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Publication Date: February 10, 1994
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The FranklinCountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 3 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 February 1994- 25 February 1994
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In a review of the Franklin County's rejection of the recommended
amendment to the St. George Island Development of Regional Impact
(DRI), which would have permitted a mixed-use development including
the construction of up to 60 multi-family residential units, the
Apalachee Regional Planning Council decided on 17 January 1994
not to recommend any appeal of this decision by the Department of
CommunityAffairs. Franklin County denied the amendment proposal
at their hearing on 7 December 1993, and the matter was received
by the Apalachee Council on 7 January 1994 for review. The
Department of Community Affairs had 45 days to appeal the County
decision, ending on 8 February.
In their project overview, the Apalachee Council wrote,
The property is located in the western portion of St.
George Island in Franklin County, adjacent to
Nick's Hole. The St. George Island Plantation,
Development Order (D.O.) was adopted by the
Franklin County Commission on September 20,
1977. The D.O. approved 831 single family
residential units and three commercial sites, plus
allowing any commercial acre to be developed as a
single family unit. This property concerns one of
the three commercial sites. The Order provided for
subsequent incremental review of plans for the
S. ccmmccialareasarndestabliahedareviewprocess.
There have been numerous amendments since,
including approval of multifamily units in the
eastermost commercial areas, using the established
review process...
In October, 1993, the amendment proposed 60
multifamily residential units, 247 hotel rooms,
4,875 square feed of restaurants and 30,250 square
feet of commercial facilities, on approximately 58
acres. The exact figures and uses varied at times by
the Applicant through the review, in response to
differing concerns, but were generally equivalent
to those above.
The property has been the subjectofseveral previous
requests for development approval. In 1982, an
agreementwas proposed between the then-owners,
the Council, the Department of Community Affairs
and Franklin County. The Agreement would have
allowed 800 residential units and a 150-room
hotel/motel at the Nick's Hole property. Agreement
was never reached. In 1990, an amendment was
requested by a different applicant on an adjacent
parcel to transfer density of residential units at
Nick's Hole. This amendment was denied by
Franklin County.
Continued on page 2



By Rene Topping
Library patrons and friends on
Sunday, January 30 to say a huge
thank you to Marian and Will
Morris for their pioneering efforts
in getting a public library started
in Carrabelle. The gathering
turned into a grand opening of the
library as almost everyone who
attended had some part in making
this day possible.
One of the guests remarked," It is
hard to believe that just a few
short months ago that these walls
that are now lined with books had'
been filled withjunked refrigerators
and washing machines." Amassve
clean up effort had to be launched.
The walls were dirty, the windows
broken out and the smaller rooms
crammed with cast off clothing
and other junk.


By Rene Topping
James Wesley (Buzz) Putnal was
appointed City Commissioner to
fill the seat vacated by Marie Gray.
Putnal was voted on unanimously
by the Commission Monday night,
7 February 1994. He will serve the
balance of Ms. Gray's term which
expires in 1995. Although Seat 2
has traditionally been the Finance
seat it was decided that
C, missioner Raymond Williams
will ap his position of Roads,
Parks -d Recreation for the
balance oi 'he term and will take
over Finance while Putnal will fill
his vacated position. Attorney Bill
Webster advised Commissioners
that although it was traditional for
each Commissioner to run for a
specific seat the Commissioners
have the right to switch seats if
they decide to do so.

will orris

By Rene Topping
The opening bf bids for various
equipment or work to be done for
the countyis usually a quite orderly
moment in the commission
meetings. The Clerk takes each
sealed envelope in turn, slits it
open and announces the amounts
of the bid. Then the commission
votes on which bid to accept. This
was not the way things went at
February 1 meeting.
The clerk had in hand three sealed
bids, plus one bid which had been
faxed in that morning and even as
the bids were being opened one
more was being finished out in the
parking lot. The bid that had been
faxed in was not accepted, as the
terms of the bid stated clearly that
all bids had to be sealed and must
also contain evidence of a bond.
The commission had already
started the bid opening process
when Greg Prebble, who brought
in the bid for the firm of Prebble-
Riche, said that it was his
understanding that the bid opening
time was to be 10:30. The
commission called for a copy of the
local newspaper that had carried
the advertisement, and the legal
ad stated that bids had to be in the
Clerk's office, by 10 a.m, and
opening would be 10:15 a.m.
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
remarked that, "I can't understand
why a contractor would still be
filling out a bid when he's had
eight weeks to do it." Another
contractor, C. W. Roberts, who
was sitting in the audience said
that the bid specifications called
for him to submit the bid by 10
a.m. In the end the commissioners
rejected the late bid.
Of the other three bids received:
C. W. Roberts was the apparent
low bidder with a bid of
$823,115.20 for all four parts of
the bid. The bid was accepted
contingent upon approval by
Hamilton. The .bid will then be
forwarded to the Department of
Transportation, (DOT) who are
putting up most of the money for
their final approval. Other bidders
were: Phoenix Construction
Service@ Inc. $846, 696.50. and
H.D.R. Engineers $956,282.45
Commission Chairman Jimmie
Mosconis said that this was the
first time that the commission had
had this problem happen. After
some discussion by the

Continued on page 2

Newell Concert
page 2

Gene Brown, General
Manager, St. George Utility






By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Lanark Village Water & Sewer
'District has delayed a decision on
whether or not to purchase
property owned by Peter Richards
to for use as an office. Some of the
18 Lanark Village residents who
attended the 25 January meeting
held at Chilas Hall questioned the
feasibility of the purchase, pointing
out the property has not been
appraised, the life of the roof is
questionable, and the district has
not been quoted an exact purchase
Lanark residents also wondered if
the district could afford the taxes
and insurance premiums that
would have to be included in the
expenses. Chairman Carl Bailey
agreed that the Board would delay
its decision to purchase the
property after attorney Scott
Smiley, of Thompson, Crawford &
Smiley in Tallahassee, said,
"There's enough interest in this
room to put this (the decision) off."
Smiley said the Board knew better
than he the condition of the
building but suggested that the
Board obtain an appraisal and also
make a counter-offer if the
LVW&SD is the only interested
Bailey reported the possible
purchase of Richardson's property
at the 21 December, 1993 meeting,
saying that monthly payments on
the property would be $200 per
month for 20 years for a total
purchase price of $48,000. The
District now rents office space for
$200 per month with no option to
purchase. Bailey also said at the
December meeting that the owner
had not quoted the District any
interest percentages on the
Continued on page 3




Mr. Gene Brown, attorney for the St. George Island Utility Company,
Ltd, and part owner has filed a petition on 31 January 1994 to
increase its water rates for service in Franklin County. In the
petition, the necessity for the rate increase is explained, "...that as
adjusted for the test year ending December 31, 1992, Petitioner will
have a net loss in its water operations of ($299,598)." Brown is
proposing in the current proceeding (Docket940109-WU) to increase
water operating revenues by $428,201, "...which is sufficient to
produce an 8.07% rate of return on its rate base." A customer notice
for approval by the Public Service Commission (PSC)to be mailed to
the utility's customers was enclosed in the petition as an exhibit
The petition continued,
"...The petition for a permanent increase in rates is
based on the recovery of the utility's expenses
necessary to provide safe, adequate and sufficient
service, to meet operating and maintenance
requirements mandated by this Commission and
by the Department of Environmental Protection
(and its predecessor, the Department of
Environmental Regulation) in their respective
compliance and consent orders, and to earn a fair
return on ti net plant in service and other assets
used toserve the-utility's-customers, ricludingthe....-
additions to plant mandated by the Commission
and by the Department ofEnvironmental Protection.

The request for interim increase is proposed to be $2.33 for each
1,000 gallons. The current rate is $1.67 per 1000 gallons. There
would be a minimum charge of $19.57 per month The permanent
rate increase would go to $3.16 per 1000 gallons if the PSC approves
the rate hike, as requested.




The Florida Public Service Commission, in docket 920318 WU issued
25 January 1994, by its order has directed the St George Island
Utility Company, Ltd to show cause why it should not be fined for
failing to make monthly revenue reports, failure to make deposits
into an escrow account and failure to pay interest and penalty fees.
The PSC, in its Order No. PSC -94-088-FOF-WU, concluded, "...This
utility has historically collected its regulatory assessment fees
through its rates and has failed to pay them to the Commission as
required by law." The fees are intended to defray costs incurred by
the PSC regulatory activities. However, the Utility has objected to
some of these fees in the past, and the Show Cause Order provides
an opportunity to present facts and allegations in this matter. The
Order reads, in part, "'..(the opportunity) to file a written response
shall constitute its opportunity to be heard prior to final determination
of this matter..."
The background to this docket involving the St. George Utility was
described in the PSC's order, and is thus presented, in part, below.
Pursuant to Section 367.145(1), Florida Statutes, the Commission is
required to set a regulatory assessment fee that each utility must pay
once a year in conjunction with filling its annual financial report.
Rule 25-30.120(1), FloridaAdministrative Code requires each utility
to pay regulatory assessment fees based upon its gross operating
revenue. Beginning January 1, 1991, each utility Is required to pay
a fee in the amount of four and one-half percent for the entire year.
Pursuant to Section 350.113(4), Florida Statutes and Rule 2530.120(5)
(a), Florida Administrative Code, a penalty shall be assessed against
any utility that fails to pay its regulatory assessment fees by March
31, in the following manner.
1. An assessment of 5 percentof the fee ifthe failure
is for not more than 30 days, with an additional 5
percent for each additional 30 days or fraction
thereof during the time in which the failure
continues, not to exceed a total penalty of 25
2. The amount of interest to be charged is 1% for
each thirty days or fraction thereof, not to exceed
a total of 12% per annum.
In addition, pursuant to Rule 25-30.120(5)(b), FloridaAdministrative
Code, the Commission may impose an additional penalty upon a
utility for failure to pay regulatory assessment fees in a timely
manner in accordance with Section 367.161, Florida Statutes.
In the establishment of rates, this Commission includes in its
determination of the revenue requirements for a utility the utility's
obligation to pay regulatory assessment fees. In that way, the utility
is authorized to collect the amount of regulatory assessment fees it
must pay.
On January 30 1990, St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. (St.
George or utility) paid the $25 minimum regulatory assessment fees
for 1989 for its wastewater system. However, no payment of regulatory
assessment fees for 1989 was made for the water system. On
November 14, 1990, St. George was notified thatadditional regulatory
Continued on page 6

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RESORT VILLAGE, continued from page 1

While the Apalachee Council concluded that "significant regional
impacts were not expected..." there were identified "significant local
impacts." including the lack of adequate water.
The Franklin County Commission, on 7 December 1993, disapproved
the proposal to amend the Development Order to accommodate
multifamily housing, as advanced by Resort Village, owned by Dr.
Ben Johnson. The County's Order Denying the St. George
Development of Regional Impact Order, read, in part:
WHEREAS, the Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners, hereby finds
1. This order is based on Competentand substantial
2. It is not necessary to determine if the proposed
development order presented at the December 7,
1993, hearing is a substantial deviation from the
1977 development order,
3. The development plan described In the proposed
St. George Island Resort Village Development Order
amendment, including 60 multi-family residential
units, is denied and the 1977 Development Order
as it relates to the Property is not amended.
4. Any development of the Property will continue to
be controlled by the terms and conditions of the
1977 Development Order as it relates to the
5. The approval of site plans and appropriate
rezoning of land within the development is
addressed in the 1977 Development of Regional
Impact Order. Development permits may be
obtained as set forth in the 1977 Development of
Regional Impact Order. The owners should apply
for an amendment to the development order
specifying densities of uses permitted for the
6. Future applications for development orders
should adequately address storm water, sewage
disposal, fire safety, emergency evacuation and
water supply, and provide reasonable assurances
that the quality and productivity of Apalachicola
Bay will be maintained.
In separate correspondence attached to the Apalachee Regional
Planning Council's decision there were concerns having local impact
identified and discussed. A letter signed by Mike Donovan, DRI,
Coordinator, described these, as follows:
1. The Estuarine System
The proposal does not include any boats, docks or
other development along the Bay. The largest
potential change in regional impact is due to
wastewater treatment. The Applicant submitted
information to show that, due to the planned
wastewater treatment system, the impacts to the
Bay from this project will be less than if single
family homes on aerobic systems were constructed
instead. While this claim may be true if everything
works properly, in its review of previous amendment
requests, the Council staff has raised concerns
with the impacts of wastewater spills. The Council
staff continues to believe that, on a barrier Island,
the potential for impact due to improper operation
of the plant or even unforeseeable circumstances,
as well as other impacts due to the higher density,
outweigh the impacts of large lot, single family
houses on aerobic treatment systems.

As stated above, the project site is approved for
commercial development. Any commercial
development, beyond the very minimal, would also
be connected to a wastewater treatment plant.
Therefore, at its worst, there is-no increase in the
impact of the wastewater to be generated by this
proposal versus another commercial development.
The change of commercial development to
multifamily residential does not increase the
regional impact of the project's wastewater. Based
on the information available to Council staff, the
proposed wastewater treatment system appears to
provide the needed protection of the Apalachicola
Estuarine System...

Along with feared wastewater spills, the Council raised concerns for
potential impact on water quality due to the Resort Village's
3. Water Quality and Quantity
Other than wastewater, which is discussed above,
the only major potential impact on water quality is
due to the project's stormwater. As all development
is located a significant distance from both the Gulf
and the Bay, and a stonnrmwater plan is included
which meets all state standards, there is no
information showing a likelihood of significant
Continued on page 3

TEA, continued from page 1
Today the soaring ceilings and the
north light windows of-the main
room seem to have been built with
a library in mind. The floor is
tastefully carpeted and the small
rooms house quiet places for study
and happy light-filled places for
Although the day was to be used to
thank Will and Marian Morris for
their efforts, it was the words
spoken by the couple that skillfully
turned it into a belated grand-
opening. Neither Marian nor Will
would allow the many people who
had contributed to be not
mentioned. Members of the
audience helped remember the
struggles, the work and the pride
in the very first Carrabelle Library.
Will Morris had been the first
library director, until just recently
when he had heart surgery and
had to resign. Morris spoke of the
many trials in starting a county
wide system. The Franklin County
Library is part of only two multi-
county systems in Florida. It is
linked with Wakulla and Jefferson
to be able to receive funding from
the state and to make best uses of
resources under the name of the
Wilderness Coast Library System.
Continued on page 4



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Franklin County
Commission, continued from 1

commission it was decided that
the board policy would be that
bids will be accepted at the time
advertised for opening.
But after the DOT had checked the
bids it was apparent that even the
lowest bid was far above the
amount budgeted, so Hamilton
said the state had said that they
would come up with some
additional money but not that
amount. So three commissioners,
Dink Braxton, Ed Tolliver and
Bevin Putnal were present at a
special meeting called for February
3,1994 at 11 a.m. Vice-Chairman
Tolliver opened the meeting.
Hamilton said in regard to the bids
accepted last Tuesday DOT did
not have sufficient moneybudgeted
to cover even the low bid. It was
suggested that the drainage could
'be held off and perhaps done by
county employees with DOT
funding at some later date. DOT
suggested rejecting all bids and
re-advertising for the lighting and
beacon. Hamilton said he was
asking permission to readvertise.
Hamilton said that he would sit
down with DOT to allow the county
to do the drainage work with DOT
providing the funding. "We can
put in storm sewer pipe for
example," Hamilton said. The
commission agreed to accept the
report from Hamilton and reject
all bids due to lack of funding.
Then they agreed to advertise for
bids on the rotating beacon and
runway and taxiway lights only.
A person in the audience said he
would like to bring the commission
up to date on what was happening
at the airport. He said, "Since last
October when Mr. Ruic took over
the FBO out there and started up,
you had about 30 planes a month
coming in. Now you are averaging
600 operations a month. If you go
out there todayyou will see he has
three in the hangar there tore up
he's working on. His maintenance
is really picking up, The big thing
is that he is bidding on government
contracts to re-fuelArmy and Navy
Planes." He went on to say that
this could amount to 20,000 to
100,000 gallons, and the
commission would get a nickel on
each gallon. And it is contingent
in some cases on lighting as they
want twenty-four hour service,
In otherbusiness: CountyAttorney
told commissioners that the state
is preparing to license the
ambulance service in the name of
the commission. Shuler had
received a letterfromAttorney Ben
Watkins stating that the
commission should request an
administration hearing to change
the name on the license to the,
Emerald Coast Hospital to avoid
liability. Shulerrecommended that
Watkins be asked to write the
hospital to ask for the hearing and
pay for costs, and Watkins attend
the next meeting.
Shuler reported a letter from FCC
that the freeze on Cable Television
Continued on page 3


By Brian Goercke
The St. George Chess Association
hosted it's first tournament on 5
February at the St George Inn.
Eight competitors were at hand for
the event which began at 1 p.m.
* ,and lasted until 6.p.m.:
Th tournament was splli into Iwo
levels of competition, novice and
experienced. Brian Nash of the
Apalachicola Times won the novice
division and Johnnie Walker of
Eastpoint won the experienced

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The Florida State University New
Orleans Repertory Ensemble will
present a concert in Apalachicola
on Sunday, 20 February 1994 at
the Trinity Episcopal Church
beginning at 4 P. M. This concert,
which has always been a full
capacity audience, consists of
faculty and students from the FSU
School of Music that perform early

jazz music, by some of the master
composers and instrumentalists
of the early 1920's. The music to
be performed will include
selections by cornetist Louis
Armstrong, pianist and composer
Jelly Roll Morton, and the"Father
of the Blues ", W. C. Handy. The
ensemble is led by FSU Director of
Jazz Studies, Bill Kennedy..
Admission is a donation of $2 per
adult at the door.

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Published twice monthly on the 10nth and 26lth

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monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, *10 February 1994 *, Page 3

Editorial and

i Commentary

Frankly Speaking

in Franklin County

By Rene Topping
Do you want to start a little business? Need a little free space to set
up shop and display your talents? Give yourself some great
publicity? Well, if you are an entrepreneur such as Tanya Patrick,
you will go, complete with massage tables, to your helpful county
commissioners and county clerk.
Ms. Patrick's mission to help remove the tension caused by a week
of working at the stately courthouse building by giving employees a
healthy massage is an admirable one. And the commissioners were
assured that she was not planning to do it on county time.
Employees on their breaks along with visitors to the courthouse
would be able to take advantage of her ministrations. All of the
miniscule amount of ten dollars, regularly fifteen.
I have nothing against Ms. Patrick. I have absolutely nothing
against massages and will support her in her own shop or place of
business for a well done massage is better than all the pills in the
But if our clerk of the court Kendall Wade, can "find a little space"
for Ms. Patrick then how about finding a little space for a lady who
would like to sell hot dogs? Or for the gentleman who wished to sell
his shrimp on St. George Island and is running into state prohibitions.
There is an oysterman's wife in Carrabelle who makes beautiful
rabbit dolls. She could use a little free space. There are some real
estate agents who wouldn't mind meeting up with people at the
courthouse to try to sell off bits of Carrabelle Apalachicola and St.
George Island. There's a woman in Apalachicola, skilled in marriage
counseling. And we have not halfway scratched the surface here.
I think our commissioners have hit on a great idea. I assume it must
be legal as our county attorney was sitting in his usual chair on
the front row and didn't say anything against it. I wish Ms. Patrick
luck with her venture and thank her for opening the doors of the
"People's House." (All of the taxpayers in Franklin County own and
pay upkeep on their courthouse.)
Looks to me as if we have stumbled on a great use. I'm sure that it
will be "take a number," to get in line for a spot for other entrepreneurs.
By the way, put me down for a little spot to sell the Chronicle on the
10th and 26th of every month.

Lanark Village Water & Sewer
continued from page 1
One resident suggested that the
board appoint a committee
comprised of Lanark Village
residents present at the Tuesday
night meeting to do the leg work
involved in clarifying the issues
brought up about the purchase,
but Bailey said, "We (the elected
commissioners) are the only voice
in Lanark." Bailey's remark
prompted another Lanark water
customer to say that the LVW&SD
"is a monopoly."
Smiley reported on the status of
the lawsuit filed against the district
in October 1993 by T & A Utilities
Contractors, Inc. Smiley said T &
A attorney Larry A. Bodiford
immediately refiled the case after
Circuit Judge P. Kevin Davey
dismissed it with prejudice due to
lack of prosecution by the plaintiffs
during the year since the suit had

first been filed. Baskerville-
Donovan, Lanark's supervising
engineer firm on the project, is a
co-defendant in the case. Smiley
said he and attorney Thomas
Thompson are looking at a number
of affirmative defenses, such as
liquidated damages and storage
fees. "We are entitled to liquidated
damages," Smiley said. Smiley said
the district has 20 days to answer
'T & A's latest complaint, by
January31. Smiley also said that
Baskerville-Donovan has not yet
been served papers, but will also
have 20 days to answer the
complaint when they are served..
Smiley said that mediation of the
case, suggested by Judge Davey,
is still a little premature, but that
the three-phase contract, which
was entered into "on or about
September 24, 1990 between T &
A and the LVW&SD, does contain
a provision forarbitration and that
it may eventually be in the board's
best interest to arbitrate." Smiley
added the attorneys will know more

904-385-4003 (TALLAHASSEE)
Facsimile 904-385-0830

Vol. 3, No.3

10 February 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 Staff.................
Will Morris............Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
Will Morris.............St. George Island (697-2519)
Betty Roberts.........Carrabelle Lanark(697-3506)
Tom Hoffer.....Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)

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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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by the next meeting of the
LVW&SD. On Tuesday, 22
February at 7:30 p.m. in Chilas
Smiley and Thompson said the
liquidated damages amount to
$45,900 and said that the District
may file a cross-claim against
Baskerville-Donovan. Smiley said
that one of the District's counter-
claims will be for storage of the
defective pipe and gasket material
that did not meet contract
specifications. The pipe is still
stored on LVW&SD property.
Jim Bove, a volunteer fire fighter
for the St. James-Lanark Village
Fire Department, asked Smiley
about an alleged private meeting
between the District board
members and the attorneys. Bove
said the private meeting occurred
after the District's October meeting
and lasted for at least 15 minutes.
He indicated the regular meeting
of the District had been adjourned
that night, and that if the meeting
was a private meeting then the five
people involved (Smiley,
Thompson, Bailey, Sparks and
Yancey) had violated state law.

Smiley told Bove, "If you're asking
for an opinion, nothing was done
incorrectly." Smiley denied that a
private meeting took place. He
said if he needs particular
information concerning the district
it's easier to get that information
on the spot and avoid additional
attorney's fees.
Bailey said there are one or two
households in Lanark Village that
are still not connected to the water
system and that the district may
have to go to the state attorney to
resolve this. A district customer at
the meeting reminded Bailey that
the district is "coming up on two
years" and that he "wants to see
everyone on the system...paying,
like me!" Bailey safd the ordinance
says that anyone who is within
200 feetofthe service supply"must
hook up" with the district.
Regarding rental property, Bailey
said the owner is always
responsible to pay the water bill.
The owner may make
arrangements with a tenant for
the tenant to pay the bill, but if the
tenant fails to make the payments,
"we put a lien on them (the owner),"
Bailey said.
Sparks reported that December
revenuewas $14,615with $17,520
budgeted, leaving a deficit of
$2,905 for the month; expenses
totaled $18,682 with $17,516
budgeted, resulting in an over-run
of$ 1,166; total restricted and non-
restricted funds is $50,064. Higher
payroll figures shown in the
financial report are a result'd6f
Aguilar's resignation, Sparks said,
and reflect Aguilar's collection of
vacation pay due him and overtime
paid in his absence. Sparks also
said his report did not reflect the
,rate increase that went into effect
1 January.
Attorney Smiley reported that
County Commissioner Tom
Saunders has been served papers
to appear in the Franklin County
SmallClaims Court on 22 February
to answer a complaint filed by the
LVW&SD that Saunders owes the
district about $2,000 for services
rendered when he was a Lanark
Village resident. Smiley said he
did not file the case himself in
order to save the district "dollars."
Smiley said he will advise the board
to ask for attorney's fees and other
court costs and said that someone
from the districtwill have to appear
at the hearing or have an attorney
there to represent the district. He
advised the board that they should
go to the 2 February hearing.

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freeze on rate charges is due to
expire on February 16. All local
franchising agencies are being
advised to be certified in order to
protect the customers of the Cable
companies on rates. The
commission moved to have the
attorney look into it with the FCC
and advise.
Shuler clarified that a special
meeting can be either limited to
one subject, or several items can
be discussed.



Daniel (Taco) and Jan Ordonia
were given the Commission
blessing (if not their vote,) to put
together two trailers to form one
home on their lot on River Road.
There had been two complaints
voiced by near-by property owners.
Commissioner Dink Braxton,
County Planner Alan Pierce and
County Building Inspector Roscoe
Carroll told the commission that
they had been out to see the
property. Pierce said that he had
not been able to get out to take a
close look because of the presence
of a lot of dogs. However, he said
that he felt as long as the two
halves were levelled up and fitted
together with no additional kitchen
that the Ordonias could do it. He
added that he had seen many
additions to single-wides thatwere
just as dangerous and perhaps as
unappealing to the neighbors.
Carroll said that he could not agree
that two single wide trailers joined
together made a single residence.
He said that each half would have
a separate electric panel and that
the two electric systems would have
to be tied together. "I can't agree
that two single-wide mobile homes
packaged together is considered a
single family residence." He felt
that there were several things that
could be dangerous in connecting
the electric systems together.
When asked if it could be made
safe he answered, "Anything can
be done ifyou have enough money."
He also said he could not get out of
the car because of the dogs.
Braxton said that he had promised
to go out and look the situation
over, and he had gone to the site.
He could not get near the property
because of the dogs. He noted that
there was also a number of cars on
the site. He was concerned for the
safety aspect of putting the two
trailers together.
Tolliver said that he thought it was
a hardship case. He felt if Shuler
said. that it would be up to the
board to decide, then the board
should give the Ordonias the go-
In an emotional outburst Mr.
Ordonia said that he felt that "It
seems to me that Mr. Fred Schaffer
and Mr. Guy here and Mr. Guy
there are pointing out everything
to keep this from happening. If
you don't want this to happen,
O.K. We'll rip the trailer out of
there. I'll live in the one trailer, and
I'll build on, and I'll do it without
you. That's all. I don't feel well. Let
me out of here." as he left the room.
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impact on water quality.
There remains a major concern with water quantity.
The project will be served by the St. George Island
Utility Company. This Company does notcurrently
have sufficient capacity to serve the project with
water for either potable use or fire protection.
Furthermore, there is no guarantee that sufficient
water will ever be available. However, the Applicant
will notbe allowed to construct any building unless
and until such time as it can get sufficient water.
Also, based on available information, there is an
adequate supply of water on the mainland, which
can be obtained without any significant regional
impact. Therefore, the fact that it has not currently
been obtained is an issue for the local government
to address. While this is not intended to downplay
legitimate concerns, as long as there is no change
in the current requirements for drilling a well on
the Island, this project creates no change in regional
impact due to the quantity of water.
4. Barrier Islands
Due to the impact of hurricanes, there is major
concern with the construction of a project of this
type on any barrier island. Regional Goal 7.2.1 is to
reduce the rate of property loss due to natural
disasters. Commercial development in this location
will increase the possibility of significant property
loss due to a hurricane and is not consistent with
the Regional Goal. In addition, the construction of
multifamily residential units will increase the need
for evacuation during a major storm.
While the commercial portion of this project adds
to an existing problem, it does not increase impacts
over that approved in 1977. Concerning the
residential units, the DCA has a rule governing
hurricane evacuation impacts. Rule 9J-2.0256,
F.A.C., states that a minimum significant impact is
5% of the County's public hurricane shelter spaces
or the use of 25% of the hurricane evacuation
route's level of service (LOS) E hourly directional
maximum volume is 3,040. As shown in the
transportation analysis, the Bridge currently has
an average of 1,343 trips per day. There is no
regional concern with the project's impact to the
hurricane evacuation routes.
According to the ARPC Hurricane Evacuation Plan
(1984), 3% of people evacuating St. George Island
can be expected to go to public shelter. This is a
very low number due to the high number of visitors
versus permanent residents normally on the Island.
Once they decide to evacuate, most visitors will go
home. There is an existing public shelter deficit in
Franklin County. According to the Transportation
Analysis of the Regional Hurricane Evacuation
Plan, the project is in a Vulnerability Level"A," and
must be completely evacuated during any
hurricane. The Plan also assumes a 50% occupancy
rate for St. George Island...
Despite the identified problems already mentioned, the Council
...There are several items discussed above which need to continue
to be addressed by the local government. However, none of them
reach the level of significant regional impact, as this is defined by DRI
statutes and rules. Therefore, it is the opinion of Council staff that
this project does not create a reasonable likelihood of additional
regional impact, or any type of regional impact not previously
reviewed by the Regional Planning Council, and does not constitute
a substantial deviation pursuant to Subsection 380.06(19), Florida
In November, Tyler L. Macmillan, Director, Resource Planning
Section, Northwest Florida Water Management District, wrote the
attorney for Resort Village, Mr. William J. Peebles, about his concern
with the proposal to install additional wells to temporarily alleviate
the water supply problem as the Village would begin buildout.
Macmillan wrote,
As you may remember, I stated that the District is
quite concerned about the water supply situation
on St. George Island, and does not support
installation ofadditional wells which draw from the
extremely limited surficial aquifer on the island.
However, we do recognize that the revised fourth
amendment allows for thirty temporary wells to be
installed, consistent with the conditions included
in the settlement agreement. Although it is not
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If the herculean efforts ofWakullan
Barry Laffan(speaker at the
Ochlocknee Bay Civic Club
Saturday) pay off, the panhandle
area of Florida may lead the nation
with a planned unique boat trail
featuring archeological and
historical sites in the Ochlocknee
Bay and St Marks area. Laffan
heads up the Wakulla County-
based Association for the
Apalachee Coastal Culture and
Wilderness Area, (AACCWA
pronounced aqua), a nonprofit
organization which came into ing
on July 1, 1993 to seek out and
map sites in the Ochlocknee Bay
and St Marks area.
Laffan hopes that this will preserve
for future generations aspects of
the history of the area. "Many of
the sites have already been
trashed," he said. He feels that the
trail would help stop the
destruction and preserve some of
the irreplaceable reminders of past
The project, called the Apalachee
Coastal Archeological Boat Trail,
is already drawing attention from
many organizations and Laffan
; hopes to form a broad base of
support and co-operative
partnership between government,
business and other non-profit local
groups. Laffan envisions this first-
in-the-nation trail will provide boat
access to sites that show human
habitation reflecting periods that
go back to 2,000 years ago to turn
of the century coastal
"There are traces of a culture that
goes back to the time when wooly
mammoths inhabited this area.
Traces of middens are everywhere
along this coastline. In some cases
you can see pottery shards and
shell tumbling out of the banks."
Speaking of later date signs Laffan
referred to a pine tree growing in
front of his house, saying," In fact
I have just recently found out that
the huge gash in a tree in front of
my house goes back to the
turpentining industry that played
a major role in area economics at
the turn of the century."
A relatively new resident, Laffan
said he got excited as he began to
discover more and more sites. He
said at that point he felt that
somebody should do something to
protect, yet still be able to give
access to residents and those
interested people who travel to our
area. At this point he formed the
Laffan said that he felt that the
concept behind the project is
threefold. First, it will enhance
appreciation of the area's great
cultural heritage, and the
importance of the remaining
reminders. Second, it will create a
novel tourist attraction that will
help the local economy. Third, to
accomplish these goals by
constructing a special combination
of educational recreation, outdoor
and adventure experiences for the
public will appeal to many
Laffan says that the access by
water is a most unusual aspect of
the project and will take advantage
of the regions many waterways
and boating opportunities. People
will be able to kayak, canoe or use
small boats to travel the sites.
Water has played an enormous
role for past generations as a source
of food transportation and
recreation and the trail will help
keep this history alive.
Although access to many sites will
be primarily by water, followed by
a short walk, most will be
approachable by auto Laffan cited
the areas around Mashes Sands
Park. Some are on St. Joe Paper
Company land, some are in the St
Marks Reserve and others are land
owned by Wakulla County, Laffan
cited the fact that the area chosen
has visible shell middens and
exist not too surprisingly all around
the bay area. He saidthatjust like
the residents of today, there are
signs of human habitation back to
3,000 BC.

Humans have always been drawn and assist Barry (Laffan,) I would
to the rivers and bays as a source like to see other people write grants
of food and just because of the to enhance the economy. 'The
pristine beauty of the area. He told Commissionwill take up the matter
the group that you can see places of liability insurance on the project
where the presence of shells show at their next meeting.
Indian mounds. He said some
places are near George's Whenaskediftheprojectwould be
Lighthouse and near the old fire expanded at a later date to the
tower. He said he found the old shoreline of Franklin County,
tower in pretty good condition and Laffan said that he knew there
if a person is energetic the climb to were sites of great interest. He
the top is worth it for the view is said that he felt money would be
"fantastic." forthcoming for expansion of the
boat trailatr .,It. .a. 3een

There are more good sites on the
Franklin County side of the Bay,
at Bear Creek Bluff, for instance.
He said each site would have a
separate theme and he needed
writers who could condense
descriptions down to fit the signs.
Volunteers are needed now to
construct and erect signs in the
water. Laffan also needs people to
help with mapping sites, and do
other work necessary in order to
be able to meet the grant deadline
of June 30, 1994.
Among those groups so far
participating in the project, Laffan
enumerates Apalachee Regional
Planning Council, the Wakulla
Board of County Commissioners,
Florida, Department o.f- Naturale
Resources,(now ; .,part of
Department of Environmental
Protection,) The FSU Department
of Anthropology, Gluckman and
Gluckman, Attorneys, The
Ochlocknee Bay Civic Association,
The Wakulla Chamber of
Commerce, the Wakulla historical
Society, Wakulla County State
Bank and Wakulla High School.
Two of the Wakulla Board of
County Commissioners, Sharon
Thompson and Angie Chappell,
were present Ms. Chappell said
she was most excited about the
proposal. "It is a wonderful idea,"
she added. "I am glad someone is
doing it. It will enable all of us to
enjoy the history of the area." Ms.
Thompson said, 'I'm looking
forward to it getting started. It is a
way of developing the county and
preserving the environment. I wish
a lot of people will come forward

boat trail alter it had been
established in Wakulla County.
He said he would certainlywelcome
input from anyone as to future
Anyone wishing to help in this
project can contact Barry Laffan,
at Route 1, Box 3201, Panacea,
Florida, 32346, or phone or fax him
at (904) 984-5895.

TEA, continued from page 2
Each county contributes money
each year. In addition, Friends of
the Library support the library by
fundraisin gand efforts. Marian
Morris said, It still needs
volunteers and everybody here,
should give themselves a patron
tbe .back for what has been.
The Yaupon Garden Club also
received appreciation from the
guests for having kept a library in
Carrabelle for the past thirtyyears
as it's main project. Books filled
the shelves that were placed along
the walls of the small building.
The library is kept open each Friday
by volunteer help.
When the public library building
opened, all of the books that were
contained there were moved over
to the newly painted building.
Additionally, the library has been
gifted with several collections of
books. With the help of state and
county money, the acquisition of
new books seems inevitable.
The large room will be named the
Will and Marian Morris Room and
a plaque will be placed above the
entrance to the room.

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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Quietly, unobtruslvelv and without
fanfare. Franklin County became
anentry In the diarv of threeyoung
Norweglans who" began a trip
around the world in wheelchairs
from Oslo. Norway on 12 June
1992. The only on -lookers when
the group left City Hall in Oslo
were a few sponsors, friends and
curious people who happened to
be passing by. The only on-looker
on the day I met Lelf Strom. 28., an
able-bodied man who simulates
having a disability, and his two
companions. Photographer Vegar
Aase and road manager Lise
Odetiard, was myself. I spotted
their van parked on the shoulder
of Highway 98, about three miles
west ofEastpoint. I had received a
phone call from a Lanark Village
resident the night before who told
me she'd seen a man going down
the highway in a wheelchair being
closely followed by a white van.
I introduced myself and as Strom
began to talk of the group's
purpose, Aase began taking
pictures of the interview. Lise, a
pretty blonde-haired young

woman. smiled from behind the
,tecring wheel now and thenn but
was obviously busy with matters
concerning thfe trip.
A fourth member of the tour.
Anders Heber (HEBEE). 27. who
was born with Spina Biflda and
has been in a wheelchair wince he
was 10 years old. had to return to
Norway for treatment of pressure
sores but is scheduled to fly back
to the States and rejoin his fellow-
travelers around 10 February near
Ft. Meyers.
The goals of the journey are to
promote awareness for people with
disabilities around the world and
to promote the United Nations
Decade of the Disabled Persons in
Asia and the Pacific region.'\
HEBEE and Strom alternate using
the wheelchair. HEBEE believes
in physical activities as a mean s
to reach a fulfilling life. Strom's
angle is to foster understanding
between people with disabilities
and people who are able-bodied,
thus HEBEE and Strom "see the
world of people with disabilities
from two very different angles and
combine this into a powerful work
for awareness." The past 19
months on the road has included
trips through Sweden, Denmark,
Germany, Austria, Italy and

The Franklin County Chronicle, -10 February 1994*, Page 5


By Brian Goereke
The Franklin County Humane
Societys fifth annual Bow Wow
Ball received almost 200 visitors
on the 5 February fundraiser.
Over $1100 was raised and
.a pproximately 300 pounds of pet
food was donated by patrons of the
/ event



PERMISSION, continued
from page 3
Jan Ordonia went on to explain
through tears that they had had to
leave the last place they lived
because they could not pay the
rent. All of their possessions were
out at the lot and they were living in

it : n

* 'Kathy Morton, member of the
Humane Society and general
coordinator of the Bow Wow Ball
spoke of how the organization
, ..: planned to use the money. "We're
' trying to buy an exercise and
security fence for the Animals at
the Animal Control Center. They
need a place where they can go out
and run around."

Earl Whitfield, the Animal Control
Officer of Franklin County was
present at the Bow Wow Ball and
agreed with Morton about the need
of an exercise fence. "We need a
place where they can get out and
run. We give our people in prison
a place where they can get out and
walk around.. .well our imprisoned
animals need a place to get outside
as well." Whitfield stated that the
Animal Control Center averages
25 dogs and 15 cats in its facility
each day.
The Ball featured .musical
entertainment from Rod Kilbourne
and his band of renegades.
Kilbourne mentioned why he was
attracted to this cause:
"I'm just an animal lover and
anything that I can do to help this
cause I'm more than glad to help
outwith." Kilbourne's band, which
includes Kelly Love on lead guitar,
Mike Magners on drums and Matt
Kornatowski on bass guitar, has
been together for three years.
Kilbourne said that he was Inspired
musically byJimi Hendrix, Ronnie
VanSant and Stevie Ray Vaughn.
Kilbourne and his band played
their southern blues music until
3:30 a.m.
In addition to the music, the Bow
Wow Ball provided a wide variety
of food on their buffet table. All
items were donated. Some of the
local businesses to donating
included IGA(chicken wings),
Harry A's(Keg of beer & 20 Ibs. of
crayfish). Bj's Pizza (calzones), the
Happy Pelican(chicken wings),
Bilbo's(BBQ spare ribs), the Market
Place(cheese tray) and the Red
Rabbit(two 20 lb. hams).
The Franklin County Humane
Society would like to thank all
those who lent a hand in helping to
make the 5th annual Bow Wow
Ball a success.

i into auone-buiithroom, one-kitcnen
home. She said theywould provide
safetyexits. Her concern right now,
she said, was to put the two halves
together. When shen she gets a chance
to get out there she would straighten
out the dogs.

a motel room with five children. Braxton asked Shuler, "Are you sure
we don't need any action? We're
On the question of titles for both fixing to set a precedent." Shuler
trailers, she said that one did not replied, "It was acted on at the last
have a title, for one trailer. She meeting as I recall to see if they (the
plans to open up the living room Ordonlas) could work with the
from one trailer into the other, make building official and the planning
department to see if they (the
Ordonias) could combine the two
into a single unit. That's a factual
lap".'_.___"^j "1^ matter. As to what requirements
we will put on them, we need to
I If ,.' draw them up and adopt them. I
,Ii Idon't think we are ready to do that
today." Mosconis then asked if the
S^ Ordonias were ready to get things
..together. He said he saw no reason
.l .s why they should not go ahead but
Thought that it might be a nightmare
for the building inspector.

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The Franklin County Adult Reading Program (FCARP) was honored
at the Florida Literacy Coalition in Jacksonville on 27 January with
an award for outstanding work in their Corrections and Rural Read
at Home Components.
FCARP began its work in Corrections in early February of 1993 at the
Franklin Work Camp. The Progratm's staff and volunteers visit the
facility two nights a week for two hours each night. FCARP offers
assistance in math, computer science, creative writing, and basic
reading and writing. The programiwas the first of its kind at any
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Here today... here tomorrow.

Actually, it's all around you. Most of the
things we discard as trash-materials like
paper, aluminum, cardboard and glass-
can be recycled or reused to make new
products. Products that you use everyday.

Using returnable or recyclable beverage
containers is an example of reducing the
amount of garbage generated by throw-
away containers. By recycling that
newspaper today, it can become
tomorrow's cereal box. Just as recycling
an aluminum can will save up to 95 percent
of the energy costs to manufacture a new
one. That jar and your other glass
containers probably came from recycled
glass. New glass is being produced from

as much as 90 percent recycled glass-
glass that you are throwing away, glass
that could be recycled.

In fact, not only do the practices of waste
reuse and recycling save energy, extend
the life of landfills, and reduce air and
water pollution, they also encourage the
development of industry, and therefore

What we consider garbage and waste
today can become a usable, valuable
product tomorrow. Rather than thinking
of these things as disposable trash, think
of them as renewable resources...
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Tolliver said, "I don't thinkyou nee
any action from the board. You
need to go out there and get there
together and then do something
with the dogs."
Alan Pierce told the Ordonias, "M
sense of the board at this time i
you don't need to work to apply th
building code. Your first step is t
get things right together. Get their
tied down. Get a roof over it so i
looks like one unit. Put a seal ove
it, (the part whr roofs meet), cut th
doors as all one unit. Get Mi
Carroll to go out there and look a
thewiring make sure it meet
code. Work in a step by ste
Shuler's final word was that "I don
know any reason you can't combine
two units and make them one. Ther
maybe a difficulty in doing that. A
this point I am not aware ofanythin
that says you can't do it." Braxtoi
wished the Ordonias "all the luck in
the world," but said that he hope
there would hot be any "glitche
down theroad."

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The Forgotten Coast Panhandle
Players, co-founded by Jack
Dakota and Angella Boyd-
Schoelles, had their first meeting
in the Artemis Gallery on. 13
January. The group met for a
brainstorming session to discuss
such issues as the type of plays
thatwould be performed, the length
of time each performance would
be given and the individuals that
would be needed to achieve such
"What do we really want from this
group?" began Dakota. "Do we
want to have a theater, a
performing center? Do we want to
move around with the
performance...to Mexico Beach or
Alligator Point?" Those in
attendance generally agreed that
since It takes so much time and
energy to prepare and rehearse for
a play, an extended performance
schedule would probably be a
worthwhile Idea. Dakota expressed
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ST. GEORGE UTILITY, continued from page 1
assessment fees were due for 1989, including penalties and interest.
On December 6, 1990, the utility objected to the penalty and interest
charges, and requested a waiver of the penalty and interest charges
and of the payment schedule. In Order No. 24290, issued March 26,
1991, the utility's request for waiver of penalties and interest was
denied. In addition, we ordered the utility to pay all outstanding
regulatory assessment fees with penalties and interest according to
a proposed payment schedule, within thirty days of the Order.
By Order No. 24884, issued August 6, 1991, this Commission
established a S2,500 monthly payment schedule for 1988 and 1989
regulatory assessment fees, including penalties and interest.
Subsequently, the utility failed to pay the 1990 regulatory assessment
fees, which continue to accrue penalties and interest. The amount
of the delinquent fees, interest and penalties accrued through
December 31, 1991, is $26,550.54. After a diligent effort to collect
the regulatory assessment fees with penalties and interest, by Order
No. 25440, issued December 5, 1991, the PSC found it appropriate
to refer them to the Office of the Comptroller for further collection
efforts. The Office of the Comptroller notified the Commission that
it had, on January 17, 1992, assigned this matter to a collection
The utility did not pay its outstanding 1991 regulatory assessment
fees when they became due on March 31, 1992. However the utility
did file its 1991 regulatory assessment fees return indicating an
outstanding regulatory assessment fee obligation of $13,557.56. St.
George did not indicate when it intended to pay these regulatory
assessment fees. Until then, the utility had not complied with the
Commission's ordered payment schedule. Therefore, to assure
payment of its 1992 regulatory assessment fees, St. George was
required by order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WU, issued June 9, 1992,
to establish an interest bearing escrow account for monthly deposits
of 4.5 percent of its service billings.
Order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WU also required the utility to pay
1991 delinquent regulatory assessment fees by June 15, 1992. The
utility paid $15,997.92 on June 19, 1992, representing the 1991
delinquent regulatory assessment fees, penalties and interest. Along
with its payment, the utility submitted a copy of its letter to the
SComptroller's Office confirming that the utility will pay $1,000
monthly towards past due regulatory assessment fees until the
balance is paid in full.
As of May 28, 1992, the utility has made eleven monthly payments
of $1,000 to satisfy the balance owed that was referred to the
Comptroller's Office. These payments satisfied both the 1988 and
1989 regulatory assessment fees balances, including $2,383-60
toward the 1990 balance still outstanding.
To date, the utility has satisfied its regulatory assessment fees
obligation for 1988, 1989, and 1991, but has not satisfied its
regulatory assessment fees obligation for 1990, for which it remains
delinquent in an amount of $7,653.53.
The utility has complied with Order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WU by
making monthly deposits into the escrow account to pay for its 1992
regulatoryassessment fees. Though the 1992 regulatory assessment
fees were due on March 31, 1993, it was not untilApril22, 1993, that
the utility submitted its regulatory assessment fees report indicating
a $15,809 amount due with a payment of $12,100, leaving an
escrow balance of $58.61. The utility did not submit the additional
$3,709.18 regulatory assessment fees amount still due. The utility
also did not indicate when it would pay the balance of its 1992
regulatory assessment fees nor did it offer any explanation as to why
it had not already paid the balance due.
The utility was notified on June 25, 1993, that 1992 regulatory
assessment fees of $3,709.18 remained due and that the Commission
had not received copies of the February 1993 through May 1993
deposit slips verifying that the deposits had been made. The utility
has cmotnthly billing reports for vefication of the
monthly amount to be placed into escrow, but according to our
records, they have not received the validated deposit slips that verify
the deposits were made.
Following the filing of a recommendation by our staff that we order
the utility to show cause why it should not be fined for its failure to
fund the escrow account and for its failure to fully pay its 1992
regulatory assessment fees obligation, the utility deposited the
$6,707.34required in the escrow account. Subsequently, on August
30, 1993, the utility submitted a check for $53,709.18 to satisfy the
remaining 1992 delinquent regulatory assessment fees amount. As
a result of the utility's last minute compliance, the show cause
recommendation was deferred.

The utility was notified on November 17, 1993, of its failure to file
monthly revenue reports since August 1993, of its failure to make
deposits into the escrow account since July 1993, and its failure to
pay the penalty and Interest balance of $927.29. On November 23,
1993, the utility submitted the $927.29 amount that was due along
with the September and October 1993 revenue reports.
Though the utility indicated that the $3,375 regulatory assessment
fees amount for August and September 1993 would be paid by
November 26, 1993, and that the $1,885.11 regulatory assessment
fees amount for October 1993 would be paid by November 30, 1993,
none have been paid. The utility deposited the August 1993 regulatory
assessment fee amount of 51,717-35 on December 14, 1993. Up
until our January 4, 1994, Agenda Conference, at which we voted to
order St. George to show cause why it should not be fined for not
properly funding the escrow account, the account had a deficient
balance of $4,098.77. However, on January 4, 1994, the utility
made a deposit of $556.01 for the November 1993 regulatory
assessment fees, reducing the 1993 regulatory assessment fees
escrow account dificiency to $3,542.77. St. George remains
delinquent for its September, October, and December 1993 regulatory
assessment fees amounts required to have been put into escrow
pursuant to Order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WU.
This utility has historically collected its regulatory assessment fees
through its rates and has failed to pay them to the Commission as
required by law. Regulatory assessment fees are intended to defray
the costs incurred in this commission's regulation of utilities.
Apparently, the utility has no inclination to pay the fees voluntarily,
nor does it appear that the utility is making a good faith effort toward
payment. As a result, we find it appropriate to order the utility to
show cause why it should not be fined for its failure to fund the
escrow account as required by order No. PSC-92-0478-FOF-WV.

ORDERED by the Florida Public Service Commission that St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd., in Franklin County, shall show cause,
in writing, within 20 days why it should not be fined pursuant to
Sections 350.113(4) and 367.161, Florida Statutes.
ORDERED that St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.'s written
response must be received by the Director, Division of Records and
Reporting, 101 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, Florida 3239"-0870
by the close of business on February 14. 1994.
ORDERED that St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.'s response
must contain specific allegations of fact and law.
ORDERED thatSt. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.'s opportunity
to file a written response shall constitute its opportunity to be heard
prior to final determination of this matter.
ORDERED that a failure to respond to this show cause Order shall
constitute an admission of the facts alleged in the body of this Order
and a waiver of any right to a hearing.
ORDERED that this docket shall remain open to monitor the funding
of the escrow account and the disposition of this show cause
By ORDER of the Florida Public Service Commission, this 25th day
of January, 1994.

Theater Group from page 5

interest in having a play he had
written performed for the first
show. He also asked whether
others would like to have their own
original work performed. The group
answered affirmatively and a
participating member, Lee
McKnight, had an original work
ready to submit.
"This area is absolutely filled from
end to end with with talent,"
exclaimed Chuck Spicer, "it's
important, though, that we keep
our goals simple to begin with. The
enthusiasm can wear off fast if
things get too complicated If the
group starts off with the simplist

of goals and acheives them, we will
prosper. If it gets too elaborate
where everyone can't participate,
it will sink real fast."
Dakota agreed with Spicer and
mentioned that the group would
work ata steady pace to achieve its
goals. He added that there would
be plenty of work with public
relations, advertising, ticket sales,
fundraising and acting so as not to
exclude anyone.

RESORT VILLAGE, continued from page 3
clearly stated in the amendment or the settlement
agreement, District staff feels that the spirit of the
agreement was that each of the thirty wells would
serve onlyone residential unit. Ifyour client intends
to construct more than one residential unit to be
served by a well or wells, we would contend that
each residential unit served should reduce the
number of remaining well "credits" (out of the thirty
allowed) by one. To do otherwise would set a
precedent that is unacceptable. We recommend
that the proposed DO amendment be revised to
accurately reflect the number of units to be served
by wells, in addition to the maximum GPD.
Your client should also be aware of additional
permits required if a single well is used to serve
more than one, but less than 15 rental units. Such
a condition would be considered a "limited use
public supply" and would fall under permitting
requirements of the Department of Health and
Rehabilitative Services. Also, the high transmissivity
of the soils in this area (as stated in the project's
WTP application) could cause problems if aerobic
OSDS's are also being used in the area. Withdrawal
of water from the surficial aquifer could draw
effluent from the OSDS's toward the well.
Because the District has not performed any detailed
analysis of the conditions of the surficial aquifer on
St. George Island, we can not determine the impacts
of a single well, nor can we address the quality of
water which such a well would produce. I a well is
installed, we suggest that it be located near the
highest elevation on the site, since this is where the
freshwater lens is probably the thickest. Of course.
any well constructed would require a permit from
the District pursuant to Chapter 40A-3, F.A.C.
The surficial aquifer on St. George Island is quite
susceptible to saltwater contamination, and there
are three common causes. Saltwater can enter the
surficial aquifer due to: pumping of wells in the
surficial; overwash of the island during severe storms
(this has occurred on the subject property, as
evidenced by the major dune washout on the
southeastern portion of the site); and through the
use of saltwater to get building pilings. Once
contaminated by saltwater, the surflcial aquifer may
not recover for manyyears. We recommend thatyour
client refrain from jetting pilings with salt water
during construction.
In summary, District staff has concerns regarding
any new or use of wells drawing water from the
surficial aquifer on St. George Island. However, due
to the circumstances surrounding the utility
company's problems with providing water for this
development, the, use of one or more of the 30 well
"credits" provided for in the revised fourth amendment
will not be opposed. As stated previously, each
residence served should result in a reduction of the
well "credits" available by one and the amendment
should include language to reflect the number of
residences served. The precedent which would be set
by allowing more than one residence to be served by
a well without reducing the credits is unacceptable,
since other applicants could then attempt to serve
multiple homes on wells, thus leading to much
greater withdrawals from the surficial aquifer than
were considered in the granting of the thirty temporary
wells. In keeping with the terms of the revised fourth
amendment, uses other than residential are not

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