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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 7 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 April- 25 April 1994

Route for

Ferry to

St. George


a Problem
By Rene Topping
Finding a route to run the ferry
from the mainland to St. George
Island to be used to carry heavy
trucks during the repairs on the
Bryant-Patterson Bridge may
become a problem for Florida State
Department of Transportation,
Bobby Grice, FSDOT Public
Transportation, Chipley, who said
he works in the department that
takes care of buses, airplanes,
trains, bicycles, pedestrians and
boats, came to give the first
progress report to the commission.
He said that since the last meeting
of the commission in March, he
had been busy with the help of the
Florida Marine Patrol in trying to
find a landing place on the
mainland and the island and also
a route to take.
He ran into two very well informed
commissioners, Bevin Putnal and
Dink Braxton, both of whom have
spent a major part of their adult
lives on the oyster bars. The route
that was being considered would
cross directly over the prolific Cat
Point oyster bar. The proposed
service would leave from the east
side of the bridge at the "old ferry
site" on the mainland. He said it
was proposed that part of the east
side would be closed from June to
October and was adding that part
would be closed on the west side,
when he was interrupted by
Braxton who said, "You're fixing
to open up the biggest can of
worms you've ever seen in your
life with the seafood industrywhen
you start running that ferryacross
the oyster bar."
Grice said that at the present they
are scheduling a meeting at
Chipley, on Friday, 8 April at 9
a.m., with ferry operators at a
pre-proposal conference at which
size, and the amount of water
drawn byvessels will be discussed.
He mentioned one that draws three
foot. He said he had looked at
several sites but each had
problems. He stated the three
major issues FSDOT are
considering are: "One, is of course,
oystering. The other one is the
commercial and whatever, as they
serve the people over on the island.
That's the two groups we are
concerned about. And we have to
do it to satisfy DEP (Department
of Environmental Protection)." He
said he would be glad to accept
help from the commissioners.
He said that he had run depths.
"We have three runs on the east
side and three runs on the west
side." He added that he had talked
to the Marine Patrol. Speaking of
prospective routes he said," Of
course none of it's perfect, but
they (Marine Patrol) said between
the power lines and the bridge, in
fact they said it was a little better

Continued on page 2




Beautiful Beaches

Being Trashed

By Rene Topping
Commissioners agreed with Franklin County Sheriff Warren
Roddenberry and numerous residents from Carrabelle Beach that
something needs to be done about the vandalism and trashing of the
beautiful beach areas of Franklin County. After hearing many
complaints from residents and the county's top law officer
commissioners directed that barriers be erected, signs posted and a
strict ordinance against drinking in any of the public places of
Franklin County be drawn up by the county attorney, in conjunction
with the County Engineer, Joe Hamilton, and County Planner, Alan
Pierce, and commissioners. Before he left the meeting the sheriff has
something to say to would be violators. He told them that the fine
could be up to $500 and. promised that they would be ticketed.
According to residents of the old Carrabelle Beach area unthinking
people are trashing the beach by burning tires, mattresses and other
household trash at the beach. On the beach and on the dirt road that
runs between the houses and the beach in the area dedicated to the
State trucks are racing up and down. It was described by one
commissioner Tom Saunders that the drivers wore doing "Wheelies
on the dunes."
Franklin County Sheriff Warren Roddenberry said, "We have a
multitude of problems in this area. It is not one of our normal patrol
areas. Usually we respond to calls. I will pass the word along to my
deputies to increase patrols. There are so many access roads down
to the beach for those four wheel drives that it is awfully hard to
Continued on page 6





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^F^B~~i^^ r? A A

Bobby Grice

By Brian Goercke
Oyster Radio Music Director, Debe
Beard, accepted the job offer from
WTRS radio on 25 March to
become the next News Director for
the Ocala based station. Ms.
Beard, who has resided in Franklin
County for the past 10 years, will
begin her job assignment in Ocala
on 11 April.
Beard expressed dismay about
leaving her friends In Franklin
County and moving to an area
that is not near the water. "Being
land-locked will be hard, though I
am originally from the central
Florida area so Ocala will kind of
be like my old stomping grounds."

Of the many new responsibilities
before her, Debe mentioned that
she will be producing eleven
broadcasts in a four hour period
each day. "The Large Market
interests me. Coverage will be
great. WTRS is number one in
their market. The 50,000 watt
frequencywill probablybe received
In Gainesville and Orlando."
For those traveling the central
Florida area and interested in
listening to Debe Beard broadcast
on the region's finest country
station, Ms. Beard urges you to
turn your dial to 102.3 FM. "I've
got my cowboy boots, concluded
Debe, "I'm ready for this."


Editorial and
Commentary...P. 3

Fashion Show...P. 4

Concerts...P. 5

Special Feature...P. 7

Spike Lee...P. 7

Carrabelle....P. 5





By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle City Commission
meeting of 4 April lasted for a little
over an hour---brief, but
productive. Four items of
unfinished business remained
unfinished business when they
were tabled until the May meeting.
The tabled items included the
decision to approve or disaprove
the filing of an $80,000 Farmers
Home Housing Preservation Grant
by Julian Webb to go along with
the City's Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
and a decision to approve or
disaprove an $1,800 payment to
Julian Webb & Associates, Inc.
for administering the CDBG
Housing GrantAward. Webb came
under fire at the March
Commission meeting during much
heated discussion about the
quality of repairs made to several
Carrabelle residences using CDBG
funds. Webb did not attend the 4
April meeting.
CarltonWathen, Carrabelle Mayor
and also a City Commissioner,
reported that the City has sent a
letter to the United States Corps
of Engineers (COE) and has also
talked to C.O.E. representatives,
requesting dredging be done on
the Carrabelle River. Wathen said
the Franklin County Commission
has also sent a letter to the Corps.
making the same request. Cliff
Willis, past chairman of the
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) and retired from
the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP),
reported at the CPAA March
meeting that navigational hazards
exist and structural damage to
boats is occurring on the river
between Day Markers 22 & 23
because of silting. The natural
channel of the river was changed
a few years ago by the C.O.E. and
the Department ofTransportation
(DOT) to allow for construction of
a new bridge for U.S. Highway 98
and State Road 30. Willis told
CPAA that the river is reverting to
its original side and silting in part
of the new alignment. He
requested that letters be written
to state and federal legislators to
try to get something done to correct
the problem on the channel. Willis
also told CPAA that the C.O.E.
only wanted to dredge six feet on
the channel but that six feetwould
not serve the purpose.
The City Commission approved a
'Continued on page 8

On 22 March the Public Service Commission ordered the interim rate
increase proposed by the St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd
approved subject to two conditions. If the interim rate increases are
to go into effect, the Utility must post a bond and promise to refund
the increase should the PSC later not approve a permanent increase.
The official order of the PSC on the interim increase will be available
after mid-April. Overall, the proposed interim rate increase amounts
to about $34,000 the utility says it needs immediately for relief.
In the weeks prior to the PSC decision on the interim increase, there
has been a flurry of filings, initially stimulated by the Office of Public
Counsel, Jack Shreve, signed by his (10 March 94) Associate
Counsel, Harold McLean. The filing/sought admissions from the
utility on a range of factual matters, asking the utility to admit that
it did not have in its possession documentation to establish the
original cost of the utility's investment in the water system, nor the
time records for Gene Brown in response to a request for documents
in docket 930770-WU. The balance of requested admissions involved
Gene Brown's time records as legal counsel to the utility, billings, or
time records for others working for the utility.
On 17 March 1994, the Office of Public Counsel filed a "motion to
compel" before the prehearing officer Commissioner Julia L. Johnson,
to compel the utility company to produce documents requested in
February and due 14 March. The motion included, in part,
SGU's compliance with discovery is virtually non-existent. An
* account of the lack of compliance with discovery is offered by way
of-the affidavit of Kimberly H. Dismukes, which attached as
EXHIBIT A to this motion;
The failure of SGU to comply with lawful discovery from the
Citizens inures to the extreme prejudice of the Citizens because it
diminishes the Citizens' Opportunity to determine to what extent
its interests may be affected by eventual agency action and thus
diminishes the effectiveness of the Citizens point of entry into the
administrative process.
The failure of SGU to comply with discovery is characteristic of
SGU's behavior in the following Dockets: No. 930770-WU, (wherein
timely discovery was virtually ignored and in which SGU's
application was dismissed for failure to comply with Commission
rules); No. 920318-WU (which addresses the utility's chronic
failure to pay-although It did collect-its regulatory assessment
fees for the years 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993); No.
920782-WU (inwhich the revocationof the utility'swater certificate
is under consideration).
Any failure of the prehearing officer to directly and unequivocally
order SGU to forthwith comply with discovery will be thoroughly
and effectively exploited by this utility. Because the effectiveness
of the Citizens' point of entry into the administrative process is at
issue, the Citizens attach as EXHIBIT B to this motion an
appropriate Order Compelling Discovery which the Citizens move
be executed and issued forthwith.
The affidavit by Kimberly H. Dismukes, a legislative analyst with the
Office of the Public Counsel, submitted a sworn statement, read in
2. On March 16, 1993, Walt Baer and I visited the Company's office
to obtain responses to Public Counsel's first set of interrogatories
and requests for production of documents. (Both of which were
due on March 14th, 1994.) At attendance at our meeting was
myself, Walt Baer, Mr. Gene Brown, Ms. Sandra Chase, Ms.
Barbara Whithers, and Ms. Ann Hill.
Continued on page 2





Publisher's Note: While the pre-filed testimony of Mr. Brown is lengthy,
and certainly positive proof on behalf of the Utility's request for rate
increases, the Chronicle considers his statements important, particularly
in demonstrating the reasons for seeking the increase, and the general
history about the utility company contained in his testimony. Readers are,
of course, encouraged to respond and we will publish those responses, in
whole or in part, when the letters conform to the Chronicle's editorial
g. Please state your name, profession and address.
A. My name is Gene D. Brown. I am an attorney and utility company manager.
My office is located at 3848 Killearn Court, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Q. What involvement do you have with the applicant, St. George Island
Utility Company, Ltd.?
A. I am the president of the two corporate general partners of Leisure
Properties, Ltd., which is the general partner of St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd.
9. Please briefly outline your past involvement with the utility?
A. I was a general partner of Leisure Properties during the mid-1970's when
construction of the St. George Island water system was commenced. I was
still a general partner of Leisure Properties in 1979 when the existing St.
George Island water system was sold to St. George Island Utility Company,
Ltd., a Florida limited partnership.
Q. What has been your involvement with the management of the utility
A. As one of the two general partners of Leisure Properties, Ltd., I had dual
management responsibilities from the inception of the water system in 1975.
After the system was purchased by St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.
Continued on page 8

Pawe 2. 10 ADril 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

- --E- -,

Published twice

monthly on the 10th and 26th

Continued from page 1
than good. I saiod"good as any."
Arid they said probably even
better." This brought a sharp
response from Braxton. "You start
trying to cross that oyster bar
you're going to have trouble, I'm
here to tell you. That is the
backbone of Franklin County." He
added "I would like to see the stuff
get on the island "commercial-
wise," too. But you are fixing to
fool with the tax base of everything
there is in Franklin County, when
you start fooling with Cat Point
oyster bar." Putnal asked about
the west side of the bridge and
Grice said that the clearance under
the bridge was 50 feet and would
not be sufficient.
Grice also said that a route from
Apalachicola to the island was
considered but he said it is a long
way. Braxton said, "It maybe a
long way but if if it saves an
industry it is worth it." Putnal
suggested building a ramp on the
west side. "You would fall right
into the old channel that the ferry
ran for years and years. I don't
believe you would have any
problem there." he said. Grice
said that there were deeper depths
near the bridge and that there
was one hole twenty feet deep.

Putnal asked about dredging and
Grice answered, "DOT and
dredging and environmental don't
fit in the same sentence." Grice
said that we need the service and
must find a way. He mentioned
the permits that will be needed
from DEP. The ferry to the island
will only carry commercial traffic.
Braxton said that the ferry would
not be able to run year round over
Cat Point. In the winter he said
that the water is sometimes only
knee-deep. He said that the DOT
will have to do some more research.
Putnal and Braxton both offered
to meet with the DOT officials and
help them with their first-hand
knowledge, immediately after the
commission meeting ended.
Putnal stressed the low depth on
the east side and he felt that the
west side would be better if
possible. Braxton said he felt the
industry would be at the meeting
in Chipley. Grice remarked that to
get the project up and running
will take a great deal of time. The
DOT will have someone at the
next meeting on April 19 to give
the county an update.

~. ..

Prentice Crum

*Elliott was given approval to
spend $1,299 of money from
Recreational funds fora pitching
machine for Girl's Softball.
County Attorney Michael
Shuler reported no draft of
franchise agreement from Cable
Vision Company. Also the "Bog-
In-Vandalism ordinance is
being advertised for public
*Prentice Crum reported that
injured county employee
Lamaar Hardywas making good
progress butwould need at least
a six month leave and probably
more. Commissioners granted
the request.
*Bevin requested information
on lights for Otter Slide Road.
*Van Johnson was appointed to
the Library Board at the request
of Tolliver.
*In answer to a question frol
Saunders Crum regarding J ff
Sanders Road, Crumsaid, "That
road, in my opinion, fora "back-
woodsy" county road is as good
,a road as any in Franklin
County. He added that he would
be grading and ditching as
*Engineer Joe Hamilton
reported that storm sewer work
on 14th Street in Apalachicola'
was complete. Also $21,842.85
was left in the paving fund. He
said that with the problem of'
the bridge to St. George the
asphalt would not be at proper
temperature for working on the
roads on St. George. He
requested and received
permission to work on 10th St.
in lieu of the ones on the Island.

PSC Approves Interim Rate Increase
Continued from page 1
3. We arrived at the Company's office at 9:00 a.m., as suggested
by Mr. Brown in his attached letterof March 14, 1994. At that time
the Company did not provide responses to our first set of
interrogatories. Mr. Brown and Ms. Chase said that the response
to our interrogatories would be provided at the end of the day.
4. Mr. Brown and his associates provided for our review and
inspection those documents that were readily available and
indicated that the remainder would be provided as the information
was gathered. By the close of the day, we had not been given access
to review the documents identified in the following document
requests: 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19. 20, 21,
5. Before departing for the day, at about 4:30 p.m. I again inquired
of Ms. Chase as to the Company's responses to our interrogatories.
Ms. Chase informed me that the interrogatory answers were not

Concluding her statement, Dismukes added in a footnote,
Document Requests 3, 4, 5, and 7 were not provided, however, we
agreed to this because the Company committed to providing these
documents through December 1993 with all adjusting and closing
entries on Friday March 18, 1994. The Company also provided a
partial response to document request 24.

On 14 March 1994, Gene Brown faxed a letter to Harold McLean the
Associate Public Counsel, seeking to establish a date and time for the
utility to produce the documents requested earlier. He wrote, in part,

Dear Mr. McLean:
I am sorry that we were not able to talk by phone today. I was told
you were away from your desk but I have not received a return call.
The purpose of the call was to arrange a mutually convenient time
and place for the utility to produce the documents which you have
requested. I would suggest this Wednesday or Thursday in our
office, commencing at 9:00 a.m. on either day. I object to a blanket
production of all of the affiliates' tax returns and financial records.
However, I am willing to provide an opportunity for you and your
associate to examine all of these tax returns and records, and to
obtain copies of any parts of such tax returns or financial records
that are pertinent and relevant under the Commission rules. This
is the procedure which I recently followed with the PSC audit staff
and I believe it is reasonable for both parties under the circumstances.
I will have the answers to your interrogatories ready for delivery to
you at the time the documents are produced for inspection and
copying. The answers will be substantially complete, although
there are a few questions that we are not able to answer for reasons
which will be explained in our responses.
Please let me know as soon as possible whether you prefer
Wednesday or Thursday morning, or some other time that we can
On 18 March, Gene Browni, as attorney for the utility, filed the
answers to the.Citizens' First Set of Interrogatories, and on the same
date moved to ask the PSC for a protective order "directing and
instructing" the Office of Public Counsel and the Citizens of the State
of Florida by and through Jack Shreve, to steadfastly "maintain a
complete confidentiality of all of the utility's income tax returns and
associated work papers for the years 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991
a 1992 which are being produced to the Office of Public Counsel..."
The motion cited that disclosure of the information would be the
disclosure ofproprietaryconfidential business information "...which
disclosure should be prohibited pursuant to Section 367.156 of the
Florida Statutes." The PSC is still considering this motion following
their 22 March decision on therate increase.
On 21 March 1994, the Office of Public Counsel filed an objection to
the requested interim rates (in the current docket, 940109-WU),
quoted in part, below
Objection to Interim Rates

The Citizens object to the award of interim rates to SGU because:
The Commission has an open Docket which seeks to revoke
SGU's authority to provide service;
The Commission has an open Docket faulting SGU for failure to
pay regulatory assessment fees in which the credibility of SGU is
seriously questioned;
Because SGU frequently does not honor Commission orders, the
Commission cannot protect interim revenue should a refund ever
be required;

School Board



and Teachers

By Rene Topping
It was a night for the Franklin
County School Board to publicly
honor several teachers and
students with plaques attesting
to their recognition. RitaTheiss of
Apalachicola was selected as top
teacher at Apalachicola High
school and also won top county
honors as teacher of the year at
the county level. Ms. Theiss will
be entered into the state "teacher
of the year."
Linda Jackson was selected from
Chapman Elementary, Jo Ann
Gander from Carrabelle and Nita
Marks from Brown Elementary.
In addition Ms. Theiss received a
check for $500 from the North
Florida Education Credit Union,
while the three others each
received a savings bond in the
amount of $100.
The top spellers were also awarded
plaques. Jason Rudd was top
speller at Carrabelle High and also
was the champion at the county
spell-off. Sabrina Brinkleywas top
speller from Apalachicola High
School; Kayla Martina was top
speller from Brown Elementary;
Jenny Thompson from Chapman
Elementary; Tanya White from
Carrabelle Elementary.
Coach Eddy Joseph was awarded
a plaque for his work with the
Sharks Basketball Team for
making it to the State finals in
basketball. All team members also
won plaques. Marcus Manning
was present to accept his award
in person.
There were congratulations for
School Superintendent C. T.
Ponder a state award he received
for outstanding support of the
local school volunteer program.
Chairman Will Kendrick asked the
superintendent for a report on
Carrabelle High School as to
several calls tothe local police for
assistance in disturbances. He
said he felt that this matter should
be brought out at the meeting.
However, the superintendent
disagreed but finally told Kendrick
that he will prepare a report for
the next meeting. There have
been numerous fights at the school
one ending in a teenage girl being
bitten by another student.
Kendrick said he felt that the time

had come for the school to
"Improve ourselves."
Board member Willie Speed said
that he had made a personal
inspection of the. playground
equipment at Carrabelle High
School. It made a bright moment
at the meeting as Speed and
Kendrick said this was one matter
that they both agreed on. The
board agreed to spend up to
$10,000 to put equipment in safe
and working conditions and
remove any hazardous pieces of
concrete that are in place at the
grounds. School Principal Jim
inor said that among the
problems were rusty chains, a
bunker that at one time was a
fountain needs removal, teachers
benches need replacement, tire
swings have come apart, and
seesaw and teeter-totters are
Kendrick also called for long range
planning on equipment and
landscaping and wanted to know
if there was any overall design.
Connie Sadler said that at Brown
Elementary the Parent Teacher
Organization (PTO) had raised
funds to improve the equipment.
C. T. Ponder felt that it would be a
good mix with parents, residents
and the school all contributing.
The principal of Chapman said
that although Chapman
Elementary needed some
improvements he had been
reluctant to ask for money in such
aleanbudgetyear. Board member
Pop Waggoner asked that Mikel
Clark look into funding and the
motion was amended from lust

The Commission has pending before it the Citizens' motion to
compel discovery in which the Citizens suggest dismissal of SGU's
application for rate relief; and,
SGU is currently insulated from regulatory lag by its holding
sums of money presently owing to the Commission.
The Citizens of the State of Florida, by JACK SHREVE, Public
Counsel, (Citizens) object to the award of an interim rate increase
to St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd., (SGU) and as grounds
therefore say:
1. The Citizens are in receipt of a notice and staff recommendation
each of which indicate that the Commission will consider an
interim rate increase for SGU in the above-styled Docket at its
regular agenda conference on March 22, 1994.
2. Docket No. 920782-WU, styled "Revocation by Florida Public
Service Commission of Certificate No. 302-W issued to St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd. in Franklin County". in which the
Commission is seeking the revocation of the authority of this utility
to provide service(l), [is pending before the Commission
3. Docket No 920318-WU, styled "Initiation of proceeding by
Florida Public Commission to Require St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd. in Franklin County to Escrow Funds for Payment
of Regulatory Assessment Fees" is pending before the Commission.
This Docket orders SGU to show cause why it should not be fined
for its failure to pay regulatory assessment fees to the Commission.
The order finds, among other things, that SGU collected money for
the fees from the customers, but did not pay it to the Commission.
Because the order presents a vivid portrait of SGU's chronic
flaunting ofCommission authority, and ofSGU's lacking credibility,
it is attached as EXHIBIT A to this objection.
4. Any award of interim rates is necessarily based in part on data
furnished by SGU. A reading of ExhibitA to this objection will show
that the utility has on more than one occasion certified to this
Commission that payments were made into an escrow when the
payments were not made. There is no evidence before the
Commission to suggest that SGU observed any higher standard
when it submitted data to the Commission upon which the interim
rate award is necessarily based. Moreover, nothing in the interim
statutes requires the Commission to accept as true data filed by the
utility. Interim revenues are traditionally and statutorily protected
by some form of assurance that a refund will be had in the event
that the interim revenues are found inappropriate. Given SGU's
lack of compliance with Commission orders, neither the Citizens
nor the Commission can be assured that interim revenue is
protected in any way.
5. The Citizens motion to compel discovery, filed March 15, 1994,
which addresses SGU's failure to provide discovery responses
within the timeprovided by Commission rule2, is pending before
prehearing Officer Julia L. Johnson. In their modon, the Citizens
suggest a procedure which could result in the dismissal of SGU's
rate application.
6. Interim rates, in essence, are designed to avoid the effects of
regulatory lag by granting a utility some relief during the pendency
of its rate application. Although SGU collects money to pay
regulatory assessment fees but does not pay those fees to the
Commission, its relief and insulation from regulatory lag is self-
provided and its need for interim relief is not necessary.
1. On October 13, 1993, prehearing officer, Commissioner Luis J.
Lauredo, entered order No. PSC-93-1494-PCO-WU which held this
docket in abeyance until docket No. 930770-WU was concluded.
Docket No. 930770-WU was concluded by Order PSC-931735-
FOF-WU which dismissed the then pending rate proceeding for
SGU's violation of a variety of Commission rules. The revocation
Docket is pending at this time.
By 29 March 1994, the Office of Public Counsel had filed a Citizens'
Notice of Deposition, to be conducted at the administrative offices of
the St. George Island utility in Tallahassee, involving Gene Brown,
Ann Hills, Fiona Ramion, Sandra Chase, Barbara Withers, Jeanie
Drawdy and Norman Mears on 5 and 6 April. The deposition of Frank
Seidman was to be taken by telephone on 7 April.

Carrabelle High School to use up
to $10,000 to improve the
playgrounds at all schools.

Willie Speed brought up the matter
of signs on buildings named after
various people who had
contributed to the schools in many
)ways. He cited theAll Black School
that existed before desegregation.
He stated that in 1942 the school
named after Carl Lawrence
Dunbar burned down. A man by
the name of Wallace M. Quinn
gave several acres of land on which
the Quinn School was built. The
school was closed down with the
advent of desegregation. Speed
proposed that signs be erected to
honor these and other people who
have given time and effort to the
It seemed Mr. Speed had really
done his homework, as he knew
that there was a sign on the
concession stand at Carrabelle
High School honoring Leatha Mae
Kendrick, who is Will Kendrick's
mother. Ms. Kendrick had spend
many long hours at football games
dealing out cokes and hot dogs.
Speed asked that a sign also be
made in the name ofMyers Mattair
at the gymnasium at Carrabelle
Gym to honor Mattair for his efforts
on behalf of the school.
In some of the other business:
The school board approved
purchase of two more new trucks.
Also approved selling two old
' buses from 1976 and 1979.
Inmates of the local correction
facility are working at the school
during the absence of the children
on Spring break.
School Finance Officer Rieman
received permission to write off
and remove from the inventory
articles that have been stolen,
broken or are obsolete starting
with 1979.

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Honors Sowle

and Vickers
By Rene Topping
Two Carrabelle residents, Harry
Sowle and Maria Vickers were
honored by the Franklin County
Humane Society as most humane
people of the month of March.
Sowle and Ms. Vickers had a
'*.indt.l when they won the
Fan t.'-' F,'ve Lottery. They
immrr,'-',lji'l decided to spend
some ,.1 ';;-' money for food for
the dog.-. h I i '\ .;r-s ltterand
also gave money to that several
animals for spaying and neutering
making it possible for people to
adopt pets from the shelter.
They have been lifelong friends of
animals in the county and have
given homes to assorted cats, dogs
and even some homeless ducks.
Sowle said in accepting the award
that the work he and Ms. Vickers
had done with the animals had
given them lifelong pleasure. Sowle
said Ms. Vickers have been
members of the Franklin County
Humane Society for several years.
This award will be given monthly
to anyone the Society finds doing
above and beyond the call of duty
to help animals. Barbara Holmes
has been selected for the recipient
for the month of April.,

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The Franklin County Chronicle, -10 April 1994 *, Page 3


Letter to the Edito

Urges Official Holiday be Declared for Ve
March 31, 1994
Those who do not remember the past are bound to
government has given us two formal days to reme
Veteran's Day and Memorial Day. These days are i
honor comrades, family members and friends and
fought for the ideals upon which this country was bui
these days are intended to allow us to meditate on t
of war and the solace of peace.
Why is it that our school system continues with bu.
on Veteran's Day? It is incumbent on us as citizen
respect to the men and women who have enable
security. How can we do this in the chaos and routine
day? The lives of veterans are extraordinary, not
them we can learn true lessons of compassion and c
honor the dead and forsake the living? Please co
Veteran's Day a holiday, not a planning day or a schoc
are not always found in school on November 11. Let
be taught bywatching the solidarity ofveterans in par
time to talk to their parents and grandparents about
loyalty. Let the teachers who are veterans celebrate
mourn friends without being forced to confront daily
we in such a hurry to get out a day early for summer
take a day out in tribute to whole lives unalterably a
What are we teaching by ignoring the living histories
amongst us?
Being away from school on the 11th of November
education will not take place.
Indeed, veterans will teach us all indelible lessons in
. the human spirit.
Yours faithfully,
s/s Melanie and John Humble

Editorial Hf



Writer Endorses

County Spay/Neuter

Dear Editor,

Well, one more beautiful day has been turned sour by some jerk who
Aterans' Day has abandoned an unwanted puppy in Lafayette Parkassuming that
a family who lives around there just love to have a puppy and will
give it a good home. Wise up! People who live around any park or in
any part of any town or who have a business along the water front
repeat it. Our and who want pets already have them.
mber the past:
meant for us to I am very angry that I have had to make the decision that that friendly
strangers who little puppy will have to go to the Franklin County Animal Control
lit. Beyond this, Authority building. Despite the best efforts of the Franklin County
he human cost Humane Society Adoption Committee, chances that he will find a
loving home from there are indeed miniscule. About four weeks ago
another irresponsible jerk left three fat, healthy puppies in the same
siness as usual park and they got to the Animal Control building in time for the parvo
ns to give deep outbreak so that they were dead soon after abandonment. Milions
d us to live in of cats and dogs are done awaywith eachyearbecause ofirresponsible
s of an ordinary owners who refuse to have their pets spayed or neutered.
ordinary. From
ourage. Can we The Franklin County Humane Society has a spay/neuter program to
insiderr making assist people who might have difficulty meeting the expense of
ol day. Teachers spaying their pet. That program is funded by private contributions
young citizens and collection boxes which are in several businesses around town.
fades; give them The Animal Control Authority is funded by your tax dollars so,
ut sacrifice and although one might think the financial responsibility for caring for
the peace and an animal is ended by abandonment, the final payment still comes
pressures. Are out of ones own pocket through the county tax system.
er that we can't
affected by war? If anyone has a cat or dog and needs financial assistance for spay or
neuter surgery for the pet, call the Franklin County Humane Society
of the veterans at 653-8952:
I have vented my spleen here in the hope that the abandonment of
does not mean unwanted animals will cease.
Barbara Holmes, Apalachicola

the strength of

Richards McKnight
Post 169
Carrabelle, Florida
As commander of Post 169 and representing 38 veterans who are
active members of Post 169, I respectfully request that in
remembrance of those veterans who gave their lives ( six of those
from Carrabelle), Franklin County School system be given Veteran's
Day off.
Those of us who are alive and charged with the task of keeping the
memories of our fallen comrades alive, request that you do all in
your power to preserve Veteran's Day as a special and important
The American Legion supports America's schools, won't you please
give our request your support?
Let's celebrate next Veteran's Day by making it a holiday for all the
staff and students in Franklin County.
s/s Tommy Jack Massey
Post Commander

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Vol. 3, No. 7

10 April 1994

Thanks to County Commision for MSBU

March 21, 1994
Board of County Commissioners
Franklin County
County Court House
Apalachicola, Florida 32320

Dear Sirs,
Early on the morning of March 15,,' 1994, I burned a small amount
of paper in a burn pit located in the fear of my property and stayed
until I thought it had burned itself tut.
Some seven hours;-later.,: I discqvere l that my next door neighbors
yard was on fire. At first I and another neighbor fought the small fire
with some success, stopping the spread of the fire. However, the wind
began to pick up and I knew that we needed help.
I called 911 and they dispatched the Volunteer Fire Department from
Carrabelle. They arrived in almost less then five minutes and
completely extinguished the fire.
I have been against the Special Fire Assessment mainly due to the
three or four mile distance that my home is located from the Fire
Station. Now, I am a staunch supporter of the extremely important
roll and support they provide. They prevented the fire from becoming
a raging inferno destroying a largearea of marsh grass, timber, and
possibly my neighbors home. I want to thank them and you for
having such a needy service available.
Thank you,
s/s Grimble J. Waite


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Judy Corbus
Captain Emie........Ernie Rehder
Contributors Rene Topping
.............Paul Jones
.............Brian Goercke
.............Will Morris
.......... .Lee McKnight
.............Carole Ann Hawkins
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer.
............Eric Steinkuehler
Sales Staff.................
Will Morris.....Apalachicola, Eastpoint (697-2519)
Will Morris.....St. George Island (697-2519)
Betty Roberts.....Carrabelle-Lanark (697-3506)
Tom Hoffer.....Tallahassee (904-385-4003 or 927-2186)
Computer Systems and
Advertising Design Maxwell Stemple
Production & Layout Design...........Barbara Metz
...........Pamela Clarke
...........Maxwell Stemple
Proof Reader Barbara Metz
.............Pamela Clarke
Video Production ..David Creamer
Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen..............Carrabelle
Rene Topping Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald..............Lanark Village
Pat Morrison St. Georgc Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung...............Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint
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F Funeral Home ( 6087
LA EASTPOINT (904) 670-8670

By Paul Jones
Due to the increasing number of complaints by residents and visitors

of encounters with stray and loose (at-large) dogs, the Alligator Point
Taxpayers Association is supporting a drive to enforce a Franklin
County animal control ordinance.
Most of the complaints arise from encounters with dogs along the
road and the beaches which are not under restraint, that is, not
confined within the real property limits of it's owner or secured by a
leash or lead or under the voice control of a responsible person. These
animals are continually observed creating a nuisance, especially
defecating and molesting persons or other domestic animals on both
public and private property.
The Alligator Point Camp Grounds receives a lot of blame on this
issue because of a daily parade of dogs led along the beaches east of
the fire station by campers residing on the grounds. Owner and
operator Gene Mellot, explained that the camp grounds management
requires that all animals must be leashed within the confines of
camp grounds. Mellot and his staff encourage their campers to use
caution with their animals on the beach and road, however, he says
that he does not have any further jurisdiction over their actions once
they leave the camp ground.
A few visitors and some residents of the Point must also shoulder a
proportionate share of this blame. They virtually abandon their
animals and lot them roam as they please... not only do the animals
become a nuisance but they increase their exposure to become a
rabies threat.
Joe "Chip" Cordell, Jr. aTallahassee veterinarian and past president
of the Alligator Point Taxpayers Association, issued a warning
stating that "this community is at the flash point". Cordell explained
that "the abundance of unleashed stray dogs and cats on Alligator
Point coupled with the destruction ofwildlife habitat from the recent
nearby timbering operation and subsequent displacement of raccoons,
foxes, and skunks has turned an unpleasant situation into a
dangerous one. The increased chance of interaction between
domestic pets and these wild animals is the primary factor in
determining the degree of risk of human exposure to rabies. It is just
a matter of time before a resident or visitor to this area is attacked
by a rabid animal or is exposed attempting to medicate or feed some
(affected) animal."
Franklin County has a fully operational animal control facility off of
County Road 65 near Eastpoint. And the ordinance which was
enacted in 1988 is very specific in its wording relative to owner
responsibility, what constitutes a violation, enforcement, animal
impoundment, and animal redemption fees.
The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association encourages persons that
have a problem with stray dogs and or cats to immediately contact
the Franklin County Sheriffs office or call the Franklin County
Animal Control Unit at phone number 670-8417
Alligator Point will get a cable weather channel in the very near
future. According to Cablevision representatives the weather channel
will be part of now programming package added to the Alligator Point
system and will be available to everyone under the basic reception
plan. Supposedly, the new system package will be operational
sometime in May and hopefully we will have our weather channel
before Hurricane Season starts.




Government's Costing

More Today Than


By Bob Stiff, Director of Development and Public Relations
If you think Florida's state government Is costing you more today
than it did a decade ago, you're right. State revenue per capital has
increased 44.2% during that period, going from $776.90 in 1984-85
to $1,119.98 in 1993-94.
That's just one of the interesting facts contained in a 262-page
document, crammed with millions of numbers, that was issued by
the Governor's Office of Planning and Budgeting this fall. It provides
a final budget report for 1993-94 and compares those numbers with
appropriations data for each year since 1984-85.
It won't surprise readers of the document to learn that nearly every
area of state government has become more costly each year, but this
report tells precisely how much more.
Many factors affect the annual budgets, of course, such as inflation,
population increases, recessions, natural disasters, federal grants,
workload, social upheavals and policy and program changes by the
During the 10-year period, actual dollars in the state budget have
risen from $13.3 billion to $35.5 billion, or 166.3%. Taking the 38.6%
hike in the Consumer Price Index into account, the rise in deflated
dollars has been 92.2% $12.6 billion to $24.1 billion.
Florida's population grew from 11,236,984 to 13,868,400 in those
10 years, an increase of 23.4%. Personal income of Floridians has
increased 87.3% from $153.3 billion to $287.1 billion.
The number of state worker positions rose 27.2% in the decade from
111,120" to 141,371, but a shifting of responsibilities, combining of
departments and additions of new agencies makes many of the state
employee and dollar comparisons by department difficult.
The governor's office, for instance, shows it is spending 6.8% less this
year than it did 10 years earlier. Ithas dropped from $22,944,362 to
$21,393,831 partially because a number ofjob responsibilities that
once were part of the governor's office are now being handled
elsewhere in the govemment.
Some selected comparisons of state departments and agencies that
have existed for the full 10 years are in the following table:
Department 1984-85 1993-94 % Change
Department of Agriculture $108,448,338 $185,782,374 71.3
Department of Commerce $37,692,899 $50,371,641 33.6
Department of Corrections' $348,838,590 $1,173,286,731 236.3
Department of Education $5,167,538,177 $10,305,974,345 99.4
Department of HRS $2,800,091,383 $4,651,389,650 66.1
Department of Insurance and Treasurer $57,615,783 $134,857.570 134.1
Judicial Branch $211,244,303 $442,675,759 109.6
Department of Labor and Employment $580,997,106 $2,308,772,659 297.4
Department of Law Enforcement $46,124,041 $110,120,258 138.7
Legislative Branch $66,794,440 $142,552,264 113.4
Public Service Commission $13,489,93 $23,778,109 76.3
Department of Revenue $1,047,923,91 $1,730,372,638 65.1
Department of State $44,328,361 $114,685,48 58.7
Department of Transportation $1,342,907,435 $2,742,010,302 104.2

Pnoo d I I f Anril 1Q9d -. The Franklin County Chronicle

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th




By Brian Goercke
An estimated one hundred and
fifty Franklin County residents
made their way to the Eastpoint
firehouse on 26 March for the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program's Lasagna for Literacy
fundraiser. The event, which was
directed by John Lee of the
Apalachicola Times, began with a
Lasagna judging contest. The
judges included Chuck Spicer of
the Coastline Shopper, Den Baker
oftheApalachicolaTimes, Michael
Allen of Oyster Radio, Tom Hoffer
of the Franklin County Chronicle,
Sandra Lee Johnson of the
Juvenile Justice Council, Cecil
Babbs of the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program and
Connie Ard of the Franklin County
School Board. After an
approximate half hour of
deliberation, the group awarded
the following lasagna makers of
the six categories with Ist. 2nd
and 3rd place certificates:
Traditional Lasagna:
Ist: Brenda Galloway
2nd: Joann Shiver
3rd: Judy Hall

Ist: Brian Goercke
2nd: Tod Baroody
3rd: Brian Soercke & Debbie
Ist: Sister Marcarius
2nd: Sister Sheila Griffin
3rd: Denise Butler
1st: Carolyn Sparks (who was
also awarded best of show)
1st: Garrett Pouncey
Ist: Edna Brabham (who also
received the Grand Finale Award)
The fundraiser included 28
competing dishes. Each
contestant was awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation. Each
of the judges was also awarded a
Certificate of Appreciation. The
event closed with MajorWhitehead
of the Franklin Work Camp
presenting awards to Guy Marsh.
Jane Cox, Allen Roberts and Betty
Roberts for outstanding t.tter*

instruction in the Franklin Work

The lasagna fundraiser earned
almost $600.00 which will help,
the adult reading program to
purchase additional reading
material for students of the
Program and help to pay for tutor
and staffworkshop and conference
trips. Local LVA (Literacy
Volunteers of America) board
President, Allen Roberts,
humorously dubbed the event "a
Astronomical sensation," Betty
oberts) a tutor for the reading
program said, "this was a good_
fundraising idea and might
become something the LVA Board
considers dong every year."

Paula Millender, fundraising
chairperson for the LVA Board
extends her appreciations to The
Gulf Side IGA, The Red Rabbit,
The Hut, The Seafood Reef,
Hardees, Dolores' SweetShop, The
Grill and Millender and Son
Seafood for their very generous
contributions to the Lasagna for
Literacy fundraiser.

In the top photo,
Lasagna winners were
(from the top, left to
right:)Carolyn Sparks,
Sister Shiela Griffin,
Edna Brabham;
(bottom, left to right)
Brian Goercke, Brenda
Galloway, Judy Hall '
and Denise Butler.

These recognized as
Outstanding Tutorial
Instructors at the
Franklin County Work
Camp were (left to
right Allen Roberts,
Betty Roberts, Major m
Whitehead (the
presenter), Guy Marsh
and Jane Cox.

"Fashion Flair" at Senior

Citizen's Center

Pat Carruth "Kitty Kat" by Rene Topping provided laughs for "Master" Norm Boyd,
and the assembled guests as they were shown "How to Land a Man."


and Zoning


By Rene Topping
County Planner Alan Pierce was
unable to get a candidate for the
part time job in Emergency
Management approved by the
commission. The four man
commission, (Jimmy Mdsconis
was absent,) deadlocked with two
commissioners, Tolliver and
Putnal voting for Carl Petteway,
and Braxton and Saunders voting
for Frank Stephens. The matter
was returned to Pierce who will
come back at the next meeting.
A septic tank variance requested
as an after the fact permission for
the Dog island Volunteer Fire
Department firehouse on Dog
Island was tabled until the next
meeting. There were concerns
expressed by several residents that,
the tankwas not properly installed:

and might do harm to the
Alan Pierce then said that Jimmy
Jordan ofAlligator Pointhad asked
for permission to resign from the
Planning and Zoning Board.
Commissioners asked that a
resolution be passed expressing
their appreciation for the work he
has done. Pierce then presented
the name of Ann Morgan, who he
said also lives on Alligator Point,
as a replacement. Ms. Morgan
was approved by the commission.
Pierce announced a meeting on 6
April 6 at 5 p.m., at the courthouse,
for approval of the plan made by
the State Housing Initiative
Coalition and Partnership (SHIP).
Pierce said that work has been
started on several of the projects
so far planned. The firm of Julian
Webb and Associates, with their
representative, David Hines, will
be overseeing the work.
)rThe commission asked for a legal
Opinion on the rezoning of an acre
owned by Marion Smith in
;Eastpoint. The matter will be
brought to the next meeting.

By Rene Topping
In a room decorated with all the
beauty of the spring flowers, home-
grown in Franklin County, a
display of locally obtainable attire
was put on in a most professional
manner by the members of the
Yaupon Garden Club on Saturday,
26 March. Cochairpersons for the
event were Jo Woods and Helen
Schmidt who also handled the
commentary. The musical
accompaniment was by Pat
Carruth who blended the music
in such a manner as to enhance
each model's appearance.
"Camouflage Shop," "Two Gulls"
and "Island Cottons and More"
were the three participating
merchants who provided articles
of clothing.
In addition members and other
residents of the area showed off
special items selected from their
own wardrobes. To enliven things
further the members were treated
to "How to get a man," by Lady Cat
and Kitty Kat, (also known as
Donna Spacey and Rene Topping).
Their premise was walk your dog
oryour cat and get the attention of

the handsome stranger. Special
musical accompaniment was the
"Pink Panther" theme song and
"Alley Cat" by Pat Carruth.
This year the theme was "Fashion
Flair" and among the attire shown
was a golfing outfit by Muriel
Crusoe who paused to tee off. Pam
Schaffer led a troop of"girl scouts,"
on a birding expedition to Dog
Island. Kate Brimberrywas decked
out for St. Patrick's Day. Mary
Blankenship, who just celebrated
her 50thweddinganniversarywith
husband Cliff, wore a long dress
in loden green and a print top, as
she operated her wheelchair
skillfully around the room. Shirley
Walkerand daughter Jessica, were
dressed for church, Shirley in an
elegant gold and mahogany outfit
and Jessica in a two piece with
black body suit and multi colored
Michelle and Mandy Kaboli both
modeled the popular "Skorts," so
comfortable for the Carrabelle life
style. Valerie Whitney dressed in
a tealvelvetand taffeta bridesmaid
dress. Barbara Dunhill was also
elegantly attired in black evening
gown with an overlay of black

lace. Misty Sexton was attired in
the gown she had worn as
Carrabelle Homecoming Queen.
The hard-working models were:
PamSchafferwith daughters Kelly
and Allison; Bridgette Creek;
Susan Creek; Donna Spacey;
Parson Moore; Norman Boyd;*
Susan Daniels: Misty Sexton;,
Crystal Whitney; Crystal Hall;
Sarah Hall; Loreal Daniels:
Elizabeth Eller; Mandi Kaboll;
Michelle Kaboli; Kate Brimberry;
Rene Topping; Kate Brimberry;,
Valerie' Whitney; Evelyn Bergen;'
Norman Bergen; Mary Jane
Butler; Brandy Waller; Muriel
Crusoe; MaryAman; Betty Neylon;
Hope Peterson; Shirley Walker;
Mary Blankenship; Bonnie.
Stephensen; Irene Murray;
Barbara Dunhill; Wilma Barks;
Gwen Barks; Khrystal Davis;
Victor Imbierowicz and Jim Welsh.
Behind the scenes Barbara
Randall and, Mary McSweeney
worked hard keeping the models
on track. The food chairman was
Nola Tolbert. Table decorations'
were picked from local gardens
and were arranged by Mary Aman
and Donna Spacey. The programs

were put together by Helen
Schmidt and Betty Neylon.

Members of the club Connie
Flint; Peggy Dare; Betty Roberts;
Evelyn Bergen; Mary McSweeney;
Carrie Belleman; Jim Welsh; Vic
Imbierowicz and several others
served the meal.

President Mary McSweeney was
lavish in her praise and thanks to
all who cooperated in this ninth
annual affair. She said, "It was a
great success and was enjoyed by
those who put in on as well as our
guests. I really don't know howwe
will top this year but knowing the
people who do the planning, I am
sure that somehow they will come
up with another super show to
celebrate our tenth." Ms.
McSweeney also gave the
welcoming address. The Garden
Club meets on the firstWednesday
of every month except for the
summer months. They have in
the past sheltered a community
library for over thirty years only
closing it only at the coming of the
Carrabelle Branch of the Franklin
County Public Library.

Quietegt fte St. George Inn

Each guest room
has french
1 __ doors and
.r'lh1 M a water view.

Lodging Restaurant Lounge I
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Among the dozens of models participating in the show were (left) Mrs.
Barbara Dunhill, Mrs. Betty Nylon and Mrs. Mary Aman.

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The Franklin County Chronicle. 10 Anril 1994.. Pane 5


By Rene Topping His next aim is get some trees
planted in the children's park to
Carrabelle may say, "Move Over, replace those lost in storms and to
Tallahassee. Carrabelle aims to make the park a place for families
become the Tree City of North to go to. One resident who plants
Florida" if Wesley (Buz) Putnal a tree to memorialize friends who
has his way. Putnal says that he have died was told that her gifts of
has taken on the unfinished term trees could be planted in the park
of Marie Gray with one thought in area. She will plant one tree in
mind. "Make Carrabelle a memory of Howard Almand and
Beautiful City." Not a man to run one in memory of Harold Felshaw.
his mouth and give no action, Several trees have already been
Putnal has already planted several planted as part of the landscaping
dozen trees. All along U.S. 98 of the Franklin County Senior
through the center of town Maples Center. Putnal said he would like
and Japanese Magnolias are to encourage other residents to do
already starting to put out buds likewise. He added that his family
and flowers. Every day, Putnal planted holly at their church to
can be seen watering his new help keep forever green the
charges. He made arrangements memory of parents. He praised
with residents along the way to let Edmund Chipmari and Herbert
him tap into their water to give the Mock, the two city road and street
trees a good start. employees, for their extra efforts
in the beautifying project. "We
sometimes don't say thanks to
our city employees for the little
CARRABELLE extras they put into their daily
work." he said.
STREET TO BE Putnal is also sponsoring an idea
RENAMED IN that he says has been running
through his mind for years. He
MEMORY OF would like to see residents follow
the example setby companies and
METHODIST local clubs who "adopt" a mile of
highway on the major roads. "Why
M N STI ER can't we translate that idea to our
city?" he said. "If clubs,
businesses, and people would
By Carol Ann Hawkins adopt a small stretch of street and
care for the trees, we could be
The Carrabelle City Commission, proud to see the beauty it would
at its 4 April Meeting, approved bring." He feels that living in a
renaming Avenue B North, pretty place, where people show
between Tallahassee Street and they care is one way of "taking
First Street East, which runs in back our city" from the few people
front of the Carrabelle United who put ugly graffiti on bridges,
Methodist Church, in memory of walls and vandalise signs and
The Reverend Howard W. Almand, destroy plants. "Ifyou see someone
the church's former pastor, who doing something to destroy, then
died on 6 March 1994. Rev. call the police," he said. He
Almand is survived by his wife, translated his thoughts into action
Hazel, of Carrabelle; two sons, when he saw three small
Howard Warren Almand, Jr. of youngsters writingon the low wall
Marianna and Walter Leslie near the city cemetery. "I just took
Almand of Tallahassee; one them back and made them clean
daughter, Marcia Williams of it all off," he said. He felt it was a
Charleston, S.C; 4 grand-children, lessori the three will not easily
one great-grandchild, and two forget.
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police force. It paid off for Police
Chief Jesse Gordon Smith when
he was able to arrest a Carrabelle'
juvenile who was charged in a
misdemeanor 'causing $200
damage to, vases on the grave of
Edward Hawkins, the deceased
husband of Dorothy Hawkins. The
damage was caused when the
juvenile went off the road in the
cemetery and ran into the grave.
Putnal applauded the statements
made by local school teacher
Marian Morris, at the city meeting
of 7 March, on helping to keep our
city looking good. He said, "That"
lady sat through a long tedious
meeting and her only purpose in.

attending was to bring her
message to the city commission
:,and we need to hear more from
people of like mind."
Putnal had a few words to say
about becoming a city
commissioner. "I never knew the
phone would ring as much as it
does. One local resident called to
ask for help in burying her cat. We
went over and gave her a hand. He
said he had only had one man call
and be negative about the trees on
U.S. 98. He said he will be happy
to hear from anyone who will join
him in making Carrabelle a better
place to live in. Putnal can be
reached at 697-3551 and he
promises to answer any and all

Elizabeth Louise (Bessie) Porter
Elizabeth Louise (Bessie) Porter, 100, died Sunday, 3 April 1994, in
Eastpoint. She was a native of Milton, Florida, and had lived most of
her life in Apalachicola.
Mrs. Porter was the school crossing guard in Apalachicola for many
years. She was a member ofTrinity Episcopal Church inApalachicola.
a member of the choir and a member of the Daughters of the Kings.
Survivors include one brother, Neuman Marshall of Apalachicola,
many nieces and nephews and many friends in the community.
Services were held at 2:00 P.M., Tuesday 5 April 1994, at Trinity
Episcopal Church.
The interment followed in Magnolia Cemetery, Apalachicola, Florida.
All arrangements were under the direction of Kelley Funeral Home
of Apalachicola, Florida.
Willie Mae Suggs
Willie Mae Suggs, 87, died Friday, 25 March 1994, in Panama City,
Florida. She was a native of Enterprise, Alabama, and had been a
resident of Apalachicola, Florida since 1967. She was a former long
time resident of Bay County.
Mrs. Suggs was a homemaker and attended the Pentacostal Church
and Assembly of God Church in Apalachicola.
Survivors include two sons, Ray Suggs of Panama City and Fred E.
Suggs of Eastpoint, Florida; four daughters, Betty Sapp and Julia
Anderson both of Apalachicola, May B. Pose and Johnnie Bell
Stuckey both of Panama City, Florida; one sister, Thelia Chancey of
Orlando, Florida; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren,
and great great grandchildren.
Service was held 11:00 A.M., Monday, 28 March 1994 at Kelley
Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation was at 10:00 A.M. til 8:00 P.M.,
Sunday at Kelley Funeral Home Chapel.
All arrangements were under the direction of kelley Funeral Home,
Aplachicola, Florida.

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the year, but a return visit by the landscape firm which did the
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The Florida State University Mas' n Steel, formerly known as Soca
Steel, will perform in concert in Lafayette Park, on Sunday, 17 April
1994, beginning at 4 P. M. Under the direction of Darren Duerden,
this FSU group features the lively fast paced rhythms of the
Caribbean and Latin America.
Steel drums or "pan", which is the principal instrument of the group
was developed in t.he island country of Trinidad and Tobago in the
late 1930's. Island natives beating on paint cans and biscuit tins
discovered that tone could be produced from shaping metal. With the
U. S. Navy depositing thousands of oil barrels on Trinidad during
World War II, garbage cans were transformed into musical instruments
and the steefband-was born. Pan has experienced an explosion of
popularity in America over the last twenty years that has no end in
Mas' n Steel (Mas' is short for Masquerade or Carnival) was founded
in 1987 and is currently one of the most popular musical groups at
Florida Stare University. Its twenty plus members usually enter the
group with no previous steel drum experience.
The director, Darren Duerden, came to Flrodia State University from
Salt Lake City, Utah, having founded Steele Appeal, the first
professional steel drum band of its kind in the intermountain west.
The program will feature the pan not only in Soca and Calypso, the
indigenous music of Trinidad, but also in American Jazz and even an
Irish Jig.
The concert will be the last one in the 1993-94 Ilse Newell Series.

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The photos shown below depict the Leon High School steel band
in rehearsal at Ruby Diamond Auditorium on the Florida State
University campus last week. These "over-the-shoulder" views
are designed to show readers the kind of instrumentation
involved inthe steel drum technology, hear the sound-very
unique, rhythmic, music with a punch, yet notnecessarily loud.
Director, Darren Duerden is shown in one of the pictures,
below. If you have not heard Mas'n Steel before, you will be very
pleasantly surprised. The music seems to torment listeners into
dance, so animated were the listeners at the Ruby Diamond

Beaches Trashed
Continued from page 1
One resident said that they had called for help but it was at least forty
minutesbefore a deputy arrived. One resident Dent Snyderwho lives
on nearby River Road but said he walks on the beach with his wife
each day, stated. "There is a big sign that says, according to
ordinance so arid so, it is a violation to drive on the beach or on the
dunes. The road is so established that most people presume that it
is all right to drive on the road But as I understand it it isn't, that that
is part of the dunes. I strongly urge you to put a barrier up somewhere
so that it will keep our four wheel heroes from driving on the beach
because they do it every night,"
At this point Snyder addressed Dink Braxton who was stamping
documents,,. saying, "Would you mind paying attention to what I am
saying?. Braxton said "I'm listening." Snyder said What is your
name? It is very distracting for you to be doing something while I am
talking," Snyder went on to ask that the sheriff begin issuing
citations as he felt that a few arrests might help the situation. "One
or two arrests and convictions would be a lot more effective than all
the barriers you can put up." he said.
Commissioner Bevin Putnal said, "This has been an age-old problem
with fishermen driving all the way up to that point. I know that
mullet fishermen have used it for 20 or 30 years." Other residents
addressed the noise and the danger of vehicles running on the
beaches and the damage that is being done to the fragile ecosystem
by this misuse. It was stated by one resident that a dump has been
started at the end of the extension of dune road. He added
"Considering the past record of Carrabelle on dumps, that left alone
for another two or three months could occupy the whole beach."
The resident who brought a petition to the meeting said that the
people who had signed it were not disturbed a little bit they were
disturbed a lot. He read the ordinance that forbid driving on the
beach. He said, "The deputies are going down there and telling them
they can drive up and down this road with impunity, yet it is
obviously against this ordinance."
Braxton agreed that there was a problem and he had seen the
problem with his own eyes. Residents made it clear that they had no
objection to people enjoying the beach in a legal manner, that their
complaints were directed at the violators. Many of them state that
they had cleaned up trash left on the the beach in an effort to keep
Carrabelle Beach was not the only beach area having problems
according to a letter written by the sheriff and read out at the
meeting. In the letter the sheriff said "A situation is developing in
Franklin County which I think needs to be watched. In growing
numbers teenagers from our county as well as juveniles from out of
county are congregating in large numbers on St. George Island
where they are drinking heavily, and littering private property and
in general making a nuisance of themselves to local business
owners. In particular these juveniles seem to be gathering at the
public beach and the parking area adjacent to it on St. George Island.
Myofficers are increasingly answering complaints about the noise, the
drinking and the littering and trespassing these teenagers are doing.
They build huge bonfires on the beach and in one instance 150
juveniles from as far away as Georgia were piled up around it and,
of course, they always walk off and leave a mess. Also there have
been several instances where guns and knives have been used. The
situation is escalating to a point where it is only a matter of time
before some juvenile is seriously injured or even killed. As we already
have the ordinance prohibiting loitering and drinking at the county
boat ramps we need to enhance the ordinance by banning any
loitering or drinking on any county property."
He spoke about the huge gatherings ofteenagers on the public beach
atSt. George Island, around bonfires where they were drinking beer,
smoking dope and pot and crack. He also said that he was told by
his deputies that some of the teenagers had knives and guns. In one
instance he said one teenager had pulled a gun and had it stuck to
another's head, He added that it is difficult for two deputies to come
on such a huge gathering, sometimes of up to 300 and be able to
restore order. He said "You have one element of people coming over
there from our county mixing in with another element from
Tallahassee, and they start wanting to show their prowess, and
before you know it we have severe problems. We need something
with some teeth in it that would prohibit any alcohol use on the
county beaches."
Braxton said he felt the problem was from seven o'clock in the
evenings to two three o'clock in the morning. He asked if that
included the ball parks. He added that although he did not drink,
he knew people who will go down to the beach and take one or two
beers to drink at one o'clock. He felt that that was not what the
sheriff is talking about, so he felt that the commissioners needed to
be careful in the way they made up the ordinance. Braxton first
asked permission for him to get together with the attorney to write
the ordinance. Commissioners finally agreed that they should all
have input on a county wide basis on an ordinance to be written and
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The concert by the BayArea Choral
Society and soloists was very
warmly received by nearly a full
capacity crowd in historical Trinity
Church, Apalachicola, on Sunday,
27 March 1994. The conductors
for the-concert were Becky
Holtom, Eugenia Watkins, Alice
Lang Hall and Nancy Totman.

Soloists NancyTotman and Wesley
Chesnut (pictured at left) brought
forth romantic lines from Romberg
works, and familiar melodies, as
onlookers brought out their
handkerchiefs, dabbed their eyes,
and burst into loud applause after
each number, especially the duets.
For music that is seldom heard on
the radio, and even less frequently
heard in concert, the Totman-
Chesnut performances brought
the music lovers to their feet. The
program began with more serious
works by Faure, Mendelssohn and
Brahms. and moved to Romberg.
Following Intermission, the chorus
presented toe-tapping selections
from Guys and Dolls and The
Music Man. A reception was held
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Joseph Henry Rickards was born
on 19 November 1988 at
Tallahassee Memorial Regional
Medical Center, weighing in at
one pound, 4 ounces. His chances
of survival? "Nothing." A doctor
patted Robert (Ricky) Ricards on
the shoulder and told the
distraught father they were sorry,
"he (the infant) didn't make it."
The tiny, lifeless form was gently
placed upon a table where
newborns are examined after
birth. Ricky's wife, Sandra, was
awake, and she "kinda heard"
what the doctor had said to her
husband. She felt her husband
softly squeeze her arm. Except for
one nurse, all medical personnel
left the delivery room. They didn't
want to deprive us of being a
family. They didn'twant to intrude
on our privacy," Sandra recalled.
Quietly and efficiently, the nurse
who had remained in the room
began the process ofdisconnecting
the monitors. Sandra and Ricky
cried, re-experiencing the same
empty feelings they'd had in
August, 1987 when their first
child, Robert, was delivered in
Sandra's 19th week of pregnancy.
Weighing only 15 ounces, Robert
died at birth. Ricky had been so
intent on comforting his wife at
the loss of the first baby that he
never openly expressed his own
grief, "he did not enable himself to
feel," Sandra said. But on that
bleakNovember, 1988 day, unable
to contain his pain, Ricky began
to pray reminding God that one
son had already been taken from
them and expressing the hope
that he and Sandra might be able
to have this one.
Ricky looked toward the table
where his son lay, and he
immediately asked the nurse to
check the infant because he
thought he saw the child moving.
The nurse was dubious, but to
pacify the grief-stricken father she
turned away from the machines
and turned to the child and began
to check him. To her utter
astonishment, she detected a
heartbeat, and from that point on,
the room filled up with people.
Ricky was told to go to the Neonatal
Intensive Care Unit, and Sandra
believes "this is where the real
closeness began with Ricky and
Joey, because he had to hold this
little person in the palm of his
hand while leads and probes were
attached on his body. Everybody
knew that Joey's lungs were not
developed enough to carry him
through, but he gave put a breath.
and said "Here I am, but I need
helpi"Joeywas puton aventilator.
His kidneys were not functioning.
The first 24-hours were crucial,
Sandra said. At the end of the day,
a respiratory technician standing
beside Joey s bed started getting
wet Joey's kidneys had started
working, all over the technician!
Joey remained hospitalized for
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would ring, and my claws were on
the ceiling. Ricky was the same
way. This is how tight we were."
When Joey was less than a month
old, he was flown by helicopter to
Shands Hospital in Gainesville,
Georgia for surgery emergency to
help his blood circulation. Ricky
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to make it to Shands, and even if
he survived the trip, he was not
expected to live through the
surgery. But he did, and three
weeks later he was back in the
Neonatal ICU in Tallahassee. "We
would go to the hospital and they
would tell us Joey was not doing
well, and then Joey would pull
himself out. This kid's got will,"
Sandra laughed.
The Rickards received another
blow in March, 1989 when they
were told Joey was blind, and
Cynthia Baird, who was employed
by Blind Services then, had been
summoned to be present when
the Rickards received the
devastating news. "She is just (an)
outstanding person, an asset to
the school system, a source of a
lot of information," Sandra said.
Over the years, Baird has given
, supportand advice to the Rickards:
about how to approach Joey, how
to work with him. "I consider her
a member of our family. Joey
adores her." Sandra said.
(According to Sandra, Baird is now
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24-hours a day in the Rickards
home.He was still considered high-
risk and he wasn't supposed to
survive." They didn't expect him
to survive. I know this is going to
sound really cruel." Sandra said,
"but it was the cold, hard facts.
The doctors were very honest with
us. They didn't keep anything from
us. We wanted it thatway." Sandra
said one of the biggest surprises
to her was the reaction of the
community. -Everybody prayed
for Joey...the churches,
everybody." Santa Claus came to
visit Joey in December, 1989 and
has been there every Christmas
Sandra had to quit herjob because
Joey required a lot of time and
attention, but although she lost
her insurance coverage she had
through her job, the insurance
company kept Joey on for a full
year, premium-free, and even sent
a nurse to meet with the family.
'They took a personal interest,"
Sandra said. After a year, Joey
was connected to the Medicaid
Program because he is disabled.
He is developmentally and
neurologically delayed. Speech is
delayed, yes, but if he was to be
able to see to mimic, like a sighted
child does, Joey would be farther
along. A lot of the neurological
delay is a hesitation because he
cannot see."
When a family has to face a
situation such as Ricky and
Sandra faced, Sandra feels that
one of the major things besides
shock that parents have to deal
with is uncertainty, "where do we
go, what do we do, how do we
egin, who do we talk to?" TMRMC
connected them to the people they
needed to see and to the places
they needed to go to. "Tallahassee
Memorial was absolutely
wonderful," she said. 'They have
got the most excellent staff up
there of people thatjust connected
right with us, told us what to do,
gave us suggestions, just helped
us out tremendously, where we
didn't feel like we were
The Rickards' have seen some
marriages fall apart and end in
divorce because of the strain and
tension of dealing with a situation
such as their own. Living in a
small town and thinking thatJoey
was perhaps "the only visually
impaired child with other
problems," Sandy and Ricky were
"very scared." So scared, in fact,
that they put their house up for
sale because they did not think
their child would be able to receive
in Carrabelle the services he
needed. As time passed, however,
they became more comfortable
with Joey being in the home, more
comfortable with the situation.
Children's Medical Services (CMS)
in Tallahassee sent caseworker
Maxine McPhalI to look after Joey's
needs to ensure that he received
his shots, speech therapy and
physical therapy. Sandra
described McPhaallas "wonderful."
Developmental Services, through
Health & Rehabilitative Services
(HRS), provided care in the
Rickards homes did Children's
Home Society (CHS), who sent a
physical therapist to work with
Joey. Tallahassee Pediatric
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make sure that the children have
their shots, see the pediatrician. If
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The Rickards' learned that a law
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discovered that "not only did this
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have to (provide), they wanted to,
and they are pouring themselves
into making sure that Joey gets
what Joey needs. And that makes
all the difference in the world,"
Sandra said, "Because parents are
scared. They are thinking'oh my
God, what do I do,' you
know?'Where do I go? I want the
best for my child.' They (Franklin
County) have Early Intervention
Program. They just get right onto

Joey first entered the Pre-K
program at Carrabelle School at
the age of three years, but "he was
riot developmentally ready to go,"
Sandra said. He had ear problems
that resulted in him getting tubes
in his ears. Also, Pre-K was
confusing for the little boy. 'Scary,
very scary," Sandra recalled.
Carrabelle teacher, Gwen
Creamer, came to the home and
worked with Joey before he re-
entered the program, "to get to
know him, to work with him one-
on-one, to develop a relationship
and ease him back into the
classroom. And it worked!" Rose
McCoy, Franklin County School
Board Director of Curriculum,
which includes the Pre-
Kindergarten Early Intervention
Program, 'is always seeking out
ways of helping, getting up-to-
date equipment and materials,
things Joey needs now and will
need in the future," Sandra said.
A vision instructor also comes to
the Carrabelle school and helps
the teacher. "Cynthia Baird did a
lot of audio therapy with him, and
he's getting more vocal all the
time. We have to give him the
stimulation and the opportunity,
communicate with him, talk to
him normally."
The Rickards' "did a lot of
swaddling" with Joey to give him a
sense of self and to organize him,
to make him feel secure. Joey
participates in a ritual every
morning before he leaves for
school, going around the house
with his mother to be sure that all
electrical appliances are turned
off "to prepare him, let him know
It's time to go to school."
Al the age of five years, Joey loves
being around other kids. "He
thrives on it," Sandra said. 'He
gets excited now when he knows
it's time to go to school," a big
change from his reaction two years
ago. "Joey was so sensitive. He
couldn't handle a lot of people
being around him," Sandra
remembered. "He's always been
so happy. He's a happy kid. He
has his moments," Sandra
laughed. "He doesn't like Acid
Rock, but he loves music,
especially country music. And he
loves stuffed animals, especially
his stuffed cat that's been held so
much "the tail's about to come off
of it," Sandra laughed.
Sandra recalled one particular day
at TMRMC when, long before Joey
came home, a doctor took her and
Ricky into the privacy of an office
within the hospital that Sandra
said is used only by the
neotologists. He looked at the
young couple and said, "You know,
there's more at work here than
just medicine." Sandra feels that
the doctor, whom she said would
want to remain anonymous,
thought that there was more going
on with Joey than the medication
but that he probably might have
felt that way about the other
children there, too, "because he
believed in God," she said. "I
believe in God. Ricky believes in
God. I also believe that God puts
people on the face of this earth to
elp your child. It is up to you to
seek that help for your child. You
have to take an active role with
your child. It all comes together.
As far as Joey's sight is concerned,
yes, we wish that Joey could see.
Yes, it bothers you, but when you
dwell on it, it drags you down and
your child is affected by it. Ricky
and I get emotional sometimes
about the situation, but we just
try to get on with it. We give him
(Joey) the opportunity and take
care of what needs to be taken
care of."

Ricky (Robert) Rickards works for
the Franklin County Road Dept.




By Brian Goercke
Over 6,000 fans of the Atlanta
born and Brooklyn raised film
writer and producer, Spike Lee,
made their way to the Tallahassee
Civic Center on 9 March to listen
to the final guest speaker of the
Distinguished Lecture Series at
Florida State.
Lee's one hour speech began with
the proclamation that this was
the largest audience he had ever
addressed. Early on as a student,
Lee admitted, "I had no Idea that
I wanted to be a film maker. I
didn't even know how they were
made. But there comes a point
where you have to declare a
major....after you've taken all the
Lee chose to attend N.Y.U. (New
York University) and began his
career with film. "The thing about
the arts is that it's a matter of
taste. If your teacher doesn't like
your taste, they'll give you the
boot.'Lee made his first film at
N.Y.U which he entitled, "The
Answer." The movie was based
on the life of his friend, Ernest
Richardson, as a black
screenwriter. "Ernest told me that
it was not enough to be as good as
our white counterparts. We had
to be at least ten times better to
Upon his graduation from N.Y.U.,
Lee commented that job
opportunities were rare and that
disappointments were plenty. "I
had friends who were gettingABC
After School Specials. I had waited
by the phone for those
opportunities. And I waited by
the phone, I waited by the phone
and I waited by the phone...then
Ma Belle turned the phone off."
Lee's first movie, "She's Gotta
Have It," cost $175,000 to
produce, but yielded $8,500,000
in profits. In 1985, Leewenton to
make the movie, "School Daze,"
which was set on a college
campus. The movie depicted in-
fighting between African
Americans on issues from skin
color to campus affiliations. "We
slightly exaggerated everything
to make the point. I wanted to
address the whole fraternal
system. Gamma Phi Gamma (the
fraternity in School Daze) drew
on all the worst things about
fraternities to make a point." Lee
joked that his friends and he had
poor luck with girls when he was
in college and that all the
fraternity guys always had dates.
"It was like my character, Half-
Pint (from School Daze) said,
'brother ain't seen no parts.'
Though I still didn't know why
these folks would submit to
getting paddled and whipped for
no reason. I had a friend who died
from this because he had a heart
condition. He died because he
wanted to belong."
Lee spoke extensively about his
most recent movie, "Malcolm X"
It cost thirty-five million dollars
to produce the movie and Lee
admitted that quite abitdepended
on making the movie well. "Te
autobiography of Malcolm X was

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the most important book I'd ever
read. I knew that Malcolm X
couldn't be told in two hours like
Hollywood wanted." Lee
mentioned that he was not the
first person who wanted to
produce Malcolm X. "One time,
James Earl Jones was gonna play
Malcolm, another time it was
supposed to be Richard Pryor. It
(the movie) never got made. We
finally got Denzell Washington."
Lee, instead of writing his own
script, decided to look over all the
other scripts written and choose
the one he liked best. Lee chose
James Baldwin's script. Upon
producing the movie Lee ran out
of funds but found many
contributors to the film. "They
(Warner Brothers) don't care how
the film gets made, they want the
cheapest, quickest way." Lee first
contacted Bill Cosby for a
contribution to help make
"MalcolmX" and wenton to collect
donations from Oprah Winfrey,
Magic Johnson, Michael Jordon,
* Tracy Chapman, Prince, Janet
Jackson and many others. 'The
only thing that was asked was
that I didn't disclose individual
contributions," Lee said, "but 2
million was given to to the movie
in combined contributions. It
proved that we could all come
together for a common cause."
Lee spoke of DenzellWashington's
contribution to the film. "What
made the film a success was
Denzel. Everywhere Denzel and I
went, black people said, 'don't
mess up Malcolm.' One year
before the movie, Denzel
concentrated on Malcolm X. He
didn't take any other roles. The
spirit passed through Malcolm to
him (Denzell Washington). He
stopped drinking alcohol and
eating swine. You can try to hide,
stuff from the the camera, but
the camera is gonna get it. That
stuff will manifest itself and the
audience will know it."
Lee closed the lecture series with
some personal observations.
"Why are we telling the same
stories again and again and again.
These Urban hip-hop films with
the gansta rap. I'm not gonna
stand up here and be Tipper Gore,
I'm not gonna taFk about
censoring, but I think there's a
thing called good taste. The young
adults are are getting their
information from radio and
television music videos. They
watch it 24/7 (24 hours & 7 days
a week). "

Franklin County Briefs

By Rene Topping
The small red telephone booth in
Carrabelle that has been dubbed
"The Smallest Police Station in
the World" was pulled out of place,
by person or Persons unknown,
over Easter weekend. The small
booth had marks where cables
had been pulled around it and
whoever pulled on the booth in
broke the bench provided for the
benefit of weary travelers. Local
people fixed the wiring and stood
the booth upright. Tex Spradlin
who is also assistant fire chief of
Carrabelle said that this time he
was going to use large bolts and
bolt it In place.


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Carrabelle City
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request from a Franklin County
School Board member for two new
school crossings, but approval Is
contingent upon the school board
or County Commission putting
up and maintaining the crossings
"at their expense." The proposed
crossings are at Avenue C North
(GrayAvenue) and 5th Street East,
and Avenue C North (GrayAvenue)
and 12th Street East.
Commissioner James (Jim) B.
Phillips reported that he had sent
letters to the school board, the
Department of Transportation,
and to County Commissioners
requesting that the school
crossings be moved up there, or
move the guard to the school
crossing, but that no response to
his letters has been received from
anybody. "Not once did we do it,
butwe did it twice." Phillips said It
is his understanding that a school-
crossing guard is there by the
authority of the school board. The
City's concern is the crossing at
the crest of the hill (on Hwy. 98).
"It's not marked, and if a big truck
or even a car comes over that hill
at 55-60 miles per hour, they're
not going to be able to stop,"
Phillips said.
The Commission approved
payment of $6,410.66 from CDBG
funds to Bill Rogers Engineering
Associates, Inc. for engineering
and inspection services for the
Timber Island sewer system.
$5,000 of the $11,410.66 fee due
for engineering services is being
After reviewing bids received on
one 1986 Ford and one 1989 Ford

police car, the Commission
disapproved bids of $129.50 and
$275 on the 1986 vehicle. A bid of
$751 on the 1989 police sedan
was accepted. Commissioner
James W. Putnal suggested that
displaying the 1986 car on a city
street would probably generate
more public interest than running
an ad in the newspaper, and the
Commissioners agreed that a sign
be placed on the vehicle
advertising that the car is for sale
by bid. The sign will also note that
the City retains the right to reject
any and all bids, which will be
reviewed and possibly accepted at
the Commission's 2 May meeting.
The Commission clarified that the
minimum square footage for R-1
dwellings in the City should be
1,000 square feet. Alan Pierce,
Franklin County Planner, said
1,000 square feet is also a County
standard for single family
dwellings. Other counties range
between 850-1.000 square feet
for single family dwellings, Pierce
said. This footage is appropriate
for the City of Carrabelle, "which
has smaller lots, Pierce said,
adding that he considers "probably
900 square feet" as average for a
2-bedroom, R-1 dwelling. Pierce
said thatwhere houses and trailers
(mobile homes) are together, we
"obviously don't want to have a
high square footage standard" and
that "if it is an R-2 area and it's a
450 sq. ft. mobile home," he would
require that a house located there
"be the same size." Mayor Wathen
noted that a lot of the lots in
Carrabelle are "very small."
The Commission approved general
liability insurance coverage in the

amount of $300,000 for Greg
Yancey, who is doing business
with the City as W&W Treatment.
Yancey, a Water Commissioner
and also board secretary for the
Lanark Village Water & Sewer
District, told the Carrabelle City
Commissioners at their 7th March
meeting that he had purchased
the Southern Water Services, and
the Commission agreed to transfer
the City's sewage treatment
services to Yancey upon Yancey's
submission to the City of proper
documentation. The insurance
coverage is to protect Yancey in
case of injury because, according
toYancey, Workers Compensation
would not cover him or anyone he
hires at this time. (Yancey said he
has no employees now.)
Randy Allen withdrew his request
for variance of the city's 10,000
square feet lot requirement to allow
him to sub-divide four lots
containing two quadraplexes (8
units). Allen wanted to be able to
sub-divide the land for each of the
apartment units and allow
individual ownership of each unit
rather than one person owning
the whole building. William H.
Webster, City Attorney, said, in
regard to condominiums, "you
have common ownership of the
property but individual ownership
of the residence."Alan Pierce said
that the County "does not want to
sub-divide the land."
Owners would have an undivided
one-fourth interest on units and
common ownership of the land.
Jim Phillips couldn't resist
commenting with a smile that "it
sounds like a cemetery," and his
remark drew laughter from some

of the Commissioners as well as
from several spectators. Allen
withdrew his request at Putnal's
suggestion after Phillips had
moved to disapprove the action.
Also disapproved was a petition
by Bill Miller to annex into the city
19 acres owned by Randy Allen in
Section 25, Township 7 South,
Range 4 West, former site of the
Procter & Gamble Buckeye office.
Allen's property is not contiguous
with the existing city limits, and
attorney Webster said that the
Voluntary Annexation
Statute"requires that it is to be
In other matters, James Putnal
said that three more trees have
been donated to the City and that
he is trying to work with two or
three groups in the hope of starting
an "Adopt a Street" or "Adopt a
Tree" program in Carrabelle.
Putnal also reported that 25 new
stop signs are on order "at no cost
to the City." Noting that a lot of
work has been done on the City
ballfield, Putnal said he would
like to give special recognition to
"a lot of people whenever this is
Concern was expressed about the
City having "an influx of 4-
wheelers on the roads and on the
sides of the roads" in Carrabelle,
adding that "this is illegal" and
that the City will do whatever is
necessary to alleviate the problem.
Attorney Webster said that the
County passed an ordinance about
a month ago regarding this same
problem and he will bring a copy
of the ordinance to the May
Commission meeting.

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Continued from page 1
in 1979, I remained as one of two general partners of Leisure Properties, Ltd.
until April of 1981. In 1981, I acquired my partners' interest in Leisure
Properties, Ltd., and continued as the principal managerof Leisure throughout
the 1980's. This included overall supervision of St. George Island Utility
Company, Ltd.
9. What problems, if any, did the utility company experience during the
A. After two hurricanes in the late summer and early fall of 1985, which
caused extensive damage to the utility supply main in the bridge coming to
the Island, the utility began experiencing financial difficulties due to inadequate
. How many rate increases had the utility company secured between
its formation and the financial difficulties in the mid-1980's?
A. None. The utility had no increase in any of its rates or-connection fees
between the mid -1970's when construction of the systein commenced and
1989, when the utility obtained its first increase in rates.
9. Did the utility company experience any other problems during the
A. Yes. Beginning in 1984, the utility company and its general partner,
Leisure Properties, Ltd., were involved in extensive litigation with a former
general partner of Leisure, which was the managing general partner of the
utility company.
9. What affect, if any, did this litigation have on the utility company?
A. This litigation created tremendous stress on the utility company and its
management, aswell as uncertainty regarding the utility company s future.
g.Was the utility company adequately managed and maintained from
the period between 1984 and the rate case In 1989?
A. No. In retrospect, it is clear that more time, money and other resources
should have been devoted to the utility company during this period of time.
Q. The 1989 rate case final order directed the utility to make certain
improvements, including changes in its day to day operations and the
construction of certain improvements. Do you agree that these
improvements were necessary and proper?
A. Yes. The utility badly needed to upgrade its overall operation, including
better management and more capital expenditures forimprovements necessary
to meet the growth on St. George Island.
9. What efforts, if any, did you make to see that these improvements
were made?
A. Since the 1989 rate case, I have invested a great deal of time, effort and
energy to bring the utility company into full compliance with all. DER
(Department of Environmental Protection) and PSC (Public Service Comission)
requirements, as part of an overall effort to improve the level of water service
on St. George Island.
Q. Specifically, what have you done to improve the management of the
utility company?
A. During 1989 and 1990, I employed two professional managers, one with
extensive utility experience and one with extensive management experience.
Although both of these individuals had their strong points, we were still not
making adequate progress during 1989 and 1990, so I decided in late 1990
to take over day to day management of the company myself, and to employ
all new personnel. This included a new operations manager for St. George
Island, as well as an assistant on the Island. It also included the employment
of a new office manager and accountant in the main billing office in
Tallahassee. To further increase efficiency, we installed a new computer
software billing and accounting program;
9. What affect, if any, did these changes have on the level of the service?
A. Since the later part of 1990, the utility's overall efficiency has improved
tremendously, and the overall quality of water service on St. George Island
is extremely high. We have been operating with basically the same personnel
since late 1990. During that time, we have experienced few, if any, outages,
we have has no water quality problems, and have received very few complaints
of any nature.
9. Have you conducted any type of customer surveys to determine how
the utility is perceived by its customers?
A. Yes. In the summer of 1992, we conducted a comprehensive customer
survey which included a detailed questionnaire to every customer. Based
upon responses from 339 customers, approximately 1/3 of our customer
base, we determined that over 80% of our customers were generally happy
with the water service they were receiving, which service had improved
substantially during the last three years. This customer survey identified
three areas that still needed improvement, and we took immediate steps to
improve our service in the areas identified by our customers.
9. What, if anything, has changed with regard to the number of
complaints regarding the utility company during the last 2 or 3 years?
A. We now receive virtually no complaints regarding either our service or our
billing or accounting procedures. After checking with the Consumer
Complaints Division of the Public Service Commission, we determined that
there were two complaints regarding billing misunderstandings during
1992, and two complaints during 1993. The complaint in 1993 was from an
individual who noticed a foul odor in the water immediately following the
cleaning of our ground storage tank, which required the aerator to be placed
out of service for a short period of time. The other complaint in 1993 Involved
a minor billing matter in which the customer bill and check for payment
crossed in the mail.
Q. What investments and capital improvements have been made since
the last rate case?
A. In addition to the elevated storage tank, we have installed a third well
capable of producing 500 gallons per minute to the Island. We designed this
third well to operate in tandem with wells 1 and 2 so that we will have a
complete redundancy regarding our source of supply. We have also installed
a backup chlorination system to provide redundancy for our water quality
protection. We are in the process of making substantial other improvements
to the system which wil provide complete backup or redundancy in all
phases, so that there will be no additional water outages on the Island. We
also recently installed a new generator to replace the one that gave us so
many problems over the years.
9. In addition to your time and effort, what, if any, capital investments
have you made in the system?
A. During 1992 alone, my affiliated companies made capital investments of
almost $300,000 to improve the water system on St. George Island, thereby
increasing the level of service to all of our customers. Even after any and all
deductions for legal fees, management fees or loan repayments to me and/
or my affiliated companies, our net new investment during 1992 was almost

Q. Why was it necessary to make such an additional capital investment?
A. In almost 15 years since our rates were initially established, the utility
company has had only the 1989 rate increase, other than one or two small
"pass through" increases as the result of indexing our rates. Although the
1989 rate increase was absolutely essential for survival, it still left the
company over $300,000 short each year in terms of the actual funds needed
for utility company operations.
Q. With the funds your companies invested in the system during 1992,
id it have adequate operating revenue and personnel?
A. No. We were still without the necessary funds and personnel to do the job
as it should be done. However, I am very happy with our current utility
personnel. We have avery strong management team and all of our employees
are extremely loyal and competent. We recently hired one more maintenance
person on St George Island to maintain the necessary quality of service, as
well as one new person in the Tallahassee office to help keep up with all of
the bookkeeping and accounting requirements. Our operations manager,
Mr. Hank Garrett, has been working almost seven days a week around the
clock in a tireless effort to meet all of the demands placed on him. During the
first phase of Mr. Garrett's employment with the utility company, we had a
professional firm which performed all of our testing and DER compliance
items persuant to a contract. However, this contract has been terminated,
and Mr. Garrett is now responsible for all daily testing, reporting and other
DER compliance items. These requirements have grown substantially during
the past year or two, and it Is now impossible for Mr. Garrett to keep up with
all these compliance requirements while working full time every day as a
laborer along with our second person on the Island, Mr. Kenneth Shiver.
These are both dedicated employees, but they could not be expected to carry
the load any longer without assistance, so we hired a new person. We now
have one overall operations manager on the Island, as well as two laborers
and maintenance personnel who can rotate some of the weekend and
nighttime duties. This Is a 24 hour per day seven day per week job, and it
was too much for only two people on St George Island.
Q. What is the current status of your compliance with PSC and DER rules
and regulations?
A. The utility company is now in' full compliance with all PSC and DER
requirements. Indeed we are complying with a number of requirements
which are not imposed on other 'similar utility companies. This is not a
complaint, but the utility must have sufficient operating revenue if it is to be
able to continue providing the level of service which it is currently providing
to its customers on St. George Island.
P. Why do you feel St. George Island Utility Company is entitled to a rate
A. I believe we have met our commitment and obligation to the state agencies
as well as our customers on St. George Island. In other words, the utility
company employees and I have made a tremendous investment in terms of
time, money and energy during the last several years to increase the level and
quality of water service on St. George Island to the point that it compares
favorably with any similar company serving a similar customer base. Now
that this investment in time, money and energy has been made, I believe that
the utility company is entitled to an adjustment in its rates to adequately
compensate the utilitywhich is dedicated to maintaining its current level and
Quality of service. This cannot be done without adequate, increased rates as
set forth in the documents and testimony prepared by our consultant, Mr.
Frank Seidman.
Q. In the last rate case, it was determined that the utility's transmission
and distribution lines were only 18% "used and useful." Do you agree
with that finding?
A. No.
9. Why not?
A. The Island is almost twenty miles long and less than one-half mile wide on
the average. I do not see how the utility had any choice other than to run the
main transmission line the length of the Island in both directions if we were
to serve our certificated territory. Most of the growth naturally occurred along
the waterfront, both on the gulf and on the bay. I do not see how we had any
choice other than to run basic lines along these higher growth areas. I also
do not understand how the remaining customers in between be considered
as future customers of the utility, since there is no requirement that they tie
into the utility's water system except for some of the customers in St. George's
Plantation. Indeed, many potential customers are now installing shallow
wells at the cost of approximately $300 to $400 each, rather than paying a
connection fee to the utility which is in excess of $2,000. In other words, we
have to be ready to serve anyone on the Island, but substantially all of the
property owners on the Island do not have to purchase water from the utility
unless they are in an area that cannot get good water. To compound our
problem, the property owners on St. George Island are now demanding a high
evel of fire protection, including the owners who are not customers and who
do not provide any type of support to the water utility system.
Q. Have you tried to secure an agreement or legal requirement that all
property on the Island tie into the utility's central water system?
A. Yes, the utility was recently involved in some administrative litigation
seeking to maintain a requirement within St. George's Plantation, at least,
that all property owners in that area would have to tie into the central water
system. Allof the main state agencies assisted the utility in this regard,
including the Department of Community Affairs, the Northwest Florida
Water Management District, and the Department of Environmental Regulation.
However, despite my request for assistance, the Florida Public Service
Commission staff re used to assist the utility in this regard, and refused to
play a part in the overall effort to maintain this requirement in St. George's
9. Why do you bring this up at this time?
A. It just seems extremely unfair that the Commission should rule that our
transmission and distribution system was only 18% "used and useful,"
which cut the utility out of approximately $900,000 in rate base, when the
same commission staff refused to assist the utility in maintaining requirement
that all of the potential "non used and useful" customers tie into the utility
system. In other words, I do not see how the Commission can logically make
a ruling that the utility has to wait until all of the potential customers tie into
the system for a return on the utility's investment, when there is no
requirement that they ever tie into the system, and when the same Commission
encourages shallow wells by refusing the utility's request for assistance in
maintaining a requirement that existing lots tie into the system as homes are

Mr. Brown's pre-filed testimony in
the utility rate case will be continued
in the next issue of The Chronicle
along with other relevant testimony
by Frank Seidman, consultant to the
utility and engineer Wayne Coloney.









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