Title: Franklin county chronicle
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00089927/00018
 Material Information
Title: Franklin county chronicle
Uniform Title: Franklin county chronicle
Physical Description: Newspaper
Language: English
Publisher: Tom W. Hoffer
Place of Publication: Eastpoint, FL
Publication Date: June 26, 1993
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
Coordinates: 29.725278 x -84.9925 ( Place of Publication )
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00089927
Volume ID: VID00018
Source Institution: Florida State University
Holding Location: Florida State University
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.

Full Text

Alligator Point Barbeque and Flea Market 3 4 July


The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 2, Number 12 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 June 9 July 1993



by George Pierre


as told to Bill Greer and Tom W. Hoffer
George Bradford was born in November 1900. H i s parents were
Ruben Pierre and Hannah Watkins Bradford. He grew up in
Carrabelle, graduating from Carrabelle high school in 1918. he
next year he attendedMeridian College atMeridian, Mississippi.
Two years later, in 1920, he taught at the Carrabelle high school for
two semesters before taking at job at the Fuller's Earth Company in
Midway, Florida. By 1923, he was a bookkeeper for Pennington-
Evans Companyin Tallahassee. But, he returned tothe area in 1925,
taking the jb of office manager and bookkeeper at the West Florida
Lumbr Company at Harbeson City, a town which as since
disappeared as the lumber industry waned. In 1932, he was
booeeper and Office Manager for the Carrabelle Fish and Oyster
Company in Carrabelle, followed with a position as county
Mr. BillGreer of the Apalachicola Area Historical Society and Tom
W. Hoffer, publisherof the Franklin County Chronicle, interviewed
Mr. Bradford inMarch 1993. Portionsof thatinterview areexcertped

George Bradford (B): I've lived in Franklin County all of my life.
I have resided other places... But always retained Carrabelle as my
legal residence. Never voted any place else. ...So I vote here now.
Have for the past four or five years...well since that redistricting...
...until recently you voted for all the county school board members.
Now then you only vote for the one in your district. Which is the
worse thing that ever happened to us. I attended school in
Carrabelle... I was in all twelve grades out there in that school. The
high school, four grades, nine thru twelve, was in one room... and
one teacher, who was the principal... and the first graduates...of
that high school... were two twin sisters, Nata and Edna Nays..
They graduated in 1916.... There were no numbers of the twelfth
grade m 1917... In 19181 was the sole student and of course the sole
graduate... All I had was one teacher, the principal.... And of course
Ihad math, and English, and Latin, and Algebra, and Geometry,
Trig... I specialized in Math.... I mean all forms of Math.
Chronicle (C): Was the railroad in Carrabelle connecting to parts
north at that time?
B: Ohyes, thatwas the old G.F.and A. it ran every day,seven days
a week.... The Georgia, Florida, and Alabama Railway and it ran
every day....The terminal was just above Bainbridge, Georgia. And
the Carrabelle end, at the OldCresent City picked up the mail and
the freight..a steamboat....about where the ferry did run...right
around there....on the waterfront. The far end.... more recently they
had that flower mill.... The Old Cresent City came to the dock in
Apalachicola.... BetweenApalachicola and Carrabelle was its route...
It stopped in Eastpoint....

C: So there was no bridge between Eastpoint and Apalachicola?
B: And no ferry in those days... The Cresent City was running when
I was a child. And it ran until the G.F. & A. railroad was
discontinued .....Atleast 1925 orlonger. Ileftherein 1920-21, Icame
Back here in 1925 and was out at Harbeson City, that new mill out
there... and Harbeson City was about the same size as Carrabelle....
Sand theG.F. &A. was runningthen... Iwasoutthere until 1933... My
parents were Ruben P. Braaford... and my mother was Hanna
'Watkins... Dad was from Tennessee.... hecamedownhere... worked
his way to Florida...in the late 1890s. He walked ox wagons to
Tampa to enlist in the Spanish-American War. Of course after the
war he came back here and he was a police officer... He was a chief
of police and city clerk in Carrabelle, that was an elected job... and
- it was one job... He was deputy sheriff...
: C: Howdid you get around... in your growing up years? 1910...you
Should have been 10 years of age...
- B: You walked...We didn't have horses... no automobiles, no
horses. When I was a teenager for a short time my dad bought a
horse and buggy for my mother... But there were not many horse
and buggies around.... You walked. I traveled by car lots of times
to Tallahiassee. There were dirt roads, dirt sand roads, and then
people from Sopchoppy and Wakulla County drove down here
with produce and sold it. You had two ways to go... in the early
days you had to go cross the river, a new river at Pinelog, and on up
the Wakulla County line.... you cross another river there...
(Ochlockonee)..and then on into Tallahassee... Well, for instance as
a teenager, it took eight good hours to drive from Carrabelle when
you had a model T Ford ....from Carrabelle to Tallahassee...and if it
were dry, you would get stuck in the sand and if was wet you'd get
bogged down and you'd have to have a horse or mule, and wagon
come pull you out...
In 1921,1 I was working at Midway in Gadsden County, just twelve
miles outside of Tallahassee, incidentally that twelve miles took an
hour from Midway into Tallahassee in a Model-T Ford. Anyway,
my brother and I, we were ball players and at that time my brother
Continued on page 7





Exclusive to the Chronicle
By Tom W. Hoffer
2nd Judicial Circuit Judge Kevin Dv'ey has not reached a decision
on the aquaculture legal case (#9 800) but on Tuesday, 22 June
1993, he was about to render a de ion on a change of venue
advanced earlier by Franklin Couy Attorney Al Shuler. Then, as
the judge announced his intention ,6 deny the motion to move the
entire proceedings to Franklin County, Attorney Shuler suddenly
withdrew his motion. Davey staed the other State of Florida
parties had been removed or withra.vn from the case, and he would
have heard it in Franklin County, 6r in Tallahassee. But, the issue
hadbecome moot with AttorneyShiler's withdrawal of the motion
argued in March 1993.
Arguments were heard from th Florida Legal representing
plaintiff David Jones et,al and rarIdn County attorney Al Shuler,
on two issues. (1) Whether Fr li County was stopped from
denyingleases to theaquacul tur pinees once the County requested
ContiRi[d on page 8




3 and 4 JULY

At Alligator Point, eastern
Franklin County, just south of
Ochlockonee Bay, the Annual
Barbecue and Flea Market will be
staged 3 and 4 July 1993 at the
point firehouse. The flea market
will be indoors. The barbecue pork
will be "slow cooked" for at least
48-hours under the watchful eye
of volunteers in this fund raising
effort. Barbecue chicken and hot
dogs will also be available both
Bill Scaringe, President of the
Alligator Point, St. Teresa
Volunteer Fire Department also
reports that the new fire truck is
now under construction and is
expected to be delivered in three
to five weeks. The Department
meets monthly on the second
Saturday, 8:30 AM, and all
residents in the area served by the
department are cordially invited
to attend and join.
Donation for the flea market will

be taken at the firehouse
between 10 A.M.and2 P. M.
should be coordinated by calling
349-2221, 2408 2127 or 697-3494.
The volunteers maintain one fire
station on Alligator Point and
another at St. Teresa. Eighteen
.firefighters and thirteen first
responders are on call twenty-
four hours daily. For emergencies,
call 911 and the Franklin County
Sheriff's Office sends the agencies
For those attending the flea
market and barbecue from
western FranklinFranklin County,
Alligator Point is reached by U.S.
98, and a right turn on to State
370 to the point. Keep right until
you see the Gulf, and the
firehouse is about four miles
down the road, on the right.
Those coming from the north on
U.S. 98, turn left onto State 370
and drive to the point as described

Exclusive to the Chronicle
In a complicated scheme involving loans to the St. George Utility,
Ltd. and CIAC (Contributions in Aid of Construction) disbursed
for improvements to the system, the Florida Public Service
Commission (PSC) has approved a modification to a 9 March 1993
stipulation and installed their own officer as a sign-off party to the
utility's disbursement of all CIAC funds, effective 21 June 1993.
The narrative of this case is contained in the PSC's recent order
(PSC-93-0890-FOF-WU) issued on 14 June 1993 as follows:

"J. TERRY DEASON, Chairman
Continued on page 6


Willie Speed

C.T. Ponder


Exclusive to the Chronicle

The St. George Plantation
Owners Association, Inc., Board
of Directors meeting on
Saturday, 19 June 1993, was
called to order at 9:10 A.M. by
Vice President Pam Amato, with
President John Cullen arriving
shortly thereafter. Other board
members present were: Gayle
Dodds, Richard Plessinger, Lori
Rodrique and Helen Spohrer.
Jim Bachrach was in
communication with the Board
by long distance telephone
throughout the proceedings.
Throughout the day, up to 35
Association members attended.
At the beginning, Ms. Dodds
commented upon the use of the
telephone for these meetings and
and Board member Helen
Spohrer that telephone contact
was authorized by the
Association bylaws, and that Mr.
Bachrach was paying for the use
of the telephone.
On security matters, Bob Shiver
reported that there had been
some problems with first
responders and the fire
department finding addresses in
the Plantation due to some
confusion on identifying T-road
streets. This would likely be
remedied with an "education
program" and providing
detailed Plantation maps to such
teams. After considerable
discussion about construction
noise and the time frame for
construction activities, Pam
Amato moved to restrict
weekday construction to a
period from 8A. M. to 7 P. M. or
sundown passed. The policy for
Sunday, which provides for no
Shiver reported that there had
been 30 new houses completed
since January 1993, and that 27

At the 10 June 1993 school board
monthly meeting, Mr. Willie
Speed raised several issues that
occupied Board attentionfor most
of the evening. He complained
that the minutes of the previous
board meeting did not reflect a
statement there were too few
black parents represented on the
school advisory board in
conjunction with the school
improvement committees. The
board accommodated his motion
and so approved the revision to
the minutes.
Superintendent C. T. Ponder
responded, as follows:
CT: ...Nobody questions one bit
aboutyour parting this Mr. Speed.
...On several occasions, we
apprecia e your brineine that to
Continued on page 5

were under construction.
Members were advised against
driving all the way to the Sikes
Cut because of loose sand, and
getting stuck. Even 4-wheel
,vehicles have beenpulled out of
the loose sand. Another report
was given on fires and the
continual hazards during this
dry season. John Cullen pointed
out that certain catalytic
converters can ignite foliage
In a related security matter,
Board Member Pam Amato,
presented letter, a portion of
which is reproduced here,
indicatingthat at the matter had
been resolved, but the
procedures for similar problems
had not yet been worked out.
She read in part from her letter,
'The intent of this letters register
a formal complaint with the
board. We are the owners of Lot
21A, Sea Dune Village. We
respectfully request this letter
be recorded'in the minutes of
the board meeting of June 19,
"On Friday, May 28, 1993, we
had an encounter with a
contractor who.was in the
process of constructing a house
on the lot next to us. Wen we
arrived at our house we could
not get past the construction
equipment parked on the road
to get to our driveway until the
equipment was moved. The
contractor also had four vehicles
parked in our driveway. These
vehicles had to be moved before
we could get to our house. There
was a~great deal of water on the
concrete under and around the
house. A discussion ensued with
the person who seemed to be in
charge of the workmen. This
person acknowledged that the
water had been used for
construction purposes. No
request had been made to use
water from our house nor had
permission been given."
"A telephone call reporting this
incident was made to Bob Shiver,
Head of Security. We requested
the contractor, be notified and
that he be asked to call us.
Subsequent conversations with
Contractor,and subcontractor
resolved the situation."
"Situations like the one above
are not new within the
Plantation. Because of the
board's ongoing refusal to act
against contractors who commit
violations, we were put in a
position of handling this
situation ourselves. The
contractors are aware the board
will not take corrective action
and therefore they break the
rules with impunity."
Continued on page 2



Page 2, 26 June 1993 *, The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th





xvciusive to the Chronicle
Dr. obm Adams reported to the
sa' ce 18 June 1993 St. George
Civic Club audience about a
hastily called meeting in
Apalachicola in which U. S. Air
Force public affairs personnel
appeared and explained some
facets of the recent sonic booms
caused by Air Force planes flying
over St. George Island and
Franklin County. The most
noticeable disturbances were
detected on late Tuesday
afternoon, 15 June 1993 in which
several jets and a bomber were
seen from the ground as they
engaged in a simulated "dog
fi gt'. In the future, all Franklin
County residents are encouraged
to record carefully the date and
time of such sonic disturbances,
and to communicate directly by
phone or mail to: Ms. Marilyn
Silcox (904-283-2983 during
normal officehours; 904-283-2155
after 5:30 PM Eastern Daylight
Timne). Address 500 Minnesota
Avwnue, suite #3, Tyndall Air
Force Base, Panama City, Florida
32403--5425. In the Plantation,
Mi. Peter Amato, (904-927-2519)
is also collecting information on
the booms.
Mr, Bruce Dry, of the Island State
Park, gave an illustrated talk on
sea turtles, beginning with egg
laying through the survival
problems of young and mature
turtles. He stated that the
continuing survival problems
were mostly linked to man-made
intrusionsinto the turtle'shabitat,
indaidingboattraffic, commercial
shipping, beach lighting, various
predators, and theloss of suitable
nesting habitat. If one encounters

a turtle nest on the island or
mainland, please call the state
park authorities at 927-2111.
Other business discussed
involved the petitions for mail
delivery to island residences is
still available for signature. Helen
Marsh repeated the solicitation
for donations to the County
Library at the East Point Mall,
and the need for volunteers to
work on library projects. Bruce
Dry reported that the island
volunteer fire department has
narrowed the vendors for the new
fire engine to three and
specifications for the truck have
been defined. Aformal bid process
will begin soon. A new and old
problemwasaddressedby Mason
Bean. The County has resumed
depositing red clay dirt on island
roads, and the clay is "moving"
so as to present a hazard,
complicatedwith the hot weather,
and adding to the problem of
asphalt breakup on is and streets.
The treasurer's report, by Marilyn
Bean, included the following.

Beginning Balance
Rent deposits (2)
Rent (2 mos)
Post Office (2) newsletters
(4/6,12,15, May, 6/2)
Franklin Co. Library
Coastal Dev.
Consult. REFUND
Post Office, bulk mail fee
Fla. Power





Exmusive to the Chronicle
- Brian Goercke

Program (FCARP) is in its seventh
month of tutoring inmates at the
FranklinWork Camp. The effort has
been sustained through the
volunteer work of Betty and Alan
Roberts, Allan Chase and Ruth Ann
Barnes in conjunction with FCARP.
SubjectsasMath, Computer Science,
Basic and Advanced reading,
gra mmarand essaywritingare some
of 1hte concentrations of the reading
class which meets once a week on
Wednesday evenings.
The response of the inmates has been

participate in the reading program.
And, Sgt. Summerhill's work to train
four tutors in a NonDepartment of
Corrections procedure is much
The collaboration between FCARP
and the Franklin Work Camp will
hopefully work to reduce the rate at
which inmates become repeat
offenders. FCARP's services to the
work camp are entirely free to the
institution. The program operates a
book lending service to encourage
inmates to remain active readers.

exceptionally enthusiastic. FCARP The program also uses a lap top
hopes that G.E.D assistance and computer during class for inmates
testing will soon be available to the to understand the various functions
general inmate population. Many of available software. Betty and
of the inmates have progressed Allan Roberts and RuthAnn Barnes
significantly to the point where have worked primarily on basic
takingtheG.E.D. seemslike the next reading techniques with theinmates.
logical step. Allan Chase has offered his math
skills to several students. And, Jane
FCARP has received excellent Cox has been illustrating basic
supportfromthestaffattheFranklin computer skills to several inmates.
Work Camp. Major R.A. Johnson Those who would be interested in
ha.; given helpful oversight into the understandingmoreaboutFCARP's
nature of tutoring at a corrections roleintheFranklinWorkCampmay
fa cility. Classifications Specialist, call Jane Cox or Brian Goercke at the
LibbyKeel,hasbeen most helpful in Apalachicola Muncipal Library: 653-
enroiuraging would-be students to 8436.

,. NDSisW

By Alan Chase
'regular monthly meeting of
thie district was held in Chillas
Hall on Monday, June 21. Carl
B iley announced recent
,ivorable test results of
wastewater treatment plant
areBOD parameters, all well
within the State standards, and,
in fact, good enough to make the
effluent potable, should anyone
v/;nt to drink the stuff.
on the other side of the ledger,
District Revenues were $2,359
r,,: I W budgetexpectations for the
r!tOnth of May and $11,584 below

for the year-to-date. In addition
to financial woes, the generator at
the vacuum station won't shut off
automatically, as designed, and a
pumping-station pump is
temporarily outof actionand sent
off to Panama City for repairs;
while several maintenance items
contracted out have yet to be
completed. Fortunately, a final
permit consent order from the
DER, pending these many years,
giving the district permission to
operate, seems finally in sight,
following the approval by the
District of an Oierating Manual
prepared by the Consulting
An amended District Ordinance
containing the previously
announced customer rate increase
will be considered at the next

Quarterly Meeting
Continued From Wage 1

'There have been many reported
violations of our covenants and
county ordinances that govern
construction. Some of these
violations includeunauthorized
use of water, trespassing, lack of
containment, lack of sanitary
facilities, construction
equipment left for extended
periods of time, etc."
'This board has declined to take
any adverse action against
contractors who are repeated
violators of the POA covenants.
It is our opinion the board has
not only the right, but the
obligation to enforce the
covenants and to sanction those
contractors who are habitual
violators or who do not respond
to noticesof violations ina timely
manner. We question the reason
the board refuses to take
aggressive action in order to
bring contractors into
compliance. We certainly hope
the reason is not that there is a
conflictof interestamong certain
board members."
"Please provide to us by July 19,
1993, a written explanation of
the rationale behind your prior
decision that standardized,
written warnings and/or
penaltiescan not be used as a
means of enforcing compliance
among the contractors. Or,
provide to us the means that
you intend to adopt in order to
ensure compliance among
"Thank you for your prompt
attention to this matter."
At the conclusion of her reading,
Mrs. Amato asked the Board to
consider a policy in writing
which would govern the
contractors working in the
plantation. President Cullen
made reference to "digs and
grandstanding", infuriating
Mrs. Amato, and expanding the
"discussion" into "the minority
board members versus the
majority." The so-called
"minority"were identified as
Pam Amato, Gayle Dodds and
Richard Plessinger; the
"majority" identified Cullen, Jim
Bachrach, Lori Rodrique and
Helen Spohrer. George Mahr
asked about the existence of a
printed document providing all
the rules and policies affecting
contractors and was told that
one has been proposed in the
revisions to the Covenants, A-
document will be produced
based on the covenant
restrictions and the means of
enforcement identified for the
HelenSpohrer gave abrief report
on the applications taken for a
new manager, indicating that 50
letters had been received.
Seventeen interviews were
scheduled for Sunday, 20 June.
On CATV, Mr. Charles Sumner,
owner of the new cable system,
would appear on the Franklin
County Commission agenda for
a formal hearing on 6 July 1993
on his requested non-exclusive
The security committee, an
agency comprised of one
representative from the
Association and another from
Mahr Development
Corporation, was discussed.
Another flareup in tempers
occurred when the nominating
committee issue came to the
Board of Directors table. Pam
Amato took the floor and
discussed her memorandum of
30 May concerning the
nominating committee and had
notreceived an answer fromany
Board member. President Cullen
had also distributed a memo to
at least four of the Board
members with nominee names
but some claimed not to have
received it. A discussion had
been previously held on the
Cullen memo. Richard
Plessinger expressed some
dissatisfaction at the handling
of the nominating committee
matter complaining about
"...hiding things under the rug
and bringing them out at the last
minute." Gayle Dodds also
complained but in a more calm
in the nominating process as a
Board Member. 'God help
anybody who comes into my
position." Ms. Dodds is not

running again for her Board
position, Following the usual
motions and seconds on the
nominees,a vote was taken with
four "yeas" (Rodrique, Sporher,
Bachrach, and Cullen casting the
tie-breaker) and three nayss".
Dr. Ben Johnson suggested that
the Board give the nominating
committee some guidance, such
as providing more than one
name per position. The election
next month will embrace two
board members for three year
terms. No proxy votes are,
permitted in this election.
The discussion then returned to,,.
the security committee and
George Mahr informed the
Board that he would represent
himself on the committee. He

also recommended Richard I
Plessinger as a member for the
action was taken by the Board
after Plessinger announced he
would gladly accept the post if
the Board vote was unanimous.
The matter was tabled.
As to the considerable interest
inthedateoftheannual meeting,
Helen Spohrer moved that the
annual meeting continue to be
held over the Labor Day
weekend (on-4 September) and
the issue of moving the time to
another date be placed on the
ballot with other issues so the
membership could vote on this
at the annual meeting.
Under old business, the
proposed purchase of property
atthe airportwasdiscussed with
George Mahr. He pointed out
that because of the appeal taken
by Covington Peoperties on a
another matter, it was premature
to discuss disposition of the
airport property. Mahr
Development had offered about
15.8 acres in a density transfer
proposal butlater developments
in the amended 9th Amendment
to the St. George development
order have precluded the
deeding of the property to the
Department of Natural
Resources. Mr. Mahr
emphatically pointed out the
necessity of the Association to
make some arrangement to stop
the trespassing on his property
in this interim period so he can
relieve himself of the unjustified
liability problems the
trespassing permits.
After luncheon recess, Richard
Plessinger presented a budget
report. (Thliis is presented in
another article in this issue).
Under the terms of the "Andrew
Jackson Agreement", Mahr
Development is now the
successor in interest and has
reviewed the budget from their
standpoint. The Mahr letter has
beenreceived and Mr. Plessinger
said he would respond to the
inquiries and furnish both the
Mahr letter and theAssociation's
response at a future date.
Helen Spohrer raised the issue
of inviting the Franklin County
Board of County Commissioners
to the Board's quarterly
meetings so they might see
firsthand the Board's issues and
problems. Their presence, if two
or more commissioners accept
and attend, may require that the
SAssociationopenupthemeeting :i-
to the press under the Florida
Sunshine statute. The invitation
will be contingent on a legal
Under New Business, discussion
was held on the storage of
maintenance equipment, now
gettingto be of considerable size
and investment, requiring
storage in a suitable facility. This
iss ue is related to the various
proposals concerning
constructionofa new swimming
pool and clubhouse but no
committee report on the latter
topics was made available.
Board Member Lori Rodrique
objected to the placement of the
maintenance building near the
present entrance of the
lantation. Richard Plessinger
reminded the Board that this
issue was a pressing one, "It is
time to bite the bullet."
Dr. Tom and Shirley Adams
presented a paper concerning
their views on the proposed
"ResortVillage", a development
in the planning stages in the
Nick's Hole area, about at
midpoint in the Plantation, and
on Leisure Lane. (Thisreportis a
separate article in this issue of
Sthe Chronicle.)
Following his report, Board
President Cullen called on Dr.
SBen Johnson, owner of Resort
Village to respond to any of the
concerns and other questions.
The Assocaition has signed an
agreement with Dr. Johnson~
informally known as the "Ben
Johnson Agreement",
negotiated by the previous Boad
of Directors led by Tom Royal,
in which the Association has
agreed to "support" the project,
or at least would not formally
and officially "oppose" the
project, Dr. Johnson pointed out,
while quoting from his copy of
the agreement, that all parties to
the agreement have agreed to
"...cooperateto resolveall issues
of mutual concern." A workshop
to delve into the details of the

agreement, the Association's
responsibilities and the Resort
Village project was scheduled
on Tuesday, 22 June 1993.
Mason Bean's report on the work
of the Architectural Control
Committee and the revision of
the Plantation Covenants, to be
voted on by the entire
membership at the annual
meeting, 4 September 1993, was
presented when he arrived from
a fire-fighting call. The Board
accepted the report, and will
reporton its disposition ata later
A meeting on the Architectural
Control Committee was
scheduled for Saturday, 26 June

Beforedeparting torural Malaysia, the former President of the St. George Homeowners'
Association wrote a letter to the present Board of Directors outlining some history on
the negotiation of the often cited "Ben Johnson Agreement" approved by the general
membership at their annual meeting last year. Because of recent criticisms of the
handling and negotiating of this agreement, and the current controversy over the
Resort Village project, thls letter becomes an important part of the chronology to the
controversy. The letter is excerpted, as follows: (Please note: RVA stands for Resort
Village Association)
The first step was to reconstruct what happened with the Board
previous to ours. According to minutes of Board meetings, as early
an August of 1989 the Board was requesting and receiving
authorization from the membership to negotiate a settlement with
the owner of the property in question (at that time Gone
Brown/Leisure properties). At the March 2, 1991 Board meting Ben
Johnson first reported his purchase of commercial property and
solicited Association input (as reported in our corporate minutes).
Caddell reported lntentions to discuss future development with
Johnson in the minutes of the May 4, 1991 Board of Directors
meeting. The first correspondence reflecting tangible negotiations
began in June of that year (these are in Caddell's correspondence
files). Caddell reported in the July 6, 1991 minutes that
negotiations were proceeding with Johnson and the Board voted to
accept certain 'noneconomic' issues I would interpret as basic
Finally, at the August 31, 1991 annual meeting of the membership,
as reported in the minutes of that meeting mailed to the
membership, Gary Anton explained two separate amendments to the
Bylaws: one allowing the addition of new property to the
Association by agreement without having the membership vote on it
and one to more fully explain that the Board had the authority
under existing By-Laws to enter into such agreements. Both of
these easndments passed.
As our Board had to deal with this issue, there was therefore
clearly the precedent for negotiating -with Ben Johnson and the
mandate from the membership to do so. As I explained at the annual
Continued on page 3

Now Featuring
Fresh Local Seafood
Pizza, Subs, and
One mile west Open Tues. thru Sunday
of Carrabelle 11 a.m. 9 p.m.
Hwy. 98 at the beach 697-3226


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


e, k "Property for Every Budget"

S' .904-927-2821

Remodeling & Custom Homes
Roofing & Repairs
Vinyl Siding

697-2376 John Hewitt
NO: RG0050763


All who work on and report for the FRANKLIN
COUNTY CHRONICLE, along with our
Advisory Council, wish each of you success in
your future endeavors. In your honor, 1993
graduates, the CHRONICLE offers you a one
year FREE subscription to the FRANKLIN
COUNTY CHRONICLE in recognition of your
accomplishment. Please complete the form
below and mail to the CHRONICLE.


Your Name
City State Zip
Telephone number ( )

You must submit your request on this form, and
be officially listed as a graduate of either high
school. All subscriptions will begin in
September. Please list the address valid at that

I am requesting a subscription to the Franklin
County Chronicle and certify my graduation

Please sign here
Mail to: Franklin County Chronicle,
Post Office Box 590, Eastpoint, Florida 32303
Free offer expires 15 July 1993

I I~ -

. 'Ip ,. .. ". ,

ihlished twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, 26 e 1993 Page 3

Midd brook FuneralHome (904) 653-8878
(904) 670-8670

meeting in 1992. our decision to negotiate with Ban Johnson was
based on the fact that there was in effect a duly recorded
development order that; clearly anticipated and informed potential
buyers that there would b copomercial activity at the sit. in
question. Exacrolin; prudent business judgment based on the
foregoing facts, the Board understood that the Association could
not prevent oomercia:l development through litigation, and would
incur tremendous legal costs to the homeowners without any rational
expectation of success if it entered into such litigation. As I
explained at the meeting on behalf of the Board, we decided that to
try to litigate would be counterproductive to the Association and,
in all likelihood, unnuccesasul, so why try.
eased on this we proceeded to hammer out a working relationship
with RVA which would benefit the Association as well, rather than
pick a fight that we .urely could not win. Your Board now has the
benefit of hindsight in the form of the decision in the Bob Herrin
case in which we had much stronger legal bases and got far less.
than we did with the en Johnason agreement. As we entered into
preliminary discussions with RVA we had three priorities: to avoid
litigation if at alli$,possible, minimize the impact of a commercial
development within thui plantation, and maximize RVA's share of the
Plantation's operating budget.
In the November.1991 newsletter there was an article devoted to Ben
Johnson's intentional As reported in the April 11, 1992 minutes
Tom Adams asked about the development and I made it clear the Board
would solicit everyone's input before a decision was made. In the
following newsletter (spring 1992) Tea and Bhirley Adams ran an
editorial opposing the proposed development and solicited the
membership to join thcm. On May 4, 1992 Ben Johnson was allowed to
correspond directly with the membership, in the interest of having
everyone participate and be informed. In my cover latter.for that
*ailing I stated that the Board neither endorsed nor condemned this
project and the RVA paid for the printing and mailing costs.
Please review this because as far as I can tell his intentions have
not changed materially from that original declaration that every
member received. In the June 13, 1992 minutes it was announced
that Bill and Lynn Sporer were forming a coalition against the
proposed development. At the annual meeting I reviewed every major
point of the agreement and 538 out of 579 votes were cast in favor
of accepting the agreement as presented.
I apologize for this rambling chronology, but it is important to
understand the historical context to evaluate the current
situation. I have a copy of a letter that Tom Adams wrote to Mike
McDaniel in May of 1993 claiming "I did not know anything about Mr.
Johnson's proposal until May 4, 1993.... If that is the case, he
did not read over three years of Association correspondence. As
laid Out above, the Board had sole authority to enter into
agreements, without prior ratification of the membership, but chose
instead to inform thu> membership clearly before it did so. The
Adams' and the Sporers had ample time to gather votes and defeat it
at the annual meeting if the majority of the membership was so
inclined& It appears that what we are left with now is the problem
of a small but vocal special interest. Not liking the result of
the process they are trying to invalidate the process itself. It
would be unwise to :Let the 41 people who voted against this
agreement distract you from doing the greatest good for the
greatest number.
None of us liked the idea of commercial development in the
Plantation, but w* admitted RVA had the legal right to develop
commercially and therefore, we set aside picking at what was wrong
in favor of finding all the areas of mutual benefit. What we got
'in the final agreement which favored the Plantation's interests
-stricter environmental standards than the D.O. envisioned.'
-a much more lucrative dues arrangement for the Association
than similar developments.
-a precedent for dealing with commercial property.
-a dues structure that discourages commercial property,and
encourages rssidontial structures.
-avoided costly .litigation.
-established a working relationship that should be productive
and beneficial to the Association.
The one thing RVA got in exchange for these concessions was the
Association's commitment to work through future issues in a
constructive and productive manner as they arose. It.is not just
my opinion analyze it for yourselves he gave up a great deal of
control and assumedadditional financial obligations in exchange
for that assurance. It is important that you understand that if -
either intentionally or because of a vacuum of leadership the
Board deprives RVA of this goodwill and cooperation, then the RVA
would have little incentive to negotiate future issues in good
faith and to the benefit of the Plantation. If the agreement is
honored by us he is locked into cooperating with us.
While it is true RVA requires prior regulatory approval to build
condos, the Board believed that a square foot of multi-family is
preferable to a square foot of commercial because" clearly
commercial development would attract orders of magntt% m inote
*outsiders" into the Plantation than multi-family. Perhaps some of
the people who oppose this trade do not understand the nature of
commercial property. The Board believed that it was unlikely that
commercial property would be limited to cute shops which depend on
Plantation residents for their revenue. Rather, there was much
concern that RVA would draw from all over the county, in order to
derive sufficient revenue, all of which would increase the influx
of people to the Plantation and impact negatively on existing
Reducing the .Impact of this type of development on the Plantation
was a priority of the Board and the homeowners. Since this
agreement was meant to govern a dynamic changing relationship in
which no one person could envision every future scenario, a sincere
spirit of cooperation was engineered into its writing with the
enforcement mechanism being one of mutually assured destruction if
either party stops the dialogue or stops trying to work things out.

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830
Vol.2, No.12 26 June 1993
Publisher.............................Tom W. Hofrer
Columnists.................Anne James Estcs
(Captain Ernie)...............................Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
............ Rene Topping
............ Brian Goercke
............ Bob Evans
............ Alan Chase
............ Janyce Loughridge
............ Waync Childers
Survey Research Unit....................Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
.............Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.

Sales Staff.........................Chris Chrismon, Apalachicola;
Eastpoint; St George Island (927-2908); John
McDonald, Carrabelle-Lanark (697-2782); Tom
Hoffer, Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)

Production Kathryn Seitz
...............Maxwell Stemple
Computer Systems and
Advertising Design................ .......Eric Steinkuehler
Video production................. .........David Creamer

Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel..................................Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen..........Carrabelle
Rene Topping.............. Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald................Lanark Village
Mary Lou Short................................St. George Island
Susan and Mike Cates......... SL.............S George Island
Pat Morrison.....................................St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...............Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins..........Eastpoint

Back Issues

For current subscribers, back issues of the Chronicle are available
free, in single copies, if in stock, and a fee for postage and handling.
For example an 8 page issue would cost $1.25 postpaid. To others
back issues are priced at 350 each plus postage and handling. Please
write directly to the Chronicle for price quotes if you seek several
different or similar issues. If a single issue, merely add 350 to the
price quote above.
All contents Copyright 1993
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.








Exclusive to the Chronicle
Dr. Tom and Shirley Adams
presented their views formally
before the St. George Plantation
Homeowner's Board of Directors
on Saturday, 19 June 1993, listing a
large number of objections against
theResort Village proposals. Their
briefing pa r, distributed to the
Board an members present
contained 16 points of objection.
The major argument in their paper
was the fact that the 1977
Development Order for St. George
Island prohibits condominium and
multi-family type structures in the
area planned for Resort Village.
Second, 150+ condominium units
would be too high a density
concentration of population within
a small area directly adjoining 1-
acre single family residential
property. A third point in the
Adams paper is that, in their words,;
a "condominium wall" would be
formed on .the eastern portion of
the Village with no attempt to
provide for a transitional buffer
zone. The Adams admit that one
condo structure with 36-40
residential units sits on their
property line as well as the property
lines of others.

Another objection is the proposed
change to Leisure Lane, with a plan
to either stop, divert or slow all
traffic as it routes through Resort
Village. Parking on Leisure Lane
has been the subject of particular
objection in recent weeks by other
parties. Dr. Adams also pointed
out that the proposed Village
would bring additional problems
at the secunty gate with some loss
of control possibly to be
"completely invalidated by the
high-density resort population,
some of whomr-would only be
shopperg-pa'ronizing various
small businesses. Problems with
fire protection, additional demands
on an already strained water
system and a proposed sewage
treatment system were identified
in the Adams arguments against
the plan for Resort Village. In sum,
their arguments center on the resort
village proposal "...which is
completely incompatible with the
qualities of the Plantation which
are most valued by property
owners, residents and visitors.
Additional details with be
forthcoming in the next issue of
the Chronicle.


Perhaps there ls something in the
wind, contributing to all of these
recent crabby, cranky,
acrimonious meetings held in
public and private folks in
arrabelle forums around
Franklin County. In early June, a
list of complaints dominated a
school board meeting. River Road
folks in Carabelle have becn
complaining about composting
odorsAnd, the Board of Directors
at the St. George Homeowners'
Association have announced to
their world, through their 19 June
1993 actions, that there is now a
"minority" board and a
majority board, as the split went
"public." The Homeowners'
outbursts seemed to be building
up for a long time. Perhaps such
behaviour was a contributing
factor to the introduction of a
mediator at the Resort Village
Workshop (also called the Ben
Johnson Workshop), a wise move.
The tapes of these discussions
appeared to be more rational,
reasonable, and orderly.

Related to the rising acrimony in
the Homeowners' Board
meetings have been some
important changes to the Bylaws
of the Association, as described
by Mr. Tom Royal, in the long
letter published in this issue. With
pricey attorneys, the Association
paid for drafting a couple of
amendments which had the effect
of allowing the Board of Directors
to acquire property in the name
of the Association without such
action being approved by the
membership either by mail vote
or at the annual meeting. Mr.
Royal points out that the
membership voted for these
amendments in 1991. But, as we
know from experience, what the
membership votes for one year is
not necessarily what the
membership will vote for the next
year, especially during these
turbulantand controversial times
in the growth of the island and
the Plantation in particular. To
reason such a political basis for
future actions is to return to
Vietnam in an analogy with
President Johnson always
pointing to the Gulf of Tonkin
resolution aspoliticaljustification
for continuing to sendAmerican'
troops to Southeast Asia despite .
the growing acrimony,anger and
political violence that eventually
led 'to his removal from office,
and American, disengagement
from that-unpopular war.

Note, by analogy, we are also not
arguing merit. and demerit to
major and related issues, but
Tnerely to the often-stated
rationale from an older board of
directors when the basis for any
membership vote is of some

It was envisioned that as issues arose (siting, traffic circles.
signage, etc.) all concerned parties would participate in actively
resolving the issue pirlor to it becoming a problem.
Individual homeowner ;still have a right to their opinions.
however, the agreement implies an obligation on the part of the
Board to clearly state the Board's position on issues, aa they
arise. The Board must, in any event, implement the agreement which
was overwhelmingly approved by the membership (538 to 41) which
vote, by definition, indisputably evidences the desire of the vast
majority of the membership to coexist with the RVA within the terms
set forth in that -agreement. As is clear from the chronology
above, no one was',tricked by the Board and proxies were not
manipulated by the Board. The Board lost moat of the votes on
other issues that day. Why if according to various voices, the
Board was supposedly. so effective at manipulating the votes that
day? The one message ihich the membership overwhelmingly expressed
to the Board was that they were sick and tired of a few litigious,
bellicose, 'not in my backyard' individuals bullying this
Association into running up hundreds of thousands of dollars in
legal fees not to win but simply to delay resolutions of disputes
which may have had, at: least initially, support of the, membership.
Ben Johnson is a tough and canny negotiator. I am not saying that
it was envisioned that the Association would roll over for every
demand. I am saying that I always found him open to rational well
reasoned arguments and as long as the Association makes the effort
and keeps the channel of communication open, this agreement gives
you the opportunity to have constructive input into his development
as it affects the Association (something the Association would not
likely achieve in the courts). In return we have the obligation
of maintaining that constructive air of communication. It was not
envisioned that the Board was obligated to send a cheering section
to every regulatory meeting, but we do have to reaffirm the
Association's support that what RVA in proposing is satisfactory in
principle, subject to the terms of the agreement.

Your home is only as good
as its foundation

RG 0060474

Specializing in DNR, DER Coastal Construction

I T,
- L. l I
- t

.. i i -y i ,- _L 5 r-- L ) i 'T














the first week in May because Dr.
Johnson did not have those
articulated publically.

The landmark symptom of
acrimony occurred when Mary
Lou Short dared to disagee with
the Board of Directors over the
issue of membership
which the Chronicle reported in
some detail; much of it verbatim.
The:Board's reaction was polite,
if insensitive. But, at the annual
meeting, the level of acrimony
grew considerably when
members challenged the Board
about tl]e lack of copies of the
Gene Brown settlement, and the
Ben Johnson Agreement.
Applause followed suchrequests,
a few of which turned into
demands. The pressure was

Exclusive to the Chronicle

Inanattemptto more fullydiscuss
various aspects of the Resort
Village project, planned for the
Nicks Hole area in the Plantation,
St. George Island, the
Homeowner's Association Board
of Directors and Dr. Ben Johnson
jointly conducted a workshop on
Tuesday, 22 June. Lasting at least
four hours (9 A.M. about 4:30 P.
M.) with breaks, four agenda
items were listed: Parking on
Leisure Lane, Re-routing Leisure
Lane, Multi-family versus hotel
units and site planning. Only a
handful of association members
were able to attend and man sat
and participated for only a short
time, No agreement was reached
on any of the listed agenda items,
although for the first time, such a
workshop involved a professional
mediator to keep the discussion
sharply focused and the issues
precisely identified. The mediator
was paid by Dr. Johnson and the
The Chronicle will publish a more
detailed report of this session
when the lengthy tape recordings
are analyzed.


None of is really takes criticism
lightly or easily. Most of us work
hard at listening to it, and
eventually acceptingconstructive
criticism. But, for too long, in
Franklin County, the mere
reporting of bad test results has
fallen on deadened ears. Itisabout
time that someone on the school
board voiced their concernsabout
the sad state of test results which
have been pouring into the
Franklin. County school system
following statewide test
administration. While there are
some problems in comparing
Franklin isults with surrounding
countiesthere are some very stark
and st g contrasts, followed
with the list of questions,
beginning with why do our
students do so poorly on some of
these examinations? Mr. Speed
performed a service to the
community on 10 June by stating
these concerns a little more loudly,
and ventilating one point of view
about parental responsibility.
Superintendent C. T. Ponder
joined the dialogue by pointing
out that there have been some
improvements in the recent past
on the 0~|h grade exams, reported
in this istae of the Chronicle, there
are somenproblems in comparing
1992 with 1993, we would gladly
concede that some improvements
are visible in the numbers. But,
Mr. Speed has focused much
needed attention on this education
issue, and it is something we feel
should be discussed almost
endlessly. Yes, there b are
responsibilities all around: the
school system, the principals, the
school board, the teachers, the
parents and theentire community.
f you have already read the piece
about George Bradford, you will
find m sage advice on the
sub HE education. This will
make oi'break careers, ways of
making giving, lifestyles,futures.
We all d to speak out on the
state affairs, to be sure, and
participate in the ways to
stimulate better performance
among all entities.

and Comm etary

considerable question (as to building and one of the Board
exactly what the membership members also lost his his cool.
mew and when they knew it), For too long, the "old" Board had
coupled with complex contexts, conditioned themselves that they
o make the same case about the had the authority to act without
3en Johnson Agreement now, the membership, but politically,
)ased on a two year old vote is to they were not astute enough to
)resent no basis at all. know how far ahead of the
membership they could proceed
or one fundamental reason, the before the power curve would
membership and the Board have encircle them. And it did. Most
hanged since that time. were not reflected. The other
issue which infuriated the
'here are a few things left out of members was the attempt to
he letter by Mr. Royal which create another class of dues-
hould fill-in the contextual part paying hihmbers, a mark of
)f his presentation. In 1991 and inequali Whichstung sodeeply
992, some members of the (listen t6the tapes or several
Association continually brought examples)hateventhePresident
forward the questions about the was removed from consideration
rising legal fees, what progress as "manager". There were other
was being made, and what issues such as the placing of
eoriesan strateieswerebeing growthexpensesonthe shoulders
sed in those lgal matt e ers ofnewconstruction(theso-called
Always, at the annual board infrastructure) which smacked of
meetings, and in the newsletters, an unfair burden-many of these
dan unfair burden-many of these
he membership was told, 'We ideas promotedby theBoard. The
are making progress..." but Boar had not really worked at
nothing was ever stated just what finding out out what the
progress, by what method, what membership thoughtabout these
evidence was involved, etc.. proposal, except to "put them
on the ballot., I suppose we
Wasthereanyevidenceoftortious should be grateful for that.
interference with Gene Brown in Now, th& details about Resort
he attempts he made to sell his Villageaieallycomingoutwith
Sikes Cut property? This was the the workStop and the May 1993
basisofoneoftheitigations.And, meeting Specific plans for
n the eleventh hourlast year,just condos, bll-dozingnaturalforest
before the annual meeting, a and reconfigurations of Leisure
negotiated settlement was Lane are indeed new revelations
reached. If theAssociationwould not published in the Plantation
pay Mr. Brown $100,000, the newsletter, or publically
awsuitwouldbewithdrawn.All distributed materials from the
manner of criticism of Mr. Brown Board. Not surprisingly, some of
and the "deal" was publically the members are upset about
voicedattheannualmeeting,but these plans. But, we hope that
the membership voted to accept reason would prevail, andDr. Ben
the settlement because most Johnson seems to be maintaining
members were tired of the that reasonable posture. The
litigation, period. Including the oppositiOdi does not involve a
bellicose ones, tomorrow a phrase "rag-tag" band of dissidents, but
from Mr. Royal. But the many teted and long time
frustration and acrimony member4f the Association. But
extended far beyond any "lunatic that doe iot mean thateveryone
fringe" or dissidents; the entire is welcoming certain aspects of
membership was tired of the project without some effortto
litigating, even though they had improve development so it is
given the Board ample authority more consistent with what
to start and stop more memberswereledtoexpectabout
litigations.Ben Johnson's the Plantation as a whole.
agreementbroughtmore "peace".
No one ever returned to the The entire "Resort Village" was
central question just raised never satisfactorally discussed in
above-Was there any evidence all of its ramifications since the
of tortious interference? very beginning, except for dribs
Someday, the membership will and drabsof comment published
find out that there indeed was- in isolated situations.
some evidence, but the Board or i
theattorneyskeptthisconcealed. It is about time this be done,so
everyofie;can understand the
There were a number of risksinv6tved,fortheAssocation
symptoms relating to acrimony and Plantation lifestyle, afid Dr.
and general growing Ben Johitson. He is correct in
dissatisfaction with operations concludingthathehaseveryright
before the annual meeting, which to exploit his property consistent
also form a part of this context on with the law, and after all, we all
the litigation vote, and the Ben cherish those property rights.
Johnson Agreement, which Thereisanagreementwhichcalls
trailed in without much notice at for cooperation. We hope the
all-exceptinthemostgeneralof Association and all of the
terms. Certainly, the membership members will proceed to exploit
did not know the specific plans, that as an opportunity for
nlata densities as nrpf snt in cooperation, not more acrimony.

Pae 26 June 1993 The Franklin Count Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th





The Board of Directors finished their review and approval of the
1994 St. George Plantation Owners' Assn budget and dispatched
copies of their work to Mahr Development, the successor to Andrew
Jackson Savings Bank, which also has review of their portion of
security, maintenance and other expenses connected with the St.
George Plantation.
Mahr Development, by earlier contract, has responsibilities to
contribute to a portion of the Homeowner's Assn budget because
of certain common expenses, such as the maintenance of Leisure
Lane, which extends from 12th Street all the way to the Bob Sikes
If the budget remains unchanged through the review by Mahr
Development, St. George Homeowners can expect to pay annual
assessments for 1994 ofabout $722. Lot owners may expect to pay
$ about $328 per lot, if the Mahr review does not change te budget.
To help finance the projected $427,366 1994 budget, the Assocation
looks to the annual dues to provide most of the undin projected
at $355,601.06, based on an estimated 240 completed houses and
554 undeveloped lots. The Bob Sikes Cut Homeowners Assocation
would be expected to contribute $27,253 to the overall budget. The
Dr. Ben Johnson Agreement is expected to generate another
$22,0011.52. Interest earnings, sale ofdecals and fishing passes are
expected to generate another $22,000 in revenue.
The budget review concludes three days of revisions, adaptations,
compromise and final voting by the Association Board of Directors.
During the review, several questions about the economics of
contracting road repairs and mowing or keeping these functions
"in house and perform those tasks using Association resources
and employees. Board Member Richard Plessinger presented his
reports to the Board, recommending that those functions be kept
"in house" as a cheaper way to repair roads and mow the
Association's common areas. He wrote, in part,
'There are approximately 100.5 acres of land that requires mowing
within the Plantation. The acreage encompasses the right of way for
Leisure Lane and the T-roads."
"Prior to 1988 the Association contracted the mowing of the right of
way within the Plantation. The Association paid $35.00 an hour for
this service. In 1988 the POA discontinued the practice of contracting
out the mowing. The Association purchased the tractor we are now
using for $10,000.00. Elzie (Grandpa) Shiver was hired to do the
mowing for us. Mowing is required for eight months of the year,
from March through October. During those months, Elzie works
eight hours a day, forty hours a week. His only function is to mow
and to accomplish the preventive maintenance on the equipment
he uses. Elzie is paid slightly less than $7.00 per hour including the
payroll taxes on his salary.He is considered a seasonal, part-time
employee and as such does not collect unemployment during the
four months he is not retained by the Association."
'The Association owns the 1988 Ford tractor and the Moore bushhog.
The bushhog was purchased new in 1991 for S500.00. Replacement
cost of these two items is $12,000.00. The Association spends
S800.00 per year for diesel fuel, oil, and grease. Preventive
maintenance (blade replacement, filters, etc.) costs an average of
$200.00 per year. Major repair and servicing costs average $1500.00."
'The tractor has reached apoin t that major repair work is required.
The last time it was serviced, we were toldthepower takeoff gears
needed to be replaced. Last year the estimated-cost of that repair
was $2800.00. A quick fix" was made to get us through the season.
This year it is necessary to have the repair work done or we will not
be able to repair, sell or trade it. The closest dealer who can repair
the tractor is eighty miles from here. The dealer charges $150.00 for
pickup and return of the equipment."
"At the request of Ms. Rodrigue, I have obtained the following
quotes for the contracting out of the mowing job."
CONTRACTOR # 1 The contractor would provide: manpower,
tractor, oil, and gas for $37.50 per hour. The contractor would not
consider making a "per job" quote because there are trees on the
right of way.
COST PER MONTH: $6,056.00
COST PER YEAR: $48,448.00

CONTRACTOR # 2 -The contractor would provide: manpoew&f.
tractor, oil and gas on a monthly basis.
COST PER MONTH: $5,760.00
COST PER YEAR: 546,080.00

CONTRACTOR # 3 The contractor would provide: manpower (4
employees), tractors (3), oil, and gas. The hourly charge is $328,00,
The contractor stated he would not take the job because the right of
way had trees on it. (I have seen this crew work on U.S. 98'They
mow at a rate of about 5 mph. There are no trees on the right of way
of the highway.) I did not figure the monthly and annual cost for this
Assuming a replacement cost of S 15,000.00 for the tractor and
bushhog, equipment costs total $2.34 per hour. Fuel and preventive
maintenance costs are about $.50 per hour. Manpower costs are
$7.00 per hour. If the POA were to bid on our own job, our bid could
look like this:
SPECIFICATION: Mow'right of way, trim around trees, pick up
COST PER MONTH: $1,787.50
COST PER YEAR: S14,300.00
"In 1992 the Board requested that 1 look into the Plantation
accomplishing road repair in house. After I conducted research on
the sub ect, the Plantation hired one man to patch pot holes on
LeisureLane and the T-roads. The method of repair I recommended
was adopted as the most cost effectiVe means for the Association to
accomplish this on going job. The process that is used to repair pot
holes consists of using imerock and cold mix. The Association
Purchases this material at wholesalers' costs in Panama City and
Cabbage Grove."
Thomas Barnes was hired to do road repair and other maintenance
tasks. He spends approximately 80% of his time on the roads. He is
a temporary employee. He works forty hours a week for 6 to 7
months a year. He will work 32 hours a week for the remainder of
the year.


The Association pays Thomas $5.95 per hour which includes payroll
taxes. The equipment has a replacement cost of $2700.00 and has a
five year depreciation schedule.
COST PER MONTH: (Man power and equipment depreciation)
COST PER YEAR: (Man power and equipment depreciation)
About $15,000 of repair and replacement costs is planned for next
year, along with $20,000 designated for the upgrading of the
Plantation entrance, preceded with a committee review with the
plan for adding additional traffic lanes. Thisgenerally defined plan
will take into account the needs of the BenJohnson project at Nick's
Hole. Under Administrative costs, a Plantation manager is budgeted
at $34,000. Legal costs, as a line item, is still listed at $30,000 even
though the Association is not nowjn any formal litigation. Under
Security, additional employees are planned, parttimers most likely,
to accommodate the growing demands as the Plantation grows and
construction increases. The 'sinking fund" of $100,000 articulated
earlier and published in the last issue of the Chronicle was deleted,
reducing the size of the 1994 propose budget by alike amount. The
Board agreed that the projected expenses for resurfacing Leisure
Lane should be addressed at.theinext quarterly meetingand Athe
Annual Homeowner's meeting, and would normallybe metthrough
a special assessment to the membership. Some discussion was held
about the Association negotiating with Mahr Development
Corporation about purchasing land "around the airport' and
according to Dr. Benohnson, the Assocation in its agreement with
himthey 'will seek to "buy such property with a deadline of 29
October1993. Dr. Johnson expressed concern that there were no line
items in the budget for such a purchase presenting evidence that the
Association is not living up to its agreement with Dr. Johnson.
The matter will be discussed at the 19 June meeting of the Board of
Directors. The budget also includes provisions for continuing
construction of bike paths with the "end in si t.

N w st to

Descriptionl94 Proposed Budget Total

Association Dues 355,601.06
Due Per B.S.C.HO 27,253.42
Due Per BJ Agreement 22,011.52
Interest 15,000.00
Decals 500.00
Fishing 7,000.00
Total Income 427,366.00
Salaries 108,500.00
Payroll Taxes 9,500.00
Supplies 3,000.00
Maint/Rep Equip 3,000.00
Utilities 6,500.00
Insurance 2,750.00
Taxes 850.00
Workers Compensation 10,470.00
Uniforms 800.00
Major Medical 8,000.00
Printing 4,000.00
Licenses/Permits 1,000.00
Gas & Oil 1,750.00
Security Comm. 3rd. Me 1.00
Sub Total 160,121.00

Salaries 11,500.00
Payroll Taxes 1,000.00
Signage 2,000.00
Repairs/Maintenance 15,850.00
Taxes 850.00
Workers Compensation 1,100.00
Fuel 500.00
Beautification 750.00
Upgrade/Expand Entranc 20,000.00
Subtotal 53,550.00
Salaries 700.00
Workman's Comp 70.00
Payroll Taxes 60.00
Maintenance Supplies 500.00
License Fees 175.00
Insurance 1,900.00
Airport Taxes 600.00
Subtotal 4005.00

Salaries 22,000.00
Payroll Taxes 1,925.00
Pool Supplies 4,000.00
Pool Equi-ment 1,000.00
Pool ReptMaintenance 2,500.00
Boardwalk Repairs 5,000.00
Bike Path Installation 9,000.00
T-Road Repairs 2,000.00
Tennis Courts 600.00
Gas & Oil 800.00
Insurance 4,500.00
Major Medical 2,700.00
Insurance Pool 590.00
Maint. Supply/Repair 3,000.00
Workman s Compensation 2,100.00
Maintenance Equipment 15,000.00
Subtotal 76,715.00
Manager 34,000.00
Salaries 20,500.00
Payroll Taxes 4,725.00
Supplies 2,700.00
Equipment Maintenance 1,000.00
Travel 800.00
, Utilities 9, 000.00
Insurance/Bond 500.00
Insurance/E & 0 950.00
Workman's Comp 400.00
Major Medical 2,300.00
Postage 4,000.00
Taxes, Club House 1,100.00
Bad Debt 10,000.00
Legal 30,000.00
Legal/Collections 2,500.00
Audit/Accounting 5,000.00
Meeting Expense 500.00
Printin- 2,500.00
Office Equipment 500.00

Total Expenses

less inc.other than
dues less fishing income



Due from Bob Sikes Cut. Homeowners 27,253.42

Due from Home Owners



The United Services Automobilie
Association (USAA), the
insurnace company of many
former military and federal
government has announced plans
to ask the Florida Department of
Insurance for an average rate
increase of 30 per cent forFlorida
homeowners, and a 20 per cent
increase for condominium policy
holders. USAA announced this
change in rates in an early June
mailing to policy holders. The
changes were occasioned by the
need to "...adjust to the risks that
we see in the post-Andrew
environment," their letter stated.
"While we have not considered
canceling or non-renewing
policies as a result of Hurricane
Andrew, it has become apparent
to us that our rates in Flonda are
not adequate to pay for the
catastrophic losses that are likely
to occur in the state." Increases
once approved, would vary by
location. Higher deductibles
might offset part of the rate
increases, but the company added,
"...Those policies written on
propertiesin higher risk areas will
required to carry the higher
deductibles." If the proposed rates
are approved by the Florida
Department of Insurance) they
would become effective after 1
October 1993. A number of other
companies have announced plans
for rate increases.



(Expected Completion Date: 1994)
277 Water Street


Expected (Hoped For) Price $160,000 $180,000

2 Bedroom, 2-1/2 Bath With Loft
2 Stories Plus Loft on 8-foot Piling
25-foot Slip and Dock Each Unit
25' x 70' Lot, Each Unit
Underground Utilities

41 Commerce Street
Apalachicola, Florida 32320






V I m m -- I_

IIIFI)NNTSI CIUllb;~.~gf~;~JLn~-Tiji~i~$W((I~PI1 C_.- L-s- ~kdLc---- rll111 _

Published tWice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin.County.Chronicle, 26 June 1993 *, Page 5


InearlyJune 1993, Education Commissioner Betty Castor announced
the results of the Grade Ten Assessment Test (GTAT). The test was
administered inApril 1993, takenby 101,228 students. Ona statewide
basis, Florida 10th graders performed just below the national
average in reading comprehension with 47% testing in the upper
quartiles, while in mathematics, students performedjust above the
national average with52 % scoringin the upper quartiles. Nationally,
50% perform in the top quartiles. Although comparison to the 1992
test is difficult due to changes in the 1993 test and scoring structure,
there appears to be a modest but gain over the 1992 results. The
national exam, GTAT, includes two 40-minute multiple choice
tests, and provides an appraisal of student progress in math and
reading comprehension.

RESULTS, Spring 1992. Percentages of Fla. Students by Quartile

Reading Comprehension Mathematics
Percentile Rank 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-99 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-99

National Sample '25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25%
Statewide Results 26% 31% 22% 21% 25% 29% 24% 22%
Franklin 52% 27% 11% 10% 51% 30% 15% 4%

RESULTS, Spring 1993. Percentages of Fla. Students by Quartil'f

Reading Comprehension Mathematics,
Percentile Rank 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-99 1-25 26-50 51-75 76-99

National Sample 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25% 25%
Statewide Results 25% 28% 23% 24% 21% 27% 30% 22%
Franklin 18% 35%. 18% 29% 13% 39% 39% 1 10% |

Speed, Continued
From Pae 1
our attention. Obviously, that's
not going to satisfy you. We have
made efforts to correct that
situation. I want to go back a little
further. Over a year ago, when
the first advisory committees
came in, that particular advisory
committee was woefully lacking
in minority representation, andI
had sent it back to be corrected.
So, we've made efforts to try to
get that straightened out. I really
believe we have an oversighthere.
We've made aneffortto straighten
it up, and I would hope we could
move forward now and ...not to
try to repeat these sorts of things.
...As others have said we do
appreciate the...your filling us in
in that regard.

regard. Again, the plans had
notbeen approved by the Board
(of Education) We get all these
things, hopefully, straightened
out, and...whatever we need to
do by the end of June, we could
submit plans that we feel good
about. That'smy feeling. ... just
don't know how much longer
we're going to have to listen to

WS: You might have to listen to
it Mr. Ponder, as long as I am on
the school board.

Do you understand that, now?
....Mr. Dugger,the high school
principal is trying to justify...

WD: ...Mr. Speed...

Antiques & Collectibles
kHouse Weldon C. Vowell Hi
71 (904) 697-3539 Carrabelle, Flocd

hway 98
Ia 32322

* Outboard & 1/0 Repairs
* Electrical Repairs & Rigging
* TnstfllIRtionS
* Fiberglass Repairs

Located at Bridge Marine
Hwy. 98 & River Road 904-697-4040
Carrabele 904-697-3502
'Tree Electronics check with this ad"

Open 7 days 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dive Equipment Sales
Fishing Tackle
Air Fill
Boat Rentals
Beer Sodas Ice Snacks
Carrabelle's Timber Island
Tel. 697-3204


Timber Island
Carrabelle 697-2778

Gas Diesel Ice Boat Storage
24 Hour Security

U~ ii v2

Your St George Island Real Estate Specialists




OFFICE: 904-927-3100

HOME: 904-927-2382


Apalachicola High School
submitted a school advisory plan
without any black .parents
appointed to the school advisory
committee. I want that added to
the minutes.

WillKendrick(WK):Are there any
more addition or deletions to the

Bill Duggar(BD): Mr. Chairman,
I want to say one more thing...

WK: Do we have a second to the
motion. We have a second. Any

BD:...Mr. Speed I am first of all,
an American. I am second of all,
a member of the human race.
And, that is as far as I care to take
it. That is as far as I think we need
to take it. And I look at all peoples
as equals. And, one day I hope
that. .my children and my family
will live in a country where we all
look at one another in that
manner. Thank you.

WS:.. I hope the same thing, Mr.
Duggar, for me and my family.
And, I appreciate those remarks...
And, I think all minorities hope
(for) the same thing. ....
Then, the business of the board
turned to travel requests.
Mr. Speed said:"

WS:... I just want to make a
comment, Mr. Chairman. We
have...nine travel fcrms... I
definitely want to see teachers,
superintendents, administrators,
principals, custodians, support
personnel....to get out of the
county....to see what's going on,
to be able to improve their
performance. I want to do that. I
know the Chair... of the school
board wants to do that. Because
he went to Washington, D. C. on
a trip at school board expense to
improve his performance.

He also went to Key West...on a
trip to help him be abetter school
board member. And, I think, I as
"a school board member need to
attend these kinds of things to
help me improve my
performance as a school board
member... But, I
can't...understand why do we
need to support teachers, other
administrators, support
personnel and their
improvement...when we don't
want to support a school board
member who needs to improve
his competence....I encourage all
personnel, Mr. Superintendent,
to really get out of the district and
find out what's going on so they
can better improve their
competence... I support this and I
want to see more ofthem get out,
as much -as 4e can afford.-You
need to go.to these meetings to
find out what's going on.

Expressing some dismay over the
routine reports occupying too
much board and administrative
time, Mr. Speed said

"I want to make a comment on
this maintenance report... A lot
of time goes into these reports...
What good' do these reports do
you, (Mr. Wagoner)?
Wagoner: I think that the time we
put this in, we needed the report.

WS: ...Needed for what?

Wagoner: So we'd know what
was going on...

WS: We have here, "moving
lockers." ...Finished off electrical
work...We have a Superintendent
to take care of those kinds of
responsibilities...That's why the
superintendent is here, to run the
school system. I don't want to
know that somebody moved a

...to me (this) serves no useful
purpose. ...That's all, Mr.

Mr. Kendall explained his
position on the matter; why he
feels the maintenance reports are
informative and worthwhile. To
this, Mr. Speed responded: You
want to be the superintendent.
And, you are not the
to take it.

In his final salvo of the evening,
Mr. Speed turned to the writing
test results.

WS: I want to mention the writing
test results... I was somewhat
disappointed in the results of the
fourth grade results that were

reported, related to other
counties. The fourth grade
Franklin County students made
the lowest score on the writing
test in the entire state. I don't
believe there is a parent in
Franklin who feels good about
the boys and girls in Franklin
County making the lowest score
on the writing test in the State of

I mentioned that to a couple of
people and they told me that one
of the reasons that we scored the
lowest (was) because we have
black students in the schools and
they have a tendency to bring the
scores down... because they do


Grade 4
Average Scores



Tell a Story



Grade 8
Average Scores







Writing to
* 2.9




Brevard 2.5 2.0 2.3 3.4 3.0 3.2
Broward 2.4 1.6 2.0 3.4 2.8 -3.1
Calhoun 2.2 1.8 2.0 3.1 2.7 2.9
Charlotte 2.7 2.0 2.3 3.4 3.0 3.2
Citrus 2.4 1.7 2.0 3.4 2.8 3.1
Clay 2.5 1.7 2.1 3.2 2.6 2.9
Collier 2.5 1.7 2.1 3.4 2.7 3.1
Columbia 2.2 1.5 1.9 3.2 2.4 2.8
Dade 2.1 1.7 1.9 3.1 2.7 2.9
DeSoto 2.1 1.5 1.8 2.7 2.0 2.3
Dixie 2.0 1.5 1.7 2.7 2.2 2.5
Duval 2.3 1.6 2.0 3.1 2.5 2.8
Escambia 2.2 1.7 1.9 2.9 2.5 2.7
Flagler 2.7 1.7 2.2 3.1 3.2 3.2
Franklin 2.0 1.3 .. 1.6 2.9 2.7 2.8
Gadsden 1.9 1.5 1.7 2.5 1.8 2.2
Gilchrist 2.4 2.0 2.2 2.7 2.5 2.6
Glades 2.0 1.6 1.8 2.4 2.6 2.5
Gulf 2.0 2.0 2.0 3.3 2.5 2.9
Hamilton 1.9 1.5 1.7 2.7 2.5 2.6
Hardee 2.0 1.6 1.8 2.8 2.3 2.6
STATEWIDE 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.2 2.8 3.0

Grade4 Grade 8
Average Scores Average Scores
Wtngo Wringto Combined ritin to Combined
Tell Story Explain Co Explain Convince
Hendry 2.0 1.4 1.7 2.9 2.4 2.6
Hernando 2.5 1.7 2.1 3.2 2.7 3.0
Highlands 2.3 1.6 1.9 3.1 2.7 2.9
Hillsborough 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.1 2.7 2.9
Holmes 2.2 1.6 1.9 2.8 2.4 2.6
Indian River 2.4 2.0 2.2 3.1 2.4 2.7
Jackson 2.3 1.8 2.0 2.9 2.5 2.7
Jefferson 2.0 1.5 1.8 2.7 2.2 2.4
Lafayette 2.4 1.7 2.1 3.2 2.6 2.9
Lake 2.4 1.8 2.1 3.1 2.8 2.9
Lee 2.4 1.8 2.1 3.2 2.7 2.9.
Leon 2.4 1.9 2.1 3.2 2.8 3.0
Levy 2.1 1.6 1.9 3.1 2.8 2.9
Liberty 2.1 1.9 2.0 3.5 2.6- 3.0
Madison 2.0 1.6 1.8 3.3 2.9 3.1
Manatee 2.5 1.6 2.1 3.3 2.9 3.1
Marion 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.4 2.8 3.1
Martin 2.5 1.7 2.1 3.4 3.1 3.3
Monroe. 2.3 1.8 2,1 3.3 2.7 3.0
Nassau 2.2 1.9 2.0 3.6 3.1 3.4
Okaloosa 2.6 1.9 2.2 3.4 3.1 3.3
Okeechobee 2.2 1.5 1.9 3.0 2.5 2.7
Orange 2.2 1.6 1.9 3.2 2.8 3.0
Osceola 2.5 1.8 2.1 3.3 2.6 3.0
Palm Beach 2.3 1.6 1.9 3.4 2.9 3.2
Pasco 2.4 2.0 2.2 3.3 2.8 3.0
STATEWIDE 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.2. 2.8 3.0


Grade 4
Average Scores

Wrltlngto Writing o
Tell a Story Explain -:,

Grade 8
Average Scores

1c!7_ ..


Writing to


- Pinellas 2.5 1.9 2.2 3.5 ; 3.0 3.3.
Polk 2.2 1.5; 1.8 31 2.6 2.9
Putnam 2.1 1.5 1.8 2.9 2.3 2.6
St Johns 2.4 1.7 2.1 3.4 2.7 3.0'
StLucid 2.2 1.8 2.0 3.1 2.5 2.8
SantaRosa 2.5 1.8 2.2 3.5 3.0 3.2
Sarasota 2.4 1.9 2.1 3.4 2.9 .3.2
Seminole' 2.6 2.0 2.3 3.3 3.0 3.2
Sumter 2.2 ; 1.4 1.8 2.9 2.6 2.8
Suwannee 2.2 1.6 1.9 3.0 2.7 2.8
Taylor 2.0 1.5 1.7 2.8 2.4 2.6 -
Union 2.4 1.2 1.8 2.7 2.3 2:5
Volusia 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.3 2.9 3.1
Wakulla 2.4 1.9 2.1 3.0 2.6 2.8
Walton 2.3 1.8 2.0 2.9 2.6 2.8
Washington .2.0 2.1 2.0 3.0 2.8 2.9
A.D. Henderson 3.2 2.9 3.0 3.9 3.2 3.5
Developmental 2.2 1.8 2.0 3.6 3.7 3.7
Florida A&M .
Univeshty High 2.6 1.4 2.0 2.8 2.8 2.8
P.K. Yonge
Developmental 2.7 1.6 2.1 4.4 3.8 4.1
STATEWIDE 2.3 1.7 2.0 3.2 2.8 3.0

not perform as well as white
students. I told them that in
Jefferson County, where over 50
per cent of the students are black,
they scored higher than the
students in Franklin County... In
Gadsden County over 80 % of the
students in the school system
black (I was told that by an
administrator there)...and they
scored higher than the Franklin
County school system. So that
eliminates that myth right there
when it comes down to those
things... It really bothers me. The
Franklin County school system
and the Franklin County school
board. I know we're unique.
.; We're really a unique county
because we have a limit whereby
a school board member cannot
make but one(funded) trip a year.
We're the only county ... that
permits that. The only county in
the state. And, now we have
another distinction-... Our fourth
graders make the lowest score
than any county in the State of
Florida... Now, the travel doesn't
bother me at all. What really
bothers me is about our
students...And, Ibelieve itbothers
parents of our students in
franklin County... Now,
hopefully they will change. Mrs.
McCoy has developed a plan and
it deals with schoolimprovement
and accountibility... Our fourth
grade students will do better
because there is no place to go but
up. Our eighth grade students
did much better. They came in
49th. This plan by Mrs. McCoy
outlines things parents can do
and things that teachers can do.
The Commissioner of Education
made a statement...that parents
need to turn off the television. I
agree with that. And, I also aree
with the things that Mrs. McCoy
has in that plan....

Mr. Wagoner: That's whatitgoing
to take'. Getting the parents

WS: It's not all parents. She has
outlined things that parents can
do and she has outlined things
that teacherscan do.Al working
together. And, I'm willing to do
anything...to help the teachers
and to help the parents raise our
scores. All of us are committed to
bring those scores up....

Mr. Wagoner: Mr. Speed, I believe
that Mrs. McCoy tried to bring
the writing skills up while she
was principal. She seemed to be
doing good job....Youlookdown
the road ten years from now and
see what the scores are. ...Until
they cuts the TVs off, and start
recording at home, and getting
help at home, you can't do it, just
as the coach cannot do it all on the
field... The black boys can bounce
the ball the basketball. You know
why? They bounce it at home... A
teacher cannot do it all in the

WS: It's not all the parent's fault.
The teachers have got to receive
some blame as well...

Wagoner: Everything starts at
WS: I've got another item I want
to bring up. C.Ponder is the
superintendent going to have a
chance (to respond)?

WS: 0. K. Fine.

CP: One of the things that I want
to say is that, you re not alone,
Mr. Speed, and others aren't
alone. 1 don't think the others are
proud of the test scores, and
certainly even the State scores are

I~ _

nothing to be excited about. We
have a long way to go. Mrs.
McCoy started immediately to
implement some things... to try
and improve this situation. One
thing, we immediatelyaddressed
the school improvement plans to
make sure we had components in
there that addressed that. But, I
want to talk about test scores in
general. Every one of our school
improvement plans do address
those, and I think that we
must...be very, very serious about
that and notbe paying lip service
to the fact that we want to increase
our test scores on (these tests).
...The Superintendant is
committed to press for that. In
the past, we've done a lot of
justifying our situation. I'm not
satisfied with that. I think that
we're going to have to do better.
At the same time, we've got to aO
itas a team... and I think you have
(suggested) that... I just want to
make it clear that I am concerned
about those scores... We do have
somethings to talk about in terms
of improvement. The Tenth Grade
Assessment Scores came in and
while we're not tops, we did make
great progress from 1992 to 1993.
We've got a little bit to crow

' I *'

Snow Cool
P.O. Box 67

i ~----- -- -~------- -,,,~q'- -!

_ __ _r __






The Franklin County
commissioners, on a four to one
vote, Tuesday, agreed with their
planning and Zoning Board that
the old Buckeye Mill site on River
Road is not the place for a scallop
by-catch composting operation.

The action took place at a special
meeting where the commissioners
heard testimony from River Road
residents, the attorney for the
owner of the operation, Mark
Zilberberg and Robert Allen the
owner of the business. Several
people who are employed by the
scallop industry were also heard.

At the end of ahout 1 1/2 hours,
Commissioner Ed Tolliver made
the motion saying, "We selected
the Planning and Zoningmembers
and they are doing a very good job.
I'm going to go with their advice."
However the commissioner
acknowledged that something has
to he done and another site found
in order to help the scal lop

Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
said, "We're not here to try to roll
over anybody. By the same token,
I wil 1 not sit up here and put an of
fensive smel in somebody's house
either. "He had previously pointed
out that no one is permitted to
pollute the environment, even on
industrial sites.

Commissioner Dink Braxton
voiced his sincerity saying, "I
understand these people (the
scallopers) need to work." I hope
these people understand the
position the County is in.

ComInissioner Bevin Putnal who
represents the district that houses
the operation also stated that he
knew there were problems at the
current site. He added that he was
not certain the problems would be
resolved. T he commissioners said
that they had all visited the site.
Residents from the neighborhood
pleaded their own case at the
hearing and presented the
commissioners with the problems
of offensive odor, seepage of the
product into the water table with
the possibility of polluting their
wells. Kay Arbuckle said that she
was still waiting for assurance from
the-state that there would be no
i lution. Rene Topping said that
Skip Livingston had overf o6wn
the area at the time of the original
comprehensive plan and reported
at that time, it was evident that all
of the runoff from the mill area and
lands surrounding, went directly
into the Carrabelle River Billy
Kersey who had worked atthe Mill
for many years when it was in
operation, testified that he had
worked on ditches from the site to
carry run off.

When Mizhael Shuler, attorney for
the board of the county
commissioners, was asked by
Braxton for advice as to the county
liability. Shuler replied, "We're in
a position where possibly the
county could liable if the ground
water were to be contaminated."

Archie Holton raised the issue of
the muck that accompanies to by-
catch to the site saying "I know in
water where the heavy metals go.
They go to the bottom into the
mu andwe'rebringingthebottom
in here. I have A problem with
that. "
Kersey had brought abucketof the
when he openedit theodorcaused
Attorney Barbara Sanders and
others to plead with Kersey to ask
Continued on page 7



Pa2e 6. 26 June 1993 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Captain Ernie's
Saltwater Tips
by Ernie Rehder

Big Bend Saltwater Classic: A
Despite some strong wind and
rough seas, the tourney was
another big hit, with 483
participants pulling in
surprisingly big fish. In many
events, the winner was much
larger than the second place fish.
JoeFernandez's 59-lb. cobia was,
for example, 25 lbs. above his
closest competitor's fish. An
extraordinary performance was
turned in by Clay Bailey, of the
Water Street Seafood team.
Bailey's 47-lb. amberijack was 12
heavier than the closed
competitor; his 22-lb. dolphin over
four times bigger than the next(!);
and he also finished third in the
Masters grouper category with a
15 pounder. Wow! And his fish
were weighed in shortly before
the deadline on Sunday.

B .... ..

Jim Haddon






by George Chapel
Exclusive to the Chronicle
The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society held its annual picnic on
Saturday,19 June1993 in the Julian
Bruce State Park on St. George
Island. A treasurer's report was
givenb Bill Greer on tie finances'
of the Ise Newell Concert fund,
the Raney House Maintenance
Fund, the Gorrie State Museum
Citizens' Support Fund as well as
the Society's principal operating
fund along with an inventory of
those books and publications at
the Society's disposal for money
raising purposes. Among these
publications are "Outposts on the
Gulf" by Dr. Warren Rogers and
the 1837prints of Apalachicola's
The status of the state historical
parks in the area for which the
Society and the designated
support group was reported on
by George Chapel. Fort Gadsden
will be transferred to the U. S.
Forestry Service on 1 July 1993,
withs its displays still available to
the public. The Society has offered
to maintain the diorama free of
charge and has requested that the
displays not be put into storage.
The Gorrie Museum will continue
with the Soceity's existing
support arrangements for
volunteer service and occasional
financial augmentation, as
needed, at least for the next two
years unless the State of Florida
faces a financial crisis before then.
Dick Macy is the coordinator of
the Gorrie volunteers. Efforts to
obtain corporate supportif needed
have been initiated. Historical

The "Catch'
Among the other many star
anglers were Joe Tyson, winner of
the trip to Costa Rica for his first-
placer amberjack and grouper in
the Recreational division; Earl
Grant, with a humongous 41-lb.
grouper; and Stephen McArthur,
overall winner in the Masters.
Jim Haddon, from Fishermen III
and O.A.R., deserves a hand for
his many hours as cheerful Master
of Ceremonies.
To judge from the fairly modest
results, the inshore fishing must
have been most affected by the
weather. The biggest trout was
just over 5 lbs; and-surprise-
the winning flounder was only 3
lbs. (I know a person who said she
once caught a 12-lb. flounder
fishing along the St. George
Don't forget to enter your young
son or daughter next year. With a
one-pounder of most anything,
they will probably have a fighting
chance. And kids like awards.

tours for such groups as the
Florida Endowment for the
Humanities and the Smithsonian
Associates are also scheduled with
the financial returns going to the
Gorrie Museum Support Fund.
Eugenia Watkins reported on the
Ilse Newell Concert Series. Along
with the Bay Area Choral Society,
the coming season promises to be
asexcitingaseverwith thepossible
revival of the Yule Log ceremony
in Gorrie Square and a spring time
"Oompah band in LaFayette
Harriett Kennedy presented plans
for the Re-opening of the Raney
Museum. With volunteers from
various organizations including
the Philaco Club, it is intended to
;ppenh<.main building for three
to four days out of the week. The
Raney House Maintenance Fund,
which is reported on annually to
the City ofApalachicola, will be
used to maintain the building.
Raymond Sharp, Dick Macy and
Edith Edwards will work on
programs for the meetings during
the coming year. In conjunction
with other civic organizations,
Wayne Childers of Port St. Joe has
been asked to speak 25 September
1993 in commemoration of the
465th anniversary of the Narvaes
Among other items, receipt of a
letter from Dr. Nancy White for
the assistance of the Society in
procuring a grant for her indian
archeologicaFresearch in the area
was acknowledged. The intent of
renewing the Society's effort to
record archival video-oral
histories was discussed. It was
noted that at one time, the Society
was a pace setter in this work. The
Society's brief histories and tour
publications willalso be reviewed
and, where needed, rewritten.
Officers for the coming year are:
George Chapel, President; Dick
Macy, vice-president; Helen Greer,
Secretary; Bill Greer, Treasurer;
Tom Weller, Laura Macy and Dr.
Bedford Watkins Historical
Society Board Members.


The Governor id Cabinet,
on Tuesday, 2" June 1993,
approved staff
recommend i ns to
partially de-designate
Franklin County.
Apalachicola citywillremam
as an area of Critical State
Concern but Carrabelle city
and the remainder of
Franklin County are de-
designated However, for a
period of one year, the
Department of Community
Affairs will continue to
monitor County decision-
making, and may re-enter the
County with the designation
should changes in land-use,
wastewater treatment or
construction standards be

"On Ice
In case you didn't know, there is
quick sand-or something darn
close to the treacherous muck-at
the east tip of St. George Island.
We stepped into it on the surf side
of a tidal pool that is very close to
the water's edge. We went
down-real quick!-up to our
waists before squirming out by
moving quickly away from the
pool. Surprised the heck out of us,
because it looked like plain old
beach sand.
On the way out of the Park, I
asked one of the guards about it.
He was nonchalant, if not to say
snotty and irresponsible, about
the quicksand problem. When I
inquired as to how deep down
one might sink into it, he said he
didn't know since most people
did not try to step in that spot.
Maybe he thought there was a
sign out there saying
"Quicksand." It might be
advisable to post a warning.

St. George Utility
Continued From Page 1
St. George Island Utility
Company[Ltd., (St. George or
the utility) is a Class B utility
providing water service to
approximately 959 customers in
Franklin County. The utility has
been the subject of several
proceedings related to service,
compliance, and customer,
complaints and has been fined
by this Commission and DER
for past violations. By orders
issued by both agencies, the
utility was required to perform
corrective action- to alleviate,
utility problems.
Docket No. 871177-WU was
opened when the utility filed
an application for a rate increase
on June 30, 198-. During the
pendency of this rate
proceeding, St. George also
entered into a consent order to
address DER compliance
violations. DER corrective
actions were incorporated into
the Commission's Order
Establishing Final Rates in this
docket, Order No. 21122, issued
April 24, 1989. The rate case
docket has remained opened
awaiting completion of required
improvements by the utility.
On June 10, 1992, A result of the
utility' 9 history of
noncompliance, the Public
Service Commission issued
notice of its intention to initiate
the revocation of Certiricate No.
302-W for water service in
Franklin County issued to St.
George. On July 9, 1992, St. ,
George filed a formal written
objection to the notice of intent
to initiate revocation and the case
was set or hearing. On October
20, 1992, the 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. The Commission
approved this Proposed
Stipulation in Order No. PSC-,,,

Mary's Jewelry
Nancy Nelson, Owner (904) 653-8882
85 Market Street, Apalachicola, Florida 32320

P.O,. 988 CARRABELLE,FL 32322

904-697-2711 LOWEST RATES


93037-AS-WU, issued March 9,
1993. 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.
On April 15, 1993, the utility
submitted a Modification of
Stipulation to the Commission
for consideration, which is
appended to this Order as
Attachment A. The purpose of
this modification is to establish
a priority for the distribution of
CIAC funds deposited into the
escrow account required by the
Stipulation.Thepriority setforth
in the Modification is as follows:
1. The first $75,000 to
Sailfish Enterprises,
Inc.(George Mahr), for
repayment of a loan for
the third well
2. Funds as needed to
complete the DER
m a n d a t e d
improvements as
determined by the co-
3. $51,425 for the
altitude valve, 50 hp
pump and other
planned improvements
as referenced in the
Developer Agreement
with .en Gordon, and
4. $40,000 to be paid for
attorney and consulting
fees to file and process a
rate case on behalf of St.
Further, the CIAC funds
received from Ken Gordon, a
developer, should be placed in
the above referenced escrow
account and separately
identified so as not to go toward
the repayment of the third well
We find the priority for
distribution set forth above to
be reasonable. However, we also
find that St. George has not
complied with the terms of the
previouslyapproved stipulation
in that the utility has not set up
a separate escrow account for all
CIAC funds with the PSC as a
signatory as described in
Paragraph 2 of that stipulation.
Specifically, Paragraph 2
provides as follows:

2. Any and all funds
collected by the
utility shall be
deposited into one
)q u

mq AT

HCR 2 St. George Island
Florida 32328-9701
Phone: (904) 927-2282
FAX: (904) 927-2230

2BR/2BA Bayfront, 1-acre lot, almost
new, cathedral ceilings,two large decks,
Anderson windows, furnished, dock to
deep water,$225,000

Great canal front house, 3BR/3BA,
unfurnished, 1536 sq. ft. plus 320'covered
porch overlooking bay and canal. Ceiling
fans throughout,boat dock and ramp with
screened-in area for cleaning fish, etc.
Corner lot, chain link fence, double garage
with 3 overhead doors. Asking price

account, except for
CIAC. CIAC shall
be placed into a
separate escrow
account which shall
be governed by -an
escrow agreement.
The escrow
agreement shall
provide that any
withdrawals shall
require the
signature of the
Director of Records
and Reporting.
Based on the foregoing, we find
it appropriate to condition our
approval of the Modification on
the utility's complying with the
Stipulation and its proposed
Modification of Stipulation by
adding the Commission as a
signatory (specifically), Mr.
Tribble, Director of the Division
of Records and Reporting, to the
escrow account. The utility shall
have f ive working days from
the issuance of this Order within
which to comply with Paragraph
2 of the stipulation as set forth in
If the condition is not timely met,
this matter shall be set directly
for hearingbased on the utility s
failure to comply with the
provision set out in Paragraph 2
of the Commisslon approved
stipulation as set forth in Order
No. PSC-93-0370-AS-WU.
On May 28, 1993, a subsequent
Modification of Stipulation, was
submitted by Sailfish
Enterprises, Inc. (ailfish) on its
behalf and "at the specific
request of Mr. Brown", owner of
St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd. (St. George or
utility). The Modification of
Stipulation submitted by Sailfish
on May 28, 1993, does not
provide for Mr. Tribble's
signature for disbursements of
CIACfundsplaced intheescrow
accountsetupfor therepayment
of the Sailfish loan. This is the
only substantive difference from
the modification filed on April
15,1993, and approved here



St. George's Plantation-
Casa Del Mar subdivision,
reserve your lot now.

beachfront lots = $105,000,
beachview lots = $59,500

A St. George Island Gulf
Beaches section

beachfront lots from $95,000
beachview lots from $45,000

Interior lots

starting at $8,900 to $28,000
depending on location
Some with owner financing.

You can reach us
after hours
by calling:

Don and Marta

Billie Grey:

Peady for a change in cuisine?
Diane'TuclrandDebbieurrayinvite you to theSeaBreeze Pstaurntto enioy
localseafoodiat its finest, cooked to perfection and served the way you eqectfrom
a fe diner. ihe Sea Breeze !Rstaurant also offers steal anda vast selection of
sandwiches. For the early riser we offer a complete menu of breakfast items,
including homemade bicuits to start your day. For the eight eater we offersafads.
For the best ofdining pleasures visit the Sea Breeze PIstaurant.
Open Mon. thru Thurs., 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Open all day Fri., Sat., and Sun.
Hwy. 98 East just before the Apalachicola Bridge

5 1 I

CIAC funds are virtually the
only monies available for the
utility to make the necessary
Improvements mandated by
both DER and this Commission,
therefore we find that it is
necessary for the Commission
to oversee any and all
disbursements of these funds.
Accordingly, we find the -
requirement of Mr. Tribble's
signature for disbursement of-
CIAC funds isanl Integral part of
the Stipulation and shall not be
waived. For this reason, we deny
the modification request
submitted by Sailfish on May
28, 1993.
It is, therefore, ORDERED by
the Florida Public Service
Commission that the Stipulation
approved in Order No.TSC-93-
0370-AS-WU, issued March 9,
1993, is hereby modified a8 set
forth in the body of this Order
and nAttachmentA. Itis further-
ORDERED that the modification
request submitted by Sailfish
Enterprises, Inc., May 28,1993 i8
hereby denied. It is further
ORDERED thatSt. George Island
Utility Company, Ltd., shall take "
all necessary action within five
working days of the date of
issuance of this Order, to insure
that all withdrawals from the
CIAC escrow account shall
require the signature of the
Director of Records and



to the




* t^

ulh th o Cionl 2J 1 ,ae

B: 'Yes, sir..... I'll tell you the story of Harbeson City... The Gray
brothers... had a mill in St. Andrews, which is near Panama City...
And they built that mill in 1923... Harbeson boughtitin 1924, a year
later... they only operated it for a short time... It cut a 100,000 feet
of lumber a day.. Worked 10 hours a day 6 days a week.... We
shipped three rail car loads of lumber every day.... The owners, the
Harbesons, came to my place of business, where I was working in
Tallahassee, and offered me a job for a considerable amount of
money compared to what I was getting... so I went to work there in
July 1925, until they closed down about 1932 or 1933... And
Harbeson City was only for its employees and nobody else lived
out there... a company town... It was a lttle bigger than Carrabelle
at the time...
C: I take it that when the lumber era ended and then the mills dosed
down, the city just disappeared. Was that a pretty rapid transition?
B: Well... several years, I guess.
C: Now you were an office manager at the West Florida Lumber
Company, Harbeson City. Did you live there for long periods of
B: No, that was my home. It was just four miles from where I was
born... I married m 1929 to Erma Pournelle. Her father was a
conductor on that G.F.&A. railroad... She died in 1954 in

Everything is Special (at Risa's)

Hand Tossed Pizzas
Sub & Salads Fresh Pizza Dough
Call Ahead made daily
Ph. (904) 653-8578 Eat in or Take out
83 Market St Tue. Fri. 11:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
APALACHICOLA Sat. 4:00 p.m. 9:30 p.m.



nell win Chnimes ueachn Floats &T oys
Hwy. 98 / P.O. Box 561
Carrabelle, FL 32322 90


George Bradtora
Continued From Page 1
was in Midway for a short time. And they called us on the phone
and they were having a big bowl ame and playing Wakulla
County and parts of Tallahassee and they wanted us to play... We
left Midway before day-light. We got to the game in the fourth
inning that afternoon.... That's how long it took us to get in... We
changed behind a black board and played the last several innings..
.and after the game we didn't change uniform... we returned to
Tallahassee at three o'clock in the morning.
C: Baseball then was probably a favorite past time among you and
your friends?
B: There wasn't anything else. No movies, no automobiles, no
basketball, no football... baseball was it.
C: If you had much free time, what did people do for recreation,
how did they entertain and amuse themselves?
B: You went swimming, you goton a boat and went to Dog Island,
and the bay, fishing always fishing.
C: Your resume says you taught school, part of two semesters in
Carrabelle. Do you remember what subjects you were involved
with in teaching?
B: Yes, I taught the fourth and fifth grades I believe it was.
C: And you left in 1921 for your first break and that lasted four
B: There was work in Carrabelle if you wanted to go fishing.. We
had two saw mills and then in the summer time I worked a little bit
in the saw mills.... The Coombs Lumber Company, that's where the
Gulf State Bank is now.... The new Gulf State Bank... And the other
[lumber company] was up on the river called Campville. Camp
Lumber Company, where the bridge is now, where you cross...
That's when you had the ferry there...
C: You mentioned Harbeson City. That's a town that has

* I'


1 .

C: Now do we find a parallel today? Seems like a lot of young
people are leaving the county in search of a livelihood.
B: Sure, no question about it. You got your choice... You go fishing,
you go crabbing, you go shrimping or you go find something else
to do.... Common labor jobs... But I couldn't make a living at
common labor... And I'm not an engineer, so what is there left to do?
I was a bookworm.. I liked figures for instance... and by the time
you needed to be a CPA you had serve an apprenticeship for three
years in a CPA's office. Ihad a family to support so I couldn't do
that. And they wouldn't let me take the exam. I even got a bill
introduced in the House and the Senate of Florida to permit me to
substitute some fiscal accountingexperience in grade-12 and above...
for the experience you had to have an office... I think every past
president of the Florida Accounting Association appeared before
the committee and some of them were friends of mine.
C: In Tallahassee you were employed by the Pentington Evans
Company and then you came to Harbeson City. And then in 1932
you changed jobsagain and became office manager of theCarrabelle
Fish and Oyster Company.
B: That was because I was out of a job. When the mill closed I was
looking for something to do and that was the height of the
Depression. You know what they paid me? 12 dollars a week. But,
that's what they paid themselves. That's all they paid.
C: Did the Depression have a very big impact in this area? Did you
really notice-the difference?
B: Yes, unless you were a fisherman.. To a certain extent they were
to because they got cent and a half for mullet, three cents a pound
for shrimp.
C: Then in 1934 you went to work for thegovernment. Emergency
Relief Administration Franklin County. Can you tell us about that?
B: Well, the first relief operation was F.E.R.A. (Florida Emergency
Relief Administration). Itwasfederalmoney,butif wasadministered
to, through the state and they wrote the state checks... the president
of the bank in Apalachicola, named Sam Tee, he came to Carrabelle,

Auto Body
Repair and
"You Bend 'em...We Mend 'em"
Boats, RVs, Trailers, too

Owner Operated
HWY 98


.---- .. Selling the Pearl

... -. of the Panhandle
'. .. My Specialty area is Carrabelle-Lanark-
S-'-Carrabelle Beach-St. Teresa-St. James-Eastpoint
I really know all the nooks and crannies of this
special area. Let me be your guide to finding your
Re7 "perfect pearl" of a property.
S Want to own a pretty piece of beach? 100 feet of
Toppimg waterfront. Old Florida Home on Pilings. Over
Associate 2000 square feet. 30 x 30. LR 2 BRs. Porches all
CARRABELLE REALTY around-only $165,000.
(the name says it all)
Office (904) 697-2181 Home (904) 697-2616 FAX (904) 697-3870


RG 0046650

Licensed & Insured General Contractor

For all of your building needs call

Gary Kuhle at 904-697-2430.

22 years experience.

Continued From Page 5
him to close it up. The air
conditioning had to be turned on
high to dear the room of the smell.
Fred Schiffer who leases an office
at the site said that he was hired to
prepare the site for a DER
inspection After the inspection
was over the conditions at the site
went back to the way they were.
He said he did not believe that it is
being done right. He also stated
that he believed it won't be done
right by the people operating it
Commissioner Bevin Putnal said
he had been talking with SamNeel
who owned a great deal of R 6
property out near Pine Log Bridge
on C67 which is removed from
much of the residential areas.
Putnal said thatNeel was prepared
to work with DER to take scallop
waste. Attorney Ben Watkins said
that Neel was willing to meet all
DER requirements. Commissioner
Tom Saunders wanted to know if
Neel was aware of just how much
it would cost and that it would
probably be classified as a waste


HUM1R999 ,

C: And had you any children during that marriage?
B: One, her name was Mary Francis Bradford. She lives in Albany,
Georgia. My second wife was Grace Whitefield... she was one of the
four beautiful Whitefield sisters of Apalachicola... She died
November 9, 1991... I have three grandchildren and five great
grandchildren. And my wife, Grace, she has three children and
eight or nine great grand children. They are all mine now... Grace
and I had no children.

C: What did you do about the heat and the humidity in the
summers, how did you cope?
B: You lived with it.
C: You decided that you were going to be an accountant.
B: I gradually started with a clerk. I was with fiscal accounting in
the federal government.... I couldn't make a living as a fisherman.
I'd loved to fish... The annual income of a fisherman in those days
was three hundred dollars... a year. And my lifestyle required more
than that... I left Carrabelle in order to make a living.

We have the
for your
and wishes

The River Road site is at present
under a court order from Judge
Steinmeyer that nothing can be
taken from the siteorput on the site
until propertyownershipdispute
between Allen and ann Dolores
Pogrebnisk was settled. Although
a deed in the name of Bob Allen i s
on record at the Franklin County
Courthouse, Ms Pogrebniakclaims
that she put up the $155,000.00 to
purchase the lsnd snd buildings
under a partnership agreement.
This matter is still to be settled.

...no matter where you are-
ours is a service you can trust.
serving all of Franklin County
653-2208 697-3366

the state appointed him, (the governor), as the overseer of the
program... They had all the workers over there and they aren't
getting the job done and he wanted me to go over there and run it..
Said [can do that but I already have a job, I make twelve dollars a
week. And at that time it was an annual probation and I was at the
end of it... I came over here in Apalachicola in the early part of the
year (1934), I agreed to come over here to spend a day a week over
here, and the other six days I'd be [in Carrabelle]....Pretty soon I'd
be spending two days here, four days at the other place, and then
it got to be three, and that lasted till November of 34, guess.
... I went from Madison to Jacksonville were I became a state head
to the finance department. We liquidated the W.B.A. in 1942, I
guess. They sent all of our records to the regional office in Atlanta
and I went to Atlanta for three months and helped them close the
regional office and transfer them to Washington. While there I was
looking for a job. I got a job in Atlanta with theArmy Exchange with
Camp ordon Johnston, and that's when I was at Camp Gordon
Johnston.... Well you know we had thirty thousand troops there to
train them to hit the beaches in France and Africa.. It killed my
brother... He was a postmaster in Carrabelle.. It was a little town
of a thousand people, and he had the responsibility of the post office
at Camp Gordon Johnston... He [was killed because] had an
obligation to all that additional responsibility. He was the husband
of Ellen Bradford, his name was Ruben Jeffrey Bradford, named by
my dad.
C: Let me ask you to name all the others of your brothers and sisters
in your family.
B: I'm the eldest... Then there's Ruben Jeffrey, who is the only one
that's dead... Then there's Helen B. Kilborn.. she lives in PortSt. Joe,
then there's my brother in Miami, that's Ralph, Ralph De Vere, he
was the one that would get the papers... and my younger sister is
Thelma Bloomquist, she lives in Carrabelle.
C: This is your parent's home? Where you grew up. Do you
remember the address or where it's located in Carrabelle?
B: Well it's Tallahassee Street.... It's the only street there, main street
going north and south. Your on 98 and you cross it... That was the
main street there.
C: What was the scope of the camp? Did it go all the way up to the
Ochlockonee River? On the northern side and then all the way to
the coast to St. James Island?
B: This was the post exchange, and you had the main post
exchange, then you d have individual exchanges.... we sold mostly
beer. Of course at the main exchange we sold everything.
C: You left in 1943 and went to Washington. That must have been
a very large change. Living and working in Carrabelle and then
finding yourself in a wartime capital.
B: Well, when I was in Jacksonville, at least once a month I was in
Washington, thatwas headquarters.... See the EE.R.A. was a national
organization... in fact my boss in the .E.R.A. was the national
director of finance, he was the one that hired me in this... He was
associated with the War Effort Administration... I was a field
auditor then...
... The federal accounting authority was the reason I went to
Washington for. I was a field auditor and then chief accountant for
the Federal Public Housing Authority in Washington.
C: And then you were connected with the War Assets
B: Well, when I was offered the job as regional director for, regional
finance director for the War Assets Administration it was a new
agency. I took that job and came to Florida... Got back to Florida
where I wanted to be....
...The war was over... they had all of that... property, they had to get
rid of it.
C: Then you got yourself into the Philippines. What happened
B: I was in Washington with the Federal Accounting Authority and
when the War Assets Administration was organized, a friend of
mine on the field staff, I recommended him for the job as the chief
fiscal officer for the War Assets Administration. And he got the job.
They all flew out there in 1946 and I was, later in 1948,1 was in public
accounting in Tallahassee. I was between assignments, civil service
assignments. And I was on an audit in Panama City, Florida. When
I got a cablegram from this friend of mine in the Philippines offering
me the job as assistant to finance officer and I answered, sent the
cableback,and said I'm interested. Give us some more information
and the next day or two I got another cablegram said my travel
orders have been cut. I was supposed to report to Washington and
it said to do today. And that got me out to the Philippines. And I
hardly got out there before his wife, who'd come back to the states,
got settled here and he left over night to come home and he never
went back and I took over when heleft and then I was appointed as
the chief fiscal officer at that time. Of course the main reason [for
the operation in the Philippines] was that Roosevelt had promised
the Phillipine government thatif they would assist the government
that he would see they were taken care of. That appropriation,
which was 520 million dollars, was for that purpose, 1 spent that
money for him.
C: In the early forties did you ever have the chance to meet, or to
get to know Claude Pepper?
B: I knew Claude Pepper. One time he was an attorney in Perry. He
was a very good friend of mine.... I was in Tallahassee and Claude
was the representative in the Legislature. I knew his, he had
several brothers, I knew all of those. One of them was on the WCTV,
Frank Pepper. He's retired in Tallahassee now. And another was in
St. Augustine and he was a newspaper man, Joe Pepper....
C: What do you remember about Ed Ball?
B: Well, Ed Ball married DuPont's sister, they came to Florida to run
the Du Pont's interest in this state which was quite extensive
includingSt.Joe Paper Companyfor instance. Ididn tknowEd Ball
Continued on page 8
landfill with additional costs such
as monitoring wells. Watkins
repeated the assurance that Neel
rn would meet all DER standards.

The Franklin County Chronicleg 26 June 1993 age'7

published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

PaoLe R mune 1993 *. The Franklin County Chronicle

= Ubs* -, i-- -

George Bradford,
Continued From Page 7
personally. I knew ot rum, i Knew the people that worked for him.
-I played baseball with [Jake Behlin] way back on the land. And
don't throw him an inside high ball, you will never see that baseball

C: Then you are in public accounting in the early 50s in Tallahassee
and in 1952, for five years you became the clerk of the circuit court
in Franklin County. That's another significant change in your way
of making a living so I take it you returned to Franklin County and
you were married a second time.
B: Yes, I was the clerk of the court. I was also married in 1955.
There's quite a story of clerk of court. ... I was on an audit again in
Panama City when the telephone rang it was Philip Warren, who
was Governor. I knew Philip. He saidGeorge, you know that old
Colonel Dodd wants to retire at the court inFranklin. I said yes, I
recommended someone else for the job. He said I know you have,
but some other friend has recommended somebody else and I can't
appoint either one of them. I want you to take it. I said governor
I don't want it, I said in the first place there's an election coming up,
the old Colonel has only one year to go and then he's going to run
for four more years. I've not only been out of Franklin County, I've
been out of the United States. I couldn't be elected. I don't want to
get involved in politics anyway. He said 'How about coming over
here tomorrow and talking to me. Tomorrow was Saturday. I said,
Governor my wife is in the hospital, that's my first wife, in Atlanta,
I said, I'm going to Atlanta in the morning. He knew my wife and
we talked about that for awhile and he said 'can you come in
Monday morning and talk to me? I said 'Ok.' Well I came up there
atabout0 o'clock Monday morning and Philip Warren was known
as somebody who could talk for an hour and not say anything, he
could make an extemporaneous speech on anything, and talk and
talkand talk. Anyway I said No to his face, I talked for an hour. First
place, at that time, the job paid $125 a month. I can't live on $125 a
month. He said 'we can take care of that.' I said you find somebody
else. I'll take it for thirty days. He said 'the old Colonel is

James Putnal
Dies at 57
Two flags at half-staff at the Lanark fire
station and at the Putnal garage on
Highway 98 -- signaled the death on June
16 James B. "Jimmy" Putnal at age 57.
Chief of the St James-Lanark Volunteer
Fire Department for two decades, he had
dispensed gasoline, painted and repaired .
automobiles and asbestos brakes, and
fought countless fires. Friends and
relatives suggestedthattheseoccupations,
together with a longtime smoking habit,
contributedto the lung cancerfrom which
he died.
Mr. Putnal was laid to rest June 21 at a
servicein Evergreen Cemetary, Carrabelle,
conducted by the Rev. Robert Carroll of
the Community Church, Lanark Villiage.
He is survived by his wife, Maxine S.
Putnal, of St. James; a son, James B. Putnal
III, St. James; a daughter, Jolene Mock, of
Perry; three sisters, Dorothy Hawkins and
Dessie Brannan, both of Carrabelle, and
Frances Henderson, Daytona Beach, and
five grandchildren.
He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol,
Woodmenof theWorld,andtheCarrabelle
Chamberof CommerceandtheLionsClub.
Memorial contributions may be made to
Big Bend Hospice, 1932 MiccosukeeRoad,
Tallahassee 32308.
At the time of his marriage in 1956, Mr.
Putnal was a member of the Carrabelle
Volunteer Fire Department. He moved to
St James in 1972, where he was a prime
mover in launching a volunteer fire
company in his new neighborhood. The
unit existed largely on paper until it
obtained a used 11/2 ton truck from the
State Forestry Division in 1975. Certain
residents of Lanark Villiage opposed his
plan tojoinhandswithStJamesinfighting
area fighters, and that is why, today, the
name "St. James" appears first in the joint
fire company, even though a majority of
the firefighters are Lanark residents.
Co-volunteers shake their heads almostin
disbelief at the hours and days and years
Jimmy Putnal devoted to the cause of fire
safety. Bob Zeller says that it was largely
due to Jimmy's dedication that the area
now has four fire trucks and a central
station instead of virtually no equipment
anda truckparkbehindthePutnalLanark
Station. Leonard Evans, who is PUtnal's
successor as chief, recalls a dozen years
ago whenheand Jimmy foughtahot blaze
between two of the Western cottages, a
dozen miles Eastof Carrabelle, by sharing
thesinglehelmetandthe single outer-coat
that the fire unit owned. One of them
would take a fire hose dose to the heat,
and come out two or three minutes later to
pass the lone coat and helmet to the other
so that he could take a turn.
Now, just within the past month, Mr.
Putnal sent letter to area residents asking
for their help in purchasing more of the
sophisticateddothingandequipment that
volunteers must wear to meet state and
federalstandards. Eleven of the volunteers
have won training certificates in the past
two uears, and the State Fire Marshall
ratings have risen to such an extent, the
volunteers say, that local insurance rates
have improved.
Maxine Putnal was well aware of the
devotion that her husband gave to the fir
e company. "Lots of time, I was in second
place," she says with a smile. She hopes to
continue operating the Putnal-Lanark



to the




threatening to walk out' and the office at that time consisted of the
Clerk and his daughter. That was it.
.. W.P. Dodd [the Colonel]. He was the Clerk for years and years.
His 'colonel' was just honorary, I don't think he had been in the
service of any kind. [The daughter was] J. Schuler's wife, she
wasn't married to J. Schuler at the time. But that was Dodd's
daughter. Anyway, I came down and the County Commissioner
asked me to stay, and they all said they'd all support me in the
election, which they did. I got elected. Of course, I made
arrangements about the salary and income, so that was satisfactory.
And that's why I came back, when I was there I was elected then
four years later I was beaten. Bobby Howell. Bob made a good
Clerk, anyway he was a young man in Apalachicola, well known.
His grandfather was the ex-sheriff here and as I said I wasn't a
politician. Bobby was and is. :4_ _

Continued From Page 1
emergency aid in training oystermen in tne techniques of oyster
farming. (2) Whether the statute which gives all Florida counties
veto power over lease applications (E. S. 253.68) was constitutional.
Informally, Judge Davey told both attorneys that the evidence in
the case did not support the plaintiff's theory of estoppel, and he
would likely deny that argument in his final and official opinion in
the case. The opinion will be forthcoming in about two weeks, he
said. He sais, "I am going to continue to withhold ruling... about the
issue we've had the big discussion on today. But, I'll tell you right
now. I'm clear in my mind. I will deny the estoppel argument.."
...I think it's really a close case... You can tell by my questions...there
is no question that there are no guidelines or parameters there.I still
want to think a little bit longer about this issue about whether there
is a difference when the delegation (of authority)is to a political sub-
division of the state...because I think the law is real clear on the
delegation to the agencies..." (In that event)" There has got to be
parameters(or)guidelines. I want to re-read through these
cases...most of them are in the 30s; some of them are in the 40s. ...I
wouldn't have any problem declaring the statute unconstitutional
but for looking at the history of it....The history of the legislation is
that there was no right to have a lease in Franklin county, and then
thelegislature...sometimes the legislature is notreal careful because
of the way things happen at the end..."
"In this case...somebody did put some thought into this because...
they had the wherewithal an d the perspicacity to change the other
law that said 'there shall be no leases'.
Now it says 'there shall be no leases' except under 253.68, and
253.68 says there shall be leases if the Board says there shall be
leases, but the County can basically veto them
almost like a local option... It's a real interesting case and if it were
easy, I would have already decided it..."
Judge Davey said the crux of the case, for him, was whether, when
the legislature granted authority to other bodies, a set of guidelines,
or parameters to that authority, would also have to be given In order
for the body to whom this authority had been delegated would be
able to make a judgment. Judge Davey reiterated several times
that in most cases there could not merely be a "naked grant of
authority.." without some guidelines in exercising that authority.
The case law is concerned mainly with administrative bodies, not
a political sub-division such as a county commission. The question
thenbecomes whether the case law applies to political sub-divisions.
The plaintiff argued that such a grant of authority under provision"
of 253.68 is too arbitrary and unbridled without some kind of
guidelines. In fact, North Florida Legal argued in their brief, this
'veto provision" gives the County commission too much broad
authority, affecting the livlihoods of those who want leases to earn
a living.
Another important, related question was whether a section of the
statute could be severed from the rest and declared unconstitutional
yet allowing the remainder of the statute to remain operational.
That is, allow the applicants to still apply and receive their leases
under that law.

Highway 319 and 98 Pool Cable TV
SCarabelle, FL 32322 Downtown Adjacent to Carrabelle River and Beach
(904) 697-3410 Reservations Accepted Master Card Visa
f- |a II jlF lJ% l lraj|(J|[aJl flllfJ||I[%|1|[1|ll lIF9 IF| |I% I I lPJJ .i-


1 BA with great beach view and easy beach access. A real
fixer-upper with maximum rental potential. $199,900
6 Windjammer, Plantation S68,500
20 Bay Cove, Plantation $65,0
12 Bay Cove, Plantation 64,00
6 Indian Bay Village, Plantation 561,500
Lot 6, Tract 50, East End S55,000
Tract 38-39, Lot 12, East End 552,5W
8 Bay View, Plantation S49,900
27 Sandpiper, Plantation S4700
19 Windjammer, Plantation 47,000
8 Turtle Cove, Magnolia Bluff S45,000
Lot 23, Block 89, Unit 5, Gulf Beaches 542,000
16 Bay View, Plantation S41,900
9 Sandpiper Village, Plantation S39,500
17 Osprey, Plantation S35000
15 Turtle Beach Village, Plantation S29,000
46 Treasure Beach Village, Plantation 25,900
3B Sea Dune Village, Plantation 525,000
Lot 6, Block M, Unit 2, Gulf Beach Drive 525000
31 Turtle Beach Village, Plantation 24,000
21 Osprey Village, Plantation S21,000
Lot if, Block 24', Unit 1, Pine Avenue S15,000

(904) 927-2666 (800) 332-5196


- U S H TM







Based on the North Florida Folktale

Bill Gwynn as Cebe Tate

Please check the appropriate box for your order and complete the form below. Please allow four
weeks for delivery of the video. Beta and Super VHS versions may be available but please write to
inquire. All prices below include handling, postage and Florida taxes for orders directed to Florida
addresses. The video consists of the dramatized tale of Cebe Tate and a short film about the historical
aspects of the tale and a description of the production story, totaling about 56 minutes, in color, sound
with musical score, as described in the ad and previous features published in the Chronicle.
Check the appropriate blank.
24 issues of the Chronicle plus video, "A Tale From Tate's Hell."

Franklin County addressees,
$28.00 for video and newspaper
Video only.

- To out-of-county,
Florida and out of state addressees

Franklin County, Florida, and out-of-state addressees, $16.00
24 issue Chronicle subscription only.

- Franklin County
addressee $15.90

Telephone (area code)

SOut-of-County, Florida and
out-of-state addressee,

State Zip-

Please send this form to:
904-927-2186 or 904-385-4003

C: What do you remember during your tenure as Clerk that might
have been the most difficult problem, in those years, 1952 to 1957?
B: The first thing was that all recording was type written. There
were no machines. And that was one thing, another is that you had
a book for days, a book for mortgages, a book for satisfactions, a
book for your legal stuff, anything, we had a book that dealt with
everything. TheClerk of the Court in Palm Beach, I guess it was, he
got the Clerk's Association to sponsor a bill to put everything in one
book. Plus the fact that I had put the first photocopy machine in the
courthouse... I had one clerk. That's all- ever had.
C: What's the secret of your longevity?
B: I've always been active. I try to take of myself. My granddad
died, on mother's side, the day before his ninetieth birthday. Back
in the days when forty was old. My mother died when she was
ninety six. So I inherited it. I have no trouble with, I can eat
everything in this house if I want it...and I won't gain a pound. I can
not eat for a week and never loose a pound.....
....I like a Highball, bourbon and branch water, I'd been taking one
since, well lets see, I took my first drink when I was twenty five, and
that was manyyears ago, that doesn't make any difference,anyways
for the last fifty years.
Mr. Bradford's interview, covering his later life in and away from
Franklin County, including his involvement in the development of
St. George Island, will be presented in the next issue of the Chronicle,
10 July 1993.

The Italian Restaurant
by the sea

Seafood and Pasta
Call For Reservations (904) 697-3222
Tallahassee 681-3622



:-)) -h

University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs