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Publication Date: February 26, 1993
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Now is the time to plan your spring or summer visits to Franklin County

The Franklin County Chronicle

Special Out-of-County Edition

Volume 2, Number 4 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 February 1993




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Veronica Armistead and her husband Graham, Sr.
circa mid 1940s

An interview with Veronica Armistead and
her son Walter Armistead
We settled back in Veronica Armistead's St. George Island office
next door to Suncoast Realty, with son Walter Armistead nearby, to
talk about the Armistead family business, its origins and
development in the context of the island history and experience,
and some views on the future. The discussion with Walter and
Veronica embraced a sizable chunk of St. George Island history and
in particular a parade of personalities thatprovided color, substance
and remarkable memones which in many ways still provide social
and economic visibility on the island landscape.
While Veronica Armistead is a business woman of considerable
accomplishmentin her 82nd year, leading a lifetime of business risk
and success, she is also the mother of three children now involved
in a family owned and operated business that has had large impact
in the social and economic life of St. George Island.
Early Life
Veronica: "We were married in 1935 in Jacksonville, Florida about
the time we were both working for a wholesale Dairy called the
Ambrosure K. Company. I was office manager and Graham, Sr.,
was a salesman. ...Then we moved up to Greensboro (N. Carolina)
and for a short time, we had a wholesale dairy. But that was during
the war, from 1942 to about 1944, and we were unable to get the
necessary materials such as sugar, shortening... So, we closed that
off. We found a place that had gone bankrupt out on High Point
Road in Greensboro and it had been a drive-in. So, we bought that
out. Gosh I think we gave about 50o on the dollar for the whole
thing. And, we...started out slowly like a little club... We couldn't
serve liquor, but we served beer and sandwiches and steaks, and
we expanded that. In fact, we added on (to it) three times, during
the war (II). So, we had plenty of business from the O.R.D.
Replacement Center (Army) where they came in for rest and
relaxation and then they reassigned the boys overseas... In fact,
they wanted to change it to an officers club but we wouldn't do that.
We felt like the privates and GIs needed a place. And, it was very
successful. When we were in Greensboro, our oldest son, Graham,
Jr. was bor."
"...We've always worked together. I had a live in maid for Graham,
Jr. and I worked with my husband as cashier and he ran the supper
club. ...It had a lovely orchestra and floor show... Then, when
Graham, Jr. (born 1939)-I called him Sonny-..when he was six
years old, we found he had rheumatic fever and the doctor said we
needed to bring him down to a warmer climate. Well, my mother
and dad were living in West Palm Beach and she had an apartment
Continued on page 3

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle o' rum.
Pirates have landed on Timber
Island, and the Jolly Roger flies
over the former Canaveral
Seafood processing plant.
Tim and Christina Saunders (who
are anything but pirates, by the
way) are in the process of
renovating the old plant, which
has been unoccupied since the
Canaveral firm went bankrupt in
1988. They are rebuilding docks
and installing a dive shop and
ice-making machinery with a

view to beginning business in
April or May as the PIRATES
Pleasure and commercial (fishing)
boats will be able to take on fuel
and ice at Pirates Landing, dock
overnight at a half-dozen wet
slips, and load or unload
commercial seafood. It is
contemplated that both large and
smallboats will pause at the
Landing on trips between Tarpon
Springs and the north.
Two buildings will be constructed
this summer and a forklift
employed to stack power boats
(16 to 30 feet in length) in dry
storage. Trailers and boats will be
accommodated, too. Sailboats
with masts and keels will be tied
up at docks of varying heights.
Customers will have no difficulty
in finding one or another of the
Saunders family to serve them at
the new marina. Tim's brother
Bob has been helping with the
transition. Son Tim, Jr., a 20 year
old graduate of Carrabelle High
School, will manage the business.
Eldest brother Dr. Richard
Saunders, who was a chiropractor
in Punta Gorda for several
decades, has retired from practice
in order to own and operate the
dive shop, with his wife, June.
They willoffer bait and tackle for
sale, refilldiving tanks with air,
and rent diving gear and open-
fisherman's andpontoon boats.
There will be a snack bar, also.
An ice-making machine on the
roof of the main building will blow
hard-cracked, turbo-ice into the
boats at dock.
The plant has changed hands four
times. Initially, in the mid-1970s,
it housed machinery for
unloadingand processingshrimp.
The second owner was in the same
business. No. 3, Canaveral
Seafood, intended to process
scallops, but had to hoist a white
flag of surrender when the state
of Florida denied a permitbecause
there was no way to dispose of

Continued on page 6

2 MARCH, 1 P.M.

County Planner Alan Pierce
reintroduced the proposed
amendment, with revisions, to the
Board of County Commissioners
Tuesday afternoon, 23 February
1993 with an optimistic glow of
harmony on apparent agreement
among the developers and the
regulating agencies such as the
Northwest Water Management
District, Department of
Community Affairs, Department
of Natural Resources and the
Department of Environmental
Regulation. Since late December,
the developers, through their
Attorney, Gene Brown, had filed
several revisions to the 9th
Amendmentproposal, some filed
on the morning of hearing as in
the instance of the previous
meeting on 16 February.
Mr. Pierce and the Commission
called for continuing comment
from the assembled audience and
in this very informal atmosphere,
minor changes were
recommended until Richard
Dedmon (DER) and Jeff Snyder
(DCA) raised some pointed
questions about the monitoring
wells in connection with a
proposed waste water treatment
facility. Tommy Day suggested
that whoever got the airport land
from a proposed land swap would
have to continue paying dues to
the St. George Plantation
Homeowners' Association, but
Commissioner Mosconis
disagreed, "...That would have to
be waived." Day responded,
"...The Association would sue to
get the dues..." But, the
momentum toward agreement
continued to build, withDER and
the Regional Planning
Management Council (RPMQC
having no major problems with
the developer proposals, as
revised. Then, the discussion
careened back to the question of
the monitoring wells, with several
explanations about their history
and plans.
Homeowner attorney Barbara
Sanders spoke of her concerns
about some redundant language

Continued on page 5

Signaling the beginning of the
Spring 1993 travel, tourist
visitation or whatever-you-want-
to-call-it "season", the first
weekend in March marks the Chili
Cookoffand auction to raisefunds
for the St. George Island Fire
Department and First Responder
Team. In his solicitation letter
sent to Franklin County residents.
President of the Cookoff and
Auction, Harry K. Arnold,
S reminds readers that the Island's
Cookoffis now the nation'slargest
'- southeastern regional Chili
Contest held by the International
4 Chili Cookoff Society, and the
winner at this event advances to
the World Championship to
compete for the $35,000 grand
prize. The auction has raised
enough dollars to buy a couple of
fire engines, send dozens of
volunteers to fire fighting school,
ican buy crucially needed ancillary
dlican equipment, and help pay for fire
hydrants on the island, along with
other expenses,sinceitsbeginning
ENT 11 years ago. As the number of
new buildings on the island
increases, so do the requirements
for fire fighting equipment,
including a new engine and First
Response vehicles.

Continued on page 8

Franklin County was host to over
500 young men and women
among 36 units to a three day
scout camporee held at Wright
Lake, a few miles south of
Sumatra, 19-21 February 1993.
Organized by Larry Hale, St.
George Island, and assisted by
dozens of St. George scouting
parents and officials and young
men, the Camporee was one of
the largest held in the County,
drawing troop units and scouting
parents through the panhandle
region. Eighteen of the units were
sponsored by area churches, and
the remaining 18 were supported
by civic groups in their
communities such as Tallahassee,
Quincy, Apalachicola, Mariana
and voluntary fire departments,
schools and other civic
The young men visited an 1850
trapper's camp, set up by Troop
105 (Tallahassee), learned how to
identify plants and trees, practiced
compass and map use, and of
course, tying knots. The U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service presented
talks on Apalachicola River
ecology and the woodpecker. The
U.S. Forest Service, which
manages the site, waived some
Continued on page 4

Cookoff Photo Highlights

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The "spontaneous barbering" was conducted by O)lie Gunn as
Woody seems to look on "approvingly"?? Wife Marian Miley has
the first clippin "honors" on husband, Woody, who "volunteered"
his hair for $1000 in contributions.

--AMONG "TOP:.20
The Southeast Tourism Society,
comprised of a consortion of state
interests from North Carolina,
South Carolina, Georgia,
Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi,
Louisiana, Virginia and Florida,
had awarded the St. George Island
Volunteer Fire Department Chili
Cookoff one of the "Top Twenty
Events in the South East" United
States for 1993. The Association is
dedicated to marketing and
promotion of travel within the
Southeastern states. Mason Bean
made the announcement at the 18
February 1993 St. George Island
Civic Club meeting, the last one
prior to the 6 March 1993 Chili
ookoff event. A handsome
plaque commemorated the


by John C. McDonald

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The former Everitts department
store in midtown Carrabelle,
which has been unoccupied for
more than three years, is being
seriously considered as the site of
a branch (or second) Franklin
County Public Library.
The first library opened October 1
in the Eastnoint Mall. It is open to
the public under the direction of
Will Morris, Carrabelle, for 16
hours 1 week-from 3:30 to 6:30
.m. Tuesday through Friday and
rom 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Already there are some 300
registered library users; books,
both adult and juvenile, are being
Continued on page 4

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Of St. George Island, Inc.
HCR 62 Box 126
St. Gerge Island. Florida 32328


"Property for Every Budget"'


by Jenny Connell
Lady Sharks are Breaking
On Thursday, 14 January, the
Lady Sharks traveled to
Carrabelle where they played the
Lady Panthers. Siouxniquia
Lamley Kim Byrd led the Lady
Sharks by posting a total of eight
points each while Stacy
Cummings and Tracy Salter were
close behind by posting a total of
six points each. On the Lady
Panthers, Stephanie Boatwright,
top scorer in the game, led the
game by posting fourteen points.
The Lady Sharks won 30-22.
On Tuesday 19 January the Lady
Sharks traveled to Panama City
Christian where they went to
battle with the Lady Crusaders.
The Lady Sharks played a tiring
game and breezed by the Lady
Crusaders winning 34-15.
Siouxniquia Lampley and Stacy
Cummings scored for the Lady
Sharks by posting eight points.
each. Also scoring for the Lady
Sharks were Kim Byrd with seven
points, Angie Davis with five
points, and Christy Thompson
shot four points.
On Thursday 21 January the Lady
Sharks hosted Wewahitchka and
theLadyGators. TheLadySharks
were broken up into a Junior
Varsity and a Varsity Squad for
this game. The Junior Varsity (JV)
squad won 28-16. This was a hard
and tiring game for the JV.
Shannah Walker led theJV Sharks
by posting seventeen points while
Angela Carver posted five and
Anna Donnahoe wasrightbehind
with four. The lady Gators led the
Varsity ballgame and at the half
Sharks 23. The Sharks were
nipping at the Lady Gators heels
through out the ball game, but in
the fourth quarter the Gators
began to score. According to
Coach Maddox it was a great
game but tiring for the Lady
Sharks. The Lay Sharks IHst the
game to the Lady Gators, Apalach
47 Wewa 62. Siouxniquia
Lampley led the Lady Sharks by
posting a total of twenty-four
points. Kim Byrd, Stacy
Cumming, and Tracy Salter each
posted six points.
OnThursday 28 January the Lady
Sharks hosted their arch rival
Carrabelle for a second time this
month, the Lady Panthers. The
Lady Sharks let the entire game.
At the half the Sharks had scored
20 while the Lady Panthers had 3.
The game ended with the score
Lady Sharks 34 Lady Panthers 15.
What a blow out! Siouxniquia
Lampley led the Sharks in scoring
with ten points with Tracy Salter
at her heels with nine and Kim
Byrd with eight points posted in
the game.
On Tuesday 2 February the Lady
Sharks traveled to Wewa for the
last time this month to face the
Lady Gators. The squad was split
again into Varsity and Junior
Varsity. First the Junior Varsity
played a very tiring game, but
they won 32-24. Shannah Walker
led the Sharks in scoring with nine
points while Shelita Green at her
heels with eight points and Elisha
Rhoades with seven. The Varsity
game was well played and very
tough until the thirdquarter when
the Lady Gators out scored the
Lady Sharks 18-6. Alas, Lady
Sharks lost 61-42. Siouxniquia
Lampley led the Lady Sharks in
scoring with a total of seventeen
points, and Tracy Slater shot
thirteen points, plus three 3-point
shots which went into the basket
On Thursday 4 February the
Sharks played their arch rivals
the Carrabelle Lady Panther for
the final time this season. The
Lady Sharks breezed past the
Lady Panthers by winning the
game 32-8. Tracy Slater led the
Lady Sharks in scoring with eight
points while Christy Thompson
and Siouxniquia Lamply were
right behind with seven points.
The Lady Sharks will be on the
road to Freeport on Thursday 11
St. George Island
Regional Charity Chili Cookoff
6 March 1993

Apalachicola is taking it to
the top
On Tuesday 5 January the Varsity
and Junior Varsity (JV) Sharks
traveled to Liberty County where
they battled the Liberty County
Bulldogs. The JV took the floor
first and came out victorious,
winning 67-43. The Boys played
well as a team and everyone got
to play. Nathaniel White led the
JV Sharks by posting a total of
thirty-one points, Marvin Croom
had sixteen points and Maurice
Williams had ten points posted.

The Varsity Squad Sharks led
most of the way, but with fifteen
seconds remaining in the fourth
quarter, the Bulldogs won by one
pointbecause of aninbound play.
The Bulldogs point guard drove
to the basket and the Sharks'
center had to guard the man with
the ball. Then the Bulldog's point
guard passed the ball to another
player and the Sharks' center
couldn't get there in time and the
Bulldog payer scored two points.
Tyrone Evans led the scoring in
the game with twenty points and
William Cargill had twelve
posted. The Sharks lost the game
57-58. This game may have
broken their hearts, but it did not
break their pride because the
Sharks will be ready for the
Bulldogs in the District
Friday 15 January the Varsity and
JV Sharks traveled to Chatahochee
where they each played a rough
game. The JV Sharks won 85-81.
The boys felt proud because
Chatahochee had some big boys
on the team that were at least six
feet tall. Nathaniel White led the
way in scoring with thirty-three
points, Marvin Croom had
twenty, George Tolliver had
fourteen; and Maurice'Williams
had. twelve and had four fouls
and was taken out of the gamejin
the second quarter but was back
during the fourth quarter. The
mighty Sharks came out onto the
field but had a bad night. The
defense was poor and offensively
notmuchbetter,Chatahochee just
out-played them. William Cargill
led in scoring with eight points
and Tyrone Evans posted seven.
The Varsity Sharkslost 72-44.
Saturday 16 January the JV and
Varsity Sharks traveled to Port St.
Joe. The JV squad's winning
streak ran out as St. Joe stopped it.
AHS was up by ten in the quarter,
but Maurice William fouled out
and they just gave up and were
beaten by PSJ in the rast quarter.
Marvin Croom led AHS with
twenty-five points, Nathaniel
White was right behind with
twenty-four points, and Maurice
William was third with sixteen
points. Varsity Squads came onto
the floor and lost the game 92-66.
AHS stayed with PSJ and led the
way in the first half, but in the
third quarter fatigue started
gettingto AHS and PSJjuststarted
to out shoot AHS. Tyrone Evans
was in second in leading AHS in
scoring with thirteenpoints while
William Cargill led the way with
nineteen points.

Thursday 21 January both squads
traveled to Carrabelle where the
JV and Varsity Sharks would play
their arch rivals for the last time
this basketball season, the
Carrabelle Panthers. The JV
squads played first. The Sharks
breezed right past the Panthers
by winning 57-10. Everyone
played in this game for the Sharks
and everyone scored. Maurice
Miller and Jamal Kirkland led the
Sharks in scoring with nine points
each and Nathaniel White and
Maurice Williams both tied with
eight points. The Varsity Sharks
came out and were hungry for
some Panther meat and that is
what the Sharks got. The Sharks
weren't used to their new
offensive techniques yet but the
guys realized by the end of the
game that it worked. The top
scores for the Sharks were Leroy
Yarrell with twelve points and
William Cargill with eleven. The
Sharks won the game 49-30.
Friday 29 January the Sharks
traveled to Wewahitchka where
they met the Gators. The Sharks
won the game 72-49. Nathaniel
White posted twenty-seven
points, Marvin Croom posted
twenty, and Maurice Williams
posted sixteen points. The JV.
Sharks played a good game,
everyone played in the game with
a strong defense. The Varsity

by Lucille Graham
Roundball Wrap-up
It's all over but the shouting. By
press time, the Panther '93
basketball season will be a thing
of the past and softball/baseball
will loom on the horizon.
The most exciting piece of news
was the second place finish
Varsity, took, in the. Aucilla
Panhandle Hoop Tournameit.
Played Friday and Saturday
nights the weekend of February
13th, the tourney was a rollicking
affair with Carrabelle edging out
Aucilla Christian the first night in
overtime. Coach Bob Baston was
disappointed that the team
flubbed away the lead they had
almost the entire game. At one
point it was fifteen points. Butthe
fans enjoyed the drama of Dale
Wood's bucket at the free throw
line in the closing seconds. He
shot...and made it! Tied up.
(Drum roll, please.) The second
shot...and...(move into slow
mo)...No! We're in the agony of
OT. Fortunately, the extra period
belonged to the Panthers. Brent
Glass took over for six points and
turned a 64-all tie into a 74-70
So what killed that lead, you ask?
It was an unbelievable show of
three-point shooting by the
Aucilla team. One shooter was
pumping them in the 4th quarter,
racking up six, but it seemed the
whole team had that capability.
The finals of the tournament was
an exercise in playing with one
hand tied behind the back. Starter
Taz (Lawrence) Stevens was out
with an aggravated hip injury,
and three other key players were
out for disciplinary reasons.
Given that, the Panthers were
happy to take second place in a
low scoring match against Bell.
The final was 49-34.
Checking out other play since
we last talked:
1/19 Aucilla. A win by two. 72-
1/21 Apalach. Lost 49-30.
1/23 Bethlehem. Lost 57-34.
1/26 Aucilla again. A decisive
win, 57-42.
1/30 Bethlehem. A loss at 58-31.
Oddly enough it was their
Homecoming, a concept
indigenous to their school as they
have no football team.
2/5 Altha. Panther loss (62-31) in
a sloppily played game.
2/9 GrandRidge. A 103-58 lossat
home to a superior team. Coach
Baston: (GR Coach) Jerry Davis
hasa well-coached team with state
play-off potential.
Leading scorers for the season at
deadline were Brent Glass, Brett
Lycett, and Taz Stephens. The
leading rebounder was Kenny
Wallace. Numbers are not
available till the last ball swipes
through the last hoop in Sneads
during the district tournaments
beginning February 25. I'll keep
you posted.

("More" is NOT
better; "more"can be
very wasteful in the
advertising game).

by Jennifer Hammon

Sharks came out to the court and
left with a 67-45 win. The scoring
was pretty even between all the
players. The sharks adjusted
quickly to defense and were
superb. This victory added
another District game to the
Shark's credit. George Davis and
Tyrone Evans tied by scoring with
fifteen points each. Devon
Williams had nine points, Leroy
Yarrell had seven points, Tar-ek
Julis had six points, and Ronny
Rhodes posted two points for this
Tuesday 2 February the JV and
Varsity Squad traveled to Panama
City where they battled with the
Panama City Christian Crusaders,
wiping out the Crusaders.
Nathaniel White again led the
Sharks with eighteen points,
MarvinCroomposted twelve, and
Jamal Kirkland posted eleven
points. Everyone played this
game and scored. The Sharks
won 77-27. There were a lot of
substitutions and Leroy Yarrell
who is on the second string started
and posted sixteen points while
Tyrone Evans posted fourteen.
The Sharks won the game 64-44.
Varsity and Head Basketball
Coach Eddie Joseph said, "Ever
since we lost our first three games
we have been winning. I am very
proud of the Sharks and we will
e ready for the District
Junior Varsity Head Coach Bill
Lane said, "Seems to me the
tougher the competition thebetter
we play. They play asa good unit
and they will be a good ball club
when they work together." Many
people don't agree with the way
Coach Lane motivates his players.
This Sports Columnist is very
proud of Coach Lane's techniques
to motivate his players because
he stimulated them to make their
record ten wins and one loss.
Coach Lane I am very proud of
you and the boys!


As the season winds down, Coach
Baston reflected on it. Yes, some
of those early goals were
accomplished. One is that the
members of the team who started
the season also finished it. As a
whole the team made strides in
individual development as well.
Not so pleasing though was the
lack of wins. aston attributes
that to "a lack of consistent play
and the inability of five men to
work together for a common goal.
It's evident that when we set aside
personal goals and work for team
goals, then we play very good
basketball Translation:
Teamwork came second. And as
is his habit, Coach is already
formulating ideas for next year.
What's at the top of his goal list?
You figure it out.
Coach Brian Lovett and his Junior
Varsity are still smiling. Despite
no wins at deadline (with two
games to go), Lovett notes his
young team continues to work
cohesively and hard.
Top scoring JV's include Robert
Charles Lattimore with 53 points
to date, Ellis Jackson with 35,
Jonathan Tindell at 28, and Shelton
Trail, Solomon Lowery, and
Jeremy Collins with 17,16, and 16
respectively. Michael Braswell
(13), Eric Lowery (12), and Ron
Meloche (11) helped the effort as
Coach Lovett explained that the
team labors under two disabilities.
First is the fact that Panther JV
means primarily 7th and 8th
graders, with a sprinkling of 9th
graders. A traditional JV squad is
heavy with 10th graders and a
few 11th and 9th. Only Wewa
had the same make-up as the
Panther team.
The second obstacle to success he
cites is a lack of "street ball"
playing. Girls' coach Tom
raham agrees, too, that playing
basketball only in baetball
season is never going to be
enough. Both coaches grew up in
Pennsylvania where it seems
shooting baskets, picking up
games wherever is a way of life.
They speak of a lack of savvy
among his players, things like
knowing how to protect the
dribble, learning to steal the ball,
hiking the unusual passes. All
this they agree comes more from
practice and hustling games than
formal sessions before the season.
Lovett is confident that if the JV
boys stick together as they have
and begin to playing the off-season,
they can be on top. Advice from
the coach: Boys, don't let the sun
set on a day without some
basketball in it.
And, oh those girls. Coming
within a breath ofbeating Liberty
County last week, they battle on.
Sometimes it has seemed more
like a battle than a game, too.
Defensively, they are tough. I
wish more people had seen the
dogged expression on 8th grader
AngleWebster's face as sheleaned
into the girl she guarded, and the
tucked chin, please-don't-bash-
my-face-but-I m-not-backing-off
look on Senior Nicky Sheridan's
face as she went for the foul.
High scorers for this crew were
Kela "Don't Mess with Me"
Timmons at 74 points. Second
was Stephanie "I'll Never Smile"
Boatwright with 67, and Nicky
(see above) Sheridan with 47.
Coach Graham reports that some
of the girls have expressed an
interest in going to basketball
camp this summer. He feels that
would give them a boost up.
Nostalgia for basketball season is
necessarily short-lived. Practices
for softball and baseball started
three weeks ago. Players and
coaches alike luggle a mighty
schedule this time of year. The
students-also keeping their
grades up-deserve and desire
our support. Come out, buy a
ticket and a hot dog. Let them
know you're behind-them.



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Featured as the 14 February
concert of the Newell Fund series
was Trio Internazionale, made up
of Franklin County residents
Martha McPherson Gherardi
(violin), Luciano Gherardi
(contrabass), and Bedford
Watkins (piano, in a packed
Trinity Church, Apalachicola,
with over 263 persons attending.
Mrs. Gherardi is a native of Florida
and earned her Bachelor and
Master of Music degrees from
Florida State University. She has
also studied in France at
Academic Internationale d'ete
and Massachusetts at
Tanglewood. Mrs. Gherardi's
performance career has taken her
throughout the United States and
into Caracas, Venezuela where
she performed with the Caracas
Philharmonic and Caracas
Municipal Orchestras. Caracas is
also the city where she and her
husband met and began making
beautiful music together.
Mr. Gherardi was born in Turin,
Italy and studied in Parma at the
Conservatory of Music "Arrigo
Boito". He also has diplomas in
Contrabass fro Conservatory of
Music "Guiseppi Verdi" at Turin
and Superior School of Music
"Jose Angel Lamas" at Caracas,
Venezuela. In addition to
performing in Venezuelan
Symphony, Caracas
Philharmonic and the Venezuelan
National Radio Chamber
Orchestras, Mr. Gherardi has
composed and arranged
commercial music for multi
After locating to St. George Island,
the Gherardis met the third
member of Sunday's ensemble,
R. Bedford Watkins,
Harpsichordist. Dr. Watkins
retired to Eastpoint, Florida from
Illinois where he was Professor
Emeritus of Piano and
Harpsichord and Chairman of the
Department of Piano at the School
of Music, Illinois Wesleyan
University. Dr. Watkins received
his Bachelor of Music degree from
Rhodes College, his Master of
Music degree fromthe University
of Michigan and his Ph.D. from


Commemorating the lives of
Robert Carl "Bob' Bock and his
wife, Barbara Stanley Sweeney
Bock, Mason Bean announced the
award of the plaque to the St.
George Volunteer Fire
Department and First Responder
Unit at February's Civic Club
meeting. The Bocks were long
time St. George Island residents,
and made substantial
contributions to the Fire
Department and First Responder
Unit. Mr. Bock was born in 1927
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Sunday's concert was the fourth
in a series of seven presented by
the Newell Fund for the
Performing Arts and the
Apalachicola Area Historical
Society. The Trinity Episcopal
Church was packed to the rafters
literally before the concert began.
The Trio began the concert with
familiar tunes from Richard
Rogers and Duke Ellington and
then moved into more classical
pieces including Liszt's
iebestraum and a waltz (from
"The Sleeping Beauty") by
Tchaikovsky. Althoughthesefirst
selections varied in style, the
interpretations by these virtuosi
were flawless and lacked
absolutely nothing. The second
third of the concert was a piano
solo by Dr. Watkins of pieces
affected by love, that chameleon
emotion that can thrive
reciprocated or unrequited. Dr.
Watkins performed pieces by
Schumann, Albeniz, Debussy and
Granados. Upon the return of the
Gherardis, the Trio performed
themes from "The Merry
Widow". Tara's Theme from
Gone with the Wind was
obviously stirring for the Southern
lovers in the audience as well as it
should be! Also performed,wasa
tango entitled "Jealousy" (really,
what'slove without it). Listeners
also learned from the concert that
this most familiar tango was
composed by a musician from
Denmark, notorious for its export
of hot blooded lovers. After an
extended ovation, the Trio
returned to the stage and played
Felix Mendelssohn's Wedding
March from Midsummer Nights
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Vol.2, No.4 26 February 1993

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports) Lucille Graham
(Sports) Jenny Connell
(Captain Ernie)............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

All contents Copyright 1993
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.

Armisteads, continued from page 1
building down there, so I decided to take Sonny down and my
husband Graham would fly down of weekends to bewith us. ...It
got kinda hairy there for awhile, to be separated. We'd always been
together. (Sonny) got much, much better, so we decided at that time
Graham's family had a farm in Monticello, Florida, a very small
farm, and we decided to go out there and add to it. Well, we did.
And, we ended up with around 3500 acres. We bought one piece
after another. We started off with beef cattle, and...then we went
into the dairy business, and that was very successful. ... In 1972, for
health reasons, Mr. Armistead had to stop working, as hard as he
did. He had his own bulldozer and four tractors, and he did all of
his bulldozing, land clearing and as you know watermelons have
to be grown in new land, so every time he would clear off acres of
land, he'd plant it to watermelon, and that went real good."
"In 1972, Mr. Armistead was not able to work so we had to sell out.
So, we sold a part of it to the Mailer Dairy ...and another part of it
to Bassett's Dairy in Monticello. And, with that, we decided that we
were retired. We were going to travel around a bit."
"We'd go to Jacksonville Beach...That was when the children were
little, Walter (1953), and JoAnn (1954) and by that time Sonny was
married... We'd have a trailer and we'd take their cribs and the
Nanny with us and we'd go to Jacksonville Beach for a week each
summer. ...We've always loved the beach."



St. George Discovery
"On the TV one Sunday morning, we saw Dog Island. They had a
(program)... On Dog Island...so. we decided we'd drive down and
see what they were advertising. ...We got as far Carrabelle and you
had to wait for the ferry to take you over there."
..."We were waiting for the ferry, and we decided togo into this
little restaurant to get coffee, and while we were there, the owner of
the restaurant told us that St. George Island had opened up. Dog
Island didn't have electricity and he thought St. George Island was
the place to come to so we...came on a few more miles, waited for
the ferry, and when we got here, there were so many people on the
island, we couldn't take our car over, so we had to come over on
foot... They told us we would be met at the ferry with an agent
because they were just opening the development. ...When we got
over on this side, George Bradford was there and he was acting as
a guide and real estate salesman... We were really interested in the
ocean front property... On the ferry coming back over, we met a
person who was acquainted with another real estate agent, H.G.
Smith...In the middle of the following week, we got a call from Mr.
Smith, and he came out to the farm (in Monticello) and he invited
us down to his home for the weekend... We did, and we loved it
right from the very beginning."
Walter recalled: "I was about 6 years old in 1959...when we first
came over on the ferry. I remember very well staying at H.G.
S'Siith's house. At that time itwas aciss the street fromthe beach'
o the west end. It was one of the few'luses down there. And,then
,after mom and dad bought a gulf f- it'lot, in fact, I think they
boughtaboit fivegulffront lots'rofii' tSimith. Theyhad plannedn
to build on the east end, on a nice high lot, and when H.G. Smith
heard that mom and dad decided to build on the east end, he
approached him about coming down to build on his (west) end
with him. If you couldn'tbuild on the gulf, dad (Graham, Sr.) didn't
want to be here. ...At that particular time when he built the house
on the Gulf he had to bring the labor down from the farm because
there just weren't that many contractors in this area. And, so, they
brought everything over on the ferry. ...It took about two years to
complete the house. ...I remember in 1961 when they finished the
house it was the 7th house on St. George Island...."
Ferry Recalled
Veronica: "The ferry was wonderful. We had to wait in line. I
believe the ferry only carried 8 or 10 cars."
Walter: "Nine cars. three across and three deep."

Veronica: "So, the cars would be lined up way down the road.
We'd put our car into line and we'd wait for the ferry. Now, it took
45 minutes to take those 9 cars to the island. He'd unload them and
come back and pick up another load... There were a lot of porpoises
in the bay and they would go ahead of the ferry... We'd put the car
on the ferry and we'd get out and we'd watch the porpoises. Then
if it was windy or the spray was bad there was a little closed in place
on the side where the children and mothers would congregate and
we'd talk. Got acquainted. Some of the women would bring their
knitting or crochet, while goin' across."
Walter: "As kids, we'd be running' around on the deck of the
ferry...having a good time. I can remember a couple of occasions
when we were allowed to go up into the wheel house with the
Captain. Specifically, it was Snooky Barber, who lives in
Apalachicola, retired. There were two Captains who alternated...
The ferry used to land at Cat Point on the Eastpoint side. And, then
roughly coming back on the island, about where the bridge comes
now is about where the ferry came in."
Island Life 1959-1970
"...I spent all my summers, vacation summers, on St. George Island,
and there were very few people here. The Anchor Inn, which used
to be right at where the public beach is now, the old Anchor Inn was
there and that was the hub of the island. As soon as you got on the
island, and got off the ferry, there were usually realtors there to
meet you. And, I remember there was H.G. Smith, and Francis
Spottiswoode. George Bradford, who worked for the St. George
Island Gulf Beach Corporation, was the owner of St. George Island
at that time. And, there were Clyde Atkinson and Bill Wilson.
Those were the two main (owners)... but there were other investors
in the St. George Island Gulf Beach Corporation such as Guy
McKensie from Tallahassee. George (Bradford) was the bookkeeper
for St. George Island Gulf Beaches. (He was also Clerk of Court).
You know, Ithink he took that job, if I'm not mistaken, shortly after
he left the office of Clerk of Court in Franklin County. He continued

on with St. George Island Gulf Beaches until I think Gene Brown
and John Stocks bought it out..."
Walter: "There were only shell roads over here. ...Virtually no
paved roads to speak of at all. ...The Anchor Inn served as a place
where you came in and got a drink...a hamburger, gasoline... No,
you couldn't get a room there. There were no motels or any
facilities. Youhad to go stay in someone's house, and that's what
a lot of people did..."
"It was really nice because you could drive up and down the beach
and fish. My dad bought a four-wheel drive, International Scout,
back in those days, that was one of the first four-wheel drives, other
than the old jeeps... But, we used to drive up and down the beach
and fish right out of the jeep, and to go to the Bob Sikes Cut was a
big adventure... At this particular time, the island was only
developed two miles east and two miles west. The rest of the island
was in a natural state. I can remember as a child...thinking that

Editorial and



Here is an opportunity to direct your contributions to a campaign
which already provides services to Franklin County without"Big
Brother" government "directing" us to contribute to the nation's
feeding ofa state and federal bureaucracy through our tax system.
With your contribution, you can enhance the services already being
provided to Franklin County, as indicated in a recent mailing from
the Franklin County Campaign Chairperson, Mr. George Chapel.
(Readers may note that Mr. Chapel is on the Advisory Board to this
newspaper but we are basing this appeal strictly on the basis of his
newsletter dated 12 February 1993). He reminds us, "...we cannot
reach everyone face to face, but we try." George points out that
most of the United Way campaign efforts are made in the workplace
where employees elect to have a few dollars deducted from their
paychecks. But, in Franklin County, such clusters of employees
with automatic deductions are very small, indeed. So, the annual
appeal for funds requires very expensive direct mail and other non-
traditional efforts. ...This is only the second year for joining United
Way efforts to raise funds to support the services..." Franklin
County already receives.
Here's an excerpt of the long list of United Way agencies which
have provided help to our County in the past year:
Agency Clients Served
American Red Cross 82
Big Bend Hospice, Inc. 185
Capital Area Community Action Agency 632
Catholic Social Services 51
Boy Scouts 95
DISC Village 60
AlzheimerResource Center 14
Legal Services of North Florida 130
Girl Scouts 90
To contribute to United Way, please address your donations to:
United Way of the Big Bend, 307East Seventh Avenue, Tallahassee,
Florida 32303-5520. Mr. Chapel, the Franklin County Campaign
Chairman, will respond to your inquiries directly. Just call him at




Last week, the Governor and Cabinet were to receive advice
from"staff" concerning dedesignation of Franklin County as an
Area of Critical State Concern, especially in regard to the separation
of Apalachicola from the rest of the County. Could Apalachicola
remain "designated" and the rest of the County be "dedesignated"
as an Area ofCritical State Concern? This question was posed by
the Governor and Cabinet at the 26 January Governor and Cabinet
meeting, normally held twice monthly m Tallahassee. "Staff"
quickly determined that the dedesignation could not be "split"
under current legislation, so a proposal was quietly made to Senator
Pat Thomas to make a change in the law, in the form of some kind
of amendment to the current statute which would permit a split
-designation status, and allow: the County to be dedesignated as an
Sarea of critical state coicernand yet allow Apalachicola to remain
designated. .
Also a part of that 26 January Governor and Cabinet meeting was
another question if both the County and Apalachicola were
dedesignated in one fell swoop, as originally proposed by the
Department of Community Affairs (published in the Chronicle of
10 February and continued in this issue) would Apalachicola
"suffer" in regard to future grant proposals and other relief to solve
its problems with the waste water treatment issue. Chronicle
inquiries to the Governor's staff aides have indicated that there
were some "indications" that the city would have problems if they
were dedesignated along with the County.
All parties concerned should be relieved at the answer, "We would
like to keep everyone happy" in this situation, satisfying the city of
Apalachicola and the Franklin county Commission. Now, there is
no guarantee that the issue will not come up at the 23 February
Governor and Cabinet meeting, or there is a chance that this matter
will be completely removed from the agenda. At press time for the
Chronicle, we could not ascertain what decision route would be
Then, comes the City of Apalachicola which requested the
Apalachicola Bay Area Resource Planning and Management
Commission to meet on 10 March and the reason for the late date is
that under Florida Law, the meeting must be advertised in the
state's Administrative Weekly. But, the purpose of this meeting is
to "re-address" the previous "motion" made at last November's
meeting when 18 of the committee's members overwhelmingly
voted for dedesignation, and four voted to continue state overview
of County business. What purpose the 10 March meeting is to
serve, despite that lunch will be served at the Gibson Inn at
someone's expense, remains to be seen. Some sort of presentation
by Baskerville-Donovan will be on the program, presumably dealing
with Apalachicola's waste water treatment problems. The
governor's aides seemed all too aware that Apalachicola wants to
remain "designated" and the County wants out, period. The aides
expressed considerable hope and interest in the future of the
proposed legislation which would allow for the separate statuses to
be declared once and for all. In the meantime, at Tuesday's 16
February meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, County
Planner Alan Pierce expressed frustration, dismay and a
recommended path of action. He wrote in his remarks to the Board,
delivered 16 February,
"..I have spent much time in the last two weeks trying to understand
what is going on with the dedesignation issue. This is the status: the
City of Apalachicola wants to stay in, the County and the City of
Carrabelle want to get out. According to the Governor's Office, the
Attorney General, and DCA, the legislation does not allow for
partial dedesignation. The Board could challenge this position and
ask for a vote by the Administration Commission but the best
advice I get is that we would not win. A better strategy is to get
Senator Pat Thomas to attach a rider to an appropriate bill currently
in the Legislature which would allow for partial dedesignation. I
have spoken with the Senator's office, and upon contact by the
Chairman of the Board the Senator would initiate legislative action.
Since it would be rider affecting only Franklin County, it should be
able to get through without too much controversy..
It would appear that the logjam of decisions would eventually be
broken. But, as in Casablanca, while some await "freedom" and
others await continued bondage, we all.. "...wait, and wait, and
wait, and wait..."

there would never be anything down in that Plantation area.- That
was just like wilderness. ..It was beyond my comprehension that
there were ever be large numbers of homes or large numbers of
people over here."
Veronica: 'Well, the wild hogs would come up and eat out of your
Continued on page 7


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Ihblishedl twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Page 4, 26 February 1993 *, The Franklin County

by Anne James Estes

I remember my sister, Elaine
Veronica James, playing
basketball for Chapman High
School in Apalachicola. My
mother, Ms. Annie, and I would
go to the "Armory" as we called
e National Guard Building, and
sometimes my brothers would go
with us, depending on the
weather. In good weather they
would all be out shrimping with
my dad, Captain Emanuel James.
Carrabelle was the number one
opponent, and needless to say the
action on the basketball court was
fast, every point being made with
an intense feeling of victory in
mind. The uniforms were shorts,
loosefitting shirts with short
sleeves, and-the old "Ace" hightop
lace-up tennis shoes, which were
purchased at Austin's
Department Store, Demo
George's on the Bowery and
Nichols. As best I can remember,
this was the conventional uniform
for schools, with the exception
being Mary, Star of the Sea
Catholic High School. They were
dark green shorts below the knee,
loose slip on shirts, with mid-
length sleeves.
Before that time, according to my
cousin, MargaretMartini Bartley,
the uniforms were black silk
bloomers; with some of the
players being, Mary Carol Rice
(Creekmore), Margaret Harrison,
Patty Nedley, Julia Mae Daily,
Monica Conter and Cecile
Scarabin, who is now, and has
been for a large number of years,
a Catholic nun. Alice Maria,
"Doll" Conter, Monica's younger
sister, and I were in the same class,
academically, butnot athletically.
"Doll" grew up, married, and
moved to Canada, where she was
recognized by the Canadian
Government for her expertise in
the field of botany. She is now
deceased. The above named team
members of Mary Star of the Sea
Catholic High School basketball
was considered one of the best in
their district.

My sister, Elaine, when on the
court, which was nearly always,
could execute the ball, and we
were all so proud of her, still are
today. When I was eight years of
age, my sister married Elgin Lee
(Snap) Cooper. They lived with
us for awhile, with Ms. Annie and
Captain Man uel saving there was
a always room fororie or two more.
Two years laterilithif' l 'child,
Oliver FenimorqCooper (Cooter),
'"was' born,' 8 December 1935,
another wonderful Christmas
present for us all. Soon after Snap
built a house for them in one of
the rural sections of Apalachicola,

Captain Ernie's
Saltwater Tips
by Ernie Rehder

Chumming: Pro and Con

Chumming, or tossing over the
side of the boat groundc-up fish or
other marine life to attract
desirable kinds of fish to the
vicinity of your hook, must be
done with caution. Chumming
may be effective at certain times
and places; for example, in the
winter months, bits of shrimp,
crab and cracked oystershell or
barnacle help can lure the
normally cautious sheepshead.
That's why you may see some
sports fishermen trailing oyster
boats as they tong the oyster beds.

I remember some disastrous
experiences caused by amateurish
efforts to conjure up fish with
chum. Once I went out with a
fellow from Boston who insisted
onpracticinghis foreign angling
techniques. The boat was his, sol
could not object. Among his
quirks were chumming with great
gobs of anything he could find to
chop u and a distaste for drift-
fishing. So we anchored and
waited. Then, jackpot! Four
stingrays dangling over the
gunwhales, waiting to be
isconnected from our four
lines-by me, of course, since, he,
being from Boston, didn't know
what to do with a stingray. Might
have been better to just leave them
hooked, dangling over the side,
until a shark came along to clean
off the terminal gear. Maybe the
shark would have eaten my
fishing partner, too.

Sharks are a good reason to chum
with caution. A shark in the
vicinity means that other species
vacate the premises, which is the
exact opposite of what chumming
is supposed to accomplish. Of
course, you may want to chum
for sharks if they are your target.
Or try a modified chumming:
leave a couple of pinfish
swimming around in a wire-mesh
bag tied toyourboat while drifting
for shark. Very effective. The
complication is that the shark
might want to eat your boat
instead of the hunk of bait on the
end ofyour line. thatisa problem
for the captain of a 12-foot craft.

known as Philaco Shores, which
was at that time according to Ms.
Annie, "out in the woods", their
house being one of the first to be
constructedin thatparticulararea.
Today the name remains the same,
carefully developed and
inhabited by middle income
Snap was employed at Sheips
Lumber Mill, located "up the
Apalachicola River". This
location was also used as a
protective measure insuring the
safety of boats during storms,
hurricanes and tornadoes in
extremely bad weather. I
remember Dad saying, "Bad
weather coming-time to man the
boatup the river." Then when the
weather abated, everyone joined
in and moved their boats back to
the dock slips.
The Sheips had the "Mill
Commissary Store," complete
with the Mill Tokens, to be used
to make r.zcessary purchases
between paychecks. Elaine would
make homemade sandwiches and
hot lunches for the mill hands,
purchased upon delivery already
prepared and ready to eat, being
hot, delicious and much more
economically feasible than the
store'scold drinks and usual plain
sandwiches, cookies and snacks.
Sometimes I rode a bicycle to town
and back to Philaco Shores for
supplies at the Jitney Jungle, Mr.
Russell's store, Rice's Store, or the
Atlantic and Pacific. Woe to me if
I was late or lost a penny.

I remember later, Snap attained
employment with the Florida
Power Corporation, working with
his good friend, Johnny Stokes.
Billy Buzzett was District
Manager. Billy's wife Betty was
such a lovely and gracious lady,
with a ready smile for all. Much
later, Snap was killed in a tragic
accidentwhile on thejob installing
a new light pole in Carrabelle for
an old one which had been
destroyed by heavy storms and
rain. During the installation of
the pole, somehow a live wire
disconnected, fell and struck the
handle of the iron crowbar he was
using to tamp the earth, charging
the bar, killing Snap instantly.
Johnny Stokes, his friend,
requested to embalm the body
sayinghis friend would withstand
the ravages of death for a long,
long time.


remarried an officer and fellow
employee Isiah York Fitzgerald,
who was originally from
Tennessee. "Fitz' as we fondly
call him, flies helicopters, and has
surveyed almost all of the world's
underwater coastline.

Cooter, Elaine and Snap's boy
joined his mother and step dad,
traveled quite a bit, graduated
from the University of Tennessee,
with a degree in Cryptography
attaining a position in Civil
Service at Washington D.C.
Dulles Airport, retiring at age fifty
five, residing in Georgetown,
South Carolina, Elaine and Fitz
have joined Cooter and his
gracious wife Pat, selling their
previous home in Crossville,
ennessee, enjoying the lovely
new brick home constructed
nearly on Cooter's property.
While he was staying with us, one
of the many escapades Cooter and
myself joined in, was the actual
building of the "Boat', out of
scraps and pieces of lumber
salvaged from the docks and
"Bay, meaning the Apalachicola
River and Ms. Annie's yard.
When completed, we mounted
the boat on two logs, rolledher to
the bay, and launched'her,
complete with a half-full bottle of
orange soda water for christening
purposes. Needless to say the
bat floated for about ten-fifteen
minutes then decided to join Davy
Jones' locker.

What we really needed was the
expertise and craftsmanship of
Captain Jesse Leon (Bud)
Seymour. Bud need no drawings,
plans or schematics, and has built
all types of beautiful, streamline,
shrimp boats (and others) using
huge cedar tree trunks, which he
hauled himself by boatto hisyard
from up the Apalachicola River.
Those boats ranged in sizes from
seventy feet on down, including
the "Buddy's Boys" for Seafood
dealer and entrepreneur, Buddy
Ward, and Sons Thirteen Mile
Seafood. Bud and his wife Jenny
live on Bluff Road in Apalachicola.

These are my childhood memories
of Apalachicola, and while they
don't revert back to horse and
buggy days, they were soon after.
I try to put together the memories
of my family and my childhood
with people and happenings of
Apalachicola. If any of ou ave
any comments, or would like to

share your old memories,
After Snap died Elaine had to especially photos, I would be
produce a driver's license for delighted to use them, and return
employment with the United to you. Myaddressand telephone
StAtes Coastal iid' Gf detcfic number: Ainne Esfes"POBb-x271;,
Survey, Mr. Hamer Murrell Panacea, Florida, 32346;
leaned her his truck, she telephone 904-984-0224.
her license and was hired. hen
United States Coastal and There were, and still are so many
Geodetic Survey (Civil Service) wonderful people in Franklin
transferred to Pensacola, Elaine County, and I love them all.
also transferred, where she


President Rose Drye quickly
dispatched old and new business
so the assembled group on 18
February 1993 cold see and hear
Dorcas S. Crozier's talk on
ornamental trees and shrubs
which could be planted on barrier
islands, a talk illustrated with
slides. Ms. Crozier is a landscape
planner in her business as
Sopchoppy Nurseries.

The Treasurer's Report, by
Marilyn Bean, is excerpted below,
and was accepted by the

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Taylor's (bulbs and tube lights)
Market Place (tea and ice)
Seahorse-Suber flowers
SGIVol. Fire donation
US Post Office, newsletter
Florida Power
Chili Cook off postage
Corp. Annual Report

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The Fire Department reported no
fires, thus 'no report".

Judy Little reported that the First
Responders are planning another
CPR course in the near future.
She and Mary Lou Short are
writing a Cookbook for St. George
Island, and would be grateful to
receive island favorite recipes to
include in the book along with
island history.

On the Chili Cookoff, Mason Bean
reported that the construction of
booths and other framing will be
done the Saturday prior to the 6
March event and anyone
interested in helping out would
be most welcome. Forty-five
professional cookers have signed
on for booth space and none is
now available. Rose Drye
mentioned that the entry fee for
the amateur crockpot competition
is $5.00.

Art Little, Head of the island
security patrol, reported that five
npewv nmemlors : iinr> ?,r,- have

been trained. The patrol operates
a 1986 auto furnished by Franklin
County Sheriff's Department to
patrol the island. AsCommander
of the Patrol, Mr. Little could not
resist telling about the patrol's
new cookbook, consisting of 357
pages, each page devoted to the
explanation of John Chris Shelb' s
"Bourbon Sweet Potatoes, a
likely hit among island residents.
He also reminded listeners that
January was "not a quiet month",
since he had given his wife Judy a
scanner for Christmas. Thus, they
had received callsfromas faraway
as Ohio, Tallahassee, and a few
from the County Sheriff's office
in Franklin County. On a serious
but happy note, he reported that
Captain Don Hammock would
be the island's liaison with the
Franklin County Sheriff's office.


Task forces and other volunteers
in budgeting and architectural
control met Friday and Saturday,
19 and 20 February respectively,
at the St. George Plantation
Homeowners' clubhouse.
Friday's meeting dealt with
budget review and a workshop
which continued to critique the
current budget. The outcome of
this meeting as of press-time was
uncertain. On Saturday, the Task
Force on Architectural Control
continued its review of proposed
revisions of the Covenants which
eventually will be presented to
the general membership after
review by the Board of Directors.
Attorney Barbara Sanders
presented her critique of certain
sections of the draft document. A
third workshop, which is
expected to conclude the
Covenant review, will be held at
the clubhouse on Saturday, 20
March 1993.

A report from President John
Cullen and official minutes of the
5 December 1992 Board of
Directors were bulk-mailed to the
membership in early February. If
members have not received these
reports, write to the St. George
Plantation Owners' Association,
Inc., HCR Box 228, St. George
Island 32328, or fax 904-927-3039.

Library Site, continued
from page 1
checked outat the rate of about 25
a day. Nearly 100 children have
participated in "Story Time"
programs on Saturday mornings
and"Pre-School Story Hour" on
Wednesday. The Mall space,
which was donated for threeyears
by Richard Plessinger, is not large,
but the initial donations of books
and other materials have been
greeted with considerable
enthusiasm by county residents.

A citizens group, Friends of the
Franklin County Library, hasbeen
working for several years to
realize county-wide library
services. Apalachicola has its own
library, which is not connected
with the newly-constituted
county library "system".
Carrabelle's Yaupon Garden Club
has offered its small space and
stock of books to the public for the
past several years. The Friends
suggested recently that the
Yaupon club increase from four
hours to 15 the number of hours
weekly that its meeting rooms be
open to the reading public, but on
January 29 Yaupon members
voted to continue library
operations for only two hours each
on Tuesday and Friday
afternoons, as at present. There
was some discussion of donating
their books to a Carrabelle branch
library when and if it is established
at another site.

Norman Boyd, chairman of the
Franklin County Library Board
(and executive director of the
Senior Citizens Council), said the
Board is canvassing space
possibilities in Carrabelle. It has
een suggested that, with
extensive renovation, the
Community Center might be
made into a cultural center, with
room for a library as well as for
the Youth League and the
Panhandle Players who now use
it. Conceiveably a second story
might be built for a library unde
thelofty roof, but that would take
considerable time and not a little
On the other hand, Boyd said this
week, the owners of the Everitts
store, Nelson and Clare Viles, are
"civic-minded citizens who have
made a generous rental offer" to
the library, and renovations
would be minimal and rapid. The
store boasts 3,200 square feet of
space, 150 linear feet of shelving
(five tiers high) along the walls,
three or four more tiers of shelves
on 10 movable fixtures or islands,
"ia" 'hlkout tcounter;'-and two
restrooms (requiring
modificatiop).,W With movable
partitions, special rooms could be
situated for various categories of
books (fiction, travel, biography,
education, etc.), audio and visual
equipment, various tastes in
music, and so on.

"Carrabelle is a community that
needs a library, and it could be
shared with Alligator Point and
Lanark Village," said Boyd.
"We've had lotsof offersof books,
and I'm confident that a
legitimate, small library systme
can be established in a short time
with community support, books,
dollars, and utilization. The
Everitts store would be an ideal
site on the riverfront, whereyoung
people could studyand read while
boats go by.

"There are two big display
windows, too, which could be
reflective of special months,
seasons, or occasions. It would be
unconscionable not to do this
for the community."

Nelson Viles noted that the
building has heat and air
conditioning, and it could be
readied "almost immediately."
"It'slocated in a convenient place,
and it will add to the appearance
of downtown Carrabelle, he said.

Boyd plans to ask early
consideration by the County
Library Board. He said he will
also "run it by" the Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries, which is a
multi-county unit comprising
Franklin, Wakulla, and Jefferson
counties established last
September to meet criteria and
receive matching funds from the
state of Florida.

State matching funds, which were
$2.19 for each Franklin County
dollar earned or donated in the
first fiscal year of operation and
which are $1.50 per dollar in the
current year, helped to get the
county library offthe launching
pad in 1992. Certainfund-raising,,
-events are contemplated for the
coming summer months. The first
of these, it is proposed, will be a
"Spring Fling" on Memorial Day,
May 31, which may include a
children's parade, games, foot
races, a Bike-aThon, and more.


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Camporee, continued from
page 1
waived some rules and allowed
black powder demonstrations
involving the firing of muskets
by the Jackson Gun Shop
(Tallahassee). A Saturday night
traditional campfire was lit, and
according to Larry Hale, "It goes
back to tall tale telling, the way
people used to entertain
themselves years ago before the
electronic media." 'These boys
can't believe they can have so
much fun without a TV and
without violence... One of the
skits did tend to get kinda
violent.., but they were
illustrating a mugging and self-
defense against a mugging. We
had a special storyteller. John Lee
did the legend of Tate's Hell...and
he is preserving the area of tall
tale-telling we used to know." Mr.
Ollie Gunn, St. George Island, was
among those given special

recognition with an Award of
Merit. Hale said, "I don't know
what I would do without
him...Whether it's in scouting or
through civic organizations...
Ollie goes to it. ...Hedoes not beg
off...and an excellent camp cook.
Those who have tasted his Swamp
Gumbo can easily attest to his
skills and talent. He and his
helpers shared the succulent brew
with the entire Camporee. "This
has given these bos a positive
direction in life. Hopefully, its
like throwing a big gob of mud
against the wall. Some of it is
going to stick. ...Most of the boys
Ive seen who have gone through
scouting will succeed at
something. Daily, I run into
people who have been in
scouting... Boys coming back and
telling me...they're young men
with families...telling me how
they have enjoyed it, leading
successful lives. I meet other men
who can relate to a positive
experience in scouting. These
churches who undertake this, this
is their mission here at home. I
was struck by a young Korean
who came up, that believe it or
not, he's a missionary from Korea
over here doing mission work in
America. I kinda took it
personally... Cause I always
thought we were sending
missionaries over there, but even
Korea recognizes the fact that
we've got a problem with our
youth in America, and the
churches have undertaken
working with youth in scouting. I
commend them." Larry Hale
concluded, "Fathers came outand
worked with their children. This
is so important for parents, to get
involved with their kids in
scouting because itbuilds bridges
for the future, bridges of
communication. So many parents
today sit back, and I'm appalled
that many of them don t now
what's going on in their child's
life. You find so many parents
that are frightened by youth. He
added, "...My troop fro St. George
Island, I can't say enough how
these boys stuck it out, worked
hard all week to pull this off, and
they provided the labor to put it
together, to prepare the grounds,
preparetheshootingrange... They
came up here a week ahead of
time and cleaned the area, cleaned
the broken glass out of the lake,
and all the litter off the trails, and
that's they way we're going to
leave it."

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Sikes Cut, continued from page 1
but Mr. Brown genially (no pun
intended)concededthattherewas Mr. Brown: "I won't speak for
some was some redundancy but Mr. Shuler but he did review this
this merely made matters more on more than one occasion... To
clear. Ms. Sanders disagreed. dootherwise would be, somehow,
Challenges were made about the to let people take the position that
'proposed pump-out facilities. Mr. Herron's land is gonna be
DERannouncedthatitwouldnot rezoned by this little point that
approve the plan based on the Barbara (Sanders) raises for the
lack of information about first time today, whereas, if you
monitoring wells. The wantto takeawayhisrightsunder
representative from the NW the PUD ordinance, there's a way
-.Water Management District to do that. You can go through
acknowledged various meetings and Z. Everybody can come and
with attorney Brown, in which whoop and hollar, and everybody
othersattended,butnotall of their can say we ought to change PUD
concerns were addressed in those zoning, but that's not why we're
:meetings, and then the discussion here today. And, ah, they're
began to quickly unravel. A simply trying to get the County
deadlock on the monitoring wells embroiled in somethingyou don t
developed. Another raised need tobein(referrin tolitigation
questions about mixing in the Herron matter)."
petroleum waste with human
waste in the pump-out facilities. "It's hard enough to satisfy the
Some quotations below Franklin Planning Department,
characterize the discussions as the the Franklin County Attorney,
Commission careened one way and DCA, and also whenyou have
: and then another, tosatisfyeveryagency...andevery
homeowner, and everybody who
: John Cullen, President of the St. hasanaxetogrind, andeverybody
George Plantation Homeowners' who wants to kill the project by
Association: bringing up something at the last
minute, I'm not gonna sit here
S"My hand was up then I brought and tell you that we're goingto
it own because I wasn't sure have this done next week... But
where you were going." we're willing to try."

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Commissioner Mosconis: "...The
County's been jacked around here
with this thing ...I think most of
the issues have been addressed.
Is there any issue that has not
been addressed?"
Ms. Sanders: "...I'm supposed to
bring stuff up...and Gene invited
me to a meeting with DCA. I get
there on the day before and DCA
tried to uninvite me. Then when
I come here today, I'm told 'You
should have brought this up
before.' Now am I gonna get to go
to this meeting and have... Gene
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him my 2 worth. But, I need to
be on the invitation list."
Jimmy Mosconis: "...The Board is
not developing the land. It is not
our job...Ifyou guys can't get
together we re not (The County
Board of Commissioners) gonna
make you get together. It's against
the law for us to make you get
Mr. Brown: "...If itcan'tbeworked
out by next Tuesday, it can't be
worked out. Because we can't be
jstdrugon. We did this in (19)85.
We kept adjourning these
hearings and it just dragged on
for years. You can't develop the
property. All you can do is to stop
us from developing it, and that s
what the Boards doing...."
Mosconis: "...Don't say things
like that."
Brown: "It took about four
months of almost continuous
public hearings. We had one
scheduled...foroneweekago. But,
if you're now gonna going to talk
about, let's set one, someday
down the road. What I'm saying
is if we can work it out by next
Tuesday, fine. If we can't, then
we'll just pull out and do
something else."
A Part of What
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Through attorney Gene Brown,
the three developers at the Sikes
Cut (Covington, Bob Herron and
Sunny Day (George Mahr) have
modified their proposals several
times since the filing on 31
December 1992, in response to
various concerns raised by
regulatory agencies such as
Department of Community
Affairs (DCA), the Department of
Environmental Regulation (DER)
or Northwest Water Management
District (NWMD). Summarized,
the changes thus far include the

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a. Deletion of proposals and
approvals for the hotel/
convention center and the multi-
family units in the 16 July 1985
amendment because
development of these land uses
were not commenced within the
time required.
b. Some portions of the deleted 16
July 1985 amendment are to be
reinstated such as:
1) The ninth amendment
would be binding upon
successors in interest;
2) Providing for certain
protections of the Atlantic
Loggerhead Turtle;
3) Habitat and Natural
Vegetation Protections,
including the provision that
33% of the site will be left in its
natural vegetated state;
4) Designation of the Clerk of
Franklin County Circuit Court
as Monitoring Official; and
5) the filing ofan annual report
with Franklin County,
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, DCA and other
c. Sunny Day would be approved
for the construction of 76 single
family units on 67 acres. Sunny
Day would agree to convey about
15.8 acres to the Florida
Department of Natural Resources
' ('DNR)from land owned bySunny
Day around the airport in the St.
George Island Plantation and
through the transfer, result in a
net density of 76 units on 82.64
d. Covington, under the revised
plan, would have the right to
construct seven single family
residential units on six acres of
Gulf front property. All units
including Sunny Day, would be
served by aerobic septic systems.
As a condition of approval,
Covington would set aside two
acres of property near the cut on
which no units would be
constructed, to be used eventually
for recreational purposes and
perhaps a waste-water treatment
plant to serve future uses.
e. The County Board would
reaffirm its prior approval of the
120 slip dry storage marina facility
and ship's store to be located near
the Cut, on about 4 acres. Until a
waste water treatment facility
would be built, the dry storage
facility and ship's store may be
served by an approved and
properly permittedholding tank
and pump-out facility, with the
provision that Covington would
proceed to immediately seek a
permit for and to construct waste
water treatment facility on its

of the Apalachicola Pentecostal
Holiness Church.
Survivors include one son, Jim
Tomlin of Apalachicola; four
daughters, Denise Burkett, Sheila
Schoelles, Christy Furr, and Selena
Lowe, all of Apl~~icola; three

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Willis Collins, Jr.
Willis Collins, Jr. (Bill), 57, of
Apalachicola died Wednesday, 30
December 1992 at Tallahassee
Memorial Hospital. A native of
Warsaw, Georgia, and longtime
resident of Apalachicola, he was
a Security Guard at St. Joe Forest
Products. He served as a Franklin
County Commissioner for four
years and also served as a Deputy
for the, Franklin County Sheriffs
Department for six years.
Survivors include his wife, Boncile
Collins of Apalachicola; a
daughter, Beverly Norris of
Raleigh, N.C.; a son, Alex Collins
of Donaldsonville, GA; a
stepdaughter, Susan Strauss of
Tallahassee; a stepson, Chuck
Earnest, Jr. of Birmingham, AL; a
brother, Dennis Collins of
Cumming, GA; a sister, Yvonne
Bradberry of Tallahassee; seven
grandchildren, Alex and Brandon
Norris, Heath and Garrett Collins,
Elizabeth and Katherine Strauss
and Chuck Earnest III.
Funeral Services were Thursday
at 3:00 p.m. in the First Baptist
Church in Apalachicola with Rev.
Paulk officiating. Interment was
in Holly Hill Cemetery in Port St.
Joe. Funeral arrangements were
under the direction of Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home.
Joseph William Reed
Joseph (Joe) William Reed, 59, of
St. George Island died
Wednesday, 30 December 1992
atTallahassee Memorial Hospital.
A native of Adrian, West Virginia,
and longtime resident of St.
George Island, he was minister of
the Church in the Wilderness in
Survivors include, his wife, Buena
Reed of St. George Island; five
sisters, Betty Welch and Erma
Louis, both of WestVirginia, Anna
Grubb of Virginia, Susan Simons
of Ohio and Beatrice Roades of
Oklahoma; a brother, Daris Reed
of Michigan.
Funeral services were at 11:00 a.m.
on Thursday, 31 December 1992
at the Church in the Wilderness
with Rev. Bateman officiating.

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Interment was in the Eastpoint
Cemetery. Funeral arrangements
were under the direction of
Holmes-Middlebrooks Funeral
Ralph Keeton
Ralph Keeton, 48, of St. George
Island died Friday at his home. A
native of Salyersville, Kentucky,
and a residentof St. George Island
for ten months, he was a security
guard and had served in the
united States Air Force.
He is survived by his wife, Ada
Keeton of St. George Island; three
daughters, Pamela Ree Keeton of
St. James, Julianne Kay Keeton of
Lanark Village and Melissa Jo
Keeton of St. George Island; and
one grandchild.
Funeral services were were at
10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Erwin-
Dodson Funeral Home Chapel
with Rev. EllaWilliams officiating
in Minford, Ohio. Interment was
in Mt. Zion Cemetery, South
Shore, Kentucky. Funeral
arrangements were under the
direction of Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home and
Erwin-Dodson Funeral Home.
Theodore Frank Hohneke
Theodore Frank Hohneke, 72, of
Sauk City, Wisconsin, died
Tuesday, January 26, 1993 at his
residence at Wrights Lake. A
native of Hoskins, Nebraska and
long time resident of Sauk City,
Wisconsin, he was a retired auto
mechanic and had served in the
U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife; Juliet
Hohneke of Sauk City, Wisconsin;
and a son.
Funeral services were held inSauk
City, Wisconsin. Funeral
arrangements were under the
direction of Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home and
Gnewikow Funeral Home, Sauk
City, Wisconsin.
Evelyn Ruth Page
Evelyn Ruth Page, 80, of
Apalachicola died Saturday, 9
Ja "ary 1993 at her home. A
native of Florida and longtime
residentof Apalachicola, she was
a homemaker. .. *; .a
Survivors iidude two daughters,
Irene Joyner of Apalachicola and
Gladys Huhey oHarberson, DE;
four sons, ack Osborne, Buddy
Page, Ronnie Page, and Hughey
Pageall of Apalachicola;abrother,
H.N. Page of Apalachicola, 24
grandchildren, 33 great-
grandchildren; and 7 great-great-
Funeral services were Tuesday,
12 January 1993at3:00p.m.inthe
Magnolia Baptist Church with
Author Coulter and James Cooper
officiating. Interment was in
Magnolia Cemetery. Funeral
arrangements were under the
direction of Holmes-
Middlebrooks Funeral Home.
Kathryn"Kate" Bussen
Kathryn "Kate" Bussen, 84, of
Carrabelle, died Thursday, 28
January 1993 at Tallahassee
Memorial Regional Medical
Center in Tallahassee. A native of
Piqua, Ohio, and moving from
Richmond, Indiana, Mrs. Bussen
had been a resident of Carrabelle
since 1953. She was a homemaker,
and a partner in the former
Carrabelle Casket Factory, and
she was a member of the
Carrabelle United Methodist
Survivors include two daughters,
Kay Millender (Cecil), of
Carrabelle, and Patricia Thalls of
Richmond, IN; one sister; six
grandchildren; and 11 great-
Funeral services were held on
Sunday, 31 January 1993 at the
Carrabelle United Methodist
Church, with Dr. Louis Patmore
officiating. Interment followed
in Evergreen Cemetery in
Carrabelle. All arrangements
were under the direction of
Kelley-Riley Funeral Home of
Betty Jo Lowe
Betty Jo Lowe,57,ofApalachicola,
died Monday, 1 February 1993 at
Bay Medical Center in Panama
City, Florida. A native and life-
long resident of Apalachicola, she
was a homemaker and a member



Pare 6. 26 February 1993 *. The Franklin County Chronicle

- --N- -or

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th-

The Apalachicola Bay Area
Protection Act was adopted by
the Florida Legislature in 1985
and incorporated into the Florida
Statutes at Section 380.0555. It
designated most of Franklin
County and its two municipalities,
Carrabelle and Apalachicola, an
area of critical state concern. The
purpose of the designation was to
protect the Apalachicola Bay and
its multi-million dollar fisheries
by upgrading and expanding
existing central sewer systems,
correcting malfunctioning septic
tanks, connectinghomes to central
sewer, and putting in place an
environmentally sound growth
management program.

Since 1985, a number of important
objectives have been achieved
which are critical to the protection
of the Apalachicola Bay. Over
nine million dollars have been
spent building or rehabilitating
wastewater treatment plants,
expanding collection lines, and
connecting homes to the sewer
system. A complete septic tank
survey was done and
unsatisfactory septic tanks
corrected. Comprehensive plans
and land development
regulations have been put in place
that require development to
comply with some of the highest
development standards in the
State. The growth management
program is now being
competently administered by a
qualified staff that consists of two
Land Use Planners, a Professional
Engineer, and Building Official.


A. Amend or adopt (and
development regulations that are
adequate to protect the
Apalachicola Bay Area, that carry
out legislative intent of s.380.0555
(2), F.S., and that copy with the
principles for guiding development
at s.380.0555 (8), F.S. [s. 380.0555
(4), F.S.]

B. Amend or adopt the
comprehensive plans in accordance
with Chapter 163, Rule 9J-5, and
the Apalachicola Bay Area
Protection Act. [s. 380.0555 (4),
C. Administer (and development
regulations and comprehensive
plans that protect the Apalachicola
Bay Area, carry out the intent of
s.380.0555 (2), F.S., and copy with
the principles for guiding
development at s.380.0555 (8), F.S.
[s. 380.0555 (4), F.S.]

2. Enact by ordinance procedure to
implement septic tank
rehabilitation program-DER and
I-IRS must arove. rove 3800555

Section 380.0555 (4), F.S., states (11)(c) 2., F.S.]
that the state land planning
agency shall recommend to the
Administration Commission the
removal of the critical area
designation if it determines that
all local land development
regulations and comprehensive E. Establish by ordinance, a map of
plans, and the administration of "pollution-sensitive segments of
tlose land development the critical shoreline." Have
regulations and comprehensive approved by DER, HRS and the
plans, implement the legislative Apalachicola Bay Resource
intent of the Apalachicola Bay Planning and Management
Protection Act and are consistent Committee. [s. 380.0555 (11) (d),
with the Principles for Guiding F.S.]
Development. The Department
believes that the local
goYrnmentls wiithn:, h ,
Ap4l4chicola Ba Areaof Critical .

criteria> The Department of Fr Ec [n development
Community Affairs therefore F. Enact [and 'development
recommends that the. regulationsto protect Apalachicola
Adrecommends that the CBa from stormwater pollution. [s.
Administration Commission 380.0555 (11)(e), F.S.]
initiate rulemaking to remove the
designation. ,

Resource Planning and
Management Committee

On 10 November 1992 the
Resource Planning and
Management Committee met to
consider its position regarding the
designation. After reviewing the
progress made by local
governments in adopting and
administering their
comprehensive plans and land
development regulations, the
Committee voted 18 to 4 to
recommend that the designation
be removed. The Committee
made their motion subject to the
recommendation that the
Department continue to seek
funding from the Legislature in
accordance with past Committee
recommendations regarding
water and sewer facilities.

Source: Letter of Linda Loomis
Shelley, Secretary, DCA, to
Governor Chiles and Cabinet,
dated 2 December 1992

scallop waste. Thebankrupt plant
was taken over by a South Florida
bank, which sold it to Tim
Saunders late last year.

Christina says her husband has
always wanted to be in the dry
storage business, and he was
happy to buy the Timber Island
plant despite the fact that it meant
giving up the couple's plans to go
cruising in a sailing ship.
Following their sale of a
construction and earth-moving
business and of part of a land

G. Survey existing stormwater
management systems and
discharges to determine the effects
on the Bay. Develop a
comprehensive stormwater plant
minimize adverse impacts. [s.
380.0555 (11)(e), F.S.]

H. Prepare report on options to
improve fisheries for the
Apalachicola Bay Area. [s. 380.0555
(11)(f), F.S.]
J. Complete sewerage projects
funded by the Apalachicola Bay
Protection Trust Fund. [s.380.0555
(12) F.S.]

developmentproject near Lanark
Village, they bought an elegant,
50-foot sailing vessel,-
"Captiva"-which was built in
Taiwan and fitted out in
California. Tim and Christina
cruised for only 30 days, to Boca
Grande and Key West, and then
tied up their dream boat at Pirates
Landing in order to become dock
workers, so to speak.

Their 2.5 acres of land boasts a
Carrabelle River frontage of 284
feet. It is private property outside
the DRI which covers much of
Timber Island. To obtain

Complete. The County has adopted
or amended the following
regulations to comply with this
Ord. 86-9-Zoning Code
Ord. 87-1-Critical Shoreline
Ord. 87-5-Flood Damage
Ord. 88-5-Bob Sikes Cut PUD
Ord. 88-9-Coastal Building Zone
Ord. 89-7--Subdivision Code
Ord. 89-15-Stormwater
Management/Site plan review.
These regulations were
subsequently revised by
ordinances 92-5, 6, 7, and 8 to be
consistent with and implement the
comprehensive plan. They were
approved by the Administration
Commission on December 1, 1992.
Complete. The comprehensive
plan was found in compliance with
Chapter 163, 9J-5, and the
Apalachicola Bay Area Protection
Act bythe Admin. Comm on July 9,
During the period January through
November 1992, the County
rendered 204 permits, none of
which were deficient. This shows a
remarkable improvement over the
early years of the program when
sometimes greater that 50% of the
permits issued were deficient. Two
appeals remain unresolved for
which the Department is seeking
enforcement through the Courts.
Complete. Ord. 89-3 was adopted
by Franklin County on February
21, 1989 and approved by the
Admin. Comm. on June 13, 1989.
HRS and DER approval was
obtained as part of the rulemaking
process. All septic tanks have been
corrected under this program:
except nine, which have been
turned over to the State Attorney's
office enforcement action.
Complete. A map of the pollution-
sensitive segments and'
recommended regulations were
prepared by a technical working,
committee of the RPMC and
approved by the full RPMC on
September 24,1986. This was used
as a model for all three local
governments. Franklin County;
adopted Ord. 87-1 on January, 29
1987 and Admin. Comm. approved'
opJnune,2; 1987., HRS and"DER'
approval'., obtained during

Complete. Stromwater
management regulations havebeen
incorporated into Ord. 87-1; the-
Critical Shoreline District, and in
Ord. 89-15.

Complete. The City has adopted a
land development code (Ora's 86-
3, 87-1, 87-2) which addresses
zoning, stormwater management,
site plan review, historic district
preservation, and special
waterfront overlay. The City has
also adopted a Flood Hazard
Ordinance (Ord. 88-1) and a
Subdivision Code (Ord. 89-5).
These regulations were
subsequently revised by
ordinances 91-7, -8, and 92-6 to be
consistent with and implement the
comprehensive plan. They were
approved by the Administration
Commission on September 15 and
October 20, 1992.

Complete. The comprehensive
plan was found in compliance with
Chapter 163, 9J-5, and the
Apalachicola Bay Area Protection
Act by the Administration
Commission on February 28,1991.
During the period January through
November 1992, 132 permits were
rendered, none of which were
found to be deficient. No appeals
remain outstanding.

Complete. Ord. 89-4 adopted by
Apalachicola on June 6, 1989 and
approved by the Admin. Comm.
on September 14, 1989. HRS and
DER approval obtained as part of
rulemaking process. All septic
tanks corrected under this program.

Complete. Maps of the pollution-
sensitive segments incorporated in
Apalachicola's land development
code (Ord. 86-3 adopted November
13, 1986) as Special Waterfront
Overlay. Approved by Admin.
Comm. on October 6, 1987. HRS
and DER approval obtained as part
of rulemaking process.

Complete. Stormwater
management regulations
incorporated into Land
Development Code (Ord. 86-3).

Complete. Carrabelle has adopted
a zoning code (Ord. 213) which
includes site plan review,
stormwater management, and
critical shoreline protection. The
City has also adopted a Subdivision
Code (Ord. 211), Building Code
(Ord. 208), and Flood Damage
Prevention Ordinance (Ord. 203).
Theseregulations arebeing revised
by ordinance 230 to be consistent
with the comprehensive plan and
will be scheduled for
Administration Commission
approval on December 15, 1992.

The Comprehensive Plan was
approved by the Administration
Commission onDecember 15,1992.

During the period January through
November 1992, 61 permits were
rendered, none of which were
deficient. No appeals remain

Complete, Ord, 214 adopted by
Carrabelle on July 3,1989. Admin.
Comm. approved on November 9,
1989. HRS-and DER approval was
obtained as part of rulemaking
process. All septic tanks corrected
through this program but eight,
which are scheduled to be
connected tothe central wastewater
treatment system.

Complete. Maps of the pollution-
sensitive segments incorporated
intoland development code, which
was adopted by Carrabelle on July
3,1989. Admin. Comm. approved
on November 21, 1989. HRS and
DER approval obtained through
rulemaking process.

Complete. Stormwater
management regulations
incorporated into zoning
ordinance, Ord. 213.

A three year stormwater management plan was designed for the Apalachicola Area. Year one was funded by
the Legislature in 1990 in the amount $150,000 and produced a comprehensive stormwater plan for the
Eastpoint area. Year Two was funded for $107,991 and involved the preparation of aerial photo-contour maps
to continue stormwater management planning throughout the remainder of the County. Year three, which will
complete the comprehensive stormwater planning effort, was not funded in 1992, but the Department has
included this issue in its 1993 bridget request. DER was responsible for the preparation of a stormwater
management plan forthe City of Apalachicola and its surrounding area. A $100,000 grant from NOAA was used
to prepare aerial topography maps. The Soil Conservation Service has used this data to do preliminary
hydrologic computer modeling. This information will need further refinement to complete planning for the
Apalachicola area. DCA has included a supplemental Budget Request. Apalachicola may have to conduct a
utility and it would identify various problems needed to correct the sewer system.

Completed in November 1988.;
Report presented to the Marine
Fisheries Commission on May 10,
Eastpoint-$ 1,790,219
appropriated to upgrade treatment
plant and extend collection system.
Work was completed in July 1989.,
Lanark, Village-$500,000,,
appropriated to upgrade the
sewerage treatment facility and
rehabilitate collection lines. Work-
was completed in December 1990.'

clearances from the necessary
government agencies, the
Saunderses filed applications and
endured hearings before- -e'
Florida Department of
Community Affairs, the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, the Carrabelle City
Commission and the Port and
Airport Authority, and the
Franklin County Commissiof,
Board of Adjustments, and
Planning and Zoning agency.
Christina's reaction? "Lots of
filing fees, lots of time, but
everything went very smoothly."

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$3,999,642 has been provided to
rehabilitate existing sewer lines,
upgrade the treatment plant and
its outfall, and extend collection
lines. Work that was funded has
been completed.

Not so smooth was their
introduction to the Timber Island
property in these days without
dumpsters. "We spent two weeks
removing trash and garbage."

Maybe the "pirates" discovered
some empty rum bottles.

See Franklin County.

$2,307,000 has been provided to
build a new treatment plant and
extend collection lines. The new
treatment plant was completed on
August 15, 1989. Work was
completed in September 1990.

St. George Island
Regional Charity Chili Cookoff
6 March 1993

W ', f. :W.--

Woody Miley, Manager of the Apalachicola Estuarine Research
Reserve reports that 'winter bums" in the marshes are helpful
because the fires reduce the dense marsh grass for new shoots in the
spring, providing more food for wildlife. But this blaze,
photographed on Friday, 29 January 1993, was not a planned burn.
At a distance, or up close, this blaze was an awesome reminder of
a deadly marsh fire lighting up the Apalachicola Bay sky until the
dawn. Occasionally such fires are set by hunters who are anxious
to force deer and other animals to the water for targeting in their
rifle sights. No causes of this blaze have been formally determined.



Harry Arnold holds the goat that
brought in 1500 auction dollars-
in the 1988 Chili Cookoff.


In the interest of providing
information concerning citizen
rights of access to governmental
activities, meetings, and papers,
the Chronicle will publish from
time to time statutory language
and judicial interpretations of the
"Sunshine" laws.

2. Are advisory boards which
make recommendations or
committees established only for
fact-finding subject to the
Sunshine Law?

a. Publicly created advisory
boards which make
Advisory boards whose powers
are limited to making
recommendations to a public
agency and which possess no
authority to bind that agency in
any way are subject to the
Sunshine Law. Town of Palm
Beach v. Gradison, 296 So.2d 473
(Fla. 1974). Accord, Spillis
Candela & Partners, Inc. v.
Centrust Savings Bank, 535 So. 2d
694 (3D.C.A. Fla., 1988). There is
no "government by delegation"
exception to the Sunshine Law,
and public agencies maynotavoid
their responsibilities or conduct
the public's business in secret by
use of an alter ego. IDS Properties,
Inc. v. Town of Palm Beach, 279
So.2d 353 (4 D.C.A. Fla., 1973).

Itis the natureof the act performed
by the board or committee, not its
makeup or proximity to the final
decision, which determines
whether an advisory committee
is subject to the Sunshine Law.
Wood v. Marston, 442 So2d 934
(Fla. 1983).

This office has concluded that the
following advisory bodies are
subject to the Sunshine Law: ad
hoc committee appointed by
mayor to meet with the Chamber
of Commerce to discuss a
proposed transfer ofcityproperty,
AGO 87-42; land selection
committee appointed by water
management district to evaluate
and recommend projects for
acquisition, AGO 86-51; ad hoc
committee appointed by mayor
for purpose of making
recommendations concerning
legislation, AGO 85-76;
"community certification
committee: organized for the
purposes of qualifying city as a
blue chip community 'under-a
program of the Departtiient of
Corpmerce, AGO 85-55; grievance
66Amittees, AGO's 84-70 and 74-
290; Central Florida Commission
on the Status of Women appointed
to make recommendations to
several county commissions,
AGO 76-193; municipal planning
commission, AGO 73-159; finance
advisory committee and utility
advisory committee, Inf. Op. to
Gary L. Stinson and Larry Hooper,
December 31,1990; municipal
advisory board sittingasappellate
body to review disciplinary
actions, Inf. Op: to Edward
Foreman, May 26, 1982; ad hoc
committee to investigate charges
against police chief, Inf. Op. to
Frank Kerberger, August28, 1974;
and "admissions advisory
committee: established to make
recommendation regarding
admissions to a county nursing
home, Inf. Op. to W.D. Childers,
October 3, 1974.

b. Fact-finding committees
A limited exception to the
applicability of the Sunshine Law
to advisory committees has been
recognized for committees
established for fact-finding only.
When a committee has been
established strictly for, and
conducts only, fact-finding
activities, i.e., strictly information
gathering and reporting, the
activities of the committee are not
subject to s. 286,011. Cape
Publications, Inc. v. City of Palm
Bay, 473 So.2d 222 (5 D.C.A. Fla.,
However, when a committee
possesses or exercises not only
the authority to conduct fact
finding but also to make
recommendations, thecommittee
is participating in the decision-
making process and is subject to
the Sunshine Law.
Source: Office of the Attorney
General, State of Florida.
Amendment Foundation,
Tallahassee, Florida; 1992.



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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1993 *, Page 7

Mayor Howell's speech on dedesignation
before the Governor and Cabinet,
26 January 1993
Continued from the issue of 10 February 1993
For our own
good,youhaveforcecfusin Apalachicola to concede your ideas and
givebirth to your programs. We thank you for all of this. When the
Florida legislature designated Apalachicola, Franklin County, and
Carrabelle as an area of Critical State Concern in 1985 it explicitly
stated the following in the legislation:"
'...Whereas there is currentlyan inadequate sewage collection and
treatment system in the Apalachicola Bay resulting in frequent
closings of the Bay to shellfish harvesting; whereas the legislature
of the State of Florida declared that Apalachicola Bay is a vital state
resource that needs to be protected for the benefit of all citizens of
the State of Florida; whereas the legislature of the State of Florida
acknowledges that the residents of Franklin County are unable to
provide sufficient funding for adequate sewage treatment and
proper implementation of comprehensive plans and land
development regulations; whereas, the Legislature of the State of
Florida, upon passage of this act, will commit millions of dollars
to renovate and rehabilitate the sewage system of Franklin County
in order to protect Apalachicola Bay...'
"And, the Resolution goes on and on. Some eight years later, the
Apalachicola waste water system is no better than it was in 1985.
We're under final order from the Department of Environmental
Regulation to improve our discharge, which I might add is the
result of their own demonstration project. We're being fined by the
United States Environmental Protection Agency for discharge
violations of current... under the vital area designation, was in fact
in charge of the program. We have not received any promised State
funds in three years and many of your aides continue to say that we
will not probably receive any this year. The job is not done. I ran
for Mayor in 1991, September to be exact, knowing all of this. So,
I know I stand before you as a proven person, really, ready to be
certified under the Baker Act (laughter). I made more money in
1947 bussing tables at the dining facility at Florida State University,
than I make, or clear as the Mayor of the City of Apalachicola. So,
I do not have any desire..."
Governor: "You're not saying, Mayor, that you're having to do
your penitence for having gone to Florida State, are you?"
Mayor Howell: "No, Sir. I just want you to realize that I am an
Outstanding Person for having gone to Florida State...(much
laughter). What does the City of Apalachicola really want? We
want to live up to the fixing of the commitment of the system. We
want you to keep us in this system, in the Area of Critical State
Concern for many reasons. One, we're all country people there, and
we need a little jogging now and then and if we can do it on our own,
I'm not sure we would be what we are today. I'm really not. We
need the designation to assist us in receiving priority on federal
grants and other available sources. We need this to help us to get
to the top of the priority list on the low interest loans. If we finance
this, it will cost over $16,000 for every person in Franklin County.
And, that's a pretty good lick. And one important thing...that DCA
did not point out to you, and (that is) there is only one populated
area westof the Apalachicola River for 18miles. ThatisApalachicola,
and no other place. Keep these things in mind. Please keep us
designated in the City of Apalachicola. And, this was unanimously
adopted by the five of us at the City Commissioner's meeting
several months ago. And, if you have any other questions, even
about Florida State, Governor, since I was in the first class, and I
have that wonderful distinction. In 1947, FSU became co-
educational and accepted male students at what was formerly an all
female campus."
Governor: "I often remember that members of that first class, a
number left the University of Florida to go over there. Most of them
had interests other than education in mind, at that time, Bobby."
Mayor Howell: "I will plead Guilty to that charge. (More
Governor: "Thank you, Mayor."
Pheifer: "DCA moves the recommendation."
Gerald Lewis: "Gentlemen, this is an unusual situation. I don't
recall a situation where the local government has asked to remain...
A partof me feels that.. we don'twanttoimposethese requirements,
and then when it seems to be a benefit to local government and they
say now, 'Don't take us out...' Now, we're going to leave you
stranded, so to speak, which may have an impact financially on
them... I really have mixed feelings about that. Understand Staff's
recommendation but, ... we impose the state's requirements on
them and then when they begin to get some benefit from it, we...
Now, we're going to let them go adrift. I just don't feel totally
comfortable with that. Seems to me that if the local community is
going to benefit, why would it hurt us to just leave this as it is?"
Governor: 'Well, I think... perhaps the question is, is there a benefit
to the local community or not? I don't. The question's been raised
on federal funds. The question's also been raised on the Legislature
that evidentially, the Legislature has in the last three years failed to
give any additional funding. You know, everybody competes for
water and sewer funds..."
DCA: "We've recommended sewage funds from the federal loan
program consistently..."


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Governor: "Will this change anything with regard to their getting
a priority on federal funds?"
DCA: '"To my knowledge, it's not going to affect their federal funds
priority in terms of anything technical. Politically, that's a different
issue. They can use that to argue."
Question: "How about interest rates? That was also mentioned by
the Mayor..."
DCA: "That one is not something I can tell you."
Tom Gallagher recommended to give Apalachicola another year;
but dedesignate the county now. Gallagher moved to accept the
staff recommendation to remove everyone except the city of
Apalachicola. "Let them have it for another year, andto see if it does
help, or doesn't help."
Governor: "Can that be done?" (Directed to DCA rep.)
DCA: "There are legal impediments to that, Governor. The
dedesignation portion of the Critical Area statutes dealing with
Apalachicola refer to dedesignation of the area, as its announced in
the statute. Provisions dealing generally with critical areas would
allow partial removals but those provisions are specifically not part
of the designation for Apalachicola, so there's very serious legal
impediments to removing the designation for a portion..."
Governor: "Let's pass this, and look at it again, and see if there is
some way of doing that. Is there a motion?.... Moved and seconded
without objection.... Maybe, next meeting Bobby might not show
up and we might be able to get by..."
Armisteads, continued from page 3

V i" "

Walter: "They'd turn over the garbage cans and we used to have to
shoot 'em with a bee bee gun... There were a tremendous amount
of wild hogs on the island. In fact, the people from the mainland,
on Eastpoint and in Apalachicola would come over here and hunt
them with dogs. That was a big sport. I remember going on one of
those hunts. There were three things that people liked to do, as far
as hunting... Dove hunting was a big eventin thefalloftheyear. We
used to get thousands and thousands of doves migrating through
here. We still do, but there's just not as large numbers now... And,
hunting of hogs was a big event for the locals. They'd bring their
dogs and run hogs. And, then also coon hunting was a very big
event. Mainly through the Plantation area."
Veronica: "There used to be herds of cattle here on the island."
Walter: "...But that was a domestic issue. The hogs were wild. The
cattle raising was "before our time" in the late 1940s. ...When the
bridge was put in, in 1967, I remember riding over on the ferry and
we'd see them driving pilings for the bridge, anticipating the day
that we could actually nide a car over. ...Not knowing that the better
days were probably when they had the ferry!! (laughter). When the
bridge was completed it was only juf a matter of a couple of years
that they almost decimated the population of wild hogs. The
hunters got free access to get over here almost anytime they wanted
to, and it kind of opened the doors, and there were no regulations
on the hunting of hogs...it pretty much decimated the population of
wild hogs....
"We used to hunt doves, up until the timthehey opened the State
Park which was in the early 1980s. Dove hunting is still big. As the
population grew on the island, the hunting had to go away because
it was just too dangerous."
Island Developers
Walter: "The land beyond two miles east and west was owned by
St. George Island Gulf Beaches... They owned the whole island,
including parts of Little St. George. Then, in the early 1970s, Gene
Brown and John Stocks..bought out the corporation, and they got
what was left... Gulf Beachewas left... Gulf Beaches was formed in the early 1950s and
lasted about 20 years. I think they just got tired... They had done
what they had originally anticipated doing... They were responsible
for getting the bridge over here. They got.a 6 million dollar bridge
when there were just a handful of people over here. Highly
political, but they pulled that off. They ad some stockholders.
When John Stocks and Gene Browni arrived, they just saw an
opportunity to sell out for what they considered a big profit... The
sold out for $6 million."
"McColloh Corporation in California came in with the idea of the
California type development-high rises, golf courses, big spread
and layout. i think that... Franklin County focused on what might
happen on St. George Island. The Gulf Beaches approach was small
cottages on the beach. But, McCulloh came in here with the idea of
blanketing the beaches with Condos (and high density). I think it
just scared the people to death. That was the onset with the strict
environmental attitude that persists up to today. (The Franklin
County Commission) just said, "Thanks, but no thanks"..."we're
just not interested in this type of development at this time."
"...Interesting thing about the original corporation, St. George
Island Gulf Beaches, they had always intended that there be a nice
marina on St. George Island. It was in the original plans...and
intended to be over here where the Baptist Church is now...and that
was all going to be dredged out and be a nice, open area... It just
Continued on page 8
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Captain WilliamG. Barrow, who died asaresultof the tragedy, was
always proud of the vessel being on time, and many times was
reputed to have declared that the people at all his ports of call could
set their watches by the whistle as the boat rounded the bend into
the harbor. The boat was reputed to have only been late twice. Once
during a hurricane in 1926 and when the ship caught fire at the Old
Tarpon docks in Panama City in 1927. Captain Barrow was quoted
as saying, "God makes the weather and with His help I make the
My other sadness was the loss of my son, Jimmy, who, as a Navy
pilot, was on a mock bombing mission over the Mediterranean on
11 January 1966. He had taken off from the deck of the "Forrestal"
and crashed into the Mediterranean. His body was never recovered
from the sea. He left a wife and a son, who is now my pride and joy.
But here I am at the age of 87 and I am truly blessed by the Lord. I
keep busy as much as I can and when I sit, I remember those older
times. I can see people and places clear as a bell and am so grateful
for this gift. I would say as I have heard my children say, "We
would not take anything in exchange for having been born and
raised in Carrabelle."

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I Remember Carrabelle
by Evelyn Bradford as told to Rene Topping
(continued from the issue of 10 February 1993)



Looking toward the fish house and depot with railroad
tracks in Carrabelle (date unknown)
We would skip happily down to the dock to greet our family
members. It was just like Christmas every time, because daddy
would bring us fruit, often whole bunches of bananas which he got
from the banana boats docked near the "Tarpon" at Mobile. Bananas
were a real treat. Today the young folks can get bananas every day
of the week, but then it was only when they came to the United
States from the South American countries. He would also have
bags of caramel kisses with peanut butter in the center. These were
my favorites. Every kid in the neighborhood was sure to come to
our house on Thursday afternoons. Mama had taught us to share
anything we had.
Our house was filled with laughter when Daddy was there. I had
a most happy childhood which has provided me with many happy
memories; one of which was the times when our family would
gather before the open fire and sing together. Mama came from a
musical family. She should play the organ, Uncle Counce Watson,
her brother, would play the violin and Uncle May Watson, another
brother, played the guitar. We made the rafters ring with the sound
of music.
Uncle Henry Mattair ran the fish house, Max Kilbourn ran an ice
house and Lynn Kilbourn ran the large commissary; all of which
were located in the area near the train depot. The commissary was
huge, probably the biggest building in town. You could get
everything at the commissary. Furniture, groceries, dry goods and
any kind of supplies for the boats. In that same area was a big hotel,
a picture show, run by Mr. "Mac" McKissack, Byron McKissacks'
daddy, and a pharmacy run by Mr. Durden. When the trains came
in they would go past the depot and run as far as the post office,
which was on the other side of the railroad and across fro a
merchandise store which was owned by Mr. Faircloth. The crew
would drop off the mail and then back up in to the depot.
While I am thinking about where things were in this town at that
time, I can remember the fine Greek Bakery that was right behind
the Old Bank Building. It stayed open until the sponge industry left
town. Then there was the White Kitchen Restaurant, which is now
the Hook Talleys Bar. That restaurant was famous for the good
food of Mama and Pappa Papadopoulas. They served many Greek
delicacies. Now, their son Harry still keeps up traditions in the
Harry's Georgian Restaurant.
We used to like to go to the docks and watch the "Crescent City"
leave and wave people off. Sometimes the boys, who were sweet
on some of us girls, would pay one of the fish boats to take us over
to Dog Island. The island was totally deserted in those days, there
was not even a single house. We used to go hunt turtle eggs. It was
not illegal in those days to dig them up. They were good to eatwhen
I loved to dance and taught several boys how to dance. My Momma
said that I was born with rhythm in .iy feet." In fact, my friend
Myrt Booth and I, taught my husband Geoff how to dance so.that.
I would have a permanent dance partner. Some of the real happy
days were when we would catch the train and go to Lanark Springs.
and swim and picnic on the beach there. After a nice day out we
would head home on the afternoon train. There was a big hotel with
porches all around at Lanark. It was a very pretty building.
I married Geoff Bradford when I was 19. We were married at the
Old Methodist Church. It was the one that stood near the same
place as the Methodist Church does now, right on Tallahassee
Street. When we were first married, we lived in Midway, Florida
for awhile, but when my son Jeff was four months old, we moved
to Harbenson City. Geoff was the Assistant Manager of the
commissary there. There is little left of that small town now, but
over 600 people lived there then. We stayed until the depression
hit and the mill shut down.
Then it was hard times. A man could earn only $5 a week-$1 a day.
St. Joe Paper Company had some barges and for a while my
husband worked on caulking them. Of course, in those days round
steak was two pounds for 25o, bread was 10t a loaf, and mayonnaise
was 15t a quart. I would bake lots of biscuits and corn bread. I
worked at running the Gulf Station when Geoff was out fishing.
Ralph Bradford and my brother Charles Mattair, teenaged boys,
would help me run the station.
We had hard times then, I tell you right. Then the CCC camp came
into being and Geoff got a job as instructor along with Marie Gray's
husband, Herman. Then Geoff took the job at the post office as
postmaster, a position he held until his death. When my husband
died in 1944, Itook over the job and was titled acting postmaster
and I did that until 1947, and then in 1949 I started work as City
Clerk. Later I got the job as an attendance officer for the Franklin
County SchoolSystem and worked until I retired in 1975.
There have been sadnesses in my life to go along with the joy. One
of the worst times was when the "Tarpon" went down. It shook our
family and the town to the very core when word was brought that
she had gone down. It was days before we got any real word of the
fate of the crew and we were all praying for those men. Mybrother,
Lloyd, was one of the few survivors of that tragedy. The "Tarpon"
went down about 31 / 2 miles off the Panama City shore not far from
the entrance to St. Andrews. There were thirty-one men on board.
Of these thirteen were saved, five were drowned and thirteen were
presumed to be dead and down with the ship. My father was not
working on the boat then. You know it was strange but my brother
Myers wanted to take a job on the "Tarpon". Daddy and Lloyd were
already working there and Daddy told Myers, "Im on it and your
brother is on it. If it goes down, two in one family is enough to lose."
Another man from Carrabelle was on board on that terrible night.
His name was William (Willie) McKnight. He and my brother
Lloyd were on a hatch cover for the 'Tarpon". They found Captain
Barrow and pulled him on to the hatch but he could not hang on to
life. When he died, my brother tied a rope to him and put him down
over the side in the water until they were rescued.

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Past St. Geor e Charity Chili Cookoffs



i 4

Mark and Susan Baldino kit-bitz with Donna Butterfield during
the 1990 Chili Cookoff

too -

Armisteads, continued from page 7
never happened. It was right in the interim between the time that
John Stocks and Gene Brown took over from the Corporation, of
course, at that particular time when DER was in its infancy and
getting dredge and fill permits and stopping people from doing just
anything they wanted to ...a result, today we still don't have a
"It's unfortunate that more prudent planning was not done over
the years...and we have to live with what we have here today..."
Realtor H.G. Smith
Walter: "There was a period when H.G. Smith was the only realtor
on the island-1965 to about 1971. Alice Collins came on the island
about 1971. H.G. Smith was known as "Mr. St. George Island." he
used to drive around Tallahassee in a Wagoneer Jeep with St.
90' George Island written on the side. Alice Collins was the first realty
P competition he had when she started in business in 1971. I used to
ride around as a young boy with H.G. because he used to live down
the street from us. He liked to hunt. He'd sell lots all day. Then,
we'd get in his jeep and go dove hunting..or fishing. You kinda had
the best of all worlds. He had an opportunity to make a living here
Sbut he had the benefits of the environment, the fishing..."

Two clowns in the 1988 booth competition

sit WrWA


Blue Store

Auctioneer John Lee displays a Jug of
coins which was eventually auctioned

Courtland Low in action during the 1989 Cookoff auction



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John Henry Spratt (right) famous for
is chicken and dumplings and for
sale during the Cookoff

Chili Cookoff, continued
from page 1
Thus the 11th Annual Regional
Charity Chili Cookoff and
Auction will be held Saturday, 6
March, with activities beginning
at 8 a.m. The activity program as
8:00 a.m.
Red Pepper 5K Run
8:30 a.m.
Area Open for Booth Set-up
9:30 a.m.
Cooks Meeting
10:00 a.m.
Preparation-chop onions,
peppers, etc.
International Chili Society (ICS)
Rules in effect: No beans, pasta,
etc.; four quarts chili prepared
on site from scratch; no
prepackaged chili mixes; meat
may be cut, sliced or ground in
advance, but not treated or
cooked except during
competition. Stoves officially lit
at 11:00 a.m.; sample pickup ror
judging at 2:00 p.m.
As in the past, this a fund-
raising event and you may
prepare more than four quarts
which will be sold at your booth
for $1.00 (We provide cups and
spoons.) All proceeds go to the
S.G.I. Charity Chili Cookoff. A
special prize will be awarded to
the team raising the most
11:00 a.m.
Light Fire-Start Cooking
Auction Starts
11:15 a.m.
Crock Pot Chili Must Be On
Site, $5.00 Entry, Minimum One
11:30 a.m.
1st Judges Meeting
(Professional Cooking)
12:00 NOON
Booth Judging (Booth
12:30 p.m.
Crock Pot Chili Judging
Anything Goes (Prepare at
$5.00 Entry Fee Required. I.C.S.
rules do not apply. Chili to be
sold. All proceeds going to
S.G.I. Chanty Cookoff. Prizes
awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd
1:15 p.m.
Miss Chili Pepper Judging
1:30 p.m.
Mr. Hot Sauce Judging
2:00 p.m.
Cooking Stops, Stoves and Fires
Samples picked up-Judging
3:00 p.m.

Ollie Gunn, Maestro of Gumbo
! Extraordinaire-don't ask for his
Obituaries, continued
from page 5
brothers, Franklin lohnson of
Ocala, Willie lohnson of
Tell wood, and Don nie Johnson of
Brandon; one sister, Carolyn
WebberofGalveston, T-X;and f6ur
grandchildren, Lee Burkett, lamie
Tomlin, Jennifer Tomlin, and B.J.
Tomlin, all of Apalachicola; and
her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe
Johnson of Apalachicola.
Funeral services were held on
Thursday,4 February 1993at the
Apalachicola Pentecostal
Holiness Church. Interment was
in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. All arrangements
were under the direction of Kelley
Funeral Home of Apalachicola.

Veronica: In 1972 we had retired and sold the diary. We liked to go
down to Singer's Island, off of West Palm Beach...spend two or
three weeks. And, at that time, Walter was still in college. ...We
acquired' this (St. George Island) property where this building sits
now. And, Bob and Madge Pittmans approached us to deed the
land to them as a trailer park. We agreed to do it... They started off
pretty well... They decided they'd give it up, which they did... So,
we had the little house and the little office...and we're thinking
about selling it. ...Walter told his Dad he'd like to start his career on
the island. (Graham told him he would not sell the land; would
hold on to it)..."
"...We bought some land over on the first canal...and Graham built
a little ...marina. He kept his boat there. He decided he was going
to ...open a little store, so he did. Pittmans had left by that time...and
he opened the little store,...and it just took off...Thebridge was here
but the supply trucks would not come over."
Walter: "They wouldn't come over here because they didn't think
there was enough business."
Veronica: "There wasn't enough. It was just us."
Walter: 'They would leave the supplies with Register Red and
White. The Registers were always very nice people over there; very
cooperative. And, they would see to it that the supplies got left
there and dad would pick them up and bring them back to the
To be continued in the issue of 10 March 1993

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An age-old lighthouse beckons you to this
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