Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Publication Date: February 10, 1993
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Now is the time to plan your spring or summer visits to Franklin County APALACH

The Franklin County Chronicle

Special Out-of-County Edition

Volume 2, Number 3 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 February 1993

Mrs. Evelyn Bradford at age 19

.I Remember Carrabelle
:":by Evelyn Bradford as told to Rene Topping

SI was born the sixth child in a family of nine, five boys and four girls.
-'There are only two of us left now, me and my youngest brother,
":Charles Mattair, who now lives all the way across America in
SKennewick, Washington. M father was William Ira Mattair, and
"- my mother was PearI Catherine Watson.
At the time I came along, Carrabelle was a thriving town with two
sawmills; Coombs Mill and Upper Mill. There were any number of
turpentine stills in the area. There was an enormous Sponge House
which was built by Greeks who sponged out of Carrabelle. The
sponges were stored in the building until there were enough to ship
out on a vessel. After the sponges played out, that building was
used as a skating rink. Because it was such a nice big building we
also used it for our commencement exercises. As near as I can tell
you where that building was, is to say that it was up on the rise
about where Raymond William's house is now.
One of my happy memories is of my daddy taking my two sisters
Snd me aboard one of the Greek vessels. The sailors would give us
S children all kinds of goodies to eat. I liked the hard tack bread the
est. The captain would sometimes give Daddy some to bring
home. Also he would bring in different jellies, olives and pickles.
You see, all the captains knew Daddy and they gave him and his
family "special treatment." I still remember how kind they were to
us children.
The harbor in those days was always bustling with vessels coming
and going. Daddy ran the "Orono" a large vessel owned by
Coombs Mill. Part of the time it would work in the Carrabelle River.
At that time, the lumber was shipped by large vessels to different
ports which had railheads. The railroads then carried the cargo to
inland cities. Daddy's job wa to pilot the vessels through the pass
and across the bar to Tysons Harbor, on the bay side of Dog Island.
There they would anchor in the harbor and the lumber would be
taken from the mill onbarges pulled out by the "Orono" and loaded
on to the vessels. You see, the larger ships drew too much water to
come up the channel to the mill. Coombs Mill was located where
the New Gulf State Bank Building stands today. In between times
that same site housed our two story brick school building until
about 1976. A lot of people felt it was a shame to have torn that
school house down. The mill took up most of that site but at the east
end, near where the tennis courts are today, was where the mill
Commissary stood. It faced onto Tallahassee Street and was a large
Stwo story building. The "Woodmen of the World Lodge" was
upstairs. This was a secret order, something like the Masonic order,
only it offered life insurance. My daddy was one of the charter
This hall was used for programs and plays and these were often
sponsored by the community churches. I have helped carry chairs
up the stairs on many an occasion. When our Methodist Church
would be having to make money, my mother and Mrs. Hannah
Bradford would make ice cream to sell for the church. We always
had an ice cream freezer (5 quarts) in our home. Each child's
birthday was celebrated with Mama baking a cake and making ice
cream. There is nothing quite as delicious as licking the paddle on
that ice cream maker, except maybe when you take a wooden
spoon and scrape up the remains of the cake batter.
I was probably about six years old when Daddy went to work on
the "Tarpon" as First Mate. Later my brother, Lloyd Mattair, went
on as Chief Engineer and stayed until the "Tarpon" went down in
1937. The ship carried passengers as well as freigh, and her ports
of call were Carrabelle, Apalachicola, Panama City, St. Andrews,
Pensacola, and Mobile, Alabama. She came into Carrabelle once a
Continued on page 2

President John Cullen called to
order the the first open Board of
Directors meeting of1993 to order
in the clubhouse of the Plantation
at St. George Island shortly after 9
a.m. on Saturday, 6 February. The
meeting lasted until 3 p.m.
including a short noon recess, with
al3-item agenda that took
considerable time to work
through. The following on the
Board were present: Richard
Plessinger, Pam Amato, Helen
Spohrer, Jim Bachrach and Lori
Rodrique. Absent: Gayle Dodds.
New Procedures for Meetings
Helen Spohrer presented a report
on the recommendations for the
new meeting procedures which
had been "faxed to the Board
members" on 27 January 1993.
The two page document listed a
number of procedural rules
ostensible to ensure Board
deliberations, as well as
communication from the general
membership attending Board
meetings. For example, the first
rule to be adopted was the
provision that all Board meetings
conducted accordingto Roberts
Rules of Order. Others included
provisions for considering only
agenda items at Board meetings,
time limitations of 30 minutes per
topic, unless revised by the Board
at that time of deliberation, etc.
These procedures were deemed
necessary to avoid lengthy
meetings and to "get the Board
moving on items" as they
considered each agenda.
As each rule was read to the
group, it appeared as if the new
procedures were further limiting
to general membership
participation. And, Dr. Tom
Adams, among others, responded
angrily "That's an
outrage. We might as well not
come to these meetings," he said.
Board member Richard Plessinger
agreed, "...if people have an issue
this Board should be able to
discuss (the matter)." Complaints
were made about too much
discretion being given to the
President on limiting discussion
of topics. Some corrections were
made and the Board adopted the
new procedures.
Board Responsibilities
The second agenda item involved
a report by Dr. Jim Bachrach on
new duties and responsibilities of
Board members, in short, to clarify
a "chain of command" so
ambiguity would be eliminated
and clear direction from the
President could be given to staff
and employees. He cited some
instances where Board members
had given contradictory
instructions, thereby confusing
employees and staff.
Someone raised questions about
the President perhaps becoming
too much of an autocrat, leading
into a heated and lively discussion
about the President's role and
Continued on page 4



The formal proposal to dedesignate Franklin County as an Area of
Critical State Concern was presented to Governor Chiles and the
Cabinet on Tuesday, 26 January 1993. Most agree that Mayor
Bobby Howell's impassioned speech raised concerns among the
Cabinet members, with Governor Chiles recommending tabling
the matter until it could be formally determined if dedesignation
for the county could proceed with Apalachicola possibly remaining
a designated Area of Critical State Concern.
Additionally, some concerns about the status of Apalachicola as a
designated area were expressed, indicating that perhaps remaining
designated might enhance its posture for federal and state grants to
upgade the waste water sewage system. The issue will be addressed
at the Cabinet meeting on 23 February, but speakers representing
Apalachicola or Franklin County will not be on the agenda since
they have already been heard.
Steve Pheifer of the Department of Community Affairs introduced
their proposal for dedesignation by stating, in part:
"This is a somewhat unusual moment in government experience
when a state agency is here before you recommending the phasing
out of a program. The Department is recommending removal of the
critical area designation for Apalachicola because it is our opinion
that the goals of the program have been met. There are two things
that we want to be absolutely sure ...are not conveyed by our
recommendation... One is that this is NOT any statement...that the
resource that is protected through the critical area designation,
Apalachicola Bay, is any less precious or any less fragile that it was
when the critical area designation was implemented... Apalachicola
Bay is absolutely unique in this area. It's absolutely unique in this
State. It's absolutely unique on this planet. This is also not a
statement thatproblems do notpersist... Indeed, there arecontinuing
operational problems with regard to the waste water treatment
systems that are maintained by the City of Apalachicola. While we
are supportive of efforts to improve and ...upgrade the waste water
system in Apalachicola we do not believe that the critical area
designation is helpful to this effort. At it's best, the Apalachicola
Bay critical area has not been without controversy...and it would
certainly be inaccurate to say that there have NOT been times when
the state and local governments in the critical area have developed
expertise in dealing with complex problems such as waste water
treatments, storm water management and other areas relating to
Continued on page 4


Ms. Rose E. McCoy, Franklin
County Schools Director of
Curriculum, announced at the
school board meeting Thursday,
4 February 1993 that the Even Start
Consortion has provided $12,790
for hiring an education-
coordinator for the period
February through September
1993. Te Board approved an
agreement between Franklin
County and the Even Start Project
Program, headquartered at the
Okaloosa-Walton Community
College, the fiscal agent for the
state and federal funds financing
the project across ten counties in
the Panhandle.
Even Start is a collaborative effort
involving several agencies which
is designed to help poverty-level
families with children in ten
anhandle counties, including
franklin. The project seeks (1)to
help parents provide home
instruction to their preschool age
children; (2) to help the children
directly inlocal centersof learning
so they can have successful
learning experiences when they
actually enroll in school; (3) to
increase adult literacy skills by
expanding the existing local
literacy programs available; and
(4) to increase parents' skills and
knowledge as partners in their
children's home instruction.
In sum, the Even Start program is
aimed at enhancing early
childhood education, before
formal enrollment, by working
with parents and involving
parents in their children's
education. The program is also
rationalized as part of the larger
scheme contained in Blueprint
2000, in reaching one important
goal, and that-is getting children
ready for school, especially among
those at or below poverty levels,
where success in school has
traditionally been difficult.

The review and possible approval
of the proposed stipulation made
by the St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd., in the docket
about revocation of the utility's
certificate (920782-WU) is
schedule for the Tuesday, 16
February, meeting of the Public
Service Commission (Room 106,
Fletcher Building, Tallahassee).
The Chronicle reported on the
proposed stipulation in the issue
of 26 January 1993.

swimmingpool, scenic pathways,
and more,' he said.
Johnson's expectations include
the addition of luxury villas, small
inns, restaurants, speciality shops
and other businesses in both
-phases of the project. "A large
portion of the resort village will
be devoted to open green space,
with secluded patios, small
pavilions, boardwalks,
ammocks, bike paths, scenic
overlooks and other amenities."
Phase Two of the project,
approved at Tuesday's meeting,
consists of an additional four one
acre lots.

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Now in its seventh season, the Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts presents a Valentine's Concert by
the Trio Internazionalle featuring Martha Gherardi, violin; Luciano Gherardi, accordion; and Bedford
Watkins, piano. The concert will be held at the Historic Trinity Church in Apalachicola at 4 p.m.on 14


The Franklin County Commission
formally approved the Phase II
plat of the Bluffs, a development
project of Coastal Development
Consultants, Inc., at their meeting
on Tuesday, 2 February 1993. Dr.
Ben Johnson, President of Coastal
Development, in separate
correspondence, commented that
the first phase of the St. George
Island project, in the Plantation,
is currently under construction.
"Known as the Bluffs, this
exclusive gulf-front
neighborhood will consist of ten
finely crafted homes with hand-
laid brick streets, a private

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Editorial and Commentary

Dr. Sherman's Arguments Before the St.
George Plantation Board of Directors

Because Dr. Doug Sherman's comments before the Board of
Directors at the clubhouse in the Plantation, St. George Island, on
Saturday, 6 February 1993, contain some valuable suggestions
and criticisms, we have excerpted his comments to reveal the
recommendations and opinion. Undoubtedly, some who read
this commentary may think there is undue emphasis on this
particular situation but we thinkDr. Sherman's opinions ought to
have a wider audience because of his involvement in the
Homeowner Association in the Plantation, the Architectural
Control Committee and the Board.
We have removed most of the names to avoid too much emphasis
on personalities. The points here do directly involve matters
about decision-making in the Homeowner Association and how
well-intended behaviors can sometimes end up in
misunderstanding, bad communication, and strained
relationships. There are also those who would echo the old
argument for just "forgetting" these kinds of problems because
they might inure "property values." If that kind of irrational
argument does in fact influence potential property buyers, then
stammer and shake at bits and pieces of rumor, are probably not
quite ready to invest in such areas. But, many others do not fear
such rumors and "scare stories" because they know quite well that
investmentin coastal properties anywhere in Florida are generally
sound for one simple reason; there is a very limited supply of
suitable coastal property.
Fundamentally, the first step in solving problems is to recognize
them and then deal with them. The fct that Dr. Sherman was
applauded a couple of times during his address demonstrates that
others at the meeting were in agreement with his arguments. The
matter is closed, but perhaps there is still something to be learned
from this experience. The Chronicle therefore presents his
excerpted comments in that spirit. And, some of the membership
vitally involved in this matter were not there to hear his statements.
One other thing about this matter to be remembered and that is the
fact that the Board, to its credit, allowed Dr. Sherman to address
them and listened to his arguments. We think there is more than
enough courage to go around for all viewpoints.

"I'm embarrassed hearing these people explain the Plantation is a
hostile and repressive environment, its future clouded bydisruptive
infighting and lack of vision. And, I'm sad to say that Carroll and
I, after our experience of the last 2 months during the construction
of our beach house in the Plantation, have come to these same
"There are association members in this room and members on this
board who, I believe, are glad to hear this. They might not admit it
but it's exactly what they want. They have their homes in the
Plantation and makecommitted and strenuous efforts to discourage
further building by harassing builders and newcomers. I call upon
you, the Board, a divided Board but one with the support of the
majority of the voting association members, to call a halt to this
selfish and destructive influence and let the Plantation become the
fine development it was always intended to be..."
"...Let me return to my points of how Carroll and I were affected."
"...We spent our money for the opinion of two independent
Tallahassee attorneys to interpret the covenants and assure us our
position was correct and Carroll and I went through needless stress
investigating the particulars of our "violations." Perhaps we
shouldn't have been upset. How would any of you react to a letter
from the Board's attorney saying your build~e has been.asked to.
remove-part of you-houe?... .-i :;g:.'::d.r dmo ;nsas t
"...We were needlessly placed in an embarrassing position with our
new neighbors... We were made to believe that approval for our
deck and stairs depended on the Howes consenting to a variance.
That's an extremely compromising position for both us and the
Howes. Yes, Dennis Howe had some concerns. He also had some
misconceptions. He thought he built his house in the middle of his
lot and didn't like that our house seemed so close to his. If fact his
house, our house, and the Dodd's house are all sitting close to the
far east property lines on our respective lots. Our house is actually
five feet closer to the Dodd's than to the Howe's. Dennis Howe was
apparently denied a deck in front of the Leisure line when he built
in the mid 80's. That's changed and it's commonly done now and
the Howes could build one themselves if they wished. Best I can tell
Dennis Howe never really had a problem with the stairs, which was
made to be the most egregious of our violations. And ultimately,
it didn't matter what he Howes' thought, a variance from them
was superfluous because there is no real 15-foot set-back. End
result... Failure to get preapproval from the ACC for a legal and
attractive deck structure was manipulated into a neighbor against
neighbor issue..."
"...Why did his happen to us?... I know why.... The reason it
happened to us goes deeper, into the basic problem with the
Plantation today. Let me explain..."
"...St. George Island Plantation is a housing development. Platted
in the 70's as hundreds of building lots ,it was sold as building lots
and purchased as building lots by people either planning to build
a house themselves or as an investment to sell to someone else who
was planning to build a house. It's a housing development. An
environmentally sensitive housing development. But the Plantation
is not part of the National seashore, it's not a state forest, it's not a
designated nature preserve. It's notunder debate as to how the vast
majority of the Plantation land is to be used. It's a housing
"...What happens in a housing development? Roads get built and
houses get built. They're supposed to be built. A housing
development without houses is a failure. And who builds houses?
Builders, contractors build houses. Builders are supposed to be in
housing developments. They are not interlopers. They are not
defilers of the wildlife refuge. They are supposed to be here
building houses. It's a sign of health for a housing development."
"But appearances are deceptive. Because so few lots have houses
in the Plantation it looks like a nature preserve. And this perception
coupled with the selfish personal interests of some current Plantation
homeowners who want to live in a nature preserve and expect the
lot owners pay the taxes, has resulted in an anti-development
faction that is small but quite vocal and active. And-our case in
point-can cause stress to newcomers and builders..."
"...We've got to do something about these Builders", has been one
of the rallying calls. Arguing about the development of the Plantation
is like the crew of an ocean liner arguing about whether they're
commanding a boat or an airplane. It's not a rational argument..."
"...Our Case is closed... I have commendations for the Board:

"#1 Get an administrator. You should be able to get a qualified
administrator for $30-35 K. Do hot hire an Association member but
get someone who has no personal interest in the Plantation other
than doing a good job. This administrator should oversee Plantation
operations under the direction of the Board-the majority rule of
the Board. Let this Administrator and staff run the office and
handle the paperwork. When Board members try to do it all, you
end up doing much of it poorly and association members suffer.
Most importantly... elected, volunteer Board members-which
you all are-should not be running around conducting the day-to-
day business of the Plantation because before you know it, you're
following your own private agendas and not that of the elected
Board. I know this from personal experience...."


The Chronicle has received a
letter, which reads, in part... "I
cannot believe what I read-My
husband and I have worked very
hard for 50 years for a nice
retirement. We, after 5 years of
researching for a beautiful area,
Quiet, no malls-great fishing-
wildlife-great people, etc. We
hit on SG-(St. George Island) in
1990, bought property...now we
are in the process of building, then
we read in your unsigned editorial
that we are so well heeled-
bigots--narrow minded, etc. etc.
I cannotbelieve thatyou think we
all fit in that category-Sorry, but
I cannot allow this commentary
to spoil our dream. We are not
any of these things, and I am sure
I speak for many..."
Publisher's comment: We thank
the letter writer for responding to
our commentary and editorial
from the 26 January 1993 issue.
We have made an exception in
publishing most of this fetter -fr
these reasons. First, since the
masthead clearly attributes
"editorials" to the publisher, the
party ultimately responsible, we
do not normally sign editorials in
a formal way. Your comments
reached us and we are happy to
share your views with the readers.

Second, in reviewing what was
actually published, you
completely missed the point. The
piece stated "...there are some
who live on St. George, even in
the Plantation (who) have a low
tolerance for other person's point-
of-view...but one finds these
persons all over." That language
is hardly an accusation, or a
characterization of anyone in the
Plantation, the island or any
particular group.
Further, if you will patiently
review what was printed, we also
opined that this intolerance ...
"was but one orientation
operating in various Plantation
meetings, along with many
others... The point of the editorial
was to state that the Roy Hoffman
group reviewing the covenants,
and the current Board of Directors,
was not disposed to shutting off
participation by the membership.
Indeed,they ave welcomed this
participation The Iemiiainfder of
the piece commended' the
Hoffman group, emphasizing the
importance of their wbrk.: "lear
unsigned reader, you oIst'the
Point, but'maybe ve were atfAult
for not making the point more
We would add one' additional
point and this is the view that you
should consider visiting other
public and private meetings
around the county and discover
the issues that are raising taxpayer
attention. You will undoubtedly
find some intolerant viewpoints
there, too, but this recognition is
not to conclude that everyone who
speaks in such meetings is
intolerant, etc. We would
encourage you to get out of the
Plantation a little more to discover
the political and social dynamics
in Franklin County.

by the Publisher

Beginning with this issue, Brian
Goercke and Constance Berryhill
are teaming up to develop a series
of histories and art about area
churches, beginning with the First
Baptist Church in Apalachicola.
Constance has her studio and will
produce renditions of each church
edifice along with Brian's pieces
based on interviews with the
principals of each church,
members of the congregation and
official documentation.
The idea was originally suggested
by Joe Howard, former
salesperson for the Chronicle,
now nearly ready to depart for
points west. Eventually, we
think Constance might develop a
line of art, perhaps in the form of
cards or stationary, featuring each
church, but you would want to
visit with her about that in the
future. She can be reached in her
gallery at 653-9298.
We should also mention that John
McDonald is now covering the
Carrabelle and Lanark area for
advertising sales as well as
developing feature stories for the
Chronicle readership.
In this issue, the Chronicle
introduces a new column in this
issue, "Captain Ernie's Saltwater
Tips" by Dr. Ernie Rehder. Ernie
is a longtime surf and in-shore
fisherman in the big bend and
author of articles and one book on
fishing. When he isn't fishing,
Ernie is a professor of foreign
languages at the Florida State
University. His column will
appear in the first issue of each
We are also extremely pleased to
announce that Mr. Brooks Wade
There are many reasons for
doing this, but one should be very
apparent to you-your property
taxes. What goes on in
Apalachicola or Carrabelle can
have distinct implications for your
property taxes. Indeed, St. George
Island is not an isolated entity in
Franklin County.
We think, at times, the levels of
acrimony and intolerance are still
alive in various forums with
some persons still holding
tenaciously to narrow, views
without much basis in reason
while the world around them
continues to change. In our
'democratic Approach to such
Sproblem-soIng, -t.) irrational
i views are heard along with the
rational ones. This is not a neat,
tidy, super-efficient method but
the Hoffman group did exercise
tolerance despite some
distractions along the way.
So, in sum, we do not agree with
your letter for the reasons stated
above, but welcome it for
publication, even though you did
not have the courage to sign it.
Our readers easily know who is
responsible for the editorials
when they consult the masthead
but we do not know who you are
or who you claim to represent.
Perhaps we shall gain more by
listening and we have "listened'
to your complaint.

"#2 You must develop written protocols for ACC operations and
operations of any Plantation committee. It strikes me as ludicrous
that the ACC has meetings to amend the covenants when it doesn't
even have a written procedure to follow when confronted with
unapproved construction conditions... The sweeping covenant
statement that 'everything must be pre-approved is clearly not
upheld by precedents and is probably more of a legal liability than
a guardian of Plantation quality. Any such protocol and guidelines
should be drafted in a member FRIENDLY fashion, not a member
HOSTILE fashion. The ACC should not be a hurdle for newcomers
or an instrument of harassment. It's the Board's responsibility to
see that the ACC is a fair and responsible body. Failure to do this
will result in lawsuits against the Board and ACC by association
members who feel harassed. I personally think you should let
Franklin County, through it's building inspectors, perform as
much construction verification in the Plantation as possible. We
already pay high taxes for these services. Let's use them."
"#3 My final recommendation has to do with the board's use of an
attorney. You need to be very circumspeta0bout using an attorney
to represent the board against an association member. Case in
point. Your attorney, in her response to my request for Covenant
documentation of the 15-foot set-back rule, quoted an imaginative
interpretation of the article that addresses width of Gulf front
structures, saying she believed it was the ACC's common practice
to interpret this article in such a way that it establishes a 15-foot set
back. At the same time she wrote me the Presidentof the Association
didn't know where or how the covenant's established this rule, at
least three other board member's didn't know, and not one
member of the ACC could find the 15-foot rule or even knew how
it was established. One Board member, Helen Spohrer even told
me, correctly so, that it was 10 feet, the county standard, and that the
15 feet was arbitrary. And during this time, the ACC in it's
consideration to amend the covenants--completely apart for my
case-was suggesting written adoption of the county standard, 10
feet. I get the strong impression "The Board's attorney" wasn't
operating under clear and unified opinion of the Board. When you
point the attorney gun at an association member and begin spending
association funds, including the money of the member you're
targeting, do NOT do it lightly AND do it ONLY after the full
approval of the Board when the issue has been fully deliberated
through appropriate channels. The President of the Association
should personally sign off on any attorney engagement and have
the majority approval of the full board. My wife has further
questions and thoughts concerning use of the Association attorney
and she will present these to you in letter form."
"...Carroll and I will do our part to enhance the Plantation. We ask
the Board to do what it take to support lot owners who want to
become homeowners and support homeowners who want to
preserve the beauty ahd. uniqueness of this outstanding

Remembering Carrabelle, Continued from page 1
week on Thursdays. At times it would get in around daylight.
Other times it would be later because of the weather. So, sometimes
during school hours we children would be in class. When the
teacher heard the whistle blow, we would be allowed out of school
to go home to see Daddy. The Tarpon" came in where the old train
depot used to be.
To be continued in the next issue of 26 February 1993

has agreed to write for the
Chronicle on seafood industry
matters, bringing his considerable
experience asa shellfish fisherman
and dealer to this very important
task. Mr. Wade has the experience
and the expertise to report and
write factually, and with informed
opinion about seafood matters
which vitally affect the catchers
and dealers. He is both and views
this industry from several vantage
points. Hisbackground includes
college and graduate work in
which vitally affect the catchers
and dealers. He is both and views
this industry from several vantage
points. His background includes
college and graduate work in
marine science; he has taught in
high school and is currently
operating his shellfish business
in Eastpoint. His first effort for
the Chronicle will begin in March.

St. George Island
Regional Charity Chili Cookoff
6 March 1993


Friday's 29 January 1993 meeting
of the Apalachicola Area
Historical Society (AAHS)
resulted in an approved motion
for the Society to continue to work
with state agencies and set up an

agreement whereby the AAHS
and the appropriate state agencies
could continue to operate the
Gorrie Museum, a longtime
tourist attraction in Apalachicola.
A state official communicating
with AAHS President George
Chapel indicated three options in
keeping open the Gorrie Museum,
given the budget problems
recently experienced by the State
of Florida. Several parks and
museums have been scheduled
for closure in the panhandle
region including the Port St. Joe
Florida Constitution site, Gorrie,
Fort Gadsden and many others.
The first option would be for the
CSO to assume management of
the museum as a unit of the state
park system.
A second option would involve
leasing the site directly to the
AAHS after the Division of
Recreation and Parks of the
Departmentof Natural Resources
would relinquish its management
role. A third option would be for
the city of Apalachicola to request
that the Board of Trustees of the
Internal Improvement Trust Fund
reconvey title to the site back to
the city.
The AAHS membership present
at Friday's meeting voted to work
with state agencies involved in
maintaining the Gorrie Museum
withoutleases or changing title to
thesite. In options two and three,
several approvals at the state level
would be required even if the City
of Apalachicola were willing to
assume management
responsibility of the museum.




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Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports) Lucille Graham
(Sports) Jenny Connell
(Captain Emie)..........._Emie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
........Rene Topping
........Brian Goercke
........Constance Berryhill
........Marian Morris
Survey Research Unit................Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
........Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Music Critic Jennifer N. Hammon
Sales Staff.....................Tom Hoffer, Apalachicola -
Eastpoint (927-2186); Ann Abbott, St. George
Island (927-2406); John McDonald,
Carrabelle-Lanark (697-2782); Tom Hoffer,
Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)
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

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-by Brian Goercke
- I came to the First Baptist Church
of Apalachicola on a Saturday to
meet a few of the church elders
'and discuss the history of this old
.southern structure. The
:sycamore, oak, pecan and palm
-trees within the fence -off
playground seemed symbolic of
he life-blood history and work
that created the structure. The
boxwood bushes that surrounds
the fence that Bud Flowers put up
*was just one of the many
'individual efforts that mark
communal donations to the
church; the large black and red
*.barrels that form a small train
,with "Kid Expresse" painted on
*the front and "Caboose" on the
i back, the miniature picnic table to
'the front-left of the entrance, the
.large tractor tires spread out to
'bounce on and run
, "through...there'ssomething about
h"a secluded playground that can
: hurl a person into instant reverie.
I met with Red Sizemore, Sr., at 11
a.m. and was led through the back
wing of the church. The back
wing, or the educational building,
wascreated in 1977. The entrance
door on the side is, however,
original to this structure and dates

back to 1904. The educational
building is located behind the
sanctuary and contains
classrooms, restrooms, a
baptistery and a carport. Red
recalls the ground breaking day
to celebrate the plans to create the
educationalbuilding: "There was
about a dozen and a half out-of-
towners. It was a beautiful day
and we had an outdoor picnic. I
remember that Rev. Art Edwards
was the pastor at the time."
Then, I was led into the main body
of the church. Rev. Lee Nelsen
had shown the baptistery to me
earlier. It looked to me like a large
fish tank elevated within a wall;
there are stairs leading to the
baptistery on the left and right
side. It was donated in 1977-by
Mrs.Elizabeth Stewart, dedicated
to family members, Robert W.
Stewart and Lucy Stewart.
Elizabeth Stewart was a
prominent member of First Baptist
Church. She was the Women's
Missionary Union Director.
Red recalled being baptized at age
12 in the 1930's in a much smaller
baptismal that was within the
floor in the pulpitarea. Red noted
that the sanctuary area had been
partitioned off when he was
younger and used for to teach
unday School. A lesson that Mr.

Sizemore expressed was learning
and understanding the church
covenant which was written in
1845. The following is the
introductory paragraph of the
"Having been led, as we
believe,by the spirit of God to
receive the LordJesus Christ as
our Savior, baptized in the
name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost, we
do now, in the presence of God
and angels, most solemnly and
joyfully enter into Covenant
with one another, as one body
in Christ."
I noted that there were two
chimneys that are now sealed and
wondered about their days of
prime use. Mr. Sizemore recalled:
'After World War II, we were
using the coal and heat stoves.
People forget, but someone had
to get up earlier to fire up the
stove on a Sunday Morning.
Thank the Lord for heating and
air conditioning."
We headed towards the front of
the Church and were met by
another Church elder who
introduced himself tome as Adolf
Maddox. Mr. Maddox, much like
Mr. Sizemore, has been a long
time parishioner whose parents
and grandparents had given
patronage to the same church. Mr.

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Maddox has a keen
understanding of the various
articles within the church. On the
back wall, near the vestibule, Mr.
Maddox brought an old clock to
my attention. AsI opened the glass
encasing of the clock, I noticed a
small plaque that revealed its
maker and contributor. The wall
Clock was made by the Ansonia
Clock Company inNew York and
was given to Calvary Baptist
Church by Mr. and Mrs. Hensely
on 25 December 1904.
Noticed the elaborate chandelier
in the middle of the church and
Mr.. Sizemore had pointed out
that it had once hung down four
extra feet and had been elevated
through the work of fellow
parishioner, Clayton Skipper. Mr.
Maddox added that he recalled a
time before the chandeliers. "I
remember when we had oil lamps
and seeing my mother trimming
the candle wicks and sweeping
the ashes out."
We headed towards the vestibule
and were met by another church
patron, Bud Flowers. He has
contributed greatly to the First
Baptist Church in many areas such
as working to create the church
playground and educational
building. As I looked about the
vestibule, I noticed an offering
basket placed next to a rope cord
that hung for the bell tower. The
offering basket plays a key role in
contributing to the Church's
missionary project.
The rope that hung from the bell
tower inspired distant thoughts
from my companions. Red
Sizemore recalled that the first
person he'd seen ringing that
original bell on a particular
a Sunday morning was Adolf's
father, Dave Maddox. A pulpit
with a glass enclosure contains a
rememebrance book. It holds a
record of church history that dates
as far back as the 1880's.
Memorials, notes of contributions,
a time-line of various Reverends
and Deacons who have served
within the church are captured in
ink within the book.
I noticed that there was a square
cement plaque on the side of the
white stairway leading to the
educational building. On the
plaque is written: "First Baptist
Church-1905." Red Sizemore
stated that on the reverse side are
the words, "Calvary Baptist
Church-1850." Unknown to
some, The First Baptist Church
was known as Calvary Baptist
Church and was built in 1850 on
the corner of 6th Street and
Avenue H. It was in 1905 that the
church moved to 9th Street. On 9
September 1934, the name of
Calvary Baptist Church was

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I parted from the church elders
with a knowledge that the wood
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There are the memories of parents
and grandparents expending time
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structure that remains upright as
generations come and go.
The Franklin County
Commission, on Tuesday, 2
February, conducted a workshop
into the Sikes Cut development,
otherwise known as the St. George
Island Development Order
Amendment, with representatives
of the Department of Community
Affairs (DCA), Department of
Environmental Reglation (DER),
the Regional Planning Council,
and the three developers, Bob
Herron, Covington Properties and
Sunny Day Development owned
by George Mahr. The major
purpose for the workshop was to
define the issues in anticipation
of a formal hearing on theNinth
Amendment to the St. George
Island Development Order (DO)
now scheduled for Tuesday, 16
February at 1 p.m.
Covington Properties proposed
to place 48 single-family
residential units on its 30 acres of
land at the cut. Robert Herron
proposed to place 10 single-family
residential units on three acres he
owns, near the bay side of the cut,
and Sunny Day proposed to place
73 single-family residential units
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A major controversy erupted over
the aerobic treatment systems
with Covington's engineer
representative, Ted Biddy of
Baskerville Donovan, asserting
that these systems would be
adequate for waste treatment
including the proposed
restaurant. Mike Daniels of DCA
and Richard Dedmon of DER
strongly disagreed. McDaniels
was especially concerned with
pump out waste being treated by
aerobic system because he
claimed chemical toilets could
create problems with the
"treatment train". Biddy
countered with the assertion that
other chemicals could be used to
counteract the effects of those
chemical toilets on boats. DCA
and DER were also concerned
about the density of units on the
Bay side of the Cut development,
citing in particular the Herron
proposals of 10 units on three
acres. Alan Pierce pointed out
that the county has a "one acre
rule" indicating that approved
waste treatment systems require
densities no less than one home
per acre. He urged that some
adjustment be made, perhaps in
the form of a trade-off, or density
transfer, to alleviate the problem.
At this point, Gene Brown
suggested he might offer to give
up to 88 acres ofundevelopable
land on the bay side of St. George,
in the Plantation, in exchange for
the higher densities for Covington
Properties at the Cut, but he would
not make an offer without getting
approval for the restauranton one
acre, to be served by a 5000 gallon
aerobic system, the largest
permitted. DCA was not willing
to approve the restaurant with
that type of waste treatment
system. Proposals were made to
truck off waste every other day as
is done is other developments but
this proposal did not effect any
St. George Island
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6 March 1993

Captain Ernie's Saltwater Tips
by Ernie Rehder

The most effective all-purpose bait combination you can use for
fishing on the flats, in the surf, and up the bays and rivers is a tail
jig tipped with shrimp or a piece of cut bait. Shrimp is best for the
surf, where it may catch for you the always abundant silver
whiting, the dazzling pompano, trout, ladyfish, flounder, reds,
runners, an occasional bluefish and even an odd drum. On the
grass flats, the same colored metal jig with plastic tail-this time
tipped with shrimp or, preferably, fresh cut bait-will get you
more of the same, minus the whiting and pompano, plus an
occasional lunker, which might be a cobia, Spanish mackerel or
The jig and tail can be bought ready made in any tackle spot.
Common brand and nicknames are salty dog, stingray grub, and
Loves lure. Or, buy separately a few naked jigheads with hook
and some vari-colored rubbery tails to stick on them. I like reds,
yellows, whites and most any flashy combination.
Movement of the tail does seem to help attract fish. Get ones with
a long, wiggly tail-maybe a double tail-that will oscillate and
create sexy vibes in the water.
Fish it deep and retrieve with slow, bottom-bouncing movement
for the slower, bottom-prone fish: flounder and whiting, for
example. Keep it fast and toward the surface for the
speedmerchants like the mackerel and blues.
All the species mentioned above, except the pompano, whiting,
drum and runners, can (and often are) caught without benefit of
cut-baitor shrimp tip. Fishing without natural baitis an especially
good idea when the waters are full of bait stealers like pinfish that
can deplete an expensive shrimp supply.
A plastic tailed jig tipped with cut bait is also effective for offshore
bottom fishing and trolling, though you will want to use a bigger
sized combo out there, natch.
No fishing forecast is any good in itself. To be accurate and
helpful, a solunar table should be read along with the weather
report. The reason is that, no matter what else is happening, rain
and high winds or any condition that will muddy up the waters
or make you uncomfortable, are almost always a guarantee for
bad fishing. This rule-of-thumb may not hold true for offshore
bottom fishing, but then who the heck wants to be on the water in
a storm any way? It may also be a fact that drumfish bite best
during rotten weather, but I don't respect anybody who wants to
catch those homely critters that taste like sawdust.
Solunar tables can be helpful in planning when to fish simply
because they are mainly keyed to the incoming tides, which are
usually good feeding times. I fear for the novice, though, who, on
seeing a glowing prediction on the TV news about a great solunar
period between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m., actually goes out fishing. He
will catch no-sees 'ums, mosquitoes and catfish. Worse still, the
plight of the hunter who ventures out during those hours (the
charts are supposed to work for all wildlife). He will be arrested
for hunting after dark, trying to gig gators, or smuggling drugs.
So, when in doubt, fish the incoming tide on a calm, sunny day
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Homeowners', continued
from page 1
duties, as he saw them. This led
to the matter of bonding the
President and other Board
members, and a discussion of
costs along with identification of
an "errors and omissions"
insurance policy which currently
covers the Board of Directors.
President Cullen pointed out that
any potential abuse is held in
check because checks are signed
by two officers, not the President
alone. Bachrach pointed out that
his proposals and report only
dealt with day to day operations
and was not an attempt to
establish policy for operations.
The discussion expanded into
concerns and charges of creating
a dictatorship, requisition
approvals, the Director's legal
responsibilities and
commendatory statements that
the Board is going in the "right
direction." HelenSpohrer's time
clock, in the form o a bright red
tomato, which was set for each 30
minute time period, in accordance
with newly adopted procedures,
ran twice and was reset.
Development Task Force
A letter from B.L. Cosey,
chairperson of the development
task force was read,
recommending a policy for the
Association in regard to the
development of the Planned Unit
Development area, or more
specifically, the proposals for the
Sikes Cut area. The task force
consists of B.L. Cosey, chair, Roy
Hoffman, Woody Miley, Sandra
Monod and J.M. Sibley. Their
report read, in part:
"Based on the 1977 and 1982
Development Orders and the
Andrew Jackson agreement, the
Task Force recommends that all
land in the P.U.D. area, and
including Oyster Bay Village and
Heron Ba Village, that is not
developed commercially, shall be
developed as residential, with
density not to exceed one single-
family unit per acre. There shall
be no commercial development
north of Leisure Lane. The Task
Force has no objection to the still
water marina as proposed,
provided that the marina shall be
properly permitted by all local,
state and federal agencies."
Only last week, on Tuesday, 2
February, did the Franklin County
Commissionconducta workshop
on the Sike Cut development
involving plans by all three
developers, George Mahr's
Sunnyday development, Bob
Herron's plat and the
Covenington Properties plan. At
that meeting,Gene Brown had
offered to mitigate the revised
densities for home and
commercial construction by
presenting an offer to give about
88 acres o St. George Island land
to the state as a tradeoff for a
permit to construct a restaurant
at the Cut.
However, a new wrinkle has
developed with regard to that
offer, according to a letter written
by Barbara Sanders, Homeowner
Association attorney. Sanders
says she informed Mr. Brown that
the property in question had
already been purchased by the
Homeowner Association in an
agreement with Gene Brown
made in late 1992, also involving
a negotiated settlement in a
litigation involving Brown and
the Association and Board of

Directors. Mr. Brown disagrees
with the Sanders claim. Stay
Fire Station Proposed for

Woody Miley presented a brief
conceptual proposal, which the
Board accepted, regarding a
proposed fire station to be located
in the Plantation. Dr. Ben Johnson
ha offered a site, perhaps close to
the airport, and Mr. Moffis Palmer
has offered his services to design
the new station. Miley said that
the Chili Cookoff, Inc., has
indicated interest in purchasing
another fire engine for the
proposed station.
"Helen, Start Your Tomato"
Dr. Doug Sherman addressed the
board for 28 minutes, as timed by
Helen Spohrer's unique red
tomato clock, pursuant to the
Board's freshly adopted
procedures allowing for up to 30
minutes of discussion on any one
topic. Dr. Sherman recited the
background to a problem
involving construction of his new
home in the Plantation by builder
Mark Jeppson. The heart of the
issue involved the construction
of a five foot wide exterior
stairway connecting the top and
mid-levels of his new home and a
12' x 12' beachside sundeck that
had not been "preapproved" by
the Architectural Control
Committee (ACC).
Sherman stated that the stairs and
deck were on the house plans
Jeppson contracted to build for
them in July 1992, but when
submitted to the ACC, the plans
were still undergoing
"refinements." Relyingonhispast
experience in building in the
Plantation and the time-
consuming process for ACC
approval, Sherman recalled, Mark
Jeppson was satisfied that minor
modifications could be handled
with an addendum. But, the
scenario became considerably
more complicated and stressful
after talking with neighbors and
representatives of the ACC over
several month's time, when finally
the Board of Directors had asked
their attorney to issue a warning
to Dr. Sherman about an allege
violation of the Covenants, citing
the lack of approval for the
stairway and sundeck, and an
alleged extension beyond the
Plantation's mandated 15-foot
setback from the property line. A
septic tank was allegedly installed
in the wrong location.
Eventually, the deck ceased to be
an "issue because according to
an ACC report, "...just looking
east and west almost all the houses
have encroachment." The septic
tank was moved some during
installation to avoid destroying a
line of vegetation, and ithad been
a proved by the Department of
Natural Resources (DNR). The
stairway apparently did not
present a problem to the neighbors
of Dr. Sherman on an earlier
objection was moot. The gist of
Dr. Sherman's conclusions and
recommendations are excerpted
in the Editorial section of this
Fees Increase
The Board approved an increase
to $250 for applications to the ACC
for new construction projects, up
for $200.
Security Report
Bob Shriver reported that a 72-

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foot shrimp boat had been run
aground after an accident in
which its port side was smashed
through by net rigging, and was
resting in shallow water in the
vicinity of the Bob Sikes Cut.
Cable TV
Peter Amato, chair of the cable TV
committee, presented a detailed
report on a proposal by Pineview
Cable TV to install a system in the
Plantation within 180 days of
approval. The proposed contract
was also presentedand the Board
decided to ask attorney Barbara
Sanders to review it in preparation
of approval at a future meeting.
Old Business
Under this category, Tommy Day
presented a lengthy laundry list
of problems with the current
budget, indicating that the budget
was not legally in conformance
with Florida Law in the manner it
was adopted. No formal and legal
notice had been given for
homeowner assessments, for
example. A number of other
problems, flowing out of the
'Andrew Jackson Agreement",
now under the cognizance of
George Mahr(who purchased the
Sike Cut property from Andrew
Jackson) were also cited by Day.
A workshop was strongly
recommended to iron out these
problems, now scheduled for
Friday, 19 February, 10 a.m. at the
clubhouse. The general
membership is invited to attend.
Swimming Pool Plans
Nearthe conclusion of the six hour
meeting there was a lengthy
discussion on the swimmingpool,
including intermittent closure for
cleaning, summer schedules, and
a proposal for a new pool and
clubhouse, led by Board member
Helen Spohrer. Emphasis was
given to the concept of starting
research and planning for a
possible new pool and clubhouse,
with a committed structure
established as follows:
Sandra Monod
Woody Miley
Subcommittee on Site
Dr. Tom Adams
Subcommittee on Design and Plans
Helen Sphorer
Subcommittee on Funds
Happy Hour
Dominic Baragona volunteered
to serve as chairperson to revive
the Friday night "happy hours"
scheduled to begin on12February
at 6 p.m. at the clubhouse. This
item had a unanimous positive

There will be a meeting
concerning the State Housing
Initiatives Partnerhip (SHIP)
Program on 16 February 1993 at
5:00p.m. in the Conference Room
of Gulf State Bank, 73 Ave. E,
Apalachicola. All parties with an
interest in affordable housing in
Franklin County are invited to
attend. For more information
please call Mike Donovan,
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, at (904 488-6211 or (904)

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Despite the reminder by Coastal
Petroleum's representative at the
29 January 1993 meeting of
Governor and Cabinet that
additional materials had been
filed with their application for a
permit to drill for oil off of St.
George Island, the Governor and
Cabinet panel rapidly and
unanimously rejected the
application based on the
Department of Natural Resources
negative recommendation.

Mayor Carlton Wathen and new
commissioner, Raymond L.
Williams, and the others on the
Commission faced a growing
problem with the unauthorized
garbage dump on city owned
rights of way. he Mayor opened
the 1 February meeting to the
assembled citizens who had not
quite filled up the meeting room
but during the discussion about
the unauthorized garbage dump
no concrete proposals were
offered upon which the
Commission could take action.
The Florida Department of
Environmental Regulation cited
the city with a warning letter on
15 January, two days after their
inspection party surveyed the
unauthorized garbage pile in
town. The next day, Mayor
Wathen appeared before the
Franklin County Commission
asking for help and the
Commission directed Clerk
Kendall Wode review possible
sources of grant money to help
alleviate the problem. Other
actions taken at the regular
Carrabelle city meeting were the
approval to remove the old
aaveral Seafood parcel from
the Timber Island Development
Order. The issue of purchasing
additional land at the airport
using money generated from
timber sales stimulated a policy
debate over the question about
airport expansion at the expense
of findiig, a. financial solution to
the garbage problem, or the
question of other priorities in
spending city tax dollars. The
commission appeared adamant in
their stance to improve the airport
because of future impact on the
Carrabelle economy. Others
argued that the airport was not
benefiting the community in any
immediate sense and that dollars
which could alleviate housing
problems, for example, or the
youth center. Echoing an old
argument from previous
meetings, someone suggested that
mandatory garbage collection be

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impacts of development that is-absolutely extraordinary given the
size of these local governments. The Department is of the opinion
that the comprehensive plans and land development within the
area are adequate to protect the Bay, and meet the rigorous
requirements of our growth management law, Chapter 163, and of
the principals for guiding development in the Critical Area Statute.
The Department is confident that the local governments are
administering their plans and administering their land development
regulation in a manner that protects the Bay and is consistent with
their plans. Indeed, the Department has initiated no appeals from
development orders within the Apalachicola Bay Critical Area
since September 1991. I know that many of you will remember a
time when these appeals were an absolutely routine part of the
agenda of the Florida Land and Water Adjudicatory Commission.
Again, we do recognize that there are continuing problems with the
operation of the waste water treatment system within the City of
Apalachicola. We do not feel that these problems should frustrate
removal of the designation. The Department of Environmental
Regulation, not the Department of Community Affairs, is the
agency with expertise in the technical aspects of waste water..:
management. The City is seeking State Funds to assist it in
upgrading it's system. The Department has been absolutely
supportive of the City's efforts in that regard, and is supporting a
supplemental budget requesting the amount of more that$1 million
dollars to support the City in upgrading it's system. We should
point out that the Department has supervised grants in connection
with theCritical Area program thatnear millionn in amounts...with
about $4 million dollars of that money directly related toward
developing an adequate waste water program in this city. We do
not fee that the supplemental budget request should be in any
manner frustrated... whether this is a Critical Area or not. It is not
a turkey. It is an important aspect of managing the resource. It is
simply one that the Critical Area will neither help nor hinder. The
proposed rules regarding the removal of the designation do require
continual monitoring of local governments' implementation of,
their comprehensive plans, and land development regulations.
-Today is not the final word in the dedesignation process. We are
seeking authorization for your staff to initiate rule-making
proceedings. Any lingering issues regarding the dedesignation can
be addressed in the rule adoption process. The Department supports
the staff recommendation that as been presented to you. We
believe that it is time to trust these local governments and to rely on
these local governments to protect the Bay with the resources that
they have...

Then, Jimmy Mosconis, Vice-Chairman of the Franklin Commission
spoke: Mr. Governor, Members of the Cabinet. Real briefly, I
think Mr. Pheifer has pretty well summed up what's happened in
the Apalachicola Bay area, critical concern, in the last 8 years.
...We've had some rocky roads but we've..but we've made a lot of
process there. Before that, Apalachicola Bay was in a pristine state,
andit is now, and it will be for the foreseeable future..."
...Gov. Chiles: "I want to compliment the County. And the Cityas
well. I think the efforts that you all have taken are remarkable.
When we look at Franklin County and we look at some other
counties, where they have much higher density and there
continually arguing that they should be able to do it, I think you all
have been good stewards... I hope you will carry my regards to
other members, the community and County as well. I think it is an
outstanding job, and I think part of what we're talking about here
is, we ought to be willing to say, 'Its good. It's been done. We
shouldn't be keeping... playing Big Brother or something else...'"

Mayor Howell: "I'm Bobby Howell, the Mayor of the City of
Apalachicola. And, let me thank you for this opportunity to come
before you and speak to you regarding an area of critical state
concern. And, I'm not a new kid on the block in this. I was sued for
twelve years on three different lawsuits by two Tallahassee citizens
and one Tallahassee lawyer for $68 million dollars. And, I really
wasn't worried about the money because they couldn't have come
up with..."
Governor: "Bobby, we know you wouldn't have to worry about
that. You've got that kind of pocket change..."
Howell: "Thank you. But let me give you some titles that you and
other people have placed upon the Apalachicola area. An area of
critical state concern. National Estuarine Research Reserve. Aquatic
Preserve. Outstanding Florida Waters. Surface Water Improvement
and Management Priorities, commonly referred to as SWIM. Florida
Class II Shellfish Harvesting Area. International Biosphere Reserve.
And, last, the National Register of Historic Places are a few of the
environmental and preservation designations that you and others
have placed upon my city, Apalachicola. You and others have
fallen deeply in love with a natural and man-made charm of my city
and have determined, sometimes unilaterally, that it is in our best
interests to protect the things that you hold dear. You and others
have come into our city with your perceptions, your values, your
agendas and your programs to save us from ourselves.
To be continued in the next issue of 26 February 1993

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