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** Volume 80 Number 51 Subscribe to The Star Phone: 800-345-8688 Opinion .................... A4 Letters to the Editor .... A5 Outdoors .................. A12 Sport .....................s A13 Society News .............. B2 School News .............. B3 Obituaries ............ B4-B6 Classifieds ........... B7-B8 A3School BoardA7PSJ news FEED THE HUNGRY, MEET A CHALLENGE, A6 Thursday, October 4, 2018YOUR HOMETOWN NEWSPAPER SINCE 1937 @PSJ_Star ¢ For breaking news, visit star” .com COASTAL CLEANUP, B1 A host of local favorite acts, including The Currys, Bo Spring Band and Charlie and Dana Hunt Black will perform. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comRick Ott just couldnt bear to see the annual Florida Scallop and Music Festival evaporate.After Hurricane Nate wiped out the second, and biggest, day of the festival last year, a non-profit that had taken the reins of the event had enough.After paying bills and ven-dors for an event that did not take place, there was no money in the bank account and several prominent members had already announced their departure.The festival was on life support.Enter Ott, a long-time music producer, and his six-person team from iHeart Radio.Scallop Festival, revived, returnsBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThe one certainty about a restoration project along the beaches of St. Joseph Peninsula is that sand should begin being tossed on the beach early next week.Monday is the projected start day for contractor Manson Construction Co. on a beach restoration, though the county does not know, and may not know until the 11th hour, the exact scope of the project.The scope hinges entirely on a RESTORE Act grant of $2.8 million and whether the dollars earmarked for the county several years ago will be released by the U.S. Treasury.In black-and-white, if the money is released before the first grain of new sand hits the beach, in other words by Friday, the project extends to the southern boundary of Billy Joe Rish Park.If, when the first grain falls the money is not in county hands, the project gets no further than just north of Scallop Cove.Assistant County Administrator Warren Restoration to begin MondayBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comGiven the passage of time updates may be required, but several county projects got the green light Monday after an announcement from Gov. Rick Scott.Scott announced approval and a Memorandum of Agreement with the Gulf Coast Consortium on a State Expenditure Plan (SEP) to spend some $291 million in fine dollars stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.These are so-called Pot 3 RESTORE Act funds, differ-ent from Pot 1 RESTORE (the countys direct allocation) and Triumph Gulf Coast.The SEP includes septic to sewer upgrades for the cities of Wewahitchka and Port St. Joe, including the running of sewer into Beacon Hill. Additionally, the plan pro-vides funding for erosion control structures along St. Joseph Peninsula and fund-ing for land acquisition.This is a big deal,Ž said Warren Yeager, a board director of the Consortium of 23 Florida counties charged with spending so-called Pot 3 RESTORE Act funds.Its a big deal because we have been working on this for three years. (These projects) make sense. They help the environment and they help the county.ŽAnd they carry significant caveats as currently drafted given the passage of those three years.The erosion control proj-ect will likely need amending as the project would again involve the Coastal Barrier Spending for sewer, erosion projects approvedState, Consortium agree on spending $290 millionBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comAs if the wall-to-wall television commercials werent a sufficiently clear signal, the election season is warming up.With absentee ballots hitting the mail this week and the voter registration book closing Tuesday, the Supervisor of Elections Office has entered action mode.We are on pace to have a pretty good turnout,Ž said Supervisor of Elections John Hanlon in reference to next months general election. Just over four weeks.Right at this time things are really ramping up,Ž Hanlon said.The voter registration book closes 5 p.m. ET Tuesday, 29 days prior to the election date.This is for new voter reg-istrations or party changes, though, as Hanlon noted; address or other minor changes to a voter registra-tion can be made right up until election day, Hanlon added.But to vote in the general election, you must be accurately registered with Hanlons office by end-of-business Tuesday.Eligible voters may Election activity ramping up Scope remains unknown Two days of music and arts begins Friday The Florida Scallop, Music and Arts Festival is Friday and Saturday. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]See FESTIVAL, A10 See BEACH, A8 See VOTING, A10 See SPENDING, A8


** A2 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The Star Star Staff ReportHere are but a few suggestions. Linda Heavner Gerald book signings. Linda Heavner Gerald will sign her new book at Josephs Cottage and the Library Oct. 5-6. Gerald is donat-ing all proceeds from these two signing events to the library. Gerald will be at Josephs Cottage, 403 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe, 5-7 p.m. ET Friday; wine and cheese will be served. On Saturday, Gerald will be signing from 10 a.m. until 12 noon ET at the Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library. Music in the Park in Mexico Beach. The Music in the ParkŽ series returns to Parker Park in Mexico Beach, 5-7 p.m. CT tonight with Charlie and Dana Black. Good music and good times, the con-cert is free. There will also be hot dogs and hamburg-ers, chips and a drink for a suggested donation of $5 (or more), benefiting Helping Hands. All proceeds go to Helping Hands. Helping Hands had an orginal goal of raising $15,000 to 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. Helping Hands has raised $7,000 with the Mexico Beach Community Development committed to match monies raised up to $10,000. Shop the SaltAir Farmers Market. The Port St. Joe SaltAir Farmers Market, in its 11th year, is held the first and third Saturdays of the month at City Commons adjacent to Port St. Joe City Hall, at the intersec-tion of Reid Ave. and Cecil G. Costin, Sr. Blvd. The market is held 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. At the market you may find fresh sea-sonal produce, jewelry, tie dye, carved woodwork and much more. Fall hours at the Cape San Blas Lighthouse. Starting last week and continuing until Memorial Day, the Cape San Blas Lighthouse 12-5 p.m. ET Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Venture to George Core Park in Port St. Joe and climb to the top, nearly 100 feet high and check out the Gift Shop in Sleeping Beauty.Ž For adults 13 and over, the cost to climb is $5 and for children under 12, but at least 44-inches tall, the cost for the climb is $3. Please, no flip-flops … climbers need sturdy shoes. In addition, the lighthouse is open, by appointment, for groups of 5 or more. The minimum charge is $25. Contact 229-8261 to book an appointment for a group. Library LuncheonŽ with author Lisa Patton. The Friends of the Gulf County Public Libraries will host author Lisa Patton to Port St. Joe for a Library LuncheonŽ 12-2 p.m. ET Tuesday at the Church Hall at First United Meth-odist Church. Lunch will be catered by Sunset Coastal Grill and Patton will be available after the program to sign books and answer questions. Pattons new release, Rush,Ž 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 empower-ment. Patton 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 Constitution. There are a limited number of tickets to the event. Tickets are available at the Library for $20. Proceeds will be used to improve the childrens area at the library; additional donations are also appreciated.THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKFarmers Market Saturday in Port St. Joe City Commons. [FILE PHOTO] New fall hours for the best view in town. [FILE PHOTO] Library LuncheonŽ with Lisa Patton Tuesday. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Charlie and Dana Hunt Black perform tonight in Parker Park in Mexico Beach as part of the Music in the Park series. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Linda Heavner Gerald will be signing copies of her latest book at Josephs Cottage Friday and the Port St. Joe Library on Saturday.[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Gulf County Dem-ocrats will hold their October meeting 7 p.m. ET Monday, Oct. 8 at the Port St. Joe Garden Center, located at 216 8th Street.League of Women Voters member Alvin Peters will discuss the twelve proposed constitutional amendments that will face Florida voters on the November ballot.Additional speakers will include:€ Sandy E. Quinn, Jr., Chairman of the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners and County Commission Dis-trict 4 candidate;€ John Nagy, County Commission District 1 candidate;€ Rosemary Lewis, Gulf County Domestic Violence Task Force Board Member; andEveryone is welcome. Meeting updates may be found on Facebook ( Bring a friend. The Democrats look forward to seeing you at the meeting and at your poll-ing place!Gulf County Democrats October meeting


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 A3By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comSweep aside annual stan-dardized testing dates and the most important weeks of each school year arrive in October and February.Those months bring the official count of full-time equivalent student enroll-ment in the district, with the October count coming next week.In other words, attendance is important every week, but next week student attendance is critical.Right now, the district is about 40 students off the projection, which this year was 1,901 students, said Bill Carr, Assistant Superinten-dent for Business Affairs.Carr said the deficit is across the county, south end and north.School funding is tied to full-time equivalent enrollment, with each student bringing roughly $4,000 in basic funding to the district, so the key is to be as close, if not over projections.Fall short of projections and by the time the fiscal year budgets are balanced out, the district will see less funding than calculated at the begin-ning of the fiscal year.Carr said the district tends to come in behind projec-tions in the fall only to make up the gap during the February count. Triumph Gulf CoastLori Price, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, said the district has received verbal approval on a term sheet from Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc. for a grant to create a drone, or unmanned aviation, program.The Triumph board approved the $750,000 grant during last months board meeting, pending a term sheet.Price said the details of that term sheet, the equivalent of a contract with Triumph, had been worked out with Triumph staff by phone and would likely be presented to the board during this months meeting. Triumph meets this month in Gulf County, at the Gulf/ Franklin campus of Gulf Coast State College.The comprehensive nature of this grant (is signifi-cant),Ž said Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton.As part of the overall instruction, elementary school students will learn coding and the unmanned aviation component has applications in Wewahitchka for students seeking agricultural science certifications.(The grant) has a lot of dif-ferent applications,Ž Price said.The Triumph board is also scheduled this month to take up a district grant application to establish a culinary arts program at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School. Perfect scoresThe board recognized five students Tuesday, three of whom were present, for achieving a perfect score on at least one component of the Florida Standards Assess-ment tests.Port St. Joe students Luke Lentz and Owen Combs earned perfect scores in Civics and English Language Arts, respectively.Present at Tuesdays meet-ing were three Wewahitchka students who also had perfect scores. Isabella Sheely was perfect on the fourth-grade math test; Lakin Ferrell was perfect on the fifth-grade math test; and Daniel Bozeman was per-fect in the U.S. History test.All received certificates and letters of recognition from Gov. Rick Scott. Atmosphere of fear, intimidationThe most time-consuming portion of Tuesdays meeting was discussion between parent Susan Kotelman and Norton.Kotelman distributed to board members information pertaining to the recent abrupt resignation of a Wewa-hitchka Elementary School teacher. Kotelman also related a con-versation her husband is alleged to have had with Norton, which Kotelman said was unprofes-sional and threatening.There is an atmosphere of fear and intimidation in the schools,Ž Kotelman said. People are afraid of losing their jobs if they speak out.ŽKotelman urged the five school board members to work together to address the issues and work on creating a better, safer environment.ŽNorton disputed the contents of conversation with Kotel-mans husband, noting she was not present, and said he served in his job based on his relationship with Jesus Christ.There is a separation of church and state, Norton con-tinued, but he said he believed many board members and members of his staff come to work each day for similar reasons.And, he said, he and Kotelman have a history of butting heads on various issues and noted she was sitting with the president of the union representing school employees.There is, Norton contin-ued, an open arbitration case involving Krissy Gentry.Kotelman said Nortons comments, in reply to the concerns of a parent, were unprofessional.Ž Dome repairsThe board is back to square one after the lone bidder on work to several supporting beams in The DomeŽ at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School declined the bid.District enrollment count next weekWewahitchka students Isabella Sheely, Lakin Ferrell and Daniel Bozeman were recognized Tuesday by School Board chair Brooke Wooten and Superintendent Jim Norton for earning a perfect score during FSA testing. [TIM CROFT | THE STAR]


** A4 Thursday, October 4, 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. 1957 was a wonderful year. For any age. But for a ten year old, you talk about special ƒ Now, for sure, we realized that most olderŽ folks didnt think we knew our elbow from a hot rock. It had nothing to do with liking, or not liking you. Or trust, or worthiness, or the price of eggs in China. They just figured ten was a fairly young age to make much of a contribution. Me and Buddy, Ricky and Bobby didnt hold that against them. Thenƒ..or now. 1957 was the first time we were allowed to walk to the Park Theatre on our own. Can you imagine the freedom? No one was encumbered by a parent or tagging along with an older brother. It was like we owned the world! Im telling you, the grass was greener, the sky bluer, the air more crispƒ..passing cars were honking a friendly hello just to us! The quarter for admission, plus popcorn and drink, was nestled safely in the bottom reaches of OUR right front pocket. We didnt merely walk the mile or so to town, we high stepped along like kings on a knightly mission! We didnt need a chaperone, chauffeur, supervisor or watchful eye. Thomas Jefferson and the Adams boys could write about independence till the cows came home, but it didnt mean diddley-squat until you were taking those first steps down Stonewall Streetƒƒ unattended! The self contained stroll to the Saturday afternoon matinee was just the beginning. You know Ricky, Buddy and Bobby! Wed never heard the term, outside the boxŽ„but those guys immediately began to test most every boundary erected in our little world in what could only be described as unusualŽ, innovativeŽ and possibly, hair brainedŽ ways. If we were old enough to walk to town by ourselves, surely we could bicycle over to the baseball field out past Kees Grocery. And if we could bicycle that kind of distance, we could hike the few miles to Clear Lake. And if we could trek out to the lake, we could easily climb the city water tower. And if we could make it up that monstrously high tower, we could hop the L&N freight train and ride that sucker down to Milanƒƒ A million words on paper could never completely convey what that first measure of independence wrought in our little world! And it went way past testing some kind of childhood limits. We actually took note of what was going on around us. We didnt know what a Sputnik was. But all of a sudden we cared. If our parents were worried about it, for the first time in our lives, we were too! We discussed the Cold War. And asked each other what would happen if Russia attacked us. If they dropped an atomic bomb on Memphis, how long would it take the fallout to reach us? We wondered why countries throughout the world couldnt get along. And we werent in a classroom, we didnt have a textbook and no one was going to grade us on anything! We werent mature by any stretch of the imagination. Im not saying that. And we hadnt grown up all of a sudden.Ž There was no flash of light. Nobody Crossed the Rubicon.Ž We were still ten years old for goodness sakes! BUT we had some thoughtsƒ... And everybody has got to start somewhere. We might not have been ready to say it out loud, but we began to understand the world didnt revolve around us. Everybody had feelings. Opinions. Ideas. Goals. Beliefs. Hurts. Wants. Needs. Life could be relentless if you tried to walk it by yourself. And it dawned on me and Buddy, Ricky and Bobby that we might not grow up to be cowboys after all. We probably werent going to spend our lives together riding down outlaws, rustlers and bank robbers in the West Texas badlands. Of course, our immediate future was the next grade in school. But junior high loomed on the horizon. And high school, with all its mysteries and trappings, wasnt that far away. We sought each others thoughts, fears, hopes and dreams for the days that lay ahead of us. It was a practice we continued through graduation. 1957 was also the summer we pledged to be best buddies forever. Life, as it turned out, was a bit more complicated than our little minds comprehended on that park bench across from the drugstore way back then. It sent us in different directions, to different states, different jobs and really, different worlds. It never separated usƒ.. Respectfully, HeberHUNKER DOWNBirds of a featherI finally got around to trying to paint the walls in my basement living space. Its been a number of years since it has been painted and I only wanted to paint the wall and a few other places where I had patched and covered various holes. My first problem was that I had thrown out all of the old cans of paint that had been living in my garage in my latest garage cleaning. Therefore, I had no idea as to the correct color I was supposed to ask for at the hardware store. My wife, however, told me definitively that it was Dill Pickle.Ž The walls were definitely green, so the color sounded reasonable to me. There are worse places for me to go than the hardware store … I actually like it and know all the folks there on a first name basis. The nice paint-mixing lady was more than happy to mix me up a batch of Dill PickleŽ green based on her secret formula she had pulled from the color mixing catalog or computer. I wasnt paying that much attention, because they put a lot of things you think you need, but you really dont need over by the paint mixing station. As I studied the big bars of soap in this area, she was busy mixing my Dill Pickle. These big bars of soap had catchy names and some of them smelled very manly. I was not willing to shell out ten bucks for a bar of soap, but I was more than willing to open each box and take a whiff. There was beer soap on a rope, pine soap and soaps with names like Victory,Ž Accomplishment,Ž Productivity,Ž and Naval Supremacy.Ž I think my favorite was Accomplishment.Ž You never really think of smelling accomplishment, so it was nice to stand there with the box open and my nose on top of it. After I had spoken to everyone, collected my Dill Pickle paint and savored the bourbon soap one more time, I checked out and headed home. With a new roller in hand, I started painting various spots on the wall that I had patched and sanded smooth in the previous couple of weeks. Standing back and admiring my work, I realized that the Dill Pickle green I was rolling on the wall was a bit lighter in color than what my wife thought was Dill Pickle green that was already on the wall. Thinking it would blend in and darken up, I just left it and decided I would come back in an hour and see if it got darker. It didnt get darker after an hour, a day or even a few days. What I had was a messƒ It was definitely not Dill Pickle.Ž I never knew there were so many shades of green. Paint colors always have fancy sounding names, but greens in general come in Forest, Sage, Olive, Lime, Hunter, Jade, Fern, Pine, Kelly, Sea and Emerald … just to name a fewƒ. I could have brought every little color swatch from the hardware store and still never determined which one it was. So I did what any (maybe not any) man would do and cut another hole in my wall from part of the wall that was not covered in white sanded spackle to take down to the hardware store for them to analyze in their nifty paint matching machine. Yes, it was a bit extreme, but I wanted to win this game and I was willing to patch another hole to do it. Does it match? Looking in the can, it looks like it does, but I havent had the guts to try it yet. As noted, I have a good time at the hardware store. Green and all of its shades is a nifty color, they say green is the color of life, renewal, nature and energyƒ We associate green with vitality, fresh growth and wealthƒ Im not so sure about me associating it with wealth, but Im pretty sure the paint-mixing lady down at the hardware store does. Read more stories at www. MY TRACTORThe color greenBy Lee H. HamiltonSpecial to The StarWe live in a divided country. And I dont just mean politically. Our economy is creating winners and losers, with no clear way up the ladder for millions of Americans. The last few decades have produced great inequality of wealth and with it, unequal access to the levers of power. Were split along regional lines. Were divided along rural and urban lines. We increasingly struggle with differences of race, religion, and class. Were also divided politically and ideologically. Abortion, gun rights, same-sex marriage, the use and abuse of police power, curbs on corporate power, environmental protection: these issues elicit strong feelings and cut deeply through the electorate. Theyre also reflected in the overt partisan divisions that show up in elections, and thus in legislatures and Congress. The parties in many ways play a more important role in how people vote and how they think about political issues than we usually imagine. Although there are plenty of Americans who disdain party allegiance, many of us lean toward one party or the other „ and whether we acknowledge it or not, more often than not follow its lead and vote for its candidates. These divides are permeating our politics in ways that, a generation ago, would have been unthinkable. Its not just that public debate has become coarser, less civil, and more mean-spirited. Its that partisanship is being woven into places we once believed were safe from it, such as the courts „ witness the current debate over the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. So what do we do about this? The answer, actually, is not complicated. We have to boost public understanding about how to participate in the process. We have to be more mindful about the quality of public dialogue. We have to appreciate the roles of cooperation, collaborationand compromise in a representative democracy. We have to vote for and value leaders who deal with opponents not as enemies, but with respect, civility, and a recognition that they share more in common than divides them. This means listening carefully and trying to understand the others point of view. It means figuring out how to accommodate differences, so that rather than every fight producing winners and losers, everyone can walk away with something gained. It means striving not to destroy your opponent, but instead persuading her or him to reach a result that helps everyone claim some measure of success. It means recognizing were all in this together „ that were all searching for the common good. Because in the end, the political process depends on personal relationships „ the bonds between key actors, including elected politicians, their staff, their supporters, and others. And not just in politics at the federal level. Its everyone from members of Congress to state legislators to township trustees. We must not let the political extremes dominate discourse „ they dont reflect the views of most Americans, who tend to value moderation. The greatness of our country rests on shared ideals that go beyond party labels. Most Americans want to believe that better days are ahead, that progress is possible, and that major policy disagreements may What it means to live in polarized times BN Heard Kesley Colbert See HAMILTON, A5


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 A5 LETTERSAuthors Note: This is the second in a two-part series. "I'd love to rest my weary head on somebody's shoulder; I hate to grow older... all by myself.""All By Myself" as performed by Eric CarmenRecently uncoupled women often evolve through three stages after the death of a spouse. The acronym G.A.P., which stands for Grief, Adaptation and Perseverance, accurately describes the stages of transition that many women experience. During this time there is a significant disruption in normal lifestyle and familiar living patterns. The first stage is grieving. Most recently widowed women are far too unsettled to tackle any major financial issues immediately. In some cases, women are living alone again for the first time in decades and find themselves feeling literally unmoored. Not only are they grieving the loss of a loved one, they are challenged on multiple fronts with new responsibilities. Everyone is different, but in general, we recommend no major life changes be made immediately following the death of a spouse. However, some basic financial issues must be addressed and if a woman has already established a relationship with a trusted advisor prior to her husband's passing, she can rely on the advisor to handle most of these tasks, like changing names on accounts and filing for benefits from pensions and life insurance policies. If not, it's often during this period that widows hire an advisor. The second stage is adjustment. After a time, many women begin a period of financial and emotional adaptation. They may still grieve, but they become more comfortable thinking about selling their home or moving near family. Some begin to take a significant interest in their financial future at this juncture. Most understand intuitively that their money must last a lifetime, and they become more engaged about discussing with their advisor things like how their portfolio can provide additional income. They also usually reach a comfort level with living on only one Social Security check, as well as living alone on a budget. Lastly, women in transition must persevere. The recognition that they alone are responsible for their financial future is a significant awakening, one that many women acknowledge in various ways by year two. About 700,000 women become widowed annually in the U.S. Many rely on their church and other structured groups for social outlets. Not all want to remarry. In fact, older widowers are ten times more likely than women to remarry after the death of a spouse. As people are living longer, many women will find themselves living alone for upwards of 20 years. Smart couples prepare for such an eventuality before the death of a spouse. Margaret R. McDowell, ChFC, AIF, author of the syndicated economic column Arbor Outlook,Ž is the founder of Arbor Wealth Management, LLC, (850.608.6121 … www.arbor, a fiduciary, fee-onlyŽ registered investment advisory firm located near Destin, FL. This column should not be considered personalized investment advice and provides no assurance that any specific strategy or investment will be suitable or profitable for an investor.ARBOR OUTLOOKRecently Uncoupled: Transitioning Through the GAPnot be easily resolved, but do yield to discussion that is carried on rationally and with civility and respect. This is not just wishful thinking. There are realworld examples. For instance, the divisions weve faced in foreign policy have often been mitigated when political opponents shared the view that U.S. leadership is good for the world. Or, on the domestic side, divergent views on how to provide affordable healthcare to all have been brought together by addressing incremental steps. One peculiarity of this time of great unease, when lack of confidence in the country and its institutions is rampant and our differences are accentuated, is that it comes at a moment of economic growth. In the past, its usually been a sour economy that exacerbated divisions. Thats a puzzle, but its also an opportunity. It means that we have a prosperous economic backdrop that should allow us more easily to find common ground with one another, as I've seen happen in the past. Its time to step up our game, move past our differences, and propel the country forward. Lee Hamilton is a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar, IU School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice, IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 34 years. HAMILTONFrom Page A4 Margaret McDowell 10th Street ballpark Dear Editor, After the recent county commissioners meeting concerning the 10th Street ballpark proposal a few things are clear to me. 1. The county and city commissioners do not care about the ruining of the wetlands along this corridor. 2. They do not care about the flooding of the private properties around it. Nor do they care about destroying property values around it. ( Who wants to buy property adjacent to a big complex like that? ) 3. They do not care about the traffic and noise that will be created by this project and the disruption of the peace and tranquility in this neighborhood. 4. The city and county do not really want to hear about the opposition to or the valid reasons this does not make sense on any level that the citizens are aware of. This project has been worked on two years or more and only recently has the public been aware of it. It looks to me like making the people that will be effected by it would be one of the first things done. Why was that done? Why did we have to find out over a year after the plans had been drawn up ( money spent )? What is the big motivation to build it in the middle of a quiet neighborhood instead of the Field of Dreams? To date these questions have not been answered. Do these politicians not work for their constituents? I am so very tired of politicians doing things because they think they know so much more than the people they work for that they ignore their bosses. It will be election time again and maybe then we can hire someone who will listen. I don't know anyone who objects to ballparks being built, but the park at 10th Street is not the place for it.Howard Hackney, A concerned citizenInnocent until proven guilty Dear Editor, The Senate Committee Hearings have been quite the spectacle; a fiasco to put it bluntly. Skepticism rings heavy on both sides, partisanship is prevalent in the political arena. Truth isƒsomebody is lying. Brett Kavanaugh may not have had sexual relations with that woman, or he may have. I dont know, thats not what Im here to discuss. My sight, my perspective is pondering upon something much more. Justice is not exacted through such things as hear-sayŽ and perpetrators are not guilty until allegations and accusations are proven Beyond a Reasonable Doubt. Hearsay has become a weapon for many would be victims in American society. By would beŽ, I simply mean not all accusations are true. That is a fact of life. Emotion sometimes runs rampant, and people say things that are false for their own personal gain. Dont be fooled. Nobody is perfect. Weve all lied at some point. But, its not just up to judges, lawyers, or juries to decide whether crimes have transpired; it is ultimately up to The Law itself. In this great nation, ALL are Innocent Until Proven Guilty. But, as of late, Ive been observing that many in the public-eye have fallen, lost their reputations and jobs all through hearsay and allegations that have not been verified in many cases. Bill Cosby was sentenced to prison, because his innocence was revoked through a jury. They found him to be guilty. A lot of other men who are being called predators have not seen a court of law to be criminalized or to determined blameless. Mob Rule has dictated their demises; our collective society is holding some individuals hostage and destroying them in the process. Just because I say the sky is green, doesnt make it so. Investigate, gather evidence, form a hypothesis, a conclusion. Dont just take my word as gospel. We as humans can only confirm through extensive study. Im dumbfounded by how the media has taken some of these stories, not just sexual harassment, but all of it, and theyve ran with it. Theres been no journalism; just sensationalism. Its not even fake news, its lazy news. Tell the people the truth, if you cant or wont, then shut it down. Allow the real stories to surface, instead of targeting individuals every other day and trying to ruin their careers, names, and families. Ive not seen a real news story in a dogs age. I know more about Harvey Weinstein than I do the Las Vegas Shooting. Thats not good, folks. Dont believe the hype. Even if Judge Kavanaugh raped Dr. Ford, or committed other acts of sexual deviance, the act will be revealed. But, I wouldnt trust the crooked congressmen in DC to get to the bottom of it. We must believe in The Law of The Land, the law is living. Justice is blind, and deals with crimes accordingly. Our Senators cant even balance a budget, and now they're holding Kangaroo Court sessions. Kavanaugh is innocent until proven guilty, not the other way around. The rudimentary way in which the country is handling these instances of sexual abuse is ridiculous. Every man in America is looking over their shoulder, even dodging their soulmates for fear that they may face allegations of sexual harassment. Excuse my political incorrectness. A successful, heterosexual man who womanizes shouldnt be crucified without a juries okay. All you hear-sayers need to go to VaticanCity and protest the real molesters. Innocent Until Proven Guilty means what it means. We cant have it both ways. Dont tread on these people, subject them to the law. Show me the evidence, make solid conclusions. The Lord said: Vengeance is Mine. I will Repay Thee.Ž Who are we to say otherwise? Brandon S. Todd Kings Mountain, NCBy Anne Harvey Holbrook, JD, MSSave the Manatee Club Special to The StarManatees are imperiled from all sides. In downlisting manatees from endangeredŽ to threatenedŽ under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service asserted that threats are under control. As this summer has sadly demonstrated, nothing could be further from the truth. The biggest threats manatees continue to face are the result of human impacts. As of August 12th, 97 manatees are believed to have died from red tide in Southwest Florida. Others are victims of the toxic cyanobacterial bloom associated with discharges from Lake Okeechobee. Together, these algae blooms consume oxygen from the water, cause respiratory and neurological distress, and kill acres of aquatic vegetation essential to manatee survival. It is imperative to acknowledge that while red t ides do occur naturally, the frequency and intensity of recent events are firmly attributable to human activity. Land-based nutrients feed red tides, which are further exacerbated by the deluge released from Lake Okeechobee. The sources of these nutrients are many. Septic systems, agricultural fertilizer, animal waste, and urban runoff are poorly managed throughout the state and end up in our springs, rivers, and coastal systems where they fuel the toxic blooms that threaten both natural and economic resources. This year also continues to be a record year for manatee mortality from watercraft strikes. So far in 2018, boat collisions have resulted in 75 manatee deaths. This past winter was also the worst for mortality from cold stress since 2011. Meanwhile, the laws that have protected manatees and their habitat for decades are under attack. In Congress, the Endangered Species Act faces an onslaught of bills designed to weaken it. The Department of Interior recently proposed new rules undermining the Act, including removal of key provisions that protect threatened species and regulations governing interagency consultation procedures. These regulations are crucial to protecting manatees and their habitat. Alarm bells are ringing with the public and media now that the problem is so visible, but this problem has been brewing for years. Save the Manatee Club has attempted to address the root causes of these problems: working with the state to develop stronger plans to manage nutrients in important watersheds and to establish additional protected areas for manatees. But we need the publics help. Clean water and the protection of our nations wildlife are nonpartisan issues, and we need leaders who understand the importance of these resources. For information on contacting your elected officials and other actions you can take, please go to savethem year for the Florida ManateeLETTERS TO THE EDITOR


** A6 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The StarBy Ray BodreyGulf County Extension Director UF/IFAS Special to The Star According to a recent report, 1 in 6 children face hunger in the U.S. Did you know that each 1-ounce serving of peanut butter contains 7 grams of protein and 10 percent of the recommended amount of dietary fiber? Peanut butter is also rich in powerful antioxidant vitamin D and musclefriendly potassium and magnesium, which helps build strong bones. If you want to help feed the hungry in Floridas Panhandle this year, you can donate peanut butter during the annual Peanut Butter Challenge, coordinated by UF/IFAS Extension. Thanks to a partnership of UF/IFAS Extension and the Florida Peanut Producers Association, food pantries from Pensacola to Monticello will receive thousands of jars of donated peanut butter this December. From Oct. 1 through Nov. 21, you can donate unopened jars of peanut butter at the UF/IFAS Extension Gulf County Office in Wewahitchka. Since 2012, the volunteers and UF/ IFAS Extension County Extension Agents have collected jars of peanut butter from residents, volunteer groups and businesses in 16 northwest Florida counties. Last year, UF/IFAS Extension county offices received 6,222 jars of peanut butter, said Libbie Johnson, Agricultural Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County and co-organizer of the Challenge. In addition to these donations, the Florida Peanut Producers Association also contributes, supplying more than 3,000 jars each Challenge, Johnson said. Our hope to surpass that total this year! The Peanut Butter Challenge not only raises awareness about the important contribution of North Floridas peanut growers to the state peanut industry, but also helps provide a healthy, locally produced product to food-insecure families in northwest Florida,Ž Johnson said. UF/IFAS Extension, An Equal Opportunity Institution.Feed the hungry, meet a challenge[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@ starfl.comA workshop last week for impacted property owners did not result in the turnout Port St. Joe officials had hoped, but it nonetheless advanced a plan to rezone Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd.The workshop drew just over a dozen prop-erty owners for a review of the plan as the city prepares next steps in the rezoning process.The city sent letters to more than 100 property owners who might be impacted by the MLK plan.City commissioners had sought the work-shop as a way of gauging community support for the plan.Of those who attended, a few spoke, a couple in favor, a couple opposed to cer-tain aspects.The next steps are a formal survey of those same impacted property owners assessing their approval, or disap-proval, in writing of the rezoning plan.After that survey, undertaken by city planner Ray Greer, is complete the city will hold a required series of three public workshops, including one in front of the citys planning board, before consider-ing final action on the rezoning proposal.Meanwhile, the city is also undertaking an assessment of infrastructure needs should the plans increase in density limits be approved: as proposed for some areas of the rezoned corridor, density limits would increase from 15 to 25 units per acre.A major change in the communitys dynamics, as proposed in the amended master plan and zoning proposal, would be increases in height limits from 35 feet to 60.The height and the units per acre, those are going to be your big changes,Ž Greer has said. It is a pretty substantial increase in height.The rezoning is seen as the catalyst for redevelopment of the neighborhood of North Port St. Joe and builds on an update of a master plan originally formal-ized in 2006.The amended plan, sponsored by the North Port St. Joe Project Area Coalition (NPSJ-PAC), was approved earlier this year by the Port St. Joe Redevelopment Agency and forwarded to the Commission, which also gave its approval.In short strokes, the proposed rezoning would involve maintaining the current underlying mixed-use category under which most of the corridor is zoned, as outlined again last week by consultant John Hendry.On top of that would be overlayŽ districts, three zones which would have specific land use regulations dictating the residential/commercial mix within that district.A central goal would be preserving the historic and current mix on MLK; predominantly commer-cial between Avenues A and D and predominantly residential from Avenue D north.We didnt want a one-size-fits-all zoning so we could preserve what is there, we want to preserve the sense of neighborhood,Ž Hendry said.The plan provided the elements to create workforce or affordable housing within the neighborhood.The plan also puts forth a framework to expand lodging and dining options within the neighborhood for both visitors and residents.And, Hendry emphasized, the rezoning plan, the master plan, are pieces in a puzzle to address the blight in North Port St. Joe and along MLK, conditions in stark contrast to the revival that has taken place along Reid Ave.It is essential the neighborhood, the city and the county come up with the best way of eliminating this blight,Ž Hendry said. There will have to be a coherent and integrated plan for this.This needs the support of everybody. We want everybody to come together in a positive way to determine how to fix this.ŽWorkshop advances MLK rezoning proposalDonate peanut butter to UF/IFAS Extension in Gulf CountyThe Peanut Butter Challenge not only raises awareness about the important contribution of North Floridas peanut growers to the state peanut industry, but also helps provide a healthy, locally produced product to food-insecure families in northwest Florida.ŽLibbie Johnson, Agricultural Extension Agent for UF/IFAS Extension Escambia County and coorganizer of the Challenge


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 A7Sept. 24-30 On Sept. 25, Sgt. Sanders traveled to the Bay County Jail to pick up James Travis Prescott (42) and transport him to the Gulf County Detention Facility to be booked on three Writ of Bodily Attachments for fail-ing to pay child support.On Sept. 25, K-9 Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on Hurd Street in Wewahitchka on a vehicle for failing to stop at a stop sign. During the course of the stop, K-9 Brix was deployed on the vehicle to conduct a free air sniff. Brix alerted on the vehicle, giving deputies probable cause to search the vehicle for illegal narcotics. A search revealed a cigarette pack containing a plastic baggie with a crystal-like substance that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Marijuana and drug paraphernalia were also found. The driver, James R. Ard, Jr. (35), was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Parapher-nalia. Ard was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking.On Sept. 25, Deputy G. Desrosier served a warrant on William Earl Barber (27) at the Gulf County Deten-tion Facility. Barber, who was already incarcerated on unre-lated charges, was charged with Trespassing following an investigation by Deputy J. Page which began on Sept. 7, 2018.On Sept. 26, Investigator P. Baxley completed an investi-gation involving the misuse of corporate funds by arrest-ing Charles James Edwards (42). Edwards was arrested and charged with Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card after it was discovered that he was responsible for charging approximately $13,000 worth of unauthorized credit card debt on his employers cor-porate account.On Sept. 26, Sgt. C. Dixon traveled to the Bay County Jail to arrest Charles Laney Lowe (50) and transport him to Gulf County to be booked on a Violation of Probation warrant. Lowe was on probation for Possession of Less Than Twenty Grams of Marijuana.On Sept. 27, K-9 Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on Old Transfer Road in Wewahitchka. The driver, identified as Michael Alan Strickland (41), told deputies that his drivers license was not good. This information was confirmed with communications and Strickland was arrested for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (with knowledge) and No Vehicle Registration. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facil-ity for booking.On Sept. 28, Deputy A. White was dispatched to State 22 in the Wewahitchka area in reference to several complaints of a reckless driver. It was reported that a white pick-up truck was failing to maintain lanes and had almost struck multiple vehicles head on. Deputy A. White located he vehicle and noticed it was being operated in a reckless manner. Deputy White conducted a traffic stop while on State 71 near Harden Circle. The driver, Casey William Kelley (41), was asked to perform field sobriety assessments to determine his Blood Alcohol Content. Kelley performed the assessments poorly and it was determined that he was too impaired to operate a motor vehicle. Kelley was subsequently arrested and charged with Driving Under the Influence. Kelley refused to submit to a breath test. Kelley was on probation so he was additionally charged with Violation of Probation.On Sept. 28, K-9 Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the intersection of 2nd Street and Iola Avenue in Wewahitchka. Deputies identified the driver as Jessica Marie Mumford (23) and learned that her drivers license was suspended. During the stop, Deputy Peek deployed K-9 Brix around the vehicle to conduct a free air sniff. Brix alerted on the vehicle, giving deputies probable cause to search it. A search revealed a glass smoking device with a crystal-like substance inside of it. The smoking device tested positive for the presence of Methamphet-amine. Mumford was placed under arrest for Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (Habitual), Posses-sion of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Violation of Probation. Mumford was on probation for the original charge of Possession of Methamphetamine.On Sept. 29, K-9 Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling North on State 71 in Wewa-hitchka for faulty equipment. As contact was being made with the driver, the passenger, identified as Brittany Jordana Dykes (24), was attempting to conceal an object in her pants. Deputy D. Huggins was called to the scene to search Dykes. Deputy Huggins found that Dykes was hiding a used syringe on her person. The syringe had a fluid inside it that tested positive for Methamphetamine. Dykes was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Parapher-nalia. She was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking.On Sept. 29, Sgt. P. Williams conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling North on State 71 in Wewahitchka. The occupants were identified as William Austin Koontz (27), driver, and Daila Jade Thomas (33), passenger. K-9 Deputy M. Peek and Investigator S. Ferrell arrived on scene to assist and K-9 Brix was deployed on the vehicle. Brix alerted on the vehicle, giving deputies probable cause to search the vehicle. A search revealed personal amounts of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Koontz and Thomas were both charged with Possession of Metham-phetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and were transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility for booking.On Sept. 29, Deputy A. White was dispatched to Pine Avenue in Wewahi-tchka in reference to a subject trespassing. Upon arrival, Deputy White observed Eric Anthony Sims (40) standing alone in the front yard of the residence he was dispatched to. While dealing with Sims, he was found to be in posses-sion of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Sims was placed under arrest and charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Posses-sion of Drug Paraphernalia, Resisting Law Enforcement without Violence, and Vio-lation of Probation. Sims was on probation for Possession of Methamphetamine. He was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility without incident. If you have any information regarding the aforementioned cases, please contact the Gulf County Sheriffs Office at 2271115, 639-5717, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.Gulf County Sheri s O ce law enforcement summary LAW ENFORCEMENT


** A8 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The StarBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comKelli Godwin began Mondays call with a bit of understatement.The Executive Director of the Gulf County Tourist Development Council was speaking about bed tax rev-enue for August.Those numbers, the latest available, showed an increase of 24 percent in revenue com-pared to the same month last year as well as a yearly increase in bed taxes of 12.68 percent.In simpler terms, with the new fiscal year starting Monday, the old one is turn-ing out to be a record-breaker with still one month to go in the counting of receipts.We had a good, strong August,Ž Godwin said.Statistics for September will not be available until the end of this month, but several things are evident without those numbers.First, the TDC will shatter its revenue record of last year, when bed taxes first eclipsed $2 million; a mere four years after bed tax revenue first topped the $1 million mark.Second, if September ends in the black, even by $1 compared to the prior fiscal year, the 2017-18 year will go down as having just one month that finished in the red compared to the prior year.And third, depending on September revenue numbers, the TDC is on track to enjoy the second-largest single annual gain since 2012, removing from the equation the year the county imple-mented a fifth penny.The success of August, Godwin said could be due to several factors.In part, the actual level of improvement tracks in part to two years ago, when one of the largest bed-tax collectors in the county reported July receipts in August.That skewed August that year, reflected in last fiscal years fall of more than $100,000, representing a drop of nearly 35 percent.That roller coaster evened out this past August; August 2018 was up $41,000 from three years ago, the first with the fifth penny. We also had our fall cam-paign which we felt was part of (Augusts jump),Ž Godwin said. And I think we got a good boost from scallop season.It was later in the year, it was productive, people were planning around it and I think it gave a boost to our more short-term rental partners.ŽAs of the end of August, the TDC had collected $2.1 million, already pushing past a budget of $2 million and nearly a quarter million dol-lars ahead of collections at the same time last year.The TDC is already plan-ning on several campaigns.Composing, designing and printing the new visitors guide is in full swing with a photo shoot scheduled this week. The TDC team is also plan-ning for the spring campaign as well as a holiday effort to be called Holiday on the Half Shell.ŽIn addition, last week the TDC staff began a pilot project to create a certified concierge program among stakeholders.For the past couple of years, the TDC has focused on pro-viding a concierge service, linking visitors desires to the appropriate local outlets through the Welcome Center and its staff.The concierge program is taking a step forward, with nine frontline hospitality employees in the first class.I was really excited with the first class,Ž Godwin said. This is our pilot project.ŽThe initial coursework was performed last week at the Welcome Center and the attendees will continue the course for six weeks.A lot of time visitors see those people more than they see us or come to the Wel-come Center,Ž Godwin said. They want a local source of information.It helps if we are all saying the same things. And it is a great way to (disseminate) information on things like scallop season and red tide.ŽTDCs record year continuesYeager said county staff had a positive phone conversation with U.S. Treasury officials last Thursday and he remained optimistic the county might get positive news by weeks end.He said change-order paperwork was already com-pleted to alter the scope of the project if and when the RESTORE arrives, and on time. The Board of County Com-missioners were compelled to move ahead with a project, any project, late last month regardless of the status of the RESTORE money, due to deadlines from Manson.Manson was poised to move its equipment from the Missis-sippi River to the East Coast if the county could not provide a notice to proceed.Had Manson moved on east, the project would likely be delayed until deep into next year.The county issued that notice to proceed just over two weeks ago.Manson, which initially estimated it would take two to three weeks to mobilize, already has equipment staged near the peninsula.The $2.8 million RESTORE funds, the countys first-year direct allocation under that federal legislation, have been with Treasury for some two years or more.The latest hold-up was a question of whether using sand to restore the southern end of peninsula beaches was a proper exemption to rules under the Coastal Barrier Resource Act (CBRA).Until late last month, that answer appeared to be no, or at least U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had not weighed in to support or oppose Treasurys position it was an allowable expense. U.S. Fish and Wildlife ultimately agreed, but the CBRA zone remained a factor.With work beginning near the Stump Hole on the south end, within the CBRA zone in question, if sand hits the beach before the RESTORE funds are issued by Treasury, the money will not be approved for the restoration project. BEACHFrom Page A1Resource Act (CBRA) zone, a constant thorn for the county.And the lands initially iden-tified for acquisition in the application to the Consortium have been secured through swaps with Deseret Cattle and Timber.The biggest caveat is, as it has been for all things related to disbursing fine money from Deepwater, is the length of time between award and money in the bank.Thus far the county has not seen significant funding from any of the pots or sources.The Consortium money coming to the county, $12.8 million give or take will flow over the next 12 years.The sewer projects, accord-ing to the timeline in the SEP, will not be completed until well into the next decade.Additionally, the dollars are coming out of the U.S. Treasury and a grant application process which, in the case of so-called Pot 1 dollars and the beach restoration project, has proved laborious.The Gulf Coast Consortium was formed three years ago, with members voting to divide equally among the 23 counties the $291 million, resulting in each county receiving just shy of $13 million.Of those funds coming to the county, the SEP calls for $7 million to be used for sewer upgrades.Those start in Beacon Hill and the activation of a dry lineŽ out of a force main the city of Port St. Joe ran from St. Joe Beach to Beacon Hill several years ago.That will allow sewer service to some 650 customers and the elimination of nearly 400 septic systems, accord-ing to the SEP.In addition, the funding would allow for the replace-ment of sewer pipes to a large swath of the city of Port St. Joe, particularly downtown and older sections of the city.The city of Wewahitchka would receive funding to implement its proposed six-phase effort to expand its sewer system, including installation of lift stations, to reach the entire city service area.The proposed wastewater infrastructure improvements are significant and will allow for the abandonment of 850 septic systems located on small urban lots, and the replacement of 27,300 linear feet of failing sewer infrastruc-ture that carries wastewater flows from 260 small urban lots,Ž detailed the SEP.These upgrades are pro-posed for areas that are likely to contribute to groundwater and surface water degradation in St. Joseph Bay, the Chipola River and Apalachicola Bay.Ž Both those projects, Yeager said, would likely see initial design and engineering dollars in the next year with additional funding to follow in ensuing years.The county, in its application to the Consortium, details that its Pot 1 multiyear spending plan commits $2 million future dollars to the projects, which carry a total price tag of over $15 million.The county, therefore, will seek funding of another roughly $6.5 million from other sources, such as a loan/grant package the State Revolving Fund or Triumph Gulf Coast, among others listed in the SEP.The St. Joseph Peninsula Erosion Control Project would install 13 segmented underwa-ter structures, 200 x 40, along the peninsulas southern end at a cost of $3 million.We will probably have to amend that one,Ž Yeager said, noting the presence of CBRA designations in the project area.He said recommendations for a path forward will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners.Finally, the county proposed to spend $2.6 million for land acquisition.Yeager said the project had a focus on boat ramps at Odena and Willis Landing, both of which the county was leasing.But the county has acquired, or taken steps to acquire, both through land swaps with Deseret.That project and those dollars, Yeager said, would also likely be amended after going back before the BOCC for approval of an amended project. 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** A10 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The StarThe selfish side of me, I hate to see festivals cancelled,Ž Ott said. I really enjoy the Scallop and Music Festival.We love Port St. Joe. We have been coming down here for 15 years and for 13 of those years we have done the music for the festival.Ž And, it turned out, Ott had some experience in the festival-revival genre.In Sopchoppy, he had helped re-energize a Fourth of July festival which was on the verge of being cancelled due to local apathy and lack of resources.So, Ott set to work, the phone lines buzzing.He tackled a list of past festival sponsors, gave presentations to local civic organizations and lined up artists.Steadily, over a span of three months, the outline of the festival took shape, some-what scaled back, yes, but full of music and vendors.There is even an altruistic element as a portion of proceeds will go toward the ongoing scallop restoration work in St. Joseph Bay.A representative from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be on hand to promote and highlight that ongoing work.Everybody helped where they could,Ž Ott said. We are taking the risk that well get the festival off.ŽThe stage is located behind the Haughty Heron along Sail-ors Cove Drive and there are 35 vendors lined up and will be surrounding the stage.The Centennial Bank tent will be out and folks are encouraged to bring their own chairs.The lineup of music might lack a national name, but it is packed with local favorites.The Currys will headline Friday night and will be joined by the Bo Spring Band and Old Soul Revival as headliners on Saturday night.Charlie and Dana Hunt Black will be performing Friday and the Hot Tamales, Baby Gray, Coastal Highway and the Adventures of Annabelle Lyn are among the performers Saturday.Nashville star Kendall Marvel will be playing during an after-party Saturday.We are having people I enjoy listening to and I think other people enjoy also,Ž Ott said, before adding with a smile, Because I dont play as much as I used to, I think one of the reasons I am doing this is because I am living vicari-ously through these bands.ŽThe festival will be open 4-10 p.m. ET Friday and 12 noon until 10 p.m. ET Saturday followed by the after-party at the Haughty Heron.Entry is $10 after 4 p.m.; folks are encouraged to come out and enjoy the arts and crafts and vendors for free 12-4 p.m. ET Saturday.Music will play throughout the festival hours.There will also be a cash bar throughout the festival, but due to permitting issues, coolers and pets will are prohibited.The hope, Ott said, would be a festival that doesnt lose money and lives to see future years.In Sopchoppy, the Fourth of July festival Ott helped resus-citate is now embraced and supported by the community and local merchants.What we need now is for people to come through the gate,Ž Ott said. If we can make this work this year, break even, I would like to see this continue.I love the Scallop and Music Festival and I would love to see it continue for sev-eral more years.Ž FESTIVALFrom Page A1register in person at Hanlons office, 401 Long Ave. in Port St. Joe, or go online to or mail ballots started going out this week.Hanlon said his office already had more than 900 requests for absentee ballots and that number is likely to grow.That will increase the closer we get to the election,Ž Hanlon said.This is also an election cycle that sees the first steps in additional security at the Elections Office.Hanlon this year received grant funding to bolster elec-tion security.Of the planned improvements, the most significant item, an AlbertŽ server, in partnership with the Depart-ment of Homeland Security, is in place.That server monitors every electronic message which exits or attempts to enter the firewall for the Supervisor of Elections.We get daily updates and it will provide indications for any potential threat or problem,Ž Hanlon said.Hanlon said he sees a busy general election.There are heated state races for governor and U.S. Senate, as well Commissioner of Agriculture and Attorney General.A whopping 13 amendments to the Florida Constitution are also before voters for consideration.And, Hanlon said, there are local races for three seats to the Board of County Commissioners.In District 1, incumbent Commissioner David Rich, a Republican, is facing Demo-crat John Nagy and William Lawson, who is running with-out party affiliation.That election is for a two-year term.The District 1 seat returns to its typical rotation in 2020.The other two BOCC races are for four-year terms.Commissioner Ward McDaniel, a Democrat, faces challenges for his District 2 seat from Tom Semmes, a Republican, and Josh Taunton, running without party affiliation.And in District 4, Commissioner Sandy Quinn, Jr., a Democrat, is facing challenges from Ronald Pickett and Amy Rogers, both run-ning without party affiliation.Election Day is Nov. 6.Early voting will begin Oct. 27 and continue through Nov. 3 at two locations, Hanlons office in Port St. Joe and the Wewahitchka Public Library.Saturday voting hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET and Sunday voting will be 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET.Early voting will be 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. VOTINGFrom Page A1A portion of festival proceeds will support ongoing scallop restoration in St. Joseph Bay. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Friday (all times Eastern) Frank Lindamood: 4-5:30 p.m. Announcements: 5:45-6:15 p.m. Charlie and Dana Hunt Black: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Boo Radley: 7:45-8:45 p.m. The Currys: 9-10 p.m. Saturday Hot Tamales: 12-1 p.m. Coastal Highway: 1:152:15 p.m. Scallop Team presentation: 2:30-3:15 p.m. Baby Gray: 3:30-4:30 p.m. The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn: 4:45-5:45 p.m. The Currys: 6-7 p.m. Bo Spring Band: 7:15-8:15 p.m. Old Soul Revival: 8:30-10 p.m.Festival musical schedule


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** A12 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The Star OUTDOORSCONTACT USEmail outdoor news to FISHING REPORTFishing has been pretty good this last week and positive reports continue. Redfish and Trout have been the winners mostly in St. Joe bay and live shrimp and soft baits behind popping corks early are taking fish. Bait fish are still plentiful and Pin Fish are still a good bait to free line in 2 to 3 feet of water in the grassy areas. A note here about Red Tide. We are fielding about 20 calls a day at Bluewater regarding Red Tide. We are seeing virtually none within St Joe Bay and we want to encourage folks to get out and enjoy our beautiful bay. FWC updates every couple days on the web and you may call for Red Tide updates at the following numbers. Inside the state of Florida 866-300-9399 and outside the state of Florida 727-552-2448. Until next week, Happy Fishing 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 Tribute featuring Sticky Too. As part of the tribute, there will be a costume contest, so calling all Parrotheads.ŽThe costume contest includes prizes.There will also be a live auction and corn hole tournament.OCBC SpecialŽ 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 Special to The Star Tim Croft said it best in an article in the Panhandle Beacon in 2004 remarking on the Friends one-year anniversary „ People must be stakeholders in the land.Ž The Friends of the Preserves are still a vibrant and active group working with the Preserve Manager and staff to keep St. Joseph Bay pristine and assist in the Preserve uplands where needed. One major task they take on twice a year is Bay Day. On the second Saturday in February and October the Friends organize and produce outstanding events. Fall Bay Day is just around the corner … just two weekends away. While the planning started many months ago the group anxiously awaits another successful Bay Day. Immediately following the Fall Bay Day work begins on the February Bay Day … just a mere three months away. It was noted in the 2004 article that visiting scientists and researchers are utilizing the Preserve Lodge. Update: Since 2004 many groups and individual research students have utilized the preserves for their studies. Of course, we have those colleges and universities that are close by and we have those who travel a long way to visit the Preserves and our area. The Buffer Preserve is also very fortunate to have three Alternate Spring Breakers. Those too, come from near and far They work exceptionally hard the week they are here and complete many projects to help the preserves. If you are not familiar with the Buffer Preserve or the Aquatic Preserve stop in for a visit at the Preserve Welcome Center and learn how the Buffer Preserve helps to protect the bay through a natural filtration of the water as it descends to the bay via the watershed. St. Joseph Bay is one of the most pristine bays on the Gulf of Mexico and the goal is to keep it that way. Being the only embayed body of water on the Eastern part of the Gulf of Mexico with no fresh water intrusion. An issue that might be a little confusing to folks is the terminology used when speaking of the Aquatic Preserve and Buffer Preserve in relation to the Friends. St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve is located on State Road 30-A at Simmons Bayou. St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve encompasses 73,000 submerged acres in the bay and gulf. The Friends group work to help both the Aquatic Preserve and Buffer Preserve hence the name Friends of the Preserves while each of the preserves are a separate entity. The Aquatic Preserve is now funded through the state with a small staff and a group of dedicated volunteers sample the water and use a transect to observe the sea grass to ensure the pristine condition of the water and sea grass for all living in the bay. These volunteers are very important to the health of the bay. Plants are a major area of study on the Buffer Preserve. The preserves crop of Chapmans rhododendrons is the largest population of its kind on public lands. Other federally or state threatened or endangered plant populations are observed and conditions are created that encourage their growth. Prescribed burning is the disturbance needed to create conditions for these rare, endangered, or threatened plants to strive and survive. As noted in the 2004 article, membership is over 40 and climbing.Ž Membership is now over 200 members and still growing. The Friends need your help and support in order to continue working to make the Preserves the best they can be and provide a place of enjoyment and learning for the public. Preserve Manager, Dylan Shoemaker arrived in January 2013 and has made a substantial impact at the Buffer Preserve. The Aquatic Preserve manager and staff work to further promote the ongoing positive relationship between the uplands and the bay. Check out for the schedule for Bay Day on Oct. 13. There will a Live Auction beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 11. There will be 40 items for your enjoyment. You will be helping the preserves by making your donations and getting some great items. The Friends invite you to join their organization by membership. They welcome participation and hope you can attend the Annual Meeting in January. You can see the list of items on Check them out. Perfect Christmas or birthday gifts, or just a Feel GoodŽ gift for that special someone.Friends, sta of St. Joseph Bay Preserves extend invitation to Bay DayA highlight of Bay Day: the low country boil. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Bay Day is for visitors and residents of all ages. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 A13 SPORTSStar Staff ReportTo say that last Friday nights game at Shark Sta-dium was not your typical Friday night lights would be easy.Actually, the lights and the night part of the equation took on greater emphasis and it was nearly Saturday before the game was over.A mechanical issue for North Florida Educational Institute on the bus ride to Port St. Joe delayed the start of the game by two hours and the game, despite a running clock in the second half, did not end until close to midnight.But, when all was said and done, after a 48-0 shellacking of the Eagles, Port St. Joe (5-0) remained unbeaten and unscored upon save for nine points allowed to Marianna in the second week. The Eagles fell to 0-5.North Florida Educa-tional Institute, a Class 2A private school in Jackson-ville, is in just its third year of varsity football.The Tiger Sharks put up 34 points in the opening period to all but cement the outcome.Jasmin Thomas (four yards), Josh Butts (eight yards) and Russell Russ (12 yards) each scored a rushing touchdown in the first quarter.Butts also connected with Cameron Harmon on a 19-yard touchdown pass and Kendre Gant returned an interception 35 yards for another touchdown.Joel Bogaert converted four of the five extra-point kicks.Payton Edwards scored on a 40-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, triggering a running clock, and Butts added a five-yard touchdown run in the third period.Bogaert converted extra-point kicks after both touchdowns.Defensively, the Tiger Sharks held North Florida Educational to minus-14 yards rushing and 60 yards passing, the third time this season Port St. Joe has held an opponent to fewer than 100 total offensive yards.The Tiger Sharks also intercepted three passes.Port St. Joe had 263 total net yards, 197 on the ground.Edwards was the leading rusher with 60 yards on two carries.Russ had 43 yards on five carries and Thomas added 41 yards on four carries.Butts was 4 of 5 passing for 66 yards and added 19 yards rushing.Port St. Joe is at Walton County Friday.Port St. Joe rolls with another win Port St. Joe has shut out four of “ ve opponents this season.[COURTESY OF WAYNE TAYLOR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star | 850-227-7827 @PSJ_Star | tcroft@starfl.comThis particular 10th anniversary should be draped in pink, not the traditional tin.For the 10th consecutive year, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School volleyball program will host a Dig PinkŽ event to support the Side-Out Foundation.The Side-Out Foundation funds breast cancer research and awareness.Our fundraising goal this year is the most aggressive, for us, yet,Ž said Port St. Joe coach Wayne Taylor. We have set the goal at $2,500.We are receiving fantas-tic support from our business partners but we still need help to achieve this goal.ŽThere are several ways to help Dig PinkŽ this month.The most obvious is to attend the annual Dig PinkŽ volleyball match Oct. 9 between county rivals Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School.The junior high match begins at 4:30 p.m. ET with the junior varsity scheduled for 6 p.m.After the JV match, but before the varsity match, the Lady Tiger Sharks will honor their seniors.Fans are encouraged to wear pink.Lets pink out the Dome,Ž Taylor said of the R. Marion Craig Coliseum, site of the Dig PinkŽ matches.Proceeds from all three matches, junior high, JV and varsity, will be donated to Side-Out. Those who wish can donate online at; donate to the PSJHS volleyball program (memo-Dig Pink); or donate to The Side-Out Foun-dation, 3935 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030.Taylor noted this is his last year to head-up the annual Dig PinkŽ campaign as he retires at the end of the school year.I have greatly appreciated the support from all our Gulf County supporters,Ž Taylor said. I would particularly like to thank our neighbors in Wewa-hitchka for helping us support this cause by allowing us to schedule our last home match of the season each of the past 10 years here in Port St. Joe.We know thats always our largest crowd of the season and thus the largest gate of the season and in turn the most monetary support of this important cause.ŽDig Pink aids ght against breast cancerThe Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School volleyball team will host its Dig PinkŽ event Oct. 9. [COURTESY OF WAYNE TAYLOR] By Greg JordanHead Football Coach/ AD Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. HighFirst off thank you Shark fans for hanging with us last Friday night. Things sometimes happen that are out of our control. Their charter bus broke down outside Tallahassee and they were delayed over 2.5 hours. We talk about playing anytime, anywhere?? Well we did last week with a 9 p.m. ET kickoff! Once again thank you for staying with us and supporting our team. Once the game got under way the Sharks took little time in gaining control. We scored 34 1st quarter points en route to a 48-0 victory. The win pushed the Sharks to 5-0 at the half way point of the season with 5 regular season games to go. Offensively, we only ran 27 total plays. We averaged 9.7 yards per play with 262 total yards. On defense we held NFEI to 46 total yards on 40 plays. They had (-14 ) rush yards on 18 carries and 60 passing yards on 8-22. We had 3 interceptions on the night one returned for a TD. Our offense has to just try and keep improving each week as the season moves on. Defensively we have established a standard we expect to play at each week. We probably wont have shutouts each week but our level of play is in place. Defensively we have had 4 shutouts in 5 games and allowed only 9 points on the season. Defense travels and wins big games! This week the Sharks hit the road to take on another out of class opponent. We travel to Walton County to take on the Class 4A Walton Braves. Walton has a big and physical offensive and defensive line. They have several skill kids that can go the distance if we are out of fits defensively. Offensively we need to establish drives and keep possession of the ball. This is a week we need to run 50-plus plays on offense. It should be a fun and exciting game!! Hope you can make the trip to Walton this week!! Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.! GO SHARKS!!!Coachs CornerStar Staff ReportThe Wewahitchka Jr./Sr. High School football team ran into a buzz saw on the road last week, losing 45-6 at Sneads.The Pirates shut down the Gators running attack while chewing up more than 400 yards on the ground, reaching a running clock in the second half.Wewahitchka fell to 3-3 with a major home conference game Friday as Liberty County comes to call.Sneads, 4-1, continued to hold on to one of the four playoff spots in Region 2-1A, according to the Florida High School Athletics Association power rankings.Port St. Joe and Sneads are tied for third in the region.The Pirates dominated the Gators at the line of scrimmage.Sneads rushed 24 times as a team for 407 yards, adding another 60 yards, and one touchdown, through the air.Calvin Stringer had a game-high 246 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries for Sneads.Seth Scott had just four car-ries but made them count for 125 yards and a pair of scores.Defensively, Sneads had an 82-yard interception return for another touchdown. The Gators rushed 41 times but gained just 128 yards, adding 22 passing yards. Tyreeq Thomas led Wewa-hitchka with 43 yards on 12 carries.Trevor Nunnery scored the Gators lone touchdown in the fourth quarter and had 41 rushing yards on 11 carries.Cody Lee added 38 yards on 15 carries.Sneads scored 13 points in the first period, added 14 points in the second and trig-gered the running clock with 12 third-quarter points.The Pirates also added a fourth-quarter touchdown.Gators fall at SneadsStar Staff Report Roman Quinn and his family sent out thanks this week to those who traveled from Port St. Joe to Atlanta during a recent weekend series to support Roman. Family and friends mean a lot, he said. And while the Philadelphia Phillies season is over and fell short of the playoffs, the Port St. Joe native seemed in good stead for the major league roster in 2019. Promoted in August after coming off the disabled list for a hand injury, Quinn played and produced consistently for a Phillies team trying to chase down Atlanta in the surprising National League East race. He started consistently in center-field, hitting up and down the batting order. And though a broken toe suffered when he fouled a ball off his foot slowed his production over the last couple of weeks of the season, Quinn was on fire prior to the injury, which he played through after sitting a couple of games. In his first 31 games and 80 plate appearances, Quinn batted .346 with a .363 on-base percentage and .538 slugging percentage, good for an OPS of .901. An OPS over .900 indicates you are, in baseball parlance, raking. Quinn has scored 11 runs, driven in seven, with six doubles, three triples and a home run. Quinns OPS+, with 100 the average, is a robust 137+. He also stole six bases in eight attempts. For the season, Quinn finished with 131 at-bats, hitting .260 with two home runs, 12 RBIs 13 runsscored and 10 stolen bases.Roman Quinn, family say thanks


** A14 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The Star SCENE AROUNDSend us your photos that spotlight the best that Gulf Coast has to offer. This page is for photos submitted to The Star by readers. Please submit your photos to tcroft@star” .com 80 year-old grandma said, The beach is calling and I must go.Ž [COURTESY OF JOANN LOCASCIO] A beautiful calm evening around St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF GRIFF AND KAREN GAINNIE] An egret glides over the Port St. Joe Marina [COURTESY OF RON RUDOLPH] Moon rise over the bay [COURTESY OF TERRY STRAIN] Sunset across St. Joseph Bay [COURTESY OF KENNY MOORE] Sometimes you just want a pretty ” owerŽ [COURTESY OF BUDDY EDWARDS] Waves pound St. Joe Beach [COURTESY OF LIZZY ABSHER]


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 B1 TRIVIA FUN COMMUNITY Wilson CaseyTrivia FunŽ with Wilson Casey, Guinness World Record Holder from Woodruff, S.C., is published in more than 500 newspapers across the country. Comments, questions or sug-gestions? 1. According to some medical studies you can reduce stress by sniffing what aroma?Peanut butter, Vanilla, Lemon, Burnt match2. Whose favorite presidential diversion was an old-fashioned Sunday night hymn singing?Lincoln, Hayes, Grant, Fillmore3. Whats the third most-common animal taken to animal shelters?Rabbits, Turtles, Fish, Cats4. Of these, which college uses ZipsŽ as its nickname?Hofstra, Nevada, Akron, Siena5. Whats the name for the holes in Swiss cheese?Gulleys, Voids, Dimps, Eyes6. Chronometry is the art of measuring ...?Temperature changes, Time, Love, Humor ANSWERS: 1. Lemon, 2. Hayes, 3. Rabbits, 4. Akron, 5. Eyes, 6. Time Money will facilitate Forgotten Coast Plein Air Paintout By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comThe Forgotten Coast Cul-tural Coalition, which among other endeavors in the arts organizes a regional plein air painting event each spring, received a nice boost last week from the Duke Energy Foundation. As part of the foundations efforts to enhance access to the arts and promote diversity, it disbursed more than $504,000 to 55 nonprofit arts and culture agencies.Among those was a $20,000 grant to the FCCC for Forgotten Coast en Plein Air Events.ŽAccording to Cheryl Ploeg-stra with the FCCC, the grant money will be used during the 14th annual Forgotten Coast en Plein Air which arrives in May.Artists will focus on themes of the natural environment and conservation, as with every one of the prior 13 plein air events.The gr ant money will be used to extend the reach of FCCC marketing for Plein Air with an aim at establishing the Forgotten Coast as a cultural destination, Ploegstra said.Additionally, the money will enable the FCCC to continue the artist outreach programs during the Plein Air Paintout such as Student Art Day, the Artist in Residency program and supporting Floridas FinestŽ artists, Ploegstra added.Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition is delighted with the support of Duke Energy, a treasured partner in promoting the arts in our local communities for many years,Ž said Susan Bassett, President of the FCCC.Our signature event, For-gotten Coast en Plein Air, is in its 14th year and has a major impact in showcasing our area as a destination for culture and the arts.ŽBassett noted that invited artists travel from all over the country and Europe for the 10-day plein air event.They all love our Southern hospitality and warm reception of their beautiful art and leave as ambassadors for our area, telling the stories of our bays, our seafood industry and our natural beauty,Ž Bassett said.Those artists help spread the word about the people and small businesses that dot the Forgotten Coast from Alligator Point and Carrabelle to St. George Island and Apalach icola to Port St. Joe, Cape San Blas and Mexico Beach.They leave us a better, more vibrant community with each passing year, not only in the arts, but economically as well,Ž Bassett said. Duke Foundation awards grant to local arts groupBy Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comDuring its first year The Joe Center for the Arts has become a showcase of the artistic talent alive and well in the area.Painting in a variety of mediums, photography, sculpture and, coming up, fabrics have filled the palette of offered by the first year all-volunteer, nonprofit arts organization.That mission continues into the holiday season.The Joe Center for the Arts will host the Forgot-ten Coast Festival of TreesŽ beginning Nov. 24 at the gallery, located at 201 Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe. The event, which will end Dec. 15, is sponsored by The Joe and the Forgotten Coast Cultural Coalition (FCCC).We want to transform the gallery into a winter wonderland filled with beautifully decorated trees, wreaths and displays of holiday collections,Ž said Marcy Trahan with The Joe.Individuals, organization and businesses are invited to be a part of the show, another aspect, community involvement, at which The Joe has excelled in its first year.Put together a display, approved, of course, please, or decorate a wreath or tree; just be part of the holiday celebration.There are a host of activities planned around the Festival of Trees,Ž including a visit from the jolly Old St. Nick and Mrs. Claus, craft projects for the children, holiday demonstrations and group tours.The yuletide displays will be only part of the fun,Ž Trahan said.In addition, The Joe folks are soliciting donations, say, something that highlights a business, organization, art or holiday tradition, for a silent auction.The folks at The Joe are also seeking sponsorship dollars to help make this holiday event a free event everyone along the Forgotten Coast will enjoy,Ž Trahan said.During the run of the show local choirs and musicians will be providing music, much of it holiday-themed.Sponsorship and entry forms can be found at can be printed off and mailed to The Joe Center for the Arts, 201 Reid Ave, Port St. Joe, FL 32456.Forms may also be com-pleted online.Registration deadline for displays and the silent auction is Nov. 1 or until all spaces are filled. Those applying after the spaces are filled will be contacted and fees returned.Questions or more information contact Trahan at 970-397-9663 or Joe plants Festival of TreesThe Joe Center for the Arts will display a Festival of TreesŽ Nov. 24 through Dec. 15. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Tim CroftThe Port St. Joe Star 850-227-7827 | @PSJ_Star tcroft@starfl.comMelina Elum adopted a theme of Show up to clean upŽ for last months local effort as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. Show up they did.Some 50 volunteers came out on a steamy Saturday morning to help clean Mexico Beach, St. Joe Beach, Beacon Hill and WindMark Beach.When everything was bagged, surveys completed, the volunteers had removed 486 pounds of trash.Number-wise the biggest contributors were cigarette butts, of which 1,138 were collected.Crystal Follin picked up so many butts on her assigned section of beach she was able to create art out of them in the form of a fish.We were at the Mexico Beach Pier and decided to walk the (high tide line) where quite a bit of trash washes in,Ž Follin said. Volunteers clean beaches of 486 pounds of trash2018 International Coastal Cleanup volunteers in (alphabetical order) Alyson Anttila, Dennis Bar“ eld, Catherine Bouington, Sam Burkett, Wesley Chapman, Sarah Darden, Tristan Doran, Jane Dunn, Quincy Elphinstone, Sedona Focht, Crystal and Harmony Follin, Halston F ulk, Hannah Fulk, Jack Gaffney, Susan Garrett, Lucy Green, Jayden Hayes, Kathy Hanna, Michele Kent, Bryson Lee, Kaylee Leonard, Bria n Lindsey, Suzanne Lyon, Will McCall, Pat Medina, Ralph Moore, Marsha Orme, Jason Paulk, Ken Paulk, Jim Penrod, William Pittman, Mary Lee Raulerson, Mike and Marge Scott, Maria-L Seidel, Hannah Simpson, Denise and Len Sisk, Dora Stiegelmar, Chandlere Touchton, Mary Vosyka, Marianne Warhol, Terry Wilson. [COURTESY OF MELINA ELUM] Windmark cleanup crew: Barbara Dewitt, Rosemary Lhoton, Ocia Ratliff, Evie Wlodarczyk. Not pictured: Mitzi Bulger, Peggy Childs, Kathy Hanna, Ann Harris, Terry Magness. [COURTESY OF MELINA ELUM] See ARTS, B6 See BEACHES, B6


** B2 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The Star SOCIETYSpecial to The StarThe St. Joseph Bay Chapter of NSDAR met on Sept 26 at the Sunset Coastal Grill with Jef-fery Schweikert speaking on the Constitution as it was meant to be and the foresight of the Signees in creating it.Mr. Schweikert was a National DAR Essay Winner when he was in high school.Guest Buena Brown was introduced and will soon be a member.Regent Russ gave an update on the Fall Forum which was held in Orlando.Paula Boone, Chapter Registrar, announced a Genealogy and Supplemental Meeting would be held at the Library in November.DAR newsSpeaker Jeffery Schweikert with DAR Program Chairman, Mabel Hodges and DAR St. Joseph Bay Regent, Sherrill Russ. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe Garden Club will meet at noon on Oct. 11 in the historic garden center located at 216 Eighth Steet. The public is warmly invited to attend. RSVP to or visit us on Facebook and post a message. Don't forget to come early, say 11:45 a.m., to mingle!After a luncheon, Ray Bodrey, Director of the Gulf County UF/IFAS Extension Office will discuss various plant propagation methods. With this knowledge, the patient gardener will be able to inexpensively increase the number of their favorite plants.The Port St. Joe Garden Club supports the the Port St Joe Community Resource Center Food. Please bring a can or two of food to the meeting for donation to help those in need in our community.PSJ Garden Club news[{SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe dangers of medical mistakes will be discussed 11:30 a.m. CT Friday, Oct. 12 in a new Lifetree Caf lunch setting.The program, titled Doctor Danger: What Every Patient Needs to Know,Ž features a filmed interview with Dr. Martin Makary, a cancer surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital and author of Unaccount-able: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care.There are lots of things hospitals dont tell you,Ž said Makary. As many as 25 percent of patients are harmed by medical mistakes. Its an epidemic, and it kills more people than HIV and car accidents combined.ŽAdmission to the 60-minute event is free. A simple lunch and bev-erages are available at 11:30 a.m. with the epi-sode 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 livingwater@livingwateratthebeach. com.Doctor dangers explored at Lifetree CafTime to plant seeds, see what seeds are at the center Special to The StarWe are doing new and fun things at our centers and are looking for folks who want to join in, and planting new seeds to grow. Everyone is welcome to join us at the Gulf County Senior Citizens Centers for fun, festivities and lunch.If you are looking for a place to come relax, enjoy some fun activities and a lunch, we are the place.Our centers are located at 120 Library Drive, Port Saint Joe, FL and at 314 N 3rd St Wewahitchka FL.Our purpose is to give seniors 60 and older a place to come and enjoy fellowship and community. We have different activities each day and have activities for folks that are not seniors, so everyone is welcome to come visit us. Our mission is to keep our seniors active and enjoy-ing fun with other folks in the area.We have a spaghetti luncheon planned for 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET Nov. 2 in Port St. Joe and 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. CT in Wewahitchka.On Oct. 23, we are opening our computer lab with an instructor for all to come and learn new things on the computer.Lastly, we are ending the month with a Hal-loween costume contest and party. We are looking forward to seeing all the costumes and scares.We are also asking for any items that you do not need when you are doing your fall cleaning to be donated and used for prizes with some of our activities.Items such as trinkets, figurines, throw pillows, candles, etc. Our prizes are getting extremely low.We are adding new activities each month, so drop by the centers and pick up a calendar every month to see what we are doing. We are also look-ing for volunteers to help in any way you can.Please continue to donate and help the seniors of Gulf County. You can make a donation by mail of call the center at 229-8466.Senior Center: Its fall yallSpecial to The StarPortOberfestA good time was had by all-until the sky opened up at 3 p.m.The GFWC Wewahi-tchka Woman's Club was invited to participate in this event by selling brats and hot dogs. It was the second year for Portoberfest that was held on Reid Avenue in Port St. Joe on Sept. 22. We set up our new tent and our banners and got to work!We received rave reviews from the Gulf County Chamber of Commerce and we hope to participate in the event next year.Thank you so much to the following club mem-bers who participated in this event:Laura Baxley, Carol Childress, Kim McFar-land, Deb Odierna, Barbie Russell, and Pam Sumner for your outstanding work and your ability to stay dry!Also, thanks go out to my son-in-law Christian and my daughter Kaitlyn for their superior grill-ing skills. And as always, thank you to our fearless leader, Carolyn Watson, for organizing all the food prior to the event. Pulled pork fundraiserThe GFWC Wewahi-tchka Womans Club held their bi-annual Pulled Pork Fundraiser Friday and it was a success. Thanks to our volunteers, boosters and the 300-plus customers we sold out. All proceeds go to our local students for scholarships. Looking forward to holding this fundraiser next spring keep your eyes out for our many other eventsIf you would like to learn more about all the exciting programs and projects we do in support of our community, visit our Facebook page, GFWC Wewahitchka Womans Club or send us an email for more information. wewawomansclubgfwc@yahoo. comWewahitchka Womans Club newsPortOberfest. [{SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Pulled pork fundraiser[SPECIAL TO THE STAR]


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 B3 SCHOOL NEWSS.O.A.R.-ing at PSJESS.O.A.R. students for the week of Sept. 28 at Port St. Joe Elementary School. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Special to The StarThe Port St. Joe Elementary PTO would like to thank all the volunteers who helped paint rocks of appreciation for the teachers and clean up around school grounds. A special thanks to Gulf County Education Association and Kilgore's for their generous donations!Thanks to the rock stars[SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS] Special to The StarGulf County Sheriffs Office Capt. Chris Buchanan came to the Wewahitchka Elementary School Pre-K classroom last week to read to the students. He read a book called, The Story of Americas BirthdayŽ by Patricia A. Pingry. The book is part of Freedom Week (Declaration of Independence) in Pre-k, said teacher Darlene Ake.Freedom Week at WES Pre-K[SPECIAL TO THE STAR] By Haily DennisSpecial to The StarOn Sept. 15, the Port St. Joe NJROTC unit par-ticip ated in the annual beach cleanup held by the community. The Port St. Joe NJROTC cadets, SGA and the Key Club worked to pre-serve the beauty of our beaches.Participating in this event proved to be both enjoyable and reward-ing to the students. This effort not only makes the beaches a safer place for the visitors, but also helps keep trash out of the ocean, which saves a significant amount of marine life.Many sea turtles and fish wash up every year from all the garbage in the water. It is imperative that we hold these events so that our marine life is thriving due to the impact marine life has on the Florida economy.Some things found in the water and on the beaches may be surprising.A few items included: bicycles, chairs, and pieces of toilets, plastic bottles, cigarettes, and other household items.This event is very important to maintaining our beaches and impress-ing upon the students the need to take care of our environment.2018 Port St. Joe NJROTC beach cleanup [SPECIAL TO THE STAR PHOTOS]


** B4 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The Star FAITHJeanne Ann Brookhouse, age 84, of Mexico Beach, FL passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, FL. A Memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. CST Friday, October 5, 2018 at Our Lady of Guadeloupe, 1500 15th Street Mexico Beach, FL, with Father Chris Winkeljohn officiating. The family will receive friends following the service. Jeanne, daughter of the late John Gray and Elizabeth Toohey Gray, was born December 11, 1933 in Bay City, MI. She was Catholic by faith and was a member at Our Lady of Guadeloupe in Mexico Beach. Jeanne loved riding in her red convertible Camaro that her husband gave her as a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002. She also loved spending time with family and was an avid supporter of her childrens sporting events. Jeanne enjoyed the beach, boating with her husband, and traveling around the country in their motor home. Other than her parents, Jeanne is preceded in death by her brothers Jack Gray and Don Gray. Survivors include her husband of 66 years, Aaron Brookhouse of Mexico Beach, FL; children Lois Sape (Gaylen) of Linwood, MI, Dianna Brookhouse of Nashville, TN, Colleen McKie (Jim) of Panama City Beach, FL, Erin Krzanik (Andy) of Lombard, IL, Brian Brookhouse (Meg) of Coloma, MI, Craig Brookhouse (Jamie) of Valparaiso, IN, Keith Brookhouse (Heather) of Sherwood, OR, and Kristy Schuttler (Chuck) of Lombard, IL; grandchildren Heather, Joel, Mathew, Sean, Kelly, Sarah, Brent, Jaime, Aaron, Morgan, Jake, Joe, Brooke and Aleksei; great grandchildren Brennan, Kael, Garrett, Grayce, Zander, Christian, Alesha, Brianna, Samantha SamŽ, Aiden, Kaleb, Natalie, Jayde, Josiah, and Finley; numerous other family and friends. Online condolences and memories may be shared at www.whatley funeral ANN BROOKHOUSE Rudolph James Kirkland, 84, of White City, passed away Saturday evening, September 29, 2018 in a Panama City hospital. He was a native of Alabama and a long-time resident of White City. Rudolph retired from Raffield Fisheries of Port St Joe. Survivors include his sons, Danny Kirkland and wife Patty of Sunny Hills, Bobby Kirkland of Wewahitchka, and Mike Kirkland and wife Dawn of Vernon, Florida; his daughter Wanda Nixon and husband Bruce; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Betty Gay of Port St Joe, Florida. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. EST Thursday, October 4, 2018 at True Holiness Church in White City with interment to follow in Pleasant Rest Cemetery. He will lie in state at Comforter Funeral Home from 6-8:00 p.m. Wednesday. Services are under the direction of Comforter Funeral Home.RUDOLPH JAMES KIRKLANDEdward JoeŽ Schell passed on to his Heavenly home on Sunday September 23, 2018. He was born on July 19, 1963 in York, Pennsylvania and has been a Gulf County resident since he was fifteen years old. Joe was a leader in the business community in Port St. Joe, running the BP service station in the 1990s.He loved to spend time at the VFW and to be outside, whether on the water or working with his hands. Joes greatest joy was his family and friends, and he was known for his kindness and willingness to help. The greatest honor to his memory one could give would be to spend time with those you love or offer an act of kindness to someone in need. He is survived by his loving wife, Ruby; a daughter, RebeccaPalik (Michael); a son, Christopher Schell (Abby); two step-dau ghters, Demecia Joiner and Caitlin Gilley; three grandsons, Evan Joiner, Peter Palik, and Benjamin Schell; and two granddaughters: Evelyn Palik and Lydia Schell. His surviving siblings include two brothers: Gary and David Schell and two sisters: Etta Mars and Shirley Fortunato. He also leaves behind numerous beloved cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends. Joe is preceded in death by his father Clarence Schell, mother Madeline Daugherty, and sister Brenda Schell. A memorial service was held 2 p.m. ET Friday, September 28, 2018 at the First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe, with the family accepting visitors at 1 p.m. EST until the service. In lieu of flowers, please honor Joes memory by making donations to the American Lung Association either online at or by mail to 6852 Belfort Oaks Place, Jacksonville, FL 32216.EDWARD JOE SCHELL Special to The StarLosing a loved one is extremely difficult for most people.GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who understand the grief pro-cess and share resources to help with one of lifes most challenging experiences.Thousands of churchsponsored GriefShare support groups meet throughout the United States, Canada and 10 other countries.Long Avenue Baptist Church is excited to offer this programs for adults in our community that are grieving the death of a family member or friend.A special, free GriefShare Seminar entitled Loss of a SpouseŽ will be held 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Oct. 25 in the Office Complex at Long Avenue Baptist Church at 1601 Long Avenue in Port St. Joe.This one-night seminar gives encouraging and practical advice from coun-selors, pastors and widowed men and women. No matter when the death happened, this seminar will provide encouragement for those that have lost a spouse. Attendees will also receive a free booklet to keep. Please consider coming and bring-ing a friend that is grieving.GriefShare now available locally SEE MORE OBITUARIES ON B6See GRIEF, B6


** The Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 B5"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."George SantayanaToday at my house is rainy and there was, in the morning, a chilliness in the air. I know chilly is a relative term, as morning temperatures were in the upper 60s, which is practically a balmy summer day if youre from, say, North Dakota or Canada. Nonetheless, I enjoyed every moment on the porch, enjoying some coffee and that slightly cool breeze.When youre from the South, theres something exciting about the promise of cold weather. During the autumn and winter months when we were growing up on St. Joe Beach, my little sister and I longed for that chilly weather, or sweater weather, as we called it.It doesnt have to snow or anything, it just needs to get cool enough that we can wear our sweaters,Ž wed lament.Adding fuel to the fire of our desire for cool weather was the fall issue of Seventeen magazine each year, full of beautiful back-to-school clothes to dream about, stylish and warm and cozy; sweaters, jackets, and scarves to make getting dressed for school each day more creative and fun. Come on, sweater weather!But there wed be on Hallow-een night, still wearing shorts and flip flops as we handed out candy on the doorstep to the sweaty little goblins and witches who came by for a treat. We had fun, of course, but we always wished that we were wearing sweaters under a clear, cold sky instead of being wrapped in thick a blanket of heat and humidity.Usually, sometime in late November or early December, wed get a reprieve from the Gulf Coasts lovely moderate temperature, and have a cold snap.Ž The temperature would drop, say, into the 50s, and we girls would put on soft, cozy sweaters and drink hot chocolate under afghans that Grammy had made. Ahh, winterƒwhat a welcome guest it was!Sis and I would head down to the beach, bundled up in our sweaters and scarves as we enjoyed the cool, crisp air. Wed feel excited to see how different the beach would be under the influence of Jack Frost. We giggled as we walked the two blocks down to the beach, talking nonstop about what we wanted to get each other for Christmas, ecstatic that we could see our breath as we spoke. It was cold! Our fingers were icy!As we shuffled onto the beach, the soft, cool sand whiter than any snow wed ever seen, we filled our lungs with the crisp, salty air, and laughed. How excellent it was to be in one of the most beauti-ful places on earth, our beach, and, almost paradoxically, be able to also experience wintry cold temperatures, too. It felt magical.One particular day as we walked, watching our breath fill the air in front of us and wishing wed remembered our gloves, we stopped in our tracks, and looked in astonishment at the human being in front of us. A man...a tall, thin man with silver hair, if memory serves...wearing nothing but swim trunks, was headed into the (what we assumed was frigid) waters of the Gulf! Had he lost his mind? Did he have a death wish?No, he was just Canadian. What we considered a cold winters day was toasty and comfortable to him, I imagined, and he was diving in to enjoy it.As is true for just about everything in life, its all about perspective, my friends.So, as I enjoy the rain outside and the air conditioner inside (its afternoon, you know; the temperature is in the 80s again), Im also going to enjoy making a potful of my favorite white turkey chili and let it bring some comfort to my Southern soul. Enjoy some with me, wont you? You can always turn your air conditioner on and pretend its cold outside, too. Stephs White Turkey ChiliMakes 4 to 6 servings € 1 pound of ground turkey (mixed or white turkey) € 1 medium onion, chopped € 1 tablespoon olive oil € 1 tablespoon ground cumin € 1 tablespoon tomato paste € 1 teaspoon salt € 1 /2 teaspoon ground black or white pepper € 1 large or two small fresh jalapeos, chopped € 2 cups chicken broth € 2 cups water € 2 “ fteen-ounce cans of Great Northern Beans, drained and rinsed (may substitute white cannellini beans) Directions: In a large frying pan, heat the olive oil, then add the turkey and onion. Cook a minute or so, and then add the chopped jalapeno. (Note: I dont remove the seeds from the jalapeno, as we like the heat, but you may prefer to take them out.) After the meat has browned and onions are translucent, add the cumin, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Stir in, and cook for a minute. Add the beans. Stir in the chicken broth and water, and simmer over low heat for about thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. If chili thickens more than youd like, add more broth to loosen. Serve in a bowl with a sprinkling of grated cheddar cheese and a teaspoon of light sour cream. Enjoy! Bonus recipe, just because they go great with everything, from white turkey chili to a big Sunday dinner: my kicked upŽ deviled eggs recipe. Theyre amazingly good! I hope youll give them a try. Kicked-up deviled eggs with bacon€ 6 boiled eggs, sliced in half lengthwise, yolks removed into a bowl € 1/ 2 cup mayonnaise € 1/ 2 teaspoon red wine vinegar (I used the jalapeno ” avored one) € 1 /3 cup chopped pickled jalapenos € 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped green onions (white and very light green parts only)zz € 3 strips cooked bacon, crumbled Method: Place yolks in a small mixing bowl, and mash well with a fork. Add all other ingredients, as well as salt and pepper to taste, and stir until combined. Fill the egg whites with spoon, or pipe into the whites using a ziploc bag “ lled with the “ lling. Snip off one corner and squeeze to “ ll. Tips: To make perfect boiled eggs, place eggs in pan, then cover with cool water, “ lling to a depth of at least an inch over the top of the eggs. Add a tablespoon of salt, as some wise older cooks say this helps make the shells more easily removable. (If any of the eggs ” oat to the top of the water, throw them out, as ” oating eggs are typically spoiled eggs.) I hope you will enjoy these recipes, and that you'll embrace the slightly cooler days, crisper air, and changing leaves here and there in your part of the South. Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the in uence of the earth.Ž Henry David Thoreau Stephanie Hill-Frazier is a writer, food blogger and regional television chef, whose on-air nickname is "Mama Steph." She grew up in Gulf County, on St. Joe Beach, a place she will forever call home. She is married and has three sons who are significantly taller than she is. You can find more of her recipes at SOUTHERN FOLKS EAT(Slightly) Changing seasons in the SouthSpecial to The StarTALLAHASSEE -Airbnb, the Sunshine States leading community-driven hospital-ity company, announced today that Floridians in rural counties earned $24.7 million in supple-mental income while welcoming 125,000 guests through the Airbnb vacation rental platform over the past 12 months, representing a remarkable 110 percent rate of year-over-year growth.For this report, Airbnb com-piled data for the 32 Florida counties officially designated as ruralŽ by the Florida Depart-ment of Economic Opportunity. That map can be found here and at the bottom.The 110 percent growth rate of Airbnb guests to state-designated rural Florida counties nearly doubles the growth rate to urban counties. The data is indicative of an increasing desire among travelers to get off the beaten path and experience all of Florida, not just the big cities or traditional vacation hubs.This report comes on the heels of new data demonstrating that the Florida hotel industry is booming, reporting record rates of hotel development, total hotel rooms available, hotel room nights sold, hotel occupancy rate, and hotel room revenue. Yet the vast majority of Floridas hotel inventory is cen-tralized in the large metro areas and well-known beach towns. This leaves large swaths of rural Florida with very limited tradi-tional lodging options -and sometimes none at all.As such, home sharing has allowed homeowners in rural regions throughout the state to fill that void and earn valuable supplemental income while opening up their counties to tourism and the revenue that comes with it.For example, Wakulla County is home to just three hotels according to, yet the local Airbnb host community has helped the county take full economic advantage of its growing popularity with visitors, with 205 percent year-over-year guest growth over the past year as local hosts earned a combined $276,000 in income.Similarly, Gulf County -also home to just two hotels according to -is an increasingly popular desti-nation for Airbnb guests. Local homeowners helped catalyze the local economy by hosting 4,700 guests in the past year to the county, earning over $1 mil-lion in supplemental income in the process.Delivering tourism -and the revenue that comes with it -to rural Northern Florida has been a longstanding goal,Ž said State Sen. Bill Montford, whose district includes 10 of the rural counties adjacent to Tallahassee. When that tour-ism is delivering hundreds of thousands of dollars into the pockets of w orking-class Floridians in the process, thats even better.ŽThe agricultural communi-ties I represent are hungry for economic development,Ž said State Rep. Ben Albritton, whose district includes the heart of DeSoto County and Hardee County. Opening up these counties to people-powered tourism is putting valuable extra income into pockets of homeowners and hopefully will encourage more small businesses to invest in rural Florida.ŽAdditionally, in three coun-ties that are technically state designated as urban, over 50 percent of the local Airbnb hosts live in areas that are census designated as rural tracts.Airbnb recently launched an Office of Healthy Tourism, with a mission to support tourism in Florida and beyond that is local, authentic, diverse, inclusive and sustainable. The com-pany recently released a report highlighting the #1 most wish-listed listings in every county in Florida county -including the 32 state-designated rural counties.Opening up the state to increased tourism has a trickle down effect both in terms of guest spending at local small businesses and tax revenue to the state. Thanks to a 2015 tax agreement with the Florida Department of Revenue, Airbnb collects and remits the state sales tax on all Airbnb bookings in Florida, which delivered $33 million to the state in 2017. Airbnb also has tax agreements in place to collect the local county bed/tourist tax for 23 of the 28 state-designated rural counties that assess such taxes (Union, Lafayette, Calhoun and Liberty do not have county bed taxes).Rural Florida experiencing explosive Airbnb growth Kicked-up deviled eggs with bacon. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephs White Turkey Chili. [SPECIAL TO THE STAR] Stephanie Hill-Fraizer


** B6 Thursday, October 4, 2018 | The StarMaurice (MishŽ) Edward Fuller, 70, was born December 7, 1947 in Port St. Joe, Florida and passed away September 28, 2018 after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Fuller Daughtry and James Lyman Fuller and his brother, James JimmyŽ Hoffman Fuller. Mish is survived by his wife, Edith McLawhon Fuller; daughters, Christie Fuller Mundy (Jeff) of Lake Charles, Louisiana and Carrie Fuller Tharpe (Jeremy) of Tallahassee, Florida; grandchildren, Rodney Fuller Mundy, Elizabeth Hazel Mundy, Wyatt Randall Tharpe and Kacie Grace Tharpe; step siblings Louise PunkŽ Daughtry and Bobby Wiley. Mish grew up in Port St. Joe (Class of 1966) and cherished the memories of those years dearly. He attended Chipola Junior College then moved to Tallahassee where he worked for the City of Tallahassee until his retirement after 35 years. His heart never left the coast, and Mish returned to Mexico Beach to make his home in 2001 where he enjoyed golfing with friends and spending time in the salt air … golfing, scalloping, boating, fishing and enjoying the beach. Mish served on the Board of Directors at St. Joseph Bay Golf Club. A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Port St. Joe 3 p.m. ET Sunday, September 30, 2018. The family received visitors from 2-3 p.m. before the service. As Mish was a frequent blood donor throughout his life, in lieu of flowers, the family suggests a tribute blood donation to OneBlood or the American Red Cross at MISHŽ EDWARD FULLER Dennis D. Julson, 67, of Wewahitchka, Florida, passed away September 22, 2018, at Bay Medical Hospital surrounded by family. Dennis was born February 13, 1951, in Minot, ND where he attended school through Jr. High. The family then moved to Key West, Florida, in 1965, and he graduated high school there in 1969. He married Vickie June Pugh shortly thereafter. The couple moved to Wewahitchka, where he worked for the REA Co-Op for many years. Dennis is survived by his parents, Vernon and Yvonne Julson; mother-in-law, Rose M. Pugh; wife, Vickie J. Julson; daughte rs, Jennifer Dean, Amber Crutchfield; son-in-law, Frederick L. Crutchfield; grandchildren, Landon Crutchfield, Scout and Winona Ballard, Derek Ballard (USAF), Calvin Dean III; fathers, Calvin Dean II and Dustin Ballard; greatgrandson, Colton Ballard. He was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents, fatherin-law Thomas Pugh; both brother and sister Allen W. Julson, Lavonne R. Brodie. Surviving niece and nephews: Wayne A. Julson, Kathy Jones, Sheldon A. Brodie and family. Many brother and sister-inlaws: James Brodie, Sherrie Julson, Tommy Pugh and family, Tina and Jack Jensen and family. Aunt and uncles preceded in death of Dennis: Cleone Rollman, Duane Woodall, Tilford and Margie Julson, Myrtle and Harold Brabandt. Aunts and uncles survived by Dennis, Marion and Roger Dalen and family, Janice and Larry Boutilier and family, Donnie Rollman and family and Marie Woodall. The best Husband, Father and Son. So now your dreams can be fulfilled. We will ride with you again.DENNIS D. JULSON Another special free GriefShare seminar entitled Surviving the HolidaysŽ will be held 6 p.m. ET Thursday, Nov. 15 at Long Avenue Baptist Church.The holidays are very difficult for many people that are grieving. If you or someone you know needs to attend this, please come. This one night seminar will help people learn how to deal with their emotions during the holidays and give helpful ideas on traditions, changes, social events and having hope for the future. Attendees will also receive a free booklet to keep.The next GriefShare 13-week support group starts on Jan. 5. The group will meet from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. ET from January through March, Each session is self-contained and everyone is invited to attend at any time.Each GriefShare session includes three elements:1. The group watches a video seminar featuring top experts on grief and recovery. 2. The group then spends time discussing the video and sharing what they are experiencing. (There is no requirement to share.)3. During the week, participants can use their workbook for further study and support. (Workbooks are $15 and scholarships are available.)Brochures about the GriefShare support group will be available at the special seminars in October and November. Help through the grieving process is available. For more information visit www. and www. or call 229-8691. GRIEFFrom Page B4 We salute Duke Energy for their generous support in this important endeavor.ŽDuke Energys support helps a number of organizations to fulfill missions across the state while encouraging minority busi-ness development, access to the arts, filmmaking and community development.The grant to the FCCC was the fourth-largest in this grant cycle; the largest, $60,000, went to an arts diversity initiative that spanned four Central Florida counties.The FCCC grant was among 10 individual grants that exceeded $10,000.Research shows communities that embrace diversity and have strong cultural resources are healthier, better educated and safer,Ž said Catherine Stempien, President of Duke Energy Florida.We are proud to support philanthropic programs that expand the accessibility of the arts and culture and help strengthen the nonprofit community through professional development programs. These grants will positively impact the communities where our customers live and work and further our diversity and inclusion initiatives.ŽThe Duke Energy Foun-dation annually funds more than $33 million to commu-nities through the utilitys seven-state service area.In 2017 alone, the com-pany donated more than $5 million to nonprofit organi-zations in Florida.In addition to Forgotten Coast en Plein Air, the FCCC is also the sponsor-ing organization for The Joe Center for the Arts on Reid Ave. in Port St. Joe. ARTSFrom Page B1We collected 582 pieces of trash. Of that, 423 were cigarette butts alone.ŽBy weight, the largest piece of trash scoured off the beach was likely the undesignated appliance, although the collective weight of the 191 plastic beverage bottles, 69 glass beverage bottles and 214 beverage cans combined would tip the scales a bit the other direction.The cleanup went great,Ž said Elum. Thanks to everyone who helped and special thanks to Tony Almon and the NJROTC students and others from Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School.Every one of you made a difference.ŽThe International Coastal Cleanup aims not only to help clean the coastal areas of the world, but also pro-mote community solutions to trash on the beach and inspire commitment and passion in people to keep the coastlines clean, Elum said.Leave No Trace is a direct descendant.In all, local volunteers collected 54 bags of trash, documenting each item on a tally sheet.In addition to more than 1,100 cig arette butts, most of which were found on Mexico Beach, volunteers also collected 377 food wrappers with the 214 bev-erage cans coming in third on the list of top collected items.Items which raised a bit of concern among the volun-teers included a half-gallon of antifreeze, syringes, a vodka bottle, dog waste bags not disposed and soiled diapers.More than 200 bottle caps, metal and plastic, 84 straws, 26 yards of rope, 18 yards of fishing line and several hundreds plastic and foam bags, plates, cups, etc. were also found and picked up. And this was just between St. Joe Beach and Mexico Beach.The tally sheets were com-bined and the numbers sent to the Ocean Conservancy.Information on International Coastal Cleanup can be found by visitingThe in formation provides an eye-opening report on the tons of trash found on the worlds coastlines, Elum said.Locally, each volunteer received a box of two dozen paper straws with a green sea turtle motif which were donated by Nancy Jones and Flyaway Paper Straws of Indian Pass.In addition, a drawing was held to a ward items of original art donated by art-ists Mary Vosyka and Elum. BEACHESFrom Page B1


CLASSIFIEDSThe Star | Thursday, October 4, 2018 B B 7 7 2018S STATEMENT OF OWNERSHIP, MANAGEMENT, AND CIRCULATION Publication: The Star 149 W. US 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publication Number: 518-880 Filing Date: October 1, 2018 Issue Frequency Weekly (Thursday Morning) Published Annually: 52 Weeks Annual Subscription Price: $34.65 Contact Person: Roger Underwood (850) 747-5049 Complete Mailing Address of Known Office of Publication and General Business Office of Publisher: 149 W. US 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Publisher: Tim Thompson PO Box 1940 Panama City, FL 32402 Editor: Tim Croft 149 W. Hwy 98 Port St. Joe, FL 32456 Owner: New Media Investment Group, Inc. 1345 Avenue of the Americas, 46th Floor New York, NY 10105 Known Bondholders, Mortgagees, and Other Security Holders Owning or Holding 1 Percent or More of Total Amount of Bonds, Mortgages, or Other Securities. 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I understand that anyone who furnishes false or misleading information on this form or who omits material or information requested on the form may be subject to criminal sanctions (including fines and imprisonment) and/or civil sanctions (including civil penalties.) October 4, 2018 21534S FLORIDA PACE FUNDING AGENCY NOTICE OF INTENT TO USE UNIFORM METHOD OF COLLECTING NON-AD VALOREM ASSESSMENTS The Board of Directors (the “Board”) of the Florida PACE Funding Agency, a public body corporate and politic (the “Agency”), 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 Agency’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 “Qualifying Improvements”). 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 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 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 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 “Property”) 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 need-


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All positions require a valid driver’s license with no more than 6 points on driver history report. ing 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 Pub: September 27, October 4, 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. 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 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 o’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 21993S LEGAL NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that RICH’S SELF STORAGE CLIMATE CONTROLLED intends to dispose of or offer for sale the personal property described below to enforce a lien imposed on said property under The Florida Self Storage Facility Act Statues (Section 83.801 — 83.809). RICH’S SELF STORAGE CLIMATE CONTROLLED will dispose of said property no later than October 12, 2018. Property is located at 217 W. River Road, Wewahitchka, FL 32465 the following: Unit # 49 Patricia Karm 4 x 5 Unit 20 Gina Mills 10 x 10 Pub: October 4, 11, 2018 21708S PUBLIC NOTICE A meeting of the Mexico Beach City Council will be held at 5:30pm on October 9th at the Mexico Beach Civic Center 105 N. 31st St discuss a FRDAP application for a Pavilion at Parker Park. The purpose of this meeting is to receive public input regarding this grant application. All members of the public are encouraged to attend. 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