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The FranklinCountyChrhonicle

Volume 3, Number 12

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

26 June 9 July 1994


Bay Scallop Rule
Approved By The
Governor And

The Governor and Cabinet
approved a rule on May 24, 1994
proposed by the Marine Fisheries
Commission that is intended to
address the severe problems in
the bay scallop fishery. The
Commission received a scientific
report in February indicating that
bay scallops are overfished and
that the bay scallop fishery is
greatly stressed in many areas
along the state's Gulf coast The
rule approved by the Governor
and Cabinet will allow the
recreational harvest of bay
scallops to take place under
current provisions this season only
from July 1 through September
30, and only in state waters north
of the Suwanee River to the
Alabama border. All other harvest
of bay scallops statewide will be
prohibited, and the commercial
harvest and sale of bay scallops
will be prohibited statewide at all
times. This rule will take effect on
July 1, 1994. In addition, the
Commission has directed staff to
hold public workshops in the near
future and develop long-term
management options designed to
aid in the protection and
replenishment of the state's bay
scallop fishery.

Apalachicola City
Hall Workshop

Apalachicola City Commissioners
held a problem-solving workshop
with representatives of Argus
(trash removal service) on
Thursday, 16 June. The workshop
was held to clarify and possibly
rewrite an outdated contract
between the City of Apalachicola
and Argus Services.
Argus Representative, Jane
Dukes, and City Commission
members juggled solutions to the
trash removaldilemmaand sought
to reach common ground.
Apalachicola Mayor, Bobby
Howell, reasoned that the main
objective ofArgus was to"keep the
city's appearance clean." Dukes
started that in order to reach that
goal the public's cooperation was
crucial. Topics of discussion
included: the need for residents to
separate lawn clippings from bag
debris, the need for tax payers to
understand why treated wood and
construction boards cannot be
collected by Argus on the same
route as regular garbage pick-ups
and the need for residents to
become better educated about the
benefits of recycling.
Commissioners expressed interest
in possible curbside recycling bins
and fully supported the public's
environmental awareness. Argus
Representative, Dukes, suggested
distributing notices to inform the
community of the appropriate
disposal of material and also
include service dates and other
helpful trash related information.
The City Commission approved
Dukes' proposal for a drafted and
updated contract between Argus
and the City of Apalachicola. The
draft will be presented to the City
Commission by Jane Dukes for
tentative approval on 21 June.

County Rejects

Resort Village Offer

To Negotiate Appeal

At Tuesday's Board of County
Commissioners meeting, 21 June
1994, County Planner Alan Pierce
and CountyAttorneyAlfred Shuler
told the Board that they had met
with Attorney William J. Peebles
who represented Dr. Ben Johnson
and Coastal Development
Consultants, Inc in the appeal
from a County decision last
January which denied Dr.
Johnson permission to include
multi-family housing in his
commercial development in the
Planation on St. George.
Peebles wanted to know whether
the County Commisioners might
be interested in negotiating an
appeal thatDr. Johnson has taken
to the Land and Water
Adjudicatory Commission
(Governor and Cabinet), Case No.
Peebles wanted to resolve the
appeal instead of a formal hearing,
and indicated some negotiating
points in a letter addressed to
Shuler and Pierce in early June.
CommissionerTom Saunders also
supported these "talks" when he
found out about them on Tuesday,
21 June 1994, as the matter was
brought before the County
Commissioners. Commissioner
Ed Tolliver, on the other hand,
rejected the idea almost
On 4 January 1994, the Franklin
County Commission denied Ben
Johnson's application for multi-
family development, and other
matters. An appeal was taken to
the Land and WaterAdjudacatory
,Commission (Governor and
Cabinet) and would normally be
scheduled to be heard before an,
Administrative Officer barring any
settlement beforehand. Coastal
Development Consultants, Inc.
(Dr. Ben Johnson) had two
objections to the Order denying
theirAmendmentto the St. George
Island Development of Regional
Impact orderentered on 4 January

William J. Peebles

1. The Order requiring Coastal
Development to apply for an
amendment to the Development
Order specifying densities of uses
permitted for the property, some
58 acres in the Nick's Hole area of
the Plantation and St. George
Island, was beyond the
requirements contained in the
1977 Development order, and in
the words of Mr. Peebles,1 was
inserted into the Order "...with no
notice to the Applicant and with
no opportuni for the Applicant
to be heard before the Board."
Coastal Consultants therefore
claims in their appeal that the
Board of County Commissioners
did not have the authority to
impose another requirement that
went beyond the 1977
Development Order.
2. By so inserting another
requirement, imposing a condition
not in the 1977 order, the Board of
County Commissioners were
violating the vested rightofCoastal
Consultants, Inc. to develop their
property pursuant to the original
Continued on page 2

Gene Langston
Says New River
Dredging And

Burnt Bridge

Removal Rumors

"All A Lie"

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Gene Langston, Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Project Manager, told the
Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority (CPAA) Board at the 6
June regular meeting held at City
Hall that dredging on the
Carrabelle River would only be
done on the old channel, "from
the other side of the bridge all the
way to the end of the markers on
the start of the river." Langston
said there have been "all kinds of
rumors" about dredging being
done up the New River and "the
taking out of the Burnt Bridge,"
and that he had tried to quell the
rumors over a year ago. "But
everyone that I talked to that
signed that petition was told that
I was going to take Burnt Bridge
out, and the river was going to
dredge all up New River...This is
all a e," Langston said.
J. B. Woods commented that if
Burnt Bridge was taken out and
there was a hurricane, "We
wouldn't have any place to tie up."
CPAA attorney J. Ben Watkins, of
J. Ben Watkins Law Offices in
Apalachicola, told the board that
he saw no reason for CPAA to pay
for two attorneys to participate in
the public hearings on the
dredging of the river and said that
he would keep in touch with Bill
Webster, Attorney for the City of
Carrabelle and would be,
consulting with him on the
progress of the dredging. Watkins
said CPAA needed to ratify
Webster's position to participate
in the public hearing on the




By Darl R. Ostrander
According to representatives at
the Save Our Sealife (SOS)
headquarters in Orlando, the SOS
petition drive is quickly closing on
its' target of 540,000 signatures.
They currently have 533,000
signatures in house and an
estimated 40,000 to 60,000 still
on their way to the Orlando office.
State officials have certified over
407,000 of the 429,428 signatures
needed to place the referendum
on the ballot in November. SOS
workers and volunteers are very
optimistic and confident that the
petition drive will hit and exceed
its' targe before the second week
of July. Executives of the Save
Our Sealife Committee are already
planning for a press conference in
Tallahassee during the third or
fourth week of July. Expectations
are that they wil announce the
success and completion of the
SOS petition drive. In addition,
they will use this opportunity to
kick off their campaign to get
enough votes for passage in


, The Franklin County Chapter of
SM.A.D. D.A.D.S (Men Against
Destruction Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder) met
on 14June at the Holiness Church
of God to discuss plans to combat
the drug epidemic in Franklin
County. A group of approximately
fifty local residents attended the
meeting which was led by Rev.
Daniel White and Robert Davis.
Guest speakers includedAssistant
State Attorney, Frank Williams
and officer Holton of the Franklin
Robert Davis opened the meeting
bystating, "We have avery serious
problem, not only with drugs but
crime in general. The concern is
not only for the kids, but for our
elderly as well. We as concerned
citizens are coming together now
to see what we can do to help our
community." Davis continued by
explaining the nature of M.A.D.
D.A.D.S. 'We don't'want people to
get the idea that we're forming a
militant violent group, stated
Davis, "M.A.D. D.A.D.S are to be
be courteous to everyone, even
Cang members. We do not want to
ke the hot headed approach."

Robert Davis

Rev. White followed Davis and
stated that he was disappointed
that there were'nt more residents
from the Hill in attendance. 'This
is a community effort and I've
been preaching this a long time.
And we'd be less than human to
just stand by and let people take
the place and run us away. I
refuse...I do that!" White
continued, "I believe this.... if you
don't give young people something
to do... they'll easily fall into that
rut of drugs and drug trafficking.
We've got to create jobs for the
summer to help take these kids off
the street. We need to work them
(the kids) hard so they'll go to
sleep at night." Rev. White said
that M.A.D. D.A.D.S would have a
mentor program and a sports
program to help keep the
community's youth busy and
moving in a positive direction.
Assistant State Attorney, Frank
Williams, addressed the group and
stated, "It doesn't take a roomful
of people to make a difference. It
only takes one person. I am a
citizen of Franklin County so this
is personal to me. This community
has a problem with drugs and
violence and I see it every day. It's
my job." Williams said that he'd
worked with many community
groups and seen many succeed
and fail. "What characteristics
make a group successful?" asked
Williams, "-I think that three
important characteristics should
include commitment, self-sacrifice
and sincerity." Williams advised
the group that they can help by
organizing so that their project
would be identifiable to people
who both need and want help
from the group. He also stressed
that group members needed to
cooperate and participate with law
enforcement officials. "Ifyou know
someone who's a victim or a
defendant and you feel they need
help," concluded Williams, "you've
got to come forward and let us
know that there is a problem."
Continued on page 3

Emerald Coast Hospital:

Complaints and Virtues

Voiced to County Commission

Kenneth Dykes

Al Belliveau



Against City

Cop Jep Smith

By Rene Topping
An overflow crowd of relatives,
friends and well-wishers crowded
into the Carrabelle city hall on
Wednesday, 15 June 1994 to show
their support for City Police Officer
Jep Smith. Smith had been called
to the special meeting to be heard
on a variety of complaints lodged
against him by city residents. The
complaints went back thirteen
months of the officer's career with
the department. City Police
Commissioner Tommy Loftin
called for the item to be removed
from the agenda immediately as
soon as Mayor Carlton Wathen
called the meeting to order. He
received no second. Commissioner
Jim Phillips then held up the sheaf
of complaints and said that he for
one, would like at least fifteen
minutes to read and review the
complaints before taking the
matter up.
In the end, only one complainant
showed up to face Smith with her
complaint. Mary Jane Kitamura
came forward and backed her
complaint that Smith had
disregarded an order to find fellow
city employee Keith Mock, to
handle a dangerous situation with
the city water. Smith said that he
told several other officers to be on
the lookout for Mock and Mock
was given the message.
The complaint was thirteen
months old and in the final
analysis was called too old to be
taken into consideration. All other
complaints were dismissed but
were left in the officer's file. Some
of the complaints were in regard
to Smith being found sleeping
during his twenty-four hour shift.
Smith is still working out his two
year probationary time.
The three city officers, which
includes Chief Jesse Gordon
Smith, work a 24 hour s on and 48
hours off routine which Jesse
Gordon claimed had been going
on for over twenty years. The two
officers Smith and Larry Litton
told commissioners that they liked
Continued on page 2

Franklin County Commissioners
were given a brief presentation of
improvements being made to
Emerald Coast Hospital (ECH) in
Apalachicola by hospital
administrator Kenneth Dykes in
four basic areas of building
improvements, adherence to
safety codes, medical and non-
medical equipment replacements
and purchases. Dyke's progress
update followed a lengthy episode
during which Eastpoint resident
Al Belliveau presented detailed
complaints of treatment received
by his wife when she was admitted
to the hospital as a patient on 13
The complaints presented to
County Commissioners included
malfunctioning electrocardiogram
equipment; a room air-conditioner
that was out of order in his wife's
room; unavailability of nurses
when his wife needed them; a
backed-up I.V.; clean linen falling
off a cart that was being pushed
down a corridor; unmopped floors;
lack of a ceiling or insulation in
the lobby; and unclean and
damaged restrooms.
Because of the time element,
Board Chairman Jim Mosconis
interrupted Belliveau's statements
so that Dykes and other ECH staff
members could make their
presentation to the Board.
Mosconis said that Dyke was
committed to give the best quality
'care medical services to the
community and "we need to help
him on it.' Mosconis pointed out
that the Board of County
Commissioners does not run the
hospital, but the hospital is leased
to a private firm.and HRS is the
licensing agency. If there is a
problem with the hospital,
Mosconis said that commissioners
want to know about it and want to
try to fix the problem, but the
commissioners do not want to be
involved in a 'head-hunting
operation" in trying to shut the
hospital down. 'That's not our
mission." Mosconis said that a
public board inquiry would not be
permitted, but added that the
, complaints needed to be checked
A nurse who said she had been
employed at ECH for 14 years said
that Belliveau was speaking "very
much out of context" but that the
complaints would be well-
documented and followed up. The
nurse said, "Nobody wants
development here, and I'm with
you guys, but everybody wants
Blue Ribbon medical care services;
and unfortunately, the same risks
and financial exposures that
operated when the county had the
hospital still exist today. Worse."
Commissioner Tom Saunders
pointed to four female hospital
employees in the commission
meeting room and said he watched
as the four women "sat and
laughed" while Belliveau gave his
report. The nurse who spoke to
commissioners said that Belliveau
brought up some very legitimate
issues, but that the "chuckles"
Saunders saw were not of any
disrespect to Belliveau's
Dykes announced that, effective
20 June, he had signed an
agreement with Bay Medical
Center in Panama City which will
offer to ECH "hands-on", day-to-
day assistance with the
assessment, training, and
development of personnel as well
as with day-to-day management
of the Emergency Medical System.
Dykes also said that Bay has been
asked to assist ECH in recruiting
a permanent, qualified and
experienced manager for the EMS
service. Dykes also announced
that Dr. Tom Curry, Internist, has
agreed to become medical director
for the Emergency Medical Service.
Dykes said that at the present
time, ECH, ifnot the largest private
Continued on page 10


Page 2 26 June 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Lights Go

Out At



Cause Still


By Carol Ann Hawkins
J. B. Woods reported at the 6
June 1994 regular meeting of the
Carrabelle Port &AirportAuthority
(CPAA) held at City Hall that "a
power surge or something else"
keeps blowing out the runway
lights at the Carrabelle Airport.
Woods, concerned that someone
might need to use the airport
during the Waterfront Festival,
said he received a call from a man
(whom Woods did not identify)
who told Woods that the end
runway identifier lights were out
and that most of the bulbs were
also out Woods estimated that
the cost to replace the lights would
be between $200 to $300. Woods
said that the outages might be
caused by too much voltage on
the system.
Contacted by telephone on
Saturday, 18 June, Woods said
the cause of the outages are still
not known. Florida Power has
checked their transmission lines,
Woods said, and found that
"everything is clear." Woods also
said thatJim Motley, who installed
the lights at the airport, checked
out the current regulator in the
control box and everything seems
o.k. there, too. Woods said that
sometimes another UNICOM
122.9 frequency nearby can cause
this type of malfunction in a
lighting system. UNICOM is a 2-
way communication system used
In pilot-to-ground communication
for airport advisories. Woods also
said that a few VASI lights are out,
which he said are located at the
approach slope to the runway.
Replacement lights are expected
to be installed by the 19th or 20th
of June, Woods said.
CPAA Chaiiman Robert L. Lane
asked Carrabelle Mayor Carlton
Wathen if the City would be able
to loan CPAA the money to
purchase the replacement bulbs
for the airport, but Wathen said
he wasn't sure if the City had the
money to loan. Community
Development Block Grant (CDBG)
Secretary Mary Jane Kitamura
told Lane that she had been given
aODroval to defer the last
Insurance payment and that she
had money to pay for the bulbs.


Project To





?y Lisa More
- The Apalachicola Municipal
Library Board met with Jane Cox,
literacy coordinator for the
Franklin County Adult Reading
Program (FCARP), and VISTA
(Volunteers In Service to America)
workers, Alma Pugh and Jack
Dakota on Monday, 6 June to
discuss an 1 October relocation
deadline for the literacy project's
"We have a space problem at the
library that we need to address,"
stated Chairman, Clark Holmes.
The literacy office for FCARP had
been in the Apalachicola
Municipal Library for almost eight
years. TheApalachicola Municipal
Library, however, felt unable to
accommodate for its' own
expansion which has left board
members with few options to
consider. Board members agreed
that a larger facility should be
considered for the Municipal
Library's continuing expansion.
Chairman Holmes assured FCARP
that they would be welcome to
:return once their spatial needs
were met. "I think that it is
important," stated Cox, "that the
literacy program be associated
with the library." Federal grant
money was allocated to the
Municipal Library for providing
the literacy project with office
space. The grant money was used
to purchase a computer and a
copier. According to grant
provisions, the computer and

copier would have to leave the
library if the literary project were
to leave. "I believe that copier has
probably seen its' best days,"
stated Chairman Holmes. Ms. Cox
and board members considered
new locales for their office space,
but came to no conclusion. "It's
been a long and honorable
association," assured Holmes.

Talking About Vision

And Revision At The

Franklin County

School Board

The 9 June Franklin County School Board meeting echoed with the
concerns of educational stagnation and financial waste. Discussion
topics ranged from the investment possibilities of renovating the
administration building and implementing a central heating and
cooling unit in each of the Franklin County schools to providing
financial assistance to in-county students who agree to work in
Franklin after college graduation. "Where there is no vision," insisted
Board member, Willie Speed, "people perish."
In an attempt to consolidate Franklin County's best and brightest
students, Board member Speed suggested the possibility of providing
scholarship money to those residents who agree to return to Franklin
County after graduation for a mutually agreed upon time period. "We
have a lot of talented students in our school system right here....county
wide," stated Speed, "ifwe can provide some type of assistance for them
(Franklin County students) so they could further their education, I
believe that they would be willing to come back here and work."
In response to the resignation of Carrabelle principal Jim Sinor, Speed
related, "For the last thirtyyears, I would think that Carrabelle has had
twenty different principals. Apalachicola High School has had twenty-
four different principals in the last twenty years...myself being one of
them." Fellow board members agreed with Speed that the turnover rate
for Franklin County principals has been much too high. "We need to
do something so we can get principals who will want to stay here,"
concluded Speed.
In matters concerning renovation, Board member Speed stated that
the administration building was in serious need of repair and that an
architect should be hired to survey the building for future renovation.
Board members, Pop Wagoner and Connie Ard, voiced opposition to
the suggestion and reasoned that an architect should be hired only
when they were ready to begin renovation work. Board member, Katie
McKnight, added that hiring an architect to survey a building that is
bound to change several years down the road would be a waste of
money. Speed charged that the members lacked vision and Ard
returned that she did, in fact, have vision.
In other renovation matters, Board member Speed said that the
Franklin County schools should look into a a central heating and
cooling unit to help save money. "I had five window air conditioners at
my house and was told that if I centralized that and put in central air
conditioning, I would save money. I did (install Centr alair conditioning)
and it cut my utility bill by one-third. The same thing would happen
here if we put in central heating and central air conditioning and
eliminated these heat pumps," related Speed.
The following academic agenda items were passed unanimously:
Federal ESE project, 1994-95
School Improvement Plan/Annual Reports of Progress
Psychological Services contract
1994-95 SEDNET Agreement
Carl D. Perkins Vocational & Applied Technology Education
Chapter I Project Grant, 1994-95
Franklin County Reading Partners summer program at
Carrabelle High School
In other business:
The Equity in Athletics Action Plan: The Equity Plan is a
measure to ensure that male and female athletic programs are
more equally funded. Ms. Rose McCoy, Director of Curriculum,
stated that the women's athletic 'program typically receives
one-third of the funding that their male counterparts do.
The first step in Franklin County's equity plan was to designate
an Apalachicola High School softball field for women's
competition only. The decision prompted school board attorney,
Barbara Saunders, to remark, "This is a starting point in the
equity act...and for the girls' athletic program in general."
Offer versus serve program at Brown Elementary School: This
agenda item passed unanimously. Itwill offer Brown Elementary
students a wider variety of menu choices for lunch. The
program, as stated by Ms. Faye Burton, will be an experimental

Speed Attacks


Times on

Fairness Issue

-School board member, Willie
Speed, aggressively cited the
Apalachicola Times at the 9 June
school board meeting with unfair
and slanted journalistic work
against his name.
Speed charged the Times with
printing his name
disproportionately in articles with
negative overtones as opposed to
those which were more positive in
content. Speed stated, "In
November 16, 1994...The
Apalachicola Times ran an article
entitled, "School Board Sets
. Special Drug Test.' In that article,
Willie Speed's name appears five
times In the Apalachicola Times.
On February 17, 1994, the article
ran, 'Tempers Flare at School
Board Meeting.' In that article,
Willie Speed's name appears nine
times. In the Apalachicola Times
on March 17, 1994, the article's
titled 'Tension about Minority
Issues Surface at Meeting.' In that
article, Willie Speed's name
appears seven times. Now, if you
look at most of these articles, you
will see that their connotations
appear somewhat negative."
Speed continued, "In May 12,
1994, the Apalachicola Times'
article is titled, 'Board Will Honor
Academic Excellence' Now that's
a positive statement and you don't
find who brought that
presentation to the board... who
offered the motions that it be
accepted. Yet, in the same article
you have Willie Speed's name used
in other parts of the article two
times And it can be read into it
that the two times (Speed's name
appears) are negative: Willie Speed
reminded fellow members that a
similar study suggesting needed
Changes had already been;.done
and ignored in the past' and Willie
Speed said he wants more easier
descriptions of the Organization
center.' But there's nothing in that
article about Willie Speed offering
the motion to award these plaques
to academic scholars...Nothingl
And I wonder just why the
Apalachicola Times would do
something like that....but not give
a person credit for all these
wonderful things that are
done....just put the things that
are disparaging and discouraging.


Jep Smith
Continued from page 1

the shifts that way but did need to
be able to rest at the city hall for a
couple of hours. Litton said that
they keep the radio on, are close to
a telephone and can be in instant
communication with the sheriffs
dispatcher if needed. The Chief
said that he did not mind the 24
hour on shift but would abide by
whatever the commission decided,
He added that If ever he got a
fourth officer, he would exercise
his seniority and would go on
permanent day shift. Smith has
worked for the cityYor over twenty-
two years. The Chief also stated
that the fact of the matter no-one
could really work a straight 24
hour shift without getting tired.
All of the officers said that when
they felt tired they would take two
hours at the city hall where they
could be reached immediately if a
call came in.
In the end the chief was ordered
by city commissioners to work the
men on a 12 hour basis. The chief
showed a sheaf of papers and said
that he had already worked out
shifts on that basis. City officers
actually work a 56 hour week and
this will not change. According to
Assistant City Clerk Mary Lou
Mathes as long as the city keeps
it's police employees below five
the city does not have to pay
overtime. All officers are on a
straight salary basis.
In another move the commission
endorsed officer Larry Litton to
the rank of sergeant, with no
change in pay. At one point in the
discussion it had been said that
officers might work less hours but
would be paid only for hours
worked. Both police officers and
their wives objected to this saying
it would be difficult for them to
manage on less money.
The twelve hour shifts went into
effect immediately.

The Franklin County School Board gave recognition to
three retiring school teachers. Ms. Martha Kersey, Ms.
Myra Ponder and Ms Thelma Bloomquist were honored with
commerative plaques at the 9 June School Board meeting.
"Ya'll maybe retired and tired," said Chairman, Will Kendrick,
"but you're still going to be around....and we may need you
to substitute every now and again." Board member, Willie
Speed, mentioned the possibilities of the teachers running
for a school board seat: "As more and more teachers retire,
they are running for school board positions so they can.use
their experience."

Franklin CountyLibraryDirector,
Eileen Annie, and Executive
Director of the Franklin County
Senior Citizen's Council,
Joan Mahaffey, teamed up for a
poetry reading on 14 June
at the Eastpoint branch of the
Franklin County Library.

*Each of the poets read from their
personal works. Annie read from
her anthologies, Life On A
Beanstalk, A Small Collection of
Ice Box Poems and Halfoffhe Bran
Muffin is Gone. Mahfaffey read her
winning entree in the Tallahassee
Eileen Spring Poetry Contestof 1994 and
Annie her entree in the anthology Dance
on the Horizon.


Board member Speed stated that
Chairman, Will Kendrick, gave him
credit for his motion at the
Apalachicola High School
Graduation. Speed stated that he
thanked Kendrick privately after
the graduation and that he wanted
to thank him publically at the 9
June School Board meeting.
Resort Village
Continued from page 1
terms and conditions of the 1977
Development Order.
On the other hand, through the
discussions with Alan Pierce and
Al Shuler, the County's interests
appear to include a process of
approval which would invoke a
state review of any changes in the
DRI statement or Development
Order. The County may not have
the expertise and experience to
review a site plan if the process of
approval would involve
amendments to the Development
Order, state involvement in that
process would be included, but
each new proposal would have to
involve the lengthy and costly
process of DRI review, something
adeveloperwould understandably
want to avoid.
Coastal's attorney's assert that
they have a clear legal right under

the 1977 Developiment-Order to
seek approvals on a strictly site-
by-site basis, but Peebles has
written that "...we are willing to
consider other possibilities." That
included a prospect for a
numerical limitation on the
intensity of development of the
property involved. But, on the
heels of a stem and eloquent
appeal by St. George islander
Harry Buzzett, the Commission
decided to avoid any further "talks"
between the County Planner,
County Attorney and Coastal
Development, Inc. and proceed
with the appeal before the
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Editorial and Commentary

Save Our What?

By Darl R. Ostrander
The inshore net ban debate in Florida took another ugly turn recently.
The Save our Seafood (SOS) Committee sent out a mailing requesting
signatures and donations in an effort to gain support for commercial
fishermen in Florida. The twist in this standard practice for lobbying
groups is how closely the mailer mimics the Save our Sealife mailer
produced by the Florida Conservation Association (FCA). The Save Our
Seafood Committee is a political action committee registered in April
of this year to lobby on behalf of commercial net fishermen. It has
members that also belong to Organized Fishermen of Florida (OFF) a
well known group and long time advocates of commercial fishermen's
rights. OFF has been at odds with FCA since last year when FCA
started the "Save Our Sealife" campaign in effort to ban mullet gill nets
and shrimp trawling within one mile of the east coast and within three
miles of the west coast.
The Save Our Seafood mailing which first appeared during the last
week of April was printed in the same color ink, showed a very similar
logo and almost identical mailing address. There are other similarities
worth noting. One is the signature that appears on the Save Our Seafood
mailing. The letter closes simply with "Sincerely, Karl, Save Our
Seafood Committee". The two items are that "Karl" does not use his last
name and is given no title. If you are familiar with mailings from the
Save Our Sealife committee you know that whenever they ask for
contributions, work or signatures their mailings are signed by Karl
Wickstrom, Chairman of Save Our Sealife Committee. The Karl that
appears on the Save Our Seafood mailing is Karl Wagner, a commercial
fisherman from the Keys and a member of Organized Fishermen of
Florida. The catch phrase "Bring Back The 'Good Old Days' Of Florida
Fishing" used by the Save Our Sealife Committee appeared in the Save
Our Seafood Committee mailing as "This is our one and only chance
to bring back the good old days of fishing." It appears that the Save Our
Seafood committee also used the addresses from the Save Our Sealife
contribution lists which are made public every quarter. The effect was
sending a mimic mailer knowingly into the homes and businesses of
people that had already contributed to SOS (Save Our Sealife) asking
for contributions to SOS (Save Our Seafood). This is undoubtably the
issue on which criminal or civil charges will hinge.
When the first calls started to come into FCA and the Save Our Sealife
Committee concerning mimic mailers the Save Our Sealife management
brought the issue to the attention of the U.S. Postal Service. The U.S.
Postal Service brought the issue before U.S. District Judge G. Kendall
Sharp in Orlando on 9 May. He in turn issued an order holding the
contents of Save Our Seafood's post office box. A hearing was arranged
for the following week. The result of the hearing was an agreement
between the U.S. Attorney's office and Save Our Seafood committee.
The agreement hinges on the following points. First, the Save Our
Seafood committee must more clearly state its' position on netting
issues in any future mailing. Second, they mustvoluntarily return any
Save Our Seafood or SOS mail received in the Orlando P.O. Box. Third,
the Save Our Seafood Committee must continue its' current policy of
returning any contributions if requested by the donor. Included in a
press release concerning the agreement Mark Taylor, Chairman of the
Save Our Seafood Committee, made the following apology, "The
Seafood committee regrets if anyone felt misled by our original letter
and sincerely apologizes for the inconvenience it may have caused."
Jerry Sansom, Executive Director of Organized Fishermen of Florida
and Treasurer of the Save Our Seafood Committee, contends that there
was never any intent to deceive. Sansom stated, "We never expected to
make a penny off it. It was to see if Save Our Sealife supporters actually
read their mail or just respond to any ambiguous phrase or image."
Sansom continued by saying, "The main goal was to get this issue off
the sports pages and onto the front page." Sansom feels that the
outdoor and fishing writers that have been handling this issue in most
of the state newspapers have a vested interest in recreational fishing
or are outright supporters of the net ban. He stated, "Florida voters
need to know that there are two sides to this issue." Sansom closed by
stating, "There probably was a better way to get our message in front
of the public, but this is what our consultants advised." Sansom is
satisfied that the mailing controversy has gotten the issue off the
sports pages and in front of the public. On this issue one would have
. to agree with Mr. Sansom. There have been at least twenty-five articles

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and editorials in thirteen different newspapers across the state.
Considering that both sides are using the mailing issue to garner
support there will undoubtably be further articles in the state
In a press release on 3 May 1994, Chairman of the Save Our Sealife
Committee Karl Wickstrom, Save Our Sealife Executive Director John
Sowinski and Florida Conservation Association Executive Director
Ted Forsgren had the following ,things to say about the Save Our
Seafood mailing. Mr. Wickstrom stated, "They are clearly attempting
to impersonate me and our committee to deceive our supporters into
giving money to them." Mr. Wickstrom's comment is backed up by the
fact tat the Seafood mailing did indeed ask for contributions. Mr.
Sowinski said, "This is an enormous miscalculation on the part of the
commercial net-fishing lobby. By this reprehensible act, they have
proven that they are not worthy of the trust of the voters of our state."
A statement by Mr. Forsgren followed, "For months they've used
deceptive tactics to claim that commercial netting is not decimating
fish stocks and killing hundreds of endangered sea turtles, and now
they pull a stunt that confirms they can'tbe trusted."When interviewed
John Sowinski summed up the issue by saying, "He would not
personally have wanted the mailing to happen but politically it has
been very helpful." He believes that there is nothing that the Save Our
Sealife Committee or FCA could have done thatwould have undermined
voter trust or damaged the commercial netting lobby's credibility more
than what they have done to themselves.
FCA's Save Our Sealife campaign has been very effective. The chances
are very good that the referendum banning the nets will appear on the
November ballot. At the time of this writing FCA had collected 519,000
of the 540,000 signatures it feels it needs.
This entire campaign to go around the state government and put the
issue directly in front of te Florida voters would probably have been
unnecessary if Governor Chiles had heeded the recommendations of
the Florida Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) in October of 1992.
The seven-memberMFC did it's own studies independent of recreational
or commercial interests. Their finding was that the mullet fishery was
indeed struggling. MFC made recommendations for temporary
emergency mullet regulations. Those recommendations included a
partial closure of the mullet fishery during the breeding season. Their
one month open one month closed format for the four months of the
breeding season was designed to guarantee at least fifty percent of the
adult mullet would get to spawn without any recreational or commercial
fishing pressure. In addition MFC proposed further restrictions on net
size and soak times but did not recommend that any particular form
of commercial netting be discontinued. When MFC made their
presentation to the governor, three to four hundred people, mostly
mullet fishermen, processors and their families marched on the
Capitol. Under pressure from this group, Governor Chiles shelved the
entire MFC proposal. Because there were no negotiations or
compromises allowed on MFC's emergency regulations, this became
the first major rallying issue for the then newly formed Save Our Sealife
Committee. The Save Our Sealife Committee from its' inception had
intended to go after the gill-netters. Their work would have been much
harder if the emergency regulations had been passed. Ifthe emergency
regulations had improved the recreational fishing and restored or
increased mullet populations that work would have been next to
With this new rallying point involving the Save Our Seafood mailing,
the Save Our Sealife people feel they now have the momentum to
almost guarantee that the net ban referendum will appear on the
November ballot.
If the FCA sponsored Save Our Sealife referendum appears on the
November ballot and passes, it will become law in July 1995. This will
effectively close the shallow water mullet fishery in Florida for the
foreseeable future. In addition, it will negatively impact the inshore
shrimp trawlers by forcing them to work at least three miles offshore
on the west coast and one mile offshore on the east coast. Laws passed
by referendum are not sub ect to negotiation or compromise. It
appears that any chance of sitting the opposing sides down and
hammering out a comprehensive plan that would increase mullet
stocks and protect the jobs of commercial fishermen and processors.
is past.

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Citizens Unite Against Drugs
Continued from page 1

Officer Holton of the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department
concluded the meeting by stating
that 85 to 90% of all crimes were
drug related. He related that most
criminals were arrested in the
process of buying, selling orusing
illegal drugs. "Most of all
burglaries," assured Holton, "are
a result ofthem (burglars) wanting
to buy drugs." Holton thanked
everyone for participating in the
M.A.D D.A.D.S program and said
that the Franklin County Law
Enforcement could always use
citizen participation "We get five
to seven thousand calls each year
at the Sheriffs Department and
we only have fourteen employees.
Ifyou divide that 14 into the seven
thousand calls....you can see we're
kind of busy."

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By Paul Jones
After more than a decade of planning, the FRANKLIN FIRENET
Emergency Communication System is a reality. FRANKLIN FIRENET
is a sophisticated radio network that links seven (7) volunteer fire
departments strategically located along the entire Franklin County
peninsula, from Apalachicola toAlligator Point, to county and state law
enforcement, fire and emergency medical service agencies.
No longer are Franklin County volunteer fire departments totally'
dependent on telephone lines, beepers and citizen band radios to relay-
and respond to emergency situations. The FRANKLIN FIRENET.
provides for a VHF/UHF linkup type two-way radio system supported;
by powerful console base transceivers and state-of-the-art hand-held
According to Steve Fling, Fire Chief for the Alligator Point and St.
Teresa Volunteer Fire Department, the system will greatly decrease
emergency response time, reduce isolation problems for firefighters
and first responders, and increase coordination of VFD personnel and
material with county and state emergency personnel and equipment,
Chief Fling, who is also the President of the Franklin County United"
Firefighters Association (which oversees the training and administration
of volunteer fire departments in Apalachicola, Bast Point, St. George
Island, Carrabelle, Lanark, Dog Island, and Alligator Point/St. Teresa),
credits Arnie Nesbit, a past president of the Alligator Point/St. Teresa,
Volunteer Fire Department, as being the visionary of this elaborate
emergency support system.
The Alligator Point/St. Teresa Volunteer Fire Department annual fund
raiser blowout is scheduled for July 2nd and 3rd at the Alligator Point'
Fire House. The Flea Market (8 A.M. to 5 P.M.) and food buffet (10 A.M;.
to 8 P.M.) will be held both days, livened up with a parade and "street"
dance on Saturday.
The parade will originate from the Alligator Point Marina around 6 P.M:'
followed by the dance at the fire house at 8 P.M.. The dance will feature
the sounds of the Southern Spirits band.
With the hurricane season upon us, the Franklin County Road
Maintenance Department has prepared ahead of time for further road
erosion. The Department is continuing to build a huge mound of sandy
clay along the right-of-way on County Road 370 just prior to the turn
off to Bald Point. According to officials this reserve of fill material will
be used to counter any erosion along CR 370, especially the portion in,
front of the Alligator Point Campgrounds.


The Honorable P. Kevin Davey
6 June 1994

Compiled by Carole Ann Hawkins
Johnny Barfield: Arrested 10/29/92. Charged with Uttering Worthlesp
Check Over $149; Bond estreated for $1,687.72; Charges dismissed.
TerriAnn Barrs: Arrested 5/21/94. Charged with one count of Grand
Theft, Third Degree and 2 counts of ResistingArrest Without Violence.
No plea entered; Arraignment date set.
Brian Braswell: Arrested 4/19/94. Charged with 1 count of Grand
Theft. Plea of Not Guilty entered by Public Defender, Julius Aulu$.6.
for defendant. Pre-Trial and Trial dates set
Kenneth Marshall Cole, Alias Steve Stevenson: No date of arrest.
Charged with Kidnapping to Facilitate a Felony; Kidnapping of a Child
Under 12 Years of Age; Sexual Battery. Date of alleged offense, 1990.
Attorneys Jay Carney, Ben Watkins will enter pIga of 'Not Guilty,
Defendant free on $50,000 bond; Pr-Trial and Trial dates set.
John P. Dart, Jr.: Arrested 4/26/94. Charged with 1 countofAggrevated
Battery With Deadly Weapon; Pleaded No Contest to Charges;
Adjudicated Guilty; sentenced to 2 years Probation; credit given for
time served prior to sentencing; to pay court costs and to pay $2,783
to David McCullough or Medical Providers.

Mitchell Friddle in shackles (left). Friddle (far right) with
his attorney Julio Aulisio.

Mitchell Friddle: Arrested 2/22/94 and 3/2/94. Charged with Burglary
of Dwelling, Criminal Mischief ($200 to $1,000), Resisting an Officer
Without Violence, Grand Theft. Adjudicated Guilty and Pleaded No
Contest to all charges. Sentenced as an Habitual Felony Offender to
a total of 9 years concurrent on each count; followed by 5 years
probation; 45days reserved for restitution; 107 days credit for time
served prior to sentencing.
Forrest Burch Hayes, Jr.: Arrested 5/18/94. Charged with Attempt
to Escape, a First-Degree Misdemeanor; Pleaded No Contest to Resisting
Arrest Without Violence, Adjudicated Guilty. Sentenced to 6 months
in the Franklin County Jail; 19 days credit given for time served prior
to sentencing. No restitution.
Shawn V. Brown: Arrested 5/9/94. Charged with Aggravated Battery
With a Deadly Weapon; Escape; and DiIsorderly Conduct. Case
Juvenile: Delinquency, Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance.
Adjudicated guilty, placed at Edgar Camp; complete the program and
follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Aggravated Assault With a Deadly Weapon.
Adjudicated Guilty, placedat Edgar Camp; complete the program and
follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Petit Theft. Adjudicated Guilty, placed at
Edgar Camp; complete the program and follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquencies, Burglary of a Structure and Petit Theft.
Adjudicated Guilty, placed at Edgar Camp; complete the program and
follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Trespass on Property. Adjudicated Guilty,
placed at Edgar Camp; complete the program and follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Petty Theft. Adjudicated Guilty, placed at
Edgar Camp; complete the program and follow all rules.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Battery. Adjudication Withheld; appointed a
Public Defender; write 3-page essay on related charge; placed on
-)uhreruile Attorneys Service Program (JASP); 40 hours Community
Service Work; no contact with victim.
Continued on page 4


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Juvenile: Delinquency, Battery. Juvenile present with attorney;
hearing date set.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Grand Theft. Issue Capias (authorization to
arrest); case continued to a later date.
Juvenile: Delinquencies, Burglary of a Structure and Petit Theft.
Issue Capias (authorization to arrest); case continued to a later date.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Petit Theft. Issue Capias (Authorization to
arrest). case continued to to a later date.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Criminal Mischief. Adjudication Withheld.
Present with attorney. Referred to 30 hours Community Service Work,
summer school attendance; curfew; write a letter of apology to victim;
substance abuse treatment.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Battery. Issue Capias (authorization to arrest)
for Failure to Appear.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Burglary of Conveyance. Enter plea of Not
Guilty; send notice; case continued to a later date.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Trespass on Property After Warning. Juvenile
present with attorney; enter Denial; hearing date set.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon.
Issue Capias (authorization to arrest); withdraw Capias, Order to
Show Cause; Failure to Appear.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Assault on School Employee. Issue Capias
(authorization to arrest) for Failure Appear.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Trespass After Warning. Juvenile present,
appointed Public Defender; hearing date set.
Juvenile: Delinquency, Assault. Juvenile present with attorney. Non-
Jury Trial; hearing date set.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Arrested 5/8/94, Charged with Attempted
Burglary of a Structure. Public Defender Julius Aulislo entered No
Contest plea; Adjudicated Guilty to violating probation, sentenced to
90 days in Franklin County Jail with credit for 30 days served prior to
sentencing; Arraignment date set.
Randal Thomas Hudson: Arrested 5/4/94. Charged with Attempted
First Degree Murder and Attempted Arm Robbery With a Deadly
Weapon. Pleaded Not Guilty; Pre-Trial and Trial dates set.
Carl Lee Johns: Arrested 5/4/94. Charged with Sexual Battery by
Some Force. No information filed, victim recanted. Case dismissed by
State Attorney's Office.
Clifford E. Jones: Arrested 5/13/94. Charged with Aggravated Assault
With A Deadly Weapon. Pleaded Not Guilty; Defendant will obtain his
own attorney; Pre-Trial date set.
William Harley Jones: Arrested 9/29/93. Charged with Aggravated
Battery With a Deadly Weapon. Restitution made; charges dismissed.
Gerald H. Kent, Jr.: Arrested 3/28/94. Charged with Aggravated
Battery. Will Plead Not Guilty; Pre-Trial date set.
John Anthony Lee, Jr.: Arrested 5/21/94. Charged with Interference
With Custody. Victim and Parents requested charges be dismissed.
Raymond B. Lockley: Arrested 4/16/94. Charged with Attempted
Murder and Possession of Firearm. Trial date set. Entered plea of Not
Barry Martina: Arrested 4/30/94. Charged with Grand Theft of Motor
Vehicle, Third Degree Felony, and Driving Under the Influence, Second
Degree Misdemeanor. Pleaded No Contest to both counts; Adjudicated
Guilty; advised of Right to Appeal the DUI Charge; sentenced to 6
months in Franklin County Jail; can get 38 days credit for time served
prior to sentencing if qualified for in-house Treatment Program; 2-year
Probation With Conditions; complete Residential Treatment Program,
Including Aftercare Program. Sentence of 6 months concurrent.
Tony Ray Nowling: No Date ofArrest. Charged with Battery on Person
65 Years ofAge; Defendant not present in court; will plead Not Guilty;
Public Defender, Julius Aulislo; Pre-Trial date set.
Felicia L. Pugh: Arrested 5/13/94. Charged with Inciting, Encouraging
a Riot. Entered Plea of No Contest to Disorderly Conduct; Adjudicated
Guilty; Sentenced to 6 months Probation with 1 day credit given for
time served prior to sentencing.
Reginald Rhodes: Arrested 5/3/94. Charged with Possession of
Controlled Substance. Motion to Suppress Evidence Hearing and Trial
dates set.
Timmie Richardson: No Date of Arrest. Charged With Uttering
Worthless Check Over $149; Made Restitution; State to file Nolle
Prosse (Dismiss Case).
Fred A. Sawyer: Arrested 4/19/94. Charged with Grand Theft. Entered
plea of No Contest, Adjudicated Guilty; Sentenced to 1 week in the
Franklin County Jail, 18 months Probation; Defendantwas to turn self
in by specified date and time.
Anthony V. Thornton: No Date of Arrest. Charged with Failure to
Appear; entered plea of No Contest, Adjudicated Guilty; sentenced to
18 days in the Franklin County Jail, concurrent with another case; 6
months Probation; 18 days credit given for time served prior to
Eugene Wheeler, Jr.: Arrested 5/5/94. Charged with Throwing Deadly
Missle; Aggravated BatteryWith a Deadly Weapon; AggravatedAssauIt
With a Deadly Weapon; Burglary With Assault Therein. No Plea
Entered; was not present for hearing; came in later in the day and was
ordered Held Without Bond.
Charles A. Anderson: Arrested 11/29/93. Charged with Burglary of
Dwelling; Entered plea of No Contest to Burglary of Structure,
Adjudicated Guilty, sentenced to 1 year Probation; no alcohol or drug
use permitted; random urinary Analysis (UAS); successfully complete
Substance Abuse Program.
Steve Wayne Beebe: Arrested 3/20/94, Charged with Burglary of
Conveyance; Criminal Mischief, ($200 to $1,000); Petit Theft, Second
Offense. ,
Edward Wayne Campbell: Arrested 3/29/94, Charged with Aggravated
Assault With Deadly Weapon. Motion to Dismiss denied; Trial date set.
Robert C. Estes: Arrested 1/25/94. Charged with Driving Under the
Influence; Leaving Scene of Accident With Serious Injuries; Willful,
Wantonful Reckless Driving. Attorney Edward S. Stafman not present;
Hearing date set.

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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 flresafety statutes and administrative rules.
This is the second "note" regarding firesafety standards by Bil
Sutton, in the interest of clarifying the "state of regulatory" problems
and firesafety issues in Franklin County.

Anthony V. Thornton: Arrested 1/27/94. Charged with Dealing
Stolen Property. Entered plea of No Contest to charge of Petty Theft;
Adjudicated Guilty, placed on probation for 6 months with 18 days
credit for time served prior to sentencing; make restitution of $40 to
Mary Mullins; pay Court Costs; 6 months Probation to run concurrent.
Catherine Tucker: Arrested 2/24/94. Charged with Dealing Stolen
Property. Continuance, Non-Jury Trial date set; Charges will be
dropped if Restitution made.
Michael Shane Aiday: Arrested 3/31/94. Charged with Burglary,
Third Degree; Criminal Mischief; Grand Theft, Third Degree. Evidentiary
Hearing; Ordered to Pay Restitution of $646 to Linda Hewitt, owner of
Linda's Trading Post, Carrabelle.
Robert C. Estes: Arrested 9/11/91. Charged with Sexual Battery
With Deadly Weapon and False Imprisonment Entered plea of Not
Ernest Edward Cox: Arrested 3/10/94 and 3/14/94. Charged with
Sexual Battery Upon a Child. Various Motions Granted. Entered plea
of Not Guilty; Pre-Trial and Trial dates will be determined at a later
Karen K. Gandy: Arrested 3/26/93. Charged with Battery; Driving
Under the Influence; and DrivingWhile License Suspended orRestricted.
Denial Hearing date set. Charged with Violation of Sections 13 and 14
of Probation, Failure to Pay Court Costs.
Joyce Marie Hendels: Arrested 6/11/94. Charged With Battery;
Violation of Parole. Entered plea of Not Guilty; Admitted Violation of
Parole, sentenced to 90 days in the Franklin County Jail with 30 days
credit for time served prior to sentencing. /
Alvin Wade Marks: Arrested 5/28/93. Charged with Battery; Violating
Sections 1 and 3 of Probation; Hearing date set for Violation of
William Earl Riley: Arrested 1/1i4/93. Charged with Burglary of a
Structure; Petit Theft, First Offense; Burglary of a Structure; Criminal
Mischief under $200. Hearing for Violation of Parole date set.
Thomas C. Tarantino: Arrested 5/23/94. Charged with Uttering a
Forged Instrument (2 Counts); Violation of Parole; Probation Revoked;
Sentenced to 60 days in the Franklin County Jail with 15 days credit
for time served prior to sentencing; put on new probationary terms; 2
years probation; held in Franklin County Jail until bed available at
Natural Bridge Recovery Program; Random UrinaryAnalysis Samples;
completion of Aftercare Program.
Patricia Gayle Wood:Arrested 2/19/94. Charged with Battery; Pre-
Trial and Trial dates set.

Knights Recognize
Adult Literacy
By Lisa More
The Franklin CountyPublic Library Board
met 20 Juneatthe Eastpoint Library. Two
highlighted presentations would be of Dr. Hobson Fulmer D.V.M.
benefit to the adult literacy program. H n Fmer D.V.M.
Hwy. 98 West
FranklinCountyCommissioner, EdTolliver, P.O. Box 685
appeared at the advisory meeting Eastpoint, FL 32328
representing the Knights of Colombus.
Tolliverpresented literacycoordinator, Jane 670-8306 Office
Cox of the Franklin County Adult Reading 927-2510 Residence
Program (FCARP) with a $600 donation
and assured continued support of the
literacy program.
Jane Cox announced additional support of
literacy efforts in Franklin County. Cox G e
stated that a Federal Grant received final
approval $75,000 for Franklin County and
is specificallyintended foradditional literacy
services such as upgrading computer
software and contributing to teen outreach
programs. Federal grants do not, however,
provide funding for the basic operating
needs of a literacy program.
Preliminary plans for establishing literacy
centers inApalachicola and Carrabelle need
to be considered by the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program before 1 August.
The Franklin County Library Board will
meet again on Monday, 18 July at the
Carrabelle branch of the Franklin County
Library at 1p.m. Start bv

Listeners in this area can tune in
to 104.5 FM and pick up the same
programming heard on the news
and information station 88.9 FM.
The new translator provides
coverage in a 7 mile radius of
county with 250 watts of power.
"We are looking to improve our
broadcast service in the
communities in and around
Tallahassee," says station
manager Caroline Austin. "Our / -
listeners have kept us informed
about their community' need for
a clearer signal and we are working Tuesday- Saturday
to make those improvements." 9:30-5:30

Aia tio)w Un*.CtU, a.| v. DA:rmUen of5ft asM tICI JafnreCfarer anU
DepartmentofBusiness Reaulation (Case No. 91-3539, SecondJudicial
Circuit 1991), however, the distinction between PLEswith construction
contracts let after September 30, 1983, and those with construction
contracts let prior to October 1, 1983, has effectively been eliminated
from section 509.215. With this in mind, the sprinkler system
requirements for PLEs with construction contracts let prior to
January 1, 1994 are as follows:
(1) PLEs less than three stories in height do not require
sprinkler systems;
(2) For PLEs that are at least three stories, but less than 75 feet,
in height, the following standards apply:
(a) If the PLE has interior corridors with direct access from
the guest area to an exterior means of egress, the PLE is
not required to have a sprinkler system.
(b) If the PLE has interior corridors that do not have direct
access from the guest area to an exterior means of egress,
the building must be equipped with an automatic sprinkler
system installed in compliance with National Fire
Protection Association Standard 13;
(3) PLEs over 75 feet in height must be equipped with an automatic
sprinkler system installed in compliance with National Fire.
Protection Association Standard 13.
Moreover, section 509.215(7) states that the Division of State Fire
Marshal shall adopt rules necessary for the implementation and
enforcement of this law. The State Fire Marshal has implemented
this law through Rule Chapter 4A-43, Florida Administrative Code
("Uniform Fire Safety Standards for Transient Public Lodging
A review of the PLE firesafety laws reveals that much emphasis is
placed on the date a construction contract is "let." While the term "let"
may be subject to interpretation, the phrase "date the construction
contract is let" is defined in Rule 4A-43.004(3) as the date the permit
is issued to begin construction. In essence, this definition eliminates
any ambiguity associated with the use of the term "let" as it pertains
to the construction of PLEs.

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The laws pertaining to firesafety in Public Lodging Establishments
("PLEs") are found in three separate chapters of the Florida laws:
Chapters 509, 553 and 633. Florida Statutes section 633.022,
entitled "Uniform firesafety standards," states that the Department of
Insurance shall establish uniform firesafety standards for: (1) all new,
existing, and proposed state-owned and state-leased buildings; and (2)
those buildings specifically named in section 633.022(1)(b), which
includes transient public lodging establishments. Moreover, section
633.022 provides that the State Fire Marshal shall be the final
administrative interpreting authority for the uniform firesafety
standards, and that such interpretations shall constitute final
, agency action.
One of the most critical issues involving PLE firesafety standards is the
automatic sprinkler system requirement. A survey of the laws
concerning PLE firesafety standards (i.e. sprinkler system requirements)
indicates that PLEs are separated according to the date the construction
contract of the building was let Specifically, PLEs are distinguished as
follows: (1) PLEs with construction contracts let after January 1, 1994;
and (2) PLEs with construction contracts let prior to January 1, 1994.
For those PLEs in the former category, Florida Statutes section
553.895(2) provides that any building, except single- and two-family
dwellings, which is of three stories or more shall be equipped with an
automatic sprinkler system (if the construction contract for the
building is let after January 1, 1994). Section 553.895(2), which
became law on May 15, 1993, specifically states that buildings subject
to section 509.215 (which are, in effect, PLEs that are three stories or
more with construction contracts let after January 1, 1994) shall be
equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. Section 509.215, entitled
"Firesafety," is found in Part I of Chapter 509, which covers public
lodging and public food service establishments.
For those PLEs with construction contracts let prior to January 1,
1994, the firesafety requirements with respect to sprinkler systems are
found in section 509.215. Given the decision of FloridaHotel and Motel
Association. et al.. v. Department of Insurance and Treasurer and

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Big Bend Classic Results

Black Seabass
1st: John (III) Smit 1-8.30
2nd: Brandon Poole 1-2.20
3rd: Michael Willis 1-1.80
1st: Blake Garoner 0-3.00
2nd: Michael Willis 0-5.20
3rd: Cody Sewell 0-3.50
1st: Larrt Wayne Golden 4-3.50
2nd: Crystal Hall 1-9.60
3rd: Casey Strickland 1-0.90
Gafftop Sailcat
1st: Blake Daffln, Jr. 6-6.50
2nd: Robbie Jenkins 5-14.00
3rd: Tawny Holmes 5-9.00
1st: Chad Smit 15-3.00
2nd: John (III) Smit 14-12.50
3rd: Chad Oxendine 12-5.50
1st: Brittney Herndon 1-9.70
2nd: Roy Thompson 0-8.50
3rd: ----------
Spanish Mackerel
1st: Strickland Blake 4-10.90
2nd: Chad Oxendine 3-12.00
3rd: Larrt Wayne Golden 3-9.10

Speckled Trout
Ist: Michael Andrew
2nd: Casey Strickland
3rd: Bobby Hanway
1st: Mason R. Brabham
2nd: Blake Garoner
3rd: Chad Oxendine



1st: Team MacFish 24-12.00
(Mickey Saunders)
2nd: Harry A's Tavern 21-1.00
(Rusty Rafnel)
3rd: Never Enough 20-14.00
(Scott Rich)
1st: Never Enough 21-3.50
(Pat McLeod)
2nd: Survivors Island Bait
and Tackle 18-5.00
(A. William Irvine)
3rd: - - - - -
1st: Team MacFish 9-14.50
(Bert Saunders)
2nd: Parrothead
Fishing Team 2-5.60
(Dan Ausley)
3rd: ----------
1,st. Jacksons Big Bend.
. Outfitters 2-3.80
(Lamar Munroe)
2nd: Associated Services
and Supplies, Inc. 1-10.20
(Jeff Alford)
3rd: Survivors Island Bait
and Tackle 0-15.20
(Don Piotrowski)

1st: Jacksons Big Bend
Outfitters 6-4.00
(Dennett H. Jackson)
2nd: Survivors Island Bait
and Tackle 4-13.20
(A. William Irvine)
3rd: Paul's Plumbing, Inc. 4-1.70
(Paul Osterbye)
Ist:Harry A's Tavern29-2.50
Rusty Rafnel
2nd:The Pelican Innl2-8.00
Christie Renn
3rd:Calico Jacks l0-9.50
Tony Belcher

Speckled Trout
1st: Jacksons Big Bend
(Lamar Munroe)
2nd: Hobart/Burch
(Chris Faris)



3rd: - - - ---
King Mackerel
1st: Survivors Island Bait
and Tackle 18-7.00
(Don Piotrowski)
2nd: Jacksons Big Bend
Outfitters 16-9.00
(Geri Eaton)
3rd: Harry A's Tavern 13-8.00
(Don Callahan)

Spanish Mackerel
1st: Jacksons Big Bend
(Lamar Munroe)
2nd: Eastside Marios
(Steve Brewer)


3rd: --------- -
1st: Team MacFish 24-0.00
(Don Parr)
2nd: -- --------
3rd: ------
1st: Mickey Saunders 24-12.00
2nd: Donnie Parr 22-8.50
3rd: William M.
Bartodziej 21-12.00
1st: William M.
Bartodziej 29-5.50
2nd: Frank Cox 27-10.50
3rd: Bob McDaris 27-8.00
1st: Bert Saunders 9-14.50
2nd: Charles Taylor
Noegel, Jr. 7-11.00
3rd: Tim McGalliard 3-13.60
1st: Bob Hoelzle 3-13.70
2nd: Jim Higgins 3-6.00
3rd: HowardNishimoto 3-3.20
1st: Dennett H. Jackson 6-4.00
2nd: Robin L. Bailey 6-3.00
3rd: William H. Wilson, Jr. 6-0.00
1st: Rusty Rafnel 29-2.50
2nd: Michael Beaty 16-4.50
3rd: Don Callahan 14-15.00

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Speckled Trout
1st: Sam Westbrook 6-12.00
2nd: Lamar Munroe 5-1.00
3rd: DayleCoxen 4-6.10
King Mackerel
1st: John Harvell 39-7.50
2nd: Charlie Brabham 37-13.50
3rd: Larry Wilkes 34-4.00
Spanish Mackerel
1st: Ronald Harrigay 6-2.50
2nd: James R. Moore 6-0.00
3rd: Robert Joe Carter 5-6.00
Ist: Kathy Andrews 40-6.50
2nd: Aubrey (III)Michael 37-0.50
3rd: Don Parr 24-0.00

Biggest Speckled Trout
Jim Higgins
Biggest Spanish Mackerel
Bill Sanders
Most Fish
Bill Sanders
Grand-Prize Winner
Bill Sanders
Gene Strickland

1st: Russell Lee
2nd: Don Dowdell
3rd: Dan Hays
4th: Roger Eatman


1st: -
2nd: ---------
3rd: -- - - - -
4th: - - - - -
1st: Roger Eatman 6-15.00
2nd: Don Dowdell 3-12.20
3rd: -
4th: - - - - -
1st: Stan Grant 34-2.50
2nd: Russell Lee 21-13.50
3rd: Don Dowdell 16-7.50
4th: John Law 15-11.50

King Mackerel
1st: Russell Lee
2nd: Dan Hays
3rd: Stan Grant
4th: Roger Eatman
1st: Stan Grant
2nd: Roger Eatman
3rd: John Law




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King Mackerel
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Spanish Mackerel
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Workers To

Get Small


By Rene Topping
The city of Carrabelle is a city
operating in the black and
planning to stay that way. So said
the city budget planners, Charles
Lee Daniels and Mary Lou Mathes
and Carrabelle City
Commissioners at their first
1994-5 budget workshop held
22 June. There was also some
good news for city workers who
are being promised a 3 per cent
across the board raise plus a 2 per
cent incentive raise. The incentive
raise will be on recommendation
of the commissioner whc is in
charge of each department.
The total budget estimated by city
staff, for the 1994-5 is calculated
at $487,200. Expenses for the
running of city hall are estimated
as $100,340. This includes some
funding for library, senior citizens
and for animal control. This year
the city was asked to increase
money for the library and animal
control by a small amount. Anne
Lindsey spoke for the Franklin
County Public Library asking for
a small increase. She cited the
fact that over 1,136 library cards
have been issued between the two
branches, one in Eastpoint and
one in Carrabelle. There are
presently 546 library cards Issued
in Carrabelle.
Law enforcement will cost
$120,530 and there was some
discussion of hiring one more
police officer. The total cost of an
officer would be estimated at
$25,000 per year which includes
all benefits such retirement,
insurance and health plan. The
city said that would only be
possible if there is an increase in
. The Fire Department budget this
year will be estimated at $28,290.
The department has a carry over
in the County and capital outlay
funds of $17,500. The fire
department is an all volunteer
department and members do not
receive salary, although the city
shows appreciation with a $3,000
amount that gives the members a
small Christmas bonus.
The Street and Road Department
which includes the kiddie park,
will operate on an $84,600 budget.
Commissioner Buz Putnal talked
about the possibility of sometime
getting a small street sweeper.
Water and Sewer operates as a
separate part of the budget and
there income of $314,700.
Commissioner Jim Phillips said
that the department was almost
The recreation departmentbudget
which includes maintenance of
the Community Center is set at
$4,600. The city receives income
of $75. per month as rent from the
library which goes towards
There was some discussion on the
apparent discrepancy between the
census numbers and the numbers
that could be counted from
electrical and water and sewer
hook-ups. Phillips said that the
latter figures would give Carrabelle
a population of about 1,800 as
compared to the 1,200 or so in the
census. The census figures show
a slight decrease from the 1980
Continued on page 8

Waterfront, Continued from page 7
The rain brought out the worst in a lot of people. Jerry laughed as he
recounted how he'd been "chewed out" the night before by a man who
ran him down at Harry's Bar demanding to know what he was to do
with the six donkeys he had with him. Jerry said he didn't even know
what donkey's eat, "let alone where to put them!" But a place was
found, and lots of children were having a good time Saturday afternoon
'riding the donkeys, as the animals plodded 'round and 'round their
little circle, looking bored and with an expression that seemed to ask,
"Why me, Lord?"
Jerry said he and other committee members got a little excited when
he told them that none of them could die until Monday, when the
festival would be all over. Then. he said he remembered they all had

to attend a board of directors' meeting Monday night to set up the
committee for the 1995 festival, so he said he told them they couldn't
die until Tuesday.
I left Marine Street briefly and ducked into Linda's Trading Post where
I purchased a rain suit. Never mind that it was an X-Large. I was tired
of trying to maneuver the umbrella, which I tossed into the back seat
of my car on mywayback to the action, thoroughly drenched. I stopped
and chatted with Evelyn and Kenneth Adams who drove in from
Albany, Georgia. "We're not going to leave, we're going to stick it out,"
they said, adding that they had left things before and had they "stuck
it out" they would've made money. The Adams have spent time in
Carrabelle in the past, fishing, but this time they were set up to sell
mats headed with male and female names and the Biblical meaning of
each name printed beneath, saying that they had discovered 1300
different spellings of various first names since they began their work.
On down the stream, uh....street, "hidin' from the rain," he said, was
Don Lewis, all the way from Eustis, Florida, displaying his wares of
oak, pecan, and elm "collapsible" bowls. Lewis said he came for a show
and intended to stay, and added that tomorrow night would be
beautiful. "This is Florida!" he exclaimed. "M-m-m-m-h-m-m-m," I
mumbled, pushing the rain cap a little further back on my head
because the rain drops were falling from the cap in a steady flow all over
my tablet.
Next I ran into Vickie Neal, who said she was from Zephyr Hills, Florida
(north of Tampa), enroute to Massachusetts, (Cape Cod) for the
summer. She plans to return to Florida in the winter. Now, as for what
she was doing in Carrabelle Saturday, we'll have to wait untilWaterfront
'95 to find out, because I forgot to ask her. Further down the midway,
I met Edna Fussell and her daughter, Carol Simmons, wrapping up
their ceramics to protect them from the rain.
Things perked up about 10:15 A.M. when Lynn Hankins grabbed the
microphone on-stage, told everyone she sure hoped she didn't "light up
like a Christmas tree," what with all the water, electrical wires, and
equipment she was straddling, then began to belt out, "I Saw the Light
In Your Window Tonight." Lynn was obviously a crowd favorite.
I looked around in time to see Sheriff Roddenberry escorting Times
reporter Debra Buckhalter our way. (This could be a scoop, I thought!)
Turns out they were heading for the Gumbo Cookoff tent where 18
crockpots were being placed on a table for judges Sheriff Roddenberry;
Joe Butler, President of Gulf State Bank; Chuck Spicer, Publisher of
Coastline; and OYSTER anchor-man Michael Allen to smell, stir, and
taste the contents of each container of gumbo, then decide which was
the best. This took some time. Finally, the announcement was made.
First Place Winner was Gina Millender, Second Place went to Tom and
MaryAnn Shields, Third Place was captured by Jean DePriest, Fourth
Place went to Bruce Loomis, Greg Daniels walked away with Fifth
Place, Sixth Place winner was Janelyn Holton, and Seventh Place
honoree was Barbara Kurtz.
Around 12 Noon or thereafter, my rain-jacket off and hanging on my
arm by now, for the rain had stopped, I decided to head home for
awhile, passing smiling, familiar faces along the way back to my car.
Chronicle Reporter Rene Topping was cuddling a baby kitten in the
Animal Shelter area. Advertising Representative for the Chronicle,
Betty Roberts, told me later in the afternoon that the Shelter had taken
in about $200 for the day. Jane Cox and Carolyn Sparks, with the
Literacy Program, had every reason to be smiling; they'd learned
Friday, 17 June, that the WINGS program had received approval of a
$75,000 grant. I ran into my bosses, Chronicle Publisher, Tom Hoffer
and newly-named Chronicle Editor/Manager, Brian Goercke, as they
chatted with Chronicle Advertising Representative Will Morris. I waved
good-bye, drove home, and discovered my husband, David, pacing
back and forth, with a scowl on his face, at the driveway entrance to
our home. I had unknowingly taken his car keys with me when I'd left
early that morning. I entered my home, a little tired but with a good
feeling inside. I knew by then that Waterfront Festival was going to be
a success this year. Maybe not money-wise; but otherwise, the
community had come together again. What's the old saying, "When the
going gets tough, the tough get going?" Something like that.
I figured I had accomplished about all I could for the day; and besides,
my two bosses could probably handle the rest of the day. I grabbed a
hot cup of coffee, kicked off my wet tennis shoes, changed from my wet
blue jeans and T-shirt into shorts, then eased my head onto the back
of the sofa so that I'd be sure to get the foam cervical collar in the right
position around my neck. The doctor had given it to me Thursday
afternoon when he told me I had "Wry-neck. (Have you ever! I never
heard of it, and I don't like the sound of it.) He was right that the collar
would help ease the contracted muscles in my neck, but he was wrong
that healing was two weeks away. I closed my eyes and relaxed on that
still-wet Saturday afternoon, and all I could see were the people, the
places, and the things I'd just left back on Marine Street. I was, for
some reason, reminded of a Bible verse, "The wind blows where it will,
and no one knows where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with
the Spirit."








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Rick Taylor's Astro-Tables showyou the best days and times
of day to fish and hunt, based on the ever-changing positions
of the sun and moon.

* The "Today's Potential" column rates each day's relative
strength on a sliding scale of 0 to 100. The higher the
number (see "Value" column or black bars), the more you
can expect fish and game activity on that day.

* The "Today's Best Periods" section tells you the best times
of each day to go. The "Primary" column under "Lunar
Times" means the moon is passing overhead at that time,
and the "Secondary" column means it is underfoot. Since
the sun's key cycles change much slower than the moon's.
its best times are averaged out for the month and posted at
the bottom of the table (see "Solar Times"). This does not
mean, however, that the sun's value is less than the moon's.

* Depending on various cycles of the sun and the moon,
activity periods can be as short as 30 minutes or as long as
3-1/2 hours.

* The Astro-Tables were researched at a leading college of
astrophysics. Annual data is supplied by the U. S. Naval

* All times are adjusted to the center of your time zone and
for daylight-saving time.

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SUN 10
MON 11
TUE 12
WED 13
THU 14
FRI 15
SAT 16

SUN 24
MON 25
TUE 26
WED 27
THU 28
FRI 29
SAT 30
SUN 31

Time Height Mean
PLACE High Low High Low Mean Diurnal Tide
Water Water Water Water Level

Gulf Coast-
Time meridian, 75 W
St George Sound
Dog Island, west end . . . .
Carrabelle. Carrabelle River ....
St George Island. East End ..
St. George Island. Rattlesnake Cove
St George Island. 12th St. W (Bayside)
St. George Island. Sikes Cut .
Apalachicola Bay
Cat Point
Apalachicola . .
Lower Anchorage .. . . .
W est Pass ....... . .... .

h m h m fl ft

.0 06
+0 06
+1 19
+1 32
+1 27
+2 44
-2 09
+2 17

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-- 1.9
-- 2.2
- 2.2
- 2.2
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- 1.5
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...On The Waterfront

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Early Saturday morning, 18 June, heavy rain falling, thunder, lightning.
What a wonderful sound. We needed a good rain. But why today of al
days? And why last night of all nights? I headed into town hoping I'd
be able to find an umbrella somewhere and probably a raincoat, too.
My "holey" umbrella lay in the floorboard near the back seat, where it's
been since my dog, Noah, chewed the top center out of it. I hung on to
it thinking I'd get another when I thought of it and use this one in an
emergency. But I meant a small emergency, not the torrential downpour
that was going on.
A Waterfront Festival vendor representing the Florida Lottery told me
later on in the morning that Floridians never call what was falling out
of the sky "rain". She said it was "liquid sunshine" that woke everybody
up that morning. I liked that! I wish I'd asked her what we are to call
the loud, thudding booms that rumbled noisily, following the bright
flashes and streaks of light that darted around the skies.
I saw Sheriff Warren Roddenberry sitting at the "head table" by the old
Florida Power building. I asked him if he thought the festival would
have to be called off. "No," he said, "it wouldn't be called off. It's do or
die," Roddenberry said firmly. I smiled, trying to adjust my big, new,
red, white and blue umbrella that I'd picked up from Julia, down at the
Flea Market on Hwy. 98. It's hard to take notes when rain is splattering
down on your note pad. It's even worse when you finally find a dry page
only to discover that your ball point pen won't write. And by the time
you get it to spit out a little ink, the page is wet again.
I walked across the street and chatted with Damon Krongold, who'd
driven 400 miles from Venice, to set up his stand to sell home-made
jewelry. But Krongold was not setting up his stand. He was dismantling
it. He said that, in essence, he and his wife, Suzanne, could set up, but
a crowd doesn't walk around in the rain. The rain itself doesn't deter
the vendor, Krongold said, adding that operating the stand cost him
about a $100 per day and there was no reimbursement for traveling
to Carrabelle. But he was very pleasant about the whole thing. "It's a
nice little town," he said. What a pleasant surprise it was later when
I saw that he had decided to stay after all.

The next person I ran into was Chamber of Commerce President Jerry
Adams, who said he'd been on the site since 7 A.M. Most of the vendors
who'd decided to leave hung around until about 9:30 A.M. before they
elected to forego the festival-this year because of the rain, forfeiting the
$35 fee to set up their stand. Jerry already knew some money was
going to be lost this year, as did everyone, but he also knew, as did
everyone, that it was nobody's fault. "Several people worked their little
ears off for nothing at all," he said, namely, Susan Creek, Jack and
Jean DePriest and Carole Adams.
I told Jerry that a vendor had said the Chamber needed to be cautioned
that a permanent site for the craft show should be decided on, because
this year was the fourth time the site had been changed and that the
person had said that "vendors won't come back" ifthis keeps happening.
Hopefully, all vendors who didn't hang around long enough to see the
sun smile through the clouds later in the day will find out that Marine
Street is the permanent site for the festival. The Chamber invested
about a thousand dollars in permanent utility poles on the site,
specifically for this and all future Waterfront Festivals. Other non-
permanent items that ran into expenses this year include the dumpsters
and the portable toilets. Continued on page 5

4-H Marine Adventure
Camp Is Just Around
The Corner

The Franklin County Extension
Office wants you to know that the

annual 4-H Marine Camp for
youth between the ages of 10 to 14
years of age will be held 1-5
August 1994 at Camp Tmpoochee
near Nioeville, Floida in Okaloosa
The cost of the camp is $130 per
person and promises to be even
more exciting than last year's
program. Space is limited and last
year's camp filled up early. So, if
youare interested in attendingthis
year's Marine Adventure Camp
contact Bill Mahan at 653-9337
at the County Extension Office as
soon as possible.



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Carrabelle Medical Center

A Marine Street Landmark

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The building that houses the Carrabelle Medical Center on Marine
Street is a familiar landmark to long-time local residents. For many
years, the same office space was used by the late Dr. George L. Sands,
Jr., who died in October 1988. Interior remodeling has resulted in a
larger waiting room and an additional examination room. The Carrabelle
Medical Center (CMC), owned by North Florida Medical Centers, Inc.
(NFMC), has occupied the site for the past six years under the direction
of medical director Leslie D. Wilson, M.D. Most of the services at CMC
are administered by Stephen M. Quintero, M.D., and Richard J. "Jim"
Wilson, Physician Assistant. (Jim Wilson is not related to Dr. Leslie
Wilson.) Prior to Dr. Quintero's arrival, Lee Wilson and his wife, Vicari
S. Irwin-Wilson, both M.D.s, provided medical services to the community
for about a year, but now spend most of their time at the Bristol office.
Dr. Quintero spends most of his time in the Carrabelle office, but he
also sees patients in NFMC offices located in Liberty and Wakulla
counties. Gulf County is also served by NFMC.
Medical services offered at the Carrabelle center include acute care,
health maintenance, prevention, family planning, minor surgeries,
electrocardiograms, blood and other types of laboratory analyses, and
education. The Carrabelle Medical Center is also a selected teaching
and training site for medical students from Florida State University
and the University of Florida. On any given day, a male or female
student mayaccompanyDr. Quintero or Jim Wilson into the examining
rooms to meet patients and observe the diagnostic and treatment
Men and women are in the process of being trained to provide on-site
X-Rays at CMC. Dr. Quintero said that X-Ray equipment is already at
the center. Dr. Lee Wilson said that if a grant he plans to apply for this
year is approved, CMC may have a full-service dental clinic by next
year. Dental services are available now at NFMC's Wewahitchka office
and is accessible to all its Franklin County patients.
Dr. Quintero and JimWilson make house calls to patients who are bed-
ridden and unable to come to the office. A 24-hour answering service
is provided for emergencies or serious illnesses that occur when the
office is closed.
CMC uses a sliding fee scale, and the cost of services is determined by
a family's or individual's total annual income. The Federal Poverty
Guidelines are used as the basis for determining the fee. All medical
centers owned by NFMC qualify as Federally Qualified Health Centers,
a status created by legislation that provides additional benefits for
patients for services that are not covered at other public or private
providers, including routine physical, pap smears, and psychological
and social work services. CMC accepts Medicaid, assignment of
Medicare, and private insurance. Patients who have no insurance, or
whose insurance will not cover all charges, can make arrangements to
establish a payment plan. "No one has ever been turned away for any
reason," Dr. Quintero said. "We treat everyone the same, regardless of
insurance status."
Patients always have a choice to see the doctor or the physician
assistant, and according to Dr. Quintero, there are three things that
make a good provider: personality, experience, and knowledge, and the
doctor added that "There are some things that schools can't teach."
Quintero said that his physician assistant, Wilson, reviews. patient
cases "every day, at least twice a day, every patient he encounters,
every discussion." If the doctor is not in the office, Wilson, who was
recently licensed by the State of Florida for prescriptive practice,
reviews patient cases with another available M.D. Wilson said he
always introduces himself to patients as a physician assistant. "Jim is
well-trained and goes by the book," Dr. Quintero said.
Other CMC employees, all from Carrabelle, are medical assistants
Beverly Millender and Lisa Hogan (Hogan attends nursing school at
Tallahassee Community College); office manager and bookkeeper,
Dottie Lee; and receptionist Catherine Mock.
Dr. Quintero emphasized that CMC is not a private office, but is a nL
for-profit community health center governed by local people, some of
whom live in Franklin County and some in the other, above-mentioned
counties. NFMC's voluntary board of directors are not M.D.s and not
medical people, but are picked "from all walks of life," and many are
patients. The board meets once a month to address the needs of the
"Within the facilities, CMC is a board-certified family practice, not to
be confused with general practice," Quintero said. CMC provides
services in areas that include gynecology, pediatrics, and geriatrics.
One of the goals of NFMC and all its participating community medical
centers, including the Carrabelle Medical Center, is to offer
comprehensive primary and preventive health-care services in an
effort to reduce many unnecessary, inappropriate and expensive
utilizations of hospital emergency rooms, "and those who benefit most
are the patients who have found a medical home within their community
medical center. For many of them, the only accessible and affordable
entry into a comprehensive health-care delivery system is through
their community center."
As part of the NFMC system, the Carrabelle Medical Center fits the
criteria of being "accessible and comprehensive and focuses on
medical management of the patient rather than 'crisis-oriented'

Franklin County Board of

County Commissioners

Department Head Reports

By Carol Ann Hawkins

St. George Island resident Pst
Morrison told County Engineer
Joe Hamilton that Gulf Beach
Drive West 18 "awfully dangerous"
because striping of the center lines
has not been completed. Hamilton
told Morrison that the Board has
set aside funds in the next budget
year to buy a striping machine for
the county. Hamilton said he has
advertised bids several time for a
striping contractor to come in and
stripe county roads, but said
there not much money in that
type of job and he's had no
response. Morrison said that
Bayshore Drive, which was
recently paved, has been stiped
with a center line and white line,
and Hamilton said that part of the
last paving contract he made
required the contractor to stripe.
Morrison told Hamilton that the
contract should have required that
Gulf Beach Drive West also be

striped. Jim Mosconis assured
Morrison that the Board is aware
of the problem concerning Gulf
Beach. Drive West.
County Planner Alan Pierce
reported that the county ball
complex site has been too wet for
him to do crude surveying, but
Pierce said this is his next step in
the protect. Pierce also said the
timber will probably be cut
because it is too small and young
to be of any monetary value.
Pierce asked the board for a clear
direction on that action he or the
Board needs to take on what he
called an "on-going controversy
on St. George Island involving at
least one, If not more, signs on the
county right-of-way. Pierce was
given authorization by the Board
to go to the site with the road
department and clear the area of
signs after the reading of a
Franklin County Zoning Code
which stated: "Signs shal not be



Two Different Sources

Provide Family Medical

Care in Carrabelle

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Medical services for families and individuals who live in or near the
city of Carrabelle are available from two different sources, the
Carrabelle Medical Center on Marine Street, owned by North
Florida Medical Centers, Inc., and the Riverview Medical Center on
Highway 98, affiliated with Emerald Coast Hospital in Apalachicola
and soon to come under the ownership of Provident Medical
Corporation. We have talked to doctors and physician assistants of
both medical facilities in an effort to help the community be more
aware of the medical care that is now available and to also inform
residents in the area of future medical services.

Riverview Medical Center

Joins ECH Network

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Riverview Medical Center in Carrabelle, a qualified Rural Health Clinic
that has provided general family medical care in the community since
January, 1994, has joined forces with the Emerald Coast Hospital
(ECH) network under the direction and supervision of Dr. Charles
Stark, former administrator of ECH. Riverview administrator, Dana
Holton, P.A., said the Carrabelle clinic's affiliation with ECH is part of
an effort to improve medical services throughout Franklin County.
Formerly connected with Wellspring Home Health Care, Riverview
ownership will change to Provident Medical Corporation, which is
Emerald Coast Hospital, according to Holton, who also said that ECH
has clinics in Apalachicola, Eastpoint, Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka.
Holton, a graduate of Northeastern University, has served the Panhandle
of Florida as a Physician Assistant for the past 20 years in family
practice, emergency medicine, internal medicine, general and plastic
surgery and industrial medicineS :For a while, after the death of
Carrabelle physician, Dr. George L.'Sands, Jr., Holton said he was the
only doctor in town. Holton provides most of Riverview's medical
services, but Holton said Dr. Stark comes to Carrabelle about once a
week and sees patients by appointment or as needed.
Riverview is on the Preferred Provider listof some insurance companies,
and Holton said that steps are being taken to have the clinic listed as
a Preferred Provider for all major insurance companies. The clinic
accepts Medicare, Medicaid, and most other health Insurances,
including Worker's Compensation. Private-paying patients may be
eligible for a wide variety of discounts offered for day-of-service
payments. Medical services include primary care, physical, check-
ups, electrocardiograms, minor surgical procedures, and minor
medical emergencies. Medical care at home is being promoted at
Riverview, and house calls are available for home-bound patients by
appointment. In the near future, basic X-Ray services will also be
available. Holton said that joining forces with the ECH network has
given the clinic access to more medical services for the community,
including an orthopedic surgeon, an ear, nose and throat specialist,
and a dermatologist. ECH affiliation will also enable Riverview to bring
specialists from Tallahassee or Marianna to Carrabelle instead of
Carrabelle patients having to travel to the other towns for special
medical services. Currently, medical problems that occur after the
clinic's open hours are usually handled at ECH, but Holton said he
hopes soon to be able to provide services after hours and on weekends.
Tourists traveling through the city frequently pull offHighway 98 when
they see the clinic's sign, seeking treatment for basic ills and complaints
that may have unexpectedly cast a physical damper on an otherwise
pleasant journey. "Tourists stop in all the time," Holton said.
Connie Foster dons several different hats each day to medical assistant,
receptionist, and bookkeeper, and she said her job "gets more interesting
every day." Connie trained in Home Health in Crawfordville.
Most Physician Assistant programs require a minimum of two years of
Pre-Med and four years of health care experience. Holton, a Special
Forces medic in Vietnam, said that the Armed Services is "a great place
for medical training" and could be followed by the Physician's Assistant
Program. The P.A. is qualified to diagnose, treat major and minor
illnesses, perform minor surgical procedures, and write prescriptions,
providing patients with two medical professionals for the price of one
- the supervising physician and the P.A.
Everyone at the Riverview Medical Clinic wants the community to
know that general medical services, "like a family practice," are
available Monday through Friday and until 12 Noon on Saturdays.

erected or maintained in such a
manner as to obscure or otherwise
physically interfere with an official
sign, signal, or device in such a
manner as to obstruct or interfere
with driver's view of approaching,
merging Intersection traffic signs
shall not be erected on right-of-
way easements of anyroad." Pierce
said he had been previously
blocked from removing the SGI
signs and that he would take the
sheriff with him the next time.
Solid Waste Director Van Johnson
and Commissioner Jim Mosconis
will represent Franklin County on
the Apalachee Regional Solid
Waste Task Force.
Johnson also reported to the
Board that over 42 residents
brought in toxic waste on 18 June
for proper disposal through the
corporate effort of Franklin and
Leon Counties. Johnson said
household hazardous waste was
taken back to Leon county to be
shipped to Alabama for final
disposal. Tires will be incinerated
under an agreement with Bay
Johnson said that landfill truck
scales and the telephone system
were damaged by lightning on 16
June and that he has since ordered

additional grounding around the
scales and a back-up indicator for
future protection at a cost of
Johnson also reported that the
county recycling program is in the
process of assisting the City of
Carrabelle establish a program to
move old, discarded appliances to
a site within the city. The county's
contractor has agreed to pick up
at the Carrabelle site when he
comes to Franklin County. The
Carrabelle site will accept only
appliances and metals. No
household garbage or other
materials will be accepted.
Johnson said the Florida
Association of Counties has asked
the Board to follow up on a letter
written a couple of weeks ago to
Senator Graham with a phone
call because the current Flow
Control Bill in the Senate has only
four co-sponsors.
County Extension Director Bill
Mahan reported that he is in the
final phase of recruiting people to
slgn up for the Boater and Angler's
Pledge, a protect he's been involved
In since November. 1993. The
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this page

state-wide recruitment goal is
70,000 people, which Mahan sald
represents 10 percent of the
recreational boaters and registered
boats in the state. Each county
has been a6ked to come up wlth
their 10 percent total. Based on
hls figures, Mahan said Franklin
County is about 20 signatures
short, and if can accomplish this
final phase, he thinks Franklin
County will be the first county in
the state to meet Its quota.
Working with marine industries,
Mahan said five local seafood
workers will attend a two-day Sea
Grant Hazardous & Critical
Control PointTraining Program at
Gainesville free of charge. Mahan
said he expects the program to
mandated by FDA and become
law probably in late 1995 or early
1996. Several local seafood
processors have volunteered their
plants as "guinea pigs" to try to
determine the feasabllity of
implementing the rules that may
be set.
In conjunction with the seafood
compost. University of Florida
publication, Newsline, will feature
the Franklin County compost
project in a story that will be in the
magazine's newest edition which
should be outin a few days. Mahan
said he's also been asked by
Biocycle magazine, a journal of
composting and recycling In the
United States, to write a story
about the Franklin project.
S.H.I.P. Program conducted a
home-buyers education program

last week that Mahan said was
attended by eight people, and
Mahan currently working on a
survey that will be mailed out
requesting home-buyer and home
maintenance data.
Seatbelt Safety Poster Contest
awards were presented to to the
winners about a month ago at
Carrabelle High School, according
to Hahan. The Youth Program also
completed its first Govemor Stone
sailing trip with the 4-H Sailing
Club. Mahan said the annual 4-H
Marine Camp, geared for youth,
ages 10 to 14, will be held
1-5 August.
Continued from page 5
After the budget workshop was
ended commissioners heard a
request from Andrea Waller who
would like to teach water safety.
She was asking if there was any
possibility of grants being made to
fix a swimming pool in order for
her to give swimming lessons. The
commissioners saw a problem
with the pool being on private
property but told Ms. Waller that
they would look into the grants, A
public swimming pool, to be
located at the kiddie park, is in
the long range plans of the city.
City Clerk Charles Lee Daniels
said that anyone wishing to have
a copy of the city budget can get
one upstairs at city hall. The next
budget hearing will be on 5 July.
At that time the city will have the
amount they will receive from ad
valorem taxes which is due from
County Assessor John James on
1 July.

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Auditor General

Report On Franklin

District School Board

For Fiscal Year

Ending 30 June 1993
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JR: ...There is a statute that says you cannot exceed the total
amount of a function that you have budgeted. Meaning as you
approach those kinds of self-limiting things, you should
rebudget, come up with a new projection and the Board
approves that. You're supposed to keep doing that as time
wears on.. .What is implied here and what they have told us in
the past is that without all this detailed information, the
School Board cannot make informed decision without...In the
past, whatwe have (done) is to provide the Board with whatever
they wanted. And what the Board said they wanted was a
single-page financial report. So, that's what we gave them.
And, the Auditor General said "No" you can't do that. You have
force them to take this fund-function-object...kind of report.
So, as it turns out,...I changed that. So, I give them (the Board)
this one piece of paper and I also give them many more pages
(in '93-'94) ....and they (the Board) say what is all this stuff?
Anyway, they're getting (the reports)...
JR: ...Those are paper chases. We did not overexpend any
(funds)... The important thing is "Are you staying within
your total budget?" The answer is "Yes."
Chronicle: Is there a method to better regulate this? You have to
admit that the statement, "overspending by $325,000..."
CP: That does get your attention.
JR: ...On the debt service...I don't know which function they are
talking about, except that it is very possible when I put the
budget together I called it Function 8164, and they're saying
(Auditor General) "No, you're not supposed to be using 8164.
You're supposed to be using 9326." That's all.
Chronicle:...So, the money was always there, it just may have been
categorized differently.
JR: Yes, The total amount of debt service was...$325,000...We did
not overexpend the debt service,
Chronicle: ...Ifyou had categorization or procedures, this would be
to bring them up with the Auditor General.
CP: Some of these issues have been discussed with the
auditors in the past...They're not going to change their
position in terms of the way they report it...We just try to
improve on what we're doing. Some things are more
difficult to improve on than others... (As John said
earlier,)...rules are in place for the internal controls...and
then we run into problems when we're short of personnel...In
the past I have written responses that were longer...What
we're getting around to here is that whether or not we take
exception, and we want them to change how they view it..1.I
don't know that's going to do a lot of good...We would be
talking in circles...We see what the errors are, and we're
going to do what we can to make sure they don't happen
again...That's basically the position we're taking now.
Chronicle: How does one solve these "paper chase" problems?
JR: Get another one of me, or something like that...

School Board mem')er
Katie McKnight
*AG: The District levied ad valorem taxes for capital outlay
purposes as authorized by Section 236.25(2), Florida Statutes.
The District published the required notice of intent to make
the levy; however, the notice was general in nature. Further,
District records did not indicate that a detailed listing by
project was prepared and available at the public hearing on
the proposed budget for the 1992-93 fiscal year. As a result
of the general nature of the published notice and the lack of
the required budget detail, it is not evident from the District's
records how the public was properly informed of the specific
projects intended to be funded from the 1992-93 fiscal year
capital outlay tax levy proceeds contrary to the requirements
of Sections 200.065(9) and 235.18, Florida Statutes.

Mikel Clarke and
Supt. C. T. Ponder (right)
JR: That's one of their typical comments they make to just about
every school district...The TRIM bill requires that you
advertise... the local capital improvement taxes for (a project).
...That's the whole issue...(at what level of detail). There are
specific requirements. For example,... if you are going to buy a
school bus, (we need to advertise) how many school buses. If
you are going to repair a roof, (the statute) does not say how
many roofs. If you are going to repair a fence, (the rules) do not
say how many fences. That's the issue here. They're saying to
CP: They want it site specific...
JR: ...and they want us to put all this stuff in, like if I know which
roof we're going to have...I know we're going to have to have a
roof repaired next year. So, we put in a roof repair,...and if you
forgot to put that in, and you have to make the repairs, then
(the Auditor General) has got you (on a discrepancy).
Chronicle: What does that mean, "When they've got you?" What do
they do?
JR: The bottom line is if you advertise for tax money and you collect
it, and you don't use it for those (advertised) purposes, then
you are required to give it back to the taxpayers. That's where
they're coming from. To my knowledge, we've never spent
money for things that didn't belong on a capital projects list.
Meaning, everything we buy with these funds are the kinds of
thing which you would tell taxpayers that you are going to do
and then you do them.
Part of the Auditor General's problem is that when you say
you're going to fix a roof, and then don't fix it, then they've got
you...When all these projects don't jell the way the Auditor
General thinks theydo, then they bring these recommendations
at you. And, they're not incorrect.
Reiman explained that there are numerous priorities facing
the district and with too few people involved in the accounting
process at the district level, some things may not get done on
JR: What they're saying is that.we need to be very specific about
things. We can be specific sometimes, but not always.

School Board Member
"Pop" Waggoner

*AG: Our review of the District's administration of local capital
improvement tax proceeds raised pursuant to Section
236.25(2), Florida Statutes, disclosed that records had not
been established to account for each fiscal year's capital
outlay tax levy proceeds and to identify by project the
amounts budgeted, total expended, and any remaining
balances for each fiscal year's levy. Adequate accounting
procedures and records for capital outlay tax proceeds are
necessary to establish that the Board properly expended the
funds in accordance with the advertised purposes of the

JR: Their contention is that the funds that we receive for this year
have to be given a label for this year. And, next year's had to
be given a label for next year...And, you can't cross over... If we
don't use those (tax) funds for the (announced) purpose or have
a (detailed) planned use, then (the Auditor General) will tell us
we have taxed the people improperly. One of the things they
can't show me is where do they get this rule? There is no rule
that states what (they concluded). It's not a bad idea. They refer
to...200.065 and 235.18. But that Statute does not say what,
they (the Auditor General) have said...

*AG: Our review disclosed that the District had an unexpended
balance of State Vocational Equipment funds of $59,358.51
at June 30, 1992, and received an additional $7,404 for the
1992-93 fiscalyear. However, of the $66,762.51 total available
moneys, the District expended only $15,499.65 during the
1992-93 fiscal year, leaving an unexpended balance of
$51,262.86 as ofJune 30, 1993. There was nothing of record
to demonstrate that District personnel had made an
assessment of the condition of existing vocational equipment
or an assessment of specific vocational equipment needs to
determine if these moneys were needed to meet equipment
needs in the vocational programs.

JR: The State gives us money based on...The money that they give
us for having taught vocational students, a portion of that is
supposed to be used for repair and replacement of updated
equipment, and we have not made it a practice in past years
to make sure that if we got $8000... that we spent $8000 (on
that)...And, over time, the amount of money that we should
have been using has accumulated. And, we are now in the
process, including this year, we started this year including in
the school's budget an amount that would take care of what
they probably will earn this year plus a dent into the
accumulated amount.
CP: We got that planned to go away within a certain period of time.
The accumulated part. And, at the same time...To be spent.
(There was in fact an available balance that high, $59,358.51.)
JR: Sure. In that respect, the Principals... control what goes on (in
equipment maintenance). They did until this year. And, I don't
know that anybody said you can't buy ...
CP: It may have been that the expenditures were not being
attributed to vocational update either.

*AG: As similarly noted in audit report No. 12065, paragraphs 46
through 48, our review of employee sick leave records and.
documentation supporting payroll transactions disclosed
the following:
-Two district office employees were compensated for 472.77
hours during the 1991-92 fiscal year in excess of their
available leave balances which represented $4,684 of-
compensation paid to the employees. One of these employees
has begun to repay the District through payroll deductions
while the other employee has repaid the District, partially by
forfeiting annual leave and compensatory time subsequently
earned, and partially through a transfer of 124 hours from
another employee under the sick leave pool discussed below.
As noted in audit report No. 12065, paragraph 48, the
Board, on April 9, 1992, approved a motion creating a sick
leave pool involving "...voluntary giving of one or more sick
leave days by employees to a person who needed assistance."
As noted above, during the 1992-93 fiscal year, 124 hours of
leave were transferred from one employee to another under
this sickleave pool. While Section 231.40(3), Florida Statutes,
provides that a school board may, by rule, establish a plan
allowing participating full-time employees of a district school
system to pool sick leave accrued and allow any sick leave
thus pooled to be disbursed to any participating employee
who is in need ofsick leave in excess of the amount personally
accrued, this law does not appear to provide for the transferring
of leave balances directly from one employee to another.
*AG: Contrary to the provisions of Section 235.056(3)(a), Florida
Statutes, the District had not obtained the proper approval
and inspection from the Florida Department of Education
Office of Educational Facilities for two leased portable
*AG: Although required by Chapter 92-293, Specific Appropriation
517, Laws of Florida, the District did not provide for separate
accountability of the actual expenditures incurred from
Discretionary Lottery Funds (enhancement funds) received
during the 1992-93 fiscal year to demonstrate how these
moneys were used in achieving stated enhancement objectives.
*AG: Our review of the Board minutes disclosed that on November
5, 1992, the Board passed a motion by a vote of three to two
to discontinue employment of part-time food service workers
at Carrabelle School because of lack of participation in the a
la carte program. Also disclosed in the official minutes of the
November 5, 1992 Board meeting was the reversal of one
Board member's vote on the above motion through a telephone
conversation the following day with District personnel.

The audit story will be concluded in the next issue.

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Dn.o IA .t I7 nn 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Camp That

Dripped Ink: Writing

Creatively At The

Franklin Work Camp

(Top row from left to right): Billy Phillips, Mike Melsopp,
Paul Lanier, Scott Daggett and Phil Barcia. (Bottom row
from left to right): Joe O'Neal, Phil Tutela, Jerry Barnes and
Todd Van Mourik.

The Camp That

Dripped Tnk: Writing

Creatively At The

Franklin Work Camp

By Brian Goercke
"There is no royal path to good writing; and such paths as
exist do not lead through neat critical gardens, various as
they are, but through the jungles of self, the world, and of
craft." Jessamyn West, Saturday Review, 1957.
When one thinks of the creative writer, one is likely to imagine the
figure of a bearded bohemian sitting beneath a mighty oak tree etching
fragments of his soul onto a worn and coffee stained notebook. Such
fierce stereotypes escape the likes ofa creative writing group temporarily
subdued at the Franklin Work Camp. Under the tutelage of the
Franklin County Adult Reading Program (FCARP), a group of
approximately fifteen steady writers and infrequent contributors have
joined together to form a writing group that they have dubbed, The
Inkdrippers. The group has written for eight months and has completed
two literary magazines entitled. The Inkdripper's Review and We The
In December of'93, FCARP and its' students decided to engage in an
extemporaneous writing activity. The group gathered around a table
and wrote a batch of spontaneous poems. Each inmate wrote a line or
two of poetry and passed It around to an awaiting writer. The activity
had five or six poems being created with a spontaneity of ideas that
resembled a merry-go-round of thoughts. The activity became a
catalyst for excellent future writing endeavors at the Franklin Work
In April of '94, the Inkdrippers began writing a play. Each writer
created a couple of character sketches that took form in the play. After
the characters were created, each student wrote two plot scenarios.
After careful deliberation, the group agreed to place their diverse group
of character sketches in a murder mystery on a cruise line. The play
was titled D.O.P. or Death on the Pause. The script is currently being
reviewed by the Forgotten Coast Theatre and being considered for
A variety of writers and writing styles joined together to form the
Inkdrippers. Each writer offeredhis own reasons for taking part in the
experimental writing group.
* Paul Lanier:
"Time moves on so I had to sit down and think about all the
things that I hoped would make me feel much better. Some day,
some kid out there will read what we put together. The heavy ink
dripping is what I consider the truth. I hope folks look on this
writing with smile that's real.

* Phil Barcia:
"It's easier for me to write than it is for me to express myself
verbally. Sometimes ideas hit me so hard that, if I were foolish
enough to attempt to restrain them, Trinity would pale in
comparison to the result. Wanting to write an idea, capturing an
idea on paper, and conveying it to someone else is, for me, a
difficult task. Writing so someone else, besides me, understands
me was a horrendous task. The Inkdrippers has "learned" me a
thing or two about the written word."
* Mike Melsopp:
"Upon initial indoctrination of the Florida Prison System, it
became supremely apparent, forthrightand germane thatdealing
with ubiquitous nescience is a quotidian malfeasance. So that.
being the condition of less than sub-average conversational
pickings, I decided to drip ink rather than carryon miscellaneous
pedantic tirades, dialectics and polemic discussions with yours
Jerry Barnes:
"Even though I did not personally contribute a mass of written
work to the Inkdrippers' magazine, I did assist in the generation
of ideas and in the overall easy-going humor which a lot of these
stemmed from. A lot of these assembled words may prove to be
humorous to some and rather vulgar to others. For those of you
who find the latter to be true, I sincerely apologize. For those of
you who find this humorous or downright eye-dripping and
stomach-gripping funny, I'm ecstatic in the knowledge that I
could help create something that has given even a little bit of joy
to someone (even if it is very sick humor)!
Scott Daggett:
"Writing gives other people a way to look at me without actually
meeting me. Writing is a way for me to share my friendship to a
reader without actually knowing that person."
The Inkdrippers' magazines can be reviewed at the Franklin County
libraries of Eastpoint or Carrabelle and at the Apalachicola Municipal
Library. Those interested in finding out more about FCARP's role in the
Franklin Work Camp may contact Jane Cox, Literacy Coordinator, at
the Franklin County Library in Eastpoint (670-8151) or Jack Dakota,
VISTA and Corrections' Coordinator with FCARP, at the Apalachicola
Municipal Library (653-8436).

Franklin Conty^hronicl

THE PHOBIC by Ramblin' Mike Melsopp
You know I've had a little while to think about doing time and
trying to get away with something every once in a while and it's
hitting me square on the jaw saying' "hey stupid, you know
you're really crummy at this and paying the consequences is
totally gettingold." Like, figure this, other people do ninety-nine
crimes and then they might get caught. But not me-NO1 All I
gotta do is think about doin' something wrong and the cops are
already on the way with lights, sirens, warrants, guns,
ammunition, mace, helicopters, handcuffs, dogs, tear gas,
flares, road blocks swat teams, I.R.S., C.I.A., K.G.B., A.T.F.,
F.B.I., and the Secret Service, Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines,
Body Guards and Bounty Hunters, Marshals, Marine Patrols,
Game Wardens and Shriners, Coast Guard Frogmen, Green
Berets, State Troopers, Boy Scouts to Brownies, Mother Superior
with Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Meter Maids, Guardian
Angels and the Knights of Columbus. Tax Collectors, Credit
Inspectors and Dog Security Guards, the night watchman,
prosecutors, confidential informants, parking lot attendants,
witnesses in protective custody and the Jehovah's Witnesses, a
codefendant pleading guilty, the Hell's Angels Auxiliary Safety
Patrol, a G-Man with a dog named G-Spot, the Pope and the
PostmasterGeneralwithYah-Weh-BenYahWeh, MotherTheresa
and a wild band of starving barefoot Hindu holy monks all at my
front door chanting and demanding that I be strapped into the
nearest available electric chair.

SHORT TERM WORM by Ramblin' Mike Melsopp
As its' rubbery face undulates methodically through irriguous
loam, orifice jammed with mire, bodily segments thrusting in
synchronized unison-curving, whirling, bending, turning,
twisting, swirling, jerking, lurching, rolling, winding, churning,
jabbing and poking 'til the Gods themselves can stand it no
onger...hideous grimace finally bursting forth puncturing the
membrane of its' accursed terraqueous environs. Lunging forward
screaming at its' creator near the top of its' gillungs. Unmitigated
defiance. Contempt and hatred. Realization, living abomination
- Hell's fire and God's damnation. Another life as a man it was
a man, yet a worm of a man. Now observe the worm, yet a manly
worm. Such paradoxically absurd bathos limits perceptive
tangibility of an intellect slightly higher than that of the very dirt
it crawls in. Can this creature possibly be the master of all it
surveys and, if so, can it surveyin more than one way. Could this

creature's death equate to the apex of its' life and, if so, how are
we different? You have 3.14159 seconds to answer.
If I had the time to tell
of my harsh memories a living hell.
Acts of times long ago unforgiving
filters through my mind into the living
of life once so full and anew
now devoid of all love and feeling, too.
Because of actions so long since past
I now see no tenderness in my emotional fast.
In the end I searched in vain
for someone else in which to blame.
Now, I struggle to confront the truth
of transgressions and the death of my youth.
Understanding came my unwanted bane
as my life's light flickers and wanes.
I tell you of my shame I pray not late,
Freedom is fickle don't seal your fate.
BOUNDARIES by Scott Daggett
People actually have boundaries to their imagination. Once I
asked my teacher to look at a turtle while pointing at the ceiling.
He looked. Now that is aboundary-less imagination no limits.
Have you ever noticed where the rubber goes once it Is off tires?
Why isn't there a pile of rubber on the side of the road? Where
does the rubber go. I have a very open imagination and I can't
seem to find out where the rubber is.

Emerald Coast
Continued from page 1

sector employer in Franklin
County, is probably second or
third, with 116 employees and a
payroll of $2.4 million a year.
Dykes said ECH has a lot of
improvements to make and is in
the process of doing that.The
lobby, patient rooms and patient
areas are in the process of
renovation; a new telephone
system is being installed; television
sets for patient's rooms are being
replaced; roof is being replaced as
well as ceiling tile in the lobby; one
of two boilers is being replaced;
and the sprinkler system is being
brought up to the newest safety
code standards.
Dyke said that adatascope, which
he described as one of the most
modern pieces of equipment in
the country for monitoring vital
signs, was being installed at the
hospital that day. A Life-Pak 9 has
been added and has a pace maker
capability. Ifa patient's heartstops
beating and medications are
having no effect, the Life-Pak 9
produces the electrical activity to
make the heart beat, enabling
medical attendants to get the
patient to another facility.
Maintenance equipment and a
couple of personal computers are
also being acquired. Refurbished
beds equipped with in-the-arm
communication with the nurses
station have been ordered as well
as 22 new "top-of-the-line"
mattresses that should be
delivered any day.
Dykes said that as soon as all the
equipment is in he will provide the
county with a list of the
information so that
commissioners will be able to have
an on-going list of equipment at
the hospital.
An open house is being planned
by ECH. Dykes said he thinks
that, basically, "we're doing a good
job in meeting the mission of
providing good, basic medical care
to the community." He assured
commissioners that not everything
is correct, and he is aware of that,
but he is committed to making it
as right as he can.


Show At

Work Camp

By Brian Goercke
The Franklin Work Camp
showcased its' best and brightest
musical acts on 18 May in its' first
ever music talent show. The event
was staged in the camp's
recreation room.
Franklin Work Camp staff
members and approximately 200
of Franklin's inmate population
were on hand to view nine musical
acts. The musical event featured
soul, rap, rhythm and blues, dance
and classic rock-and-roll
performances. Five judges
(including two work camp staff
members, two inmates and this
Chronicle writer) were also on
hand to choose the top three acts.
After viewing the show, the judges
met outside of the recreation room
for approximately twenty minutes
to declare the following top three
First Place: Chris and the Crew
(wrote and performed their own
rap act).
Second Place (tie): John Wilson
(sang the rhythm and blues
classic, "Stand by Me") and 3-D
(performed their own dance act).
Third Place (tie): TroyPettus (sang
and played guitar for the Guns
and Roses song, "Patience") and
Jerry Barnes (sang the classic Bob
Dylan song, "Knockin' on Heaven's
Other performances included
Sean Chehardy who sang, "Love
Me," Billy Hoover who sang the
song, "Daddy's Coming Home and
Norman Rollerson who performed
a self-written rap song.
At the end of the show, Major T. E.
Whitehead asked all of the
participants to come before the
viewers for a round of applause
and declared, "there are no losers
here today. Everyone is a winner
for having enough faith in their
talent to perform in front of a large
crowd." Each participant received
a letter of appreciation from the
Franklin Work Camp. Major
Whitehead praised Officer More
and Lieutenant Partridge for
coordinating the event. "This
wouldn't be a reality if they hadn't
devoted the time to organizing it,"
Whitehead said.


Lions Club

Holds Annual

Dinner Meeting
By Ken Mansuy
On Tuesday, 14 June 1994, the
Carrabelle Lions Club (CLC) held
its' annual dinner meeting for
installation of the new slate of
officers. Inner Harbor Shores
catered the dinner at its' dining
CLC President "Butch" Baker
called the meeting to order at 7:00
P.M. EDT. Lion LarryW. Smith led
those present in the Pledge of
Allegiance, and Lion Sheriff
Warren Roddenberry gave the
invocation. Each member then
introduced him/herself and
guests) if any. Lion Baker then
introduced guests of honor Lion
William T. (Bill) Allen and his wife,
Helen, of Tallahassee. Lion Allen
is a recent District Governor, with
oversight of Lions' activities in
most of North Florida.
All then took a turn around the
buffet. Inner Harbor set out a fine
meal that included roast beef,
scampi and assorted fresh salads.
At dessert time, Lion Baker led a
brief discussion of current CLC
plans for the Waterfront Festival.
Then, Lion Allen Installed the new
CLC officers.
As he called each officer forward
he outlined the duties of the office,
then said, "Will you perform the
duties of your office to the best of
your ability?" The officer replied,
"I will."
CLC officers for the year 1 July
1994 through 30 June 1995:
President: Mary Jane Kitamura
1st Vice President: Raymond
2nd Vice President: Mayor
Carlton Wathen
Treasurer: William E. Greer
Secretary: Kenneth Mansuy
Tail-Twister: Grace Wathen
Lion Tamer: Jack Gramling
Directors: Mark Housholder,
Larry Smith, John Burda



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The FirstAnnual Memorial Classic
Softball Tournament was played
on 4 May from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at
Apalachicola High School. The
tournament was a multi-county
event that included teams from
Panama City, Live Oak,
Blountstown, Port St. Joe, Mexico
Beach, Apalachicola, Carrabelle
and Eastpoint.
The tournament kept half of the
teams busy as two games were
played concurrently on two
separate fields throughout most
of the event. The tournament was
played on a double elimination
asis. The championship game
went to the Port St. Joe team, who
edged out Live Oak. Panama City
took third place and Apalachicola
finished fourth. Fifth place went
to Mexico Beach. Blountstown
finished sixth and the Eastpoint/
Carrabelle team came in seventh.
The tournament named Nat White
of the Apalachicola team the Most
Valuable Player. White played
flawless defense at second base
without committing an error and
had a batting average of .800.
Bobby Byrd, pitcher for Live Oak,
received an honorable mention in
the competition. Byrd clubbed
nine home runs in the
Hank Martin, pitcher for the
Apalachicola team and general
coordinator for the event, said,
"this was a very successful
tournament. We had an excellent
turn-out. Itoffered people a chance
to make new friends and to have a
fun time playing ball." Martin
extended his appreciation to
Apalachicola High School for
permitting the use of its' facilities.

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