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Publication Date: November 28, 1992
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The


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Franklin


County


Chronicle


Volume 1 Number 4


Sharing Across
The County

OLLIE GUNN'S PERSPECTIVE
HIGHLIGHTS SEAFOOD
INDUSTRY, DEVELOPMENT
AND VOLUNTEER EFFORTS
Model for Chili Festival Comes From Lanark
Village



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In another of the Chronicle's profiles of County
personalities who have contributed to local progress
and history, Ollie Gunn of St. George Island represents
a success story with several important messages for all
of Franklin County. Born of parents who had deep roots
in the County's seafood business and schooled in
Apalachicola and elsewhere, Mr. Gunn recalls his life on
"little St. George" and Apalachicola, while describing
recent changes in the county. One method of "self-help
has enabled the island community to build a fire
department and rescue service equipped with the latest
technology without any government money. The model
for this activity originated in Lanark Village, he said.

Ollie: My father was assistant lighthouse keeper on little St. George. My
earliest recollection just a little tot living on the island with my family and
I was very young at the time. There were two living on the island and there
were different shifts. The lamp was lit and a person was on duty all night
with thelight-In thosedays all your beacons were lit by kerosene. You had
a reflector that rolled around and reflected the beam across the shores and
the Gulf. Also, you had a little tender boat and you had to go out ever so
often and check all the beacons and see that the lights and the wicks were
burning, re-oil them and so forth. That was his everyday routine of life on
the island as a lighthouse man.
I had a sister and a brother and we lived on the island.
Q: What did you do to pass the time while you were growing up?
Ollie: Just walked the beach, played in the surf, fished and my family, my
mother and dad, every year they got a vacation and actually it wasn't like
we have today. They had a horse and a buggy and they would come down
to this island, which is big St. George and camp out here for a week and that
was their vacation. They would go up on the other end of the island with
their wagon and horse. That was their relaxation and that is the way he
lived. They enjoyed the nature of the island. We didn't have the (Sike's) cut
in those days. The island was together but you had one place they called the
gap. When you had heavy seas, stormy weather, it did open up that gap
across the island. It was never navigable to small boats. I have seen it open
too, but it would fill back in rapidly and that is the only thing I can think of
separating the island but it never separated it where you couldn't walk. It
was three miles West of the cut.
My sister was the oldest and when she got old enough to go to school and
he ask for a transfer to a light on the mainland. They tried living in
Apalachicola, my mother did, one year ande went to school there, and the
next year my father decided to resign the lighthouse service and moved to
Apalachicola. There, he went into a small seafood business and later on the
went into a larger company, which was called Acme Packing Company. It
was located where you now have the Standard Oil place down on the Bay.
It covered an area from that street running almost over to Grady Levin's. It
was quite a place. They had a shrimp cannery, an ice house, a raw stock
house and they handled all types of snapper fishing, any kind of fishing.
Q: Apparently the business and the fishing was fairly good.
Ollie: Yes it was.
Q: What span of years would be involved when he was in the seafood
business?
Ollie: Oh, you are looking at about 1924 until all the way up to 1940. He
got out of the seafood business and had an ice house. The Acme packing
company burned down in 1938. But he was in the seafood business way up
until 1938 or 1939. In fact he was in the seafood business when I left the area
in 1940. Captain George Kirvin,we often talk, he knew my daddy real well
and he said when he came to Apalachicola the first two people that he met
here was my father and Mr. Charlie Weatherspoon. He is an old time
resident of Apalachicola. That goes back many, many years. Mr.
Weatherspoon has been dead for some years.
My father got out of the seafood business during World War II. They just
closed down and he went towork for the U.S. Government as a refrigeration
man. He never did go back into it after then, and he retired. My fatherdied
in 1964.
Q: While you were going to school in Apalachicola, I guess you
probably would have had the chance to meet the son of one of Franklin
County's famous promoters, William Lee Poppin but this would have been
William Lee Poppin, Jr.
Ollie: I knew him very well, William Lee. I guess William Lee was about
5 years older than I was but he is a very niceyoung man. We grew up as kids
together and he had many friends in Apalachicola. William Lee, seemed
like he had a little bit more things to play with, toys than the other kids. We
used to gather at his house on Saturday morning to play with his little toys,
bikes and little cars or whatever. I always thought William was a super
person, I always liked him. He was back here last year. He came to
Apalachicola and he was with Jimmy Nichols the ex-mayor of our town in
Apalachicola and they spent some time together. Jimmy was telling me
about it and he mentioned my name and he was going to comeback and look
me up but I never did get to see him.
Q: What in those years, I guess when you would have been going into
high school, it probably would have been the mid to late 1930's.
Ollie: Yes, it was the mid to late 30's.


Continued on page 5


Aquaculture update

COUNTY COMMISSION

LEAVES LAWSUIT

HANGING


"We are standing alone," said
County Attorney Al Shuler as he
reported the status of litigations
before the Franklin County Board
of Commissioners Tuesday, 17
November. He was referring to
one lawsuit involving the
aquaculture project participants
David Jones and Joseph Square
filed in 1991. Jones and Square,
through the office of Legal
Services of North Florida, Inc.,
filed their lawsuit (Civil Action
91-800, 2nd Judicial Circuit)
against Governor Chiles, the
Departments of Natural
Resources and Labor and
Employment Security.

That was in late 1991. In July 1992
the plaintiffs (Jones, et al) entered
into a settlement agreement with
the Department of Natural
Resources and Department of
Labor and Employment Security
whereby Natural Resources
would agree to process the
applications for leases from
twelve applicants of the
aquaculture program. The
Department of Labor and
Employment Security has agreed
to pay the application fees for
leases on behalf of those twelve
participants and will also pay the
application fees for all certified
program participants within 90
days of a final judgment in the
law case Jones and Squarebrought
against the State of Florida
agencies and Franklin County.
The stipulation is conditioned
upon the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers approving the use of a
maximumof 18 inchesof the water
column overlaying submerged
lands that is subject to the lease
application. The final condition
allowing for leases is either the
County withdraws its objection


to leases or a determination is
made by a court of competent
jurisdiction that the County's
resolution of objection to leases is
invalid in particular relation to
any certified participants in the
aquaculture training project
started in late 1989. The original
lawsuit alleging that the County
was stopped from resolving
against the leases is still pending
throughout this time period.
There could also be a
Constitutional challenge to the
validity of the statute which gave
the County power to veto leases.

Following theJuly 1992 settlement
among all parties, except Franklin
County, County Attorney Shuler
filed a motion to dismiss the action
on 4 September 1992, claiming a
failure to prosecute the case, but
there had already been a
compromise among all the parties
except for the County. On 19
October, County Attorney Shuler
filed two motions in the case; one
to move to drop County
Commission from the case and
the other to change venue to the
Circuit Court in and for Franklin
County.
At Tuesday's Commission
meeting, Attorney Shuler raised
the question to the Board of
County Commissioners as to what
he should do next. Do they want
a hearing on the motion to
dismiss? "We are standing
alone..." in this matter, he said.
The Commissioner s were
reminded of the County
Attorney's fees for such
representation in a new hearing
on the matter. After some idle
conversation recalling testimony
in the injunction hearing, the
Commission did not take a
position in response to the County
Attorney's request.


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7TH CONCERT SEASON OPENS
IN APALACHICOLA AT TRINITY
by Jennifer Hammon


The Ilse Newell Fund for
Performing Arts' presented its
debut performance of the seventh
season Sunday, 15 November at
Historic Trinity Churchbefore 110
persons. This season's series
began with a tour of Latin-
America's musical terrain.
FSU's School of Music ensemble
Serenata Criolla, is largely
comprised of musicians of Latin
descent who share a love of their
traditional folk music and the
newer urban songs.
The performers, some of whom
had performed the night before
in Gainesville, arrived shortly
before the scheduled
performance. Dr. Robert Smith,
the director of the Center for the
Music of the Americas, remarked
that the group had only returned
to Tallahassee at 5 a.m. that
morning. This, however, did not
seem to effect their performance.
After a few words from Mrs.
Eugenia Watkins, series
chairperson, Dr. Smith began the

Continued on page 6


3605
CIRCULATION
THIS ISSUE


29th Seafood


29th Seafood
Festival Royalty



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In Special Meeting

ST. GEORGE
HOMEOWNERS'
ASSN BOARD
OF DIRECTORS
ELECT JOHN
CULLEN
PRESIDENT

Pamela Amato is Vice,
President; Jim Bachrach
elected Secretary and
Richard Plessinger to
serve as Treasurer for 30
days.
In aoneand one-halfhour meeting,
Sunday, 15 November 1992, on a
special agenda consisting of two
items, the St. George Plantation
Owners' Board of Directorselected
new officers and made changes in
their committee system. Pamela
Amato and John Cullen were
nominated for President of the
Association, and Mr. Cullen was
voted in as President with four
Board members voting for him;
three for Mrs. Amato. Mrs. Amato
will remain as Vice President of the
Association. Up to Sunday, 15
November, she had been acting
President in the wake of Helen
Spohrer's resignation from that
office.
The Board unanimously voted for
Jim Bachrach as Secretary, the only
nominee for that post. Richard
Plessinger was elected Treasurer of
the Association, indicating a
willingness to serve in that post for
a 30 day period.
HelenSpohrer then moved thatthe
Board eliminate the concept of
Board liaison with various
committees in which one Board
member served as contact point
between the Board and the
committee on various functions
such as Security, Administration,
Architectural Control, Operations,
Beautification, Finance and Budget.
She emphasized that the general
membership perceived individual
Continued on page 5


Craft in quilt making represented at the 29th Seafood
Festival. About 9000 paid admissions were collected for
entrance into the concession areas.


28 November 1992


FLORIDA RURAL COMMUNITY
AWARD WINNER

1992

St. George

ISLAND
COMMUNITY
WINS TITLE
"FLORIDA'S
OUTSTANDING
RURAL
COMMUNITY
OF THE YEAR"

Jay Abbottaccepted the award asit
was announced in Ocala, Florida,
onl9November. Mr.Abbottshares
directly in this recognition because
he was actively involved in the
forming of a First Responder Unit
on St. George Island, joined by
dozens of other volunteers, who
have provided life-saving
emergency services since 1987.

The State of Florida Departmentof
Commerce administers the
competition created by the
Governor's Rural Economic
Development Initiative. Three
other communities were also
winners in their respective
categories (Busnell, Perry and
Century). Therecognitioninvolves
theSt.GeorgelslandVolunteerFire
Department, the First Responder
unit, and hundreds of volunteers
from the island community and
the county who worked together to
raise money to buy fire engines,
medical equipment, radio gear and
supportingdevicestobringfireand
medical safety to a remote region,
all without government funds in
the initial and growth stages. The
principal mechanism for raising
funds was the island's Chili
Cookoff, held the first weekend of
every March.

Charles Spicer, Sr., News Director
of WOYS, publisher of Coast Line
ShoppingGuide actually prepared
the detailed proposal later
submitted by the Apalachicola Bay
Chamber of Commerce. Some of
Spicer's prose is excerpted below.

"In addition to modem, capable
equipment and 13 fully trained
volunteer firefighters and still more
attendingclasses. Theregrewfrom
this community effort still another
community serviceorganization-
the St. GeorgeIsland Volunteer Fire
DepartmentFirstResponderUnit."
'The 1987 brainchild of islander
Jay Abbott, the first responders fill
the medical emergency service void
that can result when living on an
island with 570 permanent
residents and hundreds of tourists.
The nearest medical facility being
20 miles away and the closest
emergency medical service vehicle
(ambulance) possibly being even
further away-responding to other
mainland calls."
"Provided with an $18,000 rescue
truck and appropriate life
sustainingequipmentand supplies,
the first responders (made up of
volunteer trained paramedics,
emergencymedical techniciansand
CPR instructors) have been
recognized many times over for
their prompt availability and
professionalism on the scene of
emergencies."
"The answer to how the
organization managed to grow and
flourish in the period from 1983
and 1992 would have to be: a
crockpot full of chili, a beer bottle
with an inverted label, and a group
of islanders who had long ago
learned the meaningof community
spirit."

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Page 2, November 28, 1992, The Franklin County Chronicle


FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

RELEASES ORDER ON ST. GEORGE

WATER UTILITY


Lighthouse
Realty
Of St. G orge Wand, Inc.


HCR 62 Bom 126
St. George Idand, Florida 32328


The formal order in docket 871177-WS involving the Commission
and the St. George Island Utility Company was released on 10
November 1992 and as previously reported, lifted the moratorium
on water connections, but this order is limited to those parties who
are seeking building permits. The Commission has specifically
reserved a decision to expand the capacity of the utility and the
number of remaining connections at some future time, subject to the
operational status of the third well, scheduled for service by 1 March
1993.
Because the history of the utility is long and complex excerpted
portions of the PSC order in this docket are reprinted below.
"By order No. 21127, issued April 24, 1989, this Commission
established increased rates and service availability charges for St.
George Island Utility Co., Ltd. (St. George or the utility), imposed a
moratoriumagainstany further connections and ordered St. George
to comply with a number of requirements relating to quality of
service, including submitting plans for a third well and a new water
storage tank. By order No. 21917, issued September 19, 1989, the
Commission reaffirmed those requirements and clarified that, in
addition to being prohibited from connecting newly constructed
dwellings,St. George was prohibited from providing new service to
existing homes already served by private wells.
"On November 20,1989, the utility entered into a consent order with
the Department of Environmental Regulation (DER). Under the
terms of the consent order, the utility was required to begin
constructingan elevated storagetankbyJanuary 1,1990, to be placed
in service by April 30,1990. Additionally, the utility could connect
up to 200 new equivalent residential connections (ERCs) until the
new well and storage tankwereputinuse. Any prepaid connections
that were placed in service were to be counted as part of the 200
connections. Finally, the utility was required to submit a certified
engineering report to DER regarding the system's capability to
handle any additional connections over the 200 ERCs."
"By Order No. 22321, issued December 19, 1989, the Commission
modified OrdersNos. 21122 and 21917to allowSt. George to connect
up to 200 additional ERCs ant to require that the utility submit a
certified engineering report to the Commission at the same time the
report is submitted to DER. The Order further provided that upon
review of the certified engineering report, the Commission may
reevaluate St. George's capacity to serve more customers."
"Iheutilitysubmitted a certified engineeringreportonMay 29,1992.
The elevated storage tank has been constructed and is now
operational. The utility has informed the Commission that the third
well is currently under construction and will be operational and in
service no later than March 1, 1993."
"OnSeptember4,1992, St. George filed a Motion to Lift Moratorium.
As grounds for the motion the utility states that it currently has
capacityinexcessof the 200 connections setforth in theCommission's
previous order; that the system is safe and reliable and that there is
no valid reason that the moratorium should be continued; and that
additionalconnections,uptothecapacityreflectedintheengineering
report, have been allowed by order of the circuit court in the DER

TENSIONS RISE IN ALLIGATOR
EQINT FIRE DEPARTMENT


RtORGANIZATI(

Amid accusations that the
Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association (APTA) is trying to
"take over" the Alligator Point
Fire Department, APTA
continued to move forward in
drafting a slate of recommended
names for all 13 of the Board of
Directors on the point fire
department. The issue has been
smoldering over several APTA
meetings, with official action in
creating a nominating committee
headed by Bunky Atkinson to
select the names expected to be
presented at the annual 5
December fire department
reorganization meeting. On one
hand, APTA members argue that
2/3 of the fire department
members are APTA members,
and a Board more responsive to
APTA concerns should be
installed in the fire department.
From the fire department's
standpoint, the professional fire
fighters want a Board comprised
mainly of fire fighters.
Complaints have been raised
about fire department operations
but no specific allegations have

SHEAROR BURTON
TO APPEAR IN
18TH EDITION OF
WHO'S WHO OF
AMERICAN
WOMEN.
Shearor Fay Burton has been se-
lected to appear in the latest edi-
tion of Marquis Who's Who of
American Women to be published
next year. Selection in this pres-
tigious list is based on reference
value. Individuals are listed be-
cause of the position they have
attained or because of notewor-
thy achievements that have
proved to be of lasting value to
society. Fame alone is not a crite-
rion. Only demonstrated, accom-
plishment can earn a place in this
volume, says the publisher. In-
clusion in the book is a distinction
limited to 1 in 3000. Mrs. Burton
is married to Orlis Luell Burton
and is the daughter of Mary Segree
Creamer and the late George
Wilbem Creamer. She is em-
ployed by the Franklin County
School Board as Supervisor for
Speual Prograims


been aired'in APTAk meetings,
only generalized statements.
These matters are expected to be
resolved Saturday, 5 December
1992, when the fire department
holds their annual organization
meeting including Board
elections, in which anyone "with
an interest in fire protection on
the Point" may vote.


consent order case."
"At our Agenda Conference on October 20, 1992, Mr. E. Mark
Jeppson, a contractor who stated that he has six construction projects
on St. George Island, explained that continuing the moratorium
would create a hardship for his business. The hardship to which he
referred is created by the requirement that in order to obtain a
building permit a builder must obtain a letter from the utility
indicating that service is available at a particular site. With the
moratorium in place, no building permits can be granted, and
therefore, Mr. Jeppson cannot go forward with his construction
projects. Also, at the same Agenda conference, the utility owner, Mr.
Gene Brown, stated that there is sufficient capacity to serve new
connections and that the new well will be on line and operational by
March 1, 1993."
"Based on the above, we find it appropriate to allow additional
connections to be made to those potential customers who require
service in order to obtain building permits. Therefore, the Motion to
Lift Moratorium is granted to the extent that the utility may provide
connections solely to customers who are seeking connections for the
purpose of obtaining a building permit. Further, the utility shall
have the third well on line and operational, with all required DER
permits, no later than March 1,1993. We recognize that the utility has
taken several years to construct the third well. Based on the delay in
construction this well and based on Mr. Brown's assurances that the
well will be completed by March 1, 1993, we find it appropriate to
rule that no extensions of the March 1, 1993, deadline will be
considered. At such time as the well is online and operational, but
prior to the close of business on March 2,1993, the utility shall inform
this Commission, in writing, of the status of the third well."
"Upon notification and verification that the third well is on line and
operational, the capacity of the utility and the number of remaining
connections will be revisited."


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DEVELOPMENT


ORDER EXPIRATION

QUESTION SET FOR

HEARING


In packed County Commission
meeting, Tuesday, 17 November,
Commissioners accepted the
Covington Properties proposal to
hold a formal, evidentiary hearing
to determine whether substantial
physical development has
commenced on the portion of the
St. George Island Development
of Regional Impact (DRI)
approved for a hotel/convention
center and multi-family units in
the amendment to the Island DRI
development order (DO) adopted
by the Commission on 16 July
1985. the area includes about 100
acres near the Bob Sike's Cut. The
DO was to expire November 1992.
If the County decides that
"substantial development" has
not "commenced", the
Department of Community
Affairs believes that the 1985
amendment to the St. George
Island DRI expires and the
original 1977 development order
would be in effect. That would
mean, in the words of Tom Beck,
Chief, Bureau of State Planning
for DCA, that any development
near the Cut other than one unit
per acre residential development,
would be subject to further review
under Florida statutes, Chapter
380. Covington Properties had
submitted a revised plan...
(amendment 9) reducing the
densities to 75 wet slips, 149 dry
slips, 239 residential units and 160
hotel units. Then, the proposed
amendment 9 was withdrawn by
Covington on 13 November 1992.

In a written report directed to
Chairman Buford (Dink) Braxton,


from Robert C. Apgar, consultant
to the County Planner Alan Pierce
and the Board, there have been at
least four amendments to the
original development order
approved in 1985, along with
several changes in ownership of
the 100 acre tract. The mostrecent'
amendments eliminated the
original 352 multi-family units
and substituted 246 single family
lots plus a beach club, all located
in the original multi-family area.
None of the amendments'
amended or extended the-
deadline for commencing
substantial physical'
development. So, if the County
Commission determines that
substantial physicaldevelopment
has not commenced, the
amendments creating the high
density development at the Sikes-;
Cut expire, and Covington is left :
with a density of one residential"
unit per acre, unless any:
additional amendmentsare made,::
which the County Board of'
Commissioners would have the"
authority to review and approve.:;
What raises the stakes in their
determination of expiration of the-
amendment are the words from
an Apalachee Regional Planning,
Council (ARPC) letter by Mike:
Donovan, Chief, DRI Coordinator'
o'f the ARPC. On 28 September,
1992, he wrote Alan Pierce:,
"...Even with the proposed
amendment, the project remains
relatively high density. With the
devastation of Hurricane
Andrew, the economic,
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The Franklin County Chronicle, November 28, 1992, Page 3


Editorial and Commentary

This Thanksgiving

As we fill our stomachs with the bounty of artfully prepared
Thanksgiving meals, may we also fill out minds with the recollection
of how much volunteers contribute to the life of Franklin and other
counties. May we remain Thankful for those often not recognized,
sometimes little appreciated, many times not really well known to
the larger polity, VOLUNTEERS are the glue that holds Franklin
County together. Thankfully, the Department of Commerce in
recognizing the volunteer efforts in fire and public safety, and
community fund raising, has symbolically elevated volunteers to
their rightful place of recognition. But, this is only one aspect of the
glue which binds theCounty together. We are risking theelimination
of one or two categories by merely listing them, but let us start.
Volunteers infuse our government, our schools and school boards,
churches, publicly oriented clubs, libraries, literacy programs,
nursing homes, civic clubs of all types, historical societies, chambers
of commerce, seafood organizations, Homeowner associations,
city and county governments, and those who appear before them
as vitally involved citizens. We salute the VOLUNTEERS in
Franklin County, the "glue" which binds the county together. We
thank you for your service.
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CITIZEN ADVISORY
GROUP MEETS WITH
CHRONICLE
PUBLISHER

On Sunday, 18 October, a citizen
advisory group to the Franklin
County Chroniclemetat the home
of the publisher for the first time,
airing criticisms of the first two
issues and offering advice toward
improvement along with addi-
tional information regarding near
and long-term Chronicle projects.
The Chronicle is the only printed
or broadcast medium in this re-
gion which has formed an inde-
pendent council of advisors. The
advisory group was shown cri-
tiquesof eachissue, red-lined with
comments, initiated by Bob Evans
of the Village Fina in Lanark.
Evans is a former newspaper


publisher. He, Rene Topping and
Stacie Phillips have continually
advised the publisher on meth-
ods to improve layout and cover-
age. Publisher Hoffer outlined
the functions of the advisory
group. Members of this volun-
tary council are listed in the mast-
head on page three. Over the two
hour meeting some discussion in-
volved the continuing search for
expert contributors or editors who
have interests in education, sea-
food industries, and economic
development. Serialized and
other feature stories for future
issues were identified with ad-
vice given as to sources and treat-
ment. Hoffer described the staff
members currently contributing
to the paper, identifying new col-
umnists Jenny Connell, and Lu-
cille Graham, and music/theater
critic Jennifer Hanmon.


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Vol 1, No. 4 28 November 1992.

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports).......Lucille Graham
.- ,n :(Sports),......Jenny ConnellU ..
S n, (Spotlight)....Brian Goercke
,--:f Contributors .Jack McDonald
.......George: Chapel
Music Critic Jennifer N. Hammon
Sales Staff....................Joe Howard, Apalachicola -
Eastpoint (653-9819); Ann Abbott, St. George
Island (927-2406); Bemadine Smith,
Canabelle-Lanark (697-3904); Tom Hoffer,
Tallahassee (904-3854003 or 927-2186)
Production Kathryn Seitz
Computer systems and
Advertising Design Fric 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.


I REMEMBER

APALACHICOLA
by Anne James Estes

I remember Apalachicola during
the Thanksgiving holiday.
Sometimes the weather would be
freezing cold, other Thanksgiving
times would be warm enough for
all of the family to go to either
Sand Island, Dog Island, St.
George, or St. Vincent Island for a
day of feasting on the traditional
turkey, which was usually eaten
on my dad's shrimp boat, the
"Alphonse". But I can assure you,
even though we celebrated with
the turkey, we also included in
every holiday and Sunday, my
mother's Ms. Annie's spaghetti
and meatballs. I have tried to
imitate her recipe, but just can't
seem to achieve the same delicious
tenderness and meaty taste to the
meatballs, and the sauce. The
only member of our family that
comes close to accomplishing this
culinary deed, is my youngest
brother's wife, Iris, formerly a
Lovett from White City. My
brotherJimmy and Iris now reside
in Port St. Joe, Florida.

Speaking of holidays does bring
to memory some of the well-
known cooks in the county, such
as Mrs. G. Lichardello, mother of
Salvador, Alfred, Buster and Gino,
all commercial fisherman and
now deceased. Mrs. A. Meyer,
fromGermany, the mother-in-law
of "Chicken" Robinson, who ran
the Jitny Jungle store, would bake
cakes, pies, and cookies that
melted in your mouth. Mrs.
Meyer, in her long black gown,
black hat (she wore "rats" under
her hat, her fair was so fine), black
shoes and small black purse she
would walk to the Jitney Jungle to
make daily purchases, same as
my mom. Mrs. Meyer had a
grandson, Charles, and he and
his wife Mary Virginia, had one
son R. Don Robinson, one of my
classmates. Charles suffered a
heart attack and died. His wife
still resides in Apalachicola.


Anadditional gifted cook was Ms.
Ella Fair Hall, one of our closest
neighbors and friends. She and
her husband, Wyatt, had two
daughters, Wynette and Ruth
Eudora. Mr. Wyatt madethe large
cone shaped catfish baskets,
always asking his children for
"White Wood". I could never
understand how the baskets
worked, but work they did, as he
was quite accomplished in the
catfishing business. I remember
Mrs. Ella Fair would always have
hot cocoa, sometimes with
marshmallows, which Wynette,
Ruth Eudora and myself enjoyed,
especially with the tiny
marshmallows. Wynette married
and resettled to South Florida.
Ruth is married to Wyman Elan
Schoelles, only son of Phillip and
Mrs. Schoelles. Philip had the
Standard Oil franchise at that time
in Franklin County, and also
leased oyster beds. Eldon and
Ruth purchased the old Holy
Family Parish house from the
Catholic Diocesan Board in
Pensacola, Florida. The house was
built in 1837 by a former timber
and turpentine king, for his
mulatto mistress. He later left his
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of town known as "the hill". Upon
his death, the mistress reverted
back to a "lady of the night" and
so lived until she expired. Eldon
and Ruth had the house moved
on the outskirts of town, known
as Eleven Mile, in the midst of an
Indian burial ground, and are now
in the process of restoration. There
are three walls to this lovely house,
stained leaded glass windows,
complete with the eighteenth
century popular half door. The
winding staircase leads to the
upstairs bedrooms and baths.
Downstairs, each drawing room
has a fireplace, imported Italian
marble with carved griffin, with
eagles heads and wings and lion's
body. The decor in each drawing
room and the formal dining room
match the marble coloring of
every fireplace. Furniture consists
of antique pieces from some of
the oldest and most influential
homes in Apalachicola and
Franklin County. Among them
the Ruge House, built in 1896 by
George Ruge, later inherited by
his daughter Ms. Rusmisel-the
Macy house built around 1846 by
Sol Brash, the Raney House,
occupied by Yankee troops, and
was later owned by Dr. J.R.
Morrow, who was my family
doctor, the German immigrant
Adolph Flatauer, who built the
Flatauer House, and so many
others. Some of the period pieces
and crystal, china, silver, beds and
others too numerous to mention
are simply fascinating. Imagine
the beautifully decorated and
well-lighted house filled with
guests, in beautiful ball gowns,
music, extravagant foods, the
finest of wines. Love affairs
started at these gatherings, with
mere flirtations and others ending
with a quiet but curt dismissal
and broken hearts. Eldon and
Ruth often entertain their many
friends with gay Scarlet O'Hara
parties, she as Scarlet, and Eldon
as Rhett Butler. Eldon is retired
from Civil Service, and Ruth is
manager and top leading
salesperson in the area for Century
Twenty One Realty Company in
Apalachicola.

I remember Mrs. Sadie Hendels,
Mr. Wyatt Hall's sister, she and
her husband, Eppa, and family
lived next door. Every day she
would make fresh biscuits, along
with ice tea and large lima beans.
I always knew what time the
biscuits would be ready and
always got away with atleastone,
if not two. Eppa and Sadie had
three children, Leo, Juanita, and
George "Cotty", the future Chief
of Police in Apalachicola, and a
major league baseball player.
"Cotty" played one game, then
returned home. He later informed
me he did not like the big city and
was homesick. The city baseball
park is named after him, George
Hendel. All of these great cooks
were of course in my
neighborhood, and my memories
of them mean even more, as time
marches on.

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


Franklin County Adult
Reading Program

SPOTLIGHT

on Betty Roberts,

Lanark Village

by Brian Goercke

The reading program (FCARP)
has chosen to spotlight the tutor
achievements of Betty Roberts.
Betty, a native of Chicago, now
resides in Lanark Village. Ms.
Roberts has been a trained
Literacy Volunteer of America
(LVA) tutor for six years and has
worked with approximately 30
students and is serving on the
FCARP Advisory Board. Betty
Roberts' zeal for tutoring echoes
her previous work in the
educational system. For twenty
years, Betty worked in elementary
schools in Iowa, Wisconsin, and
Mississippi; in her work with
children, Betty has found many
educational insights. "A child's
mind is in a pliable state and is
more able to expand." Betty also
recalls the humorous antics of
tutoring particular children in
Franklin County. "One of my
children was really clever. He
was always trying to figure out
ways to get me to play with him in
order to avoid the lesson plan... I
ended up playing a dice-game
called, "Bunco", with him to help
him with his math skills."
Betty's work, however, is by no
means limited to tutoring
children. Mrs. Roberts has found
many memorable moments in her
work with adults. In her work
with the English as a Second
Language Program (ESL), Betty
recalls an incident with several
Chinese students working on their
Ph. D's. "They were very much
math-oriented, and had very
serious trouble with their English.
I had to work with them very
closely, though I had great
success. On our final day of
tutoring, the students brought
along food of their native culture.
It was gratifying."

As for Franklin County, Betty
hopes to tutor as many people as
possible. "It'salong termprocess.
It takes while to solve these kinds
of problems." Betty also hopes to
start a "Great Books Club" in
Franklin County with the help of
her. husband; Alan Rpberts. As
for her work concerning national
problems, Betty cites, "I think my
work will be helpful in creating a
better democracy, a more
participatory government and a
climate of understanding. I would
like to see more tolerance to others
and not such a black and white
view of the world.

The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program will select a
tutor spotlight in each month
forthcoming. For more
information concerning FCARP,
please contact Jane Cox, Carolyn
Sparks or Brian Goercke at the
Apalachicola Municipal Library:
653-8436


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LOCAL STATE PARKS

RELEASED BY DNR

The Department of Natural Resources has identified 38 state
parks for closing or reduced services affecting 151 park
employees on 1 January 1993. The Department recently released
data on the two Franklin County agencies scheduled to go dark
after 1 January, Fort Gadsden State Park and the John Gorrie
Museum.
Annual Fiscal Year 91-92
attendance Operating Revenue
Budget 91-92
Fort Gadsden 5,158 ($37,700) 0
Gorrie Museum 4,596 ($30,411) $3,948
San Marcos
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The Chronicle continues the second part of the Rick Cook interview
becauseitprovidesinformationand perspective fromanapplication
qf aquaculture techniques once practiced in Franklin County but
successfully exploited in Dixie and Levy Counties. In future issues,
the Chronicle will serialize the story of the Franklin County
aquaculture experience drawing conclusions as to the problems and
the eventual failed outcome of the project in 1991.

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Q. But being dosed is not neces-
sarily being prohibited or...

Rick: Yeah, it's not prohibited. So
these oysters in that zone you can
take and relay to your lease.

Q. Now, these are legally defined
areas?

Rick: Yes

Q: In the statutes? Are these rules
promulgated by the DNR?
Rick By the Department of Natu-
ral Resources. They have rules.
They go by fecal count.

Q. That's the standard?

Rick That's the FDA standard is
the fecal count They go by this
fecal count It is so many parts per
thousand. It will be prohibited so
many parts per thousand condi-
tionall restricted, so many parts
per thousand, open.

Q:.,'Well, the reason why I wanted
to spend some time on what that
is that the allegation was made in
Franklin County that oystennen
were moving oysters from pol-
luted areas into public bars and
then harvesting and selling them
to the public.

Rkks F Ftpoprohibied: waters?..
v s ia O n .. "' "', ., .i
Q "Prohibited," well i.e. polluted,
I guess, that was the word that
was used, it wasn't dear. Would
that mean "prohibited" or would
that mean dosed?

Rick You can go in restricted
water and test it and most of the
time it will be fine and every once
in a while, you'll hit a sample that
will be a bad sample. So what
they do and what we have been
doing for a long time and I under-
stand Franklin county does it You
take oysters and tong them out of
this area, the state pays you so
much a bushel to contract you to
haul them to that area, dump it

Q: You mean to put them into a
public bar?

Rick: Yeah!

Q: Andthen?

Rick: Dump it, let it depurate
naturally and harvest it

Q: That is perfectly lawful?

Rick: Yeah! So it's the same thing.

Q: The person that made those
statements never discerned these
were dosed areas or prohibited
areas?

Rick: Yeah!

Q: One get the impression that
because ofthe way the allegation
is made that they were polluted.
They used the word "polluted."

Rick: Yeah!

Q And they probably didn't get
everything dearly understood...

Rick Like most things that get
around, it was told to this person
and because of that person it goes
to the next person. By the time it
gets to them, Uncle Fred was shot,
stabbed, and beat by ten different
people and really he tripped
walking down the steps.,

Q. You have to cope with those
kind of rumors. What under the
lease now, there is another change
here and I was interested to learn
that you actually apply for leases
up to four acres or even ten under
this new...


Rick: Yeah!


Q: Whereas, in Franklin County
it was restricted to one acre.

Rick That is up to the county.
See, in this county, we decided.
We talked to our commissioners.
They agreed that through this
project, each participant, if they
wish, could get up to four acres.
In Dixie County they decided on
two acres. The last I heard. They
might have gone to four acres...

Q: Well, now, isn't that necessary
in terms of financing and the
money angle, the investment
angle? You really need some-
thing more than one acre.

Rick: I don't know. I haven't
looked into it All I have looked
into is, cause with the state you
can get up to ten acres eventually.

Q: Now, if you get a lease for four
acres and you don't do anything
with it what will happen?

Rick: It will be taken back. These
leases ain't like the old peretual
lease. See there is that long time
there they wouldn't even let no
one have a lease. Whether who
you talked to in any department,
"no" there is a moratorium on
leases. They didn't like perpetual
leases, they were having a prob-
lem with them...

If you. go out there ,and plant
oysters and you work at it and a
storm comes through and it blows
it away. Well they can't take it
back from you..As long as you
showed that you had a bonafide
attempt...

Q. Can you combine with our
neighbors and all of a sudden have
ten times three, maybe a thirty
acre lease and form a consortium
in that kind of thing?

Rick: You can't sublease.

Q: You cannot combine?

Rick: No, you can't combine.
Now, I could have say, well this
project I am going to get four
acres...

Q: How have the dealers been in
reaction to the project? Are they
accepting, welcoming, or fight-
ing?
Rick See around here, I am a
dealer and I get my own product
Now, I'm a dealer and the prod-
uct got scarce. I hired on some
boys to oyster with me. Madge
Johnson, just down the road, she
is a dealer but she goes out on the
boat and works with me. Jerry
Beckham, he's a dealer, but he
goes out and gets a lot of his own
oysters. Doug Calvert used to go
out and get all of his oysters and
thenr.hired on people and now,
he just buys from people.

Q: What are oysters going for per
bag now?

Rick: In season, when we ended
the season, I paid, guys that got
me oysters I am real stringent on
what they bring me..They don't
have to be heavy cups but I want
single decent size, nice oysters
that I am shucking. That me and
my wife and we had a helper this
year because we had a baby. I
paid them anywhere from $15 to
$20 a bag. But I don't do a large
volume. I have a retail store and
I have a few little restaurant out-
lets that I sell to...But now if you
go through the fish house and
you are hauling it to a truck that is
going to a big shucking house, it
was around $10 to $12 a bushel.

Q: Do a lot of the oystermen
follow that outline?

Ricde Yeah, they have especially
since the oysters got so scarce. I


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week.

Q: Then the bank is willing,
knowing that is a guarantee?

Rick Yeah! Once they get the
signed contract that the money is
coming to the association by the
DNR then they know it almost a
guarantee the government is
going to pay us the money.

Q: They make a little by giving
you a 30day lease?

Rick: Yeah!


used to, just a few years ago. I
shucked,but I did a lot of oysters
when Apalach had their big prob-
lem. Trucks were coming in and
we had a lot of oysters, yeah, I
sold to the trucks and I sold a little
cheaper. We had more oysters.

Q: Do you get a transient group
of shuckers who come in and tong
and leave?

Rick And then move on?

Q. Yeahf

Rick Every once in a while we
have a few come in...If they move
here and they buy a house and
they throw their kids in the school,
they are welcome. If they come
her, stay in a trailer and have a
truck come down and they are
just throwing it in a truck.

Q: A little tension?

Rick: Yeah! There is tension. This
is America. You can go anywhere
in this country and do anything
you want.

Q: Tell us about the Association
that you are President of. How
many members are there? How
many people are oystering, sea-
food dealers combined with ton-
gers and shuckers?

Rickey Basically, it is all oyster-
men. We have a few dealers. We
even have a few people that ain't
oystermen that are not voting
members but they are members.
They support the Association..
We even have a few restaurants
that support the
Association...Basically, we just call
a meeting a few days ahead of
time...We have elections every
September. We have dues every
year.

Well, I have been President for
two years now. Our association is
like any other association. There
are times when we squabble with
each other about stuff. We
squabble about when the state
comes with money for us to relay.
Sometimes we get in a squabble
about how much we should pay.
Sometimes we get into a squabble
about what we should do with
our money.

Q: Now these are state monies
that come through your organi-
zation and you dispense them?

Rick Yeah

Q. SoUh. A minimum wage kidr~
of set up. When you are paying
people to relay, for example?

Rick Everybody comes in. They
vote. We say, this year we got
$47,200. We had a meeting. We
decide on the amount we are
going to pay on a box. We decide
on a director or a person who is
going to oversee it, to make sure
that too many bushels ain't
dumped in a spot, that people
ain't cheating. Then we discuss
where we are going to plant, what
oysters we want to move and
different people have different
ideals. Some think we should
move big, large oysters. Some
think we should move dumps
that will grow into more oysters
but it will take a longer period of
time. Some think we dump too
many. Some think we don't dump
enough.

and when the meeting is over we
have a decision. Some people are
real happy and some people ain't
happy. Some people feel alright
It is like any association.

The association signs the contract
with the DNR. One of the things
that the association does that the
members really like is we will
borrow the money from the bank,
pay everybody and the associa-
tion will pay the interest from
everybody's dues and everybody
gets together during festivals and
makes a little down at the park.
Any non-profit organization can
have a booth during our two fes-
tivals of the year. We make a little
money in that We pay our inter-
est and stuff like that. Instead of
waiting a month for the state to
process paperwork to give you
work you did a month ago, you
can get paid at the end of the


Another thing, our city is in full
support of (Project Ocean). We
have three piers that are just stuck
out there. They are concrete posts.
They were pulled up back when I
was 13 years old, I believe, cause
a drunk man dove off the pier and
hit a piling and it killed him, so
they pulled it up for insurance
purposes. Harbor Branch asked
to use one of the piers. The city let
them use the pier under the deal
that they pay for insurance in case
someone gets hurt at the pier and
Harbor Branch said we will put
the pier down, it will be perma-
nent Once we leave, it will be
your responsibility and the city
agreed to it.

You leave from that pier, they
rented a couple of slips in the city
marina to park their boats at If
are going to work on your
b you get a guard technician
that works at Harbor Branch to go
with you, ride down there, assist
ru working your belt. If you
vea question,like what do you
think is the best way to handle
this, these guys are doing it every
day. Right at the beginning of the
operation, there was just a couple
of them that had handled it before
but they were there everyday
working with lots of people so in
just a short period of time they
started figuring all the easier ways
to work it. They help you and
give you ideals on how to work it.
If you go down there to work
your belt, you take a belt boat
You drive the belt boat down. He
helps you hook up your belt, dean
your belt, cull your oysters, what-
ever you are going to do that day.

Q: Using two forms now, the belt
and the rack.

Rick If you go to work your rack,
you take a rack boat down. Or it
is possible if you come down there
and some people were earlier in
the day, someone already took a
belt boat down and someone al-
ready took a rack boat down, well
then you just go down there in a
skiff and once that person is done
with his then you are allowed to
get on the boat or if you want you
can help him.


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Q. Now this is all 95 participants
to get in this routine?
Rick Sometimes there has been
more people than could work in a
day. They come back at another
time. Most of the time everybody
knows everybody around here so
what happens is, its going to take
you an hour and a half, well, "Here
et me help you while I'm
here."...They wipe it out in a half
hour, forty-five minutes and then
they can get working on their stuff.

Q: Now this barge is an interest-
ing idea. That's out there all day?
Rick: Yeah! It's there so, like you
got a person that wants to use the
belt boat You want to pull off
your belts and go through your
oysters. Well, instead of taking
up the belt boat the whole time,
you pull up your belt, your bags,
you go to the barge, you stand in
a shaded area with sinks. There is
a guard there to help you, you
work it right there on the barge
and that person can be getting his
belts.
Q: How choppy can the seas get
before they have to keep that...tied
up to the pier?
Rick It just depends upon the
time of the year. Like in the Spring,
I mean, I bet they went through,
there would be four days straight,
a Northwestern breaks out and it
blows for four days, 20 knots, you
don't do nothing. I mean, you
don't go crabbing, you don't go
mullet fishing.


Alan Pierce, Franklin County planner and Joe Butler, president,
Gulf State Banks, contributed to the discussion on the controversial
mixed residence and commercial areas along the highway 98
corridor in Carrabelle at the DCA workshop in late October.


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ANTICIPATING
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PROMOTES
HIGH
EXPECTATIONS

OF QUICK
CHANGES

At the last meeting of the Board of
CountyCommissioners,Tuesday,
17 November, County Planner
Alan Pierce cautioned those
presentagainstany rapid changes
coupled with the expected vote
by Governor and Cabinet on
dedesignatingFranklin County as-...
an Area of Critical State Concern.
According to Pierce, if the vote
were approved on 15 December
and the County dedesignated, it
is not clear exactly when
dedesignation would occur.
Franklin County is not likely to
"...lose the title..." overnight:
There would be a period of one
year in which the Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) would
monitor County decision-making
but during that time DCA would
notappeal variouscountyactions.
He speculated that the City of
Apalachicola voted nay to
dedesignate at the recent RPMC
meeting thinking they would be
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The Franklin County Chroiiicle,


NoVenibei 22,9,91 2, "Pae S.


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The Crescent City, under the command of Captain Wing, operated between
Apalachicola and Carrabelle, recalled Mr. Ollie Gunn, long-time Franklin County
resident.


Q: Was this Chapman School?
Ollie: Yes, Chapman High School.


Q:
years?


Howbig wasitand what it waslike, whatyou remember from those


Ollie: Where theold Chapmanauditoriumnowstands,whichis a historical
building. Thatbuilding extended east of there all the way back to 12th street.
Where the auditorium is now that was joined on to the old school. I think
they use these little class rooms now as offices for the school board. The
school extended on the east end of that and it had a basement in it. The
Architect perfected his molds and he built this out of that lime sandstone.
He would pour the stuff in the basement and take it and grind it down into
shapes and forms. If you ever noticein that auditorium that the designs, this
man has designed them over the stage area. But he built all this stuff in the
basement of the old school and then installed it. It took quite a few years to
build this thing. When I was in the sixth grade we used to watch them put
this stone on the side of the building. It got so all the students would watch
the workers instead of doing our class work and we would get punished for
that.
Q: Was there rivalry at that time with other towns in the County, say
for example, Carrabelle?
Ollie: Carrabelle is a wonderful town and Apalachicola is a wonderful
town but we had our differences back when I was a young fella, particularly
when we played football. It was just competition and so forth.
Q: Now, before the Gorrie bridge was erected in 1935, how did you get
around in the County?
Ollie: YouhadferryboatsthatranfromApalachicolatoEastPoint. Ittook
one hour to go from the ferry landing in to Apalachicola to the ferry landing
in East Point. It took one hour to cross and one hour to come back. I
remember when we were young kids, we used the summertime out of
school in a little concession on these ferries selling refreshments.
SUnfortunately, I was always on the last ferry. I would be 12 O'clock at night
coming back. Through the summer, for a kid, there we all kinds of
experiences and all kinds of good timeson a ferryboat, running a concession
stand. All we had were drinks and peanuts and crackers and so forth. But
the ferry was a way of getting back across the bay. The other night I was late
getting to a meeting in Apalachicola and I only had 7 minutes and I went
across the bridge pretty fast and I got to thinking, my goodness it used to
take a whole hour to get across here. Now I am looking at 10 to 12 minutes
to cross this bay. That is how much time has stepped up and speeded up in
this age.
At that time when they had the ferry boats, you had your roads. You unload
the ferry and you had roads going to Carrabelle, Tallahassee and so forth on
up. But before that time (1925) you had, I remember when I was very small
young fellow in Apalachicola. The only way you could get outof Apalachicola
was either by train or by river boat. One boat that Captain Andy Wing had
was called the "Jesse Mae" and it would run from Apalachicola to Carrabelle
and youcaughta train from Carrabelle to Tallahassee. Andy Winglater sold
the ferry to the state. Wing was also the captain on the "Crescent City" for
anumberofyears. It ran from Apalachicola to Carrabelle carryingpassengers
and mail. I don't know exactly how the "Crescent City" came to leave that
area but that was when Captain Andy had his boat built called the "Jesse
Mae". Named after his daughter, he started carrying passengers and mail
to Carrabelle. It took a little longer to go to Carrabelle by boat than an hour.
The ferry boats that ran from Apalachicola to East Point took an hour. I don't
know how long it took the "Jesse Mae" to get to Carrabelle.
Q: You said you often got the last boat.
Ollie: Yes, my concession was from 5:00 until the last ferry left East Point
at midnight coming back. I was low kid on the block and I always got that
route. I never did get the daytime route. We had about 4 boys that summer;
two summers we done this.
Q: What kinds of things would you do while living in Apalachicola?
Ollie: The Dixie Theater was our big thing. Back in those days you could
go to the theater for 15 cents. I used to be given an allowance of a quarter.
Would go to the show for 15 cents and you could get a hot dog for a nickel.
That wasbig time. We would go to the theater, we had all kindsof wild west
shootum up pictures. It was entertaining for us kids, adults too as far as that
was concerned. The other recreation things we used to do when we were
growing up here as young teenagers, we had the Episcopal church had a
parish. They let the young people have parties on Friday night and also the
Catholic denomination had a hall, the Catholic hall and all of us kids used
to get together and have dances. We would have one every Friday night
either at the Catholic hall or the Episcopalian parish house.
Q: Did the automobile figure into leisure activities for the teenagers?
Ollie: To tell you the truth there wasn't many of us that could afford to
have an automobile back in those days. Some did. William Lee Poppin, Jr.
had one and some others we knew and they would share their vehicles with
us. I remember the first vehicle I had. Three of us bought one together. That
is a sad story. Everybody wanted to use it at one time.
Q: Speaking of the Island do you recall when the ferry service was
established to St. George?
Ollie: The first time that I was down and I came over on the ferry boat to
St. George Island, I think it was in the 1960's. They were building the bridge
across here then. The next time I came down, well I came down a few times
after that to see my dad, he was in the nursing home in Panama City, and
I guess it was about a year, I come back through this way that the bridge was
open. I rode over here one Sunday afternoon and actually you didn't see 35
people in the whole weekend over here. When I build my first cabin down
here on the Bay I had it all dried in and I came down to finish a lot of work
on it myself. I brought some people that worked for me. I stayed here a week
working on that thing and I don't think I had seen 60 people the whole week
I was here. That was in the 1960's. It is not like that now, no way.
Q: So in 1940 you left for the National Guard. What did you do in that
effort?
Ollie: We were mobilized in November 1940 and we spent a little time in
the Army over there in Apalachicola. Then we went to Camp Blaning, that
wasa new camp that was being established for trainees and National Guard
units. I was in the 106th Engineers Thirty-first Division. Camp Blaning
Florida is down in the central part of Florida. About 5 miles from Jacksonville.
We spent time there organized, that is when they started selective service
and we were a unit and then we got quite a few selective service that were
assigned to us and we trained the selective service people. We continued
with maneuvers in Louisiana that summer. Back in the winter, or fall of 1941
maneuvers were in North Carolina. Then we came back in December,
December 7, some of us were on leave. I was home in Apalachicola on leave
at the time and I heard it on the radio. I was at my mother's home. They
cancelled all leaves and everybody had to report back to base. The temper
'of the community was like, is this really happening to us? We went back to
base and I was in the Division, 106th Engineers, we had what we call a
square division. That's when our organization was split up and a lot of us
served in the war in ETO, Northern Pacific, Southern Pacific, Burma. Our
unit was, I guess guys all over the world. We are going to have a reunion
on November 14th in Apalachicola. It started out we had 78, and there are
30ofusliving.
To be continued.
The Interview with Mr. Ollie Gunn will
be continued in the 10 December 1992 issue No. 5


Homeowners'


Board members acting too
independently, recommending
that a new configuration be put
into place, in which committees
would report to the Board of
Directors meeting altogether, not
with individual Board liaison
members. PamelaAmato, speaking
in opposition to this method of
operation, argued that good
business practices did not involve
using a Board of Directors, all 7,
overseeing each committee
function; a very inefficient method.

Spohrer responded thatthecurrent
method was "not working,"
indicating that some issues
confronting the Association were
notbeingheardbythe entire Board.
Richard Plessinger added that the
Association would come to a
"grinding halt" if each and every
decision had to be brought before
the entire Board on an almost daily
basis. He then described one
example of seeking a solution to
repair maintenance equipment,
and by implication, raising the
question about the level at which
operational decisions would be
retained by key Board members or
designated agents of the Board
(such as Security), and other policy
matters would be reserved to the
Board of Directors. Ms. Spohrer
reminded Board members of the
"heat" generated when gate passes
were allowed for County
Commission members and island
religious leaders; some members
of the Board and members present
at the last Board meeting
complained about the seeming
unilateral permission granted by
the President of the Board. Jim
Bachrach defined the problem as
one of perception; in which one
Board member's actions could be
perceived as unilateral, and raising
another question about how the
Board would function on this issue
without putting handcuffs on
operational decision-making,
requiring reasonably quick
responses, certainly too fast for
calling a Board meeting on each
and every issue, despite the
availability of facsimile
communication, telephones and
othermeans. Duringthediscussion
on this issue, references were made
to "acrimony of the past," yet the
present discussion generated a
considerable amount of acrimony,
perceptions of personal attacks, and
hot argument with various
viewpoints citing Florida statutes
governinghomeowner association
requirements and management
needs. In the end, Ms. Spohrer's
motionto eliminate "Board liaison"
was approved, 3 to 2, with 2
abstaining. Voting for: Jim
Bachrach, Helen Spohrer and Lori
Rodrique; voting against: Pamela
Amato and Gayle Dodds;
Abstaining: John Cullen and
Richard Plessinger.

In the contest for President, Gayle
Dodds nominated Pamela Amato
for President. Lori Rodrique
nominated John Cullen. Ms. Amato
addressed theBoardandassembled
members, numbering about 20,
concerning her candidacy,
emphasizing that she was not
obligated to any business faction,
and did not have any potential
conflicts of interest in regard to
builders, developers, or other
business entities. She argued
against hiring a manager unless
thegeneral membership mandated
that decision. John Cullen, in his
remarks to the Board, indicated that
he would assure the Board that all
actions undertaken by the Board
would be "seven member
decision." Mark Baudino raised
thequestion whether a new election
for President was necessary, and
whether anyone had investigated
the by-laws. Ted Rodrique quickly
responded with various citations
from the Florida Statutes. Gayle
Dodds directed a question to Mr.
Cullen regarding his ability to avoid
falling into a conflict of interest as
President of the Association and
the statushehad asabuilder. Cullen


Carrabelle Sports
by Lucille Graham

Carrabelle vs. R.F.
Munroe
Robert F. Munroe came charging
into Panther Stadium Friday the
13th and despite their best efforts
banged 55 points on the board.
The good news is that the small-
but-sturdy Carrabelle team
whisked 14 up there themselves,
making this the best effort yet.

Munroe's David Chitty
capitalized on Panther mistakes
to make four of the touchdowns,
twice sweeping down field after
interceptions (47 and 80 yards
apiece). All seemed lost, but as
the Munroe team eased the
pressure abitin the fourth quarter,
first Wes Putnal then Mike Creek
punched in 7-yard TD's, both on
twinkling passes from Brent
Glass. Even better, both extra
point kicks by Robert Charles
Lattimore were on the money.
There was dancing in the Panther
den.

Once again Coach Tom Graham
lauded his spunky team for being
able to take a licking and keep on
ticking. He cited Ellis Jackson,
Solomon Lowery, Chris Ethridge,
and David Millender, middle
schoolers all, forbeing able to hang
with the "big boys" and was
especially pleased that Mike
Creek got his first high school
touchdown.

Carrabelle vs. Liberty
County
Mike Creek did it again.
Intercepting a pass from the
Bulldogs' Eric Rankin, Creek
streaked down the sideline for a
60-yard TD. It was surely the
high pointof the game for Panther
fans. as rain fell on them
intermittently and on the 13
players of their team. The game
was studded with fumbles and
slipping feet on the wet turf. Fans
seemed to agree that finishing the
game without an injury would
constitute a win-and they did.

In practice the previous week 8th
grader Solomon Lowery broke his
wrist and seniors Buddy Wood
and Brent Glass simply did not
show up, leaving head coach Tom
Graham creatively' filli
positions and the players doing
their darndest.
responded that he did not think
this would be a conflict at this time,
and emphasized that all seven
Board members would always be
in the decision loop on any and all
matters. The perception issue was
brought forward again, in the
hypothetical of sending letters out
to potential building clients or
members. Richard Plessinger
complained that he was not happy
with the prospect of sitting on the
Board, constantly surveying and
"riding shotgun" over other Board
members perceived conflicts of
interest. Jim Bachrach stated that
anyoneon the Board could develop
a conflict of interest if they wanted
to. Mark Baudino raised the
questionifMr. Cullenreally wanted
to place himself into such a
compromising position? Cullen
responded that he was concerned
with reports that members
perceived some &,ard members
outside the decision loop. Olivier
Monod, citing Robert's Rules of
Order, complained that Mr.
Baudino had spoken more often
than others, and then raised the
argument thatrelators aren't "such
bad guys."


Graham was unsure until the 11th
hour if he would have enough to
field a team at all.

Unsung heroes of this Panther
football team include Don
Register, Kelvin Melton, Joey
Rowell, and David Curry. These
players have practiced, played,
pounded and been pounded for
three months with little in the way
of recognition. "Guts and heart
carried them," declared Coach
Graham.

Looking back at the 1992 season
Graham also wishes to recognize
the countless hours contributed
by volunteers: the Athletic
Boosters, Band and its boosters,
cheerleaders, and school
personnel.

Basketball's Coming!
Without time to take a full breath,
the Panthers (and their parents)
leap into basketball season with
the first game December 1 against
Quincey's Munroe. Coaches Bob
Baston (varsity), Brian Lovett (JV),
and Tom Graham (girl's) were
gratified with the response to
tryout calls-25 boys and 18 girls.
This isin the wake of a 1991 season
that had no boys' teams for lack of
interest.

So far all three coaches arepleased
with the enthusiasm of the folks
on their whittled-down rosters.
Many of them are juggling two
practices a day, combining
football or cheerleading practice
with basketball the past two
weeks.

Coach Baston, a graduate of
University of West Florida, is
serious about his basketball. He
has established team goals and
emphasizes that they are in order
of importance. First is to build a
fresh program in which all players
who begin also end the season.
This one year of building is to set
a cornerstone for the future.
Second is to become competitive
as quickly as possible, and third is
to win.

Baston is dismayed at the
tendency he has seen for team
players to drift away or
dramatically quit when times are
tough. He will demand that
players follow through on
commitments to the team arid asks
that parents help in this effort.
"The key to success.... is parent
support of the kids land the
program," he says, both in sports
and academically. He declined to
name a first team, noting that
players are still jockeying for top
spots, although he is looking for
leadership from junior Taz
Stephens and senior Brett Lycett.
He also mentioned how nice it is
to have 6'6" transfer Dale Woods.

JV's Coach Lovett is enthused
about his team's good attitude
and willingness to both work
together and learn. This team, he
predicts, is "going to hustle."

The girls' intensity is the first thing
Coach Graham mentions. He
welcomes returning seniors
Donna Dasher, Nicky Sheridan,
Sherrie Hartsfield, and freshmen
Stephanie Boatwright and
Michelle Curry. With six new
members, ranging from 7th to 12th
grades, he hopes to improve on
last year's 5 and 8 season.

Both boys' coaches pointed out
that the program will have to
catch up from last year's layout.
It meant that younger players had


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no seasoning and older players
lost a year of skill and team
building. Since there is no
recreational basketball feeder
system in the elementary grades
as there is for football, seventh
graders start from ground zero in
formal ball. Coach Baston is
keeping close tabs on the JV team,
having left room for a few players
to join the varsity as they improve.
In the mean time, the gym is
jumping.

Apalachicola

Sports
by Jenny Connell

Volleyball is a Hit with the
Lady Sharks
A new sport was introduced to
Apalachicola High School this
year, Volleyball, and it was for
the girls. Many at Apalachicola
High agree that there is just not
enough sports for girls to enjoy.
Their coach Donna McMahon
who is originally from Canada
and has been coaching the sport
fornine years is proud of the Lady
Sharks for their first year at
playingorganized volleyball. The
Lady Sharks ended up with a 2-14
season this year which is definitely
not bad for a first year, and
everyone in Apalachicola is proud
of them. According to McMahon,
the two strongest players on the
team Were Gina Mallon artdd
Kristie Thompson who also play
softball for Apalachicola.

Apalachicola Sharks
Attack and Win
On Friday October 30th the
Apalachicola High School Sharks
traveled to Havana to face the AA
school. Due to fumbles the Sharks
lost to Havana 21-16. The Sharks
returned two fumbles for two
touchdowns, one 45 yards and
the other 75 yards. AHS's
quarterback Dewayne Davis
connected with Tyrone Evans
who scored the Sharks first
touchdown of the night. The
second and final touchdown was
made by senior George Davis who
carried the ball a total of 22 times,
posted 127 yards, and carried the
ball across the goal line for a two-
pointconversion. TheSharksmay
have lost the'game but they make
sure that their pride will never
die.

On November 6th, the Sharks
traveled to Chattahoochee where
they faced the Yellowjackets and
they came out victorious. The
Sharks won 32-0, posting their
second win of the season. Brian
Burke at quarterback connected
with pass receivers five times.
Defensive player William Cargill
picked off three passes. The
Sharks also intercepted several
passes throughout the game.
They held the Yellowjackets to 85
yards for rushing and 4 yards for
passing.

On Friday, November 13th, the
Sharks had their last home game
hosting the Sneads Pirates, which
was also Homecoming. Friday
was an unlucky dayfor the Pirates.
The Sharks won the game 20-0.
Junior Lee Harris was all over the


place and sacked the Pirates
quarterback several times. Senior
George Davis worked his magic
by getting a total of 189 yards
with 25 carries, and two
touchdowns. Senior Robert
Johnson posted another
touchdown during the third
quarter. At kicking Brian Burke
made it all the way with two
successful kicks. At defense, the
Sharks held the Pirates for most
of the game.

Continued on page 6


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Page 6, November 28, 1992, The Franklin County Chronicle


MASON BEAN

AND ART

LITTLE

ROASTED IN

SERVICE

RECOGNITION

BEFORE

ST. GEORGE

CIVIC CLUB

Funny, feisty and friendly all
characterize the recognition given
to St. George Island residents and
Civic Club members Mason Bean
and Art Little at the Club's 19
November meeting in which
Mary Lou Short's speech of
recognition was interrupted by
Reverend Roy Bateman, as he
crossed the room, shouting,
"Mary Lou, you don't know
what's going on..." Roy
manhandled Bean and Little into
chairs and proceeded to present
his litany about Art Little, a signal
to begin the roast, obliquely
recognizing the two gents for their
superior and dedicated work as
Island volunteers, especially in
the recentblock party and security
patrol. "Art is a renegade,"
Bateman continued. "He goes
fishing during church." And,
"...he takes someone with him."
'Then, he shows up for church
wearing a tee shirt with the word
'renegade'"... By this time, Little
took up a large carving knife and
fork apparently in defense, as he
took his turn to speak. This time,
the speech was directed at Mason
Bean, but Mason's wife, Marilyn,
was dragged into the side-
splitting commentary, just a tad
off-color, slightly bawdy, and a
little howling as club members
slowly warmed up to Little's
speaking strategy. Hebeganwith
the smirking statement, "Mason
was bcan," and then moved to a
series of anecdotes dragged from
various sources, with the
truthfulness of most of
questionable status. But, it was
all in fun, he said, while
apologizing to Marilyn. "When
Mason was in grade school, he
was asked if trousers were
singular or plural." Mason
replied, according to Little,
"They're singular at the top and
plural atthebottom." Most of the
other material we are not able to
report. Mary Lou Short took over,
continuing the line of jokes and
stories, all of them emphasizing
Mason's and Art's physical
appeals, prowess and dress, and
aseriesof testimonials fromIsland
women about the Bean-Little sex
appeals, concentrating on bare
legs. Mason responded to Mary
Lou, "Art didn't embarrass me,
but you did."

Short turned her remarks to Art
Little's penchant for coons and
his frugality. "The greatest thrill
about flying with Art is landing,"
she concluded. In the end, both
men were applauded
continuously for their long term
service to the island community
and the civic club.


Apalachicola Sports

During the pregame show, the
Shark baseball field was named
in honor of Jimmy Bloodworth, a
Franklin County native, major
league baseball player and
manager for many years.

Also, Melanie Ward, the new 1992
Homecoming Queen, was
crowned by the 1991
Homecoming Queen, Ericka
Bartley. When Melanie found out
that she was on the court she
thought it would be the greatest
honor in the world to represent
the Class of '93 but when she
found out she was Homecoming
Queen she became speechless.

On November 20th the Sharks
traveled to Wewahitchika where
they faced the Gators to closeout
the season. The Sharks won 34-6.


George Davis scored 3
touchdowns during a rainy game.


Dedesignation
in a better position to obtain state
money to help them repair the
sewer system. Pierce observed
that during the last three years
under the status of Critical
Concern, the town had not
obtained funding from DCA for
the sewer system. At this point,
Pierce concluded, it would appear
that dedesignation is dependent
upon the acceptability of
Carrabelle's land use plan to DCA.


Community Award

"Mothernature looked morekindly
on the volunteers in early March
1987 and the Chili Cookoff grossed
more than $27,000 in May of that
year the St. George Island Charity
Chili Cookoff and Auction was
incorporated."


~I.


Newell

guided tour. Firston the program
was "Quarteto Flamboyan", who
played some very familiar dance
tunes including "El Choclo", an
Argentine Tango and "Cherry
Pink & Apple Blossom White", a
Caribbean Mambo. Members of
"Flamboyan" were Kimberly
Amos, saxophone/Clarinet from
Jacksonville; Carlos Barrientos,
guitar from Honduras; Juan
Carlos Rios, Bass and Murray
Smith-Tomei, percussion, both
natives of Puerto Rico.
Operatic Tenor, Ernesto Tres
Palacios of Cuba held the audience
in a trance as he sang Spanish
inspired romances. Mr. Tres
Palacios wooed listeners with a
beautifully controlled, sonorous
voice.

Following Mr. Tres Palacios was
classical guitarist, Ramon Marrero
of Puerto Rico. Mr. Marrero
performed a Spanish piece for
guitar by Isaac Albeniz entitled
'AsturiaS. Ihave seen Mr. Marrero
perform before and am still
amazed at the speed and accuracy
with which he plays. I don't know
how else to describe his talent.
When you're speechless, you're
just that.

Then joining Mr. Marrero were
two other guitarists; Julio Santana
and Bennie Roman also from
Puerto Rico. Mr. Roman sang
Mexican folk tunes including
"Cielito Lindo" and "La Paloma",
both of which were immediately
recognized by most listeners. The
three, calling themselves "Los
Arenadas" meaning the coastal
plains, wore large sombreros and
entertained in the tradition of the
mariachis. Mr. Santana is working
on his Doctorate in Spanish and
Mr. Roman is a longtime friend of
Dr. Smith and the FSU School of
Music.

After an encore of Mr. Marrero,
"Flamboyan" returned and closed
the performance with three more
traditional Spanish tunes.

Guests were invited to enjoy a
reception in the church's Benedict
Hall following the concert to eat
and meet. The hospitality guild
outdid themselves with a Mexican
Mexican spread in keeping with
the theme of the concert. Thank
you to Ms. Michelle Belson, Ms.
Delores Roux, Ms. Becky Holton
and Ms. Harrette Kennedy.

The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society and the supporters of the
Newell Fund were proud of the
show of support from the
community and would like to
extend an invitation to the next
concert in the series which will be
held December 13,1992 atHistoric
Trinity Church. The concert will
be featuring the Christmas portion
of Handel's Messiah. For more
information you may write to Ilse
Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts, P.O. Box 342, Eastpoint, FL
32328


Development

environmental and social
concerns created by barrier island
development have further
increased. The Council
recommended approval of this
project in 1985. However, the
Council staff continues to agree
with its 1991 assessment that this
is an inappropriate location for
this development and, therefore,
recommends that the D.O. be
expired. ...This determination is
to be made by the County..." The
Robert C. Apgar report concluded
with this opinion. The
"...Development Order
Amendment...provides that the
decision of the Board is final in
any dispute as to whether
substantial physical development
has commenced. Thus, a Florida
court would give a strong
presumption of correctness to the
Board's decision in this matter."


In the workshop meeting
conducted in Carrabelle with
DCA representative Dan
Winchester in late October, the
chief item of contention was the
Highway 98 corridor and its
mixed commercial and residential
plans. Many complaints were
made about DCA's earlier
decisions to disapprovals of the
mixed categories without having
direct knowledge of Carrabelle's
environment and the geography
along Highway 98.


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THE SMALL WORLD
DEPARTMENT
With a happy ending

Short essay by Keith Heard
Student, Florida State Uni-
versity

In 1984, I was attending Miami-
Dade Community College in
Miami. One summer morning,
while driving to a 9:00 a.m. broad-
casting class. I was sitting first
place in a line of traffic waiting to
make a left turn into the college. I
saw a white Mitsubishi Galant,
ahead of me approaching in the
far lane on my left, with it's right
turn signal blinking. For some
reason, I noticed is car. The
driver looked preoccupied and
confused, but that wasn't unusual
around the Miami-Dade campus.
I had been up all night reading
the first seven chapters from the
textbook I was about to be tested
on. The furthest thing from my
mind was driving.

As the driver approached the
intersection, to make a right hand
turn into Miami-Dade, he sud-
denly changed his mind and at-
tempted a U-turn across the in-
side lane where a van was travel-
ing at a high rate of speed. The
van smashed into thedriver's side
door of the Mitsubishi, pushing
the car sideways, across the inter-
section and into the front end of
my car.

I slowly got out of my car to in-
spect the damage. The pungent
smell of burnt rubber permeated
the air. My brand new Honda
Accord was now a Honda Accor-
dion. The Mitsubishi resembled
the number "8", with its doors
sandwiched between the hoods
of the van and my car. I looked
inside and saw the driver uncon-
scious, and wedged between the
two front doors. I couldn't tell if
he was wearing his seat belt, but
even if he were, it was obvious
that it wouldn't have done much
good in this type of collision. I
lifted his cold hand and checked
his wrist for a pulse. There was
none. I have never felt more help-
less, scared, and alone. There was
blood on the dashboard, wind-
shield, and floorboard. School
books were scattered about the
interior of the car, papers were
starting to blow out into the street
An old Cuban man, who was
driving the van, approached me
hysterically, repeating something
in Spanish, and even though I did
not speak the language, knew
what he was saying; "It wasn't
my fault" I nodded my head in
agreement and tried to figure out
what exactly had occurred in the
last minute. The adrenaline, still
rushing through my body was
making it difficult to think dearly.
All I could remember was that it


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happened so fast, and for no
apparent reason. The realization
that I had seen the last few sec-
onds of this man's life was strange
to me. I felt an attachment to this
person even though I didn't know
him.

I could see the Fire Rescue trucks
about a quarter of a mile away.
The paramedics had abandoned
their stranded vehicles in the
hopeless traffic and started run-
ning to the scene, carrying the
stretcher and the "jaws of life"
with them. I went back over to
the wrecked car and put a blanket
over the driver. While glancing
into the back seat, I saw a text-
book It was the same textbook I
had been up all night study.
"Oh my God, he was in my class,'
I thought

The paramedics arrived, it took
them thirty minutes to free the
lifeless body from the wrecked
automobile. One of the Fire Res-
cue trucks was now at the scene.
The paramedics lifted the student
into the truck, then carefully drove
backwards down the path they
had cleared to reach the accident

The police finished up their acci-
dent report while the damaged
cars were removed. Drivers-by
inspected the wreckage that was
holding them up all morning. I
inquired about the student's con-
dition, the policeman solemnly
shook his head, and handed me
the accident report. I glanced
down the report to the drivers
name: "Jason Sotolongo-de-
ceased",

That morning in front of Miami-
Dade had long been barred from
my memory. I moved to Tal-
lahassee and got a job in Master.
Control at the Public Television
Center, the Florida Lottery draw-
ings are also held there. I had
been working at the station for
three years when one day the chief
engineer for the Florida Lottery
came in and asked me to train a
new lottery engineer that was
coming in later that night for the
first drawing. About seven
o'clock, the control room door
opened. A tall guy with curly
hair stood in the doorway smil-
ing; "Hi, I'm Jason Sotolongo,"
he said. I literally did a double-
take: "Jason," I said, "I know you
don't know me, but I thought you
were dead." He immediately
knew who I was. Jason explained
how the paramedics had revived
him on the way to the hospital
and that he had spent six months
in recovery. Even though Jason
was dead when I met him, I felt
like I had communicated with his
spirit that morning and that we
have a special friendship because
of that. It is still an unfortunate
way to meet someone.


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prior to the expiration of the lease/purchase contract?
Hearings conducted on 20 October and 4 November
1992.
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