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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 2, Number 21 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 November -25 November 1993

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The Franzen Brothers Circus is
coming to Franklin County. Four
performances, two each in
Carrabelle and Apalachicola, are
scheduled as follows:
* Carrabelle ,4:30a4dZ:QQp,m,,
on Wednesday, 17 November at
the ball field on Highway 98.
* Apalachicola 4:30 and 7:00
p.m. on Thursday, 18 November,
at Battery Park.
Hosted by the Franklin County
Friends of the Library, proceeds
Will go toward the Franklin County
Public Library.

Tickets are $5.00 in advance, and
may be purchased at all locations
of Gulf State bank, IGA. and Hill's
Pharmacy, in Apalachicola,
Eastpoint, and Carrabelle. Be sure
to get your tickets early as
admission at the gate is $6.00.
You will save 20% by purchasing
your tickets in advance.
Attractions will include elephant
rides, performing lions, tigers,
elephants and horses,
breathtaking acrobatic'
performances, magical feats of
illusion, hilarious and zany clowns,
and much more. Those who have
attended this circus before,
describe it as a wonderful,
wholesome experience for all ages.
People don't have to leave Franklin
County to go to the circus. It's
coming here!


On Tuesday, 9 November 1993,
the Public Service Commission
(PSC) denied an interim rate
increase requested by the St. George
Utility. Staff attorney, Cathy Bedell
recommended to the PSC that the
Utility Company's application for
a general rate increase be
suspended pending further
investigation. Then, she added,
that the staff wanted to change
their earlier recommendation to
denying an interim rate increase
to the Utility because the staff
believed the utility did not provide
notice to the island customers
within 50 days of their filing did
not occur. She added, "...It
certainly has not been provided to
staff as provided for by the rules."
The Commission quickly approved
the amendments to the staff
recommendations and by so doing,
denied the application for an
interim rate increase.






By Rene Topping
Matters concerning s-eets, alleys
and engineers took up most of the
short November I meeting of the
CarrabelleCity Commission. Only
three members were present at
the November I. 1993 meeting.
Commissioner Marie Gray and
Commissioner Raymond Williams
were unable to attend.
Commissioners Phillips. Loftin and
Mayor Wathen took up the matter
of closing of alleys and streets in
the city limits arid adopted a past
ordinance to ratify closlngof alleys
and streets dating from 1 October
1973 to the present date. The action
was to taken to bring those closings
into compliance with the charter
of the City of Carrabelle. Jim
Phillips remarked that there had
been no closing of alleys since his
term In office began. There had
been one variance granted. That
one closed part of an alley, but the
owner of the property donated land
to the city to permit access to the
alley from another street.
When Bill and Barbara Bailey
owners of a Block 2 (148) in
Pickett's Addition to the City of
Carrabelle requested an alley
closing, Phillips again reiterated
his opposition to closing of any
alleys or streets in the city limits.
Bailey explained that he owns all
of the lots in one block and wished
to build on them. He pointed out
thatthe 30' alley ran directly in the
middle of the twelve lots comprising
the property. He stated that much
of the area is low, and although an
alley is platted on the map, it does
not in fact exist. Dense woods and
underbrush cover much of the
lots and surrounding terrain.
Phillips then told Bailey that before
-he (Bailey,) spent the money to
advertise for a public hearing on
the closing, Phillips wanted him to
know that-he would oppose. Bailey
asked Carlton Wathen how he felt
about the matter and Wathen
replied that he was in favor of
closing alleys. Loftin remarked that
on his property there was a platted
street which ended at a pond and
he could not getget that one closed.
Bailey asked and received
permission to advertise for a public
hearing to be held at the next
meeting, December 6, 1993.
Commissioners tabled selection of
general engineering consultant
after city attorney Bill Webster
advised them that the engineer
selected should not be designated
as the city's single grant writer. He
added, "I would not designate
anyone to be your single grant

Continued on page 8


Editorial &
Chronicle's First
Anniversary page 4-7
Seafood Festival pg 7
Apalachicola River,
Part II page 7
Alligator Point page 9
Juvenile Justice pg 8
Village Plaza page 9
Panhandle Players
page 9
Selfish In Cedar Key
page 10
Trinity Church pg 10



The Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts announces the first
concert of the season at Trinity Church, Apalachicola, 14
November 1993, at 4 P. M. Pictured above are the members of
the Panama City Chamber Players. With Bedford Watkins,
Eastpoint, the Chamber will perform a variety of baroque works,
pieces by Teleman, Quantz, Bach and Mozart as well as Peruvian
dance pieces, the Mystic Flute and Irish melodies. Along with
the concert, there will be an exhibit of handwoven and
handicrafted fiber arts by the Seven Hills Handweavers Guild.
Artisans from Tallahassee, Crawfordville, St. Teresa's Beach,
Monticello and Apalachicola will be on display in parish hall
after the concert. Philaco Women's Club and the Ilse Newell
Fund will provide a reception following the concert. Admission
is $2 or by membership. For information about membership
contact Eugenia Watkins at 670-8088.





By Rene Topping




By Debe Beard
If all goes as planned, the state of
Florida will be purchasing several
large tracts of Tate's Hell Swamp,
a plan that doesn't please county
commissioners, although most
agree is inevitable.
Billy Hamm, Bureau Chief with
the Division of Forestry appeared
before the board, along with
representatives of the Northwest
to discuss the acquisition plan.
They faced the board's opposition
with good humor, asking
commissioners, "to not shoot the
The U.S. Forestry Service and the
Game and Freshwater Fish
Commission,-are attempting to
purchase a 28,000acre tract, and
hope to close the deal by the end of
the year.' At the same time,' th
Department of Environmental
Protection is negotiating to buy
49,000 acres. The total acquisition
by the state and federal government
could total 183,000 acres of
Franklin County land, a plan that
caused Commission Chair Dink
Braxton to say"no one cares about
the fate or plight of this little 'ole
county." Commissioner Jimmy
Mosc6nis agreed saying "those do
good programs" mean a great loss
of revenue for the county.
Hamm explained that the current
plan requires the state to paytaxes
on the land for 10 years, to which
Mosconis responded, "after ten
years, we have nothing". He
suggested that timber rights on
the property be turned over to the
county, an idea which Mosconis
says he's proposed several times
and never received response from
any govern ment entity. Hamm had
no answer for Mosconis, but did
indicate the Division would pay
15% on all gross receipts in lieu of
taxes. This money normally is
designated for school boards, but
could be split between the county
and the school board.
The Division plans to restore much
of the woodland and turn it into a
wildlife management area
accessible to hunters. The area is
currently crisscrossed by 980 miles
of roads, some laid as close as one-
half mile apart, and manyofwhich,
Hamm reported, have washed out.
The NWFWMD will start a
hydrology plan to restore
groundwater occurrences on the
tract to a more natural state.
County Planner Alan Pierce
reported that on the plus side of
the plan, the county would retain
development rights to the land and
could possibly transfer them to
another part of the county.
County Commissioners have
agreed to look into the feasibility of
reopening the Franklin County Jail
as a juvenile detention center.
Appearing before the board,
investment banker Mitchell Larkin
presented a brief proposal on behalf
of Walton Consultants. The four-
part plan would include a session,
work program, educational
aspects, boot camp type program.
Although no firm commitment was
given Larkin's proposal included
the employment of 24 county
residents, as well as the possibility
of creating hundreds of jobs, if
plans for the 750 bed facility
becomes a reality. Walton
Consultants are hoping to secure
a research and development grant
to fund the pilot program.
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry and
Superintendent of the schools
expressed enthusiasm for the
Schools C. T. Ponder both
expressed enthusiasm for the
Continued on page 8

A small group of worried parents,
both black and white, attended
the 4 November meeting of the
Franklin County School Board.
Most of these mothers and fathers
were graduates from the same
schooFand still live in Carrabelle
as friends and neighbor. They
were there, not in an angry mood
with one another, but simply to
search out answers to questions
as to the cause and possible cure
of the violence that had occurred
at the school on Thursday 29
October They spoke emotionally
and eloquently on what they, as
parents believed to be the root
causes for the problems, They said
over and over that they did not
believe that the trouble was race-
related. They suggested solutions
and they made itvery obvious that
they wanted action. Some,
including School Board member
Willie Speed wanted to question
equality in the punishments so far
meted out.
School Board members, the school
superintendent, teachers and staff,
* listened patiently as parent after
parent got up to have theirsay. In
some cases the Schopl
Superintendent: C.T. Ponder,
School Board Attorney Barbara
Sanders, or one of the board
members tried to give answers to
Beatrice Mckinney, mother of a
kindergartner andaunt to a boy in
twelfth grade asked,.. "About the
kids who were suspended. who
were involved in the fight. Now the
blacks got ten day suspensions
and the whites returned back to
school after three days." She went
on to say she felt that they should
have all been given the same
School Board member Willie Speed
said, "Are you telling me that the
black students and the white
students had a fight at Carrabelle
High school and after the fight the
black children were suspended
for ten days and the white were
only suspended for three days?"
C.T. Ponder then laid outwhat led
up to the fightand the suspensions
saying, "One white student was
suspended for ten days, three black
students were suspended for ten
days and two white students were
suspended for three days. Mr.
Sinor (Carrabelle High Principal)
!is doing further investigation. "At
least one of the white kids is
possibly involved much further in
the situation. One of the black
students who got ten days for more
than one incident where he
threatened the principal. He was
in the office; left the office; then got
involved in the incidentin the hall."

Sherman Thomas asked for further
information on the white student
who is undergoing investigation.
Ponder said, "it involves one of the
kids who came back after three
days. There is a question as to
whether he was further involved."
Ms. Barbara Dunnhill said that
her child was one of the boys who
had received a 10 day suspension
and she was afraid that the board
was considering an expulsion in
his case. She complained that at
one time her son apparently fell
asleep in class and she was never
told about this. She felt she could
have done more if she had been
notified. At one point she asked,
"What is the true problem. Nobody
knows why they fight they just
fight." She brought up the fact
that she felt the school needed
more black teachers to be role
models especially for the black
Board Member Willie Speed noted
that there were only 21 black
children in the school and one
black teacher, Ms. Jefferson. He
said, "It is difficult to employ black
teachers in Franklin County
because of the low salary scale. I
had difficult time recruitingwhen
I was principal at Quinn, (an all-
black school in Apalachicola)
Continued on page 2


Pane 2. 10 November 1993 *, The Franklin County Chronicle

- 'c, '

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Parents and Board
Deliberate from page 1
before de-segregation. He urged
parents to contact him if they felt
that their children were being
treated unfairly and said, "I
guarantee you, your child will be
treated fairly. You contact me and
I will pursue it even if I have to go
as far as Tallahassee."At one point
he stated that although he is the
member from District 3, he is "a
representative of all of the
Barbara Sanders, attorney for the
board, explained, "School board
statutes allows the principal to
suspend up to ten days, and there
are procedures for bringing the
parents and the children in and
getting the facts." She went on to
say that at an expulsion hearing
the child has to have due process.
In the case of an expulsion she
said that the school board makes
every effort to find some alternative
way for the child to get an
Richard Varner, a parent, said he
was worrying about the safety of
his children in school. "I would
like to know if you are considering
putting in monitoring devices.?"
He was told that the board is
considering hiring the services of a
sheriffs deputy to monitor the
Carolyn Sparks said that she
substitutes at the school quite
often, and went on to say, "We
have got to get the discipline back
into the schools. Let the kids
know that if you get into trouble at
school you will get into trouble
when you get home. In other-
words, the parents have got to get
behind the teachers and take it
back from the kids."
Ruby Litton, a mother of two
children at the school, said: "The
reason I think we did not have
problems when we were in school
was, we were scared of that man
sitting there, (Pointing to Mikel
Clark, It didn't make anydifference
ifyou were black orwhite or indian,
if you created a problem it was
taken care of. We didn't run in the
halls, we didn't talk back to
teachers and we certainly didn't
curse. We didn't say and we didn't
even think it. As far as spending
money on monitoring systems, I
think that is ridiculous." She went
on to say, "We've vever had bad
relations out here before. I think
the students in the last few years
have run over the school. She
added that there should notexactly
be fear but respect and noted
that a lot of that has to come from
the home. She said, "You can't
expect the school to make the
-children listen if they ar-e not
taught to listen at home."
David Jackson, father of two
children who attend the school,
stated, "You have a situation in'
which there was six people fighting.
Instead of them handling the
problem, all of the kids, like little
chickens, come out of the coop.
Instead of them getting on the P.A.
system saying "We are going to
resume school, get back in your
classrooms" It got all blowed out of
whack." He added, "I was working
downtown at our Ace Hardware
charge. And I understand that
some of the teachers and the front
office were calling the parents,
"Come get your kids out of school.
We've got a big riot out here." He
went on to say, "A lot of people
over-reacted and that is the gist of
the problem." At another point in
the meeting he added, "If kids are
fighting and the conduct code says
suspension for ten days, it doesn't
matter who you are or what color
you are." Speaking on the students
with several violations of the school
code he said "If you've got a kid
and he's causing problems get rid
of the kid." .
David Meyer, a science teacher at
the school, said that he personally
had been in involved in five fights
as a peacemaker, breaking them
up as quickly as possible. He said
that he and other teachers were
pulling double duty, patrolling the
alls to help make it a safe
environmentforeveryone. He said,
"After the incident the children
involved were escorted out of the
school. The bad guys were out on
the streets. The safest place in the
county was the school that day."
He added part of the problem was
communication and noted that
many people in the area do have
police scanners in their cars.
Ms. Dunnhill said, "The parents
don't stick with the teachers nor
the board. We have got to get
something back into school for the
kids to look up to." She added
about the people atschool notifying
the parents and getting the parents
running out to the school to pick
up children, "If there is a riot with
six children fighting, then I don't
know how to count anymore. We've
got to do something to work
together as a community to get
these children a good education."
School Board Member William

Wagoner said, "We will have
fighting in school next year and
the next year. Another thing, the
principal is just like the coach. If
the players don't cooperate with
the coach; he's not going to win
any games, If there are teachers
pulling against other teachers, they
all need to get together and work
together. That is the only way you
are going to have a good school."
He said he felt that if the teachers
would stand in the doors when
students are changing classes it
would help prevent fights.
Ray Messer, a parent, said, "We
need to get to the root of the
problem. We have never had a
deputy in the school as long as T
have been here, and I went to

school with a lot of these people @o
there ain't no black-white
situation. You get rid of who ever
started it and then the problem is
A one."He wenton to sayhe thought
deputies were unnecessary.
Mikel Clark expressed the hope
that the meeting would help and
said, "I am pleased a lot of people
are interested in having a good
school. Whatever this group can
do tonight that can help to restore
respect- for authority so that the
teachers can exercise control then
I believe that we will always be
going down that road together."


Due to recent developments in
the Gulf Trading of Carrabelle
case involving the claim on 6000
acres of Apalachicola Bay,
reported in the 26 October 1993
issue, we have decided to
continue that report in the 26
November 1993 issue. We regret
any inconvenience this may
cause our readers but we want
to prepare a more complete
report for that issue than is now
possible under current








When the Board of Directors of the
St George Plantation Owner's vote
on a new board member
Association was taken, Dr. Tom
Adams stood up, and hurled a ball
of paper toward the Board,
shouting "This is a G****damn
travesty." The speech reflected the
high anger a number --of
homeowners exhibited as they
moved with lightning speed toward
the!'Board, 'one shouting)'Thff'1i~s
New President Lou Vargas seemed
somewhat shaken at the outbursts.
Just moments before he addressed
about 34 members who were
attending the 6 Noyember 1993
meeting at the clubhouse, St.
George Island, indicating he
wanted "...his own team" and that
he was supporting Henry
Kozlowsky for the vacant Board of
Director slot vacated by Helen
Spohrer when she resigned in
October. Mr. Kozlowsky lives in
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania and
would have to commute to the
Board meetings.
The popular nominee from the
Plantation residents was Richard
Plessinger, former Board member,
who did not win a seat on the
Board in the last election. However
in thatelection, Plessingerreceived
221 votes, Lou Vargus 258, Tom
Outlaw 247 and Roy Hoffman 201.
Plessinger was third runner-up
among the general membership
vote, and normally, in the past.
Continued on page 3

Bobby Dick
Financial Consultant

By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program set it's sights on
Louisville, Kentucky and the
Literacy Volunteers of America
(LVA) National Conference on
October 19-23. Staff members
,Jane Cox (Literacy Coordinator),
,Carolyn Sparks (VISTA), Brian
Goercke (VISTA) and Ada Scott
(Greenthumb) of FCARP were
among thousands to attend the
The LVA National Conference
consisted of informative sessions
on literacy related issues that.
various programs conducted.
There were approximately 10-15
sessions during each 2-3 hour span
that each participant was able to
choose from during .pre-
registration and attend at the
conference. The FCARP staff chose
attend different sessions from one
another in order to obtain a wider
range of ideas for implementation
in its' own county.- Sessions that
were attended by FCARP staff
included: Whole Language and
Multi Cultural Literacy
Instruction, Reading and Writing
Behind Bars: Promoting Literacy.
in Prison, Motivation for the Adult
Learner, Developing Inservices for
Tutors: Steps and Principles and
Collaborative Grant Writing
FCARP also helped to conduct a
session entitled, "Reading and
Teaching the Adult New Reading
irl a Six-County Rural Setting.
Participants in the session
included: Jane Cox, Carolyn
Sparks, Brian Goercke, Ada Scott,
Cecilia Anderson of Washington
County, Lynda Gibson of Wakulla
County and Judd Butler of:
Jefferson County. \
Carolyn Sparks reflected on the
conference: "I met some really
interesting people, saw beautiful,
sights, but most important, I came
away with new ideas that I'm in a
hurry,to try out. I guess you could
say that I have been recharged
with energy, hope and knowledge
that we are not alone in our fight
against illiteracy. After meeting
some other VISTAs in other parts
of the country, I now appreciate
the volunteers that work-with our
program even more than before."
Ada Scott concurred, "I attended
the LVA Conference in Kentutcky
with the hopes of getting' useful
workshop knowledge. I'm happy-.
to say that I attended some great
workshops, met interesting
students from all' over the state,'
heard their stories of how LVA
helped them and how they are now
going to help others. I became
aware of how much we haven't
learned about Learning
Disabilities. The whole trip was
In addition to the sessions, an
Awards banquet for LVA tutors
and students that featured a short
play entitled "Miss Cora," 'a
Learners Luncheon featuring LVA
spokesperson Wally "Famous"
Amos, and a dinner cruise aboard
the Belle of Louisville featuring
local bluegrass group, New
Horizons, were also made available
to participants at the conference.
The next LVA conference will take
place at the Town & Country Hotel
in San Diego, CA. The conference
will begin in November 2-6, 1994.
Those interested in attending the
conference may contact FCARP at
the following sites for more
information: The Apalachicola
Municipal Library (653-8436), The
Franklin County Library in
Eastpoint (670-8151), or The
Franklin County Library in
Carrabelle (697-2366)..

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By Rene Topping
"Here's What Really Happened."
says Sinor.
By mid-afternoon on October 28,
there was hardly a person in
Carrabelle who had not heard
that there was "trouble" out at the
Carrabelle High School. There
were many versions of what had
taken place, ranging from the
principal being taken to the
hospital; young children hiding
beneath their desks; roving gangs
of juveniles coming in from
Wakulla and Leon Counties to
join the fight,
In order to get at what really
happened and sift the truth from
the rumors, "The Chronicle" asked
foraninterviewwithJames Sinor,
Carrabelle High School principal.
Sinor said the first indication he
had of trouble on that day was at
ten minutes after ten in the
morning when Ms. Twyla Price,
the school secretary, came to his
office and said two boys were
fighting in the hall. Sinor said he
immediately went to the scene
and found that the actual fight
seemed to be over. "But when I
asked one of the students to come
to my office, the fight broke out
again." he said.
"It so happened that Carrabelle
police officer Jep Smith was in the
school to check on another
situation," Sinor said. The officer-
had come to the school to pick up
some marijuana a teacher had
found. This incident is still under
investigation by school officials,
and had nothing to do with the
fight. Sinor went on, "Officer
Smith stepped in to help and had
to place one student in handcuffs
because he was out of control.
Sheriff Deputy Mike Mock arrived
almost immediately to assist and
li e thae enif two students were'
escorted out of the school and'
placed in the police cruisPer,"-'-
Although no other law agencies
were called, Sinor said he was
grateful to the Highway Patrol
and the Florida Marine Patrol who
came to give their assistance if
'Sinor went on to say that other
i students poured outinto the halls
before the teachers had time to
* react. 'They milled around
discussing the incident. "In all,
six students were involved in the
actual fighting. Fortunately there
were no serious injuries. However,
one student had a busted lip,
another had a small cut on his ear,
and a third had a bloodshot eye.
p Three teachers were hurt. One
female teacher was struck in the
arm; a male teacher was struck in
the face and had his hair pulled;
and another female teacher was
struck in the stomach." He added
that when he was assisting in
breaking up the fight one boy
managed to get him down on the
floor and then choked him for a
space of a few seconds with his
loosened tie, He also was left with
pain in one shoulder. None of the
teachers or himself have taken
any time off from school due to

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In all, Sinor indicated the melee
took around 30 minutes to quiet
down and for teachers to get the
students back into their rooms.
The boys involved were all sent
home with their parents. Sinor
said an investigation is still ongoing
on one the boys who is suspected
of taking a greater part in the fight
than was at first thought.
One serious problem that remains
to be solved is the statement made
by David Jackson at the school
board meeting. Jackson said he
had heard calls were made from
the school telling parents to,. "
come and get your children out of
. school; there is a riot going on."
Sinor said that parents came in
great numbers when they heard
about the problem. About 200
students went home with their
parents. Sinor said he had
immediately notified the school
Superintendent C.T. Ponder who
dispatched Mikel Clark over to
help, Clark was the principal at
Carrabelle High School until some
years ago when he moved into
Sinor indicated he and the
superintendent are investigating
the Statement made by David
Jackson that calls were made by
teachers and staff to parents urging
them to get over to the school and
get their children. Sinor also said
that no parent who came was
refused if they wished to sign their
child out, no student was refused
the use of a phone to contact
Parents. Sinor said that school
was never dismissed and all meals
were served and classes went on
until school was out.
On Friday, Sinor said about 100
students did not attend school, on
the junior high and high school
side. However he said very few
children in the elementary school
were absent.
When asked what the school
administration was doing about
the fight, Sinor said that he had
already had separate conferences
with the each of the six students
and their parents. Sinor said that
before the conferences he had
prepared a list of questions. These
were the same in every parent and
student conference.
As to punishments meted out, he
pointed to an open three ringed
binder placed on a table adjacent
to his desk. "That is the book that
contains all of the rules about
suspension and the various
punishments and hese,are the
rules we must follow." he said. He
* also said the rule that applies in
each case is read to the student, In
one case, he had had to deal with
before the present incident, the
student asked if'he could read it
for himself. Sinor said he was
delighted to allow him to do so.
Following this last trouble, were
suspended for ten days and for
three days in accordance with these
Sinor said the following things have
happened already or are planned:
"On the Friday following the fight,
I held meetings with teachers and
staff. A volunteer committee has
been formed. They will discuss
and work out solutions to any
problems. Also teachers have
volunteered to patrol the halls.
"We have also had a Sheriffs
Deputy at the school each day and
will continue to have one here as
long as I deem it necessary."
"I have also had a conference with
the school advisory board at their
regular meeting."
On Monday, November 8, Sinori
will go on the school closed circuit
television and talk to the students

who will receive the transmission
in their home rooms.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November
9, on a request concerned parents
and brought to Sinor by P.T.O.
president Ellen Keith, a meeting is
planned for the school cafeteria. It
is planned as a forum with parents
being able to ask questions on any
Because Carrabelle High School is
also an elementary school, C.T.
Ponder is planning to hire an
administrative assistant to aid the
principal. There will also be some
changes in assignments at the
The school board is discussing
hiring a School Resource officer
for each high school. He or she
would be a sheriffs deputy but
would be funded by the school
board and would be assigned to
the school.
Sinor has had some calls and visits
from concerned parents and
members of the community and
welcomes any concerned person
to his office. There was one other
change Sinor made as soon as he
came to the school nine weeks ago.
He has moved his office back to it's
original place next to the library,
where it is accessible from the hall
instead of persons having to go
through the school's front office.


The PSC, on Tuesday, 9 November
1993, denied a Liberty County
Commission request for extended
area service between Eastpoint and
Bristol, and Eastpointand Hosford.
In 1992, the Liberty County
Commission passed a resolution
asking the PSC for extended area
telephone service between
Eastpoint and the rest of Liberty
County (including Bristol,
Carrabelle and the Hosford
exchange). The St. Joseph
Telephone Company serves the
Bristol, Carrabelle, Hosford and
Eastpoint exchanges. Bristol and
Hosford are totally located in
'LibertvyCounty but' the Eastpoint
exchange has only 56 subscribers
living in Liberty County, and the
Carrabelle exchange has only 7
subscribers in Liberty County.
This matter was deferred from a
17 August 1993 agenda at the 56
PSC to see if the saff could find a
way of moving the Liberty lines
into a Liberty County exchange
(Bristol or Hosford) and the same
for the 7 customers served out of
Under current extended area
service procedures and policies,
the Staff recommended that the
PSC not make those moves due to
the high expense, and instead,
close the docket "...if no timely
protest is filed." The PSC pointed
out that the extended area services
are currently being investigated in
an elaborate working group
scheme and their report will be
released sometime next spring,
1994. The PSC is likely to review
the matter once again. Terry
Deason, Chairperson of the PSC
was the lone dissentingvote saying
that "...something should be done
to relieve the situation now." The
final vote was 3 yeas and 1 nay
(Deason) with regard to accepting
the staff recommendations.


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Editorial and Commentary

At the St. George

Homeowner's Assn



Was it some movie soundtrack that brought forth the convention
wisdom that all politics are local? The St. George Plantation
Homeowner's Association Board of Directors brought some reality to
that generalization at the recent Board of Directors meeting on 6
November 1993. With a new Board, consisting of President Lou
Vargus, new Board member Tom Outlaw, and old hands Lori
Ro rique, Jim Bachrach and PamelaAmato, the Board dealt with the
issue of filling a vacancy made by the resignation of Helen Spohrer.
Richard Plessinger, longtime Plantation resident, and Henry
Kozlowsky were nominated for the vacant Board seat. Several
homeowners spoke very positively in Mr. Plessinger's behalf citing
the fact that the entire membership voting in the last election placed
him third runner-up in the vote count.
There were a few who knew Mr. Kozlowsky and they also spoke
favorably in his behalf. Some members of the Board were already
familiar with him, having spoken with him on the telephone before
the meeting. Few among the homeowners knew Mr. Kozlowsky. He
had no track record either in votes, nor in service to the Association.
Jim Bachrach said he thought he had "...a good attitude." Someone
said he would be willing to travel about 1200 miles for each Board
This would add yet another Board member to the list of five who do
not regularly live on the island, nor experience the everyday life of
Franklin County, its governments or know many of its citizens who
serve in those governmental agencies. Among other things, absentee
directorship contributes to a kind of insularity in the Plantation, and
this Association cannot afford limited orientations. because the
island is confronted with huge problems including fire protection
The Board, led by President Vargus, decided to place Mr. Kozlowsky
in the vacancy ignoring the advice given by those attending the
meeting, and in particular the membership,votes earned by Richard
Plessinger at the last election. This flawed judgment by the Board
seemed at considerable contradiction to the earlier statements of
President Vargus in the same meeting about fairness and his desire
to bring the Association together, ending divisiveness on the Board.
What he ignored was the close vote by the general membership for
all of the Board candidates in the last election, clearly reflecting
deeply divided patterns in the general membership voting. The
Board's actions now have only increased the friction.
Moreover, the Board has been made up of "individuals" who
represented a variety of interests, and were not in "anyone's pocket."
Yes, there has been some divisivness but no one managed to present
any credible evidence as to the basis for the disagreement. Indeed,
it appeared as if the new President wanted a rubber stamp Board
without even "loyal dissent." This exercise in so-called "self-
government" among private entities is a bit of an embarrassment to
those of us who seek diversity and differences of opinion as a mark
of strength--not weakness.
Most lawyers would see in an advocacy framework a method of
reaching final solutions. At least that is the way our system of
jurisprudence is patterned. But, in the Plantation government, there
isa perception, apparently, that dissent, or "being disagreeable" (and
'ho credibleevidencewaspresentedinthedebate over the candidates-
considered for the Board) is too much for the Board to handle.'
SInterestingly, Mr. Vargus; did'not attend many of those Board
ineetings so it might be interesting to learn where he gained those
perceptions, if indeed that was what drove his decision.
Peace on the Board might be better obtained through admitting the
"disagreeable types" into Board membership, rather than complete
exclusion of those perceived parties or points-of-view.
Now thatthe general membership is aware ofthe Board's"direction",it
is likely the Association's paid newsletters, Surroundings, will have
a ring of propaganda and "Party line" when read by an unsuspecting
general membership. And, it is unfair to Mr. Kozlowsky to bring him
into a situation in which many homeowners are upset about the way
the Board filled the vacant slot on the Board. The call for"nominations

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from the floor", after all obvious planning for the "election" seems an
understatement in duplicity, including the rearranging of the agenda
at the beginning of the meeting.
How upset were the members present at the meeting, upon the
taking of the vote for Mr. Kozlowsky? Dr. Tom Adams shouted loudly,
This is a g****damn travesty" while hurling a waded paperball
toward the Board. Many of the assembled homeowners physically
rushed the Board, hands gesturing and fists forming; one person
exclaimed, '"This is war" President Vargus, sitting at the table,
appeared to be visibly shaken. Other Board members responded in
quiet tones trying to explain their vote. The anger was loud and
intense, and then the group disbanded about as quickly as it formed,
and gathered outside in small groups. These .were, indeed, not
happy campers.
Those representing the "renting interests" in the Plantation now
dominate the Board---not the resident homeowners. Yes, at one
time, the opposite was true and in 1992 there was a "palace
revolution" replacing most of the Board. Most did not realize that the
Board actions in 1992 did not mesh with the general membership,
and when the real estate interests organized the response and got
the membership shaken out of it lethargy, a new Board came out of
the ashes. We think the realty involvement in that election may have
produced some good results since many of the members, absent and
resident, were not taking much of an active interest in the governing
of their own affairs. In the last election (1993), their involvement was
at a much lower level,and the first meeting in September failed to
make a quorum. Finally, after a battle of memoranda concerning
Board candidates and the Ben Johnson agreement transpired, a
quorum was established for the 23 October meeting.
If Richard Plessinger had been "so disagreeable" or "divisive", it
hardly seems possible he would have been the third runnerup
candidate in the final tally. Unless, of course, many wanted him to
remain on the Board. And, many did want that, but the Board of
Directors was insensitive to this. No, the Board's judgment on this
issue was clearly flawed, and strictly maintain control. Plessinger's
service on the Board was well done; he along became the expert on
the road problems. His living in the Plantation would have better
balanced the current membership on the Board, as Pamela Amato
Now, given the foreground statement about "peace" and "harmony"
and an "end to divisiveness", the new President has succeeded only
in stirring up the frictions, and thrown open Board decisions to
suspicion and distrust. When the rumors start flying, and they have
been, distrust and uncertainty continue to ferment. Perhaps President
Vargus needs to think clearly about who would continue to serve on
Association committees when the vote of the general membership is
ignored. We suspect few want to be members of a "team" of "yes"

continued from page 2
Board vacancies had been filled
with those who had garnered such
a vote, it was pointed out by one of
the members in the audience.
Kozlowsky had not run in that
The appointment of a new Board
member was indicated as the third
item of business following approval
of the minutes, but President
Vargus put it off until the end of
the meeting, indicating that some
items would take more time.
Several homeowners in the
audience spoke favorably in behalf
of Richard Plessinger..Rod.Davis,
Lennie Davis and Tom Adams*
advised the Board ofDirectors that
the membership vote in the last
election should be taken into
account with regard to the strong
support for Plessinger. Adams
said,"...The process is dead wrong.
It is totally wrong to ignore the vote
of the membership." Board
member Pamala Amato argued
that the Board ought to have a
balanced representation including
homeowners currently residing in
the Plantation. She pointed out
that of the six current members,
no one lived in the Plantation.
There were four owners of rental
units in the Plantation on the
The vote for and Kozlowsky was as
Plessinger Kozlowsky
Jim Bachrach No Yes
Lori Rodrique No Yes
Pamala Amato Yes No
Lou Vargus No Yes
John Cullen Absent
Those speaking directly or
obliquely against Plessinger's
nomination on the Board
indicating that a "new board won't
be a divided board," There were
comments criticizing Plessinger for
not being "forthcoming on the Ben
Johnson agreement," but no some
evidence was offered either way.
Curiously, during some of this
discussion a sheaf of papers had
been placed on the microphone to
the tape recorder supposedly
recording the discussion for the
official minutes, one observer


A full report of the Annual
Homeowner's meeting at the
St. George Plantation will be
presented in the issue of 26
November 1993, along with an
update of recent developments
flowing out of the 6 November
1993 Board of Directors-

Festival Parade

James Floyd





President Vargus opened his first
Board of Directors meeting of the
St. George Plantation Owner's
Association on Saturday, 6
November 1993, with the
statement he would try to run the
meetings to "ensure harmony." To
reach this end, he issued
instructions about the procedure
for each meeting, indicating who
would speak, when and for how
long. He also promised the Board
and some 35 homeowners
assembled in the clubhouse for
the meeting that "...People will
know where we stand," indicating
that the Board procrastination of
the past was over.
Priortizing issues was his way of
ordering the agenda ofAssociation
business and finding solutions.
He gave out his telephone number
in response to a question for same:
904-893-6584. The first issue to
take well over the planned 10
minutes was the announcement
of all Board meetings to be
conducted throughout the year.
Many had advocated a regular
schedule so they could plan their
visits to St. George. It was moved
and approved to plan for two
meetings in advance. After some
disagreement over the previous
minutes, the Board moved to more
substantive issues.
Annual dues for association
members were established as
$730 per house
$332 per lot
The Board had approved the
budget in May 1993
Wayne Gleasman presented a
report on bids for repair to the
tennis courts and the Board
approved the repairs for $3,535. A
contract for the renamed cable-TV
Company (Cable TV of St. George)
was approved following some
limited discussion on whether the
Association might save costs for
members by collecting fees. The
Board also approved a letter to
obtain the continuing services of
.auditor Larry Lane.
A major agenda item involved a
proposed agreement with George
Mahr and his development near
the Sikes Cut. President Lou
Vargus read a detailed critique of
'his perceptions of the issues which
still separate the Homeowner's
Association and Mahr from
agreement. Several homeowners
present commended Vargus on his
analysis., The Board reviewed the
, analysis and decided to submit a
letterlising those concerns to Mr.
Mahr so closure on the agreement
might occur soon.
Three agreements are involved in
this process including an
agreement from the Association to
waive assessments for 15.8 acres
Mahr Development plans to deed
to the State of Florida in a density
transfer. Vargus wanted to insert
that the Association would not
waive assessments if the land were
not deeded to the Department of
Environmental Protection. Another
A agreement would provide for the
Assocaition to buy about five acres
from Mahr with $10,000 down and
the balance financed at about 8
per cent.
Walter Armistead, representative
of Mahr at the meeting, urged the
Board to approve the agreement
on the airport properties so the
land could be deeded to the State
of Florida, which must be done
before lots in Casa del Mahr could
be sold. In response to a question
by Guy March, the 15.8 acres to be
deeded to the state in the density
transfer would remain forever
in its natural state.
Wayne Gleasman was
recommended and approved by
the Board as the new Treasurer of
the Association. Subject to review
by Board attorney Barbara
Sanders, the Board approved a
procedure involving the sending of
checks to auditor Larry Lane for
reconciliation each month and as
an independent auditor for the
Association's checking accounts.
The most intense and active portion
of the Board meeting involved the
appointment of a new Board
member to fill the vacancy left by
Helen Spohrer, the subject of
separate story in this issue.


An Arts & Crafts Show sponsored
by the Lanark Village Boat Club
will be held Saturday, November
13, at the Club headquarters on
Highway 98, five miles east of
Carrabelle. A dozen vendors will
display and sell their crafted
articles during the show hours
from.9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Home-baked
"goodies" will also be on sale, and
a spaghetti luncheon will be served
during the noon hour.




By Ernie Rehder
Fellow columnist Anne Estes, in
responding to my opinions on the
net-ban controversy, seems to have
ignored half of what I wrote and
misunderstood the remainder. As
for the work of commercial
fishermen, which I did not address,
I knowthatitis often backbreaking,
dangerous and poorly rewarded. It
is a good job to get out of, if you
can, unless you have financial
I was referring to people with
financial backing, major
commercial interests composed of
those who do not work the waters,
with a lot of political influence,
who fund vile propaganda sheets
to achieve their ends. My point
was that the pamphlet is racist in
implying that minorities are too
dumb to serve as anything but
consumers of fish caught by white
folk; and it also seeks to inflame
racial hatred between poor Afro-
Americans and' white
Ifyou choose to believe the claims
of an organization that
appropriates withoutauthorization
the title of one group, the Rainbow
Coalition, and insinuates that it
has "1000 percent" backing of
another, the NAACP (which has
denied having any knowledge of
it), that is your right; but I doubt
that one reader in 100 will be so
Let's talk about the wormy trout
issue, to which I am pleased you
responded. Every fisherman who
has filleted locally caught trout
over a period of years knows the
following. By conservative
estimate, one in three trout has, in
its flesh, clearly visible and very
unappealing looking worms
(parasitic worms, to be exact).
Approximately one in four trout
fillets has so many bunches of live
worms in the flesh that the piece
has to be discarded. These worms,
when cooked, don't hurt the eater;
but then, who the blazes wants to
eat a piece of fish infested with
obviously visible worms? Nobody,
that's who. No seafood consumer
aware of the worm-in-trout
problem would want to buyawhole
What does this have to do with
retailing trout? It means that the
merchant selling non-filleted trout
is, in fact and as I said, selling
wormy trout-at least 25% of the
time. How to better serve the
customer? Sell only filleted trout,
so that the consumer can avoid
unpalatable seafood. Isn't that
what's done with two of the species
you mention, grouper and
amberjack? The latter is also
notoriously wormy in summer
months, but the consumer, on
looking over an amberjack fillet, at
least has a fighting chance to keep
worms out of his mouth and
Notice how I didn't blame the guy
who catches the trout, just the one
who sells it.


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By Tom W. Hoffer, Publisher
The Chronicle has survived one year' From several standpoints, this
has been a remarkable year for the Chronicle. But, instead of
reviewing all of our traumas and uncertainties we would like to brag
a little about the staff, contributors and advisory committee that
have made possible this newspaper. Without them, we could not
have brought the paper to reality, twice monthly, since the first
regular issue on 10 November 1992.
A little bit of foreground material, if you please. The Chronicle's first
appearance in the Franklin County marketplace began in late
August 1992, in time for the first fall Primary. All of those wonderful
folks running for office needed a medium which would guarantee
delivery of their message directly to all postal patrons in the county
at minimal cost. We ran 20 pages of political messages and
considerable content. Our first long interview was with retiring Clerk
of Court Pal Rivers, and and a second with retiring County
Commissioner Percy Mock. These were forerunners of several more
historical personality profiles which would be published in our first
year We plan more for 1994. The Runoffs were the second occasion
for the Chronicle's appearance near the end of September 1992.
Finally, regular publication on a twice monthlybegan on 10 November
1992. Just in time for the low cycle of the business season, December
through February.
Our contributors all part-timers by the way, were Eric Steinkuehler,
Joe Howard, Lucille Graham, Jenny Connell, Jack McDonald,
Jennifer Hammon, Kathryn Seitz, Cynthia Gallout, Leslie Turner,
David Creamer and Bob Evans.
The Chronicle's sales persons have divided the Franklin County
territory into the "traditional" zones: Apalachicola, St. George-
Eastpoint, Carrabelle and Alligator Point. The Sales persons in our
first year servicing the advertiser needs, and also that of the
Chronicle, have included the following:
Joe Howard
George Malone
Eastpoint-St. George
Ann Abbott
Chris Chrisman
Tom W. HOffer
Susan Creek
Jack MacDonald
Betty Roberts
Dot Scarbrough
Tom W. Hoffer
We hope you understand our drop in modesty with this issue by
parading ourselves in front of you since some of our readers have
expressed an interesting our contributors and the paper overall. And,
as publisher I am extremely proud of the new, productive associations
which have evolved with the publication of the Chronicle in the past
year. Certainly, one of our important helpers, advisors and hand
holder has been the Apalachicola Postmaster, Ms. Judy Stokowski
who, with the patience of Job, has instructed Hofftter on bulk mailing
procedures up to the present time He is now able to fallout the forms
but needs occasional help in figuring out the postal rules and prices.
The idea of beginning a newspaper which would compliment local
coverage in print, and over-the-air had been brewing for some time.
Many of those who have been listed on the Advisory Council to the
newspaperwere among the "conversationalists" on the issue during
infrequent rap sessions. We know a lot more about putting out one
of these issues now than a year ago, but a year ago, we didn't know
too much about the trials, pitfalls, procedures and excitement of
publishing a newspaper. This was to be a community paper, defining
the community as the entire breadth of Franklin County, not just
reflecting one city's perspective, history and traditions. Too many
to m a aPat and Randy

things in the physical landscape separated Franklin County and
helped maintain the geographical divisions, such as the Apalachicola
River. Yet, in these few years before the new century, we felt another
orientation was needed due to a number of pressing problems such
as the Franklin economy, the school system, seafood and tourism
industries, and general development-giving rise to a hundred issues
related to the environment. So, here we were, one year ago.
"There is a large amount of talent in Franklin County and in all of its
communities, ranging from little theater, musical groups, the
contributors to theIlse Newell concert series, volunteers of all sorts,
and individuals with varied and interesting lifestyles, backgrounds
and their own histories. The Chronicle wants to provide a mirror for
much of that reality and to help preserve it," Hoffer said recently at
a Chronicle advisory council meeting. "We also want the paper to
provide indepth coverage of current problems, possible solutions,
and draw some correlations among various events through analysis,
so as to facilitate solutions to those problems. This is a l order and
we are bound to fail in reaching that goal some instances. But, in
making the attempt, and involving the movers and shakers as we
cover those events, long and short term, we can help create an
awareness of community issues and help others see the
M --

interrelationships. Somewhere along the line, there are potentials to
solve those pressing problems, "Hoffer said. He added, "And, there
are many, many pressing concerns, such as the Tri-river studies,
and the future of fresh water needs for the Bay. On St. George Island
and other nearby barrier islands, fire protection and the standards
for water flow are among the highvisibility issues. Waste management
in the county is still a matter of continuing concern because it costs
so much to maintain our first-rate landfill. Economic development
has been a continuing matter of concern among many residents
since the word was coined and widely used in Franklin County." The
point is that a community newspaper can best provide the forum
and coverage for these and many other continuing matters. "We need
to better preserve our history here and with each obituary, falls
another opportunity to learn about Franklin County's past among
the aging residents who directly experienced Franklin life before the
intervention of government bureaucracy."
As you know, the Chronicle Is issued twice monthly, usually on the
10th and 26th or within a day or two of those dates. Our reporters
submit their materials, usually by/facsimile, to our production shop
in Tallahassee where the paper is assembled using an extensive set
of applications (computer programs) by a highly trained cadre of
personnel. Facsimile transmission has considerably shortened the
usual delays associated with the Chronicle's two locations, St
George Island and Tallahassee. -But, maintaining a "Tallahassee
connection" has enhanced our cqyerage of state agencies involved
with Franklin County, including close liaison and reporting of
various hearings and decisions involving the Public Service
^^^SH^HHHHI^^^^4 *^MIal!itialARI

Alan Chase

Commission, Governor's Office, Departments of Comm unity Affairs,
Environmental Protection, Marine Fisheries Commission, Agriculture
and, of course, the state and county legal systems. As a consequence,
the Chronicle has consistently published reports earlier than other
county media, and more accurately and completely. We are printed
by the Bainbridge Post and Searchlight in Bainbridge Georgia who
also prints a large number of northern Florida and Southern Georgia
newspapers. Sometimes, getting an open window for the webb press
is difficult may account for a day's delay. But, the quality of their work
has been superb especially for photographs and this was a factor in
selecting their services. Upon printing, the paper is bundled, sorted
for mailout, and placed in vending machines in Franklin County.
Then, within a few days of publication, mallout for the external
market is made along with rotated locales within Franklin County,
followed by a second tier distribution of unsold and overruns of the
previous issues to selected Franklin County locations, to attract the
attention of visitors using local resturaunts, motels and specialty
shops. This brings the total circulation within county to about 2800,
and an additional 1200 copies to the external market. Very often,
these numbers are considerably increased for subscription and
sales campaigns, as In the instance of our special promotion
featuring the videocassette about Tallahassee's movers and shakers
produced by Yesteryear Productions, Inc.
The Chronicle continues to face considerable competition for
advertising dollars which is the principal mechanism to finance the
goals stated above. We acknowledge the competition for ad dollars
from the Apalachicola and Carrabelle Times, WOYS radio (FM 100.9)
and Chuck Spicer's Coastline Shopper. However, we think our niche
is to provide more indepth coverage of issues cutting across the
entire county, along with some historical perspective and analysis.
We have defined two markets; an internal one, Franklin County, and
an external market, consisting of an additional 4000 households
across Florida, Georgia, Alabama and LousiaHa, and others in the 50
states and 2 or 3 foreign countries.
In a very unusual circumstance, there are nearly 4000 households
out of Franklin County which pay taxes to Franklin County. These
folks own land and houses here, and they visit frequently, spending
their dollars in resturaunts, motels, souvenler shops, seafood
houses and the like. We have developed special mailing lists to
project the Chronicle directly into their living rooms. Franklin
County residents seem to like vending machines for newspapers
and street sales have been climbing as we increase the number of
machines in high traffic areas.

Continued on page 5





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Betty Roberts
Surveys are informing us about the demographic"\
descriptions of our readership and that of our competition,
and we are in the process of preparing detailed reports
about those audiences. We prefer to develop a "rifle
approach" in getting our advertiser's messages to the
audience best suited to act on those messages instead of a
K "mass approach" which is wasteful and inefficient.
Some of our advertisers report on this process because of the
inquiries they receive from readers as far away as New York state,
who call in to make room reservations. Given the competition, we
have also developed new revenue stream to help our cash flow.
Videotaping various public meetings, and producing and marketing
other videos has sometimes amounted to 20 per cent of our monthly
cash flow.
Since we publish twice monthly, we are not yet in a position to bid
on legal ads, and from a philosophical standpoint, we have not yet
committed to that as another revenue stream. Postal law requires
that such newspapers must be issued weekly under second class
mailing and given our logistical situation at the present time, we
cannot turn to a weekly schedule.



We are pleased to note that our reporting staff are all Franklin
County residents, many with considerable professional and "life"
experience here and elsewhere. We welcome contributions from
others who may notwant to write foreach issue, but have considerable
knowledge about many Franklin County institutions and lifestyles.
The recent piece ON TRINITY CHURCH by George Chapel,
Apalachicola (who is also on our Advisory Council) is one example
So, on the this occasion of our First Anniversary, I am extremely
pleased to present these profiles about our contributor, reporters
and production personnel.
JOHN C. McDONALD (Jack), in his youth, was a resident of
Michigan and Minnesota, graduating from the University of Minnesota
(1948, Magna Cum LaudeJwith considerable post-graduate education
in Portuguese language studies, the U. S. Foreign Service Institute
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) Spanish language studies, and graduate
study in English and economics. His professional experience embraces
decades ofwork in journalism, beginning in 1947 as an editor,
reporter and political columnist for the Minneapolis Morning and
SundayTribune from 1947 to 1961. He has also been a correspondent
for the NewYorkTimes, Christian Science Monitor and the Economist
(London) Jack's other work in the more recent past has included
special assistant assignments to George McGovern and President
Kennedy under the Food for Peace program, Agricultural Attache to
the U. S. Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, an assistant to U. S. Secretary
of Agriculture Orville Freeman, Agricultureal Attache at the U. S.
Embassy in Guatemala City and Lisbon, Portugal and other foreign
assignments. He retired from the U. S. foreign service in 1981. He is

married to Mary Michalak and they have three daughters. Mr.
McDonald is a Captain in the U. S. Army, serving in World War II, and
holding the U. S. Bronze Star, the French Croix de Guerre with Silver
Star. He was in command of anti-aircraft guns protecting the first
Summit Conference at Casablanca, 1943, and participated in the D-
day landings in southern France. He was awarded six battle stars
and six overseas service stripes.

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GEORGE H. MALONE III was born in Dolthan, Alabamd in 1930,
graduated from Dolthan high school in 1948 and attended the
University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa for two years, until the Korean
War, when he joined the U. S. Air Force. After service, he attended
St. Mary's college, at St. Mary's Kentucky, a Roman Catholic
seminary for one year. In late 1955, he entered a Trappist monastery
near Conyers, Georgia and remained there five years. Then, George
returned to college to finish his bachelor's degree atXavier University,
Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated in May 1963 with a major in English
and .minors in history and philosophy. He took jobs in Atlanta and
Milwuakee, Wisconsin where he was a speech therapist. In Milwuakee
he met his wife, Kathleen Kujat and they were married in 1968. They
have two children,now grown. In Milwaukee, George also enrolled in
a program in art history and completed the course in 1971, going to
work at the oldest commercial gallery in Milwaukee, the Bresler
Gallery. He was in business with his own gallery for a time, and later
joined the Irving Gallery (now in Palm Beach) for two years. He also
has another 8 years experience with the interior design firm of Win.
Manly Associates, and thereafter, he and his wife formed a small
publishing company, Cortland Press, with which he worked until
1992 when he retired and moved to Apalachicola. When he wrote to
the Chronicle, complaining about the manner inwhich the publisher
printed dates (as in 101193), he was asked to contribute to the paper
on a regular basis. Mr. Malone has contributed frequently, and also
sells advertising for the Chronicle. He also keeps busy doing volunteer
work. gardenin r ntoking rareling and liteninrf ton mi1ic

PAUL W. JONES, writer for the Aihgator Point column is a native
Floridian, born in December 1934, and graduated from Leon High
School, Tallahassee, 1953. From 1953 through 1959 he attended
both the University of Florida and Florida State University in quest
of a degree in Finance and Business. He has served six years ofactive
duty having served in the Florida National Guard and United States
Army. Paul was honorably discharged from military service in 1965.
He is also retired from the State of Florida in July 1990 with a
combination of 29+ years of service including 7 years in the Florida
Dept. of Education, 3 years as a committee analyst and 19years with
the Florida Dept. of Transportation. During a span of 13 years in the
late 1960's through the early 1970's, he wrote a weekly sports
column for the Tallahassee Democrat under the turorage of then
sports editor-in-chief, Bill McGrotha. His main reason for writing a
column for Alligator Point is to alert the residents that there are
important local issue that they need to be involved, "I hope that
through the column I can "beg the qeustion" to start -h~x people
thinking of viable solutions to resolve problems within the

SASHA ALEXANDRE TORRES is 22 and a graduate of the
Miami-Date Community College. As an FSU student, he is a Theater
and Communications major and began work for the Chronicle on a
part-time basis in August 1993. He previously worked for the
Catalyst, a newspaper in Miami.

KATHRYN SEITZ was the earliest paste-up artist employed by the
paper, starting in the fall of 1992 and working intermittently though
most of the summer of 1993. In the daytime, Kathryn is employed by
the Florida Department of Education as a publications production
specialist. She designs and produces publications, brochures,
posters and other materials using a Macintosh computer. She
arrived in Florida from the frosty north, specifically Minneapolis,

MAX STEMPLE is also an FSU student, major in Communication.
He is also the Chronicle's current computer garu able to exploit
Pagemaker, Photo Workshop, Filemaker Pro and other graphic
programs used by the paper to produce advertising and typeset copy.
Max has been instrumental in installing our facsimile system
directly into the computer and scanner, two new innovations which
have drastically cut the cost of production. He served as editor for the
Catalyst, a newspaper in Miami.His home is in Miami, Florida.

Ernie Rehder Brian Goercke
DR. ERNIE REHDER, as "Captain Ernie and Saltwater Fishing
Tips", was born in 1939 in New Jersey and has been a lifelong
fisherperson in the Northeast, Southeast and Northwest United
States. He is also an Associate Professor in thee Department of
Modern Languages at Florida State University. His Ph.D. was
earned at the University of Florida in Spanish and Portuguese.
He is the author of SMALL-SCALE FISHING (Tallahassee,
Florida, 1985), a book about Gulf surf and small-scale fishing.
Dr. Rehder writes for the Chronicle monthly.
BRIAN GOERCKE came to Franklin County as a new college
graduate from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelor of
Arts in English Literature in December 1991. He had also attended
Merced Junior College in Merced, California before taking his AA
degree in June 1987. Brian is presently employed as a VISTA
Volunteer (Volunteer in Service to America) and, Corrections
Coordinator, Franklin CountyAdult Reading Program, Apalachicola.
He has contributed many pieces to the Chronicle since his first
employment in November 1992. He is also commentary writer and
sports reporter for the Central Florida Future, staff writer for the
Orlando Spectator, and contributor to the Orlando Mirror.
KAREN SHEPARD moved to Tallahassee from Marianna, Florida
and enrolled in the commercial art program at Lively Technical'.
Center. She came to the Chronicle as the second layout design artist.
She says, "Working at the Chronicle has given me a start on my
experience in the real world with real deadlines, working long
evenings, One day I hope to work in an advertising agency."

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ERIC STEINKUEHLER took his masters degree in Communication,
Florida State University while working part time at the Chronicle.
While he is now employed fulltime in the Department of Education
Research division, he still works on special research projects for the
Chronicle, crunching numbers and building data bases from our
fifth year of intercept interviews conducted by FSU students since
1989. Special reports of these studies will be published soon.

A New Cookbookof the Area
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Publisher Hoffer has nearly received a new degree in journalism,
organization and entrepreneurship in stimulating the start of the
Chronicle with considerable help from the others identified in these
pages and in the masthead each some of the rigors of the business
orientation in print media while borrowing some things from
broadcasting in getting the chronicle started from scratch to at least
a checking acco int that does not bounce. Of course, a double salute'
is due our occasional and regular advertisers who know our mission
and have helped us finance the paper. We are very grateful to them.
Much of this first year Chronicle experience has been translated into
new orientations to Hoffer's classroom Media Legalities, consisting
of the myrid ideas and elements required to package material for
commercial distribution in video, film, television and the like. He has
taught for 22 years at Florida State University, is a filmmaker and
video producer, and has over 100 credits in scientific, documentary
and instructional films and video productions. He earned a Ph.D. in
Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin in 1972. He is
55 years old,unmarried and utterly happy in this work.

ANNE JAMES ESTES had been a regular contributor to the
Chronicle since its beginning. Her native county is Franklin but she
was employed by Standard Oil of Ohio for 16 years following
schooling at Mary, Star of the Sea Elementary school and Chapman
High School. She returned toApalachicola in 1963, married the next
year, and gave birth to one son in January 1966. In September 1968,
Anne moved to Wakulla County where she was instrumental in
bringing library services to Wakulla County through the Crawfordville
Woman's Club. In 1973, she entered the seafood industry by a
partnership with Noah Posey. She fell victim to a muscular and
nervous system disorder known as chronic relapsing polyneuropathy
which went into remission. Then, she went back into the seafood
business with Herman Metcalf but had another relapse with the
disorder. "Hoping for less strenuous employment, I joined the
Wakulla Manor Health Care but resigned after earning my CNA
certificate..." she recalled. She did a stint with Upjohn Health Care
Services in Tallahassee and then went into private service but the
polyneuropathy disorder intensified again. Divorced in 1978, Anne
had moved from Spring Green to Panacea, having lost her home to
a fire in 1981 when her furniture, clothes and priceless family
momentoes were destroyed. She has engaged in volunteer work for
her church, St. Elizabeth Ann Seatren and other organizations, and
writes a weekly column for the Wakulla News and a monthly column,
"Remembering Apalachicola" for the Chronicle.

DAVID CREAMER has worked on several video assignments since
the Chronicle developed that activity as another revenue stream.
David is a graduate ofApalachicola high school and has found work
in the area since then, most recently being employed by Long's
Video. He has also assisted in sound recording and has developed
expertise in manJpulatin numerous electronic amplifiers, tape
recorders, and associated video gear for editing purposes and we
anticipate his nvolvment will be more intensified as the Chronicle
expands the video production revenue stream.

STEWART CALHOUN of Tallahassee is the newest member of the
Chronicle team, coming to the paper with an extensive background
in traditional paste-up, layout, graphic design illustration and
cartooning. He has designed advertising for brochures, magazine
anednewspapers, create logos and trademarks, charactersand
storyboards for comics and science fiction or fantasy illustration.
Stewart is currently enrolled at Lewis LivelyTechnical Center in their
graphic arts program during the lastyear. He returned toTallahassee
following a two year stint in Los Angeles where he worked for Design
Attack, Image Entertainment, Inc. and Pacific Production Services.
HIS n-ornfnional interest is to combine the computer with design.

RENE TOPPING was born in Lincolnahire, England,the fourth
child in a faintly Of five. She lived in a small village until her teens,
when the family moved to th@ small market town of Spalding. At the
age of 17 1/2 years of age she entered the British Army as a member
of the Auxiliary Territorial ServicG (ATS). She met her husband,
Bob, while serving in the south of England. Was one of thousands
of women who came to the United States as a "war bride." in 1946.
She considers herself an adopted American, becoming a citizen in
1949. She has lived in Now York City, New Jersey and Tucson,
Arizona, She and her husband came to Carrabelle in 1977, when she
began writing in earnest. In earlier years she has written for the
Arizona Daily Star, Modern Floor covering, Florida Living, Tallahassee
Democrat, Carrabelle Timee, Franklin County News, and has a
column running weekly in the Waktilla News. She now writes
regularly for the Franklin County Chronicle. She is presently
seeking women who came from the British Isles after marrying
coming to the United States as "war brides," on an armada of
different vessels with final destinations in towns and villages from
the Atlantic to the Pacific. Her intention is to write a full length book
devoted to this almost unwritten part of the history of WorldWar- II.
The tentative title is, 1946, The Romantic Invasion"

DEBORAH L. BEARD, known as Debe, has recently joined the
Chronicle on a part time basis, filling in an important void for news
reporting in the Apalachicola area. She graduated from Lakeland
senior high school, and has enrolled and completed various courses
in working toward her B. A. degree at Georgia State University and
Gulf Coast Community College. For one year, she was news director
at WYGC, a Gainsville radio station. Earlier, she was also employed
at WOYS radio, Eastpoint, and she has recently rejoined the staff as
an on-air talent. Her background also includes retail sales (Baxter's
Antiques), promotional writing for the Seafood Festival and several
years industrial and banking experience in Atlanta, Georgia.
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George Chapel

MS. LESLIE TURNER, the Chronicle proofreader, is a doctoral
student in Communication at Florida State University. The
Chronicle writers and production personnel sometimes
considers her a real terror at deadline but grudgingly admit her
edits and changes are needed. Her career goal is to be the
typical "absent-minded professor" at some university to be
determined. She says, "I'm a doctoral student, I have no social
life. Well, I do manage to get to the football games and movies,
and dinner with friends when I'm not slaving away at
coursework, or assistant teaching advertising advertising
classes. She says she loves proofing for the Chronicle and
keeping up with the news of Franklin County. "I've been doing
this so long I feel like Franklin County is my second home "
Leslie took sometime off between undergraduate and graduate
studies--thirteen years to be exact. She worked as Media
Planner and Buyer at top advertising agencies in Tampa and
Miami. The decision to change career direction was not an easy
one. "It's pretty frightening to go from a high-paying advertising
.job to graduate student but It was the right .choice for me."BGS
(before graduate school) Leslie wrote articles for travel
magazines, performed in regional dinner theatre and community
theatre productions and studied French. She plans to resume
these activities when graduate school is behind her. "Right now,
getting that degree is my first priority."


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TOM W. HOFFER, publisher, attempts to wield some influence
over unruly potential contributors, three Weimeraners who have
more interest in bones than typesetting or computers. From the left,
Angenleux, the 11-year-old bitch, with a mind of her own, regularly
chews on Tom's aging pile of NEW YORK TIMES, In the center, the
princess, Omega, is generally the most aggressive of the lot. And, at
the right, Sprockets, the aging male in the trio, is usually content
with an old bone. The two pups, Omega and Sprockets, are 9 years
old. Tom's age varies, depending on whether he has to separate this
group from a cat fight, or he is awakened with the cold and wet nose
of one of these critters who have broken down the bedroom door.

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By Valerie Johnson
Long before humans impounded it, the river flowed freely south
across the Panhandle, fed by a river system that has followed the
same path down from the mountains for perhaps 60 million years.
It carried grains of quartz from the Appalachian Mountains and
deposited them along the Gulf Coast, forming the Panhandle's
famous sugarwhite sandy beaches.
Throughout history, the river molded the area's land and natural
resources. Now, the indisputable mark of progress is leaving its
imprint on the river system and Apalachicola Bay.
Below the WoodruffDam, the gushing water released scours the river
channel, exposing a rocky boKom that can snag barges and other
river traffic when the water is low.
Federal efforts to maintain navigation on the A-C-F rivers first began
in 1828. Since 1946, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been
required to maintain a 9-foot deep by 100-foot wide channel 95
percent of the time from the mouth of the Apalachicola River to
Bainbridge, Georgia, along the Flint River, and to Columbus, Georgia,
along the Chattahoochee River. The goal of maintaining that channel
95 percent of the time usually is not met because of limited water
availability in the A-C-F basin.
Though the dam was constructed to help sustain the channel, it has
not been enough. Sediments are continuously deposited in areas of
the river, requiring that it be dredged each year to make it deep
enough for river traffic. The dredged-"spoil" material is deposited at
certain sites along the river. These numerous spoil sites usually
range from 3 feet to over 30 feet deep and can cover up valuable
The Apalachicola River winds 108 miles through a relatively
uninhabited part of Florida to its mouth at the town ofApalachicola.
The northern part of the river is narrow with steep banks, but makes
wide gentle bends through the agricultural countryside. Barges
frequently carry coal, ore, gravel, asphalt, fertilizer, fuel and
agricultural products on the river. In the nineteenth century, cotton
grown on theApalachicola River floodplain was shipped by steamboat
up and down the river. The town of Apalachicola boomed with the
trade and at one time was one of the busiest ports on the Gulf Coast.
In the late 1800s, the area was home to Florida's third largest sponge
industry. Today, barges travel past the sunken remains of a few
wrecked steambts and share the river with pleasure boaters and
recreational fishermen.
Near Torreya State Park, the Apalachicola River makes its way by a
restored plantation home and old Confederate gun pits. Bluffs that
tower as high as 200 feet above the water punctuate the landscape.
At Alum Bluff, Rock Bluff and Aspalaga, the land drops steeply,
almost clifflike, to the river's edge. Emerging from the wooded
shoreline between the bluffs are small creeks that started upland in
unique areas called "steephead ravines," where plants and animals
usually found in more northern climes thrive.
The steepheads, the forested floodplain, the river and the bay are
home to many plant and animal species that are endangered,
threatened or of special concern. A third of these species need
wetlands to survive. The Apalachicola basin supports the highest
species density of amphibians and reptiles on the continent north of
Mexico, including Barbour's map turtles, Georgia blind salamanders,
Eastern indigo snakes, gopher frogs and gopher tortoises.
In the early 1900s, the Gulf of Mexico sturgeon supported a
successful commercial fishery along the river. Now, the sturgeon
population can no longer swim upstream past the Woodruff Dam to
spawn the way sturgeons did years ago. Also because of dams,
striped bass no longer can reach many of the cool-water refuges
found upstream during the summer.
kThe forested floodplain to the coast; the Apialachicola provides
permanent and River widens, with Its migratory homes to bald
floodplain spanning two to eagles, swallow-tailed kites, red-
shouldered hawks, barred owls and one ofthe largest concentrations
of nesting ospreys in northwest Florida.
The Florida black bear forages among the many plants found in the
basin. In just two weeks, one researcher identified more than 1,000
species of plants in fewer than 200 acres of floodplain. Some of the
special plants in this area include Harpr's beauty, possum haw,
Apalachicola rosemary, mountain laurel, the nearly extinct Torreya
fighting substance Taxol. The last two are found nowhere else in the
world and their closest relatives are in the Pacific Northwest and
Midway along itsjourneyto the coast, the Apalachicola River widens,
with it's floodplain spanning two to three miles. The river's forested
floodplain is the largest in Florida and was logged extensively during
the late 1800s and early 1900s. Timber harvesting is still the largest
activity in the area today. A nearby power plant takes water from the
river for cooling purposes and is the only major point source in
Florida that discharges directly to the Apalachicola River. Unlike
northern Georgia, most of this part of Florida gets its water supply
from groundwater and does not withdraw water from the river.
In certain areas, strange wooden "boxes" dot the ,shoreline. These
boxes harbor honey bees that are brought in and out by boat for the

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The presentation of the Resort Village revised plan and
comments in a two hour videotape, now available through
the Franklin County Chronicle, $28.00 including taxes,
packaging and mailing.
Please complete the form below and send it and your

check to: Resort Village tapes, Franklin County Chroficle,
Post Office Box 590, Eastpoint, Florida 32328. Allow two
weeks for delivery.

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I am requesting copies of the Resort Village tapes, as indicated below:
Videotape (2 hours, color) Workshop 1, 20 July 1993 $28.00
including taxes, handling and postage.
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$28.00 including taxes, handling and postage.
Both videotapes at the combined price of $45.00, including
taxes, packaging and postage.

half-million dollar beekeeping industry that takes place on the
floodplain. The world's largest stand of tupelo trees isn this area
and is vital to the production of prized tupelo honey.
Through the centuries, the Apalachicola River has endured. Today,
its water quality is still relatively good, in part because almost half
the river floodplain is under state ownership, thereby protected from
development. Below Blountstown, the Northwest Florida Water
Management District owns more than 35,000 acres of floodplain.
Further south, past the District's popular Apalachicola Water
Management Area, the Apalachicola River is joined by its largest
tributary in Florida, the spring-fed Chipola River.
As it nears its gulf destination, the river stretches wide and straight
through a broad marshy floodplain sometimes six miles across. The
last 20 miles of this serene section are part of the Apalachicola
National Estuarine Research Reserve, which encompasses almost
194,000 acres of land and water, Including the Apalachicola Bay
Some of the more significant products of this productive system are
transported not on the river but rather in the river itself- freshwater
and nutrients. The amount of these important "products" that reach
the Apalachicola Bay depends largely on how much fresh water
remains in the A-C-F rivers after upstream withdrawals, as well as
the amount of rain that falls in the watershed.
The famous Apalachicola oysters do well in the bay because it
receives much needed freshwater from the river and off the land from
Tate's Hell, a 182,000-acre swamp to the northeast that is targeted
for state purchase. Also, the bay is protected from the salty gulf
waters by barrier islands. The resultant low salinity levels in the bay
deter saltwater-loving animals such as stone crabs and oyster drills
from thriving in the bay and preying on oysters, shrimp and other
estuarine life.
During heavy rainfall periods, the rain that falls in Georgia affects
the Apalachicola River more than that which falls in Florida. The
pulses of floodwaters, which usually occur during winter and spring,
are essential to the bay. Floodwaters carry nutrients and pick up
detritus such as twigs and leaf litter from the floodplain. These
nutrients and detritus are washed to the bay where they provide the
basis of nourishment for complex food webs. Microorganisms such
as phytoplankton and bacteria consume the nutrients and detritus,
and they in turn are eaten by filter feeders like oysters. Higher level
organisms, such as shrimp and fish, become part of the food web.
The seafood that humans harvest from the estuary and the Gulf of
Mexico depends in large part on the arrival of organic matter and
nutrients. If that flood cycle changes, so likely will the bountiful
yields of the gulf and the bay.
Reprinted from Florida Water (Spring 1993) a
quarterly journal. Published by Florida's five water
management districts. ,

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By Debe Beard
It started as a fairly soggy affair,
but the 30th annual Florida
Seafood Festival came off without
a hitch, entertaining thousands of
visitors and residents alike.
Friday night's activities were
marred somewhat by sporatic
thunderstorms. Although the
clouds didn't clear until Saturday
afternoon, the rain did stop,
allowing non-stop festivities all day,
culminating with an evening
concert by country artist Billy Dean
and the Festival Dance at the
Armory in Apalachicola. Exact
gate receipts were unknown at this
writing, but Festival President Dan
Garlick appeared extremely
pleased with the turnout, saying
he knew of at least 10,000 paid
Along with performances by
numerous local and regional
musicians, two of the most highly
attended events were the oyster
shucking and oyster eating
contests. The shucking contest
included three Franklin County
residents; Kendall "Hondo" Pfileffer
representing the Blue Parrott Bar
and Grill, past festival president
Mason Bean, representingCentury
21 Realty, and a valient, but slow
effort was put forth by the
Apalachicola Times Ben Baker.
Carla Burch from The Pearl in
Tallahassee and Jimmy "Jimbo"
Miller rounded out the shuckers
vying for state championship.
It was Jimbo Millerwho took home
the prize, shucking two dozen
oysters in three minutes, five
seconds. Bean finished second,
with a time of four minutes,
seventeen seconds, and Burch,
with a time of four minutes, thirty-
four seconds, came in third. Each
won a cash prize and trophy, and
Baker was judged to have the
"neatest plate". Miller received an
all expense paid trip to the National
Oyster Shucking Championship
in Maryland.
The oyster eating contest started
with seven contestants, which
Included three young men ages
16, 17, and 12.
Less that one minute into the
competition the youngest member
of the group was seen leaving the
stage, presumably to find the
nearest restroom. Twotimewinner
Howard Wesson was unable to
finish in the top three, losing the
eating battle to third place winner
David O'Donnell ofRome, Georgia
O'Donnell consumed eleven dozen
and ten oysters in the allotted
fifteen minutes. Second place
winner Chris Wilson,who said he
had not eaten In three days,
managed to scarf down sixteen
dozen and one oyster. Taking the
oyster eating crown for 1993 was
PanamaCity's David Pike, whoate
seventeen dozen, eight oysters to
win. For those of you who would
like to practice for nextyear's event,
the record is held by four time
champion, Robbie Roberson, of
Marletta. Georgia, who's
consumption of thlrty-three dozen,
three oysters has never been
Saturday's festival activities ended
with the well attended performance
byQuincy native BillyDean. Those
who still had any energy danced
the night away to the sounds of
Flight Crew at the festival dance.
Sunday turned out tobeabeautful
day for festival goers who enjoyed
gospel singing all afternoon and
much shorter lines at the great
v- variety of food and arts and crafts
booths. Festival board members
were pleased with the 1993 edition
of the Florida Seafood Festival,
and as soon as they received some
much needed rest, were looking

Addendum to
River stories in
the last issue

Much to our embarrassment,
we discovered that the complete
credits to the following stories
were erronously omitted from
the last issue. The pieces by
Valerie Johnson, "Apalachicola
Bay: Endangered Estuary," "Tri-
State Group Weighs Impact of
Competing Needs," and "How
Much Freshwater Does the
Apalachicola Bay Need?" were
reprinted from FLORIDAWATER
(Spring1993) a quarterlyjournal
published by Florida's five water
management districts.







By Brian Goercke
The Apalachicola hillside
communitygathered togetherwith
old friends and family to celebrate
the Florida Seafood festival,
Saturday, 6 November 1993. The
festivities on Eighth Street were
complete with waving banners,
food booths and music bounding
from each car moving by slowly in
search for a familiar face. A sense
of belonging seemed to permeate
the neighborhood as natives of the
area who have moved away and
have now returned, however
temporarily. Many I talked with
have almost compared their trip
back to Apalachicola and home to
that of a pilgrimage.
Rich "Dickey Boy" owens of
Jacksonville was born in
Apalachicola and made his way
back to see the old neighborhood.
"I was born and raisedhere and I
left when I joined- the military.
There's so many people...people
who I haven't seen...some for at
least 30 years. This place is like
family to me. It's so enjoyable."
Jimmie L. Davis of Blountstown
exclaimed, "I came to have a good
time and I'm having it This is my
first time here and I ihope it ain't
my last. Everything's all right"
Visiting the booths along Eight
Street provided a wealth of church
history by the elders. The
Friendship Baptist Church,
established in 1906, has had a
food booth going since the birth of
the SeafoodFestival. Rev. Curry of
Panama City gave his thoughts
-about the occasion: "The booth is
great and the people are flocking
into the festival by the droves. The
parade was definitely my favorite
part of the festival. We were on the
float called. "Little Miss
Friendship." The food is my second
favorite part of the festival." Noah
Lockley, a deacon of the church for
the last 47 years, and former
county schoolboard member, said
"I used to do a lot of cooking when
I was younger, but now I hand It
over to the younger guys. He still
enjoys frying some fish and cooking
crabs for his church's food booth.
Fred Brown and Cynthia Baucham
were busy doing lotofthe cooking.
Cynthiajoked, "I'm claustrophobic.
This gives me a chance to get away
from the crowd." Fred sopke of the
next Apalachicola reunion in New
York and called himself "...a regular
member of the church." Rev. Curry
injected, "A regular hard working
The St. Paul AME Church also had
a food booth on Eighth Street.
Members staffing the booth
included: Fannie Mae Bird
(trustee), Terese McClendon
(church elder), Gwendolyn Ingram
(church elder) and Rita Speed Sealy
(trustee). Nicole Lee, a patron of
the food booth, proclaimed, "People
from miles around come back to
Apalachicola to the Seafood
Festival every year'"
Patrons of Sam's Barn, a 65 year
old bar/barn, were quick to
commend the Festival. Linda Jones
and Jeanella Stevenson of
Apalachicola excalimed, "This is
the place to come to get away. ce to
be."Jerry Bunyon ofApalachicola,
mentioned, "We're just having a
little festival and everyone seems
to be having fun. There's barbeque
stands all over and a couple
thousand people."

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By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Juvenile
Justice Council met on 26 October
at the Carrabelle High School to
discuss plans to begin work on a
needs assessment survey. The
survey will help to pinpoint key
juvenile problems in Franklin
County. The results of the survey
will be used to provide the
foundation for creating next year's
Juvenile Justice Grant.
Council Chairman, Officer Bruce
Varnes, informed the group that
the survey should be written and
hopefully disseminated by the next
meeting on 29 November. Sandra
Lee Johnson ofApalachicola stated
that she would be willing to work
on the grant with some help. Nan
Collin, Counselor at Carrabelle
High School, Carolyn Sparks,
VISTA, and Connie Sadler, a
Franklin County School Board
member volunteered to help
Johnson work on the survey. The
surveywillbe disseminated within
the high schools and elementary
Schools to obtain youth feedback.
The Council also plans to post the
survey throughout the the media
sources in Franklin County to
solicit feedback from the county's
adult population.
The deadline for the Juvenile
Justice Grant is March 1, 1994.
Each county will be eligible for
$100,000 per grant for the next
funding cycle. It is a $25,000
increase from the previous year.
Tom Pitts, Acting Program
Administrator for Bay County,
stated, "Over 500 grants were
submitted last funding cycle and
31 were accepted. Approximately
$2,740,000 was given to the 31
grants and Santa Rosa was the
only county under the population
of 100,000 to receive funding."
Although Franklin County's
proposal for a Juvenile Justice
Grant was not included in the first
funding cycle, the council is
encouraged that the chances for
the grant application to be
approved are much greater with
the extra time it is spending on the
grant preparation. Carolyn Sparks
joked during the meeting about
the last grant, "We slapped that
grant together in less than a week.
I don't want to go through that
The possibilities that exist for
Franklin County if it receives a
Juvenile Justice Grant are many.
"I'd like to see more physical fitness
education programs for the kids....
more activities than just softball",
said Sandra Lee Johnson. Officer
Varnes stated, "I'd like to see
Carrabelle get a community center
for the kids. They need a place to
go for games and recreation. They
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the national average of $76. That family's total federal gas tax burden
will rise from $247 to $323. The average family in Wyoming will be
by far the hardest hit, with its tax rising $112. Those in New York will
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Job Growth in Florida

The unemployment rate in Florida is falling-in fact, the state's rate
has dipped below that of the nation's for the first time in quite awhile.
However, the level of employment in several sectors of Florida's
economy is still below that of pre-recession levels. The table below
right shows that there are fewer jobs today in manufacturing;
construction; mining; and financial, insurance and real estate
(FIRE) than there were five years ago. In addition, the level of trade
jobs is roughly the same.
Two job sectors have continued to show steady growth during this
period-government and services. The total non- farm job growth of
7.5% over the last five years has been fueled almost entirely by these
two sectors. Service jobs have risen 23% since 1989 and government
jobs are tip 18%. These two types of employment have grown tLg,
comprise almost halfofall non-farm lobs in Florida, nearly four time'
as many as manufacturinq.The state's total net job growth over the.
past five years is approximately 375,000. Service Jobs grew-by
345,000. Despteapopularbelefthatlow-paying., low-level "McJobs"
comprise most of this sector, health and business services provided
most of this growth.
Government jobs have increased by 150,000, most of the growth
occurring in state and local governments. State and local government
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Commission from pg 1
writer as it could preclude other
groups, such as the recreation
committee, from pursuing grants."
He also stated that to hire an
engineering firm exclusively as a
grant writer may exclude them
from being the city's engineer." He
cited the Tact that a single grant
writer could possibly become grant
writer, administrator of the grant
and also engineer the project. The
matter will be taken up on
December 6.
The commissioners approved an
existing variance of a 30' overhang
into a right of way on a storage
building attached to the Fellowship
Baptist Church parsonage located
on lots lots and 11, Block 114
(D12) Riverside Heights built in
1986. Variance was required after
a surveymade for financial reasons
discovered the overhang.
Commissioners approved the
variance with a contingency that if
the storage area is remodeled the
overhang will be removed.
They agreed to re-advertise forbids
onjanitor services at the City Hall.
The past low bidder, Island
Services, has gone out ofbusiness.
The Commissioners approved a
request from Fire Chief Bonnie
Kerr to spend $652 for a regulation
ladder on Fire truck #4 and
approved conditionally a request
from Marian Morris representing
Friends of the Library to invite the
Franzen Brothers Circus to the
ball field in Carrabelle, on
November 17, 1993.
Commissioners requested that the
Recreation Committee and the City
Clerk Charles Lee Daniels are
assured that adequate insurance
is in place. Morris said that tickets
will be $5.00 in advance, $6.00 at
the gate. Profits to go the Franklin
County Public Library.
Commissioners turned down a
request from Susan Creek to allow
the Chamber of Commerce to use
the city hall for a meeting.

Franklin County
Commission from pg 1
proposal, but declined full support
or the plan until more information
is made available. A five person
committee including Roddenberry
and Ponder, along with the
Commission Chair Dink Braxton,
Clerk of the Court Kendall Wade,
and Major Jimmy Williams of the
FCSD, will study the proposal
and report back to the board.
According to County Planner Alan
Pierce the State Housing Initiative
Program or S.H.I.P, designed to
help homeowners was working but
notwell. The problem, Pierce said,
is in the effort to help a great
number of people, the money was
spread too thin. Pierce told the
board, the $1,000 grants are not
enough to cover the work needed,
and the four individuals that were
awarded the $20,000 loans, have
discovered their houses are not
worth renovating. Several
recipients will be forced to seek
additional funding.
County EngineerJoe Hamilton and
Pierce told the board plans for
renovation of the county park on
St. George Island were progressing,
but no starting date has been
announced. Funding for the
project, possible road closings, and
the relocation of the helicopter pad
are details still being worked out.
Pierce reported plans for the island
bike path had targeted October
1994 as a starting date. The two
mile path is expected to cost the
county $25,000, but Pierce
reported that the Department of
Transportation was veryinterested
in the project and may pay all but
10% of the cost.
A request for a rate increase by the
Public Service utility company
prompted concern from the Public
Service Commission, according to
Pierce, and from several Island
residents in attendance. The PSC
has expressed concern over the
county's lack faction in providing

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George, a sentiment echoed by
audience members, saying new
houses were getting larger and
taller, and there was not enough
water pressure to reach the upper
floors of some of the homes, which
reach 46 feet in height. The PSC
has suggested mandating a certain
flow in water lines before more
building occurs. Other suggestions
included a moratorium on building
and requiring developers to put In
fire hydrants. Commissioners took
no action at the time.
Solid waste Coordinator Van
Johnson reported to the board on
a pilot program for backyard
composting. .The public relations
campaign will target 200 selected
individuals for participation. The
board approved the purchase of
the composting bins, at the price
of $38.50 each. Commissioner
Dink Braxton dissented on the
vote, saying the bin looked too
much like a dog feeder.
The stormnnyweatheroverHalloween
weekend caused the loss of
approximately 1000 yards ofbeach
along C.R. 370 on Alligator Point.
Public works supervisor, Prentiss
Crumb told the board the wave
action took dirt out up to the edge
of the pavement, a problem Crumb
said that is on-going in the battle
with the ocean. He stated the
greatest damage occurs where the
revetment stops on the east side of
the point Pierce reported that
FEMA was unwilling to fund
extension of the revetment. The
agency said the plan was not cost
Hamilton told the board that he
was collecting names of those
county residents interested in
forming a gun club and as soon as
he had enough potential
membership a meeting would be
called. He stated one of the first
efforts of the club would be
fundraising, perhaps in the form
of a turkey shoot, to enable the
club to build target stands.


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The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 November 1993 Pane 9

By Paul Jones
Halloween week on the Point in usually a very somber occasion
except for a couple of costume parties. But this year the annual
spook season was preempted bya rather ghoulish murder committed
here on the Point. The feature write-ups of the murder by local
newspapers have depicted a macabre killing liking to the tale of the
headless horseman.
The media accounts were frightening enough, but once the local
grapevine-news-service heard of the October 19 discovery Of a
human skull, the rumor mill started humming. With only twelve
days until Halloween, there were tales being spun all through
Wakulla and Franklin County of a human skull kept preserved in a
local man's freezer... an individual tooth from the skull being left to
rattle around in the back of a pickup truck... anywhere from six to
seventeen more bodies were expected to be discovered... on and onI
Murder charges have been filed and the follow up investigations
continue but the residents of the Point are elated that all the hype
of this Halloween is over.
Several weeks ago, Jimmy Jordan, a retired officer of the Florida
Game and Freshwater Fish Commission and a strong supporter of
Franklin County Sheriff Warren Roddenberry, spoke by phone to
Sheriff Roddenberry relative to assigning a deputy to this area as a
replacement for Sergeant Brad Bradleywho passed away September
5 of this year. Sheriff Roddenberry relatedto Jordan at that time
that they were too understaffed to assign a deputy full time to the
Point but that he (Roddenberry) was attempting to attract a deputy
from a nearby county to relocate and reside at the Point. A recent
article written by the Carrabelle Tunes has confirmed that Sheriff
Roddenberry "plans to hire a new deputy In December to live and
spend many of his working hours in the Alligator Point area".
The future status of the now defunct The Point Lounge remains in
the hands of the Wakulla State Bank. The property failed to attract
a successful buyer at the public auction in Apalachicola on October
26. According to bank officials, the property will immediately go on
the commercial realty sales block and there is no intention at this
time to reopen the lounge business under a lease agreement.

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The Village


By John McDonald
There is activity once more at the
long-dormant shopping center in
Lanark Village. It even has a new
name The Village Plaza to
signal a fresh beginning.
The principal activity to date is the
hum of renovated washing
machines and dryers in the
reopened laundromat. The new
owners say they expect soon to
decide among several prospective
operators of the still-empty cafe/
restaurant for that space and the
food preparation equipment are
scheduled for a thorough steam-
cleaning, perhaps by the time this
edition of The Franklin Chronicle
appears on the newsstands.
Eleven of the dozen washers and
four of the half-dozen dryers have
been restored to regular use, and
an expert repairman is completing,
the job. Ron Marshall, a resident
of Gulf Terrace and president of
the Marshall Construction
Company, a family firm which is
developing The Village Plaza, says
the laundry machines will also be
spray-painted and the laundromat
- along with most of The Plaza -
will be dressed up with liberal
application of paint.
The other members of the
ownership firm are Anne Morgan,
also of Gulf Terrace, and Ron's
parents, Jill and George Marshall,
of St. James and Alligator Point.
Ms. Morgan is a realtor at the
Carrabelle office of Florida Coastal
Properties, Inc.
The owners report that a plumbing
expert has solved a drainage
problem that troubled the former
proprietor of the cafe/restaurant.
Besides now paint and possibly an
artistic sign, The Plaza will boast
outdoor benches and tables,
windowboxes, and flowers. Lanark
Villagers will be encouraged to use
the facilities as a place to meet
their friends and to socialize.
Ms. Morgan urges patrons and
Village residents to offer
suggestions about any other uses
that the Plaza space might be put
to. A'beauty and barber shop Is a
hoped-for possibility and perhaps
a small dell for prepared foods and
snacks. Apalnting contractor who
presently leases space at the west
end of the Plaza may be prevailed
upon to move his equipment to the
rear of the building so that more
frontal space will be available for
an office or store.
Ron Marshall says additional mini-
storage spaces outside the main
buildingmaybe added to the seven
spaces presently under lease.



NOVEMBER 19 & 20

By Brian Goercke
As showtime draws near, the
Panhandle Players ready
themselves for their rendition of
"Play On," an obscure, slapstick
comedy written by Rick Abbot.
Abbot's work portrays a play within
a play. It goes into the many
complications that a cast must
endure in the course of its endless
rehearsals. The problems of
remembering lines & stage
directions, maintaining amicable
cast relations, and cast & director
relations all enter into the plot of
the theatrical work. Each actor or
actress assumes the part of their
characterand the part of the person
playing their character, so the
endeavor for the thespians is not
only a play within a play, but a
character within a character.
Robbie Boyd is debuting as a
director with the Panhandle
Players. "It's been really fun
working with this cast. The play is
coming along really nice. I've had
help from several people including
Jim Lawlor, Lee Howell and to
Charlie Miller. My wife, Colleen,
has really inspired me to do this.
She got me involved by joining the
cast in the last play, The Secret
Life of Walter Mitty." I think the
thingthatsurprised me most about
directing is finding out how good
the cast s. I think that the audience
will really enjoy the play. They'll
laugh their heads off. I can't even
keep my cast from laughing."
The players Include Norman Boyd,
who plays Henry Benish, who plays
the character, Lord Dudley: "Henry
Benish is a semi-henpecked person
who is in the play to more or less,
humor his wife. His wife is much
more interested in the play. The
humor of my role is going -from
Henry's accent to Lord Dudley's
English accent. It adds humor to
the 'play. One of the things I've
most enjoyed in the play is working
with my son as a director. He's
doing a great job"
Angela Schoelles plays Marla
"Smitty" Smith who plays Doris,
the maid: "I play a 17 year old high
school student who takes the play

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very seriously, vet is very concerned
about her mother. I also play a
young English maid. What's least
enjoyable about that Is that I'm
always bowing to my father...what
could be so fun ab6ut that'? said
Schoelles laughingly. "The play Is
hlllareous. It's a reffecUon of what
goes on... the difficulty and humor.
The only way to release your
tension is to laugh at yourself."
concluded Angela.
Ginger Martinez plays Violet Imbr'
who plays the character, Diana
Lassiter. "My character is kind of
dingy...not a good actress, though
she does try hard. She's doing the
play to have something to do. This
is the first big role I've had. It has
more character buildup than most.
I think the audience will enjoy the
slapstick most.. .the cast playing
off of each other."
Ryan Martinez plays Billy Carewe
who plays the character, Stephen
Sellers. "My character has the hots
for Violet. He's young and thinks
he's better than he really is. He
tries to learn allot from the others.
I enjoy harassing Saul (ErrollYur)
and playing a rich character. The
play is partly serious and partly
not serious. It is going to be
Barb Kurtzwill playAggie Manville,
stage manager and prompter. Pat
Howell will play Louise Peary, a
sound-and- lighting-and-scenic
technician. Carole Lawlor plays
Geraldl~e "Gerry" 'Dunbar, a
community theatre director: "I'm
playing the part of a director who's
tearing her hair out at the roots
because nothing is working. She's
reached the end of her rope,
especially with Phyllis (Maggie
Weber). This part reminds me of
how I felt when I directed "Walter
Mitty." I feel like I'm playing myself.,
The play is an excellent comedy.
I'll be sitting out in the audience in
the front now directing. I think the
audience will get into the play right
Maggie Weber is playing Phyllis
Montague, a novice playwright in
the community: "She's a socialite.
A middle-aged lady married to a
wealthy husband who fancies
herself as a writer only she's not
all that good. She's a bit flaky and
snooty. The cast all tries to bring
her dcwn. She's a real perfectionist
who wants the cast to say
everything the way It Is written.
Shehateswhen theyad lib. I think
the audience will love the play. It's
full of comedy and subtleties that
they'll pick upon. No one can keep
a straight face through it. It's fairly
easy to follow."

actor than he is. He's a wise guy
and sees himself as a lady's man.
He has an inflated ego. I enjoy
playing the villain, because of the
challenge of doing and saying
things I usually wouldn't. I think
the audience will love the play.
They won't know what to predict.
It's nonstop laughter. One joke
after the other."
Kathleen Heveran will play Polly
Benish who plays the character,
Lady Margaret. Lady Margaret is
an aristocratic lady. That is the
part I play, otherwise I'm Polly.
The character is overweight and
sensitive about it. She's a bit of a
Sprima donna. In the long run, she
wants what is-best for the play.
The character'doesn't fluff up tob
many lines and gets along with
'most of the cast, except Saul. Saul
: picks on me about my weight. I
like going back and forth with Lady
Margaret's English accent and my
own. I think the broad farce of the
play will appeal to the audience."
The Panhandle Players would like
to invite all of Franklin County to
Join them for an evening 'of
entertainment on November 19 &
20 (Friday & Saturday).

Pagel0. 10 November 1993 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Project OCEAN, the Oyster and
Clam Educational Aquaculture
Network was established in Dixie
and Levy to train displaced workers
in oyster and clam farming using
money from the federal Job
Training Partnership Act,
channeled through the Florida
Department of Labor and
Employment Security (DLES).
Similar to another project in
Franklin County years earlier, the
Dixie and Levy County projectwas
started to create opportunities for
shellfishermen who were
temporarily forced out of business
in December 1989 by the closure of
oystering waters by the Deptment
of Natural Resources (DNR), now
called the Dept. of Environmental
Protection. A similar project was
in response to hurricane damage
which left the shellfish industry in
a high degree of uncertainty. Many
of the oyster beds had been
damaged during the storms and
required a long time to refurbish.
The DLES negotiated with the Levy
County Board of County
Commissioners (LCBCC) to
administer the project and Harbor
Branch Oceanographic Institution
(HBOI) was awarded a subcontract
to train project participants in
oyster and clam farming. HBOI is
a not-for-profit organization that
conducts marine research in many
fields including aquaculture. HBOI
also subcontracted with the
Institute of Food and Agriciltural
Sciences of the University of Florida
for training in depuration.
At an earlier time, in late 1989,
HBOI was placed in change of
oyster aquaculture training in
Franklin County While the
Frankin County project lasted
about two years, the conclusion of
the training program was far
different from the project in Dixie
and Levy Counties. At the end of
the two year training program in
Dixie and Levy Counties, 91
fishermen graduated from project
OCEAN in June 1993. A second
group of 49 persons will receive
their certificates of training this
month, November 1993. Under the
rubric, OCEAN, which means
oyster Clam Educational
Aquacutlure Network, the federal
government funded ajob retraining
program to retrain fishermen in
the art of farming shellfish on
underwater leases.
In June 1993 there were 32 lease
holders in Levy County waters,
and surveying was nearly finished
in Dixie County waters for leases
over a four block area, near Pine
Island and Shired Reef.
The number of acres overall
approved for leasing in Levy County
areas totaled 534 acres; in Dixie
County, 360 acres. The then Dept.
of Natural Resources approved 57
leases in Levy County, and 33 in
Dixie. Each graduate would
acquire a four acre shellfish
aquaculture lease comprised to
two, 2-acre parcels.
While clam and oyster farming are
demonstrating repeated success
on a technical basis, a major
problem of financing farms still
persists. In these remote areas,
such as Dixie, Levy and Franklin
Counties, many have testified to
the decline of the Florida oyster
industry in particular because of
state concern over rising bacteria
counts, and consequent closings
of bars.
Still, many Project OCEAN
participants hope a new industry
will emerge in aquaculture to offset
lost income and jobs due to
problems of natural disasters,
disease and general decline of wild

John Duram and His Racks as He Farmed
Oysters in Apalachicola Bay in 1991

TaxWatch, continued from page 8

Job Growth in Florida by Sector
(Jobs in Thousands)
Employment 88-89 93-94 % Growth
1,452 1,786 23.1 %
Service 788 926 17.5%
Government 262 277 5.8%
T.C.P.U. 1,409 1,412 0.3%
Trade 368 356 -3.4%
F.1.R.E. 540 497 -8.1 %
Manufacturing 344 301 -12.7%
Construction 9 7 -21.7%
Total 5,172 5,562 7.5%

1 Financial, Insurance and real estate
2 Transportation, communications and utilities
Source: Consensus Estimating Conference andFlorida TaxWatch, Inc.,
September 1993.
Reprinted with permission from Florida Tax Watch, Inc., FOCUS (October 1993)

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Holding An Aquacultured Oyster Taken From A Rack
at Two Mile, Apalachicola Bay December 1991

On The Hill
continued from pa
The Hill's Seafood Festiv
much more economical for
The attractions are not out-c

resources and star appearances
but in the common thread of people
getting together and renewing
-uaintances, revisiting past
memories and speaking of future
dreams. Henry Rochele of
Apalachicola expressed his
support for his communities'
festuvak: "This is a hell of a
weekend. My favorite part is being
a part of the Havana March Band
every year. The food is great. I
think the downtown festivalshould
cut their prices or find a cheaper
star attraction than Billy Dean. I
think the festival should be one or
two dollars to get in." Eddie Fields
concluded, "The Seafood Festival
is outstanding. It's getting better
every year. I love getting together
with people and seeing old friends."









By George Chapel
The Historic PreservationAdvisory
Council to the Secretary of State of
Florida met in Tallahassee on 7-9
September 1993 to review
applications for Special Category
Grant Assistance and to
i-ecommend funding levels for grant
awards. Of the applications
reviewed in this category, 51 were
selected for ranking and funding
level recommendation. Trinity
Church in Apalachicola was
selected and recommended for a
funding level of $64,900 and is
included in the list of 51 nowplaced
in the SecretaryofState's legislative
6-Bidget request.
tIhel selection of Trinity Church
becomes part of a large budget
request to be voted on by the
Legislature and reviewed by the
Governor in the spring of 1994.
Any qualified historical or
archeological project having a
ininimum of $50,000 spent on it
for rehabilitation over the past five
g 'ears is eligible to receive a non-
matching grant equal to that
equity. Secretary of State Jim
-4A= Smith has decided to request $11.1
million from the Legislature for
funding all of the 51 Special
Category projects selected in the
September decision round.
While the grant is not a "done deal"
forTrinltyor the 50otherprojects,
the selection of Trinity for the
recommended action puts the
organization in the potential
funding stream, provided the
Governor and Legislature approve
and fund the rehabilitative
Trinity Church with its history
II extending back to the successor
land company, Panton, Leslie and
Company, a fur trading company,
and the church's association with
Dr. John Gorrie and Dr. Chapman,
along with its National Registry
Designation, makes it an ideal
candidate for the award. Trinity
has received earlier grants for
historic preservation. The Special
Category Grant Assistance
provisions are not established to
aid churches, the State of Florida
is interested in the historical and
cultural value of the building. The
First Methodist Church Roman
Catholic Church, and the Mount
Zion Baptist Church, all of
Apalachicola, have each received
grants in the past. The grant funds
may be spent on exterior work
In the case of Trinity Church,
restoration work is needed to
preserve the Ionic columns at the
entrance, replacement of pilasters
ge 7 and clapboards, repair the original
age 7 shutters, the church is also
al is working to establish an endowment
al is a fund for the maintenance of the
r most. old wooden building.

Persons wishing to help
support the potential grant are
urged to communicate with
their legislators, citing the
importance of funding these
projects to assist in the
preservation of Florida's
historical and archaeological





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