of the county who accepted jobs had to back away due to the inability to find afford-able housing.At Port St. Joe Elemen-tary growth is also adding to the headaches.The board last week approved an additional kindergarten class as the school is over the class size limit with just the four kindergarten classrooms.And that, Principal Joni Mock said, is before the typical late-summer increase in kindergarten enrollment.At fifth-grade, Port St. Joe Elementary is right at the class-size limit which, depending on any changes as the school arrives, could necessitate the creation of another class.We are at capacity, room-wise,Ž Mock told the board. Were trying to be creative.ŽNorton said the district is also facing a problem with insufficient numbers of bus drivers.A bus and sign were placed at Port St. Joe Ele-mentary School last week urging folks to call to be a bus driver.It looks like we are starting the year without the bus drivers we need to run all the routes we have,Ž Norton said.The district is look-ing at the potential some routes may have to be consolidated and Norton said they were also exam-ining whether they might be able to tap any person-nel from maintenance to drive some routes. Triumph grantsThe school district submitted three preapplications to Triumph Gulf Coast, seeking grant funding from the board that is overseeing disbursement of some $1.5 billion in BP fine money over 15 years.Two of those pre-appli-cations were approved by Triumph staff and the dis-trict has moved ahead on full applications.One application seeks $300,000 to establish a culinary arts program at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School, the other pursues $125,000 to expand agricultural programs at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School.The third, seeking funding to purchase six buses, was not approved in the pre-application process.But the district will also soon submit a pre-application seeking funding to establish a drone program at both ends of the county.Norton said the costs would likely be into seven figures, but at this junc-ture the district is trying to get a handle of industry certification standards and requirements to understand what the scope of the program would need to be.I am glad we are pur-suing these areas; we wont have this oppor-tunity again,Ž said board member John Wright. SHORTAGEFrom Page A1If there was an effort to feed or clothe the needy, Jerry Stokoe (left) was typically a part. [FILE PHOTO]


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A9


** By Frank SargeantSpecial to The StarOffshore trolling requires a good imagination. If you cant visualize, every minute, that great spear of a giant billfish slashing through the water behind that 5-pound lure bouncing in the wake, it can become an exercise in boredom.Theres a whole lot of waiting between strikes most days when you go big game fishing. Sometimes, there are days between the billfish bites, in fact. Some days a yel-lowfin tuna, a wahoo or several high-flying dolphin-fish (mahi) may spice up the action, as well as the grill -nothing like still-twitching fillets cooked at sea to whet the appetite. But some days that purple-black sea seems as empty as the back side of the moon for miles and miles.The only attraction for the fish out there is the interface between currents, where different speeds, densities or tem-peratures of water cause a rip, a seam in the water, along which the golden Sargasso weed along with all the ocean flotsam gathers, sometimes in slowly whirling drifts that extend for miles.Beneath the sargasso are tiny fish of several kinds, and beneath them are often chickenŽ dolphin weighing 2 to 5 pounds, sometimes even smaller wahoo and baby tuna. And far down below, the gamefish lurk, looking upward, always on the move, waiting to come up like a rocket, seize their prey and head back down like a bolt of lightning. Flying fish, transparent butterflies, jump off the top of the waves and fly for hundreds of yards. Its their escape mechanism, but sometimes they seem to be doing it just because they can.Occasionally mako sharks and blue sharks slide by, hoping for a wounded tuna or dolphin, a sick blue marlin. Oceanic dolphin --they look similar to the inshore bottlenose dolphin but have white dappling and are a bit smaller-some-times show up in rolling schools of dozens at a time, sliding in close for a look at the strange visi-tors plowing up their turf.But what there is mostly is a lot of empty water, a mile deep and more. The smart billfish skippers know how to cut their odds of straining all through this open sea to find productive spots, using the ROFFs sea sur-face temperature charts and other electronics to help them home in. But its still a matter of cov-ering a whole lot of water.Some like pulling KonaŽ heads, artificial lures that can be towed at speeds of 10 knots and more, allowing them to cover lots of water. The lures have a proven history of producing, particularly on marlin and wahoo. The strikes are violent beyond belief--the combination of boat speed and the speed of the fish is a true test of tackle until the skipper gets things under control and the angler gets buckled up to the rod.However, many serious bluewater fishers like either rigged dead bait, which skips from the outriggers in the wake, or live tuna that may weigh 7 to 10 pounds, rigged on a bridle behind a massive forged ‡ hook. The pro-cess covers less water, but if the boat is in an area where bait and billfish are abundant, it can actually be more effective than trolling an artificial because the fish are more likely to eat the real thing if they see it. The big game menagerieWaters off the Panhan-dle offer an impressive selection of big game fishes from April through October, with dolphin, sailfish, blackfin tuna and wahoo showing up in May and early June, blue marlin in June and July, and white marlin in September and October. Swordfish are around all summer, but are caught almost entirely at night on baits drifted deep.The blue marlin is the premiere gamefish of the Gulf, and the Panhandle has produced some monsters, including the current Florida record of 1046 pounds, caught in 1985 in the Bay Point Invitational Billfish Tournament. Another fish estimated to weigh over 1,000 pounds has been caught and released since. Several over 600 pounds have been weighed already this summer.Dolphin (mahi) are typically 15 to 20 pounds, but larger fish are caught regularly, while wahoo run anywhere from 20 pounds up. Sailfish are a lot lighter than they look, with fish of 40 to 75 pounds typical. What it costsGoing billfishing in your own boat is generally not a good plan unless youre an experienced seaman with years of offshore opera-tion under your belt. The specialized boats, gear and techniques required make this an experts game, and youre by far better off hiring a good charter captainIt obviously costs a lot of money to run a char-terboat capable of fishing far offshore where the billfishes dwell. The boats get 1 to 2 miles per gallon on plane, and may cover over 200 miles in a day, not counting all the fuel they burn at trolling speed for many hours. They also have pricey dock fees to pay, commer-cial insurance costs, boat and tackle maintenance and of course what may be an astronomical boat payment, plus wages for a trained mate, essential for handling large gamefish.So its not surprising that it costs a lot of money to book a billfish charter. An 8-hour charter is typi-cally around $1200 for up to six anglers. Since it takes over an hour to get out to serious billfish country most of the time, youre better off booking 12 hours at $1800 or so. Larger boats can carry more than six passengers if the captain has the right license, which allows splitting the ticket more ways.There are two types of boats that run out to big game waters. The classic sportfisherman, which is typically a cabin boat with air conditioning, galley and full head, starts at around 45 feet. These are usually powered by inboard diesels, and they typically run at speeds around 20 to 25 knots, which is to say about 25 to 28 mph. They are wide-beamed and highly seaworthy, and some old salts say the sound of the diesel engines on some of them have a peculiar capability to raiseŽ fish or draw them to the baits.The second type of boat fishing offshore is the center console, and these days some are being built in lengths approaching 50 feet. These are powered by multiple outboards, recently up to four 400s, and they can be very fast, with speeds of 50 and even 60 mph in calm seas. The obvious advantage here is that you get out where the fish are a lot faster, so get more fishing hours, fewer running hours, for your charter fee.The disadvantage of the center console is that you are likely to get wet from spray or rain--make that you are certain to get wet from spray or rain--and there is no cabin and no AC to get away from the wind, sun, heat or rain, though there may be a small head in the console. Because they are open at the bow, they are less seaworthy than the express sportfisherman style. They are nearly always limited to six passengers, so you cant split the ticket quite as much as on the larger sportfish boats, but the charter fees are sometimes lower. They are narrower across the beam than the big sport-fish rigs, and have more vee to the bottom so they tend to roll more in beam seas. However, anglers who are used to fishing in open boats inshore or in freshwater sometimes find themselves more at home on this type of fishing platform. Selecting the right charterThere are many levels of capability among charter skippers. Some guys are always luckyŽ, and these are the guys you want to spend your money with.And, as is the case with much in life, being lucky is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity in offshore fishing.The luckyŽ skipper will usually have a clean, well-maintained boat with quality tackle, the best baits and lures, and a well-trained, pleasant and efficient mate. Hes going to keep tabs on the fish movements through Roffs and other current monitoring systems, and hes going to be dialed in to the dock talk of who is seeing fish where and when.Fortunately, these days social media gives all of us a chance to grade our experiences, and to get an advance look at services we might want to use, as reported by those who have tried them.Of course, you cant let one bad review put you off an otherwise great skipper--some who hire a charter have completely unrealistic expectations. Complaining that you did not hook up with a granderŽ in your 8-hour charter is not kosher. Complaining that you left the dock an hour late, that the bait was rotten, the reels corroded and that the head had not been cleaned for a month, on the other hand, is useful information. Best bet is to select your top two or three skippers, then get them on the phone and discuss how they fish and what you can expect in a day on the water. The in-person conversation will tell you a lot more than many email and Facebook messages, so that there are no surprises when you get to the docks.Last but not least, if you have doubts about whether offshore trolling is for you, it probably isnt. It takes a lot of patience and optimism, and there are more days that the billfish do not cooperate than when they do--you might want to opt for a grouper-snapper trip instead, where the action is fast and youre just about certain to get a nice bag of fillets to carry home with you. A10 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Star FISHING REPORT Snapper season has concluded and all indications are it has been fantastic. We should get numbers shortly from the bean counters and well have more information at that time. Lets talk about some inshore “ shing this week. Man has it been hot and we keep saying over and over, get on the water early if you want to catch “ sh. Not 9AM but at daybreak, if your sleeping in, your missing “ sh. If you do “ sh later youll want to “ sh the deeper holes and channels as the “ sh like humans are trying to stay cool. Also “ sh late in the evening about 2 hours this side of sun down. A very good method as of late has been to use live Pin Fish ” at lined near or over some of the drop offs to deeper water, Trout and Red“ sh will readily hit this method. Just use several feet of leader with a split shot at the top and just your live Pin Fish hooked through the lips. Gently cast him out and let the bait do all the work. Live Pin Fish are generally not available at your local bait shops in this area so youll have to cast net them or us a Sabiki rig to bait up. Until next week Happy Fishing OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to A fully-rigged CC like this one can handle long trips offshore for up to six anglers. [COURTESY PHOTO/EVERGLADES MARINE] A few white marlin are in Panhandle waters all summer, but a strong run usually shows up in September and October. 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** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 A11 SPORTSBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe afterglow of a state championship continued for Port St. Joes Bryce Register last week. Register, part of the Tiger Shark baseball team that captured the state Class 1A championship this past spring, signed a full scholarship to attend Bishop State Community College in Mobile, Ala.It feels awesome, just a relief of the stress,Ž Regis-ter said.During his high school years, Register said he had expressed interest and had interest expressed in him by several area two-year schools, including Chipola and Gulf Coast State Colleges.The attraction to Bishop State was mutual, particularly after Register had worked out for his new coaches.Ive got a starting spot,Ž Register said. I loved it up there. It was real nice.ŽRegister will play shortstop, his natural position in high school, for Bishop State, while pursuing a general education degree with an eye on advancing to a four-year school in two years.I was very privileged to coach Bryce for the five months or so I had him,Ž said Coach Ashley Summerlin, coming off his first season at Port St. Joe Jr./ Sr. High School. They are getting a player who is very dedicated, a kid who loves the game and loves to practice.Just a good kid in general.ŽRegister moved around a bit this past season for the Tiger Sharks, who finished 18-12, a record that belies the hot streak they rode in the postseason to a title.Register started the season at short, moved to third base for a period midseason and was returned to shortstop after the midpoint.And, of course, Register also pitched in 12 games.He was able to do a little bit of everything for us this year,Ž Summerlin said. Offensively, he didnt get off to the start he would have liked, but he helped carry us in the playoffs, especially the title game.He got hot just as we were getting hot.ŽFor the season, Register hit .250 with a .650 com-bined on-base and slugging percentage. He drove in 14 and scored 17 runs while hitting seven doubles, a triple and stealing two bases in four attempts.On the mound, he was 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 12 appearances.And, he said, he learned a broader lesson in during his senior season and the title ring he will soon own.I learned how to win, (Summerlin) taught me that, absolutely,Ž Register said.Bishop State went 15-31 last season, 9-21 in the Ala-bama Community College Conference.He can definitely help (Bishop State), whether it is on offense or in the field,Ž Summerlin said.The thing I am proudest of is the young man he has become.ŽRegister has also played summer ball for years.During various summers, he has played for the Power-mill Sports Facility, Orlando Stingers, Orlando Scorpions and Evosheild Florida.Register inks scholarship with Bishop StateBryce Register will play shortstop at Bishop State. Bryce Register played on the Tiger Sharks state title team. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarPort St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School will begin tryouts and practices for volleyball on Monday, July 30. Junior Var-sity (JV) tryouts and practices will be held at 9 a.m. begin-ning Monday the 30th. At the conclusion of JV tryouts on Tuesday, regular JV practice will continue the remainder of the week from 9-11 a.m. Var-sity tryouts will begin at 3 p.m. on Monday, July 30. Tryouts and/or practice will continue the rest of the week at 3 p.m.On Monday, Aug. 6, JV practices will begin at 3:15 p.m. until 4:30 and varsity practice will be from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30, Monday … Friday. Junior High (‡ grades) volleyball practice schedule will be announced by Coach Summerlin. The first Junior High (7-8 grade) volleyball match will be August 21 and the first JV/Varsity matches will be on August 23. Schedules for Junior High, JV and Varsity can be found on the schools website at http:// and keep up with us on Facebook @TigerSharkVolleyball.PSJHS volleyball tryoutsPORT ST. JOEAug. 24 … Wewahitchka Aug. 31 … at Marianna Sept. 7 … Bay Sept. 14 … Rutherford Sept. 21 … bye week Sept. 28 … North Florida Educational Oct. 5 … at Walton Oct. 12 … South Walton Oct. 19 … at Blountstown Oct. 26 … Arnold Nov. 2 … at North Florida Christian WEWAHITCHKAAug. 24 … at Port St. Joe Aug. 31 … at Lighthouse PCA Sept. 7 … Christ School Sept. 14 … Jay Sept. 21 … at North Bay Haven Sept. 28 … at Sneads Oct. 5 … Liberty County Oct. 12 … Cottondale Oct. 19 … bye week Oct. 26 at Franklin County Nov. 2 FAMU2018 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCHEDULESSpecial to The StarFive new Florida Saltwa-ter Fishing Records were approved in the past year, including an 826-pound, 8-ounce bluefin tuna caught by Rick Whitley off Destin, along with Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates, Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson, of the vessel You Never Know.Ž Whitleys impressive catch took the vacant blue-fin tuna state record slot, filling the final vacancy in the conventional tackle category.Other record catches approved in the past year include a 4-pound, 8-ounce hardhead catfish caught by Ethan Pillitteri; a 35-pound, 9-ounce almaco jack caught by Lewis Sapp; a 2-pound kingfish (whiting) caught by Raymond A. Hathorn, Jr.; and a 26-pound horse-eye jack caught by Sharon Kartrude Pryel. Saltwater record holders receive a cer-tificate of accomplishment and a prize pack, and beginning this year will be awarded a custom ink fish print to memorialize their catch, courtesy of Fish Print Shop.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) maintains state all-tackle records for the heaviest marine fishes caught in Florida waters, or in federal waters extending directly outward of Florida state waters, for 77 species in both conventional tackle and fly-fishing catego-ries. There are still several vacancies left for anglers to fill in the fly-fishing tackle category.To qualify for the Florida Saltwater Fishing Records program the catch must be weighed on a certified scale. The anglers signature on a completed application form must be witnessed by a notary. Photographs of the angler with their catch are required. Species that are difficult to identify must be confirmed by a qualified fisheries biologist. For more information and to view current records, visit and click on ProgramsŽ and Florida Saltwater Fishing RecordsŽ, or contact Angl-erRecognition@MyFWC. com or 850-487-0554.Florida Saltwater Fishing Records are part of FWCs Catch a Florida Memory … Saltwater Angler Recog-nition Programs. Anglers can gain recognition for catching record-sized fish and for participating in the Saltwater Fish Life List, Saltwater Reel Big Fish and Saltwater Grand Slams. Programs recognize anglers for their fishing efforts, while encouraging them to target a diversity of species and strengthening marine fisheries conserva-tion ethics. To learn more and submit catches, visit approves new Florida saltwater shing recordsRick Whitley and his record blue“ n tuna, along with Capt. Joey Birbeck and mates, Dennis Bennett and Josh Goodson, of the vessel You Never Know.Ž Photo courtesy of Rick Whitley.[SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** A12 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The StarLearning to kayak in the tidal pool along Indian Pass beach. [COURTESY OF MARIE ROMANELLI] The sun ducks behind a cloud while “ shing off Mexico Beach. [COURTESY OF CARRIE FULLER THARPE] Sunrise over the Three Brothers shrimp boat on St. Joseph Bay. [COURTESY OF GREG MATNEY] A Cow Fish while scuba diving. [COURTESY OF KAREN AND GRIFF GAINNIE] The boat ramp at Dead Lakes Park [COURTESY OF LINDA SEXTON] A glowing sunset falls over St. Joseph Bay. [COURTESY OF LAURA AT DRAGONFLY PHOTOGRAPHY] Sunset over the lighthouse [COURTESY OF SANDIE KENNEDY] SCENE AROUND


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUN COMMUNITYSpecial to The Star A Community Photography Show will be hosted by The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Avenue, Port St. Joe from Sept. 7 until Oct. 4. This show celebrates how we all see the paradise we call the Forgotten Coast. Whether you are a professional, an amateur, an enthusiast, or just an occasional weekend photographer, we know that you have some fantastic photos in your collection that we all want to see. The Joe invites photographers of all skill levels who celebrate what they see through a camera lens to submit up to five (5) photos for jury consideration for this show. There are four categories for photos: Landscapes/Seascapes, Nature, Sunrises/Sunsets and Creative. Ribbons will be awarded for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each category, plus eight Honorable Mentions. All photographers who enter will also get to vote for a Photographers ChoiceŽ Award. The jurors/judges for this show are Debbie Hooper and Richard Trahan. Debbie, a well-known local photographer, has been an active member in PAPA (Professional Aerial Photography Association) where she has judged many aerial photography contests. She loves to photograph nature from above and from the ground. Her work can be seen on postcards and notecards as well as local magazines and in The Star. Some of her favorite events to shoot are the Ghosts on the Coast and Blast on the Bay in October. A retired Professor Emeritus from the Community Photography Show Call for EntriesSunset Walk. [COURTESY OF RICHARD TRAHAN] Once assembled, students the ROVs are put to work under the water. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Grant funding has brought the robotics course to Port St. Joe eighth-graders. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Trivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or suggestions? 1. When an acre of forest absorbs 6 tons of carbon dioxide, it puts out about how many tons of oxygen?1, 4, 6, 122. In auto-racing flags, what color with yellow-diagonal stripe means move to the outsideŽ?Red, Blue, Black, Green3. Who has been the heaviest of all U.S. presidents?Hayes, Coolidge, Taft, Eisenhower4. Whose address is 1 E. 161st St., Bronx, NY?Trump Tower, Empire State Building, Central Park, Yankee Stadium5. What poet was known as The Canadian KiplingŽ?Service, Kirby, Henry, Wilshire6. Whose Latin name is Gallus domesticusŽ?Cat, Dog, Hamster, Chicken ANSWERS: 1. 4, 2. Blue, 3. Taft (William Howard, more than 350 lbs), 4. Yankee Stadium, 5. Service (Robert W.), 6. ChickenBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe Board of County Commissioners relieved one headache for Port St. Joe officials while compounding another.County commissioners on Tuesday approved offering a home to the Florida Coastal Conservancy for its Forgot-ten Coast Sea Turtle Center.And, commissioners further dug in their heels in opposition to the city of Port St. Joes pursuit of an exten-sion of its redevelopment agency, hinting that litigation could be in the offing.The new home for a turtle center, which will be the former public works build-ing adjacent to the St. Joseph Bay Humane Society on 10th Street in Port St. Joe, arrives as discussions with city offi-cials have reached a standstill.The FLCC established a foothold two years ago in the back portion of the Sleeping Beauty keepers quarters adjacent to the Cape San Blas Lighthouse in George Core Park.The toehold, crucially an address, allowed the FLCC to begin pursuing grant fund-ing for various initiatives and creation of an educational center.During the past two years, the FLCC has been in discussions with city officials to lease the Eglin keepers quarters next to the lighthouse, renovated in the past 18 months, to expand the turtle center.However, the St. Joseph Historical Society, which has spearheaded various efforts to save the lighthouse over the past several decades, is seek-ing to restore the lighthouse lens and create a maritime museum in the same space.Efforts to reach an agree-ment on a lease which would allow the turtle center to expand until the historical society was ready to move forward have been fruitless.The topic has consumed significant segments of sev-eral city meetings and left all parties frustrated as city offi-cials failed to arrive at a final decision.Enter County Commissioner David Rich, who said he had talked to FLCC mem-bers and all agreed that the former public works build-ing would be a suitable for the FLCC to establish its office and educational center.County to provide Turtle Center with a homeBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAn underwater robotics course, and other innovative teaching efforts in Gulf Dis-trict Schools, was fueled last week through a donation from the Duke Energy Foundation.Duke provided a $12,000 grant to the Education Foun-dation of Gulf County, Inc., a grant that assists in expand-ing the instructional offerings in the public schools.In particular, SeaPerch, an underwater robotics course available to eighth-graders at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.There is not anything like (it) in the counties we serve,Ž said Danny Collins, regional representative for Duke Energy, of the robotics course.Duke Energy provided a similar amount last year. And in effect, the donation was $24,000. The Education Foundation of Gulf County is a member of the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.That foundation manages state match dollars, funded by the Florida Legislature and based on district student enrollment.The local foundation must raise the equivalent, which each year is about $12,000, in private donations to be Donation boosts education grants for local classrooms Wilson Casey The robotics class includes hands-on learning in operation of tools[SPECIAL TO THE STAR]See ENTRIES, B9 See DONATION, B9 See TURTLE, B9


** B2 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Star SOCIETY/SCHOOL NEWSSpecial to The StarFrankie Fennell, Sr. was elected Chancellor Commander and Eddie Nich-olas elected Vice-Chancellor Commander R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77, Knights of Pythias. Fennell replaces Clarence Monette who served as Chancellor Commander for the past nine years.Fennell was recently presented the Chancellor Commander of the Year Award at the Annual Knights of Pythias Grand Lodge Ses-sion held in Jacksonville, Florida. Also receiving honors at the Grand Session, Raymond Rogers, Jr. …Knight of the Year.Other Executive Officers elected were: John Crosby, Master of Exchequer; David Lewis, Master of Finance and Kenneth M. Monette, Keeper of Records and Seal.R.A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge members are involved in many charitable events in the community. Their three signature projects: Bikes for Boys and Girls Program that provides bikes for boys and girls who would not normally receive a bike at Christmas; Scholarship Program that provides scholarships to graduating Port St. Joe High School Seniors and Collect-ing and Publishing Historical African American Obituaries of Port St. Joe and Surround-ing Areas.R. A. Driesbach, Sr. Lodge #77, Knights of Pythias is 501 (c) (3) not for profit fraternal organization located in Port St. Joe, Florida. Our Motto is: Friendship, Charity and Benevolence (F.C.B.) with the primary objective of promot-ing friendship among men, upholding the right; protect-ing the weak; and relieving the distressed.Knights of Pythias elect new o cers[COURTESY OF CLARENCE MONETTE] Special to The StarWoodmen Life Chapter 913 of Port St Joe treated local Fire Fighters to a Pizza Night on July 23 at the Fire Station.Woodmen Life is dedicated to helping others and giving back to the commu-nity,Ž said Carol Dixon, Sales Representative, of Woodmen Life. We value our first responders who give back every day, and we want to recognize them for the heroic work they perform. Our community is better for having them here.ŽWoodmen Life is a different kind of insurance company … a not for profit. The organization has a dual mission: to help ensure financial security for members and their families, and to provide our members opportunities to help others in the community. Honoring first responders is one way Woodmen Life demonstrates its shared commitment to family, community and country.For more information about Woodmen Life, or about the recognition cere-mony, contact Carol Dixon, field representative, at 625-5530.Woodmen provides pizza to local re ghtersSpecial to The StarTUSCALOOSA, AL -Darsey G. Norton of Port St. Joe has received the following from The University of Alabama: Bachelor of Arts Communication. UA awarded some 5,436 degrees during spring 2018 commencement May 4-6.With a beautiful campus, dozens of challenging academic programs, expert and world-renowned faculty and numerous opportunities for service and growth, The Uni-versity of Alabama is a place where legends are made. UA offers its students a premier educational, cultural and social experience with more than 200 undergraduate, graduate and professional programs. The campus gives students the opportunity to interact with nationally renowned faculty performing cutting-edge research.The University of Alabama, the state's oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-cen-tered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect Darsey Norton earns degree from UASpecial to The StarVALDOSTA, GA-Rebecca Lynn Kerigan of Port Saint Joe has earned a spot on the Spring 2018 Dean's List at Valdosta State University.Students who achieve a semester grade point average of 3.50 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional grade point average of 3.00 or higher are recognized by being placed on the Dean's List. Developmental stud-ies, transients, and graduate students are not eligible for Dean's List status.Valdosta State University is proud to announce that more than 1,500 students earned a spot on the Spring 2018 Dean's List.Rebecca Kerigan named to Dean's List Special to The StarPANAMA CITY „ Gulf Coast State College is host-ing Super SaturdayŽ 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. CT Aug. 4 at the Advanced Technol-ogy Center on the Panama City Campus. Its an allencompassing event for prospective students who are interested in enrolling for the Fall 2018 semester and for current students who need to register for classes. Gulf Coast is an openaccess, open-enrollment institution, which means you only need a high school diploma or GED to enroll. The $20 application fee will be waived at this event.Academic program advisors and specialists from Admissions, Advising, Enrollment Services and Financial Aid will be available to provide oneon-one assistance and guide attendees through the enrollment and registration process. Staff from Career Development, Veteran Ser-vices, TRiO and Student Accessibility Resources will also be on-hand to answer questions, and students can get their student IDs and parking decals.For more information, please visit or contact Merissa Hudson at 769.1551, ext. 4888.GCSC Super Saturday for current and prospective studentsSpecial to The StarThe Port St. Joe High School Class of 1988 is preparing for its 30-year reunion.The group has a Face-book page, PSJHS Class of 1988, and events are being planned for Friday, Oct. 12, which is Homecoming.Those interested in receiving more information should call or email Melissa at 615-579-1041 or Class of 1988 reunionThink college isnt for you? Think again! 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** B4 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The StarThere will be a celebration of the life of R. Marion Craig, Jr., 5-7 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 2 at the St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. Bring photos and memories in this event to remember the Port St. Joe High School graduate and son of coaching great R. Marion Craig. Everyone is invited to this special event. Craig passed away in Bristol, VA on July 17. He graduated from PSJHS with the Class of 1965 and played football at Clemson University as was the case with his father. According to his obituary published in the Bristol Herald Courier, Craig loved to read, loved music and loved contact sports. (Bob) will be remembered always as a quiet scholar, a gentleman and a little bit of a wild horse rider.ŽREMEMBERING BOB CRAIG JR. Prophet Billy Charles Dixson, Sr., 68, of Port St. Joe, passed this earthly life on July 1, 2018. Billy worked at Apalachicola Northern Railroad for 26 years. He also owned and operated Dixson & Sons Taxi and Limo Service. Public visitation was held July 7, 2018 at the funeral home. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Et Sunday, July 8, 2018 at Body of Christ Jesus Church in Port St. Joe.Interment followed at Forest Hill Cemetery. Battle Funeral Home Panama CityBILLY CHARLES DIXSON SR. Jacquelyn Glass Heyser, of Apalachicola, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 23, 2018. She was born Nov. 14, 1931 in Apalachicola. She attended Chapman High School and received her baccalaureate degree from Florida State University. After graduation, she became an elementary school teacher. On June 12, 1954, Jackie married Air Force 1st Lt. Richard Stephen Heyser, her childhood sweetheart. They later went on to live in several states, including Hawaii, and brought three boys into the world. Jackie was an accomplished organist and choir director. She played for services beginning at an early age at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Apalachicola. Her music was enjoyed by many thousands of Catholic parishioners in several states where she lived. After her husband SteveŽ retired from the Air Force in April 1974 with 30 years service, they returned to Apalachicola where she resumed directing choir and playing the organ. Jackie is survived by her sister Joan Porch; her three sons, Richard J. Heyser, Robert S. Heyser and Matthew W. Heyser; as well as eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Saturday, July 28, with Father Roger Latosynski officiating. The wake for the family will begin at 10:30 a.m. The Mass will follow at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the church or charity of your choice. The family would like to extend its heartfelt love and appreciation to the entire staff at Cross Shores Care Center in Port St. Joe.JACKIE HEYSER On behalf of our family, we want to thank each of you for all the prayers and love that was shown during the passing of my husband. Your thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated during this difficult time. Please continue to keep us in your prayers. God Bless, Alice Faye Dixson and FamilyBeing Thankful, from the Family of Billy C. Dixson Sr.OBITUARIES FAITH Send obituaries to The Star by emailing Editor Tim Cro at tim.cro @star .com FAITH BRIEFSMens fellowship breakfast New Life Christian Center,located at 504 Sixth Street in Port St. Joe, will host a Mens Fellowship Breakfast 9-11 a.m. ET Saturday, July 28. The speaker will be Rev. Sebastian Roulhac from The Flow Church. 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, July 26, 2018 B5 Special to The Star TALLAHASSEE … Twenty federally threat-ened eastern indigo snakes have just been released in northern Florida at The Nature Conservancys Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) as part of a collaborative endeavor to return the native, nonvenomous apex predator to the region. The release of the snakes marks the second year in a row of the reintroduction effort, and furthers the long-term joint plan of multiple nonprofit, agency, and academia partners to restore this important spe-cies to the region.The Nature Conservancy, Central Florida Zoos Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, Auburn University, theFlorida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commis-sion (FWC), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Ori-anne Society, Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, Gulf Power, South-ern Company through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida are dedicated to supporting the recovery of this species. The eastern indigo snake is the lon-gest snake native to North America and an iconic and essential component of the now rare southern longleaf pine forest. The partners have worked together for decades to restore and manage the habitat required by the snake, and many other species, to make the release possible.The eastern indigo serves a critical function to balance the wildlife community … it consumes a variety of small animals including both venomous and nonvenomous snakes. At over 8 feet long, this impressive snake often relies upon gopher tortoise burrows for shelter. The snakes were historically found throughout southern Georgia, Alabama, eastern Mississippi, and through-out Florida, though their range is now far more restricted.Largely eliminated from northern Florida due to habitat loss and fragmentation, the indigo was last observed at ABRP in 1982, until 2017 when 12 snakes were released to the preserve. This years annual release is part of a 10-year commitment to the species recovery and continues a focus on establishment of healthy ecosystems through collaborative land, water and wildlife conservation efforts.We continue our dedi-cation to creating a healthy, balanced, and restored longleaf pine ecosystem at the Conservancys Apala-chicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve and throughout the region, to encourage the recovery of the eastern indigo snake and support many other important plants and wildlife,Ž said Temperince Morgan, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Florida. This second annual release results from the teamwork of an incred-ible group of partners.ŽABRP is the only site in Florida currently designated for indigo reintroduction. The 6,295-acre nature preserve in northern Floridas Liberty County protects a large longleaf pine landscape carved by numerous seep-age streams. Located in the Apalachicola Bay region along the Apalachicola River, the preserve lies in the center of one of five bio-logical hotspots in North America. This treasure trove of species diversity is unique to Florida and home to a disproportionate number of imperiled species. The preserve is a living laboratory for the development of novel res-toration techniques and land management excel-lence, dedicated to natural community restoration, preservation of biodiversity, and education and training.The longleaf pine ecosystem is one of the most diverse ecosystems globally, yet only 5 percent of this precious landscape remains. Over the past 30 years, The Nature Conser-vancy has employed science and technical expertise to develop the state-of-the-art groundcover restoration process that is now used by state, federal and private partners across the south-east to restore longleaf pine habitat. This restoration, combined with the Conser-vancys robust prescribed fire program, has resulted in improved longleaf habitat on over 100,000 public and private north Florida acres in recent years.Longleaf pine restora-tion is also a top priority at places like the Apalachicola National Forest and Torreya State Park … both neighbors to ABRP and supported by the U.S. Forest Service and Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Bred and raised by the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation, the world's foremost comprehensive-based conservation organization dedicated to reptiles and amphibians, the 20 young snakes … 12 males and eight females … have most recently been living in outdoor enclosures that allowed them to be exposed to a more natural environment in preparation for their release. The snakes have been implanted with radio transmitters by the Central Florida Zoo's vet staff to allow for track-ing and monitoring. Data is still being transmitted and collected from the snakes that were released last year to help inform recovery efforts.The Central Florida Zoos Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation is proud to aid in the recovery of the eastern indigo snake in Florida,Ž said Michelle Hoffman, Deputy Director of the Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation. This second annual release of 20 animals puts us one step closer to achieving our goal of reestablishing this species in the Florida Panhandle.Ž The Orianne Society was integral in the creation of the indigo snake reintroduc-tion team and continues to play a role in reintroducing eastern indigo snakes into places they no longer occur. The Society works to conserve critical ecosystems for imperiled reptiles and amphibians, using science, applied conservation, and education.Auburn Universitys Alabama Natural Heritage Program continues to bring knowledge to plan-ning reintroduction efforts and expertise in onsite monitoring of the reintroduced snakes. Using radio telemetry, researchers can track the animals movements, habitat selection and behavior. One of the eastern indigo snakes that was released in 2017 trav-eled over a mile from where it was initially released. The monitoring program is supported in part by The Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center, whose mission is to understand, demonstrate and promote excellence in natural resource management and landscape conservation in the southeastern coastal plains.The indigo reintroduction efforts are supported by grants and other funding, including a Conserve Wildlife Tag Grant from the Fish & Wildlife Foundation of Florida, funded through purchase of Conserve Wildlife Florida license plates and designated for conservation of non-game species and the habitats that support them.The release of 20 east-ern indigo snakes is another step forward toward our goal of reestablishing this iconic imperiled species back into the habitats of northwest Florida,Ž said Kipp Frohlich, the FWCs Director of Habitat and Species Conservation. Its a testament to what can be accomplished work-ing together with many committed conservation partners.ŽAdditional funding to support the reintroduction has been provided by Gulf Power, and Southern Company through theNational Fish and Wildlife Foundation.All of the pieces have come together … the protection and management of the landscape, the advancement of the animal husbandry expertise to raise young snakes for release, and the development of the science necessary to make good decisions and monitor project success. This project is an exceptional example of a strong partnership dedicated to success,Ž said David Printiss, North Flor-ida Program Manager of The Nature Conservancy in Florida. The restoration is complete, the snakes are flourishing, and the moni-toring program is well equipped and ready … all systems are go!ŽThroughout the state, the Conservancy continues to pursue conservation proj-ects and support policy that protects natural systems for people and wildlife. Next years snake release will be scheduled for summer 2019 … stay tuned.Good news for a big snake[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] As Marie Romanelli noted, the late Dr. Joe Collins would be so happy about this. Collins, a world-renowned herpetologist who performed annual surveys on St. Vincent Island always wanted to try releasing grown Eastern Indigo Snakes on St. Vincent. Many years ago they released babies and they were too young to survive in a new habitat. The grown ones would be a lot smarter and avoid the pigs and other predators. Remembering Dr. Joe 20 eastern indigo snakes released to begin year two of the north Florida recovery


** B6 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarThe primary care doc-tors of Sacred Heart Medical Group are now offering con-venient, online scheduling for consumers across seven counties of Northwest Flor-ida … including Gulf and Franklin county.Patients can go online to view available appointments with 95 healthcare provid-ers at 35 locations and select a time that fits their busy schedules. Appointments can be scheduled for regular check-ups, physicals, or sick visits.Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf also now offers InQuicker, a convenient, online service for scheduling a visit to the hospital Emer-gency Department. This free, easy-to-use ser-vice allows patients to choose a designated treatment time online and then wait in the comfort of their own home.Sacred Heart Medical Group is part of Ascension, the nations largest nonprofit and Catholic health system. The addition of online scheduling with primary care providers is part of a nation-wide effort by Ascension to provide easy access to com-passionate, personalized care close to home.This is just another way the care teams at Sacred Heart are making it easier for patients to get the care they need, when and where they need it,Ž said Justin Labrato, chief operating officer of Sacred Heart Medical Group. This will mean that consumers will be able to schedule their own appointments online with family medicine and internal medicine doctors, as well as advanced practice providers.ŽPatients can visit www. to schedule a primary care, urgent care or emergency room appointment.Sacred Heart Medical Group is Northwest Floridas largest non-profit network of primary care providers and physician specialists. The Sacred Heart network includes offices in Port St. Joe and Apalachicola, Destin, Miramar Beach, Panama City Beach, Pensacola, Pace, Gulf Breeze and Crestview. For more information about Sacred Heart Medical Group, visit or call 850-416-2337.Sacred Heart o ers online schedulingOld man depression, you are through, you done us wrong...ŽWere in the MoneyŽ as performed in the “ lm Gold DiggersŽIn the summer of 1934, the entire country was sweltering with record heat and suffering on multiple weather fronts. Three years of dust storms had culminated on an April Sunday when the country was hit by the worst dust storm in history. Dust bowl conditions prevailed from Minnesota to Texas, and food production declined significantly. That summer saw 29 consecutive days with temperatures hovering in triple digits. By years end, 75 percent of the country was suffering from drought conditions. In north Texas, the cicadas were too thirsty to chirp. Americans were dying from both heat and hunger. In an attempt to bring relief to working class farmers, Congress passed the SmootHawley Tariff Act, which raised taxes on 900 imports. But the import tariffs caused an international trade war and the global economy hit a wall. The Great Depression then picked up speed and spread beyond our borders. What many may not remember is that before Smoot-Hawley, there was a tentative economic recovery afoot and unemployment numbers had temporarily leveled. The Tariff Act helped negate the fledgling recovery and thrust the U.S. and the world further into depression. Tariff costs are almost always passed on to consumers. Makers of cars, appliances, and other products, when hit with tariffs, will often simply tack on that cost to consumers. The U.S. recently imposed 20 percent tariffs on the first 1.2 million washing machines imported this year. After that, theres a 50 percent tariff on machines, which is expected to take effect sometime in the fall; the United States imports over 3 million washing machines a year. The result? Between February and May of this year prices rose 16.4 percent, the largest three month increase in prices ever. Washing machine sales are a small part of the overall economy. If the tariff talk stops here, consumers would hardly notice. But investors rightfully fear what could be next. For example, if automobiles, which are a much larger chunk of U.S. GDP, are tariffed at that same 20 percent rate, it would likely raise the price of a new car by at least $5,000. This would hit a major domestic industry hard at a time when sales are flagging. These price increases will likely show up full force in the CPI data later this year and early next year, just as the corporate sugar high from the recent tax cuts is starting to wear off. Beyond the headlines, what worries me most as an investor is that this will almost certainly speed up inflation data at a time when the Federal Reserve has a hair trigger and is primed to raise interest rates. Raising rates into an already slowing economy tends to equal downturns. Rinse and repeat if you dare. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 …, a fiduciary, fee-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 OUTLOOKHeat Waves, Dust Storms and Summer of 34Can be used for physician and emergency room visits Margaret McDowell


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 B7By Stephanie Hill-FrazierSpecial to The Star"Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.Ž Food writer Alice WatersI did not grow up visiting farmers markets. This isnt because my parents wouldnt have wanted to go, but simply because there wasnt a market near us in Gulf County then. We still ate plenty of vegetables, not only from the grocery store, but also from neighbors who had gardens and shared the bounty, demonstrating what communityŽ is all about. I remember my dad frequently coming home from work with a bushel of beans to shell or peas to snap. They were usually the gift of a generous client on his insurance route, as were tomatoes, mullet, or corn, at times. And, though my fingers grew weary of doing the jobs of shucking corn or shelling peas, I always felt pleased with the end product: a large stainless steel bowl full of shelled peas, for example, that I then looked forward to eating for dinner, or a hot ear of corn dripping with melting butter. Another way we were blessed with fresh produce was the generosity of friends. For example, I remember Bro. Ron Wagner bringing my mom a beautiful bounty of blueberries that he and Mrs. Shirley had picked from the bushes on their property. Mom was always so very proud of those berries, and loved making pancakes, cobblers, and tender breakfast muffins with them. She was thrilled at the prospect of saving the extra berries in the freezer, just waiting for inspiration to strike. (The Wagners and my mom are reunited now in Heavenly places! What a thought.) Well, not everyone has those opportunities anymore, whether it be because neighbors dont know each other as well as they used to, or perhaps because they dont have time to garden with todays more hectic lifestyle. Thats where the farmers market comes in! During the spring and summer, in addition to locally-owned grocery stores, I visit the farmers market as often as I can. Since the produce at a farmers market is grown by a family or individual in your area, he or she likely picked it the day before, or even the day of, the market. That freshness pays off in several ways: nutritionally, because nutrients and enzymes have more opportunity to develop while the fruit or vegetable is still on the vine, and also in flavor, because ripening on the plant leads to a much fuller taste in the end product than does something picked green and shipped hundreds of miles. But its not just about the tasty, nutritious foods (and the wide variety of them) that farmers markets offer that I love. Its that word again: community. Community develops around a farmers market. If you go to your local market every time the farmers gather, you will begin to know the farmers, who will tell you how to prepare the produce, especially when they bring some interesting new item to sell that you may not have tried before. Theyll tell you about their farm, and about when things were picked, and anything else you might want to know. Not only that, youll get to know the other customers who gather each time the farmers arrive. I smile each time I overhear the conversations of people catching up with one another over a table of beautiful bell peppers and green tomatoes; the hows your mama and them?Ž kinds of conversations we get too busy to have sometimes. Within the cheerful, friendly atmosphere of a farmers market, those conversations just seem to flow more easily. And parents may notice that when children help pick out the fruits and vegetables from the tables and bins at the market, theyre more interested in eating what they chose, and may even want to watch or participate as it is prepared in the kitchen. Its beneficial for them to be involved in learning these life skills of healthy eating and cooking for themselves, at home, in the family kitchen. When I was at the SaltAir market in St. Joe last summer, I saw more than just gorgeous produce, of course. There was a musician playing his guitar and singing, and there were artisans, including one woman from whom I bought a lovely pair of earrings she made out of tiny shells. There were handicrafts, preserved foods, baked goods, and pieces of art, as well. There is nothing I love more than grabbing a coffee from a nearby coffee shop and strolling through the market, looking and listening and smelling the scent of fresh peaches or berries or warm, fat tomatoes. Thats entertainment! When you are able to buy peaches and berries in season, I hope youll try my easy and delicious coffee cake recipe. I love the way the tender, moist cake contrasts with the warm, sweet peaches and berries. Its wonderful with coffee for breakfast, or with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream for a luscious dessert. Stephs Blueberry-Peach Co ee Cake€ 1 cup all purpose ” our € 1 teaspoon baking powder € teaspoon salt € 1 stick unsalted butter, softened € 1 cup sugar € teaspoon vanilla (or tsp almond extract, if you prefer, or a blend of both) € 2 large eggs € 1 cups blueberries, rinsed, picked over and drained (thaw and drain “ rst if using frozen berries) € 1 smallto medium-sized peach, halved, pitted, and cut into slices € 1 teaspoon lemon juice Method: 1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and ” our (or spray with Bakers Joy) a 9-inch round cake pan, then line the bottom with parchment paper. Alternatively, use a 9-inch spring form pan, and grease and ” our the inside of pan. 2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of ” our with baking powder and salt; set aside. 3. Using a mixer, beat the butter on medium high speed for 2 minutes. Then add the sugar and vanilla and beat until light and ” uffy, about a minute more. 4. Add the eggs one at a time and beat until well-blended. Reduce mixer speed to low and gradually add the ” our, beating until smooth, but dont over-beat. A minute should be adequate. 5. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan. 6. Combine the berries and peaches with a teaspoon of ” our and the lemon juice in a bowl. Spread the fruit mixture over the top of the cake in a single layer. 7. Bake on middle rack in oven at 350F for about an hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from oven and let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes. 8. Use a butter knife to slide around the edges of the cake to loosen it from the pan. Transfer the cake to a cake plate, berry side up. You could sprinkle the cake with powdered sugar before serving, or drizzle with a powdered sugar glaze, or even with maple or blueberry syrup at breakfast. Let me know how you like this one! 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. She is married and has three sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at, and she'd love to hear about your own favorite recipes via email at SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT Blueberry delightsStephs Blueberry-Peach Coffee Cake. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** B8 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarTALLAHASSEE … Flor-ida Trend has listed Capital City Bank among its 2018 Best Companies to Work For in Florida.Ž Out of the 100 small, medium and large companies recognized, Capital City Bank ranked 25 in the Large CompaniesŽ category. The 2018 issue is the tenth annual Best CompaniesŽ edition, and the seventh year that Capital City Bank has participated.Capital City Bank associates are what set us apart,Ž said Bill Smith, Capital City Bank Group chairman, president and CEO.  Im proud of our team of bankers and honored to be recognized for the seventh consecutive year.ŽThe only statewide employer recognition program, the annual Best Companies to Work ForŽ list was created by Florida Trend and Best Companies Group. Participating companies underwent an exhaustive evaluation of their workplace policies, practices, philosophy, sys-tems and demographics. The process also included a survey to measure employee satisfaction. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking.In order to be considered for the Best CompaniesŽ list, the firm must be a publicly or privately held for-profit or not-for-profit business. The entity must have been in business a minimum of one year, have a facility in the state of Flor-ida and a minimum of 15 full or part-time employees in the state.Capital City Bank named among Be st Companies to Work For


** The Star | Thursday, July 26, 2018 B9University of Northern Colorado, Richard has had a life-long interest in Photography. Taking advantage of the digital revolution, he has worked to blend new photographic technologies with traditional photographic forms. He has exhibited his work and won awards at various regional and national competitions, judged photo shows and taught classes in digital photography. The prospectus with additional information regarding photography submissions and the entry form can be found on The Joes web page: Click on the Call for EntriesŽ Tab. Upcoming shows include Fantastic Fiber Art and The Forgotten Coast Festival of Trees. Look for more information about these shows coming soon. The Joe is a new community art center whose mission is to educate, exhibit, partner and inspire through the Arts. Renovated in 2017, The Joe is a climate-controlled gallery, which includes classroom space and handicap accessible bathrooms. The Joe Center for the Arts is sponsored by the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC). ENTRIESFrom Page B1eligible for the state match money, said teacher Donna Thompson.This year, donations from Duke Energy and the Tapper Foundation exceeded the required match.SeaPerch is sponsored by the Office of Naval Research and teaches students how to design and build an ROV, or underwater Remotely Oper-ated Vehicle.The major hurdle, or only hurdle, rather, that school has encountered is how to keep class-sizes manageable.The curriculum adheres to a straightforward idea; students learn better by doing, according to the grant application submitted by Thompson.Working in teams, students build an ROV from a kit of low-cost, easily-accessible parts, the curriculum teach-ing the STEM quadrangle, science, technology, engineering and math behind a focus on marine engineering.Grant funds purchase everything required, includ-ing the robotic kits and program materials.In addition to learning engineering concepts, the students will also learn about design skills, problem-solv-ing and teamwork.I like doing this kind of stuff instead than book work,Ž said student Dakota Deathridge.Toss in lessons that touch on ship and submarine design, buoyancy and displacement, propulsion, vectors, electric-ity/circuits and switches, waterproofing, depth mea-surement, physics in motion and the curriculum checks many of the boxes to provide, pardon the pun, out-of-thebox learning.Students will also learn soldering and tool safety, ergonomics and light while constructing their ROVs.Overall, I think the girls in particular were exposed to different skills, tasks that they have never tried,Ž said teacher Becky Lacour, noting cutting and soldering metal, drilling, and stripping wires.Erica Ramsey was singled out as the top solder-er in the class by Lacour.Most seemed to really enjoy and were better and were more interested in it than the boys,Ž Lacour added.Once students have constructed their ROV, the vehicles are tested, students working together to improve designs and will also deploy them on missions.To assert the course has real-life applications would be tarrying in understatement.In addition to exposing students to STEM ideas, in a hands-on environment, students have interaction with professionals in the STEM fields and learn and explore the potential of STEM careers.The program will also support the demand for STEM-educated workers which continues to grow exponentially each year,Ž Thompson wrote in the grant summary.The students even begin to develop reading and writ-ing skills for a STEM career, keeping an engineering notebook, conducting and documenting their experi-ments, writing STEM-based reports and working as a team to build an ROV and provide presentation on their project.In addition, the course aligns with national education standards for science.The course will be offered to all Port St. Joe eighth-graders during the coming school year, but, in the application, Thompson noted that with 96 students currently enrolled in that grade, the challenge will be maintaining class size.That could require a coteaching classroom with a pair of instructors to accom-modate the learning needs of diverse learners and students with disabilities.ŽBut, as Thompson noted, SeaPerch is just one of the many innovative programs made possible through the Education Foundation.Each year, the foundation manages a blind, competi-tive system in which teachers and principals can apply for grants to fund various edu-cational initiatives.The initiatives depend on who applies and is awarded dollars; last year seven pro-grams were funded.This year, Thompson said, the foundation hopes to award approximately $17,000 in grant funding; the deadline for teachers or principals to apply is Oct. 1. DONATIONFrom Page B1This will be an asset to the community,Ž Rich said.A proposed lease, county administrator Michael Hammond suggested two years, will be presented to the BOCC next month. CRAThe BOCC is not likely to stand by idly while the city of Port St. Joe pursues an extension of the redevelopment agency, the original boundaries of which are to expire in the next two years.The county has already expressed by letter opposi-tion to extending the CRA, but city commissioners have been as adamant that they would pursue a 30-year extension despite the countys opposition.It is important for the county to stop this,Ž Ham-mond said. We are going to be attentive and keep you informed.ŽHammond said extend-ing the CRA would mean taxpayers around the county would be subsidiz-ing the business growth in downtown Port St. Joe.The extension of the boundary would cost the county $15 million in tax revenue; the countys portion this year was just under $200,000.Hammond noted that Bay County put a stop, in court, to plans by several cities to establish redevel-opment areas and that he hoped the issue would not end up in a lawsuit.Bay County currently pays more in CRA money than the budgets of several constitutional offices com-bined, Hammond said.Commissioner Ward McDaniel said he would not support any movement that would result in folks in his district, including those on fixed incomes, subsidizingmillionairesŽ in Port St. Joe.The city has taken the stance that the county has no say in moving ahead with an extension of the CRA.The city has already taken initial steps in a pro-cess the citys attorney has estimated will take about a year. TURTLEFrom Page B1 The students work in teams to build their ROVs. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The robotics class is just one of the innovative projects supported by the Education Foundation of Gulf County, Inc. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] See more online at .com


B B 1 1 0 0 Thursday, July 26, 2018 | The Star CLASSIFIEDS NF-4529674 The Landings 1 bed, 1 bath $1100/month, $1100 SD Comes Furnished Pets Negotiable NEWLY RENOVATED! Lanark Village Apartments 2 bed, 1 bath Unit $1200/ month, $1200 SD All Utilities Included NO PETS AVAILABLE AUGUST 56-3 Parker in Lanark 1 bed, 1 bath, $550/month $1000 Refundable SD No Pets AVAILABLE AUGUST 308 A 1st Street 2 bed, 1 bath, $800/month $1000 Refundable SD No Pets NF-4529641CITY OF WEWAHITCHKA HELP WANTEDThe City of Wewahitchka is looking to hire a Maintenance 2 worker.Must have graduated from High School /equivalent GED or any equivalent or combination of training and experience. Must have a valid Florida drivers license. To request an application email: You can pick up an application at the City Annex 318 S 7th St. Wewahitchka, FL 32465 from 8-4 central time. This institution is an equal opportunityprovider and employer. NF-4529698Cash paid for mortgages or notes that you collect. M.R. Freeman850-433-5039 NF-4529662NOW HIRINGWarehouse and Delivery position at Badcock & More of Port St. Joe. Must have valid Florida drivers license and be able to move heavy items. APPLY IN PERSON at 515 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. Port St Joe, FL is currently seekingFull Time Counselors, Case Managers, and Nursesto work with children and adults in Bay, Gulf, Calhoun, Jackson, Holmes and Washington Counties. For more details on these and other positions, please visit us online at: opportunities 21110S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-44-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF ANTHONY DAVID SHULER File Number 18-44-PR Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of ANTHONY DAVID SHULER, deceased, whose date of death was June 9th, 2018 and whose social security number is ___-__-0855, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address 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 WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) 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 decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE 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 July 19, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Telephone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: Shirley Shuler 9323 Olive Avenue Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub July 19, 26, 2018 21203 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: Amazon Realty located at 140 Gulf Pines Drive, in the County of Gulf, in the City of Port Saint 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 Saint Joe, Florida, this 17th day of July, 2018. Denis Palmisciano Pub: July 26, 2018 21108S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Comian X Tax Lien Fund, 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 #2018-08 Tax Sale Certificate # 2010-519 Name in which assessed: Estate of Edith M. Nations R.E. No. 02166-000R Date of Issuance: May 28, 2010 Description of Property: Lots 18 and 19, Block 6, Lake Alice Subdivision, Wewahitchka, Florida, according to a recorded plat in the Clerk’s Office, Port St. Joe, 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, 22nd day of August, 2018. DATED: July 16, 2019 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub July 19, 26, August 2, 9, 2018 21112S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-41-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF CLAUDE RANDOLF WESTON, JR. Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of CLAUDE RANDOLF WESTON, JR., deceased, whose date of death was July 24, 2017 and whose social security number is ___-__-9239, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address 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 WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) 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 decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE 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 July 19, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Telephone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives: George G. Weston 321 N. Diana Street Wewahitchka, FL 32465 John M. Weston 4403 Bayou Oaks Drive Panama City, FL 32465 Pub July 19, 26, 2018 21235S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-45-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF BARBARA JEAN ROBEN Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of BARBARA JEAN ROBEN, deceased, whose date of death was June 28, 2018 and whose social security number is ___ -__ -0381, is pending in the Circuit Court for Gulf County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Gulf County Courthouse, 1000 Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. The name and address 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 WITHIN THE LATER OF THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR THIRTY (30) 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 decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN THREE (3) MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT FILED WITHIN THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH IN SECTION 733.702 OF THE FLORIDA PROBATE CODE WILL BE 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 July 26, 2018. Attorney for Personal Representative: Charles A. Costin Florida Bar No. 699070 Post Office Box 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32457 Phone: (850) 227-1159 email:ccostin@costin law .com Personal Representatives : Linda Roben 6364 E. Quail Track Cr. Scottsdale, AZ 85266 Pub: July 26, August 2, 2018. 21184S ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID: The Gulf County School Board is entertaining the idea of replacing the existing school signs with LED signs. There will be a mandatory pre-bid meeting on August 1, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. est. The meeting will be held at the corner of Hwy 71 and East River Road in Wewahitchka, FL. A bid package may be picked up at the Gulf County School Board, Maintenance Department, 150 Middle School Road, Port St. Joe, Florida 32456. Bids may be e-mailed by contacting Woody Borders at wborders@gulf or faxed by calling 850-229-8369. Pub July 26, August 2, 2018 21253S POTENTIALLY INELIGIBLE REGISTERED VOTER’S NOTICE The Gulf County Supervisor of Elections has received information the person(s) listed below is potentially ineligible to be registered to vote. Failure to contact this office within 30 days after this notice is published may result in a determination of ineligibility by the supervisor of elections and removal of the registered voters’ name from the statewide voter registration system. You should contact this office by calling 850-229-6117 to receive information regarding the basis for the potential ineligibility and instructions on how to resolve the matter, or request additional assistance if needed. An administrative hearing will be held regarding the potential ineligibility of these persons on August 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM EST in the Supervisor of Elections Office -401 Long Ave, Port St Joe, FL 32456. The Supervisor of Elections will make a determination no less than 30 days after this published notice and will notify the voter of the determination and action taken. Bonnie E. Hysmith 1141 S. Hwy 71 Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Stephen B. Johnson 130 Selma Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Shirley A. Lucas P. O. Box 1097 Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Kimberly D. Rhames P. O. Box 763 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: July 26, 2018 YARD SALE SAT 8am -1pm 254 Court St St Joe Beach Acorn Outdoor / Indoor Stair LiftExcellent Condition Outdoor stair lift but always under cover of stairwell out of weather/elements. Easily used indoors. New computer board, remotes & cover. 17ft right-side travel rail. $1,350. 850.294.7494, jessemckenzie50@g Golf Course Maintenance Employees NeededFull Time or Part time Applications available at the Club House 700 Country Club Rd Drug Free Establishment Equal Opportunity Employer Pro Shop and Restaurant Customer Service WorkerSt Joseph Bay Golf Club seeks a part-time worker to perform outstanding customer service to the patrons of the St Joseph Bay Golf Club to include Pro Shop, Restaurant and Bar. Candidates should have experience in computer operations, cash register operations, food preparation, handling and cooking. Candidate must have excellent customer service skills, be able to work independently, processing sales, handling money, cleaning facility, stocking merchandise and knowledge of golf course rules. Candidates must apply in person, applications available at the St Joseph Bay Golf Club Pro Shop Publisher’s NoticeAll real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination” Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on a equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD toll-free at 1-800-669-9777. The toll-free number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. 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