Title: Franklin county chronicle
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Publication Date: July 10, 1994
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The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 13 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 July -25 July 1994

Marian Morris and

Companions "Sail"

Through Tropical

Storm Alberto;

Landfall In Mexico

Marian Morris and her two sailing companions, Gene Lucky (Tampa)
and Tim Beyrer (Carrabelle) left Carrabelle on Saturday, 25 June 1994,
headed south across the Gulf of Mexico. They sailed almost directly
into the tropical depression later dubbed "Alberto," nearly classified as
a Category I hurricane before reaching landfall near Destin, Florida
around the 4th of July.
Marian's friend and sometime sailing companion Joan Aldrich, North
Carolina, telephoned the Chronicle to announce Marian's arrival at the
Isla Mujera (Island of Women) which is off the coast of Yucatan at its
northern tip about 4 July. The trio had sailed Marian's craft, the Island
Song for nine days, having been blown back toward Cuba during part
of the storm. The vessel has developed some malfunctions in the diesel
engine but a return voyage back to Carrabelle is being scheduled now.
Her intention is to return to Carrabelle as soon as the weather permits.
In her telephone conversation, she told Joan Aldrich that the crew
experienced nine days of very rough weather and they were covered
with "dinghy and salt sores."

run Beyer-

Gene Lucky

Carol Ann Hawkins interviewed Marian and her
companions before their departure from Carrabelle, as
they were preparing for the trip. Here is that story...

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Last Saturday, 25 June 1994, at
twilight, Carrabelle school teacher
Marian Morris pulled away from
the Moorings pier in her "Island
Song" to begin her summer
adventure. Old friends and sailors,
Gene Lucky of Tampa, and Tim
Beyrer of Carrabelle, were also on
board to help sail the Island Song
to Marian's dream destinations:
Honduras and Guatemala.
Marian's "sailing buddy," her little
poodle, was also on board. Adverse
weather had delayed the
Carrabelle departure for several
days, but now the bustle of loading
supplies, charts, and
miscellaneous stuff stepped up in
tempo on Friday and Saturday.
The Island Song had been out of
the water for maintenance and
painting just a few days earlier
when I visited Marian at work on
Timber Island, as preparations
were being made.
If adverse weather occurs,
Marian's alternate route will take
her near the western end of Cuba,

a route that will enable her to
avoid the currents of the Yucatan
Peninsula, which she describes
as "ferocious." Her first stop on
this route is Xcalac, near Southern
Mexico, at a place called Banco
Chinchorro, one of three atolls in
the Western Hemisphere, off the
border of Mexico and Belize and
not far from a popular diving place,
Ambergris. "It's a neat, neat,
wonderful place, a beautiful place
to rest," she said. "Mexican
fishermen come out, and they're
very friendly; they offer you fish."
She'll rest there for 24 hours then
continue on to either an island or
a place called Placencia, South of
Following her departure from
Carrabelle, seven days will elapse
before the crew reaches landfall,
even to be able to buy a loaf of
bread, and whether she takes the
alternative route to Mexico or hr
first choice of routes I. oirl-tti i .,'v
and Guatemala, she expects to
arrive at her destination 10 days
later, around the 4th ofJuly. With
Continued on page 7

Editorial and Commentary............Pg. 3
Recreational Fishing Features
Begin on.................................... pg. 4
Pre-Filed Testimony in St. George Utility
Rate Case......................................pg. 8

Missing Teenager

Found in Tate's Hell

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Ginger Marie Creamer, 17, of
White City, had been missing in
Franklin County since 6 July.
Ginger was found by two
unidentified Georgia men Friday,
8 July between 2-3 P.M., safe but
dazed, dehydrated, and sore from
blisters on her legs and feet which
developed during the time she
wandered, disoriented, trying to
find her way out of Tate's Hell
after her car became stuck on a
log that was submerged in a mud
puddle in the road.
Creamer's brother-in-law. Buddy
Register, of Eastpoint, said it was
"an act of God" that the Georgia
men decided on the spur of the
moment to turn off the main road
and explore the area. Register said
Ginger was already lost when she
pulled off the road in the rain. She
was trying to find her way out of
the maze when she was found.
Register said that the girl was
going to turn her car around when
she went into a hole in the road
and ran up on a submerged log.
Ginger was last seen on
Wednesday, 6 July at Carrabelle
Beach. When she didn't check in
with her sister, Laura Register,
the family became concerned,
because "she checks in religiously"
any time she's going to be late.
She has been living with her sister
and brother-in-law in Eastpoint
for the past seven years and is
now at the home of her mother
and step-father, Gary and Shirley
Roberts of White City.
The family said theywant to thank
"those men from Georgia" for
helping Ginger. "She doesn't even
know their names," a family
spokesman said. As soon as the
men led Ginger to safety, they
drove off. The family would also
like to thank the chip truck drivers,
loggers, C.W. Roberts Trucking
and the Forestry Department for
their concern. The family
spokesman said that the truckers
were going to transmit information
about the missing teenager from
truck to truck and the Forestry
Department was also going to "air"
it. A special thanks was also
extended to WOYS (OYSTER)
Radio for their broadcasts about
the incident.




By Darl R. Ostrander
The Save Our Sealife Committee
announced that they had reached
their goal of 540,000 signatures
at a press conference in
Tallahassee Thursday, 26 June
1994. The target of 540,000
signatures is substantially higher
than the 429,428 needed to place
the referendum on the ballot in
November. Standard practice by
petition drive experts is to collect
about a twenty percent overage to
allow for duplicate signatures and
signatures that are unverifiable
for one reason or another.
Signatures verified by state
election officials stands at
426,380. With only 3,048 verified
signatures needed to put the
referendum .on the ballot SOS
staffers are optimistic that these
signatures will have been obtained
and verified before the end ofJune.

, '
'. .

Carl Bailey

as Usual at
the TLanark
Village Water
& Sewer
The 28 June Lanark Village Water
and Sewer meeting was strewn
with controversy throughout, as
angry residents systematically
fired complaints at Chairman
Carlton Bailey. In a Meeting that
did not include a motion or vote, a
range of issues including budget
insolvency, water accessibility and
allegations of violating the
Sunshine Law were addressed to
Bailey, but not officially acted
Chairman Bailey opened the
meeting with the financial report.
Bailey stated that their budget
was $87,500 and that their year-
to-date expenses came to $89,738.
The chairman also pointed out
that the expenses for the previous
month came to $16,868 and that
the monthly budget was $17,500.
"That leaves us $632 ahead.
Utilities are going a little ahead...
we gained some. We didn't spend
as much as we thought we would,"
reported Bailey. The Chairman
stated that the water and sewer
department had to use some of its'
restricted funds to keep above its'
expenses and would pay back the
funds when they were able. B.C.
Harrison, a resident in attendance,
questioned the chairman's use of
Sthe funds.
"Can we get permission to use
restricted funds? Why are they
called restricted and who are we
responsible to for using the
restricted funds?" Bailey
responded. "We're responsible to
the corporation who owns our
bonds. We have managed to
redeem them each year. Also. we've
got the Farmers Home
administration Safety Fund
Reserve. That's up to $9,820 and
there have been times when we've
had to get into that with the
Farmer's Home Administration's
approval. We call it restricted, but
we can still use it." Harrison
replied. "I know where you're at.
But I don't understand that it's
legal and I don't understand how
you're going to get out of debt."
Bailey insisted that the water and
sewer departmentwas doingf much
Continued on page 12

Franklin County Friends

of the Library Wins

Juvenile Justice Funding

The Franklin County Public
Library has received official
notification fromAttorney General.
Bob Butterworth that their grant
application for the provision of
the Juvenile Justice program
WINGS has been approved. The
Office of the Attorney General
received 289 applications for a
Community Juvenile Justice
Partnership Grant from agencies
throughout the State. The WINGS
program was among the 110 most
outstanding programs approved.
The submitted grant application
requested a total of $79,000.00 to
fund a multifaceted program for
the youth of Franklin County.
Upon completion of final staff
review at the Office of the Attorney
General, the actual amount of
fundingwill be announced. At this
time, funding is approved for the
WINGS program "not to exceed
$77,685.00" for eleven months.
The key element of the WINGS
program as defined by the Franklin
County Friends of the Library in
and, vacation programming for
children 10 to 17 years old.
Homework centers at the Franklin
County Libraries In Eastpotnt and
Carrabelle and at the Holy Family
Center inApalachicolawill provide
comprehensive reference
materials, computer word
processing and educational
software. Tutors and mentors will
be available to assist students
needing help. Students will be
able to access the information
"super highway" through
Tallahassee's Freenet.
A second area of emphasis will be
provision of day time programming
for teen dropouts who are unable
to take advantage of Adult Basic
Education and GED prep classes.
The WINGS centers will provide
an atmosphere that is warm and
inviting to these teens. The
availability of adult and peer

volunteers for one-to-one tutoring
will further encourage
participation. Teen aides will be
employed at each center to reach
their peers who have given up on
the system in general and on
formal education in particular.
Three WINGS Coordinators will
also be employed to plan and
supervise center activities and
To ensure that the program is
interesting and attractive to
targeted youth, a teen council will
be established at each location
that will develop program ideas
and implement some of the
programming. This group will also
establish rules of conduct and
enforcement procedures. In
addition, parents and other
interested citizens will serve on a
countywide advisory board. The
board will help develop program
ideas, solicit community support
and facilitate cooperation and
coordination between Interagency
Partners and other organizations.
The Interagency Partners include
the Franklin County Sheriffs
Department, the Franklin County
Public Schools, the Department
of Health and Human Services,
the Juvenile Justice Council, The
Apalachee Center for Human
Services, and Emerald Coast
Hospital.. Each of these agencies
or institutions has agreed to
provide assistance to the WINGS
program; for example, to identify
potential participants, screen
volunteers, provide programs,
serve on the advisory board and
take part in ongoing evaluation.
The successful grant application
for the WINGS program is the
result of a cooperative effort of
many individuals in our
community. It is indicative of the
quality of the program which will
be offered to the young people of
Franklin County.

Homeowner Association

Pushes 1995 Budget to

Record $600,000+

The Board ofDirectors at the St George Island Homeowners'Association,
on Saturday, 25 June 1994, reviewed a five-year comprehensive plan
for the Plantation and the proposed 1995 budget during its' four-hour
quarterly meeting.
The total budget approved by the Board for 1995 was $601,190, an
increase from the 1994 budget of $427,366, or 29 per cent. The 1994
budgetwas $427,366, and the difference between the two budgetyears
is $173,824. Correspondingly, homeowner's dues will be $992.88 per
house, and lot owners will be assessed $451.31 per lot. For homeowners,
the increase represents a 29 per cent jump in assessments.
The budget was presented in two parts. The first was described as a
"base budget" and included income of $452,870 from Association
dues, Bob Sikes Homeowners' Association dues, Resort Village
Association dues, interest and fishing fees. This budget would have
cost homeowners in the Plantation about $739 in dues for 1995, and
lot owners $336 per lot. But, there is more to the budget process.
The second portion of the budget was entitled "1995 Budget with
Improvements" and totaled $601,190. This portion was rationalized in
a lengthy document written by Plantation Manager Wayne Gleasman,
entitled "A Comprehensive Plan for St. George Plantation," which
identified several elements in need of repair or replacement due to age.
The items specifically identified and defined into the "1995 Budget
with Improvements" were boardwalk replacement, a firehouse fund,
an airport improvement fund, and a Leisure Lane fund, raising the
1995 budget to $601,190 by an additional $148,120. The revised
Homeowner assessments would rise correspondingly, to $992.88 per
house, and lot owners would be assessed $451.31 per lot for their 1995
A considerable amount of time was devoted to the explanation of the
proposed budget and the so-called "comprehensive plan." The "plan"
is actually a long list of Plantation amenities and some critical safety
items (Leisure Lane repairs and the firehouse fund) in search of
funding. All of these items are included in the term "infrastructure",
part of the lexicon of the planner's jargon. The plan, tied closely to
budgets for the next five years, reads, in part:
"The Association must decide upon a plan which balances
the needs and wants of the community with the cost of such
improvements and the degree to which the membership is
able and willing to finance such a program..."
In short, the infrastructure is getting old, and is beginning to wither
in the weather, in some places such as Leisure Lane, rather badly. The
plan reads, in part:

Continued on page 9

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Carrabelle City
Have Varied


By Rene Topping
When the Carrabelle City
Commission met at 6 p.m. on
July 1994, they set aside one
hour for a "sole purpose meeting"
to accept public input regarding a
grant application for $100,000 to
fund the Carrabelle River Overlook
Park Pavilion and Fishing Pier.
The Park Pavilion will be located
on the city waterfront property at
the footofCurtis Street on Marine
Street As it happened, there was
no public input or questions. The
commissioners voted unan-
imouslyto accept the projectThey
were left with 55 minutes of time
before their regular meeting.
Donald Lively was the lone bidder
with a bid of$ 1,150 on the job of
replacing the roof on the sewer lift
station located at 12th StreetWest
and the Carrabelle River.
Commissioners awarded him the
Houses in the city will need to
have at least 1,000 square feet of
heated space with the passage of
an ordinance that will bring the
city into line with existing county
standards. Commissioners also
passed an ordinance thatwill allow
amily-type cottage-industry
business in any R2 (single-family
mobile home) zoned area of the
city. Along with passing of this
ordinance, Jimmie Tyre was
permitted to operate a single-chair
beauty parlor at her home located
in Block 236 (55) Lots 1 through 4
and 5 through 8 and 14, Keough's
2ndAddition. The commissioners
turned down a request from
Charles Friday to converthis home
on Block 110 (DB) Pickett's
Addition into a duplex. The area
is zoned single family residential.
Commissioners approved septic
tank variances for Mike Cotignola
and Bill Bailey contingent upon
hooking up to city sewer as it
becomes available.




Cqndidqte Withdraws
Debbie Saunders, candidate for
Franklin County Commission,
District 2, withdrew her candidacy
on 7 July.
Rabid Dog Loose?
At the 5 July Franklin County
Commission meeting, Humane
SocietyPresident, Jane Cox. stated
that she had found a note on the
door of the animal shelter on 3
July. The note was left bya deputy
sheriff and said that a dog was
* foaming at the mouth in the
shelter. When the Humane Society
and Animal Control Officer, Eddy
McClain, inspected the facility the
following day, they found that a
'window was pushed out and that
the suspected "rabid dog" was not
: in the facility.

Commissioners also lent their
support by letter to the Georgia,
Florida and Alabama Rails toTrails
Project that will make a trail from
Tallahassee through Wakulla and
ending at Marine and Curtis
Streets in Carrabelle. In
conjunction with this
commissioners also sanctioned an
application being made by J.
William McCartney of Baskerville
and Donovan who, according to
McCartney, are working on the
application at no cost to the city.
This grant in the amount to
$100, 000 and will include an
improvement and addition to the
Carrabelle River Park.
Commissioners also approved
application for financial grant
assistance to purchase about 11
acres of land on 30-A, which is
primarily wetlands and would be
bought under the Preservation
2000 program. This application
will also receive the assistance of
McCartney. J. Barry Woods was
appointed for another four-year
term to the Carrabelle Port and
Airport Authority (CPAA), for the
year July 1994 to July 1998.
Due to the absence ofJulian Webb,
commissioners tabled rebid on
repairs to homes of James Brown
and Vila Rickards. Phillips said
that he wanted Webb present to
explain the problems and give
commissioners more information.
The bid on the Rickards' home
had previously been awarded by
Webb to Joe Webb (no relation to
Julian Webb). Joe Webb has since
been struck from the list of
contractors who are permitted to
work on the Carrabelle Housing
Rehab project.
The workshop on the budget for
the city resulted in approval of
both the city and the CPAA 1994-
1995 budgets. Public meeting
has been scheduled for 7
September at 7 p.m.
The commissioners reluctantly
denied permission to the Reverend
Minnie Barfield to rent the Dr.
George L. Sands field in order to
hold a tent revival 10 September
through 24 September. Reverend
Barfleld does not have insurance
and so commissioners had to deny
her request.

On 7 July Sheriff Roddenbery
replaced the SheriffDepartment's
representative to the Animal
ControlAuthority, Don Hammock,
with Earl Whitfield.

Investigation Still Open
The Inspector General's office in
Tallahassee has classified the
Edward Branch case as "open"
and continuing. The case stems
from allegations byex-cityworker,
Jim Switzer, that Edward Branch
mistreated inmates, stole from the
city and used inmates to perform
maintenance work on his
automobile. Branch has
maintained that the charges
against him are false and that
Switzer made them up in revenge
for not being recommended for
permanenthire. Branch continues
to work for the city supervising
inmate squads while the case is
under investigation.

County Commission

Discusses River Dredging

Vance Millender of Carrabelle
addressed the Franklin County
Commission on 5 Julyon the topic
of River Dredging in Carrabelle.
Millender voiced his support of
the River Dredging project and
stated, "We've had a problem with
our side (Carrabelle) of the river
for some time. From 1980 to 1989,
we've lostabout 30 feetofproperty.
We need to address the tide
.problem, because it's eating away
at out property." Commissioner
Mosconis asked ifhe would rather
have the situation renourished or
stopped. Millender responded that
he'd rather have it stopped. The
commission voted to write a letter


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to the Army Corps of Engineers,
who have already agreed to take
on the dredging project, to correct
the problems as directed by the
Franklin County Commission.
Attorney Al Shuler then stated
that a petition of objection to the
dredging project (under and north
of the Carrabelle Bridge) had been
filed by Jack Rudlow. Shuler said
that .he had filed for an
administrative hearing and filed a
petition to intervene in response.
Shuler said that the City of
Carrabelle and the Port Authority
would be involved in the
administrative hearing.

Jane Cox and Rene Topping at the shelter.

Way back in the thirties, a ban
was placed by city ordinance on
the use of air rifles, sling shots
and bow and arrows. Since then,
no more modern weapons have
been added to the ban. A city
business couple Linda Hewitt,
owner of a T-Shirt Shop and her
husband John, owner of John's
Construction, brought this to the
attention of the city commissioners
on Tuesday, 5 July.
Ms. Hewitt told commissioners
that she had brought charges
against a neighbor, A. J. Philo,
after a cat she owned was shot
with a 22 rifle. The cat was taken
to Dr. Hobson Fulmer's Clinic but
despite amputation of its' leg it
eventuallydied later the same day.
Philo has denied shooting the cat.
City Attorney William (Bill)
Webster said that there are several
state statutes in place that address
the discharge of firearms.
Commissioners requested that he
look into the matter.
The attorney was instructed to
draw up a proposed ordinance
and present it at the next city

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Battle Of the Boards:

Animal Control

Authority and

Humane Society Try

to Settle Differences
By Lisa More
The Franklin County Humane Society conducted an inspection of the
Franklin Count Animal Shelter on 20 June after receiving numerous
complaints by visitors of the shelter. Three representatives of the
Humane Society monitoring committee reported lamentable conditions
of the facility. According to a written report prepared by Humane
Society members Rene Topping andAnn Lindsey, the shelter committed
acts of animal cruelty. The report dated 21 June 1994 stated:
There was no bleach or kitty litter at the shelter. Floors in the
office were dirty. Floors in the corridor leadina from the office
bathrooms had excrement on them. One screen was out of the
window and bent and could not be put back. There was a really
bad odor permeating the room...
The report also included seven other items written in detail and signed
by both members.
The Humane Society has accused the Franklin County Animal Control
Authority (FCACA) of improper maintenance and mistreatment of
animals. The building in which the shelter is operated is leased to the
Animal Control Authority (ACA) by the Humane Society, but the ACA
Is responsible for both the maintenance of the facility and the animals.
Following the 20 June Inspection, Franklin County Humane Society
President Jane Cox called for an emergency meeting with the FCACA.
Cox stated in an open letter to members of the Humane Society that
"the Franklin County Humane Society monitoring committee report b
delivered to every member of the FCACA either by fax or in person."
In addition to the committee report were notes written and dated by
former Animal Control Officer Earl Whitfield which detailed specific
atrocities. Excerpts of Whitfields 11 June report include:
1 Too many cats in outside cat pen many are sick
2 Dead cats in box behind cat pen.
3 Out back of the shelter garbage filled with maggots.
4 Trash can was full and trash was on ground. ,
5 Too much fecal matter around cat pen and around building
6 Dead cats in garbage can
7 Dead dog floating in the pond
Cox notified FCACA Chairperson, Jack Frye, and asked that an
emergency meeting be held as soon as possible. Cox also requested
that the meeting be scheduled at an appropriate date to include
members of the Franklin County Humane Society, The Franklin
County Animal Control Authority and press representative. Cox
claimed that she specifically asked that the meeting not be scheduled
on Thursday, 23 June as she had urgent business to attend to out of
county. Frye, however, set the meeting for Thursday at 11 A.M. on 23



This is an urgent message to all animal lovers of*
* Franklin County. The Franklin County Humane
, Society is ordering that the Franklin County Animal
Shelter be closed as of Saturday, July 9. because it is
seriously contaminated with disease and must be
thoroughly disinfected and de-contaminated before
U any more animals can be brought in. THIS DECISION
UNITED STATES. Many of the animals in the shelter
.j are suffering from sarcoptic mange and other
a 4 contaminating diseases, due to the unspeakable, cruel,
* J.unsanitary conditions found at the shelter by the.
* -Franklin County Humane Society. The shelter is disease
* ridden and any new animal brought in would become ill and die. We cannot allow
: animals, who did no wrong and were born out the carelessness and uncaring of:
* their owners, to die a miserable death. We pay good money to build newer and *
: better prisons for humans to relieve over-crowding. We must keep these prisons :
in a healthy, clean, disease-free condition. WE WHO SPEAK FOR THE ANIMALS
* many of our members have grown old and are not able to do the things they did ten .
: years ago. We plead NOW for your help.




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Back Themselves

into the Dog House

-The 5 July Franklin County Commission was hard to stomach...and
n,ot for the usual reasons. Once again, the county commissioners have
,a problem sitting squarely on their laps...and they do not want to deal
with it. Unfortunately, in this case, the problem can not be diverted to
Wakulla County.
At the 5 July meeting of the Franklin County Commission, Humane
Society President Jane Cox explained to the commissioners that for
the past 2 months, conditions at the animal shelter have deteriorated.
Cox stated, "If the monitoring had been done by the Humane Society
of America or the ASPCA, I'm quite sure we would be facing charges
:of animal cruelty as a board the following day." Cox also stated that the
Animal Control Authority (ACA) had not functioned properly since
Apalachicola City Commissioner, Jack Frye, became the Chairperson
ifor the Franklin County ACA. "We no longer have regular meetings,"
complainedd Cox, "and members are not notified of meetings." Cox
,concluded, "We now have an animal cruelty motion and we (the
,Humane Society) want no part of it It (the animal shelter) has to be
resolved immediately or we'll have to close the shelter.. .and that is not
our desire. We would like to see the program returned to an effective
,program. I would like instruction from this board as to how I, as a
representative of the Humane Society, should proceed."

Rene Topping

Jane Cox

,Commissioner Ed Tolliver said that the Humane Society should get a
'new Animal Control Authority board. Cox said that the Humane
'Society would have suggested such changes at the emergency meeting
'held on 23 June had they been notified. Fellow Humane Society
member, Rene Topping, stated, "The response we've had from the
chairman of the animal authority (Jack Frye) is that we made false
accusations and that there are only slight deficiencies." Topping
continued, "It's not a slight deficiency to have puppies in a cage with
grown dogs and to have one puppy lying dead and another so near to
"death because of the conditions it is in... that I had to pick the puppy
up and carry it to Hobson Fulmer's animal clinic." Topping stated that
the County Commission's representative to the ACA, Tom Saunders,
was not notified for the emergency meeting of the ACA on 23 June and
concluded, "I was irate that my representative (Jane Cox) was not
notified and I don't know howyou canbe so cool thatyour representative
was not invited."
Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis felt that just a few people were
culpable for the animal cruelty. He stated that the Humane Society
should look to the Animal Control Officer, Eddy .McClain. for,
accountability and not to Jack Frye. Cox reiterated that the Humane
Societywould have held McClain accountable at the 23 June emergency
meeting, but that they were excluded from it. "And don't say "they'."
insisted Cox, "this is your Animal Control Authority. This is something
you're administering."
"Commissioner Tolliver stated, "Ms. Topping's inquiry about Tom
(Commissioner Saunders) and I being there? We don't have anything
'to do with it It's a public lie. I don't have anything to do with it."
:Cox stated that the Animal ControlAuthority had violated the Sunshine
Act for calling a meeting without 24 hours notice She stated, "What is
the implication of the County Commission when this matter is brought
;up to their attention and they do not take action when the law has been
"Violated." Commissioner Mosconis asked Attorney Shuler what the
'commission could do and Shuler responded, "At this point, I don't

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know. I did not come prepared to discuss enforcement of the Sunshine
Law." Chronicle Publisher Tom Hoffer then briefed Attorney Shuler
that a conviction under the Sunshine Act could carry incarceration, a
$500 fine and removal from office by the Governor.
The commissioners agreed that the Sunshine Law violation was not
the biggest problem at hand and that they should focus attention on
the issue of the deteriorated conditions at the animal shelter. Attorney
Shuler suggested that the Commission write a letter to the ACA that
they were aware of the serious conditions at the animal shelter and
that the problem should be corrected. The commissioners agreed to do
so. Commissioner Tolliver also suggested that the Humane Society
write a letter to the ACA to request a meeting. Oyster Radio News
Director Michael Allen suggested that the commission bring Animal
Control Officer Eddy McClain before the board. Commissioner Mosconis
stated, "We don't run the Animal Control Authority." Allen asked if the
ACAwasn't a part of the County Commission and Ed Tolliver responded
that It was not. Jane Cox told the commissioners that the Animal
Control Authority was set up by ordinance of the Franklin County
Commission. Tolliver agreed and Mosconis said, "If I remember
correctly it was your dea to do this. Now you've got problems over
there and you want us to solve them for you. I sounds like we're getting
blamed for something we didn't know existed." Rene Topping stated
that the Humane Society was not blaming the County Commission for
present conditions at the Animal Shelter.
Commission Tolliver stated off-handedly, "Well, then ifit's our program,
we should just shut it (the animal shelter) down and that would-solve
all the problems."
It Is obvious that there are many facets within our County Commission
that do not work. It seems even more obvious that the commissioners
are content to allow these facets to not work indefinitely. With the
exception of the letter that commissioners have promised to write ,
what did the County Commission do (besides whine about the
Humane Society trying to blame them) to rectify any of the complaints.
These are my complaints of the County Commission of 5 July
concerning the Humane Society reports:
1. The commissioners do not know their role with the Animal
Control Authority.
2. Shutting down the Animal Shelter is no solution or a bad one
at best. Commissioner Tolliver is looking for easy answers.
If you permanently close the animal shelter, you increase the
number of possibly diseased animals running around the
public and you cause a lot more animals to die even more
inhumanely (starvation, disease).
3. The Commission needs to worry less about how innocent
they are in the matter and use their leadership qualities to
solve the Animal Control Authority problem.
4. Attorney Shuler should probably read the Sunshine Act so
he will be "prepared" to act on violations of it.
5. The Animal Control Authority Representative on the County
Commission, Tom Saunders, arrived to the Commission
meeting 25 minutes late and left 40 minutes early. He
missed the Humane Society's presentation. That's pathetic.
And now that I have stepped on perhaps every foot imaginable within
the local government, I will humbly refer to a wise quote from a movie
called, "The Breakfast Club." That is, "What can you do when you're
locked into vacancy?" My response, VOTE! Vote for candidates who
will do their homework and who will be accountable.
I'm sure I won't hear the end of this commentary, but sometimes you
have to stick your chest out, roll up your sleeves and say, "No more
jello for me, Ma."
Brian Goercke

City Commission Talks Trash

With Argus Services and

Speculates Park Expansion

The Apalachicola City Commission
met on 5 July from a light agenda
that included topic discussions of
trash services withArgus, the city's
contract with Cablevision and the
possibility of expanding
Apalachicola's park services.
The meeting opened with an
address from M.A.D. D.A.D.S.
(Men Against Drugs Defending
Against Social Disorder)
representative, Robert Davis. Mr.
Davis gave a brief description of
his organization and said that
members would be present at
future public meetings and in the
community in general. "When I
refer to being present in the area,
I'm not referring to the hill area
only. I'm referring to Franklin
County in general. We want to
take children off the streets and
put them in a positive
environment. We are not vigilant
group nor a violent gang. Neither
are we a church group. We are a
community organization. We are
a unitwhose purpose Is to organize
and become active and visible. We
want to promote unity and positive
thinking," stated Davis. The
M.A.D. D.A.D.S. next meeting is
tentatively set for 19 July at the
Holiness Church of the Living God.
The group would also like in the
The Commission's first agenda
item dealt with Argus Services
representative, Jane Dukes.
Mayor Howell stated, "Greatest
efforts have been made to satisfy
the trash situation since I've been
on board. I hope...all of us have to
be negative occasionally...I hope
this Is not a show of force for the
contract, because I'll work to
cancel the thing if it is. I want
everything on the table." Dukes
said that Argus would be
consistent with their contract.
Howell responded, "You've done a

great job and the citizens approve."
Dukes stated the importance of
having residents separate their
household garbage from theiryard
waste going to the compactor,"
stated Dukes, "We have to separate
it before we put it in the
incinerator. Once it gets to the
landfill, they will not separate it"
The commissioners agreed with
Dukes' comments and Mayor
Howell concluded, "Ifyou're trash
isn't picked up, give us a number.
We don't want you to have an
excuse if you didn't see it."
A representative of Baskerville-
Donovan, Bill McCartney, then
addressed the commission and
explained that he did not have his
final report prepared. McCartney
was able to offer a progress report
on several items. He stated that
the legislative monies that have
been allocated for Apalachicola's
sewer system have not yet been
worked out. He also stated that he
was working on a grant called
Florida Recreation Development
Assistance (FRDA) for Battery
Park. He stated that they have
received $100,000 from the state
for Apalachicola. He mentioned
finally that he reported year and
a half ago that a number of global
waste water systems in Gulf,
Franklin and Wakulla counties
had potential long-term problems
with the Environmental Protection
Agency with their disposal. The
problem stems from the discharge
of waste water. McCartney stated
that he was working on a grant
from the Department of
Community Affairs to help resolve
the problem.
Concerning the city's contractwith
Cablevision, the commission
stated an interest in entering a 3-
year agreement with the cable
Continued on page 4


By Paul Jones
A special meeting of the Alligator Point Water Resources District
(APWRD) was held on Saturday, 25 June to recognize Governor Lawton
Childs' appointment of three new Board of Directors to the APWRD.
Outgoing Chairman Taylor Moore, introduced now Chairman Joe
'Chip' Cordell, Jr., Secretary-Treasurer Elaine Morton, and Board
Member Fred McCord. In addition to Moore, the inductees will replace
Barbara Withers and Ed Brautigam.
Sat Satterfield will continue as a consultant engineer for the APWRD
alongwith Jimmy Jordan for system maintenance and Hobe Tompkins
for administrative support.
The current extent of the water district is geographically located from
the western tip of Alligator Point to just past of the now-closed Point
Lounge. Of course property owners outside the district can request
water hookups with the approval of the Board. Although this is true,
Jimmy Jordan cautioned the new board that the APWRD is not
obligated to supply water outside of the district limits. And such
hookups would cost the developer or the homeowner a bundle.
The new Board members will take charge of a water system that was
established in 1966 with no money to operate with to a system that now
has a net worth of a cool $427 thousand plus. The system currently
serves 504 homes on Alligator Point and Bald Point. And based on the
present system condition service accommodation could be stretched
to almost ten more years.
The new Board will be dealing with several important issues. The most
demanding issue looming before the board will be trying to resolve a
water line lead and copper problem being carefully monitored by the
State Department of Environmental Regulation (DER) and Federal
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Jimmy Jordan is currently
having to take water line samples to detect if there is an actual
Also, the DER and EPA are critical of the system's main water line use
of pipe constructed of cement and asbestos. The new Board should be
in a position to take immediate action to resolve this possible health

Tropical Storm Alberto churned up the Gulf of Mexico causing
extensive damage to County Road 370 in front of the Alligator Point
Camp Ground. Franklin County Road Maintenance crews quickly
responded to the area and have steadily restored the road bed for
normal travel.
The storm surge also caused several seawalls to collapse in the
immediate area of the road washout and to the annoyance of a many
holiday beach goers the storm washed ashore large solid blobs of crude
oil all along the beach on the gulf side of the peninsula.
Fortunately, there were no real casualties related to the storm and
according to the Alligator Point/St. Teresa Volunteer Department, the
annual fund raiser sale, cookout and dance were a success, raising
about $9,200, only $800 shy of the unit's goal.

SOS Referendum

By Darl R. Ostander
This November the odds are that the Save Our Sealife (SOS) referendum
will appear h1 the ballot. As of this writing Florida Conservation
Association (FCA) hagscollected 519,000 signatures of the 540,000
they feel they need to get the referendum on the ballot
The question now becomes not will we have to make a decision but
what are the consequences of that decision.
If the voters of Florida pass the SOS referendum the following things
can be expected to happen. First, a reduction in the number of sea
turtles and marine mammals that are accidentally killed during
commercial harvesting. This does not mean there will be an increase
in the numbers of these animals. There are other pressures that have
contributed to the decline of these animals. Loss of habitat, pollution,
harassment whether intentional or accidental, and entanglement in
monofilament fishing line have all done their share. Second, there is
'no doubt that we will see a reduction in the number of gamefish lost
as bycatch in netting operations. Whether this will translate into better
recreational angling is not a proven fact. The same pressures that may
retard the recovery of sea turtles and marine mammals are also faced
by gamefish. In addition, gamefish are pressured by 500,000 saltwater
recreational anglers that purchase licenses. Add to this resident
shoreside anglers who are not required to purchase a saltwater license.
Third, there will be a loss of jobs. The Marine Fisheries Commission
estimated that nearly a thousand jobs would be lost as a result of the
SOS referendum. These figures only covered the commercial fishermen
and the processing businesses that are directly dependent on them.
There are several other businesses that will be effected. They are retail
seafood outlets, marinas that repair and maintain commercial fishing
equipment, and retail outlets that sell equipment and parts to
commercial anglers and inshore shrimpers. Fourth, there will be
increases in the cost of seafood from Florida's coastal waters. How
large these increases will be is the subject of heated debate. One thing
is certain that the increases will be no more than the market can bare
before consumers start buying non-Florida seafood. Another thing
that adds to the uncertainty thatsurrounds price increases is that
prices have been rising steadily as seafood stocks become more
depleted. How much of an increase consumers see that is directly the
result of the SOS referendum will be a very hazy number at best
In the case of the Save Our Sealife referendum not passing, it would
seem that we would return to business as usual. This will not be the
case; there are several things happening or about to happen that will
change commercial and recreational fishing in Florida forever. First,
the Marine Fisheries Commission study that was completed in 1992
stated that the mullet stocks were at the point of collapse. This study
pointed out that gill net fishing during the breeding season (roe season[
was largely responsible for this decline. If this collapse has already
happened, is happening now or will happen in the near future, is a
question that can only be answered by further study. One thing is
certain that at some point stocks will decline to the point where it it
no longer possible to commercially harvest mullet in our inshore
Waters no matter what type of gear is used. This will effectively en;
commercial gill netting. With the gill netters out of business the
pressure on sea turtles and marine mammals caused by this type of
harvesting will also disappear. Second, once the commercial netting of
mullet has ceased the loss ofgameflsh as bycatch will also largely come
to an end. Third, there will still be a loss ofjobs. Itwill be a more graduate
reduction as commercial fishermen try to hang on to away of making.
a living that is no longer economically feasible. They will also go out of,
business without the help of the three dollar surcharge that will be"
placed on saltwater licenses if the SOS referendum passes. This
surcharge will be paid by recreational anglers to help commercial
fishermen retrain themselves and refit their equipment so they canr
move into other forms of seafood harvesting. Fourth, as noted before;
prices for Florida seafood will continue to rise as fish and shrimp
stocks decline. At some point Florida seafood will no longer be
competitive with seafood that is imported into our state. Fifth, continued
destruction of seagrass beds by commercial shrimp trawling. These
areas are the main rookeries of young adult gameflsh. Not only are we
depleting the supply of forage for gameflsh in these areas in the form
of shrimp bycatch but we are slowly, but surely, destroying the beds;
This loss of habitat will retard the recovery of the gameflsh even after
the commercial harvesting of shrimp in this manner is no longer

profitable. Sixth, based on the track record of Governor Chiles and thd
Marine Fisheries Commission, we can expect further watered dowrt
and ineffective regulations to be enacted on a regular basis.
There is no way that someone who is aware of the issues surrounding
the SOS referendum can feel they have a clear and easy choice. Anyone
who considers this an easy choice more than likely has a vested
interest in one side or the other. It is a sad situation for Florida v6ter$
when fisheries policy is decided by referendum instead of biological
and ecological fact. For most thoughtful Florida voters and fishermern
there will be no winners.


Page 4 10 Julv 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

T id e T aUsethesetables to find high and low tide times for(1)St.George Island, andApalachicola Bay (2)ApalacheeBay
T id e T ab l s and Cedar Key area and (3) St. Andrew Bay. Corrections for specific locations are found In Tables on page 5 ..


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1.0 30
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Aucilla Reds

By Randle Leger
,When turning onto the dusty, limerock road that leads to the lower
. Aucilla River, it's clear that you are entering a special place. A place
that mankind has not yet ruined. You may see a deer dash across the
road and ifyou stop at that exact spot, there may be another just inside
the tree line. A little further down, a turkey hen casually trots into view
seemingly unconcerned that someone is watching. She stops just
outside the tree line, maybe she knows the hunting season is over.
It's Summer and the long awaited redfish season is here. We can now
- take our one per person fish in the 18" to 27" range, and there is no
better place to do it than the Aucilla flats. Ifyou want lots of small trout,
go to St Marks, but if it's tackle testing, arm tiring reds you want,
- definitely go to the Aucilla River flats..

Thls:river and adjoining flats are made to order for small boats. The
,entire area is festoonedwith rock piles and oyster bars and only the
very wise and very foolish are willing to run their boat faster than a
crawl. The first big motor-eater shows its ugly head just a few hundred
yards down river from the launch. It is easily visible at low tide but as
,the water rises to high, it drops just below he surface. Once past this
obstacle, it's safe to speed up aslong as you stay centered in the river.
,A small island soon splits the channel and the passage to the right is
a foot or so deeper This is generous for the Aucilla. Once past the
island, the river begins to widen and the channel becomes indistinct.
The best you can do is shoot for the center. Unless the tide is at a record
low, you should be okay until you leave the confines of the river banks.
To the uninitiated, the horrors of bottom slashing rocks and oyster
,bars might seem a high price to pay for a few fish. This is a decision
.each boat owner should make before attempting to traverse these
,dangerous waters, but after you make a trip or two and get the
opportunity to see the area at low tide, soon the bars become
landmarks to navigate by rather than horrors to fear.

-The first time angler should not venture far from the mouth of the river.
Take the time and learn the water and structure well. There are plenty
.'ofcatchable redfish in the immediate area. As you begin to learn your
way around the bars and points you can move on to new areas. These
waters are so unpressured that one may fish the entire season and
,never get farther than a few hundred yards from the lone navigational
beacon on the east side of the river mouth. This pitiful little structure
is sometimes a comforting sight to Aucilla skippers. If you accidentally
find yourself on these waters when the sun goes down, the photo-cell
on this tiny beacon activates the red light just before pitch dark, most
'of the time. Best advice, get in before dark.

'Whether you fish the east or West side of the river mouth, it's all the
.same, this is redfish country and there are plenty of fish to be caught.
A popular technique is to use a trolling motor and fish the shorelines
in a style very similar to bass fishing. Creek mouths and oyster ladened
points always concentrate fish but reds may feed anywhere along the
'shorelines. When the tide is low, and the water is calm, a sharp eye can
spot active fish, whether cruising the area for easy prey or nose down,
tail up, grubbing the bottom for some unlucky crustacean.

A variety of lures and techniques are productive for these red bruisers,
from live shrimp to top water slush baits, but the alltime favorite is the
gold spoon. One-quarter to three-quarter ounce are the most popular
sizes and are available in either treble or single hooks. If you use the
treble hook, it's a good idea to bend down the barbs. When a redfish
takes a spoon he means business, there is no nibbling or pecking. Once
hooked, these fish seldom throw a lure, so the barbs are not necessary.
Usually the problem is that your line snaps during one of the drag-
burning runs these fish always make before agreeing to come to the
boat. But when he is beaten, it is easy to grab the tall and slide one
hand under the belly, lifting the fish into the boat. Once landed, he will
normally lay perfectly still while you extract the hook, no matter how
deeply embedded.
With a limit of one per person, yod will obviously be releasing fish on
a regular basis. Always wet your hands before touching a fish or use
a wet towel, unhook the fish and get him back in the water as soon as
possible. The redfish is an extremely hardy creature and will immediately
come to life when he is placed back in the water, but don't let your oohs
and aahs run too long. ,

: In late May of this year, the near Tamous J.R. Walker, 'owner-and-
proprietor of the Aucilla River store offered to give this writer a guided
' tour about the Aucilla area. Nteed"fe 'to say Tias waiting beside his
boat with rods and cameras" iri' hand at the crack of dawn. My
illustrious guide was a little slow gettingready that morning, what with
all the last minute details of leaving his livelihood in the hands of
others, not to mention the countless pleasantries exchanged with the
many friends and customers that pass through this oasis. Finally all
was secure and hellos said, we were on our way.

It only took minutes to cover the short distance to the Old Williams
Landing and even though the tide was moderately low, J. R.'s heavy
fiberglass boat entered the water without event. The forty horse Suzuki
fired on the first key turn. This always makes a fisherman feel more
comfortable when stepping into a strange boat. The Marine Patrol
avoids the rocky Aticilla flats aid if you break down, it may be some
time before someone comes along to tow you in, however, there is
usually and officer at the launch ready to check your catch when you
return. Be mindful of the laws when fishing this area or you will find
yourself donating some of your paycheck to the State.

Once all was secure in our boat, J.R. hit the throttle hard and we
headed down river. Every so often J.R. would make an unexpected zig
or zag, presumably to avoid rocks that were only visible in his detailed
memory of the river bottom.

We finally left the rivers mouth and headed straight out to the first
marker about 1/2 mile away, which was nothing more than a crooked
stick with an old crab trap impaled on its top. Another 1/2 mile out,
we encountered another pole. This one looked a bit more official,
meaning it was at least straight and sturdy but I was not sure exactly
what it was marking. At this point, J.R. took a 90 degree turn and set
the boat on a secret compass heading that would carry us to his
favorite redfish area. Before we even neared the shore, groups of
redfish could be seen cruising the area. The water was very skinny due
to a delayed tide and it was hard to get within casting distance before
the fish would spook, but persistence paid offand we were soon h6oked
up to a bulldozer with scales.

When first setting the hook on a redfish, the rod doubles and 30 feet
of line peels off the spool. When the run ends, your confidence grows
and you get the fish headed in the boats direction, but this is short
lived, Another drag stripping run comes immediately but does not last
as long as the first. After several of these tug of war episodes, you
should have the fish close to the boat, but it's not over yet. A few trips
under the boat and maybe a wrap or two around the motor are required
before this beautiful red beast is willing ,to give up.

If this sounds like fun to you then plan a trip to the Aucilla flats. With
a little caution, you can navigate these waters with no problem at all.
Some folks believe that oyster bars change their locations at night but
I have found the Aucilla bars are firmly rooted and once you learn their
locations, count on them to always be there.

Ifyou make that trip East on Highway 98 this summer, stop in and see
J.R. just past the Aucilla River bridge. He will always have the latest
information on whats biting and whats not. J.R. enjoys giving advice
to new customers because they usually become old friends.

City Talks Trash
Continued from page 3.
company. Cablevisiori
representative, Susan Tremain,
corresponded with the
commission that the contract
would have to be for 5 years. The
commission showed little interest
in the contract, but made no
motion to accept or reject the offer:

Concerning the Franklin Work
Camp Agreement, the commission
voted unanimously to renew their
contract with them for one year.:

The commissioners then
addressed the contract
amendment with the Franklin
Shipbuilders. They decided to set
a special meeting with the
company on 19 July at 5 pm to
decide on the possibility of a
contract change with Franklin
Shipbuilding. The commissioners

voiced disatisfaction with the
company as several items of their
contract have not been fulfilled.
The company was supposed to
hire 30 employees and only hired
21 workers. They also have not
paid backmoneythatwas required
in their contract with the city.

The meeting closed with
Commissioner Wallace for and
receiving permission to appoint
Johnny McLarren as a coordinator
to look into park expansion for the
city. "It would get kids out of
industry-congested places," said
Hill, "and itwfll give security." Hill
speculated whether they could
receive some of the school board's
budget to support the project.
Mayor Howell stated, "the cheapest
thing is construction and the most
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Time Height
High Low High Low
Water Water Water Water
h m h m ft ft

St. George Sound
Dog Island. west end ..................... +0 07 +0 06 *1.02 "1.02
Carrabelle, Carrabelle River ................ +0 35 +031 *1.02 "1.02
St. George Island, East End ......... ....... -0 15 +006 *0.83 *0.85
St. George Island, Rattlesnake Cove ......... +0 47 +1 19 *0.96 '0.96
St. George Island. 12th St. W (Bayside) ....... --- --- *0.96 "0.96
St. George Island, Sikes Cut ....... . . . ... 0 49 +1 32 '0.70 *0.70
Apalachicola Bay
Cat Point .............................. +1 20 +1 27 *0.82 *0.82
Apalachicola ............................ +2 00 .2 44 0.74 '0.74
Lower Anchorage ........................ +1 43 +2 09 '0.65 "0.65
W est Pass ............................. +1 33 +2 17 *0.61 '0.61

Time Height
PLACE High Low High Low
Water Water Water Water
h m h m ft ft

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) . ................. -1 29 -1 25 *0.74 -0.74
Clearwater ................................ -2 20 -2 07 *0.68 '0.57
Dunedin. St. Joseph Sound ................... -2 22 -2 17 *0.74 *0.71
SAnclote Keys. south end ...................... -2 19 -2 28 *0.80 *0.75
Tarpon Springs, Anclote River ................ -1 20 -1 13 *0.71 *0.57
Indian Bay ...... ............ ............ -0 46 -0 09 *0.93 *0.92
Bayport ......... ......................... -0 59 -0 42 *0.93 "0.92
Withlacoochee River entrance ............. ...-025 +023 *0.96 *0.90
Cedar Key ................ ................. 0 29 -0 30 *0.99 *1.02
Suwannee River entrance .................... -0 26 -0 14 *0.93 *0.91
Pepperfish Keys ........................... -0 20 -0 08 *0.92 *0.91
Steinhatchee River ent., Deadman Bay.......... -0 15 -0 03 *0.93 *0.91
Fishermans Rest ........................... -0 14 -0 02 *0.93 *0.86
Spring Warrior Creek ........................ 0 09 +0 03 *0.92 *0.91
Rock Islands .............. . . . . . . .... 0 03 +0 04 *0.93 *0.91
Apalachee Bay
Auclla River entrance . . . . . . . . . . +0 03 +0 05 *0.93 *0.92
ST. MARKS RIVER ENTRANCE ............ Daily predictions
St. Marks, St. Marks River ................. +0 36 +1 04 *0.93 *0.91
Shell Point............................. +0 05 +0 03 1.01 "1.01
Bald Point. Ochlockonee Bay ............... +033 +0 19 *0.85 *0.70
Panacea, Dickerson Bay ................... +0 16 +0 20 *1.01 *0.82
Alligator Point, St. James Island ............ -0 08 +0 11 *0.75 *0.73
Turkey Point, St. James Island .............. -0 12 -0 18 *0.80 *0.80

Time Height
PLACE High Low High Low
Water Water Water Water
h m h m ft ft

Port Saint Joe. St. Joseph Bay t ............. -0 24 -051 *1.10 *1.10
St. Andrew Bay
Channel entrance f .......... ........... -1 31 -202 '1.00 '1.00
Panama City t ........................... 0 43 -0 44 "1.03 *1.03
Parker t ............................... -0 05 +0 22 *1.20 *1.20
Laird Bayou, East Bay t .................... +0 26 +0 40 "1.20 *1.20
Farmdale. East Bay t ..................... 0 35 +0 55 1.20 "1.20
Wetappo Creek. East Bay t ................. +1 01 +1 40 *1.10 *1.10
Lynn Haven. North Bay 1 ................... .-0 06 +0 20 *1.20 "1.20
West Bay Creek. West Bay t ......... ...... +0 18 +1 23 "1.20 '1.20
Choctawhatchee Bay <11>
East Pass (Destin) ....................... -0 27 +1 20 *0.46 '0.46
Harris. The Narrowst ........................ +1 37 +251 '1.10 "1.10
Fishing B.end. Santa Rosa Sound t ............. +0 41 +051 *1.10 *1.10

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Summer Surf On St. George Island

By Darl R_ Ostrander
Fisherman at Large
In summer St. George Island is at it's finest as far as the surf fishing
is concerned. The last of the spring visitors (sand trout, whiting,
ladyfish and sheepshead) are still haunting the beaches while the
summer standards (trout, redfish, flounder and black tip shark) are
moving in. This situation creates some outstanding opportunities for
the surf caster. A little flexibility and an eye for the beach will usually
bring a rewarding day of fishing.
For most shore-bound anglers on St George the beaches are not
considered the premier waters. Most folks head for Syke's cut, the east
end or the bridges. These are fine fishing spotswith proven reputations.
However my experience has taught me that if you wantfa little more
privacy and angling every bit as successful, then head for the beach.
Surf casting is not a hit or miss proposition. Always try to setup with
as many things working for you as possible.
First is always the tide. Incoming tides are best followed by the first half
of the outgoing tide, then slack high and finally slack low. The best
choice would be to fish the second half of an incoming tide, high slack
tide and the first half of an outgoing tide. High slack tide can be very
productive if you're on fish that are holding in a particular area. If not
it can be almost as slow as low slack tide. Predators move and feed less
when the tide is slack. The only exception to this general rule is the
black tip shark which seems to be very active along the shore during
high slack water periods.
The next thing to be checked is the time of the tides. If high tide arrives
at or around dusk or dawn this can enhance the fishing. This is
particularly true of bluefish and black tip shark. These fish seem to be
more comfortable in shallow water during low light periods.
The location you choose can make or break a trip. Location is every bit
as important as any other consideration. Spending some time scouting
the beach particularly during low tide canbe extremely useful. This is
where reading the water is just as serious for the surf caster as it is for
any fresh water fisherman. Areas where the beach shows more
contours will hold more fish than areas where the beach is straight and
featureless. Straight stretches of beach may produce fish as they pass
by but there is really no reason for the fish to stay in the area. Whenever
possible look for areas that have lots of character such as points,
crests, trenches, draws or deep pools adjacent to shallow areas. These
are the areas where fish wilf hold as they move up and down the
When the tide is moving a current is created along the shore. Water
tends to move quickly through the shallow areas and slowly through
the deep areas. Predators will lay up in transition zones between deep
and shallow water. In these areas predators gain an advantage over
their prey. The faster moving shallow water will suspend prey items
making it easy for the predator to ambush from calmer deeper water.
What seems to be most important about depth is not how deep a spot
is but how fast is the transition from shallow water. Most shore side
pools have a common feature and this is that at one end the change.,
from shallow to deeper water is very gradual. At the other end the
transition is much quicker. This is caused by the shore side current
during moving tides. In one direction the tide flows stronger than in the
other. When fishing these shore side pools it is best to start at the end
where the transition is sharpest Make your presentation from the
shallow side toward the deep side. This will imitate a food item
suspended in the faster current of the shallow area. If the current is
strong enough and flowing in the right direction you may be able to
suspend your own presentation in the current Work back and forth
across the transition zone before casting farther out into the pool.
These areas tend to be the most productive during one tide or the other
but not generallyboth, the direction of the currentbeing the determining
factor. If an area like this seems devoid offish trywalking around it and
fishing it from the opposite direction. Often the fish will be lined up
waiting for food to enter the pool from the opposite side and are literary
facing away from your presentation.
As far as equipment goes try to pack as light asyou can. You may find
it necessary to move up or down the;shore to find areas where fish are
holding. Far too many surf casters tend to camp out on one small
stretch of beach and stick with it no matter what Be flexible. Plan on
moving..You cpuld be few a. yards-.Qm great fishing. .
Your basic, tackle should include some pyramid or pancake sinkers
half to one ounce and hooks from #4's to #0/1's. If you have to make
a choice go with the smaller hooks. Leaders for the hooks should be
fifteen- to twenty-five-pound test. Wire leaders should not be needed

Local Teens Set Sail

By Amanda Loos
Excited and in wonder, ten local
teens boarded the Governor Stone
on Wednesday, 15 June 1994 on
the first of a series of free sailing
trips made available to Franklin
Countyyouths bythe Apalachicola
Maritime Museum in conjunction
with the Franklin County Public
Library and Wilderness Coast
Public Libraries.
Erin Butler, Sabrina Brinkley,
Allison Elliot, Amanda Loos, Eric
Howard, Ty'rek Julius, Julia
Joyner, Jackie Heffner, Wayne
Braswell and Becky Shirley along
with Marilyn Naito and Cathrine
Skylarfrom Wilderness Coast and
young Alton Shiver and his father
under the captainship of Mr.

Daniel Blake shoved off from the
dock of the Rainbow Inn on Water
at 10:30 a.m. with adventure in
their spirits.
Sunscreenwas spread, "spots" on
the deck were established, and
pictures were taken as the old
ship motored out to the center of
the riverwhere itwas time to hoist
the mainsail, foresail, and Jibsail
(which the teens were able to
participate in) and plot a course
up the river with Alton Shiver, the
first at the helm.
Teens exchanged gatorstories and
Captain Blake told tales of the
Governor Stone as cargo boat,
bootleg boat, and oyster boat and
the many times it had been sunk,
fished out, and re-built as it
changed hands through the
hundred plus years of its life.
Although the wind was not as
steady as she could have been
and the motor was used often, the
passengers/crew learned a few of
the basic skills of sailing, rope
coiling and tying, and navigation
of the river.
As the youths frolicked or relaxed,
feet dangling off the bow, the crew
fixed a small awning to shade the
passengers from the hot Florida
sun. Indeed, when the time came
to depart and head home, they
were able to lay back in the shade
and watch the pictures in the
clouds until it was time to climb to
the stem to take their turn at the
When the dock came into view,
there were sighs of both
disappointment and almost-sea-
sick relief, but overall everyone
seemed to en oy the experience at
least for a day off to relax and
maybe pick up a fewsailing tips.
As the GovemorStoneunloadedits
passengers, Captain Blake
presented certificates to each of
the teenagers as proof of their
"flrst-mateship" on the historic
vessel. Each teen accepted with
Pride the certificates with his/her
name calligraphed carefully and
thanked the captain, crew and
library representatives before
heading of to tell the story of their
adventure on the famous boat to
all who'd listen.

The library willbe scheduling more
trips on the Governor Stone for
Young people throughout the
summer. If you are interested or
have questions please call your
local library at 670-8151 or 697-

unless bluefish or black tip sharks are present. A small selection of
lures such as silver spoons, crankbaits in silver, gold or red and white
and lead-head jigs with green, white or yellow bodies should cover
anything you might run into.
Most of the fish caught along the shore at St. George Island can be
easily handled on ten- to fourteen-pound test monofilament line.
Lighter lines will give better sensitivity and not spook the shy fish. Rods
from seven to nine feet are all fine. Those with softer tips tend to give
more time to hook the fish. Baitcasting equipment will work just as well
as spinning. Whatever is most comfortable for you personally is best.
As far as baits go the most successful seem to be fresh shrimp and cut
pinfish with squid and cut mullet also accounting for a large number
of catches.
A couple of other items that can make a trip along the shore much more
comfortable are sunglasses (polarized), suntan lotion, a hat with a
brim, a sandspike and shoes you don't mind wading in. Wearing shoes
while you wade is very important Not only will they protect your feet
from broken shells and live crabs that you may accidentally step on but
they afford you some protection from stingrays. St. George Island has
a large and healthy population ofstingrays around the island. They are
most common on the bay side but should not be ruled out on the
beachside either. Shuffling your feet or dragging your toes as you move
will usually disturb a resting ray before you have a chance to step on
it. Getting stung by a ray in the surf is rare but not unheard of.
Not only does St George Island offer some of the most beautiful
beaches on the gulf coast but with a little planning and scouting It
offers some of the finest angling in the surf that anyone could ask for.


Today's New Breed

Of Popper Cork

By Randle Leger
The basic concept of a noisy float
with some form of offering dangling
underneath has been around
forever. The standard popper cork
has adorned the rods of saltwater
anglers for generations and is still,
used today with some success.:
The popper cork will usually catch
fish but it does have its'
drawbacks. After about two hours
of fishing this type float the
muscles in your forearm begin to
complain. If the fishing is on the
slow side that day you may opt to
lay down the popper and fish
something less labor intensive.
In recent years, our fish
populations have been in a steady
decline and the search was on for
more productive tackle. This
spawned the idea forvarious styles
of rattle corks which combined
the effectivenessof a "splash" with
the added attraction of a rattle.
These floats have gained
tremendous popularity in the
Western Gulf, especially in Texas.
Florida has its' own version of the
rattle cork called the Florida Flats
Equalizer. The Equalizer also uses
sound to attract fish. Specially
designed beads are fitted on the
top and bottom of the Equalizer.
They emit a double click each time
the float is pulled forward and
then again when it is released.
This sound is very effective for
drawing fish close enough to see
the bait which is attached to the
cork by a short monofilament
leader. This iswhen the Equalizers'
sliding float design shows its'
value. Each time the rod tip is
moved, the lure is raised up and
then spirals back down. Any fish
that has come to investigate the
noise cannot resist the tantalizing
motion of the lure.
The combination of sound
attraction and lure presentation
has caught on with Central and
South Florida guides and rave
reviews are coming in daily to the
manufacturer. The Equalizer has
been accredited for catching trout
over 30 inches in length from
South Florida waters.
This new products the brainchild
of Florida's own Bill Hall. Bill
resides in Largo, Florida, and owns
Precision Tackle and Marine Co.,.
also in Largo. Bill is not a
professional fisherman, but an
attorney. He is best described by
his wife, Rose Marie, as "simply


On The Water

By Darl R Ostrander
Fisherman at Large
In Mayofthis year Big BendAngler
magazine printed its' last issue.
Its' passingwas unannounced and
a surprise, to most of its' readers
and advertisers. For the better
part of two years the Big Bend
Angler supplied anglers in south
Georgia and the Florida panhandle
with accurate and timely articles.
Honest reporting on the lakes,
rivers and shores of our area was
a trademark of this magazine. Big
Bend Angler was more than just
well-written articles. It was a
thread that bound local anglers
and the businesses that served
them together. A place where an
angler could see themselves with
his or her prize catch. The Big
Bend Angler was a calendar and
announcement book for fishing
clubs and tournaments. All in all
it published better and more
detailed information on this area
than any other publication in the

an angler enamored with the
sport." He has fished our Florida
waters since he was a young boy
and todayhe spends everypossible
minute on the water.

The Equalizer can be used with all
the standard grub and Jighead
combinations but it is equally
effective when fished above spoons
or live bait It is produced in four
colors: Snooker Green, Florida
Orange, Hot Pink and Bright
Yellow, and four sizes with the
largest size being designed
especially for bait fishing. Though
it has only been in production for
a short time, the Equalizer has
garnered a faithful group of
believers who would rather keep
the good news to themselves.
Fortunately, good news travels fast
and the Florida Flats Equalizer is
now available in our area. It can
be found at most bait and tackle
stores including Wal-Mart.

I first discovered the Equalizer
while testing new lures for Jerry's
Bait and Tackle in Wakulla. My
research showed this product to
be extremely effective on the
shallow flats of Apalachee Bay,
especially on speckled trout and
redflsh but virtually everything
that swims eventually got around
to striking at it The Equalizer can
be fished in water as shallow as 1
foot and as deep as 10 to 12 feet
It allows the angler to make long
casts and the retrieve is effortless.
It can be fished all day with little
fatigue, and is especially
recommended for the
inexperienced or elderly angler.

Though I have yet to land that
"trophy trout" over 25 inches,
keeper trout near 20 inches are
regularly caught with this device.
It has been a steady producer
even under adverse conditions
such as extremely shallow water
and clear, bright skies. The
Equalizer can even be used for
winter trout in our coastal rivers.
Hefty trout have no qualm with
coming up from 12 feet of water to
investigate the noise.

What makes this cork system
different from all the rest? It
catches fish, plain and simple.
Day in and day out it will
consistently put fish in the boat
So put yourself in a boat and get
out on the water. Summer is here
and the fishing is as good as its
going to get

Big Bend Angler succumbed to
the same problems faced by any
small business. The Angler s
demise maybe its' final and
clearest statement on the health
ofthe recreational fishingindustry
here in north Florida. In my five
years here in the Big Bend I have
seen one small tackle shop after
another close its' doors. These
were the same businesses that
Big Bend Angler depended on for
its advertising revenue. These
small shops are the best and first
choice for the correct tackle, lures
and baits to use in the areas they
serve. This is the same kind of
hands on information that was
provided by the Big Bend Angler.
We as recreational anglers need to
patronize these small shops for
more than a cup of bait and
information on where the fishing
is hot We need to move away from
the habit of buying our tackle at
large retail cha ns. 've heard the
arguments better price and big
selection. If you don't see what
you want at your favorite bait and
tackle shop ask the owner to get it
Ifor you. Odds are he will
; accommodate your request and,
if you do a little dickering, he or
Continued on page. 12


Page 6 10 July 1994

* The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Father-Son Fishing

Event at Bay City Lodge

County Planner Alan Pierce


in Franklin


Just barely in advance ofTropical
StormAlberto County Planner and
Emergency Management
CoordinatorAlan Pierce discussed
hurricane preparedness with
members of the St. George Island
Civic Club Thursday night, 16
June 1994, and presented a Red
Cross videotape on lessons learned
from the Hurricane Andrew in
south Florida. "As residents of St.
George Island, you are right on
the edge of an exposed, large body
of water, the Gulf of Mexico," he
"How can you save yourselves
when a catastrophic storm is
pending, and tracked to this area?
Your preparations should begin
now, when the weather is normal,
not 24 hours in advance of a
Category Three hurricane,
otherwise you will not make an
orderly evacuation, and your home
will probably be destroyed." He
reminded his audience, "If all of
that bothers you, perhaps you
should move off now."
In the midst of a hurricane watch,
Pierce continued, "...If you can't
take care of your home and
yourself, you're going to be in
trouble. The high winds make
matters dangerous, the state will
not raise the road elevations any.
As residents of any barrier island,
you will be the first tobe evacuated,
so you will also need to be the first
to be ready. There is NO
alternative." Pierce also added,
"Not only do you have to be first to
leave the island, you will have to
be the first in the county, because
even during a tropical storm, you
will have to leave the county when
evacuation is ordered. All of our
buildings that are designated as
shelters are now either in flood
zones themselves or the access
points to them are in flood zones."
"When a storm comes, you won't
just be able to go to Eastpoint and
hunker down...You will be
evacuating to Tallahassee or
somewhere in Georgia or
Alabama...It will be at least 60
miles to high ground, and ifyou're
taking the northeast route to
Tallahassee, the traffic will be
backed up for hours. Those of you
who were here in 1985 and tried
to get (to Tallahassee), it was a
"The people in Eastpoint will be
leaving too, I hope."
With anxiety levels sufficiently
elevated, Pierce proceeded to
discuss what homeowners and
island visitors could do to "help
themselves" when facing such a
Part of Alan's presentation
included the presentation of new
Florida Hurricane Surge Atlas by
the Army Corps. of Engineers
showing the predicted storm surge
for various coastal areas with the
five hurricane categories, and that
of the tropical storm. In the third
category level of hurricane, the
map clearly shows the complete
flooding ofSt. George Island except
for a few, select-locations in the
Plantation. Pierce reiterated, "At
high tide, on St. George Island
center, you would have 5.5 feet of
storm surge with a tropical storm.
At a Category One hurricane
(tantamount to Kate and Elena,
'bare minimum hurricanes') there
is predicted 6.5 feetofwater storm
surge. This is about submerging
the road and island bridge off the
island..." A Category Two storm
would predictably bring the storm
surge to about 10.5 feet, and
upwards to a Category Five, the
worst hurricane scenario, to 20
feet, a new calculation. This
predicted surge would also affect
all of Franklin County on the
coastal areas. Mr. Pierce explained
that the maps are available for
use in the County Planner's Office,
next to the courthouse.
The lead time for evacuation is 24-
hours but even if a tropical storm
is involved, the island needs to be
prepared to evacuate, Pierce said.
"...Evacuation procedures should
be finished by the time gale force
winds (40+ knots) reach the area."
The most warning we can expect
is about 24 hours. "The National
Weather Service is reluctant to
issue warnings more than 24
hours because the margin of error
increases greatly the longer the
warning. For example, at 24 hours,
there is a 300 mile margin of error
where the storm center will land.


immediatelyraised the issue about
* the oyster bars and asked Grimes
for a plan and route for the
proposal but Grimes did not have
one available. Jimmy Mosconis
reminded the commissioners that
some kind of plan was needed,
and that Grimes would have to
present such documentation to
obtain permits from state
agencies. He was advised to return
his proposal with the appropriate

he still Insists was true) and
summarily removed In handcuffs
by Sheriff Ioddenberry's men after
a kangaroo court passed sentence,
including the Judge of the court
where Hemdon routinely practices
law in Alabama. This year. In
retaliation, he read a short
message memorializing the
"Injustice" and displayed to them
a mechanical doll thai lowered its
drawers and broke wind amid
howls and laughter.
One participant observed. "...I
think there are relationships that
are built down here that will last
forever, as people get to meet new
people." Another "My son John Is
having a great time. He caught I I
fish this morning."
"Awards" are loosely categorized
into the "smallest and largest" fish.
the weirdest fish. and In 1994. a
new category'--he worst father-

The Third Annual Father-Son
"fishing event" was held again at
Bay City Lodge, north of
Apalachicola, on the weekend of
24-26 June 1994. comprised of
over l00guestsat the Lodgeowned
by Jimmy Mosconis.
Pete Hemdon from Hatchechubee.
Alabama, and one oftheorganizers
of the weekend fishing event.
recalled. "About three years ago.
some of my friends and I brought
our sons down and our boats to
Bay City. Then there were 36 of
us. We had a Blast. We caught a
lot of fish. As soon as we recovered
from that great weekend, we said
to ourselves, "We need to do this
again." They did, in 1993 and
again in 1994. This year's"fishing
event" had grown to over 100
fathers and sons coming to
Apalachicola, going fishing and
enjoying the fellowship of new
friends, fathers and sons.
How did the word about this event
spread? Easily. "They're good
friends and business associates,
and they're friends of friends..."
who found out and wanted to come
said Pete Herndon. He added,
"...At Bay City Lodge, these folks
are great They've taken good care
of us and they can house a bunch
of folks here."
Cindy Herndon, Pete's wife, and
John Gindvllle organizers. They
"...try to match people that don't
know each other..." on the boats
so they can meet new people,"
said Pete. 'Today, just offshore,
we got in some bad weather. We
were scared. We all were, but we
handled the situation. There were
three water spouts, and the storm
came over us. A lot of boats got
caught out there, and we couldn't
outrun it. The kids were big eyed,
watching their Dads. Every bat
made it back..." from the St.
Vincent Island vicinity.
The youngest son attending the
1994 fishing event was four years
of age; the oldest about 22,
according to Pete.

At 48 hours, thatmargin increases
to 800 miles, making for a very
difficult "call" for areas on the
eastern Florida coast. Across 800
miles, authorities would be faced
with too many people to move.
Mr. Pierce advised islanders that
shelters would be the last place
for a planned evacuation. There,
you would have to bring everything
with you bedding, food, water,
and put up with a lack of privacy.
The most comfortable evacuation
would be to relocate for one week
in the homes of people you know.
The State of Florida has now
organized recovery efforts to
include elements of the National
Guard to minimize vandalism and

There are at least three
ways to evacuate the
County: (1) Panama City
routes, if the storm is not
coming from the west; (2)
Due north up Hwy. 65,
and (3) Tallahassee via
Hwy. 98 and Hwy. 319.
A fourth little known route
is State 67 north of
Carrabelle, and a right
turn on Florida Highway,
or Forest Highway 13
across the rivers, to Hwy.
373 coming north out of
Sopchoppy, eventually
connecting with Federal
20, and into Tallahassee.



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Builder Bill Grimes appeared
before the Board of Franklin
County Commissioners on
Tuesday, 6 July 1994 to ask
permission to route a private ferry
for transporting heavy
construction materials to St.
George Island. Currently the
bridge system connecting
Eastpoint with St. George Island
is limited to loads of 20 tons while
undergoing repairs. Grimes stated
that his materials weigh
considerably more, but that his
ferry would only be operated on
an irregular basis to transport
such materials. Dink Braxton

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"35 Feet Is 35 Feet..."
Initially, there was a sharply
negative reaction to a report given
in the Tuesday, 5 July 1994
meeting of the Board of County
Commissioners when the
commissioners were told that a
contractor had exceeded the 35-
foot limit for structures in Franklin
County. The County Planner has
not issued a certificate of
occupancy to Lee Noel, owner of a
new home in the Plantation on St.
George Island because the
structure is about two feet over
the 35-foot height, the maximum
permitted under county
ordinance. The contractor is Mark
Jeppson. Weeks earlier the issue
came before the Plantation's
Architectural Control Committee
and the matter was eventually
approved by that board. At the
County Commission meeting on
Tuesday, 5 July, Commissioner
Braxton adamantly took the
position that the rule calls for a
maximum height of 35 feet and no
more. Discussion followed on
whether the County Commission
would take up the matter instead
of the Board of Adjustment which
would meet next week. Another
raised the question whether a
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Kevin Harcourt (Georgia). Jack
Mazzola (Alabama). John Gindville
(Georgia). Ron Eldridge (Alabama).
John Goodner (Alabama) and
Banks Herndon joined our
conversation about the fishing
weekend with sons. The entire
100+ group was comprised of
fathers and sons from Georgia,
Louslana. Alabama and Texas.
'You don't have to know anything
about fishing to enjoy It. You just
do it. You just get out there and
wet a hook." Pete explained. Kevin
Harcourt retorted, I'm a case In
point on that."
Others explained the plan of the
day. Breakfast after an early
arousal (5 A.M.) with sausage,
ham, bacon, scrambled eggs,
pitchers of fruit juice, all served
familystyle, with more. Then, three
pairs of fathers and sons find
"...your fishing guide, get your
cooler, fishing rods, hop in the
boat and away you go."
Some arrived early, on Friday, 24
June; others fished only on
Saturday and Sunday. The fish
brought in by the teams included
white trout, speckled trout,
flounder, black drum, shark,
grouper, and redfish. Saturday's
catch was cleaned by the Lodge
and served up for dinner Saturday
After two sittings at dinner, the
group assembled outside for an
informal program of awards and
good cheer. Banks Herndon
planned some special awards to a
committee of fishermen who, last
year, had him "arrested" for fishing
stories (sighting a whale, which

fisherman. Every son received a
prize, made possible by the
contributions of Willamette
Industries (Lousiana), Adventure
Sports (Alabama) and Mead
Coated Board Company (Alabama)
which included fishing rods,
flashlights, and a variety of small
fishing gear.
The sons consulted for this piece
reiterated the enthusiasm for the
weekend with their dads. One
would remember the water spouts
for quite some time. Another: 'You
fish a lot. It's fun." Pete Hemdon
added, "I don't think there is
enough time spent with your boys
in his hi-tech world...and this is
one way you can bum a lot of time
with your son." What do the
father's get out of this? Banks
Herndon responded: '"They get the
bill." He added, "...and they have a
great time in the process."

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin County Chronicle *

10 July 1994 Page 7

Tropical Storm Strikes Franklin County

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Left over from Alberto's storm surge off the public beach at St. George Island on Sunday, 3 July 1994.

Tropical Storm Alberto
Activates County Emergency
Management Center
A tropical depression formed in
Note: Facts and the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, 1
interpretations for this story July, and within 24 hours, the
weredrawnfromAlanPierce's Franklin County Emergency
report to the Board of County Management Centerwas activated
Commission on 5 July 1994, at the County Planner's office,
and the Chronicle's adjacent to the courthouse. Carl
observations at the Center, PettewayandAlan Pierce activated
on Saturday, 2 July 1994. the center at 11 A. M. Saturday
and closed Sunday noon on 3



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Upon opening, the Center
established continuing
communication, primarily by
telephone, with the County
Sheriffs office, the Apalachicola
weather station and the State
Emergency Management Office,
the Florida Marine Patrol, the.
Florida Highway Patrol and the
National Guard in Panama City.
Hurricane warnings for the Gulf
Coast were issued by the National
Hurricane Center at 6 P.M.
Saturday night even though the
storm had not yet reached
Category I strength, and would
not be expected to do so until 1
A.M. Sunday morning. The
Franklin County Center Issued a
mandatory evacuation order for
the campsites at the State Park on
St. George Island and the Alligator
Point Campground at 6:45 P.M.
and a voluntary evacuation of St.
George Island at 8:00 P.M., both
broadcast over FM station WOYS,
Eastpoint. Voluntary evacuation
of Dog Island was also ordered
and Harry Andrews, Raymond
Williams and the Florida Marine
Patrol took boats over and brought
people back without incident,
Pierce reported that the rental
agencies were most cooperative in
notifying their rental guests, and
many did check out from their
houses early. The line of traffic
over the island bridge, and at the
Island Express gas pumps was
clear evidence of the voluntary


Budget Set

at Special

Meeting of

the Franklin


School Board

The Franklin County School Board
met on 30 June at Brown
Elementary for a special meeting.
School District Finance Officer,
John Reiman, led board members
through the '94-95 budget
allocation that he described as
Relman reported that the total
school budget for '94-95 was set
at $7,453,55 and that the cash
reserves would be estimated at
$209,287. "Ifwe have a 2.2% fund
balance," exclaimed Board
Member "Pop" Waggoner, "we
must be doing something right."
Board Member Willie Speed
concurred, "Some counties don't
even know what a fund balance
After Reiman's report, the board

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evacuation. The St. George Island
volunteer fire department also
assisted in the evacuation. Others
took shelter at the Baptist Church
and Methodist church in
Apalachicola, operated for the
evening by the Red Cross. About
79 persons spent the night at
either shelter.

The Franklin County Emergency
Operations Center was manned
through Saturday night by
Petteway and Pierce, and other
individuals including County
Board Chairperson Jimmy
Mosconis, Commissioner Dink
Braxton, Mark Currenton, and
Clerk of Court Kendall Wade. Late
Saturday night, the Sheriffs Office
notified the Center that the County
Road 370 was in danger ofwashing
away, and Prentice Crum
immediately went to the scene to
,direct dirt moving efforts from
stockpiles nearby. Close
communication with the Alligator
Point fire department relieved the
calling for a voluntary evacuation
of that area. Interestingly, the day
before, the Point fundraiser for
fire and emergency events reached
$9,200 despite bad weather on
Saturday, 3 July (See the story by
Paul Jones, page 3 this issue).
By noon, Sunday, 3 July, the
Emergency Management Center
and shelters had closed.

budget items:
1. Transportation of isolated
2. Pre-K Early Intervention plan,
1994-94: $28,965 is allocated
to the Pre-K plan.
3. Agreement with Pooser
Communications for speech
therapy: $78,684 is allocated
to Franklin County Schools.
Services will be offered to the
following schools at the
following time periods:

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Apalachicola High School
Brown Elementary
Chapman Elementary
Carrabelle High School


4. Transportation agreementwith
Gulf County.
5. PECO proposals for school
health facilities.
6. Small School District Council
Consortium Resolution.
Chairman Kendrick felt that fees
for such specialized programs as
Pooser Communications were
much too high and that a salary
cap should be Instituted. Marie
Marshall argued, "You're giving
preventative care to these children
and you're earning more than
you're giving out." Marshall said
that the budget far exceeded the
cost to operate the specialized
programs. Chairman related that
the school should probably look
for a more reasonably priced
provider. "Sometimes when you
ave to choose between a Cadillac
arid a Ford, you got to take the
Ford," Marshall concluded, "with
education, you should go for the


"Sail" Through Tropical Storm
Continued from page I
the exception ofrefueling the boat,
she said she never goes to a dock
with the boat, choosing instead to
anchor and go into land via her
dinghy. She has a stove on the
boat for cooking, but no
refrigeration other than ice, for
however long it lasts. She started
the trip with frozen gallon jugs of
water, which she said stayed cold
for five days on her last voyage to
the Caribbean "going down." But
coming back, she has no access to
freezers like she does in the U.S.
During the journey, Marian said
she will cross paths with other
people from different parts of the
world, as well as a few Americans
who have chosen to spend their
lives traveling by boat from one
country to another and have
actually become ex-Patriots.
"They'll never come back," Marian
said. At least one day a week"and
usually two" evening meals will be
sharedon somebody else's boat,
"an almost family-oriented thing,
very remarkable dishes from all
over the world."
A sextant is aboard so that the
crew "shoot the stars" and
calculate their position, and a
Loran, along-rahged navigational
system, will tell them their
coordinates. They will also use a
Global Positioning System (GPS),
which Marian described as "a new
piece of gadgetry that works on
Prior to her departure, I drove
over to Timber Island and sat and
listened as Marian described her
up-coming voyage and also similar
voyages she's taken over the past
several years. The whole time we
talked, Marian was lying on the
ground on her back, painting the
bottom of her boat, the Island
Song, with copper paint, which
she said would keep off the
She talked about how she and her
husband, Will, sailed down the
Mississippi River on an 18-foot
sailboat 15 years ago and, after
traveling the coastforawhile, came
down the Carrabelle River for the
first time. "I saw what a beautiful
place this was and what a beautiful
arbor, and I decided I was going
to bring the boat here," she
recalled. She landed a teaching
position at Carrabelle High School


variance was the appropriate
remedy when a builder proceeded
to erect the roof trusses knowing
that they were not the same design
as submitted on the building
plans. These matters were also
brought out at the Plantation
Architectural Control Committee
meeting on Saturday 18 June.
There appeared to be some
ambiguity as to what transpired
on the building site when the
Committee representatives
inspected the roof system on the
building site. Chairperson Jimmy
Mosconis urged the Board not to
take action until the Board of
Adjustment met, and to respond
to inquiries indicating that the
Board of Commissioners are
"looking into the matter."
In the meantime, the Board of
Adjustment will consider the
matter. If a variance is not
approved, it would appear that
the delimma would come again
before the Board of County
Commissioners, should the
Adjustment Board declare the
house specifications in violation
of the Franklin County code. In
that event, perhaps the County
Commission would impose some
kind of penalty for such violation,
or order the builder to take the

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Mark and Susan Baldino brought their two-week-old son,
John Howard, to the St. George 4th of July fire works on
the island.

her first year here and has been
teaching ever since. She uses her
sailing experiences as a teaching
tool, telling her students all about
her trips and also showing video

"A lot of people think this is a very
scary thing, going off like this, but
there are lots of people that do
this." She recently heard about an
Australian woman who didn't start
sailing until she was in her sixties
and "now they call her 'the Sailing
Grandma!' She goes all over the
world!" A lot of women have
contacted Marian about the
possibility of Marian giving them
sailing lessons. "A lot of women
are starting to discover (that) this
suits a woman's personality a lot.
It's not fast...it's peaceful; well,
not always peaceful, but there is
an element of peacefulness about
it. I can have this experience of
returning my life in some way to
what's important," Marian
reflected. "You get caught up in
what you think you should
have...you get caught up in the
advertisement world, I think." She
feels she makes personal choices
that disregard today's "what-will-
people-think" pressures that affect
so much of how we live our lives.
"They say that sailing is an
experience that lowers the
pleasure threshold, and there's a
ot of truth in that." "Oh? In what
ways," I asked her. "Like, a blade
of grass is wonderful when you get
off (the boat) after 10 days," she

On 25 June, I received a call from
Will, and he told me if I hurried
down to Marine Street I would
probably be able to see the boat
going by. I drove down to the
ock, and sure enough, there it
was. I then drove down and parked
on County Road 30 and stood on
the banks of St. George Sound "in
awesome wonder" as I watched
the Island Song pass the small
islands across the way then turn
southward. I recalled Marian's
words of 20 June: "I feel I'm very
close to God when I'm out there on
the water, even sailing on a
Saturday or Sunday. I'm not a
person to drink or party. To me, a
boating experience is not about
drinking or partying. It is
essentially a communing with
nature, and with forces that are
very great, too...very impressive,
and to be respected always. Time
does slow down."

root down by two feet. In the
opinion of County Planner Alan
Pierce, a rebuilding of the roof
system was not likely, but he
speculated that perhaps some
kind of penalty might be imposed.
Decisions from the County Board
ofAdjustment have to be appealed
to the courts, if the Board of
Adjustment does not grant a




Point Road
The recent tropical storm
Alberto left the road fronting
the Alligator Point
Campgrounds (County Road
370) owned by Gene Mellot in
bad shape once again, as bad
weather has done in previous
storms. The County Director
of Public Works (Prentice
Crum) and Engineer (Joe
Hamilton) reviewed the
problems and continuing
expense of repairing the roa
over the pastyearat lastweek's
County Commission meeting.
State agencies, such as the
have thus far been reluctant to
take over maintenance of the
road because of the continuing
washout after each cycle of
bad weather. Many have
suggested that the solution to
the problem would be to reroute
the road on land now owned by
the Alligator Point
Campground and Mr. Mellot.
While the county could
condemn the land, the expense
of that solution might be
enormously higher especially
If the county would have to
purchase a large amount of
real estate for the rerouted
road. Alan Pierce said that
owner Mellot was not
enthusiastic aboutsuch a sale,
and that he was not interested
in a trade of land on the shore,
where the erosion is very bad.
Mr. Crum reported that the
county public works personnel
had the road restored to
workable condition on Sunday,
.3 July, just a few hours after
the worst of the storm hit the

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In0n1Q0194-Theranklin Countv Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Kimberly Dismukes Background

As a part of her pre-filed testimony in the St. George Island rate
case, Ms. Dismukes answered questions about her qualifications
in reviewing various issues in the case. The excerpts of her
testimony on qualifications are presented below.

9. What is your educational background?
A. I graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science
degree in Finance in March 1979. I received an M.B.A. degree with a
specialization in Finance from Florida State University ir April 1984.
9. Would you please describe your employment history in the field of
Public Utility Regulation?
A. In March of 1979 I joined Ben Johnson Associates, Inc., a consulting
firm specializing in the field of public utility regulation. While at Ben
Johnson Associates, I held the following positions: Research Analyst
from March 1979 until May 1980; Senior Research Analyst from June
1980 until May 1981; Research Consultant from June 1981 until May
1983; Senior Research Consultant fromJune 1983 until May 1985; and
Vice President from June 1985 until April 1992. In May 1992, I joined
the Florida Public Counsel's Office, as a Legislative Analyst III.
Q. Would you please describe the types of work that you have
performed in the field of Public Utility Regulation?
A. Yes. My duties have ranged from analyzing and testifying on specific
issues in a rate proceeding to managing the work effort of a large staff
in rate proceedings. I have prepared testimony, interrogatories and
production of documents, assisted with the preparation of cross-
examination, and assisted counsel with the preparation of briefs,
motions and pleadings. Since 1979, I have been actively involved in more
than 160 regulatory proceedings throughout the United States.
I have analyzed cost of capital and rate of return issues, revenue
requirement issues, public policy issues, and rate design issues,
involving telephone, electric, gas, water and wastewater, and railroad
In the area of cost of capital, I have analyzed the following parent
companies: American Electric Power Company, American Telephone
and Telegraph Company, American Water Works, Inc., Ameritech, Inc.,
CMS Energy, Inc., Columbia Gas System, Inc., Continental Telecom,
Inc., GTE Corporation, Northeast Utilities, Pacific Telecom, Inc.,
Southwestern Bell Corporation, United Telecom, Inc., and U.S. West I
have also analyzed individual companies like Connecticut Natural Gas
Corporation, Duke Power Company, Idaho Power Company, Kentucky
Utilities Company, Southern New England Telephone Company, and
Washington Water Power Company.
9. Have you previously assisted in the preparation of testimony
concerning revenue requirements?
A. Yes. I have assisted on. numerous occasions in the preparation of
testimony on a wide range of subjects related to the determination of
utilities' revenue requirements and related issues.
I have assisted in the preparation of testimony and exhibits concerning
the following issues: abandoned project costs, accounting adjustments,
affiliate transactions, allowance for funds used. during construction,
attrition, cash flow analysis, construction monitoring, construction
work in progress, contingent capacity sales, cost allocations, decoupling
revenues from profits, cross-subsidization, demand-side management,
depreciation methods, divestiture, excess capacity, feasibility studies,
financialintegrity, financial planning, incentive regulation, jurisdictional
allocations, non-utility investments, fuel projections, mergers and
acquisitions, pro formaadjustments, projected testyear, prudence, tax
effects of interest, working capital, off-system sales, reserve margin,
royalty fees, separations, settlements, and resource planning.
9. What experience do you have in rate design issues?
A. My work in this area has primarily focused on issues related to costing.
For example, I have assisted in the preparation of class cost-of-service
studies concerning Arkansas Energy Resources, Cascade Natural Gas
Corporation, El Paso Electric Company, Potomac Electric PowerCompany,
Texas-New Mexico PowerCompany, and Southern Union Gas Company.
I have also examined the issue of avoided costs, both as it applies to
electric utilities and as it applies to telephone utilities.
9. Have you testified before regulatory agencies?
A. Yes. I have testified before the Arizona Corporation Commission, the
Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control, the Florida Public
Service Commission, the Georgia Public Service Commission, the
Missouri Public Service Commission, the Public Utility Commission of
Texas, and the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
My testimony dealt with revenue requirement, financial, and class cost-
of-service issues concemingAT&TCommunications of Southwest (Texas),
Cascade Natural Gas Corporation (Washington), Central Power and
Light Company (Texas), Connecticut Light and PowerCompany, El Paso
Electric Company (Texas), Florida Cities Water Company, Houston
Lighting & Power Company (Texas), Jasmine Lakes Utilities, Inc.
(Florida), Kansas Gas & Electric Company (Missouri), Kansas Power and
Light Company (Missouri), Lehigh Utilities, Inc. (Florida), Mad Hatter
Utilities, Inc. (Florida), Mountain States Telephone and Telegraph
Company (Arizona), Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company
(Florida and Georgia), Southern States Utilities, Inc. (Florida), Puget
Sound Power & Light Company (Washington), and Texas Utilities
Electric Company.
I have also testified before the Public Utility Regulation Board of El Paso,
concerning the development of class cost-of-service studies and the
recovery and allocation of the corporate overhead costs of Southern
Union Gas Company, before the National Association of Securities
Dealers concerning the market value of utility bonds purchased in the
wholesale market, and before the Florida Public Service Commission
concerning rules for the water and wastewater industry.
9. Have you been accepted as an expert in these jurisdictions?
A. Yes.
Q. Do you belong to any professional organizations?
A. Yes. I am a member of the Eastern Finance Association, the Financial
Management Association, the Southern Finance Association, the
Southwestern Finance Association, the Florida and American Water
Association, and the National Society of Rate of Return Analysts.

Pre-Filed Utility Testimony

Of Kimherly Dismukes In

St. George Rate Case

An employee of the Florida Office of the Public Counsel, Ms. Kimberly
Dismukes, has filed her testimony n the rte rat proposed by the St.
George Island Utility Company, ltd. in late May 1994. The Chronicle
published excerpts of her testimony in the issue of 26 May 1994. This
Is the second and concluding segment of her testimony.
In docket No. 940109-WU before the Florida Public Service Commission
(PSC) Ms. Dismukes discussed the current rate proposals in relation to
a recently dismissed rate increase case, the Utility's relationship with
its affiliates, recommendations for adjustments to the Company's test
year revenues and expenses, rate base issues, capital structure issues
and overall revenue requirements of the utility.

Q. Let's turn to the third section of your testimony. What
adjustments have you made to the Company's test year revenues
and expenses?
A. I recommend several adjustments. Specifically, I recommend
increasing test year revenues and expenses to bring them up to a
1993 level, reducing salaries and wages, reducing pensions and
benefits, reducing contractual services, reducinginsurance expenses,
reducing transportation expense, reducing bad debt expense,
reducing miscellaneous expense, reducing the Company's
amortization proforma adjustment, reducing expenses for
unaccounted for water, reducing rate case expense, reducing
maintenance expense, and increasing taxes other than income
9. Let's discuss these separately. Would you begin with your
adjustment to test year revenue and expenses for growth?
A. Yes. Although St. George Utility (SGU) has requested the use of a
1992 historical test year, data for 1993 is available to use as a test
year. The Commission has the option of updating the test year to the
more recent 1993 test year, or making adjustments to the 1992 test
year to make it more comparable to 1993. The Company's requested
test year level of expenses are designed to bring the Company's
expense level to a 1993 or 1994 level. Many of the Company's
proforma adjustments are for expenses that were not incurred
during the historical 1992 test year, but for expenses anticipated to
be incurred during 1993 or in most instances in 1994. For this
reason, I believe the Commission should update the Company's test
year level of revenue, expenses and rate base to be more consistent
with a 1993 test year.
I chose to make adjustments to the 1992 test year for the 1993
growth in revenue, expenses, and rate base, rather than completely
revise the test year for two reasons. First, this approach is easier to
understand and compare to the Company's request and avoids the
problem of eliminating proforma adjustments that were booked by
the Company in 1993. For example, one of the Company's proforma
adjustments is to recognize $6,276 of bad debt expense. The
Company booked this bad debt expense in 1993. Likewise, the
Company is requesting a proforma adjustment for contractual
services-accounting. The Company booked this expense in 1993.
To avoid the confusion of ascertaining which expenses in 1993 were
proforma adjustments in 1992, Ibelieve thatitwould be easier tojust
adjust the 1992 data to bring it up to a 1993 level.
Second, this approach avoids the problem of reviewing allofthe 1993
expenses for reasonableness. Both the Staff and I have focused on
1992 expenses because this was the test year filed by the Company.
The Staff, through its audit, has recommended several adjustments
to SGU's expenses. Likewise, I have proposed adjustments to the
Company's 1992 expenses. To be consistentwith these adjustments,
it is necessary to use the 1992 level of expenses, but adjust them up
to a 1993 level.
Unless the Commission adopts the growth adjustments that I
propose, it will set the Company's revenue increase effectively using
the 1992 levels of revenues and investment with the 1993/94 level
ofexpenses. If the Commission sets rates using the method proposed
by the Company, a mismatch will result which will significantly
overstate the Company's revenue requirements
9. Youhavenotproposed an adjustment to the $48,000 management
fee charged for the management services provided by Mr.
Brown. Would you explain why?

A. Yes. Later in my testimony I propose some adjustments which reduce
the level of compensation paid to Mr. Brown which effectively
reduces this management fee. If the Commission does not adopt
these later adjustments, then it may be necessary to directly adjust
the management fee.
My adjustment to the Company's salaries and wages to some degree
reduces the overall level ofsalaries and wages, and can be viewed as
having an impact on the management fee paid to Armada Bay
Company. In particular, Ms. Chase was paid by Armada Bay
Company in 1990, 1991, and 1992. The $48,000 management fee
charged during those yeats apparently included the salary paid to
Ms. Chase. During 1990, 19ym and 1992, Armada Bay Company
paid Ms. Chase $7,408, $30,160, and $20,912, respectively. For
purposes of determining its test year level of salaries, the Company
moved the payment of the major portion of Ms. Chase's salary from
Armada Bay Company to SGU. Consequently, a portion of thec
percentage pay increase reflected on schedule 7 is associated with
this shift paymentof Ms. Chase's salary. Accordingly, a portion of the
salary disallowed by my 5% limitation on pay increases reflects this
shift in payment and can be viewed as lowering the compensation
paid for management services provided by both Mr. Brown and Ms.
If the Commission does not adopt my proposed salary adjustments
and the subsequent adjustments that I propose, then it should
consider making an adjustment to the management fee charged by
Armada Bay Company. As I understand the situation, the
management fee Is primarily paid to Mr Brown for his management
services. In my opinion, there are several reasons wily the Commission
can and should adjust this fee. First, until 1994 Mr. Brown did not
keep time records of the time that he spent working for Armada Bay
Company on tasks related to the Utility. Under the circumstances,
this failure in and of itself should be reason enough to disallow all
management fees. Second, Mr. Brown, throughArmada Bay Company
did not bill the Utility for services rendered.hus, there is no record
of what services were performed. Third, a portion of Mr. Brown's time
is spent deallngwith problems thatwere caused by poor management
practices in the past. In my opinion, customers should not be
charged for the time needed to solve problems that resulted from the
Utility's failures. These costs should be absorbed by the stockholders,
not ratepayers. Fourth, a review of Mr. Brown's time records
indicates that he spends time on efforts that are not directly related
to SGU-like going to court on matters dealing with his mother's
estate. Fifth, f Mr. Brown's management fee is combined with his
legal fees and other benefits, his total compensation package is
excessive for a utility the size of St. George Island Utility Company
9. What is Mr. Brown's total compensation and what adjustment
would you propose if the Commission does not adopt your other
A. Mr. Brown's requested total compensation plus benefits is $80,700,
plus an additional $20,000 to process the instantrate case. Amortizing
the latter expense over 4 years indicates that Mr.-Brown's total
compensation including rate case expense is $85,700. In my opinion,
this level of compensation is excessive for a utility which has
consistently been in violation of the Department of Environmental
Protection's regulations and the Commission's rules and regulations,
and for a water utility the size of SOU.

Given the obvious problems with this utility, its repeated violations,
and its size, I believe it would be reasonable for the Commission to
reduce this total overall level of compensation by 50%-or by
Q. Would you discuss the Company's requested test year legal
A. Yes. The Company is requesting a proforma adjustment to legal
expenses of $24,000. According to the Company this adjustment is
to compensate Mr. Brown for anticipated legal services based upon
a $2,000 per month retainer. Mr. Browngave the following explanation
about his requested legal expenses:
... the utility has entered into a retainer agreement with my
professional association, Gene D. Brown, P.A., under
which the utility is obligated to pay $2,000 per month.
This covers all legal services that the utility may require,
except extraordinary matters such as this rate case and
substantial litigation that cannot be handled by me alone.
As part of this retainer agreement, I keep detailed time
records covering all legal matters which I handle for the
utility company. This time is billed to the utility at $150
per hour which is my standard hourly rate, but I have
agreed to waive all fees in excess of $24,000 per year.
[Brown Testimony, pp. 31-2.]

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Harold Maclean, Office of Public Counsel

Mr. Brown goes on to state that based upon his time records, which
he kept for only four to six weeks in 1992, at $150 an hour, his fees
would substantially exceed his retainer of $24,000.
Q. Has Mr. Brown always charged SGU a retainer of $24,000?
A. No. According to a retainer agreement between Gene D. Brown, PA.
and the Company, prior to January 1, 1993, Mr. Brown charged SGU
$1,000 per month. Effective January 1, 1993, Mr. Brown revised his
retainer agreement and is now charging SGU $2,000 per month. (It
is unclearwhen this retainer agreement was revised, however, itwas
effective January 1, 1993.)
Q. What is the basis of Mr. Brown's assertion that SGU requires legal
services that amount to $24,000 annually?

Continued on page 10

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Music With Chaz

On 12 July, Chaz Mikell will
perform a free music act at the
Holy Family Church in
Apalachicola. The Performance
will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 11
a.m. Mikell will also perform at
the Eastpoint Library later on 12
July from 1-2 p.m. On 13 July,
Mikell will complete his mini-tour
of Franklin County with a free
performance at the Carrabelle
Library from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Chaz
Mikell is a professional entertainer
and writer. He plays eight different
instruments and has worked for
Walt Disney productions for eight
years as well as for NBC studios.

Nocturnal Animals
On 15 July, there will be a
Nocturnal Animals Program at the
Carrabelle Library from 1-2 p.m.
On 16 July, the program will be

featured at the Holy Family
Church in Apalachicola from 10-
11 a.m. and later at the Eastpoint
Library from 1-2 p.m. The program
is sponsored by the Wilderness
Coast Library.

Planetarium Program

On 19 July, there will be a
' Planetarium Program at
theEastpoint Firehouse from
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The
program is sponsored by the
wilderness Coast Library. The
event is free to the public.

Marine Biologist
On 23 July, there will be a Marine
Biologist Program at the Holy
FamilyChurch from 9:30 to 10:30
a.m. The program will occur later
on 23 July at the Eastpoint Library
from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and at the
C from 1-2pm.

Commercial Dr rivers
License Prep Class

The Franklin County Adult
Reading Program (FCARP) will be
offering a weekly class to assist
individuals wishing to obtain a
Commercial Drivers License (CDL)
to prepare for the exam. After
receiving a request for assistance
from localvolunteer fireman who
needs a CDL in order to drive the
fire truck, FCARP staff members
decided that there might be others
in the county needing this type of

If you are interested injoining the
class which will be provided free
of charge, please call your local
library for more information:
Franklin County Public Library,
Carrabelle: 670-2366, or
Eastpoint: 670-8151 or
Apalachicola Municipal Library..

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The Franklin County Chronicle 10 July 1994 Page 9

Continued from page 1
"The harsh environment of a sub-tropical coastal climate
promotes conditions which deteriorate exposed surfaces.
Blistering sun, driving rain, sweeping winds, and humid salt
air are all factors which affect the performance and utility of
manmade fixtures."

Carrabelle 14-Year Old Pitched "Perfect Game"

By Carol Ann Hawkins
William Chipman, 14, who will be
entering the 9th Grade this fall at
Carrabelle High School (CHS), said
that the 27 June Pony League
game at Messer Field in
Tallahassee was "just another ball
game," as far as he's concerned,
but the perfect game he pitched
that night sure does have everyone
else excited. Reports have been
circulating around town and as
far away as Tallahassee that a
major league recruiter is in the
area to recruit the 6'2", 190-lb.
youth, but Pony League Coach,
y Messer, of Carrabelle, said he
hasn't heard anything about this.
William's uncle, Ronnie Morris, of
Carrabelle, said he has heard that
a major league team is eyeing his
nephew but that he only gets
"second-hand information," and
William's grandfather, Louie
Morris, also of Carrabelle, was
unable to confirm or deny the
William is the son of Hubert
Chipman of Carrabelle and Susan
Morris, also of Carrabelle; In
addition to Grandfather Louie,
Grandmother Ann Morris also
lives in Carrabelle.
Coach Messer, who coached

William for the past five years,
said that William is not
downplaying his achievement of
striking out 15 out of 21 batters,
allowing no walks and only two
"pop-flies" and two grounders to
the infield. "That's the kind of kid
he is," Messer said and this opinion
was generally echoed by William's
uncle, Ronnie Morris, who said
that William is "naturally good, a
hard worker."
William is also aastraight-A Honor
Roll student at CHS.
William said he was told in the 5th
or 6th inning of the 27 June game
that he had a "no-hitter" going,
but said, "I wasn't real excited."
"three up, three down each
inning," William said, adding that
he hasn't heard anything either
about a major league recruiter
being in town.
William started playing baseball
in Carrabelle when he was eight
years old. He plays with the Varsity
and Junior Varsity teams at CHS.
He's also a lineman for the CHS
football team. His favorite subject
. in school is Math, and he likes to
hunt and fish. Although he likes
all types of music, he said music
is "no big thing," and he usually
only listens to it if he's "going

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somewhere." He has family
support in all his athletic abilities,
and the entire family goes to the
games to watch him play.

William said he would like to play
for a major league team, but only
after he completes his scholastic
education. "I want to go to college
first," he said, and when asked
what college he prefers to attend,
answered with a big grin, "FSUI"
William said, however, that he
would "take a scholarship
'anywhere." If it comes down to
having to make a choice between
baseball or football. William said
he would prefer baseball over

William said the 27 June game
was the first "perfect game' he'd
pitched, although he has pitched
a no-hitter. Coach Messer, who is
assisted by Coach Donny
Sparkman, of Wakulla, said he
had never coached another player
who pitched a perfect game, but
emphasized that William couldn't
have done it on his own. "All in all,
it's a team effort; the team did it."
Messer said he'd known since
William first started playing
baseball that the youth was
capable of some day pitching a
perfect game.

This is William's last year in Pony
League, but according to Coach
Messer, he will be able to play on
VFW teams in other counties,
adding that Franklin County does
not have a VFW team. "The main
goal is his grades. The rest will
take care of itself," Messer said.



Inmates Take G.E.D.

15 inmates from the Franklin
Work Camp were administered
the G.E.D. test on 1 July. The 15
inmates were able to take the test
free of charge thanks to a grant
from the Florida Literacy Coalition.
FayBurton, who administered the
test, noted that the students were
both well behaved and quite
prepared. Major T. E. Whitehead
stated, "This is something I wanted
done when I arrived at the Work
Camp in Franklin County. The
men have taken pride in
themselves and have shown it in
their study habits. If this helps
them in the long-run, then that is
what the program was for."

School Board Has

Brief Regular Meeting

The Franklin CountySchoolBoard"
met on 7 July for a brief regular,
The meeting opened with.
recognition to Harmon Price, aL
retiring custodian who worked at
Carrabelle High School for 14

announced that Jimmy and
Jennette Miller of Miller Marine
had donated 20 thousand dollars
worth of mariner equipment to
Franklin County schools.
Superintendent Ponder said that
he would write a letter of
appreciation to Miller Marine for
providing the training material.

ChairmanWillie Speedithen rea The meeting closed with Pop
a list of his 1992-94a Waggoner motioning to advertise
accomplishments to the board, for a speech therapist Director of
He also presented a book "Small Curriculum Rose McCoy asked
Districts, Big Problems" and asked that the board exercise caution
that each board member take the before advertising for additional
time to read it services. She stated that the board
had already voted to enter into a
The board then addressed a contract with Pooser
student transfer controversy. Communications (a speech
Superintendent C.T. Ponderwould therapy organization). "You don't
not recommend an out-of-county have too long'before school starts.
transfer' of an elementary and You don't want a disruption in
middle school student. Board speech therapy services.You want
members questionedwhetherthey to maintain some level of
coulddenyatransferwithoutmore continuity with Pooser." stated
cogent reasons. Chairman Will McCoy. Board Member Speed felt
Kendrick motioned to table a that it would be impossible to
decision until they could further obtain a resident speech therapist
discuss the matter. The board from the advertising. The Board
accepted Kendrick's motion, voted to accept Waggoner's

The board then voted to accept
the following budget items:
1. Gateway Student System
Invoice '94-95
2. Panhandle Area
Educational Cooperative
(PAEC) Agreement for
Participation '94-95

3. PAEC Risk Management
Consortium Agreement
4. Blueprint for Career
5. Add-On Certification-
Adaptive Physical

City Treats Inmates to

At the request of Mayor Bobby
Howell, approximately 60 inmates
(3 public work squads and city
crews) were treated to a banquet
sponsored by the City of
Apalachicola. Eight Work Camp
staff members were also in
attendance at the banquet. Major
T. E. Whitehead stated, "We just
want to thank the City of
Apalachicola for a terrific cookout.
There have been many inmates
who have expressed their
appreciation to the
treating them to this banquet"
Asked about the inmates response
at the banquet, Mayor Howell said,
"The inmates were outstanding."

Board Member Connie Sadler

School Board

Former coach, teacher and
principal, Clayton Wooten, was
selected at the 30 June special
meeting of the Franklin County
School Board to replace resigned
Principal Jim Signor.
In an atmosphere that seemed
both hopeful ofWooten's potential
to impact Carrabelle High School's
academic program and weary of
the numerous short-term
principals of the past, the school
board voted unanimously to accept
Wooten for the position. 'We wish
you the best of luck," stated
Chairman Kendrick, "It's gonna'
be tough."
Superintendent C.T. Ponder later
stated that he strongly
recommended Wooten for the job
because of his vast experience,
firm disciplinary and curriculum
traits and his past success within
the Franklin County School
system. "I plan to go in and discuss
my views with everyone," stated

The major repairs and improvements needed over the next five years
include improvements to Leisure Lane, side roads, boardwalks, pool
decking, firehouse construction, and airport land acquisition and
resurfacing all of which would total $1,677,749. Gleasman estimated
that the annual dues would escalate by $600 for house owners and
$273 for lot owners per year for the next five years. For example, under
the 1994 budget, the homeowner assessment was $705. Under a fast-
track five year plan to repair amenities and build the firehouse
($1,677,749 total), homeowners would be assessed $1305 per year,
over a five year period. The Gleasman plan reads, in part, "...Although
it would be desirable to adopt such an aggressive plan, it is also likely
that the substantial increase in dues required will negatively impact
member relations and will promote collection difficulties." Thus, ani
"abbreviated collection of the minimum infrastructure improvements,"
requiring fewer dollars was recommended and approved by the Board
of Directors. The estimated cost of this "abbreviated" plan is $662,000;
requiring a dues increase by $198 for homeowners and $90 for lot
owners during each of the next five years. The plan also contemplates
building up financial reserves so when large-dollar repairs are needed,
the need for special assessments would be minimized.
Board members present for the 25 June 1994 meeting were: Jim
Bachrach, PamelaAmato, Tom Outlaw, Hank Koslowski, Lori Rodrigue
and President Lou Vargas. Board members absent: John Cullen.
The proposed 1995 "base budget" approved by the Board is as follows:
1995 St. George Plantation Proposed Base Budget
Description Total

Association Dues
RVA Dues

Total Income

Payroll Taxes
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Gas & Oil
Maint/Rep Equipment
Residence Carpet


Payroll Taxes
Workman's Comp
Major Medical


License Fees
Airport Taxes
Airport Phone

Payroll Taxes
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Gas & Oil
Pool Supplies
Pool Furnishings
Pool Equipment
Pool Deck Repair
Boardwalk Repairs
Tennis Court Maintenance
Clubhouse Rep/Maint.
Maint. Repairs/Supplies
Maintenance Equipment
New Truck Purchase
Mosquito Control


Payroll Taxes
Workman's Comp
Major Medical
Office Equipment
Equipment Maintenance
Insurance/E & 0
Taxes, Clubhouse
Bad Debt
Meeting Expense


Total Expenses
Less income other than dues
Less fishing income

Total Net Expenses
Due from B.S.C. HO

Total Homeowner Expenses

Clayton Wooten,
New Carrabelle Principal
Wooted. "I want to make sure that
I get input from as many people as
Wooten returns to the position he
left from in 1989. He became
Carrabelle's principalin 1987. Mr.
Wooten was also a principal in
Wewahitchka 1976 to 1985. Most
recentlyhe wasaG.E.D. instructor
at Gulf Correctional Institution.





750.00 "











1995 Proposed Budget with Improvements

Boardwalk Replacement
Firehouse Fund
Airport Improvement Fund
Leisure Lane Fund



Total Expenses



Homeowners, continued on page 10


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Dismukes Pre-Filed Testimony,
Continued from page 8

A. Apparently Mr. Brown's support for this lies with the time records
he maintained for a period of just four to six weeks during 1993.
During the remainder of 1993 and all of 1992, Mr. Brown kept no
records of the legal services that he provided to the Company.
Furthermore, Mr. Brown rendered no bills to the Company for legal
services rendered. Therefore, it is virtually Impossible for this
Commnunission to evaluate the reasonableness of the Company's
requested legal expenses of $24,000.
It is interesting to note that In his deposition, Mr. Brown indicated
that while he did not keep detailed time records for work performed
for SGU, he did keep detailed time records for his other clients.
[Brown Deposition, p. 126.]...

.9. What is the next adjustment that you examined?
A. The next adjustmentthat I examined was the Company's request
for $85,091 for contractual services-other. The Company's requested
expenses are broken down into four components: $22,409 for a tank
maintenance program; $37,493 for a pipe cleaning program; $23,909
for testing services; and-$1,280 for employee uniforms.

With the exception of testing expenses, none of these expenses or any
portion thereof, was incurred by the Company during the test year
or 1993. These requested expenses are all new expenses which the
Company maintains must be incurred to properly operate and
maintain the system.
I have evaluated the adjustments proposed by the Company and I
have made some changes, based upon what I believe to be errors in
the Company's calculations.
Concerning-the tank maintenance program, the Company alleges
that the DEP mandated immediate arrangements for a ground
storage maintenance program and that ongoing maintenance is
necessary to preserve the integrity of the elevated tank. The need for
maintenance of the ground storage tank was addressed by the DEP
in a letter to Mr. Brown dated November 30, 1993 and resulted from
an inspection which took place in August 1993. The DEP identified
eleven deficiencies with the Company's water system, one of those
being the ground storage tank. The DEP wrote:
Leaks are becoming more and more apparent in the sides
ofthe Ground Storage Reservoir, Rule 17555.350(1), FAC.
Seek a suitableNSFapproved sealant Submit a description
of this sealant to the Department for approval prior to Its
application. This must be scheduled as soon as possible
so that drawing down the reservoir does not interfere with
peak water usage periods.
In support of its requested proforma adjustment the Company
provided a bid submitted by Eagle Tank Technology Corporation.
[The Company also apparently obtained another bid to maintain the
elevated storage tank. This estimate was $45,000 and obtained from
Jack Ethridge Tank Company. The Company apparently provided
this bid to the Staff, but it was not submitted as support for its
proforma adjustment]

It is clear from reviewing the bid that a portion of the cost attributed
to the proposed maintenance program is to rehabilitate the tank.
Eagle Tank Technology Corporation wrote: "As we discussed before,
we have to return these tanks to a certain order to place them on our
maintenance program." My reading of this sentence indicates that
S certain remedial work needs to be preformed so that Eagle Tank
Technology Corporation can properly maintain these tanks.
In my opinion, the cost of this remedial work should not be charged
to customers. The need for this extra maintenance was apparently
caused by the poor management and failure of the Company to
S properly maintain this equipment in the past I do not believe that
the Company's customers should bear this cost. Such costs are more
property charged to the Company's stockholders. According to Eagle
TankTechnology Corporation the cost of this remedial work is
$51,958, or $8,660 over a six-year period. I have removed this cost
from the Company's requested proforma expense adjustment.
I also recommend that if the Commission approves this expense,
which I do not necessarily endorse, that it require the monies be
C- collected and placed into an escrow account with an independent
escrow agent. As the Company incurs the expense, it can be paid
from the escrow account. I am concerned that, as with other
*6, expenses, the Commission may approve the requested expense, but
SGU will never incur and/or pay the expense.

Jake Shrieve, Public Counsel, State of Florida

Q. Would you address the pipe cleaning program?
A. Yes. According to the Company a "continuous distribution cleaning
prog ram is necessary to maximize pressure, detect leaks and control
".S. turbidity." [Minimum Filing Requirements, p. 36.1 The Company
accordingly increased testyear expenses by $37,493. The Company's
estimate is based upon a bid for these services from Professional
Piping Services, Inc. The Company apparently obtained no other
quotes for this service. My primary recommendation is to not allow
this expense because the Company only obtained one bid and has no
signed contract.
My alternative recommendation is to allow a portion of the expense.
According to the bid, over a 10-year period the cost of the pipe
cleaning would amount to $350,880, or $35,040 annually. To this
amount the Company added $2,453 to clean the transmission line
across the bridge. I have reduced this latter amount by 50%. Mr.
Brown stated in his deposition that the Utility was attempting to
obtain a grant to pay for half of this expense.
Again, I recommend that if the Commission approves this expense,
which I do not necessarily endorse, it should only allow the Company
to collect increased rates for this expense if the money is put in an
appropriate escrow account. Once the services are rendered the fees
can be paid from the escrow account.
Q. What is your recommendation with respect to the fire protection
A. In Production of Document Request No. 60, the Office of the Public
Counsel asked the Company to provide all documents substantiating
the $30,000 cost of the fire protection study. The Company's
response was that it had no written estimates. Since the Company
was unable to produce any documents to support this cost estimate,
I recommend that the Commission disallow the expense. Again, I do
not believe that the Commission should accept unsupported and
undocumented proforma adjustments. I have accordingly reduced
the Company's request by $6,000. If the Commission does approve
this expense, I recommend that it be subjected to the escrow
requirements that I have mentioned earlier.
Q. Would you discuss your adjustment for unaccounted for water?
A. Yes. According to the Company's Minimum Filing Requirements the
Company experienced 15.27% of unaccounted for water during
1992. It Is my understanding that the Commission usually finds that
unaccounted forwater In excess of 10% as-unacceptable. In response
to the Staffs Interrogatory 7, the Company gave the following
reasons for exceeding 10% unaccounted for water.
The utility's unaccounted for water is not greater than
10%. According to a recent independent study and analysis
by the Florida Rural Water Association, the utility's lost
water figure is approximately 2% after full implementation
of the leak detection program implemented jointly by
Florida Rural WaterAssociation and the utility. [Response
to Staff Interrogatory 7.1
Since the Company has reduced its unaccounted for water tojust 2%
I believe that for consistency the Commission should reduce chemical
and purchased power expenses to reflect the lower amount of water
that must be pumped or treated on a going-forward basis. In
addition, during the testyear the Company had three tank overflows
which caused the loss of 435,000 gallons. According to the Company
the problems that caused these tank overflows have been corrected
and are not expected to occur in the future. [Response to Staff
Interrogatories 10 and 11.] Since the Company knew about these
leaks they were not recorded as unaccounted for water. Accordingly,
I believe that chemical and purchased power expenses should be
adjusted to remove the costs associated with this lost water.




Franklin County
Commission Highlights
of 5 July Meeting

* Commission voted to have the
$25 cremation fee that is
assessed to County by the
Medical Examiner's office to
have Indigents cremated
directed to the funeral homes

* Commission renewed Willie
Speed's three-year term to the
Panhandle Private Industry

* Commission voted to repair the
Sheriffs Dept. 911 Dictaphone
and moved that a portion of the
Emergency Management Fund
be used to pay for the repair.

* Commission proposed to reduce
the Lanark Village residential
speed limit from 25 MPH to 15

* Commission voted to put a 20-
ton weight limiton single unit (2
axle) vehicles on Trout Creek


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Schedule 17 of my exhibit shows the calculations for adjusting
chemical and purchased power expenses for unaccounted for water
in excess of 2% and for the 435,000 gallons of water lost due to tank
overflows. As depicted on this schedule, I recommend that chemical
expenses be reduced by $538 and that purchased power expenses
be reduced by $2,888.
9. Would you explain your adjustment to rate case expense?
A. Yes. As shown on schedule 18, the Company is requesting recovery
of $105,039 in rate case expenses. The Company's request includes
the cost of the case which was dismissed, the cost of using a
consultant to prepare Minimum Filing Requirements (MFRs) which
were subsequently not used, as well as the estimated cost to litigate
the instant case. I recommend for several reasons that the Commission
only allow the Company to recover $49,238 of Its requested rate case
First, I have reduced the Company's request to recover $50,000 for
fees for Management & Regulatory Consultants. Inc. to $25,000. In
the Company's case that was dismissed the Company indicated that
the fees for this consultant would be $25,000. The Company
described the services as follows:
Prepare Final MFR Rate Base, Net Operating Income,
Cost of Capital, Rate Engineering (part); coordinate filing;
direct & rebuttal testimony; respond to discovery; assist
with and attend pre- and post-hearing proceedings and
filing. [Minimum Filing Requirements, DocketNo. 930770-
WU, p. 39.]1
For. the instant case the Company Is requesting $50,000. The
services are described as follows. For $30,000 this consultant's
services were described as:
Prepare Final MFR Rate Base, Net Operating Income,
Cost ofCapital, Rate, Engineering (part); coordinate filing,
prepare direct testimony. [Minimum Filing Requirements,
p. 48.1
For an additional $20,000 this consultant's services were described
Prepare rebuttal testimony; respond to staff & intervener
discovery; assist with and attend pre- and post-hearing
proceedings and filing; testify at hearing. [Ibid.]
Comparing the descriptions between the dismissed case and the
instant case indicates that the services to be provided are the same,
the fee just increased by $25,000. The Company has not explained
why it was necessary or prudent for this consultant's fees to double.
Undoubtedly, some of the additional cost is related to the fact that
after the first case was dismissed the Company substantially revised
its MFRs and reified testimony. Despite Public Counsel's request,
the Company has failed to provide information concerning what
portion of the cost of the dismissed case will be removed from the
Company's request for rate case expense..In response to OPC's
interrogatory 13, the Company indicated that it will
...seek recovery for part of the expenses incurred in
connection with the prior rate case, but only to the extent
that such expenses reduced the expenditures that would
otherwise have to have been made in connection with the
Instant proceeding. [Response to OPC Interrogatory 13.1
In response to this same interrogatory the Company indicated that
rate case expense through December 2, 1992 for Management &
Regulatory Consultants was $21,114. This would be the portion of
Management & Regulatory Consultant's .fee expended on the
dismissed case.
9. Why have you reduced rate case expense by $25,000 when only
$21,114 was expended on the dismissed case?
A. My recommendation is only partly based io my belief that the
Commission should not allow the Company to recover the rate case
expense associated with the dismissed case. I also believe that the
Commission should hold the Company to its first estimate of the rate
case expense for this consultant. This apparentlywas the Company's
or its consultant's best estimate ofwhat itwould cost to litigate a rate
case before the Commission. Absent the cost of the dismissed case,
there have been no unusual circumstances that would warrant a
doubling of rate case. I believe that the Company should have
obtained an estimate and firm bid for the services to be rendered by
its consultants. The Company, however, failed to obtain such
information. [Response to OPC's Document Request 23.] Failure to
obtain firm bids and estimates, barring unusual events, does
nothing to encourage consultants to hold down their fees. If it Is
understood in the industry that consultants routinely recover all
expenses and fees billed to a utility, there is no incentive for the
Company to negotiate tough contracts with its consultants...
...9. What do you recommend with respect to the $20,000 of legal
fees requested for the searvicefrovidedby Mr. Brown? ed

A. I recommend that the Commission disallow these fees In total.
Through November 10, 1993, Mr. Brown billed SGU $10,860
associated with the dismissed rate case. Clearly this expense should
notbe passed onto ratepayers. Inaddition, a reviewofthe description
of services rendered indicates that it was not necessary for an
attorney to render them. They could have easily have been provided
by Mr. Brown in his management-capacity, which would have caused
no incremental rate case expense to be charged to customers. The
following is a sample of work descriptions which Mr. Brown billed as
legal at $150/hour, rather than management time. In my opinion
these services did not require the expertise and additional expense
of a lawyer.
Review of old files from '89, rate case research work
with Frank Seidman Re: MFRs;
Work with Staff & Frank S. Re: MFRs work on profiled
Work on rate case;

Work with Frank S. and StaffRe: MFRs -work on prefiled
testimony; i
Work on MFRs with Frank S. and Staff;
Final review & filing of rate case including compilation
of maps, exhibit, etc....
...Q. The first issue you mentioned concerned the original cost of the
Company's water plant. Wasn't this issue decided by the
Commission in the Company's last case, Docket No. 871177-WU?
A. The Commission had to reach some decision in the last case in order
to set the Company's rate base. However, in that case, the Commission
expressly indicated that If other evidence was presented which
contradicted Its decision, it would readdress the Issue of the original
cost of the Company's water assets.
In Docket No'. 871177-WU, the Commission established the value of
the Company's rate base usingan original cost study. The Commission
did not favor use of the original cost study, but felt that using it was
better than allowing a rate base of zero.
In Its decision the Commission noted the appropriate methodto
determine the original cost of a system and why this method could
not be used for St. George Island Utlitv Company, Ltd.



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1995 legal fee estimates Are listed at $36,000. The lawsuit with Bob
Herron (RSH enterprises) continues into 1994. Wayne Gleasman
reported that Ms. Barbara Sander's legal rate is $95.00 per hour,

A question was raised about employee salaries which made up about
27% of the $601,190 budget. Wayne Gleasman responded that he
would happily discuss individual situations with individual board
members but he did not feel it was appropriate to discuss individual
salaries in front of the other employees or the entire membership at
this time. Some of the employees were candidates for merit increases,
subject to Board approval. He also pointed out that administrative
salaries had already been reduced for the 1995 budget year.

Lou Vargas then opened up the budget topic for discussion by the
Board. He said he would recommend that the Board "...do the annual
assessment with the set-aside for capital improvements..." meaning
that the budget portion entitled "Proposed Budget with Improvements"
be approved. The additional $148,120 would be "set-aside" in separate

so-identified, over the five-year plan. Vargas pointed out that the
Board would review these funds annually and make adjustments
either in assessments or expenditures, as appropriate.

B. L. Cosey raised Issue of Association liability. He was especially
concerned if someone were seriously injured on Association property
and the liability that might follow such an event. "...The lawsuits won t
just be against the Association...So, they're going to go after individual
members...you could pay on (a lawsuit) the rest of your life..." Wayne
Gleasman added that the Board could take up this issue in the future,
perhaps starting with a complete review of the Association's insurance
program. Roy Hoffman suggested canvassing the Association
membership or insurance expertise and form a committee to make
recommendations to the Board.

Board member Pamela Amato raised the question if the Association
were allocating too great a share of its budget toward personnel costs,
including salaries, social security, medical and associated costs. She
was not suggesting cutting salaries, nor fringe benefits but merely
calling attention to an increasing percentage of budget committed to
personnel costs.

Hank Kozlowskl challenged the large amount of money committed to
the airport, which served potentially 20 persons who were pilots. In the
comprehensive plan, suggested improvements include $102,000 for
the purchase of the remaining land and $145,000 for resurfacing the
runway within five years. But, if the airport is no longer operated for
public access, a reverter clause, purchased by Ms. Vicki Ware, an
associate of George Mahr, would enable her to take possession of the
airport. By not purchasing the additional land, the Association would
restrict itself in generating revenue, to landing fees. There is very little
available land to park aircraft.

The Board then discussed the implications for Resort Village should
the airport be abandoned by the Association, and sold to another
party. While- the other party would likely have many difficulties for
building permits north of Leisure Lane, there might be changes in the
current restrictions on building heights and development. Discussion
followed involving various speculative proposals for selling the airport,
adding reverter clauses favorable to the Association. Dr. Tom Adams
brought forward other issues involving the Resort Village project,
perhaps formulating a dealwhich might function as an incentive to Dr.
Ben Johnson to develop his commercial property as single-family
resident use. Another question was raised whether the Association did
own the land under the asphalt runway, since the relevant documents
refer only to asphalt runway.

The Board voted to hold the 1994 Annual Meeting of Homeowners on
Saturday, 15 October 1994 at 10:00 A. M. to be held at the Clubhouse
in the Plantation, St. George Island. The next board of directors
meeting will be held in the same location on Saturday, 27 August 1994.

The appropriate method to determine the original cost of
a system Is by analysis of the utility's books and records
and the original source documentation In support thereof.
During the audit of SGI, the Staff auditor was informed
that the original records had been lost, thrown away or
had simply disappeared. Since SGI could not locate its
books and records and supporting documentation, It
submitted ad an original cost study in support of Its
Proposed rate base. [Order No, 21122. p. 6.1....... ........
In its order the Commission explained that it historically has been
cautious in using an original cost study to determine the amount of
plant investment. Such situations have usually applied to very small
systems where extreme circumstances existed. The Commission
elaborated on its dissatisfaction with SGU:
Given the size of SGI, the fact that its owner is also a
developer and that it has consistently remained under the
same ownership, its failure to maintain original source
documentation for review by this Commission or any
other governmental agency is unacceptable. We cannot
help but wonder how the records were available for
independent accounting firms to perform annual audits
and consistently issue unqualified opinions, when the
same records are unavailable for this proceeding. [Ibid., p.
Dismukes Testimony
Continued on page 11

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The Franklin County Chronicle 10 July 1994 Page 11

My Dad: A Dedication to

William James Mathis

By Becky Mathis-Floyd
"Squirrel" or "Doc" were the nicknames that my dad, William James
Mathis, was generally known by. My dad was a generous, considerate,
understanding and humorous man. I can recall so manyvivid memories
of my childhood, teenage, young adult and adult years with my Dad
that were shared as friends.
Daddy was the son of Mr. Willie James and Mrs. Jackie Mathis. He was
born on January 9, 1900 in Apalachicola, Florida. His parents passed
away when he was a small boy; he was reared by his aunt, Mrs. Choney
Woods and later by his aunt, Mrs. Eunice Jefferson.
As my dad came of age, he chose to work for the Pennsylvania Railroad
Company. In 1944, he was drafted in the U.S. Army. While serving in
the Army, my dad became ill and was honorably discharged from the
military. He was married to an outstanding lady, my mother, Rophebe
"Phobe" Holmes Mathis. Unto this marriage, 2 children were born,
Ruby and myself, Becky or "Beck" as my father frequently called me
My dad became a member of the Holiness Church of the Living God
under the pastorage ofBishop J. Q. Croom. He built a relationship with
several members of the church. Most are not physically with us, but
are here, spiritually.
My dad and I had a relationship that I will always cherish. When my
husband, Perry, became a member of our family, my dad and he
developed a unique relationship, a "father and son" type and, in reality,
he was a father to many of our friends and a friend to all.
I would like to sum up my feelings for daddy in this dedication:

How do I say goodbye to what we had, the good times that
made us laugh always come back.
I thought we cared to see forever, but forever is gone away.
It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.
I don't know where this road is going to lead me, all I know
is where we've been and what we've been through. If we get to
see tomorrow I hope it's worth all the wait. L'ts so hard to
say goodbye to yesterday.
And I take with me the memories to be my sunshine after the
rain. It's so hard to say goodbye to yesterday.
This is my dedication to my Dad who has been my friend,
inspiration and strength through the years. I love you and
I'll miss you.
Your Loving Daughter,

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Jack Leroy Osburn,_Sr~_
Jack Leroy Osburn, Sr., 59, died
Friday, 24 June 1994, in
Apalachicola, Florida.
Mr. Osburn was a native of
Deerfield Beach, Florida, living
most of his life in Apalachicola. He
was an Army veteran serving in
the Korean conflict, a commercial
fisherman and of Baptist faith.
Survivors include his sons, Jack
Osburn, Jr., Gene Osburn, and
Terry Osburn, all of Apalachicola
and Robert Osburn of
Wewahitchka; his daughter,
Geanise Brown of Apalachicola;
four brothers, Buddy Page, Ronnie
Page and Huey Page, all of
Apalachicola and Raymond Page
of Texas; two sisters, Irene Joyner
ofApalachicola and Gladys Hughy
of Delaware; and seven
Services were held at 11:00 A.M.,
Monday, 27 June 1994, in the
chapel of Kelley Funeral Home.
Visitation was 5:00-8:00 P.M.,
Sunday, 26 June 1994, in the
chapel of Kelley Funeral Home,
16th St. and Ave. H, Apalachicola,
Interment followed in Magnolia
Cemetery, Apalachicola, Florida.
All arrangements were under the
direction of Kelley Funeral Home,
Apalachicola, Florida.

Dosha A. Lawson
Dosha A. Lawson, 90, died
Tuesday, 21 June 1994, at Gulf
Pines Hospital in Port St. Joe.

Mrs. Lawson was a native of
Shelburn, Indiana. She had lived
in Franklin County since 1948,
moving to Apalachicola from
Carrabelle. She was preceded in
death by her late husband, George
Lawson, and was a homemaker
and memberofthe Congregational
Holiness Church in Carrabelle.

Survivors include two daughters,
Blanche Cameron ofApalachicola
and Florence Ingram of
Schererville, Indiana; five
grandchildren, Connie Sawyer,
lenn Kaczmarek and John
Kaczmarek, Jr., all of
Apalachicola, Laurie Cameron of
Carrabelle and Ora Leroy Ingram
of Portage, Indiana; three great
grandchildren and two great-great

A memorial service was held from
10:00A.M.to2:00 P.M.,Thursday,
23 June 1994, at Kelley-Riley
Funeral Home Chapel in
Carrabelle with a prayer service
officiated by Reverend Harley

Interment was in Calvary
Cemetery, East Gary, Indiana.

Big Bend Hospice Holds

Bereavement Support

GRACE, or GriefReliefAcceptance
Coping Education is a
bereavement support group
sponsored by Big Bend Hospice.
The support group will meet every
third Thursday of every month
from 6:00-7:30 p.m. beginning 21
July 21 in Chillas Hall at the
comer of Pine and Heffernan Drive
in Lanark Village.
This group offers education,
sharing, support, comfort, growth
and a safe haven during a difficult
According to Stan Mitchell, leader
of the group, "The purpose of this
support group is to assist
individuals, families, and friends

who are experiencing grief due to
a life-threatening illness or death
of a loved one. Usually, it is not
until a person experiences loss
that they realize how difficult it is
to cope with some of the conflicting
and confusing feelings of grief."

This group is free and open to the
public. For more information
regarding the Bereavement
Support Group and to register,
please contact Stan Mitchell at
(904) 878-5310.

CONTACT: Sue Suber, Special
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KimberlyDismukes Testimony
Continued from page 10

Q. Has the Company located the documents needed to determine
the level of plant investment using original source
A. No. In fact, in response to the Citizens' Request for Admissions the
Company admitted that the Utility does not have the records to
establish the total original cost of the Utility's investment in the
water system at the time it was devoted to public service. [Response
to OPC s Request for Admissions, Item 1.1
9. Do you believe that some adjustment is necessary relative to
what the Commission allowed in the last case?
A. Yes. I have reviewed several documents which indicate that the cost
of the water system was significantly less than the amount claimed
by the Company and less than the amount approved by the
Commission in the Company's last rate case.
9. Would you please give some background information about how
the water system was purchased.
A. Yes. Leisure Properties, Ltd., a major developer on the island, built
the water system from 1976 to 1978. In 1979, Mr. Brown and Mr.
Stocks created St George Island Utility Company, Ltd. for purposes
ofowning and operating the water utility. In 1979, Leisure Properties,
Ltd., sold the water system to St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd.
for $3,000,000.
For tax and book purposes SGU recorded the value of its assets at
$3,000,000. This sale apparently caused the IRS to audit the tax
returns for SGU and Leisure Properties for the tax years 1979
through 1982. The IRS prepared an appraisal of the water system as
of 12/31/79 and concluded that its value was only $1,550,000
compared to the Company's reported value of $3,000,000. Prior to
trial the Company and the IRS reached a settlement setting the tax
basis of SOU assets at $2,212,482 as of December 31, 1979.
9. What did the Company claim in the last case and what did the
Commission allow?
A. In the last case the Company claimed that the current replacement
cost of SGU plant was $3,109,689 and that the original cost was
$2,551,010. The Commission, after making several adjustments to
the Company's original cost study, determined that the level of
investment that should be allowed in rate base for the year ending
December 31, 1987 was $2,167,138.
Q. What information have you examined which indicates that the
plant in service allowed d in the last case was too high?
A. Leisure Properties, Ltd. financial statements for the year ending
1979, as well as other years, set forth the investment in the water
system at an amount much lower than the amounts claimed by SGU.
Leisure Properties, Ltd.'s 1979 financial statements show that as of
December 1979 the investment in the water system was only
$830,145 with accumulated depreciation of $22,660. These figures
were also substantiated by Ms. Barbara Withers who was the
controller for Leisure Properties from 1976 to 1986. In an affidavit
filed by Ms. Withers in Docket No. 871177-WU, she indicated that
the $807,485 figure on Leisure Properties' balance sheet was the
"investment in the water system and represented] the financial cost
basis Leisure had in the water system as 12/31/79 according to its
audited financial statements." [Barbara Withers, Affidavit, filed
March 16, 1989, Docket No. 871177-WU.]
In addition to this information, the Company apparently solicited an
engineering appraisal of the water system in July 1978. I have
attached this study as schedule 22 to my exhibit According to Mr.
Brown, this appraisal was prepared for purposes of selling the water
system. The engineering study showed that the estimated replacement
cost of the water system as of July 1978 was $908,000. This cost
estimate was broken down as follows:

Production .Well
Raw Water Transmission Line
Water Storage Reservoir,
Pumping Station and Office
Water Distribution System
Engineering Service
Owner Administration
Replacement Cost



Give Your Home

A Check-Up

By Judy Corbus
Houses can be a lot like people. They can run fine but they need regular
care and an annual check-up. This check-up can be completed in one
day or can be spread over several days or weeks. You can do it yourself
or have someone do it for you. The important thing Is that through
inspection of your home, you can become aware of problems and
correct them before they grow. To begin your home inspection, check
the following six "parts" of your home at once a year for deterioration
and damage.
The foundation should be checked for moisture seepage, condensation,
and insects. The ground around the house should slope away from the
foundation walls. This helps to keep rainwater from collecting around
the foundation, where it can rot wood and generally weaken the
foundation. If the crawl space is wet, soft, or has rotting wood, you may
need to ventilate the area to allow moisture to evaporate. Covering the
ground with plastic also can protect against moisture seepage. An
annual termite inspection, especially for a wood frame house, is
strongly recommended. Termites can eat away at walls and the
foundation, resulting in very costly repairs. An annual inspection can
catch these and other insects early before they do too much damage,
saving the homeowner much money and many headaches.
Doors and windows let not only people and fresh air in and out of a
house. They also can allow moisture and insects to come in and heat
or air-conditioned air to escape if not maintained properly. Outside
doors should close tightly and securely, with no air drafts felt on the
sides or bottom. If there are drafts, weather-stripping applied on the
outside of the door will create a tight seal and prevent inside air from
escaping. It also will keep rain and insects out Check door frames and
locks and hinges for sturdiness. A dead-bolt lock and hinges that are
insidethe house can protectagainst intruders. Special locks for sliding
glass doors also are available to deter burglars. Check windows for
cracked or missing glazing putty. To keep moisture and bugs out and
to save on your energy bill, apply caulking around windows.
Replacing the roof can be one of the costliest repairs a homeowner
faces. To protect against water damage and maintain the overall
appearance of your house, remove leaves, pine needles, and other
debris from the roof and gutters at least once a year. Fall is usually a
good time to do this, before winter sets in. However, if there currently
is a lot of debris on your roof, it would be wise to clear it off now so it
doesn't hold moisture from summer rains. Check for any large, heavy
tree limbs growing over the roof. You may want to trim them back so
they won'tbe blown down on your roof by high winds. Shingles can
become loose, curled, or damaged or can blow away. Replace shingles
as necessary to protect the roof and interior ceilings from leaks.
The exterior walls are another area that should be included in the
annual inspection. Masonrywalls should be free from cracks, looseness,
and missing or broken mortar. Houses with siding or shingles should
be checked for damage, looseness, warping, and decay. Repair or
replace damaged sections to protect your house against further
damage. Painted surfaces should be free from peeling, blistering,
cracking, and mildew.
Mildew can be a real problem in Florida so clean mildewed areas with
the following solution:
Chlorine bleach
TSP, or trisodium phosphate (TSP is available in paint stores.)
Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands. Chlorine bleach will remove
mildew if you catch it in the early stages. Apply, rinse, and wipe dry
with an old towel.
If you have a septic system, check the sludge level in the septic tank
to make sure it is not interfering with the operation of the system.
Finally, test the circuit breakers and ground fault circuit interrupters
(GFCI) by turning them off and on. Electrical outlets, especially those
near water, in newer homes are equipped with GFCIs as a safety
precaution against electrical shock. If the circuit becomes overloaded
or an appliance, like a hair dryer, is dropped in water, the GFCI Is
tripped and electricity to that outlet is automatically shut off. GFCIs
have a "test" button and a "reset" button that allows the user to test
the shut-off mechanism. To test, press the "test" button and then the
"reset" button. The "test" button should pop out when the second
button is pressed. If it does not, have a licensed electrician check the
outlet before using it again.
Regular inspection and maintenance of your home protects your
investment and saves you money in the long run. It is far better to
correct a problem while it is small than to wait until it becomes a huge
expense. Spend a little bit of time on your house each week or month.
The time and money you invest will come back to you in the form of a
"healthy" house that you can enjoy

Judy Corbus is the Multi-County SHIP Home Economics
Extension Agent with the University of Florida, Franklin
County Cooperative Extension Service. The Cooperative
Extension Service provides educational information and
other services to individuals without regard to race,
color, sex, age, handicap, or national origin. For more
information, contact the Franklin County Cooperative
Extension Service at (904) 653-9337. (V/TDD, via the
Florida Relay Service, 1-800-955-8771.)

estimated the replacement cost of the plant, not the original c9st of
the plant Replacement cost is generally higher than original cost
due to inflation and other factors. If the figures in the engineerinC-
study are adjusted to remoe adjusted to remove te impactofflation and other factors
which caused the cost of the plant to increase from the time the
facilities were installed untilJuly 1978, a lower original cost estimate
is obtained.
Specifically, the engineering study used the change in the Engineering
New Record Construction Cost Index to adjust the 1976 contract
amounts to a June 1978 level. If this adjustment is removed, the
estimated original ost originf the system is $851,180. This figure is
remarkably close to the original cost data contained in Leisure
Properties financial statements. In my opinion, it corroborates the
original cost information shown in Leisure Properties' financial
9. Why should the Commission rely on the information that you
presented to adjust rate base to its original cost when you have
not relied upon original source documentation?
A. As the Commission made clear in the last case, the Company does
not have the documents needed to reconstruct the original cost of the
water system. The documents were lost or thrown away. Nevertheless,
there are some reliable contemporaneous Company documents
which indicate that the cost of the plant is much less than what the
Company claimed and what the Commission allowed in the last case.
In my opinion, since the Company cannot produce the documents
necessary to establish the original cost of the water system, the
Commission should resolve this question in favor of the consumer
when setting the Company's rate base. To do otherwise, would be to
reward the Company for losing or disposing of documents which It
is required to maintain. In my opinion, this would not be a good
policy for the Commission to establish. It would only serve to
encourage companies to dispose of documents which show a low
original cost system. Utilities could then prepare an original cost
study and earn a return on an inflated rate base. Clearly, such
behavior should not be encouraged by the Commission.

9. Would you discuss your rate base adjustment for growth?
A. Yes. My adjustment is reflected on page 4 of schedule 6. As shown,
my adjustment reduces the Company's test year rate base by
...First, the Company booked $10,875 of investment to account
330.4 in 1992, associated with some sheet metal fora possible future
storage tank. In response to OPC's interrogatory 10, the Company
indicated that this cost should not be included in its rate base. The
Company removed this investment from its 1993 plant balances, but
it remains in the 1992 balances. Accordingly, ifthe Commission does
not adopt my recommendation to adjust the Company's rate base to
the 1993 level, then it should reduce the Company s rate base by
Second, my recommended adjustments take into consideration the
new depreciation rates which I addressed earlier in my testimony.
These rates affect the balance of accumulated depreciation. If the
Commission does not adopt my recommendation, then itwould need
to accordingly adjust the 1992 rate base to take into consideration *
the correct depreciation rates.
Continued on page 12

9. The estimate provided in the engineering study is higher than
what was on Leisure Properties' books as ofDecember 1979. Can
you explain this difference?
A. Yes, in part. First, the engineering study was an estimate, in which
case, one would not expect it to match precisely with the cost data
on the books of Leisure Properties. Second, the engineering study

Page 12 10 July 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

AAHS Wraps Up

Busy Year With A

"Picnic In The Park"

The Apalachicola Area Historical
Society, Inc., (AAHS) held their
annual picnic on St George Island
onThursday, 23June in theJulian
Bruce State Park. Wes Smith, Park
Manager, was on hand to address
the group about the Gorrie
Museum and Park service
functions and to respond to
questions from members. The
society provided smoked turkey,
soft drinks and paper goods.
The '93-'94 Concert Season
In their annual wrap newsletter,
Bill Greer reported that the Ilse
Newell Fund for the Performing
Arts and the Apalachicola Bay
Area Choral Society had completed
a successful eighth season with
seven concerts drawing up to 200
persons in some performances.
The final performance presented
by the FSU "steel drum" concert
in mid-April 1994, "...gave the
season a glorious finish with
people in lawn chairs, in cars and
on front porches, dogs in the
bushes and children in the trees,"
Greer wrote. The concertwas held
at Lafayette Park in the gazebo.
The series, Greer continued, was
under the chairpersonship of
Eugenia Watkins and handled by
a "self-running" committee of the
AAHS. Concerts are generally held
in historical Trinity Episcopal
Church with its magnificent
acoustics and with an open-air
"Concert in the Park" at the close
of each season.
A new series will begin in October
1994. Benefactors, donors and
volunteers should contact
Treasurer William E. Greer, Post
Office Box 342, Eastpoint, Florida,
with their checks for the upcoming
Citizen's Support
The AAHS has been designated as
the Citizen's Support Organization
for the John Gorrie State Museum,
which meant that the society
would assume operation and
financial administration of the
Gorrie Museum if last year's
budget crisis required doing so.
.Fortunately, the crisis was less
severe than anticipated," Greer
wrote to members, "...and the State
still operates the museum." He
pointed out that the AAHS did
make a major expenditure to help
renew the heating and atr
conditioning system of the Gorrie
Museum, a popular tourist stop
in historic Apalachicola. AAHS
officers worked with Wayne
Childers of the Port St. Joe
Historical Society to keep State
jnvolhed in "the small museum
business" in northern Florida. The
Society's ability to offer an
Operational role for the Gorrie
Museum, should it be needed, is

Lanark W & S
Continued from page 1
better financially due to an
increase in rates. "I feel much
better about it [the budget] than I
did." said Bailey. Harrison
concluded, 'Well. you're going In
the hole by a revenue shortage of
$ 1,335 each month. You can't feel
too good about it."
As discussion concerning the
budget came to a close, another
resident, Jim Lawlor. addressed
the board's attorney, Scott W.
Smiley. "The Sunshine Law says
that two commissioners cannot
conduct business other than at a
meeting. Is that correct?" Smiley
replied that he was relatively sure
that Lawlor's statement was
correct. "Then. If I run for
commission and need to talk to
the to the manager (of the water
aiind sewer district) who is also a
commissioner, am I in violation of
the Sunshine Law?"
Attorney Smiley said that believed
it would be a violation of the
Sunshine Act Lawlor continued,
"Well, Mr. Bailey is both
commissioner and manager. How
can a commissioner talk with the
manager [of the water and sewer
district]if he is also a member of
the board?" Smiley indicated that
he was unsure. "Then as a lawyer,
stated Mr. Lawlor. "I advise you to
advise Mr. Bailey, If he's gonna'
run [for commissioner] that the
board better look for a new
manager. He [Bailey)]cannotfulfill
both positions.Am I right?" Smiley
replied "I think so." Lawlor
concluded. "I'm right because I've
checked on it."
Clarence Dewade followed Lawlor
and stated. "I just want to
announce that I'm sending in an
application to the state of Florlda
to drill a new well to get decent
Water. You've refused to send me
water. I just want you to know not
to come knocking on my door
when I get my well, I requested
this andyou refused." Chairman
Bailey acknowledged Mr.
Dewade's announcement and
stated that he was unable to get
water to him because of his
isolated location.
Jennette Pedder then asked
Mr.Bailey why he refused to
provide water for a resident on
Idaho Street who was within two
hundred feet of a hydrant. Mr.
Bailey responded that the resident
was in an awkward location and
that it would be difficult to hook
his residence up to the water
supply. Ms. Pedder then read a
sentence to the Chairman from
Florida Statute # 153-62:
The Lanark Village Water
and Sewer District must
require and enforce the uses
of ts' facilities whenever and

due to Vice President Bill Macy
and his volunteers; local tour
services also offered for a nominal
charge to visiting tour groups.
George Chapel and Bill Greer
usually conduct these briefings to
visiting groups.
Raney House to Open
The Raney Museum is preparing
to open its' doors two or three
days per week. There will be a
charge of $2.00 per adult. The
Raney House was the forerunner
of Apalachicola's rehabilitation
and the designation of the
Apalachicola Historic District. The
Raney House is operated by the
AAHS on a "peppercorn lease" from
the CityofApalachicola. All monies
collected go to the Raney House
Maintenance Fund, along with
other funds designated by the
AAHS Board of Directors, such as
profits from book and print sales,
tours, etc. An annual report is
made to the City. Vice President
Dick Macy and Chairperson of the
tours, Harriet Kennedy, who are
in charge of reopening the Raney
The Raney House contains a
variety of artifacts with most
remaining the property of the
AAHS. Furniture original to the
house in the 1840s, articles of
antique clothing, antique
furniture, and 19th Century
kitchen utensils are on display.
Col. Ray Sharp completed his first
year as program chairperson,
spanning programs from
Apalachicolean William Wing
Loring and other Confederate
Generals, to Ray's own "Castles in
Wales" and family mementos of
the ACW-late 19th century eras.
Anyone with program ideas for
the new year are cordially invited
to submit their proposals to Ray

The AAHS currently has on hand
modern reprints of the 1837
lithograph of Apalachicola from
the Bay ($12.00), the William
Rogers book, OUTPOSTS ON THE
GULF ($25.00 each) and copies of
the 1851 patent papers of Dr.
Gorrie's ice-making machine
($4.00). Prices include postage.
Dues are still $10.00 per person
and are now payable for the July
'94-June '95 year. Please make
your checks payable toAAHS, Inc.,
with the appropriate notation to:
William E. Greer, Post Office Box
342, Eastpoint, FL 32328. For
program suggestions, Col Sharp's
address is: 147 Avenue D,
Apalachicola, FL 32320. President
George Chapel's address is: 163
Avenue B, Apalachicola, FL.

where ever they are
Pedder stated. 'You don't have the
latitude to decide whether you'll
give him water or not. You must
give it (water) to him. He is within
two hundred feet of a hydrant on
Idaho Street He is accessible."
Chairman Bailey brought the
meeting to a close by stating that
Mr. HalStephens a consultant to
the water and sewer district, had
passed away. Bailey read a com-
memorative note that he had co-
written for Mr. Stephens:
Hal touched all of our lives
In Lanark. He was our
mentor and guide and a
friend that we looked
forward to seeing each
Thursday morning. We shall
miss the camaraderie of
those mornings with Hal
and the council he so freely
gave. We shall think of him


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Dismukes Testimony
Continued from page 11
9. What is your next adjustment?
A. My next adjustment is shown on schedule 23. It is a two-pronged
adjustmentdependingupon the rate base selected by theCommission.
If the Commission uses a 1992 rate base, then the Company's CIAC
should be increased by $109,440. If the Commission uses the
growth-adjusted rate base, then CIAC should be Increased by
9. Would you explain each of these adjustments?
A. Yes. The first adjustment which is applicable to either rate base
concerns a $65,000 contribution made by the St. George Island
Homeowners Association (Homeowners) in 1992 to settle two lawsuits
between the Homeowners and Gene Brown. The settlement stated:
The Association will pay Brown and affiliates the sum of
$100,000 as follows...These funds will be used as follows:
(a) $35,000 will be paid to Stanley Bruce Powell for his
legal fee In representing Brown and affiliates in the above-
referenced litigation; and (b) $65,000 will be advanced to
the St. George Island Utility Company, Ltd. to be used
strictly for capital improvements to enhance and increase
the flow and pressure of the St. George Island water
system, including the Installation of a new altitude valve
and high speed turbine pump pursuant to the
recommendations of Baskervllle-Donovan, the utility's
engineers. [Settlement Agreement, September 3, 1992.]
In his deposition, Mr. Brown testified that he did not treat these
funds either as advances for construction or as a contribution in aid
of construction. According to Mr. Brown he did not treat this as a
contribution because is was not a contribution, but a loan from
I agreed, as part of this settlement agreement in the final
negotiations, to make it more acceptable to the membership
who was meeting the next day. I said, "Don't feel like I'm
goingto take this money and go to Las Vegas, but I'm
having to put large sums of my personal money and
money from these affiliated companies into the utility
company, which some day will benefit everybody on the
island." So, since I was already putting more than 65,000
into the utility as a loan or advance, I threw that in to make
it more acceptable. It was my idea, and they approved it
and said great. [Brown Deposition, pp. 241-42.1
Unlike Mr. Brown, my reading of the settlement agreement suggests
that the money given to Mr. Brown was for the sole purpose of
improving the water system and that such funds should be treated
either as cost free capital and included in the capital structure at a
zero cost, or as a contribution in aid of construction (CIAC). I
recommend that the Commission treat this $65,000 as a contribution.
My interpretation of the settlement agreement is consistent with the
findings of the Staff In their Audit.
To Be Concluded in Next Edition

The publics affected by the proposed rate increase are invited to
participate in the formal hearings before the Public Service
Commission at the Apalachicola Community Center, 1 Avenue E,
on 20 July 1994 Apalachicola batteryy Park area) at 9:30 a. m. and
continue throughout the day. Another hearings session will be held
that evening beginning at 6:30 p. m. Hearings are also scheduled
at the same location on 21 July 1994. If needed, additional time has
been set aside to continue the hearings on the rate increase case in
Tallahassee, at the Fletcher Building on East Gaines Street,
beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. 3 August 1994.

Battle of the Boards
Continued from page 2
June. The meeting lacked a quorum'and was subsequently rescheduled
for 6 P.M. at the Eastpoint library.
Humane Society members allege that ACA Chairman, Jack Frye,
violated the Sunshine Act by not giving a 24 hour notice for the public
meeting. They also feel that acting Animal Control Officer Eddy
McClain faces serious violations of shelter policy.
Frye, following his first inspection of the shelter, believed that McClain
had rectified the problems at the shelter with volunteer Betty Rickards
and the Franklin Work Camp.
Notes taken during several inspections by Earl Whitfield were also
discussed according to Frye.
Humane Society President Jane Cox received a letter from Frye
stating that shelter deficiencies reported ofFCHS had been recognized
and were promptly corrected. Frye added that the Humane Society
was welcome to conduct inspections of the shelter but believed that
as FCACA chairperson, future problems deserved his immediate
notification. Closure of the Franklin County Animal Shelter is being
The maior problems that linger are: how did conditions deteriorate so
badly at the shelter after Earl Whitfield's departure two months ago
and how can the Animal Control Authority and the Human Society
reconcile their differences?

City Talks Trash
Continued from page 4
expensive thing is maintenance."
Local resident, Alex Moody stated
"I walk by the little league park
,;every morning and there's nothing
but garbage piled up there. You'd
think the losing team could pick
up their garbage before they go
home. It is totally unsightly and I
as a citizen wou don't want to put
out more money for more parks
when they can't take care of what
they're using." MayorHowell asked
if the garbage was cleaned up
every morning and Moody stated
that it was by the Franklin Work
Camp's inmates. Moody stated
that it was the little league's
responsibility to clean their own

Continued from page 5
she is much more apt to give you
a price break than a large chain is.
This is particularly true if you are
a regular and dependable patron.
The loss of the Big Bend Angler
should be a lesson to all the
recreational anglers In this area
that we are losing more than just
a good magazine. We are losing
those individuals and businesses
that make our fishing more
productive and enjoyable.


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Auditor General

Report on Franklin

District School for

Fiscal Year Ending

30 June1993

Part III
*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.
Although this action was typed in the official minutes and
approved by the Board at a subsequent meeting, District
records did not cite the authority relied upon for the manner
in which the vote of the Board member was subsequently
*AG: The District did not demonstrate of record in its indirect
cost plan the basis for classifying all noncapital expenditures
charged to the Central Services category (function 7700) as
indirect costs. Failure to provide for the proper allocation
between direct and indirect costs could cause overstatement
of the indirect cost rate thereby overcharging Federal
JR: The costs that we charge to this function.. .are supposed to be
examined and where appropriate, allocated (charged) so they
don't show up as indirect costs if they are truly pertaining to
costs of running schools versus overhead. We file a plan each
year citing these costs. For example, our Chapter One program,
which is roughly $450,000 and we get4.5 percent ofthatwhich
we take out of the funds and put it into the General Fund.
That's reimbursement of Indirect Costs.

*AG: The District's participation in the National School Lunch and
Breakfast Programs for the 1992-93 schoolyearwas approved
by the Florida Department of Education. As part of the
application process, the District was required to submit a
verification plan for verifying eligibility of recipients to receive
free and reduced-price meals under the programs. Our
review disclosed that the District completed the survey on
February 22, 1993, or 69 days late.
*AG: Title 7, Section 245.8, Code of Federal Regulations, pro-
vides that School ool Food Authorities of schools participating in
the National School Lunch Program shall take all actions that
are necessary to ensure compliance with the
nondiscrimination practices for children eligible to receive
free and reduced-price meals or free milk. During our review
we noted that school lunch payment procedures at
Apalachicola High and Carrabelle Schools required students
receiving free and reduced-price lunches to have their tickets
distributed in the classroom while full-price lunch tickets
were sold and distributed in the school office.
*AG: The District used a prenumbered ticket system to document
that the meals served were to eligible students. In addition,
counts by type of meal (i.e., free, reduced-priced, and full-
price) were accumulated through the use of adding machines
used as counters at the point-of-sale and were used for the
preparation of the claims for reimbursement Records were
not available to demonstrate that District personnel at
Apalachicola High and Carrabelle Schools reconciled the
tickets used to the adding machine tapes to ensure that the
counts used for the reimbursement claims are in agreement
with records identifying the eligible students served at the
point of service.

CP: The biggest problem is trying to get it implemented at the school
level.Fay Burton has set up rules. It's just a matter of getting
people to follow the rules. That's the big problem...The problem
is the way you handle the tickets. You're not supposed to do
anything that would cause a student on free or reduced lunch
to be identified as such.. .You have to follow a certain procedure
to avoid that And, they still are struggling being able to handle
that so that doesn't happen.

*AG: The District is required by Title 34, Section 200.43, Code of
Federal Regulations, to provide services from non-Federal
sources to project schools that are comparable to services it
provided to nonproject schools. District records, provided for
our review, did notdocumentcompliance with the equivalency
requirement in the provision ofcurricitim materials and
instructional supplies. The failure demonstrate equivalency
in the budgetary allocation for curriculum materials and
instructional supplies could result in disallowed costs.
*AG: Our review disclosed that the Chapter 1 project was over-
charged $13,409.96 as a result of errors made by District
personnel in allocating salaries between cost objectives.
Such charges represent questioned program costs which are-
subject to disallowance by the Florida Department of



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