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The Franklin ountyChronicle



Volume 3, Number 8 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 26 April 9 May 1994


EASTPOINT

WOMAN

PLEADS NO

CONTEST

TO MURDER

CHARGE
By Carol Ann Hawkins
Dana Estes Richards, 18, of
Eastpoint, pleaded "no contest"
ori 11 April to charges that she
fatally stabbed her husband,
Clinton A. (Buddy) Richards, 30,
on January 17, 1993. Circuit
Judge P. Kevin Davey sentenced
Richards to 18 years in prison.
After serving the 18-year sentence,
Richards will be placed on 7-years
probation under the supervision
of the Florida Department of
Correction. Richards will receive
58 days of credit for time
incarcerated before imposition of
sentencing. The court may at any
time modify any of the conditions
of the sentencing. Richards has
30 days to appeal the court's
judgment and sentencing, but the
only issues she- canr'appeal-are
those relating to her sentencing
and the judge's authority to hear
her case. Ifshe cannot afford a
lawyer, one will be appointed.
In the Plea and Acknowledgment
of Rights filed on 11 April, Richards
signed a statement that she
Understood the meaning of "no
contest" that a plea of not guilty
denies guilt; a plea of guilty admits
guilt; a plea of no contest meant
she would not contest the evidence
against her; and if the judge
accepted a guilty or no contest
plea, she would be sentenced
based on her plea. She
acknowledged that she entered
the plea because she believed it to
be in her best interest. Counsel
forDefendantwas Frank Williams,
Assistant State Attorney. Julius
Aulisio was the Assistant Public
Defender.
Public DefenderJuliusAulisio said
Wednesday, 20 April, that
Richards was supposed to have
been transferred last week to
Lowell, an intake facility near
Ocala. Aulislo said that it is his
understanding that Richards'
infant son, who was born
sometime last month, is in the
legal custody of Richards' sister in
Eastpoint. Aulisio said he has
nothing to confirm this other than
what he's been' told.


Carrabelle Beach Issues

Draw Angry Exchange


CAPRTIRRAN

PRINCE

GOES

WHERE

THE BIG

SHIPS

DON'T GO

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Caribbean Prince, an
American-Canadian Caribbean
Liner, eased its way into the
Moorings Marina and anchored
for the night on Friday, 8 April,
creating a delightful experience
for Carrabelle residents and
visitors passing through the city.
Thanks to a tip from a neighbor,
my husband David and I had the
opportunity to go aboard the liner
for a short visit with Cruise
Director Teresa Boyes, of
Argentina, who has been with the
liner for 17 years.

Many of the liner's 80 passengers
disembarked and spent some time
strolling around the marina or
visiting local business
establishments across .Highway
98. Boyes said that the Prince was
making what was probably the
first .of two stops here, and that
Carrabelle is not a regular stop for
the liner. "The Smal Ship Cruise
Line" was founded 29years ago by
Captain Luther H. Blount, ACCL
president, who established
informality as the liner's
trademark, encouraging
passengers to "bring only the
clothing that they find most


EXCERPTS OF GENE

BROWN PRE-FILED

TESTIMONY IN

UTILITY RATE CASE

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
policy.
Q. Do you believe there were any misunderstandings that led to the
commission's finding in the last rate case that the utility's transmission
and distribution lines were only 18% "used and useful"?
A. Yes. I believe that the commission incorrectly assumed orwas advised that
the utility was affiliated with the overall development of St. George Island.
9. Was that true?
A. No. The utility was and is affiliated with Leisure Properties, Ltd., which was
the original developer of St. George's Plantation. However, this is only a part
of St. George Island, which is our certificated area. Leisure Properties started
developing the Plantation in 1976. In April of 1981, one of the partners of
Leisure withdrew from the partnership, taking all of the commercial land in
the Plantation, consisting of approximately 200 acres, as well as the
unplatted area now known as Pelican Point. This withdrawing partner also
took all of the beachfront on the east end known as Sunset Beach, or 300
Ocean Mile, which was a high density area, as were the commercial tracts in
the Plantation. Leisure Properties is not, and never has been, the developer
of the main, center portion of the Island, which is where most of the lots and
commercial development is approved and has occurred. Also, been, the
developer of the main, Leisure was not the "developer" of the east end, which
was sold off in five to tenacre tracts in approximately 1975, which is
approximately the same time that the firstwell was dug on the mainland, and
the first water line was run to the Island. The water system was primarily
developed and constructed after the sale of these five acre tracts. Also,
neither I nor any of my affiliated companies have anything to do with any
Continued on page 4


comfortable." The liner was
originated to serve a more senior
clientel. Boyes said that the
passengers on the liner on 8 April
were 65 to 70 years old and
included Americans, English and
South Americans. Boyes said that
the crew is "American when in
America," and when in other
countries, fifty per cent of the
crew is hired locally.
The Caribbean Prince began its
Intracoastal Waterway Cruise
seven months ago from Rhode
Island and was scheduled to leave
Carrabelle-a+-6*i30, a,.m. oI"
Saturday, 9 April, sailing on to
New Orleans to pick up another
group of passengers and ending
the voyage in Palm Beach. After
three weeks off, the ship will sail
to Canada, an "incredibly
romantic" 12-dayexcursion. "This
is not a $600-type cruise," Boyes
said, explaining that the voyage is
"an exploration-type cruise. We
go where the big ships don't go."
Boyes, who said she speaks live
languages, pointed out that the
156' liner has a retractable pilot
house thatallows theACCLvessels
to travel beneath low bridges,
resulting in the ACCL ships being
the only cruising vessels able to
travel the historic Erie Canal.
Boyes said the bow opens and
within five minutes passengers
can be taken ashore for swimming,
snorkeling and other recreational
activities.
Lee Venable, Maintenance Man
for the Moorings Marina, said that
the liner made a stop in Carrabelle
about a year ago. "They come in
overnight and take a look at the
area," Venable said. According to
a brochure, the ACCL "reserves
the right to change, omit or add
stops along the way." Those of us
who had the opportunity to see
"the handsome Prince" are
certainly glad that Carrabelle was
added to the itinerary.


By Rene Topping
Vehicle access to Carrabelle Beach
remains a sore issue with local
residents in the McKissack
Subdivision. Public Works
iSupervisor Prentice Crum
reported that he had placed some
stop signs at the end ofGulf Beach
Road, and that there was
apparently enough area there for
people to park their vehicles and
that was about all that could be
done. This brought a response
from Dent Snider, a nearby River
Road resident, who observed,'Tvwo
objections last time were that
people were driving on the beach,
the midnight cowboys, and people
with four wheel drives were
desecrating the beach by going
around and driving on It, contrary
to the ordinance. Mr Braxton
made a motion at that time which
was not modified in any way, I


'.; .,.


would like to read it to you, "Motion
to direct Prentice Crum, Director
of Public Works, to close the access
to the beach by posts with
reflectors on them and directing
Van Johnson to place no dumping
signs on them, as mentioned by
Mr. Snider, and requestthe sheriff
to strictly enforce ordinance 74-4
and contact the Fish and Game
Commission, Marine Patrol and
ask for their assistance to patrol
the area as a combined
enforcement effort. If people are
driving on the dunes, they should
use penalties in the ordinance to
alleviate this problem. Also, to
allow Alan Pierce and Joe
Hamilton, county engineers, to
assist in any way they can.'"


Sheriff Roddenberry initials the agreement


Contract

Signed on

Jail

ReOpening

By Rene Topping
It was good news to Sheriff
Roddenberry and the Franklin
County Commission that the
Franklin County Jail on C65would
be re-opening. A contract between
the State of Florida. Department
ofCorrections (DOC) and Franklin
County that will call for the rental


of 32 beds guaranteed with an
additional 4 set aside as more
possible rentals. The sheriff said
e feltthis would provide sufficient
revenue to enable the re-opening.
Sheriff Roddenberry presented a
contract which was carefully gone
over by County AttorneyAl Shuler,
along with an estimated budget to
carry the jail until the end of this
budget year at a special meeting
held 12 April at 10 a.m. The jail
will employ22 people as correction
officers; however, herein lies the
one snag in the deal. The state is
asking that they can pull out of
the agreement at any time with a
60 day notice. Therefore the
workers will be signed on with the
clear understanding that they will
Continued on page 6


Snider then pointed out that
damage to the beach was
continuing and he felt that Crum
had not done anything he was
directed to do. He said he thought
a stop sign was inappropriate as it
just means to stop before
proceeding. He indicated that a
sign saying "No Vehicles Beyond
This Point" would more clearly
inform people that roads that have
been used for many years could
no longer be used. "It is amazing
to me that you give an order to a
county employee and he ignores
it." Snider said.
Commissioner Ed Tolliver was
angered at this remark and
responded that he did not like the
remark about a county employee
not doing what he was instructed
to do. Tolliver said, "He's doing
exactly what he was instructed to
do. I don't think you should come
in here and accuse an employee."
Snider asked, "Why do you say
that, Mr. Tolliver?" "Because he
did (as he was told), "Tolliver
responded, "He put signs there."
Snider replied. ."He_ did. not. ..He
put one stop sign." Tolliver said,
"We have roads down there where
the fishermen have been using
tha road foryears, andwe're going
to keep them using that road.
We're not going to stop those
mu llet fishermen." "You are going
to Ignore the ordinance?" Snider
asked. "We are going to ignore the
ordinance," said Toliver, "We are
not going to ignore the motion but
we are going to ignore your
suggestion to stop people using
that road."
One major problem is that no-one
knows for certain who owns the
area the road is in. John James,
PropertyAssessor, says it is owned
by the state. Crum says that
there is a platted road that has
never been graded and therefore
looks like part of the beach and
that this road is in the county but
that the road the fishermen diive
on is not. Alan Pierce, County
Planner, says that the plat
describes the road as being
dedicated to the high water mark
which has changed over the years.
The plat does show a road along
the beachside property line of
homes.
Tom Brimley said there is a state
law concerning this issue. He
believes that the county is
accepting liability. He said that
Continued on page 5

MULTI-

COUNTY

LIBRARY

MEETS TO

DISCUSS

FINANCES

By Brian Goercke
The Governing Board for the
Wilderness Coast Library, a multi-
county board composed of
Franklin, Jefferson, and Wakulla
Counties met on 11 April in the
Franklin County Court House to
discuss financial arrangements
with Franklin County
Commissioners for the next fiscal
year.
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis
was designated to attend the board
meeting, but neither he nor any
other commissioner was present at
the meeting which led several
members in attendance to question
the concern of Franklin County
Commissioners for the public
library system.
The nagging issue at hand is the
financial distribution process in
the Wilderness Coast's Public
Library System. AtpresentWakulla
Continued on page 6


Alan Pierce

Pierce

Prevails;

Petteway

Gets Post

By Rene Topping
Carl Petteway was finally hired as
an assistant to Alan Pierce, after
the matter had taken up quite a
bit of commission time at three
meetings. At the 15 March meeting
with only four commissioners
present the commission had asked
who was the second choice, and
when Pierce replied Frank
Stephens, the vote was split down
the middle on the two candidates.
Ed Tolliver and Bevin Putnalwere
in favor of Petteway, whereas Dink
Braxton and Tow Saunders opted
for Frank Stephens.
At the 5 April meeting when the
matter again came up Braxton
spoke in favor ofStephens, making
the motion that he be selected for
the post. A vote was called for, but
Putnal said he did not wish to vote
on it and asked for the matter to
be tabled until the following
meeting so that he could find out
.more about the two candidates.
He was told that his motion to
table was not in order but that he
could vote against Stephens and
then bring a motion to table. He
did so, but after much more
discussion the commission agreed
to ask both candidates to come to
the 19 April meeting. and be
interviewed. Pierce told the
commission that he had notified
both men under protest. Stephens
was the only one of the two men
who attended the 19 April meeting.
Pierce hotly defended his first
choice of Petteway, saying that he
had been asked to interview all
the applicants and that it was the
first time that department head's
choice had been turned down.
Pierce said that Pettewaywould fit
into the low key approach the
county was presently taking with
emergency management. He also
said he felt he would have difficulty
working with Stephens in as much
as he was Pierce's second choice,
all points he had made at previous
meetings.
Before any interviewing could
begin, Ed Tolliver made the
motion, seconded by Putnal, that
the commission hire Petteway.
Before the question was called
Saunders moved to table the
matter once more asking, "Why
aren'twe interviewing?" Mosconis
said "Because we decided we did
not want to." Reference was made
to Roberts Rules.
Stephens, clearly angry at what
was happening, stood up and
asked to be recognized. Mosconis
said, "I'm not going to recognize
him." Braxton interjected "He's in
my district. I recognize him."
Stephens began to move through
the audience to walk out of the
meeting saying, "I received a letter
(asking me) to be here, but I can
see you're going to ramrod this
thing through anyway."
The position pays $10,000 a year
and carries no benefits. Petteway
will begin work immediately.








Pape 2. 26 Anril 1994 *. The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Planningfor

Emergencies

By Rene Topping
After HurricaneAndrewhitFlorida
with "The BigOnenamedAndrew,"
those at the helm of the State of
Florida awoke to the fact that we
needed much more in the way of
being prepared. So, on Tuesday,
Joseph Myers, director of the
Division of Emergency
Management, accompanied byEd
Puckett and Eric Tlbert met with
officials from Carrabelle City
Commission, Franklin County
Commission, .Marine Patrol,
Sheriffs Office, County Clerk and
the County Planner to .fill them in
on the roles that would have to be
played by the state, cities and
county if disaster of any. kind
would strike 'the county. 'There
was no-one present from the City
ofApalachicola.
Many of the people in the room
had been living in Franklin 4in
1985, the 'year 'that Hurricanes
Elena and Kate- and a tropical
storm all hit within weeks ofone
another. Although nowhere near
the intensityofAndrew; theytested
all the strengths ofthe-people and
resources ;of the county and so
Myers had:an attentive audience.
Myers said, "When large scale
emergencies occur, :the-response
capabilities of local governments
can easily be :overwhelmed.
Natural disastersand. large scale
emergencies often cross city' and
county lines and ;affect large
segments of the -population. 'In
addition, response to these
emergencies may require many
different services and-resources.
Government and private sector
entities .must -prepare their
resource teams to serve in -an
expanded capacity during major
crisis situations.
To this end the Department of
Community Affairs Division of
Emergency Management (DEM)
:-is preparing comprehensive plan
for emergency management in all
ofFlorida andis working toensure
.that there are plans Implemented
during crisis situations. Learning
'fromAndrew, the state has nowin
place "Quick Assessment Teams"
under the National Guard, who
can move in quickly to find out
what is -needed first 'In human
requirements like food, water,
health/medical and housing and
also assess impact on
communications, transportation
and utility system.
State, local and volunteers -are
organized into Rapid -Response
Teams (RRT). Some examples of
RRT duties would be organizing
donated goods, operating-staging
:areas for outside assistance, and
providing personnel for the
Emergency Operations Center
'management.
The State Emergency operations
Center (EOC) will be located in
Tallahassee with a fall back area
to DeFuniak --Springs should
Tallahassee be. inthe threatened
-area. In Franklin County itwould
probably be atthe courthouse-in
Apalachicola.
Additional assistance wlll :be
provided by.the State-Emergency
Response Teams (SERIl made up
of personnel from -practically al
divisions of statewho would help
in recovery operations. The state
has begun funding the program
with the $2.00 and '$4:00
surcharge that has been made on
home and business insurance
policies which gave the- state-an
estimated $12. :mlllion.Afterthe
TrustFundSurcharge of$889,000
there was $11.8 million left-to-be
shared. $1.417 mnillion-is being
shared by the '67 counties,
$850,000 to the cities, $2.362
million 'will be awarded in
competitive .grants :and an
additional will be held for non-
- federaldisasters.Franklin.County
has just received: their- share of
the funding. It Is based on what
the county funded and also If the
county has a full time or a part-
time officer. Franklin is one of
nine counties opting-for the part-
time office and was awarded- a
. grant of $45,250which enableda
new part-time -employee, Carl
Petteway tOrbe hired. IFranklin
County had a fiull-time office the
amountwouldhavebeen$70,424.
Apalachicola and Carrabelle will
each receive a- small share of the
$850,000 awarded to the cities.
Myers said thatithasbeenproven
that in disasters it is neighbor
helpingneighbor and that applies
to counties and states both as
anatural:or-mnan-made;disasters
often flow over city. county and
state lines. He urged the county to
,:practice preparedness andd to
formulate aworking.plan.
When asked about the NOAA radio
being behind in forecasting the
positionrofElena andKate in 1185
he said that with the successful
launch ,of the weather satellite


this past week the updating will
improve. Also he said that Mike
Rucker. the EOC weathberanhas
: also : oobtanuded ome mew
equipment which will improve his
capatbdildles. Mvers heart-.lv
endorsed the purchase of small
iweatther aiErt-arBdios- Nhichrtituiin
on -with a signal and give up-to-
the-inmnule ,news -on tornadoes,
dloods and Amodiricanes.
Wih'en :asked : lf tbhee were
additional ways .of evacuees,
knowing at what point they can
saf'retnmamithElrhomes. MMyers
said .that It .was -possible tha't
: nianatt1roiacrldaisbeiwinluded
tiwbnilladtnsatsheweather,statin.
Continued on page 3


The Capital Area Chapter of the
American Red Cross reminded
northern Floridians about the
necessity of being ,prepared for
the upcoming hurricane season
and other potential disasters
common to the area. "Disasters
happen .anytime and anywhere.
And when disaster strikes, you
may not have much time to


i


here are six basics
you should stock in
your home: water,


food, first aid supplies,
clothing and bedding,
tools and emergency sup-
plies and special items.
Keep the items that you
wouldmost likely need
during an evacuation inan
'easy-to-carry:container-
suggested items are
marked with an asterisk(*).
Possible containers include








a: large, 'covered
trash container,


a camping backpack,


or a duffle:bag.


2] Mess kits;,or'papercups; plates and
plastic-utensils* .
2] Emergency;preparednessmanual*
' Battery;operated'radiohanfid'etra
'*batteries*
2- Flashlightand extra'batteries*
- Cash or traveler's checks;.change*
- Non-electric can-opener,utility knife*
I- Fire extinguisher: small canister,
ABC type
Li Tube tent
-] Pliers
-L .Tape
U- Compass
Li Matches in a waterproof container
i 'Aluminum foil
U- Plastic storage containers
-0,L Signal flare
.LI Paper; pencil


respond," states the 1994
promotional brochures fordisaster
relief measures. These could
.include the spilling of hazardous
:material on a'highway, or a flood,
tornado, or anything which could
cut off basic services such as gas,
*water or electricity.
Special -training for relief under


-i." Needles;thread
T U Medicinedropper .
U0' Shut-ff-wrenchto tum off
:householdgasiand water
-.O Whistle
SPlastic sheeting
-L Mapofthe area (for locaung
shelters)

?Sanitation
J-.0 iToilertpaper, towelettes*
J] Soapliqiddetergent*
J-J Femninine supplies*
-2 Personal hygienemitems*
-P plasticc garbage bags,.ties'(for
-.personal sanitation uses)
-] Plasticbucket withitight lid
- Disinfectant
--1' Household chlorinebleach


U Entertainment-gammesand
*,books.
- important Family Docments
Seepheseicds in a.watelvnof,
pontablecontainer.
Will-inmrancepolicies, contracts,
deeds,stocks and bonds
-Passpots,soci6al senritycanids,
Bankatomnimimbers
C.mr taredt aianantnnmbersaad
-counpauies
in, atoryofvsiaae blmsedhold
:pondsimptantartelephmeinnbers
* ainy mcordE'iirth.nmanage,
death cerniticate .


disaster circumstances has been
provided to Wakulla, Leon and
Franklin Counties inAprfl,:but for
those who have missed these
opportunities, training ,may be
conducted in Franklin County
upon request. If you organize a
group, contactChrisFloyd at 878-
6080 or 668-3461, Area 904, to
set up a special training session.


Water
Store water in plastic containers such as soft drink bottles. Avoid using containers
that will decompose or break, such asmilk cartons or glass bottles. A normally
active person needs to drink at least two quarts of water each day. Hot environments
and intense physical activity can double that amount. Children. nursing mothers and
ill people will need more.
F1 Store one gallon of water per person Q Keep at least a three-day supply of
,per day (two quarts for drinking, two water for each person in your
quarts for food preparation/sanitation)* household.


Food
Store at'least a three-day supply of'non-perishable food.. Select foods that require no
refrigeration; preparation or cooking and little or no water. If you must heat food.
pack a can of stemo. -Select food items lhatare'compact and lightweight.
*Include a selection of the following foods in your Disaster Supplies Kit:


-Li Ready-to-eat canned meats, fruits
and vegetables
. : Canned juices;milk, soup
(if powdered, store:extra water)
,Q Staples -sugar, salt; pepper
U High energy foods -L peanut butter,
jelly,;crackers;-granola bars;trail mix


- "Vitamins
-L-:-Foods for'infants, elderly persons or
Srpersons on special diets
-Q Comfort/stress foods cookies,
i-hard candy, sweetened cereals,
,l61llipops; instant coffee, tea bags


:First Aid Kit
.Assemble afirstlaidkit for your homeland one'for each car. First aid kit*,should
:include:
JL Sterile adhesive.bandages inassorted'.i Assorted sizes of safety pins
sizes -U..,Cleansinglagent/soap
-L 2-'inch sterile gauze pads (4-6) ~U ;Latex gloves (2 pair)
.- -4-inch:sterile gauze:pads(4-6) -L. Sunscreen
-I 'Hypoallergenic:adhesive tape
'i Triangular bandages (3) 'Non-prescription drugs
2i. 2-inch-sterilerller:bandages (3 rolls) :'- Aspirin ornonaspirin-pain reliever
0 3--inch.sterile Ullerbandages (3 rolls) --] Anti-dianrrhea medication
.i Scissors i1 Antacid (for stomach upset)
L Tweezers -i Syrup of Ipecac (use to induce
-0 *Needle vomiting if advised by the Poison
SMoistenedtowelettes Control Center)
- Moistened towelettes _-Laxative
S Antiseptic Activated charcoal (use if advised I
-1- Thermometer th Poison Control Center)
UU "Tongue blades (2)
-Tube of petroleum jelly or other
:lubricant


Contact our local Americai Red Cross chapter to obi in a basic first aid manual.


SUGSION ADEI NDR


Storeyour kitin a
convenient place
known to all family
members. Keep a
smaller-version. of-the
Disaster Supplies Kit
in the trunkiof your car.


Keep items in air tight
plastic bags.

Change your stored
waterisupply every
six months-so it
stays fresh.


,11 'Rotate your stored food
every six months.
A Re-think your kit and
family needs at least
once a year. Replace
'-batteries; :update
S.clothes, etc.
M Ask your:physician or
3:pharmacist about
.storingprescription
medications.


U
















I.

U


Clothing~and Bedding
*Include at least one complete change of clothing and footwearper person.


SSturdy shoes or work boots*
, Rain gear*
Li Blankets or sleeping bags*


-U1: Hatand gloves
-Thermnal underwear
,U Sunglasses


:Specialiltems
Remember family members with specialneeds, such as-infants and iderly.or
: disabled persons.


For-Baby*
-J Formula
iJ Diapers
.. Bcoles
- Powdered milk
T- Medications
For Adults*
U- 0 Heattand high blood pMssre
-.medication
: ,Insilsin
2J' Prescription drags
D] Oematrneeds
S.'Gc taatilenisesand samples
EL-Exraeye lasses


Selling the Pearl
- -- of the PanhaTndle
',MySpecialtyreais-0arrabelle-Lanark-
Carrambele Beach-Sl.Teresa-St. James-Eastpoint
.I Irealytuiowiall tIe iMeksand crannies ,of this
speciatarea. Let ime be your guide to iEding your
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Commentary


FRANKTLTN COUNTY KIDS

COUNT; AND THEY'RE

COUNTING ON US!
By Sandra Lee Johnson,
Chairperson Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council
In Volume IV, a report on the status of Florida's children, of the 1993
Florida Kids Count Data Book, reads the following statement: "When
it comes to kids, it's not whether we pay, it's when. Wise investments
now will save millions of dollars in avoided illness, school failure and
crime. Just like bankers know the value of a good down payment to
avoid long-term debt, investment in children pays bountiful dividends."
.Franklin County is one of 14 counties in District Two of the State of
Florida. The State government has mandated the establishment of
Juvenile Justice Council's at the district and local levels. Each Council
has developed bylaws which establishes an Executive Committee and
a Citizen Advisory Committee to participate in the activities of the
Council. According to (s. 29.025 (5). F.S.), a county juvenile justice
council is authorized in each county for the purpose of encouraging the
initiation of, or supporting ongoing interagency cooperation and
collaboration in addressing juvenile crime. According to the law, a
county juvenile council MUST include representatives of the following:
The local school system including administrators, teachers,
school counselors, and parents.
The District Juvenile Justice Program Office of the HRS Dept.
Local law enforcement agencies
The judicial system, including, but not limited to, the chief
judge of circuit, the state attorney, the public defender, or
their respective designees
The business community
Other interested officials, groups, or entities including, but
not limited to, a children's services council, public or private
providers juvenile justice programs and services, students
and advocates.
The purposes of a county juvenile justice council is to provide a forum
for the development of a community-based interagency assessment of
the local juvenile justice system, to develop a county juvenile justice
plan for more effectively preventing juvenile delinquency, and to make
recommendations for more effectively utilizing existing community
resources in dealing with Juveniles who are truant or have been
suspended or expelled from school, or who are found to be involved in
crime.
We are calling all of YOU chosen ones to come forth, take a stand and
be counted. As you can see, every single individual in Franklin County
has a place on this council. The ultimate requirement for membership
is that you must be concerned about and committed to making a
meaningful difference in the lives of KIDS. I agree with Margaret Mead
when she said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
The Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council will hold it's next
meeting on Thursday, April 28, 1994 at the Carrabelle Branch of the
Franklin County Library, Carrabelle, FL, 6 p.m. I look forward to
meeting you there.


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Vol. 3, No. 8 26 April 1994
Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Columnists Judy Corbus
Captain Ernmie........Ernie Rehder
Contributors Rene Topping
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...............Amanda Loos
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Rene Topping Carrabelle
Mary and John McDonald................Lanark Village
Pat Morrison St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung.................Eastpoint
Brooks Wade Eastpoint
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FORGOTTEN

COAST

THEATRE

By Jack Dakota
The incorporators of the Forgotten
CoastTheatre are wading through
a stack of applications, legal forms
and Instruction booklets as they
prepare to file soon as a non-profit
corporation in Florida. Those
Incorporators are Howard
Groesbeck (a.k.a. Jack Dakota),
Angela Boyd Schoelles, Phil
Dunaway, Sammy Stallworth (all
of Apalachicola), and Norman
Boyd of Carrabelle.
Dakota is the founder and
executive producer, and Schoelles
is the producer and business
manager of the new theatre. They
first met last December and began
making plans to organize FCT.
The theatre's first event, a St.
Patrick's Day Dance, was held on
March 19 at the Apalachicola
National Guard Armory, The
producers of the dance express
their gratitude to the many
contributors and supporters.

FCTs next activity is scheduled
for May. The producers are
seeking actors to audition on May
10 and 12 for a readers' theatre
production in June of"A Bridge to
Love". The new play by Dakota is
set in Adams County, Florida.
"This imaginary county of 10,000
people is about the fourth smallest
county in Florida," said the
playwright. "Adams County is
enriched by its history, inundated,
with social conflicts and populated
with memorable characters."
FCT is also sponsoring a logo
contest. The winning design will
be used on the theatre's letterhead,
posters, playbills and souvenirs.
Each design must include the
artist's signature.
The winnerwill receive four tickets
to the theatre's first, full
production. Also, since the
selected design will include the
artist's name, the winner will
receive continuing publicity.
wherever and whenever the logo
is reproduced. There will be no
other form of remuneration to the
winner, and the design will become
the property of FCT. No entries
will be returned.
Participants may submit multiple
entries, but all entries but be
postmarked no later than May 15,,
1994. Designs may onlybe mailed
to: Logo Contest, Forgotten Coast
Theatre, P.O. Box 747,
Apalachicola, FL 32329-0747.
The FCTwil be holding auditions
for "A Bridge to Love"-at 7 p.m. on
Tuesday, May 10 and Thursday,
May 12 in the meeting lounge at


the Florida Power Corporation
office located at 99 Aveune F in
Apalachicola. Jack Dakota's new
play includes roles for two female
teenagers about 16, two male
teenagers about 18, one male adult
about 45, one female adult about
90 and a male or female adult
between the ages of 35 to 70.
The seven actors will be selected
for a June readers' theatre
production of the two-act
romance. During a readers' theatre
performance, the actors carry their
scripts. Therefore, at this stage in
the development of the script, there
is no need for actors to memorize
their lines. Readers' theatre is the
first, important step toward the
full production of a new play. In
working with the actors, the
playwright has an opportunity to
hear the dialogue. Also, the actors
perform a vital service in the
development and revision of the
script. Commonly, after each
performance of readers' theatre at
universities and theatre labs, the
audience; actors, director and
playwright participate in a critique
of the new script
"A Bridge to Love" is set during the
present time in the imaginary
Adams County, Florida where the
Wayne Gordon Bridge connects
the two small towns of Bayside
and Southpoint. The towns are
separated not onlyby the Magnolia
River but also by social class,
occupational, political,
educational, cultural and historic
differences.
The action of the play deals with
the budding romance between two
teenagers livin on opposite sides
of the river. Their friends and
parents disapprove of the
relationship and attempt to thwart
the young lovers.
One adult actor will perform the
role of the president of the Adams
County Historical Society. This
actor serves as the moderator and
assumes various other, minor
parts in the play.
Angela Boyd Schoelles, the
producer and business manager
of FCT, will direct the play. Dakota
and Schoelles will judge the
auditions.
Photocopies of selected scenes for
the auditions will be available for
review beginning May 2 during
normal business hours at Hooked
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Career Day
By Amanda Loos
Thursday, 14 April brought a
strange excitement to the halls of
Carrabelle High School. Tables
were taken from classrooms,
students were sent on missions,
phones were ringing, markers were
scratching, tape was tearing,
papers were shuffling. It was not
the ordinary buzz of a regular
school day, but the buzz of
students and faculty preparing
for Career Day, a day set aside
each year in Franklin County for
students of all ages to explore
some of the opportunities that
await us after graduation.
It took months of planning and
steady work, led by Carrabelle
High School Guidance Counselor
Ms. Nan Collins who spent tons of
time and energy to organize it all,
but Friday, 15 April finally arrived.
The gymnasium was set up with
tables, displays and posters
welcoming Apalachicola High
School, Chapman Elementary,
and Brown Elementary Schools
as well as thanking those
businesses and individuals who
helped make Career Day possible.
Representatives from local colleges
including North Florida Junior
College, Chipola Junior College,
Haney Vocational-Technology
School, Florida State University,
Florida Agricultural and
Mechanical University, Lively
Vocational-Technical School, Gulf
Coast Community College and
Keiser College were set up to talk
to students about what their
colleges have to offer and answer
questions about such issues as
scholarships, financial aid,
academic programs, housing,
meal plans, athletics, and the
social life on their campuses. Some
had elaborate displays and
pamphlets were available
discussing these and other items
to help students in their plans.
Recruiters were present from the
U.S. Marines, U.S. Navy, Army
National Guard, and the Marine
Patrol totato talk students about
their Jobs and the opportunities
available in the armed services. It
was also a great chance for the
recruiters to get to know those
students from Franklin County
who are eligible, interested, and
need assistance getting into these
fields.
County officials, Kendall Wade,
Franklin, County Clerk of Court
and James Harris, Franklin
County Tax Collector, were there
to talkaboutwhat theirjobs entail
and what they do for the county.
Rhonda Skipper from the Franklin
County PropertyAppraiser's Office
was also there with prints of aerial
views ofCarrabelle, Eastpoint, and
Apalachicola for students to pick
out familiar sites and learn the
details of the job done by the
property appraiser.
The manyyoung people interested
in the medical fields were able to
talk to Licensed Practical Nurses
from Wellsprings Home Health
Care who were taking blood
pressures and body temperatures
with the new ear thermometer,
and nurses and doctors from the
Emerald Coast Hospital who
demonstrated some of the
equipment used in the
Ambulances to determine the state
ofa patient's heart and the amount
of oxygen in their blood.
The Division of Forestry discussed
the new job openings arriving in
our area in their field and a
representative was also present
from the FSU Center for
Economics which supplies
teachers with training and
materials to teach economics in
their classes. Diane Smith from
JTPA ( Job Training Partnership


Plan for Emergencies
from page 2
After the winter storms
experienced in Franklin County
and other areas along the coast, a
buoy has been placed out in the
Gulf to help keep track. Several
new transmission sites have been
built and so some "blind spots"
have been eliminated.
Franklin County Commission
Chairman Jimmy Mosconis said
that following Elena, there was a
time when the people felt saying,
"Theywere numb. In shock. Some
of the problems in the past were
that the federal government was
slow to respond to take care of the
immediate needs of the people."
He praised the Red Cross and the


Act) had a large display set up
describing how JTPA helps young
people and adults got the training
they need for a variety of jobs.
Seargent Varnes, who heads the
D.A.R.E. (Drug Awareness
Resistance Education) Program in
the Franklin County Schools
showed a case of samples of the
differentdrugs to educate students
about what Is out there. He had
some very strong advice for all
kids. "The big thing now is to be
cool, but believe me drugs are not
cool...you can accomplish your
goals a lot faster drug-free...".
Deborah Buckhalter
demonstrated how the
Apalachicola/Carrabelle Times is
, put together and the Tallahassee
Democrat discussed the jobs
available at their newspaper.
Susan Creek from the Flower
Shoppe described what she does
with flowers and plants in herjob.
She was also taking orders from
Juniors and Seniors for tuxedos
for the prom. The Coca-Cola
Company of Tallahassee gave out
samples of the popular sports
drink (of FSU and the Olympics)
Power Ade. It was a big hit.
Teachers, students, consultants,
and community members lined
up throughout the day to got a
massage from Ms. Tanya Patrick -
who was hard-pressed to get a
break. But she seems to enjoy it.
"It makes me feel good to make
others feel good."
New this year, Doris Shiver Gibbs
was there with booths and voting
slips for students to express their
opinions through yes or no,
questions pertaining to school
issues (and even get an "I Voted"
sticker.) The questions were
written by students in Mrs.
Jennifer Rogers' 11'th grade
American History class at CHS
and covered many Issues from the
dress code to corporal
punishment The results will be
sent back to Mrs. Rogers and her
class to see how they are drawn
up. Many thought it was
interesting to see how the voting
system works. Ms. Gibbs and her
teamwere also registering 18 year
olds to vote locally and nationally.
Students and faculty were
impressed. CHS Principal Mr. Jim
Sinor was pleased. "It looks real
good. We have alot of participants,
the kids are enjoying it...there's a
lot of good information being
passed around."
CHS Librarian, Mrs. Christine
Hinton, agreed, "I think it (Career
Day) has the potential to explore a
lot of areas for vocational and
other careers for these students.
They all seem so excited..."
Indeed, studentswere very excited.
The most popular response when
asked what they thought of Career
Day was "Cool!" among both the
older and the younger students.
Frances Hand, a Junior at CHS
and also a member of the WCHS
TV Production crew which was
filming the event, was thrilled. "I
have enjoyed every bit of it It gets
you out of class, you get to meet
all kinds of new people, and decide
what colleges and careers you
want to choose."
Although many students thought
the daywas perfect, manyyounger
students saw that the careers that
they want to look into were
unrepresented. One wished there
was a booth on architecture,
another wanted something in the
art field. (Maybe next year.)
Overall, however, students hopped
from booth to booth collecting
information and enjoying the
chance to socialize with other
students in our county.
A huge fish fry, prepared by
business teacher Mrs. JoAnn
Gander and Ms. Gina Millender
from the guidance office, was
served for all the consultants and
the students that helped set up
and organize the day. Over the
seafood feast, many of the
presenters expressed
emphatically that it was the best
Career Day they had been to.


Salvation Army.
Myers said that the purpose of the
money was to raise the smaller
counties from a state of just filling
in the right paperwork to actually
having a real plan..He pointed out
Eric Tolbert the Bureau Chief for
Preparedness and Response is a
Franklin Countyresidentwho lives
on Alligator Point, and can be of
great help to the county.
Pierce introduced Carl Petteway
who had just that morning been
named to assist with planning for
emergencies. Myers said there will
be training sessions on the
television and a practice of the
Rapid Response Teams in a fly-in
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' o'Lunteer workers, mostly
'oiunger men who work onlv on
'S.Mlur-days, are raising New flope
in Carrabelle, New Hope Primitive
Baptist Church, to be precise. The
Reverend James Humose, of
TaJlahassee, ChiefEvangelist, said
the doors of the church will be
opened to the public for worship
services "as quick as we can." As
of 9 April, the walls were more
than half completed. Rev. Humose
said the building will seat about
150 members.
The church will have a permanent
Pastor, but Rev. Humose said that
he would not be the one to lead the
co igregation. "I'm just trying to
get it built," he said. Right now,
Elder Pugh, of Quincy, comes to
Carrabelle and leads the worship
servicess for New Hope members at
a church ofanother denomination
located directly across Highway
98 from the site of the new facility.
J.J. Shingles said the new church
is being constructed for the
Carrabelle community by the
Florida-Georgia Primitive Baptist
Association, led by Rev. R. B. Ivy.
Rev. Humose said that the
Primitive Baptists are the only
Baptists that wash feet as part of
the worship service on every first
Sunday, for some congregations,
or every quarter for others. This
practice is done in recognition of
the scriptural testimony in John
13:5: "Then he (Jesus) poured
water into a basin, and began to


wash the disciples' feet, and to
wipe them with the towel with
which he was girded." (RSV).
"Jesus washed feet," said Rev.
Humose, "If he humbled himself,
why shouldn't we?" Holy
Communion is also shared by
members on the first Sunday of
every month or quarterly,
according to individual churches.
The New Hope Primitive Baptist
Church of Carrabelle, which is
now under construction on
Highway 98 East, just across the
road from Folks Realty, invites
the community to join them when
the doors to the new church are
opened for Worship Services,
Church School, Bible Classes,
Prayer Meetings and Revivals.


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development whatsoever on St. George Island at this time. 'The commercial
area in the center portion of the Plantation around the airport has been
developed and is being developed by other parties. Also, the 100 acre
commercial tract at Bob Sikes Cut is being developed by other parties.
Covington Properties, Inc. is developing 31 lots on approximately 29 acres
adjacent to Bob Sikes Cut. George Mahr is developing the remaining 67 acres.
I have no involvement at all, directly or indirectly, with any of the
development by George Mahr. The Brown Childrens' Trust owns less than
10% of Covihgton Properties, Inc., and I have absolutely no control or day to
day involvement with that company. Basically, neither I nor any of my
affiliated companies has developed anything on St. George Island since the
mid -1980's. And, after 1981, Leisure was not involved with the development
of any of the commercial property within St. George's Plantation which is
where most of the development density was approved. The restrictive
covenants which originally required connection to the water system only
applied to the residential areas, not to the over 200 acres of commercial
property in the Plantation where most of the density was approved. Even
prior to 1981, my involvement, through affiliates, was limited to a relatively
small portion of the Island. The utility company did not construct its
transmission and distribution lines for development controlled by me or any
of my affiliates. The utility company made the decision to install such
transmission and distribution lines as a prudent business judgment to serve
the people who needed water service on St. George Island, which is what I
perceived the utility's obligation to be under its certificate and tariff.
Q. Why was all this not presented at the last rate case?
A. Neither I nor my attorney believed that this was an issue. Our expert
testimony was that the transmission anddistribution lines were 100% used
and useful. Public Counsel's expert testimony was that the transmission and
distribution system was 90% used and useful. Based on this, we thought that
the finding would necessarily fall somewhere within the evidence, so we did
not believe Itwas necessary to present any more detailed testimony regarding
developer-utility control of the Island, or actual layout of the units on the
Island. However, after the evidence was closed, it was somehow determined
that the actual "used and useful" percentage of the transmission and
distribution system was only 18%. The utility has been suffering from the
cash flow shortfall caused by this finding for the past five years. It is one of
the main reasons that my affilated companies and I have had to contribute
so much additional cash to maintain and improve the utility operations
during the last five years since the 1989 rate case.
. What do you believe the correct 'used and useful" percentage should

A. I believe it should be 100% across the board, including the transmission
and distribution system. This is an "horrendous" system to operate and
maintain. We have an obligation to serve customers whose wells go bad, and
all other customers in areas that cannot get good water. At the same time,
we have to run our lines by hundreds if not thousands of lots whose owners'
may never hook into our system, because there is no governmental will to
require mandatory connections on the Island. This is an environmental
disaster waiting to happen, because of the extremely small lots with septic
tanks which basically means that the sewagewastewater is being recirculated
as potable drinking water. The utility is powerless to do anything about this
situation; however, the utility does not believe that it should be penalized by
the commission's "used and useful" calculations when there is no way to
legally assume that any of the additional development on the Island will have
to be served by the utility company, other than a limited number of lots in the
Plantation. This is compounded by the fact that the Commission now seems
to be encouraging this utility to assume at least some degree of responsibility
for fire protection on the Island, which can only be provided by the use of the
transmission and distribution systemwhich the Commission has determined
to be only 18% "used and useful".
Q. Do the shallow wells cause you any other problems?
A. Yes. There are great numbers of shallow wells that have the potential to
contaminate our water system. We have had to substantially increase the
time and effort spent on water company matters by Sandra Chase, who is in
charge of our DEP mandated cross connection control program. It became
impossible for this program to be properly administered by te personnel on
the Island, so It was all transferred to the Tallahassee office. Mrs. Chase is
also in charge of our governmental agency and customer relations, and she
serves as a company-wide administrative assistant to assist each employee
to properly perform his or her duties, including correspondence and other


matters. Mrs. Chase spends approximately 80% of her time on utility
company matters. Her salary has been increased since the test year of 1992,
and this adjustment is reflected in the MFR's.
. What is the utility's position regarding fire protection on St. George
land?
A. The utility does now provide a certain level of fire protection on St. George
Island, although there is no legal requirement to do so. Also, the utility plans
to undertake a comprehensive fire protection study during 1994 to determine
the feasibility of improving the level of fire protection provided by the utility
on St. George Island. Basically, the utility is ready, willing and able to
upgrade its system to provide an improved level of fire protection on St.
George Island. However, we must first determine the standard to be met, the
improvements needed to meet this standard, and the most efficient method
of making these improvements. We must also be assured that the utility will
receive an adequate return on the necessary improvement costs and ongoing
expenses to be incurred in connection with such added fire protection. We
cannot justify making substantial improvements to the system, including
the transmission and distribution system, which would be an integral part
of any fire protection system, until we understand how the utility can receive
a return on the investment it has already made in the transmission and
distribution system which was deemed to be only 18% "used and useful".
9. The utility seems to have extremely high debt. How can it continue
to operate successfully with such a debt structure?
A. The real hard third party debt of the utility at this time is approximately
$1,200,000. All of the other debt is to intercompany affiliates. Our plan is to
convert all of this excess, intercompany debt to equity at or before the
conclusion of this rate case, provided or assuming thatwe end up with a rate
base somewhere near the hard third party debt oT$1,200,000. Immediately
after this "debt-to-equity conversion we will refinance the remaining debt
ofapproximately $1,200,000witha long-term Farmers Home Administration
industrial financing package in the total amount of $1,500,000. This will be
used as follows: $1,200,000 to refinance existing debt, and $300,000 for
working capital and needed improvements to the system. This loan will be
closed through a local savings and loan association, which has given
preliminary approval for the refinancing, based upon a successful conclusion
to this pending rate case and a 90% loan guarantee from FHA. This will allow
the utility company to maintain a high level of service on St Georwe Island
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Little things mean a lot.


It all adds up. Did you know as citizens of this county we individually
generate up to five pounds of garbage per day? By the end of the year,
each one of us generates nearly one ton of garbage...garbage that is
currently being incinerated.


Incineration cost and our landfills are filling up fast. And it's not going
to get any better unless we begin to reduce the amount of trash we
produce.


Fortunately, simple and environmentally sound methods of waste
management such as recycling and waste reduction can reduce the
amount of garbage we're throwing away by 20 to 30 percent.


Burying or burning our garbage should be our last choice, not our
first. Soon it will not be an alternative. By adopting some simple
recycling and waste reducing practices, we can reduce our reliance on
landfills. But it will take a commitment by all of us. A commitment that
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The Franklin County Chronicle. 26 Anril 1994 Pane 5


CPAA CLAIMS RIGHT TO

INSPECT BEVIS PAYROLL

RECORDS


By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) met on 14 April
at Carrabelle City Hall and agreed
to certify to the Carrabelle City
Commission that Tommy Bevis,
owner of Bevis & Associates, has
Siven CPAA certification that he
as the necessary number of
employees to be in compliance
with the Department of
Community Affairs' (DCA)
Community Development Block
Grant (CDBG). The PortAuthority
emphasized that CPAA is only
certifying to the City Commission
that CPAA has received
certification from Bevis and that
CPAA has no independent
knowledge of Bevis' compliance
other than Bevis' certification to
them. CPAA Attorney Ben
Watkins, of Law Offices of Ben J.
Watkins in Apalachicola, said that
when the City of Carrabelle
receives certification from CPAA
that Bevis has given the Port
Authority certification that he has
indeed created 12 full-time, low-
income jobs on Timber Island,
then the City can certify to DCA
that the jobs are in place "and this


will close out the CDGB". CPAA
'Chairman Robert Lane said that
at some point they "will have to
verify to their own satisfaction
that Bevis is "living up to the
terms of the contract (between
CPAA and Bevis & Associates)
throughout the term of the
contract", and that CPAA "has a
right by contract" to inspect the
payroll records of Bevis &
Associates.
Obviously irked, Bevis told the
board, "You do not have a right to
inspect my payroll." However,
CPAAleases the property to Bevis,
and Watkins pointed out that
information and verification
requirements concerning former
employee records, which Bevis
provided to CPAA on DCA forms,
is accessible to the Port Authority
because of the terms of the
contract, "the tenant shall
maintain 12 full-time jobs for a
period of this sub-lease and any
extension therein... to put that
information and verification on
forms provided by DCA" and "that
information shall include access
to the former employee records
of the tenant." Watkins clarified


CONCERT IN THE. PARK

WITH THE FSU MAS'N


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STANDING OVATION


The Ilse Newell Concert in the Park was the final offering
for the 1993-1994 season in Franklin County held in
Lafayette Park at 4 P. M. to an appreciative audience of over
150 persons. The highly unusual steel drum band, under the
direction of Darren Duerden, was founded at FSU in 1987,
and comprised of 18 members, usually without any previous
drum experience. The program featured the pan in Soca and
body-swinging Calypso, indigenous music of Trinidad,
American jazz, and an Irish jig.'
Anyone desiring to have their name added to the concert
series mailing list, or who would like to make a contribution
for next season, or anyone who would desire a reminder of
the series in September 1994, please write to: William
Greer, Treasurer, Ilse Newell Fund for the Performing Arts,
Post Office Box 342, Eastpoint, Fla. 32328.




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that the contract between CPAA
and Bevis & Associates "is a
different thing from DCA," and
when certification is given to DCA
that the required number of jobs
is created, then "it becomes a
contract right (of CPAA) that the
jobs be continued."
Bevis said that according to his
attorney his employee payroll
records are not for public record,
but Lane pointed out to Bevis that
wages of all public employees are
subject to public inspection and
described CPAA's contract with
Bevis & Associates as a "quasi-
public situation" because the
public is involved in the ownership
of the land. "The public property
was developed largely with public
funds."
EVERYONE TRIPS ON
THE SLIPS
Confusion reigned when CPAA
confronted Bevis about the exact


number of slips he has at his
Dockside Marina on Timber
Island, and Bevis informed the
board that, except for two
additional pilings, "everything else
that is there was there when we
leased the facility, and if the way
you're counting them comes up to
be more than nine, do you want
us to take out what was there
when we leased the facility, if it's
greater than nine?" The grant calls
for nine slips. In February of this
year, Mary Jane Kitamura and
Bruce Moore went toTimberIsland
at Bevis' invitation and with
CPAA's instructions. While there,
they counted and photographed
13 boatslips, complete with boats.
At the 14 April CPAA regular
meeting, Bevis told the Port
Authority that eight slips are being
rented, that he receives rent from
eightpeople; he then changed that
total to nine. Watkins said that
the Direct Regional Impact (DRI)
does not specify what the slips are
to be used for and that he sees no


problem as long as the number of
slips complywith the DRI. Watkins
emphasized, however, that Bevis
could not lease more slips than
are permitted to be there. The
grant calls for nine slips, and the
Port Authority said the grant
doesn'tspecify"three or fourxental
slips". Bevis asked the board three
times iftheywanted him to remove
the pilings that ;he said were
already there when he leased the
property, and the board told him
"no" each tqne. Barry Woods
suggested that the board look at
the matter from the practical
standpoint of boats coming into
the area and the owners bringing
revenue into Carrabelle while they
wait for their boats to be repaired.
CPAA members who were "on
board" when the Timber Island
Project began admitted there had
been "problems" then. The
question now appears to be how
CPAA and Bevis &Associates can
come into compliance without
taking out the pilings that CPAA


apparently put there themselves.
The board decided to address the
issue at a later date.
REPAIRS VS.
RECONSTRUCTION
Alan Pierce, Franklin County
Planner, told the board that .he
had issued a building permit,
based on letters of approval from
the Corps of Engineers and
Department of Environmental
Protection, for what he presumed
was to be the repairing of an
existing structure. On this
presumption, Pierce said he did
not bring the matter to the
attention of the PortAuthority nor
were property owners notified.
Pierce and the board determined
that the work is apparently
reconstruction of a previously
existing structure.
The next regular meeting of the
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority is scheduled to be held
Thursday, 12 May at 10:00 A.M.
at Carrabelle City Hall.


Dreams Become Reality for Youth League


By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Youth League has
long wanted to promote and
improve the City's ball field, which
in February of this year was
officially named The Dr. George L.
Sanders Field. League officers and
members began a few months ago
to look into the possibilities of
making their dreams of improving
the field a reality. Mark
Householder had already drawn
up plans for the improvements.
Cliff Nunery, League president,
took a look at Mark's plans then
met with Johnny Millender and
asked, "Can we do it?" In the next
few months after Mark's plans
were presented, Cliff and Johnny
met to discuss the feasibility of
pursuing the League's dreams of
overhauling the ball field.
Bevin Putnal informed Youth
League officers that the Franklin
County Recreation Fund
contained $10,000 designated for
use throughout the county for
youth activities, so proposal was
drawn up and, along with a
.blueprint, presented to Franklin
County Commissioners, who voted
to split the available funds three
ways, between Apalachicola,
Carrabelle, and Eastpoint at
$3,333.33 each.
One of the big problems the League
faced was the lack of equipment
and materials.As luckwould have
it, the Department of
Transportation (D.O.T.)wasin the
process of paving a road next to
the ball field and quicker than
anybody could say "play ball", the
city, the county, everybody started
pitching in.
Prentice Crum, with the Franklin
County RoadDepartment, started


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clearing the ball field. Then the
county and the city hauled dirt
from Timber Island at no charge.
Prison crews from the Franklin
County Work Camp at
Apalachicola "dug holes, set the
poles, raked the fields, hung the
fence, and did general clean-up.
Everybody worked hand-in-hand
and made it a successful project,"
Youth League President and Vice-
president Cliff and Barbi Nunery
said. For the past two months,
"there's somebody else that's
willing to help, somebody else
that's willing to pitch in the city,
the county, D.O.T., Johnny
Millender, Matt Kelly, Jimmy
Adams Construction the listjust
goes on and on 'and on," they
added.
Florida Power Corporation allowed
employee Ray Tyre to use a
company truck to dig holes for
and set all the back-stop poles.
Carrabelle Mayor Carlton Wathen
"was right there, steering (the
poles) into the hole," Barbi said.
Buzz Putnal spent hours of his
time working on the field. Speaking
for the Youth League, the Nunery's
said, "We justwant to really extend
our appreciation to those who have
'helped us and given their support
to us."
Carrabelle kids are excited. "The
kids can't wait. They want to play
on it," the Nunery's laughed. On
weekends, the youngsters go to
the field to watch the work being
done and to help in whatever way
the can. Someyoungsters raked,
and others helped move and aint
the bleachers. After the fieldhad
been leveled by Mark Householder,
Levi Millender, age 10 and son of
Johnny and Sheila Millender,
-brought his 4-wheeler down to
,the field and "graded it up,"
completing the leveling. "It's been
-such a positive thing, Barbl said.
"Everybody's talking about it."
FINANCIAL SUPPORT ALSO
OFFERED
In addition to physical support,
the Youth League has received
contributions from individuals.
businesses and programs. Dr.
Hobson Fulmer, owner of
Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic,
donated $50; the Lanark Village
V.W.W. gave $100; Rich Bail
Bonding Agency of, Carrabelle
plans to contribute an unspecified
amount; and Barry Brynjolfsson,
president oftheApalachicola State
Bank, told the Nunery's that he
plans to match an amount he has
already donated to Eastpoint.


MEMBERS WORK FOR EXTRA
REVENUE
Youth League members will run
the concession stand this season
during the men's softball games,
and tis will bring in revenue to
help cover the expenses of the
youth programs. A Scallop-Fry
during the up-comingWaterfront
Festival, scheduled for Father's
Day weekend, 17, 18 & 19 June,
is another means of raising funds
.to help pay for uniforms and
equipment. "The bigger boys
require a lot more money to run
their program, $1,500 to $1,800.
No one sponsor can handle that,
so we supplement that, too," Cliff
said. Money from concession sales
will go to the Youth League, and
the League will, in turn, "be
pouring it into our field."
Concession revenue will cover not
only equipment, but anything else
needed by the players. "The
overflowis for children who cannot
afford new gloves, cleats, etc." The
League will help any child whose
parents don't have the funds for
the expenses involved.
PRIORITY NEEDS
Pony League rules require that all
Pony League games be played on
a lighted field. As a result of this
rule, Carrabelle Pony League
members (12 to 14 years old) play
their games in Wakulla County.
Cliff estimates that the cost of


lights for the field could be
anywhere from $15,000 to
$30,000, depending on whether
the lights are new or used. "That's
an item we just can't even
comprehend right now," he said,
but feelers have been sent out to
several contractors. The Youth
League hopes to bring the boys
home to their own ball field by
next summer.
Another high-ticket item is to
rejuvenate or rebuild the
concession stand to make it more
convenient and to enable the
people who run it to watch the
kids. League members also cling
to the hope that somewhere down
the line "dollars will become
available to rig us up a little sprayer
to fog the area prior to a game."
The League's financial status will
determine what they will be able
to do about the buzzing, biting
insects. "Maybe when people gain
a little spirit lateron in the season,
someone may remember they have
an old fogger they don't need any
longer," Cliff said.
BATTER UP!
To date, nine teams are scheduled
to play on the Carrabelle field: 2 T-
Ball teams, ages 5-12; 3 boy's
baseball teams, ages 8-12; young
girl's softball teams, ages 8-13;
and at least 1 men's softball team.
Youth League Recreation


SEASON

OPENS AT

DR. GEORGE

L. SANDS

FIELD

By Carol Ann Hawkins
What a sight to behold on Monday
afternoon, 18 April at about 4:30
P.M.. at the Dr. George L. Sands
Ball Field on Highway 981 Even as
six teams of youngsters were
warming up on three of the city's
four ball fields, volunteers were
all over the place, puttingwhatever
finishing touches they had time to
put on the improved area. Family,
friends and people who simply
like to watch kids play ball were
filling the bleachers, and so much
activity was going on everywhere
in every direction it was hard to
knowwhat or who to watch. Balls
were flying through the air, from
one kid to another; coaches were
giving last-minute instructions
and pep-talks; kids were running,
and parents were yelling for them
to stop running; the concession
stand was doing a whopping
business.

Way over at the far end of the T-
Bail field, Carrabelle Mayor
Carlton Wathen and wife Grace
attached apiece of chain-link fence
to an end pole. Men from the City
of Carrabelle and Florida Power
Corporation were in another
section digging a ditch, where
cable was laid or the installation
of a lighted scoreboard on the
Little Leaguefield. The scoreboard
will be provided by the Coca Cola
Bottling Company. Ray Tyre, a
Florida Power employee, said that
Florida Power donated the wire
and the trenching machine, "and
when the sign (scoreboard) gets
here, Florida Power will set the
sign!"

The list of people to thank for the
time they donated to helping with
the improvements keeps growing
longer and longer. Over the
weekend, Ruby Litton and children
Christopher and Heather were
busy at the field, as was Christy


Committee Chairman, Russ
Osteen, will provide schedules for
any new teams that may want to
join up after the season begins.

No alcoholic beverages will be
permitted on the premises and
drug use will not be tolerated.
Acts of vandalism to the ball field
property should be reported to the
police. The field will be opened
and closed daily, according to the
game schedules. "Any time a group
wants to get in there, they can go
to a city policeman on duty and
obtain a key," Cliff said. "The only
thing we ask is that they leave the
field like they found it." The only
thing the League asks of the city is
that the organized leagues, "little-
kid leagues," take priority.
"Anybody can use the field after
that," Cliff said.

"Everybody has worked hard and
is proud of the field. The Youth
League feels that the ballfield is a
positive thing for the whole
community and hopes that more
people will want to. get involved,"
Barbi said. The Youth League
meets on the first Thursday of
every month at 7 P.M. at the
Carrabelle Community Center.
Other officers of the League are
Sheila Millender, secretary, and
Ruby Litton, treasurer.


Thompson and children Jay, Zack
andRoy; also apart oftheweekend
work crew were Shirley Hamm,
Russ Osteen, and Dick Laramore
with his son, William.
Carrabelle Youth League (CYL)
Vice-President, Barbi Nunery, was
at the field on Monday for the
season's opening, along with
husband Cliff, president of the
CYL. Earlier in the afternoon, City
Commissioner James B. (Buzz)
Putnal and wife Genevieve were
busy planting trees on the outside
of the fenced area.
Thefirst games ofthe 1994 season
began at 5:00 p.m. The Mo-Ju's
(Moorings/Julia Maes) played the
Carrabelle Marina Mermaids, (8-
14years old girl's softball). Mo-Ju
coach is Wendy Ferguson and
assistant coach is Bonnie
Brannon. Excited Mo-Ju team
members included Anita Nichols,
10; Andrea Nichols, 9; and
Miranda Riley, 9, who said she is
"back-up for First Base". The
Dingler Machine Shop Tigers,
(boy's baseball, 8-12 years old),
were getting ready for the Ell's
Court Eagles. Daniel Foster
coaches the Tigers and assistant
coach is Ray Messer.Eagles coach
is Richard Sands, assisted by
Stevie Beebe. On the T-Ball field,
Coach Julio Hernandez readied
his EvereadyGas Eagles (5-8years
old) to meet the Big Bend Machine
& Tool Putters. Putters Coach
Brenda Barfield was ill, so her
Mother, Doris -Ammonds, was
there to coach the youngsters.

The Carrabelle teams are playing
this year on the Dixie League and
will travel to Panama City and
other cities to playAll-Star games.
A reliable source said that the
Carrabelle YouthLeaguemayhave
aname-change bythe end ofApril.
In order to include football with
the activities of baseball, softball
and T-Ball, the organization may
become the Carrabelle Youth
Athletics.
The Franklin County Chronicle
salutes the Carrabelle Youth
League and all volunteers and
contributors, named and un-
named, who have helped to make
the 1'994 season one that local
kids and grown-ups alike will
never forget. We wish you a safe
and successful season, and above
all, have fmun


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from page 1
the only way that you can get to
the road is to drive across the
beach. Anotherresident said that
people have been arrested in the
daytime but the abuses occurring
at two-three o'clock in the
morning. Don Hammock of the
sheriffs office said that some
arrests have beenmade and some
parking tickets have been issued.
Another interpretation of the plat
was that the road was for the use
of the homeowners of McKissack
Beach and their guests.
Commission Chairman Jimmy
Mosconis said, "We don't need to
make everybody suffer. We've got
existing ordinances. Let's not-pass
any more laws ifwedon'tneed to."


Bevin Putnal said that the main
problems afew people aretearing
up the dunes at night. He said,
'"You can put up all the barriers
you want on that road. If they
have a four wheel 'drive they are
going touget down there. iUnless
you 'put a big fence from .one end
to the other, you are not going to
stop them." He also felt that the
bonfire ban would harm small
local groups who get together for
wiener Toasts. He added, "And by
the way, 'they clean their messes
up."
Crum said he would put-up posts
with reflectors but otherwise 'no
action was taken. CountyAttorney
Al Shuler said that research is
needed to find 'out just who is in
,ownership oftheareabetween the
houses and 'the beach.


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Contract Signed
from page 1

be serving at the whim of the
state.
The DOC will send over 32 of the
inmates now serving out their
terms at the correctional
institution located on the west
side ofApalachicola and will house
them at the jail. These men have


Multi-County Library
from page 1

County's clerk allocates all monies
for Franklin County Libraries. The
discussed goal was to have
Franklin's clerk, Kendall Wade,
take over the finances for its own
county for the next fiscal year.
Commissioner Greg Diehl of
Wakulla County (who is also a
Governing Board member for
Wilderness Coast) said. "When the
concept of a multi-county library
first got off the ground, we had to
find one county who would act as
the host county for financial
purposes and Wakulla County
agreed to do that. I don't know that
they knew what they were getting
into at the time, because in addition
to managing the lump sum of
$265,000 that the Wilderness Coast
operates under. It's also involved
this year in two of its own grants as
well as Franklin County grants.
What I've heard (from Wakulla
County Commissioners) is, 'Yes,
we did agree to be the fiscal agent
for the Wilderness Coast Public
Libraries but we did not want to
assume Franklin County's entire
role in this process in the funding
arrangement.' And also I've heard
some expression that to the effect
that Franklin County should
manage the finances of their own
libraries just as Jefferson County
and Wakulla County do."
Oyster Radio News Director and


been working on the roadsides of
Franklin County and at the land
fill and will still continue to do so.
The state will take care of all of the
medical and dental needs of their
prisoners. Sheriff Roddenberry
commented on this saying, "The
medical portion of this contract
has been the hold up. In the
beginning, DOC wanted the
county to provide medical. This
was totally unacceptable. All it
would take is one catastrophic


Franklin County Library Board
Member Michael Allen asked If the
Wakulla County Commission had
written a letter to Franklin
Commissioners expressing their
desire to have Franklin take over
their own library finances.
Commissioner Diehl replied that
they had not. Ann Lindsey stated
that Franklin County should no
longer continue to impose on its
sister county and that their
dependence on Wakulla might lead
to a break up of the multi-county
library. Commissioner Diehl stated
that Wakulla County had no plans
to leave the Wilderness Coast
Library Consortium, but that it
would like Franklin County to
assume its own responsibilities for
its library's finances. Denise Butler,
Chairperson for the Franklin
County Library Board, stated that
both Kendall Wade and Jimmy
Mosconis had shown great support
for the library in the past and that
their absence from the meeting
should not be taken as a lack of
concern on their part for the
Franklin County Library System.
Butler also stated that Kendall
Wade was "swamped" with
business at hand and could not
take over library finances without
an additional staff person for his
office. Commissioner Diehl
reiterated that Wakulla County
would continue to handle finances
for the Wilderness Coast Library,
but that Franklin County residents
should address their
commissioners about the matter
at another time.


Franklin County Library Now
Dressed Up for Story Time at
the Eastpoint Mall


Becky Shirley, 9th grader from Apalachicola High
School, comes into the Franklin County Library
room with the storybook wall recently painted at
the library's Eastpoint Mall location.


Amanda Loos, one of the designers of the Franklin
County Library's Eastpoint Mall wall (what a
mouthful), prepares for story time. Elizabeth
McDowell was the other designer of the wall,
painted by Beth Gibbs (Carrabelle), Frances Hand
(Carrabelle), Jamie Hilton (Carrabelle), Jonathan
Tindell (Carrabelle) Tar-Ek Julius (Apalachicola)
and Gonzalo Diez (Apalachicola).


SCOUT CAMPOREE HELD

ON ST. GEORGE ISLAND


Nearly 200 scouts accompanied
by 68 adults participated in the
Ocklawaha District Camporee at
the St. George Island State Park
8-10 April 1994. Scouts
participated in dozens of learning
opportunities including cast
netting, crab basket making,
windsurfing, boating safety,
swimming, and. of course, fishing.


Among the several adults involved
in this year's camporee (with the
theme "Sand In Your Shoes) was
islander Ollie Gunn who again
made up a huge 40 quart batch of
his famous seafood gumbo,
considered by eaters to be "very
rich." The Governor Stone visited
the scouts on Saturday, showing
its unique features to eager sailors.


illness to wipe us out financially.
So I'm especially pleased to see
that the state is going to take care
of it."

Roddenberry saw several other
pluses in the contract saying,
"Reopening of the jail will put
approximately 22 people back to
work in the county. It is going to
be a greater convenience to family
members visiting loved ones in
jail rather than them having to
travel to Wakulla or Gulf County.
This building was designed for
people, not to sit empty and
deteriorate from lack of use.It's
going to save wear and tear on my
vehicles as well as the liabilities
associated with having my people
and prisoners on the road back
and forth between the counties."
The jail has been a subject of
controversy ever since its closing
in 1993. It was also the subject of
a Grand Jury hearing early this
year when the Jury findings were
that the jail should be re-opened.
The sheriff commented at the
meeting that "he felt more
comfortable this time with the
county commission signing with
him."
The opening date will depend upon
the sheriff being able to hire
sufficient certified personnel and
Wakulla Countyallowing Franiklin
County out ofthe agreement made
to house prisoners in the.Wakulla
Jail. The sheriff is hoping for an
opening of 16 May.
Just before press time, a highly
placed source at the sheriffs office
said that the sheriff was pleased
at the number of applicants
despite the 60 day notice. It was
also reported that there seemed to
be no problems that would prevent
the state from signing the contract.


Obituaries


Shannon Estelle Roberts
Shannon Estelle Roberts, 18, died
Thursday, April 7 1994 in
Panama City, Florida. She was a
native of Indianapolis, Indiana,
and had been a resident of
Apalachicola since 1978.
Shannon graduated from
Apalachicola High School in 1993,
she was a member of Pam Nobles
Dance Studio. She played Little
League ball and she was a
teacher's aide at the elementary
school under the D.C.T. Program
and Member of Assembly of God
Church in Oak Grove, Florida.
Anyone who knew Shannon knows
that words cannot express the
beauty of this young woman.
Shannon loved life and fought the
battles oftheworld thatwas placed
on her at a very young age. She
was a person of iove and she will
always be a precious memory in
* the hearts ofus who are left behind
to remember her beauty.
SSurvivors include: her parents,
Ralph and Jean Roberts of
Apalachicola, one brother, George
Roberts, and his wife, Carol, of
Tallahassee; two Grandmothers,
Winona Barber and Eul Son


Franklin Footnotes


By Rene Topping

Is there Treasure In The Gulf?
Mel Fisher, the renowned treasure
hunter, who found the Atachca,
and salvaged golden treasures
from the shores off Key West paid
a short visit to Carrabelle, this
pastweek. His appearance at such
places as the Moorings gave rise
to rumors of sunken treasure off
our shores.

Recording Fees Must Be Paid
County Commissioners can legally
dismiss interest from unpaid
MSBU taxes that have remained
unpaid for several years but
cannot excuse the recording fees
of $12.00 according to County
Clerk Kendall Wade.

New Member For The
N.W.F.W.M Board
Ben Baker, who is a reporter for
the Apalachicola and Carrabelle
Times was appointed to one of two
vacant positions on the North West
* FloridaWaterManagementBoard,
upon nomination by Dink
Braxton, and after it was pointed
out by Braxton that although
Baker is a member of the media he
is also a citizen.

Watch Out for Mole Crickets
A couple of researchers from the
University of Florida are
conducting a state wide study on
mole crickets, which have a
tendency to tear up lawns. Each
extension officer in the state have
been asked to go out and collect
50 specimens for them. County
Extension Bill Mahan said that
they invade well-lighted areas,
such as gas stations and tennis
courts, and are generally a
nuisance. He said if you see a
group of people lurking around
with small vials around sunset it


will probably be him and members
of the school science clubs.

Longer Summer Hours; Free
Compost
Van Johnson announced longer
summer hours at the County
Landfill on C65. The landfill will
be open 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to help
better serve the public for the
summer. He also said that he is
having the compost at the landfill
tested and hopes to be able to
announce a free give-away
program for residents in the near
future.

Bids Needed; Bids Awarded
Bids will be sought for repairs to
the plumbing at the Franklin
County Health Department
building in Apalachicola, after
County Engineer Joe Hamilton
writes up the specifications. The
commission awarded a contract
for $8,880 for a mobile yard ramp
to West Florida Equipment The
commission also' awarded
Crestwood IncorpOrated, the
contract for a baler with a bid of
'$8372. Both of these pieces of
equipmentwillbe used inamoney-
making recycling project to be done
by Van Johnson. Del Snyder was
the successful bidder on
construction of a boat ramp at the
end of Timber Island Road with a
bid of $14,900.
Hospital Board Shy Two
Members
There are two vacancies on the
Hospital Board which is a
monitoring board for the Emerald
Coast Hospital.
Recommendations can be made
by the County Commission and
others to the Governorwho makes
the appointments. At present
There are three members: Margaret
'Holton, Jeanette Pedder and Carl
Petteway.


Barber, both ofApalachicola; and
aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces,
and many friends.
Services were held at 3:00 Sunday,
April 10, 1994, at the First United
Methodist Church inApalachicola.
Visitation was held from 10:00
a.m.-9:00 p.m., Saturday in the
chapel of Kelley Funeral Home in
Apalachicola. Interment followed
in Magnolia Cemetary,
Apalachicola, Florida.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, Florida.

Andrew Gura
Andrew Gura, 89, of Lanark
Village, died Sunday, April 10,
1994, in Lanark Village. He was a
native of Chicago, Illinois and had
resided in Lanark Village for the
past 12 years.
Mr. Gura served in World War II in
the Army and was a member of
the Lanark Village American
Legion. He was also a member of
Sacred Heart Catholic Church in
Lanark Village.
Survivors include one sister, L. W.


Beatrice Gura of Lanark Village.
Services were held at 10:00 a.m.
Tuesday at Sacred Heart Catholic
Church in Lanark Village, followed
by cremation.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Riley Funeral Home,
Carrabelle, Florida.

Donald J. Pedder

Donald J. Pedder, 71, of Lanark
Village, died Monday, 18 April at
his home in the Village. A native of
Baldwinsville New York, where he
spent all of his adult life until
moving to Lanark Village 3 1/2
years ago, he was a Charter
Member of the Seneca River
Volunteer Fire Department in
Baldwinsville, a retired truck
driver, a World War II Army Air
Force Veteran, and a member of
the American Legion.
Mr. Pedder is survived by his wife
of 31 years, Jeanette; a daughter,
Barbara Lasher of Bury-St.
Edmund, England; a brother,
Theodore Pedder of Pennellville,
N.Y.; 3 grand-children,
Christopher, Stephen, and
Elizabeth Lasher, all of Bury-St
Edmund, England; various
nephews, and a niece.
Local memorial services are
incomplete. Burial will be in Mt.
Adnah Cemetery in Fulton, N.Y.


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Brown Testimony
from page 4,
on a perpetual basis, rather than suffering through the various cash flow
crises that have existed over the past several years.
Q. Do you intend to remain as permanent manager of the utility
company?
A. No. I agreed to take over the day-to-day managementof the utility only long
enough to resolve the remaining problems facing the utility company and to
obtain adequate rates necessary to cover ongoing operations, including a fair
return for the utility Investors. I will phase out of the day-to-day management
after hiring a full-time professional manager after these goals are met. Other
- than phasing out my involvement, we plan to maintain all of the remaining
existing employees as long as they want to work for the utility company,
because they are doing an outstanding job. It is because of their dedication
and hard work over the past three or four years that we are now in full
compliance with all rules and regulations of both the PSC and DER; and they
are the reason that we are now providing an outstanding level and quality of
water service on St. George Island.
9. Why do you have your accounting and management office in
Tallahassee?
A. Because it is more efficient and cost effective. We have tried keeping all the
offices on the Island, but it was a disaster. It is not practical to secure the
necessary professional personnel who are willing to live and work on St.
George Island. It is too far to drive every day to work. Most of our customers
do not live on the Island, and most the people we deal with on a day-to-day
basis are in the Tallahassee area. If all our personnel worked on the Island,
our total long distance phone expense would be much greater, and we would
be much less efficient. Also, we do not have adequate office facilities on the
Island. In short, we have thoroughly considered and experimented with the
idea of having all the offices on the Island, and it will network. Itwould reduce
our efficiency and would be more expensive for our customers.
Q. Do you own St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.?
A. No. I am an employee of the management company. I have no ownership
interest.
Q. The revised MFR's prepared by Frank Seidman show a number of
adjustments to the 1992 test year; canyouexplain whythese adjustments
are necessary?
A. As I mentioned earlier, this utility company did not have sufficient revenue
during 1992 to actually operate the company the way it should have been
operated. We were able to survive through the infusion of almost $300,000
in cash from my affiliated companies, and through the tireless efforts of our
employees who were overworked and underpaid during 1992. Such a
stressful situation can be endured for a limited period of time, butwe cannot
expect the utility company employees to continue in this vein on an indefinite
basis.

Mr. Brown's prefiled testimony will be concluded in
the next issue.


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