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Volume 2, Number 15 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 August 24 August 1993


FIVE QUALIFY FOR


APALACHICOLA


COMMISSION


By Brian Goercke
Five citizens have qualified to run
for two vacancies on the
Apalachicolacity commission. The
incumbents, Rose McCoy and
Edith Edwards, are not seeking
reelection. Van Johnson and
Wallace Hill will vie for Group
Three. The person filling this
position has traditionally served
as the finance officer. Frank Page,
Grady Lowe and Glenda Denney
are running for Group Four. Water,
streets and parks are the
responsibility of this commissioner.
The Chronicle regrets being unable
to reach Ms. Denney for this article.
Her views will be aired in our next
issue. During their interviews, the
other candidates identified several
issues as being of particular
importance in this election. These
included the sewer system, water
quality, historic preservation and
downtown revitalization. While
there ideas varied as to how it could
be achieved, most expressed the
desire,.to maintain the riverfront
for traditional seafood related
activities.
GROUP THREE
VAN JOHNSON
Q. What experience do you have
with budget preparation that
would equip you to fill this
position?
A. For the last eleven years I have
worked for thecounty commission.
for the last two years, I have headed
up the department of solid waste
and recycling. Each year, I have
had to prepare an annual budget.
In my second year, my budget was
$10,000 less than the previous year.
I realize that each dollar I spend is
going to affect each resident of
ranlin County, I .was able to
save money through cost saving
measures, good maintenance and
by using help from inmates from
the Franklin Work Camp.
Q. Wallace Hill mentioned his.
desire to lower the garbage rate.
Can you comment on that?
A. I have hands-on-experience
with the Solid Waste and recycling
Department. Few fully understand
the money it takes to operate this
department. There are state
regulations that continue to affect
the garbage rates. If Mr. Hill could
change those regulations, he might
be able to reduce the rates.
Q. Would curb-side pick up of
recyclable items be possible in
Apalachicola in order to increase
participation?
A. I'm afraid that in a small
community like ours it would not
be cost effective.
Q. How do you stand on the
proposed condos and further
residential development on the
river front?
A. I would have to find out what
each option represents and weigh
each equally. I have to find out
about the income lost as opposed
to the income gained by residential
development of the waterfront.
Many people, up to 85% of the
people on the hill are employed
through the seafood industry and
that would have to be considered.
Q. How effective do you feel you
can be in working together with
the other commissioners and with
the mayor?


A. I'm a team player, but I am also
a leader. I want my voice to be the
voice of the entire community and
not just certain interest groups.
WALLACE HILL
Q. What do you feel are the major
issues facing Apalachicola in the
future?
A. The town is changing. We're
getting more and more people here.
Would like to work to improve
the city's water, hold taxes down,
promote recreation for the youths
and adults, provide affordable
water bills to the people and
expand the tax base to make it
compatible with the seafood
industry.
Q. What experience have you had
which you feel perpares you to be
finance officer?
A. I have thirtyyearsof experience
with my own business (a fifty
percent partnership in two small
businesses) and fifteen years
experience as a school teacher.
Q. How would you go about
reducing garbage rates?
A. I will have to get in there and
see whatmustbe done. Idon'tlike
the fact that the sewer rate is equal
to the garbage rate. It isn't like that
in other cities.
Q. What is your position regarding
further residential developmenton
the river front?
A. Icannotrespondto that because
I serve on the P and Z and I am not
at liberty to say.
Q. Do you have any further
comments?
A. I will be the people's candidate.
I think that I am a fair person and
that I will be able to air the views of
the people in town.
GROUP FOUR
GRADY LOWE
Q. What are the majorissues facing
Apalachicola in the future?
A. Water quality, the sewer system.
We need to perserve the water front
and look after our own people.
Q. Whatdoyou thinks the remedy
for improving the quality of water?
A. Go after a grant. We don't need
to go up on the water/sewer rates.
People on fixed incomes can't
afford it.
Q. How can downtown
,Apalachicola be revitalized?
A. The downtown improvement
board, which is doing a good job,
needs to use its leadership to get
grants. It should go to other cities
and speak to its leaders to get ideas.
About improvement, we need to
ask the people what they want.
Q. Is the Planning and Zoning
Board effective in preserving
Apalachicola's historic resources.
A. They are, but they don't always
have enough power to do what
needs to be done.
Q. Mrs. Edwards who now fills
Group Four position has served as
the Animal Control Authority
Chair and has vigorously
supported the program. How do


RACE

you feel about anirnmal control?
A. I whole heartedly endorse this
program and would support it
fully.
Q. Can you work harmoniously to
achieve your goals with the other
city commissioners and with
Mayor Howell?
A. Ithink so. I want to work for the
people in town who I know and
who are my friends and I ask that
they consider me for Group Four,
City Commission.
FRANK PAGE
Q. What are the major issues facing
the community in the future?
A. Sewer and finance.
Q. Water quality was mentioned
as an issue by several of the other
candidates. Whatisyourposition?
A. It is too expensive to replace. It
Continued on page 6

Land Use

Changes

Turned

Down

By Rene Topping
Five land use changes which
would have opened up over 520
acres of land to development
were flatly turned down by the
Franklin County Commission
on Tuesady, August 3 at a
special 1 pm public hearing.
Two large 200 acre tracts; one
adjacent to River Road in
Carrabelle, and the other just
east of the proposed Greenpoint
Golf Course on U.S. 98 near
eastpoint, were the largest of
the proposed changes. Owners
of the parcel near River Road
were asking for change from
agricultural to residential. The
one near Greenpoint were
asking for change from rural
residential to residential.
In addition, change was denied
on three forty acre parcels
located north of Carrabelle on
the New River from agricultural
to residential. One other smaller
five acre parcel located just west
of Yents Bayou, in a proposed
new subdivision was denied
change from rural residential
to commercial.
County planner Alan Pearce
said later that he was pleased.
with the decisions. He said, "I
was opposed to the changes in
the first place. We have far too
much agricultural land opening
up in Franklin County to start
with, and it would not be good
to make changes from
agricultural to residential in
such a haphazard way.
"Second, I believe the
commissioner s actions will
send a message to real estate
people selling land in the
timberlands area not to give
buyers the idea that getting the
land re-zoned will be easy."
Under the comprehensive plan,
land use changes can be
brought before the county
commission twice each year.


INSIDE
Herren Lawsuit Pg. 2
Homeowners' Board of Directors Pg. 2
Carrabelle Garbage Workshop Pg.2
Adams Calls for Referendum Pg. 3
Alligator Point Pg. 4
Missing Commissioner Found Pg. 4
School News Pg. 5

BEVIS RAMP PROJECT
TURNED DOWN
By Rene Topping
In July, Carrabelle City commissioners
took up for the third time the request
for a permit to build a concrete boat
ramp which had been made by Tommy
Bevis of Dockside Marina, on Timber
Island. Bevis was represented by Dan
Garlick of Garlick Environmental
Associates. Garlick said that his client
had received all permits required by
state and federal agencies and that he
was now requesting a permit from the
commission. The requestbrought mixed
response from the audience. CllffWllis,
chairman, Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority, contested the request saying
that It was "just one more step in
establishing a marina," which he said
was not in the contract sighed by Bevis
with the Port Authority.. Garlick said
that his client needed a day to get boats
into the water to test them, and was
asked by Commissioner John Phillips,
" .... testing how many boats? How
many boats have you built already?"
Garlick said he was unable to say just
how many boats were built already but
boats were being built.
laick said that Bevis planned to
permit residents and tourists to launch
oats there with no charge. He was
supported by several business people
in the audience who said It would be
good for the economy and that another
boat ramp was badly needed. Speaking
in reference to the dock area,
commissioner Williams said that the
original idea of the slips was to have
Whiteside, (the first tenant), a place to
display boats for sale. these slips are
now being occupied as docking spaces.
Speaking as a business man, Jack
DePriest wanted to know if there are so
many legal problems involved with the
boat ramp, then how has Mr. Bevis
been able to obtain his state approvals.
Having received no direct answer he
said in an annoyed tone, "This Is
ridiculous. Put the thing in for the
benefit ofthe public.Ms. Gray said that
she wanted to on record saying, "I Just
do not understand what harm a good
free boat ramp could be. I just do not
understand."
In the final vote; motion was made by
Phillips and seconded by Williams that
the commission should turn down the
request. The motion passed on avote of
3-1 Phillips, Williams and Loftin for the
motion. Gray against the motion. Mayor
Carlton Wathen filed a notice he would
abstain.

EXCHANGE

STUDENTS

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CARRABELLE CITY
COMMISSION
By Rene Topping
The rates charged by Coastal
Sanitation for pick up of
commercial garbage came under
heavy fire by two Carrabelle City
Commissioners at the regular 2
August meeting of the Carrabelle
'City Commission.
Owner, Hank Osborne, was grilled
by Commissioner Jim Phillips,
mainly because Osborne had raised
on his commercial rates without
coming to the City Commission as
required by the terms of his
exclusive franchise contract with
the city.
A workshop meeting was arranged
for 5 August at 7 p.m. However,
Phillips made his position very
clear as he declared, 'Workshop or
not, I see nothing wrong with
opening the city up for
competition. He added, "I don t
believe he (Osborne) has lived up
to his contract and he has raised
the rates without our approval."
Phillips suggested that the city
withdraw the exclusive franchise
and add license tio collect garbage
and allow competitive companies
to collect within the city limit.
Osborne defended his increases by
saying that his rates were well
below those of surrounding areas.
On the complaints from people
saying they could not get in touch
with him, Osborne said his
telephone had an answering
service and he returned all calls.
He added that he was a small
operation, could not afford a
secretary and that he also drove
the garbage truck.
Phillips said that he had not seen
Osborne on the truck lately but
added humourously," But we
know exactly where the truck is by
the smell," and requested that the
truck be washed out. Osborne said
that the truck started out clean but
the smell came from the garbage.
Osborne had a defender in
Commissioner Marie Grey, who
said that she understood that the
Coastal Sanitation served about 400
Continued on page 6


IMPRESSIONS

OF FLORIDA

By Brian Goerke
^ .


It was nearly a month ago when
Franklin County received eighteen
visitors from Switzerland. The
visitors consisted of 15 students
(ranging from ages of 14 to 22), a
group leader, Beat (pronounced
'BAY-OTT") Stauble, and two
assistant group leaders, Beat
Reichlin an Bettina Petralli. Since
the time of their arrival into
Franklin County via bus from
Orlando Airport, the students have
been busily engaged on their
weekdays with ESL (English as a
Second Language) Classes
Conducted by the IEF
(International Education Forum)
program coordinator of Franklin
county, Edna Greene Brabham.
The ESL classes have generally
been self-paced for each student.
Workbooks for basic grammar and
writing have been distributed to
each student to work at their own
pace and skill level. Advanced
students, who have requested more
challenging assignments, have
been given advanced workbooks
and tapes to help them improve all
aspects of their english.


In addition to their ESL classes, the
Swiss visitors have been able to
take IEF paid excursions to places
as Disney World, Wakulla Springs,
St. Augustine, Shipwreck Islandin
Panama City and the Crooked
RiverAlligator Farm in Carrabelle.
A group of the students have also
ventured to New Orleans under
the supervision of group leader,
Beat Staueble.

Several of the students have shared
their experiences in Florida quite
freely. Of the 15 students visiting, I
have been able to receive the
following observations from these
6 students. Cornelia Kalman (from
St Gallen), Sereina Meier (from
Kreuzlingen), Jessica Bierter (from
Liestal), Andre Banz (from Ebikon),
Andreas Schmid (from Goldach)
and Ines Cuocolo (from
Moerschwil):
Continued on page 6


WA


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WATER

TREATMENT

PLANT

PROPOSED

FOR ISLAND

RESORT

An application was filed 9 August
1993 with the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection for
approval of an advanced
wastewater treatment and disposal
system to serve the proposed St.
George Island Resort Village.
According to Ben Johnson, Ph.D.,
president of Coastal Development
Consultants, Inc. (CDC) the
treatment facility will utilize state-
of-the-art technology, exceeding all
regulatory requirements.
The plant was designed by Volenic
Technical Services Group, Inc., of
Tampa. According to wastewater
expert Gary Volenec, the plant will
set a new standard for the area.
"While the system will be smaller
than a typical municipal system, it
will actually provide a higher level
of treatment than most municipal
systems."
The treated water, Volenec said,
will be practically drinkable under
Florida water quality standards,
even before its release into the soils
on the gulf side, more than one-
quarter mile from the
environmentally sensitive Nick's
Hole area of Apalachicola Bay.
Then as it leaches through the soil,
Volenec explained, the disinfected
water will undergo further natural
filtration processes.
According to Palmer, the facility is
being provided with the highest
level of reliability, including
backup tankage and equipment,
like the best municipal plants, and
Continued on page 2


Edna Brabham Demonstrates


How To Make Hawaiian
Meatballs

THREE QUALIFY
FOR CARRABELLE
CITY ELECTIONS
Jim Phillips will be running for
seat #2 without opposition in the
Carrabelle City elections 9
September 1993. Raymond L.
Williams and Harley B. Hicks will
run against each other for seat #4.
SincePhillips is unopposed, he will
continue to occupy his
commissioner post for the next four
years.




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APALACHICOLA
by Anne James Estes

Publisher's note: Mrs. Estes has
been recovering from a fall and
was not able to finish her
column, and The Chronicle had
experienced a surge of editorial
matter last issue, preventing
timely publication of her
column. We are pleased that she
has recovered and hope that her
.' column will resume on a regular
(monthly) basis.
I remember my Dad, Capt. Manuel
James, as an easy going person,
sometimes smiling, sometimes
frowning, but always with a
twinkle in his eyes. One of the first
distinguishable qualities I
discovered in my Dad was the so-
called "soft-spot" he had for each
of this children. Me especially, as I
was the youngest, and therefore
considered the "baby". Another
trait that has since impressed me
was his complete loyalty to the
United States of America. Upon
his naturalization, he changed his
last name, Demetrius, the Greek
version, to James, the English
equivalent. Later on, as I grew
older, I remember Capt. Manuel
always urgingus to speak English;
be American in all ways. My Dad's
day would begin around 5 A. M.
with prayers, walking the length
of our two connecting bedrooms,
as the long hallway. This was a
time of quiet. And, again, in
midday, and evening time, he
would pray undisturbed.
However, the person (this only
happened once in my lifetime);
inmakng the mistake of crossing in
Front or back of him would'be
S;clh astised, for as he 'sMid
"...interruption of his words to
God." My Mom, Ms. Annie James,
would be up and have coffee and
his breakfast waiting, and
whichever of my brothers would
accompany him on the shrimp
boat, would be ready to go down
to the boat, having fueled and
"groceried up" the previous day.
On Father's Day, Ms. Annie would
strive to make that day enjoyable
for him by cooking his favorite
dish, having baked a jelly cake and
presenting him with some small
present such asa new deck of cards
with which he played his favorite
game, Solitaire and later taught
These gifts were given with such
love and affection, the size of gift
did not matter. Capt. Manuel was
a commercial shrimper and
worked vigorously to support his
wife and family and he possessed
all the qualitiesthatfathersof today
shouldhave, but do not. So, I could
my many blessing and give thanks
for the two wonderful people who
were chosen to be myparents. Not
only do I remember Capt. Manuel
on Father's Day, but every day.

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H E R R E N
LAWSUIT
BIFURCATED,
FAR FROM OVER
In 1990, the St. George Plantation
Owners'Association sued a number
of parties, including R. S. H. Land
Investments (Robert Herren),
asking for a declaratory judgment
about whether the protective
covenants of the Plantation Owners'
Association applied to the three
acre property owned by Robert
Herren. The Second Circuit Judge,
Wallace M. Joplin, has ruled that
the covenants do not apply to the
property. But, Bob Herren's
corporation is still subject to the
same fees and assessments for
maintenance of the roads in the
Plantation, as are the owners of
other residential property covered
under the Andrew Jackson
Agreement, which divided up
maintenance responsibilities
among all owners of land west of
12th street (which begins the
Plantation). Thus, RSH Land
Investments is not subject to the
covenants in that they do not flow
with the land, but the corporation
is subject to the dues and
maintenance structure
administered by the POA. For the
years 1988-1992, RSH Land
Investments has been judged to
owe the POA $8,348.37 plus
interest at 8 per cent per year.
Moreover, the POA also obtained
use of Conch Drive a T-Road in the
Herren property, as well as Periwink
Way and Leisure Lane.
The undisposed counterclaim suit
initiated by Bob Herren against the
POA shall be set for jury trial "in
due course" in the words of Judge
Jopling. This portion of the
litigation, case #90-113 in the
Second Judicial Circuit-was
signed 2 July 1993.

CARRABELLE

WORKSHOP

ON GARBAGE

COLLECTION

Hank Osborne, owner of Coastal
Sanitation, met with the City
Commission Thursday, 5 August
.1993x;oqAhe garjba4g,,co!gtion
issue C aqsal Sanrtationp,wss04ed
to come, to anm-iarlieri,,ty
Commission meeting to explpiir
why commercial rates had been
increased and to respond to
complaints received by some City
Commissioners. Mr. Osborne
agreed to participate in a workshop
in which he could explain his
position on various matters about
pricing of pickup services,
schedules and related matters. L_
Commissioners James Phillips and
Raymond L. Williams spear-
headed the workshop with some
sharply defined questions and
responses, challengingOsborne on
his collection prices and
procedures interrupted with
frequent comments from
Commission attorney William
Webster, who opined that Osborne
had breached his agreement with
the City if he had changed his rates
without notifying the City
Commission in advance and
receiving approval for the
increases. Mr. Osborne responded
that he had to increase rates because
tipping fees at the Franklin County
landfill were increasing. If the City
were to declare the contract
breached, and an arbitration were
to follow, the process of finding a
solution would become far more
complicated and lengthy possibly
risking the cessation of collection
service altogether. So, the
Commissioners decided to ask
Coastal Sanitation to develop a
plan fulfilling four needs: (1) Draw
up a commercial rate structure; (2)
Develop a regular pickup schedule
for residential and commercial
accounts; (3) Develop a plan for
recording and dealing with
complaints and (4) Develop an
accounting scheme for credits
when and if needed.


Hank Osborne


ST. GEORGE
PLANTATION
OWNERS'
BOARD OF
DIRECTORS
MEETING RUNS
NEARLY EIGHT
HOURS

With a half hour for lunch, the 7 August
1993 Board of Directors meeting
reached for a time record on Saturday,
dealing with a 13+ item agenda and
numerous participants. Present were
Board members Richard Plessinger,
Pam Amato, John Cullen (President),
Gayle Dodds and Helen Spohrer.
Absent Board members were: Lori
Rodgrique and Jim Bachrach.
President Cullen called the Board to
order at 9:16 A. M. with the usual
review of minutes. Following
corrections, and approval, the Board
received a report from Bob Shriver on
Security and Maintenance. Among his
three items, he emphasized a
continuing problem of coordination
between the Sheriff's office and
Plantation gate when the 911 number
was used in an emergency. First
Responders were recently delayed in
finding a Plantation home because the
gate at Leisure Lane was not notified
about the pending emergency and
could have rendered advice on home
location had they known of the-911
call. A second item dealt with security
alarms at Homeowners' residences,
and President Cullen called 'for a:
review of the situation with an
expectation that new policy would be
developed on how the Association,
would respond to burglar alarms at
Plantation residences. For both
situations, a suggestion was made that
a monitoring police radio at the gate
might alert watchmen sooner. Shriver
also reported a third problem ofaircraft
departing St. George airport at night
despite thle fact that the facility did not
have runway lights. President Cullen
suggested that a NOTAM (Notice to
Airmen) be filed closing the airport to
all night traffic.

New signs warning auto traffic of bike
riders around the curve at the end of
the airfield was discussed, and a
proposed bike path around this
dangerous curve will be reviewed
when costs are known. Ben Johnson
urged that bike pathsbe installed along
the entire length of Leisure Lane to,
avoid accidents. Others pointed oit
tha bikeoaths already connect several
A-ohe T-!oads and h'more' Wool-d Be
completed in the near future. I
Tom Adams raised the question about
future needs, citing the intervening
and the projected increase in renter
and homeowner population in that


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because the water is so throughly
processed, the impact on the
environment will actually be less
than 15 houses on septic tanks."
The proposed facility is a vital part
of the master plan for the St. George
Island Resort Village, which calls
for a mixture of residences,
restaurants, specialty shops, guest
houses, and recreational and
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eve opmen, wit ing e anta ion.
The Board needed to consider the
implications of the Resort Village
development given these
contemporary problems such as risks
to bike users on Leisure Lane. The
Board urged the new manager Wayne
Gleason to look into the costs for the
changes so new signage could be
installed at the airport curve as soon as
possible.
Pete Amato spoke to the Board about
the new cable TV system reporting
that the Franklin County Board of
County Commissioners had approved
a non-exclusive county-wide franchise
for Pine View, the Georgia cable system
scheduled to install the underground
system first in the Plantation. The
contract calls for an 1 October start
date for service though Amato was not
sure this would occur by that date but
certainly by year's end. He was urging
Pine Viewto install fiber optic systems
which have larger capacities for more
services in the future.
The nominating committee brought
forward four names for the fall contest
over two seats on the Board, those
currently held by Richard Plessinger
and Gayle Dodds. Mrs. Dodds is not
running again. The nominees are: Tom
Outlaw, Roy Hoffman, Lou Vargis and
Richard Plessinger. A long discussion
ensued over the format for nominee
presentation to the membership and
resumes and personal histories will be
sent to the membership in time for the
annual meeting. More discussion was
held on the nominating process itself
including the nominating committee.
A proposal by Lennie Davis was made
to remove the power of
recommendation from the nomination
committee with a recommended
change to the Association by-laws to
be presented to the membership at the
Annual Meeting on 4 September. The
presentplan is to havethe "new board"
select the nominating committee for
1994. Names will be solicited from the
membership for this committee before
and at the annual meeting.
Extended discussion was given to
appointment of the Security
Committee called for contractual
arrangement with the George Mahr
development. At an earlier meeting
Mr. Mahr volunteered to serve as one
member, and under the agreement,
the Association appointed Richard
Plessinger. Mahr and Plessinger are to
agree in their appointment of a third
member on the committee charge with
an overall review and supervision of
security.
By early afternoon, the Board had
worked their way through old business
and moved into the new business of
and annual meetingballots. A number
of issues had beendrafted on a sample
ballot for mailout, and another ballot
incorporating proposed changes in the
archectural (sp) control committee
criteria. The Chronimcie nas reported on
the many changes as the committee
met over the past year. The more
controversial elementsinthese changes
arebeinhighligfitedbo aspecialballot
along withpro nd. pn rationale so the,
memihership ay consider thechahges
before casting their vote. Also, since
the redrafting of the covenants is also
involved, the entire document will be
presented to the membership for
approval. Lennie Davis recommended
that the Association operate strictly in
the limits of current statutes.
Molly Read gave a report on absentee
voting and the use of proxies at
Association meetings. The State of
Florida established new legislation
regulating homeowner associations,
effective October 1992, and one of the
provisions therein prohibits proxy
voting. The St. George Plantation
Owners' Association By-laws still
contain a provision for proxy voting,
but this can no longer be used as it was
in 1992. However a form of limited
proxy may still be applied on "issues",
not elections of Boaird members.
Reed's report was presented to outline
the complicated problem of
allowingmorehomeowners a chance to
participate in the annual meeting but


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for reasons of vast distances, could not
attend the meeting in person. State
law does allow homeowner
associations to use "absentee voting"
when accompanied with an affidavit,
but the St. George Plantation owners'
Association By- laws do not contain
any provision. Much discussion
followed on the question whether the
Association could go ahead and use an
absentee ballot despite the absence of
a By-law provision allowing for this
specifically. Opinion is mixed. Mr.
Lennie Davis, attorney and former
Board member, advocated following
the state statutes explicitly and then
modify the By-laws at the annual
meeting if the membership votes for
such a procedure. A considerable
amount of time was also devoted to
the discussion of each ballot issue with
the view of reducing the number of
ballot items for the convenience of the
general membership. Sample ballots
will be mailed to the members prior to
the meeting.
Tom Adams brought up related issues
about Resort Village and the so-called
Ben Johnson agreement as these
dovetailed with issues being
considered for the sample mail-out
ballot. The subject of "special
assessments" includes the problem of
repaving Leisure Lane, and Mr. Adams
pointed out that under the Ben Johnson
Agreement, specialassessments would
not be made on members of the Resort
Village (RV) Association (which
includes "The Bluffs") but the St.
George Plantation Owners (SGPO)
would be subject to such special
assessments. His point was that there
was a fundamental unfairness in that
process. These issues are more closely
connected to the continuing debate
over the V plan that was presented to
the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners 16 July 1993.
At this point in the Board meeting,
given the overlapping and
controversial issues related to the so-
called "Ben Johnson Agreement" with
the homeowners' association, the
Board decided to allow Dr. Tom Adams
time to explain his arguments
regarding the Resort Village (RV)
association provisions in that "Ben
Johnson Agreement" (BJA).
Dr. Adams' arguments are presented
in another story in this issue in which
he has called for a "referendum" on
there BJA. Overall, he argued
that the Association's contracted
support for the RV would NOT benefit
the St. George Plantation Owners'
Association(SGPOA). He cited the
issue of special assessments, pointing
out that the RV members would not be
subject to speical assessments but the
SGPOA would be subject to those
special assessment. In explaining this,
he continued to cite various provisions
of the BJA which established different
bases of member participation. For
example, membership in the SGPOA
has always been based on land
ownership, 1 vote for each residential
lot.
In the RV participation in the SGPOA,
*their membership is based merely on


each multi-family unit sold, with an
accumulation of votes on top of 67
already established, corresponding to
the 67 acres in the Nick's Hole project
now called Resort Village. As each
multi-family unit is created and sold,
additional votes would be created, up
to the limit of 278 units. Added to the
67votes, plus the 278from multi-family
owners, Adams argued, the SGPOA
could possibly be "taken over" by the
RV residents, as the village reaches
buildout. A number of questions
emerged during the discussion
following Dr. Adam's speech.
By polling the general membership on
the subject of the Resort Village and
the BJA, would the Assocaition be in
breach of its contract with Dr. Ben
Johnson? Board members GayleDodds
advocated seeking some middle
ground where more information about
the BJA could be presented to the
membership without subjecting the
Association to more litigation. A
motion was made by Pam Amato,
seconded and approved, to send the
general membership the entire
contents of the BJA. This document
has ever been officially released to the
membership although copies have
been available from the Association
for the asking. Finally, Dr. Johnson
spoke, saying that the cited terms are
not a complete picture of the
agreement, but taken completely out
of context.
There were numerous trade-offs and
exchanges, each side giving up
something, and getting other things.
In the instance of the seeming
"unequal" basis for membership
participation (2.75 units for SGPOA
and 1.55 for RV residents), that final
outcome was the result of other
negotiated elements inthe agreement.
Dr. Johnson indicated in words to this
effect, "You can't just look at one
element, but need to consider other
elements given up and gained by both
parties in a wider context." Thus, in
is view, Dr. Adams's allegations were
misleading.
Dr. Johnson then reviewed the history
of negotiations on the BJA expressing
some frustration at trying to bring the
deal to closure given the Association's
pre-occupation with a Gene Brown
litigation. Johnson pointed out that
there still were other aspects of the
agreement to negotiate with the
SGPOA but that the Board had not yet
"gotten its act together." Dr. Johnson
also stated that he would be willing to
renegotiate the agreement but specific
sections were not mentioned in these
discussions.
Finally, a decision was made for
another set of materials to be included
in the mailout for the general
membership and the annual meeting
to include letter jointly drafted by Dr.
Adams and Dr. Johnson outlining the
issues involved in the Resort Village
development. Among the final actions,
the Board of Directors approved the
videotaping of the annual meeting by
Tom W. Hoffer, Franklin County
Chronicle, which will occur on 4
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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 August 1993 Pane 3


Editorial and Commentary


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ADAMS CALLS

FOR REFERENDUM

ON BEN JOHNSON

AGREEMENT

Dr. Tom Adams, at Saturday's St. George Plantation Owners' Board
of Directors quarterly meeting, 8 August 1993, called on the Board to
seek a "referendum" on the agreement they made with the developer
of Resort Village, Dr. Ben Johnson. The Resort Village project is to be
a commercial development at the Nick's Hole area in the middle of
the St. George Plantation.
Dr. Adams began his proposal to the Board with some recent history.
"Manyproperty owners have requested information on developments
concerning the proposed Resort Village. A public workshop was held
on July 20,1993 for the Franklin County Commissioners. (Please note:
Videotapes of this workshop are available from the Chronicle. Please
see the ad on page of this issue). "...Speakin against the proposal,
other than myself (Adams), were Nick LaSlavic, Harry BuzzettLarry
Burke, Lusia Gallio (all Plantation Owners) and Gen. Robt. Howell,
= Mayor of Apalachicola, who helped to write the 1977 Development
Order for St. George. Speaking for the project were several Resort
Village employees and a resident.
Adams attacked the claim by Village developer Dr. Ben Johnson that
"...over 90% of the POA (Plantation Owners Association) supportthis
plan for the Resort Village..." citing the history of the hurriedadoption
and approval of the agreement at the 1992 Homeowners' annual
meeting. Adams continued, "...Since this agreement is restricting the
actions of the POA Board, it is important to understand what is in it,
and to decide if this agreement, which was passed without copies for
members to review, relying on only a brief oral "summary", which
left out significant and critical information, and based on hundreds of
proxy votes cast without owners' knowledge, is indeed a valid and
binding agreement. Property owners who have some legal expertise
to respond to these circumstances might provide some guidance to
the membership and the POA Board in this matter."
,Adams listed some of the "omitted items" to include the total number
'of votes accruing to the Resort Village and homeowners thereih
predicting that "...This voting bloc combined with special interests
could controlthe association." A second concern he expressed was
the claim that Resort Village owners, employees, investors and other
owners of property in the Villlage or any commercial enterprise
Within the Village would be able to participate in meetings, serve on
the POA Board of Directors, committees, task forces of the Board.
Adams added, "I regard this as a very significant omission and it
couldn't possibly have been known by those who sent proxies."
Adams also cited an "improvement fund" to be established under the
agreement as a bone of contention, claiming that the POA might
subject itself to bankruptcy under the rules proposed for the fund. A
fourth complaint in the agreement as analyzed by Adams contains
dues payments. "...Owners of condos would pay only 1.50 units of
dues which homeowners in the Plantation pay 2.75 units yet condo
owners have the same rights as individual homeowners in every
respect."

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So the NRC report has intensified widespread denial by the American public
and has threatened to move HIV/ AIDS further off the national agenda of
critical issues. For the National Commission on AIDS, which has been
struggling for nearly 4 years to push this nation toward a responsible public
policy to deal with this massive epidemic, the report was a truly painful
setback. Prejudice against those with HIV has 'always been a major barrier to
progress in all aspects of epidemic response. Stereotyping of people living
with HIV-it's "them," not "us"- again raises, this barrier. Throughout the
world, denial has been a predictable early response to AIDS. Twelve years
into the epidemic, one would think that Americans would have moved
beyond that stage. The number of new diagnoses of HIV infection in this
country each year is greater than the number of paralytic cases of poliomyelitis
in the worst of those: frightful summers of epidemic disease before the
vaccine. The numbers of those becoming HIV infected worldwide are vastly
worse. Yet for AIDS, no vaccine is, in sight and HIV is not under control.

,Continued on page 4


The agreement calls for the POA to maintain the roads, and other
related areas except for those in the Resort Village. Yet, the coast of
major repairs "and resurfacing will be recovered by special assessments
which will not be applicable to any property within the Resort
Village." Other matters raised by Dr. Adams included the density
standards (3.9 residential units per acre in the Resort Village) and
building height, 35 feet from the first habitable floor. Adamscontinued,
"...but members were not advised that the agreement provides for a
height of 27 feet above sea level to the first floor. Building could be
over 60 feet high under this provision," he concluded.
Dr. Adams then cited provisions in the agreement which call for both
the RV developer and the POA to "work together in an effort to ensure
that these issues are resolved in a manner which is in the public
interest and in the parties' best interest to avoid litigation..." Citing
the circumstances of the adoption of the agreement by the general_
membership last year, Dr. Adams urged the Board of Directors to
conduct a referendum on the agreement in order to ascertain the
current position of the membership regarding the agreement.
Adams also stated, "As I see it, we are currently without leadership
and direction in dealing with the Resort Village orposal. Our Board
remains paralyzed even though a groundswelofopposition increases
and is evident rough.-letters tothe County and State regulators."
Dr. Johnson was permitted to respond to partof theAdams' arguments.
He pointed out that it was unfair to consider each bargained for
element in the contract without considering the larger context in the
give and take of negotiations. "We have made significantconcessions.
."" in those negotiations, he said. He cited a letter written to Larry
Burke containing more concessions. He called the Adam's arguments,
"...half-truths ..' and stated that the Resort Village could not possibly
negotiate with a mob, or "...with misinformation currently being
mailed out." Dr. Johnson also stated to the Board that he wanted them
to be more active in explaining the agreement to the POAmembership
adding that at the 1992 annual meeting, President Tom Royal refused
to distribute copies of the agreement or even a summary of the
agreement, indicating that the meeting would be too contentious. He
suggested that the Board send outa mailing explaining the agreement,
charming thatthe Board should "...get your act togeher..." Dr. Johnson
concluded by saying that he has been, is, willing to renegotiate the
agreement, and to negotiate other aspects of the agreement which
have not yet been addressed.


AIDS Policy


Two Divisive Issues

Publisher'snote: Inlightof the recently reported teenagepregnancy
and birth rates in Franklin County, and the application filed for
School Health Improvement, both items reported in this issue of
the Chronicle, the following commentary from the Tournal of the
American Medical Association is particularly relevantthese days.
The reported number of AIDS cases in Franklin is low, but that is
not quite the point in reviewing what two experts have to say
about the policies for solving thissocial and public health problem.
In that perspective, AIDS, teenage birth rates and the School
Health Improvement plan are interconnected and interdependent.
Oh if life could be so simple. But given the growth of state and
federal bureaucracies, problem-solving of social and public health
issues is no longer a simple matter. What we do not know may put
us in peril.

. By David E. Rogers, MD June E. Osborn,MD
THE NIAMO At Cornmmissi'on on. AIDS (the acquired immunodefiiectcypf
syndrome) was created by federal statute in 1989. Its major legislative
mandate was to provide ongoing oversight of the nation's involvement in the
human immunodeficiencyvirus (HIV) epidemicandto reportontheresponse
to the President, the Congress, and the American peopI. The Commission
recently released its final report,' and we have issued public statements when
particular AIDS policy issues have taken on national importance.
The time to speak out has come again. Recently, two issues have arisen that
once more threaten to divide us as we move into the 13th year of the HIV
epidemic. They are deceptively simple:
1. Should HIV prevention programs be narrowly targeted toward certain "at
risk" groups, or should prevention, programs focus more broadly on the
universality of risk among all people?
2. Since drug use is now linked to more than one third of all new HIV
infections, howaggressively should wemoveinto syringe exchange programs,
both as a way ofreducing HIV transmission and as a bridge to move more
people into drug. abuse treatment programs?
These two questions have reemerged, first, because of the misinterpretations
surrounding the National Research Council's (NRC's) February 1993 report
entitled The Social Impact of AIDS in the United States,2 and second, because of
the more recent General Accounting Office (GAO) report, Needle Exchange
Programs:Research Suggests Promise asan AIDS Prevention Strategy,released in
March 1993.
The NRC report, which has caused the most controversy, has been seen by
many as a rationale for deemphasizing a national prevention strategy in
favor of prevention efforts targeted at a relative handful of identifiable
neighborhoods orbehavior "groups." Emotions were triggered by sections
of the report, such as one that said:

The limited responsiveness of institutions can in part be explained because
the absolute numbers of the epidemic, relative to the U.S. population, are not
overwhelming, and because U.S. social institutions are strong, complex, and
resilient. However, we believe that another major reason for this limited
response is the concentration of the epidemic in socially marginalized
groups.Z(PT)
From this was drawn the conclusion that the AIDS epidemic could be largely
contained by treating it less as a national crisis and more as a localized
problem calling for intensive prevention programs focused in a relatively
small number of marginalizee" communities where infection rates are
currently high.
We take serious issue with that view, and we believe that a tragic message
was inadvertently conveyed. The report subtly encouraged the vast majority
of people outside those specific neighborhoods to deny the epidemic's threat,
ignore the need for their own preventive actions, and thus accelerate the
virus' spread through all segments of our society. Although clearly the intent
of the NRC was to emphasize the need for special attention to particular
peoplewithhigh-riskbehaviors, the "marginalization" theory sets upanumber
of problems, not the least of which is the strong implication that some among
us are less worthy. This interpretation of the report let many readers conclude
that HIV/AIDS will disappear into the socially invisible substrata of American
society without their having to lift a finger. It is difficult to describe what a
devastating impact that cruel influence had on those living with HIV and
their families and loved ones.
Further, we would suggest that the report is downright wrong. In this nation,
heterosexual teenagers are the fastest growing group, percentage-wise, to be
infected with HIV. Infection with HIV is spreading slowly, but relentlessly,
into all sectors of our society. Worldwide, 75% to 80% percent of HIV
infections are acquired heterosexually.4 We ignore this history ofthe infection
as it has moved through other areas of the world at our own peril.


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Captain

Ernie's

Saltwater Tips

BAN THE NETS?

By Ernie Rehder
A hot topic for the many coastal
residents who earn their livelihood
from commercial and/or
sportfishing is the restriction on
netting by commerical fishermen.
TheBigBend ChapteroftheFlorida
Conservation Association (FCA)
hosted a debate on this question at
their July meeting in Tallahassee.
The FCA, with a strong
membership base among
sportsfishermen, supports new
restrictions and limitations on
netting, while its guest speakers
for the evening were
Representatives Hurley Rudd and
Al Lawson and Senator Charles
Williams, had diverse opinions on
the restrictive measures.
Given the importance of the bread-
and-butter issue of commercial
netting practices, I will summarize
the diverse ideas expressed at the
meeting in some detail.
The FCA supports, in coalition with
other groups, an amendment to
the State Constitution which would
prohibit the use of gill and other
entanglement nets in Florida
waters. "Florida waters" means out
to 9 miles from shore on the Gulf
and 3 miles out on the Atlantic.
The proposed amendment would
also keep large trawlers and purse
seinersoutof thebays and estuaries
by forbidding the use of nets with
larger than 500 sq. ft. of mesh area
in near and inshore sites. That
means within 3 miles out on the
Gulf and one mile for the Atlantic.
Dave. Lear, the FCA
Communications Director,
clarified the goals of his
organization. Small
nonentanglement nets (less than
500 sq. ft. of mesh area) would still
be allowed in all Florida waters,
whether used by commercial or
recreational fishermen. Netting in
Federal waters would not be
affected. He also noted that the
FCA favors compensation for
people in the commercial industry
affected negatively by changes.
-Such assistance might be funded
'through 'a$2-3 statlp'added to
recreational, licenses.
IqCJ .. . I. ,., :' . .
Senator Williains 'and
Representative Lawson opposed
the amendment in its present form
and expressed concern for the
plightof the commercial fishermen.
Lawson observed that commercial
interests feel threatened-that
"their days are numbered"-by a
burgeoning list of restrictions; for
example, turtle-protection devices,
legal shrimp size, ban on redfish
for commercial purposes.
Lawson also made the timely
observation thatthe mushrooming
and largely uncontrolled
recreational boating must be
having a strongly adverse effect on
sports and commercial fishing.
Williams pointed out that size and
species restrictions on inshore catch
are often useless, for the catch-
once caught-is usually dead
anyway and that nothing is gained
by tossing dead fish back in the
water. Williams and Rudd
concurred that comPensation is in
order for fishermen left
unemployed by changing
regulations, and Williams, in fact,
sponsored a bill to provide for
retraining such fishermen.
The talks were followed by lively
reactions from members of the
large audience. One observed that
the sports-vs.-commercialsplitwas
an inaccurate and exaggerated
view of reality, citing the crab
industry-very important to the
area-which may be weakened by
some commercial netting through
its by-catch of juvenile crabs.
It was stated that mariculture, or
seafood farming, is the wave of the
future which would eventually
replace the various types of netting.
(That all depends, think, on the
species in question.)
There were several testimonials on
the drastic consequences of
overfishing-especially via
unrestricted netting-and also on
how limitations can restore a


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FRANKLY
SPEAKING IN

FRANKLIN

By Rene Topping
What s going on here? The sign
over the door says "Frank in
County Library." Walk inside and
there are shelves of books; off the
main room there are children
listening to stories; someone is
giving free Spanish lessons; there's
a literacy tutor working with a
student. Looks like library; smells
like a library and acts like a library
- must be a library. Right?
Not so says Cheryl Turner. She
said it might possibly be called an
outlet a station a community
activities center but never, ever at
least in the foreseeable future "the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Library System."
Well! The Yaupon Garden Club
membersdonated2,000 hard cover
books and thousands of up to the
minute paperbacks to the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County library, to be dispensed
from the library annex of the
Carrabelle Community Center,
Thesebooks are alreadycatalogued
and reposing on shelves in that
building.
Well! Dozens of people worked
from dawn to dusk painting,
cleaning, laying carpet, putting up
shelves, and in general
transforming an un-used dirty
annex of four rooms into a clean
light-filled building.
Well! None of this was done by the
light of the moon, folks From the
very start of the activities it might
seem that the Franklin County
LibraryBoard ; The ,Wildeness
Coast Library Board 'aSt in
particular, Cheryl Turner and
Sandra Lee Newell. Franklin
County's State Bureau of Library
Development consultant knew
what was being created. A branch
of the public library.
After all a lot of blood, sweat and
tears went into that pretty
building. So the question remains
whydid two people both of whose
salaries are funded by the State of
Florida not jump up and cry
"HALT." It seems to me that it is a
trulv low blow to permit
volunteers, (the kind of people who
have been hailed by presidents as
the thousand points of light that
keep qur country running,) to think
they were ready to open the
"Carrabelle Branch of theFranklin
County Library System, then say
"This can't be.'
The reasonsgiven inabelated letter
delivered Friday 23 July to all
Franklin County Library Board
members, (curiously the
announced last day ofoperation of
the thirty year old State Approved
Library housed in the Yaupon
Garden Club.) were (1) the old
community building was leased
for $75 a month for the purpose
only of housing the Summer
Reading Program. (2) The county
system lacks enough money to do
justice to two places. (3) the
bookmobile system should be
continued. At the meeting of the
local library board, Ms. Turner
stated that there would have to be
a paid librarian on staff and then
there was the difficulty of no air
conditioning.
True there is no air conditioning at
present, but it is quite possible that
many of the Carrabelle patrons
won t notice the difference they
don t have air conditioning in their
homes. The lease for the building
was written and is for purposes ol
a library; it does not seem plausible
to enter into a year's lease for a 6
week. program. There are several
volunteers who could serve as
unpaid library aids and two
federally funded Green Thumb
Workers; andasyetwedon'tknow
if there is, or is not, any money
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fishery; e.g., regarding the king
mackerel, seriously depleted a few
years ago, but now apparently
making a comeback.
There was said to be a growing
scarcity of mullet; many of the
mullet sold locally now come from
Louisiana.
Once FCA member, citing Texas as
a progressive model, claimed that
mindful restrictions noncommercial
and recreational practices do
benefit both camps in the long run.
In general, I personally tend to
favor restrictions on several forms
of commercial fishing. After all,
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Editorial and Commentary
(From page three)

CO-UNTY COMMISSIONER
FOUND RESIDING IN HIS
DISTRICT

In Franklin County tradition, rumor-mongering almost won in the
battle to find Commissioner Tom Saunders. The first piece of gossip
had the Commissioner living at the Sportsmen Lodge for the "... last
three and one half weeks." The second piece of verbal garbage had
a group of citizens sending around a petition for something or other.
Bits and pieces of new morsels for the rumor mongers to spit and
chew on included "the fact" that he had closed his mailbox atLanark
Village, a startling and condemning piece of news that Mr. Saunders
had left his electoral district for good-very convincing, very
compelling, very stupid. Actually, his box was closed because he
forgot to pay his $2 fee. He says he never received any notice it was
due.
There were just enough people to spread these rumors that three
candidate names were actually circulated with the rumors, ostensibly,
ready to "move" into the county commission slot. Atleastthatiswhat
some of them told the Chronicle when we made a few routine calls to
"check it out." We called the Sportsmen's Lodge and talked with Mrs.
Allen. She hadn't known Tom Saunders for as long as 3.5 months, and
he had not stayed there except perhaps for a couple of days in a
camper when he had to vacate his Lanark apartment for other
reasons. We later learned that Mr. Saunders had obtained new living
quarters through the offices of Coastal Realty and was at home near
Lanark Village, well within his electoral district, which he had never
really vacated.
True, the District #2 Commissioner does not yet have a phone in his
new quarters but he is working on obtaining a mobile phone. And,
his constituent mail maybe delivered through Lanark Post Office Box
353'for the near term.
During this trek through the rumor circuit, we also checked in with
the department of Elections and the Attorney General in Tallahassee.
While it is true that when an office holder leaves the district that
elected him, the office becomes vacant,.one has to first prove that the
official is in fact no longer a resident of that electoral district not
easily done, especially if the elected official later states he is off on
vacation for a few days, or visited friends outside his district, etc. etc.
etc. 'If proven, some agency, most likely the Governor's office then
must "declare" that the post is vacated.
While the scenario is not entirely predictable because this is also a
political process, the Governor would be a likely authority to appoint
a new commissioner until an election could be held to fill the spot
vacated. What is so odd is that this rumor flew like wildfire across the
county and few bothered to check it out with the commissioner so
involved. Itisas if Friday, fromthe Raido and TV-program DRAGNET
changed his famous line "just the facts madam" to "don't confuse me
with the facts." Rumors destroy careers, people and in the end, they
can inflict insidious damage upon our environment, fermenting
distrust, petty jealousy, and a negativism in which we train ourselves
to believe only the worst in people, places and events. Those who
spread them can find the sunshine of acts very useful instead of their
usual fare, muck'of the gutter.


1


Q. Your predecessor chaired the
Animal Control Authority. Will
you be supportive of it?
A VaY Aloul'ld mind working


Candidates from page 1 with it. I helped initiate the first
would cost between three to five Q. Do you think you can work animal control ordinance.
million to replace and no one who harmoniously with the
can give is going to give us the commission and with Myor Q. Do you have any other
m9iWne.o .taM to: ., -Ihio : ; ... comments you wish to make?
. ,ft ne..a vet y and I are good:aA. I have hands-on-experience
Zf v4 r j m n"o.'witht the work that needs to be
)o..in pres.. .hg. t..hi. .'- ".9, : . aone. I am familiar with grants,
district and interpreting the Q. What is your stand on further water and the sewer system I
preservation ordinance? residential development on the have the time and energy to do the
waterfront? lob
A T.1 -e 1 Ajob.


A. It's simple if they would read
the rules, thay would have no
problem. I was there when it was
written.


By Paul Jones
On September 11, the property
owners of Alligator Pointand Bald
Point will have the opportunity to
exercise their privilege to vote on a
slate of nominees for the election
ofnew officers and board members
to the Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association (APTA) for the year
1993-1994.
Current officers and board
members are Chip Cordell,
President, Dick Diffenderfer, 1st
Vice President; Taylor Moore, 2nd
VicePresident, Lisa Principato,
Secretary; and Bob Harwood,
Treasurer. Board members are
Suzanne Strausberger, Deloris
Prxgrebniak, Missy Withers,
Rosemary Scaringe, Bunky
At.kinson, Lillian Miller, Sat
Satterfield, Paul Parker, Shirley
Altman, Priscilla Williams, Lynn
Brion, and Emma Wallings.
The APTA is' dedicated to
promoting the economic interests
of all of the taxpaying land owners
of Alligator Point and Bald Point.
Several key issues will face the new
contingent of officers and board
members, the biggie being the
County Road 370 protection project
(rock revetment in front of t.he
Alligator PointCamp Grounds and
'the com letion of paving and
striping for the remainder of the
road). The adoption of parking and
speed sign ordinances, negotiation
with Cablevision for a weather
channel, adherence to zoning
restrictions during the
development project on Bald
Point., and the erection of street
signs will also need close oversight
by the APTA.
The APTA will issue a newsletter
immediately following their
August board meeting that will
list the suggested nominees for
election and a list of issues for
immediate consideration.
The aftermath of a late afternoon
thunderstorm on Friday, July 30,
greeted many Alligator Point
residents and weekenders. The
storm laced with severe lightning,
gale force winds, marblesized hail,
and a reported waterspout, which
came ashore as tornado,, s 4't"
throughthelW&st end tcitiiis bf
the peninsular.


A. We should leave the waterfront
as is,: though I see no problem with
developing some of it.


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This violent combination of
natural weather forces resulted in
power and cable TV outages,
marina utility shed damage, and
in some instances very severe roof
damage.. Luckily there were no
injuries.
The monitoring of a scanner,
carrying the Franklin County
Sheriff's radio frequency unfolded
a sequence of activity tat clearly
exemplified Alligator Point's need
to maintain an experienced deputy
in close residence. Sergeant Brad
Bradley, who lives on the Point,
wasquicklyonthesceneofa power
pole that was almost down with a
"hot." line that straddled the road
just West of what is known as the
little "S" curve.

He immediately setup a protection
perimeter across the East and the
West access of the road, staying at
the West end, he notified the
sheriff's department for assistance
and advisement for Florida Power
Company emergency response.
The storm passed, curious
individuals began moving toward
both ends of the cordoned off area.
Sgt. Bradley, cornmunicated
directly with Major Jimmy
Williams, stressing the problems
he was encountering and repeating
his need for backup. By the time
another deputy arrived, cars and
people had wandered within the
unpatrolled area, exposing
themselves and others to injury.
A lot of people here have
speculated as to what could have
happened in Alligator Point did
not have a deputy sheriff,
experienced, in coast catastrophes,
available in close residence to
respond.


s r
Captain Ernie from page 3
sportfishing is my ba. And it is a
fact that many fisheries, here and
elsewhere-salmon, swordfish,
shark, etc.-are in deep trouble. A
species can literally be wiped out
in a large portion of the sea (e.g.,
the Ca lforia sardine, as one of
the speakers noted). On the other
hand, I don't have a clear picture of
many of the causal relations
involved. Nor have I had much
contact with the commercial point
of view, apart from chats with-
distant relatives in the Carolinas I
who are mad as hell at TED's.
I do strongly feel that new I
regulations should always be
accompanied by a due
consideration of enforcement
procedures. It won't do to nab a
local guy for catching a few baby
shrimp when some out-of-state or
out-of-country ship escapes with
an illegal haul weighing tons.


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CANDIDATE FOR
CRB MANAGEMENT
CERTIFICATION
PROGRAM

ALICE D. COLLINS of CENTURY 21
Collins Realty, Inc., has been accepted as
a Candidate in the nationally-recognized
CRB Management Certification Program.
As a CRB Candidate, she will attend
courses in strategic planning, marketing
and training sales associates in order to
better manage her sales team and serve the
needs of buyers and sellers. She will focus
on improving her expertise in market trend
analysis and marketing, as well as in
recruiting and training top-notch sales
associates equipped to meet the
increasingly complex demands of buyers
and sellers. She has five years to complete
the intensive CRB Management Series
and obtain two consecutive years of real
estate brokerage management experience
in order to earn the prestigious Certified
Real Estate Brokerage Manager(CRB)
designation.
The CRB designation is the highest award
real estate brokerage managers can receive.
Established in 1968, the CRB is awarded
only to managers who have met stringent
experience and educational program
prerequisites.
AliceD. Collins is the real estate brokerage
manager/ownerforCENTURY21 Collins
Realty, Inc., at 60 East Gulf Beach Drive
on St. George Island. Currently serving on,
the Board of Directors of the Franklin and
LowerGulfCountyBoardofREALTORS,
Collins is also a member of the Florida
Association of REALTORS and the
National Association of REALTORS, St.
George Island Civic Club and St. George'
Island Business Owners Association. She
'is now on the Board of Directors for the
Apalachicola Bay Chamber of Commerce
and was the 1st woman President in 1985.
She served on the Governor appointed
Apalachicola Bay Resource Management
Committee,FloridaSeafoodFestivalBoard
and helped organize and served on the
BoardofDirectors for the St. George Island
Charity Chili Cook-offAuction for 10
years. She is serving on the Cookbook
Committee for the St. George Island First
Responder.


they will rise up and let everyone
know that they 'ave made a home
for their library. They have
donated and will ." continue .to
donate books to the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public Library System, (1,200
booksand library.equipment from
the estate of Cunningham.) as the
latest donation.They expect those,
books-to stay in possession of, that
Obrary branch but ever available
to be on loan to all branches.They.
will continue to help inevery way
to have a Carrabelle Branch of the.
library, not an outlet, not a station
or any of the other words used to
describe it at.the lastmeting of the
Franklin County Library Board,
Most people say they have never'
heard these words used in these
wordsinconjunctionwithlibraries.


Who will uphold that state credo?
In my opinion it has to be
everybody whose honest aim it is
tobringthemagicofbookstoallof
the people, and are willing to look
together for the best ways of
spending available money. ,
Our county was named after
Benjamin Franklinh Himself an
author, philosopher, moralist and
hero. Straight from his Poor
Richard's Diary comes' the'
statement, "God helps those who;
help themselves." It seems that a
lot of people in Carrabelle; Lanark
and Alligator Point area have;
already done the "helping.
themselves" Will the "god" ol.
state do likewise?


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S Fr ankly Speaking,
from page 3
coming from the Franklin County
Commission. An air conditioner
hasbeen secured. Thebookmobile
costs thousands of dollars to run
and is probably not the most
economical way to get books to
our people.

After hearing that some folks were
unhappy with the suggestions,
Sandra Newell comes up with yet
another idea that could helpdoom
the public library system in
Franklin, in my opimonin essence
she says "Folks, we will have two
library directors, one in Eastpoint
and one in Carrabelle. eacl will
work only fifteen hours." Now I
ask you how is that going to work?
It means, in fact that the library
system in Franklin that so many
worked so hard to establish will
lose the local level of direction.
Please don t start trying to divide
us up. All the folks "in Carrabelle
and Eastpoint really want is access
to a lot of good reading, a home for
the literacy program and someday,
all the oter wonderful things a
FULL County Library brings.
I think that what we need here is
some real talking together amongst
the po01 of dedicated, qualified
people who are working on the
boards and are members of the,
Friends of the Library, before any
decisions are reached and handed
down. Letus all remember that the
State of Florida has a simple and
good credo that says that' that no
one shall impede the delivery of
books to our citizens" and
somehow that seems to bebe about
to be violated here.

From the talk I hear around towntit
is very probable that the citizensof
the Carrabelle area of our county
are not going to stand for the
delivery of their reading materials
by book mobile, while those
thousands of good books, (many
of them like "Bridges of Madison
County," best sellers,) repose
untonched nn thoseholves. I think


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Aids Policy from page 3
To turn to the second issue:
After the National Commission on AIDS released its July 1991 report entitled
The Twin Epidemics.of Substance Use and HIV,5 Rep Charles Rangel of New
York, chairman of the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and
Control, who has been enormously and appropriately concerned about this
issue, requesed that the GAO conduct the study of needle exchange cited
above. The Connm ssion report had recommended that drug abuse treatment
slots be made available to all who apply, and that "legal barriers to the
purchase and possession of injection equipment be removed" as one way to
help break thechain of HIV transmission among injection drug users. The
Commission's analysis included two important findings: first, that needle
exchange programs did not lead to more drug use, and second, that they
could result in behavior change likely to lead to reduced transmission of
HlV.5
The conclusions of the GAO report generally concurred with both of those
assertions. After an audit of more than 800 research and abstract citations, as
well as specific review of the studies of numerous independent needle
exchange programs in the United States and five foreign countries, the GAO
report concluded that "niost projects suggest that programs do not increase
in ion drug se" and that some research suggests programs may reduce
ADS-relatedrisk behavior." '
Despite these results, Representative Rangel maintained his opposition to
needle exchange. In a March 26 press release issued from his of fice following
his release of the GAO report, he said, "As an elected of ficial, I cannot
condone my government telling communities ravaged bytwin epidemics of
drugs and AIDS that cldean needles are the best we can do for you." The
Commission sharesChairman Rangel's overall concern. He is right on target.
The principal recommendation in our Twin Epidemics report was that there
needs to be a major expansion of drug treatment programs "[sol... that
treatment. .. :[is l. .. readily accessible to all addicted persons who seek it."5
But needle exchange programs arenow also vitally important. We believe
they can slow HIV transmission among injection drug users and are a
potentially lifesaving stopgap measure while treatment capacity is being
expanded.
There are many Other issues of concern as we enter the 13th year of this
pandemic. The yirus of AIDS is now broadly sown; Worldwide, an appalling
number of children and young adults are already trapped in a dreadful
morass of illness and blighted hope.No cure or vaccine is m sight. Treatments
are palliative, disappointing, available only to a few, and enormously
expensive. In our country, drug-using behavior is widespread, yet access to
treatment fort drug addiction is still.low on the list of national priorities.
Sexualityis universal, our adolescents are at special risk, but our nation has
been mired in moralistic arguments about how or whether to get appropriate
lifesaviig information arid protective devices to them.
We have chosen to focus on two issues herein since they have a critical impact
on an effective response, its scope, and, above all, the national commitment
that is needed. .
I Denial of this tragedyis ultimately the AIDS virus' most lethal cofactor. This
is a time for agessive actions, enlightened policies (yes, even needle
exchange), and unequivocal leadership. .

1. AIDS: An Expanding Tragedy. Washington, DC: National Commission on
AIDS; 1993.-9
2. The Social Impact of AIDS in the United States. Washington, DC: National
Academy Press- 1993.
3..Needle Exchange Programs: Research Suggests Promise as an AIDS Prevention
Strategy. Washington, DC: US General Accounting Of fice, Human Resources
Division, 1993. Report to the chairman, Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse
and Control, House of Representatives.
4. HIV/AIDS Pandemic: 1993 Overview. Geneva, Switzerland: World Health
Organization, 1993.
S. The Twin Epidemics of Substance Use and HIV Washington, IDC: National
Commission on AIDS; 1991.
From the National Commission on AIDS, Washington, DC. Reprint requests
to Cornell University Medical College, 1300 York Ave, #A127, NewYork, NY
10021 (Dr Rogers).
Reprinted with permission from the Journal of the American Medical
Association (28 Juy 1993) -


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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 August 1993 Page 5


CHILDREN

RESPOND

POSITIVELY

TO SESAME

STREET

WORKSHOP

By Brian Goercke
Franklin County was visited on 21
July by a representative of the
WFSUpublic television network
to conduct a Sesame Street PEP
(preschool education program)
workshop. Twenty three
participants from Eastpoint,
Apalachicola, Carrabelle and St.
George Island met at the Eastpoint
firehouse to obtain more
information in working with their
preschool children.
Carol Killingsworth, of
Tallahassee, led the workshop.
"The turnout is fantastic," Ms.
Killingsworth was quick to
mention, "it's great to see so many
care givers that want to learn about
to how work with their children."
Ms. Killingsworth began the
workshop by handing out Sesame
Street handbooks. The handbooks
contained lesson plans from A to Z
(literally) on how to help children
better understand the educational
activities within the Sesame Street
television shows. Interesting
character/ muppet profiles were
included in thebook. For instance,
the handbook elaborated on the
friendship between the two classic
muppet characters, Bert & Ernie;
while Bert has an angry and critical
persona, Ernie's personality is
much more care-free and jovial.
Nevertheless, thehandbookpoints
out that the resounding lesson to
this unusual duo is that people
with different personalities
can...not only "get along,".... but
be the best o friends.
Ms. Killingsworthasserted that she
hoped children would be able to
realize the deep message in such a
friendship with the help of parents
and care givers. After introducing
the class to their handbooks, Ms.


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Killingsworth engaged the
participants in an interpersonal
activity; each member was asked
to make a list of two personal
characteristics that they felt most
proud of and two activities that
they felt they excelled in. Members
were also asked to draw pictures
of themselves. Ms. Killingsworth
then asked each member to
exchange their pictures/lists and
to introduce one another.
After the introductory activity, Ms.
Killingsworth began her lecture.
The lecture was a balance between
illustrations of the handbook
activities and their application in
small clips from Sesame street
episodes. The class was treated to
lunch by the workshop halfway
through the 4 'h6ur endeavor.
Various participants spoke'of the
workshops learning techniques
and fun activities. ''m having a
Ball!," Ty Stanley of Apalachicola
said. Michele Provenzano of
Eastpoint expressed her
satisfaction in the workshop: It's
good see so many parents getting
together to educate their their
children; my children a going to
school and I want theim to do well
and enjoy their education.!'Shirley
Walker of Apalaclicolaexdaimed:
"I'T'mreally enjoying this workshop.
I love to learn about ways to work
with children. I'm a grandmother
and my grandchild; Jessia, is two
yearsold" ;.'
After the lunch break,' Ms.
Killingsworth had each member
select a children's book; She chose
a book herself and illustrated to
the class many reading techniques
as Identification of co ors, shapes
and people in the book. Then, Ms.
Killingsworth asked each member
to practice the identification
techniques with one another. The
bookreadingactivitywasfollowed
by lecture from the Sesame Street
handbook and small video clips of
Sesame Street television episodes.


The four hour class that began at
9AM came to a close a little after
1PM. Participants eagerly gave
their interpretation of the
workshop in its- entirety, Diana
Smith of the EVENStart program
in Franklin County expounded,"
This was great information for
mothers about theSesame Street
program. It gives them great ideas
to use when they work with their
children at home." Vicki Elmore of
Carrabelle said, "I think that the
workshop will be helpful in
working with a small group of
children and not necessarily with
just one-to one activities." Helen
Marsh from St. George Island
concludcTe-dTi'Mwo kiEoPwA

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delightful experience in teaching
preschoolers about life. All the
participants seemed enthusiastic;
The fact that they could bring their
children gave them the chance to
come."
Paula Millender (a tutor with the
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ITA OB SIKES cuT PUDo
SR6RQVINGTGN f RGERTIES. 0 rmv
All plans for development at the Bob Sikes Cut, St. George Island
have been scrapped in favor of single-family residential zoning at a
special Franklin County Commission meeting 22 July 1993. The
letter from George Mahr and Covington Properties was filed with
the Commission, ending Covington's appeal to the 9th amendment
to the St. George development order and also settling a dispute
between the two over an advanced waste water treatment plant.
Covington's new site plan creates 31 single family lots, with the lots
on theBa at least one acre in size. The other lots range from .9 acre
to about .5acres. while there is a provision for a private boat ramp at
the end of Leisure Lane, the plan eliminates the controversial projects
such as marina, restaurant, dry and wet storage, etc. Thus, the entire
area is now strictly residential. The remaining commercial
development on the barrier island is embraced in the Resort Village
project owned by Dr. Ben Johnpon, located in the middle of the
Plantation in the Nick's Hole area.


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TEENAGE BIRTH RATE


By George H. Malone.
Immediately after the special
meeting of the Franklin County
School Board was called to order
on 26 July, Board Member Willie
Speed asked for the floor and then
proceeded to lecture the board on
the subject of teen pregnancy in
Franklin County.


WILLIE SPEED
PROFESSES
SINCERITY
AND HISTORY
AT 3 AUGUST
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Mr. Speed, reading from an article 1 l l
in a recent issue ofthe Aalachicola '
Times, said that "Franklin County
had the highest rate of births to SchoolBoardmemberWillieSpeed
teenagers in the sta te for the first made his lengthy remarks before
quarter of this year." He then went the Board at its 3 August 1993
on to say that Franklin County has meeting partly in response to
a lot of distinctions, at least three, earlier statements in the July and
as far as the state is concerned: (1.) June. meeting Will Kendall,
School Board-member travel is I meti gs. W-.i ; aUCed
limited to one trip a year; (2.) the Presidentoftheoardnroduced
fourth grade students of Franklin Mr. Speed who had requested an
County made the lowest score in agenda item under the title, "My
the State of Florida on the writing qualifications as a School Board
skills test; and (3.) Franklin County Member".
is number one in teen pregnancies
in the state. "And this one makes A lone awaited speech according
me hang my head in shame," said to Will Kendall-"I've had more
Mr. Speed. hone calls nn this nrnhahlv than


Continuing to read from the article,
Qp*-u ei i-Afh wiC- g-ra f---


any other item in the last year.


opee Iemplasizedcl witl h great orce ,, _.
the statistics which it contained: Mr. Speed: I thought I had better
"...of 33 live births to county submit my resume to this school
residents thatquarter, 27.3percent board asaresultofcommentsmade
were born to teenagers under the by Coach Wagoner concerning
age of 19. The state average is nine name plates and a gavel for the
percent The Franklin County chairman of the school board to..
average...is 27.3--three tihesiinot U TIdo tsa thesethings lihtly.
Just fraction over the average, but I say these in wia [t of
hee iumeas high on the states n sw a
average meang to them. And, when he
Made the comment that the money
MentioningNurse Ruth Wade, who could be used to increase teachers
is cited in the article, Speed got salaries, he got an applause from
onto the subject of community 99 per cent o the teachers present
centers, which are being builtand Nothwithstandingthefactthatl've
renovated in Apalalcola ad been intheforefrontdownthrough.
Carratbe1fe 6' 0ret tyY. th' years'fighting for teachers-'
"Community centers; that re aly is.a _At one tme I was the"
strikes a chord with me," he said. sala. .. uoe tmnw
"Ifwe hadhaveacommuntycenter only member in Franklin County
three or four years ago, we might School system who was a member
have saved just one child." of the teacher's union. Coach
Wagoner was here but he was
He then went on to recount how at afraid to join because after the 68-
an earlier date Mrs. Rose McCoy, in 69 walk-out, the school board was
hercapacityasacitycommissioner, firing teachers and principal
had attempted to get a community administrators right and left..
center for Analacticopa b writing a a t


proposal and submitting it to e
School Board for its approval.
According to Mr. Speed, the board
simply had to approve the proposal
and the State Department of
Education would have given it
$50,000.00 toward a community
center for the county. "But two
members of tha board are still
members of this board. And the
board refused it, because they did
not have vision enough to see down
the road two or three years and
look at this shameful report (the
article)."
In closing, Mr. Speed posed this
question to his fellow members:
"What can we do as a school board
to work with HRS or any other
agency to help cut down on this
shameful condition?" He said that
he has some suggestions about
what the board can do, but for now
he would like to hear from some of
the other members relative to this
problem "that is looking Franklin
County square in the face."
Chairman Will Kendricks, hearing
no responses from the other board
members, recognized Ms. McCoy,
Director of Curriculum, who said
that she wished to answer Mr.
Speed's question as it related to the
educational system. She then
proceeded to layout in considerable
detail what is being done by the.
Franklin County School System to
improve the lives of its charges,
including combating teen
pregnancy. She concluded by
saying, "We cannot resolve them
all through our educational
institutions so we are going to have
to reach out and wirk with, in a
collaborative effort... with members
of the community...."


Mr. Speed responded to Ms. McCoy
by saying that,while he thanked
her for her remarks and considered
them "a breath of fresh air," they
were irrelevant, since he was not
discussing what the schools can
do. He said he wanted to know
what the School Board itself was
going to do. He had one suggestion
or the board: that its members
attend state-sponsored meetings
at which they could learn what
they can do to support the
superintendent in trying to
eliminate or at least cut down on
conditions such as teen pregnancy.
The members would therefore have
a better understanding of what is
being done state-wide to eliminate
this deplorable condition. Mr.
Speed then requested that the
chairman direct the
superintendent to contact other
school boards in the state to find
out what they are doing, what kind
SContinued on page 6.


Speed continued, And after the
secondyear of being member out
there al alone,fightingfor teachers
salaries, no other teacher in this
county was a member of the union,
another teacher joined. And, for
quite sometime we were the only
members of the union fighting for
teachers salaries.
Speed continued, "I'd like for you
to know that I have two college
degrees. A Bachelor's Degree in
Industrial Arts and a Masters
Degree in Administration and
Supervision. I was a classroom
teacher for five years and I was a
Principal in grades K through 12
for 14 years. And, I was also a
DistrictAdministrator for 20years.
And, I have served in just about
every area, every program you
could name with the exception of,
Chapter I, maybe, of every activity
in this District."
Speed continued," I was chief
negotiator for the teachers union...
I was chief negotiator for the
Support Personnel Union. I was in
charge of a SEP-education
program, staff development, and
Instructional Material for over 20
years. ...From 1969 to the time I
retired, I wasinchargeof evaluating
all instructional materials used in
this county. ...I served on ...survey
teams for other school districts
from Escambia County to Duval
County. All inbetween. I served on
site survey teams for those schools.
I served on school plant
surveys...from Palm Beach County
to Escambia County..."
Speed continued, "And, in the area
of Human Resources and
Management Development, I
turned to do those things down
because the School Board had a
policy ...they still have it...to come
before them for travel instead of
coming before the Superintendent.
I turned down other requests to
evaluate program in other
counties... So, when I say
something at this school board
meeting, I'm saying with all
sincerity, I didn't come on this
school board to have fun I came
here to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
And, I want all the people,
including my constituents, to
know that I intend to MAKE A
DIFFERENCE on this school
board."
Continued on page 6


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


Swiss Students from pg. 1 I


WHY DID YOU CHOSE TO VISIT
AMERICA?
Cornelia: "I heard a lot about
America before I chose come here;
I was interested in visiting it by
mvus.if to lmorove mv english."
Sereina. "I wanted to learn about
another culture and improve my
english."
Jessica: "I have a half-family that
lives in.he U.S. and I wa- to learn
perfect english."
Andre: "fd heard a loti about
America (through tv., friends and
books) and I wanted to see how it
really was"
Andreas: "I wanted to improve by
english and to fulfill a youth dream
of getting into contact with other
cultures."
Ines: "Since I have been a little girl,
I always wanted to visit America. I
want to continue to learn english."
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
THINGS YOU MOST ENJOY
ABOUT AMERICA?
Cornelia: "The American way of
life. The shops & towns."
Sereina: "The people who are open
to us."
Jessica: "The shops, people and
towns."
Andre: "What impresses me most
in America is the friendly treatment
you get as a foreigner.y
Andreas: "It's largeness; there are
so many different things in this
country; the freedom you feel; the
good radio stations, ect."
Mies: "The seafood and shopping
malls."
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE
THINGS YOU LEAST ENJOY
ABOUT AMERICA?
Cornelia: "The fastfood and having
tobe21 to getintobars and discos.
Sereina: The fast food and the
high age to get into discos and
bars."
Jessica: "The little cities and the
high age to go into discos."
Andre: "The junk food. Also, you
are not independentwithouta car."
Andreas: "The crazy (bad) food
habits; racial problems; criminality;
and there is almost no public
transport means."
Ines: "The long distances between
towns. The big insects, the very
strict rules that do not allow you to
do anything when you are younger
than 21."
WHAT ARE SOME THINGS THAT
YOU HAVE LEARNED WHILE
LIVING IN AMERICA?
Cornelia: "more english and not to
think "it's better in Switzerland."
Sereina: "Better english. To know
and accept the people you are
together with."
Jessica: "English"
The following is a list of the
sponsoring host family.
STUDENT


Nguyen Anh Long
Andre Banz
Jessica Bierter
Ines Cuocolo
Alex Hermann-Chong
Didier Hirschy
Andrea Hues er
Connie Kalman
Serge Marbacher
Yvan Marquis
Sereina Meier
Timo Salvisberg
Andreas Schmid
Sandra Sigg
David Sommerhalder


Andreas: "Better english; the
American (Apalachlcolan) way of
life; to accept cockroaches as
domestic animals; to appreciate
the Swiss life-style; "
Ines: "better english & french. The
American way of life. To stay in a
really hot city and acccept big
differences between America and
Switzerland."

WHAT HAVE YOU ENJOYED
MOST ABOUT YOUR HOST
FAMILIES?
Cornelia: "To learn something
about art and to talk english to
them."
Sereina: "To have such good
relations."
Jessica: "To talk english with
them."
Andreas: "Their friendliness and
openness; to get in conlJact with
them and their friends and to learn
about their life-style."
Ines: "They showed me a lot of
inlJeresting places and towns. They
have been patient with me when
understand what they have told
me."




The Swiss students and their group
leaders will be departed Franklin
County on 11 August. They were
be shuttled to Orlando via bus and
flew from Orlando International
Airport.
Special thanks to all host families,
the hospitality of Franklin County
residents and businesses and
especially to the local Coordinator,
Edna Brabham,.was extended by
each of the Swiss Students.


Edna Brabham


Swiss students paired with their


HOST FAMILY


Gwen & Doug Creamer
Carol & Jim Morris
Jane & Larry Burke
Richard & Laura Macy
Diane & Lee Winzler
Michelle & David Meyer
Denise & Cliff Butler
Michele & David Belson
Jim & Elaine Thomas
Edna & Charlie Brabham
Judi & Art Little
Marcie Collin
Lora & Lewis James
Brian Goercke
Shirley & Roy Bateman
Evelyn Stripling
Kay & Caddy Cadwallader


Carrabelle City Commission from page 1
400 customers in the service and Silent Partner, the second low
there appeared to only be twelve bidder on typing of city minutes
complaints. "I am amazed at the was awarded the contract after the
percentage of complaints, she said. original low bidder, Betty Neylon
"He serves about 400 residential withdrew. There was discussion
customers. It looks like about 12 on making the recorded minutes
complaints. So I have to take it that shorter but no decisionwas reached
the rest of the people are not on that issue.
displeased. Looks like a very small Helen Schmidtreceived permission
percentage to me!" to contact DOT to close off some
Commissioner Raymond Williams city streets for a parade on Senior
at one point asked Osborne, Fun daytobeheld on 11 September,
,'Wouldn't you be better off to have 1993.
a straight commercial rate?" The
city attorney Bill Webster said that The commission approved the
it was true that Osborne was budget submitted by the Port and
required to come to the commission Airport Authority.
any time he was needing to raise
his rates. City commissioners Ross Tucker gave a short
reiterated the fact that Osborne presentation on a dental and eye
was given the reason for giving care health plan insurance for city
Osborneanexclusivefranchisewas workers and the commissioners
to ensure the lowest possible rates approved establishment of a group
for city residents and to encourage by city employees, and will take up
more people to make use of the the matter further at subsequent
service. All interested parties were city budget workshops.
advised to be present at the
workshop. Fire Chief Bonnie Kerr received
permission to spend $575 for
Dell Snyder accepted a lower equipmentforflrstresponderpolice
payment of $18,392 to be paid officer Larry litton who is the
providing the work )r the latest process of completing the course.
artificial reef m< ts with
Department of Natural Resources The Commission approved the
(DNR.) approval. Divers from the purchase of a 1993 Chevrolet
Organization for Artificial Reefs, Caprice automobile at a cost of
(OAR) who work with cities and $11,771 to be used as a police car.
counties in getting grants for the
reefs, said they only found four of Commissioner Phillips announced
the six proposed sites. They said that according to a new regulation
that visibility was about twenty feet the city will have to purchase a new
and the finding did not, "Prove or low vacuum alarm at a cost of
disprove" that there were less than $1,600 and will have to have the
the six sites. They said at least one water tower inspected.
of the sites already had fish on it,
and the sites looked good. Tom Ion Sanchez was introduced as the
Saunders, owner of Pirate s Cove 1994 chairman of the OAR Father's
Marina on Timber Island, and the DayFishingTournamentwhich will
dockfromwhichSnyderloaded his be held on June 17, 18 and 19.
barge, testified that there were six
bargeloads taken out by Snyder. James Waddell, engineer for
He also said that when the divers Baskerville and Donvan said that
returned to the dock they said that DOT was increasing the budget on
the work was well done. the airport apron project to
$160,000 "rather that cut back on
Another project to be undertaken the apron project." He said that
in 1994 will be to sink an old grain Elizabeth Bishop of EPA will be
bar ge 35 x 195 feet with 15 feet working with the city on the "cease
high sides. The transportation of and desist," order and Wadell felt
the barge to the site will be paid for that "she is willing to work with
b'y grafts. us."(the city.) to resolve the matter.


APPLICATION

MADE FOR

SCHOOL

HEALTH

GRANT


Exclusive to the Chronicle
At the 3 August 1993 School Board
meeting in Carrabelle, Fay Burton
received approval from the Board
to submitan application to the State
of Florida Dept. of Health and
Rehabilitative Services for a
supplemental School Health
Services Grant in the amount of
$169,463.
The grant, if approved, would pay
for supplemental health services
improving student health,
counseling to prevent teenage
pregnancy, drugand alcohol abuse,
improving health education,
student counseling, extra-
curricular activities andccounseling
to improve student's self-esteem.
The bulk of the proposed funds
would expand the mandated
health service already in place by
payingfor a registered nurse, more
health service assistants, a social
worker and psychologist.
The social worker, nurse and
physchologist would provide
teacher in service and
individualized student counseling.
The entire health team would
supplement classroom instruction
in health education and serve as
professional resources on an as-
needed basis. A health assistant
would be stationed at each of the
Franklin County schools, and
provide services ad directed by the
professional members of the health
team.
The application must survive
approvals through two rounds of
intense competition and review
after the initial submission by 13
August 1993.
T h i r ty one counties, including
Franklin, have specifically been
invited to submit applications,
vying for the $440,000 available in
these supplemental grants. Overall,
HRS funds about 192 schools, or 49
projects in 36 counties with a
$9,000,000 annual budget, which,


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


"" Birth Rate
from rage 5
of plans they hveo comoat teep.
pregnancy and to request copies of
their plans that have proved
effective. Such plans could then
perhaps be used to devise an
effective plan for Franklin County.
After attempts by several others to
say something In defense of what is
being done by the school system,
Mr. Speed was once again on the
offensive: "Mr. Chairman, I agree
that we are doing some good things
in Franklin County. There's no
question about that. I agree one
hundred percent, and that's some
of the reasons why we have our
fourth graders making the lowest
score in the State of Florida on the
writing skills test, because we are
doing some good things. We are
doing some good things! That's why
our county in teenage pregnancy
represents three times higher than
the state, bh cause we are doing
some goo l things! The
documentation speaks for itself."
The business of the evening was
then allowed to go forward and
Finance Director John Rieman
presented the proposed budget and
village outlay for the coming school
year. The millage rate was
tentatively set at 7.351 mills,
representing no increase over the
current rate. To be eligible for its
funds, the state requires that school
boards must levy 6.442 mills. The
total of 7.351 mills is achieved by
the school board's raising. 510 mills
in discretionary funding and .399
in capital outlay.
Other business was rather quickly
disposed of, which included, among
other things, the approval of letting
bids for the Brown Elementary
Media Center, a Head Start
proposal and various contracts with
intra-school agencies.
With the completion of business,
Mr. Speed once again asked to
make just one more comment and
said: "I was elected to this school
board, and I had wanted to be a
member of this board for quite a
few years. It was my intention to
make a difference on this board,
and I intend to do just that....And
there are quite a few things and
items that I have not brought up
yet that I intend to bring up. When
I sat out there (in the audience) as
a school board employee, I was


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application is facing an intense two
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needed services. School Board
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abused by school board members,
publicly, and embarrassed. It is
my concern that no other
administrator be embarrassed by
school board members as I was
down through the years, and I
intend to bring some of those things
up.... And they will be coming up
as long as I am on the board.... And
when I (finally) leave this board
they will be able to say that he
really made a difference the short
time he was here.... I did not come
here to stay. Thank you Mr.
Chairman."
The chairman then asked two
things of Mr. Speed: one, that he
put his "items" on the school board
meeting agenda and, two. "that
you not hold this system back by
any bitter feelings that you may
have acquired in the last 30 years."
Mr. Speed responded that he was
not talking about the presentboard,
with the exception of the two
members who are holdovers, the
chairman and"Coach" Wagoner,
whom he does blame.
Board Member Connie Sadler, after
several attempts, was finally
recognized and proceeded to try to
offer word ofreconciliation, saying
that "as board members we are
here to work together instead of
disagreeing and retaliating because
of things that have happened in
the past."
In response to this, Mr. Speed said,
"We certainly thank you for those
inspiring remarks there, Mrs.
Sadler, inspiring." Witt hisparting
shot, the meeting was adjourned.
Professes-
frbm page 5
Speed continiiued by stating, "And,
when I'm gone, you will be able to
say, he certainly did make some
comments that were worthy of our
consideration. And, I want the
board members to understand that.
When I get up here to say
something, I'm not just saying it to
be saying it. I want the
Superintendent to understand
that."
Speed continued, ..No member
on this board has ever served that


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I can recall going back to 1845 that
has theexperience and educational
background that I have in
education. And, I have about as
hard a time in getting this Board to
approve things that I suggest as
my great, great uncle did, when he
was on the school board from 1869
to 1886. He tried to get the school
board to build a school for blacks.
They were going to school in
churches. After he donated the
land, and before his death in 1886,
in the early 1880s he got the school
board to approve building the first
school for blacks. And, they
awarded the to building of that
school for $125 to Reverena Ezekeel
Walton who was a building
contractor at that time. And,
Reverend Ezekeel Walton is Mrs.
Rose McCoy's great grandfather.
But, I want you to know that my
great, great uncle had a difficult
time getting things through for
blacks... I have a difficult time
sometimes getting some things
from this school board for all the
children."
Speed concluded his speech by
stating, "Im an educator. And, I
certainly want to do everything I
can for the boys and girls of this
county..... I want all of these
children to be outstanding... So,
Mr. Chairman, when I make a
comment on this borad, I'm not
just saying something. I'm saying
with all sincerity. I want the Board
to be aware of that. Thank you Mr.
Chairman."



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