Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Publisher: Tom W. Hoffer
Place of Publication: Eastpoint, FL
Publication Date: December 26, 1992
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I Remember Christmas in
Apalachicola by Anne James
Estes, page 3

Govt In the Sunshine, page 3.

Carrabelle Sports, page 2

Carrabelle Considers Mandatory
Garbage Pickup, page 1


Franklin District High School
Competency Test Results, page 3 il-drill rmit on tra




Volume 1 Number 6 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 December 1992




Public Hearing to be held 4
January 1993
In a special meeting, Monday, 14
December, Carrabelle City
Commissioners heard Hank
Osborne, owner of Coastal
Sanitation, presenthis arguments
for mandatory collections and
increases in garbage collection
City attorney William Webster
facsimiled a letter to the
Commissioners Monday
afternoon advising them that any
rate increase in garbage rates
would have to be decided at a
public hearing advertised in
advance and thatthe earliest they
could act on the matter would be
the regular City Commission
meeting, Monday,4 January 1993..
Any attempts to revise the city
ordinances, requiringmandatory
garbage collection would also
have to be advertised in advance
of a full public hearing on the
Only three commissioners were
present at Monday's meeting,
Carlton Wathen, Marie Gray and
Jim Phillips. Tommy Lofton was
called away on a medical
emergency in his family. Since a
public hearing could not be held
without the public notice,
Commissioners decided to hear
and discuss the garbage issues
presented by Hank Osborne, and
others at the meeting.
Commissioner Gray reminded
attendees that the Commission
could discuss the matter of
mandatory collections and rate
increases but could not take
official action until the issues were
In sum, Mr. Osborne presented
the bottom line issues quite
simply. He was going broke
because some households were
piggy-backing their garbage onto
the collection points of paying
customers, and he is askmg for
mandatory pickup of garbage
fromevery Carrabelle household,
and a rate increase to make up for
such "abuses" of the present
system of collection.
Compounding the problems are
the higher tipping fees at the
Franklin County landfill. Mr.
Osborne outlined the entire
matter in a two page letter
addressed to the City
Commission, partially excerpted
"When Mr. Mathes approached
melast April looking for someone
qualified and committed to
handle refuse removal for
Carrabelle (without bringing in a
large corporation with extremely
high rates, such as the case with
Apalachicola and their
contractor), I conducted a route
survey and did a financial
Osborne reminded
Commissioners he had kept the
residential rate at $10 per month
but costs had exceeded his
expectations in light of the high
tipping fee at the Franklin County
landfill. Osborne compiled some
statistical data showing that
disposal costs for this area were
still quite low.


Hank Osborne, Owner of
Coastal Sanitation
City Price Cost per ton
Port St. Joe--mandatory $10.00/month $25.00/ton

Apalachicola--mandatory 15.86/ month
Bristol-mandatory 10.00 / month
Hosford-mandatory 10.00 / month
Tallahassee-mandatory 1530/ month
Wewa-mandatory 10.00 / month
Blountstown-mandatory 13.00/ month
Chatahochee-mandatoryl4.00 / month

50.00 /ton
19.00/ ton
13.00 / ton
23.50/ ton
25.00/ ton
19.00 / ton

In the first 30 minutes of the
discussion with the Commission,
Mr. Osborne referred to his 3
December 1992 letter several times
as it contained a number of
examples and some statistical
information drawn from other
towns in the panhandle and some
national organizations.
In Osborne's argument,
mandatory service, requiringeach
and every Carrabelle household
to pay for garbage pickup, would
stop the abuse of current collection
procedures. Now, many piggy-
back their garbage pickup on their
neighbors who do pay for pickup
services. In his letter to the
Commission, Osborne repeated
the statements of former
customers who no longer pay for
pickup. They,
-"Throw it in the dumpster
down the street,"
-"Take it to work,"
-"Put it out with the neighbor's,"
-or "take it to my Aunt's house
in Carrabelle."
As the discussion continued,
Commissioners asked questions
of Osborne.
Jim Phillips (JP): How much do
you charge outside the city?
Hank Osborne (HO): $12. I
average 60 tons per moth, in the
city of Carrabelle. 40 of that is
residential garbage.
A few moments later, Phillips
JP: Well, if you can pick it up for
$12 a month outside the city, why
are ou asking for $13 inside the
HO: In county areas, you'll
find...we've done a study on this
also, that there'snotasmuch trash
generated. People that live on
large properties have other ways
of disposing of yard debris, and
generally, those kind of items...
Whereas when, in the city, you
Continued to page 2

The Bay Choral Society in historic Trinity Church, Apalachicola,
Sunday, 13 December 1992



FOR 1993

TheSt. George Planta tion Owners'
1993 budget is set at $411,603
following a nearly 5 hour session
Sunday,6 December and a week-
long check and recheck review.
Along with numerous other,
minutes and documents, the
-budget-report-was mailed to the-
general membership after 15
December. Income to the
Association comes from seven
sources including association
dues assessed each lot owner and
homeowner, and interest earned
on accrued money from them and
other sources. A recent agreement
with Dr. Ben Johnson is expected
to bring in an additional $21,391
to the Association treasury, added
to $20,144 from George Mahr's
developmentinterests at the Sikes
Cut area. Decals and beach club
rentals amount to a very small
portion of the income picture, but
the fishing permits issued to those
using Leisure Lane to the cut area
are expected to generate $28,800
if the previous year is any guide.
In sum, the income picture looks
like this


Association Dues
Due per B.S.C.Ho
Due per BJ Agrt.
Beach Club


Homeowners dues were set at
$705 for those who have buildings
on their lots in thePlantation. 1993
dues for lotowners will be about
$320 per lot. Both categories of
dues are nearly the same as 1992
The dues for homeowners (lots
plus houses) are based on
computations involving 186
buildings now present in the
Plantation, and an additional 608
lots, along with those owned or
controlled by Dr. Ben Johnson,
numbering 67 lots. Each house
represents 2.75 units, and an
unimproved lot represents 1.25
units. When the houses and lots
are totaled in this weighted
universe, a total of 1,355.25 units
is determined. Adding in
calculations generated by the
George Mahr development in the
Cut area, the units come to a total
of 1,501.50. Budged categories
attributed to the Plantation
Owners' Association and the
Mahr development are then
divided by the unit totals to arrive
at the dues per unit, which is then
multiplied by the unit factor (2.75
for houses, 1.25 for lots) to arrive
at the final dues statement.
The budget for the Association,
about as large as many small
towns in the Panhandle, is
Continued to page 3


Friday's meeting of the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority
amounted to a workshop in the
words of Chairperson Cliff Willis
as the board reviewed the
proposed and redrafted
Agreement with Bay Air, Inc., of
,Panama City, the proosedleasee.
Terry Dowden represented the
interests of Bay Air during the
discussion of the agreementwhich
is intended to establish a fixed
base operation at the Carrabelle
Airport (Thompson Field).
The duration of the lease would
initially be for five years, with
three successive options for each
additional option period for a total
lease period-of 20 years. If Bay Air
becomes the leasee, they would
agree to construct and install on
the airport premises an above
ground aviation gasoline tank, a
modular or permanent building
Continued to page 4

Report on St.

G eo r g e

Mr. Alan Pierce, County Planner,
reported on a meeting with Bob
Apgar, Tom Pelham (representing
Covington Properties, Vicki
Tshinkel (representing George
Mahr) and others of the
Department of Community
Affairs (DCA) Monday, 14
December to discuss the St.
George Island Development
Order (DO). Mr. Pelham said his
client was willing to concede that
substantial physical development
had not commenced on the hotel-
convention center so long as the
DCA was willing to concede that
the marina was unaffected by the
expiration of the 1985 DO. The
marina had not been approved
until 1987 and was not tied to the
3 November 1992 expiration date.
Mr. Apgar, the Franklin County
Commission advisor to Alan
Pierce, had already told the Board
that the marina was not tied into

Over 200 participants and listeners
reveled to the Christmas portions
of Handel's Messiah in a crowded
Trinity Church Sunday, 13
December, in the late afternoon.
With the overture played by
Bedford Watkins, the 38-voice Bay
Area Choral Society walked in
procession to the frontof the church
and took their places for the concert.
Bedford Watkins was joined by
Luciano Gherardi, Base Continuo.
The concert was conducted by
Eugenia Watkins.
Sooist David Lajuenesse, tenor
from Florida State University,
began with "Comfort ye, comfort
ye my people..." then joined by the
choralgroup. Sopranosoloistswere
Nancy Totman, Sharon Philvaw
and Nicholas Blake. Bass soloist
Wesley Chesnut joined with,For,
beh6td--darknTeSffK-WtVer f
earth, and gross darkness the
people;butthe Lordshallariseupon
thee, and His glory shall be seen
upon thee...". t the end of the
excerpts, representing about one -
third of George F. Handel's work,
were the familiar refrains, "
HALLELUIAH! for the Lord God
omnipotent reigneth..." as the
audience stood for the conclusion.
In the choral society, sopranos were
Ferris Aston, Nicholas Blake,
Margaret Boone, Jennifer Clegg,
Gunter, Alice Lang Hall, Virginia
Harrison, Jeanette Miller, Sharon
Philyaw, Mary Virginia Robinson,
Julia Six, Phyllis Stephens, and
Nancy Totman.
Continued to page 4
Newell Concert
the expiration of the DO. Pierce
told the Board that "DCA would
think on it."
Pierce said that the developers
should be submitting a letter to
DCA, the Regional Planning
Council and the County Board of
Commissioners requesting that a
30-day review period of the
current 9th amendment be "put
on hold" until the developers have
time to submit a revised 9th
amendment. Mr. Pierce opined
that the amendment would be
revised to modify the 1977 DO,
not the 1985 amendment. This
also includes a revision of the
current proposal of 165 units be
reduced to no more than 150 single
family units. Dry storage would
remain in the proposal, but the
Department of Environmental
Regulation (DER) requirements
are unknown since under current
proposals DER was requiring a
waste water treatment plant.
Before commenting on the
proposed amendment, DCA will
have to decide if they agree with
Pelham and Apgar on the status
of the marina.

*- -'

City Commissioner and Ma3or pro lempore Carlton 'aathen
presents a certificate of appreciation to Mrs. Rose Cope, wife of the
late Mayor Ken Cope, commerating Mr. Cope's long service
to Carrabelle.

Pat Morrison says it all with her
receptive smile at the end of the




The Land Acquisition Advisory
Council (LAAC) named its top-
ranked projects for the 1993
Conservation and Recreation
Lands (CARL) priority list. The
Tates Hell Carrabelle tract in
Franklin county was ranked #19
in list of 84 properties.
Established by the Legislature in
1979, the CARL program seeks to
acquire environmentally sensitive
lands. LAAC annually reviews
all CARL proposals and
establishes their rankings. The
entire list will be submitted for
approval to the governor ana
Cabinet on 9 February 1993. At
that time, they may delete a project
from the list, but they may not
rearrange the rankings.
A project involving the
Apalachicola River in Gadsden
County was ranked #15 on the
list. The top five projects on the
ranked list are, in order, North
Key Largo Hammocks (Monroe
County), Topsail Hill (Walton
County); Seminole Springs/
Woods (Lake County); Lake
Wales Ridge Ecosystems (Polk
and Highland Counties) and the
Archie Carr Sea Turtle Refuge
(Brevard and Indian River
Acquisitions are dependent on
Preservation-2000 funds. CARL
administrator Greg Brock said
that he anticipates a $137 million
appropriation from P-2000 funds
and another $30 million from the
CARL Program to acquire the
We've heard fromyou and we are
consequently changing our type
size from 9 point to 10 point. The
larger font will make the paper
more readable for you.



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Page 2 26 December 1992 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 0th and 26th

have the small blocks like you do
here, ...there is no where else to
put it except out with your
garbage. I could say that this is
not garbage and "I'm not gonna
take that..."...I (prefer) to haul it
all off...
...Some cities put a franchise fee
on a contractor like myself. Where
I would have to payback a quarter
per household to the city, to help
support a secretary or whoever
does the billing. Ten cents is what
you charge me per customer for
now. That's pretty cheap.
JP: Well, that's been another bone
of contention with me. I don't
know why we should be doing
your billing? ...Why do we have
to have a franchise? Why can't
we just open the city up to
whoever, anybody who wants to
contract with to haul their
HO: To guarantee thatyou'll have
someone here to pick it up.
Maybe, that guy with the pickup
truck...the garbage truck...he
doesn't want to show up that day.

JP: Well, I don't know why he
wouldn't come. He's in business
just like you are. Why would you
not come?
HO: Maybe you didn't collect
from that guy...
Mr. Osborne continued,
indicating that he had 300 to 350
Carrabelle city customers,
depending upon the season and
month. He pointed out that
among the average of 40 tons of
garbage from Carrabelle, the
household average is about 250
pounds, a relatively high average
per household. This, he added,
further demonstrates that some
Carrabelle residents are piggy-
backing their garbage with
households which are already
paying for monthly collection.
overall, this amounts to about 15
tons each month which is hauled
by Coastal Sanitation without
payment. Given a $3 rate increase,
Osborne continued, the revenue
would increase to about$960 each
Continued to page 4

Betty Sangaree Retires from County Service

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Betty Sangaree was also presented a plaque and certificate for her
long public service as Tax Collector since 1971. James Harris was
elected to that office in November 1992.

Clerk of Court and Clerk to the Board of County Commissioners
Mr. Pal Rivers was recognized for his service at the Board of
County Commissioners meeting last Tuesday, 15 December.
Mr. Rivers, with his wife attending, received a Resolution and
plaque from Commissioner Dink Braxton. Incoming Clerk
KendallWade looks on during the remarks (far left)



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by Brian Goerke

I tend to agree with Sandra Lee
Johnson, Crusader for the
Worldwide Ministry, Apostolic
Overcomers Holiness Church,
that the spirit of giving should
not be limited to one month. I
think that most would agree that
the Christmas spirit should not
be a one time only shot-of-love
every year. Local Churches have"
proven just the opposite in their
daily work to deal with the human
condition. Itiswithgreatpleasure
that I report on the Chrstmas
Agendas of various Churches in
the community.
At the Holiness Church of the'
Living God, Rev. Daniel White
told of the Christmas
entertainment that his church has
prepared for the senior citizens.
The entertainment will include
songs from the choir, readings
and prayer. The festivity will take
place in the Love Center at 3 p.m.
Christmas day. Rev. White took
the time to praise the efforts of his
mother-in-law, Gladys Beaman,
who has contributed a great deal
of work to organize and direct the
At the Methodist Church, Rev.
Kip Younger. spoke of an
interesting project called
Christmas Stars. IntheChristmas
Stars project, stars are cut out and
placed on a tree. Names of needy
children are written on the back
of the stars and members of the
church select the stars and buy
gifts for the children. Rev.
Younger also mentioned the Food
Basket project his church is
conducting for locals in need of
the holiday food. On Dec. 20, the
Church conducted a Christmas
Cantata that included a reading
of the Christmas story. On
Christmas Eve, the church will
have a Candlelight service. Rev.
Younger stated that Louise Allen
has created and coordinated the
Christmas Stars project.
At the First Baptist Church, Rev.
Lee Nelsen spoke in detail of their
Christmas agenda. On the 13th of
December, a children's play was
conducted entitled; "EbenezerJr."
The play's plot was of a young
girl with the persona of Dicken's
Scrooge who experiences rebirth
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Garbage, Continued from H d
page 1He doesn't come.

The Franklin County Senior
Citizens Council will offer a driver
improvement course for older
drivers starting 4 January 1993 at
the Carrabelle Senior Center. The
first session begins at 9 a.m., and
addition sessions will be held the
next day, 5 January at the same
time and location. Fee for the
course is $8.00.
DRIVING" course is designed to
meet the needs of older drivers,
covering age-related physical
changes, declining perceptual
skills, rules of the road, local
driving problems and license
renewal requirements. All
automobile insurance companies
conducting business in Florida are
required to provide a premium
discount to graduates of "55
which is a state-approved driver
improvement course.

of spirit. Rev. Nelsen also
mentioned that a Christmas
Cantata will occur on the 20th
followed by a children's service
entitled "Children and
Christmas." Rev. Nelson also
wanted to thank the continual
contributions of his children's
choir who call themselves "The
At Trinity Episcopal Church, Rev.
Tom Weller stated that a major
activity in this Christmas season
was to create Christmas Baskets;
these are baskets of food prepared
from their food closet and handed
out to those in need. There will
also be a special Christmas Eve
service that is called "The Festival
Celebration of the Intonation."
The service will begin at 9 p.m.
with hymns and carols including
a solo of "0 Holy Night." by
Wesley Chesnut. The worship
service will begin at 9:30 p.m. and
go until 11 p.m. Rev. Weller made
special mention that his wife,
Linda, will make a beautiful
poinsettia arrangement within
Trinity church.
At St. Patrick's Catholic Church,
Fr. Sabastian spoke energetically
of what he calls, "Project Care."
Project Care is much like the
Marines version of "Toys for
Tots." -Projrect Care will be
coordinated by Fr. Sabastian and
Dr. Humphries (President of
FAMU). Fr. Sabastian also
mentioned the Christmas Pageant
that will be a youth drama of the
birth of Christ. The pageant will
occur on December 20 and Project
Care will ensue afterwards.
The many caring activities
conducted by these various
churches is indicative of the
continual work that each has
pursued. I would like to thank all
of these churches for their
cooperation on forming this article
and for devoting time to very
humanistic causes.

26 December 1992.

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports).........Lucille Graham
(Sports).........Jenny Connell
Contributors Jack McDonald
.......George Chapel
........Liz Sisung
........Rene Topping
.......Brian Goercke
Music Critic Jennifer N. Hammon
Sales Staff....................Joe Howard, Apalachicola -
Eastpoint (653-9819); Ann Abbott, St. George
Island (927-2406); Joe Howard and Tom Hoffer,
Carrabelle-Lanark (653-9819 and 927-2186);
Tom Hoffer, Tallahassee (904-3854003 or
Production Kathryn Seitz
Computer systems and
Advertising Design Eric Steinkuehler
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
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins.....Eastpoint

All contents Copyright 1992
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.

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Vol 1, No. 6

by Lucille Graham
Being in the stands of a Carrabelle
basketball game feels a littlelike being
on a runaway train. It's rollicking,
sometimes funny, sometimes
reckless, wild and always full of
emotion. It's an audience
participation sport, and you get a lot
for your three bucks, whether its the
girls, the JV, or the varsity playing.
While still looking for their first wins,
these teams all seem to be having a
good time.
The Lady Panthers are particularly
*emotional, often to their detriment.
Players in both the Wewa and Aucilla
games were often sprawled on the
floor, and penalties followed by foul
outs are common. Basketball is less a
game and more a personal vendetta
to this team. Worse, senior Donna
Dasher, team sparkplug, took a fall at
the Wewa game that has sidelined
her for the rest of the year.
Though plagued by their inability to
hit the basket, the girls have beefed
up their defensive game. Coach
raham also notes that conditioning
is not a problem. Starters Nicky
Sheridan (with 14 points), Kela
Timmons (14), Angie Webster (6),
Sherry Hartsfield, and Stephanie
Boatwright (14) go at it hard-till they

foul out. Next up is Christy Murphy
and 7th grader Miranda McKnight,
then Corlinda Lattimoreand Michelle
Varsitybasketballis a strange mixture
of intensity and relaxation. Coach
Bob Baston is always a study in total
absorption, but the players come in
and out of that focused state. For
instance, in the Wewa game Taz ;:,.
Stevens was playing hard, but as he ::
came dripping to the sidelines he :;-
grinned at the crowed and
announced, 'I love this game!" : :
The opening game against Robert F. :
Munroe (Quincy) was close (51-46),
with Kenny Wallace and Brett Lycett .
scoring 16 and 11 points respectively.
Coach Baston notes that the Panthers
helped season Munroe, who hasgone
on to beat Wakulla and FAMU since
that opener.

Panther fans will be pleasantly :
surprised when playresumesJanuary
8 with the girls meeting Graceville's :
Poplar Springs School. Acting :
Principal Nan Collins has mobilized _.-:
resources and personpower to :
refurbish the gym, as well as many...
other parts ofthe school. Soapy water, ..
elbow grease, and fresh paint are
already making the gym's old face
look new again. Come out to ride the-
Panther tram and see the sights!

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Editorial and Commentary

The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 December 1992 Page 3






In late November, Education Commissioner Betty Castor released
Sthe results of the High School Competency Test (HCST) exams to
more than 99,000 eleventh graders and their parents. The HCST is
an exam of essential mathematics and communication skills Florida
students must pass in order to graduate. The statewide results
S. indicate that 89% of Florida's 11th grade students passed the
communications section on their first attempt, and 77% passed the
mathematics section. In Franklin County, 88% passed the
Communications section and 61% passed the mathematics section.

SC ffi f Castor said that the result can serve as a basis for identifying
klin County o pices after student needs, and moreover, school advisory councils can use the
ions and he public ill test results to develop goals for school improvement.
;raphed gestures of
SAltorney Barbara The HCST has been in effect since 1977 and this year was the first
lering Mr. Pierce's for administering the exam to 11th grade students. Students who
failed to achieve a passing score on their first attempt will receive
additional instruction in areas of weakness. They will have four
additional opportunities to take the test during their junior and
senior high school years.
Table 1 presents the 1992 results for selected Florida panhandle
counties including Franklin.

Table 1
Percentage of 11th Grade Students Passing the HSCT October 1992






In the interest of providing information concerning citizen rights of access
to governmental activities, meetings, and papers, the Chronicle will publish
from time to time statutory language and judicial interpretations of the
"Sunshine" laws.
The Sunshine Law reads, in part, as follows:
286.011 Public meetings and records; public inspections; penalties.-
(1) All meetings of any board or commission Af any state agency
or authority or of any agency or authority of any county, municipal
corporation, or political subdivision, except as otherwise provided in the
Constitution, at which official acts are to be taken are declared to be public
meetings open to the public at all times, and no resolution, rule, or formal
action shallbe considered binding except as taken or made at such meeting.
-,j (2) The minutes of a meeting of any such board or commission of
ani such state agency or authority shall,be promptly recorded, and such
records shall be open to public inspection. The circuit courts of this state
shall have jurisdiction to issue injunctions to enforce the purposes of this
section upon application by any citizen of this state.
(3)(a) Any public officer who violates any provision of this section
is guilty of a noncriminal infraction, punishable by fine not exceeding $500.
(b) Any person who is a member of a board or commission or of
any state agency or authority of any county, municipal corporation, or
political subdivision who knowingly violates the provisions of this section
by attending a meeting not held in accordance with the provisions hereof
is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided
in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083
What are the Consequences if a public board or commission fails to
Comply with the Sunshine Law?
1. Penalties imposed for violations of the Sunshine Law.
a. Criminal penalties-Anymemberofa board or commission or
of any state agency or authority of a county, municipal corporation, or
political subdivision who knowingly violates the Sunshine Law is guiltyof
a misdemeanor of the second degree. Section 286.011(3) (b). A person
convicted of a second degree misdemeanor may be sentenced to a term of
imprisonment not to exceed 60 days and/or fined up to $500. Sections
775.082(4)(b) and 775.083(1)(e).
b. Removal from office-When a method for removal from office
is not otherwise provided by the State Constitution or by law, the Governor
may suspend an elected or appointed public officer who is indicted or
informed against for any misdemeanor arising directly out of his official
duties. Section 112.52. If convicted, the officer may be removed from office
byexecutive order of the Governor. A person who pleads guilty or nolo
contender or who is found guilty is, for purposes o s. 112.52, deemed to
have been convicted, notwithstanding the suspension of sentence or the
withholding of adjudication. Cf., s. 112.51 and s. 7, Art. IV, State Const.
c. Noncriminal infractions-Section 286.011(3)(a) imposes
noncriminal penalties for violations of the Sunshine Law by providing that
any public official violating the provisions of the Sunshine Law is uity of
a noncriminal infraction, punishable by a fine not exceeding $500. The state
attorney may pursue actions on behalf of the state against public officials
for violations of s. 286.01 which result in a finding of guilt for a noncriminal
infraction. AGO 91-38.
Source: Office of the Attorney General, State of Florida. FLORIDA'S
MANUAL. First Amendment Foundation, Tallahassee, Florida, 1992.

Plantation, Continued from ON SALE
page 1 Over the counter at the
comprised of five categories, following locations
Security, Maintenance of Leisurelach
Lane, Airport, General Apalachicola
Maintenance and Administration. RED RABBIT FOOD STORE
The George Mahr development RAINBOW MARINA
contributes to the maintenance of Eastpoint
security, leisure lane and has HILLS PHARMACY
complete responsibility for airport ARD GROCERY
maintenance, insurance and taxes. St. George Island
Salaries paid by Mahr and the Carraelle/Lanark
Plantation Owners' Association VILAGEFINA
total over $144,000 not including BURDA PHARMACY
payroll taxes, insurance and Fanacea
workman's compensation ACORN GFTS
payments. Under administrative at The Oaks
expenses, there is still a provision All Rtor Point
for a manager of the Association, ALLIGATOR POINT
a position still being defined and CAMPGROUND
unfilled (at $24,000), with legal Tallahassee
fees ($30,000) and the Gene Brown SEMINOLE NEWS
settlement ($60,000) being the AND BOOKS, Killeam
largest amounts in this category Shopping Center
in: the entire budget.

by Anne James Estes
I remember my mother, Ms.
Annie James telling me I was a
special Christmas gift, not only to
them, but for my sister, Elaine
Veronica, when I was born
December 17,1925. Elaineassured
both Ms. Annie and Santa Claus
she would care for me, so Santa
delivered a small sewing machine
for Elaine to sew my clothes,
which she did, and still does today
on different occasions.
remember Apitachicola at
Christmas'tine arid;,"'dI have
previously stated sometimes the
weather would be freezing, near
freezing and other Christmas
times swimming temperatures,
which we would do at Indian Pass
Beach (eighteen miles).
I remember Ms. Annie
beginning preparations for the
Christmas Season by asking each
of us our preference for the huge
dinner she always made. Food
and food preparation werealways
big in our family as we were all,
more or less, on a small basis of
course, connoisseurs of
experiencing different and
delightful tasting and
consummationofgoodfood. One
of my favorite dishes was the
fresh, garlic and spice stuffed pork
roast, purchased from Mr. Jimmy
Russell, operator and butcher of
Russell's Meat Market. Mr.
Russell always gave a little better
weight on all grocery sales during
Christmas holidays, with
Mr. Russell's grandson, Van
Russell is now County Judge in
Apalachicola and Franklin
County. We also partook of the
traditional holiday dishes such as
turkey, ham, chicken, and the ever
present spaghetti and meat balls.
Ms. Annie was an excellent cook,
and believe me, when it came to
making her specialty for dessert,
ribbon cakes, jelly, chocolate and
banana, each consisting of eight
to ten layers, there was no equal.
Also, the making of the entire
family's favorite, pigs in a blanket,
or Duff, as Ms. Annie called it,
which consisted of bread dough,
sugar raisins, eggs, butter, cream,
nutmeg, and cinnamon. She
would roll the dough and raisins
into a loaf, seal both ends, then
boil gently in the cream, butter
and spice sauce, then finish baking
in the oven until tender. You can
enjoy this old fashioned dessert
either hot or cold. I prefer mine
hot. In the midst of all this
cooking, I acted as "gopher", go
for this, go for that, mix the spices,
open and spread the raisins on
rolled out dough, and of course, I
was there to lick all the bowls,
pans, spoons, etc., but alas! I also
ad to wash up, with steaming
hot water, a large kettle of which
Ms. Annie kept on the wood
burning stove at all times and
strong octagon soap.
My dad, Capt. Manuel
would always be home at
Christmas and would help my
brothers split wood for the stove
because ofso much extra cooking,
and too, we heated with firewood,
as every bedroom and the living
room contained individual

fireplaces, complete with small
mantles. Occasionally I cut wood
with the "small axe", but mostly
my brother Jimmy "cut" and I
would "carry" the wood into each
Sometimes during the
holiday season, neighbors would
bedroppingin, visiting Ms. Annie
how the "making" of the
Christmas season was going. Ms.
Josephine Paloronius would also
bake and cook. Her husband Strati
and Captain Manuel would visit,
then walk downtown and meet
other friends, Mr. G.,Fortunas,
"Pocey" Nick Vathis Mr. Demo
George, Mr. .Geo. Mosconis, Mr.
N. Iichols and John Nidas who
owned the Riverside Cafe, where
they would all have a small glass
of ouzo and discuss everything
from the weather, current events
and their memories of their
motherland, Greece. John Nidas
was married to my cousin Louise
Randolph, sister to Willie Fred
Randolph, one of the town's
leading citizens Cleve Weems.
Willie Fred's son, recently sold
the Rainbow Marina, motel and
restaurant, home of the famous
Boss oyster. Mrs. Demo would
come to visit and soon Ms. Annie
would be at the George house,
talking and drinking coffee. Mrs.
Sadie Hendels and Ms. Ella Fair
Hall, two of my favorite people,
so kind and gentle, make their
appearance, laugh, talk, maybe
drink coffee. Then of course, my
Aunt Maggie Martina would walk
over to our house, inquiring as to
whether we were going to attend
midnight mass. Aunt Magie
died inJune 1992, at the age o 96.
We really miss her.
I remember one Christmas
party at Mary, Star of the Sea
Catholic Convent, where we drew
names for presents. Travis
Marshall received my name, and
presented me with a small oval
daguerreotype portrait of "Blue
Boy". This I treasured and keptin
my possession until the fire that
destroyed my home and contents
many years later at Spring Creek
in Wakulla County in 1981. Ms.
Estille Marshall, Travis' mother,
played the organ for a great
number of years at St. Patrick's
Church in Apalachicola.
Willoughby Marshall, a brother
to Travis, now lives in the old
Marshall residence, which
Willoughly is now in the process
of renovating, and I am sure will
positively, reflect his occupation
as a very masterful architect.
One of our recreational
activities not only during

Statewide 89 77
Source: Department of Education, November 1992
Among the contiguous counties in the Panhandle region, Franklin
County scores are the lowest. While one percentage point below
the statewide average, the four comparison counties ranked better
than 92 % in communication assessments. These other counties,
Calhoun, Gulf, Liberty and Wakulla, achieved mathematics scores
85 % or better, with Franklin 11th graders fallingbelow the statewide
average. Sixty one % passed the math portion of the HSCT.
Sample Questions

The following sample questions, taken from the briefing brochure
on the HSCT, are reprinted below to acquaint the readership with
the general level of difficulty and breadth of the exam. The text
features multiple choice answers, but these have been omitted here.

Sample #1. There are 120 auto mechanics students at Hernando
High School. If 65% of the auto mechanic students went on a field
trip, how many of them stayed at school?
Sample #2. Mrs. Williams wants to fence in her rectangular lot
which is 192 feet by 432 feet. How many feet of fence should she
Sample #4. Carlita wishes to find information about seafood
restaurants in Sarasota. Which of the following would give her a
listing of local restaurants?
A. United States road atlas; B. Telephone directory yellow pages; C.
Dictionary; D. encyclopedia.
Sample #5. Refer to the dictionary page below, which shows
defined words beginning with Although through Animal. Which
of the following words would be found on the dictionary page
shown above?
A. Advertise; B. Amount; C. Annoy; D. Around.


The resubmitted oil-drilling
application by Coastal Petroleum
is still under review by the State
Geologist within the Department
of Natural Resources. Walter
Schmidt, State Geologist and
Chief, said in an interview with
the Chronicle Friday, 18
December, that "not 90 percent of
the individual agency reports
have been returned to his office"
following scrutiny by a large
number of agencies within the
Department of Environmental
Regulation, the Department of
Natural Resources, Department
of Community Affairs and others.
Followinginteragency review,the
Christmas time, but any time, was
skipping oyster shells over the
bays, rivers and gulf, the idea
being to lightly strike the surface
of water with the bottom of an
oyster shell. When anyone could
skip a shell six or more times, they
were considered an expert.
So went my Christmas' in
Apalachicola, once or twice sad,
but just as today, mostly happy.
To my family and friends in
Franklin County, and
everywhere. Wishing you the
Blessings and Joys of Christmas
and a New Year filled with

State Geologist will make a
recommendation to the Governor
and Cabinet.
This could occur in time for the 26
January 1993 meeting. The State
Geologist is coordinating the
interagency review of a complex
and long application to ensure
that public and environmental
conditions are being complied
with, and the Governor and
Cabinet will make the final
decision from a public policy
standpoint. Thus far, the Federal
Government, which has
jurisdiction of off-shore drilling
from ten miles out to international
boundaries has declared a
moratorium ondrilling. The State
of Florida has jurisdiction from
coastal areas to the ten mile point.
Coastal Petroleum's application
is for a point 9.5 miles south of the
Bob Sikes cuton St. GeorgeIsland.

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City Commissioners Jim Phillips, Marie Gray and Carlton Wathen as they listened and
responded to Hank Osborne's remarks about his problems and recommended solutions to
waste collection in the City of Carrabelle last Monday, 14 December.

Garbage, Continued from
page 2
month, but that alone, he insisted,
would notbe enough to cover his
expenses. A 100 additional
customers at$13per month would
increase his revenue to about
$2000 more.
In a 3 December letter directed to
the Carrabelle City
Commissioners, Mr. Osborne
outlined his expenses. "Disposal
costs take more than half of the
total income monthly and garbage
trucks (even new ones) require
attentiondaily. Someofthebigger
expenses associated with
providing Carrabelle with waste
removal are:

Monthly average
Tip Fee
Performance Bond
(County Required)
Truck Payment


Average monthly billing = $6,000.00
In his letter, Osborne concluded,
"I would go on and on. about
maintenance costs (oil filters,
hydraulic fluid and lines, grease,
etc.) but as you can see the
expenses I have listed claim all
the income generated for the last
six months, plus all I could
In his remarks before the
Commission, Osborne
HO: "...The business I have out in
the county generates a little
income for me... I have never not
picked up for the city when the
County had a problem with me
on the tipping fee, and Mr. Butler
and the bank... I still provided a
service. I needed $6000 and I
came up with the money to pay it,
and I'm still here providing a
service everyday.
MarieGray: Butyou'vejustabout
run out ot resources...
HO: I don't have anything left. I
can't put in anymore. I'm at the
end. 1 can't wait any longer for
people to come on, and realize
that they're doing' wrong... I'd say
in the last month, since I've been
talking' to people about the
problem I've had, I've picked up,
say 20 customers...
Commissioner Jim Phillips (JP)
proceeded with questions on a
different tack, raising concerns
about City billing of the garbage
account, complaining about the
current contract between the City
and Coastal Sanitation.
JP: You're saying that we're
responsible for collecting...?
HO: Well, the contract says to bill
and collect...
JP: I'm asking, what you're
saying... Are you saying that the
City is responsible, if someone
doesn't pay you, ...we're
responsible to go collect that
HO: That's what my contract
(with the city) reads...
JP: Then, we need to redo your
HO: Like I said, Mr. Phillips, I
never asked you to do that.
JP: O.K. If that's whatyou believe
the contract says...
HO: I have had good luck working
out (problems) with the people I
deal with. I'm not trying to make
a killing here. I just want to make
a living. I'd like to move my
family down here but I can't even
afford to rent a house. I'm still
living in my camper...
JP: ...I don't have any problem
with your reputation...If your
contract calls for the city to go out
and legally collect your fee for
garbage collection, if it's not paid,

then we need to change your
contract, because I don't think we
should be responsible irregardless
from now here to doomsday you
don't ever have to call (for us) to
go and collect. We need to change
your contractbecause I don't think
we should be responsible for that.
HO: That's thecontractyou wrote
with Riley Mathes.
JP: It's not the contract I wrote...
So, you're also saying that if we
were to pass mandatory garbage
collection, and somebody is on
the water and sewer, and they
don't pay garbage collection, we
cut off their water and sewer?
HO: Yes sir.
Marie Gray: That's the method so
far that's been used....as I
understand it. It would beused...if
they come in, they can't separate
it. It's all on the same bill. You
pay the bill.
HO: That happens right now, Mr.
JP: Oh, I understand it happens. I
don't have to agree with it. ...If
the City were to provide the
service, could agree with it. But,
for an individual contractor with
a franchise and a contract, I don't
think we should be... I don't see
how we should do that. I know
it's done. I know it's done all
around us, in big cities. But, I
don't see how...
HO: It's done in a lot of small
towns to keep the rates down,
and I hope you realize that. It's a
very expensive operation. I don't
know if you've ever been in the
garbage business,...Apalachicola
ast week wanted to go into the
garbage business and it's a half-
million dollar layout for
equipment for them...and Mr.
Phillips, I know you know that
equipment doesn't last forever.
You ve got to maintain it.
JP: I understand that... O.K.? But
I also don't see what the problem
is if we have all this problem with
the franchise and the contractors
in the City, and we're gonna have
to collect for them, and we're
gonna have to put it on the water
and sewer bill, and we're gonna
have to make itmandatory, Idon't
see what the problem is with
opening it up and saying O.K.
The citizens of Carrabelle, you
contact with whoever you want
to haul your garbage, because it's
become a problem with us.
HO: I think you'll have a bigger
problem if you were to do that....

JP: What problem would you
have then that we don't have now?
HO: ...Your garbage wouldn't be
picked up...If things continue as
they are, I'll be shut down.
Some discussion was made on
Coastal Sanitation's commercial
accounts. Only two Carrabelle
businesses are hauling their own
garbage to the landfill. On
recycling, Mr. Osborne stated that
the County has committed to the
State that it will reduce its waste
volume through recycling by 30
per cent. Theyhave reduced it by
5 per cent thus far. In a separate
interview with Denise Roux, the
Chronicle learned that the
reduction was to be by weight,
not volume but the numbers were
Carlton Wathen brought the
discussion to a close with his
remark, "People are not going to
pay for mandatory garbage
service." Commissioner Gray
said, "Alotof thisiseducational."
She decided to pay an additional
two fees after talking with Mr.
Osborne. Osborne informed the
Board that New York City brings
their garbage to Bay County at $4
per ton, on a railroad circuit. Mr.
Phillips concluded, "Maybe we
ought to talk to New York City..."

CPAA, Continued from
page 1
housing public restrooms, pay
telephone, and a counter for
snacks and drinks, at least one
aircraft made available for
instruction or commercial use,
and hangars for repairs and
maintenance, and another for
aircraft storage. Some details
regarding sublease payments
remain to be worked out.
During the meeting, it was
announced that Baskerville-
Donovan would present their
plans for the Carrabelle airport at
the City Commission meeting,
Monday, 4 January 1993.
The draft lease review was
completed, and will be returned
to Attorney Bill Webster for
formal revision, reviewed again
and then presented to the City
Commission when approved by
the CPAA.

Newell, Continued from
page 1

Singing Alto were Ruth Eckstine,
Susan Galloway, Ruby Glass,
Barbara Hartsfield, Becky Holtom,
Dee Johnson, Janyce Loughridge,
Ina Meyer and Anne Six. nSinging
Tenor were Tom Adams, George
Chapel, Robert Freemap, Mike
Freeman, Mike Guthrie, David
Lajuenesse and Glenn Totman.
Singing Bass were Alan, Chase,
Wesley Chesnut,DewittGalloway,
Hess Hall, Royce Hodge, David
Johnson, Fred Klee-b, Tom
Loughridge and Jimmy Miller.
Refreshments were served in
BenedictHall followingtheconcert.
These were organized by Michele
Belson, Delores Roux and Harrette
Kennedy. Mrs. Watkins, in her
introductory remarks asked the
audience to indicate their
preferences for the receptions and
added a plea for help in the coming
weeks for various tasks connected
withbospitality and the receptions.
The next concert will be on 24
January 1993 featuring Totlyn
Jackson, "Jamaica's First Lady of





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