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Publication Date: January 10, 1993
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Volume 2, Number 1.



Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

10 January 1993



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by Rene Topping

No matter how long a man or woman born on the north side of the
Mason-Dixon line lives in a small southern town, he or she will
alwaysbe an outsider-so goes the local lore. Yet, when Mayor Ken
Copedied in December, 1992,both natives and adopted Carrabellans
were lavish in their praise for his efforts on behalf of the little town
of Carrabelle, and it might seem that the people now considered his
place of birth as one of those unfortunate circumstances. In fact,it,
was said that he was always "a Carrabellan in his heart."
When he was elected mayor it was a big surprise to many a person
that Ken Cope, a native Pennsylvanian and a resident of just 18
years, was voted into to the highest position Carrabelle has to
offer-Mayor. Yet others said, "He has worked hard for the office
and deserves it." To Cope it was the realization of a dream.
Assistant City Clerk Mary Lou Mathes spoke warmly of Cope in
reflectingonher long termassociation with himin city government.
"He was a personal friend as well as a boss," she s aid. "He worked
hard for the city, making endless trips to Tallahassee to help the
water and sewer project. The previous Mayor, Charles Millender,
had started the ball rolling on getting the federal government to
drop the interest on an unpaid loan, and Mr. Cope kept working on
it al the time he was commissioner and mayor, until we finally saw
the building of a new sewer plant. He had a way about him when
it came to handling people. He had a good sense of humor and was
a decent man. He was always trying to do what was best for the
town. We need more people like him who have the time and the
will to help their city.'
His wife Rose joked when she was asked how she felt about the role
of First Lady of Carrabelle, "Well, I already had my 'title' as 'The
Continued on page 2


by Rene Topping

Carrabelle City Commissioner
Tommy Loftin banged the gavel
down to open the first meeting of
the Carrabelle City Commission
in 1993 with only two other
commissioners, Marie Gray and
James (Jim) Phillips present;
There was no lack of interested
citizens present on Monday, 4
January, as it was a standing room
only audience who had come to
speak out on the various issues
on the night's agenda. In fact the
commission and members of the
audience exchanged views on just
about everything on the agenda.
The problemof filling theposition
of Mayor, left vacant by the death
of Ken Cope, was tabled until the
next regular meeting on
lFebruaryl992. Aftertheattorney
advised the commissioners that
according to Carrabelle City
Codes the choice would be up to
the remaining commissioners
who were authorized to select a
person to fill the office. He said
that the city code states that the
commissioners shall select
someone to fill the unexpired
term." In the case of the deceased
Mayor there are 32 months of
unexpired term.
He also advised them that they
could choose one of their number
to fill the mayor seat and then
select another person to fill that
seat. There was a suggestion that
the position be advertised, but in
the end commissioners decided
that they would try to_approach
various people tin an effort to add
the needed extra person and
would decide at thatmeeting how
to fill the mayor's chair. Any
interested party who feels they
have time and are willing to work
on the commission, were advised
to contact anyone on the
commission or at City Hall and
check on requirements. The
person has to be a bonifide
resident of Carrabelle and be of
legal age.
There was no continuation of the
public hearing of the airport
lease. Instead commissioners
expressed the opinion that they
did not have sufficient
information and tabled the matter

until the next regular meeting in
order to do some research.
The commission members took
up a thorny issue when they had
to decide on the application of Joe
Butler, on behalf of Carrabelle
River Plaza, to build a six finger
pier on some waterfront property
at the intersection of Marine Street
and Curtis Avenue. Attorney Bill
Webster explained that this matter
had been heard at a meeting of 1
April 1991 and although he
showed the matter as being
approved according to his notes,
the minutes of the meeting failed
to support the approval. There
was however a letter from the late
major, dated 10 October 1991
which appeared to show there
had been approval at the meeting.
None of the present three
commissioners were serving on
the commission at the time of the
1 April meeting.
Don Woods, a member of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Board (FCP & Z) which is
the board authorized by the city
of Carrabelle to look at water front
projects within the city limits, said
the matter had come before that
board and an approval of the
project had been recommended,
contingent on the applicant
getting all other required permits
from various agencies. He added
that Butler had secured such
permits and that the work was
The attorney told members of the
commission that he was asking
for their approval now, in "an
abu-ndance of caution" and the
action was needed to "clarify the
minutes of the 1 April 1991
meeting." A motion was then
made by Phillips and seconded
by Gray to approve the action.
James Wadell, representing
Baskerville and Donovan, showed
plans of design work that will be
done at the Carrabelle Airport to
be paid from a $100,000 grant.
His request for payment of $6,500
for work done by his company on
the project through 30 November
1992 was approved with the
condition that the design be
presented and approved by
members of the Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority on 14
January 1992.

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A date of 1 February 1992 was set
for the public hearing on an
amendment to the Timber Island
Development Order to remove the
old Canaveral Seafoc ds property
from the DevelopmentOrder. The
request is being made by Tim and
Christine Saunders, new owners
of the property, and all expenses
of advertising will be borne by
Jim Phillips asked that the
payment of the $30,336.50 for
work by G.A.P. Enterprises, Inc.,
on the installation of sewers
within the city limits be held until
the work could be inspected and
Another public meeting was
scheduled for theregular.meeting
of the commission to hear a
request by Mr. Barfield, of Big
Bend Machines, to close the
twenty foot wide alley behind
their premises in order for the
company to be able to expand
their building. In return the
company would deed to the city
an access on the west side of their
property. The alley is already
closed at the west end. Sam Neel,
one of the property owners
affected by the request, said he
felt that it would be all right to
agree to the request provided that
the city received the deed to the
promised access.




A new amendment to the St.
George Island Development
Order was filed by the three Sikes
Cut property owners on 30
December 1992, reducing
building density on the 100 acre
site to 131 units. The plan calls for
40 or fewer boat slips, eliminating
any multi-family construction.


George Mahr's Sunny Day
development now show 73 Gulf
front lots, about 50 feet in width;
Covington's 48 lots are platted at
40 foot widths, and the Bob Herren
property has been reduced from
2 to 10 lots. Walter Armistead
discussed the plan in general
terms at Tuesday's County

Commission meeting (5 January
1993) estimating that areas
described as "recreational" would
be about 20 acres. A workshop on
the new plan is scheduled for
Tuesday, 2 February 1993, at 1
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Jackson at the Ilse Newell Concert, Trinity
Church, Sunday 24 January 1993, 4 p.m.

In the first steps at implementing
Franklin County's school
improvement and accountability
legislation, Ms. Rose McCoy led
the school board through a
detailed agenda at a workshop
on 4 January 1993 outlining the
board's responsibilities. In one of
the most important board
meetings of t he new year, no
one from the general public nor
the parents of school children to
be affected by this legislation were
present, although all board
members as well as
Superintendent C.T. Ponder
listened carefully and asked
robing questions during Ms.
McCoy's nearly two hour
About two years ago, many
statewide requirements for the
operation of schools were
discarded, and a greater degree
of local control andresponsibility
in the operation of schools had
been transferred to local entities.
Under the 1991 legislation,
schools will be held to a long list
of accountability standards (or
"outcomes") in student
performance such as competency
tests (reported in the Chronicle 26
December 1992), graduation rates,
daily attendance rates, dropout
rates, etc.
To transfer control (responsibility)
and then accountability requires
a fairly long time-line of activity.
Central to the Franklin County
School District is the
development of a plan which
identifies school and student
needs, incorporating performance
standards based on externally
developed criteria, and in
consultation with locally
appointed "advisory councils" to
each school within the Franklin
District. As of this date, most of
the advisory councils have been
appointed, but in one or two
instances, the composition of the
advisory councils is being "fine
Ms. McCoy described the
composition of the school
improvement plan, using
overhead transparencies and
handouts succinctly describing
the kinds of information to be
identified for each school's plan,
such as a school profile, mission
statement, hard data on test
results, dropout rates,
suspensions, and a myriad of
additional information. All of
these become part of the needs
assessment survey for that
particular school. These are
correlated with the six State of
Florida Education goals
previously developed and
articulated at higher levels of state
An example might help explain
how the process is to work. One
school goal, in conformance with
the state goals, would be to
provide a learning environment
conducive to teaching and
learning, with appropriate
educational materials, equipment
and pupil-teacher ratios. The
specific objective within this goal
might be to increase current
student attendance from 93% to
95% by offering incentives to
students and increasing parental
involvement in school activities.
The activity designed to
accomplish this objective might

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Ken tope,
continued from page 1
Bag Lady of Carrabelle' because I taught arts and crafts and
whenever people saw me around town, Iwould be hauling huge
bags full of supplies." She did add, "I was proud of Ken and I feel
that the world, at least our part of it, was made somewhat better by
his being here."
In talking about Cope's sense of humor Ms. Mathes recalled a
couple ofpictures that were published side by side in the "Franklin
County News" of Cope and "E.T." A friend, Dorothy Fish had
commented on the striking resemblance and Cope, whose balding
head crowned with an elfin-like grin did indeed agree that he bore
resemblance to the likable alien, and was highly amused to see the
Cope came to Carrabelle in 1974 with his wife, Rose. He had fallen
in love with his small Panhandle town and elected to spend the rest
of his life there. His first idea was to set up a small business of Ken-
toy products to keep busy and fisl\to relax. The Ken-toy productions
were working models of the first oil rig to be sunk in the United
States (in Bradford, Pennsylvania), and-a model of the windmills,
so popular in the Mid-west.
From a humble beginning when Cope took his first oil rig model to
Bradford, PA. He went to the Woolworth store to ask for a display
space in the window. He went on to sell the product worldwide.
Cope would grin when he told how he got started. He said that he
was talking with the manager of the local Woolworth store when a
little boy asked him how much he wanted for the model. He said
that he quickly calculated his costs and said "Sixty-nine cents, son."
The boy ran off and came back clutching a dollar bill. The manager
did not need any further assurance that he was onto a good thing
and gave Cope his first commercial order.
So in the beginning Cope was satisfied with selling his products all
over the place fishing, and working in the First Methodist Church.
The longer Cope lived in Carrabelte, the more he saw the need for
people with the time and the will to help bring better conditions to
the town. Cope volunteered to work on various boards, and as is
often the case, the more he worked on the more he was asked to
work on. He was unremitting in the time he gave to various causes.
In fact a joke going around was that all Ken wanted for Christmas
was another board to sit on. There was talk of wrapping up a seat
sized board in Christmas paper.
Cope was active in the single member district intervener's case
before the Federal Court andattended all the sessions. He acted as
treasurer for the Concerned Citizens,who under the presidency of
Margaret Holton, pursued theunfairnessof the districtlines through
several years, to a judgment against the county and the acceptance
of the lines as drawnby the Concerned Citizens. The new lines gave
three commissioners to represent the east end of the county and two
to represent the voters on the west side of the Apalachicola River,
a much more equitable representation.
Cope also served on the Senior Citizen Council and acted for many
years as treasurer. Members of the Council and many volunteers
worked for endless years and gave much time and effort to
fundraising. the end result was a fund that lacked by $50,000 the
necessary amount to complete a new and much enlarged Senior
Center. Thanks to the great generosity of Joe and Rose Lindsay,
who donated the amount needed to finish the building, the town
now has a Senior Center of which any town would be proud, and
most of all because it was built with community money. Right now
the finishing touches of landscaping are being added and the center
is rapidly becoming a place for the enjoyment of not only seniors,
but the population as a whole.

Cope's first effort to work at city level came when he served cone
full term as police commissioner. He won the election to this post
after a door to door campaign in which his motto was "Where
there's Cope-there's hope." On his first try for the office of Mayor,
which is an elected position in Carrabelle, Cope was defeated by
incumbent Mayor Charles Millender. However he was later
' 'appoiiti' to fillFthe6eaff:Sewer.tnd. Water .qomrniss ner when
Charles Miller rest idn "mid-term. Cope again took up the
problems of the city failing water and sewer system and also the
office of Mayor pro-tem when Mayor Millender was unable to
preside or go to meetings.
Perhaps he will be best remembered as the man who put up the
decorations in the town. He would ride the Florida Power bucket
and string lights across the street for Christmas, bunting and flags
for holidays and to honor the Desert Storm troops. In fact, one of
his last spoken thoughts was, "Who will put up the decorations for
Christmas this year?' When told that there were decorations on the
poles he smiled happily.
He died peacefully and his funeral was attended by many of those
who had worked with him. His wife said she could not believe how
many people called around to tell her how much her husband
wouldbe missed. So just maybe, as one person put it, "You know,
Ken was really a southerner at heart." Carrabelle buried an
adopted son who despite all odds really came to belong in his
adopted city.
His widow looks back at 58 years of marriage and is happy that the
fruits of that marriage are three daughters, Bonnie Stephenson, of
Carrabelle; Marsha Bain of Moberl ississippi, and Margie Cole,
of Lewis Run, Pennsylvania, and their children. She said that there
is one grandson who is studying the field of Carpentry and will
become a master carpenter.
She will continue the Ken-toy business and expects to continue
doing good business on the model oil rigs, windmills and the
"smallest police station in the world." This last model was added
to the line of models after Carrabelle was officially recognized on
several T.V. programs. Rose Cope finally summed it up by saying,
"Ken would not have it any other way. We will still be promoting
Carrabelle, his home town, and the solid good life here with every
kit put together by small children all over the world."
The matter of who and how Cope will be replaced is as yet,
uncertain, according to town officials. The commission attorney
Bill Webster, is reviewing the procedure. Until that time the mayor
pro-tem, Carlton Wathen, will chair the meetings.

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50 years ago

To Casablanca and the Invasion of

North Africa

Separating Myth from Reality
by John C. McDonald
A World War II bomber pilot published a memoir in early
November 1992 recalling that it was exactly 50 years ago that
he warmed up his engines at an airfield in England and flew
south to participate in the Allied invasion of North Africa. In
Atlantic waters off Morocco, he caught sight of a German
submarine stalking a large invasion fleet. His report reminded
me that precisely at that time, a half-century ago, I was an
unticketed G.I.-passenger on such a fleet off that coast, quite
possibly on one of the ships he saw below him.
So, I remember the invasion not from the air but from a different
vantage (or "disadvantage") point: from the surface of the sea and
from the land, too. We-a massive convoy which was circled
ceaselessly at sea by U.S. Navy destroyers protecting us from
marauding submarines-departed New York harbor November 2,
1942, for a destination kept secret until we reached mid-ocean.
There, we learned that we were headed for Casablanca. I had been
reading in the press for some time that in case of invasion the
likeliest objective was Dakar (now capital of Senegal), a port
dominating the western tip of Africa. So Morocco came as a
We were also informed that French forces loyal to the Vichy
government had grounded the battleship Jean Bartinthe Casablanca
harbor, and until it was floated out of the channel we could not dock
there. Moreover, we could not disembark in the open sea because
of the great height of our ship. I and some 4,999 other soldiers were
aboard a former Italian passenger liner, the Conte Grande, which
had been rechristened the U.S.S. Monticello when taken over by the
United States. for. war transport duty. So, there we were-after
ha vi ng z gidigg' ac ro.ssheA tlantic to confound torpedo launchers,
we were going to have to do likewise up and down the coast of
Africa, until NovLember 18, while prowling U-boats nibbled at our.
perimeter and kept uts in' frequent statidf "red alert."' """
During a couple of those 16 long days and nights, we became
familiar with the "bounding main" of ancient sea shanties. Our
mighty vessel was tossed side to side in an angry storm, wetting
both port and starboard decks, and the bow plunged deep into
towering waves. The forward pitch lifted the stern clear of the
surface, and the ship shuddered as the screw whirled without
hindrance in the open air. Below decks, nauseated G.I.s clung to
their bunks and the messhalls were largely empty. I discovered
then that my personal consumption apparatus was undisturbed by
such rock n roll, and many times in the ensuing three years on
foreign soil I wished that, instead of eating canned rations and
slog gng through mud and rain, I had si ed up for the relative
comr rt and fresh victuals of a navy vessel.
I also had occasion, aboard the Monticello, to question the wisdom
and direction of a U.S. Army that would render me sleepless
through many hours of darkness for no identifiable purpose. Iand
three other newly-minted second lieutenants were assigned to take
turns, four hours "on" and 12 hours "off," commanding eight-
member crews of a 40-millimeter Bofors anti-aircraft gun, which
was lashed onto a deck of the ship. One would assume that such a
piece of fully-manned armament was placed there to ward off and
shoot down attacking aircraft. But the "one" who made such an
assumption would have erred. The gun, we were told, was not to
be fired for any reason. Why then were we there, watching the mast
describe a pattern against the starlit blackness, for four long hours
at a time? I still don't have the answer a half-century later.
Our outfit went overseas as the 68th Coast Artillery (Anti-Aircraft)
regiment, which at home had provided, quite unnecessarily as
history demonstrated, the harbor defenses of Boston. Actual
experience-the first taste of it came on Christmas night 1942, or
maybe it was Christmas Eve, when a squadron of German bombers
flew over Casablanca and drew our fire without either combatant
drawing blood-showed the regimental pattern to be too large and
unwieldy for the AA mission.A year later, having moved with all
deliberate speed, the Army decided to break us up into three
separate battalions-one of 40 mm, short-range guns, one of 90 mm
longer-range guns, and one of searchlights. On that Christmas,
however, we functioned as a regiment. Thesearchlights, positioned
in the hills surrounding the city, probed the skies to illuminate the
targets. We Bofors gunners, in the city itself, fired in frustration
because the wary German pilots stayed just above our 10,000-foot
range. The 90s boomed away at longer range but didn't score any
hits, so far as we could learn. Continued on page 4




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Vol 2, No. 1

10 January 1993

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports).........Lucille Graham
(Sports)........Jenny Connell
Contributors lack McDonald
.......George Chapel
.......Liz Sisung
........Rene Topping
........Brian Goercke
........Bob Evans
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 (904-385-4003 or
Production Kathryn Seitz
Computer systems and
Advertising Design Fric 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 T anark Village
Mary Lou Short St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.............Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins.... Eastpoint

All contents Copyright 1992
SFranklin County Chronicle, Inc.

Alan Pierce, Franklin County Planner,
gave his year end report to the Board of ere were also 329 their permits issued
County Commissioners at Tuesday s by Pierce's office, iuding the following:
meeting, 5 January 1993, revealing that byPi g
1992 was a "banner year" with 93 new MobileHomes 60
home building permits, most of which Additions/alterations 89
were for projects on St. George Island. Corerial 3
Pierce's office collected over $70,000 in Docks, SeawaBs 23
permit fees during the year. storage 34
Th. L.H4 k-". -F- .., h- l '- Total

The distibution or new nome ouuaing
permits across the County is as follows:
St. George Island 62
Carrabelle Area 9
Eastpoint Area 7
Alligator Point 3
LanarkArea 4
Apalahicola Area 5
DogIsland 3
Total R-l Permits 5

The largest number of these addition
permits came from Eastpoint, with 9;
permits, followed by St. George Islanc
with 87.



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Published twice monthly on the 10th 'and 26;th.

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60 of State's 67 Counties Cooperate in Survey

The second annual survey of
crime and violence in the Florida
School system reported 61,842
separate "incidents" of a serious
nature throughout60of theState's
school districts. The "incidents"
Involve crimes and violence at
the level of assault, larceny,
vandalism,breaking and entering,
sex offenses, possession of
narcotics and weapons, robbery,
m iotor vehicle theft, sexual battery,

arson, or homicide. Minor
offenses, such as disorderly
conduct were not included in the
61,842 individual reports.
Despite the reported increase of
serious incidents, up over one-
third among the60 school districts
(34% increase over 1991-92), the
number is low in Franklin County.
Table 1 shows the serious
incidents for Franklin, Calhoun,

Liberty, Gulf and Wakulla
Some cautionary notes are in order
before reading the tables. In an
interview with Oppenheim
Research, the Chronicle
discovered that not all school
districts have agreed on the
definitions associated with the
category list of serious
"incidents". Some districts have
used their own category list for
several reporting periods. Also,
these data were not mandated by
the Department of Education, and
therefore some variation in
definition of categories is to be
expected, perhaps even the
exclusion of categories. DeSoto,
Escambia, Nassau, Pasco, Collier, I
Highland and Polk counties did
not report any data at all.
The survey was the second effort
to collect crime and violence
information in an attempt to
develop a uniform statewide
reporting system. Oppenheim
Research developed a model for
definition but, based on district
feedback,,these definitions were
still too broad for a uniform
system of classifying the reports.
Not all districts collected
information by type of incident
embraced in the study. Not all
districts have a mandatory
reporting system for crime and
violence committed on school
property. Some districts have
computerized systems; others rely
on manual reporting. There are
no standardized definitions to
classify crime and violence
incidents,and districts may have
interpreted differently the
generalized definitions for
incidents reported in this study.
The large quantity of incidents in
"disorderly conduct" and "other
minor" categories indicate these
two general categories served as
a "catch-all" category for some
school districts.
Incident data collected by
Oppenheim Research was
divided into elementary, middle
and high school incident reports,
month by month, but some


Editorial and Commentary

MFC Proposed Restrictions;

Are They
By Bob Evans
In a time when the economy of
the state is in a precarious position
it would seem that all governmental
agencies should exercise caution
when considering any new regula-
tion or de-regulation which would
create additional problems.
The fishing industry and coastline
business owners and operators have
been faced with some frustrating
decisions by lawmakers such as the
license increase for out of state fish-
Now it is the MFC (Marine Fish-
eries Commission) who wants to
add some additional restraints on
resident fishermen and out of state
fishermen and tourists coming to
Florida by implementing an addi-
tional restriction on catch limits of
speckled sea trout.

Really N
The proposal of limiting the
number of speckled sea trout one
can catch per day to one fish per
person per day is a step in the
wrong direction for the MFC to un-
Restrictions that are in place at
the present are working. Maybe
they are not working 100 percent of
the time but they are working.
If the MFC wants to impose new
or further restrictions, they should
extend their surveys all along the
coastline and not just in one or two
To obtain a true overall popula-
tion census of speckled sea trout
MFC representatives might want to
consider talking with business own-
ers, commercial fishermen, and
sport fishermen in many different
areas and address one possible rea-
son for any decline in the species

Table 1
1991 and 1992 Incidents Reported

County 1991 1992
Franklin 45 10
Calhoun 75 264
Gulf 184 400
Liberty 20 9
Wakulla 396 273

Totals 46,088 61,842

Source: Florida Education Coalition Crime and Violence
Survey, 1991-92 School Year. Oppenheim Research, 1640
Metropolitan Circle, Tallahassee, Fl 32308



* districts were unable to report this
information by month or school
level. Of the Grand Total number
of incidents reported (489,078),
41.5% were reported in the
"disorderly conduct" category.
Another 45.9% were reported in
the "other minor" category. This
press report concentrates on the
remaining 12.6%, classified as
serious offenses (numbering
Ori -,iiS'tewidWele\el, 'the -most
frequently reported serious"
incident was assault, amounting
to nearly one-half of all serious
incidents (49%). Assaults were
defined as "threat of or physical
harm" and included fightsamong
students. On the local and
regional level (Table 2), Franklin's
districtdid notreportany assaults
in the 1991-92 school yearbutGulf
County reported 282, or 131.47
incidents per one thousand
students in the Gulf district.
Wakulla's district is calculated to
57 incidents per 1000 students;.
Calhoun at 96.41 incidents per
1000 student population.
Remember, this is not to say that
there were no assaults in
Franklin'sdistrictbut merely that
there were none reported
On the statewide level, larceny
was the second most reported
offense with about 15 percent,
being defined as the taking of
personal or school property. In
the panhandle, amongWakulla,
Liberty, Gulf, Calhoun and
Franklin Counties, it appears as if
this problem persists but at a low

and that is pollution.
It is not the sport fisherman who
is endangering fish populations nor
is it the commercial fisherman who
understands the importance of catch
and release. It is uncon-ti6lled waste
of bycatch by those without a sense
of environmental protection catch-
ing other species of fish in large
numbers and uncontrolled pollution
from industrial and untreated waste.
Before any new regulations are al-
lowed to take effect extensive sur-
veys must be completed and the re-
sults of those surveys made known
to the general public before the
MFC is permitted to take any ac-
There are several options or ave-
nues which may be open to the
MFC to reinforce their positions if
they will only take the time to ex-
plore all sides of the conflict.
While their original objectives
may be both valid ad noble, they
have placed themselves in what ap-
pears to the layman to be a dictato-
rial position and have already alien-
ated themselves from the very
fishermen who want to support
The cosmetic actions they have
undertaken in the past have no bear-
ing on increase or decrease of fish
populations, but have served to sur-
round their agency in a cloud of dis-
If additional restrictions are needed
to control fish populations, then
impose those restrictions fairly and
close the season to all fishermen
sport and commercial and adhere to
strict enforcement for all and not
just a few..
Cooperation of both federal waters
management agencies such as the
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Manage-
ment Council or the South Atlantic
Fishery Management Council and
the MFC in state waters working
together with businesses and the
public sector is one possible an-
swer to bring about a workable so-
lution satisfactory to all.
Resentment and distrust will
come when policies are dictated
without knowledge or representa-
-tiqn. However, compliance on any
regulation will come with under-
standing and cooperation.

level. No incidents of larceny were
reported in the Franklin County
district for 91-92.
"The destruction of school
property" was defined into.the
vandalism category, amounting
to about 13% statewide. This
problem persists in all the regional
districts reported here with Gulf
County reporting the highest
number per 1000 students, 16.32
The fourth highest number of
incidents statewide was breaking
and entering, and defined as
"school building or vehicle on
campus", with slightly over 6%.
This appears to be aboutone-third
of all incidents reported by the
Franklin district.
Weapons offenses, defined as
firearms, brass knuckles, knives,

Continued on page 4

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The Florida Commission on Education
Reform and Accountability is appointed
and conducts at least 10 public hearings.
(Before Nov. 1.1991)

Schools conduct initial needs assessments
and submit needs response plans to
Commission. DOE provides technical
assistance (Nov. 1,1991)
Accountability Commission submits
summary of needs responses to Legislature
(January 1,1992)

Districts plan to plan.

School Advisory Councils appointed
(By end of the 1991-92 school year)

Identify and initiate some training of
councils and school personnel


Performance standards for school
improvement and accountability adopted
by State Board of Education based on
Accountability Commission's
recommendations (Sept. 16,1992)

Districts and schools write the plan:
*Schools prepare school
improvement plans with assistance of
advisory councils
*Submit to local boards for approval.
*DOE provides technical assistance.

District school boards develop a process
for approval of a school improvement plan
presented by an individual school and its
advisory council DOE provides technical
assistance (BY END OF 1992-1991)
Accountability Commission reports.
Annually beginning (Oct.1,1992)

Commissioner publishes "status of
education" reports (Fall 1992 & 1993)

Sept Oct

Nov Dec

Feb Mar Apr

May June July

91 91 91 91 91 92 92 92 92 92 92 92

(the name says it all)
Office (904) 697-2181

Aug Sept Oct

Jan Feb

Mar Apr May June July

92 92 92 92 92 93 93 93 93 93 93 93

ACTIVITIES Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July
93 93 93 93 93 94 94 94 94 94 94 94
Districts and schools implement the plan:
call schools have a plan in place and
are using it.
*DOE cannot release lottery funds to
any district in which one or more
schools does not have an approved
school improvement plan.
*DOE provides technical assistance.
(1993-94) ,
Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July
94 94 94 94 94 95 95 95 95 95 95 95
First of new school progress reports to
public. (NOV. 1994)

Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July
96 96 96 96 97 97 97 97 97 97 97 97
District school boards report to Education
Reform and Accountability Commission
those schools which have not made
adequate progress toward meeting tihe
goals and standards of a school
improvement plan after three
consecutive years of district assistance and
Aug Sept Oct
Sundown of the Educational Reform and 2000 2000 2000
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School Crime,
continued from page 3
amounted to slightly less than six
percent of incidents reported
statewide followed by drugs,
amounting to about 4%.

Sex offenses as "reported
incidents" amounted to 2% of the
grand statewide total, followed
by robbery (1.5%) and other major
offenses at slightly less than 1%.
Firearms made up 1% of all
incidents reported. Motor vehicle

theft, sexual battery, arson and
homicide "incidents" amounted
to less than 1% each.

Franklin County's major
problems in serious incidents
appear to be alcohol, vandalism
and breaking and entering.
Indeed, all of the districts reported
here had at least 1 incident per
1000 students in the 1991-92 school
year, with the highest in Gulf

County, and second highest in
Franklin County. Table 1 shows
the data for two years, combining
all serious incidents, and Franklin
County reduced the number from
45 to 10 in one year. Other
decreases were reported by
Wakulla and Liberty Counties.
Calhoun and Gulf Counties
reported substantial increases in
the numbers of serious incidents.



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Incident Type by County 1991-92 School Year and Incidents Per Thousand Students

Incident Type

Sexual Battery
Motor Vehicle
Other Major
Sex Offenses
Breaking and










Gulf Liberty Wakulla





5; X






Source: Florida Education Coalition Crime and Violence Survey, 1991-92 School Year.
Oppenheim Research, 1640 Metropolitan Circle, Tallahassee, Fl 32308

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Blueprint 2000
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be to provide for more parent-
student conferences during the
school year, or visiting the homes
of students with chronic
absenteeism, or to step up more
parent participation in school
activities through newsletters,
newspapers, open house, etc.

A time-line for accomplishing
those objectives would then be
established. A list of expected
"outcomes" would be listed in
meeting the originally stated
objective of increasing student
attendance, such as "students will
be exposed to a learning
environment designed to meet
their needs," or "parents, students
and staff members recognize the
importance of daily attendance
and participation," or "increased
student performance,"
presumably measured through

All along the time-line for this
particular objective there are
dates established for beginning,
progress reports and completion
dates. All of these plans are to be
developed by the school board in
conjunction with the local
advisory councils, and probably
with much help from the school
board staff, the superintendent
and other administrators. The
task seems enormous, from this
standpoint. The final phase
would include determining some
kind of evaluation procedure for
the plan.

But, the process does not stop
there. Each district school has
the responsibility of developing
and presenting an initial
individual school improvement
plan to Superintendent C.T.
Ponder for review by the school
board. Wheni approved, the plan
will then be implemented in the
1993-94 school year. While much
work remains to be done in the
local implementation of the
legislation, Ms. McCoy was
praised by the school board for
her thorough briefing of a
complex system of problem
identification, assessment and
reporting procedures.

The entire time-line of the
implementation of the school
improvement and accountability
legislation is reproduced below.


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North Africa, Continued from page 2
It was less than a month later that I and some of our gun crewmen
described that bloodless holiday encounter to the highest (and, in
my opinion, the greatest) officer in the United States Army, General
George C. Marshall. But, first, a bit of background: As a platoon
commander of four gun sections of Battery E, 68th CA (AA), I
received a puzzling order to detach three of the sections from their.
dug-in stations and move them to high ground on the outskirts of'
Casablanca, where new gun emplacements were to be dug in a
partial circle around the Anfa Hotel. Therein lay the puzzle: My
superiors would not say what this was all about, and, worst of all
insofar as the two dozen men of the three gun crews were concerned,
they were ordered to perform this labor in their best wool uniforms..
(Lenny Bruce could have picked up some choice cusswords that
day, had he been within earshot.) As the G.I.s readied their trio of
gun positions for the obvious purpose of providing anti-aircraft-,
protection for the hotel and whatever important people happened:
to be inside (but who and why? we wondered), a crack battalion of
infantrymen from the famed Third Division aligned puptents and
polished equipment nearby. Meantime, there was activity at the
hotel itself, and immaculate guards presented arms snappily at the
front entrance.

Our AA guns had not beenpositioned long when, as I inspected one
of the sections, I saw a tall, erect general officer striding toward
another of my crews, several hundred yards distant. I hurried in
that direction and noted that the general wore four stars and was
attended, a few steps in arrears, by an aide who was himself a full
colonel. I saluted General Marshall, for it was he, and reported our
mission to him. In his ever-gentle, poised, dignified way, the U.S.
Army Chief of Staff asked about our collective experience and,
without putting it in so many words, about our qualifications to
provide protection for what obviously was a significant assemblage.
Our response could not have been reassuring. The Bofors gun was
a relatively new Swedish invention with which our battalion had
been equipped only a few weeks before we departed Boston. We
had tested the weapons only once, briefly, on Cape Cod.
Subsequently, we had set up that single, silent "dummy" on the
Monticello deck and, on Christmas night, had fired in anger and
impotence. Ultimately, we became one of the most battle-tested of
all AA outfits as we fired tens of thousands of shells on the Anzio
beachhead and elsewhere...but that was later. Our mettle was not
tested at the Anfa Hotel.

Another late afternoon, General Marshall strolled out alone and
paused to chat amiably with members of a gun section, asking them
friendly questions about their schools, civilian jobs, and so on. On
another occasion, I listened to General George Patton congratulate
Third Division infantry officers on being part of the finest
organization in the Army (Patton was then commanding general of
the Western Task Force, which had invaded). Our regiment saw
much of the Third, 36th, and 45th Divisions in North Africa, Sicily,
Mainland Italy and Anzio, and we went ashore with the 36th on.D-
Day in Southern France, August 15, 1944. At one point, it was said,
members of the Third Division had earned more Medals of Honor

than the entire U.S. Navy. Audie Murphy, who won a battlefield
promotion and numerous decorations, was a Third Division

One sunny day at our Anfa Hotel post, we were instructed to
prepare for inspection. The contingents lined up in their best array
to await the unidentified inspectors(s)" who was being driven
slowly through the ranks. In the leading jeep was a big-shouldered
man under a big felt hat: It was PresidentFranklin D. Roosevelt!
We knew then for certain that we were guarding no ordinary
meeting. This first Summit Conference (for that is what it was) was
adjourned a day or two later, and we lined up alongside the exit
roadway to see the President pass in a grand old Rolls Royce with
tinted, probably bullet-proof, windows. He was chatting animatedly
with a man behind a cigar-Winston Churchill.

Within a half-hour, the sky over Maison Blanche Airport and the
city of Casablanca blossomed with a bouquet of airplanes of all
shapes and sizes. Roosevelt and Churchill and their entourages
were headed back to Washington and London, and the dozens of
aircraft were launched at one time to confuse attackers if, indeed,
the Germans knew about the Summit Conference and the identities
of the conferees. But they did not.

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