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


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The Franklin Count Chronicle

Special Out-of-County Edition


Volume 2, Number 6 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 March 1993


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ANIMAL SHELTER GRAND
OPENING A GREAT SUCCESS
by Rene Topping
Despite the cold winds and overcast skies on the morning of March
20, a crowd of over one hundred people were on hand to give a
warm reception to the grand opening of the Franklin County
Animal Shelter. The shelter, located on SR 65 next door to the
Franklin County Jail, is the end result of nine years of work on the
part of Franklin County Humane Society members.
It was a day rich in compliments, gratitude and sometimes high
emotion, as the members of the society tried to express their
heartfelt thanks to the untold number of people of the county who
have helped along the way.
Ms. Cox gave special thanks to two men who have given over
weekend after weekend for the past two or more years, physically
building the shelter. Society President Jane Cox expressed the
praise and thanks of members and citizens, to Fred Ebel and Don
Howard saying, "We could not have done this without you two
men." The crowd gave the two men a standing ovation. In turn Ebel
praised Clark Holmes, of Apalachicola, for his work on the electrical
installation.
Special thanks was given to Attorney Ben Watkins of Apalachicola
for his generous contributions of money, advice and friendship (See
"Side by Side for the Animals." for an expanded view on page 3).
The members of the Society had surprised Watkins with a special
dogpen "Reserved for Lady Watkins," (Watkin's dog). In the
unlikely chance that Lady would be picked up by animal control
they wanted her to have every comfort. There was a feather bed
made up in Seminole colors, a silver dish and bowl, complete with
golden dog biscuits, a small rug, a fan and a pot of flowers.
The morning recognition ceremony began at 11 a.m. with Chuck
Spicer,theeditor and owner of Coastline, as emcee. Reverend Louis
Patmore said an opening prayer for the animals and the people who
try to help them. Anne Lindsey introduced the past presidents of
the Society. Special recognition was given to Anital Lawhon who
was the society's first president. The other presidents have been
Kristin Anderson, Rene Topping, Dr. Steven Gross and Jane Cox,
who is now beginning her second term.
There was no member of the Franklin County Commission in
attendance and Sheriff Roddenberry spoke on their behalf. He said,
"First I am proud of my jail, but second I am proud of this building
(the shelter) and the people who have worked so hard." Cox then
called on Rene Topping and Dr. Hobson Fulmer to stand and be
recognized as the only two charter members still active, of the seven
original members who began the FCHS in 1984. She said, "These
are the two who have hung in the longest." Dr. Fulmer responded
by saying, "I feel we have the finest animal shelter in the one we
have built and I am proud to have been a part of it."
Edith Edwards, president of the Franklin County Animal Control
Authority introduced two of the four other members of the authority,
Jane Cox, Humane Society and Captain Don Hammock of the
Sheriff's Department. Marie Grey, City of Carrabelle Representative,
had sent her regrets as she was too ill to attend. The fifth member
is Tom Saunders, representing the Franklin County Commission.
Edwards said, "Thank-yous must go to B.J. Vonier who has served
with dedication as treasurer and secretary of the Authority. We are
most fortunate in having as animal control officer, Earl Whitfield.
His love and respect for people and his love for animals have played
a major part in tnis program getting off to a successful start. We, in
Apalachicola, accept our responsibility to support this shelter and
the A.C.A.
To the members of the FCHS and all contributors, our thanks for a
job well done.
Two special guests were Marie Williams, director of the Panama
City Animal Shelter and Clark Newcome, director of the Leon
County Animal Shelter. Both directors said that the shelter was a
facility that Franklin County could be proud of. These two shelters
were the mainstay facilities for Franklin County while an ordinance
on animal control was being written and adopted, an ordinance
forming a Franklin County Animal Control Authority was being
adopted, and the facility was being built. During those eight years,
members of the FCHS acted as volunteer animal control, taking
animals to both shelters. Those facilities took all animals with no
charge to Franklin County.
A chicken barbecue lunch was cooked and served by Jeff Vonier, of
the Sheriff's Department, who was specially thanked by the Humane
Society because he was not feeling well, but made an excellent meal.
Vonier was assisted in serving by his wife B.J. Vonier, Dr. Steven
Gross and Dr. Hobson Fulmer.
The afternoon festivities were given over to fun for the children as
John Lee, manager of the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times took
over as emcee. A parade of animals who had been adopted from
this, and other shelters, marched proudly before the audience. One
cat owner said that her calico cat had been rescued with two others
who were inside a croaker sack. Lee said, "You know what that
meant. Those animals were to be consigned to the Carrabelle
River." All three found good homes.
Judging of events was done by Jane Cox, Rene Topping and Helen
Schmidt. After viewing pets and enjoying their tricks they had a
hard time deciding which pet was the best and in the end awarded
prizes to each animal. There was a wide variety of tricks. Probably
the most original was a rabbit named Hershey who impersonated
a flower by sitting in a brown flower pot on command. A large dog,
named Albert, won "Best money maker." A fat tabby cat earned
Continued on page 2


IN THE ST. GEORGE ISLAND
UTILITY COMPANY DOCKETS,
ONE CLOSED, THE OTHER
RECOMMENDATION FOR FINES IS
DENIED BY THE PSC


Docket No. 920540-WU was an
application for an increase in'
water rates in Franklin County by
the St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd, and on Tuesday,
16 March 1993, the Public Service
Commission (PSC) voted to close
this docket.
But, docket No. 871177-WU was
also an application by the St..
George Island Utility Company,
Ltd. for increased rates and service
availability charges for water
services, a docket opened in 1987.
The last hearing, among seven
such meetings, was on 4
November 1992.
The staff of the Public Service'
Commission had recommended
that the Utility violated the
provisionofaPSCorderNo. 23258
by failing to exercise its option to
purchase the elevated storage tank
and tank site prior to 7 February
1992, the expiration date of the
lease /purchase contract.
Therefore, they recommended
that it would be appropriate to
levy a penalty against the utility
for failure to comply with the PSC
Order. Ms. Cathy Bedall, PSC
staff attorney argued that the
utility did notmove to acquire the


land until the PSC filed a
complaint, and the title was finally
obtained by the utility in May
1992. The third issue was the
recommended fine of $25,000
against the Utility for failure to
purchase the site. One
commissioner voiced opinion that
the Utility did finally acquire title
to the property in question despite
the delays and that Mr. Brown
"...had made a persuasive case..."
for so doing. The staff reported
that the new Eastpoint well would
come on line soon but at present
did not have the Department of
Environmental Regulation (DER)
permits. Chariman Terry Deasohf
said, "...I think it is indicative of
the fact that there are a number of
problems withthisutility and...we
want to be addressing at the
appropriate time." Cathy Bedell,
attorney for Staff, added that
"putting the well on line would
be the last of the requirements of
the 1987 rate case, that had not
been met." Commissioner
Thomas Beard considered that
some results had been achieved
but he did not agree that a fine
was appropriate, and he then
moved to deny the staff
recommendation to impose a fine
on the Utility. All agreed.


REVIEW OF DEED
RESTRICTIONS CONTINUES
FOR PROPERTY OWNERS IN ST.
GEORGE PLANTATION

On Saturday, 20 March, Roy Hoffman's committee charged with
reviewing and revising the protective covenants in the St. George
Plantation Homeowners' Association met again, nearly completing
their long task. Another draft document was presented and revised
with several sections identified as "controversial" to the
membership, who will eventually receive their own copies of the
proposed revisions, all in one package. The revisions include an
identification of the Architectural Control and Environmental
Control Committee, one of the most important of the Association's
internal working groups. For the first time, provisions in the
covenants have provided for money penalties for failure of
homeowners to abide by the deed restrictions. A number of new
provisions deal with environmental protection, including the
proposed prohibition of lawns within the Plantation. The bringing
of fill materials into the Plantation would require advance approval.
The elimination of broadcast applications of spray to controlinsects
such as mosquitoes is among the new proposals. A number of
design standards for Plantation homes including minimum square
footage, set backs, minimum floor elevation, exposed metal vents,
stacks and chimneys, window standards, exterior color and
materials, roof pitch, driveways, landscaping, antennae, signs,
dune walkovers, exterior air conditioning units, docks, fences, and
garbage cans are among the revised provisions.
The following excerpts from the planning document discussed on
20 March are a small fragment of the revised covenants as proposed.
The entire document, now about 26 typewritten, single-spaced
pages, will eventually be reviewed by the Board of Directors. Any
changes in the covenants must be approved by the entire
membership of the Association, and eventually the membership
will receive the entire document and the new proposals. This must
occur before voting on the revisions at the next annual meeting,
Labor Day weekend. The excerpts for the planning document
follow.
Architectural Control and Environmental Control
Committee
5.01b Creation and Composition
Each member of the ACC shall be appointed for a calendar year
term. If any vacancy shall occur in the membership of the ACC by
reason of death, incapacity, resignation, removal or otherwise, the
remaining members of the ACC shall continue to act. It shall be
incumbent upon the Board to expedite the appointment of a new
member in order to relieve the ACC of an even number of members.
No member shall be engaged in commerce which relies in any part
on the physical properties within St. George Plantation.
5.02 Purpose, Powers, and Duties of the ACC
The purpose of the ACC is to assure that any external installation,
construction or alteration of any Structure on any Lot shall be
Continued on page 2


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Mr. David Jones, one of the litigants in the
Aquaculture Lawsuit


FRANKLIN COUNTY MOTION
TO DISMISS AQUACULTURE
LAWSUIT DENIED BY JUDGE

Among four motions involved in the 16 March 1993 hearing before
Judge Kevin Davey, 2nd Judicial Circuit, held in Tallahassee at the
Leon County Courthouse, Franklin County's motion to dismiss the
lawsuit on the basis of failure to prosecute was denied. Al Shuler,
County Attorney, agreed with the judge that any settlement actions
amounted to some progress in bringing the litigation (#91-800) to
a conclusion, or "inoving the case forward" then that would be
sufficient to demonstrate a record of activity in the case even though
over a year has elapsed since the action was started.
The lawsuit was started by David Jones and other parties on two
bases. First, the action by the Board of County Commissioners
denying the aquacultural farmers permission to lease a small
amount of Apalachicola Bay for the growing of oysters pursuant to
a statute which gives all counties veto power over such applications
was unconstitutional as a matter of law, in the view of the plaintiff's
attorneys, North Florida Legal. The second leg of the plaintiff's case
is that the County was stopped from denying leases once they
requested emergency aid in training oystermen in the techniques of
oyster farming. Estoppel is a concept in contract law which allows
an aggrieved party to a remedy when that party has relied upon
certain actions of the other party to a contract, and partial
performance in the agreement has put one party at a disadvantage
because of relying upon actions or promises by the other party. For
example, if A promises to pay B when A's lawn is mown, and the
action is completed by the contracting party B, by mowing the
lawn, Ais stopped from denying payment to B for the job completed,
given this unilateral agreement, completed by performance. In a
way, estoppel is a substitute for consideration or the exchange of
promises. The plaintiff's second leg of this litigation is simply that
the County Commission brought the project into Franklin County
as a training project, and as alleged, the training project included
the placement of farmers onto leased plots. Now, the last portion
is a factual matter for which evidence can be adduced in a trial.

The second motion by Franklin County was to drop the individual
County Commissioners from the lawsuit, which was approved by
Judge Davey, but the County is still very much in the lawsuit, and
the judge made this clear by stating that Franklin County remains
a party to the lawsuit as a party defendant, and if there is any
remedy or relief granted to the plaintiffs, the County will by bound
to that outcome.
The third motion involved a change of venue, and Franklin County
attorney Al Shuler, argued that since the other defendants, including
Governor Chiles, some cabinet departments and other state agencies
had already reached a settlement with the plaintiffs, the County
Continued on page 2


spots. On St. George Island,
electricity was severed about 4
a.m. but was restored by 9 a.m.
Apalachicola did not experience
long outages, but Eastpoint and
areas up to Carrabelle were
without electricity for a time. The
Tim Sander's home near Lanark
Village sustained considerable
damage from high winds. The
causeway to St. George Island was
severely beaten with wind-driven
water flowing across the road in
at least two points as temperatures
fell into the 20s Saturday night.
On the road to Carrabelle, the
snow flurries were intense near
the Yent Bayou but did not
accumulate on the ground due to
the above freezing temperatures.
By noon, the sun had broken
through, yet the winds persisted
through Saturday night.


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Erosion shown on the St. George Causeway
following the windstorm


Much debris was swept onto the St. George Island
causeway during the windstorms
13 and 14 March 1993


FRANKLIN
COUNTY
CATCHES WET
AND CHILLY
TAIL OF
VIOLENT WIND
SWEPT STORM
HEADED NORTH

Snow flurries flew down with
very cold winds fanning a low
pressure system passing through
the panhandle on Saturday and
Sunday, 13 and 14 March 1993,
creating severe coastal and island
erosion, downed power and
telephone lines, and frequent
building and terrain damage in








Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Page 2, 26 February 1993 *, The Franklin County


Deed Restrictions, continued from page 1
submitted to the ACC for approval (i) as to whether the proposed
installation, construction or alteration is in conformity and harmony
of-exterior design and general quality with the existing standards
ofSt. George Plantation, and (ii) asto the location of Structures with
respect to topography, finished ground elevation and surrounding
Structures. To the extent necessary to carry out such purpose, the
ACC shall have all of the powers and duties to do each and
everything necessary, suitable, convenient or proper for, or in
connection with, or incidental to, the accomplishment of such
purpose, including, without being limited to, thle power and duty
to approve or disapprove plans and specifications for any
installation, construction or alteration of any Structure or Lot. The
ACC shall have sole discretion in its decision making, from which
there shall be no appeal or judicial review. However, any decision
of the ACC may be appealed to the Board, which shall have final
decision-making authority. The Board shall presume that the ACC
decision is correct, which presumption may be overcome by the
appellant.
5.06 Submission of Plans and Specifications
Plans shall be prepared by a registered architect or structural
engineer. No Structure shall be commenced, erected, placed,
moved onto or permitted to remain on any Lot, nor shall any
existing Structure upon any Lot be altered in any way which
materially changes the extenor appearance of the Structure or Lot,
unless plans andspecifications therefore shall have been submitted
to and approved in writingby theACC. Such plans and specifications
shall be in such form and shall contain such information as may be
reasonably required by the ACC in the Design Standards, including,
without being limited to:
(a) a site plan showing the location of all proposed and existing
Structures of the Lot including building setbacks, open space,
vegetationed areas, driveways, walkways, and parking spaces and
all soil erosion and sedimentation control measures;
(b) a foundation plan;
(c) a floor-plan;
(d) exterior elevations of all proposed Structures and alterations to
existing Structures, as such Structures will appear after all earth
moving and landscaping are completed;
(e) specifications of materials, color scheme, lighting scheme, and
other details affecting the exterior appearance of all proposed
Structures and alterations to existing Structures; and
(f) plans for landscaping and grading.
5.34 Environmental Management
Because of the great value and importance of the beaches and
wetlands within the Plantation, the Committee (ACC) may
promulgate specific rules, regulations, and standards to insure that
the beaches and estuaries will be fully protected against any
destruction or degradation. Such rules, regulations and standards
shall be adopted by the general membership by the method described
for covenant changes.
5.36 Enforcement Procedure

Aquaculture, continued from page 1
was the only other entity which remained in the litigation. Thus,
the County was entitled to be sued in their own County. Judge
Davey pointed out that if a litigation begins in a proper venue, and
some factors chan e, those changes in themselves, do not form a
sufficient cause to change venue. However, he stated, there did not
appear to be a problemholding any trial in either Franklin County
or Tallahassee. Judge Davey decided to defer his decision on the
County motion to change venue.
The forth motion was made by the plaintiffs and their attorneys,
North Florida Legal: They had moved for summary judgment,
which means they wanted the judge to make a decision on the
merits of the entire case based on the filings in the record. If the
summary judgment were made in favor of the plaintiffs, then a
condition imposed by the Governor and Cabinet would be met. In
the compromise settlement reached over the last few months, the
Governor and Cabinet have conditioned their approval and
as a training project, and as alleged, the training project included
the placement of farmers onto leased plots. Now, the last portion
is a factual matter for which evidence can be adduced in a trial.
The second motion by Franklin County was to drop the individual
County Commissioners from the lawsuit, which was approved by
Judge Daves, but the County is still very much in the lawsuit, and
the judge made this clear by stating that Franklin County remains
a party to the lawsuit as a party defendant, and if there is any
remedy or relief granted to the plaintiffs, the County will by bound
to that outcome.
The third motion involved a change of venue, and Al Shuler,
County attorney argued that since the other defendants, including
Governor Chiles, some cabinet departments and other state agencies
had already reached a settlement with the plaintiffs, the County
was the only other entity which remained in the litigation. Thus,
the County was entitled to be sued in their own County. Judge
Daves pointed out that if a litigation begins in a proper venue, and
some factors change, those changes in themselves, do not form a
sufficient cause to change venue. However, he stated, there did not
appear to be a problem holding any trial in either Franklin County
or Tallahassee. Judge Daves decided to defer his decision on the
County motion to change venue.
The forth motion was made by the plaintiffs and their attorneys,
North Florida Legal. They had moved for summary judgment,
which means they wanted the judge to make a decision on the
merits of the entire case based on the filings in the record. If the
summary judgment were made in favor of the plaintiffs, then a
condition imposed by the Governor and Cabinet would be met. In
the compromise settlement reached over the last few months, the
Governor and Cabinet have conditioned their approval and
awarding of the leases in Apalachicola Bay on condition that the
plaintiffs would prevail in their litigation. An approved summary
judgment would satisfy that requirement. The judge deferred his
decision on the motion for summary judgment. Just when the
decision on venue and summary judgment would be made is, of
course, unknown.
If the motion for summary judgment were to be denied, matters do
NOT end there. The litigation would be scheduled for trial on the
issues, either in Franklin County or in Tallahassee, and additional
costs and time would be spent before a final decision would be
made.

Animal Shelter, continued from page 1
"fittest, fattestcat" and a dog named Sunshine won, "Shiniest coat"
were among some of the awards given.


The look-a-like contest would up with all contestants in a dead heat.
The judges had to admit that each owner looked so very much like
the pet that, in the interest of fairness prizes were awarded to all
entnes.
The drawing contest would up with five winning entries which will
be displayed at all area schools in a touring exhibit.
Adoption committee co-chairmen, Phyllis Fulmer and Betty Roberts
announced that the day was made complete when a Bristol couple,
Mr. and Mrs. Fenn, adopted an older dog who was suffering from
cataracts and a white cat whose owner had just recently died from
cancer. Mrs. Fenn said that she was happy to take the older pets.
"We two are not exactly youngsters and the dog will have a nice
yard he can play in quite safely even though he cannot see too well."
President Jane Cox, looking tired, but cheerful, declared the day "a
great success."


A. The Architectural Control Committee ("ACC") shall inform the
Board of a violation of the restrictivecovenants under the applicable
Declaration, requesting that the Association inform the Owner of
such violation in order to commence the procedure set forth below.
Any member of theAssociation may bring violationsof the covenants
to the attention of the ACC.
B. The Board shall send a letter to the Owner, and/or such person
acting for the owner, demanding that the owner cease and desist
from the alleged violation. The better shall specify:
(1) the alleged violation;
(2) the action required to abate the violation; and
(3) a time period of ten (10) days, during which the violation may
be abated without further sanction (the Board may demand more
immediate action if, in the Board's determination, the violation
poses a danger to safety or property).
In most instances the sanction will be a minimum fine of $25.00 per
day, until the violation is abated, or until the owner has requested
and obtained, in appropriate circumstances, a waiver of the violation
from the Board or has given to the Board reasonable assurances that
the violation will be abated within an acceptable period of time (if
the violation cannot be remedied immediately).
C. The Board shall attempt to telephone the Owner to inform the
Owner of the letter form the Association and its content.
D. If the Owner fails to abate the violation or otherwise comply
with the conditions set forth in paragraph 2 above, the Board will
send another notice to the Owner (followed up by a telephone call)
notifying the Owner as to when the fine will commence (usually
fifteen (15) days after the mailing of the initial notice set forth in
paragraph 2 above.
E. After the daily fine has accrued for thirty (30) or more days the
Board shall direct its attorney to file a lien against the Owner.
F. In addition to the foregoing remedies, and assuming that the
Owner has not remedied the violation with the ten (10) day period
in accordance with paragraph 2 above, the Board may exercise the
Rightof Abatementias provided under the Declaration, pursuant to
which the Board or its agents can enter upon the Owner's property
and take corrective measures to remedy the violation, the cost of
which would be borne by the Owner.
G. In addition, at any time after the aforesaid ten (10) day period,
the Board may request its legal counsel to institute legal proceedings
against the Owner for specific performance requiring abatement of
the violation and/or collection of fines and /or the costs incurred by
the Board in exercising the Right of Abatement.
H. All notices should be sent to the Owner and/or such person
acting for the owner, by certified mail and are deemed received by
the third day after mailing the letter.
I. Any contractor that does not abide by these Covenants and/or
does not build in accordance with the approved submittal may be
banned from any further construction work in the Plantation for a
reasonable period of time not to exceed three (3) years, or until the
work has been corrected to the satisfaction of the Committee. It is
important to note that contractors will be held responsible for the
actions of those who are enlisted as their sub-contractors and/or
employees.
5.37 Design Standards
E. Construction
(1) After approval by the ACC of the plans for any Structures and
prior to the commencement of any Structures and prior to the
Continued on page 6


CIVIC CLUB
HEARS
SOLICITATIONS
FOR HOSTING
VISITING
SWISS
STUDENTS

Edna Brabham, a Carrabelle High
School instructor, briefed St.
George Civic Club members
Thursday evening, 18 March 1993,
on the prospects of hosting
visiting Swiss high school
students in Franklin County this
summer, beginning 13 July and
ending 11 August. Twenty
students are projected for the
Franklin County visitation, and
the sponsoring agency for their
visit, the International Education
Forum (IEF) exchange program,
is being coordinated locally by
Ms. Brabham, who is also trying
to determine if there is interest in
the County for hosting the
students among several families
on the island and the mainland.
"All of the students have taken
English as a second language,"
Brabham said, "...and they would
individually stay with various
host families in the County and


have the experience of
participating in the County's
scenic pleasures such as the Gulf
of Mexico, unavailable to them in
their landlocked country." The
only cost to the hosting families
for each teenage youth would be
food. Students would be traveling
here with their own spending
money. There are several group
excursions planned for the youth
some taking full days. Here is an
opportunity to build lifetime
friendships and share America
with someone living abroad, but
Brabham also reiterated that there
are multiple benefits to the host
family such as learning more
about unique cultures, languages,
different customs. The IEF
provides orientations to the
students, and the student has full
insurance and spending money,
and a trained coordinator is
available for support and
assistance. The host family is
asked only for an opportunity for
the student to "become part of
your family" for the duration of
their brief visit, provide a bed,
three meals daily and some
transportation, speak English to
the student, and join in the
programs and activities to be held
locally, involving the students.
More information is available
from Edna Brabham, 349-2368 at
Alligator Point.


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85 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320


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Tfank you for your prayers, visits, food
trays, flowers, and all other thoughtful
gestures shown to us during RachleCs
hospitalstay.

We fove you afl!

-The Earl Clague Family


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1993 *, Page 3


Editorial and Commentary


Side by Side for the Animals
A very personal view of Ben Watkins by Rene Topping
If you ask people in Franklin County about Ben Watkins, the first
thingyou will probably hear is that he is a fine attorney. If you ask
members of the Franklin County Humane Society you will hear,
"He is a champion of all the animals of the county, our mentor, our
advisor and our friend..."
Ben has been a friend indeed, over the almost nine years of the
Humane Society's existence. He has given untold pro bono hours
of his time to help prosecute flagrant cases of animal cruelty. He has
advised members of the correct conduct when working with an
animal abuse case. He has contributed funds and has been at the
side of the members as they appear before the Franklin County
Commission to appeal for funding of a program.
But most of all to me, he is a friend. In the dark days of last year
when funding for an animal control seemed to be a low priority to
the members of the Franklin County Commission in view of hard
times financially, it was to Ben that I turned for hope.
Here we were with all of the legalities in place, and even with an
Animal control Authority, an animal control officer working, and
the commission was having difficulty funding the program. The
program was in danger of being dropped and all of the work of all
the years by so many people appeared to be doomed.
I wrote Ben a letter expressing my feelings. Now all animal lovers
have a special reason why they become champions of animals. And
for the first time I told Ben the reason why I had to keep right on
fighting and working for the sake of the animals, despite al odds.
As part of the letter told him of my early days in a small village in
Lincolnshire, England, called Moulton Chapel. It was a farming
community and my father worked on the land. In those days, the
man who owned the land was also the "Squire." Families who
worked for him lived in what were known as "tied houses."
Workers paid rent for the house and a small patch of ground but
were only allowed to live there while working for the squire. It was
almost feudal in concept. This squire even wanted the girls to
curtsy and the boys to tug their forelocks as he passed by.
One day the Squire came to a halt in front of our house and jumped
from his horse, and began unmercifully beating the animal. It
screamed in pain and the blood was running down it's flanks.
Without thinking of any consequences my mum ran out, her long
white apron streaming in the breeze, and placed herself between
the horse and the man. "If you want to hit his horse again," she cried
out, "you will bloody well have to hit me first." To the horror of
myself and my younger sister that cruel man raised his whip once
again. My mum stood her ground until he finally lowered it and
walked away.
My mother shushed our frightened tears. She told us that we must
always stand up for any animal and never allow any human to
abuse an animal if we could always take an animal and cure its
broken wing or leg. She had a wonderful knack with animals and
birds. Today, although long gone, my mother is still my conscience.
So I told Ben that here I stood, as my mum would expect me to, with
my apron outstretched to help the animals of Franklin County. Ben
replied that he was standing side by side, his apron outstretched
too, to help our animals. So I felt it only fitting to present Ben with
a white apron inscribed "Side by Side, to help the animals of
Franklin County." My heart swelled with pride as we stood
together and in the company of so many who believe as we do.
Lucky indeed are those who can count Ben Watkins-friend. How
proud my mum would have been to have known him.



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THE FRANKLIN COUNTY CHRONICLE, INC.
Vol.2, No.6 26 March 1993

Publisher. .......Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Sports) Lucille Graham
(Sports) Jenny Connell
(Captain Ernie)............Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
........Rene Topping
........Brian Goercke
Survey Research Unit...............Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
........Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Music Critic.............................. Jennifer N. Hammon
Sales Staff Pat Morrison, Apalachicola -
Eastpoint (927-2432); 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
Susan and Mike Cates................St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.............Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins.....Eastpoint

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AQUACULTURE AND THE
MISSED OPPORTUNITY

The last time we heard about the ill-fated aquaculture project and
litigation was in late 1992 when the County Attorney, Al Shuler,
advised the Board of County Commissioners in public meeting that
the County "stood alone" in their lawsuit with the plaintiffs David
Jones et al (and others), who were suing the Governor et al including
Franklin County. Mr. Shuler repeatedly asked the Board what he
should do, officially, with regard to pending litigation. Should he
move for a change of venue and argue to bring the action to Franklin
County? Should he move to dismiss the lawsuit for lack of progress
over a year's time? The Board of County Commissioners remained
silent to these questions in December 1992. Then, on 2 March, Mr.
Shuler advised the Board that he would be representing Franklin
County in the aquaculture litigation in Tallahassee before Judge
Kevin Davey, 2nd Judicial Circuit (case 91-800).
The issues in this case, as of 16 March 1993, are described in a news
report on page one. The legal action was started in 1991 by David
Jones et al to obtain leases and begin aquaculture farming in
Apalachicola Bay, following the training and demonstration project
conducted by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI) of
Fort Pierce, and administered through a private agency, at least
initially, when the project officially started in late 1989. The project
evolved in three phases, starting with about 140 participants from
the local seafood industry, who participated in planting and
nurturing oyster seed, sieving and tending those seeds over many
weeks and moving the oysters from smaller to larger bags as
growout occurred. Then, the project encountered a number of
setbacks, some conditioned by the sites selected which turned out
not to be very productive in terms of fresh water flow, salinity
problems, predators, and bureaucratic difficulties. Adjustments
were made, or attempts to make adjustments were made. Small
complaints were given about the time required by the participants
in undertaking the growing of oysters without payment or mileage,
despite the fact that training was provided in business planning,
accounting, financing, some attempts in boat-building, and day
care, free toll passes, and "motivational training" (itself uninteresting
sidelight which appeared to be tiearly irrelevant to the problems at
hand). Out of these experiences the Apalachicola Bay Oyster
Farmers Association was formed (ABOFA), an organization
intended to promote aquaculture and facilitate training, financing
and leases in Franklin County. All of these activities, taking about
six months to get up to speed, were stimulated by the then Governor
Bob Martinez simply to attempt to alleviate a very severe and
reoccurring problem in Franklin County-the cyclic interruption
of oystering and other seafood activityby natural forces (hurricanes).
The bottom line here was to HELP Franklin County by providing
a new mechanism to continue the continuity of the seafood business
in Franklin County; to help new entrepreneurs get a foothold in the
seafood business so a future in shellfish, at least, could be assured
for Franklin County, and any other counties who might be interested.
Despite the flack, the criticisms, the name-calling, the false
accusations, the whole point of the aquaculture project was to
HELP Franklin County. The project did have constructive criticism
and to the credit of HBOI, alterations and adaptations were made
and innovated, such as the rack system. Many listened, and then no
one listened. At the same time, some administrative mechanisms
governing the flow of money into the project, in which over
$700,000 was fed into Franklin County by way of wages, services
and product costs-backfired. Mistakes and omissions were made
by several principal agents in the project and some of the participants
were losing patience fast. Very few at the level of the Governor's
office really appreciated the lonkgterm sacrifice many in Franklin
County participants made by tending their oysters each week,
some in the project nearly two years. Small wonder they were bitter
when delays in the processing of leases began by administrative
stonewalling in one state agency. For a time, there was a fight
between two agencies on the question of aquaculture as agriculture,
or aquaculture as something else. Some changes in legislation were
needed and eventually made. Some farmers were trained and
ready but without money to finance their farms, and without leases
to plant them. More frustration followed.














Still standing in shallow water near Highway 65,
these white poles mark some of the surveyed 1-acre
plots awaiting Oyster Aquaculture farmers. Less
than 200 acres in Apalachicola Bay were surveyed
at a cost of about $185,000.
This project some 16 months after HBOI had left for Dixie and Levy
Counties and a successful training effort there, brings high emotions.
Many of the Franklin County participants hadabandoned the
project by September 1991, dissatisfied over the process and slow
progress, even though a large number of those dissatisfied
participants had been certified officially as having mastered all the
requirements for aquaculture farming except for two major
problems: financing and leases. There were many mistakes,
committed and omitted" for a first time project in Franklin County,
and to blame any single entity, including the Board of County
Commissioners for vetoing a small number of lease applications,
misses the point entirely. Such myopic reasoning belongs exclusively
to the group called "uninformed." Remember, the whole point was
to HELP Franklin County seafood activity. Yet, at present, we have
at best an impasse. Some friends no longer speak to-one another.
Misinformation was fed into the rumor mills, even to the extent that
an official investigation was launched to answer each and every
complaint of alleged malfeasance and the wild accusations. Not
one shred of evidence) was ever uncovered to support such
accusations. One complainer bragged that he reported to the FBI
various concerns but not one indictment has ever been issued based
on that "information", or any other information. Indeed, the same
private corporation moved their operation to Dixie and Levy
Counties, and resumed training to local seafood population with
decidedly different and most positive results. They have had their
problems, yes. But, the outcomes in those distant counties were not
the same as the disaster in Franklin County. Others complained
that the entire project did not bring one dime to Franklin County,
yet they conveniently forgot that in the $700,000 spent in the county,
a number of aquaculture employees on the HBOI payroll turned
around and bitterly complained about the project while collecting
their regular paychecks.


The initial goal (to help Franklin County) was entirely forgotten in
the midst of name-calling, sometimes vicious and false charges.
While our research on this project, and the underlying reasons for
failure is continuing, one conclusion is abundantly clear now. State
agencies, the Governor's Task Group, the administrative leadership,
the seafood industry, ABOFA and HBOI all "shot themselves in the
foot" at least once during the project. All of this added fuel to the
arguments, the rhetoricand the omissions which ultimately resulted
in the demise of the project, and the complete sacrifice of many who
put in so much time and expense to prove, on faith, their commitment
to the idea that they would grow oysters commercially. We would
include the transition team politics when the staff of Governor
Chiles was briefed on the project and they chose to simply ignore


FLORIDA PUBLIC SERVICE
COMMISSION RELEASES
ORDER APPROVING
STIPULATION IN ST. GEORGE
UTILITY CO. DOCKET

On 9 March 1993, the PSC issued their recent order in docket
920782-WU approving a stipulation proposed by the St. George
Island Utility Company. The docket involves proceedings for the
revocation by the PSC of certificate 302-W issued to the St. George
Utility. The order, involving PSC Commissioners J. Terry Deason
(Chairperson), Julia L. Johnson and Luis J. Lauredo is quoted at
length below because the history of the docket is included along
with the disposition of this docket for the next six months.
"Order Approving Stipulation. By the Commission. St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd., (St. George or the utility) is a class B
utility providing water service to 959 customers in Franklin County.
Docket No. 871177-WU was opened when the utility filed an
application for a rate increase on June 30,1987. During the tendency
of this rate proceeding, St. George also entered into a consent order
to address DER compliance violations. DER required corrective
actions were incorporated into the Order Establishing Final Rates
in DocketNo. 871177-WUby Order No. 21122, issued April 24,1989.
The rate case docket remains open awaiting the completion of
required improvements by the utility."
"OnJune10,1992, as a resultof the utility'shistory of noncompliance
with orders, rules, and statutory requirements, we issued notice of
our intention to initiate the revocation of Certificate No. 302-W for
water service in Franklin County issued to St. George. We also
approved the filing of a petition for injunctive relief in Circuit Court
to prevent the disposition of assets and to insure continuous service
during the pendency of the revocation proceeding. The Circuit
Court denied injunctive relief."
"On July 9, 1992, St. George filed a formal written objection to the
notice of intent to initiate revocation, and the case was set for
hearing. On October 20, 1992, this Commission received a letter
from St. George offering to discuss an interim settlement, and on
January 20,1993, an executed Proposed Stipulation was submitted
by St. George."
"Based upon our review of the Proposed Stipulation, which is
appended to this Order as Attachment A, we find it appropriate to
approve the Proposed Stipulation with the modified termination
date of August 16,1993, as agreed upon by the utility. The purpose
of this agreement is to determine whether utility funds are being
used appropriately for utility purposes and to protect the customers
from any dissipation of utility assets."
"It is, therefore, ordered by the Florida Public Service Commission
that St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.'s proposed stipulation
is hereby approved effective February 16, 1993, with a duration of
six months. It is further ordered that this docket shall remain open.
By order of the Florida Public Service Commission this 9th day of
March, 1993."
Sections of the stipulation proposed by the utility were reported in
the Chronicle is the issue of 26 January 1993, page 5.
In summary, the stipulation calls for the utility hiring a co-manager,
Ms. Mary Labatt, and engineer selected by the PSC to serve with
Gene Brown. Ms. Labatt is to be paid from utility revenues and
Labatt will approve an and all expenditures of utility funds, and
will co-sign all utility checks. If Brownind Labatt do not agree on
the nature of the payments, utility-related or non-utility-related,
the prehearingofficer at the PSC shall make the final determination.
This stipulation expires 31 July 1993, but the stipulation may be
extended upon approval of the PSC. If there is no agreement on the
extension, there are then grounds for the PSC to resume the hearing
schedule in this docket. No hearing shall be held for at least 90 days
beyond the 31 July expiration, in the event the stipulation does in
fact expire. If the utility violates the stipulation, the hearing
schedule may resume on action by the PSC. The utility may present
a response to such resumption of hearing regarding alleged
violations of the stipulation.
those sacrifices by keeping a .distance from the problenis of the
project and add nothing to help the oyster farmers when they
needed help. This is easily documented and remains very much an
open question as to how much commitment one can expect from
the current Governor for this aspectof the seafood industry problems.
The Governor's staff was very good at giving lip service but
matching commitments made by the previous administration, they
would rather stay away from controversial issues such as
aquaculture in the early months of the new administration, despite
the fact that Governor Chiles carried Franklin County by better
than 95% of the popular vote.
Charges of "failure" have been made by many yet samples of
grown out oysters rivaling the best natural product taken from
appropriate parts of Apalachicola Bay are a fact. "Failure" is a very
relative term because of varying standards. For example, if this
1990-91 aquaculture project were a training project, as claimed by
County Attorney Al Shuler in his recent arguments before Judge
Davey, a number of oyster tongers were in fact certified as "trained"
making his arguments rather circuitous and confused. Indeed,
Judge Davey raised the question of what relevance were such
charges of 'failure" in response to the constitutional arguments
raised by the plaintiffs attorneys in arguments made on 16 March
1993 in Tallahassee? Mr. Shuler responded that some matter of
"equity" was relevant.
The experience in Franklin County has benefited the relative success
atCedar Key because theadministrative mechanisms were changed
to directly involve the County Commissioner as contracting parties.
Two state representatives have been directly involved. Leases are
currently being granted, many at two acres. Oysters and clams are
being farmed, sold locally, widely promoted (one Eastpoint dealer
tried to buy some but had to wait in line because of competition
form other counties), and participant morale is high.
By continuing the use of County funds to finance the County
Attorney's arguments before Judge Davey is to merely add to the
acrimony of the past without any tangible result. Aquaculture can
help the County's youngentrepreneurs by providing an opportunity
to remain in Franklin County instead of leaving the County in
search of new careers. The potential is here to help the local sea ood
industry-now. The commission is still "standing alone" in this
matter. A few Commissioners would have heard the cries of many
seafood workers at the numerous meetings about aquaculture form
1989 to 1991. These participants wanted leases even though those
who so demanded were not among the chosen few in the aquaculture
program. They still wanted leases. In the early stages of the
aquaculture project, LeRoy Hall, presumed leader of the Seafood
Workers in Franklin County, was video-recorded asking for leases
(Yes, we have this on videotape).


Then, comes the question about whether this matter is simply one
which only the seafood industry has some input, and the County
Commission has final say. We disagree. This matter is far larger
than the parochial interest of either of these two groups. The
economic viability of an entire industry in this county is the
business of every voting citizen in this county, including those in
the tourist industry, and those in the seafoodindustry. This is a
matter too important for just one group to assume propriety
knowledge and information since it involves the tax situation, the
future relations among the various groups holding economic,
social and political aspects in Franklin County life.







Page 4, 26 February 1993 *, The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


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ON THE
HERITAGE OF
THE FIRST
UNITED
METHODIST
CHURCH
by Brian Goerke

"LIFE IS ALL MEMORY,
'EXCEPT FOR THE ONE
PRESENT MOMENT THAT
GOES BYYOUSO QUICKYOU
HARDLY SEE IT GOING"
-TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
The enjoyment of analyzing a
structure that is visited by many
patrons for a prolonged time is
that you come across many
artifacts that are well crafted,
acknowledged constantly, though
seldom thoughtof in detail. When
reflected upon, an artifact within
a special structure often has a
history. You think to
yourself...now who contributed
that? Why? and, there is almost
always an answer. A church
structure has a set of memories.
There is the history of the people
and there is the history of the
structure. I believe the two are
inseparable in the creation of the
church's heritage.
The First United Methodist
Church in Apalachicola was built
in 1846. The name of thechurchat
that time was the First Methodist
Episcopal Church. The structure
burned down in 1900 and was
rebuilt in 1901. The church
changed its name several times
until, in 1968, it arrived at the
name, First United Methodist
Church, which it retains tfday.
I obtained better knowledge of
the Church's history through the
help of several longtime church
members. Some members
provided me with the factual data
of very important artifacts, while
others gave me their personal
experiences within the church.
I met first with Ms. Kathleen Hays.
Rev. Kip Younger kindly helped
to setup the meeting and we spoke
atlength with the Chaplain's office
and later viewed the inside of the
church.
Many features of the church stand
out upon entering. The ceiling is
constructed in seemingly perfect
symmetry. The pews, chairs,
communion table and alter are
polished and preserved to the
extent that a person might think
they were installed quite recently.
The stained glass windows look
freshly painted; the artistry jumps
out at the viewer (if one stands
outside on an evening service, the
windows appear as a doorway
into the heavens).

Many of the church articles have
small plaques upon them in
memory to loved ones. The flower
tables are dedicated to Ms. Arta B.
Parvis and Mr. Joseph Victor
Gander. The pews have
dedications to Emory and Jessie
Spear and Mary and ohn Fowler.
The chairs have dedications to
Annie G. Palmer and Mary E.
Gibson (known as "Sunshine").
Ms. Hays has dedicated a small
table to Rev. David Day.
From my meeting with Ms. Hayes,
I went off with a good piece of
church history and several
important referrals to help me
gain a holistic viewpoint of the
methodist church experience.
I spoke at length with Ms. Sandra
Marks. She had many interesting
stories to speak of about her life in
the Methodist church. Ms. Marks
became the choir director in 1968
and has been activesincethat time.
She began playing organ in the
church when she was 15: "Ms.
Ham played the organ for about
50 years. When I took over, I had
only 1.5 years experience. She
gave me two piano lessons and
then I was asked to play in church.
At first, I was so nervous I almost
fell off the bench." Ms. Marks
said that Rev. L.E. Wright was her
first minister ant that Rev. L.E.
Herndon was one of her most
memorable ministers. She recalls
quite vividly many of the church
articles of the past. She recalls the
tongue-an-grooved style of the


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pews that were so uncomfortable.
he heated summers and frigid
winters without help of central
A.C. and heating. And she recalls
the large pot-bellied stove. "There
was this very nice janitor...a
Christian Scientist named Mr.
Truman. He would light that great
pot-bellied stove. I remember,
though, that it could get really
cold. On my sister's wedding, I
can recall singing in the choir. I
recall that I was so cold that I
didn't think I'd get a note out."
I had been told of the hard work
that Ms. Curtis Allen and her
friend, Ms. Lanier, had gone to in
cleaning the choir rail and, thus,
contributing to the preserved
appearance of the church. Ms.
AlIen spoke of the many other
contributors to the church. "There
was a man by the name of
Montgomery (Lawrence J.
Montgomery). Well, he'd given a
large check to the church to get us
some new pews. It got
accidentally misplaced or thrown
away. Well, he sent another check
to Ms. Lillie Vincent to replace the
one that got lost." Ms. Allen was
also quick to praise the efforts Ms.
Jean Fitzgerald and Ms. Jean
Gander for their work with the
azaleas that are planted around
the church. Ms. Allen remembers
Rev. Don McMillan as one of her
first ministers when she became a
member at 19 years of age.
I was directly referred to Ms.
Rosemary Howell after my
conversation with Ms. Allen. Ms.
Howell remembers Rev. Sydney
White as her first minister and
Rev. Brachman at her most
memorbl.le one: ... "He (Rev.
Brachman) was with the church
for five years and left quite an
impression. I know that he was
into evangelism later. He was
quite dynamic while he was here.
While Rev. Brachman was
minister, the Methodist church
obtained its new pews and many
other new features. Ms. Howell
plays the Hammond piano now
in the church and remembers the
ipe organ's last use in the early
960 s. "It still looks pretty sitting
there, doesn't it?" Ms. Howell
referred fondly to the old pipe
organ. The organ does look
admirable and ready for one last
song of "The Old Rugged Cross"
or "Amazing Grace.
I met, finally, at the church with
Ms. Tertia Branch on a Monday. I
wanted to look once more through
the church. Ms. Branch shoed me
a time capsule that rests to the
side of the entrance. She, as many
other church members, are very
curious for the day that it will be
opened. Uponthe t ime capsule
reads:
To be opened 13 March 2039
Celebrates 150 years of God's
faithfulness-We press
toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling in Christ
Jesus our Lord
-Phil 3:14.
We entered the church and Ms.
Branch pointed to the back row of
the pews, "I sit back there because
my mother sat there." Ms. Branch
fondly remembers Rev. McMillan
as the most memorable minister.
"He was just such a good friend
as well as a good minister. He
would always be sure to visit you
when you needed him." Ms.
Branch also remembers oneof the
first members who played the
organ as Ms. Almeade Hoffman.
She recalled some of her favorite
songs being "In the Garden" and
"Old Rugged Cross." Ms. Branch
was also quick to praise the music
of Ms. Jane Pettaway on the song,
"How Great Thou Art."
There have been many great
experiences given to those who've
donated their time to the First
United MethodistChurch. Pivotal
times have been spent at their
place of worship. The members
have seen couples united in
church bonds to become strong
building blocks to their
institution; they've seen building
blocks fall away and pass beyond
this sideof mortality. Emotions of


all levels have passed through the
structure. Life experiences, now
just memories, are almost tangible
to some...and will always beheld
to the greatest importance in their
present lives. Certainly, memories
dim, but the church ,stlll manifests


the warm glow of fellowship and
other communal experiences
which cut across generations
especially when children perform
and sing or special programs
involve theentire membership. If
the walls could speak, might they
reflect on those times of great joy
or times of trial and sacrifice,
when, for example, the
community sent its youth too far
off theaters of war? Such
memories are indeed marked in
the faces of the older generations,
but often they are marked in the
building, too. The contributions
are so vast that the members
might, from time to time, wonder
who gave a particular article to
their church. They might wonder
when an item was given and, even,
what the inspiration was behind
the gift. Who donated that hat
rack and the umbrella stand that
rests within the vestibule? Who
funded the first central heating
unit in the church? Who decided
on the artwork for the stained
glass window and why? The
many articles within a church do
hold memories. They are the
images that a body of people seek
to project to define who they are
and what they hope to obtain in
life. The architectural history and
life experiences are inseparable in
understanding this heritage.

CARRABELLE
SPORTS
by Lucille Grahan
Thank God It's Spring!
As beautiful as the newly
refurbished gym looks at
Carrabelle High School, it surely
feels good to be outside again.
Teams abound. If you have a
vision of an orderly progression
of sports seasons-one following
the other, one even ending before
the nextone starts-then leap into
modern reality. Watching
students jugseemingle their classes the
end of basketball, and the
beginning practices for softball,
baseball and track has put my
neck in a permanent twist.
Whoa! Track? Yep, the on-again-
off-again track and fieldprouslyam
is re-emerging this year. This sport
has attracted a few of the Usual
Athletes already featured in
previous sports, but also it has
drawn some of the more retiring
students, seemingly not suited to
the team raof-rah required in other
arenas. I salute this addition.
Watch for meet information
beginning March 24 at Liberty.
Coaches and athletes alike speak
guardedly at this earlyjuncture of
the season. One is hard pressed to
find a boast or a prediction. The
general mood seems to be the old
medical standby: cautiously
optimistic.
Part of the reason is that all the
teams have made lurching i not
downright schizophrenic starts.
JV softball girls have feasted on
five runs in the first inning of a
game, but had to live through the
aoptimine of losing that same game
16-8 (Wewa). There is no justice.
Coach David Meyer notes that
Alicia Ordonia, Tamillia Lowery....
and the rest of the Outfield Crew -
are improving, particularly by
inettings is tough on fly balls. Lacey
ampbell and Sylvia Ordonia aret the
covering firsthand third bases well,
and Misty Hitt has learned a lot in
pitching.
Considers. Stay though. Where else.
do you find girls dancing in the
dust? Where else can you find
normally shy Shannon Stone
doing a Rocky imitation (arms
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Stephanie Boatw righter w a isndy
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POSTMASTER
DISCUSSES
MAIL BOX
OPTIONS WITH
CIVIC CLUB

Catherine Halford, Eastpoint
Postmaster, discussed mailbox
changes for St. George Island
residents at the 18 March meeting
held above the fire station on the
island. While some boxes are
deteriorating and should be
replaced, she said, mail delivery
would be continued, and in fact,
due to changes in scheduling and
assignments highway contract
route (HCR) carners are bringing
in the mail at earlier times on the
island, beginning at 11 a.m. and
ending deliveries about 3 p.m.
Some traffic hazards, created by
the clustering of mailboxes at
certain intersections, are
becoming a series of problems and
mustbechanged. Thediscussion
outlined options for the islanders
including the clustering of boxes
six feet off of the right-of-way and
delivery at individual lots.
President Rose McCoy said she


off hiti r." Most powerful hitters
are Angie Webster and Allison
Sanders. Boatwright, Webster,
and Cheree Walden hold the
highest batting averages.

JV Coach BobBaston and the boys
do their work on the weekends as
all games are doubleheaders on
Saturday. They split the fare with
North Florida Christian February
27, winning 5-2 and losing 5-1.
Next time out of the box was a


weekend probably do not want to
discuss the weather at all. Suffice
it to say, however, that a baseball
dugout roof was given lift off and
the left field fence on the softball
field was flattened.
The Big Show, varsity baseball,
has gotten off to a rocky start.
Coach Buck Watford has a simple
explanation for it: They did
nothing right. No strikes thrown,
little fielding or hitting going on.
They dragged through 11-1,19-1,
and 22-2 losses to Aucilla
Christian, P.C. Christian and Port
St. Joe. There was no joy in
Mudville.
Then the clouds began to clear in
the Greensboro game (a 12-8 win),
continued in the Wewa match
(rained out in the fourth, but close
at that point), and almost
disappeared in the Greensboro
rematch (7-5 win).
So are they dancing in the fields?
Nope, they're cautiously
optimistic! Coach Watford will
venture out far enough to say that
Pitchers Michael Boone, Steven
ook, and Jonathan McAnally
have improved their strick-
throwing averages. And he's
almost warm in describing 7th
grader William Chipman's saving
pitching in two games. Cool
under fire.
Certainly Kudos do go to the Bull
Pen Club who have raised over
$3,000, putting baseball back in
the black. Not only have old debts
been erased, but the club bought
a new pitching machine.
Upcoming events include a visit
from two Kentucky teams on the
29th. This annual baseball match-
up will begin at 1:00 p.m. this
year, with a second game at 3.
Students and older fans alike are
encouraged to come out and
support the Panthers.
Acting Principal Nan Collins
notes that she thinks she sees "an
improved attitude and desire to
succeed" in the athletes. She
laughs that some football players
are even trying to rush the spring
football season. There's "blood
stirring." Also stirring are more
physical improvements. The
blacktop behind the cafeteria has
fresh lines for tennis and a fine,
new fence is making its way
around it. Pam Watfordhasbegun
a tennis class there, and Eric Sage
has kicked in with a soccer class.
Stretching those Panther
possibilities.
But officially, how do we stand?
You know.
Continued on page 5


CARRABELLE ROSTERS
JV Softball: Coach David Meyer, Ass't Mary Jo Householder
Jennifer Nance Lacey Campbell
Sylvia Ordonia Alicia Ordonia
Kristen Bell Celeste Dempsey
Kimberly Denney Shannon Stone
Michelle Curry Bobbie Jo Anderson
Tamillia Lowery
Varsity Softball: Coach Tom Graham, Ass't Frieda White
Nikky Sheridan Cheree Walden
Corlinda Lattimore Kela Timmons
Mandi Lycett Allison Sanders
Nikki Mock Stephanie Boatwright
Tina Cone Diana Sanders
Miranda McKnight Angie Webster
Terri Cone


would like to appoint committee
to study the issue, and if a
preference could be ascertained,
then petition to postal authorities
officially for installing that
preference.
Representatives are sought for the
committee from the major
divisions on the island, including
the Homeowner's Association in
the Plantation.
Treasurer Marilyn Bean presented
her report, as follows:


BEGINNING BALANCE 3,229.67
INCOME:
Dues 610.00
Donation Security Patrol 100.00 710.00
DISBURSEMENTS:
Cleaning 30.00
Market Place 4.86
St. Joe Telephone 24.19
Allstate Flood Insurance 281.00
Fla. Power 59.06
Marks Ins., Gen. Liability 116.00
U.S. Post Office, newsletter 39.60 554.71
ENDING BALANCE: 3,384.96


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 February 1993 *, Page 5


Obituaries


Bobby Gerald Richards
Bobby Gerald Richards, 32, of
Vallejo, CA, died Friday, March
12,1993, as theresultofanaccident
in Port St. Joe, FL. Mr. Richards
had been a resident of Vallejo, CA
for twenty-five years, moving
there from Franklin County, FL.
He was a pipefitter, and was of
the Baptist faith.
He is survived by his wife, Christy
Millholland Richards of Vallejo,
CA; his children, Robert Jay
Richards and Kayla Marie
Richards, both of Vallejo, CA; his
mother and step-father, Ada and
Jay Gillespie of Vallejo, CA; his
father and step-mother, Glenn and
Linda Richards of Apalachicola,
FL; threebrothers,Glenn Richards
and John Richards, both of Vallejo,
CA, and Joseph Richards of
Apalachicola, FL; three sisters,
Glenda Boon of Vallejo, CA, and
Ruby Wells and Stephanie
Scofield, both of Apalachicola, FL;
his maternal grandmother, Mrs.
Ola Shiver ofEastpoint, FL; his
maternal grandparents, J.D. and
ula Mae Richards of
Apalachicola, FL
Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, March 16, 1993 at 2 p.m.
at the Kelley Funeral Home
Chapel in Apalachicola, FL.
Interment will follow in Magnolia
Cemetery inApalachicola. Kelley
Funeral Home, Apalachicola, in
charge of all arrangements.


James William Wilson
James William Wilson, 65, of
Apalachicola, FL, died Sunday,
March 14, 1993 at his home. A
native and life-long resident of
Apalachicola, FL, he was a retired
commercial fisherman, and was a
member of the Highland Park
Community Church.
Survivors include his wife,
Martha Dell Wilson of
Apalachicola, FL; three sons,
James Edward Wilson of
Southport, FL, David Lee Wilson
and Jerry William Wilson of
Apalachicola, FL; four daughters,
Alethea Dell Walker of
Apalachicola, FL, Sarah Alice
Mathis and Christine Wilson
Holmes, both of Carrabelle, FL,
and Melanie Lucille Lovvorn of
Selma, NC; three brothers, Bud
Wilson and Roy Wilson, both of
Apalachicola, and Cecil Wilson of
Pascagoula, MS; one sister,
Myrtice Towns of Apalachicola;
sixteen grand-children; and six
great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on
Tuesday, March 16, 1993 at the
Highland Park Community
Church in Apalachicola, FL.
Interment followed in Magnolia
Cemetery in Apalachicola. All
arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home
of Apalachicola.


If you can't decide

between a Shepherd,

a Setter or a Poodle,

get them all.


METAL
DETECTORS
RESTRICTED
IN STATE
PARKS

The use of metal detectors by
beachcombers and other amateur
treasure hunters has generally
been considered a harmless
recreational pastime. But park
officials are concerned that such
use is incompatible with the
protection of park resources and
recreational facilities. Thus, park
officials have extended a ban on
recreational use of metal detectors
in all Florida State Parks.
"We have to restrict recreational
use of metal detectors inparks in
order to protect historic
resources," explains Mark
Glisson, chief of the Bureau of
Natural and Cultural Resources
at the Department of Natural
Resources.
"Remains of historic human
activity on park lands are often
the only tangible link to historic
events and occupation on lands
now preserved for public
enjoyment," Glisson added.
"Metal objects and other relics, if
not disturbed or removed from a
site, may provide key information
that can be interpreted for the
public."
Through a major statewide
initiative, the park service has
increased its efforts to preserve
Florida's historic and
archaeological resources, and to
protect personal items lost by
visitors. Under revised
procedures, the use of metal
detectors in parks must be
supervised, andis permitted only
for qualified individuals
conducting pre-approved
archaeological research, or for
persons trying to locate lost
personal items.


"We don't believe we should B
allow visitors to systematically go "
about finding the lost property of
others before they have had a
chance to use a metal detector or
similar device to recover their own
lost items," Glisson noted.
Persons seeking permission to use
a metal detector to locate lost
personal items in a park should
contact the park manager's office.
Requests for approvalto conduct
archaeologicaI research projects
should be submitted to the park's
regional manager and to the
Bureau of Archaeological
Research, Division of Historical
Resources, in Tallahassee at (904)
487-2299.
For more information regarding
the Florida Park Service's
procedures for metal detectors,
contact Mark Glisson or Steve
Martin in the Bureau of Natural
and Cultural Resources at (904)
487-1559.
VOLUNTEER
APPRECIATION
DAY TO BE
CELEBRATED BY
CARRABELLE
CENTER

The Franklin County Senior
Citizens Council, Inc. will be
celebrating their annual Donor
and Volunteer Appreciation Day
on 30 March 1993 at the Carrabelle
Center.
The special guest speaker will be
Mr. Jim Drake, Executive Director
of the Area Agency on Aging,
Tallahassee. The ceremonies will
begin at the Carrabelle Center at 2
p.m. with the program lasting
about one hour. Awards for
distinguished service, community
service, donors and volunteers,
and special awards will be a part
of the program. The public is
invited to share in the festivities.


3oth solar speed control signs on St. George Causeway
were demolished during the March windstorm


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Carrabelle Sports, continued from page 4
JV Baseball: Coach Bob Baston, Ass't Brian Lovett


Ashley Harris'
Ellis Jackson
Eric Lowery
Jo Jo Lowery
Jeremy Millender
David Millender
Don Corley
Shelton Trail
Wayne Braswell


William Chipman (Varsity also)
Ellis Golden
Solomon Lowery
Jeremy Krawchuk
Jason Millender
Jonathan Tindell
Ryan Sandoval
ory Segree
MichaelBraswell


Varsity Baseball: Coach Buck Watford, Ass't Baston & Lovett


Rex Pennycuff
Jonathan McAnally
Kevin Cain
Joe Massey
Travis Bentley
Joey Rowell
Steven Cook
William Chipman


Brett Lycett
Ben Bloodworth
Gary Martina
Johnny Varner
Ron Meloche
Michael Boone
Lance Bockelman
Ashley Harris


Track and Field: Coach Eric Sage


Jason Hilbourn
Amanda Evans
Ronny O'Neal
Robert Lattimore
Taz Stevens


Lindsey Keller
Jamie Cooper
Travis O'Neal
Kelvin Melton


*** Schedule: Begins 3/24 in a meet with Liberty County. All meets
will include CHS, Liberty, Greensboro, Chattahoochee, Apalachicola,
and North Florida Christian. Twelve meets are planned, with
District Tournaments commencing 4/29.
SCHEDULES
JV SOFTBALL SCHEDULE


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dog. The intelligence of a Poodlne number: 670-8417
and the loyalty of A Lassiei The bark
of a Shepherd and the heart of a Saint h
Bernard. The spots of a Dalmatian, the size of a 'n
Schnauzer, and the speed of a Greyhound. A
genuine. All-American Mutt has it all.
waiting for you. There are genuine, All-American Cats too. Just come to:
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Shelter phone number: 670-8417
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15-3 L
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16-8 L
8-3 L


Maclay 26-4 W
Trinity Catholic 12-3 L
Port St. Joe 18-4 L
Wakulla Middle-Home/ 4 p.m.
North Florida Christian-Away 10 a.m.


VARSITY BASEBALL SCHEDULE


2/26 Aucilla Christian 11-1 L
3/4 Panama City Christian 19-1 L
3/9 Port St. Joe 22-2 L
3/11 Greensboro 12-8 W
3/12 Wewahitchka Rained out (4th)
3/16 Greensboro 7-5 W
3/19 Apalachicola-Away/ 4 p.m.
3/23 Liberty County-Home/4 p.m.
3/25-27 St. Joe Tournament-Away
3/29 North Hardin, KY-Home 1 p.m.
3/29 Green County, KY-Home 4 p.m.
3/31-4/3 Quincy Tournament-Away
4/5 Grand Ridge-Home/ High Noon
4/5 Sneads-HIome/ 3 p.m.
4/16 Apalachicola (DH)--Home 5-7 p.m.
4/20 Liberty County-Away/ 4:30 p.m.
4/22 Wewahitchka-Away/ 5 p.m.
4/23 Grand Ridge-Away/ 4:30 p.m.
4/27 Port St. Joe-Home/ 7 p.m.
4/29 Panama City Christian-Away/ 5 p.m.
VARSITY SOFTBALL SCHEDULE
3/2 Apalachicola 10-9 W
3/4 Port St. Joe 21-12 L
3/6 Panama City Tournament
Ja 6-2 L
Wakulla 13-1 L
3/9 Chattahoochee 16-4 W
3/11 Port St. Joe 9-3 L
3/12 Maclay 17-10 L
3/16 Liberty County 12-2 L
3/18 Apalachicola 15-13 W
3/19 Maclay-Home/ 4 p.m.
3/20 Quincy Tournament-Away/ begins 10 a.m.
3/25 Port St. Joe-Away/ 4 p.m.
3/26 Sneads-Home/ 4 p.m.
3/30 Wewahitchka-Away/ 4:30 p.m.
4/1 Apalachicola-Home/ 4 p.m.
4/2 Chattahoochee-Home/ 1 p.m.
4/13 Port St. Joe-Home/ 4:30 p.m.
4/15 Wewahitchka-Home/ 5 p.m.
4/20 Liberty County-Home/ 4:30 p.m.
4/22 Apalachicola-Away/ 4 p.m.
4/23 Sneads-Away/ 4 p.m.
4/28-30 District Tournament-Altha


JV BASEBALL
* All games are double headers.

2/27 North Florida Christian 5-2 W


3/13
3/20
3/27
4/3
4/17


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Liberty County Rained Out
Port St. Joe-Home
Liberty County-Home
Robert F. Munroe (Quincy)-Home
Port St. Joe-Away


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Tuesday, March 30, 1993
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Restored Turn-of-the-Century
Victorian Inn with all the
Charm of the Era

The Gibson Hotel, formerly The Franklin, was built in
1907 by James Fulton "Jeff' Buck of South Carolina.
Each room is different in size, shape, color and furnish-
ings reminiscent of the Victorian Era. In the thirty-one
rooms available, you have a choice of two twin beds, one
queen bed or one king bed. The beds are either antique
white iron or wooden four posters. Each room has the
added modern amenities of full baths and television.
Also for your convenience and your pleasure, we have a
beautiful bar. Adjoining the bar is our fine food restau-
rant run by our very talented chef. We are one of two
restaurants in Franklin County rated 4 hats by the
Tallahassee Democrat. Available, too, is our banquet
room and our meeting room for your special party.

We're proud to have been rated
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Page 6, 26 February 1993 *, The Franklin County Chronicle


Rene
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Associate
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(the name says it all)


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Captain Ernie's
Saltwater Tips
by Ernie Rehder

Fishing the Beaches in a Small
Boat
You don't see many people fishing
from boats off the surf on beaches
like those on St. George Island
and the San Blas area. Not that
the fishing is bad, but it is hard to
get there-a long trip from ramps
and docks in protected areas
behind islands and peninsulas.
Most anglers prefer to cast from
shore into the drop-offs running
from water's edge out to the
shallow bar. That is the place
where most of the fish are.
Fishing beyond the bar can also
be productive, even spectacular
at times. Here are a few ideas on
how to get out there in a small
boat.
You do need a light craft, since
you and friend must carry it down
to the surf. It must be safe and
seaworthy-waves may kick up
on short notice. Put in when surf
action is minimal because
climbing into the boat and shoving
off from shore can be tricky. You
may have to wade out a bit in hip
or chest-high water to do it. Point
the bow to sea in launching, natch,
otherwise you may give the
outboard a salt-water bath. Once
you get out to a comfortable
distance beyond the waves
breaking in front of the bar, you
are ready to fish.
If the drift pushes you toward
shore, which happens most of the
time, you will need to crank up
and head off-shore again
whenever the boat gets close to
first line of breakers.
If you don't plan to go out very
far, let's say a half-mile maximum,
leave the motor home and just
use oars or paddles. But don't go
without kicker if there is an off-
shore breeze!
Now for the fishing. Fish most of
the time with anchors up, drifting.
A straight on-shore or off-shore
drift allows you to fish different
depths between the shallow bar
and deeper water (where water
color is darker; you can't see
bottom). Fish often congregate at
drop-off points.
(Stay tuned for Part II.)


Mrs. Mary DeWade holds another
of her famous pineapple cakes for
the raffle at the Arts and Crafts
show, Lanark Boat Club


Deed Restrictions, continued from page 2
commencement of any construction or grading on the Lot for which
such plans were approved, the location of such Structure shall be
clearly marked on such Lot. After such marking the Owner or the
Owner's contractors) shall request in writing that a representative
of the ACC inspect the proposed location of the Structure. Within
a reasonable time after receipt of such written request, the ACC
shall:
(a) inspect the proposed location of the Structure as marked on the
Lot, and
(b) notify the Owner in writing of its approval or disapproval of the
proposed location of the Structure. In any case in which the ACC
shall disapprove the proposed location, or shall approve the same
only as modified or upon specified conditions, such disapproval or
qualified approval shall be accomplished by a statement of the
grounds upon which such action is based. In any case the ACC
shall, if requested, make reasonable efforts to assist and advise the
applicant in order that an acceptable location may be marked and
submitted for approval. In no event shall the Owner allow any
clearing, cutting of trees, or grading on the Lot prior to approval of
the proposed location by the ACC.
(2) At commencement of permitted construction, all vehicles in any
way connected with the project shall access the Lot/Lots only by
the driveway width as specified and approved on the Site Plan. No
otherdriveways, temporary or otherwise are permitted. All vehicles
connected with construction work in progress must park on the Lot
or on the road right of way shoulder of the Lot, if possible. Every
precaution to prevent damage shall be give to existing drainage
swales, turf shrubs and trees. Areas disturbed or worn by
construction operations outside the property line, mustbe restored
to original conditions without any cost to the Plantation.
(3) All debris, stumps, brush or other material cleared from a Lot,
must be hauled off prior to beginning any building or site
construction work. All construction debris must be containerized.
The General contractor is responsible to keep the area of his and his
sub-contractors' operations in a clean and safe condition at all times
and is required to clean this area of any debris at the end of each
day's operations.
(4) Lots shall be graded in such a manner so as not to block any
natural or manmade swales, sloughs, ditches or drainage Structures.
Earth and hay berms shall be installed on Lots by the Owner hereof
when, in the opinion of the ACC, such Lot may erode due to
topography. Whenever possible, Lots shall drain independently
rather than to adjoining Lots.
(5) Clearing
(a) In order to preserve natural appearance, scenic beauty, wildlife
habitat and estuarine productivity, there is hereby established a
construction and clearing zone on all Lots fronting on wetland and
surface waters of the Plantation. That portion of any bay front or
wetland Lot located within twenty (20) feet of the mean high water
mark, wetlands or surface water shall be preserved substantially in
its present natural state except for approved boardwalk access to an
approved dock.
(b) All Lot clearing shall be limited to a maximum of twenty per
cent (20%) of any given Lot within the Plantation.
(c) The clearing of vegetation on any given Lot in the Plantation
shall conform and be limited to the exact construction and grading
limits as shown on the site plan and as approved by the Committee
(ACC). Any excess clearing of existing vegetation shall be deemed
a misuse of any approved document/agreement. Such excessively
cleared areas must be restored in an acceptable manner to the
Committee (ACC) at the Owner's expense.


Ms. June Mills, Lanark Village, with her crafted
pelicans and other art featured at the Arts and Crafts
show on 13 March 1993, Lanark Boat Club


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SUBSCRIBE TO THE
FRANKLIN COUNTY
CHRONICLE


The Chronicle is published twice monthly. Mailed subscriptions
within Franklin County will be $15 ($15.90 including tax) for one
year, or 24 issues. The premium offer for the "video scrapbook" of
recent Franklin County history is still valid at the prices indicated
below.
Florida Residents must add 6% sales tax
to all deliveries in Florida

Subscriber
Address
City State
Zip
Telephone

Basic subscription, 24 issues.
Out of County ($21.20) In Coinni ($15.90)
Out of County First Class ($42.40)
Basic subscription with video cassette, "Franklin County Scrapbook"
(24 issues of the Chronicle, and a two-hour video cassette about recent
Franklin County history, postpaid in county delivery $37,10,
Out-of-county delivery of the premium package video and
24 issues ($42.40)
The video includes portions of the tour of historic Apalachicola
homes, Seafood Festival, political cnimpaigns, interviews with
county officers and political candidates and much more.
Please allow 6 weeks for delivery.
Please send this form to:
Franklin County Chr'onicle
Post Office Box 590
Eastpoint, Florida 32328
904-927-2186 or 904-385-4003

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