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Publication Date: January 26, 1994
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The FranklinCountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 2 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 January 1994- 9 February 1994

S a a aLibi melsa l A Pl t a A f a '

Consumer News
page 7
Carrabelle Lions
page 6
Newman Anniversary
page 5
Public Radio page 4


Commni sion


By Rene Topping
Hank Garrett of Eastpoint, came
before the county commission on
Tuesday, 18 January, to ask for
help. It seems he had bought Lot
No I on Escape Road and had
used a county ditch In locating the
sideline of his property. Using this
measurement he located a mobile
home, septic tank, shed and his
dy. diewav.oh,what turned outto:bei
much of Lot 2.
He told county commissioners that
he had later contacted County
Engineer Joe Hamilton in reference
to the ditch and after a survey had
been made, he found that the ditch
actually ran through the middle of
his property. Hamilton said, "Half
of his driveway, half of his mobile
home and all of his septic tank are
on Lot No. 2, which he does not
Although Garrett admitted he had
not had a survey taken before
planning how to use his lot, he
contended that the county is partly
responsible for the error as the
ditch was found to be in the wrong
place. He said, They (County
Public Works) are moving the ditch,
but I need help in moving the
trailer and the pole and septic
tank. I've got a lot of money tied up
in that." Commissioners asked
County Attorney Al Shuler for
advice and he said, "If somebody
doesn't have a survey and buys
the wrong lot, I don't see how it's
our problem."
Another petitioner and his wife,
"Taco" and Jan Orduno came
before the county commission to
ask for permission to join two
mobile homes together on a lot on
River Road. They explained that
the two single wide trailers had
been given to them and one had a
kitchen while the other had been
gutted and was just a shell. At
present they were asking for an
after the fact permit to get a
septic tank and well installed on
the acre on River Road and join the
two pieces together as one unit.
There was a protest letter from
Fred Schiffer who owns some
adjoining riverfront acres. The
requestwas tabled until 1 February
to allow the County Building
Inspector Roscoe Carroll time to
go out to the site and make sure
he request meets all county
ordinances. Commissioner Ed
Tolliver had moved that the couple
be permitted to join the two homes
together but agreed to withdraw
his motion when the Ordunos
agreed to waiting for results of the
county inspection. Jimmy
Mosconis had suggested that the
matter be sent back to Planning
and Zoning for their decision.
Another lengthy matter to come
before the commission was the
appearance of Julian Webb, of
Julian Webb and Associates and
Ken Bass representing Wakulla
Housing Authority. Both
companies presented programs to
help in working with the second
grant on State Housing Initiatives
Program, (SHIP) which is presently
working on repairing, remodeling
and replacing omes in the county.
This program has had difficulties
getting off the ground and using
the first grant of$250, 000 dollars.
Continued on Daee 8






By Brian Goercke
Erica Tiller came to the Franklin
County Adult Reading program
almost a full year ago at the
requests of her mother, Gayle
Wood; and grandmother, Clydia
Mae Russ. She seemed to be
experiencing self-doubt and her
frustration from her struggles with
school work.
Erica participated with her friend,
Joi Cargill, in the programs' home
reading component. She
continued over the summer to
obtain tutelage from Alma Pugh,
who coordinated Apalachicola's
Summer Reading Program. At the
beginning of the new school year,
the Franklin CountyAdultReading
Program matched Erica with a
local tutor, Elizabeth Kirven.
By the close of the winter semester,
Erica finally began to see the
results of allof her effort. Erica

made the "A" and "B" Honor Roll.
Her 5th Grade teacher, Mrs.
Annada Faircloth, beamed, "Her
attitude towards school and her
school work has really improved
this semester. Her self-esteem has
also improved and she's become a
class leader. I think that the extra
attention that Erica has received
has really helped."
Erica stated. "I did everything
different from before. I studied
hard and I believed in myself. Ms.
Kirven helped me a whole lot. She
worked with me once a week and
helped me mostwith social studies.
I got an "A" in that this semester.
" Elizabeth Kirven responded,
"Erica has been very motivated. I
didn't have to do anything special
with her. Ijust worked with her on
her homework and she did the
rest. She's a hard worker."
Joi Cargill joined in, "She's my
best friend and she'd be my best
friend no matter what her grades
were....butI knew she could do it!"
Enthralled by her success in
school, Erica stated proudly, "My
parents...there's no words to
express how they felt."
The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program can be contacted
at the Apalachicola Municipal
Library (653-8436), the Franklin
County Library in Eastpoint (670-
8151) and the Franklin COunty
Library in Carrabelle (697-2236).
The reading program is always
looking for students and tutors to






By Carol Ann Hawkins
"I Woke up..-there was fire coming out of the heater... I grabbed
Crystal... I slapped her to get up and I yelled FIRE... she ran and got
her kids, and we all just got out of the house, and I ran down to call
the fire department," said 13 year-old Sylvia Ordonia, a Carrabelle
High School 8th grader whose spontaneous reactions saved the lives
of a mother and two other children the night of 12 January.
Sylvia, daughter of Daniel and Jan Ordonia, owners Of Taco's Auto
Body Repair and Painting in Carrabelle, was spending the night at
the home of Crystal Keith on Lighthouse Road. Crystal Keith's young
daughters, Nikki, age 6 and Fawn, age 3, were asleep in the front
bedroom. Crystal was asleep on a living room couch. Sylvia was on
another couch in the living room, "just about asleep," said Dan
Ordonia. "By the time she opened up her eyes, she saw the (actual)
flames," her father said. By that time, the flame was going up the wall
and starting to go over the top..
Flames from the faulty furnace separated Crystal from her little girls,
but the flames did not stop the frightened mother. "Crystal jumped
the fire," said Jan Ordonia. And as Crystal leaped through the flames
to rescue her children, Sylvia ran to the phone to call 911. "The
phone was dead," Sylvia recalled. The flames had burned the
telephone wires.
The younger child, Fawn, was in the front bedroom beside where the
furnace was located, but Nikki had fled to the back bedroom seeking
safety from the flames. "She ran back there because she didn't want
to go through the fire," said Sylvia. It could have cost her her life,
because the only way out of the burning mobile home was through
the front door. The other door at the rear of the trailer was padlocked
on the outside.
"They just did have enough time to fight their way through the fire
to get the kids out... between where the fire was in the wall and where
the kids were to get the kids out the front door," Jan Ordonia said.
Fawn was rescued first and taken outside. Then Crystal went back
and jumped the fire to get Nikki out of the rear bedroom. "She (Nikki)
was already scared and screaming by the time they got her out into
the yard... they had to throw her across the flames," said Jan and
Daniel Ordonia.
When everyone was safely outside the burning structure, Sylvia ran
down the road about a block to a neighbor's house to report the fire
to 911. Daniel Ordonia, a volunteer member of the Carrabelle Fire
Department, was in his shop visiting with a friend, Mike Lee, when
he got the call on his two-way radio, having no way of knowing that
the plea for emergency assistance was made by his own daughter. "It
didn't really dawn on me until I got in the car and started going to the
fire that my daughter's down there, too," Ordonia said. When they
arrived at the scene, a few minutes ahead of the fire truck, the entire
structure was engulfed in flames.
He didn't see his daughter or any of the Keith family members when
he first got there. Then, he saw Sylvia. "I started grabbing her and
hugging her," Ordonia said. He asked about the others and Sylvia
told him everybody was out. "The house was gone," Ordonia said. "It
was total gone then, really... there wasn't anything left of her house."
To add to the existing danger, a propane tank containing 75 -100
U gallons of propane had been ripped from the trailer by a couple of
men who feared the tank would explode. "When they did, they broke
the valve on the tank... when they moved it away from the trailer,
they broke the line... wind and air was blowing gas out of the tank
toward the fire," Ordonia said. Fearing that it would backtrack and
blow up, firemen moved the tank further away from the trailer.
i Sylvia's voice was choked with emotion when asked how she felt
when she saw her Dad. "I knew he'd come," she said. "When I saw
that trailer, my heart just about stopped," Ordonia said. When he
finally saw his daughter, safe outside, "I was so glad. I'm proud as
heck of my daughter, so proud I could almost cry. You know what
I'm saying?",Ordonia asked, his voice breaking, tears glistening in
his eyes. "She's just at the right place at the right time, and things
turned out the way it did and nobody got hurt, that was the main
Sylvia and her family moved to Carrabelle from Hampton, Virginia,
about 2 1/2 years ago. The pretty teenager said she hasn't seriously
considered her future plans except for finishing school, where she
had participated with the band as a majorette. Her favorite subject
is math. She strums on the family's guitar now and then, picking out
Continued on page 8

Daniel and Jan Ordonia

The report presenting the facts,
findings and recommendations of
the Franklin County Grand Jury
investigating the closing of the
Franklin County Jail was released
on Friday, 21 January 1994.
Franklin County citizens,
numbering 436, had signed a
petition requesting the
investigation into the closing,
which occurred in August 1993.
After interviewing 12 witnesses,
the Grand Jury made their
findings, citing the lack of federal
revenue in the form of housing
prisoners as a major reason for the
closing. The Jury also cited the
negative impact the closing had on
employment of 20 correctional
officers, hardships on families of
the inmates, and the lowering of
staff morale. The travel time and
transporting of inmates still being
sent to Wakulla County jail for
safekeeping is a safety concern for
correctional officers and the public
at large due to a risk of escape.
Despite past criticisms that the
design of the facility might be too
labor intensive, requiring more
personnel, and thus raising costs,
the Grand Jury found that this
"..had nothing to do with the jail's
The operation of the Jail is going
to be an expense to the county and
should never be viewed by
government as anything other
tan a necessary expense, the
report concluded. Last, the findings
of the Grand Jury singled out
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry for
..not complying with (the budget
of the Sheriffs Office) for fouryears,
and by notmaking required staffing
adjustments on a timely basis..."
The first recommendation of the
Grand Jury was to reopen the Jail
as soon as practical, to seek new
sources of revenue and to try to
reduce the staffing requirements.

Excerpts from the Grand Jury's
report are reprinted below with
some slight editing..
The Franklin County Sheriff
historically has the responsibility
for the operation and
administration of the Franklin
county Jail. On February 1, 1990
the Franklin countySheriffs Office
and the Franklin County Jail,
which was located next to the
Franklin County Courthouse, was
moved from Apalachicola to State
Road 65 in Eastpoint, Florida. The
new location is approximately eight
miles from the Franklin county
The old jail was operated with a
small staff of five in 1989 and had
a relatively small inmate capacity.
The old Jail building was
condemned and had to be vacated.
In order to open the new jail this
Grand Jury heard testimony that
initially the staff was set at twenty
as long as the population did not
exceedthirty-two inmates. It was
understood that if the capacity
exceeded thirty-two inmates the
staff ratio must rise to twenty-nine
correction officers. During the
first year of operation the staff
ranged from twenty to twenty-nine.
During the 1992-1993budgetyear
Franklin County Sheriffs budget
was $1,322,728 from the county
plus an anticipated additional
333,000 in federal dollars for
housing federal inmates for the
U.S. Marshall's Service and the
Immigration and Naturalization
Service. This budget was for the
sheriffs office and the Jail. The
Grand Jury heard testimony that
the Sheriffs Department has not
operated within its budget as
approved by the County
commission during the last four
fiscal years.
Continued on page 8

Pane 2. 26 .anuarv 1994 *. The Franklin County Chronicle

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th






The Marine Fisheries Commission has scheduled a public meeting
2-4 February, 1994 at the Holiday Inn Melbourne Oceanfront, 2605
North Highway AIA in Indialantic. The meeting will include the
The Commission will hold a final public hearing on rule amendments
for hard clams that would:
1. prohibit the possession of more than one bushel of
unsorted hard clams aboard a vessel on state waters at any
time and prohibit the possession of more than one bushel
of unsorted hard clams aboard vessels observed under
2. lower the size limit of cultured hard clams to 5/8 inch
in thickness across the hinge, provided that such clams
are segregated from wild hard clams (possession of cultured
hard clams smaller than 5/8 inch for purposes of grow-out
would also be allowed.)
3. prohibit the relaying of wild hard clams smaller than one
inch in thickness across the hinge form closed areas to
leased clam beds or upland aquaculture facilities.
4. allow sorting of cultured hard clams to comply with size
limit provisions at upland facilities of legal aquaculture
operations, provided that the nearest Florida Marine
Patrol office is notified at least 4 hours in advance, the
sorting takes place in an area separated from any area
where wild hard clams are being processed, cultured hard
clams smaller than 5/8 inch in width across the hinge are
either returned to the operator's lease or are kept segregated
in the facility for legal sale.
5. prohibit the possession of both cultured and wild hard
clams aboard any vessel in state waters at any time .
6. clarify provisions regarding certain harvesting gear and
cull racks.
7. establish a daily bag limit of 5 gallons of unshucked hard
clams per person or, if two or more persons are aboard, 10
gallons per vessel, for recreational fisherman.
The Commission will receive public comment regarding proposed
spiny lobster rule amendments that would:
1) eliminate the 2-day sport season in John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park.
2) prohibit the harvest of all species of lobster in certain
described coral reef areas in Pennekamp Park.


Celebrates Dr.

Martin Luther

King's Birthday

By Lee McKnight
The evening of 17 January 1994
the rain fell by the buckets full,
but those inside the Love Center
Holiness Church were oblivious
to the inclement weather. They
had come to celebrate the birth of
a man who, in a world filled with
divisiveness, had fought to bring
Americans together. Dr. Martin
Luther King's life was short, but
filled with more accomplishment
than generations of ordinary men.
Those present were there to honor
the man and his dream which he
had passed on to allAmericans as
a legacy of love and brotherhood.
The celebration was organized by
Elder Ella B. Speed and led by Mr
Eddie Joseph III Throughout the
program Mr. Joseph reminded the
celebrants that they had come not
only to celebrate, but to be inspired
by Dr. King's life and works. The
younger children and teenagers,
under the direction of Minister
Temolyn White-Jefferson, gave
reenactments and presentations
depicting the events of Dr. Martin
Luther King's life, starting with
the bus boycott in Montgomery
,Alabama, that propelled him into
the forefront of the civil rights
One of the mostinspiring moments
of the evening came when young
Michael Pugh read Dr. King's "I
Have A Dream" speech first given
in 1963 before a crowd of 200,000
in Washington D.C. At the
conclusion of the children's
portion of the program, theyjoined
hand and sang,"We Shall
Music throughout the eveningwas
provided by the Inspirational
Voices Choir. Narration was
provided by Ella B. Speed. The
guest speaker of the evening was
introduced by Mr. Willie B. Speed.
Itwas during Speed's introduction
that the only note of sadness was
allowed to intrude on the
celebration. Speed noted that
many who had benefited from Dr.
King s work had not come to the
celebration to honor him.
The guest speakerwas MrThomas
Mitchell, Director of the Florida
A&M Black Male Explorers and
immediate past president of the
Council of National Alumni
Associations. For 11 years,
Mitchell served as the Director of
Alumni Affairs at FAMU. Among
Mitchell's many accomplishments
was a three year stint as a member
of the Harlem Globetrotters and
his selection by the Tallahassee
MARINA 667-3337

Democrat as a 1992 Role Model.
The accomplishment for which
Mitchell said that he was proudest
of is his service as the President of
the Tallahassee Area Chapter of
100 Black Men of America, Inc,
an organization to guide young
men He indicated that 52 of the
hundred youths his organization
worked with were college bound.
After reminding his listeners of
Dr King's courage and
commitment to non-violence,
Mitchell said that the biggest
problems facing the African-
American community was the
breakdown of the family. All
families, black and white, were
faced by this same problem and
government could not be relied
upon to solve the problem; it was
up to the community to do it
He pointed out that in the 1950's
the factors that had the greatest
influence over children by order
of importance were home, school,
church, friends, television and the
radio. By 1990, the order had
become friends, television, home,
school, and the church stressed
the view that the church had to
regain its lead because the
community couldn't rely on God
to solve its problems, but that
there wouldbe no solution without
At the conclusion of Mitchell's
talk, Bishop Daniel White lead a
sing-a-long and Elder Ella Speed
made a few brief comments after
which Bishop White gave the

3) establish a daily bag limit of 50 spiny lobsters per vessel
for special recreational crawfish license holders (or per
person for such license holders who are not harvesting
lobsters from a vessel) beginning in August, 1994.
4) delete provision that would have prohibited the use of
plastic traps in the lobster fishery beginning in 1995.
5) change the Implementation date of "restricted species"
status for lobster to August 1, 1994. to conform with recent
The Commission will also consider options for a Pennekamp Park
recreational bag limit.
The Commission will receive public comment on the following list
1) receive a reportand provide directions to staff regarding
the bay scallop fishery.
2) consider options regarding exempting aquaculture live
rock activities from coral taking prohibitions
3) consider requests to increase the size of escape rings in
blue crabs traps, establish a minimum size limit for
4) discuss the Commission's 1994 work plan.

Dear Editor:
Itwas with some amusement and surprise that I read in the
recent issue of TheChronicle the statement by ChiefAbbott,
in which he proposes to limit the height of construction on
St.. George Island due to. the fact the fire department had
only a ladder which reached to thirty five feet. This can
hardly be sound economic reasoning.
There must be sources of extension ladders which will
reach more than thirty five feet.
Chief Abbott also comments on the lack of water pressure
in the Plantation. While I have no sympathy for the St.
George Utility Company, one must realize the system was
built to supply potable water and not fire protection. Fire
hydrants were provided to flush the lines, not for fire
Since your paper seems to be the "Voice of the Plantation"
I would like to make this comment. The people in the
Plantation have made a conscious decision to physically
isolate themselves from the rest of Franklin County and
charge a high fee to cross their property for access to the
"cut". By observation, most of the buildings referred to by
ChiefAbbott are in the Plantation. Therefore; it is suggested
that the Plantation owners build there own elevated water
tank for fire protection without the help of the rest of
excluded people of Franklin County and St. George Island.

Motte A. Hamilton

Publisher's response
Thank you for your letter. We welcome the opportunity to respond
to your comments because this exchange might add some clarity to
a slightly confused situation as it relates to the recent attention given
to fire safety. :
1. Mr. Abbott has never advocated limiting the height of building.
construction for any structure in Franklin County. The County
Ordnance, in fact, limits the height to 35 feet, and with houses on
piling, this measure begins with the first living level above the piling.
2.'In a related matter, a 35 foot ladder is a considerable piece dt'





Two Grants

The Bay, Franklin, Gulf Healthy
Start Coalition has received two
grants that will enable the group
to begin a Fetal-Infant Mortality
Review Process and present
recommendations to the
community at large through media
activities. According to Ms. Ricky
Biggins, Coalition Board of
Directors President, a grant of
$25,000, awarded by the state
health office, will be used partially
to hire a qualified person to
abstract data from doctors' offices
and hospitals aswell as to interview

In an effort to ascertain possible
causes of 20 fetal and 26 infant
deaths in BayCounty during 1992,
a Technical Review Committee of
Obstetricians and Pediatricians,
Health Department and hospital
staff and Coalition members is
expected to study 1992 and 1993
infant deaths extensively as well
as monthly reports of deaths
occurring during 1994.
A second grant of $500 has been
awarded to the Coalition by the
Northwest Florida Chapter of the
March of Dimes for publicity and
community awareness. Ms Helen
Ingram, Past Chapter Chairperson
and Local Division Chairperson,
comments that "the March of
Dimes is anxious to work closely
with the Healthy Start Coalition in
a concern that relates to the
mission of our organization to
improve the health of babies by
preventing birth defects and infant
mortality. If you are interested in
participating in the project or want
more information please call Dr.
Hester Stewart, Coalition
Coordinator, (904)872-4130.


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Carrabelle, FL 32322

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My Specialty area is Carrabelle-Lanark-
.' Carrabelle Beach-St. Teresa-St. James-Eastpoint
Let me be your guide to finding your
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equipment to handle in fighting a fire, estimated to be four volunteer
firemen under the most ideal of conditions. Since the number of
volunteer firemen is quite limited due to the nature of the numerous
skills needed in that job, putting that many men on a ladder is not
an efficient response to an emergency situation in this area. Moreover,
we must not lose sight of the major concern with building heights.
While the County Ordnance permits such building heights, ff the
piling is 12 feet or more, the third story is not within reach of such
a ladder, and persons trapped on the third floor of any structure in
Franklin County would be likely to be burned alive. Chief Abbott is
concerned about being able to rescue persons from that third floor,
and he realizes that changing the ordnance is not the solution, since
a number of homes already exceed the reach of a 35 foot ladder. Only
the volunteer fire department on St. George has such a ladder. The
next stage for rescue capability would be the purchase of a hook and
ladder truck, which would cost many thousands of dollars and
require many more persons to operate, clearly inappropriate for
Franklin County.
3. The lack of water pressure is well-recognized on the island and
discussions have been proposed by the water company and other
groups to investigate methods to improve the water flow.
4. While we report news about the Plantation, we provide county-
wide coverage consistent with what is "news" and the level of county-
wide interest. There is a considerable audience for news about St.
George Island, and the Plantation, a community with the budget
nearly the size of the City of Carrabelle, ana an economic unit
affecting county-wide employment, service and business-related
activity. We know that the access to the Sikes Cut has been a
sensitive issue to those who do not live in the Plantation, and for
years persons traveled freely to the Cut, before the Plantation existed,
Even then, however, those travelers were trespassers but the
landowners at the time chose not to make an issue of it, and there
was little need to monitor such movements. Now, while the property
is still privately owned, the Homeowners Association is still concerned
about monitoring access, and by the way, still paying for the
maintenance of the asphalt road paved nearly all the way to the Cut.
The access fee is six dollars.
5. In the coming weeks, there may be a Plantation sponsored fire
department, tied to another development or two already in place on
St. George island. The entire fire protection operation on St. George
Island has relied upon volunteer efforts, from the sponsorship and
earned income from the famous Chill Cookoff, to the endless hours
of many, many volunteers responding to fires on the island, and on
the mainland, as mainland departments also help the St. George
firefighters from time-to-time. Fire protection is a county-wide
concern; no one has a monopoly on the problem or the solutions. On
St. George volunteer efforts have made possible the purchase to two
new fire trucks. MSBU funds finance rescue units throughout the
county, including St. George Island.





Franklin County Public Libraries
in Eastpoint. and Carrabelle, as
members of the Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries cooperative, are
sponsoring three manatee
information programs on
Thursday, 17 February, 1994.
Mickey Cantner, spokesperson for
HuManatee and Save The Manatee,
will give the presentation and a

video will be shown. The 45 minute
programs are being held at three
convenient locations and at three
different times:
11:00 AM Carrabelle
Senior Citizen Center.
3:30 PM Carrabelle
8:15 PM St GeorgeCivic
Club (over the Firehouse
on East Pine Ave.; St.
George Island).
For more, information,
call Marilyn Naito or
Verna Brock at926-4571
in Crawfordville.

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

VILLAS OF ST. GEORGEBeachfront2BR/2BA unitjustrecently refurbished
with new carpet, vinyl, wallpaper, paint,blinds, wood baseboards and accessories.
Completely furnished and terrific view of gulf from living room or master
bedroom. Easy parking lot access. Pool and boardwalk to beach. Great rental!
$134,500 00
ACROSS FROM BEACH this lot offers wonderful view and easy beach access.
Owner financing available. $52,500.00
BAYFRONT 10 acre tract on East End. Excellent vegetation and 545' bay
frontage. Road and utilities have been installed. $350,000.00
ST. GEORGE PLANTATION bayview one acre home site located on cul-de-
sac and beautifully wooded. $28,000.00
BAYFRONT lot on East End with nice vegetation and sandy beach. Perfect
location for a sunset view. $64,000.00
GULFVIEW 100'x150'residential building siteonE.GulfBeach. Goodvegetation
and nice view. $24,500.00

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, .26 January 1994 *, Page 3

Editorial and


DEP Asks for 500

New Positions, But

Should They Get


By Lee McKnight
(Editor's note: Lee McKnight worked for both DER and
DNR and has an insight into how both agencies
functioned, but he feels that readers should know that
his departure from DNR was not voluntary.)
The merger of the Departments of Environmental Regulation and
Natural Resources into the Department of Environmental Protection
(DEP) was hailed by the Chiles' administration as a major step to
increase the efficiency of government while reducing the cost to the
taxpayers by eliminating needless duplication of programs. The
merger is almost complete and Ms. Wetherell, the secretary of the
new DEP, is asking the Senate for an additional 500 positions, and
some state senators are wondering why.
Part of the problem is that most of the major players who guided the
merger of the two agencies were, like Virginia Wetherell, originally
from DNR. These decision-makers for the most part had very little
understanding of Just what DER did and how it was organized to
accomplish its mission. The result was that too much attention was
paid to trimming the DER payroll while too little was paid to the
inefficiencies and waste in DNR. For example The Florida Shellfish
Program administered by the DEP's Shellfish Environmental
Assessment Section (SEAS) has been out of compliance with the,
guidelines of the National Shellfish Program for over three years.
One result of that has been the closure ofAlligator Harbor to shellfish
harvesting since 1991.
DEP claims a lack of personnel is responsible The real problem is
mismanagement. In the Apalachicola SEAS Office, for example,
there is a surplus of administrative staff except for the one month
that oyster licenses are issued other times there is so little
administrative work to be done that some staff members spend
hours playing video games or reading. At the same time, other
district SEAS offices are forced to make do with a half-time secretary
as their sole administrative staff member. It's a small thing, but
wasteful of taxpayer dollars. The surplus positions in Apalachicola
could be split and transferred to other district office to make the the half-
time positions full time without asking the legislature for new
positions. That would be efficient, but not likely to happen because
SEAS supervisory personnel are not aware of the problem. They're
based in Tallahassee and rarely visit the district offices. That type of
management is in itself inefficient, but it has been with DNR for a
long time.
The other side of the coin can be found n the fifty plus positions DEP
eliminated several months ago. Many of the cuts were in DER
positions, some of which had federal and state responsibilities under
various national and state environmental statues. These
responsibilities did not simply disappear with the position they were
assigned to, but were shifted to other employees in addition to their
Normal work load. The result has been an organization composed of
!bloated, underworked units while other units are forced to limp
Along with too much work to do and too few people to do it.
Before the legislature authorizes any new positions for DEP they
should direct the State Inspector General to audit DEP for
mismanagement and poor organizational structures and determine
how many man-hours can be gained by simple procedures like
erasing computer games on state computers, and shifting positions
From overstaffed units of DEP to understaffed units. Then, and only
then, should the legislature grant those positions that the State
Inspector General deems necessary.

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830
* Vol. 3, No.2 26 January 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Anne James Estes
Captain Ernie Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors Rene Topping
..............Paul Jones
..............Brian Goercke
...............George Malone
...............Lee McKnight
................Carole Ann Hawkins
.............Debe Beard
' Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
............. Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Stqff
; Will Morris............Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
ill Morris.............St. George Island (697-2519)
:Betty Rodbrts.........Carrabelle Lanark(69'-3506)
Tom Hoffer,...Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)
Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple, A.A.

Production & Layout Design........Stewart Calhoun
Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
Sasha Torres A.A.
Proof Reader Leslie Turner
Video Production David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel................................Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen...............Carrabelle
Rene Topping................. .................Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald...............Lanark Village
Pat Morrison ..St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.................Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint

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DOUG BARR, Northwest Florida Water Management District., is one
of the Senior Florida representatives to the Technical Coordination
Group, the major coordinating activity with representatives from
Alabama, Florida, Georgia and the Corps. of Engineers along with
consulting agencies. The entire enterprise called the "Tri-River
Study" is a massive 13.5 million dollar project funded by the Federal
Government, and the respective states listed above.
This entire undertaking is the result of a lawsuit originally started
between the State of Alabama and the Federal Government over
water rights. The court accepted a proposal to compromise or
negotiate a solution to the litigation which involved the other two
states that also claimed some stake in the waters from the three
principle rivers, the Flint, the Chattahoochee and Apalachicola, but
also including smaller waterways. lakes and tributaries. The
compromise was to study the water needs of the three states in this
complex system, and then develop a management plan which would
be agreeable to all four entities.
Steve Leitman pointed out at the recent meeting in Apalachicola that
this is the first time such a scientific undertaking has been attempted,
resulting in a scientifically based series of recommendations in the
form of a management plan which would evolve a solution to water
needs for all entities. There are no "right" or "wrong" conclusions or
outcome in such a study, only a set of recommendations with clearly
defined outcomes correlated with scientifically and politically
determined needs. This reads just fine, but in science, there is also
a bit of the seerehdipity or chance, and the outcomes can be greatly
Influenced by not identifying all of the variables important to those
"clearly defined" needs. That is one of the risks. But, should there be
problems down the road, these are very likely to be political ones, not
scientific ones.
The workshop was supposed to educate and inform the public of
these studied feedback, if appropriate. Then, the workshop should
also demonstrate the interrelationships among the work elements in
the study. Our concern centered on the final impacts that the flow
of fresh water might have on productivity from the Bay in terms of
oyster production or perhaps other fisheries. Theries. These does not appear
to be much a connection drawn to those ends except in identifying
the "best case scenario" forincreased or decreased oyster production,
for example.
We hope that message got through. While this meeting discussed
below by Lee McKnight was an improvement over the first visit of
these teams to Apalachicola, laden as they were with bureaucratic
language, scientific and "command" motifs in their elides, and
administrative jargon, there is still a tendency to talk in terms of the
scientist and not to the flshermen,nwhether they be oystermen, clam
aquaculturists, shrimpers, or s0prtsmen. We would add another
criticisms and that is the lack of updating information at the level of
detail carried in the Technical., oordination Group reports. Too
much rel iance is given to the s1ome&hat slickened reports put out by
the Corps. of Engineers in Mobile,iwho seem to run out of handouts
when they get down to this neck of the county.
The information effort on this massive project was flawed from the
beginning and it is now showing quite nakedly. This could be a
problem of budget, or a perception-that the public does not care. The
latter is a fatal assumption without a demonstrated effort to provide
continuing data on the project's activities on a continuing basis.
After all, this is also a showcase on spending money. And a lot of it
is being spent. d
Tom W. Hoffer

Turnout Low For



Basins Study


By Lee McKnight
Where were you on Tuesday, 18 January 1994? If you care about the
Apalachicola River and Bay, you should have been at the the
Estuarine Reserve for the public workshop on the Apalachicola-
Chattahoochee-Flint and Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basins
Comprehensive Study. Currently, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida
are working toward an equitable solution to the division of the waters
of these river systems The purpose of the workshop was to explain
the studies which will be used in that determination and to take
public input into the process.
The workshop was unusual in that it set aside five hours for one-on-
one communication between the scientists and engineers who will be
conducting various aspects of the study and individual citizens.
But, few local citizens showed up to take advantage of the opportunity,
and that could have disastrous consequences for FranKlin County.
In the end, no matter what the science of the studies indicates the
final decision of who gets how much water from the Apalachicola
River and its feeder systems will be made by political mechanisms.
There were even a few of the scientific personnel Involved in some of
the studies who were willing to make this admission In politics, the
fastest way to insure that the fresh water that the Apalachicola's
oyster and tourist industries depend on is diverted to the Alabama
peanut fields is for Franklin County to show a disinterest in the
process by not showing up at public workshops.
Some of those who attended the workshop were not reassured by
what they heard. Michael Allen, Oyster Radio's news director,
expressed concern that the proposed study process did not take into
account that some of the conclusions of the studies might be wrong
and there was no way to undo a decision based on the erroneous data
once it had been made. One problem is the relative importance of
many of the factors involved. Apalachicola is at the bottom of the
riverine pipeline. Any water withdrawn from the Apalachicola River
or the river systems feeding it, or wastewater dumped upstream has
an effect here. The discharge of municipal and domestic wastes,
herbicides, pesticides, and fertilizers into the riversystems might not
be of much concern to upstream communities who benefit from the
dumping, but it is here.
Another relative factor is the annual value of our seafood harvest and
itsjobs compared with those of upstream agriculture. At $5,000,000
per year, Apalachicola's oyster industry doesn't compare favorably
with the potential value of crops, and agricultural obs in Alabama,
Georgia, and upstream Florida. In the politics of dollars and jobs, the
fact that oysters are a unique crop which can be harvested only in
a few areas might be given little weight. Fortunately, Apalachicola's
oyster industry does have one important ally: navigation. Navigation
interests need to keep as much water in the Apalachicola River as
possible, and they probably have more political clout than the
seafood Industry. However, this is a mixed blessing as recent barge
groundings in Apalachicola Bayhave shown. In the endApalachicola's
seafood industry and way of life will depend on just how much effort
the citizens of Franklin County are willing to put into the Tri-River
Study Plan.



Panhandle Players
A country musical will be
performed by the Panhandle
Players, 18-19 March 1994,
entitled "Pump Boys and Dinettes."
The upbeat play features music
and dancing in an auto garage and
diner setting.
New Officers of the Players are:
President,'Carol Lawlor
First Vice President, Evelyn Bergen
Second Vice President, Betty
Treasurer, Kathryn Heveran
Secretary, Helen Schmitt
Members at Large, Dr. TomAdams
Charles Miller and Liz Sisung.

The St. George Amateur Chess
Association, founded by Jack
Dakota, will be sponsoring their
first Amateur Chess Tournament
in association with the St. George
Inn. The Tournament Is set for 5
February at 12 Noon at the St.
George Inn.
The eventwill begin with an official
registration at 12 noon and the
competition with start at 1 p.m.
"Because of limited seating
capacity, only 40 players from the
primary reservation list will be
allowed to compete," said Dakota.
"There will be no entry fees nor
cash prizes," he continued, "just
braggin' rights."
The winners from two divisions,
novice and experienced will be
awarded Certificates of Victory,
Those winners will then compete
for the tournament championship.

Travelogue Program
Slated for Lanark Village

The new "Go with Charles and
Maggie" travelogue talks,
illustrated with slides, will be
featured at the Lanark Village
Community Center on Thursday,
3 February at 2:30 P. M. and
Friday, 4 February at 2:30 PM.
Thursday's talk is-entitled "Is there
a Safe Side of Mexico?"; Friday's
program is "From Canadian
Heights to Grand Canyon Depths."
Betty and Allan Roberts of Lanark
Village have arranged for world
travelers Charles and Maggie to
present their programs ofslides
showing seldom- seen sights. Mrs.
Roberts stated, "I see Charles' and
Maggie's pictures and I feel as
though I have been on a wonderful
trip. We always enjoy their stories."
The shows for this year are
different, reminded Betty. The old
yellow van brought them to remote
areas a formally organized tour
would find inaccessible.

Merrill Lynch Seminar
Mr. Bobby Dick, financial
consultantwith Merrill Lynch, will
be holding a free seminar on
"Financial Outlook '94" at the
Florida Power Lounge in
Apalachicola on Thursday, 10
February 1994 at 4 P. M. and 6 P.
M. The topics will include
minimizing taxes, retirement
planning, protection of assets and
arllily In the event of death and
choosing appropriate investments.
Attendees are asked to make
reservations with Ms. Linda
Hilaman Post Office Box 1733,
Tallahassee 32302-9965,
indicating either the 4 P. M. or 6 P.
M. time. Please indicate name,.
address, city, and telephone. You
may also call 1-800-937-0663 or
contact Dick directly at 904-599-

No Is T e Tm gT Subcrb'
Frnln onyChoil

Alligator Point:

By Paul Jones
On Friday, 21 January, Franklin County Deputy SheriffCarlWhaley
officially took residence on the Point. Deputy Whaley moved his RV
home to a site within the Alligator Point Camp Grounds. According
to camp grounds owner and operator Gene and Jackie Mellot he was
welcomed with opened arms.
A rash of home burglaries on Alligator Point and Bald Point during
the past few weeks has dramatically punctuated the need for a
resident police officer. The 10 January issue of the Chronicle
published an account of a burglary suspect being apprehended by
a Franklin County Sheriffs Deputy on 6 January, soon after the
commission of the crime. Just five days later, Deputy Whaley,
responded to a burglary call in the Bald Point area and encountered
another suspect leaving the scene of a break-in. Unfortunately, in
the pursuit during a rainstorm, Deputy Whaley's cruiser spun off the
pavement causing him to lose chase of the suspect.
According to the Franklin County Sheriffs Office there were two
more burglaries reported on 16 January, both of the break-ins
occurred at the west end of the Point. Hopefully, with Deputy
Whaley's presence these sporadic robberies will cease.

The second week of the new year ushered in the first meeting of the
Alligator Point Taxpayers Association for 1994, the 8 January
conclave of officers mulled over several Issues which included the
proposal to erect a street light at the intersection of the State Road
98 and County Road 370 to illuminate the entrance to Alligator
Point; a proposal was made by Barbara Withers to investigate the
acquisition of a United States Post Office facility for the point; and
George Jensen reaffirmed the immediate need for the repainting of
the centerline and curb line for CR 370. First Vice President
(attorney) Taylor Moore reiterated that he would need additional time
to prepare a proposed ordinance dealing with the off-the -road
parking and public beach access.
By all comparison this was a rather weak agenda by the APTA to
begin a new year of "promoting the economic interests of the
property owners to Alligator Point!" Quoting further from a 1989
APTA committee report on Article II of the association by-laws
relative to its purpose..."Our membershipiexpects us to channel our
collective energies and resources into activities that will directly
affect them, the taxpaying property owners of Alligator Point. While
we all have favorite charities and causes that we champion and
support, such is not the mission of this organization. Use of the
association's energies, funds, or resources to support any Individual
or group not having a direct positive effect on the economic health
and secularity of property owners by the membership is contrary to
the by-laws of our organization."
The general consensus of property tax payers on Alligator Point and
Bald Point would prefer that the APTA board of Directors under the
new leadership of APTA President Ralph Emerson direct their
energies and resources toward prioritizing and developing effective
solutions to help resolve the following problems:
* Inequity between property tax service representation
* Inadequate Franklin County Commission representation
* Repair and maintenance of County Road 370
* Need for beach and dune renourishment
* Need for a Crime Watch program
This is by no means an inclusive list if items that the APTA will need
to agenda for 1994.
From the standpoint of the majority of taxpayers it is imperative that
the APTA take a cosmopolitan approach in prioritizing issues to
In the 21 January issue ofTallahassee Democrat's Limelight section
Ashby Stiff featured the Lieutenant Governors Public House and
Grille in his dining out article, in the article he singled out Chef
Bryant Eithers in a quite eloquent way. Bryant is the son of long-
time Alligator Point resident Barbara Withers.

Installation of the receiving antenna is the first step is setting up an
FM translator operation. Here tower climbers and radio technicians
Danny Norris and Robert Simpson maneuver the FM antenna into
position, in the low elevation of the tower.

Andy Hanus, (left)ChiefEngineer ofWFSU-FM, 88.9 Mhz, and WFSQ-
FM, 91.5 Mhz, and Don Suhl, President of North Florida Tower
Service, Lake City, Florida, watch preparations for lifting the
transmitting antenna into position.


North Florida Tower Service, Inc., owned by Don Suhl, installed
receiving and transmitting antenna on the WOYS FM tower in
preparation to "fill-in" reception areas for public radio from
Tallahassee, as announced in 1993.
Federal funds became available to allow the Florida State University
public radio station normally received on 88.9 megahertz to translate
its signal on another frequency to chance its coverage in the big bend
and specifically Apalachicola, Eastpoint, St. George Island and
Richard Plessinger, owner of WOYS-FM, a commercial station
currently operating on 100.9, has donated tower space for the
translator antenna as well as utility space for the operation of the low
power transmitter which is scheduled to begin regular public radio'
service on 104.5 megahertz, at about 250 watts in 2-3 weeks. This
will broadcast a translated signal from 88.9 mhz for 5 or 6 miles in
the local area, and greatly improve local reception of the news-
oriented public radio service.

The climbers fastening the hardware to the tower-structure were
Danny Norris and Robert Simpson, who reported that the air
was considerably chilly "up there" but the view was spectacular.

The transmitting array is finally
lifted into position at a height of
about 250 feet, and will begin
operations in two to three weeks.





By Carol Ann Hawkins
Will Morris, former director of the
FCLB, who is recovering from
recent heart surgery, attended the
17 January regular meeting of the
FCLB held atthe EastpointBranch.
Board members adopted a "Wings"
logo as the formal logo for the
The FCLB has been trying for some
time to secure funding to expand
the Eastpoint Branch into the
vacant office space adjacent to the
present location. The added space
would serve as a multi-use facility,
providing computer-assisted
tutoring for adults and children
(both in and out of school); private
space for those who want to tutor;
additional office space; and space
for library and community
programs.The current budget w
allow the board to spend only $100
per month on rent for the extra
space, from February through
September. The money is not in
the budget for this expense, but
the board agreed to give the Budget
Committee a mandate to try to
rearrange the budget for the eight
months remaining in FY 1994 so
that lease of the space can be
Morris reminded the board that if
and when the Budget Committee
decides the money is there, the
decision still must be approved by
the County Commission .

"You Bend 'em...We Mend 'em"
Boats, RVs, Trailers too


The board is confident they will
receive some funds from United
Way of Big Bend, but this funding
will not be available until July. The
board also plans to resubmit a
grant to the Juvenile Justice Board.
Monies received from both these
sources could be applied to the
rental expense of the additional
space. Utilities are expected to
increase by about $50 per month
if the library space is expanded.
C.W. Gibbs, president of the Teen
AdvisoryGroup (TAG) andAmanda
Loos, liaison between the TAG and
the library board, reported that
Apalachicola youths are having
problems finding transportation
to the Eastpoint. and Carrabelle
branches of the FCL. Gibbs said
that a local Methodist Church may
offer to provide a van to transport
youths to the libraries. "I think
there's some confusion, too, among
the kids, that...this Eastpoint
Branch is not for them," Loos said.
Loos recommended that the board
consider the possibility ofobtaining
a VCR for the library, and the
board agreed to take her request
under advisement.
Loos reported that the Wilderness
Coast Public Libraries (WILD) is
sponsoring a workshop on
Developing Leadership and
Conflict Resolution Skills for
youths and for adults who work
with youths. The workshop will be
held Saturday, 12 February from
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Eastpoint
Firehouse. Presented bythe Florida
Prevention Association, there is
no cost to participants but Is limited
to 30 people. Registration is on a
first-come, first-serve basis. ANoon
meal will be delivered at a cost of
$5. Anyone interested in attending
the WILD workshop should contact
Verna Brock, Youth Services
Coordinator for WILD, by January
27 at (904)926-4571, or call the
FCL-Carrabelle Branch, (904)697-
2366 or the FCL-Eastpoint Branch,
Conversational Spanish classes
conducted by Laura Tuckerwill be
held for adults on Monday nights
from 6-7 p.m. and for children on
Friday from 4-4:30 p.m. Twenty-
one persons have already signed
up for the classes.
Rene Topping advised the board
that the library does not have any
by-laws except for what was taken
and approved from the Library
Manual. The existing by-laws "are
not in by-law form," Topping said.
Morris said minutes of previous
meetings should be checked where
members chose to go ahead and
use the by-laws in the Library
Manual "with a couple of
exceptions," which were (l)that
three members represent the

district but do not have to live iin
the district and (2)the setting of aL
definite meeting time. The current
by-laws of the FCLB will be
AContractual Maintenance Service
Agreement will be arranged with-
Susan Stanton to set up the
computer. Stanton, who often,
comes into the library and "helps
in a jam" has set up computer
programs before board members
FCLB members are making plans
to attend the 25th Annual Library
Day in Talahassee on the 1st and:
2nd of March. Sponsored by the
Florida Library Association, the
event gives librarians and library.
supporters an opportunity to'
contribute to a united effort to
achieve stronger support for all
types of libraries: to become full
participants in the legislative
process: to meet elected officials to
let them know how important our
libraries are and alert them to
actions they can take to help
libraries grow and thank them for
past support.Participants will be
able to meet and talk with library
supporters from all over the state
of Florida. Library Day is a project
of the entire Florida Library
Association membership and is
coordinated by the Legislative
Committee, the Friends and
Trustees Caucus, and the
Executive Board. Registration will
be held on March 1 from 1:30 to 4
p.m. at the Leon County Public
The Franklin County Chronicle
would like to remind our readers
that Friends of the Library is the,
sole fund-raising organization for'
the Franklin County Library.
Funds raised by the FRIENDS will
be matched by state and federal
grants in the amount of $1. 50 for.
every $1.00 raised. Every $100 of:
FRIENDS money available for.
matching funds equals $250 for,
the library. Names on the FRIENDS
membership rolls show how many:
of the citizens of Franklin County
want to maintain the library and
will help the FCL to gain a 501-C3
tax exempt status with the Internal
Revenue Service. Volunteers are
needed to work on fund-raisers,
membership,and to work in the
library itself. Membership dues
Vary. Contact the Franklin County
Friends of the Library, (904)670-
8151 for more information and tell
them you'd like to be a FRIEND.
The next meeting of the Franklin
County Library Board will be
Monday, 14 February at 4 p.m. at
the Carrabelle Branch.
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' Hans and Ester Baumgartner, new
owners of the Georgian Motel, in
Carrabelle, have a special request
to make of residents. Hans says,
"Please do come over and introduce
yourselves but please don't ask us
to to yodel. We cannot yodel.," He
said that It seems most people
think that all Swiss born people
are born to yodel. Neither he. his
wife or her twin sister. Madi
Schatzmann canyodel. He added,
"Yodeling is a special art and so we
leave It to those who are skilled."
But their genial manner, seems to
assure that they are well suited to
be hosts of a motel, and will make
people feel welcome at their new
ome. Although Ester, speaks
little English, Hans does somewhat
better, they are still relying on twin
sister Marta to do translating of
the more difficult English. She
will stay with them for several
months. They eagerly responded
to a head of the suggestion that
they should contact Jane Cox,
Franklin County Literacy Program
for help through the "English As A
Second Language" program, They
expressed delight that this
specialized teaching Is offered in
such a small county.
To the Baumgartners, their
acquisition of the Georgian is a
dream come true. They said that
one year ago they travelled all over
Florida, on both coasts, looking
for a place to settle down and open
a business. When they came
' through Carrabelle, there was
something about this small town
that enchanted them.
Hans said, "We really came back
to make an offer on the Beachslde
Motel but the owner did not want
to sell. Fortunatelywe heard about
the Georgian and we came over to
take a look- After seeing the rooms,
the swimming pool andthe owners
qualities, we decided that this was
the place for us and within a few
hours we had sealed the deal. I
think Rosemary and Bruce Moore
were surprised we could make up
our minds so quickly."
Continued on page 7

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Richard Plessinger (left) owner of WOYS-FM confers with Doug Begin
as he make last minute preparations on the translator transmitting
antenna. The signal is received on the receiving antenna at 88.9 Mhz
and re-transmitted on another frequent (104.5 Mhz to the local





Publisher's Note
The Carrabelle Youth League has issued their first annual
report addressed to the Carrabelle and County community
as well as the city government authorities.
At this time of our lease renewal, the Carrabelle Youth League
Building Committee would like to update the Carrabelle City
Commissioners on our upcoming plans and past progress with the
Carrabelle Community Center. We are interested, in the coming
year, in working with the City Commission to continue to improve the
building itself and to make it a valuable community resource for as
many groups in Carrabelle as possible.
In the past nine months, since our committee began overseeing the
building, we have seen many changes. The building is currently
being used by many groups for a wide variety of community services.
The Carrabelle Chamber of Commerce uses the building for it's
monthly meetings as well as for community activities such as a St.
Patrick's Day dinner/dance and a street dance during the waterfront
Festival. We anticipate working with them in the coming year to
make the building more suitable for their meeting needs.
The building is used for tri-weekly aerobics/fitness classes in the
evening which are open to all members of the community. The
Panhandle Players use the building for their theatre productions as
well as storage for their supplies and props; again this year we hop
to continue to improve the building to better suit their needs. The
Youth League and various other youth organizations have, in the
past nine months, used the building for ayouth game room, dances,
a haunted house and as storage space for athletic equipment.
Probably the most important new partner in the development of the
Community Center is the Franklin County Public Library who has
opened a branch in one wing of the Community Center. The library
offers literacy programs for all members of the community, story
hours for the children and a wide variety of books to check out. The
library has made extensive physical improvements in their wing and
in nine months have transformed a dilapidated, useless space into
a very comfortable and efficient library.
In the near future we anticipate being able to offer a karate class two
evenings a week for the children of'the community, as well as
continuing to be the site for community activities such as dances and
meetings. Our policy has been to try to be an open door to all
members of the community. Our meetings (the firstTuesday of every
month), are open to anyone interested in helping us to improve the
building and to establish a direction for the Community Center.
The primary, and most expensive, improvementwe have made on the
building is the new exterior paintjob. Thanks to countless volunteers,
we were able to have the entire exterior of the building steam cleaned,
sanded, primed and painted in time for the Carrabelle Waterfront
Festival. Although this cost close to $2,000.00 (almost all of our
financial resources), we feel that this was a much needed face-lift for
the community. We have also managed, due entirely to volunteer
efforts, to clean out two locker rooms that were previously so filthy,
cluttered and infested that they were impossible to enter. These
rooms are now being outfitted to serve as secure storage space for
some of our involved organizations.
We have many people to thank for financial contributions; among
them the Chamber ofCommerce for generously donating the revenue
from their St. Pat's dinner/dance. We received much needed
donations from the Panhandle Players, the Apalachicola State Bank
and Marie Gray. We have also received donations from other private
individuals as well as contributions made by the community at large,
in buckets located at various local businesses. We have hosted two
pancake breakfasts in the past nine months generating sizable
income, and hope, in the coming year, to further organize and fine-
tune our fund raising efforts.
Our organization, the Carrabelle Youth League Building Committee,
started nine months ago with a zero bank balance and a membership
of zero in a community where it is sometimes difficult to generate
money and interest. In the past months we believe we have made a
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
John and Myrtie Newman,of
Lanark Village, celebrated their
60th wedding anniversary on
November 1, 1993. Myrtle ("NOT
Myrtle!" Mrs. Newman said
adamantly, was 21 years old and
John was 20 when they vowed to
love each other in sickness and in
health, for betterorworse, 'til death
do they part. Those vows were
exchanged in 1933.
"I expect we've been married longer
than anybody in the Village, don't
you?", said Myrtie. John said he
did not propose to Myrtie. "She
hooked me!", he laughed. Myrtle
agreed that her husband of 60
continuous years did not ask her
to marry him. "We just sort of
drifted into it," she said.
Myrtle's brother was a high school,
teacher, and her sister attended
the school where their brother
taught. John had two younger
sisters and a brotherwho attended
the same school. John was old
enough to drive, and he came to
Myrtle's house one night with his
sisters to chauffeur the -three
younger girls to a picture show.
"That's when I met him, and we
started dating." Myrtle paused
briefly, then said, "I don't believe
in it, but it was love at first sight."
Did John believe itwas love at first
sight? "I never did date anybody
else," he said.
Myrtle and John dated for nine
months then went to see the
preacher. There was no big
wedding. "We just went to the
parsonage, and he (the preacher)
was getting ready to go play golf.
He didn't even give us a marriage
certificate," Myrtle said. Years later,
after she'd had three children, her
father went to the courthouse and
got the certificate.
To what do they credit 60 years of
marriage? What advice do they
offer to newly-married couples
today? "You just do (it)," Myrtie
said. "I don't give anything special
credit." "I think anybody can
work it out if they will, but they've
both got to want to," Myrtle said.
,Both agreed that divorce "comes
too easy..,they have too much, too
much of everything."Myrtie
attributed the divorces of two of
her three children to "a trend of

the times." She and John married
during the depression. John made
$86 a month. "The beginning of all
of the great breakdown in
marriages was when the women
went out of the home (to work),"
Myrtle said. Myrtle had teacher's
training, but she said she knew
that "teaching just wasn't for me."
Their oldest daughter, Carol Ann,
felt differently. She's been a teacher
for 35 years and "loves it," Myrtle
The Newman's other daughter,
Mickie,, is a court reporter in
Roanoke, Virginia and has a small
farm where she raises horses. John
and Myrtle have lived on the farm
for the past 13 years. Their son
Larry is a computer programmer
in Ashville, North Carolina. They
have two grandchildren and one
The biggest part of their time
together was spent in North
Carolina, just outside ofCharlotte.
John worked for Teledyne, Inc.
and Myrtie was a bookkeeper and
worked in the cafeteria at a junior
college there. They found out about
Lanark Village through friends
from Michigan who had relatives
in the Village. Their Michigan
friends would stop in North
Carolina to visit when they were
on their way to Florida. After John
retired, he and Myrtle came to
LanarkVillage to visit their friends
"and we've been coming back ever
since," Myrtle said, "for 16 years."
The Newmans own their unit on
Oak Street.
During the 12 months ending with
March 1993, an estimated
2,351,000 couples married. During
the 12 months ending with March
1993 an estimated 1,205,000
couples divorced. An estimated
2,362,000 marriages were
performed in 1992. The number of
divorces granted in 1992 was
1,215,000. An estimated
2,371,000 marriages were
performed in 199,1. The number of
divorces granted in 1991 was
.Myrtle asked me if I knew what
Ruth Graham had said concerning
her own long marriage to the
Reverend Billy Graham. I shook
my head and prepared myself for
Myrtle's quote. "She (Ruth Graham)
said she never thought of divorce
but she had thought of murder,"
Myrtle said. Billy Graham's wife
said THAT? Yep, she sure -did,.
Myrtie assured me. Oh well, just a
trend of the times, I suppose.








The County Commission's "fire committee" comprised of area
contractors, volunteer fire departments, real estate agencies the
county planning office and other interested citizens met once again
on Friday, 14 January 1994. This time, the group was to hear from
representatives of the State of Florida Department of Business
Regulation (Division of Hotels and Restaurants) and the Division of
the State Fire Marshal regarding fire safety standards. An hour-and-
a-half later, the standards for fire safety were far from clear, and
exactly to whom they applied and the level of anxiety, particularly
among the real estate agents in attendance, considerably higher
than before the meeting.
In the two weeks since that meeting, and numerous attempts to
clarify the application of the law to single-family residential units the
uncertainties in the fire safety requirements continuing, with various
viewpoints asserting their own conclusions as to application of the
law to single-family residential units, rented and unrented. Ifyou are
in the real estate business, managing homes being rented to the
public at varying frequencies, certain of the requirements do not
apply and you may be licensed by the Division of Hotels and
Restaurants. Dept. of Business Regulation, to rent single family
residential homes to others.
Another viewpoint asserts that all such structures are automatically
required to have sprinkler systems installed in homes of three stories
or more if rented. Compounding the uncertainty, are the factors of
height, and from what level is height first measured, and whether
single family residences being rented to the public are redefined as
"transient public lodging" and therefore subject to more stringent fire
safety requirements. Or, what constitutes means of "external egress"
to satisfy the stringent requirements for external egress.
The Chronicle offers a brief primer on the situation, with the
considerable help of attorneyBill Sutton and Safety Program Manager
William B, "Sam" Gillespie, both from State Fire Marshall's Office in
Tallahassee, aided by Lee Corman and others from the Tallahassee
headquarters of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, Department
of Business Regulation.
To begin, fire safety standards and general requirements are in
Florida Statute (FS), Chapter 509, and various sections after that
number. The statutes provide guidance to the administrators of the
law, and in the case of fire safety for rental housing in Franklin
County, that administrative agency is the Division of Hotels and
Restaurants, Department ofBusiness Regulation (DOBR). The DOBR
"rules" are written with the authority of FS509 and various sections.
These fire safety rules are found in their Rule Chapter 4A-43 which
is officially known as "The Uniform Fire Safety Standards for
Transient Public Lodging 'Establishments."
The relevant FS 509 subsections are as follows, with their topics
FS 509.013=Definitions, including "Public Lodging
FS 509.215 = Fire Safety
FS 509.242 = Classifications of "Public Lodging

What stimulated concern among those assembled at the 14 January
meeting was the language from 509.215 Fire safety. It reads," (1)
Any: (a) Public Lodging establishment, as defined in this chapter,
which is three stories or more and for which the construction
contract has been let after September 30, 1983, with interior
corridors which do NOT have direct access from the guest area to
exterior means of egress OR (b) Building over 75 feet in height that
has direct access from the guest area to exterior means of egress and
for which the construction contract has been let after September 30,
1983, shall be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system
installed in compliance with the provision prescribed in The National
Fire Protection Association publication NFPA No. 13 "Standards for
the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.""
Subsection (2) under this heading made a distinction between
construction before October 1, 1983, and post September 1983,
which was modified in a 1991 lawsuit between the Florida Hotel and
Motel Association and the Dept. of Revenue and Dept. of Business
Regulation. The result of that case was to apply FS 509.215(1) to all
public lodging establishments, as defined in this chapter which are
three stories or more.
Thus far, this much is clear. If a residence in Franklin County is
privately owned, 1 or 2 family (duplex) and is not rented for more
than three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days,
or 1 calendar month, the owner does not have to install a sprinkler
system. But, what about "single- family residences" which are three
stories in height, and ARE rented for more than three times
annually, often handled by real estate agencies, who regularly
consult with the Dept. of Business Regulation under these rules?
Compounding the situation, the State Fire Marshall applies the
determination of what is a "story" beginning with grade or the ground
level, labeling that as "story one."

ujama..sc .A LoUUe
Department of Business Regulation
Under the Franklin County Ordnances, the distance from grade up
to the point the pilings reach the "first floor" is not counted in their
building height requirements, for important reasons we will not go
into here. But, contractors, real estate and indeed homeowners have
been subsequently "conditioned' to ignore the distance from pilings
to the living level from a regulatory standpoint. But, the State Fire
Marshall, in applying the fire safety rule in FS 509.215(1) (the
"Sprinkler Requirement") counts that first grade level as "story 1".
Consequently, a number of homes in Franklin County, including
those on St. George Island in particular, come close.to the "Sprinkler
Requirement" from the standpoint of "stories". Why? Because, many
single-family homes have atleasttwo stories; the firstlevelwhere the
auto is commonly parked, and the"second level" or first living level.
If there is a loft or another level above that, there are now "three
stories" in the eyes of the State Fire Marshall-for fulfilling the
requirements of 509.215(1) (The sprinkler requirement) .
The problem can be solved, perhaps, by consulting another crucial
section of the law, FS 509.242, which classifies "Public lodging
establishments. "Is a single-family residence, privately owned, fall
under one ofthose classifications, and consequently become subject
to the sprinkler requirement, provided it is three stories in height?
Yes, if itis rented, its legal status changes completely, says the State
Fire Marshall's office.
FS 509.242 defines seven types of public lodging establishment,
including the last one, called "resort dwelling." It is clear the other
types defined do not come close to a single-family dwelling, used as
a rental unit, which also has three stories. The other types are hotels,
motels, resort condominiums, nontransient apartments, transient
apartments, rooming houses. A Resort Dwelling is any"individually
or collectively owned one-family, two family, three family, or four-
family dwelling house or dwelling unit which is rented more than
three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or 1

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In FS 509.013(4)(a), a "Public Lodging Establishment" means any
unit, group of units, dwelling, building or group of buildings within
a single complex of buildings, which is rented to guests more than
three times in a calendar year for periods of less than 30 days or 1
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calendar month, whichever advertised or held out to the public as a
place regularly rented for periods of less than thirty days, or 1
calendar month, whichever is less."
Where do matters now stand? If you have a three story "public
lodging establishment (a residential house used as a rental) and it
is three stories, up to 75 feet in height, and your home has a method
of "exterior egress" to the ground independent of interior stairs, you
do not have to install a sprinkler system. If your home, three stories
in Tight, does not have that means of "external egress" to the
ground, you do have to have a sprinkler system installed for that
third story in order to be in compliance with the statute FS
509.215(1), and if such dwelling is defined as a resort dwelling. That
determination is yet to be made by the Division of Hotels and
Restaurants, in the Dept. of Business Regulation, the folks who
made the judgment calls in these matters. When will that happen?
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by George H. Malone
Douglas W. Gaidry recently joined
the Ben Watkins law firm, coming
here in early November from Vero
Beach. He is another of that
growing number of persons who
ave come to Apalachicola on a
visit and then decided to stay.
Last October he and his wife
Annegret, a native of Germany,
were in Destin staying with friends
who suggested that they all come
over toApalachicola fora little visit
and a stay at the Gibson Inn. Doug
said that though he had lived in
Florida since 1968, he had never
been to the city and was not even
sure that he could have found it on
a map if asked to do so.
Doug and Anne looked around the
town and "fell in love with it," says
Doug. He saw the sign in front of
Ben Watkin's office and thought to
himself, "This is a nice town, and
maybe there's some work for me
here." He had already been
thinking about leaving his practice
in Vero Beach and looking
elsewhere as his partner had
He subsequently called Ben
Watkins to discuss the prospects
for a job and if there was enough
legal work for him here to make a
decent living. It was agreed there
was, so he came to see Watkins the
following week, was offered a
position, and took it.

He then rejoined his old company,
which now had a new name, TRW
Systems. The followingyear, 1966,
they opened a .data-processing
facility in Washington, D.C., in
support of their defense contracts,
Doug went there to help organize
the computer programming staff.
While there he also worked on
army, navy and air force computer-
related projects.
While vacationing in Florida in
1968, he and his family were
involved in a serious automobile
accident. As a result, his then wife
required prolonged hospitalization
in Fort Lauderdale, involving,
among other things, plastic
surgery. Doug decided to give up
his job in D.C. and move himself
and his family to Lauderdale. He
began doing consulting work for a
land-title company and formed a
new company with the owner of
the title firm.
After a couple of years at this
work, Doug's sister, knowing that
he had long been interested in the
law, urgedhim to go to law school.
Having saved enough money so
that his family could beadequately
provided for during his schooling,
he enrolled in the University of
Miami in 1971. He received his
degree in December of 1973, and
went to work for an attorney who
specialized in tax law. He opened
his own office in 1976 in
Lauderdale. In 1984 he moved to
Vero Beach and went into practice
with a partner, where he remained
until coming to Apalachicila last
Doug and his second wife,
Annegret, have five children
between them. His are Douglas III,
who is in the computer business
in Lauderdale; Kristin, who teaches
school near Gainsville; and
Christopher, who is on]y 11 and
lives with his mother in Fort
Lauderdale. Anne's children are
Florian. who is presently studying
at Florida State, and Annette, who
is enrolled at Columbia University
- in New York.

_Annehas not yetjolned:Doug here
Doug's law practice in Vero Beach as their house in Vero Beach has
was confined to the field of product not yetbeen sold. While Anne and
liability and litigation defense for Doug were driving around one day
airplane manufacturers, such as acquainting themselves with our
Teledyne, Continental Motors and city, and perhaps looking for a
Piper. He said that he had wearied house to buy, they passed the
of so restricted a practice and felt Ormand House up on the bluff. As
thathewasreadyforamoregeneral soon as Anne saw it she
one. And a truly general practice is exclamined. "That's it!" That being
exactly what he has found with the the house she wanted.
Watkins firm, he says, serving all
strata of Franklin County society They went to the court house,
in all their legal needs. found the name of the present
owner, lona Andrews, called her
Doug is a native of Kentucky, who and asked if she was interested in
attended Culver MilitaryAcademy selling. She said that she was--
in Indiana for high school and though she did not know where
then went on to the Massachusetts she would live if she did-and after
Institute of Technology (MIT) in some negotiating, a deal was
Boston, graduating in 1962. His struck. Theyare scheduled to close
flrstjobwaswithSpaceTechnology on the house on 14 March.
Laboratories in California as a
computer programmer and Doug says that Anne is a genius at
systems analyst This company restoring antiques and cannotwait
had the overall administration of a to work on the Ormand House.
numberofspace efforts during the They plan to restore it to as near
1960s, Including the Atlas, Titan its original condition as possible,
and Minuteman missile systems. while bringing the electrical service
and plumbing up-to-date and
In 1963 he entered the army as an adding central heating and air
officer, having received his conditioning. Doug says that the
commission through the ROTC main part of the house, built
program in which he was enrolled between 1838 and 1840, seems
at MIT. He was sent to the quite sound-all of the doors and
Computer Systems Directorate in windows open and close all right-
Washington, D.C., where he spent and much of the original plaster
the next two yearsleavng thearmy remains. The floors were painted
in 1965. at some point, and these will be


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stripped and refinished. Some
original furnishings remain, and
they would like to keep at least
some of these, but are not sure
that this will be possible.
Two additions were made to the
house, sometime In the 1920s
Doug believes: a front bay-
windowed room, a library or an
office, and, on the back, two
bedrooms, two bathrooms and a
kitchen, which the house never
had. With the sale of the Ormand
House by Mrs. Andrews, a member
of the Ormand family, a chapter in
the history of Apalachicola will be
brought to a close. It is quite
remarkable that a house begun in
1838 is still owned by a member of
the original family.
Doug says that not only are he and
Anne prepared to restore this
wonderful and historic old home
to its original glory, but that they
are also prepared to accommodate
the ghosts who are said to inhabit


By Carol Ann Hawkins
"Please make the year a promise
and a year of success for the
Carrabelle Lions Club... through
the work that's been put before us,
to help restore sight to those who
do not have it," Butch Baker's
prayer opened the 11 January
dinner-meeting of the Carrabelle
Lion's Club, held at the Pear Tree
By the time the meeting ended,
they had agreed to. provide
eyeglasses for three Carrabelle
youngsters, ages 14, 12 and 10,
and also for one adult. A school
representative contacted the Lions
Club about two of the children and
said the kids needed glasses but
were financially unable to obtain
then. The mother of the other
child is divorced, and even though
she is employed, her monthly.-
. expenses.. are ore than her
monthly income, so she, too, was -
unable to to provide her child with
the needed eyeglasses. The adult
is retiree who works on temporary
jobs, and the price of eyeglasses
was beyond his financial means
The organization, the International
Association of Lions Clubs as it is
properly known today, "is the
largest totally service organization
in the world and has roughly one
and a-half million members," a
local member said. "I feel the club
is here for eyesight, regardless of.
how old you are; if you don't have
enough money to buy glasses,
that's why we're here," said Interim

The Ormond House





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and it's felt around the world,"
said Butch Baker, presidentof the
Local Lions are making plans to
attend the Lions Cabinet Meeting
scheduled to be held Saturday. 29
January at the Elks Club on
Magnolia Drive in Tallahassee.
and hospitality begins at
8:45 a.m. The meeting officially
opens at9:30 a.m. Aluncheon will
be held from 12 Noon to I p.m. at
a cost of $8 per person.


Mayor Carlton Wathen, who is a
member of the CLC. Treasurer
Kurt Kilger also pointed out that
the Carrabelle Lions serve all of
Franklin County, not just
Carrabelle. "We accept people that
are qualified for receiving glasses
from anyplace in the county, Kilger
Until just over a year ago, there
were no women members of the
CLC. Grace Walthen and Mary
Jane Kittamurra had wanted to
Join the local chapter, but since
there were no other women
members, they began to consider
forming an auxiliary group to
support the male Lions. This would
have created a Lioness group had
Grace not accompanied her
husband, Carlton, to the 74th
Lions international convention
held in Australia where she met
female Lions from all over the world.
"Canada is full of women Lions!",
Grace said. That was the end of
the Lioness project. "I want to be
a Lion." Grace said she told her
husband. Sponsored by Carlton,
Grace and Mary Jane were
accepted into the local chapter
and are the only two women in
Franklin County to belong to the
Lions Club.
The Lions rely on the public for
support. Aside from sales of mops
and brooms, revenue is derived
through contributions and fund-
raising events, such as a fish-fry
the members are planning to have
sometime in March. All
contributions are tax-deductible,
but membership dues are not
deductible. Funds are designated
to cover expenses of the eyebank,
leader dogs, hearing aids and
special sight.
A couple of times a year, the Lions
solicit throughout Franklin County
for the sale of brooms and mops
which are purchased from Georgia
Industries For The Blind in
Bainbridge. "So it's a two-edged
Sword," Kilger said. "We help the
blind up there as well as what
money we do profit on it all goes
completely to projects here in
Franklin County, as well as state-
wide support."
"We pay our own way," Sam Neel
said. "The money that comes from
the public, every penny, every red
penny, goes back into public
assistance In one form or another.
We have no employees, we have no
overhead, and our meals and our
travel and similar expenses are
paid out of our pockets, nobody
In the 12 December, 1993 issue of
Lions Magazine, Bill Greer, past-
president of the local chapter was
recognized as a "100 per cent
President" In actuality,the rule
for being designated a 100 per
cent President for the year by Lions
International depends very heavily
upon the-activity of the club. The.;..:
award is actually ajoint operation;
A president must attend and have
representation aside from himself
at all cabinet and zone meetings;
there must be an increase in club
membership in the course of the
year; all bills must be paid on time;
and all reports must he submitted
accurately and in timely fashion.
"Even though we talk a lot about
local this and local that and the
Franklin County Lions Club... an
article in Lions magazine tells
about a young teenager in Costa
Rica who can now see because ...
the Florida Eye Bank... had a
cornea flowa down to Costa Rica,
. ... sO the Florida Lions do help,

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Making Home Ownership a Reality

By Judy Corbus
Many people dream of owning their own home. Having a place that
you can truly call your own gives a sense of security and "roots." It
also is a form of investment, especially if the property increases in
value over a period of years. However, for some, home ownership is
a goal that seems out of reach.
Throughout this year, I will be taking you, the reader, through the
home-buying process. I will cover such topics as what to look for in
a house, pre-qualifying for a home mortgage loan, budgeting and
credit, applying for a loan, closing on a home purchase, and home
maintenance. This column will cover some of the topics that will be
presented in the SHIP (State Housing Initiatives Partnership) home-
buyer education classes.
The first step towards owning your own home is deciding how much
house you can afford. Americans spend from 21 to 54 percent of
family income on housing. The "amount" of house a family can afford
depends largely on three factors:
The amount of take-home pay the family can realistically
The family's living costs and other debt payments.
The total amount of housing expenses, including mortgage
payments, taxes, insurance, utilities, furnishings,
maintenance, and management fees if you live in a
condominium or planned development such as a trailer
Ideally, housing should make up no more than 30% of a family's
budget, although some families often must pay more due to special
circumstances. Two guidelines to follow when figuring how much
house you can afford are:
Principal, interest, taxes, and insurance (PITI) should not
exceed 25 to 29 percent of gross income (before taxes).
(This will be discussed further in a future column.)
PITI other long-term debt should not exceed 33 to 41
percent of gross income.
Long-term debt includes car and installment loans, credit card
balances thatwill take longer than 10 months to repay, and alimony
and child support. The above two guidelines are used by most,
lenders in deciding how large a mortgage to grant. By reducing debt,
especially~eediteArd ldaice mainy' fles'caf putfthritseives in
a better position to purchase a house, 1:
For example, Family A and Family B each have a gross annual
income of $15,000. Family A pays $100 per month in credit card
payments; Family B, $300 per month. Each family would like to buy
a house so they go to the bank to see how much house they can
afford. Using a formula that takes into account a person's debt load,
the lender calculates that Family A qualifies, to purchase, a house
priced up to $50,749, while Family B only qualifies for a house priced.
up to $21,790. A difference of $200 per montliln credit payments
makes a big difference in the amountof house for0which a person can
qualify to purchase!
If one of your goals is to purchase a home, begin now to see where
you can cut back on expenses and save money. Each little bit adds
up and can put you on your way to buying that house!
The SHIP program is a state program to provide affordable housing
for residents in each Florida county (except Dade, which comes
under other programs.) Eligibility for the SHIP program is determined
by income adjusted for family size and depends on the median
income level for the county, As part of the SHIP program in Franklin
County, classes will be offered through the University of Florida's
Franklin County Cooperative Extension Service. The classes will
help participants through the home- buying process and show them
ways to protect their homes through regular home maintenance.
The classes will be held at various locations throughout the county.
For more information about the SHIP program, contact Alan Pierce,
County Planner for Franklin County, at (904) 653-9783.
Judy Corbus is the Multi-County SHIP Home Economics
Extension Agent for the University of Florida, Franklin
County Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative
Extension service provides educational information and
other services to individuals without regard to race, color,
sex, age, handicap or national origin. For more information,
contact the Franklin County cooperative Extension Service
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Publisher's note
The CHRONICLE is pleased to introduce Ms. Judith L.
Corbus to our readership with this issue 260194. Ms.
Corbus is a 1990 graduate of Florida State University with
a Master of Science in Consumer Economics. She holds a
B. A. degree from FSU in Home Economics Education.
Judy moved to St. Petersburg from Arlington, Virginia in
1973. Her parents, William and Jean Corbus, and sister
Lorie, reside in St. Petersburg. At St. Petersburg Junior
College, she earned an AA degree in Mass Communication.
April 1984. She has had extensive teaching experience at
Bradenton Middle School at the Developmental Research
School at FSLi and the Leon County Cooperative Extension

Georgia Motel
continued from pg 4

The Baumgartners are not
strangers to offering hospitality to
people. They ran an "Old folks
home' in Switzerland, their
business for many years. When
they decided their time had come
to retire they thought about little
Carrabelle'. "We find the
Americans, and particularly those
folks we have met in Carrabelle, to
be. how do you say. -laid back."
Hans said. Ester said that there
were other factors that went into
their decision. "Where we lived in
Switzerland," she said. "Our home
was right next to a church. See,
here too, we are right next to a
Our town was small, like
Carrabelle, with only about 1,800
people. Also, like Carrabelle, our
town also had several restaurants
to pick from."
But the true bottom line was that
they had fallen in love with the
"beautiful beach." "It is so
wonderful to have such long
stretches of beautiful white sand
to walk on," said Ester, "It was the
beach that drew us back to this
spot." Always people who come to
Carrabelle are asked, "Do you like
to fish?" Ester replied that, "I very
much like fish to eat but I do not
think I would like to catch them."
Hans said, "I think I might like to
go out and fish. Before in my life I
am always too busy to think of
that, but now, maybe, when I get
things to my liking here at the
motel, who knows."
The couple plan to make some
changes in the motel. Already
there are some different touches.


By Carol Ann Hawkins
After discussing the pros and the
cons, the 'feasibility and the
possibilities Chamber, 'of
Commerce Vice-President Betty,
Mason left the decision of where to
locate the new chamber office "up
to the membership" at their 17
January luncheon meeting held at
the Senior Citizen's Center.
With four potential locations to
decide on, Susan Creek probably
sealed the deal when she stood
and told the members, "We're only
moving down the street."
The Chamber had been looking
into the feasibility of renting the
Florida Power building, which
would have been at about the same
cost as Litton's building. Mason
said the Florida Power building is
larger but the possibility of traffic
problems existed at that site.
Visitors would have to turn off
Highway 98 to reach the office.
This brought up the fact that
Litton's building would have more
visibility for tourists and visitors.
Mason said a decision had to be
made Monday on whether or not to
accept Florida Power's offer of
leasing their building. A letter will
be sentto the utilitythanking them.
Two other sites were also discussed
for the chamber office. Interim
Ma or Carlton Wathen and his
wife, Grace, offered the
membership free office space in a
building they donated to Big Bend
Hospice, but the chamber wouldn't
have been able to occupy the
allotted space until water and
sewer termite, and other
unspecified problems were taken
care of. Mason said that would be
"three months to six years down
the road."

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The previous owners Bruce and
Rosemary Moore, always had an
American Flag and British Union
Jack displayed in the window.
symbolizing Rosemarv's English
background. The Baumgartner's
Intend to add a Swiss fIag. On
display inside, is hanging featuring
the Swiss flag among other
European flags. They have
installed a small table covered with
a lace edged cloth and with three
chairs in- the outer office. The
windows are now draped with lace
inner curtains, and flowered over
drapes adding color.
They said as they go along on re-
decorating Ihe rooms they will
probably make changes to make
the interior look more European.
"One room at a time." said Hans.
Another thing they plan is to grow
flowers all over the property as
they do in Switzerland, possibly
using window boxes and little
patches of colorful flowers on the
Their father, Erwin Hirzer, is
staying with them and helping with
the day to day chores of running
the motel. Although he is aged 83,
he enjoys the work becausehe gels
to meet a lot of nice people. He
says with a, twinkle that he has
already met many friendly people
here. Even though right now he
does not understand much of what
people say to him he feels the
warmth of their manner. All of the
family agreed that their first
impressions of Carrabelle are that
the residents are very outgoing
and friendly. Hans said, "We want
everyone to know how touched we
were, how happy, that so many
people have come to our door to
say "hello and welcome."
"Our, desire is to become a part of
this little village." said Ester. They

An unexpected offer by the
Community Center of the use of
the front part of their building was
made by Julie Schmidtman,
Chairperson of the Youth League
Building Committee, who told the
membership that the Community
Center "wants to work with the
membership. "Schmidtman
pointed out the "good factors" of
using the Community Center for a
Chamber office, which included
terrific visibility and the
community aspects, such as the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Library and the
Community Center itself. A rental
fee of $75 per month would not
include electricity or telephone
charges but would go toward
maintenance and operating
expenses. Schmidtman said that
renovation "would notbe that bad."
Creek, member of the Board of
Directors, said the Chamber needs
a place to hold their meetings,
parties and other functions and a
place for storage of chamber
property and equipment. "I'm tired
of lugging chairs across town,"She
said. Creek said Litton's building
is "a perfect place," and that
tourists and visitors go to Litton's
realty office anyway, "trying to find
the Chamber of Commerce."
The membership accepted Ruby
Litton's offer to rent a building she
owns, which is next door to the
Carrabelle Realty Company, for
$200 per month. Former Chamber
Vice-President Bob Evans, who
resigned his position in November,
1993 offered to pay the first six
tnonths rent for "whichever place"
the membership decided to put
the chamber office and to also
donate a word processor and other
office equipment.
The Chamber agreed to rent
Litton's building for six months
and to make any other decisions
as to location of the chamber office
during that period of time. The
Chamber also accepted Evans' offer
to pay the rent.

have already had friends and
relatives from Switzerland visiting,
and were glad that they, too, like
the area. Do they miss the snow?
Hans fielded this question. He
showed the last picture they took
before leaving for the States. Itwas
of a snowy slope on Mount Santis.
"This is about 9,000 feet and a.s
you can see, covered with snow.
e like winter butwe. like summer-
They have already joined the
congregation at Tee Assembly of
God church and find Brother Ron
Barks to be most welcoming. They
say Tallahassee is much like the
bigger towns in Switzerland with
big shopping malls. They are
specially delighted that Franklin
County does not have one traffic
light, As they settle in to living here
they acknowledge that they will go
back to Switzerland for maybe two
or three weeks for a visit, However
they have already found that
visitors from other countries are
steady guests at their motel, and
the world sort of beats a path to
their door.
And one thing they ave greatly
thankful for is that Gudron Akers
has agreed to stay on with them.
'"She helps us very much in
translating and. in working the
motel. We thank so much,
Rosemary for keeping her here for
us," The aumgartners have three
children; two boys and one girl,
Thomas, Adrian and Susie. These
children are not strangers to the
United States as one was a "family"
exchange student in Oklahoma
and another went to school for a
year in California.
They also have one grandchild,
with another one coming along
momentarily. As soon as they
signed the final papers making
them owners they sent a message
by way of a poem by FAX machine
to their other kinfolk in Switzerland
in which they said that they were
so happy with their motel Und
der Strand"which loosely
translates to "On the Beach." Their
final request to residents was
"please come and see us- but please
don't ask us to yodel."

Before newly-elected chamber
president Jerry Adams assumed
is duties, a correction was made
to the minutes of the December
meeting. The omission of a
membership agreement to appoint
a By-Laws Committee should have
"at least two meetings before this
meeting and that the committee
report at this meeting." Evans said
he made the motion and it was
voted on.
Out-going Chamber president
Mike Murphy said he personally
did not recall Evan's motion but
that he did know "that there's been
no meetings." Betty Mason said
she did recall Evans making the
motion and that it was voted on
and a committee was appointed.
In all the confusion of the December
meeting involving the By-Laws
voting privileges of the
membership, the motion was not
heard by recording secretary Rene
Topping, who assured Evans that
there was"no problem with
correcting the minutes."
At this point, Murphy banged the
Chamber's new gavel and
welcomed the new president, Jerry
Adams. Murphy was thanked for
serving in the capacity of President
of the Carrabelle Chamber. Other
officers installed at the meeting
are: Betty Mason, Vice-President;
Rene Topping, Recording
Secretary; Pam Lycette,,
Corresponding Secretary; and
Ginnie Boyd, Treasurer. Board of
Director members are Tommy
Bevis, George Jackson, Ronald
Gray, Susan Creek, Jean DePriest,
Jim Green, Norm Boyd, Ruby
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Judie cautions aspiring models,
"It is fun, but it is hard work.
You've got to be committed, you've
got to be a strong person, because
you've got to go after competition.
It's pretty hard, so you've got to
really be in there." he simple but
forceful advice she offers to anyone
who may be indulging in the same
dream she herself entertained as a
child are action words on how to
follow that dream. "I would say,
just like the Nike's, 'Just do it!' Gol
Don't think about it a lot. If you
know this is what you want to do,
just find the best way that you
Noting that charm schools alone
"can't get them there," Kemp
suggests that those who are serious
about entering into this profession
snouia contact the Georgia Film
Commission or the Florida Film
Commission and "find a really
good agent. It's really hard to find
and it's really hard to get into, and
I wouldn't spend a whole lot of
money unless I was in the right
"Practice a lot in front of a camera
and try to get some type of make-
up instruction," Kemp advises.
"Learn movement and poise. Go
for it! Do it! Usually, curiosity will
bring you to the right areas, but I
think it's really important to get
with a really good agency, a good
booking agency."
Going through a major
department store is one avenue,.
Kemp said, doing'"what we call.,
informal modeling,' tea-room,'
modeling, sometimes it's called,
where the model shows the outfit
and tells the audience the price.
Now winding up a couple of days
of relaxing in Lanark Village,
Florida, eating Mom's home
cooking, fishing and having the
freedom of going make-up free,
Judie's thoughts are focusing on
the return trip to Atlanta and
from Atlanta back to New York;
"right in the smack-dab middle of
it!", she laughed, right in the core
of the Big Applel
Well, as anold Country &Westem
song goes, "Everybody's Gotta Be
Somewhere." But for many of us,
fate seems quite often to make us
gotta be somewhere we'd rather
not be, and we get bogged down
with life on life's terms, forgetting
the words of our Creator, "I will
give you dominion."
So little girls and ladies (and this
includes wives, mothers and
grand-ma's) of Franklin County
Florida, if you're sitting around
daydreaming and fantasizing,
projecting yourself into the future
and envisioning yourself involved
in the fastpaced, glamorous world
of fashion, movies or Kentucky
Fried Chicken commercials, time's
a'wastin'! Follow that dream with
action! As Judie said, "Just do it!
Go! If you know that this is what
you want to do, just find the best
way that you can...(and)...go for
And little boys and gentlemen (this
includes husbands, daddies and
grand-pa's) of Franklin County,
Florida, you surely know without
being told that the modeling
profession is not limited to
females. (Remember the Marlboro
Laughing as we stood beside Mae
Hanson's dining room table, Judie
exclaimed, "Look for me on the
next..."Starring Mom!" Then she
mentioned, almost as an
afterthought, "I kind of feel like,
maybe, that the market might
open up in Miami, too. So that's
another market"
Bring it on home, Leroy, bring it
on home.

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One member of the SHIP committee
saidshe felt that part of the problem
was due to the constraint placed
on the committee to have the
owners themselves contact
contractors. The committee
already decided to up the limits on
emergency repair grants and on
major remodeling. They also
decided thatsome of the applicants
homes can only be made habitable
by replacement. The first people
who can be helped with this money
have already been notified.
An interesting start to the meeting
was made when 1994 Commission
Chairman Jimmie Mosconis said
that he had decided in the interest
of efficiency and time-saving not
to ask for roll call votes on each
motion. Instead he would only call
the roll on votes in controversial
matters. Commissioner Tolliver
argued against this saying he
would like to have roll call on all
votes. Mosconis replied that it was
not unusual in government to not
ask for roll call saying that the
governor and cabinet of the State
of Florida handled it this way.
Tolliver replied, We're very unique
in Franklin County. We don't have
to imitate anyone. Mosconis
prevailed as there was no other
In other business:
* Van Johnson will order another
200 composting bins to give free to
residents but will bid them out
again this time. The last 200 cost
$7,800. The new advertisement
will contain provision in bidding to
purchase more if needed without
further bidding.
* Johnson also asked that the
county ordinance prohibiting
seafood viscera at the landfill as he
is accepting small quantities of the
waste for composting which he
said is going well. Commissioners
agreed as long as quantities are
small and for composting

Grand Jury
Continued from pg. 1

The renting of space was a
successful venture from October
1992 through December 1992.
However, after December 1992
Franklin county received no more
federal inmates and byApril, 1993
they were no longer housing any
federal inmates and had received
only $140,000 of the expected
$330,000inJune 1993, the sheriff
notified the county Commission,
for the first time, of the loss of
federal inmates and the anticipated
budget short falls. Sheriff
Roddenberry approached the
Franklin County Commission for
additional monies to fund the Jail.
in June 1993, the sheriff, in an
effort to keep the Jail open, began
giving employees of the sheriffs
office days offwithout pay to keep
within budget. This procedure
was a morale buster, at best, for
the employees of the sheriffs office.
it also caused a reduction in their
ability to perform their
responsibilities appropriately.
By mid-June 1993, the jail was
still open, the cost to operate was
still the same and the sheriffs
office was requesting $190,000
from the commission to meet its
needs. The sheriff implemented
several cost savings procedures in
July including patrolling the
county less, thus saving gas and
wear and tear on vehicles. Seven
Correctional officers has resigned
and were not replaced, the sheriffs
office was in a no spend mode, and
it was recommended by an
independent auditor that ten to
twelve correctional officers be cut,
thus effectively closing the Jail if
In early August 1993, the county
commission and sheriff had
contracted with Wakulla county
and Gulf County to house Franklin
county inmates and the sheriff
was given an additional $111,824
to his budget to finish out the
1992-1993 budget year.
On August 11, 1993, the Franklin
county Jail was,closed and all
Franklin County inmates were
being housed in either Gulf County
or Wakulla County at a cost of
$35.00 per day. Twenty-one
correction positions were
eliminated leaving only six
correctional officers who also
served as booking and transport
On. January 10, 1994, there were
only eleven inmates in custody.
The county jail facility is still being
used as the administrative office
for the Franklin county sheriffs
office and as a temporary facility to
book and hold prisoners for up to
sixhours. The Sheriffwas recently
criticized and found in violation of
Department Of corrections rules,
for keeping an inmate overnight to
save travel time.
This Grand Jury learned that
private jail firms are not interested
in taking over the operation of the
Franklin county Jail. The State Of
Florida has not expressed interest
in taking over the jail for state
inmates. At one time there was
some interest in the facility as a
juvenile boot camp but that
interest ended when Leon County
opened its boot camp.
The lack of money to operate the
Jail was and is the overriding factor
leading to its closing. There are,
however, other factors that this
Grand Jury considered to be
equally as important. When the
Jail closed twenty employees lost
employment an their jobs were
eliminated from Franklin county.

* Johnson was directed to work
out a problem with holidays of
Argus Services not coinciding with
those of workers at the landfill.
* The road north of Carrabelle that
goes into the former Buckeye
property continues to be a problem.
The road has been damaged by
logging trucks. Public Works
Supervisor Prentice Crum said that
he believes that problem is now in
*The county requested a hearing
on a request from Department of
Community Affairs, (DCA) for
return of $33,000 dollars spent on
assisting people with chemical
dependency problems. DCA is
charging that half of those given
service were ineligible.
* Al Shuler told commissioners
that a road platted by the Covington
Properties needs to have careful
planning to ensure that there are
no right of way infringements.
* The county wants more
guarantees and some changes to
the services supplied by
Cablevision in granting a new
franchise. The franchise nets the
county 3 % of the customer's basic
* It was also reported that the
county is being charged rent by
the Leon County Courthouse for
appeals that are heard at the Leon
County Courthouse.
* The Sheriffs office will purchase
an emergency card system to help
caller information to be relayed to
the emergency personnel
answering calls for assistance. Alan
Pierce was instructed to look into
enhanced 911.
* A letter was received from the
state identifying a number of
problems relating to lightning

The exodus of jobs worked
hardships on many of the affected
Many Of the correctional officers
had paid for their own training of
somewhere between two hundred
forty (240) and six hundred (600)
hours. That time was wasted
because they could not find
employment in state agencies in
the corrections field.
The closing of the jail has caused
complaints from inmates and
inmates' families about the
difficulties ofvisitation. The Grand
Jury heard testimony from the
father of an inmate who testified
thatvisiting in the Wakulla county
Jail was more difficult because of
the distance to travel.
The Sheriffs Department has six
transport officers who serve as
booking officers and as correctional
officers. There are two female
officers and four male officers
including the lieutenant. This
Grand Jury is concerned for the
safety of the officers, both while on
the road and at the Jail. Between
4:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. there is
generally only correctional officer
and the dispatcher at the jail. The
dispatcher is locked in the control
room and, in reality, is of no
assistance to the lone officer. There
has been an incident where a lone
female officer lost communication
and had a vehicle failure while
transporting inmates. This
incident presented a dangerous
situation to the Franklin County
officer. The Grand Jury heard
testimony that nationwide studies
indicate that the majority of
escapes occur while inmates are
being transported.
This Grand Jury heard testimony
that on occasion patrol officers are
used to transport inmates thus
reducing-the number of deputies
available to respond to calls for
service, patrol and serve process..
There have been times since the
jail closed that deputies have been
instructed not to serve warrants
because the number of inmates in
the Wakulla County Jail was
reaching the contract capacity of
thirty and room needed to be saved
in the event of an on the spot
The closing of the jail has affected
the morale of sheriffs office
employees. They are not able to do
thatwhich they were trained to do.
when asked what he thought about
the jail closing, one veteran officer
testified, "it tore my heart out to
close that jail" and that it "hurt
Franklin County".
This Grand Jury heard testimony
that the design of the jail was staff
intensive. Testimony revealed that
the jail could be operated by four
correctional officers. To staff those
four posts requires a bare
minimum of four officers to staff
the positions for twenty-four hours
a day. Thus, the jail requires a
minimum of sixteen officers to be
open an operational twenty-four
hours a day, seven days a week.
The testimony also revealed and the
Grand Jury believes that the design
is not the cause of the closing and
that the Jail is not staff intensive.
The Grand Jury also heard
testimony that the facility is
deteriorating because of the lack of

After consideration of all the
testimony the Grand Jury finds that:
1. The Franklin County Jail was
closed because of the economic issue
caused by the loss of revenue from
federal agencies.

strikes at the jail on C65. This is
part of an on going problem which
at times had put the sheriffs
communications completely out of
* The 20 ton limit on the bridge to
St George Island is causing some
problems for construction workers
who are working on repairs on the
bridge. Residents of St. George
said itls also causing problems for
asphalt trucks which exceed the
limits. It may delay plans for re-
routing of some roads and paving
of others on the Island.
* Commissioner Salso agreed to
bring in shell to repair an Eastpoint
boat ramp.
* Commissioners also agreed to
stay clear of a law suit between
Wings of Compassion and the
Apalachicola International
Aviation Training Center.

2. The loss ofemployment of twenty
correctional officers worked
hardships on several families and
caused income and jobs to be
diverted from the county; thus
further aggravating tax revenue for
the county.
3. The closing of the Jail works
hardships on families of inmates
and the inmates because of travel
time and expense to visit the
Wakulla or Gulf County Jail.
4. The closing of the jail lowered the
morale of the sheriffoffice employees
due to being the only county in
Florida without a Jail and they are
not able to do the job they were
trained for to the desired
professional level.
5. The travel time and transporting
of inmates create safety concerns
for correctional officers and the
public at large due, to the risk of
6. The transporting of inmates also
increases liability to the county and
unnecessarily exposes the county
to civil liability.
7. The lackofsufficient correctional
officers and transport officers
sometimes causes patrol deputies
to be used to transport thus creating
a shortage of law enforcement
officers to respond to calls for service
and prevention patrol.
8. The design is not staff intensive
and had nothing to do with the jail's
9. The closed facility is causing
deterioration to the building through
the lack of use and is a constant
maintenance problem.
10. The operation of the Franklin
county Jail or any jail is going to be
an expense to the county and should
never be viewed by government as
anything other than a necessary
expense. Jails and law enforcement
do not operate as a profit but are
essentialfwe are to have a safe and
law abiding county.
11. The Sheriff's Department did
not fulfill its constitutional duty of
an elected office by not complying
with its budget for four years, and
by not making required staffing
adjustments on a timely basis as
agreed to with the County
commission on the 1992 and 1993
budget year.

The Grand Jury recommends;
1. That the Franklin CountyJail be
reopened and as soon as practical
even if a budget amendment has to
be made.
2. if necessary to fund the jail the
county should seek additional
sources of revenue including but
not limited to property and/or local
sales tax. The chairman of the
County Commission and Sheriff
should meet with the Department
of Corrections and propose a
reduction ofstaff requirement under
33-8 by eliminating the housing of
female and juvenile inmate and
housing only adult males.
3. The Sheriff should comply with
his budget and keep the county
commission informed on a monthly
basis as to problems when they
occur, not when the office is in a
4, The sheriff should make
aggressive efforts to rent beds to
federal, state and local agencies.

S. The sheriff should never make a 2. Jep Smith, Jail Administrator,
decision to arrest or not arrest on Franklin county sheriffs Office
the basis of the cost to incarcerate.
3. Linda Crosby, Correctional
6. The courts should not consider Officer, Franklin County sheriffs
the availability of jail space in office
deciding to hold without bond, set
bond or sentence a defendant. / 4. Captain Don Hammock, Patrol
Division, Franklin county sheriffs
7. Franklin County Commissioner office
should seek liability from r
contractors or engineers as to 5. Kendall Wade, Clerk of Circuit
repairs on the electrical, structural Court, Franklin county
and mechanical defects of the
Franklin County Jail. 6. Sheriff David Harvey, Wakulla


county nSheriffi s Offnice
7. B.J. Vonier, Bookkeeper,

THIS MATIER CAME before this Franklin County Sheriffs Office.
Grand Jury after receiving four
hundred thirty six (436) petitions 8. Commissioner Buford Braxton,
from citizens of Franklin County Franklin county commission
requesting our investigation into
the closing of the Franklin county 9. CommissionerJimmy Mosconis,
Jail. Pursuant to our authority to Franklin County commission
conduct investigations of public
institutions, this Grand Jury heard 10. Jimmy Keen, Department of
testimony from the following Corrections
professionals involved it the
operation of the Franklin county 11. LeeR.P. Rivers, Former clerk of
Jail. the court
12. Mike Harless, Franklin County
1. Sheriff Warren Roddenberry, Resident
Franklin county Sheriffs Office

Commission Continued from page 1


In the midst of an uncertain
economy, Marilyn Bean of
CENTURY 21 Collins Realty has
distinguished herself among her
peers by earning the CENTURION
award, one of the highest levels of
recognition awarded to top
producing sales associates and
offices in the CENTURY21 system.
To be considered for CENTURION
status, a sales associate must
achieve a specified, high level of
production, which is reached by
providing exceptional customer
service. Only about two percent of
the tens of thousands of sales
associates in the CENTURY 21
system achieve this honor. These
individuals have demonstrated a
commitment to quality service, as
well as pride in their profession
and the position they hold within
their local community.
"I believe that the key to achieving
this level of success is simply a
matter of priorities, said Bean.
."Quality customer service is my
number one priority. This special
CENTURION designation is a direct
result of consistently exceeding
my customers' expectations. "





The Special Supplemental Food
Program for Women, Infants, and
Children, announces its plan for
program expallsion in Florida. WIC
is a federally subsidized program
that provides highly nutritious
foods and nutrition education to
low and moderate income
pregnantwomen, their infants, and
children Up to age five.
Florida WIC is currently serving
about half of those who may be
eligible for WIC benefits. According
to Deborah Eibeck, the Florida
WIC Director. "If the Clinton
administration's plan for full
funding for WIC is approved, WIC
could serve every eligible woman,
infant and child in Florida. This
would be a unique opportunity to
make a huge difference in the
health of people living in Florida."
WIC has been shown to reduce
infant mortality, it significantly
improves children's diets, and it
saves the taxpayers about $1.3
million in related Medicaid costs.
WIC serves Franklin County in
two locations: Apalachicola and
Carrabelle. The program is
designed to assist families at risk
of suffering poor nutrition and
whose income does not exceed
185% of the official poverty level or
$26,548.00 annually for a family
of four. WIC can help many whose
incomes have made them ineligible
for otherassistance programs such
as food stamps.
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Saving Lives continued from page 1
tunes by ear. She likes to ride horses when she gets a chance and
she likes to ride go-carts. Her parents describe her as "pretty
active... she likes the outdoors... maybe a tomboy."
It is clear that Sylvia realizes what actually did happen and what
could have happened on the night of 12 January, but its not certain
if she realizes the importance of her own quick actions that night.
She literally saved the lives of four people, including herself. She did
everything right, without a cue, with no one to coach her, and she
offers this advice to other kids who might someday find themselves
in the same situation: "Make them wake up, make sure they got all
the people out first, and then try to get to a phone... call the police,
the fire department," she said.
The Keith family lost everything in the fire, but Jan Ordonia said
relatives and friends have been providing clothes, food and shelter.
"Everybody's helping," Jan said.
So again, in the small coastal fishing village ofCarrabelle, community
response to neighbors in need is playing a big role in the outcome of
this near tragedy. "That's what it's all about, said Daniel. "If you
can't do that, you might as well get out there with the rest of the
world. People down here are really good to you, they care about you
and they don't mind helping you. If you're walking down the road,
they'll stop and give you a ride. You don't find people like this around
too often. It, is a community.
There are times when the only thing a person can give is of himself,
his time, his knowledge, his experiences in life, not as a good deed
and not for a pat on the back and certainly not for monetary reward.
You don't think about it, you just do it. Sylvia Ordonia didn't have
time to think about it. She just did it.

Youth Leagues continued from page 4
good start. There is more interest in the building and we feel we are
beginning to create a viable organization, In the coming year we hope
to work with the City Commission to generate more interest and
especially more funds to help us build this valuable community
resource. As we start this new year we hope to be able to look to the
City Commission for guidance and support of our efforts.


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