Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Publication Date: September 10, 1993
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A gigantic one-day blue grass festival will open 16 October 1993 in
Carrabelle at Timber Island, featuring seven bands and entertainers,
'food booths and arts and crafts. Gates will open at 9:00 A. M.
Music starts at 10:00 AM and will continue throughout the day until
midnight You are invited to bring a lawn chair and relax in comfort
to listen to the Reno Brothers from the Grand Ole Opry, the Bluegrass
and Back, New Horizon, Rhythm Makers, Lynn Hankins, Will Morris
and Rod Kilborn. The Carrabelle Square Dancers will also be
performing, and a rumor still circulates that another "big
entertainer"'may appear to perform one or two numbers, but no one
will identify the personality at this time.
Tickets are currently on sale. See Susan at Bayside Flower Shoppe,
Jerry at Harry's Lounge, Barbie at Ell's Court or Pat at Island View
Motel. In Lanark, see Bob at Village Fina or Jean at Gulf Waters
Motel. Advance admission tickets are $5.00, $6.50 at the gate on the
day ofthe festival. Ifthere are additional questions, call Betty Mason,
697-2585. Children under 10 will be admitted free. Prizes will be
given away every hour. The shows will be presented under tent, rain
or shine.
The Timber Island project is on the Carrabelle River, just off of
highways 98 and 319. If arriving from the north (Tallahassee area),
Just take 98 through town, over the Tillie Miller bridge, and look for
the turn-off on the left as you pass Julia Mae's restaurant.



The next meeting of the Bay,
Franklin, Gulf Healthy Start
Coalition, Inc. will be on 15
September 1993 at the Florida
Power Building, Apalachicola, at
2:00 P.M. Mr. Garfleld Wilson will
address the group. Norton Kilbour
has been selected as Task Force
Chairperson for the group.
Members are urged to contact him
if you have questions wish to be
qn the agenda, or have an agenda
topic for discussion. Phone: 904-

In Carrabelle
By Jack McDonald
Raymond L. Williams was elected
Thursday, 9 September 1993, to a
four year term on the Carrabelle
City Commission. Of the total of
203 votes cast in the at-large
election, Williams received 163
votes, and his only opponent,
Harley Hicks, received 39 votes.
The totals included six absentee
ballots, of which the Williams-
Hicks division was 5-1. Jim Phillips
was unopposed in the only other
contest at issue in the election.
Williams, who is 54, had been
named to his Council Seat #4 (in
charge of streets and recreation)to
succeed Carlton Wathen about
eight months ago when Wathen
was elected Mayor to replace the
late Kenneth Cope. William's only
other venture into the political
arena occurred in 1992 when he
sought election to the Franklin
County Board of Commissioners.
He lost by a narrow margin to Tom
Saunders. Supporters have already
suggested that Williams seek that
office again in 1994.








Mrs. Myrt Bevis with her attorney
Barbara Sanders met head on with
neighbors Mrs. Polly Howell and
Mrs. Vera Wallace in front of the
Franklin CountyCommission once
again over the variance for a septic
tank, granted to Mrs. Bevis just
two weeks ago.
At the Commission meeting on
Tuesday, 7 September 1993, the
Commissioners once again
changed their minds, revoted the
matter and rescinded the variance.
The initial rejection came on the
morning of 17 August by the
Commission because the septic
tank on her small lot would be too
-ose towaterwells on the adjacent

Continued on page 6




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Wayne Gleasman

By Debe Beard
The first September meeting of the
Apalachicola City Commission
proceeded quickly and smoothly,
on the evening of the 7th, with
commissioners moving swiftly to
vote on several issues, including
the appointment ofa Library Board
member, the sale of a downtown
theater property, and the use of
city property for a firing range,
while declining to take action on a
complaint against the city's
building inspector and the
inclusion of a commercial
shrimping vessel at the city owned
During the early minutes of the
meeting, commissioners heard
from the Reverend Thomas Banks,
who had several questions
concerning the city's building
inspector, and more specifically
about a permit given for a structure
and drive-way being built on Water
Street. Amidst claims of partiality
and conflicts of interest, Reverend
Banks was advised by
Commissioner Rose McCoy that
any complaints against any city
employee for lack of job
performance or negligence should
be made in writing giving the
employee the opportunity to
Continued on page 6

Despite the intense level of
discussion among the 116 persons
present in the period before the
scheduled annual meeting of the
St. George Plantation Owners'
Association on Saturday, 4
September 1993, there was not
enough of the voting membership
present, either in person or by
proxy, to fulfill a quorum. Thus,
the annual meeting of 615 owners
controlling 906 votes could not be
Wayne Gleasman, Plantation
Manager, announced to the 116
persons who waited for over two
ours while registrars counted and
re-counted admission slips and
proxys that only 316 owners were
in fact represented in person or by
proxy, and that 341 constituted a
quorum before an official annual
meeting could be held. A number
of important issues were pending,
including a revision to the
covenants governing the
Architectural Control Committee,
election of two Board of Directors,
and a resolution providing for the
use of absentee ballots. A new
date for the annual meeting was
scheduled for Saturday, 23
October 1993, tobe preceded with
another large mailout of materials,
estimated to cost about $750.
Some complaints were voiced that
not all of the members received
the earlier packets, bulk mailed in
late August. The new mailout will
be sent First Class. Moreover,
concerns were also expressed
about membership apathy in
considerable contrast to lastyear's
,annual meeting, which turned out
a very large response.
On Friday, 3 September, a
discussion panel on the Resort
Village Agreement was held to
some success in explaining key
provisions ofthe contract. Dr. Ben
Johnston presented a plan of
Resort Village revisions with
handouts. Dr. Tom Adams
circulated a short paper about the
amendments to the Resort Village
agreement in which the
amendments were not initialed by
the Plantation Board of Directors
nor did it appear that the
amendment pages were a part of
the signed document. Adams
stated that there was no resolution
to amend the Plantation covenants
on 5 September 1992, in
Plantation records the date of the
last annual meeting.

Marine Fisheries Commission Page 2
Ship in Carrabelle Page 2
Alligator Point Page 2
Saltwater Tips Page 3
Editorial & Commentary Page'3
Around the Nation on Amtrak Page 4
Coastal Cleanup Page 4
Juvenile Justice Page 6
Mullet & Shrimp Rules Page 6

Apalachicola City Elections






By Debe Beard
Apalachicola's first primary election of the year saw one winner for
the Group 3 City Commission Seat, and prompted a run-off for the
Group 4 seat.
Long time resident and vocational education teacher Wallace Hill
took the Group 3 seat in a close race, vacated by Rose McCoy,
capturing 355 of the 696 votes cast in that district. Hill serves on the
city's Planning and Zoning Board, and had previously said he would
work to expand the tax base, keeping it compatible with the seafood
industry. Other issues of concern to Hill include affordable water
service, and recreation.
Hill's opponent, solid waste coordinator Van Johnson received 49%
of ballots cast, 341 votes.
Three candidates vied for the Group 4 seat, vacated by Edith
Edwards; former commissioners Frank Page and Grady Lowe, and
Apalachicola resident Glenda Denney. Denny received 23% or 156
of the 658 ballots cast Lowe received 37% or 242 votes, with Page
garnering 260 votes, 40% of the total ballots. A run-off between Page
and Lowe will be held Tuesday, September 21.
A total of 1,254 votes were cast by the citizens of Apalachicola.



By Jack McDonald
Carrabelle city commissioners
voted Wednesday night' 18
September, 1993 to give Argus
Services, Inc., of Panama City, a
90-day trial period during which it
would be permitted to pick up
commercial and residential
garbage in the city.
Governor"Gov" Webb, of the Argus
company, offered to deposit a
$7,000 cashier's check as a
performance bond with the city of
Carrabelle. This amount would be
returned to him if, at the end of 90
days, the city did not wish to give
him a contract.
Commissioners noted that Hank
Osborne, whose Coastal Sanitation
firm has an exclusive collection
franchise agreement with the city,
had failed to appear at the meeting
as ordered to explain alleged lapses
in service and complaints from
customers. Commissioners said
that Osborne had raised
commercial collection rates
without approval of the city
Osborne had countered earlier that
some bills had been adjusted to
reflect the volume of garbage and
the frequency of service. He also
said some of the complaints had
arisen as a result of billing errors.
He had asked for a chance to
correct the errors.
But Webb said Tuesday that
Osborne had asked him to take
over the garbage business. He said
he had purchased 23 containers
from Osborne. He, Webb, asked
for a chance to "straighten out" the
service and billing problems. A
commissioner said Osborne should
have talked to the council before
negotiating with Webb. Webb said
Argus wanted the opportunity to
prove its capability of providing
good service. He said he would bill
customers for one month's service
at.a time.
Continued on page 6






By George Malone
The Board of County
Commissioners 1994 public
hearing on the county budget took
place on Tuesday, 7 September,
was a very routine affair with
Chairman Dink Braxton going
down the list of expenditures which
had been agreed upon at the several
budget workshops held earlier,
untithe called off "salaries of county
employees." At this point Carol
Wilson from the tax collector's
office, acting as spokesperson for
several female county employees
who were present, asked to be
recognized. She then asked for an
explanation ofwhy six male county
employees (three each from the
road department and the land-fill
department) had that morning at
the regular board meeting each
been given raises of $200 per
month, when the various
department heads had been
instructed earlier by the board not
to give any raises at this time.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
then attempted an explanation for
the apparentdiscrepancy by saying
that"this stems from a meeting we
Continued on page 6


on page 5

The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 2, Number 17 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 September- 25 September 1993

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Poa p 10 antpmhber 1993 The Franklin County Chronicle

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th




The Marine Fisheries
Commission has scheduled a
public meeting for October 6-
8, at the Ramada Inn Beach,
12907 Front Beach Road in
Panama City Beach (please
see meeting agenda on page
5). The meeting will include
the following:

This rule would:
- prohibit the harvest of the
following species by the use of
purse seines: sharks, rays,
skates, sturgeon, gar, tarpon,
ladyfish (except in the
Panhandle), bonefish, eels,
American shad, hickory shad,
Alabama shad, bluebackherring,
skipjack herring, lizardfish, sea
catfish, codfishes, cusk eel and
brotulid, squirrelfish, snook,
striped bass, seabass and
groupers, bluefish, cobia, Florida
pompano, palometa, permit,jack
crevalle, horseye jack,
amberjacks, African pompano,
blue runner (except in the
Panhandle), dolphin, snappers,
mojarra, tripletail, grunt, porgy,
drum, spadefish, mullet, goatfish,
barracuda, mackerel, bonito,
swordfish, marlin. lefteye
flounders, righteye flounders,
soles, tonguefishes, blackfin
tuna, ballyhoo, flying fish,
butterfish, and all species listed
in the Commission's tropical
ornamental marine life rule
- establish a five percent bycatch
allowance (alongwith a maximum
bycatch allowance in pounds);
no bycatch would be allowed for
species for which sale is
prohibited, and a bycatch
allowance equal to the
recreational bag limit would be
allowed for species so regulated
This rule, intended to conform
with anticipated federal rule
changes that will split Florida's
annual commercial quota for Gulf
of Mexico Group king mackerel
into two equal subquotas and
regionally regulate harvest with
trip limits, would:
- establish a daily vessel limit of
50 fish until half the subquota is
reached, and 25 fish until the full
subquota isreached fromVolusia
County to Dade County
- allow unlimited harvest until
75% of the subquota Is reached
and then establish a daily vessel
limit of 50 fish until the full quota
is reached from Monroe County
to Escambia County
- establish a minimum size limit
of 20 inches fork length for all
harvest of king mackerel (to
conform with current rules in
federal waters)
This rule would remove daily
vessel limit season segments on
the state's Gulf coast, and instead
allow unlimited commercial
harvestof Spanish mackerel until
the federal quota is met in the
West Coast Region. A 500 pound
dailyvessel limit would apply the
remainder of the season in the
West Coast Region. In addition to
these provisions, this rule would,
in the East Coast Region:
- limit all nets in the directed
Spanish mackerel fishery to a
depth of 120 meshes during the
1,500, 1,000, and 500 pound
season segments
- allow the transfer of Spanish
mackerel between vessels at sea
under the following conditions:
must take place outside the
Colregs Demarcation line only
all nets aboard vessels must
have a stretched mesh of at
least 3 1/2 inches and have a
depth of no greater than 120
a legal daily vessel limit may
be removed from a net and be
isolated on board
all fish exceeding a legal
possession limit must remain
entangled in meshes of the net
until another boat legally
licensed to harvest Spanish
mackerel is within a specified
distance (e.g., 50 yards) and is
preparedto receive a dailyvessel
limit fish must then be
removed from the net and
directly transferred orbe put In
a container for transfer to the
HEARING (if requested)
This rule would establish a daily
commercial harvest limit of 20
bags of oysters statewide, and
allow the commercial harvest of
oysters in Apalachicola Bay from
November 16 through June 30
each year (unless the Bayis closed
for health purposes or the

Department of Environmental
Protection determines that the
harvestof 300 bags of oysters per
acre inthe Bayis not sustainable).
HEARING (if requested)
This rule would set the amount of
tarpon tags allowed to be issued

in 1994 at 2,500, with 1,250
reserved for fishing guides.
The Commission will review its
draft rule for seatrout and further
consider its management policy
for this fishery. The proposed rule

Ramada Inn Beach
12907 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach
OCTOBER 6 8, 1993

8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Agenda
Approval of Minutes Advisory
Committee Selection (Round One)
Oyster, Final Public Hearing (if requested)
Hard Clam Draft Rule Review
Shark, Draft Rule Review
Snook, Policy Decisions
Tarpon Tag Quota, Final Public Hearing (if

8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m. Administrative Committee Meeting

8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m.* Spanish Mackerel, Final Public Hearing (if
King Mackerel, Final Public
Escambia Bay Menhaden, Final Public Hearing
Statewide Purse Seine Species, Final Public

8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Statewide Purse Seine Species (continued,
if necessary)
Reef Fish Policy Decisions
East Coast Purse Seine Draft Rule Review
Spotted Seatrout, Draft Rule
Review/Policy Decisions
Advisory Committee Selection (Final Round)
Election of Officers
Other Business

* Public testimony is invited on these issues.


change the recreational
maximum seatrout size limit from
24 to 20 inches (with a daily
allowance of one fish harvested
over 20 inches)
establish a daily recreational
bag limit for seatrout of 3 fish on
the east coast, 2 fish on the
southwest coast, 7 fish in the Big
Bend, and 5 fish in the Panhandle
establish a January/February
closed season for all seatrout
harvest statewide
change the start of the
commercial harvest season from
November 1 to March 1'statewide
reduce the average coiinmercial
-harvest levels for seatrout-by 18
"percent on the east coast and
19.5 percent on the west coast
upon implementation of the rule,
and apply the same reductions
again two years later
establish a daily commercial
trip limit of200 pounds ofseatrout
per vessel
during the closed months or
once the quota has been met in a
region, prohibit the commercial
harvest of seatrout in excess of
the recreational bag limit and
prohibit the sale of seatrout
caught in the region
The Commission will review a
draft rule that would lower the
minimum size limit exemption
for aquaculture raised hard clams
to 5/8- hinge width for both In-
state and out-of-state sales, allow
grading of hard clams by
aquaculturists at on-shore
facilities, and provide other
harvesting gear specifications,
sorting requirements, and
establishment of a recreational
hard clam bag limit.

By Debe Beard
With only a modest amount of debate,
the Franklin County School Board
wrapped up their final public hearing,
later approving a budget and millage
rate for the 1993-94 school year. The
village will remain the same as in the
past several years; a total of 7.351
mills. A discretionary portion for
advertising of .510 remains the same.
With the state's required local effort
decreasing from 6.652 in 1992-93 to
6.442 for 1993-94.
A budget of approximately $130,000
was adopted unanimously by the board,
showing an increase ofnearly $50,000.
Superintendent C. T. Ponder stated
the school district should be
commended for progress made in the
past four years, saying they haven't
had to borrow money, go in the red, or
increase village. The budget, millage,
and financial report were approved
unanimously by the board, with all
members present.
Board members agreed not to
implement a breakfast program at
Apalachicola High School, after
reviewing a survey indicating only 10
% of students at the school would
participate in such a program.
A resolution supporting an adequacy
lawsuit was approved by the board at
the Thursday night meeting. The
adequacylawsuithas been filed against
the State of Florida by the Florida
Association of District School
Superintendents, asking the state to
provide adequate funding for
education. Board member Wllie Speed,
while voting for inclusion in the suit,
warned other members that if the
association's suit was successful,
budget problems would be a thing of
the past. If not, he expressed fear that
the school system would be penalized
by the legislature.
The next regular meeting of the School
Board has been changed from October
5 to October 12.


By Paul Jones
Immediately after World War II,land onAlligator Point was offered for
sale to prospective residents. Whenever a home was constructed, a
single well had to be drilled to provide the inhabitants with water.
Due to the heavy concentration of minerals in the aquifer, especially
sulphur, this well water was not the desired thirst quencher.
Residents stocked up on drinking water in large bulky five-gallon
glass demijohn type jugs. These heavy jugs had to be transported
rather frequently to and from a suitable source somewhere off the
peninsula of the Point.
This process was a way of life for the residents of the Point for over
twenty years. In 1967, the Alligator Point Water Resource
District(APWRD) was established to provide a source of potable
water for the use of the residents of the Point. Currently, there are
five deep wells located throughout the area which comprises the
Alligator Point/Bald Point peninsula. These wells feed storage
tanks, which in turn, provide for a daily usage of water varying from
40 thousand to 250 thousand gallons.
The APWRD is governed through a board of directors chaired by
Taylor Moore, with members Barbara Withers and Ed Brautigan.
Everyday operations are handled by Jimmy Jordan, system
maintenance; Hobe Tomkins, office administration; and Sat
Satterfield, consultant engineer..
In addition to the monthly metered commodity charge for water the
APWRD is currently collecting equipment location Iease fees from
MultiVision Cable Company. MultiVision's satellite dish array is
located on the water department grounds and their antenna grids
are attached to the water tank tower.
According to Jimmy Jordan, the immediate area of concern for the
APWRD is the installation of three fire hydrants at new locations
East of the Alligator Point Camp Grounds and the installation of new
control facilities to reduce the amount of iron deposits caused by the
intermittent use of the well waterpumps.
Reader feedback from the 26 August 1993 article on the Alligator
Point/St. Teresa Fire Department criticized the APWRD for having
insufficient water pressure on its two-inch water supply line to
support the new pumper truck. Jordan verified that could be a
problem, but he responded that the "water department was
established to provide potable water for the Point and not for fire
protection... that the fire department should develop procedures to
use the available bay or gulf waters to fight fires".
A few weeks ago, Kendall Wade, Franklin County Clerk of the Circuit
Court, expressed his disbelief to current Alligator Point Taxpayers
Association president, Chip Cordell, that the county had not
completed the necessary repairs to County Road 370 in front of the
Alligator Point Camp Grounds. This particular road damage was
incurred by tidal storm surge way back on 13 March of this year.
Fortunately, the county's negligence in not repairing this short strip
of road has not YET resulted in any personal Injury or property
damage. All during the summer months beach goers parked in the
damaged lane causing one lane traffic...sheriff deputies continually
had to patrol the area to clear the lane for safe car travel and for
persons needing to cross the road.
We need a group of officers that will support OUR way of life on
the Pointl A group that will provide solutions rather than problems!

Governor Chiles announced-on 10
September the app 4ntment of
Carole Adams and Randy Poteet to
the Carrabelle Port and Airport


There will be a meeting of the
State Housing Initiatives Program
(SHIP) Partnership on 14
September at 5:00 P. M. (EDT)at
the Senior Citizen's Center in
Carrabelle. Anyone interested in
affordable housing in Franklin
County is invited to attend. For
more information, please call Mike
Donovan, Apalachee Regional
Planning Council at (904) 488-
6211 or (904) 674-4571.








The Resort Village Workshop held
on Thursday evening, 9 September
1993, in the Franklin County
Courthouse and courtroom
brought forward over 20 speakers
and about 120 county residents
from Apalachicola, Eastpoint and
St. George Island to hear Dr. Ben
Johnson outline his revised master
plan for the Village, and others
opposed to the development.
Dr. Johnson outlined the major
revisions to the Resort Village plan
including the reduction of
residential villas to 60 or a 56%
reduction. The commercial square
footage has dropped about 64%,
from96,000 square feet to 35,000,
in the form of specialty shops of
various types. The inn-guesthouse
rooms have also dropped from 275
in the Plantation Owners'
Association (POA) agreement to
247. A number of speakers
supporting the Village plan spoke
of Dr. Johnson's willingness to
compromise as one reason for their
support of his project.
Two members of the Board of
Directors of the POA, Ms. Lori
Rodrique and Helen Spohrer
support the Village project. Ted
Rodrique, father of Lori, read a
letter from her supporting the
zoning change of the Johnson
property from single-family to
multi-family use, which would
permit mid-rise, multi-family
dwellings. Helen Spohrer
supported the Village project citing
Dr. Johnson's changes toward
lower density, and the prospects
for economic development.
Opposition to changing the land
use from single family residential
to multi-family use was strongly
represented in the remarks by
Harry Buzzett, Royce Hod- Lenny
Davis and Dr. Tom Adams Dr.
Adams presented a letter from the
Florida Department of
Environmental Protection
concerning the recently announced
application for a construction
permit to build a wastewater
treatment facility in the Village.
The Program Administrator for
Water Facilities in the Northwest
District told Dr. Adams that the
application was under review and
was considered "incomplete".

In the next issue of the Chronicle,
a more detailed report will be
included on the Resort Village
project. The hearing for changing
the land-use will be on 5 October
1993.Avideotape ofthis Workshop
II will be made available in the next
few weeks, to be advertised in the

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 September 1993 *, Page 3

Editorial and Commentary



This was not one of the better weeks in Franklin County Commission
decision-making. On the issue of Mrs. Myrt Bevis, the Commission
flip-flopped in a decision concerning a request for a variance
she wanted in order to use her small lot. Arguments pro and con were
heard and then came the vote. At first, in early summer, the matter
was decided against Mrs. Bevis, then when it was brought up again.
the Commission voted for the variance.
On 7 September, the Commission reversed itself yet again. Now, the
Commission is possibly faced with an expensive lawsuit from Mrs.
Bevis, using up valuable Franklin tax dollars which the
Commissioners say they value. This example of government action,
and then reaction, is not the way to run the ship of state in Franklin

We look to decision-mahl
abundantly clear this hol.

in search of some certainty, but it is
'o be quickly dashed at the county

Attorney Barbara Sanders (left)
and Mrs. Myrt Bevis
Consider item two. The composting issue and the Commissioner's
reversal of their decision on 17 August, and their earlier decision to
disapprove the old Buckeye Mill site for Bob Allen's composting
project. The Commission overruled their own volunteer planning
and zoning board, and the recommendations of Franklin County
Extension Director Bill Mahon. While a change in one vote reversed
the situation, jerking around on this issue reflects badly on the entire
County Commission. We think the citizens of Franklin County are
entitled to better Commissioner preparation on the issues, more
sensitivity to their electors, and the wisdom ofknowing the importance
of accountable action, certainty (in the law) and fairness.
Knee-jerk reactions, inadequate preparation, and inconsistency are
invitations to confusion, ambiguity and derelict construction in
county government. There are enough problems in the county
without more fuel added to the fires of uncertainty by a flip-flop
Board of County Commissioners.
While we want tobe very clear that we are not criticizing the decisions
described above, we are concerned about the process used by the
Commission and the mind-changing syndrome which seems to
permeate Commission decision-making.
On another matter, the Board is quick to brow-beat some county
agencies for proposing expanded budgets under the guise of saving
tax dollars. Then, they turn around and approve expenditures for
lawyer fees which fight one of the most progressive projects designed
* to help the seafood industry, in the midst of statements by such
respected and long time entrepreneurs as Grady Levins or Bob Kirvin
as reported in this issue. Aquaculture may of had its problems, but
the oysters have been grown inApalachicola Baywaters to regulation
This project has a future here and is making great strides elsewhere
in the state of Florida. But, in Franklin County, our County
Commission is still fighting the project by paying out lawyer fees to
continue litigation. Thus far, at least $2,500 have been paid and
"more is on the way" as the few remaining aquaculture farmers fight
to obtain their leases in Apalachicola Bay leases that are so
restrictive that they pose no threat to others. Yet, the sages on the
Commission continue to "save" Franklin CountyTaxpayer dollars by
continuing to put out money to fight the future and indirectly, the
Franklin County youth. Their names shall be marked well when
election time comes, and memories will be elongated for that special

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10 September 1993

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
Captain Ernie. Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Jack McDonald
.............Rene Topping
............Paul Jones
............Brian Goercke
.............Debe Beard
............ Janyce Loughridge,
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
S............Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.

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Proof Reader Leslie Turner
Video Production David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
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Susan and Mike Cates St. George Island
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Saltwater Tips By Ernie Rehder
During an August visit to Oregon
I fished in the Pacific for rockfish
and ling cod, species until then
known only to me byway of fishing
magazines. It was a different
experience in refreshingly cool
waters, prompted by an intriguing
pictorial I'd come across some time
ago (in the dentist's office, of
course) which displayed multi-
hued and exotic, finny rockfish
caught off the California coast
with electric reels.
Once determining that the
unsportsmanlike electrical device
was not used in that part of
Oregon, I went for it: 8 hrs. of
bottom fishing on the Siggi-G,
captained by Joe Ockenfels, out
of Garibaldi port on the Tillamook
Bay. The same 33 footer fishes for
salmon and halibut, but those
two seasons had just ended.
The day began on a dubious note.
The Siggi-G, like other charters
there, weighs anchor at 5 AM,
which for me meant a 2-hr. trek
from Portland at ungodly hours,
over mountain roads, and in
intermittent rain (standard
forecast in the Northwest coastal
areas). The fee was $55, one-day
Oregon license included, which,
in my dazed state, seemed a bit
high for fishing in potentially rough
My reservations were not allayed
during the cruise out ofthe harbor,
aswe cut through 3-5 ft. seas. The
courteous crew said that was
nothing for them. The rods were
rigged in what was for me a
peculiar collection ofnoveltyitems:
a 20-oz. cigar-shaped lead weight,
with hooks above, decorated with
multi-colored plastic feathers. We
were to fish in 350 ft. of water-
which, accustomed to our shallow
gulf bottoms, I could scarcely

My query as to the kind of fresh
bait to be used was greeted with a
surprising response: "Nothing."
When I asked whether those
peculiar rockfish eat bare sinkers
and pieces of colored plastic, the
patient mate replied "Yes."
And he was right. All came up
roses, for the sea calmed, the skies
cleared, and all 15 of us caught
fish. About20 miles offshore, when
the captain found the appropriate
rock formations and fish on the
finder, we dropped lines and
immediately hooked rockfish.
Hauling them in was considerably
less immediate. I got the first strike
on the boat, from a monster, I was
certain, and called for the gaff, the
net and every other available
landing implement. After much
puffing and groaning, I was the
proud owner of a 2 pounder, which
turned outto be the smallest catch
of the day. I began to reconsider
the case for electric reels.
Rockfish, which occupy occupy
ecological niches similar to those
of snapper and grouper, come in a
bewildering assortment of names
and colors. Most of those we
caught were called "Yellowtails"
and "Widows," both of which are
dark and bear a vague
resemblance to smallmouth bass,
but with big eyes and spinier fins.
They were smallish, 2-4 lbs. The
bigger ones we snared, up to 10
lbs., were bright red! These garnet
and vermilion types taste like and
are, in fact, called "red snapper"
in restaurants, but their official
names are Canary and Yellow-eye
rockfish. I caught my biggest red
one on that dullgrey sinker. Some
color contrast.
The ling cod, a worthy opponent
as well as taste treat, may best be
described as a gaping, toothy
mouth affixed to a long and flexible
eelish body. We caught 3 or 4 of
these critters which, I was told,
range up to 30-40 lbs. The big
ones are hooked as they swallow
smaller fish already on the line.
Kind of like a barracuda, but they
don't cut the fish in half.
Joe Ockenfels, latest in a
distinguished line of Siggi
captains, said, when I mentioned

Continued on page 6

Captain assisting fisherman
with triple header

Finally, we would not, for one moment, argue against anyone
receiving a pay raise, yet in the midst of Commissioner's public
statements about no raises being included in this year's budget and
the ironic statement by one Commissioner that budgets have not
been changed very much by public input, the surprising, last-
minute, eleventh hour posturing about raises for County employees
is another puzzle of inconsistency. Presto. $900 for each employee.
All this in the hand-wringing atmosphere of claimed scarce dollars
for animal control, library funds, the hospital issues, road repairs
and paving, and many other issues. What can one believe coming out
of County Government now?
Are we unfairly picking on the Commissioners? Certainly not. They,
after all, have created their own problems, and the public is noting
this week's decision-making. Some, like Carrabellean William
Larimore, are simply fed up. We think the entire county ought to take
note of what is happening here as, in our opinion, these decisions
leave considerable room for doubt that some on the County Board
of Commissioners are really up to the tasks of dealing with the
ongoing county problems left in this century.
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By Pamela Amato
I witnessed something
extraordinary last week. Two
people began an "impossible
mission" on Friday, 27 August.
The "impossible mission" had to
be completed by September 1 and
the requirements to accomplish
such an undertaking seemed
overwhelming. The rewards were
so great should this mission
succeed, they knew they had to
put forth the effort.
They began by making initial
contacts to determine if their effort
would be feasible. Other contacts
were made to gather statistics.
Appointments were made to solicit
support. With each call, with each
meeting, another person became
excited about the "impossible
mission." They joined in, one by
The number of participants
swelled. By Saturday, a group of
citizens, professionals and
community leaders had formed to
"brainstorm" the possibilities
should this "impossible mission"
succeed. People worked on
through the nights, the weekend,
some as many as 20 hours a day.
Thirty Federal, State, and County
agencies, civic and religious
organizations and local businesses
pledged their support and active
involvement should this
"impossible mission" succeed.
Needed statistics and information
were phoned, faxed and carried to
the little group working to compile
the needed data and compose the
information into the required
format. Three computers were
working away. Phone lines were
burning. Cars were going back
and forth throughout the County.
What a cheerleading section this
group found within the County.
people volunteered time and talent
to do the most menial tasks. They
- fetched and carried. They brought
coffee and cake still warm from
their ovens in the late evening
hours. They gave up time on their
weekend. Time away from their
family and household tasks. The
core group of people who put the
final product togetherwere elated,
exhausted, discouraged,
encouraged, and determined.
The deadline drew near and things
looked gloom. Would it be finished
in time? A trip still had to be made
to Tallahassee where the product
had to be received not later than
5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, the 1st
ofSeptember. Yes, we would make
it. No, -e wouldn't. We'couldn't
Possibly get the paperwork copied,
collated, checked and packaged.
Yes, we could. Yes, we would. Yes,
we did.
The little package left Franklin
Countyat2:31 p.m. The lastreview
and signature that were required
were put to paper on the steps of
the Coger Center, then a frantic
trip to the Capitol Building. The
package was breathlessly turned
over to the appropriate people with
*time to spare, albeit that time was
in minutes.
What was this "impossible
mission" that inspired a group of
people to expend this amount of
effort, motivated the community
to provide such support, brought
forth such an immediate response
from agencies and businesses? It
was the possibility of receiving a
grant of $75,000 from the newly
formed Juvenile Justice Council.
A grant that will enable the
Franklin County Library, with the
participation of all of those
agencies, organizations,
businesses and citizens who
pledged their support and
involvement, to provide a program
for the young people of our
This program will be educational,
informational and entertaining.
There will be three locations within
the County that will provide
services to the young people that.
have never been available to them.

N'C. The young people through a
governing board of teens, willhave
an opportunity to provide input to
Island the program content. This
"impossible mission" mayverywell
697-2778 become a reality when the grant
recipients are announced on
November 1.

Should The Franklin County
Library not receive the grant, the
effort was not in vain. The
enthusiasm and commitment is
so very genuine, the realization of
how great is the need, ensures
there is no turning back. The
fledgling has been hatched. There
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Leslie Turner is back with the
Chronicle performing the valuable
task of proofing our work. We
have missed Leslie greatly. Some
of our readers have reminded us
about our shortcomings in the
proof-reading department, which
we have readily admitted.
Hopefully, we are on our way
toward eliminating those pesky,
silly, and sometimes stupid errors
that plague every newspaper.
In an effort to put more content
into a column inch, we have been
experimenting with Bookman, 9-
point type. It appears to be as
readable as another type face at
10 point. This introduces an
economy in printing, of course, by
enabling us to place 7.5 pages
into six. The ads are no smaller,
but on the editorial side, the type
is smaller. We hope this does not
introduce eye strain. Please write
to us If this seems to be a problem
for you.
We have added a scanner. This
greatly reduces the time for
typesetting, as well as introducing
manipulation of type faces and
artwork. We can now "stretch",
"compress", or whatever with ad
copy and photographs, though we
do not have high resolution scan
capability forphotos justyet. This
is one item we are working on very
diligently and within a few weeks
The Chronicle will be able to scan
and screen photographs. This will
eliminate screening charges for
any advertiser-connected
photographs and greatly "liberate"
the use of photos on all pages. We
will couple this with a frame-
grabber for videotape, eliminating
still photography for certain
reporting assignments. Naturally,
we will have to introducethis
technology slowly with some trial
and error.
The Chronicle now offers
advertisers spot color, up to 3,
and full color as well, a process
which is expensive but impressive,
requiring separation negatives for
the primary colors. This is a dicey
process but is now available from
the Franklin County Chronicle.
Color is coming, and we will be
using it from time to time,
especially this fall and Christmas
The Chronicle now has 14 vending
machines on line in high traffic
areas, with a 15th in repair and
scheduled for Carrabelle. These
machines have made an enormous
contribution to our still growing
circulation. Additional machines
will eventually be installed in
Sopchoppy, Panacea and Port St.
Joe as well as other high traffic
locations in Franklin County.
Videotape sales continue to run
brisklyas another revenue stream
for the Chronicle, an experiment
which has enhanced our cash flow.
Consequently, newvideos are'"on
the way." A second "Franklin
County Scrapbook", with more
production value including a
narrator and "newsreel" type
music reminiscent of the golden
era of American newsreels will be
available at year's end. There will
be a special cassette released on
Apalachicola historic homes tours
(combining at least two already
done) withfragments of the Newell
Concerts and the Seafood festival.
We are working on a third, to:be
called "Post and Beam
Construction in Hurricane Prone
Environments," which will be of
special interest to home builders
in the area.
The Christmas issue, to be
published 10 December will be a
double issue of about 16 pages,
providing there is sufficient
advertising support. We hope
.Franklin County and other
advertisers will help us make this
memorable issue possible. There
will NOT be a second issue in
We are pleased to announce some
new contributors to the Chronicle.
Paul Jones has been reporting
news of Alligator Point, coming to
us with an extensive career in
journalism and state government.
You may find him selling some
occasional advertising for the
Chronicle as well. Pamela Amato
has made some occasional
contributions to the Chronicle in
recent days and we are grateful
for her work, along with that of
JackRudloe. Debe Beard has been
writing on Apalachicola based
events and school board news.
We regret the loss of Alan Chase
(Lanark) who has moved to
Jacksonville, Fl.
Our production staff has new
faces. Max Stemple and Sasha
Torres have been working on the
production side part-time, coming
from the Miami area, and
attending FSU in Communication
and Theater, respectively. Both
are computer-literate. Ms. Karen
Shepard, Marianna, has been

doing layout for the Chronicle,
replacing KathySeitz, who wanted
some relief from the "sweat-shop"
atmosphere we often find
ourselves in just a few days before
the paper is to be delivered to our
printer. And, the new printer for
the Chronicle is the Bainbridge
Post and Searchlight printing
department, which also prints the
Wakulla News and a number of
southern Georgia and northern
Florida weeklies. Mr. Eric
Steinkuehler continues to assist
with survey research on the
Chronicle, recently inputting the
spring 1993 surveys into our
growing data base. This is the
fifth year of the studies and, we
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Not a few of us railway buffs have bemoaned the virtual disappearance
ofAmerica's passenger rail lines. We envy the Europeans who travel
rapidly and comfortably over smooth roadbeds on precise schedules
and wonder why we can't do likewise.
Then a ray of light appears, appropriately enough, at the end of the
tunnel. Its name is Amtrak. It has far to go. It must battle for funding
help from the Congress. Its tracks and rolling stock must be
The ray of light widens enough, then, to include an additional
segment of track from Jacksonville, on the Atlantic coast, to New
Orleans in the mid-south. We become happily aware that now it is
possible to circle the United States on Amtrak. My wife Mary and I
decide to give it a try.
For a mere $339, one can travel by railway coach from, say,
Tallahassee, on the new segment to the Pacific coast and then all the
way back east and south and return to Tallahassee. The program
is called "All Aboard America," and it allows three stops enroute over
a 45-day period.
In round figures, the journeyed decided upon consumed most of the
allowable 45 days. We paused for nine days in Los Angeles, six days
in Seattle, and three weeks in and around Washington, D.C. That left
nine full days for rail travel, during which we covered more than
. 8,000 miles. All in all, at journey's end, we gave Amtrak high marks
-- perhaps 8 1/2 points of a perfect 10. Almost without exception,
train employees were cordial, courteous, and helpful. Departure
times were right on schedule. Arrival times tended to be not quite so
punctual, but we chose to blame schedule-makers at least partially
for not allowing sufficient time for station stops along the route.
Dining car meals were good, with rare exceptions. Two or three times
the lounge and observation cars became noisy and overcrowded as
the juvenile population grew heavy. Eating and sleeping services
encountered stress when 120 Boy Scouts traveled from North
Dakota to the nation's capital and onward to a jamboree in Virginia.
But, by and large, in view of the great number of passengers hauled
over thousands of scheduled miles, the result was surprisingly
smooth and efficient.
We learned, back in May when we sought reservations for July, that
travel on Amtrak had become so popular that no sleeping
accommodations were available. But, optimistically, we bought
coach seats, hoping that by the time we boarded our Superliner July
. 12 in Tallahassee our efficient travel agent would have found bed
space for us. She did, except for the initial leg that took us to Los
Angeles. The reclining coach chairs, while not in the same league as
a bed, were comfortable enough to permit sleep forweary passengers.
The air conditioned coaches were on the chilly side, however, and
travelers learned for future reference that they'd better take along
their own covers or purchase blankets early (at $12 each) before the
train supply was exhausted.
The sleeping accommodations boosted our total Amtrak cost from
$618 (coach only, for two) to $1,871. From L.A. onward, we occupied
three of the four types of bedrooms: economy, special, and deluxe.
All of them provide daytime seats and upper and lower berths at
night. A wit said of the economy berths that you have to move into
the corridor to change your mind. The special bedroom provides a
sink and toilet suitable for a handicapped person. A family bedroom
has space for two adults and two children. Dining car meals are
included with sleeping car tickets. Coach passengers pay cash for
Just as on the occasional airplane where the captain or pilot is a
would-be comedian or radio/TV announcer, the same person tests
your patience on the sound system of a passenger train. "This is your
steward in the lounge car," said one of them. "have both good news
and bad news for you. The good news is that the snack bar will be
open in 15 minutes. The bad news is that the snack bar will be open
in 15 minutes."
Amtrak rolling stock varies somewhat in different parts of the
country. The bi-level Superliner which travels on the "Sunset
Limited" line from Miami to Los Angeles by way of Jacksonville,
Tallahassee, Houston, New Orleans, and Phoenix, is not seen on
eastern tracks where the train must pass through tunnels. Overnight
trains east 'of the Mississippi River consist of single-level coach,
lounge, and dining cars plus sleeping cars with roomettes and
bedrooms. There are many other types, as well. Metroliners travel
from Washington to New York City at 125 miles per hour, and
unreserved trains are said to hit 110 m.p.h. over the same tracks.
Amtrak's Northeast Corridor claims to be "the fastest, safest railroad"
in the country. Continuous welded rails with concrete ties make for
a safe and smooth trip. As sleeping car (first-class) passengers in
Washington, we were welcome
to wait for our next train in Amtrak's Metropolitan Lounge; the
Lounge is found also at terminals in New York, Philadelphia, and
As former residents ofWashington, Mary and I discovered the Union
Station to be miraculously and beautifully changed. Criticized for
many years as a white elephant that the city could find no use for,
it has been renovated and rebuilt throughout under the influence if
not the aegis of Amtrak. Besides its function as a train station and
a subway station and a handsome one at that it houses shops,
movie theaters, and eating places seemingly without number.
Besides regular restaurants, it has a gigantic "food court" that
boasts dozens of ethnic and franchise cafes. Certainly it is one of the
busiest places on the Amtrak circuit.
As we departed the capital and headed south to Jacksonville, Mary
and I wondered what awaited us at home and at the postoffice. We
were tired of living out of suitcases, yet a bit despondent, too, at
nearing the end of an enjoyable six weeks. Neither one of us felt at
all like the late American poet, Philip Larkin, who categorized himself
a "non-traveler" who wouldn't mind visiting China if he could coin
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18 S E T In Florida, according to the Center
18 S E P for Marine Conservation in iSt.
Petersburg, Florida, the tide of
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that the International Coastal Florida's coasts. "...While many ..
TO U RS Cleanup begins on Saturday 18 people have embraced recycling ..
September 1993. Since September and proper disposal practices, far
1988, the Center for Marine too many continue to litter inland
Conservation in Florida has along our coasts and beaches, and
coordinated a statewide cleanup at sea," reported Bruce Ryan, Persistent marine debris is
in conjunction with the annual coordinator of the Florida Coastal widespread in the world's marine
International Coastal Cleanup. Cleanup. The largest amount of ecosystems and Florida is no
A Beginning at the local level, material collected from Florida exception. In fact, debris in
M E j C1 AL coordinated by Erik Lovestrand at beaches in the 1992 campaign were Florida's waterways is
the Apalachicola National plastic and foamed plastic considered to be an inevitable
VNE X 11 Estuarine Reserve (telephone 904- Styrofoamam") debris, threat to endangered manatees.
WE W U 653-8063), Wes Smith and Roy Monoffilament fishing line seems
Ogles at St. George Island State The Center reported that debris to be a particular problem in
C A N U SE Park (904-653-8063), the tide of from specific sources remained Florida.
trash along Franklin County's about te same from 1991 to 1992
Antioxidant Vitamin E coastwillbe targets ofpickup crews in Florida, there was an increase Manatees tend to swallow fishing
and data hunters as they scan, in recreation fishing debris. More line and other floating debris
demonstrates potency "vacuum" and count the various than 16.08% of all trash items accidentally while feeding. Data
kinds of debris left to be washed reported were beverage bottles, collected by the FDNR reveal
More studies suggest that away in the Gulf or washed up
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diseases by blocking cell damage
from high reactive oxygen- This annual cleanup is a part of a
containing chemicals called free giant effort to clean Florida's
radicals, according to a recent beaches The results from 1992 QUALITY WORK REASONABLE RATES
report in the Wall Street Journal. demonstrate that this is not an JOHN'S
idle exercise in back-bending and
Doctors say that there is still no load-hauling. Franklin and other CONSTRUCTION
conclusive evidence that taking volunteers coming into the county Remodelin & Custom Homes
vitaminEorCinmassive amounts numbered 241 in 1992, picking Remodeling& Custom Homes
does any good The recommended up stuff over 29.65 coastal miles, Roof ing& Repairs
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regularly and watch your diet, according to data from the Center
adding fruits and vegetables to for Marine Conservation. Overall,
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On March 7, 1993, the Florida
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Apalachicola Planning and Zoning tears a proposal

By Debe Beard
A lengthy and sometimes
confusing special meeting of the
Apalachicola Planning and Zoning
(P&Z) Board concluded on the
evening of August 26th, with the
Board neither approving nor
denying Franklin Associates'
application for special exception
to the city's land use code, an
exception which would allow the
building of six townhomes in the
waterfront district along the
Apalachicola River.
The meeting was attended by the
full P&Z Board, after members
unanimously voted to disapprove
a petition filed by J. Ben Watkins
(representing Franklin Associates)
which would have excluded
Martha Pearl Ward from the
decision making process, citing
an alleged conflict of interest. Prior
to the vote, Board Chairperson
Paul Standish indicated that the
city had contacted the Florida
Ethics Commission and no conflict
was found.
Before a capacity crowd. Watkins
presented the Boardwith four site
plan proposals for the townhomes.
designed by architect Clayton
Anderson said he felt the homes
were esthetically compatible with
the architectural style in
Apalachicola and that all four
blueprints were the same. except
for the floor plans. The plans
include a common area and dock
In support of the application.
Watkins cited the city's land use
code and comprehensive plan,
stating both documents provided
special exceptions for residential
developments, and both set forth
requirements which he felt had
been met.
An environmental consultant Dan
Garlick appeared before the board
to an expert witness for Franklin
Associates. Garlick
Environmental Associates had
been retained by Watkins to
manage the application process
for receiving permits, and Garlick
stated Watkins' application
complied with the criteria set forth
by various government agencies,
and that he had received the
appropriate permits for the six
slip marina from these agencies,
as well as site plan approval, in
August 1992.
Garlick was questioned by
Watkins and City Attorney Pat
Floyd as to the environmental
effects of the plan, the
infrastructure of the development,
and the plan's consistency with
zoning regulations. Garlick again.
stated that the site plan met all
requirements, and said that the
dredging and rip-rap revetment
on the waterfront enhanced and
improved the property, as well as
the water quality.
There was some disagreement as
to whether the site plan approval
given included both wetlands and
uplands development. Garlick and
Watkins maintained that six boat
slips and six future residential
units were included and approved.
Standish claimed the application
did not includes the townhomes,
instructing Building Inspectordim
Stephanko to pull the original
permit for application for
Further confusion was expressed
among board members, overwhat
the development was classified
as; a Planned Unit Development,
minor subdivision, or special
exception. Floyd requested the
complete P&Z files on the project
be submitted as evidence, towhich
Watkins agreed. Following Floyd's
questioning of Garlick, regarding
traditional use of property along
the waterfront, members of the
audience were invited to express
their opinions on the matter.


Seafood dealers Grady Leavins and
Bobby Kirvin spoke in favor of the
development, with Kirvin likening
the waterfront to the dinosaur,
saying that the, seafood industry
was wiping itself out, and there
were only five seafood houses left
where there used to be forty.
Leavins agreed development was
inevitable, and said he thought
the decision to develop the
waterfront should be left up to
those .property owners along the
Not all agreed. A number of
residents spoke out against the
proposal, with Wesley Chestnut
insisting that the fate of the
waterfront should be left in the
hands of the community, not
special waterfront interests.
Chestnut admonished the board
to "Just Say No" to the
development, and quoted biologist
Woody Miley, who was reported to
have called waterfront
development a "vicious cycle",
saying that once a condo is built
along the river, then adjacent fish
houses sit on valuable property,
and when the seafood industry
had a bad year, the houses would
be pressured to sell.
Monica Lemieuxand Olin "Buddy"
Ward spoke at length against the
townhome. proposal, receiving
scattered applause from the

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audience. Lemieux said the entire
economy revolves around the
seafood industry and that there
was only 2.3 miles of waterfront
designated for those businesses.
Floyd's questioning of Lemieux
and Ward on the traditional use of
waterfront properties prompted
Watkins to point out that Floyd
was counsel and could not act as
proponent or opponent of the plan.
Both attorneys were asked to
prepare an order with reasons

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"I'm Ben Watkins. On behalf of Apalachicola Associates on the
request for special exception for the location of six townhouses. We'll
present one witness, Dan Garlick... in support of the petition. The
land-use code provides for a special exception for residential
development, setting forth the requirements. We are asking for that
special exception... We have submitted... to your building department
four alternative site plans"
".,.We propose to erect these, they will be townhouses. They will be
sold to individuals. There will be a common area in the middle with
the gazebo. There will be dock spaces which have been permitted.
Our plan has been submitted to DNR; they have permitted it. The
Corps of Engineers said we needed no... permit from them... DER
permitted it and all those permits have been granted and are
available...The permits were granted April 19, 1993... "

"...Your attorney can tell you.. .a special exception is a permitted use
under your zoning code. It requires approval of this Board for such
special conditions as you may want to place upon the granting of it.
...The land-use code was adopted by your City Commission on
November 13, 1986 and was, approved by DCA in October 1987. It
provides for this use, therefore it is a permissible use subject to the
user rules for special
"...We show you that the infrastructure is in place. That is, we (have)
a site plan that's been approved. That we show you that there is no
problem with fire protection, no problem with streets...and...we have
tried to design a project that meets all the requirements for your
land-use code..."

PatrickFloyd (CityAttorney): "Howdo you characterize thewaterfront
with respect to its principal use?"
Dan Garlick (Witness for the ApalachicolaAssociates): "The physical
Floyd: "The use characteristics."
Garlick: "Essentially, you have principal uses and you have other
uses. Then you have prohibited uses."
Floyd: "I'm talking about the actual use of it as it stands at this
Garlick: "It's vacant. The land is vacant. The district use is referred
to as riverfront. Now, essentially from that point you would look at
the principal use of the site. There is none. It's vacant..."
Floyd: "I'm talking about the entire riverfront district..."
GarlicK: "I would say it's a mix between seafood processing and
motel-hotel use, at this point in time... I would say the trend is going
toward a motel-hotel type use..."

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"My name is Bobby Kirvin. I've lived here my whole life. The
waterfront, 50 years ago, was wall to wall seafood houses,
approximately 30 of them. They all done a booming business. That
time is gone, just like the dinosaurs. It's going down. You've got
vacant property. The piece that he had (Watkins) was dump pile. A
regular garbage dump. Right across the street, here, when you walk
out and look at it. Who is getting any use from it? What are you
holding on to it for? The city, they raised my taxes this year. That
would bring in revenue. And, if seafood can't work together with
development, seafood is going to be gone. You know it, I know it and
anybody from Apalachicola knows it.
I own one of the largest pieces of waterfront property here. Some
people say "Well, you retired. You want to build condos yourself." If
I decide to, I'll be just like him, I'll do everything I can to build themri
if I-think it profitable to me and don't hurt the environment. As far
as the whole community havingsay-so over the waterfront, I think
it should be left up to the waterfront to decide, personally... But, look
at the overall picture. It's coming. If you could stop the outsiders,
everybody knows I'd be the first one to put up a fence. But, you can't.
It's here, and it's here to stay. And, if you can't live with them, you're
gonna have to leave, is what it amounts to. And, anyone that doesn't
know that just hasn't looked at the thing appropriately. And, as far
as this thing setting precedent,true enough. Go to Savannah Georgia.
They had 50 seafood houses. There ain't a one left now...it's all
tourist. -We wanted tourists, we're getting tourists. So, let's go with
it. That's the only thing you can do...
In one way I don't particularly like it, but I know the inevitable.
...There is very little we can do about it. population, more growth and
utilize your resources to the best that you can..."


"My name is Wesley Chesnut. I am a resident of Apalachicola. A
descendant on both sides of people who came here 150 years ago as
Yankee opportunists.They came because...Apalachicola represented
a working waterfront.... Many, many changes have been made since
that time. I feel unlike the two previous speakers that the waterfront
does..or it's fate should be in hands of more than those who sit on
it, who represent its interests there today. I feel that it is the property
of all of us who live in this city and because we are a body which
bands together, which promogulates laws and regulations, it comes
up with what we call...city plans...zoning requirements. ... The
decision before the committee is not that of denying a landowner the
right to use his property as he wants but that decision Involves
changing the existing zone, of creating a special exception to the land
use code, creating something very different from something which
was when the owner purchased the property. Changing it to
accommodate a totally different purpose.
If I could have had one of the tee-shirts, I would have worn it, that
said "Just Say No." I hope you just say No, so that all of our residents,
our townspeople, our city's visitors and yes all those tourists are
served byan accessible waterfront instead ofone where, increasingly,
one must peer though someone's chain-link fence in order to catch
a glance of the historic Apalachicola waterfront. Many of us regret
what happened along the Bay on property which was privately
owned and which was considered Apalachicola's beach. Many in
retrospect felt, that for the commonweal, the City should have
acquired this property and held it for our use and for the use of
succeeding generations. Public benefits to the City. We didn't.
Landowners were pressured to sell. They sold. We have new homes.
Their nice homes. They're a tribute to the community. But, it's
property no longer accessible to the rest of us... In the May 2 (1993)
St. Pete Times there was a discussion of just this very item, "What
happens to the Apalachicola waterfront? ... It quoted a number of
people... And, it quoted Woody Miley in a number of places. And, of
course, Woody feels that in representing DNR here, that the water in
the Apalachicola waterfront? We're told that. That, that is feasible.
We don't know that. We're told that by environmentalists. But, he's
quoted as saying that what happens on the working waterfront is
once a condo gets built there, then then adjacent fish houses sit on
valuable property. When the fish houses have a bad year they have
pressure to sell. With a dense human population comes an adverse
water quality and down goes the fishing industry. It's a vicious
circle. We're early in the fame of development and lost resources. I
tell everybody, look to a city like Miami that has a huge tax base. Do
they have a quality of life we want?"

supporting approval or denial of
the application for special
exception. The Board will peruse
these orders to be discussed at a
regularly scheduled meeting.
A heated debate followed
Standish's request to continue the
meeting, with several audience
and board members urging an
immediate vote on the plans. A
motion to vote on the matter was
defeated on a 5 to 2 voteAmotion
to continue the meeting was
approved, but no date for the
meeting was set.

Floyd: "...in looking at the actual District intent, it states that area
is to be zoned as riverfront shall be limited to that which traditionally
served as the center of the city's economy..." Which, ...from my
standpoint, has been seafood,maritime commerce and tourism. You
had mentioned before that this was consistent with that use. And,
I wanted to ask you HOW you have determined that this use (the
condos) is consistent with that which has traditionally served as the
center of the city's commerce."
Garlick: "What I mentioned was that it would be consistent with the
granting of the special exception. You go on to the next issues and
look at the criteria that are listed .in the code to determine.... if
granted, would affect several different things.. .(unintelligible).. .water
quality, infrastructure (does it have public utilities?). With those in
mind, and again, because it is a special exception, it would be
consistent in that regard."
Floyd: 'What you're saying is, is the fact that It is listed as that there
is a multi-unit residential, it's listed as a special exception then, and
this is intended for use as multi-family residential, then that
satisfies all requirements, of meeting a special exception?"
Garlick: "Upon granting a special exception, it would be a compatible
use. The waterfront would be consistent at that point in time..."
Floyd: "Well, do you have any statement, or facts regarding whether
or not this use of the multi-family residential would be consistent
with that which is ...the traditional use that has served as the center
of the city's economy...?
Garlick: "I think that what you're finding is that there is a bilateral
significance along the waterfront at this time...I think that seafood
has been the tradition. But, I think that its been realized that there
are other activities that could also work e center of the city's activity.
And, therefore, that's why the motel-hotel type situation and
residential use were considered to be items that could be considered
for special exception provided... You're talking about use of the
waterfront for boating activities, and stuff like this. .... "
Floyd: "...(then) the residential use is NOT a traditional use that
serves the city's economy, at least up to this point.."
Garlick: "Well, there are residences down there now, and they were
grandfathered in so we do have residential use down there at the

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Apalachicola City from page 1
respond, so that the issues maybe
appropriately addressed. Building
inspector Jim Stephanko was not
present at the meeting, and Banks
agreed to write the letter, then
submit it to the Planning and
Zoning Board, of which he is a
member, to let the board make the
decision whether or not to submit
a written complaint to
While recognizing visitors to the
meeting, commissioners were
asked by Ronnie Martina, to allow
a commercial fishing vessel owned
by James "Captain Piggy" Vause
docking space at the Scipio Creek
Marina. Vause was one of a number
of captains who had made
application to dock their boats
when the marina was renovated,
only to have the applications
misplaced or destroyed during the
fire at the Harbor Masters House.
Vause was advised by
commissioners to submit affidavits
from those who would have
personal knowledge of his original
application to verify that he did
indeed apply for a slip, and the
matter would be readdressed at a
special meeting to be held on
September 14.
Mayor Robert L. "Bobby" Howell
read aloud a letter from Joyce
Estes, President of the Philaco Club
expressing concern over the lack
of a set time for Apalachicola
Municipal Library's Board
meetings, which a member of the
Philaco Club would like to attend.,
but has been unable to attend due
to lack of advertising and
rescheduling conflicts.
Philaco, begun as a women's
reading club in 1896, established
the first library in Apalachicola,
and continues to be active with
donations to both the library and
the city.
The mayor asked for a motion
establishing a voting seat on the
Library Board, to which the Philaco
club could recommend a member.
After being unanimously accepted,
commissioners then voted to
approve Michelle Belson, as a
representative of Philaco, to the
Library Board.
While quickly approving the
contact for purchase of the Dixie
Theater by Rex Partington, and
the use of the old city dump as a
firing range, commissioners could
only offer minimal assistance to Al
Mirabella, appearing on behalf of
his parents and himself, asking
that the city conduct a survey of
his property. Mirabella claims
when the roadway near his
propertywas repaved, no easement
was given, leaving his property flush
with the pavement, and with a fire
hydrant, but reiterated that was
all he could do, saying the city
doesn't need to buy any land, and
that the city would accept no
liability for a roadway paid for
through the Department of
Transportation, and constructed
by the county.
In the final minutes of the brief
meeting, commissioners agreed to
establish the same slip rental
agreementatthe Battery Park Boat
Basin as is in place at the Scipio
Creek Marina. Guidelines for the
use of the Franklin Square
Recreation Center were
established, requiring any use of
the center for fund raising events
and the $50.00 deposit for space
be approved by the commission or
the city's designee.
Citing the many letters City Clerk
Betty Taylor Webb drafted
requiring commissioners's
signatures for purchases, the
board agreed to do away with
commissioners special funds, and
have all purchase items come
before the board.
Mayor Howell, Commissioners
Rose McCoy, Jack Elliott, and Jack
Frye attended the meeting,
Commissioner Edith Edwards was

Coastal Cleanup from Page 4

cans and associated goods, still
higher than the national average
of 12.86%, demonstrating a need
to improve recycling efforts in
The source of Florida's marine
debris problem is the general
public, those who go to the beach
or other coastal areas for
recreation, fishing and boating. In
Florida, trash easily identified from
commercial vessels such as
freighters, cruise ships and
commercial fishermen amount to
5.91% and is more prevalent in
Keys and Southeast Florida. In
other Gulf states, such as Texas
and Louisiana, the amount of
debris associated with commercial
sources is much higher.

In conjunction "'Ith the cleanup,
the Apalachicola National
Ftuarine Research Reserve will
i.old an open house with a tour
and '`Ateos from 10:00 A. M. until
2:0 0 P. M., 18 September. Call
904653-8063 for details.

By Brian Goercke
The Carrabelle branch of the
Franklin County Library was the
site for the 28 August
"Brainstorming" session
concerning the potential juvenile
justice grant. Fourteen Franklin
County residents attended the
open forum which was hosted by
Jane Cox.
Ms. Cox asked for ideas from the
audience for ways to utilize the
grant. Topics such as AIDS
awareness, cross-generational
education, career choices, self-
esteem sessions, critical thinking
sessions, group discussions, art
and cooking classes were
suggested by participants. "Close
your eyes," asked Ms. Cox, "think
of some child that is at risk. What
could happen if we had a facility
that could help in Apalachicola?
Maybe a computer lab, a class
offering parenting skills or a big
brother/big sister program could
be available to those at risk."
The Juvenile Justice Grant
application, entitled "Wings," is a
collaborative endeavor of many
individuals (staff & volunteers)
affiliated with the Franklin County
Library. The Juvenile Justice grant
will be focused upon children
between the ages of ages 10 to 17.
It will seek to enter into a
cooperative agreement with
community agencies and
organizations in the hope of
program collaboration via
resources (financial and
volunteerism), advisory help and
the referrals to the program. Those
agencies and organizations that
have signed interagency
agreements include the Franklin
County School Board, Carrabelle
and Apalachicola High Schools,
Chapman & Brown Elementary
Schools, the Franklin County
Sheriffs Dept., HRS, Carrabelle
and Apalachicola City Police, St.
Patrick's Catholic Church, the Boy
Scouts & Qirls Scouts, the Senior
Citizens Chuncil, the Coast Guard
Auxiliary,the City of Carrabelle
and Apalachicola, Nemours
Children's Clinic, and many other
agencies and organizations.
"We've got to get kids involved,"
stated participant, Eileen Annie,
"get them interested in activities,
field trips...we've got to ask them
what they want."
"If you don't know your
community," concurred Jane Cox,
"you can't be effective." Carolyn
Sparks, a VISTA volunteer
workingwith the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program,
suggested: Being that they (the
kids) are on the water, some of our
activities should have something
to do with the water. Many who
live by the water do not even know
how to swim or fish for the fun of
The Wings Program will take a
two-prong approach to the
Juvenile Justice Grant; First it
.will provide after school and
vacation programming at the
Eastpoint and Carrabelle
branches of the Franklin County
Public Library and at the Holy
Family Center in Apalachicola.
These locations will serve as
homework centers which provide
comprehensive reference
materials, word processing
capability and the availability of
adult and peer tutors. Other
education and entertaining
programs and activities will be
made available to the youths, such
as parenting skills & career
planning seminars, special
interest programs seeking to offer
information on hunting, fishing,
boating and crafts as well as a
host of other regular programs,
activities and special seminars.
The second area of focus will be
daytime programming for teen.
drop-outs. Adult and peer tutoring
will be made available to encourage
higher education.
Upon leaving the brainstorming
session, Sarah Marxson of
Carrabelle mentioned, "Well, it's
greatly needed and beneficial to
all - not just the young people. It
would offer a volunteer
opportunity for older people, too.
It would give grandparents whose
children live far away a chance to
work locally."
Barbara Revel, of Apalachicola,
stated: "There's just a real void in
this county that this program
could fill."
The Juvenile Justice Grant
Application was compiled in an
astonishingly short amount of
time. Grantworkers began August
26 and completed and delivered
the application to the office of the
Attorney General in Tallahassee
on the 31st at exactly 4:29PM...
beating the the grant deadline by
31 minutes. There were 250 grant
applications present at the office
of the Attorney when the Wings
project delivered their application;
they will be notified by Nov. 1 as to
whether their grant application
has been approved or disapproved.


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die strenuous task of pulling up
fish, that I should return for the
halibut season. The halibut, a
large member of the flounder
family grows up to 50 lbs. around
there and stubbornly resists
efforts to reel it up, residing in 700
ft. of water! And no electric reels,
All in all, a fine day of fishing and
a spectacular bargain. Though by
no means the most effective angler
on board, I left the dock with 15-
20 lbs. ofsucculentfillets, skillfully
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properties owned by Mrs. Howell
and Mrs. Wallace.
That afternoon, the
Commissioners rescinded that
action and voted to give Mrs. Bevis
a variance. Then, at the last
meeting, Commissioners Putnal
and Mosconis voted against
rescinding the variance;
Commissioners Saunders, Tolliver
and Braxton, the swing voted,
changed his mind, and voted in
favor of taking away the variance.
Whatwill happen next is uncertain,
but Mrs, Bevis' attorney, Ms.
Barbara, Sanders, thought that
Mrs. Bevis would file a lawsuit
against the Commission.
Then, Williams Larimore, a River
Road resident from Carrabelle
addressed the Commissioners
asking them to rescind their 17
August decision on the Buckeye
Mil site as a possible location for
a composting project. Larimore told
the Commissioners, "This scallop
composting matter has been back
and forth between the county
commissioners and planning and
zoning board since early March of
this year. On three occasions the
planning and zoning board
informed the County Commission
that the Buckeye site was not
suitable nor zoned properly for the
composting operation."
He reminded the Commissioners
that they agreed with Planning
and Zoning on 22 June when they
declared that the site was not
suitable for scallop waste and by-
catch. Indeed, Franklin County's
Extension Director Bill Mahan gave
a report to the Commission listing
five reasons in behalf of using the
Buckeye site for composting and
twelve reasons against.
One of the reasons against the site
was improper zoning, Larimore
reminded the Commissioners,
adding that the River Road
residents did not receive proper
legal notice concerning the
acceptance of the Buckeye site on
the meeting of the Commission 17
August, when Commissioner Tom
Saunders moved to accept the site,
and thereby reject the zoning
recommendations from the P and
Z board.
Larimore said, "...It seems no
matter who says this site is
unsuitable and you are going to
approve it" He added "We the
residents of River Road are
mystified as to the reasoning and
motivation of those on the County
Commission that continue to
support the scallop by catch
composting operation at the old
Buckeye Mill site or the Carrabelle
Industrial Park, whichever you
prefer to call it.

"...If the Franklin County
Commissioners wanted to create
jobs they did, for the lawyers." In
sum, Mr. Larimore requested that
the Commission rescind the action
on behalf of Mr. Robert Allen who
requested a Class I landfill or
scallop by catch composting
operation at the Buckeye site, and
continue the land-use as before.
Those voting to rescind were
Commissioners Braxton, Putnal,
Tolliver and Mosconis. The lone
"nay" vote was Commissioner Tom

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Raises from page 1

had back in March," and that it
was not something new and was a
special case, having to do with the
types of work the men were now
doing. He was then joined by
CommissionerTom Saunders who
attempted further elucidation. The
seven ladies did not appear
convinced, and another of their
number, Doris Pendleton, raised a
further question. Once again
Commissioner Mosconis tried his
best to explain the board's
Ms. Wilson then stated: "I just
don't feel like the board should
justify a raise at this time for any
employee (after what the
department heads had been told
by the board.)"
Chairman Braxton responded by
saying: "Carol, Just to clarify
something, I couldn't agree with
you more. I (cast) a dissenting vote
this morning (on the salary
increase).... I can't vote to give
county employees- and all ofy'all
are county employees- a raise
when another one don't get it. I
can't do that."
Commissioner Ed Tolliver then
offered a further clarification of
the raises, which he. characterized
as "adjustments to their salaries"
which had been promised to them
earlier. This was followed by a
rather lengthy exchange among
Mr. Tolliver, the chairman, Mr.
Mosconis,Ms. Pendleton, Ms.
Wilson and Debbie Cox, another of
the employees present, regarding
the history of these raises and
theirjustification-or lack of same.
This was brought to a halt when
Mr. Tolliver rather casually said
that he was in favor of giving all
county employees a $900 raise for
the year, rather than $600 that
had been agreed on previously. He
said that the county could and
should afford it. He then offered a
motion to this effect, which was
seconded by Commissioner
Saunders. The chairman warned,
"Whoa. Be careful. You just said
'all county employees.'"
Tolliver: "All county employees."
Chairman: "All county employees?"
Tolliver: "All county employees."
Mosconis: "You'd better do some.
Chairman: "You'd better do some
Tolliver: "Why's that?"-To which
he got ho reply.
Commissioner Saunders then
raised an objection to the way every
year at budget time, according to
him, the board says to county
employees, "Don't include any
raises." He continued, "I think
that's a big mistake. That's sending
a message right off the bat that the
last ones to be considered are
county employees." The group of
employees heartily concurred. He
maintained that salaries should
be considered just like every other
item in the budget.

Carrabelle City
from page 1

At the same meeting, the
commission voted tentatively to
set the proposed millage rate at 10
mills to fund the city budget. The
vote was taken on a motion by
Commissioner Jim Phillips at
conclusion of the first of two public
hearings. The second and final
public hearing is scheduled for 20
Se tember at 7 p.m. in the city
Several persons at the hearing
complained that they felt they were
not benefiting or receiving
adequate services for the
substantial taxes theywere paying.
One participant urged that the
commissioners take even a tiny
step in the direction of reducing
the millage rate if only to show that
they had the courage to do that
Anne Lindsey asked the city
commission to contribute $500 to
the Franklin County Public
Library, as it had done a year ago.
She noted that the Yaupon Garden
Club had donated books and book
shelves to the Carrabelle branch
library, and she said that a city
fund contribution would be
matched by the state of Florida.
Commissioner Raymond Williams
moved that $500 contribution be
'approved, and it was.

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After a protracted discussion
among the commissioners as to
whether or not the county could
afford the proposed salary increase
and whether or not it would
mean a tax increase which
Commissioners BRAxton and
Mosconis stated theywere opposed
to-and before Commissioner
Tolliver's motion was voted on, the
chairman recognized a man in the
audience who wished to speak.
This was James R. Gould of
Lighthouse Point Estates,
Carrabelle, who was seeking
county help on maintaining a road
in the development. After a lenghty
and sometimes heated discussion
between the gentleman and the
board it was concluded that as
things now stand the county could
do nothing for him and his fellow
property owners.
The discussion now returned to
the matter of the $900 salary
increase with much talk about
village rates. When commissioner
Tolliver mentioned that the vote
on his motion was still to come,
Chairman Braxton assured him,
to Mr. Tollivers consternation (and
this reporter's), that a vote had
already been taken and that his
motion had lost, three to two. (A
review of a tape of the meeting
does not reveal when this vote was
The final item was a motion by
Commissioner Mosconis to accept
the new millage rate of 9.268. The
other four commissioners having
made up their minds to vote aye or
nay, two for each, the swing vote
was with Commisssioner Putnal.
Having finally been sufficiently
assured that he could vote for a
slightly ligher millage rate without
its being considered a tax
increase-not an easy task-Mr.
Putnal voted with nays, thus
defeating Mr. Mosconis' motion.
This was followed immediately by
a motion from Commissioner
Saunders to accept the higher rate
of9.361, which would allow for the
$900 salary increase discussed
earlier. Again Putnal voted with
Saunders and Tolliver, and the
higher rate was law. (It is not at all
clear how this will allow the $900
salary increase since
Commissioner Tolliver's motion to
, grant it was defeated.)
After a bit more business the
meeting was adjourned, with the
county employees in a very jovial
Maine Debris from page 4
that debris was found in the
gastrointestinal tracts of 14
percent of the manatees
examined from 1978 through
1986. In five cases, the manatees
died as a direct result of the
debris ingestion.
Manatees are also at risk from
entanglement in fishing line and
other debris. FDNR data indicate
that 11 manatees died in fishing
lines and nets through 1985,
and many manatees have lost
flippers to entanglement or can
be seen with debris still tightly
encircled around one or both

Public Hearings
Scheduled For
Mul let And Big
Bend Shrimp
The Marine Fisheries Commission
will hold a meeting October 18 -
19, 1993 at the Ramada Airport
Hotel, 5303 West Kennedy
Boulevard in Tampa. The meeting
will include the following:

HEARING (if requested)
The Commission met 21 August in
Kissimmee to consider various
options to achieve a 35% spawning
potential ratio for the mullet
ishery, as requested by the
Governor and Cabinet. The
Commission voted to hold a final
public hearing (if requested) on a
proposed rule that would:
prohibit the commercial
harvestofmullet from sunrise
Friday through sunrise
Monday each week from July
through January (the sale of
mullet harvested under the
recreational bag limit during
this period would also be
prohibit all harvest of mullet
from 19 November through
28 November and 24
December through 2 January
(persons would be allowed to
possess cut up or eviscerated
mullet to use as bait aboard
vessels during the closures,
provided that no net other
than a landing or dip net is
possessed aboard the vessel)
establish a 500 pound daily
commercial trip limit for
mullet from products licenses
with restricted species
endorsements aboard a single
vessel may possess no more
than 1,000 pounds of mullet
aboard the vessel; one of these
licenses may be applicable
to the vessel; the restricted
species endorsement
provision does not apply to
the Panhandle Region)
If a final public hearing for this
rule proposal is not requested, the
Commission intends to take this
rule to the Governor and Cabinet
for approval on 12 October, 1993.
If a hearing is requested and takes
place as scheduled, the
Commission intends to take this
rule to
- the Governor and Cabinet for
approval on October 26, 1993 .
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would repeal the food shrimp
count law for the Big Bend Region
and instead: prohibit all
shrimping in approximately
500,000 acres of inshore waters in
the region from the St Mark's
Channel to Bailey's Bluff in shallow
water characterized by dense and
patchy seagrass bottom habitat,
using LORAN or latitude/longitude
lines prohibit food shrimping in
all state waters of the region in
July and August each year.

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