Title: Franklin chronicle
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Title: Franklin chronicle
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Publisher: Russell Roberts
Publication Date: January 10, 1995
Copyright Date: 1995
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Florida -- Franklin -- Apalachicola
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The Franklin Chronicle

Volume 4, Number 1

Investigation Into

Sick Oyster

Consumers Continues

As of press time, no official word
has been received Indicating the
reasons behind the sickness ex-
perienced by 50 New Year's
partners In the Jacksonville.
Florida area who consumed oys-
ters directly traceable loan East-
point processing house and to sLx
The Department of Environmen-
tal Protection (DEP) closed the
Apalachicola Bay to oyster har-
vesting for the next few days, un-
til some results from stool
samples are analyzed by the At-
lanta Center for Disease Control,
and until any other pertinent evi-
dence revealing the underlying
causes of the sickness are re-
DEP representatives interviewed
by, the Chronicle in Tallahassee
said that an inspection of the oys-
ter processing house clearly
showed the operator to be In con-
" bfiiib6hee ith -all irc-glations.
Further, water sample tests con-
ducted throughout the
Apalachicola Bay did not reveal
any high or even moderate levels
of feca[coloform. In fact, the tests
were quite positive, considerably
below tolerance levels.

The Incident began when New
Year's Eve revelers were sampling
Apalachicola Bay oysters at seven
different locations In
theJacksonvllle area. One party
was attended by Marine Patrol
Officer Paul Lane and seven
friends.When they became sick
the next day Lane asked the host
for the tag which was eventually
reported to the DEP, identifying
the processing house in the East-
point area.
The Jacksonville office of the De-
paitment of Health and Rehabili-
tative Services (HRS) investigated
and determined that none of the
several persons who became ill
had been hospitalized.
The oyster roasts were held in the
Fernandina Beach area on New
Year's Eve. After officials from the
+IS-IpSldeiftolo y- Program -iid -
the U. S. Center for Disease Con-
trol collected specimens from
those who were ill, officials ap-
peared to rule out Vibrio
vulnifcus, though the root cause
of the illness was not identified as
either bacteria or viral.

Big Bend


Closed Down

The Big Bend 'Association for
Aquacultural and Vocational
Training for the Handicapped at
the Buckeye Mill Site in
Carrabelle closed their project
down in late December. The
pro ect was allegedly closed due
to financialdifficulties in conjunc-
tion with a corporate pull out of a
major investor. The project has
Tar-ek Julius made no mention ofwhether it will
seek to reopen.
Student Credits
High School Emerald
Teacher & J.T.P.A. Coast Hires
Program for Career New Physician

The puzzle pieces have all just
about been put together for the
career dreams of Tar-ek Julius, a
graduating student from
Apalachicola High School. Mr.
Julius has just been accepted into
the Navy, which Is a long-term
goal he has been working to ob-
tain. Tar-ek will begin a six week
basic training course on 12 July
In Great Lakes, Illinois.
Among those who have helped
him along his path, Tar-ek hon-
ored Apalachicola High School
math teacher Coach Eddie Joseph
and the J.T.P.A. (Job Training and
Partnership Act) Program with
helping to give him the confidence
to obtain his career goal. "Coach
Joseph told me if I needed any
help that I could come to him. He
was in the navy before and en-
couraged me with my career
dream." Tar-ek also credited
Coach Joseph for helping him to
make the 1994 Honor Role. In
addition to his helpful influences
at school, Tar-ek felt that his two
years of experience with the
J.T.P.A. Program helped to build
his work ethics. "I think the pro-
gram helped me to become more
responsible and to work with
people better," said Tar-ek. In his
two years of experience with
J.T.P.A., Tar-ek has worked with
the Apalachol a Airport, The
Franklin County Public Library,
The Franklin County Adult Read-
ing Program and with the Assis-
tant State Prosecutor's office.

Dr. Rao Gudapati
Newly hired physician Dr. Rao
Gudapatljoined the medical staff
board of Emerald Coast Hospital
in early January. Dr. Gudapati is
a board certified physician in In-
ternal Medicine. He practiced fif-
teen years at Missouri State Chest
Hospital and at Aurora Commu-
nity Hospital in Missouri. Dr.
Gudapati mostrecently practiced
in Tampa Bay, FL. Of his services
in Franklin County, Dr. Gudapati
expressed an interest in provid-
ing seminars on blood pressure,
cholesterol intake and other
health awareness topics.

Emerald Coast
Loses Pediatrician
from Medical Staff
Nemours Clinic petlatriclan Dr.
Elizabeth Curry tendered her res-
ignation to the medical staff of
Emerald Coast Hospital on 2
January. Dr. Curry stated that
her resignation was brought on by
a 22 December medical staff
board meeting In which Adminis-
trator Kenneth D\kes announced
that all staff members would be
required to be on general emer-
gency room call. The announce-
ment was In accordance with sec-
tion F.2. of the medical staffs
Rules and Regulations:
All members of the Active
medical staff shall share in
in emergency room physicians
and physician's assistants
coverage. Waivers for age or
other circumstances willbe
granted soles at the discretion
of the hospital administrator.

Dr. Elizabeth Curry
Dr. Curry said that she had pre-
viously agreed to work in the
emergency room as long as she
could work with children patients
only. With the new requirement
that she perform general practice,
Dr. Curry felt It would be neither
wise or safe to try to practice out-
side of her field of pediatrics. "It
was a clear effort on the part of
Emerald Coast Hospital to get rid
of Dr. Nichols and I. Dr. Nichols
is 72 years old and they want him
to perform in the emergency
room! This proves to me thatqual-
Ity care is not an issue with Em-
erald Coast Hospital. They would
have me try to treat a fifty year
old man suffering from a heart
attack and they know that my
training is in pediatrics. I'm un-
willing to put either my license at
risk or the healthcare of a pa-

Emerald Coast Hospital was asked
to respond to Dr. Elizabeth Curry's
resignation. The hospital forwarded
a letter of response to Dr. Curry's
resignation which was prepared 5
January by Kenneth Dykes and
addressed to Dr. Elizabeth Curry.

Mr. Dykes wrote:
It is also appropriate to
take this opportunity to
respond to certain
statements in your letter
of resignation. Under the
Rules & Regulations,
Active Medical Staff
membership, which
carries with it the
privileges of voting,
holding office, and
admitting patients also
requires willingness
and ability to share in
emergency room
coverage. Persons unable
or unwilling to meet the
requirements of this
category of Medical
Staff membership should
either seek another
category of membership
more appropriate to their
individual situations or
choose, as you have, not
to apply.

Continued on page 2

* Deputy Don Hammock Commissioner Jimmy Mosconis

Chairman Leads

Discussions For

bime Prevention

nh tle attempt to take a bite out
,Fran.Iin County's evolving
ifme problem =Comnit ssioner -
Jinmy Mosconis brought in a rep-'
resentative from the Sheriffs De-
partment to discuss crime preven-
tion at the 3 January regular
meeting of the Franklin County
Deputy Don Hammock was on
hand to field questions from con-
cerned board members. Chair-
man Mosconis opened the discus-
sion by suggesting the Franklin
County Sheriffs Department cre-
ate a Task Force which would in-
clude the Marine Patrol as well as
Apalachicola and Carrabelle Po-
lice Departments. Mosconis
stated, "Ifyou can't get the results
here shortly, we need the FDLE
(Federal Department of Law En-
forcement) to give you all a hand.
Or maybe ya'l need that hand
right now...I don't know, but we'll
be glad to ask for you if you do.
You can't sit back and let this
problem escalate like it's doing
and not do anything about it."
Deputy Hammock stated that the
Sheriffs Department consisted of
only twelve men and was not big
enough to combat the criminal
aspects of an entire county. "I
know you're not looking for ex-
cuses or want to hear excuses.
You're looking for answers," said
Hammock. He mentioned that a
lot of the crime in Franklin County
was occurring in Apalachicola. He
related that The sheriffs depart-
ment has been assisting the
Apalachicola Police Department
with its crime problems. "The city
pays taxes just like everyone else,"
responded Mosconis. He contin-
ued, "This is something ya'll
gonna have to deal with. The mes-
sage I'm getting to is the problem.
You all need to redirect your
methodology to deal with this. I
think it's a matter of reallocating
your resources and redefining
your mission here" Deputy Ham-
mock stated that the sheriffs de-
partment was beginning a ten
our work day for its staff. He felt
that the longer shift may help to
combat the increasing crime rate.
"Chairman Mosconis emphasized
that most of the crime occurred
at night. "They're like vampires,
Don, they operate at night. They
don't operate in the daytime."
Chairman Mosconis also men-
tioned that police patrols had im-
proved considerably after the lo-


Rates and


Costs Up
In December, the Chronicle was
advised by its printer that "uncon-
trollable newsprint paper" prices
were increasing, and the U. S.
postal service also announced

cal MAD DADS organization
hosted a town meeting to confront
local crlme;--.About two months
ago when you all teamed up and
you made some hits over here,
you scared the daylights out of
some of these characters. Buty'all
didn't keep the pressure on long
enough. I don't know why...that's
a mechanical thing with you all.
As soon as the pressure came off,
the thing went back normal."
Mosconis suggested contacting
Governor Chiles to obtain more
help. The chairman concluded, "I
think if you put it together like a
task force, Don... I'm not in law
enforcement, don't get me wrong,
I'm not trying to tell you how to
do your job. But you may need a
letter wrote to Virginia Wetherall,
the head of the DEP, about Ma-
rine Patrol. There's a lot of re-
sources there. You need to get
with the sheriff and you need to
tell us what y'all need us to do to
help you get these resources."
Lt. Archie Holton was contacted
after the meeting for a comment.
Holton stated that much of the
problem in combating crime
stemmed from what he referred
to as the Garcia Rule. Lt. Holton
said that the Garcia Rule limited
officers to 160 hours within a 28
day period. Holton also stated that
that the sheriffs department had
been working with different agen-
cies. He pointed out that the Ma-
rine Patrol was used in the co-
caine bust of Henry "Big Man"
Melton in Carrabelle. Holton
stated that the sheriffs depart-
ment had been collaborating with
the DEA, ATF, FBI and with US
Customs. Lt. Holton also stated
that he had actively sought a Nar-
cotics Grant with Liberty County
that brought in fifty eight thou-
sand dollars to Franklin County
for the fiscal year 1993-4. Holton
said that the grant gave Franklin
County Money to purchase a ve-
hicle, a computer, a body trans-
mitter, to pay Informants and
undercover police officers in other
counties and to make controlled
buys of narcotics. "It cost money
to make a bust. You need to pay
a undercover person that the
dealer doesn't know. It takes time,
too. There are hits that take up
to eight months. It may feel that
we're not taking care of the prob-
lem, but that's not true. We're not
neglecting the problem. If Mr.
Mosconis is willing to fund this
task force, then it can work."

substantial increases in rates for
all classes of mail. The increased
rates are in place and conse-
quently, the Chronicle is having
to adjust its advertising rate
schedule and subscription rates
accordingly. For now, the vend-
ing copies will still be available for
sale at 25t each.
Paul Massey, President of the
Printing Industry Association of
Georgia provided this perspective
on the price Increases of paper.
S Continued on page 6

10 25 January 1995

Ex-Navy Lawyer
Hired as Franklin

County's New

Public Defender

- .e

Kevin Steiger
Newly hired Public Defender
Kevin Steiger began his work in
Franklin County on 5 January.
Previously employed as Polk
County's Public Defender, Mr.
Steiger was hired on the recom-
mendation of exiting Public De-
.fender .lullus .ullslo. Stelger
served as Polk County's Public
defender for two and one-half
years. He previously worked in
private practice in Jacksonville
and was also a navy lawyer.
"I thought I wanted to be a Pros-
ecuting Attorney when I came out
of the navy," said Steiger, "I later
found that the role of Public De-
fender suited me more. I like hav-
ing a client sitting beside me. I
think it's important for people to
know what their rights are. Many
people complain that many of
those we represent have too many
rights. Well, everyone has those
rights. It's just that the people
represented by the public de-
fender have been charged are in
need of knowing and having those
Mr. Steiger listed due process,
specifically search and seizure as
a legal right that he planned to
focus on as Public Defender.
Steiger felt that many of the cli-
ents he has represented have
been unfairly prejudged. "I think
people jump to conclusions with
those who have past records. I
think the government has put
higher priorities on the wrong set
of crimes. When a charge involves
the magic word of 'drugs,' sen-
tences are often longer than vio-
lent crimes. I don't think it would
be out of question for the state to
eventually classify drug offenses
as problems needing medical at-
tention, rather than being a crimi-
nal offense. Most of the people
that I've represented for drug of-
fenses were not evil, bad people.
They were addicted. We put these
people in jail and give them long
sentences and they come out still
addicted. There's a saying that if
you beat a dog, all you get is a
mean dog." Asked how he was
able to sustain the frustrations
that confront a public defender,
Steiger concluded with a smile, "I
guess I've always had a Don
Quixote fixation."

Public Defender

The county presented Julius
Aulisio with a Resolution of
Apreciation at the 3 January
Franklin County Commision

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


44E2 1 a a 9 Te n n r cls t e n y 1 a 2

New Board Faces

Million-Dollar Deficit

in Lanark Village

Chairman Jack Garrison
The newly elected Lanark Village
Water and Sewer board met for
their first meeting on 3 January
and responded to the concerns of
their constituents.
Exiting Chairman Carl Bailey in-
troduced the new board members
after chronicling highlights of his
twenty years experience as water
and sewer board chairperson.
Chairman Jack Garrison thanked
Bailey for this years of services
with a handshake and those in
attendance gave a round of ap-
The new board was then met with
many concerns from those in at-
tendance. Gulf Waters Motel
owner Jack Depriest complained
about dirty water that his facility
has been experiencing for a year.
Mr. Depriest blamed the problem
on what he referred to as
backfloww." He said that his busi-
ness was located on the lower part
of the hill in Lanark Village. He
felt that the sediment matter from
hot water tanks located in the
Lanark Village residential area
was being ciphoned into his wa-
ter system due to differential pres-
sure. Depriest stated that he only
suffered the backfloww" problem
when water hydrants were tested
in Lanark Village. "I asked Carl
Bailey to look into the problem
three times and he did nothing."
Depreist said that the Lanark
Village's water system did not
have a "backchecker" unit to pre-
vent backfloww" and said that it

Reefs, Docks

and Gyms

Headline City


By Rene Topping
School Board Chairman Will
Kendrick came in person to give
the old Carrabelle school gym,
now known as the Carrabelle
Community Center, to the City of
Carrabelle. Kendrick said all it will
take for the City to own the build-
ing is for the Mayor Carlton
Wathen to sign the contract which
calls for a ceremonial payment of
one dollar and the pay the ex-
penses of recording the deed.
City Attorney Bill Webster said
that will cost the city a documen-
tary stamp of 70 cents and about
$ 12.00 for recording fees. "Fig-
ure about $13.00. he said.
Kendrick said after the meeting
that it was a proud moment for
him, as a past student of
'Carrabelle High School, to have
been in a position to be a part of
conveying the building. He added,
"I hope that we will see continua-
tion of all kinds of community
activities. The building is used now
by the Youth League, Panhandle
Players, and the Carrabelle
Branch of the Franklin County
Public library. It is also rented out
to various community groups for
affairs. I see it as a real asset to
the city and it s citizens."

Will Kendrick

An item to approve or disapprove
the specifications and memoran-
dum of understanding between
the city and the Organization of
Artificial Reefs, (OAR) was finally
tabled to the next meeting. Frank
Stephens of OAR proposed that
the city bid out the contract on
transportation of material to the
reef but leave the ground trans-
portation of materials to the dis-
cretion of OAR. Stephens said

Business owner Jack Depriest
was mandated that water depart-
ments have them. When Depriest'
questioned the exiting chairper-
son about the unit in question,
Mr. Bailey made his exit. "I'm sure
you left it (the water and sewer
department) in a nice condition. I
appreciate itl"
Chairman Jack Garrison stated
that all concerns would re-
sponded to. "None of us took this
on to be a Carl Bailey," said Gar-
rison. The chairman also stated
that the water and sewer depart-
ment was more than one million
dollars in debt. One resident re-
quested that water rates be kept
down. He said that when he first
moved to Lanark Village in 1979,
he only paid $12 per month for
water. He maintained that he was
now paying $35 per month. He felt
that the water rates may discour-
age new residents from coming to
Lanark Village. Resident Millie
Van Hamm requested more ac-
cess into public files and sug-
gested that past records be looked
over carefully. Commissioner
James Lawlor said he would look
into the purchase of a computer
to improve record keeping. He also
requested and unanimously re-
ceived approval to change the
regular board meetings to the
third Monday of the month.
Chairman Garrison repeated that
all concerns would be addressed.
He concluded that some time
would have taken to straighten
out the records and files of the
previous board.

that the ground transportation
would not be bid out; Oar would
"miake a few phone calls arid get
the cheapest carrier, he added
that OAR "... would pay "out of
pocket", and' presentt the bills to
the city when the grant money
came in. He explained that was
often the cheapest way and that
for instance, he had one contrac-
tor in Chipley who would trans-
port some of the material free and
take a tax write-off.
Commissioners agreed that they
would like to see the entire project
advertised in several ways. One,
ground transportation only: two,
marine transportation to the site
separately: third the entire project
as one bid. The matter was tabled
till the February 6 meeting.
Stephens said that this was part
of a Yamaha project that will even-
tually encircle the barge that was
placed on site in 1994 and will
enhance the fishing on that reef.'
He also received permission to
apply for further money for more
artificial reefs.
Stephens announced that the
1994 Big Bend Fishing Classic
had 602 participants and was
rated as sixth in the state as an
event. In 1995 the event will once
again be held on Father s Day
weekend June 16-18.
The commissioners were Informed
that the United States
Coastguard, (USCG) had re-
sponded to the raising of the dock
rent in a telephone conversation
With the mayor. Mayor Carlton
Wathen reported that the USCG
said they would vacate the dock
immediately. Commissioner Jim
Phillips suggested that the city
advertise the dock space at$3,400
per month, and keep it on a
month to month basis, in case the
River Walk project becomes a re-
ality. This project would make a
board walk along part of the har-
bor area.
The city commissioners agreed to
a five year lease of the city dock
facility on Marine Street to Alpine
Valley Deep Sea, Inc. per year, to
$400 per month, and all insur-
ance on the facility to be paid by
the lessee.
In other business: Commission-
ers set the workshop with city
police for Tuesday January 17 at
7 p.m.
*Commissioners appointed Rene
Topping to be chairperson of a
sub-committee to represent
Carrabelle in plans for the up-
coming Sesquicentennial (150
years of celebrations for Franklin
County in 1994.
*Decided to invite local historian
Eddie Nesmith to the February 6,
1995 meeting to show old pictures
of the Carrabelle Area, such as
those now on display at the local
IGA supermarket.
*Turned down an offer of a gift of
a park at the Old Carrabelle
Beach, in part because it does not
lie in city limits.

Cost of Police Dog
Too "RUFF" For

By Laura K. Rogers

The highlight of the 5 January
Apalachicola City Commission was
the revelation of how expensive a
dog could be, specifically a police
"drug" dog.
The question to look into the
expense of a police dog was
originally raised by MAD DADS
President Harrison Jones at the
previous city meeting. Mr. Jones
felt that a police dog would be both
more economical and more
efficient than hiring an additional.
police officer.
As it turns out, the hiring of a
police dog would be rather expen-
sive. Commissioner James Elliot
read a price listing from a Vom
Katzenblut Shepherds, Inc catalog.
According to the catalog, a "green"
dog (with no experience) is priced
at $2,000 and up, while a trained
drug and patrol dog is priced at
$4,800 and up. There are even
more expensive dogs available if a
certain type of titled dog is desired;
In addition, the time and expenses
involved in obtaining a police dog
include finding a trainer/caretaker
that the dog can live with, purchas-
ing a special pen for the dog,
puchasing special food as well as a,
special vehicle for the dog to tra'vde
in with the trainer. The dogi would *
also require monthly visits to the"'''
The commissioners decided that
they would look into borrowing a
police dog from a neighboring
county if the need and opportunity
were to arise. The commissioners
also expressed concern that the
dog would be useful initially in
cleaning up the crime situation in
Apalachicola, but could sit idle for
a long period before continued use.
In other city business, Commis-
sioner Frye requested that city or
inmate workers refrain from
working'in the cemetery when a
funeral is scheduled. Mayor Howell
clarified that work camp inmates
would receive a half hour lunch
break and two fifteen minute
breaks during a work shift. Inmates
had been requesting a one hour
lunch break. Mayor Howell also
complained about the garbage
pickup in the cemetery. He said that
oak leaves were being left behind
and that city worker Edward
Branch had to dispose of the

Curry Resignation Cont.
from page 1

Mr. Dykes Continued:
The hospital's Governing
Body takes jhe view that
rural hospitals such as
ours must place a high
priority on its ability to
provide emergency room
coverage and that
requiring each member of
the Active category of
Medical Staff to share in
emergency room coverage
is not at all unreasonable. The
fact that you are a pediatrician
did not necessarily make you
unable to meet the requirement
of the Active Category of the
Medical Staff for sharing in
emergency room coverage.
Likewise, your decision to limit
your practice to pediatrics did
not prevent you from seeking
Medical Staff membership in
another appropriate category.
(as you are aware another
pediatrician has been
providing approximately the
same amount of on-call
pediatric coverage as you have,
but under the Consulting
Category of Medical Staff
Mr. Dykes concluded:
As a matter of interest, I have
been unable to find in our
records any indication that you
have ever been granted a
waiver from the emergency
room coverage requirement.
should you have such a
document, I would appreciate
receiving a copy for our files.
In any case, I regret that you
have made a choice to limit
your practice and participation
with the hospital. However, we
do respect and accept your

More Carrabelle
Homes To be

By Rene Topping
Five Carrabelle senior citizens will
soon be living in newly refur-
bished homes, thanks to the
latest Community Development
Block Grant (CDBG). City com-
missioners gave approval to the
five bids to repair the homes
brought in by grants administra-
tor Julian Webb, of Julian Webb
and Associates.
Kendrick and Sons were awarded
three of the bids after city com-
missioners agreed to waive the
"two house rule," (under which no
contractor could be approved for
work on more than two homes).
On a one time only basis. The ac-
tion came about because the five
bids were the only ones received,
and only two bidders.
The other two homes will be re-
paired by Joe Webb. Webb s firm
received a cautious approval from
commissioners, who were dissat-
isfied with the work done previ-
ously by that firm. City Commis-
sioner Jim Phillips reminded
Julian Webb that the problems
that had existed on the previous
round of bids could not happen

again. Commissioners and Julian
Webb agreed that when the
County Building Inspector Roscoe
Carroll checks the houses for code
compliance, he will report to the
commission any work that would
be substandard even though it
might meet code. The Webb com-
pany will proceed on one house
and will not start on the second
until the first has been completed
to everyone s satisfaction
The fortunate recipients are
Gladys Murray, whose home will
receive $19,000 of repairs. The
commissioners approved the
amount even though it was $493
above the CDBG estimate of
$18,507. City Commission Attor-
ney Bill Webster told commission-
ers that there was a 15 per cent
higher or lower price that could
be accepted. Viola Rickards home
will receive repairs of $20,950 and
Annie Brannan's home will re-
ceive $11,380. These three homes
will be repaired by Kendrick and
The two homes to be repaired by
Joe Webb will be the home of
Willodean Worthy, with repairs of
$23,100, and James Brown, with
repairs of $15,680. Commission-
ers were told by Julian Webb that
no local contractors had entered
bids on any of the work. Phillips
asked the grantsman about sortie
small repairs left undone from the
previous round and Webb prom-
Ised that the work would be
done before any progress could be
made on the new work.

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Editoial and Commentary

Happy Birthday, Ben

Franklin County, according to the authoritative guide to Florida gov-
ernment by Allen Morris, was named for Benjamin Franklin. The
county was the 17th Florida county,established nearly 163 years ago,
on 8 February 1832. Even further back, Benjamin Franklin was born
289 years ago, coming up this week, on 17 January.
Qf all the things and events for which Mr. Franklin is known, includ-
ing his experiments with electricity, businessman, early organizer of
the U. S. Postal Service, elected representative, signer of the Declara-
tion of Independence, political pundit and organizer in the American
Revolution, American diplomat, philosopher, and traveler, he was also
a: writer.
"As author and publisher, Franklin addressed his writings to the gen-
etal public. He wrote to'inform, instruct, persuade, or entertain, not
to gratify himself. But even his personal letters and private literary
exercise won him public recognition and fame..." according to Whitfield
J. Bell, Jr., Librarian of the American Philosophical Society, writing
in his introduction to the Newsweek edition of Benjamin Franklin, A
Biography in His Own Words.
From time to time, the Chronicle will present fragments of Mr.
Franklin's works and deeds to remind us of the deep and rich legacy
that overshadows the present day. By so doing, we hope others will
rediscover the traditions and history of this famous American, as well
as the county named after him. For our American history contains
biases geared to the northeast and England.
As Calvin Jones, state archeologist, pointed out in the last issue of
the Chronicle, Florida's history is "in the ground." And,the unfolding
knowledge from those excavations is filling the void of the American
story of which Florida, and the panhandle region in particular, are an
important part. By recognizing the Franklin connection to the found-
ing of the American nation, and this county as well, we will discover
those historical biases taught to us since childhood, and perhaps
renew a deeper understanding of Franklin County and surrounding
areas in a much longer view of progress and turmoil. Not only might
we come to appreciate the vastness and depth of the historical story
of this region coupled with and perhaps rivaling the reconstructed
Williamsburgs of the northeast, but a fine opportunity to exploit,in
the best sense of the word, opportunities to attract visitors to this
area to appreciate anew that the history of the United States also
started here, in the discovery of the American-continett, and the lives
of all Americans, especially those who were here "...before Colum-
So, we salute the legacies of Benjamin Franklin, warts and all, for the
renewed values his story brings to Franklin County. We think there
are strong cues in this history that just might bring a "revolution" to
Franklin County that could easily compliment the present industries.
This could begin with historic preservation, and lead to a continuing,
year-round business cycle with far more stability and security, and
jobs for all. And, in the meantime, we can historically "strut our stuff"
to'the Nation as well.

Tom W. Hoffer

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All contents Copyright 1994
Franklin County Chronicle, Inc.

Dec 27, 1994
Editor, The Franklin County Chronicle
I would appreciate this "act of honesty and kindness" being
publically recognized through your local paper, if possible.
Thank you,
Gloria Opzoomer

Lost: 1 Purse somewhere between Apalachicola-Eastpoint and
St. George Island, One purse full of credit cards, cash, drivers
license, etc. All the lifeline things.
Almost Lost: Any hope that anybody would be kind and caring
enough to find a will and a way to get it back to a vacationer a
.thousand+ miles from home.
Found: The purse within an hour through 911 and, the Franklin
County Sheriffs Office...
Discovered: There are some wonderfully honest people left in
the world. One is DARREL SUGGS of Apalachicola who found
my purse on the roadside in Eastpoint and contacted the police.
Extended: My profound thanks to Darrell Suggs and the Sheriffs
office, both great diplomats for Florida.
Gloria Opzoomer
RR#1 Balderson
Ontario Canada KOG1AO

Dr. Elizabteth Curry's Letter

to Patients and Families

To My Patients and Their Families:
For the past three years I have been a member of the Active Medical Staff at
Emerald Coast Hospital. This has allowed me to use the hospital at night and
on weekends to see my patients who were sick or injured. 1 was also able to
admit children to the hospital when necessary. In return for staff privileges I
have helped to cover the emergency room. Because I am a pediatrician I am
not qualified to take general emergency room call (i.e. take care of adults as
well as children). Instead, my share of emergency room call consisted of being
available for consultation to the physicians and physician's assistants (PASI
who worked in the emergency room. If a child came to the ER. whether or not
they were a patient of mine, the physician or PA was able to call me for tele-
phone advice. In a true emergency, I would come in to take care of the child.
The Hospital Administrator at Emerald Coast Hospital. Mr. Ken Dykes, re-
cently notified me that I would need to reapply for medical staff privileges. Mr.
Dykes stated that I would be required to take general emergency room call if I
planned to continue as an Active Medical Staff Member at the hospital, He
said that it would not be possible for me to continue to provide emergency
room coverage for children as I have for the past three years. Apparently this
change in policy is related to the fact that some of the members of the medical
staff, including myself, publicly questioned the use of certain taxpayer funds
as well as the quality of physician care at the hospital. Mr. Dykes suggested
that I might apply for some other category of medical staff membership. How-
ever, without Active Staff privileges I would not be able to hospitalize more
than 12 patients per year, and I would not have a vote on the medical staff.
This may be Mr. Dykes' intention, but it is unacceptable to me.
Regrettably, I can no longer work out of Emerald Coast Hospital under these
circumstances. This means that for the time being I will be unable to meet you
and your children at the Emerald Coast Hospital emergency room at night
and on weekends. I have always transferred very sick children to Panama City
Sor Tallahassee for hospitalization. ,Now all children who need to be hospital-
ized will be sent to Panama City or'TallaHiassee. I'will continue to be available
after hours by telephone. On weekcnd, sick children will be seen at the clinic
as needed. I hope that this situation will not be permanent, and I look forward
to being able to use: Emerald Coast Hospital again as soon as circumstances

Elizabeth P. Curry, D.

January 5, 1995

Letter to Editor,

Tuesday, December 27, 1994, my sister-in-law
Patty Davis, My mother, Doris Davis, and a dear
friend of the family Karen, left the Gibson Inn
to walk two blocks to the Rainbow Inn to see
me. Brutely attacked, .they never made it.
.Pushed, threatened, and then shot, in an in-
stant all three lives were changed'forever. To
add'insult to injury, Andy Williams of the City
Police never got out of his car to see'if
Patty's chest'was blown open, or if her'head
was blown off. I witnessed this for my self,
along with the other 10-15 people standing
around. I have to ask myself "WHY", was he
afraid, did he not care, what ever his reason,
I want bett.erprotection than what he can give.
The citizens of Apalachicola must band together
and insist."'dn law inforcee6nt people that will
protect is',:- and.stop. worrying' that Jack Taylor
is no longer .in. office,'.and work with Sherrif
'Warren'; Rodenberry to protect all of Franklin
County.. DD'd'you: know fellow citizens, that the
Sherriff Department must :'e invited to help in
Apalachicola?'.What 'I heard the night of the
shooting was We don't have enough man power
.to patroll all of Apalachicola, we only have
two meno Where. does that l-eave us,; the' people
.that work everyday to pay your, salary,to pro-
tect us' 'It leaves the law-inforcement
arguing'and~ bickering, and the citizens scram-
bling to' buy a gun,'stunt gun, mase, a club,
anything.,.to protect'ourselves. 'Where are the
MEN, husbands, ,lovers,.br6thers, fathers,
. sons, uncles, of our women'that are getting
attacked so the crack cocain citizens of
Apalachicola can'.have their next fix. If the
law infoictmeht can't and won'tt protect'us,
surely our' MEN wi.l. 'How many times have you
heard of three m eri getting held up at gun
point? I. can't fix the battle between our law
inforcement, I can't make them protect us from
the bad ici- ',. but maybe:, just maybe, the Mayor,
the Chief of Police, the City Commissioners,
will all 'see that..we must have better lighting
in the street from the Gibson Inn, down to the
Rainbow, then go north with the lights, and
.light up the tourist district, the working dis-
trict, and make. it as bright as day time. No
self respecting drug addict can stand light, he
might get .:caught.

Thank you for listening,

Lynn D1 Guthrie

Editor's Note: Ms. Guthrie read her letter
before the Legislative hearing held in
Apalachicola on 5 January.



Paul Jones

In our article on October 10,1993, we alluded to the controversy sur-
rounding the ultimate responsibility of the maintenance of County
Road 370, Franklin County or the State of Florida? The answer to
this aurora of mystery remains prominently in the hands of the Florida.
Transportation Commission(FTC).
As we reported in 1993, the FTC was conducting an initial study
(Functional Classification Study) for the 1994 Florida Legislature to
determine which roads in the State of Florida should be reclassified
(according to arterial function) to either be TURNED over to the county
for maintenance or returned to the State Department of
Transportation's maintenance system. The FTC held a public heart
Ing on the study on October 14,1993 in Tallahassee. The commission
invited local response as to the current status of the study...which at
that particular phase included CR 370 for reclassification and a likely
state takeover.
The Alligator Point Taxpayers Association immediately responded via
letter from then, IST Vice-President, Taylor Moore in which he as-
serted the APTA's position of support for the results of the study.
Moore explained'that CR 370 functioned as an exclusive ingress and
egress road for an approximate 450 residents and an ADDITIONAL
1001 seasonal RV campers. And he further stressed the very impor-
tant point that during the hurricane season CR 370 functions as the
only emergency evacuation route off the peninsular.
The final results of this study did not reach the 1994 Florida Legisla-
ture for consideration. The FTC cited two reasons..."(a.) Application
of the ownership criteria has not had sufficient local government iri-
put: and (b.) The fiscal impact of changes in ownership has not been
assessed with sufficient certainty estimates based on the five-year
work program do not Incorporate the real long term cost to local gov-
On December 15,1994 the FTC adopted a final draft of recommenda-
tions for legislative consideration during this coming session. The
commission approved three (3) options for recommendation to the
1995 Legislature, which were based on a consensus of prevailing views
of groups involved with the study. These options are rather techni-
cally complex (to the lay taxpayer or road traveler) and therefore do
not need to be addressed in this article.
The interesting thing is that, according to Jane Mathis, FTC Execu-
tive Director, the media such as (The Associated Press with an item in
.the Tallahassee Democrat, December 17,1994) inaccurately reported
the FTC's action with headlines stating that the "Commission wants
state to quit city, county roads" and statements to the fact that the
counties would have to take over maintenance of state roads in their
areas costing hundreds of millions of dollars.
On December 21, Ms. Mathls Issued a formal letter directed to all
interested parties explaining each of the options in an effort to quell
the misunderstandings and avoid any further erroneous reports.
Even if these particular observations by the media are unfounded, it
appears that the FTC is singing a different tune than they were in
1993. There is nothing In the updated study documentation that now
places CR 370 in nomination for reclassification at any time in the
foreseeable future.
The BOTTOM LINE is that the Franklin County Board of Commis-
sioners must deal now with the facts...stop misleading the taxpayers
of Alligator Point with false visions of state takeover and move imme-
diately to budget and allocate funds to bring County Road 370 up to
Now, under the leadership of President Taylor Moore, the Alligator
Point Taxpayers Association has amplified this message by acquiring
the county tax rolls for review and analysis to determine the extent of
flow of property taxes back into the local economy, primarily, that of
road maintenance and improvements.

Dr. Curry Responds to

Dr. Stark Letter of Resignation

In the last issue.of-the Chronicle a long letter of resignation from Dr. Charles
R. Stark was published:'Much of what is contained in Dr. Stark's letter is
incorrect. It Should not be forgotten that Dr. Stark bas been an agent of Em-
erald Coast Hospital since his arrival in Franklin County.
Although I take exception to almost all of Dr. Stark's statements in his resig-
nation letter, I intend to respond specifically only to one. It is true that Dr.
Stark offered me a position at "any salary if I would join the team at Emerald
Coast. It is also true that this occurred many months after I stopped seeing
patients in conjunction with the Emerald Coast clinics. However, Dr. Stark
failed to mention that his offer came the evening after the Medical Staff passed
the resolution asking the Franklin County Commission to obtain an audit of
Emerald Coast; and it came over the phone and not in Dr. Stark's office as he
stated in his letter.
Perhaps I should have accepted Dr. Stark's generous offer of "any salary" to
work for this company whose motives I consider extremely questionable. Per-
haps I should not have criticized the hospital management but should have
taken "any salary" instead. There would have been far more personal profit in
that approach than in the one I have chosen.

Thomas L. Curry. M. D.

Letter to the Editor
The Franklin Chronicle
P.O. Box 590
Eastpoint, FL 32328

December30. 1994

To the Editor:
I read the front page article titled. State Offers To Help Wakulla Fish-
ermen in the Wakulla News. Here we have ignorant regulatory zealots destroy-
ing the way of life of the coastal fishermen on the one hand and on the other
hand the other ignorant and self serving bureaucrats attempting to give out
handouts of the taxpayers own monies minus their cut. These monies will
surely be wasted going down the rat hole of Irresponsible local governments.
The controlling special interests will be the ones to profit not the fishermen.
If the fishermen want to preserve their way of life they must rise
above their anger and frustration and get smart. Oversight groups need to be
formed to put power back in the hands of the people first locally and then
regionally and nationally. Their must be strong local government that will
back the citizenry in its endeavor to resist the outside pressures of irrespon-
sible development and irresponsible environmental regulation that are un-
necessarily destroying a valuable way of life. The fighting, scapegoating, and
finger pointing must finally stop and the citizens must take responsibility for
allowing this terrible situation to develop.
A democracy is a government of the people. That means you dear
reader are the government and you hire public officials to carry out your
business. Like any employee a public official will look after his or her own
interest unless properly supervised by the citizenry. Hiring or electing a offi-
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have the good of the community in mind. These individuals realize that it is
stupid to fight for the rations on a sinking ship. The ship is a collective envi-
ronment that must be maintained if all citizens are to survive and flourish.
I am one of the founders of a very active oversight group in South
Georgia. We are about to distribute a newsletter to the citizens of Franklin and
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She is also excited about bring-
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to her new staff.
Mrs. Denham worked in the busi-
ness world for 15 years prior to
working in long-term care. She
chose to become involved in eld-
erly care because she had "never
felt fulfilled" in her prior business
Experiences. She describes herself
as a "server at heart" and says
that she, in the eight years since,
feels thankful to have had the
chance to "be loved by so many,
and the opportunity to love so
many people."
As inost business publications
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successful management style of
the 90s will be the "leader as ser-
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by such top management gurus
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degree of personal pride about
how the business they are em-
ployed for runs, a feeling of "own-
ership" so to speak, so that the
Job becomes a profession and not
just a place to earn a paycheck.
Many top corporations are now
adopting this style of leadership
and fninng that it is not only suc-
cessful buta much more efficient
way of management, with greater
retention of quality staff and less
turn-over and burn-out noted in
Mrs. Denham first became famil-
iar with this style of management
when she Joined the AIT (Admin-
istrator In Training)- program at.
Freedom Village located in
Sarasota-Bradenton, Florida.
Prior to this, she had worked as a
social.service director at a long-
term care facility for three years.
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building the self-esteem of the
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Public Rulemaking

Hearings Scheduled

For Net Fishing


Shrimp Workshops Also
The Marine Fisheries Commission
has scheduled the following 3-
part public rulemaking hearing on
net fishing rules and amend-
ments, andsix public workshops
on shrimping:
The commission will hold three
public rulemaking hearings later
this month in Tallasassee, Or-
lando, and Fort Myers to allow
interested persons to comment on
proposed rules and rule amend-
ments to achieve compatibility
with provisions of the recently
passed net fishing Constitutional
A final decision on these pro-
posed rules and amendments will
be made by the Commission dur-
ing its meeting in West Palm
Beach in February.
Times,dates, and locations of
these hearings are listed at the
end of the following summary of
the proposed rules and amend-
ments, which would:
- prohibit the use of all gill and
entangling nets to harvest any
marine species in Florida waters
* prohibit the possession of all gill
and entangling nets by persons
on state waters, except persons
aboard a docked vessel or a ves-
sel transiting state waters to le-
gally fish in federal waters (this
exception would not apply to a
person possessing any gill or en-
tangling net aboard a vessel with
an outboard motor mounted other
than on the stern of a vessel, or
with a documented length of 20
feet or less, or an airboat)
* allow the use of only the follow-
ing net gear in state waters within
one mile from shore in the Atlan-
tic and three miles from shore in
the Gulf of Mexico:
* a landing or dip net
* a cast net with a radius no
greater than 12 1/2 feet in length
* a bully net with a diameter no
larger than 3 feet or a hoop net
with a diameter no larger than 10
feet used to legally harvest spiny
* a trawl, frame net, push net, or
wing net used to legally harvest
*a barrier net with a total length
not exceeding 60 feet and a depth
not exceeding 8 feet at any point
along the net, or a drop net with
a maximum dimension not ex-
ceeding 12 feet used to legally
harvest tropical ornamental ma-
rine life
*a beach or haul seine (only one
may be fished at a time/only two
may be possessed aboard a ves-
sel) that shall:
-not exceed 100 feet in total
length or 5 feet in depth at any
point along the seine-the use of 2
or more seines fastened together
exceeding 100 feet in length would
not be allowed to be fished
have a stretched mesh size not
exceeding one inch
-be physically tended at all times
-not be soaked for more than one
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- be legibly marked at each end
with saltwater products license
number of the person in posses-
sion of the seine or vessel fished
from, or the name and address of
the recreational fisherman pos-
sessing the seine
*allow the use of purse seines
only in state waters outside one
mile offshore in the Atlantic and
three miles offshore in the Gulf
*provide an exception to the above
provisions pursuant to a legal
special activity license issued for
public or scientific purposes
*consider any fish killed or in any
manner harmed by any prohib-
ited net to be "harvested"
-delete numerous rule provisions
and local laws rendered obsolete
by the Constitutional Amendment
-allow the use of hook and line
gear only to harvest spotted
seatrout and Spanish mackerel
-prohibit the transfer of Spanish
mackerel harvested for commer-
cial purposes between vessels in
the East Coast Region
-apply previous statewide gear
rule provisions to the legal har-
vest of bluefish.
Public rulemaking hearings on
proposed rule amendments re-
quired for local laws, spiny lob-
ster, black drum and marine life
will be held only if requested.
Copies of all the proposed rules
and rule amendments can be ob-
tained by contacting the Marine
Fisheries Commission office.
The public is encouraged to par-
ticipate at the hearings, which will
take place from 6:00 p. m. to 9:00
p.m. as follows:
Tuesday, 24 January 1995
Dept of Environmental Protec-
Twin Towers, Room 609
2600 Blair Stone Road

The Commission has scheduled
six public wsorkshops to receive
input from interested persons on
proposed changes to Florida
shrimping rules that will be
needed to conform these rules
with provisions of the recently
passed net fishing Constitutional
The public in encouraged to par-
ticipate in these workshops,
which will take place from 1:00
p. m. to 3:00 p. m. except for the
JACKSONVILLE workshop, which
will be held from 6:00 p. m. to
8:00 p.. m., as follows:
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Thursday, 19 January 1995
Gulf Coast Community
College Social Sciences Bldg
Lecture Hall
5230 West Highway 98

Friday, 20 January 1995
Franklin County Courthouse
Commission Chambers
33 Market Street

Wednesday, 25 January 1995
Florida Marine Research Insti-
tute Auditorium
100 Eight Street, S. E.

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ers will recognize Chris Floyd
as his ties to Franklin County
and the panhandle area are
long and strong. For example,
his father was Franklin
County Planner, and his
grandparents are a part of the
living history of the seafood
business in Franklin. We
think his advice in the form
of this column is vital to all
panhandle residents, so we
Jumped at the opportunity to
encourage a "local boy" to
write this column. For those
anxious to renew old friend-
ships, Chris would gladly re-
ceive at Capital Area Chapter,
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Equipment Fires
When purchasing new heating
equipment, be sure to select prod-
ucts that have been tested and
approved by an independent test-
ing laboratory. Install and main-
tain heating equipment correctly,
and be sure it complies with local
fire and building codes.

Portable and Other
Space Heaters
Portable and space heaters cainbe
either electric or fueled by gas, liq-
uid fuel (kerosene), or so d fuel
(wood or coal). All types must be
placed at least 36 inches (1 meter)
away from anything that can
burn, including wallpaper, bed-
ding, clothing, pets and people,
Never leave space heaters oper-
ating when you are not In the
room or when you go to sleep.
Don't leave children or pets un-
attended with space heaters, and
be sure everyone understands
that drying clothing or placing
combustibles over heaters creates
a fire hazard. If you have an elec-
tric space heater check each sea-
son for fraying or splitting wires
and overheating. Have all prob-
lems repaired by a professional
before operating the space heater.

Portable Kerosene
If you have a liquid-fueled space
heater, use only the fuel recom-
mended by the manufacturer.
Never use gasoline or any other
substitute fuel, because the
wrong fuel could burn hotter than
the equipment's design limits.
When refueling, always turn off
the heater and let It cool down
before adding fuel. Wipe up any
spills promptly. Store the kero-
sene away from heat or open
flame in a container approved by
the local fire department, and be
sure it is clearly marked with the
fuel name.

Have your chimney inspected by
a professional prior to the start of
every heating season and cleaned
if necessary. Creosote, a chemi-
cal substance that forms when
wood burns, builds up in chim-
neys and can cause a chimney fire
if not properly cleaned. Always
protect your home and your fam-
ily by using a sturdy screen when
burning fires. Remember to burn
only wood-never burn paper or
pine boughs, which can float out
the chimney and ignite your roof
or a neighboring home. Never use
flammable liquids in a fireplace.
If you are purchasing a factory-
built fireplace, select one listed by
a testing laboratory, and have it
installedaccording to local codes.
Wood Stoves
Be sure your wood or coal stove
bears the label of a recognized
testing laboratory and meets lo-
cal fire codes. Follow the
manufacturer's recommendations
for proper installation, use, and
maintenance. Chimney connec-
tions and chimney flues should
be Inspected at the beginning of
each heating season and cleaned
periodically. Follow the same
safety rules for wood stoves as you
would for space heaters. Burn
only wood, and be sure the wood
stove is placed on an approved
stove board to protect the floor
from heat and hot coals. Check
with your local fire department
and local code of officials before
having your wood stove Installed.



Paite 6 10 January 1995 The Franklin Chronicle'

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Representative Listens

to County-wide Concerns

Representative Allen Boyd and an
aide from Senator Pat Thomas'
office were in Franklin County on
6 January to listen to a list df con-
cerns ranging from crime to net
ban compensation. Rep. Boyd
said that Mr. Thomas would not
be able to attend the Delegation
Hearing, because he was sched-
uled for hip replacement surgery
the following day.
Resident Lynn Guthrie took time
off work to address those as-
sembled. She open fired at the
Alpalachicola City Police for what
she felt was an inadequate re-
sponse to the 3 January at-
tempted murder of tourist Patti
Davis. Ms. Guthrie complained
that Officer Andy Williams did not
t out of his police car to look at
thewounded individual. Guthrie
tlso leveled attacks at Mayor
Bobby Howell for "not returning
a weeks worth of calls." Ms.
Guthrie complained that due to
poor lighting near and around the
Rainbow Inn, thieves could sneak
up on their potential victims and
run away virtually unseen. "I work
five days a week," said Guthrie,
"and have to walk into this dark
city and have to leave this dark
city." Boyd emphasized that part
of the crime problem was due to
a lack of prison space. "Most in-
mates serve less than one-third
0f their time." He stated that leg-
islators were pushing for inmates

to serve seventy-five percent of
their time. He concluded, "The
crime situation has run rampant
over the past decade most of
which Is due to drugs."
Mayor Howell responded that he
was unable to return Ms.
Guthrie's calls, because he had
been with his ailing mother in
Tallahassee for nearly a week.
Howell said that the messages left
for him at city hall were not
brought to his attention. "I have
an unlisted number and an an-
swering machine that is always on
when I'm out," said Howell, "I
didn't find a single message of the
Machine from her." Mayor Howell
stated that when he became
mayor, the budget was in such a
poor condition that a moratorium
on all new city lighting was re-
quired. He also suggested that Ms.
Guthrie bring her concerns to the
Apalachicola City Commission.
County Commission Chairman
Jimmy Mosconis voiced concerns
to Rep. Boyd about the ensuing
net ban and about bringing in
another correctional institution.
Boyd responded that that he
would make net ban compensa-
tion a priority of his. He also
stated, 'There has to be a firm,
firm commitment from the com-
munity that they're (correctional
institution)being invited in."

County Commissioner Dink
Braxton questioned Rep. Boyd
about the 1.7 million dollars that
the Department of Housing and
Urban Development (HUD) had
promised Franklin County, but
has yet to deliver. Pat Thomas'
aide responded that she had been
in contact with Department of
Community Affairs (DCA) member
Toni Riordin and that she could
not understand what is holding
the money up. Seafood Dealer
Wanda Moses was also present
and made a plea for an increased
cap on the promised loans. The
loans were originally planned to
give fifteen dollars per seafood
dealer with four percent interest.
Mr. Braxton also asked about the
purpose of the hospital Trammell
Funds. Boyd explained that
twenty-eight rural hospitals ob-
tained Trammell Funds. He said
that the funds were meant to as-
sist financially burdened facilities.
Commissioner Braxton also said,
"Hopefully, there will be more
funds to support the libraries."
Braxton referred to library funds
as "Boyd Bills." Representative
Boyd, flattered, said that he had
never heard anyone refer to li-
brary grants as "Boyd Bills."
Donnie Wilson, President of the
Oyster Dealers Association, stated
that shellfish was banned seven
months out of the year. "This
doesn't just affect Franklin
County," Said Wilson, "It affects
everyone living near the Gulf of
Mexico." Wilson also noted that
dealers were now unable to sell
oysters within their shells.

Another reason to visit Franklin County in the winter. Here's Wright Lake, off Highway
65, in the National Forest.

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Martha and Luciano Gherardi
and Bedford Watkins will be fea- performed with the Caracas Phil-
tured in the January program of harmonic and Caracas Munlcipall
the Ilse Newell Fund for the Per- orchestras. Caracas is also the
forming Arts at Historic Trinity city where she and her husband
Church Sunday, 22 January met and began making beautiful
1995, in Apalachicola. The con- music together.
cert begins at 4 p. m. The Trio will
be joined by Nicholas Blake who Mr. Gherard was born n Turin,
will play a concerto movement, a Italy and studied in Parma at the
duetwith Martha and some fiddle Conservatory of Music Arrigo
tunes. Boito. He also has diplomas in

Mrs. Gherardi is a native of
Florida and earned her Bachelor
and Master of Music degrees from
Florida State University. She has
also studied in France at
Academic Internationale d'~t6
and Massachusetts at
Tanglewood. Mrs. Gherardi's per-
formance career has taken her
throughout the United States and
intoCaracas. Venezuela where she

Administrator cont. from
page 5

interests from boating to wood-
working. She enjoys collecting
dolls, brass, ceramic birds and
antique Jewelry. One of the main
draws of Apalachicola to Mrs.
Denham was the historical aspect
of the area.
Mrs. Denham's future goals in-
clude to retum to school tor a
Ph.D in psychology and to con-
tinue to "learn" which she believes
you never stop doing. A crucial
philosophy for her is to "Never
stop giving. To do so is to die."

Contrabass Irom Conservaiory of
Music Guiseppi Verdi at Turin
and Superior School of Music
Jose Angel Lamas at Caracas,
Venezuela. In addition to perform-
Ing In the Venezuelan Symphony,
Caracas Philharmonic and the
Venezuelan National Radio Cham-
ber Orchestras, Mr. Gherardi has
composed and arranged commer-
cial music for multimedia.

Costs up Cont. from page 1
"Our review of the situation in-
dicates that paper supplies are
tightening and prices are in-
creasing because: (I) the print-
ing industry is rebounding sig-
nificantly after the recent reces-
sion (demand is increasing); (2)
at the same time, over the past
few years, several paper mills
have taken some older paper
machines out of service without
replacing them with new ma-
chines (supply is decreasing);
(3) paper mills have had to ex-
pend millions of dollars on en-
vironmental concerns such as:
de-inking equipment and recy-
cling procedures (costs are es-
calating); and, (4) tonnage of im-
ported paper is down due to a
weak dollar continuing into

After locating to St. George Island,
the Gherardis met the third mem-
ber of Sunday's ensemble,
R. Bedford Watkins, Harpsichord-
ist. Dr. Watkins retired to East-
point, Florida from Illinois where
e was Professor Emeritus of Pi-
ano and Harpsichord and Chair-
man of the Departmentof Piano at
the School of Music, Illinois
Wesleyan University. Dr. Watkins
received his Bachelor of Music
degree from Rhodes College, his
Master of Music degree from the
University of Michigan and his
Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.
A reception will be held in
Benedict Hall after the
concert,served in cooperation
with the Philaco Women's Club of

"Over the past ten years or so,
inflation for the costs you (and
our other 500 members) en-
counter in producing printed
products has been relatively
modest. A portion of these in-
creases in.the cost of doing
business have simply been ab-
sorbed by many printers and
offset by down-sizing, tighter
management controls, and less
(or nol profit. Basically, the fi-
nal cost to the print buyer has
remained relatively stable. All
that may be about to change
"It is my strong opinion that the
current paper "crisis" is of such
a magnitude that fully absorb-
ing the upcoming increases in
paper costs is going to be next
to impossible for printers. In-
deed, in the months ahead, sim-
ply obtaining some grades of
* paper may be very difficult."

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Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

The Franklin Chronicle 10 January 1995 Page 7




Fresh Perspectives on
the Soviet Union and

By Carol Ann Hawkins
The Young Internationals from
Russia, along with Carrabelle
residents Harmon and Twilla
Price, Mike Clark, "Gentleman
Jim" Portwood, and about 30
other people ushered in the New
Year with late-night inspirational
music and "Amazing Grace" at
Carrabelle's First Baptist Church
on 31 December.
Val and Olga Splsovskiy and their
three children, Marina, 9; Sergey,
7; and Svetlama, 6, sang and gave
testimony on New Year's Eve and
New Year's Day. Sponsored by
Faith Missions (Raleigh, North
Carolina), the family came to
America four years ago and re-
cently relocated from Boston,
Massachusetts to Jacksonville. In
an interview with the Chronicle,
several hours before the church's
10:30 p.m. "Watch-Night" service
began, the young parents, both
33, talked about their experiences
of growing up in Christian homes
in what was then a non-Christian
country and the cultural and lan-
guage difficulties they encoun-
tered after their arrival in the
United States.
Olga, daughter of a Russian Bap-
tist Minister, made her decision
to be a Christian when she was a
child. She was baptized when she
was 15 years old. As a kid, it was
tough for her or anyone to be part
ofa Christian family in the former
U.S.S.R. "Almost all people
around were against you. They
thought that Christians were so
bad, that they were the cause of
any trouble in the country. Basi-
cally, members of the communist
party made people believe in [the
communist party]."


As a pastor, her father received a
lot of pressure from fellow-citizens
who were not Christians and from
KGB agents. For example, KGB
agents would take her father to
their headquarters and hold him
there for up to 13 hours without
any food, trying to make him obey
their orders to sign papers stat-
ing that he would provide them
information about church, "about
Christian members oft he
church." His refusal to do this
resulted in 10 years imprison-
ment. "He should have remained
in Jail for 25 years, but he was
released because the president
was changed. [Josef Stalin was
dead. Another president Nikita
Krushchev] released him." After
his release, Olga said her family
never discussed "people's rights"
for fear that her father would be
returned to prison. If she sensed
something was wrong and ques-
tioned her parents about it, they
quickly shushed her. "Don't talk
about Itl No, we can't" And since
her parents never talked about it,
she thought everything was fine.
"I see how my parents lived, and I
was happy with it. We have always
the right attitude in the house; my
parents didn't argue."
Most youngsters anywhere in the
world have to to deal with peer-
pressure, but the types of pres-
sure Olga sometimes endured
from her non-Christian friends
can be more aptly described as
peer-cruelty. When she was 12-
years old, her 1 5-year old brother
died from leukemia, and although
"everybody knew" he had the fa-
tal disease, they taunted Olga that
her parents had killed the boy as
a sacrifice to God. She was fright-
ened, as any kid would be. Did
your parents kill your brother?
Did you Momkin kill you?" they
At school, the principal would call
her out of the classroom and take
her into his office. "Always after
Sunday, he asked me 'Did you go
to the church this Sunday?"'
When she answered yes, he asked
her why she went, didn't she see
that only the elderly went to
church, that there was no one
young like she was, "or a kid." She
told him yes, she did see; then
she'd be real quiet. "We didn't
know about another way in our
country, to reach for Christians
in our country."
Val's father was pastor of a Bap-
tist church for 17 years in a small
town near Kiev, and he, too, re-

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fused to obey KGB orders to sign
papers stating that he would
make reports on all Christians.
One agent promised the pastor
that he would be put in prison,
"and they actually put him in
prison, for four years," Val said.
His father continued to receive
pressure from the KGB for a
couple of years after he was re-
leased from prison; he lost his Job
as a pastor, but was able to ob-
tain another Job to try to meet the
needs of his family. "So it's a very
difficult time," Val sighed.
As a kid, Val didn't experience as
much persecution as his parents,
but he was arrested a couple of'
times for something as simple
as gathering around the table to
celebrate someone's birthday.
"They didn't allow us, as Chris-
tians, to gather; so many police-
men came two cars we were
kids, like 12 to 16." Their names
were reported to the school, and
the school called the parents and
talked to them and the kids
"about not to gather as Chris-
His biggest problem was trying to
get an education in Kiev. He ap-
plied at five or six schools around
the city; usually, the next day af-
ter he completed tests, the prin-
cipal would inform him that, since
he was a Christian, he wouldn't
be allowed to study in a higher
level of education. After he and
Olga married, Val was told by a
school official that he was a very
good musician and would be "ma-
jor of the band!" The next day, the
same man apologized and told Val
that the school could not accept
him because he was a Christian.
Did they begin to question their
faith by this time? "No, not really,"
Val said, "because we had so
much pressure before that time,
as kids. A couple of years ago,
in America, Val's mother told him,
for the first time, about how she
and other parents always trailed
behind their kids at a discreet dis-
tance, wherever they went to
practice, to play, to rehearse their
music. "We cannot see them. They
always watch what we're doing,
because they were afraid
Val's father was pastor of a Bap-
tist church for 17 years in a small
town near Kiev, and he, too, re-
fused to obey KGB orders to sign
papers stating that he would
make reports on all Christians.
One agent promised the pastor
that he would be put in prison,
"and they actually put him in
prison, for four years," Val said.
His father continued to receive
pressure from the KGB for a
couple of years after he was re-
leased from prison; he lost his Job
as a pastor, but was able to ob-
tain another ob to try to meet the
needs of his family. "So it's a very
difficult time," Val sighed.

As a kid, Val didn't experience as
much persecution as his parents,,
but he was arrested a couple of
times for something as simple

as gathering around the table to
celebrate someone's birthday.
"They didn't allow us, as Chris-
tians, to gather; so many police-
men came two cars we were
kids, like 12 to 16." Their names
were reported to the school, and
the school called the parents and
talked to them and the kids
"about not to gather as Chris-
His biggest problem was trying to
get an education in Kiev. He ap-
plied at five or six schools around
the city, usually, the next day af-
ter he completed tests, the prin-
cipal would inform him that, since
he was a Christian, he wouldn't
be allowed to study in a higher
level of education. After he and
Olga married, Val was told by a
school official that he was a very
good musician and would be "ma-
Jor of the band!" The next day, the
same man apologized and told Val
that the school could not accept
him because he was a Christian.
Did they begin to question their
faith by this time? "No, not really,"
Val said, "because we had so
much pressure before that time,
as kids. A couple of years ago,
in America, Val's mother told him,
for the first time, about how she
and other parents always trailed
behind their kids at a discreet dis-
tance, wherever they went to
practice, to play, to rehearse their
music. "We cannot see them. They
always watch what we're doing,
because they were afraid of [KGB]
agents." Val explained that the
KGB office kept a personal file on
everybody who played in the
band, "because we went all across
what used to be U.S.S.R. We
played at Christian weddings, and
when we went to some cities, they
took opportunity and tried to stop
what we was doing." But Val said
the kids never questioned the ac-
tions oft he KGB. "Maybe because
we didn't know, as Olga said, we
didn't know any other countries -
like America, like Germany; we
tried to accept 'Our World, And It's
The Best,' because all the papers
said The best world, we're living
in,' and we're just glad we were
living in that regime because we
didn't have any idea of how to live
in a free kind of world. "
Both Val and Olga emphasized
that everything in regard to reli-
gion is changed now in their coun-
try. "This was a different time."
Both credit Mikhail Gorbachev for
bringing about the change that
they said "brought religion free-
dom, and freedom for our Jews,
and some other freedoms in what
used to be U.S.S.R."
Olga admitted she'd like to some-
day go back to Ukraine. "First of
all, because it's my people, my
land." She feels she can say more
to her own people than she is able
to say to Americans, of [KGB]
agents." Val explained that the
KGB office kept a personal file on
everybody who played in the




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band, "because we went all across
what used to be U.S.S.R. We
played at Christian weddings, and
when we went to some cities, they
took opportunity and tried to stop
what we was doing. But Val said
the kids never questioned the ac-
tions of the KGB. "Maybe because
we didn't know, as Olga said, we
didn't know any other countries -
like America, like Germany; we
tried to accept 'Our World, And It's
The Best,' because all the papers
said The best world, we're living
in,' and we're Just glad we were
living in that regime because we
didn't have any idea of how to live
in a free kind of world."
Both Val and Olga emphasized
that everything in regard to reli-
gion is changed now in their coun-
try. "This was a different time."
Both credit Mikhail Gorbachev for
bringing about the change that
they said "brought religion free-
dom, and freedom for our Jews,
and some other freedoms in what
used to be U.S.S.R."
On impulse, in consideration of
the fact that they were forbidden
in their homeland to worship pub-
licly or privately, I asked the
couple what they thought about
the on-going controversy in
America regarding prayer in our
public schools. Val said it was
"kinda hard" to Judge the history
of this country, but he said he
couldn't say 100 percent that we
need to go back to prayer in
school. "I know it's great to pray,
but probably school is not. It's a
good place, everywhere, [to pray]
if you're Christian; if you're not
Christian, you just get angry with
that. I He feels that prayer in
school might create more prob-
lems between students. Olga feels
prayer in school is a good thing
for kids, "because seeing as they
are so little, and they start to re-
alize that prayer is
important...everybody has a time
in their lives where they need to
pray;they need to pray, but no-
body taught them."
Olga admitted she'd like to some-
day go back to Ukraine. "First of
all, because it's my people, my
land. "She feels she can say more
to her own people than she is able
to say to Americans,
because she doesn't think she
expresses herself "so good" in
English. "I try to do my best," she
laughed. I assured her she was
doing great.
Living in America hasn't been
easy for the family. "It's so differ-
ent," Olga said, "but It's still the
same, because God is the same -
in our country and in this coun-
try; and He taught us a lot in this
country." Val agreed. "Just a dif-
ferent experience," he said. When
they first came here, they didn't
have any friends; they entered
into a different culture, a differ-
ent language, and it was hard. "I
can say that Jesus became much
closer to us by those circum-
stances, because we didn't have
so much friends to communicate;
so we turned around, and we tried
to communicate with God and
with each other. We started to be
more close inside of the family,
with our kids. In those circum-
stances, God taught us to believe
in Him, to walk by faith, and It
was hard. It was hard to realize
that you don't have food in your
house, or something like this. We
came closer to God."
To this young couple, being in a
church Is important no matter
where they live, whether in Rus-
sia, in America, or anywhere else.
"For us, it's been the same. We
cannot live without church, I
guess in any country; but in
Ukraine and here, It's most Im-
portant for us for these four
years...If not in church, then what
else? I mean, with the problems
we have in this country now? We
love church, and we had so many
persecutions because of that, and
so many Joys; a lot more Joys]
than persecutions, actually. It
became our house. And as Val
and Olga and their three children
slowly and sometimes painfully
became homesteaders of the
Christian faith In America, their
cares and worries about material
things lessened. "Because we saw
some difficult time. Of course,
America is like 10 times better
than our country, maybe more;
but still,...church is the most im-
portant thing for us."

Rev. David and Eddy Teems





Budding "Hack" reporter
Franklin Chronicle Editor Brian
Goercke visited the WINGS pro-
gram in Apalachicola on 4 Janu-
ary to give a participatory lesson
in Reporting.
Mr. Goercke performed a brief skit
with VISTA Jack Dakota in which
they reenacted a robbery. WINGS
Coordinator Chaz Mikell was also
asked to portray the officer on the
scene. The children were asked to
play the part of on the scene re-
porters. They were instructed to
question the victim, criminal and
officer on the scene to write their
report. The children were in-
structed to ask six questions in
writing their reports: Who, What,
Where, When, Why and How. Ap-
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I returned to the church around
11:15 p.m. that night, eased as
quietly as I could to a pew, and
listened to Val, a graduate of
Berklee College of Music in Bos-
ton, and his wife sing a few of the
songs he had composed. At about
11:57 p.m., we all formed a circle,
holding hands. Rev. David Teems
closed the 1994 Watch-Night ser-
vice with prayer. Pastor Teems,
his wife, Eddy, and son, David II,
relocated three months ago from
their home in Quincy and Antioch
Baptist Church in Tallahassee, to
their new home in Carrabelle at
First Baptist.When he ended the
prayer, Rev. Teems smiled, glanc-
ing around at the circle of faces
that smiled back at him. "Wel-
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Tri-River Studies Involve

Complex Technical,

Ecological Political

Questions, Lots of

Federal, State Money

With the considerable help of Doug Barr, Janet Starnes and Georgann
Penson of the Northwest Florida Water Management District, the
Chronicle investigated the state of affairs in the so-called Tri-River
Comprehensive Studies to determine where the massive project has
been, and in what directions it is headed into 1995.
At some risk of over-simplifying the project, but to identify the local
implications of the project, the important chapter is the project un-
dertaken by the water management district to determine the fresh
water needs of the Apalachicola River and Bay. Eventually, once those
needs are determined through scientific modeling and data collec-
tion, a powerful tool will be developed which will have direct impact
on the productivity of the oyster fishery, as well as all other sealife in
the Bay, and perhaps into the Gulf of Mexico.
First, the tri-rivers are actually two groups of streams flowing through
Georgia, Alabama and Florida. One trio is comprised of the
Apalachicola-Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. The second trio of riv-
ers is comprised of the Alabama-Coosa and Tallapoosa River system.
The Tri-river studies are the result of a lawsuit filed in federal district
court by the State of Alabama against the U. S. Army Corps of Engi-
neers, involving a proposed reallocation of water the metropolitan
Atlanta area. In the middle of the 1990 litigation, Florida filed for
participation in the case, along with Georgia, and dozens of other
municipalities that might be affected by the proposed reallocation of
fresh water to Atlanta. At once, there were three states potentially
prepared to do legal battle over the three rivers and the fresh water,
which had a long lst of functions for many entities downstream. The
federal Judge stayed the case when the contesting parties and the
Corps of Engineers (called Engineers below) agreed to negotiate the
problem and their competing interests. Doug Barr, director of the
Northwest Florida Water Management District, explained that the vi-
tal interest for Florida was to insure that there was enough freshwa-
ter in the Apalachicola River and Bay to protect the seafood industry
downstream, along with recreational interests up and down the riv-
ers. From Georgia's standpoint, the City of Atlanta would continue to
have higher demands for freshwater from Lake Lanier, along with
certain recreational interests, and in Alabama, navigation and agri-
cultural demands for freshwater were growing, When all the demands
for freshwater were listed, there were over a dozen separate items
which fed the competition among the three states. And, there was no
coordinating mechanism to manage those demands and insure an
orderly, systematic satisfaction of the demands among three state
users and the Engineers.
In a memorandum prepared for the Chronicle by the District's
Georgann Penson, the goals of the study were explained.
December 1994
ACF-ACT Comprehensive Study and the Apalachicola River and Bay Fresh-
water Needs Assessment
Animportant aspect of the study is basinwide management of the two river
systems as well as the establishment of a coordination mechanism (interstate
compact. commission or institutional alternative) to implement basinwide
management. A potentially lengthy legal battle among the four parties was
averted when the Comprehensive Study was proposed as a solution to a law-
suit filed in 1990 over plans to reallocate water resources. Because of limited
available water in the river systems and a multitude of existing and projected
future uses, conflicts over water can be expected to continue beyond the con-
clision of the study. Managing future allocations from a basinwide perspec-
tive-that takes both cumulative and downstream impacts of withdrawals into
consideration is needed if the river systems and their ecosystems are to be
Determining the quantity and quality of fresh water required by the
Apalachicola River and Bay to maintain historical productivity and diversity
is a critical element of the study for the State of Florida and the Northwest
Florida Water Management District which ranks the Apalachicola River and
Bay as its highest priority among the Surface Water Improvement and Man-
agement (SWNM) program water bodies within the region..The District has
been actively involved with the Comprehensive Study since lts inception and
has assumed the lead role for the State of Florida. Since Florida is the down-
stream state, the development of a basinwide management plan and the es-
tablishment of a mechanism to implement the plan are extremely important
to ensure that Florida' s needs are met.
The 3-year $13.75 million (current Congressionally approved figure) study
involves several elements. During 1994, the four partners finalized the scopes
of work for several remaining study elements including recreation, navigation
and basinwide management and is working on Phase II of the coordination
mechanism Scopes for all the study elements have now been completed and
work is underway. Required funding from Congress and from the states has
been estimated for several study elements as follows:

Apalachicola River and Bay Freshwater Needs Assessment
Funding Required: $1,247,200
The Freshwater Needs Assessment will determine freshwater inflows needed
by the river and bay and evaluate impacts from changes in those flows. It will
assess how reduced freshwater inflow could impact the wildlife, habitat, di-
versity and abundance of species, water resources and productivity in the
Apalachicola River, its floodplain and the Apalachicola Bay estuary.
Determining the quantity of fresh water required by the river and bay to main-
tain historical productivity and diversity is a critical element of the Compre-
hensive Study. The Freshwater Needs Assessment is an ongoing effort to as-
certain the freshwater needs of the Apalachicola River and Bay through hy-
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Municipal and Industrial Water Supply study element will project demand for
municipal and industrial water use from 1995 through the year 2050.
Navigation Demand
Funding Required: $550,000
Navigation will describe the current and projected demand for navigation wa-
ter use for 1995, 2000,2020 and 2050 and will determine the effects of vary-
ing flow conditions on the navigability of channels.
Power Resources Demand
Funding Required: $179,700
Power resources will examine the amount of water used to generate power,
impacts resulting from changing water availability and forecast future needs.
Agriculture Demand
Funding Required: $348,000
Agriculture will assess existing and projected water demands, current and
future uses and alternatives for agriculture water use including irrigation.
livestock commercial nurseries, turf farming and aquaculture.
Other Aspects/Elements
Funding estimates for other aspects of the Comprehensive Study not described
above include: Facility Inventory. $176.400; Water Use Inventory, $288.400;
Public Involvement. $225,000; Conflict Resolution, $100,000; Institutional
Framework. $100,000; Study Management. $3,139,000.

habitat worK. The Freshwater Needs Assessment consists of two primary com-
ponents: the hydrodynamic model and the biological studies.
Hydrodynamic modeling of the bay has involved the placement of approxi-
mately 30 monitors throughout the bay to collect dataf on salinity, currents,
temperature and tides. The data collected will help determine how much fresh
water the bay needs to maintain or enhance its present productive state. The
District began placing testing monitors in 1992. Most were placed in early
1993 and major data collection was begun. Staff began removing the moni-
tors during the fall of 1994 and concluded that process in November with the
removal of the monitors placed at Sikes Cut. Now, District staff are analyzing
the data that has been collected and formatting the data for model use.
The biological portion of the Freshwater Needs Assessment includes examin-
ing the quantity of nutrients and detritus (leaf litter) delivered by the river to
the bay, their distribution throughout the bay and their effect on estuarine
productivity. Decreased river flows may result in the transport of fewer nutri-
ents which could affect many of the bay's food webs and cause a decline in
productivity of the estuary.
Conducting an examination and developing an understanding of interactions
between the river and its floodplain are also included in the biological portion.
The floodplain provides habitats, food and shelter for numerous species of
freshwater fish and invertebrates, as well as terrestrial wildlife. Aquatic or-
ganisms have ready access to floodplain habitats during high water periods of
the year but this access can be restricted during low water periods. During
flood periods, diverse and abundant freshwater fish communities as well as
other organisms, utilize the inundated floodplain forests for habitat, food,
protective cover, spawning sites and nursery grounds.
Basinwide Management
Funding Required: $446,200
Basinwide management will provide a method for evaluating alternatives for
managing water resources.
Coordination Mechanism
Funding Required: $175,000
This study element will provide a coordination mechanism for the two basins.
Funding Required: $543,000: ,
Database will assemble information ihd data tp be utilized in making future
water management decisions. -. I
Surface Water (HEC5) Modeling
Funding Required: $1,625,000
Surface Water Modeling will use a HEG5 Surface Water Model to provide both
natural and existing flow conditions and operational alternatives.
Ground Water Availability
Funding Required: $875,200
Ground Water Supply will determine ground water usage and effects of ground
water withdrawals in southwest Georgia and will provide conceptual plans for
other areas.
Environment Demand
Funding Required: $1,176,000
Environmental scope will examine water needs of various environmental com-
ponents such as wetlands, fish and wildlife.
Water Quality
Funding Required: $1,376,400
Water quality will summarize existing data on water quality and use the HECSQ
Water Quality Model to simulate flow and assess existing water quality within
streams and reservoir systems.
Recreation Demand
Funding Required: $ 70,000 (Phase I)/$405,900 (Phase II)
Recreation study element will provide an analysis of the demand for water
resources for recreational use.
Population and Employment
Funding Required: $199,500
Population and Employment scope will provide forecasts of key economic and
demographic variables which will be used to calculate expected water require-
Municipal and Industrial Water
Supply Funding Required $465,500

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Apalachicola River and Bay
The Freshwater Needs Assessment of the Apalachicola River and Bay
Is an essential element of the Comprehensive Study. The Freshwater
Needs Assessment will describe the freshwater requirements of the
river and bay so that we can understand how to preserve their exist-
ing environmental and productive diversity.
Biologists, hydroengineers, oceanographers and other scientists are
conducting physical, biological and chemical studies of the river and
bay to assess the system's needs. The assessment involves: monitor-
ing nutrient and organic material movements in the river and bay
and evaluating how these materials are associated with productivity;
establishing relationships between river flows and bay productivity;
describing the relationship between floodplain habitat use and river
flow; examining the effects of currents, salinity, temperature, wind
and tides on bay circulation; and modeling the distribution of the
salinity, nutrients and productivity in the bay in relationship to river
flows entering the bay.
During late 1992 and 1993, several parts.of the Freshwater Needs
Assessment were undertaken:
Selection of a three-dimensional estuarine model (computer program)
for determining the circulation, flushing and transport (movement of
nutrient sources) characteristics of the bay was made and required
modifications to the model were completed.
Equipment to monitor the effect of currents, salinity, temperature,
wind and tides on the Apalachicola Bay was purchased and placed in
several locations throughout the bay. The data collected will help
determine how much freshwater the bay needs to maintain its present
productive state. Changes in both salinity and nutrient levels could
be affected by decreases of freshwater flows to the bay.
Research on the biological element of the assessment was begun.
Determining how nutrients and leaf litter from the river are used by
organism in the bay is key to the biological portion of the study. Over
the past 20 years, a tremendous amount of biological and physical
data has been collected for the Apalachicola River. Much of these
data have yet to be fully analyzed. The study will look at the connec-
tions between the river and the many floodplain habitats so that they
can be more clearly understood. In addition to being the source of
much of the organic matter which is transported to the Apalachicola
Bay, the floodplain provides habitat, food and shelter for many spe-
cies of freshwater fish and invertebrates, as well as other wildlife. The
study will examine the distribution of nutrients from the river through-
out the bay with the emphasis on the amount and timing of nutrient
delivery, and their effects on bay productivity. These biological study
have begun.
The overall goal of the Freshwater Needs Assessment is to better un-
derstand what the river flows mean to the bay. The hydrodynamic
model will provide scientists with a "map" of the Apalachicola Bay
that they can use to predict Impacts of salinity and nutrient changes
on the bay system. A complete range of freshwater flow conditions
will be used to determine what happens to the productivity of the bay
under a variety of salinity and nutrient ranges.

Study Closure
According to Doug Barr and Janet Starnes, the studies are expected
to be concluded by the end of 1995, and are on schedule in most
cases. There may be a request for some supplemental funding to carry
over a few studies which have become so complex, that more time is
Barr clearly expected the first round of investigations to develop ad-
ditional needs for more surveys but that these would be managed in
a way to bring closure to the entire comprehensive study by the end
of 1996. At this time, the question about water availability cannot be
completely answered, and the more important questions about the
future still loom.
Barr emphasized that all of the involved parties operate in a consen-
sus environment, and it takes time to develop consensus.

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28 Dec. 1994-3 Jan. 1995
Frank T. Williams,
Assistant State Attorney
Julius Aulisio, Public Defender


Alvin Baker: Charged with one count of a sexual actwith a child under
sixteen, the defendant pleaded not guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial
for 6 March and the trial was set for 20 March. Represented by Public
Defender Julius Aullsio.
George Cargill: Charged with one count of sale of cocaine, the
defendant pleaded not guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6 March
and the trial for 20 March. Judge Davey appointed a public defender
to the defendant and ordered a large public defender's lien if adjudi-
cated guilty. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Fred Diestelhorst: Charged with one count of interference with
custody, defendant pleaded No Contest. Judge Davey adjudicated the
defendant Guilty and sentenced him to two years probation with the
condition that he have no contact with the victim and ordered the
Defendant to pay $255 in court costs. Represented by Attorney James
C. Banks.
i Calvin Burns: Charged with one count of sale of cocaine, defendant
pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6 March and the
trial for 20 March. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Johnny Lee Jones: Charged with one count of Sale of Cocaine,
Defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6 March
and the trial for 20 March.
George Andy Lowery: Charged with two counts of sale of cocaine and
Sone count of principle first degree to sale of cocaine, defendant pleaded
not guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6 March and the trial for 20
March. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Roger D. Mckenzie: Charged with one count of burglary of a struc-
ture, defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6
February and the trial for 20 March. Represented by Attorney Salesia
Vanette Smith.
Henry "Big Man" Melton: Charged with four counts of principle first
degree to sale of cocaine and one count of sale of count, defendant
pleaded Not Guilty. Judge Davey set the pretrial for 6 March and trial
for 20 March. Represented by Attorney J. Gordon, Shuler.
Steve Cummings: Charged with one sexual act with a child under
sixteen, defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Trial is set for 20 March.
James Johnson: Charged with one count of sale of cocaine, defendant
pleaded Not Guilty. Trial by Jury is set for 20 March. Represented by
Public Defender Julius Aulisio.
Terry Robinson: Charged with one county of sale of cocaine, defen-
dant pleaded Not Guilty and was found Guilty by jury. Judge Davey
sentenced the defendant to nine months in the county jail followed by
four years of probation. Davey stated that conditions of probation
would include random urinalysis tests and the prohibition of prescrip-
tion drugs. Davey also ordered the defendant to pay $350 for Public
Defender Costs, $255 for court fines and $100 to the Florida Depart-
ment of Law Enforcement Crime Lab. Represented by Public Defender
Julius Aulisio.
Roderick Robinson: Charged with two counts of attempted second
degree murder and one count of armed robbery with a firearm. Trial is
set for 30 March.
Clifford E. Jones: Charged with resisting an officerwith violence. Trial
is set for 19 January. Represented by Public Defender Julius Aulislo.
Carolyn Miller: Charged with one count of Grand Theft in the Third
Degree. Trl^l ISset for l9 .tjjay., .. ,,;.. ,,", ..o...
Charles E. Thompson: Charged wi th one count of Uttering a Worth-
less Check Over $149, disposition was set for 3 April. Restitution of
$1,603.83 was order to be paid to Allen Brothers Seafood, Inc. by
disposition date.
Curtis Monroe: Charged with one count of Grand Theft in the Third
Degree, Defendant pleaded Not Guilty. Arraignment was set for 6
*Charged with one count of Petit Theft, Judge Davey Sentenced the
defendant to home detention and imposed a 6PM curfew as condition
of the detention.
*Charged with one count of burglary of a structure and one count of
petit theft, Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant delinquent and
sentenced him to the Juvenile Justice Level 6 program in February

Dr. Al Smith


Clinical Pathologist

Henry "Big Man" Melton at his 3 January Arraignment
1995 as soon as a bed is available. "I think you're salvageable," said
Davey, "You're right at the crossroads. You can turn out bad oryou can
turn out great." Defendant was also ordered to pay $72 restitution in
either pay or work.
*Charged with one count of petit theft, Judge Davey set the hearing for
16 February.
*Charged with one count of battery and one count of trespassing,
Judge Davey set continuance for 16 February and ordered that the
defendant remain in detention. Public Defender Julius Aulislo re-
quested that the defendant be released to home detention stating that
the defendant had learned a lesson after detention after twenty-six
days of detention. Assistant State Prosecutor Frank Williams argued
that the defendant had previously failed to appear In court, had
previous tried to escape detention and had recently tested positive for
drug use. Judge Davey told the teary defendant that it would be a bad
risk to have that person released from detention. "The only measure-
ment that I can use In cases like these are the past histories. From your
past history, we have no assurance you'll be in court when ordered."
*Charged with one count of possession of less than twenty grams of
cannabis and one count of criminal mischief, defendant was released
to home detention. Judge Davey ordered the defendant to complete the
substance abuse JASP Program, complete fifty hours of community
service, pay $240 restitution, submit to a random urinalysis, attend
school unless sick with a doctor's excuse and to be at home before
dark. Continuance was set for 16 February.
*Charged with one count of improper exhibition of a dangerous
weapon, one count of criminal mischief, two counts of burglary of a
structure, Judge Davey set continuance for 16 February.

Sex Offender Draws Over

Three Years of Jail Time
Aldoulphous Richardson, charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious
acts with a child under the age of 16.and one count of attempt second
degree murder, changed his plea on 28 December from Not Guilty to
Guilty. Judge Davey adjudicated the defendant guilty and sentenced him
to 46.8 months in the Department of Corrections with 62 days time
served, followed by eight years of probation. Davey ordered Richardson
to attend a sex offenders program as condition of probation. Mr.
Richardson was originally after it reported that he had been trading crack
cocaine for sex with individuals aged 13 and 14. An additional charge of
attempted murder was added to Mr. Richardson's offenses when it was
found by the State Prosecutor that the defendant was suffering from the
Aids Virus.
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ST. GEORGE PLANTATION one acre interior home site beautifully wooded and located on
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BAYFRONT one-acre home site in St. George Plantation with panoramic view. $74,500.00
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With almost a half dozen
fires within a month's
time, Carrabelle has
suffered its share of fire
destruction. According
to Carrabelle Fire Chief
several of the house fires
are under investigation.
Arson is highly suspect-
ed in at least two of the
house fires.

The Franklin Chronicle 10 January 1905 Page 9

Missing Child

Joshua Sylvester Brown

Taken in car in front of home.

D. O. B. 5/22/81. 5'8". 201 lbs. Hazel eyes.
blondish-brown hair. Last seen wearing blue
jeans, Braves Looney Toons T-shirt, black L. A.
Gear suede tennis shoes and white socks.

Joshua has a birthmark from his neck through
his hair. Scars on his head. He has a scar on his
stomach where he had his appendix removed,
and a stab mark on his left leg. He has a recent
scratch on right shoulder and elbow, a bruise on
his left knee, and a hurt foot.

If seen please contact Franklin County Sheriff
Office: 697-2113

It's Beginning to Look A Lot

Like Arson

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th

Page 10 10 January 1995 The Franklin Chronicle

Published twice monthly on the 10th and 26th


At the 10 December 1994 meeting of the St. George Plantation
Owner's Association, Inc, the greatest share of time was devoted
to a discussion of a draft agreement on the Resort Village situa-
tion, and security matters. Lou Vargas, President of the Board,
opened the revised agenda reminding the Board and the approxi-
mately 40 home andlot owners in attendance, that "...any settle-
ment (with Dr. Ben Johnson) is a compromise..."

S". MA4,


William Hartley
1464 Bayberry Lane
St. George Island, FL 32328
Phone: (904) 927-3154
FAX Same as above

John Gelch
1408 El Court
St. George Island, Fla.

Some discussion was held on the parking problems at Schooner's
Landing, as there are only spaces for ten cars, but the count has
gone up to nearly 30 in the summer months. Once again, the
provisions of the so-called Andrew Jackson agreement were
brought up for review in this context and B. L. Cosey, long-time
Association members called it an agreement like a "...piece of Swiss
cheese," full of holes. The Board assigned the matter to the
Association Security Committee to examine options for parking.
Then, Security Director Bob Shiver asked the Board for clarifica-
tion of his assigned duties, and in particular a more clear-cut
definition of the chain of command as it related to his work for the
Association, the Board and manager Wayne Gleasman. Shriver
saw his responsibilities as reporting directly to the Board without
intervention by the Manager of the Association. President Vargas
wanted Jim Bachrach to discuss the problems between Shiver
and Gleasman but Tommy Day, speaking out from the audience,
wanted the Board to settle the matter more promptly, at the De-
cember meeting. others on the Board voiced opinions as to the
way the situation could be handled, raising the intensity to a higher
level until Board member Amato pointed out that the Andrew-
Jackson agreement called for the Security Director to report to
the Security Committee. Vargas said that committee had been "In-
Considerable bickering passed, as the subject transformed to the
"Soundings", the publication put out by the Association. Turns
out that the "company publication" is reviewed by every Board
member with a final review by President before it is released from
Wayne Gleasman's office.
In Shiver's security report, he indicated there was a daily average
of 135 construction vehicles entering the Plantation, with at least
25 lots preparing for house construction and two renovation
projects. In all, there are now 160 completed homes in the Planta-
tion. Shiver's office maintains files of his "Construction Site Re-
ports reflecting the ratings of contractors periodically as to the
upkeep and cleaniness of the construction sites. Full buildout In
the Plantlon will be near the 800+ lots platted.

Life After the Water & Sewer Board

ISuai~-wayas *.3 *y ^'M ^

After twenty years of service on the Lanark Village Water
and Sewer board, Carl Bailey says he going to take time
off to learn about the new Macintosh computer that his
son bought him for Christmas. Mr. Bailey turned 85 years:
of age on 1 December. He felt that his wife Zelma was
happy that he has retired from politics. Asked whether he
would attend future water and sewer meetings, Mr. Bailey
said that he would visit some of the meetings and pay the
new commissioners the same attention that they gave him
as chairman.

Bill Hartley then moved to seek to completely nullify the original
agreement between the Association and Ben Johnson before en-
tering into further negotiations, but other Board members, pointed
out that the Association would open itself for more litigation if
such a move were approved especially if the original agreement
were eventually judged to be a valid agreement. This has been an
issue of considerable controversy at the Board meetings over the
past few months. A circular discussion of this issue followed with
Hartley finally agreeing to table his motion. After lunch, he intro-
duced another motion to hire an attorney to litigate the validity of
the so-called Ben Johnson agreement. the motion resulted in a
tie vote Bachrach, Kozlowsky and Vargas voted against, and
Amato, Gelch and Hartley voted for. Since the meeting, Lou Vargas
has written a public letter to Bill Hartley, referencing his appoint-
ment to the negotiating team which would resume negotiations
with Dr. Johnson after the holidays. Vargas wrote:
Based upon your concerns at the last board meeting It
appeals that you favor a previous proposal offered by Mr.
Johnson shonly before the annual meeting in October. At
first blush the October option seems like a viable and simple
solution; however, upon careful review Hank and I came to
the conclusion that it was not acceptable because It allows
for a sizeable cash refund to Mr. Johnson; It does not pro-
vide for payment of dues to the Plantation community; nor
does it provide mutual release from threat of litigation.
The option presented by Hank and I at the December 10th
meeting does not present these problems and in addition it
resolves most of the concerns expressed by the member-
ship in the survey concerning the agreement. Since you
only recently became a member of the Board and you may
not be familiar with those concerns I will briefly review them
for you. For ease of discussion I refer you to Mr. Adams'
letter of June 8, 1994, in which he raised the following con-
Amendment of POA covenants (resolved by deletion of any
terms requiring amendment of Plantation covenants and
providing for revocation of existing amendment).
Sixty-seven votes granted to Reson Village (resolved by de-
letion of RVA votes).
Influence of Reson Village in determining Association ex-
penditures (resolved by deletion of Improvement fund).
Ability of Reson Village directors or employees to also serve
on POA Board of Directors (resolved by deletion of votes).
Agreement not provided to membership sufficiently In
advance of approval vote (resolved by inclusion of member-
ship in considering acceptance of any revised agreement).
Thus, as you can see, the December option resolves vinually
all previously stated complaints and locks Mr. Johnson into
a dues structure whether his project remains undeveloped
or is ever fully permitted and becomes a reality. I suggest
that we clean up the language and other concerns expressed
at our last Board meeting with regard to this option and
that we present it to the membership for consideration. I
have no objection to also working on Mr. Johnson's pro-
posal; however, from a legal standpoint the problems ex-
pressed in this letter must be addressed before Hank and I
could support its presentation to the membership."

Henry Kozlowsky
78 Cheltenham Dr.
Pamela Amato Wyomissing, PA 19610
Box 1000 St. George Isl., FL (215)670-2590 (H)
(904)927-2355 (H) 775-6209 (0)
775-6465 (Fax)
Those attending the Board meeting at the Plantation Clubhouse
on 10 December were: William Hartley, John Gelch, Lou Vargas,
Pamela Amato, Jim Bachrach and Henry (Hank) Kozlowsky.Tom
Outlaw was on the telephone for that portion up to the lutich
The Security Report was presented by Bob Shiver shortly after
the minutes to the previous meeting were approved. He presented
some interesting data regarding the 671 persons who were in the
Plantation over the Thanksgiving weekend, renting Plantation

Louis Vargas
5431 DeFoors Ferry Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32308
488-2326 (o)
(904) 893-6584 (H)
927-3039 (Fax)
(Assn. Office Fax)

Jim Bachrach
5008 Millsbee Lane
Albany, GA 31707
(912)435-8026 (H)
430-4330 (0)
430-4349 (Fax)

A copy of proposed airport policies indicating requirements and
fee schedules was also available at the meeting, and a copy may
be obtained by writing to the Plantation office, as well as the pro-
posed agreement with Dr. Ben Johnson.
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 4 February

Heavy, steel girder framing for a business building is first for St.
George Island, by Eagle Construction owned by Morris Palmer. His
project is located adjacent to the St. George Cable Company (Left).


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