Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Place of Publication: Eastpoint, FL
Publication Date: May 26, 1994
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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The Franklin CountyChronicle

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

Brian Goercke Appointed
Editor, Manager of Chronicle

Effective 1 June 1994, Brian
Goercke, 28, will become the
Editor and Manager of the
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.
Publisher Tom Hoffer stated, "We
are especially pleased to identify
and recruit a Franklin County
resident to takeover these-major
functions. Brian has along record
ofdistinguished service as aVISTA
(Volunteer in Service to America)
worker in Franklin County. He
has been associated with the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program, and another job as
corrections coordinator with the
Franklin County Workcamp."
Mr. Goercke is widely known by
many Franklin County residents
as a very friendly but resolute
young man with a background in
writing and English. He holds a
Bachelor of Arts in English from
the University of Central Florida
(1991). He was sports reporter
and commentary writer for the
Central Florida Future, the
Orlando Spectator and also
worked as a feature writer, and in
sales, for the Orlando Mirrorbefore
coming to Franklin County and
VISTA service.
"I am confident that Brian will
bring new and fresh perspectives
in news and features for the
Chronicle, and ultimately, for all
Franklin County readers. His
contract will involve sales and
editorial functions as well as
directing and coordinating the
efforts of the Chronicle's staff of
contributing writers. He will also
be involved with the Chronicle's
video production unit and other
television activities," Hoffer
During the last two years as a
VISTAvolunteer, Mr. Goercke also
participated in the Rural Read at
Home component of the Franklin
County Adult Reading Program.
He also served as editor and
participant in the Franklin
Workcamp's literary magazines.
Much earlier, he was involved in
several poetry groups in the
Orlando area, and was the public
relations officer for the UCF
Chapter ofAmnesty International.

Amnesty for


Waste and Tires

at County

Household Hazardous Waste and
Waste Tire Amnesty Day is
scheduled for Saturday, 18 June
1994, announced solid waste
coordinator Van Johnson at the
17 May meeting of the Board of
County Commissioners. "This is
our first household hazardous
waste amnesty day and our third
waste tire day," he said. The
guidelines for the waste tires will
be changing this year. The limit is
ten tires per person, sized "small"
to medium-sized truck tires.
Household hazardous waste
includes paint, chemicals, etc.




And Blue

Crab Rules


The Governor and Cabinet voted
on 10 May 1994 to approve the
following spiny lobster and blue
crab rules proposed by the Marine
Fisheries Commission (these rules
take effect 1 June 1994):
These rule amendments for spiny
lobster will:
eliminate the 2-day sport
season in John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park
prohibit the harvest of any
species of the Genera
Panulirus orScyllarides and
the deployment of any
lobster trap in Turtle Rocks,
Basin Hill North, Basin Hill
East, Basin Hill South,
Higdon's Reef, Cannon
Patch, Mosquito Bank
North, Mosquito Bank
Southeast, Three Sisters
North, and Three Sisters
South all in Pennekamp
Park, and from or within
any patch reef in the Park
provide additional
language to reiterate to the
public that the use of bleach
to aid in the taking oflobster
is strictly prohibited
establish a daily bag limit
of 50 spiny lobsters per
vessel for special
recreational crawfish
license holders (or per
person for such license
holders who are not
harvesting lobsters from a
vessel) beginning in
August, 1994
delete a provision to
prohibit the use of plastic
traps in the lobster fishery
beginning in 1995
designate spiny lobster as
a "restricted species",
effective August 1, 1994

These rule amendments for blue
crab will:
require all blue crab traps
Continued on page 2

Classie Lowery Remembered....................p. 2
Chapman Elementary..............................p. 2
Editorial and Commentary.......................p. 3
Alligator Point.........................................p. 3
Juevenile Justice....................................p. 4
Plantation Board.....................................p. 5
St. Geore Utility....................................p. 6
FSU Marine Lab........................................p. 7
Franklin Footnotes..................................p. 8




In the continuing concern over accountability of the funds provided
Emerald Coast Hospital through the Rural Hospital Assistance Bill
(referred to as the "Trammel Bill") Dr. Elizabeth F. Curry, at the 17 May
meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, called for the
replacement of the "current management of Emerald Coast Hospital
with a group willing to work in partnership with the County
Commissioners." Dr. Curry read her letter to the county commissioners
citing the concern about accounting of the money already received by
the hospital on 11 May 1994. Curry also suggested that the county
commissioners reinvigorate the hospital volunteer advisory board (or
another independent group) to actively oversee the specific use of the
a' raffimel funds."
One day earlier, on 16 May 1994, the Emerald Coast hospital
administration wrote to the Board of County Commissioners about the
As you may be aware, Emerald Coast Hospital recently received
recognition, along with twenty-six other Florida rural hospitals,
for its ongoing commitment and provision of healthcare services
to Medicaid beneficiaries and indigent persons. Part of this
recognition included a determination (under the Medicaid Rural
Financial Assistance Program and the Medicaid Rural
Disproportionate Share Program) that the hospital was due
additional reimbursement for providing services during its 1992
fiscal year amounting to $779,434.00.
In our view, the receipt of these monies creates a unique
opportunity for Emerald Coast Hospital to continue its efforts to
stabilize and upgrade the healthcare services available to
residents and to visitors of Franklin County. To that end, we
have initiated a process designed to identify and prioritize
facility needs. We have solicited input from our physicians,
employees, consultants and representatives of the community
and will be making improvements in the following areas:
*Physical improvements to the building, including
necessary repairs and cosmetic enhancements with
emphasis on patient care areas.
*Medical equipment additions, enhancements and
*Furniture and non-medical equipment additions,
enhancements, and modernization.
*Employee benefit enhancements.
*Resolving long standing problems with delinquent
payables to vendors and vendor C.p.D. status.
*Physician and key non physician medical personnel
*Expansion of service availability to the community.
We very much appreciate the support given to our facility by the
Franklin County Commission in the past and wanted to
communicate our continued dedication toward making top
quality healthcare services available to Franklin County residents.
Sincerely Yours,
s/s Kenneth E. Dykes, Sr., Administrator
s/s Charles Stark, M.D., Medical Director
In the letter from Dr. Curry, she explained the basis of the concerns

Continued on page 8

Dr. Elizabeth Curry

Special Meeting: Webb

Gets Second Chance

From Commissioners

The Plan

Now Is To



Repairs And



The Department ofTransportation
is now backing out of installing a
ferry system during St. George
Island bridge repairs in favor of
new alternatives, according to
comments made by Bill Wade at
the 17 May 1994 meeting of the
Board of County Commissioners.
"Mr. Chairman, Commissioners.
I'd like to bring you the latest
update on the St. George Island
bridge...The Department has had
a lot of comment... and concerns
about us having a ferry system
because of damage It possibly
could do to the bay...What I've
done Is to convert to some other
method that we could do to give
you an advantage and yet not try
to do the ferry system."
Wadell explained that under the
present contract for repairs, it
would take 440 days to repair the
bridge. So, the Department has
considered an incentive to speed
up the- project. If the alternative
would be executed the repair days
could be reduced to 350 days, a 3-
month reduction. The Department
ofTransportation could also place
a bonus on the repair job, or
$300,000. If the repairs are not
done on time, the contractor could
lose the bonus. The DOT has
refigured costs based on a 6-day
week, 12-hour day and prepare
for a new bid on a shorter-term
repair contract. Wadell wanted to
get the opinion of the Commission
and others before locking the
proposal into a new contract.
Chairman Mosconis agreed with
Mr. Wadell concerning the lack of
interest in a ferry because of the
dangers posed to the oyster bars
and the time for permitting the
ferry, and possible dredging
Funds would be shifted from the
proposed ferry service to an
accelerated repair contract with
the bonus money.
The Commission moved and
approved of the plan as presented
by DOTs Bill Wadell.

By Rene Topping
Julian Webb, of Julian Webb and
Associates, was given an
opportunity to continue on as the
grants administrator of the City of
Carrabelle Community Block
Grant (CDBG) Program to repair
ailing homes in the city. His
supervision of this program had
been under fire for the last several
months because of complaints of
poor and even shoddy work on the
part of contractors. Webb was also
under heavy fire because he had
approved bids on two more homes
and had awarded the contracts to
Kenderick and Son, without the
approval of the bids by
commissioners, and even though
that contractor was still not
satisfying the problems on
previous jobs.
Commissioner James (Jim)l
Phillips, who has told Webb several
times that he is prepared to vote to
fire Webb as project director, if he
cannot get the project working
smoothly, began to question Webb.
Phillips said is concern was that
Webb had let the bids out on two
more homes, without the
commission giving their approval,
and that the work was given to a
contractor already in problems
with commissioners. He wanted
to know "Why?".
Webb said that he works with
several other communities and in
them he approves the bids and
lets out the contracts. However he
was more than willing to have the
Carrabelle commissioners
approve bids and award contracts.
Phillips said he wanted to know
why, when the commission had
previously approved bids and
awarded contracts, Webb
suddenly changed the procedure.
Webb said that, as he had stated
in a letter he had just "not
remembered." Phillips answered,
"We're fixing to remember."
Webb agreed with commissioners
that there had been problems in
Continued on page 8


Burglary at



By Brian Goercke
Chapman Elementary School has
been the unfortunate target of
burglary for the past three months.
Four VCR's (two of which were
personal property of Chapman
school teachers) and televisions
have been reported stolen. A
refrigeratorwas even dragged from
one classroom and abandoned
near the school cafeteria in April.
The burglaries have all occurred
on weekends and the most recent
attempt occurred on 14 May.
The school burglaries are being
investigated by Chief Warren
Faircloth oftheApalachicola Police
Department. Faircloth related that
more than one individual was
probably involved in the thefts
and that those involved were
probably local residents. Faircloth
also stated that several suspects
are now being investigated.
Chapman Principal, Jarred Bums
Jr., estimated that the school has
lost $1,200.00 from the thefts
alone and that damage to 6 interior
doors and 3 exterior doors from
the break-ins has cost
approximately $1,000.00.
"Whoever is doing this to our
school is not thinking about how
it is affecting the children," said
Burns. "The audio-visual
Continued on page 2

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Marine Fisheries
Continued from page 1
to have at least 3
unobstructed escape rings
installed, each with a
minimum inside diameter
of 2 3/8 inches, effective
January 1, 1995 (one such
escape ring shall be located
on a vertical outer surface
adjacent to each crab
retaining chamber)
exempt recreational traps
with a volume of no more
than 1 cubic foot fished from
a vessel, a dock, or from
shore to harvest blue crabs
from general trap
specification provisions
allow a 5 percent tolerance
per container for undersize
ard blue crabs
allow the harvest of no
more than 10 gallons of
undersize blue crabs with a
dip net perperson orvessel,
whichever is less, for use
and sale as live bait
allow legal live bait shrimp
harvesters a bycatch of 10
gallons of undersize blue
crabs per vessel
The Commission will also receive
reports and provide directions to
staff on the following items:
a request to allow a smaller
minimum mesh size for nets
used to harvestsilvermullet
in the Florida Keys
*East Coast nets/green sea
turtles interactions
federal actions regarding
king and spanish mackerel
proposals to expand
existing rules that manage
the harvest of live shells in
Lee County to include other
areas of southwest Florida,
and to Impose more
restrictive limitations on live
shell harvesting in the City
of Sanibel
request to allow other
harvesting in Wakulla
County during the month
of September

Marine Fisheries

Committee Schedules

Public Meeting in

Atlantic Beach

The Marine Fisheries Commission
will hold final public hearings on
proposed rules for spotted
seatrout, Northeast Region gear,
ard Northeast Region shrimp, and
will consider other saltwater
fishing issues during a public
meeting scheduled to take place
6-8 June 1994 at the Sea Turtle
Inn, One Ocean Boulevard, in
Atlantic Beach. The meeting will
include the following:
Final Public Hearing
These proposed rule amendments,
Intended to achieve the
Commission's goal of a 35 percent
spawning potential ratio by the
year 2000 for the overharvested
spotted seatrout fishery, would:
prohibit all harvest and
sale of spotted seatrout
during January and
February each year
Increase the spotted
seatrout minimum size limit
from 14 to 15 inches for all
fishermen, and reduce the
maximum size limit from
24 to 20 inches for
recreational fishermen
repeal current season
quotas and trip limits for
commercial spotted
seatrout fishermen, and
instead establish a daily trip
limit of 50 pounds of spotted
seatrout per vessel for
commercial fishermen (the
Commission intends that
spotted seatrout be
harvested by commercial
fishermen as a nondirected
incidental bycatch)
reduce the daily bag limit
from 10 to 2 spotted
seatrout per person for all
recreational fishermen




By Lisa More
Chapman Elemetary School
honored 66 graduating students
from the sixth grade on 18 May in
its first annual commencement.
The historic event began at 6 p.m.
in the Chapman auditorium and
was witnessed by a full gathering
of parents, peers and faculty
The Commencement began with
an invocation by Reverend Kip
Younger of the First United
Methodist Church ofApalachicola.
Chapman Principal, Jarred Bums
Jr., welcomed the general
assembly and introduced the
attending school board members.

Continued from page 1
equipment that is being stolen is
used for our students'benefit to
help enhance their educational
Those with information
concerning the Chapman
Elementary burglaries are
encouraged to contacteitherChief
Warren Faircloth at the
Apalachicola Police Department
or Principal Jarred Burns at
Chapman Elementary School.

Charles T. Ponder,
Superintendent of Franklin
Schools, presented each graduate
with an honory certificate.
Valedictorian, Kyle DeanYounger,
and Salutatorian, Jennifer
Michelle Martina, also addressed
the gathering.
The Commencement was
organized by the sixth-grade
instructor, Ms. Elinor Mount-
Simmons, who served as
Chairperson for the event.
Assisting Ms. Simmons with her
duties were faculty members, Ms.
Lee Anna Parrish and Mr. Joe
The Commencement marks a key
transition for graduating students
from Chapman Elementary to
Apalachicola High School. The
transition is often an anxious yet
exciting time for the sixth graders.
Chapman Elementary School has
recognized the importance of this
memorable occasion for Its
graduating class of 94' and for all
'future sixth grade classes.




At the 17 May meeting of the Board
of County Commissioners, Sheriff
Roddenberry's letter described how
he searched and found more
dollars from the sale of used patrol
cars. He wx ote:
...I learned that Bay County
received anywhere from $600
to $2,000 for each of their old
patrol cars. This is a great
deal more than I have gotten

in the past for selling our old
patrol cars which as a rule
only go for $300 to $500.
I checked with the county
auditors to see if there would
be any problem with me
taking Franklin County patrol
cars to Bay County to sell at
a Sheriffs Sale. Mike Tucker,
our county auditor, told me
that as long as it was
advertised where the general
public at large had access to
the sale, there was no
problem. He also said that it
was a good idea because we
would receive more money for
the vehicles.
We sold the vehicles at public
auction on April 29th and
received $8,250.00 for the six
vehicles and one boat.

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Was Short

But Love

Was In


By Rene Topping
Money was always tight in the
Lowery home in Carrabelle.. as
Classie Lowery struggled to bring
up her 20 children in a small house,
on US 98, at the east end of
Carrabelle. Still CherryRankin, one
of Classic's children said that love
was overflowing the bounds of that
tiny house. "Christmas for us was
a time when money was short. Still
Momma would make sure that we
had one doll for us girls and the
boys got one B-B gun. That was
one to share. But the true spirit of
Christmas was always there. There
was Love in our home and we knew
Cherry described how Classic
managed to keep a roof over their
heads and food on the table.
"Momma worked as many as three
jobs a day. The oldest boy was in
charge of the family for meals and
we all got fed. You see early in our
lives Momma taught us how to
take responsibility for ourselves
and most of all to get a good
Cherry went on to say, "All of us
kids graduated from high school.
Mama would accept no less from
us. There were no dropouts among
us. We didn't even think about it.
In fact, five of the children went on
to graduate from higher education."
Classic also taught her brood to be
honest and upright and to respect
others. Cherry told of an incident
that remains very clear in her mind.
"Momma could not abide stealing.
Oh, no! Today they say that you
should not chastise your children,
but I believe. Momma wasO right
when she paddled us. One time
one of my sisters and myself were
shopping with Momma in the
Suwannee Grocery Store, that's the
building Carrabelle Realty is in now,
Mr. Robert was cutting some meat
for her. Well, my sister and I just
went ahead and helped ourselves
to fourteen boxes of cookies, one
for each of the kids at home. We hid
them In the car. When momma saw
those cookies she just put them
and us back in the car and brought
us up before Mr. Robert. We had to
admit to our crime and give back
the cookies. When we got home she
beat us. I knew I had really done
wrong. Yes, indeed, I knew it for
over a week! I surely learned a
lesson. I never, ever, picked up
anything again. "
Classic Lowery earned the respect
of the entire community through
the kind of life she lived. She put
her trustin the Lord, worked harder
than two women, cooking
sometimes in as many as three
places each day. But never was she
too tired to sit with her kids and
give them homespun advice that
cherry says earned all the children
a good reputation. It was widely

the Carrabelle High School. Classie
helped in many ways at the school.
If there were problems she was
often the mediator. Cherry said her
method was simple. She prayed on
it and in the end a solution was
always found. Classic was also the
un-official Mayor of the Hill. One
,special day for Classic and other
i-residents of the area was
.Emancipation Day whtch is
,celebrated in May. The aroma of
Classie barbecuing ribs and
chicken would float out over US 98
and the children would gather
around with the adults to sing and

said in the community that it you
wanted someone to help you on a
job, "Go up on the hill and pick up
one of Classie's kids. Any one of
them; they are all good workers."
The respect flowed both ways from
white to black, for Classie never
permitted it to be any other way.
She treated all others as she would
have the treat her. She knew no
color barrier. To her people were
people who came in many shades
but she always took them as they
came without regard to their origin.
Justwhat kind of people they were.
When Classie died at the early age
of 62, there was no church in
Carrabelle big enough take care of
the overflow crowd who wished to
pay their last respects. The
Assembly of God Was loaned for the'
services and it was packed with
both black and white members of
the community. One whole side of
the church was left open to
accommodate the family. When you
have 18 living children and they
have children, it takes a lot of seats.
The family came In two by two,
slowlywalking to seats. It reminded
one woman of the people and the
animals who marched onto Noah's
Ark to' seek' salvation from. the
oncoming flood. They came and:
they came and they came, In a
procession that seemed never to
end. The church was filled with
love, as those who were born of
Classic and those who had come to
know her as friend, joined in to as
Cherry put it, "Help lift Momma's
spirit into Heaven." To at least one
white woman friend who attended
the funeral, its an amazing, joyful
experience. Cherry said, "She told
me outside of the post office after
momma died, that she wondered if
she would offend by saying that
she enjoyed Miss Classie's funeral.
I told her she was supposed to, or
to us it is a joyous occasion as we
know that momma is going to her
eternal home." Cherry laughed as
she said, "She also said, 'Those
drums were great. As the beat
quickened I got goose pimples.' I
told her, You are supposed to.' She
said, 'When the entire congregation
joined in humming a spiritual, I felt
weak all over,' and I told her, You
are supposed to.'" Cherry went on
to say that everyone was helping
Momma rise to her new home.

Classie was once described by a
local writer as "a classy lady," and
although Cherry agreed with that,
she said her mommawas surprised
when she was described as having
picked cotton. After all she spent
all her life in Carrabelle and there
isn't much cotton grown around
there. Classic said, "All the cotton
I ever picked was from my hair or
off my dress."
There are many reminders of the
life Classie lived. One of the most
outstanding is Scott's Temple, a
well-used church on the north side
of US 98just outside of town. Many
years ago Classie decided that the
area needed their own church and
she journeyed to see the Bishop in
Quitman, Georgia. It was hard to
get a pastor for the struggling little
church that was building it's own
buildingwith monies from fish fries,
bake sales and sweat. But finally a
young couple by the name of Scott
came to town and pitched in and
stayed. It is this Scott for whom the
church is named. Classie worked
even harder, *for now she was
decorating her house of faith. At
first the pews were wooden benches,
Cherry said, but eventually Classic
contributed the carpet and the choir;
seats and the church was filled
with people and with love.
Classic had so much love. Some of
it was truly tough love as she
shepherded her brood through the
years. Cherry said the older ones
took care of the younger ones. But
there was one time when there was
just too may children to fit into the
little home and Classie had to
reluctantly allow one relative to
take the twins and another the
triplets through the school season.
But one thing she insisted that
they all stay together and get
together enough that they never
forget that they are family and these
are the ties that bind.
Cherry went on to say that she felt
that the remaining members of the
family feel that it has been left in
trust for them to continue to bring
up their children in the correct way
as a tribute to their mother.
The community saw Classie in
many roles. She was founder of the
Scott Temple Firstborn Church,
where she served on the Mother's
Board. Member of the Franklin
County Medical Board, The
Franklin County Housing Coalition,
and lately the Advisory Board of

dance. Classic was the main
promoter of that joyful event,

Classic Wanda Lowery had this to
say about her mother, in a tribute
she had written," I always wanted
to give her material things. She,
wasn't about material things. She
would rather give than to receive.
She wasn't just my mother, she
was my father, sister, brother,
grandparents and most of all my
one and only dearest friend." She
went on to express the hope that
she can be as good a parent as her
mother was.
Classic is absentthis year in person
from Mother's Day celebrations but
much in the hearts of her 11 sons,
George H. Brown of Hinesville
Georgia; Army Warrant Officer
Henry Lowery, Jr. and Peter Lowery,
both of Jacksonville, N.C.;
Roosevelt Lowery and DIennis
Lowery Hebert of Sopchoppy;
Clarence H. Lowery and George A.
Lowery, both of Carrabelle; Saul C.
Lowery ofFort Lauderdale, Florida;
Phillip Lowery Hebert of New
Orleans; and Henry Brown Melton
of Alexandria, VA. Also, eight
daughters, Savannah J. Tyler of.
Tallahassee; Classie Lowery and
Cherry Lynn Rankin, both of
Carrabelle; Daisy Jewell White of
Sopchoppy, Vivian Bates and
Vanessa Lowery, both of
Chattahoochee; Army Spec. Carol
Renee Lowery of White Sands
Missile Range, NM; and Denise
Hebert of New Orleans.

Note from the writer: My own very
personal remembrance of Miss
Classic is this. I have a certain
standing in the community for
cooking sausage rolls. Still, I will
never be remembered for being the
best cook in town. So how could I
help but to feel the great
compliment I was being paid when
Miss Classie, the BEST COOK IN
CARRABELLE, asked ME to bake
some of my rolls for her to take to
the school for an affair. Wow! The
best cook in town wanted to take
my rolls in place of one of her
delicacies. Miss Classic wanted me
to do it for pay. No way, I told her.
I will tell and re-tell this story to
anyone who will listen. It gave me
some of the best bragging rights in
Franklin County. Miss Classic
finally reluctantly allowed me to do
that. And I have sure told that story
around town.

There are others give us a call and let us show what is
available. We also have some very nice homesites. In the
Casa Del Mar subdivision we only have eleven lots left,
located across the street from beach price is $64,500.
Plantation interior lots range from $26,000 with good
view of beach and bay. In the St. George Island Gulf
Beaches area lots begin at $14,000.

You may reach Billie Don and Marta
us after hours Grey: Thompson:
by calling: 904/697-3563 904/927-2445


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Editorial and




in Franklin


By Rene Topping
On Wednesday, 18 May at6 p.m.
Florida State Health Rehabilitative
Services (HRS) gave a party at the
Franklin County Senior Center in
Carrabelle, but somewhere along
the line no one sent out the
invitations. Twenty or more HRS
hosts and hostesses from Wakulla
and Franklin, those people who
deal with the problems that
nowadays plague our society, were
all there on time.
The stacks and stacks of handouts
were all in place. Everyone had
their name tag firmly fixed. There
was even an interpreter for the
hearing impaired should there be
any present. The long blank sheets
of paper were taped to the walls of
the room waiting to receive
suggestions from the people as to
what were the special needs in
Franklin and Wakulla Counties.
And the HRS staff were there to
hear ways the people thought we
could best spend the money
allotted. The only ones absentwere
When I asked "What happened to
publicity about the event?" I was
told that there was no money for
advertising. Well, The Chronicle
did not receive a timely press
release. No one but myself was
there to represent the media. I
heard it only thatvery day through
a blip on Oyster radio, and also as
an insert into a news story about

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Franklin County Economic
Development & Tourism Council
(EDTC) met on 11 May at the
Carrabelle Senior Citizens Center
and agreed to send a letter to the
Franklin County Commission
asking them to at least consider
the establishment of an industrial
park or parks in addition to the
currently zoned industrial
property. Citing the need for an
industrial area, the Council noted
that other than the two airports
and the Buckeye Plant, nothing is

HRS. printed in the Democrat. It
said that this was the first of a
series of meetings to be held in
our North Florida area.
If anything was learned from this
meeting it is that it is a waste of
time to gather together a lot of
knowledgeable people and pay
them compensatory time and
vehicle expenses if you don't
adequately tell the people you are
here to hear their problems.
As usual, I had lots of suggestions
to give as to how we let people
know we are doing something in
our Carrabelle area. There are
time honored places people look
for their information. Take the
telephone pole outside the post
office. Lost dogs, yard sales and
all sorts ofvaluable information is
posted there. The beauty parlors,
wash-a-terias, stores and city hall
bulletin board are real good places
of reference. Nowadays, with the
added attendance at our Franklin
County Public Library, that's
another good spot.
There is no lack of problems and
suggestions in our community as
I found out the next day when I
spoke to people about the meeting.
There are things that HRS needs
to know about serving our people.
I could have filled up a journal
with the needs and I only scratched
the surface. Somewhere, before
you write up the needs for your
next year's budget, I believe you
folks at HRS had better come on
back to Franklin and Wakulla and
have a little one on one
conversation with our people. They
have a lot to say to you and they
aren't happy to find out you were
here and they didn't know. Just
possibly gathering together a lot
ofwell-dressed people in a meeting
format may not be the best way to
find out what is happening in the

zoned as industrial property. Jack
DePriest said the county needs
something to attract people, not
discourage them. The Council is
looking for an industrial site to
buy, not rent.
EDTC also agreed to authorize
Mike Murphy to represent the
Council in conversations with
state and county officials and
landowners to intercede for a
prison site in Franklin County
and specifically in Eastern
Franklin County. Noting that the
state seems to be-leaning toward-
putting the prison site near the
Franklin County Work Camp at
Apalachicola, the EDTC pointed
out that ample water and sewer
services are available at Lanark
Village as well as at Carrabelle.
There was another major
discussion involving the logging
trucks that are being parked on
city streets. Carrabelle Mayor,
Carlton Wathen, pointed out the
dangers that exist for motorists,
noted that damage is being done
to the pavement, and explained
the needs of the loggers.

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............ Carole Ann Hawkins

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Uniform Firesafety


By Bill Sutton, Senior Attorney
Division of State Fire Marshall

Publisher's Note: The Chronicle has sought and received, with
many thanks, the advice of Bill Sutton of the State Fire Marshall's
Office on the subject of firesafety statutes and administrative rules.
This is the first "note" regarding uniform firesafety standards by Bill
Sutton, reprinted with permission from Alarm Alert (May 1944) in
the interest of clarifying the "state of regulatory" problems and
firesafety issues in Franklin County.

Recently, this office has received questions concerning the role of the
State Fire Marshal and local authorities in the adoption and enforcement
of uniform firesafety standards. In an effort to clear the confusion, a
brief overview of a few laws is in order.
Section 633.022, Florida Statutes, authorizes the Department of
Insurance, Treasurer and State Fire Marshal to establish uniform
firesafety standards for: (1) all new, existing, and proposed state-
owned or state-leased buildings; and (2) certain buildings and structures
including, but not limited to, nursing homes, correctional facilities,
public lodging establishments and public food service establishments
(the complete list of buildings and structures is found in section
633.022(l)(b)). These uniform standards should be applied statewide
to all buildings and structures listed in section 633.022. Finally, this
section provides that the State Fire Marshal shall be the final
administrative interpreting authority regarding the uniform firesafety
A local authority cannot require standards more stringent than the
uniform firesafety standards, with one exception. Section 633.022(2)(c)
permits a local authority to require more stringent uniform firesafety
standards for sprinkler systems in buildings forwhich the construction
contract is let after 1 January 1994, if the local authority adopts, by
ordinance, the following: (1) a fire service and facilities plan outlining
? the equipment, personnel and capital improvement needs for the next
5 years; (2) a provision requiring reductions in, or rebates and waivers
of, impact or other fees for buildings 'that meet the more stringent
sprinkler standards; and (3) a plan requiring buildings covered by the
uniform standards to be equipped with an automatic sprinkler system
installed in compliance with the standards adopted by the State Fire
Marshal. In the event of a dispute between the building owner and the
local authority concerning sprinkler systems, the State Fire Marshal
will serve as the final administrative interpreting authority.
On occasion, it may be necessary for a local authority to utilize
equivalent alternative fresafety standards for buildings and structures
covered by the uniform firesafety standards. These equivalent standards
should be used when the local authority encounters a situation where
historic, geographic, or unusual conditions make compliance with the
uniform standards impractical. It must be emphasized, however, that
use of equivalent standards cannot result in a level of life safety less
stringent than the applicable uniform firesafety standards.
Regarding enforcement, section 633.121 states that county, municipal
and special-district fire department fire chiefs, or their designees, and
persons designated by local governments having no organized fire
departments are authorized to enforce the uniform firesafety standards
within their respective jurisdictions. Moreover, section 633.081 provides
that when the State Fire Marshal or his agents have cause to believe
that a violation of a uniform or minimum firesafety standard exists,
they may inspect any building or structu' e sub ect to these standards,
provided the inspection is done at a reasonable hour. Finally, section
633.161(1) gives the State Fire Marshal the authority to: (1) Issue
Cease and Desist Orders for uniform standards violations; (2) issue an
order to vacate a building if the flresafety violation imposes an
immediate danger to public health, safety or welfare; and (3) seek
injunctive relief in the jurisdiction where the building is located to
enforce orders. Violations of State Fire Marshal orders carry criminal
sanctions per section 633.171.
In sum, while it is the responsibility of the State Fire Marshal to
establish and adopt uniform firesafety standards, it is the joint
responsibility of the State Fire Marshal and the local authorities to
ensure that building owners comply with these standards.
Reprinted with permission from Alarm Alert (May 1994).

County Commission Reluctant

To Take Back Financial

Management Of Franklin

County Library System

Pamela Amato, liaison to the
Franklin County Board of County
Commissioners presented a
dilemma at the last meeting on
Tuesday, 17 May 1994. She
delivered a letter from the
Wilderness Coast Public Libraries
Board requesting that the Franklin
County Commission take back the
fiscal responsibilities for
administering the Franklin
County Library system beginning
in October 1994. Last fiscal year,
the Wilderness Coast Public
Libraries, a consortium of three
counties (Franklin, Jefferson, and
Wakulla) agreed to handle
financial aspects of the Franklin
system for one year. Now, they
wrote, they would like Franklin
County to run its own system
administratively, as each county
does, instead of funneling check-
writing and other administrative
tasks through the Wilderness
Coast consortium. There are two
accounts to manage, and two
positions involved, a 30 hour per
week director (Eileen Annie Ball)
and a 20 hour per week assistant.
During the summer 1994. two

additional persons would be hired
to run the Summer Reading
Program, which last year served
about 300 children. A current
fiscal report was attached, along
with a request for a response from
the Commission by mid-June.
The Commissioners were not
responsive to the request and
Clerk of Court Kendall Wade said
he would need another staffperson
ifthose responsibilities were thrust
into his office.


By Paul Jones
The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association (APTA) recently mailed out
their Spring 1994 News Letter extolling a few of their accomplishments
over the past several months. Yet some of the major issues that have
plagued Alligator Point for almost a decade aren't anywhere close to
being resolved.
The repaving and striping of the remainder of County Road 370,
construction of a permanent seawall-type revetment to secure a
portion of CR 370 in front of the Alligator Point Campgrounds, and the
establishment of a viable crime watch program are issues that must
be dealt with more strenuously by the APTA.
Another critical issue alluded to in the newsletter was poorly handled
by the APTA. A proposed ordinance to enforce speeding violations and
control illegal parking was submitted to the Franklin County
Commission on 17 May by APTA President Ralph Emerson and 2nd
Vice-President Dick Diffenderfer. A consensus of the residents of
Alligator Point supported the fact that an ordinance was needed.
However, like they say in the legislature, this was a bad bill! The intent
and wording of the "Speeding" portion of the proposed ordinance was
excellent...but the "No Parking" portion of the proposal was vague and
lacked substance to protect private land owners from public intrusion.
For one thing, the wording of the ordinance would have provided for
the indiscriminate parking and the opening of a 50 foot road for public
access along a stretch of fenced private property that has been almost
inundated by major and minor storms during the last 40 years. The
particular access road was platted in 1946 at a time when there was
approximately 130 linear feet of abutting private property with a
continuing approximate 130 linear feet of abutting public land to the
mean high water mark (sufficient land area to support a lot of private
and public activity).
Now the waters edge is encroaching 30 or more linear feet into
PRIVATE PROPERTY. Protectced access gates along the fence have
been provided for inland land owners and their guests.
This particular ordinance was first brought before the Franklin
Commission on 7 September 1993 and at that time concerned
property owners expressed their opposition and the proposal was
tabled. After being alerted to the fact that the proposed ordinance was
to be submitted once again to the commission, Jim Prescott, a former
member of the APTA Board of Directors, attended the scheduled APTA
meeting held on Saturday, 14 May, at which, he again voiced property
owners opposition. Instead of tabling the issue until could be resolved
by all taxpayers involved, the APTA leadership scheduled the proposal
for reintroduction to the Board of Commissioners at their regular
meeting on Tuesday, 17 May. Once the proposed ordinance was
introduced, Charles Snapp, also a former member of the APTA Board
of Directors, voiced opposition as a representative of several property
According to the Clerk of Circuit Court's office, the ordinance was not
directed to the county attorney by the Board of Commissioners for
further action and that the ordinance basically was a stand alone
Alligator Point enactment...kinda like a toothless tiger.
The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association did accomplish two things
with this miscalculation. They continued to dilute the APTA's influence
with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners and they created
further distrust and disillusion between a large block of taxpayers and
the association.
In an earlier review of the APTA we quoted from an association
committee report (relative to its mission) which stated that "Our .
membership expects us to channel our collective energies and resources
into activities that will directly (positively) affect them, the taxpaying
property owners of Alligator Point... Use of the association's energies,
funds, or resources to support any individual or group not having a
direct positive effect on the economic health and secularity of property
owners by the membership is contrary to the by-laws of our
organization." Nowhere in the report did it state an obligation to the
general public!!

The APTA leadership continues to waffle their energies between being,
a local chamber of commerce and a garden club. As one glib taxpayer
put it, "We don't need a floral patch with a sign welcoming us to thea
point...just give us solid representation".e, .. '. s !'.



By Carolyn Sparks

Carrabelle High School's class of 94' motto "Like None Before," is about
as true a statement that can be made about its' graduating class. To
know this bunch is to truly love them. To have been a part oftheir lives
has been both a joy and a trial. They can push a person to their limit
in a blink of an eye, but can also bring a warm smile just a fast.
I've had the pleasure of knowing most of Carrabelle's 94' graduates
since they were in the fifth grade. I have also had the joy of knowing
one of the graduates since his birth. It has been fun watching these
students grow up into the fine young adults that they have now
At Carrabelle's Prom on 14 May, the feeling really hit me that this group
has grown so much. A light went off inside of my head telling me that
they were no longer children any more. I wonder how many other
parents felt as I did that their baby was gone forever and that someone
else now stood in their place.
So, to the Class of 94'....1 havejust one thing to say: Make up you minds
about what you want to do and then JUST DO IT. Each and everyone
of you can do and be anything that you want. All through school, you
have shown how determined, ingenious and proud that you can be.
You have shown this both by your excellent work and even by your
great excuses for not getting your homework done, or getting to class
on time, or being ready for a test you've known about for a week, as all
of your teachers could swear to. So, we both know that anything is
possible for you.
Good luck, class of 94', and may God go with you wherever you may
Note: Carolyn Sparks was the Secretary for Grad Nite 94' and has
taken an active role in tutoring many of Carrabelle's students
through the Franklin County Adult Reading Program.

The Plantation Board of Directors is about to resume negotiations with
Dr. Ben Johnson concerning the Resort Village agreement which has
been the subject of considerable concern with the membership of the
Association for several months. There appears to be enough legal
opinion expressed already to challenge the agreement in court. A
recent survey indicated that a substantial fragment of the membership,
taking the time to answer the questionnaire, would like to revise the
agreement with Dr. Johnson. And, Dr. Johnson seems willing to
resume negotiations. Now, a recent circular advocates that the Board
of Directors complete their negotiations and return whatever revised
agreement thev may obtain to the membership for a formal vote. As the

circular states, "...it would seem an extremely wise policy to allow the.
membership the opportunity to review and ratify the terms of any re-
negotiated agreement with Mr. Johnson. If it is a good and fair
agreement, a vote by the members should present no problem to the
POA (Plantation Owners' Association) or to Johnson." We think this is
good advice to the Board, While the Board has steadfastly held to their
prerogatives of entering into and approving agreements in the past,
this opportunity should give them considerable reason to pause. The
entire track of acrimony and legal expenses, not to mention the
gigantic efforts to get attention of the Board and membership on the
issues Initially, can be traced back to the cumbersome, questionable
and controversial process of adopting the Resort Village agreement at
the 1992 Homeowners annual meeting. Surely the Board has learned
something from this long trek on that dimension alone. The outgoing
and incoming Board in 1992 completely misread the views of the
members when they moved ahead with those negotiations and on their
own motion, put into place the patchwork of adopting the agreement.
The democratic method is slow, tedious and often requires a high
degree of tolerance for other views, but it does work. Whatever ends are
achieved, the agreement can become the product of the membership
instead of a negotiated settlement of seven absentee owners.

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By Carol Ann Hawkins

In Carrabelle, reporter Carol Hawkins and husband Dave
show off their large roses which attractively decorate the
exterior of their new home.

J.J.C. Says What The

World Needs Now Is

Love, Sweet Love

By Carol Ann Hawkins
"What people, period, not just children, need is love, to know that
someone genuinely loves them," said Sandra Johnson, at the 19 May
meeting of the Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council (J.J.C.), held
at Apalachicola High school. "The basic life needs are not being met,
and the kids are acting it out the best way they know how by
committing crimes. Most language is non-verbal...they're saying, 'I
need help.'" Reiterating that Franklin County children are the
community's responsibility, Johnson and other J.C.C. members agreed
that everybody in the county, needs to take a responsibility and
participate in deterring juvenile delinquency. To not do so, the council
said, places any person, whether a top elected official or a private
citizen, in the position of contributing to the delinquency of juveniles.
"At the same time we are preventing our children from breaking laws,
we should be giving our children a place to do things that will not
permit them to break laws," one man said after another member
described how some Carrabelle teenagers roamed one night from one
spot of town to another, trying to find a place to be together but ordered
by law enforcement officials to leave whichever area they chose to light
in. Like butterflies, they fluttered from the beach, to the Jr. Food Store
and on down to the IGA parking lot. Each time, according to the J.J.C.
member, the teenagers were told to leave the area. Maybe the kids
didn't know that their idea of how to pass away the time is officially
known as LOITERING. And when kids of any color loiter, they tend to
fall into the category of being suspected drug users or drug pushers.
But J.J.C. members are wondering if the county is contributing to the
problem by not providing recreational activities or sites for the teens.
...No place to go and nothing to do, nothing," a member said, "except
to get into trouble, to go out of town, to get somebody pregnant,
nothing." Citing store-keepers who may see youngsters hanging
around their stores at a time of day when they should be in school, the
council agreed that if the storekeeper "turns his head and ignores it"
and fails to contact the school or the parents, "he's contributing to
juvenile delinquency, he's partly responsible."
Yesterday's "front porch supervision" by a mother, father or other
cpipmunity persons won't work today, the council says, because "the
kids curse you out...kids today know what they can do legally and get
away with it... they wouldn't do that if they didn't feel the parents would
back them up." Rather than teaching respect of authority, "we are
taught to challenge it. to question it in every form," a member said.
Johnson questioned President Clinton's intervention in the punishment
of the American teenager who committed a crime in Singapore, China
and received a caning as a consequence of his unwise choice of
inappropriate behavior. "...Seems we (our nation) try to prevent
natural consequences of inappropriate behavior. When we try to
prevent those natural consequences and we have our politicians that
want to take issue with trading and what-not over there with that
country because of what they did, we're saying that you can do what
you want to do. So we come back here, and the state wants to flood us
with money and say well, now, you go in your community and take this
money and stop juvenile delinquency. On national television, all the
way around, we're saying it's o.k. to do what you want to do. There's
a price to pay for unwise choices...our country's saying just forget it.
What is the message that is being sent across the and?"
Assistant Public Defender Julius Aulisio said that he did not feel that
President Clinton was saying that the teenager should not have
suffered the consequences of his actions, but that he should suffer
"reasonable consequences." "We do 'have a judicial system that
punishes people. We constantly hear about the person (who is) getting
off and is not punished...but we have a slew of prison beds. We do have
punishment...but for some reason, people ignore that. I see juveniles
punished every day. I don't know if it's being effective or not, but there
is punishment," said Aulisio.
One J.J.C. member who owns a business said that her property is
damaged "every night" by juveniles and said that one of the kids, a
Franklin County child, told her that he breaks the law to be able to stay
in jail "because I can't take it out there." Being picked up by the police
has not alleviated the problem, the business owner said.
A school teacher emphasized that official representation is needed by
representatives of the Franklin County Commission, but no
commissioner was present at the meeting. Johnson said that elected
officials or designees are mandated by state law to be included on the
J.J.C. executive committee. Although letters have been sent to those
in governmental positions who are required to participate in the J.J.C.
activities, Johnson said that she would try to touch bases personally
with these people.
The council agreed unanimously to gather information about a Big
Brother/Big Sister program for Franklin County after J.J.C. secretary
Carolyn Sparks said that a "NeedsAssessment" taken with kids across
the county produced remarks from the kids that this is what they
would like. The program is Plan 1 factions to begin the implementation,
in some way or another, of preventing juvenile delinquency. Bruce
Varnes, representing the Franklin County Sheriffs Office, suggested
that kids "adopt a grand-parent," and pointed out that so many older
persons in nursing homes "have no one." Varnes said kids "can learn
so much from an older person," and this type of program would help
the kids as well as the elderly.

Some of the contributors to a
dysfunctional society, according to
Johnson, include the lack of
problem-solving skills, which
results usually from lack of
communication. "Instead of
communicating, fight it out, take
what you want!" The mental state
of an individual can be affected by
chemical toxins, pollution, poor to
no prenatal care; no maternal or
paternal bonding or nurturing in
the formative years; and violent

The Franklin County Juvenile The physical self is affected by poor
Justice Council(FCJJC) doesn't nutrition, improper sleep or rest,
want to have to deal with juvenile substance abuse (alcohol and/or
delinquency. The purpose of the drugs). and avarietyofother things.
council's meeting at the Carrabelle The spiritual status of juvenile
Senior Citizens Center on 28 April delinquents is evidenced by a lack
was to cope with this growing of respect for life, "their own or
problem across the region. About anybody elses...do what I want, it's
20 individuals attended the meeting my thing," and also involves the
and represented the school system, lack of standards, values or
law enforcement agencies, the morals."
judicial system, the business

community, city government, the Instant gratification is another
District Juvenile Justice Program pitfall, the "I-want-it-now"
Office of the Department of Health syndrome. Economic contributors
& Rehabilitative Services, parents, to a "society that's not doing very
and concerned citizens. FCJJC well" include lack of or inadequate
Chairperson Sandra Lee Johnson, education; lack of work ethics; and
of Apalachlcola, cited motivation inflation, depression, and greed.
as themainobjectiveofthemeeting, Psychological contributors can
"When I look at the problems that consist of fears of failure and fears
weface, notonlyinFranklinCounty of success; inability to make a
but across the land, it's decision or a commitment; life-
overwhelming, absolutely altering experiences, such as the
overwhelming." death of a loved one, feelings of
guilt, hopelessness, self-
Johnson presented a varietyofwell- persecution; geographical changes
formulated ideas on how the group (a move from one community, city,
can let the youth ofFranklin County or state to another).
know that "Franklin County Kids
Count" in this time of escalating Johnson said that her vision of
juvenile crime. George Brown, what's happening in this world,
Assistant to the District Manager "Franklin County and society as a
of the Juvenile Justice Council in whole, is we've got a terrible cancer
Panama City, presented a variety going on, eating us alive. We've got
of facts, including the fact that the to do something differentand we've
legislature, in the last session, got to do it in a hurry, because I feel
passed a new Juvenile Justice Bill real anxious about this thing."
thatwill bring major changes,"new Johnson stressed that throwing
laws in the way we deal with kids, alcohol and a band-aid on cancer
by October of this year. Brown said will not cure the disease. "If we
that Governor Lawton Chiles has continue to do what we've always
yet to sign the bill, "but he is done, whatever that is, we will
expected to do that." The Franklin continue to get what we've always
County Juvenile Justice Council got," Johnson said. "We have to do
hopes that Franklin County people something different!"
will come together "to focus on
what are the problems, what are Johnson described a chain that
the solutions." she said links all humanity
together, a chain that binds us, but
The FCJJC hopes to be able to she said that situations have
confront many problems that kids broken this chain, "in a whole lot of
have to deal with as they grow up, different places." Violence,
and the council hopes to thwart "everywhere you turn", lewdness,
any chance that children in this occultism, satanism, lewdness of
community may someday become every sort, juvenile delinquency,
the problem. "Franklin County may dysfunctional families, immorality,
ask the question, 'Why me?' Why adultery, fornication,
not?" Brown said. "There's nobody homosexuality, lesbianism,
else. They (the kids) have to depend bestiality, incest, child molestation,
on somebody, and we're here. It's abuse. "We're trying to fix one little
on our shoulders to do it. We have thing, and it's like putting a band-
to figure out a way to do what (we aid on it," Johnson said.
need) to do to bring the things, the
problems that we are facing, Johnson and George Brown said
underhand." that the Juvenile Justice Council
should know within two or three
The FCJJC consists of two ... th.... ,i.. t-_ in_
W~1'~ WLC~UC1 t IIL Pd.IIhlk

committees: an Executive
Committee and a Citizen's Advisory
Committee. The Citizen's Advisory
Committee are "people who support
the Juvenile Justice Council in (the
council's) effort to get this thing
going... everybody has a role to play,
and every role is important,"
Johnson said. The Executive
Committee will vote on issues
One idea presented by Johnson is
that there should be committees
within each committee. Branches
of the Executive Committee include
a Grant Review Sources &
Resources Committee; a committee
responsible for developing and
writing a comprehensive plan of
action that Franklin County will
adhere to regardingjuvenile justice.
This committee will research
statistical data concerning the
status of what's going on in the
county right now and document
the effectiveness or ineffectiveness
of what is presently being done as
it pertains to juvenile delinquency.
This committee will also determine
any unusual or underlying
geographical, cultural, economic,
i-niee .-ui o- -r -fi-o i-n--_er

nitellctualc or any other inherent
contributor tojuvenile delinquency.
The third executive sub-committee
is the By-Laws Committee, which
will review the existing by-laws and
make recommendations to the
council that will improve its method
of operation as determined by the
needs of Franklin County and
maintain consistency with what's
going on in the district and the
The Citizens Advisory Committee
Consists of 6 sub-committees, one
of which will focus on fund-raising.
The remaining five sub-committees
consist of varying levels of juvenile
delinquency prevention. Level One
deals with prenatal to age 3 years
and will focus on what measures
can be taken for this age-group to
prevent Franklin County children
from being at-risk juvenile
I delinquents, determining "what's
going on at this level that causes

The council also agreed that a letter would be written to the County our children to end up being at-
Commission stating that the J.J.C. supports (a) partnership with the risk or juvenile delinquents?" Level
Rural Neighbors in Partnership (R.N.I.P.) and would like the Two concerns ages 4 to 7 years;
commissioners to be supportive of it as well. The R.N.I.P is a grass- Level Three focuses on ages 8 to 11
roots organization focused on developing community resources to years; Level Four concerns ages 12
combat alcohol and other drug abuse. The partnership has offices in to 15 years; and Level Five
Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. Franklin county involvement I concentrates on ages 16 to 19years.
in the R.N.I.P program must be approved by the County Commission
and would create the possibility of $100,000 to $125,000 in grant Johnson said that juvenile
money coming into the county, with fifty per cent of that being used for i delinquency prevention requires
directservices. IfapprovedbytheCountyCommission, theorganization that "the whole person be
would be called the Franklin County Neighbors in Partnership, made considered," and she detailed six
up of organizations and individuals in Franeklin County. levels of whole-person aspects:
Social (acceptance); Mental (mind,
The Franklin County Juvenile Justice Council encourages everyone to will and emotions); Physical (health
participate in the prevention ofjuvenile delinquency in our community and well-being); Spiritual (at peace
by attending the next J.J.C. meeting scheduled to be held at the Fire within yourself); Economics (basic
House in Eastpoint on 16 June at 6 P.M. As Sandra Johnson keeps needs to survive, i.e., food, clothes,
reminding everyone, "If we keep on doing what we've always done, shelter); Psychological (behavior,
we're going to keep on getting what we've always got." According to the decision-making, and the ability to
council's determinations, we of Franklin County, and everywhere else make wise personal choices).
in the nation, have been unknowingly contributing to juvenile
delinquency in our attempts to prevent it. By becoming involved with Johnson described a dysfunctional
theJ.J.C., citizenswhorepresenteverystationoflifehaveanopportunity society as "a society that's just not
to become a part of the answer Instead of remaining a part of the working well, because if it were, we
problem. wouldn't be here (at the meeting)."

wee s wi et ier orUL not rdlnin.llll
County will be awarded monies i
from three grants, which were I
written by people in the community
and will be used in an effort to work
with juveniles in the county.
The grants were submitted by the
J.T. P.A., Apalachicola High School;
the Franklin County Library; and
the Maritime Museum. Johnson
said receipt of the grant funds "all
depends on whether the proposals
met the specifications of the grant,"
but emphasized that people can do
a lot without the grants. "A lot can
be done that doesn't take a whole
lot of money...don't let your reason
for being here revolve around
getting these grants."
Johnson described the FCJJC as a
light that will shine in the darkness
to reveal the social, mental,
physical, spiritual, economical and
psychological factors that have
broken, are now breaking, and will
continue to break the links of the
"Chain of Humanity" around the
world, across our nation and,
especially, in Franklin County.
"Everybody has a light," she said.



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A New Church
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A new church has been started up
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persons to Join them for worship,
prayer and study. The Bayside
Independent Center for Spiritual
Study, Inc. has been duly
chartered as a Florida not-for-
profit corporation, empowered to
perform all acts associated with a
church or religious organization.
At this time, the church does not
have a minister or a building but
meets for prayer and study
sessions at the homes of various
members. The Bayside
Independent Center has applied
for membership in the
International New Thought
Alliance. In so doing, the group
has enthusiastically endorsed the
principles of the international
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and places, please call 697-2750
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Brightens Dr.
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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Coca Cola Company has provided
a lighted scoreboard for the Dr.
George L. Sanders Ball Field. The
League's only obligation to the soft
drink company is to sell Coca Cola
products at the ball games. The
Youth League, "trying to give
something back... passing it along,"
plans to donate the empty cans to
the Shriners for the Children's Burn
Center in Jacksonville.

By Brian Goercke
On Saturday evening, 7 May,
Gainesville painter Eleanor Blair
exhibited some of her work to a
crowd of art enthusiasts at the
Artemus Gallery in Apalachicola.
Ms. Blair stated that she became
interested in painting when she
was a child in kindergarten. "My
mom was a hobbyist and painted
for the fun of it. I enioyed painting
for the fun of it, too, until I was
about 15 years old. My High School
teacher showed our class some
artwork and I became very
interested in art. It became
something more than just
something fun to do." Blair feels
that her art is reflective of her
environment and helps her to go
outside of herself to connect with
nature. "My painting is much
simpler than anything that would
have an "ism" attached to it. I
can't classify my work. I just love
to explore and painting is my
Eleanor Blair, recipient ofthe 1991
Volunteer Artist of the Year Award
in the city of Gainesville, was
honored for her participation with
the County LibraryAdvisory Board
I and for her many art
demonstrations for school
children. Blair's art can be seen at
the the Museum of Arts and
Science in Daytona Beach, the
Matheson Historical Center in
Gainesville and at the Polk County
Museum of Art in Lakeland.

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle 26 May 1994 Paee 5



in Pledges

and Cash

Raised by


More than $28,000 in pledges and
cash was raised through voluntary
efforts on behalf of the American
Cancer Society by Franklin County
residents lastweek. On Thursday,
12 May 1994, the Sheriff began
seeking those "wanted" for raising
ball following their "arrest" and
"jailing" in refurbished
headquarters in Eastpoint across
from Billy Carr Chevrolet and the
Seabreeze on Highway 98.
The more notorious fundraisers
and jailbirds included Woody
Miley, Rose McCoy, Alan Pierce,
Susan Creek, Gracie O'Neal,
Shirley Dunaway, GayeTarantino,
Helen Reese, Normal Boyd, Will
Kendrick, Edith Edwards, and
Michael Allen. Once put behind
wooden bars, thejailbirds manned
the telephones to get their friends
to donate money to the Cancer
Society. Citizens could call in and
have anyone else arrested as well
by calling in their names to the
efficient arresting officers.
Literally, hundreds of participants
were involved in the 1994 Jail and
Bail activities, and to list them
runs the risk of omitting someone,

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but here goes. Arrests were
coordinated and executed by
Sheriff Warren Roddenberry and
deputies JeffVonier, Carl Carlson,
Don Hammock, Bruce Varnmis,
Buddy Shiver and R. J. Brown.
Warrants were written by Tootsle
Landrum and Loraine Browne. The
Society photographer was Loretta
Lunsford. Judges declaring the
sentences and fines included Roy
Bateman, Chuck Spicer, Barry
Brynjolfson, John Lee and Barbara
Sanders. Accounts were
maintained by Loraine and Tom
Knight. Pledge bills were prepared
by well Meacham, B. J. Vonler,
Ferris Aston, Mona Moon, Bonnie
Barnaby, Connie McKinley,
Charlyne Lustre, Barbara Hall,
Hagar Price, Gracie O'Neal, Mrs.
Ben Baker, Vonda Gibson and
Essie Mae Wiler. Dr. Ericson was
also an envelope stuffer. Jail
manager was Earl Gibson.
Telephones were manned by Ted
Mosteller and Ted Landrum.
Jimmy Harris was in charge of
food. Food donors for the
volunteers included Hardees of
Apalachicola, IGA of Carrabelle,
Red Rabbit Food Lane, Register's
United Food Market, Gulfside IGA
in Apalachicola and Papa's Pizza.
Edith Edwards was in charge of
The "man for all seasons" and
President of the the Franklin
County Cancer Society chapter is
George Chapel.

1. I favor keeping the existing
Resort Village Agreement (RVA)
without any changes other
than as contemplated by the
agreement itself.
2. I favor litigation instead of
negotiation, by way of a
declaratory judgment action to
answer the question of whether
the Resort Village Agreement
and the convenant
amendments are legally binding
on the Plantation Owners
3. I favor negotiation by the
Board to nullify the existing
agreement on mutually
acceptable terms, placing the
parties in their former
positions and to resort to
litigation only if such
negotiations fail.
4. I favor negotiation by the
Board to resolve concerns
expressed by the
membership with the
existing agreement using
litigation only as a last


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By Carol Ann Hawkins
Michael Roger Schubert, 21,
entered a plea of no contest to one
count of first degree murder in the
1993 shooting death of Roger
Dwayne Padgett, 21, of Spring
Grove, Minnesota, and was
sentenced to life in prison by
Circuit Court Judge P. Kevin
Davey. Because the court
determined Schubert to be guilty
of the capital felony offense, a
special provision of the sentence
requires that Schubert serve no
less than 25 years in prison before
he becomes eligible for parole.
Schubert's trial was scheduled to
begin on 23 May at the Franklin
County Courthouse, but Davey
signed an order on 5 May that
Schubert be transported from the
Wakulla County Jail, where he
has been held since his arrest, to
the Leon County Courthouse in
Tallahassee to enter his no contest
plea on 9 May. Schubert received
199 days credit for time
incarcerated before imposition of
the sentence. Michael Alan
Schubert, Sr., 43, father of Michael
Roger Schubert, is also charged
with first degree murder in
Padgett's death, and his trial is set
for the week of 18 July.
The father and son were arrested
in October, 1993, after a human
skull with a small caliber bullet
hole at the base was discovered
lying alongside County Road 370,
less than a mile from the
intersection of U.S. Highway 98
and County Road 370 at Alligator
Point. Further investigation
revealed that the murder took
place in Franklin County and
Padgett was Identified as the

% Answering
This Question










Thirty-four questionnaires, or 11 per cent, of the respondents did not
select any choices, # 1 through 4, but chose to write comments on the
questionnaire. About 4 per cent (or 12 respondents) selected more than
one choice of the questions printed above. These figures and calculations
were made by the Plantation Owner's staff and are somewhat confusing
because of the survey design and the manner in which the calculations
were made and formatted. If the choices or questions were calculated
on the basis of 100%, omitting the essay comments and multiple
responses, the responses would more clearly show where the
membership opinion falls, at least among the 249 respondents who
made a choice. About 47 per cent of those who received a questionnaire
actually returned it either with choices indicated or essays, or both.
Owners of multiple lots, and single home or lot owners received only
one questionnaire each, which appears to strengthen the validity of
assessed opinion since multiple lot owners would not have more than
one questionnaire for all of their holdings. In homeowner elections,
each lot represents one vote.
If the choice responses are recalculated on a 100 per cent basis, the
distribution of opinion looks like this:

% Answering
Question This Question
# 1 19.6 %
# 2 14.8 %
# 3 26.5%
# 4 38.9%


99.8 % N = 249

Thus, the 4th option was selected by the largest number ofrespondants
indicating they clearly favored negotiation first, and "using litigation
only as a last resort." Clearly, the second option, seeking a declaratory
judgment of the legality of the so-called "Ben Johnson Agreement" was
the least preferred option by the 249 members participating in the
survey. In the same instance, the option of keeping the Resort Village
Agreement without any changes (status quo) was an option favored
only by a minority ofrespondants. Over a quarter of the questionnaires
favored nullifying the existing agreement with Dr. Johnson and to
resort to litigation if these negotiations fail. Exactly what kind of
litigation might be contemplated is not very clear in the question and
given the references to litigation in other questions, the entire scope
of litigation is ambiguous. It appeared as if the Board of Directors
would begin negotiations with Dr. Ben Johnson about the Resort
Village Agreement, to be conducted outside the scope of normal Board
Plantation members may obtain a complete copy of the survey results
by writing to the club office in the Plantation.
A few days before press time, the Chronicle received a circular
advocating that the Board return any renegotiated agreement to the
membership for a formal vote at the Annual Meeting to be held in the
Fall 1994.

Out and available at Franklin County Libraries of Eastpoint and
Carrabelle is a new audio tape entitled "I Want to Read." The tape
is a helpful guide that provides low-level readers with techniques
to Improve their reading skills. Those interested in borrowing the
tape are encouraged to obtain assistance from their local literacy
provider in order to get the maximum benefit from the tape. The
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 82 from Lanark Village, donated
the audio-tape, "I Want to Read," to the county libraries.

Susan Creek (left) and Postmaster Cathy Hosford






Five of the seven Board of Directors to the Plantation Owner's
Association, Inc. met at the Clubhouse in the Plantation on St. George
Island Saturday, 14 May 1994 beginning about 9:00 A.M. Lori
Rodrigue and Jim Bachrach were absent, Board members present
were the President, Lou Vargas; John Cullen, Hank Kozlowsky, Tom
Outlaw and Pamela Amato.
Mason Bean, Chair of the Architectural Control Committe, gave abrief
report and commended his members Guy Marsh, Ben Dooley, Richard
Letourneau, and Plantation Manger, Wayne Gleasman. He pointed
out that the Gulf front lots were almost all built out, or were in the
planning stages for construction and bay "There is now pressure on
the interior/lots" with regard to Architectural control and review.
Charles Sumner, owner of St. George Cable system, gave his brief
report indicating that within four weeks some homes in the Plantation
would be hooked into the new system. Order forms are available to
homeowners in the clubhouse office. Within two weeks, given the
arrival of additional cable, the system will extend from the entrance
at 12th street all the way to the Sikes Cut. Sumner's crews have
extended the cable through the Nick's Hole area, and the site of Ben
Johnson's Resort Village. While the system was scheduled for
operations as early as February 1994, rain, the truck strike, and
equipment shortages contributed to the late start. Bob Shriver
presented his security report, indicating that activity was "quiet."
The results of the Board's survey project occupied most of the time
in the meeting. Last month, about 625 questionnaires were mailed to
owners of multiple and single lots; 295 completed questionnaires were
returned. No pretest for this survey was conducted. The gross results
to the four major questions are indicated as follows:





Pae 6 26 May 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th






John Roger Howe of the Office of Public Counsel, Tallahassee, addressed
the St. George Island Civic Club Thursday, 19 May 1994, on the
subject of the proposed rate increases filed by the local utility company
before the Public Service Commission (PSC). Mr Howe explained the
background of the Office of Public Counsel, describing its independence
from the PSC and other state agencies, but established by the
Legislature as an entity charged by statute to represent utility consumers
in matters before the PSC. The Office of Public Counsel, in February
1994, intervened in the application of the St. George Island Utility
Company proposal for a permanent and interim rate increases. He
explained the staffing of the Office of Public Counsel, and some aspects
of their work, but the greater part of his appearance involved answering
questions for about an hour from concerned island residents attending
the monthly meeting.
"The proposed rate increase will become an adversarial proceeding",
Howe said, indicating that "the company will have to prove its
entitlement to the rate increase." An interim rate, now approved by the
PSC, subject to certain conditions, is only temporary. Howe explained
to the group that the Office of Public Counsel has treated the case as
an important civil litigation, filing interrogatories, taking depositions,
and developing other evidence in the case. Since Mr. Howe represents
"another side", it was not surprising to hear him state that the St.
George Island utilitywas asking for an increase which was "unjustified."
However, Howe did explain past determinations made by the PSC on
such issues, involving a type of standard evolved from the facts and the
law. He began his explanation of this "test" by indicating that a "really
well-managed utility ought to be entitled to recover costs of its
operation and have a fair return on investment." Any case involving
proposed utility rate increases involves a series of questions about
those costs, if they are necessary and prudent, and whether the
consumer ought to pay for those costs, or should be paid for by the
investors in the utility. Such questions about how much the utility is
paying the president of the company are relevant. How much is spent
on treating the water? What quality of service results from that
process? How does this compare with similar utilities elsewhere in
Howe indicated that the two largest categories of expense claimed by
the current utility are (1) the cost of contractual services and (2) the
management fees imposed on the utility by a consulting company
owned by Gene Brown, called Armada Bay. These fees are $48,000
annually. Mr. Brown also bills the utility for ongoing legal representation
at the rate of $2000 a month, according to Howe. With regard to
expenses, Howe told his audience, the question persists if maintenance
fees, even the necessary ones, are the result of poor management or
other forces. This becomes an issue in a rate increase proceeding. "It
is not a matter of just incurring costs. These costs have to be prudent
and justified," he concluded.
Several persons raised the question about improving the utility to the
point of meeting fire flow standards, and thus adding a larger degree
of fire protection to the entire island. This proposal amounts to an
expansion or substantial change in the plant and would raise a parallel
question about who should pay, for example, the costs of enlarging
water mains, or adding additional mains, so the flow of water would
meet fire protection standards. Indeed, during the discussion, the
issue of who should impose the standards for fire flow, arose. The
answers were vague and not clear-cut, but Howe advised the group
that one way to get the standards established would be through
County ordinance, and then the PSC would be in a far stronger position
to review the utilities compliance with the higher standard. At present,
the County has no such standard.
Howe also discussed the role of depreciation on assets as a factor
important for setting new rates.
The Chronicle raised several questions about the dilemma of fire flow
needs coupled with the present technical status of the utility service,
which is in complete compliance with water pressure requirements for
household use. The problem emerges when one looks to the hydrant
system and the utility's operation to serve another function fire
Howe: "...I'm trying to think what can impose such an obligation
upon a utility..."

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A bit later, Mr. Howe responded, "I can't fully comprehend how all this
got to be the way it is..."






Publisher's Note: While the pre-filed testimony of Mr. Coloney 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. Will you state your name, position and employment address?
A. Wayne H. Coloney, P.E., P.L.S., President, Coloney Company Consulting
Engineers, Inc., 1014 North Adams Street, Post Office Box 668, Tallahassee,
Florida, 32302. Telephone: 904/222-8193; Fax 904/222-9824.
Q. Please provide your qualifications including academic background and
professional experience.
A. Accompanying this testimony as Exhibit "A" is a copy of my professional
experience record, which defines my education, professional work history,
professional registration, military service, professional activities, business
activities, civic activities, clubs, honors, patents, and published papers. Also
accompanying this testimony as Exhibit "B" is an abstract from the current
edition of Who's Who in America containing a more detailed biography. With
specific reference to this particular project, I have designed, supervised the
design, administered construction, analyzed, evaluated, and appraised water
systems for public and private utility companies for more than thirty-five (35)
years and during this time have had total engineering responsibility for water
supply and distribution projects ranging in cost from a few hundreds of
thousands of dollars to several millions of dollars.
9. Are you a registered engineer in the state of Florida?
A. I am a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and
North Carolina. In addition, I have been certified to practice in each of the fifty
states by the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying.
Further, I am also a Registered Professional Land Surveyor in Florida and
Georgia, and a Registered General Contractor in the state of Florida.
9. Are you a member of any professional or technical societies?
A. Yes. As set forth in Exhibit "A," I belong to the following, among others, with
membership grades noted:
Fellow, American Society of Civfl Engineers
Fellow, National Academy of Forensic Engineers
Senior Member, National Society of Professional Engineers
Member, Florida Engineering Society
Member, Florida Institute of Consulting Engineers
Member, Florida Society of Professional Land Surveyors
9. What is the subject matter of your testimony?
A. I am prepared to testify as to the used and useful determinations of this rate
application, as to the quality of service, and as to the adequacy of the system
Q. Are you familiar with the St. George Island Water System?
A. Yes, I am.
9. When and how did you become familiar with the system?
A. My first contact with the water system occurred in 1981 which I was
performing other engineering design work on St. George Island; however, I have
been actively involved in engineering work related to the water system since

Chronicle: "Well, a conflagration similar to California. We can
have 15 buildings go up in smoke, and a few lives lost, and
then maybe people will start to pay attention. Hopefully,
action can be taken before that happns. If you drive
down (Leisure Lane in the Plantation, for example) to see
those wonderful, magnificent structures, they're gonna

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The Franklin County Chronicle 26 May 1994 Page 7

Wayne Coloney Testimony, Continued from page 6
1984 when St. George Island-Utility Company, Ltd. retained Coloney Company
Consulting Engineers, Inc. to assist in various aspects of wualvi v-.lmin
improvement and expansion including the design, development, and liiti.ll. ii ,1
of Water Supply Well #2, which came on-line in 1985. Immediately after an
outage which occurred on the fourth ofJuly, 1986, Coloney Company was again
retained to assist in system management in order to reduce the possibility of
subsequent outages. The Coloney Company developed, and St. George Island
Utility Company implemented, a series of system management principles which
were successful in substantially reducing and ultimately in eliminating outage
problems. From 1986 to 1988 Coloney Company provided on-going advice,
consultation, management assistance, and engineering design in a continuing
effort to upgrade the system and to eliminate deficiencies. In June of 1988 the
OF THE ST. GEORGE UTILITY COMPANY, LTD." Following completion of the
engineering analysis and appraisal in 1988, Coloney Company assisted St.
George Island Utility Company in the design and implementation of a variety of
improvements including the construction of a one hundred fifty thousand
(150,000) gallon storage tank, a projected third water supply well which has now
been built, and a number of other modifications and improvements. Since 1990,
Coloney Company has continued to assist St. George Island Utility Company on
an "as-needed" basis in cooperation with Baskerville-Donovan, inc. and other
engineering firms. Since January 1, 1992, Coloney Company has provided
consulting services under a Retainer Agreement.
Q. Would you describe the water plant and the water distribution system?
A. The St. George Island water system consists of a three-unit well field, located
on the mainland in Eastpoint, Florida, together with the appropriate support,
treatment, storage and distribution facilities. Raw water supply for the system
is provided by the first two wells, each rated at a design capacity of two hundred
fifty (250) gallons per minute (gpm) and by a recently completed third well rated
at five hundred (500) gallons per minute (gpm). These wells are manifolded into
a transmission main along and in the right of way of the Bryant Patton Bridge/
Causeway. The permit application for the third water well (Well Number 3) was
prepared and submitted by Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. on behalf of St. George
Island Utility Company, Ltd., to the Florida Department of Environmental
Regulation (now Protection). The permitwas approved and Well Number 3 is now
complete as noted above. Water produced from this well field and manifolded
Into the eight (8) inch transmission main is pumped across th e bridge from the
mainland to a three hundred thousand (300,000) gallon ground storage tank
located on St. George Island at the utility company water treatment plant. From
the ground storage tank, water Is united to a one hundred fifty thousand
(150,000) gallon elevated tank. Two of the three wells have a design capacity of
two hundred fifty (250) gpm or zero point three six zero (0.360) MGD, maximum
daily withdrawal based on twenty-four (24) hour flows. Well Number 3 has an
individual pumping rate of approximately five hundred (500) gpm. Well Number
3 Is intended to automatically alternate in operation with Wells Number 1 and
2 also to serve as aback-up source of supply. It will provide alternate service with
Wells 1 and 2 pumping together at a delivery rate of five hundred (500) gpm.
Accordingly, the capacity of the raw water supply system over a twenty-four (24)
hour period Is approximately zero point seven two zero (0.720) MGD. Well
Number 3 Is equipped with an emergency generator which will substantially
increase system reliability. Well Number 3 and the generator are in place,
complete and ready to go into full operation as soon approval is received from
the Department of Environmental Protection.
Treatment facilities provided by the Utility are located on Gulf Beach Drive and
consist of gravity fed tray aeration and chlorination. Storage facilities located at
the plant consist of a three hundred thousand (300,000) gallon round storage
tank and a one hundred fifty thousand (150,000) gallon elevated storage tank.
Gravity feed tray aeration capacity has recently been Increased and its present
effective capacity exceeds the pumping capacity of the rawwater supply element
of the system. Finished water is provided by a fifty (50) horsepower, six hundred
fifty (650) gpm, primary booster pump, which operates on a pressure range of
orty-three (43) to forty-seven (47) PSI as determined by the static water level In
the elevated tank which has a height of one hundred fifteen (115) feet (ground
to overflow). A smaller, twenty (20) horsepower, two hundred fifty (250) gpm
pump s provided as back-up and a stand-by generator with automatic start
provides electricity in the event of a power system failure. Treatment of raw water
has recently been improved by completion of a dual chlorinator system with
individual scales and an alarm system. At the west end of the water distribution
piping, a booster chlorinator aids in maintenance of residual chlorine levels.
9. What materials pertaining to this case have you reviewed?
A. The materials which I have studied and reviewed as the basis for formulation
of my professional opinion have included, among many other unlisted items, the
Coloney Company files pertaining to St. George Island Utility Company,
Ltd., dating back approximately ten (10) years.
The St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. rate case exhibit for the year
ended 31 December 1987.
The engineering analysis and appraisal of the St. George Island Water
System for the St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd., dated June, 1988,
as prepared by the Coloney Company.

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Current (1992 and 1993) correspondence between St. George Island
Utility Company, Ltd. and the Departmentof Environmental Regulation/
prepared by Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. and dated May, 1992 together
with addenda thereto.
Applicable rules, regulations and statutes.
*Docket No. 911082-WS, Staff Recommended Water and Wastewater New
and Amended Rules. (not adopted/tabled).
Q. Based on your study and review of these materials and your knowledge
of these matters, have you formed any professional opinions regarding this
rate application?
A. Yes, I have.
Q. Would you please discuss the question of "used and useful" percentage
with respect to the system as a whole?
A. In order to formulate a professional opinion as to "used and useful"
percentages for each of the primary accounts and for the system as a whole, I
gave careful attention to 367.111(1) Service, which provides that:
(1) Each Utility shall provide service to the area described in a certificate
of authorization within a reasonable time. If the Commission finds that
any Utility has failed to provide service to any person reasonably entitled
thereto, or finds that extension of service to any such person could be
accomplished only at an unreasonable cost and that addition of the
deletedarea to that of another Utility company is economical and feasible,
it may amend the certificate of authorization to delete the area not served
or not properly served by the Utility, OR IT MAY RESCIND CERTIFICATE
OF AUTHORIZATION. If utility service has not been provided to any part
of the area Utility is authorized to serve, whether or not there has been a
demand forsuch service, within five (5) years after the date of authorization
for service to such part, such authorization may be reviewed and amended
or revoked by the Commission beginning with such authorization.
Although the StaffRecommended Water and Wastewater New and Amended
Rules have been tabled by the Commission and have not been adopted,
these proposed rules provide additional, and highly rational, guidelines
for the determination of "Used and Useful" percentages.
Of very considerable importance in the formulation of my professional
opinions was the question of "Developer Owned" or "Developer Controlled"
customer areas. The existing number of connected ERU's, the actual
capacity of raw water supply and treatment facilities, the extent of the
water distribution system, and the development pattern were also given
consideration. Finally, great importance was attached to the question as
to whether or not the Utility's investment was prudently incurred in order
to meet its statutory obligations.
Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage of Wells Numbers
-and 2?
A. Wells Numbers 1 and 2 each have an independent design capacity of two
hundred fifty (250) gpm. Well Number 3 which is now complete and soon to come
on line has a capacity of five hundred (500) gpm. The St. George Island Hydraulic
Analysis performed by the Florida Rural Water Association (FRWA) in May of
1992 determined that Wells Numbers 1 and 2 running together were averaging
a total of four hundred ten (410) gpm. Well Number 1, pumping independently,
averaged two hundred fifty-five (255) gallons per minute, while Well Number 2,
when pumping independently, averaged three hundred ten (310) gpm. A letter
from the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation (now Protection)
addressed to St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd., dated 5 June 1992 and
signed by J. A. Kintz, P.E.. Potable Water Section Supervisor, addressed the
question of the Florida Rural Water Association Flow Tests and requested that
Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. incorporate these "real world" data into their
engineering report. On 10 June, 1992, Baskerville-Donovan, Inc. responded to
the foregoing referenced letter from Mr. Kintz. The essence oftheir investigations
was the determination that the existing rawwater supply is capable of providing
a sufficient quantity of water to the system, when taking into account available
storage capacity, in order to serve the one thousand two hundred sixty-four
(1,264) existing ERU's plus an additional one hundred thirty (130) ERU's or
approximately two (2) years growth for a total of one thousand three hundred
ninety-four (1,394) ERC's. This would indicate a capacity to meet the existing
demand of twelve hundred sixty-four (1,264) ERU's plus the capacity to provide
a margin of reserve equal to one hundred thirty (130) ERU's or ten point twenty-
eight (10.28) percent. These determinations were based on the capacities of
Wells Numbers 1 and 2 only. When Well Number 3 comes on line, the system
capacity will increase significantly.
Q. Based on the foregoing, do you have a professional opinion as to the
"used and useful" percentage for Wells Numbers 1 and 2?
A. Yes, I have. The "used and useful" percentage of Wells Numbers 1 and 2 is
one hundred (100) percent.
'9. Would you discuss the "used and useful" percentage for Well Number 3?
A. Construction and installation ofWell Number 3 was mandated by the Florida
Department of Environmental Regulation (now Protection) and was contemplated
as a back-up to provide service in the event of failure of either or both Wells
Numbers 1 and 2. Considering the absolute necessity for back-up capacity
combined with the fact that the construction of this well was mandated by the
Florida Department of Environmental Regulation, it mustbe recognized that the
investment in Well Number 3 is and has been prudently incurred.
Q. Based on the foregoing, have you formulated a professional opinion as
to the "used and useful" percentage for Well Number 3?
A. Yes, I have. The "used and useful" percentage for Well Number 3 is one
hundred (100) percent.

The pre-flledWayne Coloney testimonywillbe continued
in the next issue. Other materials will be published as
these are entered into the public file. At present, the
formal hearing on the utility rate increase is scheduled
to be held in Apalachicola 20-21 July 1994.

FSU Marine Laboratory

Opens House to Area


Weston Brown and his 2-year-old daughter Casey inspect
one of the "hands on" displays at the Florida State University
Marine Laboratory Open House, Saturday, 14 May 1994.

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Over 500 registrations were totaled
by mid-afternoon, Saturday, 14
May 1994, by official greeters
during the Florida State University
Marine Laboratory open house at
Turkey Point in Franklin County.
Once yearly, the staff, faculty and
graduate students host an open
house to the public at their coastal
facility, called the "marine lab" on
the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is
located in the Alligator Harbor
Aquatic Preserve, with ready
access to marine and freshwater
environments for research and
educational programs. The lab
facilities include a research
building with 16 laboratories, an
adjoining administration, library
and classroom building,
maintenance shop, dive locker, a
60-meter-long concrete dock and
fueling station, apartment
buildings, two greenhouse
buildings, a seawater wet table
area, storage areas and
miscellaneous accessory and
classroom buildings. The lab also
maintains a variety of research
vessels Including two pontoon
boats, a 20-foot Privateer, 47-foot
research vessel called THE
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PaoP 8 26 Mav 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Emerald Coast
Continued from page 1
about the use of the Trammel funds:
We have been granted a wonderful opportunity to improve
health care in our county. The Rural Hospital Assistance Bill
(also known as the Trammel Bill) has provided over $750.000 in
state and federal funds directly to the management corporation
of Emerald Coast Hospital. The money has been allocated to
ensure that people living in rural areas will have access to
quality hospital care regardless of their ability to pay.
Last November, at a meeting of the medical staff of Emerald
Coast Hospital. I personally asked the administrator. Dr. Charles
Stark. if he would provide a complete accountingof the Trammel
funds. He would not agree to account for the funds to any extent
at that time. This created considerable concern among members
of the medical staff that the money would not be used exclusively
at Emerald Coast Hospital. It was suggested that funds might be
diverted for payment of corporate debt (not necessarily incurred
in the operation of Emerald Coast Hospital) and expansion of
other business ventures of Marquis Management Group, Inc. It
was only through the efforts of concerned individuals that an
amendment requiring accountability was added to the Bill. And,
even after the amendment's addition, the hospital administration
has agreed to account for the funds only to the degree required
by the Bill.
It is not appropriate for hospital management to claim that as a
private corporation they do notowe the public a detailed account
of their use of these funds. This is not private money but
taxpayer dollars they are spending. Additionally, since the
county still owns Emerald Coast Hospital, the citizens of the
county, are obligated to ensure that the funds are used
The Legislature did not intend for the Trammel funds to go into
concurrent private ventures, such as a clinic system or a home
health agency. The clear intent of the legislature was for the
money to be used in the hospital itself. Furthermore, it is not the
case that repayment of old debt is an unequivocally legitimate
use of the funds. Much of Emerald Coast Hospital's old debt
could already be paid if funds previously generated by the
hospital had been used exclusively for the hospital.
We are located too far from Tallahassee or Panama City to be
without quality emergency and hospital services. I have worked
with the staff at the hospital and I am convinced that if the
facility and equipment are improved we can have a state of the
art rural hospital in Franklin County. But this will only be
possible if the Trammel funds are used appropriately.
I would therefore like to make the following recommendations
for consideration by the County Commissioners:
1. I believe that it would be in the best interest of Franklin
County residents to replace the current management of
Emerald Coast Hospital with a group willing to work in
partnership with the County Commissioners. The
relationship between the current management group and
the county has never been good and is unlikely to improve
2. If the County Commissioners are not interested in
finding new management, then I would suggest that the
hospital's volunteer advisory board, or some other
independent and reliable group of Franklin County
residents, become actively involved in overseeing the
specific use of the Trammel funds. This means more than
simply allowing the hospital administrator to provide a
gross general description of improvements. This means
accurate, specific accounting for each dollar spent, a
accounting which any responsible management group
should be ready, willing, and able to provide. And a
responsible management would be happy to provide this
information to county residents even though it is not
required by the Bill.
3. The medical staff and members of other hospital
departments have provided the administrator with a list
of suggested physical improvements for the facility and
its equipment. Insisting that the vast majority of the
monies be invested in physical improvements will
guarantee the County's residents the greatest tangible
long term benefit from the Trammel funds.
Thankyou for allowing me to present my concerns regarding the
future of our hospital. I hope we can work together with al the
concerned citizens of Franklin County to provide the best
hospital service possible.
s/s Elizabeth F. Curry, M.D.
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis said,
"I thinkyou have to keep in mind that this is a new program and
I'm satisfied that it will be funded again...This won't be a one-
time deal...The thing that aggravated us (County Commission)
is the free hand that gave this money out. It didn't come through
us. Just gave it out. Didn't get our input..."
Commissioner Tom Saunders then made a motion to ask the hospital
administrators to report to the Commission as to what needs were
identified and prioritized for the money. Mosconis suggested that the
administrators be invited to the next Commission meeting (7 June)
and inform the Commission directly as to how they are going to spend
the money. Saunders amended his motion and the Board approved the
sending of a letter to the hospital administration, inviting them to the
meeting on 7 June.
Dr. Curry then added,
"We can work with this hospital corporation if we continue to be
vigilant.. .aboutwatching what happens to this money.. .And I do
think it will be used appropriately if there is adequate public
pressure to make sure that happens."



In remarks made during the 17
May 1994 Board of County
Commissioners, Chairperson
Jimmy Mosconis remarked that
the so-called "Ban the Net"
campaign ought to be retitled "Ban
Commercial Seafood in the State
of Florida." His remarks were
drawn from a meeting of the
advisory group to the Estuarine
Reserve, which Mr. Mosconis
described as a"heated discussion"
on the issue ofbanning net fishing.
Commissioner Dink Braxton
added, "...They're (the regulators
such as Marine Fisheries
Commission) are not really
concerned, Mr. Chairman. What
it is... they've got people stirred up
so much over 'ban the nets'...In
the small counties such as
Franklin or Wakulla...we depend
on commercial seafood...there's a
larger amount ofvotes down there
(Dade County) than there is here.
In effect, (on a statewide vote )
they're gonna kill us up here."
Commissioner Saunders
suggested the board solicit help
from the Small County Coalition
on this issue. Later, Mr. Saunder
remarked, "...Well, you can look
at every small fishing community
along the coast. It's gone the way
of the sports fishermen...They
band together...The sad thing
about the commercial seafood
industry as a whole is the crabbers
fight the shrimpers, the shrimpers

fight the oystermen, and everybody
has war amongst each other. While
the sports fishermen put
everybody out ofbusiness..." Later,
Commissioner Braxton reiterated
the same view, "...sooner or later
everybody is going to be eating
seafood from other counties..." Bill
Mahan brought up the question
about aquaculture, pointing out
that not many fish species are
being aquacultured in volume,
perhaps posing a solution to
scarcity, extinction and

The Historic Apalachicola
Foundation, Inc., in cooperation
with Apalachicola Bay Area
Historical Society, sponsored "An
Evening with the Partingtons" on
13 May 1994. The purpose of the
gathering was to allow Cleo and
Rex Partington to share, with
interested citizens, their plans for
the restoration and subsequent
use of the historic Dixie Theater
building in downtown
Apalachicola. The Partingtons also
wished to have the opportunity to
learn more from local residents
regarding their memories of the
theater and its impact on the
community in the past. The fact
that the meeting was held in the
beautifully restored Coombs
House Bed and Breakfast added
greatly to the occasion for the
approximately thirty people

Marine Lab Open House
Continued from page 7

ator Point listen to Dr. Joe
i of underwater archeology

Dr. Michael Meredith discusses his research on hormonal
effects of brain systems in certain marine life.

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the past and promised to step up
the supervision of the next batch
of homes to be worked on. He also
said there was enough money to
add two more homes to the original
list and both are presently being
worked on by Kenderick and Son,
who was the low bidder on the
homes ofChapman (Chappy) Grey
and Alma Milender.
Kenderick had been charged with
poor performance on the roofing
of the home of Evelyn Pope on a
contract that called for a new roof,
among other repairs. The roof was
slated to be of one gauge of tin and
was actually a lower grade. In
addition there was testimony that
the roof had leaked and thatwater
had even entered a light fixture.
The roof has since been replaced.
However doubt still remained in
the mind of one commissioner,
James (Jim) Phillips, that the roof
had possibly been put on over
"rotten wood." Kenderick hotly
protested the accusation saying
that there was no rotten wood
under the roof. Carl Obert, who
supervised the contractors for
Webb, said that there was no leak
in the roof now, that the leak was
around a vent pipe and there was
no leakage into a fixture that he
knew about.
Phillips had lead the charge in
complaining to Webb previously
about the work that had been
done. James (Buz) Putnal had also
personally inspected the home of
Boots and George Evans and found
the flooring to be flawed. Webb
agreed that the flooring was not
good and said that Ms. Evans had
insisted on moving back into her
home ahead of time, saying that
she was satisfied.
Phillips got laughter when he
stated, "You never have problems
until you have problems." He
added about Obert," I have lost

taith in the competence of Julian
Webb and his associates, and that
includes you."
The commission reviewed a copy
of their policy, including the
following objectives:
1) To encourage the
revitalization of low and
moderate Income
neighborhoods through a
Housing Rehabilitation
2) To remove unhealthy or
hazardous conditions in low
and moderate housing.
3) To use Community
Development Rehabilitative
Grant funds as a catalyst to
encourage residents of low
and moderate income
neighborhoods to improve
their community.
4) To preserve existing
housing stock.
5) To enable low and
moderate income families
to rehabilitate their homes
by providing financial and
technical assistance to
those unable to obtain
private financing.
6) To reduce utility costs for
recipient families through
weatherization and cost-
effective energy conserving
features of rehabilitation.
7) To make homes
accessible to elderly/
handicapped occupants.
Webb said that there is more of
this money available. Persons
residing in Carrabelle who think
that their residence may meet the
criteria are urged to get in touch
with Mary Jane Kitamura at the
Carrabelle City Hall.

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Those over the age of 11 were
given the opportunity to see how
the lab staff "captures" sample
marine life for research.
The academic diving program
maintains a full-service dive locker
with more than 100 scuba tank
sets, 50 regulators and other dive
accessories. Courses in basic
diving and the application ofdiving
to research are offered along with
specialized workshops.
Research and academic programs
are currently being conducted by
faculty, staff and students from
several academic departments at
Florida State University including
Biological Science, Chemistry,
Oceanography, Meteorology,
Geology, Anthropology and
Movement Science. Others, such
as the University of Texas, State of
Florida Bureau of Archeological
Research, Minerals Management
Service and OutdoorTechnologies,
Inc. and the State of Florida Dept.
of Environmental Protection utilize
the facilities of the marine

Marine research at Florida State
University and at the big bend
sites has a long history. In 1949,
the Oceanographic Institute was
established with a marine lab at
Alligator Harbor. In the late 1960s,
the Edward Ball Marine Lab was
constructed several miles to the
west of the Institute at Turkey
Point on the Gulf of Mexico. In the
1970's, the State University
System of Florida decided to
centralize shipboard facilities
through the Florida Institute of
Oceanography in St. Petersburg,
Florida. As underwater research
expanded at the lab, a dive
program supervised by Gregg
Stanton evolved to encourage safe
and efficient underwater research
at FSU. In recent years, scientific
investigators have focused on a
wide variety of topics. The lab also
supports many educational
programs, teacher workshops for
marine and various high school
and college programs in marine



Discussed by

John Roger Howe
Office of Public Counsel
State of Florida

Mr. Howe also responds to questions at the St.
George Island Civic Club meeting held on 19 May
1994 in a video about 1.5 hours, now available
exclusively through the Franklin County

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