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Archeological digs in Apalachicola River Valley, page 2


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The Franklin CountyChronicle



Volume 2, Number 14 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 July 9 August 1993


COUNTY VETO POWER OVER


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AQUACULTURE


HELD


LEASES


CONSTITUTIONAL


LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTH FLORIDA
EVALUATING APPEALTO FIRST
DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL
Exclusive to the Chronicle
In a Second Judicial Circuit decision by Judge P. Kevin Davey, th
State Statute 253.68 which, in part, gives Florida counties the power
to review and veto leases in their respective geographical areas
constitutional. Accordingly, the law case between Franklin Count
and petitioners David Jones and Joe Square comes to a close, perhaps
temporarily, after the litigation was started on 27 February 1991. Now
almost two and one-half years later, a legal decision in case No. 91-80
has been entered after both sides filed for summary judgment.
In the brief filed by Legal Services of North Florida on behalf ofDavi
Jones and Joe Square, two issues were raised.
(1) That Franklin County was stopped from denying leases onc
they requested emergency aid in training oystermen in the technique
of oyster farming. On a motion for summary judgment, either sid
moves for a judgment prior to a trial, and the judgment is made on th
basis of various papers filed in the case. A brief organizes th
arguments for such a summary judgment. Judge Davey read th
briefs and decided that there was insufficient evidence in the record
that demonstrated estoppel elements.
(2) The second issue raised by Jones and Square dealt with th
constitutionality of the statute which gives Florida counties vet
power over leases intheir waters. Jones and Square, through their
attorneys,Legal Services of North Florida, contend that the lack o
standards in the statute (Section 253.68) created anunlawful delegation
of legislative power. The court accepted the county's argument tha
abanon the repeal of any veto resolution were guidelines, '...sufficien
to pass constitutional muster."
The opinion read in part as follows:
"The Petitioners Jones and Square are oystermen who participated in thejo
training partnership program in Franklin County in 1989 and 1990. Th


Test bags of aquacultured oysters, using the belt and rack
systems, pulled out of the water for assessment in
December 1991 near two-mile, Apalachicola Bay.
proam was designed to train oystermen to use certain aquacultu
methods. Federal funds were distributed to private training entities by th
Florida Department of Labor and Employment Security (DLES). Vario
contracts were entered into between DLES and private training entities. Th
program was Instituted aftertwo hurricanes and other damage to Apalachico
Bay resulted in economic hardship to Franklin County."
"After completion of the training program, the Petitioners applied for lease
of Parcels of land beneath Apalachicola Bay on which to practice th
aquaculture of oysters. The county filed a resolution of objection, pursuar
to Section 253.68, Florida Statutes, and consequently, the lease application
were no longer considered by the Department of Natural Resources or othi
entities."
"Pursuant to Section 253.68, Florida Statutes, the Governor and Cabinet, a
the Trustees of the Internal Improvement Trust Fund ("Trustees"), may issue
leases of submerged lands for commercial or experimental aquaculture."
The statute also provides:
However no lease shall be granted by the board when there
is filed with it a resolution of objection adopted by the
majority of the county commission of a county within whose
boundaries, if the same were extended to the extent of the
interest of the state, the proposed leased area would lie. Said
resolution shall be filed with the board of trustees within 30
days of the date of the first publication of notice as required
by s. 253.70...
Continued on page 6


Franklin County Attorney Al Shuler and Counsel for Legal Service
of North Florida, Christne Knab, argue their briefs before Judg
Kevin Daley (Far Right) in his chambers, Tahahassee.


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one seafood dealer attended the
Marine Fisheries workshop held
at the Estuary Reserve,
Apalachicola, on Monday evening
19 July 1993, to examine a number
of topics affecting shellfish
harvestinginApalachicolaBayand
state-widefisheries. The questions
dealt with (1) an extended season,
(2) raising the 15 bag limit to 20
bags per day; (3) change the
harvesting week in the winter
approved areas to 7 days, and (4)
makeup days.
Monica Lemieux, representing the
Franklin County Seafood Workers,
spoke first.
Ms. Lemieux: "We support raising
the bag limit from 15 to 20. And,
we have no objection to it being a
state-wide rule... We do want to
re extend the work week from 5 to 7
he days on the winter harvesting
us areas... We don't particularly want
he to extend it to 7 days for summer
la harvesting simply because thebars
really won't, in our opinion,
sustain 7 day harvesting in the
es summer. The orders are much less
he in the summer time in the sales."
ns The primary reasons for that...are
ner supply and demand.We have
closures. We have...a lot of things
that prohibit a person from going
as out and making his order, or a
ue dealer from being able to fill his
order. So, they're relying a lot on
out-of-state oysters to supplement
those orders. So, we feel...if our
people can work more days and
catch a few more oysters, it would
help us with marketing our Florida
product. ...That's what the dealers
say... I called a couple of them. I
don't know why they're not here
but that's the main thing. As far as
the makeup days, if we have 7
days, then the makeup day is a
moot point on the winter
. harvesting (issue)...
We'd like to have makeup days in
the summer season, if that's a
possibility. We're the only Bay...the
only area that has a summer season.
And, it is a hardship when a man
doesn't get work at all for an
extended-period of time and, we
do use our relay and planning
money to tr to help supplement
that...Mark Berrigan, Department
of Environmental Protection,
expressed concern that the seafood
dealers were not represented at
the meeting thus far.
Ms. Lemieux: "From the meetings
our Board has had with the dealers,
they (the dealers) totally support
increasing the bag limit and
increasing the days per ,week...
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MONEY
CRITICAL
TO ANIMAL
CONTROL
PROGRAM
by Rene Topping
Members of the Franklin County
Animal Control Authority
(FCACA), were told by two
members of the Franklin County
Humane Society (FCHS), that if
adequate funding is not available
for 1993-94 the FCHS would have
to shut the doors on the shelter
located on C65. Building
Committee members Fred Ebel
and Don Howard said that the
Humane Society had reluctantly
arrived at this decision. Ebel said
later, "We (Humane Society) have
worked too hard to have this
program fail. It will fail if the
public does not respond and let
Continued on page 6

NEW PRINCIPAL
FOR CHAPMAN

by George H. Malone
After having served as acting
principal of Chapman Elementary
School in Apalachicola for the past
eight months, Mr. Jarred Bums has
now been chosen by the Franklin
County School Board to be the
principal. Mr. Burns, a native of
Natchez, Miss., has a long and
varied association with the
Apalachicola School System,
having first come to it in 1965 at the
behest of Mr. Willie L. Speed, his
first principal. Mr. Burns is a
graduate of Alcorn State University
in Lorman, Miss.
In eight of his twenty eight years
here, Mr. Burns has served as
administrative assistant or acting
principal at several schools. He
has also taught mathematics at the
junior an senior high levels;
industrial arts, grades 7-12; and
physical education, junior high
schools of the past and present :
Quinn High, Chapman High and
Apalachicola High.
The new principal is married to
Cojean D. Burns, who was a
guidance counselor at Port St. Joe
Elementary School until she retired
in May of this year. They have five
daughters.
Mr. Burns is also a seargent Major
in the U.S. Army Reserve.


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THE FRANKLIN

COUNTY SUMMER

READING PROGRAM

SERVED OVER 300

CHILDREN
ot the Revolution as the Star
By Brian Goercke Spangled Banner and the origin
Exclusive to the Chronicle of the American flag. They also
The Franklin County Summer learned about related topics like
Readin Pro am came to a close the many ideas and inventions of
on 16 July at theCarrabelle Library. Ben Franklin and the character of
An estimated 350 students George Washington as President,
attended the sixweekprogramand military leader and family."


checked out approximately 18U
books. The program availed itself
to children from Kindergarten to
the sixth grade. In Apalachicola,
the programmetat theFirst Baptist
Church on Mondays and
Wednesday. In Eastpoint, the
program met on Tuesdays at the
Franklin County Library. In
Carrabelle, the program was held
on Friday in the Carrabelle
Library. Classes were divided for
the age groups; those children in
the kindergarten to the second
grade met from 8:30AM to 10:30,
while children in the third grade to
the sixth grade met from 10:30 to
12:30.
The focus of the Summer Reading
Program was on the theme of the
American Revolution and related
events and public figures of the
time. Alma Pugh, the reading
instructor for Apalachicola and co-
instructor for Eastpoint, expressed
her evaluation of the program;
"The children participated really
well and the program helped them
to work together and individually.
They were introduced to aspects


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(Apalachicola) displays
her painted T-Shirt


Debbie Beard, the reading
instructor for Carrabelle and Co-
instructor for Eastpoint, expressed
her enthusiasm about the reading
program and spoke of some of the
activities that the children
participated in for the
Revolutionary War theme. "The
kids seemed to enjoy the reading
program a lot. We made a point
not to make it like school.
Everything we did was taken
informationally from a book and
illustrated by activities." Ms. Beard
mentioned a few of the activities:
"We made flags for flag day and
had the children re-enact the
signing of the Declaration of
Independenceon the Fourth of July.
The children made made patriot
hats, pretended to be the founding
fathers and discussed the
importance of the Declaration of
Independence."
The Franklin County Summer
Reading Program was funded
through the generous efforts of the
Watkins Foundation.


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RADIO TO


CARRABELIE ENLARGE

PORT AND COVERAGE


AIRPORT

AUTHORITY

MEETING

By Ann Morgan
The Timber Island Blue Grass
Festival was the item on the agenda
for the special meeting of the
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) on 22 July 1993.
Butch Baker of Oyster Radio gave
a summary of the plans proposed
by the Carrabelle Chamber of
Commerce. This event is planned
to take place on 16 October. In
addition to the music, there will be
Continued on page 6


AREA
Representatives of Florida State
University(FSU) public radio told
members of the St. George Island
Civic Club last Thursday, 15 July
1993, that FM 88.9, the news and
information service of public radio
at FSU were be more widely
available due to changes in
transmission. A translator device
and directional antenna would be
installed on the WOYS radio tower
sometime in the next six months
which would strengthen the weak
signal on FM 88.9 and "translate"
that frequency to another for better
reception by Franklin County
residents, especially St. George
Island residents. The transmitter
would operate at about 300 watts
and provide a signal especially for
the southern portions of Franklin
County where reception is now
very poor.


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ARCHAEOLOGY

RESEARCH IN THE

APALACHICOLA

RIVER VALLEY

PART II OF INTERVIEW WITH DR. NANCY WHITE
Exclusive to the Chronicle
Chronicle (C): You're dealing with fragments of evidence from the
past or evidence that then you will draw deductions from that in a
uniform and consistent way to support the answer to that question,
theorize.
Nancy White(NW): Exactly, the truth is that they're very difficult
questions to answer on the basis of materials from just one place or
two places, we need to draw together the evidence from many, many
sites. It's going to be a massive task.
C: Let me first ask you about three test sites in 1988. Can you just
describe them in a kind of generalized way without giving away
where they are, but how they may be alike and different from each
other.
NW: The first one that we did was about ten miles south of
Blountstown, so we were in the middle valley, this rich alluvial soil,
back away from the river, on an old meander, an old channel of the
river where there was a rise in the swamps that is ideal even today for
a few fish cabins. And it was a late prehistoric agricultural village. We
could tell this by the pottery when we first went there. The land owner
was very gracious to allow use to be there plus he kept it preserved,
all he did wasplantpinesonit. He didn'treally trash itfor development
purposes, or more heavy duty agriculture. So it was in pretty good
shape. We were looking for food remains especially because this can
give us a lot of dues about how people were making a living.
,So he allowed us togo in for two weeks and excavate some squares
in the nice sand and we looked for what we call features, specific
evidence of particular activities. We found a lovely big garbage pit
full of food remains, shell fish from the fresh water river, raccoon, and
many others we haven't even extracted yet from our soil samples. I'm
hoping that there will be some tiny plant remains, too, because it can
tel us what, not only what they may have been eating, but it can tell
us what the environment was like. And so we'll see whether we have
evidencefor collecting wild plants as well as agriculture...
S.... -We were able to find aihttle bitf of evidencee on different statues
, -t.caiise theie was a. ioggefstibn of burial, of artiindividual with some,
exotic artifacts. The skletoni had'rf6tted&W completely in acidt-sbi
but the outline was there and there was a beautiful six pointed open
bowl, copper ear ornaments and a large, heavy axe head that was
apparently buried with this individual.


The other two sites that we are doing testing on are shell mounds in
the Apalachicola estuary and these are from the time period when the
very earliest evidence of cultivation, not agriculture yet, but
experimentation with cultivating crops of squash takes place in the
eastern United States. So we are hoping that we might be able to get
some food remains from this time period since their shell mounds, it's
clear, that they are eating a lot of shell fish, in this case, fresh water
clams. But the amount of mess that the shell fish leaves compared to
the amount of meat you get is very great. What we're finding is
probably the clams and oysters, when we get to levels with oysters in
them were not the main sta le of the diet. We're finding a lot of fish

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bone, a lot of turtle bone, it's ssible t ey were actually harvesting
fish th aye uponth shelfishbeds, for example, but don't leave
as many remains, maybe just a couple of vertebra or little teeth or
something. And that that was the main staple.
The shell fish were a side dish, you know like noodles or potatoes
would be for us. We will also get, I hope, some indication of plant
remains, and of course another thing w'll be able to get is the
different styles of artifacts and some charcoal accompanying them
that we can send for radio carbon dating. I have a small grant from the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Esturine
Research Program and also a tiny grant from the University of South
Florida, my Collegeof Social Behavioral Sciences. So these institutions,
together, are giving me enough money to, at least bring the crews out
here, have six weeks worth of gasoline for the cars andthe boats, and
so forth, and do a couple of radio carbon dates, so we can at least get
some idea of the ages of these levels that we're digging. So they're
very different kin -of sites.
C: These were the two sites, now the third one is the one you started
this week?
NW: Well both of the two that we're doing in the estuary are shell
mounds so we've finished two weeks of digging at one orfthem, last
week, and then we started the second shell mound and this week this
is the most difficult to get to so I wanted to wait till the students were
well seasoned, alreadycovered withbug bites, and already toughened
up, and indeed they are doing an excellent job. We have to take about
a forty-five minute boat ride and then hike about eight hundred feet
through the cypress swamp and saw grass to get into this shell
mound.... It's an adventure. People ask why we do archeology and
who cares about people who are long dead, but there are many
reasons for doing it.
C: Well there seems to be a strong local interest in it for one thing and
then, of course, these large questions.


NW: Right, that's one of the ultimate goals. If we can look learn how
human beings utilized this land in the past, maybe we can get some
clues about what we're doing today. They say if you forget the past
you're condemned to repeat it. I'm not saying we l learn any lessons
that will actually put into good use but anything is possible.
C: You made the statement about destroying the site when you go
through that process. Did you really mean that literally?....When you
read about it in the paper that the archaeologists are the ones that are
called to save something, particularly if it is a contractor who just
unearthed some kind of thing he doesn't know anything about he'll
have a good sense to stop and say we need some professionals.
NW: Yes, archeology is a very destructive business. .. That's an
excellent question because we're doing both at the same time, we're
destroying the original evidence, the original context, but we're
saving the data. However, in modern science we now have the ethic
of what we call the conservation archeology where we just don't want
to go out and dig because something is ust there, that's just too
destructive. Especially because we've seen how our techniques have
improved over the decades. You know in the 1930s, in the WPA
programs where they hired a lot of people to do archeology all over
the south. They didn't save any animalbones, that's just junk. They
didn't save any charcoal. That's just garbage. They wanted beautiful
pots or beautiful stone tools. Today since we have the invention in the
1950s of radio carbon dating, we are very upset that there is no
charcoal from any of those excavations and had we known we would
have saved it.
C: Was there a museum syndrome operating?
NW: Sure, the Indiana Jones stereotype is not that far off. You want the
beautiful artifact to put into the museum. Now we are beyond that
because we realize we're really asking more important questions
about human behavior. And we're getting gthe bonng stuff, we have
this whole table full of, to the average observer, boring looking junk.
Broken animal bones, a pile of clam shells, and hundreds of pieces of
broken pottery, and chips of stone left from when they were chipping
stone tools. It's garbage. But we are reconstructing the life ways and
we might not be using techniques that people in twenty years will
appreciate. We may be destroying all kinds of evidence by our
ignorance of future techniques. So today with the ethic of conservation
archeology, we only excavate and salvage data if the site is going to
be destroyed anyway, such as in the path of construction, or we just
take a small test like we are doing,
If somebody gave me millions of dollars to excavate every square inch
of one of those shell mounds, I would not do it. I might excavate a
good half, and then leave the other half for future scientists, for the
future techniques they're coming up with: wehave ground penetrating
radar you don't have to dig, we have,CAT-scans(Computerized axial
tomography) all these things where you don't have to cut and
destroy. And of course the archaeological site is a nonrenewable
resource. Once you yank pieces of it away, they are forever lost.


ISLAND CIVIC

CLUB UPDATED

ON FIRE

ENGINE,

MISSILES AND

HURRICANE

PREPAREDNESS

Exclusive to the Chronicle
At the July monthly meeting, the
St. George Island Civic Club, on 15
July 1993, Mason Bean reported
th e "..really big deal... in his
report was the pay-off of the fire
engine 6 years early, generally
credited to continuing volunteer
fundraising efforts mostly through
the annual Chili Cook-Off. The
contract for a second truck has been
signed with Southern Coach
(Ocala), who is fabricating the new
Class A pumper-tanker scheduled
for delivery in about six months.
Rose Drye announced that a letter
concerning the proposed missile
testing from at least four locations,
including Cape San Blas and Elgin
Air Force Base, had been received
(See separate story).
Franklin County Planner Alan
Pierce made a presentation on
hurricane preparedness, including
some updated information on
certain aspects of Hurricane
Andrew, such as the determination
that shutter coverings on windows
seem to play a very important role
in maintaining integrity of house
structures. When unprotected
windows are blown in by debris,
and wind and water damage get
inside the structure, pressure
builds up on the gable system and
roof, forcing the roof off
prematurely. He distributed
checklists of supplies which should
be on hand and a hurricane map. A
discussion was held on the "escape
road" through Eastpoint,
connecting to State 65, and the
expectation that the County would
pave this road within the next two
years. The problems with highway
98 as a route to 65 were identified.


Tn nothr remarks Mr. Piprce 1an


C: You probably wouldn't need to examine the whole anyway if
you're sampling the evidence that you need to postulate your
generalizations...
NW: Yes and no. There are immense numbers of volumes of
archaeological sampling to the point where now every archaeologist
has to have advanced training in statistics. And fancy computer
modeling, I mean you can go nuts on this. However, what we're doing
is very much like detective work. And we a get few material clues and
then we need to piece everything together. Once we pickthem up, off
the ground, the whole context is changed. We can draw the outline
of where the body was, lets say, like they do on the cop shows, in white
chalk, but still that body is gone, so if the finger was crooked in a
particular way we won't know that. What we're doing is like analyzing
your entire life history by studying the contents of your sock drawer
in your dresser only. I have a former student who s become a good
archaeologist in Cleveland, Ohio, she was quoted in Cleveland
Magazine, I was very proud to see lastmonth saying, that here testing
on her site is like trying to piece together a puzzle when you only have
a few pieces and you've lost the cover to the box that has the picture
on it, I thought it'was a wonderful analogy.
NW: The Spanish arrived in Florida in the early 1500s, we don't have
any specific records that they actually made it to the Apalachicola
Valley. We have some evidence that their influence made it. We
certainly know that germs travel fast and of course the first Spaniard
to get off the boat and cough caused more destruction of Indian life


MISSILE

SCOPING


CONTINUES
In using the latest social-political
jargon, "scoping", we distill
fragments from a recent news
release from the Dept. of the Army,
Space and Strategic Defense
Command (USASSDC) in regard
to the "public scoping process for
the Theater Missile Defense
Extended Test Range
Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS). In short, the situation
involving missile launches from
the Gulf of Mexico and flying them
near the western boundary of
Franklin County.
A list of topic-concerns has been
generated as a result of the Army's
public inquiry at various points in
the United States, including the
Continued on page 6


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other applications. He also said
that the heavy road equipment on
the bridge road down Franklin
Boulevard is there because the
Dept. of Transportation is now
maintaining the road.
Treasurer Marilyn Bean made her
report.
Beginning balance in the period 6-
17-93 to 7-15-93 $3,689.75


Income:
Maps
Dues
Expenses:


Interest
Cleaning
Telephone
Ending balance


$2.00
70.00


6.92
$90,00
25.37
$3,653.30

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ANGELA

BOYD

ENGAGEMENT
Norman and Virginia Boyd of
Carrabelle are pleased to announce
the en a cement of their daughter,
Ange a ichelle Boyd to Eric
Wayne Schoelles of Apalachicola.
The groom's familyis Mr. and Mrs.
EldonW. SchoellesandMs. Barbara
Marks, all of Apalachicola.
The wedding will be held at the
home of the ride's parents, at 501
Three Rivers Road in Carrabelle,
at 5:00 PM on July 31, 1993.
Reception will follow the
ceremony.
Miss Boyd's two sisters, Ginger
Martinez of Carrabelle, and
Cynthia Stills of Platteville,
Colorado, will be bridesmaids; Mr.
Schoelles' father will be his best
man.


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indicated that the application for
grant funds to construct the bike ?Miss Boyd is a graduate of Leo
path on St. George Island havebeen ligh School in Tallahassee, an
submitted for review. The County's r.Schoelles is a lifelong reside
application is competing with 42 f Franklin County.



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Editorial and Commentary


RESORT VILLAGE WORKSHOP
ATTRACTS HUNDREDS TO
COUNTY COURTROOM
Dr. Ben Johnson and his staff conducted a first "public workshop"
residents for interested county and the Franklin County Commission
on Tuesday, 20 July 1993. While no formal action was anticipated nor
taken at this two hour and twenty minute meeting, the courtroom
filled with hundreds of St. George Island homeowners and county
taxpayers, mostly over the age of40, according to an observation by
one of the younger speakers, Mr. Ollie Gunn, Jr. The Chronicle is
offering video or audiotapes of this meetingbecause of the timeliness
of the issue, and in a format that would embrace more detail than
these news pages permit. We will, however, provide a more complete
report in subsequent issues, along with developments in the
permitting process in which Dr. Johnson's project must be submitted.
For this first report, we have chosen to depict the major players in the
Resort Village project and issues.









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Tom Adams
"...I'm retired. I bought a home in St. George Plantation in 1978. And, I built
the home with the understanding that Irwas building a home in a low
density area......And, the guarantee that was in (the 1977 Development
Order)...said that ... condominiums and multi-family structures would not
be allowed, except with the permission of the (County) Commissioners.
Now, Dr. Johnson and I have some disagreement as to what that language
means..."
"..Gentlemen, really, whether you understand this or not, we're talking
about buildings the size of this courthouse. ...You're talking about twelve,
right on my property (line),
twelve(buildings) the size of the
courthouse, the height of the
courthouse....I'd like you to consider
for a moment, my reality. ...Here, in
Apalachicola, you wouldbuild twelve
courthouses from here, going on out to
the river, Change the Gibson to
accommodate 275 versus 30 rooms;
run an airstrip down to Battery Park;
run condos along the river and then
fan them out; take all of the area down
at the marina and fill it with canoes,
and powered catamarans; add a ferry
service, bring in a shuttle service on an
airstrip that's gonna run up drugstore;
take your effluent and spray it on John
Gorrie Park. That would be my reality.
That would be your reality."


Rick Oppenheim
"I have known Ben (Johnson) for close
to ten years... I have known him to b
a man of honor, a man of trust, c
caring and vision. He's one of th
smartest guys I know. And, mone
isn't that important to him. What'
important to him is fulfilling a sense c
need that he may have, He's a
ambitious person, but he does not hui
people, and I've never known him t
hurt the land..."


Ben Johnson
" There has been a lot of confusion,
and often, perhaps unintentionally,
misinformation is being floated
about...I'm hoping that this will be an
opportunity to explain what we're
doing and answer your questions...
Please understand that this is just a
first start of a lengthy process... I have
been living in Northwest Florida most
of my adult life...I love the island, and
the more I know about the rest of the
county, the more I'm intrigued with
and find very special... I've been. a
property owner in the county since
1981...About three or four years ago, I
became very interested in the
possibility of building a resort on St.
George Island. I noticed that while it
was incredibly beautiful, there were
very few things to do...and it did not
give complete vacation opportunity
for people, so, as a businessman, I
thought there was an opportunity
there. That, if we could offer more
recreational amenities, more things to
do, a more complete package,
combined with the incredible
environment here, I felt there was a
good opportunity..."

Robert L, "Bobby"
Howell
"...I spent 27 years of my life serving
the citizens of Franklin County...and
I've heard every argument conceived
ofondevelopment....Dr.Johnsondoes
not want to destroy St. George Island.
In my heart I believe that. But, in this
courtroom, there's two murders.
There's murder in the first degree and
there's manslaughter, and the only
difference is intent... I know this
entleman has outstanding intentions.
ut, I cringed a little at my good friend
Steve Leitman... But, he mentioned
Nick's Hole twice and he didn't
mention the important thing that I
know damn good and well he knows.
Dr. Robert J. Livingston proved that
Nick's Hole was the most prolific,
outstanding estuary and nursery for
the gulf coast, and I'm amazed Steve,
whyyou didn't point that out, my
friend. "
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Vol.2, No.14


26 July 1993


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
(Captain Ernie)............Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
.......... Rene Topping
...........Brian Goercke
......... Alan Chase
............Ann Morgan
.......... Janyce Loughridge
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
...........Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Staff ..............
George Malone.....Apalachicola, Eastpoint (653-9566)
Chris Chrismon.....St. George Island (927-2908)
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Maxwell Stemple
Computer Systems and
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Maxwell Stemple
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
Susan and Mike Cates St. George Island
Pat Morrison St. Georgc Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.................Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins............Eastpoint

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Steve Leitman
"...There are two principle decisions
which are being faced bythe County
Commission. ()...whether to allow
a mixture of commercial, multi-
family, single-familyresidential uses
or to allow commercial and single-
family on the property, and (2)
whether the County supports the
phasingin(of) anoperationofa waste
water treatment (system) for the
development."


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Morris Palmer


"...Basically, we spent the entire first
year on projects that might be feasible...
One thing we wanted to do before we
presented the overall proposal was to
actually have a presence here in
Franklin County; to actually to have
done some work. So, for the last year,
...I've been doing a development called
the Bluffs at St. George... It's got brick
streets, nature trails and ten single
family homes. Basically, it gave me a
chance to get to Fran in County, a
little more about the area and to begin
to present a project..."


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Steve Leitman
(Quincy, Florida)
Environmentalist
"...I accepted an offer to assist in the
planning and designing of the St.
eorge Island ResortVillage. This was
a challenging and provocative offer to
me... My professional career has been
working with protecting the natural
environment and a lot of times
opposing such type developments.
And, a large part of my decision to,
assist Ben Johnson was based on the
fact that the question of St. George
Island Resort Village was not one of
whether the parcel would be
developed but How (it would be
developed)... My role in this
development protect has been to
provide guidance and advice to Dr.
Johnson withregard to both its effects
on the Apalachicola Estuary and St.
George Island and with designing a
process which allows people with an
interest in the effects, to have better
access to the design and the decision-
making process..


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

VIDEO or AUDIO tapes of the

Tuesday, 20 July 1993, Franklin County Courthouse
Tuesday, 20 July 1993, Franklin County Courthouse


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comments and critiques in a two hour videotape or
audiotape, now available through the Franklin County
Chronicle. Slightly edited from a 2.3 hour presentation to
a two hour cassette covering all issues and spokespersons,
the best way to keep yourself informed on Franklin
County's next major development.

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Oyster Workshop
from page 1
You may want to c6nffirm that with
Donny Wilson, he is the President
of the Seafood Dealers, I
understand... They also support
decreasing the size limit... They
say they re having difficulty
marketing our product because of
the size. They say they can get
smaller Texas oysters, for the half-
shell trade, that's what people
want....They make more money.
We (Seafood Workers Assn)
haven't really addressed it. My
understanding from the Dealers
Association...Idon't have that first-
hand... is that they do support the
20 bag limit and they do support
extending the work week to 7
days."
Mark Berrigan: "I think that would
be a reversal..."
Monica: "Yeah. ...We're trying to
have a cooperative spirit...some
kind of common ground. We can't
agree on all issues and we never
will....We said to them, peopleneed
to work. What can we do? They
said, well, you need to assure us
that we have a supply of fresh
products..."
Ms. Lemieux expressed the view
that if the Mississippi continues to
flood, at some point, all the silt and
contaminents will force closure of
oyster beds in Louisiana,
Mississippi and other areas,
thereby enhancing markets for
Apalachicola Oysters. "Talked
with Tom Harrington of the FDA
the other day and they are
anticipating massive closures. "We
don't like their misfortune but...itis
an issue of fact and we want to
keep oysters on the market."
Ms. Lemieux: "We would like to
see a mechanism in,the rule to
allow the Dept. to extend the winter
harvesting areas if the oyster beds
will sustain... Thisyearwe had lots
and-lots of oysters still left on the
winter bars when the summer bars
opened. Now, the summer bars are
pretty much depleted. And, we still
have a ways to go."
Bill Tehan: "Are you afraid that
raising the bag limit might lower
the price per bag?
Ms. Lemieux: "There's the concern
but the market dictates the price.
What we're seeing is that our
market is slowly being taken away
-from us by Texas and Louisiana
because we are limited in the
number and we're limited in the
size and we're limited in the days,
and they don't have the limits that
we have... Of course, they have
much more area, and they have
leases...We pretty much feel that
the market is going to dictate the
price, and it's already low. $8 a
bag..."
Mark Stratton: "My feeling about
raising the bag limit...I think it
shouldberaisedto20bags,because
if we actually can have the sales for
them... If you can sell them, you
ought to be able to bring them in."

. "We're making as much now no
more in four days...as we were
in one-half a day two months ago.
That is for $12 a bag to $8 a bag and
$5 a bag for culls. Now the $5 a bag
has gone to shuckin... I think the
dealers are just ... undercutting to
try to sell the oysters, and I don't
know what kind of profit margin
they're supposed to allow but
we ve took a lot of cuts in the last
couple of years. Too many....Seven
days a week, in my opinion,isn't
gonna benefit us...'
"...The group of people that you
see here tonight are at most of the
meetings. And, it seems to be for a
fruitless effort. I don't know why


nothing gets done. Everytime we
want to do something, and we get
a group of people together to go to
do it, they squash you like
bugs...after a period of time, it's
hard to stand up and fight for...not
much..."
The only seafood dealer present,
Don Wilson, P1resident of the
Seafood Dealers Association,
reported that a recent meeting
among seafood dealers indicated
some support for raising the bag
limit. He had no comment on the
issue of increasing the number of
days to seven.
Mark Berrigan (DEP) suggested
there might be an advantage to
having some provision in a new
rule which would enable a
declaration of increasing the
number of days to seven for
emergency or economic reasons.
Ms. Lemieux did not think there
would be any objection of such
flexibility by the DEP built into a
new rule.
Mark Berrigan, DEP, pointed out
that the Marine Patrol would have
to be consulted if there were a
change in the rule allowing for
oystering seven days a week. The
workshop organizers expressed
the view that the Marine Fisheries
Commission was supportive of the
20 bag limit.
Bobby Thompson: "...I personally
don't want to see it seven days a
week...It'sno good to openit seven
days a week. The market couldn't
handle it. The sales aren't out there
for seven days a week. ...Another
reason the Bay is as good as it is,is
because of monitoring stations. I
think overall, the whole quality of
the oyster is better.......The check
stations are one of the best thing,
that ever happened to this Bay. Ja-
like to see them back."...If you
opened up the summer bars for
seven days, it would not last
another month."

A suggestion was advanced that
the winter bars be opened up one
month earlier, but Mark Berrigan
said thatDEP was still not disposed
to an earlier time. He said, "...In
some cases, when we have a pretty
good idea of what's there, then we
could adjust management
practices.... If our monitoring in
September showed that in mid-
September...that the oysters were
plentiful and in good condition,
that's possible. I think that'sone of
the things we would not support.
We mihnit support extending the
season into July......Those oysters
on Cat Point are just not ready in
September. You're talking 7%
below three inches. That's just not
good. On the other end of it, you're
talking a high percentage of oysters
that are above range, that may or
may not be harvested, and may
not make it to September. That's
one management decision, and one
that we could line up with a lot
sooner than we could the other
one."...


Billy Dalton expressed the concern
that higher bag limits and seven
day harvesting would drive prices
down. "...The rest of us are just
gonna have to sell out and move.
We can't afford to go with $3 and
$5 a bag."
The Marine Fisheries Commission
will be meeting in Jacksonville, 4-
6 August 1993, at the Embassy
Suites Hotel, 9300 Baymeadows
Road. Oyster policy review will be
on the agenda Wednesday, 4
August and public testimony is
invited.


Holmes
MidTeb 60hfnerso(904) 653-8878

Middibrooks Funeral-Come (904) 670-8670
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This fall, Mr. Wayne Childers is Scheduled to speak at the
Apalachicola Area Historical Society on this subject. To join
the society, contact Bill Greer, Eastpoint

I think four guys survived and it tells you about the trials and
tribulations, interestingly enough as they approach each village on
their trip they often find that the village has already been burned
ahead of thembecause news travels fast or they find that everybody's
sick because the germs travel faster than the Spaniards. But they
weren't too pleasant, I mean they took the food away from the people
and they would gather some captives and hostages to go to the next
village. But then they did record the wild life, they recorded some of
the life ways of the Indians. So we do use that as definite graphic data
to help us interpret the archaeological records.
C: Have they identified the site of [Columbus'] landings? Have they
used your techniques?
NW LIam not a good historical archaeologist but I can certainly
commentonthat. Andhistorical archeology is very interestingbecause
you get to compare what they wrote down and what they actually
did, which, as you know, is often two totally different things. You also
have to see who wrote history, you know. Wealthy people, literate
people, white, males, those are the ones that wrote history. One of the
best archaeologists in the country is an historic archaeologist in our
state, Cathy Deaan, who is at the Florida State Museums and
Unirily of Florida.' She is researching that question of where did
Co0l his' land. And she had a really neat article in National
Gedg IaphieOt tofo long ago: There's been a lot of dispute between .
geographers and archaeologists and historians and all kinds of other
folks. But she seems to have a sight on the Caribbean that has artifacts
from the right time period and again its got to be chancy. Unless you
get some little artifact that says 'Christopher was here 1492' that is
what constitutes proof. But we look for artifacts that are horizon
markers that were only made during a certain period of time, you
know, 1400 and something. You have to combine that with the record
in the ground; So she's got some pretty good evidence to suggest that
if this wasn't the first landing of Columbus, it was certainly an early
one. And the more we research, again, as a tool, that we often borrow
from the other sciences, get more and more sophisticated who knows
what we may be able to tell.
NW: Archaeology is done by few practitioners who are specialists in
a very obscure science. And we re not saving lives, in fact all the
peolewe studyare, for the most part, are already dead. Many people
see that we do not do something of practical value, although you can
see how our work would have practical applications if we find out
useful things. Anyway, what I'm getting at is, it is very hard to get
funding. Very hard. The competition is very difficult. So, one reason



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that studyingde Soto is"hot", is thatit'sa topic that is more than likely
to be financed lately by the park service, by other agencies, for many
reasons. We having the anniversaries of our own republic, we're
having the 450th anniversary of De Soto landing. In 1992 we're
havingColumbus' anniversary, all these anniversaries, and Americans
and other people like to memorialize historic events, especially the
ones done by their ancestors. That's one reason why we're getting the
money. It's not becaur the American Indian movement has fought
hard to get money to Otudy the consequences of these greedy old
white guys showing i their shores. Everything is political. If you
read National Geogra this month, they're studying the Mores in
Spain, that was anothL, reason for 1492 to be important.
So it is difficult to get funded, however, there are also rages within
archeology as a science. People are realizing that for many reasons
lots of stuff is preserved in them. In the acid soils of Florida, for
example, that basic Calcium Carbonate of the shell preserves more
animal bone than you would get. And there are many hypotheses,
especially on the coast of Peru, that civilization was begun, not on a
farming foundation, but on a shellfish collecting foundation, and, so
you do-have topics that are more the rage.
Of course it's also personalities. Many of the best scientists are not
necessarily the best speakers, or communicators, so a lot of the times
their work goes on in some obscure place while the ones you can
stand up and givea well received talk, because they have a good stage
presence, maybe doing mediocre work, but getting them the press
coverage, the media notice. Which is alright. The way I look at it, the
more public attention that archeology gets, the more public opinion
will help support it.
Scientistsjustlearningabout the past, and learning aboutthe successes
and failures, like University of South Florida s Fred Williams is
compiling a book on the two practical consequences of practical
applications of archeology. There are more than you would think.
Learning about old ways of doing things that are much better than


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Nancy White Interview from page 2
ways than he ever ever imagined. Because the native Amierican had
no resistance to European diseases so even a cold, even a common
cold, or flu, could wipe out 90% of a village. And the germs travelled
faster than the people do.
C: With that generalization, is it possible to work backwards to simply
tell us how a series of tests or excavations, so forth can lead you to...
NW: It's pretty easy to demonstrate in the archaeological record, we
find early contact populations with lots of burials of adults about the
same age. It's seldom you'd get a group dying like that just out of the
clear blue sky unless there's disease or war. Some times you'll see
they have sword cuts on them, they're doing that in the Tampa Bay
area. And we can tell the time period not only by the radio carbon
dating but from the fact that you have all the aboriginal artifacts plus
a couple of Spanish beads or a couple of pieces of Spanish iron,
something like that. By the time you get to the Apalachicola Valley, as
I said we have no record of contact, per se we do have a couple of
mounds in which the traditional late prehistoric.... are accompanied
by a couple of those Spanish beads and pieces of iron. In other words
it's historic time but the actual writings of history haven't made it this
far yet. We've got records of different groups that are said to have
inhabited the valley. The Spanish did set up a couple of missions
which are poorly understood in the top the Apalachicola Valley, on
the Chattahoochi River. I believe the evidence of them is now drown
under Lake Seminole for the most part or plowed away but that's a
good research topic for students to investigate, mission period sites
m the Apalachicola Valley and I've got a lot of data. You know there
are only so many questions you can research at one time.
C: What about the Spanish and the people who wrote and made
records and so on, are these of any use to you in your work.
NW: Sure, they tell what the native groups were doing. But of course,
remember the Spanish have their biases too and you know the
European groups that first came to the New World had their own
motivations, gold or souls and once their church decided they were
indeed human then they had all of these customers, I mean you knew
they had to decide that way, because otherwise they'd lose out on this
big deal. But their motivations of course collated their writings with
them.
The records European expeditions are marvelous literature. One of
my favorites is the record of Cabaso de Vaca, Mr. Cow's Head, who
chronicled the expedition of Pompilo de Navriez who landed in
South Florida and made his way around.


The old Buckeye Mill Site
"This is an old mill site that has been out of operation for at least 10 years. At
this time, Mr. Bob Allen is proposing to conduct a seafood by-catch compost
operation at this site. However, several problems dealing with the ownership
of the property and the pine bark (chips) still need to be resolved before the
DER permitting process can begin.
Mr. Bob Allen has for several months (with a consent order from DER),
operated a seafood by-catch compost operation at the site. However, for a
number of reasons, problems were encountered while conducting the
operation which resulted in a number of complaints about odor and a law suit
barring further operations at the site by local residents."
"PRO's include:
- pine chips are on site
- all weather road access to site for trucks
- concrete receiving and mixing pad
- the area is fenced-
- there is a truck scale nearby
CON's include:
- site is near residential homes
- residential development in area is pending
- residents living near the Mill are opposed to the site being used for
composting because of the odor problem caused during an earlier
effort to compost the seafood by-catch
- as a result of the above three con's, should Planning & Zoning require a
setback (?)
- tree limbs and trunks mixed in with the pine chips need to be ground up or
removed
- assorted other "junk" was observed mixed in with the pine chips such as
metal "I' beams which need to be removed
- prior attempts to compost at the site failed for a variety of reasons i.e.
impropermixingof compost, poor windrowconstruction, dumping
of by-catch at night when no one was available to cover or mix the
by-catch with chips
- questions about possible ground water contamination (?)
- local residents get their drinking water from wells
- the amount of up front money that will be required to prepare the site to
meet DER guidelines (?)
- zoning (?)
- questions dealing with quality control for compost production, what will
the compost be used for, if it is for saFe to te public, will it meet
DER requirements for organic content, particle size and code
for heavy metal concentration (?)"
Continued on page 5


MARILYN BEAN
NAMED TO
TOP 21


some of the modern ways... And it's not just that, and it's not just
technology, but things we can use as policy making.
C: Now, have your students had much preparation?
NW: We've spent a couple days on campus, before we came, showing
slides of the area and all the poison ivy, snakes and everything.
interviewed each one personally for about an hour to explain how
truly awful it is and if they still wanted to go, and if they looked good
to me, I don't take everybody who applies, because it is such an
intense experience that when they get finished digging all day, two
people every other day have to be cooks. We have to take turns
cleaning the field quarters, which, this year (1988) the City of
Apalachicola has so graciously loaned us. Then we also have to do lab
work, such as this, at night and on the weekends, plus they have to
read their text books and get oral quizzes on them, and they all hand
in their class notes this morning. I have to give them a grade, and give
them back, and give them again next week so it's really intense.
There's not supposed to be any time left to have any fun, but we do
manage to do that anyways.
C: What kinds of problems do you encounter when you bring that
many people into the field?
NW: Well we can never get everything done, there's so much to do.
That's one problem. I try to get a group tat will all get along. This year
they're getting along famously, they're just wonderful. But
sometimes they don't. And when you live in a remote situation, it's
even worse when we're camping out in tents, and there's no hot
water and the conditions are even crummier. People get edgy and
they get unhappy and there all itching to death, because everything
that could possibly bite them has bit them, and there's wall to wall
poison ivy out there too. Although where we're going on Wednesday
it's not so bad. And this year, for some reason, I don't know if it's the
draught, or what, the mosquitoes aren't quite as bad. Yellow flies are
biting, just like they're supposed to, but we have all these sprays.
There are minor disagreements like, every two days, two different
people are responsible for cooking and shopping. This group has
been pretty good. Also, the cooks for the evening are also responsible
for packing lunch coolers. So if they forget the mustard, Oh Boy. You
learn to adapt. And what they are also gaining, b sides archeology
field and labs techniques, they're also gaining a lot of flexibility in
their outlook for life. Do you know how many people have had
sandwiches without mustard? Lastyear we had an argumentbetween
the white bread faction and the wheat bread faction.... But any group
like this, I often feel like a den mother, I have to make sure they clean
the field house, take the garbage out, we finally figured out when the
city collects garbage so we finally got our horrible garbage out there.
Then somebody make friends with the local dogs, the local dogs come
up here and they pet the dogs, but I didn't mind that until the dogs
started ripping into our soil samples and scattering them all over. So
now we have this dog gate made out of this extra cot that nobody is
using. Except somebody forgot to tie it one day so the dogs came up
one day and destroyed two more soil samples. So, there're problems,
we face boat break downs, truck break downs, I never get new
equipment, I wouldn't want brand new equipment, because we'd
beat it up.

Publishers Note: Dr. White and "crew" are due back sometime
this fall for more work in the Apalachicola River Valley.



COUNTY BOARD

VOTES TO




COMPOST

DEMONSTRATION

AT LANDFILL

Following the presentation of a report onscallopby-catch compostby
Bill Mahan, Franklin County Extension Director, at last Tuesday's
County Commission meeting, 20 July 1993, .the Board voted to
establish a compost project at the landfill.
Mahan's report stated that he visited three proposed seafood by-
catch compost sites, including the- old Buckeye Mill Industrial site,
property owned by M Sam Neel and the Franklin County landfill.
The report, excerpted below, reviewed each of the sites.


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July. Day sessions begin at 2 p.m.
and last one hour,. Evening
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APALACHICOLA

PLANNING

AND ZONING

BOARD

By George H. Malone
The July meeting of the
ApalachicolaPlanning and Zoning
Board got underway at 6:00 p.m.,
Monday, 12 July, having been
delayed by the recent holiday.
Present were Chairman Paul
Standish, Martha Pearl Ward,
GeorgeWood, Wallace Hide, Laura
Macy and the Rev. Thomas Banks.
Having disposed of the previous
minutes, the first items on the
agenda were three applications for
building permits from Mr. & Mrs.
David Weiler of 29 8th Street. In
his presentation to the board Mr.
Weiler explained that there were
three steps in their plans, requiring
three separate permits: (1) The
disassembling of an historic old
house (c. 1870), presently located
across the street from their current
residence, down to its original 19th
century core; (2) The moving of
this core house across the street to
their present property, completely
refinishing it, with the addition of
a bathroom, and turning it into
their guesthouse; and (3) Building
a brand new home for themselves
on the lot left vacantby the removal
of the old house. After a brief
discussion as to the nature of the
guesthouse, a motion to approve
all three permits was entertained,
seconded and passed.
On the next item, a permit for Billy
and Barbara Rippy to build an open
storage shed on their property, it
was decided by the chair that since
a set-back variance was involved
the board did not have the
authority to approve the permit
before the variance was settled,
either by an application to the
Board of Adjustments or a change


by the Rippys. The matter was
tabled.
The next item on the agenda was a
permit for Charles Chapin to deck
on the back of his building on
Commerce Street (the old post
office). Bill Barnes made the
presentation to the board and
assured them that they had gofie-
to an engineer to have the plans
drawn up to be certain that the
addition was structurally sound.
He explained that Mr. Chapin has
his painting studio on the second
floor and wants a place to walk out
on (presently there is only a
staircase). He further stated that
Mr. Chapin has recently bought
the properties on either side of his
building. This permit was
approved.
Mr. Chapin then had a second
permit before the board to
construct an awning on the front of
his building which would copy
the original one on the building, as
evidenced by a photograph from
the last century. Following the
original design the awning would
be supportedon its front edge by
posts on the other side of the
sidewalk, i.e., the posts would be
on public property. Board member
Wallace Hill said that he had no
objection to the addition of an
awing on the building, but that he
couldn't agree to let the supports
rest on public property. Chairman
Standish then informed Mr. Barnes
and Mr. Chapin, who was also
present, that this question of
awning supports on the sidewalk
had previously been brought
before the city commission (which
would have to approve such a
thing) and that the commissioners
had expressed their lack of support
for it. And thus he thought that
applying to the commission would
be of no avail. Mr. Barnes then
requested that their request be
tabled until they could decide just
what to do.
The chairman presented a building
permit for Tim and Debbie
Poloronis, who were out of town,
to build a new home on 13th Street.
After a brief discussion the permit
was approved.


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and skims out over the water, as
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MARITIME

MUSEUM

ANNOUNCES

SUMMER


Back in November of 1992, the
Dog Islanders group known as
the "Dockers" had made
applications, and on 10 November
received approval of the Franklin
County Planning and Zoning.
However, there were conflicting
views between the Dockers and
the Dog Island Yacht Club about
the construction of the docks and
Pearce asked the board to table
the matter until there was more
information. When the Dockers
heard word of the rapidly
approaching deadline of I July,
they requested the special meeting
to gain Franklin County
Commission approval.
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The Dockers is a loosely formed
group of Islanders who have
contributed to the dock project.
Their attorney Ralph Haben, who
said he was working pro bono
stated that he had no interest in
acquiring use of the docks, but
did not believe that this project
should everbecome a DRI. 'Under
present laws the project will still
have to go through all of the state
permitting process. He also said
that the thirty docks would not
add to the amount of boat traffic,
but represented the need for docks
,when all the Islanders had their
boats in the nearby waters. There
would be no commercial activity
such as selling fuel.


SCHEDULE Larry Huntsman appeared for the
SCHEDULE Dog Island Yacht Club and drew
laughter from the audience when
F T he said that, "I feel like a Christian
F R T HE invited into the Coliseum,"
G OVO referring to the larger amount of
GOVERN R VDockers present. Huntsman
made his appeal on the
ST O N E environmental grounds that the
boats could cause more pollution
in the harbor. He began to read
,3 Beginnjng the weekend of 15-17 fromm a stack of paperwork relating
Ju y, the Governor Stone was to some of the issues.
schedu~edto sail twdoFihour CommissionerMosconis toldhitrn
excursions from the Rainbow Inn that what the board was
in Apalachicola and to continue considering was permission to
this schedule Thursdays and begin the permitting process
Saturday for the remainder of the before the date on which it would
summer. Each excursion would automatically become a DRI.
begin at 1:00 P.M., 4:00 P. M. and
7:00 P. M. (sunset cruise)from the Huntsman was supported by one
piers at the Rainbow. Sustaining other Islander who said "There is
MembersoftheMaritimeMuseum need for docks on Dog Island. I
ride free; children under 12 sail at would argue with their numbers
half price. Adult prices are $20, per veryvstronglv, and wentontostate
person. Funds generated from thai he felt that by doubling the
these fees, in part, and other amount of docks here wou d be
sources, will provide an important serious concerns such as
match for a historical preservation pollution."
grant.


The Governor Stone was built in
1877 in Pascagoula, Mississippi
and named for John Marsha-ll
Stone, the first elected Governor of
the State of Mississippi after the
War Between the States. The vessel
is now a National Historical
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Commissioner Tom Saunders told
Huntsman that he appreciated
him bringing to the board the
considerations that the various
state agencies would have, but
again reiterated that the permit
would go to all those agencies for
approval. Haben pointed out that
the permit would still have to go
to te Governor and Cabinet for
their approval.


Other Islanders expressed the
view that there would be no more
boats, the docks would be
available to the local fishing
industry, and that the group
would also fix the ferry dock and
carry adequate insurance.

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Mr. Mahan reminded Commissioners that certain department of
Environmental Regulation rules had to be met for the Buckeye site
including the grading of the site for proper drainage; installation of
leachate control (liner); installation of a storm water management
system; fire protection; order control devices; site attendants and
communication devices; the need for a backup disposal site; additional
monitoring wells; undefined engineering studies and approval of the
Water Management District, among several items.


COUNTY P and

Z PUTS OFF

COMPOST

ISSUE
The 13 July 1993 meeting of the
Franklin County Planning and
Zoning Committee met at the
Courthouse and heard arguments
regarding the use of the industrial
zone off river Road, Carrabelle,
for a composting site. Some
members were puzzled about why
the issue was returned to them by
Lhe Franklin County Board of
Commissioners from their earlier
meeting on 6 July 1993.
Previously,in June, P and Z
advisory board had decided that
the industrial site was not suitable
nor zoned for a composting project.
Mr. Bob Allen presented the P and
Z board with letter advising them
that, in his opinion, "the use of the
property as a Class I land fill
(composting) is consistent with the
comprehensive plan which
designates the property as
industrial."
His letter further alleges that
"underlying political motives"
were somehow connected with the


Board's decision to deny the land
use of the property for composting.
He cited in his letter, "The planning
and zoning board thus should
concern itself only with whether
or not the intended use of the
property is consistent with the
comprehensive plan and not with
various underlying political
motives. It is well established that
denial of the right to use property
in a manner consistent with the
comprehensive growth plan soley
by reason of political motives is
tantamount to a taking of property
thus obligating the county to pay
the land owner damages.'
The P and Z board, advisor to the
Board of Franklin County
Commissioners, voted to table the
action entirely, awaiting expert
advice from the County's new
Extension Agent, Bill Mahon.
Mr. Allen's letter filed with the
Board, continued, "As you are also
aware, I am presently involved in
litigation with Dolores Pogrebniak.
She and I have agreed to a
stipulated order which merely
prohibits the taking of assets on or
off of the property until such
further order. This order, as I am
sure your able counsel has
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The final item on the agenda was a
building permit for Malcolm and
Marilyn Nichols for a porch to be
added to their house at 68 9th
Street. When for the second time
that evening it was discovered that
a set-back variance was involved,
the chairman again tabled the
application. After a delay, during
which some minor board business
was disposed of by the chair, Mr.
Nichols came forward again and
told the board that he would not
seek a variance but would instead
change the dimensions of the
proposed porch to conform to the
set-back rules. With this agreed-
upon amendment, the permit was
approved and the meeting
adjourned.


THIRTY NEW
DOCKS FOR
DOG ISLAND
by Rene Topping
Dog Island boaters can look
forward to thirty new docks for
their use on Dog Island in the
near future, following a favorable
decision made at the special
meeting of the Franklin County
Commission on 22 June. County
Planner Alan Peirce explained to
the commissioners that as of 1
July, any developmentof a marina
after that date would fall under
the Coastal Barrier Resource Act
(CBRA) and would be classified
as a Development of Regional
Impact (DRI) with resultant high
expenses to get it permitted, such
as those experienced by
Greenpointand Sikes Cutprojects.


Compost from page 4
Sam Neel Property
Due to the problems encountered at the Mill site, Mr. Sam Neel has offered
to donate his land to be used as a compost site. This area in the past has been
used for the dumping of scallop shell, viscera and by-catch. The site I visited
was forested and the dump site was a small area (approximately 150 x 50
yards) in which the trees had been cleared or had not been growing. To the
best of my knowledge, no one has filed an odor complaint concerning the
dumping.
"PRO's include:
- remote site i.e. no residential units
- zoned agriculture, P&Z feels that this zoning is appropriate for a compost
operation
CON's include:
- land would need to be cleared for compost operation
- wood chips, saw dust' shredded yard trimming or some other carbon source
would need to be brought to the site
- questions dealing with quality control for compost production, what will
the compost be used for, if it is for sale to the public, will it meet DER
requirements for organic content, particle size and code for heavy
metal concentration (?)
who is going to put up the money required for the operation (?)"
Franklin County Landfill
"PRO's include:
the site appears to meet all of DER's requirements for the production of
compost
the site is surrounded by monitoring wells that could be used to determine
if ground water contamination is an actual problem associated with
a seafood by-catch compost operation, this currently is a BIG
question
the site is isolated from residential units
to conduct a demonstration compost project at the site, it appears that the
DER permit fees could be waived
CON's include:
the site would require additional sources of carbon, i.e. wood chips,
sawdust, shredded yard trimmings and/or shredded newspaper ..
if the Commission decides to approve a demonstration project on site (in
lieu of a "full permit"), it willbe limited to less than 3,000 cubic yards
of compost
a demonstration project, at best, would be a short-term solution to the
problem
concern about filling the landfill with fish by-catch from around the Gulf
concern about tearing the liner during the compost operation"
"Another point to consider is that although the current problem appears to
be scallop by-catch, the other seafood processing waste streams should be
considered.
Assemble a County task force of private citizens, seafood processors,
County, State and Federafgovernment representatives to meet and
make recommendations to the Board.
Break down the seafood processing waste stream and find a solutions) for
each component. or example, waste that is cooked prior to entering
the waste stream such as crab and scallop could be dumped at sea,
buried, ensiled for feeds or composted. Waste that is not cooked
such as shrimpheads, mackerelracks and by-catch couldbedumped
at sea, buried, ensiled for feeds, composted or used to produce
liquid fish fertilizer.
Support private individuals in operating commercial seafood residue
compost operations.
Operate a full scale compost facility at the County landfill.
Conduct a compost demonstration project at the County landfill to show
that such an operation can be run with little to no odor problem and
then turn it over to private individuals or, continue a small scale
operation at the landfill.
Let the seafood industry solve its own problem.
Support industry in developing their own compost operation.
Work with the seafood industry to reduce the amount of bycatch and mud
that they generate.
Ship the processing residue out of the County.
Finally, whatever the Board decides to do, I recommend that there be a
backup plan in place just in case the primary plan does not work out."

llfH ,.f report,. Mr. Bob Allen raise the
question about his own sited the,'
old Buckeye industrial mill An
attempted to point out the
advantages of having two sites
serving Apalachicola and
Carrabelle. Commissioners andc
,-- Alan Pierce pointed out that the
County P and Z had already
recommended that composting
wasn't anaapproved activityunder
the zoning requirements at that
site, and that the Board had tabled
any further action on the matter
until hearing from experts such as
Mahan. Mr.llen insisted thatthe
Board of County Commissioners
could determine whether
comrnposting activity could be
performed at the industrial site,
but County Attorney advised
Commissioners that ordnances
required a review by the Planning
Bob Allen and Zoning Board first. "
Commissioner Putnal moved that Mr. Allen work with River Road
residents to proceed to make an application for a permit and the
motion was approved, but Mr. Allen could perform those actions
anyway, without County approval or review.


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


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Franklin County Attorney Legal Services of North Floridr
Al Shuler Kristina Knab
s. 253.68, Fla. Stat. This portion of the statute is referred to herein as the
"county veto provision."
"While the Trustees hold the title to submerged lands in trust for the citizens
of the state of Florida, the Florida Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
has jurisdiction over water bottoms ofthe State. s. 370.03(2), Fla. Stat. Section
370.16 provides that qualified applicants who wish to lease oyster or clam
beds from the state must apply to the DNR, Division of Marine Resources.
That division may execute leases when the statutory conditions are met. No
provision for a county veto is contained in this section."
"The original defendants were the governor and cabinet, as the Trustees, the
DNR, the Board of Franklin County Commissioners, Franklin County, DLES,
and the two private training entities, Florida(Panhandle) Private Industry
Council and Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute."
"As a result of a series of partial voluntary dismissals and settlement
agreements, David Jones. and Joe Square are the remaining petitioners and
Franklin County is the sole remaining respondent."
"Petitioners seek summary judgment on the grounds that: 1) Section 253.68,
Florida Statutes, specifically the county veto provision, is an unlawful
delegation of legislative power, under Article II, section 3 of the Florida
Constitution, and therefore the county's objection is invalid; and 2) the
county is stopped from objecting to the lease applications because it declared
Franklin Countya disaster area and agreed to support theretraining program."
"Respondent also seeks summary judgment, claiming that Franklin County
is not stopped from objecting applications, and that Section 370.16(9),
Florida Statutes prohibit oyster leases in Franklin County, with the limited
exception -)f leases sought under Section 253.68, Florida Statutes. The County
. argues .he county veto provision is within the Legislature's power to
limit the exception to the otherwise complete ban on Franklin County oyster
leases, as set forth in Section 370.16(9), Florida Statutes."
Estoppel
Equitable estoppel does not afford relief to the petitioners in this case. All
elements of estoppel must be specifically alleged and Proved before estoppel
is permitted as a basis for relief against a government body...
"Although the amended petition does allege that assurances were made to
the petitioners and state officials by the Chairman of the County Commission,
the only specific representation by the county in this case is the Statement of
Emergency signed by the then-Chairman of the Board of County
Commissioners. The Statement provides that the county concurs with the
implementation of the Jobs Training Partnership Act project to train oystermen
in aquaculture, but it states nothing in terms of any actions to be taken by the
Board or theBoard's intentions regarding objections to any lease applications.
The Statement is not addressed to the Plaintiffs or anyone else in particular,
but was made as a result of a request by the Florida Panhandle(Private
Industry Council) company, and was made a part of the contract between the
DLES and Florida Panhandle. The County was not a party to that contract. No
other allegations regarding oral statements by County Commissioners or
any actions or omissions which would justify any relianceby Petitioners have
been made. The allegation that the County intended to benefit economically
from the training program does not support a finding that the county is
equitably stopped from denying Petitioner' lease applications."

Constitutionality of the statute
"In deference to legislative authority, constitutional challenges to the validity
of statutes may only be considered when such a decision is necessary for the
disposition of the case... Courts will not pass upon a constitutional issue if
the case can be decided on other grounds... However, because the equitable
estoppel argument must fail, the court must address the constitutional issue

"Petitioners challenge the validity of Section 253.68, Florida Statutes, alleging
that the statute gives the County Commission unrestricted veto power over
lease applications, and this veto power was used in this case to block any
action on the applications bythe DNR and the Trustees. Petitioners claim that
the lack of standards regarding the veto creates an unlawful delegation of
legislative power."
"The county contends that Section 253.68 is analogous to a contingent law
which takes effect only upon the exercise of a local option via referendum or
action by the local governing body. The county refers to several cases where
contingent laws have been upheld..."
"It is clear that the legislative rationale for the county veto provision in
connection with oyster leases was to infuse local decision-making input into
the leasing of environmentally sensitive water bottoms contiguous to the
various coastal counties. This is especially true in Franklin County where the
ban on oyster leases was previously absolute. In Ex Parte Lewis, 101 Fla. 609,
135 So. 147 (1931), the court recognize that a limitation on the closure of the
season, set procedures for adoption and promulgation of the county's
resolution, and a ban on repeal of the resolution were sufficient guidelines
and limitations on the counties' discretion in implementing local fresh-water
fishing seasons. The statute under consideration here directs that a county
objection to a lease application be adopted by a majority of the county
commission and filed within 30 days of the publication of notice. Considering
that this county veto provision was promulgated as an exception to the total
ban on oyster leases in Franklin County extant in the previous statute [s.
370.16(9), Fla. Stat. (1987)], these limited guidelines are sufficient to pass
constitutional muster."
"Moreover, the county's argument that Section 253.68 is not severable is well
taken. Clearly, the challenged portion of Section 253.6B cannot be removed
without completely changing the meaning of that statute. See Schmitt v.
State, 590 So.2d 404 (Fla. 1991). In addition, the legislative purpose of limiting
the exception to the ban on oyster leases in Franklin county would be
eliminated if the challenged portion were struck down."
"There is a strong presumption that a statute is constitutional, and that all
doubts as to the validity of a statute are to be resolved in favor of
constitutionalitywhere reasonably possible. Department of Law Enforcement
v. Real Property, 588 So.2d 957 (Fla. 1991); Bunnell v. State, 453 So.2d 808 (Fla.
1984). Accordingly, this court finds that Section 253.68, Florida Statutes is
constitutional."
"IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED and ADJUDGED that:
1) the petitioners' motion for summary judgment is DENIED;
2) the Respondent County's motion for summary judgment is GRANTED.
The County veto portion of Section 253.68, Florida Statutesisa valid legislative
enactment.
3) The court reserves jurisdiction over this matter to tax costs. Respondent
shall file an appropriate motion within fifteen (15) days if it desires such an
award of costs.
DONE AND ORDERED this 19th day of July, 1993; P. Kevin Davey,Circuit
Court Judge."


Host family (center) Mr. and Mrs.
Richard Macy with their guests
Ines Cuocolo and Connie Kalman.


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SWISS

STUDENTS

ARRIVE

FOR ONE

MONTH IN

FRANKLIN

COUNTY
Exclusive to the Chronicle

Fifteen students from Switzerland
arrived in Franklin County about
1:00 A.M. last Thursday morning,
15 July 1993, and were met by their
host families. They had arrived in
Orlando by international air carrier
a few hours before, and had taken
a bus to Apalachicola.


On Friday, 16 July 1993, the
students met at the St. George
Island Baptist Church for
introductions and their first of
several sessions called "English as
a Second Language." Thatevening,
they were treated to a Welcome
Party given by the host families at
the Plantation Clubhouse along
with several breaks for swimming.


The tour is coordinated by
International Homestays (Bay
Shore, New York) and the local
coordinator is Edna G. Brabham
(904-349-2368). Teachers also
include Ms. Brabham and Elaine
Thomas, Eastpoint. The academic
center during the visit will be the
St. George Island Baptist Church
Annex (904-927-2257). The month-
long program will end on 11
August.


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Jessica Bierter introduced at Civic
Club, next to host parent Larry
Burke of St. George island.


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Ines Cuocolo (left) and Cornelia
Kalman, both from St. Gallen,
Switzerland.


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(From left), Host Lora James, Timo Salvisberg (Luzern, Switzerland)
and Sandra Sigg, .(Hergiswil, Switzerland).
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(Left) Alex Hermann-Chong and
Serge Marbacher, from Berne and
Lucerne, Switzerland respectively.

Missiles from page 2
panhandle. What is especially
interesting about the ten item list is
one question: (e) Has Tyndall Air
Force Base, near Panama City,
Florida, been given consideration
as a potential launch site?
All of the other items suggested
"complications" or "problems"
connected to the other potential
sites such as the problem with the
Mexican spotted owl, and
endangered species being located
near the Neiw Mexico and Utah
potential sites, or the launching of
missiles over Native American
lands posing potential sovereignty
issues, or whether missile flights
off the California coast might affect
migratoryroutes for the blue whale
or California gray whale.
Documents connected with this
program are available for review
at the Gulf County Library, Port St.
Joe, Florida 32456 (904)
229-8879, or the Mary Esther Public
Library, Mary Ester, Florida 32569
(904-243-5731) An answering
machine 800-603-3030 to take
request for additional information
on the progress of the program. A
draft Environmental Impact
Statement will be published this
fall, 1993.


CPAA from page 1
booths for arts and crafts and
booths for local vendors to sell
food.
The main concern of those
attending the meeting was the
suitability of an exact site for the
bands, the crowds and parking.
Christina Saunders, who owns a
marina on Timber Island with her
husband Tim, offered the use of
their property for the bands and
thepeople. Parking would need to
be in another location on Timber
Island.
Gene Langston was concerned that
the use of Timber Island for this
purpose was not an approved use
y the terms of the lease and that
D.C.A. and D.N.R. should be
contacted in writing with details
of this event for their approval.
It was decided that decisions on
the participation of the CPAA in
this event would be postponed
until the next meeting.
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority is comprised of six
members. Cliff Willis is the
Chairperson. Although his term
has expired, he has agreed to
continue as chairman until the
governor makes another
appointment. Other members of
the CPAA are Donald Wood, Barry
Woods, Larry Lane, Bruce Moore
and new member Milton French.
Mr. French was sworn into office
recently. He and his wife of over
forty years moved to Carrabelle
about 16 years ago. Mr. French
was in the construction business in
Miami before moving here. He has
done some house building and
commercial fishing in Carrabelle.


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Animal Control
from page 1
thecomnrussionersknow that they
consider it an important and
priority program. Without
adequate funding the shelter and
the program wil[deteriorate and
we don t want that to happen."
Human Society president Jane
Cox said that the 1992-93 program
had been funding in part by the
two cities, the county and with
generous donations from local
residents. She added that "We
know we are making an impact
on the animal situation in the
county by the statistics. If you
take the amount of homes in
Franklin County it soon becomes
evident that we have a
tremendous over-population in
both cats and dogs. This year to
date 367 animals have had to be
euthanized at the shelter. The
only bright side of this grim
picture is if those animals had
lived to breed they would have
produced 382 more kittens and
011 more puppies for whom
there is no home."
B.J. Vonier, who is handling the
finances, told members that the
FCACA will be lucky if they can
barely scrape through thebalance
of this year. She reported that the
animal control truck is badly in
need of repairs which could be in
the hundreds but could go up to
$1,000. She was authorized to
have the truck examined and to
spend up to $400. Animal Control
Officer Earl Whitfield is presently
using his own truck, on a
temporary basis.
Another serious problem is that
the FCACA may have to pay
retirement benefits for contract
employees, mounting to around
$3,000. Vonier said she was still
checking this out. One measure
to save money that had been
suggested was to cut the hours of
Kathy Morton who works part-
time. This expense was donated
to the program by the Franklin
County Humane Society, for the
balance of the coming year.
Jane Cox said that the shelter will
have to be closed if the county
cannot come up with funding.
"We feel thatwe have really served
the public well since this program
was started. We have decided to
send out an opinion poll to all
people who have used the animal
control services asking them to
give their opinion as to whether it
should be funded." She asks that
if you receive one of these forms
please return it immediately in
the stamped addressed envelope.
There have been 23 bite cases
investigated by the AC Officer


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since the first of the year. The
worst of these was a small
Carrabelle girl who had such
severe bits around her eye that
her sight was in grave danger, for
a time.
There were 137calls for assistance
and 106 animals wereeuthanized,
making 367 to date. Sixteen
animals were claimed and there
were five adoptions. There were
6 bite cases handled in June, two
in Apalachicola and four in
Carrabelle.
As an example of a month: in
June, 64 animals were processed
from the county area; none were
claimed: 57 were euthanized and
four were adopted. From the city
of Apalachicola, 13 animals were
processed: none were claimed
and 1 was adopted; 9 were
euthanized. From the City of
Carrabelle 29 animals were
processed; none wereclaimed and
none adopted. 28 were were
euthanized.
Cox said that "It will be up to the
general public to help the
commissioners make the decision.
Is animal control worth while? Is
' it better on the streets of our cities
withouthungryhomelessanimals
dying under our feet? If you really
want the program to continue IT
IS UP TO YOU. Call or write
your commissioners. They stand
ready to listen."


Continued from page 5
informed you, does not prevent
you from approving the site for
use as a Class I land fill
(composting).
"The order will merely prohibit
disposing of scallop bycatch or
seafood waste on the property until
further court approval. Should you
desire to qualify your approval of
such land use on te condition that
the land not be actually utilized as
a Class Iland fill until further court
order, that would be fine with me."
"I feel it is important to bring to
your attention the ramifications of
your decision tonight. There are
over 500,000 yards of pine bark on
the property and an unlimited
source of seafood bycatch thanks
to our local seafood industry who
will back me 100%. Compost can
sell for as much as $20.00 per yard
which can result in gross revenue
to this county in excess of
$10,000,000.00."
'I write this letter to inform the
planning and zoningmembers that
they as well as the county may
well be liable for these losses in the
event the property isnot approved
as a Class! land fill prior to July 27,
1993.
Robert D. Allen"


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Visit Coordinator Mrs.
Brabham, Alligator Point.




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