** Volume 80 Number 50 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters to the Editor .... A5 Outdoors .................. A14 Sports...................... A15 Society News .............. B2 School News .............. B3 Obituaries ................. B4 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A3County budgetA16Scene around VOLUNTEERS MAKE BAY DAY HAPPEN, A14 Thursday, September 27, 2018YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star facebook.com/psjstar50 Â¢ For breaking news, visit starÂ” .com CERT TRAINING, B1 By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | email@example.comPieces of the port puzzle continue to land on the table to await proper placement.The Board of County Com-missioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to join the Port St. Joe Port Authority in a pre-application to Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. for funding to dredge the federally-autho-rized shipping channel.The pre-application would seek $15 million of the estimated $35 million needed to dredge the shipping channel to federally-authorized depths.The Port Authority, using roughly $1 million in grant funds from the Florida Department of Transportation, has already completed design for the infrastructure needed for spoil disposal and entered into an agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the actual dredge work.What had been initially estimated at a cost of nearly $50 million has come down, said Guerry Magidson, chair of the Port Authority, to the neighborhood of $35 million.ÂWe are finding traction (for this project),ÂŽ Magidson said. ÂI think we can bring the price down even more.ÂŽThe pre-application follows the Triumph boardÂs decision to enter into term sheet negotiations with the county concerning a floating dry dock off the former paper mill site.The dry dock would facilitate the expansion of Eastern Shipbuilding into Gulf County.The Triumph board, in agreeing to term negotia-tions, capped any grant award for the dry dock project at $13 million; the county was seek-ing more than $28 million.Those term sheet negotiations, Assistant Administrator Warren Yeager said, are likely to play out over the course of many months.Dredge funds sought from TriumphBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | firstname.lastname@example.orgA week or so ago the Board of County Commissioners and officials with the Northwest Florida Water Management District seemed to be talk-ing past each other about updating preliminary FEMA flood maps.On Tuesday, the two announced a compromise that County Administrator Michael Hammond called a Âhome runÂŽ for citizens, some 900 or so of which will be relieved of the flood insurance burden in the coming years.And, yes, years is what it is going to take, regardless of the BOCCÂs approval of the compromise, but nearly 1,000 property owners in the county will see relief under the plan.Sooner than expected via a shorter path than mapped out a week ago.For coastal property owners, a significant number of which were facing more stringent requirements and higher costs for flood coverage, the compromise will mean more time to apply updated data.The coastal maps were Compromise reached on ood map updatesBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | email@example.comEvery regular meeting of a local governing body includes a consent agenda.That agenda is composed, theoretically, of multiple, generally non-controversial issues which require little more than an up or, in exceedingly rare votes, down votes. If discussion is required, again in theory, pages must be formally pulled; in practical terms, consider-ation and votes on consent agendas typically expends little more time than the play clock in football.Not so, Tuesday for the Board of County Commissioners.Commissioners, as part of the consent agenda, approved recommendations from the county attorney and administrator that pushed ahead a proposal to renovate the County advances 10th Street Park projectAll accounts point to a productive scallop season. The season ends Sunday. [PIXABAY]By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | firstname.lastname@example.orgIt was almost too good to be true.With the countdown to the close of scallop season Sunday, red tide forced the closure of the season a few days early.The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Wednesday morning that it was closing scallop season as noon ET that day.ÂAs a precautionary measure, the bay scallop season in state waters off Gulf County, includ-ing St. Joseph Bay, will close to harvest,ÂŽ a press release read.ÂThis closure is due to the presence of bloom levels of Karenia brevis, the naturally-occurring algae associated with red tide. The ÂProductiveÂ scallop season closed noon WednesdayRed tide presence forces early closurePickleball courts to be added at Veterans Park BOCC, Port Authority partner on application The fun part, shucking the catch. [COURTESY OF TOM HARRISON]See FUNDS, A12 See MAP, A11 See PROJECT, A12 See SCALLOP, A11
** A2 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportThe Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries will host author Lisa Patton to Port St. Joe for a ÂLibrary Luncheon.ÂŽThe luncheon will be held 12-2 p.m. ET Tues-day, Oct. 9 at the Church Hall at First United Meth-odist Church.Lunch will be catered by Sunset Coastal Grill and Patton will be avail-able after the program to sign books and answer questions.PattonÂs new release, ÂRush,ÂŽ is set in modern day Oxford, MS on the Ole Miss campus. A story about womenfrom both ends of the social ladderdiscovering their voices and their empowerment.Achingly poignant, yet laugh-out-loud funny, ÂRush,ÂŽ takes a sharp nuanced look at a centuries-old tradition while exploring the complex, intimate relationships between mothers and daughters and female friends.ÂPatton gives readers a ringside seat to the soror-ity drama at Ole Miss. But the story is deeper than getting the inside scoop on rush. Told with humor and heart, Rush is a story of right versus wrong, of old traditions pitted against modern ideas and changing times. ~The Atlanta Journal ConstitutionThere are a limited number of tickets to the event. Tickets are available at the Library for $20. Proceeds will be used to improve the childrenÂs area at the library; additional donations are also appreciated. Gerald book signingsLinda Heavner Gerald will sign her new book at JosephÂs Cottage and the Library Oct. 5-6. Gerald is donating all proceeds from these two signing events to the library. Gerald will be at JosephÂs Cottage 5-7 p.m. ET Oct. 5; wine and cheese will be served. On Oct. 6, Gerald will be signing from 10 Friends o er Patton for Library LuncheonLisa Patton[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Here are but a few suggestions.WomanÂs Club pulled pork fundraiser. The GFCW Wewahitchka WomanÂs Club will hold its annual Pulled Pork Fundraiser Friday. Call and get your order in before itÂs too late! Large BBQ pork sand-wiches, baked beans, cole slaw and homemade pound cake. All for $8 and if you get your order in before 8 a.m. Friday morning we can deliver. Call Carolyn Watson at 340-1984, Kim McFarland at 227-6474, Pat Stripling at 639-2262, Patty Fisher at 832-9436 or Pam Sumner at 340-0100. Music in the Park in Mexico Beach. The ÂMusic in the ParkÂŽ series returns to Parker Park in Mexico Beach, 5-7 p.m. CT tonight with Frances Mooney and Fontanna Sunsets. Good music and good times, the concert is free. There will also be hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and a drink for a suggested donation of $5 (or more), benefiting Helping Hands. All pro-ceeds go to Helping Hands. Helping Hands has a goal of $15,000 to be purchase a 300-foot mobi mat on the beach to make a pathway down to the water for anybody who has trouble walking in the sand. Photography field trip to the state park. Bring your camera and meet Debbie Hooper at T.H. Stone Memo rial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park at Eagle Harbor by the ramp at 9 a.m. ET. The event is part of the ÂCommunity Photography ShowÂŽ currently on exhibit at The Joe Center for the Arts. Hooper will talk about nature, lighting, and angles of composition, close-ups and wide angle. Go with an idea in mind, like seeing a Blue Heron, but be happy with photographing a hermit crab or dark clouds. That's the nature of good photography. Experiment, be open and be ready to shoot what is there. Some-times, just before you leave, sure enough that Blue Heron will appear. Entry fee to the park is $6 per vehicle for up to 8 people, so carpool with some friends. Sunscreen and bug spray are recommended. The event will continue until 11 a.m. ET. Fall hours at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Starting this week and continuing until Memorial Day, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse 12-5 p.m. ET Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ven-ture to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top, nearly 100 feet high and check out the Gift Shop in ÂSleeping Beauty.ÂŽ For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops Â… climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group.Pumpkins, gourds for the Fall season. As part of its library series, the Gulf County Extension Service will host a Pumpkin and Gourds for the Fall season workshop 12-1 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 1 at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library.This is a free program. Want to learn more about how to grow and care for pumpkins and gourds? Want to learn more about their uses?Please join the extension folks and find out what it takes to make a great harvest and how to make delicious treats and decora-tive items. The program will be presented by Extension Agent Melanie Taylor.The library is located at 110 Library Dr. in Port St. Joe.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKFrances Mooney and Fontanna Sunsets play tonight at Parker Park in Mexico Beach. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Join Debbie Hooper on Friday for a photography Â“ eld trip to the state park this morning. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Climb the lighthouse during fall hours. [FILE PHOTO] The Wewahitchka WomanÂs Club pulled pork fundraiser is today. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 A3The Port St. Joe Port Authority recently honored Eugene Raffield for his years of service on the Port Authority and as Port Director. Presenting Raffield with a plaque was Port Authority chair Guerry Magidson. ---Tim CroftPort Authority honors Ra eld[COURTESY OF MATT TERRY] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star email@example.comThe Board of County Commissioners last week approved a final budget that includes a cut in the millage rate.The board approved a county-wide millage rate of 7.100, down from the cur-rent 7.2442.A mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 in taxable per-sonal property.Each fire control district levies one-half mill and the millage rates for three coastal Municipal Services Taxing Units (MSTUs) were also set.Those millages are 1.1395 for gulf-front, .9838 for gulf-interior and .9894 for bayside.The MSTU revenue is bonded as part of the local match of a beach restoration project.The aggregate millage rate of 7.4947 is 3.66 percent above the rollback rate.The rollback is that mill-age which would bring in the same level of revenue as the current year.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 was some-what balanced by the $115,000 gap between the current yearÂs estimated property roll and the actual roll, according to Clerk of Courts Becky Norris.Additional reasons beyond increases in tax revenue were to be found with the sheriffÂs office move to a new building, new employees in the building and planning departments and realignment to create an office of management and budget, Norris said.There were also increases in insurance and retirement contributions and a 3 percent cost of living increase for employees.ÂWe have a very good, responsible budget,ÂŽ said Administrator Michael Hammond.Parks and recreation will also jump 7.5 percent and the countyÂs commitment to the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency increased 15 percent to just over $183,000.In addition, the boardÂs budgetary responsibilities will transfer from the Clerk of Courts to the BOCC, hence the office of management and budget.Funding to outside agencies remained flat, with no increases and nearly no cuts to the public library, humane society, senior citizens and health department.The board will carry forward $7 million in cash, $2.5 million of which is already committed.BOCC nalizes 201819 budget Special to The StarThe Diabetes & You program is helping community members successfully manage type 2 diabetes. Facilitated by Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf Dia-betes Educator, John Griggs MSN, RN-BC, CDE, par-ticipants will learn the skills they need to manage their condition through making healthier choices and making lasting changes such as losing a modest amount of weight, being more physically active and managing stress. Each monthly seminar covers a variety of different topics.Diabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed key areas to focus on. A diabetes educator can help you set priorities and coach you on each of these areas includ-ing healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, reducing risks and healthy coping.The October classes will focus on Healthy Eating and will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Wewahitchka. Having diabetes does not mean you have to give up your favorite foods or stop eating in restaurants. In fact, there is nothing you canÂt eat. But you need to know that the foods you eat affect your blood sugar (also known as blood glucose). Join us to find out how to improve your well-being by making healthier choices.Â€ Wewahitchka Class Held monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. CST at the Gulf County Health Dept., Wewahitchka, 807 State 22.Diabetes & You is a free community program provided by Sacred Heart Hospital on the Gulf. No registration is required. Diabetes Educator, John Griggs is also available for one on one appointments. For questions or more infor-mation, call 229-5620.SHH o ering free ÂDiabetes & YouÂ classDiabetes is a complex and serious disease, and managing it every day can be challenging. To help you, diabetes educators have developed key areas to focus on.
** A4 Thursday, September 27, 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. Several people have asked why IÂm not coaching football this year. I truly appreciate that you have noticed and that you care. The reason is simple; IÂm helping the team the best way I know how! Just think how good they are going to be without me holding them back! The kids will tell you pretty quickly that I donÂt know much about football. IÂve been getting by for years just watching the other coachesÂƒ.. and when they yelled, I yelled. It made me look a lot smarter than I was. There is no telling how many state championships the Port St. Joe Sharks could have won if I had made this decision fortyone years ago! I remember the day Rodney Nobles busted his head coming out of the Âchutes.ÂŽ I didnÂt say a word. I had no ÂcoachingÂŽ tip. He got too high and the collision with the steel bar about knocked him out! Of course, in the three years after that, he never did it again. I guess you could say I got outcoached by a steel contraption. I almost puked when Chuck Roberts held up his dislocated elbow and said, ÂCoach, I think IÂve hurt my arm.ÂŽ That was the week before the first game of the 1970 season. It was gruesome. IÂd never seen a lower arm dangling out of the socket before. And I was more concerned with keeping my lunch down than the pain radiating from ChuckÂs elbow. Heck, a heel blister kept me out of two football games when I was in junior high. I couldnÂt go on the field hurt. Chuck sat out one play in our opening game. He put himself back in and played every snap the rest of the season at quarterback and outside linebacker. Listen closely here, every single young man I coached over the years was a lot tougher than I ever dreamed about being! Chester Fennell missed practice once and it cost him some Âmake upÂŽ laps. He talked me into running them with him. We ran everyday after practice for the next two years! That crazy nut liked to have run me to deathÂƒ..it was a case of the kid getting the coach into shape! I got by on borrowed phrases like, Âlow man wins,ÂŽ Âscrew your navels to the groundÂŽ and Âthe game is not played in an elevatorÂ„there is no up button, get your tail down!ÂŽ Folks are always asking about my favorite ÂhighlightsÂŽ in coaching. IÂd say Marvelous Marvin AdkinsÂ motorcycle incident ranks high on that list. It was just breaking daylight during the first week of twoa-days. Practice had already started at the stadium when we heard that motorcycle roaring down Long Avenue. Marvin wheeled into the parking lot, lost control, laid that thing on its side and slid forty feet right up to the gate. He leaped off, already dressed out and wearing his helmet, kicked a smoking engine and sprinted onto the field, late, but ready to go! The fight over the chicken was another great one! That was 1984. Our All American defensive end and our weak side linebacker had a knock down, drag out fight in the locker room over a piece of pregame chicken. IÂm telling you, it was two tough young men going at it in a no holds barred free-for-all! Sidney Harris hugged my neck when we finally got he and Doug Robinson separated, Âlow man won Coach, low man won!ÂŽ The two combatants sat in the same seat on the bus as we travelled to Chipley that nightÂƒ..and whipped the Tigers like they were a piece of chicken! I could list a million others but you get the idea. It was about the kids, always about the kids. Game scores kinda fade over the yearsÂƒÂƒbut never the smile, the sweat, the hard work, the camaraderie, the love IÂve seen develop in that hollowed locker room year after year after yearÂƒ.. IÂve had the privilege to sit in a thousand coachesÂ meetings and youÂd be surprised at how little the talk centered on xÂs and oÂs. And how much of it revolved around helping this player or that player be a better student, a better son and a better person. Great football players and some excellent coaches hid my mediocre efforts for years. Of course, the guys know the truth. And in the end, those wonderful young menÂ„each and every one of themÂ„taught me way more than I ever taught them! I do not remember every district championship or winning touchdown runs. Or teamsÂ won and lost recordsÂƒ.. I will never forget one single face. ÂI Wish It Was Three OÂclock and We Were Just Getting Here,ÂŽ CoachHUNKER DOWNLoving them was easy Lord Kesley Colbert Tim Cro Bob Vila is a University of Florida graduate and well-known home repair expert starring in a number of fixer-upper television shows including ÂThis Old HouseÂŽ from the late 1970Âs through the 1980Âs. He was also a spokesman for Sears telling folks how great Craftsman tools were. As have many experts who we see on television, Mr. Vila has written numerous books on fixing up houses and doing repairs. I wanted to know what he had to say about Âspackling,ÂŽ you know, filling holes in walls and fixing places that have cracked. My children are in college, thus the probability of a full-on game of tackle football occurring in the basement playroom has gone down quite considerably. It becomes a make-shift recording studio for my musician son during his infrequent stays at home. In examining the holes and places where balls, shoulders and darts had made various sized indentions and explosions in the wall, I decided it would be a good time to try to start filling them and give one wall in particular a new paint job. First, I had to take down various stickers and decals of varying sizes, which were there to cover up said holes more than anything else. I had myself a big mess, but I got started and wanted to see what Mr. Vila could do to help me. His advice was pretty much common sense. First, pick the spackle or putty product you are going to use. Second, clean the debris from the holes and the wall. Then, apply your spackle to the hole. After applying spackle, hold your knife at a 90-degree angle to scrape away excess, taking care not to pull the putty from the hole. Then, I was to Âreview my work, let it dry and sand it smooth.ÂŽ Bob didnÂt really tell me anything I didnÂt already know. Truth is, I was probably just using my research on BobÂs methods for filling holes to procrastinate a little longer. IÂm guilty of procrastinating when it comes to filling holes and just about everything else. The chance to Âreview my workÂŽ sometimes helps with the procrastination. I did get to it and filled the holes, waited for them to dry and sanded them down until they were smooth. Honestly, I know on the other side of the drywall it still looks pretty bad. In other words, between the walls where folks canÂt see. Looking at the patched-up wall, I couldnÂt help but think that it was kind of like all of us. We go through life getting holes punched in us and punching holes in other folks and our relationships. We can do a lot to patch those holes up and make it look like there was never any damage, but we know between the walls, or inside of us, there is still a scar. We can focus on the damage that is covered up or paint the wall, appreciate the newness of it and move on. We deal with health problems with ourselves and our family and friends. We deal with relationship, work and everyday Ânail-holeÂŽ problems. ItÂs hard sometimes to get motivated to fix our walls because of the work involved. Now, do I have a life-threatening problem? The answer to that is ÂNot that I know ofÂƒÂŽ So, why all of this psychological babble and comparison of walls to life? IÂll be real honest with you, as noted, I havenÂt started painting that wall yet, and I really just didnÂt want to do it. Pondering life and holes and spackling is a lot more fun (to me) than painting a wall. Read more stories at www. CranksMyTractor.com.CRANKS MY TRACTORCovering up holesThe county could use a few more like Roland Wilson. Mr. Wilson is a regular attendee of the Board of County Commissioners. Periodically, he arises for his three minutes at the podium and reminds commissioners of issues near and dear to Mr. Wilson. When are commissioners going to return to two regular meetings a month? Schedule one meeting for the evening so working folks can attend. Why is so much county advertising not in the local paper? (As an aside, given the non-objectivity of that one, yes, a weekly paperÂs deadlines are not always conducive to legal advertising; however, the county expends more public dollars to advertise elsewhere). And, Mr. WilsonÂs favorite theme, what about countywide voting? After all the games that have been played, why no movement on an issue voters long ago spoke on? As usual, Tuesday, Mr. Wilson was mostly met with apathy on that last question. Generally blank stares, a question with broad responses about costs and potential or lack thereof to overturn the federal decree mandating single-member districts. This, given the response of county leaders, is apparently what the county is resigned to. A decree put into place 35 years ago will dictate county voting habits for, well, until you and I and our grandkids are little more than dust. Each eligible voter, when it comes to the two boards which oversee county level policy, the BOCC and Gulf County School Board, will have a say in only one of the five seats. Each eligible voter, put in mathematical terms, has just a 20 percent say in who sits on the two boards that are atop the countyÂs governmental organizational chart. Put it another way, in a county with 10,000 eligible voters, less than 1,000 votes, 10 percent, can put a candidate on the BOCC or School Board. That is absurdly wrong. So much for one person one vote. Going on 14 years or so ago, voters weighed in on this issue, without the price tag fluffery used by county commissioners on a prior ballot. Voters could not have been clearer in their wishes: nearly 7 in 10 favored fighting to overturn the federal decree put in place in the early 1980s. Some would like to discount that election, too long ago, they say. But on one hand it is impossible to discount an election of 14 years ago and on the other support a decree put in place by a federal judge nearly four decades ago. And, from this corner would be the additional guess that the mood of the voting populace, as more people move into Gulf County from places where that one-person-one-vote stuff mattered, has moved further toward county-wide voting. Nonetheless, Mr. Wilson spoke the truth about the games the BOCC, with differing faces, has played with county-wide voting. There was the infamous Halloween theater performance during which the BOCC chairman, the plaintiff in the lawsuit that ended in the federal decree, was ousted as chair.KEYBOARD KLATTERINGS A reminder of history BN Heard There is no telling how many state championships the Port St. Joe Sharks could have won if I had made this decision forty-one years ago! See HISTORY, A5
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 A5 LETTERSThe following is a twopart series. Next week, weÂll consider the three phases of emotional recovery and financial adjustment for widows. ÂAt 65 years oldÂƒmy mother God rest her soul; CouldnÂt understand why the only manÂƒ she had ever loved had been taken.ÂŽÂAlone Again, NaturallyÂŽ as performed by Gilbert O. SullivanThere are 20 million widows living in the United States, and soon after the death of a spouse, the majority find themselves managing their finances alone for the first time in many years. And many will work with a financial advisor without a spouse participating for the first time as well. Having advised dozens of women in this transition stage, itÂs clear that most are very vulnerable. Above all, they want someone to listen and appreciate what theyÂre going through. Issues are both emotional and financial. Because of this, we normally suggest that recently widowed women slowly adjust to a new life and make no major financial changes for a year. They may, however, require immediate assistance changing the titles on accounts, filing for benefits, and dealing with estate planning issues. Income from retirement accounts, life insurance, Social Security benefits and any pension payments must be accounted for and balanced against outgoing payables. A trusted advisor can assist in handling pressing issues like these. Oftentimes the subject of oneÂs living situation will arise. Do I want to stay in my home? And can I afford to do that? Do I want to sell and move nearer children and/or grandchildren? What are the financial and tax ramifications of various scenarios regarding my primary residence? An advisor who is a fiduciary and practices holistic financial planning can address these and other important questions that can ease a transition into a new financial life. The key is often the personÂs readiness level. Many newly widowed women are just not prepared to take the reins and execute major financial decisions the first few months theyÂre alone. TheyÂre often reeling from the shock of ending one stage of their lives. Most take some time to find their footing and become comfortable with beginning a new chapter. Eventually women living alone need an understanding of what their new personal budget is going to like. TheyÂll evaluate all recurring expenses and understand the sources of all streams of income. Simply stated, theyÂll take charge of their financial affairs. Widows are now living on one Social Security check instead of two; theyÂre adapting to working with a new budget for a single person; and theyÂre now the primary decision maker in all their financial affairs. ItÂs a lot to digest and process during what is normally already a very difficult period of time. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column ÂArbor Outlook,ÂŽ is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 Â… www.arborwealth.net), a fiduciary, Âfee-onlyÂŽ 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 OUTLOOKManaging Financial A airs Again On Your OwnBy Shelly CainSpecial to The StarOh my goodness, yÂall, I saw The Krickets in concert last Friday night at The Port Theater. I am a new fan! Let me tell you the story of a small town and friendship. An ÂeventÂ popped up on my Facebook page the night before the concert. It said they were from Port St. Joe but there wasnÂt a description of what genre of music they played. I did a You Tube search, found them, and listened to 1 song. That is all it took for me to be hooked. I went straight to the website to buy a ticket and they were all sold out. I whined a little bit (maybe a lot) on Facebook and faced the fact that I would not get a ticket. On Friday afternoon, the same day as the concert a friend, Lynn, messaged me and said she saw 1 ticket for sale. In her kindness she arranged for me to get that ticket. We texted back and forth and by the time we met and I bought the ticket I had new friends, Ace and Go-Go. We spent some time getting to know each other before the concert and I met their friends. I had as much fun getting to know them as I did listening to The Krickets. Their sound is unique. It took me back to my childhood, growing up in the hills of the Ozarks. I canÂt describe it more than a unique combination of folk and bluegrass and home. The musical talent with voice and instrument was phenomenal. Their songs described Port St. Joe as that small town with close friendships. IÂm enjoying my new home. Treat everyone with importance and always be kind.Cross Shores CornerI voted for a yard sign Dear Editor, Several weeks ago, in a conversation with a friend, we discussed the then upcoming local election. So as the conversation went I asked my friend about the research he had done regarding his selection. His reply took me back a bit as he stated that it was the quantity of the yard signs displayed in his neighborhood. Now he qualified his research by stating that the candidates signs were placed in the yards of persons he Ârespected.ÂŽ I pressed further wanting to find out if he knew the qualifications of the person fit the position. He didnÂt exactly know. IÂve been involved with some political canvassing recently, and have been surprised by voters who make their choices not by the candidates experience or qualifications, but rather how many friends the candidates may have. With campaign season (silly season as its sometimes referred to) in full swing, we are all sure to see a multitude of yard signs banners, postcards etc. growing along our streets and post boxes. I would advise voters to contact the candidates, call, write, Facebook, get to know their platforms. What will they propose to do for your county, state or country. Go to town halls or meet and greets. Diversify your sources of information and make your selection wisely. Or, perhaps you can vote for a yard sign.John Nagy, Candidate for County CommissionA problem with pole barns Dear Editor, I purchased two lots on CR30A on Indian Pass Lagoon intending to build houses on the lots. Imagine my dismay when I passed by a month ago and saw a pole barn being erected two lots down. However, that did not even touch the shock I had this weekend when I passed and saw that the Âpole barnÂŽ is being turned into an enclosed commercial or workshop building of some kind. This is no longer a pole barn to my way of thinking but a building. However, there is no building permit posted. In this hurricane zone, the basic codes I would be required to follow and the many inspections my houses would have to undergo are tremendously lacking. Since these buildings are being allowed to be built without permits and inspections, we can ÂsafelyÂŽ assume that they are not following the hurricane or safety codes. The one near my lot has no hurricane strapping and the siding will not stand in even minimal storms much less hurricane force winds. Since it is not considered a commercial or residential building, the owner will only pay property taxes based on his lot, not based on the improvement or building of the lot. Gulf County loses financially with each of these structures erected. This is simply wrong. How can a nice home being built next to this hold its value or be safe in a storm? It canÂt. I brought the problems of pole barns in the hurricane corridor up in the last BOCC meeting. Once again, I ask the County Commissioners to do something about this problem. Especially of Âpole barnsÂŽ being turned into buildings for business or living spaces. Please give us building codes requiring the pole barns meet building standards in the hurricane zone like other structures built for homes or businesses.Robyn A. Rennick, Gulf County Margaret McDowell Those who did the ousting pronounced they would pursue county-wide voting to the Supreme Court if need be. Obviously, fell a tad short. There have been the starts and stops with attorneys and specialists and tens of thousands of dollars expended, when three votes could be mustered to support such moves. And the latest verdict from the attorney was that a court case would be an uphill battle, though he did not, as stated Tuesday, say the county would lose. The odds were not in the countyÂs favor. Somehow that doesnÂt seem surprising coming from an attorney when your client has demonstrated a lukewarm, at best, support for moving forward. And that is a fair characterization of the last round with the attorneys. The more odious side of this, however, is not the voting and representation issue. Every day that decree is in place it pronounces, from the pulpit of a federal court, that the representative adult population in Gulf County is too racist to be left to its own voting whims. Those voters are unable to eliminate the color of a personÂs skin in deciding whether that person should serve as county commissioner or school board member. That is pretty damning testimony. One, I would hope, that is not correct, though nobody can fully look within anotherÂs heart. But the troubling aspect of it, from this corner, is the apparent comfort level of county commissioners with that characterization. In the absence of their voices, and passion, to move ahead, demand the county move ahead on overturning a decree that dates to the early days of the Reagan administration, they are tacit in what that decree means. In the literal, it means each and every one of the 10,000 county voters have just a 20 percent, 1 in 5, say in how the county is governed. The decree has robbed county voters of one-person one-vote. In the abstract, it means county leaders see the voting populace as not advanced enough since the 1980s to vote without skin color being a consideration. And along the spectrum of wrong, that is off the scale. HISTORYFrom Page A4[FILE PHOTO] LETTERS TO THE EDITOR Contact your county o cialsBOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERSCommissioner David Rich Cell: 247-9411 Email: commissioner1@gulfcounty-Â” .gov Commissioner Ward McDaniel Cell: 227-5614 Email: commissioner2@gulfcounty-Â” .gov Commissioner Jimmy Rogers Cell: 227-6300 Email: commissioner3@gulfcounty-Â” .gov Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr. Cell: 247-8870 Email: commissioner4@gulfcounty-Â” .gov Commissioner Phil McCroan Cell: 227-6306 Email: commissioner5@gulfcounty-Â” .govGULF COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD(Two new members of the board were recently elected and will join the board before the month is out. We will update the list.) Billy Quinn, Jr. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Cindy Belin Email: email@example.com Brooke Wooten Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 A7 Special to The StarThe Gulf County Board of Com-missioners and the VeteransÂ Service Office are proud to announce that effective Oct. 1 the VeteransÂ Service Office will be available to serve Gulf County Veterans four days per week. The office hours are 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. ET, Monday Â… Thursday. Please contact the office at (850) 229-6125 to schedule an appointment.Veterans O ce hours expandSpecial to The StarSOUTHPORT Â… Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative line work-ers headed north last week to assist Coastal Electric Cooper-ative restore power and repair damage caused by Hurricane Florence. With more than 1.7 million people in evacuation zones, Florence is predicted to bring a 13-foot storm surge and as much as 40 inches of rainfall.Sending a five-man crew, Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative is ready to lend a helping hand to South Carolina, bring-ing a derrick, a pole trailer and two bucket trucks.ÂCooperation Amongst Cooperatives is critical to restoring power as quickly, and as safely, as possible,ÂŽ Gulf Coast Electric Cooperative CEO/General Manager John Bartley said.GCEC sends crews to assist with Florence responseCole BarÂ“ eld, Frankie Bailey, Jay Shiver, T. J. Davis and Josh Pitts headed to Walterboro, SC to assist Coastal Electric Cooperative with its restoration efforts following Hurricane Florence. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]
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** A10 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star Special to The StarThe Florida State University program called ACTS 2, which has brought relief to nearly 100 distressed African-Americans providing care for a loved one with dementia, is expanding its outreach in Western Panhandle counties. The program is free of charge, and very much needed.Nine of 11 Western Panhandle counties have shortages of health-care specialists to bolster the emotional well-being of dis-tressed caregivers.ÂWeÂre committed to providing culturally sensitive skills training and support to African-American caregivers faced with the challenges and demands of caregiving for a loved one with dementia,ÂŽ said Professor Rob Glueckauf, in the College of Med-icineÂs Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. ÂAlthough caregivers affirm the rewards of being able to serve, many experience health problems and emotional strain due to difficulties in balancing work demands and other family obligations while caring for a loved one with dementia. So itÂs really a significant problem.ÂŽGlueckauf and his team have devoted the last four years to grounding ACTS 2 (African-American AlzheimerÂs Caregiver Training and Support Project 2) within the fabric of the African-American faith community. Caregivers participate in a 12-session, telephone-based skills-building and support pro-gram covering topics such as relaxation coupled with calming prayer, effective thinking combined with Scripture and problem-solving skills. The ses-sions are led by trained facilitators from the African-American faith community. The programÂs key goals are to reduce caregiversÂ distress; improve their overall health; and enhance their skills in managing difficult caregiving situations.ACTS 2 has been training care-givers throughout North and Central Florida for four years. Initial evaluation with a largely urban caregiver sample was very positive.Glueckauf said the next step focuses on rural regions.Thanks to a $118,000 grant that began in June, ACTS 2 is expanding its presence in Gulf, Bay, Calhoun, Franklin, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington counties. The ACTS 2 grant is part of the North and Central Florida Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Partnership (called ÂGWEPÂŽ for short), overseen by the College of MedicineÂs Geriat-rics Department. The funding agency for GWEP is the federal Health Resources and Services Administration.ÂThe grant allows for the hiring of liaisons in the community,ÂŽ Glueckauf said. ÂACTS 2 liaisons will provide dementia awareness workshops to family caregivers, clergy, lay faith leaders and com-munity health workers across the Western Panhandle.ÂThey also will be involved in recruiting caregivers and poten-tial facilitators. Most ACTS 2 referrals come from presentations that we make to specific churchesÂ district, regional and state conferences.ÂŽ In August, for example, he and his team made a presentation to the First West Florida Baptist District Association. Of 120 people attending, they recruited 10 caregivers to take part in ACTS 2.ÂWeÂre planning a follow-up meeting that will attract a broad array of denominations Sept. 18 at the Greater True Vine Mission-ary Baptist Church in Pensacola,ÂŽ Glueckauf said.TheyÂre also teaming up with the Florida State Primitive Bap-tist Convention, Progressive Missionary & Educational Bap-tist State Convention of Florida, Panhandle Area Agencies on Aging, memory-disorder clinics and more. ÂGWEP is moving strongly to meet the needs of underserved minorities who have health-care issues,ÂŽ he said. ÂThe workforce shortages are significant. Older persons in the African-American community are twice as likely as their Caucasian counterparts to develop AlzheimerÂs and other types of dementia. We need to be there serving those who are underrepresented and underserved.ÂŽ The Rev. Frank Jenkins, pastor of Mount Olive Missionary Bap-tist Church in Pensacola, is well aware of the need. Twice he has been a dementia caregiver himself. So in the past year, after he learned about ACTS 2, he joined the board of directors, recruited other pastoral support and hosted a presentation at his church.ÂIn all of our churches,ÂŽ he said, Âthere is a need to support caregivers. There are some people in my church who really need the faith-based help that ACTS 2 offers. ÂŽFor more information, call 866-778-2724 or visit www.ACTS2Project.org. FSUÂs program aids dementia caregiversSept. 16-23 Â€ On Sept. 17, Ethan Cunningham (39) and Sara Gallegos (35) turned themselves in to the Gulf County SheriffÂs OfÂ“ ce to be arrested on warrants for violation of probation. Cunningham was on probation for Principal to Grand Theft and Gallegos was on probation for Grand Theft. Deputy C. Harvey arrested both subjects and transported them to the Gulf County Detention Facility. On Sept. 18, Investigator S. Ferrell and K-9 Deputy M. Peek conducted a trafÂ“ c stop on Mace Martin Road in Wewahitchka. Contact was made with the driver, Jimmie Dean Shores (48), and a passenger. K-9 Brix was deployed to conduct an open-air sniff around the vehicle. Brix alerted on the vehicle indicting the presence of an odor of illegal narcotics. During a probable cause search of the vehicle, a brown pill bottle with ShoresÂ name on it was located in the center console. The bottle contained a crystal-like substance that tested positive for the presence of Methamphetamine. Shores was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine. Â€ On Sept. 19, Deputy J. Page served an arrest warrant on Tyreke A. Desire (23) at the Gulf County Detention Facility. Desire, a Florida Department of Corrections Inmate, was charged with Possession of Contraband by Gulf Correctional Institution Inspectors following an investigation within the prison. Desire was returned to Gulf C.I. custody after he was booked and Â“ rst appeared. Â€ On Sept. 20, Sgt. D. Sanders traveled to the Franklin County Jail to arrest Danielle Nicole Cruz (27) on a warrant for Violation of Probation. Cruz was on probation for Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Cruz was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility and booked. Â€ On Sept. 20, Deputy A. White traveled to the Bay County Jail to arrest Robert Caine Maples (23) on a violation of probation warrant. Maples was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine. Maples was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked on the warrant. Â€ On Sept. 21, Deputy P. Young conducted a trafÂ“ c stop on Pine Avenue in Wewahitchka. The driver, who was identiÂ“ ed as Ronald L. Wilson (54), stated to Deputy Young that his driverÂs license was suspended. Deputy Young conÂ“ rmed this through a driverÂs license status check and placed Wilson under arrest for driving with a suspended driverÂs license. Due to Wilson driving history, he was charged as a habitual trafÂ“ c offender. Wilson was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking. On Sept. 22, Deputy C. Harvey went to Johnson Lane in Wewahitchka and arrested Michael Deane Ward (50) on a warrant for Criminal Mischief. The warrant stemmed from an incident that occurred earlier in the week in which Ward was responsible for damaging a vehicle belonging to another person. Â€ On Sept. 22, Deputy C. Harvey arrested Michael W. Sanders (62) in Douglas Landing on a warrant for Theft of Utility Services. The charge against Sanders resulted from an investigation by Deputy G. Desrosier where Sanders was suspected of stealing water from a neighbor to supply his own residence with water. Sanders was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked. Â€ On Sept. 22, Deputy C. Harvey arrested Taylor Madison Matincheck (20) on Abby Drive in Wewahitchka. Matincheck was wanted for Violation of Probation on the original charges of Possession of Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County SheriffÂs Office at 227-1115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.GULF COUNTY SHERIFFÂS OFFICE LAW ENFORCEMENT SUMMARY
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 A11Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recently announced a similar clo-sure for clams, mussels and oysters (not including bay scallops) due to the algae bloom impact-ing the area." St. Joseph Bay remains open for other recreational activities, Kelli Godwin, Executive Direc-tor of the Gulf County Tourism Development Agency said.Yes, it would have beenwhat they call in sports a Âmoral victoryÂŽ if SundayÂs state-sched-uled close of the scallop season arrived without hiccup.But,this was a season that felt as a scallop season should to longtime aficionados, with limits caught and succulent meaty results reported by those who dove, waded, snorkeled and searched.ÂEverything we have heard has been it has been a great year,ÂŽ said Kelli Godwin, executive direc-tor of the Gulf County Tourism Development Council. ÂWe have had consistent reports of people catching their limit and the scallops being great in size with good amount of meat.ÂI think the season being later in the year, allowing them to repro-duce, was a positive.ÂŽGodwin added that moderate concentrations of red tide found offshore in the past week has had no impact on the season until Wednesday.Reports of dead fish had been addressed.Godwin had been counting the days until Sunday.ÂItÂs been a couple of years since we had a full season,ÂŽ Godwin said. Evidence of any season of any length, really, was a leap forward from the past two seasons and underscored that a restoration effort by the FWC found purchase in the seagrass beds of St. Joseph Bay.ÂAll indications are it was a productive scallop season,ÂŽ said Bobby Scarborough of Bluewa-ter Outriggers.Two years ago, the adult scallop population was deemed Âcollapsed.ÂŽFWC researchers pointed to a heavy red tide bloom the prior winter, during the spawning period, as the culprit.After considering an outright cancellation of the season, the FWC set a 10-day season which began late and ended early compared to other areas of the state.In 2017, an algae bloom unrelated to red tide, but with the potential to sicken humans who ate tainted shellfish, closed the bay to all shellfish harvesting, including scallops, on the eve of the scallop seasonÂs opening.Ultimately, the season did not begin until after Labor Day and spanned just 16 days.Meanwhile, the FWC was undertaking restoration efforts which the agency has found effective and a model for use in other areas, such as Bay CountyÂs St. Andrews Bay.There were scallop ÂrodeosÂŽ to harvest adult scallops just prior to each season opening, the scal-lops caged or taken to a lab to facilitate spawning.In addition, the FWC established a Âscallop sittingÂŽ program using local volunteers to protect and maintain cages of scallops.Scallops spawn in the water column, so caging them, or putting them in closer proximity, aims to facilitate more productive and efficient spawning.The results were high-lighted by population surveys prior to the open-ing of harvest season.During this yearÂs survey researchers found 8.1 scallops per square meter, approximately 1.2 square yards.That is more than three times the density found during last yearÂs survey and eight times higher than two years ago, when the population was deemed Âcollapsed,ÂŽ with less than one scallop per square meter.The population remains Âvulnerable,ÂŽ the FWC category for adult popu-lations of between two and 20 scallops per square meter.Amanda Nalley with the FWC said the restoration efforts would continue.In addition, the FWC is collecting comments at MYFWC.com/saltwater-comments and will also be conducting a survey about the season struc-ture soon as well.The FWC altered the season structure the past two years, moving to more regional-centric seasons as opposed to a statewide opening.During a town hall meeting in 2017, local residents urged the FWC to move the St. Joseph Bay season back from what had been a late June start to a season that aligned more with August and September. SCALLOPFrom Page A1particularly impactful to areas such as downtown Port St. Joe.ÂThis is a home run for the citizens,ÂŽ Hammond said.The NWFWMD agreed to split the county for consideration of updates to the FEMA flood maps.Using a mechanism called a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA), the water management district hopes to complete the process of updating inland preliminary maps in a shorter period of time.That would mean 63 of the countyÂs 103 flood map panels would move ahead in the process; that process was halted in Gulf County during the appeal and protest phase at the request of commissioners.They sought to use the latest LIDAR data, which employs lasers and lights for more accurate surveying of lands, to bring better results from the new flood maps to more property owners.So, by TuesdayÂs BOCC action, the 63 inland panels will proceed through the appeal and protest period and reach a final window for comments, according to a representative from the NWFWMD.Ultimately that will lead to a letter informing property owners the flood maps have been finalized followed by a six-month period before implementation.Those inland maps would be approved in 12-18 months.Finalizing of those maps will also mean that some 900 property owners, in White City, Overstreet, Dalkeith and the north end of the county, currently paying flood insurance would no longer be required to do so.Lee Collinsworth with the Building Department noted that a number of those impacted properties are large, meaning the relief will likely trickle to far more than 900.ÂThis is a big win for inland property owners,ÂŽ Hammond said.Meanwhile, the 40 coastal panels will continue as they are, suspended in the process as the NWFWMD seeks additional funding and updated data. In addition, the agency will do additional wave elevation work, critical in safe building in coastal areas.Ultimately, the preliminary maps would be re-issued using the latest data and begin the pro-cess all over again.The time until those coastal preliminary maps would become final is likely three to four years away, said the NWFWMD representative. ÂThis was a good com-promise,ÂŽ said Dr. Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County. ÂThis made common sense.ÂŽ MAPFrom Page A1 [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]ÂEverything we have heard has been it has been a great year. We have had consistent reports of people catching their limit and the scallops being great in size with good amount of meat. I think the season being later in the year, allowing them to reproduce, was a positive.ÂŽKelli Godwin, executive director of the Gulf County Tourism Development Council
** A12 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The StarThe BOCC Tuesday also approved going out for bids on the dry dock project, which the Tri-umph board requested as the first step in understanding the true costs of the project.A decision, any decision, by the Triumph board on the dry dock project had been sought by the county to determine what Triumph would contribute and what other pots of money must be pursued.The county is seeking additional grant funding from the governorÂs Job Growth Fund.The dredging of the shipping channel is all but shovel ready.The project has secured state and federal permit-ting and design of the spoil site infrastructure was seen as the last major hurdle before the dredg-ing could commence.However, county officials, perceiving the floating dry dock as the quickest path to develop-ment of the Port of Port St. Joe, had asked and been provided full back-ing from the countyÂs various governing bodies in making the dry dock the top priority.Now that the county understands where that project stands, Yeager said the dredging of the entire channel was a logi-cal next step.ÂI think it is the time to do that,ÂŽ Yeager said of the pre-application.Triumph staff will deter-mine the eligibility of the pre-application before the project would move to a full application.Other pieces of the port puzzle are also slipping onto the table top.Magidson and Yeager said the county and Port Authority, working with the St. Joe Company, are much closer to securing a release of FDOT grant funds for repair of the rail line that connects the port to points north.ÂWe are close,ÂŽ Magid-son said.The repair of the rail lines will take more than a year, Yeager said, and are a priority to fully opening the port to development.Additionally, permitting continues ahead on work on the former paper mill site in preparation of the arrival of an Eastern Shipbuilding outfitting/maintenance yard.The county secured a $6 million state appropriation to facilitate dredging in the ship channel turning basin, permitting and construction of elements of the yard, including a 10,000-square-foot building.County commissioners on Tuesday also approved going out for bids on some components of that project.Yeager said Eastern hoped to be working on its contracted Staten Island ferries vessels in Port St. Joe by next May.Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. is charged with dis-bursing some $1.2 billion in eight Northwest Flor-ida counties over the next 15 years.Each of those counties receives each year a des-ignated percentage of the annual payments coming to the state as fine dollars stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.Gulf CountyÂs first year dedicated funding from Triumph was $15 million.WindMark pier Commissioners approved a recommendation from Yeager that the county turn down $1.3 million in Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) funds in order to seek additional funding for a pier at WindMark.The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is overseeing the project, which five years ago was announced as one of several NRDA Âearly restorationÂŽ proj-ects stemming out of Deepwater.However, the price tag is now $3.5 million and the FDEP has recommended the county turn down the original funding award and seek the entire $3.5 million in NRDA funds.Yeager did not have a time frame on a decision from NRDA officials. FUNDSFrom Page A110th Street Park complex.In a memo to the board, Attorney Jeremy Novak deemed the Â10th Street Revitalization ProjectÂŽ a legal use of bed tax dollars, in this instance the so-called fifth penny for parks and recreation, under Florida statutes.And Administrator Michael Hammond recommended that the BOCC fund $700,000 toward 10th Street Park renovations, under a grant and interlocal agreement with the city.Additionally, Ham-mond recommended and commissioners approved using $118,000 from the same pot of bed tax dollars to construct pick-leball courts at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill. In effect, commission-ers removed funding from the tentative budget of fifth-penny receipts to be earmarked for 10th Street, after city com-missioners took pickleball courts out, and put it toward courts in a county park.Novak had stated for months that the extent of the BOCCÂs involvement in the park plan, despite its evolution from BOCC meetings, was solely to deem it legal under Flor-ida law pertaining to the spending of bed taxes.ÂIt is a city park, a city project,ÂŽ said Commissioner Ward McDaniel after the meeting.Hammond said there was a net of just one ball field in the cityÂs plan, which was a compromise, and Novak had found it a legitimate expense, he said.He said the plan should move forward.The BOCCÂs action, as should have been expected given the nature of this lengthy process, was met with concern, at varying emotional heat levels, by residents who have been tussling over the project for much of the year.Over 40 minutes and 11 speakers, all but one arguing against the countyÂs actions, commissioners heard what has been heard in city meetings for months and, when permitted, during at least two BOCC meetings.As has been the case before in the BOCC, not one of those speakers was allowed an extension of their original three min-utes speaking time.That has only occurred, in recent memory, when debate has turned to the park project.ÂIt is deplorable that you would silence the oppositionÂƒ,ÂŽ said resi-dent Dan Doty. ÂThey do that in other countries, not in the United States.ÂŽThe primary issue for residents, a particularly timely given recent weather, is the nature of the land, which is part of a 270-acre stormwater basin and much of it is wetlands.The neighborhood, residents have said for months, already experi-ences significant flooding problems which will only be exacerbated with new construction and the addition of non-perme-able surfaces.Resident Robert Branch has presented materials at three different meetings regarding the existing flooding issues and the settling of his house with-out any concern from governing officials, city or county, he said.ÂWe are very con-cerned about this issue,ÂŽ said Christy McElroy.Novak said the city still must permit the project.ÂThere are problems out there,ÂŽ Novak said, noting they would have to be addressed during permitting.Only after that permitting and an ability to proceed with the project, Hammond added, would the countyÂs grant become applicable, used as reimbursement for city expense on the project.For residents, issues go beyond the flooding to include safety, increased traffic and noise and a diminution of the natural beauty found in the area and along the nearby Port St. Joe Trail.And they include a paper trail of public records that reflect, at least in part, the tale of how a project to create, through a city-county partnership, a sports complex on Field of Dreams Ave. transformed into the renovation of the 10th Street Park.ÂYou know this is a bad idea,ÂŽ Branch said. ÂYou had your mind made up a year ago.ÂYou arenÂt fooling anybody. We are going to hold you accountable.ÂŽ PROJECTFrom Page A1 See more online at www.star .com
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** A14 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to email@example.com FISHING REPORTSpecial to The StarIt all started in 2003 when the first Board of the Friends of the Preserves decided to have a thank you for those who had supported their tire-less efforts of establishing a committed group of citizens concerned with helping the health of the bay. Charla Boggs was the first president of this illustrious group of citizens. That first group and each group who have followed have displayed extraordinary desires to restore the land, protect the water, and preserve for the future.Lynda White is the current president who has been blessed with an outstanding board and wonderful opportunities during her term in office. Purchasing lots adjacent to the Buffer Preserve will help continue to help protect the quality of the water and wildlife in and near St. Joe Bay. Lynda says, ÂIt has been a privi-lege to serve on the board then as its president. Opportunities have been available and funds from our previous Bay DayÂs allowed us to make these purchases. The 5,025-plus acres benefit the entire community. Improvements made in the buffer and aquatic preserves contribute to the mission of the preserves.Would you believe that over 300 attended the first ÂLow Country Boil?ÂŽHow about this fact? There were seven prizes donated to be given away in a drawing on that first event. Yes, you read it cor-rectly. Seven prizes were given and of that seven -four of them are still donating prizes for the Bay Day Live Auction, Silent Auction or for the Raffle. Original sponsors were: Dead Fish Charters at the Indian Pass Campground, The Entrance, Happy Ours, Debbie Hooper Pho-tography, Indian Pass Raw Bar, St. Vincent Island Shuttle Service and Rich-ard and Anne Ingram.We would love to list our sponsors for the Fall Bay Day which will be held on Oct. 13 and the Live Auction on Oct. 11. We have a super problem. There is not enough space to list them all in this article! Thank you to the 200-plus sponsors for 2018! We hope that you will peruse our website at www.stjo-sephbaypreserves.org and see for yourself how many of these local businesses you support with your business. When you are considering making a purchase see if you can use a business who knows the value of the bay to the citizens of Gulf County and the surrounding area.For an authentic experience (the Atlanta Magazine says), come on out to the St. Joseph Bay Buffer Preserve on Saturday, Oct. 13. You can participate in a great Birding Tour led by Ron Houser of the Bay County Audubon Society, beginning at 8 a.m. ET. There will be four Tram Tours: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. Twenty-four seats for each time. Both are free.We will ask for a $10 donation for each shrimp plate and what a bargain that is. The first plates in 2003 were $7 so you can see they are a bargain and most delicious.There is an event on Thursday night at 6:30 pm at the Preserve Visi-tor Center which you will not want to miss. This is an excellent opportunity to make donations to the preserves while having a lot of fun. Our Auctioneer, Frank will entertain you while encouraging you to go ahead and plan that charter fishing trip or enjoy that stay at the beach. Want to see what your choices are? Go to www.stjosephbaypre-serves.org and see the entire list of donations made by our awesome sponsors. All to help pro-tect the bay, the natural communities and wildlife in the preserve.Look for hand-outs of the Live Auction items in retail stores in the area and check them out online. Christmas is right around the corner and you can get started early. You will be so proud of yourself for getting that head start and in such an outstanding way Â… helping the preserves.If you have questions please call 229-1787, Ext. 1 for more information.Volunteers make Bay Day happenA low country boil is the centerpiece for every Bay Day[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] An array of items have been donated by local businesses for a Live Auction the Thursday prior to Bay Day. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Star Staff ReportThe Friends of St. Vincent Island National Wildlife Refuge will hold a fundraiser 1-6 p.m. ET Sunday, Oct. 14 at Bowery Station in Apalachicola.The event headliner will be a Jimmy Buffett Trib-ute featuring Sticky Too.As part of the tribute, there will be a costume contest, so calling all ÂParrotheads.ÂŽThe costume contest includes prizes.There will also be a live auction and corn hole tournament.OCBC ÂSpecialÂŽ Wildlife Lager will be available and food will be provided by 13 Mile Seafood.No feathers, no fur, no problem. Join the fun and support a natural wonder.Friends of St. Vincent fundraiser As we wind down to the last week of Scallop season for St. Joe Bay all indications are that it was a very productive season indeed. Please remember that the season comes to a close on Sept. 30. On the fishing side things have heated up pretty good in our area. Good reports of Redfish along the Town Beach area and some taken around the Windmark area as well. Several baits are taking fish including live shrimp, soft baits like Vudoo shrimp and D.O.A shrimp has produced. Flounder bite continues to be pretty good as well. From the Mexico Beach canal all the way down to the Highland View bridge. Again several baits are producing fish, includ-ing Bull minnows, soft baits such as Zman white paddle butt shad and Gotcha white grubs and white shrimp. All of these baits are available at Bluewater Outriggers as well as live baits when available. Until next week, Happy Fishing
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 A15 SPORTSGatehouse MediaPANAMA CITY BEACH Â„ The search for North Bay HavenÂs first victory of the season continues for the Buc-caneers, as they were dealt their fourth straight loss to start the year 28-0 by Wewahitchka on Friday night at Gavlak Stadium.The Gators scored a touchdown in each of the four quarters and took advantage defensively of a NBH team still struggling without its senior starting quarterback to improve to 3-2 on the season. Wewahitchka got a pair of touchdowns from quarterback Cody Lee and one each from Trevor Nunnery and Tyreeq Thomas.Nunnery led the Wewahi-tchka attack, carrying 14 times for 211 yards and a touchdown as the Gators rushed for 410 yards on 51 carries.Lee added 109 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries and also added a two-point conversion.Thomas had 62 yards on 11 carries but also lost two fumbles; Truman Green, seeing his first action on offense this season, had 28 yards on nine carries and added a two-point conversion run.Wewahitchka led 14-0 at halftime and 20-0 through three quarters. The Bucs had a pair of golden opportunities to score slip through their fin-gers with two near touchdown passes unable to be hauled in by NBH receivers.Quarterback Ray Tynan, sidelined last week with a knee injury, tried to give it a go Friday night but had to leave the game after just three plays.ÂHe wasnÂt ready to go,ÂŽ NBH coach Andy Siegal said. ÂI think he just wasnÂt 100 per-cent. We hope heÂll be ready to go by next week.ÂŽThe Bucs also lost a pair of starting offensive linemen Friday to injuries and had a tough time consistently moving the ball against the GatorsÂ defense.ÂWe struggled a little bit on offense, but the defense was battling the best they could all game,ÂŽ Siegal said. ÂŽ(The Gators) have got a really good offense with a three-headed monster at running back. Offensively, weÂre just getting decimated on the line. That doesnÂt help when youÂre trying to move the ball on offense.ÂŽNunnery also paced the Gators on defense, with a game-high 14 tackles, two solo, and two sacks.The Gators travel to Sneads next week to take on the Pirates.Gators shut down North Bay HavenWewahitchkaÂs Cody Lee stretches for the chains. [HEATHER HOWARD/ GATEHOUSE MEDIA] Truman Green makes the tackle. [HEATHER HOWARD | GATEHOUSE MEDIA] Star Staff ReportThe girls of Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School won their third cross country meet of the season last week at Sneads.Competing against a field of nine other teams, the Lady Tiger Sharks placed three in the top 5 and won for the third time in five meets.Zoe Gerlach paced Port St. Joe with a time of 21:58, a personal best and good for third place.Autumn Kotelman (fourth, 22:02) and Madelyn Gortemoller (fifth, 22:39) also ran personal bests.Jade Cothran finished in the top 10 for Port St. Joe.Quinci Elphinstone (25th), Lexi Fountain (28th), Savannah Burket (31st), Sammya Brown (37th) and Hannah DeCosta rounded out the Port St. Joe finishers. Boys In the boys race, Port St. Joe, running without a full team placed two runners in the top 10.Wewahitchka finished sixth and Port St. Joe seventh.Port St. Joe junior Zach McFarland was second in a time of 17:02.17 and ninth-grader Ricky Forbes was 10th in a time of 20:00.Wewahitchka had Zander Hanlon and Dakota Askew finish in the top 40 and Zach Kemp and David Rich, just a seventh-grader, finish in the top 50.Port St. Joe girls win at SneadsBy Greg JordanHead Football Coach/ AD Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High Special to The StarThe Sharks moved to 4-0 on the season with a 31-0 shutout victory over the class 4A Rutherford Rams. The Rams are a much improved team over the last several years with a 40 man roster and with players that are learning to compete for 4 quarters. The Sharks started fast with a 10 point 1st quarter. We could not sustain any offense in the 2nd quarter and went into halftime with a 10-0 lead. We scored once in the 3rd quarter to lead 17-0 going into the 4th. We closed out the Rams on a recovered fumble for a TD and a late rushing TD to make the final margin 31-0. Hats off to our defensive players and Coaches for their continued dominance in this 4 game stretch. WeÂve had 3 shutouts and given up only 9 points total in 4 games. Our kids are getting to the ball and are getting off the field on 3rd down which is huge for us. We held Rutherford to 1 for 12 on 3rd down conversions for the night. ThatÂs an 8.3% conversion rate!! That will get the job done!! The Rams had 48 rushing yards on 42 carries and were 3-11 passing for 1 yard. They ran 42 total plays for 49 total yards. Defense travels and can keep you in games until the Offense figures things out. Offensively we managed 222 total yards on 56 plays. We had 171 rushing on 40 carries and were 5-16 passing for 51 yards. We will continue to improve offensively as the season moves on. We just seem right now to have one mistake here and there during drives that cause us to lose momentum and sputter sometimes. Consistency is the name of the game and is what we are in search of on Offense. The kids are working hard, we will keep coaching them and hopefully the results will show. This week the Sharks will host North Florida Educational Institute out of Jacksonville. We know very little about them only having seen a couple of game films and having no common opponents. We will prepare for them and guard against any type of let down. We want to keep the Defensive standards we have established and get our Offense firing on all 8 cylinders. Come support the Sharks as we host a team that has never before visited Shark Stadium!! KICKOFF is set for 7:30!! See you at the game!! GO SHARKS!!!CoachÂs CornerBy Pat McCannSpecial to The StarSAND HILLS Â„ The good news for Rutherford in its 31-0 loss to Port St. Joe last Friday night reads somewhat distorted without a corresponding game summary.The Class 4A Rams, now 1-4, actually took a dramatic step forward defensively.The main problem with that theory, however, is that is where the 1A Tiger Sharks truly excel. The outcome was their third shutout on the young season, and Port St. Joe, 4-0, has allowed the miserly total of 9 points in its four victories.Not only did the Tiger Sharks yield only 52 total yards and three first downs, they did not allow the Rams to take a snap inside their 34-yard line.And that foray, which ended in one of RutherfordÂs six punts, was only one of two series in which the Rams crossed midfield.Coach Greg Jordan, in his first season at Port St. Joe after a very successful run at Blountstown, always has believed in putting his 11 best players on defense and filling in on offense.That was in evidence on Friday night at Bozeman, and despite the lopsided final score Rutherford allowed Port St. Joe only one offensive posses-sion that covered more than 50 yards.The predicament for the Rams was that the Tiger Sharks used their defense and special teams to either produce points or set up short fields for the offense to travel.The Rams were within 17-0 midway through the fourth quarter when a punt by Joel Bogaert pinned Rutherford at its 2 when return man Brian Edwards initially fumbled the ball and then was swarmed by Port St. JoeÂs coverage unit.Rutherford quarterback Reggie Tubbs and running back James Caldwell miscom-municated on a handoff on first down and safety KendreÂ Gant picked up the loose ball in the end zone for an easy Port St. Joe touchdown.BogaertÂs extra point made it 24-0 with 5 minutes, 8 seconds to play.When Rutherford was unable to convert a fourthdown gamble on its next series, the Tiger Sharks took over at the RamsÂ 39. Standout middle linebacker Khayyon Zaccaro powered the final 19 yards on two bruising carries as the final became a blowout with 1:21 left.Otherwise, RutherfordÂs defense held Port St. Joe to 229 total yards and only two plays in excess of 20 yards. The Tiger Sharks drove 64 yards in nine plays to their initial score, and that was their best production of the evening.Russell Russ got a fine lead block by receiver Cameron Harmon for a 20-yard gain on a sweep to the left that reached the RamsÂ 15.Quarterback Josh Butts ran 10 yards to a first-and-goal from the 5, then corralled a high snap, broke a tackle at the line of scrimmage and powered into the end zone with 3:01 left in the first quarter.Port St. Joe took over at RutherfordÂs 13 after a high snap derailed a punt attempt by Billy Thompson on the RamsÂ next possession.The Tiger Sharks only could produce a 27-yard field goal by Bogaert, though, and it was 10-0 at halftime.Port St. JoeÂs other touch-down was the result of a short field when the Tiger Sharks held on RutherfordÂs first series of the third quarter. Port St. Joe drove 34 yards in seven plays to Russ scoring from the 5.The Tiger Sharks have weapons on defense in Zac-caro, UCF commitment Gant, sophomore Josh Farmer and defensive end Gene Quinn among others.RutherfordÂs lone threat offensively was Montell Bouie, who rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries. Antwoine Givens had 13 yards on two attempts before turning an ankle.Otherwise, the Rams com-pleted only two passes for a total of 4 yards.Neither was Port St. Joe impressive statistically. Russ rushed for 56 yards on nine attempts, but Butts was lim-ited to 26 yards on 10 carries and completed only 4 of 14 pass attempts for 55 yards.All four completions went to Russ.Port St. Joe hosts North Florida Educational on Friday.Port St. Joe blanks Rutherford 310ScoringFirst quarter: Port St. Joe, J.Butts 5 run (Bogaert kick). Port St. Joe, FG Bogaert 27. Third quarter: Port St. Joe, R.Russ 5 run (Bogaert kick). Fourth quarter: Port St. Joe, Gant recovered fumble in end zone (Bogaert kick). Port St. Joe, Zaccaro 5 run (Bogaert kick). TeamFirst downs: Port St. Joe 12, Rutherford 3. Rushing: Port St. Joe 41-174, Rutherford 32-48. Passing: Port St. Joe 55, Rutherford 4. Total yards: Port St. Joe 229, Rutherford 52. Fumbles: Port St. Joe 1-0, Rutherford 4-1. Penalties: Port St. Joe 6-50, Rutherford 5-16. Punts: Port St. Joe 5-35, Rutherford 6-28. IndividualRushing -Port St. Joe: R.Russ 9-56, Thomas 8-30, Zaccaro 3-26, J.Butts 10-26, Edwards 4-14, GrifÂ“ n 3-12, Reed 3-8, Ash 1-2. Rutherford: Bouie 10-45, Givens 2-13, Caldwell 11-7, Green 3-6, Tubbs 4-(-2), team 2-(-20). Passing -Port St. Joe: J.Butts 4-14-0-55. Rutherford: Tubbs 2-7-1-4, Richardson 0-3-0-0. Receiving -Port St. Joe: R.Russ 4-55. Rutherford: Smith 1-6, Hughes 1-(-2).
** A16 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@starÂ” .com Endless summer reÂ” ections, [COURTESY OF SAMANTHA CORZINE] Lightning show over the Gulf near Mexico Beach. [COURTESY OF SANDIE KENNEDY] Spoonbills at Cape San Blas point. [COURTESY OF BRANDI PIERGIOVANNI] Lunch time on St. Joe Beach. [COURTESY OF LIZZY ABSHER] Scalloping in the southern end of St. Joseph Bay. [COURTESY OF LARRY SHERIDAN] Enjoying the waves. [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Sunset over the bay, as seen from Simmons Bayou. [COURTESY OF BUDDY EDWARDS]
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 B1TRIVIA FUN COMMUNITY Wilson Casey ÂTrivia FunÂŽ 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? WC@TriviaGuy.com1. By global passport power rankings, who is No. 1 by its total visa-free score?Japan, Canada, Finland, Singapore2. Which stateÂs town of Rosalyn has the International Vinegar Museum?Georgia, Mississippi, Maine, South Dakota3. Sales of Rolaids, Alka-Selt-zer and Tums jump about 20 percent in what month?February, July, November, December4. Who highly publicized the phrase, ÂEvery cloud has a silver lining.ÂŽ?Churchill, P.T. Barnum, Houdini, Jim Pearson5. What are carpenter, line, post and torpedo types of?Bumblebees, Levels, Weights, Hammers6. Ancient Egyptians regarded a tattoo as a sign of ...?Wealth, Ignorance, War, Occult ANSWERS: 1. Singapore, 2. South Dakota, 3. December, 4. P.T. Barnum, 5. Levels, 6. WealthBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850227-7827 @PSJ_Star | firstname.lastname@example.orgWith good news last week on several economic fronts, the unemployment rate joined the mix during the month of August, according to statis-tics from the Florida Office of Economic Opportunity.The countyÂs unemployment rate in August was 3.6 percent, down from 3.9 the prior two months and 4.0 percent in August 2017.The regionÂs unemployment rate, the region including Bay and Franklin Counties, was 3.4 percent, with Bay County leading the way with a 3.4 percent and Franklin at 3.5 percent.A year ago, the regionÂs unemployment rate was 4.0 percent.The unemployment rate in Florida was 3.7 percent in August, unchanged from July and down 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.This is the lowest unemployment rate in Florida in over a decade.In Florida, there were 375,000 unemployed Florid-ians from a labor force of 10.24 million.The national unemploy-ment rate for August was 3.9 percent, unchanged from July.Out of a regional labor force of 103,026, which was up 1.2 percent year over year, there were 3,477 unemployed across the three counties.ÂWe are excited about a new company, Skyborne Technol-ogy, coming into the area, as well as the Eastern Shipbuilding construction that is coming along,ÂŽ said Kimberly Bodine, Executive Director of CareerSource Gulf Coast. ÂIt is great news that Gulf County is adding jobs to its economy.ÂŽOther economic drivers in the county include bed tax collections, up almost 44 per-cent in July compared to July 2016 and up 4 percent for the year. In Bay County, bed tax col-lections are running 6 percent above last year and in Franklin County bed taxes in June were 26 percent above June 2016, according to CareerSource Gulf Coast.Additionally, though Gulf County had no commercial permits pulled during August, there were 11 residential building permits, at a value of $3.2 million, pulled for August.Franklin County had a single residential permit pulled while Bay County reported one commercial and 64 residential permits pulled in August.In August, non-agricultural employment in the Panama City MSA, which also includes Gulf County, was 88,200, up 2,200 jobs, or 2.6 percent, over the year.The Panama City MSA grew as fast or faster compared to the state average in the sector of professional and business services (up 4.7 percent) in August.County unemployment falls amid good economic newsFlag poles arrive for center of memorialBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-2277827 @PSJ_Star | email@example.comThe central concept for a proposed ÂHonor WalkÂŽ at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill is honoring vet-erans who have sacrificed to defend the countryÂs flag and the ideals which that flag represents.So it was no small step when the poles that will display the American Flag, as well as the flags of the branches of the military at new monument in Gulf County, arrived just after the Labor Day holiday.Currently in storage, awaiting completion of critical groundwork and fundraising, the poles, paid by Tourist Development Council bed tax dollars, will be the eye catchers for trav-elers along U.S. 98.ÂFrom the precipice of Beacon Hill they will appear magnificent in their dominance of the landscape,ÂŽ said Rodney Herring, a member of the citizens com-mittee spearheading the Honor Walk project.In the middle of the array of poles will be the one dis-playing the American Flag, standing 70-feet tall; that is about 15 feet taller than the flag pole in the Port City Shopping Center.The other five poles, each 50-foot tall, will display the flags of the military branches, Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.ÂTheir majesty will be (a highlight) to those traveling along U.S. 98 and the Gulf Coast,ÂŽ Herring said.The poles, designed to exceed coastline engineering standards, were delivered in individual sheaths from Bell Signs out of Orlando.Herring and fellow Honor Walk committee members George Duren and Jessica Susich were on hand to take delivery.Honor Walk project reaches another milestoneGeorge Duren aids in ofÂ” oading the Â” ag poles for the Honor Walk in Veterans Memorial Park. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] EOC classes begin next week By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star firstname.lastname@example.orgA natural disaster has just visited; since this is Gulf County make it a hurricane.The dictate from emergency responders to the public is prepared to care. For yourself first.Then care for neighbors, those on the next block and the broader community beyond.But it all starts with having a plan to care and protect oneself.The Gulf County Emergency Operations Center is about to take the concept one step fur-ther with the introduction of CERT, or Community Emer-gency Response Team.The program is collabora-tion between FEMA and local emergency managers.The CERT program is an educational outreach program to community members about disaster preparedness for haz-ards that could impact daily life.The program trains participants on basic disaster training, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and medical operations in a disaster event.Classes will begin next week and continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of October.The goal of the program is two-fold.ÂWhat we want is for the general population to take care of themselves,ÂŽ said EOC Director Marshall Nelson. ÂIf we could get everybody in the county certified with CERT and taking care of themselves, that would be huge.ÂYou want people to be aware and know how to react in the case of a disaster.ÂŽ In addition, the hope is that some of those who complete CERT certification will in turn become members of an established CERT team in Gulf County.ÂA significant part of it is building a really good volun-teer base,ÂŽ Nelson said. ÂBut to help us, they need to be able to take care of themselves.ÂŽThe program offers what is considered a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that emergency managers can rely on in the event of a disaster, according to the programÂs website.Creating a team for care CERT-aintyCERT training includes a variety of skills, including medical and light search and rescue in the event of a disaster. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] The hope is to create a CERT team in the county. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] See COUNTY, B6The program trains participants on basic disaster training, including re safety, light search and rescue, team organization and medical operations in a disaster event.See CERT, B6 See PROJECT, B6
** B2 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star SOCIETY2018 ÂSuitcase full of SmilesÂ Fall Board Meeting Special to The StarThe GFWC Wewahitchka WomanÂs Club was represented by seven members at the 2018 ÂSuitcase full of SmilesÂŽ Fall Board Meeting. There were numerus venders, speakers and drawings.Among the speakers were Wendy Finklea from Arts4All/VSA, Victoria Rusu-Ebert from Operation Smile and Barbara Beck from Habitat for Humanity of Florida. We are looking forward to working with these charities,Many workshops for each Community Service Projects that we volunteer in were held and each one deals with at least one of the 7 Grand Initiatives.If you would like to learn more about all the exciting programs, proj-ects we have in support of our community and the 7 Grand Initiatives, visit our Facebook page GFWC Wewahitchka WomanÂs Club and join us at our regular monthly meeting, the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. CT at the Glad Tidings Church Fellowship Hall in Wewahitchka.Our next meeting is Oct. 9. Hope to see you there!GFWC Wewahitchka WomanÂs Club news[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThere is a support group for widows in Wewahitchka. Anyone who is a widow is wel-come. It is not connected to any church, although we do meet at Glad Tidings Assembly in the fellowship the fourth Tuesday of each month.We have a covered dish lunch and will fellowship together at 11 a.m. CT.My name is Diane Witt, 639-5710.This group started in January 2008. I had lost my husband of 41 years and God led me with much prayer and just how he wanted it to be done. We started in my home, and it got to be a bit crowded, so I asked Joey Smith, pastor at Glad Tidings, if we could meet at the church and he thought it was wonderful.It is so hard for a new widow to cope with the grief. It is overwhelming.And this is an opportu-nity to meet with women that care and understand the magnitude of what you are feeling.So if you are interested, please call my number anytime. Leave a mes-sage and a number if you canÂt get me. Love to hear from you.WidowÂs outreach support groupSpecial to The StarHow families experiencing conflict and division can heal will be discussed at a new Lifetree Caf lunch setting at 11:30 a.m. CT Friday, Oct. 5.The program, titled ÂA Family Divided: Finding Peace by Letting Go,ÂŽ features the filmed story of a family that struggled with an unexpected teen-age pregnancy.During the program participants will have the opportunity consider lessons the family learned as they worked through their response to the pregnancy.Admission to the 60-minute event is free. A simple lunch and beverages are available at 11:30 a.m. with the episode beginning at 12 p.m. CT. Lifetree Caf is located at 1602 U.S. Highway 98 in Mexico Beach across from El Governor Motel.Lifetree Caf is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual cof-feehouse-type setting. Questions about Lifetree may be directed to Gary Grubb at 334-806-5667 or email@example.com.Help for divided families o ered at Lifetree Caf Mari Kuraishi, co-founder of GlobalGiving, to take helm in January Special to The StarThe trustees of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund have selected Mari Kuraishi, co-founder and president of GlobalGiving, to be the FundÂs next president.GlobalGiving is a pioneering global crowd-funding platform for vetted, community-led organizations. Since its founding in 2002, the Washington, D.C.-based company has supported more than $340 million in giving by more than 814,000 donors to more than 20,000 projects worldwide.Under KuraishiÂs leadership, GlobalGiving was cited by Forbes as one of the ÂTen Startups Changing the World,ÂŽ and named a Top 10 place to work in DC on Glassdoor.com because of its commitment to core values, talent development, and clear success metrics.ÂMariÂs energy, vision and experience in innovative philanthropy were the essential attributes we desired in the FundÂs next president,ÂŽ said Jessie Ball duPont Fund trustee Leroy Davis, chair of the search committee. ÂWe are con-fident that she is the right person to lead the Fund in its next chapter.ÂŽÂI am honored to have been selected by the board to take over the helm of the Jessie ball duPont Fund,ÂŽ Kuraishi said. ÂThe FundÂs accomplishments over the last 40-plus years, its cat-alytic role in collaborative place-based philanthropy, and its fidelity to Mrs. duPontÂs vision form an exciting foundation for the next chapter.ÂŽPrior to co-founding GlobalGiving, Kuraishi led the Corporate Strategy Group at the World Bank where she was responsible for setting corporate priorities and engendering business innovation for an international financial institution dedicated to fighting poverty world-wide; and was the country anchor and officer for the bankÂs Russia program, where she coordinated a sovereign lending program at its Washington, D.C., headquarters. She is chair of the board of directors for GuideStar, USA; chair of the board of directors for DataKind; chair of the board of direc-tors for APOPO US; and a member of the board of advisors for the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Har-vard University.Kuraishi earned her bachelorÂs degree in Modern European History and masterÂs degree in Rus-sian Studies from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts.ÂWe are thrilled to wel-come Mari to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund,ÂŽ said Marty Lanahan, chair for the trustees. ÂThis is an important time in the FundÂs history and she has the leadership style, unique qualities and strategic perspective necessary to expand the FundÂs collaborative phi-lanthropy and impact.ÂŽ Kuraishi will begin her duties with the Jessie Ball duPont Fund in January 2019.The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create oppor-tunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont. The Fund has assets of $309 million and has awarded more than $376 million in grants since 1977.Jessie Ball duPont Fund names new presidentMari Kuraishi. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Thank you for your love and dedication that you have given to your family, your community, and your country.Happy 80th birthday, Rev. Jerry R. Huft Sept. 27 SEE MORE ONLINE AT STARFL.COM
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSSpecial to The StarSeventhand eighthgraders at Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School were treated to a special pair of visitors last week. Mr. Elmer Green, an Air Force veteran who served in the Vietnam War, is the quar-termaster of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10069 in Port St. Joe. Speaking to over 120 stu-dents about the American Flag, he discussed topics ranging from the history of the famous banner to the special respect and etiquette that should be afforded to this vener-able symbol of The United States.Accompanying Mr. Green was Betty Arendt, who is the secretary of the VFW Auxiliary, a group dedicated to supporting our veterans. The Auxil-iary normally participates in activities such as hospital and nursing home visits for veterans, but during her stopover at WHS, Mrs. Arendt was a bearer of special gifts.In fact, she and Mr. Green journeyed to every classroom at the school and provided each student a U.S. flag and a pencil inscribed with the Pledge of Allegiance.Rounding out their day at WHS, the two patriots provided details and posters informing students about a couple of excellent opportunities to demonstrate their love of America while poten-tially earning scholarship dollars.ÂPatriotÂs PenÂŽ and ÂVoice of DemocracyÂŽ are, respectively, an essay contest for middle school-ers and a video contest for high school students, explained Mrs. Arendt.These special guests are definitely not finished at WHS.Both have agreed to return in the next few days to speak to the elev-enth-grade U.S. History classes, which is espe-cially significant, because these high schoolers are the ones who take care of WHSÂs flag on a daily basis. Charged with rais-ing and lowering the flag, including rescue missions when itÂs raining (which is quite a frequent occur-rence this year), this group of dedicated students will certainly have a particularly keen interest in the presentation. ÂWe sincerely appreci-ate Mr. Green and Mrs. Arendt dedicating time to teach our students crucial lessons and respect for our flag,ÂŽ explained Principal Jay Bidwell. ÂIt is impor-tant to be reminded of the sacrifice and effort it has taken generations of Americans to create and maintain this incredible, free society the flag symbolizes.ÂWho better to impart these concepts than a veteran who spent significant time battling for his country? Our whole school enjoyed interacting with Mr. Green and Mrs. Arendt, and I am excited for them to return and share their special program with more of our students.ÂŽVFW visits WHS to teach ag essentialsMr. Elmer Green and Ms. Betty Arendt present Â” ags to Ms. Johns class. Elmer Green and Betty Arendt with Ms. WadeÂs sewing class. Middle school students take a moment away from science lab to pose with Elmer Green. [PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarPANAMA CITY Â… Gulf Coast State College Pres-ident, Dr. John Holdnak, has announced the students named to the PresidentÂs and DeanÂs Honor Lists for Gulf County students for the Summer 2018 semester. The PresidentÂs Honor List includes all fulltime students (enrolled for 12 or more college credit hours) who earned a grade point average of 3.90 to 4.00. The DeanÂs List is awarded to students enrolled in 12 or more college credit hours who earned a grade point average of 3.70 to 3.89.Vicki Lanford of Gulf County was named to the PresidentÂs List; Jena Julian of Gulf County was named to the DeanÂs List.GCSC announces PresidentÂs/DeanÂs listsS.O.A.R. students at PSJESS.O.A.R. students for the week of Sept. 21 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]
** B4 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The Star FAITHOn Sunday, September 17, 2018, while in the serenity and comfort of Bay Medical Center in Panama City, surrounded by her loving and caring family, God dispatched the Angel of Death to relay a message to Mrs. Nora Jean Brown, 64, of Panama City, Florida., saying "I see your road is rough, and the hill is getting too steep. Come rest your head upon My breast, your soul I will keep." Mrs. Nora Jean Brown was born on Sunday, April 4, 1954 in Blountstown, Florida to the late Marie Bennett Battles and James Roulhac. Nora Jean was raised by her grandparents, the late Leah and Jerry Martin of Blountstown, Florida. Nora Jean was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mr. Harold Brown. She was employed with Bay Medical Center in the Housekeeping Department until her health failed. Nora Jean had four sisters and brothers preceded her in death, Audrey Mae Battles, Margaret Battles, Eddie Lou Batey and Rosey Bennett, Willie Lee Battles, Eddie Sam Battles, Richard Battles and Robert Battles. Nora Jean leaves behind one daughter, Wanda Roulhac and a special friend to look to her as a son-in-law, David Mitchell; one brother, Thedo Battles. Nora Jean had several special friends: Mrs. Ollie Mar Bright, Mr. Kenny Stanley, Mrs. Burnette Andrews and Mrs. Diamond Solomon. Mrs. Brown leaves one sister-in-law: Mrs. Sally Batey; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. (CST), Saturday, September 29, 2018, in the Zion Hope Missionary Baptist Church, 1520 Louisiana Avenue, Panama City, FL with the Reverend Bruce Taylor, officiating, under the directions of Christian Memorial Chapel of Graceville, Florida.NORA JEAN BROWN The Family of Paul Morning of Miami would like to extend a heartfelt ÂthanksÂŽ to our friends of Port St. Joe. We are so grateful and thankful for all you did in making our hours of bereavement easier to bear. May God continue to bless and keep you is our prayer. Family of Paul MorningTHANKS, THANKS, THANKS, AGAINDale Delano Proctor, age 85, of Port St. Joe, FL passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at Covenant Hospice at Bay Medical in Panama City, FL. A Memorial Service was held 3 p.m. EDT Sunday, September 23, 2018 in the Chapel at Whatley Funeral Services with Chaplain Chad Reister officiating. The family received friends an hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Additionally, a second Memorial Service will be held in Carrollton, GA at a later date. Dale, son of the late Benjamin Otis Proctor and Allie Te rrell Proctor, was born July 15, 1933 in Carrollton, GA. He served his country honorably in the United States Navy as an AirmanÂs Electrician First Class from 1950-1954. Dale earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of Georgia in 1960. He was an avid soccer player and was an international traveler, visiting Dubai, Central and South America, and all over Europe. Dale loved to fish, sports cars and spending time with his family. In addition to his parents, Dale is preceded in death by his sisters Christine Creel, Ima Jean Windom, Maudine Brunner and Dorothy Proctor and brother Donald Proctor. He is survived by his sister, Arlene James of Miami, FL; three children Paul Proctor (Sara Eccles) of Gainesville, FL, Jason Proctor (Jennifer Moulton) of Holyoke, MA and Erin Proctor of Orange Park, FL; granddaughter Victoria ÂToriÂŽ Eccles of Gainesville, FL; life partner Kim Jenkins of Port St. Joe, FL; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Online condolences and me mories may be shared at www.WhatleyFuneralServices.com. Whatley Funeral Services 507 10th St Port St. Joe, 32456DALE DELANO PROCTOR On September 17, 2018 Lloyd ÂScottÂŽ Todd died peacefully at his home in Wewahitchka. He is survived by his son, Ian Todd; his parents, William and Linda Todd; his three brothers, Tracy, and wife, Susan, Jason, Glen, and wife Christina; his two sisters, Melissa Todd and Samantha Todd. Scott was born in San Antonia Texas, the oldest of six children. He spent most of his life living and working in Bay and Gulf County. He loved his family, fishing and the Gators. A beach side Memorial Service will be held at 9 a.m. ET; 8 a.m. CT; Saturday, September 29, 2018 at Central Gulf County Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill, 8750 W Hwy 98, Port St Joe FL 32456. Kent-Forest Lawn Funeral Home Panama CityLLOYD ÂSCOTTÂ TODD MORE OBITUARIES ON B6
** The Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 B5One Sunday last fall, Sherrin and I found ourselves, for the second time in recent months, facing down a display of inexpensive silk flowers at Dollar General. We were in Port St. Joe this time; the first time, we had been in a tiny town in South Carolina where many folks in our fatherÂs family are buried, including our grandparents.On both occasions, we needed flowers for a grave, but on a Sunday afternoon in small towns in the South, florists are closed, and there are no big-box retail store for miles, typically. When that happens, we all fall into the waiting arms of our local dollar store.On that particular Sunday, we found and purchased a small arrangement of sunflow-ers, our Aunt BettyÂs favorite, and a small ceramic cross with the word ÂPeaceÂŽ inscribed on its front. That was perfect for our auntÂs grave, as she always wrote letters to us back when she taught school in Brazil, and each time, either her greeting or her salutation would be, ÂPeace and all good things.ÂŽ Then she would stamp the stationery with a small dove ink stamp. Peace was important to her, and is a word IÂll always think of when I think of her.We drove out to Holly Hill Cemetery, and found her small grave between those of our grandparents. We talked about our aunt, thanked her for her love, said a prayer, and cried. She would have loved the sun-flowers and the peace cross, and we knew it. We left satisfied that she was represented well, if not extravagantly.In South Carolina months prior, we had been searching an old cemetery for our paternal grandparentsÂ graves. We had faced the silk flowers at the dollar store already, and had found a small wreath, adorned with pink and white flowers. It was simple, inexpensive, and our only chance to place a remembrance on their graves on that Sunday evening as we passed through town. We were grateful that even in that tiny town, pop-ulation 2,040, the Dollar General was at attention, ready to help. We placed the small wreath on their headstone, and I told Sher-rin a few stories I remembered about those sweet grandpar-ents who died when she was too young to know them.As Sherrin and I bobbed around in the Gulf of Mexico on the following morning, we pondered this. How many times have we all needed some-thing and the local dollar store was there for us? We thought of many examples.Sherrin was on a motorcycle ride with friends last fall, she recalled, and got cold along the way. They stopped in a one-streetlight town and foundÂƒyou guessed itÂƒthe dollar store. She was able to buy a sweatshirt with a hood to keep herself warm for the rest of the day. It was cam-ouflage and not her style at all, but it was warm and cheap, and thatÂs what she needed. On those mornings when you find youÂve run out of eggs and donÂt want to walk clear across Walmart with no make-up on and messed-up hair, you can slip into a dollar store nearly unno-ticed to grab a dozen. No need to primp for this low-key place in a much smaller, more manageable space.When a child surprises his parents on Sunday afternoon with a project he needs to do for Monday morning class, that faithful little store is ready to serve, with inexpensive school supplies and a small selection of arts and crafts materials. IsnÂt that handy?Or if, like me, youÂve found yourself short cup of cooking oil for making a cake, and you donÂt want to park in the giant parking lot of Walmart, if you even have one nearby, and trek mile back to the baking aisle, what do you do? Well, what I do is jump in my car, drive 5 minutes to my local dollar store, and grab a bottle of cooking oil. I might even get a Diet Dr. Pepper while IÂm there, who knows?A dollar store is not fancy, it isnÂt full of expensive things, and is by no means fancy. The better ones are clean and well-kept, but that varies from town to town. The important thing is, itÂs there, itÂs ready to help you in your time of retail need. ItÂs also interesting to note, both Dollar General and Family Dollar hail from the South, the former with roots in Kentucky, and the latter in North Carolina. The best Southerners have always been ÂJohnny on the Spot,ÂŽ as my husband says; we are there when you need us.Well, now that IÂve paid homage to our favorite local discount store, let me give you a luscious, delicious idea for fall baking, with ingredients that I assure you can be found there. You may already have all the ingredients in your pantry, but if not, you know where to go.This delicious cake is decep-tively easy to prepare. Enjoy it all fall and winter long, especially at holiday parties when you need something that comes together easily. Chocolate-Caramel Sheet Cake with Toasted Cinnamon WalnutsIngredients: 1 chocolate cake, baked in a 9x13-inch baking dish. (I used Betty's Original Recipe Chocolate Joy by Betty Crocker) Â€One recipe of Steph's caramel sauce Â€1 cup chopped walnuts (or substitute pecans) Â€ teaspoon ground cinnamon Â€1 teaspoon sugar Â€1 tablespoon butter Method: 1. Cool cake, then poke it with a fork to make holes all over the top. I didn't poke all the way to the bottom, but almost. 2. Make caramel sauce: Â€1 sticks butter Â€ cup milk Â€1 cup packed brown sugar Combine all three ingredients in heavy-bottomed saucepan. Whisk together over mediumhigh heat until it is completely combined and begins to boil. Boil for exactly three minutes while stirring. Take off heat and cool to warm temperature before serving. 3. Toast nuts: In a small nonstick skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Then add the nuts, and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar, Let the nuts toast while you continually stir. This takes only about one minute; the moment you smell the nuts, take them off the heat or they will quickly burn. Pour the caramel sauce over the cake, starting at the center and working outward, allowing the warm sauce to Â” ow into all the holes you poked in cake. Sprinkle the toasted nuts over the top while the caramel is still hot and liquid. Allow to cool before cutting into squares. 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 young adult sons who are considerably taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at whatsouthernfolk seat.com and at Facebook. com/whatsouthernfolkseat.WHAT SOUTHERN FOLKS EATOn Dollar Stores and cemeteries in the SouthChocolate-caramel sheet cake with toasted cinnamon walnuts. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-Fraizer
** B6 Thursday, September 27, 2018 | The StarLonnie ÂRichardÂŽ Williams, 73, of Port St. Joe, Florida, passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, September 22, 2018. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Debbie Williams; one son, Clifford Wiley (Kelly) of Tallahassee, FL; five daughters, April Palmer (Edward) of Albany, Ga, Pamela Grice (Charles) and Robbin Peavy (David), both of Wewahitchka, FL, Nikki Butts (Bryan) of Brandon, Miss, and Brandy Fedd of Port St. Joe, FL; two brothers, Roger Dale Williams (Shelia) of Wewahitchka, Roy Williams of Seirra Vista, Arizona; three sisters, Robbie Roberson of Wewahitchka, FL, Martha Williams of Panama City, FL and Linda Dietz of Wewahitchka, FL; Fourteen grandchildren, Matthew & Caleb, Kate & Royce, Britney & Summer, Jarod & Haley, Taylor, Kaylee, Laney & Nic, Micaela & Cassia and five great-grandchildren; Boone & Baylor, Connor & Chandler and Kasen. Lonnie ÂRichardÂŽ Williams was born on April 5, 1945 in Wewahitchka, Florida to Aldeen and Mae Williams. He graduated from Wewahitchka High School in 1963. He worked several jobs before being drafted into the United States Army, where he worked as a Combat Engineer and earned the Vietnam Service Metal with two bronze service stars, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Metal, and the National Defense Service Metal. After his service, he worked for St. Joe Paper Company where he retired after 30 years, and then traveled the country with his wife driving an 18 wheeler. He loved horses, MMA Wrestling, gardening and farming. Most importantly, he loved to spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. A celebration of RichardÂs life will be held at 11 a.m. (EST), on Saturday, September 29 at Holly Hills Cemetery in Port St Joe.LONNIE ÂRICHARDÂ WILLIAMS Industries gaining jobs over the past year included profes-sional and business services (up 300 jobs); mining, log-ging and construction (up 300 jobs); education and health services (up 100 jobs); leisure and hospitality (up 500 jobs); trade, transportation and utilities (up 800 jobs); government (up 300 jobs); and financial activities (up 100 jobs).According to the DEO, the manufacturing industry (down 200 jobs) lost jobs and other business sectors were unchanged, year over year.The unemployment rate does not reflect those unem-ployed who are no longer receiving unemployment benefits nor does it include those who have stopped seek-ing employment.CareerSource Gulf Coast operates offices in all three counties. Visit www.career-sourcegc.com to learn more about professional workforce development and job place-ment services, all offered free of charge. COUNTYFrom Page B1And when the general population understands the little things that must be accomplished to care for themselves that frees those trained emergency managers to focus on the more skilled duties that come with a natural disaster, the CERT website describes.Such a team would aid the Red Cross in its myriad duties during a disaster and would also be crucial in food distribution, disseminating information to hard to reach areas and providing wellness checks of other residents.The CERT program, which went national in 1993, is designed as a grassroots ini-tiative, able to be tailored to fit local emergency manage-ment needs.The program was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department after reviewing the response to a 1985 earth-quake in Mexico City.There are over 2,700 local CERT programs in 28 states and Puerto Rico with more than 600,000 individuals trained since CERT became a national program.ÂThrough CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced,ÂŽ according to CERT website.The basic CERT course load is covered in a series of classes to be held 2-5 p.m. ET Oct. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16 and 18. The final exercise will be 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET Oct. 19.All classes will be held at the EOC.You must complete all courses to become certified.To sign-up or register call 229-9110 or visit www.gulfcounty-fl.gov/ county_government/ emergency_management. CERTFrom Page B1CERT courses begin next week at the EOC. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] ÂWe are amazed that the Honor Walk has come so far so soon,ÂŽ Herring said. ÂFor some it has been difficult to envision the behind-thescenes and beneath-surface work that must precede the construction of any monument or installation of memorial brick pavers.ÂOnce this (project) reaches its final touches, none who visit will have any inkling of the steel-reinforced concrete buried beneath the surface.ÂŽThe ÂHonor WalkÂŽ will fill an 80-foot-by-140-foot area along the bluff at Veterans Memorial Park, which offers some of the finest views of the ocean in the county. The Board of County Com-missioners broke ground on the project in May after approving conceptual plans last summer and establishing a citizens committee to spear-head finalizing the plans and raising funds.At each point of the monu-mentÂs central pentagon anchored by the American flag, 8-foot-by-3-foot monuments for each branch of the military will stand, each inscribed with the Gulf County veterans who Âpaid the ultimate sacrifice,ÂŽ in battle.There will be seating behind the flags and several areas for quiet reflection and brick and concrete walkways thread through the memorial.The entire area would be surrounded by a 4-foot high fence with pillars spaced along the length of the fence.Walkways will extend 20 feet from the center of a mon-ument in opposite directions.As Herring noted, Âthere remains much to be done.ÂŽFundraising has already inched past the midway point of the $300,000 goal.ÂThe committee is convinced that those who honor and cherish the memory of our veterans will do all that they must to transform this dream into a reality,ÂŽ Herring said.Memorial pavers are also being sold for the walkways that will thread through the memorial.While representing a small fraction of the overall costs of the project, the pavers are a way for anyone and everyone to be involved in the project, Herring said.ÂLet us all say that we played a part in making this hallowed place a place to remember our veterans with respect and rev-erence,ÂŽ Herring said.Work on the site of the Honor Walk is expected to begin soon with a proposed opening of early 2019.If weather permits and fundraising and construction continue apace, the hope is a Âgrand revealÂŽ would take place as soon as Memorial Day.ÂThe Honor Walk will complete the recognition of veterans in this park, recognition which is well-deserved,ÂŽ said George Duren, another member of the project committee.ÂThis will help remind everyone our freedoms have been willingly paid by our veterans. ÂWe want people to drive by on (U.S. 98) and look up and say Gulf County respects it veterans. Our veterans deserve to be recognized.ÂŽTo learn more about fundraising efforts or to donate go to: h ttp://www.VeteransParkHonorWalk.org. PROJECTFrom Page B1The Â” ag poles will become the focal point of the Honor Walk. [FILE PHOTO]
CLASSIFIEDSThe Star | Thursday, September 27, 2018 B B 7 7 21534S FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS The Board of Directors (the Â“BoardÂ”) of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, a public body corporate and politic (the Â“AgencyÂ”), hereby provides notice, pursuant to Sections 163.08(2), (3) and (4) and 197.3632(3)(a), Florida Statutes, of its intent to use the uniform method of collecting non-ad valorem assessments for more than one year to be levied within the area encompassed by the boundaries of every county in Florida, or any of the municipalities therein, subscribing to or served by the AgencyÂ’s statewide provision of funding and financing to construct or pay for energy conservation and efficiency improvements, renewable energy improvements and wind resistance improvements in accordance with Section 163.08, Florida Statutes (collectively, the Â“Qualifying ImprovementsÂ”). By law and resolution of the Agency, a property owner may apply to the Agency for funding and financing of a Qualifying Improvement. The non-ad valorem assessments contemplated by this notice are voluntary and are only imposed by the Agency with the prior written consent authorized by or on behalf of affected property owners who determine to obtain financing for Qualifying Improvements from the Agency. The Agency is authorized by law to fund and finance Qualifying Improvements and is required to annually collect repayment by non-ad valorem assessments. The Board will consider the adoption of a resolution electing to use the uniform method of collecting such assessments as authorized by Section 197.3632, Florida Statutes, at a public hearing to be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018, at the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization Executive Conference Room, 2570 W International Speedway Boulevard, Suite 100, Daytona Beach, Florida. Such resolution will state the need for the levy and will contain a legal description of the boundaries of the real property that may be subject to the levy which is the entirety of the State of Florida. Copies of the proposed form of resolution are on file at the office of Counterpointe Energy Solutions (FL) LLC, Third Party Administrator for the Florida PACE Funding Agency, 2600 Maitland Center Parkway, Suite 163, Maitland, Florida 32751, email: gov@counter pointees.c om All interested persons are invited to present oral comments at the public hearing and/or submit written comments to the Board at the above address. Written comments should be received by the Agency on or before October 29, 2018. Any persons desiring to present oral comments should appear at the public hearing. In the event any person decides to appeal any decision by the Board with respect to any matter relating to the consideration of the resolution at the referenced public hearing, a record of the proceeding may be needed and in such an event, such person may need to ensure that a verbatim record of the public hearing is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence on which the appeal is to be based. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 286.26, Florida Statutes, persons with disabilities needing special accommodation to participate in such public hearing should contact the River to Sea Transportation Planning Organization at (386) 226-0422 at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date of the public hearing. By Order of the Board of Directors of Florida PACE Funding Agency on August 14, 2018 Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21598S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-53-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF BILLY RAINEY FLEMING Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRATION The administration of the estate of BILLY RAINEY FLEMING, deceased, whose date of death was August 25, 2018 and whose social security number is ___ -__-0527, 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 representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’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 decedentÂ’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 DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 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: Janet F. Nobles 1620 Palm Blvd Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21596S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-54-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF DOROTHY F. BARLOW Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of DOROTHY F. BARLOW, deceased, whose date of death was December 20, 2017 and whose social security number is___-__-1477, 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 representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’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 decedentÂ’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 DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 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: Phoebe S. Barlow 907 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21600S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-51-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF MICHAEL JOHNSON Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of MICHAEL JOHNSON, deceased, whose date of death was May 1st, 2018 and whose social security number is ___-__-5121, 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 representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’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 decedentÂ’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 DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 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: Janet Marie Johnson 128 Pam Street Wewahitchka, FL 32465 Pub: September 20,27, 2018 21614S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Beor Fund 1 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 is as follows: Application #2018-21 Tax Sale Certificate #2016-712 R.E. No. 04231-165R Date of Issuance: May 31, 2016 Name in which assessed: James R & Joan A Cleckley Description of Property: Lot 33, Sunset Village Subdivision, thereof recorded in the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida, at Plat Book 4, Page 19, of the Plat Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 24th day of October 2018. DATED: September 17, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21618S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION File Number 18-55-PR IN RE: ESTATE OF ROBERT D. MINGER Deceased. NOTICE OF ADMINISTRA TION The administration of the estate of ROBERT D. MINGER, deceased, whose date of death was September 4th, 2018 and whose social security number is ___-__-7777, 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 representativeÂ’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedentÂ’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 decedentÂ’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 DECEDENTÂ’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this Notice is September 20, 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: Catherine Minger 502 10th Street Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Pub: September 20,27, 2018 21616S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Carl White Jr., 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 is as follows: Application #2018-18 Tax Sale Certificate #2015-871 R.E. No. 04601-000R Date of Issuance: May 29, 2015 Name in which assessed: Sally Mae Dickens Description of Property: SUB. Lot B of Lot 5A, Block A, in Port St. Joe Heights in the City of Port St. Joe, Florida. Size of Lot being 25 x 117 1/2. Also described as: The South 1/2 of Lot 5, Block A. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 24th day of October 2018. DATED: September 17, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 2018 21626S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA CASE NO. 2012CA000188 NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC, Plaintiff, vs. RICHARD D. BARFIELD, ET AL. Defendants NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated May 18, 2018, and entered in Case No. 2012CA000188, of the Circuit Court of the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit in and for GULF County, Florida. NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE, LLC (hereafter Â“PlaintiffÂ” ), is Plaintiff and RICHARD D. BARFIELD; ESTATE OF ROBERT L. HOLLAND; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND/OR BENEFICIARIES OF ROBERT L. HOLLND; UNKNOWN SPOUSE OF RICHARD D. BARFIELD NKA STEPHANIE BARFIELD, are defendants. Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court for GULF, County Florida will sell to the highest aid best bidder for cash in the FRONT LOBBY of the Courthouse; 1000 Cecil Costin Blvd, Port St. Joe, at 11:00 a.m ET., on the 11TH day of OCTOBER 2018, the following described property as set forth in said Final Judgment, to wit: LOT 8, IN BLOCK Â“AÂ”, OF CIRCLE Â“JÂ” ESTATES, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF, AS RECORDED IN PLAT BOOK 3, AT PAGE 10, OF THE PUBLIC RECORDS OF GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in this proceeding, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the ADA Coordinator by mail at P.O. Box 1089, Panama City, FL 32402 or by phone at (850) 747-5338 at least seven (7) days before your scheduled court appearance, or immediately upon receiving this notification if the time before the scheduled appearance is less than seven (7) days. If you are hearing impaired, please call 711 or email AD ARequest@jud14.fl courts.org. Dated this 11th day of September, 2018 Rebecca L. Norris CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT BY Barbara Baxter As Deputy Clerk Van Ness Law Firm, PLC 1239 E. Newport Center Drive Suite #110 Deerfield Beach, Florida 33442 Phone (954) 571-2031 Pleadines@vanlawfl.co m Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Lis Pendens must file a claim within 60 days after the sale. Pub: September 20, 27, 2018 21628S IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTEENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF THE STATE OF FLORIDA, IN AND FOR GULF COUNTY CASE NO.: 15-99-CA TERESA A. CROWE, an individual Plaintiff, vs. OVERSTREET FARMS, LLC, a dissolved Florida Limited Liability Company, LARRY G. TURNER, an individual, THAD WILLIAMS, an individual, and MEXICO BEACH LAND AND DEVELOPMENT, LLC, a dissolved Florida Limited Liability Company, Defendants. NOTICE OF FORE CL OSURE SALE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN pursuant to a Final Judgment of Foreclosure dated 8/2/18 entered in the above-styled action, the Clerk will sell to the highest and best bidder for cash, at the GULF COUNTY COURTHOUSE, 1000 Cecil Costin, Sr., Blvd, Port St. Joe, FL 32456, at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Time, on 10/25/18 the following described property situated in Gulf County, Florida, legally described as: Begin at concrete monument marking the Northwest corner of Section 6, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida for the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence leaving said POINT OF BEGINNING run South 02 degrees 09 minutes 44 seconds East along the Westerly boundary line of said Section 6 for a distance of 279.19 feet to a concrete monument; thence leaving said Westerly boundary line run North 89 degrees 44 minutes 16 seconds East 1319.76 feet to a concrete monument marking the Southwest corner of a conservation easement; thence run along the Westerly boundary line of said conservation easement North 01 degrees 32 minutes 06 seconds West 481.16 feet to a point of marking the Northerly boundary line of said conservation easement as follows: South 63 degrees 16 minutes 00 seconds East 116.92 feet; thence South 80 degrees 05 minutes 24 seconds East 21.87 feet; thence North 79 degrees 20 minutes 04 seconds East 12.19 feet; thence North 87 degrees 30 minutes 12 seconds East 107.44 feet; thence leaving said Northerly boundary line run North 00 degrees 00 minutes 00 seconds East 2339.62 feet to a point lying on Northerly boundary line of said Section 6; thence North 89 degrees 35 minutes 09 seconds West along said Northerly boundary line for a distance of 1657.50 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 100.00 acres, more or less. TOGETHER WITH AND SUBJECT TO A 30 FOOT WIDE INGRESS, EGRESS & UTILITY EASEMENT BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: Commence at a concrete monument marking the Northwest corner of Section 6, Township 6 South, Range 11 West, Gulf County, Florida; thence South 02 degrees 09 minutes 44 seconds East along the Westerly boundary line of said Section 6 for a distance of 279.19 feet to a concrete monument; thence leaving said Westerly boundary line run North 89 degrees 44 minutes 16 seconds East 1259.76 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING; thence leaving said POINT OF BEGINNING run North 89 degrees 44 minutes 16 seconds East 60.00 feet to a concrete monument, thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 31 seconds East 1892.27 feet to concrete monument lying on the Westerly right of way line of County Road No. 386; thence North 10 degrees 22 minutes 18 seconds East along said Westerly right of way line for a distance of 30.48 feet; thence leaving said Westerly right of way line run North 89 degrees 51 minutes 31 seconds West 1957.68 feet; thence South 00 degrees 08 minutes 29 seconds West 30.42 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING, containing 1.35 acres, more or less. (the Â“PropertyÂ”) Any person claiming an interest in the surplus from the sale, if any, other than the property owner as of the date of the Amended Lis Pendens must file a claim within sixty (60) days after the sale. WITNESS my hand and official seal of this Honorable Court, on September 12th, 2018 Rebecca L. Norris, Clerk of the Circuit Court By: Barbara Baxter Deputy Clerk In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, persons needing a special accommodation to participate in this proceeding should contract Rebecca L Norris, Clerk of Court, Gulf County, not later than seven (7) days prior to the proceeding at Telephone (850) 763-9061 Attorney for Plaintiff SILVA LAW GROUP, P.A. Joseph Silva, Jr,, Esq. 307 Wilson Avenue, Unit 18 Panama City, FL 32401 firstname.lastname@example.org Pub: September 27, October 4, 2018 21654S IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF HENRY COUNTY, ALABAMA JUVENILE DIVISION CASE NO. JU-2017-14.03 IN RE: THE MATTER OF: M. R. W. DOB: 09/01/2016 Minor child under the age of 18 years THE STATE OF ALABAMA SENDS GREETINGS TO: APRIL WARD and AARON WHITEHURST and all persons concerned with the custody of the above-named child. You are hereby summoned to appear in the District Court of Henry County, Alabama, on the 6th day of December, 2018, at 9:00 oÂ’clock a.m. at the Henry County Courthouse, 101 Court Square, Abbeville, AL, to answer a Petition filed regarding the termination of your parental rights regarding the minor child named above. You are also further commanded to provide a copy of any responsive pleadings to said Petition to: Chris Capps, Attorney for Henry County DHR, 170 S. Oates St., Ste. 2, Dothan, AL 36301. Given under my hand and seal this the 19th day of September, 2018 DISTRICT JUDGE HENRY COUNTY, ALABAMA Pub: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2018 21664S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Beor Fund 1 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 is as follows: Application #2018-22 Tax Sale Certificate #2016-90 R.E. No. 04256-003R Date of Issuance: May 31, 2016 Name in which assessed: Rita M & Raymond Lewis Syfrett Description of Property: Commence at the Southwest Corner of Section 6, Township 4 South, Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North along the West line of said Section 6, for 1312.50 feet; thence East at a right angle for 50.00 feet to a concrete monument for the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence North parallel with the West line of said Section 6, for 300.00 feet to a concrete monument; thence North 87 Degrees 46 Minutes 30 Seconds East for 516.61 feet, more or less, to the edge of the Dead Lakes; thence Southerly along the edge of said Lake for 300 feet, more or less, to a point on a line that bears North 85 Degrees 01 Minute East from the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence South 85 Degrees 01 Minute West for 483 feet, more or less, to the POINT OF BEGINNING; ALSO: Commence at the Southwest Corner of Section 6, Township 4 South, Range 9 West, Gulf County, Florida, thence North along the West line of said Section 6, for 1312.50 feet, thence East at a right angle for 50.00 feet to concrete monument; thence North parallel with the West line of said Section 6, for 300.00 feet to a concrete monument on the edge of the Dead Lakes for the POINT OF BEGINNING, thence North 87 Degrees 46 Minutes 30 Seconds East for 516.61 feet to a concrete monument on the edge of said Lake; thence Northwesterly and Southwesterly along said Lake for 600 feet, more or less, to the POINT OF BEGINNING. Containing 0.6 acre, more or less.
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Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 31st day of October 2018. DATED: September 24, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2018 21666S NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR TAX DEED NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Beor Fund 1 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 is as follows: Application #2018-23 Tax Sale Certificate #2016-854 R.E. No. 05857-000R Date of Issuance: May 31, 2016 Name in which assessed: The Williams Development Co., LLC Agent: Elaine Williams Description of Property: Lots 4, 6, 8 and 10, Block 1009, Unit No. 1, Millview Addition, City of Port St. Joe, Florida, according to the Public Records of Gulf County, Florida. All of said property being in Gulf County, State of Florida. Unless such certificate shall be redeemed according to law, the property descripted 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, 31st day of October 2018. DATED: September 24, 2018 REBECCA L. NORRIS CLERK OF THE CIRCUIT COURT GULF COUNTY, FLORIDA BY: Elaine Bland, Deputy Clerk Pub: September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 2018 21911S ADVERTISEMENT FOR BIDS Notice is hereby given that SEALED BIDS will be received by the CITY OF MEXICO BEACH, FLORIDA, at City Hall located at 201 Paradise Path, PO Box 13425, Mexico Beach, Florida 32410 up to 3:00 PM on the 19th day of October, 2018, and will be opened at the regular City Council Meeting to be held at 9:00 AM on the 23rd day of October, 2018 at the Mexico Beach Civic Center, 109 N. 31st Street, Mexico Beach, FL 32456, for the purchase of the following real property (old water well site): Two parcels of land described as Lots 3 & 4, Block C, Grand Isle Subdivision, Unit 15, Mexico Beach, Bay County, Florida. The Common address is 246 and 244 Lalla Lane respectively. Bids must specify which of the 2 lots you are bidding on and if bidding on both, breakdown the bid per lot. Sealed bids may be submitted by hand delivery or by US mail 201 Paradise Path, PO Box 13425, Mexico Beach, FL 32410. Bids must be in a sealed package marked: Â“SEALED BID PROPOSAL FOR PURCHASE OF OLD WATER WELL SITEÂ”. Emailed, faxed or late bids (including mail delivered after the due date and time) will not be considered. All closing costs shall be paid by the bidder, including title insurance. The Mexico Beach City Council will select the closing agent and title insurance company. The winning bid shall submit a certified check payable to the City of Mexico Beach in the amount of $5,000 to be placed with an escrow agent acceptable to the City Council within 24 hours of acceptance. Upon the acceptance of the bid, the successful bidder will be required to enter a contract for sale and purchase using the contract provided by the City Council. The Mexico Beach City Council reserves the right to reject any and all bids, and to waive any informalities. The City of Mexico Beach is an equal opportunity employer and procurer, drug free workplace and fair housing agency. For the City of Mexico Beach, Adrian Welle, City Clerk Pub: September 27, 2018 21977S 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: Hester Construction, LLC located at 153 S. Squirrel Avenuee, in the County of Gulf, in the City of Wewahitchka, Florida, 32465 intends to register the said name with the Division of Corporations of the Florida Department of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Port St. Joe, Florida, this 24th day of September 2018. Henry Hester Pub: September 27, 2018 21937S PUBLIC NOTICE INVITATION TO BID The Housing Authority of Apalachicola is requesting Sealed Bids for the following work to be conducted: On 16 single home or duplex housing units, a total of approximately 25,000 square feet, located on 14th, 15th, and 16th Streets in Apalachicola, FL, install (color silver) 24 gauge galvalume metal roofing with 6 inch eave drip edge to match roof color, installation of one layer of #30 lb felt underlayment on existing roof surface, replace all existing gutters and add new vent pipes. Metal roofing will go over existing shingle roofs. All grounds to be cleaned up on a daily basis as homes are occupied by tenants. Bids will be received until November 1, 2018. Please mail bids to: Apalachicola Housing Authority, 141 15th Street, Apalachicola, FL 32320, attn: Executive Director. 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