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Volume 1 Number 3


10 November 1992


President of Cedar Key
Oystermens Association
Reviews Aquaculture in
the NE Panhandle


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commercial success through sale of
oysters and clams to local markets

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i-v* s k w- Tedad n- j ST. GEORGE PLAN
*kw ws. BOARD MEETS TO
Q What is Cedar Key like as a ADMINISTRATION
place to live? OPERATIONS AND
Rick: If you want something pri- ELECTRONIC RECORDI
ate you better not live here. It's NOW BANNED BY BO)
_ too small. Any small town is like
that though ain't it But no, every-
body knows ya, if you get in a jam 1993 BUDGET NOT YET
they'llhelp you out. Hey, every- AVAILABLE
bodyargues but it is about like in
school, you used to argue with PRESIDENT SPOHRER ANI
your best friend and hen two TREASURER RODRIQUE
days later you were doing sofe -RESIGN ON MONDAY
thi RESIGN ON MONDAY
FOLLOWING THE MEETINi
Q To find some acmanmodation.
Helen Spoher and Lori Rodr
Rie Yeah! que have resigned their respe
tive positions of President an
Q How did y happen to get Treasurer, respectively, giving
imTanedin the Pred oeanand notice by Monday, 26 Octobe
matye you domlel us what that Teir faxed letters to the Boar
is? offices did not offer any expl
nation for their decisions excej
Rick We llr O ean, when to indicate that each woul
it came here, ,we %as ed for it continue to serve on the Boar
to come here laihly. Because of Directors. Pamela Amato
what we had at fie time was, we now Acting President of the C
wr getting a tot f Ed bat George Plantation Owners' A
ton. Our baibt we getting location, Inc.
ig ot and s6~ anwe fi~ri Bl, W Brd of Directors of the
ifs di~ia t ae way i Gwnrge Plantation Owners' A
g~ we F i mo ahd. I soat Inc held their quarter
imeanwysma f~g~n mbe r~aftng on 24 October at the clul
W4s W1, wem we Whouse TIhe meeting was slight
to Alledw a d we over four hours long
arl we fM Ci c1kg FoowliTg a royval of the ini
S ame n w ii ,and ev t te, a y didg, dchlair of tl
Oaa Ofr g re a ArhitcturaMl Control Commnitt
&lMRa&fM gft eol W t aM nomwd that a workshop c
w liew g ~. a~ Pd ',,,,.,..j4 ,lagti'.: io the coy
cow4r A* teiWyou w Wydt woui. -,# il.ki on unda!
S os Noveiber, at 1 P,M, at fl
i' 4 Wntation dufbbous A !.ii,.lI
your to** SM a wemrst afawdocunatt would Nie mldr h.o,
iNL pa.t 1- '. fr l f a #~ 4k 1 the maing, for r
h psetth g menifrr, in order
Sy O 4cWhA5g in adv an
9 6 0" .. ,di4 duion was held on t
BEr- Es~~ i 4~ da~ wiiefl o continuing, problem of idohft
O W 0at i Wo ft W&ifig a d sotidting Aoda tk
& (rnrnmk to wtsve on te A wl
Q it ru o timet 6tO -? teotral Control Commfitti
~ fso>, 9nt hy e 'rEi d- aImong tfie fcmore -o'ntwumflit
na"0 tit you sWm t least jobs in the As4daiflion, Memb
once evey two wete& and work Tom Outlaw, Mson tlean, V
on you prodUct But f you Dooxky and B,L Csey were a
there gonce every tw k w0 re- ponintled to w Board, with a fit
ally even tough I dott live by it, vacarny l ld opett
-going there o a week If you
go there once a week you can Lori Rodrique rievprti on t
really cut your time down on budget, which is not yet availal
messing with this stuff. You don't to the mm blrship, Alice Colli
let.it get so messed up. Just about asked that the budget be pu
like going and pulling crab traps. listed before it was to ann rm
Aquaculture, continued to Homeowners, continued
page 2 page 5


CARRABELLE CITY
ATTORNEY GETS
CLEARANCE TO
LOOK INTO
ALLEGED ETHICS
VIOLATIONS
S At the 2 November Carrabele
City Commission meeting, attor-
ney Bill Webster asked he Board
of three commissioners in aftn-
S dance if they wanted him to e-
view legal and ethical matters
connected with recent charges
made against members of the
Carrabele Port and Airport A
thority (CPAA). Three m brs
of the CPAA had turned the
letters from the State of Florda
Ethics Commission over to Web-
ster. He told the City Co is-
sion that he had pu"pos not
reviewed the allegations con-
tained in the letters until he
checked with the City im
sion to find out what they wanted
him to do in regard to the le
ethis violation He pointed out
that the Oty Attom hy ofte -
rents the Cty an CPAA in va-
ous %gal mattrs but he ee
to have the City Coraission
spedfialtly action his involW-
ment in the CPAA matt, to te
suffidency ad whtede an y ron-


members, Webster's report
would te pwntl at the next
(i CommsA~ ion nwu"le. in er
December.


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PANHANDL
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NOVEMBER
CARRABELI

The Panhandle Pl
ending their sixth s
revival of the oldi-b
"Arsenic and Old
seph Kesselring, f
in New York in late
Directed by Charle
rabelle, the play wi
two night-, 13 and
Friday and s ituld.
at 7:30 p.m, Te pi.
aunts lving in 11n1
have a ,tra:,nI- lh>
elderly men lookrt
and then posioni
burying them it
',tre's a lot of tfi
Director Iviler.
area, we just bou
phones. We hav
mikes, pocket
mikes so everyone
back row, will be a
Plans for the pro
about 23 Septemb
ions, First rehea
in the last week of
Some addition to
between late %p
tober,


A last Step to
De-Designation?

HEARING ON LAND
USE CONCLUDED
WITH TRANSMIT-
TAL OF COMPRE-
HENSIVE PLAN TO
DCA

On the heel of a workshop held
at City Hall last week (29 Octo-
ber) on land use in Carrabelle,
and spefically dealing with the
amount of land devoted to com-
merial purposes along the high-
way 98 corridor through town,
Monday's City Commission
meeting (2 November) resulted
in the City's acceptance of revi-
sions and a vote to transmit the
comprehensive plan, as amended,
to the Department of Community
Affais (DCA) in Tallahassee.
Allen Pierce, Franklin County
Planner speculated if "Christmas
might come early," informally in-
dicating that some telephone ex-
changes brought news to Fran-
klin County that the Department
of Community Affairs might re-
view the revised plan favorably.
That is to say, they would possi-
bly accept the revisions expand-
ing the commercial area along the
highway 98 corridor, a topic of
some heated discussion at the
workshop held on 29 October.
tiw Winchester, the DCA repre-
Ikslitaibvr attending the workshop,
OiUnuituiicttk\ fhe changed posi-
..tlUn o( IX'A with Pierce over the
weekend. Pierce cautioned the
City Commissioners that some
other agency could always object
to the revisions. But, Pierce rec-
ommended that the City Com-
mission now adopt the plan,
which they did, and transmit it to
DCA.


PANHANDLE

SLAYERS
) PRESENT

ARSENIC

AND:

OLD LACE

,E The cast includes Norman Boyd,
Executive Director of the Fran-
PRESENT klin County Senior Citizens Cen-
ND OLD ter, playing a lead role of Mor-
timer. The other leads include
ND 14 Sharon Frank, playing Martha,
IN and Kathleen Heveran playing
Abby, both aunts in the play. Alan
.E Chase has two roles, Dr. Harper
and Einstein. The eccentric uncle
ayers Inc, is Teddy is played by Butch Baker.
ason with the Parson Moore plays Lt Rooney
ut-goodie play and Bob Sellers plays officer
Lace" by Jo- O'Hara, and his wife Barbara
first presented Sellers plays Eileen. Major Ver-
summer 1941 non rD ,.v. plays Mr, Gibbs and
his performance will provide
s l-Mibir, Co some surprises for local audi-
ll be pt-<-n k0 ences, Brian ,' vrfl. is a new-
14 November corer to the area but is enjoying
niv i-.p.vtiw \ his role as I.t;A.il.i B.wv'I'r and
w ..i- .dlui t., v his daily work with \'1 I-,A in the
i n and thCy Countyr, 'rl..r Cline is played
bit of W by Don Schwer and Mr,. Witer-
g for a Tro- spoon a ;-lv...1 by Myron Fish.
18 them anrd Bernie f,..li,,r plays Officer
V the cOella, Brophy.
'qny lio-t. y
'In a mn On O ft 4 fi l side, JLm f awlor
t three m is head of stang, iss wife Carol
e thee b Si is asi t dire Alan Chase
ikes, !ip-on and Va,,r Moore ate worked
, even i the on sta confstuctn, ly aker-
ble to bear 'i is prop dy, aied by Carol
Lawter, = 1 w scy and Sue,
d"tin b y ght ant oAwd wiltbe handted
er with aWui by G@ LTt.l,T and Ed Kubicks.
Elg ntW hbd W
l ptef*fXViWt AdnMii form the nearly thlr.-<
the east ade hour wshw t i ffor adults and
ifmbf and O- $2. W0 f 1y4fl..ohh


Moratorium on Water Taps from
St George Island Utility Company
Lifted 20 October

Gene Brown Stipulates a Third Well to be
Operational by 1 March 1993
The moratorium on the release of water taps from the St George
Island Utility was lifted Tuesday, 2 October after an hour long
session at the Florida Public Service Commission under docket
871177-WU. Staff at the Commission had earlier recommended
that the utility's motion to lift the moratorium be DENIED because
the third water well had not yet been installed.
Gene Brown, owner of the St. George Utility, argued that the third
well was an irrelevant issue and had nothing to do with the
moratorium on water taps. Mark Jepson, an island builder, ap-
peared before the Public Service Commission, arguing that he
needed to dose on some expensive projects which were being held
up because of the moratorium. If water taps cannot be had,
building permits cannot be issued and construction stops. The two
member panel hearing the arguments appeared sympathetic to
Jepson's arguments. The outcome was to deny the staff recommen-
dation against lifting the moratorium, thereby permitting Brown's
water company to issue water taps, but no specific number was
mentioned in their order. The St. George Island utility was directed
to have the third water well, located in Eastpoint, in full operation
by March 1, 1993. Connections, under the Public Commission
order, will be permitted only to single customers seeking water taps
for the purpose of obtaining building permits. However, potential
users must still apply to the Department of Environmental Regula-
tion for permits as a part of the process of securing water taps.
Selected excerpts from the 20 October 1992 "agenda" hearing
before the Public Service Commission are presented below. (Vide-
otapes of these hearings are available from the Chronide. Please
see the ad elsewhere in this issue).
Jepson: My name is Mark Jepson, I am a registered general
contractor in the State of Florida. We do 90% of our work on St
George Island. Right now we have six projects under construction
on St. George Island, all of them in the Plantation, St. George
Island... St. George Island Utilities provides the water there and
according to the D.R.I we are not allowed to drill a well. So we are
limited in what we can do because of the requirement to hook up
to the public water system. The Couny Commission will nt isue
a building permit without a verification that water is available. We
have at the present time, under contract, four different building
projects that require water before we can get a permit Three of
them have been approved at the bank and are just sitting waiting for
these water connections. The fourth one is in the process of
obtaining financing. One of these projects needs to be dosed today
to keep from losing eamest money and having the contract ren-
dered void which would result in a loss to me personally of several
thousand dollars. Having four projects stalled not only affects me,
it affects the owners of the property and effects about twenty
families that work as sub-contractors on a regular basis for us and
most of them do not work for another general contractor, they are
just steadily with us. My purpose in being here is to see there is
some way that can have this moratorium lifted or eased or in some
way get into a situation where we can get some water connections
or a letter of approval so that we can go ahead with our work. It
would help me out of a real financial bind if I could go ahead with
this work.

Commissioner Deason: What has to be done before the morato-
rium can be lifted?
Cathy Bedell: Staffs' recommendation is that the third well needs
to. be completed and an engineering study prepared. There has
been a recent engineering study and I think it would probably just
have to be amended to indude the addition of the third well...The
staffs recommendation that the third well needs to be completed
and that an engineering report needs to be submitted that indudes
the addition of the third well. The third well- was ordered in 1989.
I believe it was first required to be built by order number 22321 and
it Was issued in December of 1989. Money has been in escrow to
build this well. The moratorium that we placed on Mr. Brown was
to have him be in compliance with all the requirements of the initial
rate case order in this docket. We have been through numerous
proceedings to accomplish all of those things that we thought were
necessary for this to be an adequate system to provide the custom-
ers that kind of service that would be expected by water utility. The
well is a redundant, kind of well that was required by DER when
DER and Mr. Brown entered into a consent order at about the same
time.
U --:.


Gene Brown (eft) owner-manager of the St George Island
Utility Co. and Catherine Bedell, attorney for the Florida
Public Service Commission at the commission's hearing on
lifting the moratorium on water taps Tuesday, 20 October 1992.


Utility, continued to
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November 10, 1992


Aquaculure, continued
from page 1
If you work your crab traps, they'll
last longer and they are easier to
handle. If you let them sit out
there for three months they'll get
so covered up with junk you can't
It takes you real hard to work
them. It's just like a lot of things
on the water.

Q: Now, have there been busi-
ness plan classes and other passes
dealing with marketing and that
kind of thing?

Rick Yeah, they've had passes
on financing, they have gotten
community banks together to
come down and talk to the people
in classes. They've gotten people
from agriculture and marketing
to come down and talk to them
about marketing. They've had
other departments.

Q What were the issues? You say
it's bottoming out. The market,
or rather the farmlands for oys-
ters are in jeopardy due to natural
causes and man made causes.

Rick: Yeah! Most of ours is really,
in my opinion, natural. It's just
that the Federal Drug Admini-
stration (FDA) is coming in with
stronger, stringent rules on the
water quality.

Q Can you elaborate on that?

Rick: Salmonella is the main cul-
prit He (FDA) come in and had
that big meeting when they dosed
us a big area down. Said that they
found salmonella in
samples...some of the samples
were from this area, on the mar-
ket, shucked product I said, well
you're saying it is from natural
causes. they're saying it's com-
ing from wildlife. Is what the
Department of Natural Resources
(DNR) is saying some of it's
coming from the river and devel-
opments, but a lot of it's coming
from wildlife. Some even say that
it's always been there and that I
do believe. Yeah, because you got
hogs, deer, coons, and look at the
fish, the birds.

Q Can you depurate that out of
the oysters?


Q: Freshwater/Saltwater mix?
Rickl Yeah, all the oysters on the
outside that are in for sure open
waters died and during that
drought the only ones that lived
was right near the rivers, or up in
the creeks, which was closed
water. Which you have a lot more
birds, a lot more animals, closer
to houses. So these people that
had these jobs, they didn't care
whether it was closed down
tomorrow, they would go back to
their job. See you had people
harvesting out of dosed water and
it caused a problem, it caused a
scare. I feel like with leases you'll
have more responsible people
that'll make their living off of
oystering or whatever they are
growing, clams, whatnot and they
are going to worry about the
market cause what good is any-
thing that you grow if you can't
sell it. I mean, marketing is one of
the first things you look at, then
you get your mind set on growing
it and then you get back into mar-
keting when it starts to get back
up.

Q: Now, are you getting help
from the Department of Com-
merce in order to develop mar-
keting plans and other...
Rick: The Department of Agri-
culture has been real helpful.
Yeah, they promote any kind of
farming and they recognize aq-
uaculture now.

Q: What then kind of rules will
you be operating under as a lease-
holder, presuming you'll be ap
plying and that will be granted
and so on? Will you, for example,
be able to still hunt in the wild or
participate in any of these trans-
lantation programs and/or re-
Riy? In public harvesting?
Rick. In public harvesting?


Utility, continued from
page 1
Deason: And what is the status of the well now?
Bedell: It is my understanding that Mr. Brown could give you more
detail. They have started construction but it is not complete.
Deason: Mr. Brown, what is the status of the well.
Gene Brown: Mr. Deason, the well is under construction and I hope
to have it completed by the end of this year. I would like to backup,
however. I know Ms. Bedell hadn't been handling this case since its
birth or the genesis of it, but I think she just misspoke when she said
that this order required the well to be dug. I don't know of any
order of this commission that has ever ordered me to dig a well. I
am looking at the order that she just refereed you to saying it
required a well. Order number 22321 dated December 19, 1989. It
said this "We find it appropriate to require St. George to submit a
copy of the certified engineer report to the Commission at the same
time it submits its report to DER. Upon review of the certified
engineering report we may reevaluate St. George's capacity to
serve even more customers." That is consistent with the correspon-
dence and meetings that I have been having. I submitted this report
after I had it done at a cost of about $26,000. I submitted it in May
to DER (Department of Environmental Regulation) and this Com-
mission and the report in a nut shell provides that this utility now
has the current capacity, without any other improvements to serve
every developer agreement, every prepaid connection, every
commitment, plus another 130 connections in addition to that. That
is about two to three years growth on St. George Island. In addition
to that, we are now making improvements that we are making of
our own volition now any DER requirements for a new altitude
valve to increase pressure, a new high speed pump to provide
redundancy, which is our idea, not DER. DER has never required
this redundancy, this is something my engineers and I have come
up and we redesigned this well and other things so that the system
will be totally safe and reliable and be a complete backup to each
other. But, as I said in my motion to lift the moratorium, and as I told
Mr. Jepson, I see no rational basis for continuing this moratorium.
It was my understanding that when the engineering report was
completed that the commission would reevaluate. We have about
40 to 50 houses a year that are built on the island and Mr. Jepson is
one of the leading builders down there. He is not the only one, in
fact he is about number five on my list here of people who need con-
nections. We are proceeding in an orderly fashion and this is
important to understand, the well has absolutely nothing what so
ever to do with the capacity of the water system. It was originally
thought as a long term down-the-road improvement to be a third
well or a second backup well. It was going to be a 250 gallon per
minute well in addition to two other 250 per minute wells. So if the
first well went out and we turned to the second well and if the


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independent ballot for President and Vice Presi-
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appreciate all you did for us. Again thank you.
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Q: In public harvesting.


Rick Why not? Public is public.

Q: But can you move oysters?


Rick
No!


From public beds to leases?
Cause then you are taking


Rick Yeah, you can depurate rom the public.
salmonella. Salmonella is a breeze
t' depurate. I'mr'rti saying; it QT-hat is dearly against the law;
a't going to ost;-you:.nothifg .even now. !
i t it's af rdablekssit e ..t .............. .
depurate and that is, in~my opin- Riclk Yeahbut you can take
ion, what the industry should start product from dosed waters that
stressing on is health and quality. is not available to the public that
has to be processed.


Because the jam that we are in
right now is all right down to the
health issues. The news media
beat on negative, negative. Then
the issue got into politics and now
they've come up with you got to
label a Gulf Coast oyster. WARN-
ING: may cause sterileness, even
death, but then they put at the
end, they don't say for people
with AIDS, chronic liver disease,
intestinal cancer. If you cook
them, they're fine. If you got
AIDS, I mean what the hell, you
can drink battery acid. If you got
intestinal cancer you shouldn't be
eating any raw product.

Q: What do you think can be
done about this at this first level,
the local level, to combat or maybe
try to make the environment for
the seafood raised product more
appealing to a public that's a little
Nervous because of these news
reports?

Rick: What I feel about farm raised
product is that you're assuring
that customer that this is a genu-
ine company. A man with his
name on it that you can trace it
right back to where it come from.
They're only going to let you have
a lease in approved water, so to a
certain extent they're feeling as-
sured that this product isn't
coming from polluted water.
You're assuring the consumer.
SAlso, if you got people that are re-
k sponsible enough to keep up with
the rules and everything to
have a lease, these people, some
of them may, now I am not saying
' all of them, but most of them are
going to be responsible enough to
! have clean good product on the
market You are going to cut out
the renegades. Cause see the
scenario we had down here, whiF
wiped out East Point, was hurri-
cane Elena. Well, okay, it gave us
a lot of rain, we had a lot of oys-
ters, the price went up cause
Apalach lost a lot of their oysters.
They needed oysters so we had
people that were dropping ham-
mers, quitting their jobs at Jiffy
stores, at anything, carpenters,
mechanics, people that worked
all kinds of jobs, were coming in
and oystering. You can make so
much money in a day. Well, then
the drought come, you under-
stand the drought that started in
85 and went on all the way to
basically now. It just started re-
ally raining again.


.Q: Can you explain what you
mean by "processed"?

Rick: Process is depuration. You
can have natural depuration.

Q Can you explain how that is
handled?

Rick: What we do is, say like now,
something I have worked out for
a long time, they do it in other
states. We are losing all our bot-
tom, all our real oysters, where
oysters really grow steady.

What we are working on, what is
being done in other states, and
this state is going that way, is
taking oysters from a dosed area,
not a prohibited area, not an open
area that is dying and wasting
away, taking it and moving it to
your lease, just like we are doing
the public relay.

See every year we do a relay and
I heard they do it in Apalach.
Where you take product, move it
out of dosed waters, put it in legal
waters two weeks before the sea-
son opens, where it's dosed for
two weeks, fifteen days actually,
it's sampled and then the public
can go and harvest in it.

Q: Now, these dosed areas are
not polluted or are they nearly
polluted? What is the difference
een a dosed area and a pro-
hibited one?

Rick Prohibited is the fecal count
is so high or there is runoff from
the road, or there is possible, like
gas pumps down at the fish house.
That is prohibited. The fecal count
is really high.

And basically what they call the
restricted area in-between the
closed, I mean in-between the
prohibited and the conditionally
restricted, which conditionally re-
stricted you can oyster in until it
rains so many inches in so many
days. There is that zone in-be-
tween there that's dosed all the
time whether it rains or whether
or not.

-to be continued.
The interview with Mr. Rick
Cook will be continued in the
28 November 1992 issue no. 4.


I REMEMBER
APALACHICOLA
by Anne James Estes
I cannot remember when the sea-
food industry in Apalachicola,
and the whole of Franklin County
Wasn't the sole means of support
and livelihood of at least three
quarters of the population, the
after. twenty five per cent provid-
ing the necessary public services,
schools and religious input.
My youngest brother, Jimmy
James, was born February twenty
seventh, nineteen hundred and
twenty two. At age five he was
registered at the old frame build-
ing known then as simply "the
Convent School." Later, when
the school burned, all the students
were ecstatic, believing there
would be no school attendance,,
however, their day was short
lived, as a week later, the entire
student body was entered and
registered into the Franklin
County School system. Among
Jimmy's classmates were Jim.
Mosconis, father of the present
day Franklin County Commis-
sioner, Jimmy Mosconis, "Little"'
Casta Buzier, Jr. son of Casta
Buzier, Sr., one of Franklin
County's foremost captains of the
sea. William F. "Snooks" Clark,
whose father William, "Mr. Clark"
had in his possession an old time
movie "machine", and for those
of us among the least financially
disadvantaged, would show free
black and white movies, among
them my favorite Hopalong Cas-
sidy. These old movies were
shown in the old frame building
where the Franklin Press is today.
Also among his classmates were
Christmas "Fry" Castorina. Fry
would often help his,mother,
Meesa, pronounced "meshia",
operate their small neighborhood
store and delicious bakery selling
the homemade loaves of Italian
bread. The aromas that would
emit from the hand constructed
stone bakery, was enough of an
incentive for me to "knead" the
dough in a big wooden trough
with my feet (after a good bath
from Meesa) for which I was
awarded a most appetizing home-
made roll. In addition, Johnny
(John) Martina, our first cousin,
the son of my mother's brother,
William Joseph Martina, Sr., an-
other leading and foremost Cap-
tain of the sea. Jim Mosconis Little
Casta Buzier and Christmas "Fry"
Castarani are all deceased, but
what warm, wonderful childhood
memories they evoke. Johnny
Martina resides with his sister,
Gloria Martina Mahon in the
frame home erected by my grand-
father, Johann Martina.

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Editorial and Commentary



License Fees to Go Up; Business

Will Go Down


by Bob Evans

Anything that will do harm to the
public is something we all want
to know about, however when
the state legislature passed Sen-
ate Bill 325 concerning the raising
of fishing license fees for resi-
dents from Georgia and Alabama,
which would cause an adverse
effect on statewide Florida busi-
nesses, not one senator or repre-
sentative offered to notify his or
her constituents.

This bill which is now a law and is
to go into effect July of 1993 will
do nothing but cause statewide
businesses to lose customers from
neighboring states and in turn
send their financial statements
into possible bankruptcy, applica-
tions.

Motels, restaurants, convenience
stores, supermarkets, marinas,
and fishing tackle stores are just a
few who will be affected by this
law. A decline in business is al-
ready being felt by many busi-
ness owners as the residents from
Georgia and Alabama are telling
them "We Will Not Be Back".
Many have already canceled res-
ervations for the coming year at
local motels and fishing camps.
Senator Pat Thomas, at a meeting
of the Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce advised the group, the
bill was introduced and passed as
a bargaining tool to force the state
of Georgia to reduce its hunting
license fees. He further stated
that he would have the law re-
pealed.

Now I am not real sure, but I
believe it takes more than one
individual to have a bill which
has already been passed into law,
to be taken off the books. I may
have misunderstood the honor-
able senator.


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jA VL1t{ANS.

DAY TRIBUTE


11 NOVEMBER 1992



DJ documents from
the past may be
i disturbing and
perhaps offensive. But,
the value in remember-
ing some aspects of
Franklin County's dy-


namic history out-
weighs such discomfort
especially when the
reader considers the sac-
irifices reflected in the
official program dedi-
cating Camp Gordon







DEDICATION






Camp Gordon






United S







Septer
Nineteen hund,


Another question that arises is,
our state elected officials teach-
ing our children that the only way
to solve a problem is to threaten
someone.

The legislature basically said to
the State of Georgia, we are going
to hold a gun at your heads until
you do what we want you to and
drop your hunting license fees.

Whatever happened to negotia-
tions and sitting down trying to
solve a problem instead of be-
coming part of it?

I realize Georgia may have been
out of line in raising their nonresi-
dent hunting license fees, but keep
in mind Georgia does not depend
on hunting to provide a major
portion of incomes to its residents
like salt water fishing does for the
residents and business owners of
the State of Florida.

Recently we took a survey at our
business on the amount of income
we get from other areas. In the
survey we set a number of 2000
vehicles and recorded the amount
of business we did from the indi-
viduals operating or were pas-
sengers in' those vehicles.

It is interesting to note that ap-.
proximately 45% of those vehicles
were from Georgia, 47% from
Florida and about 8% from. other
states.

The vehicles from Georgia made
up for about 62% of our gas sales
and approximately 69% of our
inside sales. This becomes a little
scary to anyone in business when
those same individuals tell us "We
Will Not Be Back" because of the
new fishing license fees.


'Johnson at Carrabelle in
'1943.

In Franklin County,
during the Second
World War, thousands
of United States forces
were trained in am-
phibious warfare before
they departed to fight in
European and Pacific
theaters. Some of those
military men also died
here, in training.

This official program,
from the personal ar-
chives of Carrabelle City
Commissioner Carlton
Wathen, not only re-
minds us of the segrega-
tionist policies of the
past, but also the sacri-


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SERVICES


SJohnston, Fla.


states Army


Since we opened our business we
have supported local schools, our
Chamber of Commerce, and dif-
ferent organizations with dona-
tions of gasoline or money. We
provide a means of income for
our employees. We hope we have
built a business where we are an
asset to Franklin County and its
residents and visitors.

Our customers local and out of
state, are the reason we have been
able to support these local organi-
zations, and without a great per-
centage of those customers, the
end result is obvious.

If this law takes effect we will
have to reduce or possibly elimi-
nate many of these donations just
so we can stay in business, keep
up with taxes and costs of doing
business.

The legislature is meeting in
November and the time to do
something is now.

Every business on the coastline of
Florida needs its customers to
write or call the representatives
of their district and express their
thoughts on this law.

We as business owners are asking
you our customers to join in the
fight to have this law repealed.

The loss of sales tax to the state of
Florida derived from Georgia and
Alabama residents, is going to
have to be made up somewhere,
and you the taxpayer will be the
ones burdened to pay the bill.

This law not only will affect busi-
ness owners and operators, but
all residents of Florida as well.


fices' byr military and
civilian "'mer, and
women who fof ht and

won over the forces of
tyranny in World War
II. Even to this day,
many still feel the acute
pain of those losses as if
those lives ended yes
terday instead of nearly
50 years ago. May this
Veterans Day remind us
again of those sacrifices
with the values veter-
ans everywhere have
helped preserve so our
democratic govern-
ments at all levels may
continue to reform and
facilitate expanding
opportunities for all citi-
zens.


Ban On Electronic
Recording

PLANTATION
HOMEOWNERS'
BOARD TAKES
BACKWARD STEPS

At the last quarterly Board of
Directors meeting, the seven
member board voted to ban all
forms of electronic recording of
their meetings in response to
complaints about press coverage
of earlier meetings peppered with
assertions of "hanging out dirty
laundry" in front of Franklin
County, and alleged "embarrass-
ing" transcripts of Homeowner
meetings. Chronicle publisher
Tom Hoffer was permitted to
explain that the Board was cut-
ting off a medium which reached
members who were not able to
attend the meetings, an impor-
tant audience which accounts for
a substantial number of votes.
There are currently 160 buildings
in the Plantation with about 60
full-time or permanent residents.
There are about 500+ other own-
ers, most of whom never attend
Board meetings.

The vote to eliminate verbatim
tape recordings was largely insti-
tuted by a minority of Plantation
owners. That the Board, head of a
private association, did have the
power to ban such recordings is
not in dispute. Unfortunately,
there are a few in the Plantation
who would choose to sever all
contact with the island commu-
nity and Franklin County-and
perhaps the rest of the member-
ship, but such choices are not wise
choices in this day. To those who
sit on public forums such as the
Franklin County Commission or
Apalachicola or Carrabelle City
Commissions, and deal with
"government in the sunshine" re-
quirements, such attempts to iso-
late the Plantation from the county
community must bring a small
smile. But, such a ban is a symp-
tom of an attitt.e about the role
of the Plantation in the county
and island community. To assert
that Association business is not
directly linked to island and
county life is an uninformed and
isolationist conclusion. The wa-
Ster pressure issue is but one case
in point. While public discussion
can operate successfully in
County and local city govern-
ment, apparently Board members
feel so constrained they cannot
communicate with each other
before microphones. Perhaps the
real problem lay with the inabil-
ity to communicate with each
other and they may not want this
to be communicated to their
membership.

Clearly, the future of the Planta-
tion is linked to the County's fu-
ture. We are all in the county
together, facing similar issues and
problems (i.e. growth, higher
taxes, water utility issues, income,
etc.). To cose a forum to open
discussion and reporting, includ-
ing the use of TV and tapes for
conveying that forum to others
unable to attend is isolation lead-
ing to an abuse of power. The
Board's action says-"Trust
Us"-with possible conflicts of
interest already admitted, is the
'Trust Us" posture the best for
the membership?


COLONEL GORDON JOHNSTON





Camp Gordon Johnston is named in honor of Colonel Gor-
don Johnston, United States Cavalry (1874-1934). Colonel
Johnston was born in Charlotte, North Carolina. He served
in the Spanish-American War with the Second Mississippi
Volunteer Infantry and later was commissioned in the Reg-
ular Army. He served during the Philippine Insurrection, in
France during the first World War and in 1921 was a special
assistant to the Governor General in the Philippines. His last
assignment was Chief of Staff of the Second Division at Fort
Sam Houston, Texas, where he died as a result of injuries re-
ceived in a polo game.
Colonel Johnston won a number of decorations for hero-
ism and distinguished service including the Congressional
Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distin-
guished Service Medal, the Purple Heart, the Silver Star with
two Oak Leaf Clusters and honors from the French, Chinese
and Japanese governments.





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Fishing Licensee Fees Concern Area
Business Woman

As a concerned business owner in Carrabelle, we have noticed a
sufficient decrease in visitors from Georgia and Alabama in the past
few months. This is not surprising if you consider the plight of the
anglers since the passing of S-325. A bill meant to punish fisherman
because of a dispute over Hunting License between Florida and
Georgia. The rumor reached the contiguous states like wildfire
with devastating results. Our motel has received dozens of calls
from folks telling us that they wouldn't be back-they have had
enough of fishing size limits, catch limits and now a whopping in-
crease in staying with us from Georgia has dropped approximately
50% in the past two months. Other businesses have told us they
have worked out a solution with the surrounding States in the
coming Special Session. Lets hope they right this injustice before
more damage is done. After all, generations of out-of-state fisher-
men visit the small fishing villages along the Gulf and Big Bend
coast of Florida and enjoy the area and relaxing atmosphere of the
people.
Pat Howell
Carrabelle


POST OFFICE BOX 590
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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.


Vol 1, No. 3


10 November 1992.


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports):...... Lucille Graham'
(Sports).......Jenny. :Connell .
Contributor Jack McDonald -
Music Critic Jennifer N. Hanmon


Sales Staff....................Joe Howard, Apalachicola
(653-9819); Ann Abbott, Eastpoint and
St. George Island (927-2406); Tom Hoffer,
Carrabelle-Lanark (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)
Computer' Production
and Layout Kathryn Seitz
Computer systems and
Advertising Design Eric Steinkuehler
Transcription Services............Cynthia Gallout
Proofreader Leslie Turner
Video production....................David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen..........Carrebelle
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald...........Lanark Village
Mary Lou Short St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung........... Eastpoint
Eugena and Bedford Watkins......Eastpoint

All contents Copyright 1992
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.


PROGRAM
SEPTEMBER 10, 1943, 5:00 P. M.
Music by Dale Mabry Field Band .......................Tallahassee, Fla.
W. O. Falstaff, Director 4:30 P. M. to 5:00 P. M.
Invocation .... .............. . ......................... Post Chaplain
Captain Harry A. Day
Introduction of Guests ................. Colonel Walter E. Smith
Remarks ........... ......General Albert H. Blanding
Representing Governor Spessard L. Holland
Colonel Johnston-A Eulogy
Colonel Walter E. Smith, Commanding
Principal Address Honorable Claude Pepper
U. S. Senator from State of Florida
Unveiling of Colonel Gordon Johnston Memorial-
by Mrs. Gordon Johnston
Retreat-Lowering of the Flag and playing of
"The Star Spangled Banner" by the Band.
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING
Informal Reception for Guests at the Officers' Club.
A Buffet Supper for Guests at the Officers' Club at 7:30 P. M.
Dance at the Officers' Club for Officers and Guests at
9:30 P. M.
Dance at the Service Club for White Enlisted Men and Guests
at 8:30 P. M.
Dance at the Field House for Colored Enlisted Men and
Guests at 8:30 P. M.

a- Z
A conducted tour of the Camp in an Amphibian "Duck"
Truck will be provided immediately following Retreat.


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t 4, The Frankld Conty Chonile, November 10, 1992 .


Atkinson Ends 2-year Term as

President of Alligator Point

Taxpayers Association


Bom and raised in Tallahassee,
one of six children born of Leba-.
nese immigrants, and educated
at Florida State University and
Charity Hospital, New Orleans,
Bunky Atkinson has led the Alli-
gator Point Taxpayer's Associa-
tion for two years. She is a regis-
teed nurse, with 22 years of serv-
ice with Leon County as Director
of Emergency Services but took
early retirement, making her
home on Alligator Point

In a videotape interview with the
Franklin County Chronicle, Ms.
Atkinson talked about life on the
Point, her service in the taxpayer's
association and issues facing Alli-
ator Point residents now and in
the future.

BA.: It is a very viable organiza-
tion and it's hard not to be active
because it's everything that you
live with day by day and it is a
very well formed group in that
we all have common interests of
garbage service, traffic control,
property taxes, just for a few. In
the last two years, we now have
330 members and in the last two
years we have secured the county
property up at the entrance at the
on 30. There is a welcome sign
-which the county gave us and
helped us with manpower...We
have secured and paid for emer-
gency numbering system for the
entire Point Every house now
has a uniform system of number-
ing. The law enforcement, emer-
gency and fire we can give you a
-enunet,,and a letter andyourcan
very quiy fird the place that
the cl that the 911 goes into.

Q. Is your situation of discovery
of Alligator Point very similar to
others that have moved here liv-
ing in Tallahassee and coming
down and enjoying the weekends
and eventually just deciding to
get a place? Is that the character
of the other residents as well or do
you have a kind of mixed bag
here?

BA.: Well, actually it's a pot-
Spouri. We have people, now I'
probably swam in this gulf in the
thirties and have the last half-
century enjoyed the Point, Hell
Point, Alligator Point, and St.
Teresa. It was a matter of loving
the water and liking the Coast
and then eventually settling here
because it was cosest to Tallahas-
see during my working years. It
cut down on travel time. Then,
after I came in, I saw things that I
thought needed changing and I
got n and tried to help change
ihem. We really just have a nice
family group here. People get
along very well. We have our
little set to's but we do an awful
lot of good. We spend an awful
lot of money.

Q. Well, at times I have heard one
of the problems in this particular
partof the County is that you
have been a little remote from the
county government or the seat of
county government Was that a
factor in forming the Alligator
Point Taxpayer's Association?

BA.: Well, actually, yes. It was
formed in 1972. We are the for-
gotten area, but were hoping to
change all that. For instance, this
year for the very first time, we
will have our own voting precinct
on the Point and it will be in this
very firehouse and I've agreed to
be Deputy Registrar in order to


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promote people voting and as a
stimulus to the voter, the director
of voting to give us a precinct. We
also in the past year, I've peti-
tioned the Florida Public Service
Commission to allow us to have
one toll call into Tallahassee and
all points between because at the
river, across the river you can call
Tallahassee free of charge. Here
you cannot and hopefully that is
within the works for the year. The
things that need doing, we need a
catalyst to start the pot boiling
and I hope I have been a catalyst
and hope whoever comes in be
hind me willbe. We have a lot of
good people coming up.

Q: Now, some of the things that
you were talking about strike me
as being very much the kind of
services that governments pro-
vide, street numbering, fire pro-
tection, and so on. Has it still been
pretty much a volunteer effort?

BA.: Well, unfortunately we have
had to be autonomous because
we are fifty miles removed from,
number one the sheriffs office,
number two the hospitals in ei-
ther direction so we have had to
set up a 911 First Responder team
because you can't wait an hour
for an ambulance to get there.
We've got to stabilize tle patient
before the ambulance gets there.

Q. Now that brings up the old
hospital issue of last year. One of
the many meetings dealing with
the hospital in which the ambu-
lakce providers were stopped at
the county line or actually they
were to take people to "Weems",
now called Emerald Coast Is that
still intact?

BA.: No, we have resolved that
problem.

Q What is it now?

BA.: The situation is now, that
the Emerald Coast ambulance will
come to Alligator Point and trans-
port to Tallahassee without a
hassle.

Q: What kind of problems con-
front the people that live on the
Point now, the issues?

B.A.: We have a problem with
garbage service of course. But, as
I said, most of thepeople here are
self-sufficient and we do pay for
private garbage which is great.
But we have so many visitors that
come in and leave their garbage
when they leave. But it has not
been near, thank god, the prob-
lem we had assumed it would be
at the beginning when garbo.ge
service was stopped and the
dumpsters were taken up. And
the county has been very good
about sending crews where trash
was dumped on the road. If we
report it, they will come and get it,
but that was one of the few serv-
ices that we had and I think it was
the last straw for the high tax base
that we are. To find that one of the
few things they did to accommo-
date us, garbage service, was
being taken away. We have half
of a deputy or one-third and we
felt like that really was something.
But logistically, with the garbage
problems all over and landfills
fees being what they are, we just
had to bite the bullet and of course,
those of us that lived in Tallahas-
see had to pay for garbage serv-
ice, never a freebie.


Q: How many of the 330 mem-
bers would you consider non-
Franklin County residents?

BA.: Well district two, which is
between St. Teresa and St. James,
our voting district has 191 resi-
dents but these people are allowed
to vote so they are permanent
residents. We have approxi-
mately 450 water hookups on Al-
ligator Point which means there
is access to water and there are
roughly that many residences.

Q: Mostly single family homes?

B.A.: Yes, and there are roughly
130 people who live here and the
rest of them are weekenders or
some are on vacation or what have
you.

Q. What are the big appeals for
people to come down, recreation
or just to get away from Tallahas-.
see?

BA.: I think it is a lack of commr-
cial development. That would be
it for me. One of the biggest prob-
lems we have now is the roads
and the road which historically
washes out in front of the camp
ground every time we have a hur-
ricane .nd they put it back to-
gether in some fashion. They do
band-aid surgery for another five
years until the storm takes it out
again. We have people coming to
that beach because it's the first
public beach that the universities
m Tallahassee and the people of
Tallahassee, its the first public
beach they get to almost and they
park all over the road and walk
across the road. We have traffic
congestion and any of the prob-
lems that come with a lot of people
that you aren't prepared for. I
was at the Commission meeting
last week and asked please that
they look at long-term parking
somewhere on the Point Some of
the natives here said, "Oh you are
just going to encourage a bunch
of people to come down here."
The people are already here. All
I am doing is giving them a place
to park out of the street.

Q: Actually, from time to time,
there has been an interest in ei-
ther improving the road up to,
Bald Point since that is just to
follow the track from Alligator
Point and you are at the other end
of the peninsula, but that is thor-
oughly underdeveloped, isn' it!

BA.: It is. There are very few'
people and I will never know why,
it is gorgeous. The land values
are much less on the other end.

Q: Is that mostly privately held?

BA.: No, its not really and there
are for sale signs everywhere, but
for some reason or other, who
knows, that end of the point has
not never grown to the extent that
this end has and we have almost
reached the saturation point on
this end. All of the land is either
developed or privately owned.

Q: Is there a limit on septic tanls?

BA.: Now that they've gone to
the aerobic septic tank with the
new specs, if you have 150 feet
from any body of water you can
put in an aerobic. It is pretty well
open and at one time that had a
water moratorium on the other
end of the Point which kept de-
velopment down but they put
another 5000 gallon tank on the
water district system and so now
that has been resolved so you can
get water.

Q: From time to time, there has
been discussions about making
the Bald Point area a state park.
Did anything ever evolve on that
recently?

B.A.: Probably twenty-five or
thirty years ago, maybe more,
there was a park there and the
remnants of two bathrooms still
stand there. Little concrete build-
ing and there was parking and
when my children were little, it
was grand, we would bring our
children. I don't know at this
point and time who sponsored
the .park. I have no idea if it was
county, state or what but it was a
very nice park. I asked the com-
mission last week to look into that


because I am sure that is a gey
area. I think at this point it is


privately owned. I understand
from Mr. Pal Rivers they have
wanted to relocate that road fur-
ther back away from the road that
is so badly damaged and that the
property owners have agreed to
deed that land over to the county
if they will make an improved
road through there. That should
take care of the problem, it's just
the matter of working out the
details now, it's not going to cost
the county any pile of money
because there is just a couple of
people involved and they have
agreed to give that land to the
county for the road.

Q: Now that you are nearing the
end of your term, what would
you like to see for the future of
Alligator Point? What seems to
be the most pressing?


B.A.: Well, except for road im-
provements and long temn park-
ing are two things I would like to
see addressed because I would
like, I was doing a road block for
the fire department Memorial Day
and some gentleman stopped his
car going out of the Point and was
very upset. He said, I' came down
here and brought my family and
got not place for me to park. I
can't even take my children on
the beach." Some of the people
that live here who are very terri-
torial said, "We don't need to give
them a place to park, let them go
somewhere else." But that is not
the answer. They are going to
come here; and they have a right
to be here. We should identify the
public accesses and make some
adequate place to go through.


Apalachicola, continued from


page 2
I remember one big entertaining
diversion was to use the rather
large dock displayed in Buzzett's
Drugstore window as a time piece
for the swifter of the contestants
to complete an "around the entire
block race" within a one minute
time limit One such Tom Sawyer
escapade Jimmy experienced at
the ripe old age of seven years,
was down at the "ten foot hole,"
now known as the yacht basin,
when the mullet skiff he was sit-
ting in was somehow pushed to
deeper water, whereupon, the
boat turned over, and not know-
ing how to swim, was fast "going
under" for the third and last time,
when Nick Demo George, scan-
ning the dangerous situation,
immediately jumped in and swam
across the water hole, pulling him
up, truly saving his life. How-
ever, upon arriving home, and
giving an account to our mother,
Mrs. Annie James, she thereupon
administered a sound whacking
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"punishment" spoon, with a hole,
which produced small blisters.
Undaunted by this chastisement,
Jimmy returned to "the hole" and
learned to swim that very day.

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school at age fifteen to shrimp
with Captain Robert Cooper. The
first trip, the catch was thirteen
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(amount of money earned) "as
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and eighty five cents. Thirteen of
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cus.
Shrimping season was from Sep-
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fore no stock (shrimp) smaller
than a twenty six/thirty count to
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catch consisting mostly of six-
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we called him, informed her iyj
Aunt Rhenia Renardo (Seymour)
as being one of the fastest packers
he employed. The deck hands'
share on the boat trip "Sophia",
was one hundred pounds of
shrimp, large Flounder and
ground mullet (a fish) Jimmy
would load me, sometimes, and
seafood in his red wagon to sell in
the section of town known as "the
quarters." Even back then, I
remember diversification was
practiced, not so much as neces-
sary when one product was de-
pleted, but different types of sea-
food had different seasons and as
one season ended, another would
begin. Oyster season, mullet,
crabbing and sturgeon fishing
were worsened accordingly, but
not for the same reasons as today.

The seafood supply was plenti-
ful, the prices low, however there
being no alternative industry so
monetarily available, however
small, the "seasons", were neces-
sary. Sturgeon were caught by
Angelo Fichera, both fillet and
roe for caviar sold to Joe Taranto
and Sons Seafood. Joe's son Tony
still operates Taranto & Sons
Seafood. Tony's mother, Mrs.
Taranto, was a Julliard School of
Music graduate, and needless to
say, I was entertained beautifully
on my way home, walking from
Mary Star of the Sea Catholic
Convent, as I listened to delight-
ful sounds of the piano, as she
taught the more fortunate girls
and boys of Apalachicola and
Franklin County.


I remember Buster Lichardello,
I remember my brother John and "Tiny" Tarantino and Jimmy
Jimmy, along with Merle Truman would go to Nick's Hole and
made a trip on the boat "Sophia." anchor, waiting for the "run" of
John and Merle were paid one to mullet during Red Roe season.
one and a half, cents for the first Which were plentiful and mostly
thousand pounds, according to large "storm mullet" I can just
size, all one that weight three remember Captain George Mas-
quarters of a cent a pound, un- conis of the snapper fishing boat,
loaded at the old ACME packing "Asposia", his son Nick, "Big
plant owned and operated by Frog" Ross, and his dad Arthur
Ewing Rice and Homer Lee 01- Ross, who was washed overboard
iver who at the time was presi- and never found. Jimmy, with
dent of the Apalachicola State Captain Coata Buzier; Sr. on the
Bank, and later committed sui- snapper boat, "Martha K. Oliver",
cide at his expensive located near made a catch of three thousand
St. Patrick's Catholic Church. This pounds of black grouper, and
fatal and tragic act was later re- seven thousand pounds of red
peated by H.L. and Martha Kates snapper. Jimmy's share was one
only child, Mercia Louise, one of hundred dollars, plus the twenty
my former classmates with five dollar jackpot for landing the
chasing dimples-and-a"light sil- most' fish.' M- i' Esther Buzier,
ivery laugh;' which :she did; fie-i.,wMdow of CaptaiM Buzier, Sr. still:
. quentlyO. sons, Steven Heyser, retired Air on Thirteenth Street in
Force colonel lives in Apalachicola Apalachicola. The entire catch of
today. the "Martha K Oliver" was un-
loaded and purchased by Belton
All shrimp were unloaded, be- Tarantino, owner of the Franklin
headed, peeled, steamed then Apalachicola, continued to
packed by hand. I remember my6
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The Franklin County Chronicle, November 10, 1992, Page 5


'LETS GO CRUISING'
ON A CARGO SHIP
by John C McDonald

SOur first glimpse of the cargoliner Mason Lykes, which was to be
,our home at sea for the next 41 days, was not reassuring. My wife
.. Mary and I had not expected to find the Crown Odyssey or the Love
Boat glistening white at Pier 10 in Galveston, Texas, but neither had
Swe come prepared to see a long (663 feet), black hull disfigured by
splotches of rust at the bow. Was this a foretaste of the accommo-
"dations we would find aboard?

Not to worry, A jolly, rotund chief steward with a gem in his ear led
us up the gangplank to a clean, roomy cabin with twin beds, ample
closet space, two picture windows not portholes, and a private
.bath. There was room for 12 passengers on the ship, but we
departed Galveston with only one couple beside ourselves. Over
many years, that pair had traveled on freighters from Murmansk to
Kuala Lumpur, and they spared us no details of their journeys.

--.. On the sixth day out, we docked in New York harbor (actually, at
Port Elizabeth, NJ), following pauses enroute at Charleston, SC,
and Norfolk, VA, to load and unload containers of freight. Four
women joined us in New York for the next leg of the voyage-ine
Says and 4,120 miles-to Livorno (Leghorn), Italy. One of them left
the ship in Egypt and another in Israel. They were replaced at Haifa
(Israel) by a sturdy, youngish couple and their bicycles which they
.planned to ride from Maine to Florida, and by a female writer who
divides her habitational year between Jerusalem and Los Angeles.
SWith the latter, in her cabin, was an orange cat named Audrey,
which fell ill to seasickness along the way. Thus we had nine two-
legged passengers and one four-footer for the trip home to New
York, where we all disembarked.

'Three or four of us had no fears of mal de mer, but the others had
come fortified against stormy seas with supplies of seasickness pills
Sand patches. The Mason Lykes rolled a bit from time to time in the
swells, but for most of the voyage the Atlantic and the Mediterra-
nean were, like Audrey, pussycats.

SOnly one afternoon and evening as we neared the Straits of Gibral-
tar did the ocean hint at its pent-up power. A Force 6 wind, known
to mariners as a "strong breeze", blew for several hours, the swells
-deepened profoundly, and the surface displayed angry whitecaps
to the horizon. The third mate, who kept the daily log, estimated
: that for a brief period the wind had soared to Force 8 (39-46 miles
Super hour). Mary, for one, tookno chances. She wrapped herself in
.a bulky life jacket so she would not be thrown out of bed during
sleep-or wouldn't sink if she had to swim.

; The Mason and many other Lykes Lines ships-the Sue Lykes, the
-. Sylvia Lykes, the Sheldon Lykes, and on and on-are mentioned by
.-John' MacPhee in his charming 1990 book, "Looking for a Ship,"
S* which before its appearance in hard covers was published in full in
the The New Yorker. MacPhee traveled as author-passenger on the
Stella Lykes, which makes regular voyages through the Panama
'" Canal and down the western coast of South America. His book was
r. one of 13 that I read during six weeks on the sunny, breezy deck or
Sin the air-conditioned lounge. Oh, I found other ways to pass the
g time, as wet., Mary and I walked purposefully on the four decks,
-,,often witnessing.the sun Ipp over the horizon in the early hours.
SThe full moon was even more fetching as it traced a wide, luminous
Spath over nighttime waters. Frequently, we watched playful
.: porpoises disport themselves beside the ship or in our wake. Twice
", we observed whales spouting in the distance, and once we saw
r' several great, gray backs within a few hundred yards of the vessel.
* Occasionally, we borrowed movies from the crew's video library,
and a few passengers played cards in the game room. We caught
news reports in a dozen languages on powerful shortwave radios
in our cabins, but I was not at all displeased to discover that we were
usually out of range of television programs. I was disappointed to
miss the major league's All-Star game, but caught up with it and
with political news when I could buy the International Herald-
1 Tribune in Italy.


Lykes Lines is one of only three major American shipping compa-
nies still operating in international shipping. The others are Sea-
Land and American President Lines. The Mason Lykes, which was
built in 1968, was lengthened and converted to a container carrier
in 1972. Lykes operates it, but it is still owned by American
President Lines; the painted-out name, President Fillmore, can be
distinguished on the stem.

"From No. 1 in the world in total ships, the United States Merchant
Marine has dropped to No. 13," John MacPhee wrote. "In the world
competition for cargo, American-flag companies said under heavy
overloads of taxes, insurance rates, and crew costs... The wages of
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sailing under many foreign flags." Three hundred and forty-one
ships owned by American companies (Exxon, Amoco, Chevron,
Texaco, and Mobil among them) said under foreign flags. MacPhee
cited the example of Evergreen, which he called the leading foreign
flag company in the world; it sails under the flag of Taiwan with
crews of only 16 or 18 compared with the Mason's 36 and "monthly
salaries roughly equivalent to the weekly pay of American sailors."
That's tough economic competition for U.S. flag ships.

American crews are paid well, and they eat well, too. As a result,
we passengers, who dined with Captain Joseph O'Connor and
eight or nine other officers and cadets, had a choice of several
entrees at lunch and dinner and, for breakfast, eggs cooked to our
preference, kippers, scones, fruit, and many more choices. Meals
were served punctually and mostly without the caloric overloads
that are pressed upon cruise ship passengers. I gained only half the
weight that certainly would have been my burden on the Crown
Odyssey or Love Boat.

Cargoliner Passenger Service brochures from Lykes list seven trip
choices ranging from the Mediterranean to South America, the Far
East, Africa, and North Europe. Round-trip costs vary from $3,000
for 12.or 13 days at sea to $4,500 for 60 to 80 days. The ships carry
from four to 12 passengers. Age limits are 1 to 79. Medical approval
is required because there are no doctors aboard. The address for
information is 300 Poydras Street, New Orleans, LA 70130. Tele-
phone: 1-800-535-1861.
Bulk cargo carriers tend to remain longer at ports of call than do
container ships. We stopped only a few hours during our first call
at Livorno and about 12 hours at Alexandria, Egypt. At Haifa, we
anchored offshore awaiting a dockside berth for 34 hours; passen-
gers and crew went ashore by launch but had another 24 hours at
the dock. Mary and I taxied to the Sea of Galilee where we lunched
on seafood known as St Joseph's fishes. Our non-clerical driver
"baptized" us with water from the River Jordan. Next day, we
toured Haifa and environs by cab, and two days later we walked
several miles along the attractive waterfront at Izmir, Turkey. we
lunched again on fruits of the sea: calamari, swordfish, and sea
bass. Not to forget a favorite Danish beer, Tuborg, which, fran-
chised and brewed in Turkey, was good but didn't quite possess the
true, original smack of Hamlet's country. At Alexandria, we taxied
along the coast to ex-King Farouk's estate, watching hundreds,
maybe thousands, of bathers along the way. The topless bathers
were monotonously masculine; women in that Muslim society sit
under big beach umbrellas decorously clothed from head to toe.

From Turkey, we swung down under the boot of Italy, passing
through the Strait of Messina, across which, nearly five decades
earlier, I had passed in a U.S. Army LCT from Sicily to a wooded
mainland; today, it is lined with buildings. (During the fabled
passage, incidentally, we sighted neither Scylla nor Charybdis, nor
heard the Song of the Sirens.) We did some sightseeing in Naples
but hadn't enough time to visit old favorites like Pompeii and and
Sorrento before departing for Livomo once again. I strained my
eyes from far offshore but couldn't make out infamous Anzio,
where I endured five nerve-wracking months in 1944. We waved
in passing at the isle of Elba, even though its famous prisoner had
long gone.


Mary and John McDonald, Lanark Village, welcomed home .
from their Mediterranean trip via cargo ship by their grandson:
Marcus McDonald.

This time, we spent three days at the Livomo dock. Mary and I, not
wishing to see Pisa or Florence again, boarded a train for Siena. Too
soon, the cars were stopped to honor a local rail strike, and we were
forced to resort to three different buses to reach our destination.
The trip was long but rewarding; we drove on narrow country
roads over low mountains and through lovely farmland burgeon-
ing with olive and fruit trees, broad fields of colorful sunflowers,
and such workaday crops as corn, tomatoes, and other vegetables.

As we sailed from Livomo back to New York, crew members put
the final touches onto the job (at time-and-a-half pay) of chipping
and repainting the metal deck, as they had been doing during a f.
the 13,560-mile voyage. The once-shabby Mason Lykes thus pre-
sented a respectable face to the Statue of Liberty--and probably to
the ship's owners, as well.


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The concert series, unique to Franklin County for its variety, popularity and educational benefits, has
announced the schedule for the 1992-93 season.

November 15, 1992
Seranta Criolla-a program of music from the Caribbean. Older folktunes from the rural areas and new
music of urban folklore performed by talented professionals from the Florida State University Center for
Music of the Americas.

December 13, 1992
By popular request, we are repeating a performance from Decem-
ber 1990 of the Christmas portions of Handel's "Messiah", with the
Bay Area Choral Society and our usual roster of excellent soloists.

january 24, 1992
We are very proud to present Totlyn Jackson, 'lamaica's First Lady
of Songs", who spends part of each year in Panama City, in a
Program of international folk songs. Ms. Jackson has received
critical acclaim for performances in the U.S. Europe, and eastern
Africa.

SFebruary 14, 1992
Our own Trio Intemazionale, Martha and Lucianao Gherardi and
1 Bedford Watkins, will present a special Valentine's Day concert in
a program of romantic music.

March 14, 1992
SThis season's Chamber Music Concert will feature five professional
musicians, including Prof. Steven Aldredge, pianist, of FSU, Dr.
Larry Tyson, Violinist, of Panama Cty, and Dr. R. Bedford Wat-
kins, harpsichordist.

I March 28, 1992
The Bay Area Choral Society will present a program of music from
the sacred, semi-classical, and popular repertoire under the direc-
serve, single-sided,81/ tion of Nancy Totman, Becky Holtom, Jimmy Miller, and Tom
per customer. Not valid I Loughridge-all chorus members who are also experienced con-
I doctors.
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t i m For our season finale we are pleased to present the Bay Brass
py center Quintet composed of band director/performers from the Panama
'I City area. This outstanding ensemble will perform from the gazebo
S-J-- -I in the recently restored Lafayette Park-our first outdoor concert.


Homeowners,: copinue,


4yb teBoara lMsbEfdrieiefrec-
ommended firing Certified Pub-
lic Accountant Robert Lane of
Eastpoint for the annual audit

Board member Pamela Amato
introduced the new administra-
tive assistant, Ms. Susalh Dunn,
and described some aspects of
office reorganization. Some
members voiced concerns about
not receiving a packet of minutes
and other Association documents
recently bulk-mailed.

Gate passes for County Commis-
sioners and island ministers fired
lengthy discussion around the
question of security. Following a
sharply delivered question about
"Who authorized these passes?"
by member Susan Baldino, a
round-robin series of explanations
and statements were made indi-
cating that the decision to issue
passes was far from unanimous
among Board members. In the
County Commission meeting of 6
October, the Board of County
Commissioners unanimously
voted to write a letter to then-As-
sociation President Helen
Spohrer, asking for passes for each
Commissioner. Association
member Mary Lou Short pointed
out to the Homeowners' Board
that giving out passes to the
Commissioners was a wise move
since they could better understand
Plantation problems as these
might relate to County decision-
making. The Board decided to
approve all present applications
but in future requests, the Board
would review each case.

Following some discussion of
press coverage by the Franklin
County Chronicle, Board mem-
ber Gayle Dodds moved that the
Board ban all electronic record-
ings of Board and Association
meetings. Publisher and Asso-
ciation member Tom Hoffer was
put before his own camera to
argue the case for continued vide-
otaping of each meeting, indicat-
ing that many members did find
the coverage useful and especially
those unable to attend Board
meetings because of the distance
and time involved. Association
attorney Barbara Sanders and
Hoffer did indicated and did, agree
that the Board had complete au-
thority to prohibit any audio or
videotaping of their meetings
since this was a private associa-
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Page The Franklin County Chronicle, November 10, 1992


APALACHICOLA
SHARKS GET
TOUGH
by Jenny Connell

On Friday September 4, 1992 at
the. 1992-93 fall Jamboree the
Apalachicola Sharks beat the
Carrabelle Panthers 32-0. It was
an outstanding game for the
Sharks as they cruised passed the
Panthers in the first kickoff.
Apalachicola senior Robert
Johnson caught the ball and ran
80 yards for the Sharks first touch-
down of the night The point that
was attempted after the play was
no good. Later on in the game
Johnson took the ball and ran it
for 95 yards, shaking Carrabelle's
Jonathan McAnally, for a first
down. Lee Harris charged up the
middle making another touch-
down for the Sharks. This play
brought the score 25-0. After the
last touchdown, Brian Burke
kicked the field goal which
brought the score to 32-0 where it
remained for the rest of the game.

The Sharks had a week off and
then opened the season at home
on September 18th where they
faced the Liberty County Bull-
dogs. During the first half the
Sharks were only able to score
once and Brian Burke's extra point
attempt was no good. In the sec-
ond half the Sharks had a similar
performance they scored only
twice and added a two point
convei~ion to the score. The
Shark's George Davis carried the
ball 22 times for a total of 92 yards
and at quarterback he totaled a
total of 138 yards for passing and
at defense he had several solo
tackles. The game was decided
on -a fumble with less than a
minute left in the game. The
Sharks lost 20-14.

On September 25th the Sharks
traveled to Robert F. Munroe High
School in Quincy where they faced
the Bobcats. The Sharks took the
opening kickoff and rushed to the
50 yard line where the Bobcats
held them tight The Bobcat's
offense came out onto the field
and fumbled and the Sharks took
the ball back, but in the process
fumbled and the Bobcats scored.
The the Bobcats also scored with
a two point conversion which put
the score at 14-0. Then the Bob-
cats came back and scored an-
other touchdown.- During the
second half the Sharks made a
touchdown, but the extra point
was no good. Caleb Lanier and
Adam Teat are two Sophomores
on the Sharks and they saw the
game up cose for the very first
time. They played extremely well
for first timers. The Sharks lost
the game 35-6 but they haven't
lost their spirit

On October 2nd the Sharks hosted
the No. 2 ranked Greensboro
Bulldogs. The Sharks defense was
under lots of pressure especially
Jack Frye a senior at Apalachicola
High School. Frye racked up 18
tackles during the game which is
a lot The Sharks posted 141 yards
with 132 rushing and had 31 car-
ries, the Sharks averaged 4.6 yards
per carry. The Sharks lost the
game 6-0. Some outstanding plays
were made by William Cargill,
who stopped a Bulldog runner on
the 14 after a 48 yard run; Lee
Harris, who took the ball straight
up through the middle after the
Bulldogs scored; and Jack Frye,
who had the most tackles in the
game.

The Sharks traveled to Jay on
October 9th where they faced the
Jay High School a AA School.
During the fourth and final quar-
ter the Sharks got on the score
board with a two point safety
which brought' the score to 27-2
and the Sharks lost. Jay was able
to score touchdowns due to the
fumbles that the Sharks had, but
everyone saw action that night.
Senior Ashley Teat started the
game at guard, but was taken out
due to a knee injury that hap-
; opened at practice and was re-
placed by Sophomore Caleb


Lanier. The Sharks played a good
hard hitting game against a tough
team and we are all proud of them.


The Sharks traveled to Union
County on October 16th where
they faced Union County High
School. The Sharks lost the game
28-6. Brian Burke stepped into
the game at quarterback for the
very first time and made a few
mistakes, but he had some plays
and kept on getting some pretty
good beatings, but he kept on
coming right back.

On October 23rd the Apalachicola
Sharks faced the Carrabelle Pan-
thers for the second and final time
this season. This was the first
victory of the season for the Sharks
and this is the fourth season in a
row where they kept the Panthers
scoreless in a game. Senior George
Davis scored the first touchdown
for the Sharks and Brian Burke's
extra point attempt after that went
wide. Davis took the ball for 60
yards and scored another touch-
down for the Sharks. The extra
point was made good by Burke.
Lee Harris made the third touch-
down of the night for the Sharks.
At the end of the first half the
score was Sharks 20 Panthers 0.
Robert Johnson made the fifth
touchdown of the night for the
Sharks. Burke's extra point
brought the score to 27-0. Burke
made a touchdown by holding on
to the ball after the snap and his
extra point was also good. This
brought the score up to 34-0. Davis
made the next touchdown of the
night which brought the score up
to 42-0. The extra point was no
good. The Sharks also made some
outstanding plays against the
Panthers such as Rodney Mullins
broke through the Panther pack
and sacked the CHS quarterback
on the one. This play made the
Panthers punt William Cargill
interceptd a pass made by
Panthers. The Sharks took the
balla across the goal line again,
Dwayne Davis made the last
touchdown for the Sharks bring
the score to 49-0 in the fourth
quarter where it remained.

On October 30th the Sharks trav-
eled to Havana which is a AA
school with a 2-4 record.

Next on November 6th the Sharks
will travel to Chattahoochee
where they will face the Yel-
lowjackets.


Panther Football
by Lucile Graham

Ernest Ward 68-0; Freeport 29-6;
Sneads 30-6; Hilliard 41-0; Chat-
tahoochee 62-14; Greensboro 53-
12; Apalach 49-0; Wewa 300.

Yep, that's the story. Lost 'em all.
Beaten badly. Lousy team. Coach
doesn't work them hard enough.
Coach asks too much Losers.

It's all been said, most of it more
than once. But the group this
reporter boarded the bus with
after Friday night's game was
anything but cowed. They'
worked hard, tried their best, and
were unapologetic. Some were
even hurting yet happy.

This season has been a story of
personal bests, of letting the criti-.
cisms and jibes fall by the way-
side, of concentrating on making
magic out of mud. The players
and the fans who have stuck with
them so faithfully have learned
the art of celebrating the small
victories.

Victory #1: At Ernest Ward, third
quarter, the team forces EW into
its first fourth-down punt.

Victory #2: EW, 4th quarter,
Panther's first earned first-down.

Victory #3: Freeport, first quar-
ter, a finely-tuned, 10-play march
down the field with Wes Putnal
and Jonathan McAnally alternat-
ing rushing assignments, culmi-
nating in the first touchdown (by
McAnally).

Get the picture? It's small, but
exciting. If you can only see the
big picture, write off the Panthers.
But exciting football is being
vlaved each week.


Game 3: Sneads, district game,
fourth quarter. Panthers have
fought tough-the sound of crash-
ing helmets nearly heard on the
sidelines-but being kicked 30-0.
Suddenly, with surgical precision,
McAnally passes to Buddy Wood
who scored on a 27-yard zip,
Beautiful.
Game 4: Hilliard. Again the long
ride (near Jacksonville). Again a
line penalty-laden whipping.

Game 5: Chattahoochee, Home-
coming for Carrabelle. The best
and worst of times. Jonathan
McAnally, arguably the most tal-
ented player out there, succumbs
to the pressure, strips off his gear
and quits in the 2nd quarter. Wes
Putnal, on the other hand, comes
into his own with a 95-yard kick-
off return touchdown in the third
quarter, then makes touchdown
hay again with a 30-yard pass
reception from quarterback Brent
Glass in the fourth quarter.

Game 6: Greensboro, ranked #1
in the state for Class A schools,
their homecoming. Wes Putnal
works his magic again. Just be-
fore halftime he punches in those
last three yards for 6 points. As
the 4th quarter is winding down
he sails 40 yards for a second one.

Game. 7: Apalach, arch rivals,
winless despite some stellar play-
ers such as George Davis and Lee
Harris. The game is a combina-
tion of periods of even play, punc-
tuated by long brilliant runs for
touchdowns. Thankfully, this
rivalry's traditional on-the-field
and after-game fights are miss-
ing.

Game 8: Wewahitchka, new home
of former-coach Wayne Flowers.
QB Breit Glass throws three coh-
seutive on-the-money passes in
the fourth quarter. None take off,
but the fans witness a thing of
beauty. The Panthers are skunked
again, yet the performances of
new players David Millender,
Chris Ethridge, Solomon Lowery,
and Ellis Jackson-all middle-
schoolers-also spark hope for the
remaining two games (RF. Mun-
roe in Carrabelle, 11/13, and Lib-
erty County, away, the next week).

Pressure is the hallmark of the
Panther 1992 football season.
Some have grown with it, or per-
haps because of it. Others' have
chosen to bow out The player
roster has changed drastically
since the opening game. Two key
'players, including now-quarter-
back Brent Glass, were only able
to join the team after grades came
out the first six weeks, mission
the first four games. Original QB
Billy Dalton was injured before
the first home game and sopho-
more Joe Massey stepped in,
showing amazing calm and com-
petence. Seven of the 22 listed on
the original roster have been lost,k
some for lack of passing grades,
most from the inability to find
within themselves enough posi-
tive to make the fight worthwhile.

'The current roster includes some
as-yet unsung heroes. Senior Rex
Pennycuff is a mainstay of the
team. Coach Tom Graham calls
him steady but not showy. Pefi-'
nycuff has aided the team not only
as offensive guard and linebacker,
but also as the upbeat not the
team can count on and one who
helps guide the younger mem-
bers. Seniors Buddy Wood and
Mike Creek are critical to the
team's success. All others-ar-
rett Pouncey, Don Register, David
Curry, Kelvin Melton, Joey Row-
ell, and Travis O'Neal-have ex-
hibited a constancy, a stick-to-it-
ive-ness that says volumes about
their character.

Perhaps the moment that best
characterizes this team was after
the Hilliard's debacle. A member
of Hilliard's first team waited
patiently in his dirty uniform in
the drizzle for #75 to come out of
the locker room. When Travis
OTNeal emerged, the player called
him a "hoss" and said he just
wanted to shake the hand of the


first opposing player to bodyslam
him. OTNeal laughed and shook.
As he turned away, Travis mused
to himself, "I didn't know I did
that."


Homeowners, continued from
page 5


1992 High School Football


Summary To Date


RAINBOW MARINA
Eastpoint
HILLS PHARMACY
ARD GROCERY
St. George Island
ISLAND EMPORIUM
Carrabelle/Lanark
VILLAGE FINA
BURDA PHARMACY
Panacea
ACORN GIFTS
at The Oaks


tion. But, Hoffer added that the
Association was no longer a small
volunteer group, but an impor-
tant part of island and Franklin
County political and economic
life, and as such, the Association
was a newsmaking body, dealing
with issues such as the water
pressure problems which affected
not only the Plantation but the
entire St. George Island. He cited
the recent lecture by Nick LaSlavic
as having island-wide interest,
and Plantation Board's late at-
tempts to seek assistance from the
Franklin County Board of Com-
missioners. While the Associa-
tion was private, Hoffer argued,
such news publication was indeed
protected by the First Amendment
to the US. Constitution, and that
anything said even in a private
meeting was fully protected by a
long line of privacy litigation in
which judges ruled in favor of the
publication of such newsworthy
information. Others at the meet-
ing asserted that the publication
of transcripts of Association meet-
ings was "embarrassing" and
amounted to "airing dirty laun-
dry in front of Franklin County."
Member Harry Buzzett defended
the Chronicle's coverage by com-
paring his recollections of each
meeting he attended and the re-
sulting coverage. The coverage
was even-handed, with "no axes
to grind," in his opinion. Some-
one asserted that Association
meetings be copyrighted, but
Hoffer responded that facts can-
not be copyrighted, and this was
so well settled in the common law
as to be beyond discussion. Copy-
right protects the style of expres-
sion, not the facts embodied in
that expression, whether spoken
or written. Attorney Sanders
concluded by telling the Board
that by prohibiting tape record-
ing they could only make the
process of reporting difficult.
Hoffer added, the Board could
not stop such reporting, which
was fully protected by the First
Amendment Two members of
the Board abstained from voting
on the motion, and at least two
voted for the the ban. At press
time, Chronicle requests for a
formal tally on this vote were not
available from Acting President
Pam Amato.

Among the other legal matters,
President Spohrer briefly re-
viewed the Ben Johnson agree-
ment, approved at the September
meeting of the general member-
ship. Attorney Barbara Sanders
provided details about the re-
moval of provisions for binding
arbitration and spray effluent Mr.
B. L Cosey voiced concern over
the membership not having cop-
ies of the Ben Johnson agreement
in advance of the approval vote.
About $20,000 in 'homeowner
dues will accrue to the Associa-
tion from the Johnson develop-
ment at Nick's Hole.
Apalachicola, continued
from page 4
Fish and Oyster Company, lo-
cated where Water Street Seafood
in now.
I remember Luscious Allen
worked at the iron foundry lo-
cated in the town section of "Irish-
town". Chester Rhodes, one of
the towns leading citizens paid
the enormous sum of five cents
per one hundred pounds of scrap
iron, which he had loaded by
truck, then shipped to Japan.

John Stratos, the Greek shoe re-
pair man paid Jimmy five cents
for Robins (birds), who later was
arrested and fined five dollars for
discharging a firearm in the city
limits by Sheriff Bill Lovett.

See you on the next walk down
memory lane, as I remember
Apalachicola.

25 THE FRANKLIN 25
COUNTY CHRONICLE IS
ON SALE
Over the counter at the
following locations
Apalachicola
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St. George Island Water Utility Co. Hearings before
the Florida Public Service Commission
*Lifting of the Moratorium 20 October 1992.
*Did the Utility violate a PSC order by failing to exer-.
cise an option to buy an elevated tank and tank site
prior to the expiration of the lease/purchase contract?
Hearings conducted on 20 October and 4 November
1992.
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Utility, continued from page 2
second well went out before we could get the first well, I guess the
third well would have helped. But in terms of pumping capacity or
capacity had nothing to do with it So. along the way my water
company manager and I made the decision that if we are going to
dig a well it should be a larger, improved well with a lot more
capacity. We decided to amend the permitting and go from a 250
gallon per minute well to 500 gallon per minute well and to tie wells
numbers one and two together so that we would pump them
simultaneously so that they would produce 500 gallons a minute
and this new well, which we had to go through some permitting
delays to amend our water certificate from the Northwest Manage-
ment District as well as the DER. So now we are going to have sort
of a super well and we will have redundancy. It will be like a twin
engine airplane so if one engine goes out we have a backup system
for the transmission, backup system for chlorination, backup pumps,
which is another thing we are doing... The high speed pump on the
island, the altitude valve and some other improvements are really
more important in terms of time than this well. In fact they will give
us, according to the engineering report, I am quoting this, I did let
Mr. Biddy go because I was told it wouldn't be necessary to have
him here. But there has never been any question about this report.
In fact we have had a trial and several hearings in Circuit Court and
Judge Hall has ruled in an order that I have here that we should be
allowed to continue making connections up to and including the
130 additional connections established for this report
Commissioner Betty Easley: Let me interrupt you and ask some
questions. It might help a little bit and. I don't know whether,
frankly, I need to ask you or I need to ask Staff. The order of 21122,
the Staff refers to on both pages 2 and 3 of the recommendation. As
I understand that order, the third well was part of the requirement
for compliance by DER.. Is that correct?
Brown Cpmmissionrrs if I may answer that The order that you are
talking about was the original order. It was amended several times
and order number 22321 issued in 1989 clarified the order that you
referred to.

Easley: The requirement by DER was that you submit that certified
engineer rort to DER and that certified engineering report was to
contain Ioth the storage tank and the third well. Do you agree with
that?
Brown: No, I didn't bring my file on this... We had a trial,
,Commissioners, about the consent order and that is the result of
whatever the consent order said. They tried to enforce the Consent
order and the Judge ruled that the DER approved engineering
report established the capacity of 'the Utility Company at every-
thing we had committed plus 130 and said specifically by order of
the Circuit Court that we should go out and could make those
additional 130 connection.
Staff member: Staffs opinion, I sat down and talked to the engi-
neering firm referred to (Baskerville) Donovan. Their report was
based on present day; capacity. We have never argued that the
capacity in the normal day-today operation is sufficient, however
with just two wells they; had to be able to supply their..:peak
demands over there and as we well know, St George Island'&peak
day on fourth of July and days like that they have extremely high
use.
Easley: When will it be operational?

Brown: It will be operational without the generator under the
contract on December 23rd of this year.

Easly: What does operational ithut the generator mean?

Brown: It means you can turn on the pump and it will pump water.

Easley: How many applicants are there now for service who want
service but cannot receive service?

Brown: Forty-two right now, we got requests for plus 14 from a
man who is subdividing some land. As far as the DER moratorium
they don't have a moratorium. I used that term one time and the
lawyer filed something in court saying they don't have a morato-
rium, wrote me a blistering letter, said "Do not refer to it as a
moratorium, there is no moratorium" and as far as the peak periods
we have had, at DER's insistence, we had the Rural Water Associa-
tion go down and do practical, real world tests, extensive tests
throughout the three day Memorial Day and July Fourth and they
confirmed what this modeling engineering study showed. Which
was, that we have more than enough capacity now to serve every-
thing that has ever been committed and understand there are about
200 commitments. So we are operating at a 1000 or so actual ERC's
with a system that is designed to carry some 1400.

Easley: There is a long history,: there are a lot of arguments. There's
points to be made on both sides. But the fact remains that two State
agencies here, and the Utility, there are problems. I am convinced
the Commission has done its very best to try to get this Utility to do
what it is supposed to do and provide the service. But for some
reason it has not been done and if there is any way possible that we
can provide service to people who are there on the Island, waiting
to get service who have finances at stake. I believe we need to do
that if we do not jeopardize service to the existing customers.
Brown. The third well had nothing whatsoever to do with the
question before the commission... There has just been too much
hype and heat and not enough light on this subject

Easley: Mr. Brown, when can you guarantee that that well will be
in place, have all the necessary permits and will be operational?

Brown: March 1, 1993, I can have it permitted and go through all the
testing procedures. The well is there, its capped off, its almost 300
feet deep, its a 12 inch well. We've got to put the pump on it, we've
got to put on the generator, we've got to go through the electrical
testing and DER testing takes about 60 days. I would say by March

Easley: Fully operational, fully operational March 1st

Brown: Yes.


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