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Publication Date: March 10, 1994
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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 5 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 March- 25 March 1994


GROSSES $50,500+


In the words of Harry Arnold.
"...It was a fantastic, "fun day." .
His characterization of the 12th
annual SL George Island Chill ,,
Cookoff may have been an
understatement. In terms of i
revenue generated through the
volunteer efforts from Franklin *'
County, including St. George
Island, productivity was way up.' i
Over $50.500 were generated
through the auction, tee-shirt "
sales, food booths, drink sales
and the country store, indeed.
a record year. The Cookoff. which
features competitions of all sorts,
has been the major support for
the Island's fire protection efforts.
Including the purchase of two fire
engines, personnel training and
support of fire fighting and
Personal Responder teams.

p Hot




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By Rene Topping
People who attended the open
hearing On the renewal of the
franchise for Cablevision had to
wait for the company's
representatives to arrive. When
they finally did appear the
representatives were greeted with
a host complaints, including
several from the commissioners
themselves. Because of the
lateness of the two representatives
Commission Chairman Jimmy
Mosconis opened up the meeting
after waiting aboutfifteen minutes
without their arrival..
Commissioner Dink Braxton made
a few opening remarks, saying,
o "There's a lot I want to tall them."
The owner of Pine View Cable
SCompany. Inc, the first company
'a permitted to have another
", franchise in the county was
already in attendance. He said
^',that he Is wellonthewaytogetting
Sa fiber optics cable service to the
I residents of The Plantation of St
George Island and will be able to
later cross the bridge and offer
service to all areas of the county.
The original franchise granted by
the commission hadaperiod of15
years, and was an exclusive
'franchise. Multivision was the
only supplier of cable until it was
decided in late 1993 that exclusive
franc h ises would not be permitted.
Because of the apparent poortrack
record of Multivision all over the
county, Willie Norred suggested
th ith the presence of one more
company the present commission
was in a good position to negotiate
this new franchise. Norred felt it
should beofa m"ch shorter period
to give consumers a chance to see
Sf Cablevlslon would give better
service in the future.
Until Mike Smith and Shane
Routh. representatives of
MuItLivlslon arrived apologizing for
theirlateness bysayingtheyforget
the different timezone, the Public
S aired It's views on the present
system. Then re-stated them to
S thelate-arriving pair. BettySellers
owner of Sting Ray Station, a
recreational vehicle park at
Carrabelle Beach said... I have a
large density in my park as we
have 49 Sites, on 3 acres. Mysites
are not totally filled all year round
so I asked to be able to have wired
to only 20 of my sites. I was told
by the M u t vision representatives
that I had to have cable to all my
"The cable company cost would
be $12.o00per installation to each
site and a monthly charge of
$8.00.11 She added this would
come to $4,704.00 per year. she
went on to say that the company
was supplying cable service to
parks east of the cityofCarrabelle
with more sites for $1,800.00 per
year. "There's something bad
S wrong here." Smith told her that
S previous companies had set those
*iFW rates and the people had a long
S:' term contract. He said thatwhen
those contracts were up then the
cost would go up accordingly.
Continued on page 2


Literacy Project Pg. 2

March at Carrabelle
Schools Pg. 2

Editorial and
Commentary Pg. 3

Use Newell Concert
Pg. 6

Chili Cookoff
Pg. 7

Lanark Village
Water & Sewer Pg. 8




By Rene Topping

Garrabelle City Commisfsion
meeting was in session for over
three hours on 7 March. Most of
the meeting time was taken up by
heated discussion of the quality of
the repairs that have been made
through a CDEG grant that
repaired several Carrabelle senior
citizens homes for amounts up
$20,000. Julian Webb, grants
writer who had secured the grant
and was it's administrator came
under heavy fire from all
commissioners but in particular,
Commissioner Jim Phillips.
At one point Phillips angrily told
Webb that he was "doing yourjob,
the job you are being paid for and
I don't like itone bit." Webb agreed
with commissioners that he had
the overall responsibility to see
that the Jobs were being done
correctly and within the material
specified. He had brought along
his inspector Karl Obert who was
the his man in in the field to answer
questions and complaints.
Mrs Evelyn Pope was there in
person to tell the commissioners
that ever since Kendrick and Son
contractors on her job had put on
her now tin roof she had leaks all
over the place. She said "During
the last heavy rainfall, it leaked,
and leaked, and leaked. I got up
-and walked the floor all night."
She reported water inside of the
lights. In this she was backed up
by Jim Brown, a retretired contractor
on large construction jobs all of
his working life.
Brown said that there was water
in the fixtures, and said that the
ceiling will have to be replaced.
Mrs Pope also reported that Mr
Kendrick had asked her, "Did the
roof leak before you had it fixed.
At one point Roscoe Carroll said of
tin roofs. "I have never been able
to put one on that old leak." Brown
also said that at the home of
Annabelle Dabney the paint was
so poor that it was already flaking
off and so thin You "could read a
newspaper through it." Amongst
other complaints of shoddy work
were covering up of rotten wood,
sheetrock not being put up
properly and use of doors not up
to specifications. Brown's
complains were verified by Roscoe
Carroll. Carroll is the County
building inspector and also does
inspections in Carrabelle for the
However he made it clear that his
inspections were limited to making
sure that work was done to code,
and were not quality control. He
had no power over the
specifications not being followed.
Carroll said, "I have told the
contractors over and over, don't
deviate from the specs." He added
that when each job was done he
would ask each home owner If
they were satisfied and they said
Continued on page 10










Installed At




By Rene Topping
Ifanyone Is making plans to break
into the Carrabelle High School
they Will find that it is not as easy
as it used to be. On Friday, 4
March, Capitol Electric Company,
completed a complex system of
burglar alarms. Principal Jim
Sinor said."There is one part of
the system that is a horn that
sounds off. If it doesn't scare you
to death it will certainly deafen
Motion detectors have been placed
in strategic places. But thewould-
be burglar is going to have to be
able to conducthis illegal business
in a matter of 11 seconds. That is
the time that ittakes forha message
of an entry to be flashed to the
central office of the alarm
company, who in turn call out the
law. Costofthe systemwas $1900.
The school had acquired a
reputation of being an easy mark
for burglars. Once entry had been
made through windows or doors
the burglar had virtually free
access to any part of the school
through the space for the duct
system, if they had away of getting
up into the ceiling.
One resident described the school
as being" a piece of swiss cheese
and the burglars going in and out
of the holes like atunch of mice."
School Board Chairman Will
Kendrick, tells why the decision
was made at this time to spend
the $1,900.00 for the system. He
said, Since there has been an
Continued on page 10


Patrol to

by Rene Topping
Finally it is official, the Marine
Patrol are moving their
headquarters on to Timber Island.
But Marine Patrol Major Robert
(Bob) Lee found himself at the
wrong place to ask for a building
permit. Alan Pierce said at the
county commission meeting that
sometimes wearing two hats: one
as planner for Franklin County
and the other for the City of
He apologized for bringing the
Major to the county meeting on
March 1, saying that most of
Timber Island is in the City of
Carrabelle and besides Timber
Island is under the Jurisdiction of
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
The lease on the building the Patrol
is in at present is up very soon and
so the headquarters wil make the
move first to a modular building
and later to a permanent building
as soon as funds are made
available in the Legislature.

In ah eight page brief, with
numerous exhibits, the Resort
Village hap appealed the Franklin
County decision to reject multi-
family residences given in early
January. Resort Village, owned by
Dr. Ben Johnson of Tallahassee,
filed its appeal on 17 February
1994. The basis of the appeal is an
alleged (1) denial of due process,
(2) lack of competent and
substantial evidence and (3) an
arbitrary and unreasonable
In the recitation of the facts, the
village and Coastal Development
Consultants, Inc. cite their hearing
before the County Commission in
Apalachicola on 7 December 1993,
and the Order issued by the county
government on 4 January 1994.
With regard to count I (denial of
due process), Dr. Johnson alleges
that the conditions imposed bythe
County Order of 4 January 1994
were not included in the 1977
Development Order (DO), nor were
these included in the Village's
application for the amendment to
the DO. Among the controversial
requirements in the Order is the
language, "...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." The amount of
land involved is 58 acres located
inside the Plantation, a
development on St. George Island.
In Count II (lack of competent and
substantial evidence), Resort
Village alleges that it presented
several well qualified expert
witnesses, who testified on the
proposed development and the
potential impact on the
environment, infrastructure and
economy. Johnson also cited the
testimony from the Florida Dept. of
Community Affairs and the
Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, indicating that the
developmentwould NOT constitute
a substantial deviation to the 1977
DO. At the hearing on 7 December,
a number of Plantation property
owners expressed strong
opposition to the proposed
Amendment and "...offered
unsubstantiated opinions and
comments regarding Petitioners'
proposed development."
In Count III (arbitrary and
unreasonable decision), the
Coastal Consultants further allege
that there is a rental business
underway, a commercial activity
in a residential area. The brief also
stated, in part,"...Within the
designated commercial areas
Respondents have also allowed
residential uses, with substantially
higher densities than were
proposed by Petitioner." "...The
requirements and additional
conditions imposed by the January
4, 1994 Orderare uniquelyapplied
to Petitioners (Johnson) and have
not been imposed on other owners
of commercially designated
property of St. George Island.

The brief concluded, -...Given the
Respondants's stated basis for its
January 4, 1994 Order, given the
Respondant' Precedent of mixing
commercial and residential uses
within the same area, and given
Respondent's established
precedent forallowing development
on St. George Island without
imposing the requirements and
conditions included in the January
4, 1994 Order, Respondent's
January 4, 1994 Order was
arbitrary, unreasonable and
contrary to Florida Law."
Continued on page 2

Page 2, 10 March 1994 *, The Franklin County Chronicle
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Hot Reception for Cablevision
Continued from Page 1

Ms. Sellers said that the company
had come in and torn up the Park
roads, putting in the cable to all
sites even though she specifically
asked for only 20. She added that
it cost her a great deal of money to
buy limerock forherinteriorroads.
she said she felt the cost were
exorbitant in view of the type of
occupancy she has. She also said
thatwhen she called the company
on the 800 number, her calls were
always answered by someone who
had no authority to make a
decision and no one in authority
ever contacted her.
Commissioners suggested that
she got together with the
representatives and see what
could be worked out and let them
know if she could come to a
satisfactory conclusion.
Braxton told the company that as
a commissioner he had received
"hundreds and hundred of calls,"
regarding quality of service, calls
to the company going unanswered,
and repairs not being done in a
timely fashion, adding, "I spent
two hours with Susan (Cablevision
local representative,) going over
the problems," He added that the
company needed to ft re-evaluate
Franklin County." He said that
because all service complaints now
go to the main office in Gulf Breeze
you can call and. call, without
adequate response. In fact he
stated that when he gave the
address as being in Eastpoint in
Franklin County, the employee
answering the call asked, "Is that
in Alabama?" Commissioner
Edward (Ed) Tolliver said all he
heard when service was poor was,
"sunspots or bad weather."
Willie Norred of St. George Island
said that his complaint was a
small one, but he had been
complaining about it for six
months with no relief. He said
that the company had laid a
temporary cable on the ground
between him and a neighbor and
the reception on the upper
channels was "cloudy." The
company did nothing about his
complaints. "He added, "The
company is not worthy ofhaving a
renewal in my view and certainly
not for another 15 years."
There were several complaints that
the company needed to chock the
signal level on 6, 7, 13 and 28."
The commissioners agreed that
they need something in writing to
assure the public that all of these
problems will be taken care of. On
getting more service to residents
the Smith stated that they have
three trucks working Franklin
County. Service is at present being
extended to River Road near
Carrabelle, Alligator Point and
Carrabelle .Beach, -area.
Representatives said that it was
onriy "coincidence" that cable was
strung on River Road in just few
weeks after Pineview cable started
work in The Plantation. smith
@aid that they had boon working
for along time to got the service in
and it had Just been granted
permission to carry the cable over
the Tillie Miller Bridge. Smith
also Promised that the calls would
be monitored on the company's
800 number, saying, "we will track
every call coming in."
Mosconis then told Smith that he
expected them to come to the
March regular meeting of the
Franklin County Commission
which starts at 9 a.m. Several
voices from the audience called
out that the representatives
should remember that
Apalachicola is on Eastern Time.
Persons who are presently
receiving the service and those
who are yet to get it, who wish to
talk about any problems should
plan to attend the meeting or get
in touch with their district
commissioner by telephone or by
mail before March 15.


By Brian Goercke
The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program will be joined on
26 March with national cartoon
personality, Garfield the Cat, in
the effort to fight illiteracy and
devour plates oflasagna. The event
will begin at 6PM at the Eastpoint
firehouse and end when the last
pan of lasagna is empty.
"Lasagna for Literacy," as the
fundraiser is called, is an event
that has been headed up by the
Reading program's L.V.A. Literacy
Volunteers of America) Advisory
Board. Paula Millender, the
board's Fundraising Chairperson,
stated that there will be seven
judges at the event. The judges
will sample the many pans of
lasagna and award first, second
and third place Certificates to prize
winning dishes. "We're going to
have lots of different lasagna,
stated Millender, "some of different
kinds of lasagna will include
seafood, mexican, vegetarian and
Liz Sisung, the board's treasurer,
said, "I think that the idea is
absolutely ingenious. For those
who have a gourmet taste for
lasagna, there will be many
different kinds for them to try. I'm
making regular lasagna with
homemade noodles. Sr. Sheila
Griffin, the board's secretary, said,
"I'm 100% and I plan to make
some Irish lasagna. I think that
the fundraiser will do well." Allan
Roberts, the board's president,
stated, "mywife, Betty, is planning
to make a lasagna dish with
sauerkrout in it. I think the event
will be a great way for people to
expand their knowledge of
different lasagna cuisine and their
waistline as well." Helen Marsh,
the board's Vice President, said,
"Everybody loves lasagna and
there's never been anything like
this done before. I'm planning to
challenge Brian Goercke (your
author) to make a better pan of
The Lasagna for Literacy event
will begin at 6pm at the Eastpoint
firehouse. The dinner will include
a salad, garlic bread, tea or coffee
and some of the best tasting
lasagna known to mankind. Ifyou
would'like to enter your lasagna
, inm.the contest,(all.entrees receive
one free pass to 'the event) or
purchase a ticket, please call Jane
Cox at 670-8151 (Eastpoint
Library), Brian Goercke (your
author) at 653-8436 (Apalachicola
Municipal Library) or Carolyn
Sparks at 697-2366 (Carrabelle
Library). Tickets are $5 for Adults
and $3 for children (12 years and


By Brian Goercke
Alma Pugh of Apalachicola
returned to the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program (FCARP)
on 28 February and resumed her
duties as a VISTA (Volunteers in
Service to America) for Franklin
County. Ms. Pugh began her work
with FCARP in June of 1992. She
traveled with Carolyn Sparks of
' Carrabelle to Orlando for a three
day training session to become a
VISTA. Ms. Pugh opted for a job
with Head Start in September of
1992. She felt she would be able
to spend more time with her
children in the Head Start Project.

In the effort to bring Ms. Pugh
back to the reading program, Jane
Cox (Literacy Coordinator for
(FCARP) offered her former VISTA
more flexible hours to be able to
spend the necessary time with her
children. Cox, upon receiving Ms.
Pugh back to FCARP, exclaimed,
"I'm thrilled to the tippy bottom of
my toes to have Alma back with
us." Pugh responded,"Everyone
has welcomed me back with open
Alma Pugh's main duties with
FCARP will revolve around the
family reading component that the
program refers to as the Rural
Read at Home. Ms. Pugh expressed
great optimism about her
upcoming work: "I feel I'll be able
to locate quite a few families, and
have very good success working
with the children and adults in
my community. I know the people
of my community well and I plan
to go door to door looking for the
recruits we need. I also look
forward, to-working with all myk
friends at the library."
If you are interested in finding out
more about VISTA or the Franklin
SCounty Adult Reading Program,
please call the Apalachicola
Municipal Library (653 8436), the
Franklin County Library in
Eastpoint (670-8151) or the
Franklin County Library in
Carrabelle (697-2366).

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serving all of Franklin County
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continued from
page 1

At least 60 days from the date of
filing will elapse until the brief
would receive a formal hearing
before the Governor and Cabinet,
who sit as the Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission. The
exact scenario is often difficult to
predict at this early stage of

March At Carrabelle

High School

By Rene Topping
Carrabelle High School have supplied the following list of activities for
March 8, Fifth Grade will be leaving at 7:30 A.M. for a field trip to St.
March 17 There will be a Band assembly in the Gym at 9 A.M.
March 18 Special Arts Festival 8 A.M. to 3:30 P. M.
March 24 Senior Class Auction. (Seniors are auctioned off to do
chores in an attempt to raise money for Senior Class)
March 25 Florida A and M (FAMU) Band Concert 9 A.M.
March 28 Drug Awareness Assembly 9 A.M. 10:00 A.M.
March 31 Marianna Band Concert Jazz band 9:00 A.M. to help
celebrate Music in our Schools Month.



Garfield and Literacy Volunteers
invite you to dinner and we're
having lasagna!

Come join the fun at our "Lasagna for
Literacy" dinner on March 26, 1994.
Sample the best lasagna in town.
Celebrity judges will award prizes (
in many categories. .

Dinner is only $5 and all
proceeds help Literacy
Volunters. So bring your
friends and family to share in
the ultimate lasagna

Eastpoint Firehouse
Saturday 3/26/94 Tickets available
your local library: 653-8436,
670-8151 & 697-2366; Adults $5
Children (12 & Under) $3

Tickets are available at Eastpoint
Fire House or call 670-8151
or 697-2366 to order tickets
, and/or enter the contest yourself!

Garfield 1978 United Feature Syndicate, Inc.

Franklin County's First

Yard Waste Amnesty Days

March 21, through March 25, 1994

Guidelines for Franklin County's Yard Waste Amnesty Days

Yard Waste Amnesty Days were implemented on February 15, 1994, during the regular
session of Franklin County's Board of Commissioners. The purpose of Amnesty Days is
to provide the County Compost Project with a steady supply of carbon material by allowing
county residents to dispose of their yard waste at the landfill free of charge:

1) Amnesty days will be held during one week out of each month only. During that
week residents can bring their yard waste to the Landfill free of charge.

2) Yard waste brought in before or after the announced dates will be charged the usual
tipping fee for yard waste disposal.

3) The amnesty days will be announced in advance through the local media, posting
at the landfill, or you may obtain the dates by calling the Franklin County Solid
Waste Department.

4) For the purpose of the.compost project yard waste is defined as; leaves; pine straw;
pine cones; grass clippings; tree trimmings of any yard waste that is not listed in item

5) Only yard waste suitable for composting will be accepted free of charge. Yard waste
not suitable will be charged the usual tipping fee for yard waste disposal, e.g. free
of other solid waste and or foreign material, no limbs larger than 17 inches in
diameter, and no stumps.

6) When the compost project has a sufficient quantity of yard waste (carbon material),
the Amnesty Days will be temporarily suspended until such supplies are again

7) Commercial and or franchised haulers are prohibited from participating in the
Amnesty Days and will be subject to the usual tipping fee for yard waste disposal.

...make it second nature!

For more information on the compost project or the Yard Waste Amnesty
Days call or visit the Department of Solid Waste & Recycling, Monday-Friday
(9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m.) at 670-8167 located on Highway 65 in Eastpoint.


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle, 10 March 1994 *. Page 3





Publisher's Note:
Last issue, the Chronicle published a commentary and
editorial concerning the cable TV system initially serving
the Plantation on St George Island. Dr. Johnson responded,
taking issue with the opinion and the factual basis of that
opinion. We have published most of his response below.
While has disputed some of the commentary published
in the last issue, other participants disagree with his
version of events.
We are not, at this time, seeking to ascertain the truth or
falsehood, or subtle shadings of interpretation on the
events about the cable system on St. George Island. In the
spirit of fairness, we publish Dr. Johnson's letter to
identify his point of view in these cable TV matters.
I'm sorry you didn't check with me before publishing your "Editorial
and Commentary" in the February 26 issue of the Chronicle, entitled
"St. George Cable Moves Into Uncharted Territory." I would have
happily clarified many of the issues and left you with a very different
view of the situation.
Your sources are apparently the very people who want to create the
"public relations problem" for the Resort Village that you warn me
aboutin your editorial. If ALL the facts can be put before the public,
there will be no such problem.
Contrary to the impression left by your editorial, I have done nothing
to delay the provision of cable television service in the Plantation. In
fact, as a member of the Plantation's cable committee, I have worked
very hard to make this service a reality at the earliest possible time.
I was originally asked to join the cable committee because my firm,
Coastal Development Consultants, Inc. (CDC), has an ownership
interest in Leisure Lane, where some of the cable facilities would
most likely be installed.
Very early in the negotiations with Mr. Sumner of St. George Cable,
I offered to waive any right-of-way payments to CDC, thereby
allowing all such payments to go to the Plantation Owners'Association
(POA). In return, I asked for the right to transmit two channels of local
programming on their system.
Months later, towards the end of the negotiations; another member
of the cable committee, Mr. Dick Plessinger, strenuously objected to
my proposal, on the grounds that these two channels would carry

Charles Sumner, owner of St. George Cable System

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

Vol. 3, No.5

10 March 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer Ph.D.
Columnists Anne James Estes
Captain Ernie Ernie Rehder, Ph.D.
Contributors .Rene Topping
.............Paul Jones
.............Brian Goercke
............Will Morris
..............Lee McKnight
..............Carole Ann Hawkins
.............Debe Beard
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer, Ph.D.
.............Eric Steinkuehler, M.S.
Sales Staff
Will Morris........A...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)

Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
Chris Hockett B.F.A.
Production & Layout Design......Stewart Calhoun
Maxwell Stemple, A.A.
Chris Hockett BJF.A.
Proof Reader Leslie Turner, M.S.
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 Mornson St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.................Eastpoint
Eugenia and Bedford Watkins............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint
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d Commentary

commercials promoting the Resort Village and other businesses in
the Apalachicola Bay area. Other members of the committee seemed
unconcerned, since most cable channels run commercials.
Mr. Plessinger's views must have prevailed, however, because my
offer was not accepted. Instead, the POA stopped negotiating with me
and unilaterally signed a contract with St. George Cable to provide
cable service throughout the Plantation by October 1, 1993. Unlike
earlier drafts, the final contract deleted any payments to the POA for
rights of way. It also forbade the cable company from sending any
local programming into houses in the Plantation without the POA's
permission, and required St. George Cable to obtain any necessary
easements from other parties, like me.
I contacted Mr. Sumner, reminded him of my ownership interest in
Leisure Lane, and offered permission to install cable facilities on my
property in exchange for fair compensation.
At our meeting on July 27, 1993, which I understood was to be a two-
way negotiation between St. George Cable and Coastal Development
Consultants, Inc., Mr. Sumner was accompanied by several people
from the POA, and they did most of the talking. They essentially
argued that Mr. Sumner shouldn't, and perhaps didn't need to,
accommodate me. Even so, at the meeting's end, Mr. Sumner and I
seemed near agreement. A few issues were not immediately resolved,
for lack of information.
Several months passed without further contact or negotiations. In
October 1993, the attorney for St. George Cable informed me of the
company's intention to install its facilities on my property, without
my permission and without accommodating any of my requests.
Over the course ^f several phone calls and letters (copies attached),
we have demonstrated that St. George Cable lacks the legal right to
do this.
In subsequent months I made repeated efforts to negotiate with St.
George Cable, to no avail. Meanwhile, rumors circulated to the effect
that I was blocking cable service in the Plantation. In January, I
finally reached the cable company's attorney, who explained that the
companywould like to cut a deal. However, based upon conversations
with one or more of the POA members, the cable company was afraid
that the POA would sue if they accommodated me. This, despite the
fact that [ had made it clear I would abide by the POA's wishes with
regard to blocking the two proposed local programming channels.
Finally, this campaign of obstruction and false rumors has worked
its way into your editorial. While your sources may have given you
the impression that I am holding things up, nothing could be farther
from the truth.
I have made every effort to accommodate the legitimate interests of
the POA and its members. I have made every effort to negotiate a
satisfactory arrangement with St. George Cable, but I will not allow
my property rights to be ignored or stolen. I am still interested in
reaching an amicable and mutually beneficial arrangement, but
others apparently apparently prefer that a settlement notbe reached,
for reasons of their own. Please look at this issue again, a little deeper
this time.
Ben Johnson, Phd.




The people of our small town of
Carrabelle are concerned about
our graduating seniors from
Carrabelle High School.
Every year you read in the
newspaperaboutyoung graduates
having serious accidents Involving
death or Injury. Most' of them
directly related to the use of drugs
or alcohol. In an effort to keep our
excited young graduates safe, our
community plans to have an all
night party at our school. With
the generous support and
donations we are able to gather
from businesses and citizens we
hope to make this year's GRAD
NITE 94 possible. If this event Is
responsible for saving one young
person, all the effort put forth will
be worthwhile.
We respectfully request that you
please assist us with a generous
donation to make GRAD NITE 94
Barbara Sexton (President)
P.O. Box 635
Carrabelle, FL 32322


In the story in the February, 26
issue of the Franklin County
Chronicle several lines of type were
omitted. Starting on the front
page with paragraph five the copy
should have read:
When asked what he felt he had
accomplished during the two
years, he said, "I feel that I have
made the Center a little more
attractive to the more active
seniors. I've tried to present
activities that would appeal not
only to frail and indigent, but also
to the seniors who are an active
part of the community." He cited
Bridge Parties: Line Dancing:
Dances and Concerts by F.S.U.
(Florida State University). These
concerts were supplied through
the good offices of Rose and Joe
Lindsay, donors to the Florida
State University School of Music.
The Lindsays were also steady
donors to the Center from the
start and provided the $51,000.00
to finish the building. He added
that targeting the frail and the
indigent is "right," but not the
only mandate of the Senior
We wish to apologize most
sincerely to two fine residents of
Carrabelle, Joe and Rose Lindsay.
These most generous people had
given every year to the building
fund for the Franklin County
Senior Center and they gave in
one lump sum the $51,000.00
that made possible the completion.
The main room of the building is
named in their honor. The
Lindsays have been generous In
their donations to other
worthwhile causes, one of which
is the Franklin County Humane

Yaupon Garden
Club /

9th annual Fashion Show
and Luncheon
"Fashion Flair"
At the Senior Center, Carrabelle
Sat, March 26 at 12:00 noon
$5.00 Admission by ticket only

Call Mary McSweeny 697-3604
or Helen Schmidt 697-3899

Letter to Editor
Little does one know that offering
a health related service in Franklin
County is called entrepreneuring.
To the people that know what
massage is I offer NO apology. To
the people who are uninformed
about massage I have only this to
say, before you make any rash
statements and/or judgements,
educate yourself on the benefits of
massage. Start by reading the
article published in the Panama
City News Herald by Senior Editor
Ms. Cherie Hicks, dated February
21, 1994 Section B. Pages 1 &3.
Also, article 1989/1990 Winter
Issue of Pathways, page 31 titled
Hanson Spice, both of which I
have several copies. These articles
are on Seated Massage.
There is not a single person reading
this that has not had (at one time
or another) a bad nights sleep that
resulted in a bad back or a crick-
in the-neck.
There are people who have
headaches that radiate from their
head down their neck and into
their shoulders and back. hese
people live on aspirin, tylenol,
ibupropren or prescribed pain
Our local seafood workers Only
they can tell you what it's like to
,be on the water all day long
working heavy tongs filled with
oysters or bent over a cull-board
for what seems an eternity. Many
of these men and women don't
sleep at night due to pain.
Truck drivers on the road all day
and half the night end up with
neck, shoulder, back and leg
problems. The same goes for law
enforcement officers.
Office workers spend their day
bent over computers in the same
position for eight hours day after
day, weekafter week, month after

month, year alter year, while their
backs cramp, shoulders ache and
to add insult to injury, develop
carpal tunnel syndrome.
Restaurat workers shoulder
lower back and feet problems.
Cashiers Ditto.
Even newspaper reporters and
radio announcers have had
problems from time to time.
I could go on but I think you get
the picture. All of us at one time
or another have had pain. Agreat
percentage of this pain can be
alleviated by scientific and
systematic manipulation of the
soft tissues of the body, MASSAGE
To those ofyou who have problems
.withmy offer of seated massage to
the Franklin County employees, I
do NOT apologize. The offer was
made in good faith with only the
consideration of the wellness of
those participants involved. This
same offer is open to any of the
local (meaning county-wide)
businesses that maybe interested.
To any and all commissioners,
officials and employees male and
female, I DO apologize for any
embarrassment caused you by the
uneducated uninformed and
necessary remarks you have had
to tolerate on my behalf...
Tanya Patrick

Publisher's Note: We have published
Mrs. Patrick's letter to underscore
the fact that our "Speaking Frankly
in Franklin County editorial in the
last issue did NOT critically review
the merits or demerits of massage
per se, but did cite the questionable
practice of providing government
funded office space to a commercial
enterprise. The editorial made this
point quite clearly. Moreover, most
readers would agree that providing
space for a government official to
meet with constituents is not the
same kind of activity as the
furnishing of space for hearing aid
solicitations or massages.


By Paul Jones
Alligator Point, as well as Panacea bar patrons got a pleasant
surprise when they learned of the impending resurrection of a family
type watering hole on the former site of the Crow's Quarters Lounge
and later, the Harbor House Lounge.
Bob Barfield and son Barry, of Climax, Georgia, are slated to open the
Bartield's Gulf Breeze Tavern & Oyster Bar for business sometime
around the first of April. As regulars know, the location of the now
tavern is on County Road 370 approximately three miles off of State
Road 98. The roadhouse looking structure is nestled among shady
scrub oak trees on a lot overlooking the beautiful AlligatorHarbor
Like so many other south Georgians, the Barfields are not strangers
to this area. They both visit Alligator Point regularly who simply
enjoy the fishing and just be around the water".
To most families, the transition of abandoning a major farm operation
in Climax to opening a small bar venture in remote Franklin County,
Florida would be a traumatic undertaking. Notaccording to the elder
Barfield, "the farm business was good but lacked the personal
interactions we enjoy... we plan to operate a very friendly tavern and
meet a lot of interesting people". At this point, only beer and wine will
be served. In addition to the oyster bar there will be regulation pool
tables and electronic games for patrons to play. Such additions as a
large sunning deck and a dock over the bay are envisioned in the near

Captain Ernie's Saltwater Tips



Ernie Rehder
Awhile back I mentioned new varieties of fishing line which have the
potential to revolutionize light tackle fishing. We're talking about line
that might be cast like 6 lb. test monofilament but which has four
times the strength of that pound test I promised a report; and here
are a few preliminary findings.
It seems that the "new" lines really come in two very different types.
One is really souped-up and, hopefully, improved monofilament
which, along with certain other promises, uses labels like "ultra
premium." I used one DuPont product "Magnum 7/20," which
claims to cast like 7 lb. test but have the strength of 20 lb. line.
I have a mixed reaction to the Magnum monofilament. is as strong
as it claims, and probably more so, but it casts more like about 12
lb. line, because it is in fact rather broad in diameter. After a few
forays with it, I noticed on the spool with which it came the small red
letters "Revolving Spool Fishing Line," which might explain why that
line kinked up and was generally troublesome when first reeled on
to my non-revolving spinning reel. I must confess that the Magnum
did settle down after a few excursions, as it acquired "memory." and
produced some good fish. So, ifydu want 20 lb. mono that looks and
works like 12 lb. test mono, go for it.
Then I tried the real thing. one of the so called polifilament or "many
threaded" lines. The particular item was Versitex "Battle Line" in 25
lb. test. This kind of line, which resembles sewing thread, is a non-
monofilament composed of tiny strands of nonplastic fiber.
Since it is not at all like monofilament, I wondered how it would cast
from a spinning outfit. I found that it works just fine; it casts like
about 5 lb. test mono.
Aside from the actual casting, this super-thread line may have a few
drawbacks. As with mono, be careful not to fill up your reel spool to
the brim. Doing that with mono means a birds nest tangle; with the
super thread, the result is less dramatic but still annoying: little
knots that impede casting and probably weaken line strength.
Maybe the major complication from this light and superstrong line
is that it tends to fraywhen you cut it. I couldn't get a clean snip with
the nail clippers. That fraying tendency could cause trouble when
fishing oyster bars. I don't know yet because I only used it to catch
pinfish over sandy bottoms.


Holmes (904) 653-8878
Middlebrooks funeral Home (904) 65-87

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Acres Not


By Rene Topping
Otis Owens, of Carrabelle, came
before the county Commissioners
on March 1, to ask if he could
build a home on nineteen acres of
land on Airport Road.
Unfortunately, the area is
designated as agricultural and the
comprehensive plan only allows
one house to forty acres on
agricultural land.
Owens had pictures of the area
which he described as rapidly
becoming a dump because people
have been disposing of their
household garbage and other
,waste on'the secluded parcel. In
addition, Owens said that the land
at one time was owned by Buckeye
Cellulose and was used as an
office and wash down area for
their trucks and also had a large
tank in the ground that had held
diesel fuel. "They don't know why
it was F;operated off. The land is
just sitting there and becoming a
dump. We want to build a house
there." Owens said.
Owens said if the commissioners
would be able to give him
permission to build a home, (not a
mobile home,) he would take on
the job of taking the tank out of
the ground cleaning it and
donating it the Organization of
Artificial Reefs (OAR) for use in
the nearby waters as partof a reef.
He also said he would be willing to
make sure that soil borings were
taken to ensure there would be no
pollution. Owens said he is trying
to buy the land from it's present
owner, Bob Allen.
County Planner Alan Pierce said
he had talked to Owens about the
property, and had explained that
if the property had been separated
off before the comprehensive plan
went into effect them maybe the
commissioners could do
something. However it was done
in' 1990 and the comprehensive
plan went into effect in 1979.
Pierce added, "It is 150 feet away
from the city (Carrabelle) which
has different densities but it is not
adjoining.t' He felt that if Owens
.could got his land annexed into
the city he might be able to do as
*-he wished. Pierce also noted that
trying to do something in the
county, "The problem is, it would
be difficult to get a 19 acre parcel
changed to residential or any other
category. He needs to get another
21 acres and Make a 40 acre
parcel out or it" His last advice to
Owens was to try to got the county
rule changed or try to get annexed
Into the city of Carrabelle. But
Pierce warned the commissioners
on setting a precedent, "Onceyou
start how do we control lt?"he
Owens is on the City of Carrabelle
meeting agenda for Monday,
;.March 7 at7 P.M.

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By Rene Topping
Whomever it was who strewed
roofing nails in my driveway
sometime during the dark hours
of Friday the 4th of March, can
take satisfaction in the fact that
their cowardly act got all four of
my tires. It does not take.much of
a person to do something like
that. I know you feel you will
never be discovered. But you
never know. You also sprinkled
halfa coffee can full in the yard of
Ronnie O'Neal, a hard working
Young man who is building a home
for himself and family.

Let me tell you about Ronnie. He
bought a small house for a
reasonable amount of money and
undertook to move It himself. It
was a herculean task. He was
working in the heat of the summer
sun and would drink down a gallon
of water at one gulp. He worked
day and night, till nervously, the
final day came for him to move the
It took all day for him to got it the
j half a mile down the road to the
home sits Just past the mill site.
Then all alone except for his small
son and a faithful elderly friend,
he began putting in a well, I
watched him as he finally struck
water. The house had been
painted a horrible pink, and even
that, notall over. He has re-painted
it and already it shows the pride
he has in his home.
He has got the front all plowed up
and promises to have a nice green
lawn by this time next year. He is
putting every spare penny into his
project and he's doing it on his
own labor and his own money.
. So what did you do to him? For
some real or imagined grievance,
you dumped that bunch of nails.
into his driveway. You'll be happy
to know that he had seven- tires
| that were wrecked by your action.
Oh, he'll payGeorge Jackson what
he owes for fixing all those tires.
You see he doesn't think thatworld
owes him a living.
Maybe you will be happier yet
when you find out that Lynn
Hawkins, who gets up before dawn
every morning and delivers the
Democrat happens to deliver my
paper into my driveway which she
undertook to do after I had an
operation. Well, she had a blow
out on her route. Did you have
anything against this hard
working young woman?
Last, but by no means least, my
husband walked out Into our
driveway and ran one of those
rotten tacks clear into his foot.
I have searched my heart to see if
I have wronged someone in such a
bad way that they feel so hard
against me that theywant to cause
me problems. Indeed, I have a
strange feeling thatyou, the person
who did this to me and mine, is a
member of a family that I am
trying to help anonymously. I
have to tell You that I feel,
whomever you are, that I now
know one thing about you. You
are a sniveling coward, not man or
woman, enough to confront me in
person with any real or imagined
problem you may have with me-



In late February, John Billingsley,
Director of the Division of Hotels
and Resturaunts within the Dept.
of Business and Professional
Regulation (BPR) announced that
all resort dwellings on pilings with
two levels above the pilings would
qualify as three~story structures.
As such, these rented structures
are normally licensed by BPR to
satisfy fire safety rules and other
regulatory items. Now, such
rented structures must have an
a approved means of egress from
the structure or a sprinkler
system, to be installed by 1
October 1994.
This is entirely consistent with
the general requirements
contained in Florida Statute
509.215 which apply to public
lodging establishments three
stories or more in height.
Coincidingwith this requirement,
the State Fire Marshal has
determined that the "measure-
forstorieswill begin atgrade level.
The, statutory law also defines
"Resort Dwellings" to include
single or multiple family
residences which are rented three
or more times per year for less
than 30 days, with some
qualification. Now that the Fire
Marshal and Housing and
Resturaunt agencies have some
agreement on stories and heights,
an administrative rule has been
proposed to "reflect change of
licensing duties to the
Department of Business and
Professional Regulation, and
establish firesafety standards for
one and two family dwellings,
recreational vehicles and mobile
homes used as public lodging
establishments. A hearing was to
have been held at the Florida
State Fire College in Ocala on
Wednesday, 9 March 1994.
When the outcome of that hearing
is known, the Chronicle will
publish a summary and text of
the administrative rule.


From Pride

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point on



By Karen Bychinski
Finally, some nice weather! I vote
we swap Tuesday, Wednesday &
Thursday for Friday, Saturday &
Sundaysince it seems bad weather
loves weekends!
However, we have taken some
charters and had some frisky
individuals who have done well
with their fishing these past few
Captain Larry Tucker on the
maiden voyage of the "Miss A.T. -
2, did very we-llwith his party from
Rome, Georgia. Eric Haney and
his partyofsixbroughtin 10 greater
amberjack averaging 20 lbs., 25
lesser amberjack averaging 18
lbs. and two grouper weighing in
at 8 lbs. each. They had a total
catch of 500# caught on live bait
and cigar minnows in 65' of water
SE of Alligator Point"
Captain Dan Hays of the "Talisman"
with the Williams Brothers party
of Atlanta, Georgia also did well
with the amberjack averaging 18#
each with 6 groupers about lo# a
piece. Their bait was cigar
minnows & y ,5 a;d they even
caught One a part of a baloney
sandwich Their 350# was brought
in from 26 miles Southeast of
Alligator Point.
Captain Frank Barnes on the "Miss
Romaine" took his local party of
three to the Wakulla Bridge Oar
Reef and brought in there limit of


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9# grouper and and three flounder
weighing in at about 4# each. Their
bait was LY's and squid.
Jimmy Beavis and his family from
Tallahassee landed their limit of
nice grouper averaging 15# with
25# of the finest black rock bassl
Ly's and squid did the trick for
Chris Kalfas of Tallahassee took
SRon and Barbara Yarborough out
and caught six nice grouper
weighing 10# and 60# of huge blue
humpback rock bass.
Frank Middleton Jr. of Albany,
Georgia, party of two, fished the
bridge also with cigar minnows
and squid and came home with
two amber jack averaging thirty
pounds and nine grouper averaging
ten pounds.
Doug Kirtley ofAlligator Point came
in- with five grouper averaging 18
as he used
as he used LY's fro bait and fished
15 miles south of Dog Island.
The group have chilled to a slow
bite from the cool water
temperature. If you can get
in 65' of water or deeper they really
turn on. And if you really like that
fine rock bass white meat as much
as I do, you can go to thirty feet of
water just off of Dog Island, and
use 5# of squid to fill up!
A welcome greeting to all who which
to come fish from Alligator Point.
We are open all winter for some of
the best fishing all year. We have
all the saltwater supplies you might
need at pride of the point, and
have fishing tips for all seasons. If
you don't have a boat, we have four
charter boats available from 44' to
23' in length that will show you
good time and bring home some
dinner for you.
Thank you for your patronage and
come see us soon!! If you can't
come down, give us a call for daily
fishing reports during our open
hour which are Tuesday through
Sunday from 8am to 5pm through
the summertime. Those interested
can call 904-349-2511.






Josephine (Jo) Woods says, "Get
your tickets early for the 'Yaupon
Garden Club's Ninth Annual
Fashion Show and Luncheon" to
be held starting at 12 noon on
Saturday, 26 March. This year it
will once again be held at the
Senior Center in Carrabelle.
Woods is Co-Chairperson of the
event along with Helen Schmidt
She said that this year all tickets
will be sold in advance and there
will be no tickets sold at the door.
To obtain a ticket just see any
Garden Club member or call Club
President Mary Mc Sweeney at
697-3604. The $5.00 price
includes Luncheon and the Show.
The theme this year will be
"Fashion Flair," and will include
items from The Camouflage Shop
inApalachicola and the Two Gulls
in Carrabelle. Other fashions
shown will be items from the
personal wardrobes of models and
also hand sewn and hand crafted
As always there will be special
items ofclothing, modeled and
expect at least one comic relief
which will be kept secret from
everyone until the day of the show.
Anne Lindsey will be program
editor and Helen Schidt will
narrate the show. Donna Spacey
and Mary Aman will be in charge
of decorations.
Mary Mc Sweeney who is the
president of the club said that in
the past the club has used the
proceeds to keep a library going in
Carrabelle for thirty years and
other projects such as plantings
at City Hall.

Bayou Art Gallery II
Monday through Saturdays
Marine Street-Carrabelle
Across from Florida Power bldg.
Original Art-Art Supplies
Art Lessons-697-2750
Oil Painting-Wednesday
1:30-3:30 p.m.
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Carrabelle Artist Association

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'As the curtain call nears. the
Panhandle Players ready
themselves for their musical
p'endition of "Pump Boys and
, Dinettes." The musical features
six performers (four Pump Boys
and two Dinettes) who sing, dance,
strum guitars and play drums
with kitchen appliances. The play
is set in the south (presumably
North Carolina although it is not
expressed) and the show revolves
around the characters at a local
gas station and a diner. The
characters portray a love of their
rural lifestyle thatincludes fishing,
fraternizing and music. They
reside in small town off Highway
57 between Frog's Level and
Royce Hodge, who is directing the
play, is also acting the part of the
lead "Pump Boy." Hodge last
performed with the Panhandle
Players as the character, Walter
Mitty, in the play. "The Secret Life
of Walter Mitty. "My character's

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name is Jim," said Hodge, "he is a
nice fellow, though kind of
forgetful. And he's a red neck for
sure. He owns the gas station he
works at and is the lead pumper."
TomAdams of St. George Island is
playing the part of Eddie, a Pump
Boy from Smyrna.and he is also
the music director for the play.
"My character is very quiet, "stated
Adams, "he is the slower and least
powerful of the pumpers. He's also
the butt of all the jokes, because
he's from Smyrna. Smyrna is the
town that all the other characters
make fun of because of the
supposed inbreeding that goes on
Norman Boyd, who has performed
in the last three plays of the
Panhandle Players "Play On", "The
Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and
"Arsenic and Old Lace", plays the
part of a Pump Boy named
Jackson. "Jackson is not a leader.
He could be pushed into making
important decisions but he's not

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likely to do something on his own.
He does, however, have a secret
affair with a girl in Frog's Level."
Boyd's character visits his Frog's
Level sweetheart named. Mona,
on weekends at the Frog's Level
Mall. Boyd also sings a ballad and
refers to her as his "be boppin,"
"heart stompin," "dime store
Queen. "
David Walker plays the final Pump
Boy named. L.M.. "My character
is really a cool dude. He is .red
neck whp'enjoys his garage pump
rock music. The character also
has secret fantasies that are
revealed in the play." Walker
explained that the play is odd in
the fact that it's more of an act
than a play. "You can almost say
that the play portrays a way of life
or a red neck heaven where the
music is everything."
Gayle Dodds plays the part of the
dinette. RhettaCupp. RhettaCupp
and her sister, Prudie, own the
diner called the Double Cupp. The
Cupp diner is next to the Pump
Boys gas station. The diner is
kind oflike Arlo Gutrie's portrayal
of Alice's Restaurant where "You
can get anything you want." The
dinette girls sing, "Come down to
the Double Cupp. You know we'll
fill you up. It's a Highway 57
paradise." Gayle spoke of her
character, "Rhetta is a down to
earth character who helps her
sister run the diner." Rhetta is
much more of a flirt than her
sister. She is fond of Pump Boy,
Jim, who makes the immortal
mistake of forgetting a date with
her and going out fishing instead.

Liz Sisung plays the part of Prudie
Cupp. Liz insists that Prudie in
not a prude, but is very
"particular." Liz explains. "Prudie
is looking for the best man. She
and her sister are good cooks.
They both have the same father.
The girls inherited the restaurant
,from their mama who was a hard
Those lending invaluable help to
players include Jim and Carol
Lawlor, Butch and Sally Baker
and Jack Garrison. Showtime for
"Pump Boys and Dinettes" will
begin at 7pm at the Carrabelle
Community Center (next to the
Carrabelle Library). The play will
be performed on 18 and 19 March.
The tickets are $5 for Adults and
$2 for children.


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By Rene Topping
Humane Society members were
treated to a demonstration of dog
obedience by Dixie Partlngton and
her star pupil, a dog named
Maggier at the Gibson Hotel in
Apalachicola on February 21. Ms.
Partington took Maggie through a
group of command$from"sit, to It
stay," "come" "lay down." She
walked the dog around the room
and Maggie performed flawlessly.
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This type of training is important
to dog owners in Franklin County
as the ordinance allows dogs to
me walked on "Voice Command."
Maggie certainly showed that the
leash is not necessary in a well-
behaved dog. In as much as dogs
are allowed on the beaches itmight
be of interest to dog owners to look
into such training.
Kathy Morton was presented with
a plaque to honor her for her
ceaseless efforts as ways and
means chairman. Her last project
"The Row-Wow Ball" which started
as members, of the "Gibson Porch
Gang" joined hands with the
members of the Humane Society
to help raise funds for a shelter in
Franklin county. i-t has been an
annual event on St George Island
and is a now on the permanent
calendar of the Humane Society
for February. This last effort
gained over a thousand dollars.
The main thrust of the Society
now is based on free or subsidized
spay and neuter programs in an
effort to get more strays adopted.
Ms. Morton said that she already
has promises from the band to
play again in 1995. She
announced the next event will be
DOO- DAH DAYwhen the Humane
Society provides all sorts of
contests for children and animals
along with a barbecue.
The Society is planning a Spring
campaign to get residents to spay
or neuter their pet in an effort to
reduce the over flow of pets that
are barn each year only to have to
die for lack of a good home. The
Society is on a membership drive
and anyone who would care to
join can contact Jane Cox at 653
8651 or Rene Topping 697-2616.
Membership is Individual $15.00,
Family $20-00, Seniors (those who
will admit to being over 55,) $12.00
Junior (non-voting) $1.00. Society
PresidentJane Cox said, "of course
we would invite all people who
want to help with animals to join
us. But we do want to emphasize
that you do not have to work at the
shelter, foster animals or even
help with projects. You see all the
money we collect from dues is
spent one way or another on the
animals themselves, so please
consider joining as with a small
contribution to the work we do."

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The Ilse Newell Concert on Sunday
afternoon, 13 March, at 4 PM at
historic Trinity Church in
Apalachicola, promises to be an
exciting one. It will feature
professional musicians with family
ties to Franklin County. Dr. Denis
W. Askew, tubist, nephew of
Martha and Royce Hodge of St.
George Island, and twelve year old
Master Joseph Wilbanks, pianist,
grandson of Charles and Merle
Jenkins Felder of Apalachicola,
will join Dr. Bedford Watkins,
;pianist, in playing a varied
program of music from Beethoven
to Bartok.
Askew and Watkins will
collaborate on a beautiful and
challenging arrangement for brass
and piano by Beethoven. Joseph
IWilbanks will perform pieces ,by
Bach. Bartok, and Chopin. The
program will conclude with the
music of Domenico Gabriell
performed by Dr. Askew, and that
of Vaughan Williams and Walter
Ross performed by Dr. Watkins
and Dr. Askew.
Dr. Askew, who received his Doctor
in Musical Arts in Tuba
Performance from the University
of Michigan in 1991, has been
serving as Assistant Professor of
Tuba and Euponium -at the
University of North Carolina at
Greensboro. He has been a soloist
with the Pennsylvania State
University Wind Ensemble, the
Napa Valley Symphony, Napa,
California, and the University of
Michigan Campus Band. He is
also serving as principal tubist
with the Greensboro Symphony
Master Wilbanks, of Charleston,
South Carolina, and Cape San
.Blas, Florida, is the son of
Commander and Mrs. J. D.
Wilbanks. He has been schooled
through Montessori and the
Citadel in Charleston. At age 6, he
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by Norm Boyd
You know, one of the topics that I
have written and spoken about a
lot since I became involved with
elders is the topic of remaining
involved to remain young. I believe
that seniors who gave up all their
activities and become observers
in the game of life have given up
and are no longer really living;
rather they are existing. If you
think about it, one of the most
important ingredients in a happy
life is simply being needed by
someone, If you were alone in the
world and felt that no one needed
ou, would you really be very
happy? I doubt it. All of us need to
be needed. But when you become
a spectator, you are giving up the
feeling of being needed. Instead,
you get into the mind set that you
need everyone else, but no one
needs you.
Let's take a look at your life and'
see ifyou are one of the seniors I'm
talking about. When was the last
time you offered to help out at an
activity at your church? Okay,
maybe you can't lift and carry
chairs and tables anymore, but
can't you make a few phone calls
to make sure everyone remembers
what they promised to bring?
Can't you help arrange the flowers
on the altar? Can you still bake
that social dish that you are
famous for? The point is that
there are thingsyou can do to
help; you just have to want to get
How about the upcoming
fashion show? Do you have a
special dress that has been around
since Aunt Gertie was a
debutante? Call the organizers
and tell them; you'd be surprised
how glad they would be to hear
from you. And won't you look
glamorous coming down that
Here in Franklin County, we have'
a 'program called "Telephone
Reassurance" which consists of
volunteers calling other seniors
on the telephone just to chat and
make sure that everything is
alright You would be amazed
how important these phone calls
become in the life of a home bound
person. And ifyou are home bound
yourself, you can volunteer to be a
"Telephone Reassurance" worker
and enrich your own life at the
same time. The wonderful thing
aboutdoing something for another

A critic for the New York State
Council for the Arts has said of
Master Wilbanks,"He can be our
Van Cliburn of the Decade of
2000." Joseph is in the studio of
Carolyn Sapp, Chipola Jinior
College, Marianna.
Following the concert, Col. Greer
oftheApalachicolaArea Historical
Society Inc., will display some toy
soldiers, military miniatures and
military paintings, plates and
prints in the Parish Hall. Other
related models may also be
displayed. The exhibit is primarily
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is that you get just as much out of
it as they do.
On March 29, at the Carrabelle
Senior Center, we will be
recognizing all those people who
have donated money or given of
their time and energy during the
past year to help keep the Senior
Centers going. Come on over to
the Center at 2:OOPM, and join in
recognize these people, Then, sign
up to do some volunteer work
yourself, so that you will be one of
those we will recognize next year.
By the way, Henry Taylor will be
the special guest speaker at the
event this year, so be sure you
come out to hear what Henry has
to say and help us to honor those
who have done so much for the
Senior Citizens of Franklin
I would like to close with a quote
from a column in this month's
"The Director" newsletter. These
words were written by Robert
Bonniwell, the director of Modern
Maturity Center in Dover,
Deleware: "When the final books

are balanced and closed, the
greatest tribute anyone could
receive would be: You were useful,
Someone needed you. What
greater ambition could a person
"I fill a need in the lives of a few
People. If there is someone who
needs my love, who looks forward ,
to my presence, even if I am
nothing more than the object to
someone's love, then I am valued,
my existence has meaning. I may
not be much, but I can love others
and make them feel needed. No
one is useless, unless they give up
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was"Surgeon General's Warnir
and Michael and Alison Veazev
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The new fire truck arrived on St. George Island, Friday, 25 February
in the late afternoon. The President of the Apalachicola State Banjk.
Barry Brynjolfsson presented a check to fire chief Jay Abbott for the
purchase of the truck. Abbott, in turn presented Barry Brynjolfsson
the first payment on the account amid the fifty or so citizens who
looked over the apparatus and enjoyed the speeches and re freshmen ts.

Fire Chief Jay Abbott received a Certificate of Recognition presented
to the St. George Island Fire Department by Mr. B. J. Peters (Director,
Division of State Fire Marshal) and Herbert F. Clark (Chief of Staff.
Treasurer of Florida) during the Chill Kickoff on Saturday. 5 March
1994. The Certificate and commendatory letter was sent from State
Treasurer Tom Gallagher, who stated. In part, "...I am sending the
enclosed Certificate of Recognition to you and the St. George Island
fire fighters for their commitment to saving lives and property from
the devastation of fire. Each of you are to be commended for j6b that
you do." The Certifacate read In part, "...In recognition of and
appreciation foryour contribution to leadership and professionalism
In Florida's fire service, and to Publicly Acknowledge Faithful and
Distinguished Service to the State of Florida and the People thereof."

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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Water samples taken from a main water line were sent to the
Savannah Laboratories and Environmental services, Inc. at
Tallahassee on 14 February by the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District. Commissioner Carl Bailey said this is a new requirement
of the Department of Environmental Protection that went into effect
this year and said, "I don't feel any problem with that."
Bailey reported at the District's 22 February meeting at Chilas Hall
that when the main water line was contracted in 1977, water
commissioners bad a choice of using PVC or abestos cement and that
abestos "was believed to be the best stuff" then. The samples taken
on 14 February were collected from the service line to Trinity
Properties, Lot 1, at 11:30 a.m. and delivered to Jariet Pruitt at
Savannah Laboratories & Environmental mental Services in
Tallahassee at 12:55 p.m. the same day, according to a copy of a
Purchase Order Request provided byBaileyin his office on Wednesday,
23 February. Bailey said he expects to receive results of the tests
"shortly." Bailey also provided a copy of the District's Water
Bacteriological Analysis report which show that abestos testing was
done at 8 a.m., 23 February, which covered the previous 24 hours,
Bailey said. Bailey said that the alkaline, or pH level 'was 7.4 on that
day and said "it runs about the same daily." Bailey said 7 is the
neutral level, Bailey said that Should the test results show a high
level the problem will be corrected by "treatment at the source."
Michael LeRoy, Professional Engineer with the Florida Department
(DER), ofEnvironmental Regulation(DER) said in a telephone interview
on 3 March that the Water Bacteriological Analysis tests will tell DER
whether or not there is a corrosion problem in the pipes and that the
abestos tests are only done every nine years because the corrosion
process is very slow. Samples must contain less than 7 million fibers
S-per liter of water, and those 7 million fibers must be greater than 10
microns in length, according to LeRoy.
LeRoy said that abestos cement itself poses no danger. The only real
danger the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can show is in
the manufacturing process where workers might breathe loose
abestos, and "as long as the manufacturer takes precautions, there
is no danger," LeRoy said.
"From the drinking water point of view abestos cement is nowhere
near as dangerous as abestos fibers filtering down from the ceiling
in a building and are breathed," LeRoy said.
If the water is deficient of calcium carbonate, the calcium carbonate
rejected material, approximatelyy 80,000 feet of 6-inch PVC pipe,"
which has been storedon the District's property since 23 July, 1992,
-the District says. Sniley said the District is asking for a storage
feewhich as of 22 February, amounts to $3,600. The District is
asking in the counter-clalmlaim that T & A remove all stored pipe
from the District's property. Sinley said Bodiford had telephoned
him to advise him that the District will receive an answer to the
counter-claim "shortly." Judge Davey suggested at the 4 January
hearing that the parties involved in the lawsuit try mediation, and
Smiley reported at the 22 February meeting that mediation is
possible but not required. "We have in fact asked for a jury trial,"
Smiley said.
Bailey said the District is in no big rush to make a decision on
whether or not to purchase property for use as an office. The current
lease expires at the end of May, 1994, Bailey said. The District leases
It's current office for $200 per month, and Bailey said property could
be purchased by the District for $200 per month for 20 years for a
total purchase price of $48,000. Millie VanHamm asked Bailey how
much the District is prepared to offer for the building, and Bailey
replied, "I don't know."
"We're not making a decision," Bailey said. "Werejust talking about
it" Bailey described the property as an ideal spot, a convenient place
where customers can pay their bills, and Van Hamm suggested, that
water & sewer bills could be paid at Chilas Hall. Jim Bove suggested
the District purchase a mobile home and put it by the District plant
at an approximate cost of $7,000 but Bailey did not agree with this
"There is a concerned citizen's group here that wants you to quit the
building completely," Van Hamm told Bailey. "We can't afford that
building, we can't afford that property." Bailey replied, "We'll make
that decision when we come to it," to which VanHamm commented,
"I'm sure you will, but I'm telling you how people feel." More than 30
District customers attended the meeting.
Bailey reported that he had attended a preliminary hearing in the
Franklin County Small Claims Court on 22 February where County
Judge Van Russell judged for LVW&SD in a complaint filed by the
District against County Commissioner Tom Saunders to collect over
a thousand dollars Saunders owes the District Bailey had said
previously that Saunders owed $2,000. At Judge Russell's suggestion,
Bailey said he and Saunders talked privately to see if they could work
out an agreement for Saunders to pay the amount he owes, but
Bailey said "His (Saunders) proposal was completely unsatisfactory."
Smiley said that collecting the money from Saunders is "at this point,
matter ofprocedure. When thejudgementis recorded, we can start
trying to collect."
Bailey said Saunders did not deny that he owes the debt to the
LVW&SD. Bailey's attempt to adjourn the meeting at Chilas Hall was
thwarted by several District customers who obviously bad something
theywanted to say. Jerry Massey told Bailey that he understood that
Baey had made statements at the 25 January meeting that Massey
uses 60,000 to 70,000 gallons of water a day and that another
customer, David Hinton, uses 100,000 gallons a day. "You are either
misleading these people or you are misreading these meters,"
Massey said.
Massey reminded Bailey that Bailey had once accused Massey and
Hinton of"Pirating water" and had brought a deputysheriff to their
property to have both arrested. Massey said the deputy then advised
Bailey that Massey body shop was on well and that Bailey could be
sued. Bailey said he did not recall that incident, and Massey
suggested he contact Deputy Kramer for verification that his site is

on a well. Massey told Bailey that 1,818 "bur-barrels" (55-gallon
drums), every 24 hours filled up, would not hold 100,000 gallons of
water. "If you'd spend more time running this water department
instead of playing Building Inspector and Zoning Commissioner, we
would not be in the shape we're in right now," Massey said.
An attempted interviewwith Massey after the meetingwas adjourned
was aborted by Commissioner Sparks' repeated flipping on and off
of the light switch inside Chilas Hall and calling out that the meeting
was over and he was locking the building. Several people still inside
the building protested Sparks' actions. Massey said he is semi-
retired and had owned a body shop in Georgia "for years and years-
He said he and his wife "play" and restore old cars every once in a
while at a shop he built at his Dresent home. "He (Bailey) has tried
contained in abestos cement has the potential to dissolve releasing
th :abestos fibers into the water. "So far, we have not seen this
happen in Florida," LeRoy said.
LeRoy said that abestos is a human carcinogen. Through ingestion
of fibers, tests have shown that abestos can Cause benign gastro
intestinal tumors in male rats, but no response has been produced

in female rats. Inhalation ot particles of asbestos can cause the lung
disease, asbestosis.
LeRoy said that there are no laws or rules regarding the use of
asbestos cement. EPA attempted to have it banned in 1985 but was
not able to establish that there are any harmful health effects from
ingestion of the fibers. LeRoy said abestos content is widely used and
is very good material for pipes, "strong, does not corrode easily and
has a long life." If the water is very corrosive and eats the cement
away, could be dropped into the water, but LeRoy said that after only
one year of testing of a few large water systems, the State of Florida
has not noticed a problem in reports received here.
Bailey reported that a control lift that was damaged by lightning is
still on temporary control wiring and that the District is gradually
replacing the wiring. Bailey read a letter from J.A. Kintz of DEP
regarding the lead and copper analysis report for the 1 July to 1
December 1993 monitoring period in which Kintz said that the
District did not exceed the action level for lead or copper at the 90th
percentile. Bailey said that 20 tests were done in various homes built
in or before 1988. Kintz requested that the same sites be re-sampled
again in the 1 January through 30 June, 1994 monitoring period
and that those samples be submitted to DEP no later than 10 July,
District Treasurer Harold Sparks reported that revenue for the
month of January, 1994 was $16,858, with $17,500 budgeted.
"We're short $642,11 Sparks said. Total expenses were $19,896
with $17,500 budgeted, an over-expenditure of $2,396. Total
unrestricted funds, $52,696; total restricted funds, $108,295; total
in the bank, $55,599, Sparks said.
Attorney Scott Smiley, of Thompson, Crawford and Smiley Law Firm
in Tallahassee reported on the status of a lawsuit filed against the
LVW&SD by T & A Utilities Contractors, Inc. The original complaint
was filed by T & A in October, 1993 but was dismissed by Judge
Kevin Davey on 4 January, 1994 for lack of prosecution. T & A
attorney, Larry A. Bodiford refiled the lawsuit on the same day.
Smiley reported that the district has filed an answer to the T & A's
complaint and has also filed a counter-claim against the contractor.
Smiley said the District may also bring a cross-Complaint against
Baskerville-Donovan Engineers, the District's supervising engineer
on the project. T & A has complained that the LVW&SD breached
a three-phase contract entered into on or about 24 September, 1990
by failing to pay the balance of $56,706.95 of the contract funds. The
LVW&SD says that T & A breached the contract by providing and/
or installing defective pipe and connecting gasket material which
resulted in T& A's failure to timely perform according to the contract
specifications. Lanark says that T & A owes the District $56,706.95
in liquidated damages. T & A has sued both the LVW&SD and
Baskerville-Donovan, stating that the engineering firm was negligent
in its approval of the pipe. The defective pipe was purchased by T
& A from Hughes Supply, but Hughes is apparently sailing free in the
resulting ruckus because of a disclaimer warranty which allows
them to escape liability. Smiley said he has not seen Hughes'
disclaimer and that the contract is not clear about it, but he saidthat
in a previous case evolving Hughes, disclaimer and T & A, the
utilities contractor lost and, in his opinion, therefore accepted
responsibility and assumed liability by supplying the pipe for the
LVW&SD project.
The District's answer to the contractor's complaint states that
Hughes Supply has claimed an unpaid amount for the materials and
that the amount must be paid before the plaintiff (T & A) is entitled
to any funds- LVW&SD is asking for attorney's fees and court costs
incurred in the defense of the case and for damages that exceed
$10,000 as well as for liquidated damages in the amount of $300 for
every day that the work under the contract continued beyond 8 May,
On 25 September, 1992, the LVW&SD put T & A on notice that a
$200 per month @storage fee would be charged for storage of the
evething in his power through Allen Pierce to come out here and
shut me down," Massey said.
Massey said Bailey had once told him that he (Bailey) just didn't like
what he's (Massey) doing out there, but Massey concluded, "It's not
up to him." VanHamm ignited Sparks when she said that Sparks and
Bailey were in direct violations of the Sunshine Law" when the two
visited for three hours in Sparks home on 9 February. A meeting of
two elected commissioners in such a manner is prohibited by the
law, Van Hamm said. Sparks voiced his right to visit Bailey any time
he wanted to. VanHamm told Sparks that his and Bailey's
conversation was "not hard tQhiar', and that she would "bring the
tape to the next meeting" 9f the Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District, scheduled to be Held 24 March at 7:30 p.m. at Chilas Hall.
Asked outside the building after the meeting was over if she really
had a tape of the Commissioners visit with one another, Van Hamm
smiled and said, "NO."

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The Village Cafe in Lanark Village
will reopen soon under new
management, and according to
Danny Holten, "Everybody seems
tobe ready for us to open."Janalyn
Dowden, sole proprietor of the
cafe, and Holten, who plan to
marry this month, are "pushing
hard to open" by20 March, Holten
said. Dowden is the daughter of
John Gray, owner of Johnnie's
Restaurant in Carrabelle.
Unlike her father, who provides
Home Cooking in A Smokefree
Environment" Dowden & Holten
plan to provide smoking and non-
smoking sections for diners.
Holten said the facility has a return
air vent that draws out the air,
runs it through a filter machine,
then back into the roof, and if
necessary, they will get a little
more exhaust to clear away the
The cafe was a beehive of activity
Saturday, 5 March, as Holten and
Dowden's children, Bill, 15;
Donald, 12; Cassie, 8; helping to
build and Aaron, 6, hammered
and sawed, helping to build a new
stock room in the kitchen. All new
equipment is being purchased,
Holten said, including a new ice
machine, freezer, dishwasher,
tables and chairs.
"We have a lot of work to do,"
Holten said. Amidst the clamor of
construction, beautiful ferns
already hang in the windows, and
Dowden plans to hang more of the
plants, Holten said. Pictures will
be placed around the main dining
room, which will seat 40 diners.
"We will have a hometown
atmosphere... make everybody
feel at home," Holten said.
Dowden's mother and sister will
help with the cooking, Holten said,
creating a family-run
establishment. At first, the cafe
will be a breakfast & lunch tvype of
uong, opening at 7 A.M. and
closing at 2 P.M. There will be
lunch specials and a hot bar, with
a choice of meat, 2 vegetables,
bread, and dessert (pies and
cakes).Holten said steak and
shrimp specials are planned for
Friday and Saturday evenings
from 5 P.M. until 9 or 10 P.M.
children will be able to order
reduced portions at reduced
"We're going to make all our
hamburgers homemade, old
fashionedstyle, you know," Holten
said. (sorry, fast-food junkies, the
Village Cafe will serve only
"homestyle cooking".) The
establishment will be open 7 days
a week, and will probably close at
2 P.M. on Fridays and Saturdays
in order for the cooks to prepare
for the special weekend evenings.
A private dining room will be
adjacent to the main dining area,
and civic clubs, groups or
organizations are encouraged to
contact Dowden and Holten about
reserving the room for meetings.
Private parties can also be held in
this area.
On opening day, complimentary
platters will be provided for the
public, and that day will be just as
soon as we get everything in here
and open the door," Holten said.
"We need all the people we can get
to come out here and help us out.
come and eat with us, we'll make
(you) happy!", Holten said.




By Carol Ann Hawkins
Lamar Hardy, a Franklin County
Public works employee who was
injured in awreck inApalachicola
on 25 February, is still in guarded
condition in the Intensive Care
Unit at Flowers Hospital in Dothan
Alabama, hospital spokesmen said
Tuesday morning, 8 March.
Hardy's step-mother, IUnda Hardy,
said in a telephone conversation
from the hospital that three
operations have been performed
on Hardy's right arm but doctors
still do not know if the arm can be
saved. Linda Hardy said that the
family was told Wednesday, 2
March that itwould be three weeks
from the operation performed on
that day before doctors would
know if the arm can be saved, but
she said that plastic surgeon, Dr.
Owens told the family "it looked
good, like a miracle."
Linda Hardy said skin grafts were
done, using muscle tissue from
Lamar's abdomen and skin from
his thigh. His entire arm is
damaged; tin is imbedded in his
arm and his shoulder is broken,
Linda Hardy said, and even if the
arm is saved, he will have "very
limited mobility," but"by the Grace
and help of the good Lord, they're
going to save it," she said.
Penny Hardy, wife of Lamar, was
in the room with Lamar at the
time of this telephone
conversation, but she sent word
through her mother to thank
everybody for theirprayers. Lamar
Hardy sent word to "Just tell
everody thank you, and keep
praying." The family wants
everyone to know they appreciate
the cards and donations received
since Lamar's confinement in ICU.
Linda Hardy said that, hopefully,
Lamar can be transferred to a
room by Wednesday, 9 March.
Kit Mashburn, also a public works
employee, who was driving in the
1993 Cherokee when the accident
occurred, could not be contacted
at home but Sgt. Summerhill of
the Department of Corrections
(DOC) said Mashburn is "doing
fine." Summerhill said Mashburn
may be off -work for at least a
month because of injuries received
in the accident, which include
"Some broken bones." Hospital
'spokesman said that flowers
cannot be sent to ICU but that
Hardy can receive cards sent to
Flowers Hospital, P.O. Box 6907,
Dothan, AL 36302. The hospital's
street address is 4370 west Main,
Dothan, AL 36301.

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About 40 Gulf and Franklin
County residents attended a
public hearing, held March 2, at
the Gulf County Courthouse by
the U.S. Army Space and Strategic
Defense Command. The purpose
of the hearing was to give citizens
a chance to comment on a draft of
the Army's Environmental Impact
Statement for a proposed missile
testing site to be located at Cape
San Bias.
The Cape facility along with Eglin
Air Force Base is one of four sites
being considered by the military
to test short and medium range
interceptor and surface to surface
missiles similar to Patriot missiles
used during Operation Desert
Storm in the Persian Gulf.
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Sands Missile Range, New Mexico,
the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll,
-Republic of the Marshall Islands,
fand Vandenberg Air Force Base,
f FSan Nicolas and San Clemente
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launched from the Eglin and Cape
San Blas facilities, allowing the
debris to fall back into the Gulf of
The draft Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) analyzes the
potential environmental
consequences of conducting
missile program demonstrations
and operational test flights and
target intercept tests along the
proposed flight paths and test
range areas that include the effect
of the tests on air qua-lity,
biological resources, hazardous
wastes, noise, socioeconomics,
health and safety, and water

Gulf County Commissioner
Michael Hammond spoke in favor
of the project, indicating it would
bring people into the area who
would spend money and it would
help save military jobs. Sly Kemp,
who has worked at the Cape facility
for thirty-three years, said he felt
most people didn't know the site
existed, and that "with missiles
flying up and down the coast, it
looks like the tourists would have
already been scared off."
Staffmembers from Senators Pete
Peterson's and Bob Graham's
office appeared before the
gathering. Jim Baxley, from
Graham's office said that the
Senator would support the
measure, if the people of Florida

The draft EIS concludes that there The Army will accept written
would be no significant impact to comments for or against the
the environmental resources on project until March 28. Any
Cape San Blas. Randy Gallien of comments should be sent to Mr.
the Army's Space and Strategic David Hasley, U.S. Army Space
Defense Command gave an and Strategic Defense Command,
overview of the EIS as it pertains Attn: CSSD-EN-V, P.O. Box 1500,
to the Cape site explaining the Huntsville, AL 35807-3801.
potential impact of the tests and
the military's mitigation, or
solution to potential problems.
One of the problems discussed f lTn ltonR
was the impact to bird and sea
turtle nesting grounds. Gallien *
said the Army would survey and A d m ts
identify nesting sites and would
use shielded, low pressure sodium Fr.tra ion*
lights to minimize hazards. Gallien Frustration
also stated that to insure the safety
of residents and visitors State Road
30Ewouldbe closed during testing By Rene Topping
and any residences in the County Engineer Joe Hamilton
immediate vicinity would be County Engineer Joe Hamilton
immevacuadiated, vicinity woul said at the county commission
evacuated. meeting on 1 March, "We have
William McGee, representing the bids coming up in a few minutes
Cape San Blas Taxpayers t on the i o raghtin, thing.
Association, said that the Goodness, this has really been
Association was not in favor of the frustrating." He said that on the
proposed testing, fearing that it night of the accident to the county
pould .strb the quiet lifestyle employee,(reported elsewhere,>he
enjoyed by Cape residents and got a call after 11 p.m. from the
visitors. His sentiments were sheriffs office wantin to know
visitors. His sentiments wereondon, how t get in touch witthe Fixed
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President of the Franklin and Base Operations airlift the airport
Southern Gulf Counties Realtor as theywanted toairlift the young
Association, who added the EIS man to a better facility. He was
disoataddress de othe o very lucky we had a full moon that
did not address the effects. ofthe Niemonh gh ..
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The bids for the lighting had all
been turned down at the
commission meeting of February
15, because they were all over the
bid limit and also there was some
question as to when bids had to be
presented. There were two bids
for the lighting: Parker Pools and
Construction bid $263, 795.00
Joiner Electrical of Tallahassee
bid $353,547-05. Hamilton
advised the board to accept the
low bid and said that he believed
that State Department of
Transportation (DOT) would
provide the extra money above the
$240,000-00 that was allowed.
In another bid opening on cleaning
and repairing the courthouse and
repairs to the old Jail located
immediately behind the
courthouse$ there was only one
bid. Robinson Curtis of Pensacola,
bid $43.000.00 and $79,000-00
for the jail. The bid was turned
over to Joe Hamilton to negotiate
work Up to $80,000.00. Clerk
Kendall Wade said that it would
cost about $20,000.00 to roof tho
jail. He said that the courthouse
was in need of re-roofing and was
given permission to advertise for

On the matter of the electrical
storms putting the New Jail and
Sheriffs Office Out of
communications, Joe Hamilton
reported that Baskerville and
Donovan, the engineers for
construction of the new jail. had
inspected the building and said
the problem was not there.
Sergeant R. J. Brown of the
Sheriffs Office had inspected the
tower and said it was not there.
Hamilton said it appeared that
the county has somewhat of a
mystery on it's hands.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
commented "If it is spiritual then
there is nothing we can do about
it. Michael Allen informed the
board that Richard Plessinger, the
owner of WOYS Oyster Radio, had
offered his services to both Pierce
and the Sheriffs office, to chock
out the problem in as much as
was familiar with the electronics
involved. Pierce said he had no
objection to Plessinger looking it
In other business: Susan Creekof
the Carrabelle Area Chamber of
Commerce was granted
permission to request a one day
closure of Marine Street in
Carrabelle for one day of the
Waterfront Festival that will be.
held over Father's Day Weekend.
commissioners voted to split
recreational funds three ways.,
with a third going toThe Carrabelle
Youth League: The Apalachicola
Springtime Festival and The Pony
League in Eastpoint



PagelO. 10 March 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Carrabelle City
Commission Continued
from Page 1

yes and at that point he signed off
on the job. Several people pointed
out that the homes Probably
looked so much better and the
People were glad that they got the
repairs that they would not feel
they should complain.
One of the complaints was that on
the home occupied by Boots
Evans. Here Phillips was
particularly annoyed that the
contractor had gone ahead and
put in a new septic tank even
though the city sewer ran close
by. He said," Before they fool with
the water and sewer system they
better check or we will take them
to court."
City attorney Bill Webster, laid
out the duties of the various
participants saying that, Carroll's
job was to make sure they
complied with the building codes;
Julian Webb had the duty of
making sure the jobs were carried
out to plans and specifications;
the commissioners had the duty
also of making sure that the plans
were carried out properly.
However he added that the
commission rely upon their grant
administrator Julian Webb to see
that this is done, Webster also
said that although a homeowner
may declare that he or she is
satisfied they cannot accept or
reject a project as.
Webb responded at one point that
he agreed with 90 per cent of what
was being said and he said that
his inspector would be back and
reinspect the houses that had
complaints. Phillips drilled in on
Obert asking him for a definite
time and date when he would be
there. Jim Brown interjected,
"Reinspecting won't do any good
unless you reinspect and correct
the problems. Phillips added
correcting the problems in his
demands on Obert. He said "We
want the problems fixed, That's
all the h... we want. Fix the
Phillips also lead the charge on
tabling indefinitely another
proposal by Webb to attempt to
secure an $80,000.00 grant and
also tabled the paying of a
$1,350.00 for payment to Webb
foradministering the CDBG grant
The matter will be reviewed at the
April 4 meeting. Some of the
contractors did not have the
competency card that is now being
issued in Franklin County to
contractors -who meet certain
In other business;
* Joe Hamm was chosen as a part-
time city policeman
* Randy Poteet was granted a
variance from setback lines in
orderforhim to build an extension
on his landing dock that will come
within one foot of his property
* Commissioners approved a
special exception for Sherry Davis
to replace a mobile home on Lots
6 and 7, Block 99, Picketts
* Commissioners passed an
ordinance whereby candidates for
commissioner would be assigned
to a seat after election by vote of
the seated commissioners. The
only exception being thatofmayor.
Candidates for that seat would
have to declare themselves
running for that particular job.
* Greg Yancey appeared before
the commission to ask that the
city transfer their service
agreement for sewage treatment
services from Southern Water
Services to himself as he has
bought the company,
Commissioners agreed after
Yancey submits correct
* Commissioners agreed, to a
request from Susan Creek
representing the Carrabelle Area
Chamber of Commerce to close
Marine Street from to Avenue E
South for the Waterfront Festival
to be held June 17, 18 and 19.

* Approved the request of the
Carrabelle High School Junior
class to hold a fund raising Street
Dance at 8.30 to midnight on
Second Street West between
Highway 98 and Avenue A. on the
eastside of the Community Center.
*Approved a resolution to support
the Franklin county Commission
in asking that specifics be provided
by Emerald Coast Hospital as to
how they plan to spend the
$793,147.00 granted by the State
to upgrade the hospital,
* Told Rob Allen and Otis Owens
to bring back plans and proposals
to the April meeting on a petition
by Bill Miller to annex 19 acres of
property in Section 25, Township
7 South, Range 4 West that used
to be the Proctor and Gamble
Buckeye office at one time. The

property is not contiguous to the



Alarm System
Continued from
Page 1

increase in traffic in and around
the Carrabelle High School and
also an increase in the number of
break-in attempts, I felt it
necessary to pursue some type of
Security System.5 to help hold
down the break-ins.
There have been numerous.times
in the last month that custodians
have had to go to the union school
as much as three time in a single
night, due to the principal not
being available on weekends. Of
course, the success of this system
will depend, not only how local
law officers respond but also how
the staffperceives it's importance."
It was on the night of the last
school board meeting held 15
February, at the Carrabelle School
that Kendrick began to take action.
In fact he began to work on getting
an alarm system the very next
morning. He said that just before
he left the school grounds he found
an open door at the front of the
building. He found some local
residents inside examining the
science fear exhibits.
They were scheduled to leave by a
door that automatically closes
behind them so he secured the
open door. Still, before morning
the school had been broken into
and science exhibits knocked
down. They tried to get into the
front office but failed. Kendrick
said he knew then that something
had to be done. According to a
statement from School
Superintendent C.T. Ponder,
property losses at Carrabelle High
School occupied in November
1993 when one T.V. and one
V.C.R togethervaluedat$500.00
were stolen. In January, 1994,
two T.V.'s and 3 V.C.R's valued at
$1,700.00 were stolen. In
February, 1994, two V.C.R.'s, one
laser disk player, two T.V.
monitors two, cassette players and
one amplifier. The total value of
this equipment was $3,029.00
At Apalachicola, problems have
been more on the order of
vandalized rather than theft. In
August 1992 a V.C.R. valued at
$324.95 was stolen from a
classroom. In December, 1992
vandalism to the office vault, soft
drink machines and doors,
resulted in $860.62 in damages.
in December, 1993, damages in
the Amount of $1,165 were
incurred, when large plate glass
windows were smashed by
The school self insures through
PACE. Claims have been put in
for the articles thatwere lost. Sinor
said that all the articles taken in
all but the last episode have been
replaced. He also said that
personal articles that are brought
in by teachers or other staff are
not insured. Sinor said that he
believes the new system will help
in apprehending the person, op
persons, who are invading the
school. He feels that after one
person has been arrested and
prosecuted it will have a real
tendency to stop other attempts.
Sinor said that on one occasion
the thieves loaded the equipment
on a rolling table and rolled it into
the parking lot and left the cart
out in the driveway.
When asked about the number of
keys that are out with various
people, Sinorsaldthathe is getting
that under control He has put Mrs
Bobbie Riley, school staff, in
charge of issuing keys on a need
basis and keys are only issued to
assigned personnel.
Carrabelle Chief of Police Jesse
Gordon Smith said that he is glad
that they are finally doing
something. He said, "If you
discover an open door or someone
calls, when you go out there that
building is so big there are a
hundred and one places where
someone could hide."

I George





Publisher's Note:
Excerpts from The Virginian-
Pilot and the Ledger Star in
the Norfolk area reprinted with
permission of the publisher.
The Robert Little article,
appearing on 30 December
1993, was brought to the
CHRONICLE by Mayor and
Mrs. Carleton Wathen
following their Christmas visit
to that area. We thought the
piece provided some
interesting perspective on the
oystering industry in Virginia
and Florida, illustrating
among several things that
other parts of the nation are
experiencing troubled times
but for different reasons.

By Robert Little
balanced on the starboard rail of
his 40-foot workboat, the stinging
Chesapeake Bay wind whipping
his face into a bitter, leathery
His brother, Ellis, stood in the
boat's belly shaking mud and ice
off his oilskin overalls.
The fourth-generation Virginia
watermen admitted to bein a little
crazy, braving Tuesday's freezing
temperatures to probe the bottom
of the James River for oysters with
1 4-foot tongs. But it's a centuries
old tradition.
And besides, they say, that
tradition is about to come to an
A government imposed
moratorium on oyster harvesting
in public waters begins at noon
Friday, five months before the
annual oyster season typically
ends. The Virginia Marine
Resources Commission ordered
the moratorium in September.
The scientists who recommended
closing the season early call it a
desperate effort to preserve the
drought- and disease-plagued
bivalves that once thrived in
Virginia waters.
But the men who make their living
on the Chesapeake Bay's
tributaries, tonging oysters from
mud-speckled flatboats, say it
means nothing less than the
extinction of the fabled Virginia
"Watermen been doing this since
the start of time, and they say
somebody will always be doing it,
" said Ells, 52. He and Chester,
56 are in their 30th year together
harvesting oysters from the state's
tidal rivers.
"But now they're taking our river
away from us," Ellis said. "Ain't
one of us going to survive that."
Officials say the moratorium might
onlylastayear. Buttheoystermen
say that's enough to put them out
of business forever.
"I'd say 95 percentof the watermen
got nothing else to do," said Walt

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34 years. "And if they find
something else to do, they won't
come bacK to oysters."
The days when 800 oyster boats
worked the lower Bay, selling
millions of bushels a year to
market boats from as far away as
Pennsylvania and NewYork, faded
into Virginia maritime history long
ago. State production has fallen
from more than 4 million bushels
a year to less than 30,000.
Only about 25 oyster boats are left
on the Virginia part of the Bay,
nearly all working the James River.
But state conservationists
monitoring the oyster population
say that's still too many if healthy
,oysters are to survive.
Diseases have been killingVirginia
oysters at alarming rates, typically
striking only a year after the
mollusks are mature enough to
And oysters live in salty water,
which recent droughts allowed to
migrate farther upriver.
Many oysters that then grew
farther upriver than usual were
killed when heavy rains inundated
them with fresh water.
Despite the state's gloomy
prediction, oystermen claim this
year's shortened season has been
one of the best in years.
Bureaucrats don't know oysters
any more than watermen know
politics they say.
But officials plan to complete a
comprehensive survey in January
that they say shows there are
fewer oysters in Virginia waters
than ever.
"We know the disease problems
have reduced the population, and
the harvest is the only thing we
can control," said James Wesson,
VMRC's oyster conservation
The market for Virginia oysters
has been so ravaged by poor
harvests and competition from the
Gulf Coast that wholesalers no
longer come unto the Bay looking
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who could find other work have
long since left the water.
And the longer the oysters are left
uncultivated, the more they grow
into clumps with narrow, thin
shells. Those "snappy" oysters
might be healthy enough to spawn
and survive disease but their
brittle shells make them worthless
to restaurateurs and shucking
Beds on Virginia's Atlantic coast
are not affected by the moratorium
but their supply is limited. And
many of them are harvested by
hand at low tide, not by the time
honored tones made of rubbery
ash wood and hammered steel.
The state's 103,000 acres of private
beds also are not affected, but
those are controlled mostly by
large companies and often
harvested by dredging.
The moratorium won't stop all
oystering in Virginia, and it won't
mean empty raw bars in area
restaurants. But the oystermen
say it is the end of their centuries
old way of life.
"Even if the oysters do come back
there won't be anyone left to work
them," said Stephen Perok, one of
only two remaining oyster buyers
on the James River. "If it takes a
year for them to open the season
back up, the market will be gone
and the watermnPi will be gone."
In Perok's Newport News marina,
about half of the state's surviving
oysterboats await the harvesteach
day, rafted six deep and soaked
from bow to stem with mud and
The oystermen leave the pierbefore
dawn, In time to reach the beds

before first light. They work in
pairs, one tonging and another
culling out mussels, rocks, dead
shells and anything smaller than
2 1/2 inches.
Two men might haul 20 bushels
of market grade oysters on a good
day, fetching $15 bushel from the
buyers back at the pier.

On their way one morning this
week to The Swash, an oyster rock
offFort Erustis, Chester and Ellis
West huddled inside their boat's
any pilothouse and warmed their
hands over a propane stove.
Chester's son, Scott, gamboled
across the open bay of the boat
like he was born on the water.
He wants to be an oysterman
someday. He's only 13.
Chester West was the same age
when he dropped out of school 43
years ago to spend his life on the
water. He prays, his son never
does the same thing.
"I might not have said that 20
years ago, back when there was
some promise," West said, never
breaking from his scraping, lifting
and dumping. "But there ain't
nothing left of all this now."
The Wests don't knowwhat they're
going to do Monday. Switching to
clams or crabs is too expensive.
And they can't catch croaker and
trout until April at the earliest

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Highway 319 and 98 Pool Cable TV =
- P.O. Box 727
Carrabelle, FL 32322 Downtown Adjacent to GarrabeUle River and Beach
- (904) 697-3410 Reservations Accepted Master Card Visa
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Hwy. 98 / P.O. Box 561


Patient histories computerized
Senior citizen discount 10%
If Delivery Fast, reliable service
CARRABELLE, FL 904-697-2766


Where The Locals Eat
Seafood Homemade Soups
Pasta Steak Sandwiches
Munchies Take Out
Beer & Wine

Open daily
for Breakfast & Lunch
7a.m. 2:30 p.m.
Dinner 6:00 p.m.
Tues Saturday
Watch the game on our large screen TVs
49 W. Pine Ave. St. George Island, Fl. 32328

SWillie Shiflette, wearing cap, unloads oysters at Menchville Marina in Newport News.
On a good day, two men might bring in 20 bushels of market-grade oysters.



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