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Publication Date: March 10, 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 5 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 March 1993


by John McDonald
More than a dozen fishing vessels
filled to the gunwales with
scallops are docking daily in the
Carrabelle River and unloading
their cargoes to be trucked to Cape
Canaveral for processing.
At Pirates Landing Marina on
Timber Island, seven boats shuttle
daily or nightly to scallop beds
four hours offshore, and return 12
hours later with the mollusks
which, when shucked, add up to
some 4,500 gallons a day.
Another five boats, customarily
dedicated to shrimping but
currently fitted with heavier nets
to scoop up scallops in deep water,
are operating off docks rented
from RandyPoteetontheopposite
side of the river. Davi ates,
owner of Fleet Marina, Cape
Canaveral, said last Saturday that
he expects to add five more boats
this week to the latter operation.
Tim Saunders, owner of Pirates
Landing, said that Farris
Millender, Carrabelle, also is
hauling scallops in three vessels.

All of this activity, not seen in
Carrabelle since a similar buildup
of scallop beds fouryears ago, has
local merchants rubbing their
hands in glee. Harry Walker
Murray, who manages the Timber
Island scalloping operation for
Lambert International Fisheries,
Inc., has hired 18 or more local
residents. He says shippers and
workers and their families are
patronizing Carrabelle
usinesses-restaurants, bars,
hardware and food stores, fuel
suppliers, etc. -with more to
come. Charles Campbell,

assistant manager at Gulfside
IGA; Fred Faircloth, a cook, at
Johnnie's restaurant, and Rush
Gander of Gander's Gulf Supply
Hardware say they have noticed
increases. Saunders said he's
selling25,000gallonsof diesel fuel
Keith Smith, operations manager
of Lambert International in Cape
Canaveral, and Murray, Bates, and
Saunders all remarked on the
relatively large size of the current
scallops, saying they range from
counts in the 70s and 80s per gallon
as compared with counts of up to
300 or 400 in the usual bay
scallops. None of them knows
how long the crop will last; Bates
is the most optimistic, guessing
that his people might remain in
Carrabelle for four to six months.
His brother Sam Bates will
manage the Fleet operation here.
Scallops do not live long, and,
unlike oysters, they do not stay in
one place. They swim by rapidly
clapping their fluted shell valves
The scallops are hauled to Cape
Canaveral for processing because
Carrabelle has no facilities for
disposing of their waste. This is a
repetition of an experience four
years ago when scallops last
appeared off the Big Bend in great
numbers and were taken to the
Atlantic coast for processing.
Currently, scallops are also being
landed and shucked at Port St. Joe
in neighboring Gulf County.
"The people of Carrabelle are
enthusiastic and friendly, said
David Bates. "We feel that we are
welcome here."

While there was no official
estimate of the crowds visiting St.
George Island for the regional
Chili ookoff, the sheer numbers
of visitors were not the important
part of the story. Though,
thousands there were. The money
they spent at the auction,
numerous specialty booths, the
chilibooths, and the cookoff's own
concessions is the story, which
translated into a gross of over
$40,000 generated Irom 8 in the
morning till 5 p.m. This was the
highest dollar amount generated
in the Cookoffs 11 year history.
The efforts of literally hundreds
of volunteers paid off in
generating money for the annual
fire engine payment, training, fire
hydrants and badly needed
replacement of equipment, plus
funding for an expansion of
services required for a growing
island population.
As in every Cookoff and Auction,
there are highlights. A handsome,
hand-carved cane drew over
$1000 in the auction, rivaling the
case of the $1500 goat from 1988.
The auction generated about
$23,000. The street concessions
comprised of John Henry Spratt's
chicken and dumplings, Dominic
Baragona's Italian chili with a
garlic twist, Larry Hale's Shish-
e-bab treats, Ollie Gunn's
Swamp Gumbo, and the Sweet
Shop (Helen and Friends) brought
in over $10,000.
The 1993 Official Jud ing
Committee was led by Greg Risch
of Niceville, Florida. Score keeper
administrative functions were
fulfilled by Sue Risch and Kathy


Gilbert. The coordinator of the
judges was George Books. In the
professional chili competition, 45
entries competed for the
opportunity to continue on to the
national competition for $35,000
prize money in later months. The
judging in the professional area
occurred in two phases. Tables A
and B were sampled by all judges.
Then, a "finals table" was created
from the early decision, and the
head judge selected the final
judges who would evaluate the
final contestants for the top three
winners. The judges involved in
both the professional and crock
pot (amateur) competitions were
as follows:
Ben Baker, Susan Baldino, Barry
Brynjolfsson, Buford "Dink'
Braxton, Barbara Campbell,
Jennifer Cannon, Bert Comes,
James Davis, Bob Davis, Sally
Davis, Tom Day, Rose Drye,
Hobson Fulmer, Dan Garlick, Dr.
Steve Gross, Don Hammock,
Chris Healy,J.J. Healy, John James,
Barry Thompson, Judy
Thompson, Barry Johnson, Mary
Ann Johnson, Wes Johnson,
Richard Oates, Jeanne Oates,
Lewis Pinson, Carl Petteway, Alan
Pierce, Jennifer Risch, Pal Rivers,
Warren Roddenberry, Barbara
Sanders, Jimmy Sharp, Linda
Sharp, Jim Sisung, Mac Stepens,
Teresa Spohrer, Betty Taylor, and
John Vaughn.
Ms. Ruby Glass, Eastpoint, was
the head judge for the crock pot
division. All of the judging was
coordinated by chairperson Gary
Cates, St. George Island.
Continued on page 5


After workshops and several
hearing continuances on the
subject of the Sike Cut
development proposals through
various amendments to the St.
George development order (DO)
the Board of County
Commissioners, last Tuesday (2
March) approved proposals to
build up to 76 single family homes
on 67 acres of land owned by
George Mahr and Sunny Day
Corporation. In earlier meetings
and workshops, the Commission
had heard various proposals
involving all three developers at
the Sikes Cut, including Sunny
Day, Covington Properties and
Bob Herron. But, only the Sunny
Day proposals have now received
County approval, with the
Covington and Herron Plans to
be presented at some future time.
A few speculated thatGene Brown
would present a new plan for
Covington Properties within two
In documents officially recorded
2 March 1993, the Board of
Franklin County Commissioners
determined that the Sunny Day
proposals to develop their 67 acres
did not constitute a substantial
deviation from DO, initially
approved on 28 September 1977.
A density transfer:" in involved
in the 67 acres, with Sunny Day
proposing to deed the
Department of Natural Resources
about 15.8 acres, acreage located
at the St. George airport in the
With the deeding of the land to
DNR, there is a resulting "...net
density of 76 lots on
approximately 82.64 acres." The
'76iT-ifsshall be served by on-site
aerobic systems.
The requirement for construction
of an advanced or tertiary
wastewater treatment plant to
serve either the development
within the planned unit
development or the lots in Heron
Bay, Oyster Bay and Bay Cove
Village were specifically deleted
in the 2 March 1993 Ninth
Amendment to the St. George
Island DO as the plan relates to
the Sunny Day proposal.

Most of the Sunny Day lots on the
Gulf of Mexico are 50 feet in width
and ranging from 485 to 500 feet
in depth. The approved
amendment 9 provides that "No
construction on any of the 49
platted gulf front lots approved
by this Amendment shall be
permitted seaward of a line 75
feet landward of the 1974 coastal
construction control line, with the
exception of elevated pedestrian
crosswalks..." Suncoast Realty,i
St. George Island, is the exclusive
real estate agent for these
Certain development conditions
are also a part of the recently
approved Amendment 9,
including certain conditions to
protect the Atlantic Loggerhead
Turtle and standards for habitat
and natural vegetation protection.
The monitoring official
responsible for assuring
compliance with the amended DO
is the Clerk of Circuit Court
Kendall Wade, who shall maintain
files for public inspection. Sunny
Day will have to file an Annual
Report with Franklin County,
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, the Department of
Community Affairs and other
agencies on the anniversary date
of the 9th Amendment, 2March
No more than 30% of the three
recreational areas depicted on the
plat shall be cleared, including
any area used by wastewater
effluent disposal. All recreational
uses of these lands shall be
approved by the Board of County
Commissioners prior to
development. If a wastewater
disposal area is to be utilized, a
monitoring plan to access the
impacts of the disposal area will
be approved by DER and the
County prior to the waste water
treatment facility being permitted
by DNR.
As reported in the Chronicle in
previous issues, considerable time
in the hearings has been taken up
Continued on page 3

by Rene Topping
The Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce will play host to Mary
Koos, Florida State representative
for the Rails to Trails project. The
latest proposed trail would follow
the old GF&A railroad corridor
that stretched from Springhill
Road in Tallahassee, through
Wakulla County to its terminal in
There is a great deal of interest
already building in Wakulla
County for the project which
would provide safe biking and
hiking trails for residents. At the
Carrabelle end, the rail corridor is
most clearly seen as it passes
through the area close to
Carrabelle on 30A.
The roads in Franklin county are
narrow and do not provide a very
safe passage for cyclists. Ruby
Litton, 1992 president of the
Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce felt that there would
be great interest in the younger
generation for the rails to trails in
Franklin. She said, "It would be
great to have a safe place for the
kids to bike. And I know quite a
few adults who would make good
use of it."
Carrie Belleman is a cycling for
health enthusiast, and often takes
rides on River Road said, "I want
to be sure and attend the meeting.
It is difficult to try riding on River
Road with all the big truck traffic.
I would like to see the idea expand
to our town."
Apparently several sources of
funding are available for the
project, including federal funding.
However, it will need enthusiastic
supportfromtheCountyand City
of Carrabelle to bring it to reality.
The Chamber meeting will be held
at the community center at 12
noon on March 18 and will be
open to all residents who might
have an interest in the project.
The G.F. &A railroad has a great
deal of historic interest in the area
and trips to Tallahassee are one of
the high spots in many a long
term resident's memory. It was
affectionately known as the
"Gopher, Frog and Alligator
Railroad." In earlier times and a
suggestion has already been put
forward to use that name for the
Rail to Trail projects are
flourishing in many of the states
at this present time and the idea is
being supported by several
ecological groups in the
Tallahassee and Wakulla areas.
The trail in Franklin would run
from the Wakulla-Franklin line
across mainly St. Joe Paper
Company land, north of the Inner
Harbor School, with a spur trail
into Lanark Village area and
finally crossing U.S. 98 to Marine
Street in Carrabelle.

Y " "


The Panhandle Players open their 7th Spring Session Season in
Carrabelle on Friday, 19 March with the production of the James
Thurber classic with music and lyrics by Leon Carrand Earl Shurman.
A 40th birthday to Walter Mitty is a stimulus to seek change, and
frustrated Walter does just that, or at least, he tries to change his life
through day dreaming and fantasy. The James Thurber character in
"The SecretLifeofWalterMitty," has hadadrab,notterribly significant
life up to age 40, a crossroads for Mitty which creates more than an
identity crisis. Walter's wife, Agnes, a workaday, loyal, loving but
mostly domineering head of household tries to cope with Walter's
gradual drifting away from the family life and she seeks to preserve
what theyhaveleftin the world. Thecontinuing problems occur when
in which he becomes the hero and Agnes falls down by his design.
Does he come to his senses and realize the high values on what he has
with Agnes and his family? Well, that is the context of the plav and the
problem, tied into a musical comedy with the usual up to date laugh
lines and really solid production numbers by a full cast of vocalists
who have tuned their voices to several production numbers that will
blow your socks off. "Confidence" is one such offering. There are
others. Walter is ably played by Royce Hodge, St. George Island, and
his wife Agnes is played by Elizabeth Sisung, Eastpoint, a congenial
couple who genuinely play well together with some memorable
songs, especially the hilarious driving sequence.
Music Director Dr. Tom Adams has taken the chorus musical script
and developed several melodic lines and accompaniment music for
solos, group songs and large production numbers using his 8-channel
synthesizer which makes a few single notes turn into a full orchestral
sound. There are suspended microphones on stage to pickup dialogue
and transmit the sound to the audience, even to the back rows.
Directors Carole Lawlor and Royce Hodge have impressively staged
this production and use a canopy overhead which helps the acoustics
and provides a bit more intimacy among the players who appear to
integrate well with each other amid some complicated scene changes
between Walter's "dreams" and his "reality" of life with Agnes and
daughter Peninnah, played by Jessica Fulmer, daughter ofHobson
Fulmer, who is also in the play, as Macmillan, a mission control
operator and surgical patient There is an especially touching "father-
daughter" duet in Act I, illustrating again the large number of very
compatible talents who bring this play to life. David Walker, is a very
convincing "Hay", a barkeep who Knows his business, and he also
plays "Professor Remington.' Playing "Willa" is the talented dancer
any singer Colleen Daro in her first Panhandle Players stage
performance. Here again is another production number which will
captivate the audience.
Audiences will probably believe Norman Boyd quickly grew into his
role as "Fred Gorman, so convincing is his demeanor and style.
Kathleen Heveran performs as opening soloist, Head nurse and
several other roles, and this versatility is matched by Ginger Martinez,
as "Sylvia" and other roles. Audiences will recall Parson Moore from
"Arsenic and Old Lace", and he is cast in double roles for this
performance. Ryan Martinez appears in three roles, in between his
ll-time job as baker at IGA. Alan Chase, playing Dr. Renshaw has
acted and directed previous Panhandle Productions.
The two co-producers of this production are Susanne Dowling and
Betty Neylon.
Here is another example of county-wide talents coming together not
only to "make fine music" but to perform a hilarious two hour play
that will create some lasting memories. Like the Ilse Newell music
series performed in Apalachicola's historical Trinity Church, the
Panhandle Players have once again demonstrated that harmony in
drama, humor and music drawing from the county talent are possible
after long hours of hard work.

"At long last we are able to
proudly invite everyone in
Franklin County to come and view
our animal shelter," was the way
Franklin County Humane Society
President Jane Cox announced the
Frand opening of the Franklin
county Animal Shelter. "We
invite everyone able to come and
participate on 20 March at 11 a.m.
as we present the animal shelter
for the use of the county in the
animal control work."
"This shelter is the end result of a
lot of hard work on the part of
members of the Franklin County
Humane Society for a period of
close to eight years. In particular,
I must say that the building could

not be here at all without the
magnificent contribution of two
men, Fred Ebel and Donald
Howard. These two men
unselfishly have labored for over
two years, working practically
every weekend, to produce the
state of the art building we are
unveiling. There is no way that
we can properly express our
thanks to them for this effort. The
building will stand as a memorial
to their dedicated service to the
animals of our county."
The program for the opening will
start at 11 a.m. and will be held at
the shelter building which is next
to the County Jail on Highway 65.
There will be short onening

remarks to be followed by
recognition of those people who
have contributed to the realization
of the building and the animal
control program. The recognition
ceremony will be followed by a
picnic style lunch.
Right after lunch the Franklin
County Humane Society will
sponsor DOO-DAH DAY, an
afternoon of fun and games for
children and adults. There will
be a children's pet show. All
creatures are welcome be they
dogs, cats, fish or birds. All entries
must be securely kept either on
leash, in a cage or a fish bowl.
Crntinlled on nmoe 5


by Rene Topping

S2 i


continued from the issue of 26 February 1993


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Walter Armistead and his mother, Veronica 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 that provided color, substance
and remarkable memories which in many ways still provide social
and economic visibility on the island landscape.
While Veronica Armistead is a business woman of considerable
accomplishment in 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.
Veronica: "From there, when Walter was getting out of college, we
decided we'd build a larger store, which is now the Blue Store.
Then, Walter took over the little office building for his real estate
business. We opened the Blue StoreJuly4,1976. ...He and I together
(Graham) we'd go in the morning and stay until midnight. But, we
had nothing else to do. We enjoyed being with the people and all.
It was really a hobby more than a business."
The Buccaneer Motel
Veronica: "We built the motel in 1979. We bought quite a bit of
residential property when we first came down. So, we sold off quite
a lotofour residential property and bought the commercial property
up on the front there, where the motel is now. ...We bought these
(25 foot wide lots)... and we had a time putting it together."
Walter: "It was a big ordeal. He bought a block of lots...and Ihelped
put together the package for the lots, which are 16 lots together.
Four hundred feet of beach front there. And, it was very, very
difficult... You had 4 or 5 different lot owners..."
"I remember one of the hardest deals. Bill Squier had two lots. Bill
was a shrewd businessman. I remember he and Dad would sit there
and they would argue for hours about (various points). Bill wanted
to lease him the land. Dad said No, he wanted to buy it. Finally,
they struck a deal and Bill thought he'd put a price on it that he
thought nobody would ever top. Course they have. At that
particular time it was a new high for property being bought in that
area. Once they put together the piece of land, at that particular
trime, the restrictions on Gulf front weren't nearly as stiringentas.,
they are today,," ., .
Veronica: "...Afte ii moved down here, and (Graham) got started
with the Blue Store,'T don't know just how it came about. H.G.
Smith was influential in talking (Graham) into it because there was
no place here.."
Walter: "H.G. was renting cottages at that time and he saw a big
need for a motel because people would get on the island and not
have anyplace to stay."
Veronica: "We had had our fill of partners up in North Carolina, so
if we couldn't do it by ourselves, we would t do it. ...By having all
this residential land we were able to afford it but turning it into
commercial land. It took about a year, year and a half. That's 44
rooms; that's the first unit. And, that was completed in 1979. While
we had the men over there working...we went across the street and
bought up the little building that used to be a J and B comers
store...and, added quite a lot to it and made the restaurant in the
same year. That's why we didn't put a restaurant in the motel.
The Green Turtle
We bought some proPrty on the ocean front adjoining Buccaneer
II... We ve got three ots there. He had planned maybe building
supper club then. In fact, he even registered the name that he
wanted to call it. The Green Turtle. He registered that. And, from
there we had ideas of putting out a fishing pier. That sorta came
about after they (Department of Transportation) closed off fishing
from the highway bridge... It would be great if somebody would do
it but it's such a hassle to get permits. I still have Graham's plans
for it and he had them to go out to survey how far it would have to
run to get to where the fishing was good..."
"I believe if Graham had lived, there would be a fishing pier out
there, because he was a builder. he did the building and took care
of the financial part, running the office..."
Chili Cookoff
Veronica: "(With regard to the Chili Cookoff)...He didn't organize
it, but a bunch of the locals got together and it was like a covered
dish supper, and they decided ...they would cook chili. And give
prizes. There was nothing about the auction at that time. We went
over there (The Pelican) and everybody was having a good time,
and someone decided they would auction off something, so they
grabbed some outlandish thing and auctioned it off. And, the
person that bought it would put it back (into the auction) and
somebody else would buy it. Graham told me, "Veronica, go to the
store and get me a couple a cases of beer." ...He stayed at Buddies
(The Pelican) and I ran over in my car and got the beer and they
auctioned off the beer. Ithe beer. I think Alice (Collins) bought it and she put
it back on the block... They were going around taking people's hats
off and auctioning them... And, we had a wonderful time."
Walter: "St. George has always been unique from that standpoint.
It has basically evolved into a single family residential type
community... with occasional condos.. Basically, the people who
come to St. George Island have always been single family prone...
and they like it...."
The Captain's Lounge
Veronica: "We called it the Bucket of Blood."
Walter: "I'd been in there a couple of times... Clyde Atkinson
originally built the place. It was a bar, ...and that was the one on St.
George Island. A local watering hole so to speak. You had a lot of
walks of life come into that one little bar. From judges down to the
common fold, like myself, all congregated in an island atmosphere...
People tended to let their hair hand down when they get on St.
George Island..."
St. George Civic Club
At that time, there was the St. George Island Civic Club. In fact, the
Civic Club, we get together and have a luau. And, the first island
Luaus were held over on the bay side. Miss Louise Pendletons over
on the Bay side. And, it was a very informal type of affair with just

local island people. Sarge Castle, and George Bradford were early
leaders in the Civic Club."
St. George Island Life
Walter: "We're basically a second home area. ...I don't see that
changing anytime in the near future. I think...for the foreseeable
future, a primary second home, not a permanent resident area. We
just don't have the economy base here. We don't have places for
people to work. So, if you can't afford to live here independently,
on your own, with sources of income form somewhere else, your
not gonna be here. Not to live here and work. Or people with
businesses where location doesn't mean anything...."
Chronicle: "What do you see as the future issues that are going to
have to be coped with, on the island and the county?"
Veronica: "Security. So manybreak-ins. Restaurant and motel. We
need more protection over here. Taxes off the island are high...
Keeping up the roads as well. ...From what they get off the island,
we don t get much back... If a truck can back into your house and
take all the furniture out, looks like somebody ought to be looking
out for you, don't you think?"
Walter: "There's always been a feeling that St. George Island has
been overtaxed and overburdened for what we get in proportion as
far as services. We certainly don't ask for a whole lot. We never
have. I think that goes back to island people expect they're on a
barrier island and they expect things to be a little'higher, and they
expect to do a little bit more on their own than they normally would
somewhere else. There is a point at which you pay enough taxes
and you pay enough money toward the cities and counties and you
expect to get some services back for what you pay."
Chronicle: "Do you still like being in the saddle?"
Veronica: "Oh yeah. Yeah. I intend to be here as long as I'm able."
Chronicle: "So, you're gonna go out feet first?"
Veronica: "Feet first. They're gonna carry me out of the office. I
mean it. I have wonderful help now. My daughter, JoAnn, has
charge of the office and she's taken charge of the store. Graham, Jr.,
is taking care of the maintenance, and he and his wife are managing
the Islander Restaurant and I can always hop over to Walter and
fuss about what's going on, and he can advise me, or take care of me,
if I don't feel good. I holler at one of 'em and they'll take me to the
doctor... It has always been Graham, Sr., and I together in business.
And, ...he did the building and I had to pay for it (laughter)....We
have our fusses and we go on..."
Chronicle: "How do you resolve your disputes?"
Veronica: "I just tell them to shut up and go on (laughter)."
Walter: "Mother has always been persuasive, but she's always
been a good business woman, too. ...She enjoys what she does and
she's very good at it... She likes to work. And the doctor told her,
'as long as you like to work, then work...' ...Just like Daddy enjoyed
meeting the public and he did a good job at that when he was here,
and he liked building things. Mama's liked the bookkeeping part
of it, and she's done an excellent job at that."


The 5th and 6th concerts in thl
1992-93 season sponsored by the
Ilse Newell Fund at historic Trinity
Church,Apalachicola, willbe held
on Sunday, 14 and 28 March 1993.
A chamber music concert
featuring Dr. Larry Tyson on
violin, accompanied by Dr.
Bedford Watkins on the
harpsichord will be heard at
Trinity on 14 March, starting at 4
p.m. Dr. Tyson, from Panama
City, is Director of the Orchestra
program at the Jackson County
Public Schools, Marianna, Florida,
and the Director of Music at Gulf
Beach Presbyterian Church,
Panama City Beach. He has
degrees in violin and composition
from the University of Oregon
and University of Colorado. Dr.
Watkins, well known locally for
his musical talents, will also play
a number of solos on the


In the spring of 1992, at twelve
different sample points in
Franklin County, over a three
week period, 433 residents and
visitors were extensively
interviewed. The survey teams,
functioning in much the same
fashion as in-person interviewers
in the nation's shopping malls,
used what is commonly referred
to as the "intercept interview",
where survey researchers gain a
large amountof information from
interviewees, called respondents,
in a relatively short time. For
example, interviewees can be
shown rosters of choices and
asked to pick preferred or "most
often" choices.
The in-person interview is a face-
to-face situation without the
contrivance of a telephone or a
mailed-in coupon. And, because
of the randomcountused to select
respondents as they come into or
go out of a location such as a post
office or grocery store, attempts
are made to better preserve
"randomness", a major
requirement for a survey of any
type. The mail-in coupon and
newspaper forms present many
more problems of scientific
reliability and validity because

The second half of the 14 March
concert will feature soprano
Claudia Waite, who will sing a
yup of arias from various operas
o Pucinni and Mozart. She is
currently appearnin the Florida
State University opera
production, "Poppea" by
Monteverdi. Ms. Waite has sung
with the Des Moines, Iowa, opera
and the Atlanta Opera. This
summer, she will perform with
the San Francisco6pera. She Will
be accompanied by Steven
Aldredge of Florida State
University. Mr. Aldredge has won
a number of competitions and has
appeared as a soloist with the FSU
Symphony Orchestra. He will
also play a group of piano solos.
The Sixth concert will be held on
Sunday, 28 March at Trinity
Church, Apalachicola featuring
the Bay Area Choral Society. This
concert will highlight a variety of
musical choices interpreted by
three local conductors, Ms. Becky
Holtom, Mr. TomLoughridge and
Mr. Jimmy Miller. Holtom and
Loughridge are residents of St.
George Island and Miller lives in
Eastpoint. On the same bill are
Nancy and Glenn Totman who
will sing excerpts from the
Broadway musical, "Fiddler on
the Roof." The Concert will begin
at 4 p.m.



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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 March 1993 Page 3


Reader praises Estes historical column
Dear Mrs. (Anne) Estes:
Just happened to get a hold of a copy of the Franklin County
Chronicle dated August 28, 1992 and was delighted to read your
article "Remembering Apalachicola." This article brought back
some fond memories of my own. You see, my mother and father
were married in the Methodist Church in Apalachicola. My fathers'
name was William A. Wentworth and my mothers' name was
Annice Mae Witherspoon. I was born and raised in Panama City,
Florida and made many trips to Apalachicola with my parents to
see my aunt and uncles. Uncle Charlie Witherspoon had the Gulf
Oil Corporation dealership during World War I while my other
uncle, Raymond Witherspoon was the county judge for Franklin
County. I spent many hours as a youth fishing off the docks in front
of the GulfOil Corporation. My wife, Sharon, and I have lived in
Thomasville for about twenty eight years. Iam semi-retired but still
work at another job... Wishing you the best in your writing.
William A. Wentworth, Jr.

The Lions Club
"of Carrabelle
,by Bill Greer

'The Lions Club of Carrabelle is
the only representative of The
International Association of Lions
Clubs in Franklin County. It is a
service organization, chartered in
1953, and has a long record of
assistance to needy persons in the
county. It has also engaged in a
large variety of civic projects
during it's almost 40 years of
existence. While it's primary
concern has been in the field of
aid in eye-care assistance in the
local area, it also supports several
eye-oriented entities which serve
the greater good. Among these
are the Florida Lions Foundation
for the Blind, The Florida Lions
Camp for the Multiple
Handicapped Blind, The Florida
Lions Conklin Center for the
Multiple Handicapped Blind and
theNorthFlorida Lions EyeBank.
It also supports Leader Dogs for
the Blind, South-East Guide Dogs,
and the Lions International
"Project Sight First".
Since 1 July 1992, the Lions Club
of Carrabelle, has provided eve
examinations and glasses, for.-
needy people of various ages.-
throughout FranklinCounty, at "
cost ot about $800.00. The dub is
small, with only 21 total members,
of whom 15 men and women are
in "active" status. These 15 are
responsible for the fund-raising
activities of the club, which
support it's charitable and civic
activities. ALL money raised from
the public MUST be devoted to

charitable and civic activities. All
administrative expenses MUSTbe
paid by the members. Lions also
pay all of the expenses,
individually, which they incur in
participation in Lions activities,
such as the various meetings,
training sessions, conventions and
so forth.
The Lions Club of Carrabelle is
currently engaged in the raffle of
beautiful blue and white Afghan,
hand-crocheted by Lion Grace
Wathen. All profits realized from
this project will be devoted to
service activities. Thename of the
fortunate winner will be drawn at
the regular training sessions,
conventions and so forth.
The Lions Club of Carrabelle is
currently engaged in the raffle
of a beautiful blue and white
Afghan, hand-crochetedbyLion
Grace Wathen. All profits
realized from this project will
be devoted to service activities.
Thenameofthefortunate winner
will be drawn at the regular
club meeting of 27 April, 1993.

Come one! Come all!


Sat., April 13
9 a.m. till 2 p.m.


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Bar-B-Q Sandwich Plate Lunch
& Fixin's-$3.50

PRopenedandundernew management, the Sea Breeze Pstaurant
is offering dining at its finest. NA(w open for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. TheSea BreezePRfstaurant specializes infrtesh seafoodand
steaks but doesn't stop there, offering a wide variety of menu
items, from salads andsandwiches, to homemade biscuits for your
morningfare. Diane Tuckerand'Debbie Murray invite you to come
and experience the cuisine offered at the Sea Breeze PIstaurant.

Hwy. 98 Eastpoint just before
the Apalachicola Bridge.

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)

Vol.2, No.5

10 March 1993

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports) Lucille Graham
(Sports) Jenny Connell
(Captain Emie)..........._Emie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
........Rene Topping
........Brian Goercke
........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,
CarrabeUe-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.

Editorial and Commentary


The recent approval of the Sunny Day Corporation plans for Sikes
Cut is welcome news. George Mahr is surely following a path of
considerable patience given the continuing delays and long
discussions comprising these meetings before the Board of County
Commissioners. He may have been caught in a slowly developing
fightbetween upper andlower levels of several agencies such as the
Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Department of
Environmental Regulation (DER),N.W. Water Management District
(NWWMD) and/or the "Lead" agency under "designation", the
Department of Community Affairs (DCA). The Chronicle's
videotape record of workshops and hearings was approaching the
proportions of a miniseries with nearly 8 hours of recorded tapes
before a formal vote of approval wastaken by the board. A lot of
these hearings were comprised of various "concerns" such as
monitoring wells, density issues, pump out facilities and waste
water disposal.
We find the Chronicle's status in these events "somewhat elevated"
near the end, with an exclamation from Board chair Jimmy Mosconis
to "get a closeup of that map" in case we need it later. Just a few
weeks earlier, the Commission was inquiring into what powers
they had to "regulate" videotaping of their proceedings. The
County Commission has very little power to "regulate" the press or
anyone who wants to videotape them. Indeed, if convicted of
unlawfully barring anyone from a public meeting, the
Commissioners could be summarily removed from office by the
Governor, fined, and jailed. This last advice the County Attorney
failed to pass on to the Commission. Anyway, this sidestep takes
us some distance from the point at hand.
On with the point. Toward the end of the last two hearings
representatives of some state agencies took to the floor and kept
expressing "concerns" about various issues, finally bringing Board
chair Jimmy Mosconis to remark that it would be useful if these
agencies would coordinate their comments with the "lead" agency,
Department of Community Affairs (DCA), identified as such
because under the designation for the County, as an Area of Critical
State Concern, DCA calls the shots, recommends the approvals or
the negatives, etc. No other agency has this authority under the
statute including various committees and agency aggregations. In
reading the record, or watching the tapes and listening to all the
claims of various agencies, one could have the impression that
either the developers, the DCA, or perhaps both the developers and
DCA operated to specifically exclude such dissident opinion in
their deliberations outside of County Commission Chambers.
But, what is not mentioned is another viable scenario that the very
senior heads of DCA and other agencies sent the word down
through their hierarchies that this project meets all standards and
should be approved. So, were these negative "outbursts" at the
lower echelons by the NW Water Management District, Department
of Natural Resources, or the Department of Environmental
Regulation mere manifestations of unhappiness with new policy
changes made at higher levels? There is some evidence which
suggests this. We know that DCA is clearly committed toward
ending the designation status of Franklin County as an Area of
Critical State Concern as they have formally addressed Governor
Chiles and the Cabinet with that recommendation. They would be
willing to "go along" with a split designation, allowingApalachicola
to remain designated if the legislature changes the law. But, under
the current designation, these agencies are (ideally) supposed to
coordinate with the lead agency, and their representatives at the St.
George Ninth Amendment Hearings have not been behaving as if
they were coordinating their complaints with DCA. For example,
Representatives of DE Rand NWWMD took contradictory positions
,n sqme of the "concerns"udti as the densityv transfer.'-
'. .. r : . -.. t
Their behavior is more consistent with fighting the DCA, but again,
under the designation status, they do not wield as much authority
to exert their will toward any developer as this relates to
modifications to the Development Order. Thus upon de-designation,
the independence of these agencies could conceivably be ar more
powerful an influence in controlling or frustrating developers in
Franklin County. This view leads to the conclusion that de-
designation could lead to more rigorous, feisty and, unfortunately,
longer-winded hearings on land use issues.

with various concernr
complaints from re:
agencies such as the De
of Community Affa
Department of Enviro
Regulation, the Depar
Natural Resources
Northwest Water Man
District, with additional
from various represent
the public. Finally, Coml
Jimmy Mosconis was r
comment, after the Con
unanimously voted fort
Day proposals, that a
agencies so concerned
better coordinate their ar
so all matters might
efficiently presented

St. George DO
continued from page 1
rns" and meeting instead of several, and
gulating that the agencies should follow
apartment the "lead agency" with regard to
uirs, the whatever 'concerns" were to be
mentall expressed. The representatives
tment of from the Water Management
and the District and DER responded with
lagement agreement, butalso indicated that
questions they were not always "invited
natives of parties" to any meetings being
missioner held to seek to resolve problems
noved to called by DCA or the developers
emission or both. This latter aspect was not
he Sunny entirely clear.

ll of thi
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be mor
I in one

ST. JAMES :a '.

Cottage on 104 ft. waterfront
lot. Furnished, partially
renovated. New kitchen,
bath. $57,000
Call Mary McDonald



d The so-called "lead" agency is the
s Department of Community
e Affairs, represented at the
e approval meeting for the Sunny
Day portion of the Sikes Cut
development by Mike McDaniels.
This agency has particular status
in the hierarchy of
recommendations and approvals
concerning such land use matters
because the County is still
designated as an Area of Critical
State Concern.
Just prior to the County
Commission vote, representatives
from DER and the NW Water
Management District spoke of
concerns dealing with inadequate
notice about the changes. Others
raised a question about whether
the land swap was really a
"density transfer" because of the
non-developable nature of the
donated land, since land adjacent
to an airstrip cannot contain
structures which would become
hazards to aircraft, and is subject
to very restrictive building
heights. The Board of County
Commissions finally and
unanimously approved the plan
as proposed y George Mahr and
Sunny Day, Inc. upon motion by
Ed Tolliver.


Even though the name has gotten longer, all of those words embrace
months of hard work and careful planning to bring this unique
fund-raising activity to new heights of revenue which will benefit
every resident and visitor to St. George Island, and through the the
multipliereffect, has already benefited many others on the mainland,
in Franklin County and elsewhere.
The $40,000 plus gross generated in about eight hours on Saturday,
6 March 1993, is a new record, and there is no doubt each and every
participant, from the Board of Directors through the cleanup crew
can be justifiably proud of a fund-raising job WELL DONE. There
are literally hundreds involved in this project, some startingmonths
ahead of the springtime date to plan for the next cookoff. We realize
that there is a risk in offending some by listing names because
inevitably someone may be dropped off the list quite by accident.
This is truly "everyone s" festival and praise. We have attempted
to list some of the leadership and "carriers of wood" in the lead
article for this edition. Certainly the auction donors would be on
the praise list, and they represent dozens of activities from erecting
the giant tent through the operation of concession sales, which this
year, generated over $10,000 amid the offerings from Helen's Sweet
Shop, Ollie Gunn's gumbo, Larry Hale's shish-ke-bab, Dominic
and elva Baragona's Italian chili, the tee-shirt and other souvenir
booth manned by several volunteers and the "hot-dog" man,
Glenn. They had lots of helpers too. As Harry Arnold predicted,
come Sunday morning, people arrived to strike the set for another
year, cleaning up the turf and carrying away the garbage.
We think the County can draw some lessons from the Cookoff
example, as the islanders continually learn and improve their
efforts. The activity itself is a blending of diverse interests, bringing
strangers together to become neighbors, and perhaps setting the
stage for greater harmony later on. The proceeds of this activity go
for an important and worthy cause: fire protection and people
survival, as this relates to the First Responder Program-very
direct benefits. The volunteers have considerable impact on their
own futures as these efforts result in a reduction of fire insurance
rates, but there is more. Anecdotes abound about the difficulty
many residents and visitors experienced in finding uncrowded
restaurants Saturday night, all the way to Apalachicola, Eastpoint,
and Carrabelle. Motels, hotels, and rental houses were fully booked.
And, more than once, we videotaped visitors telling us about their
positive reactions to the friendliness of the County, providing a
preview for a return visit.
Now, the cookoff moves into its 12th year, proving once again that
volunteer efforts can greatly supplement government subsidies in
public safety arenas. And, we would hasten to add, the timing is
right because the island population is growing along with the
County. Readers are already aware of fire protection problems
connected with the construction of new homes on the island and the
water system pressure and flow matters. These are the "growing
pains" of development but with cooperation among all interests,
these matters can be worked out. The Chili Cookoff is a brilliant
manifestation of community efforts to develop such cooperation to
achieve very concrete results. The latent benefit, the development
of a cohesive and interdependent community on the island, and in
Franklin County, is perhaps the most lasting influence the Cookoff
has started.



We have encountered some
problems using computers to help
in the proofreading process and
our very able reader, Ms. Leslie
Turner, vehemently denies that
she fell asleep on the job in the last
rash of error-prone textual
problems manifested with
repeating introductory
paragraphs, missingpunctuation,
and general confusion. Leslie
actually had some tooth recovery
problems last week and was
unable to proof anything
including her mouth. She had
visited the dentist that day. We
only hope to remind our readers,
"To err is human, to forgive,
Advisory Council
Our advisory council met last
week, on Sunday, 7 March.
Readers may recall ours is the
only newspaper in the County
which has any kind of council for
obtaining constructive and
systematic feedback on a variety
of issues. We should hasten to
add that the council's advice is
advisory only, so there is no
"command and control" link from
the council to editorial decisions.
26 March issue of the Chronicle
will be out Monday, 29 March
The second issue of this month
will be delayed for a couple of
reasons. First, the publisher is
flying to a special conference of
digital imaging which will
eventually bring a new
technology to this newspaper,
allowing the Chronicle to present
photographs and artwork in a new
exciting and highly creative way,
enhancing both our photographic
coverage and advertising material
at greatly reduced cost. Second,





because of delivery dates to the
printer, the paper would not be
Available until 28March;whichis
a Sunday. Thus; we will be late
,with the ,ig issue but we hope
not to disappoint our readership.
Bulk mail distribution
As we advised our readership
several issues ago, the bulk
mailing of the Chronicle is
diminishing, replaced with over-
the-counter sales at various
establishments in Franklin
County and elsewhere. We are
advising the readership to
subscribe now so you will not
missany issues. In Lanark Village,
for example, the bulk mailing has
been considerably reduced, as it
has in Apalachicola. the total
circulation is usually published,
space permitting, with our self-
promotion advice on "targeting
audiences" with a rifle not a
shotgun,1a message of particular
relevance to astute advertisers. A
series of vending machines will
begin appearing around the
County at locations of high traffic
flow within the next two months.
Several have already been ordered
and we are anxiously awaiting
delivery. The vending machines
will be important outlets for the
Chronicle, as they are for other
paid circulations since 45-55 per
cent of Franklin County
newspaper circulations are from
vending facilities.
New mailing lists supplement
Chronicle Coverage
The Chronicle's survey research
unit has developed additional
mailing lists carefully culled to
reflect the kinds of audiences our
advertisers demand, and these are
being "activated" on a selective
basis for "testing purposes" in
anticipation of future survey
work. Current advertisers will be
kept abreast of survey analyses
currently being processed.


The final meeting of the Interim
Citizen's Committee concerning
the State Housing Initiatives
Partnership (SHIP) Program will
be held on Tuesday, March 16,
1993 at 5:00 p.m. (EST) in the
Conference Room of Gulf State
Bank, 73 Ave. E., Apalachicola.
All parties with an interest in
affordable housing in Franklin
County are invited to attend. For
more information please call Mike
Donovan, Apalachee Regional
Planning Council, at (904) 488-
6211 or (904) 674-4571.

7 a.m.-3 p.m.
5p.m.-10 p.m.

Page 4, 10 March 1993 *, The Frankliq County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

by Jenny Connell
Junior Varsity Sharks wrap up
season with a bang
The Junior Varsity Sharks closed
out the 1992-93 basketball season
with a 11-3 record. Every game
was an impressive one for the
young squad to remember.
The JV Sharks traveled to Panama
City Christian on 2 February
where they faced the Crusaders.
The Sharks knocked out the
Crusaders with a 77-27 win. The
top scorers in the game were
Nathaniel White with 18 points,
MarvinCroom with 12, and Jamal
Kirkland with 11.
The JV Sharks hosted
Chattahochee on 6 February.
Where they ripped passed the
Yellowjackets and took the game
with them. The score at the final
was Sharks 81, Yellowjackets 50.
Marvin Croon led the Sharks in
scoring with 30 points, not far
behindwas Nathaniel White with
23, and Maurice Williams with
The JV Sharks this time hosted
the Liberty County Bulldogs on 9
February in the Shark's
gymnasiumatApalachicola High
School. The Sharks won the game
71 to 62. Nathaniel White led in
scoring this game with 22 points
and not far behind was Marvin
Croom with 16.
The 13th of February the JV Sharks
faced the Port St. Joe Sharks at
Apalachicola High Scooeln's
gymnasium. Apalachicoa lost the
game 52 to 76. Leadiiem'rscoring
was Nathaniel White" with 23
points, Maurice Williams with ten,
and Marvin Croom with eight.
The final game of the season for
the JV Sharks against Grandridge
was played on 16 February. The
Sharks lost the game game in double
overtime 64 to 66. Nathaniel
White led in scoring with 21
points, Marvin Croom had 11, and
Maurice Williams had seven.
Maurice Williams and Nathaniel
White are both in the ninth grade
at Apalachicola High School and
theyboth have a remarkable talent
at playing basketball and will
continue playing for the
AaladchicolaSharks butnextyear
they will be on the proud varsity
squad. .
Coach Bill Lane wanted his
players to know: "Thank you
guys for a winning season. I
enjoyed it. I hope to work with
them next year.'
Varsity Sharks take district title
and regionals
On 2 February the Varsity Sharks
traveled to Panama City Christian
where they faced the Crusaders.
The Sharks found out during the
season if they play games back to
back the better they get. The
Sharks shut the Crusaders down.
The Sharks won the game, and
the final the score read: Sharks 62,
the Crusaders 44. Leroy Varrell
led the Sharks in scoring by
posting sixteen points, butTyrone
Evans was not far behind with 14.
At the beginning of the season the
Sharks played Chattahochee and
got beaten, but there would be a
rematch on6February at the Shark
gymnasium. The Sharks out
scored the Yellowjackets in the
third quarter, which is the Sharks'
quarter to come alive in the game,

this game with 16 points while
Georfge Davis and William Cargill

The Shark's second ball game of
the year wasn't a good one to brag
aboutbecause the Liberty County
Bulldogs nipped the Sharks pretty
well, butnot this time. The Sharks
out scored the Bulldogs in the
third quarter 16-4 on 9 February
at the Shark's gymnasium. The
Sharks were victorious because
of great team work in defense and
good shooting. William Cargill
led the Sharks in scoring with 20
points while Tyrone Evans was
not far behind with 14.

On 13 February the Sharks hosted
the Port St. Joe Sharks at the Shark
gymnasium atApalachicola High
School. Apalachicola lost the
gamein the fourth quarterbecause
they were all greatly fatigued
defensively and this gave St. Joe
the chance to score, Apalach 67 St.
Joe 85. William Cargill posted a
total of seventeen points and
Tyrone Evans achieved 14.
TheSharksplayed Grandridgeon
16 Februaryto closeout the season
before the district tournament.
The Sharks won 62 to 49. At half
time the score was 19-20. In the
third quarter the Sharks
dominated Grandridge by out
scoring them 28-19. They also out
scorecaGrandridge in the fourth
quarter 15-10. William Cargill
scored 23 points and George Davis
scored 13.
The start of the District
Tournament for basketball the
Sharks faced Panama City
Christian again on 25 February in
Panama City. The Sharks led the
firstquarter 17-7,butin the second
quarter the Crusaders came back
by out scoring the Sharks 23-22.
In the third quarter the Sharks out
scored the Crusaders 36-28, but in
the fourth quarter the Sharks had
to adjust the defense from a zone
to half court man and this stopped
the Crusaders from scoring.
Because of the Shark's lack of
defense this gave the Crusaders

and taking the lead was Tyrone
Evans with 26. This was the first
third quarter that hadn't been
successful for the Sharks, but in
the first, second, and fourth
quarters the Sharks out scored
reensboro. With only eight
seconds left in the game William
Cargill released theball and made
a three point shot to win the
regional game for the Sharks.
William said he released the ball
and itdropped into the net and he
was excited. "It was a team effort
and everyone contributed to the
game" William acknowledged.
Senior George Davis said, "I was
trying to get the ball and when I
looked up all I saw was the ball
going into the net and I was
excited and happyand ha nd started
running around. And the next
thing I knew was that the crowd
was coming down out of the
stands and trampling all over

Captain Ernie's
Saltwater Tips

Fishing the Bob Sikes Cut
The Cut can be a hot spot to fish,
especially in the fall when bull
reds and big trout cluster there.
Hereare a fewpointers foranglers
who want to fish the Cut without

theadvantage to make three point The problems are the current and
shots. The Sharks won the game the rocks. As in all inlets, a
55-53. William Cargill scored 24 powerful currentrunsthroughthe
points and Tyrone Evans posted Cut most of the time, except in
19. periods of slack tide. The current
makes fishing difficult and, in
The second game of the District particular, drags your hook and
Tournament was held on 26 sinker into the underwater rocks
February and the Sharks played' close to the jetty Tangles, lost
theWewahitchkaGatorsinWewa. tackle and lost fishing time are
William Cargill posted 21 points-distinct possibilities. -.
and Tyrone Evans posted 19. After
the Wewa game the Sharks Here are a few strategies to avoid
decided to shave their heads. such annoyances. You could fish
According to Senior George Davis the calmer edies from the rocks at
said, "We felt that if we looked either end of the inlet (sometimes
alike we could play alike and be hard to find places when others
different in the tournament and have beaten you to these choice
so we decided to shave our heads locations). Or you might fish
and so far we have been during slack tide, whichgivesyou
successful." Tyrone Evans and an hour or two of calm water. As
WilliamCargillwhoarebothtenth an example, lets say high tide at
graders both agree with George. the Cut is 4 p.m.; then get there

The final game of the District
Tournament s was held in Sneads
on 27 February. In the third
quarter the Sharks out scored the
Pirates 18-6. Close to the end of
the fourth quarter shots were
taken by the Sharks that Coach
Joseph felt shouldn't have been
taken and the Sharks were trying
to run time off the clock. The
Sharks won the game 61-53 to
bring home the District
Championship. All the team
members were happy to bring
home the championship.
On 2 March the Sharks hosted
Greensboro for their regional
game which was held at
Apalachicola's gymnasium.
George Davis posted 14 points,
William Cargill posted 15 points,

aoout 2:30 or 3 and stay until the
tide changes and starts to run out
to the Gulf.
Rocks can be a problem most any
time. After you get used to the
bottom structure, you can usually
avoid a snag by retrieving the bait
fast at a point slightly beyond
where you think the rocks begin.
It's tricky because the fish do like
rocks, and you don't want to keep
your bait too far out toward the
middle of the channel, which is
rock-free but maybe also barren
of fish.
Consider how to land your lunker
from a precarious perch on the
rocks. I would use reasonably
strong line, 15 lbs. test and up. A
ten-pound redfish is a lot of dead
weight when hoisted out of the


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In docket No. 920540-WU, the St.
George Island Utility has filed an
application for an increase in
water rates, pending since 26 May
1992. The Public Service
Commission (PSC) announced on
5 March that they have placed the
matter on their agenda, to be
discussed before the full
commission on 16 March 1993,
with the agenda beginning at 9:30
a.m. The St. GeorgeUtility is
listed as item 40, which means
that the hearing is likely to be
heard in the very late morning, or
early afternoon. The PSC staff
recommendation for this docket
is to close the docket.
On the same day, the PSC will
plan to take up docketNo. 871177-
WU which is an application of the
St. George Utility Co. for increased
rates and service availability
charges for water service in
Franklin County, deferred from
the 16 February 1993 commission
conference. This docket was
opened on 9 November 1987 and
involves three issues. Issue 1 was
the staff recommendation that the
utility violated the provisions of a
PSC order by failing to exercise its
option to purchase the elevated
storage tank and tank site before 7
February 1992, the expiration date
of the lease/purchase contract.
The second issue involves a
recommendation for the levy of a
penalty on the company for failure
O comply with heSC order (No.
23258), and the third issue deals
with the recommendation thatthe
appropriate amount of the fine
shouldbe $25,000.


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and,26th

Chili Cookoff
continued from page 1

The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 March 1993 *, Page 5

The winners in the professional;
competition were as follows:
#1. Barbara Ward, Lake Havasu
City, Arizona
#2. Georgia Weller, Bloomfield
Hills, Michigan
#3. CharlieWard, Lake Havasu
City, Arizona
The Crock Pot Chili winners were:
#1. Peggy Hamm, Tallahassee,
#2. Clair Sanders, St. George
Island, Florida
#3. Hobson Fulmer, St. George
Island, Florida
There were competitions for booth
showmanship among the
professional chili cookers:
#1. Denny Campbell-Dennis
Valente, Tallahassee, Florida
#2. Paul A. Lastowski, Panacea,
#3. Jack Proctor-Tina Putnal,
Madison, Florida

Best Booth
Best Booth Decoration winners
#1. Patty Valentine-Tim Ryan,
Eastpoint, Florida
#2. Jack Proctor-Tina Putnal,
Madison, Florida
#3. Jim and Chris Oliver, Lithonia,
Money Booths
Thebooth raising the most money
was Hooks Campfire Chili
operated by Clarence and Marcy
DeWade, Carrabelle, Florida.
and Hot Sauce
Miss Chili Pepper was Miss
Martha Jane Tunno of Tampa,
Florida and Mrs. Hot Sauce was
won this year by a team, consisting
of Denny Campbell and Dennis
Valente, as "the New Military",
Tallahassee, Florida.
The Board of Directors for this
year's Chili Cookoff consisted of
arry Arnold, Gary Cates, Lee
Edminston, Ollie Gunn, Jay
Abbott, and John Lee.


At the 4 February meeting, Mr.
Mikel Clark presented a revised
list of School Advisory
Committees for approval by the
Board. These were approved
Susan Galloway
Eddie Joseph
Shaw Macddox
Martha Brady
Wallace Hill
Beverly Kelley
Myra Ponder
Denise Butler
Teresa Jomes
William Lane
Sharon Philyaw
Angeline Stanley
Dwayne Davis
Misty Ellis
Josie Kellogg
Peggy Martin
Angelina Mirabella
Ronnie Rhodes
Jennifer Theis
Wendall Weaver
Michelle Belson
Lee Edmiston
Robbie Johnson
Community Members
Ruth Eckstein
Jean Gander
Janice Hicks
Carl Petteway
Lee Rivers
Daniel White
Donnie Wilson
Martha Kersey
Pam Watford

David Hinton
Fay Henderson
Student: .
Donna Dasher
Phillip Rankin
Lois Segree
Chester Creamer
Ron Crum
Allison Shiver
Community Members
Ruby Litton
Gary Millender
Betty Roberts
Tommy Loftin
Classie Lowery
Bevin L. Putnal
Alice Joseph
Diane Dodd
Cathy Creamer
John Humble
JoAnn Gander
Marion Eckstein
Melanie Humble
Kathleen Krawchuk
Community Members
Sherry O'Neal
Malinda Stokes
SCHOOL: (Additions
Sabrina Hollenbeck
Sonja Creamer

Harry H. Falk, Sr.
Harry H. Falk, Sr., 81, of
Apalachicola, FL, died Monday,
March 1, 1993 at the Tallahassee
Community Hospital in
Tallahassee, FL. A native of
Huntington, IN, Mr. Falk moved
to Apalachicola in 1942 from Perry,
FL. He was a self-employed
building contractor, a former
member of the Junior Chamber of
Commerce in Apalachicola, a
former member of the Franklin
County School Board, a former
Volunteer Fireman for the
Apalachicola Volunteer Fire
Department for twenty years, and
he was of the Methodist faith.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs.
Gladys E. Falk of Apalachicola; a
son, Harry H. Falk, Jr. of
Apalachicola; two daughters,
Mfarjorie A. Moses and Carol
Wilson, both of Apalachicola; a
brother, Paul Falk of Chiefland,
FL; two sisters, Helen Arndt and
Madaline Allison, both of Terre
Haute, IN; seven grandchildren;
six great-grandchildren; and one
great-great grandson.
Funeral services were held on
Thursday, March 4, 1993 at the
Kelley Funeral Home Chapel in
Apalachicola, with Rev. Keith
Barron officiating. Interment was
in Magnolia Cemetery in
Apalachicola. All arrangements
were under the direction of Kelley
Funeral Home of Apalachicola.
Otis 0. Rutledge
Otis O. Rutledge, 78, of Carrabelle,
died Sunday, February 21,1993 at
his home. A native of Atlanta,
GA, and a resident of Carrabelle
for about twenty years, Mr.
Rutledge was a retired Quality
Control Inspector for Delta
Airlines, and was of the Baptist
Survivors included two sons,
Steve Rutledge of Carrabelle, and
Douglas Rutledge of Atlanta, GA;
one daughter, Linda Robbinson
of Fayetteville, GA; two brothers,
Hunt Rutledge of Augusta, GA
and J.C. Rutledge of Dallas, GA;
seven grandchildren; and one

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after hours by calling:
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A visitation was held at the Kelley-
Riley Funeral Home Chapel, in
Carrabelle, on Tuesday, February
23, 1993. Funeral services will be
held on Thursday, February 25,
1993, at 2 p.m. at the Carmichael
Funeral Home Chapel in
Eastpoint, GA. Interment will
follow in the Sherwood Memorial
Gardens inJonesborough,GA. All
local arrangements were under
the direction of Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home in Carrabelle.
Augustus Francis (Frank)
FrankWhiteside, 70, of Eastpoint,
FL died Tuesday, March 2,1993 at
the Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital Extended Care Unit. Mr.
Whiteside was a native of
Apalachicola, FL, and he moved
back home in 1977 from Coral
Gables, FL where he was a partner
in the Myers Whiteside
Engineering Firm. He was a
graduate of the University of
Florida School of Engineering,
and was a member of the Kappa
Alpha Order. He served with the
Marines, in the South Pacific,
during World War II. He was also
a member of the Apalachicola
Rotary Club and the Trinity
Episcopal Church in
Apalachicola, FL.
Survivors include his wife, Mary
Faith Whiteside of Eastpoint, FL;
four sons, Christopher, of Los
Angles, CA, Brian, of Eastpoint,
FL, Wayne of Tallahassee, FL, and
Andrew of Eastpoint, FL; two
daughters, Catherine Walker, and
RobinIngram,bothof Tallahassee,
FL; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on
Friday, March 5, 1993 at 2 p.m. at
the Trinity Episcopal Church, with
Father Tom Weller officiating.
Interment will follow in Magnolia
Cemetery in Apalachicola, FL.
No visitation was held at the
funeral home; family received
friends at the Whiteside residence,
South Bayshore Drive, Eastpoint,
FL. rn lieu of flowers,
contributions may be made to the
American Parkinson's Disease
Foundation Association, 60 Bay
Street-Suite 401, Staten Island,
New York 10301. Kelley Funeral
HI-memwas'im charge of all
artangeinents. :- .
Animal Shelter,
continued from page 1
There will be multiple categories
such as "the waggiest tail, the
longest ears, the funniest, the
laughingest, the curliest fur, and
too many others to mention here."
Chuck Spicer, of Coast Line will
be M.C. for the morning
ceremonies and John Lee,
Apalachicola and Carrabelle
Times will M.C. during the fun
Then for those of you who own a
black and white cat there will be a
"Socks Look-likecontest." Aprize
will be awarded for the cat most
like our "FIRST CAT." For all of
you who have adopted a cat or
dog from the Humane Society we
wish to invite you to bring italon
and join a parade of adopted
animals. Also, it has been said
that people who own animals will
often begin to look like them. We
invite all of you to get in on our
Human/Animal Look-a-Like
"Humane Society members will
be on hand to adopt out animals
from the shelter so we invite you
to look them over and see if you
can give a home to one or more of
them," Cox said.
"This event is open to anyone who
wishes to come and enjoy the day,"
Cox added. She pointed out that
the shelter has been built on all
private money, no government
money has been used. "That is
why this is a day for us all," she
said. "It is your contributions,
small and large, that have finally
added up to make what was once
only a dream into a reality."
The shelter is already operating
full-time, with an animal control
officer and a part-time kennel
assistant. The Humane Society is
sponsoring pet adoption days
each Saturday. If you need
assistance on an animalcomplaint
the number to call is 670-8417. If
you reach the answering service
please leave a message and Officer
Earl Whitfield will return your



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Page 6, 10 March 1993 *, The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Boating accident fatalities in Florida remain among the nation's
highest according to the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP and the
Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission (GFC). In this
region, accidents with boats in Franklin County are much higher
than surrounding counties, as shown in Table 1.


Airport adjacent to Nick's Hole showing 15.8 acres
to be deeded to the Dept. of Natural Resources
pursuant to the County Commission's approval of
the Sunny Day Corp. proposals on 2 March 1993.
The 15.8 acres are comprised of parcels 1, 2 and 3.

Table 1
1992 Accidents, fatalities and injuries
in selected counties
accidents fatalities injuries
7 1 3
2 0 2
17 2 1
2 0 3
3 0 4

Source: Florida Dept. of Natural Resources, FMP and GFC.
Note: A reportable accident, by definition, involves death,
a missing person, injury to any person which requires
medical attention beyond first aid, or property damage in
excess of $500.











0 5 10 15 20

In releasing the state's preliminary 1992 boating accident statistics,.
FMP Colonel Curtis D. Earp, Jr. and GFC Colonel Bob Edwards
noted that accident fatalities, injuries and property damage figures
continue to remain at an unacceptable level.
"Safe boating must become a conscious effort of every boater," said
Earp. "It's everyone's responsibility to look out for the other guy."
Recreation boating accident fatalities decreased from 95 in 1991 to
73 in 1992, but during the same period the number of injuries
increased from 607 to 621. There was also an increase in severe
accidents resulting in injuries, but a very slight decrease in the total
number of reportable accidents-those involving death, disappear-
ance, injury requiring medical treatment and/or damages totaling
more than $500 from 1045 in 1991 to 1035 in 1992. Total property
damage decreased from $8,879,230 in 1991 to $6,763,308 in 1992.
Major Kent Thompson, FMP Boating Safety Coordinator, noted
that Florida's fatality rate is 10.67 per 100,00 registered recreational
boats, compared to a national average of 4.6 per 100,000. Florida
currently has 683,780 registered recreational vessels.
"Our statistics are still disturbing," said Thompson. "Until we have
an educated boating public, the numbers will stay high. Every
boater needs to know what his or her responsibilities on the water
are, and the best way to learn is to take a safe boating class."
To learn about availableoloating safety education courses offered ift
your area, call 1-800-336-BOAT. Information on safety requite-
ments can also be obtained from local FMP or GFC offices through-
out the state. Both organizations are continuing efforts to make
FLorida's waterways safe, including supporting legislative efforts
to require mandatory boater education requirements.

Surveys, continued from page 2

respondents must have the
newspaper before they are able
to participate in the survey,
thereby making the
"randomness" requirementmoot,
or unfulfilled, unless you are
assessing the universe of
newspaper subscribers or readers.
Everyone in the examined
universe, to which estimates are
eventually projected, muist have
an equal chance to get into the
sample. Having to have the
newspaper, or coupon in advance,
is a precondition which
introduces a fatal flaw in the
capacity of any survey to draw
valid or meaningful conclusions
from such a study. As a practical
matter, such surveys have long
ago beendiscarded asinvalid and
very unreliable. From a very
fundamental standpoint, such
results would merely reflect the
opinion of those who have read
that particular publication, not the
population at large, readers and
A persuasive argument that the
sample data do in fact represent
the identified categories of
variation in a study, such as age,
race, education, etc. (commonly
referred to as demographic
packages), and are present in the
population universe under
examination is the comparison of
the survey sample with the

population census in the universe
examined. A number of indices
are available for this purpose, and
one is the Florida Statistical
Abstract published by the
University Press of Florida.
There are other qualifications for
any survey and we have only
provided a few of the points which
need to be considered. Of course,
the most unreliable data are the
anecdotes or comments that
respondents put on mailed-in
coupons, since these reflect only
single opinions which cannot be
generalized to a larger population
in any scientific way. One needs
to look at these comments with a
large degree of skepticism as to
their generalizability to any larger
True, these elements are
qualifications in which the analyst
and reader must be informed
about measurement and other
errors and these few paragraphs
are merely placed here to indicate
the limitations of these studies.
This is one reason formal reports
on surveys are so thick and long.
Here we are very limited in space
so we mustget on with the reports
of the estimates.

See surveys, column 5,
page 6

Te lev is ion ......................... .
Rad io ................................
Newspapers ...........................
Friends ..............................
Combination of 1-4 ... ...............
Gossip, post office ..................
Family, spouse .......................
Clubs, meetings, chamber of commerce.
Work ........................... .....
Travel magazines, motel ..............
City or county commission meetings...
Dont care/Dont know ..................
Billboard ............................
"Being around", Non-specifi c.........
Church ...............................
Listen to scanner.................. .
O their ... ......... .................. .

TOTAL ............................



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Surveys, continued
from column 1,
page 6
The Question
"How do you find out about
what's going on in your town?"
302 respondents in 421, who
answered this question, ranked
interpersonal sources, such as
gossip, as their most mentioned

Newspapers are not far behind,
as sources with 187 respondents
mentioning this source. Twelve
respondents did not answer to
the question. Respondants could
make more than one choice in
answering the question. Table 1
presents the information for the
is happening in your town".
While it would appear that these
results denigrate the role of radio
in providing information, the

survey did not ascertain how the
"back fence" populations first
receive their information. While
the media in some respects may
provide "first source"
information, they may also feed
the interpersonal channels. The
question did not measure this
aspect. This may be difficult to
separate in a questionnaire unless
the study is tied to a specific event
and respondents are able to
recount the sequence of their
information sources. But, at the
same time, it is useful to note that
newspapers stand far beyond
other sources when respondents
are presented with such choices,
indicating a clear cut preference
for print as an important source
source despite the important role
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