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The FranklinCounty Chronicle



Volume 3, Number 21 Published twice monthly o# the 10th and 26th 10 November -25 November 1994


Doctor Alleges
Misuse of Funds

Doctor Tom Curn' addressed the
Franklin County Commission on
1 November with allegations of
fund mismanagement on the part
of Emerald Coast Hospital.
Dr. Curry stated that his decision
to address the County Commis-
sibn with a resolution request-
ing an Independent audit came
from a 4 3 medical staff meet-
ing vote on 22 October. Doctors
Tom and Elizabeth Cur'y. Nichols
and Chal voted in favor of ad-
dressing the county commission
while Doctors Salmon, Merrill and
Stark voted against the decision.
"Franklin County Owns Emerald
Coast Hospital. Franklin County
Commissioners lease Emerald
Coast Hospital to Provident Medi-
calCorporaUon. Franklin County
Commissioners have a fiduciary
responsibility to the citizens for
responsible management and rea-
sonable medical care. Provident
Medical Corporation has violated
the original lease and amend-
ments In numerous ways, but
most notably by allowing Its pro-
fessional liability Insurance to
lapse between July 1992 and Sep-
tember 1992. The hospital will
remain In Jeopardy for many years
as a consequence." Stated Curry.
Dr. Tom Curry referred to Emer-
ald Coast Hospital as "insolvent."
He stated that in the 1992-93 fis-
cal year, Provident Medical Cor-
poration reported a sixty thou-
sand dollar loss. Curry continued
that in the '92 -'93 fiscal year;
Providence Medical Corporation
paid itself two hundred thousand
dollars in management fees and
four hundred thousand in
administrat ive expenses. Curry
felt that the administration ex-
penses were too top-heavy com-
pared to staff expenses. The over-
all staff salary for Emerald Coast
Hospital was eight hundred thou-
sand dollars for 1992-93.
Dr. Curry stated that the eight
hundred thousand dollars that
the hospital received, which is
known as the Trammell Funds or
Disproportionate Shares Funds,
has been spent by Emerald Coast
Hospital. Curry said that Emer-
ald Coast Hospital would be re-
ceiving an additional eight hun-
dred thousand dollars in quar-
terly payments. "These funds
were intended by the state and
federal government for the rural
hospitals. It is the belief of the
majority of the medical staff, the
members who voted in favor of the
resolution, that a substantial por-
tion of these funds have been
spent by Provident Medical Cor-
poration for projects unrelated to


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the provisions of acute medical
services at Emerald Coast Hospi-
tal. And Consequently, the citi-
zens of this county will not derive
the intended benefits of these
funds to improve their
healthcare," said Curry. Dr. Curry
urged the county commission to
obtain an independent audit to
investigate the expenditure of
Trammell Funds and Emerald
Coast Hospital and related party
transactions. Curry said that the
county could probably enlist the
aid of the state's agency for health
care administration to obtain an
audit for little or no expense.
Dr. Tom Curry concluded by say-
ing that Provident Medical Cor-
poration was not the only health
care service available to serve
Franklin County.
The Franklin County Commission
received Curry's allegations with
mixed emotions, but eventually
moved to have Atttorney Al Shuler
look into the possibility of conduct-
ing an independent audit. "You've
made a lot of accusations about
the hospital," stated Commis-
sioner Jimmy Mosconis, "but I
haven't seen any documentation
to back up what you're saying. We
have a new administration in the
hospital. From what I've seen in


Continued on page 2

October 28, 1994
An Open Letter to the Citizens of Franklin County'
Certain members of theMedical Staff at Emerald Coast Hospital were recently able to
pass over our opposition a resolution which is, in our view, misleading and
inappropriate. We do not believe that this resolution reflects the view of the Physicians
and Physician Assistants who actually provide most of the emergency room, clinic and
inpaiient coverage at the hospital.
We are very proud of Emerald Coast Hospital, its employees and professional staff and
the quality of Its services to this community. We believe that significant improvements
have been made and continue to be made at the Hospital. We believe the Hospital is
capably managed
We also note that the October 26th resolution distorts the truth concerning Hospital
management's willingness to provide appropriate accounting of the use of
disproportionate share funds. In fact Hospital Management has consistently stated its
Intent to provide information to the County Commission when the State agency managing
these funds specifies the appropriate data and format requiredfor the report. Hospital
management has also made a sincere effort on several occasions to provide information
and updates concerning the use of these funds both to the County Commission and to the
community at large.
We Invite our colleagues to join us in our continuing effort to build an outstanding
healthcare delivery system forFranklin Countyl

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Grant Seeker Gets Chilly

Reception at County

Commission
The Franklin County Commission listened apprehensively to Assis-
tant Administrator of the Big Bend Association for the Handicapped
Ms. Cynthia Mercer at their 1 November meeting.
Stating that she just wanted the county's support and blessing in Big
Bend's aqua culture and vocational training efforts, Ms. Mercer urged
commissioners to "jump on the bandwagon" on a project that she felt
would benefit all of Franklin County. Mercer stated that Big Bend
would continue its' work with or without the county's support. She
also intimated that the county could receive money for itself and fur-
ther assist the Big Bend project if they applied for a coastal grant.
She related to the commission that if they were interested in receiv-
ing such grant money, they would need to apply for it. If the grant
were received, the county commissioners would administer the grant
money and sublease the Big Bend project for their work.
Commissioner Mosconis suggested that Mercer speak to the Apalachee
Regional Planning Council about receiving such a grant. Ms. Mercer
stated that the Apalachee Regional Planning Council was aware of
what the Big Bend project was doing and that they approved. Mercer
also reiterated that the Big Bend project would be operational whether
They received funding from the state or from private donations. "I'm
presenting you with the opportunity to be a part of this as a joint
effort. You could make money for the county and we can use the
money that we have for other projects. County Planner Alan Pierce
asked whether the project required matching funds. Mercer re-
sponded, "There's not a matching requirement. There's several dif-
ferent ways you can propose this grant. One could be a dollar for
dollar matching funds. The other could be where you sponsor a cer-
tain amount of money and then match it." Commissioner Tolliver
stated that since the Big Bend would operate with or without the
county's help, they should just go ahead without the help of the
Franklin County Commission. Mercer stated angrily that the project
would continue. Tolliver asked Mercer why she requested the com-
missioners' blessing and Mercer responded that she didn't need the
county's blessings and that the county needed her project. Tolliver
maintained that the county did not need the Big Bend Project.
Continued on page 2

A Parallel to Diasaster Relief

Academic Study Faults Dept.

of Community Affairs

The time is 1986, just after hurricanes have ravaged Franklin and
other counties, and the seafood industry is suffering. The county is
declared a disaster area, and a "protection act" is passed by the state
legislature, defining Franklin county as an "area of critical concern."
Representatives of state agencies are more frequent visitors to
Apalachicola and vicinity. Some want to conduct "studies" and make
recommendations to "bring back" the oyster fishery, or the shrimp
fishery, or other fisheries. Roberta M. Hammond is among them, but
her agenda is much different. She is studying the process of how a
single government agency project attempts to help the Franklin fish-
ing industry through the designation, "An Area of Critical State Con-
cern," and the idea of creating a report, called the options available to
anyone making a living in the Franklin fishing industries. While she
was employed in state government, performing her assigned duties
to her full-time capacities, she was also working on her dissertation.
In late 1993, she successfully defended her ethnographic study of
the purpose and design of the Apalachicola Bay Area at Temple Uni-
versity.
Continued on page 2


1.7 MILLION



DESIGNATED



FOR



FRANKLIN



DISASTER



RELIEF

As a part of a larger financial package passed by the Congress, signed
off by President Clinton and relayed through the U. S. Department
of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency (FEMA), certain northern Florida coun-
ties will be the beneficiaries ofdisaster relief funds. Franklin County's
share Is defined as 1.7 million dollars. On Friday, 4 November
1994.The Chairperson of the Franklin County Board of County Com-
missioners, Jimmy Mosconis, was a part of the ceremony announc-
Ing the block grant. Led byLleutenant Governor Buddy NMcKay, the
ceremony Involved a photo-session showing Mr. Mosconis receiving
the enlarged check.
Mr. McKay said:
It is my pleasure on behalf of Linda Shelley and Governor Chiles.
this morning, to present to Chairman Mosconis of Franklin County,
a check for 1.7 million dollars which is part of the disaster aid. This
will go for a revolving fund to provide low interest loans. It will also
go for some ....job training.
You can see from the people who are here. ranging from the County
to State to HUD (Housing and Urban Development)... to the Con-
gress, this is complicated. It doesn't work at all unless units of gov-
ernment work together... We're beginning to learn how to do that
and do it right... Units in Georgia and Alabama included in this same
legislation, they're still trying to figure out...what to apply for and
we're already started in getting disaster funds...
The money will pay for several recovery projects in Blountstown,
Bonifay, Caryville and Franklin County. The projects have been iden-
tified by the Governor's Community Redevelopment Task Force,
housed within the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
and created by Governor Chiles soon after tropical storm hit the
panhandle in July.
The $1.7 million in HUD money will fund a low-interest revolv-
ing loan program for Franklin County's oyster industry, and
other measures. This is a portion of the $180 million HUD is
making available to flood-damaged communities in Florida,
Georgia and Alabama. FEMA will pay for studies to identify both
short-term flood recovery and flood mitigation projects in
Blountstown, Bonifay and Caryville.
Chairperson Jimmy Mosconis said
Florida has a problem in that we do have natural disasters... For
example, my personal business got flooded out four times since the
Fourth of July...
We're survivors, and we really appreciate this. I promise you we'll
put it to good use, and help (put us) on the road to economic devel-
opment in Franklin County...
Despite the symbolic nature of the "check", the $1.7 million
will not go directly to Franklin County, but to DCA.
The Franklin County projects will be administered by DCA. FEMA
will hire contractors to perform the studies in the other communi-
ties.
The Lieutenant Governor added these remarks upon presentation
of the symbolic check to chairperson Jimmy Mosconis.
We hope this is a down payment not only in terms of disaster
funds...and also in terms of our continuing to work together...
Congressman Peterson added,
I would only add to your remarks. Buddy, this is an example of gov-
ernment at work. It's not broken, ladies and gentlemen, government
works. This is a cooperative effort between the federal government,
the state government and the county interests in helnino and tn dl-


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e 2 10 November 1994 The Franklin County Chronicle


Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


Dr. Tom Curry October 26, 1994
Resolution of the Medical Staff of Emerald Coast Hospital

WHEREAS, the medical staff at Emerald Coast Hospital
believes that Provident Medical Corporation has spent a
substantial amount of the disproportionate share funds (the
Funds) for corporate projects unrelated, or marginally related,
to the improvement of the acute care facilities and services
available at Emerald Coast Hospital, and
WHEREAS, the management of Provident Medical Corporation has
been unwilling to provide a detailed accounting of the
expenditures of the Funds, and
WHEREAS, the medical staff furthermore believes that the
Franklin county Commission,'acting on behalf of Franklin. County
as owner and lessor of Emerald Coast Hospital, has a manifest
responsibility to the citizens of Franklin County to ensure that
the Funds be used for the improvement of Emerald Coast Ho.;pital,
as intended by the state legislature,
NOW, THEREFORE, the medical staff of Emerald Coast Hospital
respectfully requests that the Franklin County Commission
expeditiously hire an independent consultant, with healthcare
management and'accounting expertise, to review the public
financial records and management practices of Provident Medical
Corporation. Such consultant shall render an opinion regarding
the adequacy of current management of Emerald Coast Hospital by
Provident Medical Corporation and the advisability of seeking new
management.


the last three months since Ken
Dykes' has been there, Emerald
Coast Hospital is doing the best
job that I've seen since I've been
on this board for twelve years."
Commissioner Dink Braxton sug-
gested the possibility of having a
Grand Jury Investigation. Com-
missioner Edward Tolliver sug-
gested having the Emerald Coast
Medical staff seek an independent
audit, rather than have the
Franklin County Commission do
so. Commission Bevin Putnal
stated, "If I was accused of doing
something wrong and somebody
could do an audit to clear my
name, I would be glad to have that
done. Who's gonna lose? Nobody's
gonna lose anything. The county
could gain a lot."
Emerald Coast Hospital Adminis-
trator Kenneth Dykes was con-


tacted after the 1 November
Franklin County Commission
meeting. Mr. Dykes said that the
state had not yet given the hos-
pital the proper form to list ex-
penses. He stated that Emerald
Coast Hospital has never tried to
misled anyone. "There's a few
truths that have been stated and
a lot of hot air. Wait and see what
the response of the county is.
Despite what has been presented
at the meeting (of the county com-
mission), we do have good rela-
tions with our community. We're
not going to relinquish manage-
ment rights, but we will cooper-
ate with the county." Mr. Dykes
said he would wait for Attorney
Al Shuler's recommendation to
the county commission as to
whether he would support an in-
dependent audit or not.


GRANT SEEKING, continued from page 1
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Ed Tolliver
Commissioner Dink Iraxton stated that he would like to know more
about the Big Bend's goals before he could think about supporting a
grant application. Commissioner Mosconis asked Ms. Mercer if the
Estuary Reserve Center was involved itn Big Bend's plans and Mer-
cer responded that they were aware of the plans, but not involved.
"So far you are the only group of people who are against this and I
would like to know why," asked Mercer. Tolliver state that the county
did not need the grant. Mercer asked if the county didn't need money
and Commissioner Tolliver stated that the county did not need the
grant money, because it was not free. "It is free money," Mercer re-
sponded, "that's what grants are." "Where do you find that free money,"
replied Tolliver,."cause I could use some of that."
Ms. Mercer concluded her presentation by inviting the commission-
ers to attend Big Big's open house on 17 November from 6 to 8 p.m.
on River Road in Carrabelle. She also said that the commissioners
could find out more about the Big Bend's goals by reading the recent
articles printed in the localpapers. Commissioner Mosconis concluded,
"some of us don't read the local papers too much."

ACADEMIC STUDY, continued from Page 1
The fourth chapter of the Hammond dissertation identified issues in
rural development and outlined the potential role of the anthropolo-
gist in such a cultural and political mix. She singled out some prob-
lems in the ongoing "critical concern" project near the end of this
chapter, by writing:
In the Apalachicola Bay Area Area of Critical State Concern Program, though
citizen participation is institutionalized at various points of the decision-
making process, the state agencies, in particular the Department of Com-
munity Affairs, maintain control of the process and do not actively search
out the fishermen. With the fisheries options report, contributions to policy
planning and development are intended to provide a perspective of devel-
opment from the bottom up, reveal incremental elements of the decision-
making processes and evaluate past development experiences to improve
future policy guidelines."
Among the problems and issues reviewed in fisheries management
(Chapter 5), Hammond wrote about what many fishermen see as ha-
rassment by government officials.
The fisherman perception is that enforcers of various policies are telling
fishermen what to do without the benefit of their contributed ideas on
fisheries policy decisions. "The structure of the hearings, itself, reflects the
dominant factions and class interests..." Although public participation in
regulations is required by law, this input is made difficult by the timing of
public hearings as well as by the practice of the Marine Fisheries Commis-
sion to-hold hearings In seemingly arbitrary locations around the.state
which are not always, accessible by fishermen due to time and financial
constraints. In addition .to this, public hearings are often held by Marine
Fisheries Commissioners or other hearing officers whose arrogant attitude
patronizes those who have the courage to testify. To further complicate the
process, those who do speak often represent their own, individual inter-
ests and often do not have the facts straight from an empirical, social
science point of view...Agency perception of public meeting behavior can
also be affected by the expression of a'few, conflicting opinions from the
more vocal members of an audience, when, in fact, the majority of those
present are in consensus on an issue, but choose not to express it in this
forum at this time. The end result leaves the state agency staff with the
impression that participants "do not know what they want..."
Then, in Chapter Five, Dr. Hammond identified and discussed par-
ticular issues and problems more specific to Franklin County and
Apalachicola Bay. In her explanation of this chapter, Hammond wrote,
Co-management of fisheries by fishermen together with regulators is seen
to be the most cost effective and enforceable of fisheries management styles.
The various types and efforts towards co-management in this Apalachicola
Bay area, as well as in other locations, tend to be punctuated by serial
conflict with very few constructive solutions to the issues of fisheries man-
agement. Among others, these issues Include concerns with stock levels,
pollution from development of coastal property and ever continuing struggles
Continued on page 8


Carrabelle City

Commission

Meeting

By Rend Topping
At their 7 November meeting,
Carrabelle City Commissioners
decided to take the advice of their
attorney Bill Webster and have the
dead end road that goes to the-
abandoned boat ramp on Three
Rivers Road surveyed in order to
settle a problem of encroachment.
At issue are several small homes
which have been in place since the
early 1940s when the Federal
Government built them as homes
for key workers on an tank farm.
A recent survey made when own-
ers James and Madeline Condrey
wished to sell, revealed that their
house would be encroaching on
what would be the road. The
homes line the bank of the'
Carrabelle River near the old boat
ramp at the dead end of Three Riv-
ers Road. Webster said that the
matter could probably be decided
at the December meeting of the
commission, the survey will also
help solve a problem of whether
or not the city is encroaching on
land owned by Jimmy Adams'
which was at one time listed as a
park on city maps but does not
appear to ever have been dedl-
cated.
Commissioner Jim Phillips came
down hard on two members of the
United States Coastguard as he
explained that the city had re-
fused to cash checks for a rental
of space at the mouth of the river.
He told them that the amount
they were offering was just not
sufficient. Referring to the fact
that the Coastguard has previ-
ously rented the space for $1.00
a year for many Phillips said, You
people, (U. S. Coastguard,) have
been sitting on a gold mine for
thirty or fortyyears. He said that
he had voted to terminate the
agreement, adding that the dock
is in total disrepair." Chief War-
rant Officer Jim Green of the
Coastguard unit in Mobile, told
the Commissioners that he and `
ChiefBrian Donahue of Panama
City, had come to see If they could
work out an agreement. he said-
that agreements have to gol'
through Mobile to New Orleans to
Miami and that somewhere along
the line the City and Coaftuard
had lost communication. "He tried
to allay fears that the Coastguard
leasing the dock would interfere
with the City's River Walk project.
Green said "We will never inter-
fere writh that project." He also
told commissioners that if they,
did not want to lease the facility
he would pull out all the equip-
ment they have stored here.
In response to a question as to
what the Coastguard did in the
area, Green said they assist other
agencies in search and rescue ef-
forts and maintain markers and
buoys. Florida Marine Patrolmen
Mark Nobles told the commission
that his agency has beei rendered
valuable assistance at least 20
times in the pass year in searches
for lost vessels and in aiding vic-
tims and provide backup for the
patrol. Green also said, "I have yet'
to see any of my units have to pay
anything in other places." There
is a Coastguard denied facility in'
Apalachicola.
After lengthy discussions com-'
missioners settled on asking for
a lease at $300 per month, that
would run to 31 September 1995,
with a 90 day clause to terminate
by either party. The Coastguard
will be required to keep uprepairs
on the dock. Green said he would
take the offer back to his superi-
ors. He added that they would
continue to look for other space
in the area and repair the dock to
make it safe.
Commissioners turned down a
proposal that Tom Mitchell would
donate land at the edge of
Baywood Estates to the city for a
recreational purposes in return
for a for maintenance of about one
mile of road in the interior of the
subdivision. 1
Commissioner .Jim Phillips
pointed out thaf when Mitchell
requested annexation to the City
he agreed that he would make no'
requests on the city for service
and would donate land for A park
with "no strings attached." "I'
would ask that he abide by the
terms of that agreement. I think'
in qood faith the city has done Just
that," Phillips said.
In other business, the city:
* Renewed the management
agreement they have with the
Carrabelle Youth Athletics, Inc.
for another year for manage-.
ment of the Community Center.
* Approved first reading of an or-
dinance that would ban the dis-
charge of any dangerous
weapon within the corporate
limits of the city of Carrabelle.


The ban would Include bow and
arrow along with all manner of
firearms.


More Federal

Funds Discussed

at Franklin

County Commis-

sion

Mr. Bob Cambric, Senior Planner
for Apalachee Regional Planning
Council, addressed the Franklin
County Commission on 1 Novem-
ber and discussed new funding
possibilities for seafood workers
and oyster houses affected by
Tropical Storms Alberto and
Beryl.
Mr. Cambric stated that the
bridge loans were not at present
helping those affected by the
storms. Cambric said that the re-
gional planning council did have
a revolving loan program, but that
it's restrictiveness would elimi-
nate many of the storm victims
who applied for the loan. He said
that he would try to get the fed-
eral funding agency to waive the
restrictions for the revolving loan.
Cambric said that if these restric-
tions were waived, he would then
look for a second source of fund-
ing to buy out the loans and make
them long terms loans for the
storm victims.
Mr. Cambric also stated that
Franklin County Clerk of Court
Kendall Wade and he had met,
with the Environmental Protec-
tion Agency (EPA) and received
approval of a $500, 000 grant to
obtain more oyster shells to re-
shell the bay. Commissioner Dink
Braxton questioned where the
shells were coming from. Mr.
Cambric said that the Depart-
ment of Environmental Protection
(DEP) had located a single dredg-
ing company in Louisiana to pro-
vide the shells. Commissioner
Braxton and Putnal stated con-
cerns that past out-of-state shells
have contaminated their own in
previous re-shelllngprojects.
"we've got to be real careful about
what we dump in that bay," stated
Putnal, "because we can't stand
another disaster." Seafood dealer
Annie Mae Wilson stated that her
company had bought mostly out-
of-state bagged {oysters for the
last fifteen years and therefore
owned the shells. Ms. Wilson said
that the state DEP had Just taken
her shells without paying. "If
they're going to buy the shells,
why don't they go ahead and pay
us for the shells and maybe we
can start stockpiling them," asked
Ms. Flowers.
In a final note,'Kendall Wade an-
nounced that Mr. Cambric and he
had been speaking with Ms. Toni
Reardon ofthe Governor's. Qffice
on matters of federal funding. Mr.
Wade stated that Ms. Reardon
had been negotiating with the
Department of Housing and Lir-
ban-Development (HUD) to obtain
a 1.7 million dollar Economic Re-
development Grant. A 4 Novem-
ber meeting would be scheduled
in Tallahassee with Lieutenant
Governor Buddy MacKay 2nd
District U.S. Representative Pete
Peterson of Marianna and United
States HUD Assistant Deputy
SSecretary Otis Pitts to further dis-
'cuss such grant possibilities.



WINGS Program
Seeking
Coordinator

The 26 October meeting of the
WINGS Advisory Board offered
news of upcoming recreational
activities, newly purchased com-
puter hardware and the an-
nouncement of a coordinator va-
cancy at the Holy Family Center
in Apalachicola.
Franklin County Library Director
Eileen Annie announced that a
WINGS Coordinator position,
which was previously held by
Rodney Biggelow, needed to be
filled. Ms. Ahnie stated that the
person seeking the position
should have a High School Di-
ploma, some computer experience
and a strong sense of community
involvement. The position offers
part-time work between ten to
twenty hours at six dollars per
hour.
Ms. Annie also announced that
the WINGS Program had pur-
chased three computers and color
printers. Annie also said that they
had received three color scanners
'and two laser printers. The mate-
rial was purchased from P.C.
Tronics. All of the equipment will
be spread evenly within the three
WINGS' sites Carrabelle and
Eastpoint branch of the Franklin
County Library and the Holy Fam-
ily Center).
WINGS Coordinator Gloria
Rounsavllle announced that her


Eastpoint project site conducted
a tie-dye demonstration on 13 Oc-
tober and had a face painting day
and a parade in which the chil-
dren visited the Eastpoint Nurs-
ing Home on 26 October.
Rounsavllle announced that a lo-
cal artist would visit the Eastpoint
Library on 27 October and that a
community cleanup would be also
be scheduled soon.
Member Wanda Teat concluded,
"I'm very impressed with the li-
brary. The kids are lovin' it. I can
tell that when I a see it a little
messy. That's the way it"s sup-
posed to be, because It means that
your library is getting used."


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Editorialand Commentary



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Kindergarten Students Croon

to Seniors


Carrabelle Kindergarten teacher Lauralie Sutton led approximately
fifty kindergarten students in a string of spooky Halloween songs at
the Senior Citizen Center on 24 October. Som.e tQwenty senior citizens
listened anxiously as the the children sang songs that they had been
rehearsing for several months. After their Halloween songs, the chil-
dren greeted each senior present with a hug. "We love to see the little
ones come in," said senior Parson Moore, "to me they're just a bless-
ing and a joy. Many of us don't have grandchildren nearby. Some-
thing like this just...itjust melts your heart."
Senior Citizen Director Joan Mahaffey felt that the event was a great
way for children and senior to bridge the generationgap and learn
more about each other. "This brings a smile to the seniors faces," said
Mahaffey, "and it's always good to see intergenerational communica-
tion. I know that the seniors have been looking forward to seeing the
children." Kindergarten teacher Tonya Brownel concurred, "The kids
were really excited to be here and they worked real hard to do their
best."

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Vol. 3, No. 21


10 November 1994


Publisher Tom W. Hoffer
Editor and Manager .. Brian Goercke
Contributors Carole Ann Hawkins
.............. Paul Jones
............ Randle Leger
........... Lee McKnight
............ Judy Corbus
............ Darl R. Ostrander
............ Wayne Childers
............ Laura K. Rogers
........... La Keshia Barnes
........... Amanda Loos
Survey Research Unit Tom W. Hoffer
........... Eric Steinkuehler
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..... Eric Steinkuehler
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Citizen's Advisory Group
George Chapel Apalachicola
Sandra Lee Johnson Apalachicola
Grace and Carlton Wathen ................... Carrabelle
Rene Topping ....................................... Carrabelle
Pat Morrison ................ St. George Island
Elizabeth and Jim Sisung Eastpoint
Brooks Wade ............ Eastpoint
Wayne Childers Port St. Joe

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DESIGNATED FUNDS, continued from Page 1


rect. surgically actually, economic recovery after a disaster. That's
what government is all about. And, now we're going into Franklin
County, a county that has had such great needs. It has suffered so
dramatically. Not just this year, incidentally, over a number of years,
in the degradation of its seafood industry... This is going to give them
a boost. They're coming back, ladies and gentlemen. Franklin County
is going to be right back in the midst of it. We're going to work with
the County Commissioners to develop that industry down there, and
to diversify. And, so I'm excited. This is great news... I'm happy to be
able to assist in some way...
Senator Pat Thomas remarked on the important second portion of
the federal funding, underscoring the concept of "diversification" in
local industry. He said,
...This thing wvas on the back burner for a long time. They made a big
breakthrough...(we) anticipate there might be more. The agency last
year, and the legislature, ...put additionaldollars into Franklin County
for sewage treatment. We're very sensitive to what's happening down
there. I think...this county needs help on diversification, and I think
there's a lot that we can do... We're going to continue to try to be
creative... Tllis is certainly a good beginning... I think this'is a per-
fect demonstration of where our state, both sides of the Congress,
led by Congressman Peterson came in to respond to a real crisis. We
all celebrate the success of it.
Representative Al Lawson reaffirmed the position of Senator Tho-
mas with these remarks:
....Jimmy can tell you, its been a crisis, over the last ten
or twelve years. Probably much more...people in this area
would understand. ...It just never stops. ...The state is
invested heavily in Franklin County, and we have a long
way to go... The training and diversification is extremely ..-
im~potant. I thiiik we're moving in the right direction. -
We have a long way to go... .
Then, near the conclusion of the press conference, Bill Cotterell
(Tallahassee Democrat) raised the question about the timing of the
announcement, so close to the election. Lieutenant Governor Buddy
McKay was ready to answer that question, with this answer:
That's an important question. This has been going on for two months. .
We held up...because Georgia and Alabama ,, Congress ap'propri-.
ated the funds. The President signed the bill'fve weeks ago. We made
-our application. Georgia and Alabama had not. And, appropriately.
Otis Pitts (HUD) and other said., wait a minute. We don't know how -
to divide the money until they get their applications in. So I want you
all to understand, because we thought this... we've been fighting
everyday and we're even ready to send our people up there and show
Georgia and Alabama how to do it so we can get this money...
In a post-conference interview with the Chronicle, Otis Pitts (FEMA).
defined the diversification concept as a "bottom up" activity, indi-
cating that the county and various constituencies therein would
determine the needs for training in other areas outside of the sea-
food industry. "It should be bottom up. It should be market driven.
It (the diversification training) should not be something anyone pre-
supposes anything about... To see what works, and to what market
support there is for it..."
The Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) is going to orchestrate the
determination of needs, and once those are determined, the money.
will become available. Ms. Toni Riordan, Director of Public Affairs
which will be the responsible agency for orchestrating the process
for determine needs and making the money available to satisfy those
needs. Riordan said, ,, ,
The money will flow to Franklin County through the Dept. of Com-
munity Affairs. It's block grant money and by statute; -it has to be
administered to the agency that administers block grant money which
is DCA. .. The money was just approved the day before yesterday. (2 .
November 1994). My goal is to try to get the money into Florida by..
Thanksgiving.
...We are certainly going to meet with the County Commission, but
they are going to be one of a large number of groups that we're going
to be meeting with in Franklin Cbunty. I'm going to be working with
the Apalachee Regional Planning Council and FMA ... What we're
going to be doing is to hold a series of meetings within the county,
with the dealers, with the organized oyster industry. with people
that don't work in that industry to get a sense.of what their needs
are because, keep in mind, diversification is going to involve going ,
just a little bit beyond just the seafood industry. .


Letter To The Editor
The (Free) Lunch Stops Here: A Rebuttal

I am an enthusiastic reader of your newspaper, eagerly awaiting
each issue, then ruminating and devouring, entree by entree, this
tantalizing, twice-a-month, twenty-five cent literary
buffet.
However, your last issue left this reader with a certain taste of
indigestion. Imagine my dismay, when I found myself described in
your Editorial and Commentary section in extremely limiting terms,
to wit: "...Will "give me a free. meal or give me money to buy one"
Morris...". Well, I can tell you that I was outraged. Stunned. Cut to
the quick.
A voice cried out deep within me, saying "Hey, Will. You gonna let
'em get away with this?" Another voice cried out "Are you going to
take the garbage out, or not?" fThat was Marian, my wonderful
wife). "Not now, Marian," I replied outrageously, "Can't you see I'm
suffering from outrage and, er, stunnation? Oh, how can you ex-
Spect me to concern myself with mundane affairs when I am reeling
from a sudden, crushing blow to my self esteem?"
How, indeed. Here I was, a contented reader, suddenly reduced to
a psychologically dysfunctional state, rendered Incapable of ex-
ecuting simple chores, and worse: hearing voices. It was then that
another voice rose within me a voice filled with calm authority.
And it said, "Write a letter to the editor, and set him straight. Let
the readers know who you really are (although this may not re-
motely Interest them)."
This galvanized me into action. Bolting from my pre-natal position,
and hurdling our two toy poodles in a single bound, I landed at the
computer, and was deeply Into word processing with an Intensity
surpassing your average feeding frenzy.
My complaint is this: I am much more than my good friend and
buffet buddy, Brian "get me a free feed, and I'll put your name In
the paper" Goercke intimated. I'm not the sort who merely wants a
free lunch, or the money to buy one. No siree Bob, I want morel I
want free subscriptions, clothes, stereos, appliances, cars, homes,
land, unlimited funds, super powers, immortality, and freedom and
justice fo'r all. And what do I get? An occasional free buffet and
trouble with IRSI
Enough said. I could rant on and on (you won't have Will Morris to
kick around anymore, I am not a crook, etc.), but I have to take out
the garbage, or Marian will rant on and on.


10/27/94
(Name withheld by request)
Carrabelle, FL 32322


Plantation Owners" Annual Meeting
(continued from 26 October 1994)

Member Jerry Henderson asked that the Board appoint a committee
to continue to gather information about fire safety concerns, citing
the excellent contributions of former member Nick LaSlaVic, who has
now moved away. John Gelch brought the discussion back to the
point of informing the membership ofthe rising costs of repairing the
Saying infrastructure, such as roads, boardwalks, and drainage prob-
lems. Vargus likened the situation to the City of Tallahassee indicat-
ing that the Board could not get vote of approval from the entire mem-
bership everytime a"tax increase" was considered necessary. Gelch's
point was that the membership ought to be involved in those discus-
sions. Miley pointed out that his dues have gone from $25 to $1000,
and Vargus responded with it was tough for him too. "My wife starts
yelling at me."
In all of the clamor over dues assessment, Dr. Tom Adams stepped to
the front of the group, blew loudly on a whistle and addressed the
Board and members, as follows:
Dr. Tom Adams: "...You know what this is? This is an Irish tin
whistle. You know what my role has been? I've been a whistle blower.
.One of the things that happens a result of whistle blowing isthat
people become informed. As a result of blowing the whistle, and I
thought things were not done properly, were not done completely,
were not done legally, I blew the whistle. ...There was a response
from the membership that became known as Concerned Property
Owners.
.. And, I think what you heard today, as it went round the room,
these are the concerns of the property owners. What my interest is,
is seeing that those concerns are addressed. ....In terms of infor-
mation, and in. terms 'if-ation. What do I want from you today? I
want all of you tobe conicered property owners. I want your voice
to be heard. I want the rights of all us to be protected. I want all of
us to have a voice and all of us to participate. What Lou is asking
for, is that we speak with a united voice with respect to some of the
problems we have not yet solved. I hope that we can all join to-
gether and speak with a united voice in the solution of our prob-
lems. There is some progress being made. We're not home yet..."
Continuing, Dr.'Adams said,
"...If you were here last night, I thought it was a time of good fellow-
ship, We had fun together. We had a good time. You could begin to
see the seeds of the potential that is in the organization. I don't like
the words.being used like "acrimony" or "dissent". That's never been
anybody's interest. Certainly not mine. I've been angry when there
were things I thought were unjust, unfair, illegal, immoral, unethi-
cal and I've spoken to them, and I will continue to do so. I hope that
we can regard ourselves as concerned property owners... And-when
you hear from people who address you in terms of concerned prop-
erty owners,: they are speaking on your behalf and I hope you un-
derstand that. Thank you. (Sustained applause)."
Another question about the so-called "Ben Johnson Agreements" was
raised by Tom Hoffer, association member and publisher of this news-
paper.
Lou Vargus: 'The update is that both sides have been discussing...
and I think we've gained considerable progress...and I hope we'll be
able to resolve this thing...as soon as possible. That's the update."
With regard to George Mahr, an interview later revealed that the
Mahr development will NOT become part of the St. George Planta-
tion Owners' Association, Inc, but Leisure Lane maintenance would
be maintained pursuant to the so-called Andrew Jackson agree-
ment, which divided up maintenance costs among various entities
:in the privately developed portions of the Plantation.


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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


down-river, casting gold spoons or
sting ray grubs around the mouth
of any of the half dozen creeks
that emerge from the endless


Don't Forget the

Coast!


By Randle Leger
The summer of 1994 looked
promising for the coastal fisher-
men of North Florida. Keeper trout
were a little hard for us to find
here in Apalachee Bay but there
were plenty of small ones to keep
us occupied. Not to mention the
blossoming population of redfish
that was swimming our waters
and ready to do battle. And then
the rains began, Beryl, Alberto
and one with no name, dumping
nearly 30 inches of rain in some
areas that were already getting
their fair share of the wet stuff.
The damage done to North
Florida's shellfish industry has
been well-documented but many
tend to forget the loss felt by the
recreational angler and the busi-
nesses that they support. Thou-
sands of flats fishermen have
spent the summer sitting at
home, wishing instead of fishing,
waiting for the-rivers to go down
and clear away the mud and .tan ,
nic staining btft:itjust never hap-
pened. Three tropical systems in
a row have dealt a devastating
blow to our summer fun.
There is nothing we can do to save
this summer. We can, however,
look on the bright side. Fall is
here! That wonderful time of year
when cool temperatures and the
smell of burning leaves brings us
back to life. That time when trout
and redfish begin to relate to our
coastal rivers more than at any
other time of the year. This is also,
traditionally, our driest time of
year and we could surely use
some dry time.
During the months of October and
November, tremendous numbers
and varieties ofsaltwater fish be-
gin to take up feeding stations
around the outlet of all of our
coastal rivers. Many Ipecies visit
the river this time 6f year but
speckled trout and redfish are the
most numerous and sought after.
Their intention is to enter the.river
when winter sweeps down from
the north. But for the time being
a period of acclimation must oc-
cur. Fish will spend several weeks
feeding near the outflow of fresh
water, slowly getting accustomed
to the new world they are about
to enter. When winter slaps us
with its first major-chill, the fish
will immediately enter the river for
comfort.
There are three major rivers in our
area that will provide consistent
action this year; the Aucilla, the
St. Marks/Wakulla, and the
Ochlockonee.
Lets begin with the Aucilla River.
Until recently, this river was sel-


dom visited by tne average nlsn-
ermen. Not until the popular
spots such as St. Marks started
becoming less and less produc-
tive did this river get any atten-
tion. After all, who wanted to
brave this dangerous and se-
cluded area when good fishing
could be found most anywhere.
Those days are gone and now the
Aucilla is considered one of the
hottest trout rivers in Florida. The
winter of 1993 was proof of this.
Literally thousands of limits were
taken here during the fall and
early winter. This river was so pro-
ductive, on one occasion, the ac-
tion was broadcast on the local
news. Hopefully, 1994 will be the
same.
When the fish are in the Aucilla,
trout are very easy to find. The
lower river launch, commonly re-
ferred to as the Old Williams
Landing, is where your search
should begin. Start fishing right
away while drifting with the cur-
rent. .eep the boat positioned in
the middle of the river and cast to
each side. The Gulf is only'about
a mile downstream but you
should find fish long before you
drift this far. Once you connect
with your first quality fish, drop
an anchor and spend a little time
in that spot. When the action
slows, pull the anchor and con-
tinue moving. As a rule of thumb,
when you catch one good fish
there should be others and often
you can spend the entire trip in
one general area.
The most popular lures used for
Aucilla trout are by far Mirror
Lures followed closely by live
shrimp and sting ray grubs. Early
in the season you can count on
the day-glow mirror lures to pull
quick limits bat after the fish have
seen a number of these baits they
begin to ignore them. If this oc-
curs, simply switch to natural
colors such as blue, green, or sil-
ver and the bite will be on again.
The Aucilla River is also known
for its strong redfish population
as well and this year that may be
the real prize. Reds enter the river
at the same time as speckled trout
but tend to spread out more and
stay longer than their speckled
friends. Your search for reds
should also begin at the launch
but look for different structure.
Trout typically relate to channels
while reds prefer rocks or creek
mouths. Across from the launch
and a few yards upstream is a
small creek with a liberal amount
of rocks scattered about the
mouth. Last year this spot yielded
countless numbers of redfish to
anglers who could ignore the hot
trout action going on ,around
them. This spot, however, is just-
the first place to look. Continue


fields of wiregrass. Before you
make it to the rivers mouth you
should have had your share of
fun.


Tide Tables

St. Marks Lighthouse

November 10th 26th EST

10 L 12:36 AM 1.7Ft. 19 H 1:33 AM 3.6Ft.
Th H 6:38 AM 2.8 Sa L 8:37 AM -0.2
L 1:53 PM 0.9 H 3:03 PM 3.3
H 8:22 PM 2.8 L 8:19 PM 1.2

11 L 2:18 AM 1.5 20 H 2:03 AM 3.6
F H 8:44 AM 2.6 Su L 9:08 AM -0.2
L 3:02 PM 1.1 H 3:38 PM 3.3
H 9:23 PM 2.9 L 8:55 PM 1.2

12 L 3:49 AM 1.2 21 H 2:34 AM 3.5
Sa H 10:19 AM 2.7 M L 9:39 AM -0.2
L 4:03 PM 1.3 H 4:15 PM 3.2
H 10:13 PM 3.0 L 9:33 PM 1.3

13 L 4:52 AM 0.7 22 H 3:09 AM 3.4
Su H 11:21 AM 2.9 Tu L 10:13 AM -0.1
L 4:53 PM 1.4 H 4:54 PM 3.1
H 10:54 PM 3.2 L 10:16 PM 1.3

14 L 5:40 AM 0.4 '23 H 3:48 AM 3.3
M H 12:08 PM 3.0 W L 10:52 AM 0.1
L 5:33 PM 1.4 H 5:37 PM 3.1
H 11:30 PM 3.3 L 11:06 PM 1.4

15 L 6:21 AM 0.1 24 H 4:36 AM 3.1
Tu H 12:47 PM 3.1 Th L 11:37 AM 0.2
L 6:08 PM 1.4 H 6:27 PM 3.0

16 H. 12:03 AM 3.4 25 L 12:08 AM 1.3
W L 6:58 AM -0.1 F H 5:39 AM 2.9
H 1:22 PM 3.2 L 12:31 PM 0.5
L 6:41 PM 1.3 H 7:21 -PM 3.0

17 H 12:34 AM 3.5 26 L 1:23 AM 1.2
Th L 7:32 AM -0.2 Sa H 7:03 AM 2.7
H 1:56 PM 3.3 L 1:35 PM 0.7
L 7:13 PM 1.3 H 8:19 PM 3.0

18 H 1:04 AM 3.6
F L 8:05 AM -0.2
0 H 2:30 PM 3.3
L 7:46 PM 1.3

MFC Schedules Final Public
Hearing on East Coast Nets Rule


The Marine Fisheries Commission
will hold a special public meeting
18- 19 November 1994 at the
Radisson Bay Harbor Inn in
Tam a. The meeting will include
the following
East Central Coast Gear.
Rule-Final Public Hearing
The Commission will hold a final
public hearing on a proposed rule
that would establish a conserva-
tion zone on Florida's east cen-
tral coast intended to protect
green sea turtles in this region.
The proposed rule, effective from
January through May, would pro-
hibit the use of all gill nets, tram-
mel nets, and seines from Ponced
Inlet to Jupiter Inlet from thed
shoreline to one mile offshore
Net Referendum Issues
The Commission will.receive a
report from staff and consider fu-
ture management issues regard-
ing the outcome of the 8 Novem-
ber 1994 statewide referendum
(Amendment 3) on net fishing in
Florida.
.Bay Scallops
The Commission held a final pub-
lic hearing on 7 October 1994 on
proposed rule amendment in-
tended to manage the state's


stressed bay scallop fishery. The
Commission will further discuss
issues regarding these proposals
before submitting them to the
Governor and Cabinet for final
approval. These proposed amend-
ments would:
* allow the recreational harvest of
bay scallops only on 4 and
5 July, and from 1 August
through 30 September each
year, and allow such harvest to
take place in state waters north
and west of the Suwannee River
only (all other state waters
would be closed to the harvest
of bay scallops through the
1997 season)
* establish a daily recreational
bag limit of 2 gallons of
unshucked bay scallops per
person (or 1 pint of shucked bay
scallop meat), or 10 gallons per
vessel (or 1/2 gallon of shucked
bay scallop meat), whichever is
less.
* prohibit all commercial harvest
and sale of bay scallops
* prohibit the use of mechanical
devices (including shrimp
trawls) and drags to harvest hay
scallops
* establish exemptions for bay
scallop aquaculture and en-
hancement projects


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Tide Corrections For Your Area
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Shell Point + 0:05 + 0:03
Dickerson Bay + 0:16 + 0:20
Bald Point + 0:33 + 0:19
Alligator Point 0:08 + 0:11
Turkey Point 0:12 0:18
Dog Island + 0:07 + 0:06
St. George Island (East End) 0:15 + 0:06
St. George Island (Sikes Cut) + 0:49 + 1:32
Apalachicola + 2:00 + 2:44
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Panama City 0:43 0:44
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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


The Franklin County Chronicle 10 November 1994 Pa


Sporting

License

Numbers

Continue

Decline

By Darl R Ostrander
Based on figures kept by the
Game and Fresh Water Fish Com-
mission the total number of sport-
ing licenses sold has hit a fifteen
year low. At first glance this re-
port shows a thirteen percent de-
crease in licenses sold over a fif-
teen year period. A closer look at
these figures shows that license
sales and revenues were on the
Increase until the fiscal year 88/
89, the high water mark having
been reached in fiscal 87/88.
Over the past six fiscal years the
number of licenses sold has de-
clined by just over twenty-five
percent.
The Game and Fresh Water Fish
Commission report referenced in
this article tracks the sales of
twenty-three different resident
and non-resident hunting and
freshwater fishing licenses over a
fifteen year period. The report
shows declines in twenty-two out
of twenty-three of these
categories. In some cases these
declines are rather modest.


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However there are several areas
that show severe declines in the
last five to ten years. One of the
most severe declines is repre-
sented by resident twelve month
fishing licenses. In the fiscal year
of 85/86 resident fishing license
sales totaled 542,511 units. By
the end of the 93/94 fiscal year
sales totaled 441,512 units, a fif-
teen year low and a nineteen per-
cent decline in sales in the last
eight years. With over a hundred
thousand fewer anglers in pursuit
of Florida's fresh water ga.mefish
this not only represents a loss in
revenue for the state but also a
probable loss in retail sales rev-
enue. The state may be taking
additional losses indirectly
through lower sales tax revenue.
Revenue that would be generated
by these anglers.
Another license that showed a
large decline was the resident
hunting/fishing combination li-
cense. This license has declined
in units sold by sixty-two percent
in the last seven years. Manage-
ment area stamps have suffered
a somewhat slower decline in
sales. These stamps give hunters
access to huge tracts of land
throughout Florida. Sales for
management area permits are
down by forty-five percent over the
last ten years.
One group of licenses that has
steadily declined over the last six
to seven years are the non-resi-
dent licenses. Although non-resi-
dent 10-day hunting passes have
increased by over seven hundred
percent in the last seven years


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this does not offset the loss in one
year non-resident licenses. The
total number of ten day passes
sold this year is 2.836, an all time
high. One year non-resident li-
censes represent hunters that will
make repeated trips to Florida
during the hunting season. In the
last ten years one year non-resi-
dent hunting licenses have gone
from a high of 4,233 units to a
current figure of 284 units sold.
When looking at the figures for
non-resident fishing licenses the
declines are severe and represent
larger numbers of units. Non-resi-
dent one year fishing licenses
have declined by forty-one percent
in eight years. Non-resident short
term passes have hit a fifteen year
low and declined by forty-eight
percent in only five years.
In the fiscalyear 87/88 Florida
sold 1,217,748 licenses, permits
and passes. By the end of fiscal
93/94 that number had dropped
to 912,128. There Is no doubt that
many hunters and fishermen
purchase several different li-
censes during the year and these
figures do not represent single
individuals. Still the state of
Florida has lost an average of al-
most 51,000 unit sales every year
for the past six years. This totals
out at about 305,000 licenses,
permits and passes. No matter
ow you divide up this number it
represents a large group of resi-
dent and non-resident spo' Ismeni
that no longer find it wor th their
time and money to pursue fish
and game in this state.


Continued
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26-10-94 Th
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Fishermen
Continue Fight

By Laura Rogers
The Franklin County courthouse
was the scene of a poorly-attended
follow-up meeting to organize lo-
cal commercial fishermen. A
group ofapproximately 30 people
including media representatives
were present to discuss where the
"No on Admendment 3" effort was.
The speakers present, Pat
McFarland, J. Patrick Floyd, and
Bruce Mllander seemed confident
and in ajovial mood as they spoke
to the group of assembled people.
They told a humorous story about
some senior citizens who Mr.
Raffield met recently in the
Panama City area. These citizens,
residents of a retirement home
made no bones about why they
were at a recent Jeb Bush rally:
The free food. They also com-
mented in very graphic language
that they had no intentions of vot-
ing for the Republican guberna-
torial candidate. By the end of the
conversation, the seniors had
agreed to carry signs and put
them up in support of the com-
mercial fishermen.
Other good news came from sur-
prising sources. One newspaper,
Thc Gainesville Sun, once ar-
dently opposed to commercial
fishermen have now, in their edi-
torials come out against banning


siae 01 me argument. The com-
mercials on both television and
radio have begun to air, and some
radio stations, such as locally
owned Oyster Radio have offered
free time slots to the fisherman's
lobby to show support of their
struggle.
The Tallahassee Democrat contin-
ues to oppose the commercial
fishermen, and as a result, sev-
eral local Apalachicola residents
have canceled long-running sub-
scriptions to that newspaper in
protest. The incumbent candidate
or governor, Lawton Chiles has
come out in tentative support of
the commercial fisherman and
the panel urged those gathered to
remember this come election time.
The panel hoped to use the an-
nual Apalachicola Seafood Festi-
val, held this past weekend as a
chance for some last-ditch lobby-


Issue Listing
St. George Island Utility Co., Ltd.
Docket No. 940109-WU
October 7, 1994


e Identified Issue


Issue 23: Is St George's level of unaccounted for
water excessive, and if so, should an adjustment be
made to the chemical and purchased power ex-
penses?
Issue 24: Should any adjustment be made to bad
debt expense?
Issue 25: Should miscellaneous expenses be re-
duced?

Issue 26: What is the appropriate amount of rate
case expense?


Issue 27: Should an adjustment be made to amorti-
zation expenses for the system analysis, aerator
analysis, hydrological study, and fire protection stud-
ies?



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Staff Recommendation or
Background Statement
Recommendation: No, staff recommends
adjustment should be made.

Recommendation: Yes. Bad debt expeus
be reduced by $4,707.
Recommendation: Yes. Miscellaneous C
should be reduced by $6,831 to support
mony provided in this case.
Recommendation: The appropriate amour
case expense should be $101,885. This res
decrease to the utility's filing of $789 in an
ortization.

Recommendation: Yes. The total amortiz
pense should be $21,567 ($8,741 for system
sis, $6,310 for system mapping, $1,716 fo
analysis. $2,400 for a hydrological study, an
for a fire protection study). If the Commissio
the expense for a fire protection study, it s
undertaken simultaneously with the upda
tem analysis so that the issue of improved
can be incorporated in future' plant additi
Issue 41). Staff further recommends thatif t
mission allows recovery of this expense, tha
protection study should be completed by t
by January .1, 1995. The Utility shall file a
the fire protection study with the Commiss
send notice to its customers that the study
able at the Utilitv's offices for review.


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VARGUS RETAINS
PRESIDENCY OF
PLANTATION OR-
GANIZATION
In an organizational Board meet-
ing, held after the annual meet-
ing of Plantation Owners that
morning, Lou Vargus won a close
election held by the new Board,
with all seven members partici-
pating.
The purpose of the Board's orga-
nizational meeting was to elect
officers, starting with the Presi-
dent, on 15 October 1994. The
meeting was called to order by
Wayne Gleasman at 3 p. m.
Board members in attendance
were: Lou Vargus, Tom Outlaw,
Pamela Amato, Jim Bachrach,
Henry Kozlowsky, John Gelch and
William Hartley Kozlowsky was
present via telephone.
Pam Amato was nominated for
President but before the vote John
Gelch commented on a memoran-
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Mr. Jim Lycett spoke up about the
allegations that fisheries are be-
ing wiped out by commercial fish-
ermen and also films of 'bloody
dolphins in nets' to gain the sym-
pathies of the environmentally
conclous. He stated that a con-
vincing argument often used is "If
we don't do anything, in ten years
there won't be any more fish." By
using seeming logical statements
and appealing to the emotions of
various groups, those who sup-
port banning nets have gained
some considerable ground.
However the outcome of the elec-
tion, Mr. McFarland does not In-
tend to stop advocating for the
rights of commercial fishermen.
Mr. McFarland
grinned and stated: "We intend to
win: We hope to win thru the elec-
tion process-but if not thru that,
then through the just court sys-
tems of America."






PSC Action
s that no APPROVED


e should APPROVED

expenses APPROVED
the testi-

nt of rate MODIFIED
sults in a ($454 associated with
nual am- copying costs is to be
included in rate case
expense.)
ation ex- APPROVED
m analy-
r aerator
d $2.400
on allows
should be
ated sys-
fire flow
ions (see
the Com-
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dum irom Wayne Gleasman "...It
is critical that the Board maintain
a spirit of continuity...while ne-
gotiations are still in progress'
careful ly consider your. recom-
mendations for new officers and
rejection of any existing officers
so that the Board may continue
to strategically capitalize on the
strengthening image" Gelch then
spoke about the memorandum be
South of place" that a staff member
make this type of recommenda-
tion. "The selection of the Board
officers is very critical and I think
that any discussion that might
relate to something like this
should be reserved to Board mem-
bers."
William Hartley, new Board mem-
ber, offered his opinion that state-
ments by Lou Vargus to the effect
that he would like to retain the
Presidency were also inappropri-
ate, but Vargus disagreed, indi-d
eating he wanted to finish the job
he had started. Then the vote was
taken on the nomination of:
Pamela Amato for President, with
the votes as follows:


John Gelch
Pamela Amato
Tom Outlaw
Jim Bahracrh


Hank Kozlowsky No
Lou Vargus No
In a tie vote, the President casts
the deciding vote.
Lou Vargus was then nominated
for President. The Board voted as
follows:


John Gelch No
William Hartley No
Pamela Amato No
Hank Kozlowsky Yes
Jim Bachrach Yes
Tom Outlaw Yes
Lou Vargus Yes
Pamela Amato was nominated.
and elected as Vice-President of
the Association. Tom Outlaw was
nominated and elected Secretary.
John Gelch was nominated and
elected as Treasurer.
Three business issues were
placed on hold to allow the two
new Board members time to study
them. The next Board of Director
meeting is scheduled for Satur-
day, 10 December 1994



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The Franklin County Chronicle 10 November 1994 Page 7


Continued from page 5


Issue Listing
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October 7, 1994


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Other Issues


The Identified Issue
Issue 28: Should an adjustment be made to taxes
other than income?
Issue 29: Should test year expenses be adjusted to
eliminate the cost of maintaining the old generator?

Issue 30: Does the utility's case in chief present an
appropriate matching of revenue and expenses?


Issue 31: What is the appropriate level of test year
operating income?


Issue 32: What is the total revenue requirement?


Issue 33: What are the appropriate rates?






Issue 34: Does the utility's contributions in aid of
construction (CIAC) levels exceed the guideline level
of Rule 25-30.580, Florida Administrative Code, and,
if so, should the utility's service availability policy be
changed?








Issue 35: Should the utility's service availability
charges be escrowed?















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Issue 36: What Is the appropriate amount by which
rates should be reduced four years after the estab-
lished effective date to reflect the removal of the
amortized rate case expense as required by Section
367.0816, Florida Statutes?



Issue 37: In determining whether any portion of the
interim increase granted should be refunded, how
should the refund be calculated, and what is the
amount of the refund, If any?


Issue 38:
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Chairman
Expresses Hope for
Incorporation at
Lanark Village Water
& Sewer Meeting

The 25 October meeting of the
Lanark Village Water and Sewer
department featured topic discus-
sion of bad debts, lawsuits and
the incorporation of Lanark Vil-
lage.
The meeting's discussion began
with Lanark Village Resident
Jennete Pedder's inquiry into un-
collected debt from past Commis-
sioner Tom Saunders. Attorney
Scott Smiley stated that they
could not at present sue Mr.
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Staff Recommendation or
Background Statement
Recommendation: Yes. Taxes other than income
should be reduced by $3,433.
Recommendation: No. Staff believes that the ex-
penses for generator maintenance are reasonable and
should be allowed.
Recommendation: No. An adjustment should be
made to increase revenues by $35,094, O&M ex-
penses by $3.303 and depreciation expense by
3,301.
Recommendation: The appropriate level of test year
operating loss is $91,590.


Recommendation: The following revenue require-
ment should be approved:
TOTAL INCREASE PERCENT
Water $464,923 $114,974 32.85%


Recommendation: The recommended rates should
be designed to produce revenues of $464,923. The
approved rates will be effective for service rendered
on or after the stamped approval date on the tariff
sheets pursuant to 25-30.475(1), Florida Adminis-
trative Code. The rates may not be implemented un-
til proper notice has been received by the customers.
The utility should provide proof of the date notice
was given no less than 10 days after the date of no-
tice.
Primary Recommendation: Yes, based on staffs cal-
culations of the appropriate rate base in Issue 8, staff
has determined that the level of CIAC for the period
ending December 31, 1993, is 76% of net plant in
service. Staff is concerned since this level of contri-
butions exceeds the guideline maximum level of 75%
pursuant to Rule 25 30.580(1)(a), Florida Adminis-
trative Code. Staff believes that the best solution to
this situation at this time would be to reduce SGIU's
plant capacity charge by $400. Staff is recommend-
ing that the utility's plant capacity charge be reduced
gradually to avoid an over-contribution situation in
the future. Staffs recommended charges are reflected
in staffs analysis. In the alternative, staff Is offering
two other options it believes are available to the Com-
mission.
Recommendation: Yes. Due to the fact that staff
believes that additional plant capacity is required.
as discussed in Issue 41, the service availability
charges should'be escrowed into a separate commer-
cial escrow account. Further, the utility should file a
monthly report reflecting monthly collections as well
as the aggregate balance. Before funds are released,
the administrative bank shall receive the following:
1) a written request for release of such funds from
SGIU;
2) written approval of each disbursement and
amount thereof from this Commission;
3) an affidavit from SGIU stating the names of all
parties owed, the amount owed to each and a
lien waiver from each, and; evidence of the
proper payment of all prior disbursements.
These funds should be escrowed to ensure that the
capital improvements are made expeditiously and
accurately. The utility's service availability charges.
should continue to be escrowed until.the filing of a
subsequent file and suspend-rate case or modifica-
Lion to the service availability policy and charges.
Recommendation: The water rates should be re-
duced by $25,585 at the expiration of the four year
recovery period as shown in Schedule 5, in compli-
ance with Section, 367.0816, Florida Statutes. The
utility should be required to file revised tariff no later
than one month to the actual date of the required
rate reduction. The utility also should be required to
file a proposed "customer letter" setting forth the lower
rates and the reason for the reduction.
Recommendation: The final revenue requirement
should be adjusted for items not representative of
the period interim rates were in effect before com-
paring the final revenue requirement with the interim
revenue requirement to determine whether a refund
is necessary. Based on Staffs calculation, no refund
Is necessary.
Recommendation: The appropriate AFPI charges.
as calculated by staff, are shown on Schedules 6,
located at the back of the recommendation. The new
AFPI tariff effectively cancels the old AFPI tariff.


he was an elected official. Chair-
man Carlton Bailey stated that it
was not yet considered bad debt,
but it would be as soon as the
commissioner was out of office.
Bailey said that it was the first bad
debt that the water and sewer
department had to come to terms
with. Pedder responded, "I think
you have lots of them. You just
haven't reported them."
Commissioner Harold Sparks
blew up at Chairman Bailey's
acknowledgement of the bad debt,
"When I asked you about that
debt, you said it was ours...that
we owed that debt. Now you're de-
fending what she {Jennette
Pedder} says. We both can't be
right" Mr. Bailey concluded that
Commissioner Sparks and he
probably miscommunicated.
Attorney Smiley surmised,
"Whether it's a bad debt, I don't
know. I don't think we'll be able
to garnish his {Tom Saunder's)


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salary. Let's say in six months he's
working somewhere else, unless
he retires, there's gonna be a pos-
sibility to collect."
Attorney Crawford reported that
the Lanark Village Water and
Sewer Department would be seek-
ing legal assistance to have TNA
remove their water pipes from
Lanark Village's storage area.
Chairman Bailey stated that the
water and sewer department was
billing TNA $200.00 per month for
storage rent. He said that TNA's
debt had exceeded $5000.00. "I'm
going to ask the judge to tell TNA
to come and pick up their pipes,"
stated Crawford, "what's the use
of him ordering us to do it If we've
gotta' turn around and bill some-
body who already owes us some-
thing and doesn't want to pay It."
Resident James Lawlor com-
plained to the board of commis-
sioners that Chairman Bailey had
begun to bar automobiles from
parking on a piece of water and
sewer property on Warren Street.
Lawlor reasoned that residents
have been parking in the disputed
area for the past five years with-
out confrontation. Lawlor argued
that Warren Street would not be
a "passable" road if residents were
unable to park in the disputed
area. Chairman Bailey stated that
he had the hopes of expanding the
Water and Sewer building and
wanted to keep the area clear and
possibly fenced off for future ex-
pansion. "It's a long term dream I
have to one day have this area
incorporated and then we can be
the City of Lanark Village and that
could be the site of the City Hall.
That's the logical place to have
it...in the center of town." Ms.
Pedder retorted, "You can't ex-
pand unless the budget expands."


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Battery Park In a location well
known as "the hill" was again a
smashing success on 5 November.
The penetrating theme of cama-
raderie and reunion at the Florida
Seafood Festival was evident in
the African-American community
of Franklin County. The elements
of old friendship, fresh seafood,
cold brew and the music of Isaac
Hayes blended together to create
a relaxed and almost conta-
gious atmosphere. "I think the
people at the festival downtown
should come here and take notes,
" said Chris Walker of Tallahas-
see, "This festival...it brings out
the best in people."
Several organizations opened
their booths early to serve seafood
and barbecue to those returning
from the Seafood Festival Parade.
Reverend Curry of the Friendship
Baptist Church had the help of
several congregation members at
his seafood booth. "This is a beau-
tiful day for the Seafood Festival
and for eating seafood," stated
Rev. Curry. This writer had to
agree and ordered a Shrimp
Burger. And to quote Genesis, it
was good. The Church of God had
Sa barbecue booth that was
manned by Charles Watson-Clark
and the M.A.D. D.A.D.S. had a
seafood gumbo booth that was
manned by Harrison "The High
Sheriff" Jones. Mr. Jones offered
this writer a free bowl of gumbo
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to visit Franklin County, the Har-
ris brothers said they really en-
joyed the seafood and the festi-
val. Mr. Speed Joked, "And to see
me, too...right? The Harris broth-
ers agreed that they liked to "hob-
nob with the old cronies." Calvin
Harris said joking, "I have no
problem remembering what hap-
pened thirty years, though I'm
having trouble these days remem-
bering what happened the other
week."


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ACADEMIC STUDY, continued from page 1
over the direction ofeconomic development. Due to the differences in val-
ues and ideology between fishermen and policy makers, fishermen in the
Apalachicola Bay area are devalued as participants by regulators."
The committee process involving the Resource Planning and Man-
agement option report was the focus of Chapter Seven in the Hammond
study. Drawing from the actual experience, with comparisons drawn
to the literature, Dr. Hammond described issues facing the commit-
tee as it moved toward action in commissioning the fisheries option
report. The first meeting occurred nearly nine months after the
enactment of the Apalachicola Bay Area Protection Act, on
31 March 1986. A suggestion of the sensitivities involved in the pro-
cess, and continuing problems, is expressed in Hammond's charac-
terization of one particular set of issues. She wrote,
Again the need for a profile of the Franklin County oyster harvester was
discussed, but since it was identified as a sensitive issue, it was tabled for
discussion at a subsequent meeting. This priority item also implies the
assumption by committee members that the community had incomplete
or little knowledge of the bay. No seafood industry members were present
at this meeting.
It can be seen from these initial beginnings of the Apalachicola Bay Area
Resource Planning and Management Committee and Area of Critical State
Concern Program that committee members were considering, among oth-
ers, issues important to the Apalachicola Bay area fisheries. However, there
was little or no participation on the part of seafood industry representa-
tives in these planning discussions. Resource Planning and Management
Committee meetings were open to the public and, at the beginning, at-
tempts were made to appoint members representing all of the Apalachicola
Bay area's interests. By this time, one ofthe seafood workers initially ap-
pointed to the committee had missed all four of the Resource Planning and
Management Committee meetings so far (and never did attend any meet-
ings), and the other seafood worker had missed one out of four meetings.
By December 17, 1986, this appointee had stopped coming to meetings
altogether...The snail's pace of the committee, the diverse issues it was
attempting to address, their own lack of popularity, numerous meetings,
and daytime meetings all served to discourage these appointees from play-
ing an active role in the committee.

As a method of study, the "participant observation" approach to prob-
lems such as the one identified in this study, is likely to be the only
way to conduct such an investigation, especially in a study which.
reviews the process as well as the result. Questions of validity and
reliability still persist, however.
Copies of Dr. Hammond's work may be ordered from University Microfilms,
300 N. Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106, telephone (800) 521-0600.
The order number is 93-16489. Roberta M. Hammond, "The Apalachicola Bay
Area of Critical State Concern: Facilitating Fishermen Participation In a Re-
source Planning and Management Program."


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Post Office Box 590
Eastpoint, Florida 32328
904-927-2186 or 904-385-4003


By George Chapel
The Ilse Newell Fund for the Per-
forming Arts, and the Florida Hu-
manities Council, will present a
program of folk music of the
world, both in performance and
discussion by musician and
ethnomusicologist Bonnie
Whitehurst, at historic Trinity
Church in Apalachicola, on Sun-
day, 13 November, at 4 p. M. The
program is free and open to the
public.
Bonnie Whitehurst is a diverse
and accomplished musician with
advanced degrees in
ethnomusicology and music
theory as well as an extensive re-,
cording and performance career.
Serving as her own accompanist,
she plays an unusual variety of
instruments including the bowed
psaltery and the hammered dul-
cimer. Following her presentation,
the audience is invited to partici-
pate in a general discussion.
Groomed as a classical pianist
from age 3, Bonnie Whithurst
opted later in her career for mu-


sical diversity, resulting in her use
of many stringed and wind instru-
ments with which she now trav-
els and performs. While Ms.
Whitehurst concentrates mainly
on folk and international music,
her advanced degrees in
ethnomusicology and formal mu-
sic theory cause the interpretation
of her repertoire to differ from oth-
ers' renditions. This is clearly evi-
dent in her three professional re-
cordings, Songs of the Covenant
(an album of Jewish music),
Songs of the Solstice (winter holi-
day selections), and her most re-
cent Of the Angels (early hymn
tunes from Western Europe,
Scandinavia, the Celtic regions
and Colonial America).
The Florida Humanities Council
is a non-profit organization
funded by private donations, the
National Endowment for the Hu-
manities, and Florida's Depart-
ment of State, Division of Cultural
Affairs. The Ilse Newell Fund is a
self sustaining entity of the
Apalachicola Area Historical So-
ciety, Inc., a non profit organiza-
tion funded by private donations.


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Continued from
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Main
Category


The Identified Issue

Issue 39: Does the utility keep its books and records
in substantial compliance with the Commission's
Rules and Regulations, and if not, should it be pe-
nalized?
Issue 40: What is the number of ERCs that the util-
ity is currently serving and what is the maximum
number of ERCs that the utility is capable of serving
while maintaining compliance with the regulatory
agencies?








Issue 41: Is additional capacity required of the util-
ity, and if so, what specific actions, if any, are nec-
essary in order to achieve additional capacity?



Issue 42: Should the Commission accept the utility's
proposed findings of fact?

Issue 43: Should this docket be closed?


Staff Recommendation or
Background Statement

Recommendation: No. The books and records are
not in substantial compliance with the Commission's
Rules and Regulations.

Recommendation: As of July 20, 1994, SGIU was
committed to serving 1.347 ERCs; however, the maxi-
mum number of ERCs the utility can presently serve
is 1.346, where anERC is defined as 520 gpd. There-
fore, the utility is currently oversold. When the
utility's permit modification application before the
the Northwest Florida Water Management District
(NWFWMD) is decided, the utility should provide a
copy of the approved consumptive use permit (CUP)
to the Commission and to DEP. As part of that filing.\
the utility should state the new maximum number
of ERCs it believes it can serve with such number
reconciled between DEP's raw water supply method-
ology, Mr. Thomas' hydraulic analysis of the distri-
bution system and Baskerville-Donovan's distribu-
tion system methodology.
Recommendation: Additional capacity is required,
and the Utility must submit specific plans to the DEP
by January 1, 1995. In addition, if the Commission
approves the amortized expense for a fire flow study
in Issue 27, the utility shall consider improved fire
protection while undergoing its current system analy-
sis.
Recommendation: The Commission should accept
and reject as reflected on the rulings on proposed
findings of fact.
Recommendation: Yes, this docket should be closed
after the final order has been issued, the proper re-
vised tariff sheets have been filed by the Utility and
approved by staff, and the appropriate actions in Is-
sues 15, 20, 22, 27, 40 and 41 have been met. Fur-
ther, since no interim refund is appropriate, the bond
may be released.


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for recent Chronicle coverage of
the M.A.D.D.AD.S. Unfortu-
nately, he was swelling from the
shrimp burger and could not ex-
cept. The Apalachicola Club was
also present and selling t-shirts.
Elinor Simmons was present at
the Apalachicola Club booth with
fellow club members. Ms.
Simmons said that the
Apalachlcola Club, which consists
of approximately thirty members
and has existed for over ten years,
was both a service and social
group.
And then there was camaraderie.
This writer met festival goers who
traveled from cities as far away
Los Angeles and Manhattan.
Franklin County resident Jerry
Bunyon, Sr. stated, "There's
people here that I haven't seen for
years...a lot of old faces. That's
what I like most about this." Resi-
dent Stanford L. Ducker called the
event simply "wonderful and mar-
velous." Over at the bar that lo-
.cals refer to as "the bar," many
older residents sat outside and
kicked around old memories and
future plans with one another. Mr.
Andrew Polk of Apalachicola said
that he looked forward to seeing
his old friends at the reunion ev-
ery year. Asked about how old the
"bar" was, Polk joked, "well I was
born in 1935 and this place was
here before I was born. I seem to
remember it being called Sam's
Bar at one time."
As this writer walked from the
reunion down 8th Street on the
way to Highway 98,. he ran into
School Board member Willie
Speed. Mr. Speed was speaking
with a few of his friends from New
York, Calvin and James Harris.
Mr. Speed related that his friends
had moved from Apalachicola af-
ter World War II. "Some folks did
return to Franklin County after
the War like me and Charles
Watson, but these fellas," said
Speed pointing to the Harris
brothers, "they traveled all around
the world and ended up in New
York." Asked about why they
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Great Radio

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By George Chapel
The Apalachlcola Area Historical
Society, Inc., will meet on Thurs-
day, 17 November, at 7:30 p. m.
in the carriage house of the Raney
Home Museum to hear and see a
program on the great radio come-
dians by Dr. Tom Hoffer, profes-
sor of communications at Florida
State University. As part of a
highly knowledgeable and enter-
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