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Publication Date: September 10, 1994
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Tide Tables and FishingFeaturespage 4
1 I

The Franklin CountyChronicle

Volume 3, Number 17 Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th 10 September 25 September 1994

Voters Speak Out in

Primary Election


Take On City Hall

By Carol Ann Hawkins and
Brian Goercke
Franklin County went to the polls
on 8 September to decide on the
composition of their school board
and county commission in District
2 & 4. If the 8 September results
are any indication of what is on
the voters' minds, fellow
incumbents might want to start
campaigning early. Only one

incumbent escaped with an out-
right victory and it was no
Franklin County Commission
Chairman Jimmy G. Mosconis
finished first in a four-candidate
District 4 Race with 38.8 percent
of the votes (414). Independent
seafood worker Bobby Varnes
finished a strong second with 33.8
percent of the votes (361). Florida
Power SupervisorTedJ. Mosteller
collected 194 votes and
Apalachicola businesswoman
Shirley Dunaway received 98
votes. Chairman Mosconis and
Varnes will butt heads when they
meet again in Franklin County's
second Primary Election on 4

In the District 2 County
Commission race, Carrabelle City
Commissioner Raymond L.
Williams will square off with State
Executive Bill A. Scaringe in the
second primary. Williams received
49.90 percent of the votes (262),
While Scaringe finished adistant-
second with 28.57 percent of the
votes (150). Carrabelle
businessman David E. Jackson
received 21.52 percent of the
District 2 votes (113). The District
2 County Commission seat was
S" left vacant by incumbent Tom
Saunders who chose not to seek
.. and additional term.
Will Kendrick Continued on page 7

Special Meeting
with MFC and DEP

Representatives from the Marine
Fisheries Commission (MFC) and
the Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) held a special
meeting on 30 August to review
Seafood Workers Associations'
(SWA) recommendations for re-
opening the bay.
Mark Berrigan, Environmental
Administrator Bureau of Marine
Resource Regulation and
Development for the DEP, felt that
the two options available were a
reduction in harvesting days or a
reduction in the bag limit. Mr.
Berrigan stated that the latter
option would give more leeway to
seafood workers if they had a day
or two of unsuccessful harvesting
per week.
William Tehan, Fisheries
Management Analyst for MFC,
asked the SWA for their
recommendation and President
Leroy Hall related that they had

requested a 15 November
reopening of the bay with a 20 bag
limit for 5 days a week. Tehan
asked if any of the seafood dealers
had a response to the
recommendation. Donnie Wilson
stated that the request may have
some marketing flaws, because
the markets in Texas and
Louisiana will be at full strength
by 15 November.

Mr. Tehan stated that he would
accept SWA's recommendation
with the exception of reducing the
20 bag limit to 10 bags for a 27 day
emergency period. After
12 December, the bag limit would
be placed at twenty for seven days
per week.

SWA President Leroy Hall stated,
"What you have come up with
here...I think we can live with. I
see you're definitely trying to work
with us and we appreciate that."

Franklin County Seafood Workers Association
P. 0. Box 247
Apalachicola, Florida 32320
August 30, 1994
Florida Marine Fisheries Commission
Tallahassee, FL
Tonight we had a special meeting to discuss options regarding the
winter harvesting season. Through a majority vote of the members
present at the meeting, the following recommendation is offered:
Postpone opening of the winter harvesting season until November
15th. This would allow for spawning to continue undisturbed while
the water temperatures are still warm. We would then like to oyster
at least five days per week and impose the regular 20 bag limit per
AP license, not per boat. Sometimes more than one license holder
has to work with someone else on their boat and both license
holders should be able to get the bag limit. We would also
recommend some type of marine patrol monitoring to insure the
size and bag limits are enforced. This should include strict nighttime
patrols and inspections at the oyster houses -to insure no illegal
product is being harvested.
We appreciate your concern for our bay and our industry. We do feel
it is necessary to work the oyster bars and keep the production
flowing. We look forward to the official meeting next week.
Leroy Hall

Administrator Kenneth Dykes presents Open House

Open House At Emerald

Coast Hospital
Emerald Coast Hospital hosted a'stccessful public open house on
Thursday, 1 September. The ceremony was held in honor of the
recent renovations that Emerald Coasthas been undergoing. The
remodeling will be broken down into a total of three phases. The
first phase, which has been completed, consists of the front lobby,
the business office, Marquis Home Health and one of the patient
wings. Some extensive medical equipment was purchased along
with an ambulance, all new patient beds and matresses and a
nurse call system. Currently, allair conditioners are in good
working order and a boiler was purchased. Phase II renovations
will consist of the next two patient wings (including roofing), the
emergency room, the operating room and landscaping. Phase III
renovations will consist of the dining area the chapel, medical
records, physical therapy and chiropractic areas.
Among the guests, several prominent public officials attended
including Representative Allen Bbyd, Jr. and a Representative
from Congressman Pete Peterson's office, Mr. Ken Davis District
Representative. Many city and county officials also attended and
almost 200 community residents-toured the hospital and enjoyed
dinner and festivities on the hospital lawn.

.7 .

The 1 September meeting of the
MAD DADS (Men Against
Destruction, Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder)
comprised a small but resolved
group that voiced frustration
about city ordinances not being
enforced and the local drug
epidemic being allowed to expand.
Group Leader Harrison Jones
voiced concern aboutyoung adults
loitering inh high crime areas. He
felt that when the county's youth
loitered in certain areas, it often
led to underage drinking and other
possible illegal activities. "The law
enforcement are not doing their
job," stated Jones. He questioned,
"What can we do to make the
mayor and the law enforcement
do their job?" Mr. Jones referred
to city ordinance number 91-2
that is described as:
An ordinance declaring
certain detrimental factors
and dangers within the City
of Apalachicola, Florida,
making certain findings of
fact; prohibiting the
constimption of alcoholic
beverages on public streets or
right-of-ways including
sidewalks, within the limits of
the city of Apalachicola;
providing penalties for
violation and providing an
effective date.
"Is there any way we can get
together as a group and ask
commissioners why these laws
aren'tenforced?" asked Jones. The
group agreed to meet at the next
Apalachicola City Commission
MAD DADS member Monica
Lemieux stated, "Owners are
accountable or liable if they know
illegal activities are going on and
something happens to these kids."

Oscar Rhodes

Member Oscar Rhodes offered,
"Kids need somewhere to go; a
recreational center or something."
Harrison Jones mentioned the
possibility of turning the old high
school gymnasium into a skating
rink. He also said that the MAD
DADS Volleyball Tournament on
24 September would be a good
wayformanyofthe county's youth
to spend a day.
At the meeting's conclusion, Mr.
Jones vented, "We don't need to
be meeting for the sake ofmeeting.
There needs to be progress. If
there's not, things will get worser
and worser. Our law enforcement
needs to getofftheir tails."Member
Elinor Simmons mentioned the
possibility of entering into a
lawsuit against the city for not
enforcing valid ordinances. "We've
been talking and meeting for
entirely too long," concluded

Charges Substantiated

Against City Worker

Representative Allen Boyd on hand for Emerald Coast's
Open House

Hearing Set on

Dredging of

Carrabelle River

By Carol Ann Hawkins
A hearing on dredging a portion of
the Carrabelle River has been set
for 9:30 a.m., 4 October, at the
Department of Administrative
Hearings in Tallahassee,
according to Crawfordville
attorney Bill Webster, who
represents the City of Carrabelle.
Webster said Loraine Jackson, one
of several parties objecting the
dredging, plans to attend the
hearing to request a six-week
continuance, and he expects her
request to be granted.
Mike Robuluck, a St George Island
resident, asked board members
to sign what he called "a simple

maintenance dredge agreement"
that he said was given to him by a
Corps of Engineers (COE)
representative. Robuluck said the
dredging would not change the
course of the river and would not
require the knocking down of
bridges or seawalls. "Ifwe get this
[signatures] done within 30 days,
we just proceed, then everybody
can go back to whatever they were
doing," Robuluck said.
Robuluck said that on Labor Day
about 10 boats, including Johnny
Millender's "85-footer" in an 80 ft.
area, didn't have enough room to
maneuver around a big shrimp
boat Robuluck, who said he had
Continued on page 2

The 24 May allegations of verbal
abuse on inmates by by a Non-
Department of Corrections
Supervisor and violation of safety
concerns were substantiated
against against Edward Wesley
Branch, Jr. in a 6 September
report the Office ofthe Inspector
On 2 June, Major T.E. Whitehead
of the Franklin Work Camp
notified the Inspector General's
office of an alleged incident in
which Edward Branch verbally
abused inmates and jeopardized
their safety.
According to a State of Florida
Department of Corrections
Allegations and Findings report,
Mr. William J. Switzer, a former
Apalachicola city employee,
alleged on 24 May that Edward
Branch "yelled and cursed inmates
while supervising them." In
addition, Switzer alleged that
Branch "placed inmate Chris
Miler's safety injeopardyby driving
off while he was attempting to
board the bus." In a sworn, written
affidavit to the Office of the
Inspector General, Switzer

described Branch's actions
against Miller as willful. He stated
that an inmate warned Branch
that Chris Miller had not yet
boarded, yet Branch drove away
approximately 100 feet and
stopped. Inmate Miller theri
to the bus.
Mr. Edward Branch attested to
the incident with Chris Miller in a
sworn, written affidavit to the
Office of the Inspector General,
but maintained that his actions
were not willfully perpetrated.
Branch added that prior to the
incident with Miller, he warned
the inmates not to board from the
back door because it was for
loading equipment only.
Inmate Chris Miller alleged in a
sworn, written affidavit to the
Office of the Inspector General
that Edward Branch observed him
boarding the bus and willfully
drove away. Mr. Miller stated that
he was not hurt in any way.
As of 18 August, Mr. Edward
Branch resigned his Non-
Department of Corrections

Fundraiser Nets $12,000 for

Island Methodist Church

The spirit of voluntarism Is still
strong among the St. George Island
community if the results of the
Labor Day Weekend fundraising
projects are any indication.
Volunteers workedtogetherat the
St. George Island Methodist
Church to raise nearly $12,000
on Saturday, 3 September 1994,
for church expansion projects.
Linda Arnold, head coordinator of
this year's effort, credited

"...uncounted hundreds..." who
worked to make the day a success,
amid sunshine and warm breezes.
Sandra Thaxton from St. George
Island won the 1978 Volvo which
was raffled off at 4 p.m. The
Thaxton's plan to give the car to
someone who can use the
transportation. About $3,065 was
raised through $5 ticket sales for
the Volvo raffle well before the day
of the drawing. The car was
Continued on page 7


...page 6

Page 2 10 September 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Crime and Prevention for

Apalachicola's Youth Discussed,

at City Commission

The Apalachicola City
Commission's 6 September
regular meeting was the site for
serious discussion concerning
Apalachicola's serious problem
with youth and crime.
Local MAD DADS (Men Against
Destruction, Defending Against
Drugs and Social Disorder)
Representative Harrison Jones
appeared before commissioners
with the support of several fellow
organization members. Mr. Jones
asked the commissioners to begin
enforcing ordinance number 9-2;
an ordinance designed to prohibit
the consumption of alcoholic
beverages on public streets and
right-of-ways and to discourage
the loitering in high-crime areas.
"If we enforce this ordinance, I
think it can do a lot of positive
things," stated Mr. Jones. Mayor
Howell assured Jones that the
local police department would
work with the MAD DADS to the
best of their capabilities. "I just
want to help the police any way I
can," said Jones, "I don't want to
be a problem to them. We got to
work together. We got a problem...
Drugs. And it's gonna tear our city
down not by the year, not by the
month, but by the day. It's not a
black problem or a white problem.
It's a community problem."
Commissioner Elliot said that the
commission could look into the
possibility of enforcing a curfew.
Officer Andy Williams responded,
"If you do, you better think about
getting six or eight more officers.
It's gonna take more than two
officers." Officer Williams added
that the danger to himself and
fellow officers might be quite
serious, because those in violation
of the curfew would probably
outnumber the officers and might
possibly be armed. Commissioner
Frye asked if the Sheriffs
Department had been notified of
the situation so they could make
a "clean sweep" of the area.
Harrison Jones responded, "The
Sheriffs Department don't ever
come thisway." Fellow MAD DADS
member Monica Lemieux stated,
"If you don't have enough law
enforcement, I think the cityought
to find a way to get more help."
Fellow member Janice Hicks
offered to help law enforcement'
officers with the added paperwork,.
that would acrue with the
enforcement of a curfew. Joe
Butler, also with MAD DADS,
questioned, "What is the solution?
Where dowe start?" Commissioner

Hill responded, "I thinkwe started
right here in one of the most
positive ways." The commissioners
then agreed to schedule a town
meeting on 13 September at
6 p.m. in the Apalachicola
Community Center to further
discuss the MAD DADS strategy
to reduce drug and alcohol related
crime and to provide recreation
for Franklin County's youth.
Marie Marshall, representing the
Juvenile Justice Council, asked
for a city commissioner to
collaborate with Juvenile Justice
as a representative to the city.
Mayor Bobby Howell volunteered
to serve as a representative. Janice
Hicks requested to Howell, "As
representive, I'd like you to make
sure that the grant money (Wings
Grant) that is set up for programs
is used for that...and not for
administrative costs." Julius
Aulisio, Public Defendant for
Franklin County and
representative on the Juvenile
Justice Council, stated, "the grant
was designated for a specific
program, computer centers in
Carrabelle, Eastpoint and
Apalachicola. So, the money can't
be siphoned offfor anything else."
Cliff Butler, President ofGulf State
Bank and Chairman for the
Friends of the Franklin County
Library, asked the city commission
for financial assistance for their
anticipated Wings' program site,
The Holy Family Center in
Apalachicola. "We went to the
County Commissioners to ask for
funding," stated Butler, "and they
asked us what the City of
Apalachicola was going to give
us." Mayor Howell responded, "Did
you tell them nothing? You've got
a library in Apalachicola. We're
not going to give you anything."
Butler returned, "theApalachicola
Municipal Library doesn't cater to
children...they have not been
overly enthusiastic about letting
kids in."Mr. Butlersaidthatfifteen
hundred dollars would be needed
to help ay for utility costs at the

Holy Family
Commissioner Hil
Butler to return to th
when he had more cc
prepared. Mayor H
"rYou come before tl
we don't know If y
teach hop scotch, fc
anything." Mr. But]
the program would
needs of the cou
returned, "...Are yoi
,them about

Tnn rk W&SBudget

By Carol Ann Hawkins
Lanark Village Water & Sewer'
District Commissioners, Carl N.
Bailey, Chairman, and Greg
Yancey, at the 23 August regular
meeting, approved the June
financial report, which had been
tabled attheJulymeeting because
of errors in the report.
Bailey reported that William
Conrad, who is paid out of
Professional Fees, was paid for
tests he performed for the district
and also for his regular fees. Since
more tests are being run in the
district, the district pays for them
directly. Bailey said it would be a
good idea to keep the tests separate
from the professional fees.
Expenses for the tests were about
$4,200 and $4,500 was for the

Expenses for Repair,
Service & Suppli<
shown under Oper.
is for gasoline, oil
expenses for the m
$17,127, with $17,E
Year-To-Date exl
$106,865, with
budgeted. Bailey sa
$1,865 over-budget
due to professional I
higher utility expen
Actual July expe
$20,447, with $17,E
Supplies expenses
$1,327, with $,1li
Part of the over-bu<
were attributable t
insurance payment
according to Bailey.
Scott Smiley, atto
District, said the b
good and looked like
around" and the c
working. "The. c
covering the over
Apparently beci
regular meeting tim
Yancey, the dist
manager, two atto

Harrison Jones

sewer...'cause those are the needs
of this community." .I

In other city business:

\ n

* The Apalachicola City
Commissioners agreed to alloy
a circus to be held in Battey.
Park on 1 November as long as
the city was kept free of any.;
liability and as,"long as th ,
Seafood Festival Committee was
not in conflict. Commissioner
also agreed to waive the
occupational license fee.,
* The Apalachicola City
Commissioners agreed to accept
the tentative 1994-95 Milla&
Rate (8.2914) and Budget.
* The Apalachicola City
Commissioners denied closui~
of an alley on block 236 ownedi
by Wayne Cox.."The city owns'ft
[the block]. I don't have the rig l
to give it away," stated May6o~

Center. The Apalachicola City
11 asked Mr. Commissioners set the public
ie commission hearing date for the re-zonin
oncretefigures request of blocks G1, G2,Hl'&
lowell stated, H2 for 20 September.
his board and
you're going to The Apalachicola -City
blk dancing or Commission approved Gulf
ler stated that Coast Community Collegerg
d address the request for the use of, th
unty. Howell Apalachicola Community
u gonna teach Center with the provision that
water and they pay for utility costs.

"Cmring Aroiin,

'Maintenance Franklin County Chronicle
es had been reporter were present for the
nations (which 7:30 p. m. meeting held at Chilas
I, etc.). Total. Hall. No propertyowners attended
onth of June, the meeting. None of the
500 budgeted. candidates for water
senses were commissionerforthedistrictwere
$105,000 present, nor was Commissioner
lid part of the Harold Sparks, Treasurer of the
expenses were utility board, present..
fees and, also,
ises. Other items of. discussion
included: a report on problems,
nses totaled caused in the district by Tropical
500 budgeted. Storm Beryl; an agreement to table|
ce Service & approval by the LVW&SD to make
for July were an offer to purchase the building
67 budgeted. now being used as an office by thel
dget expenses district; a report by attorneys thatJ
o a quarterly Gordon Shuler, attorney for the
it of $1,633, Franklin CountyCommission, has
. filed a motion to "quash" efforts byj
the District to collect, by garnishee,
*rney for the money' owed to the District byA
budgett looked Franklin County Commissioner'
itwas"coming Tom Saunders; and a report by
changes were attorneys, also, that they are trying
changes are 'to set a trial date for the T & A
lead," Smiley Construction lawsuit, which will i
probably be sometime next year;,
and nothing definite yet on
ause of a Smiley's attempts to find out about
g as to the installingamastermeteratLanark
e, only Bailey, Village for residents on adjoining,
strict's office lines and separate meters for,
mrneys and a structures with individual lines.;

Dell Schneider

Timber T.land

Boat Ramp


The Timber Island Boat Ramp in.
Carrabelle was finally completed,
though those who attended the 6
September Franklin County
Commission meetingwould surely
have thought otherwise. County
Engineer Joe Hamilton reported
at the meeting that, "He's [Dell
Schneider] done nothing...If he
doesn't have it completed in a
satisfactory manner by today or
tomorrow, I wouldn't extend his
time again."
Mr. Schneider came into the
Franklin CountyCourthouse after
the commission meeting and
presented the Franklin County
Chronicle with a memo approving
payment for 100% completion of
the boat ramp. The memo was
approved by County Engineer Joe

Some of the 6 September
highlights of the Franklin County
Commission included:
* Solid Waste Director Van
Johnson, informed
commissioners that an
employee had been suspended
without pay and requested a
hearing date to review the case
and come to a final decision.
The hearing was set for
4 October at 1 p.m. in the
* Van Johnson informed the
commissioners that a volunteer
coastal cleanup of Franklin
County would be on
17 September.
* County Extension Agent Bill
Mahan informed the
commissioners that all three of
the county's elementary schools
agreed to take part in the 4-H
Tropicana Public Speaking
Program. He stated that eighteen
teachers and eighteen classes
of children would be
* Bill Mahan requested that the
county's SHIP Home Economics
Agent Judy Corbus be allowed
to conduct a program to show
those affected by recent storms
how to budget their money and
"stretch their food dollars." The

commission approved.
* Barbara Vail, owner of the St.if,
George Inn on St. George Island;,
requested help from theie
commissioners to divert a
drainage problem that has left
her parking lot flooded. Theij
Commission asked County,
Engineer Joe Hamilton to try to.
correct the problem. f "

Continued from page 1
been told that "this is all a
deception," said he attended the
6 September County
Commissioner's Meeting in
Apalachicola and that
commissioners said "this was a
simple dredge and we need to do
it." Robuluck said he would return
the agreement to Carrabelle later
in the day and Charles Lee Daniels,
City Clerk, could take the
document to the hearing in
Newly appointed Carrabelle Port
and Airport Authority (CPAA)
Officer Freda White asked
Robuluck to identify himself,
which he did. Robuluck told White
he owns a piece of property up the
river and "can't get up there in low
tides because, north of the bridge,
the second marker is three feet."
Most of the board members
present signed the document as
private citizens since, as the CPAA
Board, they had already approved
dredging of the river. White said
after the meeting that she didn't
sign the document at the meeting
because she had already written a
letter supporting the dredging.
Robuluck said that most of the
people who blocked the dredging
"didn't get the whole picture of
what was going on about the birds
and the fish...," etc. According to
Robuluck, the Corps of Engineers
(COE) representative said "he
wants to get the heavy metals off
the bottom, knock the hot spots
off, whatever their...simple
maintenance agreementwas, and
if enough signatures are not
gatheredwithin 30 days, "We lose."
-The dredging, in navigational
- waters, may be slightly north of
the city limits, since it goes to the
fork of the New River.
Langston said that if, further on
down the road, the river is dredged
from one side to the other, "we'd
have the finest harborin this whole
state, if we had the whole basin
dredged out." Langston added that
this could not be done under the
current maintenance dredging
program, and if attempts to get
COE involved now failed, "the
chances are you will never get 'em
back in here to maintenance
Langston encouraged everyone to
work for getting the channel
dredged, then if there is interest
in dredging the entire basin later,
"all the way to the bridge..."
Langston paused, and a board
member said, "It'd make a huge
harbor; then, you'd have a gold
mine." Langston agreed, saying,
"Then you can get big boats in
here, using Intracoastal. They
don't have to have a boat slip; they
can anchor down out there and
use their dinghy to get wherever
they're ,going."

Other Items Discussed
* Motion approved to proceed with
legal advertisement, in a paper
with general circulation in the
community that meets the
*requirements of a Legal Ad, all
Articles concerning the
development of Timber island.
S'Two proposals received for
Proposed Development of
Timber Island, submitted by
CDD, Inc. and Henry Hall.
CPAA member J. B. Woods
reported theft of stop sign at
Thompson-Carrabelle Airport.
Honor System of paying for use
ofairport, in, lieu ofusers leaving
payments in lock-box that may
be subject to vandalism.
Grass at airport in process of
being mowed, alleviating
concern expressed by
Department of Transportation.
Airport lights in working
Charles Lee Daniels reported
that paving of airport apron will
commence most any day;
waiting on engineer and
construction change orders.
All major repairs to airport will
be made soon.
St. Joseph Telecommuni-
cations, Inc. tower to be located
2.3 miles east of airport; will not
interfere with flight traffic; no
board action necessary.
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority Board meets on the
second Thursday of every month
unless otherwise announced by
public notice. The next CPAA
meeting will be 13 October 1994,
S10 a.m., at Carrabelle City Hall.

County Commission

Discusses 911

Enhancement System

County Planner Allan Pierce',
Informed the Franklin County:.
Commission on 6 September that?'
the county needed to begin
collecting a 50 surcharge for ,e!
new 911 enhancement system.:
Pierce stated that it would take',
the county 2-3 years to collect;
enough money to cover the base
amount. He continued by telling;
the Commissioners that there was
a three-year period in which the
county had to collect and spend'
the surcharge money: "The thing
that we don't have is money,',
stated Pierce, "Unless you want to
spend tax dollars...we need to

begin this collection process so we
have some money to deal with....in
the event that something goes
wrong and we do not get enhance
911 on line in three years, then
we'll have to refund the money."

Commissioner Tolliver motioned
to begin collecting at the first of
the year. The Commission voted
unanimously to accept Tolliver's
motion. Allan Pierce informed the
Commission that there would be
a 911 Committee meeting on 12
September at 6:30 p.m. at the
Sheriffs Department.

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10 September 1994

Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager Brian Goercke
Columnists Judy Corbus
Contributors Carole Ann Hawkins
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..............Lee McKnight
..............Darl R. Ostrander
..............Wayne Childers
...........Lisa More
..............La Keshia Barnes
........Amanda Loos
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...............Eric Steinkuehler
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Citizen's Advisory Group
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Doin' A Whole Lot of

Movin' an' Shakin'

Although this writer certainly
knew this day and coumn would
be a reality, he is pleased to
accentuate the positive at this
time. As a civil libertarian with an
entirely different set of solutions
to the evolving drug epidemic, this
writer is still able Io overlook his
own ideology to admire the courage
and creed of MAD DADS leader,
Harrison Jones.
At both the MAD DADS meeting
on 1 September and the
6 September regular meeting of
the Apalachicola City
Commission, Mr. Jones placed
both community and conviction
before self. That is, his actions
were not motivated with the motive
of financial or social gratuity to
At the MAD DADS meeting. Jones
stated bluntly, "We don't need to
be meeting for the sake of meeting.
There needs to be progress." He
concluded, "Our law enforcement
needs to get off their tails." The
courage of Jones' statement is
that 1) he is employed within the
police department and 2) he is
willing to make constructive
criticisms aboutwhatdoesn'twork

in his field of work. This goes well
beyond ex-President Bush
sheering at Dan Quayle's book or
this writer goofing on Dave Barry,
because there is nothing slightly
resembling a "blue code for
Journalists or even Republicans.
Mr. Jones, however, sets a good
e,)ample for anyone in any line of
w rk.

At the Apalachicola City
Commission Meeting, Mr.
Harrison Jones (with a little help
from his friends) completely shook
the city commission into an
ambitious frenzy to 'do the right
thing' and try to savage many of
the county's wayward youth. "I
don't mind putting out my labor,"
said Jones, "I'm pouring my heart
out to you people...I have respect
for each and every one of you."
With the qualities of kindness.
intellect, courage and conviction,
the Apalachicola Police
Department should feel fortunate
to have such a person on staff.
This writer only laments that
Harrison Jones is not a candidate
for the 8 September election.
Brian Goercke

"See You Later, Alligator!"

No Decision on

Evacuation Route C-370

By Carol Ann Hawkins exact location, in a way that it will
survive, would be like "throwing

Many of the approximately 80
Alligator Point properly owners,
a. k. a. taxpayers,who crowded
into the hot, muggy, air-
conditionless second-floor room
of the Alligator Point Volunteer
Fire House on 30 August,
expressed anger, frustration, and
shocked disbelief when they were
told, in effect, that theywere party-
crashers, uninvited intruders
disrupting a meeting of state,
federal, and county
representatives who were trying
to discuss how to spend taxpayer's
money to repair the taxpayer's
evacuation route. The residents
were told that no decision on
repairing the road would be made
that day, and that any decision,
when made, would be based on
two options., repair the road where-
it is or relocate it.
The residents' hopes were raised
when Jimmy Mosconis, Clhairman
of the Board of Franklin County
Commissioners, announced that
he, CommissionerTom Saunders,
and County Planner Alan Pierce,
who is also Emergency
Management Director for the
county, were at the meeting to
support the road being repaired
and renourishment of the beach.
Pierce received applause when he
read a resolution passed on 24
August by county commissioners
that supports reconstruction of
the road where it is. But the hopes
of the property owners were
dashed when Mosconis later said
that repairing and restoration of
the road, as well as the future cost
of maintaining the road in the

money out there on the water.
*Alan Krebs, Public Assistance
Office, Department of Community
Affairs (DCA), said that he isn't
totally convinced that repairing
the road in its present location is
ithe best long-term solution for the
citizens of Alligator Point.When a
resident asked Krebs what he did
think was best, Krebs said he
didn't have an answer for that.
, But as a taxpayer, he was very
much concerned about putting
"money after money after money
going into the Gulf "
Pierce presented a list showing
that the Franklin County Public
WVorks Road Department had
repaired the road 22 times since
1985, the year Juan paid the
county an unexpected visit Gene
Mellot. owner of the KOA
Campground, through which
traffic was being rerouted, said
that the section of the road that
washed:out had never been'
protected. Mellot said the area
that is washed out now is the first
place thatwashed outin Hurricane
Continued on page 8

To clarify the Franklin County
SChronicle's 26 September
article entitled, "It's the End
of the ACA As We Know It,"
the city money that Betty
Taylor-Webb was stated as
using to pay for a sewage
pump for the ACA was money
due to the An imal Control
Authority from the City of

By Judy Corbus
As we enter one of the hottest months of the year, temperatures and
utility bills tend to rise. To reduce home energy and water use and your
utility bill, try these energy-saving ideas: (i
Set your air conditioner thermostat at 78'F or higher.
Use ceiling or floor fans to keep air moving. Fans use
considerably less electricity than an air conditioner and can
help you stay comfortable without having to lower the
Apply weather-stripping and caulking around windows and
doors to keep hot air out, cool air in. Check windows and
outside doors windows should be well sealed and free from
drafts and light should not be visible anywhere around doors.
Clean or change the filter on your air conditioner once a
month. This is especially important if you have pets. Dirt, hair
and fur can clog the filter and force your air conditioner to work
harder. A clean filter helps your air conditioner to run more
efficiently, resulting in energy savings.
Keep draperies and blinds closed during the hottest part of the
day to keep heat out Insulated drapery liners are effective in
blocking out the sun's heat and protecting furniture and
carpeting against fading.
When using the oven, try cooking several items at one time. By
cooking ahead and freezing food for future use, you save both
time and energy.
Periodically vacuum lint, dust and animal hair from the
condenser coils on the bottom or back of the refrigerator. This
allows air to circulate fully around the coils and discharge heat
from the refrigerator more efficiently.
Wait until you have a full load of dishes before running the
dishwasher. You also can save energy by using the proper
amount of dishwasher detergent, making sure the water is
140TF, and allowing dishes to air-dry. Run the dishwasher at
night or in the very early morning to avoid adding extra heat
in the house that will have to be removed by the air conditioner.
If your clothes washer has variable water level settings, use a
lower level for small loads. Otherwise, wash only full loads. Use
the correct amount of detergent and pretreat spots and stains.
Rinse clothes in cold water- it removes detergent just as well
as warm or hot water.

A real fiasco, that is what many Alligator Point property owners labeled
a meeting that was held on Tuesday, 30 August, at the Alligator Point
Volunteer Fire House, to supposedly determine the fate of a storm
damaged stretch of County Road 370. A group of almost one hundred
property owners intently listened to a panel of representatives from
FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Administration), Florida
Departments of Community Affairs, Environmental Protection, and
Soil Conservation Services, and the Chairman of the Franklin County
Commission and our commissioner from District 2. The meeting which
was poorly organized from the very start, ground down into utter
oblivion...property owners shouting at the panelists and at other
property owners. No air conditioning, no lectern and bad acoustics
worsened the situation. Finally, everyone called it quits...with no
viable solution to the matter of the road.
Too bad forTallahassee Television crews from Channels 6 and 27. They
covered this entire travesty and then ventured out with cameras and
gear into the spill out of attendees jawing at each other in the fire house
The real story unfolded when a smaller group of concerned property
owners called a second meeting immediately after the large crowd and
panelists exited the conference room. In this meeting, a non-profit
corporation called SAVE ALLIGATOR POINT BEACHES, INC. was
formed. This intrepid group selected Gene Mellot, W. Taylor Moore, Bill
Scaringe, Karen Lobdill, John Copeland, and Skeeter McGowan, as the
corporation's first board of directors. The goal and purpose of this
organization is to ensure the property owners of Alligator Point that the
best possible solution for the restoration of County Road 370 will be
The initial action of the corporation is to hire a consultant/lobbyist
with the essentials of coastal protection and restoration to represent
the property owners. This representation process would be scaled
down into three separate phases.

.Phase I would concentrate on providing near term assistance, such as:
Revetment repair/replacement necessary for roadway
Shore protection design guidance to FDOT (Florida Department
of Transportation), Franklin County and others,
Maximize FEMA assistance and funding.
Seek a federal Section 103 Reconnaissance Study for Shore
Protection by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineering.
Seek state D.E.P. funding for subsequent in-depth coastal
engineering study(s),
Lobbying for specific legislative relief for a mid- and long-term
Coordination with regulatory agencies which will ultimately-
affect the timing of any level of solution,
Coordination with the Governor's Office in pursuing state agency
Recommend the application of relevant self-funding mechanisms
such as MSBU's, etc.,
Evaluation and recommendation of short-term cost effective
engineering solutions applicable to protect endangered private
properties, and
Formulate in-depth subsequent phases of activities necessary to'
achieve longer term solutions such as beach restoration,
stabilizing structures (groins, breakwaters, etc.) as applicable.

Phase II would consist of subsequent work tasks associated with:
Implementation of short-term structural solutions for shore
protection such as geotextile sand filled structures, etc.,
ri-depth studies required toseekedeal and/or state assistance
with larger scale solutions such as beach fill, stabilizing structures,
Assistance with the formulation and implementation of local.
funding mechanisms,
Legislative liaison and coordination necessary to seek federal
and/or state cost sharing,
Consultation on regulatory matters and overall permit

Phase III would be associated with the final project implementation.
and funding assistance.
Each phase of the consultant work will require private financial
support. The corporation is currently soliciting contributions through
circulars and the newsletter issued by the Alligator Point Taxpayers,

When weather permits, hang clothes out to dry. When using
your dryer, dry full loads and-avoid over-drying clothes, which :.~
wastes energy and causes shrinkage and excessive wrinkling.;,
Remove clothes as soon as the dryer stops to reduce the need,..
for ironing. Clean the lint filter on the dryer either just before- ..
or after each load. This permits better air circulation, reduces
the work load on the dryer, and cuts down on the risk of fires ;
(lint is combustible!)
Install Water flow restrictors on shower heads. This reduces
the volume of water coming out of the shower head per minute .
while increasing the pressure to 30 pounds per square inch. '
This will save both water and energy (less hot water use). Flow.
restrictors are available at hardware or plumbing supply

Repair leaky water faucets. A dripping hot water faucetwastes
water and energy and makes extra work for the water heater.
Drips also can stain the sink. Often, replacing a washer is all
that Is needed to stop the leak. Don't let money and energy
literally "go down the drain"
Consider Installing a timer on your water heater.: These also
are available at hardware and plumbing supply stores. You
can set the timer so the water heater will come on in time to
provide hot water for bathing, cooking and washing clothes.
When hot water is not needed, the water heater doesn't run so
energy and money are saved. Cover your water heater with an
insulated blanket to preserve hot water. Since water heaters
account for approximately 27% of home energy use, it is
important to save where we can when using them.
There are so many "little" things we can do around our homes to save
energy and money. By taking alook around and making some changes
in how we use our appliances or complete household tasks, we can
conserve energy, water, and money and make the most of our modemrt

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.)


"Cool" Your Utility Bill,"Stretch" Your Dollar


Page 4 10 September 1994 *, The Franklin County Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Tide Tables

St. Marks Lighthouse

September 11th 26th EST

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Su L 7:52 AM 0.9
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Tide Corrections For Your Area

Steinhatchee River
Aucilla River
Shell Point
Dickerson Bay
Bald Point
Alligator Point
Turkey Point

- 0:15
+ 0:03
+ 0:05
+ 0:16
+ 0:33

Dog Island
.St. George Island (East End)
St. George Island (Sikes.Cul)
St. Joseph Bay
Panama City
St. Andrews Bay (Channel Entrance)'.

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Seafood Workers Association Asks

Members for Recommendation

The 30 August Seafood Workers
Association (SWA) met to decide'
on a recommendation for the
Marine Fisheries Commission
(MFC) as to when the bay should
be re-opened for commercial use.
Monica Lemieux reiterated that'
the SWA served in advisory,
capacity only for the MFC. SWA,
PresidentLeroyHall stated, "I don't
know what dealers will
recommend. We have to decide for
our industry. If we don't makeia

decision we'll be stuck with
whatever state or Marine Fisheries
recommends." Mr. Hall added that
* the government assistance
programs as the Job Training and
Partnership Act (JTPA) Relaying
Program will end "as soon as the
first set of tongs are dipped into
the water" for commercial use.

The SWA asked for extensive
feedback from their members to
better decide on the best time to

Vibrio vulnificus-

Shellfish Sickness

With Stinging Impact

By Frank Stephenson
Since the late 1970s, news of people dying or getting deathly ill after
eating raw shellfish-mainly oysters-has taken an increasingly heavy
toll on oyster growers and sellers nationwide. By some accounts,
national oyster sales have fallen by half Just since 1989. The scare has
chased off more than patrons atyour local raw bar-once-giant oyster
buyers such as Red Lobster, Mairfott and DisneyWorld reportedly now
have quit buying oysters of anyjI4nd, cooked or raw, altogether.
By 1980, scientists were laying most of the blame for the newest- and
deadliest-round of shellfish sickness to a natural, saltwater-loving
bacterium called Vibrio vu/ln~ti. More than 30 Vibrio species are
known, but only 11 have been Identified as causing diseases in
humans. Of these, 10 have been linked to the consumption of raw
oysters. Only V. vulnificus, however, has developed the reputation of
a killer-the germ is responsible r nearly all deaths associated with
oyster consumption during the past 15 years.
In the early going, medical researchers studying the phenomenon were
puzzled by the pathogen's curipus modus operandi. To start with,
cases of illness were exceedingly uncommon. Most people who ate
vulntficus-laden oysters-no matter what the quantity-showed an
apparent immunity to the organism. Yet for a rare fraction of oyster-
eaters, exposure to the organisp;]was effectively lethal.
Since at least 1989, epidemiologists-doctors who specialize in studying
disease outbreaks-have know that vulnificus is an opportunistic
pathogen that primarily strikes Individuals suffering from severe liver
problems, compromised immune systems (such as in HIV-positive
persons) and people with rare sto4nach disorders. A profile of the "at-
risk" population was drawn up, and for the past few years the U. S.
Food and Drug Administration has been waging a public information
campaign to get the word out. '
Meanwhile, oyster industry spokesmen-backed up by FDA as well as
state health officials-have argued that public fears are way out of line
with the actual health threat Florida statistics alone would seem to
bear them out: though the state is'home to an estimated three million
raw oyster eaters, only six Floridlaps, on average, have taken sick each
year since 1981.
The averages, however, conceal the fact that in 1992, a record number
of 11 Floridians contracted the d-sease and nine of them died.
"We shouldn't kid ourselves," says Dr. Gary Hlady, epidemiologistwith
Florida's Dept of Health and Rehabilitative Services. "There are few
pathogens out there that are as langerous.as this one for the small
proportion of the population at risk."
Of the 72 Floridians who fell vi tn to vulnyiuspoisoning ftomn 1981
to 1992, fully half-36-died. This 50-percent fatality rate puts the
pathogen in the same league as today's much-talked-about, rodent-
borne hantavirus, which kills up to 60 percent of its victims, HIady
Continued on page 5

re-open the bay. Opinions varied
from immediate to delayed
reopening. Henry Emory stated,
"We can make a living on our own
or we can rely on Uncle Sam for
help." Mr. Emory requested that
the SWA recommend re-opening
for 1 October. Ken Folsom
disagreed requesting a 1 January
re-opening: "No one can make a

living on two days [of commercial
fishing]. We need to ask the state
to give us five days or request that
the bay be opened at a later date."
Out of forty participants, a
majorityof21 SWAmembersvoted
to recommend a 15 November re-
opening with a twenty-bag limit
for five days a week.

MFC Updates

By Darl R Ostrander
Seatrout Closed Season
The Marine Fisheries Commission (MFC) has voted in favor of presenting
an amendment to the Governor and Cabinet concerning spotted
seatrout regulations in November. The proposed regulations would
prohibit the harvest or sale of spotted seatrout during the months of
January and February. The amendment if passed would take effect 1
January 1995. The closure would produce a 40 percent reduction in
the commercial harvest statewide. There will also be a reduction in the
recreational harvest but what amount that will be was not provided.
Marine Fisheries Commission spokesman Lee Schlesinger stated,
"This [the closed season] will not be enough to revive the spotted
seatrout fishery, but it's a start." Further regulations and restrictions
can be expected after the vote on the Save Our Sealife (SOS) referendum.
Mr. Schlesinger went on to say, "More regulations will be needed
whether the SOS amendment passes or fails, but the form those
regulations takewill be largely determined by the vote." For an example
Mr. Schlesinger stated, "If the amendment passes limits could be as
high as five or six fish. If SOS fails recreational limits would be as low
as two or three fish." Additional trout regulations will be the topic of
discussion at the December MFC meeting in Islamorada.
MFC To Hold Workshops On New Finfish
The Marine Fisheries Commission will be scheduling workshops
statewide to receive input and recommendations from the public
concerning the regulation ofsheepshead, pompano, African pompano,
tripletail and flounder. The commission will be looking for suggestions
on minimum size, open and closed seasons and bag limits. In addition
they will be looking for input from both commercial and recreational
anglers on the condition of each of these fisheries. Information
concerning declines in numbers or size, average daily catch and overall
health of fish when caught will be considered when making the new
regulations. These workshops will also cover possible changes to the
redfish regulations. There is a possibility that the regulations governing
the taking of redfish may be relaxed. A report released in early August
showed that the redfish population was rebounding faster tan
expected. Possible changes in the current regulations are a shorter
closed season, a change in the slot limit or an increase in the bag limit
These meetings will start this fall and last into the spring of 1995.
Anglers interested in attending these meeting should contact the
Marine Fisheries Commission at (904)-487-0554 starting in early

MFC Schedules Workshops on

Marine Traps and Trapping


The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled a series of public
workshops in September to receive
testimony and recommendations
regarding what materials should
be tested in an upcoming
Department of Environmental
Protection research project to
compare degradability of various
materials for use in fish and
crustacean traps, how blue crab
peeler traps should be configured
to distinguish them from standard
blue crab traps, and to what degree
the configuration of fish and
crustacean traps should be
standardized. Interested persons
are invited to participate in the
workshops, which will take place
from 6:00-8:00 p.m. as follows:


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* Monday, 12 September,
Wakulla County Commission
Chambers, Courthouse
Square, Crawfordville.

* Tuesday, 13 September,
Plantation Inn and Golf
Resort, Magnolia Room, 9301
WestFort Island Trail, Crystal

* Wednesday, 14 September,
Port of the Islands Resort,
25000 TamiamiTrail, Naples.
* Thursday, 15 September,
Marathon Regional Service
Center, 2796 Overseas
Highway, Suite 104,
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Vibrio Vulnificus
Continued from page 4.
Still, a habitual raw oyster-eater's chances of dying or even getting sick
from vulnitIcusoranyother oyster-related organism remains vanishingly
small. Hlady puts a healthy raw oyster-eater's annual risk of getting
vulniflcus poisoning at less than one in a million in Florida, which
means that nationally, the odds are far less. j
But it has proven nearly impossible for the seafood industry or for
public health cops to put the oyster issue into rational perspective. The
impact on the oyster trade has been telling, even in places where
vulnilcus outbreaks are virtually unheard of. Out in the Pacific
Northwest, oyster farmers in Oregon and Washington report a 25
percent drop in oyster wholesale prices since 1990, even though not
a single case of vulnificus sickness has been traced to their product.
Tim Smith, executive director ofthe Pacific Oyster Growers Association,
,blames a decline in consumer confidence fueled by continuing reports
of oysters' link to deadly disease.
But the brunt of the bad news has been borne by the oyster tongers of
the Gulf, who represent an industry that produces upwards of 90
percent of all domestic oysters marketed in the U. S. Exact numbers
aren't easy to come by, but the economic impact of the vulniflcus scare
is such that seafood marketing experts have identified itas the number
one problem besetting the Gulfs once-robust oyster industry.
Donnie Wilson, owner of D. W. Wilson Seafood of Eastpoint Florida on
Apalachicola Bay, said his business has been "affected greatly" by
publicity surrounding the phenomenon. After Hurricane Kate nearly
wiped outApalachicola Bay's oyster industry In 1985, Wilson has seen
a much more insidious threat cutting away at the now-restored oyster
fishery around Eastpoint. Production is finally back up to mid-70s
levels, he said, thanks to the benevolence of nature, but quavering
demand has pushed prices to the lowest levels he's seen in more than
a decade. Where premium-grade oysters fetched oystermen $22 a bag
as recently as 1991, today the average price paid to fishermen for that
same bag is eight bucks, Wilson said.
His company, which ships oysters throughout the Southeast, has been
forced to work harder to find markets.
"In the '70s, we could sell as many oysters to a single division of Winn-
Dixie (Supermarkets) as we sell to six divisions today," he said. "Raw
bars that would go through 100 bushels a week now order 15 or 20.
That's the way its been now for awhile." ,
While admitting that they have a "hot potato" on their hands, FDA
officials say that combating vulnificus in the seafood industry is one of
the toughest jobs they've ever faced. Now well into the second decade
of the organism's fame as a health risk among consumers of raw or
undercooked seafood, the agency has put no vulnifcus regulations on
the industry and in fact has done little more than issue consumer
But that may soon change. Responding to pressure from consumer
groups and Industry, in June the FDAheld its flrstworkshop specifically
aimed at examining the vulnificusissue from top to bottom. The meeting
was intended to synthesize the latest findings from microbial and
seafood sanitation experts and come up with recommendations on
what to do.

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Admitting that so far the FDA "has not made a dent in the problem,"
Dr. David Dressel, chief of the agency's Shellfish Sanitation Branch
Office in Washington, D. C., offered Research in Review a number of
reasons why.
"The variability of this organism 10 blowyour mind," he said. "It is an
opportunistic, naturally occurring organism found from British
Columbia to Maine. It appears to have no link to environmental
pollution. Its concentration in living oysters varies immensely
throughout the year; and we have no idea how much of the organism,
when consumed, is actually dangerous to your health. Obviously, to
most people It's not dangerous at all. It's a hard one to get a handle on."
Plagued as it is by biological, economic and epidemiological factors
that push Itbeyond the norm, the worrisome issue defies a technological
or regulatory quick-fix. But in recent years, various federal research
agencies have been obliged to step, up efforts to increase scientists'
understanding of the disease and how eventually it may be controlled.
In 1992, a team of FSU researchers based in biological science and
oceanographywere one of a numberof groups around the country who
responded to a call by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA) to develop a faster way to test seawater and
oyster samples for the presence of Vibrio vulniflcus. In an effort to help
the besieged oyster industry, the, agency was hoping to find a much
faster, more efficient way of detecting and quantifying the organism
than standard lab methods then ailowed-testing of a single sample
typically required a week to 10 days to complete.
Led by microbiologist Dr. RobefttReeves (Ph. D. New York Univ.),
former FSU oceanographer Dr. Paul LaRock (Ph. D. Rensselaer), now
at Louisiana State University, and.ckdtoral candidate Brenda Bennison,
the team sought to pursue development of a diagnostic technique that
since its introduction in the early 1980s has had a profound impact on
biological research. The team proposed to develop a vulntifcus-sensitive
genetic probe, a microscopic fragment of genetic material that could be
used to seek out and find vulnificus cells quickly and efficiently.
NOAA approved the proposal and peves & Co. went to work. Last year,
Florida State applied for a patent bri the team's creation-a gene probe
which Its inventors claim delivers the fastest and least complicated
method for detecting vulnificus'bacteria yet developed. Reeves says
that in less than two hours in n m t cases, the probe can be used to
accurately assaywater samples, telling diagnosticians not onlywhether
the pathogen is present, but if s$?,in precisely what concentration.
"This probe is extremely specific Ctr vulnficus" Reeves said. "In the
presence of different bacteria, it wlpick out only the vulniftius- even
if it's only one cell in a thousand,--and do it very quickly."
The technique, Reeves said, borrps from intensive national research
of late into the genetic make-up o4l kinds of organisms, from viruses
to humans. Since the fundamentals of using snippets of DNA and
other genetic material-chemicAlly bonded to either fluorescent or
radioactive compounds for easy'de ection-were worked out a decade
ago, growth in gene-probe deveN.pment has taken off. The FSU
vulntflcus probe joins a rapidly growing arsenal of biotech weapons
seeing expanding use in mediclieV industry and scientific research.
Now there are off-the-shelf profi,'for finding a host of things-from
pollutants in drinking water to caicerous tumors and assorted other
diseases, including AIDS.
Reeves said that the potential fo4 using gene probes, such as the one
developed at FSU, is only limited'y scientists' understanding of how
genes-and gene products-arej.ochemically constructed. Before a
key can be made to fit a lock, a mchinist must know something about
the internal workings of the lock And so it is with creating genetic
"keys" designed to fit highly specific "locks" buried within the vast
genetic fabric of even the simplest organism.
Any approach to developing a Wokable genetic probe, then, begins
with figuring out how an organs 's peculiar genetic framework can
be probed using artificial, gene-like molecules as keys. This essentially
means finding out how the ftihdamental, biochemical elements
comprising an organism's genes a physically arranged within a cell's
main gene-carrying apparatus, the double-stranded DNA molecule.

Since working out the entire g e
organism can take years, Reeve
obliged to focus on discrete areas


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matter, such as RNA ribonucleicc acid), a DNA product. His team
decided to hone in on a region of DNA where a particular configuration
of genes is a recognizable characteristic of all Vibrio bacteria and even
closely related cotisps, The DNA region is known as the 23s RNAgene,
so-called because it shows up in a cell's RNA as well.
Thus the project began with a scramble to collect every scrap of data
known about this tiny piece of DNA. Today, such research Is far easier
than itwaswhen gene probe technologybegan, thanks to internationally
linked computer databases of genetic information readily accessible to
scientists. The FSU researchers began their quest by going on-line.
Gathering the missing pieces of information about various Vbriospecies
required tedious work by Bennison and others. With help from Ellyn
Whitehouse, who runs FSU's main DNA analysis lab, Bennison
eventually succeeded in running down the entire genetic configuration
for the 23s gene sites in all the Vibrios-including vulnlcus-finding
the precise order of the chemical building blocks that provide the
gene's foundation. (Such work is called sequencing, from the fact that
DNA is basically a long, mostly repetitious chain of only four chemical
bases joined together in pairs. It is the precise order, or sequence, of
these chemical pairs-called "base pairs"-that determine, quite
literally, whether the organism under study is a virus or a vampire bat,
for example.)
This done, Bennison's task then became one ofcompare-and-contrast-
aligning the Vibrio base-pair sequences to see how the 23s gene in
vulnifcus differs ever so slightly from that of its relatives-in other
words, what genetic quirk helps make the organism vulniflcus and not
parahaemolytlcus, one of its closest kin and also an oyster-borne
pathogen that makes people sick but rarely kills them.
In searching through the gene's "library" of 3,000 base pairs, Bennison
found avery short sequence ofonly 20 pairs that appeared to be unique
to vulnficus. If this was the lock mechanism they had been looking for,
then a key they could make for it in the lab would fit only into the
genetic fabric of vulniykus and that of no other organism.
The key Bennison and Reeves sought to make was a single-stranded
gene fragment that would be a biochemical match for the unusual 20-
base-pair sequence discovered in vulniflcus. The idea was to split this
natural 20-base-pair sequence in halfif necessary, and then synthesize
a complementary, 20-base, single-stranded segment that would
perfectly recombine biochemically with the natural20-base sequence.
Thanks to automation, such a key-making process is a lot easier than
it sounds. A recipe for a complementary 20-base fragment of DNA was
turned over to Hank Henricks, who operates FSU's DNA-synthesis lab.
The entire field of DNA probe technology is made possible by automated
synthetic DNA-making devices such as those maintained in Henricks'
lab. At the push of a button, Henricks can create samples of DNA in
almost any base-pair configuration a researcher calls for. Vials of 20-
base (called "20-mer") gene probes were soon ready for the next step-

The recent issue of Florida State University's Research in Review
features a detailed article by Frank Stephenson describing a gene
test developed by FSU biologists which detects Vibrio vuntifcus.
While there are more than 30 Vibrio species that are known, ten
have been linked to causing diseases in humans. The National
oceanographic andAtmospheric Administration (NOAA) stimulated
the search nationally to develop a faster way to test oyster samples
and seawater for the presence of Vibrio vulniflcus. Standard lab
methods required a week to 10 days to complete their test. Last
year (1993), FSU applied for a patent on a gene probe for detecting
vulnificus bacteria. The time required is less than two hours,
according to researcher Dr. Robert Reeves, when the probe 4s used
to evaluate water samples and the concentration of the pathogen,
if present
However, before the gene probe can have much use in the oyster
industry, tolerance levels must be established, and this continues
to be a problem. The Food and Drug Administration Chief of the
Shellfish Sanitation Branch Office, Washington, D. C. Dr. David
Dressel, sees a problem trying to establish a single standard. "I
frankldrnn't thinknou can getto an nabsolute.. num her ...variabilitv

etic blueprint of even the simplest you see in vulnlflcus-coming i
s says, gene probe developers are can agree is potentially dangerot
4fan organism's DNA or other genetic

S*Lawsuit Argued at
i on Constitutional Issue
SDavid Jones and Joe Square parties have long ago negotiated a
g appealed a 2nd Circuit Court settlementwithJones and Square,
opinion rendered over a year ago pending the outcome of this case.-
In the litigation challenging the
Franklin County's right to veto The issue seems to come down to
leases in Apalachicola Bay, the question whether the county's
pursuant to Florida Statute legislative authority to veto was
253.68, which gives coastal an unlawfuldelegationofauthority
counties the authoritytoveto lease or circumstances Involving state
applications. The Countyprevailed owned lands and the potential for
in the 2nd Circuit decision, made abuse in the approval process.
by Judge Kevin Davey, convincing Attorney Shuler emphatically
him that the statute was dismissed the abuse potential as
constitutional and dismissing the a "straw man" not applicable to
argument that the county was the case at hand but merely a
stopped from stopping the lease contingency that the county had
applications. the power to act upon. The

From that decision, the 7
September oral arguments bring
another chapter on appeal to a
close, until the three-judge court
renders an opinion on the
constitutionality of the rule. The
Jones and Square case was argued
before the high court by Cynthia
Denise Johnson, aided by the staff
at Legal Services of North Florida,
as Appellant Alfred Shuler of
Shuler and Shuler argued the case
for Franklin County, which is the
only active party contesting the
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opposing side continued to argue
that the statute was an unlawful
delegation of authority.
Justwhen the First District Court
of Appeal decision would be
rendered is, of course, unknown.
The remaining option for the loser
would be an appeal to the State
Supreme Court on a writ of
certiorari, which means the Court
would have to approve hearing
the issue. Such appeals are not
automatically granted.

Markyour calendar. forthe Florida
Aquaculture Association's annual
meeting 4-6 November 1994 at
Harbor Branch Oceanographic
Institution, Ft. Pierce, Florida.
Hands-on laboratories and
invaluable seminars. For
information: David Boozer, Florida
Aquaculture Association, Post
Office Box 1519, Winter Haven,
Florida, phone (813) 293-5710,
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The 1993 biennial surveyofFlorida
aquaculture documented farm-
gate sales totaling $73 million,
more than double the $35 million
dollars sold in 1987. There were
523 active producers with 187
tropical fish producers accounting
for 64 percent of total sales or
$46.7 million. Aquatic plant
farmers totaled 67 with $13.2
million, 191 oyster/clam
producers sold $13.2 million and
38 alligator farmers had sales of
$4.43 million.

MFC Schedule
Continued from page 1
* Monday, 19 September,
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Note: The geographic distribution
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Friends of County Library

tI... ~Raise Nearly $6,000

Sponsors of "The Taste of
Franklin County"
(each contributing a
minimum of $150)
Carl Hoffman, Inc.
Gulf State Bank
Miller and Sons, Inc.
Mr. and Mrs. B. Harrison
Resort Realty
Sun Coast Realty
Century 21, Collins Realty
Gtdf Coast Realty
Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Lewis
Miller and sons
Sportsman's Lodge
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Emerald Coast Hospital
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Nemour's Children's Clinic
St. George Cable, Inc.
Mahr Development
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Marta Thompson presents the George Mahr
Donation for the Friends of the Franklin
County Library.

The first Taste of Franklin County,
held on Saturday, 3 September
1994, at the Plantation
Clubhouse, St. George Island,
generated a net of nearly $6000
for the Franklin County Library
system. By invitation only, the
event was a fundraiser for the
Franklin County Friends of the
ULirary, each contributor donating
$50 for a chance to sample a
delicious "taste" of Franklin
County restaurants who supplied
food and drink for the multitude.
4The first Taste of Franklin County
was organized and hosted by Mr.
and Mrs. Richard Plessinger and
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Amato. Five
,'hundred formal invitations were
'sent to Franklin County residents
and about 150 persons attended
the event, which began at the
Clubhouse at 6 p. m. Saturday
night, Some sent donations with
their regrets that they could not
Highlight of the evening was the
presentation of the largest single
donation to the event. Mrs. Marta
Thompson of Sun Coast Realty
presented a check for $1000 from
George Mahr ofMahr Development
SThe staff of the Franklin County
Adult Reading Program provided
S distance in contacting
Isinesses and helped serve at
*tye event. Floral arrangements
were donated by Bayside Gallery.
Usyasan Stanton donated untold
,ipan-hours of computer and
printing work.
library is a major source of local
contributions for the Franklin
-punty Library, which has been
'!i existence since 4 August 1992.
J'ere are two branches of the
-library: the Point Mall and the
(a rrabelle branch. Richard and
Clair Plessinger, Peter and Pamela
.Amato and the Friends of the'
Franklin County Library would
like to thank those who by their
donations, participation and
:attendance made The Taste of
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The Presidio of the Asturias: A Spansh Fort on St. Joseph's Peninsula

Continued from 26 August Issue
By Wayne Childers
The side wall which ran parallel to the bay and the ship channel would
have had a battery of guns atop it and would also" been floored with
heavy timbers, It is also possible that the peninsula was much
narrower at that location in 1720 and therefore there may also have
been heavy batteries placed on reinforced flooring on the western wall.
Itis unlikely that there was a battery of any size placed on the northern
wall since it overlooks what appears to be part of the town. Small one
or two pounder swivel cannon called pedrosos, would have been placed
at other locations on the walls where only an attack by infantrymen
was to be expected. A cannon would have been laced on the inside
ground level, facing each gate leading out of the fort. This would have
assured the defenders that though the attackers might break through
the gate, they would have plenty of firepower to meet them.
Inside the fort was the chapel, a powder magazine, the storehouses for
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common soldiers and given the presence of higher status artifacts to
indicate it, possibly lodging for the supply officer within the northern
pat of the fort. Since the supply officer was responsible for the
safekeeping of the supplies and 'accountable with his person and
property to the Viceroy of Mexico and then to the King of Spain, he was
usually one who stayed close to hi. business.
Excavations done by Dr. Hale G.,;Smith of Florida State in the mid
nineteen sixties, revealed that when.the Spaniards abandoned the fort
in 1723, they left behind the altarbof the church. The pinkish-gray
marble altar top recovered by Smith was about two and a half feet wide
and five feet long and measured about five inches in height. The slab
was rough on five of its sides and smooth on the top. Most altars had
holy relics embedded in them and it is extremely rare to find one
abandoned. This is particularly true in a case where an orderly
evacuation and abandonment ofka site took place rather than its
destruction by natural forces or bhn enemy attack. Its presence may
therefore indicate that while the garis1on left for Pensacola orVeracruz,
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There had originally been perhaps two churches on the Bay. One called
San Jos6 and the other, Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe. Later there was
also the mission church of San Blas. Today there are three Catholic
churches in the area perpetuating these names. St. Joseph in the town
of Port St. Joe, Our Lady of Guadalupe at Mexico Beach and the
mission church of San Blas on St. Joseph's Peninsula near the
entrance to the T.H. Stone State Park.
We know from the statements of Father Charlevoix, a French priest
who visited the Presidio on the 28th and 29th of May of 1722, that
many officers had their families there. Those that we know were
present, were those of the third Governor, Don Jose Primo de Rivera
and his brother, Don Pedro Primo de Rivera, later commandant of both
San Jose and Pensacola. According to Charlevoix, the houses that they
lived in were neat and spacious but notwell furnished. The streets were
unpaved and when you walked about, you sank up to your ankles in
sand. The officers wives never left their houses unless it was to go to
church. When they did, they went there with "a train and a hauteur
that cannot be seen anywhere but among Spaniards.".
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Voters Speak Out
Continued from page 1 '
In the District 4 School Board:.'
race, incumbent William J. "Pop"'
Wagoner, a World War II veteran
and former teacher, lost his seat I
to challenger Jimmy Gander, an i
Apalachicola businessman.
Gander received 56.21 percent of ,
the votes (597), while Wagoner. i
collected 37.85 percentofthevotes
(402). Independent,

businesswoman MicheleA. Belson
received 5.93 percent of the
District 4 votes (63).
In the District 2 race for School
Board, IncumbentWilS. Kendrick
narrowly defeated law
enforcement officer Mike Mock.
Kendrick took 53.33 percent of
the 'votes (280), while Mock
received 46.66 percent of the
District 2 votes (145).

Candidate RaymondL. Willian" responds to Election results.

Interim Rate fr TIland
Water Custon rs to Take
Effect in September
Within a couple of days ofrAtes will be collected subject to
appearing in hearing before the refund, pending thePSC'sdecision
Pu lif'Service Commission (PSC) on final rates, due late September
In Apalachlcola, the St. George or ekrly October 1994.
Utility Co., Ltd., filed appropriate
paperwork in Tallahassee for The water company is requesting
customer notice on interim water permanent rate increases to $3.16
rates, originally approved by the per 1000 gallons, and the proposal
PSC in March 1994. A bond and has been the subject of several
guarantee of potential refund, the days of hearing. two conducted in
qualifying requirements imposed f Apalachicola in late July, and
on the PSC's order approving *. additional hearings conducted in
interim rates in March, were flied :i Tallahassee in early August. The
on22Julv 1994. St. George Ilsland,.last session ended on 10 August
water customers began receiving at the PSC offices in Tallahassee,
the customary notice about the with the formal hearing record
water rate Increases after 16. comprised of 1673 transcript
August. The basic gallonage pages, and reams of supporting
charge increases to $1.86 per 1000 documents. Including pre-filed
gallons, up from $1.67. Starting testimony, and numerous
in September 1994. the interim exhibits.




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donated to the raffle by Harry and
Renee Tucker of St. George Island.
Other revenue streams included
registrations for the 5 K run staged
at 8 a.m. with 30 persons
participating in the race. The event
was also sponsored by 22
businesses, listed below, who paid
$100 each. There was also a "yard
sale" in the brilliantly styled
Fellowship Hall dedicated to Claire
and Hampton Dews during the
day, along with a bake sale.
Outside, a fish fry attracted visitors
and residents featuring fried
mullet, cheese grits, tea and cole
slaw with customers comfortably
seated beneath parachute rigging
which diffused the sun's heat yet
allowed high visibility.
Rev. Jerry Benton and his wife,
June, new minister to the island
church, greeted visitors and took
the Chronicle on a short tour of
the :expanded facility. The
additional funds are being sought
to bfild a new and larger
sanctuary. Rev. Benton also serves
in Eastpoint and "rides the circuit"
in his pastoring to both

By Carol Ann Hawkins
By "Straw Vote" (due to lack of a
quorum), the Apalachicola Bay
Area Resource Planning and
Management Community
(ABARP&MC) voted at its
8 September regular meeting to
make a recommendation to the
Governor's Administration
Commission that Franklin County
and the City of Carrabelle have
successfully completed the one-
year monitoring period that began
in September 1993. "We've
successfully completed the
monitoring period, and I'd like to
have that ended," said Alan Pierce,
County Planner, Emergency
Management Director, and
Chairman of the committee. Pierce
and Mike McDaniel, Section
Administrator, Department of
Community Affairs, (DCA)
Tallahassee, were the only
committee members present at
the meeting. Pierce said the City
of Apalachicola chooses to
continue in the monitoring
program, so the committees
recommendation concerns only
the monitoring period for Franklin
County and the City ofCarrabelle.
Contacted by telephone after the
meeting, Pierce said the
monitoring period, which began
in September 1993, and is effective
through September 1994, was
required when Franklin County
and the City of Carabelle were de-
designated as Arm of Critical State
Concern The Florida Statutes

The businesses that sponsored
the 5 K run include the following:
Anchor Realty and Mortgage Co.
Apalachicola Bay Animal Clinic
Apalachicola State Bank
Carrabelle Medical Pharmacy'
Century 21 Collins Realty
Eagle Constructors, Inc.
Eastpoint Medical Pharmacy
Gulf Coast Realty
Gulf State Bank
Happy Pelican
Harry A's
Holiday Pest Control
Island Emporium
The Marketplace at Pine Street
Mini Complex
Magic Carpet Cleaning
Oyster Radio, WOYS
Paradise Cafe
Resort Realty
Sandy's Hair Salon
Sun Coast Realty
The Supply Dock's Bayside
Taylors Building Supply, Inc.
Two Gulls Two
'Another fundraising project also
collected substantial funds held
on Saturday night P'at the
Plantation Clubhouse. Thel
Friends of the Library staged The
Taste ofFhranklinCounty for invited
guests, and thatstoryis continued
on page 6 of this issue.

Harry Arnold shows "They ate the whole thing!" at the
Island Methodist Church fundraiser.

Updating CPAA Master Plan

By Carol Ann Hawkins
James Waddell, a Baskerville-
Donovan engineer, told Carrabelle
City Commissioners that once
construction improvements at the
, Carrabelle-Thompson Airport is
underway, the City, the Carrabelle
Port and Airport Authority (CPAA)
and Baskerville-Donovan need to
sit down and take a look at
updating the airport's master plan
to see which direction CPAA and
the City would like to go with
continuing development. That
way, improvements to the airport
won't be "a piece of the program,
here and there," and the City will
know on a long-term basis, "more
than 30 or 45 days notice- knows

Emerald Coast Hospital would like to offer our sincere appreciation to the residents and the
leaders of our community for the overwhelming show of support and dedication during our Open
House Ceremony on Thursday, September First, 1994. We are very thankful to the undermentioned'
local business for their donations and time, which helped make this a very exciting event.
We appreciate your support and look forward to serving the medical needs of our community in
the future.
Kenneth Dykes, Sr., Administrator

on more of an annual basis" how
much funding is going to be
needed, even with support from
the DepartmentofTransportation.
Waddell said the airport cannot
be thought of in terms of Just a
aring lot "That'snotwhat it is,"
he said. The operations at the
airport have to be addressed from
the standpoint of safety, Waddell
continued, "a functional
standpoint." Waddell told.
commissioners that the master
plan will definitely need to be
updated so that issues such as
apron lighting and some of the
other things that have been
suggested as needing to be done
at the airportwon't be approached
as '...trying to put out brush fires
here and a brush fire there..."
Waddell said he wrote a letter to
the City outlining several items of
cost-associated improvements
that apply to taxiway lights, apron
lights, and relocation of the
windsock and rotating beam. The
letter needs to be transmitted by
the Commission to Joe Smith. If
Smith is in agreement thatthat funds
are available for the
Improvements, two change orders
will have to be executed, one for
Baskerville- Donovan's
engineering contractand the other
for the construction contract.
From the standpoint of time,
Waddell said the primary interest
is that the construction contracts
notbe unduly delayed, and he has
recommended that necessary
information be forwarded to the
DepartmentofTransportation and
acted on "as soon as possible."

established that areas of this type
designation be under a one-year
monitoring period, The Florida
Statutes allowed for designation
to be accomplished, then de-
"The decision, in our case," Pierce
said, "was done for environmental
reasons to protect Apalachicola
Actions taken by the county since
the monitoring period began

* Land development
comprehension plans (agreed
to by the state)
* Stormwater Plan
* Septic Tank Abatement
Program (Septic tanks were
not functioning properly.)

McDaniel said he will indicate the
committee's recommendation.-ini
a report he's preparing that he'
said will go to the governor's office
by 12 September. McDaniel said
he will include the fact that the
vote was taken without the
presence of a quorum. McDaniel
said he would also include in the
report the county's continuing
need for money to implement the
Stormwater Management Plan,
implementation of Improvements,
and the committee's concern for
removing property from tax rolls.


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New Jobs, Income, and Revenue for Carrabelle: "Only Part of the Big Picture"

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Port and Airport
Authority Is studying a proposal
submitted by an Alabama
corporation at the 11 August
regular CPAA meeting that the
president of the out-of state
company said "will produce new
Jobs, income, and revenue for the
citizens ofCarrabelle and Franklin
(County), Florida." Henry J. Hall,
Jr., President ofH & H Leasing in
Selma, Alabama, presented the
proposal to the CPAA board as a
"rough proposal" that he said can
be rewritten or amended as
needed. The proposal outlines
expansion of Timber Island
development to include a wet-slip
marina, dry storage marina, ship
store, restaurant, and motel/
hotel. The area being considered
is approximately 33 acres. The
Alabama corporation is licensed
to do business in the State of
Florida, Hall said. Hall's proposal
states that the total wet-slip
capacity his company would be
112, but initiallywould construct,

install, and operate approximately
30 slips, with additional slips to
be constructed when 85%
occupancy of the original 30 is
fulfilled. Hall would hope to have
construction underway by Spring,
1995. The proposal also includes
a 100-space dry-slip marina, and
in conjunction with this, a dual
boat ramp to be utilized by the
dry-slip occupants.
At or about, the same time as
construction 6f the wet and dry
slips is underway. Phase I, H & H
proposes to incorporate an office
building to transact every-day
business. The building would also
be used as a ship store that would
sell "all types" of bait, tackle,
various marine supplies, snacks
and beverages. In addition to this,
H & H requested the option to
reserve the right to construct and
operate a boat maintenance shop.
Upon successful completion of all
stages of Phases I, and upon
obtaining all necessary permits,
the company would construct,

install, and operate a restaurant
with a seating capacity of 100 to
150. The proposal states that
basic, home-cooked meals and
seafood would be served at the
facility. H & H also proposed to'
place a lounge and package store
at the restaurant site.
Phase III proposes a motel/hotel
for visitors and transients with an
occupancy rate of from 50 to 100
units. The total project is expected ,
to take five to seven years to
complete. Hall said his company
would require "100 percent
cooperation as well as
participation where approvals and
permits are concerned. Unification
of the State of Florida, the County
of Franklin, Florida, the City of
Carrabelle, and the PortAuthority
is imperative."
H & H proposes to lease the tract,
of land on Timber Island for a
period of 30 years, with an.
additional two, 10-year options,
for a total of 50 years and extended
the offer of a fixed lease payment"

of $2,000 per month to begin upon
completion of half of Phase I for a
period of 60 months. From this
point forward, the lease payment
would be fixed in five-year
increments, adjustable according
to the price-of-living index, at no
time to exceed 10 percent in any
five-year period. In addition to the
lease, H & H would retain 100
percent sole ownership and control
of all the phases and business
interests as they see fit, and they
would reserve the right to sell,
convey, pledge, transfer, lease, or
perform any and all activities with
every-day business affairs.
Two areas that would require
attention prior to the acceptance
or rejection of the proposalwould
be 1) the area designated for dredge
spoil out of the river and 2) the
availability of sewage lines. Hall's
,,proposal specified that the
company needs to know the area
designated for river spoil and the
approximate time of planned
dredging. The companywould also
like to have sever lines that service

the Timber Island area to be made
available to the proposed project
"at no out-of pocket expense.
Hall's wife, Wilma, also attended
the CPAA meeting and said after
the meeting that H & H is a
trucking business. The couple's
son, H. James Hall, III is Vice
President of the company. Hall
said he had a house built in St.
James in 1987 and that he votes
and pays taxes in Franklin County,
but he added that he "has to make
a living out of the county."
Gene Langston, who introduced
Hall to the board, suggested the
board take Hall's proposal under
consideration, "maybe have a
special meeting," Agreeing that
the proposal was too much to be
absorbed at the meeting, CPAA
and Hall agreed that the Board
will take a month to study the
proposal and call Hall if they have
any questions.
Prior to introducing Hall, Langston
told the board that he had talked

with a representative from the
engineering firm of Baskerville-
Donovan about the possibility of
that firm doing the Stormwater
Plan on Timber Island, since they
also do a lot of work for the City of
Carrabelle. Langston said he
talked to them about doing the
work "gratis" and, even though
Langston said the firm "kind of
reneged," they are discussing It
and will try to get back with him.
Baskerville-Donovan, whether
they decide to do the job for free or
allow CPAA to pay for the work
later, didn't give a job price,
Langston told the board, and
added that a stormwater plan
cannot be done on Timber Island
until it is known what is going to
built over there.
Langston said the stormwater plan
needed to be incorporated into the
marina. "Whoever does the marina
is going to have to do the
stormwater plan, as far as the
permitting process, and it's going
tobe tied identically to whatthey're



Approved at

By Carol Ann Hawkins
City Commissioners approved
engineer William McCartney's
amendment to the utilities
improvements proposal at the 1
August commission meeting.
McCartney, of Baskerville-
Donovan Engineering, Inc., told
commissioners he amended the
proposal to include an additional
item at no additional charge. The
amendment provides a
comprehensive utility audit of the
city's water system, field
observationsofall capital facilities
and operational procedures,

Later Alligator
Continued from page 3
Elena in 1985, the frrstplace to
wash out in Hurricane Kate, 1985;
and on down to Alberto and what
he called the "no name storm ""The
first place, always," Mellot said,
"and it's never been
protected."Saunders agreed that
the road had never been put in
properly. "Not properly," Mellot
said, "it's never been put in."
Robert C. Byerts, DCA attorney,
said that Governor Chiles made a
declaration with respect to Beryl
some time ago, and the declaration
is unincorporated into a request
to President Clinton. sent through
DCA Region XV, requesting that
Clinton declare a major disaster
based upon the damage that
resulted from Beryl. Byerts said
the request is being evaluated by
the Federal Emergency
Management Administration
(FEMAJ. "At this point, it's in the
president's hands to make a
determination about the actual
damage, whether or not it exceeds
state and local capabilities ,"
Byerts said Governor Chiles
declared disasters forwestern and
northern Florida, but did not
specify any particular counties in
his declaration. "I believe he
specified the region," Byerts said.
Krebs said IfFEMAtells the county
that the road must be relocated,
FEMA will acquire land from
property owners at FEMA's
expense. "...They (FEMA) will pick
up the whole nine yards." If the
road is replaced where it is, Krebs
said the Soil Conservation Service
(SCS) iswillingtoputin 75 percent,
or $700,000, which means the
county would have to come up
with the other 25 percent,

St. George


Hearings End
The next stage of the trek taken by
St. George Island Utility Company,
Ltd., in its quest to obtain a
permanent increase in water rates
on the barrier island is to correlate
the evidence and the law, with
each entity participating in the
hearings preparing their legal
arguments to the Public Service
Commission (PSC). While three
days of formal hearings were
planned, the PSC actually
expended six days in hearing
witnesses through direct, cross,
re-direct and sometimes re-cross
examination by the utility
company, the Office of Public
Counsel, the St. George Water
Management Districtand the PSC
staff occupying nearly 1,700 pages
oftranscriptand reams ofexhibits.
The hearings ended Wednesday,
10 August 1994 at 5:35 p.m.
Overall, the issues are reasonably
clear. The St George Utility wants
to increase its rates to a level
permitting it to have an 8 per cent
return, and the Office of Public
Counsel argues that the utility's
cost structure is inflated to a large
degree merely to justify the rate
increase to a large magnitude. The
staffof the PSC appears to see the
need for some increase, but did
not state what level of increase.
Considerable testimony was
devoted to the basis for the costs.
going back to the original cost of
e utility, and including salaries
and fees for legal services, along
with a review of the liens against
the utility.

permits and pumping schedules.
McCartney discussed the
questions of the City's water
supply needs in the future, areas
to be served by the system,
priorities and how all these fit
together. McCartney said that his
best estimate of how to proceed
with funding for the project is to
pursue a Farmers Home
Administration (FmHA) Grant. For
expansion, particularly on Timber
Island, McCartney's suggestions
as sources of available grant funds'
included the U.S. Department of
Commerce, FmHA and the
Community Development Block
Grant Program (CDBG). FmHA
and CDBG have a "small,
economical development
program," according to
McCartney, but James Waddell,
also of Baskerville-Donovan, said
that FmHA's economical
developmentgrantis not matching
funds. McCartney said that FmHA
does not have a matching program

$175,000, the non-federal
share.Pierce said the county does
not have $175,000 budgeted "for
any match for anybody."
Ken Hughes, Public Assistance
Officer, FEMA. District V, said
Alligator Point is in an area where
it's "really susceptible to bad
storms. As a contractor, I would
not guarantee a dry basement in
the middle of the Sahara Desert!
You don't monkey with Mother
Nature, and this is a very
susceptible area, right here, that
really catches hell.
Krebs described the option to
relocate the road as "not a viable
option, but certainly an option we
need to consider." Krebs
emphasized that FEMA could say
repair or relocate. "They (FEMA)
could say we're not going to put
anymore moneyinto this.. .we put
money into it in '85, and we're
putting money into it now, and
we're not going to put any more
money into it."' Krebs conceded
that the bad thing about relocating
the road is that "it disrupts a lot
of lives."
Barring a major disaster, Alligator
Pointresidents couldn't have their
lives disrupted much more than
what they're already experiencing.
When they asked Hughes at one
point to speak louder so they could
hear him, Hughes apologized and
said "We weren't set up for this
type of meeting, it was something
that was supposed to
be... organizational thing here."
When Saunders said, "Had that
road been put in properly, we'd
have that road today," the
residents applauded, only to be
silenced by Byerts, who said, "With
all due respect,...give us a chance
to discuss it up here before you
put your two cents in."
By the time the meeting ended,
the heat Index had risen
considerably, weatherwise and
otherwise The room was stifling
hot Sweat rolled down the faces
of most everyone. When Moscohils
suggested the meeting be
ended,"it's hot in here," a woman
sitting in the back of the room
responded, "It's gonna gethotterl."
Contacted the following day and
asked to give a brief summary of
exactly what happened at the
meeting, Alan Pierce said,
"Nothing. Nothing happened."
Probably not But those people
who live on Alligator Point sure
thought something was going to
happen. They believed it so much,
they disrupted their lives-again-
just to be at that meeting.

(the nam

that he is aware of and they do not
grant more than fifty percent of
funds. Waddel told commissioners
that Baskerville-Don6van would
like to work with the City on the
joint development program,
Timber Island, Carrabelle-
Thompson Airport and River
Commissioner Jim Phillips said
the City is going to have to look at
McCarney s proposal and, also,
look at what the City is going to
have to do in the next few years.
"Because I think, right now, we're.
at a threshold. Our system's
getting old, the pumps are getting
old, everything's getting old.I think,
this basic water distribution
system was put here about 50
years ago."
McCartney said that rural water-
programs provide technical'
assistance to local governments
and small utilities in terms of
sinking funds, operator training
and general system managing. The
rural water programs also have
"sort of a deferred loan" for energy
efficiency and power cost savings
that is paid back, over a couple of
years, from power cost savings
gained through premium
efficiency motors that replace older
motors. Phillips clarified that part
of the engineering firm's proposal
includes an energy audit. Phillips
also said that he thought the rural
water programs were fifty percent
matching funds.

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By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority Board, at
the 11 August regular meeting, voted unanimously
to appoint Carrabelle resident Freda Manning White
as an officer of the board. White will fill the vacancy
created by the resignation of board member Milton
French. Carrabelle Mayor Carlton Wathen reported
that CliffWillis, who had been nominated at the July
meeting to replace French, had asked that his name
'be withdrawn.

.,After the board approved the motion to appoint
White, the new appointee was sworn in as a CPAA
'officer by Carrabelle City Clerk Charles Lee Daniels.
White is nowan employed CPAAofficerofCarrabelle,
' Florida and a recipient of public funds.

In a 10 August letter to CPAA, White wrote that she
would like to be considered to fill the vacancy
created by French's resignation.

White said she and her husband are "quite active"
in Carrabelle youth organizations, although they
have no children. "I am seriously concerned for the
, future of these young people," White wrote. White
"-'said she.believes it is time that qualified interested

citizens take a more active role in ensuring that
"Carrabelle work toward planned growth that is
environmentally safe, yet economically advantageous
to all the people here."
White and her husband own approximately 65
combined acres ofwaterfront property on New River,
Carrabelle River, St. James, and St George Island.
She said that none of the property is commercial,
and that her interest in serving on the board "is not
a financially self-serving one."To further clarify her
motives for seeking the position, White said in her
letter that she had no conflictwith any of the current
CPAA board members, "and to my knowledge, they
have none with me."
White said she is a lover ofthe outdoors, "particularly
fishing, hunting, and boating," and that she is most
interested in the preservation of the ecosystem,
"thus allowing for these outdoor activities for later
generations." White said she has a basis in college
biology and extended self-study and probably has
as good an understanding of what will and what will
not be beneficial to the environment here "as does
anyone without advanced study in this area."
The most important contribution she said she has
to offer to CPAA, she feels, is the knowledge she has
by way of a law degree she earned in 1981, which
she said will enable her to more easily deal with all
the contracts, laws, restrictions, and other matters.
"I have the ability to think logically and to reason
through the facts when making a decision," she
said. White added that neither she nor her family
have business interests in this area that might
conflict with any decision she needed to make as an
officer of the Carrabelle Port and Airport Authority.


Alligator Point Water Resource District Public Water System
The above noted public water system has been cited by the Department of
Environmental Protection for violation of sampling requirements for coliform
bacteria. All community public,water systems are required to submit the
results of analyses for coliform bacteria every month. The Department has
no record of bacteriological analyses being submitted for July, 1994.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets drinking
water standards and monitoring/reporting requirements determine the
presence of microbiological contaminants. The presence of total coliform is
a possible health concern. Total coliforms are common in the environment
and are generally not harmful themselves. The presence of these bacteria,
however, generally isa result of a problem with water treatment or the pipes
which distribute the water, and indicates that the water may be contaminated
with organisms that can cause disease. Disease symptoms may include
diarrhea, cramps, nausea, and possibly jaundice, and fatigue. These
symptoms, however, are notjustassociated with disease-causing organisms
in d king water, but also may be caused by a number of factors other than
your drinking water. Drinking water which is treated to meet EPA
requirements should be considered safe. Monitoring/reporting is performed
to assure that the drinking water from a public water system meets EPA
Any questions or concerns about this notice should be directed to Ms. Mary
Lou Parker at the Department of Environmental Protection, Pensacola,
Florida (904) 444-8300.
This notice is being distributed in accordance with Florida Administrative
Code Rule 17-560.410(l)(f).

NOTICE: To residents and visitors to Alligator Point:
The water delivered to consumers at Alligator Point is not contaminated
now, nor has it ever been.
Mr. Hal Stevens, who normally collected the water samples for delivery to
the lab, passed away in late July. Therefore samples for July were not
collected and forwarded to the lab for analysis. Alligator Pointwateris tested
locally on a daily basis. Water samples for August have submitted with the
usual favorable test results.


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